Department of Biomolecular NMR

prof. dr hab. Zofia Gdaniec

Prof. Zofia Gdaniec

Head of Department

zofia.gdaniec@ibch.poznan.pl
ext. 1151, 1156

Researchers:

Dr. Daniel Baranowski
adiunkt

Dr. Witold Andrałojć
adiunkt

Dr. Dorota Gudanis
adiunkt

Research Projects

Research area

The primary focus of this group is on understanding the structure, function and dynamics of nucleic acids, particularly RNA. We apply both biophysical and biochemical techniques, with a strong emphasis on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). One of the major areas of our research involves structural studies of RNA quadruplexes, including their modes of interaction with various ligands. Our interests also focus on duplex-quadruplex structural hybrids, as promising tools for silencing gene expression.

  • Structural and functional studies of RNA duplex-quadruplex hybrids,
  • Silencing of gene expression using small RNAs with dual functionality,
  • Design and synthesis of G-quadruplex selective ligands,
  • G-quadruplex interactions with ligands,
  • Structure of RNA fragments composed of CGG, AGG and UGG trinucleotide repeats,
  • Conformational analysis of 2’-OMe RNA duplexes,
  • Structure elucidation of modified nucleosides with restricted conformation by means of homo- and heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy,
  • Elucidating protein dynamics through nuclear relaxation studies.
Keywords
  • NMR spectroscopy,
  • structure and dynamics of nucleic acids,
  • quadruplexes,
  • duplex-quadruplex structural hybrids,
  • CGG, AGG and UGG trinucleotide repeats,
  • ligands,
  • conformation of modified nucleosides.

Research activity

  • RNA hybrid duplex-quadruplex structures with dual functionality as a new tool for silencing of gene expression. NSC – OPUS 7
  • Synthesis and structural studies of oligonucleotides with tRNA anticodon stem-loop sequences containing newly discovered modified nucleosides: ct6A, ms2ct6A, ges2U. Consortium with the Faculty of Chemistry, the Technical University of Lodz (leader). NSC – OPUS 13
  • Synthesis and spectral studies of trifunctional modified antisense oligonucleotides. NSC – MINIATURA 1
  • Synthesis of new 3,6,9-trisubstituted dervatives of 9-H-carbazole as fluorescent probe for DNA and RNa-quadruplexes detection. NSC – MINIATURA 1
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