This proposal is a joint application from the Argonne National Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute, Northwestern University, University College London, University of Texas, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, Washington University to establish the Midwest Center for Structural Genomics (MCSG); a Large-Scale Center of the Protein Structure Initiative. The primary objective of the MCSG is to rapidly determine the structures of strategically selected bio-medically important and high-value targets including proteins from pathogens and higher eukaryotes. The goal is to elucidate protein folding space and ultimately provide structural coverage of major protein families with sufficient granularity to allow 3D homology modeling of all proteins using only computational methods. This will provide the foundation for 21st century structural biology when structures of virtually all proteins will be found in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) or derived by computational methods. MCSG will achieve these goals by implementing and refining rapid, highly integrated and cost effective methods for structure determination by x-ray crystallography at 3rd generation synchrotrons. We will continue development of advanced data management systems and databases that are vital to the primary mission. In the PSI pilot phase, the MCSG established a structure determination platform that included: (1) classifying all available genomic sequences to establish a prioritized target set, (2) cloning, and expressing genes and gene fragments of microbial and eukaryotic origin, (3) purifying and crystallizing native and derivatized protein for x-ray crystallography, (4) collecting data and determining structures, (5) analyzing structures for fold and function assignment, and homology modeling of related proteins. The platform provides for rapid model validation and deposition in PDB. In PSI-2, these steps will be further advanced and integrated using LIMS and databases into a system capable of determining 200+ structures per year. The MCSG organization is an excellent example of a highly effective and successful consortium that reflects the scale and complexity of a structural genomics production center. Our multi-institution consortium has assembled a highly integrated and interdisciplinary team prepared to enter the production phase of PSI-2. We propose to actively interact with the scientific community, contribute to the PSI Network Knowledge Base, conduct technology training and will make all methods and results developed in the course of this program readily available to the scientific community.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Type
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
5U54GM074942-02
Application #
7089084
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZGM1-CBB-3 (LC))
Program Officer
Norvell, John C
Project Start
2005-07-01
Project End
2010-06-30
Budget Start
2006-07-01
Budget End
2007-06-30
Support Year
2
Fiscal Year
2006
Total Cost
$10,158,528
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Chicago
Department
None
Type
Organized Research Units
DUNS #
005421136
City
Chicago
State
IL
Country
United States
Zip Code
60637
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