Cryocrystallography with oil - An old idea revived

A. Riboldi-Tunnicliffe, R. Hilgenfeld*

*Corresponding author for this work
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A method is described that permits the cooling of protein crystals without the use of conventional cryoprotective agents. Covering the crystal completely with highly liquid dry paraffin oil (Merck) prevents ice formation. It is suggested that this method, because of its simplicity, be tried as a first choice in cryocrystallography, since it does not require the growth or soaking of crystals in solvents which could disturb the packing by diffusing into the crystal.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1003-1005
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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