Total Synthesis Lab

Head: Ilia Yampolsky, Ph. D.
+7 (499) 724-84-77 · ivyamp@ibch.ru

yampolsky.ibch.ru/

bioluminescence, total synthesis, luciferin, luciferase, chromophores, medicinal chemistry

The group appeared in 2002 in the Laboratory of Molecular technologies at IBCH RAS, headed by Sergey Lukyanov. The mission of the group is to apply organic synthesis to solving actual problems in biochemistry, molecular biology and medicinal chemistry.

This includes:

  • structural design and synthesis of model compounds for studying biochemical processes
  • total synthesis of natural products
  • design, synthesis and testing of drug candidates
  • offering our expertise in organic synthesis to biological and biomedical researchers in collaborative projects
 

 

 

Research directions

CURRENT
 
 
  • Studying bioluminescence of marine worms Chaetopterus variopedatus

Photograph courtesy Dimitri Deheyn, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

  • Studying Studying bioluminescence mechanism of Siberian earthworms Fridericia heliota

 
 
 
(А) Structure of Fridericia luciferin. (B) Bioluminescence of Fridericia heliota. The photograph is courtesy of Alexander Semenov (the White Sea Biological Station, Biology Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University). (C) Luminescence of synthetic Fridericia luciferin . (D) Comparison of in vivo bioluminescence spectra of worms, with in vitro bioluminescence spectra of natural and synthetic samples of luciferin.
 
  • Development of novel class of fluorescent dyes based on GFP chromophore
 
  • Development of anti-influenza drug candidates based on structural analogs of Flutimide

 

 
  • Enantioselective total synthesis of fungal terpenoid panal from bioluminescent fungus Panellus stipticus

 

 
Panellus stipticus
 
  • Studying luminescence mechanism of luminous fungi

 

      
 
  • Studying biosynthetic origin of marine luciferins: coelenterazine and Cypridina luciferin

 

           
 
Cypridina hilgendorfii
 
  • Developing fluorogenic sensors to important protein targets
 
 

Main results

FULFILLED
 
2009-2011
 
Biosynthetic mechanism of chemically unstable acylimine chromophore of red fluorescent proteins was investigated. This required development of new synthetic strategy to 2-acylaminoimidazolones - biosynthetic precursors of 2-acyliminoimidazolones. We have shown spontaneous oxidation of precursors with air oxygen by unusual mechanism.
             
Discosoma
 
2002-2009
 
Total synthesis of chromophores of GFP-like fluorescent proteins was used as a tool for independent structure determination of these chromophores. Also, this allowed to study structure-spectral properties relationship within this range of imidazole derivatives and to develop novel synthetic approaches to 2-functionalized arylideneimidazolones. Chromophores of AsFP595, Kaede and YFP538 were synthesized.
 
           
Zoanthus
 
           
Trachyphyllia
 
 
           
 
Anemonia
 
2002-2004
 
A blue proteinaceous pigment from Rhizostoma pulmo (jellyfish from the Black Sea) was isolated, sequenced and studied by biochemical methods. An attempt to determine the nature of the blue coloration (chromophore) was unsuccessful.
 
           
 
Black Sea jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo possessing an unidentified blue pigment
 
NamePositionE-mail
Nadezhda S. BaleevaPhD stud.
Mikhail S. Baranov, ph. d.j. r. f.
Anastasiya V. Khavroshechkinat. q. - lab. as.
Zinaida M. OsipovaPhD stud.
Alexandera S. Tsarkovaj. r. f.

Selected publications

  1. Purtov K.V., Petushkov V.N., Baranov M.S., Mineev K.S., Rodionova N.S., Kaskova Z.M., Tsarkova A.S., Petunin A.I., Bondar V.S., Rodicheva E.K., Medvedeva S.E., Oba Y., Arseniev A.S., Lukyanov S., Gitelson J.I., Yampolsky I.V. (2015). The Chemical Basis of Fungal Bioluminescence. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 127 (28), 8242–8246 [+]

    Many species of fungi naturally produce light, a phenomenon known as bioluminescence, however, the fungal substrates used in the chemical reactions that produce light have not been reported. We identified the fungal compound luciferin 3-hydroxyhispidin, which is biosynthesized by oxidation of the precursor hispidin, a known fungal and plant secondary metabolite. The fungal luciferin does not share structural similarity with the other eight known luciferins. Furthermore, it was shown that 3-hydroxyhispidin leads to bioluminescence in extracts from four diverse genera of luminous fungi, thus suggesting a common biochemical mechanism for fungal bioluminescence.

    ID:1295
  2. Dubinnyi M.A., Kaskova Z.M., Rodionova N.S., Baranov M.S., Gorokhovatsky A.Y., Kotlobay A., Solntsev K.M., Tsarkova A.S., Petushkov V.N., Yampolsky I.V. (2015). Novel Mechanism of Bioluminescence: Oxidative Decarboxylation of a Moiety Adjacent to the Light Emitter of Fridericia Luciferin. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 54 (24), 7065–7067 [+]

    A novel luciferin from a bioluminescent Siberian earthworm Fridericia heliota was recently described. In this study, the Fridericia oxyluciferin was isolated and its structure elucidated. The results provide insight into a novel bioluminescence mechanism in nature. Oxidative decarboxylation of a lysine fragment of the luciferin supplies energy for light generation, while a fluorescent CompX moiety remains intact and serves as the light emitter.

    ID:1265
  3. Dubinnyi M.A., Tsarkova A.S., Petushkov V.N., Kaskova Z.M., Rodionova N.S., Kovalchuk S.I., Ziganshin R.H., Baranov M.S., Mineev K.S., Yampolsky I.V. (2015). Novel Peptide Chemistry in Terrestrial Animals: Natural Luciferin Analogues from the Bioluminescent Earthworm Fridericia heliota. Chem. Eur. J. 21 (10), 3942–3947 [+]

    We report isolation and structure elucidation of AsLn5, AsLn7, AsLn11 and AsLn12: novel luciferin analogs from the bioluminescent earthworm Fridericia heliota. They were found to be highly unusual modified peptides, comprising either of the two tyrosine-derived chromophores, CompX or CompY and a set of amino acids, including threonine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, homoarginine, and unsymmetrical N,N-dimethylarginine. These natural compounds represent a unique peptide chemistry found in terrestrial animals and rise novel questions concerning their biosynthetic origin.

    ID:1243
  4. Tsarkova A.S., Dubinnyi M.A., Baranov M.S., Petushkov N., Rodionova S., Zagudaylova B., Yampolsky I.V. (2015). Total synthesis of AsLn2 – a luciferin analogue from the Siberian bioluminescent earthworm Fridericia heliota. Mendeleev Communications 25 (2), 99–100 [+]

    Total synthesis of AsLn2, a luciferin analogue isolated from the Siberian bioluminescent earthworm F. heliota, was performed from (Z)-5-(2,3-dimethoxy-3-oxoprop-1-en-1-yl)-2-hydroxybenzoic acid in six steps.

    ID:1264
  5. Baranov M.S., Solntsev K.M., Baleeva N.S., Mishin A.S., Lukyanov S.A., Lukyanov K.A., Yampolsky I.V. (2014). Red-shifted fluorescent aminated derivatives of a conformationally locked GFP chromophore. Chem. Eur. J. 20 (41), 13234–41 [+]

    A novel class of fluorescent dyes based on conformationally locked GFP chromophore is reported. These dyes are characterized by red-shifted spectra, high fluorescence quantum yields and pH-independence in physiological pH range. The intra- and intermolecular mechanisms of radiationless deactivation of ABDI-BF2 fluorophore by selective structural locking of various conformational degrees of freedom were studied. A unique combination of solvatochromic and lipophilic properties together with "infinite" photostability (due to a dynamic exchange between free and bound dye) makes some of the novel dyes promising bioinspired tools for labeling cellular membranes, lipid drops and other organelles.

    ID:1294
  6. Ямпольский В., Царькова С., Дубинный А., Петушков Н., Родионова С. (2014). Биолюминесценция: возрождение. Природа 1187 (7), 10–16 ID:1096
  7. Petushkov V.N., Dubinnyi M.A., Tsarkova A.S., Rodionova N.S., Baranov M.S., Kublitski V.S., Shimomura O., Yampolsky I.V. (2014). A Novel Type of Luciferin from the Siberian Luminous Earthworm Fridericia heliota: Structure Elucidation by Spectral Studies and Total Synthesis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 53 (22), 5566–5568 [+]

    Press-release on this article: "Novel luciferin from Siberian bioluminescent worm".

    ID:1016
  8. Baranov M.S., Fedyakina I.T., Shchelkanov M.Y., Yampolsky I.V. (2014). Ring-expanding rearrangement of 2-acyl-5-arylidene-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ones in synthetis of flutimide analogs. Tetrahedron 70 (23), 3714–3719 ID:1038
  9. Petushkov V.N., Dubinnyi M.A., Rodionova N.S., Nadezhdin K.D., Marques S.M., EstevesdaSilva J.C.G., Shimomura O., Yampolsky I.V. (2014). AsLn2, a luciferin-related modified tripeptide from the bioluminescent earthworm Fridericia heliota. Tetrahedron Lett. 55 (2), 463–465 ID:1039
  10. Petushkov V.N., Tsarkova A.S., Dubinnyi M.A., Rodionova N.S., Marques S.M., EstevesdaSilva J.C.G., Shimomura O., Yampolsky I.V. (2014). CompX, a luciferin-related tyrosine derivative from the bioluminescent earthworm Fridericia heliota. Tetrahedron Lett. 55 (2), 460–462 ID:1040
  11. Frizler M., Yampolsky I.V., Baranov M.S., Stirnberg M., Gütschow M. (2013). Chemical introduction of the green fluorescence: imaging of cysteine cathepsins by an irreversibly locked GFP fluorophore. Org. Biomol. Chem. 11 (35), 5913–21 [+]

    An activity-based probe, containing an irreversibly locked GFP-like fluorophore, was synthesized and evaluated as an inhibitor of human cathepsins and, as exemplified with cathepsin K, it proved to be suitable for ex vivo imaging and quantification of cysteine cathepsins by SDS-PAGE.

    ID:1028
  12. Pletnev V.Z., Pletneva N.V., Lukyanov K.A., Souslova E.A., Fradkov A.F., Chudakov D.M., Chepurnykh T., Yampolsky I.V., Wlodawer A., Dauter Z., Pletnev S. (2013). Structure of the red fluorescent protein from a lancelet (Branchiostoma lanceolatum): a novel GYG chromophore covalently bound to a nearby tyrosine. Acta Crystallogr. D Biol. Crystallogr. 69 (Pt 9), 1850–60 [+]
    ID:1017
  13. Baranov M.S., Solntsev K.M., Lukyanov K.A., Yampolsky I.V. (2013). A synthetic approach to GFP chromophore analogs from 3-azidocinnamates. Role of methyl rotors in chromophore photophysics. Chem. Commun. (Camb.) 49 (51), 5778–80 [+]

    We have suggested a novel combinatorial approach for synthesis of otherwise inaccessible GFP chromophore analogs, and studied the influence of aliphatic substituents on their pH-dependent spectral properties. We found that the demethylation at C or N positions of the imidazolone ring leads to a decrease in the excited state lifetime.

    ID:1029
  14. Baranov M.S., Lukyanov K.A., Yampolsky I.V. (2013). Synthesis of the chromophores of fluorescent proteins and their analogs. Russ. J. Bioorgan. Chem. 39 (3), 223–244 [+]

    Members of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family are widely used in experimental biology as genetically encoded fluorescent tags. Chromophores of GFP-like proteins share a common structural core: 3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-one. This review covers synthetic approaches to 3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ones, substituted at different positions. General, as well as specific methods, represented by single examples are considered. The most popular synthetic route to substituted 3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ones includes synthesis of azlactones, followed by transformation into N-acyldehydroaminoacids and, finally, cyclization into target heterocycles. Accordingly, the review is divided into three parts: the first part covers syntheses of azlactones, the second part covers main approaches to N-acyldehydroaminoacids, and in the third part we summarize cyclizations of N-acyldehydroaminoacids, as well as all other approaches to 3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ones.

    ID:1032
  15. Baranov M.S., Lukyanov K.A., Ivashkin P.E., Yampolsky I.V. (2013). Efficient synthetic approach to fluorescent oxazole-4-carboxylate derivatives. Synt. Comm. 43 (17), 2337–2342 ID:1041
  16. Baranov M.S., Yampolsky I.V. (2013). Novel condensations of nitroacetic esters with aromatic aldehydes leading to 5-hydroxy-1,2-oxazin-6-ones. Tetrahedron Lett. 54 (7), 628–629 ID:1042
  17. Baranov M.S., Lukyanov K.A., Borissova A.O., Shamir J., Kosenkov D., Slipchenko L.V., Tolbert L.M., Yampolsky I.V., Solntsev K.M. (2012). Conformationally locked chromophores as models of excited-state proton transfer in fluorescent proteins. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (13), 6025–32 [+]

    Members of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family form chromophores by modifications of three internal amino acid residues. Previously, many key characteristics of chromophores were studied using model compounds. However, no studies of intermolecular excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) with GFP-like synthetic chromophores have been performed because they either are nonfluorescent or lack an ionizable OH group. In this paper we report the synthesis and photochemical study of two highly fluorescent GFP chromophore analogues: p-HOBDI-BF2 and p-HOPyDI:Zn. Among known fluorescent compounds, p-HOBDI-BF(2) is the closest analogue of the native GFP chromophore. These irrreversibly (p-HOBDI-BF(2)) and reversibly (p-HOPyDI:Zn) locked compounds are the first examples of fully planar GFP chromophores, in which photoisomerization-induced deactivation is suppressed and protolytic photodissociation is observed. The photophysical behavior of p-HOBDI-BF2 and p-HOPyDI:Zn (excited state pK(a)'s, solvatochromism, kinetics, and thermodynamics of proton transfer) reveals their high photoacidity, which makes them good models of intermolecular ESPT in fluorescent proteins. Moreover, p-HOPyDI:Zn is a first example of "super" photoacidity in metal-organic complexes.

    ID:717
  18. Sarkisyan K.S., Yampolsky I.V., Solntsev K.M., Lukyanov S.A., Lukyanov K.A., Mishin A.S. (2012). Tryptophan-based chromophore in fluorescent proteins can be anionic. Sci Rep 2, 608 [+]

    Cyan fluorescent proteins (CFP) with tryptophan66-based chromophore are widely used for live cell imaging. In contrast to green and red fluorescent proteins, no charged states of the CFP chromophore have been described. Here, we studied synthetic CFP chromophore and found that its indole group can be deprotonated rather easily (pKa 12.4).We then reproduced this effect in the CFP mCerulean by placing basic amino acids in the chromophore microenvironment. As a result, green-emitting variant with an anionic chromophore and key substitution Val61Lys was obtained. This is the first evidence strongly suggesting that tryptophan-based chromophores in fluorescent proteins can exist in an anionic charged state. Switching between protonated and deprotonated Trp66 in fluorescent proteins represents a new unexplored way to control their spectral properties.

    ID:831
  19. Baranov M.S., Yampolsky I.V. (2012). Unusual transformations of anthranilic acid imidazolides. Chemistry of Heterocyclic compounds 48, 1108–1110 ID:1043
  20. Ivashkin P.E., Lukyanov K.A., Yampolsky I.V. (2011). Synthesis of biosynthetic precursors of chromophores of red fluorescent proteins. Russ. J. Bioorgan. Chem. 37 (4), 411–420 [+]
    ID:1023
  21. Ivashkin P.E., Lukyanov K.A., Lukyanov S., Yampolsky I.V. (2011). A synthetic GFP-like chromophore undergoes base-catalyzed autoxidation into acylimine red form. J. Org. Chem. 76 (8), 2782–91 [+]

    Fluorescent proteins are widely used in modern experimental biology, but much controversy exists regarding details of maturation of different types of their chromophores. Here we studied possible mechanisms of DsRed-type red chromophore formation using synthetic biomimetic GFP-like chromophores, bearing an acylamino substituent, corresponding to an amino acid residue at position 65. We have shown these model compounds to readily react with molecular oxygen to produce a highly unstable DsRed-like acylimine, isolated in the form of stable derivatives. Under the same aerobic conditions an unusual red-shifted imide chromophore--a product of 4-electron oxidation of Gly65 residue--is formed. Our data showed that GFP chromophore is prone to autoxidation at position 65 Cα by its chemical nature with basic conditions being the only key factor required.

    ID:513
  22. Yampolsky I.V., Balashova T.A., Lukyanov K.A. (2009). Synthesis and spectral and chemical properties of the yellow fluorescent protein zFP538 chromophore. Biochemistry 48 (33), 8077–82 [+]

    Members of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family become chromophoric through a unique pathway based on autocatalytic modifications of their amino acid residues. The yellow fluorescent protein zFP538 from the button polyp Zoanthus possesses unique spectral characteristics that are intermediate between those of the green and orange-red fluorescent proteins. In this study, we used chemical synthesis to resolve conflicting data from crystallographic and biochemical analyses of the zFP538 chromophore structure. We synthesized 2-(5-amino-1-oxopentyl)-5-(4-hydroxybenzylidene)-3-methyl-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-one (5), which can spontaneously react intramolecularly to form cyclic imine (7). Compound 7 represents the native chromophore structure reported in the crystallographic study. We have also discovered an unusual isomerization of a 2-acylimidazolone to a 2,6-diketopiperazine derivative. The zFP538 chromophore is a complex system with intriguing chemical and spectral behavior, properties that have led to discrepancies in the interpretation of its structure. Our study supports the findings of previous crystallographic work, which postulated a cyclic imine chromophore structure within the native zFP538 protein, and also provides an explanation for experimental results obtained in the biochemical characterization of zFP538-derived chromopeptides.

    ID:514
  23. Bogdanov A.M., Mishin A.S., Yampolsky I.V., Belousov V.V., Chudakov D.M., Subach F.V., Verkhusha V.V., Lukyanov S., Lukyanov K.A. (2009). Green fluorescent proteins are light-induced electron donors. Nat. Chem. Biol.  (5), 459–461 [+]

    Proteins of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family are well known owing to their unique biochemistry and extensive use as in vivo markers. We discovered that GFPs of diverse origins can act as light-induced electron donors in photochemical reactions with various electron acceptors, including biologically relevant ones. Moreover, via green-to-red GFP photoconversion, this process can be observed in living cells without additional treatment.

    ID:22
  24. Ivashkin P.E., Yampolsky I.V., Lukyanov K.A. (2009). Synthesis and properties of chromophores of fluorescent proteins. Russ. J. Bioorgan. Chem. 35 (6), 652–669 [+]

    We describe the existing approaches to the synthesis of 5-arylidene-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-ones - model chromophores of fluorescent proteins and their nonnatural analogs. We discuss in detail the chemical (acid-base and redox reactions, cis-trans isomery, etc.) and spectral properties of the chromophores and the influence of substitutes and the environment. The study of synthetic chromophores allows for modeling of the photophysical characteristics of fluorescent proteins.

    ID:1037
  25. Mishin A.S., Subach F.V., Yampolsky I.V., King W., Lukyanov K.A., Verkhusha V.V. (2008). The first mutant of the Aequorea victoria green fluorescent protein that forms a red chromophore. Biochemistry 47 (16), 4666–73 [+]

    Green fluorescent protein (GFP) from a jellyfish, Aequorea victoria, and its mutants are widely used in biomedical studies as fluorescent markers. In spite of the enormous efforts of academia and industry toward generating its red fluorescent mutants, no GFP variants with emission maximum at more than 529 nm have been developed during the 15 years since its cloning. Here, we used a new strategy of molecular evolution aimed at generating a red-emitting mutant of GFP. As a result, we have succeeded in producing the first GFP mutant that substantially matures to the red-emitting state with excitation and emission maxima at 555 and 585 nm, respectively. A novel, nonoxidative mechanism for formation of the red chromophore in this mutant that includes a dehydration of the Ser65 side chain has been proposed. Model experiments showed that the novel dual-color GFP mutant with green and red emission is suitable for multicolor flow cytometry as an additional color since it is clearly separable from both green and red fluorescent tags.

    ID:515
  26. Yampolsky I.V., Kislukhin A.A., Amatov T.T., Shcherbo D., Potapov V.K., Lukyanov S., Lukyanov K.A. (2008). Synthesis and properties of the red chromophore of the green-to-red photoconvertible fluorescent protein Kaede and its analogs. Bioorg. Chem. 36 (2), 96–104 [+]

    Green fluorescent protein (GFP) and homologous proteins possess a unique pathway of chromophore formation based on autocatalytic modification of their own amino acid residues. Green-to-red photoconvertible fluorescent protein Kaede carries His-Tyr-Gly chromophore-forming triad. Here, we describe synthesis of Kaede red chromophore (2-[(1E)-2-(5-imidazolyl)ethenyl]-4-(p-hydroxybenzylidene)-5-imidazolone) and its analogs that can be potentially formed by natural amino acid residues. Chromophores corresponding to the following tripeptides were obtained: His-Tyr-Gly, Trp-Tyr-Gly, Phe-Trp-Gly, Tyr-Trp-Gly, Asn-Tyr-Gly, Phe-Tyr-Gly, and Tyr-Tyr-Gly. In basic conditions they fluoresced red with relatively high quantum yield (up to 0.017 for Trp-derived compounds). The most red-shifted absorption peak at 595nm was found for the chromophore Trp-Tyr-Gly in basic DMSO. Surprisingly, in basic DMF non-aromatic Asn-derived chromophore Asn-Tyr-Gly demonstrated the most red-shifted emission maximum at 642 nm. Thus, Asn residue may be a promising substituent, which can potentially diversify posttranslational chemistry in GFP-like proteins.

    ID:516
  27. Evdokimov A.G., Pokross M.E., Egorov N.S., Zaraisky A.G., Yampolsky I.V., Merzlyak E.M., Shkoporov A.N., Sander I., Lukyanov K.A., Chudakov D.M. (2006). Structural basis for the fast maturation of Arthropoda green fluorescent protein. EMBO Rep. 7 (10), 1006–12 [+]

    Since the cloning of Aequorea victoria green fluorescent protein (GFP) in 1992, a family of known GFP-like proteins has been growing rapidly. Today, it includes more than a hundred proteins with different spectral characteristics cloned from Cnidaria species. For some of these proteins, crystal structures have been solved, showing diversity in chromophore modifications and conformational states. However, we are still far from a complete understanding of the origin, functions and evolution of the GFP family. Novel proteins of the family were recently cloned from evolutionarily distant marine Copepoda species, phylum Arthropoda, demonstrating an extremely rapid generation of fluorescent signal. Here, we have generated a non-aggregating mutant of Copepoda fluorescent protein and solved its high-resolution crystal structure. It was found that the protein beta-barrel contains a pore, leading to the chromophore. Using site-directed mutagenesis, we showed that this feature is critical for the fast maturation of the chromophore.

    ID:280
  28. Yampolsky I.V., Remington S.J., Martynov V.I., Potapov V.K., Lukyanov S., Lukyanov K.A. (2005). Synthesis and properties of the chromophore of the asFP595 chromoprotein from Anemonia sulcata. Biochemistry 44 (15), 5788–93 [+]

    A model compound for the chromophore within the purple nonfluorescent GFP-like chromoprotein asFP595 was synthesized. The postulated structure of the chromophore, 2-acetyl-4-(p-hydroxybenzylidene)-1-methyl-5-imidazolone, was taken from the high-resolution crystal structure analysis of intact asFP595 [Quillin, M. L., Anstrom, D., Shu, X., O'Leary, S., Kallio, K., Lukyanov, K. A., and Remington, S. J. (2005) Kindling Fluorescent Protein from Anemonia sulcata: Dark-State Structure at 1.38 A Resolution, Biochemistry 44, 5774-5787]. Erlenmeyer lactonization and oxidation of the methylene group attached to the heteroaromatic moiety with selenium dioxide were used at the key stages of the synthesis. The spectral properties of the model chromophore in solution and their dependence on the pH and polarity of the solvent were investigated. In water, the chromophore was found to exist in two forms, neutral and anionic, with a pK(a) of 7.1. In a dimethylformamide solution, the spectral properties of the anionic form closely match those of the native protein, demonstrating that under these conditions, the compound is an excellent model for the chromophore within native asFP595.

    ID:517
  29. Bulina M.E., Lukyanov K.A., Yampolsky I.V., Chudakov D.M., Staroverov D.B., Shcheglov A.S., Gurskaya N.G., Lukyanov S. (2004). New class of blue animal pigments based on Frizzled and Kringle protein domains. J. Biol. Chem. 279 (42), 43367–70 [+]

    The nature of coloration in many marine animals remains poorly investigated. Here we studied the blue pigment of a scyfoid jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo and determined it to be a soluble extracellular 30-kDa chromoprotein with a complex absorption spectrum peaking at 420, 588, and 624 nm. Furthermore, we cloned the corresponding cDNA and confirmed its identity by immunoblotting and mass spectrometry experiments. The chromoprotein, named rpulFKz1, consists of two domains, a Frizzled cysteine-rich domain and a Kringle domain, inserted into one another. Generally, Frizzleds are members of a basic Wnt signal transduction pathway investigated intensely with regard to development and cancerogenesis. Kringles are autonomous structural domains found throughout the blood clotting and fibrinolytic proteins. Neither Frizzled and Kringle domains association with any type of coloration nor Kringle intrusion into Frizzled sequence was ever observed. Thus, rpulFKz1 represents a new class of animal pigments, whose chromogenic group remains undetermined. The striking homology between a chromoprotein and members of the signal transduction pathway provides a novel node in the evolution track of growth factor-mediated morphogenesis compounds.

    ID:290
  30. Pastukhov F.V., Yampolsky I.V., Bubnov Y.N. (2002). Allylboration of functionalized isoquinolines. J. Organomet. Chem  (657), 123–128 ID:1033
  31. Bubnov Y.N., Klimkina E.V., Zhun I.V., Pastukhov F.V., Yampolsky I.V. (2000). Allylic boron and zinc derivatives in synthesis and transformations of nitrogen heterocycles. Pure Appl. Chem. 72 (9), 1641–1644 ID:1034
  32. Bubnov Y.N., Pastukhov F.V., Yampolsky I.V., Ignatenko A.V. (2000). A convenient synthesis of 2,2-diallylated nitrogen heterocycles by allylboration of lactams. Eur.J.Org.Chem 200 (8), 1503–1505 ID:1035

Head of the laboratory

Ilia Yampolsky

  • Russia, Moscow, Ul. Miklukho-Maklaya 16/10 — On the map
  • IBCh RAS, build. 52, office 356
  • Phone: +7 (499) 724-84-77
  • E-mail: ivyamp@ibch.ru

The mechanism of bioluminescence of siberian worm Fridericia heliota was studied (2016-03-30)

Structure of Fridericia oxyluciferin was elucidated: oxyluciferin is a product of oxidative decarboxylation of luciferin from Fridericia heliota in the presence of luciferase. The mechanism of Fridericia bioluminescencewas studied: it includes the step of activating the carboxyl group of lysine via formation of an adenylate intermediate, cyclization to oxetanone and it's decay to the excited oxyluciferin molecule.

Publications

  1. Dubinnyi M.A., Kaskova Z.M., Rodionova N.S., Baranov M.S., Gorokhovatsky A.Y., Kotlobay A., Solntsev K.M., Tsarkova A.S., Petushkov V.N., Yampolsky I.V. (2015). Novel Mechanism of Bioluminescence: Oxidative Decarboxylation of a Moiety Adjacent to the Light Emitter of Fridericia Luciferin. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 54 (24), 7065–7067 [+]

    A novel luciferin from a bioluminescent Siberian earthworm Fridericia heliota was recently described. In this study, the Fridericia oxyluciferin was isolated and its structure elucidated. The results provide insight into a novel bioluminescence mechanism in nature. Oxidative decarboxylation of a lysine fragment of the luciferin supplies energy for light generation, while a fluorescent CompX moiety remains intact and serves as the light emitter.

    ID:1265
  2. Dubinnyi M.A., Tsarkova A.S., Petushkov V.N., Kaskova Z.M., Rodionova N.S., Kovalchuk S.I., Ziganshin R.H., Baranov M.S., Mineev K.S., Yampolsky I.V. (2015). Novel Peptide Chemistry in Terrestrial Animals: Natural Luciferin Analogues from the Bioluminescent Earthworm Fridericia heliota. Chem. Eur. J. 21 (10), 3942–3947 [+]

    We report isolation and structure elucidation of AsLn5, AsLn7, AsLn11 and AsLn12: novel luciferin analogs from the bioluminescent earthworm Fridericia heliota. They were found to be highly unusual modified peptides, comprising either of the two tyrosine-derived chromophores, CompX or CompY and a set of amino acids, including threonine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, homoarginine, and unsymmetrical N,N-dimethylarginine. These natural compounds represent a unique peptide chemistry found in terrestrial animals and rise novel questions concerning their biosynthetic origin.

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The structure of a key bioluminescent substrate of higher fungi was elucidated (2016-03-30)

For the first time the structure of fungal luciferin was identified. Also the mechanism of it's biosynthesis via hydroxylation of secondary fungal metabolite hispidin by NADPH-dependent enzyme was determined. Luciferin (3-hydroxyhispidin) is a substrate of the enzyme luciferase in a bioluminescence reaction. The structures of the luciferin and it's precursor were proven by methods of NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. It is shown that the luciferin is a common bioluminescent substrate for a number of higher fungi.

Publications

  1. Purtov K.V., Petushkov V.N., Baranov M.S., Mineev K.S., Rodionova N.S., Kaskova Z.M., Tsarkova A.S., Petunin A.I., Bondar V.S., Rodicheva E.K., Medvedeva S.E., Oba Y., Arseniev A.S., Lukyanov S., Gitelson J.I., Yampolsky I.V. (2015). The Chemical Basis of Fungal Bioluminescence. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 127 (28), 8242–8246 [+]

    Many species of fungi naturally produce light, a phenomenon known as bioluminescence, however, the fungal substrates used in the chemical reactions that produce light have not been reported. We identified the fungal compound luciferin 3-hydroxyhispidin, which is biosynthesized by oxidation of the precursor hispidin, a known fungal and plant secondary metabolite. The fungal luciferin does not share structural similarity with the other eight known luciferins. Furthermore, it was shown that 3-hydroxyhispidin leads to bioluminescence in extracts from four diverse genera of luminous fungi, thus suggesting a common biochemical mechanism for fungal bioluminescence.

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