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“The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel”

- Claude Bernard -

Publications arising from the independent laboratory: 
  † - corresponding author 


A.R. Nödling, N. Santi, R. Castillo, M. Lipka-Lloyd, Yi Jin, L.C. Morrill, K. Świderek, V. Moliner, L.Y.P. Luk. The role of streptavidin and its variants in catalysis by biotinylated secondary amines. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2021, 19, 10424.

S.P. Schröder*, W.A. Offen,* A. Males, Y. Jin, C. Boer, J. Enotarpi, L. Marino, G.A. van der Marel, B.I. Florea, J.D.C. Codée,

H.S. Overkleeft, G.J. Davies†.  The Development of Non-Hydrolysable Oligosaccharide Activity-Based Inactivators for Endoglycanases: A Case Study on beta-1,6 Mannanases. Chem. Eur. J. 2021, DOI:10.1002/chem.202101255.





11. M. Sharma*, P. Abayakoon, R. Epa, Y. Jin, J. Lingford, T. Shimada, M. Nakano, A. Ishihama, J. Mui, E. Goddard-Borger; G. Davies; S. WilliamsMolecular basis of sulfosugar selectivity in Sulfoglycolysis. ACS Cent. Sci. 2021, DOI:10.1021/acscentsci.0c01285.

10. Alexander J. Lander*, Xuefei Li*,  Y. Jin†, Louis YP LukTotal Chemical Synthesis of Aureocin A53, Lacticin Q and Their Enantiomeric Counterparts. ChemRxiv. Preprint. 2020, DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv.12444554.


9.  M. Ge*, R.W. Molt Jr, H.T. Jenkins, G.M. Blackburn, Y. Jin, A.A. AntsonOctahedral Trifluoromagnesate, an Anomalous Metal Fluoride Species, Stabilizes the Transition State in a Biological Motor. ACS Catal. 2020, DOI:10.1021/acscatal.0c04500.

8.    M. Sharma*, P. Abayakoon*, J. Lingford, R. Epa, A. John, Y. Jin, E. Goddard-Borger, G. Davies, S. Williams. Dynamic structural changes accompany the production of dihydroxypropanesulfonate by sulfolactaldehyde reductase. ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 2826-2836.

7.   J. Cresser-Brown, P. Rizkallah, Y. Jin, C. Roth, D.J. Miller, & R.K. AllemannAn unexpected co-crystal structure of the calpain PEF(S) domain with Hfq reveals a potential chaperone function of Hfq. Acta Cryst. F 2020, 76, DOI:10.1107/S2053230X20001181.​


6.   W. Zhu*, A. Radadiya, C. Bisson, S. Wenzel, B.E. Nordin, F. Martínez-Márquez, T. Imasaki, S. Sedelnikova, A. Coricello, P. Baumann, A.H. Berry, T.K. Nomanbhoy, J. W. Kozarich, Y. Jin, D.W. Rice, Y. Takagi, N.G.J Richards. High-resolution crystal structure of human asparagine synthetase enables analysis of inhibitor binding and selectivity. Comm. Biol. 2019, 2, 345.

5.   A. Scott, J. Cresser-Brown, T. Williams, P. Rizkallah, Y. Jin, L.Y.P. Luk, R.K. Allemann. Crystal Structure and Biophysical Analysis of Furfural Detoxifying Aldehyde Reductase from Clostridium beijerinkii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2019, 85, e00978-19. 

4.   R. W. Molt Jr., E. Pellegrini, Y. Jin†. A GAP‐GTPase‐GDP‐Pi Intermediate Crystal Structure Analyzed by DFT Shows GTP Hydrolysis Involves Serial Proton Transfers.  Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 8484–8488.


3.   Y. Zhang, J. Lei, Y. He, J.H. Yang, W.J. Wang, A. Wasey, J.R. Xu, Y. Lin, H.M. Fan, G.Y. Jing, C. Zhang, Y. JinLabel‐Free Visualization of Carbapenemase Activity in Living Bacteria. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.   2018, 57, 17120–17124.


2.    A. R. Nödling*, K. Swiderek, R. Castillo,  J. W. Hall,  A. Angelastro,  L.C. Morrill,  Y. Jin,  Y.H. Tsai,  V. Moliner,  L.Y.P. LukReactivity and Selectivity of Iminium Organocatalysis Improved by a Protein Host. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12478-12482. 


1.     Q. Wang, Y. He, R. Lu, W.M. Wang, K.W. Yang, H.M. Fan, Y.  Jin, G.M. Blackburn. Thermokinetic Profile of NDM-1 and Its Inhibition by Small Carboxylic Acids. Biosci. Rep. 2018, DOI: 10.1042/BSR20180244.


Publications arising from Postdoctoral and PhD work:

18.   P. Abayakoon*, Y. Jin*, J.P. Lingford, M. Petricevic, A. John, E. Ryan, J.W.Y. Mui, D.E.V. Pires, D.B. Ascher, G.J. Davies, E.D. Goddard-Borger, S.  J. Williams. Structural and Biochemical Insights into the Function and Evolution of SulfoquinovosidasesACS Cent. Sci. 2018, 4, 1266–1273.


17.    L.A. Johnson*, A. J. Robertson*, N. J. Baxter, C. Trevitt, C. Bisson, Y. Jin, H. Wood, A. M. Hounslow, M. J. Cliff, G. M. Blackburn, M. W. Bowler, J.  P. Waltho. van der Waals contact between nucleophile and transferring phosphorus is insufficient to achieve enzyme transition state architecture. ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 8140-8153.


16.    P. Abayakoon*, J. P. Lingford, Y. Jin, C. Bengt, G. J. Davies, S. G. Yao, E. D. Goddard-Borger, S. J Williams, Discovery and characterization of a  sulfoquinovose mutarotase using kinetic analysis at equilibrium by exchange spectroscopy. Biochem.  J. 2018, 475, 1371-1383.



15.    Y. Jin*, R. W. Molt Jr.*, E. Pellegrini*, M. J. Cliff, M. W. Bowler, N. G. J. Richards, G. M. Blackburn, J. P. Waltho. Assessing the influence of mutation on GTPase transition states using X-ray, 19F NMR, and DFT approaches. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 1-5.


14.    Y. Jin*, R. W. Molt, Jr.*, G. M. Blackburn. Metal Fluorides: Tools for structural and computational analysis of phosphoryl transfer enzymes. Topics Curr. Chem. 2017, 375, 36.


13.    T. Belz*, Y. Jin*, J. Coines, C. Rovira, G.J. Davies, S. J. Williams. An atypical interaction explains the high-affinity of a non-hydrolyzable S-linked 1,6-alpha-mannanase inhibitor. Chem. Comm. 2017, 53, 9238-9241.


12.    L. Wu*, J. Jiang*, Y. Jin*, W. W. Kallemeijn, C. Kuo, W. Dai, C. van Elk, M. C. van Eijk, G. A. van der Marel, J. D. C. Codée, B. I. Florea, J. M. F. G. Aerts, H. S. Overkleeft, G. J. Davies. Activity-based probes for functional interrogation and discovery of exo- and endo-retaining beta-glucuronidases. Nat. Chem. Biol. 2017, 13, 867-873.


11.    Y. Jin*, J. P. Waltho, N. G. J. Richards, G. M. Blackburn. Metal Fluorides as analogs for studies on phosphoryl transfer enzymes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 4110-4128.



10.    Y. Jin*, M. Petricevic, A. John, L. Raich, H. Jenkins, L. P. De Souza, F. Cuskin, H. J. Gilbert, C. Rovira, E. D. Goddard-Borger, S. J. Williams, G. J. Davies. A β-Mannanase with a lysozyme-like fold and a novel molecular catalytic mechanism. ACS Cent. Sci. 2016, 2, 896–903.


9.    Y. Jin*, R. W. Molt, Jr.*, J. P. Waltho, N. G. J. Richards, G. M. Blackburn.  19F NMR and DFT Analysis reveal structural and electronic transition state features for RhoA-catalyzed GTP hydrolysis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 3318-3322.


8.    D. H. Kwan*, Y. Jin*, J. Jiang*, H. Chen, M. P. Kötzler, H. S. Overkleeft, G. Davies, S. G. Withers. Chemoenzymatic synthesis of 6-phospho-cyclophellitol as a novel probe of 6-phospho-beta-glucosidases. FEBS Lett. 2016, 590, 461-468.


7.    G. Speciale*, Y. Jin*, G. J. Davies, S. J. Williams, and E. D. Goddard-Borger. YihQ is a sulfoquinovosidase that cleaves sulfoquinovosyl diacylglyceride sulfolipids. Nat. Chem. Biol. 2016,12, 215–217.



6.    Y. Jin*, D. Bhattasali*, E. Pellegrini*, S. M. Forget, N. J. Baxter, M. J. Cliff, M. W. Bowler, D. L. Jakeman, G. M. Blackburn, J. P. Waltho. α-Fluorophosphonates reveal how a phosphomutase conserves transition state conformation over hexose recognition in its two-step reaction. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2014, 111, 12384-12389.



5.    Y. Jin*, M. J. Cliff, N. J. Baxter, H. R. W. Dannatt, A. M. Hounslow, M. W. Bowler, G. M. Blackburn, J. P. Waltho. Charge-balanced metal fluoride complexes for protein kinase A with adenosine diphosphate and substrate peptide SP20. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 12242-12245. Highlighted by Faculty of 1000 Prime.


4.    G. M. Blackburn, M. W. Bowler, Y. Jin, J. P. Waltho. Reflections on biocatalysis involving phosphorus. Biochem. (Moscow), 2012, 77, 1083-1096.



3.    J. Guo*, B. Zhang, Y. Jin, G. Tang, Y. Zhao. Benzoylmethyl pyridine-4-carboxylate. Acta Cryst. E. 2008, E64(6), o1104/1-o1104/8.


2.    Y. Jin*, J. Guo, K. Lin, T. Ji, G. Tang.  Benzoyl­methyl 4-chloro­benzoate. Acta Cryst. E. 2008, E64(2), o507/1-o507/13.


1.    Y. Cai*, H. Fang, Y. Jin, Q. Zeng and Y. Zhao. (S)-N-(1-Benzyl-2-hydroxyethyl) benzamide. Acta Cryst. E. 2005, E61, o3912–o3913.

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