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Enzyme from bacteria breaks down nicotine

Posted by naturalproductman on August 7, 2015

I’m sure this is not what the authors meant by battling nicotine addiction, but it made me laugh to think that a bacterial enzyme will be responsible to fight nicotine addiction – and immediately I thought that are we going to spray the smokers with this bacteria that has this enzyme?

 
enzyme
JACS paper

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Welcome to the future

Posted by naturalproductman on August 7, 2015

I read the title of this paper and immediately thought of David Baker’s work. I guess we are getting closer to having a logical approach available to design our own protein catalysts.
design
JACS paper

Posted in Computational, Enzymes, Methodology | 2 Comments »

Cyclopropanation with iron(III) phthalocyanine

Posted by naturalproductman on May 2, 2015

Emily Balskus and colleague have reported in ACIE on an iron(III) phthalocyanine catalyst that can perform cyclopropanation reactions. Reminds me of the P450 version that was published a few years back.

cyclopropanation
ACIE paper

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Penitrem biosynthesis

Posted by naturalproductman on April 12, 2015

Hideaki Oikawa and co-workers at Hokkaido University have reported in ACIE on the enzymatic biosynthesis of penitrem.

alkaloid

ACIE paper

Posted in Biosynthesis, Cyclobutanes, Diterpene, Enzymes, Indoles | Leave a Comment »

Corvol ethers A and B biosynthesis

Posted by naturalproductman on March 25, 2015

Jeroen Dickschat and co-workers at Technische Universität Braunschweig have reported in ACIE on some terpene biosynthesis by characterizing a sesquiterpene cyclase enzyme.

terpene
ACIE paper

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Terpene cyclization involving carbons switching

Posted by naturalproductman on March 5, 2015

Tomohisa Kuzuyama and co-workers at the University of Tokyo have reported in ACIE on an mechanistically interesting terpene cyclization involving two carbons switching.

terpene

ACIE paper

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Cycloclavine biosynthesis

Posted by naturalproductman on March 5, 2015

Sarah O’Connor and co-workers from the John Innes Centre in the UK have reported in ACIE on the biosynthesis of cycloclavine.

cycloclavine

ACIE paper

Posted in Alkaloids, Biosynthesis, Enzymatic, Enzymes, Methodology | Leave a Comment »

Vegfrecine

Posted by naturalproductman on February 22, 2013

Hayamitsu Adachi and co-workers from BIKAKEN have reported in JNP on a novel VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor from bacteria. The only problem I see with this compound – from a toxicologist’s perspective – is that this is a quinone, and thus a very reactive electrophile. If this kind of functional group is used as a drug, who knows what other things it will react with in the body – be it DNA, proteins, etc…
vegfrecine

JNP paper

Posted in Alkaloids, Enzymes, Protein Targets, Proteins | Leave a Comment »

Not just isolating small molecules anymore…

Posted by naturalproductman on January 17, 2013

Hideaki Oikawa and co-workers from Hokkaido University have reported in Organic Letters on the isolation of an enzyme that was known to produce some natural products. They expressed and purified the enzyme, incubated the enzyme in the presence of substrates:  geranyl diphosphate (GPP) and isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP), and examined the products.

sesterterpene synthase

OL paper

Posted in Chemical Biology, Enzymes, Methodology, Proteins, Sesterterpenes | Leave a Comment »

HIV-1 reverse transcriptase structure with catechol diether

Posted by naturalproductman on November 19, 2012

Karen Anderson and co-workers at Yale have reported in JACS on a crystal structures of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase with catechol diether drugs.

HIV

JACS paper

Posted in Aromatic, Diseases, Enzymes, HIV, Proteins | Leave a Comment »

 
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