Macromolecular envelope determination and envelope-based phasing.

Research paper by Quan Q Hao

Indexed on: 21 Jul '06Published on: 21 Jul '06Published in: Acta crystallographica. Section D, Biological crystallography


Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) or electron-microscopy (EM) data have proven to be very useful in providing low-resolution structural details of proteins and other macromolecules. To utilize the envelope information for crystallographic phasing, it is essential to develop a method for correctly positioning the known envelope in a crystallographic unit cell. The low-resolution phases calculated from the correctly positioned molecular envelope can be used as a good starting point for phase extension. This paper describes the development of the FSEARCH program for locating envelopes in the unit cell and possible ways to extend phases to crystallographic data resolution.