Nandini Nagraj

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[structure: see text] Rate constants for two-electron oxidation reactions of Compound I from chloroperoxidase (CPO) with a variety of substrates were measured by stopped-flow kinetic techniques. The thiolate ligand of CPO Compound I activates the iron-oxo species with the result that oxidation reactions are 2 to 3 orders of magnitude faster than oxidations(More)
Metal-dependent cleavage activities of the 8-17 DNAzyme were found to be inhibited by Tb(III) ions, and the apparent inhibition constant in the presence of 100 microM of Zn(II) was measured to be 3.3+/-0.3 microM. The apparent inhibition constants increased linearly with increasing Zn(II) concentration, and the inhibition effect could be fully rescued with(More)
The effect of monovalent ions on both the reactivity and global folding of the 8-17 DNAzyme is investigated, and the results are compared with those of the hammerhead ribozyme, which has similar size and secondary structure. In contrast to the hammerhead ribozyme, the 8-17 DNAzyme activity is not detectable in the presence of 4 M K(+), Rb(+), or Cs(+) or in(More)
The 8-17 DNAzyme is a DNA metalloenzyme catalyzing RNA transesterification in the presence of divalent metal ions, with activity following the order Pb2+ >> Zn2+ >>Mg2+. Since the DNAzyme has been used as a metal ion sensor, its metal-induced global folding was studied by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) by labeling the three stems of the(More)
Bridging cysteine ligands of the Cu(A) center in an engineered Cu(A) azurin were replaced with serine, and the variants (Cys116Ser and Cys112Ser Cu(A) azurin) were characterized by mass spectrometry, as well as UV-vis and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic techniques. The replacements resulted in dramatically perturbed spectroscopic(More)
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