Ernesto Abel-Santos

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Combinatorial libraries of synthetic and natural products are an important source of molecular information for the interrogation of biological targets. Methods for the intracellular production of libraries of small, stable molecules would be a valuable addition to existing library technologies by combining the discovery potential inherent in small molecules(More)
The sliding clamps of bacteriophage T4 (gp45), Escherichia coli (beta clamp), and yeast (PCNA) are required for processive DNA synthesis by their cognate DNA polymerases. The X-ray crystal structures of all three of these clamps have been shown to be closed, circular complexes. This paper reports investigations of the solution structure of bacteriophage T4(More)
High throughput screening of SICLOPPS libraries afforded six distinct cyclic peptides that inhibit Escherichia coli growth both in liquid and solid media. One of these peptides (LN05) reduced both bacterial growth rate and caused cell aggregation in liquid media. Mutant bacteria immune to LN05 action were obtained at a frequency of 10(-7). Over-expression(More)
BACKGROUND Combinatorial methods for the production of molecular libraries are an important source of ligand diversity for chemical biology. Synthetic methods focus on the production of small molecules that must traverse the cell membrane to elicit a response. Genetic methods enable intracellular ligand production, but products must typically be large(More)
The bacteriophage T4 DNA polymerase holoenzyme, consisting of the DNA polymerase (gp43), the sliding clamp (gp45), and the clamp loader (gp44/62), is loaded onto DNA in an ATP-dependent, multistep reaction. The trimeric, ring-shaped gp45 is loaded onto DNA such that the DNA passes through the center of the ring. gp43 binds to this complex, thereby forming a(More)
The coordinated assembly of the DNA polymerase (gp43), the sliding clamp (gp45), and the clamp loader (gp44/62) to form the bacteriophage T4 DNA polymerase holoenzyme is a multistep process. A partially opened toroid-shaped gp45 is loaded around DNA by gp44/62 in an ATP-dependent manner. Gp43 binds to this complex to generate the holoenzyme in which gp45(More)
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