The Advanced Light Source hit a milestone in May 2018 with the help of their eight structural biology beamlines. Users of these beamlines have now collectively deposited over 7000 proteins into the Protein Data Bank (PDB), a worldwide, open-access repository of protein structures. The 7000th ALS protein structure (PBD accession number 6C7C) is an enzyme from Mycobacterium ulcerans (strain Agy99), solved with data from Beamline 5.0.2 in the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology. The enzyme is of interest to the researchers from the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGID), whose mission is to obtain crystal structures of potential drug targets on the priority pathogen list of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Beamline 5.0.2, the first protein crystallography beamline at the ALS, came online in 1997. Read more in the ALS Feature.
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