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See detailClick chemistry : radiolabelling of oligonucleotides with fluorine- 18 for PET
Kaisin, Geoffroy ULg; Flagothier, Jessica ULg; Mercier, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2010, June)

Oligonucleotides (ONs), especially small interfering RNA (siRNA), are promising therapeutic agents, but their pharmacokinetics and biodistributions are widely unknown. Positron Emission Tomography (PET ... [more ▼]

Oligonucleotides (ONs), especially small interfering RNA (siRNA), are promising therapeutic agents, but their pharmacokinetics and biodistributions are widely unknown. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) using fluorine-18 is a suitable technique to image and quantify such biological processes. The challenge for the radiochemist is to introduce this short half-life isotope (t1/2(18F)=109.7 min) onto oligonucleotides or, more generally, biomolecules. The most common technique requires the coupling of a prosthetic group bearing the radiotracer with the biomolecule. Current methods for labeling ONs with fluorine-18 have sub-optimal yields and require a long synthesis time.1 Click chemistry, e.g. 1,3-dipolar Huisgen cycloaddition of azides to alkynes, could be an efficient way to increase yields and reduce synthesis time. Conjugations with ONs are usually performed at 3’-ends using a well-chosen linker in order to limit degradation by exonucleases and to avoid alteration of hybridization properties and siRNA gene silencing efficiency. This also allows the development of universal solid supports used for the solidphase synthesis of ONs. Here we report the synthesis of three alkyne-bearing linkers , the synthesis and radiosynthesis of the complementary azido-bearing prosthetic groups (1-(azidomethyl)-4-[18F]- fluorobenzene) and coupling with functionalized ONs. [less ▲]

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See detail18F labelling of Insulin via click chemistry
Paris, Jérôme ULg; Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Thonon, David ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 27)

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See detailFast Production of Highly Reactive No-Carrier-Added [18F]Fluoride for the Labeling of Radiopharmaceuticals
Lemaire, Christian ULg; Aerts, Joël ULg; Voccia, Samuel et al

in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) (2010), 49

The 18F labeling of radiopharmaceuticals requires nearly anhydrous solutions of [18F]fluoride. Aqueous K2CO3 is generally used to elute [18F]fluoride from an anion-exchange resin. Replacing aqueous K2CO3 ... [more ▼]

The 18F labeling of radiopharmaceuticals requires nearly anhydrous solutions of [18F]fluoride. Aqueous K2CO3 is generally used to elute [18F]fluoride from an anion-exchange resin. Replacing aqueous K2CO3 with strong organic bases, such as the phosphazene base P2Et enabled the recovery of highly reactive [18F]fluoride and avoided the azeotropic evaporation of water, which is very difficult on a microchip device. [less ▲]

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See detail1,6-AnhMurNAc derivatives for assay development of amidase AmiD.
Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Teller, Nathalie et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2010), 18(21), 7422-31

Various peptidoglycan fragments were synthesized from two anhydro-muramic acid derivatives protected with a Bn or a PMB group at the 4th position, in homogenate phase or on a solid support. In order to ... [more ▼]

Various peptidoglycan fragments were synthesized from two anhydro-muramic acid derivatives protected with a Bn or a PMB group at the 4th position, in homogenate phase or on a solid support. In order to facilitate HPLC detection, a chromophoric group was attached to the peptide chain. The periplasmic amidase sAmiD of Escherichia coli was used to cleave the amide bond between the lactyl group of the MurNAc and the alpha-amino group of L-Ala where the peptide chain was at least a dipeptide (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu) amidated by benzylamine on the gamma-carboxyl group of D-Glu. In the presence of a tripeptide chain (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-L-Lys) or a tetrapeptide chain (L-Ala-gamma-D-Glu-m-A(2)pm-D-Ala) higher hydrolysis rates were observed. We have also demonstrated that the presence of TNB on the epsilon-amino group of L-Lys only has a small influence on the hydrolysis capacity of sAmiD. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecific Structural Features of the N-Acetylmuramoyl-l-Alanine Amidase AmiD from Escherichia coli and Mechanistic Implications for Enzymes of This Family.
Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Petrella, Stéphanie; Mercier, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2010), 397

AmiD is the fifth identified N-acetylmuramoyl-l-alanine zinc amidase of Escherichia coli. This periplasmic lipoprotein is anchored in the outer membrane and has a broad specificity. AmiD is capable of ... [more ▼]

AmiD is the fifth identified N-acetylmuramoyl-l-alanine zinc amidase of Escherichia coli. This periplasmic lipoprotein is anchored in the outer membrane and has a broad specificity. AmiD is capable of cleaving the intact peptidoglycan (PG) as well as soluble fragments containing N-acetylmuramic acid regardless of the presence of an anhydro form or not, unlike the four other amidases, AmiA, AmiB, AmiC, and AmpD, which have some specificity. AmiD function is, however, not clearly established but it could be part of the enzymatic machinery involved in the PG turnover in E. coli. We solved three structures of the E. coli zinc amidase AmiD devoid of its lipidic anchorage: the holoenzyme, the apoenzyme in complex with the substrate anhydro-N-acetylmuramic-acid-l-Ala-gamma-d-Glu-l-Lys, and the holoenzyme in complex with the l-Ala-gamma-d-Glu-l-Lys peptide, the product of the hydrolysis of this substrate by AmiD. The AmiD structure shows a relatively flexible N-terminal extension that allows an easy reach of the PG by the enzyme inserted into the outer membrane. The C-terminal domain provides a potential extended geometrical complementarity to the substrate. AmiD shares a common fold with AmpD, the bacteriophage T7 lysozyme, and the PG recognition proteins, which are receptor proteins involved in the innate immune responses of a wide range of organisms. Analysis of the different structures reveals the similarity between the catalytic mechanism of zinc amidases of the AmiD family and the thermolysin-related zinc peptidases. [less ▲]

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See detail18F LABELING OF BIOMOLECULES USING CLICK CHEMISTRY FOR PET APPLICATIONS : SYNTHETIC DEVELOPMENTS
Thonon, David ULg; Flagothier, Jessica ULg; Paris, Jérôme ULg et al

in Drugs of the Future (2008, August), 33(A), 235

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See detailActivation mechanism of recombinant Der p 3 allergen zymogen - Contribution of cysteine protease Der p 1 and effect of propeptide glycosylation
Dumez, Marie-Eve ULg; Teller, Nathalie; Mercier, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2008), 283(45), 30606-30617

The trypsin-like protease Der p 3, a major allergen of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, is synthesized as a zymogen, termed proDer p 3. No recombinant source of Der p 3 has been ... [more ▼]

The trypsin-like protease Der p 3, a major allergen of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, is synthesized as a zymogen, termed proDer p 3. No recombinant source of Der p 3 has been described yet, and the zymogen maturation mechanism remains to be elucidated. The Der p 3 zymogen was produced in Pichia pastoris. We demonstrated that the recombinant zymogen is glycosylated at the level of its propeptide. We showed that the activation mechanism of proDer p 3 is intermolecular and is mediated by the house dust mite cysteine protease Der p 1. The primary structure of the proDer p 3 propeptide is associated with a unique zymogen activation mechanism, which is different from those described for the trypsin-like family and relies on the house dust mite papain-like protease Der p 1. This is the first report of a recombinant source of Der p 3, with the same enzymatic activity as the natural enzyme and trypsin. Glycosylation of the propeptide was found to decrease the rate of maturation. Finally, we showed that recombinant Der p 3 is inhibited by the free modified prosequence TP1R. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and biological evaluation of N-methyl-laudanosine iodide analogues as potential SK channel blockers.
Graulich, A.; Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2005), 13(4), 1201-9

Neuronal action potentials are followed by an afterhyperpolarisation (AHP), which is mediated by small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (SK channels or KCa2 channels). This AHP plays an important ... [more ▼]

Neuronal action potentials are followed by an afterhyperpolarisation (AHP), which is mediated by small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (SK channels or KCa2 channels). This AHP plays an important role in regulating neuronal activity and agents modulating AHP amplitude could have a potential therapeutic interest. It was previously shown that N-methyl-bicuculline iodide blocks SK channels but its GABA) activity represents a serious drawback. In view of the structural analogy between bicuculline and laudanosine 14, several N-quaternary analogues of the latter were developed. It was shown that N-methyl-laudanosine 15 (NML) and N-ethyl-laudanosine 16 induce a reversible and relatively specific blockade of the apamin sensitive AHP in dopaminergic neurones with mean IC50s of 15, and 47 microM, respectively. Laudanosine 14, N-butyl-17 and N-benzyl-18 derivatives were less potent. In order to find pharmacophore elements, modifications were performed at different positions such as C-1, C-6 and C-7. Intracellular recordings on rat midbrain dopaminergic neurones were made in order to evaluate the putative blockade of SK channels by these molecules. Simplified structures such as tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives with H or Me at C-1 1-6 presented no significant activity at 300 microM. The presence of a 1-(3,4-dimethoxybenzyl) moiety seems an important feature. Indeed, compound 8 showed a blockade of the AHP of only 33% at 300 microM while compound 13 blocked it by 67%, respectively, at the same concentration. Binding experiments were also performed. Binding affinities for SK channels are in good agreement with electrophysiological data. These results indicate that the presence of a charged nitrogen group is an essential point for the affinity on SK channels. Finally, because of the similar activity of both enantiomers of NML 19 and 20, the interaction site may present a symmetrical configuration. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels: a new challenge in medicinal chemistry.
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Graulich, Amaury et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2003), 10(8), 625-47

Small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are found in many types of neurons as well as in some other cell types. These channels are selective for K(+) and open when intracellular Ca(2 ... [more ▼]

Small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are found in many types of neurons as well as in some other cell types. These channels are selective for K(+) and open when intracellular Ca(2+) rises to omega 500 nM. In neurons, this occurs during and after an action potential. Activation of SK channels hyperpolarizes the membrane, thus reducing cell excitability for several tens or hundreds of milliseconds. This phenomenon is called a afterhyperpolarization (AHP). Three subtypes of SK channels (SK1, SK2, SK3) have been cloned and exhibit a differential localization in the brain. SK channels may play a role in physiological and pathological conditions. They may be involved in the control of memory and cognition. Moreover, they are heavily expressed in the basal ganglia (in particular in the substantia nigra, pars compacta) and in the limbic system, suggesting that they may modulate motricity and emotional behaviour. Based on these facts, SK channel subtypes may be a suitable target for developing novel therapeutic agents, but more work is needed to validate these targets. Hence, there is a great need for selective ligands. Moreover, although the risk of peripheral side-effects for SK channel modulators appears to be low, some questions remain to be investigated. Currently, different molecules are known as SK channel modulators. Apamin is a very potent peptidic agent; it produces a strong blockade of these targets which is only very slowly reversible and it has limited selectivity. Dequalinium was found to be an effective blocker. Different chemical modulations on the dequalinium structure led to the discovery of highly potent bis-quinolinium derivatives such as UCL 1684. Other bis-(2-amino-benzimidazole) derivatives are in development. On the other hand, quaternary salts of bicuculline were reported to be effective in inhibiting AHPs. More recent developments on structurally-related molecules revealed that methyl-laudanosine is a new interesting tool for exploring SK channel pharmacology. Finally, a family of compounds has been shown to facilitate SK channel opening. Such compounds may be useful in treating disorders involving neuronal hyperexcitability. [less ▲]

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