OLT Crystal Shifter devices contribute to the global fight against COVID-19
Diamond scientists were supported by OLT’s Crystal Shifter devices and software to solve a new structure of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease (MPro), and complete an XChem crystallographic fragment screen against it.
In just 72 hours, 600 optimized crystals have been harvested and analysed. Thousands of more crystals followed, on one day over 1,000 crystals have been harvested before lunch! Such high optimization and harvesting troughput was enabled by Oxford Lab Technologies’ Crystal Shifter devices and software. The harvesting results were directly fed to XChem’s analytical pipeline for further processing. Diamond’s daily data sets are made available freely to the global scientific community.
We are humbled our devices and software are helping scientists at Diamond and contributing to such an important global research effort.
Read more in Nature Communications 2020.
DESY – Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
Germany’s largest accelerator centre
Diamond Light Source (UK)
MAX IV Synchrotron (Sweden)
University of California, San Francisco (USA)
Nature Communications 2020: “Crystallographic and electrophilic fragment screening of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease“
Acta Crystallographica 2020: “FragMAX: the fragment-screening platform at the MAX IV Laboratory“
Acta Crystallographica 2019: “The Low-Cost, Semi-Automated Shifter Microscope Stage Transforms Speed and Robustness of Manual Protein Crystal Harvesting“
Acta Crystallographica 2018: “Where is crystallography going?“
Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC)
Centre for Medicines Discovery