Ellen C. Minnihan

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Escherichia coli ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), an alpha2beta2 complex, catalyzes the conversion of nucleoside 5'-diphosphate substrates (S) to 2'-deoxynucleoside 5'-diphosphates. alpha2 houses the active site for nucleotide reduction and the binding sites for allosteric effectors (E). beta2 contains the essential diferric tyrosyl radical (Y(122)(*))(More)
Ribonucleotide reductases (RNRs) catalyze the conversionof nucleotides to 2'-deoxynucleotides and are classified on the basis of the metallo-cofactor used to conduct this chemistry. The class Ia RNRs initiate nucleotide reduction when a stable diferric-tyrosyl radical (Y•, t1/2 of 4 days at 4 °C) cofactor in the β2 subunit transiently oxidizes a cysteine to(More)
Escherichia coli ribonucleotide reductase is an α2β2 complex and catalyzes the conversion of nucleoside 5'-diphosphates (NDPs) to 2'-deoxynucleotides (dNDPs). The reaction is initiated by the transient oxidation of an active-site cysteine (C(439)) in α2 by a stable diferric tyrosyl radical (Y(122)•) cofactor in β2. This oxidation occurs by a mechanism of(More)
Tyrosyl radicals (Y·s) are prevalent in biological catalysis and are formed under physiological conditions by the coupled loss of both a proton and an electron. Fluorotyrosines (F(n)Ys, n = 1-4) are promising tools for studying the mechanism of Y· formation and reactivity, as their pK(a) values and peak potentials span four units and 300 mV, respectively,(More)
Ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) catalyzes conversion of nucleoside diphosphates (NDPs) to 2'-deoxynucleotides, a critical step in DNA replication and repair in all organisms. Class-Ia RNRs, found in aerobic bacteria and all eukaryotes, are a complex of two subunits: α2 and β2. The β2 subunit contains an essential diferric-tyrosyl radical (Y122O(•)) cofactor(More)
E. coli ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) catalyzes the conversion of nucleotides to deoxynucleotides, a process that requires long-range radical transfer over 35 A from a tyrosyl radical (Y(122)*) within the beta2 subunit to a cysteine residue (C(439)) within the alpha2 subunit. The radical transfer step is proposed to occur by proton-coupled electron(More)
Ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) catalyzes the conversion of nucleoside diphosphates to deoxynucleoside diphosphates (dNDPs). The Escherichia coli class Ia RNR uses a mechanism of radical propagation by which a cysteine in the active site of the RNR large (α2) subunit is transiently oxidized by a stable tyrosyl radical (Y•) in the RNR small (β2) subunit over(More)
Peptides are an important class of endogenous ligands that regulate key biological cascades. As such, peptides represent a promising therapeutic class with the potential to alleviate many severe disease states. Despite their therapeutic potential, peptides frequently pose drug delivery challenges to scientists. This review introduces the physicochemical,(More)
The zinc(II) complex (PATH)ZnOH, where PATH is an N2S(thiolate) ligand, has been investigated for its ability to promote the hydrolysis of the phosphate triester tris(4-nitrophenyl) phosphate (TNP). The hydrolysis of TNP was examined as a function of PATH-zinc(II) complex concentration, substrate concentration, and pH in a water/ethanol mixture (66:33 v/v)(More)