Jason Micklefield

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The calcium-dependent antibiotic (CDA), from Streptomyces coelicolor, is an acidic lipopeptide comprising an N-terminal 2,3-epoxyhexanoyl fatty acid side chain and several nonproteinogenic amino acid residues. S. coelicolor grown on solid media was shown to produce several previously uncharacterized peptides with C-terminal Z-dehydrotryptophan residues. The(More)
The calcium dependent antibiotic (CDA) is a nonribosomal lipopeptide produced by Streptomyces coelicolor. We constructed a metabolic network of more than 400 reactions for the primary and secondary metabolism of S. coelicolor and used computational metabolic flux balancing to investigate some of the factors affecting growth and production of CDA.(More)
Natural products continue to fulfill an important role in the development of therapeutic agents. In addition, with the advent of chemical genetics and high-throughput screening platforms, these molecules have become increasingly valuable as tools for interrogating fundamental aspects of biological systems. To access the vast portion of natural-product(More)
The development and applications of site-selective protein immobilization have undergone significant advances in recent years. Notably the recent fusion of synthetic chemistry and molecular biology (chemical biology) has seen the development of some very powerful and efficient site-specific, covalent protein attachment methods. In addition, many important(More)
Daptomycin is an acidic lipopeptide antibiotic, whose three-dimensional structure and mechanism of action is currently unknown. Recently daptomycin, trade name Cubicin, was approved as a drug for the treatment of skin-related infections (M. Larkin Lancet, 2003, 3, 677) and became the first antibiotic of its class to be used in the clinic (A. Raja et al.,(More)
The polyketide natural product borrelidin 1 is a potent inhibitor of angiogenesis and spontaneous metastasis. Affinity biopanning of a phage display library of colon tumor cell cDNAs identified the tandem WW domains of spliceosome-associated protein formin binding protein 21 (FBP21) as a novel molecular target of borrelidin, suggesting that borrelidin may(More)
The ability to independently control the expression of multiple genes by addition of distinct small-molecule modulators has many applications from synthetic biology, functional genomics, pharmaceutical target validation, through to gene therapy. Riboswitches are relatively simple, small-molecule-dependent, protein-free, mRNA genetic switches that are(More)
The acidic lipopeptides, including the calcium-dependent antibiotics (CDA), daptomycin, and A54145, are important macrocyclic peptide natural products produced by Streptomyces species. All three compounds contain a 3-methyl glutamate (3-MeGlu) as the penultimate C-terminal residue, which is important for bioactivity. Here, biochemical in vitro(More)
Site-directed mutagenesis of nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) adenylation (A) domains was investigated as a means to engineer new calcium-dependent antibiotics (CDA) in Streptomyces coelicolor. Single- and double-point mutants of the CDA NRPS module 7, A-domain were generated, which were predicted to alter the specificity of this domain from Asp to(More)
The asymmetric decarboxylation of prochiral a-disubstituted malonic acids is an attractive route to produce homochiral asubstituted carboxylic acids. Various metal-catalysed and organocatalytic methods have been explored for related enantioselective decarboxylative protonation (EDP) reactions. However, the synthetic EDPmethods can only deliver chiral(More)