Extracellular vesicles: Taking metabolism on the road

August 18th, 2017 by Lucas B Sullivan

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 924 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2455

Author: Lucas B Sullivan

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are a class of secreted membrane particles capable of transferring biological molecules between cells. Metabolomics measurements indicate that isolated EVs also have autonomous metabolic enzyme activities, including the unexpected identification of endogenous human asparaginase activity.

Protein design: I like to fold it, fold it

August 18th, 2017 by Caitlin Deane

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 923 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2467

Author: Caitlin Deane

Small-molecule studies identify CDK8 as a regulator of IL-10 in myeloid cells

August 14th, 2017 by Liv Johannessen

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1102 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2458

Authors: Liv Johannessen, Thomas B Sundberg, Daniel J O'Connell, Raivo Kolde, James Berstler, Katelyn J Billings, Bernard Khor, Brinton Seashore-Ludlow, Anne Fassl, Caitlin N Russell, Isabel J Latorre, Baishan Jiang, Daniel B Graham, Jose R Perez, Piotr Sicinski, Andrew J Phillips, Stuart L Schreiber, Nathanael S Gray, Alykhan F Shamji & Ramnik J Xavier

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Optogenetic control of kinetochore function

August 14th, 2017 by Huaiying Zhang

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1096 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2456

Authors: Huaiying Zhang, Chanat Aonbangkhen, Ekaterina V Tarasovetc, Edward R Ballister, David M Chenoweth & Michael A Lampson

Kinetochore regulation: Let there be light

August 14th, 2017 by Ana C Figueiredo

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1058 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2464

Authors: Ana C Figueiredo & Helder Maiato

Kinetochores form the critical interface with spindle microtubules that accounts for chromosome movement and segregation fidelity during mitosis. Spatial and temporal control of motor protein and checkpoint signaling at kinetochores is now possible with a new set of optogenetic tools.

Colibactin assembly line enzymes use S-adenosylmethionine to build a cyclopropane ring

August 7th, 2017 by Li Zha

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1063 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2448

Authors: Li Zha, Yindi Jiang, Matthew T Henke, Matthew R Wilson, Jennifer X Wang, Neil L Kelleher & Emily P Balskus

Despite containing an α-amino acid, the versatile cofactor S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) is not a known building block for nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) assembly lines. Here we report an unusual NRPS module from colibactin biosynthesis that uses SAM for amide bond formation and subsequent cyclopropanation. Our findings showcase a new use for SAM and reveal a novel biosynthetic route to a functional group that likely mediates colibactin's genotoxicity.

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Bisphosphoglycerate mutase controls serine pathway flux via 3-phosphoglycerate

August 7th, 2017 by Rob C Oslund

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1081 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2453

Authors: Rob C Oslund, Xiaoyang Su, Michael Haugbro, Jung-Min Kee, Mark Esposito, Yael David, Boyuan Wang, Eva Ge, David H Perlman, Yibin Kang, Tom W Muir & Joshua D Rabinowitz

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A genetically encoded tool for manipulation of NADP+/NADPH in living cells

August 7th, 2017 by Valentin Cracan

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1088 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2454

Authors: Valentin Cracan, Denis V Titov, Hongying Shen, Zenon Grabarek & Vamsi K Mootha

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Molecular basis for the unusual ring reconstruction in fungal meroterpenoid biogenesis

July 31st, 2017 by Takahiro Mori

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1066 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2443

Authors: Takahiro Mori, Taiki Iwabuchi, Shotaro Hoshino, Hang Wang, Yudai Matsuda & Ikuro Abe

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Modulating the DNA polymerase β reaction equilibrium to dissect the reverse reaction

July 31st, 2017 by David D Shock

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 1074 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2450

Authors: David D Shock, Bret D Freudenthal, William A Beard & Samuel H Wilson

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