Grant: $255,000 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 23, 2009
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Award Description: This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). The Inorganic, Bioinorganic, and Organometallic Chemistry Program supports the efforts of Dr. Mekki Bayachou of Cleveland State University to explore the two-step reaction by which Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) enzymes produce NO from the amino acid L-arginine (Arg). This research addresses fundamental questions about how the protein environment in NOS controls the reduction potential of its heme active site and explores how the binding of cofactors and substrates may regulate the activity of NOSs by altering the heme's redox potential during catalysis. There is considerable current interest in NO biochemistry because of the remarkable bioregulatory functions that have been identified for the NO free radical. Professor Bayachou, his students, and his collaborators are well poised to address many fascinating and fundamental mechanistic questions in NOS enzymology through the development of unique fast-scan cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemical tool sets. The innovative tools developed in this study should be widely applicable to other heme proteins.
Project Description: See award description.
Jobs Summary: One post-doc research assistant working half-time since August 15, 2009. This is a position created. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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