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IMAGINE: first neutron protein structure and new capabilities for neutron macromolecular crystallography ...

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Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography
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2157 to 2160

We report the first high resolution neutron protein structure of perdeuterated rubredoxin from Pyrococcus furiosus (PfRd) determined using the new IMAGINE macromolecular neutron crystallography instrument at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Neutron diffraction data extending to 1.65Å resolution were collected from a relatively small 0.7 mm3 PfRd crystal using 2.5 days (60 h) of beam time. The refined structure contains 371 out of 391, or 95%, of the deuterium atoms of the protein, and 58 solvent molecules. The IMAGINE instrument is designed to provide neutron data at or near atomic resolutions (1.5 Å) from crystals with volume < 1.0 mm3 and with unit cell edges < 100 Å. Beam line features include elliptical focusing mirrors that deliver 3x107 n s-1 cm-2 into a 3.5 x 2.0 mm2 focal spot at the sample position, and variable short and long wavelength cutoff optics that provide automated exchange between multiple wavelength configurations (min=2.0 Å, 2.8 Å, 3.3 Å - max =3.0 Å, 4.0 Å, 4.5 Å, ~20 Å). Notably, the crystal used to collect this PfRd data is 5-10 times smaller than has been previously reported.