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Canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels control influxes of Ca(2+) and other cations that induce diverse cellular processes upon stimulation of plasma membrane receptors coupled to phospholipase C (PLC). Invention of subtype-specific inhibitors for TRPCs is crucial for distinction of respective TRPC channels that play particular physiological(More)
The phosphorylation of proteins represents a ubiquitous mechanism for the cellular signal control of many different processes, and thus selective recognition and sensing of phosphorylated peptides and proteins in aqueous solution should be regarded as important targets in the research field of molecular recognition. We now describe the design of fluorescent(More)
The first fluorescent chemosensors toward a native phosphorylated peptide are successfully synthesized. Dinuclear zinc(II)-dipicolylamine-based anthracene (1, 2) can selectively recognize and sense phosphorylated species with an increase in the fluorescence intensity. We also demonstrated that these artificial receptors fluorometrically detect a(More)
We describe here the new copper-selective fluorescent probes FluTPA1 and FluTPA2, in which the tetradentate ligand tris[(2-pyridyl)methyl]amine (TPA) is connected to a reduced form of a fluorescein platform through a benzyl ether linkage. These probes selectively react with copper ions in the presence of submillimolar glutathione and emit intense green(More)
A novel naphthylmethylimidazole derivative 1 and its related compounds were identified as 17,20-lyase inhibitors. Based on the structure-activity relationship around the naphthalene scaffold and the results of a docking study of 1a in the homology model of 17,20-lyase, the 6,7-dihydro-5H-pyrrolo[1,2-c]imidazole derivative (+)-3c was synthesized and(More)
A new method for covalent labeling of a His-tag fused protein with a small reactive probe was developed; this method is based on the complementary interaction between the His-tag and Ni(II)-NTA, which facilitates a nucleophilic reaction between a histidine residue of the tag and the electrophilic tosyl group of the Ni(II)-NTA probe by the proximity effect.
[reaction: see text] Highly enantioselective Reformatsky reaction of ketones was accomplished using cinchona alkaloids as chiral ligands. Chelation with the sp(2)-nitrogen adjacent to the reactive carbonyl center contributed the enantioface discrimination for the high enantioselectivities.
Protein-based fluorescent biosensors with sufficient sensing specificity are useful analytical tools for detection of biologically important substances in complicated biological systems. Here, we present the design of a hybrid biosensor, specific for a bis-phosphorylated peptide, based on a natural phosphoprotein binding domain coupled with an artificial(More)
The modification of proteins with synthetic probes is a powerful means of elucidating and engineering the functions of proteins both in vitro and in live cells or in vivo. Herein we review recent progress in chemistry-based protein modification methods and their application in protein engineering, with particular emphasis on the following four strategies:(More)
To accomplish the selective labeling of a specific protein in complicated biological systems, a peptide tag incorporated into the protein and a complementary small molecular probe are required. Although a variety of peptide tag/probe pairs have been developed as molecular tools for protein analyses, the availability of pairs suitable for real-time imaging(More)