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We show that reproductively mature male sea lampreys release a bile acid that acts as a potent sex pheromone, inducing preference and searching behavior in ovulated female lampreys. The secreted bile acid 7alpha,12alpha,24-trihydroxy-5alpha-cholan-3-one 24-sulfate was released in much higher amounts relative to known vertebrate steroid pheromones and may be(More)
Shikimate kinase (SK) and other enzymes in the shikimate pathway are potential targets for developing non-toxic antimicrobial agents, herbicides, and anti-parasite drugs, because the pathway is essential in the above species but is absent from mammals. The crystal structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis SK (MtSK) in complex with MgADP has been determined at(More)
Shikimate kinase (SK) and other enzymes in the shikimate pathway are potential targets for developing nontoxic antimicrobial agents, herbicides, and antiparasite drugs, because the pathway is essential in microorganisms, plants, and parasites but absent from mammals. SK catalyzes the reaction of phosphoryl transfer from ATP to shikimic acid (SA). Since(More)
Controversy is an integral part of scientific research and is often a precursor to the truth. However, this lesson has been learned in a very hard way in the case of the structurefunction relationship of adenylate kinase (AK),’ which catalyzes the interconversion between MgATP + AMP and MgADP + ADP. While this small kinase has been considered a “model(More)
Dihydroneopterin aldolase (DHNA) catalyzes the conversion of 7,8-dihydroneopterin (DHNP) to 6-hydroxymethyl-7,8-dihydropterin (HP) and the epimerization of DHNP to 7,8-dihydromonopterin (DHMP). Although crystal structures of the enzyme from several microorganisms have been reported, no structural information is available about the critical interactions(More)
Dihydroneopterin aldolase (DHNA) catalyzes the conversion of 7,8-dihydroneopterin (DHNP) to 6-hydroxymethyl-7,8-dihydropterin (HP) in the folate biosynthetic pathway. There are four conserved active site residues at the active site, E22, Y54, E74, and K100 in Staphylococcus aureus DHNA (SaDHNA), corresponding to E21, Y53, E73, and K98, respectively, in(More)
The shikimate biosynthetic pathway is essential to microorganisms, plants, and parasites but absent from mammals. Therefore, shikimate dehydrogenase (SD) and other enzymes in the pathway are attractive targets for developing nontoxic antimicrobial agents, herbicides, and antiparasite drugs. SD catalyzes the fourth reaction in the pathway, the nicotinamide(More)
We report a "running start, two-bond" protocol to analyze elongation by human RNA polymerase II (RNAP II). In this procedure, the running start allowed us to measure rapid rates of elongation and provided detailed insight into the RNAP II mechanism. Formation of two bonds was tracked to ensure that at least one translocation event was analyzed. By using(More)
In the past decade, characterization of the host targets of pathogen virulence factors took a center stage in the study of pathogenesis and disease susceptibility in plants and humans. However, the impressive knowledge of host targets has not been broadly exploited to inhibit pathogen infection. Here, we show that host target modification could be a(More)
The 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway leads to the biosynthesis of isopentenyl diphosphate (IDP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMADP), the precursors for isoprene and higher isoprenoids. Isoprene has significant effects on atmospheric chemistry, whereas other isoprenoids have diverse roles ranging from various biological processes to(More)