Jennifer Weimer Anderson

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The trisubstituted pyrrole 4-[2-(4-fluorophenyl)-5-(1-methylpiperidine-4-yl)-1H-pyrrol-3-yl]pyridine (Compound 1) inhibits the growth of Eimeria spp. both in vitro and in vivo. The molecular target of Compound 1 was identified as cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) using a tritiated analogue to purify a approximately 120-kDa protein from lysates of Eimeria(More)
Cyclic GMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) has been biochemically and genetically validated in Toxoplasma gondii as a primary target responsible for the antiparasitic activity of the trisubstituted pyrrole 4-[2-(4-fluorophenyl)-5-(1-methylpiperidine-4-yl)-1H pyrrol-3-yl] pyridine (Compound 1) [Biftu T, Feng D, Ponpipom M, et al. Synthesis and SAR of(More)
Crude extracts of pea shoots (Pisum sativum) catalyzed oxidized glutathione (GSSG)-dependent oxidation of NADPH which was attributed to NADPH-specific glutathione reductase. The pH optimum was 8 and the K(m) values for GSSG and NADPH were 23 mum and 4.9 mum, respectively. Reduced glutathione (GSH) inhibited the reaction. Crude extracts also catalyzed(More)
The emergence of drug-resistant bacteria coupled with the limited discovery of novel chemical scaffolds and druggable targets inspires new approaches to antibiotic development. Here we describe a chemical genomics strategy based on 245 Staphylococcus aureus antisense RNA strains, each engineered for reduced expression of target genes essential for S. aureus(More)
A reconstituted spinach chloroplast system containing thylakoids, stroma and 0.1 mM NADPH supported O2 evolution in the presence of oxidised glutathione (GSSG). The properties of the reaction were consistent with light-coupled GSSG-reductase activity involving H2O as eventual electron donor. The reconstituted system also supported dehydroascorbate-dependent(More)
Large-scale EST sequencing projects for several important parasites within the phylum Apicomplexa were undertaken for the purpose of gene discovery. Included were several parasites of medical importance (Plasmodium falciparum, Toxoplasma gondii) and others of veterinary importance (Eimeria tenella, Sarcocystis neurona, and Neospora caninum). A total of(More)
GTP, as well as other nucleoside triphosphates, stimulates the activity of Escherichia coli adenylyl cyclase in permeable cells; the stimulatory effect is lost when the cells are disrupted by passage through a French pressure cell. These data suggested that the allosteric regulation by GTP of adenylyl cyclase activity requires an interaction of the enzyme(More)
Histidine-containing protein (HPr) is a phosphocarrier protein of the bacterial phosphoenolpyruvate:sugar phosphotransferase system. HPr is phosphorylated at the active site residue, His15, by phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent enzyme I in the first enzyme reaction in the process of phosphoryl transfer to sugar. In many Gram-positive bacterial species HPr may(More)
1. Peptidase extracted with buffer at pH5.2 from small samples of tobacco-leaf tissue was assayed by measuring the alpha-amino nitrogen liberated from gelatin at 40 degrees in 1hr. The rate of hydrolysis was constant during the digestion. 2. The inclusion of sodium thioglycollate (60mm) in the extracting medium increased the activity of the peptidase. 3. As(More)