forthcoming articles

The following articles are a selection of those recently accepted for publication in IUCrJ.

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Accepted 13 April 2021

Structural biology in the time of COVID-19: perspectives on methods and milestones

The one-year anniversary of the declaration of the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 as a pandemic, combined with the 50th anniversary of the PDB, provides a unique occasion to observe the role played by structural methods in the fight against COVID-19. A revealing portrait of the many contributions of the structural biology community is presented.

Accepted 7 April 2021

Putative glycosyl­transferase hexameric functional unit revealed by the crystal structure of Acinetobacter baumannii MurG

We characterized the MurG glycosyl­transferase of the human pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii and unveiled its hexameric crystal structure. We believe that our study makes a significant contribution to the literature because this is the first homo-oligomeric structure among the MurG and Mur families of ligases to be described. Our study clarifies the homo-oligomerization mechanism of the MurG ligase, thus opening the door for designing next-generation antibiotics that target the MurG ligase.

Accepted 7 April 2021

Improved grain mapping by laboratory X-ray diffraction contrast tomography

The present laboratory diffraction contrast tomography suffers from poor spatial resolution – only grains larger than 40 µm can be reliably imaged. In this work we show how this serious limitation can be lifted and the spatial resolution improved significantly.

Accepted 30 March 2021

Reduction of dislocations in α-Ga2O3 epilayers grown by halide vapor-phase epitaxy on a conical frustum-patterned sapphire substrate


Accepted 15 March 2021

Crystal structures of Aspergillus oryzae Rib2 deaminase: the functional mechanism involved in riboflavin biosynthesis

Crystal structures of Rib2 deaminase reveal its substrate specificity and catalytic mechanism.


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