Isaac Simpson

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As part of an effort to develop a better understanding of the structural and thermodynamic principles of DNA minor groove recognition, we have investigated complexes of three diphenylfuran dications with the d(CGCGAATTCGCG)(2) duplex. The parent compound, furamidine (DB75), has two amidine substituents while DB244 has cyclopentyl amidine substituents and(More)
Wolbachia is a globally distributed bacterial endosymbiont present in arthropods and nematodes. The advent of sensitive PCR-based approaches has greatly facilitated the identification of Wolbachia-infected individuals and analysis of population infection levels. Here, a complementary visual fluorescence-based Wolbachia screening approach is described.(More)
2,5-Bis-[4-(N-cyclobutyl-amidino)phenyl] furan and 2,5-bis-[4-(N-cyclohexyl-amidino)phenyl] furan have activity against Pneumocystis carinii and also show cytotoxicity against several tumour cell lines. These activities are correlated with DNA-binding abilities; the crystal structures of complexes with the DNA sequence d(CGCGAATTCGCG) is reported here.(More)
The crystal structure is reported of a complex between an ethyl derivative of the minor-groove drug furamidine and the dodecanucleotide duplex d(CGCGAATTCGCG)2, which has been refined to 1.85 A resolution and an R factor of 16.6% for data collected at -173 degreesC. An exceptionally large number (220) of water molecules have been located. The majority of(More)
Starting in the 1950s, study and elucidation of the biochemical mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics led to the understanding of both the biology of bacteria and the mode of action of antibiotics. This holds true for the relationship between Streptococcus pneumoniae and the fluoroquinolones. A new feature in this approach is the availability of the(More)
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