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. We are currently pursuing an innovative crystallography project to examine the structural basis of actin filament formation using novel x-ray crystallographic techniques. Crystals thought to contain actin filaments form modulated protein crystals when exposed to conditions known to promote actin filament formation. Profilin:actin (PA) crystals can be transformed into a modulated state which is characterized by unusual off-lattice satellite reflections. Profilin:Actin crystals were obtained and a complete data set to 3 ? was collected. The diffraction pattern showed distinct first-order satellite reflections that are indicative of actin filament formation in situ. The satellite reflections are described by the addition of one q-vector, which refined to q1 = 0.00a* + 0.29b* + 0.00c. Conditions for the collection of modulated PA have been optimized, which includes cryocooling conditions. The next step in this project involves the collection of high-resolution diffraction data.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR001209-32
Application #
8362280
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
$279
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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