nysgrc-logo Research Proposal protein structure initiative

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Department of Biology at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Rockefeller University, and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University have formed the New York Structural Genomics Research Consortium (NYSGXRC) for high-throughput, structural and functional studies of proteins.

The research program takes the form of a Pilot Study focused on establishing a fully integrated, high-throughput system for protein family classification and target selection, target protein expression, purification, biophysical characterization and crystallization, target protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography, and analyses and dissemination of the results.

The long-term goal of the NYSGXRC is to determine the 10,000 plus three-dimensional protein structures envisaged by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Protein Structure Initiative.

The specific aims are:

  • Identify target protein sequences for structural genomics
  • Develop high-throughput E.coli expression of soluble target proteins
  • Develop high-throughput production of target proteins
  • Develop high-throughput biophysical characterization of target proteins
  • Develop high-throughput crystallization of target proteins
  • Develop efficient experimental strategies for MAD crystallography
  • Develop high-throughput synchrotron data collection with target protein crystals
  • Develop and use an Internet-based computational pipeline for protein crystallography
  • Develop high-throughput molecular replacement tools for crystallography
  • Develop high-throughput comparative modeling for structural genomics
  • Develop efficient annotation and dissemination of protein structures and models
  • Develop an Internet-based "web-book" for use by the NYSGXRC
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