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ISSN: 2052-2525

July 2018 issue

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Janfalk Carlsson et al. [IUCrJ (2018), 5, 269–282] describe studies on factors determining selective ring opening of methylstyrene oxide stereoisomers by the epoxide hydrolase StEH1. The stereo-differentiating step is selective hydrolysis of an alkylated intermediate formed by reaction of the epoxide with an aspartyl residue.

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Cryo-EM maps are sensitive to total nuclear and electron charges of a species whereas X-ray crystallography only visualizes electrons without a nuclear contribution. Cryo-EM can be used to identify charge and chemical identity.

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A hybrid method is presented that provides an automated tool for X-ray structure determination using a cryo-EM map as the starting point.

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A bead-modelling approach is presented to determine the structural motifs of helical and rod-like systems from small-angle solution scattering data. The implemented algorithm is verified using analytical models and is further applied to reconstruct from experimental scattering data the building block of a self-assembled peptide double helix.

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The low-resolution shape of an unknown intermediate in an evolving nanostructured system is directly reconstructed from a global fit of the solution scattering data recorded during the process.

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A new method for direct quantification of magnetic correlations in frustrated magnets is developed based on analysis of neutron total scattering data.

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Time-resolved high-resolution X-ray diffraction has been implemented to investigate how monoclinic distortion in the ferroelectric Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 responds to an external electric field. The results strongly favour the model of electric-field-induced polarization rotation and predict that even a sub-coercive electric field can change the direction of the spontaneous polarization vector by 30° or more.

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A practical experimental procedure for transmission X-ray ghost imaging (XGI) using synchrotron light is presented. The authors demonstrate the method, discuss data acquisition and analysis, and measure the point-spread function of an XGI system. The generalization of the methods for future experiments is also discussed.

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Pgp3, a protein implicated in the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, is described in a new crystal structure. It comprises a three-domain multi-macromolecular complex with two misaligned threefold axes; this comprised a unique challenge that has not been encountered before. A specific intermolecular interaction, possibly of functional significance in receptor binding in chlamydia, might allow the design of a new chemotherapeutic agent against chlamydia.

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Charge-density studies of cytosinium chloride, adeninium chloride hemihydrate and guaninium dichloride crystals based on ultra-high-resolution X-ray diffraction data and extensive theoretical calculations are presented. The studies confirm the importance of electrostatic interactions in ionic crystals and show how counterintuitive they can be for protonated nucleobases of like charge.

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This article reports an investigation of the new compound Sr2Pt8−xAs (x = 0.715), characterized by an incommensurately modulated structure and a temperature-independent electrical resistivity. The observation of saturated resistivity in this metallic system is described in the context of the Mooij correlation, which originates from the aperiodic potential of the incommensurately modulated vacancies in one of the Pt positions.

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