BL7.2W: MX is operated on a 6.5-Tesla superconducting wavelength shifter (SWLS), dedicated to macromolecular crystallography. Its optical components include collimating mirror (CM), Si (111) double crystal monochromator (DCM) and toroidal focusing mirror (FM). The end-station of BL7.2W:MX is equipped with a goniometer system of mardtb plus Oxford cryosystems and marCCD detector with 165 mm diameter.  

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Technical specification

Technique Macromolecular crystallography
Radiation Source 4-Tesla superconducting wavelength shifter
Photon Energy 8 keV
Flux 109 photons/second at 100 mA
Sample Protein crystals
End-station mardtb single-axis goniometer system
Cryogenic system 100K with Oxford Cryosystems: 700 series cryostream nitrogen cooler
Detector marCCD with 165 mm in diameter (21,000 mm2)
Crystal-to-detector distance Up to 390 mm


Principle X-ray diffraction data measurement from macromolecule crystals has enabled the determination of atomic structures. When the crystal containing macromolecules is struck by an X-ray beam, the X-rays interact with electrons in the atoms of macromolecules and be diffracted in many directions, resulting in a diffraction pattern recorded on the detector. From the X-ray data, the electron density map can be reconstructed using mathematical means of a three dimensional periodic function and the 3D-structure of the macromolecule can thus be determined.

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Not only the X-ray diffraction data of protein crystals can be collected at the beamline, the X-ray data processing could also be performed on-site using the software programs for macromolecule crystallography e.g. imosflm and CCP4 suites, with the support from our beamline scientists.

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Applications This technique is the most commonly used to determine the 3-dimensional structure of macromolecules such as proteins and ligands, providing structural information for a number of applications including rational drug design, structural genomics and enzyme technology.


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Updated on 27/11/2015

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