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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(8), 10537-10552; doi:10.3390/ijms130810537
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Characterization of Aptamer-Protein Complexes by X-ray Crystallography and Alternative Approaches

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Received: 31 May 2012; in revised form: 9 August 2012 / Accepted: 17 August 2012 / Published: 22 August 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Protein Crystallography in Molecular Biology)
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Abstract: Aptamers are oligonucleotide ligands, either RNA or ssDNA, selected for high-affinity binding to molecular targets, such as small organic molecules, proteins or whole microorganisms. While reports of new aptamers are numerous, characterization of their specific interaction is often restricted to the affinity of binding (KD). Over the years, crystal structures of aptamer-protein complexes have only scarcely become available. Here we describe some relevant technical issues about the process of crystallizing aptamer-protein complexes and highlight some biochemical details on the molecular basis of selected aptamer-protein interactions. In addition, alternative experimental and computational approaches are discussed to study aptamer-protein interactions.
Keywords: X-ray crystallography; aptamer; interaction; RNA/DNA-protein complex X-ray crystallography; aptamer; interaction; RNA/DNA-protein complex
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Ruigrok, V.J.B.; Levisson, M.; Hekelaar, J.; Smidt, H.; Dijkstra, B.W.; van der Oost, J. Characterization of Aptamer-Protein Complexes by X-ray Crystallography and Alternative Approaches. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 10537-10552.

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Ruigrok VJB, Levisson M, Hekelaar J, Smidt H, Dijkstra BW, van der Oost J. Characterization of Aptamer-Protein Complexes by X-ray Crystallography and Alternative Approaches. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2012; 13(8):10537-10552.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Ruigrok, Vincent J. B.; Levisson, Mark; Hekelaar, Johan; Smidt, Hauke; Dijkstra, Bauke W.; van der Oost, John. 2012. "Characterization of Aptamer-Protein Complexes by X-ray Crystallography and Alternative Approaches." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, no. 8: 10537-10552.


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