Jennifer M. Chambers

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The carbon metabolism of the blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum, comprising rapidly dividing asexual stages and non-dividing gametocytes, is thought to be highly streamlined, with glycolysis providing most of the cellular ATP. However, these parasitic stages express all the enzymes needed for a canonical mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, and(More)
Leishmania parasites alternate between extracellular promastigote stages in the insect vector and an obligate intracellular amastigote stage that proliferates within the phagolysosomal compartment of macrophages in the mammalian host. Most enzymes involved in Leishmania central carbon metabolism are constitutively expressed and stage-specific changes in(More)
Leishmania parasites proliferate within nutritionally complex niches in their sandfly vector and mammalian hosts. However, the extent to which these parasites utilize different carbon sources remains poorly defined. In this study, we have followed the incorporation of various (13)C-labeled carbon sources into the intracellular and secreted metabolites of(More)
Silvestrol (1) and episilvestrol (2) are protein synthesis inhibitors, and the former has shown efficacy in multiple mouse models of cancer; however, the selectivity of these potent cytotoxic natural products has not been described. Herein, it is demonstrated that eukaryotic initiation factors eIF4AI/II were the only proteins detected to bind silvestrol (1)(More)
Eleanor C. Saunders, William W. Ng , Jennifer M. Chambers, Milica Ng, Thomas Naderer, Jens O. Kroemer, Vladimir A. Likić and Malcolm J. McConville Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bio21 Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia. Australian Institute for Bioengineering and(More)
Design of small molecules that disrupt protein-protein interactions, including the interaction of RAS proteins and their effectors, may provide chemical probes and therapeutic agents. We describe here the synthesis and testing of potential small-molecule pan-RAS ligands, which were designed to interact with adjacent sites on the surface of oncogenic KRAS.(More)
This protocol describes the combined use of metabolite profiling and stable isotope labelling to define pathways of central carbon metabolism in the protozoa parasite, Leishmania mexicana. Parasite stages are cultivated in standard or completely defined media and then rapidly transferred to chemically equivalent media containing a single (13)C-labelled(More)
The complex natural products silvestrol (1) and episilvestrol (2) are inhibitors of translation initiation through binding to the DEAD-box helicase eukaryotic initiation factor 4A (eIF4A). Both compounds are potently cytotoxic to cancer cells in vitro, and 1 has demonstrated efficacy in vivo in several xenograft cancer models. Here we show that 2 has(More)
The total synthesis of a biotinylated derivative of methyl rocaglate is described. This compound was accessed from synthetic methyl rocaglate (2) via formation of the propargyl amide and subsequent click reaction with a biotin azide. Affinity purification revealed that biotinylated rocaglate (8) and methyl rocaglate (2) bind with high specificity to(More)
The first total synthesis of the low-abundance natural product 2''',5'''-diepisilvestrol (4) is described. The key step involved a Mitsunobu coupling between cyclopenta[b]benzofuran phenol 7 and dioxane lactol 6. Deprotection then gave a 1:2.6 ratio of natural product 2''',5'''-diepisilvestrol (4) and its C1 epimer 1''',2''',5'''-triepisilvestrol (15) in(More)
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