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A new method for predetermining the diffraction quality of protein crystals: using SOAP as a selection tool

Acta Cryst. (2005). D61, 130–140

[Diffraction quality of protein crystals]
A polarising light microscope (the Metripol) is used to quantitatively assess the optical quality of crystals of three different proteins (HEWL, glucose isomerase and the 2F1-3F1 module pair of human fibronectin). By comparing variations in the slow optical axis position (SOAP) with indicators of diffraction quality [I/σ(I), Rmeas], it is shown that the optical properties of a protein crystal can provide a non-invasive method of predetermining likely crystal diffraction quality before X-ray data collection is undertaken.
R. L. Owen and E. Garman