Gengo Kashiwazaki

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The spore photoproduct lyase is a radical SAM enzyme, which repairs 5-(α-thyminyl)-5,6-dihydrothymidine. Here we show that the enzyme establishes a complex radical transfer cascade and creates a cysteine and a tyrosyl radical dyade to establish repair. This allows the enzyme to solve topological and energetic problems associated with the radical based(More)
Chemically engineered small molecules targeting specific genomic sequences play an important role in drug development research. Pyrrole-imidazole polyamides (PIPs) are a group of molecules that can bind to the DNA minor-groove and can be engineered to target specific sequences. Their biological effects rely primarily on their selective DNA binding. However,(More)
N-methylpyrrole (Py)-N-methylimidazole (Im) polyamides are small organic molecules that bind to DNA with sequence specificity and can be used as synthetic DNA-binding ligands. In this study, five hairpin eight-ring Py-Im polyamides 1-5 with different number of Im rings were synthesized, and their binding behaviour was investigated with surface plasmon(More)
We designed and synthesized alkylating conjugates 5-7 and their partner N-methylpyrrole-N-methylimidazole (PI) polyamides 8, 9. The DNA alkylating activities of conjugates 5-7 were evaluated by high-resolution denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with a 219 base pair (bp) DNA fragment containing the human telomere repeat sequence. Conjugate 5(More)
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