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Cyclic peptides with a linear tail (CPLT) have been successfully used to model two zinc fingers (ZFs) adopting the treble-clef- and loosened zinc-ribbon folds. In this article, we examine the factors that may influence the design of such ZF models: mutations in the sequence, size of the cycle, and size of the tail. For this purpose, several peptides derived… (More)
Creating efficient artificial catalysts that can compete with biocatalysis has been an enduring challenge which has yet to be met. Reported herein is the synthesis and characterization of a series of zinc complexes designed to catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphate diesters. By introducing a hydrated aldehyde into the ligand we achieve turnover for DNA-like… (More)
Singlet oxygen ((1)O2) plays an important role in oxidative stress in all types of organisms, most of them being able to mount a defense against this oxidant. Recently, zinc finger proteins have been proposed to be involved in its cellular detection but the molecular basis of this process still remains unknown. We have studied the reactivity of a Zn(Cys)4… (More)
Regulation of enzymatic activity is vital to living organisms. Here, we report the development and the genetic optimization of an artificial zymogen requiring the action of a natural protease to upregulate its latent asymmetric transfer hydrogenase activity.
Singlet oxygen ((1)O2) is an important reactive oxygen species in biology that has deleterious effects. Proteins constitute the main target of (1)O2 in cells. Several organisms are able to mount a transcriptional defense against (1)O2. ChrR and MBS are two proteins with Zn(Cys)2(His)2 zinc finger sites that are involved in the regulation of the defense… (More)
In this report, we introduce artificial enzymes that operate with anion-π interactions, an interaction that is essentially new to nature. The possibility to stabilize anionic intermediates and transition states on an π-acidic surface has been recently demonstrated, using the addition of malonate half thioesters to enolate acceptors as a biologically… (More)
The objective of molecular systems engineering is to move beyond functional components and primary systems, towards cumulate emergent properties in interfaced higher-order systems of unprecedented multifunctionality and sophistication.
Regulation of enzymatic activity is essential for living organisms. Nowadays, with the emergence of synthetic biology, there is a rising interest in placing the activity of synthetic catalysts under the control of a cell. This short review aims at summarizing the regulation strategies developed to date, and at presenting the development of an artificial… (More)