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History of Protein Crystallography in China

Zihe Rao
Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences
Vol. 362, No. 1482, Biological Science in China (Jun. 29, 2007), pp. 1035-1042
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20209911
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

China has a strong background in X-ray crystallography dating back to the 1920s. Protein crystallography research in China was first developed following the successful synthesis of insulin in China in 1966. The subsequent determination of the three-dimensional structure of porcine insulin made China one of the few countries which could determine macromolecular structures by X-ray diffraction methods in the late 1960s and early 1970s. After a slow period during the 1970s and 1980s, protein crystallography in China has reached a new climax with a number of outstanding accomplishments. Here, I review the history and progress of protein crystallography in China and detail some of the recent research highlights, including the crystal structures of two membrane proteins as well as the structural genomics initiative in China.

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