Nico Kotzur

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Behavioral traits of sperm are adapted to the reproductive strategy that each species employs. In polyandrous species, spermatozoa often form motile clusters, which might be advantageous for competing with sperm from other males. Despite this presumed advantage for reproductive success, little is known about how sperm form such functional assemblies.(More)
Light-induced release of biomolecules from inactive precursor molecules represents a powerful method to study cellular processes with high temporal and spatial resolution. Here we report the synthesis and photochemistry of a series of {7-[bis(carboxymethyl)amino]coumarin-4-yl}methyl carboxylates, carbonates, carbamates, and thiocarbonates as potential(More)
We introduce a variant of coumarin-based photoactivatable protecting groups and use it exemplarily for caging of a carboxylic acid, an amine, a phenol, and a carbonyl compound. The caged compounds are efficiently photolyzed at long-wavelength UV/vis irradiation. Compared to the corresponding (6-bromo-7-hydroxycoumarin-4-yl)methyl (Bhc) derivatives, the(More)
We developed and characterized efficient, remarkably water-soluble photolabile protecting groups for thiols based on 2-nitrobenzyl and (coumarin-4-yl)methyl chromophores, among them two new ones. The protecting groups allow, due to their different absorption maxima, wavelength-selective photocleavage of binary mixtures of cysteine derivatives protected at(More)
Photolysis of model peptides containing alpha-carboxy-2-nitrobenzyl (CNB) or alpha-carboxy-4,5-dimethoxy-2-nitrobenzyl (CDMNB) protected cysteines in aqueous solution gives the expected 2-nitrobenzyl-type photocleavage and can be accompanied by photodecarboxylation depending on structural aspects.
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