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Joseph A. Piccirilli

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InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
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    1. Gaines CS, Piccirilli JA, York DM. The L-platform/L-scaffold framework: a blueprint for RNA-cleaving nucleic acid enzyme design. RNA. 2019 Nov 27. PMID: 31776179.
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    2. Koirala D, Lewicka A, Koldobskaya Y, Huang H, Piccirilli JA. Synthetic antibody binding to a pre-organized IRES RNA domain of hepatitis C virus inhibits translation. ACS Chem Biol. 2019 Nov 25. PMID: 31765566.
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    3. Li NS, Liang W, Piccirilli JA, Tang WJ. Reinvestigating the synthesis and efficacy of small benzimidazole derivatives as presequence protease enhancers. Eur J Med Chem. 2019 Dec 15; 184:111746. PMID: 31610373.
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    4. Koirala D, Shao Y, Koldobskaya Y, Fuller JR, Watkins AM, Shelke SA, Pilipenko EV, Das R, Rice PA, Piccirilli JA. A conserved RNA structural motif for organizing topology within picornaviral internal ribosome entry sites. Nat Commun. 2019 08 09; 10(1):3629. PMID: 31399592.
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    5. Bevilacqua PC, Harris ME, Piccirilli JA, Gaines C, Ganguly A, Kostenbader K, Ekesan S, York DM. An Ontology for Facilitating Discussion of Catalytic Strategies of RNA-Cleaving Enzymes. ACS Chem Biol. 2019 06 21; 14(6):1068-1076. PMID: 31095369.
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    6. Wilson TJ, Liu Y, Li NS, Dai Q, Piccirilli JA, Lilley DMJ. Comparison of the Structures and Mechanisms of the Pistol and Hammerhead Ribozymes. J Am Chem Soc. 2019 May 15; 141(19):7865-7875. PMID: 31017785.
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    7. Hoshika S, Leal NA, Kim MJ, Kim MS, Karalkar NB, Kim HJ, Bates AM, Watkins NE, SantaLucia HA, Meyer AJ, DasGupta S, Piccirilli JA, Ellington AD, SantaLucia J, Georgiadis MM, Benner SA. Hachimoji DNA and RNA: A genetic system with eight building blocks. Science. 2019 02 22; 363(6429):884-887. PMID: 30792304.
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    8. Shelke SA, Shao Y, Laski A, Koirala D, Weissman BP, Fuller JR, Tan X, Constantin TP, Waggoner AS, Bruchez MP, Armitage BA, Piccirilli JA. Structural basis for activation of fluorogenic dyes by an RNA aptamer lacking a G-quadruplex motif. Nat Commun. 2018 10 31; 9(1):4542. PMID: 30382099.
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    9. Lu J, Koo SC, Weissman BP, Harris ME, Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Evidence That Nucleophile Deprotonation Exceeds Bond Formation in the HDV Ribozyme Transition State. Biochemistry. 2018 06 26; 57(25):3465-3472. PMID: 29733591.
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    10. Koirala D, Shelke SA, Dupont M, Ruiz S, DasGupta S, Bailey LJ, Benner SA, Piccirilli JA. Affinity maturation of a portable Fab-RNA module for chaperone-assisted RNA crystallography. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 03 16; 46(5):2624-2635. PMID: 29309709.
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    11. Li NS, Lu J, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 5'-Thio-3'-O-ribonucleoside Phosphoramidites. J Org Chem. 2017 12 01; 82(23):12003-12013. PMID: 29049877.
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    12. Harris ME, York DM, Piccirilli JA, Anderson VE. Kinetic Isotope Effect Analysis of RNA 2'-O-Transphosphorylation. Methods Enzymol. 2017; 596:433-457. PMID: 28911780.
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    13. DasGupta S, Suslov NB, Piccirilli JA. Structural Basis for Substrate Helix Remodeling and Cleavage Loop Activation in the Varkud Satellite Ribozyme. J Am Chem Soc. 2017 07 19; 139(28):9591-9597. PMID: 28625058.
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    14. Liu D, Shao Y, Chen G, Tse-Dinh YC, Piccirilli JA, Weizmann Y. Synthesizing topological structures containing RNA. Nat Commun. 2017 03 31; 8:14936. PMID: 28361879.
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    15. Sundaram KM, Zhang Y, Mitra AK, Kouadio JK, Gwin K, Kossiakoff AA, Roman BB, Lengyel E, Piccirilli JA. Prolactin Receptor-Mediated Internalization of Imaging Agents Detects Epithelial Ovarian Cancer with Enhanced Sensitivity and Specificity. Cancer Res. 2017 04 01; 77(7):1684-1696. PMID: 28202518.
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    16. Miao Z, Adamiak RW, Antczak M, Batey RT, Becka AJ, Biesiada M, Boniecki MJ, Bujnicki JM, Chen SJ, Cheng CY, Chou FC, Ferré-D'Amaré AR, Das R, Dawson WK, Ding F, Dokholyan NV, Dunin-Horkawicz S, Geniesse C, Kappel K, Kladwang W, Krokhotin A, Lach GE, Major F, Mann TH, Magnus M, Pachulska-Wieczorek K, Patel DJ, Piccirilli JA, Popenda M, Purzycka KJ, Ren A, Rice GM, Santalucia J, Sarzynska J, Szachniuk M, Tandon A, Trausch JJ, Tian S, Wang J, Weeks KM, Williams B, Xiao Y, Xu X, Zhang D, Zok T, Westhof E. RNA-Puzzles Round III: 3D RNA structure prediction of five riboswitches and one ribozyme. RNA. 2017 05; 23(5):655-672. PMID: 28138060.
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    17. Li NS, Gossai NP, Naumann JA, Gordon PM, Piccirilli JA. Efficient Synthetic Approach to Linear Dasatinib-DNA Conjugates by Click Chemistry. Bioconjug Chem. 2016 Oct 19; 27(10):2575-2579. PMID: 27690393.
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    18. Biondi E, Lane JD, Das D, Dasgupta S, Piccirilli JA, Hoshika S, Bradley KM, Krantz BA, Benner SA. Laboratory evolution of artificially expanded DNA gives redesignable aptamers that target the toxic form of anthrax protective antigen. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Nov 16; 44(20):9565-9577. PMID: 27701076.
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    19. Shao Y, Huang H, Qin D, Li NS, Koide A, Staley JP, Koide S, Kossiakoff AA, Piccirilli JA. Specific Recognition of a Single-Stranded RNA Sequence by a Synthetic Antibody Fragment. J Mol Biol. 2016 10 09; 428(20):4100-4114. PMID: 27593161.
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    20. Gossai NP, Naumann JA, Li NS, Zamora EA, Gordon DJ, Piccirilli JA, Gordon PM. Drug conjugated nanoparticles activated by cancer cell specific mRNA. Oncotarget. 2016 Jun 21; 7(25):38243-38256. PMID: 27203672.
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    21. Piccirilli JA, Staley JP. Reverse transcriptases lend a hand in splicing catalysis. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2016 06 07; 23(6):507-9. PMID: 27273636.
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    22. Zhang S, Gu H, Chen H, Strong E, Ollie EW, Kellerman D, Liang D, Miyagi M, Anderson VE, Piccirilli JA, York DM, Harris ME. Isotope effect analyses provide evidence for an altered transition state for RNA 2'-O-transphosphorylation catalyzed by Zn(2+). Chem Commun (Camb). 2016 Mar 25; 52(24):4462-5. PMID: 26859380.
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    23. Roy S, Ly D, Castro CD, Li NS, Hawk AJ, Altman JD, Meredith SC, Piccirilli JA, Moody DB, Adams EJ. Molecular Analysis of Lipid-Reactive Vd1 ?d T Cells Identified by CD1c Tetramers. J Immunol. 2016 Feb 15; 196(4):1933-42. PMID: 26755823.
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    24. Sengupta RN, Van Schie SN, Giambasu G, Dai Q, Yesselman JD, York D, Piccirilli JA, Herschlag D. An active site rearrangement within the Tetrahymena group I ribozyme releases nonproductive interactions and allows formation of catalytic interactions. RNA. 2016 Jan; 22(1):32-48. PMID: 26567314.
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    25. Suslov NB, DasGupta S, Huang H, Fuller JR, Lilley DM, Rice PA, Piccirilli JA. Crystal structure of the Varkud satellite ribozyme. Nat Chem Biol. 2015 Nov; 11(11):840-6. PMID: 26414446.
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    26. Harris ME, Piccirilli JA, York DM. Enzyme transition states from theory and experiment. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Nov; 1854(11):1727-8. PMID: 26302659.
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    27. Hernandez AR, Shao Y, Hoshika S, Yang Z, Shelke SA, Herrou J, Kim HJ, Kim MJ, Piccirilli JA, Benner SA. A Crystal Structure of a Functional RNA Molecule Containing an Artificial Nucleobase Pair. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2015 Aug 17; 54(34):9853-6. PMID: 26223188.
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    28. Koo SC, Lu J, Li NS, Leung E, Das SR, Harris ME, Piccirilli JA. Transition State Features in the Hepatitis Delta Virus Ribozyme Reaction Revealed by Atomic Perturbations. J Am Chem Soc. 2015 Jul 22; 137(28):8973-82. PMID: 26125657.
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    29. DasGupta S, Shelke SA, Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Spinach RNA aptamer detects lead(II) with high selectivity. Chem Commun (Camb). 2015 May 28; 51(43):9034-7. PMID: 25940073.
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    30. Kellerman DL, Simmons KS, Pedraza M, Piccirilli JA, York DM, Harris ME. Determination of hepatitis delta virus ribozyme N(-1) nucleobase and functional group specificity using internal competition kinetics. Anal Biochem. 2015 Aug 15; 483:12-20. PMID: 25937290.
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    31. Harris ME, Piccirilli JA, York DM. Integration of kinetic isotope effect analyses to elucidate ribonuclease mechanism. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Nov; 1854(11):1801-8. PMID: 25936517.
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    32. Weissman BP, Li NS, York D, Harris M, Piccirilli JA. Heavy atom labeled nucleotides for measurement of kinetic isotope effects. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Nov; 1854(11):1737-45. PMID: 25828952.
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    33. Chen H, Piccirilli JA, Harris ME, York DM. Effect of Zn2+ binding and enzyme active site on the transition state for RNA 2'-O-transphosphorylation interpreted through kinetic isotope effects. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Nov; 1854(11):1795-800. PMID: 25812974.
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    34. Lu J, Koo SC, Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 2'-O-photocaged ribonucleoside phosphoramidites. Nucleosides Nucleotides Nucleic Acids. 2015; 34(2):114-29. PMID: 25621705.
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    35. Shelke SA, Piccirilli JA. Origins of life: RNA made in its own mirror image. Nature. 2014 Nov 20; 515(7527):347-8. PMID: 25363771.
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    36. Roy S, Ly D, Li NS, Altman JD, Piccirilli JA, Moody DB, Adams EJ. Molecular basis of mycobacterial lipid antigen presentation by CD1c and its recognition by aß T cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Oct 28; 111(43):E4648-57. PMID: 25298532.
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    37. Kellerman DL, York DM, Piccirilli JA, Harris ME. Altered (transition) states: mechanisms of solution and enzyme catalyzed RNA 2'-O-transphosphorylation. Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2014 Aug; 21:96-102. PMID: 25023967.
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    38. Huang H, Suslov NB, Li NS, Shelke SA, Evans ME, Koldobskaya Y, Rice PA, Piccirilli JA. A G-quadruplex-containing RNA activates fluorescence in a GFP-like fluorophore. Nat Chem Biol. 2014 Aug; 10(8):686-91. PMID: 24952597.
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    39. Fica SM, Mefford MA, Piccirilli JA, Staley JP. Evidence for a group II intron-like catalytic triplex in the spliceosome. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2014 May; 21(5):464-471. PMID: 24747940.
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    40. Li NS, Tuttle N, Staley JP, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis and incorporation of the phosphoramidite derivative of 2'-O-photocaged 3'-s-thioguanosine into oligoribonucleotides: substrate for probing the mechanism of RNA catalysis. J Org Chem. 2014 Apr 18; 79(8):3647-52. PMID: 24635216.
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    41. Fica SM, Tuttle N, Novak T, Li NS, Lu J, Koodathingal P, Dai Q, Staley JP, Piccirilli JA. RNA catalyses nuclear pre-mRNA splicing. Nature. 2013 Nov 14; 503(7475):229-34. PMID: 24196718.
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    42. Keenholtz RA, Mouw KW, Boocock MR, Li NS, Piccirilli JA, Rice PA. Arginine as a general acid catalyst in serine recombinase-mediated DNA cleavage. J Biol Chem. 2013 Oct 04; 288(40):29206-14. PMID: 23970547.
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    43. Gu H, Zhang S, Wong KY, Radak BK, Dissanayake T, Kellerman DL, Dai Q, Miyagi M, Anderson VE, York DM, Piccirilli JA, Harris ME. Experimental and computational analysis of the transition state for ribonuclease A-catalyzed RNA 2'-O-transphosphorylation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Aug 06; 110(32):13002-7. PMID: 23878223.
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    44. Li NS, Scharf L, Adams EJ, Piccirilli JA. Highly stereocontrolled total synthesis of ß-D-mannosyl phosphomycoketide: a natural product from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J Org Chem. 2013 Jun 21; 78(12):5970-86. PMID: 23724960.
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    45. Hernández AR, Piccirilli JA. Chemical origins of life: Prebiotic RNA unstuck. Nat Chem. 2013 May; 5(5):360-2. PMID: 23609081.
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    46. Li NS, Frederiksen JK, Piccirilli JA. Automated solid-phase synthesis of RNA oligonucleotides containing a nonbridging phosphorodithioate linkage via phosphorothioamidites. J Org Chem. 2012 Nov 02; 77(21):9889-92. PMID: 23050987.
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    47. Kath-Schorr S, Wilson TJ, Li NS, Lu J, Piccirilli JA, Lilley DM. General acid-base catalysis mediated by nucleobases in the hairpin ribozyme. J Am Chem Soc. 2012 Oct 10; 134(40):16717-24. PMID: 22958171.
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    48. Sakaguchi R, Giessing A, Dai Q, Lahoud G, Liutkeviciute Z, Klimasauskas S, Piccirilli J, Kirpekar F, Hou YM. Recognition of guanosine by dissimilar tRNA methyltransferases. RNA. 2012 Sep; 18(9):1687-701. PMID: 22847817.
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    49. Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Efficient synthesis of 2'-C-a-aminomethyl-2'-deoxynucleosides. Chem Commun (Camb). 2012 Sep 11; 48(70):8754-6. PMID: 22836807.
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    50. Frederiksen JK, Li NS, Das R, Herschlag D, Piccirilli JA. Metal-ion rescue revisited: biochemical detection of site-bound metal ions important for RNA folding. RNA. 2012 Jun; 18(6):1123-41. PMID: 22539523.
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    51. Wong KY, Gu H, Zhang S, Piccirilli JA, Harris ME, York DM. Characterization of the reaction path and transition states for RNA transphosphorylation models from theory and experiment. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2012 Jan 16; 51(3):647-51. PMID: 22076983.
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    52. Sengupta RN, Herschlag D, Piccirilli JA. Thermodynamic evidence for negative charge stabilization by a catalytic metal ion within an RNA active site. ACS Chem Biol. 2012 Feb 17; 7(2):294-9. PMID: 22029738.
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    53. Piccirilli JA, Koldobskaya Y. Crystal structure of an RNA polymerase ribozyme in complex with an antibody fragment. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2011 Oct 27; 366(1580):2918-28. PMID: 21930583.
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    54. Dai Q, Sengupta R, Deb SK, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 2'-N-methylamino-2'-deoxyguanosine and 2'-N,N-dimethylamino-2'-deoxyguanosine and their incorporation into RNA by phosphoramidite chemistry. J Org Chem. 2011 Nov 04; 76(21):8718-25. PMID: 21942326.
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    55. Li NS, Frederiksen JK, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis, properties, and applications of oligonucleotides containing an RNA dinucleotide phosphorothiolate linkage. Acc Chem Res. 2011 Dec 20; 44(12):1257-69. PMID: 21882874.
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    56. Forconi M, Schwans JP, Porecha RH, Sengupta RN, Piccirilli JA, Herschlag D. 2'-Fluoro substituents can mimic native 2'-hydroxyls within structured RNA. Chem Biol. 2011 Aug 26; 18(8):949-54. PMID: 21867910.
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    57. Forconi M, Porecha RH, Piccirilli JA, Herschlag D. Tightening of active site interactions en route to the transition state revealed by single-atom substitution in the guanosine-binding site of the Tetrahymena group I ribozyme. J Am Chem Soc. 2011 May 25; 133(20):7791-800. PMID: 21539364.
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    58. Gilbreth RN, Truong K, Madu I, Koide A, Wojcik JB, Li NS, Piccirilli JA, Chen Y, Koide S. Isoform-specific monobody inhibitors of small ubiquitin-related modifiers engineered using structure-guided library design. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 10; 108(19):7751-6. PMID: 21518904.
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    59. Plantinga MJ, Korennykh AV, Piccirilli JA, Correll CC. The ribotoxin restrictocin recognizes its RNA substrate by selective engagement of active site residues. Biochemistry. 2011 Apr 12; 50(14):3004-13. PMID: 21417210.
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    60. Ramu H, Vázquez-Laslop N, Klepacki D, Dai Q, Piccirilli J, Micura R, Mankin AS. Nascent peptide in the ribosome exit tunnel affects functional properties of the A-site of the peptidyl transferase center. Mol Cell. 2011 Feb 04; 41(3):321-30. PMID: 21292164.
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    61. Leung EK, Suslov N, Tuttle N, Sengupta R, Piccirilli JA. The mechanism of peptidyl transfer catalysis by the ribosome. Annu Rev Biochem. 2011; 80:527-55. PMID: 21548786.
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    62. Scharf L, Li NS, Hawk AJ, Garzón D, Zhang T, Fox LM, Kazen AR, Shah S, Haddadian EJ, Gumperz JE, Saghatelian A, Faraldo-Gómez JD, Meredith SC, Piccirilli JA, Adams EJ. The 2.5 Å structure of CD1c in complex with a mycobacterial lipid reveals an open groove ideally suited for diverse antigen presentation. Immunity. 2010 Dec 14; 33(6):853-62. PMID: 21167756.
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    63. Koldobskaya Y, Duguid EM, Shechner DM, Suslov NB, Ye J, Sidhu SS, Bartel DP, Koide S, Kossiakoff AA, Piccirilli JA. A portable RNA sequence whose recognition by a synthetic antibody facilitates structural determination. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2011 Jan; 18(1):100-6. PMID: 21151117.
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    64. Li NS, Frederiksen JK, Koo SC, Lu J, Wilson TJ, Lilley DM, Piccirilli JA. A general and efficient approach for the construction of RNA oligonucleotides containing a 5'-phosphorothiolate linkage. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Mar; 39(5):e31. PMID: 21148150.
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    65. Mouw KW, Steiner AM, Ghirlando R, Li NS, Rowland SJ, Boocock MR, Stark WM, Piccirilli JA, Rice PA. Sin resolvase catalytic activity and oligomerization state are tightly coupled. J Mol Biol. 2010 Nov 19; 404(1):16-33. PMID: 20868695.
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    66. Harris ME, Dai Q, Gu H, Kellerman DL, Piccirilli JA, Anderson VE. Kinetic isotope effects for RNA cleavage by 2'-O- transphosphorylation: nucleophilic activation by specific base. J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Aug 25; 132(33):11613-21. PMID: 20669950.
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    67. Koodathingal P, Novak T, Piccirilli JA, Staley JP. The DEAH box ATPases Prp16 and Prp43 cooperate to proofread 5' splice site cleavage during pre-mRNA splicing. Mol Cell. 2010 Aug 13; 39(3):385-95. PMID: 20705241.
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    68. Wilson TJ, Li NS, Lu J, Frederiksen JK, Piccirilli JA, Lilley DM. Nucleobase-mediated general acid-base catalysis in the Varkud satellite ribozyme. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Jun 29; 107(26):11751-6. PMID: 20547881.
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    69. Forconi M, Sengupta RN, Piccirilli JA, Herschlag D. A rearrangement of the guanosine-binding site establishes an extended network of functional interactions in the Tetrahymena group I ribozyme active site. Biochemistry. 2010 Mar 30; 49(12):2753-62. PMID: 20175542.
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    70. Shechner DM, Grant RA, Bagby SC, Koldobskaya Y, Piccirilli JA, Bartel DP. Crystal structure of the catalytic core of an RNA-polymerase ribozyme. Science. 2009 Nov 27; 326(5957):1271-5. PMID: 19965478.
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    71. Hougland JL, Piccirilli JA. 2'-amino-modified ribonucleotides as probes for local interactions within RNA. Methods Enzymol. 2009; 468:107-25. PMID: 20946767.
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    72. Frederiksen JK, Piccirilli JA. Separation of RNA phosphorothioate oligonucleotides by HPLC. Methods Enzymol. 2009; 468:289-309. PMID: 20946775.
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    73. Lu J, Li NS, Koo SC, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of pyridine, pyrimidine and pyridinone C-nucleoside phosphoramidites for probing cytosine function in RNA. J Org Chem. 2009 Nov 06; 74(21):8021-30. PMID: 19791761.
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    74. Frederiksen JK, Piccirilli JA. Identification of catalytic metal ion ligands in ribozymes. Methods. 2009 Oct; 49(2):148-66. PMID: 19651216.
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    75. Li NS, Lu J, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 2'-C-beta-methyl-2'-deoxyguanosine. J Org Chem. 2009 Mar 06; 74(5):2227-30. PMID: 19173609.
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    76. Dai Q, Saikia M, Li NS, Pan T, Piccirilli JA. Efficient chemical synthesis of AppDNA by adenylation of immobilized DNA-5'-monophosphate. Org Lett. 2009 Mar 05; 11(5):1067-70. PMID: 19191584.
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    77. Forconi M, Sengupta RN, Liu MC, Sartorelli AC, Piccirilli JA, Herschlag D. Structure and function converge to identify a hydrogen bond in a group I ribozyme active site. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2009; 48(39):7171-5. PMID: 19708048.
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    78. Plantinga MJ, Korennykh AV, Piccirilli JA, Correll CC. Electrostatic interactions guide the active site face of a structure-specific ribonuclease to its RNA substrate. Biochemistry. 2008 Aug 26; 47(34):8912-8. PMID: 18672906.
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    79. Hougland JL, Sengupta RN, Dai Q, Deb SK, Piccirilli JA. The 2'-hydroxyl group of the guanosine nucleophile donates a functionally important hydrogen bond in the tetrahymena ribozyme reaction. Biochemistry. 2008 Jul 22; 47(29):7684-94. PMID: 18572927.
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    80. Forconi M, Lee J, Lee JK, Piccirilli JA, Herschlag D. Functional identification of ligands for a catalytic metal ion in group I introns. Biochemistry. 2008 Jul 01; 47(26):6883-94. PMID: 18517225.
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    81. Piccirilli JA. Biochemistry. Toward understanding self-splicing. Science. 2008 Apr 04; 320(5872):56-7. PMID: 18388278.
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    82. Lu J, Li NS, Sengupta RN, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis and biochemical application of 2'-O-methyl-3'-thioguanosine as a probe to explore group I intron catalysis. Bioorg Med Chem. 2008 May 15; 16(10):5754-60. PMID: 18397828.
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    83. Das R, Kudaravalli M, Jonikas M, Laederach A, Fong R, Schwans JP, Baker D, Piccirilli JA, Altman RB, Herschlag D. Structural inference of native and partially folded RNA by high-throughput contact mapping. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Mar 18; 105(11):4144-9. PMID: 18322008.
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    84. Ye JD, Tereshko V, Frederiksen JK, Koide A, Fellouse FA, Sidhu SS, Koide S, Kossiakoff AA, Piccirilli JA. Synthetic antibodies for specific recognition and crystallization of structured RNA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jan 08; 105(1):82-7. PMID: 18162543.
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    85. Dai Q, Frederiksen JK, Anderson VE, Harris ME, Piccirilli JA. Efficient synthesis of [2'-18O]uridine and its incorporation into oligonucleotides: a new tool for mechanistic study of nucleotidyl transfer reactions by isotope effect analysis. J Org Chem. 2008 Jan 04; 73(1):309-11. PMID: 18052189.
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    86. Korennykh AV, Plantinga MJ, Correll CC, Piccirilli JA. Linkage between substrate recognition and catalysis during cleavage of sarcin/ricin loop RNA by restrictocin. Biochemistry. 2007 Nov 06; 46(44):12744-56. PMID: 17929942.
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    87. Dai Q, Fong R, Saikia M, Stephenson D, Yu YT, Pan T, Piccirilli JA. Identification of recognition residues for ligation-based detection and quantitation of pseudouridine and N6-methyladenosine. Nucleic Acids Res. 2007; 35(18):6322-9. PMID: 17881375.
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    88. Forconi M, Piccirilli JA, Herschlag D. Modulation of individual steps in group I intron catalysis by a peripheral metal ion. RNA. 2007 Oct; 13(10):1656-67. PMID: 17720880.
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    89. Li NS, Lu J, Piccirilli JA. Efficient synthesis of methyl 3,5-di-O-benzyl-alpha-D-ribofuranoside and application to the synthesis of 2'-C-beta-alkoxymethyluridines. Org Lett. 2007 Aug 02; 9(16):3009-12. PMID: 17629285.
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    90. Dai Q, Lea CR, Lu J, Piccirilli JA. Syntheses of (2')3'-15N-amino-(2')3'-deoxyguanosine and determination of their pKa values by 15N NMR spectroscopy. Org Lett. 2007 Aug 02; 9(16):3057-60. PMID: 17629287.
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    91. Korennykh AV, Correll CC, Piccirilli JA. Evidence for the importance of electrostatics in the function of two distinct families of ribosome inactivating toxins. RNA. 2007 Sep; 13(9):1391-6. PMID: 17626843.
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    92. Ye JD, Barth CD, Anjaneyulu PS, Tuschl T, Piccirilli JA. Reactions of phosphate and phosphorothiolate diesters with nucleophiles: comparison of transition state structures. Org Biomol Chem. 2007 Aug 07; 5(15):2491-7. PMID: 17637971.
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    93. Gordon PM, Fong R, Piccirilli JA. A second divalent metal ion in the group II intron reaction center. Chem Biol. 2007 Jun; 14(6):607-12. PMID: 17584608.
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    94. Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 2'-C-alpha-(hydroxyalkyl) and 2'-C-alpha-alkylcytidine phosphoramidites: analogues for probing solvent interactions with RNA. J Org Chem. 2007 Feb 16; 72(4):1198-210. PMID: 17288373.
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    95. Lea CR, Piccirilli JA. 'Turning on' riboswitches to their antibacterial potential. Nat Chem Biol. 2007 Jan; 3(1):16-7. PMID: 17173021.
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    96. Ye JD, Li NS, Dai Q, Piccirilli JA. The mechanism of RNA strand scission: an experimental measure of the Brønsted coefficient, beta nuc. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2007; 46(20):3714-7. PMID: 17415726.
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