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Jeffrey Mugridge, PhD

TitleAssociate Specialist
SchoolUCSF School of Pharmacy
DepartmentPharmaceutical Chemistry
Address600 16th St
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-502-7049
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    University of ChicagoBS (Honors)2006Chemistry
    University of California, BerkeleyPhD2010Chemistry
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    2013  - 2015NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein (F32) Postdoctoral Fellow
    2007  - 2010National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship

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    I’m a multidisciplinary scientist with broad training in chemistry, biochemistry, and structural biology. My scientific work has used a diverse combination of structural, chemical, biochemical, and biophysical techniques to understand catalysis and molecular recognition in complex chemical and biological systems, ranging from synthetic supramolecular host-guest assemblies to biological multiprotein complexes.

    I'm currently studying the molecular mechanism and structure of the dynamic, multiprotein mRNA decapping complex, which removes the 5' cap found on all eukaryotic mRNA transcripts during a critical step in RNA decay. My work at UCSF has revealed the structural basis for substrate recognition and catalysis by the mRNA decapping enzyme Dcp2, and mechanisms by which protein cofactors engage the decapping complex to accelerate catalysis.

    Scientific Skill Set:
    • X-ray crystallography (protein & small molecule)
    • NMR spectroscopy (extensive 1D and 2D techniques with both proteins & small molecules)
    • Enzyme & chemical kinetics (in vitro biochemical kinetic assays, small molecule kinetic assays)
    • Fluorescence Anisotropy (protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions in vitro)
    • Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (protein conformational changes and interactions)
    • Protein expression and purification (E. coli, affinity purification, AKTA FPLC, HPLC)
    • Chemical synthesis (organic and inorganic small molecules, including air-sensitive compounds)
    • Molecular modeling (molecular mechanics and DFT-level calculations on small molecules)


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    Structural basis of mRNA decapping by Dcp2: conformational changes &co-activator
    NIH/NIGMS F32GM105313Feb 1, 2013 - Jan 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Mugridge J, Tibble RW, Ziemniak M, Jemielity J, Gross JD. Structure of the activated Edc1-Dcp1-Dcp2-Edc3 mRNA decapping complex with substrate analog poised for catalysis. Nature Communications. 2018; 1152(9).
    2. Mugridge J, Tibble RW, Ziemniak M, Jemielity J, Gross JD. Structure of the activated Edc1-Dcp1-Dcp2-Edc3 mRNA decapping complex with substrate analog poised for catalysis. Nat Commun. 2018 Mar 20; 9(1):1152. PMID: 29559651.
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    3. Paquette DR, Mugridge J, Weinberg DE, Gross JD. Application of a Schizosaccharomyces pombe Edc1-fused Dcp1-Dcp2 decapping enzyme for transcription start site mapping. RNA. 2018 Feb; 24(2):251-257. PMID: 29101277.
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    4. Mugridge J, Ziemniak M, Jemielity J, Gross JD. Structural basis of mRNA-cap recognition by Dcp1-Dcp2. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2016 Nov; 23(11):987-994. PMID: 27694842.
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    5. Ziemniak M, Mugridge J, Kowalska J, Rhoads RE, Gross JD, Jemielity J. Two-headed tetraphosphate cap analogs are inhibitors of the Dcp1/2 RNA decapping complex. RNA. 2016 Apr; 22(4):518-29. PMID: 26826132; PMCID: PMC4793208 [Available on 04/01/17].
    6. Mugridge J, Gross JD. Judge, jury, and executioner: DXO functions as a decapping enzyme and exoribonuclease in pre-mRNA quality control. Mol Cell. 2013 Apr 11; 50(1):2-4. PMID: 23582258; PMCID: PMC3665275.
    7. Mugridge J, Zahl A, van Eldik R, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. Solvent and pressure effects on the motions of encapsulated guests: tuning the flexibility of a supramolecular host. J Am Chem Soc. 2013 Mar 20; 135(11):4299-306. PMID: 23391095.
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    8. Mugridge J, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. Equilibrium isotope effects on noncovalent interactions in a supramolecular host-guest system. J Am Chem Soc. 2012 Feb 01; 134(4):2057-66. PMID: 22145944.
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    9. Mugridge J, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. 1H NMR chemical shift calculations as a probe of supramolecular host-guest geometry. J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Jul 27; 133(29):11205-12. PMID: 21714506.
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    10. Mugridge J, Szigethy G, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. Encapsulated guest-host dynamics: guest rotational barriers and tumbling as a probe of host interior cavity space. J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Nov 17; 132(45):16256-64. PMID: 20977233.
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    11. Mugridge J, Fiedler D, Raymond KN. A ferrocene-based catecholamide ligand: the consequences of ligand swivel for directed supramolecular self-assembly. J Coord Chem. 2010; 63(14-16):2779-2789.
    12. Mugridge J, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. Does size really matter? The steric isotope effect in a supramolecular host-guest exchange reaction. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2010 May 10; 49(21):3635-7. PMID: 20394089.
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    13. Sun J, Shaner SE, Jones MK, O'Hanlon DC, Mugridge J, Hopkins MD. Synthesis, structures, bonding, and redox chemistry of ditungsten butadiyne complexes with W[triple bond]C-C[triple bond]W backbones. Inorg Chem. 2010 Feb 15; 49(4):1687-98. PMID: 20095626.
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    14. Mugridge J, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. High-precision measurement of isotope effects on noncovalent host-guest interactions. J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Feb 03; 132(4):1182-3. PMID: 20050653.
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    15. Sgarlata C, Mugridge J, Pluth MD, Tiedemann BE, Zito V, Arena G, Raymond KN. External and internal guest binding of a highly charged supramolecular host in water: deconvoluting the very different thermodynamics. J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Jan 27; 132(3):1005-9. PMID: 20043697.
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    16. Pluth MD, Fiedler D, Mugridge J, Bergman RG, Raymond KN. Molecular recognition and self-assembly special feature: Encapsulation and characterization of proton-bound amine homodimers in a water-soluble, self-assembled supramolecular host. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jun 30; 106(26):10438-43. PMID: 19181859; PMCID: PMC2705522.
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