Nihon Kessho Gakkaishi
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Development of Quasi-Microgravity Environment for Protein Crystallization
Akira NAKAMURAKei HIRABAYASHIMasaru TANOKURA
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Volume 59 (2017) Issue 4 Pages 182-187

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Microgravity environment has been used to obtain high-quality crystals. Strong magnetic force produced by a superconducting magnet can cancel out the gravity force, enabling construction of quasi-microgravity environment on earth. We developed a protein crystallization system which is composed of a superconducting magnet for the magnetic force-based quasi-microgravity and an inverted periscope for in situ observation of crystal growth. Crystals grown in the system showed improved and homogeneous quality.

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