The second space experiment of protein crystallization with domestic facilities

Yaoping Wang, Jishen Pan, Xiutian Niu, Yuancong Zhou, Ziqian Hua, Qian Xu, Shen Wu, Qing Han, Hongmin Li, Yanshun Liu, Maikun Teng, Haihui He, Shengxiang Lin, Ruchang Bi

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The second experiment of protein crystallization was performed on domestic re-entry satellite FSW-2 in 1994-07. The results are superior to the ones of the first mission in 1992: 9 of 10 different proteins were crystallized in space, and 70% of the total 48 samples yielded single crystals. Besides hen egg-white lysozyme which grew high-quality crystals on the first mission, an acidic phospholipase A2(aPLA2) from snake venom and hemoglobin from Anser Indicus produced good-quality crystals suitable for X-ray diffraction analyses. The positive effect of microgravity on protein crystal growth is verified again at this time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-464
Number of pages7
JournalScience in China, Series C: Life Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystal growth
  • Microgravity
  • Protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Fuel Technology
  • General Environmental Science
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Energy
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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