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Methods for detecting and developing protein-protein or protein-RNA interactions




Blakeley, Brett D., author
McNaughton, Brian, advisor
Kennan, Alan, committee member
Fisk, Nick, committee member
Reynolds, Melissa, committee member
Peersen, Olve, committee member

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Potent and selective recognition of disease-relevant macromolecules - such as proteins and RNA - is the molecular basis of most pharmaceuticals . Historically, small (< 500 Da) molecules have filled this role. However, the overwhelming majority (~85%) of the proteome - and emerging therapeutic targets such as RNA - present a serious challenge to small molecule-dependent recognition. An alternative approach to potent and selective recognition and regulation of disease-relevant proteins and RNA is to use synthetic proteins. In contrast to small molecules, the size, relatively high folding energies (>10 kcal/mol) and functional group diversity (by virtue of proteinaceous amino acids) allow proteins to recognize - and potentially control - macromolecular receptors that evade small molecules. Presented here are two approaches to advancing the discovery of new proteins that recognize either disease-relevant protein or RNA targets. The first part of this thesis describes split superpositive GFP reassembly as a method to identify novel protein-protein interacting pairs in living cells (E. coli). The second part of this thesis describes basic studies to evaluate the suitability of a naturally occurring RNA Recognition Motif (RRM) as a scaffold for targeting disease-relevant RNA hairpins, and the development of new RRMs that target TAR RNA, a hairpin critical to HIV proliferation.


2014 Fall.
Includes bibliographical references.

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