This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Recent XAS studies of nickel-dependent transcriptional regulators NikR and RcnR in the PI's research labs show that, while many metals are bound with high affinity, the ligands used to bind different metals are distinct and result in metal sites with different coordination numbers and geometries. In vivo, the transcriptional regulators were shown respond only to specific metals. One possible explanation is that the metal bound to the protein favors specific conformations of the protein, and only those with the cognate metal bound are biologically active. We plan to examine two or more different metal complexes (e.g., Ni(II)- and Co(II)-NikR) for direct experimental evidence of this metal-specific allosteric mechanism. If we are able to detect a significant conformational change, we will propose to study the full set of metals for NikR (a nickel-repsonsive transcriptional repressor) and RcnR (a nickel- and cobalt-responsive de-repressor).

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR001209-32
Application #
8362256
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-P (40))
Project Start
2011-03-01
Project End
2012-02-29
Budget Start
2011-03-01
Budget End
2012-02-29
Support Year
32
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$810
Indirect Cost
Name
Stanford University
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
009214214
City
Stanford
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
94305
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