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In situ screening and data collection using the XtalCheck system

AppNote PX017 In situ single crystal X-ray diffraction studies using the XtalCheck


Protein crystallography often requires screening large numbers of crystals to identify samples that are suitable for X-ray diffraction experiments. Specifically, crystallographers usually loop and cryofreeze samples for X-ray screening to identify whether the sample contains a protein or salt and to evaluate diffraction resolution, mosaicity and other crystal parameters. This iterative process of mounting and screening of many samples is time consuming and rarely automated.

The XtalCheck system addresses this bottleneck by automating diffraction data collection for crystals directly from SBS format crystallization plates. With the XtalCheck system, one can quickly and easily survey many crystallization experiments by eliminating the need to harvest and cryo-protect samples. Moreover, one can perform serial crystallography experiments, by collecting data from multiple crystals, to achieve complete data sets that can be used for structure solution. The system also includes automated imaging of crystallization drops with a queuing system that was developed to use in laboratories with an existing X-ray diffraction system.

Protein crystallography products from Rigaku

A customized single crystal X-ray diffraction system that has the capabilities of utilizing both ports of a rotating anode X-ray source.

A microfocus sealed tube single crystal X-ray diffractometer that is low maintenance and perfect for screening and evaluating protein crystals.

A single crystal X-ray diffractometer with high-flux microfocus rotating anode X-ray generator and direct detection, HPC X-ray detector.

A versatile and high-flux dual-wavelength (DW) X-ray diffractometer with an HPC X-ray detector for multipurpose diffraction experiments

A leading provider of reagent kits, stock solutions, proteins, and accessories for protein researchers.

Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) Kratky camera system

User-inspired data collection and data processing software for small molecule and protein crystallography

Automated tool for performing in situ crystallography experiments on existing X-ray diffractometers

Robotic sample changer to provide unattended data acquisition, enhanced productivity and standardized workflow to your research environment.

A unique curved single crystal X-ray diffraction detector based on direct X-ray detection technology with the highest 2θ range at a single position available for the home lab.

Extremely low noise, air-cooled X-ray detector based on direct X-ray detection technology.

High-resolution X-ray detectors for X-ray diffractometers from DECTRIS

Automated crystal transport, orientation and retrieval robot

The smallest detachable motorized goniometer head on the market