Karen E. Flick

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Homing endonucleases are a diverse collection of proteins that are encoded by genes with mobile, self-splicing introns. They have also been identified in self-splicing inteins (protein introns). These enzymes promote the movement of the DNA sequences that encode them from one chromosome location to another; they do this by making a site-specific(More)
A novel mechanism of DNA endonucleolytic cleavage has been visualized for the homing endonuclease I-PpoI by trapping the uncleaved enzyme–substrate complex and comparing it to the previously visualized product complex. This enzyme employs a unique single metal mechanism. A magnesium ion is coordinated by an asparagine residue and two DNA oxygen atoms and(More)
The gene encoding the iron-dependent superoxide dismutase from Pseudomonas ovalis was cloned from a genomic library and sequenced. The ORF differs from the previously published protein sequence, which was used for the original structure determination, at 16 positions. The differences include three additional inserted residues, one deleted residue and 12(More)
Crystal structures of the Ser/Thr phosphatase calcineurin (protein phosphatase 2B) have recently been solved by X-ray crystallography, both in the free-protein state, and complexed with the immunophilin/immunosuppressant FKBP12/FK506. Core elements of the calcineurin phosphatase have been found to be similar to the corresponding elements of Ser/Thr(More)
The homing endonuclease I-PpoI is encoded by an optional third intron, Pp LSU 3, found in nuclear, extrachromosomal copies of the Physarum polycephalum 26S rRNA gene. This endonuclease promotes the lateral transfer or "homing" of its encoding intron by recognizing and cleaving a partially symmetric, 15 bp homing site in 26S rDNA alleles that lack the Pp LSU(More)
A library of 109 1,3-dioxane-4,6-dione-5-carboxamides was prepared by solution-phase methods as potential inhibitors of human group IIa phospholipase A2. Tight binding inhibitors were found by an interfacial affinity selection method. The crystal structure of the secreted phospholipase A2 containing one of the inhibitors was determined, and it reveals the(More)
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