Enzyme-catalyzed cationic epoxide rearrangements in quinolone alkaloid biosynthesis

January 23rd, 2017 by Yi Zou

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 325 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2283

Authors: Yi Zou, Marc Garcia-Borràs, Mancheng C Tang, Yuichiro Hirayama, Dehai H Li, Li Li, Kenji Watanabe, K N Houk & Yi Tang

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Pancreatic development: Changing identity

January 19th, 2017 by Grant Miura

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 129 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2293

Author: Grant Miura

Target engagement: Shining a light

January 19th, 2017 by Kilian V M Huber

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 133 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2295

Author: Kilian V M Huber

The ability to measure the binding of a compound to its intended target in live cells or tissue is a critical parameter for drug discovery. A new method using polarized light microscopy adds to the current toolbox by enabling monitoring of target engagement in vitro and in vivo at single-cell resolution.

RNA structure: Untying Zika’s knots

January 19th, 2017 by Terry L. Sheppard

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 129 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2294

Author: Terry L. Sheppard

The pharmacological regulation of cellular mitophagy

January 19th, 2017 by Nikolaos D Georgakopoulos

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 136 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2287

Authors: Nikolaos D Georgakopoulos, Geoff Wells & Michelangelo Campanella

Synthetic biology: Sensing with modular receptors

January 19th, 2017 by Matthew Brenner

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 131 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2290

Authors: Matthew Brenner, Jang Hwan Cho & Wilson W Wong

Sensing and responding to diverse extracellular signals is a crucial aspect of cellular decision-making that is currently lacking in the synthetic biology toolkit. The development of modular receptor platforms allows for the rewiring of cellular input–output relationships.

Susan Lindquist (1949–2016)

January 19th, 2017 by Tricia R Serio

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 127 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2305

Author: Tricia R Serio

Susan Lindquist passed away on 27 October 2016, far too early for those who marveled at her brilliance through her many contributions to science, for all who knew her directly, and especially for her former trainees.

RNA modification: Reading Sex-lethal

January 19th, 2017 by Grant Miura

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 129 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2291

Author: Grant Miura

Nitrogenase: A fuel-producing microbe

January 19th, 2017 by Holger Dobbek

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 134 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2288

Author: Holger Dobbek

Nitrogenase has the canonical ability to reduce N2 to NH3, but under certain conditions, either in vitro or in vivo, it has the additional capability to convert CO2 to CO and CO to light hydrocarbons.

Biosynthesis: Terrifically tailored peptides

January 19th, 2017 by Caitlin Deane

Nature Chemical Biology 13, 129 (2017). doi:10.1038/nchembio.2292

Author: Caitlin Deane