chenXi Chen

Phone:(530) 754-6037

B.S., Xiamen University, P. R. China, 1994.
Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2000.
Scientist, Neose Technologies, Inc. 2001-2003.
Appointed to faculty, UC Davis, 2003-present.
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006.
Beckman Young Investigator Award, 2006.
CACPA Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, 2007.
SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT and SYNFACTS Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2008.

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Principal Research Interestsart
Carbohydrate Chemistry and Glycobiology, Chemical Biology, Bioorganic Chemistry: Chemoenzymatic synthesis of complex oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, and glycoconjugates; kinetics, enzyme mechanistic, X-ray crystal structure and mutagenesis studies of glycosyltransferases and other carbohydrate biosynthetic enzymes; carbohydrate-protein interactions; site-specific glycoconjugation; carbohydrates in cancer, bacterial and viral infection.
Representative Publications 

Muthana, S.; Yu, H.; Huang, S.; *Chen, X. Chemoenzymatic synthesis of size-defined polysaccharides by sialyltransferase-catalyzed block transfer of oligosaccharides. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 11918-11919.

Chokhawala, H. A.; Cao, H.; Yu, H.; *Chen, X. Enzymatic synthesis of fluorinated mechanistic probes for sialidases and sialyltransferases. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 10630-10631.

Lewis, A. L.; Cao, H.; Patel, S. K.; Diaz, S.; Ryan, W.; Carlin, A. F.; Thon, V.; Lewis, W. G.; *Varki, A.; Chen, X.; Nizet, V. NeuA sialic acid O-acetylesterase activity modulates O-acetylation of capsular polysaccharides in Group B Streptococcus. J. Biol. Chem. 2007, 282, 27562-27571.

Li, Y.; Sun, M.; Huang, S.; Yu, H.; Chokhawala, H. A.; Thon, V.; *Chen, X. The Hd0053 gene of Haemophilus ducreyi encodes an ?2,3-sialyltransferase. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 2007, 361, 555-560.

Chokhawala, H.; Yu, H.; *Chen X. High-throughput substrate specificity studies of sialidases using chemoenzymatically synthesized sialoside libraries. ChemBioChem 2007, 8, 194-201.

Huang, S.; Yu, H.; *Chen, X. Disaccharides as sialic acid aldolase substrates: synthesis of disaccharides containing a sialic acid at the reducing end. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 5, 2249-2253.

Yu, H.; *Chen, X. Carbohydrate post-glycosylational modifications. Org. Biomol. Chem. (Emerging Area Article) Featured as cover picture, 2007, 5, 865-872.

Ni, L.; Chokhawala, H. A.; Cao, H.; Henning, R.; Ng, L.; Huang, S.; Yu, H.; *Chen, X.; *Fisher, A. J. Crystal structures of a Pasteurella multocida sialyltransferase complexes with acceptor and donor analogs reveal substrate binding sites and catalytic mechanism. Biochemistry 2007, 46, 6288-6298.

Yu, H.; Chokhawala, H. A.; Varki, A.; *Chen, X. Efficient chemoenzymatic synthesis of biotinylated human serum albumin-sialoglycoside conjugates containing O-acetylated sialic acids. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2007, 5, 2458-2463.

Yu, H.; Chokhawala, H.; Huang, S.; *Chen X. One-pot three-enzyme chemoenzymatic approach to the synthesis of sialosides containing natural and non-natural functionalities. Nature Protocols. 2006, 1, 2485-2492.

Yu, H.; *Chen X. Aldolase catalyzed synthesis of ?-D-Gal-(1?9)-D-KDN: A novel acceptor for sialyltransferases. Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 2393-2396.

Yu, H.; Huang, S.; Chokhawala, H.; Sun, M.; Zheng, H.; *Chen X. Highly efficient chemoenzymatic synthesis of naturally occurring and non-natural ?-2,6-linked sialosides: a P. damsela ?-2,6-sialyltransferase with extremely flexible donor substrate specificity. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 3938-3944.

Ni, L.; Sun, M.; Yu, H.; Chokhawala, H.; *Chen, X.; *Fisher, A. J. Cytidine 5’-monophosphate (CMP)-induced structural changes in a multifunctional sialyltransferase from Pasteurella multocida. Biochemistry, 2006, 45, 2139-2148.

Yu, H.; Ryan, W.; Yu, H.; *Chen, X. Characterization of a bifunctional cytidine 5’-monophosphate N-acetylneuraminic acid synthetase cloned from Streptococcus agalactiae. Biotechnol. Lett. 2006, 28, 107-113.

Yu, H.; Chokhawala, H.; Karpel, R.; Yu, H.; Wu, B.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, Y.; Jia, Q.; *Chen, X. A multifunctional Pasteurella multocida sialyltransferase: a powerful tool for the synthesis of sialoside libraries. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 17618-17619.

Yu, H.; Yu, H.; Karpel, R.; *Chen, X. Chemoenzymatic synthesis of CMP-sialic acid derivatives by a one-pot two-enzyme system: comparison of substrate flexibility of three microbial CMP-sialic acid synthetase. Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2004, 12, 6427-6435.