Protein crystallization

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The idea of creating a protein crystal is usually associated with X-ray crystallography which is used for studying the molecular structure of proteins. (It rarely occurs in nature however some have been observed.)[1]

In order to cause protein crystallization, the concentration of the protein in the solution has to be greater than the solubility limit.[2]

Upon meeting these conditions (supersaturation) the protein molecules can arrange together in repeating units and are stuck by non-covalent interactions.

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_crystallization 18/10/16
  2. http://www-structmed.cimr.cam.ac.uk/Course/Crystals/theory.html
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