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See detailZinc complexes with 1,2,4-triazole functionalized amino acid derivatives: Synthesis, structure and b-lactamase assay
Naik, Anil; Beck, Joséphine; Dîrtu, Marinela et al

in Inorganica Chimica Acta (2011), 368

Coordinating abilities of 4R-1,2,4-triazole derivatives (R = glycine ethyl ester (L1), glycine (L2), diethylamino malonate (L3), methionine (L4) and diethyl aminomethylphosphonate (L5)) towards ZnII ions ... [more ▼]

Coordinating abilities of 4R-1,2,4-triazole derivatives (R = glycine ethyl ester (L1), glycine (L2), diethylamino malonate (L3), methionine (L4) and diethyl aminomethylphosphonate (L5)) towards ZnII ions have been studied in solution, in solid state and versus three zinc-b-lactamases. The crystal structure of [Zn3(L4)6(H2O)6] (6) is described; it is the first crystal structure involving a 1,2,4-triazole functionalized methionine. It forms a trinuclear complex with central zinc octahedrally coordinated by only L4, whereas terminal zinc ions coordination sphere is completed by three water molecules. L4 exhibits a dual functionality of a bridging bidentate ligand as well as an anion. A dense hydrogen bonding network connects these trinuclear entity into a 3D supramolecular network. The ZnII ions in 6 are held at equidistance (3.848 Å) which coincidently matches with the corresponding Zn Zn distance in the binuclear zinc enzyme from Bacillus cereus (3.848 and 4.365 Å). Among L1–L5 screened for b-lactamase assay, L4 shows modest inhibition for BcII enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of novel lipophilic inhibitors of OXA-10 enzyme (class D beta-lactamase) by screening amino analogs and homologs of citrate and isocitrate.
Beck, Joséphine; Vercheval, Lionel ULg; Bebrone, Carine ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2009), 19

Aminocitrate (and homolog) derivatives have been prepared by bis-alkylation of glycinate Schiff bases with bromoacetates (and ethyl acrylate), followed by N-acylation and esters (partial or complete ... [more ▼]

Aminocitrate (and homolog) derivatives have been prepared by bis-alkylation of glycinate Schiff bases with bromoacetates (and ethyl acrylate), followed by N-acylation and esters (partial or complete) deprotection. Aminoisocitrate was similarly obtained by mono-alkylation with diethyl fumarate. Evaluation against representative beta-lactamases revealed that the free acid derivatives are modest inhibitors of class A enzymes, whilst their benzyl esters showed a good inhibition of OXA-10 (class D enzyme). A docking experiment featured hydrophobic interactions in the active site. [less ▲]

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See detailAminophosphonic Acids and Aminobis(phosphonic acids) as Potential Inhibitors of Penicillin-Binding Proteins
Beck, Josephine; Gharbi, Sonia; Herteg-Fernea, Adriana et al

in European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2009), (1), 85-97

Abstract Aminophosphonic acids and aminobis(phosphonic acids) have been prepared by the alkylation of Schiff bases with methyl bromoacetate or ethyl acrylate. Other pathways, like the modified Pudovik ... [more ▼]

Abstract Aminophosphonic acids and aminobis(phosphonic acids) have been prepared by the alkylation of Schiff bases with methyl bromoacetate or ethyl acrylate. Other pathways, like the modified Pudovik reaction and Kabachnik-Fields reaction, have been considered for the synthesis of the -phosphonic bioisoster of aminocitrate. Partial or complete deprotection of the phosphonate ester have been realised by either acidic hydrolysis or by treatment with trimethylsilyl bromide. Evaluation against penicillin-binding proteins has shown that our compounds are modest inhibitors of class A -lactamases, but have an interesting activity against R39 (D,D-peptidase/carboxypeptidase). [less ▲]

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See detail2-Aminopropane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid: Synthesis and co-crystallization with the class A beta-lactamase BS3 of Bacillus licheniformis.
Beck, Josephine; Sauvage, Eric ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2008), 18(13), 3764-8

The title compound 4 has been prepared in four steps from ethylglycinate in 63% overall yield. This amino analog of citric acid has been co-crystallized with the class A beta-lactamase BS3 of Bacillus ... [more ▼]

The title compound 4 has been prepared in four steps from ethylglycinate in 63% overall yield. This amino analog of citric acid has been co-crystallized with the class A beta-lactamase BS3 of Bacillus licheniformis and the structure of the complex fully analyzed by X-ray diffraction. Tris-ethyl aminocitrate 3 and the free tris-acid 4 have been tested against a member beta-lactamase from all distinct subgroups. They are novel inhibitors of class A beta-lactamases, still modest but more potent than citrate and isocitrate. [less ▲]

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