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Structure of parallel forms of nucleic acids studied by NMR spectroscopy and molecular modelling


Project Description

The work will be focused on detailed structural characterisation of short purine oligonucleotides clipped by proper sequential motifs that induce parallel orientation of DNA strands.
For this purpose, NMR experiments combined with MD simulations will be employed. The effect of modifications of selected nucleotides on the structural properties of designed models will be investigated to gain deeper understanding of key noncovalent interactions that contribute to the folding of such systems.

Applicants who wish to pursue a degree at the CEITEC PhD programme must hold the equivalent of a Master’s degree (MSc) in similar field (four or five year undergraduate degree). The application can be submitted before obtaining the Master’s degree, however, the applicant should obtain the degree within five month after the application deadline.

Funding Notes

Admission for studies, student registration for the full-time study programme and proper fulfilment of student duties constitute the student’s right to a regular scholarship of 22 000 CZK (850 EUR). Information is available at View Website

Living costs and other practicalities available at View Website

References

William Copp, Alexey Y. Denisov, Jingwei Xie, Anne M. Noronha, Christopher Liczner, Nozhat Safaee, Christopher J. Wilds, Kalle Gehring; Influence of nucleotide modifications at the C2’ position on the Hoogsteen base-paired parallel-stranded duplex of poly(A) RNA. Nucleic Acids Research, 2017, 45(17),10321–1033.

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