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Radiation damage in small-molecule crystallography: fact not fiction

DOI: 10.1107/S2052252519006948 DOI Help

Authors: Jeppe Christensen (Diamond Light Source; University of Southampton) , Peter N. Horton (University of Southampton) , Charles S. Bury (University of Oxford) , Joshua L. Dickerson (University of Oxford) , Helena Taberman (University of Oxford) , Elspeth F. Garman (Oxford University) , Simon J. Coles (University of Southampton)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Iucrj , VOL 6

State: Published (Approved)
Published: July 2019
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 15762

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Abstract: Traditionally small-molecule crystallographers have not usually observed or recognized significant radiation damage to their samples during diffraction experiments. However, the increased flux densities provided by third-generation synchrotrons have resulted in increasing numbers of observations of this phenomenon. The diversity of types of small-molecule systems means it is not yet possible to propose a general mechanism for their radiation-induced sample decay, however characterization of the effects will permit attempts to understand and mitigate it. Here, systematic experiments are reported on the effects that sample temperature and beam attenuation have on radiation damage progression, allowing qualitative and quantitative assessment of their impact on crystals of a small-molecule test sample. To allow inter-comparison of different measurements, radiation-damage metrics (diffraction-intensity decline, resolution fall-off, scaling B-factor increase) are plotted against the absorbed dose. For ease-of-dose calculations, the software developed for protein crystallography, RADDOSE-3D, has been modified for use in small-molecule crystallography. It is intended that these initial experiments will assist in establishing protocols for small-molecule crystallographers to optimize the diffraction signal from their samples prior to the onset of the deleterious effects of radiation damage.

Journal Keywords: small-molecule crystallography; radiation damage; global damage; specific damage; dose

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Instruments: I19-Small Molecule Single Crystal Diffraction

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Diffraction Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction (SXRD)