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. Protein/RNA interactions in the life cycle of the HIV virion involve complex interactions in a heterogeneous environment. Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) is a powerful experimental tool to study protein/RNA interactions when the interacting species have limited intrinsic structure. Multifrequency ESR is particularly sensitive to details of rotational dynamics on the microsecond to nanosecond timescale, where many biochemically significant processes occur. On the basis of many previous studies and careful numerical algorithm development, it is known how to extract reliable, informative results from multifrequency ESR spectra. We propose to study a model system of spin-labeled TAR-RNA interacting with the protein NCp7 that would be difficult to study by other means due to its flexible structure. In particular, we intend to use multifrequency ESR to study dynamic and structural aspects of hairpin oligonucleotide-nucleocapsid protein folding and recognition. Promising initial results have been obtained at 240 GHz on spin-labeled TAR-RNA with associated NCp7 in a high salt environment.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
2P41RR016292-11
Application #
8364062
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-09-01
Project End
2012-08-31
Budget Start
2011-09-01
Budget End
2012-08-31
Support Year
11
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$852
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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