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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)
[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.
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.
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)
A series of 1- and 4-(2-naphthylmethyl)-1H-imidazoles (3 and 4) has been synthesized and evaluated as C(17,20)-lyase inhibitors. Several 6-methoxynaphthyl derivatives showed potent C(17,20)-lyase inhibition, suppression of testosterone biosynthesis in rats and reduction in the weight of prostate and seminal vesicles in rats, whereas most of these compounds… (More)
ATP and its derivatives (nucleoside polyphosphates (NPPs)) are implicated in many biological events, so their rapid and convenient detection is important. In particular, live cell detection of NPPs at specific local regions of cells could greatly contribute understanding of the complicated roles of NPPs. We report herein the design of two new fluorescent… (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)