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Post-translational histone modification has a fundamental role in chromatin biology and is proposed to constitute a 'histone code' in epigenetic regulation. Differential methylation of histone H3 and H4 lysyl residues regulates processes including heterochromatin formation, X-chromosome inactivation, genome imprinting, DNA repair and transcriptional(More)
Congo red, a diazo dye widely used in medical diagnosis, is known to form supramolecular systems in solution. Such a supramolecular system may interact with various proteins. In order to examine the nature of such complexes empirical force field parameters for the Congo red molecule were developed. The parametrization of bonding terms closely followed the(More)
Nonspecific lipid transfer proteins (nsLTPs) are basic proteins, stabilized by four disulfide bonds, and are expressed throughout the plant kingdom. These proteins are also known as important allergens in fruits and tree nuts. In this study, the nsLTP from hazelnuts, Cor a 8, was purified and its crystal structure determined. The protein is stable at low pH(More)
Antagonists of the 5-HT(2A) receptor are being used to treat many psychiatric disorders. The present work focuses on a group of 27 antagonists possessing varying affinities toward the receptor. These are 26 title compounds and clozapine as a reference antagonist. The active conformers of the conformationally flexible ligands were proposed by using the(More)
Quercetin 2,3-dioxygenase (QDO) is an enzyme which accepts various transition metal ions as cofactors, and cleaves the heterocyclic ring of quercetin with consumption of dioxygen and release of carbon monoxide. QDO from B. subtilis that binds Mn(II) displays an unprecedented nitroxygenase activity, whereby nitroxyl (HNO) is incorporated into quercetin(More)
6-Hydroxymethyl-6-methylcyclohexa-2,4-dienone is a mechanistic probe which when incubated with an extradiol dioxygenase yields a 2-tropolone product. This observation was originally interpreted as evidence supporting a direct heterolytic 1,2-alkenyl migration mechanism for a ring expansion reaction catalyzed by this class of Fe(II)-dependent nonheme enzymes(More)
The mechanism of the unusual epimerization and desaturation reactions catalyzed by carbapenem synthase was investigated using the hybrid density functional method B3LYP. Several different models have been used in the calculations to study five component reactions. Both protonated and deprotonated models for the substrate have been explored so that the(More)
This work focuses on electronic and conformational structure of bicyclic analogues of arecoline and sulfoarecoline--muscarinic receptor agonists structurally related to 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[4,5-c]pyridin-3-ol (THPO) and its S-methylsulfonium derivative (DHTO). Conformational freedom of six-member rings containing sulphur and nitrogen has been(More)
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