Experimental strategies for imaging bioparticles with femtosecond hard X-ray pulses

BioXFEL scientist Richard A. Kirian, along with his peers, published a research article onto IUCrj:

This study explores the capabilities of the Coherent X-ray Imaging Instrument at the Linac Coherent Light Source to image small biological samples. The weak signal from small samples puts a significant demand on the experiment. Aerosolized Omono River virus particles of ∼40 nm in diameter were injected into the submicrometre X-ray focus at a reduced pressure.


Single-shot determination of focused FEL wave fields using iterative phase retrieval

BioXFEL scientist Marc Messerschmidt, along with his colleagues, published a research article in OSA publishing.


Determining fluctuations in focus properties is essential for many experiments at Self-Amplified-Spontaneous-Emission (SASE) based Free-Electron-Lasers (FELs), in particular for imaging single non-crystalline biological particles.


Critical Role of Water Molecules in Proton Translocation by the Membrane-Bound Transhydrogenase

BioXFEL scientist Vadim Cherezov, along with others, publishes research article in ScienceDirect.


The nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase (TH) is an integral membrane enzyme that uses the proton-motive force to drive hydride transfer from NADH to NADP+ in bacteria and eukaryotes.


Structural insights into the extracellular recognition of the human serotonin 2B receptor by an antibody

Monoclonal antibodies provide an attractive alternative to small-molecule therapies for a wide range of diseases. Given the importance of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) as pharmaceutical targets, there has been an immense interest in developing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies that act on GPCRs.


FELIX: an algorithm for indexing multiple crystallites in X-ray free-electron laser snapshot diffraction images

A novel algorithm for indexing multiple crystals in snapshot X-ray diffraction images, especially suited for serial crystallography data, is presented. The algorithm, FELIX, utilizes a generalized parametrization of the Rodrigues–Frank space, in which all crystal systems can be represented without singularities.


Crystal structure of CO-bound cytochrome c oxidase determined by serial femtosecond X-ray crystallography at room temperature

Cytochrome c oxidase (CcO), the terminal enzyme in the electron transfer chain, translocates protons across the inner mitochondrial membrane by harnessing the free energy generated by the reduction of oxygen to water.