Natalie M. Rachel

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In nature, transglutaminases catalyze the formation of amide bonds between proteins to form insoluble protein aggregates. This specific function has long been exploited in the food and textile industries as a protein cross-linking agent to alter the texture of meat, wool, and leather. In recent years, biotechnological applications of transglutaminases have(More)
Microbial transglutaminase (MTG) is a practical tool to enzymatically form isopeptide bonds between peptide or protein substrates. This natural approach to crosslinking the side-chains of reactive glutamine and lysine residues is solidly rooted in food and textile processing. More recently, MTG's tolerance for various primary amines in lieu of lysine have(More)
Herein we report the discovery of the benzo[a]imidazo[2,1,5-c,d]indolizine motif displaying tunable emission covering most of the visible spectrum. The polycyclic core is obtained from readily available amides via a chemoselective process involving Tf2O-mediated amide cyclodehydration, followed by intramolecular C-H arylation. Additionally, these(More)
Enzymatic transamidation and copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) were combined to yield covalently conjugated peptides and proteins. The addition of glutathione preserved enzymatic activity in the presence of copper. Tuning the reaction kinetics was key to success, providing up to 95% conversion. This one-pot reaction allowed for targeted(More)
General approaches for controlled protein modification are increasingly sought-after in the arena of chemical biology. Here, using bioorthogonal reactions, we present combinatorial chemoenzymatic strategies to effectuate protein labeling. A total of three metal-free conjugations were simultaneously or sequentially incorporated in a one-pot format with(More)
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