Steven J Sucheck

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Carbohydrates are generally considered to be poorly immunogenic. Therefore, new approaches for enhancing their immunogenicity are important for the development of carbohydrates as vaccine components. We hypothesized that conjugation of an l-rhamnose (Rha) moiety to a carbohydrate antigen would enhance the antigenicity of the antigen in mice possessing(More)
Glyco-optimization (OPopS) of aminoglycosides has been performed by replacing the existing sugar moiety with a variety of sugar derivatives. Glycosylation of the 6-position of nebramine provided a library of novel 4,6-linked aminoglycosides (AMGs). Among them, compounds 8b,g,i,l, and 8u with 2"-amino, 2",3"-diamino, 2",4"-diamino, 3",4"-diamino, 3"-amino(More)
The interaction of aminoglycosides with RNA represents a paradigm in the use of small molecules as effectors of RNA function. Aminoglycosides bind and affect the function of a variety of therapeutically useful RNA targets and show antimicrobial as well as antiviral activities. However, due to the complex nature of aminoglycosides, efforts for synthesizing(More)
C-5-substituted triazole-oxazolidinones were synthesized using a bromide catalyzed cycloaddition between aryl isocyanates and epibromohydrin followed by a three-component Huisgen cycloaddition. The library of compounds was screened for antibacterial activity against Mycobacterium smegmatis ATCC 14468, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633, and Enterococcus faecalis(More)
MUC1 variable number tandem repeats (VNTRs) conjugated to tumor-associated carbohydrate antigens (TACAs) have been shown to break self-tolerance in humanized MUC1 transgenic mice. Therefore, we hypothesize that a MUC1 VNTR TACA-conjugate can be successfully formulated into a liposome-based anticancer vaccine. The immunogenicity of the vaccine should be(More)
Generation of a CD8(+) response to extracellular antigen requires processing of the antigen by antigen presenting cells (APC) and cross-presentation to CD8(+) T cell receptors via MHC class I molecules. Cross-presentation is facilitated by efficient antigen uptake followed by immune-complex-mediated maturation of the APCs. We hypothesize that improved(More)
The emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis necessitates a search for new antimycobacterial compounds. The antigen 85 (ag85) complex is a family of mycolyl transferases involved in the synthesis of trehalose-6,6'-dimycolate and the mycolated hexasaccharide motif found at the terminus of the arabinogalactan in mycobacterium. Enzymes involved in the(More)
The prevalence of drug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) emphasizes the need for new antitubercular drugs. An essential component of the drug discovery process is the development of tools to rapidly screen potential drug libraries against important biological targets. Similarly to well-documented M. tb targets, the antigen 85 (Ag85)(More)
Proteins are folded to form a small binding site for catalysis or ligand recognition and this small binding site is traditionally the target for drug discovery. An alternative target for potential drug candidates is the translational process, which requires a precise reading of the entire mRNA sequence and, therefore, can be interrupted with small molecules(More)