Special Issue "Novel Structural Studies of Coronavirus Proteins"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomolecular Crystals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marc Messerschmidt E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Biodesign Institute, Center for Applied Structural Discovery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Interests: chemistry; crystallography; time resolved diffraction; free electron lasers; synchrotron radiation
Dr. Jeney Wierman E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Structural Molecular Biology Group, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA, USA
Interests: serial crystallography; time-resolved dynamics; metalloenzymes; crystallography methods; room temperature crystallography
Dr. José Manuel Martín-García E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Crystallography & Structural Biology, Institute of Physical Chemistry "Rocasolano", CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Interests: serial crystallography; X-ray free-electron lasers; time-resolved serial crystallography; protein structure and dynamics; structure-based drug discovery
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic’s severity refocused many scientific efforts to research related to SARS-CoV-2. Large facilities worldwide, such as synchrotrons and XFELs, dedicated overwhelming time and energy to this exceptional and ongoing story. The focused timeline and scope of COVID-19 related research will certainly be remembered as an historic effort across many scientific fields, including that of structural biology. Structural studies have shown to be critical in identifying important features for COVID-19 research, and highlighting these studies is a particular motivation for this Special Issue of Crystals. We hope that this serves as a celebration of the contributions from crystallographers worldwide to COVID-19-related research.

Thus, the main goal of this Special Issue, “Novel Structural Studies of Coronavirus Proteins”, will be to gather both research and review articles from experts in the field (chemists, biologists, physicists, and structural biologists), with the ultimate goal of creating an international platform that provides with rich and reference information on the latest advances and exciting discoveries in the field of X-ray crystallography at synchrotrons and XFELs towards understanding the functioning of SARS-CoV-2 to advance develop new drug treatments and vaccines against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Dr. Marc Messerschmidt
Dr. Jeney Wierman
Dr. José Manuel Martín-García
Guest Editors

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