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THESIS DEFENSE-Jéssica Rodríguez Villar

11/04/2016
Today, November 4th, the doctoral student Jéssica Rodríguez Villar obtained the máximum qualification for the defense of her Doctoral Thesis.

Today, November 4th, the doctoral student Jéssica Rodríguez Villar obtained the máximum qualification for the defense of her Doctoral Thesis entitled: "Selective DNA binding by synthetic peptide derivatives", addersses the development of peptides capable of recognizing DNA selectively.

External link: http://www.usc.es/ciqus/en/news/ciqus-thesis-jessica-rodriguez-villar

Prof. José L. Mascareñas will take part tomorrow at the 6th Organic Chemistry Day with his speech "Metal-based Tools in Catalysis and Chemical Biology"

10/06/2016
Prof. José L. Mascareñas will take part tomorrow as a guest speaker at the 6th Organic Chemistry Day at UAM.

Prof. José L. Mascareñas will take part tomorrow as a guest speaker with Prof. Harry Anderson (University of Oxford), Prof. Jeffrey Bode (ETH-Zúrich) and Prof. Herbert Waldmann (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology) at the 6th Organic Chemistry Day. His speech will be "Metal-based Tools in Catalysis and Chemical Biology".
The event will take place tomorrow Friday (October 7, 2016) at Assembly Hall of the Escuela Politécnica Superior (UAM).

External link: http://www.uam.es/ss/Satellite/Ciencias/es/1234888218888/1242701112316/evento/detalle/Simposio:_6th__Organic_Chemistry_Day_at_UAM.htm

Angewandte's special issue for the 'VI EuCheMS' highlights a group work on its cover

09/12/2016
A scientific review by José Luis Mascareñas and Moisés Gulías has been selected as the cover of Angewandte's special issue

A scientific review by José Luis Mascareñas and Moisés Gulías has been selected as the cover of Angewandte's special issue, which will be released this week at the 6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress.

External link: http://www.usc.es/ciqus/en/news/angewandtes-special-edition-vi-euchems-highlights-ciqus-work-its-cover

Synthetic models in Chemical Biology

12/10/2016
Workshop on Nanomedicine 2012. Prof. Mascareñas, ERC - Advanced Grant METBIOCAT, explains his research lines in the chemical biology field.
DNA is the key macromolecule used by nature to store the genetic information, therefore containing all the instructions that control the day-to-day function of cells. As such, it has been a traditional target for the development of different type of drugs, particularly anticancer agents. These drugs include alkylating agents, like cis-platinum and derivatives, and non-covalent binders like the anthracyclines, which interact to DNA by intercalation between base pairs. There are other types of cytotoxic non-covalent DNA binders, like distamycin or propamidine, which interact to DNA by insertion in the minor groove.

We have been interested in this latter type of molecules, because they are sequence selective and therefore provide for molecular engineering of site-specific DNA-promoted processes. In particular, we have designed and synthesized a number of variants of propamidine that work as sequence specific DNA optical sensors, or as light-activated prodrugs.

Some of the knowledge acquired in the studies of light-promoted processes has been extended to area of DNA-protein interactions. In particular, we have developed a chemical approach to control the DNA interaction of synthetic mimics of transcription factors, and expect that the tactic can be used in the future to regulate processes of gene expression.
Part of our work in this area is also focused to the construction of optical sensors that can detect minute amounts of transcription factors considered as oncogenic biomarkers, like the bZIP protein Jun.

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José Luis Mascareñas, PhD leads this team of researchers. Find out more about him and the rest of the team in our Group members section.

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