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The use of covalent chemistry to track biomolecules in their native environment-a focus of bioorthogonal chemistry-has received considerable interest recently among chemical biologists and organic chemists alike. To facilitate wider adoption of bioorthogonal chemistry in biomedical research, a central effort in the last few years has been focused on the… (More)
The ability to use chemical reactivity to monitor and control biomolecular processes with a spatial and temporal precision motivated the development of light-triggered in vivo chemistries. To this end, the photoinduced tetrazole-alkene cycloaddition, also termed 'photoclick chemistry' offers a very rapid chemical ligation platform for the manipulation of… (More)
A series of red-shifted azobenzene amino acids were synthesized in moderate-to-excellent yields via a two-step procedure in which tyrosine derivatives were first oxidized to the corresponding quinonoidal spirolactones followed by ceric ammonium nitrate-catalyzed azo formation with the substituted phenylhydrazines. The resulting azobenzene-alanine… (More)
Here we report the synthesis of storable N-phenylcarbamate palladacycles that showed robust reactivity in the cross-coupling reaction with an alkyne-encoded protein with a second-order rate constant approaching 19 770 ± 930 M(-1) s(-1).
We report the synthesis of a series of distance-matching aryl and vinylaryl cross-linkers for constructing stapled peptides containing cysteines at i,i+7 positions. Langevin dynamics simulation studies helped to classify these cross-linkers into two categories: the rigid cross-linkers with narrower S-S distance distribution and the flexible cross-linkers… (More)
Fast and specific bioorthogonal reactions are highly desirable because they provide efficient tracking of biomolecules that are present in low abundance and/or involved in fast dynamic process in living systems. Toward this end, classic strategy involves the optimization of substrate structures and reaction conditions in test tubes, testing their… (More)