Zoran Stefanic

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The catalytic mechanism of Escherichia coli purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) is revised using site-directed mutagenesis, kinetic studies and structure determinations. The experimental evidence on the role of the particular catalytic amino acid during catalysis has not been available. Therefore, the active site mutants Arg24Ala, Asp204Ala, Asp204Asn,(More)
Chiral amino acid and biphenyl incorporating oxalamide gelators 4-7 with large, 9 bond distance between chiral centres and biphenyl units have been studied. CD investigation of 4-octanol gel and the crystal structure of rac-4 reveal that efficient central to axial chirality transfer occurs by intermolecular interactions in gel and solid state assemblies.
Indole-3-acetic acid is an indispensable hormone (auxin) in plants and an important metabolite in humans, animals, and microorganisms. Here we introduce its 5- and 6-(2-aminoethyl)-derivatives for use in the design of novel research tools, such as immobilized and carrier-linked forms of indole-3-acetic acid and its conjugates with biochemical tags or(More)
Motivated by diverse biological and pharmacological activity of quinuclidine and oxime compounds we have synthesized and characterized novel class of surfactants, 3-hydroxyimino quinuclidinium bromides with different alkyl chains lengths (CnQNOH; n=12, 14 and 16). The incorporation of non conventional hydroxyimino quinuclidinium headgroup and variation in(More)
The essay is dedicated to the relation of symmetry and asymmetry-chirality in Nature. The Introduction defines symmetry and its impact on basic definitions in science and human activities. The following section Chirality of molecules reveals breifly development of notion of chirality and its significance in living organisms and science. Homochirality is a(More)
The crystal structure of the single-stranded DNA-binding protein (SSB) from Streptomyces coelicolor, a filamentous soil bacterium with a complex life cycle and a linear chromosome, has been solved and refined at 2.1 A resolution. The three-dimensional structure shows a common conserved central OB-fold that is found in all structurally determined SSB(More)
A recombinant lipase (triacylglycerol acylhydrolase; EC from the bacterium Streptomyces rimosus was inhibited by the serine protease inhibitor 3,4-dichloroisocoumarin and crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 291 K. The crystals belonged to the monoclinic space group P2(1), with unit-cell parameters a = 38.1, b = 78.7, c =(More)
The results of several decades of studying the catalytic mechanism of Escherichia coli purine nucleoside phosphorylases (PNP) by solution studies and crystal structure determinations are presented. Potentially PNPs can be used for enzyme-activating prodrug gene therapy against solid tumours because of the differences in specificity between human and E. coli(More)
To understand the origin of high enantioselectivity of Burkholderia cepacia lipase (BCL) toward secondary alcohol, (R,S)-1-phenoxy-2-hydroxybutane (1), and its ester (E1), we determined the crystal structure of BCL complexed with phosphonate analogue of S-E1 and accomplished a series of MM, MC, and QM/MM studies. We have found that the inhibitor in the S(More)
The title compound, C(14)H(26)N(8)O(2), belongs to a class of retropeptides with an oxalamide unit (-NH-CO-CO-NH-), and is a precursor for the synthesis of an amine-terminal gelator. The compound is a good synthon for one-dimensional hydrogen bonding. The crystal structure reveals a hydrogen-bonded cyclic dimer with unusual twofold rotation symmetry.