X-ray User Group Meeting

X-ray User Group Meetings


Aug 25: Yonghong Zhao

Sept 28: SCSB Celebration (Tues)

Oct 20: Pascal Boulee, XENOCS

Nov 24: Happy Thanksgiving

Dec 29: Happy New Year

When: October 20th at 11am

Where: in BSB 2.240

What: XENOCS' Curved multilayer optics for protein crystallography. Hear about the latest innovation in x-ray optics for the home laboratory. Msr. Pascal Boulee, Xenocs SA (France), will tell us all about the latest in x-ray optics for the laboratory and synchrotron.

We will have the opportunity to test the XENOCS optics on our CCD system. So let me know if you have a sample you would like to use as test case.

Who: Pascal Boulee

Contact: Dr. Mark A. White white@xray.utmb.edu

SCSB Crystallography News

A-F of Acta Crystallographica will be available from the MML beginning Jan 2005.

HKL2000 is now available for processing your data from home or your synchrotron visit.

MOSFLM, PHASER and CCP4-5.0.1 are now installed and operational on our Linux workstations.

Why wait two weeks? Skip the queue! The waiting list for the DIP2030 detector, equipped with the new MSC Blue confocal optics is now averaging two weeks. The SMART2K CCD detector system, which still has the older Gobel optics, is available for larger crystals (> 0.2mm) which diffract reasonably well. So don't wait, hop on the CCD, the queue is much shorter.

Recent SCSB Crystallography Publications:

Emily E. Scott, Mark A. White, You Ai He, Eric F. Johnson, C. David Stout, and James R. Halpert, Structure of mammalian cytochrome P450 2B4 complexed with 4-(4-chlorophenyl)imidazole at 1.9 A resolution: Insight into the range of P450 conformations and coordination of redox partner binding J. Biol. Chem 279, 26, 27294-301, 2004.(PDF)

D. Liu, Y. Zhao, X. Fan, Y. Sun and R. O. Fox, Expression, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of YciE, a stress protein from Escherichia coli, Acta Cryst. (2004). D60, 1888-1889, 2004

Balaban AT, Ghiviriga I, Czerwinski EW, De P, Faust R. , Simple synthesis of a weak nucleophilic base (4-ethyl-2,6-diisopropyl-3,5-dimethylpyridine) evidencing a double Janus group effect., J Org Chem. 2004 Jan 23;69(2):536-42.

X-ray Crystallography Reading List – Oct

(Available from the MML via ILLIAD)

(See more at Acta Cryst. D)

Acta Cryst. (2004). D60, 1519-1526, Ab initio phasing based on topological restraints: automated determination of the space group and the number of molecules in the unit cell, L. Urzhumtseva, N. Lunina, A. Fokine, J.-P. Samama, V. Y. Lunin and A. Urzhumtsev

Acta Cryst. (2004). D60, 1535-1544, Accurate automatic protein models, F. Pavelcik

Acta Cryst. (2004). D60, 1562-1568, Statistical experimental design of protein crystallization screening revisited, T. T. Tran, I. Sorel and A. Lewit-Bentley

Acta Cryst. (2004). D60, 1795-1807, A robotic system for crystallizing membrane and soluble proteins in lipidic mesophases, V. Cherezov, A. Peddi, L. Muthusubramaniam, Y. F. Zheng and M. Caffrey

Crystallographic Meetings (IUCr) (ACA) (BCA)

SPINE: 18-19 Oct. 2004, London, UK (info )

South Western Macromolecular: Oct. 22-24, 2004, Houston. (info)

EMBO: 10-13 Nov. 2004, Heidelberg, DL (info)

ISCG 2004: 17-21 Nov. 2004, Washington DC (info)

Protein Crystallography in Drug Discovery: 17-19 Jan., 2005, SF, CA (info)

ACA: May 28-June 2, 2005, Orlando, Florida. (Info)

IuCr XX: 23-21 Aug. 2005, Florence, Italy. (info)


Beam Time

Ring Shutdown Sept-?? 2004, email for available time (gcpcc_access@xray.utmb.edu)

Time begins at noon of 1st day. Radiation Safety - PX1Ring CurrentDirections, Hotels (PX1 225.578.7137) – Contacts: UTMB - CAMD

Let The SCSB Advance Your Research

The SCSB is here to facilitate your Structural Biology research.

Research Areas



  • User Training

  • Mentoring

  • Collaborations

User Training

The SCSB staff is always ready and happy to train your students, post-docs and technicians in the correct use of the SCSB Instrumentation. They will also pick-up a few helpful hints along the way also. The support of the SCSB and the assistance by the staff member(s) should be acknowledged in any publications.


If you do not have the expertise to perform certain types of research the SCSB staff or faculty may be able to mentor your graduate student or post-doc as a collaborative project. Mentoring requires a significant commitment by both the mentor and student learning a new field of research. The Mentor should be co-author on any publications resulting from the student's research project. The support of the SCSB should be acknowledged in any publications.


Please contact any SCSB researcher (PI) or Core Manager to discuss possible collaborate research projects. Of course such projects are at the discretion and time-restraints of the collaborator. The Collaborator should be an author on any publications resulting from the collaborative research project. The support of the SCSB should be acknowledged in any publications.

X-ray Group User Meetings

When: Last Wednesday of each month.

Where: BSB 2.240.

When: 11 am.

Why: To discuss all aspects of crystallography.

What: A small group meeting and informal presentation.

Who: Anyone interested in crystallography.

How: Contact Dr. Mark A. White white@xray.utmb.edu