Serial femtosecond crystallography of membrane proteins

Lan Zhu, Uwe Weierstall, Vadim Cherezov, Wei Liu

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Membrane proteins, including G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), constitute the most important drug targets. The increasing number of targets requires new structural information, which has proven tremendously challenging due to the difficulties in growing diffraction-quality crystals. Recent developments of serial femtosecond crystallography at X-ray free electron lasers combined with the use of membrane-mimetic gel-like matrix of lipidic cubic phase (LCP-SFX) for crystal growth and delivery hold significant promise to accelerate structural studies of membrane proteins. This chapter describes the development and current status of the LCP-SFX technology and elaborates its future role in structural biology of membrane proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in experimental medicine and biology
StatePublished - 2016


  • G proteincoupled receptors
  • LCP injector
  • Lipidic cubic phase
  • Membrane proteins
  • Serial femtosecond crystallography
  • X-ray free electron laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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