Date of Award

Summer 7-1-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Markus W. Germann


Macromolecular interactions play very important roles in regulation of all levels of biological processes. Aberrant macromolecular interactions often result in diseases. By applying a combination of spectroscopy, calorimetry, computation and other techniques, the protein-protein interactions in the system of the Shaw2 Kv channel and the protein-RNA interactions in West Nile virus RNA-cellular protein TIAR complex were explored. In the former system, the results shed light on the local structures of the key channel components and their potential interaction mediated by butanol, a general anesthetic. In the later studies, the binding modes of TIAR RRM2 to oligoU RNAs and West Nile virus RNAs were investigated. These findings provided insights into the basis of the specific cellular protein–viral RNA interaction and preliminary data for the development of strategies on how to interfere with virus replication