STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY AND BIOPHYSICS SECTION

The Structural Biology and Biophysics Section offers access and services for technologies in structural studies, molecular interactions and biophysical characterizations of a wide range of biomolecules.

The protein purification facility is equipped with FPLCs and a wide assortment of chromatography columns, covering the conventional protein purification techniques including affinity, ion exchange and size-exclusion chromatography. The purification process includes application to column, elution, buffer exchange (if necessary), desalting, sterile filtration and OD measurement.

The structural biology facility covers protein crystallization and structure determination by X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as the main methods for high resolution structure determination. We provide a complete package for protein structure determination, from protein purification, crystal screenings to X-ray diffraction analysis.

The high-field NMR facility offers multinuclear NMR service for a range of biomolecules. Typical experiments include COSY, NOESY, TOCSY, HSQC & HMBC. Other than structure determination in solution, the NMR facility offers services in protein-ligand interaction studies as well as metabolomics analysis. 

The biophysics facility provides a platform for molecular interactions and characterization study. Nano ITC provides thorough information of molecular interactions through thermodynamic approach in the form of binding constant, stoichiometry and enthalpy. Biacore X 100 provides binding constant information for immobilized macromolecules, particularly for drug screening and development of biosensor. The biophysics facility is also equipped with a few spectroscopy instruments namely circular dichroism, fluorescence spectrometer and UV/Vis spectrometer.

Services
  • Protein purification and characterization
  • Protein crystal screening and data collection
  • Biophysical characterization and molecular interactions
  • 1D, 2D, 3D NMR experiments
  • NMR-based metabolomics analysis
Key Instrumentation
INSTRUMENTS APPLICATION
NMR 700 MHz Bruker Determine structures of biomolecules & metabolomics analysis
ARI Liquid Handling System – Phoenix & Gryphon Dispense nano-sized volume of liquid for crystallization screening
X-Ray Diffractometer Rigaku Analyse structures of macromolecules at high resolution
Nanodrop Spectrophotometer Thermo Determine absorbance of nano-sized volume biological samples
AKTA Explorer GE Healthcare Purify macromolecules for multiple purification steps
AKTA Xpress GE Healthcare Purify macromolecules for high-throughput multiple purification steps
AKTA Purifier Amersham Pharmacia Purify macromolecules using simple purification steps
AKTA Avant 150 GE Healthcare Purify macromolecules in controlled environment for advanced purification steps
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)  Agilent Identify, quantify and purify mixtures of compounds analytically
GC-MS Agilent Separate and identify chemical mixtures
Low Volume Nano Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (Nano-ITC), TA Instrument Provide information on binding and kinetics using thermodynamic approach. Requires low volume sample (200-300ul)
Biacore X 100, GE Healthcare Study binding and kinetics affinity through surface plasmon resonance for drug screening and development of biosensor.   
Circular Dichroism, JASCO J 815 Collect spectra for any optically active chiral sample (Application: Secondary structure estimation, binding study, thermal denaturation analysis, chirality study for small molecule).
Fluorescence Spectrophotometer, Agilent Analyse fluorescence (Applications: Assay development, drug stability, binding and interaction).
UV/Vis Spectrometer, Shimadzu Measure absorption light across desired optical range. Application: Sample quantification & biochemical assays
Olympus Microscope with LINKAM Cryostage Analyse thermal hysteresis (formation of ice crystals), important for antifreeze protein/ peptide study.
SERVICE PROCESS
  • Service request by customer
  • Discussion for experimental design & Sample submission by customer
  • Conducting request service
  • Final QC of clone/protein/biomass/chemical produced
  • Delivering Service Report & Sample Collection by customer
  • Billing & receiving Customer Feedback Form
  • Contact Details:

Structural Biology and Biophysics Section, 
Malaysia Genome Institute (MGI),
National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM),
Jalan Bangi, 43000 Kajang,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA.

Tel: +603 8926 7446            Ext :()

Dr. Azira Muhamad | aziramuhamad@nibm.my
Dr. Mohd Anuar Jonet | anuarjonet@nibm.my

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