Eisenberg lab produces Ab Initio protein structure from prion nanocrystals at atomic resolution by MicroED


We illustrate a method to access the long unrealized potential of
electrons in the crystallographic structural determination of
biological molecules. Electrons, owing to their strong interaction
with matter, produce high resolution diffraction patterns from tiny
three-dimensional biomolecular crystals (MicroED), enticing structural
biologists with a means to gain much needed insight into the detailed
workings of biological systems and disease mechanisms. However,
barriers to successful use of MicroED arise from a phenomenon known as
dynamical scattering and lack of a means of recovering phases from
diffracted electrons. We showed that if the diffraction resolution is
high enough and the crystals are sufficiently small, both barriers are
overcome, unlocking the potential of MicroED for elucidation of novel

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