Yi-Fan Chang

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Moenomycin inhibits bacterial growth by blocking the transglycosylase activity of class A penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), which are key enzymes in bacterial cell wall synthesis. We compared the binding affinities of moenomycin A with various truncated PBPs by using surface plasmon resonance analysis and found that the transmembrane domain is important(More)
The preparation of a novel fluorescent lipid II-based substrate for transglycosylases (TGases) is described. This substrate has characteristic structural features including a shorter lipid chain, a fluorophore tag at the end of the lipid chain rather than on the peptide chain, and no labeling with a radioactive atom. This fluorescent substrate is readily(More)
Solid-phase organic synthesis of polyprenols with a traceless sulfone linker is described. The polymer-bound benezenesulfinate is first linked with the "tail" building blocks of isoprenyl chlorides via S-alkylation. With use of dimsyl anion as an appropriate base, the polymer-bound alpha-sulfonyl carbanion is generated and coupled with other "body" building(More)
Systematic structural modifications of the muramic acid, peptide, and nucleotide moieties of Park's nucleotide were performed to investigate the substrate specificity of B. subtilis MraY (MraYBS). It was found that the simplest analogue of Park's nucleotide only bearing the first two amino acids, l-alanine-iso-d-glutamic acid, could function as a MraYBS(More)
We herein describe the first synthesis of iminosugar C-glycosides of α-D-GlcNAc-1-phosphate in 10 steps starting from unprotected D-GlcNAc. A diastereoselective intramolecular iodoamination-cyclization as the key step was employed to construct the central piperidine ring of the iminosugar and the C-glycosidic structure of α-D-GlcNAc. Finally, the iminosugar(More)
Lipid II analogues bearing major modifications on the second sugar (GlcNAc) were synthesized and evaluated for their substrate activity toward TGases. Unexpectedly, N-deacetyled lipid II decreased its activity dramatically, and the C4-axial OH lipid II became an inhibitor (IC50 = 8 μM) with an approximately 14-fold increase in binding affinity toward TGase(More)
The preparation of natural product-like polyhydroxylated pyrrolidine and piperidine alkaloids using a combination of solid– and solution-phase organic synthesis is described. The key intermediates, enantiopure five- or six-membered tri-O-benzyl cyclic nitrones, were efficiently prepared on solid support from accessible chiral furanosides and pyranosides,(More)
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