Joseph A. Piccirilli

Biosciences Graduate Program Association
  1. Liu D, Shao Y, Piccirilli JA, Weizmann Y. Structures of artificially designed discrete RNA nanoarchitectures at near-atomic resolution. Sci Adv. 2021 Sep 24; 7(39):eabf4459. View in: PubMed

  2. Li NS, Koo SC, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of Oligoribonucleotides Containing a 2'-Amino-5'-S-phosphorothiolate Linkage. J Org Chem. 2021 Oct 01; 86(19):13231-13244. View in: PubMed

  3. Roman C, Lewicka A, Koirala D, Li NS, Piccirilli JA. The SARS-CoV-2 Programmed -1 Ribosomal Frameshifting Element Crystal Structure Solved to 2.09 Å Using Chaperone-Assisted RNA Crystallography. ACS Chem Biol. 2021 08 20; 16(8):1469-1481. View in: PubMed

  4. DasGupta S, Nykiel K, Piccirilli JA. The hammerhead self-cleaving motif as a precursor to complex endonucleolytic ribozymes. RNA. 2021 09; 27(9):1017-1024. View in: PubMed

  5. DasGupta S, Piccirilli JA. The Varkud Satellite Ribozyme: A Thirty-Year Journey through Biochemistry, Crystallography, and Computation. Acc Chem Res. 2021 06 01; 54(11):2591-2602. View in: PubMed

  6. Hiller DA, Dunican BF, Nallur S, Li NS, Piccirilli JA, Strobel SA. The Positively Charged Active Site of the Bacterial Toxin RelE Causes a Large Shift in the General Base pKa. Biochemistry. 2020 05 05; 59(17):1665-1671. View in: PubMed

  7. Liu D, Geary CW, Chen G, Shao Y, Li M, Mao C, Andersen ES, Piccirilli JA, Rothemund PWK, Weizmann Y. Branched kissing loops for the construction of diverse RNA homooligomeric nanostructures. Nat Chem. 2020 03; 12(3):249-259. View in: PubMed

  8. Ganguly A, Weissman BP, Giese TJ, Li NS, Hoshika S, Rao S, Benner SA, Piccirilli JA, York DM. Confluence of theory and experiment reveals the catalytic mechanism of the Varkud satellite ribozyme. Nat Chem. 2020 02; 12(2):193-201. View in: PubMed

  9. Ganguly A, Weissman BP, Piccirilli JA, York DM. Evidence for a Catalytic Strategy to Promote Nucleophile Activation in Metal-Dependent RNA-Cleaving Ribozymes and 8-17 DNAzyme. ACS Catal. 2019 Dec 06; 9(12):10612-10617. View in: PubMed

  10. Gaines CS, Piccirilli JA, York DM. The L-platform/L-scaffold framework: a blueprint for RNA-cleaving nucleic acid enzyme design. RNA. 2020 02; 26(2):111-125. View in: PubMed

  11. Koirala D, Lewicka A, Koldobskaya Y, Huang H, Piccirilli JA. Synthetic Antibody Binding to a Preorganized RNA Domain of Hepatitis C Virus Internal Ribosome Entry Site Inhibits Translation. ACS Chem Biol. 2020 01 17; 15(1):205-216. View in: PubMed

  12. 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. View in: PubMed

  13. 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. View in: PubMed

  14. 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. View in: PubMed

  15. 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 05 15; 141(19):7865-7875. View in: PubMed

  16. 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. View in: PubMed

  17. 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. View in: PubMed

  18. 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. View in: PubMed

  19. 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. View in: PubMed

  20. Li NS, Lu J, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 5'-Thio-3'-O-ribonucleoside Phosphoramidites. J Org Chem. 2017 12 01; 82(23):12003-12013. View in: PubMed

  21. Harris ME, York DM, Piccirilli JA, Anderson VE. Kinetic Isotope Effect Analysis of RNA 2'-O-Transphosphorylation. Methods Enzymol. 2017; 596:433-457. View in: PubMed

  22. 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. View in: PubMed

  23. 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. View in: PubMed

  24. 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. View in: PubMed

  25. 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. View in: PubMed

  26. 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. View in: PubMed

  27. 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. View in: PubMed

  28. 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. View in: PubMed

  29. Piccirilli JA, Staley JP. Reverse transcriptases lend a hand in splicing catalysis. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2016 06 07; 23(6):507-9. View in: PubMed

  30. 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. View in: PubMed

  31. 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. View in: PubMed

  32. 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. View in: PubMed

  33. 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. View in: PubMed

  34. 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. View in: PubMed

  35. Harris ME, Piccirilli JA, York DM. Enzyme transition states from theory and experiment. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Nov; 1854(11):1727-8. View in: PubMed

  36. 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. View in: PubMed

  37. 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. View in: PubMed

  38. 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. View in: PubMed

  39. 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. View in: PubMed

  40. 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. View in: PubMed

  41. 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. View in: PubMed

  42. 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. View in: PubMed

  43. Lu J, Koo SC, Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 2'-O-photocaged ribonucleoside phosphoramidites. Nucleosides Nucleotides Nucleic Acids. 2015; 34(2):114-29. View in: PubMed

  44. Shelke SA, Piccirilli JA. Origins of life: RNA made in its own mirror image. Nature. 2014 Nov 20; 515(7527):347-8. View in: PubMed

  45. 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. View in: PubMed

  46. 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. View in: PubMed

  47. 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. View in: PubMed

  48. 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. View in: PubMed

  49. 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. View in: PubMed

  50. 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. View in: PubMed

  51. 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. View in: PubMed

  52. 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. View in: PubMed

  53. 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. View in: PubMed

  54. Hernández AR, Piccirilli JA. Chemical origins of life: Prebiotic RNA unstuck. Nat Chem. 2013 May; 5(5):360-2. View in: PubMed

  55. 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. View in: PubMed

  56. 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. View in: PubMed

  57. 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. View in: PubMed

  58. Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Efficient synthesis of 2'-C-a-aminomethyl-2'-deoxynucleosides. Chem Commun (Camb). 2012 Sep 11; 48(70):8754-6. View in: PubMed

  59. 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. View in: PubMed

  60. 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. View in: PubMed

  61. 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. View in: PubMed

  62. 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. View in: PubMed

  63. 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. View in: PubMed

  64. 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. View in: PubMed

  65. 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. View in: PubMed

  66. 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. View in: PubMed

  67. 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. View in: PubMed

  68. 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. View in: PubMed

  69. 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. View in: PubMed

  70. 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. View in: PubMed

  71. 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. View in: PubMed

  72. 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. View in: PubMed

  73. 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. View in: PubMed

  74. Frederiksen JK, Piccirilli JA. Separation of RNA phosphorothioate oligonucleotides by HPLC. Methods Enzymol. 2009; 468:289-309. View in: PubMed

  75. Hougland JL, Piccirilli JA. 2'-amino-modified ribonucleotides as probes for local interactions within RNA. Methods Enzymol. 2009; 468:107-25. View in: PubMed

  76. 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. View in: PubMed

  77. 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. View in: PubMed

  78. 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. View in: PubMed

  79. 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. View in: PubMed

  80. 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. View in: PubMed

  81. 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. View in: PubMed

  82. 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. View in: PubMed

  83. 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. View in: PubMed

  84. Frederiksen JK, Piccirilli JA. Identification of catalytic metal ion ligands in ribozymes. Methods. 2009 Oct; 49(2):148-66. View in: PubMed

  85. 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. View in: PubMed

  86. Li NS, Lu J, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 2'-C-beta-methyl-2'-deoxyguanosine. J Org Chem. 2009 Mar 06; 74(5):2227-30. View in: PubMed

  87. 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. View in: PubMed

  88. 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. View in: PubMed

  89. 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. View in: PubMed

  90. 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. View in: PubMed

  91. Piccirilli JA. Biochemistry. Toward understanding self-splicing. Science. 2008 Apr 04; 320(5872):56-7. View in: PubMed

  92. 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. View in: PubMed

  93. 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. View in: PubMed

  94. 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. View in: PubMed

  95. 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. View in: PubMed

  96. 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. View in: PubMed

  97. 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. View in: PubMed

  98. 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. View in: PubMed

  99. 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. View in: PubMed

  100. 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. View in: PubMed

  101. 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. View in: PubMed

  102. 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. View in: PubMed

  103. 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. View in: PubMed

  104. 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. View in: PubMed

  105. Lea CR, Piccirilli JA. 'Turning on' riboswitches to their antibacterial potential. Nat Chem Biol. 2007 Jan; 3(1):16-7. View in: PubMed

  106. Saikia M, Dai Q, Decatur WA, Fournier MJ, Piccirilli JA, Pan T. A systematic, ligation-based approach to study RNA modifications. RNA. 2006 Nov; 12(11):2025-33. View in: PubMed

  107. Li NS, Piccirilli JA. Efficient synthesis of 2'-C-beta-methylguanosine. J Org Chem. 2006 May 12; 71(10):4018-20. View in: PubMed

  108. Korennykh AV, Piccirilli JA, Correll CC. The electrostatic character of the ribosomal surface enables extraordinarily rapid target location by ribotoxins. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2006 May; 13(5):436-43. View in: PubMed

  109. Das SR, Piccirilli JA. General acid catalysis by the hepatitis delta virus ribozyme. Nat Chem Biol. 2005 Jun; 1(1):45-52. View in: PubMed

  110. Ye JD, Liao X, Piccirilli JA. Synthesis of 2'-C-difluoromethylribonucleosides and their enzymatic incorporation into oligonucleotides. J Org Chem. 2005 Sep 30; 70(20):7902-10. View in: PubMed

  111. Das SR, Fong R, Piccirilli JA. Nucleotide analogues to investigate RNA structure and function. Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2005 Dec; 9(6):585-93. View in: PubMed

  112. Dai Q, Deb SK, Hougland JL, Piccirilli JA. Improved synthesis of 2'-amino-2'-deoxyguanosine and its phosphoramidite. Bioorg Med Chem. 2006 Feb 01; 14(3):705-13. View in: PubMed

  113. Hougland JL, Kravchuk AV, Herschlag D, Piccirilli JA. Functional identification of catalytic metal ion binding sites within RNA. PLoS Biol. 2005 Sep; 3(9):e277. View in: PubMed

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