Articles by Linda Chio in JoVE
Engineering Molecular Recognition with Bio-mimetic Polymers on Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes Jackson T. Del Bonis-O’Donnell1, Abraham Beyene1, Linda Chio1, Gözde Demirer1, Darwin Yang1, Markita P. Landry1,2 1Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 2California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), University of California Berkeley We present a protocol for engineering the corona phase of near infrared fluorescent single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) using amphiphilic polymers and DNA to develop sensors for molecular targets without known recognition elements.
Other articles by Linda Chio on PubMed
Exceedingly Efficient Synthesis of (±)-Grandifloracin and Acylated Analogues Organic Letters. Jun, 2015 | Pubmed ID: 26060887 A highly efficient regio- and stereoselective total synthesis of (±)-grandifloracin via a tandem dearomative epoxidation/spontaneous Diels-Alder cyclodimerization from salicylic acid in only four steps is reported. The synthetic route allows for late-stage diversification of the core structure to give ready access to analogues of this promising agent against pancreatic cancer.
Structural Adaptability Facilitates Histidine Heme Ligation in a Cytochrome P450 Journal of the American Chemical Society. Nov, 2015 | Pubmed ID: 26299431 Almost all known members of the cytochrome P450 (CYP) superfamily conserve a key cysteine residue that coordinates the heme iron. Although mutation of this residue abolishes monooxygenase activity, recent work has shown that mutation to either serine or histidine unlocks non-natural carbene- and nitrene-transfer activities. Here we present the first crystal structure of a histidine-ligated P450. The T213A/C317H variant of the thermostable CYP119 from Sulfolobus acidocaldarius maintains heme iron coordination through the introduced ligand, an interaction that is accompanied by large changes in the overall protein structure. We also find that the axial cysteine C317 may be substituted with any other amino acid without abrogating folding and heme cofactor incorporation. Several of the axial mutants display unusual spectral features, suggesting that they have active sites with unique steric and electronic properties. These novel, highly stable enzyme active sites will be fruitful starting points for investigations of non-natural P450 catalysis and mechanisms.