Dr Vicery Arcus (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
is working in collaboration with UQ researchers on the structure determination
of an acyl carrier protein from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
The protein is involved in the production of a hydrophobic coat of
long-chain fatty acids which protects the bacterium against the environment
and attacks from the outside. Thus the protein may constitute a potential
target for the future development of anti-tuberculosis drugs.
Access to 900 MHz is essential to the success of
this project due to the high complexity of these proteins. Other researchers
from Otago are interested in the area of macromolecular interactions,
one of the key areas that will benefit most from access to 900 MHz.
Many important events within cells are regulated by the appropriate
interaction of two proteins. Understanding the molecular basis of
protein/protein interactions is central to elucidation of these cellular