Nuria Martínez-Sáez

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Carbonyl stress and accumulation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in human tissues are involved in diabetic complications, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and aging. The objective of this study was to evaluate the in vitro protective effect of aqueous extracts of coffee silverskin (CS) in the formation of AGEs and trapping of carbonyl reactive(More)
Tn antigen (α-O-GalNAc-Ser/Thr) is a convenient cancer biomarker that is recognized by antibodies and lectins. This work yields remarkable results for two plant lectins in terms of epitope recognition and reveals that these receptors show higher affinity for Tn antigen when it is incorporated in the Pro-Asp-Thr-Arg (PDTR) peptide region of mucin MUC1. In(More)
Maleimides remain the reagents of choice for the preparation of therapeutic and imaging protein conjugates despite the known instability of the resulting products that undergo thiol-exchange reactions in vivo. Here we present the rational design of carbonylacrylic reagents for chemoselective cysteine bioconjugation. These reagents undergo rapid thiol(More)
The molecular recognition of several glycopeptides bearing Tn antigen (α-O-GalNAc-Ser or α-O-GalNAc-Thr) in their structure by three lectins with affinity for this determinant has been analysed. The work yields remarkable results in terms of epitope recognition, showing that the underlying amino acid of Tn (serine or threonine) plays a key role in the(More)
The structural features of MUC1-like glycopeptides bearing the Tn antigen (α-O-GalNAc-Ser/Thr) in complex with an anti MUC-1 antibody are reported at atomic resolution. For the α-O-GalNAc-Ser derivative, the glycosidic linkage adopts a high-energy conformation, barely populated in the free state. This unusual structure (also observed in an α-S-GalNAc-Cys(More)
The first examples of amino acid (Ser/Thr)-sp(2)-iminosugar glycomimetic conjugates featuring an α-O-linked pseudoanomeric linkage are reported. The key synthetic step involves the completely diastereoselective α-glycosylation of Ser/Thr due to strong stereoelectronic and conformational bias imposed by the bicyclic sp(2)-iminosugar scaffold. Mucin-related(More)
Cys-Xxx-Ser-Xxx-Pro-Cys (Xxx= any amino acid but Pro) is the most common sequence present in naturally occurring peptides and proteins glycosylated with β-O-glucose (β-O-Glc). Taking into account the lack of studies concerning the spatial disposition of this sequence, we have synthesized and analyzed, in aqueous solution, the conformational behavior of(More)
Oxetanes are four-membered ring oxygen heterocycles that are advantageously used in medicinal chemistry as modulators of physicochemical properties of small molecules. Herein, we present a simple method for the incorporation of oxetanes into proteins through chemoselective alkylation of cysteine. We demonstrate a broad substrate scope by reacting proteins(More)
Here we show that a four-membered oxygen ring - oxetane - can be readily grafted into native peptides and proteins through site-selective bis-alkylation of cysteine residues present as disulfides under mild and biocompatible conditions. The selective installation of the oxetane graft enhances stability and activity, as demonstrated for a range of(More)
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