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. My laboratory pioneered and successfully demonstrated a novel derivatization strategy via replacement of oxygen of nucleic acids with selenium. Our research is based on the central hypothe selenium can be used to stably replace oxygen of nucleic acids atom-specifically without significant perturbation, because selenium and oxygen are in the same elemental family. We have successfully demonstrated that the selenium derivatization of nucleic acids can be useful to solve the phase problem. Moreover, we have found that the selenium derivatization can facilitate oligonucleotide crystallization. Thus, this Se-derivatization strategy has great potential to provide novel solutions to both long-standing problems: phasing and crystallization, especially for nucleic acids and protein-nucleic acid complexes. Therefore, our structural research focuses on developing general strategies for phasing, crystallization, and crystal structure determination of nucleic acids and protein complexes.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR012408-15
Application #
8363352
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-R (40))
Project Start
2011-07-01
Project End
2012-06-30
Budget Start
2011-07-01
Budget End
2012-06-30
Support Year
15
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$3,058
Indirect Cost
Name
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Department
Type
DUNS #
027579460
City
Upton
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
11973
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