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  1. Biocatalyzed cross-coupling of sinomenine and 1,2-dihydroxybenzene by Coriolus unicolor

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    Zhang Shuang Deng; Dan Zhao; Yi Hu; Jian Xin Li; Kun Zou; Jun Zhi Wang

    2012-01-01

    Sinomenine is a clinically available drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).In a continuous research aiming at discovery of sinomenine derivates with better bioactivity,a cross-coupling reaction of sinomenine and 1,2-dihydroxybenzene catalyzed by a fungus Coriolus unicolor afforded an unique C-C cross-coupled compound 2,together with (S)-disinomenine and (R)-disinomenine.The structure of 2 was elucidated by MS and NMR spectroscopy.Compound 2 was further assayed for the inhibitory activity on IL-6 overproduction in SW982 cells and exhibited a much more potent activity on IL-6 (96% inhibition)compared with those of (S)-disinomenine and sinomenine (17% and 12% inhibition,respectively).

  2. The Electrochemical polymerisation of 1,2 dihydroxybenzene and 2-hydroxybenzyl alcohol prepared in different solutions media

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    ABSTRACT: The electrochemical polymerisation of 1,2 dihydroxybenzene (catechol) and 2-hydroxybenzyl alcohol (2HBA) from aqueous neutral, acidic and basic solutions was investigated. The development of polymer films on gold working electrodes was observed by the rapid decrease in current seen in the cyclic voltammograms (CV). The currents pertaining to the oxidation and polymerisation of catechol are far higher (by some two orders of magnitude) than for the 2HBA in all tested media. The presence of polymer films was confirmed by the decrease in current in the CV scans subsequent to the first. Molecular structures, electron density distribution and the eigenvalues of the Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital (HOMO) and the Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital (LUMO) of each compound and their ionised forms were calculated using Spartan 14 V1.1.4 molecular modelling suite package. All values have been carried out by restricted Hartree–Fock (RHF) level using 6–311G* basis set. The calculated energy levels were used to evaluate the electrochemical event

  3. FT-IR study of the ring-retaining products from the reaction of OH radicals with phenol, o-, m-, and p-cresol

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    The ring-retaining products of the OH-initiated degradation of phenol and o-, m-, and p-cresol in the presence of NOx have been investigated and their formation yields determined. The experiments were carried out in a large volume reactor at (298±2)K and 1000 mbar total pressure of synthetic air using FT-IR spectroscopy for the analysis of reactants and products. The products observed and their respective molar yields were: from phenol: 1,2-dihydroxybenzene (80.4±12.1)%, 1,4-benzoquinone (3.7±1.2)% and 2-nitrophenol (5.8±1.0)%; from o-cresol: 3-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (73.4±14.6)%, methyl-1,4-benzoquinone (6.8±1.0)% and 6-methyl-2-nitrophenol (6.8±1.5)%; from m-cresol: 3-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (68.6±13.4)%, 4-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (9.7±2.7)%, methyl-1,4-benzoquinone (11.3±2.5)%, 5-methyl-2-nitrophenol (4.4±1.5)% and 3-methyl-2-nitrophenol (4.3±1.6)% and from p-cresol: 4-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (64.1±11.3)% and 4-methyl-2-nitrophenol (7.6±2.2)%. Reaction pathways leading to the observed products are proposed and potential ramifications for the atmospheric reaction mechanisms of aromatic hydrocarbons are considered. (Author)

  4. FT-IR study of the ring-retaining products from the reaction of OH radicals with phenol, o-, m-, and p-cresol

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    Olariu, Romeo Iulian; Klotz, Björn; Barnes, Ian; Becker, Karl Heinz; Mocanu, Raluca

    The ring-retaining products of the OH-initiated degradation of phenol and o-, m-, and p-cresol in the presence of NO x have been investigated and their formation yields determined. The experiments were carried out in a large volume reactor at (298±2) K and 1000 mbar total pressure of synthetic air using FT-IR spectroscopy for the analysis of reactants and products. The products observed and their respective molar yields were: from phenol: 1,2-dihydroxybenzene (80.4±12.1)%, 1,4-benzoquinone (3.7±1.2)% and 2-nitrophenol (5.8±1.0)%; from o-cresol: 3-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (73.4±14.6)%, methyl-1,4-benzoquinone (6.8±1.0)% and 6-methyl-2-nitrophenol (6.8±1.5)%; from m-cresol: 3-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (68.6±13.4)%, 4-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (9.7±2.7)%, methyl-1,4-benzoquinone (11.3±2.5)%, 5-methyl-2-nitrophenol (4.4±1.5)% and 3-methyl-2-nitrophenol (4.3±1.6)% and from p-cresol: 4-methyl-1,2-dihydroxybenzene (64.1±11.3)% and 4-methyl-2-nitrophenol (7.6±2.2)%. Reaction pathways leading to the observed products are proposed and potential ramifications for the atmospheric reaction mechanisms of aromatic hydrocarbons are considered.

  5. Precipitation of antimony from the solution of sodium thioantimonite by air oxidation in the presence of catalytic agents

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    杨天足; 赖琼琳; 唐建军; 楚广

    2002-01-01

    The behavior of antimony oxidation in the solution of sodium thioantimonite was studied in the presence of catalytic agents. The catalytic effects of the respective addition of cupric sulfate, sodium tartrate, potassium permanganate, phenol, 1,2-dihydroxybenzene and their combination on the oxidation of sodium thioantimonite were investigated. A pilot test was carried out. The results show that the respective use of sodium tartrate, cupric sulfate, potassium permanganate, phenol and 1,2-dihydroxybenzene have little catalytic effect on the oxidation of sodium thioantimonite. However there exists obvious catalytic oxidation by the combination of 0.25 g/L 1,2-dihydroxybenzene, 0.5 g/L potassium permanganate and 1.0 g/L phenol. Moreover, high blast intensity, the increase of temperature and NaOH concentration favor the oxidation of antimony. The oxidation process of antimony has such advantages as quick reaction and low operation costs. The results of the pilot test are consistent with those of laboratory experiments.

  6. Unusual behavior in the first excited state lifetime of catechol

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    Weiler, Martin; Féraud, Géraldine; Ishiuchi, Shun-Ichi; Dedonder, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Fujii, Masaaki

    2014-01-01

    We are presenting vibrationally selective pump-probe measurements of the first electronic excited-state (pp*) lifetime of jet-cooled neutral catechol (1,2-dihydroxybenzene). The lifetime of the 0-0 transition is very short (7 ps) as rationalized by the small pp*/psigma* gap calculated. However the lifetimes implying higher out-of-plane vibrational levels are longer (~11 ps). This emphasizes the role of the out-of-plane vibration in the pp*/psigma* coupling not only in its nature but also in the number of quanta

  7. Exploring redox-mediating characteristics of textile dye-bearing microbial fuel cells: thionin and malachite green.

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    Chen, Bor-Yann; Xu, Bin; Qin, Lian-Jie; Lan, John Chi-Wei; Hsueh, Chung-Chuan

    2014-10-01

    Prior studies indicated that biodecolorized intermediates of azo dyes could act as electron shuttles to stimulate wastewater decolorization and bioelectricity generation (WD&BG) in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). This study tended to explore whether non-azo textile dyes (i.e., thionin and malachite green) could also own such redox-mediating capabilities for WD&BG. Prior findings mentioned that OH and/or NH2 substitute-containing auxochrome compounds (e.g., 2-aminophenol and 1,2-dihydroxybenzene) could effectively mediate electron transport in MFCs for simultaneous WD&BG. This work clearly suggested that the presence of electron-mediating textile dyes (e.g., thionin and malachite green (MG)) in MFCs is promising to stimulate color removal and bioelectricity generation. That is, using MFCs as operation strategy for wastewater biodecolorization is economically promising in industrial applications due to autocatalytic acceleration of electron-flux for WD&BG in MFCs.

  8. Thermal transformation of bioactive caffeic acid on fumed silica seen by UV-Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, temperature programmed desorption mass spectrometry and quantum chemical methods.

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    Kulik, Tetiana V; Lipkovska, Natalia O; Barvinchenko, Valentyna M; Palyanytsya, Borys B; Kazakova, Olga A; Dudik, Olesia O; Menyhárd, Alfréd; László, Krisztina

    2016-05-15

    Thermochemical studies of hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives and their surface complexes are important for the pharmaceutical industry, medicine and for the development of technologies of heterogeneous biomass pyrolysis. In this study, structural and thermal transformations of caffeic acid complexes on silica surfaces were studied by UV-Vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, temperature programmed desorption mass spectrometry (TPD MS) and quantum chemical methods. Two types of caffeic acid surface complexes are found to form through phenolic or carboxyl groups. The kinetic parameters of the chemical reactions of caffeic acid on silica surface are calculated. The mechanisms of thermal transformations of the caffeic chemisorbed surface complexes are proposed. Thermal decomposition of caffeic acid complex chemisorbed through grafted ester group proceeds via three parallel reactions, producing ketene, vinyl and acetylene derivatives of 1,2-dihydroxybenzene. Immobilization of phenolic acids on the silica surface improves greatly their thermal stability.

  9. Atmospheric oxidation of selected hydrocarbons

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    Benter, T.; Olariu, R.I.

    2002-02-01

    This work presents investigations on the gas-phase chemistry of phenol and the cresol isomers performed in a 1080 l quartz glass reactor in Wuppertal and in a large-volume outdoor photoreactor EUPHORE in Valencia, Spain. The studies aimed at clarifying the oxidation mechanisms of the reactions of these compounds with OH and NO{sub 3} radicals. Product investigations on the oxidation of phenol and the cresol isomers initiated by OH radicals were performed in the 1080 l quartz glass reactor with analyses by in situ FT-IR absorption spectroscopy. The primary focus of the investigations was on the determination of product yields. This work represents the first determination and quantification of 1,2-dihydroxybenzenes in the OH oxidation of phenolic compounds. Possible reaction pathways leading to the observed products have been elucidated. (orig.)

  10. Organic impurity profiling of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) synthesised from catechol.

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    Heather, Erin; Shimmon, Ronald; McDonagh, Andrew M

    2015-03-01

    This work examines the organic impurity profile of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) that has been synthesised from catechol (1,2-dihydroxybenzene), a common chemical reagent available in industrial quantities. The synthesis of MDMA from catechol proceeded via the common MDMA precursor safrole. Methylenation of catechol yielded 1,3-benzodioxole, which was brominated and then reacted with magnesium allyl bromide to form safrole. Eight organic impurities were identified in the synthetic safrole. Safrole was then converted to 3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl-2-propanone (MDP2P) using two synthetic methods: Wacker oxidation (Route 1) and an isomerisation/peracid oxidation/acid dehydration method (Route 2). MDMA was then synthesised by reductive amination of MDP2P. Thirteen organic impurities were identified in MDMA synthesised via Route 1 and eleven organic impurities were identified in MDMA synthesised via Route 2. Overall, organic impurities in MDMA prepared from catechol indicated that synthetic safrole was used in the synthesis. The impurities also indicated which of the two synthetic routes was utilised.

  11. Laccase oxidation and removal of toxicants released during combustion processes.

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    Prasetyo, Endry Nugroho; Semlitsch, Stefan; Nyanhongo, Gibson S; Lemmouchi, Yahia; Guebitz, Georg M

    2016-02-01

    This study reports for the first time the ability of laccases adsorbed on cellulose acetate to eliminate toxicants released during combustion processes. Laccases directly oxidized and eliminated more than 40% w/v of 14 mM of 1,4-dihydroxybenzene (hydroquinone); 2-methyl-1,4-benzenediol (methylhydroquinone); 1,4-dihydroxy-2,3,5-trimethylbenzene (trimethylhydroquinone); 3-methylphenol (m-cresol); 4-methylphenol (p-cresol); 2-methylphenol (o-cresol); 1,3-benzenediol (resorcinol); 1,2-dihydroxybenzene (catechol); 3,4-dihydroxytoluene (4-methylcatechol) and 2-naphthylamine. Further, laccase oxidized 2-naphthylamine, hydroquinone, catechol, methylhydroquinone and methylcatechol were also able to in turn mediate the elimination of >90% w/v of toxicants which are per-se non-laccase substrates such as 3-aminobiphenyl; 4-aminobiphenyl; benz[a]anthracene; 3-(1-nitrosopyrrolidin-2-yl) pyridine (NNN); formaldehyde; 4-(methyl-nitrosamino-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK); 2-butenal (crotonaldehyde); nitric oxide and vinyl cyanide (acrylonitrile). These studies demonstrate the potential of laccase immobilized on solid supports to remove many structurally different toxicants released during combustion processes. This system has great potential application for in situ removal of toxicants in the manufacturing, food processing and food service industries. PMID:26408262

  12. Intensification of volatile organic compounds mass transfer in a compact scrubber using the O3/H2O2 advanced oxidation process: kinetic study and hydroxyl radical tracking.

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    Biard, Pierre-François; Couvert, Annabelle; Renner, Christophe; Levasseur, Jean-Pierre

    2011-11-01

    This study assesses the potential of ozonation and advanced oxidation process O(3)/H(2)O(2) to enhance the dimethyldisulfide (DMDS) mass transfer in a compact chemical scrubber developed for air treatment applications. Theoretical calculations, through Hatta number and enhancement factor evaluations for two parallel irreversible reactions, were compared to experimental data and enabled the description of the mass transfer mechanisms. These calculations required the determination of the kinetic constant of the DMDS oxidation by molecular ozone ( [Formula: see text] ) and the measurement of the hydroxyl radical concentration within the scrubber. The competitive kinetic method using the 1,2-dihydroxybenzene (resorcinol) enabled to determine a value of the kinetic constant [Formula: see text] of 1.1×10(6)M(-1)s(-1) at 293K. Then, experiments using para-chlorobenzoic acid in solution allowed measuring the average hydroxyl concentration in the scrubber between the inlet and the outlet depending on the chemical conditions (pH and inlet O(3) and H(2)O(2) concentrations). High hydroxyl radical concentrations (10(-8)M) and ratio of the HO°-to-O(3) exposure (R(ct)≈10(-4)) were put in evidence.

  13. Biocatalytic carboxylation of phenol derivatives: kinetics and thermodynamics of the biological Kolbe-Schmitt synthesis.

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    Pesci, Lorenzo; Glueck, Silvia M; Gurikov, Pavel; Smirnova, Irina; Faber, Kurt; Liese, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    Microbial decarboxylases, which catalyse the reversible regioselective ortho-carboxylation of phenolic derivatives in anaerobic detoxification pathways, have been studied for their reverse carboxylation activities on electron-rich aromatic substrates. Ortho-hydroxybenzoic acids are important building blocks in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and are currently produced via the Kolbe-Schmitt process, which requires elevated pressures and temperatures (≥ 5 bar, ≥ 100 °C) and often shows incomplete regioselectivities. In order to resolve bottlenecks in view of preparative-scale applications, we studied the kinetic parameters for 2,6-dihydroxybenzoic acid decarboxylase from Rhizobium sp. in the carboxylation- and decarboxylation-direction using 1,2-dihydroxybenzene (catechol) as starting material. The catalytic properties (K(m), V(max)) are correlated with the overall thermodynamic equilibrium via the Haldane equation, according to a reversible random bi-uni mechanism. The model was subsequently verified by comparing experimental results with simulations. This study provides insights into the catalytic behaviour of a nonoxidative aromatic decarboxylase and reveals key limitations (e.g. substrate oxidation, CO2 pressure, enzyme deactivation, low turnover frequency) in view of the employment of this system as a 'green' alternative to the Kolbe-Schmitt processes.

  14. Protection against SR 4233 (tirapazamine) aerobic cytotoxicity by the metal chelators desferrioxamine and tiron

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    Metal chelating agents and antioxidants were evaluated as potential protectors against aerobic SR 4233 cytotoxicity in Chinese hamster V79 cells. The differential protection of aerobic and hypoxic cells by two metal chelators, desferrrioxamine and Tiron, is discussed in the context of their potential use in the on-going clinical trials with SR 4233. Cytotoxicity was evaluated using clonogenic assay. SR 4233 exposure was done in glass flasks as a function of time either alone or in the presence of the following agents: superoxide dismutase, catalase, 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline, Trolox, ICRF-187, desferrioxamine, Tiron (1,2-dihydroxybenzene-3,5-disulfonate), and ascorbic acid. Experiments done under hypoxic conditions were carried out in specially designed glass flasks that were gassed with humidified nitrogen/carbon dioxide mixture and with a side-arm reservoir from which SR 4233 was added to cell media after hypoxia was obtained. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies were also performed. Electron paramagnetic resonance and spectrophotometry experiments suggest that under aerobic conditions SR 4233 undergoes futile redox cycling to produce superoxide. Treatment of cells during aerobic exposure to SR 4233 with the enzymes superoxide dismutase and catalase, the spin trapping agent DMPO, the water-soluble vitamin E analog Trolox, and the metal chelator ICRF-187 provided little or no protection against aerobic SR 4233 cytotoxicity. However, two other metal chelators, desferrioxamine and Tiron afforded significant protection against minimal protection to hypoxic cells treated with SR 4233. One potential mechanism of aerobic cytotoxicity is redox cycling of SR 4233 with molecular oxygen resulting in several potentially toxic oxidative species that overburden the intrinsic intracellular detoxification systems such as superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. 23 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab

  15. The effect of catechol on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (in vitro study).

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    Bukowska, Bożena; Michałowicz, Jaromir; Marczak, Agnieszka

    2015-01-01

    Catechol also known as pyrocatechol or 1,2-dihydroxybenzene is formed endogenously in the organism from neurotransmitters including adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine. It is also a metabolite of many drugs like DOPA, isoproterenol or aspirin and it is also formed in the environment during transformation of various xenobiotics. We evaluated in vitro the effect of catechol on the structure and function of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The cells were incubated with xenobiotic at concentration range from 2 to 500μg/mL for 1h. Human blood mononuclear cells were obtained from leucocyte-platelet buffy coat taken from healthy donors in the Blood Bank of Łódź, Poland. Using flow cytometry we have evaluated necrotic, apoptotic and morphological changes in PBMCs incubated with catechol. Moreover, we have estimated changes in reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, protein carbonylation and lipid peroxidation in the cells studied. The compound studied provoked necrotic (from 250μg/mL), apoptotic (from 100μg/mL), and morphological changes (from 250μg/mL) in the incubated cells. We have also noted that catechol decreased H2DCF oxidation at 2 and 10μg/mL but at higher concentrations of 250 and 500μg/mL it caused statistically significant increase in the oxidation of this probe. We also observed an increase in lipid peroxidation (from 250μg/mL) and protein carbonylation (from 50μg/mL) of PBMCs. It was observed that catechol only at high concentrations was capable of inducing changes in PBMCs. The obtained results clearly showed that catechol may induce change in PBMCs only in the caste of poisoning with this compound. PMID:25528409

  16. Electrochemistry Experiments to Develop Novel Sensors for Real-World Applications

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    Suzanne Lunsford

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available These novel STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Electrochemistry experiments have been designed to increase the integrated science content, pedagogical, and technological knowledge for real-world applications. This study has focused on (1 the fundamental understanding on the relationship of metal oxide films and polymers to electrochemical sensors, and (2 the development of new materials which have great application of electrode materials. Following the inquiry based learning strategy the research students learn to develop and study the electrode surfaces to meet the needs of stability and low detection limits. Recently, new advances in environmental health are revealing the anthropogenic or naturally occurring harmful organic chemicals in sources of water supply expose a great health threat to human and aquatic life. Due to their well-known carcinogenic and lethal properties, the presence of human produced toxic chemicals such as phenol and its derivatives poses a critical threat to human health and aquatic life in such water resources. In order to achieve effective assessment and monitoring of these toxic chemicals there is a need to develop in-situ (electrochemical sensors methods to detect rapidly. Electrochemical sensors have attracted more attention to analytical chemist and electrochemistry engineers due to its simplicity, rapidness and high sensitivity. However, there will be real challenges of achieving successful analysis of chemicals (phenol in the presence of common interferences in water resources, which will be discussed regarding the students challenging learning experiences in developing an electrochemical sensor. The electrochemical sensor developed (TiO2 , ZrO2 or sol-gel mixture TiO2/ZrO2 will be illustrated and the successes will be shown by cyclic voltammetry data in detection of 1,2-dihydroxybenzenes (catechol, dopamine and phenol.

  17. Coordination chemistry of microbial iron transport compounds. IX. Stability constants for catechol models of enterobactin

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    Avdeef, A.; Sofen, S.R.; Bregante, T.L.; Raymond, K.N.

    1978-08-16

    The stability constants of ferric complexes with several substituted catechol (1,2-dihydroxybenzene) ligands in aqueous solutions of low ionic strength have been determined at 27/sup 0/C in the pH range 2 to 11. Enterobactin, the principal siderophore of enteric bacteria, is a tricatechol and, from the formation constants reported here, is estimated to have a formation constant with ferric ion which is greater than 10/sup 45/. The stepwise formation constants, K/sub n/, of the catechol ligands reported here are defined as (ML/sub n/)/(ML/sub n-1/)(L), in units of L mol/sup -1/, where (L) is the concentration of the deprotonated catechol ligand. The constants were determined from potentiometric and spectroscopic data and were refined on pH values by weighted least squares. Qualitative examination of electron spin resonance spectra of the systems indicated some oxidation of the ligand by ferric ions at pH values as high as 4. The ligands studied included catechol (cat) (log K/sub 1/ = 20.01, log K/sub 2/ = 14.69, log K/sub 3/ = 9.01); 4,5-dihydroxy-m-benzenedisulfonate (Tiron) (log K/sub 2/ = 15.12, log K/sub 3/ = 10.10); 4-nitrocatechol (ncat) (log K/sub 1/ = 17.08, log K/sub 2/ = 13.43, log K/sub 3/ = 9.51); 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (dhpa) (log K/sub 1/ = 20.1, log K/sub 2/ = 14.9, log K/sub 3/ = 9.0); and 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid (dhba) (log K/sub 1/ = 20.5). The acid dissociation constants, K/sub a/s, were determined also. For the catechol protons these follow: cat (pK/sub a/sub 1// = 9.22, pK/sub a/sub 2// = 13.0); Tiron (pK/sub a/sub 1// = 7.70, pK/sub a/sub 2// = 12.63); ncat (pK/sub a/sub 1// = 6.65, pK/sub a/sub 2// = 10.80); dhpa (pK/sub a/sub 1// = 9.49, pK/sub a/sub 2// = 13.7); and dhba (pK/sub a/sub 1// = 10.06, pK/sub a/sub 2// = 13.1). In addition, carboxylate substituents of dhpa and dhba have pK/sub a/s of 4.17 and 2.70, respectively.In solution, exchange is slow between these two types of coordination following changes in pH. 2 tables, 11

  18. Cytotoxic effects of catechols to glial and neuronal cells

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    Ramon Santos El-Bachá

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Catechols are compounds that autoxidises under physiological conditions leading to the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS, semiquinones, and quinones. These molecules can be formed in organisms because of the metabolism of exogenous aromatic substances, such as benzene. However, there are several important endogenous catechols, which have physiological functions, such as catecholamines. Furthermore, several pharmacological agents are catechols, such as apomorphine, or can be metabolised to generate these compounds. In this presentation we will show that apomorphine can unspecifically bind to proteins during its autoxidation, a phenomenon that is inhibited by thiols. Brain endothelial cells and glial cells express xenobiotic-metabolising enzymes as components of the metabolic blood-brain barrier in an attempt to protect the central nervous system against drugs. Since UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (EC 2.4.1.17 are among these enzymes, we investigated the ability of brain microsomes to conjugate catechols with glucuronate. Despite the fact that 1-naphtol could be glucuronidated in the presence of brain cortex microsomes, the same was not observed for most of catechols that were tested. Therefore, this is not the main mechanism used to protect the brain against them. Indeed, catechols may inhibit other xenobiotic-metabolising enzymes. We showed that apomorphine inhibited the cytochrome P450-dependent dealkylation activity. The production of ROS and reactive quinones, as well as their effects on protein functions, seems to be involved in the cytotoxicity of catechols. Glial cells are more resistant than neuronal cells. Apomorphine was more toxic to rat neurons than to rat C6 glioma cells. 1,2-Dihydroxybenzene (catechol killed human GL-15 cells with an EC50 of 230 uM after 72 h, a effect that was significantly inhibited by superoxide dismutase (EC 1.15.1.1. Another mechanism that we found to be involved in catechol cytotoxicity is the inhibition