Patricia Takahara

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The success of cisplatin in cancer chemotherapy derives from its ability to crosslink DNA and alter the structure. Most cisplatin-DNA adducts are intrastrand d(GpG) and d(ApG) crosslinks, which unwind and bend the duplex to facilitate the binding of proteins that contain one or more high-mobility group (HMG) domains. When HMG-domain proteins such as HMG1,(More)
BACKGROUND The hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) contains a dinuclear iron center responsible for the oxidation of methane to methanol. As isolated, the center is in the oxidized, diiron(III) state. The 2.2 A resolution X-ray structure of the oxidized hydroxylase, Hox, from Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath) was previously(More)
The structure of the nitrogenase iron protein from Azotobacter vinelandii in the all-ferrous [4Fe-4S](0) form has been determined to 2.25 A resolution by using the multiwavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) phasing technique. The structure demonstrates that major conformational changes are not necessary either in the iron protein or in the cluster to(More)
The introduction of 3-arylmethyl, 3-aryloxy and 3-arylthio moieties into a 6-methylsulfonylindole framework using rational drug design led to potent, selective COX-2 inhibitors having efficacy in a rat carrageenan air pouch model. Incorporation of a conformationally more rigid 3-aroyloxy substituent onto the 6-methylsulfonylindole scaffold led to selective,(More)
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