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. (A) OBJECTIVE The incorporation of nucleic acids into the drug discovery methodology is critical for a host of targets and may provide more selective therapeutics that are less amenable to resistance. This will provide insights into molecular recognition at the protein-nucleic acid level and alternate mechanisms for therapeutic design. Yet, techniques that efficiently and systematically include nucleic acids in the drug discovery pipeline are lacking, and crystallization of RNA can be challenging due to its inherent instability and flexibility. The goal of this collaborative project is to develop computational methodology to systematically incorporate nucleic acids, particularly RNA into the relaxed complex scheme (RCS), and subsequently build these new technologies into our Vision-based pipeline tool for computer-aided drug discovery (CADD). Developing a systematic computational infrastructure is central to our approach. The new CADD pipeline infrastructure that will be developed by NBCR will: (i) facilitate accurate and realistic simulations of hybrid protein-RNA biomolecular systems through the Vision workflow tool, (ii) develop and provide analysis tools for these simulations, (iii) provide a systematic framework to analyze and incorporate the resulting nucleic acid structural information into the RCS CADD pipeline. Our experimental collaborators are committed to testing our predictions ?both in terms of biochemical assays and crystal structures of the very best binders ?that result from these investigations, and this will be critical for verifying our methodology. Ultimately, a RCS CADD tool that is capable of handling RNA and hybrid protein-nucleic acid based drug targets will be developed and distributed as a tool for the larger scientific community.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR008605-18
Application #
8362794
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-SBIB-C (40))
Project Start
2011-05-01
Project End
2012-04-30
Budget Start
2011-05-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
18
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$29,990
Indirect Cost
Name
University of California San Diego
Department
Anatomy/Cell Biology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
804355790
City
La Jolla
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
92093
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