What is SAXS?

Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is a technique used to derive low resolution structural information about the shape, size, electronic density, molecular weight and conformational changes of macromolecules in solution by taking advantage of the scattering intensities at different angles.

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Scientific literature

  • Jeffries CM, et al (2016). Preparing monodisperse macromolecular samples for successful biological small-Angle X-ray and neutron-scattering experiments. Nature Protocols.
  • Putnam CD, et al (2007). X-ray solution scattering (SAXS) combined with crystallography and computation: defining accurate macromolecular structures, conformations and assemblies in solution. Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics
  • Skou S, et al (2014). Synchrotron-based small-angle X-ray scattering of proteins in solution. Nature Protocols.
  • Trewhella J, et al (2017). 2017 publication guidelines for structural modeling of small-angle scattering data from biomolecules in solution: an update. Acta Crystallographica Section D.
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