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Research Interests


Small molecule interactions with nucleic acids

Structural biology of nucleic acids

Computational methods in the discovery and design of new therapeutic agents



Liu, J.; Zeng, C.; Zhou, S.; Means, J. A.; Hines, J. V. Fluorescence assays for monitoring RNA-ligand interactions and riboswitch-targeted drug discovery screening. Methods Enzymol. 2015, 550, 363-383.

Zhou, S.; Means, J. A.; Acquaah-Harrison; Bergmeier, S. C.; Hines, J. V. Characterization of a 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole binding to T box antiterminator RNA. Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2012, 20 (3), 1298-1302.

Orac, C. M.; Zhou, S.; Means, J. A.; Boehm, D.; Bergmeier, S. C.; Hines, J. V. Synthesis and stereospecificity of 4,5-disubstituted oxazolidinone ligands binding to T-box riboswitch RNA. J. Med. Chem. 2011, 54 (19), 6786-6795.

Means, J. A.; Simson, C. M.; Zhou, S.; Rachford, A. A.; Rack, J. J.; Hines, J. V. Fluorescence probing of T box antiterminator RNA: Insights into riboswitch discernment of the tRNA discriminator base. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm. 2009, 389 (4), 616-621.

Anupam, R.; Nayek, A.; Green, N. J.; Grundy, F. J.; Henkin, T. M.; Means, J. A.; Bergmeier, S. C.; Hines, J. V. 4,5-Disubstituted oxazolidinones: High affinity molecular effectors of RNA function. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2008, 18 (12), 3541-3544.

Jack, K. D.; Means, J. A.; Hines, J. V., Characterizing riboswitch function: Identification of Mg2+ binding site in T box antiterminator RNA. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm. 2008, 370 (2), 306-310.

Means, J. A.; Wolf, S.; Agyeman, A.; Burton, J. S.; Simson, C. M.; Hines, J. V., T box riboswitch antiterminator affinity modulated by tRNA structural elements. Chem. Biol. Drug Des. 2007, 69 (2), 139-145.

Means, J. A.; Katz, S.; Nayek, A.; Anupam, R.; Hines, J. V.; Bergmeier, S. C., Structure-activity studies of oxazolidinone analogs as RNA-binding agents. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2006, 16 (13), 3600-3604.

Means, J. A.; Hines, J. V., Fluorescence resonance energy transfer studies of aminoglycoside binding to a T box antiterminator RNA. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2005, 15 (8), 2169-2172.