Module guide

Module LS4020 A

Module part LS4020A: Crystallography (StrAnaKris)


1 Semester
Turnus of offer:

each winter semester
Credit points:

Course of studies, specific field and terms:
  • Master MLS 2018 (module part), structure biology, 1st semester
  • Master Infection Biology 2018 (module part), Interdisciplinary modules, 1st semester
  • Master Biophysics 2019 (module part), biophysics, 1st semester
  • Master CLS 2016 (module part), MML with specialization in Life Science, 3rd semester
  • Master MLS 2016 (module part), structure biology, 1st semester
  • Master Infection Biology 2012 (module part), Interdisciplinary modules, 1st semester
  • Master CLS 2010 (module part), computational life science / life sciences, 3rd semester
  • Master MLS 2009 (module part), structure biology, 1st semester
Classes and lectures:
  • Crystallography (lecture, 2 SWS)
  • 30 Hours in-classroom work
  • 60 Hours private studies
Contents of teaching:
  • Crystal growth, precipitant and phase diagram, crystal morphology, symmetry and space groups, crystallogenesis
  • X-rays, X-ray sources, X-ray diffraction, Bragg's law, reciprocal lattice and Ewald-sphere construction
  • X-ray diffraction by electrons, Fourier analysis and synthesis
  • Protein structure determination by X-ray diffraction, crystallographic phase problem, Patterson map, molecular replacement (MR), multiple isomorphous replacement (MIR), multi-wavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD)
  • Crystallography and the drug discovery process: studying protein-ligand interactions
  • Practical exercises employing an X-ray generator (collection of a diffraction image) and the computer (MR; calculation and interpretation of electron density maps)
  • Site visit at the Synchrotron DESY (Hamburg)
  • They have a general scientific competence in macromolecular X-ray diffraction analysis
  • They have the methodological competence to grow protein crystals by hanging or sitting drops
  • They have the methodological competence to correctly interpret (salt or protein) the diffraction image of a crystal using the Ewald Sphere construction
  • They have the methodological competence to tackle the phase problem either by MR, MIR or MAD
  • They can calculate and interprete electron density maps
  • They have the methodological competence, to apply structure- or fragment-based techniques for lead compound identification
  • They have the communication competency to convey the principles of X-ray diffraction theory
Grading through:
  • see Notes
Responsible for this module:
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian Hübner
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Peters
  • Dr. math. et dis. nat. Jeroen Mesters
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Rolf Hilgenfeld
  • Jan Drenth: Principles of Protein X-ray Crystallography - Science+Business Media, LLC, New York
  • offered only in English

Is part of Module:
- LS4021-KP06 (former LS4020-IB) -> Prof. Hübner
- LS4020-KP06 (former LS4020-MLS) and LS4020-KP12 -> Prof. Peters

4 exercises, 2 hours each, are offered in addition to the lecture. Dates are given at the start of the semester.

For Master MLS with specialization Structure Biology the module is mandatory.

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