Sascha Serdjukow

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We report the development of a new heterobase that is held together through reversible bonding. The so-formed cross-link adds strong stabilization to the DNA duplex. Despite this, the cross-link opens and closes through reversible imine bonding. Moreover, even enzymatic incorporation of the cross-link is possible. The new principle can be used to stabilize(More)
Real-time enzymatic studies are gaining importance as their chemical and technical instrumentation improves. Here we report the efficient synthesis of γ-alkyne modified triphosphate amidates that are converted into a variety of γ-fluorophore labeled triphosphates by Cu(I) catalyzed alkyne/azide click reactions. The synthesized triphosphates are incorporated(More)
A deeper investigation of the chemistry that occurs on the newly discovered epigenetic DNA bases 5-hydroxymethyl-(hmdC), 5-formyl-(fdC), and 5-carboxy-deoxycytidine (cadC) requires chemical tool compounds, which are able to dissect the different potential reaction pathways in cells. Here we report that the 2'-(R)-fluorinated derivatives F-hmdC, F-fdC, and(More)
We have recently characterized the role of the riboflavinbinding protein (RfBP) dodecin from Halobacterium salinarum as clearing free riboflavin from the cytoplasm with riboflavin protein dissociation constants in the low nanomolar range, and as providing riboflavin as the direct precursor for FMN and FAD biosynthesis. To prevent cellular damage, dodecin(More)
In this study, we engineered fatty acid synthases (FAS) for the biosynthesis of short-chain fatty acids and polyketides, guided by a combined in vitro and in silico approach. Along with exploring the synthetic capability of FAS, we aim to build a foundation for efficient protein engineering, with the specific goal of harnessing evolutionarily related(More)
The development of metal base pairs is of immense importance for the construction of DNA nanostructures. Here we report the synthesis of a biaryl pyrazole-phenol nucleoside that forms in DNA a stable self-pair upon complexation of a Cu(II) ion. A sequence with five consecutive pyrazole nucleotides allows the complexation of five Cu(II) ions in a row.
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