Tengfei Zheng

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Adherent-invasive Escherichia coli (AIEC) is abnormally prevalent in patients with ileal Crohn’s disease and exacerbates intestinal inflammation, but treatment strategies that selectively target AIEC are unavailable. Iron is an essential micronutrient for most living organisms, and bacterial pathogens have evolved sophisticated strategies to captur...
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The pathogen Salmonella enterica is a leading cause of infection worldwide. Nontyphoidal Salmonella (NTS) serovars typically cause inflammatory diarrhea in healthy individuals, and can cause bacteremia in immunocompromised patients, children, and the elderly. Management of NTS infection poses a challenge because antibiotic treatment prolongs fecal...
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Infections with Gram-negative pathogens pose a serious threat to public health. This scenario is exacerbated by increases in antibiotic resistance and the limited availability of vaccines and therapeutic tools to combat these infections. Here, we report an immunization approach that targets siderophores, which are small molecules exported by enteri...
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New antibiotics are required to treat bacterial infections and counteract the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Pathogen-specific antibiotics have several advantages over broad-spectrum drugs, which include minimal perturbation to the commensal microbiota. We present a strategy for targeting antibiotics to bacterial pathogens that utilizes the sa...
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The syntheses of five ciprofloxacin-modified (acyloxyl)alkyl esters and two siderophore-ciprofloxacin conjugates based on enterobactin that harbor such hydrolyzable linkages are reported. The hydrolytic stabilities of ciprofloxacin-modified (acyloxy)alkyl esters, evaluated at pH 7.5 and 30°C, vary by >370-fold depending on the substituents in the v...
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Chapter 1. Introduction to Iron Homeostasis and Siderophores Iron is an essential nutrient for almost all living organisms. This Chapter presents an overview of iron homeostasis in human and bacteria, as well as the biology and chemistry of siderophores and siderophore conjugates. Siderophores are small-molecule iron chelators synthesized by bacter...
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The design, synthesis, and characterization of enterobactin-antibiotic conjugates, hereafter Ent-Amp/Amx, where the β-lactam antibiotics ampicillin (Amp) and amoxicillin (Amx) are linked to a monofunctionalized enterobactin scaffold via a stable polyethyleneglycol linker are reported. Under conditions of iron limitation, these siderophore-modified...
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The design and syntheses of monofunctionalized enterobactin (Ent, l- and d-isomers) scaffolds where one catecholate moiety of enterobactin houses an alkene, aldehyde, or carboxylic acid at the C5 position are described. These molecules are key precursors to a family of 10 enterobactin-cargo conjugates presented in this work, which were designed to...
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Siderophores are low-molecular-weight iron chelators that are produced and exported by bacteria, fungi and plants during periods of nutrient deprivation. The structures, biosynthetic logic, and coordination chemistry of these molecules have fascinated chemists for decades. Studies of such fundamental phenomena guide the use of siderophores and side...
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Phosphopantetheine-modified carrier domains play a central role in the template-directed, biosynthesis of several classes of primary and secondary metabolites. Fatty acids, polyketides, and nonribosomal peptides are constructed on multidomain enzyme assemblies using phosphopantetheinyl thioester-linked carrier domains to traffic and activate buildi...

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