Conor St J Barry

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The enzymatic transfer of the sugar mannose from activated sugar donors is central to the synthesis of a wide range of biologically significant polysaccharides and glycoconjugates. In addition to their importance in cellular biology, mannosyltransferases also provide model systems with which to study catalytic mechanisms of glycosyl transfer.(More)
1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) oxidase, which catalyses the terminal step in ethylene biosynthesis, is encoded by a small multigene family in tomato that is differentially expressed in response to developmental and environmental cues. In this study we report the isolation and sequencing of approximately 2 kb of 5′-flanking sequence of three tomato(More)
The detection of tuberculosis currently relies upon insensitive and unspecific techniques; newer diagnostics would ideally co-opt specific bacterial processes to provide real-time readouts. The trehalose mycolyltransesterase enzymes (antigens 85A, 85B and 85C (Ag85A, Ag85B, Ag85C)) serve as essential mediators of cell envelope function and biogenesis in(More)
The three isoforms of antigen 85 (A, B, and C) are the most abundant secreted mycobacterial proteins and catalyze transesterification reactions that synthesize mycolated arabinogalactan, trehalose monomycolate (TMM), and trehalose dimycolate (TDM), important constituents of the outermost layer of the cellular envelope of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These(More)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis Antigen 85 enzymes are vital to the integrity of the highly impermeable cell envelope and are potential therapeutic targets. Kinetic analysis using a label-free assay revealed both mechanistic details and a substrate profile that allowed the design and construction of a selective in vitro mechanism-based inhibitor.
[reaction: see text] Reaction of homoallylic alcohols with aldehydes in the presence of TFA gives, after hydrolysis of the ester, 4-hydroxy-2,3,6-trisubstituted tetrahydropyrans with the creation of three new stereocenters in a single-pot process. By varying the aldehyde component, a variety of functionalized side chains are installed at C-2. The utility of(More)
Trapping intermediates on the Prins cyclisation pathway with carbon-based nucleophiles has given further insight into factors affecting the acid-mediated reactions of homoallylic alcohols with aldehydes, enabling the design of efficient syntheses of 4-hydroxy-2,6-disubstituted tetrahydropyrans.
[reaction: see text] A concise and stereoselective synthesis of the tetrasubstituted tetrahydropyran core of polycavernoside A was achieved in 55% overall yield from 3-benzyloxypropanal. A stereoselective allyl transfer reaction was used in the synthesis of enol ether 18 followed by a TFA-mediated cyclization to create the three new asymmetric centers in(More)