Luke A Adams

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The thiol-disulfide oxidoreductase enzyme DsbA catalyzes the formation of disulfide bonds in the periplasm of Gram-negative bacteria. DsbA substrates include proteins involved in bacterial virulence. In the absence of DsbA, many of these proteins do not fold correctly, which renders the bacteria avirulent. Thus DsbA is a critical mediator of virulence and(More)
Re(I) tricarbonyl polypyridine-based complexes are particularly attractive metal complexes in the field of inorganic chemical biology due to their luminescent properties, ease of conjugation to targeting biomolecules, and the possibility to prepare their "hot" (99m)Tc analogues for radioimaging. In this study, we prepared and characterized a novel,(More)
A fluorescence -activated cell sorter (FACS-II) was used to examine biochemical parameters in a heterogeneous population of cultured human lymphocytes. Incubation of cells in the presence of benz(a)anthracene (BA) during culture was employed to induce the enzyme system which metabolizes carcinogens. Carcinogen metabolism was assayed directly by measuring(More)
Two fluorescence parameters and size are used in a flow through system to enrich sputum specimens for cancer cells. Human cells in sputum which are stained with acridine orange show a characteristic distribution of red and green fluorescence from which cancer cells can be localized. The peak enrichment is obtained by selectively sorting cells with the(More)
Quantitative cysteine-independent ligation of a Gd(3+) tag to genetically encoded p-azido-L-phenylalanine via Cu(I)-catalyzed click chemistry is shown to deliver an exceptionally powerful tool for Gd(3+)-Gd(3+) distance measurements by double electron-electron resonance (DEER) experiments, as the position of the Gd(3+) ion relative to the protein can be(More)
Fluorescence spectra were obtained from cells from sputum and pleural effusions stained with different fluorescent dyes and fixed by alternate methods. The spectra were referenced to a standard allowing for fluorescence comparisons of unstained and stained cells under various conditions. The metachromasia of acridine orange-stained cells offers(More)
A simple and high-yielding method for the preparation of cyclopropane amino acids is described. The novel method involves the one-pot cyclopropanation of readily available dehydroamino acids using aryl and unsaturated diazo compounds generated in situ from the corresponding tosylhydrazone salts. It was found that thermal 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition followed(More)
The amino acids 4-(tert-butyl)phenylalanine (Tbf) and 4-(trimethylsilyl)phenylalanine (TMSf), as well as a partially deuterated version of Tbf (dTbf), were chemically synthesized and site-specifically incorporated into different proteins, using an amber stop codon, suppressor tRNA and the broadband aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase originally evolved for the(More)
Pseudocontact shifts (PCS) induced by tags loaded with paramagnetic lanthanide ions provide powerful long-range structure information, provided the location of the metal ion relative to the target protein is known. Usually, the metal position is determined by fitting the magnetic susceptibility anisotropy (Δχ) tensor to the 3D structure of the protein in an(More)
The in situ reaction of protected dehydroamino acids with derivatives of vinyldiazomethane leads to good to excellent yields of vinyl cyclopropanes via 3 + 2 dipolar cycloaddition followed by N(2) extrusion. Chromatographic separation of the cyclopropane diastereomeric products, followed by characterisation by (1)H NMR and X-ray crystallography allowed the(More)