From structure to cellular mechanism with infrared microspectroscopy.
Summary of "From structure to cellular mechanism with infrared microspectroscopy."
Current efforts in structural biology aim to integrate structural information within the context of cellular organization and function. X-rays and infrared radiation stand at opposite ends of the electromagnetic spectrum and act as complementary probes for achieving this goal. Intense and bright beams are produced by synchrotron radiation, and are efficiently used in the wavelength domain extending from hard X-rays to the far-infrared (or THz) regime. While X-ray crystallography provides exquisite details on atomic structure, Fourier transform infrared microspectroscopy (FTIRM) is emerging as a spectroscopic probe and imaging tool for correlating molecular structure to biochemical dynamics and function. In this manuscript, the role of synchrotron FTIRM in bridging the gap towards 'functional biology' is discussed based upon recent achievements, with a critical assessment of the contributions to biological and biomedical research.
National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Current opinion in structural biology
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20739176
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbi.2010.07.007
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