Screening of protein crystallization trials by second order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC).

Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, 560 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47904, United States.
Methods (Impact Factor: 3.22). 11/2011; 55(4):379-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2011.11.003
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ABSTRACT Second order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC) is a promising new method for the sensitive and selective detection of protein crystals. Relevant general principles of second harmonic generation, which underpins SONICC, are reviewed. Instrumentation and methods for SONICC measurements are described and critically assessed in terms of performance trade-offs. Potential origins of false-positives and false-negatives are also discussed.

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