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In vivo catalyzed new-to-nature reactions

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Rebelein, J. G., & Ward, T. R. (2018). In vivo catalyzed new-to-nature reactions. CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, 53, 106-114. doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2017.12.008.

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Bioorthogonal chemistry largely relies on the use of abiotic metals to catalyze new-to-nature reactions in living systems. Over the past decade, metal complexes and metal encapsulated systems such as nanoparticles have been developed to unravel the reactivity of transition metals, including ruthenium, palladium, iridium, copper, iron, and gold in biological systems. Thanks to these remarkable achievements, abiotic catalysts are able to fluorescently label cells, uncage or form cytotoxic drugs and activate enzymes in cellulo/vivo. Recently, strategies for the delivery of such catalysts to specific cell types, cell compartments or proteins were established. These studies reveal the enormous potential of this emerging field and its application in both medicinal chemistry and in synthetic biology.