Simone Freese

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The genome of the kinetoplastid parasite Trypanosoma brucei encodes four homologs of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae 5'-->3' exoribonucleases Xrn1p and Xrn2p/Rat1p, XRNA, XRNB, XRNC, and XRND. In S. cerevisiae, Xrn1p is a cytosolic enzyme involved in degradation of mRNA, whereas Xrn2p is involved in RNA processing in the nucleus. Trypanosome XRND was found in(More)
The anomeric specificity of Escherichia coli CMP-N-acetylneuraminic acid (CMP-NeuAc) synthetase was investigated by NMR using 13C-labeled N-acetylneuraminic acid (NeuAc). Consumption of the beta-anomer of [2-13C]N-acetylneuraminic acid was observed upon addition of enzyme, with a concomitant appearance of an anomeric resonance for CMP-N-acetylneuraminic(More)
A series of N2-substituted guanine derivatives was screened against mammalian thymidine kinase and the thymidine kinase encoded by type I herpes simplex virus to examine their capacity to selectivity inhibit the viral enzyme. Several bases, nucleosides, and nucleotides displayed selective activity. The mechanism of action of the most potent derivative,(More)
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