BEAMLINE GUIDE
SPring–8 BL32XU


Super Photon ring-8 GeV
Japan
SPACE Automounter

Most of proteins substantially important in biological research have difficulties in growing single crystals of sufficient size. Demands for synchrotron radiation facilities for providing innovative technologies to achieve protein crystallography with micro-sized crystals are increasing more and more. At SPring-8, a new protein micro-crystallography beamline BL32XU is under construction for Targeted Proteins Research Program promoted by MEXT of Japan. The beamline is designed to provide the stabilized and brilliant micro-beam to collect high-quality data from micro-crystals. The highly brilliant micro-beam will be a powerful tool to obtain diffraction data with high signal-to-noise ratio even from weakly diffracting small crystals, by enhancing diffraction signal, and also by reducing background scattering around sample. 1

Automated Systems at BL32XU:

“To achieve high-throughput protein crystallography, we have developed two special components: an automated sample changer robot, SPACE (SPring-8 precise auto-matic cryo-sample exchanger) (Ueno, Hirose et al., 2004), which can change up to 100 crystals in a diffractometer, and the beamline control software BSS (beamline scheduling software) (Ueno et al., 2005), which can perform successive data collection by controlling beamline devices, including SPACE, and managing the data collection schedule. The combination of SPACE and BSS enables unmanned overnight data collection and allows the beamline to operate with high efficiency.” 2


Contacts


Tools

We recommend the following tools for their compatibility and ease-of-use.

Recommended Accepted*
Puck Style Uni-PuckALSACTORSPACE tray
Mount/Loop Style Any
Rod Length 18mm/SPINE
Base Style B1A-Reusable, B1-RB3-RB3S-RB5-RSPACE pin
*Robotic Sample Handling, Aina Cohen. Retrieved December 9, 2013.

To purchase ACTOR pucks, please contact us.


Sample Preparation Kits

Convenient kits of compatible assemblies of MiTeGen recommended products

Beamline Sample Preparation Kits are available in 3 aperture size assortments based on your crystal sizes and include:

  • Assemblies of 100 Crystal Mounts, on 18 mm pins, available in the following assortment:
    • 20 x Dual-Thickness MicroLoops ™ LD  (5 each of 10, 20, 30 and 50 μm aperture sizes)
    • 40 x Dual-Thickness MicroMount ™ (10 each of 75, 100, 150 and 200 μm aperture sizes)
    • 20 x Dual-Thickness MicroLoops ™  (5 each of 300, 400, 500 and 600 μm aperture sizes)
    • 20 x MicroMeshes ™  (5 each of 10, 25, 50 and 25L μm aperture sizes)
  • Installed in 100 B5-R reusable bases or 100 regular bases
  • Packaged and stored in 5 MiTeGen base holders

Uni-puck Starter Kit 2 includes:

  • (7) Universal V-1 Pucks
  • (1) Double Puck Loading Dewar with Lid
  • (1) Puck Wand
  • (1) Puck Dewar Loading Tool
  • (1) Puck Separator Tools
  • (1) Shelved Puck Shipping Cane
  • (1) Bent Cryo-Tong
  • (1) Cryo Express Dry Shipper (CX100)
  • (1) Shipping case for CX100

*custom kits are available, contact MiTeGen with specific requests.


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