Protein dynamics: Conformational footprints

October 18th, 2016 by Buyong Ma

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 890 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2212

Authors: Buyong Ma & Ruth Nussinov

The mechanisms by which proteins evolve new functions can be slow and mysterious. Comprehensive structural analysis of enzyme variants reveal how gradual enrichments of pre-existing populations with the right productive dynamics for new functions can accomplish this aim.

Proteomics: Fishing for zinc

October 18th, 2016 by Grant Miura

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 889 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2220

Author: Grant Miura

Synthetic biology: Cholera detectors

October 18th, 2016 by Caitlin Deane

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 889 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2222

Author: Caitlin Deane

Structural and conformational determinants of macrocycle cell permeability

October 17th, 2016 by Björn Over

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1065 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2203

Authors: Björn Over, Pär Matsson, Christian Tyrchan, Per Artursson, Bradley C Doak, Michael A Foley, Constanze Hilgendorf, Stephen E Johnston, Maurice D Lee, Richard J Lewis, Patrick McCarren, Giovanni Muncipinto, Ulf Norinder, Matthew W D Perry, Jeremy R Duvall & Jan Kihlberg

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A prevalent intraresidue hydrogen bond stabilizes proteins

October 17th, 2016 by Robert W Newberry

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1084 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2206

Authors: Robert W Newberry & Ronald T Raines

Identification and characterization of PPARα ligands in the hippocampus

October 17th, 2016 by Avik Roy

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1075 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2204

Authors: Avik Roy, Madhuchhanda Kundu, Malabendu Jana, Rama K Mishra, Yeni Yung, Chi-Hao Luan, Frank J Gonzalez & Kalipada Pahan

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Discovery of MRSA active antibiotics using primary sequence from the human microbiome

October 17th, 2016 by John Chu

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1004 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2207

Authors: John Chu, Xavier Vila-Farres, Daigo Inoyama, Melinda Ternei, Louis J Cohen, Emma A Gordon, Boojala Vijay B Reddy, Zachary Charlop-Powers, Henry A Zebroski, Ricardo Gallardo-Macias, Mark Jaskowski, Shruthi Satish, Steven Park, David S Perlin, Joel S Freundlich & Sean F Brady

Here we present a natural product discovery approach, whereby structures are bioinformatically predicted from primary sequence and produced by chemical synthesis (synthetic-bioinformatic natural products, syn-BNPs), circumventing the need for bacterial culture and gene expression. When we applied the approach to nonribosomal peptide synthetase gene clusters from human-associated bacteria, we identified the humimycins. These antibiotics inhibit lipid II flippase and potentiate β-lactam activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in mice, potentially providing a new treatment regimen.

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Structural basis of nonribosomal peptide macrocyclization in fungi

October 17th, 2016 by Jinru Zhang

Nature Chemical Biology 12, 1001 (2016). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2202

Authors: Jinru Zhang, Nicholas Liu, Ralph A Cacho, Zhou Gong, Zhu Liu, Wenming Qin, Chun Tang, Yi Tang & Jiahai Zhou

Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) in fungi biosynthesize important pharmaceutical compounds, including penicillin, cyclosporine and echinocandin. To understand the fungal strategy of forging the macrocyclic peptide linkage, we determined the crystal structures of the terminal condensation-like (CT) domain and the holo thiolation (T)-CT complex of Penicillium aethiopicum TqaA. The first, to our knowledge, structural depiction of the terminal module in a fungal NRPS provides a molecular blueprint for generating new macrocyclic peptide natural products.

Mn4Ca Cluster of Photosynthetic Oxygen-Evolving Center: Structure, Function and Evolution

October 14th, 2016 by James Barber

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DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.6b00794

ACS 253rd National Meeting News

October 14th, 2016 by Šileikyte, J., Blachly–Dyson, E., Sewell, R., Carpi, A., Menabo, R., Di Lisa, F., Ricchelli, F., Bernardi, P., Forte, M.

  1. Abstract deadline Oct. 31, 2016 for Spring 2017 meeting in San Francisco

In addition to poster sessions, there will be oral sessions for contributed papers from Graduate students and postdocs, Early Career Investigators and (New!) Mid Career investigators.

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  1. Travel Award deadline Jan. 15, 2017 for the Spring 2017 meeting.

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  1. (New!) Symposium proposals for Spring 2018 meeting deadline Feb. 15, 2017

We are soliciting proposals for symposia for the 2018 meetings.  Download the application here.

  1. Spring 2017 Program Preview
  • Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry: Symposium in honor of Benjamin G. Davis
  • ACS Award in Pure Chemistry: Symposium in honor of Neal K. Devaraj
  • Goodman Award: Symposium in honor of Jennifer Doudna
  • ACS Chemical Biology Award Symposium (organizer L. Kiessling)
  • Nucleic Acid Therapeutics: mechanisms  and applications (organizer M. Manoharan)
  • Self-assembly of small molecules in the cellular milieu (organizer B. Xu)
  • Metalloprotein-initiated Signaling Transduction Response to Redox Stress (organizer A. Liu)
  • Chemical Probes for Bacterial Imaging (organizer E. Carlson)
  • Chemical Epigenetics (organizer D. Fujimori)