Core B is a synthesis, analysis and biochemical core that will provide indispensable services for all three projects. The synthetic component of Core B will carry out scaled-up synthesis, purification and analysis of "tool-kit" and other nucleotide analogs for use in Projects 1 and 3. The biochemical component of Core B is designed to carry out protein purifications and to synthesize specialized DNA constructs required for Projects 1 and 3. The analysis component will be responsible for acquiring and performing global analysis on kinetic data, including presteady state stopped-flow fluorescence intensity and rotational anisotropy, rapid quench experiments, as well as basic NMR and EPR-ENDOR analysis, to be used in support of Projects 2 and 3. Core B will also serve as a primary vehicle for training graduate and postdoctoral students in chemical synthesis and protein purification techniques, the principles and practice of enzyme kinetic analysis, and techniques in experimental NMR and EPR spectroscopy.

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Core B provides essential chemical probes, biochemical assays and spectroscopic analysis in support of the three component projects of this Program Project. This work will lead to better understanding of the structure, fidelity and catalytic mechanism of DNA polymerases, and also includes synthesis of compounds to develop a new approach to selective inhibition of cancer-related DNA repair by DNA polymerase beta.

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