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. Research in the Keating lab aims to understand determinants of interaction specificity among human Bcl-2 family proteins. The Bcl-2 proteins regulate apoptotis and have emerged as important anti-cancer drug targets. We are studying the binding of short alpha-helical peptides derived from the BH3 region of pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins to anti-apoptotic family members. We carry out binding studies and structural studies and combine these with computational methods to obtain a better understanding of how sequence determines interaction specificity. X-ray crystallographic studies are a key component of this work, as structure provides insights into how the receptor proteins can adjust to bind a range of different ligands. Because new structural snapshots can provide opportunities for peptide or small-molecule drug design, these studies have implications for the development of new therapeutics and diagnotics.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR015301-09
Application #
8361625
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-04-01
Project End
2012-03-31
Budget Start
2011-04-01
Budget End
2012-03-31
Support Year
9
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$1,608
Indirect Cost
Name
Cornell University
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
872612445
City
Ithaca
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
14850
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