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CH/π interactions play a key role in a large variety of molecular recognition processes of biological relevance. However, their origins and structural determinants in water remain poorly understood. In order to improve our comprehension of these important interaction modes, we have performed a quantitative experimental analysis of a large data set(More)
[reaction: see text] As the unusual amino acid norlanthionine (nor-Lan) has previously been incorporated into cyclic peptide analogues of the ring C of lantibiotic nisin, we report here the stereoselective synthesis of the new (S,R)- and (R,R)-alpha-methylnorlanthionines (alpha-Me-nor-Lan). The orthogonally protected derivatives of these compounds have also(More)
Different behavior has been observed for the psi torsion angle of the glycosidic linkages of D-GalNAc-Ser and D-GalNAc-Thr motifs, allowing the carbohydrate moiety to adopt a completely different orientation. In addition, the fact that the water pockets found in alpha-D-GalNAc-Thr differ from those obtained for its serine analogue could be related to the(More)
Aminoglycoside antibiotics participate in a large variety of binding processes involving both RNA and proteins. The description, in recent years, of several clinically relevant aminoglycoside/receptor complexes has greatly stimulated the structural-based design of new bioactive derivatives. Unfortunately, design efforts have frequently met with limited(More)
The structural features of the mucin-type simplest model, namely, the glycopeptide alpha-O-GalNAc-l-Ser diamide, have been investigated by combining NMR spectroscopy, molecular dynamics simulations, and DFT calculations. In contrast to previous reports, the study reveals that intramolecular hydrogen bonds between sugar and peptide residues are very weak(More)
Protein O-fucosyltransferase 2 (POFUT2) is an essential enzyme that fucosylates serine and threonine residues of folded thrombospondin type 1 repeats (TSRs). To date, the mechanism by which this enzyme recognizes very dissimilar TSRs has been unclear. By engineering a fusion protein, we report the crystal structure of Caenorhabditis elegans POFUT2(More)
A dynamical combinatorial approach for the study of weak carbohydrate/aromatic interactions is presented. This methodology has been employed to dissect the subtle structure-stability relationships that govern facial selectivity in these supramolecular complexes.
Electrostatic and charge-transfer contributions to CH-π complexes can be modulated by attaching electron-withdrawing substituents to the carbon atom. While clearly stabilizing in the gas phase, the outcome of this chemical modification in water is more difficult to predict. Herein we provide a definitive and quantitative answer to this question employing a(More)
A domino process that involves a Michael-type addition followed by a Dieckmann reaction mediated by the participation of the cyclic carbamate group is the key step in the synthesis of both enantiomers of α-(hydroxymethyl)glutamic acid (HMG).