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System and method for forming synthetic protein crystals to determine the conformational structure by crystallography

United States Patent

5,597,457
January 28, 1997
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A method for forming synthetic crystals of proteins in a carrier fluid by use of the dipole moments of protein macromolecules that self-align in the Helmholtz layer adjacent to an electrode. The voltage gradients of such layers easily exceed 10.sup.6 V/m. The synthetic protein crystals are subjected to x-ray crystallography to determine the conformational structure of the protein involved.
Craig; George D. (Lafayette, CA), Glass; Robert (Livermore, CA), Rupp; Bernhard (Dublin, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
08/ 630,711
April 8, 1996
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.