Affinity maturation and characterization of novel binders to the HIV-1 TAR element based on the U1A RNA recognition motif
The increased understanding of the importance of RNA, both as a carrier of information and as a functional molecule, has led to a greater demand for the ability to target specific RNAs, but the limited chemical diversity of RNA makes this challenging. This thesis documents the use of yeast display to perform affinity maturation for the ability of a protein to bind the TAR element of HIV-1, which is a desirable therapeutic target due to its prominent role in the HIV-1 infection cycle. To accomplish this, we used a "semi-design" strategy—repurposing a natural RNA bind- ing protein to bind a different ...
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