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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527344/harnessing-plant-metabolic-diversity
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Charlie Owen, Nicola J Patron, Ancheng Huang, Anne Osbourn
Advances in DNA sequencing and synthesis technologies in the twenty-first century are now making it possible to build large-scale pipelines for engineering plant natural product pathways into heterologous production species using synthetic biology approaches. The ability to decode the chemical potential of plants by sequencing their transcriptomes and/or genomes and to then use this information as an instruction manual to make drugs and other high-value chemicals is opening up new routes to harness the vast chemical diversity of the Plant Kingdom...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526832/identification-of-a-novel-chalcone-derivative-that-inhibits-notch-signaling-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Mattia Mori, Luca Tottone, Deborah Quaglio, Nadezda Zhdanovskaya, Cinzia Ingallina, Marisa Fusto, Francesca Ghirga, Giovanna Peruzzi, Maria Elisa Crestoni, Fabrizio Simeoni, Francesca Giulimondi, Claudio Talora, Bruno Botta, Isabella Screpanti, Rocco Palermo
Notch signaling is considered a rational target in the therapy of several cancers, particularly those harbouring Notch gain of function mutations, including T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Although currently available Notch-blocking agents are showing anti-tumor activity in preclinical studies, they are not effective in all the patients and often cause severe side-effects, limiting their widespread therapeutic use. Here, by functional and biological analysis of the most representative molecules of an in house library of natural products, we have designed and synthetized the chalcone-derivative 8 possessing Notch inhibitory activity at low micro molar concentration in T-ALL cell lines...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526743/systematic-identification-of-functional-residues-of-artemisia-annua-amorpha-4-11-diene-synthase
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Xin Fang, Jian-Xu Li, Jin-Quan Huang, You-Li Xiao, Peng Zhang, Xiao-Ya Chen
Terpene synthases (TPSs) are responsible for the extremely diversified and complex structure of terpenoids. Amorpha-4,11-diene synthase (ADS) has a high (90%) fidelity in generating the sesquiterpene precursor for biosynthesis of artemisinin, an antimalarial drug, however, little is known about how active site residues of ADS involved in the carbocation rearrangement and cyclization reactions. Here, we identify seven residues that are key to most of the catalytic steps in ADS. By structural modeling and amino acid sequence alignments of ADS with two functionally relevant sesquiterpene synthases from Artemisia annua, we performed site-directed mutagenesis and found that a single substitution, T296V, impaired the ring closure activity almost completely, and tetra-substitutions (L374Y/L404V/L405I/G439S) led to an enzyme generating 80% monocyclic bisabolyl-type sesquiterpenes, whereas a double mutant (T399L/T447G) showed compromised activity in regioselective deprotonation to yield 34...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525770/-expand-and-click-a-new-method-for-labeling-hiv-1-envelope-glycoproteins
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Melissa V Fernandez, Eric O Freed
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Sakin et al. (2017) investigate the nanoscale behavior of the HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein complex by using genetic code expansion, bioorthogonal amino acids, synthetic dyes, and click chemistry. This minimally invasive approach allows the measurement of native Env cellular distribution and dynamics.
May 18, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525764/two-are-better-than-one-dual-targeting-of-riboswitches-by-metabolite-analogs
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Stefanie Sandra Krajewski, Dmitry Ignatov, Jörgen Johansson
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Wang et al. (2017) examine the effect of the novel synthetic molecule ribocil-C and the natural compound roseoflavin in Gram-positive pathogens. In methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), ribocil-C and roseoflavin target two autonomous riboswitches simultaneously, thereby inhibiting de novo synthesis and uptake of riboflavin.
May 18, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525643/synthetic-mrna-devices-that-detect-endogenous-proteins-and-distinguish-mammalian-cells
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Shunsuke Kawasaki, Yoshihiko Fujita, Takashi Nagaike, Kozo Tomita, Hirohide Saito
Synthetic biology has great potential for future therapeutic applications including autonomous cell programming through the detection of protein signals and the production of desired outputs. Synthetic RNA devices are promising for this purpose. However, the number of available devices is limited due to the difficulty in the detection of endogenous proteins within a cell. Here, we show a strategy to construct synthetic mRNA devices that detect endogenous proteins in living cells, control translation and distinguish cell types...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525642/dynamics-of-sequestration-based-gene-regulatory-cascades
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Tatenda Shopera, William R Henson, Tae Seok Moon
Gene regulatory cascades are ubiquitous in biology. Because regulatory cascades are integrated within complex networks, their quantitative analysis is challenging in native systems. Synthetic biologists have gained quantitative insights into the properties of regulatory cascades by building simple circuits, but sequestration-based regulatory cascades remain relatively unexplored. Particularly, it remains unclear how the cascade components collectively control the output dynamics. Here, we report the construction and quantitative analysis of the longest sequestration-based cascade in Escherichia coli...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524077/highly-stereoselective-synthesis-of-a-compound-collection-based-on-the-bicyclic-scaffolds-of-natural-products
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Murali Annamalai, Stanimira Hristeva, Martyna Bielska, Raquel Ortega, Kamal Kumar
Despite the great contribution of natural products in the history of successful drug discovery, there are significant limitations that persuade the pharmaceutical industry to evade natural products in drug discovery research. The extreme scarcity as well as structural complexity of natural products renders their practical synthetic access and further modifications extremely challenging. Although other alternative technologies, particularly combinatorial chemistry, were embraced by the pharmaceutical industry to get quick access to a large number of small molecules with simple frameworks that often lack three-dimensional complexity, hardly any success was achieved in the discovery of lead molecules...
May 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523420/cost-utility-analysis-of-certolizumab-pegol-in-combination-with-methotrexate-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-greece
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C Tzanetakos, A Tzioufas, A Goules, G Kourlaba, T Theodoratou, P Christou, N Maniadakis
We aimed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of certolizumab pegol (CZP), a pegylated fc-free anti-TNF, as add-on therapy to methotrexate (MTX) versus etanercept, adalimumab, or golimumab in patients with moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) not responding to the conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (csDMARDs). A Markov model (6-month cycle length) assessed health and cost outcomes of CZP versus other anti-TNFs recommended for RA in Greece over a patient's lifetime. Following discontinuation of first-line anti-TNF, patients switched to second anti-TNF and then to a biologic with another mode of action...
May 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523103/toward-resolving-the-resveratrol-conundrum-synthesis-and-in-vivo-pharmacokinetic-evaluation-of-bcp-resveratrol
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Yi Ling Goh, Yan Ting Cui, Vishal Pendharkar, Vikrant A Adsool
Over the last few decades, resveratrol has gained significance due to its impressive array of biological activities; however, its true potential as a drug has been severely constrained by its poor bioavailability. Indeed, several studies have implicated this bioavailability trait as a major road-block to resveratrol's potential clinical applications. To mitigate this pharmacokinetic issue, we envisioned a tactical bioisosteric modification of resveratrol to bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane (BCP) resveratrol. Relying on the beneficial bioisosteric potential demonstrated by the BCP-scaffold, we hypothesized that BCP-resveratrol would have an inherently better in vivo PK profile as compared to its natural counterpart...
May 11, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522396/ultrafast-spectroscopy-on-dna-cleavage-by-endonuclease-in-molecular-crowding
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Priya Singh, Susobhan Choudhury, Shreyasi Dutta, Aniruddha Adhikari, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Debasish Pal, Samir Kumar Pal
The jam-packed intracellular environments differ the activity of a biological macromolecule from that in laboratory environments (in vitro) through a number of mechanisms called molecular crowding related to structure, function and dynamics of the macromolecule. Here, we have explored the structure, function and dynamics of a model enzyme protein DNase I in molecular crowing of polyethylene glycol (PEG; MW 3350). We have used steady state and picosecond resolved dynamics of a well-known intercalator ethidium bromide (EB) in a 20-mer double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) to monitor the DNA-cleavage by the enzyme in absence and presence PEG...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521503/meeting-report-for-synthetic-biology-for-natural-products-2017-the-interface-of-meta-genomics-machine-learning-and-natural-product-discovery
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Michael J Smanski, David Mead, Claes Gustafsson, Michael G Thomas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 19, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520445/telodendrimers-for-physical-encapsulation-and-covalent-linking-of-individual-or-combined-therapeutics
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Ashok Kakkar, Jason Choi, Alexandre Moquin, Enzo Bomal, Li Na, Dusica Maysinger
New therapeutics for glioblastoma multiforme and our ability to deliver them using efficient nanocarriers, constitute topical areas of research. We report a comparative study of temozolomide and quercetin in the treatment of glioblastoma (GBM) in 3D, and their incorporation into micelles obtained from synthetically articulated architectural copolymers, and a commercially available linear polymer poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PEG-PLGA). A versatile synthetic methodology to telodendrimers which can be easily adapted to the needs of other therapeutic interventions, is presented...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520419/single-particle-tracking-from-theory-to-biophysical-applications
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Hao Shen, Lawrence J Tauzin, Rashad Baiyasi, Wenxiao Wang, Nicholas Moringo, Bo Shuang, Christy F Landes
After three decades of developments, single particle tracking (SPT) has become a powerful tool to interrogate dynamics in a range of materials including live cells and novel catalytic supports because of its ability to reveal dynamics in the structure-function relationships underlying the heterogeneous nature of such systems. In this review, we summarize the algorithms behind, and practical applications of, SPT. We first cover the theoretical background including particle identification, localization, and trajectory reconstruction...
May 18, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520418/polycyclic-furanobutenolide-derived-cembranoid-and-norcembranoid-natural-products-biosynthetic-connections-and-synthetic-efforts
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Robert A Craig, Brian M Stoltz
The polycyclic furanobutenolide-derived cembranoid and norcembranoid natural products are a family of congested, stereochemically complex, and extensively oxygenated polycyclic diterpenes and norditerpenes. Although the elegant architectures and biological activity profiles of these natural products have captured the attention of chemists since the isolation of the first members of the family in the 1990s, the de novo synthesis of only a single polycyclic furanobutenolide-derived cembranoid and norcembranoid has been accomplished...
May 18, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518129/cardiac-muscle-cell-based-actuator-and-self-stabilizing-biorobot-part-2
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Neerajha Nagarajan, Merrel T Holley, Christian Danielson, Kidong Park, Pinar Zorlutuna
In recent years, hybrid devices that consist of a living cell or tissue component integrated with a synthetic mechanical backbone have been developed. These devices, called biorobots, are powered solely by the force generated from the contractile activity of the living component and, due to their many inherent advantages, could be an alternative to conventional fully artificial robots. Here, we describe the methods to seed and characterize a biological actuator and a biorobot that was designed, fabricated, and functionalized in the first part of this two-part article...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516950/high-conductance-values-in-%C3%AF-folded-molecular-junctions
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Marco Carini, Marta P Ruiz, Imanol Usabiaga, José A Fernández, Emilio J Cocinero, Manuel Melle-Franco, Ismael Diez-Perez, Aurelio Mateo-Alonso
Folding processes play a crucial role in the development of function in biomacromolecules. Recreating this feature on synthetic systems would not only allow understanding and reproducing biological functions but also developing new functions. This has inspired the development of conformationally ordered synthetic oligomers known as foldamers. Herein, a new family of foldamers, consisting of an increasing number of anthracene units that adopt a folded sigmoidal conformation by a combination of intramolecular hydrogen bonds and aromatic interactions, is reported...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516761/a-facile-and-sensitive-near-infrared-fluorescence-probe-for-the-detection-of-endogenous-alkaline-phosphatase-activity-in-vivo
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Song-Jiao Li, Chunyan Li, Yongfei Li, Junjie Fei, Ping Wu, Bin Yang, Juan Ou-Yang, Shi-Xin Nie
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an essential enzyme and widely distributes in a variety of tissues. To date, various nanomaterial and small-molecule fluorescent probes for ALP have been constructed successfully, but the emission wavelengths of these probes are in the ultraviolet or visible range, which is not beneficial for bioimaging. Herein, a merocyanine-based near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probe named CyP is first synthesized and used to detect ALP activity. The characteristics of probe CyP are as follows: (1) The probe possesses a facile structure, which can be obtained by easy synthetic steps...
May 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515263/ligand-induced-activation-of-human-trpm2-requires-the-terminal-ribose-of-adpr-and-involves-arg-1433-and-tyr-1349
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Ralf Fliegert, Joanna M Watt, Anja Schöbel, Monika D Rozewitz, Christelle Moreau, Tanja Kirchberger, Mark P Thomas, Wiebke Sick, Andrea C Araujo, Angelika Harneit, Barry Vl Potter, Andreas H Guse
TRPM2 is a Ca(2+)-permeable non-selective cation channel activated by binding of adenosine 5'-diphosphoribose (ADPR) to its cytoplasmic NUDT9H domain. Activation of TRPM2 by ADPR downstream of oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of human diseases rendering TRPM2 an attractive novel target for pharmacological intervention. However, the structural basis underlying this activation is largely unknown. Since ADP alone did not activate or antagonize the channel, we used a chemical biology approach employing synthetic analogues to focus on the role of the ADPR terminal ribose...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514426/synthetic-biology-return-to-sender
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Grant Miura
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 17, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
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