Publications by authors named "Adrian P Mancuso"

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X-ray-Based Techniques to Study the Nano-Bio Interface.

ACS Nano 2021 03 2;15(3):3754-3807. Epub 2021 Mar 2.

Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE), Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Paseo de Miramon 182, 20014 Donostia San Sebastián, Spain.

X-ray-based analytics are routinely applied in many fields, including physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering. The full potential of such techniques in the life sciences and medicine, however, has not yet been fully exploited. We highlight current and upcoming advances in this direction. We describe different X-ray-based methodologies (including those performed at synchrotron light sources and X-ray free-electron lasers) and their potentials for application to investigate the nano-bio interface. The discussion is predominantly guided by asking how such methods could better help to understand and to improve nanoparticle-based drug delivery, though the concepts also apply to nano-bio interactions in general. We discuss current limitations and how they might be overcome, particularly for future use .
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.0c09563DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7992135PMC
March 2021

Diffraction data from aerosolized Coliphage PR772 virus particles imaged with the Linac Coherent Light Source.

Sci Data 2020 11 19;7(1):404. Epub 2020 Nov 19.

Arizona State University, 1001S. McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ, 85287, USA.

Single Particle Imaging (SPI) with intense coherent X-ray pulses from X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) has the potential to produce molecular structures without the need for crystallization or freezing. Here we present a dataset of 285,944 diffraction patterns from aerosolized Coliphage PR772 virus particles injected into the femtosecond X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). Additional exposures with background information are also deposited. The diffraction data were collected at the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science Instrument (AMO) of the LCLS in 4 experimental beam times during a period of four years. The photon energy was either 1.2 or 1.7 keV and the pulse energy was between 2 and 4 mJ in a focal spot of about 1.3 μm x 1.7 μm full width at half maximum (FWHM). The X-ray laser pulses captured the particles in random orientations. The data offer insight into aerosolised virus particles in the gas phase, contain information relevant to improving experimental parameters, and provide a basis for developing algorithms for image analysis and reconstruction.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-00745-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7678860PMC
November 2020

Emergence of anomalous dynamics in soft matter probed at the European XFEL.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 09 15;117(39):24110-24116. Epub 2020 Sep 15.

Photon Science, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, 22607 Hamburg, Germany.

Dynamics and kinetics in soft matter physics, biology, and nanoscience frequently occur on fast (sub)microsecond but not ultrafast timescales which are difficult to probe experimentally. The European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL), a megahertz hard X-ray Free-Electron Laser source, enables such experiments via taking series of diffraction patterns at repetition rates of up to 4.5 MHz. Here, we demonstrate X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) with submicrosecond time resolution of soft matter samples at the European XFEL. We show that the XFEL driven by a superconducting accelerator provides unprecedented beam stability within a pulse train. We performed microsecond sequential XPCS experiments probing equilibrium and nonequilibrium diffusion dynamics in water. We find nonlinear heating on microsecond timescales with dynamics beyond hot Brownian motion and superheated water states persisting up to 100 μs at high fluences. At short times up to 20 μs we observe that the dynamics do not obey the Stokes-Einstein predictions.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2003337117DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7533660PMC
September 2020

Segmented flow generator for serial crystallography at the European X-ray free electron laser.

Nat Commun 2020 09 9;11(1):4511. Epub 2020 Sep 9.

School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287-1604, USA.

Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) with X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) allows structure determination of membrane proteins and time-resolved crystallography. Common liquid sample delivery continuously jets the protein crystal suspension into the path of the XFEL, wasting a vast amount of sample due to the pulsed nature of all current XFEL sources. The European XFEL (EuXFEL) delivers femtosecond (fs) X-ray pulses in trains spaced 100 ms apart whereas pulses within trains are currently separated by 889 ns. Therefore, continuous sample delivery via fast jets wastes >99% of sample. Here, we introduce a microfluidic device delivering crystal laden droplets segmented with an immiscible oil reducing sample waste and demonstrate droplet injection at the EuXFEL compatible with high pressure liquid delivery of an SFX experiment. While achieving ~60% reduction in sample waste, we determine the structure of the enzyme 3-deoxy-D-manno-octulosonate-8-phosphate synthase from microcrystals delivered in droplets revealing distinct structural features not previously reported.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18156-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7481229PMC
September 2020

Perspectives on single particle imaging with x rays at the advent of high repetition rate x-ray free electron laser sources.

Struct Dyn 2020 Jul 6;7(4):040901. Epub 2020 Aug 6.

Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Husargatan 3 (Box 596), SE-75124 Uppsala, Sweden.

X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) now routinely produce millijoule level pulses of x-ray photons with tens of femtoseconds duration. Such x-ray intensities gave rise to the idea that weakly scattering particles-perhaps single biomolecules or viruses-could be investigated free of radiation damage. Here, we examine elements from the past decade of so-called single particle imaging with hard XFELs. We look at the progress made to date and identify some future possible directions for the field. In particular, we summarize the presently achieved resolutions as well as identifying the bottlenecks and enabling technologies to future resolution improvement, which in turn enables application to samples of scientific interest.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/4.0000024DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7413746PMC
July 2020

Author Correction: Membrane protein megahertz crystallography at the European XFEL.

Nat Commun 2020 Jan 30;11(1):703. Epub 2020 Jan 30.

Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287-5001, USA.

An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via a link at the top of the paper.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14436-4DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6992783PMC
January 2020

Evaluation of serial crystallographic structure determination within megahertz pulse trains.

Struct Dyn 2019 Nov 4;6(6):064702. Epub 2019 Dec 4.

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron, Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg, Germany.

The new European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL) is the first X-ray free-electron laser capable of delivering intense X-ray pulses with a megahertz interpulse spacing in a wavelength range suitable for atomic resolution structure determination. An outstanding but crucial question is whether the use of a pulse repetition rate nearly four orders of magnitude higher than previously possible results in unwanted structural changes due to either radiation damage or systematic effects on data quality. Here, separate structures from the first and subsequent pulses in the European XFEL pulse train were determined, showing that there is essentially no difference between structures determined from different pulses under currently available operating conditions at the European XFEL.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5124387DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6892710PMC
November 2019

Time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography at the European XFEL.

Nat Methods 2020 01 18;17(1):73-78. Epub 2019 Nov 18.

Physics Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA.

The European XFEL (EuXFEL) is a 3.4-km long X-ray source, which produces femtosecond, ultrabrilliant and spatially coherent X-ray pulses at megahertz (MHz) repetition rates. This X-ray source has been designed to enable the observation of ultrafast processes with near-atomic spatial resolution. Time-resolved crystallographic investigations on biological macromolecules belong to an important class of experiments that explore fundamental and functional structural displacements in these molecules. Due to the unusual MHz X-ray pulse structure at the EuXFEL, these experiments are challenging. Here, we demonstrate how a biological reaction can be followed on ultrafast timescales at the EuXFEL. We investigate the picosecond time range in the photocycle of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) with MHz X-ray pulse rates. We show that difference electron density maps of excellent quality can be obtained. The results connect the previously explored femtosecond PYP dynamics to timescales accessible at synchrotrons. This opens the door to a wide range of time-resolved studies at the EuXFEL.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41592-019-0628-zDOI Listing
January 2020

Membrane protein megahertz crystallography at the European XFEL.

Nat Commun 2019 11 4;10(1):5021. Epub 2019 Nov 4.

Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287-5001, USA.

The world's first superconducting megahertz repetition rate hard X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL), the European XFEL, began operation in 2017, featuring a unique pulse train structure with 886 ns between pulses. With its rapid pulse rate, the European XFEL may alleviate some of the increasing demand for XFEL beamtime, particularly for membrane protein serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX), leveraging orders-of-magnitude faster data collection. Here, we report the first membrane protein megahertz SFX experiment, where we determined a 2.9 Å-resolution SFX structure of the large membrane protein complex, Photosystem I, a > 1 MDa complex containing 36 protein subunits and 381 cofactors. We address challenges to megahertz SFX for membrane protein complexes, including growth of large quantities of crystals and the large molecular and unit cell size that influence data collection and analysis. The results imply that megahertz crystallography could have an important impact on structure determination of large protein complexes with XFELs.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12955-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6828683PMC
November 2019

Wavefront sensing at X-ray free-electron lasers.

J Synchrotron Radiat 2019 Jul 19;26(Pt 4):1115-1126. Epub 2019 Jun 19.

European XFEL GmbH, Holzkoppel 4, 22869 Schenefeld, Germany.

Here a direct comparison is made between various X-ray wavefront sensing methods with application to optics alignment and focus characterization at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs). Focus optimization at XFEL beamlines presents unique challenges due to high peak powers as well as beam pointing instability, meaning that techniques capable of single-shot measurement and that probe the wavefront at an out-of-focus location are desirable. The techniques chosen for the comparison include single-phase-grating Talbot interferometry (shearing interferometry), dual-grating Talbot interferometry (moiré deflectometry) and speckle tracking. All three methods were implemented during a single beam time at the Linac Coherent Light Source, at the X-ray Pump Probe beamline, in order to make a direct comparison. Each method was used to characterize the wavefront resulting from a stack of beryllium compound refractive lenses followed by a corrective phase plate. In addition, difference wavefront measurements with and without the phase plate agreed with its design to within λ/20, which enabled a direct quantitative comparison between methods. Finally, a path toward automated alignment at XFEL beamlines using a wavefront sensor to close the loop is presented.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S1600577519005721DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6613120PMC
July 2019

The Single Particles, Clusters and Biomolecules and Serial Femtosecond Crystallography instrument of the European XFEL: initial installation.

J Synchrotron Radiat 2019 May 12;26(Pt 3):660-676. Epub 2019 Apr 12.

European XFEL, Holzkoppel 4, 22869 Schenefeld, Germany.

The European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (FEL) became the first operational high-repetition-rate hard X-ray FEL with first lasing in May 2017. Biological structure determination has already benefitted from the unique properties and capabilities of X-ray FELs, predominantly through the development and application of serial crystallography. The possibility of now performing such experiments at data rates more than an order of magnitude greater than previous X-ray FELs enables not only a higher rate of discovery but also new classes of experiments previously not feasible at lower data rates. One example is time-resolved experiments requiring a higher number of time steps for interpretation, or structure determination from samples with low hit rates in conventional X-ray FEL serial crystallography. Following first lasing at the European XFEL, initial commissioning and operation occurred at two scientific instruments, one of which is the Single Particles, Clusters and Biomolecules and Serial Femtosecond Crystallography (SPB/SFX) instrument. This instrument provides a photon energy range, focal spot sizes and diagnostic tools necessary for structure determination of biological specimens. The instrumentation explicitly addresses serial crystallography and the developing single particle imaging method as well as other forward-scattering and diffraction techniques. This paper describes the major science cases of SPB/SFX and its initial instrumentation - in particular its optical systems, available sample delivery methods, 2D detectors, supporting optical laser systems and key diagnostic components. The present capabilities of the instrument will be reviewed and a brief outlook of its future capabilities is also described.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S1600577519003308DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6510195PMC
May 2019

MHz data collection of a microcrystalline mixture of different jack bean proteins.

Sci Data 2019 04 3;6(1):18. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Jahnstrasse 29, 69120, Heidelberg, Germany.

We provide a detailed description of a serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) dataset collected at the European X-ray free-electron laser facility (EuXFEL). The EuXFEL is the first high repetition rate XFEL delivering MHz X-ray pulse trains at 10 Hz. The short spacing (<1 µs) between pulses requires fast flowing microjets for sample injection and high frame rate detectors. A data set was recorded of a microcrystalline mixture of at least three different jack bean proteins (urease, concanavalin A, concanavalin B). A one megapixel Adaptive Gain Integrating Pixel Detector (AGIPD) was used which has not only a high frame rate but also a large dynamic range. This dataset is publicly available through the Coherent X-ray Imaging Data Bank (CXIDB) as a resource for algorithm development and for data analysis training for prospective XFEL users.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41597-019-0010-0DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6472352PMC
April 2019

Initial observations of the femtosecond timing jitter at the European XFEL.

Opt Lett 2019 Apr;44(7):1650-1653

Intense, ultrashort, and high-repetition-rate X-ray pulses, combined with a femtosecond optical laser, allow pump-probe experiments with fast data acquisition and femtosecond time resolution. However, the relative timing of the X-ray pulses and the optical laser pulses can be controlled only to a level of the intrinsic error of the instrument which, without characterization, limits the time resolution of experiments. This limitation inevitably calls for a precise determination of the relative arrival time, which can be used after measurement for sorting and tagging the experimental data to a much finer resolution than it can be controlled to. The observed root-mean-square timing jitter between the X-ray and the optical laser at the SPB/SFX instrument at European XFEL was 308 fs. This first measurement of timing jitter at the European XFEL provides an important step in realizing ultrafast experiments at this novel X-ray source. A method for determining the change in the complex refractive index of samples is also presented.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.44.001650DOI Listing
April 2019

Single-particle imaging without symmetry constraints at an X-ray free-electron laser.

IUCrJ 2018 Nov 18;5(Pt 6):727-736. Epub 2018 Sep 18.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Notkestrasse 85, Hamburg D-22607, Germany.

The analysis of a single-particle imaging (SPI) experiment performed at the AMO beamline at LCLS as part of the SPI initiative is presented here. A workflow for the three-dimensional virus reconstruction of the PR772 bacteriophage from measured single-particle data is developed. It consists of several well defined steps including single-hit diffraction data classification, refined filtering of the classified data, reconstruction of three-dimensional scattered intensity from the experimental diffraction patterns by orientation determination and a final three-dimensional reconstruction of the virus electron density without symmetry constraints. The analysis developed here revealed and quantified nanoscale features of the PR772 virus measured in this experiment, with the obtained resolution better than 10 nm, with a clear indication that the structure was compressed in one direction and, as such, deviates from ideal icosahedral symmetry.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S205225251801120XDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6211532PMC
November 2018

Megahertz serial crystallography.

Authors:
Max O Wiedorn Dominik Oberthür Richard Bean Robin Schubert Nadine Werner Brian Abbey Martin Aepfelbacher Luigi Adriano Aschkan Allahgholi Nasser Al-Qudami Jakob Andreasson Steve Aplin Salah Awel Kartik Ayyer Saša Bajt Imrich Barák Sadia Bari Johan Bielecki Sabine Botha Djelloul Boukhelef Wolfgang Brehm Sandor Brockhauser Igor Cheviakov Matthew A Coleman Francisco Cruz-Mazo Cyril Danilevski Connie Darmanin R Bruce Doak Martin Domaracky Katerina Dörner Yang Du Hans Fangohr Holger Fleckenstein Matthias Frank Petra Fromme Alfonso M Gañán-Calvo Yaroslav Gevorkov Klaus Giewekemeyer Helen Mary Ginn Heinz Graafsma Rita Graceffa Dominic Greiffenberg Lars Gumprecht Peter Göttlicher Janos Hajdu Steffen Hauf Michael Heymann Susannah Holmes Daniel A Horke Mark S Hunter Siegfried Imlau Alexander Kaukher Yoonhee Kim Alexander Klyuev Juraj Knoška Bostjan Kobe Manuela Kuhn Christopher Kupitz Jochen Küpper Janine Mia Lahey-Rudolph Torsten Laurus Karoline Le Cong Romain Letrun P Lourdu Xavier Luis Maia Filipe R N C Maia Valerio Mariani Marc Messerschmidt Markus Metz Davide Mezza Thomas Michelat Grant Mills Diana C F Monteiro Andrew Morgan Kerstin Mühlig Anna Munke Astrid Münnich Julia Nette Keith A Nugent Theresa Nuguid Allen M Orville Suraj Pandey Gisel Pena Pablo Villanueva-Perez Jennifer Poehlsen Gianpietro Previtali Lars Redecke Winnie Maria Riekehr Holger Rohde Adam Round Tatiana Safenreiter Iosifina Sarrou Tokushi Sato Marius Schmidt Bernd Schmitt Robert Schönherr Joachim Schulz Jonas A Sellberg M Marvin Seibert Carolin Seuring Megan L Shelby Robert L Shoeman Marcin Sikorski Alessandro Silenzi Claudiu A Stan Xintian Shi Stephan Stern Jola Sztuk-Dambietz Janusz Szuba Aleksandra Tolstikova Martin Trebbin Ulrich Trunk Patrik Vagovic Thomas Ve Britta Weinhausen Thomas A White Krzysztof Wrona Chen Xu Oleksandr Yefanov Nadia Zatsepin Jiaguo Zhang Markus Perbandt Adrian P Mancuso Christian Betzel Henry Chapman Anton Barty

Nat Commun 2018 10 2;9(1):4025. Epub 2018 Oct 2.

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Notkestrasse 85, 22607, Hamburg, Germany.

The new European X-ray Free-Electron Laser is the first X-ray free-electron laser capable of delivering X-ray pulses with a megahertz inter-pulse spacing, more than four orders of magnitude higher than previously possible. However, to date, it has been unclear whether it would indeed be possible to measure high-quality diffraction data at megahertz pulse repetition rates. Here, we show that high-quality structures can indeed be obtained using currently available operating conditions at the European XFEL. We present two complete data sets, one from the well-known model system lysozyme and the other from a so far unknown complex of a β-lactamase from K. pneumoniae involved in antibiotic resistance. This result opens up megahertz serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) as a tool for reliable structure determination, substrate screening and the efficient measurement of the evolution and dynamics of molecular structures using megahertz repetition rate pulses available at this new class of X-ray laser source.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06156-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6168542PMC
October 2018

Megahertz data collection from protein microcrystals at an X-ray free-electron laser.

Nat Commun 2018 08 28;9(1):3487. Epub 2018 Aug 28.

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Jahnstrasse 29, 69120, Heidelberg, Germany.

X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) enable novel experiments because of their high peak brilliance and femtosecond pulse duration. However, non-superconducting XFELs offer repetition rates of only 10-120 Hz, placing significant demands on beam time and sample consumption. We describe serial femtosecond crystallography experiments performed at the European XFEL, the first MHz repetition rate XFEL, delivering 1.128 MHz X-ray pulse trains at 10 Hz. Given the short spacing between pulses, damage caused by shock waves launched by one XFEL pulse on sample probed by subsequent pulses is a concern. To investigate this issue, we collected data from lysozyme microcrystals, exposed to a ~15 μm XFEL beam. Under these conditions, data quality is independent of whether the first or subsequent pulses of the train were used for data collection. We also analyzed a mixture of microcrystals of jack bean proteins, from which the structure of native, magnesium-containing concanavalin A was determined.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05953-4DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6113309PMC
August 2018

Correlations in Scattered X-Ray Laser Pulses Reveal Nanoscale Structural Features of Viruses.

Phys Rev Lett 2017 Oct 12;119(15):158102. Epub 2017 Oct 12.

European XFEL GmbH, Holzkoppel 4, D-22869 Schenefeld, Germany.

We use extremely bright and ultrashort pulses from an x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) to measure correlations in x rays scattered from individual bioparticles. This allows us to go beyond the traditional crystallography and single-particle imaging approaches for structure investigations. We employ angular correlations to recover the three-dimensional (3D) structure of nanoscale viruses from x-ray diffraction data measured at the Linac Coherent Light Source. Correlations provide us with a comprehensive structural fingerprint of a 3D virus, which we use both for model-based and ab initio structure recovery. The analyses reveal a clear indication that the structure of the viruses deviates from the expected perfect icosahedral symmetry. Our results anticipate exciting opportunities for XFEL studies of the structure and dynamics of nanoscale objects by means of angular correlations.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.158102DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5757528PMC
October 2017

Start-to-end simulation of single-particle imaging using ultra-short pulses at the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser.

IUCrJ 2017 Sep 1;4(Pt 5):560-568. Epub 2017 Sep 1.

European XFEL GmbH, Holzkoppel 4, 22869 Schenefeld, Germany.

Single-particle imaging with X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) has the potential to provide structural information at atomic resolution for non-crystalline biomolecules. This potential exists because ultra-short intense pulses can produce interpretable diffraction data notwithstanding radiation damage. This paper explores the impact of pulse duration on the interpretability of diffraction data using comprehensive and realistic simulations of an imaging experiment at the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser. It is found that the optimal pulse duration for molecules with a few thousand atoms at 5 keV lies between 3 and 9 fs.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S2052252517009496DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5619849PMC
September 2017

Single-shot determination of focused FEL wave fields using iterative phase retrieval.

Opt Express 2017 Jul;25(15):17892-17903

Determining fluctuations in focus properties is essential for many experiments at Self-Amplified-Spontaneous-Emission (SASE) based Free-Electron-Lasers (FELs), in particular for imaging single non-crystalline biological particles. We report on a diffractive imaging technique to fully characterize highly focused, single-shot pulses using an iterative phase retrieval algorithm, and benchmark it against an existing Hartmann wavefront sensor. The results, both theoretical and experimental, demonstrate the effectiveness of this technique to provide a comprehensive and convenient shot-to-shot measurement of focused-pulse wave fields and source-point positional variations without the need for manipulative optics between the focus and the detector.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.25.017892DOI Listing
July 2017

Coherent soft X-ray diffraction imaging of coliphage PR772 at the Linac coherent light source.

Sci Data 2017 06 27;4:170079. Epub 2017 Jun 27.

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY, Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg, Germany.

Single-particle diffraction from X-ray Free Electron Lasers offers the potential for molecular structure determination without the need for crystallization. In an effort to further develop the technique, we present a dataset of coherent soft X-ray diffraction images of Coliphage PR772 virus, collected at the Atomic Molecular Optics (AMO) beamline with pnCCD detectors in the LAMP instrument at the Linac Coherent Light Source. The diameter of PR772 ranges from 65-70 nm, which is considerably smaller than the previously reported ~600 nm diameter Mimivirus. This reflects continued progress in XFEL-based single-particle imaging towards the single molecular imaging regime. The data set contains significantly more single particle hits than collected in previous experiments, enabling the development of improved statistical analysis, reconstruction algorithms, and quantitative metrics to determine resolution and self-consistency.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2017.79DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5501160PMC
June 2017

Coherent diffraction of single Rice Dwarf virus particles using hard X-rays at the Linac Coherent Light Source.

Sci Data 2016 08 1;3:160064. Epub 2016 Aug 1.

Arizona State University, School of Molecular Sciences (SMS), Tempe, Arizona 85287-1604, USA.

Single particle diffractive imaging data from Rice Dwarf Virus (RDV) were recorded using the Coherent X-ray Imaging (CXI) instrument at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). RDV was chosen as it is a well-characterized model system, useful for proof-of-principle experiments, system optimization and algorithm development. RDV, an icosahedral virus of about 70 nm in diameter, was aerosolized and injected into the approximately 0.1 μm diameter focused hard X-ray beam at the CXI instrument of LCLS. Diffraction patterns from RDV with signal to 5.9 Ångström were recorded. The diffraction data are available through the Coherent X-ray Imaging Data Bank (CXIDB) as a resource for algorithm development, the contents of which are described here.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.64DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4968191PMC
August 2016

A comprehensive simulation framework for imaging single particles and biomolecules at the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser.

Sci Rep 2016 04 25;6:24791. Epub 2016 Apr 25.

European XFEL GmbH, Albert-Einstein-Ring 19, 22761 Hamburg, Germany.

The advent of newer, brighter, and more coherent X-ray sources, such as X-ray Free-Electron Lasers (XFELs), represents a tremendous growth in the potential to apply coherent X-rays to determine the structure of materials from the micron-scale down to the Angstrom-scale. There is a significant need for a multi-physics simulation framework to perform source-to-detector simulations for a single particle imaging experiment, including (i) the multidimensional simulation of the X-ray source; (ii) simulation of the wave-optics propagation of the coherent XFEL beams; (iii) atomistic modelling of photon-material interactions; (iv) simulation of the time-dependent diffraction process, including incoherent scattering; (v) assembling noisy and incomplete diffraction intensities into a three-dimensional data set using the Expansion-Maximisation-Compression (EMC) algorithm and (vi) phase retrieval to obtain structural information. We demonstrate the framework by simulating a single-particle experiment for a nitrogenase iron protein using parameters of the SPB/SFX instrument of the European XFEL. This exercise demonstrably yields interpretable consequences for structure determination that are crucial yet currently unavailable for experiment design.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep24791DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4842992PMC
April 2016

High-dynamic-range coherent diffractive imaging: ptychography using the mixed-mode pixel array detector.

J Synchrotron Radiat 2014 Sep 7;21(Pt 5):1167-74. Epub 2014 Aug 7.

European XFEL GmbH, Hamburg, Germany.

Coherent (X-ray) diffractive imaging (CDI) is an increasingly popular form of X-ray microscopy, mainly due to its potential to produce high-resolution images and the lack of an objective lens between the sample and its corresponding imaging detector. One challenge, however, is that very high dynamic range diffraction data must be collected to produce both quantitative and high-resolution images. In this work, hard X-ray ptychographic coherent diffractive imaging has been performed at the P10 beamline of the PETRA III synchrotron to demonstrate the potential of a very wide dynamic range imaging X-ray detector (the Mixed-Mode Pixel Array Detector, or MM-PAD). The detector is capable of single photon detection, detecting fluxes exceeding 1 × 10(8) 8-keV photons pixel(-1) s(-1), and framing at 1 kHz. A ptychographic reconstruction was performed using a peak focal intensity on the order of 1 × 10(10) photons µm(-2) s(-1) within an area of approximately 325 nm × 603 nm. This was done without need of a beam stop and with a very modest attenuation, while `still' images of the empty beam far-field intensity were recorded without any attenuation. The treatment of the detector frames and CDI methodology for reconstruction of non-sensitive detector regions, partially also extending the active detector area, are described.
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September 2014

Structural biology at the European X-ray free-electron laser facility.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 2014 Jul;369(1647):20130311

European XFEL GmbH, Albert Einstein Ring 19, 22761 Hamburg, Germany.

The European X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) facility, under construction in the Hamburg region, will provide high-peak brilliance (greater than 10(33) photons s(-1) mm(-2) mrad(-2) per 0.1% BW), ultrashort pulses (approx. 10 fs) of X-rays, with a high repetition rate (up to 27 000 pulses s(-1)) from 2016 onwards. The main features of this exceptional X-ray source, and the instrumentation developments necessary to exploit them fully, for application to a variety of scientific disciplines, are briefly summarized. In the case of structural biology, that has a central role in the scientific case of this new facility, the instruments and ancillary laboratories that are being planned and built within the baseline programme of the European XFEL and by consortia of users are also discussed. It is expected that the unique features of the source and the advanced features of the instrumentation will allow operation modes with more efficient use of sample materials, faster acquisition times, and conditions better approaching feasibility of single molecule imaging.
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July 2014

Internal structure of an intact Convallaria majalis pollen grain observed with X-ray Fresnel coherent diffractive imaging.

Opt Express 2012 Nov;20(24):26778-85

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg, Germany.

We have applied Fresnel Coherent Diffractive Imaging (FCDI) to image an intact pollen grain from Convallaria majalis. This approach allows us to resolve internal structures without the requirement to chemically treat or slice the sample into thin sections. Coherent X-ray diffraction data from this pollen grain-composed of a hologram and higher resolution scattering information-was collected at a photon energy of 1820 eV and reconstructed using an iterative algorithm. A comparison with images recorded using transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that, while the resolution of these images is limited by the available flux and mechanical stability, we observed structures internal to the pollen grain-the intine/exine separations and pore dimensions-finer than 60 nm. The potential of this technique for further biological imaging applications is discussed.
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November 2012

Observation of an x-ray vortex.

Opt Lett 2002 ;27(20):1752-4

Phase singularities are a ubiquitous feature of waves of all forms and represent a fundamental aspect of wave topology. An optical vortex phase singularity occurs when there is a spiral phase ramp about a point phase singularity. We report an experimental observation of an optical vortex in a field consisting of 9-keV x-ray photons. The vortex is created with an x-ray optical structure that imparts a spiral phase distribution to the incident wave field and is observed by use of diffraction about a wire to create a division-of-wave-front interferometer.
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October 2012

Phase-space reconstruction of focused x-ray fields.

J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis 2006 Jul;23(7):1779-86

School of Physics, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

We apply the method of phase-space tomography to reconstruct x-ray beams focused using a compound refractive lens. We show that it is possible to decouple the effect of aberrations in the optical system from the field and hence measure both them and the original field. We recover the complex coherence function and find that it is consistent with expectations.
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July 2006

X-ray phase vortices: theory and experiment.

J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis 2004 Aug;21(8):1575-84

School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIictoria 3010, Australia.

We review the current work on x-ray phase vortices. We explain the role of an x-ray vortex in phase recovery and speculate on its possible applications in other fields of x-ray optical research. We present our theoretical understanding of the structure of phase vortices and test these predictions against experiment. We present experimental observations of phase vortices with charge greater than 3 and observe that their propagation appears to be consistent with our theoretical models.
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August 2004