Scott M. Brittain

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Previously we have shown that in vitro-packaged simian virus 40 (SV40) pseudovirions (IVPs) are an efficient delivery system for supercoiled DNA plasmids of up to 17.7 kb, with or without SV40 sequences. RNA interference (RNAi) is a naturally occurring gene-silencing mechanism mediated by small double-stranded RNA molecules (small interfering RNAs, siRNAs).(More)
We genetically encoded the photocaged amino acid 4,5-dimethoxy-2-nitrobenzylserine (DMNB-Ser) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae in response to the amber nonsense codon TAG. This amino acid was converted to serine in living cells by irradiation with relatively low-energy blue light and was used to noninvasively photoactivate phosphorylation of the transcription(More)
In vivo incorporation of isotopically labeled unnatural amino acids into large proteins drastically reduces the complexity of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra. Incorporation is accomplished by coexpressing an orthogonal tRNA/aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase pair specific for the unnatural amino acid added to the media and the protein of interest with a TAG(More)
Although mass spectrometry has become a powerful tool for the functional analysis of biological systems, complete proteome characterization cannot yet be achieved. Instead, the sheer complexity of living organisms demands fractionation of cellular extracts to enable more targeted analyses. Here, we introduce the concept of "fluorous proteomics," whereby(More)
A novel aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase that contains an iron-sulfur cluster in the tRNA anticodon-binding region and efficiently charges tRNA with tryptophan has been found in Thermotoga maritima. The crystal structure of TmTrpRS (tryptophanyl-tRNA synthetase; TrpRS; EC reveals an iron-sulfur [4Fe-4S] cluster bound to the tRNA anticodon-binding (TAB)(More)
A new and general methodology is described for the targeted enrichment and subsequent direct mass spectrometric characterization of sample subsets bearing various chemical functionalities from highly complex mixtures of biological origin. Specifically, sample components containing a chemical moiety of interest are first selectively labeled with(More)
Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) represents a primary degradation enzyme of the endogenous cannabinoid (eCB), 2-arachidonoyglycerol (2-AG). This study reports a potent covalent MAGL inhibitor, SAR127303. The compound behaves as a selective and competitive inhibitor of mouse and human MAGL, which potently elevates hippocampal levels of 2-AG in mice. In vivo,(More)
This comprehensive study demonstrates highly efficient transduction of a wide variety of human, murine, and monkey cell lines, using a procedure for in vitro packaging of plasmid DNA in recombinant simian virus 40 (SV40) capsid proteins to form pseudovirions. The pseudovirions are encapsidated by the VP1 major capsid protein, with no SV40 sequence(More)
Two major and two minor microcystins (MCYST) were isolated from a hepatotoxic Danish strain of Planktothrix agardhii (Gomont) Anagnostidis et Komárek by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. The microcystins were characterized by UV spectroscopy, amino acid analysis, fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry (FABMS), and high-resolution(More)