International Tables for Crystallography

Volume F: Crystallography of biological macromolecules

First online edition (2006)   ISBN: 978-0-7923-6857-1

Edited by M. G. Rossmann and E. Arnold

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Volume F is an expert guide to macromolecular crystallography for the modern structural biologist. It was commissioned by the International Union of Crystallography in recognition of the extraordinary contributions that knowledge of macromolecular structure has made, and will make, to the analysis of biological systems, from enzyme catalysis to the workings of a whole cell, and to the growing field of structural genomics. The volume covers all stages of a crystallographic analysis from the preparation of samples using the techniques of molecular biology, through crystallization, diffraction data collection, phase determination, structure validation and structure analysis.

Although the volume is written for experienced scientists, it is recognized that the reader is more likely to be a biologist interested in structure than a classical crystallographer interested in biology. Thus there are chapters on the fundamentals, history and current perspectives of macromolecular crystallography, as well as the availability of useful programs and databases including the Protein Data Bank. Each chapter is written by one or more internationally recognized experts.

Volume F was reviewed by C. W. Carter Jr [Structure (2002). 10, 289] and J. J. Müller [Z. Kristallogr. (2002). 217, 627-628].