DETAILED VISUALIZATION OF PROTEIN CRYSTAL GROWTH

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$49,763.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
10590
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
System Specialists
3125 E 47th St, Tucson, AZ, 85713
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Dr Wade M Poteet
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS INVESTIGATION WILL BE DIRECTED TOWARDS AN INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT FOR BOTH TERRESTRIAL AND MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENTS INVOLVING LIQUID DROP PROTEIN CRYSTAL GROWTH. VISUALIZATION AND RECORDING OF PARAMETERS CHARACTERISTIC OF GROWTH IN HIGH QUALITY PROTEIN CRYSTALS IS IMPORTANT TO THE OPTIMIZATION OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND PROCESSING. A LOW-COST TECHNIQUE WHICH ALLOWS QUANTITATIVE NON-INVASIVE OBSERVATION OF CRYSTAL NUCLEATION, UNIFORMITY OF GROWTH, ANDACCRETION PROCESSES IS STUDIED. THIS OPTICAL TECHNIQUE KNOWN AS COLOR SCHLIEREN CAN PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY IMAGES OF CRYSTALS FROM THE ONSET OF NUCLEATION THROUGH COMPLETED GROWTH, AND DETAILED DATA ARE GENERATED WHICH CAN BE MODELEDFOR BOTH TERRESTRIAL AND MICROGRAVITY (E.G. SPACE STATION) ENVIRONMENTS. ONE TYPE OF COLOR SCHLIEREN INSTRUMENT IS CURRENTLY IN USE BY THE INVESTIGATORS FOR STUDIES INVOLVING GROWTH AND ACCRETION OF CHAINS IN BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES AND CRYSTAL GROWTH IN METAL MODELS. BOTH STUDIES ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE TERRESTRIAL ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS IN MICROGRAVITY EXPERIMENTS ABOARD THE NASA KC-135 LOW GRAVITY SIMULATION AIRCRAFT WHOSE EXTREMELY LOW LEVELS OF BACKGROUND GRAVITY REDUCE OR ELIMINATE BUOYANCY-DRIVEN CONVECTION.

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