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  1. Point Groups Based on Methane and Adamantane (Td) Skeletons.

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    Fujita, Shinsaku

    1986-01-01

    Describes a procedure for constructing point groups based on the symmetric parent molecules of methane and adamantane. Intended for use in teaching concepts such as subgroups and cosets to beginners in group theory. (TW)

  2. Synthesis of novel quaternary ammonium surfactants containing adamantane

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    Jian Wei Guo; Xing Zhong; Hua Zhu; Li Juan Feng; Ying De Cui

    2012-01-01

    A series of novel quaternary ammonium surfactants containing adamantane were designed and synthesized from 1-adamantanecarboxylic acid.The structures of target surfactants were confirmed by 1H NMR,elements analysis and FTIR.Surface properties of these surfactants were investigated.Due to the lipophilicity of adamantane,the critical micelle concentration (CMC) and C20 values of the synthesized quaternary ammonium surfactants are lower than that of conventional quaternary ammonium surfactants.

  3. Genetic relation of adamantanes from extracts and semicoking tars of lignites with the initial biological material

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    Platonov, V.V.; Shvykin, A.Y.; Proskuryakov, V.A.; Podshibyakin, S.I. [Lev Tolstoi State Pedagogical University, Tula (Russian Federation)

    1999-11-01

    A genetic relation was revealed of adamantanes from extracts and semicoking tars of lignites with the relic terpenoid and steroid compounds. Probable pathways are suggested for transformation of the initial natural structures into adamantanes. The qualitative and quantitative compositions of adamantanes from crude oil and coal are compared.

  4. NMDA receptor complex mapping by an adamantane derivative

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    Samnick, S.; Ametamey, S.M.; Eichholzer, Y. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-08-01

    The memantine analogue, 1-amino-3-[{sup 18}F]fluoromethyl-adamantane ({sup 18}F-MEM), a potential tracer for mapping the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor complex was characterized using different in vivo and in vitro binding techniques. (author) figs., tab., refs.

  5. Crystal structure and physical properties of a dithiolene complex crystal with adamantane supramolecular rotator

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    Yan, Yin-Nan; Kubo, Kazuya; Noro, Shin-ichiro; Akutagawa, Tomoyuki; Nakamura, Takayoshi

    2014-01-01

    Supramolecular cation salt of adamantane rotator with a dithiolene complex, (fluoroadamantylammonium(+))([18]-crown-6)[Ni(dmit)(2)](-) (1) was synthesized. The fluorine atom of the adamantane unit showed a large thermal factor elongated latitudinally, suggesting molecular rotation in the solid state. Crystal 1 exhibited a large dielectric response by applying an AC field along the a axis.

  6. The role of C-H$\\ldots$ interaction in the stabilization of benzene and adamantane clusters

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    R Mahesh Kumar; M Elango; R Parthasarathi; Dolly Vijay; V Subramanian

    2012-01-01

    In this investigation, a systematic attempt has been made to understand the interaction between adamantane and benzene using both ab initio and density functional theory methods. C-H$\\ldots$ type of interaction between C-H groups of adamantane and cloud of benzene is found as the important attraction for complex formation. The study also reveals that the methylene (-CH2) and methine (-CH) groups of adamantane interact with benzene resulting in different geometrical structures. And it is found that the former complex is stronger than the later. The diamondoid structure of adamantane enables it to interact with a maximum of four benzene molecules, each one along the four faces. The stability of the complex increases with increase in the number of benzene molecules. The energy decomposition analysis of adamantane-benzene complexes using DMA approach shows that the origin of the stability primarily arises from the dispersive interaction. The theory of atoms in molecules (AIM) supports the existence of weak interaction between the two systems. The electrostatic topography features provide clues for the mode of interaction of adamantane with benzene.

  7. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a New Adamantane Amide Derivative

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    ZHOU Ying-Hua; LV Qi-Chun; ZHANG Qian; CHENG Yong; SHENG En-Hong

    2012-01-01

    A novel adamantane acyl amide derivative containing two phthalimido pendant groups(C31H31N3O5) has been synthesized,and its structure was characterized by elemental analysis,IR,1 H NMR spectra,and single-crystal X-ray diffraction.The crystal belongs to triclinic,space group P1 with a=7.3158(10),b=13.2405(18),c=14.378(2),α=72.419(2),β=84.496(2),γ=81.799(2)o,V=1312.0(3)3,Z=2,Dc=1.330 g/cm 3,μ=0.09 mm-1,Mr=525.59,F(000)=556,S=1.001,R=0.0523 and wR=0.0707 for 5901 unique reflections with 2363 observed ones(I〉2σ(I)).π-π stacking interactions(offset face-to-face) exist between the two rings of phthalimides from the neighboring molecules in the title crystal structure.The intermolecular dihedral angle between the two rings of neighboring phthalic amides is 6.26° and the distance is 4.008.

  8. Using crystal structure prediction to rationalize the hydration propensities of substituted adamantane hydrochloride salts.

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    Mohamed, Sharmarke; Karothu, Durga Prasad; Naumov, Panče

    2016-08-01

    The crystal energy landscapes of the salts of two rigid pharmaceutically active molecules reveal that the experimental structure of amantadine hydrochloride is the most stable structure with the majority of low-energy structures adopting a chain hydrogen-bond motif and packings that do not have solvent accessible voids. By contrast, memantine hydrochloride which differs in the substitution of two methyl groups on the adamantane ring has a crystal energy landscape where all structures within 10 kJ mol(-1) of the global minimum have solvent-accessible voids ranging from 3 to 14% of the unit-cell volume including the lattice energy minimum that was calculated after removing water from the hydrated memantine hydrochloride salt structure. The success in using crystal structure prediction (CSP) to rationalize the different hydration propensities of these substituted adamantane hydrochloride salts allowed us to extend the model to predict under blind test conditions the experimental crystal structures of the previously uncharacterized 1-(methylamino)adamantane base and its corresponding hydrochloride salt. Although the crystal structure of 1-(methylamino)adamantane was correctly predicted as the second ranked structure on the static lattice energy landscape, the crystallization of a Z' = 3 structure of 1-(methylamino)adamantane hydrochloride reveals the limits of applying CSP when the contents of the crystallographic asymmetric unit are unknown.

  9. Calculation of dipole polarizability derivatives of adamantane and their use in electron scattering computations

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    Sauer, Stephan P. A.; Paidarová, Ivana; Čársky, Petr

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present calculations of the static polarizability and its derivatives for the adamantane molecule carried out at the density functional theory level using the B3LYP exchange correlation functional and Sadlej’s polarized valence triple zeta basis set. It is shown that the polariza...

  10. Tetrakis(dimethoxyphenyl)adamantane (TDA) and its inclusion complexes in the crystalline state: a versatile carrier for small molecules.

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    Schwenger, Alexander; Frey, Wolfgang; Richert, Clemens

    2015-06-08

    Molecular storage solutions for incorporating small molecules in crystalline matrices are of interest in the context of structure elucidation, decontamination, and slow release of active ingredients. Here we report the syntheses of 1,3,5,7-tetrakis(2,4-dimethoxyphenyl)adamantane, 1,3,5,7-tetrakis(4-methoxyphenyl)adamantane, 1,3,5,7-tetrakis(4-methoxy-2-methylphenyl)adamantane, and 1,3,5,7-tetrakis(4-methoxy-2-ethylphenyl)adamantane, together with their X-ray crystal structures. All four compounds crystallize readily. Only the octaether shows an unusual level of (pseudo)polymorphism in its crystalline state, combined with the ability to include a number of different small molecules in its crystal lattices. A total of 20 different inclusion complexes with guest molecules as different as ethanol or trifluorobenzene were found. For nitromethane and benzene, schemes for uptake and release are presented.

  11. Calculation of dipole polarizability derivatives of adamantane and their use in electron scattering computations

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    Sauer, Stephan P. A.; Paidarová, Ivana; Čársky, Petr; Čurík, Roman

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we present calculations of the static polarizability and its derivatives for the adamantane molecule carried out at the density functional theory level using the B3LYP exchange-correlation functional and Sadlej's polarized valence triple zeta basis set. It is shown that the polarizability tensor is necessary to correct long-range behavior of DFT functionals used in electron-molecule scattering calculations. The impact of such a long-range correction is demonstrated on elastic and vibrationally inelastic electron collisions with adamantane, a molecule representing a large polyatomic target for electron scattering calculations. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Advances in Positron and Electron Scattering", edited by Paulo Limao-Vieira, Gustavo Garcia, E. Krishnakumar, James Sullivan, Hajime Tanuma and Zoran Petrovic.

  12. Sorption of adamantane phenylamide derivatives on hyper-cross-linked polystyrene from water-acetonitrile eluents

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    Shafigulin, R. V.; Konstantinov, A. V.; Bulanova, A. V.; Il'in, M. M.; Davankov, V. A.

    2016-11-01

    Study of the main physicochemical features of the sorption of phenylamide adamantane derivatives on hyper-cross-linked polystyrene from water-acetonitrile solutions shows that both hydrophobic and electronic interactions make a large contribution to retention, especially for a chlorine-containing derivative in which there are π- p and π- d interactions between the outer-shell electrons of the chlorine atom in addition to π- π interactions between aromatic fragments of the sorbate and sorbent.

  13. Structural, Electronic, and Vibrational Properties of Amino-adamantane and Rimantadine Isomers

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    Garcia, Joelson Cott; Machado, Wanda V M; Assali, Lucy V C; 10.1021/jp107496b

    2012-01-01

    We performed a first principles total energy investigation on the structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of adamantane molecules, functionalized with amine and ethanamine groups. We computed the vibrational signatures of amantadine and rimantadine isomers with the functional groups bonded to different carbon sites. By comparing our results with recent infrared and Raman spectroscopic data, we discuss the possible presence of different isomers in experimental samples.

  14. Vibrational spectra and molecular structure of isomeric 1-(adamantan-1-ylcarbonyl)-3-(dichlorophenyl)thioureas

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    Saeed, Aamer; Ashraf, Zaman; Erben, Mauricio F.; Simpson, Jim

    2017-02-01

    1-(adamantan-1-ylcarbonyl)-3-(2,3-dichlorophenyl)thiourea, 1, and 1-(adamantan-1-ylcarbonyl)-3-(2,5-dichlorophenyl)thiourea, 2, were synthesized in reasonable yields from admanantyl-1-carbonyl chloride and ammonium thiocyanate followed by treatment of the resulting adamantane-1-carbonylisothiocyanate with the 2,3- and 2,5-dichloroanilines. A complete vibrational analysis was performed on the basis of FTIR and Raman spectra. The formation of intramolecular Nsbnd H⋯O and intermolecular Nsbnd H⋯S hydrogen bonds in the solids affect vibrational modes, with low frequency values observed for the ν(Cdbnd O) and ν(Cdbnd S) stretching modes. Structural data obtained by single-crystal X-ray diffraction at low temperature confirm this picture. Compound 1 crystallizes in the triclinic system and compound 2 crystallizes with two unique molecules in the asymmetric unit of the orthorhombic unit cell. The molecular structures reveal that the carbonylthiourea units in 1 and both molecules of 2 are planar due in part to the formation of intramolecular Nsbnd H⋯Odbnd C hydrogen bonds that generate S (6) rings. Moreover, the crystal structures are stabilized by an extensive series of classical and non-classical hydrogen bonds and, in the case of 1 by an intermolecular Cl⋯Cl halogen bond.

  15. Research of some sides of antifungal activity mechanism act of new adamantane derivative

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    Vrynchanu N.A.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Mechanism of the antiviral action of adamantane-containing preparations caused by their membranotropic properties. In the screening studies we discovered the substance 4-adamantyl-1(1-aminobutil benzene (substance AM-166 with the wide spectrum of antimicrobic action. AM-166 suppresses increase and multiplication of bacteria (aerobic, anaerobic and fungi (yeast like, mold and dermatomyces. The ointment for treating the pyoinflammatory processes was developed on the basis of adamantane-containing substance. The purpose of our experiments was to learn some sides of the mechanism of the antifungal action of substance AM-166 at the ultramicroscopic level. Experiments were carried out on the Candida albicans NCTC885/653. Substance concentration was 4 MIC. Ultrathin sections obtained on the ultratome LKB-880 U and contrasted by acetate of uranyl and by citrate of lead, were investigated in the electron microscope EM-125 K. It is established, that the substance AM-166 in concentration 4 MIC causes the damage of cell wall and cytoplasmic structures of the yeast-like fungus of C.albicans. These disturbances were recorded after 1 h of incubation with the substance AM-166. Thus, our experiments showed that the inhibiting action of adamantane-containing substance is caused, first of all, by influence on the cellular mem-brane of fungus.

  16. Energies for cyclic and acyclic aggregations of adamantane and diamantane units sharing vertices, edges, or six-membered rings

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    Balaban, Alexandru T; Klein, Douglas J; Ortiz, Yenni P

    2015-01-01

    Diamondoids are hydrocarbons having a carbon scaffold comprised from polymer-like composites of adamantane cages. The present paper describes computed total energies and "SWB-tension" energies (often referred to as "strain" energies) for species having $n$ adamantane or diamantane units sharing pairwise: one carbon atom (spiro-[n]adamantane or spiro-[$n$]diamantane); one C-C bond (one-bond-sharing-[$n$]adamantane or one-bond-sharing-[$n$]diamantane); or one chair-shaped hexagon of carbon atoms (1234-helical-cata-[$n$]diamantanes). Each of the five investigated polymer-like types is considered either as an acyclic or a cyclic chain of adamantane- or diamantane-unit cages. With increasing $n$ values, SWB-tension energies for acyclic aggregates are found to increase linearly, while the net SWB-tension energies of cyclic aggregates often go thru a minimum at a suitable value of $n$. In all five cases, a limiting common energy per unit ($E/n$ ) is found to be approached by both cyclic and acyclic chains as $n\\to \\...

  17. Using Electronic Properties of Adamantane Derivatives to Analyze their Ion Channel Interactions: Implications for Alzheimer's Disease

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    Bonacum, Jason

    2013-03-01

    The derivatives of adamantane, which is a cage-like diamondoid structure, can be used as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of various diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. These drugs interact with ion channels, and they act by electronically and physically hindering the ion transport. The electronic properties of each compound influence the location and level of ion channel hindrance, and the specific use of each compound depends on the functional groups that are attached to the adamantane base chain. Computational analysis and molecular simulations of these different derivatives and the ion channels can provide useful insight into the effect that the functional groups have on the properties of the compounds. Using this information, conclusions can be made about the pharmaceutical mechanisms, as well as how to improve them or create new beneficial compounds. Focusing on the electronic properties, such as the dipole moments of the derivatives and amino acids in the ion channels, can provide more efficient predictions of how these drugs work and how they can be enhanced. Department of Energy Grant DE-FG02-06ER46304

  18. Synthesis and single-molecule imaging of highly mobile adamantane-wheeled nanocars.

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    Chu, Pin-Lei E; Wang, Lin-Yung; Khatua, Saumyakanti; Kolomeisky, Anatoly B; Link, Stephan; Tour, James M

    2013-01-22

    The synthesis and single-molecule imaging of two inherently fluorescent nanocars equipped with adamantane wheels is reported. The nanocars were imaged using 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) as the chromophore, which was rigidly incorporated into the nanocar chassis via Sonogashira cross-coupling chemistry that permitted the synthesis of nanocars having different geometries. In particular, studied here were four- and three-wheeled nanocars with adamantane wheels. It was found that, for the four-wheeled nanocar, the percentage of moving nanocars and the diffusion constant show a significant improvement over p-carborane-wheeled nanocars with the same chassis. The three-wheeled nanocar showed only limited mobility due to its geometry. These results are consistent with a requisite wheel-like rolling motion. We furthermore developed a model that relates the percentage of moving nanocars in single-molecule experiments with the diffusion constant. The excellent agreement between the model and the new results presented here as well as previous single-molecule studies of fluorescent nanocars yields an improved understanding of motion in these molecular machines.

  19. Adamantane derivatives of sulfonamides: sublimation, solubility, solvation and transfer processes in biologically relevant solvents.

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    Perlovich, G L; Volkova, T V; Sharapova, A V; Kazachenko, V P; Strakhova, N N; Proshin, A N

    2016-04-07

    Eight adamantane derivatives of sulfonamides were synthesized and characterized. Temperature dependencies of saturation vapor pressure were obtained using the transpiration method and thermodynamic functions of the sublimation processes were calculated. Solubility values of the selected compounds in buffer (pH 7.4), 1-octanol and 1-hexane were determined at different temperatures using the isothermal saturation method. Thermophysical characteristics of fusion processes (melting points and fusion enthalpies) of the substances were studied using the DSC method. Transfer processes from buffer to 1-octanol, from buffer to 1-hexane and 1-hexane to 1-octanol were analyzed. The impact of the molecules' structural modification on sublimation, solubility and solvation/hydration processes in the solvents was studied. Correlation equations connecting the thermodynamic functions with physicochemical descriptors were obtained.

  20. Thiol-yne Click Adamantane Monolithic Stationary Phase for Capillary Electrochromatography

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    Dao, Thi Thu Hien; Guerrouache, Mohamed; Carbonnier, Benjamin

    2012-01-01

    A porous crosslinked organic polymer based on N-acryloxysuccinimide (NAS) and ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA) was prepared inside 75 μm i.d. fused silica capillary as functionalizable monolithic stationary phase for electrochromatographic applications. Succinimide groups on the monolith surface provide reactive sites able to re- act readily through standard electrophile-nucleophile chemistry. Propargylamine was used to prepare alkyne func- tionalized poly(NAS-co-EDMA). Onto this thiol-reactive polymer surface was grafted adamantane units via a photochemically-driven addition reaction. Chemical characterization was performed in situ after each synthetic step by means of Raman spectroscopy and grafting kinetics was investigated to ensure quantitative grafting of 1-adamantanethiol. The as-designed monolithic stationary phase exhibited typical reversed-phase separation mechanism as evidenced by the linear increase of the logarithm of retention factor of neutral aromatic solutes with the increase of the aqueous buffer content in the mobile phase.

  1. Polymer bilayer formation due to specific interactions between beta-cyclodextrin and adamantane: a surface force study.

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    Blomberg, Eva; Kumpulainen, Atte; David, Christelle; Amiel, Catherine

    2004-11-23

    The purposes of this study are to utilize the interactions between an adamantane end-capped poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and a cationic polymer of beta-cyclodextrin to build polymer bilayers on negatively charged surfaces, and to investigate the interactions between such layers. The association of this system in solution has been studied by rheology, light scattering, and fluorescence measurements. It was found that the adamantane-terminated PEO (PEO-Ad) mixed with the beta-cyclodextrin polymer gives complexes where the interpolymer links are formed by specific inclusion of the adamantane groups in the beta-cyclodextrin cavities. This results in a higher viscosity of the solution and growth of intermolecular clusters. The interactions between surfaces coated with a cationized beta-cyclodextrin polymer across a water solution containing PEO-Ad polymers were studied by employing the interferometric surface force apparatus (SFA). In the first step, the interaction between mica surfaces coated with the cationized beta-cyclodextrin polymer in pure water was investigated. It was found that the beta-cyclodextrin polymer adsorbs onto mica and almost neutralizes the surface charge. The adsorbed layers of the beta-cyclodextrin polymer are rather compact, with a layer thickness of about 60 A (30 A per surface). Upon separation, a very weak attractive force is observed. The beta-cyclodextrin solution was then diluted by pure water by a factor of 3000 and a PEO-Ad polymer was introduced into the solution. Two different architectures of the PEO-Ad polymer were investigated: a four-arm structure and a linear structure. After the adsorption of the PEO polymer onto the beta-cyclodextrin layer reached equilibrium, the forces were measured again. It was found that the weak repulsive long-range force had disappeared and an attractive force caused the surfaces to jump into contact, and that the compressed layer thickness had increased. The attractive force is interpreted as being due to

  2. 对称桥头二取代金刚烷衍生物的合成%Synthesis of Symmetrical Disubstituted Bridgehead Adamantane Derivatives

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    徐晓健; 郭建维; 朱东雨; 钟星

    2014-01-01

    The symmetric bridge disubstituted adamantane derivatives are the key raw materials or interme-diates for preparing multisubstituted adamantane derivatives with admantane as the core. With 1-adamantane carboxylic acid that is more efficient and economical as an initial reactant, a series of synthesis technologies of symmetrical disubstituted bridgehead adamantane derivatives which have significant applications, were studied in this work. Those synthesis technologies include the following:1,3-adamantane dicarboxylic acid(1) was synthesized by 1-adamantane carboxylic acid through Koch-Haaf carbonylation; compound 1 was reduced to get 1,3-adamantane dimethanol(2);compound 2 reacted by bromination in HBr-ZnBr2 system to afford 1,3-dibromomethyl adamantane(3). Meanwhile, compound 2 converted to 1,3-dichloromethyl adamantane(4) through Apple-Lee reaction. The structures of prepared products were confirmed by IR spectra and 1 H NMR spectroscopy. The possible reaction mechanism was proposed, and the synthesis conditions were discussed and optimized for each technology respectively.%以易得的1-金刚烷甲酸为原料,合成了一系列对称桥头二取代金刚烷衍生物。由1-金刚烷甲酸经Koch-Haaf羰基化反应得到1,3-金刚烷二甲酸(1);化合物1经还原得到1,3-金刚烷二甲醇(2);化合物2在HBr-ZnBr2体系中经溴代反应得1,3-二(溴甲基)金刚烷(3);同时经Apple-Lee反应将化合物2转化得到1,3-二(氯甲基)金刚烷(4)。采用红外光谱和核磁共振氢谱等手段表征了产物的结构,提出了可能的反应机理,并对合成条件进行了优化。

  3. Synthesis and Electroluminescent Properties of Julolidine-π-Juloidine Type Materials with the Bulky Adamantane Groups

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    Lee, Kum Hee; Yoon, Seung Soo [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Seok Jae; Kim, Young Kwan [Hongik Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-11-15

    A main problem of red emitting material, which contributes to their low EL performances, is the concentration quenching due to the effective self aggregation and the consequent formation of excimers. To avoid this drawback and thus improve the EL properties of red fluorescent OLED devices, many synthetic efforts have been conducted to develop new emitting materials with the structural motifs to suppress self-aggregation by the weakening intermolecular attractive interactions. Particularly, the introduction of bulky moieties in the emitters would provide the steric hindrance between emitting materials in solid state devices and thus reduce the self-aggregation. Nevertheless, EL performances of red materials still need to be improved for the practical applications. In conclusion, we designed and synthesized three julolidine-π-juloidine type emitting materials (1-3) with the bulky adamantane groups. To study their electroluminescent properties, the multilayered OLED devices with the structure of ITO/NPB (40 nm)/ADN : 1-3 (x%) (20 nm)/Alq{sub 3} (40 nm)/Liq (2 nm)/Al were fabricated. All devices using emitters 1-3 showed the efficient emissions, in which their EL performances depend on the structure of emitters sensitively. Particularly, a device using emitter 3 exhibited the efficient orange-red emission with the luminous and power efficiencies of 4.79 cd/A and 1.76 lm/W at 20 mA/cm{sup 2}, respectively. The CIE coordinates of this device was (0.57, 0.42) at 7.0 V.

  4. Quaternized adamantane-containing poly(aryl ether ketone) anion exchange membranes for vanadium redox flow battery applications

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    Zhang, Bengui; Zhang, Shouhai; Weng, Zhihuan; Wang, Guosheng; Zhang, Enlei; Yu, Ping; Chen, Xiaomeng; Wang, Xinwei

    2016-09-01

    Quaternized adamantane-containing poly(aryl ether ketone) anion exchange membranes (QADMPEK) are prepared and investigated for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) application. The bulky, rigid and highly hydrophobic adamantane segment incorporated into the backbone of membrane material makes QADMPEK membranes have low water uptake and swelling ratio, and the as-prepared membranes display significantly lower permeability of vanadium ions than that of Nafion117 membrane. As a consequence, the VRFB cell with QADMPEK-3 membrane shows higher coulombic efficiency (99.4%) and energy efficiency (84.0%) than those for Nafion117 membrane (95.2% and 80.5%, respectively) at the current density of 80 mA cm-2. Furthermore, at a much higher current density of 140 mA cm-2, QADMPEK membrane still exhibits better coulombic efficiency and energy efficiency than Nafion117 membrane (coulombic efficiency 99.2% vs 96.5% and energy efficiency 76.0% vs 74.0%). Moreover, QADMPEK membranes show high stability in in-situ VRFB cycle test and ex-situ oxidation stability test. These results indicate that QADMPEK membranes are good candidates for VRFB applications.

  5. Implanted muon spin spectroscopy on 2-O-adamantane: a model system that mimics the liquid\\longrightarrow glasslike transitions

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    Romanini, M.; Tamarit, J. L.; Pardo, L. C.; Bermejo, F. J.; Fernandez-Perea, R.; Pratt, F. L.

    2017-03-01

    The transition taking place between two metastable phases in 2-O-adamantane, namely the Fm\\bar{3}m cubic, rotator phase and the lower temperature P21/c, Z  =  4 substitutionally disordered crystal is studied by means of muon spin rotation and relaxation techniques. Measurements carried out under zero, weak transverse and longitudinal fields reveal a temperature dependence of the relaxation parameters strikingly similar to those exhibited by structural glass\\longrightarrow liquid transitions (Bermejo et al 2004 Phys. Rev. B 70 214202; Cabrillo et al 2003 Phys. Rev. B 67 184201). The observed behaviour manifests itself as a square root singularity in the relaxation rates pointing towards some critical temperature which for amorphous systems is located some tens of degrees above that shown as the characteristic transition temperature if studied by thermodynamic means. The implications of such findings in the context of current theoretical approaches concerning the canonical liquid-glass transition are discussed.

  6. First-principles calculation of structural and electronic properties of memantine (Alzheimer's disease) and adamantane (anti-flu) drugs

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    Middleton, Kirsten; Zhang, Guoping; George, Thomas F.

    2012-02-01

    Memantine is currently used as a treatment for mild to severe Alzheimer's disease, although its functionality is complicated. Using various density functional theory calculations and basis sets, we first examine memantine alone and then add ions which are present in the human body. This provides clues as to how the compound may react in the calcium ion channel, where it is believed to treat the disease. In order to understand the difference between calcium and magnesium ions interacting with memantine, we compute the electron affinity of each complex. We find that memantine is more strongly attracted to magnesium ions than calcium ions within the channel. By observing the HOMO-LUMO gap within memantine in comparison to adamantane, we find that memantine is more excitable than the anti-flu drug. We believe these factors to affect the efficiency of memantine as a treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

  7. Novel glass-forming organic materials. 2. Structure and fluorescence of pyrene- and carbazole-containing cyclohexane, bicyclooctene, and adamantane

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    Mastrangelo, J.C.; Conger, B.M.; Chen, S.H. [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)] [and others

    1997-01-01

    A series of novel glass-forming organic materials consisting of pyrenyl and carbazolyl groups attached to cyclohexane with a 1-axial-2-equatorial configuration, bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-ene with an all-exo configuration, and adamantane were synthesized and characterized. On the basis of proton NMR spectra, it was found that the rotation of pendant pyrenyl and carbazolyl groups is restricted in the bicyclic system presumably because of steric hindrance in the all-exo configuration. In contrast, free rotation was found to prevail in cyclohexane- and adamantane-based systems. Fluorescence spectra gathered in solution at room temperature show evidence exclusively for intramolecular excimer formation in pyrene-containing compounds up to a concentration of 10{sup -4} M. On the contrary, carbazole-containing compounds are not prone to excimer formation in the concentration range 10{sup -6}-10{sup -3} M, presumably because of the more stringent requirements of interchromophoric distance and orientation. Although both pyrene and carbazole are highly crystalline on their own, attachment to cyclic, bicyclic, and tricyclic central cores was found to contribute to an ease of vitrification of the hybrid systems with a T{sub g} ranging from 43 to 132 {degrees}C. Moreover, the quenched glasses of all seven model systems were found to possess morphological stability in view of the absence of recrystallization upon heating from 0 to 200 {degrees}C at a heating rate ranging from 0.2 to 20{degrees}C/min. Morphological stability was further supported by the absence of recrystallization upon prolonged thermal annealing at temperatures above T{sub g}. 24 refs., 6 figs.

  8. Luminescent properties and structure of multicomponent naphthalene-{beta}-cyclodextrin complexes. 1. Effect of adding third parties, o-carborane or/and adamantane

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    Nazarov, Valery B. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, 142432 Moscow region, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Avakyan, Vitaly G., E-mail: avak@photonics.ru [Photochemistry Center of Russian Academy of Sciences, 119421 Moscow, Novatorov 7a (Russian Federation); Rudyak, Vladimir Y.; Alfimov, Michail V. [Photochemistry Center of Russian Academy of Sciences, 119421 Moscow, Novatorov 7a (Russian Federation); Vershinnikova, Tatiana G. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, 142432 Moscow region, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation)

    2011-09-15

    Luminescence spectra of water solution of {beta}-cyclodextrin ({beta}-CD) inclusion complexes with naphthalene have been studied in the presence of carcass compounds (CC), adamantane and ocarborane, added in solution as the third parties. It was observed that the CC structure completely determines luminescence type displayed by the three-component complex. Adding adamantane to the solution leads to the disappearance of the spontaneous excimer fluorescence observed usually along with a monomer fluorescence of naphthalene and the appearance of the long lived phosphorescence at room temperature. At the same time, introducing o-carborane in solution of {beta}-CD inclusion complexes with naphthalene results in the dramatic growth of intensity of the excimer band at the expense of lowering intensity of monomer fluorescence. These phenomena were explained using results of the quantum-chemical calculation of the structure and complexation energies at the semi-empirical PM3 and DFT levels of theory. - Highlights: > Structure of carcass compounds determines luminescence types for naphthalene - betaCD complex. > Adding o-carborane leads to the growth of excimer fluorescence at low naphthalene concentrations. > Adding adamantane leads to the room temperature phosphorescence without deoxygenation.

  9. Controlled gelation kinetics of cucurbit[7]uril-adamantane cross-linked supramolecular hydrogels with competing guest molecules

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    Chen, Hao; Hou, Shengzhen; Ma, Haili; Li, Xu; Tan, Yebang

    2016-02-01

    Gelation kinetics of hydrogels is closely linked to many applications such as the development of injectable and printable hydrogels. However, the control of gelation kinetics without compromising the structure and other properties of the hydrogels, remains a challenge. Here, we demonstrate a method to control the gelation kinetics of cucurbit[7]uril-adamantane (CB[7]-AD) cross-linked supramolecular hydrogels by using competing guest molecules. The association between CB[7] and AD moieties on the polymer backbone was impeded by pre-occupying the CB[7] cavity with competing guest molecules. By using various guest molecules and concentrations, the gelation of the hydrogels could be varied from seconds to hours. The strong interaction of CB[7]-AD pair endue the hydrogels good mechanical properties and stability. Moreover, the binding of functionalized guest molecules of CB[7] moieties offers a facile approach for tailoring of the hydrogels’ scaffold. Combined with hydrogel injection and printing technology, this method offers an approach for the development of hydrogels with advanced temporal and spatial complexity.

  10. Solvent-dependent assembly of discrete and continuous CoCl₂ adamantane-based ligand complexes: observations by CSI-mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography.

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    Ohara, Kazuaki; Tominaga, Masahide; Azumaya, Isao; Yamaguchi, Kentaro

    2013-01-01

    Discrete and continuous coordination structures were obtained in single crystals of CoCl₂ and an adamantane-based bidentate ligand bearing imidazolyl groups, depending on the methanol concentration in a methanol-chloroform mixture. Single-crystal X-ray structure analysis revealed that the metal centers exhibited a tetrahedral geometry in the discrete complex and an octahedral geometry in the continuous metal complex. Conventional analytical methods, including UV-vis and NMR spectroscopy, could not identify those two complexes in solution. In contrast, cold-spray ionization mass spectrometry could detect differences between the discrete complex and the continuous metal complex, and ion peaks due to continuous ligand adducts were found only in the spectrum of the continuous metal complex.

  11. Structure of N'-(adamantan-2-ylidene)benzohydrazide, a potential antibacterial agent, in solution: Molecular dynamics simulations, quantum chemical calculations and Ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy studies

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    ALEXANDER M ANDRIANOV; IVAN A KASHYN; VIKTOR M ANDRIANOV; MAKSIM B SHUNDALAU; ANTON V HLINISTY; SERGEY V GAPONENKO; ELENA V SHABUNYA -KLYACHKOVSKAYA; ANNA MATSUKOVICH; ABDUL-MALEK S AL- TAMIMI; ALI A EL- EMAM

    2016-12-01

    The molecular dynamics simulations of the structure of the N'-(adamantan-2-ylidene)benzohydrazide followed by the quantum chemical calculations at the DFT level of theory have identified four stable conformers of this potential antibacterial agent in solution: one “central” cis- and three (“central”, “left” and “right”) trans-conformers. The UV-Vis absorption spectrum in the 220–320 nm region in the ethanol solution reveals two bands that can be primarily explained based on the ab initio calculations of the spectral characteristics of the “side” trans-conformers at the MRPT level of theory. However, the close energy values for thecalculated cis- S₁ ← S₀ and “side” trans- S₂ ← S₀ transitions cannot exclude the presence of cis-conformer in solution. Therefore, the data obtained show that the coexistence of both trans-conformers and cis-conformer should be taken into consideration when studying the pharmaceutical properties of the title molecule.

  12. Solvent inclusion in the crystal structure of bis-[(adamantan-1-yl)methanaminium chloride] 1,4-dioxane hemisolvate monohydrate explained using the computed crystal energy landscape.

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    Mohamed, Sharmarke

    2016-09-01

    Repeated attempts to crystallize 1-adamantane-methyl-amine hydro-chloride as an anhydrate failed but the salt was successfully crystallized as a solvate (2C11H20N(+)·2Cl(-)·0.5C4H8O2·H2O), with water and 1,4-dioxane playing a structural role in the crystal and engaging in hydrogen-bonding inter-actions with the cation and anion. Computational crystal-structure prediction was used to rationalize the solvent-inclusion behaviour of this salt by computing the solvent-accessible voids in the predicted low-energy structures for the anhydrate: the global lattice-energy minimum structure, which has the same packing of the ions as the solvate, has solvent-accessible voids that account for 3.71% of the total unit-cell volume and is 6 kJ mol(-1) more stable than the next most stable predicted structure.

  13. Spectroscopic investigation (FT-IR and FT-Raman), vibrational assignments, HOMO-LUMO analysis and molecular docking study of 2-(Adamantan-1-yl)-5-(4-nitrophenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole

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    Haress, Nadia G.; Al-Omary, Fatmah; El-Emam, Ali A.; Mary, Y. Sheena; Panicker, C. Yohannan; Al-Saadi, Abdulaziz A.; War, Javeed Ahmad; Van Alsenoy, Christian

    2015-01-01

    FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of 2-(Adamantan-1-yl)-5-(4-nitrophenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole were recorded and analyzed. The vibrational wavenumbers were computed using DFT quantum chemical calculations. The data obtained from wavenumber calculations are used to assign vibrational bands obtained experimentally. The energy barriers of the internal rotations about the Csbnd C bonds connecting the oxadiazole to the adamantane and benzene rings are reported. The geometrical parameters (DFT) of the title compound are in agreement with the XRD results. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies allow the calculations of atomic and molecular properties and they also showed that charge transfer occurs in the molecule. A detailed molecular picture of the title compound and its interactions were obtained from NBO analysis. As can be seen from the MEP map of the title compound, which regions having the negative potential are over the electro negative atoms, the region having the positive potential are over the phenyl and adamantine rings and the remaining species are surrounded by zero potential. The molecular docking studies reveal that the adamantyl derivative may exhibit C-South African HIV-proteas inhibitory activity.

  14. 1,3,5,7-Tetrakis(tetrazol-5-yl)-adamantane: the smallest tetrahedral tetrazole-functionalized ligand and its complexes formed by reaction with anhydrous M(II)Cl2 (M = Mn, Cu, Zn, Cd).

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    Boldog, Ishtvan; Domasevitch, Konstantin V; Sanchiz, Joaquín; Mayer, Peter; Janiak, Christoph

    2014-09-07

    1,3,5,7-Tetrakis(tetrazol-5-yl)-adamantane (H4L) was probed as a building block for the synthesis of tetrazolato/halido coordination polymers with open-network structures. MCl2 (M = Cu, Cd, Zn, Mn) was reacted with H4L in DMF at 70 °C to yield [Cu4Cl4L(DMF)5]·DMF, ; [Cd4Cl4L(DMF)7]·DMF, ; [Zn3Cl2L(DMF)4]·2DMF, and [Mn2L(DMF)2(MeOH)4]·DMF·2MeOH·2H2O, . and (Fddd) are nearly isostructural and have zeolitic structures with a {4(3)·6(2)·8}, gis or gismondine underlying net, where the role of the tetrahedral nodes is served by the coordination bonded clusters and the adamantane moiety. (P21/n) has a porous structure composed of coordination bonded layers with a (4·8(2)) fes topology joined via trans-{Zn(tetrazolate)2(DMF)4} pillars with an overall topology of {4·6(2)}{4·6(6)·8(3)}, fsc-3,5-Cmce-2. (Pca21) is composed of stacked {Mn2L} hexagonal networks. In and the ligand fulfills a symmetric role of a tetrahedral building block, while in and it fulfills rather a role of an effective trigonal unit. Methanol-exchanged and activated displayed an unusual type IV isotherm with H2 type hysteresis for N2 sorption with an expected uptake at high P/P0, but with a smaller SBET = 505.5 m(2) g(-1) compared to the calculated 1789 m(2) g(-1), which is a possible result of the framework's flexibility. For H2 sorption 0.79 wt% (1 bar, 77 K) and 0.06 wt% (1 bar, RT) uptake and Qst = -7.2 kJ mol(-1) heat of adsorption (77 K) were recorded. Weak antiferromagnetic interactions were found in and with J1 = -9.60(1), J2 = -17.2(2), J3 = -2.28(10) cm(-1) and J = -0.76 cm(-1) respectively. The formation of zeolitic structures in and , the concept of structural 'imprinting' of rigid building blocks, and design opportunities suggested as a potential hexafunctionalized biadamantane building block.

  15. High-resolution mass spectrometric metabolite profiling of a novel synthetic designer drug, N-(adamantan-1-yl)-1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indole-3-carboxamide (STS-135), using cryopreserved human hepatocytes and assessment of metabolic stability with human liver microsomes.

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    Gandhi, Adarsh S; Wohlfarth, Ariane; Zhu, Mingshe; Pang, Shaokun; Castaneto, Marisol; Scheidweiler, Karl B; Huestis, Marilyn A

    2015-03-01

    N-(Adamantan-1-yl)-1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indole-3-carboxamide (STS-135) is a new synthetic cannabinoid in herbal incense products discussed on Internet drug user forums and identified in police seizures. To date, there are no STS-135 clinical or in vitro studies identifying STS-135 metabolites. However, characterizing STS-135 metabolism is critical because synthetic cannabinoid metabolites can possess pharmacological activity and parent compounds are rarely detectable in urine. To characterize the metabolite profile, human hepatocytes were incubated with 10 µmol/L STS-135 for up to 3 h. High-resolution mass spectrometry with software-assisted data mining identified 29 STS-135 metabolites. Less than 25% of STS-135 parent compound remained after 3 h incubation. Primary metabolites were generated by mono-, di- or trihydroxylation with and without ketone formation, dealkylation, and oxidative defluorination of N-fluoropentyl side chain or possible oxidation to carboxylic acid, some of them further glucuronidated. Hydroxylations occurred mainly on the aliphatic adamantane ring and less commonly on the N-pentyl side chain. At 1 h, phase I metabolites predominated, while at 3 h, phase II metabolites were present in higher amounts. The major metabolites were monohydroxy STS-135 (M25) and dihydroxy STS-135 (M21), both hydroxylated on the adamantane system. Moreover, metabolic stability of STS-135 (1 µmol/L) was assessed in human liver microsomes experiments. The in vitro half-life of STS-135 was 3.1 ± 0.2 min and intrinsic clearance (CLint ) was 208.8 mL · min(-1)  · kg(-1) . This is the first report characterizing STS-135 hepatic metabolic pathways. These data provide potential urinary targets to document STS-135 intake in clinical and forensic settings and potential candidates for pharmacological testing.

  16. FTIR spectra and normal-mode analysis of a tetranuclear Manganese adamantane-like complex in two electrochemically prepared oxidation states: Relevance to the oxygen-evolving complex of Photosystem II

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    Visser, Hendrik; Dube, Christopher E.; Armstrong, William H.; Sauer, Kenneth; Yachandra, Vittal K.

    2002-03-19

    The IR spectra and normal-mode analysis of the adamantane-like compound [Mn4O6(bpea)4]n+ in two oxidation states, MnIV4 and MnIIIMnIV3, that are relevant to the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II are presented. Mn-O vibrational modes are identified with isotopic exchange, 16O->18O, of the mono-(mu)-oxo bridging atoms in the complex. IR spectra of the MnIIIMnIV3 species are obtained by electrochemical reduction of the MnIV4 species using a spectroelectrochemical cell, based on attenuated total reflection [Visser et al. Anal Chem 2001, 73, 4374-4378]. A novel method of subtraction is used to reduce background contributions from solvent and ligand modes, and the difference and double-difference spectra are used in identifying Mn-O bridging modes that are sensitive to oxidation state change. Two strong IR bands are observed for the MnIV4 species at 745 and 707 cm-1 and a weaker band at 510 cm-1. Upon reduction, the MnIIIMnIV3 species exhibits two strong IR bands at 745 and 680 cm-1, and several weaker bands are observed in the 510 - 425 cm-1 range. A normal mode analysis is performed to assign all the relevant bridging modes in the oxidized MnIV4 and reduced MnIIIMnIV3 species. The calculated force constants for the MnIV4 species are = 3.15 mdynAngstrom, = 0.55 mdyn/Angstrom, and = 0.20 mdyn/Angstrom. The force constants for the MnIIIMnIV3 species are = 3.10 mdyn/Angstrom, = 2.45 mdyn/Angstrom, = 0.40, and = 0.15 mdyn/Angstrom. This study provides insights for the identification of Mn-O modes in the IR spectra of the photosynthetic oxygen-evolving complex during its catalytic cycle.

  17. N′-(Adamantan-2-ylidenethiophene-2-carbohydrazide

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    Adnan A. Kadi

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available In the title molecule, C15H18N2OS, a small twist is noted, with the dihedral angle between the central carbohydrazone residue (r.m.s. deviation = 0.029 Å and the thiophene ring being 12.47 (10°. The syn arrangement of the amide H and carbonyl O atoms allows for the formation of centrosymmetric dimers via N—H...O hydrogen bonds. These are linked in the three-dimensional structure by C—H...π interactions. The thiophene ring is disordered over two co-planar orientations, the major component having a site-occupancy factor of 0.833 (2.

  18. Efeito das interações hiperconjugativas na constante de acoplamento ¹J CH da hexametilenotetramina e do adamantano: estudo teórico e experimental Effects of hyperconjugative interactions on ¹J CH coupling constant for hexamethyl-enetetramine and adamantane: theoretical and experimental study

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    Francisco P. dos Santos

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to determine the influence of hyperconjugative interactions on the ¹J CH coupling constant for hexamethylenetetramine (1 and adamantane (2. For this end, theoretical and experimental ¹J CH were obtained and hyperconjugative interactions were investigated using NBO. It was observed, theoretically and experimentally, that ¹J CH in 1 is 20 Hz larger than in 2, mainly due to the nN®s*C-H hyperconjugative interaction. This interaction occurs only in 1, with an energy of 9.30 kcal mol-1. It increases the s-character of the carbon atom in the C-H bond and the occupancy of the sigma*C-H orbital in (1.

  19. Electrophysiological study, biodistribution in mice, and preliminary PET evaluation in a rhesus monkey of 1-amino-3-[{sup 18}F]fluoromethyl-5-methyl-adamantane ({sup 18}F-MEM): a potential radioligand for mapping the NMDA-receptor complex

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    Samnick, Samuel; Ametamey, Simon; Leenders, Klaus L.; Vontobel, Peter; Quack, Guenter; Parsons, Chris G.; Neu, Henrik; Schubiger, Pius A

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    The effect of the fluorinated memantine derivative and NMDA receptor antagonist, 1-amino-3-fluoromethyl-5-methyl-adamantane ({sup 19}F-MEM), at the NMDA receptor ion channel was studied by patch clamp recording. The results showed that {sup 19}F-MEM is a moderate NMDA receptor channel blocker. A procedure for the routine preparation of the {sup 18}F-labelled analog {sup 18}F-MEM has been developed using a two-step reaction sequence. This involves the no-carrier-added nucleophilic radiofluorination of 1-[N-(tert-butyloxy)carbamoyl]-3-(toluenesulfonyloxy)methyl-5- methyl-adamantane and the subsequent cleavage of the BOC-protecting group using aqueous HCl. The {sup 18}F-MEM was obtained in 22{+-}7% radiochemical yield (decay-corrected to EOB) in a total synthesis time including HPLC purification of 90 min. A biodistribution study after IV injection of {sup 18}F-MEM in mice showed a fast clearance of radioactivity from blood and relatively high initial uptake in the kidney and in the lung, which gradually decreased with time. The brain uptake was high (up to 3.6% ID/g, 60 min postinjection) with increasing brain-blood ratios: 2.40, 5.10, 6.33, and 9.27 at 5, 30, 60, and 120 min, respectively. The regional accumulation of the radioactivity in the mouse brain was consistent with the known distribution of the PCP recognition site. Preliminary PET evaluation of the radiotracer in a rhesus monkey demonstrated good uptake and prolonged retention in the brain, with a plateau from 35 min onwards p.i. in the NMDA receptor-rich regions (frontal cortex, striata, and temporal cortex). Delineation of the hippocampus, a region known to contain a high density of NMDA receptors, was not possible owing to the resolution of the PET tomograph. The regional brain uptake of {sup 18}F-MEM was changed by memantine and by a pharmacological dose of (+)-MK-801, indicating competition for the same binding sites. In a preliminary experiment, haloperidol, a dopamine D2 and sigma receptor

  20. 2009年广州地区季节性甲型流感病毒对烷胺类药物耐药性分析%Adamantane resistance among seasonal influenza A viruses between January to October in Guangzhou, 2009

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    杨子峰; 占扬清; 张雪; 黄群娣; 招穗珊; 周荣; 陈荣昌; 钟南山; 关文达; 徐国荣; 李铭源; 莫自耀; 罗翌; 董婉妮; 王玉涛; 秦笙

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study the prevalence of adamantane-resistance among influenza A viruses isolated from Guangzhou between January and October in 2009, and to provide more information for clinical usage of adamantine drugs. Methods Totally 311 influenza A strains isolated from 6 hospitals in Guangzhou between January and October in 2009 were selected, and the MP gene of all 311 strains ( 159 strains of H1subtype, 152 strains of H3 subtype ) was sequenced. The susceptibility of viruses to rimantadine was assayedby biological methods in cells. Result A hundred and forty-eight strains of influenza A ( H1 ) viruses( 93. 1%, 148/159 ) were resistant to the adamantanes, and all the 152 influenza A ( H3 ) viruses were resistant to the adamantanes. An amino acid substitution S31N was found in most of the strains except 1strain with double mutation V27A/S31N. Furthermore, the M gene of influenza A ( H1 ) viruses was divided into genotype B ( human ) ( 97/159 ) and genotype F ( European and Australian birds, 62/159 ), while the M gene of influenza A ( H3 ) viruses was genotype B ( human ) ( 152/152 ). Conclusion Resistance rate of seasonal influenza A viruses isolated from Guangzhou was high. The MP gene of influenza A ( H1 ) may be replaced by a gene from European and Australian birds through a reassortment event.%目的 分析2009年1-10月份广州地区季节性甲型流感病毒对烷胺类药物的耐药情况,为临床预防和治疗季节性甲型流感提供参考依据.方法 选取2009年1-10月份广州地区6家医院分离的季节性甲型流感病毒株311株,其中H1亚型159株,H3亚型152株.对病毒的毒株基质蛋白(MP)基因进行序列测定,利用数据库和软件进行生物信息分析,并测定软件随机抽取的临床分离的H1和H3病毒株(各10株)对金刚烷胺的药物敏感度,分析广州地区2009年1-10月份季节性甲型流感病毒的耐药性和基因重组情况.结果 159株H1亚型流感病毒中148株对金刚烷胺耐药(93

  1. Surface modification of adamantane-terminated gold nanoclusters using cyclodextrins.

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    Yan, Chunyang; Liu, Chao; Abroshan, Hadi; Li, Zhimin; Qiu, Renhua; Li, Gao

    2016-08-17

    The surface functionality of Au38S2(SAdm)20 nanoclusters (-SAdm = adamantanethiolate) in the presence of α-, β-, and γ-cyclodextrins (CDs) is studied. The supramolecular chemistry and host-guest interactions of CDs and the protecting ligands of nanoclusters are investigated using UV-vis and NMR spectroscopies, MALDI mass spectrometry, and molecular dynamics simulations. In contrast to α- and γ-CDs, the results show that β-CDs are capable of efficiently chemisorbing onto the Au38S2(SAdm)20 nanoclusters to yield Au38S2(SAdm)20-(β-CD)2 conjugates. MD simulations revealed that two -SAdm ligands of the nanoparticle with the least steric hindrance are capable to selectively be accommodated into hydrophobic cavity of β-CDs, as furthermore confirmed by NMR spectroscopy. The conjugates largely improve the stability of the nanoclusters in the presence of strong oxidants (e.g., TBHP). Further, the electrochemical properties of Au38S2(SAdm)20 nanoclusters and Au38S2(SAdm)20-(β-CD)2 conjugates are compared. The charge transfer to the redox probe molecules (e.g., K3Fe(CN)6) in solution was monitored by cyclic voltammetry. It is found that β-CDs act as an umbrella to cover the fragile metal cores of the nanoclusters, thereby blocking direct interaction with destabilizing agents and hence quenching the charge transfer process.

  2. 1-(Adamantan-1-yl-3-(4-fluorophenylthiourea

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    Nasser R. El-Brollosy

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In the title molecule, C17H21FN2S, the mean planes of the benzene ring and the thiourea fragment form a dihedral angle of 61.93 (9°. In the crystal, pairs of weak N—H...S interactions link the molecules, forming inversion dimers.

  3. Quasi-normal phase chromatography of nitrogen-containing adamantane derivatives

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    Prokopov, S. V.; Tyrina, E. V.; Davankov, V. A.; Il'in, M. M.; Kurbatova, S. V.

    2013-01-01

    The chromatographic retention of adamantyl-containing amidrazones and triazoles is studied under the conditions of quasi-normal phase (QNP) and reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatography using partially sulfonated hypercrosslinked polystyrene as a stationary phase. The considerable effect of the sorbent-sorbate π interactions on the retention factor of the analytes, particularly under conditions of QNP chromatography, is revealed.

  4. Crystal structure of 2-(adamantan-1-yl-5-(4-bromophenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole

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    Nourah Z. Alzoman

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In the title molecule, C18H19BrN2O, the benzene ring is inclined to the oxadiazole ring by 10.44 (8°. In the crystal, C—H...π interactions link the molecules in a head-to-tail fashion, forming chains extending along the c-axis direction. The chains are further connected by π–π stacking interactions, with centroid–centroid distances of 3.6385 (7 Å, forming layers parallel to the bc plane.

  5. Crystal structure of [2,6-bis(adamantan-1-yl-4-tert-butylphenolato-κO]dimethylaluminium(III

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    Lei Wang

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, [Al(CH32(C30H41O] is synthesized by the reaction of 2,6-di-adamantyl-4-tert-butyl-phenol with Al(CH33 in a nitrogen atmosphere. In the molecule, the coordination geometry around the AlIII atom is slightly distorted C2O trigonal (the sum of the bond angles subtended at Al atom being 359.9°, which is rarely reported for organometallic aluminium compounds. The coordination plane is approximately perpendicular to the benzene ring [the dihedral angle = 87.73 (16°]. There is no intermolecular hydrogen bonding in the crystal structure.

  6. (2SR,3RS-Methyl 2-(adamantan-1-yl-3-phenylsulfonyl-3-(pyridin-2-ylsulfanylpropanoate dichloromethane hemisolvate

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    Rosa-Luisa Meza-León

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C25H29NO4S2 0.5CH2Cl2, was obtained as a racemate. The pyridine and phenyl rings are arranged face-to-face, giving a weak intramolecular π–π interaction [centroid–centroid separation = 3.759 (3 Å]. These interactions are extended intermolecularly, forming chains of stacked rings along [001] with separations of 3.859 (3 and 3.916 (3 Å. The solvent used for crystallization, CH2Cl2, is located in voids between the chains of molecules, with a site occupancy of 0.5.

  7. 3-(Adamantan-1-yl-4-phenyl-1-[(4-phenylpiperazin-1-ylmethyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5(4H-thione

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    Ebtehal S. Al-Abdullah

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The title molecule, C29H35N5S, displays a chair-shaped piperazine ring, as well as an approximately planar triazole ring (r.m.s. deviation = 0.001 Å whose phenyl substituent is nearly perpendicular to the mean plane of the five-membered ring [dihedral angle = 88.9 (1°]. The substituents on the piperazine ring occupy equatorial sites. In the crystal, the adamantyl cage is disordered over two sets of sites with a major component of 67.8 (5%. Weak intermolecular C—H...S hydrogen bonding is present in the crystal.

  8. 3-(Adamantan-1-yl-1-[(4-benzylpiperazin-1-ylmethyl]-4-[(E-(2-hydroxybenzylideneamino]-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5(4H-thione

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    Ali A. El-Emam

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C31H38N6OS, the conformation about the N=C [1.285 (2 Å] imine bond is E. The piperazine ring has a chair conformation and occupies a position almost perpendicular to the plane through the triazole ring; the benzene ring forms a dihedral angle of 31.95 (10° with the triazole ring. Overall, the molecule has the shape of a flattened bowl. The hydroxy group is disordered over two positions. The major component has a site-occupancy factor of 0.762 (3 and forms an intramolecular O—H...N(imine bond to close an S(6 loop. The minor component of the disordered hydroxy group forms an O—H...N(piperazine hydrogen bond. These, along with C—H...S and C—H...N interactions, link molecules into a three-dimensional architecture.

  9. 2 : 2 Fe(III): ligand and "adamantane core" 4 : 2 Fe(III): ligand (hydr)oxo complexes of an acyclic ditopic ligand

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    Ghiladi, Morten; Larsen, Frank B.; McKenzie, Christine J.;

    2005-01-01

    A bis-hydroxo-bridged diiron(III) complex and a bis-mu-oxo-bis-mu-hydroxo-bridged tetrairon( III) complex are isolated from the reaction of 2,6-bis((N, N'-bis-(2-picolyl) amino) methyl)-4-tert-butylphenol (Hbpbp) with iron perchlorate in acidic and neutral solutions respectively. The X......-ray structure of the dinuclear complex [{( Hbpbp) Fe(mu-OH)}(2)](ClO4)(4) center dot 2C(3)H(6)O ( 1 center dot 2C(3)H(6)O) shows that only one of the metal-binding cavities of each ligand is occupied by an iron( III) atom and two [Fe(Hbpbp)](3+) units are linked together by two hydroxo bridging groups to form...... bond lengths of the two different octahedral iron sites: Fe -mu-OH, 1.953( 5), 2.013( 5) angstrom and Fe-mu-O, 1.803( 5), 1.802( 5) angstrom. The difference in ligand environment is too small for allowing Mossbauer spectroscopy to distinguish between the two crystallographically independent Fe sites...

  10. Insights from investigating the interactions of adamantane-based drugs with the M2 proton channel from the H1N1 swine virus

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    Wang, Jing-Fang [College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Wei, Dong-Qing, E-mail: dqwei@gordonlifescience.org [College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Gordon Life Science Institute, 13784 Torrey Del Mar Drive, San Diego, CA 92130 (United States); Chou, Kuo-Chen [College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Gordon Life Science Institute, 13784 Torrey Del Mar Drive, San Diego, CA 92130 (United States)

    2009-10-16

    The M2 proton channel is one of indispensable components for the influenza A virus that plays a vital role in its life cycle and hence is an important target for drug design against the virus. In view of this, the three-dimensional structure of the H1N1-M2 channel was developed based on the primary sequence taken from a patient recently infected by the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. With an explicit water-membrane environment, molecular docking studies were performed for amantadine and rimantadine, the two commercial drugs generally used to treat influenza A infection. It was found that their binding affinity to the H1N1-M2 channel is significantly lower than that to the H5N1-M2 channel, fully consistent with the recent report that the H1N1 swine virus was resistant to the two drugs. The findings and the relevant analysis reported here might provide useful structural insights for developing effective drugs against the new swine flu virus.

  11. Au₂₄(SAdm)₁₆ nanomolecules: X-ray crystal structure, theoretical analysis, adaptability of adamantane ligands to form Au₂₃(SAdm)₁₆ and Au₂₅(SAdm)₁₆, and its relation to Au₂₅(SR)₁₈.

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    Crasto, David; Barcaro, Giovanni; Stener, Mauro; Sementa, Luca; Fortunelli, Alessandro; Dass, Amala

    2014-10-22

    Here we present the crystal structure, experimental and theoretical characterization of a Au24(SAdm)16 nanomolecule. The composition was verified by X-ray crystallography and mass spectrometry, and its optical and electronic properties were investigated via experiments and first-principles calculations. Most importantly, the focus of this work is to demonstrate how the use of bulky thiolate ligands, such as adamantanethiol, versus the commonly studied phenylethanethiolate ligands leads to a great structural flexibility, where the metal core changes its shape from five-fold to crystalline-like motifs and can adapt to the formation of Au(24±1)(SAdm)16, namely, Au23(SAdm)16, Au24(SAdm)16, and Au25(SAdm)16. The basis for the construction of a thermodynamic phase diagram of Au nanomolecules in terms of ligands and solvent features is also outlined.

  12. Novel diamantane polymer platform for enhanced etch resistance

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    Padmanaban, Munirathna; Chakrapani, Srinivasan; Lin, Guanyang; Kudo, Takanori; Parthasarathy, Deepa; Rahman, Dalil; Anyadiegwu, Clement; Antonio, Charito; Dammel, Ralph R.; Liu, Shenggao; Lam, Frederick; Waitz, Anthony; Yamagchi, Masao; Maehara, Takayuki

    2007-03-01

    The dominant current 193 nm photoresist platform is based on adamantane derivatives. This paper reports on the use of derivatives of diamantane, the next higher homolog of adamantane, in the diamondoid series, as monomers in photoresists. Due to their low Ohnishi number and incremental structural parameter (ISP), such molecules are expected to enhance dry etch stability when incorporated into polymers for resist applications. Starting from the diamantane parent, cleavable and non-cleavable acrylate/methacrylate derivatives of diamantane were obtained using similar chemical steps as for adamantane derivatization. This paper reports on the lithographic and etch performance obtained with a number of diamantane-containing monomers, such as 9-hydroxy-4-diamantyl methacrylate (HDiMA), 2-ethyl-2- diamantyl methacrylate (EDiMA), and 2-methyl-2-diamantyl methacrylate (MDiMA). The etch advantage, dry and wet lithographic performance of some of the polymers obtained from these diamantane-containing polymers are discussed.

  13. rac-2-{[1-(1-Adamant-yl)eth-yl]imino-meth-yl}-5-meth-oxy-phenol.

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    Jin, Xu-Dong; Wang, Hai-Bo; Jin, Yue-Hong

    2011-09-01

    A novel Schiff base compound, C(20)H(27)NO(2), was obtained by a condensation of rimantadine and 2-hy-droxy-4-meth-oxy-benzaldehyde. An intra-molecular O-H⋯N hydrogen bond supports the phenol-imine tautomeric form. The adamantane and imino-methyl-4-meth-oxy-phenol units are arranged in a folded conformation [C-N-C-C torsion angle = 110.9 (3)°]. In the crystal, highly hydro-phobic adamantane moieties are inserted between the imino-methyl-4-meth-oxy-phenol units in a sandwich-like arrangement along the c axis.

  14. New aromatic polyamides and polyimides having an adamantine bulky group

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    Producción Científica This paper reports the synthesis and characterization of a new rigid diamine monomer, having a spiro carbon moiety and an adamantane bulky group in its structure; namely spiro-(adamantane-2,9′(2',7'-diamino)-fluorene) (SADAF). After its synthesis, using a straightforward methodology, a novel family of aromatic polyimides (PIs) and polyamides (PAs) has been attained by reaction of SADAF with three aromatic dianhydrides and two diacid chlorides, respectively. Two of the...

  15. Sugar-Decorated Sugar Vesicles : Lectin-Carbohydrate Recognition at the Surface of Cyclodextrin Vesicles

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    Voskuhl, Jens; Stuart, Marc C. A.; Ravoo, Bart Jan

    2010-01-01

    An artificial glycocalix self-assembles when unilamellar bilayer vesicles of amphiphilic beta-cyclodextrins are decorated with maltose and lactose by host-guest interactions. To this end, maltose and lactose were conjugated with adamantane through a tetra(ethyleneglycol) spacer. Both carbohydrate-ad

  16. Emergence of oseltamivir resistant influenza A (H1N1) viruses in the Netherlands during the winter 2007/2008.

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    Meijer, A.; Dijkstra, F.; Donker, G.; Beek, R. van; Jonges, M.; Sande, M. van der; Boucher, C.; Koopmans, M.; Osterhaus, A.; Rimmelzwaan, G.

    2008-01-01

    Background: Continuous monitoring of influenza antiviral susceptibility has become more important since the introduction of the neuraminidase inhibitors (NAI) in 1999, in addition to the existing adamantane M2 channel inhibitors (M2I). Since the 2005/2006 winter season the Dutch National Influenza C

  17. [2](1,3)Adamantano[2](2,7)pyrenophane: A Hydrocarbon with a Large Dipole Moment.

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    Kahl, Paul; Wagner, J Philipp; Balestrieri, Ciro; Becker, Jonathan; Hausmann, Heike; Bodwell, Graham J; Schreiner, Peter R

    2016-08-01

    The fusion of the sp(3) -hybridized parent diamondoid adamantane with the sp(2) -hybridized pyrene results in a hybrid structure with a very large dipole moment which arises from bending the pyrene moiety. Presented herein is the synthesis, study of the electronic and optical properties, as well as the dynamic behavior of this new hydrocarbon.

  18. Shape and release control of a peptide decorated vesicle through pH sensitive orthogonal supramolecular interactions

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    Versluis, Frank; Tomatsu, Itsuro; Kehr, Seda; Fregonese, Carlo; Tepper, Armand W. J. W.; Stuart, Marc C. A.; Ravoo, Bart Jan; Koning, Roman I.; Kros, Alexander

    2009-01-01

    A pH sensitive carrier is obtained by coating a cyclodextrin vesicle with an adamantane-terminated octapeptide through the formation of an inclusion complex. Upon lowering the pH from 7.4 to 5.0, the formation of peptide B-sheets on the vesicle surface induces a transition of the bilayer from a sphe

  19. KCNE1 induces fenestration in the Kv7.1/KCNE1 channel complex that allows for highly specific pharmacological targeting

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    Wrobel, Eva; Rothenberg, Ina; Krisp, Christoph; Hundt, Franziska; Fraenzel, Benjamin; Eckey, Karina; Linders, Joannes T. M.; Gallacher, David J.; Towart, Rob; Pott, Lutz; Pusch, Michael; Yang, Tao; Roden, Dan M.; Kurata, Harley T.; Schulze-Bahr, Eric; Strutz-Seebohm, Nathalie; Wolters, Dirk; Seebohm, Guiscard

    2016-01-01

    Most small-molecule inhibitors of voltage-gated ion channels display poor subtype specificity because they bind to highly conserved residues located in the channel's central cavity. Using a combined approach of scanning mutagenesis, electrophysiology, chemical ligand modification, chemical cross-linking, MS/MS-analyses and molecular modelling, we provide evidence for the binding site for adamantane derivatives and their putative access pathway in Kv7.1/KCNE1 channels. The adamantane compounds, exemplified by JNJ303, are highly potent gating modifiers that bind to fenestrations that become available when KCNE1 accessory subunits are bound to Kv7.1 channels. This mode of regulation by auxiliary subunits may facilitate the future development of potent and highly subtype-specific Kv channel inhibitors. PMID:27731317

  20. KCNE1 induces fenestration in the Kv7.1/KCNE1 channel complex that allows for highly specific pharmacological targeting

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    Wrobel, Eva; Rothenberg, Ina; Krisp, Christoph; Hundt, Franziska; Fraenzel, Benjamin; Eckey, Karina; Linders, Joannes T. M.; Gallacher, David J.; Towart, Rob; Pott, Lutz; Pusch, Michael; Yang, Tao; Roden, Dan M.; Kurata, Harley T.; Schulze-Bahr, Eric; Strutz-Seebohm, Nathalie; Wolters, Dirk; Seebohm, Guiscard

    2016-10-01

    Most small-molecule inhibitors of voltage-gated ion channels display poor subtype specificity because they bind to highly conserved residues located in the channel's central cavity. Using a combined approach of scanning mutagenesis, electrophysiology, chemical ligand modification, chemical cross-linking, MS/MS-analyses and molecular modelling, we provide evidence for the binding site for adamantane derivatives and their putative access pathway in Kv7.1/KCNE1 channels. The adamantane compounds, exemplified by JNJ303, are highly potent gating modifiers that bind to fenestrations that become available when KCNE1 accessory subunits are bound to Kv7.1 channels. This mode of regulation by auxiliary subunits may facilitate the future development of potent and highly subtype-specific Kv channel inhibitors.

  1. 2-(1-Adamantyl-1-(3-aminophenylethanol

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    Michal Rouchal

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In the crystal structure of the title compound, C18H25NO, molecules are linked via O—H...N hydrogen bonds, forming chains parallel to the c axis. Additional weak N—H...O interactions stabilize the crystal packing. The adamantane cage consists of three fused cyclohexane rings in almost ideal chair conformations, with C—C—C angles in the range 107.9 (10–111.3 (11°.

  2. Tools for Chemical Biology: New Macrocyclic Compounds from Diversity-Oriented Synthesis and Toward Materials from Silver(I) Acetylides

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    Madsen, Charlotte Marie

    Part I The formation of a library of diverse macrocyclic compounds with different functionalities and ring sizes in a few steps from two easily accessible α,ω-diol building blocks is presented. The building blocks are combined by esteriffcations in four different ways leading to the formation of ...... of uoro-iodoadamantanes. However, overall the results provide a good starting point for the synthesis of new triptycene and adamantane-containing molecules that can interact with carbon nanotubes....

  3. Organic Electrochemistry in Aluminum Chloride Melts.

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    1976-08-15

    Cyclic voltametry revealed adamantane and l-methyladamanta1ie to be electroactive at a tungsten electrode * well within the background limits of molten...diphenylmethane. Coulometry cyclic voltametry and ring-disc electrode studies were carried out to elucidate a mechanism for the reaction. It was shown that...the viscosity was found to be 25 cp and the • I conductivity, 3 x 1O~ ohm~ cm ’. A variety of electrode materials were surveyed via cyclic voltaninetry

  4. Drug: D08174 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available D08174 Drug Memantine (INN); Exiba (TN) C12H21N 179.1674 179.3018 D08174.gif Anti-Alzhe...imer's [DS:H00056] Same as: C13736 ATC code: N06DX01 Indication: Alzheimer's disease adamantane derivati...napse hsa05010(2902+2903+2904+2905+2906) Alzheimer's disease Transporter: SLC22A2 [HSA:6582] map07056 Agents for Alzhe

  5. Full-genome analysis of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus from a human, North America, 2013.

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    Pabbaraju, Kanti; Tellier, Raymond; Wong, Sallene; Li, Yan; Bastien, Nathalie; Tang, Julian W; Drews, Steven J; Jang, Yunho; Davis, C Todd; Fonseca, Kevin; Tipples, Graham A

    2014-05-01

    Full-genome analysis was conducted on the first isolate of a highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus from a human in North America. The virus has a hemagglutinin gene of clade 2.3.2.1c and is a reassortant with an H9N2 subtype lineage polymerase basic 2 gene. No mutations conferring resistance to adamantanes or neuraminidase inhibitors were found.

  6. Isolation and structural proof of the large diamond molecule, cyclohexamantane (C26H30)

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    Dahl, J.E.P.; Moldowan, J.M.; Peakman, T.M.; Clardy, J.C.; Lobkovsky, E.; Olmstead, M.M.; May, P.W.; Davis, T.J.; Steeds, J.W.; Peters, K.E.; Pepper, A.; Ekuan, A.; Carlson, R.M.K.

    2003-01-01

    Ace of diamonds: Cyclohexamantane (C26H30), a large diamond-like molecule containing six peri-fused adamantane cages was identified in petroleum and its structure proven by X-ray crystallography (see picture), Never synthesized because of severe mechanistic difficulties, the structure of cyclohexamantane has appeared in theoretical molecular-simulation studies related to diamond; its experimentally determined properties are now discussed.

  7. Versatile types of polysaccharide-based supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes for gene delivery

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    Hu, Yang; Zhao, Nana; Yu, Bingran; Liu, Fusheng; Xu, Fu-Jian

    2014-06-01

    Different polysaccharide-based supramolecular polycations were readily synthesized by assembling multiple β-cyclodextrin-cored star polycations with an adamantane-functionalized dextran via host-guest interaction in the absence or presence of bioreducible linkages. Compared with nanoplexes of the starting star polycation and pDNA, the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes exhibited similarly low cytotoxicity, improved cellular internalization and significantly higher gene transfection efficiencies. The incorporation of disulfide linkages imparted the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes with the advantage of intracellular bioreducibility, resulting in better gene delivery properties. In addition, the antitumor properties of supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes were also investigated using a suicide gene therapy system. The present study demonstrates that the proper assembly of cyclodextrin-cored polycations with adamantane-functionalized polysaccharides is an effective strategy for the production of new nanoplex delivery systems.Different polysaccharide-based supramolecular polycations were readily synthesized by assembling multiple β-cyclodextrin-cored star polycations with an adamantane-functionalized dextran via host-guest interaction in the absence or presence of bioreducible linkages. Compared with nanoplexes of the starting star polycation and pDNA, the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes exhibited similarly low cytotoxicity, improved cellular internalization and significantly higher gene transfection efficiencies. The incorporation of disulfide linkages imparted the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes with the advantage of intracellular bioreducibility, resulting in better gene delivery properties. In addition, the antitumor properties of supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes were also investigated using a suicide gene therapy system. The present study demonstrates that the proper assembly of cyclodextrin-cored polycations

  8. The abundance and distribution of diamondoids in biodegraded oils from the San Joaquin Valley: Implications for biodegradation of diamondoids in petroleum reservoirs

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    Wei, Z.; Moldowan, J.M.; Peters, K.E.; Wang, Y.; Xiang, W.

    2007-01-01

    The biodegradability of diamondoids was investigated using a collection of crude oil samples from the San Joaquin Valley, California, that had been biodegraded to varying extent in the reservoir. Our results show that diamondoids are subjected to biodegradation, which is selective as well as stepwise. Adamantanes are generally more susceptible to biodegradation than other diamondoids, such as diamantanes and triamantanes. We report a possible pathway for the microbial degradation of adamantane. This cage hydrocarbon possibly breaks down to a metabolic intermediate through the action of microbes at higher levels of biodegradation in petroleum reservoirs. Microbial alteration has only a minor effect on diamondoid abundance in oil at low levels of biodegradation. Our results suggest that most diamondoids (with the exception of adamantane) are resistant to biodegradation, like the polycyclic terpanes (e.g. C19-C24 tricyclic terpanes, hopanes, gammacerane, oleananes, Ts, Tm, C29 Ts), steranes and diasteranes. Microbial alteration of diamondoids has a negligible impact on the quantification of oil cracking achieved using the diamondoid-biomarker method. ?? 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. A Review of the Antiviral Susceptibility of Human and Avian Influenza Viruses over the Last Decade

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    Ding Yuan Oh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Antivirals play an important role in the prevention and treatment of influenza infections, particularly in high-risk or severely ill patients. Two classes of influenza antivirals have been available in many countries over the last decade (2004–2013, the adamantanes and the neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs. During this period, widespread adamantane resistance has developed in circulating influenza viruses rendering these drugs useless, resulting in the reliance on the most widely available NAI, oseltamivir. However, the emergence of oseltamivir-resistant seasonal A(H1N1 viruses in 2008 demonstrated that NAI-resistant viruses could also emerge and spread globally in a similar manner to that seen for adamantane-resistant viruses. Previously, it was believed that NAI-resistant viruses had compromised replication and/or transmission. Fortunately, in 2013, the majority of circulating human influenza viruses remain sensitive to all of the NAIs, but significant work by our laboratory and others is now underway to understand what enables NAI-resistant viruses to retain the capacity to replicate and transmit. In this review, we describe how the susceptibility of circulating human and avian influenza viruses has changed over the last ten years and describe some research studies that aim to understand how NAI-resistant human and avian influenza viruses may emerge in the future.

  10. A Nano-MgO and Ionic Liquid-Catalyzed ‘Green’ Synthesis Protocol for the Development of Adamantyl-Imidazolo-Thiadiazoles as Anti-Tuberculosis Agents Targeting Sterol 14α-Demethylase (CYP51)

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    Anusha, Sebastian; CP, Baburajeev; Mohan, Chakrabhavi Dhananjaya; Mathai, Jessin; Rangappa, Shobith; Mohan, Surender; Chandra; Paricharak, Shardul; Mervin, Lewis; Fuchs, Julian E.; M, Mahedra; Bender, Andreas; Basappa; Rangappa, Kanchugarakoppal S.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we describe the ‘green’ synthesis of novel 6-(adamantan-1-yl)-2-substituted-imidazo[2,1-b][1,3,4]thiadiazoles (AITs) by ring formation reactions using 1-(adamantan-1-yl)-2-bromoethanone and 5-alkyl/aryl-2-amino1,3,4-thiadiazoles on a nano material base in ionic liquid media. Given the established activity of imidazothiadiazoles against M. tuberculosis, we next examined the anti-TB activity of AITs against the H37Rv strain using Alamar blue assay. Among the tested compounds 6-(adamantan-1-yl)-2-(4-methoxyphenyl)imidazo[2,1-b][1,3,4]thiadiazole (3f) showed potent inhibitory activity towards M. tuberculosis with an MIC value of 8.5 μM. The inhibitory effect of this molecule against M. tuberculosis was comparable to the standard drugs such as Pyrazinamide, Streptomycin, and Ciprofloxacin drugs. Mechanistically, an in silico analysis predicted sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51) as the likely target and experimental activity of 3f in this system corroborated the in silico target prediction. In summary, we herein report the synthesis and biological evaluation of novel AITs against M. tuberculosis that likely target CYP51 to induce their antimycobacterial activity. PMID:26470029

  11. A Nano-MgO and Ionic Liquid-Catalyzed 'Green' Synthesis Protocol for the Development of Adamantyl-Imidazolo-Thiadiazoles as Anti-Tuberculosis Agents Targeting Sterol 14α-Demethylase (CYP51).

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    Anusha, Sebastian; Cp, Baburajeev; Mohan, Chakrabhavi Dhananjaya; Mathai, Jessin; Rangappa, Shobith; Mohan, Surender; Chandra; Paricharak, Shardul; Mervin, Lewis; Fuchs, Julian E; M, Mahedra; Bender, Andreas; Basappa; Rangappa, Kanchugarakoppal S

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we describe the 'green' synthesis of novel 6-(adamantan-1-yl)-2-substituted-imidazo[2,1-b][1,3,4]thiadiazoles (AITs) by ring formation reactions using 1-(adamantan-1-yl)-2-bromoethanone and 5-alkyl/aryl-2-amino1,3,4-thiadiazoles on a nano material base in ionic liquid media. Given the established activity of imidazothiadiazoles against M. tuberculosis, we next examined the anti-TB activity of AITs against the H37Rv strain using Alamar blue assay. Among the tested compounds 6-(adamantan-1-yl)-2-(4-methoxyphenyl)imidazo[2,1-b][1,3,4]thiadiazole (3f) showed potent inhibitory activity towards M. tuberculosis with an MIC value of 8.5 μM. The inhibitory effect of this molecule against M. tuberculosis was comparable to the standard drugs such as Pyrazinamide, Streptomycin, and Ciprofloxacin drugs. Mechanistically, an in silico analysis predicted sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51) as the likely target and experimental activity of 3f in this system corroborated the in silico target prediction. In summary, we herein report the synthesis and biological evaluation of novel AITs against M. tuberculosis that likely target CYP51 to induce their antimycobacterial activity.

  12. Inhibitors of the influenza A virus M2 proton channel discovered using a high-throughput yeast growth restoration assay.

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    Aruna D Balgi

    Full Text Available The M2 proton channel of the influenza A virus is the target of the anti-influenza drugs amantadine and rimantadine. The effectiveness of these drugs has been dramatically limited by the rapid spread of drug resistant mutations, mainly at sites S31N, V27A and L26F in the pore of the channel. Despite progress in designing inhibitors of V27A and L26F M2, there are currently no drugs targeting these mutated channels in clinical trials. Progress in developing new drugs has been hampered by the lack of a robust assay with sufficient throughput for discovery of new active chemotypes among chemical libraries and sufficient sensitivity to provide the SAR data essential for their improvement and development as drugs. In this study we adapted a yeast growth restoration assay, in which expression of the M2 channel inhibits yeast growth and exposure to an M2 channel inhibitor restores growth, into a robust and sensitive high-throughput screen for M2 channel inhibitors. A screen of over 250,000 pure chemicals and semi-purified fractions from natural extracts identified 21 active compounds comprising amantadine, rimantadine, 13 related adamantanes and 6 non-adamantanes. Of the non-adamantanes, hexamethylene amiloride and a triazine derivative represented new M2 inhibitory chemotypes that also showed antiviral activity in a plaque reduction assay. Of particular interest is the fact that the triazine derivative was not sufficiently potent for detection as an inhibitor in the traditional two electrode voltage clamp assay for M2 channel activity, but its discovery in the yeast assay led to testing of analogues of which one was as potent as amantadine.

  13. Designing inhibitors of M2 proton channel against H1N1 swine influenza virus.

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    Qi-Shi Du

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: M2 proton channel of H1N1 influenza A virus is the target protein of anti-flu drugs amantadine and rimantadine. However, the two once powerful adamantane-based drugs lost their 90% bioactivity because of mutations of virus in recent twenty years. The NMR structure of the M2 channel protein determined by Schnell and Chou (Nature, 2008, 451, 591-595 may help people to solve the drug-resistant problem and develop more powerful new drugs against H1N1 influenza virus. METHODOLOGY: Docking calculation is performed to build the complex structure between receptor M2 proton channel and ligands, including existing drugs amantadine and rimantadine, and two newly designed inhibitors. The computer-aided drug design methods are used to calculate the binding free energies, with the computational biology techniques to analyze the interactions between M2 proton channel and adamantine-based inhibitors. CONCLUSIONS: 1 The NMR structure of M2 proton channel provides a reliable structural basis for rational drug design against influenza virus. 2 The channel gating mechanism and the inhibiting mechanism of M2 proton channel, revealed by the NMR structure of M2 proton channel, provides the new ideas for channel inhibitor design. 3 The newly designed adamantane-based inhibitors based on the modeled structure of H1N1-M2 proton channel have two pharmacophore groups, which act like a "barrel hoop", holding two adjacent helices of the H1N1-M2 tetramer through the two pharmacophore groups outside the channel. 4 The inhibitors with such binding mechanism may overcome the drug resistance problem of influenza A virus to the adamantane-based drugs.

  14. Reaction mechanisms of ruthenium tetroxide mediated oxidations of organic compounds

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    Froehaug, Astrid Elisabeth

    1995-12-31

    This thesis reports a study of the mechanism of ruthenium tetroxide mediated oxidations of saturated hydrocarbons, ethers, alkenes and alcohols. Several methods were used. The RuO{sub 4}-mediated oxidations of adamantane and cis-decalin were studied in CCl{sub 4}-CH{sub 3}CN-H{sub 2}O and in acetone-water. The rate of reaction was found to be moderately influenced by the polarity of the solvent. Solvent properties other than the polarity were also found to influence the reaction rates. From the oxidations of adamantane and adamantane-1,3,5,7-d{sub 4} two primary kinetic deuterium isotope effects were found. These were comparable with the deuterium isotope effects found for the analogous oxidations of cis-decalin and cis-decalin-d{sub 18}. The results seem to exclude both a one step hydride abstraction reaction mechanism and a one step concerted mechanism, as well as a scheme where two such mechanisms compete. The observations may be explained by a two step reaction mechanism consisting of a pre-equilibrium with formation of a substrate-RuO{sub 4} complex followed by a concerted rate determining reaction. The RuO{sub 4}-mediated oxidation of ethers was of kinetic second order with a small enthalpy of activation and a large negative entropy of activation. Oxidation of cyclopropylmethyl methyl ether gave methyl cyclopropanecarboxylate, no rearranged products were observed. On RuO{sub 4} oxidations in CCl{sub 4} with NaIO{sub 4} as stoichiometric oxidant, no chlorinated products were observed. Several observations not in agreement with a hydride or a hydrogen abstraction mechanism may be explained by assuming that the reaction proceeds by either a concerted reaction or by a reversible oxidative addition of the ether to RuO{sub 4} followed by a slow concerted step. 228 refs., 9 figs., 27 tabs.

  15. Bilayer vesicles of amphiphilic cyclodextrins: host membranes that recognize guest molecules.

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    Falvey, Patrick; Lim, Choon Woo; Darcy, Raphael; Revermann, Tobias; Karst, Uwe; Giesbers, Marcel; Marcelis, Antonius T M; Lazar, Adina; Coleman, Anthony W; Reinhoudt, David N; Ravoo, Bart Jan

    2005-02-04

    A family of amphiphilic cyclodextrins (6, 7) has been prepared through 6-S-alkylation (alkyl=n-dodecyl and n-hexadecyl) of the primary side and 2-O-PEGylation of the secondary side of alpha-, beta-, and gamma-cyclodextrins (PEG=poly(ethylene glycol)). These cyclodextrins form nonionic bilayer vesicles in aqueous solution. The bilayer vesicles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, dye encapsulation, and capillary electrophoresis. The molecular packing of the amphiphilic cyclodextrins was investigated by using small-angle X-ray diffraction of bilayers deposited on glass and pressure-area isotherms obtained from Langmuir monolayers on the air-water interface. The bilayer thickness is dependent on the chain length, whereas the average molecular surface area scales with the cyclodextrin ring size. The alkyl chains of the cyclodextrins in the bilayer are deeply interdigitated. Molecular recognition of a hydrophobic anion (adamantane carboxylate) by the cyclodextrin vesicles was investigated by using capillary electrophoresis, thereby exploiting the increase in electrophoretic mobility that occurs when the hydrophobic anions bind to the nonionic cyclodextrin vesicles. It was found that in spite of the presence of oligo(ethylene glycol) substituents, the beta-cyclodextrin vesicles retain their characteristic affinity for adamantane carboxylate (association constant K(a)=7.1 x 10(3) M(-1)), whereas gamma-cyclodextrin vesicles have less affinity (K(a)=3.2 x 10(3) M(-1)), and alpha-cyclodextrin or non-cyclodextrin, nonionic vesicles have very little affinity (K(a) approximately 100 M(-1)). Specific binding of the adamantane carboxylate to beta-cyclodextrin vesicles was also evident in competition experiments with beta-cyclodextrin in solution. Hence, the cyclodextrin vesicles can function as host bilayer membranes that recognize small guest molecules by specific noncovalent interaction.

  16. Structure and properties of bimetallic titanium and vanadium oxide clusters.

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    Helmich, Benjamin; Sierka, Marek; Döbler, Jens; Sauer, Joachim

    2014-05-14

    By employing a genetic algorithm together with density functional theory (B3LYP), we investigate the most stable minimum structures of several bimetallic titanium and vanadium oxide clusters that contain four metal atoms. The following compositions are studied: VnTin-4O10(-) (n = 1-4), (TiO2)VOn(-) (n = 1-4), and (TiO2)VOn(+) (n = 1-3). Apart from (TiO2)3VO(-), vanadium oxo groups are always part of the most stable minimum structures when vanadium is present. Anti-ferromagnetic coupling lowers the energy substantially if spin centers are located at neighbored metal atoms rather than at distant oxygen radical sites. Vanadium-rich or oxygen-poor compositions prefer symmetric adamantane-like cage structures, some of which have already been proposed in a previous study. In contrast, vanadium-poor and oxygen-rich compositions show versatile structural motifs that cannot be intuitively derived from the symmetric cage motif. Particularly, for Ti4O10(-) there are several non-symmetric and distorted cages that have an up to 68 kJ mol(-1) lower energy than the symmetric adamantane-like cage structure. Nevertheless, for the adamantane-like cage the simulated infra-red spectrum (within the harmonic approximation) agrees best with the experimental vibrational spectrum. The oxidative power of the (TiO2)3VO3(-) and (TiO2)3VO2(+) clusters as measured by the energy of removing 1/2 O2 (297 and 227 kJ mol(-1), respectively) is less than that of the pure vanadium oxide clusters (V2O5)VO3(-) and (V2O5)VO2(+) (283 and 165 kJ mol(-1), respectively).

  17. Ruthenium tetraoxide oxidations of alkanes: DFT calculations of barrier heights and kinetic isotope effects.

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    Drees, Markus; Strassner, Thomas

    2006-03-03

    The oxidation of C-H and C-C bonds by metal-oxo compounds is of general interest. We studied the RuO4-mediated catalytic oxidation of several cycloalkanes such as adamantane and cis- and trans-decalin as well as methane. B3LYP/6-31G(d) calculations on the experimentally proposed (3+2) mechanism are in good agreement with known experimental results. Comparison of experimental and theoretical kinetic isotope effects confirms the proposed mechanism. Besides RuO4, we also looked at RuO4(OH)- as a potential active species to account for ruthenium tetraoxide oxidations under strong basic conditions.

  18. Superstructures of fluorescent cyclodextrin via click-reaction

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    Arkadius Maciollek

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Mono-(6-azido-6-deoxy-β-cyclodextrin (CD was covalently attached to an alkyne-modified 5-methyl-2-(pyridin-2-ylthiazol-4-ol yielding a fluorophore containing CD in a click-type reaction. Intermolecular complexes were formed by poly(host–guest-interactions. The supramolecular structures were characterized by 1H NMR-ROESY spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, UV–vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation. By adding potassium adamantane-1-carboxylate, the thiazol dye is displaced from the CD-cavity and the elongated noncovalent polymeric structures collapse.

  19. Computer simulation of a phosphorescent probe inside β -cyclodextrin matrices

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    Odinokov, Alexey; Alfimov, Mikhail

    2017-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of the different self-assembled structures based on the β -cyclodextrin and adamantane were performed. The line shift and non-uniform broadening of the T1 →S0 transition of naphthalene molecule inserted into these structures were calculated. It was found that line width is mainly governed by the nearest-neighbor environment. The most important factor was the existence of the typical "sandwich" structural pattern. The main findings provide a way to the rational design of new materials for nanophotonics.

  20. Synthesis of novel triazole-linked mefloquine derivatives: biological evaluation against Plasmodium falciparum.

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    Hamann, Anton R; de Kock, Carmen; Smith, Peter J; van Otterlo, Willem A L; Blackie, Margaret A L

    2014-12-01

    Using 2,8-bis(trifluoromethyl)quinoline, the pharmacophore of mefloquine, as scaffold, eleven novel triazole-linked compounds have been synthesised by the application of CuAAC chemistry. The in vitro biological activity of the compounds on the Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine-sensitive strain NF54 was then determined. The compounds all showed IC50s in the lower μM range with (1R,3S,5R)-N-{[1-(2,8-bis(trifluoromethyl)quinoline-4-yl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl]methyl}adamantan-2-amine (29) exhibiting the best activity of 1.00 μM.

  1. Recent advances in the chemotherapy of herpes virus infections.

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    Eşanu, V

    1981-01-01

    The main categories of antiherpes agents presently used in chemotherapy area reviewed according to the phase of virus replication affected : 1) virus adsorption (adamantane, nonionic surfactants) ; 2) eclipse (interferon) ; 3) virion maturation (nucleoside and nucleotide analogues and phosphonic acid derivatives). Mention is also made of other compounds--different synthetic organic derivatives, photodynamic dyes, metal ions, boric acid, hormones, antibiotics, other natural products (extracts from marine algae, propolis, garlic)--with promising antiviral properties. The difficulties and prospects of viral chemotherapy research are briefly discussed.

  2. [Characteristics of antiischemic and nootropic properties of ademol in a rat model of acute brain ischemia].

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    Khodakivs'kyĭ, O A

    2013-01-01

    In experiments with the rat model of acute disorder of encephalic circulation (bilateral carotid occlusion) it was found that introduction of derivate of adamantan 1-adamantiloxy-3-morfolino-2 propanol (under conventional name ademol) in the dose 2 mg/kg intraabdominal in treatment regimen (in an hour after reconstruction of insult and further 1 time every 24 hours during 21 days) was accompanied by a recovery of mnemotropic properties and is more effective than cytikolin, resulting in a decreased lethality and neurological deficiency in acute and recovery periods of insults. The data received proved the usefulness of development of ademol based cerebroprotective remedy.

  3. Drug: D00777 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available 28 187.7096 D00777.gif Antiviral, Antiparkinsonian [DS:H00057 H00398] Same as: C07939 Therapeutic category: ...ansporter: SLC22A2 [HSA:6582] map07044 Antiviral agents map07057 Antiparkinsonian agents map07235 N-Metyl-D-...rvous system and sensory organs 11 Agents affecting central nervous system 116 Antiparkinson...ation [BR:br08302] Antiparkinson Agents Antiparkinson Agents, Other Amantadine D0...04BB Adamantane derivatives N04BB01 Amantadine D00777 Amantadine hydrochloride (JP16/USP) USP drug classific

  4. Autoencapsulation through intermolecular forces: a synthetic self-assembling spherical complex.

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    Meissner, R S; Rebek, J; de Mendoza, J

    1995-12-01

    The synthesis and characterization of a system for the study of molecular recognition phenomena are described. The system involves a tetraurea molecule that is capable of assembly into various associated states through hydrogen bonding. In organic solvents, the dynamic transition between a low-ordered (aggregate) state and a highly ordered dimeric assembly can be induced by the introduction of smaller molecules of appropriate size and shape. These smaller molecules, such as benzene, adamantanes, and ferrocenes, act as guests that occupy the pseudospherical capsule formed by the dimeric host. Among various guests, those that best fill the cavity and offer chemical complementarity to the host are preferentially encapsulated.

  5. Anti-influenza Virus Effects of Catechins: A Molecular and Clinical Review.

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    Ide, Kazuke; Kawasaki, Yohei; Kawakami, Koji; Yamada, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Influenza infection and associated epidemics represent a serious public health problem. Several preventive and curative measures exist against its spread including vaccination and therapeutic agents such as neuraminidase inhibitors (e.g., oseltamivir, zanamivir, as well as peramivir and laninamivir, which are licensed in several countries) and adamantanes (e.g., amantadine and rimantadine). However, neuraminidase inhibitor- and adamantane- resistant viruses have been detected, whereas vaccines exhibit strain-specific effects and are limited in supply. Thus, new approaches are needed to prevent and treat influenza infections. Catechins, a class of polyphenolic flavonoids present in tea leaves, have been reported as potential anti-influenza virus agents based on experimental and clinical studies. (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a major and highly bioactive catechin, is known to inhibit influenza A and B virus infections in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. Additionally, EGCG and other catechin compounds such as epicatechin gallate and catechin-5-gallate also show neuraminidase inhibitory activities as demonstrated via molecular docking. These catechins can bind differently to neuraminidase and might overcome known drug resistancerelated virus mutations. Furthermore, the antiviral effects of chemically modified catechin derivatives have also been investigated, and future structure-based drug design studies of catechin derivatives might contribute to improvements in influenza prevention and treatment. This review briefly summarizes probable mechanisms underlying the inhibitory effects of tea catechins against influenza infection and their clinical benefits on influenza prevention and treatment. Additionally, the great potential of tea catechins and their chemical derivatives as effective antiviral agents is described.

  6. Computational study of drug binding to the membrane-bound tetrameric M2 peptide bundle from influenza A virus.

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    Khurana, Ekta; Devane, Russell H; Dal Peraro, Matteo; Klein, Michael L

    2011-02-01

    The M2 protein of influenza A virus performs the crucial function of transporting protons to the interior of virions enclosed in the endosome. Adamantane drugs, amantadine (AMN) and rimantidine (RMN), block the proton conduction in some strains, and have been used for the treatment and prophylaxis of influenza A infections. The structures of the transmembrane (TM) region of M2 that have been solved in micelles using NMR (residues 23-60) (Schnell and Chou, 2008) and by X-ray crystallography (residues 22-46) (Stouffer et al., 2008) suggest different drug binding sites: external and internal for RMN and AMN, respectively. We have used molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate the nature of the binding site and binding mode of adamantane drugs on the membrane-bound tetrameric M2-TM peptide bundles using as initial conformations the low-pH AMN-bound crystal structure, a high-pH model derived from the drug-free crystal structure, and the high-pH NMR structure. The MD simulations indicate that under both low- and high-pH conditions, AMN is stable inside the tetrameric bundle, spanning the region between residues Val27 to Gly34. At low pH the polar group of AMN is oriented toward the His37 gate, while under high-pH conditions its orientation exhibits large fluctuations. The present MD simulations also suggest that AMN and RMN molecules do not show strong affinity to the external binding sites.

  7. Polycyclic amines as chloroquine resistance modulating agents in Plasmodium falciparum.

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    Joubert, Jacques; Kapp, Erika; Taylor, Dale; Smith, Peter J; Malan, Sarel F

    2016-02-15

    Pentacycloundecylamines (PCUs) and adamantane amines, such as NGP1-01 (1) and amantadine, have shown significant channel blocking activities. They are postulated to act as chemosensitizers and circumvent the resistance of the plasmodia parasite against chloroquine (CQ) by inhibiting the p-glycoprotein efflux pump and enabling the accumulation of CQ inside the parasite digestive vacuole. Twelve polycyclic amines containing either a PCU or adamantane amine moiety conjugated to different aromatic functionalities through various tethered linkers were selected based on their channel blocking abilities and evaluated as potential chemosensitizers. Compounds 2, 4, 5 and 10 showed significant voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) blocking ability (IC50=0.27-35 μM) and were able to alter the CQ IC50 in differing degrees (45-81%) in the multidrug resistant Plasmodium falciparum Dd2 isolate. Among them, the PCU-dansyl amine compound (4) displayed the best potential to act as a chemosensitizer against the Dd2 strain at a 1 μM concentration (RMI=0.19) while displaying moderate antiplasmodial activity (Dd2 IC50=6.25 μM) and low in vitro cytotoxicity against a mammalian cell line (CHO, IC50=119 μM). Compounds 2 and 10 also showed some promising chemosensitizing abilities (RMI=0.36 and 0.35 respectively). A direct correlation was found between the VGCC blocking ability of these polycyclic amines and their capacity to act as CQ resistance modulating agents.

  8. Degradation mechanisms of geosmin and 2-MIB during UV photolysis and UV/chlorine reactions.

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    Kim, Tae-Kyoung; Moon, Bo-Ram; Kim, Taeyeon; Kim, Moon-Kyung; Zoh, Kyung-Duk

    2016-11-01

    We conducted chlorination, UV photolysis, and UV/chlorin reactions to investigate the intermediate formation and degradation mechanisms of geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB) in water. Chlorination hardly removed geosmin and 2-MIB, while the UV/chlorine reaction at 254 nm completely removed geosmin and 2-MIB within 40 min and 1 h, respectively, with lesser removals of both compounds during UV photolysis. The kinetics during both UV photolysis and UV/chlorine reactions followed a pseudo first-order reaction. Chloroform was found as a chlorinated intermediate during the UV/chlorine reaction of both geosmin and 2-MIB. The pH affected both the degradation and chloroform production during the UV/chlorine reaction. The open ring and dehydration intermediates identified during UV/chlorine reactions were 1,4-dimethyl-adamantane, and 1,3-dimethyl-adamantane from geosmin, 2-methylenebornane, and 2-methyl-2-bornene from 2-MIB, respectively. Additionally, 2-methyl-3-pentanol, 2,4-dimethyl-1-heptene, 4-methyl-2-heptanone, and 1,1-dichloro-2,4-dimethyl-1-heptane were newly identified intermediates from UV/chlorine reactions of both geosmin and 2-MIB. These intermediates were degraded as the reaction progressed. We proposed possible degradation pathways during the UV photolysis and UV/chlorine reactions of both compounds using the identified intermediates.

  9. The epidemiology and spread of drug resistant human influenza viruses.

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    Hurt, Aeron C

    2014-10-01

    Significant changes in the circulation of antiviral-resistant influenza viruses have occurred over the last decade. The emergence and continued circulation of adamantane-resistant A(H3N2) and A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses mean that the adamantanes are no longer recommended for use. Resistance to the newer class of drugs, the neuraminidase inhibitors, is typically associated with poorer viral replication and transmission. But 'permissive' mutations, that compensated for impairment of viral function in A(H1N1) viruses during 2007/2008, enabled them to acquire the H275Y NA resistance mutation without fitness loss, resulting in their rapid global spread. Permissive mutations now appear to be present in A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses thereby increasing the risk that oseltamivir-resistant A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses may also spread globally, a concerning scenario given that oseltamivir is the most widely used influenza antiviral.

  10. First characterization of AKB-48 metabolism, a novel synthetic cannabinoid, using human hepatocytes and high-resolution mass spectrometry.

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    Gandhi, Adarsh S; Zhu, Mingshe; Pang, Shaokun; Wohlfarth, Ariane; Scheidweiler, Karl B; Liu, Hua-Fen; Huestis, Marilyn A

    2013-10-01

    Since the federal authorities scheduled the first synthetic cannabinoids, JWH-018 and JWH-073, new synthetic cannabinoids were robustly marketed. N-(1-Adamantyl)-1-pentylindazole-3-carboxamide (AKB-48), also known as APINACA, was recently observed in Japanese herbal smoking blends. The National Forensic Laboratory Information System registered 443 reports of AKB-48 cases in the USA from March 2010 to January 2013. In May 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration listed AKB-48 as a Schedule I drug. Recently, AKB-48 was shown to have twice the CB1 receptor binding affinity than CB2. These pharmacological effects and the difficulty in detecting the parent compound in urine highlight the importance of metabolite identification for developing analytical methods for clinical and forensic investigations. Using human hepatocytes and TripleTOF mass spectrometry, we identified 17 novel phase I and II AKB-48 metabolites, products of monohydroxylation, dihydroxylation, or trihydroxylation on the aliphatic adamantane ring or N-pentyl side chain. Glucuronide conjugation of some mono- and dihydroxylated metabolites also occurred. Oxidation and dihydroxylation on the adamantane ring and N-pentyl side chain formed a ketone. More metabolites were identified after 3 h of incubation than at 1 h. For the first time, we present a AKB-48 metabolic scheme obtained from human hepatocytes and high-resolution mass spectrometry. These data are needed to develop analytical methods to identify AKB-48 consumption in clinical and forensic testing.

  11. Quasi-equilibrium states in thermotropic liquid crystals studied by multiple quantum NMR

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    Buljubasich, L; Acosta, R H; Bonin, C J; alez, C E Gonz\\'; Zamar, R C

    2010-01-01

    We study the nature of the quasiinvariants in nematic 5CB and measure their relaxation times by encoding the multiple quantum coherences of the states following the JB pulse pair on two orthogonal bases, Z and X. The experiments were also performed in powder adamantane at 301 K which is used as a reference compound having only one dipolar quasiinvariant. We show that the evolution of the quantum states during the build up of the quasi-equilibrium state in 5CB prepared under the S condition is similar to the case of adamantane and that their quasi-equilibrium density operators have the same tensor structure. In contrast, the second constant of motion, whose explicit operator form is not known, involves a richer composition of multiple quantum coherences on the X basis of even order, in consistency with the truncation inherent in its definition. We exploited the exclusive presence coherences 4, 6, 8, besides 0 and 2 under the W condition to measure the spin-lattice relaxation time T_{W} accurately, so avoiding ...

  12. Solvothermal synthesis of a new 3-D mixed-metal sulfide framework, (H1.33tren)[In2.67Sb1.33S8]·tren

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    Lampkin, John D.; Powell, Anthony V.; Chippindale, Ann M.

    2016-11-01

    A new indium(III) antimony(V) sulfide, (H1.33tren)[In2.67Sb1.33S8]·tren, has been prepared solvothermally at 433 K. The compound crystallises in the tetragonal space group I-42d (lattice parameters, a=12.6248(5) and c=19.4387(18) Å at 150 K) and contains adamantane-like T2 supertetrahedral units comprised of corner-sharing InS45- and SbS43- tetrahedra. The adamantane-like units are then linked through sulfur vertices to generate an open, 3-D framework structure containing large pores in which neutral, protonated tren (tris(2-aminoethylene)amine) molecules reside. The presence of the organic components was confirmed by solid-state 13C NMR (10 kHz), combustion and thermogravimetric analysis. The band gap, obtained from UV-vis diffuse reflectance measurements, is 2.7(2) eV. Stirring with either water or alkali-metal salt solution leads to removal of the neutral tren molecules and an 9% reduction in unit-cell volume on formation of (H1.33tren)[In2.67Sb1.33S8]·(H2O)4.

  13. Obtaining control of cell surface functionalizations via Pre-targeting and Supramolecular host guest interactions.

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    Rood, Mark T M; Spa, Silvia J; Welling, Mick M; Ten Hove, Jan Bart; van Willigen, Danny M; Buckle, Tessa; Velders, Aldrik H; van Leeuwen, Fijs W B

    2017-01-06

    The use of mammalian cells for therapeutic applications is finding its way into modern medicine. However, modification or "training" of cells to make them suitable for a specific application remains complex. By envisioning a chemical toolbox that enables specific, but straight-forward and generic cellular functionalization, we investigated how membrane-receptor (pre)targeting could be combined with supramolecular host-guest interactions based on β-cyclodextrin (CD) and adamantane (Ad). The feasibility of this approach was studied in cells with membranous overexpression of the chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4). By combining specific targeting of CXCR4, using an adamantane (Ad)-functionalized Ac-TZ14011 peptide (guest; KD = 56 nM), with multivalent host molecules that entailed fluorescent β-CD-Poly(isobutylene-alt-maleic-anhydride)-polymers with different fluorescent colors and number of functionalities, host-guest cell-surface modifications could be studied in detail. A second set of Ad-functionalized entities enabled introduction of additional surface functionalities. In addition, the attraction between CD and Ad could be used to drive cell-cell interactions. Combined we have shown that supramolecular interactions, that are based on specific targeting of an overexpressed membrane-receptor, allow specific and stable, yet reversible, surface functionalization of viable cells and how this approach can be used to influence the interaction between cells and their surroundings.

  14. Flu channel drug resistance: a tale of two sites.

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    Pielak, Rafal M; Chou, James J

    2010-03-01

    The M2 proteins of influenza A and B virus, AM2 and BM2, respectively, are transmembrane proteins that oligomerize in the viral membrane to form proton-selective channels. Proton conductance of the M2 proteins is required for viral replication; it is believed to equilibrate pH across the viral membrane during cell entry and across the trans-Golgi membrane of infected cells during viral maturation. In addition to the role of M2 in proton conductance, recent mutagenesis and structural studies suggest that the cytoplasmic domains of the M2 proteins also play a role in recruiting the matrix proteins to the cell surface during virus budding. As viral ion channels of minimalist architecture, the membrane-embedded channel domain of M2 has been a model system for investigating the mechanism of proton conduction. Moreover, as a proven drug target for the treatment of influenza A infection, M2 has been the subject of intense research for developing new anti-flu therapeutics. AM2 is the target of two anti-influenza A drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, both belonging to the adamantane class of compounds. However, resistance of influenza A to adamantane is now widespread due to mutations in the channel domain of AM2. This review summarizes the structure and function of both AM2 and BM2 channels, the mechanism of drug inhibition and drug resistance of AM2, as well as the development of new M2 inhibitors as potential anti-flu drugs.

  15. [Effects of blockade of ionotropic glutamate receptors on the development of pentylenetetrazole kindling in mice].

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    Lukomskaia, N Ia; Lavrent'eva, V V; Starshinova, L A; Zhabko, E P; Gorbunova, L V; Tikhonova, T B; Gmiro, V E; Magazanik, L G

    2005-11-01

    Effects of mono- and dicationic derivatives of adamantane and phenylcyclohexyl on the petyleneterazole-induced (35 mg/kg i. p.) kindling were studied in the experiments on mice. Monocationic derivative of phenylcyclohexyl IEM-1921, effectively retarded the development of kindling beginning the dose 0.0001 microM/kg. Memantine: derivative of adamantane (derivative of adamatane) produced the same effect with 100-fold increased dose. Dicationic derivative ofphenylcyclohexyl: IEM-1925, is able to block equally the open channels of both NMDA and subtype of Ca-permeable AMPA receptors. Its effect on kindling differed markedly from selective NMDA antagonists (IEM-1921 and memantine) in more complicated dose-dependence. The retardation of kindling IEM-1925 was induced at 0.001 microM/kg. On the contrary, a 10-time lower dose: 0.0001 microM/kg, facilitated the development of kindling. The observed difference in the activity of selective NMDA antagonists and the drugs combining anti-NMDA and anti-AMPA potency indicates that both types of ionotropic glutamate receptors are involved in the mechanism of petyleneterazole-induced kindling. The integral effect of channel blockade evoked by drugs seems to be dependent not only upon the ratio of the receptor types but on the kinetics of drug action, too.

  16. Self-organization-induced three-dimensional honeycomb pattern in structure-controlled bulky methacrylate polymers: Synthesis, morphology, and mechanism of pore formation.

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    Deepak, V D; Asha, S K

    2006-11-02

    Here we report, for the first time, a novel molecular design for three-dimensional honeycomb structures through a self-organization of hydrogen-bonded bulky anchoring group in a methacrylic polymer backbone. The polymerizable monomer design includes a methacrylic double bond linked to various hydrophobic anchoring units such as ethane, n-decane, tricyclodecane (TCD), and adamantane via a hydrogen-bonded cycloaliphatic urethane linkage. The structures of the polymers were confirmed by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and the molecular weights of the polymer were determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The methacrylate polymers having tricyclodecane and adamantane bulky anchoring groups self-organized to produce three-dimensional honeycomb patterns in tetrahydrofuran-water solvent mixture at ambient conditions, whereas its linear analogues (ethane, n-decane) failed to produce any micropattern. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis of the above-prepared polymer films revealed that the structure of the polymer played a major role in the formation of the honeycomb patterns. The solution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements confirmed that the bulky tricyclodecane and adamantane polymers have strong hydrogen-bonding interaction compared to that of their linear analogues, which is the driving force for the micropatterns. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis of the bulky polymers revealed that the polymers exist as vesicles or micelles in the solution, which leads to the formation of the honeycomb pattern. The honeycomb pattern formation in the bulky polymer systems suggests that two cooperative factors such as hydrogen-bonding interaction and hydrophobicity of bulky anchoring units are necessary to induce three-dimensional honeycomb structures. To investigate the effect of molecular weights and its distribution on the self-organization process, both benzoyl peroxide (BPO) initiated free radical and

  17. View at Croatian Chemistry through Meetings of Croatian

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    Trinajstić, N.

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The 20th Croatian meeting of chemists and chemical engineers was a proper occasion to consider the past meetings and their role in the development of Croatian chemistry and chemical engineering last 40 years, because these meetings reflect to a large extent the state of these sciences in Croatia. The circumstances that lead to establishment of the Croatian meetings of chemists and chemical engineers and the role of Professor Marijan Laaan (1919-1981 who started these meetings by organizing the first one are described. He also organized the second and the seventh meeting. All persons who chaired these meetings are mentioned, as well as all the lecturers who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Especially emphasized is the participation of Vladimir Prelog (1906-1998 since the twentieth meeting was dedicated to him and to Leopold Ružička (1887-1976 - two excellent Croatian chemists who for their first-class research in organic chemistry won the Nobel Prize (Ružička in 1939 and Prelog 1975. The places where the meetings were held are listed. The structure of the meetings when the change of the meetings' title happened is delineated and the representation of various branches of chemistry according to the number of contributions is discussed. Similarly, the Croatian institutions according to the number ofcontributions of their staff-members and the contributors with the highest number of communications at each meeting are pointed out. Emphasized is the international character of these meetings and the countries from which the participants came are listed. Finally, only one contribution is discussed in detail - the report by Kata Mlinarić-Majerski and Zdenko Majerski on the preparation of [3.1.1]propellane inserted in the structure of adamantane. Adamantane chemistry in Croatia started with the first ever adamantane synthesis in 1941, when Prelog and Seiwerth prepared this cage hydrocarbon and is still going strong due to efforts by Kata Mlinaria

  18. High Resolution Spectroscopy of Hexamethylenetetramine (hmt) C6N_4H12

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    Boudon, V.; Pirali, O.

    2012-06-01

    Hexamethylenetetramine, or HMT (C6N_4H12) is a N-substituted derivative of adamantane C10H16 which is the smallest sample of the diamondoid molecules family. Thanks to their high stability, diamond-like molecules have long been suspected to be present in space (note that diamond nanocrystals are extracted from Murchinson meteorites, and HMT is known to be an abundant residue of UV irradiated ice analogs and might be present in Titan's atmosphere. Using the Bruker IFS 125 coupled to a multipass cell (absorption path length of 150 m) of the AILES beamline at SOLEIL, we recorded the IR spectrum of gas phase HMT in the 300--3000 cm-1 spectral region with an unapodized resolution 0.001 cm-1. HMT is a solid powder with about 0.008 mbar vapour pressure at room temperature, it is a T_d molecule (as adamantane) and has 25 vibrational modes from which only 9 are infrared active. Over the 9 IR active modes, we were able to rotationlly resolved the spectra of 6 of them. The analysis of all the resolved bands has been performed thanks to the XTDS and SPVIEW softwares developed in Dijon for such molecules. Each band can be considered as isolated and we get very good fits of line positions, with a root mean square deviation better than 5× 10-4 cm-1 for J values up to 80 or more in each case. As for our recent study concerning adamantane, the resulting synthetic spectra will permit an active search of this very stable specie in different sources of the interstellar medium. W. C. Saslaw and J. E. Gaustad, Nature, 221, 160 (1969) R. S. Lewis et al., Nature, 326, 160 (1987) M. P. Bernstein et al., ApJ, 454, 327 (1995) Ch. Wenger, V. Boudon, M. Rotger, M. Sanzharov and J.-P. Champion, J. Mol. Spectrosc., 251 102--113 (2008). O. Pirali, V. Boudon, J. Oomens, M. Vervloet, J. Chem. Phys., 136, 024310 (2012)

  19. Crystal growth of CVD diamond and some of its peculiarities

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    Piekarczyk, W

    1999-01-01

    Experiments demonstrate that CVD diamond can form in gas environments that are carbon undersaturated with respect to diamond. This fact is, among others, the most serious violation of principles of chemical thermodynamics. In this $9 paper it is shown that none of the principles is broken when CVD diamond formation is considered not a physical process consisting in growth of crystals but a chemical process consisting in accretion of macro-molecules of polycyclic $9 saturated hydrocarbons belonging to the family of organic compounds the smallest representatives of which are adamantane, diamantane, triamantane and so forth. Since the polymantane macro-molecules are in every respect identical with $9 diamond single crystals with hydrogen-terminated surfaces, the accretion of polymantane macro- molecules is a process completely equivalent to the growth of diamond crystals. However, the accretion of macro-molecules must be $9 described in a way different from that used to describe the growth of crystals because so...

  20. A CCD area detector for X-ray diffraction under high pressure for rotating anode source

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    Amar Sinha; Alka B Garg; V Vijayakumar; B K Godwal; S K Sikka

    2000-04-01

    Details of a two-dimensional X-ray area detector developed using a charge coupled device, a image intensifier and a fibre optic taper are given. The detector system is especially optimized for angle dispersive X-ray diffraction set up using rotating anode generator as X-ray source. The performance of this detector was tested by successfully carrying out powder X-ray diffraction measurements on various materials such as intermetallics AuIn2, AuGa2, high material Pd and low scatterer adamantane (C10H16) at ambient conditions. Its utility for quick detection of phase transitions at high pressures with diamond anvil cell is demonstrated by reproducing the known pressure induced structural transitions in RbI, KI and a new structural phase transition in AuGa2 above 10 GPa. Various softwares have also been developed to analyze data from this detector.

  1. Simultaneous expression and transportation of insulin by supramolecular polysaccharide nanocluster

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    Zhang, Yu-Hui; Zhang, Ying-Ming; Zhao, Qi-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-03-01

    Drug/gene transportation systems with stimuli-responsive release behaviors are becoming research hotspots in biochemical and biomedical fields. In this work, a glucose-responsive supramolecular nanocluster was successfully constructed by the intermolecular complexation of phenylboronic acid modified β-cyclodextrin with adamantane modified polyethylenimine, which could be used as a biocompatible carrier for insulin and pCMV3-C-GFPSpark-Ins DNA which could express insulin co-delivery. Benefiting from the response capability of phenylboronic acid moiety toward glucose, the encapsulated insulin could be specifically released and the corresponding targeted DNA could efficiently express insulin in HepG2 cell, accompanied by the high-level insulin release in vitro. Our results demonstrate that the simultaneous insulin drug delivery and insulin gene transfection in a controlled mode may have great potential in the clinical diabetes treatments.

  2. Cyclodextrin-Based [1]Rotaxanes on Gold Nanoparticles

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    Yanli Zhao

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Transformation of mechanically interlocked molecules (e.g., rotaxanes and catenanes into nanoscale materials or devices is an important step towards their real applications. In our current work, an azobenzene-modified β-cyclodextrin (β-CD derivative that can form a self-inclusion complex in aqueous solution was prepared. The self-included β-CD derivative was then functionalized onto a gold nanoparticle (AuNP surface via a ligand-exchange reaction in aqueous solution, leading to the formation of AuNP-[1]rotaxane hybrids. Corresponding non-self-included β-CD derivative functionalized AuNPs were also developed in a DMF/H2O mixture solution for control experiments. These hybrids were fully characterized by UV-vis and circular dichroism spectroscopies, together with transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The competitive binding behavior of the hybrids with an adamantane dimer was investigated.

  3. 3-(1-Adamantyl-6-methyl-3-(3-methylbenzylisochroman-1-one

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    Eva Babjaková

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C28H32O2, the oxanone ring adopts distorted half-boat conformation with the following Cremer and Pople puckering parameters: Q = 0.619 (2 Å, θ = 0.75 (19 and ϕ = 172 (13°. The dihedral angle betwen two benzene rings is 21.32 (7°. The adamantane unit consists of three fused cyclohexane rings in classical chair conformations, with absolute values of C—C—C—C torsion angles in the range 57.5 (2–60.9 (2°. Weak interactions of the type C—H...O link molecules of each enantiomer into chains parallel to the b axis and lying about inversion centers. The crystal packing is also stabilized by intermolecular π-π stacking interactions [centroid–centroid distance of 3.8566 (11 Å].

  4. Evaluation of experimental data for wax and diamondoids solubility in gaseous systems

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    Mohammadi, Amir H.; Gharagheizi, Farhad; Eslamimanesh, Ali

    2012-01-01

    The Leverage statistical approach is herein applied for evaluation of experimental data of the paraffin waxes/diamondoids solubility in gaseous systems. The calculation steps of this algorithm consist of determination of the statistical Hat matrix, sketching the Williams Plot, and calculation......-Santiago and Teja correlations are used to calculate/estimate the solubility of paraffin waxes (including n-C24H50 to n-C33H68) and diamondoids (adamantane and diamantane) in carbon dioxide/ethane gases, respectively. It can be interpreted from the obtained results that the applied equations for calculation...... of the corresponding solubilities are statistically valid and correct, and none of the experimental data can be designated as outliers....

  5. The influence of fat and monoacylglycerols on growth of spore-forming bacteria in processed cheese.

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    Hauerlandová, Iva; Lorencová, Eva; Buňka, František; Navrátil, Jan; Janečková, Kristýna; Buňková, Leona

    2014-07-16

    Highly undesirable microbial contaminants of processed cheese are endospore-forming bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Clostridium. Survival of Bacillus subtilis, B. cereus, Clostridium butyricum and C. sporogenes was examined in model processed cheese samples supplemented with monoacylglycerols. In processed cheese samples, monoacylglycerols of undecanoic, undecenoic, lauric and adamantane-1-carboxylic acid at concentration of 0.15% w/w prevented the growth and multiplication of both Bacillus species throughout the storage period. The two species of Clostridium were less affected by monoacylglycerols in processed cheese samples and only partial inhibition was observed. The effect of milk fat content on microbial survival in processed cheese was also evaluated. The growth of Bacillus sp. was affected by the fat level of processed cheese while population levels of Clostridium sp. did not differ in processed cheese samples with 30, 40 and 50% fat in dry matter.

  6. Simultaneous expression and transportation of insulin by supramolecular polysaccharide nanocluster

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    Zhang, Yu-Hui; Zhang, Ying-Ming; Zhao, Qi-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Drug/gene transportation systems with stimuli-responsive release behaviors are becoming research hotspots in biochemical and biomedical fields. In this work, a glucose-responsive supramolecular nanocluster was successfully constructed by the intermolecular complexation of phenylboronic acid modified β-cyclodextrin with adamantane modified polyethylenimine, which could be used as a biocompatible carrier for insulin and pCMV3-C-GFPSpark-Ins DNA which could express insulin co-delivery. Benefiting from the response capability of phenylboronic acid moiety toward glucose, the encapsulated insulin could be specifically released and the corresponding targeted DNA could efficiently express insulin in HepG2 cell, accompanied by the high-level insulin release in vitro. Our results demonstrate that the simultaneous insulin drug delivery and insulin gene transfection in a controlled mode may have great potential in the clinical diabetes treatments. PMID:26948978

  7. Surface modification of cellulose fiber via supramolecular assembly of biodegradable polyesters by the aid of host-guest inclusion complexation.

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    Zhao, Qiang; Wang, Shufang; Cheng, Xinjian; Yam, Richard C M; Kong, Deling; Li, Robert K Y

    2010-05-10

    In this article, we report a novel surface modification method for cellulose fiber that is based on supramolecular assembly. Beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) was first covalently grafted onto the fiber surface. Then poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) oligomers having both ends capped with adamantane motifs (i.e., PCL-AD) were immobilized to the cellulose fiber surface through the host-guest inclusion complexation between beta-CD and AD motif. FTIR-ATR and XPS analyses confirmed the successful assembly of PCL-ADs, which was further supported by the increasing trend of weight gain with the concentration of CDs on the fiber surface. Contact angle and TGA measurements reflect the enhanced hydrophobicity and thermal stability of the cellulose fiber as a consequence of this modification. The morphologies of the cellulose fiber before and after the assembly process have also been compared by SEM.

  8. Host-Guest Strategy to Reversibly Control a Chloride Carrier Process with Cyclodextrins.

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    Gravel, Julien; Kempf, Julie; Schmitzer, Andreea

    2015-12-14

    Herein, we report a reversible modular chloride transport process based on host-guest competitive interactions between an imidazolium-based chloride carrier and beta-cyclodextrin. We report evidence for the formation of the supramolecular complex between 1,3-bis(2-(adamantan-1-yl)ethyl)imidazolium bis(trifluorometyl-sulfonyl)imide with two β-cyclodextrins. Through fluorescence assays in liposomes and black lipid membrane experiments, we demonstrate that the formation of the supramolecular complex results in the inhibition of the chloride transport. We show that the chloride transport process can be entirely restored in the presence of competitive adamantyl-functionalized guests. This is the first example of an entirely reversible modular chloride transport process in phospholipid bilayers involving a mobile carrier transporter and cyclodextrin supramolecular complex.

  9. Crystal structure of the quaternary compounds CuFe2AlSe4 and CuFe2GaSe4 from X-ray powder diffraction

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    G E Delgado; A J Mora; P Grima-Gallardo; M Muñoz; S Durán; M Quintero; J M Briceño

    2015-08-01

    The crystal structure of the quaternary compounds CuFe2AlSe4 and CuFe2GaSe4, belonging to the system I–II2–III–VI4, were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction data. Both compounds crystallize in the tetragonal space group I42m (No. 121), = 2, with unit cell parameters = 5.609(1) Å, = 10.963(2) Å for CuFe2AlSe4 and = 5.6165(3) Å, = 11.075(1) Å for CuFe2GaSe4. These compounds are isostructural with CuFe2InSe4, and have a normal adamantane stannite structure.

  10. Preparation and crystal structure characterization of CuNiGaSe3 and CuNiInSe3 quaternary compounds

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    G E Delgado; A J Mora; P Grima-Gallardo; S Durán; M Muñoz; M Quintero

    2010-10-01

    Samples of the quaternary chalcogenide compounds, CuNiGaSe3 and CuNiInSe3, prepared by direct fusion and annealing method, were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. In each case, the crystal structure was refined using the Rietveld method. Both compounds were found to crystallize in the tetragonal system, space group $\\bar{4}$2 (N°112), with unit cell parameter values = 5.6213(1) Å, = 11.0282(3) Å, = 348.48(1) Å3 and = 5.7857(2) Å, = 11.6287(5) Å, = 389.26(3) Å3 for CuNiGaSe3 and CuNiInSe3, respectively. These compounds have a normal adamantane structures and are isostructural with CuFeInSe3.

  11. Sensitivity and resolution in frequency comb spectroscopy of buffer gas cooled polyatomic molecules

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    Changala, P. Bryan; Spaun, Ben; Patterson, David; Doyle, John M.; Ye, Jun

    2016-12-01

    We discuss the use of cavity-enhanced direct frequency comb spectroscopy in the mid-infrared region with buffer gas cooling of polyatomic molecules for high-precision rovibrational absorption spectroscopy. A frequency comb coupled to an optical enhancement cavity allows us to collect high-resolution, broad-bandwidth infrared spectra of translationally and rotationally cold (10-20 K) gas-phase molecules with high absorption sensitivity and fast acquisition times. The design and performance of the combined apparatus are discussed in detail. Recorded rovibrational spectra in the CH stretching region of several organic molecules, including vinyl bromide (CH_2CHBr), adamantane (C_{10}H_{16}), and diamantane (C_{14}H_{20}) demonstrate the resolution and sensitivity of this technique, as well as the intrinsic challenges faced in extending the frontier of high-resolution spectroscopy to large complex molecules.

  12. Development of Poly(ɛ-caprolactone Scaffold Loaded with Simvastatin and Beta-Cyclodextrin Modified Hydroxyapatite Inclusion Complex for Bone Tissue Engineering

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    Jung Bok Lee

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we developed poly(ɛ-caprolactone (PCL 3D scaffolds using a solid free form fabrication (SFF technique. β-cyclodextrin (βCD was grafted to hydroxyapatite (HAp and this βCD grafted HAp was coated onto the PCL scaffold surface, followed by drug loading through an inclusion complex interaction between the βCD and adamantane (AD or between βCD and simvastatin (SIM. The scaffold structure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The release profile of simvastatin in the β-CD grafted HAp was also evaluated. Osteogenic differentiation of adipose-derived stromal cells (ADSCs was examined using an alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP assay. The results suggest that drug loaded PCL-HAp 3-D scaffolds enhances osteogenic differentiation of ADSCs.

  13. Synthesis of 2- (3-Hydroxy- 1-adamantyl) -2-glyoxylic Acid%2-(3-羟基-1-金刚烷基)-2-乙醛酸的合成

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    李靖柯; 周鸿睿; 彭俊; 冯悦; 胡湘南

    2012-01-01

    金刚烷经相继甲酸化、酰氯化后与丙二酸二乙酯乙氧基镁反应,得到1-金刚烷甲酰基丙二酸二乙酯,再经水解脱羧、高锰酸钾氧化得到沙克列汀中间体2-(3-羟基-1-金刚烷基)-2-乙醛酸,总收率约28%.%2-(3-Hydroxy-l-adamantyl)-2-glyoxyiic acid, the intermediate of saxagliptin, was synthesized from adamantane via successive reactions with formic acid, thiotiyl chloride and diethyl ethoxymagnesium malonate to give diethyl 1-adamantaneformyl malonate. which was subjected to hydrolysis and decarboxylation by mixed acid and then oxidation by potassium permanganate. The overall yield was about 28%.

  14. Passive immune neutralization strategies for prevention and control of influenza A infections.

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    Ye, Jianqiang; Shao, Hongxia; Perez, Daniel R

    2012-02-01

    Although vaccination significantly reduces influenza severity, seasonal human influenza epidemics still cause more than 250,000 deaths annually. Vaccine efficacy is limited in high-risk populations such as infants, the elderly and immunosuppressed individuals. In the event of an influenza pandemic (such as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic), a significant delay in vaccine availability represents a significant public health concern, particularly in high-risk groups. The increasing emergence of strains resistant to the two major anti-influenza drugs, adamantanes and neuraminidase inhibitors, and the continuous circulation of avian influenza viruses with pandemic potential in poultry, strongly calls for alternative prophylactic and treatment options. In this review, we focus on passive virus neutralization strategies for the prevention and control of influenza type A viruses.

  15. Continuous probe of cold complex molecules with infrared frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Spaun, Ben; Patterson, David; Bjork, Bryce J; Heckl, Oliver H; Doyle, John M; Ye, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Cavity-enhanced frequency comb spectroscopy for molecule detection in the mid-infrared powerfully combines high resolution, high sensitivity, and broad spectral coverage. However, this technique, and essentially all spectroscopic methods, is limited in application to relatively small, simple molecules. Here we integrate comb spectroscopy with continuous, cold samples of molecules produced via buffer gas cooling, thus enabling the study of significantly more complex molecules. We report simultaneous gains in resolution, sensitivity, and bandwidth and demonstrate this combined capability with the first rotationally resolved direct absorption spectra in the CH stretch region of several complex molecules. These include nitromethane (CH$_3$NO$_2$), a model system that presents challenging questions to the understanding of large amplitude vibrational motion, as well as several large organic molecules with fundamental spectroscopic and astrochemical relevance, including naphthalene (C$_{10}$H$_8$), adamantane (C$_{1...

  16. Diamondoid naphthenic acids cause in vivo genetic damage in gills and haemocytes of marine mussels.

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    Dissanayake, Awantha; Scarlett, Alan G; Jha, Awadhesh N

    2016-04-01

    Diamondoids are polycyclic saturated hydrocarbons that possess a cage-like carbon skeleton approaching that of diamond. These 'nano-diamonds' are used in a range of industries including nanotechnologies and biomedicine. Diamondoids were thought to be highly resistant to degradation, but their presumed degradation acid products have now been found in oil sands process-affected waters (OSPW) and numerous crude oils. Recently, a diamondoid-related structure, 3-noradamantane carboxylic acid, was reported to cause genetic damage in trout hepatocytes under in vitro conditions. This particular compound has never been reported in the environment but led us to hypothesise that other more environmentally relevant diamondoid acids could also be genotoxic. We carried out in vivo exposures (3 days, semi-static) of marine mussels to two environmentally relevant diamondoid acids, 1-adamantane carboxylic acid and 3,5-dimethyladamantane carboxylic acid plus 3-noradamantane carboxylic acid with genotoxic damage assessed using the Comet assay. An initial screening test confirmed that these acids displayed varying degrees of genotoxicity to haemocytes (increased DNA damage above that of controls) when exposed in vivo to a concentration of 30 μmol L(-1). In a further test focused on 1-adamantane carboxylic acid with varying concentrations (0.6, 6 and 30 μmol L(-1)), significant (P genetic damage was similar to that observed following exposure to a known genotoxin, benzo(a)pyrene (exposure concentration, 0.8 μmol L(-1)). These findings may have implications for a range of worldwide industries including oil extraction, nanotechnology and biomedicine.

  17. Computational study on the conformations of CD38 and inclusion complexes of some lower-size large-ring cyclodextrins

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    Ivanov, Petko; Atanassov, Emanouil; Jaime, Carlos

    2014-01-01

    The conformations of CD38 were examined by conformational search with molecular dynamics simulations using the Glycam04 force field. The results were compared with previous ones for CD26, the largest cyclodextrin for which crystal data are available. Principal component analysis (PCA) was applied for post-processing of the simulation trajectories. Limited number of modes determine the overall deformations of the macroring of CD38. The longer perimeter of the macroring allowed the formation of a form not observed so far - a three-turn helix shaped as a short tube. In analogy with CD26, significant participation was monitored for conformations of CD38 with one-turn spirals at the opposite sides of the macroring linked together from the 'bottom' and from the 'top' with extended bridge spacers. Computationally were examined for the first time inclusion complexes of some lower-size LR-CDs, namely complexes of CDn (n = 13, 14, 26) with adamantane and of CD14 with 1-hydroxyadamantane. The macroring conformation of CD13 was not altered by the inclusion of the substrate molecule which acquired preferred positioning not in the middle of the cavity but rather close to the glucose residues at one of the sides. The same positioning of the small molecule in the cavity of the more flexible CD14 macroring enhanced the appearance of bent onto two conformation of this cyclodextrin. The most interesting behaviour presented the complex of CD26 with adamantane in which case the small molecule acts as a 'nucleation center' for the formation of a second helical turn about the substrate molecule.

  18. The effect of hydrophobic absorbent for reducing charge recombination to improve dye-sensitized solar cell performance

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    Sae-Kung, C.; Hatha, E.; Sichanugrist, P.; Pungwiwut, N.; Laosooksathit, S.

    2007-09-01

    Normally, it has been widely acceptable that dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) plays important roles compared to the conventional solar cells such as monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and even amorphous silicon in accordance with its low manufacturing and fabrication cost. However, the DSSC consists of many interfaces between anode and cathode such as semiconductor to dye and dye to electrolyte and electrolyte to platinum catalyst at the cathode. Therefore, the effect of charge recombination at dye-electrolyte interface is a major role to cell efficiency. One of major implementations to alleviate the recombination effect could be efficiently solved by adding hydrophobic co-adsorbent to dye solution. The co-absorbent molecule will be anchored to titanium dioxide semiconductor like dye and can be the barrier to protect the interface of the triiodide, dye and mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO II). In our works, we investigate on various hydrophobic co-adsorbent such as 1-adamantane acetic acid, cholic acid and chenodeoxy cholic acid. The amounts of the co-absorbent were varied as well as the amount of dye N719. It was found that the cholic and chenodeoxy cholic acid increase photovoltage and photocurrent, especially when the concentration was increased. This may be due to shift of conduction band (CB) to negative direction by the co-absorbent but 1-adamantane-acetic acid could not resist charge recombination. In addition multilayer of titanium dioxide was also studied on the effect of conversion efficiency. The maximum 4 layers of TiO II provided the best cell performance of 8.3 efficiency with the presence of cholic acid.

  19. Mesostructured Metal Germanium Sulfide and Selenide Materials Based on the Tetrahedral [Ge 4S 10] 4- and [Ge 4Se 10] 4- Units: Surfactant Templated Three-Dimensional Disordered Frameworks Perforated with Worm Holes

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    Wachhold, Michael; Kasthuri Rangan, K.; Lei, Ming; Thorpe, M. F.; Billinge, Simon J. L.; Petkov, Valeri; Heising, Joy; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2000-06-01

    The polymerization of [Ge4S10]4- and [Ge4Se10]4- unit clusters with the divalent metal ions Zn2+, Cd2+, Hg2+, Ni2+, and Co2+ in the presence of various surfactant cations leads to novel mesostructured phases. The surfactants are the quaternary ammonium salts C12H25NMe3Br, C14H29NMe3Br, C16H33NMe3Br, and C18H37NMe3Br, which play the role of templates, helping to assemble a three-dimensional mesostructured metal-germanium chalcogenide framework. These materials are stoichiometric in nature and have the formula of (R-NMe3)2[MGe4Q10] (Q=S, Se). The local atomic structure was probed by X-ray diffuse scattering and pair distribution function analysis methods and indicates that the adamantane clusters stay intact while the linking metal atoms possess a tetrahedral coordination environment. A model can be derived, from the comparison of measured and simulated X-ray powder diffraction patterns, describing the structure as an amorphous three-dimensional framework consisting of adamantane [Ge4Q10]4- units that are bridged by tetrahedral coordinated M2+ cations. The network structures used in the simulations were derived from corresponding disordered structures developed for amorphous silicon. The frameworks in (R-NMe3)2[MGe4Q10] are perforated with worm hole-like tunnels, occupied by the surfactant cations, which show no long-range order. This motif is supported by transmission electron microscopy images of these materials. The pore sizes of these channels were estimated to lie in the range of 20-30 Å, depending on the appointed surfactant cation length. The framework wall thickness of ca. 10 Å is thereby independent from the surfactant molecules used. Up to 80% of the surfactant molecules can be removed by thermal degradation under vacuum without loss of mesostructural integrity. Physical, chemical, and spectroscopic properties of these materials are discussed.

  20. Epidemiological and virological characteristics of influenza viruses circulating in Cambodia from 2009 to 2011.

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    Srey Viseth Horm

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The Cambodian National Influenza Center (NIC monitored and characterized circulating influenza strains from 2009 to 2011. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Sentinel and study sites collected nasopharyngeal specimens for diagnostic detection, virus isolation, antigenic characterization, sequencing and antiviral susceptibility analysis from patients who fulfilled case definitions for influenza-like illness, acute lower respiratory infections and event-based surveillance. Each year in Cambodia, influenza viruses were detected mainly from June to November, during the rainy season. Antigenic analysis show that A/H1N1pdm09 isolates belonged to the A/California/7/2009-like group. Circulating A/H3N2 strains were A/Brisbane/10/2007-like in 2009 before drifting to A/Perth/16/2009-like in 2010 and 2011. The Cambodian influenza B isolates from 2009 to 2011 all belonged to the B/Victoria lineage represented by the vaccine strains B/Brisbane/60/2008 and B/Malaysia/2506/2004. Sequences of the M2 gene obtained from representative 2009-2011 A/H3N2 and A/H1N1pdm09 strains all contained the S31N mutation associated with adamantanes resistance except for one A/H1N1pdm09 strain isolated in 2011 that lacked this mutation. No reduction in the susceptibility to neuraminidase inhibitors was observed among the influenza viruses circulating from 2009 to 2011. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that A/H3N2 strains clustered each year to a distinct group while most A/H1N1pdm09 isolates belonged to the S203T clade. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: In Cambodia, from 2009 to 2011, influenza activity occurred throughout the year with peak seasonality during the rainy season from June to November. Seasonal influenza epidemics were due to multiple genetically distinct viruses, even though all of the isolates were antigenically similar to the reference vaccine strains. The drug susceptibility profile of Cambodian influenza strains revealed that neuraminidase inhibitors would be the

  1. Multidrug resistant 2009 A/H1N1 influenza clinical isolate with a neuraminidase I223R mutation retains its virulence and transmissibility in ferrets.

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    Erhard van der Vries

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Only two classes of antiviral drugs, neuraminidase inhibitors and adamantanes, are approved for prophylaxis and therapy against influenza virus infections. A major concern is that influenza virus becomes resistant to these antiviral drugs and spreads in the human population. The 2009 pandemic A/H1N1 influenza virus is naturally resistant to adamantanes. Recently a novel neuraminidase I223R mutation was identified in an A/H1N1 virus showing cross-resistance to the neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir, zanamivir and peramivir. However, the ability of this virus to cause disease and spread in the human population is unknown. Therefore, this clinical isolate (NL/2631-R223 was compared with a well-characterized reference virus (NL/602. In vitro experiments showed that NL/2631-I223R replicated as well as NL/602 in MDCK cells. In a ferret pathogenesis model, body weight loss was similar in animals inoculated with NL/2631-R223 or NL/602. In addition, pulmonary lesions were similar at day 4 post inoculation. However, at day 7 post inoculation, NL/2631-R223 caused milder pulmonary lesions and degree of alveolitis than NL/602. This indicated that the mutant virus was less pathogenic. Both NL/2631-R223 and a recombinant virus with a single I223R change (recNL/602-I223R, transmitted among ferrets by aerosols, despite observed attenuation of recNL/602-I223R in vitro. In conclusion, the I223R mutated virus isolate has comparable replicative ability and transmissibility, but lower pathogenicity than the reference virus based on these in vivo studies. This implies that the 2009 pandemic influenza A/H1N1 virus subtype with an isoleucine to arginine change at position 223 in the neuraminidase has the potential to spread in the human population. It is important to be vigilant for this mutation in influenza surveillance and to continue efforts to increase the arsenal of antiviral drugs to combat influenza.

  2. Functionalization of Mechanochemically Passivated Germanium Nanoparticles via "Click" Chemistry

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    Purkait, Tapas Kumar

    . Copper(I) catalyzed "click" chemistry also can be explored with azido-terminated Ge NPs which were synthesized by azidation of chloro-terminated Ge NPs. Water soluble PEGylated Ge NPs were synthesized by "click" reaction for biological application. PEGylated Ge NP clusters were prepared using alpha, o-bis alkyno or bis-azido polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivatives by copper catalyzed "click" reaction via inter-particle linking. These nanoparticles were further functionalized by azido beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) and azido adamantane via alkyne-azide "click" reactions. Nanoparticle clusters were made from the functionalized Ge NPs by "host-guest" chemistry of beta-CD functionalized Ge NPs either with adamantane functionalized Ge NPs or fullerene, C60.

  3. Electronic structure, hydrogen bonding and spectroscopic profile of a new 1,2,4-triazole-5(4H)-thione derivative: A combined experimental and theoretical (DFT) analysis

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    Al-Tamimi, Abdul-Malek S.

    2016-09-01

    Density functional theory has been implemented to study the electronic structure, molecular properties and vibrational spectra of 3-(adamantan-1-yl)-4-(4-chlorophenyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-5(4H)-thione, a novel 1,2,4-triazole-5(4H)-thione derivative. Hydrogen bonded dimer of the title molecule has been studied using B3LYP, M06-2X and X3LYP functionals at 6-311++ G(d,p) level of theory. The intermolecular hydrogen bonding has been studied using NBO analysis of the dimer. Bader's AIM theory was also used to evaluate the strength as well as the hydrogen bonding characteristics. Experimental FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of the title molecule were related with the spectral data obtained with DFT/B3LYP method. The 1H NMR chemical shifts of the title molecule were calculated by the GIAO method and compared with experimental results. Dipole moment, polarizability (α), first order static hyperpolarizability (β) along with molecular electrostatic potential surface have been calculated. Frequency-dependent first hyperpolarizabilities, β(-2ω;ω,ω) and β(-ω;ω,0) have also been evaluated to study the non-linear optical behavior of the title compound. UV-Vis spectrum of the title molecule was recorded and TD-DFT method has been used to calculate six lowest excited states and the corresponding excitation energies.

  4. Pharmacological Chaperones and Coenzyme Q10 Treatment Improves Mutant β-Glucocerebrosidase Activity and Mitochondrial Function in Neuronopathic Forms of Gaucher Disease.

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    de la Mata, Mario; Cotán, David; Oropesa-Ávila, Manuel; Garrido-Maraver, Juan; Cordero, Mario D; Villanueva Paz, Marina; Delgado Pavón, Ana; Alcocer-Gómez, Elizabet; de Lavera, Isabel; Ybot-González, Patricia; Paula Zaderenko, Ana; Ortiz Mellet, Carmen; García Fernández, José M; Sánchez-Alcázar, José A

    2015-06-05

    Gaucher disease (GD) is caused by mutations in the GBA1 gene, which encodes lysosomal β-glucocerebrosidase. Homozygosity for the L444P mutation in GBA1 is associated with high risk of neurological manifestations which are not improved by enzyme replacement therapy. Alternatively, pharmacological chaperones (PCs) capable of restoring the correct folding and trafficking of the mutant enzyme represent promising alternative therapies.Here, we report on how the L444P mutation affects mitochondrial function in primary fibroblast derived from GD patients. Mitochondrial dysfunction was associated with reduced mitochondrial membrane potential, increased reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitophagy activation and impaired autophagic flux.Both abnormalities, mitochondrial dysfunction and deficient β-glucocerebrosidase activity, were partially restored by supplementation with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ) or a L-idonojirimycin derivative, N-[N'-(4-adamantan-1-ylcarboxamidobutyl)thiocarbamoyl]-1,6-anhydro-L-idonojirimycin (NAdBT-AIJ), and more markedly by the combination of both treatments. These data suggest that targeting both mitochondria function by CoQ and protein misfolding by PCs can be promising therapies in neurological forms of GD.

  5. Two types of lanthanide selenidostannates(IV) first prepared under the same solvothermal conditions.

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    Zhou, Jian; Xiao, Hong; Xiao, Hong-Ping; Yang, Tao; Zou, Hua-Hong; Liu, Xing; Zhao, Rong-Qing; Tang, Qiuling

    2015-01-21

    Two types of lanthanide selenidostannates(iv) [Ln2(tepa)2(μ-OH)2Sn2Se6] {Ln = Y(), Pr (), Dy (), Er (), Tm (); tepa = tetraethylenepentamine} and [Ln2(tepa)2(μ2-OH)2Cl2]2[Sn4Se10]·4H2O {Ln = Y (), Dy (), Er (), Tm ()} have been synthesized under identical solvothermal conditions and characterized structurally. Type I (, , , and ) displays 1-D neutral chains [Ln2(tepa)2(μ-OH)2Sn2Se6]n, while type II (, , and ) contains discrete adamantane-like [Sn4Se10](4-) ions with binuclear lanthanide complex [Ln2(tepa)2(μ-OH)2Cl2](2+) ions as counterions. Although the solvothermal synthetic methods could result in the formation of various transition-metal chalcogenidometalates, such identical experimental conditions usually result in the only stable phases of lanthanide chalcogenidometalates. Hence, two different lanthanide selenidostannates(iv), obtained under same solvothermal conditions and starting materials, have been first observed in this work. The optical properties of all the compounds have been investigated by UV-vis spectra.

  6. Polysaccharide Nanoparticles for Efficient siRNA Targeting in Cancer Cells by Supramolecular pKa Shift

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    Zhang, Ying-Ming; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Yu-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-07-01

    Biomacromolecular pKa shifting is considered as one of the most ubiquitous processes in biochemical events, e.g., the enzyme-catalyzed reaction and protein conformational stabilization. In this paper, we report on the construction of biocompatible polysaccharide nanoparticle with targeting ability and lower toxicity by supramolecular pKa shift strategy. This was realized through a ternary assembly constructed by the dual host‒guest interactions of an adamantane-bis(diamine) conjugate (ADA) with cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) and a polysaccharide. The potential application of such biocompatible nanostructure was further implemented by the selective transportation of small interfering RNA (siRNA) in a controlled manner. It is demonstrated that the strong encapsulation of the ADA’s diammonium tail by CB[6] not only reduced the cytotoxicity of the nano-scaled vehicle but also dramatically enhanced cation density through an obvious positive macrocycle-induced pKa shift, which eventually facilitated the subsequent siRNA binding. With a targeted polysaccharide shell containing a cyclodextrin‒hyaluronic acid conjugate, macrocycle-incorporated siRNA polyplexes were specifically delivered into malignant human prostate PC-3 cells. The supramolecular polysaccharide nanoparticles, the formation of which was enabled and promoted by the complexation-assisted pKa shift, may be used as a versatile tool for controlled capture and release of biofunctional substrates.

  7. Diamondoid Hydrocarbons as Maturity Indicators for Condensates from Southern Indus Basin, Pakistan

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    Shagufta Nasir

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Diamondoid hydrocarbons have been examined in condensates reservoired in the Southern Indus Basin using GC-MS. Bulk properties reveal that samples are waxy and low sulfur with the exception of Pakhro and Gopang which are nonwaxy. TIC show bimodal distribution of n-alkanes along with high abundance of C20+ n-alkanes indicating substantial contribution of terrigeneous OM in these samples. CPI close to one is consistent with mature nature of oils. The samples show two ranges of Pr/Ph ratios. Those within the range of 2.2–2.7 reflect marine depositional settings for OM while others with Pr/Ph >3 may have originated from terrestrial OM deposited under marine oxic conditions. The cross plot of Pr/n-C17 versus Ph/n-C18 indicate type III kerogen as main source of OM deposited under marine to marine oxic conditions. The values of diamondoid based maturity parameters, like methyladamantane index 54.1–75.8% and methyldiamantane index 34.9–56.3% indicate high level of thermal maturity corresponding to vitrinite reflectance 1.1–1.6%. No biodegradation is observed in any of these samples as shown by methyladamantanes/adamantane 3.99–5.52 and methyldiamantanes/diamantane 2.16–2.99 and supported by high values of API gravity (45.13°–60.02° and absence of UCM.

  8. GBA2-encoded β-glucosidase activity is involved in the inflammatory response to Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Nicoletta Loberto

    Full Text Available Current anti-inflammatory strategies for the treatment of pulmonary disease in cystic fibrosis (CF are limited; thus, there is continued interest in identifying additional molecular targets for therapeutic intervention. Given the emerging role of sphingolipids (SLs in various respiratory disorders, including CF, drugs that selectively target the enzymes associated with SL metabolism are under development. Miglustat, a well-characterized iminosugar-based inhibitor of β-glucosidase 2 (GBA2, has shown promise in CF treatment because it reduces the inflammatory response to infection by P. aeruginosa and restores F508del-CFTR chloride channel activity. This study aimed to probe the molecular basis for the anti-inflammatory activity of miglustat by examining specifically the role of GBA2 following the infection of CF bronchial epithelial cells by P. aeruginosa. We also report the anti-inflammatory activity of another potent inhibitor of GBA2 activity, namely N-(5-adamantane-1-yl-methoxypentyl-deoxynojirimycin (Genz-529648. In CF bronchial cells, inhibition of GBA2 by miglustat or Genz-529648 significantly reduced the induction of IL-8 mRNA levels and protein release following infection by P. aeruginosa. Hence, the present data demonstrate that the anti-inflammatory effects of miglustat and Genz-529648 are likely exerted through inhibition of GBA2.

  9. Electrochemistry of the Self-Assembled Monolayers of Dyads Consisting of Tripod-Shaped Trithiol and Bithiophene on Gold

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    Toshikazu Kitagawa

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs of tripod-shaped trithiols, consisting of an adamantane core with three CH2SH legs and a bithiophene group, were prepared on a Au(111 surface. Adsorption in a tripod-like fashion was supported by polarization modulation-infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS of the SAMs, which indicated the absence of free SH groups. Cyclic voltammetry showed an irreversible cathodic wave due to reductive desorption. The SAM also showed an anodic wave due to the single-electron oxidation of the bithiophene moiety without concomitant desorption of the molecules. Although oxidation was irreversible in the absence of a protecting group, it became reversible with the introduction of a terminal phenyl group. The charge of the oxidation was one-third that of the reductive desorption, confirming a three-point adsorption. The surface coverage was ca. 50% of that expected for the anti bithiophene conformation, which suggested that an increase in the surface area per molecule had been caused by the presence of an energetically high-lying syn conformer. In accordance with this, the line shape of the oxidation wave suggested an electrostatic repulsive interaction between neighboring molecules.

  10. On the Importance of C-H/π and C-H⋅⋅⋅H-C Interactions in the Solid State Structure of 15-Lipoxygenase Inhibitors Based on Eugenol Derivatives.

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    Mirzaei, Masoud; Nikpour, Mohsen; Bauzá, Antonio; Frontera, Antonio

    2015-07-20

    In this manuscript the X-ray structures of two potent and known inhibitors of 15-lipoxygenase, that is, 4-allyl-2-methoxyphenyl-1-admantanecarboxylate (1) and allyl-2-methoxyphenyl-1-cyclohexanecarboxylate (2), are reported. Their solid-state architectures show that they have a strong ability to establish C-H/π and C-H⋅⋅⋅H-C interactions. For the former interaction, the adamantane or cyclohexane moieties are the C-H donors and the electron-rich methoxyphenyl ring is the π system. For the latter, the C-H bonds belong to the aliphatic rings of the inhibitors. Interestingly, the active site of lipoxygenase enzyme family is rich in isoleucine and leucine amino acids that participate in the binding of the unsaturated fatty acid substrate by means of multiple hydrophobic C-H⋅⋅⋅H-C interactions. By means of theoretical calculations, we analyze the ability of compounds 1 and 2 to establish C-H/π and C-H⋅⋅⋅H-C interactions in the solid state.

  11. Discovery of Potential M2 Channel Inhibitors Based on the Amantadine Scaffold via Virtual Screening and Pharmacophore Modeling

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    Ly Le

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The M2 channel protein on the influenza A virus membrane has become the main target of the anti-flu drugs amantadine and rimantadine. The structure of the M2 channel proteins of the H3N2 (PDB code 2RLF and 2009-H1N1 (Genbank accession number GQ385383 viruses may help researchers to solve the drug-resistant problem of these two adamantane-based drugs and develop more powerful new drugs against influenza A virus. In the present study, we searched for new M2 channel inhibitors through a combination of different computational methodologies, including virtual screening with docking and pharmacophore modeling. Virtual screening was performed to calculate the free energies of binding between receptor M2 channel proteins and 200 new designed ligands. After that, pharmacophore analysis was used to identify the important M2 protein-inhibitor interactions and common features of top binding compounds with M2 channel proteins. Finally, the two most potential compounds were determined as novel leads to inhibit M2 channel proteins in both H3N2 and 2009-H1N1 influenza A virus.

  12. Discovery of potential M2 channel inhibitors based on the amantadine scaffold via virtual screening and pharmacophore modeling.

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    Tran, Linh; Choi, Sy Bing; Al-Najjar, Belal O; Yusuf, Muhammad; Wahab, Habibah A; Le, Ly

    2011-12-08

    The M2 channel protein on the influenza A virus membrane has become the main target of the anti-flu drugs amantadine and rimantadine. The structure of the M2 channel proteins of the H3N2 (PDB code 2RLF) and 2009-H1N1 (Genbank accession number GQ385383) viruses may help researchers to solve the drug-resistant problem of these two adamantane-based drugs and develop more powerful new drugs against influenza A virus. In the present study, we searched for new M2 channel inhibitors through a combination of different computational methodologies, including virtual screening with docking and pharmacophore modeling. Virtual screening was performed to calculate the free energies of binding between receptor M2 channel proteins and 200 new designed ligands. After that, pharmacophore analysis was used to identify the important M2 protein-inhibitor interactions and common features of top binding compounds with M2 channel proteins. Finally, the two most potential compounds were determined as novel leads to inhibit M2 channel proteins in both H3N2 and 2009-H1N1 influenza A virus.

  13. Ligand-functionalized degradable polyplexes formed by cationic poly(aspartic acid)-grafted chitosan-cyclodextrin conjugates.

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    Song, Hai-Qing; Li, Rui-Quan; Duan, Shun; Yu, Bingran; Zhao, Hong; Chen, Da-Fu; Xu, Fu-Jian

    2015-03-19

    Polypeptide-based degradable polyplexes attracted considerable attention in drug delivery systems. Polysaccharides including cyclodextrin (CD), dextran, and chitosan (CS) were readily grafted with cationic poly(aspartic acid)s (PAsps). To further enhance the transfection performances of PAsp-based polyplexes, herein, different types of ligand (folic acid, FA)-functionalized degradable polyplexes were proposed based on the PAsp-grafted chitosan-cyclodextrin conjugate (CCPE), where multiple β-CDs were tied on a CS chain. The FA-functionalized CCPE (i.e., CCPE-FA) was obtained via a host-guest interaction between the CD units of CCPE and the adamantane (Ad) species of Ad-modified FA (Ad-FA). The resulting CCPE/pDNA, CCPE-FA/pDNA, and ternary CCPE-FA/CCPE/pDNA (prepared by layer-by-layer assembly) polyplexes were investigated in detail using different cell lines. The CCPE-based polyplexes displayed much higher transfection efficiencies than the CS-based polyplexes reported earlier by us. The ternary polyplexes of CCPE-FA/CCPE/pDNA produced excellent gene transfection abilities in the folate receptor (FR)-positive tumor cells. This work would provide a promising means to produce highly efficient polyplexes for future gene therapy applications.

  14. Properties of Atoms in Molecules:  Caged Atoms and the Ehrenfest Force.

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    Bader, Richard F W; Fang, De-Cai

    2005-05-01

    This paper uses the properties of atom X enclosed within an adamantane cage, denoted by X@C10H16, as a vehicle to introduce the Ehrenfest force into the discussion of bonding, the properties being determined by the physics of an open system. This is the force acting on an atom in a molecule and determining the potential energy appearing in Slater's molecular virial theorem. The Ehrenfest force acting across the interatomic surface of a bonded pair atoms [Formula: see text] atoms linked by a bond path [Formula: see text] is attractive, each atom being drawn toward the other, and the associated surface virial that measures the contribution to the energy arising from the formation of the surface is stabilizing. It is the Ehrenfest force that determines the adhesive properties of surfaces. The endothermicity of formation for X = He or Ne is not a result of instabilities incurred in the interaction of X with the four methine carbons to which it is bonded, interactions that are stabilizing both in terms of the changes in the atomic energies and in the surface virials. The exothermicity for X = Be(2+), B(3+), and Al(3+) is a consequence of the transfer of electron density from the hydrogen atoms to the carbon and X atoms, the exothermicity increasing with charge transfer despite an increase in the contained volume of X.

  15. Nanoassemblies Based on Supramolecular Complexes of Nonionic Amphiphilic Cyclodextrin and Sorafenib as Effective Weapons to Kill Human HCC Cells.

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    Bondì, Maria Luisa; Scala, Angela; Sortino, Giuseppe; Amore, Erika; Botto, Chiara; Azzolina, Antonina; Balasus, Daniele; Cervello, Melchiorre; Mazzaglia, Antonino

    2015-12-14

    Sorafenib (Sor), an effective chemiotherapeutic drug utilized against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), robustly interacts with nonionic amphiphilic cyclodextrin (aCD, SC6OH), forming, in aqueous solution, supramolecular complexes that behave as building blocks of highly water-dispersible colloidal nanoassemblies. SC6OH/Sor complex has been characterized by complementary spectroscopic techniques, such as UV-vis, steady-state fluorescence and anisotropy, resonance light scattering and (1)H NMR. The spectroscopic evidences and experiments carried out in the presence of an adamantane derivative, which competes with drug for CD cavity, agree with the entrapment of Sor in aCD, pointing out the role of the aCD cavity in the interaction between drug and amphiphile. Nanoassemblies based on SC6OH/Sor display size of ∼200 nm, negative zeta-potential (ζ = -11 mV), and both maximum loading capacity (LC ∼ 17%) and entrapment efficiency (EE ∼ 100%). Kinetic release profiles show a slower release of Sor from nanoassemblies with respect to the free drug. SC6OH/Sor nanoassemblies have very low hemolytic activity and high efficiency in vitro in decreasing cell growth and viability of HCC cell lines, such as HepG2, Hep3B, and PLC/PRF/5, opening promising chances to their in vivo applications.

  16. Polysaccharide Nanoparticles for Efficient siRNA Targeting in Cancer Cells by Supramolecular pKa Shift

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    Zhang, Ying-Ming; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Yu-Hui; Liu, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Biomacromolecular pKa shifting is considered as one of the most ubiquitous processes in biochemical events, e.g., the enzyme-catalyzed reaction and protein conformational stabilization. In this paper, we report on the construction of biocompatible polysaccharide nanoparticle with targeting ability and lower toxicity by supramolecular pKa shift strategy. This was realized through a ternary assembly constructed by the dual host‒guest interactions of an adamantane-bis(diamine) conjugate (ADA) with cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) and a polysaccharide. The potential application of such biocompatible nanostructure was further implemented by the selective transportation of small interfering RNA (siRNA) in a controlled manner. It is demonstrated that the strong encapsulation of the ADA’s diammonium tail by CB[6] not only reduced the cytotoxicity of the nano-scaled vehicle but also dramatically enhanced cation density through an obvious positive macrocycle-induced pKa shift, which eventually facilitated the subsequent siRNA binding. With a targeted polysaccharide shell containing a cyclodextrin‒hyaluronic acid conjugate, macrocycle-incorporated siRNA polyplexes were specifically delivered into malignant human prostate PC-3 cells. The supramolecular polysaccharide nanoparticles, the formation of which was enabled and promoted by the complexation-assisted pKa shift, may be used as a versatile tool for controlled capture and release of biofunctional substrates. PMID:27363811

  17. Theoretical Calculation of Jet Fuel Thermochemistry. 1; Tetrahydrodicylopentadiene (JP10) Thermochemistry Using the CBS-QB3 and G3(MP2)//B3LYP Methods

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    Zehe, Michael J.; Jaffe, Richard L.

    2010-01-01

    High-level ab initio calculations have been performed on the exo and endo isomers of gas-phase tetrahydrodicyclopentadiene (THDCPD), a principal component of the jet fuel JP10, using the Gaussian Gx and Gx(MPx) composite methods, as well as the CBS-QB3 method, and using a variety of isodesmic and homodesmotic reaction schemes. The impetus for this work is to help resolve large discrepancies existing between literature measurements of the formation enthalpy Delta (sub f)H deg (298) for exo-THDCPD. We find that use of the isodesmic bond separation reaction C10H16 + 14CH4 yields 12C2H6 yields results for the exo isomer (JP10) in between the two experimentally accepted values, for the composite methods G3(MP2), G3(MP2)//B3LYP, and CBS-QB3. Application of this same isodesmic bond separation scheme to gas-phase adamantane yields a value for Delta (sub f)H deg (298) within 5 kJ/mol of experiment. Isodesmic bond separation calculations for the endo isomer give a heat of formation in excellent agreement with the experimental measurement. Combining our calculated values for the gas-phase heat of formation with recent measurements of the heat of vaporization yields recommended values for Delta (sub f)H deg (298)liq of -126.4 and -114.7 kJ/mol for the exo and endo isomers, respectively.

  18. Massively parallel and linear-scaling algorithm for second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory applied to the study of supramolecular wires

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    Kjærgaard, Thomas; Baudin, Pablo; Bykov, Dmytro; Eriksen, Janus Juul; Ettenhuber, Patrick; Kristensen, Kasper; Larkin, Jeff; Liakh, Dmitry; Pawłowski, Filip; Vose, Aaron; Wang, Yang Min; Jørgensen, Poul

    2017-03-01

    We present a scalable cross-platform hybrid MPI/OpenMP/OpenACC implementation of the Divide-Expand-Consolidate (DEC) formalism with portable performance on heterogeneous HPC architectures. The Divide-Expand-Consolidate formalism is designed to reduce the steep computational scaling of conventional many-body methods employed in electronic structure theory to linear scaling, while providing a simple mechanism for controlling the error introduced by this approximation. Our massively parallel implementation of this general scheme has three levels of parallelism, being a hybrid of the loosely coupled task-based parallelization approach and the conventional MPI +X programming model, where X is either OpenMP or OpenACC. We demonstrate strong and weak scalability of this implementation on heterogeneous HPC systems, namely on the GPU-based Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using the ;resolution of the identity second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory; (RI-MP2) as the physical model for simulating correlated electron motion, the linear-scaling DEC implementation is applied to 1-aza-adamantane-trione (AAT) supramolecular wires containing up to 40 monomers (2440 atoms, 6800 correlated electrons, 24 440 basis functions and 91 280 auxiliary functions). This represents the largest molecular system treated at the MP2 level of theory, demonstrating an efficient removal of the scaling wall pertinent to conventional quantum many-body methods.

  19. Oseltamivir-resistant pandemic (H1N12009 in Yemen - case report

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    Al-Kohlani Abdulhakeem

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background During the influenza season of 2007-08, oseltamivir-resistant influenza A (H1N1 viruses emerged in several countries in Europe, North America, and Asia. Despite substantial prevalence of oseltamivir-resistant viruses, few data are available on the clinical profile of subjects infected with these viruses. Objectives: to describe the first oseltamivir-resistant (H1N1 influenza virus pandemic 2009 from the Eastern Mediterranean Region including Yemen and to determine the evidence by clinical presentation of children infected with these oseltamivir - resistant viruses. Methodology History, physical examination and laboratory investigations including Complete Blood Count, chest x-ray, blood cultures, CSF examination, LFTs, RFTs, blood for sugar, H1N1 test and oseltamivir resistance test. Results Nasal swabs indicated positivity on both H1N1 test and the RNP gene (Human R Nase P gene that serves as internal positive control for Human RNA. Both clinical specimens presented the mutation S31N in the M2 gene associated with resistance to adamantanes and H274Y in NA gene associated with resistance to oseltamivir. This was the first diagnosed case of resistance to oseltamivir in Yemen and also it is the first reported case of oseltamivir resistance virus in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Conclusion The pattern of resistance found in the oseltamivir resistant isolate collected from Yemen is the same as has been reported elsewhere in other WHO regions. Clinical description and outcomes are not different from what is described elsewhere.

  20. Hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles facilitated drug delivery via cascade pH stimuli in tumor microenvironment for tumor therapy.

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    Liu, Junjie; Luo, Zhong; Zhang, Jixi; Luo, Tiantian; Zhou, Jun; Zhao, Xiaojing; Cai, Kaiyong

    2016-03-01

    To efficiently deliver anti-cancer drug to tumor site and reduce its toxic side effects on normal tissues, a polyethylene glycol (PEG) shielding and tumor microenvironment triggering cascade pH-responsive hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNs) drug delivery system was fabricated. 3-(3, 4-dihydroxyphenyl) propionic acid (DHPA) functionalized beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was grafted onto the surfaces of HMSNs via boronic acid-catechol ester bonds. Then, PEG conjugated adamantane (Ada) was anchored on HMSNs-β-CD nanocarrier via host-gust interaction. Various techniques proved the successful fabrication of the system. The in vitro tests confirmed that the system was biocompatible. After the system permeating into tumor via enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, the benzoic-imine bonds between the PEG and Ada were cleaved under weak acid condition in tumor microenvironment (pH 6.8), while the dissociated PEG protective layer facilitating cellular uptake of HMSNs system. Subsequently, the boronic acid-catechol ester bonds linkers further hydrolyzed under even low endosomal pH (4.5-6.5) condition for intracellular drug delivery, leading to efficient cell apoptosis. The in vivo results demonstrated that drug loaded HMSNs significantly inhibited tumor growth while only with minimal toxic side effects. The strategy provides new insight into the development of new generation of drug delivery carriers triggering by tumor microenvironment.

  1. Binding Cellulose and Chitosan via Intermolecular Inclusion Interaction: Synthesis and Characterisation of Gel

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    Jiufang Duan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel cellulose-chitosan gel was successfully prepared in three steps: (1 ferrocene- (Fc- cellulose with degrees of substitution (DS of 0.5 wt% was synthesised by ferrocenecarboxylic acid and cellulose within dimethylacetamide/lithium chloride (DMAc/LiCl; (2 the β-cyclodextrin (β-CD groups were introduced onto the chitosan chains by reacting chitosan with epichlorohydrin in dimethyl sulphoxide and a DS of 0.35 wt%; (3 thus, the cellulose-chitosan gel was obtained via an intermolecular inclusion interaction of Fc-cellulose and β-CD-chitosan in DMA/LiCl, that is, by an intermolecular inclusion interaction, between the Fc groups of cellulose and the β-CD groups on the chitosan backbone at room temperature. The successful synthesis of Fc-cellulose and β-CD-chitosan was characterised by 13C-NMR spectroscopy. The gel based on β-CD-chitosan and Fc-cellulose was formed under mild conditions which can engender autonomous healing between cut surfaces after 24 hours: the gel cannot self-heal while the cut surfaces were coated with a solution of a competitive guest (adamantane acid. The cellulose-chitosan complex made by this method underwent self-healing. Therefore, this study provided a novel method of expanding the application of chitosan by binding it with another polymer.

  2. Spacer intercalated disassembly and photodynamic activity of zinc phthalocyanine inside nanochannels of mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Ma, Xing; Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Zhao, Yanli

    2013-12-26

    Hydrophobic photosensitizer zinc(II) phthalocyanine (ZnPc) was loaded into adamantane (Ad) modified nanochannels of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs). The Ad units on the surface of MSNPs were complexed with amino-substituted β-cyclodextrin to enhance the solubility of the hybrid in aqueous solution. The amino groups on β-cyclodextrin also provide functional sites for further conjugation with targeting ligands toward targeted cancer therapy. Since the intercalation of the Ad spacer isolates loaded ZnPc and prevents its aggregation inside MSNPs, ZnPc exhibits its monomeric characteristics to effectively generate cytotoxic singlet oxygen ((1)O2) upon light irradiation (675 nm) in aqueous conditions, leading to efficient photodynamic activity for successful cancer treatment in vitro. Current research presents a convenient approach to maintain the monomeric state of hydrophobic photosensitizer ZnPc by rationally utilizing multifunctional MSNPs as the carriers. The novel hybrid with targeting capability achieves active photodynamic property of monomeric ZnPc in aqueous solution under light irradiation, which may find its way for practical photodynamic therapy in the future.

  3. Structure-activity relationships of amide-phosphonate derivatives as inhibitors of the human soluble epoxide hydrolase.

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    Kim, In-Hae; Park, Yong-Kyu; Nishiwaki, Hisashi; Hammock, Bruce D; Nishi, Kosuke

    2015-11-15

    Structure-activity relationships of amide-phosphonate derivatives as inhibitors of the human soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) were investigated. First, a series of alkyl or aryl groups were substituted on the carbon alpha to the phosphonate function in amide compounds to see whether substituted phosphonates can act as a secondary pharmacophore. A tert-butyl group (16) on the alpha carbon was found to yield most potent inhibition on the target enzyme. A 4-50-fold drop in inhibition was induced by other substituents such as aryls, substituted aryls, cycloalkyls, and alkyls. Then, the modification of the O-substituents on the phosphonate function revealed that diethyl groups (16 and 23) were preferable for inhibition to other longer alkyls or substituted alkyls. In amide compounds with the optimized diethylphosphonate moiety and an alkyl substitution such as adamantane (16), tetrahydronaphthalene (31), or adamantanemethane (36), highly potent inhibitions were gained. In addition, the resulting potent amide-phosphonate compounds had reasonable water solubility, suggesting that substituted phosphonates in amide inhibitors are effective for both inhibition potency on the human sEH and water solubility as a secondary pharmacophore.

  4. Crystal structure of CuFeInSe{sub 3} from X-ray powder diffraction data

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    Mora, Asiloe J.; Delgado, Gerzon E. [Laboratorio de Cristalografia, Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Los Andes, Merida 5101 (Venezuela); Grima-Gallardo, Pedro [Centro de Estudios de Semiconductores, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Los Andes, Merida 5101 (Venezuela)

    2007-02-15

    The crystal structure of the adamantane compound CuFeInSe{sub 3}, belonging to the system (CuInSe{sub 2}){sub 1-x}(FeSe){sub x} with x=0.5, was analyzed using X-ray powder diffraction data. Several model structures were derived from the structure of the selenium rich phase CuInSe{sub 2.3} by permuting the cations in the available Wyckoff positions. The refinement of the best model by the Rietveld method in the tetragonal space group P anti 42c (N 112), Z=1, with unit cell parameters a=5.7762(2) Aa, c=11.5982(7) Aa and V=386.97(3) Aa{sup 3} led to R{sub p}=8.0%, R{sub wp}=9.6%, R{sub exp}=6.2% and {chi}{sup 2}=1.7 for 134 independent reflections. The model that best fitted the diffraction data has the following atomic distribution: Cu in Wyckoff site 2f; Fe in Wyckoff site 2d; In in Wyckoff site 2b and 1/3Cu, 1/3Fe, 1/3In in Wyckoff site 2f; Se in Wyckoff site 8n. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy of Diamondoid Thiol Monolayers on Gold

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    Willey, T M; Fabbri, J; Lee, J I; Schreiner, P; Fokin, A A; Tkachenko, B A; Fokina, N A; Dahl, J; Carlson, B; Vance, A L; Yang, W; Terminello, L J; van Buuren, T; Melosh, N

    2007-11-27

    Diamondoids, hydrocarbon molecules with cubic-diamond-cage structures, have unique properties with potential value for nanotechnology. The availability and ability to selectively functionalize this special class of nanodiamond materials opens new possibilities for surface-modification, for high-efficiency field emitters in molecular electronics, as seed crystals for diamond growth, or as robust mechanical coatings. The properties of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of diamondoids are thus of fundamental interest for a variety of emerging applications. This paper presents the effects of thiol substitution position and polymantane order on diamondoid SAMs on gold using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A framework to determine both molecular tilt and twist through NEXAFS is presented and reveals highly ordered diamondoid SAMs, with the molecular orientation controlled by the thiol location. C 1s and S 2p binding energies are lower in adamantane thiol than alkane thiols on gold by 0.67 {+-} 0.05 eV and 0.16 {+-} 0.04 eV respectively. These binding energies vary with diamondoid monolayer structure and thiol substitution position, consistent with different amounts of steric strain and electronic interaction with the substrate. This work demonstrates control over the assembly, in particular the orientational and electronic structure, providing a flexible design of surface properties with this exciting new class of diamond clusters.

  6. Pharmacological inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase ameliorates diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats.

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    Iyer, Abishek; Kauter, Kathleen; Alam, Md Ashraful; Hwang, Sung Hee; Morisseau, Christophe; Hammock, Bruce D; Brown, Lindsay

    2012-01-01

    The signs of metabolic syndrome following chronic excessive macronutrient intake include body weight gain, excess visceral adipose deposition, hyperglycaemia, glucose and insulin intolerances, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, endothelial damage, cardiovascular hypertrophy, inflammation, ventricular contractile dysfunction, fibrosis, and fatty liver disease. Recent studies show increased activity of soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) during obesity and metabolic dysfunction. We have tested whether sEH inhibition has therapeutic potential in a rat model of diet-induced metabolic syndrome. In these high-carbohydrate, high-fat-fed rats, chronic oral treatment with trans-4-[4-(3-adamantan-1-ylureido)-cyclohexyloxy]-benzoic acid (t-AUCB), a potent sEH inhibitor, alleviated the signs of metabolic syndrome in vivo including glucose, insulin, and lipid abnormalities, changes in pancreatic structure, increased systolic blood pressure, cardiovascular structural and functional abnormalities, and structural and functional changes in the liver. The present study describes the pharmacological responses to this selective sEH inhibitor in rats with the signs of diet-induced metabolic syndrome.

  7. Ligand-functionalized degradable polyplexes formed by cationic poly(aspartic acid)-grafted chitosan-cyclodextrin conjugates

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    Song, Hai-Qing; Li, Rui-Quan; Duan, Shun; Yu, Bingran; Zhao, Hong; Chen, Da-Fu; Xu, Fu-Jian

    2015-03-01

    Polypeptide-based degradable polyplexes attracted considerable attention in drug delivery systems. Polysaccharides including cyclodextrin (CD), dextran, and chitosan (CS) were readily grafted with cationic poly(aspartic acid)s (PAsps). To further enhance the transfection performances of PAsp-based polyplexes, herein, different types of ligand (folic acid, FA)-functionalized degradable polyplexes were proposed based on the PAsp-grafted chitosan-cyclodextrin conjugate (CCPE), where multiple β-CDs were tied on a CS chain. The FA-functionalized CCPE (i.e., CCPE-FA) was obtained via a host-guest interaction between the CD units of CCPE and the adamantane (Ad) species of Ad-modified FA (Ad-FA). The resulting CCPE/pDNA, CCPE-FA/pDNA, and ternary CCPE-FA/CCPE/pDNA (prepared by layer-by-layer assembly) polyplexes were investigated in detail using different cell lines. The CCPE-based polyplexes displayed much higher transfection efficiencies than the CS-based polyplexes reported earlier by us. The ternary polyplexes of CCPE-FA/CCPE/pDNA produced excellent gene transfection abilities in the folate receptor (FR)-positive tumor cells. This work would provide a promising means to produce highly efficient polyplexes for future gene therapy applications.Polypeptide-based degradable polyplexes attracted considerable attention in drug delivery systems. Polysaccharides including cyclodextrin (CD), dextran, and chitosan (CS) were readily grafted with cationic poly(aspartic acid)s (PAsps). To further enhance the transfection performances of PAsp-based polyplexes, herein, different types of ligand (folic acid, FA)-functionalized degradable polyplexes were proposed based on the PAsp-grafted chitosan-cyclodextrin conjugate (CCPE), where multiple β-CDs were tied on a CS chain. The FA-functionalized CCPE (i.e., CCPE-FA) was obtained via a host-guest interaction between the CD units of CCPE and the adamantane (Ad) species of Ad-modified FA (Ad-FA). The resulting CCPE/pDNA, CCPE

  8. Experimental quantification of decoherence via the Loschmidt echo in a many spin system with scaled dipolar Hamiltonians

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    Buljubasich, Lisandro; Dente, Axel D.; Levstein, Patricia R.; Chattah, Ana K.; Pastawski, Horacio M. [Instituto de Física Enrique Gaviola (IFEG-CONICET), Córdoba 5000 (Argentina); Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad Universitaria, Córdoba 5000 (Argentina); Sánchez, Claudia M. [Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad Universitaria, Córdoba 5000 (Argentina)

    2015-10-28

    We performed Loschmidt echo nuclear magnetic resonance experiments to study decoherence under a scaled dipolar Hamiltonian by means of a symmetrical time-reversal pulse sequence denominated Proportionally Refocused Loschmidt (PRL) echo. The many-spin system represented by the protons in polycrystalline adamantane evolves through two steps of evolution characterized by the secular part of the dipolar Hamiltonian, scaled down with a factor |k| and opposite signs. The scaling factor can be varied continuously from 0 to 1/2, giving access to a range of complexity in the dynamics. The experimental results for the Loschmidt echoes showed a spreading of the decay rates that correlate directly to the scaling factors |k|, giving evidence that the decoherence is partially governed by the coherent dynamics. The average Hamiltonian theory was applied to give an insight into the spin dynamics during the pulse sequence. The calculations were performed for every single radio frequency block in contrast to the most widely used form. The first order of the average Hamiltonian numerically computed for an 8-spin system showed decay rates that progressively decrease as the secular dipolar Hamiltonian becomes weaker. Notably, the first order Hamiltonian term neglected by conventional calculations yielded an explanation for the ordering of the experimental decoherence rates. However, there is a strong overall decoherence observed in the experiments which is not reflected by the theoretical results. The fact that the non-inverted terms do not account for this effect is a challenging topic. A number of experiments to further explore the relation of the complete Hamiltonian with this dominant decoherence rate are proposed.

  9. Genetic Characterization of H1N1 and H1N2 Influenza A Viruses Circulating in Ontario Pigs in 2012.

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    Helena Grgić

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to characterize H1N1 and H1N2 influenza A virus isolates detected during outbreaks of respiratory disease in pig herds in Ontario (Canada in 2012. Six influenza viruses were included in analysis using full genome sequencing based on the 454 platform. In five H1N1 isolates, all eight segments were genetically related to 2009 pandemic virus (A(H1N1pdm09. One H1N2 isolate had hemagglutinin (HA, polymerase A (PA and non-structural (NS genes closely related to A(H1N1pdm09, and neuraminidase (NA, matrix (M, polymerase B1 (PB1, polymerase B2 (PB2, and nucleoprotein (NP genes originating from a triple-reassortant H3N2 virus (tr H3N2. The HA gene of five Ontario H1 isolates exhibited high identity of 99% with the human A(H1N1pdm09 [A/Mexico/InDRE4487/09] from Mexico, while one Ontario H1N1 isolate had only 96.9% identity with this Mexican virus. Each of the five Ontario H1N1 viruses had between one and four amino acid (aa changes within five antigenic sites, while one Ontario H1N2 virus had two aa changes within two antigenic sites. Such aa changes in antigenic sites could have an effect on antibody recognition and ultimately have implications for immunization practices. According to aa sequence analysis of the M2 protein, Ontario H1N1 and H1N2 viruses can be expected to offer resistance to adamantane derivatives, but not to neuraminidase inhibitors.

  10. Genetic programming based quantitative structure-retention relationships for the prediction of Kovats retention indices.

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    Goel, Purva; Bapat, Sanket; Vyas, Renu; Tambe, Amruta; Tambe, Sanjeev S

    2015-11-13

    The development of quantitative structure-retention relationships (QSRR) aims at constructing an appropriate linear/nonlinear model for the prediction of the retention behavior (such as Kovats retention index) of a solute on a chromatographic column. Commonly, multi-linear regression and artificial neural networks are used in the QSRR development in the gas chromatography (GC). In this study, an artificial intelligence based data-driven modeling formalism, namely genetic programming (GP), has been introduced for the development of quantitative structure based models predicting Kovats retention indices (KRI). The novelty of the GP formalism is that given an example dataset, it searches and optimizes both the form (structure) and the parameters of an appropriate linear/nonlinear data-fitting model. Thus, it is not necessary to pre-specify the form of the data-fitting model in the GP-based modeling. These models are also less complex, simple to understand, and easy to deploy. The effectiveness of GP in constructing QSRRs has been demonstrated by developing models predicting KRIs of light hydrocarbons (case study-I) and adamantane derivatives (case study-II). In each case study, two-, three- and four-descriptor models have been developed using the KRI data available in the literature. The results of these studies clearly indicate that the GP-based models possess an excellent KRI prediction accuracy and generalization capability. Specifically, the best performing four-descriptor models in both the case studies have yielded high (>0.9) values of the coefficient of determination (R(2)) and low values of root mean squared error (RMSE) and mean absolute percent error (MAPE) for training, test and validation set data. The characteristic feature of this study is that it introduces a practical and an effective GP-based method for developing QSRRs in gas chromatography that can be gainfully utilized for developing other types of data-driven models in chromatography science.

  11. Microfabricated inserts for magic angle coil spinning (MACS wireless NMR spectroscopy.

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    Full Text Available This article describes the development and testing of the first automatically microfabricated probes to be used in conjunction with the magic angle coil spinning (MACS NMR technique. NMR spectroscopy is a versatile technique for a large range of applications, but its intrinsically low sensitivity poses significant difficulties in analyzing mass- and volume-limited samples. The combination of microfabrication technology and MACS addresses several well-known NMR issues in a concerted manner for the first time: (i reproducible wafer-scale fabrication of the first-in-kind on-chip LC microresonator for inductive coupling of the NMR signal and reliable exploitation of MACS capabilities; (ii improving the sensitivity and the spectral resolution by simultaneous spinning the detection microcoil together with the sample at the "magic angle" of 54.74° with respect to the direction of the magnetic field (magic angle spinning - MAS, accompanied by the wireless signal transmission between the microcoil and the primary circuit of the NMR spectrometer; (iii given the high spinning rates (tens of kHz involved in the MAS methodology, the microfabricated inserts exhibit a clear kinematic advantage over their previously demonstrated counterparts due to the inherent capability to produce small radius cylindrical geometries, thus tremendously reducing the mechanical stress and tearing forces on the sample. In order to demonstrate the versatility of the microfabrication technology, we have designed MACS probes for various Larmor frequencies (194, 500 and 700 MHz testing several samples such as water, Drosophila pupae, adamantane solid and LiCl at different magic angle spinning speeds.

  12. Construction of polar and hydrophobic pores and channels by assembly of peptide molecules

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    Karle, Isabella; Ranganathan, Darshan

    2003-02-01

    Selected peptides and hybrid peptides (combinations of peptide sequences with organic moieties in a single molecule) self-assemble to form pores, channels and tubules. The assemblies occur in a variety of motifs. Various physiological functions, such as ion transport through cell membranes, and physical functions, such as solubilizing difficult-to-dissolve molecules, are facilitated by the tubes that are formed by molecular assemblies. Examples from nature are the ionophores zervamicin and antiamoebin that transport K + ions through cell membranes. In the area of the constriction of the hour-glass shaped channel in the ionophores, the channel becomes quite convoluted and contains the double-gating mechanism that controls the ion passage. The formation of fairly straight tubules has been accomplished by designing cyclic peptides that have a relatively flat backbone, with extended side-chains, and with amide groups and carbonyl groups that are perpendicular to the plane of the backbone. Further, the amide groups and carbonyl groups have to be spaced so that they are in register from one peptide to another, stacked over or under it, in order to form intermolecular NH⋯OC hydrogen bonds. Tubules of this type can be made if the amino acid residues alternate between α- and β-residues or between D- and L-residues. In order to obviate the register problem with all α-amino acid residues of the same hand, peptide segments have been interspersed with a number of different organic moieties, such as 1,3-adamantane dicarbonyl, norbornene dicarbonyl, 2,6-pyridyl dicarbonyl, cystine and -(CH 2) n chains. Macrocycles that stacked vertically and formed tubules through hydrogen bonding, are hollow, open-ended, and continue to infinity. The inside diameter of the hollow tubules has varied to more than 10 Å. The hydrophobic tubules are able to accommodate highly lipophilic substances. Successes and failures to make tubules and crystal structures of a number of the tubules

  13. Proteasomal degradation of sphingosine kinase 1 and inhibition of dihydroceramide desaturase by the sphingosine kinase inhibitors, SKi or ABC294640, induces growth arrest in androgen-independent LNCaP-AI prostate cancer cells.

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    McNaughton, Melissa; Pitman, Melissa; Pitson, Stuart M; Pyne, Nigel J; Pyne, Susan

    2016-03-29

    Sphingosine kinases (two isoforms termed SK1 and SK2) catalyse the formation of the bioactive lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate. We demonstrate here that the SK2 inhibitor, ABC294640 (3-(4-chlorophenyl)-adamantane-1-carboxylic acid (pyridin-4-ylmethyl)amide) or the SK1/SK2 inhibitor, SKi (2-(p-hydroxyanilino)-4-(p-chlorophenyl)thiazole)) induce the proteasomal degradation of SK1a (Mr = 42 kDa) and inhibit DNA synthesis in androgen-independent LNCaP-AI prostate cancer cells. These effects are recapitulated by the dihydroceramide desaturase (Des1) inhibitor, fenretinide. Moreover, SKi or ABC294640 reduce Des1 activity in Jurkat cells and ABC294640 induces the proteasomal degradation of Des1 (Mr = 38 kDa) in LNCaP-AI prostate cancer cells. Furthermore, SKi or ABC294640 or fenretinide increase the expression of the senescence markers, p53 and p21 in LNCaP-AI prostate cancer cells. The siRNA knockdown of SK1 or SK2 failed to increase p53 and p21 expression, but the former did reduce DNA synthesis in LNCaP-AI prostate cancer cells. Moreover, N-acetylcysteine (reactive oxygen species scavenger) blocked the SK inhibitor-induced increase in p21 and p53 expression but had no effect on the proteasomal degradation of SK1a. In addition, siRNA knockdown of Des1 increased p53 expression while a combination of Des1/SK1 siRNA increased the expression of p21. Therefore, Des1 and SK1 participate in regulating LNCaP-AI prostate cancer cell growth and this involves p53/p21-dependent and -independent pathways. Therefore, we propose targeting androgen-independent prostate cancer cells with compounds that affect Des1/SK1 to modulate both de novo and sphingolipid rheostat pathways in order to induce growth arrest.

  14. Improper hydrogen bonded cyclohexane C-Hax···Yax contacts: theoretical predictions and experimental evidence from 1H NMR spectroscopy of suitable axial cyclohexane models.

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    Kolocouris, Antonios; Zervos, Nikolaos; De Proft, Frank; Koch, Andreas

    2011-06-03

    C-H(ax)···Y(ax) contacts are a textbook prototype of steric hindrance in organic chemistry. The nature of these contacts is investigated in this work. MP2/6-31+G(d,p) calculations predicted the presence of improper hydrogen bonded C-H(ax)···Y(ax) contacts of different strength in substituted cyclohexane rings. To support the theoretical predictions with experimental evidence, several synthetic 2-substituted adamantane analogues (1-24) with suitable improper H-bonded C-H(ax)···Y(ax) contacts of different strength were used as models of a substituted cyclohexane ring. The (1)H NMR signal separation, Δδ(γ-CH(2)), within the cyclohexane ring γ-CH(2)s is raised when the MP2/6-31+G(d,p) calculated parameters, reflecting the strength of the H-bonded C-H(ax)···Y(ax) contact, are increased. In molecules with enhanced improper H-bonded contacts C-H(ax)···Y(ax), like those having sterically crowded contacts (Y(ax) = t-Bu) or contacts including considerable electrostatic attractions (Y(ax) = O-C or O═C) the calculated DFT steric energies of the γ-axial hydrogens are considerably reduced reflecting their electron cloud compression. The results suggest that the proton H(ax) electron cloud compression, caused by the C-H(ax)···Y(ax) contacts, and the resulting increase in Δδ(γ-CH(2)) value can be effected not just from van der Waals spheres compression, but more generally from electrostatic attraction forces and van der Waals repulsion, both of which are improper H-bonding components.

  15. A novel pyrosequencing assay for the detection of neuraminidase inhibitor resistance-conferring mutations among clinical isolates of avian H7N9 influenza virus.

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    Qi, Yuhua; Fan, Huan; Qi, Xian; Zhu, Zheng; Guo, Xiling; Chen, Yin; Ge, Yiyue; Zhao, Kangchen; Wu, Tao; Li, Yan; Shan, Yunfeng; Zhou, Minghao; Shi, Zhiyang; Wang, Hua; Cui, Lunbiao

    2014-01-22

    A novel reassortant avian influenza A virus (H7N9) emerged in humans in Eastern China in late February 2013. All virus strains were resistant to adamantanes (amantadine and rimantadine), but susceptible to neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) (oseltamivir and zanamivir). One strain (A/shanghai/1/2013) contained the R294K substitution in the neuraminidase (NA) gene, indicating resistance to oseltamivir. Pyrosequencing has proven to be a useful tool in the surveillance of drug resistance in influenza A viruses. Here, we describe a reverse transcription (RT)-PCR assay coupled with pyrosequencing to identify the NA residues E120, H276, and R294 (N9 numbering) of H7N9 viruses. A total of 43 specimens (26 clinical samples and 17 isolates) were tested. Only one isolate containing the E120V heterogenic mutation was detected by pyrosequencing and confirmed by Sanger sequencing. However, this mutation was not detected in the original clinical specimen. Since virus isolation might lead to the selection of variants that might not fully represent the virus population in the clinical specimens, we suggest that using pyrosequencing to detect NAI resistance in H7N9 viruses directly from clinical specimens rather than from cultured isolates. No cross-reactions with other types of influenza virus and respiratory tract viruses were found, and this assay has a sensitivity of 100 copies of synthetic RNA for all three codons. The high sensitivity and specificity of the assay should be sufficient for the detection of positive clinical specimens. In this study, we provide a rapid and reliable method for the characterization of NAI resistance in H7N9 viruses.

  16. Peramivir injection in the treatment of acute influenza: a review of the literature

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Ashley Wester,1 Avinash K Shetty2 1Department of Pharmacy, 2Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA Abstract: Influenza virus infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children and adults globally. Seasonal epidemics are common due to the rapid virus evolution, whereas the frequent emergence of antigenic variants can result in pandemics and sporadic/endemic avian influenza virus infections. Although annual vaccination is the mainstay for influenza prevention and control, the use of antiviral agents must be considered for treatment and prophylaxis against influenza. Currently available antiviral drugs include neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs, adamantanes, and a novel polymerase inhibitor (favipiravir. Peramivir is a recently US Food and Drug Administration-approved NAI for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in adults. The chemical structure of peramivir allows it to bind to the influenza neuraminidase with much higher affinity than oseltamivir. Peramivir is effective against a variety of influenza A and B subtypes and has a lower half-maximal inhibitory concentration compared to other NAIs in in vitro studies. Peramivir can be administered intravenously, a route that is favorable for hospitalized, critically ill patients with influenza. The long half-life of peramivir allows for once-daily dosing. The drug is eliminated primarily by the kidneys, warranting dose adjustments in patients with renal dysfunction. Studies have assessed the clinical efficacy of peramivir for treatment of pandemic influenza A (H1N1. Although anecdotal evidence supports the use of peramivir in pediatric patients, pregnant women, and hospitalized patients with severe influenza receiving continuous renal replacement therapy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, well-designed, controlled clinical trials should be conducted in order to assess its clinical efficacy in these patient populations. Keywords

  17. Peramivir injection in the treatment of acute influenza: a review of the literature.

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    Wester, Ashley; Shetty, Avinash K

    2016-01-01

    Influenza virus infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children and adults globally. Seasonal epidemics are common due to the rapid virus evolution, whereas the frequent emergence of antigenic variants can result in pandemics and sporadic/endemic avian influenza virus infections. Although annual vaccination is the mainstay for influenza prevention and control, the use of antiviral agents must be considered for treatment and prophylaxis against influenza. Currently available antiviral drugs include neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs), adamantanes, and a novel polymerase inhibitor (favipiravir). Peramivir is a recently US Food and Drug Administration-approved NAI for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in adults. The chemical structure of peramivir allows it to bind to the influenza neuraminidase with much higher affinity than oseltamivir. Peramivir is effective against a variety of influenza A and B subtypes and has a lower half-maximal inhibitory concentration compared to other NAIs in in vitro studies. Peramivir can be administered intravenously, a route that is favorable for hospitalized, critically ill patients with influenza. The long half-life of peramivir allows for once-daily dosing. The drug is eliminated primarily by the kidneys, warranting dose adjustments in patients with renal dysfunction. Studies have assessed the clinical efficacy of peramivir for treatment of pandemic influenza A (H1N1). Although anecdotal evidence supports the use of peramivir in pediatric patients, pregnant women, and hospitalized patients with severe influenza receiving continuous renal replacement therapy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, well-designed, controlled clinical trials should be conducted in order to assess its clinical efficacy in these patient populations.

  18. Early postnatal treatment with soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor or 15-deoxy-Δ(12,14)-prostagandin J2 prevents prenatal dexamethasone and postnatal high saturated fat diet induced programmed hypertension in adult rat offspring.

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    Lu, Pei-Chen; Sheen, Jiunn-Ming; Yu, Hong-Ren; Lin, Yu-Ju; Chen, Chih-Cheng; Tiao, Mao-Meng; Tsai, Ching-Chou; Huang, Li-Tung; Tain, You-Lin

    2016-07-01

    Prenatal dexamethasone (DEX) exposure, postnatal high-fat (HF) intake, and arachidonic acid pathway are closely related to hypertension. We tested whether a soluble epoxide hydrolase (SEH) inhibitor, 12-(3-adamantan-1-yl-ureido)-dodecanoic acid (AUDA) or 15-deoxy-Δ(12,14)-prostagandin J2 (15dPGJ2) therapy can rescue programmed hypertension in the DEX+HF two-hit model. Four groups of Sprague Dawley rats were studied: control, DEX+HF, AUDA, and 15dPGJ2. Dexamethasone (0.1mg/kg body weight) was intraperitoneally administered to pregnant rats from gestational day 16-22. Male offspring received high-fat diet (D12331, Research Diets) from weaning to 4 months of age. In AUDA group, mother rats received 25mg/L in drinking water during lactation. In the 15dPGJ2 group, male offspring received 15dPGJ2 1.5mg/kg BW by subcutaneous injection once daily for 1 week after birth. We found postnatal HF diet aggravated prenatal DEX-induced programmed hypertension, which was similarly prevented by early treatment with AUDA or 15dPGJ2. The beneficial effects of AUDA and 15d-PGJ2 therapy include inhibition of SEH, increases of renal angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) and angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) protein levels, and restoration of nitric oxide bioavailability. Better understanding of the impact of arachidonic acid pathway in the two-hit model will help prevent programmed hypertension in children exposed to corticosteroids and postnatal HF intake.

  19. Targeting arachidonic acid pathway to prevent programmed hypertension in maternal fructose-fed male adult rat offspring.

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    Tain, You-Lin; Lee, Wei-Chia; Wu, Kay L H; Leu, Steve; Chan, Julie Y H

    2016-12-01

    Hypertension can be programmed in response to nutritional insults in early life. Maternal high-fructose (HF) intake induced programmed hypertension in adult male offspring, which is associated with renal programming and arachidonic acid metabolism pathway. We examined whether early treatment with a soluble epoxide hydrolase (SEH) inhibitor, 12-(3-adamantan-1-yl-ureido)-dodecanoic acid (AUDA) or 15-Deoxy-Δ(12,14)-prostagandin J2 (15dPGJ2) can prevent HF-induced programmed hypertension. Pregnant Sprague Dawley rats received regular chow or chow supplemented with fructose (60% diet by weight) during the whole period of pregnancy and lactation. Four groups of male offspring were studied: control, HF, HF+AUDA and HF+15dPGJ2. In HF+AUDA group, mother rats received AUDA 25 mg/L in drinking water during lactation. In the HF+15dPGJ2 group, male offspring received 15dPGJ2 1.5 mg/kg body weight by subcutaneous injection once daily for 1 week after birth. Rats were sacrificed at 12 weeks of age. Maternal HF-induced programmed hypertension is associated with increased renal protein level of SEH and oxidative stress, which early AUDA therapy prevents. Comparison of AUDA and 15dPGJ2 treatments demonstrated that AUDA was more effective in preventing HF-induced programmed hypertension. AUDA therapy increases angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) protein levels and PGE2 levels in adult offspring kidney exposed to maternal HF. 15dPGJ2 therapy increases plasma asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) levels and decreases L-arginine-to-ADMA ratio. Better understanding of the impact of arachidonic acid pathway, especially inhibition of SEH, on renal programming may aid in developing reprogramming strategy to prevent programmed hypertension in children exposed to antenatal HF intake.

  20. Magnetic-particle-based, ultrasensitive chemiluminescence enzyme immunoassay for free prostate-specific antigen.

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    Liu, Ruping; Wang, Cheng; Jiang, Quan; Zhang, Wei; Yue, Zhao; Liu, Guohua

    2013-11-01

    We report a magnetic-particle (MMP)-based chemiluminescence enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA) for free prostate-specific antigen (f-PSA) in human serum. In this method, the f-PSA is sandwiched between the anti-PSA antibody coated MMPs and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)-labeled anti-f-PSA antibody. The signal produced by the emitted photons from the chemiluminescent substrate (4-methoxy-4-(3-phosphatephenyl)-spiro-(1,2-dioxetane-3,2'-adamantane)) is directly proportional to the amount of f-PSA in a sample. The present MMP-based assay can detect f-PSA in the range of 0.1-30 ng mL(-1) with the detection limit of 0.1 ng mL(-1). The linear detection range could match the concentration range within the "diagnostic gray zone" of serum f-PSA levels (4-10 ng mL(-1)). The detection limit was sufficient for measuring clinically relevant f-PSA levels (>4 ng mL(-1)). Furthermore, the method was highly selective; it was unaffected by cross-reaction with human glandular kallikrein-2, a kallikrein-like serine protease that is 80% similar to f-PSA. The proposed method was finally applied to determine f-PSA in 40 samples of human sera. Results obtained using the method showed high correlation with those obtained using a commercially available microplate CLEIA kit (correlation coefficient, 0.9821). This strategy shows great potential application in the fabrication of diagnostic kits for determining f-PSA in serum.

  1. High-Resolution NMR of Quadrupolar Nuclei in the Solid State

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    Gann, Sheryl Lee

    1995-11-30

    This dissertation describes recent developments in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), for the most part involving the use of dynamic-angle spinning (DAS) NMR to study quadrupolar nuclei. Chapter 1 introduces some of the basic concepts and theory that will be referred to in later chapters, such as the density operator, product operators, rotations, coherence transfer pathways, phase cycling, and the various nuclear spin interactions, including the quadrupolar interaction. Chapter 2 describes the theory behind motional averaging experiments, including DAS, which is a technique where a sample is spun sequentially about two axis oriented at different angles with respect to the external magnetic field such that the chemical shift and quadrupolar anisotropy are averaged to zero. Work done on various rubidium-87 salts is presented as a demonstration of DAS. Chapter 3 explains how to remove sidebands from DAS and magic-angle spinning (MAS) experiments, which result from the time-dependence of the Hamiltonian under sample spinning conditions, using rotor-synchronized {pi}-pulses. Data from these experiments, known as DAH-180 and MAH-180, respectively, are presented for both rubidium and lead salts. In addition, the applicability of this technique to double rotation (DOR) experiments is discussed. Chapter 4 concerns the addition of cross-polarization to DAS (CPDAS). The theory behind spin locking and cross polarizing quadrupolar nuclei is explained and a method of avoiding the resulting problems by performing cross polarization at 0{sup o} (parallel) with respect to the magnetic field is presented. Experimental results are shown for a sodium-23 compound, sodium pyruvate, and for oxygen-17 labeled L-akmine. In Chapter 5, a method for broadening the Hartmann-Hahn matching condition under MAS, called variable effective field cross-polarization (VEFCI?), is presented, along with experimental work on adamantane and polycarbonate.

  2. Self-construction of supramolecular polyrotaxane films by an electrotriggered morphogen-driven process.

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    Rydzek, Gaulthier; Garnier, Tony; Schaaf, Pierre; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Senger, Bernard; Frisch, Benoît; Haikel, Youssef; Petit, Corinne; Schlatter, Guy; Jierry, Loïc; Boulmedais, Fouzia

    2013-08-27

    The design of films using a one-pot process has recently attracted increasing interest in the field of polymer thin film formation. Herein we describe the preparation of one-pot supramolecular polyrotaxane (PRX) films using the morphogen-driven self-construction process. This one-pot buildup strategy where the film growth is triggered by the electrochemical formation and diffusion of a catalyst in close vicinity of the substrate has recently been introduced by our group. A one-pot mixture was used that contained (i) poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) functionalized by azide groups grafted on the polymer chain through oligo(ethylene glycol) (EG) arms, leading to PAA-EG13-N3, (ii) cyclodextrins (α and β CD), as macrocycles that can be threaded along EG arms, (iii) alkyne-functionalized stoppers (ferrocene or adamantane), to cap the PRX assembly by click chemistry, and (iv) copper sulfate. The one-pot mixture solution was brought into contact with a gold electrode. Cu(I), the morphogen, was generated electrochemically from Cu(II) at the electrode/one-pot solution interface. This electrotriggered click reaction leads to the capping of polypseudorotaxane yielding to PRXs. The PRXs can self-assemble through lateral supramolecular interactions to form aggregates and ensure the cohesion of the film. The film buildup was investigated using different types of CD and alkyne functionalized stoppers. Supramolecular PRX aggregates were characterized by X-ray diffraction measurements. The film topographies were imaged by atomic force microscopy. The influence of the concentration in CD and the presence of a competitor were studied as well. The stability of the resulting film was tested in contact with 8 M urea and during the electrochemical oxidation of ferrocene.

  3. Experimental quantification of decoherence via the Loschmidt echo in a many spin system with scaled dipolar Hamiltonians.

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    Buljubasich, Lisandro; Sánchez, Claudia M; Dente, Axel D; Levstein, Patricia R; Chattah, Ana K; Pastawski, Horacio M

    2015-10-28

    We performed Loschmidt echo nuclear magnetic resonance experiments to study decoherence under a scaled dipolar Hamiltonian by means of a symmetrical time-reversal pulse sequence denominated Proportionally Refocused Loschmidt (PRL) echo. The many-spin system represented by the protons in polycrystalline adamantane evolves through two steps of evolution characterized by the secular part of the dipolar Hamiltonian, scaled down with a factor |k| and opposite signs. The scaling factor can be varied continuously from 0 to 1/2, giving access to a range of complexity in the dynamics. The experimental results for the Loschmidt echoes showed a spreading of the decay rates that correlate directly to the scaling factors |k|, giving evidence that the decoherence is partially governed by the coherent dynamics. The average Hamiltonian theory was applied to give an insight into the spin dynamics during the pulse sequence. The calculations were performed for every single radio frequency block in contrast to the most widely used form. The first order of the average Hamiltonian numerically computed for an 8-spin system showed decay rates that progressively decrease as the secular dipolar Hamiltonian becomes weaker. Notably, the first order Hamiltonian term neglected by conventional calculations yielded an explanation for the ordering of the experimental decoherence rates. However, there is a strong overall decoherence observed in the experiments which is not reflected by the theoretical results. The fact that the non-inverted terms do not account for this effect is a challenging topic. A number of experiments to further explore the relation of the complete Hamiltonian with this dominant decoherence rate are proposed.

  4. Gênero Acosmium: composição química e potencial farmacológico Acosmium genus: chemical composition and pharmacological potential

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    Paulo T. Sousa Júnior

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available O gênero Acosmium possui 17 espécies com distribuição geográfica que se estende do sudeste do México até o Nordeste da Argentina, sendo que a maioria das espécies está localizada no Brasil. A. dasycarpum, A. panamense, A. subelegans são as espécies mais utilizadas popularmente no tratamento de enfermidades. Uma busca na literatura, resguardando aspectos químicos e farmacológicos destas plantas, indicam atividade citotóxica, ação antitérmica, efeito hipoglicêmico, bem como tem sido usada no tratamento da doença de Alzheimer e desordens no sistema nervoso central. Investigação fitoquímica resultou principalmente no isolamento de terpenos, ácido cafêico, alcalóides do tipo diaza-adamantano e quinolizidínicos bem como pironas.The genus Acosmium is composed by c.a. 17 species, with geographic distribution from southeastern Mexico to Northwestern Argentina. Most of the species, however, are located in Brazil. A. dasycarpum, A. panamense, A. subelegans are used in folk medicine to treat several ailments. A search in the literature regarding the chemical and pharmacological aspects of these plants indicates cytotoxic activity, antithermal and hypoglycemic effects, as well as their use to treat Alzheimer's disease and CNS disorders. Phytochemical investigations resulted mainly in the isolation of terpenes, caffeic acid, diaza-adamantane and quinolizidines alkaloids as well as pyrones.

  5. Heterometallic Ti(IV)-Ru(II) and Ti(IV)-Re(I) sulfato complexes containing the Kläui tripodal ligand [(eta5-C5H5)Co{P(O)(OEt)2}3]-.

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    Yi, Xiao-Yi; Sung, Herman H Y; Zhang, Qian-Feng; Williams, Ian D; Leung, Wa-Hung

    2010-06-28

    Treatment of [(L(OEt))(2)Ti(2)(mu-O)(2)(mu-SO(4))] (L(OEt)(-) = [(eta(5)-C(5)H(5))Co{P(O)(OEt)(2)}(3)](-)) with [Ru(H)(Cl)(CO)(PPh(3))(3)] and Ag(OTf) (OTf(-) = triflate) in the presence of Na(2)CO(3) gave the Ti(IV)-Ru(II) complex [(L(OEt))(2)Ti(2)(mu-O)(3)(mu(3)-SO(4))Ru(CO)(PPh(3))(2)] (2) whereas that with [Re(CO)(5)(OTf)] afforded the Ti(IV)-Re(I) complex [H(L(OEt))(2)Ti(2)(mu-O)(3)(mu-SO(4))Re(CO)(3)(H(2)O)] (3). The crystal structures of complexes 2.HOTf and [3.2/3(Et(3)NHOTf).5/12(H(2)O)](3) have been determined. Complex 2 consists of an adamantane-like Ti(2)RuSO(6) core, in which the {Ru(II)(PPh(3))(2)(CO)} moiety is facially coordinated to a tridentate-O,O',O''(sulfate) [(L(OEt))(2)Ti(2)(mu-O)(3)(mu(3)-SO(4))](2-) metalloligand. The anion [(L(OEt))(2)Ti(2)(mu-O)(3)(mu-SO(4))Re(CO)(3)(H(2)O)](-) in 3 can be viewed as consisting of a fac-{Re(I)(CO)(3)} fragment coordinated with one aqua ligand and a bidentate-O,O'-[(L(OEt))(2)Ti(2)(mu-O)(3)(mu-SO(4))](2-) metalloligand.

  6. Novel cycloheximide derivatives targeting the moonlighting protein Mip exhibit specific antimicrobial activity against Legionella pneumophila

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    Janine eRasch

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Mip (macrophage infectivity potentiator and Mip-like proteins are virulence factors in a wide range of pathogens including Legionella pneumophila. These proteins belong to the FK506 binding protein (FKBP family of peptidyl-prolyl-cis/trans-isomerases (PPIases. In L. pneumophila the PPIase activity of Mip is required for invasion of macrophages, transmigration through an in vitro lung-epithelial barrier, and full virulence in the guinea pig infection model. Additionally, Mip is a moonlighting protein that binds to collagen IV in the extracellular matrix. Here, we describe the development, and synthesis of cycloheximide derivatives with adamantyl moieties as novel FKBP ligands, and analyze their effect on the viability of L. pneumophila and other bacteria. All compounds efficiently inhibited PPIase activity of the prototypic human FKBP12 as well as Mip with IC50-values as low as 180 nM and 1.7 µM, respectively. Five of these derivatives inhibited the growth of L. pneumophila at concentrations of 30 to 40 µM, but exhibited no effect on other tested bacterial species indicating a specific spectrum of antibacterial activity. The derivatives carrying a 3,5‐dimethyladamantan‐1‐[yl]acetamide substitution (MT_30.32, and a 3‐ethyladamantan‐1‐[yl]acetamide substitution (MT_30.51 had the strongest effects in PPIase- and liquid growth assays. MT_30.32 and MT_30.51 were also inhibitory in macrophage infection studies without being cytotoxic. Accordingly, by applying a combinatorial approach we were able to generate novel, hybrid inhibitors consisting of cycloheximide and adamantane, two known FKBP inhibitors that interact with different parts of the PPIase domain, respectively. Interestingly, despite the proven Mip-inhibitory activity, the viability of a Mip-deficient strain was affected to the same degree as its wild type. Hence, we also propose that cycloheximide derivatives with adamantyl moieties are potent PPIase inhibitors with multiple

  7. Virological surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses during six consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2012 in Catalonia, Spain.

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    Antón, A; Marcos, M A; Torner, N; Isanta, R; Camps, M; Martínez, A; Domínguez, A; Jané, M; Jiménez de Anta, M T; Pumarola, T

    2016-06-01

    Most attention is given to seasonal influenza and respiratory syncytial virus outbreaks, but the cumulative burden caused by other respiratory viruses (RV) is not widely considered. The aim of the present study is to describe the circulation of RV in the general population during six consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2012 in Catalonia, Spain. Cell culture, immunofluorescence and PCR-based assays were used for the RV laboratory-confirmation and influenza subtyping. Phylogenetic and molecular characterizations of viral haemagglutinin, partial neuraminidase and matrix 2 proteins were performed from a representative sampling of influenza viruses. A total of 6315 nasopharyngeal samples were collected, of which 64% were laboratory-confirmed, mainly as influenza A viruses and rhinoviruses. Results show the significant burden of viral aetiological agents in acute respiratory infection, particularly in the youngest cases. The study of influenza strains reveals their continuous evolution through either progressive mutations or by segment reassortments. Moreover, the predominant influenza B lineage was different from that included in the recommended vaccine in half of the studied seasons, supporting the formulation and use of a quadrivalent influenza vaccine. Regarding neuraminidase inhibitors resistance, with the exception of the 2007/08 H275Y seasonal A(H1N1) strains, no other circulating influenza strains carrying known resistance genetic markers were found. Moreover, all circulating A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H3N2) strains finally became genetically resistant to adamantanes. A wide knowledge of the seasonality patterns of the RV in the general population is well-appreciated, but it is a challenge due to the unpredictable circulation of RV, highlighting the value of local and global RV surveillance.

  8. Soluble epoxide hydrolase activity determines the severity of ischemia-reperfusion injury in kidney.

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    Jung Pyo Lee

    Full Text Available Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH in endothelial cells determines the plasma concentrations of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs, which may act as vasoactive agents to control vascular tone. We hypothesized that the regulation of sEH activity may have a therapeutic value in preventing acute kidney injury by controlling the concentration of EETs. In this study, we therefore induced ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI in C57BL/6 mice and controlled sEH activity by intraperitoneal administration of the sEH inhibitor 12-(3-adamantan-1-ylureido-dodecanoic acid (AUDA. The deterioration of kidney function induced by IRI was partially moderated and prevented by AUDA treatment. In addition, AUDA treatment significantly attenuated tubular necrosis induced by IRI. Ischemic injury induced the down-regulation of sEH, and AUDA administration had no effect on the expression pattern of sEH induced by IRI. In vivo sEH activity was assessed by measuring the substrate epoxyoctadecenoic acid (EpOME and its metabolite dihydroxyoctadec-12-enoic acid (DHOME. Ischemic injury had no effects on the plasma concentrations of EpOME and DHOME, but inhibition of sEH by AUDA significantly increased plasma EpOME and the EpOME/DHOME ratio. The protective effect of the sEH inhibitor was achieved by suppression of proinflammatory cytokines and up-regulation of regulatory cytokines. AUDA treatment prevented the intrarenal infiltration of inflammatory cells, but promoted endothelial cell migration and neovascularization. The results of this study suggest that treatment with sEH inhibitors can reduce acute kidney injury.

  9. Continuous probing of cold complex molecules with infrared frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Spaun, Ben; Changala, P. Bryan; Patterson, David; Bjork, Bryce J.; Heckl, Oliver H.; Doyle, John M.; Ye, Jun

    2016-05-01

    For more than half a century, high-resolution infrared spectroscopy has played a crucial role in probing molecular structure and dynamics. Such studies have so far been largely restricted to relatively small and simple systems, because at room temperature even molecules of modest size already occupy many millions of rotational/vibrational states, yielding highly congested spectra that are difficult to assign. Targeting more complex molecules requires methods that can record broadband infrared spectra (that is, spanning multiple vibrational bands) with both high resolution and high sensitivity. However, infrared spectroscopic techniques have hitherto been limited either by narrow bandwidth and long acquisition time, or by low sensitivity and resolution. Cavity-enhanced direct frequency comb spectroscopy (CE-DFCS) combines the inherent broad bandwidth and high resolution of an optical frequency comb with the high detection sensitivity provided by a high-finesse enhancement cavity, but it still suffers from spectral congestion. Here we show that this problem can be overcome by using buffer gas cooling to produce continuous, cold samples of molecules that are then subjected to CE-DFCS. This integration allows us to acquire a rotationally resolved direct absorption spectrum in the C-H stretching region of nitromethane, a model system that challenges our understanding of large-amplitude vibrational motion. We have also used this technique on several large organic molecules that are of fundamental spectroscopic and astrochemical relevance, including naphthalene, adamantane and hexamethylenetetramine. These findings establish the value of our approach for studying much larger and more complex molecules than have been probed so far, enabling complex molecules and their kinetics to be studied with orders-of-magnitude improvements in efficiency, spectral resolution and specificity.

  10. Concise NMR approach for molecular dynamics characterizations in organic solids.

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    Aliev, Abil E; Courtier-Murias, Denis

    2013-08-22

    Molecular dynamics characterisations in solids can be carried out selectively using dipolar-dephasing experiments. Here we show that the introduction of a sum of Lorentzian and Gaussian functions greatly improve fittings of the "intensity versus time" data for protonated carbons in dipolar-dephasing experiments. The Lorentzian term accounts for remote intra- and intermolecular (1)H-(13)C dipole-dipole interactions, which vary from one molecule to another or for different carbons within the same molecule. Thus, by separating contributions from weak remote interactions, more accurate Gaussian decay constants, T(dd), can be extracted for directly bonded (1)H-(13)C dipole-dipole interactions. Reorientations of the (1)H-(13)C bonds lead to the increase of T(dd), and by measuring dipolar-dephasing constants, insight can be gained into dynamics in solids. We have demonstrated advantages of the method using comparative dynamics studies in the α and γ polymorphs of glycine, cyclic amino acids L-proline, DL-proline and trans-4-hydroxy-L-proline, the Ala residue in different dipeptides, as well as adamantane and hexamethylenetetramine. It was possible to distinguish subtle differences in dynamics of different carbon sites within a molecule in polymorphs and in L- and DL-forms. The presence of overall molecular motions is shown to lead to particularly large differences in dipolar-dephasing experiments. The differences in dynamics can be attributed to differences in noncovalent interactions. In the case of hexamethylenetetramine, for example, the presence of C-H···N interactions leads to nearly rigid molecules. Overall, the method allows one to gain insight into the role of noncovalent interactions in solids and their influence on the molecular dynamics.

  11. The bird flu: a new emerging pandemic threat and its pharmacological intervention.

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    Mittal, Niti; Medhi, Bikash

    2007-07-01

    Bird flu is an infection caused by avian influenza viruses, which are of different types A, B and C. Type A avian influenza viruses are the most frequently associated with avian influenza epidemics and pandemics. There are 16 hemagglutinin (H1 to H16) and 9 neuraminidase types (N1 to N9) identified till date. A peculiar characteristic of influenza A viruses is their propensity for genetic change by two main processes: antigenic drift (small, gradual changes) and antigenic shift (abrupt, major change producing a novel influenza A virus subtype).There are various modes of transmission of human influenza including inhalation, direct or indirect (fomite) contact etc., can have manifestations ranging from mild to severe or fatal disease, depend on the viral subtype causing the disease. Avian influenza A (H5N1) results in high death rate amongst infants and young children.The first outbreak of human infection by avian influenza viruses (H5N1) was observed in 1997 in Hong Kong. Since then a large number of outbreaks have been reported in different parts of the world. In fact, the spread of avian influenza H5N1 in various species including humans has lead to a current pandemic threat.Human avian influenza infections in persons at high risk of exposure can be prevented by adopting a series of protective measures, anti-viral vaccination and health monitoring. Drugs currently available for the treatment or prophylaxis of influenza infections include the adamantanes (amantadine and rimantadine) and the newer class of neuraminidase inhibitors (zanamivir, oseltamivir and peramivir). However, vaccines are considered the first line of defense for reducing the excess morbidity and mortality that invariably accompany pandemics and a number of clinical trials are under way to test them.

  12. Dinuclear Pt(II)-bisphosphonate complexes: a scaffold for multinuclear or different oxidation state platinum drugs.

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    Piccinonna, Sara; Margiotta, Nicola; Pacifico, Concetta; Lopalco, Antonio; Denora, Nunzio; Fedi, Serena; Corsini, Maddalena; Natile, Giovanni

    2012-08-28

    Geminal bisphosphonates (BPs), used in the clinic for the treatment of hypercalcaemia and skeletal metastases, have been also exploited for promoting the specific accumulation of platinum antitumor drugs in bone tissue. In this work, the platinum dinuclear complex [{Pt(en)}(2)(μ-AHBP-H(2))](+) (1) (the carbon atom bridging the two phosphorous atoms carrying a 2-ammonioethyl and a hydroxyl group, AHBP-H(2)) has been used as scaffold for the synthesis of a Pt(II) trinuclear complex, [{Pt(en)}(3)(μ-AHBP)](+) (2), and a Pt(IV) adamantane-shaped dinuclear complex featuring an oxo-bridge, [{Pt(IV)(en)Cl}(2)(μ-O)(μ-AHBP-H(2))](+) (3) (X-ray structure). Compound 2 undergoes a reversible, pH dependent, rearrangement with a neat switch point around pH = 5.4. Compound 3 undergoes a one-step electrochemical reduction at E(pc) = -0.84 V affording compound 1. Such a potential is far lower than that of glutathione (-0.24 V), nevertheless compound 3 can undergo chemical reduction to 1 by GSH, most probably through a different (inner-sphere) mechanism. In vitro cytotoxicity of the new compounds, tested against murine glioma (C6) and human cervix (HeLa) and hepatoma (HepG2) cell lines, has shown that, while the Pt(IV) dimer 3 is inactive up to a concentration of 50 μM, the two Pt(II) polynuclear compounds 1 and 2 have a cytotoxicity comparable to that of cisplatin with the trinuclear complex 2 generally more active than the dinuclear complex 1.

  13. Genetic Characterization of H1N1 and H1N2 Influenza A Viruses Circulating in Ontario Pigs in 2012.

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    Grgić, Helena; Costa, Marcio; Friendship, Robert M; Carman, Susy; Nagy, Éva; Poljak, Zvonimir

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to characterize H1N1 and H1N2 influenza A virus isolates detected during outbreaks of respiratory disease in pig herds in Ontario (Canada) in 2012. Six influenza viruses were included in analysis using full genome sequencing based on the 454 platform. In five H1N1 isolates, all eight segments were genetically related to 2009 pandemic virus (A(H1N1)pdm09). One H1N2 isolate had hemagglutinin (HA), polymerase A (PA) and non-structural (NS) genes closely related to A(H1N1)pdm09, and neuraminidase (NA), matrix (M), polymerase B1 (PB1), polymerase B2 (PB2), and nucleoprotein (NP) genes originating from a triple-reassortant H3N2 virus (tr H3N2). The HA gene of five Ontario H1 isolates exhibited high identity of 99% with the human A(H1N1)pdm09 [A/Mexico/InDRE4487/09] from Mexico, while one Ontario H1N1 isolate had only 96.9% identity with this Mexican virus. Each of the five Ontario H1N1 viruses had between one and four amino acid (aa) changes within five antigenic sites, while one Ontario H1N2 virus had two aa changes within two antigenic sites. Such aa changes in antigenic sites could have an effect on antibody recognition and ultimately have implications for immunization practices. According to aa sequence analysis of the M2 protein, Ontario H1N1 and H1N2 viruses can be expected to offer resistance to adamantane derivatives, but not to neuraminidase inhibitors.

  14. On the fly estimation of host-guest binding free energies using the movable type method: participation in the SAMPL5 blind challenge

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    Bansal, Nupur; Zheng, Zheng; Cerutti, David S.; Merz, Kenneth M.

    2017-01-01

    We review our performance in the SAMPL5 challenge for predicting host-guest binding affinities using the movable type (MT) method. The challenge included three hosts, acyclic Cucurbit[2]uril and two octa-acids with and without methylation at the entrance to their binding cavities. Each host was associated with 6-10 guest molecules. The MT method extrapolates local energy landscapes around particular molecular states and estimates the free energy by Monte Carlo integration over these landscapes. Two blind submissions pairing MT with variants of the KECSA potential function yielded mean unsigned errors of 1.26 and 1.53 kcal/mol for the non-methylated octa-acid, 2.83 and 3.06 kcal/mol for the methylated octa-acid, and 2.77 and 3.36 kcal/mol for Cucurbit[2]uril host. While our results are in reasonable agreement with experiment, we focused on particular cases in which our estimates gave incorrect results, particularly with regard to association between the octa-acids and an adamantane derivative. Working on the hypothesis that differential solvation effects play a role in effecting computed binding affinities for the parent octa-acid and the methylated octa-acid and that the ligands bind inside the pockets (rather than on the surface) we devised a new solvent accessible surface area term to better quantify solvation energy contributions in MT based studies. To further explore this issue a, molecular dynamics potential of mean force (PMF) study indicates that, as found by our docking calculations, the stable binding mode for this ligand is inside (rather than surface bound) the octa-acid cavity whether the entrance is methylated or not. The PMF studies also obtained the correct order for the methylation-induced change in binding affinities and associated the difference, to a large extent to differential solvation effects. Overall, the SAMPL5 challenge yielded in improvements our solvation modeling and also demonstrated the need for thorough validation of input data

  15. Mono- and dinuclear iron complexes of bis(1-methylimidazol-2-yl)ketone (bik): structure, magnetic properties, and catalytic oxidation studies.

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    Bruijnincx, Pieter C A; Buurmans, Inge L C; Huang, Yuxing; Juhász, Gergely; Viciano-Chumillas, Marta; Quesada, Manuel; Reedijk, Jan; Lutz, Martin; Spek, Anthony L; Münck, Eckard; Bominaar, Emile L; Klein Gebbink, Robertus J M

    2011-10-03

    The newly synthesized dinuclear complex [Fe(III)(2)(μ-OH)(2)(bik)(4)](NO(3))(4) (1) (bik, bis(1-methylimidazol-2-yl)ketone) shows rather short Fe···Fe (3.0723(6) Å) and Fe-O distances (1.941(2)/1.949(2) Å) compared to other unsupported Fe(III)(2)(μ-OH)(2) complexes. The bridging hydroxide groups of 1 are strongly hydrogen-bonded to a nitrate anion. The (57)Fe isomer shift (δ = 0.45 mm s(-1)) and quadrupole splitting (ΔE(Q) = 0.26 mm s(-1)) obtained from Mössbauer spectroscopy are consistent with the presence of two identical high-spin iron(III) sites. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility studies revealed antiferromagnetic exchange (J = 35.9 cm(-1) and H = JS(1)·S(2)) of the metal ions. The optimized DFT geometry of the cation of 1 in the gas phase agrees well with the crystal structure, but both the Fe···Fe and Fe-OH distances are overestimated (3.281 and 2.034 Å, respectively). The agreement in these parameters improves dramatically (3.074 and 1.966 Å) when the hydrogen-bonded nitrate groups are included, reducing the value calculated for J by 35%. Spontaneous reduction of 1 was observed in methanol, yielding a blue [Fe(II)(bik)(3)](2+) species. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements of [Fe(II)(bik)(3)](OTf)(2) (2) revealed spin-crossover behavior. Thermal hysteresis was observed with 2, due to a loss of cocrystallized solvent molecules, as monitored by thermogravimetric analysis. The hysteresis disappears once the solvent is fully depleted by thermal cycling. [Fe(II)(bik)(3)](OTf)(2) (2) catalyzes the oxidation of alkanes with t-BuOOH. High selectivity for tertiary C-H bond oxidation was observed with adamantane (3°/2° value of 29.6); low alcohol/ketone ratios in cyclohexane and ethylbenzene oxidation, a strong dependence of total turnover number on the presence of O(2), and a low retention of configuration in cis-1,2-dimethylcyclohexane oxidation were observed. Stereoselective oxidation of olefins with dihydrogen

  16. Tricyclic pyrazoles. Part 8. Synthesis, biological evaluation and modelling of tricyclic pyrazole carboxamides as potential CB2 receptor ligands with antagonist/inverse agonist properties.

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    Deiana, Valeria; Gómez-Cañas, María; Pazos, M Ruth; Fernández-Ruiz, Javier; Asproni, Battistina; Cichero, Elena; Fossa, Paola; Muñoz, Eduardo; Deligia, Francesco; Murineddu, Gabriele; García-Arencibia, Moisés; Pinna, Gerard A

    2016-04-13

    Previous studies have investigated the relevance and structure-activity relationships (SARs) of pyrazole derivatives in relation with cannabinoid receptors, and the series of tricyclic 1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazoles emerged as potent CB2 receptor ligands. In the present study, novel 1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole and 1H-benzo[g]indazole carboxamides containing a cyclopropyl or a cyclohexyl substituent were designed and synthesized to evaluate the influence of these structural modifications towards CB1 and CB2 receptor affinities. Among these derivatives, compound 15 (6-cyclopropyl-1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-N-(adamantan-1-yl)-1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole-3-carboxamide) showed the highest CB2 receptor affinity (Ki = 4 nM) and remarkable selectivity (KiCB1/KiCB2 = 2232), whereas a similar affinity, within the nM range, was seen for the fenchyl derivative (compound 10: Ki = 6 nM), for the bornyl analogue (compound 14: Ki = 38 nM) and, to a lesser extent, for the aminopiperidine derivative (compound 6: Ki = 69 nM). Compounds 10 and 14 were also highly selective for the CB2 receptor (KiCB1/KiCB2 > 1000), whereas compound 6 was relatively selective (KiCB1/KiCB2 = 27). The four compounds were also subjected to GTPγS binding analysis showing antagonist/inverse agonist properties (IC50 for compound 14 = 27 nM, for 15 = 51 nM, for 10 = 80 nM and for 6 = 294 nM), and this activity was confirmed for the three more active compounds in a CB2 receptor-specific in vitro bioassay consisting in the quantification of prostaglandin E2 release by LPS-stimulated BV2 cells, in the presence and absence of WIN55,212-2 and/or the investigated compounds. Modelling studies were also conducted with the four compounds, which conformed with the structural requirements stated for the binding of antagonist compounds to the human CB2 receptor.

  17. Meloxicam fails to augment the reno-protective effects of soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibition in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats via increased 20-HETE levels.

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    Katary, Mohamed M; Pye, Chelsey; Elmarakby, Ahmed A

    2016-09-03

    The pro-inflammatory cyclooxygenase (COX)-derived prostaglandins and the anti-inflammatory cytochrome P450 epoxygenase-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) play an important role in the regulation of renal injury. The current study examined whether COX inhibition augments the reno-protective effects of increased EETs levels via inhibiting EETs degradation by soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) in diabetic rats. Streptozotocin (50mg/kg, i.v) was used to induce diabetes in male Sprague Dawley rats. Rats were then divided into 5 groups (n=6-8); control non diabetic, diabetic, diabetic treated with the sEH inhibitor trans-4-[4-(3-adamantan-1-yl-ureido)-cyclohexyloxy]-benzoic acid (t-AUCB), diabetic treated with the COX inhibitor meloxicam and diabetic treated with meloxicam plus t-AUCB for 2 months. Glomerular albumin permeability and urinary albumin and nephrin excretion levels were significantly elevated in diabetic rats together with decreased glomerular α3 integrin and nephrin expression levels. Inhibition of sEH reduced glomerular albumin permeability, albumin and nephrin excretion levels and restored the decrease in glomerular α3 integrin and nephrin expression in diabetic rats. Meloxicam failed to reduce renal injury or even to synergize the reno-protective effects of sEH inhibition in diabetic rats. Furthermore, inhibition of sEH reduced the elevation in renal collagen deposition and urinary MCP-1 excretion levels together with a reduction in the number of renal TUNEL positive cells in diabetic vs. control rats (PMeloxicam did not reduce renal inflammation or apoptosis in diabetic rats or even exacerbate the anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects of sEH inhibition. Renal 20-hydroxyeicosatetranoic acid (20-HETE) levels were elevated in diabetic rats and meloxicam further exacerbated this elevation. In conclusion, our study suggests that inhibition of COX failed to provide renal protection or to augment the reno-protective effects of sEH inhibition in

  18. Supported Oxide Catalysts from Chelating Precursors

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    Prieto-Centurion, Dario

    Supported Fe catalysts and, in particular, Fe and substituted MFI zeolites have attracted industrial and academic attention due to their ability to promote selective catalytic reduction of NOx and selective partial oxidation of hydrocarbons. It is generally accepted that some form of highly dispersed, binuclear or atomically-isolated metal species are involved in the selective processes catalyzed these materials. Several studies have sought to reproduce the structures and reactivity of these substituted zeolites on dierent supports. Given that specialized reagents or preparation conditions that are required in some of these preparation methods, and that multiple surface structures are often formed, this dissertation aimed to develop a route to highly dispersed supported transition metals using commonly available reactants and synthesis routes. Described here is a straightforward and effective procedure to control dispersion and surface speciation of Fe on SiO2 and CeO2 through incipient wetness impregnation (IWI) of the support with aqueous, anionic complexes of Fe3+ and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) followed by oxidative heat-treatment. On SiO2, this method preferentially creates isolated surface structures up to loading of 0.9 Fe nm-2 if using alkali counter-cations. This isolated species display classic 'single-site' behavior|constant turn over frequency (TOF) with increasing Fe surface density|in the oxidation of adamantane with H 2O2, indicating active sites are equally accessible and equally active within this range of surface density. Additionally, TOF increases linearly with electronegativity of the alkali counter-cation, suggesting electronic promotion. Conversely, IWI of unprotected Fe3+ produces agglomerates less active in this reaction. On CeO2, the sterics and negative charge imparted on Fe 3+ by EDTA4- inhibits incorporation of Fe into surface vacancies. Instead, formation of two-dimensional oligomeric structures which can undergo Fe3+-Fe2

  19. H5N1 surveillance in migratory birds in Java, Indonesia.

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    Stoops, Arthur C; Barbara, Katie A; Indrawan, Mochamad; Ibrahim, Ima N; Petrus, Wicaksana B; Wijaya, Susan; Farzeli, Arik; Antonjaya, Ungke; Sin, Lim W; Hidayatullah, N; Kristanto, Ige; Tampubolon, A M; Purnama, S; Supriatna, Adam; Burgess, Timothy H; Williams, Maya; Putnam, Shannon D; Tobias, Steve; Blair, Patrick J

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    We sought to elucidate the role of migratory birds in transmission of H5N1 in an enzoonotic area. Resident, captive, and migratory birds were sampled at five sites in Java, Indonesia. Mist nets were used to trap birds. Birds were identified to species. RNA was extracted from swabs and reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) conducted for the HA and M genes of H5N1. Antibodies were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and hemagglutination inhibition test. Between October 2006 and September 2007, a total of 4,067 captive, resident, and migratory birds comprising 98 species in 23 genera were sampled. The most commonly collected birds were the common sandpiper (6% of total), striated heron (3%), and the domestic chicken (14%). The overall prevalence of H5N1 antibodies was 5.3%. A significantly higher percentage of captive birds (16.1%) showed antibody evidence of H5N1 exposure when compared to migratory or resident birds. The greatest number of seropositive birds in each category were Muschovy duck (captive), striated heron (resident), and the Pacific golden plover (migratory). Seven apparently well captive birds yielded molecular evidence of H5N1 infection. Following amplification, the HA, NA, and M genes were analyzed. Phylogenetic analysis of the HA gene showed that the isolates were 97% similar to EU124153.1 A/chicken/West Java/Garut May 2006, an isolate obtained in a similar region of West Java. While no known markers of neuraminidase inhibitor resistance were found within the NA gene, M segment analysis revealed the V27A mutation known to confer resistance to adamantanes. Our results demonstrate moderate serologic evidence of H5N1 infection in captive birds, sampled in five sites in Java, Indonesia, but only occasional infection in resident and migratory birds. These data imply that in an enzoonotic region of Indonesia the role of migratory birds in transmission of H5N1 is limited.

  20. Supramolecular Nanoparticles for Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics

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    Chen, Kuan-Ju

    Over the past decades, significant efforts have been devoted to explore the use of various nanoparticle-based systems in the field of nanomedicine, including molecular imaging and therapy. Supramolecular synthetic approaches have attracted lots of attention due to their flexibility, convenience, and modularity for producing nanoparticles. In this dissertation, the developmental story of our size-controllable supramolecular nanoparticles (SNPs) will be discussed, as well as their use in specific biomedical applications. To achieve the self-assembly of SNPs, the well-characterized molecular recognition system (i.e., cyclodextrin/adamantane recognition) was employed. The resulting SNPs, which were assembled from three molecular building blocks, possess incredible stability in various physiological conditions, reversible size-controllability and dynamic disassembly that were exploited for various in vitro and in vivo applications. An advantage of using the supramolecular approach is that it enables the convenient incorporation of functional ligands onto SNP surface that confers functionality ( e.g., targeting, cell penetration) to SNPs. We utilized SNPs for molecular imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) by introducing reporter systems (i.e., radio-isotopes, MR contrast agents, and fluorophores) into SNPs. On the other hand, the incorporation of various payloads, including drugs, genes and proteins, into SNPs showed improved delivery performance and enhanced therapeutic efficacy for these therapeutic agents. Leveraging the powers of (i) a combinatorial synthetic approach based on supramolecular assembly and (ii) a digital microreactor, a rapid developmental pathway was developed that is capable of screening SNP candidates for the ideal structural and functional properties that deliver optimal performance. Moreover, SNP-based theranostic delivery systems that combine reporter systems and therapeutic payloads into a

  1. Biomimetic oxidation studies. 5. Mechanistic aspects of alkane functionalization with Fe, Fe sub 2 O, and Fe sub 4 O sub 2 complexes in the presence of hydrogen peroxide

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    Fish, R.H.; Konings, M.S.; Oberhausen, K.J.; Fong, R.H.; Yu, W.M. (Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)); Christou, G.; Vincent, J.B.; Coggin, D.K. (Indiana Univ., Bloomington (United States)); Buchanan, R.M. (Univ. of Louisville, KY (United States))

    1991-07-24

    The biomimetic oxidation reactions of a variety of hydrocarbons with iron complexes, Fe{sub 2}O(OAc){sub 2}(bpy){sub 2}Cl{sub 2} (1), Fe{sub 4}O{sub 2}(OAc){sub 7}(bpy){sub 2}(ClO{sub 4}) (2) Fe{sub 2}O(OAc)(tmima){sub 2}(ClO{sub 4}){sub 3} (3) (tmima = tris((methylimadazol-2-yl)methyl)amine), and Fe(ClO{sub 4}){sub 3}{times}6H{sub 2}O (4), using H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/O{sub 2} as the oxidant were studied. Functionalization of cyclohexane gave cyclohexanol (CyOH) and cylcohexanone (CyONE). The presence of an oxidizing intermediate was suggested by iodometric titration in the functionalization of cyclohexane with complexes 1-4 and H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. This intermediate was isolated from the reaction mixture and identified by {sup 13}C NMR as cyclohexyl hydroperoxide (CyOOH) as compared to an independently prepared sample. The decomposition of CyOOH by 1-4 and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} gave CyOH/CyONE ratios of 0.7, 0.9, 0.7, and 2.8, respectively, in the ranges observed in the actual cyclohexane oxidation reactions. These hydrocarbon oxidation reactions were also inhibited by 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol. Reactions run under a sweep of argon gave mmol of product/mmol of Fe complex 0-31% of the normal values. These results are consistent with a free-radical chain mechanism in which an initially formed cyclohexyl radical is trapped by oxygen gas to give a cyclohexyl peroxyl radical, which abstracts a hydrogen atom to give CyOOH and carry the chain. The tertiary hydrogen of adamantane was selectively abstracted with complexes 1-4 to obtain normalized C{sup 3}/C{sup 2} values of 3.5, 3.3, 3.4 and 5.6, respectively. Functionalization of methane, ethane, and propane was also observed. 22 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  2. Controllable drug uptake and nongenomic response through estrogen-anchored cyclodextrin drug complex

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Juan-Juan Yin,1,2 Stepan P Shumyak,2 Christopher Burgess,2 Zhi-Wei Zhou,2 Zhi-Xu He,3 Xue-Ji Zhang,4 Shu-Ting Pan,2,5 Tian-Xin Yang,6 Wei Duan,7 Jia-Xuan Qiu,5 Shu-Feng Zhou21Xiaolan People’s Hospital, Southern Medical University, Zhongshan, Guangdong, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA; 3Guizhou Provincial Key Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Research Center and Sino-US Joint Laboratory for Medical Sciences, Guizhou Medical University, Guiyang, Guizhou, 4Research Center for Bioengineering and Sensing Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 5Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi, People’s Republic of China; 6Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah and Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 7School of Medicine, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, VIC, AustraliaAbstract: Breast cancer is a leading killer of women worldwide. Cyclodextrin-based estrogen receptor-targeting drug-delivery systems represent a promising direction in cancer therapy but have rarely been investigated. To seek new targeting therapies for membrane estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, an estrogen-anchored cyclodextrin encapsulating a doxorubicin derivative Ada-DOX (CDE1-Ada-DOX has been synthesized and evaluated in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. First, we synthesized estrone-conjugated cyclodextrin (CDE1, which formed the complex CDE1-Ada-DOX via molecular recognition with the derivative adamantane-doxorubicin (Ada-DOX (Kd=1,617 M-1. The structure of the targeting vector CDE1 was fully characterized using 1H- and 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy. CDE1-Ada-DOX showed two-phase drug-release kinetics with much slower release than Ada-DOX. The

  3. Preparation and Immunomodulatory Properties of Modified Peptidoglycan Fragments

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Immunostimulators, known also as adjuvants, are added to vaccines to accelerate, extend or amplify the specific immune reaction to a specific antigen. One well known class of immuno- modulating compounds is based on muramylpeptides which are fragments of peptidoglycans, natural polymers that build up the cell wall of bacteria. Muramyldipeptide, N-acetyl- muramyl-L-alanyl-D-isoglutamine (MDP, Fig. 1 is the smallest structural unit of the peptidoglycan monomer (PGM, Fig. 2 which shows immunostimulating activity. PGM isolated from Brevibacterium divaricatum, acts in itself as an effective adjuvant, and several derivatives were prepared to study the possible influence of different substituents on the immunomodulatory activity. Thus, lipophilic derivativestert-butyloxycarbonyl-L-tyrosyl-PGM and (adamant- 1-ylacetyl-PGM (Fig. 3 were prepared and their activities studied. They were also shown to be good substrates for N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase from human serum (Scheme 1 which specifically hydrolyzes the lactylamide bond. MDP which is an integral part of PGM and proven to be an effective adjuvant was further synthetically modified and obtained derivatives tested as possible immunomodulators. Romutide (MDP-Lys(L18, approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA, and mifamurtide (L-MTP-PE, approved by European Medicines Agency (EMA, highlight among many other MDP derivatives (Fig. 4. Since N-acetylglucosamine in the structure of MDP is not essential for the immunostimulating effect, desmuramyldipeptides (Fig. 5 with different acyl groups at N-terminus of L-Ala-D-isoGln dipeptide were prepared. In ada mantyl desmuramyldipeptides such as adamantylamide dipeptide (Fig 6, adamantyl tripeptides (Fig. 7 and desmuramylpeptides with (adamant-1-ylcarboxyamido group (Fig. 8, lipophilic adamantane moiety is bound to the dipeptide part. Binding of some specific sugars to immune active substances may help their targeted delivery. An example is mannose which

  4. Selective homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic conversion of methanol/dimethyl ether to triptane.

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    Hazari, Nilay; Iglesia, Enrique; Labinger, Jay A; Simonetti, Dante A

    2012-04-17

    reaction, the methylative homologation of alkanes, offers the possibility of upgrading low-value refinery byproducts such as isobutane and isopentane to more valuable gasoline components. With the addition of adamantane, a hydride transfer catalyst that promotes activation of alkanes, both systems effectively catalyze the reaction of methanol/DME with lighter alkanes to produce heavier ones. This transformation has the further advantage of providing stoichiometric balance, whereas the stoichiometry for conversion of methanol/DME to alkanes is deficient in hydrogen and requires rejection of excess carbon in the form of carbon-rich arenes, which lowers the overall yield of desired products. Alternatively, other molecules can serve as sacrificial sources of hydrogen atoms: H(2) on heterogeneous catalysts modified by cations that activate it, and H(3)PO(2) or H(3)PO(3) on homogeneous catalysts. We have interpreted most of the features of these potentially useful reactions at a highly detailed level of mechanistic understanding, and we show that this interpretation applies equally to these two widely disparate types of catalysts. Such approaches can play a key role in developing and optimizing the catalysts that are needed to solve our energy problems.

  5. Dynamics of biomolecules, ligand binding & biological functions

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    Yi, Myunggi

    validation of Gouy-Chapman (GC) theory to charged lipid membranes, a test of GC theory by MD simulations has been elusive. Here we demonstrate that the ion distributions at different salt concentrations in anionic lipid bilayer systems agree well with GC predictions using MD simulations. Na+ ions are adsorbed to the bilayer through favorable interactions with carbonyls and hydroxyls, reducing the surface charge density by 72.5%. The interactions of amantadine, an antiinfluenza A drug, with DMPC bilayers are investigated by an MD simulation and by solid-state NMR. The MD simulation results and NMR data demonstrate that amantadine is located within the interfacial region with upward orientation and interacts with the lipid headgroup and glycerol backbone, while the adamantane group of amantadine interacts with the glycerol backbone and much of fatty acyl chain, as it wraps underneath of the drug. The lipid headgroup orientation is influenced by the drug as well. The recent prevalence of amantadine-resistant mutants makes a development of new drug urgent. The mechanism of inhibition of M2 proton channel in influenza virus A by amantadine is investigated. In the absence of high resolution structure, we model the apo and drug bound forms based on NMR structures. MD simulations demonstrate that channel pore is blocked by a primary gate formed by Trp41 helped by His37 and a secondary gate formed by Val27. The blockage by the secondary gate is extended by the drug bound just below the gate, resulting in a broken water wire throughout the simulation, suggesting a novel role of Val27 in the inhibition by amantadine. Recent X-ray structure validates the simulation results.

  6. Design, synthesis, and characterization of new phosphazene related materials, and study the structure property correlations

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    Tian, Zhicheng

    various gelation rates depending on the polymer structures and the concentrations. The rheological measurements of the supramolecular hydrogels indicate a fast gelation process and flowable character under a large stain. Chapter 4 outlines the preparation of a number of amphiphilic diblock copolymers based on poly[bis(trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene] (TFE) as the hydrophobic block and poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA) as the hydrophilic block. The TFE block was synthesized first by the controlled living cationic polymerization of a phosphoranimine, followed by replacement of all the chlorine atoms using sodium trifluoroethoxide. To allow for the growth of the PDMAEMA block, 3-azidopropyl-2-bromo-2-methylpropanoate, an atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) initiator, was grafted onto the endcap of the TFE block via the 'click' reaction followed by the ATRP of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA). Chapter 5 is a report on the design and assembly of polyphosphazene materials based on the non-covalent "host--guest" interactions either at the terminus of the polymeric main-chains or the pendant side-chains. The supramolecular interaction at the main chain terminus was used to produce amphiphilic palm-tree like pseudo-block copolymers via host-guest interactions between an adamantane end-functionalized polyphosphazene and a 4-armed beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) initiated poly[poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacylate] branched-star type polymer. The formation of micelles of the obtained amphiphiles was analyzed by fluorescence technique, dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Chapter 6 is an investigation of the influence of bulky fluoroalkoxy side groups on the properties of polyphosphazenes. A new series of mixed-substituent high polymeric poly(fluoroalkoxyphosphazenes) containing trifluoroethoxy and branched fluoroalkoxy side groups was synthesized and characterized by NMR and GPC methods. These

  7. Vladimir Prelog i Zavod za organsku kemiju

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    Jakopčić, K.

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    -operation from the small but prosperous pharmaceutical company "Kaštel" in Zagreb. On behalf of the agreement, Prelog and his department obtained funds to fit up the laboratory and to start very prosperous research in the synthesis and studies of pharmaceutically interesting compounds. With his assistants, students and other collaborators, Prelog started research of cinchona bark alkaloids, preferentially oriented to the synthesis of quinine. For example, Prelog's method of double intramolecular alkylation to synthetize the quinuclidine moiety of quinine was patented by "Kaštel". With R. Seiwerth he developed the first useful synthesis of adamantane. Prelog's group started research in the field of sulphonamides and commercial success of "Streptazole" stimulated the development of the research laboratories within "Kaštel". The collaboration in the research continued in fields of other chemotherapeutics, analeptics, spasmolitics, barbiturates etc. Within the period 1935-1941, Prelog published 48 scientific papers and 8 patents. In less than seven years, his results enormously influenced the entire organic chemistry in Zagreb till nowadays. Under the confused and uncertain circumstances caused by the beginning of World War II, Prelog left Zagreb in 1941 and continued his extraordinary scientific career at the ETH in Zürich.During the war (1942-1945 the tuition and the Department were run by Dr. Rativoj Seiwerth, former collaborator and first assistant to V. Prelog. In almost unbelievable conditions, the young assistant, then assistant professor (since January 1943, R. Seiwerth fully succeeded in continuing most activities founded by Professor Prelog. After the war (1945, R. Seiwerth was forced to resign. Nevertheless, soon after R. Seiwerth continued his research work, firstly in the Institute for Industrial Research in Zagreb (1946-1952, and later in the Research Institute of "Pliva" in Zagreb. He retired in 1980.In post-war conditions (1945/46, the activity of the Technical

  8. PREFACE: IUMRS-ICA 2008 Symposium, Sessions 'X. Applications of Synchrotron Radiation and Neutron Beam to Soft Matter Science' and 'Y. Frontier of Polymeric Nano-Soft-Materials - Precision Polymer Synthesis, Self-assembling and Their Functionalization'

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    Takahara, Atsushi; Kawahara, Seiichi

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    aimed to provide recent advances in polymer synthesis, self-assembling processes and morphologies, and functionalization of nano-soft-materials in order to initiate mutual and collaborative research interest that is essential to develop revolutionarily new nano-soft-materials in the decades ahead. Four Keynote lectures, 15 invited talks and 30 posters presented important new discoveries in polymeric nano-soft-materials, precision polymer synthesis, self-assembling and their functionalization. As for the precision polymer synthesis, the latest results were provided for studies on synthesis of polyrotaxane with movable graft chains, organic-inorganic hybridization of polymers, supra-molecular coordination assembly of conjugated polymers, precision polymerization of adamantane-containing monomers, production of high density polymer brush and synthesis of rod coil type polymer. The state-of-the-art results were introduced for the formation of nano-helical-structure of block copolymer containing asymmetric carbon atoms, self-assembling of block copolymers under the electric field, self-assembling of liquid crystalline elastomers, preparation of nano cylinder template films and mesoscopic simulation of phase transition of polymers and so forth. Moreover, recent advantages of three-dimensional electron microtomography and scanning force microscopy were proposed for analyses of nano-structures and properties of polymeric multi-component systems. Syntheses, properties and functions of slide-ring-gel, organic-inorganic hybrid hydrogels, hydrogel nano-particles, liquid-crystalline gels, the self-oscillating gels, and double network gels attracted participants' attention. Modifications of naturally occurring polymeric materials with supercritical carbon dioxide were introduced as a novel technology. Some of the attractive topics are presented in this issue. We are grateful to all the speakers and participants for valuable contributions and active discussions. Organizing committee