Scanning Microscopy


Quasi-elastic neutron scattering is a powerful method to study the dynamics of protons in biological systems. The technique has been used both for the study of water diffusion and protein motion. The neutron scattering measurements on water show that the translational and rotational diffusion coefficients in biological systems are reduced from bulk values. We review the measurements on water in frog muscle, cysts of artemia, and phycocyanin. Measurements on dry trypsin and trypsin-D2O solutions over the temperature range 75-300K show that there is proton motion at the one angstrom level even in the dry or frozen state.

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