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Barcoded DNA origami structures for multiplexed optimization and enrichment of DNA-based protein-binding cavities

Barcoded DNA origami structures for multiplexed optimization and enrichment of DNA-based protein-binding cavities

Nature Chemistry, Published online: 13 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41557-020-0504-6Multivalent binding is a common strategy to enhance the interactions between weak binding partners. Now, following this principle, DNA origami scaffolds have been used to arrange DNA aptamers into specific geometries and to optimize linker spacings and flexibilities, which...

Harder, better, faster

Nature Chemistry, Published online: 10 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41557-020-0510-8The gap between fundamental academic research and the applied industrial research that is necessary to ensure real-world applications can be bridged by engaging in well-defined collaborative academia–industry projects and fostering better communication between the scientists...

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Identification of targets of AMPylating Fic enzymes by co-substrate-mediated covalent capture

Nature Chemistry, Published online: 06 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41557-020-0484-6Many bacterial pathogens release effector enzymes belonging to the large Fic family, which modify host targets with nucleotide monophosphates. Now, recombinantly produced Fic enzymes have been equipped with synthetic thiol-reactive nucleotide derivatives to make covalent...

Structural snapshots of the minimal PKS system responsible for octaketide biosynthesis

Nature Chemistry, Published online: 06 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41557-020-0491-7The invariable core of a type II polyketide synthase has been characterized using X-ray crystallography, simulations, mutagenesis experiments and functional assays. The characterization of the ternary acyl carrier protein complexes provides a mechanistic understanding of...

Tunable exciton binding energy in 2D hybrid layered perovskites through donor–acceptor interactions within the organic layer

Nature Chemistry, Published online: 06 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41557-020-0488-2The strength of electrostatic interactions in semiconductors strongly affects their performance in optoelectronic devices. Now, doping two-dimensional naphthalene-based lead halide perovskites with tetrachloro-1,2-benzoquinone has been shown to introduce donor–acceptor interactions...

Fast motion of molecular rotors in metal–organic framework struts at very low temperatures

Nature Chemistry, Published online: 06 July 2020; doi:10.1038/s41557-020-0495-3Molecular rotors have been engineered within the bicyclopentane–dicarboxylate struts of a metal–organic framework—the bicyclic unit is the rotator and the carboxylate groups serve as the stator. In a zinc-based metal–organic framework, the crossed conformation of the strut–metal...

Tunable exciton binding energy in 2D hybrid layered perovskites through donor–acceptor interactions within the organic layer

Identification of targets of AMPylating Fic enzymes by co-substrate-mediated covalent capture

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