Skip to main content

Structural and functional studies of structured RNA involved in heat shock response

Objective

The heat shock response is important in eukaryotes as a protective mechanism for the stress of change in temperature or other environmental factors, and it has been the subject for targets for therapeutic intervention. Recently, it has been found that a conserved non-coding RNA is involved in mediating the heat shock response. The RNA forms a stable complex with elongation factor eEF1A to activate the heat shock transcription factor. The project will involve the preparation of recombinant RNA-protein complex for structural elucidation by X-ray crystallography and biochemical and biophysical characterisation. The structural information may help to explain how the RNA triggers the response, most likely through a conformational switch. Currently there is no structural information available for the heat shock RNA or for any of the several other large non-coding RNAs that have recently been identified in eukaryotes. The structural information may help to explain how the heat shock RNA and other non-coding RNAs function, and may also be useful in the long term for therapeutic intervention in response to chemotherapy of cancerous cells.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-IEF-2008
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 137 147,09
Administrative Contact
Charles Shannon (Mr.)