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    Raymond, Kenneth N.; Smith, William L.; Weitl, Frederick L.; Durbin, Patricia W.; Jones, E.Sarah; Abu-Dari, Kamal; Sofen, Stephen R.; Cooper, Stephen R.


    This paper summarizes the current status of a continuing project directed toward the synthesis and characterization of chelating agents which are specific for actinide ions - especially Pu(IV) - using a biomimetic approach that relies on the observation that Pu(IV) and Fe(III) has marked similarities that include their biological transport and distribution in mammals. Since the naturally-occurring Fe(III) sequestering agents produced by microbes commonly contain hydroxamate and catecholate functional groups, these groups should complex the actinides very strongly and macrocyclic ligands incorporating these moieties are being prepared. We have reported the isolation and structure analysis of an isostructural series of tetrakis(catecholato) complexes with the general stoichiometry Na{sub 4}[M(C{sub 6}H{sub 4}O{sub 2}){sub 4}] • 21 H{sub 2}O (M = Th, U, Ce, Hf). These complexes are structural archetypes for the cavity that must be formed if an actinide-specific sequestering agent is to conform ideally to the coordination requirements of the central metal ion. The [M(cat){sub 4}]{sup 4-} complexes have the D{sub 2d} symmetry of the trigonal-faced dodecahedron.. The complexes Th [R'C(0)N(O)R]{sub 4} have been prepared where R = isopropyl and R' = t-butyl or neopentyl. The neopentyl derivative is also relatively close to an idealized D{sub 2d} dodecahedron, while the sterically more hindered t-butyl compound is distorted toward a cubic geometry. The synthesis of a series of 2, 3-dihydroxy-benzoyl amide derivatives of linear and cyclic tetraaza- and diazaalkanes is reported. Sulfonation of these compounds improves the metal complexation and in vivo removal of plutonium from test animals. These results substantially exceed the capabilities of compounds presently used for the therapeutic treatment of actinide contamination.

  2. Rational Design of Metal Ion Sequestering Agents

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    Raymond, Kenneth N.


    The discriminate bonding of metal ions is a challenge to the synthetic chemist and a phenomenon of considerable practical importance.1 An important feature of many technical applications is the specific or preferential binding of a single metal ion in the presence of many metals. Examples range from large-volume uses (e.g. ferric EDTA as a plant food, calcium complexing agents as water softeners or anticaking formulations) to very high technology applications (technetium complexation in radiopharmaceuticals, synthetic metalloenzymes). We are interested in efficient and discriminate binding of actinides for waste stream remediation. Actinides represent a major and long-lived contaminant in nuclear waste. While the separation of actinides from other radioactive components of waste, such as Sr and Cs, is relatively well established, the separation of actinides from each other and in complex solutions (e.g. those found in tank wastes) is not as well resolved. The challenge of designing metal-specific (actinide) ligands is facilitated by examples from nature. Bacteria synthesize Fe(III)-specific ligands, called siderophores, to sequester Fe(III) from the environment and return it to the cell. The similarities between Fe(III) and Pu(IV) (their charge-to-size ratios and acidity), make the siderophores prototypical for designing actinide-specific ligands. The chelating groups present in siderophores are usually hydroxamic acids and catecholamides. We have developed derivatives of these natural products which have improved properties. The catechol derivatives are the 2,3-dihydroxyterephthalamides (TAMs), and 3,4-dihydroxysulfonamides (SFAMs), and the hydroxamic acid derivatives are three isomers of hydroxypyridinones, 1,2- HOPO, 3,2-HOPO, and 3,4-HOPO. All of these ligands are attached to molecular backbones by amides and a very important feature of HOPO and CAM ligands is a strong hydrogen bonds formed between the amide proton and the adjacent phenolic oxygen in the metal

  3. Rational Design of Metal Ion Sequestering Agents

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    Raymond, Kenneth N.; Xu, Jide; Gramer, Christine


    This project addresses the fundamental issues and requirements for developing hazardous metal ion separation technologies applicable to the treatment and disposal of radioactive waste. Our research encompasses the following areas: the design and synthesis of metal ion specific sequestering ligands, structural and thermodynamic investigations of these ligand and the complexes formed with targeted metal ions, and the development and incorporation of these ligands into applied separation technologies as highly effective materials for hazardous metal ion decontamination.

  4. Sequestering agents for the removal of actinides from waste streams

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    Raymond, K.N.; White, D.J.; Xu, Jide; Mohs, T.R. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    The goal of this project is to take a biomimetic approach toward developing new separation technologies for the removal of radioactive elements from contaminated DOE sites. To achieve this objective, the authors are investigating the fundamental chemistry of naturally occurring, highly specific metal ion sequestering agents and developing them into liquid/liquid and solid supported actinide extraction agents. Nature produces sideophores (e.g., Enterobactin and Desferrioxamine B) to selectivity sequester Lewis acidic metal ions, in particular Fe(III), from its surroundings. These chelating agents typically use multiple catechols or hydroxamic acids to form polydentate ligands that chelate the metal ion forming very stable complexes. The authors are investigating and developing analogous molecules into selective chelators targeting actinide(IV) ions, which display similar properties to Fe(III). By taking advantage of differences in charge, preferred coordination number, and pH stability range, the transition from nature to actinide sequestering agents has been applied to the development of new and highly selective actinide extraction technologies. Additionally, the authors have shown that these chelating ligands are versatile ligands for chelating U(VI). In particular, they have been studying their coordination chemistry and fundamental interactions with the uranyl ion [UO{sub 2}]{sup 2+}, the dominant form of uranium found in aqueous media. With an understanding of this chemistry, and results obtained from in vivo uranium sequestration studies, it should be possible to apply these actinide(IV) extraction technologies to the development of new extraction agents for the removal of uranium from waste streams.


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    Knox, A; Michael Paller, M; Danny D. Reible, D; Xingmao Ma, X; Ioana G. Petrisor, I


    This research evaluated organoclays, zeolites, phosphates, and a biopolymer as sequestering agents for inorganic and organic contaminants. Batch experiments were conducted to identify amendments and mixtures of amendments for metal and organic contaminants removal and retention. Contaminant removal was evaluated by calculating partitioning coefficients. Metal retention was evaluated by desorption studies in which residue from the removal studies was extracted with 1 M MgCl{sub 2} solution. The results indicated that phosphate amendments, some organoclays, and the biopolymer, chitosan, were very effective sequestering agents for metals in fresh and salt water. Organoclays were very effective sorbents for phenanthrene, pyrene, and benzo(a)pyrene. Partitioning coefficients for the organoclays were 3000-3500 ml g{sup -1} for benzo(a)pyrene, 400-450 ml g{sup -1} for pyrene, and 50-70 ml g{sup -1} for phenanthrene. Remediation of sites with a mixture of contaminants is more difficult than sites with a single contaminant because metals and organic contaminants have different fate and transport mechanisms in sediment and water. Mixtures of amendments (e.g., organoclay and rock phosphate) have high potential for remediating both organic and inorganic contaminants under a broad range of environmental conditions, and have promise as components in active caps for sediment remediation.

  6. Macrocycles

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    Raymond, Kenneth N.; Xu, Jide; Pham, Tiffany A.


    The invention provides macrocycles useful in chelating metal ions, particularly radionuclides, to provide metal ion complexes. The invention also provides methods of using the compounds and complexes of the invention, such as in therapeutic and diagnostic applications.

  7. Synthesis of New Macrocyclic Polyamides as Antimicrobial Agent Candidates

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    Osama I. Abd El-Salam


    Full Text Available A series of macrocyclic imides and Schiff-bases have been prepared via the cyclocondensation of pyridine-2,6-dicarbonyl dichloride (1 with L-ornithine methyl ester to give the corresponding macrocyclic bisester 2. Treatment of 2 with hydrazine hydrate gave macrocyclic bisacid hydrazide 3, which was used as starting material. Condensation of bishydrazide 3 with diacid anhydrides or aromatic aldehydes in refluxing acetic acid or ethanol gave the corresponding macrocyclic bisimides 4, 5a,b and macrocyclic bis- hydrazones 6a–j, respectively. The structure assignments of the new compounds were based on chemical and spectroscopic evidence. The antimicrobial screening showed that many of these newly synthesized compounds have good antimicrobial activities, comparable to ampicillin and ketaconazole used as reference drugs.

  8. Rational design of metal ion sequestering agents. 1998 annual progress report

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    Raymond, K.N.


    'This project addresses fundamental issues and requirements in developing hazardous metal ion separation technologies needed in the treatment and disposal of radioactive and chemical toxic waste. It encompasses the synthesis of new agents, followed by their characterization and evaluation, with the aim to optimize their metal ion sequestering properties for use in applied technologies. This research is focused on the following key areas: (1) basic design and synthesis of new metal ion specific sequestering ligands; (2) structural and thermodynamic investigations of these ligands and their complexes formed with the targeted metal ions; and (3) development of sequestering agents and their incorporation into systems designed to be prototypes of inexpensive and highly effective materials for hazardous metal ion decontamination. Basic studies of the sequestration of relevant toxic metals are required in order to develop processes that will treat effluents sufficiently well to allow direct release into the environment and minimize the production of secondary wastes.'

  9. Nitrogen macrocyclic molecules for sequestering of heavy metals; Molecules macrocycliques azotees pour la sequestration de metaux lourds

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    Chollet, H. [CEA Valduc, 21 - Is-sur-Tille (France); Denat, F.; Guilard, R. [Universite de Bourgogne, LIMSAG, 21 - Dijon (France)


    The tetra-aza-macrocycles and their derivatives have interesting properties in many fields, in particular for heavy metal extraction. Indeed, these ligands are able to complex many metals like uranium, plutonium, americium, cadmium, lead, etc. We describe the evolutions of design of these molecules since a score of years: simplifications of the synthesis leading to the improvement of the outputs, use of intermediate compounds facilitating the transposition at an industrial scale of the production of such molecules. The physicochemical behaviour of these ligands with respect to lanthanides and actinides, and their use within various processes of treatment are evoked. (authors)

  10. In vitro models to evaluate the capacity of different sequestering agents to adsorb aflatoxins

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    Antonio Gallo


    Full Text Available Eight potential aflatoxin-sequestering agents (SAs were tested for their ability to adsorb aflatoxin B1 (AfB1 and aflatoxin G1 (AfG1 in vitro. They belong to main SA classes: silicate minerals (calcium, magnesium and sodium bentonites, kaolinite, zeolite and clinoptinolite, activated carbon and yeast cell wall-derived. The AfB1 and AfG1 used in present work were extracted from a contaminated corn meal (82.21 mg/kg of AfB1 and 97.20 mg/kg of AfG11. Three single-concentration adsorption tests, consisting of a simply-water (W, a gastrointestinal simulating monogastric model (MM and a ruminant model (RM, were used. The methods differed for dilution media, incubation steps and pH condition in which they were conducted. In particular, one step (2h at 39°C at pH 7 for W; two steps (4h at 39°C at pH 2 and 7 for MM; and a pre-incubation in rumen fluid (pH 7 for 2h at 39°C + two steps (4h at 39°C at pH 2 and 7 for RM, characterized each method. The AfB1:SA ratio (g/g and dilution factor (ng of incubated AfB1:mL of volume were chosen (1:500,000 and 4.1, respectively to reflect field conditions. The AfB1 and AfG1 recovered in controls were 92.3% and 104.9% in W and 89.5% and 101.5% in MM; while in RM were 65.2% and 81.9%; respectively. This supported the idea of intrinsic rumen fluid factors could be involved in sequestering of aflatoxins. In the present study, three SAs (activated carbon, Mg bentonite and Na bentonite were very efficient to sequester the available AfB1, with a sequestering activity of over 99.0% with each method. The Ca bentonite and clinoptinolite were able to bind available AfB1 in MM and RM methods, while they appeared inefficient (available AfB1 sequestered less than 80% when W was used. The adsorption ability of zeolite was confirmed only with the W method. Ineffective or limited sequestering activity were obtained with kaolinite and yeast cell wall-derived products with each method. The AfB1 and AfG1 sequestering efficiencies

  11. In vivo release of aflatoxin B1 bound to different sequestering agents in dairy cows

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    D. Diaz


    Full Text Available Nine lactating dairy cows, producing 31.08±5.00 kg of milk/cow/day and fed with a Total Mixed Ration (TMR with an intake of 22.3±0.8 Kg s.s./cow, were used to investigate the resistance of the AFs-SA complex in the rumen and in the gastro-intestinal tract. Two commercial sequestering agents Atox® and Mycosorb® were used. The AFB1 was also mixed to a rumen fluid (R-SA. AFB1 sequestered by Atox®, Mycosorb® and by R-SA were then fed to cows before the morning meal. Milk samples were collected for 6 consecutive milkings and analyzed for AFM1 content. The in vitro binding capacity of the two SA were 94.2% for Atox®, 84.3% for Mycosorb® and 71.86% for the R-SA. Both Atox® and Mycosorb® released some of the sequestered AFB1 determining an increase of the AFM1 in milk as soon as in the 1st milking from oral drenching (4.23±7.33; 23.60±8.23 and 46.06±39.84 ppt for Atox®, Mycosorb® and R-SA respectively. The AFM1 (ng/cow in milk at the 4th milking was lower (66.04, 661.77 and 1613.04; P<0.05 in Atox® and Mycosorb® than R-SA, respectively. The percentage release of bound AFB1 were 1.63% for Atox®, 20.27% for Mycosorb® and 50.48% for R-SA.

  12. History of avermectin and ivermectin, with notes on the history of other macrocyclic lactone antiparasitic agents. (United States)

    Campbell, William C


    The macrocyclic lactones enjoy a position of prominence in the control of parasites, and their history may be of interest, and even of use, in an age in which the search for chemotherapeutic agents has been transformed by modern technology. Much of their history has been recorded piecemeal in a wide variety of publications. The present review provides additional detail, and offers a personal perspective on the history of ivermectin and related avermectins. Brief notes are included on the subsequent development of other macrocyclic lactones. Milbemycin preceded the avermectins as a macrocyclic lactone of agricultural importance, but was used for a different purpose. Development of the avermectins arose from the isolation, in the laboratories of the Kitasato Institute, of a novel soil-dwelling bacterium and its transmittal (in 1974) to the laboratories of Merck & Co., Inc. There it was found (in 1975) to produce a potent anthelmintic substance, which was then identified and transmuted by interdisciplinary research into an antiparasitic product. Initially the focus was on its applicability to veterinary science and animal husbandry; and after developmental research by many scientific teams, the product was introduced commercially (in 1981) for the control of endoparasitic nematodes and ectoparasitic arthropods in livestock. Subsequently, special applications in human medicine were developed, and were successfully implemented in partnership with World Health Organization and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


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    Raymond, Kenneth N.; Harris, Wesley R.; Carrano, Carl J.; Weitl, Frederick L.


    Enterobactin, a microbial iron-transport compound which is a hexadentate ligand via its three catechol groups, has been studied by potentiometric, spectrophotometric and electrochemical techniques. The proton-dependent stability constant for the ferric enterobactin complex has been determined spectrophotometrically by competition vs EDTA. At physiological pH, enterobactin is by far the most powerful iron chelating agent yet characterized. In a biomimetic approach to the design and synthesis of ferric-ion-specific sequestering agents that could prove to be new therapeutic agents for iron mobilization in man, several structural analogs of enterobactin have been chosen as target compounds. Because of the large number of chemical and biological similarities of plutonium(IV) with iron(III) a biomimetic approach has also been taken in the synthesis of a new class of actinide-specific sequestering agents which incorporate four catechol groups. In general both the iron and actinide sequestering agents are derivatives of 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid or the 5-sulfo 2,3-dihydroxybenzoic acid derivatives. Both MECAM [1,3,5-N,N{prime},N{double_prime}-tris(2,3-dihydroxybenzoyl)triamino-methylbenzene] and 3,4-LICAMS [1,5,10-N,N{prime},N{double_prime}-tris(5-sulfo-2,3-dihydroxybenzoyl)triazadecane] have been found to remove iron from the human iron transport protein transferrin. In fact, all of the synthetic tricatecholate ligands rapidly remove iron from human transferrin - in marked contrast to the trihydroxamate ligands such as desferrioxamine B (the most commonly used drug for iron removal in man). The details of the kinetics of transferrin iron removal by 3,4-LICAMS have been investigated. In addition, the mode of coordination to ferric ion of enterobactin and analogous compounds has been investigated and the change in this coordination as a function of protonation of the metal-ligand complex characterized. Protonation of these compounds occurs through one-proton steps to give a

  14. Effects of Mycotoxin Sequestering Agents Added Into Feed on Health, Reproduction and Milk Yield of Dairy Cattle

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    Michal Hulík


    Full Text Available Effects of mycotoxin sequestering agents in feed on health, reproduction and milk yield of dairy cattle were studied in a 5-month long experiment on 300 dairy cows divided into two groups and six subgroups. The experiment was conducted in adding a mycotoxin sequestering agent based on 1,3 and 1,6 β-glucans to standard cattle nutrition (TMR, which was regularly tested for content of important mycotoxins, in order to gain knowledge about possible positive effect of this agent on the health of dairy cattle and about possible avoidance of negative effects of mycotoxins on dairy cattle due to their structural elimination caused by the agent. The experiment’s setting and conditions during it were in all aspects common and comparable within the European Union, the experiment’s results should be therefore seen as relevant. Health, pregnancy rate and milk yield were carefully monitored during the experiment. Indicators of state of health (occurrence of mastitis and somatic cell count in milk did not show any significant differences between test and control groups of dairy cows. The average milk yield of dairy cows which were fed the agent enriched feed (30.2 kg a day was slightly lower in comparison to control groups (31 kg a day, both results with P < 0.001, however, fat content of milk of test groups’ cows (4.02% was considerably higher than that of control groups’ cows (3.79%. The average pregnancy rate of cows which were fed the agent enriched feed also manifested considerable increase in percentage and stability (from 42.95% of control groups’ cows to 62.25% of test groups’ cows, the standard deviation decreased from 21.1% to 14.4% which means smaller differences among pregnancy rate of test groups’ cows, hence higher stability, this increase manifested even long after the cows had been fed regular feed again.

  15. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of carnosine derivatives as selective and efficient sequestering agents of cytotoxic reactive carbonyl species. (United States)

    Vistoli, Giulio; Orioli, Marica; Pedretti, Alessandro; Regazzoni, Luca; Canevotti, Renato; Negrisoli, Gianpaolo; Carini, Marina; Aldini, Giancarlo


    Carnosine aryl derivatives as sequestering agents of RCS: Reactive carbonyl species (RCS) are cytotoxic mediators representing a novel drug target, as they are presumed to play a pathogenic role in several diseases. Carnosine is a selective RCS-sequestering agent, but is rapidly hydrolyzed by serum carnosinase. Herein we describe the in silico design, synthesis, and evaluation of a set of carnosine aryl derivatives.Reactive carbonyl species (RCS) are important cytotoxic mediators generated by lipid oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and represent a novel drug target, as they are presumed to play a pathogenic role in several diseases. L-Carnosine (L-CAR, beta-alanyl-L-histidine) is a specific detoxifying agent of RCS, but is rapidly hydrolyzed in human serum by carnosinase, a specific dipeptidase. Herein we describe the in silico design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of carnosine derivatives that are resistant to carnosinase and that have increased quenching efficacy. Stability against carnosinase-mediated turnover was achieved by isomerization of the histidine residue, leading to D-carnosine (D-CAR, beta-alanyl-D-histidine), which maintains the same quenching activity of L-carnosine. A molecular modeling approach was then used to design derivatives characterized by an increased quenching efficacy. The most promising candidates were synthesized, and their stability and quenching activity were evaluated. This study describes a set of aryl derivatives that are characterized by high stability in human plasma and a quenching activity toward 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal (HNE), chosen as a model of RCS, up to threefold greater than D-carnosine.

  16. Evaluation and testing of sequestering agents for the removal of actinides from waste streams

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    Hoffman, D.C.; Romanovski, V.V.; Veeck, A.C. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others


    The purpose of this project is to evaluate and test the complexing ability of a variety of promising new complexing agents synthesized by Professor Kenneth Raymond`s group at the University of California, Berkeley (ESP-CP TTP Number SF16C311). Some of these derivatives have already shown the potential for selectivity binding Pu(IV) in a wide range of solutions in the presence of other metals. Professor Raymond`s group uses molecular modeling to design and synthesize ligands based on modification of natural siderophores, or their analogs, for chelation of actinides. The ligands are then modified for use as liquid/liquid and solid/liquid extractants. The authors` group at the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science (ITS) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory determines the complex formation constants between the ligands and actinide ions, the capacity and time dependence for uptake on the resins, and the effect of other metal ions and pH.

  17. Induction of a type I interferon signature in normal human monocytes by gadolinium-based contrast agents: comparison of linear and macrocyclic agents. (United States)

    Wermuth, P J; Jimenez, S A


    The gadolinium-based contrast agent (GdBCA) Omniscan activates human macrophages through Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4 and TLR-7 signalling. To explore the mechanisms responsible we compared the ability of linear and macrocyclic GdBCA to induce a type I interferon signature and a proinflammatory/profibrotic phenotype in normal human monocytes in vitro. Expression of genes associated with type I interferon signalling and inflammation and production of their corresponding proteins were determined. Both linear and macrocyclic GdBCA stimulated expression of multiple type I interferon-regulated genes and the expression of numerous chemokines, cytokines and growth factors in normal human peripheral blood monocytes. There was no correlation between the magnitude of the measured response and the Gd chelate used. To explore the mechanisms responsible for GdBCA induction of fibrosis in nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in vitro, normal human dermal fibroblasts were incubated with GdBCA-treated monocyte culture supernatants and the effects on profibrotic gene expression were examined. Supernatants from monocytes exposed to all GdBCA stimulated types I and III collagen, fibronectin and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) expression in normal dermal fibroblasts. The results indicate that the monocyte activation induced by GdBCA may be the initial step in the development of GdBCA associated fibrosis in NSF.

  18. Synthesis of azomethine macrocycles by condensation of dicarbonyl compounds with diamines without using metal ions as template agents

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    Borisova, Natalia E; Reshetova, Marina D; Ustynyuk, Yuri A [Department of Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation)


    Different strategies for the synthesis of symmetrical and unsymmetrical macrocyclic Schiff bases in the absence of metal ions are considered. General methods for performing macrocyclisation under thermodynamic or kinetic control are analysed. The key factors influencing the structure of macrocyclic azomethines are discussed.

  19. Intraindividual, randomized comparison of the macrocyclic contrast agents gadobutrol and gadoterate meglumine in breast magnetic resonance imaging

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    Fallenberg, Eva M.; Renz, Diane M.; Hamm, Bernd [Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Department of Radiology, Berlin (Germany); Karle, Bettina [Clinic of Radiation Therapy, Helios Clinics, Berlin (Germany); Schwenke, Carsten [SCOSSIS Statistical Consulting, Berlin (Germany); Ingod-Heppner, Barbara [Charite Universitaetsmedizin, Campus Charite Mitte, Institute of Pathology, Berlin (Germany); Reles, Angela [Charite Universitaetsmedizin, Charite-Partner-Practice, Interdisciplinary Breast Center, Berlin (Germany); Engelken, Florian J. [Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Charite Campus Mitte, Department of Radiology, Berlin (Germany); Huppertz, Alexander; Taupitz, Matthias [Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Department of Radiology, Berlin (Germany)


    To compare intraindividually two macrocyclic contrast agents - gadobutrol and gadoterate meglumine (Gd-DOTA) - for dynamic and quantitative assessment of relative enhancement (RE) in benign and malignant breast lesions. This was an ethically approved, prospective, single-centre, randomized, crossover study in 52 women with suspected breast lesions referred for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Each patient underwent one examination with gadobutrol and one with Gd-DOTA (0.1 mmol/kg BW) on a 1.5 T system 1 - 7 days apart. Dynamic, T1-weighted, 3D gradient echo sequences were acquired under identical conditions. Quantitative evaluation with at least three regions of interest (ROI) per lesion was performed. Primary endpoint was RE during the initial postcontrast phase after the first and second dynamic acquisition, and peak RE. All lesions were histologically proven; differences between the examinations were evaluated. Forty-five patients with a total of 11 benign and 34 malignant lesions were assessed. Mean RE was significantly higher for gadobutrol than Gd-DOTA (p < 0.0001). Gadobutrol showed significantly less washout (64.4 %) than Gd-DOTA (75.4 %) in malignant lesions (p = 0.048) Gadobutrol has higher RE values compared with Gd-DOTA, whereas Gd-DOTA shows more marked washout in malignant lesions. This might improve the detection of breast lesions and influence the specificity of breast MRI-imaging. (orig.)

  20. Luminescent macrocyclic lanthanide complexes (United States)

    Raymond, Kenneth N [Berkeley, CA; Corneillie, Todd M [Campbell, CA; Xu, Jide [Berkeley, CA


    The present invention provides a novel class of macrocyclic compounds as well as complexes formed between a metal (e.g., lanthanide) ion and the compounds of the invention. Preferred complexes exhibit high stability as well as high quantum yields of lanthanide ion luminescence in aqueous media without the need for secondary activating agents. Preferred compounds incorporate hydroxy-isophthalamide moieties within their macrocyclic structure and are characterized by surprisingly low, non-specific binding to a variety of polypeptides such as antibodies and proteins as well as high kinetic stability. These characteristics distinguish them from known, open-structured ligands.

  1. Sequestering in String Theory

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    Kachru, Shamit; McAllister, Liam; Sundrum, Raman


    We study sequestering, a prerequisite for flavor-blind supersymmetry breaking in several high-scale mediation mechanisms, in compactifications of type IIB string theory. We find that although sequestering is typically absent in unwarped backgrounds, strongly warped compactifications do readily sequester. The AdS/CFT dual description in terms of conformal sequestering plays an important role in our analysis, and we establish how sequestering works both on the gravity side and on the gauge theory side. We pay special attention to subtle compactification effects that can disrupt sequestering. Our result is a step toward realizing an appealing pattern of soft terms in a KKLT compactification.

  2. Synthesis of Chiral Macrocyclic or Linear Pyridine Carboxamides from Pyridine-2,6-dicarbonyl Dichloride as Antimicrobial Agents

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    Abd El-Galil E Amr


    Full Text Available A series of chiral linear and macrocyclic bridged pyridines has been prepared starting from pyridine-2,6-dicarbonyl dichloride (2. The coupling of 1 with D-alanyl methyl ester gave 2,6-bis-D-alanyl pyridine methyl ester (3. Hydrazinolysis of 3 with hydrazine hydrate afforded bis-hydrazide 4. The latter was reacted with thiophene-2-carbaldehyde, phthalic anhydride or cyclohexanone to afford bis-carboxamide pyridine derivatives 5-7, respectively. Compound 4 was coupled with p-methoxy- or p-nitroaceto-phenone to yield compounds 8 and 9. In addition, 4 was reacted with 1,2,4,5-benzenetetra-carboxylic acid dianhydride or 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic acid dianhydride to afford the macrocyclic octacarboxaamide pyridines 10 and 11. The detailed synthesis, spectroscopic data and antimicrobial screening for the synthesized compounds are reported.

  3. Ferric ion-specific sequestering agents. 7. Synthesis, iron-exchange kinetics, and stability constants of N-substituted, sulfonated catechoylamide analogs of enterobactin

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    Pecoraro, Vincent L. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Weit, Frederick L. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Raymond, Kenneth N. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    For treatment of chronic iron overload (as occurs in Cooley's anemia), ferric ion sequestering agents with specific properties are necessary. Two analogues of enterobactin [a microbial chelating agent with the greatest stability constant known for an Fe(III) complex] are reported which exhibit: i) hydrolytic stability; ii) water solubility; iii) N-substitution to block peptidase hydrolysis. The first compound, N,N',N"- trimethyl-N,N',N"-tris(2,3-dihydroxysulfobenzoyl)1,3,5-triaminomethyl- benzene, [Me3MECAMS, 6] was prepared from the amide of trimesloyl chloride (1) and MeNH2. The resulting amide was reduced to the triamine (3) and converted in three steps to the final product 6 in 6% overall yield. The proton-dependent formation constant (log K*) for the reaction: Fe3+ + H3L6- = FeL6- + 3H+ is 4.87, which gives an equilibrium concentration of [Fe3+] at pH 7.4 of 2 x 10-27 M for 10-5 M L (6) and 10-6 M total Fe3+. The estimated formation constant (log β110) is 40. At low pH the FeL6- complex undergoes a series of three, one-proton reactions which probably gives a tris-salicylate complex formed by the carbonyl and ortho-catechol oxygen of the 2,3-dihydroxybenzoyl units (the same reaction that occurs with ferric enterobactin). After six hours in the presence of 6 mM ascorbate, Me3MECAMS (6.0 mM) removed 3.7% of the ferric ion initially sequestered by the iron storage protein, ferritin. The human iron transport protein transferrin gives up iron to Me3MECAMS with a pseudo first-order rate constant of 1.9 x 10-3min-1 (ligand concentration 2 X 10-4 M). This rate is comparable to that of enterobactin and other catechoyl amide sequestering agents, and greatly exceeds that of desferrioxamine B (Desferal®), the current drug of choice in treating iron

  4. Gd complexes of macrocyclic diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) biphenyl-2,2'-bisamides as strong blood-pool magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents. (United States)

    Jung, Ki-Hye; Kim, Hee-Kyung; Lee, Gang Ho; Kang, Duk-Sik; Park, Ji-Ae; Kim, Kyeong Min; Chang, Yongmin; Kim, Tae-Jeong


    We report the synthesis of macrocyclic DTPA conjugates of 2,2'-diaminobiphenyl and their Gd complexes of the type [Gd(L)(H(2)O)]·xH(2)O (2a,b; L = 1a,b) for use as new MRI blood-pool contrast agents (MRI BPCAs). Pharmacokinetic inertness of 2 compares well with those of analogous Gd-DTPA MRI CAs currently in use. The present system also shows very high stability in human serum. The R(1) relaxivity reaches 10.9 mM(-1) s(-1), which is approximately 3 times as high as that of structurally related Gd-DOTA (R(1) = 3.7 mM(-1) s(-1)). The R(1) relaxivity in HSA goes up to 37.2 mM(-1) s(-1), which is almost twice as high as that of MS-325, a leading BPCA, demonstrating a strong blood pool effect. The in vivo MR images of mice obtained with 2b are coherent, showing strong signal enhancement in heart, abdominal aorta, and small vessels. Even the brain tumor is vividly enhanced for an extended period of time. The structural uniqueness of 2 is that it is neutral in charge and thus makes no resort to electrostatic interaction, supposedly one of the essential factors for the blood-pool effect.

  5. Macrocyclic fragrance materials

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    Salvito, Daniel; Lapczynski, Aurelia; Sachse-Vasquez, Christen


    A screening-level aquatic environmental risk assessment for macrocyclic fragrance materials using a “group approach” is presented using data for 30 macrocyclic fragrance ingredients. In this group approach, conservative estimates of environmental exposure and ecotoxicological effects thresholds...... for compounds within two subgroups (15 macrocyclic ketones and 15 macrocyclic lactones/lactides) were used to estimate the aquatic ecological risk potential for these subgroups. It is reasonable to separate these fragrance materials into the two subgroups based on the likely metabolic pathway required...... for both regions is materials, and minimal in stream dilution (3:1), the conservatively predicted exposure concentrations for macrocyclic ketones would range from

  6. Synthesis of macrocyclic polyazomethines


    Elizbarashvili,Elizbar; Matitaishvili,Tea; Topuria,Khatuna


    The synthesis of 20-membered macrocyclic polyazomethine dyes 3a and 3b from 4,4'-dihydroxybiphenyl-3,3'-dicarbaldehyde (2a) and 5,5'-diamino-4,4'-dihydroxybiphenyl-3,3'-dicarbaldehyde (2b) and macrocyclic polyazomethine pigments 4 and 5 from 3a is described.

  7. Macrocyclic Gd3+ chelates attached to a silsesquioxane core as potential magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents: synthesis, physicochemical characterization, and stability studies. (United States)

    Henig, Jörg; Tóth, Eva; Engelmann, Jörn; Gottschalk, Sven; Mayer, Hermann A


    Two macrocyclic ligands, 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1-glutaric-4,7,10-triacetic acid (H(5)DOTAGA) and the novel 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1-(4-(carboxymethyl)benzoic)-4,7,10-triacetic acid (H(5)DOTABA), were prepared and their lanthanide complexes (Ln = Gd(3+), Y(3+)) attached to an amino-functionalized T(8)-silsesquioxane. The novel compounds Gadoxane G (GG) and Gadoxane B (GB) possess eight monohydrated lanthanide complexes each, as evidenced by multinuclear ((1)H, (13)C, (29)Si) NMR spectroscopy and high resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS). Pulsed-field gradient spin echo (PGSE) diffusion (1)H NMR measurements revealed hydrodynamic radii of 1.44 nm and global rotational correlation times of about 3.35 ns for both compounds. With regard to potential MRI contrast agent applications, a variable-temperature (17)O NMR and (1)H nuclear magnetic relaxation dispersion (NMRD) study was carried out on aqueous solutions of the gadolinium(III) complexes of the Gadoxanes and the corresponding monomeric ligands to yield relevant physicochemical properties. The water exchange rates of the inner-sphere water molecules are all very similar (k(ex)(298) between (5.3 +/- 0.5) x 10(6) s(-1) and (5.9 +/- 0.3) x 10(6) s(-1)) and only slightly higher than that reported for the gadolinium(III) complex of 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (H(4)DOTA) (k(ex)(298) = 4.1 x 10(6) s(-1)). Despite their almost identical size and their similar water exchange rates, GB shows a significantly higher longitudinal relaxivity than GG over nearly the whole range of magnetic fields (e.g., 17.1 mM(-1) s(-1) for GB and 12.1 mM(-1) s(-1) for GG at 20 MHz and 25 degrees C). This difference arises from their different local rotational correlation times (tau(lR)(298) = 240 +/- 10 ps and 380 +/- 20 ps, respectively), because of the higher rigidity of the phenyl ring of GB as compared to the ethylene spacer of GG. A crucial feature of these novel compounds is the lability of the

  8. Computational Design of Metal Ion Sequestering Agents

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    Hay, Benjamin P.; Rapko, Brian M.


    Organic ligands that exhibit a high degree of metal ion recognition are essential precursors for developing separation processes and sensors for metal ions. Since the beginning of the nuclear era, much research has focused on discovering ligands that target specific radionuclides. Members of the Group 1A and 2A cations (e.g., Cs, Sr, Ra) and the f-block metals (actinides and lanthanides) are of primary concern to DOE. Although there has been some success in identifying ligand architectures that exhibit a degree of metal ion recognition, the ability to control binding affinity and selectivity remains a significant challenge. The traditional approach for discovering such ligands has involved lengthy programs of organic synthesis and testing that, in the absence of reliable methods for screening compounds before synthesis, have resulted in much wasted research effort.

  9. Improved calcium sequestering carbohydrate based agents

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    Besemer, A.C.; Jetten, J.M.; Slaghek, T.M.


    The improved tandem oxidation sequence of starch with the aim of developing, e.g. degradable co-builders suitable for laundry formulations as an alternative to the currently used polyacrylates is described. The tandem oxidation of starch starts with sodium periodate treatment of granular starch

  10. Tumor Targeting Using Anti–Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (ior egf/r3 Immunoconjugate with a Tetraaza Macrocyclic Agent (DO3A-EA

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    Gauri Mishra


    Full Text Available Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR signaling inhibition represents a highly promising arena for the application of molecularly targeted cancer therapies. EGFR conjugated metal chelates have been proposed as potential imaging agents for cancers that overexpress EGFR receptors. Through improved understanding of EGFR biology in human cancers, there is anticipation that more tumor-selective therapy approaches with diminished collateral normal tissue toxicity can be advanced. We report here on the results with a thermodynamically stable chelate, 1,4,7-tris(carboxymethyl-10-(2-aminoethyl-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane (DO3A-EA and anti-EGFr (ior egf/r3 conjugate to develop immunospecifc imaging agent. Conjugation and labelling with anti-EGFr was performed using standard procedure and subjected to purification on size exclusion chromatography. The conjugated antibodies were labeled with a specific activity 20-30 mCi/mg of protein. Labeling efficiencies were measured by ascending paper chromatography on ITLC-SG strips. Radiolabeling of the immunoconjugate was found to be 98.5 ± 0.30%. 99mTc-DO3A-EA-EGFr conjugate was studied in athymic mice bearing U-87MG, MDA-MB-468 tumors following intravenous injection. Pharmacokinetic and biodistribution studies confirmed long circulation times (t1/2(fast= 45 min and t1/2(slow=4 hours 40 min and efficient accumulation in tumors. Biodistribution studies in athymic mice grafted with U-87MG human glioblastoma multiforme and Hela human cervical carcinoma tumors revealed significant localization of 99mTc-labeled antibodies conjugate in tumors and reduced accumulation in normal organs. This new chelating agent is promising for immunoscintigraphy since good tumour-to-normal organ contrast could be demonstrated. These properties can be exploited for immunospecifc contrast agents in nuclear medicine and SPECT imaging.

  11. Fourth symposium on macrocyclic compounds

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    Christensen, J. J.; Izatt, R. M.


    Both theoretical and experimental aspects of the properties and behavior of synthetic and naturally occurring macrocyclic compounds are covered in this symposium. This document contains abstracts of the papers. (DLC)

  12. Vacuum Energy Sequestering and Graviton Loops

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    Kaloper, Nemanja


    We recently formulated a local mechanism of vacuum energy sequester. This mechanism automatically removes all matter loop contributions to vacuum energy from the stress energy tensor which sources the curvature. Here we adapt the local vacuum energy sequestering mechanism to also cancel all the vacuum energy loops involving virtual gravitons, in addition to the vacuum energy generated by matter fields alone.

  13. Vacuum Energy Sequestering and Graviton Loops


    Kaloper, Nemanja; Padilla, Antonio


    We recently formulated a local mechanism of vacuum energy sequester. This mechanism automatically removes all matter loop contributions to vacuum energy from the stress energy tensor which sources the curvature. Here we adapt the local vacuum energy sequestering mechanism to also cancel all the vacuum energy loops involving virtual gravitons, in addition to the vacuum energy generated by matter fields alone.

  14. Total Synthesis of Bryostatin 16 using a Pd-Catalyzed Diyne-Coupling as Macrocyclization Method and Synthesis of C20-epi-Bryostatin 7 as a Potent Anticancer Agent


    Trost, Barry M.; Dong, Guangbin


    Asymmetric total synthesis of bryostatin 16 was achieved in 26 steps in the longest linear sequence/39 total steps from aldehyde 10. A Pd-catalyzed alkyne-alkyne coupling was employed for the first-time as a macrocyclization method in a natural product synthesis. A route to convert bryostatin 16 to a new family of bryostatin analogues was developed. Toward the end, 20-epi-bryostatin 7, was synthesized from a bryostatin 16-like intermediate; and the key step involves a Re-catalyzed epoxidation...

  15. Total synthesis of bryostatin 16 using a Pd-catalyzed diyne coupling as macrocyclization method and synthesis of C20-epi-bryostatin 7 as a potent anticancer agent. (United States)

    Trost, Barry M; Dong, Guangbin


    Asymmetric total synthesis of bryostatin 16 was achieved in 26 steps in the longest linear sequence and in 39 total steps from aldehyde 10. A Pd-catalyzed alkyne-alkyne coupling was employed for the first time as a macrocyclization method in a natural product synthesis. A route to convert bryostatin 16 to a new family of bryostatin analogues was developed. Toward this end, 20-epi-bryostatin 7 was synthesized from a bryostatin 16-like intermediate; the key step involves a Re-catalyzed epoxidation/ring-opening reaction. Preliminary biological studies indicated that this new analogue exhibits nanomolar anti-cancer activity against several cancer cell lines.

  16. Total Synthesis of Bryostatin 16 using a Pd-Catalyzed Diyne-Coupling as Macrocyclization Method and Synthesis of C20-epi-Bryostatin 7 as a Potent Anticancer Agent (United States)

    Trost, Barry M.; Dong, Guangbin


    Asymmetric total synthesis of bryostatin 16 was achieved in 26 steps in the longest linear sequence/39 total steps from aldehyde 10. A Pd-catalyzed alkyne-alkyne coupling was employed for the first-time as a macrocyclization method in a natural product synthesis. A route to convert bryostatin 16 to a new family of bryostatin analogues was developed. Toward the end, 20-epi-bryostatin 7, was synthesized from a bryostatin 16-like intermediate; and the key step involves a Re-catalyzed epoxidation/ring-opening reaction. Preliminary biological studies indicated that this new analogue exhibits nanomolar anti-cancer activity against several cancer cell lines. PMID:21043491

  17. Method for Extracting and Sequestering Carbon Dioxide

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    Rau, Gregory H.; Caldeira, Kenneth G.


    A method and apparatus to extract and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from a stream or volume of gas wherein said method and apparatus hydrates CO2, and reacts the resulting carbonic acid with carbonate. Suitable carbonates include, but are not limited to, carbonates of alkali metals and alkaline earth metals, preferably carbonates of calcium and magnesium. Waste products are metal cations and bicarbonate in solution or dehydrated metal salts, which when disposed of in a large body of water provide an effective way of sequestering CO2 from a gaseous environment.

  18. Macrocyclic trichothecenes as antifungal and anticancer compounds. (United States)

    de Carvalho, Maira Peres; Weich, Herbert; Abraham, Wolf-Rainer


    Trichothecenes are sesquiterpenoid metabolites produced by fungi and species of the plant genus Baccharis, family Asteraceae. They comprise a tricyclic core with an epoxide at C-12 and C-13 and can be grouped into non-macrocyclic and macrocyclic compounds. While many of these compounds are of concern in agriculture, the macrocyclic metabolites have been evaluated as antiviral, anti-cancer, antimalarial and antifungal compounds. Some known cytotoxic responses on eukaryotic cells include inhibition of protein, DNA and RNA syntheses, interference with mitochondrial function, effects on cell division and membranes. These targets however have been elucidated essentially employing non-macrocyclic trichothecenes and only one or two closely related macrocyclic compounds. For several macrocyclic trichothecenes high selectivity against fungal species and against cancer cell lines have been reported suggesting that the macrocycle and its stereochemistry are of crucial importance regarding biological activity and selectivity. This review is focused on compounds belonging to the macrocyclic type, where a cyclic diester or triester ring binds to the trichothecane moiety at C-4 and C- 15 leading to natural products belonging to the groups of satratoxins, verrucarins, roridins, myrotoxins and baccharinoids. Their biological activities, cytotoxic mechanisms and structure-activity relationships (SAR) are discussed. From the reported data it becomes evident that even small changes in the molecules can lead to pronounced effects on biological activity or selectivity against cancer cells lines. Understanding the underlying mechanisms may help to design highly specific drugs for cancer therapy.

  19. Radical photocyclization route for macrocyclic lactone ring expansion and conversion to macrocyclic lactams and ketones. (United States)

    Nishikawa, Keisuke; Yoshimi, Yasuharu; Maeda, Kousuke; Morita, Toshio; Takahashi, Ichiro; Itou, Tatsuya; Inagaki, Sho; Hatanaka, Minoru


    A new method for the synthesis of macrocyclic lactones, lactams, and ketones, which utilizes photoinduced intramolecular radical cyclization reactions of substrates containing tethered carboxylic acids and α,β-unsaturated carbonyl moieties, has been uncovered. Photocyclization of the carboxylic acids tethered acrylate ester, which were prepared starting from the macrocyclic lactones, gave the two-carbon elongated macrocyclic lactones via decarboxylation. Similar photoreactions of carboxylic acid tethered acryl amide or α,β-unsaturated ketone moieties, which were also prepared starting from the macrocyclic lactones, produced macrocyclic lactams or ketones, respectively. The simple approach can be readily applied to the preparation of a variety of macrocyclic lactones, lactams, and ketones with tunable ring sizes.

  20. Templating irreversible covalent macrocyclization by using anions. (United States)

    Kataev, Evgeny A; Kolesnikov, Grigory V; Arnold, Rene; Lavrov, Herman V; Khrustalev, Victor N


    Inorganic anions were used as templates in the reaction between a diamine and an activated diacid to form macrocyclic amides. The reaction conditions were found to perform the macrocyclization sufficiently slow to observe a template effect. A number of analytical methods were used to clarify the reaction mechanisms and to show that the structure of the intermediate plays a decisive role in determining the product distribution. For the macrocyclization under kinetic control, it was shown that the amount of a template, the conformational rigidity of building blocks, and the anion affinities of reaction components and intermediates are important parameters that one should take into consideration to achieve high yields.

  1. Holo- and hemidirected lead(II) in the polymeric [Pb(4)(mu-3,4-TDTA)2(H2O)2]*4H2O complex. N,N,N',N'-tetraacetate ligands derived from o-phenylenediamines as sequestering agents for lead(II). (United States)

    Sanchiz, Joaquín; Esparza, Pedro; Villagra, Diego; Domínguez, Sixto; Mederos, Alfredo; Brito, Felipe; Araujo, Lorena; Sánchez, Agustin; Arrieta, Juan Manuel


    The coordinating ability of the ligands 3,4-toluenediamine-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetate (3,4-TDTA), o-phenylenediamine-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetate (o-PhDTA), and 4-chloro-1,2-phenylenediamine-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetate (4-Cl-o-PhDTA) (H4L acids) toward lead(II) is studied by potentiometry (25 degrees C, I = 0.5 mol x dm(-3) in NaClO4), UV-vis spectrophotometry, and 207Pb NMR spectrometry. The stability constants of the complex species formed were determined. X-ray diffraction structural analysis of the complex [Pb4(mu-3,4-TDTA)4(H2O)2]*4H2O (1) revealed that 1 has a 2-D structure. The layers are built up by the polymerization of centrosymmetric [Pb4L2(H2O)2] tetranuclear units. The neutral layers have the aromatic rings of the ligands pointing to the periphery, whereas the metallic ions are located in the central part of the layers. In compound 1, two types of six-coordinate lead(II) environments are produced. The Pb(1) is coordinated to two nitrogen atoms and four carboxylate oxygens from the ligand, whereas Pb(2) has an O6 trigonally distorted octahedral surrounding. The lead(II) ion is surrounded by five carboxylate oxygens and a water molecule. The carboxylate oxygens belong to four different ligands that are also joined to four other Pb(1) ions. The selective uptake of lead(II) was analyzed by means of chemical speciation diagrams as well as the so-called conditional or effective formation constants K(Pb)eff. The results indicate that, in competition with other ligands that are strong complexing agents for lead(II), our ligands are better sequestering agents in acidic media.

  2. Novel antibiotics: C-2 symmetrical macrocycles inhibiting Holliday junction DNA binding by E. coli RuvC. (United States)

    Pan, Po-Shen; Curtis, Fiona A; Carroll, Chris L; Medina, Irene; Liotta, Lisa A; Sharples, Gary J; McAlpine, Shelli R


    Holliday junctions (HJs) are formed as transient DNA intermediates during site-specific and homologous recombination. Both of these genetic exchange pathways are critical for normal DNA metabolism and repair. Trapping HJs leads to bacterial cell death by preventing proper segregation of the resulting interlinked chromosomes. Macrocyclic peptides designed to target this intermediate were synthesized with the goal of identifying compounds with specificity for this unique molecular target. We discovered ten macrocycles, both hexameric and octameric peptides, capable of trapping HJs in vitro. Those macrocycles containing tyrosine residues proved most effective. These data demonstrate that C-2 symmetrical macrocycles offer excellent synthetic targets for the development of novel antibiotic agents. Furthermore, the active compounds identified provide valuable tools for probing different pathways of recombinational exchange.

  3. Tracking sequestered carbon in the timber trade

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    Blundell, A.G. [US Agency for International Development, Washington, DC (United States). EGAT Forestry Team


    The most recent meeting discussing the Kyoto Protocol focused on market-based mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gases. This could pave the way for initiatives that allow polluters to offset their emissions if they buy carbon sequestered through reforestation (Sandalow and Bowles 2001). But rather than lose credit when the trees are harvested, investors must continue to track the sequestered carbon once trees become timber. I examined trade statistics for the best-tracked timber species, namely mahogany, Swietenia macrophylla King (Meliaceae). Although mahogany is regulated by one of the most restrictive trade agreements, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 1 found discrepancies in USA trade statistics of c. 30%, representing c. US$ 100 million over the last 4 years. For comparison, I also calculated differences in trade data for all sawnwood, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO); discrepancies between USA and exporter reports were c. 38%. Large accounting problems must be solved before sequestered carbon should become a globally traded commodity. (author)

  4. Can greening of aquaculture sequester blue carbon? (United States)

    Ahmed, Nesar; Bunting, Stuart W; Glaser, Marion; Flaherty, Mark S; Diana, James S


    Globally, blue carbon (i.e., carbon in coastal and marine ecosystems) emissions have been seriously augmented due to the devastating effects of anthropogenic pressures on coastal ecosystems including mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and seagrass meadows. The greening of aquaculture, however, including an ecosystem approach to Integrated Aquaculture-Agriculture (IAA) and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) could play a significant role in reversing this trend, enhancing coastal ecosystems, and sequestering blue carbon. Ponds within IAA farming systems sequester more carbon per unit area than conventional fish ponds, natural lakes, and inland seas. The translocation of shrimp culture from mangrove swamps to offshore IMTA could reduce mangrove loss, reverse blue carbon emissions, and in turn increase storage of blue carbon through restoration of mangroves. Moreover, offshore IMTA may create a barrier to trawl fishing which in turn could help restore seagrasses and further enhance blue carbon sequestration. Seaweed and shellfish culture within IMTA could also help to sequester more blue carbon. The greening of aquaculture could face several challenges that need to be addressed in order to realize substantial benefits from enhanced blue carbon sequestration and eventually contribute to global climate change mitigation.

  5. Kinetically E-selective macrocyclic ring-closing metathesis (United States)

    Shen, Xiao; Nguyen, Thach T.; Koh, Ming Joo; Xu, Dongmin; Speed, Alexander W. H.; Schrock, Richard R.; Hoveyda, Amir H.


    Macrocyclic compounds are central to the development of new drugs, but preparing them can be challenging because of the energy barrier that must be surmounted in order to bring together and fuse the two ends of an acyclic precursor such as an alkene (also known as an olefin). To this end, the catalytic process known as ring-closing metathesis (RCM) has allowed access to countless biologically active macrocyclic organic molecules, even for large-scale production. Stereoselectivity is often critical in such cases: the potency of a macrocyclic compound can depend on the stereochemistry of its alkene; alternatively, one isomer of the compound can be subjected to stereoselective modification (such as dihydroxylation). Kinetically controlled Z-selective RCM reactions have been reported, but the only available metathesis approach for accessing macrocyclic E-olefins entails selective removal of the Z-component of a stereoisomeric mixture by ethenolysis, sacrificing substantial quantities of material if E/Z ratios are near unity. Use of ethylene can also cause adventitious olefin isomerization—a particularly serious problem when the E-alkene is energetically less favoured. Here, we show that dienes containing an E-alkenyl–B(pinacolato) group, widely used in catalytic cross-coupling, possess the requisite electronic and steric attributes to allow them to be converted stereoselectively to E-macrocyclic alkenes. The reaction is promoted by a molybdenum monoaryloxide pyrrolide complex and affords products at a yield of up to 73 per cent and an E/Z ratio greater than 98/2. We highlight the utility of the approach by preparing recifeiolide (a 12-membered-ring antibiotic) and pacritinib (an 18-membered-ring enzyme inhibitor), the Z-isomer of which is less potent than the E-isomer. Notably, the 18-membered-ring moiety of pacritinib—a potent anti-cancer agent that is in advanced clinical trials for treating lymphoma and myelofibrosis—was prepared by RCM carried out at a

  6. Pharmacokinetic and pharmaco-technological approaches of actinides decorporation by an in vivo sequestering agent. Application to the development of new treatments; Approches pharmacocinetique et pharmacotechnique de la decorporation d'actinides par un agent complexant in vivo. Application a la mise au point de nouveaux traitements

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    Phan, G.


    After internal contamination by transuranic actinides, diethylene-triamine-pentaacetic acid (DTPA) is the only treatment available to haste the decorporation i.e. the excretion from the body of these radio-contaminants by the natural pathways (urinary and faecal excretion). However, the effectiveness of DTPA is variable and seems to be limited to mobilize efficiently the radionuclides from their sites of deposit and retention which are mainly the liver and the skeleton. Indeed, this molecule displays unfavourable pharmacokinetics (a low tissue distribution and a high urinary excretion) which do not match with the distribution of the actinides in vivo. Moreover, because of its physicochemical properties, DTPA is not able to pass through the plasmic membranes and to penetrate in the cells. Consequently, the use of colloidal vectors such as liposomes could make it possible to modulate DTPA pharmacokinetics as well as to promote the access of the chelating agent to the intracellular compartment of the macrophages of the reticulo-endothelial system which also uptake the radionuclides. The objective of this thesis thus was to improve the treatment of decorporation treatments of transuranic actinides, in particular of plutonium (Pu) by the sequestering agent DTPA by a double approach. The strategy consisted in developing liposomes in order to encapsulate and to modify the distribution of DTPA in vivo. The encapsulation of the DTPA in large multi-lamellar (MLV) and conventional liposomes (composed of DOPC:CH:PG) and in stealth MLV liposomes (composed of DOPC:CH:DSPE-PEG) could modify DTPA pharmacokinetics by prolonging its circulation time and by increasing its distribution especially in the liver (conventional MLV) and in the skeleton (stealth MLV). These modifications of the distribution of DTPA were well correlated with an increased de-corporating effect on Pu in the rats. The reduction of the diameter of liposomes to approximately 100 nm made it possible to further

  7. Study on synthesis of new dinuclear copper macrocyclic complex by template reaction involving lead ion as templating agent%模板法合成大环单核铅及双核铜(Ⅱ)配合物

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    王小波; 姜治平; 候波涛; 胡学雷; 潘志权


    采用Pb2+作为模板离子,以2,6-二甲酰基对甲苯酚与2-羟基-1,3-丙二胺为原料通过[2+2]缩合反应,得到单核铅配合物[Pb(H2L)](ClO4)2(H2L为中性大环配体),进一步通过金属置换反应合成了一个新的希夫碱大环双核铜(Ⅱ)配合物[Cu2L](ClO4)2,并对中间体大环单核铅配合物及其双核铜(Ⅱ)配合物的结构进行了表征.%A new dinuclear copper macrocyclic complex was synthesized by metal transferred reaction of the mononuclear lead complex as the precursor which was obtained based on the [2+2]condensation between 2,6-diacetyl-4-methylphenol and 1,3-diamino- 2-propanol in the presence of Pb2+ ion.Both structure of two complexes were characterized by several methods.

  8. Engineering macrocyclic figure-eight motif

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    V Haridas; Harinder Singh; Yogesh K Sharma; Kashmiri Lal


    The design and synthesis of figure-eight macrocycles are very scarce owing to the intricacies and lack of predictability from first principles. This review emphasizes on discrete macrocyclic systems both synthetic and natural with a defined figure eight knotted topology. In almost all the helical macrocycles, the helical arrangement is held by intramolecular hydrogen bonding or as a backbone requirement, but in all cases, a planar graph can be drawn and so these compounds are trivial from the topological stand point. Nature presents great deal of complexity in terms of structures in macromolecules like DNA and proteins and also displays intriguing topology in simple natural products. Patellamide, tawicyclamides, nosiheptide and thiostrepton are natural products with figure eight topology which shows interesting biological activity. Expanded porphyrins, Cu(II) complexes of thiomacrocycles, cyclic peptides and oligoesters are synthetic macrocycles showing intriguing topology. Analysis of structure and folding behaviour will enable chemists to design molecules with intriguing topology.

  9. Sequestering agents for the removal of actinides from waste streams

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    Raymond, K.; White, D. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Whisenhunt, D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)


    The ultimate goal of this project is to develop new separation technologies to remove radioactive metal ions from contaminated DOE sites. To this end we are studying both the fundamental chemistry and the extractant properties of some chelators that are either found in nature or are closely related to natural materials. The work is a collaboration betwen Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory-University of California, Berkeley, and the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  10. Actinide-specific sequestering agents and decontamination applications

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    Smith, William L. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Materials and Molecular Research Division; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Raymond, Kenneth N. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Materials and Molecular Research Division; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry


    With the commercial development of nuclear reactors, the actinides have become very important industrial elements. A major concern of the nuclear industry is the biological hazard associated with nuclear fuels and their wastes. The acute chemical toxicity of tetravalent actinides, as exemplified by Th(IV), is similar to Cr(III) or Al(III). However, the acute toxicity of 239Pu(IV) is similar to strychnine, which is much more toxic than any of the non-radioactive metals such as mercury. Although the more radioactive isotopes of the transuranium elements are more acutely toxic by weight than plutonium, the acute toxicities of 239Pu, 241Am, and 244Cm are nearly identical in radiation dose, ~100 μCi/kg in rodents. Finally and thus, the extreme acute toxicity of 239Pu is attributed to its high specific activity of alpha emission.

  11. Salinomycin kills cancer stem cells by sequestering iron in lysosomes (United States)

    Mai, Trang Thi; Hamaï, Ahmed; Hienzsch, Antje; Cañeque, Tatiana; Müller, Sebastian; Wicinski, Julien; Cabaud, Olivier; Leroy, Christine; David, Amandine; Acevedo, Verónica; Ryo, Akihide; Ginestier, Christophe; Birnbaum, Daniel; Charafe-Jauffret, Emmanuelle; Codogno, Patrice; Mehrpour, Maryam; Rodriguez, Raphaël


    Cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a subset of cells within tumours that exhibit self-renewal properties and the capacity to seed tumours. CSCs are typically refractory to conventional treatments and have been associated to metastasis and relapse. Salinomycin operates as a selective agent against CSCs through mechanisms that remain elusive. Here, we provide evidence that a synthetic derivative of salinomycin, which we named ironomycin (AM5), exhibits a more potent and selective activity against breast CSCs in vitro and in vivo, by accumulating and sequestering iron in lysosomes. In response to the ensuing cytoplasmic depletion of iron, cells triggered the degradation of ferritin in lysosomes, leading to further iron loading in this organelle. Iron-mediated production of reactive oxygen species promoted lysosomal membrane permeabilization, activating a cell death pathway consistent with ferroptosis. These findings reveal the prevalence of iron homeostasis in breast CSCs, pointing towards iron and iron-mediated processes as potential targets against these cells.

  12. Vacuum energy sequestering and conformal symmetry (United States)

    Ben-Dayan, Ido; Richter, Robert; Ruehle, Fabian; Westphal, Alexander


    In a series of recent papers Kaloper and Padilla proposed a mechanism to sequester standard model vacuum contributions to the cosmological constant. We study the consequences of embedding their proposal into a fully local quantum theory. In the original work, the bare cosmological constant Λ and a scaling parameter λ are introduced as global fields. We find that in the local case the resulting Lagrangian is that of a spontaneously broken conformal field theory where λ plays the role of the dilaton. A vanishing or a small cosmological constant is thus a consequence of the underlying conformal field theory structure.

  13. Sequestering effects on and of vacuum decay

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    Kaloper, Nemanja; Stefanyszyn, David


    We consider phase transitions and their contributions to vacuum energy in the manifestly local theory of vacuum energy sequestering. We demonstrate that the absence of instabilities imposes constraints on the couplings of gravitating and non-gravitating sectors, which can be satisfied in a large class of models. We further show by explicit construction that the vacuum energy contributions to the effective cosmological constant in the descendant vacua are generically strongly suppressed by the ratios of spacetime volumes of parent and descendant geometries. This means that the cosmological constant in de Sitter descendant vacua remains insensitive to phase transitions which may have occurred in the course of its cosmic history.

  14. Sequestering effects on and of vacuum decay (United States)

    Kaloper, Nemanja; Padilla, Antonio; Stefanyszyn, David


    We consider phase transitions and their contributions to vacuum energy in the manifestly local theory of vacuum energy sequestering. We demonstrate that the absence of instabilities imposes constraints on the couplings of gravitating and nongravitating sectors, which can be satisfied in a large class of models. We further show by explicit construction that the vacuum energy contributions to the effective cosmological constant in the descendant vacua are generically strongly suppressed by the ratios of space-time volumes of parent and descendant geometries. This means that the cosmological constant in de Sitter descendant vacua remains insensitive to phase transitions which may have occurred in the course of its cosmic history.

  15. Bending rigid molecular rods: formation of oligoproline macrocycles. (United States)

    Scully, Conor C G; Rai, Vishal; Poda, Gennadiy; Zaretsky, Serge; Burns, Darcy C; Houliston, R Scott; Lou, Tiantong; Yudin, Andrei K


    Bent but not broken: cyclic oligoprolines are accessed in a reaction that effectively bends rigid oligoproline peptides (see scheme; TBDMS=tert-butyldimethylsilyl). The stitching is accomplished during macrocyclization enabled by aziridine aldehydes and isocyanides. Molecular modeling studies suggest that electrostatic attraction between the termini of the linear peptide is pivotal for macrocyclization. The macrocycles were studied by circular dichroism with a polyproline II structure being observed in larger macrocycles.

  16. Creating molecular macrocycles for anion recognition

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    Amar H. Flood


    Full Text Available The creation and functionality of new classes of macrocycles that are shape persistent and can bind anions is described. The genesis of triazolophane macrocycles emerges out of activity surrounding 1,2,3-triazoles made using click chemistry; and the same triazoles are responsible for anion capture. Mistakes made and lessons learnt in anion recognition provide deeper understanding that, together with theory, now provides for computer-aided receptor design. The lessons are acted upon in the creation of two new macrocycles. First, cyanostars are larger and like to capture large anions. Second is tricarb, which also favors large anions but shows a propensity to self-assemble in an orderly and stable manner, laying a foundation for future designs of hierarchical nanostructures.

  17. Sequestering ADM ethanol plant carbon dioxide (United States)

    Finley, R.J.; Riddle, D.


    Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) are collaborating on a project in confirming that a rock formation can store carbon dioxide from the plant in its pores. The project aimed to sequester the gas underground permanently to minimize release of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. It is also designed to store one million tons of carbon dioxide over a three-year period. The project is worth $84.3M, funded by $66.7M from the US Department Energy, supplemented by co-funding from ADM and other corporate and state resources. The project will start drilling of wells to an expected depth over 6500 feet into the Mount Simon Sandstone formation.

  18. Enzymatic Macrocyclization of 1,2,3-Triazole Peptide Mimetics. (United States)

    Oueis, Emilia; Jaspars, Marcel; Westwood, Nicholas J; Naismith, James H


    The macrocyclization of linear peptides is very often accompanied by significant improvements in their stability and biological activity. Many strategies are available for their chemical macrocyclization, however, enzyme-mediated methods remain of great interest in terms of synthetic utility. To date, known macrocyclization enzymes have been shown to be active on both peptide and protein substrates. Here we show that the macrocyclization enzyme of the cyanobactin family, PatGmac, is capable of macrocyclizing substrates with one, two, or three 1,4-substituted 1,2,3-triazole moieties. The introduction of non-peptidic scaffolds into macrocycles is highly desirable in tuning the activity and physical properties of peptidic macrocycles. We have isolated and fully characterized nine non-natural triazole-containing cyclic peptides, a further ten molecules are also synthesized. PatGmac has now been shown to be an effective and versatile tool for the ring closure by peptide bond formation.

  19. New Cleft-like Molecules and Macrocycles from Phosphonate Substituted Spirobisindanol

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    Paolo Finocchiaro


    Full Text Available We have synthetized medium-sized cyclophanes and macrocycles containingphosphonic groups, directly linked to the aromatic rings of the phanes or as pendant arms,for use as specific receptors for the selective complexation of neutral guests or forcomplexing lanthanides, as luminescent sensors and for diagnostic bioassays in medicine.Furthermore, because it would be of great interest for biochemistry as well as forpharmacological studies to dispose of preorganized rigid chiral hosts for biorelevantmolecules we designed inter alia, some new chiral macrocycles capable of a triple bindingmode and we used them for constructing macrocycles that could also be of interest forchiral recognition and chiral separations. Thus, in this paper we shall review the salientaspects of some macrocycles synthetized in our laboratory, all possessing the phosphonatemoiety and a spirobisindanol scaffold and able to act as complexing agents for cations andorganic substrates. In particular, we shall describe their NMR characterization, theirstereochemistry in solution and in the solid state, and their use as chiral receptors forbiorelevant molecules. Chiral HPLC resolution of some of them is also reported.

  20. Rapid synthesis of macrocycles from diol precursors

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    Wingstrand, Magnus; Madsen, Charlotte Marie; Clausen, Mads Hartvig


    A method for the formation of synthetic macrocycles with different ring sizes from diols is presented. Reacting a simple diol precursor with electrophilic reagents leads to a cyclic carbonate, sulfite or phosphate in a single step in 25-60% yield. Converting the cyclization precursor to a bis-ele...

  1. Carbon Dioxide Sequestering Using Microalgal Systems

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    Daniel J. Stepan; Richard E. Shockey; Thomas A. Moe; Ryan Dorn


    This project evaluated key design criteria, the technical feasibility, and the preliminary economic viability of a CO{sub 2}-sequestering system integrated with a coal-fired power plant based on microalgae biofixation. A review of relevant literature was conducted, and a bench-scale algal-based sequestration system was constructed and operated to verify algal growth capabilities using a simulated flue gas stream. The bench-scale system was a 20-gallon glass aquarium with a 16-gallon operating volume and was direct-sparged with a simulated flue gas. The flue gas composition was based on flue gas analyses for a 550-MW Coal Creek Power Station boiler in Underwood, North Dakota, which averaged 12.1% CO{sub 2}, 5.5% O{sub 2}, 423 ppm SO{sub 2}, 124 ppm NO{sub x}, and an estimated 50 mg/m{sup 3} fly ash loading. The algae were grown in Bold's basal growth medium. Lighting was provided using a two-tube fluorescent ''grow-light'' bulb fixture mounted directly above the tank. Algal growth appeared to be inhibited in the presence of SO{sub 2} using mixed cultures of green and blue-green cultures of algae. Samples of Monoraphidium strain MONOR02 and Nannochloropsis NANNO02 algal samples were obtained from the University of Hawaii Culture Collection. These samples did not exhibit inhibited growth in the presence of all the simulated flue gas constituents, but growth rates were somewhat lower than those expected, based on the review of literature. Samples of harvested algae were analyzed for protein, lipid, and carbohydrate content. A lipid content of 26% appeared to be fairly normal for algae, and it did not appear that large amounts of nitrogen were being fixed and promoting growth, nor were the algae starved for nitrogen. Proteins made up 41% of the total mass, and carbohydrates were assumed to be 33% (by difference). A preliminary economic analysis showed the costs of an integrated system based on microalgae biofixation to sequester 25% of the CO

  2. 新型双功能螯合剂研究——富勒烯基邻苯二酚类螯合物的分子设计%New bifunctional sequestering agent for actinides chelation——molecular design of fullerene-based catechol chelating agents

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    赵云; 彭汝芳; 金波; 楚士晋; 宋宏涛


    近年来核事故的频发引起人们对核辐射与防护的关注,治疗锕系核素中毒的主要方法是使用络合剂将之排除,邻苯二酚由于其特殊的结构特点、高度的选择性络合能力以及显著的生理活性,成为促排领域的一大研究热点.对目前邻苯二酚类锕系核素螯合促排药物的研究进展进行了简述.基于富勒烯及其衍生物表现出的优良抗氧化性和吸收自由基能力以及邻苯二酚特殊的螯合能力,提出富勒烯基邻苯二酚类新型双功能锕系核素螯合药物.根据富勒烯的化学修饰改性原理和邻苯二酚的分子结构特点,初步设计了富勒烯基邻苯二酚新型螯合物的分子结构,并对所设计分子结构的合理性及合成的可行性进行了分析讨论.%A series of nuclear accidents has aroused concerning on nuclear radiation and protection in recent years, the best way of treatment of actinide poisoning is to use the complexing agent to Chelat-ing. Due to special structural features, the highly selective complexa-tion ability and significant physiological activity, Catechol become a research focus of chelating research areas. The unique chemical and physical properties of[60]fullerene and its derivatives, especially the excellent ability to eliminate free radicals, have generated increasing interest for researchers in the field of biomedicine. In this paper, we gave a general overview of the actinides of catechol chelating agents and fullerenes derivatives on free radical scavenging antioxidant research progress briefly. In previous radionuclide chelation agents research, people always pay more attention to the chelating ability of chelating agents and neglected the radiation damage repair of body in the chelating process. We pointed out the shortcomings that it is only a single chelating function while shorting of eliminating the free radicals generated by irradiation and proposed to design new fullerene-based catechol

  3. Synthesis and characterization of new azo containing Schiff base macrocycle

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    Saeed Malek-Ahmadi; Amir Abdolmaleki


    Fully conjugated Schiff base macrocycle has been prepared through a simple and mild condition, a one-pot cyclization procedure of four-component without using a template. The condensation reaction of related bis (hydroxybenzaldehyde) with phenylenediamines to prepare a conjugated [2 + 2] Schiff base macrocycle has been investigated and fluorescent [2 + 2] Schiff base macrocycles with N2O2 binding pockets has been prepared and characterized by elemental analysis,' H NMR, IR, fluorescent, UV-visible and MALDI mass spectroscopies.

  4. Amide-based Fluorescent Macrocyclic Anion Receptors

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    ZENG, Zhen-Ya(曾振亚); XU, Kuo-Xi(徐括喜); HE, Yong-Bing(何永炳); LIU, Shun-Ying(刘顺英); WU, Jin-Long(吴进龙); WEI, Lan-Hua(隗兰华); MENG, Ling-Zhi(孟令芝)


    Two fluorescent anion receptors (1 and 2) based on amide macrocycle were synthesized and corresponding fluorescence quenching induced by anion complexation was observed in different degree. Receptors form 1: 1 complexes with anions by hydrogen bonding interactions. Receptor 1 bound anions in the order of F->Cl->H2PO4->CH3COO->>Br-, I- and receptor 2 showed high selectivity to F- over other anions.

  5. Application of Calixarenes as Macrocyclic Ligands for Uranium(VI: A Review

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    Katarzyna Kiegiel


    Full Text Available Calixarenes represent a well-known family of macrocyclic molecules with broad range of potential applications in chemical, analytical, and engineering materials fields. This paper covers the use of calixarenes as complexing agents for uranium(VI. The high effectiveness of calix[6]arenes in comparison to other calixarenes in uranium(VI separation process is also presented. Processes such as liquid-liquid extraction (LLE, liquid membrane (LM separation, and ion exchange are considered as potential fields for application of calixarenes as useful agents for binding UO22+ for effective separation from aqueous solutions containing other metal components.

  6. Sequestering CO2 in the Built Environment (United States)

    Constantz, B. R.


    Calera’s Carbonate Mineralization by Aqueous Precipitation (CMAP) technology with beneficial reuse has been called, “game-changing” by Carl Pope, Director of the Sierra Club. Calera offers a solution to the scale of the carbon problem. By capturing carbon into the built environment through carbonate mineralization, Calera provides a sound and cost-effective alternative to Geologic Sequestration and Terrestrial Sequestration. The CMAP technology permanently converts carbon dioxide into a mineral form that can be stored above ground, or used as a building material. The process produces a suite of carbonate-containing minerals of various polymorphic forms. Calera product can be substituted into blends with ordinary Portland cements and used as aggregate to produce concrete with reduced carbon, carbon neutral, or carbon negative footprints. For each ton of product produced, approximately half a ton of carbon dioxide can be sequestered using the Calera process. Coal and natural gas are composed of predominately istopically light carbon, as the carbon in the fuel is plant-derived. Thus, power plant CO2 emissions have relatively low δ13C values.The carbon species throughout the CMAP process are identified through measuring the inorganic carbon content, δ13C values of the dissolved carbonate species, and the product carbonate minerals. Measuring δ13C allows for tracking the flue gas CO2 throughout the capture process. Initial analysis of the capture of propane flue gas (δ13C ˜ -25 ‰) with seawater (δ13C ˜ -10 ‰) and industrial brucite tailings from a retired magnesium oxide plant in Moss Landing, CA (δ13C ˜ -7 ‰ from residual calcite) produced carbonate mineral products with a δ13C value of ˜ -20 ‰. This isotopically light carbon, transformed from flue gas to stable carbonate minerals, can be transferred and tracked through the capture process, and finally to the built environment. CMAP provides an economical solution to global warming by producing

  7. Synthesis of the macrocyclic core of (-)-pladienolide B

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    Skaanderup, Philip Robert; Jensen, T.


    An efficient synthesis of the macrocyclic core of (-)-pladienolide B is disclosed. The concise route relies on a chiral auxiliary-mediated asymmetric aldol addition and an osmium-catalyzed asymmetric dihydroxylation to install the three oxygenated stereocenters of the macrocycle. This purely reag...

  8. Observations on the Influence of Precursor Conformations on Macrocyclization Reactions

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    Hammershøj, Peter; Beldring, Klavs; Nielsen, Anders R.


    macrocyclization to afford a mixture of diastereomeric sulfites, subjection of the other precursor to identical reaction conditions resulted in the isolation of the linear dichloride. We hypothesize that there is a difference in the ability of the two molecules to adopt a conformation that is germane...... to macrocyclization, a proposition that is supported by conformational analyses using molecular mechanics....

  9. Macrocyclic 2,7-Anthrylene Oligomers. (United States)

    Yamamoto, Yuta; Wakamatsu, Kan; Iwanaga, Tetsuo; Sato, Hiroyasu; Toyota, Shinji


    A macrocyclic compound consisting of six 2,7-anthrylene units was successfully synthesized by Ni-mediated coupling of the corresponding dibromo precursor as a novel π-conjugated compound. This compound was sufficiently stable and soluble in organic solvents due to the presence of mesityl groups. X-ray analysis showed that the molecule had a nonplanar and hexagonal wheel-shaped framework of approximately S6 symmetry. The dynamic process between two S6 structures was observed by using the dynamic NMR technique, the barrier being 58 kJ mol(-1) . The spectroscopic properties of the hexamer were compared with those of analogous linear oligomers.

  10. Synthesis, spectral and extended spectrum beta-lactamase studies of transition metal tetraaza macrocyclic complexes. (United States)

    Kumar, Dinesh; Sharma, Nutan; Nair, Manjula


    Urinary tract infections commonly occur in humans due to microbial pathogens invading the urinary tract, which can bring about a range of clinical symptoms and potentially fatal sequelae. The present study is aimed at addressing the development of a new antimicrobial agent against extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli bacteria. We have synthesised some biologically potent (NNNN) donor macrocycles (L 1  = dibenzo[f,n]dipyrido[3,4-b:4',3'-j][1,4,9,12]tetraazacyclohexadecine-6,11,18,23(5H,12H, 7H, 24H)-tetraone, and L 2  = 6,12,19,25-tetraoxo-4,6,11,12,16,18,23,24-octahydrotetrabenzo [b,g,k,p][1,5,10,14]tetra azacyclooctadecine-2,13-dicarboxylic acid) and their Ti and Zr metal complexes in alcoholic media using microwave protocol. Macrocyclic ligands were synthesised by incorporating of 3,5-diaminobenzoic acid, phthalic acid and 3,4-diaminopyridine in 1:1:1 molar ratio. The macrocyclic ligands and their metal complexes have been characterised by elemental analysis, conductance measurement, magnetic measurement and their structure configurations have been determined by various spectroscopic (FTIR, (1)H/(13)C NMR, UV-Vis, LC-MS mass, XRD and TGA) techniques. [ZrL2Cl2]Cl2 metal complex shows excellent antibacterial activity against ESBLs. A zone of inhibition and minimum inhibitory concentration was determined by McFarland and the dilution method, respectively. The spectral studies confirm the binding sites of the nitrogen atom of the macrocycles. An octahedral geometry has been assigned to the metal complexes based on the findings.

  11. Macrocyclic olefin metathesis at high concentrations by using a phase-separation strategy. (United States)

    Raymond, Michaël; Holtz-Mulholland, Michael; Collins, Shawn K


    Macrocyclic olefin metathesis has seen advances in the areas of stereochemistry, chemoselectivity, and catalyst stability, but strategies aimed at controlling dilution effects in macrocyclizations are rare. Herein, a protocol to promote macrocyclic olefin metathesis, one of the most common synthetic tools used to prepare macrocycles, at relatively high concentrations (up to 60 mM) is described by exploitation of a phase-separation strategy. A variety of macrocyclic skeletons could be prepared having either different alkyl, aryl, or amino acids spacers.

  12. Predicting bioactive conformations and binding modes of macrocycles (United States)

    Anighoro, Andrew; de la Vega de León, Antonio; Bajorath, Jürgen


    Macrocyclic compounds experience increasing interest in drug discovery. It is often thought that these large and chemically complex molecules provide promising candidates to address difficult targets and interfere with protein-protein interactions. From a computational viewpoint, these molecules are difficult to treat. For example, flexible docking of macrocyclic compounds is hindered by the limited ability of current docking approaches to optimize conformations of extended ring systems for pose prediction. Herein, we report predictions of bioactive conformations of macrocycles using conformational search and binding modes using docking. Conformational ensembles generated using specialized search technique of about 70 % of the tested macrocycles contained accurate bioactive conformations. However, these conformations were difficult to identify on the basis of conformational energies. Moreover, docking calculations with limited ligand flexibility starting from individual low energy conformations rarely yielded highly accurate binding modes. In about 40 % of the test cases, binding modes were approximated with reasonable accuracy. However, when conformational ensembles were subjected to rigid body docking, an increase in meaningful binding mode predictions to more than 50 % of the test cases was observed. Electrostatic effects did not contribute to these predictions in a positive or negative manner. Rather, achieving shape complementarity at macrocycle-target interfaces was a decisive factor. In summary, a combined computational protocol using pre-computed conformational ensembles of macrocycles as a starting point for docking shows promise in modeling binding modes of macrocyclic compounds.

  13. Observations on the Influence of Precursor Conformations on Macrocyclization Reactions

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    Hammershøj, Peter; Beldring, Klavs; Nielsen, Anders R.;


    Macrocycles hold great promise in drug discovery as an underutilized class of lead compounds. The low abundance of these molecules can, in part, be explained by the inherent difficulties in the synthesis of macrocycles and the lack of general methods for their rapid assembly. We have undertaken...... a research program aimed at developing methods for facile synthesis of macrocycles from simple precursors. The synthesis of two new cyclization precursors is described and the results of their reaction with thionyl chloride are presented and discussed. Whereas one acyclic diol smoothly underwent...

  14. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agents: A Review of Literature

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    Zahra Sahraei


    Full Text Available  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI contrast agents most commonly agents used in diagnosing different diseases. Several agents have been ever introduced with different peculiar characteristics. They vary in potency, adverse reaction and other specification, so it is important to select the proper agent in different situations. We conducted a systematic literature search in MEDLINE/PUBMED, Web of Science (ISI, Scopus,Google Scholar by using keywords "gadolinium" and "MRI contrast Medias", "Gadofosvest", "Gadobenate" and "Gadoxetate". The most frequent contrast media agents made based on gadolinium (Gd. These are divided into two categories based on the structure of their chelating parts, linear agents and macrocyclic agents. All characteristics of contrast media factors, including efficiency, kinetic properties, stability, side effects and the rate of resolution are directly related to the structure of chelating part of that formulation.In vitro data has shown that the macrocyclic compounds are the most stable Gd-CA as they do not bind to serum proteins, they all possess similar and relatively low relaxivity and the prevalence of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF has decreased by increasing the use of macrocyclic agents in recent years. No cases of NSF have been recorded after the administration of any of the high-relaxivity protein interacting agents, the vascular imaging agent gadofosveset trisodium (Ablavar, the hepatic imaging agent gadoxetate meglumine (Eovist, and the multipurpose agent gadobenate dimeglumine (MultiHance. In pregnancy and lactating women, stable macrocyclic agent is recommended.

  15. Enantiocontrol in Macrocycle Formation from Catalytic MetalCarbene Transformations

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    DOYLE, Michael P.; DOYLE, Michael P; HU, Wen-Hao(胡文浩); 胡文浩


    The development of catalytic metal carbene transformations for the construction of macrocyclic lactones has dramatically increased their synthetic advantages.This is the first review of this developing methodology.

  16. Structural basis for precursor protein-directed ribosomal peptide macrocyclization

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    Li, Kunhua; Condurso, Heather L.; Li, Gengnan; Ding, Yousong; Bruner, Steven D. (Florida)


    Macrocyclization is a common feature of natural product biosynthetic pathways including the diverse family of ribosomal peptides. Microviridins are architecturally complex cyanobacterial ribosomal peptides that target proteases with potent reversible inhibition. The product structure is constructed via three macrocyclizations catalyzed sequentially by two members of the ATP-grasp family, a unique strategy for ribosomal peptide macrocyclization. Here we describe in detail the structural basis for the enzyme-catalyzed macrocyclizations in the microviridin J pathway of Microcystis aeruginosa. The macrocyclases MdnC and MdnB interact with a conserved α-helix of the precursor peptide using a novel precursor-peptide recognition mechanism. The results provide insight into the unique protein–protein interactions that are key to the chemistry, suggest an origin for the natural combinatorial synthesis of microviridin peptides, and provide a framework for future engineering efforts to generate designed compounds.

  17. Synthesis of novel symmetrical macrocycle via oxidative homocoupling of bisalkyne

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    Kamalulazmy, Nurulain; Hassan, Nurul Izzaty [School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)


    A novel symmetrical macrocycle has been synthesised via oxidative homocoupling of bisalkyne, diprop-2-ynyl pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate mediated by copper (I) iodide (CuI) and 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP). The precursor compound was synthesised from 2,6-pyridine dicarbonyl dichloride and propargyl alcohol in the presence of triethylamine. The reaction mixture was stirred overnight and further purified via column chromatograpy with 76% yield. Single crystal for X-ray study was obtained by recrystallization from acetone. Subsequently, a symmetrical macrocycle was synthesised from oxidative homocoupling of precursor compound in open atmosphere. The crude product was purified by column chromatography to furnish macrocycle compound with 5% yield. Both compounds were characterised by IR, {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR and mass spectral techniques. The unusual conformation of the bisalkyne and twisted conformation of designed macrocycle has influence the percentage yield. This has been studied thoroughly by X-ray crystallography and electronic structure calculations.

  18. Rules of Macrocycle Topology: A [13]-Macrodilactone Case Study. (United States)

    Magpusao, Anniefer N; Rutledge, Kelli; Hamlin, Trevor A; Lawrence, Jean-Marc; Mercado, Brandon Q; Leadbeater, Nicholas E; Peczuh, Mark W


    Shape is an inherent trait of a molecule that dictates how it interacts with other molecules, either in binding events or intermolecular reactions. Large-ring macrocyclic compounds in particular leverage their shape when they are selectively bound by biomolecules and also when they exhibit macrocyclic diastereoselectivity. Nonetheless, rules that link structural parameters to the conformation of a macrocycle are still rudimentary. Here we use a structural investigation of a family of [13]-macrodilactones as a case study to develop rules that can be applied generally to macrocycles of different sizes and with a variety of functionality. A characteristic "ribbon" shape is adopted by the [13]-macrodilactones in the absence of stereogenic centres, which exhibits planar chirality. When one stereogenic centre at key positions on the backbone is incorporated into the structure, the planar chirality is dictated by the configuration of the centre. In cases where two stereogenic centres are present, their relationships can either reinforce the characteristic ribbon shape or induce alternative shapes to be adopted. The rules established in the case study are then applied to the analysis of a structure of the natural product migrastatin. They lay the groundwork for the development of models to understand macrocycle-biomolecule interactions and for the preparation of macrocycles with designed properties and activities.

  19. Sequestering the Gravitino: Neutralino Dark Matter in Gauge Mediation

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    Craig, Nathaniel J.; /Stanford U., Dept. Phys.; Green, Daniel; /SLAC /Stanford U., Dept. Phys.


    In conventional models of gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking, the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) is invariably the gravitino. However, if the supersymmetry breaking sector is strongly coupled, conformal sequestering may raise the mass of the gravitino relative to the remaining soft supersymmetry-breaking masses. In this letter, we demonstrate that such conformal dynamics in gauge-mediated theories may give rise to satisfactory neutralino dark matter while simultaneously solving the flavor and {mu}/B{mu} problems.


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    A chemically modified field-effect transistor (CHEMFET) with satisfactory Ag+ selectivity is described. The potentiometric Ag+ selectivities of CHEMFETs with plasticized PVC membranes based on macrocyclic thioethers have been determined. All the macrocyclic thioethers tested showed silver response a

  1. Macrocyclic Hepatitis C Virus NS3/4A Protease Inhibitors: An Overview of Medicinal Chemistry. (United States)

    Pillaiyar, Thanigaimalai; Namasivayam, Vigneshwaran; Manickam, Manoj


    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a causative agent of hepatitis C infectious disease that primarily affects the liver, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a lifelong illness. The 9.6 kb RNA genome of HCV encodes approximately 3000 amino acid polyprotein that must be processed by host and viral proteases into both structural (S) and non-structural (NS) proteins, respectively. Targeting the serine protease NS3 with an activating factor NS4A, i.e., NS3/4A has been considered as one of the most attractive targets for the development of anti-HCV therapy. Although there is no vaccine available, antiviral medicines cure approximately 90% of the persons with hepatitis C infection. On the other hand, efficacy of these medications can be hampered due to the rapid drug and cross resistances. To date, all developed HCV NS3/4A inhibitors are mainly peptide-based compounds derived from the cleavage products of substrate. Specifically macrocyclic peptidomimetics have rapidly emerged as a classical NS3/4A protease inhibitors for treating the HCV infection. This review highlights the development of macrocyclic anti-HCV NS3/4A protease, as well as clinically important inhibitors developed from linear peptides, discovered during the last 12 years (2003-2015) from all sources, including laboratory synthetic methods, virtual screening and structure-based molecular docking studies. We emphasize the rationale behind the design, study of structure-activity relationships, and mechanism of inhibitions and cellular effect of the macrocyclic inhibitors.

  2. Macrocyclic Assembly: A Dive into the Pecking Order and Applied Aspects of Multitalented Metallomacrocycles

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    Ashu Chaudhary


    Full Text Available To aid in knowledge of macrocyclic complexes and biomedical scientists, we are presenting here a review article with compilation of work done so far along in relation to macrocyclic ligands and their metal complexes. The metal ion chemistry of macrocyclic ligands has now become a major subdivision of coordination chemistry. This overview focuses on developments in design, synthesis, and self-assembly of metal-based architectures and ligands related to macrocyclic chemistry.

  3. Control of olefin geometry in macrocyclic ring-closing metathesis using a removable silyl group. (United States)

    Wang, Yikai; Jimenez, Miguel; Hansen, Anders S; Raiber, Eun-Ang; Schreiber, Stuart L; Young, Damian W


    Introducing a silyl group at one of the internal olefin positions in diolefinic substrates results in E-selective olefin formation in macrocyclic ring-forming metathesis. The application of this method to a range of macrocyclic (E)-alkenylsiloxanes is described. Protodesilylation of alkenylsiloxane products yields novel Z-configured macrocycles.

  4. A review of mineral carbonation technologies to sequester CO2. (United States)

    Sanna, A; Uibu, M; Caramanna, G; Kuusik, R; Maroto-Valer, M M


    Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration includes a portfolio of technologies that can potentially sequester billions of tonnes of CO2 per year. Mineral carbonation (MC) is emerging as a potential CCS technology solution to sequester CO2 from smaller/medium emitters, where geological sequestration is not a viable option. In MC processes, CO2 is chemically reacted with calcium- and/or magnesium-containing materials to form stable carbonates. This work investigates the current advancement in the proposed MC technologies and the role they can play in decreasing the overall cost of this CO2 sequestration route. In situ mineral carbonation is a very promising option in terms of resources available and enhanced security, but the technology is still in its infancy and transport and storage costs are still higher than geological storage in sedimentary basins ($17 instead of $8 per tCO2). Ex situ mineral carbonation has been demonstrated on pilot and demonstration scales. However, its application is currently limited by its high costs, which range from $50 to $300 per tCO2 sequestered. Energy use, the reaction rate and material handling are the key factors hindering the success of this technology. The value of the products seems central to render MC economically viable in the same way as conventional CCS seems profitable only when combined with EOR. Large scale projects such as the Skyonic process can help in reducing the knowledge gaps on MC fundamentals and provide accurate costing and data on processes integration and comparison. The literature to date indicates that in the coming decades MC can play an important role in decarbonising the power and industrial sector.

  5. Macrocycle synthesis by trimerization of boronic acids around a hexaol template, and recognition of polyols by resulting macrocyclic oligoboronic acids. (United States)

    Stoltenberg, Dennis; Lüning, Ulrich


    2,6-Bis(alkenyloxy) substituted arylboronic acids can be cyclotrimerized with the help of a hexaol as a template. First, the boronic acids are assembled by boronic ester formation with hexahydroxy-bicyclo[2.2.2]octane. Next, the resulting triboronates are cyclized by ring-closing metathesis to yield trimacrocycles as diastereomeric E/Z mixtures. Catalytic hydrogenation yields a single saturated trimacrocycle. Cleavage of the boronic ester functions liberates the template and generates a macrocycle with three boronic acid functionalities in endo-orientation. Due to this preorganization, macrocycles with boronic acids in endo-positions are good receptors for polyols. The binding of carbohydrates such as fructose was compared with the uptake of the respective templates into macrocycles with two or three boronic acids in endo-orientation.

  6. Sequestered String Models: Supersymmetry Breaking and Cosmological Applications

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    Muia, Francesco


    In the present thesis I studied the phenomenology arising from a class of string models called sequestered compactifications, which were born with the aim of getting low-energy SUSY from strings. This is not an easy task if combined with cosmological constraints, since the mechanism of moduli stabilization fixes both the scale of supersymmetric particles and the scale of moduli, which tend to be of the same order. However, if on the one hand supersymmetric particles with TeV mass are desired in order to address the hierarchy problem, on the other hand the cosmological moduli problem requires the moduli to be heavier than 100 TeV. The specific setup of sequestered compactifications makes this hierarchy achievable, at least in principle: as in these models the visible sector is located on a stack of D3-branes at singularities, a physical separation between the visible degrees of freedom and the SUSY-breaking sources takes place. Such decoupling translates into a hierarchy between the scale of SUSY-breaking and ...

  7. Release of sequestered malaria parasites upon injection of a glycosaminoglycan.

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    Anna M Vogt


    Full Text Available Severe human malaria is attributable to an excessive sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected and uninfected erythrocytes in vital organs. Strains of P. falciparum that form rosettes and employ heparan sulfate as a host receptor are associated with development of severe forms of malaria. Heparin, which is similar to heparan sulfate in that it is composed of the same building blocks, was previously used in the treatment of severe malaria, but it was discontinued due to the occurrence of serious side effects such as intracranial bleedings. Here we report to have depolymerized heparin by periodate treatment to generate novel glycans (dGAG that lack anticoagulant-activity. The dGAGs disrupt rosettes, inhibit merozoite invasion of erythrocytes and endothelial binding of P. falciparum-infected erythrocytes in vitro, and reduce sequestration in in vivo models of severe malaria. An intravenous injection of dGAGs blocks up to 80% of infected erythrocytes from binding in the micro-vasculature of the rat and releases already sequestered parasites into circulation. P. falciparum-infected human erythrocytes that sequester in the non-human primate Macaca fascicularis were similarly found to be released in to the circulation upon a single injection of 500 mug of dGAG. We suggest dGAGs to be promising candidates for adjunct therapy in severe malaria.

  8. Military installation sequestered more carbon than surrounding areas (United States)

    Zhao, S.; Liu, S.; Li, Z.; Sohl, T.


    Land use activities greatly affect the temporal trends and spatial patterns of regional land-atmospheric exchange of carbon. Military installations generally have drastically different land management strategies from surrounding areas, and the carbon consequences have never been quantified and assessed. Here, we used the General Ensemble Biogeochemical Modeling System (GEMS) to simulate and compare ecosystem carbon dynamics between Fort Benning and surrounding areas from 1992 to 2050. GEMS was driven by unique combinations of spatial and temporal dynamics of major driving forces, such as climate, soil properties, nitrogen deposition, and land use and land cover changes (predicted by FOREcasting SCEnarios of land cover change (FORE-SCE)). Our results indicated that the military installation sequestered more carbon than surrounding areas (0.77 vs. 0.16 Mg C ha-1 y-1 averaged from 1992 to 2007). Differences in land use activities were the primary cause behind the difference in carbon sequestration rates. From 1992 to 2007, no urban/residential expansion occurred at the installation, and transitional barren (primarily caused by forest harvesting) slightly increased from 0 to 0.2%. In contrast, urban land increased from 5.6 to 7.6% and transitional barren increased from 0.1 to 0.7% in the surrounding areas. Live biomass accumulation accounted for most of the carbon sink in both Fort Benning and surrounding areas (0.75 vs. 0.15 Mg C ha-1 y-1), while soil organic carbon accumulation was small (0.02 vs. 0.01 Mg C ha- 1 y-1), suggesting biomass removal caused by urbanization and harvesting resulted in much less carbon sequestration in surrounding areas. Fort Benning is likely to sequester more carbon in the future, although the rate of carbon sequestered per year will gradually reduce. The future carbon source/sink strength in the surrounding areas varied greatly, from a small sink to a strong source, depending on the path of land use change (e.g., increase of clear

  9. Rigid, Conjugated Macrocycles for High Performance Organic Photodetectors. (United States)

    Zhang, Boyuan; Trinh, M Tuan; Fowler, Brandon; Ball, Melissa; Xu, Qizhi; Ng, Fay; Steigerwald, Michael L; Zhu, X-Y; Nuckolls, Colin; Zhong, Yu


    Organic photodetectors (OPDs) are attractive for their high optical absorption coefficient, broad wavelength tunability, and compatibility with lightweight and flexible devices. Here we describe a new molecular design that enables high performance organic photodetectors. We use a rigid, conjugated macrocycle as the electron acceptor in devices to obtain high photocurrent and low dark current. We make a direct comparison between the devices made with the macrocyclic acceptor and an acyclic control molecule; we find that the superior performance of the macrocycle originates from its rigid, conjugated, and cyclic structure. The macrocycle's rigid structure reduces the number of charged defects originating from deformed sp(2) carbons and covalent defects from photo/thermoactivation. With this molecular design, we are able to suppress dark current density while retaining high responsivity in an ultrasensitive nonfullerene OPD. Importantly, we achieve a detectivity of ∼10(14) Jones at near zero bias voltage. This is without the need for extra carrier blocking layers commonly employed in fullerene-based devices. Our devices are comparable to the best fullerene-based photodetectors, and the sensitivity at low working voltages (<0.1 V) is a record for nonfullerene OPDs.

  10. Magnetism in (Semi)Conducting Macrocycles of pi conjugated Polymers (United States)


    estimation of the chain length or the number of repetitive thiophene units, which were for the four samples 18, 25, 33 and 42. The formyl moieties at...leading to radicals , which can associate together. Scheme 5: Synthetic pathway of fully thiophenic bridged macrocycle by oxidative

  11. Flexible macrocycles as versatile supports for catalytically active metal clusters

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    Ryan, JD; Gagnon, KJ; Teat, SJ; McIntosh, RD


    Here we present three structurally diverse clusters stabilised by the same macrocyclic polyphenol; t-butylcalix[8]arene. This work demonstrates the range of conformations the flexible ligand is capable of adopting, highlighting its versatility in metal coordination. In addition, a Ti complex displays activity for the ring-opening polymerisation of lactide

  12. Synthesis of macrocyclic lactones with methoxysulfonyl side chain

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    Chuan Jin Hou; Xiao Mei Liang; Jing Ping Wu; Dao Quan Wang


    Two representative macrocyclic lactones with methoxysulfonyl side chain (5a and 5b) were synthesized employing Michael addition with acrolein and ring enlargement as the key steps,starting from potassium a-oxocycloalkylsulfonates (1) in total yields of 45 and 57%,respectively.

  13. Synthesis of new diverse macrocycles from diol precursors

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    Madsen, Charlotte Marie; Hansen, Martin; Thrane, Marie V.;


    The formation of a library of diverse macrocycles with different ring sizes from two easily accessible building blocks is presented. Reacting diol precursors with electrophilic reagents lead to 17-membered sulfites and 19-membered malonates in 34–79% yield. Double-reductive amination of dialdehyd...

  14. Schiff base oligopyrrolic macrocycles as ligands for lanthanides and actinides

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    Sessler, Jonathan L. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1 University Station A5300, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-0165 (United States)]. E-mail:; Melfi, Patricia J. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1 University Station A5300, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-0165 (United States); Tomat, Elisa [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1 University Station A5300, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-0165 (United States); Callaway, Wyeth [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1 University Station A5300, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-0165 (United States); Huggins, Michael T. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, 1 University Station A5300, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-0165 (United States); Gordon, Pamela L. [C-Chemistry and NMT-Nuclear Materials Technology Divisions, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Webster Keogh, D. [C-Chemistry and NMT-Nuclear Materials Technology Divisions, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Date, Richard W. [Department of Chemistry, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QD (United Kingdom); Bruce, Duncan W. [Department of Chemistry, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QD (United Kingdom); Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, YORK YO10 5DD (United Kingdom); Donnio, Bertrand [Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS), Groupe des Materiaux Organiques (GMO), CNRS-ULP - UMR 7504, 23 rue du Loess BP 43, F-67034 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France)


    The coordination of f-block cations with Schiff base oligopyrrolic macrocycles is discussed. Analysis of the mesophase of a uranyl 2,5-diformylpyrrole-derived expanded porphyrin complex through temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods has provided evidence for liquid-crystalline properties, and for molecular stacking into columns, arranged in a 2D hexagonal lattice. In separate studies, UV-vis spectral analysis has indicated the formation of three new f-block oligopyrrolic complexes. Addition of neptunyl ([NpO{sub 2}]{sup 2+}) or plutonyl ([PuO{sub 2}]{sup 2+}) chloride salts to the free base of a dipyrromethane-derived Schiff base macrocycle induces an immediate spectral change, namely the growth of a Q-like band at 630 nm. Such changes in the absorption spectra cause a dramatic color change from pale yellow to blue. It is postulated that oxidation of this macrocycle, stimulated by reduction of the metal center, leads to the observed spectral changes. An immediate visible and spectral change is also observed with the reaction of lutetium silylamide (Lu[N(Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 3}), with a different, tetrapyrrole-containing Schiff base macrocycle. In this case, the formation of a complex with 1:1 metal-to-ligand binding stoichiometry is further supported by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.

  15. Functional materials from self-assembled bis-urea macrocycles. (United States)

    Shimizu, Linda S; Salpage, Sahan R; Korous, Arthur A


    CONSPECTUS: This Account highlights the work from our laboratories on bis-urea macrocycles constructed from two C-shaped spacers and two urea groups. These simple molecular units assembled with high fidelity into columnar structures guided by the three-centered urea hydrogen bonding motif and aryl stacking interactions. Individual columns are aligned and closely packed together to afford functional and homogeneous microporous crystals. This approach allows for precise and rational control over the dimensions of the columnar structure simply by changing the small molecular unit. When the macrocyclic unit lacks a cavity, columnar assembly gives strong pillars. Strong pillars with external functional groups such as basic lone pairs can expand like clays to accept guests between the pillars. Macrocycles that contain sizable interior cavities assemble into porous molecular crystals with aligned, well-defined columnar pores that are accessible to gases and guests. Herein, we examine the optimal design of the macrocyclic unit that leads to columnar assembly in high fidelity and probe the feasibility of incorporating a second functional group within the macrocycles. The porous molecular crystals prepared through the self-assembly of bis-urea macrocycles display surface areas similar to zeolites but lower than MOFs. Their simple one-dimensional channels are well-suited for studying binding, investigating transport, diffusion and exchange, and monitoring the effects of encapsulation on reaction mechanism and product distribution. Guests that complement the size, shape, and polarity of the channels can be absorbed into these porous crystals with repeatable stoichiometry to form solid host-guest complexes. Heating or extraction with an organic solvent enables desorption or removal of the guest and subsequent recovery of the solid host. Further, these porous crystals can be used as containers for the selective [2 + 2] cycloadditions of small enones such as 2-cyclohexenone or 3

  16. Organic spin clusters: macrocyclic-macrocyclic polyarylmethyl polyradicals with very high spin S = 5-13. (United States)

    Rajca, Andrzej; Wongsriratanakul, Jirawat; Rajca, Suchada


    Synthesis and magnetic studies of a new class of organic spin clusters, possessing alternating connectivity of unequal spins, are described. Polyarylmethyl polyether precursors to the spin clusters, with linear and branched connectivity between calix[4]arene-based macrocycles, are prepared via modular, multistep syntheses. Their molecular connectivity and stereoisomerism are analyzed using NMR spectroscopy. The absolute masses (4-10 kDa) are determined by FABMS and GPC/MALS. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) provides the radii of gyration of 1.2-1.8 nm. The corresponding polyradicals with 15, 22, and 36 triarylmethyls, which are prepared and studied as solutions in tetrahydrofuran-d(8), may be described as S' = 7/2, 1/2, 7/2 spin trimer (average S = 5-6), S' = 7/2, 1/2, 6/2, 1/2, 7/2 spin pentamer (average S = 7-9), and spin nonamer (average S = 11-13), respectively, as determined by SQUID magnetometry and numerical fits to linear combinations of the Brillouin functions. For spin trimer and pentamer, the quantitative magnetization data are fit to new percolation models, based upon random distributions of chemical defects and ferromagnetic vs antiferromagnetic couplings. The value of S = 13 is the highest for an organic molecule.


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    Full Text Available A series of novel tri-, tetra- and pentanuclear complexes composed of dinuclear LM units (M=Co, Ni, Zn; L=24-membered macrocyclic hexaaza-dithiophenolate ligand and ferrocenecarboxylate ([CpFeC5H4CO2]ˉ, 1,1’-ferrocenedicarboxy-late ([Fe(C5H4-CO22]2ˉ, acetylene-dicarboxylate, terephthalate, isophthalate, and naphthalene diimide dicarboxylate groups is reported. The complexes, have been synthesized and characterised by UV/Vis-, IR-, NMR-spectroscopy, Cyclovoltammetry, and X-ray crystallography. Each dicarboxylate dianion acts as a quadridentate bridging ligand linking two bioctahedral LM2 units via µ1,3-bridging carboxylate functions to generate discrete dications with a central LM2(O2C-R-CO2M2L core. The magnetic properties of these compounds reveal the presence of weak ferromagnetic exchange interactions between the NiII ions of the dinuclear subunits and negligible coupling across the dicarboxylate bridges.

  18. Solar Thermal Energy Storage in a Photochromic Macrocycle. (United States)

    Vlasceanu, Alexandru; Broman, Søren L; Hansen, Anne S; Skov, Anders B; Cacciarini, Martina; Kadziola, Anders; Kjaergaard, Henrik G; Mikkelsen, Kurt V; Nielsen, Mogens Brøndsted


    The conversion and efficient storage of solar energy is recognized to hold significant potential with regard to future energy solutions. Molecular solar thermal batteries based on photochromic systems exemplify one possible technology able to harness and apply this potential. Herein is described the synthesis of a macrocycle based on a dimer of the dihydroazulene/vinylheptafulvene (DHA/VHF) photo/thermal couple. By taking advantage of conformational strain, this DHA-DHA macrocycle presents an improved ability to absorb and store incident light energy in chemical bonds (VHF-VHF). A stepwise energy release over two sequential ring-closing reactions (VHF→DHA) combines the advantages of an initially fast discharge, hypothetically addressing immediate energy consumption needs, followed by a slow process for consistent, long-term use. This exemplifies another step forward in the molecular engineering and design of functional organic materials towards solar thermal energy storage and release.

  19. Low sintering temperature glass waste forms for sequestering radioactive iodine (United States)

    Nenoff, Tina M.; Krumhansl, James L.; Garino, Terry J.; Ockwig, Nathan W.


    Materials and methods of making low-sintering-temperature glass waste forms that sequester radioactive iodine in a strong and durable structure. First, the iodine is captured by an adsorbant, which forms an iodine-loaded material, e.g., AgI, AgI-zeolite, AgI-mordenite, Ag-silica aerogel, ZnI.sub.2, CuI, or Bi.sub.5O.sub.7I. Next, particles of the iodine-loaded material are mixed with powdered frits of low-sintering-temperature glasses (comprising various oxides of Si, B, Bi, Pb, and Zn), and then sintered at a relatively low temperature, ranging from C. to C. The sintering converts the mixed powders into a solid block of a glassy waste form, having low iodine leaching rates. The vitrified glassy waste form can contain as much as 60 wt % AgI. A preferred glass, having a sintering temperature of C. (below the silver iodide sublimation temperature of C.) was identified that contains oxides of boron, bismuth, and zinc, while containing essentially no lead or silicon.

  20. Siderophore-Mediated Iron Sequestering by Shewanella putrefaciens (United States)

    Gram, Lone


    The iron-sequestering abilities of 51 strains of Shewanella putrefaciens isolated from different sources (fish, water, and warm-blooded animals) were assessed. Thirty strains (60%) produced siderophores in heat-sterilized fish juice as determined by the chrome-azurol-S assay. All cultures were negative for the catechol-type siderophore, whereas 24 of the 30 siderophore-producing strains tested positive in the Csáky test, indicating the production of siderophores of the hydroxamate type. Siderophore-producing S. putrefaciens could to some degree cross-feed on the siderophores of other S. putrefaciens strains and on compounds produced by an Aeromonas salmonicida strain under iron-limited conditions. The siderophores of S. putrefaciens were not sufficiently strong to inhibit growth of other bacteria under iron-restricted conditions. However, siderophore-producing Pseudomonas bacteria were always inhibitory to S. putrefaciens under iron-limited conditions. Growth of siderophore-producing strains under iron-limited conditions induced the formation of one major new outer membrane protein of approximately 72 kDa. Two outer membrane proteins of approximately 53 and 23 kDa were not seen when iron was restricted. Images PMID:16349298

  1. In-Situ Microbial Conversion of Sequestered Greenhouse Gases

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    Scott, A R; Mukhopadhyay, M; Balin, D F


    The objectives of the project are to use microbiological in situ bioconversion technology to convert sequestered or naturally-occurring greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, into methane and other useful organic compounds. The key factors affecting coal bioconversion identified in this research include (1) coal properties, (2) thermal maturation and coalification process, (3) microbial population dynamics, (4) hydrodynamics (5) reservoir conditions, and (6) the methodology of getting the nutrients into the coal seams. While nearly all cultures produced methane, we were unable to confirm sustained methane production from the enrichments. We believe that the methane generation may have been derived from readily metabolized organic matter in the coal samples and/or biosoluble organic material in the coal formation water. This raises the intriguing possibility that pretreatment of the coal in the subsurface to bioactivate the coal prior to the injection of microbes and nutrients might be possible. We determined that it would be more cost effective to inject nutrients into coal seams to stimulate indigenous microbes in the coal seams, than to grow microbes in fermentation vats and transport them to the well site. If the coal bioconversion process can be developed on a larger scale, then the cost to generate methane could be less than $1 per Mcf

  2. General analysis of dark radiation in sequestered string models

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    Cicoli, Michele [ICTP,Strada Costiera 11, Trieste 34014 (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna,via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Bologna,via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna (Italy); Muia, Francesco [Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna,via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Bologna,via Irnerio 46, 40126 Bologna (Italy)


    We perform a general analysis of axionic dark radiation produced from the decay of the lightest modulus in the sequestered LARGE Volume Scenario. We discuss several cases depending on the form of the Kähler metric for visible sector matter fields and the mechanism responsible for achieving a de Sitter vacuum. The leading decay channels which determine dark radiation predictions are to hidden sector axions, visible sector Higgses and SUSY scalars depending on their mass. We show that in most of the parameter space of split SUSY-like models squarks and sleptons are heavier than the lightest modulus. Hence dark radiation predictions previously obtained for MSSM-like cases hold more generally also for split SUSY-like cases since the decay channel to SUSY scalars is kinematically forbidden. However the inclusion of string loop corrections to the Kähler potential gives rise to a parameter space region where the decay channel to SUSY scalars opens up, leading to a significant reduction of dark radiation production. In this case, the simplest model with a shift-symmetric Higgs sector can suppress the excess of dark radiation ΔN{sub eff} to values as small as 0.14, in perfect agreement with current experimental bounds. Depending on the exact mass of the SUSY scalars all values in the range 0.14≲ΔN{sub eff}≲1.6 are allowed. Interestingly dark radiation overproduction can be avoided also in the absence of a Giudice-Masiero coupling.

  3. General Analysis of Dark Radiation in Sequestered String Models

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    Cicoli, Michele


    We perform a general analysis of axionic dark radiation produced from the decay of the lightest modulus in the sequestered LARGE Volume Scenario. We discuss several cases depending on the form of the Kahler metric for visible sector matter fields and the mechanism responsible for achieving a de Sitter vacuum. The leading decay channels which determine dark radiation predictions are to hidden sector axions, visible sector Higgses and SUSY scalars depending on their mass. We show that in most of the parameter space of split SUSY-like models squarks and sleptons are heavier than the lightest modulus. Hence dark radiation predictions previously obtained for MSSM-like cases hold more generally also for split SUSY-like cases since the decay channel to SUSY scalars is kinematically forbidden. However the inclusion of string loop corrections to the Kahler potential gives rise to a parameter space region where the decay channel to SUSY scalars opens up, leading to a significant reduction of dark radiation production. ...

  4. Synthesis of arylenealkyne conjugated macrocycles containing a long alkylene bridge

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    Xiaohong CHENG; Sigurd HOEGER


    The synthesis of the first two arylenealkyne conjugated macrocycles containing a long alkylene bridge via Glaser coupling of template-directed tetra-acetylenes was reported. Tetraacetylene intermediates with complex structures were constructed rapidly via quadruple Hagihara coupling of monoprotected bisace-tylenes to appropriate tetraiodides and subsequent desilylation. The characterization of such compounds was carried out by NMR, GPC and UV-Vis spectra. Unfortunately, the two compounds were not liquid crystals and had no biaxial nematic mesophase character as expected,

  5. A diversity-oriented synthesis strategy enabling the combinatorial-type variation of macrocyclic peptidomimetic scaffolds. (United States)

    Isidro-Llobet, Albert; Hadje Georgiou, Kathy; Galloway, Warren R J D; Giacomini, Elisa; Hansen, Mette R; Méndez-Abt, Gabriela; Tan, Yaw Sing; Carro, Laura; Sore, Hannah F; Spring, David R


    Macrocyclic peptidomimetics are associated with a broad range of biological activities. However, despite such potentially valuable properties, the macrocyclic peptidomimetic structural class is generally considered as being poorly explored within drug discovery. This has been attributed to the lack of general methods for producing collections of macrocyclic peptidomimetics with high levels of structural, and thus shape, diversity. In particular, there is a lack of scaffold diversity in current macrocyclic peptidomimetic libraries; indeed, the efficient construction of diverse molecular scaffolds presents a formidable general challenge to the synthetic chemist. Herein we describe a new, advanced strategy for the diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) of macrocyclic peptidomimetics that enables the combinatorial variation of molecular scaffolds (core macrocyclic ring architectures). The generality and robustness of this DOS strategy is demonstrated by the step-efficient synthesis of a structurally diverse library of over 200 macrocyclic peptidomimetic compounds, each based around a distinct molecular scaffold and isolated in milligram quantities, from readily available building-blocks. To the best of our knowledge this represents an unprecedented level of scaffold diversity in a synthetically derived library of macrocyclic peptidomimetics. Cheminformatic analysis indicated that the library compounds access regions of chemical space that are distinct from those addressed by top-selling brand-name drugs and macrocyclic natural products, illustrating the value of our DOS approach to sample regions of chemical space underexploited in current drug discovery efforts. An analysis of three-dimensional molecular shapes illustrated that the DOS library has a relatively high level of shape diversity.

  6. Sequestered de Sitter string scenarios: soft-terms (United States)

    Aparicio, Luis; Cicoli, Michele; Krippendorf, Sven; Maharana, Anshuman; Muia, Francesco; Quevedo, Fernando


    We analyse soft supersymmetry breaking in type IIB de Sitter string vacua after moduli stabilisation, focussing on models in which the Standard Model is sequestered from the supersymmetry breaking sources and the spectrum of soft-terms is hierarchically smaller than the gravitino mass m 3/2. Due to this feature, these models are compatible with gauge coupling unification and TeV scale supersymmetry with no cosmological moduli problem. We determine the influence on soft-terms of concrete realisations of de Sitter vacua constructed from supersymmetric effective actions. One of these scenarios provides the first study of soft-terms for consistent string models embedded in a compact Calabi-Yau manifold with all moduli stabilised. Depending on the moduli dependence of the Kähler metric for matter fields and on the mechanism responsible to obtain a de Sitter vacuum, we find two scenarios for phenomenology: (i) a split-supersymmetry scenario where gaugino masses are suppressed with respect to scalar masses: M 1/2 ˜ m 3/2 ɛ ≪ m 0 ˜ m 3/2 ≪ m 3/2 for ɛ ˜ m 3/2 /M P ≪ 1; (ii) a typical MSSM scenario where all soft-terms are of the same order: M 1/2 ˜ m 0 ˜ m 3/2 ɛ ≪ m 3/2. Background fluxes determine the numerical coefficients of the soft-terms allowing for small variations of parameters as is necessary to confront data and to interpolate between different scenarios. We comment on different stringy origins of the μ-term and potential sources of desequestering.

  7. Slow flow of passive neutrophils and sequestered nucleus into micropipette. (United States)

    Kaleridis, V; Athanassiou, G; Deligianni, D; Missirlis, Y


    In the present study, the role of the nucleus and its contribution to the deformability of the passive neutrophils was investigated. To determine the rheological properties of the nucleus and of the neutrophil itself, deformation tests on single neutrophil and sequestered nucleus have been performed by micropipette under low aspiration pressure (80 Pa = 2-3 Pcr). The stiffness of the nucleus was found to be larger than that of the neutrophil, and its viscosity was found almost ten-fold higher. A subpopulation of neutrophils (Sub-A) showed two phases of deformation, a first rapid phase and a second phase with a constant deformation rate up to their full entrance, with an apparent viscosity mu app-second-Phase(N Sub-A) = 286 +/- 123 Pa x s, calculated by the liquid drop model. Another subpopulation (Sub-B) of the tested neutrophils displayed three deformation phases: a first one reflecting the rapid entry of cell into the micropipette, a second with constant deformation rate, and a third phase, with a slower, also constant, deformation rate were recorded. The corresponding apparent viscosities were found as mu app-second-Phase(N Sub-B) = 341 +/- 94 Pa x s and mu app-third-Phase(N Sub-B) = 1651 +/- 734 Pa x s. The apparent viscosity values of the neutrophilic nucleus, mu app (N nucl) = 2468 +/- 1345 Pa x s and of the whole neutrophil calculated in the third phase of deformation, mu app-third-Phase(N Sub-B) = 1651 +/- 734 Pa.s were comparable. These results support our hypothesis that the nucleus plays a significant role in the mechanical and rheological behavior of the neutrophil, especially when it has to pass through openings much smaller than its size.

  8. Forest soils in France are sequestering substantial amounts of carbon. (United States)

    Jonard, Mathieu; Nicolas, Manuel; Coomes, David A; Caignet, Isabelle; Saenger, Anaïs; Ponette, Quentin


    The aim of this study was to assess whether French forest soils are sources or sinks of carbon and to quantify changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks over time by resampling soil in long-term forest monitoring plots. Within each plot, and for each survey, soils were sampled at five points selected in five subplots and divided into layers. Composite samples were produced for each layer and subplot, then analysed for mass, bulk density and SOC. Linear mixed models were used to estimate SOC changes over 15years between two soil surveys carried out in 102 plots in France. A factor analysis and a budget approach were also used to identify which factors and processes were primarily responsible for SOC dynamics. Forest soils throughout France substantially accumulated SOC (+0.35MgCha(-1)yr(-1)) between 1993 and 2012. The SOC sequestration rate declined with stand age and was affected by stand structure. Uneven-aged stands sequestered more SOC than did even-aged stands (paffecting litter decomposition (climate and litter quality). For the mineral soil, the budget approach was unable to replicate the observed SOC sequestration rate, probably because SOC stocks were not yet at equilibrium with litter inputs at the beginning of the monitoring period (contrary to our steady-state assumption). This explanation is also supported by the fact that the SOC sequestration rate decreased with stand age. As the SOC sequestration rate declines with stand age and is higher in uneven-aged stands, forest management has the potential to influence this carbon sink. Copyright © 2016 Office national des forêts. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Macrophage uptake of a lipoprotein-sequestered toxicant: a potential route of immunotoxicity. (United States)

    Kaminski, N E; Wells, D S; Dauterman, W C; Roberts, J F; Guthrie, F E


    An experimental system was chosen to investigate the bioactivity of a lipoprotein-sequestered toxicant at the cellular level based on recent studies demonstrating receptor-mediated uptake of lipoproteins by macrophages. Rat peritoneal exudate cell suspensions (PEC) were exposed to DDT and lipoprotein-sequestered DDT, followed by measurement of DDT uptake, metabolism, and cellular toxicity. In vitro uptake assays demonstrated that PEC suspensions treated for 10, 20, and 30 min with 2.5 microM lipoprotein-sequestered DDT had approximately a twofold increase over the amount of DDT associated with PEC treated with 2.5 microM free DDT. PEC were assayed for DDT metabolites to serve as a measure of the cellular internalization of the toxicant after treatment in vitro for 18 hr with either 1.5 microM DDT or lipoprotein-sequestered DDT. Evidence of DDT metabolism was only observed with PEC which had been treated with lipoprotein-sequestered DDT. These cells contained significantly higher amounts of DDT metabolites as compared to cells treated with unsequestered DDT (over an eightfold difference). Assays measuring macrophage phagocytic activity indicated that macrophages treated for 4.5 hr in vitro with 2.5 microM lipoprotein-sequestered DDT showed significant inhibition in their ability to phagocytize yeast particles. These results suggest that serum lipoproteins may facilitate the cellular uptake of lipoprotein-sequestered toxicants leading to altered cellular function (phagocytosis).

  10. Biologically Active Macrocyclic Compounds – from Natural Products to Diversity‐Oriented Synthesis

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    Madsen, Charlotte Marie; Clausen, Mads Hartvig


    Macrocyclic compounds are attractive targets when searching for molecules with biological activity. The interest in this compound class is increasing, which has led to a variety of methods for tackling the difficult macrocyclization step in their synthesis. This microreview highlights some recent...

  11. Hydrogen bond templated 1:1 macrocyclization through an olefin metathesis/hydrogenation sequence. (United States)

    Trita, Andrada Stefania; Roisnel, Thierry; Mongin, Florence; Chevallier, Floris


    The construction of pyridine-containing macrocyclic architectures using a nonmetallic template is described. 4,6-Dichlororesorcinol was used as an exotemplate to self-organize two aza-heterocyclic units by OH···N hydrogen bonds. Subsequent sequential double olefin metathesis/hydrogenation reactions employing a single ruthenium-alkylidene precatalyst open access to macrocyclic molecules.

  12. The mechanism of patellamide macrocyclization revealed by the characterization of the PatG macrocyclase domain. (United States)

    Koehnke, Jesko; Bent, Andrew; Houssen, Wael E; Zollman, David; Morawitz, Falk; Shirran, Sally; Vendome, Jeremie; Nneoyiegbe, Ada F; Trembleau, Laurent; Botting, Catherine H; Smith, Margaret C M; Jaspars, Marcel; Naismith, James H


    Peptide macrocycles are found in many biologically active natural products. Their versatility, resistance to proteolysis and ability to traverse membranes has made them desirable molecules. Although technologies exist to synthesize such compounds, the full extent of diversity found among natural macrocycles has yet to be achieved synthetically. Cyanobactins are ribosomal peptide macrocycles encompassing an extraordinarily diverse range of ring sizes, amino acids and chemical modifications. We report the structure, biochemical characterization and initial engineering of the PatG macrocyclase domain of Prochloron sp. from the patellamide pathway that catalyzes the macrocyclization of linear peptides. The enzyme contains insertions in the subtilisin fold to allow it to recognize a three-residue signature, bind substrate in a preorganized and unusual conformation, shield an acyl-enzyme intermediate from water and catalyze peptide bond formation. The ability to macrocyclize a broad range of nonactivated substrates has wide biotechnology applications.

  13. The mechanism of patellamide macrocyclization revealed by the characterization of the PatG macrocyclase domain (United States)

    Koehnke, Jesko; Bent, Andrew; Houssen, Wael E; Zollman, David; Morawitz, Falk; Shirran, Sally; Vendome, Jeremie; Nneoyiegbe, Ada F; Trembleau, Laurent; Botting, Catherine H; Smith, Margaret C M; Jaspars, Marcel; Naismith, James H


    Peptide macrocycles are found in many biologically active natural products. Their versatility, resistance to proteolysis and ability to traverse membranes has made them desirable molecules. Although technologies exist to synthesize such compounds, the full extent of diversity found among natural macrocycles has yet to be achieved synthetically. Cyanobactins are ribosomal peptide macrocycles encompassing an extraordinarily diverse range of ring sizes, amino acids and chemical modifications. We report the structure, biochemical characterization and initial engineering of the PatG macrocyclase domain of Prochloron sp. from the patellamide pathway that catalyzes the macrocyclization of linear peptides. The enzyme contains insertions in the subtilisin fold to allow it to recognize a three-residue signature, bind substrate in a preorganized and unusual conformation, shield an acyl-enzyme intermediate from water and catalyze peptide bond formation. The ability to macrocyclize a broad range of nonactivated substrates has wide biotechnology applications. PMID:22796963

  14. Pyrazine motif containing hexagonal macrocycles: synthesis, characterization, and host-guest chemistry with nitro aromatics. (United States)

    Bhowmick, Sourav; Chakraborty, Sourav; Das, Atanu; Nallapeta, Sivaramaiah; Das, Neeladri


    The synthesis and characterization of cationic two-dimensional metallamacrocycles having a hexagonal shape and cavity are described. Both macrocycles utilize a pyrazine motif containing an organometallic acceptor tecton with platinum(II) centers along with different donor ligands. While one macrocycle is a relatively larger [6 + 6], the other is a relatively smaller [2 + 2] polygon. A unique feature of the smaller ensemble is that it is an irregular polygon in which all six edges are not of equal length. Molecular modeling of these macrocycles confirmed the presence of hexagonal cavities. The ability of these π-electron rich macrocycles to act as potential hosts for relatively electron deficient nitroaromatics (DNT = 2,4-dinitrotoluene and PA = picric acid) has been studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) as a tool. Molecular dynamics simulation studies were subsequently performed to gain critical insight into the binding interactions between the nitroaromatic guest molecules (PA/DNT) and the ionic macrocycles reported herein.

  15. The posttranslational modification cascade to the thiopeptide berninamycin generates linear forms and altered macrocyclic scaffolds. (United States)

    Malcolmson, Steven J; Young, Travis S; Ruby, J Graham; Skewes-Cox, Peter; Walsh, Christopher T


    Berninamycin is a member of the pyridine-containing thiopeptide class of antibiotics that undergoes massive posttranslational modifications from ribosomally generated preproteins. Berninamycin has a 2-oxazolyl-3-thiazolyl-pyridine core embedded in a 35-atom macrocycle rather than typical trithiazolylpyridine cores embedded in 26-atom and 29-atom peptide macrocycles. We describe the cloning of an 11-gene berninamycin cluster from Streptomyces bernensis UC 5144, its heterologous expression in Streptomyces lividans TK24 and Streptomyces venezuelae ATCC 10712, and detection of variant and incompletely processed scaffolds. Posttranslational maturation in S. lividans of both the wild-type berninamycin prepeptide (BerA) and also a T3A mutant generates macrocyclic compounds as well as linear variants, which have failed to form the pyridine and the macrocycle. Expression of the gene cluster in S. venezuelae generates a variant of the 35-atom skeleton of berninamycin, containing a methyloxazoline in the place of a methyloxazole within the macrocyclic framework.


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    Vasile Lozan


    Full Text Available The steric protection offered by the macrobinucleating hexaazaditiophenolate ligand (L allows for the preparation of the first stable dinuclear nickel(II borohydride bridged complex, which reacts rapidly with elemental sulphur producing a tetranuclear nickel(II complex [{(LNi2}2(μ-S6]2+ bearing a helical μ4-hexa- sulfide ligand. The [(LCoII 2]2+ fragment have been able to trap a monomethyl orthomolybdate in the binding pocket. Unusual coordination modes of substrate in dinuclear macrocyclic compounds was demonstrated.

  17. Natural and Synthetic Macrocyclic Inhibitors of the Histone Deacetylase Enzymes

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    Maolanon, Alex; Kristensen, Helle; Leman, Luke


    Inhibition of histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes has emerged as a target for development of cancer chemotherapy. Four compounds have gained approval for clinical use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, and several are currently in clinical trials. However, none of these compounds...... HDAC enzymes may hold an advantage over traditional hydroxamic acid-containing inhibitors, which rely on chelation to the conserved active site zinc ion. Here, we review the literature on macrocyclic HDAC inhibitors obtained from natural sources and structure-activity relationship studies inspired...

  18. 8th International Symposium on Supramolecular and Macrocyclic Chemistry

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    Davis, Jeffery T. [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)


    This report summarizes the 8th International Conference on Supramolecular and Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMSC-8). DOE funds were used to make it more affordable for students, post-docs and junior faculty to attend the conference by covering their registration costs. The conference was held in Crystal City, VA from July 7-11, 2013. See for the conference website. ISMSC-8 encompassed the broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of the field. We met our goal to bring together leading scientists in molecular recognition and supramolecular chemistry. New research directions and collaborations resulted this conference. The DOE funding was crucial for us achieving our primary goal.

  19. Effect of wetting and drying on the bioavailability of organic compounds sequestered in soil

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    White, J.C.; Quinones-Rivera, A.; Alexander, M. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)


    A study was conducted to determine whether cycles of wetting and drying alter the availability of organic compounds that have aged in soil. Subjecting soil to wetting-and drying cycles during periods of aging <60 d decreased the biodegradability, extractability, and uptake by earthworms of phenanthrene and reduced the extractability of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) sequestered in soil compared with soil aged at constant moisture. The mineralization of sequestered DEHP was greater in soil that was wet and dried during a 41-d period of aging than in soil incubated at constant moisture. Wetting and drying soil during periods of aging of 100 or more days had no effect on the biodegradability or assimilation by Eisenia foetida of sequestered phenanthrene and DEHP. Subjecting soil containing previously sequestered phenanthrene to one, three, or four wetting-and-drying cycles increased the biodegradability of the compound. The extractability of sequestered phenanthrene was greater in soil that was wet and dried once after aging than in soil maintained at constant moisture, but three wetting-and-drying cycles did not affect extractability. The biodegradability of sequestered DEHP was unaffected by wetting and drying. The authors suggest that wetting and drying may be useful in the remediation of contaminated soils.

  20. The 'Visualized' macrocycles: Chemistry and application of fluorophore tagged cyclodextrins. (United States)

    Benkovics, Gábor; Malanga, Milo; Fenyvesi, Éva


    Cyclodextrins are macrocyclic molecules able to form host-guest complexes due to their hydrophobic cavity. Because of their carbohydrate nature they do not absorb light in the UV-vis region (200-800nm), but they can be converted into spectroscopically active compounds via modification with a chromophore unit. Among the chromophores, the group of fluorophores can provide high sensitivity in analytical applications (chemosensing) and low detection limit in optical imaging methods (fluorescent microscopy). Fluorophore-tagged cyclodextrins therefore combine interesting spectroscopic properties with promising supramolecular features which make these conjugates widely applicable in various pharmaceutical fields. The aim of this work is to review the various types of fluorophores which have been used for cyclodextrin tagging, to discuss the synthetic strategies used for the conjugation and to summarize the pharmaceutical applications of these 'visualized' macrocycles including their use in photodynamic therapy. The recent achievements in studying how the fluorophore-appended cyclodextrin derivatives cross biological barriers are also reviewed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Double template effect in [4 + 4] Schiff base macrocycle formation; an ESI-MS study. (United States)

    Barreira-Fontecha, Julia; Kulmaczewski, Rafal; Ma, Xiaomei; McKee, Vickie


    The mechanism of self-assembly of a polynuclear complex of a [4 + 4] Schiff base iminomethylenediphenolate macrocycle [BaCu(4)(4 + 4)](2+) via a non-macrocyclic dialdehyde intermediate has been followed using ESI-MS of the reaction solutions. Both assembly of the intermediate and Schiff-base condensation with diamine give rise to single products; formation of the intermediate metallacycle is fast but Schiff-base condensation is much slower. Both intermediate complex and macrocyclic product have been structurally characterised.

  2. Next generation macrocyclic and acyclic cationic lipids for gene transfer: Synthesis and in vitro evaluation. (United States)

    Jubeli, Emile; Maginty, Amanda B; Abdul Khalique, Nada; Raju, Liji; Abdulhai, Mohamad; Nicholson, David G; Larsen, Helge; Pungente, Michael D; Goldring, William P D


    Previously we reported the synthesis and in vitro evaluation of four novel, short-chain cationic lipid gene delivery vectors, characterized by acyclic or macrocyclic hydrophobic regions composed of, or derived from, two 7-carbon chains. Herein we describe a revised synthesis of an expanded library of related cationic lipids to include extended chain analogues, their formulation with plasmid DNA (pDNA) and in vitro delivery into Chinese hamster ovarian (CHO-K1) cells. The formulations were evaluated against each other based on structural differences in the hydrophobic domain and headgroup. Structurally the library is divided into four sets based on lipids derived from two 7- or two 11-carbon hydrophobic chains, C7 and C11 respectively, which possess either a dimethylamine or a trimethylamine derived headgroup. Each set includes four cationic lipids based on an acyclic or macrocyclic, saturated or unsaturated hydrophobic domain. All lipids were co-formulated with the commercial cationic lipid 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine (EPC) in a 1:1 molar ratio, along with one of two distinct neutral co-lipids, cholesterol or 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) in an overall cationic-to-neutral lipid molar ratio of 3:2. Binding of lipid formulations with DNA, and packing morphology associated with the individual lipid-DNA complexes were characterized by gel electrophoresis and small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXD), respectively. As a general trend, lipoplex formulations based on mismatched binary cationic lipids, composed of a shorter C7 lipid and the longer lipid EPC (C14), were generally associated with higher transfection efficiency and lower cytotoxicity than their more closely matched C11/EPC binary lipid formulation counterparts. Furthermore, the cyclic lipids gave transfection levels as high as or greater than their acyclic counterparts, and formulations with cholesterol exhibited higher transfection and lower cytotoxicity than those

  3. Unsaturated macrocyclic dihydroxamic acid siderophores produced by Shewanella putrefaciens using precursor-directed biosynthesis. (United States)

    Soe, Cho Z; Codd, Rachel


    To acquire iron essential for growth, the bacterium Shewanella putrefaciens produces the macrocyclic dihydroxamic acid putrebactin (pbH2; [M + H(+)](+), m/zcalc 373.2) as its native siderophore. The assembly of pbH2 requires endogenous 1,4-diaminobutane (DB), which is produced from the ornithine decarboxylase (ODC)-catalyzed decarboxylation of l-ornithine. In this work, levels of endogenous DB were attenuated in S. putrefaciens cultures by augmenting the medium with the ODC inhibitor 1,4-diamino-2-butanone (DBO). The presence in the medium of DBO together with alternative exogenous non-native diamine substrates, (15)N2-1,4-diaminobutane ((15)N2-DB) or 1,4-diamino-2(E)-butene (E-DBE), resulted in the respective biosynthesis of (15)N-labeled pbH2 ((15)N4-pbH2; [M + H(+)](+), m/zcalc 377.2, m/zobs 377.2) or the unsaturated pbH2 variant, named here: E,E-putrebactene (E,E-pbeH2; [M + H(+)](+), m/zcalc 369.2, m/zobs 369.2). In the latter system, remaining endogenous DB resulted in the parallel biosynthesis of the monounsaturated DB-E-DBE hybrid, E-putrebactene (E-pbxH2; [M + H(+)](+), m/zcalc 371.2, m/zobs 371.2). These are the first identified unsaturated macrocyclic dihydroxamic acid siderophores. LC-MS measurements showed 1:1 complexes formed between Fe(III) and pbH2 ([Fe(pb)](+); [M](+), m/zcalc 426.1, m/zobs 426.2), (15)N4-pbH2 ([Fe((15)N4-pb)](+); [M](+), m/zcalc 430.1, m/zobs 430.1), E,E-pbeH2 ([Fe(E,E-pbe)](+); [M](+), m/zcalc 422.1, m/zobs 422.0), or E-pbxH2 ([Fe(E-pbx)](+); [M](+), m/zcalc 424.1, m/zobs 424.2). The order of the gain in siderophore-mediated Fe(III) solubility, as defined by the difference in retention time between the free ligand and the Fe(III)-loaded complex, was pbH2 (ΔtR = 8.77 min) > E-pbxH2 (ΔtR = 6.95 min) > E,E-pbeH2 (ΔtR = 6.16 min), which suggests one possible reason why nature has selected for saturated rather than unsaturated siderophores as Fe(III) solubilization agents. The potential to conduct multiple types of ex situ chemical

  4. Organic Electrofluorescent Materials Using Pyridine-Containing Macrocyclic Compounds

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    Tingxi LI; Long FU; Wenwen YU; Renhe HUANG


    Novel pyridine-containing macrocyclic compounds, such as 6,12,19,25-tetramethyl-7,11,20,24-dinitrilo-dibenzo[b,m]l,4,12,15-tetra-azacyclodoc osine (TMCD), were synthesized and used as electron transport layer in organic electroluminescent devices. Devices with a structure of glass/indium-tin oxide/arylamine derivative/tris(quinolinolato)aluminum(Ⅲ) (AIq)/TMCD/LiF/AI exhibited green emission from the Alq layer with external quantum efficiency of 0.84% and luminous efficiency of 1.3 lm/W. The derivatives of TMCD were synthesized and characterized as well. These compounds were also found to be useful as the electron-transporting materials in organic electroluminescent devices.

  5. How do the macrocyclic lactones kill filarial nematode larvae? (United States)

    Wolstenholme, Adrian J; Maclean, Mary J; Coates, Ruby; McCoy, Ciaran J; Reaves, Barbara J


    The macrocyclic lactones (MLs) are one of the few classes of drug used in the control of the human filarial infections, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, and the only one used to prevent heartworm disease in dogs and cats. Despite their importance in preventing filarial diseases, the way in which the MLs work against these parasites is unclear. In vitro measurements of nematode motility have revealed a large discrepancy between the maximum plasma concentrations achieved after drug administration and the amounts required to paralyze worms. Recent evidence has shed new light on the likely functions of the ML target, glutamate-gated chloride channels, in filarial nematodes and supports the hypothesis that the rapid clearance of microfilariae that follows treatment involves the host immune system.

  6. Surface enhanced second harmonic generation from macrocycle, catenane, and rotaxane thin films : Experiments and theory

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    Arfaoui, [No Value; Bermudez, [No Value; Bottari, G; De Nadai, C; Jalkanen, JP; Kajzar, F; Leigh, DA; Lubomska, M; Mendoza, SM; Niziol, J; Rudolf, P; Zerbetto, F; Arfaoui, Imad; Bermúdez, Verónica; Jalkanen, Jukka-Pekka


    Surface enhanced second harmonic generation (SE SHG) experiments on molecular structures, macrocycles, catenanes, and rotaxanes, deposited as monolayers and multilayers by vacuum sublimation on silver, are reported. The measurements show that the molecules form ordered thin films, where the highest

  7. Radical Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate and Methyl Methacrylate Using Organochromium Initiators Complexed with Macrocyclic Polyamines (United States)


    METHYL METHACRYLATE USING ORGANOCHROMIUM REA NTS COMPLEXED WITH MACROCYCLIC A• by Daniela Mardare, Scott Gaynor, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski DTIC Published... Daniela Mardare, Scott Gaynor, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADORESS(ES) a. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION Carnegie Mellon


    Title: Lanthanide Enhance Luminescence (LEL) with one and two photon excitation of Quantum Dyes? Lanthanide(III)-Macrocycles Principal Author:Robert C. Leif, Newport InstrumentsSecondary Authors:Margie C. Becker, Phoenix Flow Systems Al Bromm, Virginia Commonw...

  9. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of a macrocyclic discodermolide/dictyostatin hybrid. (United States)

    Paterson, Ian; Gardner, Nicola M


    A 22-membered macrocyclic discodermolide/dictyostatin hybrid has been designed and synthesised; biological evaluation against a range of human cancer cell lines revealed significant levels of growth inhibition.

  10. Selective Synthesis of [2+2] Macrocyclic Schiff Bases from Chiral 1,4-Diamines

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    ZHU Hai-Bin; HU Da-Hua; DONG Hua-Ze; LI Gen-Xi; GOU Shao-Hua


    [2+2] macrocyclic Schiff bases of three kinds have been synthesized from chiral 1,4-diamines by use of different methods. Macrocyclic Schiff bases 1a-1c have been selectively obtained based on a non-templated dilution method from chiral 1,4-diamines a-c and dialdehyde DA1, whereas macrocycles 2a-2c have been selectively produced from reaction of diamines a-c and dialdehyde DA2 in the presence of boric acid as templates. Macrocyclic Schiff bases 3a-3c have been afforded in high selectivity from diamines a-c and dialdehyde DA3 by means of sodium-template. All the titled compounds have been confirmed by 1H NMR and ESI-MS analyses.

  11. Convergent Synthesis of Rigid Macrocycles Containing One and Two Tetrathiafulvalene Units

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    Simonsen, Klaus B.; Thorup, Niels; Becher, Jan


    The synthesis of rigid tetrathiafulvalenophanes containing one or two tetrathiafulvalene units is presented, together with a stepwise convergent synthesis of macrocyclic bis-tetrathiafulvalenes via several open dimeric tetrathiafulvalenes. These systems were investigated by cyclic voltammetry...

  12. Heartworms, macrocyclic lactones, and the specter of resistance to prevention in the United States

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    Bowman, Dwight D


    In order to provide a background to current concerns relative to the possible resistance of heartworms to macrocyclic lactones, this review summarizes various studies in which lack of efficacies (LOEs...


    Title: Lanthanide Enhance Luminescence (LEL) with one and two photon excitation of Quantum Dyes? Lanthanide(III)-Macrocycles Principal Author:Robert C. Leif, Newport InstrumentsSecondary Authors:Margie C. Becker, Phoenix Flow Systems Al Bromm, Virginia Commonw...

  14. Assembly of macrocycles by zirconocene-mediated, reversible carbon-carbon bond formation. (United States)

    Gessner, Viktoria H; Tannaci, John F; Miller, Adam D; Tilley, T Don


    Macrocyclic compounds have attracted considerable attention in numerous applications, including host-guest chemistry, chemical sensing, catalysis, and materials science. A major obstacle, however, is the limited number of convenient, versatile, and high-yielding synthetic routes to functionalized macrocycles. Macrocyclic compounds have been typically synthesized by ring-closing or condensation reactions, but many of these procedures produce mixtures of oligomers and cyclic compounds. As a result, macrocycle syntheses are often associated with difficult separations and low yields. Some successful approaches that circumvent these problems are based on "self-assembly" processes utilizing reversible bond-forming reactions, but for many applications, it is essential that the resulting macrocycle be built with a strong covalent bond network. In this Account, we describe how zirconocene-mediated reductive couplings of alkynes can provide reversible carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions well-suited for this purpose. Zirconocene coupling of alkenes and alkynes has been used extensively as a source of novel, versatile pathways to functionalized organic compounds. Here, we describe the development of zirconocene-mediated reductive couplings as a highly efficient method for the preparation of macrocycles and cages with diverse compositions, sizes, and shapes. This methodology is based on the reversible, regioselective coupling of alkynes with bulky substituents. In particular, silyl substituents provide regioselective, reversible couplings that place them into the α-positions of the resulting zirconacyclopentadiene rings. According to density functional theory (DFT) calculations and kinetic studies, the mechanism of this coupling involves a stepwise process, whereby an insertion of the second alkyne influences regiochemistry through both steric and electronic factors. Zirconocene coupling of diynes that incorporate silyl substituents generates predictable macrocyclic products

  15. Macrocyclic effects upon isomeric CuIIMII and MIICuII cores. Formation with unsymmetric phenol-based macrocyclic ligands

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    Masami Yonemura; Yuuki Nakamura; Naoki Usuki; Hisashi Okawa


    This paper discusses coordination-position isomeric MIICuII and CuIIMII complexes, using unsymmetric dinucleating macrocycles (Lm;n)2- ((L2;2)2-, (L2;3)2- and (L2;4)2- that comprise two 2-(N-methyl)-aminomethyl-6-iminomethyl-4-bromophenonate entities, combined through the ethylene chain ( = 2) between the two amine nitrogens and through the ethylene, trimethylene or tetramethylene chain ( = 2, 3 or 4) between the two imine nitrogens. The macrocycles have dissimilar N(amine)2O2 and N(imine)2O2 metal-binding sites sharing the phenolic oxygens. The reaction of the mononuclear CuII precursors, [Cu(L2;2)], [Cu(L2;2)] and [Cu(L2;2)], with a MII perchlorate and a MII acetate salt formed (acetato)MII CuII complexes:[CoCu(L2;2)(AcO)]ClO4 0 5H2O] (1), [NiCu(L2;2) (AcO)]ClO4 (2), [ZnCu(L2;2((AcO)]ClO4 (3), [CoCu(L2;3)(AcO)]ClO4 0 5H2O (4), [NiCu(L2;3)(AcO)]ClO4 (5), [ZnCu(L2;3)(AcO)]ClO4 0 5H2O (6), [CoCu(L2;4)(AcO)(DMF)]ClO4 (7), [NiCu(L2;4)(AcO)]ClO4 2DMF (8) and [ZnCu(L2;4)(AcO)]ClO4 (9) (the formulation [MM (Lm;n)]2+ means that M resides in the aminic site and M in the iminic site). The site selectivity of the metal ions is demonstrated by X-ray crystallographic studies for 2 MeOH, 3, 5, 7, and 9. An (acetato)CuIIZnII complex, [CuZn(L2;3)(AcO)]ClO4 (10), was obtained by the reaction of [PbCu(L2;3)]-(ClO4)2 with ZnSO4 4H2O, in the presence of sodium acetate. Other complexes of the CuIIMII type were thermodynamically unstable to cause a scrambling of metal ions. The Cu migration from the iminic site to the aminic site in the synthesis of 10 is explained by the `kinetic macrocyclic effect’. The coordination-position isomers, 6 and 10, are differentiated by physicochemical properties.

  16. A set of homologous hetarylenediyne macrocycles by oxidative acetylene-acetylene coupling. (United States)

    Opris, Dorina M; Ossenbach, Alexander; Lentz, Dieter; Schlüter, A Dieter


    The synthesis of a set of bipyridine-containing macrocycles by oxidative acetylene-acetylene dimerization is described. The cycles are separated by preparative GPC, and the smallest homologue is analyzed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, which shows a layered structure with channels that are partially filled with parts of the flexible chains of adjacent macrocycles. The cyclic trimer has a D3h symmetry and is a possible candidate for the formation of metal organic supramolecular assemblies on surfaces.

  17. A mesoporous metal–organic framework based on a shape-persistent macrocycle

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    Chen, Teng-Hao; Popov, Ilya; Chuang, Yu-Chun; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Miljani; #263; , Ognjen Š. (NSRRC); (UC); (Houston)


    A mesoporous Zn-based metal–organic framework (MOF) was prepared from a shape-persistent phenylene ethynylene macrocycle functionalized with three –COOH groups. The rigid ligand has a ~ 9 Å wide central cavity which serves as a predesigned pore. The macrocycles [ππ] stack into pairs, with their carboxylate groups connected via three Zn₃O₁₄C₆H₂ clusters. The resulting MOF has a void volume of 86%.

  18. Synthesis, structure and ring-opening polymerization of macrocyclic arylates containing phthalic unit

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    姜洪焱; 陈天禄; 邢彦; 林永华; 徐纪平


    A series of maerocyclic arylate diraers have been selectively synthesized by an interfacial polyconden-sation of o-phthaloyldichloride with bisphenols A combination of GPC,FAB-MS,1H and 13C NMR unambiguously confirmed the cyclic nature Although single-crystal X-ray analysis of two such macrocycles reveals no severe strain on the cyclic structures,these macrocycles can undergo facile melt polymerization to give high molecular weight polyary-lates.

  19. Pulsed EPR and NMR spectroscopy of paramagnetic iron porphyrinates and related iron macrocycles: how to understand patterns of spin delocalization and recognize macrocycle radicals. (United States)

    Walker, F Ann


    Pulsed EPR spectroscopic techniques, including ESEEM (electron spin echo envelope modulation) and pulsed ENDOR (electron-nuclear double resonance), are extremely useful for determining the magnitudes of the hyperfine couplings of macrocycle and axial ligand nuclei to the unpaired electron(s) on the metal as a function of magnetic field orientation relative to the complex. These data can frequently be used to determine the orientation of the g-tensor and the distribution of spin density over the macrocycle, and to determine the metal orbital(s) containing unpaired electrons and the macrocycle orbital(s) involved in spin delocalization. However, these studies cannot be carried out on metal complexes that do not have resolved EPR signals, as in the case of paramagnetic even-electron metal complexes. In addition, the signs of the hyperfine couplings, which are not determined directly in either ESEEM or pulsed ENDOR experiments, are often needed in order to translate hyperfine couplings into spin densities. In these cases, NMR isotropic (hyperfine) shifts are extremely useful in determining the amount and sign of the spin density at each nucleus probed. For metal complexes of aromatic macrocycles such as porphyrins, chlorins, or corroles, simple rules allow prediction of whether spin delocalization occurs through sigma or pi bonds, and whether spin density on the ligands is of the same or opposite sign as that on the metal. In cases where the amount of spin density on the macrocycle and axial ligands is found to be too large for simple metal-ligand spin delocalization, a macrocycle radical may be suspected. Large spin density on the macrocycle that is of the same sign as that on the metal provides clear evidence of either no coupling or weak ferromagnetic coupling of a macrocycle radical to the unpaired electron(s) on the metal, while large spin density on the macrocycle that is of opposite sign to that on the metal provides clear evidence of antiferromagnetic coupling

  20. Rapid synthesis of cyclic oligomeric depsipeptides with positional, stereochemical, and macrocycle size distribution control. (United States)

    Batiste, Suzanne M; Johnston, Jeffrey N


    Macrocyclic small molecules are attractive tools in the development of sensors, new materials, and therapeutics. Within early-stage drug discovery, they are increasingly sought for their potential to interact with broad surfaces of peptidic receptors rather than within their narrow folds and pockets. Cyclization of linear small molecule precursors is a straightforward strategy to constrain conformationally mobile motifs, but forging a macrocycle bond typically becomes more difficult at larger ring sizes. We report the development of a general approach to discrete collections of oligomeric macrocyclic depsipeptides using an oligomerization/macrocyclization process governed by a series of Mitsunobu reactions of hydroxy acid monomers. Ring sizes of 18, 24, 30, and 36 are formed in a single reaction from a didepsipeptide, whereas sizes of 24, 36, and 60 result from a tetradepsipeptide. The ring-size selectivity inherent to the approach can be modulated by salt additives that enhance the formation of specific ring sizes. Use of chemical synthesis to prepare the monomers suggests broad access to functionally and stereochemically diverse collections of natural product-like oligodepsipeptide macrocycles. Two cyclodepsipeptide natural products were prepared along with numerous unnatural oligomeric congeners to provide rapid access to discrete collections of complex macrocyclic small molecules from medium (18) to large (60) ring sizes.

  1. Correlation between oxygen adsorption energy and electronic structure of transition metal macrocyclic complexes. (United States)

    Liu, Kexi; Lei, Yinkai; Wang, Guofeng


    Oxygen adsorption energy is directly relevant to the catalytic activity of electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this study, we established the correlation between the O2 adsorption energy and the electronic structure of transition metal macrocyclic complexes which exhibit activity for ORR. To this end, we have predicted the molecular and electronic structures of a series of transition metal macrocyclic complexes with planar N4 chelation, as well as the molecular and electronic structures for the O2 adsorption on these macrocyclic molecules, using the density functional theory calculation method. We found that the calculated adsorption energy of O2 on the transition metal macrocyclic complexes was linearly related to the average position (relative to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of the macrocyclic complexes) of the non-bonding d orbitals (d(z(2)), d(xy), d(xz), and d(yz)) which belong to the central transition metal atom. Importantly, our results suggest that varying the energy level of the non-bonding d orbitals through changing the central transition metal atom and/or peripheral ligand groups could be an effective way to tuning their O2 adsorption energy for enhancing the ORR activity of transition metal macrocyclic complex catalysts.

  2. Smart macrocyclic molecules: induced fit and ultrafast self-sorting inclusion behavior through dynamic covalent chemistry. (United States)

    Han, Ji-Min; Pan, Jin-Long; Lei, Ting; Liu, Chenjiang; Pei, Jian


    A family of macrocycles with oligo(ethylene glycol) chains, 4O, 5O, and 6O, was developed to construct a series of new incorporated macrocycles through dynamic covalent chemistry. These flexible macrocycles exhibited excellent "self-sorting" abilities with diamine compounds, which depended on the "induced-fit" rule. For instance, the host macrocycles underwent conformational modulation to accommodate the diamine guests, affording [1+1] intramolecular addition compounds regardless of the flexibility of the diamine. These macrocycles folded themselves to fit various diamines with different chain length through modulation of the flexible polyether chain, and afforded intramolecular condensation products. However, if the chain of the diamine was too long and rigid, oligomers or polymers were obtained from the mixture of the macromolecule and the diamine. All results demonstrated that inclusion compounds involving conformationally suitable aromatic diamines were thermodynamically favorable candidates in the mixture due to the restriction of the macrocycle size. Furthermore, kinetic and thermodynamic studies of self-sorting behaviors of both mixed 4O-5O and 4O-6O systems were investigated in detail. Finally, theoretical calculations were also employed to further understand such self-sorting behavior, and indicated that the large enthalpy change of H(2)NArArNH(2)@4O is the driving force for the sorting behavior. Our system may provide a model to further understand the principle of biomolecules with high specificity due only to their conformational self-adjusting ability.

  3. Template Syntheses, Crystal Structures and Supramolecular Assembly of Hexaaza Macrocyclic Copper(II) Complexes

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    Kim, Taehyung; Kim, Ju Chang [Pukyong National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lough, Alan J. [Univ. of Toronto, Toronto (Canada)


    Two new hexaaza macrocyclic copper(II) complexes were prepared by a template method and structurally characterized. In the solid state, they were self-assembled by intermolecular interactions to form the corresponding supramolecules 1 and 2, respectively. In the structure of 1, the copper(II) macrocycles are bridged by a tp ligand to form a macrocyclic copper(II) dimer. The dimer extends its structure by intermolecular forces such as hydrogen bonds and C-H···π interactions, resulting in the formation of a double stranded 1D supramolecule. In 2, the basic structure is a monomeric copper(II) macrocycle with deprotonated imidazole pendants. An undulated 1D hydrogen bonded array is achieved through hydrogen bonds between imidazole pendants and secondary amines, where the imidazole pendants act as a hydrogen bond acceptor. The 1D hydrogen bonded supramolecular chain is supported by C-H···π interactions between the methyl groups of acetonitrile ligands and imidazole pendants of the copper(II) macrocycles. In both complexes, the introduction of imidazoles to the macrocycle as a pendant plays an important role for the formation of supramolecules, where they act as intermolecular hydrogen bond donors and/or acceptors, C-H···π and π-π interactions.

  4. Dysprosium complexes with the tetraphenylporphyrin macrocyclic ligand; Complejos de disprosio con el ligante macrociclico tetrafenilporfirina

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    Martinez M, V.; Padilla, J.; Ramirez, F.M


    In this report, the results obtained on the synthesis, characterization and study of the chemical behavior of dysprosium complex with the acetylacetone chelating agent (Hacac) and the tetraphenylporphyrin macrocyclic ligand (H{sub 2}TFP) are given. Based on the literature but according to our necessities and interest, the appropriate methodology settled down from the synthesis of prime matters until the obtaining and characterization of the products. The acetyl acetonate complex was obtained of mono hydrated dysprosium [Dy(acac){sub 3}. H{sub 2}0] and trihydrated [Dy(acac){sub 3} .3 H{sub 2}0], the mono tetra phenyl porphyrinate [Dy(TFP)(acac). 2 ac] the double sandwich of the dysprosium porphyrinate [Dy(TFP){sub 2}] and the triple sandwich of the dysprosium porphyrinate [Dy(TFP){sub 3}. 2 TCB] (TCB = trichlorobenzene). Its were characterized by their melting points, solubility, IR, UV, TGA and DTA both first and besides the techniques already mentioned for NMR'H, RPE and Magnetic susceptibility the three last complexes. From the spectroscopic point of view, IR and RPE its suggested the existence of a complex of inverse mixed valence [Dy(TFP){sup 2-} (TFP) {sup 1-}] for the Dy(TFP){sub 2} as a result of the existence of the free radical (TFP' {sup 1-} and that it was not in none of the other porphyrin compounds. In the NMR'H spectra of the compounds were not observed signals in the region from 0 to 10 ppm that which shows that the dysprosium complexes in special those of the porphyrin type are highly paramagnetic and its could be used as displacement reagents, creators of images and contrast agents of great utility in these days in studies of NMR, technique today by today used in medical diagnoses. (Author)

  5. The Scientific and Legal Uncertainty Behind Ocean Fertilization to Sequester Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. Final Report

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    Phinney, J. T.


    A three-day workshop was organized in April 2001 in Washington, DC, consisting of scientists, policy experts, and entrepreneurs to explore the proposed use of iron fertilization in the High Nutrient Low Chlorophyll regions, notably the Equatorial Pacific and Southern Oceans, to actively sequester atmospheric CO{sub 2}.

  6. Methane production by Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus to recover energy from carbon dioxide sequestered in geological reservoirs. (United States)

    Kawaguchi, Hideo; Sakuma, Takahiro; Nakata, Yuiko; Kobayashi, Hajime; Endo, Keita; Sato, Kozo


    To recover energy from carbon dioxide sequestered in geological reservoirs, the geochemical effects of acidic and substrate- and nutrient-limiting conditions on methane production by the hydrogenotrophic methanogen Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus were investigated in a simulated deep saline aquifer environment using formation water media retrieved from petroleum reservoirs.

  7. Colorado potato beetle toxins revisited: evidence the beetle does not sequester host plant glycoalkaloids. (United States)

    Armer, Christine A


    The Colorado potato beetle feeds only on glycoalkaloid-laden solanaceous plants, appears to be toxic to predators, and has aposematic coloration, suggesting the beetle may sequester alkaloids from its host plants. This study tested 4th instars and adults, as well as isolated hemolymph and excrement, to determine if the beetles sequester, metabolize, or excrete alkaloids ingested from their host plants. HPLC analysis showed: that neither the larvae nor the adults sequestered either solanine or chaconine from potato foliage; that any alkaloids in the beetles were at concentrations well below 1 ppm; and that alkaloids were found in the excrement of larvae at approximately the same concentrations as in foliage. Analysis of alkaloids in the remains of fed-upon leaflet halves plus excreta during 24 hr feeding by 4th instars, as compared to alkaloids in the uneaten halves of the leaflets, showed that equal amounts of alkaloids were excreted as were ingested. The aposematic coloration probably warns of a previously-identified toxic dipeptide instead of a plant-derived alkaloid, as the Colorado potato beetle appears to excrete, rather than sequester or metabolize, the alkaloids from its host plants.

  8. Electron transfer reactions of macrocyclic compounds of cobalt

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    Heckman, R.A.


    The kinetics and mechanisms of reduction of H/sub 2/O/sub 2/, Br/sub 2/, and I/sub 2/ by various macrocyclic tetraaza complexes of cobalt(II), including Vitamin B/sub 12r/, were studied. The synthetic macrocycles studied were all 14-membered rings which varied in the degree of unsaturation,substitution of methyl groups on the periphery of the ring, and substitution within the ring itself. Scavenging experiments demonstrated that the reductions of H/sub 2/O/sub 2/ produce free hydroxyl radicals only in the case of Co((14)ane)/sup 2 +/ but with none of the others. In the latter instances apparently H/sub 2/O/sub 2/ simultaneously oxidizes the metal center and the ligand. The reductions of Br/sub 2/ and I/sub 2/ produce an aquohalocobalt(III) product for all reductants (except B/sub 12r/ + Br/sub 2/, which was complicated by bromination of the corrin ring). The mechanism of halogen reduction was found to involve rate-limiting inner-sphere electron transfer from cobalt to halogen to produce a dihalide anion coordinated to the cobalt center. This intermediate subsequently decomposes in rapid reactions to halocobalt(III) and halogen atom species or reacts with another cobalt(II) center to give two molecules of halocobalt(III). The reductions of halomethylcobaloximes and related compounds and diamminecobaloxime by Cr/sup 2 +/ were also studied. The reaction was found to be biphasic in all cases with the reaction products being halomethane (for the halomethylcobaloximes), Co/sup 2 +/ (in less than 100 percent yield), a Cr(III)-dimethylglyoxime species, a small amount of free dmgH/sub 2/, and a highly-charged species containing both cobalt and chromium. The first-stage reaction occurs with a stoichiometry of 1:1 producing an intermediate with an absorption maximum at 460 nm for all starting reagents. The results were interpreted in terms of inner-sphere coordination of the cobaloxime to the Cr(II) and electron transfer through the oxime N-O bond.

  9. [Tl(III)(dota)](-): An Extraordinarily Robust Macrocyclic Complex. (United States)

    Fodor, Tamás; Bányai, István; Bényei, Attila; Platas-Iglesias, Carlos; Purgel, Mihály; Horváth, Gábor L; Zékány, László; Tircsó, Gyula; Tóth, Imre


    The X-ray structure of {C(NH2)3}[Tl(dota)]·H2O shows that the Tl(3+) ion is deeply buried in the macrocyclic cavity of the dota(4-) ligand (1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetate) with average Tl-N and Tl-O distances of 2.464 and 2.365 Å, respectively. The metal ion is directly coordinated to the eight donor atoms of the ligand, which results in a twisted square antiprismatic (TSAP') coordination around Tl(3+). A multinuclear (1)H, (13)C, and (205)Tl NMR study combined with DFT calculations confirmed the TSAP' structure of the complex in aqueous solution, which exists as the Λ(λλλλ)/Δ(δδδδ) enantiomeric pair. (205)Tl NMR spectroscopy allowed the protonation constant associated with the protonation of the complex according to [Tl(dota)](-) + H(+) ⇆ [Tl(Hdota)] to be determined, which turned out to be pK(H)Tl(dota) = 1.4 ± 0.1. [Tl(dota)](-) does not react with Br(-), even when using an excess of the anion, but it forms a weak mixed complex with cyanide, [Tl(dota)](-) + CN(-) ⇆ [Tl(dota)(CN)](2-), with an equilibrium constant of Kmix = 6.0 ± 0.8. The dissociation of the [Tl(dota)](-) complex was determined by UV-vis spectrophotometry under acidic conditions using a large excess of Br(-), and it was found to follow proton-assisted kinetics and to take place very slowly (∼10 days), even in 1 M HClO4, with the estimated half-life of the process being in the 10(9) h range at neutral pH. The solution dynamics of [Tl(dota)](-) were investigated using (13)C NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations. The (13)C NMR spectra recorded at low temperature (272 K) point to C4 symmetry of the complex in solution, which averages to C4v as the temperature increases. This dynamic behavior was attributed to the Λ(λλλλ) ↔ Δ(δδδδ) enantiomerization process, which involves both the inversion of the macrocyclic unit and the rotation of the pendant arms. According to our calculations, the arm-rotation process limits the Λ(λλλλ) ↔

  10. Dynamic covalent chemistry approaches toward macrocycles, molecular cages, and polymers. (United States)

    Jin, Yinghua; Wang, Qi; Taynton, Philip; Zhang, Wei


    The current research in the field of dynamic covalent chemistry includes the study of dynamic covalent reactions, catalysts, and their applications. Unlike noncovalent interactions utilized in supramolecular chemistry, the formation/breakage of covalent bonding has slower kinetics and usually requires the aid of a catalyst. Catalytic systems that enable efficient thermodynamic equilibrium are thus essential. In this Account, we describe the development of efficient catalysts for alkyne metathesis, and discuss the application of dynamic covalent reactions (mainly imine, olefin, and alkyne metathesis) in the development of organic functional materials. Alkyne metathesis is an emerging dynamic covalent reaction that offers robust and linear acetylene linkages. By introducing a podand motif into the catalyst ligand design, we have developed a series of highly active and robust alkyne metathesis catalysts, which, for the first time, enabled the one-step covalent assembly of ethynylene-linked functional molecular cages. Imine chemistry and olefin metathesis are among the most well-established reversible reactions, and have also been our main synthetic tools. Various shape-persistent macrocycles and covalent organic polyhedrons have been efficiently constructed in one-step through dynamic imine chemistry and olefin metathesis. The geometrical features and solubilizing groups of the building blocks as well as the reaction kinetics have significant effect on the outcome of a covalent assembly process. More recently, we explored the orthogonality of imine and olefin metatheses, and successfully synthesized heterosequenced macrocycles and molecular cages through one-pot orthogonal dynamic covalent chemistry. In addition to discrete molecular architectures, functional polymeric materials can also be accessed through dynamic covalent reactions. Defect-free solution-processable conjugated polyaryleneethynylenes and polydiacetylenes have been prepared through alkyne metathesis

  11. Carbon nanohoops as attractive toughening and lubricant agents in TiN porous films (United States)

    Zheng, Jianyun; Ren, Xiaodong; Hao, Junying; Li, Ang; Liu, Weimin


    Hoop-shaped conjugated macrocycles (or carbon nanohoops) are eliciting significant interest from theoretical and synthetic scientists on account of their eminent physical and chemical properties. Herein, carbon nanohoops firstly fabricated by CH4 plasma treatment serve as toughening and lubricant agents in TiN porous films. The formation mechanism of carbon nanohoops is explained through a tandem Suzuki coupling/macrocyclization sequence of the charged multiple hydrocarbon molecules. The essential features of carbon nanohoops ensure that the TiN porous films with carbon nanohoops successfully possess flexible, hard, lubricant and antiwear effects.

  12. A New Class of Macrocyclic Chiral Selectors for Stereochemical Analysis

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    This report summarizes the work accomplished in the authors laboratories over the previous three years. During the funding period they have had 23 monographs published or in press, 1 book chapter, 1 patent issued and have delivered 28 invited seminars or plenary lectures on DOE sponsored research. This report covers the work that has been published (or accepted). The most notable aspect of this work involves the successful development and understanding of a new class of fused macrocyclic compounds as pseudophases and selectors in high performance separations (including high performance liquid chromatography, HPLC; capillary electrophoresis, CE; and thin layer chromatography, TLC). They have considerably extended their chiral biomarker work from amber to crude oil and coal. In the process of doing this we've developed several novel separation approaches. They finished their work on the new GSC-PLOT column which is now being used by researchers world-wide for the analysis of gases, light hydrocarbons and halocarbons. Finally, we completed basic studies on immobilizing a cyclodextrin/oligosiloxane hybrid on the wall of fused silica, as well as a basic study on the separation behavior of buckminster fullerene and higher fullerenes.

  13. Short communication: Macrocyclic lactone residues in butter from Brazilian markets. (United States)

    Macedo, Fabio; Marsico, Eliane Teixeira; Conte-Júnior, Carlos Adam; de Almeida Furtado, Leonardo; Brasil, Taila Figueredo; Pereira Netto, Annibal Duarte


    Macrocyclic lactones (ML) are commonly used in drug formulations for the treatment of parasites in cattle. In Brazil, except for drugs (or formulations) with long-term (half-life) effects, ML are registered for use in bovines. Indiscriminate use of ML may result in the presence of residues in milk and dairy products due to their lipophilic properties and thermal stability. This study applied a method of liquid chromatography with fluorimetric detection, recently developed and validated for the determination of residues of abamectin, doramectin, ivermectin, and moxidectin in butter. The method was applied to 38 samples of commercial butter purchased in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between June and September 2013, analyzed in triplicate. Ivermectin was detected in 89.5% of the samples, with concentrations between 0.3 and 119.4 µg/kg; 76.3% of the samples contained doramectin (0.6 to 64.7 µg/kg) and 55.2% contained abamectin (0.7 to 4.5 µg/kg). Most butter samples (76.3%) contained residues of more than 1 ML; however, no residues of moxidectin were detected. The results showed a high incidence of the presence of avermectins in butter samples. Butter is not included in the Brazilian National Plan for Control of Residues and Contaminants in Animal Products. As ML residues concentrate in lipophilic compounds, butter and other fatty dairy products should be screened for the presence of ML residues.

  14. Dermatobia hominis: Potencial risk of resistance to macrocyclic lactones. (United States)

    das Neves, José Henrique; Carvalho, Nadino; Amarante, Alessandro F T


    Dermatobia hominis is an ectoparasite that infests various species of mammals, including cattle, impairing the quality of cowhides and leather. After observing natural infestation with D. hominis larvae in cattle on two farms in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, we evaluated the efficacy of two macrocyclic lactones, ivermectin and moxidectin, against this parasite. The drugs were administered to 10 animals in each group, following the manufacturer's instructions. The groups were: Group 1-treated with ivermectin (0.2mg/kg of body weight (BW)); Group 2-treated with moxidectin (0.2mg/kg BW); and Group 3-control (untreated). On the farm in Pardinho, a total of 12 and 16 live larvae were found in 6 and in 8 animals 10 days after the treatment with ivermectin and moxidectin, respectively, while in the control group 4 bovines had a total of 7 live larvae. On the farm in Anhembi, 2, 4 and 6 live larvae were extracted from ivermectin, moxidectin and control groups, respectively, after the treatment. This is the first report of the presence of live D. hominis larvae after the treatment of cattle with ivermectin and moxidectin in Brazil. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Supramolecular networking of macrocycles based on exo-coordination: from discrete to continuous frameworks. (United States)

    Park, Sunhong; Lee, So Young; Park, Ki-Min; Lee, Shim Sung


    Macrocyclic ligands typically show high selectivity for specific metal ions and small molecules, and these features make such molecules attractive candidates for nanoscale chemical sensing applications. Crown ethers are macrocyclic structures with polyether linkages where the oxygen donors are often separated by an ethylene unit (-O-CH(2)-CH(2)-O-). Because the oxygen lone pairs in crown-type macrocycles are directed inward, the preorganized macrocyclic cavity tends to form complexes where metals coordinate inside the cavity (endo-coordination). However, sulfur-containing macrocycles often demonstrate metal coordination outside of the cavity (exo-coordination). This coordination behavior results from the different torsion arrangements adopted by the X-CH(2)-CH(2)-X atom sequence (X = O, gauche; X = S, anti) in these molecules. Exo-coordination is synthetically attractive because it would provide a means of connecting macrocyclic building blocks in diverse arrangements. In fact, exo-coordination could allow the construction of more elaborate network assemblies than are possible using conventional endocyclic coordination (which gives metal-in-cavity products). Exo-coordination can also serve as a tool for crystal engineering through the use of diverse controlling factors. Although challenges remain in the development of exo-coordination-based synthetic approaches and, in particular, for the architectural control of supramolecular coordination platforms, we have established several strategies for the rational synthesis of new metallosupramolecules. In this Account, we describe our recent studies of the assembly of metallosupramolecules and coordination polymers based on sulfur-containing macrocycles that employ simple and versatile exo-coordination procedures. Initially, we focus on the unusual topological products such as sandwich (1:2, metal-to-ligand), club sandwich (2:3), and cyclic oligomeric complexes as discrete network systems. The primary structures we

  16. Sequence-defined bioactive macrocycles via an acid-catalysed cascade reaction (United States)

    Porel, Mintu; Thornlow, Dana N.; Phan, Ngoc N.; Alabi, Christopher A.


    Synthetic macrocycles derived from sequence-defined oligomers are a unique structural class whose ring size, sequence and structure can be tuned via precise organization of the primary sequence. Similar to peptides and other peptidomimetics, these well-defined synthetic macromolecules become pharmacologically relevant when bioactive side chains are incorporated into their primary sequence. In this article, we report the synthesis of oligothioetheramide (oligoTEA) macrocycles via a one-pot acid-catalysed cascade reaction. The versatility of the cyclization chemistry and modularity of the assembly process was demonstrated via the synthesis of >20 diverse oligoTEA macrocycles. Structural characterization via NMR spectroscopy revealed the presence of conformational isomers, which enabled the determination of local chain dynamics within the macromolecular structure. Finally, we demonstrate the biological activity of oligoTEA macrocycles designed to mimic facially amphiphilic antimicrobial peptides. The preliminary results indicate that macrocyclic oligoTEAs with just two-to-three cationic charge centres can elicit potent antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

  17. Unsaturated 15 and 16 Membered Appended Naphthalene Macrocyclic Molecules for The Development of Fluorometric Chemosensors (United States)

    Hasan, S.; Salleh, S.; Hamdan, S.; Yamin, B.


    Unsaturated macrocyclic molecules have got an interest due to their potential in catalysis, ion exchange and electron transfer. Salicaldehyde derivatives macrocyclic molecules have a broad range in synthesis. In this study, two unsaturated macrocyclic molecules (L1 and L2) have been synthesized. The preparation of unsaturated macrocyclic ligands involve two steps; the reaction of salicylaldehyde with 1,2-dibromoethane or 1,4-dibromobutane to produce precursor, then cyclisation were completed using schiff base technique by adding diamines (naphthalene diamine). The ligands were characterized spectroscopically. In FT-IR spectrums, the form of the ligands mainly can be observed on the disappearance of the carbonyl group of aldehyde at approximately 1650cm-1 that was readily assigned to C=O group of salicylaldehyde with the replacement of C=N peak at 1684.13cm-1. The success in producing macrocyclic ligands have been further characterized using fluorescence emission spectroscopy (FES) and revealed the typical emission of naphthalene at ∼430nm. Fluorescence changes of L1 and L2 showed high selectivity for Fe3+ and Cu2+ respectively in the presence of other common metal ions, such as Zn2+, Ni2+ and Co2+. Besides, the ligand was sensitive enough to detect the concentration of ferric ion with the detection limit down to 1.08 x 10-6 M and fluorescence change that was unaffected by the presence of other common coexisting metal ions. Complexation with Co(II) was also attempted.

  18. Free sequestered disc herniation at the S2 level misdiagnosed as neuroma

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    Witzmann, A.; Fischer, J. (Wagner-Jauregg-Krankenhaus des Landes Oberoesterreich, Linz (Austria). Neurochirurgische Abt.); Hammer, B. (Wagner-Jauregg-Krankenhaus des Landes Oberoesterreich, Linz (Austria). Roentgeninstitut)


    The case of a 38 year-old-man with a mass at the S2 level similar to a benign nerve root tumor (neuroma) is reported. The CT scan examination revealed the mass close underneath but not in connection with a disc herniation at the L5/S1 level. During operation the mass was not encountered as tumor but as free sequestered disc herniation, which was confirmed by histological examination. The reasons for considering the mass a tumor are discussed. (orig.).

  19. Economic Analysis of Sequestering Carbon in Green Ash Forests in the Lower Mississippi River Valley

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    Ching-Hsun Huang


    Full Text Available Since the U.S. is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2, it has become crucial to develop options that are both cost effective and supportive of sustainable development to reduce atmospheric CO2. Electric utility companies have the options of reducing their use of fossil fuels, switching to alternative energy sources, increasing efficiency, or offsetting carbon emissions. This study determined the cost and profitability of sequestering carbon in green ash plantations, and the number of tons of carbon that can be sequestered. The profitability of green ash is $2,342 and $3,645 per acre on site indices (measurement of soil quality 65 and 105 land, respectively, calculated with a 2.5% alternative rate of return (ARR. These figures shift to –$248 and –$240 calculated with a 15.0% ARR. If landowners who have an ARR of 2.5% can sell carbon credits for $10 per ton of carbon, profits will increase by $107 per acre on poor sites and $242 on good sites. Over one rotation (cutting cycle, 38.56 net tons of carbon can be sequestered on an acre of poor quality land and 51.35 tons on good quality land. The cost of sequestering carbon, without including revenues from timber production and carbon credits, ranges from a high of $15.20 per ton on poor sites to $14.41 on good sites, calculated with a 2.5% ARR; to a high of $8.51 per ton on poor sites to $7.63 on good sites, calculated with a 15.0% ARR. The cost of storing carbon can be reduced significantly if the trees can be sold for wood products.

  20. A pulmonary sequestered segment with an aberrant pulmonary arterial supply: A case of unique anomaly

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    Kim, Min Chul; Woo, Jeong Joo; An, Jin Kyung; Jung, Yoon Young; Choi, Yun Sun [Dept. of Radiology, Eulji Hospital, Eulji University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We presented a rare case of a 64-year-old man with a combined anomaly of the bronchus and pulmonary artery that was detected incidentally. Computed tomography showed a hyperlucent, aerated sequestered segment of the right lower lung with an independent ectopic bronchus, which had no connection to the other airway. The affected segment was supplied by its own aberrant pulmonary artery branch from the right pulmonary trunk. This anomaly cannot be classified with any of the previously reported anomalies.

  1. Nitrogen-Phosphorus(III)-Chalcogen Macrocycles for the Synthesis of Polynuclear Silver(I) Sandwich Complexes. (United States)

    Yogendra, Sivathmeehan; Hennersdorf, Felix; Weigand, Jan J


    The synthesis of inorganic N-P(III)-Ch-based macrocycles [-PhP-NMe-PPh-Ch-]2 (8Ch; Ch = S, Se) is presented by incorporating two nitrogen, two chalcogen, and four phosphorus atoms. The macrocycles are conveniently obtained via the cyclocondensation reaction of Na2Ch (Ch = S, Se) with the acyclic dichlorodiphosphazane ClPhP-NMe-PClPh (9). Treatment with elemental sulfur (S8) or gray selenium (Segray) results in an oxidative ring contraction to give 1,3,2,4-thiazadiphosphetidine 2,4-disulfide (10S) and 1,3,2,4-selenazadiphosphetidine 2,4-diselenide (10Se), respectively. Macrocycles 8Ch are excellent multidentate ligands for transition metal complexation, as demonstrated by the isolation of mono-, di- tri-, and tetranuclear silver sandwich complexes. The polynuclear silver complexes are comprehensively characterized, including detailed NMR and X-ray analysis.

  2. Self-assembled monolayers of shape-persistent macrocycles on graphite: interior design and conformational polymorphism. (United States)

    Vollmeyer, Joscha; Eberhagen, Friederike; Höger, Sigurd; Jester, Stefan-S


    Three shape-persistent naphthylene-phenylene-acetylene macrocycles of identical backbone structures and extraannular substitution patterns but different (empty, apolar, polar) nanopore fillings are self-assembled at the solid/liquid interface of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite and 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene. Submolecularly resolved images of the resulting two-dimensional (2D) crystalline monolayer patterns are obtained by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. A concentration-dependent conformational polymorphism is found, and open and more dense packing motifs are observed. For all three compounds alike lattice parameters are found, therefore the intermolecular macrocycle distances are mainly determined by their size and symmetry. This is an excellent example that the graphite acts as a template for the macrocycle organization independent from their specific interior.

  3. Theoretical prediction of some novel nanotubes composed of macrocyclic structures: A DFT study (United States)

    Masoodi, Hamid Reza; Bagheri, Sotoodeh; Ranjbar-Karimi, Reza


    Our interests in this paper are the elucidation of structural and electronic properties of some π-conjugated macrocycles composed of borazine and alumazene rings as well as the investigation of their potential utility for the creation of new nanotubes. Here, the calculations are performed at B3LYP/6-31+G(d) and M06-2X/6-31+G(d)//B3LYP/6-31+G(d) levels of theory. The results suggest that the self-assembly of the macrocyclic compounds can be considered to form new nanotubes through π-π stacking. Also, meaningful correlations are found between the stability and photoconductivity applications of the nanotubes and the number of stacked π-conjugated macrocycles.

  4. Self-assembled monolayers of shape-persistent macrocycles on graphite: interior design and conformational polymorphism

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    Joscha Vollmeyer


    Full Text Available Three shape-persistent naphthylene–phenylene–acetylene macrocycles of identical backbone structures and extraannular substitution patterns but different (empty, apolar, polar nanopore fillings are self-assembled at the solid/liquid interface of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite and 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene. Submolecularly resolved images of the resulting two-dimensional (2D crystalline monolayer patterns are obtained by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. A concentration-dependent conformational polymorphism is found, and open and more dense packing motifs are observed. For all three compounds alike lattice parameters are found, therefore the intermolecular macrocycle distances are mainly determined by their size and symmetry. This is an excellent example that the graphite acts as a template for the macrocycle organization independent from their specific interior.

  5. Ultrastructure of the calcium-sequestering gastrodermal cell in the hydroid Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa). (United States)

    Dandar-Roh, Alicia M; Rogers-Lowery, Constance L; Zellmann, Erhard; Thomas, Mary Beth


    Large, free-floating crystals of calcium carbonate occur in vacuoles of gastrodermal cells of the hydroid Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus. Here, morphological details about the process by which these cells accumulate and sequester calcium are provided by a cytochemical method designed to demonstrate calcium at the ultrastructural level. Electron-dense material presumably indicative of the presence of calcium was EGTA-sensitive and was shown by parallel electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy spectroscopic imaging (ESI) to contain calcium. Calcium occurred in only one cell type, the endodermally derived gastrodermal cell. In these cells, the electron-dense material appeared first as a fine precipitate in the cytosol and nucleus and later as larger deposits and aggregates in the vacuole. During the life cycle, gastrodermal cells of the uninduced planula and the planula during metamorphic induction sequestered calcium. In primary polyps and polyps from established colonies, gastrodermal cells sequestered calcium, but the endodermal secretory cells did not. Our observations support the hypothesis that gastrodermal cells function as a physiological sink for calcium that enters the organism in conjunction with calcium-requiring processes such as motility, secretion, and metamorphosis. Copyright 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  6. Preliminary investigations on the carbon dioxide sequestering potential of the ultramafic rock

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    Goff, F.; Guthrie, G.; Counce, D.; Kluk, E.; Bergfeld, D.; Snow, M.


    Fossil fuels continue to provide major sources of energy to the modern world even though global emissions of CO{sub 2} are presently at levels of 19 Gt/yr. Future antipollution measures may include sequestering of waste CO{sub 2} as magnesite (MgCO{sub 3}) by processing ultramafic rocks to obtain reactable Mg. Huge ultramafic deposits consisting of relatively pure Mg-rich silicates exist throughout much of the world in ophiolites and layered intrusions. Peridotites (especially dunites) and serpentinites comprise the best ores because they contain the most Mg by weight and are relatively reactive to hot acids such as HCl. Although mining such deposits on a large scale would have environmental impacts, the sequestering process could provide Cr, Ni, and other metals as byproducts and could dispose of existing waste (white) asbestos. Small ultramafic bodies ({approximately} 1 km{sup 3}) can potentially sequester about 1 Gt of CO{sub 2} or about 20% of annual US emissions. A single large deposit of dunite ({approximately} 30 km{sup 3}) could dispose of about 20 yr of current US CO{sub 2} emissions. The cost and environmental impact of mining these deposits must be weighed against the increased costs of energy and benefits to the atmosphere and climate.

  7. Macrocyclic ligands for uranium complexation. Final report, August 1, 1986--March 31, 1993

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    Potts, K.T.


    Macrocycles, designed for complexation of the uranyl ion by computer modeling studies and utilizing six ligating atoms in the equatorial plane of the uranyl ions, have been prepared and their complexation of the uranyl ions evaluated. The ligating atoms, either oxygen or sulfur, were part of acylurea, biuret or thiobiuret subunits with alkane chains or pyridine units completing the macrocyclic periphery. These macrocycles with only partial preorganization formed uranyl complexes in solution but no crystalline complexes were isolated. Refinement of the cavity diameter by variation of the peripheral functional groups is currently studied to achieve an optimized cavity diameter of 4.7--5.2 {angstrom}. Acyclic ligands containing the same ligating atoms in equivalent functional entities were found to form a crystalline 1:1 uranyl-ligand complex (stability constant log K = 10.7) whose structure was established by X-ray data. This complex underwent a facile, DMSO-induced rearrangement to a 2:1 uranyl-ligand complex whose structure was also established by X-ray data. The intermediates to the macrocycles all behaved as excellent ligands for the complexation of transition metals. Acylthiourea complexes of copper and nickel as well as intermolecular, binuclear copper and nickel complexes of bidentate carbonyl thioureas formed readily and their structures were established in several representative instances by X-ray structural determinations. Tetradentate bis(carbonylthioureas) were found to be very efficient selective reagents for the complexation of copper in the presence of nickel ions. Several preorganized macrocycles were also prepared but in most instances these macrocycles underwent ring-opening under complexation conditions.

  8. Crossed and Linked Histories of Tetrapyrrolic Macrocycles and Their Use for Engineering Pores within Sol-Gel Matrices

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    Miguel A. García-Sánchez


    Full Text Available The crossed and linked histories of tetrapyrrolic macrocycles, interwoven with new research discoveries, suggest that Nature has found in these structures a way to ensure the continuity of life. For diverse applications porphyrins or phthalocyanines must be trapped inside solid networks, but due to their nature, these compounds cannot be introduced by thermal diffusion; the sol-gel method makes possible this insertion through a soft chemical process. The methodologies for trapping or bonding macrocycles inside pristine or organo-modified silica or inside ZrO2 xerogels were developed by using phthalocyanines and porphyrins as molecular probes. The sizes of the pores formed depend on the structure, the cation nature, and the identities and positions of peripheral substituents of the macrocycle. The interactions of the macrocyclic molecule and surface Si-OH groups inhibit the efficient displaying of the macrocycle properties and to avoid this undesirable event, strategies such as situating the macrocycle far from the pore walls or to exchange the Si-OH species by alkyl or aryl groups have been proposed. Spectroscopic properties are better preserved when long unions are established between the macrocycle and the pore walls, or when oligomeric macrocyclic species are trapped inside each pore. When macrocycles are trapped inside organo-modified silica, their properties result similar to those displayed in solution and their intensities depend on the length of the alkyl chain attached to the matrix. These results support the prospect of tuning up the pore size, surface area, and polarity inside the pore cavities in order to prepare efficient catalytic, optical, sensoring, and medical systems. The most important feature is that research would confirm again that tetrapyrrolic macrocycles can help in the development of the authentic pore engineering in materials science.

  9. The Porphobilinogen Conundrum in Prebiotic Routes to Tetrapyrrole Macrocycles (United States)

    Taniguchi, Masahiko; Ptaszek, Marcin; Chandrashaker, Vanampally; Lindsey, Jonathan S.


    Attempts to develop a credible prebiotic route to tetrapyrroles have relied on enzyme-free recapitulation of the extant biosynthesis, but this process has foundered from the inability to form the pyrrole porphobilinogen ( PBG) in good yield by self-condensation of the precursor δ-aminolevulinic acid ( ALA). PBG undergoes robust oligomerization in aqueous solution to give uroporphyrinogen (4 isomers) in good yield. ALA, PBG, and uroporphyrinogen III are universal precursors to all known tetrapyrrole macrocycles. The enzymic formation of PBG entails carbon-carbon bond formation between the less stable enolate/enamine of one ALA molecule (3-position) and the carbonyl/imine (4-position) of the second ALA molecule; without enzymes, the first ALA reacts at the more stable enolate/enamine (5-position) and gives the pyrrole pseudo-PBG. pseudo-PBG cannot self-condense, yet has one open α-pyrrole position and is proposed to be a terminator of oligopyrromethane chain-growth from PBG. Here, 23 analogues of ALA have been subjected to density functional theoretical (DFT) calculations, but no motif has been identified that directs reaction at the 3-position. Deuteriation experiments suggested 5-(phosphonooxy)levulinic acid would react preferentially at the 3- versus 5-position, but a hybrid condensation with ALA gave no observable uroporphyrin. The results suggest efforts toward a biomimetic, enzyme-free route to tetrapyrroles from ALA should turn away from structure-directed reactions and focus on catalysts that orient the two aminoketones to form PBG in a kinetically controlled process, thereby avoiding formation of pseudo-PBG.

  10. BINOL Macrocycle Derivatives: Synthesis of New Dinaphthyl Sulfide Aza Oxa Thia Crowns (Lariats

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    Abbas Shockravi


    Full Text Available In this research work, dinaphthyl sulfide diester was prepared from the reaction of 1,1′-thiobis (2-hydroxy naphthalene and methylchloroacetate. Its aza-macrocyclic derivative was synthesized from the reaction of dinaphthyl sulfide diester and diethylenetriamine. Lariats were prepared from the reaction of chloroamides (four derivatives and initial macrocycle. Chloroamides were synthesized from the reaction of amines (aniline, benzylamine, 8-amino quinoline and 4-amino azobenzene and chloroacetyl chloride. All the materials were identified by IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, and mass spectroscopies, and elemental analysis.

  11. Synthesis and electrochemical studies of phenylazo substituted tetraaza macrocyclic complexes of Ni(II)

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    Randhir Singh; Suresh Kumar; Amarendra Bhattacharya


    Synthesis and characterization of some phenyl azo substituted tetraaza macrocyclic complexes of Ni(II) are reported. Electrochemical behaviour of these macrocyclic complexes has been examined using polarographic, voltammetric and spectroscopic techniques. These studies show that both the ligand and the metal are electrochemically active. The electrochemical behaviour of the azo function has been shown to occur through a single four-electron process. When a nitro group is also present, the nitro function of the azo moiety is reduced in a six-electron cathodic wave.

  12. Synthesis and extended activity of triazole-containing macrocyclic protease inhibitors

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    Pehere, A.D.; Pietsch, M.; Gütschow, M.;


    Peptide-derived protease inhibitors are an important class of compounds with the potential to treat a wide range of diseases. Herein, we describe the synthesis of a series of triazole- containing macrocyclic protease inhibitors pre-organized into a b-strand conformation and an evaluation...... of their activity against a panel of proteases. Acyclic azidoalkyne-based aldehydes are also evaluated for comparison. The macrocyclic peptidomimetics showed considerable activity towards calpain II, cathepsin L and S, and the 20S proteasome chymotrypsin-like activity. Some of the first examples of highly potent...

  13. Macrocyclic prolinyl acyl guanidines as inhibitors of β-secretase (BACE). (United States)

    Boy, Kenneth M; Guernon, Jason M; Wu, Yong-Jin; Zhang, Yunhui; Shi, Joe; Zhai, Weixu; Zhu, Shirong; Gerritz, Samuel W; Toyn, Jeremy H; Meredith, Jere E; Barten, Donna M; Burton, Catherine R; Albright, Charles F; Good, Andrew C; Grace, James E; Lentz, Kimberley A; Olson, Richard E; Macor, John E; Thompson, Lorin A


    The synthesis, evaluation, and structure-activity relationships of a class of acyl guanidines which inhibit the BACE-1 enzyme are presented. The prolinyl acyl guanidine chemotype (7c), unlike compounds of the parent isothiazole chemotype (1), yielded compounds with good agreement between their enzymatic and cellular potency as well as a reduced susceptibility to P-gp efflux. Further improvements in potency and P-gp ratio were realized via a macrocyclization strategy. The in vivo profile in wild-type mice and P-gp effects for the macrocyclic analog 21c is presented.

  14. [2+2+2] Cycloaddition Reactions of Macrocyclic Systems Catalyzed by Transition Metals. A Review

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    Anna Roglans


    Full Text Available Polyalkyne and enediyne azamacrocycles are prepared from arenesulfonamides and various alkyne and alkene derivatives either under basic or neutral conditions. The new family of macrocyclic substrates is tested in the [2+2+2] cycloaddition reaction. Several catalysts are used for the cycloisomerization reaction, and their enantioinduction is evaluated as appropriate. The effect of the structural features of the macrocycles, namely the ring size, substituents in precise positions and the number and type of unsaturations, on the [2+2+2] cycloaddition reaction has also been studied.

  15. Criteria, potentials and costs of forestry activities to sequester carbon within the framework of the clean development mechanism

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    Waterloo, M.J.; Spiertz, P.H.; Diemont, W.H.; Emmer, I.; Aalders, E.; Wichink Kruit, R.J.; Kabat, P.


    Forest activities in developing countries can be used to sequester carbon for gaining emission reductions within the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. This study has assessed the potentials and costs for carbon sequestration through afforestation, reforestation and deforestation

  16. Studies of Flerovium and Element 115 Homologs with Macrocyclic Extractants

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    Despotopulos, John D. [Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (United States)


    Study of the chemistry of the heaviest elements, Z ≥ 104, poses a unique challenge due to their low production cross-sections and short half-lives. Chemistry also must be studied on the one-atom-at-a-time scale, requiring automated, fast, and very efficient chemical schemes. Recent studies of the chemical behavior of copernicium (Cn, element 112) and flerovium (Fl, element 114) together with the discovery of isotopes of these elements with half-lives suitable for chemical studies have spurred a renewed interest in the development of rapid systems designed to study the chemical properties of elements with Z ≥ 114. This dissertation explores both extraction chromatography and solvent extraction as methods for development of a rapid chemical separation scheme for the homologs of flerovium (Pb, Sn, Hg) and element 115 (Bi, Sb), with the goal of developing a chemical scheme that, in the future, can be applied to on-line chemistry of both Fl and element 115. Carrier-free radionuclides, used in these studies, of the homologs of Fl and element 115 were obtained by proton activation of high-purity metal foils at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS): natIn(p,n)113Sn, natSn(p,n)124Sb, and Au(p,n)197m,gHg. The carrier-free activity was separated from the foils by novel separation schemes based on ion exchange and extraction chromatography techniques. Carrier-free Pb and Bi isotopes were obtained from development of a novel generator based on cation exchange chromatography using the 232U parent to generate 212Pb and 212Bi. Macrocyclic extractants, specifically crown ethers and their derivatives, were chosen for these studies; crown ethers show high selectivity for metal ions. Finally. a potential chemical system for Fl was established based on the Eichrom Pb resin, and insight to an improved system based on thiacrown ethers is

  17. Sceliphrolactam, a polyene macrocyclic lactam from a wasp-associated Streptomyces sp

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    Oh, Dong-Chan; Poulsen, Michael; Currie, Cameron R


    A previously unreported 26-membered polyene macrocyclic lactam, sceliphrolactam, was isolated from an actinomycete, Streptomyces sp., associated with the mud dauber, Sceliphron caementarium. Sceliphrolactam's structure was determined by 1D- and 2D-NMR, MS, UV, and IR spectral analysis. Sceliphrol...

  18. New macrocycles with potent antituberculosis activity accessed by one-pot multicomponent reactions

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    Kim, D.; Huang, Y.; Wang, K.; Doemling, A.

    Based on modeling studies, we hypothesized that tylosin derivatives without formyl group should rather adopt an erythromycin-like binding mode to the ribosome. Twenty four 16-membered macrocyclic compounds were accessed by multicomponent reactions (Gewald, Ugi) of tylosin and investigated for their

  19. Haemonchus contortus P-glycoprotein-2: in situ localisation and characterisation of macrocyclic lactone transport. (United States)

    Godoy, Pablo; Lian, Jing; Beech, Robin N; Prichard, Roger K


    Haemonchus contortus is a veterinary nematode that infects small ruminants, causing serious decreases in animal production worldwide. Effective control through anthelmintic treatment has been compromised by the development of resistance to these drugs, including the macrocyclic lactones. The mechanisms of resistance in H. contortus have yet to be established but may involve efflux of the macrocyclic lactones by nematode ATP-binding-cassette transporters such as P-glycoproteins. Here we report the expression and functional activity of H. contortus P-glycoprotein 2 expressed in mammalian cells and characterise its interaction with the macrocyclic lactones, ivermectin, abamectin and moxidectin. The ability of H. contortus P-glycoprotein 2 to transport different fluorophore substrates was markedly inhibited by ivermectin and abamectin in a dose-dependent and saturable way. The profile of transport inhibition by moxidectin was markedly different. H. contortus P-glycoprotein 2 was expressed in the pharynx, the first portion of the worm's intestine and perhaps in adjacent nervous tissue, suggesting a role for this gene in regulating the uptake of avermectins and in protecting nematode tissues from the effects of macrocyclic lactone anthelmintic drugs. H. contortus P-glycoprotein 2 may thus contribute to resistance to these drugs in H. contortus.

  20. Synthesis of Tetra-Schiff Base Macrocyclic Compound Containing Benzo-12-crown-4

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    Tetra-Schiff base macrocyclic compound containing benzo-12-crown-4 was synthesized via condensation of 2, 6-diformyl-4-methyl-phenol with 4(, 5(- diaminobenzo-12-C- 4 promoted by proton. The compound was characterized by MS, IR 1HNMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis.

  1. Short and diverse route toward complex natural product-like macrocycles.

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    Beck, Barbara; Larbig, Gregor; Mejat, Beatrice; Magnin-Lachaux, Marina; Picard, Anne; Herdtweck, Eberhardt; Dömling, Alexander


    [reaction: see text] A general strategy toward macrocyclic compounds using multicomponent reaction (MCR) chemistry, e.g., Passerini and Ugi variants, and ring-closing metathesis (RCM) is introduced. The corresponding bifunctional isocyanides carboxylic acids bearing a terminal olefin are easy to pre

  2. Structural and Biochemical Basis for Intracellular Kinase Inhibition by Src-specific Peptidic Macrocycles. (United States)

    Aleem, Saadat; Georghiou, George; Kleiner, Ralph E; Guja, Kip; Craddock, Barbara P; Lyczek, Agatha; Chan, Alix I; Garcia-Diaz, Miguel; Miller, W Todd; Liu, David R; Seeliger, Markus A


    Protein kinases are attractive therapeutic targets because their dysregulation underlies many diseases, including cancer. The high conservation of the kinase domain and the evolution of drug resistance, however, pose major challenges to the development of specific kinase inhibitors. We recently discovered selective Src kinase inhibitors from a DNA-templated macrocycle library. Here, we reveal the structural basis for how these inhibitors retain activity against a disease-relevant, drug-resistant kinase mutant, while maintaining Src specificity. We find that these macrocycles display a degree of modularity: two of their three variable groups interact with sites on the kinase that confer selectivity, while the third group interacts with the universally conserved catalytic lysine and thereby retains the ability to inhibit the "gatekeeper" kinase mutant. We also show that these macrocycles inhibit migration of MDA-MB-231 breast tumor cells. Our findings establish intracellular kinase inhibition by peptidic macrocycles, and inform the development of potent and specific kinase inhibitors. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Photoswitchable Dihydroazulene Macrocycles for Solar Energy Storage: The Effects of Ring Strain. (United States)

    Vlasceanu, Alexandru; Frandsen, Benjamin N; Skov, Anders B; Hansen, Anne Schou; Rasmussen, Mads Georg; Kjaergaard, Henrik G; Mikkelsen, Kurt V; Nielsen, Mogens Brøndsted


    Efficient energy storage and release are two major challenges of solar energy harvesting technologies. The development of molecular solar thermal systems presents one approach to address these issues by tuning the isomerization reactions of photo/thermoswitches. Here we show that the incorporation of photoswitches into macrocyclic structures is a particularly attractive solution for increasing the storage time. We present the synthesis and properties of a series of macrocycles incorporating two dihydroazulene (DHA) photoswitching subunits, bridged by linkers of varying chain length. Independent of ring size, all macrocycles exhibit stepwise, light-induced, ring-opening reactions (DHA-DHA to DHA-VHF to VHF-VHF; VHF = vinylheptafulvene) with the first DHA undergoing isomerization with a similar efficiency as the uncyclized parent system while the second (DHA-VHF to VHF-VHF) is significantly slower. The energy-releasing, VHF-to-DHA, ring closures also occur in a stepwise manner and are systematically found to proceed slower in the more strained (smaller) cycles, but in all cases with a remarkably slow conversion of the second VHF to DHA. We managed to increase the half-life of the second VHF-to-DHA conversion from 65 to 202 h at room temperature by simply decreasing the ring size. A computational study reveals the smallest macrocycle to have the most energetic VHF-VHF state and hence highest energy density.

  4. New macrocycles with potent antituberculosis activity accessed by one-pot multicomponent reactions

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    Kim, D.; Huang, Y.; Wang, K.; Doemling, A.


    Based on modeling studies, we hypothesized that tylosin derivatives without formyl group should rather adopt an erythromycin-like binding mode to the ribosome. Twenty four 16-membered macrocyclic compounds were accessed by multicomponent reactions (Gewald, Ugi) of tylosin and investigated for their

  5. Macrocyclic Peptoid–Peptide Hybrids as Inhibitors of Class I Histone Deacetylases

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    Olsen, Christian Adam; Montero, Ana; Leman, Luke J.;


    We report the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of the first macrocyclic peptoid-containing histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. The compounds selectively inhibit human class I HDAC isoforms in vitro, with no inhibition of the tubulin deacetylase activity associated with class IIb HD...


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    Knox, A; Michael Paller, M


    This research evaluated the removal of inorganic contaminants by a variety of amendments and mixtures of amendments in fresh and salt water. A series of removal and retention batch experiments was conducted to identify the best treatment for metal removal. Metal removal by the amendments was evaluated by calculating the partition coefficient and percent removal. Retention of metals by the amendments was evaluated in retention (desorption) studies in which residue from the removal studies was extracted with 1 M MgCl{sub 2} solution. The results indicated that phosphate amendments, some organoclays (e.g., OCB-750), and the biopolymer, chitosan, are very effective in removal and retention of metals in both fresh and salt water. These amendments are being evaluated further as components in the development of active caps for sediment remediation.

  7. Determination of sequestering agents in cosmetics and synthetic detergents by high-performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection. (United States)

    Kemmei, Tomoko; Kodama, Shuji; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Inoue, Yoshinori; Hayakawa, Kazuichi


    Using a fast reversible reaction of aminopolycarboxylic acids (APCAs) into Fe(III)-APCA complexes in the presence of Fe(III) ions, seven kinds of APCAs [nitrilotriacetate (NTA), N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine-triacetate (HEDTA), ethylenediamine-tetraacetate (EDTA), 1,3-propanediamine-tetraacetate (PDTA), diethylenetriamine-pentaacetate (DTPA), 1,2-diaminopropane-tetraacetate (MeEDTA), and O,O'-bis(2-aminoethyl)ethyleneglycol-tetraacetate (GEDTA)] in cosmetics and synthetic detergents were separated on two reversed-phase C30 columns connected in series and detected with ultraviolet detection. Simple pretreatment, consisted of thousand times dilution of samples and addition of 100 microl of the Fe(III) solution containing 10 mM Fe(III) chloride and 0.5 M sulfuric acid to 10 ml of diluted samples, permitted the determination of APCAs in cosmetics and synthetic detergents at concentration level of 0.1 mM, except 0.3 mM for GEDTA. APCAs except GEDTA could be detected at concentration level of 0.03 mM and GEDTA could be detected at concentration level of 0.09 mM. Good recoveries (95-110%) were obtained for each APCA by the standard addition method on two diluted samples with high accuracy (RSD 0.2-9.1%). Three APCAs (EDTA, HEDTA and NTA) were detected in various concentrations in cosmetics and synthetic detergents and the other APCAs were not detected in any of the samples. This method requires no tedious pretreatment and takes only 15 min for one analysis, so it is useful for determination of APCAs.

  8. Method of detecting leakage from geologic formations used to sequester CO.sub.2 (United States)

    White, Curt; Wells, Arthur; Diehl, J. Rodney; Strazisar, Brian


    The invention provides methods for the measurement of carbon dioxide leakage from sequestration reservoirs. Tracer moieties are injected along with carbon dioxide into geological formations. Leakage is monitored by gas chromatographic analyses of absorbents. The invention also provides a process for the early leak detection of possible carbon dioxide leakage from sequestration reservoirs by measuring methane (CH.sub.4), ethane (C.sub.2H.sub.6), propane (C.sub.3H.sub.8), and/or radon (Rn) leakage rates from the reservoirs. The invention further provides a method for branding sequestered carbon dioxide using perfluorcarbon tracers (PFTs) to show ownership.

  9. Sequestering of suffering: critical discourse analysis of natural disaster media coverage. (United States)

    Cox, Robin S; Long, Bonita C; Jones, Megan I; Handler, Risa J


    This article is a critical discourse analysis of the local print-news media coverage of the recovery process in two rural communities following a devastating forest fire. Two hundred and fifty fire-related articles from the North Thompson Star Journal (2003) were analyzed. Results revealed a neoliberal discursive framing of recovery, emphasizing the economic-material aspects of the process and a reliance on experts. A sequestering of suffering discourse promoted psychological functionalism and focused attention on a return to normalcy through the compartmentalization of distress. The dominant 'voice' was male, authoritative, and institutionalized. Implications for disaster recovery and potential health consequences are discussed.

  10. Aggregation of ALS-linked FUS mutant sequesters RNA binding proteins and impairs RNA granules formation

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    Takanashi, Keisuke; Yamaguchi, Atsushi, E-mail:


    Highlights: • Aggregation of ALS-linked FUS mutant sequesters ALS-associated RNA-binding proteins (FUS wt, hnRNP A1, and hnRNP A2). • Aggregation of ALS-linked FUS mutant sequesters SMN1 in the detergent-insoluble fraction. • Aggregation of ALS-linked FUS mutant reduced the number of speckles in the nucleus. • Overproduced ALS-linked FUS mutant reduced the number of processing-bodies (PBs). - Abstract: Protein aggregate/inclusion is one of hallmarks for neurodegenerative disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). FUS/TLS, one of causative genes for familial ALS, encodes a multifunctional DNA/RNA binding protein predominantly localized in the nucleus. C-terminal mutations in FUS/TLS cause the retention and the inclusion of FUS/TLS mutants in the cytoplasm. In the present study, we examined the effects of ALS-linked FUS mutants on ALS-associated RNA binding proteins and RNA granules. FUS C-terminal mutants were diffusely mislocalized in the cytoplasm as small granules in transiently transfected SH-SY5Y cells, whereas large aggregates were spontaneously formed in ∼10% of those cells. hnRNP A1, hnRNP A2, and SMN1 as well as FUS wild type were assembled into stress granules under stress conditions, and these were also recruited to FUS mutant-derived spontaneous aggregates in the cytoplasm. These aggregates stalled poly(A) mRNAs and sequestered SMN1 in the detergent insoluble fraction, which also reduced the number of nuclear oligo(dT)-positive foci (speckles) in FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) assay. In addition, the number of P-bodies was decreased in cells harboring cytoplasmic granules of FUS P525L. These findings raise the possibility that ALS-linked C-terminal FUS mutants could sequester a variety of RNA binding proteins and mRNAs in the cytoplasmic aggregates, which could disrupt various aspects of RNA equilibrium and biogenesis.

  11. Tren centered tris-macrocycles as polytopic ligands for Cu(II) and Ni(II). (United States)

    Siegfried, Liselotte; McMahon, C Niamh; Kaden, Thomas A; Palivan, Cornelia; Gescheidt, Georg


    Two novel symmetric polytopic ligands L(1) and L(2) have been synthesized. They are composed of three 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane macrocycles which are connected to a central tren moiety via an ethylene and a trimethylene bridge, respectively. The complexation potential and the speciation diagrams of L(1) and L(2) towards Cu(2+) and Ni(2+) were determined by spectrophotometric and potentiometric titrations. Insight into the geometry of the Cu(2+) complexes is provided by UV-VIS and EPR spectroscopy. The simplified ligands L(3) and L(4) are utilized as references for an aminoethyl- and a tren-substituted tetraaza macrocycle to help assign the EPR spectra of the polytopic ligands L(1) and L(2). At a metal-to-ligand ratio of 3 : 1, the metal cations are preferentially bound to the tetraaza macrocycles of L(1) and L(2) in a square planar geometry. At high pH values, a nitrogen atom of the tren moiety in L(1) serves as an additional ligand in an axial position leading to a square pyramidal coordination around Cu(2+), whereas in L(2) no such geometry change is observed. At a metal-to-ligand ratio of 4 : 1, the additional metal cation resides in the central tren moiety of L(1) and L(2). However, in contrast to the typical trigonal bipyramidal geometry found in the [Cutren](2+) complex, the fourth Cu(2+) has a square pyramidal coordination caused by the interaction with the Cu(2+) cations in the macrocycles (as evidenced by EPR spectra). Since the sequence of metal complexation is such that the first three metal ions always bind to the three macrocycles of L(1) and L(2) and the fourth to the tren unit, it is possible to prepare heteronuclear complexes such as [Cu(3)NiL](8+) or [Ni(3)CuL](8+), which can be unambiguously identified by their spectral properties.

  12. Synthesis and DNA cleavage activities of mononuclear macrocyclic polyamine zinc(II), copper(II), cobalt(II) complexes which linked with uracil. (United States)

    Wang, Xiao-Yan; Zhang, Ji; Li, Kun; Jiang, Ning; Chen, Shan-Yong; Lin, Hong-Hui; Huang, Yu; Ma, Li-Jian; Yu, Xiao-Qi


    Mononuclear macrocyclic polyamine zinc(II), copper(II), cobalt(II) complexes, which could attach to peptide nucleic acid (PNA), were synthesized as DNA cleavage agents. The structures of these new mononuclear complexes were identified by MS and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. The catalytic activities on DNA cleavage of these mononuclear complexes with different central metals were subsequently studied, which showed that copper complex was better catalyst in the DNA cleavage process than zinc and cobalt complexes. The effects of reaction time, concentration of complexes were also investigated. The results indicated that the copper(II) complexes could catalyze the cleavage of supercoiled DNA (pUC 19 plasmid DNA) (Form I) under physiological conditions to produce selectively nicked DNA (Form II, no Form III produced) with high yields. The mechanism of the cleavage process was also studied.

  13. Efficient removal of uranium from mice by a novel compound of fullerence multi-macrocyclic polyamine derivatives

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    刘晓青; 杨吉军; 唐军; 刘宁; 杨远友; 廖家莉; 欧巍; 孔芳; 兰静波; 罗顺忠; 刘国平; 何佳恒


    Uranium removal efficacy of fullerence multi-macrocyclic polyamine derivatives (C60-MMP), a novel chelat-ing agent, was evaluated in mice. C60-MMP was administrated intravenously into mice at 30 min after the uranium contamination. The molar ratio of chelating ligand/uranium was about 1:1. The results indicate that C60-MMP can effectively prevent accumulation of uranium in liver at 8 h after C60-MMP injection. At 48 h af-ter the last injection, uranium deposition in liver of C60-MMP treated mice is approximately 65%less than that of the control group. C60-MMP reacted positively in promoting the removal of uranium from kidney, and the urinary uranium excretion increased significantly, compared with the control and DTPA-treated mice. However, repeated administration of C60-MMP, and combined injection of DTPA and C60-MMP, did not show desirable effects on uranium removal from mice. It implies that more investigations are needed for the treatment protocols and clinical applications of C60-MMP.

  14. From 2 + 2 to 8 + 8 Condensation Products of Diamine and Dialdehyde: Giant Container-Shaped Macrocycles for Multiple Anion Binding. (United States)

    Gregoliński, Janusz; Ślepokura, Katarzyna; Paćkowski, Tomasz; Panek, Jarosław; Stefanowicz, Piotr; Lisowski, Jerzy


    The combination of 2,6-diformylpyridine and trans-1,2-diaminocyclopentane fragments results in 2 + 2, 3 + 3, 4 + 4, 6 + 6, and 8 + 8 macrocyclic imine condensation products. These imines can be reduced to the corresponding 2 + 2, 3 + 3, 4 + 4, 6 + 6, and 8 + 8 macrocyclic amines. The X-ray crystal structures of their protonated derivatives show a rich variety of macrocycle conformations ranging from a stepped 2 + 2 macrocycle to a multiply folded 8 + 8 macrocycle of globular shape. These compounds bind anions via hydrogen bonds: two chloride anions are bound above and below the macrocyclic ring of the 2 + 2 amine, one chloride anion is bound approximately in the center of the 3 + 3 macrocycle, and two chloride anions are deeply buried inside a folded container-shaped 4 + 4 macrocycle, while in the case of the previously reported 6 + 6 amine four chloride anions and two solvent molecules are buried inside a container-shaped macrocycle. Yet another situation was observed for a multiply folded protonated 8 + 8 macrocycle which binds six sulfate anions; two of them are deeply buried inside the container structure while four anions interact with the clefts at the surface of the container.

  15. The social value of carbon sequestered in Great Britain's woodlands

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    Brainard, Julii; Bateman, Ian J.; Lovett, Andrew A. [Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ (United Kingdom)


    The economic value of carbon storage associated with British woodland is calculated. Models were developed to estimate C flux associated with live trees, forest floor litter, soils, wood products, harvest, fossil fuel used in manufacturing and C displacement from biofuels and products for representative British plantation species: Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) and beech (Fagus sylvatica). Map databases of publicly and privately owned woodlands were compiled for Great Britain. Carbon flux was determined for individual woodland sites, and monetised using candidate parameters for the social discount rate (1, 3, 3.5 or 5%) and social value of carbon (USD109.5, USD1, USD10 or USD17.10/t). A conventional discount function was applied. Final results are expressed as Net Present Values, for the base year 2001, with discounting commencing in 2002. The minimum suggested NPV (discount rate = 3% and social value of carbon = USD1) of GB woodlands already existing in 2001 is USD82 million, with a further USD72 million that might be added by future afforestation. These figures rise dramatically if a discount rate of 1% and social value of sequestered carbon = USD109.5/t are assumed. The calculated total value of C stored in British woodland depends significantly on parameter assumptions, especially about appropriate discount rate and social value of sequestered carbon. (author)

  16. Boreal Forests Sequester Large Amounts of Mercury over Millennial Time Scales in the Absence of Wildfire. (United States)

    Giesler, Reiner; Clemmensen, Karina E; Wardle, David A; Klaminder, Jonatan; Bindler, Richard


    Alterations in fire activity due to climate change and fire suppression may have profound effects on the balance between storage and release of carbon (C) and associated volatile elements. Stored soil mercury (Hg) is known to volatilize due to wildfires and this could substantially affect the land-air exchange of Hg; conversely the absence of fires and human disturbance may increase the time period over which Hg is sequestered. Here we show for a wildfire chronosequence spanning over more than 5000 years in boreal forest in northern Sweden that belowground inventories of total Hg are strongly related to soil humus C accumulation (R(2) = 0.94, p boreal forest soils have a strong sink capacity for Hg, and indicate that the sequestered Hg is bound in soil organic matter pools accumulating over millennia. Our results also suggest that more than half of the Hg stock in the sites with the longest time since fire originates from deposition predating the onset of large-scale anthropogenic emissions. This study emphasizes the importance of boreal forest humus soils for Hg storage and reveals that this pool is likely to persist over millennial time scales in the prolonged absence of fire.

  17. A chemotactic gradient sequestered on endothelial heparan sulfate induces directional intraluminal crawling of neutrophils. (United States)

    Massena, Sara; Christoffersson, Gustaf; Hjertström, Elina; Zcharia, Eyal; Vlodavsky, Israel; Ausmees, Nora; Rolny, Charlotte; Li, Jin-Ping; Phillipson, Mia


    During infection, chemokines sequestered on endothelium induce recruitment of circulating leukocytes into the tissue where they chemotax along chemokine gradients toward the afflicted site. The aim of this in vivo study was to determine whether a chemokine gradient was formed intravascularly and influenced intraluminal neutrophil crawling and transmigration. A chemokine gradient was induced by placing a macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2)-containing (CXCL2) gel on the cremaster muscle of anesthetized wild-type mice or heparanase-overexpressing transgenic mice (hpa-tg) with truncated heparan sulfate (HS) side chains. Neutrophil-endothelial interactions were visualized by intravital microscopy and chemokine gradients detected by confocal microscopy. Localized extravascular chemokine release (MIP-2 gel) induced directed neutrophil crawling along a chemotactic gradient immobilized on the endothelium and accelerated their recruitment into the target tissue compared with homogeneous extravascular chemokine concentration (MIP-2 superfusion). Endothelial chemokine sequestration occurred exclusively in venules and was HS-dependent, and neutrophils in hpa-tg mice exhibited random crawling. Despite similar numbers of adherent neutrophils in hpa-tg and wild-type mice, the altered crawling in hpa-tg mice was translated into decreased number of emigrated neutrophils and ultimately decreased the ability to clear bacterial infections. In conclusion, an intravascular chemokine gradient sequestered by endothelial HS effectively directs crawling leukocytes toward transmigration loci close to the infection site.

  18. Human calprotectin is an iron-sequestering host-defense protein. (United States)

    Nakashige, Toshiki G; Zhang, Bo; Krebs, Carsten; Nolan, Elizabeth M


    Human calprotectin (CP) is a metal-chelating antimicrobial protein of the innate immune response. The current working model states that CP sequesters manganese and zinc from pathogens. We report the discovery that CP chelates iron and deprives bacteria of this essential nutrient. Elemental analysis of CP-treated growth medium establishes that CP reduces the concentrations of manganese, iron and zinc. Microbial growth studies reveal that iron depletion by CP contributes to the growth inhibition of bacterial pathogens. Biochemical investigations demonstrate that CP coordinates Fe(II) at an unusual hexahistidine motif, and the Mössbauer spectrum of (57)Fe(II)-bound CP is consistent with coordination of high-spin Fe(II) at this site (δ = 1.20 mm/s, ΔEQ = 1.78 mm/s). In the presence of Ca(II), CP turns on its iron-sequestering function and exhibits subpicomolar affinity for Fe(II). Our findings expand the biological coordination chemistry of iron and support a previously unappreciated role for CP in mammalian iron homeostasis.

  19. Human Calprotectin Is an Iron-Sequestering Host-Defense Protein (United States)

    Nakashige, Toshiki G.; Zhang, Bo; Krebs, Carsten; Nolan, Elizabeth M.


    Human calprotectin (CP) is a metal-chelating antimicrobial protein of the innate immune response. The current working model states that CP sequesters manganese and zinc from pathogens. We report the discovery that CP chelates iron and deprives bacteria of this essential nutrient. Elemental analysis of CP-treated growth medium establishes that CP reduces the concentrations of manganese, iron, and zinc. Microbial growth studies reveal that iron depletion by CP contributes to the growth inhibition of bacterial pathogens. Biochemical investigations demonstrate that CP coordinates Fe(II) at an unusual hexahistidine motif, and the Mössbauer spectrum of 57Fe(II)-bound CP is consistent with coordination of high-spin Fe(II) at this site (δ = 1.20 mm/s, ΔEQ = 1.78 mm/s). In the presence of Ca(II), CP turns on its iron-sequestering function and exhibits sub-picomolar affinity for Fe(II). Our findings expand the biological coordination chemistry of iron and support a previously unappreciated role for CP in mammalian iron homeostasis. PMID:26302479

  20. Ring-closing metathesis for the synthesis of a highly G-quadruplex selective macrocyclic hexaoxazole having enhanced cytotoxic potency. (United States)

    Satyanarayana, Mavurapu; Rzuczek, Suzanne G; Lavoie, Edmond J; Pilch, Daniel S; Liu, Angela; Liu, Leroy F; Rice, Joseph E


    The synthesis of a 24-membered macrocyclic hexaoxazole via ring-closing metathesis is described. The target compound selectively stabilizes G-quadruplex DNA with no detectable stabilization of duplex DNA. An MTT cytotoxicity assay indicated that this unsaturated macrocyclic hexaoxazole exhibits significant cytotoxicity toward P388, RPMI 8402, and KB3-1 cell lines with IC50 values of 45, 25, and 38 nM, respectively.

  1. The addition of a second lanthanide ion to increase the luminescence of europium(III) macrocyclic complexes

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    Bromm, A.J. Jr.; Vallarino, L.M. [Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond, VA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Leif, R.C. [Newport Instruments, San Diego, CA (United States); Quagliano, J.R. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)


    At present, the microscopic visualization of luminescent labels containing lanthanide(III) ions, primarily europium(III), as light-emitting centers is best performed with time-gated instrumentation, which by virtually eliminating the background fluorescence results in an improved signal to noise ratio. However, the use of the europium(III) macrocycle, Quantum Dye{trademark}, in conjunction with the strong luminescence enhancing effect (cofluorescence) of yttrium(III) or gadolinium(III), can eliminate the need for such specialized instrumentation. In the presence of Gd(III), the luminescence of the Eu(III)-macrocycles can be conveniently observed with conventional fluorescence instrumentation at previously unattainable low levels. The Eu(III) {sup 5}D{sub 0} {r_arrow} {sup 7}F{sub 2} emission of the Eu(III)-macrocycles was observed as an extremely sharp band with a maximum at 619 nm and a clearly resolved characteristic pattern. At very low Eu(III)-macrocycle concentrations, another sharp emission was detected at 614 nm, arising from traces of Eu(III) present in even the purest commercially available gadolinium products. Discrimination of the resolved emissions of the Eu(III)-macrocycle and Eu(III) contaminant should provide a means to further lower the limit of detection of the Eu(III)-macrocycle.

  2. Use of hydrate for sequestering CO{sub 2} in the deep ocean

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    North, W.J.; Morgan, J.J. [California Inst. of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States); Spencer, D.F. [Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States)] [and others


    Tremendous amounts of CO{sub 2} are accumulating annually in the atmosphere (ca 3 gigatons of carbon per year at present). Prevention or significant amelioration of this atmospheric buildup will obviously require a grand scale corrective activity. A potential solution to the problem might involve sequestering CO{sub 2} in an alternate reservoir. The ocean immediately comes to mind as a reservoir of appropriate magnitude to accommodate the huge quantities of CO{sub 2} involved. Presumably there would be a trade-off: we would achieve a semi-clean atmosphere for an as- yet-to-be-determined impact in the ocean. Minimizing any oceanic impacts would enhance attractiveness of the trade-off.

  3. Dual Targeting and Retrograde Translocation: Regulators of Plant Nuclear Gene Expression Can Be Sequestered by Plastids

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    Karin Krupinska


    Full Text Available Changes in the developmental or metabolic state of plastids can trigger profound changes in the transcript profiles of nuclear genes. Many nuclear transcription factors were shown to be controlled by signals generated in the organelles. In addition to the many different compounds for which an involvement in retrograde signaling is discussed, accumulating evidence suggests a role for proteins in plastid-to-nucleus communication. These proteins might be sequestered in the plastids before they act as transcriptional regulators in the nucleus. Indeed, several proteins exhibiting a dual localization in the plastids and the nucleus are promising candidates for such a direct signal transduction involving regulatory protein storage in the plastids. Among such proteins, the nuclear transcription factor WHIRLY1 stands out as being the only protein for which an export from plastids and translocation to the nucleus has been experimentally demonstrated. Other proteins, however, strongly support the notion that this pathway might be more common than currently believed.


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    Terry Brown; Song Jin


    Reclaimed mine lands have the potential to sequester carbon. The use of amendments to increase fertility and overall soil quality is encouraging. Waste amendments such as sewage sludge and clarifier sludge, as well as commercial compost were tested to determine their effects on carbon sequestration and humic acid formation in reclaimed mine lands. Sewage sludge and clarifier sludge have the potential to work as reclaimed mine lands amendments. C:N ratios need to be understood to determine probability of nutrient leaching and water contamination. Microbial activity on the humic acid fraction of sludge is directed toward the readily degradable constituents containing single chain functional groups. This finding indicate that amendments with lower molecular constituents such as aliphatic compounds are more amenable to microbial degradation, therefore serves as better nutrient sources to enhance the formation of vegetation in mine lands and leads to more efficient carbon sequestration.

  5. Planning and periodization in swimming: An example of a macrocycle for an adapted swimming group

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    A. Querido


    Full Text Available The planning of the training process in is commonly recognized as a fundamental aspect for the correct and harmonious development of the capacities and to improve sports results. The aim of this paper was to present an example of a macrocyle of training in a group of adapted swimmers. The group includes 5 swimmers, being 4 male and 1 female: three swimmers with Down syndrome, one swimmer with intellectual disability and one swimmer with autism. The macrocycle of training was subdivided in 23 weeks: 15 belonging to the General Preparation Period, 4 to the Specific Preparation Period, 2 to the Competitive Period, culminating with the Winter National Championships, and 2 to the Transition Period trying. At the Winter National Championships, the most important competition of this macrocycle, these swimmers obtained 7 national titles, 4 national vice-champions titles and 2 third places. These results gave the swimmers an important incentive to keep up the good work.

  6. Planning and periodization in swimming: An example of a macrocycle for an adapted swimming group

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    A. Querido


    Full Text Available The planning of the training process in is commonly recognized as a fundamental aspect for the correct and harmonious development of the capacities and to improve sports results. The aim of this paper was to present an example of a macrocyle of training in a group of adapted swimmers. The group includes 5 swimmers, being 4 male and 1 female: three swimmers with Down syndrome, one swimmer with intellectual disability and one swimmer with autism. The macrocycle of training was subdivided in 23 weeks: 15 belonging to the General Preparation Period, 4 to the Specific Preparation Period, 2 to the Competitive Period, culminating with the Winter National Championships, and 2 to the Transition Period trying. At the Winter National Championships, the most important competition of this macrocycle, these swimmers obtained 7 national titles, 4 national vice-champions titles and 2 third places. These results gave the swimmers an important incentive to keep up the good work.

  7. Uranyl-selective PVC membrane electrodes based on some recently synthesized benzo-substituted macrocyclic diamides. (United States)

    Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Soleymanpour, Ahmad; Akhond, Morteza; Sharghi, Hashem; Massah, Ahmad Reza


    Four different recently synthesized macrocyclic diamides were studied to characterize their abilities as uranyl ion carriers in PVC membrane electrodes. The electrodes based on macrocycle 1,18-diaza-3,4;15,16-dibenzo-5,8,11,14,21,24-hexaoxacyclohexaeicosane-2,17-dione resulted in a Nernstian response for UO(2)(2+) ion over wide concentration ranges. The linear concentration range for the polymeric membrane electrode (PME) is 3.0x10(-6)-8.2x10(-3) M with a detection limit of 2.2x10(-6) and that for the coated graphite electrode (CGE) is 5.0x10(-7)-1.5x10(-3) M with a detection limit of 3.5x10(-7) M. The electrodes manifest advantages of low resistance, very fast response and, most importantly, good selectivities relative to a wide variety of other cations.

  8. Ring strain and total syntheses of modified macrocycles of the isoplagiochin type

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    Andreas Speicher


    Full Text Available Macrocycles of the bisbibenzyl-type are natural products that are found exclusively in bryophytes (liverworts. The molecular framework of the subtype “isoplagiochin” is of substantial structural interest because of the chirality of the entire molecule, which arises from two biaryl axes in combination with two helical two-carbon units in a cyclic arrangement. From a structural as well as a synthetic point of view we report on the total synthesis of compounds which possess more rigid two-carbon biaryl bridges like stilbene (E or Z or even tolane moieties which were introduced starting with a Sonogashira protocol. The McMurry method proved to be a powerful tool for the cyclization to these considerably ring-strained macrocycles.

  9. Synthesis and anion recognition properties of shape-persistent binaphthyl-containing chiral macrocyclic amides

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    Marco Caricato


    Full Text Available We report on the synthesis and characterization of novel shape-persistent, optically active arylamide macrocycles, which can be obtained using a one-pot methodology. Resolved, axially chiral binol scaffolds, which incorporate either methoxy or acetoxy functionalities in the 2,2' positions and carboxylic functionalities in the external 3,3' positions, were used as the source of chirality. Two of these binaphthyls are joined through amidation reactions using rigid diaryl amines of differing shapes, to give homochiral tetraamidic macrocycles. The recognition properties of these supramolecular receptors have been analyzed, and the results indicate a modulation of binding affinities towards dicarboxylate anions, with a drastic change of binding mode depending on the steric and electronic features of the functional groups in the 2,2' positions.

  10. A bambusuril macrocycle that binds anions in water with high affinity and selectivity. (United States)

    Yawer, Mirza Arfan; Havel, Vaclav; Sindelar, Vladimir


    Synthetic receptors that function in water are important for the qualitative and quantitative detection of anions, which may act as pollutants in the environment or play important roles in biological processes. Neutral receptors are particularly appealing because they are often more selective than positively charged receptors; however, their affinity towards anions in pure water is only in range of 1-10(3)  L mol(-1) . The anion-templated synthesis of a water-soluble bambusuril derivative is shown to be an outstanding receptor for various inorganic anions in pure water, with association constants of up to 10(7)  L mol(-1) . Furthermore, the macrocycle discriminates between anions with unprecedented selectivity (up to 500 000-fold). We anticipate that the combination of remarkable affinity and selectivity of this macrocycle will enable the efficient detection and isolation of diverse anions in aqueous solutions, which is not possible with current supramolecular systems.

  11. New Copper and Oxomolybdate Robson-Type Polynuclear Macrocyclic Complexes: Structure, Spectroscopy, and Electrochemical Properties

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    Marcelo Carpes Nunes


    Full Text Available The polynuclear complexes [Mo3O8(tidf]·dmso·2H2O (1 and [{Cu2(tidf}2(μ-Mo8O24] (2 (tidf2− is a symmetrical tetraiminodiphenolate Robson-type macrocyclic ligand were prepared from equimolar combinations of [Mg2(tidf](NO32·4H2O, [MoO2Cl2(dmso2] (for 1 and complex 1 and Cu(ClO42·4H2O (for 2 in acetonitrile. Molecular structures of both complexes were determined and showed atypical modes of coordination. A significant observation was the remarkable flexibility of the macrocycle ligand that effectively accommodated the steric demands of metal cations and the packing forces and showed a unique mode of coordination. Spectroscopic (UV-vis and FTIR and redox properties are discussed.

  12. STM visualisation of counterions and the effect of charges on self-assembled monolayers of macrocycles. (United States)

    Kudernac, Tibor; Shabelina, Natalia; Mamdouh, Wael; Höger, Sigurd; De Feyter, Steven


    Despite their importance in self-assembly processes, the influence of charged counterions on the geometry of self-assembled organic monolayers and their direct localisation within the monolayers has been given little attention. Recently, various examples of self-assembled monolayers composed of charged molecules on surfaces have been reported, but no effort has been made to prove the presence of counterions within the monolayer. Here we show that visualisation and exact localisation of counterions within self-assembled monolayers can be achieved with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). The presence of charges on the studied shape-persistent macrocycles is shown to have a profound effect on the self-assembly process at the liquid-solid interface. Furthermore, preferential adsorption was observed for the uncharged analogue of the macrocycle on a surface.

  13. A Novel Cobalt(Ⅲ) Complex with Macrocyclic Triamine Ligand for High Capacity Hydrogen Adsorption

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    ZHU Hai-Yan; GUO Hui; LI Sai


    The coordination complex of Co(Ⅲ) based on a macrocyclic triamine ligand 1,4-diacetate-1,4,7-triazacyclodecane (L) has been synthesized and characterized. The metal cation is bonded with three nitrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms of L and one chloride ion to form a distorted octahedral geometry. This complex coordinated with macrocyclic ligand possesses large pore volume that will be contributed to observe high H2 adsorption. With respect to the first-principles electronic structure calculations, the feasibility to store hydrogen in the complex is explored. Indeed, the complex has shown a very high total H2 adsorption of 7.2 wt% (wt% = (weight of adsorbed H2)/(weight of host material)), with a binding energy of 0.03 eV/H2

  14. A comprehensive electronic structure description of a biscyanotetraazacobalt(III) macrocyclic complex. (United States)

    Ishiruji, Fabiana Hitomi Ono; Nunes, Fábio Souza


    Molecular modeling and a detailed spectroscopic characterization of the macrocyclic complex [Co(meso)(CN)(2)](+) (meso = 5,5,7,12,12,14-hexamethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane) is herein presented. Structural, electronic and vibrational features are discussed and assignments were proposed on the basis of semi-empirical (molecular mechanics (MM+), ZINDO/S and PM3) quantum-mechanics calculations. The energy and the composition of the molecular orbitals of the complex were calculated and a quantitative diagram was constructed. The simulated UV-vis spectrum exhibited a reasonably good accordance with the experimental one and fully assignments of seven bands were made. An optimized configuration of the complex showed a strong cobalt-cyanide axial bond in agreement with the major contribution of the cyanide to the composition of the molecular orbitals in contrast to a discrete participation of the macrocyclic meso to the ground state of the complex.

  15. mRNA display: from basic principles to macrocycle drug discovery. (United States)

    Josephson, Kristopher; Ricardo, Alonso; Szostak, Jack W


    We describe a new discovery technology that uses mRNA-display to rapidly synthesize and screen macrocyclic peptide libraries to explore a valuable region of chemical space typified by natural products. This technology allows high-affinity peptidic macrocycles containing modified backbones and unnatural side chains to be readily selected based on target binding. Success stories covering the first examples of these libraries suggest that they could be used for the discovery of intracellular protein-protein interaction inhibitors, highly selective enzyme inhibitors or synthetic replacements for monoclonal antibodies. The review concludes with a look to the future regarding how this technology might be improved with respect to library design for cell permeability and bioavailability.

  16. Biodegradable polyester-based eco-composites containing hemp fibers modified with macrocyclic oligomers (United States)

    Conzatti, Lucia; Utzeri, Roberto; Hodge, Philip; Stagnaro, Paola


    An original compatibilizing pathway for hemp fibers/poly(1,4-butylene adipate-co-terephtalate) (PBAT) eco-composites was explored exploiting the capability of macrocyclic oligomers (MCOs), obtained by cyclodepolymerization (CDP) of PBAT at high dilution, of being re-converted into linear chains by entropically-driven ring-opening polymerization (ED-ROP) that occurs simply heating the MCOS in the bulk. CDP reaction of PBAT was carried out varying solvent, catalyst and reaction time. Selected MCOs were used to adjust the conditions of the ED-ROP reaction. The best experimental conditions were then adopted to modify hemp fibers. Eco-composites based on PBAT and hemp fibers as obtained or modified with PBAT macrocyclics or oligomers were prepared by different process strategies. The best fiber-PBAT compatibility was observed when the fibers were modified with PBAT oligomers before incorporation in the polyester matrix.

  17. Template synthesis of macrocyclic complexes and their spectroscopic and antibacterial studies. (United States)

    Singh, D P; Grover, Vidhi; Kumar, Ramesh; Jain, Kiran


    A new series of macrocyclic complexes of type [M(TML)X]X(2), where M = Cr(III), Fe(III), TML is tetradentate macrocyclic ligand, and X = Cl(-), NO(3)(-), CH(3)COO(-), have been synthesized by condensation of isatin and ethylenediamine in the presence of metal salt. The complexes were synthesized by both conventional and microwave methods. The complexes have been characterized with the help of elemental analysis, conductance measurement, magnetic measurement, and infrared, far infrared, and electronic spectral studies. Molar conductance values indicate them to be 1:2 electrolytes. Electronic spectra along with magnetic moments suggest five-coordinate square pyramidal geometry for these complexes. The complexes were also tested for their in vitro antibacterial activity. Some of the complexes showed satisfactory antibacterial activitiy.

  18. The Click Reaction as an Efficient Tool for the Construction of Macrocyclic Structures

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    Dario Pasini


    Full Text Available The Cu(I-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC, known as the click reaction is an established tool used for the construction of complex molecular architectures. Given its efficiency it has been widely applied for bioconjugation, polymer and dendrimer synthesis. More recently, this reaction has been utilized for the efficient formation of rigid or shape-persistent, preorganized macrocyclic species. This strategy also allows the installment of useful functionalities, in the form of polar and function-rich 1,2,3-triazole moieties, directly embedded in the macrocyclic structures. This review analyzes the state of the art in this context, and provides some elements of perspective for future applications.

  19. The Chinese Grain for Green Programme: assessing the carbon sequestered via land reform. (United States)

    Persson, Martin; Moberg, Jesper; Ostwald, Madelene; Xu, Jintao


    The Grain for Green Programme (GGP) was launched in China in 1999 to control erosion and increase vegetation cover. Budgeted at USD 40 billion, GGP has converted over 20 million hectares of cropland and barren land into primarily tree-based plantations. Although GGP includes energy forests, only a negligible part (0.6%) is planted as such, most of the land (78%) being converted for protection. Future use of these plantations is unclear and an energy substitution hypothesis is valid. We estimate the overall carbon sequestration via GGP using official statistics and three approaches, based on i) net primary production, ii) IPCC's greenhouse gas inventory guidelines, and iii) mean annual increment. We highlight uncertainties associated with GGP and the estimates. Results indicate that crop- and barren-land conversion sequestered 222-468 Mt of carbon over GGP's first ten years, the IPCC approach yielding the highest estimate and the other two approaches yielding similar but lower estimates (approximately 250 Mt of carbon). The carbon stock in these plantation systems yields a mean of 12.3 t of carbon per hectare. Assessment uncertainties concern the use of growth curves not designed for particular species and locations, actual plantation survival rates, and discrepancies in GGP figures (e.g., area, type, and survival rate) at different authority levels (from national to local). The carbon sequestered in above- and below-ground biomass from GGP represents 14% (based on the median of the three approaches) of China's yearly (2009) carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production.

  20. A macrophage-activating, injectable hydrogel to sequester endogenous growth factors for in situ angiogenesis. (United States)

    Feng, Yanxian; Li, Qiu; Wu, Dang; Niu, Yiming; Yang, Cheng; Dong, Lei; Wang, Chunming


    Biomaterials scaffolds designed for many regenerative applications are expected to support neo-vascularisation, which is now being hampered by two limitations - the instability of exogenous growth factors (GFs) that are delivered to promote angiogenesis; and the loss of extracellular matrix components that bind and stabilise GFs. Here, we report the design and evaluation of an injectable hydrogel system aimed at restoring a GF-binding microenvironment to enhance the pro-angiogenic functions of endogenous GFs. This gel comprises two polysaccharides with their unique bioactivities: Konjac glucomannan (KGM) as the building block of the gel scaffold, for its demonstrated capacity to activate macrophages/monocytes to secrete pro-angiogenic/-mitogenic GFs; and heparin (Hep), a representative glycosaminoglycan molecule that binds numerous pro-angiogenic GFs, as functional moieties to sequester the macrophage-produced GFs. Modified with tyramine (TA) groups, the two polysaccharides can be co-polymerised and rapidly form into hydrogel upon enzyme catalysis. The designed KGM-TA/Hep-TA hydrogel successfully preserves the macrophage-activating function and GF-binding affinity of the two components, respectively, and, once subcutaneously implanted, effectively sequestered the locally-produced GFs in situ and promote the formation and maturation of blood vessels in mice. In summary, the designed hydrogel system demonstrates a feasible approach to stimulate the production and harness the function of endogenous GFs for inducing blood vessel formation in vivo, without the addition of any exogenous proteins. This design may provide an innovative, open platform to promote vascularisation for various regenerative purposes. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Special physical preparation of skilled wrestlers during a macrocycle in the conditions of higher educational establishment.

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    Ogar' G.O.


    Full Text Available It is developed and experimentally grounded efficiency and methods of improvement of the special physical preparedness of skilled fighters. It is certain that a method parts on a few stages of preparation of training macrocycle and optimized for sportsmen which parallel study in higher educational establishment. It is set that the educational training process of skilled fighters must take into account the specific of organization of educational process of educational establishment and answer the calendar of competitions on a CY.

  2. Lead Diversification through a Prins-Driven Macrocyclization Strategy: Application to C13-Diversified Bryostatin Analogues. (United States)

    Wender, Paul A; Billingsley, Kelvin L


    The design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a novel class of C13-diversified bryostatin analogues are described. An innovative and general strategy based on a Prins macrocyclization-nucleophilic trapping cascade was used to achieve late-stage diversification. In vitro analysis of selected library members revealed that modification at the C13 position of the bryostatin scaffold can be used as a diversification handle to regulate biological activity.

  3. Ligand and Metalloligand Design for Macrocycles, Multimetallic Arrays, Coordination Polymers and Assemblies


    E. C. Constable; Housecroft, C. E.


    This overview of ligand design focuses on three areas: (i) principles of ligand binding, the formation of complexes, and popular strategies for ligand synthesis; (ii) ligand design in macrocyclic complexes, coordination polymers and networks and metallopolygons, and assembly strategies based upon the use of metalloligand building blocks; (iii) ligand design for the extraction and transport of metals. This area of coordination chemistry is too large to permit a comprehensive survey in the spac...

  4. Syntheses of Macrocyclic Amides from L-Amino Acid Esters by RCM

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    A series of succinate-derived macrocyclic amides( 1 ) was synthesized via ring-closing metathesis (RCM) as the key step. The substrate included 12 to 15 members. The metathesis precursors were obtained from the amide coupling of tert-butyl 3-carboxyhex-5-enoate(2) with numerous side-chain alkenylated amino acid esters of general type(3)derived from L-lysine and L-ornithine.

  5. Macrocyclic hexaoxazoles: Influence of aminoalkyl substituents on RNA and DNA G-quadruplex stabilization and cytotoxicity. (United States)

    Satyanarayana, Mavurapu; Kim, Young-Ah; Rzuczek, Suzanne G; Pilch, Daniel S; Liu, Angela A; Liu, Leroy F; Rice, Joseph E; LaVoie, Edmond J


    A series of 24-membered macrocyclic hexaoxazoles containing one or two aminoalkyl substituents was synthesized and evaluated for cytotoxicity and for their ability to selectively stabilize G-quadruplex DNA and RNA. The most cytotoxic analog 4a, with IC(50) values of 25 and 130 nM using KB3-1 and RPMI 8402 cells, is efficacious in vivo in athymic nude mice with a human tumor xenograft from the breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-435.

  6. Alternating 2,6-/3,5-substituted pyridine-acetylene macrocycles: π-stacking self-assemblies enhanced by intermolecular dipole-dipole interaction. (United States)

    Abe, Hajime; Ohtani, Kohei; Suzuki, Daiki; Chida, Yusuke; Shimada, Yuta; Matsumoto, Shinya; Inouye, Masahiko


    Macrocyclic compounds consisting of three 2,6-pyridylene and three 3,5-pyridylene units linked by acetylene bonds were synthesized by a Sonogashira reaction. The X-ray structures showed π-stacked pairs of two macrocycles, in which a 2,6-pyridylene unit of the one molecule overlaps a 3,5-pyridylene of the other molecule because of dipole-dipole interaction. Atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements revealed fibril structures indicating the stacking of the rigid planar macrocycles. Hydrogen-bonding ability of the macrocyclic inside was demonstrated by the addition of octyl β-D-glucopyranoside.

  7. Macrocycle peptides delineate locked-open inhibition mechanism for microorganism phosphoglycerate mutases

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    Yu, Hao; Dranchak, Patricia; Li, Zhiru; MacArthur, Ryan; Munson, Matthew S.; Mehzabeen, Nurjahan; Baird, Nathan J.; Battalie, Kevin P.; Ross, David; Lovell, Scott; Carlow, Clotilde K.S.; Suga, Hiroaki; Inglese, James (U of Tokyo); (NEB); (Kansas); (NIH); (NIST); (HHMI)


    Glycolytic interconversion of phosphoglycerate isomers is catalysed in numerous pathogenic microorganisms by a cofactor-independent mutase (iPGM) structurally distinct from the mammalian cofactor-dependent (dPGM) isozyme. The iPGM active site dynamically assembles through substrate-triggered movement of phosphatase and transferase domains creating a solvent inaccessible cavity. Here we identify alternate ligand binding regions using nematode iPGM to select and enrich lariat-like ligands from an mRNA-display macrocyclic peptide library containing >1012 members. Functional analysis of the ligands, named ipglycermides, demonstrates sub-nanomolar inhibition of iPGM with complete selectivity over dPGM. The crystal structure of an iPGM macrocyclic peptide complex illuminated an allosteric, locked-open inhibition mechanism placing the cyclic peptide at the bi-domain interface. This binding mode aligns the pendant lariat cysteine thiolate for coordination with the iPGM transition metal ion cluster. The extended charged, hydrophilic binding surface interaction rationalizes the persistent challenges these enzymes have presented to small-molecule screening efforts highlighting the important roles of macrocyclic peptides in expanding chemical diversity for ligand discovery.

  8. Redox-Active Tetraruthenium Macrocycles Built from 1,4-Divinylphenylene-Bridged Diruthenium Complexes. (United States)

    Scheerer, Stefan; Linseis, Michael; Wuttke, Evelyn; Weickert, Sabrina; Drescher, Malte; Tröppner, Oliver; Ivanović-Burmazović, Ivana; Irmler, Andreas; Pauly, Fabian; Winter, Rainer F


    Metallamacrocylic tetraruthenium complexes were generated by treatment of 1,4-divinylphenylene-bridged diruthenium complexes with functionalized 1,3-benzene dicarboxylic acids and characterized by HR ESI-MS and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. Every divinylphenylene diruthenium subunit is oxidized in two consecutive one-electron steps with half-wave potential splittings in the range of 250 to 330 mV. Additional, smaller redox-splittings between the +/2+ and 0/+ and the 3+/4+ and 2+/3+ redox processes, corresponding to the first and the second oxidations of every divinylphenylene diruthenium entity, are due to electrostatic effects. The lack of electronic coupling through bond or through space is explained by the nodal properties of the relevant molecular orbitals and the lateral side-by-side arrangement of the divinylphenylene linkers. The polyelectrochromic behavior of the divinylphenylene diruthenium precursors is retained and even amplified in these metallamacrocyclic structures. EPR studies down to T=4 K indicate that the dications 1-H(2+) and 1-OBu(2+) are paramagnetic. The dications and the tetracation of macrocycle 3-H display intense (dications) or weak (3-H(4+) ) EPR signals. Quantum chemical calculations indicate that the four most stable conformers of the macrocycles are largely devoid of strain. Bond parameters, energies as well as charge and spin density distributions of model macrocycle 5-H(Me) were calculated for the different charge and spin states.

  9. Heartworms, macrocyclic lactones, and the specter of resistance to prevention in the United States

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    Bowman Dwight D


    Full Text Available Abstract In order to provide a background to current concerns relative to the possible resistance of heartworms to macrocyclic lactones, this review summarizes various studies in which lack of efficacies (LOEs have been observed in dogs on macrocyclic lactone preventives relative to the United States of America. Some of these studies have been published in the peer-reviewed literature, others have appeared in various reports to the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA of the USA as New Animal Drug Application (NADA summaries, and one appeared as a letter to US veterinarians. This review also discusses reports relating to the potential problem of heartworm resistance in microfilariae and third-stage larvae, as well as molecular markers associated with resistance to macrocyclic lactones within Dirofilaria immitis. As more work is being done in this area of great concern relative to the protection of dogs from infection using this class of preventives, it seems timely to summarize what is known about heartworms, their potential resistance to treatment, and the means of selecting for resistance genes in populations of this helminth in the laboratory and in the field.

  10. Increasing AIP Macrocycle Size Reveals Key Features of agr Activation in Staphylococcus aureus. (United States)

    Johnson, Jeffrey G; Wang, Boyuan; Debelouchina, Galia T; Novick, Richard P; Muir, Tom W


    The agr locus in the commensal human pathogen, Staphylococcus aureus, is a two-promoter regulon with allelic variability that produces a quorum-sensing circuit involved in regulating virulence within the bacterium. Secretion of unique autoinducing peptides (AIPs) and detection of their concentrations by AgrC, a transmembrane receptor histidine kinase, coordinates local bacterial population density with global changes in gene expression. The finding that staphylococcal virulence can be inhibited through antagonism of this quorum-sensing pathway has fueled tremendous interest in understanding the structure-activity relationships underlying the AIP-AgrC interaction. The defining structural feature of the AIP is a 16-membered, thiolactone-containing macrocycle. Surprisingly, the importance of ring size on agr activation or inhibition has not been explored. In this study, we address this deficiency through the synthesis and functional analysis of AIP analogues featuring enlarged and reduced macrocycles. Notably, this study is the first to interrogate AIP function by using both established cell-based reporter gene assays and newly developed in vitro AgrC-I binding and autophosphorylation activity assays. Based on our data, we present a model for robust agr activation involving a cooperative, three-points-of-contact interaction between the AIP macrocycle and AgrC.

  11. Dethreading of Tetraalkylsuccinamide-Based [2]Rotaxanes for Preparing Benzylic Amide Macrocycles. (United States)

    Martinez-Cuezva, Alberto; Rodrigues, Leticia V; Navarro, Cristian; Carro-Guillen, Fernando; Buriol, Lilian; Frizzo, Clarissa P; Martins, Marcos A P; Alajarin, Mateo; Berna, Jose


    The dethreading of a series of succinamide-based [2]rotaxanes bearing benzylic amide macrocycles is reported herein. These transformations proceeded quantitatively either under flash vacuum pyrolysis, conventional heating, or microwave irradiation. Studying the size complementarity of the stoppers at the ends of the thread and the cavity of the macrocycle allowed us to set up the best substituents for implementing the extrusion of the thread from the interlocked precursors. A variety of (1)H NMR kinetic experiments were carried out in order to evaluate the rate constants of the dethreading process, the half-life times of the rotaxanes, and the influence of temperature and solvents on these processes. The use of dibutylamino groups as stoppers yielded the rotaxane precursor in a reasonable yield and allowed the quantitative deslipping of the rotaxane. The overall process, including the rotaxane formation and its further dethreading, has been exploited for preparing benzylic amide macrocycles enhancing, in most cases, the results of the classical (2 + 2) condensation and other reported stepwise syntheses. The kinetics of the dethreading process is fairly sensitive to the electronic effects of the substituents on the isophthalamide unit or to the electronic nature of the pyridine rings through a conformational equilibrium expanding or contracting the cavity of the interlocked precursor.

  12. Incorporation of trinuclear lanthanide(III) hydroxo bridged clusters in macrocyclic frameworks. (United States)

    Kobyłka, Michał J; Ślepokura, Katarzyna; Acebrón Rodicio, Maria; Paluch, Marta; Lisowski, Jerzy


    A cluster of lanthanide(III) or yttrium(III) ions, Ln3(μ3-OH)2, (Ln(III) = Nd(III), Sm(III), Eu(III), Gd(III), Tb(III), Dy(III), Yb(III), or Y(III)) can be bound in the center of a chiral macrocyclic amines H3L1(R), H3L1(S), and H3L2(S) obtained in a reduction of a 3 + 3 condensation product of (1R,2R)- or (1S,2S)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane and 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol or 2,6-diformyl-4-tertbutylphenol. X-ray crystal structures of the Nd(III), Sm(III), Gd(III), Dy(III), and Y(III) complexes reveal trinuclear complexes with Ln(III) ions bridged by the phenolate oxygen atoms of the macrocycle as well as by μ3-hydroxo bridges. In the case of the Nd(III) ion, another complex form can be obtained, whose X-ray crystal structure reveals two trinuclear macrocyclic units additionally bridged by hydroxide anions, corresponding to a [Ln3(μ3-OH)]2(μ2-OH)2 cluster encapsulated by two macrocycles. The formation of trinuclear complexes is confirmed additionally by (1)H NMR, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI MS), and elemental analyses. Titrations of free macrocycles with Sm(III) or Y(III) salts and KOH also indicate that a trinuclear complex is formed in solution. On the other hand, analogous titrations with La(III) salt indicate that this kind of complex is not formed even with the excess of La(III) salt. The magnetic data for the trinuclear Gd(III) indicate weak antiferromagnetic coupling (J = -0.17 cm(-1)) between the Gd(III) ions. For the trinuclear Dy(III) and Tb(III) complexes the χ(M)T vs T plots indicate a more complicated dependence, resulting from the combination of thermal depopulation of mJ sublevels, magnetic anisotropy, and possibly weak antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic interactions.

  13. Enantiomeric self-recognition in homo- and heterodinuclear macrocyclic lanthanide(III) complexes. (United States)

    Lisowski, Jerzy


    The controlled formation of lanthanide(III) dinuclear μ-hydroxo-bridged [Ln(2)L(2)(μ-OH)(2)X(2)](n+) complexes (where X = H(2)O, NO(3)(-), or Cl(-)) of the enantiopure chiral macrocycle L is reported. The (1)H and (13)C NMR resonances of these complexes have been assigned on the basis of COSY, NOESY, TOCSY, and HMQC spectra. The observed NOE connectivities confirm that the dimeric solid-state structure is retained in solution. The enantiomeric nature of the obtained chiral complexes and binding of hydroxide anions are reflected in their CD spectra. The formation of the dimeric complexes is accompanied by a complete enantiomeric self-recognition of the chiral macrocyclic units. The reaction of NaOH with a mixture of two different mononuclear lanthanide(III) complexes, [Ln(1)L](3+) and [Ln(2)L](3+), results in formation of the heterodinuclear [Ln(1)Ln(2)L(2)(μ-OH)(2)X(2)](n+) complexes as well as the corresponding homodinuclear complexes. The formation of the heterodinuclear complex is directly confirmed by the NOESY spectra of [EuLuL(2)(μ-OH)(2)(H(2)O)(2)](4+), which reveal close contacts between the macrocyclic unit containing the Eu(III) ion and the macrocyclic unit containing the Lu(III) ion. While the relative amounts of homo- and heterodinuclear complexes are statistical for the two lanthanide(III) ions of similar radii, a clear preference for the formation of heterodinuclear species is observed when the two mononuclear complexes contain lanthanide(III) ions of markedly different sizes, e.g., La(III) and Yb(III). The formation of heterodinuclear complexes is accompanied by the self-sorting of the chiral macrocyclic units based on their chirality. The reactions of NaOH with a pair of homochiral or racemic mononuclear complexes, [Ln(1)L(RRRR)](3+)/[Ln(2)L(RRRR)](3+), [Ln(1)L(SSSS)](3+)/[Ln(2)L(SSSS)](3+), or [Ln(1)L(rac)](3+)/[Ln(2)L(rac)](3+), results in mixtures of homochiral, homodinuclear and homochiral, heterodinuclear complexes. On the contrary, no

  14. Novel Potent Hepatitis C Virus NS3 Serine Protease Inhibitors Derived from Proline-Based Macrocycles

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    Chen, Kevin X.; Njoroge, F. George; Arasappan, Ashok; Venkatraman, Srikanth; Vibulbhan, Bancha; Yang, Weiying; Parekh, Tejal N.; Pichardo, John; Prongay, Andrew; Cheng, Kuo-Chi; Butkiewicz, Nancy; Yao, Nanhua; Madison, Vincent; Girijavallabhan, Viyyoor (SPRI)


    The hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3 protease is essential for viral replication. It has been a target of choice for intensive drug discovery research. On the basis of an active pentapeptide inhibitor, 1, we envisioned that macrocyclization from the P2 proline to P3 capping could enhance binding to the backbone Ala156 residue and the S4 pocket. Thus, a number of P2 proline-based macrocyclic {alpha}-ketoamide inhibitors were prepared and investigated in an HCV NS3 serine protease continuous assay (K*{sub i}). The biological activity varied substantially depending on factors such as the ring size, number of amino acid residues, number of methyl substituents, type of heteroatom in the linker, P3 residue, and configuration at the proline C-4 center. The pentapeptide inhibitors were very potent, with the C-terminal acids and amides being the most active ones (24, K*{sub i} = 8 nM). The tetrapeptides and tripeptides were less potent. Sixteen- and seventeen-membered macrocyclic compounds were equally potent, while fifteen-membered analogues were slightly less active. gem-Dimethyl substituents at the linker improved the potency of all inhibitors (the best compound was 45, K*{sub i} = 6 nM). The combination of tert-leucine at P3 and dimethyl substituents at the linker in compound 47 realized a selectivity of 307 against human neutrophil elastase. Compound 45 had an IC{sub 50} of 130 nM in a cellular replicon assay, while IC{sub 50} for 24 was 400 nM. Several compounds had excellent subcutaneous AUC and bioavailability in rats. Although tripeptide compound 40 was 97% orally bioavailable, larger pentapeptides generally had low oral bioavailability. The X-ray crystal structure of compounds 24 and 45 bound to the protease demonstrated the close interaction of the macrocycle with the Ala156 methyl group and S4 pocket. The strategy of macrocyclization has been proved to be successful in improving potency (>20-fold greater than that of 1) and in structural depeptization.

  15. Naive CD8 T-Cells Initiate Spontaneous Autoimmunity to a Sequestered Model Antigen of the Central Nervous System (United States)

    Na, Shin-Young; Cao, Yi; Toben, Catherine; Nitschke, Lars; Stadelmann, Christine; Gold, Ralf; Schimpl, Anneliese; Hunig, Thomas


    In multiple sclerosis, CD8 T-cells are thought play a key pathogenetic role, but mechanistic evidence from rodent models is limited. Here, we have tested the encephalitogenic potential of CD8 T-cells specific for the model antigen ovalbumin (OVA) sequestered in oligodendrocytes as a cytosolic molecule. We show that in these "ODC-OVA" mice, the…

  16. Cationic lipids bearing succinic-based, acyclic and macrocyclic hydrophobic domains: Synthetic studies and in vitro gene transfer. (United States)

    Jubeli, Emile; Maginty, Amanda B; Khalique, Nada Abdul; Raju, Liji; Nicholson, David G; Larsen, Helge; Pungente, Michael D; Goldring, William P D


    In this communication we describe the construction of four succinic-based cationic lipids, their formulation with plasmid DNA (pDNA), and an evaluation of their in vitro gene delivery into Chinese hamster ovarian (CHO-K1) cells. The cationic lipids employed in this work possess either a dimethylamine or trimethylamine headgroup, and a macrocyclic or an acyclic hydrophobic domain composed of, or derived from two 16-atom, succinic-based acyl chains. The synthesized lipids and a co-lipid of neutral charge, either cholesterol or 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE), were formulated in an overall 3:2 cationic-to-neutral lipid molar ratio, then complexed with plasmid DNA (pDNA). The relative transfection performance was evaluated via a comparison between matched versus mismatched formulations defined by the rigidity relationship between the lipids employed. Gel electrophoresis was used to characterize the binding of the lipid formulations with plasmid DNA and the relative degree of plasmid degradation using a DNase I degradation assay. Small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXD) was employed to characterize the packing morphology of the lipid-DNA complexes. In general, the succinic unit embedded within the hydrophobic domain of the cationic lipids was found to improve lipid hydration. The transfection assays revealed a general trend in which mismatched formulations that employed a rigid lipid combined with a non-rigid (or flexible) lipid, outperformed the matched formulations. The results from this work suggest that the design of the cationic lipid structure and the composition of the lipoplex formulation play key roles in governing the transfection performance of nonviral gene delivery agents.

  17. A Macrocyclic Peptide that Serves as a Cocrystallization Ligand and Inhibits the Function of a MATE Family Transporter

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    Hiroaki Suga


    Full Text Available The random non-standard peptide integrated discovery (RaPID system has proven to be a powerful approach to discover de novo natural product-like macrocyclic peptides that inhibit protein functions. We have recently reported three macrocyclic peptides that bind to Pyrococcus furiosus multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (PfMATE transporter and inhibit the transport function. Moreover, these macrocyclic peptides were successfully employed as cocrystallization ligands of selenomethionine-labeled PfMATE. In this report, we disclose the details of the RaPID selection strategy that led to the identification of these three macrocyclic peptides as well as a fourth macrocyclic peptide, MaD8, which is exclusively discussed in this article. MaD8 was found to bind within the cleft of PfMATE’s extracellular side and blocked the path of organic small molecules being extruded. The results of an ethidium bromide efflux assay confirmed the efflux inhibitory activity of MaD8, whose behavior was similar to that of previously reported MaD5.

  18. Synthesis, crystal structures and properties of two novel macrocyclic nickel(II) and copper(II) complexes (United States)

    Su, Yan-Hui; Liu, Jie; Li, Jia; Si, Xue-Zhi


    Two new 14-membered hexaaza macrocyclic complexes with the formulae [NiL](ClO 4) 2·CH 3COCH 3 ( 1) and [CuL](ClO 4) 2·CH 3COCH 3 ( 2), where L = 3,10-bis(2-thiophenemethyl)-1,3,5,8,10,12-hexaazacyclotetradecane, have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, electronic spectra, IR and TG-DTA. In 1, the nickel(II) ion is four-coordinated with four nitrogen atoms from the macrocycle and forms a square-planar coordination geometry. In 2, the copper(II) ion is six-coordinated with four nitrogen atoms from the macrocyclic ligand in the equatorial plane and two oxygen atoms from the perchlorate anions in the axial position exhibiting an elongated octahedron coordination geometry. The two complexes present two different molecular arrangements in which the [ML] 2+ (M = Ni, Cu) cation arrays in the manner of M(1)M(2)M(1)… in sequence. The pendant thiophene groups of the neighboring macrocycles have no π⋯π interactions. All the ClO4- anions and acetone molecules are involved in hydrogen-bonding interactions with the macrocyclic ligand.

  19. Towards Understanding KOH Conditioning of Amidoxime-based Polymer Adsorbents for Sequestering Uranium from Seawater

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    Pan, Horng-Bin; Kuo, Li-Jung; Wood, Jordana R.; Strivens, Jonathan E.; Gill, Gary A.; Janke, C.; Wai, Chien M.


    Conditioning of polymer fiber adsorbents grafted with amidoxime and carboxylic acid groups is necessary to make the materials hydrophilic for sequestering uranium from seawater. Spectroscopic techniques were employed to study the effectiveness of the traditional KOH conditioning method (2.5% KOH at 80 oC) on recently developed high-surface-area amidoxime-based polymer fiber adsorbents developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. FTIR spectra reveal that the KOH conditioning process removes the proton from the carboxylic acids and also converts the amidoxime groups to carboxylate groups in the adsorbent. With prolonged KOH treatment (>1 hr) at 80 oC, physical damage to the adsorbent material occurs which can lead to a significant reduction in the adsorbent’s uranium adsorption capability in real seawater during extended exposure times (>21 days). The physical damage to the adsorbent can be minimized by lowering KOH conditioning temperature. For the high-surface-area amidoxime-based adsorbents, 20 min of conditioning in 2.5% KOH at 80 oC or 1 hr of conditioning in 2.5% KOH at 60 oC appears sufficient to achieve de-protonation of the carboxylic acid with minimal harmful effects to the adsorbent material. The use of NaOH instead of KOH can also reduce the cost of the base treatment process required for conditioning the amidoxime-based sorbents with minimal loss of adsorption capacity (≤ 7%).

  20. Evolutionary recruitment of a flavin-dependent monooxygenase for stabilization of sequestered pyrrolizidine alkaloids in arctiids. (United States)

    Langel, Dorothee; Ober, Dietrich


    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are secondary metabolites that are produced by certain plants as a chemical defense against herbivores. They represent a promising system to study the evolution of pathways in plant secondary metabolism. Recently, a specific gene of this pathway has been shown to have originated by duplication of a gene involved in primary metabolism followed by diversification and optimization for its specific function in the defense machinery of these plants. Furthermore, pyrrolizidine alkaloids are one of the best-studied examples of a plant defense system that has been recruited by several insect lineages for their own chemical defense. In each case, this recruitment requires sophisticated mechanisms of adaptations, e.g., efficient excretion, transport, suppression of toxification, or detoxification. In this review, we briefly summarize detoxification mechanism known for pyrrolizidine alkaloids and focus on pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxidation as one of the mechanisms allowing insects to accumulate the sequestered toxins in an inactivated protoxic form. Recent research into the evolution of pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenases of adapted arctiid moths (Lepidoptera) has shown that this enzyme originated by the duplication of a gene encoding a flavin-dependent monooxygenase of unknown function early in the arctiid lineage. The available data suggest several similarities in the molecular evolution of this adaptation strategy of insects to the mechanisms described previously for the evolution of the respective pathway in plants.

  1. A new sorbent that simultaneously sequesters multiple classes ofpollutants from water: Surfactant modified zeolite

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    XIE; Qiang; XIE; Jie; CHI; LiNa; LI; ChunJie; WU; DeYi; ZHANG; ZhenJia; KONG; HaiNan


    A zeolite (ZFA) was synthesized from coal fly ash and then modified using hexadecyltrimethylammonium. The surfactant modified ZFA (SMZFA) was evaluated for its versatility to sequester multiple classes of pollutants from water. The target pollutants include ionic inorganic pollutants (ammonium and phosphate), ionic organic pollutants (methylene blue and humic acid), ionizable organic pollutants (bisphenol A,-chlorophenol and phenol, with different pKa), and electrically neutral or-ganic pollutants (aniline, nitrobenzene, and naphthalene, with different hydrophobicity). The SMZFA showed high potential for the retention of ammonium and phosphate, being comparable with ZFA. While the negative charge in the internal pores of zeolite was responsible for the retention of ammonium, the oxides of CaO, Al2O3and Fe2O3in the non-zeolite fraction, which originated from coal fly ash but received modification during zeolite synthesis, accounted for the removal of phosphate. Results also showed that while ZFA had little affinity for humic acid, the ionizable, and the electrically neutral organic compounds, SMZFA exhibited greatly enhanced adsorption capacity. Thus, the surfactant modified external surface, which formed a bilayer micelle of zeolite, imparts a hydrophobic characteristic that enables the uptake of the organic pollutants. We showed that SMZFA is a promising versatile sorbent for water treatment.

  2. HIV-1 Nef sequesters MHC-I intracellularly by targeting early stages of endocytosis and recycling. (United States)

    Dirk, Brennan S; Pawlak, Emily N; Johnson, Aaron L; Van Nynatten, Logan R; Jacob, Rajesh A; Heit, Bryan; Dikeakos, Jimmy D


    A defining characteristic of HIV-1 infection is the ability of the virus to persist within the host. Specifically, MHC-I downregulation by the HIV-1 accessory protein Nef is of critical importance in preventing infected cells from cytotoxic T-cell mediated killing. Nef downregulates MHC-I by modulating the host membrane trafficking machinery, resulting in the endocytosis and eventual sequestration of MHC-I within the cell. In the current report, we utilized the intracellular protein-protein interaction reporter system, bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC), in combination with super-resolution microscopy, to track the Nef/MHC-I interaction and determine its subcellular localization in cells. We demonstrate that this interaction occurs upon Nef binding the MHC-I cytoplasmic tail early during endocytosis in a Rab5-positive endosome. Disruption of early endosome regulation inhibited Nef-dependent MHC-I downregulation, demonstrating that Nef hijacks the early endosome to sequester MHC-I within the cell. Furthermore, super-resolution imaging identified that the Nef:MHC-I BiFC complex transits through both early and late endosomes before ultimately residing at the trans-Golgi network. Together we demonstrate the importance of the early stages of the endocytic network in the removal of MHC-I from the cell surface and its re-localization within the cell, which allows HIV-1 to optimally evade host immune responses.

  3. Spent coffee grounds-based activated carbon preparation for sequestering of malachite green (United States)

    Lim, Jun-Wei; Lam, Keat-Ying; Bashir, Mohammed J. K.; Yeong, Yin-Fong; Lam, Man-Kee; Ho, Yeek-Chia


    The key of reported work was to optimize the fabricating factors of spent coffee grounds-based activated carbon (SCG-bAC) used to sequester Malachite Green (MG) form aqueous solution via adsorption process. The fabricating factors of impregnation ratio with ortho-phosphoric acid, activation temperature and activation time were simultaneously optimized by central composite design (CCD) of response surface methodology (RSM) targeting on maximum removal of MG. At the optimum condition, 96.3% of MG was successfully removed by SCG-bAC at the impregnation ratio with ortho-phosphoric acid of 0.50, activation temperature of 554°C and activation time of 31.4 min. Statistical model that could predict the MG removal percentage was also derived and had been statistically confirmed to be significant. Subsequently, the MG adsorption equilibrium data was found well-fitted to Langmuir isotherm model, indicating the predominance of monolayer adsorption of MG on SCG-bAC surface. To conclude, the findings from the this study unveil the potential of spent coffee grounds as an alternative precursor in fabricating low-cost AC for the treatment of wastewater loaded with MG pollutant.

  4. Peptide Macrocycles Featuring a Backbone Secondary Amine: A Convenient Strategy for the Synthesis of Lipidated Cyclic and Bicyclic Peptides on Solid Support

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    Oddo, Alberto; Münzker, Lena; Hansen, Paul Robert


    A convenient strategy for the on-resin synthesis of macrocyclic peptides (3- to 13-mers) via intramolecular halide substitution by a diamino acid is described. The method is compatible with standard Fmoc/tBu SPPS and affords a tail-to-side-chain macrocyclic peptide featuring an endocyclic secondary...

  5. Tailored synthesis of CuS nanodisks from a new macrocyclic precursor and their efficient catalytic properties on methylene blue dye degradation (United States)

    Islam, D. A.; Chakraborty, A.; Bhattacharya, B.; Sarkar, U.; Acharya, H.


    In this study, CuS nanodisks have been synthesized from a tetraaza (N4) macrocyclic complex precursor by a facile wet chemical method. The crystallinity and morphology of the as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, which confirm a phase pure crystalline CuS nanostructures with 15 to 20 nm in dimension with 5 nm thickness. A possible formation mechanism and growth process of the CuS nanodisks are discussed using thiourea and tetraaza ligand as the sulfur donor and stabilizing agent, respectively. Cyclic N4 ligand also acts as a binding agent to template-guide the oriented growth of CuS nanodisks. The optimized geometry of ligands and complexes was calculated using B3YLP functional, which indicates that the HOMO in the complex located on metal center and N atoms are weakly bonded to the metal center. The catalytic activity of CuS nanodisks toward MB degradation with light displays the higher MB degradation rate than under dark in the presence of H2O2. The C t/ C 0 plot as a function of time displays the higher MB degradation activity of CuS nanoparticles with H2O2. The recycle stability of CuS nanoparticles was even found to be >80 % after five cycles studied by repeating the MB degradation with same CuS nanoparticles sample.

  6. Single-molecule phenyl-acetylene-macrocycle-based optoelectronic switch functioning as a quantum-interference-effect transistor. (United States)

    Hsu, Liang-Yan; Rabitz, Herschel


    This work proposes a new type of optoelectronic switch, the phenyl-acetylene-macrocycle-based single-molecule transistor, which utilizes photon-assisted tunneling and destructive quantum interference. The analysis uses single-particle Green's functions along with Floquet theory. Without the optical field, phenyl-acetylene-macrocycle exhibits a wide range of strong antiresonance between its frontier orbitals. The simulations show large on-off ratios (over 10(4)) and measurable currents (~10(-11) A) enabled by photon-assisted tunneling in a weak optical field (~2 × 10(5) V/cm) and at a small source-drain voltage (~0.05 V). Field amplitude power scaling laws and a range of field intensities are given for operating one- and two-photon assisted tunneling in phenyl-acetylene-macrocycle-based single-molecule transistors. This development opens up a new direction for creating molecular switches.

  7. Highly efficient synthesis of monodisperse poly(ethylene glycols) and derivatives through macrocyclization of oligo(ethylene glycols). (United States)

    Zhang, Hua; Li, Xuefei; Shi, Qiuyan; Li, Yu; Xia, Guiquan; Chen, Long; Yang, Zhigang; Jiang, Zhong-Xing


    A macrocyclic sulfate (MCS)-based approach to monodisperse poly(ethylene glycols) (M-PEGs) and their monofunctionalized derivatives has been developed. Macrocyclization of oligo(ethylene glycols) (OEGs) provides MCS (up to a 62-membered macrocycle) as versatile precursors for a range of monofunctionalized M-PEGs. Through iterative nucleophilic ring-opening reactions of MCS without performing group protection and activation, a series of M-PEGs, including the unprecedented 64-mer (2850 Da), can be readily prepared. Synthetic simplicity coupled with versatility of this new strategy may pave the way for broader applications of M-PEGs. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Discovery and Optimization of Macrocyclic Quinoxaline-pyrrolo-dihydropiperidinones as Potent Pim-1/2 Kinase Inhibitors. (United States)

    Cee, Victor J; Chavez, Frank; Herberich, Bradley; Lanman, Brian A; Pettus, Liping H; Reed, Anthony B; Wu, Bin; Wurz, Ryan P; Andrews, Kristin L; Chen, Jie; Hickman, Dean; Laszlo, Jimmy; Lee, Matthew R; Guerrero, Nadia; Mattson, Bethany K; Nguyen, Yen; Mohr, Christopher; Rex, Karen; Sastri, Christine E; Wang, Paul; Wu, Qiong; Wu, Tian; Xu, Yang; Zhou, Yihong; Winston, Jeffrey T; Lipford, J Russell; Tasker, Andrew S; Wang, Hui-Ling


    The identification of Pim-1/2 kinase overexpression in B-cell malignancies suggests that Pim kinase inhibitors will have utility in the treatment of lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma. Starting from a moderately potent quinoxaline-dihydropyrrolopiperidinone lead, we recognized the potential for macrocyclization and developed a series of 13-membered macrocycles. The structure-activity relationships of the macrocyclic linker were systematically explored, leading to the identification of 9c as a potent, subnanomolar inhibitor of Pim-1 and -2. This molecule also potently inhibited Pim kinase activity in KMS-12-BM, a multiple myeloma cell line with relatively high endogenous levels of Pim-1/2, both in vitro (pBAD IC50 = 25 nM) and in vivo (pBAD EC50 = 30 nM, unbound), and a 100 mg/kg daily dose was found to completely arrest the growth of KMS-12-BM xenografts in mice.

  9. Immobilized copper(II) macrocyclic complex on MWCNTs with antibacterial activity

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    Tarlani, Aliakbar, E-mail: [Inorganic Nanostructures and Catalysts Research Lab., Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, Pajoohesh Blvd., km 17, Karaj Hwy, Tehran 14968-13151 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Narimani, Khashayar [Inorganic Nanostructures and Catalysts Research Lab., Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, Pajoohesh Blvd., km 17, Karaj Hwy, Tehran 14968-13151 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadipanah, Fatemeh; Hamedi, Javad [Department of Microbial Biotechnology, School of Biology and Center of Excellence in Phylogeny of Living Organisms, College of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran 14155-6455 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); University of Tehran Biocompound Collection (UTBC), Microbial Technology and Products Research Center, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tahermansouri, Hasan [Department of Chemistry, Ayatollah Amoli Branch, Islamic Azad University, Amol (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Amini, Mostafa M. [Department of Chemistry, Shahid Behshti University, 1983963113, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Graphical abstract: In an antibacterial test, grafted copper(II) macrocyclic complex on the surface of MWCNT showed higher antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis compared to the individual MWCNT-COOH and the complex. - Highlights: • Copper(II) tetraaza macrocyclic complex covalently bonded to modified MWCNT. • Grafting of the complex carried out via an interaction between −C(=O)Cl group and NH of the ligand. • The samples were subjected in an antibacterial assessment to compare their activity. • Immobilized complex showed higher antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633 compared to separately MWCNT-C(C=O)-OH and CuTAM. - Abstract: In a new approach, a copper(II) tetraaza macrocyclic complex (CuTAM) was covalently bonded on modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). To achieve this purpose, MWCNTs were converted to MWCNT-COCl and then reacted to NH groups of TAM ligand. The prepared material was characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and FESEM (field emission scanning electron microscopy). FT-IR and TGA demonstrated the presence of the organic moieties, and XRD proved that the structure of MWCNTs remained intact during the three modification steps. An increase in the I{sub D}/I{sub G} ratio in Raman spectra confirmed the surface modifications. Finally, the samples were subjected to an antibacterial assessment to compare their biological activity. The antibacterial test showed that the grafted complex on the surface of the nanotube (MWCNT-CO-CuTAM) has higher antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633 than the MWCNT-COOH and CuTAM with 1000 and 2000 μg/mL.

  10. Kinetic Analysis for Macrocyclizations Involving Anionic Template at the Transition State

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    Vicente Martí-Centelles


    competitive oligomerization/polymerization processes yielding undesired oligomeric/polymeric byproducts. The effect of anions has also been included in the kinetic models, as they can act as catalytic templates in the transition state reducing and stabilizing the transition state. The corresponding differential equation systems for each kinetic model can be solved numerically. Through a comprehensive analysis of these results, it is possible to obtain a better understanding of the different parameters that are involved in the macrocyclization reaction mechanism and to develop strategies for the optimization of the desired processes.

  11. A flexible cyclophane: Design, synthesis, and structure of a multibridged tris-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) macrocycle

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    Takimiya, K.; Thorup, Niels; Becher, J.


    that the neutral molecules include two (3a) or one chloroform molecule (3b) as solvent of crystallization inside the cavity, whereas the I-3(-) salt of 3b, obtained by electrocrystallization, has a molecular structure which is different from that of the neutral molecule in that the cavity has completely collapsed.......The tris-tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) macrocycles 3 with a large end-cavity were effectively synthesized from the readily available tetrakis(cyanoethylthio)TTF by means of a selective deprotection/realkylation sequence followed by an intramolecular coupling reaction. Crystal structure analyses revealed...

  12. Biomechanical Assessment of the Strength of Volleyball Players in Different Stages of the Training Macrocycle

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    Śliwa Marcin


    Full Text Available Introduction. In order to help volleyball players achieve superior results, their coaches are constantly seeking new training methods. One of the methods used to improve the effectiveness of the training that is being implemented is conducting tests which make it possible to assess the player’s locomotor system in terms of its motor and biomechanical functions. The aim of the study was to determine the torque of the knee flexor and extensor muscles of volleyball players in three stages of the annual macrocycle.

  13. Synthesis of NLO polycarbonates via the ring-opening polymerization of macrocyclic prepolymers (United States)

    Kulig, Joseph B.; Moore, Collin G.; Brittain, William J.; Gilmour, Sandra; Perry, Joseph W.


    The synthesis and characterization of polycarbonates and polyformals is described. Copolymers of bisphenol A (BPA) and either a triphenyloxazole (1) or phenylquinoxaline (2) monomer were prepared. The polycarbonate copolymers were prepared by ring-opening polymerization of macrocyclic prepolymers using a solvent-free process. Preliminary electro- optic measurements have been performed on the polycarbonate copolymers of BPA and 1. Polyformals have also been prepared by a conventional polymerization process involving the reaction of dichloromethane with different feed ratios of BPA and either 1 or 2. The glass transition temperature of either the polyformals or polycarbonates is dramatically increased by increasing mole fractions of monomers 1 and 2.

  14. "Cyclamen Red" colors based on a macrocyclic anthocyanin in carnation flowers. (United States)

    Gonnet, J F; Fenet, B


    The "cyclamen" red (or pink) colors in carnation flowers-cultivars Red Rox and eight others-are based on the presence of a new macrocyclic anthocyanin, pelargonidin 3,5-di-O-beta-glucoside(6' ', 6' "-malyl diester) identified by spectroscopic methods. The instability of the bridging malyl group with sugars in acidic medium readily causes the formation of the opened ring form, 3-O-(6' '-O-malylglucoside)-5-O-glucoside. The issue of cyclamen colors based in carnations on this original acylated pelargonidin derivative simulating those based on simpler cyanidin glycosides in Rosa cultivars is discussed using CIELAB colorimetric coordinates.

  15. Catalytic Hydrolysis of Phosphate Diester with Metal Complexesof Macrocyclic Tetraamine in Comicellar Solution

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    XIANG Qing-Xiang; YU Xiao-Qi; YOU Jing-Song; YAN Qian-Shun; XIE Ru-Gang


    Four novel pyridine or benzene ring-containing pendant macrocyclic dioxotetraanines 2,6-dioxo-1,4,7,10-tetraazacy-clododeane ligands have been synthesized.Their metal com-plexes have been investigated as catalysts for the hydrolysis of bis(p-nitrophenyl) phosphate (BNPP) in aqueous comicellar solution.The results indicate that the hydrophobic interaction between substrate and metal complex, the nature of transition metal ion, and the micellar microenvironment are important factors for the hydrolysis, of BNPP.Large rate enhancement (up to over two-three orders magnitude) employing 5 hasbeen observed.

  16. Neighbor-directed histidine N(τ) alkylation. A route to imidazolium-containing phosphopeptide macrocycles

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    Qian, Wen-Jian [National Cancer Inst., Frederick, MD (United States); Park, Jung-Eun [National Cancer Inst., Bethesda, MD (United States); Grant, Robert [Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States); Lai, Christopher C. [National Cancer Inst., Frederick, MD (United States); Kelley, James A. [National Cancer Inst., Frederick, MD (United States); Yaffe, Michael B. [Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States); Lee, Kyung S. [National Cancer Inst., Bethesda, MD (United States); Burke, Terrence R. [National Cancer Inst., Frederick, MD (United States)


    Our recently discovered, selective, on-resin route to N(τ)-alkylated imidazolium-containing histidine residues affords new strategies for peptide mimetic design. In this, we demonstrate the use of this chemistry to prepare a series of macrocyclic phosphopeptides, in which imidazolium groups serve as ring-forming junctions. These cationic moieties subsequently serve to charge-mask the phosphoamino acid group that directed their formation. Furthermore, neighbor-directed histidine N(τ)-alkylation opens the door to new families of phosphopeptidomimetics for use in a range of chemical biology contexts.

  17. Molecular Rearrangement of an Aza-Scorpiand Macrocycle Induced by pH: A Computational Study

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    Jesus Vicente De Julián-Ortiz


    Full Text Available Rearrangements and their control are a hot topic in supramolecular chemistry due to the possibilities that these phenomena open in the design of synthetic receptors and molecular machines. Macrocycle aza-scorpiands constitute an interesting system that can reorganize their spatial structure depending on pH variations or the presence of metal cations. In this study, the relative stabilities of these conformations were predicted computationally by semi-empirical and density functional theory approximations, and the reorganization from closed to open conformations was simulated by using the Monte Carlo multiple minimum method.


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    SUN Qiang; ZHANG Jinlan; XU Jiping


    Chelating resin with macrocyclic mercaptal group supported on macroporous polystyrene beads was synthesized, which showed good selectivity to Hg2+: its complexing capacity amounted to 30-60 mg Hg2+/g resin, two orders of magnitude greater than for other metal ions such as Ca2+, Zn2+,Cd2+, Pb2+ etc. This resin could restore the activity of urease which had been deactivated by poisoning with Hg2+. Its restoring power was far better than that of the mercapto-resin and common anionic exchange resins. It showed some promising use as an oral polymeric detoxifying drug for mercury poisoning.

  19. Carbohydrate-based aza-macrocycles by Richman-Atkins cyclization of glucopyranose precursors. (United States)

    Rathjens, Andreas; Thiem, Joachim


    2, 3-Di-ω-halo- as well as 2, 3-di-ω-toluenesulfonamide-alkylated glucopyranoside derivatives were prepared. Their condensation with α,ω-bis-toluenesulfonamide components under varying Richman-Atkins conditions with alkali carbonate in DMF led to carbohydrate-linked aza-macrocycles displaying 14-, 17-, 18-, 21-, 24-, and 25-membered ring structures. Isomeric aza-macrocylic coronands of 20- as well as 30-membered ring size containing two saccharides could be obtained employing Richman-Atkins condensations of two functionalized sugar building units.

  20. Kinetics of oxidation of nickel(II) aza macrocycles by peroxydisulphate in aqueous media

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    J Lalitham; V R Vijayaraghavan


    The kinetics of the oxidation of nickel (II) hexaaza and nickel (II) pentaaza macrocycles by the peroxydisulphate anion, S2O8 2-, were studied in aqueous media. Effect of H on reaction rate was also studied. The rate increases with increase of S2OO8 2- concentration. Rates are almost independent of acid between H 4 and 2, giving overall a relatively simple second-order rate law followed by oxidation within the ion pair solvent shell. Using rate = +1/2 d[Ni(L)3+]/dt = k[Ni(L)2+][S2O8 2-], oxidation rate constants were determined.

  1. Synthesis and P1' SAR exploration of potent macrocyclic tissue factor-factor VIIa inhibitors

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    Ladziata, Vladimir (Uladzimir); Glunz, Peter W.; Zou†, Yan; Zhang, Xiaojun; Jiang, Wen; Jacutin-Porte, Swanee; Cheney, Daniel L.; Wei, Anzhi; Luettgen, Joseph M.; Harper, Timothy M.; Wong, Pancras C.; Seiffert, Dietmar; Wexler, Ruth R.; Priestley, E. Scott (BMS)


    Selective tissue factor-factor VIIa complex (TF-FVIIa) inhibitors are viewed as promising compounds for treating thrombotic disease. In this contribution, we describe multifaceted exploratory SAR studies of S1'-binding moieties within a macrocyclic chemotype aimed at replacing cyclopropyl sulfone P1' group. Over the course of the optimization efforts, the 1-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)cyclopropane P1' substituent emerged as an improved alternative, offering increased metabolic stability and lower clearance, while maintaining excellent potency and selectivity.

  2. New macrocyclic compounds using organotin complexes as intermediates: synthesis and characterization

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    Harminder Kaur


    Full Text Available Background & Aim:A new series of macrocyclic compounds 1-4 have been synthesized using tin as templates.Method:Tin templates are formed by refluxing the solution of dibutyltin (IV oxide with orthophenylenediamine (L1H,4-chlorocatechol (L2H, butane dithiol (L3H and 3-carboxypropyldisulphide (L4H. Results:The reaction is visualizedby cleavage X-Sn-X (X= oxygen/ nitrogen/ sulphur atom bond of tin template when treated withadipoyldichloride. Conclusion:The compounds 1-4 are characterized with the aid of elemental analyses, IR and NMR(1H, 13C studies which confirmed their proposed framework.

  3. Synthesis and antituberculosis activity of novel unfolded and macrocyclic derivatives of ent-kaurane steviol. (United States)

    Khaybullin, Ravil N; Strobykina, Irina Yu; Dobrynin, Alexey B; Gubaydullin, Aidar T; Chestnova, Regina V; Babaev, Vasiliy M; Kataev, Vladimir E


    New derivatives of steviol 1, the aglycone of the glycosides of Stevia rebaudiana, including a novel class of semisynthetic diterpenoids, namely macrocyclic ent-kauranes were synthesized. These compounds possess antituberculosis activity inhibiting the in vitro growth of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (H37R(V) strain) with MIC 5-20 μg/ml that is close to MIC 1 μg/ml demonstrated by antituberculosis drug isoniazid in control experiment. For the first time it was found that the change of ent-kaurane geometry (as in steviol 1) of tetracyclic diterpenoid skeleton to ent-beyerane one (as in isosteviol 2) influences on antituberculosis activity.

  4. Efficient macrocyclization of U-turn preorganized peptidomimetics: the role of intramolecular H-bond and solvophobic effects. (United States)

    Becerril, Jorge; Bolte, Michael; Burguete, M Isabel; Galindo, Francisco; García-España, Enrique; Luis, Santiago V; Miravet, Juan F


    Simple peptidomimetic molecules derived from amino acids were reacted with meta- and para-bis(bromomethyl)benzene in acetonitrile to very efficiently yield macrocyclic structures. The cyclization reaction does not require high dilution techniques and seems to be insensitive to the size of the formed macrocycle. The analysis of data obtained by (1)H NMR, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, fluorescence measurements, and molecular mechanics indicate that folded conformations can preorganize the system for an efficient cyclization. The role played by intramolecular hydrogen-bonding and solvophobic effects in the presence of folded conformations is analyzed.

  5. Cyclooctane metathesis catalyzed by silica-supported tungsten pentamethyl [(ΞSiO)W(Me)5]: Distribution of macrocyclic alkanes

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    Riache, Nassima


    Metathesis of cyclic alkanes catalyzed by the new surface complex [(ΞSiO)W(Me)5] affords a wide distribution of cyclic and macrocyclic alkanes. The major products with the formula CnH2n are the result of either a ring contraction or ring expansion of cyclooctane leading to lower unsubstituted cyclic alkanes (5≤n≤7) and to an unprecedented distribution of unsubstituted macrocyclic alkanes (12≤n≤40), respectively, identified by GC/MS and by NMR spectroscopies.

  6. Ligand binding alters dimerization and sequestering of urokinase receptors in raft-mimicking lipid mixtures. (United States)

    Ge, Yifan; Siegel, Amanda P; Jordan, Rainer; Naumann, Christoph A


    Lipid heterogeneities, such as lipid rafts, are widely considered to be important for the sequestering of membrane proteins in plasma membranes, thereby influencing membrane protein functionality. However, the underlying mechanisms of such sequestration processes remain elusive, in part, due to the small size and often transient nature of these functional membrane heterogeneities in cellular membranes. To overcome these challenges, here we report the sequestration behavior of urokinase receptor (uPAR), a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein, in a planar model membrane platform with raft-mimicking lipid mixtures of well-defined compositions using a powerful optical imaging platform consisting of confocal spectroscopy XY-scans, photon counting histogram, and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy analyses. This methodology provides parallel information about receptor sequestration, oligomerization state, and lateral mobility with single molecule sensitivity. Most notably, our experiments demonstrate that moderate changes in uPAR sequestration are not only associated with modifications in uPAR dimerization levels, but may also be linked to ligand-mediated allosteric changes of these membrane receptors. Our data show that these modifications in uPAR sequestration can be induced by exposure to specific ligands (urokinase plasminogen activator, vitronectin), but not via adjustment of the cholesterol level in the planar model membrane system. Good agreement of our key findings with published results on cell membranes confirms the validity of our model membrane approach. We hypothesize that the observed mechanism of receptor translocation in the presence of raft-mimicking lipid mixtures is also applicable to other glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins.

  7. Carbon Monitoring Costs and their Effect on Incentives to Sequester Carbon through Forestry

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    Cacho, O.J.; Wise, R.M. [Graduate School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2350 (Australia); MacDicken, K.G. [P.T. Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper, PO Box 1080 Pekanbaru, Propinsi Riau (Indonesia)


    Technically, forestry projects have the potential to contribute significantly to the mitigation of global warming, but many such projects may not be economically attractive at current estimates of carbon (C) prices. Forest C is, in a sense, a new commodity that must be measured to acceptable standards for the commodity to exist. This will require that credible C measuring and monitoring procedures be in place. The amount of sequestered C that can be claimed by a project is normally estimated based on sampling a number of small plots, and the precision of this estimate depends on the number of plots sampled and on the spatial variability of the site. Measuring C can be expensive and hence it is important to select an efficient C-monitoring strategy to make projects competitive in the C market. This paper presents a method to determine whether a forestry project will benefit from C trading, and to find the optimal management strategy in terms of forest cycle length and C-monitoring strategy A model of an Acacia mangium plantation in southern Sumatra, Indonesia is used to show that forestry projects can be economically attractive under a range of conditions, provided that the project is large enough to absorb fixed costs. Modeling results indicate that between 15 and 38 Mg of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) per hectare can be captured by the simulated plantation under optimal management, with optimality defined as maximizing the present value of profits obtained from timber and C. The optimal cycle length ranged from 12 to 16 years and the optimal number of sample plots ranged from 0 to 30. Costs of C monitoring (in present-value terms) were estimated to be between 0.45 (Mg C)-1 to 2.11 (Mg C)-1 depending on the spatial variability of biomass, the variable costs of C monitoring and the discount rate.

  8. From middens to modern estuaries, oyster shells sequester source-specific nitrogen (United States)

    Darrow, Elizabeth S.; Carmichael, Ruth H.; Andrus, C. Fred T.; Jackson, H. Edwin


    Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) were an important food resource for native peoples of the northern Gulf of Mexico, who deposited waste shells in middens. Nitrogen (N) stable isotopes (δ15N) in bivalve shells have been used as modern proxies for estuarine N sources because they approximate δ15N in suspended particulate matter. We tested the use of midden shell δ15N as a proxy for ancient estuarine N sources. We hypothesized that isotopic signatures in ancient shells from coastal Mississippi would differ from modern shells due to increased anthropogenic N sources, such as wastewater, through time. We decalcified shells using an acidification technique previously developed for modern bivalves, but modified to determine δ15N, δ13C, %N, and % organic C of these low-N, high-C specimens. The modified method resulted in the greatest percentage of usable data from midden shells. Our results showed that oyster shell δ15N did not significantly differ between ancient (500-2100 years old) and modern oysters from the same locations where the sites had undergone relatively little land-use change. δ15N values in modern shells, however, were positively correlated with water column nitrate concentrations associated with urbanization. When N content and total shell mass were combined, we estimated that middens sequestered 410-39,000 kg of relic N, buried at a rate of up to 5 kg N m-2 yr-1. This study provides a relatively simple technique to assess baseline conditions in ecosystems over long time scales by demonstrating that midden shells can be an indicator of pre-historic N source to estuaries and are a potentially significant but previously uncharacterized estuarine N sink.

  9. A core viral protein binds host nucleosomes to sequester immune danger signals. (United States)

    Avgousti, Daphne C; Herrmann, Christin; Kulej, Katarzyna; Pancholi, Neha J; Sekulic, Nikolina; Petrescu, Joana; Molden, Rosalynn C; Blumenthal, Daniel; Paris, Andrew J; Reyes, Emigdio D; Ostapchuk, Philomena; Hearing, Patrick; Seeholzer, Steven H; Worthen, G Scott; Black, Ben E; Garcia, Benjamin A; Weitzman, Matthew D


    Viral proteins mimic host protein structure and function to redirect cellular processes and subvert innate defenses. Small basic proteins compact and regulate both viral and cellular DNA genomes. Nucleosomes are the repeating units of cellular chromatin and play an important part in innate immune responses. Viral-encoded core basic proteins compact viral genomes, but their impact on host chromatin structure and function remains unexplored. Adenoviruses encode a highly basic protein called protein VII that resembles cellular histones. Although protein VII binds viral DNA and is incorporated with viral genomes into virus particles, it is unknown whether protein VII affects cellular chromatin. Here we show that protein VII alters cellular chromatin, leading us to hypothesize that this has an impact on antiviral responses during adenovirus infection in human cells. We find that protein VII forms complexes with nucleosomes and limits DNA accessibility. We identified post-translational modifications on protein VII that are responsible for chromatin localization. Furthermore, proteomic analysis demonstrated that protein VII is sufficient to alter the protein composition of host chromatin. We found that protein VII is necessary and sufficient for retention in the chromatin of members of the high-mobility-group protein B family (HMGB1, HMGB2 and HMGB3). HMGB1 is actively released in response to inflammatory stimuli and functions as a danger signal to activate immune responses. We showed that protein VII can directly bind HMGB1 in vitro and further demonstrated that protein VII expression in mouse lungs is sufficient to decrease inflammation-induced HMGB1 content and neutrophil recruitment in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Together, our in vitro and in vivo results show that protein VII sequesters HMGB1 and can prevent its release. This study uncovers a viral strategy in which nucleosome binding is exploited to control extracellular immune signaling.

  10. Muscle Specific Fragile X Related Protein 1 Isoforms are Sequestered in the Nucleus of Undifferentiated Myoblast

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    Khandjian Edouard W


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The family of Fragile X Mental Retardation Proteins is composed of three members: Fragile Mental Retardation 1, Fragile X Related 1 and X Related 2 proteins. These proteins are associated with mRNPs within translating ribosomes and have the capacity to shuttle between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. Great attention has been given to FMRP due to its implication in human hereditary mental retardation while FXR1P and FXR2P have only recently been studied. Results Using antibodies directed against several epitopes of FXR1P, we have detected protein isoforms generated by small peptides pocket inserts. Four isoforms of MW 70, 74, 78, 80 kDa are widely distributed in mouse organs, while in striated muscles these isoforms are replaced by proteins of 82 and 84 kDa containing an extra pocket of 27 aa. Expression of these muscle isoforms is an early event during in vitro differentiation of myoblasts into myotubes and correlates with the activation of muscle-specific genes. However, while FXR1P82,84 are associated with cytoplasmic mRNPs in myotubes, they are sequestered in the nuclei of undifferentiated myoblasts. These observations suggest that, in addition to a cytoplasmic function yet to be defined, FXR1P82,84 may play a nuclear role in pre-mRNA metabolism. Conclusions The pattern of subcellular partitioning of FXR1P isoforms during myogenesis is unique among the family of the FXR proteins. The model system described here should be considered as a powerful tool for ongoing attempts to unravel structure-function relationships of the different FMR family members since the potential role(s of FXR1P as a compensatory factor in Fragile X syndrome is still elusive.

  11. Lignocellulosic-derived modified agricultural waste: development, characterisation and implementation in sequestering pyridine from aqueous solutions. (United States)

    Ahmed, Md Juned K; Ahmaruzzaman, M; Reza, Ruhul A


    The development and characterisation of modified agricultural waste (MAW) by H3PO4 activation is addressed in this study for sequestering pyridine from aqueous solutions. The adsorbent is characterised by carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen content of 55.53%, 3.28% and 0.98% respectively. The adsorbent also shows acidic (carboxylic, lactonic, phenolic groups) and basic carbon surface functionalities, functional groups viz. hydroxyl, carboxylic acid and bounded water molecules, BET surface area of 1254.67 m(2) g(-1), heterogeneous surface morphology and graphite like XRD patterns. Adsorption of pyridine is executed to evaluate the adsorptive uptake in batch (q(e)=107.18 mg g(-1)) as well as in column system (q(e)=140.94 mg g(-1)). The adsorption process followed the pseudo-second-order kinetics with the Langmuir isotherm best representing the equilibrium adsorption data. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH(o)=9.39 kJ mol(-1), ΔG(o)=-5.99 kJ mol(-1), ΔS(o)=50.76 J K(-1) mol(-1)) confirm the endothermic and spontaneous nature of the adsorption process with increase in randomness at solid/solution interface. The adsorption mechanism is governed by electrostatic and π-π dispersive interactions as well as by a two stage diffusion phenomena. Thermally regenerated spent MAW exhibited better adsorption efficiency for five adsorption-desorption cycles than chemically regenerated. The low-cost of MAW (USD 10.714 per kg) and favourable adsorption parameters justifies its use in the adsorptive removal of pyridine.

  12. Comparison of the carbon-sequestering abilities of pineapple leaf residue chars produced by controlled combustion and by field burning. (United States)

    Leng, L Y; Husni, M H A; Samsuri, A W


    This study was undertaken to compare the chemical properties and yields of pineapple leaf residue (PLR) char produced by field burning (CF) with that produced by a partial combustion of air-dried PLR at 340 °C for 3 h in a furnace (CL). Higher total C, lignin content, and yield from CL as well as the presence of aromatic compounds in the Fourier Transform Infrared spectra of the char produced from CL suggest that the CL process was better in sequestering C than was the CF process. Although the C/N ratio of char produced from CL was low indicating a high N content of the char, the C in the char produced from CL was dominated by lignin suggesting that the decomposition of char produced from CL would be slow. To sequester C by char application, the PLR should be combusted in a controlled process rather than by burning in the field.

  13. Independent Recruitment of a Flavin-Dependent Monooxygenase for Safe Accumulation of Sequestered Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in Grasshoppers and Moths



    Several insect lineages have developed diverse strategies to sequester toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids from food-plants for their own defense. Here, we show that in two highly divergent insect taxa, the hemimetabolous grasshoppers and the holometabolous butterflies, an almost identical strategy evolved independently for safe accumulation of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. This strategy involves a pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase that transfers the pyrrolizidine alkaloids to their respective N-oxide,...

  14. Genetic diversity, phylogeny and evolution of alkaloid sequestering in Cuban miniaturized frogs of the Eleutherodactylus limbatus group. (United States)

    Rodríguez, Ariel; Poth, Dennis; Schulz, Stefan; Gehara, Marcelo; Vences, Miguel


    The miniaturized frogs of the Eleutherodactylus limbatus group, endemic to Cuba, have recently been shown to contain alkaloids in their skin, representing the fifth independent evolutionary origin of alkaloid sequestering in anurans. Based on a comprehensive sampling of all known species of the group we here assess their range-wide phylogeography using DNA sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome b and the nuclear Rag-1 gene. We found E. etheridgei, E. cubanus, and E. orientalis to be genetically highly distinct, with uncorrected pair-wise distances >12% in the cytochrome b gene and >5% in the 16S rRNA gene, and without haplotype sharing in the Rag-1 gene. On the contrary, E. iberia, E. jaumei, E. limbatus, and one unnamed lineage from Gran Piedra mountains had lower mitochondrial divergences to each other (alkaloids revealed the presence of alkaloids in all lineages of the group, but alkaloids known to be sequestered by other anurans were not found in the basalmost E. etheridgei. Furthermore, individuals of the derived lineages of the E. iberia-jaumei-limbatus clade had a much larger variety of different alkaloid compounds (3-18) than the other three species (0-4). Traces of alkaloids were found in other species only remotely related to the E. limbatus group, i.e., E. caspari, E. goini, E. ricordii, and E. tetajulia. According to these findings, it can be hypothesized that the capacity to sequester dietary alkaloids into the skin evolved first in an ancestral, litter-dwelling and small-sized Cuban Eleutherodactylus, followed by evolution of miniaturization and diurnality in the early representatives of the E. limbatus group, and eventually by increased brightness of color with probable aposematic function and a highly efficient mechanism of alkaloid sequestering.

  15. A bacterial antirepressor with SH3 domain topology mimics operator DNA in sequestering the repressor DNA recognition helix


    León, Esther; Navarro-Avilés, Gloria; Santiveri, Clara M.; Flores-Flores, Cesar; Rico, Manuel; González, Carlos; Murillo, Francisco J; Elías-Arnanz, Montserrat; Jiménez, María Angeles; Padmanabhan, S.


    Direct targeting of critical DNA-binding elements of a repressor by its cognate antirepressor is an effective means to sequester the repressor and remove a transcription initiation block. Structural descriptions for this, though often proposed for bacterial and phage repressor–antirepressor systems, are unavailable. Here, we describe the structural and functional basis of how the Myxococcus xanthus CarS antirepressor recognizes and neutralizes its cognate repressors to turn on a photo-inducib...

  16. Elution of Uranium and Transition Metals from Amidoxime-Based Polymer Adsorbents for Sequestering Uranium from Seawater

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    Pan, Horng-Bin; Kuo, Li-Jung; Wai, Chien M.; Miyamoto, Naomi; Joshi, Ruma; Wood, Jordana R.; Strivens, Jonathan E.; Janke, Christopher J.; Oyola, Yatsandra; Das, Sadananda; Mayes, Richard T.; Gill, Gary A.


    High-surface-area amidoxime and carboxylic acid grafted polymer adsorbents developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were tested for sequestering uranium in a flowing seawater flume system at the PNNL-Marine Sciences Laboratory. FTIR spectra indicate that a KOH conditioning process is necessary to remove the proton from the carboxylic acid and make the sorbent effective for sequestering uranium from seawater. The alkaline conditioning process also converts the amidoxime groups to carboxylate groups in the adsorbent. Both Na2CO3-H2O2 and hydrochloric acid elution methods can remove ~95% of the uranium sequestered by the adsorbent after 42 days of exposure in real seawater. The Na2CO3-H2O2 elution method is more selective for uranium than conventional acid elution. Iron and vanadium are the two major transition metals competing with uranium for adsorption to the amidoxime-based adsorbents in real seawater.

  17. Response of Critical Speed to Different Macrocycle Phases during Linear Periodization on Young Swimmers

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    João Bartholomeu NETO


    Full Text Available Sport training programs to young swimmers have to aggregate different physical stimulus to collaborate with overall physical development, which can lead to reach best results in competitions. Linear periodization seems to be a powerful tool that allow the organization of these stimulus. However, this model has been not studied. Regarding physical capacities, aerobic fitness is inversely related with fatigue and exercise performance. Although aerobic capacity evaluation used to be expensive, critical speed (CS is easy and non - expensive tool capable to make this measurement. Thus, the aim of this study was evaluate the effects of linear periodization in CS on well - trained young swimmers. Sixteen athletes (age: 14.06  1.22 years, height: 163.52  10.99 cm, weight: 57.4  12.7 kg, body mass index: 21.24  37; 7 ♀, were underwent to a linear macrocycle training with 23 weeks divided in four mesocycles: general endurance (i.e., 4 weeks, specific endurance (i.e., 8 weeks, competitive (i.e., 7 weeks and taper (i.e., 4 weeks. Results showed significantly improve on CS after competitive and taper mesocycle phases, which was composed by higher training intensity in comparison with other macrocycle phases. Therefore, the results of the present study indicate a collaboration of mesocycle intensity on the cumulative effects of linear periodization in CS improve on young swimmers.

  18. Tiered analytics for purity assessment of macrocyclic peptides in drug discovery: Analytical consideration and method development. (United States)

    Qian Cutrone, Jingfang Jenny; Huang, Xiaohua Stella; Kozlowski, Edward S; Bao, Ye; Wang, Yingzi; Poronsky, Christopher S; Drexler, Dieter M; Tymiak, Adrienne A


    Synthetic macrocyclic peptides with natural and unnatural amino acids have gained considerable attention from a number of pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical companies in recent years as a promising approach to drug discovery, particularly for targets involving protein-protein or protein-peptide interactions. Analytical scientists charged with characterizing these leads face multiple challenges including dealing with a class of complex molecules with the potential for multiple isomers and variable charge states and no established standards for acceptable analytical characterization of materials used in drug discovery. In addition, due to the lack of intermediate purification during solid phase peptide synthesis, the final products usually contain a complex profile of impurities. In this paper, practical analytical strategies and methodologies were developed to address these challenges, including a tiered approach to assessing the purity of macrocyclic peptides at different stages of drug discovery. Our results also showed that successful progression and characterization of a new drug discovery modality benefited from active analytical engagement, focusing on fit-for-purpose analyses and leveraging a broad palette of analytical technologies and resources.

  19. Gold-catalyzed Synthesis of Pyridine Containing Macrocycles, Related to Porphyrin

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    DYKER,Gerald; LIU,Jian-Hui; MERZ,Klaus


    @@ Porphyrins are very important substances used in a wide range of model systems in many areas, such as biomimic chemistry and material science. This kind of macrocycle generally consists of 5-membered ring to form a cyclic extended aromatic network. Recently much work have been done concerning the modification of porphyrins core structures, and many kinds of analogues have been recorded. One of the important aspects was the research of the porphyrinogen ligand.These macrocycles bear functional resemblance to certain kind of polydentate ligand, and provide a variety of tri-dimensional binding cavities for metal ions. In addition, some other kinds of analogues have been recorded, involving the introduction of a CH unit to replace one of the nitrogen atoms. We also notice the fact that pyridine is a very effective ligand, and it can coordinate with many kinds of metals. Based on these observations, we would like to design and synthesize a new porphyrinogen (5) analogue containing a NNNN core, two of the N atoms from pyrrole and the other two N from pyridine. Such core modifications may alter the electronic structure of the ring and provide variable cavity for metal coordination.

  20. A supramolecular ruthenium macrocycle with high catalytic activity for water oxidation that mechanistically mimics photosystem II (United States)

    Schulze, Marcus; Kunz, Valentin; Frischmann, Peter D.; Würthner, Frank


    Mimicking the ingenuity of nature and exploiting the billions of years over which natural selection has developed numerous effective biochemical conversions is one of the most successful strategies in a chemist's toolbox. However, an inability to replicate the elegance and efficiency of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II (OEC-PSII) in its oxidation of water into O2 is a significant bottleneck in the development of a closed-loop sustainable energy cycle. Here, we present an artificial metallosupramolecular macrocycle that gathers three Ru(bda) centres (bda = 2,2‧-bipyridine-6,6‧-dicarboxylic acid) that catalyses water oxidation. The macrocyclic architecture accelerates the rate of water oxidation via a water nucleophilic attack mechanism, similar to the mechanism exhibited by OEC-PSII, and reaches remarkable catalytic turnover frequencies >100 s-1. Photo-driven water oxidation yields outstanding activity, even in the nM concentration regime, with a turnover number of >1,255 and turnover frequency of >13.1 s-1.

  1. Synthesis, characterization, and photoactivated DNA cleavage by copper (II)/cobalt (II) mediated macrocyclic complexes. (United States)

    Naik, H R Prakash; Naik, H S Bhojya; Aravinda, T; Lamani, D S


    We report the synthesis of new photonuclease consisting of two Co(II)/Cu(II) complexes of macrocyclic fused quinoline. Metal complexes are [MLX(2)], type where M = Co(II) (5), Cu(II) (6), and X = Cl, and are well characterized by elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, (1)H-NMR and electronic spectra. We have shown that photocleavage of plasmid DNA is markedly enhanced when this ligand is irradiated in the presence of Cu(II), and more so than that of cobalt. The chemistry of ternary and binary Co(II) complexes showing efficient light induced (360 nm) DNA cleavage activity is summarized. The role of the metal in photoinduced DNA cleavage reactions is explored by designing complex molecules having macrocyclic structure. The mechanistic pathways are found to be concentration dependent on Co(II)/Cu(II) complexes and the photoexcitation energy photoredox chemistry. Highly effective DNA cleavage ability of 6 is attributed to the effective cooperation of the metal moiety.

  2. Potent macrocyclic inhibitors of insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) by olefin ring-closing metathesis. (United States)

    Andersson, Hanna; Demaegdt, Heidi; Johnsson, Anders; Vauquelin, Georges; Lindeberg, Gunnar; Hallberg, Mathias; Erdelyi, Mate; Karlen, Anders; Hallberg, Anders


    Macrocyclic analogues of angiotensin IV (Ang IV, Val(1)-Tyr(2)-Ile(3)-His(4)-Pro(5)-Phe(6)) targeting the insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) have been designed, synthesized, and evaluated biologically. Replacement of His(4)-Pro(5)-Phe(6) by a 2-(aminomethyl)phenylacetic acid (AMPAA) moiety and of Val(1) and Ile(3) by amino acids bearing olefinic side chains followed by macrocyclization provided potent IRAP inhibitors. The impact of the ring size and the type (saturated versus unsaturated), configuration, and position of the carbon-carbon bridge was assessed. The ring size generally affects the potency more than the carbon-carbon bond characteristics. Replacing Tyr(2) by β(3)hTyr or Phe is accepted, while N-methylation of Tyr(2) is deleterious for activity. Removal of the carboxyl group in the C-terminal slightly reduced the potency. Inhibitors 7 (K(i) = 4.1 nM) and 19 (K(i) = 1.8 nM), both encompassing 14-membered ring systems connected to AMPAA, are 10-fold more potent than Ang IV and are also more selective over aminopeptidase N (AP-N). Both compounds displayed high stability against proteolysis by metallopeptidases.

  3. Does a water-training macrocycle really create imbalances in swimmers' shoulder rotator muscles? (United States)

    Batalha, Nuno; Marmeleira, José; Garrido, Nuno; Silva, António J


    The continuous execution of swimming techniques may cause muscle imbalances in shoulder rotators leading to injury. However, there is a lack of published research studies on this topic. The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of a competitive swim period on the shoulder rotator-cuff balance in young swimmers. A randomized controlled pretest-posttest design was used, with two measurements performed during the first macrocycle of the swimming season (baseline and 16 weeks). Twenty-seven young male swimmers (experimental group) and 22 male students who were not involved in swim training (control group) with the same characteristics were evaluated. Peak torque of shoulder internal and external rotators was assessed. Concentric action at 1.04 rad s(-1) (3 repetitions) and 3.14 rad s(-1) (20 repetitions) was measured using an isokinetic dynamometer (Biodex System 3). External/internal rotators strength ratios were also obtained. For both protocols, there were significant training effects on internal rotator strength and external/internal rotator ratios (p ≤ .05). This trend was the same for both shoulders. Within-group analysis showed significant changes from baseline to 16 weeks for internal rotators strength and unilateral ratios of the experimental group. Swimmers' internal rotator strength levels increased significantly. In contrast, a significant decrease of the unilateral ratios was observed. Findings suggest that a competitive swim macrocycle leads to an increase in muscular imbalances in the shoulder rotators of young competitive swimmers. Swimming coaches should consider implementing a compensatory strength-training program.

  4. The ex vivo neurotoxic, myotoxic and cardiotoxic activity of cucurbituril-based macrocyclic drug delivery vehicles. (United States)

    Oun, Rabbab; Floriano, Rafael S; Isaacs, Lyle; Rowan, Edward G; Wheate, Nial J


    The cucurbituril family of drug delivery vehicles have been examined for their tissue specific toxicity using ex vivo models. Cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]), cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) and the linear cucurbituril-derivative Motor2 were examined for their neuro-, myo- and cardiotoxic activity and compared with β-cyclodextrin. The protective effect of drug encapsulation by CB[7] was also examined on the platinum-based anticancer drug cisplatin. The results show that none of the cucurbiturils have statistically measurable neurotoxicity as measured using mouse sciatic nerve compound action potential. Cucurbituril myotoxicity was measured by nerve-muscle force of contraction through chemical and electrical stimulation. Motor2 was found to display no myotoxicity, whereas both CB[6] and CB[7] showed myotoxic activity via a presynaptic effect. Finally, cardiotoxicity, which was measured by changes in the rate and force of right and left atria contraction, was observed for all three cucurbiturils. Free cisplatin displays neuro-, myo- and cardiotoxic activity, consistent with the side-effects seen in the clinic. Whilst CB[7] had no effect on the level of cisplatin's neurotoxic activity, drug encapsulation within the macrocycle had a marked reduction in both the drug's myo- and cardiotoxic activity. Overall the results are consistent with the relative lack of toxicity displayed by these macrocycles in whole animal acute systemic toxicity studies and indicate continued potential of cucurbiturils as drug delivery vehicles for the reduction of the side effects associated with platinum-based chemotherapy.

  5. Supramolecular polymers constructed from macrocycle-based host-guest molecular recognition motifs. (United States)

    Dong, Shengyi; Zheng, Bo; Wang, Feng; Huang, Feihe


    /physical properties, including stimuli responsiveness, self-healing, and environmental adaptation. It has been reported that macrocycle-based supramolecular polymers can respond to pH change, photoirradition, anions, cations, temperature, and solvent. Macrocycle-based supramolecular polymers have been prepared in solution, in gel, and in the solid state. Furthermore, the solvent has a very important influence on the formation of these supramolecular polymers. Crown ether- and pillararene-based supramolecular polymers have mainly formed in organic solvents, such as chloroform, acetone, and acetonitrile, while cyclodextrin- and cucurbituril-based supramolecular polymerizations have been usually observed in aqueous solutions. For calixarenes, both organic solvents and water have been used as suitable media for supramolecular polymerization. With the development of supramolecular chemistry and polymer science, various methods, such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray techniques, electron microscopies, and theoretical calculation and computer simulation, have been applied for characterizing supramolecular polymers. The fabrication of macrocycle-based supramolecular polymers has become a currently hot research topic. In this Account, we summarize recent results in the investigation of supramolecular polymers constructed from macrocycle-based host-guest molecular recognition motifs. These supramolecular polymers are classified based on the different macrocycles used in them. Their monomer design, structure control, stimuli-responsiveness, and applications in various areas are discussed, and future research directions are proposed. It is expected that the development of supramolecular polymers will not only change the way we live and work but also exert significant influence on scientific research.

  6. Keratin 18 attenuates estrogen receptor α-mediated signaling by sequestering LRP16 in cytoplasm

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    Si Yiling


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Oncogenesis in breast cancer is often associated with excess estrogen receptor α(ERα activation and overexpression of its coactivators. LRP16 is both an ERα target gene and an ERα coactivator, and plays a crucial role in ERα activation and proliferation of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. However, the regulation of the functional availability of this coactivator protein is not yet clear. Results Yeast two-hybrid screening, GST pulldown and coimmunoprecipitation (CoIP identified the cytoplasmic intermediate filament protein keratin 18 (K18 as a novel LRP16-interacting protein. Fluorescence analysis revealed that GFP-tagged LRP16 was primarily localized in the nuclei of mock-transfected MCF-7 cells but was predominantly present in the cytoplasm of K18-transfected cells. Immunoblotting analysis demonstrated that the amount of cytoplasmic LRP16 was markedly increased in cells overexpressing K18 whereas nuclear levels were depressed. Conversely, knockdown of endogenous K18 expression in MCF-7 cells significantly decreased the cytoplasmic levels of LRP16 and increased levels in the nucleus. CoIP failed to detect any interaction between K18 and ERα, but ectopic expression of K18 in MCF-7 cells significantly blunted the association of LRP16 with ERα, attenuated ERα-activated reporter gene activity, and decreased estrogen-stimulated target gene expression by inhibiting ERα recruitment to DNA. Furthermore, BrdU incorporation assays revealed that K18 overexpression blunted the estrogen-stimulated increase of S-phase entry of MCF-7 cells. By contrast, knockdown of K18 in MCF-7 cells significantly increased ERα-mediated signaling and promoted cell cycle progression. Conclusions K18 can effectively associate with and sequester LRP16 in the cytoplasm, thus attenuating the final output of ERα-mediated signaling and estrogen-stimulated cell cycle progression of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Loss of K18 increases the functional availability

  7. An Integrated, Low Temperature Process to Capture and Sequester Carbon Dioxide from Industrial Emissions (United States)

    Wendlandt, R. F.; Foremski, J. J.


    Laboratory experiments show that it is possible to integrate (1) the chemistry of serpentine dissolution, (2) capture of CO2 gas from the combustion of natural gas and coal-fired power plants using aqueous amine-based solvents, (3) long-term CO2 sequestration via solid phase carbonate precipitation, and (4) capture solvent regeneration with acid recycling in a single, continuous process. In our process, magnesium is released from serpentine at 300°C via heat treatment with ammonium sulfate salts or at temperatures as low as 50°C via reaction with sulfuric acid. We have also demonstrated that various solid carbonate phases can be precipitated directly from aqueous amine-based (NH3, MEA, DMEA) CO2 capture solvent solutions at room temperature. Direct precipitation from the capture solvent enables regenerating CO2 capture solvent without the need for heat and without the need to compress the CO2 off gas. We propose that known low-temperature electrochemical methods can be integrated with this process to regenerate the aqueous amine capture solvent and recycle acid for dissolution of magnesium-bearing mineral feedstocks and magnesium release. Although the direct precipitation of magnesite at ambient conditions remains elusive, experimental results demonstrate that at temperatures ranging from 20°C to 60°C, either nesquehonite Mg(HCO3)(OH)●2H2O or a double salt with the formula [NH4]2Mg(CO3)2●4H2O or an amorphous magnesium carbonate precipitate directly from the capture solvent. These phases are less desirable for CO2 sequestration than magnesite because they potentially remove constituents (water, ammonia) from the reaction system, reducing the overall efficiency of the sequestration process. Accordingly, the integrated process can be accomplished with minimal energy consumption and loss of CO2 capture and acid solvents, and a net generation of 1 to 4 moles of H2O/6 moles of CO2 sequestered (depending on the solid carbonate precipitate and amount of produced H2

  8. Harnessing mineral carbonation reactions to seal fractured shales and sequester carbon (United States)

    Clarens, A. F.; Tao, Z.


    Shale oil and gas are being developed widely in the United States despite the potential for long-term climate impacts driven by burning these new hydrocarbon resources and by fugitive emissions from fractured formations. Here the carbonation of calcium-based silicates is studied as a method to re-seal fractured shale formations and to store significant amounts of CO2 after hydrocarbon extraction. Ex situ mineral carbonation has been studied extensively for trapping CO2 from power plants but the application of these reactions directly within shale matrix under in situ conditions to seal shales and sequester carbon has not been studied. The reaction requires the solid calcium-based silicates being present within the shale fracture matrix and flooded with high-pressure CO2. The pressure and temperature within most shale formations would enable this carbonation reaction to precipitate solid calcium carbonate, which would clog fractures. Silicates could be injected in the same way that proppants are injected into shale gas wells. Wollastonite was tested here but other silicate minerals such as olivine could also be used in much the same way. To prove this concept, batch experiments were carried out under reservoir conditions representative of the Marcellus Shale in the presence of ground shale particles (39-177μm) and CaSiO3 powder. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed the conversion of CaSiO3 into CaCO3 after 24 hours. Quantitative XRD analysis was used to determine that the conversion ratio of CaSiO3 was ~55% at 3100 Psi and 75oC. The reaction was sensitive to both temperature and pressure with ~58% conversion at an increased temperature of 95oC and only ~50% at lower pressure (2200psi). The morphology observed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) reveals that the shale particle surfaces are covered with precipitated calcite crystals ranging in size from 1 to 5 μm. Using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), the locations of residual CaSiO3and

  9. Do Agricultural Soils of California have the Potential to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate Greenhouse Gases? (United States)

    Suddick, E. C.; Scow, K. M.; Six, J. W.


    Agricultural ecosystems play a major role in the global carbon cycle and can be both sources of carbon emissions to the atmosphere and also carbon sinks which may be used to offset any future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In California, climate change predictions indicate major impacts and substantial alterations of agricultural systems over the next decades. In 2006, California passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) that requires reduction of the three major GHG's (CO2, N2O and CH4) to 1990 levels by 2020. We surveyed and synthesized available data from recent studies describing the potential to sequester carbon and reduce other GHG emissions in California agricultural soils. The studies evaluated various management practices in both annual row and perennial cropping systems, with other studies focusing upon biogeochemical model predictions for carbon sequestration and GHG mitigation calibrated towards California agriculture. Management practices considered included minimum or no tillage, cover cropping, organic residue (low and high inputs) and nitrogen fertilizer management. Though practices involving inputs of carbon, such as cover cropping and organic amendments, were often associated with increases in soil organic carbon (SOC) in the top soil layer (0-20 cm), results were not consistent across farming systems. Several studies indicated that conservation tillage, alone, increased above-ground biomass, especially when used with a cover crop. However, the reduced soil disturbance from conservation tillage merely resulted in a redistribution of the soil carbon rather than an overall accumulation, when compared with standard tillage and cover cropping practices together. Predictions from biogeochemical models indicated that increased inputs of manure and increased organic residues led to substantial carbon sequestration but did not consistently reduce non-CO2 related GHG emissions. The most effective way to reduce non-CO2 GHG

  10. Ipomoeassin F, a new cytotoxic macrocyclic glycoresin from the leaves of Ipomoea squamosa from the Suriname rainforest. (United States)

    Cao, Shugeng; Norris, Andrew; Wisse, Jan H; Miller, James S; Evans, Randy; Kingston, David G I


    A new cytotoxic macrocyclic glycoresin, ipomoeassin F (6), has been isolated from the leaves of Ipomoea squamosa. The structure was elucidated by the interpretation of spectral data. Compound 6 was strongly active in the A2780 (human ovarian cancer cell line) assay with an IC(50) value of 0.036 microM.

  11. Diverse organo-peptide macrocycles via a fast and catalyst-free oxime/intein-mediated dual ligation. (United States)

    Satyanarayana, Maragani; Vitali, Francesca; Frost, John R; Fasan, Rudi


    Macrocyclic Organo-Peptide Hybrids (MOrPHs) can be prepared from genetically encoded polypeptides via a chemoselective and catalyst-free reaction between a trifunctional oxyamino/amino-thiol synthetic precursor and an intein-fusion protein incorporating a bioorthogonal keto group.

  12. Push-pull macrocycles: donor-acceptor compounds with paired linearly conjugated or cross-conjugated pathways. (United States)

    Leu, Wade C W; Fritz, Amanda E; Digianantonio, Katherine M; Hartley, C Scott


    Two-dimensional π-systems are of current interest in the design of functional organic molecules, exhibiting unique behavior for applications in organic electronics, single-molecule devices, and sensing. Here we describe the synthesis and characterization of "push-pull macrocycles": electron-rich and electron-poor moieties linked by a pair of (matched) conjugated bridges. We have developed a two-component macrocyclization strategy that allows these structures to be synthesized with efficiencies comparable to acyclic donor-bridge-acceptor systems. Compounds with both cross-conjugated (m-phenylene) and linearly conjugated (2,5-thiophene) bridges have been prepared. As expected, the compounds undergo excitation to locally excited states followed by fluorescence from charge-transfer states. The m-phenylene-based systems exhibit slower charge-recombination rates presumably due to reduced electronic coupling through the cross-conjugated bridges. Interestingly, pairing the linearly conjugated 2,5-thiophene bridges also slows charge recombination. DFT calculations of frontier molecular orbitals show that the direct HOMO-LUMO transition is polarized orthogonal to the axis of charge transfer for these symmetrical macrocyclic architectures, reducing the electronic coupling. We believe the push-pull macrocycle design may be useful in engineering functional frontier molecular orbital symmetries.

  13. The role of macrocyclic ligands in the peroxo/superoxo nature of Ni-O2 biomimetic complexes. (United States)

    Zapata-Rivera, Jhon; Caballol, Rosa; Calzado, Carmen J


    The impact of the macrocyclic ligand on the electronic structure of two LNi-O2 biomimetic adducts, [Ni(12-TMC)O2](+) (12-TMC = 1,4,7,10-tetramethyl-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane) and [Ni(14-TMC)O2](+) (14-TMC = 1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane), has been inspected by means of difference-dedicated configuration interaction calculations and a valence bond reading of the wavefunction. The system containing the 12-membered macrocyclic ligand has been experimentally described as a side-on nickel(III)-peroxo complex, whereas the 14-membered one has been characterized as an end-on nickel(II)-superoxide. Our results put in evidence the relationship between the steric effect of the macrocyclic ligand, the O2 coordination mode and the charge transfer extent between the Ni center and the O2 molecule. The 12-membered macrocyclic ligand favors a side-on coordination, a most efficient overlap between Ni 3d and O2 π* orbitals and, consequently, a larger charge transfer from LNi fragment to O2 molecule. The analysis of the ground-state electronic structure shows an enhancement of the peroxide nature of the Ni-O2 interaction for [Ni(12-TMC)O2](+), although a dominant superoxide character is found for both systems.

  14. Isonitrile iron(II) complexes with chiral N2P2 macrocycles in the enantioselective transfer hydrogenation of ketones. (United States)

    Bigler, Raphael; Mezzetti, Antonio


    Bis(isonitrile) iron(II) complexes bearing a C2-symmetric N2P2 macrocyclic ligand, which are easily prepared from the corresponding bis(acetonitrile) analogue, catalyze the asymmetric transfer hydrogenation (ATH) of a broad scope of ketones in excellent yields (up to 98%) and with high enantioselectivity (up to 91% ee).

  15. Azalomycin F4a 2-ethylpentyl ester, a new macrocyclic lactone, from mangrove actinomycete Streptomyces sp.211726

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    Gan Jun Yuan; Kui Hong; Hai Peng Lin; Jia Li


    Azalomycin F4a 2-ethylpentyl ester,a new 36-membered macrocyclic lactone antibiotic,was isolated from mangrove actinomycete Streptomyces sp.211726.Its structure was elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic data.The compound showed broad-spectrum antifungal activity and moderate cytotoxicity against human colon tumor cell HCT-116.

  16. ForceGen 3D structure and conformer generation: from small lead-like molecules to macrocyclic drugs (United States)

    Cleves, Ann E.; Jain, Ajay N.


    We introduce the ForceGen method for 3D structure generation and conformer elaboration of drug-like small molecules. ForceGen is novel, avoiding use of distance geometry, molecular templates, or simulation-oriented stochastic sampling. The method is primarily driven by the molecular force field, implemented using an extension of MMFF94s and a partial charge estimator based on electronegativity-equalization. The force field is coupled to algorithms for direct sampling of realistic physical movements made by small molecules. Results are presented on a standard benchmark from the Cambridge Crystallographic Database of 480 drug-like small molecules, including full structure generation from SMILES strings. Reproduction of protein-bound crystallographic ligand poses is demonstrated on four carefully curated data sets: the ConfGen Set (667 ligands), the PINC cross-docking benchmark (1062 ligands), a large set of macrocyclic ligands (182 total with typical ring sizes of 12-23 atoms), and a commonly used benchmark for evaluating macrocycle conformer generation (30 ligands total). Results compare favorably to alternative methods, and performance on macrocyclic compounds approaches that observed on non-macrocycles while yielding a roughly 100-fold speed improvement over alternative MD-based methods with comparable performance.

  17. Efficient access to new chemical space through flow--construction of druglike macrocycles through copper-surface-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reactions. (United States)

    Bogdan, Andrew R; James, Keith


    A series of 12- to 22-membered macrocycles, with druglike functionality and properties, have been generated by using a simple and efficient copper-catalyzed azide-acetylene cycloaddition reaction, conducted in flow in high-temperature copper tubing, under environmentally friendly conditions. The triazole-containing macrocycles have been generated in up to 90 % yield in a 5 min reaction, without resorting to the high-dilution conditions typical of macrocyclization reactions. This approach represents a very efficient method for constructing this important class of molecules, in terms of yield, concentration, and environmental considerations.

  18. A Macrocyclic 1,4-Diketone Enables the Synthesis of a p-Phenylene Ring That Is More Strained than a Monomer Unit of [4]Cycloparaphenylene. (United States)

    Mitra, Nirmal K; Corzo, Hector H; Merner, Bradley L


    The synthesis of a p-terphenyl-based macrocycle, containing a p-phenylene unit with 42.6 kcal/mol of strain energy (SE), is reported. The conversion of a macrocyclic 1,4-diketone to a highly strained arene system takes place over five synthetic steps, featuring iterative dehydrative reactions in the aromatization protocol. Spectroscopic data of the deformed benzenoid macrocycle are in excellent agreement with other homologues that have been reported, indicating that the central p-phenylene ring of 9 is aromatic.

  19. Kinetics and mechanism of the stepwise complex formation of Cu(II) with tren-centered tris-macrocycles. (United States)

    Soibinet, Matthieu; Gusmeroli, Deborah; Siegfried, Liselotte; Kaden, Thomas A; Palivan, Cornelia; Schweiger, Arthur


    The stepwise complexation kinetics of Cu2+ with three tetratopic ligands L1, L2 and L3, tren-centred macrocycles with different bridges connecting the 14-membered macrocycles with the tren unit, have been measured by stopped-flow photodiode array techniques at 25 degrees C, I= 0.5 M (KNO3), and pH = 4.96. The reaction between the first Cu2+ and the ligand consists of several steps. In a rapid reaction Cu2+ first binds to the flexible and more reactive tren-unit. In this intermediate a translocation from the tren unit to the macrocyclic ring, which forms the thermodynamic more stable complex, takes place. This species can react further with a second Cu2+ to give a heterotopic dinuclear species with one Cu2+ bound by the tren-unit and the other coordinated by the macrocycle. A further translocation occurs to give the homoditopic species with two Cu2+ in the macrocycles. Finally a slow rearrangement of the dinuclear complex gives the final species. The rates of the translocation are dependent on the length and rigidity of the bridge, whereas the complexation rates with the tren unit are little affected by it. VIS spectra of the species obtained by fitting the kinetic results, EPR-spectra taken during the reaction, and ES mass spectra of the products confirm the proposed mechanism. The addition of a second, third and fourth equivalent of Cu2+ proceeds in an analogous way, but is complicated by the fact that we start and end with a mixture of species. These steps were evaluated in a qualitative way only.

  20. Activity of OPT-80, a novel macrocycle, compared with those of eight other agents against selected anaerobic species. (United States)

    Credito, Kim L; Appelbaum, Peter C


    Agar dilution MIC was used to compare activities of OPT-80, linezolid, vancomycin, teicoplanin, quinupristin/dalfopristin, amoxicillin/clavulanate, imipenem, clindamycin, and metronidazole against 350 gram-positive and -negative anaerobes. OPT-80 was active against gram-positive strains only, especially Clostridium spp. (85 strains tested, including 21 strains of C. difficile), with MICs ranging between

  1. Total synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of macrocyclic hybrids and analogues of the antimitotic natural products dictyostatin, discodermolide, and taxol. (United States)

    Paterson, Ian; Naylor, Guy J; Gardner, Nicola M; Guzmán, Esther; Wright, Amy E


    The design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a series of hybrids and analogues of the microtubule-stabilizing anticancer agents dictyostatin, discodermolide, and taxol is described. A 22-membered macrolide scaffold was prepared by adapting earlier synthetic routes directed towards dictyostatin and discodermolide, taking advantage of the distinctive structural and stereochemical similarities between these two polyketide-derived marine natural products. Initial endeavors towards accessing novel discodermolide/dictyostatin hybrids led to the adoption of a late-stage diversification strategy and the construction of a small library of methyl-ether derivatives, along with the first triple hybrids bearing the side-chain of taxol or taxotere attached through an ester linkage. Biological assays of the anti-proliferative activity of these compounds in a series of human cancer cell lines, including the taxol-resistant NCI/ADR-Res cell line, allowed the proposal of various structure-activity relationships. This led to the identification of a potent macrocyclic discodermolide/dictyostatin hybrid 12 and its C9 methoxy derivative 38, accessible by an efficient total synthesis and with a similar biological profile to dictyostatin.

  2. Hyperpolarized 89Y NMR spectroscopic detection of yttrium ion and DOTA macrocyclic ligand complexation: pH dependence and Y-DOTA intermediates (United States)

    Ferguson, Sarah; Kiswandhi, Andhika; Niedbalski, Peter; Parish, Christopher; Kovacs, Zoltan; Lumata, Lloyd

    Dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) is a rapidly emerging physics technique used to enhance the signal strength in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and imaging (MRI) experiments for nuclear spins such as yttrium-89 by >10,000-fold. One of the most common and stable MRI contrast agents used in the clinic is Gd-DOTA. In this work, we have investigated the binding of the yttrium and DOTA ligand as a model for complexation of Gd ion and DOTA ligand. The macrocyclic ligand DOTA is special because its complexation with lanthanide ions such as Gd3+ or Y3+ is highly pH dependent. Using this physics technology, we have tracked the complexation kinetics of hyperpolarized Y-triflate and DOTA ligand in real-time and detected the Y-DOTA intermediates. Different kinds of buffers were used (lactate, acetate, citrate, oxalate) and the pseudo-first order complexation kinetic calculations will be discussed. The authors would like to acknowledge the support by US Dept of Defense Award No. W81XWH-14-1-0048 and Robert A. Welch Foundation Grant No. AT-1877.

  3. Macrocyclic compound as ionophores in lead(Ⅱ)ion-selective electrodes with excellent response characteristics

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    HUANG MeiRong; MA XiaoLi; LI XinGui


    Macrocyclic compounds, such as crown ethers, azacrown ethers, thiacrown ethers, calixarenes and porphyrins, which act as ionophores in lead(Ⅱ) ion-selective electrodes, are systematically summarized based on the latest literatures. The molecular structure characteristics of the ionophores are general-ized. The modification regulations for the substituted ionophores are elaborated with the purpose ofimproving the response features of the lead(Ⅱ) ion-selective electrodes assembled by them. It is pointed out that the introduction of pendant moieties which contain soft base coordination centers like N, S and P atoms is in favor of adjusting the cavity size and conformation of the macrocyclic com-pounds. Furthermore, there is synergic effect between the cavity and the donor sites of the ligand and thus the selective complexation of lead ions is easily realized, resulting in significant avoidance of the interference from other metal ions. The macrocyclic ionophore having the best response characteris-tics thus far was found to be N,N'-dimethylcyanodiaza-18-crown-6 with the detection limit of 7.0×10-8 (14.5 μg/L), which is one of the uncommon ionophores that can really eliminate the interference from silver and mercury ions. The selectivity coefficients of the ionophore for lead ions over other metal ions, such as alkali, alkaline earth and transition metal ions are in the order of 10-4 or smaller, where the se-lectivity coefficient of lead(Ⅱ) over mercury(Ⅱ) ions is much lower, down to 8.9×10-4. The structure de-sign idea for high-performance ionophore is proposed according to present results. The incorporation of nitrogen atom, especially cyano group or thiocyano group or amino/imino groups, rather than thio atom alone could result in new excellent lead ionophores. The aborative design for metacyclophanes containing aromatic nitrogen atoms with the aim of creating excellent ionophores would also become a potential research trend. The lead(Ⅱ) ion

  4. Black Nitrogen or Plant-Derived Organic Nitrogen - which Form is More Efficiently Sequestered in Soils? (United States)

    López-Martín, María; Velasco-Molina, Marta; Knicker, Heike


    and approached those of the pots with fresh grass litter supporting the mobilization of black nitrogen and its uptake by plants. Our results point to the suggestion that N in PyOM and humified SOM have comparable biochemical stability. In order to test this hypothesis, a further experiment was set up mixtures of soil and humified 15N grass residues or aged 15N grass char to which fresh PyOM or fresh grass residues, respectively, were added. In addition solid-state 15N NMR spectroscopy was applied to disclose the nature of the sequestered N. REFERENCES Knicker, H., Almendros, G., González-Vila, F.J., Martín, F., Lüdemann, H.-D., 1996. 13C- and 15N-NMR spectroscopic examination of the transformation of organic nitrogen in plant biomass during thermal treatment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 28, 1053-1060.

  5. Mucosal lipocalin 2 has pro-inflammatory and iron-sequestering effects in response to bacterial enterobactin.

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    Michael A Bachman


    Full Text Available Nasal colonization by both gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens induces expression of the innate immune protein lipocalin 2 (Lcn2. Lcn2 binds and sequesters the iron-scavenging siderophore enterobactin (Ent, preventing bacterial iron acquisition. In addition, Lcn2 bound to Ent induces release of IL-8 from cultured respiratory cells. As a countermeasure, pathogens of the Enterobacteriaceae family such as Klebsiella pneumoniae produce additional siderophores such as yersiniabactin (Ybt and contain the iroA locus encoding an Ent glycosylase that prevents Lcn2 binding. Whereas the ability of Lcn2 to sequester iron is well described, the ability of Lcn2 to induce inflammation during infection is unknown. To study each potential effect of Lcn2 on colonization, we exploited K. pneumoniae mutants that are predicted to be susceptible to Lcn2-mediated iron sequestration (iroA ybtS mutant or inflammation (iroA mutant, or to not interact with Lcn2 (entB mutant. During murine nasal colonization, the iroA ybtS double mutant was inhibited in an Lcn2-dependent manner, indicating that the iroA locus protects against Lcn2-mediated growth inhibition. Since the iroA single mutant was not inhibited, production of Ybt circumvents the iron sequestration effect of Lcn2 binding to Ent. However, colonization with the iroA mutant induced an increased influx of neutrophils compared to the entB mutant. This enhanced neutrophil response to Ent-producing K. pneumoniae was Lcn2-dependent. These findings suggest that Lcn2 has both pro-inflammatory and iron-sequestering effects along the respiratory mucosa in response to bacterial Ent. Therefore, Lcn2 may represent a novel mechanism of sensing microbial metabolism to modulate the host response appropriately.

  6. The sensitivity of predicted carbon sequestered by a sustainable forestry management project -- An example from the Sierra Gorda Queretana, Mexico

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    Bird, D.N. [Woodrising Consulting Inc., Erin, Ontario (Canada); Ruiz Corzo, M.I. [grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, Queretaro (Mexico)


    Joint Implementation (JI) projects that capture carbon through sequestration are believed by investors to be more risky than other projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is because of their long lifetime, complicated nature, numerous poorly defined input parameters and perceived high costs of monitoring. Whereas the first factors are true, sensitivity analysis can help reduce these costs by focusing one`s attention on the important parameters. Secondly, sensitivity analysis can be used to improve program design. And finally, one can also create a distribution of possible outcomes for the project. The carbon flux model proposed by Schlamadinger and Marland (1) is used to calculate the amount of carbon sequestered by a forest management project. Using simple sensitivity analysis, the model has been extended to create tornado diagrams and probability distributions. Analysis of these data have led to focusing on estimates of important variables, an understanding of the time-value of money and the possibility of project redesign by the operating Non Government Organization (NGO). The project used in this discussion is a forestry management program supervised by Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, A.C.. Their goal is to create a sustainable forestry practice in the Sierra Gorda Queretana, Mexico. It is a 25 year project involving replanting a 1,000 ha/year for seven years and natural reforestation of a further 1,000 ha/year of marginal farmland for seven years. These two components of the project sequester 1.1 million tonnes of carbon and bring $260 million to the region. A forestry protection program sequesters a further 0.8 million tonnes of carbon at marginal cost. The project is anomalous for a sequestration project in that it makes money and has a 20.5% rate of return.


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    Ethiop.,3(1), 17-24 (1 939), ... Binucleating copper(II) and cobaltilll complexes of the ligand,. 4,16,20 ... to serve as simple model for multi-metal centered catalysts. ... catalysis in the four electron reduction of dioxygen to water (11,12).

  8. Metal-macrocycle framework (MMF): supramolecular nano-channel surfaces with shape sorting capability. (United States)

    Tashiro, Shohei; Kubota, Ryou; Shionoya, Mitsuhiko


    Hollow nanostructures for the functional assembly of chemical groups with inner surface geometry and regulable stoichiometry enable steric design of interior reaction centers. Herein we report a metal-macrocycle framework (MMF) that forms single-crystalline nanochannels with five distinct enantiomeric pairs of guest binding pockets. During crystal-soaking experiments, the MMF crystals can encapsulate aromatic molecules with high site selectivity. First, constitutional isomers of dibromobenzene are captured and sorted into different binding pockets. Second, each of the optical isomers of (1R/1S)-1-(3-chlorophenyl)ethanol is included diastereoselectively into one of an enantiomeric pair of binding pockets. An advantage of this strategy is that the interior walls can be "repainted" via replacement of the trapped molecules with alternatives. Such guest uptake behaviors would allow highly regioselective or stereoselective reactions within the nanochannel.

  9. Strontium-selective membrane electrodes based on some recently synthesized benzo-substituted macrocyclic diamides. (United States)

    Shamsipur, M; Rouhani, S; Sharghi, H; Ganjali, M R; Eshghi, H


    Eight different recently synthesized macrocyclic diamides were studied to characterize their abilities as strontium ion carriers in PVC membrane electrodes. The electrode based on 1,13-diaza-2,3;11,12-dibenzo-4,7,10-trioxacyclopentadecane-14,15-dione exhibits a Nernstian response for Sr(2+) ions over a wide concentration range (1.0 × 10(-)(1)-3.2 × 10(-)(5) M) with a limit of detection of 8.0 × 10(-)(6) M (0.7 ppm). The response time of the sensor is ∼10 s, and the membrane can be used for more than three months without observing any deviation. The electrode revealed comparatively good selectivities with respect to many alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metal ions. It was used as an indicator electrode in potentiometric titration of carbonate ions with a strontium ion solution.

  10. Cobalt(II)-selective membrane electrode based on a recently synthesized benzo-substituted macrocyclic diamide. (United States)

    Shamsipur, M; Poursaberi, T; Rouhani, S; Niknam, K; Sharghi, H; Ganjali, M R


    A PVC-membrane electrode based on a recently synthesized 18-membered macrocyclic diamide is presented. The electrode reveals a Nernstian potentiometric response for Co2+ over a wide concentration range (2.0 x 10(-6)-1.0 x 10(-2) M). The electrode has a response time of about 10 s and can be used for at least 2 months without any divergence. The proposed sensor revealed very good selectivities for Co2+ over a wide variety of other metal ions, and could be used over a wide pH range (3.0-8.0). The detection limit of the sensor is 6.0 x 10(-7) M. It was successfully applied to the direct determination and potentiometric titration of cobalt ion.

  11. Tetranuclear manganese(II) complexes of sulfonylcalix[4]arene macrocycles: synthesis, structure, spectroscopic and magnetic properties. (United States)

    Lamouchi, Meriem; Jeanneau, Erwann; Pillonnet, Anne; Brioude, Arnaud; Martini, Matteo; Stéphan, Olivier; Meganem, Faouzi; Novitchi, Ghenadie; Luneau, Dominique; Desroches, Cédric


    Two tetranuclear manganese(II) complexes {K(+)[Mn(4)(ThiaSO(2))(2)(OH)](-)} (1) and {K(+)[Mn(4)(ThiaSO(2))(2)(F)](-)} (2) have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions in methanol with p-tert-butylsulfonylcalix[4]arene (ThiaSO(2)). For both complexes, the structure has been established from single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The two complexes are best described as manganese squares sandwiched between two thiacalixarene macrocycles. In both complexes, in the center of the square formed by the four manganese(II) atoms, the unexpected presence of μ(4)-OH(-) or μ(4)-F(-) gives a negative charge to the cluster. The two tetranuclear complexes exhibit strong orange luminescence behavior resulting from the symbiosis between the ThiaSO(2) and the Mn(2+). Despite similar chemical formulation, (1) and (2) present difference in emission intensity and lifetime τ.

  12. Synthesis of Macrocyclic Ionophore for the Development of Highly Selective Chloride Sensor

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    Sameena Mehtab


    Full Text Available The macrocyclic ligands 3,8,12,17-tetramethyl-2,18,9,11-bipyridyl-1,4,7,10,13,16-hexaazacyclooctadecanetetrahydro bromide has been synthesized and explored as suitable ionophores for chloride selective membrane sensors. It displays Nernstian behavior (59.2 mV decade-1 across the range of 4.1 × 10-8 to 1.0 × 10-2 M. The detection limit of the electrode is ~ 15 nM and the response time and life times are 14 s and eight weeks respectively over a wide pH range (3.5 - 9.5. Interference from other anions is very low and it can be used as indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of chloride ions and to determine chloride in agricultural soil water samples.

  13. Graphene supported non-precious metal-macrocycle catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells (United States)

    Choi, Hyun-Jung; Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; Baek, Jong-Beom


    Fuel cells are promising alternative energy devices owing to their high efficiency and eco-friendliness. While platinum is generally used as a catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in a typical fuel cell, limited reserves and prohibitively high costs limit its future use. The development of non-precious and durable metal catalysts is being constantly conceived. Graphene has been widely used as a substrate for metal catalysts due to its unique properties, thus improving stability and ORR activities. In this feature, we present an overview on the electrochemical characteristics of graphene supported non-precious metal containing macrocycle catalysts that include metal porphyrin and phthalocyanine derivatives. Suggested research and future development directions are discussed.

  14. Dereplication of macrocyclic trichothecenes from extracts of filamentous fungi through UV and NMR profiles. (United States)

    Sy-Cordero, Arlene A; Graf, Tyler N; Wani, Mansukh C; Kroll, David J; Pearce, Cedric J; Oberlies, Nicholas H


    Macrocyclic trichothecenes (MTs), which have potent cytotoxicity, have been isolated from many different fungal species. These compounds were evaluated clinically by the US National Cancer Institute in the 1970s and 1980s. However, they have yet to be advanced into viable drugs because of severe side effects. Our team is investigating a diverse library of filamentous fungi for new anticancer leads. To avoid reisolating MTs through bioactivity-directed fractionation studies, a protocol for their facile dereplication was developed. The method uses readily available photodiode array detectors to identify one of two types of characteristic UV spectra for these compounds. In addition, diagnostic signals can be observed in the (1)H-NMR spectra, particularly for the epoxide and conjugated diene moieties, even at the level of a crude extract. Using these techniques in a complementary manner, MTs can be dereplicated rapidly.

  15. Synthesis and properties of new bolaform and macrocyclic galactose-based surfactants obtained by olefin metathesis. (United States)

    Satgé, Céline; Granet, Robert; Verneuil, Bernard; Champavier, Yves; Krausz, Pierre


    A series of galactose-based surfactants with various structures likely to display new interesting properties were synthesized. Four monocatenary surfactants were elaborated by microwave-assisted galactosylation of undecanol or 10-undecenol. These compounds were slightly soluble in water. Their tensioactive properties were determined at 45 degrees C. Olefin metathesis was used to synthesize the two single-chain bolaforms from undec-10-enyl galactopyranosides; two pseudomacrocyclic bolaforms were prepared by grafting two carbamates at O-4 and O-4' sugar positions of the single-chain bolaforms. These four surfactants are insoluble in water and undergo monolayer compression. Cyclization of these bolaforms by olefin metathesis led to macrocyclic surfactant analogues of archaeobacterial membrane components.

  16. Tunable photophysical processes of porphyrin macrocycles on the surface of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Parida, Manas R.


    We investigated the impact of the molecular structure of cationic porphyrins on the degree of electrostatic interactions with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy. Our results demonstrate that the number of cationic pyridinium units has a crucial impact on the photophysics of the porphyrin macrocycle. Fluorescence enhancement, relative to initial free porphyrin fluorescence, was found to be tuned from 3.4 to 1.3 times higher by reducing the number of cationic substituents on the porphyrin from 4 to 2. The resulting enhancement of the intensity of the fluorescence is attributed to the decrease in the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) character between the porphyrin cavity and its meso substituent. The novel findings reported in this work provide an understanding of the key variables involved in nanoassembly, paving the way toward optimizing the interfacial chemistry of porphyrin-ZnO NP assembly for photodynamic therapy and energy conversion.

  17. HPLC Enantioseparation of Phenylcarbamic Acid Derivatives by Using Macrocyclic Chiral Stationary Phases

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    Full Text Available The HPLC by using chiral stationary phases based on macrocyclic antibiotics, dimethylphenyl carbamate cyklofructan 7 and β-cyclodextrin in terms of polar-organic separation mode (mobile phase methanol/acetonitrile/acetic acid/triethylamine were used for enantioseparation of alkoxy derivatives of phenylcarbamic acid. The effect of the analyte structures on the efficiency of enantioseparation was investigated. The most suitable stationary phase was teicoplanin aglycone, where the separations of the enantiomers were obtained (the resolution value from 0.65 to 2.90, depending on the structure of the analyte. Significant effect on the resolution of the enantiomers has position of alkoxy substituent in the hydrophobic part of the molecule. The enantiorecognition was achieved for 3-alkoxysubstituted derivatives.

  18. Validation of a screening method for rapid control of macrocyclic lactone mycotoxins in maize flour samples. (United States)

    Zougagh, Mohammed; Téllez, Helena; Sánchez, Alberto; Chicharro, Manuel; Ríos, Angel


    A procedure for the analytical validation of a rapid supercritical fluid extraction amperometric screening method for controlling macrocyclic lactone mycotoxins in maize flour samples has been developed. The limit established by European legislation (0.2 mg kg(-1)), in reference to zearalenone (ZON) mycotoxin, was taken as the reference threshold to validate the proposed method. Natural ZON metabolites were also included in this study to characterize the final screening method. The objective was the reliable classification of samples as positive or negative samples. The cut-off level was fixed at a global concentration of mycotoxins of 0.17 mg kg(-1). An expanded unreliability zone between 0.16 and 0.23 mg kg(-1) characterized the screening method for classifying the samples. A set of 30 samples was used for the final demonstration of the reliability and usefulness of the method.

  19. The Crystal and Molecular Structure of a New Macrocyclic Ligand, (H6BDBPH)Br6·4H2O

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    The hexahydro-bromide salt of a new 24-membered hexaaza diphenol macrocyclic ligand, (H6BDBPH)Br6·4H2O (C26H56N6O6Br6, M, = 1028.23), crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group P21/c, with cell parameters: a = 14. 441(5), b=11.482(4), c=12.090(6)A, β=96.92°, V= 1990 (1)A3, Z=2, Dc=1. 716 g/cm3; F(000) = 1024. MoKa radiation, λ= 0. 71013A ), R = 0.0643 and wR = 0. 1356 for 3507 independent reflections with I > 2σ (I). The macrocyclic ligand adapts chair form, and the crystallographic inversion center is located in the macrocyclic cavity, and the six bromide ions and four water molecules are situated symmetrically outside the macrocyclic cavity.

  20. Diversity-oriented approach to macrocyclic cyclophane derivatives by Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling and olefin metathesis as key steps. (United States)

    Kotha, Sambasivarao; Chavan, Arjun S; Shaikh, Mobin


    Palladium-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura (SM) cross-coupling reaction with allylboronic acid pinacol ester and titanium assisted cross-metathesis (CM)/ring-closing metathesis (RCM) cascade has been used to synthesize macrocyclic cyclophane derivatives.

  1. Synthesis of a TREN in which the aryl substituents are part of a 45 atom macrocycle. (United States)

    Cain, Matthew F; Forrest, William P; Peryshkov, Dmitry V; Schrock, Richard R; Müller, Peter


    A substituted TREN has been prepared in which the aryl groups in (ArylNHCH2CH2)3N are substituted at the 3- and 5-positions with a total of six OCH2(CH2)nCH═CH2 groups (n = 1, 2, 3). Molybdenum nitride complexes, [(ArylNCH2CH2)3N]Mo(N), have been isolated as adducts that contain B(C6F5)3 bound to the nitride. Two of these [(ArylNCH2CH2)3N]Mo(NB(C6F5)3) complexes (n = 1 and 3) were crystallographically characterized. After removal of the borane from [(ArylNCH2CH2)3N]Mo(NB(C6F5)3) with PMe3, ring-closing olefin metathesis (RCM) was employed to join the aryl rings with OCH2(CH2)nCH═CH(CH2)nCH2O links (n = 1-3) between them. RCM worked best with a W(O)(CHCMe3)(Me2Pyr)(OHMT)(PMe2Ph) catalyst (OHMT = hexamethylterphenoxide, Me2Pyr = 2,5-dimethylpyrrolide) and n = 3. The macrocyclic ligand was removed from the metal through hydrolysis and isolated in 70-75% yields relative to the borane adducts. Crystallographic characterization showed that the macrocyclic TREN ligand in which n = 3 contains three cis double bonds. Hydrogenation produced a TREN in which the three links are saturated, i.e., O(CH2)10O.

  2. Virtual libraries of tetrapyrrole macrocycles. Combinatorics, isomers, product distributions, and data mining. (United States)

    Taniguchi, Masahiko; Du, Hai; Lindsey, Jonathan S


    A software program (PorphyrinViLiGe) has been developed to enumerate the type and relative amounts of substituted tetrapyrrole macrocycles in a virtual library formed by one of four different classes of reactions. The classes include (1) 4-fold reaction of n disubstituted heterocycles (e.g., pyrroles or diiminoisoindolines) to form β-substituted porphyrins, β-substituted tetraazaporphyrins, or α- or β-substituted phthalocyanines; (2) combination of m aminoketones and n diones to form m × n pyrroles, which upon 4-fold reaction give β-substituted porphyrins; (3) derivatization of an 8-point tetrapyrrole scaffold with n reagents, and (4) 4-fold reaction of n aldehydes and pyrrole to form meso-substituted porphyrins. The program accommodates variable ratios of reactants, reversible or irreversible reaction (reaction classes 1 and 2), and degenerate modes of formation. Pólya's theorem (for enumeration of cyclic entities) has also been implemented and provides validation for reaction classes 3 and 4. The output includes the number and identity of distinct reaction-accessible substituent combinations, the number and identity of isomers thereof, and the theoretical mass spectrum. Provisions for data mining enable assessment of the number of products having a chosen pattern of substituents. Examples include derivatization of an octa-substituted phthalocyanine with eight reagents to afford a library of 2,099,728 members (yet only 6435 distinct substituent combinations) and reversible reaction of six distinct disubstituted pyrroles to afford 2649 members (yet only 126 distinct substituent combinations). In general, libraries of substituted tetrapyrrole macrocycles occupy a synthetically accessible region of chemical space that is rich in isomers (>99% or 95% for the two examples, respectively).

  3. Macrocyclic nickel(II) complexes: Synthesis, characterization, superoxide scavenging activity and DNA-binding (United States)

    Ramadan, Abd El-Motaleb M.


    A new series of nickel(II) complexes with the tetraaza macrocyclic ligand have been synthesized as possible functional models for nickel-superoxide dismutase enzyme. The reaction of 5-amino-3-methyl-1-phenylpyrazole-4-carbaldehyde (AMPC) with itself in the presence of nickel(II) ion yields, the new macrocyclic cationic complex, [NiL(NO3)2], containing a ligand composed of the self-condensed AMPC (4 mol) bound to a single nickel(II) ion. A series of metathetical reactions have led to the isolation of a number of newly complexes of the types [NiL]X2; X = ClO4 and BF4, [NiLX2], X = Cl and Br (Scheme 1). Structures and characterizations of these complexes were achieved by several physicochemical methods namely, elemental analysis, magnetic moment, conductivity, and spectral (IR and UV-Vis) measurements. The electrochemical properties and thermal behaviors of these chelates were investigated by using cyclic voltammetry and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and DTG) techniques. A distorted octahedral stereochemistry has been proposed for the six-coordinate nitrato, and halogeno complexes. For the four-coordinate, perchlorate and fluoroborate, complex species a square-planar geometry is proposed. The measured superoxide dismutase mimetic activities of the complexes indicated that they are potent NiSOD mimics and their activities are compared with those obtained previously for nickel(II) complexes. The probable mechanistic implications of the catalytic dismutation of O2rad - by the synthesized nickel(II) complexes are discussed. The DNA-binding properties of representative complexes [NiLCl2] and [NiL](PF4)2 have been investigated by the electronic absorption and fluorescence measurements. The results obtained suggest that these complexes bind to DNA via an intercalation binding mode and the binding affinity for DNA follows the order: [NiLCl2] □ [NiL](PF4)2.

  4. Macrocyclic beta-sheet peptides that mimic protein quaternary structure through intermolecular beta-sheet interactions. (United States)

    Khakshoor, Omid; Demeler, Borries; Nowick, James S


    This paper reports the design, synthesis, and characterization of a family of cyclic peptides that mimic protein quaternary structure through beta-sheet interactions. These peptides are 54-membered-ring macrocycles comprising an extended heptapeptide beta-strand, two Hao beta-strand mimics [JACS 2000, 122, 7654] joined by one additional alpha-amino acid, and two delta-linked ornithine beta-turn mimics [JACS 2003, 125, 876]. Peptide 3a, as the representative of these cyclic peptides, contains a heptapeptide sequence (TSFTYTS) adapted from the dimerization interface of protein NuG2 [PDB ID: 1mio]. 1H NMR studies of aqueous solutions of peptide 3a show a partially folded monomer in slow exchange with a strongly folded oligomer. NOE studies clearly show that the peptide self-associates through edge-to-edge beta-sheet dimerization. Pulsed-field gradient (PFG) NMR diffusion coefficient measurements and analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) studies establish that the oligomer is a tetramer. Collectively, these experiments suggest a model in which cyclic peptide 3a oligomerizes to form a dimer of beta-sheet dimers. In this tetrameric beta-sheet sandwich, the macrocyclic peptide 3a is folded to form a beta-sheet, the beta-sheet is dimerized through edge-to-edge interactions, and this dimer is further dimerized through hydrophobic face-to-face interactions involving the Phe and Tyr groups. Further studies of peptides 3b-3n, which are homologues of peptide 3a with 1-6 variations in the heptapeptide sequence, elucidate the importance of the heptapeptide sequence in the folding and oligomerization of this family of cyclic peptides. Studies of peptides 3b-3g show that aromatic residues across from Hao improve folding of the peptide, while studies of peptides 3h-3n indicate that hydrophobic residues at positions R3 and R5 of the heptapeptide sequence are important in oligomerization.

  5. Colloidal particles containing labeling agents and cyclodextrins for theranostic applications. (United States)

    Zafar, Nadiah; Fessi, Hatem; Elaissari, Abdelhamid


    This review aims to give to the reader some new light on cyclodextrin (CD)-based theranostic agents in order to complete our recently published review dedicated to CD-particles conjugates in drug delivery systems (Zafar et al., 2014). CDs are biocompatible sugar-based macrocycles used in a wide range of biomedical applications. Here, we mainly focus on fundamental theranostic approaches combining the use of cyclodextrin molecules and colloidal particles as theranostic agents. The system's key features are discussed and a few recent pertinent applications are presented. CDs are used in order to enhance theranostic properties by providing apolar cavities for the encapsulation of hydrophobic moieties. Thus, CD molecules are used to enhance the loading capacity of particles by hosting active molecules. The relevance of CDs in enhancing the labeling properties of particles and the preparation of controlled drug release particles is also highlighted.

  6. [Uricosuric agent]. (United States)

    Ohno, Iwao


    Urate lowering treatment is indicated in patients with recurrent acute attacks, tophi, gouty arthropathy, radiographic changes of gout, multiple joint involvement, or associated uric acid nephrolithiasis. Uricosuric agents like benzbromarone and probenecid are very useful to treat hyperuricemia as well as allopurinol (xanthine oxidase inhibitor). Uricosuric agents act the urate lowering effect through blocking the URAT1, an urate transporter, in brush border of renal proximal tubular cells. In order to avoid the nephrotoxicity and urolithiasis due to increasing of urinary urate excretion by using uricosuric agents, the proper urinary tract management (enough urine volume and correction of aciduria) should be performed.

  7. Peptide macrocycles featuring a backbone secondary amine: a convenient strategy for the synthesis of lipidated cyclic and bicyclic peptides on solid support. (United States)

    Oddo, Alberto; Münzker, Lena; Hansen, Paul R


    A convenient strategy for the on-resin synthesis of macrocyclic peptides (3- to 13-mers) via intramolecular halide substitution by a diamino acid is described. The method is compatible with standard Fmoc/tBu SPPS and affords a tail-to-side-chain macrocyclic peptide featuring an endocyclic secondary amine. This functional group is still reactive toward acylation, allowing for the continuation of the synthesis. An application to the synthesis of lipidated cyclic and bicyclic antimicrobial peptides is presented.

  8. Fire and the distribution and uncertainty of carbon sequestered as above-ground tree biomass in Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (United States)

    Lutz, James A.; Matchett, John R.; Tarnay, Leland W.; Smith, Douglas F.; Becker, Kendall M.L.; Furniss, Tucker J.; Brooks, Matthew L.


    Fire is one of the principal agents changing forest carbon stocks and landscape level distributions of carbon, but few studies have addressed how accurate carbon accounting of fire-killed trees is or can be. We used a large number of forested plots (1646), detailed selection of species-specific and location-specific allometric equations, vegetation type maps with high levels of accuracy, and Monte Carlo simulation to model the amount and uncertainty of aboveground tree carbon present in tree species (hereafter, carbon) within Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. We estimated aboveground carbon in trees within Yosemite National Park to be 25 Tg of carbon (C) (confidence interval (CI): 23–27 Tg C), and in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park to be 20 Tg C (CI: 18–21 Tg C). Low-severity and moderate-severity fire had little or no effect on the amount of carbon sequestered in trees at the landscape scale, and high-severity fire did not immediately consume much carbon. Although many of our data inputs were more accurate than those used in similar studies in other locations, the total uncertainty of carbon estimates was still greater than ±10%, mostly due to potential uncertainties in landscape-scale vegetation type mismatches and trees larger than the ranges of existing allometric equations. If carbon inventories are to be meaningfully used in policy, there is an urgent need for more accurate landscape classification methods, improvement in allometric equations for tree species, and better understanding of the uncertainties inherent in existing carbon accounting methods.

  9. Vasoactive Agents


    Husedzinovic, Ino; Bradic, Nikola; Goranovic, Tanja


    This article is a short review of vasoactive drugs which are in use in todays clinical practice. In the past century, development of vasoactive drugs went through several phases. All of these drugs are today divided into several groups, depending on their place of action, pharmacological pathways and/or effects on target organ or organ system. Hence, many different agents are today in clinical practice, we have shown comparison between them. These agents provide new directions in the treatmen...

  10. Ihog and Boi elicit Hh signaling via Ptc but do not aid Ptc in sequestering the Hh ligand. (United States)

    Camp, Darius; Haitian He, Billy; Li, Sally; Althaus, Irene W; Holtz, Alexander M; Allen, Benjamin L; Charron, Frédéric; van Meyel, Donald J


    Hedgehog (Hh) proteins are secreted molecules essential for tissue development in vertebrates and invertebrates. Hh reception via the 12-pass transmembrane protein Patched (Ptc) elicits intracellular signaling through Smoothened (Smo). Hh binding to Ptc is also proposed to sequester the ligand, limiting its spatial range of activity. In Drosophila, Interference hedgehog (Ihog) and Brother of ihog (Boi) are two conserved and redundant transmembrane proteins that are essential for Hh pathway activation. How Ihog and Boi activate signaling in response to Hh remains unknown; each can bind both Hh and Ptc and so it has been proposed that they are essential for both Hh reception and sequestration. Using genetic epistasis we established here that Ihog and Boi, and their orthologs in mice, act upstream or at the level of Ptc to allow Hh signal transduction. In the Drosophila developing wing model we found that it is through Hh pathway activation that Ihog and Boi maintain the boundary between the anterior and posterior compartments. We dissociated the contributions of Ptc from those of Ihog/Boi and, surprisingly, found that cells expressing Ptc can retain and sequester the Hh ligand without Ihog and Boi, but that Ihog and Boi cannot do so without Ptc. Together, these results reinforce the central role for Ptc in Hh binding in vivo and demonstrate that, although Ihog and Boi are dispensable for Hh sequestration, they are essential for pathway activation because they allow Hh to inhibit Ptc and thereby relieve its repression of Smo.

  11. Nutrient amendment does not increase mineralisation of sequestered carbon during incubation of a nitrogen limited mangrove soil

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    Keuskamp, Joost A.


    Mangrove forests are sites of intense carbon and nutrient cycling, which result in soil carbon sequestration on a global scale. Currently, mangrove forests receive increasing quantities of exogenous nutrients due to coastal development. The present paper quantifies the effects of nutrient loading on microbial growth rates and the mineralisation of soil organic carbon (SOC) in two mangrove soils contrasting in carbon content. An increase in SOC mineralisation rates would lead to the loss of historically sequestered carbon and an enhanced CO2 release from these mangrove soils.In an incubation experiment we enriched soils from Avicennia and Rhizophora mangrove forests bordering the Red Sea with different combinations of nitrogen, phosphorus and glucose to mimic the effects of wastewater influx. We measured microbial growth rates as well as carbon mineralisation rates in the natural situation and after enrichment. The results show that microbial growth is energy limited in both soils, with nitrogen as a secondary limitation. Nitrogen amendment increased the rate at which labile organic carbon was decomposed, while it decreased SOC mineralisation rates. Such an inhibitory effect on SOC mineralisation was not found for phosphorus enrichment.Our data confirm the negative effect of nitrogen enrichment on the mineralisation of recalcitrant carbon compounds found in other systems. Based on our results it is not to be expected that nutrient enrichment by itself will cause degradation of historically sequestered soil organic carbon in nitrogen limited mangrove forests. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

  12. Three-dimensionally presented anti-fouling zwitterionic motifs sequester and enable high-efficiency delivery of therapeutic proteins. (United States)

    Liu, Pingsheng; Skelly, Jordan D; Song, Jie


    Zwitterions are well known for their anti-biofouling properties. Past investigations of zwitterionic materials for biomedical uses have been centered on exploiting their ability to inhibit non-specific adsorption of proteins. Here, we report that zwitterionic motifs, when presented in three dimensions (e.g. in crosslinked hydrogels), could effectively sequester osteogenic bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). The ionic interactions between rhBMP-2 and the 3-D zwitterionic network enabled dynamic sequestering and sustained release of the protein with preserved bioactivity. We further demonstrated that the zwitterionic hydrogel confers high-efficiency in vivo local delivery of rhBMP-2. It can template the functional healing of critical-size femoral segmental defects in rats with rhBMP-2 at a loading dose substantially lower than those required for current natural or synthetic polymeric carriers. These findings reveal a novel function of zwitterionic materials beyond their commonly perceived anti-biofouling property, and may establish 3-D zwitterionic matrices as novel high-efficiency vehicles for protein/ionic drug therapeutic delivery.

  13. The Role of Biochar in Ameliorating Disturbed Soils and Sequestering Soil Carbon in Tropical Agricultural Production Systems

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    Wolde Mekuria


    Full Text Available Agricultural soils in the tropics have undergone significant declines in their native carbon stock through the long-term use of extractive farming practices. However, these soils have significant capacity to sequester CO2 through the implementation of improved land management practices. This paper reviews the published and grey literature related to the influence of improved land management practices on soil carbon stock in the tropics. The review suggests that the implementation of improved land management practices such as crop rotation, no-till, cover crops, mulches, compost, or manure can be effective in enhancing soil organic carbon pool and agricultural productivity in the tropics. The benefits of such amendments were, however, often short-lived, and the added organic matters were usually mineralized to CO2 within a few cropping seasons leading to large-scale leakage. We found that management of black carbon (C, increasingly referred to as biochar, may overcome some of those limitations and provide an additional soil management option. Under present circumstances, recommended crop and land management practices are inappropriate for the vast majority of resource constrained smallholder farmers and farming systems. We argue that expanding the use of biochar in agricultural lands would be important for sequestering atmospheric CO2 and mitigating climate change, while implementing the recommended crop and land management practices in selected areas where the smallholder farmers are not resource constrained.

  14. FGD Additives to Segregate and Sequester Mercury in Solid Byproducts - Final Report

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    Searcy, K; Bltyhe, G M; Steen, W A


    Many mercury control strategies for U.S. coal-fired power generating plants involve co-benefit capture of oxidized mercury from flue gases treated by wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems. For these processes to be effective at overall mercury control, the captured mercury must not be re-emitted to the atmosphere or into surface or ground water. The project sought to identify scrubber additives and FGD operating conditions under which mercury re-emissions would decrease and mercury would remain in the liquor and be blown down from the system in the chloride purge stream. After exiting the FGD system, mercury would react with precipitating agents to form stable solid byproducts and would be removed in a dewatering step. The FGD gypsum solids, free of most of the mercury, could then be disposed or processed for reuse as wallboard or in other beneficial reuse. The project comprised extensive bench-scale FGD scrubber tests in Phases I and II. During Phase II, the approaches developed at the bench scale were tested at the pilot scale. Laboratory wastewater treatment tests measured the performance of precipitating agents in removing mercury from the chloride purge stream. Finally, the economic viability of the approaches tested was evaluated.

  15. [Inotropic agents]. (United States)

    Sasayama, Shigetake


    Depression of myocardial contractility plays an important role in the development of heart failure and many inotropic agents were developed to improve the contractile function of the failing heart. Agents that increase cyclic AMP, either by increasing its synthesis or reducing its degradation, exerted dramatic short-term hemodynamic benefits, but these acute effects were not extrapolated into long-term improvement of the clinical outcome of heart failure patients. Administration of these agents to an energy starved failing heart would be expected to increase myocardial energy use and could accelerate disease progression. The role of digitalis in the management of heart failure has been controversial, however, the recent large scale clinical trial has ironically proved that digoxin reduced the rate of hospitalization both overall and for worsening heart failure. More recently, attention was paid to other inotropic agents that have a complex and diversified mechanism. These agents have some phosphodiesterase-inhibitory action but also possess additional effects, including cytokine inhibitors, immunomodulators, or calcium sensitizers. In the Western Societies these agents were again shown to increase mortality of patients with severe heart failure in a dose dependent manner with the long-term administration. However, it may not be the case in the Japanese population in whom mortality is relatively low. Chronic treatment with inotropic agent may be justified in Japanese, as it allows optimal care in the context of relief of symptoms and an improved quality of life. Therefore, each racial group should obtain specific evidence aimed at developing its own guidelines for therapy rather than translating major guidelines developed for other populations.

  16. [Chiral separation of drugs based on macrocyclic antibiotics using HPLC, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) and capillary electrochromatography (CEC)]. (United States)

    Dungelová, J; Lehotay, J; Rojkovicová, T; Cizmárik, J


    Separation of enantiomers by means of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), and capillary electrochromatography (CEC) is of great importance in pharmaceutical analyses. In recent years, separation of various types of racemates employs most frequently chiral stationary phases based on macrocyclic antibiotics. This class of chiral selectors includes vancomycin, teikoplanin, ristocetin A, teikoplanin without saccharide components, avoparcin, etc. The review paper describes the properties of selected antibiotics, the effect of chromatographic conditions on enantioselectivity (effect of the composition of the mobile phase, effect of pH of the mobile phase, effect of temperature), and the study of possible mechanisms of interaction, which play an important role in the separation of enantiomers. Examples of the use of macrocyclic antibiotics in the separation of various compounds by means of the HPLC, SFC, and CEC methods follow.

  17. Sunscreening Agents (United States)

    Martis, Jacintha; Shobha, V; Sham Shinde, Rutuja; Bangera, Sudhakar; Krishnankutty, Binny; Bellary, Shantala; Varughese, Sunoj; Rao, Prabhakar; Naveen Kumar, B.R.


    The increasing incidence of skin cancers and photodamaging effects caused by ultraviolet radiation has increased the use of sunscreening agents, which have shown beneficial effects in reducing the symptoms and reoccurrence of these problems. Many sunscreen compounds are in use, but their safety and efficacy are still in question. Efficacy is measured through indices, such as sun protection factor, persistent pigment darkening protection factor, and COLIPA guidelines. The United States Food and Drug Administration and European Union have incorporated changes in their guidelines to help consumers select products based on their sun protection factor and protection against ultraviolet radiation, whereas the Indian regulatory agency has not yet issued any special guidance on sunscreening agents, as they are classified under cosmetics. In this article, the authors discuss the pharmacological actions of sunscreening agents as well as the available formulations, their benefits, possible health hazards, safety, challenges, and proper application technique. New technologies and scope for the development of sunscreening agents are also discussed as well as the role of the physician in patient education about the use of these agents. PMID:23320122

  18. Through-space electronic communication of zinc phthalocyanine with substituted [60]Fullerene bearing O2Nxaza-crown macrocyclic ligands (United States)

    Ghanbari, Bahram; Shahhoseini, Leila; Mahlooji, Niloofar; Gholamnezhad, Parisa; Taheri Rizi, Zahra


    Two new macrocyclic ligands containing 17- and 19-membered O2N3-donor aza-crowns anchored to [60]Fullerene were synthesized and characterized by employing HPLC, electrospray ionization mass (ESI-MS), 1H and 13C NMR, UV-vis, IR spectroscopies, as well as powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) in solid state. TGA measurements revealed that upon linking each of these macrocycle rings to [60]Fullerene, the decomposition point measured for [60]Fullerene moiety was increased, indicating on the promoted stability of [60]Fullerene backbone during binding to these macrocyclic ligands. Moreover, the ground state non-covalent interactions of [60]Fullerene derivatives of O2Nx (x = 2, and 3) aza-crown macrocyclic ligands namely, L1-L4 with zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) were also investigated by UV-vis absorption, steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectrophotometry in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). The calculation of Stern-Volmer constants (KSV) indicated on existence of an efficient quenching mechanism comprising of the excited singlet state of ZnPc in the presence of L1-L4. The observation of an appropriate correlation between decrease in fluorescence intensity and lifetime parameters led us to propose the occurrence of a static mechanism for the fluorescence quenching of ZnPc in the presence of L1-L3. The binding constants (KBH) of L1-L4/ZnPc were also determined applying the fluorescence quenching experiments. Meanwhile, the incompatibility of both KSV and KBH values found for L4 was also described in terms of structural features using DFT calculations using the B3LYP functional and 6-31G* basis set.

  19. 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....

  20. Increasing the luminescence of lanthanide(III) macrocyclic complexes by the use of polymers and lanthanide enhanced luminescence (United States)

    Leif, Robert C.; Becker, Margie C.; Bromm, Alfred J., Jr.; Vallarino, Lidia M.; Williams, Steven A.; Yang, Sean


    A Eu (III)-macrocycle-isothiocyanate, Quantum DyeTM, has been reacted with lysine homo- and hetero-peptides to give polymers with multiple luminescent side chains. Contrary to the concentration quenching that occurs with conventional organic fluorophores, the attachment of multiple Quantum Dyes to a polymer results in a concomitant increase in luminescence. The emission intensity of the peptide-bound Quantum Dye units is approximately linearly related to their number. The attachment of peptides containing multiple lanthanide (III) macrocycles to analyte-binding species is facilitated by employing solid-phase technology. Bead-bound peptides are first labeled with multiple Quantum Dye units, then conjugated to an antibody, and finally released from the bead by specific cleavage with Proteinase K unedr physiological conditions. Since the luminescence of lanthanide(III) macrocycles is enhanced by the presence of GD(III) or Y(III) ions in a micellar system, a significant increase in signal can be achieved by attaching a polymer labeled with multiple Quantum Dye units to an analyte- binding species, such as a monoclonal antibody, or by taking advantage of the luminescence enhancing effects of Gd(III) or Y(III), or by both approaches concomitantly. A comparison between the integrated intensity and lifetime measurements of the Eu(III)-macrocycle under a variety of conditions show that the signal increase caused by Gd(III) can not be explained solely by the increase in lifetime, and must result in significant part from an energy transfer process invloving donors not directly bound to the Eu(III).

  1. Modulation of lipopolysaccharide-induced proinflammatory cytokine production by satratoxins and other macrocyclic trichothecenes in the murine macrophage. (United States)

    Chung, Yong-Joo; Jarvis, Bruce; Pestka, James


    The satratoxins and other macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxins are produced by Stachybotrys, a mold that is often found in water-damaged dwellings and office buildings. To test the potential immunomodulatory effects of these mycotoxins, RAW 264.7 murine macrophage cells were treated with various concentrations of satratoxin G (SG), isosatratoxin F (iSF), satratoxin H (SH), roridin A (RA), and verrucarin A (VA) for 48 h in the presence or absence of suboptimal concentra-tion of lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 50 ng/ml), and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha ) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) production were assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). In LPS-stimulated cultures, TNF-alpha supernatant concentrations were significantly increased in the presence of 2.5, 2.5, and 1 ng/ml of SG, SH, and RA, respectively, whereas IL-6 concentrations were not affected by the same concentrations these macrocyclic trichothecenes. When cells that were treated with LPS and SG (2.5 ng/ml) were evaluated by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR),TNF-alpha mRNA was found to increase at 24, 36, and 48 h compared to control cells. At higher concentrations, cytokine production and cell viability were markedly impaired in LPS-stimulated cells. Without LPS stimulation, neither TNF-alpha, nor IL-6 was induced. These results indicate that low concentrations of macrocyclic trichothecenes superinduce expression of TNF-alpha, whereas higher concentrations of these toxins are cytotoxic and concurrently reduce cytokine production. The capacity of satratoxins and other macrocyclic trichothecenes to alter cytokine production may play an etiologic role in outbreaks of Stachybotrys-associated human illnesses.

  2. Highly enantioselective transfer hydrogenation of ketones with chiral (NH)2 P2 macrocyclic iron(II) complexes. (United States)

    Bigler, Raphael; Huber, Raffael; Mezzetti, Antonio


    Bis(isonitrile) iron(II) complexes bearing a C2 -symmetric diamino (NH)2 P2 macrocyclic ligand efficiently catalyze the hydrogenation of polar bonds of a broad scope of substrates (ketones, enones, and imines) in high yield (up to 99.5 %), excellent enantioselectivity (up to 99 % ee), and with low catalyst loading (generally 0.1 mol %). The catalyst can be easily tuned by modifying the substituents of the isonitrile ligand.

  3. Biomimetic Synthesis of Twenty-four Long-chained Diketones as Precursors for Muscone and Further Macrocyclic Ketones

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    GUO,Yuan; CHEN,Kang-yu; LI,Jian-Li; SHI,Zhen


    The one-carbon unit transfer reaction of tetrahydrofolate coenzyme was initiated. Bisbenzimidazolium salts were used as a tetrahydrofolate coenzyme model, and thus the biomimetic synthesis of twenty-four acyclic dike-tones as precursors for macrocyclic ketones was successfully accomplished by using the addition-hydrolysis reac-tion of the bisbenzimidazolium salts with alkyl magnesium halide, wherein six diketones have not been reported in literature. Accordingly, a short route to muscone analogues was provided.

  4. Site-selective functionalization of periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) with macrocyclic host for specific and reversible recognition of heavy metal. (United States)

    Ye, Gang; Leng, Yuxiao; Bai, Feifei; Wei, Jichao; Wang, Jianchen; Chen, Jing


    A novel kind of macrocyclic-host-functionalized periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) with excellent and reversible recognition of Pb(II) was developed. The macrocyclic host molecule cis-dicyclohexano[18]crown-6, with strong affinity to Pb(II), was carefully modified as a bridged precursor to build the PMO material. To break down the limit of the functionalization degree for PMOs incorporated with large-sized moieties, a site-selective post-functionalization method was proposed to further decorate the external surface of the PMO material. The selective recognition ability of the upgraded PMO material towards Pb(II) was remarkably enhanced without destroying the mesoporous ordering. Solid-state (13)C and (29)Si NMR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), XRD, TEM, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm measurements were utilized for a full characterization of the structure, micromorphology, and surface properties. Reversible binding of Pb(II) was realized in the binding-elution cycle experiments. The mechanism of the supramolecular interaction between the macrocyclic host and metal ion was discussed. The synthetic strategy can be considered a general way to optimize the properties of PMOs as binding materials for practical use while preserving the mesostructure. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Discrete and Polymeric, Mono- and Dinuclear Silver Complexes of a Macrocyclic Tetraoxime Ligand with AgI–AgI Interactions

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    Mitsuhiko Shionoya


    Full Text Available Macrocyclic compounds that can bind cationic species efficiently and selectively with their cyclic cavities have great potential as excellent chemosensors for metal ions. Recently, we have developed a tetraoxime-type tetraazamacrocyclic ligand 1 formed through a facile one-pot cyclization reaction. Aiming to explore and bring out the potential of the tetraoxime macrocycle 1 as a chelating sensor, we report herein the preparation of several kinds of silver complexes of 1 and their unique coordination structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. As a result, the formation of two kinds of discrete structures, monomeric complexes [Ag(1X] (X = counter anions and a dimeric complex [Ag2(12]X2, and two kinds of polymeric structures from a mononuclear complex, [Ag(1]nXn, and from a dinuclear complex, [Ag2(1X2]n, was demonstrated. In the resulting complexes, the structurally flexible macrocyclic ligand 1 was found to provide several different coordination modes. Notably, in some silver complexes of 1, AgI–AgI interactions were observed with different AgI–AgI distances which depend on the kind of counter anions and the chemical composition.

  6. The role of macrocyclic compounds in the extraction and possible separation of platinum and rhodium from chloride solutions (United States)

    Jyothi, Rajesh Kumar; Lee, Jin-Young


    Macrocyclic compounds (crown ethers), specifically 18-crown-6 (18-C-6), benzo-15-crown-5 (B-15-C-5), di-benzo-18-crown-6 (DB-18-C-6) and di-cyclohexano-18-crown-6 (DC-18C-6), are used as extractants as well as synergists with amine-group extractants. Platinum and rhodium belong to platinum-group metals (PGMs) and have very similar ionic radii and similar properties. The separation of PGMs is most useful for the preparation of functional materials. Macrocyclic compounds are tested for platinum and rhodium separation and are found to achieve marginal separation. Amines (used as extractants) are paired with macrocyclic compounds (used as synergists), and the separation factor between platinum and rhodium is increased with synergistic enhancement from a chloride solution. The present study discusses extraction chemistry, separation factors and the synergy between platinum and rhodium from chloride solutions. To ensure accurate data, the aqueous samples in this study are analyzed using an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES).

  7. Macrocyclic-, polycyclic-, and nitro musks in cosmetics, household commodities and indoor dusts collected from Japan: implications for their human exposure. (United States)

    Nakata, Haruhiko; Hinosaka, Mari; Yanagimoto, Hayato


    This paper reported the occurrence and concentrations of macrocyclic-, polycyclic- and nitro musks in cosmetics and household commodities collected from Japan. The high concentrations and detection frequencies of Musk T, habanolide, and exaltolides were found in commercial products, suggesting their large amounts of production and usage in Japan. Polycyclic musks, HHCB and OTNE, also showed high concentrations in cosmetics and products. The estimated dairy intakes of Musk T and HHCB by the dermal exposure to commercial products were 7.8 and 7.9 μg/kg/day in human, respectively, and perfume and body lotion are dominant exposure sources. We also analyzed synthetic musks in house dusts. Polycyclic musks, HHCB and OTNE, showed high concentrations in samples, but macrocyclic musks were detected only in a few samples, although these types of musks were highly detected in commercial products. This is probably due to easy-degradation of macrocyclic musks in indoor environment. The dairy intakes of HHCB by dust ingestions were 0.22 ng/kg/day in human, which were approximately five orders of magnitudes lower than those of dermal absorption from commercial household commodities.

  8. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a New Dinuclear Manganese(Ⅱ) Manganese(Ⅲ) Complex of a Macrocyclic Ligand

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    JIAN Fang-fang; XIAO Hai-lian; XU Liang-zhong; PANG Lei


    A mixed-valence dinuclear manganese complex, [MnⅡMnⅢL](ClO4)·1/2MeOH, where L is a macrocyclic ligand derived from the cyclocondensation of sodium 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenolate with N,N-bis(2-aminoethyl)-2-hydroxybenzyl amine, was obtained and its structure was determined by X-ray diffraction. The orange crystal is a monoclinic system with space group P21/c and lattice parameters a=1.1617(4), b=1.4005(3), c=1.4641(3) nm, β=113.03(2)°, and Z=2. The crystal structure shows that each pendant-arm is bonded in a bidentate fashion to the adjacent metal atom and that both the arms are on the same side of the macrocycle. The two Mn atoms are bridged by two μ2-phenoxy oxygen atoms of the tetra-imine macrocycle, and each Mn atom, locating in a trigonal prismatic coordination environment(N3O3), is six-coordinated by the two imine nitrogen atoms, one tertiary nitrogen atom and a pendant phenol moiety apart from the two oxygen atoms.

  9. Accelerated Hydrolysis of p-Nitrophenyl Picolinate Catalyzed by Metallomicelle Made from a Novel Macrocyclic Polyamine Copper(Ⅱ) Complex

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    KOU,Xing-Ming; ZHAO,Guo-Po; HUANG,Zhong; TIAN,Yu-Hua; MENG,Xiang-Guang; ZENG Xian-Cheng


    A copper(Ⅱ) complex 1 of a novel macrocyclic polyamine ligand with hydroxylethyl pendant groups, 4,ll-bis(hydroxylethyl)-5,7,7,12,14,14-hexamethyl-l,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane (L) has been synthesized and characterized. Rate enhancement for hydrolysis of p-nitrophenyl picolinate (PNPP) catalyzed by 1 was studied kinetically under Brij35 micellar condition. For comparision, the catalytic activity of corresponding copper(Ⅱ) complex 2 of non-substituted macrocyclic polyamine ligand, 5,7,7,12,14,14-hexamethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraaza-cyclote-tradecane (L1) toward the hydrolysis of PNPP was also investigated. The results indicate that the macrocyclic polyamine copper(Ⅱ) complex 1 effectively catalyzed the hydrolysis of PNPP, and the pendant ligand hydroxyl group or deprotonated pendant ligand hydroxyl group can act as catalytically active species in the reaction. A ternary complex kinetic model involving metal ion, ligand and substrate has been proposed, and the results confirmed the reasonability of such kinetic model.

  10. Mobile Agents (United States)

    Satoh, Ichiro

    Mobile agents are autonomous programs that can travel from computer to computer in a network, at times and to places of their own choosing. The state of the running program is saved, by being transmitted to the destination. The program is resumed at the destination continuing its processing with the saved state. They can provide a convenient, efficient, and robust framework for implementing distributed applications and smart environments for several reasons, including improvements to the latency and bandwidth of client-server applications and reducing vulnerability to network disconnection. In fact, mobile agents have several advantages in the development of various services in smart environments in addition to distributed applications.

  11. Aza-macrocyclic complexes of the Group 1 cations - synthesis, structures and density functional theory study. (United States)

    Dyke, John; Levason, William; Light, Mark E; Pugh, David; Reid, Gillian; Bhakhoa, Hanusha; Ramasami, Ponnadurai; Rhyman, Lydia


    The Group 1 complexes, [M(Me6[18]aneN6)][BAr(F)] (M = Li-Cs; Me6[18]aneN6 = 1,4,7,10,13,16-hexamethyl-1,4,7,10,13,16-hexaazacyclooctadecane; BAr(F) = tetrakis{3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)-phenyl}borate), are obtained in high yield by reaction of the macrocycle with M[BAr(F)] in anhydrous CH2Cl2 solution, and characterised spectroscopically ((1)H, (13)C{(1)H}, (7)Li, (23)Na, and (133)Cs NMR), by microanalysis and, for M = Li, K, and Rb, by single crystal X-ray analysis. The structures show N6-coordination to the metal ion; the small ionic radius for Li(+) leads to a puckered conformation. In contrast, the K(+) ion fits well into the N6 plane, with the [BAr(F)](-) anions above and below, leading to two K(+) species in the asymmetric unit (a hexagonal planar [K(Me6[18]aneN6)](+) cation and a '[K(Me6[18]aneN6)(κ(1)-BAr(F))2](-) anion', with long axial KF interactions). The Rb(+) ion sits above the N6 plane, with two long axial RbF interactions in one cation and two long, mutually cis RbF interactions in the other. The unusual sandwich cations, [M(Me3tacn)2](+) (M = Na, K; distorted octahedral, N6 donor set) and half-sandwich cations [Li(Me3tacn)(thf)](+) (distorted tetrahedron, N3O donor set), [Li(Me4cyclen)(OH2)](+), and [Na(Me4cyclen)(thf)](+) (both distorted square pyramids with N4O donor sets) were also prepared (Me3tacn = 1,4,7-trimethyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane, Me4cyclen = 1,4,7,10-tetramethyl-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations, using the BP86 and B3LYP functionals, show that the accessibility of the [M(Me3tacn)2](+) sandwich cations depends strongly on the M(+) ionic radius, such that it is sufficiently large to avoid steric clashing between the Me groups of the two rings, and small enough to avoid very acute N-M-N chelate angles. The calculations also show that coordination to the Group 1 cation involves significant donation of electron density from the p-orbitals on the N atoms of the macrocycle, rather than purely

  12. Biomechanical Assessment of Motor Abilities in Male Handball Players During the Annual Training Macrocycle

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    Sacewicz Tomasz


    Full Text Available Introduction. The aim of the study was to determine the torque of the knee extensors and flexors of the lead lower limb, the torque of the shoulder extensors and flexors of the dominant upper limb, and the torque generated by the muscles of the kinematic chain going from the trail lower limb to the hand of the dominant limb in male handball players during the annual training macrocycle. Changes in jump height and throwing velocity were also investigated. Material and methods. The study involved 13 handball players from a Polish second-league team. The measurements were performed four times: at the beginning of the preparation period, at the beginning of the season, at the end of the first part of the season, and at the end of the second part of the season. Torque was measured in isokinetic and isometric conditions. Jumping ability was tested using a piezoelectric platform, and throwing velocity was measured with a speed radar gun. Results. The study found statistically significant differences between the relative torque values of the knee extensors (p < 0.002 and flexors (p < 0.003 of the lead leg measured in isokinetic conditions between the first three measurements and the final one. Isokinetic measurement of the torque of the muscles of the kinematic chain going from the trail leg to the hand of the dominant arm decreased in a statistically significant way at the end of the season. As for the results of the measurement of the torque of the shoulder extensors and flexors in static conditions, no statistically significant differences were observed between the four measurements. However, statistically significant differences were noted in jumping ability and throwing velocity in the annual training macrocycle. Conclusions. The results of the study indicate that there is a need to perform regular assessments of players’ strength and jumping ability during the competition period. There is a need to modify the training methods used during the

  13. Antibiotic Agents (United States)

    ... agents. A recent survey reported that 76% of liquid soaps from 10 states in the US contained triclosan ... regulated depends upon its intended use and its effectiveness. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates antibacterial soaps and antibacterial substances that will either be used ...

  14. Diversity-oriented synthesis-facilitated medicinal chemistry: toward the development of novel antimalarial agents. (United States)

    Comer, Eamon; Beaudoin, Jennifer A; Kato, Nobutaka; Fitzgerald, Mark E; Heidebrecht, Richard W; Lee, Maurice duPont; Masi, Daniela; Mercier, Marion; Mulrooney, Carol; Muncipinto, Giovanni; Rowley, Ann; Crespo-Llado, Keila; Serrano, Adelfa E; Lukens, Amanda K; Wiegand, Roger C; Wirth, Dyann F; Palmer, Michelle A; Foley, Michael A; Munoz, Benito; Scherer, Christina A; Duvall, Jeremy R; Schreiber, Stuart L


    Here, we describe medicinal chemistry that was accelerated by a diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) pathway, and in vivo studies of our previously reported macrocyclic antimalarial agent that derived from the synthetic pathway. Structure-activity relationships that focused on both appendage and skeletal features yielded a nanomolar inhibitor of P. falciparum asexual blood-stage growth with improved solubility and microsomal stability and reduced hERG binding. The build/couple/pair (B/C/P) synthetic strategy, used in the preparation of the original screening library, facilitated medicinal chemistry optimization of the antimalarial lead.

  15. Dynamic Processes in Prochiral Solvating Agents (pro-CSAs Studied by NMR Spectroscopy

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    Jan Labuta


    Full Text Available Several dynamic processes, including tautomerism and macrocyclic inversion, in 1H-NMR prochiral solvating agents (pro-CSAs are investigated. Various features of pro-CSA, including modes of interaction for complex formation, stoichiometry, binding strength and temperature effects were compared for three representative pro-CSA molecules. Structural effects of conjugated tetrapyrrole pro-CSA on the mechanism of enantiomeric excess determination are also discussed. Detailed analysis of species (complexes and dynamic processes occurring in solution and their 1H-NMR spectral manifestations at various temperatures is presented.

  16. Mono- and Dinuclear Macrocyclic Calcium Complexes as Platforms for Mixed-Metal Complexes and Clusters. (United States)

    Connolly, Emma A; Leeland, James W; Love, Jason B


    Mono- and dinuclear calcium complexes of the Schiff-base macrocycles H4L have been prepared and characterized spectroscopically and crystallographically. In the formation of Ca(THF)2(H2L(1)), Ca2(THF)2(μ-THF)(L(1)), and Ca2(THF)4(L(2)), the ligand framework adopts a bowl-shaped conformation instead of the conventional wedge, Pacman-shaped structure as seen with the anthracenyl-hinged complex Ca2(py)5(L(3)). The mononuclear calcium complex Ca(THF)2(H2L(1)) reacts with various equivalents of LiN(SiMe3)2 to form calcium/alkali metal clusters and dinuclear transition metal complexes when reacted subsequently with transition metal salts. The dinuclear calcium complex Ca2(THF)2(μ-THF)(L(1)), when reacted with various equivalents of NaOH, is shown to act as a platform for the formation of calcium/alkali metal hydroxide clusters, displaying alternate wedged and bowl-shaped conformations.

  17. Fluensulfone is a nematicide with a mode of action distinct from anticholinesterases and macrocyclic lactones. (United States)

    Kearn, James; Ludlow, Elizabeth; Dillon, James; O'Connor, Vincent; Holden-Dye, Lindy


    Plant parasitic nematodes infest crops and present a threat to food security worldwide. Currently available chemical controls e.g. methyl bromide, organophosphates and carbamates have an unacceptable level of toxicity to non-target organisms and are being withdrawn from use. Fluensulfone is a new nematicide of the fluoroalkenyl thioether group that has significantly reduced environmental impact with low toxicity to non-target insects and mammals. Here, we show that the model genetic organism Caenorhabditis elegans is susceptible to the irreversible nematicidal effects of fluensulfone. Whilst the dose required is higher than that which has nematicidal activity against Meloidogyne spp. the profile of effects on motility, egg-hatching and survival is similar to that reported for plant parasitic nematodes. C. elegans thus provides a tractable experimental paradigm to analyse the effects of fluensulfone on nematode behaviour. We find that fluensulfone has pleiotropic actions and inhibits development, egg-laying, egg-hatching, feeding and locomotion. In the case of feeding and locomotion, an early excitation precedes the gross inhibition. The profile of these effects is notably distinct from other classes of anthelmintic and nematicide: the inhibition of motility caused by fluensulfone is not accompanied by the hypercontraction which is characteristic of organophosphates and carbamates and C. elegans mutants that are resistant to the carbamate aldicarb and the macrocyclic lactone ivermectin retain susceptibility to fluensulfone. These data indicate fluensulfone's mode of action is distinct from currently available nematicides and it therefore presents a promising new chemical entity for crop protection.

  18. Grafted chromium 13-membered dioxo-macrocyclic complex into aminopropyl-based nanoporous SBA-15

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    Tarlani, Aliakbar, E-mail: [Inorganic Nanostructures and Catalysts Research Laboratory, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, Pajoohesh Boulevard, km 17, Karaj Highway, Tehran 14968-13151 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Joharian, Monika; Narimani, Khashayar [Inorganic Nanostructures and Catalysts Research Laboratory, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, Pajoohesh Boulevard, km 17, Karaj Highway, Tehran 14968-13151 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Muzart, Jacques [Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de Reims, CNRS-Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, BP 1039, 51687 Reims Cedex 2 (France); Fallah, Mahtab [Inorganic Nanostructures and Catalysts Research Laboratory, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, Pajoohesh Boulevard, km 17, Karaj Highway, Tehran 14968-13151 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    In a new approach, chromium (III) tetraaza dioxo ligand was grafted onto functionalized SBA-15 after four step reactions by using coordinating ability of anchored amino functionalized SBA-15. After the termination of each step, the obtained product was characterized by FT-IR, low-angle X-ray diffraction (LA-XRD), N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherms (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET)–Barret–Joyner–Halenda (BJH)) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and used as catalyst for the efficient and regioselective alcoholysis of styrene oxide to 2-alkoxy-1-phenylethanol product at ambient temperature. - Graphical abstract: Chromium (III) tetraaza dioxo ligand was grafted onto functionalized SBA-15 using coordinating ability of anchored amino functionalized SBA-15. Preparation of the catalyst is depicted in Scheme 1. - Highlights: • Dioxo tetraazachromium macrocyclic complex grafted into the SBA-15-NH{sub 2} channels. • The bond is created by coordinating ability of anchored amino functionalized SBA-15. • The prepared nanocatalyst has superior activity in the alcoholysis of styrene oxide. • The catalyst is reusable at ambient temperature for the mentioned reaction.

  19. Synthesis, characterization and biological activity of symmetric dinuclear complexes derived from a novel macrocyclic compartmental ligand

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    Mruthyunjayaswamy, B.H.M.; Ijare, Omkar B.; Jadegoud, Y. [Gulbarga University (India). Dept. of Chemistry]. E-mail:


    A phenol based novel macrocyclic binucleating compartmental ligand N,N-bis(2,6-diiminomethyl-4-methyl-1-hydroxyphenyl)malonoyldicarboxamide was prepared. The complexes were prepared by template method by reacting 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol, malonoyl dihydrazide and the metal chlorides of Cu(II), Ni(II), Co(II), Cd(II), Zn(II) and Hg(II) in methanol to get a series of dinuclear complexes. The complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, conductivity measurements, magnetic susceptibility data, IR, UV-Vis, ESR, NMR and FAB mass spectral data. The dinuclear nature of the complexes was confirmed on the basis of elemental analyses, magnetic susceptibility, ESR and FAB mass spectral data. The ligand as well as Cu(II), Ni(II), Co(II) and Zn(II) complexes were tested for their antibacterial and antifungal properties against Escherichia coli, Staphyloccocus aureus, Aspergillus niger and Fusarium oxysporum. Magnetic susceptibility measurements of Cu(II), Ni(II) and Co(II) complexes reveal that these complexes exhibit antiferromagnetic coupling behavior due to the presence of two metal ions in close proximity. FAB mass spectrum of the Cu(II) complex gave a clear evidence for the dinuclear nature. The ligand and the complexes were found to be less active against the tested bacteria, but the ligand alone was found active against the fungus Fusarium oxysporum. (author)

  20. Immobilized copper(II) macrocyclic complex on MWCNTs with antibacterial activity (United States)

    Tarlani, Aliakbar; Narimani, Khashayar; Mohammadipanah, Fatemeh; Hamedi, Javad; Tahermansouri, Hasan; Amini, Mostafa M.


    In a new approach, a copper(II) tetraaza macrocyclic complex (CuTAM) was covalently bonded on modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). To achieve this purpose, MWCNTs were converted to MWCNT-COCl and then reacted to NH groups of TAM ligand. The prepared material was characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and FESEM (field emission scanning electron microscopy). FT-IR and TGA demonstrated the presence of the organic moieties, and XRD proved that the structure of MWCNTs remained intact during the three modification steps. An increase in the ID/IG ratio in Raman spectra confirmed the surface modifications. Finally, the samples were subjected to an antibacterial assessment to compare their biological activity. The antibacterial test showed that the grafted complex on the surface of the nanotube (MWCNT-CO-CuTAM) has higher antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633 than the MWCNT-COOH and CuTAM with 1000 and 2000 μg/mL.

  1. Detection of airborne Stachybotrys chartarum macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxins on particulates smaller than conidia. (United States)

    Brasel, T L; Douglas, D R; Wilson, S C; Straus, D C


    Highly respirable particles (diameter, water-damaged buildings. The presence of airborne Stachybotrys chartarum trichothecene mycotoxins on particles smaller than conidia (e.g., fungal fragments) was therefore investigated. Cellulose ceiling tiles with confluent Stachybotrys growth were placed in gas-drying containers through which filtered air was passed. Exiting particulates were collected by using a series of polycarbonate membrane filters with decreasing pore sizes. Scanning electron microscopy was employed to determine the presence of conidia on the filters. A competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) specific for macrocyclic trichothecenes was used to analyze filter extracts. Cross-reactivity to various mycotoxins was examined to confirm the specificity. Statistically significant (P trichothecenes at concentrations of 50 and 5 ng/ml and 500 pg/ml (58.4 to 83.5% inhibition). Of the remaining toxins tested, only verrucarol and diacetylverrucarol (nonmacrocyclic trichothecenes) demonstrated significant binding (18.2 and 51.7% inhibition, respectively) and then only at high concentrations. The results showed that extracts from conidium-free filters demonstrated statistically significant (P trichothecene mycotoxins can become airborne in association with intact conidia or smaller particles. These findings may have important implications for indoor air quality assessment.

  2. Separation of Radioactive Elements Using Nitrogen Oxygen Donor Macrocyclic Ion Exchanger

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    Kim, Si Joong; Shim, Min Sook [Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jeong; Lee, Myung No [Seonam University, Namwon (Korea, Republic of)


    The study for the selective separation and recovery of Pd{sup 2+} ion lead to following results. The four kinds of stationary phase, SGB-NTOE, SGB-NTOT, SGB-NEOD, and SGB-NTOD, were synthesized to react NOTE, NTOT, NEOD, and NTOD with 3-glycidyloxypropyltrimethoxy silane and silica gel. Using these macrocycles, selective separation of Hg(II), Pt(II), and Pd(II) from alkali earth and transition metal ions were possible by column chromatography. Maximum separation capability was appeared in SGB-NTOT and it took 12 hours for complete separation of Pd{sup 2+} ion with the column which inner diameter was 24 cm. The results of the study for the selective separation of Cs{sup +} and Sr{sup 2+} are as follows: Sr{sup 2+} ion was effectively separated through liquid membrane with CR22BB and the relative transport ration of Sr{sup 2+}/Na{sup +} was 15. Cs{sup +} ion was effectively separated through liquid membrane with CR22BB(OH)Ph and the relative transport ration of Cs{sup +}/Na{sup +} was 3.4. 9 refs., 7 tabs., 15 figs. (author)

  3. Synthesis and characterization of organometallic macrocyclic rhodium (Ⅲ) complex with pyrazine ligands

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    WANG Jianqiang; ZHANG Zheng; WENG Linhong; JIN Guoxin


    The reaction of half-sandwich complex (Cptt Rh)2Cl2(μ-Cl)2 (1) (Cptt = η5-tBu2C5H3) with 1 equiv. Of AgSO3CF3 in CH2Cl2 affords tri-μ-chloro dirhodium (2) cation compound, with 2 equiv. Of AgSO3CF3 providing di-μ-chloro complex 3. The reaction of 3 with pyrazine gives a novel tetra-nuclear 14-member organometallic macrocyclic complex 4. FT-IR, 1H-NMR, and EA were used to characterize these complexes. The structures of complexes 2 and 4 are confirmed by X-ray analysis. In complex 2, the two Cptt ring and tri-chloro atoms faces are approximately parallel to each other. In complex 4, the complex cation has a rectangular cavity with the dimension of 0.3748 nm×0.7027 nm, and the two-pyrazine rings are parallel to each other with a distance of 0.3510 nm.

  4. Ketoprofen encapsulated cucurbit[6]uril nanoparticles: a new exploration of macrocycles for drug delivery (United States)

    Hoai, Nguyen To; Tuyen Thi Dao, Phuong; Phu, Quoc Nam; Dam Le, Duy; Nguyen, Tuan Anh; Nguyen, Tai Chi; Chien Dang, Mau


    The aim of this study is (i) to fabricate a nanoparticle formulation of ketoprofen (Keto) using a relatively new family of macrocycles as the carrier for drug delivery: cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]), (ii) to evaluate its in vitro dissolution and (iii) to investigate its in vivo pharmaceutical property. The CB[6]-Keto nanoparticles were prepared by emulsion solvent evaporation method. Morphology and size of the successfully prepared nanoparticles were then confirmed using a transmission electron microscope and dynamic light scattering. It was shown that they are spherical with hydrodynamic diameter of 200-300 nm. The in vitro dissolution studies of CB[6]-Keto nanoparticles were conducted at pH 1.2 and 7.4. The results indicated that there is a significant increase in Keto concentration at pH 7.4 compared to pH 1.2. For the in vivo assessment, CB[6]-Keto nanoparticles and referential profenid were administered by oral gavages to rabbits. The results implied that CB[6]-Keto nanoparticles remarkably increased area under the curve compared to profenid.

  5. High performance ion chromatography of haloacetic acids on macrocyclic cryptand anion exchanger. (United States)

    Bruzzoniti, Maria Concetta; De Carlo, Rosa Maria; Horvath, Krisztian; Perrachon, Daniela; Prelle, Ambra; Tófalvi, Renáta; Sarzanini, Corrado; Hajós, Péter


    A new high performance ion chromatographic method has been developed for the separation of the nine chlorinated-brominated haloacetic acids (HAAs) that are the disinfection by-products of chlorination of drinking water, using a macrocycle-based adjustable-capacity anion-exchange separator column (IonPac Cryptand A1). A gradient method based on theoretical and experimental considerations has been optimized in which 10 mM NaOH-LiOH step gradient was performed at the third minute of the analysis. The optimized method allowed us to separate the nine HAAs and seven possibly interfering inorganic anions in less than 25 min with acceptable resolution. The minimum concentrations detectable for HAAs were between 8.0 (MBA) and 210 (TBA) microg L(-1), with linearity included between 0.9947 (TBA) and 0.9998 (MBA). To increase sensitivity, a 25-fold preconcentration step on a reversed phase substrate (LiChrolut EN) has been coupled. Application of this method to the analysis of haloacetic acids in real tap water samples is illustrated.

  6. Self-assembled benzophenone bis-urea macrocycles facilitate selective oxidations by singlet oxygen. (United States)

    Geer, Michael F; Walla, Michael D; Solntsev, Kyril M; Strassert, Cristian A; Shimizu, Linda S


    This manuscript investigates how incorporation of benzophenone, a well-known triplet sensitizer, within a bis-urea macrocycle, which self-assembles into a columnar host, influences its photophysical properties and affects the reactivity of bound guest molecules. We further report the generation of a remarkably stable organic radical. As expected, UV irradiation of the host suspended in oxygenated solvents efficiently generates singlet oxygen similar to the parent benzophenone. In addition, this host can bind guests such as 2-methyl-2-butene and cumene to form stable solid host-guest complexes. Subsequent UV irradiation of these complexes facilitated the selective oxidation of 2-methyl-2-butene into the allylic alcohol, 3-methyl-2-buten-1-ol, at 90% selectivity as well as the selective reaction of cumene to the tertiary alcohol, α,α'-dimethyl benzyl alcohol, at 63% selectivity. However, these products usually arise through radical pathways and are not observed in the presence of benzophenone in solution. In contrast, typical reactions with benzophenone result in the formation of the reactive singlet oxygen that reacts with alkenes to form endoperoxides, diooxetanes, or hydroperoxides, which are not observed in our system. Our results suggest that the confinement, the formation of a stable radical species, and the singlet oxygen photoproduction are responsible for the selective oxidation processes. A greater understanding of the mechanism of this selective oxidation could lead to development of greener oxidants.

  7. Study on the Crystal Structure of a Macrocycle and Tyrosinase Activity of Its Dinuclear Copper Complexes

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    周红; 潘志权; 罗勤慧; 梅光泉; 龙德良; 陈久桐


    A ring-contracted form macrocycle, 29,30-dioxo-3,6,9,17,20,23,29,30-octaazapentacyclo[23,3,1,111,15,02,6,016,20]-triacontaneocta- 1 (28),9,11 (12), 13,15(30),23,25(29),26-ene (L) was synthesized by condensation of diethyltriamine with pyridine-1-oxide-2,6-dicarboxaldehyde. A porous three-dimensional layer structure in its crystal was formed by self-assembly through hydrogen bonds and π-π interaction. Its dinuclear copper(I) complex [Cu2L(MeOH)2]-(BF4)2*2H2O and dinuclear-copper(II) complex [Cu2L(MeOH)2](ClO4)4*2H2O were obtained and could oxidize catalytically four phenolic substrates hydroquinone, 2-methyl-hydroquinone, 2,6-di-tert-butylphenol and 2,6-dimethylphenol, in a mixture of methanol and acetonitrile (V : V, 4 : 1). The copper(I) complex reacted with dioxygen to form an oxygenated species as an initial active intermediate for oxidation of the phenols. Oxidation of the substrates by the copper(II) complex produced a copper(I) complex and the oxidation products of the substrates.

  8. Molecular recognition by multiple metal coordination inside wavy-stacked macrocycles. (United States)

    Nakamura, Takashi; Kaneko, Yuya; Nishibori, Eiji; Nabeshima, Tatsuya


    Most biological and synthetic receptors for small organic molecules employ a combination of relatively weak intermolecular interactions such as hydrogen bonds. A host compound that utilizes stronger yet reversible bonding in a synergistic manner could realize precise recognition, but the regulation and spatial arrangement of such reactive interaction moieties have been a challenge. Here, we show a multinuclear zinc complex synthesized from a macrocyclic ligand hexapap, which inwardly arranges labile metal coordination sites for external molecules. The metallomacrocycle forms a unique wavy-stacked structure upon binding a suitable length of dicarboxylic acids via multipoint coordination bonding. The saddle-shaped deformation and dimerization realize the differentiation of the interaction moieties, and change of guest-binding modes at specific metal coordination sites among the many present have been achieved utilizing acid/base as external stimuli.Synergistic use of coordination bonds that are strong and reversible realizes unique molecular recognition in artificial systems. Here, the authors show that a zinc-based metallomacrocyle can bind dicarboxylic acids of suitable length at specific metal sites by shape deformation and dimerization.

  9. Macrocyclic cavitands cucurbit[n]urils: prospects for application in biochemistry, medicine and nanotechnology (United States)

    Gerasko, O. A.; Kovalenko, E. A.; Fedin, V. P.


    The prospects of using the organic macrocyclic cavitands cucurbit[n]urils (CB[n]) and their derivatives in biochemistry, medicine and nanotechnology are considered. A combination of CB[n] characteristics, such as a rigid highly symmetrical structure, polarized hydrophilic portals, a rather large intramolecular hydrophobic cavity, as well as high resistance to thermolysis and corrosive media and low toxicity, account for a wide range of unique opportunities for the deliberate design of new functional materials, which may find application in various areas of modern chemistry and new technologies. Inclusion compounds of CB[n] with biologically active molecules demonstrate a high potential for the design of a new generation of prolonged action pharmaceuticals. The review presents the prospects for the application of CB[n] to manufacture unique materials, such as CB[n]-containing vesicles, films and surfaces, suitable for immobilization of various molecules and nanoparticles on their surface and for the separation of complex mixtures. Potential applications of CB[n]-modified electrodes and hydrogels are analyzed, and the use of CB[n] in proton-conducting materials and materials for the gas sorption and separation are discussed. The bibliography includes 164 references.

  10. Radioprotective Agents (United States)


    claimed to be effective are gallic acid derivatives, eg, sodium gallate 12053-21-61 (295-297) and propyl gallate 1121-79-91 (298). p...inhibition of a-adrenergic receptors can be achieved through the use of the antiradiation agents 2-(5-aminopentylamino)ethanephos- phorothioic acid ...tissue was ap- preciated immediately as a potential medical set, and they were put to use en- thusiastically. Early workers did notice an erythematous

  11. Reactivity, Selectivity, and Reaction Mechanisms of Aminoguanidine, Hydralazine, Pyridoxamine, and Carnosine as Sequestering Agents of Reactive Carbonyl Species: A Comparative Study. (United States)

    Colzani, Mara; De Maddis, Danilo; Casali, Gaia; Carini, Marina; Vistoli, Giulio; Aldini, Giancarlo


    Reactive carbonyl species (RCS) are endogenous or exogenous byproducts involved in the pathogenic mechanisms of different oxidative-based disorders. Detoxification of RCS by carbonyl quenchers is a promising therapeutic strategy. Among the most studied quenchers are aminoguanidine, hydralazine, pyridoxamine, and carnosine; their quenching activity towards four RCS (4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal, methylglyoxal, glyoxal, and malondialdehyde) was herein analyzed and compared. Their ability to prevent protein carbonylation was evaluated in vitro by using an innovative method based on high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). The reactivity of the compounds was RCS dependent: carnosine efficiently quenched 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal, pyridoxamine was particularly active towards malondialdehyde, aminoguanidine was active towards methylglyoxal and glyoxal, and hydralazine efficiently quenched all RCS. Reaction products were generated in vitro and were characterized by HRMS. Molecular modeling studies revealed that the reactivity was controlled by specific stereoelectronic parameters that could be used for the rational design of improved carbonyl quenchers.

  12. Study of solid-phase extraction for the determination of sequestering agents in river water by high-performance liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Kemmei, Tomoko; Kodama, Shuji; Muramoto, Tatsuya; Fujishima, Hironori; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Inoue, Yoshinori; Hayakawa, Kazuichi


    Anion-exchange solid-phase extraction accompanied with high-performance liquid chromatography has been developed for the determination of six kinds of aminopolycarboxylic acids (APCAs) in river water [N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediaminetriacetate (HEDTA), ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA), 1,3-propanediaminetetraacetate (PDTA), diethylenetriaminepentaacetate (DTPA), 1,2-propanediaminetetraacetate (MeEDTA), and O,O'-bis(2-aminoethyl)ethyleneglycoltetraacetate (GEDTA)]. The enrichment of APCAs using an anion-exchange cartridge was successfully done by the removal of anions, which competed with APCAs in anion-exchange processes. Barium chloride solution was added to river water and the mixture was passed through On Guard II Ag and H cartridges and then a Bond Elut Jr.SAX cartridge to enrich APCAs. After elution, APCAs were analyzed on two reversed phase C30 columns connected in series and detected with ultraviolet detection. The enrichment using solid-phase extraction permitted the determination of APCAs in river water at concentrations as low as 1nM. Good recoveries (83-111%) were obtained for each APCA by the standard addition method on three river water samples with high accuracy (RSD 1.8-9.5%). Applying this method, two kinds of APCAs, EDTA and DTPA, were determined in samples from the Oyabe and Senbo Rivers in Japan.

  13. Trading Agents

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    Wellman, Michael


    Automated trading in electronic markets is one of the most common and consequential applications of autonomous software agents. Design of effective trading strategies requires thorough understanding of how market mechanisms operate, and appreciation of strategic issues that commonly manifest in trading scenarios. Drawing on research in auction theory and artificial intelligence, this book presents core principles of strategic reasoning that apply to market situations. The author illustrates trading strategy choices through examples of concrete market environments, such as eBay, as well as abst

  14. “One Ring to Bind Them All”—Part I: The Efficiency of the Macrocyclic Scaffold for G-Quadruplex DNA Recognition

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    Full Text Available Macrocyclic scaffolds are particularly attractive for designing selective G-quadruplex ligands essentially because, on one hand, they show a poor affinity for the “standard” B-DNA conformation and, on the other hand, they fit nicely with the external G-quartets of quadruplexes. Stimulated by the pioneering studies on the cationic porphyrin TMPyP4 and the natural product telomestatin, follow-up studies have developed, rapidly leading to a large diversity of macrocyclic structures with remarkable-quadruplex binding properties and biological activities. In this review we summarize the current state of the art in detailing the three main categories of quadruplex-binding macrocycles described so far (telomestatin-like polyheteroarenes, porphyrins and derivatives, polyammonium cyclophanes, and in addressing both synthetic issues and biological aspects.

  15. Antiferromagnetically Coupled Dimeric Dodecacopper Supramolecular Architectures of Macrocyclic Ligands with a Symmetrical μ6-BO3(3-) Central Moiety. (United States)

    Tandon, Santokh S; Bunge, Scott D; Toth, Sara A; Sanchiz, Joaquin; Thompson, Laurence K; Shelley, Jacob T


    Reactions between 2,6-diformyl-4-alkyl(R)-phenol (R = CH3 or C(CH3)3) and 1,3-diamino-2-hydroxypropane (1,3-DAP) in the presence of copper(II) salts (Cu(BF4)2·6H2O, Cu(ClO4)2·6H2O/H3BO3/Ar) and triethylamine (TEA) in a single pot result in self-assembly of dimeric dodecacopper supramolecular architectures of 30-membered hexatopic macrocyclic ligands (H6L4 and H6L5) with unique and fascinating structures having the BO3(3-) anion as the central species bonded to all six copper centers in a symmetrical fashion (μ6-BO3(3-)). A number of closely related macrocyclic hexacopper complexes are reported: {[Cu6(L4)(μ6-BO3)(μ-H2O)(C3H7NO)2(BF4)][BF4]2·3C3H7NO}2 (1) (DMF = C3H7NO), {[Cu6(L4)(μ6-BO3)(μ-C3H7NO)3][ClO4]3·3C3H7NO}2 (2), {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-OH)(H2O)3(C3H7NO)][BF4]2·6C3H7NO·4C2H5OH·2H2O}2 (3), {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-CH3OH)(CH3OH)2][ClO4]3·10H2O}2 (4), and {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-CH3CO2)(μ-CH3O)(CH3OH)][BF4]·13CH3OH·8H2O}2 (5). A polymeric side product {[Cu2(H2L2)(CH3OH)(BF4)][BF4]}n (6), involving a 2 + 2 macrocyclic ligand, was also isolated and structurally characterized. Complex 6 involves dinuclear copper(II) units linked through BF4(-) anions to form a novel 1D single-chain polymeric coordination compound. This appears to be the first report in which a central BO3(3-) species is linked to six copper(II) ions held together by a single macrocyclic ligand through three μ1,1-O(BO3(3-)) and three μ1,3-O(BO3(3-)) bridges. In complexes 1-5 the BO3(3-) is present in the center of the macrocyclic cavity and is bonded to all six metal centers arranged in a benzene-like hexagonal array. In the hexagonal array there are alternate double (μ-alkoxide and μ1,3-O(BO3(3-))) and (μ-phenoxide and μ1,1-O(BO3(3-))) bridges between the Cu(II) centers. The symmetrical hexa-bridging nature of μ6-BO3(3-) is unprecedented in transition metal complex chemistry, and along with alkoxide and phenoxide bridges in the equatorial plane provides effective pathways for an

  16. Effect of copper and lead on two consortia of phototrophic microorganisms and their capacity to sequester metals

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    Burgos, A. [Departament de Genètica i Microbiologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici C, Campus de UAB, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Departamento de Recursos Hidrobiológicos, Universidad de Nariño, Pasto (N) (Colombia); Maldonado, J. [Departament de Genètica i Microbiologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici C, Campus de UAB, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), 08193 Barcelona (Spain); De los Rios, A. [Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales(CSIC), Serrano 115 dpdo, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Solé, A. [Departament de Genètica i Microbiologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici C, Campus de UAB, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Esteve, I., E-mail: [Departament de Genètica i Microbiologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici C, Campus de UAB, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Departamento de Recursos Hidrobiológicos, Universidad de Nariño, Pasto (N) (Colombia); Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales(CSIC), Serrano 115 dpdo, 28006 Madrid (Spain)


    Highlights: •We studied the tolerance-resistance of phototrophic microorganisms to copper and lead. •We determined the capacity of consortia of microorganisms to sequester copper and lead. •CLSM-λscan is a technique for evaluating in vivo effect of metals on microorganisms. •SEM-EDX and TEM-EDX determined the capacity of microorganisms to sequester metals. -- Abstract: The roles of consortia of phototrophic microorganisms have been investigated in this paper to determine their potential role to tolerate or resist metals and to capture them from polluted cultures. With this purpose, two consortia of microorganisms: on one hand, Geitlerinema sp. DE2011 (Ge) and Scenedesmus sp. DE2009 (Sc) (both identified in this paper by molecular biology methods) isolated from Ebro Delta microbial mats, and on the other, Spirulina sp. PCC 6313 (Sp) and Chroococcus sp. PCC 9106 (Ch), from Pasteur culture collection were polluted with copper and lead. In order to analyze the ability of these consortia to tolerate and capture metals, copper and lead were selected, because both have been detected in Ebro Delta microbial mats. The tolerance-resistance to copper and lead for both consortia was determined in vivo and at cellular level by Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM-λscan function). The results obtained demonstrate that both consortia are highly tolerant-resistant to lead and that the limits between the copper concentration having cytotoxic effect and that having an essential effect are very close in these microorganisms. The capacity of both consortia to capture extra- and intracellular copper and lead was determined by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) respectively, coupled to an Energy Dispersive X-ray detector (EDX). The results showed that all the microorganisms assayed were able to capture copper extracellularly in the extrapolymeric substances, and lead extra- and intracellularly in polyphosphate inclusions. Moreover

  17. μ-Nitrido Diiron Macrocyclic Platform: Particular Structure for Particular Catalysis. (United States)

    Afanasiev, Pavel; Sorokin, Alexander B


    The ultimate objective of bioinspired catalysis is the development of efficient and clean chemical processes. Cytochrome P450 and soluble methane monooxygenase enzymes efficiently catalyze many challenging reactions. Extensive research has been performed to mimic their exciting chemistry, aiming to create efficient chemical catalysts for functionalization of strong C-H bonds. Two current biomimetic approaches are based on (i) mononuclear metal porphyrin-like complexes and (ii) iron and diiron non-heme complexes. However, biomimetic catalysts capable of oxidizing CH4 are still to be created. In the search for powerful oxidizing catalysts, we have recently proposed a new bioinspired strategy using N-bridged diiron phthalocyanine and porphyrin complexes. This platform is particularly suitable for stabilization of Fe(IV)Fe(IV) complexes and can be useful to generate high-valent oxidizing active species. Indeed, the possibility of charge delocalization on two iron centers, two macrocyclic ligands, and the nitrogen bridge makes possible the activation of H2O2 and peracids. The ultrahigh-valent diiron-oxo species (L)Fe(IV)-N-Fe(IV)(L(+•))═O (L = porphyrin or phthalocyanine) have been prepared at low temperatures and characterized by cryospray MS, UV-vis, EPR, and Mössbauer techniques. The highly electrophilic (L)Fe(IV)-N-Fe(IV)(L(+•))═O species exhibit remarkable reactivity. In this Account, we describe the catalytic applications of μ-nitrido diiron complexes in the oxidation of methane and benzene, in the transformation of aromatic C-F bonds under oxidative conditions, in oxidative dechlorination, and in the formation of C-C bonds. Importantly, all of these reactions can be performed under mild and clean conditions with high conversions and turnover numbers. μ-Nitrido diiron species retain their binuclear structure during catalysis and show the same mechanistic features (e.g., (18)O labeling, formation of benzene epoxide, and NIH shift in aromatic oxidation

  18. Molecular Assemblies of Porphyrins and Macrocyclic Receptors: Recent Developments in Their Synthesis and Applications

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    Abdirahman A. Mohamod


    Full Text Available Metalloporphyrins which form the core of many bioenzymes and natural light harvesting or electron transport systems, exhibit a variety of selective functional properties depending on the state and surroundings with which they exist in biological systems. The specificity and ease with which they function in each of their bio-functions appear to be largely governed by the nature and disposition of the protein globule around the porphyrin reaction center. Synthetic porphyrin frameworks confined within or around a pre-organized molecular entity like the protein network in natural systems have attracted considerable attraction, especially in the field of biomimetic reactions. At the same time a large number of macrocyclic oligomers such as calixarenes, resorcinarenes, spherands, cyclodextrins and crown ethers have been investigated in detail as efficient molecular receptors. These molecular receptors are synthetic host molecules with enclosed interiors, which are designed three dimensionally to ensure strong and precise molecular encapsulation/recognition. Due to their complex structures, enclosed guest molecules reside in an environment isolated from the outside and as a consequence, physical properties and chemical reactions specific to that environment in these guest species can be identified. The facile incorporation of such molecular receptors into the highly photoactive and catalytically efficient porphyrin framework allows for convenient design of useful molecular systems with unique structural and functional properties. Such systems have provided over the years attractive model systems for the study of various biological and chemical processes, and the design of new materials and molecular devices. This review focuses on the recent developments in the synthesis of porphyrin assemblies associated with cyclodextrins, calixarenes and resorcinarenes and their potential applications in the fields of molecular encapsulation/recognition, and

  19. Sustainable metal alkynyl chemistry: 3d metals and polyaza macrocyclic ligands. (United States)

    Ren, Tong


    We describe the chemistry of 3d metal alkynyls based on polyaza macrocyclic ligands, an emerging area of alkynyl chemistry that has previously been dominated by 4d and 5d metals with soft ligands. The abundance of 3d metals and low cost of tetraazacyclotetradecane ligands make these compounds more affordable, sustainable alternatives to metal alkynyls based on precious metals. Taking advantage of the rich variety of starting materials available in the literature, trans-[M(cyclam)(C2R)2]X (cyclam = 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane) compounds have been prepared from the reactions between [M(cyclam)X2]X (M = Cr, Fe and Co; X = Cl or OTf) and LiC2R. With [Co(cyclam)Cl2](+), both the {trans-[Co(cyclam)Cl]2(μ-(C≡C)n)}(2+) and trans-[Co(cyclam)(C2R)Cl](+) compounds have been prepared by a dehydrohalogenation reaction. The latter compounds undergo the second alkynylation reaction to afford dissymmetric trans-[Co(cyclam)(C2R)(C2R')](+) compounds. Similar alkynylation chemistry with complexes of the cyclam derivatives TMC (1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane) and HMC (5,7,7,12,14,14-hexamethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane) has been demonstrated in studies of [Ni(TMC)(C2R)](+) and trans-/cis-[Cr(HMC)(C2R)2](+). Me3TACN (1,4,7-N,N',N''-trimethyl-1,4,7-triazacyclononane) is also a supporting ligand that has been observed in transition metal alkynyls. The trans-[M(cyclam)(C2D)(C2A)](+) compounds (D = donor chromophore, A = acceptor chromophore) are excellent candidates for probing photoinduced electron transfer and related photophysical and photochemical processes. 3d Metal ions are often in high-spin ground states, which make these alkynyl compounds promising building blocks for magnetic materials.

  20. Characterization of Haemonchus contortus P-glycoprotein-16 and its interaction with the macrocyclic lactone anthelmintics. (United States)

    Godoy, P; Che, H; Beech, R N; Prichard, R K


    Anthelmintic resistance in veterinary nematodes, including Haemonchus contortus, has become a limitation to maintaining high standards of animal health. Resistance in this parasite, to all drug families including the macrocyclic lactones (MLs) is a serious issue worldwide. Mechanisms of resistance to the MLs appear to be complex and to include the elimination of these compounds by ABC transporter-like proteins present in nematodes. In order to investigate the potential involvement of ABC transporters in ML resistance in H. contortus, we have characterized the functionality of the ABC transporter H. contortus P-glycoprotein-16 (Hco-PGP-16) expressed in mammalian cells. This has included a study of its interaction with different MLs, including the avermectins, abamectin (ABA) and ivermectin (IVM), and the milbemycin, moxidectin (MOX). Hco-PGP-16 transport activity was studied using the fluorophore Rhodamine 123 (Rho 123). Transfected cells expressing Hco-PGP-16 accumulated less than 50% of Rho 123 than control cells, suggesting an active transport of this tracer dye by Hco-PGP-16. The influence of the MLs on the Rho123 transport by Hco-PGP-16 was then investigated. A marked inhibition of Rho123 transport by ABA and IVM was observed. In contrast, MOX showed less effect on inhibition of Rho123 transport by Hco-PGP-16, and the inhibition was not saturable. The difference in the interaction of the avermectins and MOX with Hco-PGP-16 may help explain the slower rate of development of resistance to MOX compared with the avermectins in H. contortus.

  1. Anti-influenza activity of marchantins, macrocyclic bisbibenzyls contained in liverworts.

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    Yuma Iwai

    Full Text Available The H1N1 influenza A virus of swine-origin caused pandemics throughout the world in 2009 and the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has also caused epidemics in Southeast Asia in recent years. The threat of influenza A thus remains a serious global health issue and novel drugs that target these viruses are highly desirable. Influenza A possesses an endonuclease within its RNA polymerase which comprises PA, PB1 and PB2 subunits. To identify potential new anti-influenza compounds in our current study, we screened 33 different types of phytochemicals using a PA endonuclease inhibition assay in vitro and an anti-influenza A virus assay. The marchantins are macrocyclic bisbibenzyls found in liverworts, and plagiochin A and perrottetin F are marchantin-related phytochemicals. We found from our screen that marchantin A, B, E, plagiochin A and perrottetin F inhibit influenza PA endonuclease activity in vitro. These compounds have a 3,4-dihydroxyphenethyl group in common, indicating the importance of this moiety for the inhibition of PA endonuclease. Docking simulations of marchantin E with PA endonuclease suggest a putative "fitting and chelating model" as the mechanism underlying PA endonuclease inhibition. The docking amino acids are well conserved between influenza A and B. In a cultured cell system, marchantin E was further found to inhibit the growth of both H3N2 and H1N1 influenza A viruses, and marchantin A, E and perrotein F showed inhibitory properties towards the growth of influenza B. These marchantins also decreased the viral infectivity titer, with marchantin E showing the strongest activity in this assay. We additionally identified a chemical group that is conserved among different anti-influenza chemicals including marchantins, green tea catechins and dihydroxy phenethylphenylphthalimides. Our present results indicate that marchantins are candidate anti-influenza drugs and demonstrate the utility of the PA endonuclease assay in

  2. Molecular mechanics approach for design and conformational studies of macrocyclic ligands

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    Rohini,; Akbar, Rifat; Kanungo, B. K., E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Longowal-148106 (India)


    Computational Chemistry has revolutionized way of viewing molecules at the quantum mechanical scale by allowing simulating various chemical scenarios that are not possible to study in a laboratory. The remarkable applications of computational chemistry have promoted to design and test of the effectiveness of various methods for searching the conformational space of highly flexible molecules. In this context, we conducted a series of optimization and conformational searches on macrocyclic based ligands, 9N3Me5Ox, (1,4,7-tris(5-methyl-8-hydroxyquinoline)-1,4,7-triazacyclononane) and 12N3Me5Ox, (1,5,9-tris(5-methyl-8-hydroxyquinoline)-1,5,9-triazacyclododecane) and studied their selectivity and coordination behavior with some lanthanide metal ions in molecular mechanics and semiempirical methods. The methods include both systematic and random conformational searches for dihedral angles, torsion angles and Cartesian coordinates. Structural studies were carried out by using geometry optimization, coordination scans and electronic properties were evaluated. The results clearly show that chair-boat conformational isomer of 9N3Me5Ox ligand is more stable due to lower eclipsing ethane interaction and form stronger adduct complexes with lanthanide metal ion. This is because of the fact that, in a central unit of 9N3 of the ligand form six endo type bonds out of nine. The rest of bonds have trans conformation. In contrast, for the adduct of 12N3Me5Ox, two C-C bonds have on eclipsed conformation, and others have synclinal and antiperiplanar confirmations. The distortion of the two eclipsed conformations may affect the yields and the stability of the complexes.

  3. Synthesis of Cycloveratrylene Macrocycles and Benzyl Oligomers Catalysed by Bentonite under Microwave/Infrared and Solvent-Free Conditions

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    Manuel Salmón


    Full Text Available Tonsil Actisil FF, which is a commercial bentonitic clay, promotes the formation of cycloveratrylene macrocycles and benzyl oligomers from the corresponding benzyl alcohols in good yields under microwave heating and infrared irradiation in the absence of solvent in both cases. The catalytic reaction is sensitive to the type of substituent on the aromatic ring. Thus, when benzyl alcohol was substituted with a methylenedioxy, two methoxy or three methoxy groups, a cyclooligomerisation process was induced. Unsubstituted, methyl and methoxy benzyl alcohols yielded linear oligomers. In addition, computational chemistry calculations were performed to establish a validated mechanistic pathway to explain the growth of the obtained linear oligomers.

  4. Cationic lipids bearing succinic-based, acyclic and macrocyclic hydrophobic domains: synthetic studies and in vitro gene transfer

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    Jubeli, Emile; Maginty, A. B.; Khalique, N. A.;


    a dimethylamine or trimethylamine headgroup, and a macrocyclic or an acyclic hydrophobic domain composed of, or derived from two 16-atom, succinic-based acyl chains. The synthesized lipids and a co-lipid of neutral charge, either cholesterol or 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE), were formulated...... within the hydrophobic domain of the cationic lipids was found to improve lipid hydration. The transfection assays revealed a general trend in which mismatched formulations that employed a rigid lipid combined with a non-rigid (or flexible) lipid, outperformed the matched formulations. The results from...

  5. Chemical controls on uranyl citrate speciation and the self-assembly of nanoscale macrocycles and sandwich complexes in aqueous solutions. (United States)

    Basile, M; Unruh, D K; Gojdas, K; Flores, E; Streicher, L; Forbes, T Z


    Uranyl citrate forms trimeric species at pH > 5.5, but exact structural characteristics of these important oligomers have not previously been reported. Crystallization and structural characterization of the trimers suggests the self-assembly of the 3 : 3 and 3 : 2 U : Cit complexes into larger sandwich and macrocyclic molecules. Raman spectroscopy and ESI-MS have been utilized to investigate the relative abundance of these species in solution under varying pH and citrate concentrations. Additional dynamic light scattering experiments indicate that self-assembly of the larger molecules does occur in aqueous solution.

  6. Synthesis and Mesophase Properties of Intraanular Functionized Shape-persistent Macrocycles Containing Dibenzo [fg,op] naphthacenes

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    On the basis of the C-C coupling reactions of dibenzo [ fg, op ] naphthacene bistriflate, which was obtained by the condensation of phenylacetates with 4-aryl-2,6-bis(2-bromo-4-methoxy-phenyl) pyrylium salts followed by palladium-catalyzed dehydrohalogenation, three shape-persistent macrocycles with dibenzonaphthacene corner pieces, a nanometer interior void, and intraanular oligoalkyl side groups were synthesized by the oxidative cyclization of the corresponding bisacetylenes under high-dilution conditions. Their thermotropic liquid crystalline properties were investigated by using polarizing microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. All the three compounds showed nematic mesophases and belonged to discotic liquid crystals with inverted topology.

  7. Synthesis, characterization, and relaxation studies of Gd-DO3A conjugate of chlorambucil as a potential theranostic agent. (United States)

    Kaur, Jasleen; Tsvetkova, Yoanna; Arroub, Karim; Sahnoun, Sabri; Kiessling, Fabian; Mathur, Sanjay


    DO3A-based macrocycles serve as attractive templates from which clinically useful theranostic agents can be obtained after coupling with molecular targeted therapeutic drugs. In this study, we describe the chemical synthesis, relaxation, and cytotoxicity studies of a new DO3A conjugate of chlorambucil (CHL) as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) theranostic agent. A convenient route of synthesis is reported, which allowed conjugation of the macrocyclic ligand (DO3A) to the chemotherapeutic drug (CHL) via tyrosine for the preparation of an attractive chelate-drug ensemble (DO3A-TR-CHL). The structures of all intermediates and final compound have been determined by (1) H, (13) C NMR, and MS. The efficacy of DO3A-TR-CHL as a non-ionic magnetic contrast agent was tested by performing relaxometric studies on its gadolinium complex. The complex exhibited relaxivities (7.11 mm(-1) /s) higher than that of currently used MR contrast agents and showed enhanced contrast in T1 -weighted images. MTT assays revealed that both DO3A-TR-CHL and Gd(III)-DO3A-TR-CHL conjugates exhibited dose-dependent toxicity and an enhanced antiproliferative activity against tumor (A549 and HeLa) cell lines compared to that of parent drug (CHL), thereby demonstrating their potential to be used as a magnetic resonance imaging theranostic for improved molecular imaging and therapy of human cancers. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  8. Toxoplasma gondii profilin acts primarily to sequester G-actin while formins efficiently nucleate actin filament formation in vitro. (United States)

    Skillman, Kristen M; Daher, Wassim; Ma, Christopher I; Soldati-Favre, Dominique; Sibley, L David


    Apicomplexan parasites employ gliding motility that depends on the polymerization of parasite actin filaments for host cell entry. Despite this requirement, parasite actin remains almost entirely unpolymerized at steady state; formation of filaments required for motility relies on a small repertoire of actin-binding proteins. Previous studies have shown that apicomplexan formins and profilin exhibit canonical functions on heterologous actins from higher eukaryotes; however, their biochemical properties on parasite actins are unknown. We therefore analyzed the impact of T. gondii profilin (TgPRF) and FH1-FH2 domains of two formin isoforms in T. gondii (TgFRM1 and TgFRM2) on the polymerization of T. gondii actin (TgACTI). Our findings based on in vitro assays demonstrate that TgFRM1-FH1-FH2 and TgFRM2-FH1-FH2 dramatically enhanced TgACTI polymerization in the absence of profilin, making them the sole protein factors known to initiate polymerization of this normally unstable actin. In addition, T. gondii formin domains were shown to both initiate polymerization and induce bundling of TgACTI filaments; however, they did not rely on TgPRF for these activities. In contrast, TgPRF sequestered TgACTI monomers, thus inhibiting polymerization even in the presence of formins. Collectively, these findings provide insight into the unusual control mechanisms of actin dynamics within the parasite.

  9. Induction of autophagy by Imatinib sequesters Bcr-Abl in autophagosomes and down-regulates Bcr-Abl protein.

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    Elzinga, Baukje M


    Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is a disease of hematopoietic stem cells which harbor the chimeric gene Bcr-Abl. Expression levels of this constitutively active tyrosine kinase are critical for response to tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment and also disease progression, yet the regulation of protein stability is poorly understood. We have previously demonstrated that imatinib can induce autophagy in Bcr-Abl expressing cells. Autophagy has been associated with the clearance of large macromolecular signaling complexes and abnormal proteins, however, the contribution of autophagy to the turnover of Bcr-Abl protein in imatinib treated cells is unknown. In this study, we show that following imatinib treatment, Bcr-Abl is sequestered into vesicular structures that co-localize with the autophagy marker LC3 or GABARAP. This association is inhibited by siRNA mediated knockdown of autophagy regulators (Beclin 1\\/ATG7). Pharmacological inhibition of autophagy also reduced Bcr-Abl\\/LC3 co-localization in both K562 and CML patient cells. Bcr-Abl protein expression was reduced with imatinib treatment. Inhibition of both autophagy and proteasome activity in imatinib treated cells was required to restore Bcr-Abl protein levels to those of untreated cells. This ability to down-regulate Bcr-Abl protein levels through the induction of autophagy may be an additional and important feature of the activity of imatinib.

  10. Design of a perfluorocarbon tracer based monitoring network to support monitoring verification and accounting of sequestered CO2 (United States)

    Watson, T.; Sullivan, T.


    The levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have been growing since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The current level is 391 ppm. If there are no efforts to mitigate CO2 emissions, the levels will rise to 750 ppm by 2100. Geologic carbon sequestration is one strategy that may be used to begin to reduce emissions. Sequestration will not be effective unless reservoir leak rates are significantly less than 1%. There must be rigorous monitoring protocols in place to ensure sequestration projects meet regulatory and environmental goals. Monitoring for CO2 leakage directly is difficult because of the large background levels and variability of CO2 in the atmosphere. Using tracers to tag the sequestered CO2 can mitigate some of the difficulties of direct measurement but a tracer monitoring network and the levels of tagging need to be carefully designed. Simple diffusion and dispersion models are used to predict the surface and atmospheric concentrations that would be seen by a network monitoring a sequestration site. Levels of tracer necessary to detect leaks from 0.01 to 1% are presented and suggestions for effective monitoring and protection of global tracer utility are presented.

  11. Design of a perfluorocarbon tracer based monitoring network to support monitoring verification and accounting of sequestered CO2

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    Sullivan T.


    Full Text Available The levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have been growing since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The current level is 391 ppm. If there are no efforts to mitigate CO2 emissions, the levels will rise to 750 ppm by 2100. Geologic carbon sequestration is one strategy that may be used to begin to reduce emissions. Sequestration will not be effective unless reservoir leak rates are significantly less than 1%. There must be rigorous monitoring protocols in place to ensure sequestration projects meet regulatory and environmental goals. Monitoring for CO2 leakage directly is difficult because of the large background levels and variability of CO2 in the atmosphere. Using tracers to tag the sequestered CO2 can mitigate some of the difficulties of direct measurement but a tracer monitoring network and the levels of tagging need to be carefully designed. Simple diffusion and dispersion models are used to predict the surface and atmospheric concentrations that would be seen by a network monitoring a sequestration site. Levels of tracer necessary to detect leaks from 0.01 to 1% are presented and suggestions for effective monitoring and protection of global tracer utility are presented.

  12. Leguminous species sequester more carbon than gramineous species in cultivated grasslands of a semi-arid area (United States)

    Liu, Yu; Tian, Fuping; Jia, Pengyan; Zhang, Jingge; Hou, Fujiang; Wu, Gaolin


    The establishment of grasslands on abandoned cropland has been proposed as an effective method to mitigate climate change. In this study, five cultivated grasslands (three leguminous species and two gramineous species), one abandoned cropland, and one natural grassland were studied to examine how soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration rate and sequestration efficiency change in a semi-arid area in China. Our results showed that leguminous grasslands had greater total biomass (above- and belowground biomass), SOC storage, SOC sequestration rate, and efficiency than gramineous grasslands, abandoned cropland, and natural grassland during the experimental period. The largest soil carbon (C) accumulation in leguminous grassland was mainly attributed to the capacity to incorporate C and the higher biomass production. Leguminous grasslands accumulated more SOC than gramineous grasslands by 0.64 Mg C ha-1 yr-1. The average SOC sequestration efficiency in leguminous grassland (1.00) was about 2 times greater than gramineous grassland (0.34). The results indicate that cultivated leguminous grassland sequestered more SOC with higher SOC sequestration efficiency than cultivated gramineous grassland in arid and semi-arid areas. Our results provide a reference for ecological management in arid and semi-arid areas.

  13. Evasion of Antiviral Immunity through Sequestering of TBK1/IKKε/IRF3 into Viral Inclusion Bodies (United States)

    Wu, Xiaodong; Qi, Xian; Qu, Bingqian; Zhang, Zerui; Liang, Mifang; Li, Chuan; Cardona, Carol J.; Li, Dexin


    Cells are equipped with pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as the Toll-like and RIG-I-like receptors that mount innate defenses against viruses. However, viruses have evolved multiple strategies to evade or thwart host antiviral responses. Viral inclusion bodies (IBs), which are accumulated aggregates of viral proteins, are commonly formed during the replication of some viruses in infected cells, but their role in viral immune evasion has rarely been explored. Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging febrile illness caused by a novel phlebovirus in the Bunyaviridae. The SFTS viral nonstructural protein NSs can suppress host beta interferon (IFN-β) responses. NSs can form IBs in infected and transfected cells. Through interaction with tank-binding kinase 1 (TBK1), viral NSs was able to sequester the IKK complex, including IKKε and IRF3, into IBs, although NSs did not interact with IKKε or IRF3 directly. When cells were infected with influenza A virus, IRF3 was phosphorylated and active phosphorylated IRF3 (p-IRF3) was translocated into the nucleus. In the presence of NSs, IRF3 could still be phosphorylated, but p-IRF3 was trapped in cytoplasmic IBs, resulting in reduced IFN-β induction and enhanced viral replication. Sequestration of the IKK complex and active IRF3 into viral IBs through the interaction of NSs and TBK1 is a novel mechanism for viral evasion of innate immunity. PMID:24335286

  14. Sustained-release morphine sulfate with sequestered naltrexone for moderate to severe pain: a new opioid analgesic formulation and beyond. (United States)

    Ruan, Xiulu


    Opioid usage during chronic nonmalignant pain has increased substantially over the past two decades. Prescription opioids have become the second most misused drug in the USA and prescription opioid abuse has escalated into a widespread public health problem. It is hoped that abuse-deterrent opioid formulations will take an important role in reducing opioid abuse, misuse and diversion. Embeda (sustained-release morphine sulfate with sequestered naltrexone)represents a new opioid formulation with an intended abuse-deterrent feature, now available on the market. Although Embeda seems to be a successful formulation by passing the efficacy trial, safety trial, pharmacokinetic study and abuse liability study, etc., it will require some long-term prospective epidemiological studies to substantiate fully its abuse-deterrent benefit. Embeda represents a new opioid formulation, adding to our arsenal to treat moderate to severe pain and playing its potential role in discouraging opioid abuse, misuse and diversion. Faced with an overwhelmingly expanding public health burden due to prescription opioid abuse, clinicians should always keep in mind the balance of maximizing pain relief and minimizing prescription opioid abuse.

  15. A Novel Mechanism of Sequestering Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 by Glypican in Lipid Rafts, Allowing Skeletal Muscle Differentiation▿ (United States)

    Gutiérrez, Jaime; Brandan, Enrique


    Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) are critical modulators of growth factor activities. Skeletal muscle differentiation is strongly inhibited by fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2). We have shown that HSPGs present at the plasma membrane are expressed in myoblasts and are downregulated during muscle differentiation. An exception is glypican-1, which is present throughout the myogenic process. Myoblasts that do not express glypican-1 exhibit defective differentiation, with an increase in the receptor binding of FGF-2, concomitant with increased signaling. Glypican-1-deficient myoblasts show decreased expression of myogenin, the master gene that controls myogenesis, myosin, and the myoblast fusion index. Reversion of these defects was induced by expression of rat glypican-1. Glypican-1 is the only HSPG localized in lipid raft domains in myoblasts, resulting in the sequestration of FGF-2 away from FGF-2 receptors (FGFRs) located in nonraft domains. A chimeric glypican-1, containing syndecan-1 transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains, is located in nonraft domains interacting with FGFR-IV- and enhanced FGF-2-dependent signaling. Thus, glypican-1 acts as a positive regulator of muscle differentiation by sequestering FGF-2 in lipid rafts and preventing its binding and dependent signaling. PMID:20100867

  16. α-Synuclein binds and sequesters PIKE-L into Lewy bodies, triggering dopaminergic cell death via AMPK hyperactivation. (United States)

    Kang, Seong Su; Zhang, Zhentao; Liu, Xia; Manfredsson, Fredric P; He, Li; Iuvone, P Michael; Cao, Xuebing; Sun, Yi E; Jin, Lingjing; Ye, Keqiang


    The abnormal aggregation of fibrillar α-synuclein in Lewy bodies plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. However, the molecular mechanisms regulating α-synuclein pathological effects are incompletely understood. Here we show that α-synuclein binds phosphoinositide-3 kinase enhancer L (PIKE-L) in a phosphorylation-dependent manner and sequesters it in Lewy bodies, leading to dopaminergic cell death via AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) hyperactivation. α-Synuclein interacts with PIKE-L, an AMPK inhibitory binding partner, and this action is increased by S129 phosphorylation through AMPK and is decreased by Y125 phosphorylation via Src family kinase Fyn. A pleckstrin homology (PH) domain in PIKE-L directly binds α-synuclein and antagonizes its aggregation. Accordingly, PIKE-L overexpression decreases dopaminergic cell death elicited by 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+)), whereas PIKE-L knockdown elevates α-synuclein oligomerization and cell death. The overexpression of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) or α-synuclein induces greater dopaminergic cell loss and more severe motor defects in PIKE-KO and Fyn-KO mice than in wild-type mice, and these effects are attenuated by the expression of dominant-negative AMPK. Hence, our findings demonstrate that α-synuclein neutralizes PIKE-L's neuroprotective actions in synucleinopathies, triggering dopaminergic neuronal death by hyperactivating AMPK.

  17. PABPN1 overexpression leads to upregulation of genes encoding nuclear proteins that are sequestered in oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy nuclear inclusions. (United States)

    Corbeil-Girard, Louis-Philippe; Klein, Arnaud F; Sasseville, A Marie-Josée; Lavoie, Hugo; Dicaire, Marie-Josée; Saint-Denis, Anik; Pagé, Martin; Duranceau, André; Codère, François; Bouchard, Jean-Pierre; Karpati, George; Rouleau, Guy A; Massie, Bernard; Langelier, Yves; Brais, Bernard


    Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) is an adult-onset disease caused by expanded (GCN)12-17 stretches encoding the N-terminal polyalanine domain of the poly(A) binding protein nuclear 1 (PABPN1). OPMD is characterized by intranuclear inclusions (INIs) in skeletal muscle fibers, which contain PABPN1, molecular chaperones, ubiquitin, proteasome subunits, and poly(A)-mRNA. We describe an adenoviral model of PABPN1 expression that produces INIs in most cells. Microarray analysis revealed that PABPN1 overexpression reproducibly changed the expression of 202 genes. Sixty percent of upregulated genes encode nuclear proteins, including many RNA and DNA binding proteins. Immunofluorescence microscopy revealed that all tested nuclear proteins encoded by eight upregulated genes colocalize with PABPN1 within the INIs: CUGBP1, SFRS3, FKBP1A, HMG2, HNRPA1, PRC1, S100P, and HSP70. In addition, CUGBP1, SFRS3, and FKBP1A were also found in OPMD muscle INIs. This study demonstrates that a large number of nuclear proteins are sequestered in OPMD INIs, which may compromise cellular function.

  18. Evasion of antiviral immunity through sequestering of TBK1/IKKε/IRF3 into viral inclusion bodies. (United States)

    Wu, Xiaodong; Qi, Xian; Qu, Bingqian; Zhang, Zerui; Liang, Mifang; Li, Chuan; Cardona, Carol J; Li, Dexin; Xing, Zheng


    Cells are equipped with pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as the Toll-like and RIG-I-like receptors that mount innate defenses against viruses. However, viruses have evolved multiple strategies to evade or thwart host antiviral responses. Viral inclusion bodies (IBs), which are accumulated aggregates of viral proteins, are commonly formed during the replication of some viruses in infected cells, but their role in viral immune evasion has rarely been explored. Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging febrile illness caused by a novel phlebovirus in the Bunyaviridae. The SFTS viral nonstructural protein NSs can suppress host beta interferon (IFN-β) responses. NSs can form IBs in infected and transfected cells. Through interaction with tank-binding kinase 1 (TBK1), viral NSs was able to sequester the IKK complex, including IKKε and IRF3, into IBs, although NSs did not interact with IKKε or IRF3 directly. When cells were infected with influenza A virus, IRF3 was phosphorylated and active phosphorylated IRF3 (p-IRF3) was translocated into the nucleus. In the presence of NSs, IRF3 could still be phosphorylated, but p-IRF3 was trapped in cytoplasmic IBs, resulting in reduced IFN-β induction and enhanced viral replication. Sequestration of the IKK complex and active IRF3 into viral IBs through the interaction of NSs and TBK1 is a novel mechanism for viral evasion of innate immunity.

  19. Dynamics of carbon storage in phytomass and soil humus in Northern Eurasia during the last climatic macrocycle (United States)

    Velichko, A. A.; Borisova, О. K.; Zelikson, E. M.; Morozova, T. D.


    Phytomass of terrestrial vegetation and soil humus are considered to be the most important sinks of carbon, and therefore their changes during glacial-interglacial macrocycle may influence considerably the carbon balance. Spatial reconstructions of paleovegetation and paleosols at the key intervals within the macrocycle, namely the Mikulino (Eemian) Interglacial ˜ 125 ka BP, the Last Glacial Maximum 20-18 ka BP, and the Holocene optimum ˜ 5.5 ka BP made it possible to estimate quantitatively the phytomass and soil humus carbon in Northern Eurasia (within the limits of the former Soviet Union). With the phytomass in modern (potential) vegetation taken as 100%, phytomass accumulated in vegetation which existed in Northern Eurasia 125, 18-20 and 5.5 ka BP amounts to 150%, 27% and 129%, respectively. The estimated carbon storage in soil humus for the same intervals is 149.2%, 23% and 128.8% of the present-day value. The values are similar to those previously calculated for the East European Plain except for LGM, where phytomass calculated for the whole territory of Northern Eurasia is relatively higher than that calculated for the East European Plain (27% and 6%). The same tendency is seen in the carbon storage in paleosols dated to the LGM 23 and 15% respectively. The difference in relative phytomass and carbon storage calculated for Eastern Europe and for Northern Eurasia may be attributed to the fact that degradation of forest and steppe vegetation was less pronounced in continental Siberia than in Eastern Europe.

  20. Phenol-containing macrocyclic diamides as new catalysts in the highly regioselective conversion of epoxides to beta-hydroxy thiocyanates. (United States)

    Sharghi, H; Nasseri, M A; Niknam, K


    The regioselective ring-opening reactions of some epoxides with ammonium thiocyanate in the presence of a series of new phenol-containing macrocyclic diamides and also dibenzo-18-crown-6-, 18-crown-6-, benzo-15-crown-5-, and pyridine-containing macrocyclic diamide have been studied. The epoxides were subject to cleavage by NH(4)SCN in the presence of these catalysts under mild reaction conditions in various aprotic solvents. In this study, reagents and conditions have been discovered with which the individual beta-hydroxy thiocyanates can be synthesized in high yield and with more than 90% regioselectivity. The results can be discussed in terms of a four-step mechanism: (1) formation of complex between catalyst and NH(4)SCN, (2) release of SCN(-) nucleophile from the complex, (3) reaction of the active nucleophile at the less sterically hindered site in the epoxide, and (4) regeneration of catalyst. The major advantages of this method are as follows: (1) high regioselectivity, (2) simple regeneration of catalyst, (3) its reuse through several cycles without a decrease in activity, and (4) ease of workup of the reaction.

  1. Hydrophobic, Hydrophilic, and Amphiphilic Polyglycocarbonates with Linear and Macrocyclic Architectures from Bicyclic Glycocarbonates Derived from CO2 and Glucoside

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    Pati, Debasis


    Two bicyclic glycocarbonates were synthesized in five steps from α-methyl-d-glucoside without resorting to phosgene or to its derivatives for the first time. The 4- and 6-positions of glucose were modified to introduce a six-membered carbonate ring, using CO as the carbonylating reagent; the 2- and 3-positions of the same glucoside substrate were first transformed into either methyl or triethylene glycol monomethyl ether groups to protect these positions from undesirable reactions and also to impart hydrophobicity in the first case and hydrophilicity in the second. The polymerization behavior of these bicyclic glycocarbonates was then investigated under different conditions. On the one hand, through ring-opening polymerization of the above monomers, linear polyglycocarbonate homopolymers and diblock copolymers were obtained initiated by p-methylbenzyl alcohol using 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (TBD) as catalyst; on the other hand, macrocyclic polyglycocarbonate homopolymers and diblock copolymers were grown using 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU) which served as zwitterionic initiator. The various architectures derived were all thoroughly characterized by NMR, GPC, and MALDI-tof and shown to exhibit the expected structure. Finally, the self-assembly of linear and macrocyclic amphiphilic copolyglycocarbonates in water was investigated and characterized by cryo-TEM.

  2. Chemical Editing of Macrocyclic Natural Products and Kinetic Profiling Reveal Slow, Tight-Binding Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors with Picomolar Affinities. (United States)

    Kitir, Betül; Maolanon, Alex R; Ohm, Ragnhild G; Colaço, Ana R; Fristrup, Peter; Madsen, Andreas S; Olsen, Christian A


    Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are validated targets for treatment of certain cancer types and play numerous regulatory roles in biology, ranging from epigenetics to metabolism. Small molecules are highly important as tool compounds for probing these mechanisms as well as for the development of new medicines. Therefore, detailed mechanistic information and precise characterization of the chemical probes used to investigate the effects of HDAC enzymes are vital. We interrogated Nature's arsenal of macrocyclic nonribosomal peptide HDAC inhibitors by chemical synthesis and evaluation of more than 30 natural products and analogues. This furnished surprising trends in binding affinities for the various macrocycles, which were then exploited for the design of highly potent class I and IIb HDAC inhibitors. Furthermore, thorough kinetic investigation revealed unexpected inhibitory mechanisms of important tool compounds as well as the approved drug Istodax (romidepsin). This work provides novel inhibitors with varying potencies, selectivity profiles, and mechanisms of inhibition and, importantly, affords insight into known tool compounds that will improve the interpretation of their effects in biology and medicine.

  3. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Macrocycle [Cu(dadm)(mal)(H2O)]2·2H2O

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    林郑忠; 江飞龙; 陈莲; 洪茂椿


    The reaction of 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane (dadm), malonic acid (H2mal) and Cu(NO3)2 in aqueous solution results in a discrete binuclear Cu(II) macrocycle: [Cu(dadm)(mal)- (H2O)]2(2H2O. It crystallizes in monoclinic, space group P21/c with a = 15.231(3), b = 11.847(2), c = 9.801(2)A,Z= 106.75(3)o, V = 1693.5(6)A3, Z = 2, C32H40Cu2N4O12, Mr = 799.76, Dc = 1.568 g/cm3, λ(MoK() = 0.71073A, μ = 1.325 mm-1, F(000) = 828, the final R = 0.0531 and Wr = 0.1244 for 3421 observed reflections with I > 2σ(I). Each Cu(II) is coordinated by two oxygen atoms from a mal ligand, two nitrogen atoms from two dadm ligands and a water oxygen atom to form a triangle bipyramidal motif. The title compound possesses a distorted macrocycle enclosed by dadm with approximate dimensions of 8.3A× 5.9A.

  4. Synthesis and Biological Activities of Some New (Nα-Dinicotinoyl- bis-L-Leucyl Linear and Macrocyclic Peptides

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    Suzan Khayyat


    Full Text Available A series of linear and macrocyclic peptides 3–12 were synthesized using 3,5-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (1 as starting material and screened for their antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities. Bis-ester 3 was prepared from 1 and L-leucine methyl ester. Hydrazinolysis and hydrolysis of dipeptide methyl ester 3 with hydrazine hydrate or 1 N sodium hydroxide afforded compounds 4 and 5, respectively. Cyclization of the dipeptide 5 with L-lysine methyl ester afforded cyclic pentapeptide ester 6. Compounds 7–9 were synthesized by reacting hydrazide 4 with phthalic anhydride, 1,8-naphthalene anhydride or acetophenone derivatives. Treatment of acid hydrazide 4 with aromatic aldehydes or tetraacid dianhydrides afforded the corresponding bis-dipeptide hydrazones 10a–e and macrocyclic peptides 11 and 12, respectively. The structures of newly synthesized compounds were confirmed by IR, 1H-NMR, MS spectral data and elemental analysis. The detailed synthesis, spectroscopic data, biological and pharmacological activities of the synthesized compounds was reported.

  5. Dinuclear Silver(I) and Copper(II) Complexes of Hexadentate Macrocyclic Ligands Containing p-Xylyl Spacers

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    McKenzie, Christine J.; Nielsen, Lars Preuss; Søtofte, Inger


    The cyclocondensation of terephthalic aldehyde with N,N-bis(3-aminopropyl)-methylamine in the presence of silver(I) gives the dinuclear tetramine Schiff base macrocyclic complex, [Ag2L1](NO3)2 (L1=7,22-N,N'-dimethyl-3,7,11,18, 22,26-hexaazatricyclo[]-tetratricosa-2,11,13,15,1 7......,26,28,30,31,33-decaene). [Ag2L1](NO3)2 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c, with a=14.153(6), b=12.263(4), c=9.220(2) Å, beta=97.52(3) Å and Z=2. The silver ions are strongly coordinated at each end of the macrocycle by the two imine nitrogen atoms [2.177(3) and 2.182(3) Å] with close interatomic......,7,11,18,22,26-hexaazatricyclo[ 16]tetratricosa-13,15,28,30,31,33-decane, L2, was prepared by reduction of Ag2L1](NO3)2 with NaBH4. The copper(II) complexes of the reduced ligand, [Cu2Cl2L2]Cl2xCH3OH, [CU2Cl2L2](PF6)2 and [Cu2(CH3CO2)2L2](PF6)2x4H2O, have been prepared and characterized....

  6. Covalent lanthanide(III) macrocyclic complexes: the bonding nature and optical properties of a promising single antenna molecule. (United States)

    Rabanal-León, Walter A; Páez-Hernández, Dayán; Arratia-Pérez, Ramiro


    The present work is focused on the elucidation of the electronic structure, bonding nature and optical properties of a series of low symmetry (C2) coordination compounds of type [Ln(III)HAM](3+), where "Ln(III)" are the trivalent lanthanide ions: La(3+), Ce(3+), Eu(3+) and Lu(3+), while "HAM" is the neutral six-nitrogen donor macrocyclic ligand [C22N6H26]. This systematic study has been performed in the framework of the Relativistic Density Functional Theory (R-DFT) and also using a multi-reference approach via the Complete Active Space (CAS) wavefunction treatment with the aim of analyzing their ground state and excited state electronic structures as well as electronic correlation. Furthermore, the use of the energy decomposition scheme proposed by Morokuma-Ziegler and the electron localization function (ELF) allows us to characterize the bonding between the lanthanide ions and the macrocyclic ligand, obtaining as a result a dative-covalent interaction. Due to a great deal of lanthanide optical properties and their technological applications, the absorption spectra of this set of coordination compounds were calculated using the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT), where the presence of the intense Ligand to Metal Charge Transfer (LMCT) bands in the ultraviolet and visible region and the inherent f-f electronic transitions in the Near-Infra Red (NIR) region for some lanthanide ions allow us to propose these systems as "single antenna molecules" with potential applications in NIR technologies.

  7. Giant vesicles from 72-membered macrocyclic archaeal phospholipid analogues: initiation of vesicle formation by molecular recognition between membrane components (United States)

    Eguchi; Arakawa; Kakinuma; Rapp; Ghosh; Nakatani; Ourisson


    Stereochemically pure archeal acyclic bola-amphiphilic diphosphates 4 and 5, with the basic structure of the phospholipids found in Sulfolobus, have been synthesized for the first time. The self-assembly properties have been compared with those of the nearly identical 72-membered macrocyclic tetraether phosphates 3a and 3b, analogues of the major phospholipid components of Sulfolobus, Thermoplasma, and methanogenic Archea, which were also synthesized. Phase contrast and fluorescence microscopies have shown that the dipolar lipids 1 and 2 spontaneously formed vesicles. Whereas the macrocyclic dipolar phosphates 3 spontaneously formed vesicles (phase contrast and fluorescence microscopies), the bolaform phosphate 4 gave only a lamellar structure (synchrotron diffraction pattern: repeat distance of about 4.25 nm but with only a few layers). However, upon addition of the unphosphorylated precursors phytanol, phytol, or geranylgeraniol to the acyclic lipids 4 and 5, giant vesicles were rapidly formed. Addition of n-hexadecanol or cholesterol did not lead to vesicle formation. Therefore it was concluded that this vesicle formation occurs only when the added molecule is closely compatible with the constituents of the lipid layer and can be inserted into the double layer. A slight mismatch (cholesterol or n-hexadecanol/polyprenyl chains) is therefore enough to block the insertion process presumably required for vesicle formation.

  8. Mechanistics and photo-energetics of macrocycles and photodynamic therapy: An overview of aspects to consider for research. (United States)

    Horne, Tamarisk K; Cronjé, Marianne J


    Research within the field of photodynamic therapy has escalated over the past 20 years. The required conjunctional use of photosensitizers, particularly of the macrocycle structure, has lead to a vast repertoire of derivatives that branch classes and subclasses thereof. Each exhibits a differential range of physiochemical properties that influence their potential applications within the larger phototherapy field for use in either diagnostics, photodynamic therapy, both or none. Herein, we provide an overview of these properties as they relate to photodynamic therapy and to a lesser extent diagnostics. By summarizing the mechanistics of photodynamic therapy coupled to the photo-energetics displayed by macrocycle photosensitizers, we aimed to highlight the critical aspects any researcher should be aware of and consider when selecting and performing research for therapeutic application purposes. These include photosensitizer, photophysical and structural properties, synthesis design and subsequent attributes, main applications within research, common shortcomings exhibited and the current methods practiced to overcome them. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  9. Use of gadolinium-based magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents and awareness of brain gadolinium deposition among pediatric providers in North America

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    Mithal, Leena B. [Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children' s Hospital of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics, Chicago, IL (United States); Patel, Payal S. [University of Arizona College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Phoenix, AZ (United States); Mithal, Divakar [Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children' s Hospital of Chicago, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Chicago, IL (United States); Palac, Hannah L. [Northwestern University, Biostatistics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children' s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL (United States); Rozenfeld, Michael N. [University of Arizona College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Phoenix, AZ (United States)


    Numerous recent articles have reported brain gadolinium deposition when using linear but not macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs). To determine the current landscape of gadolinium use among pediatric institutions and the knowledge base of radiologists and referring providers with regard to GBCAs and brain gadolinium deposition. We e-mailed voluntary closed surveys to 5,390 physicians in various pediatric professional societies between January 2016 and March 2016. We used chi-square and Fisher exact tests to compare response distributions among specialties. We found that 80% of surveyed pediatric hospitals use macrocyclic contrast agents. In the last year, 58% switched their agent, most commonly to gadoterate meglumine, with the most common reason being brain gadolinium deposition. Furthermore, surveys indicated that 23% of hospitals are considering switching, and, of these, 83% would switch to gadoterate meglumine; the most common reasons were brain gadolinium deposition and safety. Radiologists were more aware of brain gadolinium deposition than non-radiologist physicians (87% vs. 26%; P<0.0001). Radiologists and referring providers expressed similar levels of concern (95% and 89%). Twelve percent of radiologists and 2% of referring providers reported patients asking about brain gadolinium deposition. Radiologists were significantly more comfortable addressing patient inquiries than referring pediatric physicians (48% vs. 6%; P<0.0001). The number of MRIs requested by referring pediatric physicians correlated with their knowledge of brain gadolinium deposition, contrast agent used by their hospital, and comfort discussing brain gadolinium deposition with patients (P<0.0001). Since the discovery of brain gadolinium deposition, many pediatric hospitals have switched to or plan to switch to a more stable macrocyclic MR contrast agent, most commonly gadoterate meglumine. Despite this, there is need for substantial further education of radiologists and

  10. Cyanide Scavenging by a Cobalt Schiff-Base Macrocycle: A Cost-Effective Alternative to Corrinoids. (United States)

    Lopez-Manzano, Elisenda; Cronican, Andrea A; Frawley, Kristin L; Peterson, Jim; Pearce, Linda L


    The complex of cobalt(II) with the ligand 2,12-dimethyl-3,7,11,17-tetraazabicyclo-[11.3.1]heptadeca-1(17)2,11,13,15-pentaene (CoN4[11.3.1]) has been shown to bind two molecules of cyanide in a cooperative fashion with an association constant of 2.7 (±0.2) × 10(5). In vivo, irrespective of whether it is initially administered as the Co(II) or Co(III) cation, EPR spectroscopic measurements on blood samples show that at physiological levels of reductant (principally ascorbate) CoN4[11.3.1] becomes quantitatively reduced to the Co(II) form. However, following addition of sodium cyanide, a dicyano Co(III) species is formed, both in blood and in buffered aqueous solution at neutral pH. In keeping with other cobalt-containing cyanide-scavenging macrocycles like cobinamide and cobalt(III) meso-tetra(4-N-methylpyridyl)porphine, we found that CoN4[11.3.1] exhibits rapid oxygen turnover in the presence of the physiological reductant ascorbate. This behavior could potentially render CoN4[11.3.1] cytotoxic and/or interfere with evaluations of the antidotal capability of the complex toward cyanide through respirometric measurements, particularly since cyanide rapidly inhibits this process, adding further complexity. A sublethal mouse model was used to assess the effectiveness of CoN4[11.3.1] as a potential cyanide antidote. The administration of CoN4[11.3.1] prophylactically to sodium cyanide-intoxicated mice resulted in the time required for the surviving animals to recover from "knockdown" (unconsciousness) being significantly decreased (3 ± 2 min) compared to that of the controls (22 ± 5 min). All observations are consistent with the demonstrated antidotal activity of CoN4[11.3.1] operating through a cyanide-scavenging mechanism, which is associated with a Co(II) → Co(III) oxidation of the cation. To test for postintoxication neuromuscular sequelae, the ability of mice to remain in position on a rotating cylinder (RotaRod test) was assessed during and after recovery

  11. Chemical evolution on planetary surfaces: from simple gases to organic macrocycles (United States)

    Fox, Stefan; Strasdeit, Henry

    It is generally accepted that α-amino acids existed in the primordial ocean on the Hadean / early Archean Earth. They had been abiotically synthesized from smaller molecules such as H2 , CH4 , H2 O, NH3 , HCN, aldehydes, ketones, and alcohols [1-3]. Once the amino acids had been formed, they probably reacted to more complex molecules. One possibility is the thermal transformation at hot volcanic coasts. In a first step, amino acid-containing seawater evaporated in the vicinity of lava streams. A salt crust remained in which amino acids were embedded. In a second step, these embedded amino acids were thermally transformed to new compounds. In order to simulate this hot-volcanic-coast scenario artificial salt crusts with embedded amino acids were prepared and heated to 300-800 ° C in a slow stream of nitrogen gas. We found that in the salt crusts glycine, DL-alanine and -aminoisobutyric acid were chemically bonded to calcium or magnesium ions. This metal coordination prevents the sublimation of the amino acids and permits the thermal formation of pyridines, piperazine-2,5-diones, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and especially several alkylated pyrroles. Thus an abiotic source of pyrroles on young Earth-like planets may exist. Amino acids and pyrroles are building blocks of important biomolecules. It might seem plausible that amino acids formed peptides on the early Earth. However, in aqueous solution the condensation reaction is unfavorable, and even if short peptides would have formed they would have tended to hydrolyze. This argument is equally true for nucleic acid components [4]. In contrast to that, it is known that pyrrole, in aqueous HCl solutions, reacts with formaldehyde to form oligopyrroles [5]. Prebiotic oligopyrroles and their metal complexes may have been utilized by primitive metabolizing systems and later modified into porphyrin-like macrocycles such as chlorophyll. [1] Miller, S. L. (1953) Science, 117, 528. [2] Johnson, A. P., Cleaves, H. J

  12. Independent recruitment of a flavin-dependent monooxygenase for safe accumulation of sequestered pyrrolizidine alkaloids in grasshoppers and moths.

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    Linzhu Wang

    Full Text Available Several insect lineages have developed diverse strategies to sequester toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids from food-plants for their own defense. Here, we show that in two highly divergent insect taxa, the hemimetabolous grasshoppers and the holometabolous butterflies, an almost identical strategy evolved independently for safe accumulation of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. This strategy involves a pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase that transfers the pyrrolizidine alkaloids to their respective N-oxide, enabling the insects to avoid high concentrations of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the hemolymph. We have identified a pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase, which is a flavin-dependent monooxygenase, of the grasshopper Zonocerus variegatus. After heterologous expression in E. coli, this enzyme shows high specificity for pyrrolizidine alkaloids of various structural types and for the tropane alkaloid atropine as substrates, a property that has been described previously for a pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase of the arctiid moth Grammia geneura. Phylogenetic analyses of insect flavin-dependent monooxygenase sequences suggest that independent gene duplication events preceded the establishment of this specific enzyme in the lineages of the grasshoppers and of arctiid moths. Two further flavin-dependent monooxygenase sequences have been identified from Z. variegatus sharing amino acid identities of approximately 78% to the pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase. After heterologous expression, both enzymes are also able to catalyze the N-oxygenation of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, albeit with a 400-fold lower specific activity. With respect to the high sequence identity between the three Z. variegatus sequences this ability to N-oxygenize pyrrolizidine alkaloids is interpreted as a relict of a former bifunctional ancestor gene of which one of the gene copies optimized this activity for the specific adaptation to pyrrolizidine alkaloid containing food plants.

  13. Independent recruitment of a flavin-dependent monooxygenase for safe accumulation of sequestered pyrrolizidine alkaloids in grasshoppers and moths. (United States)

    Wang, Linzhu; Beuerle, Till; Timbilla, James; Ober, Dietrich


    Several insect lineages have developed diverse strategies to sequester toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids from food-plants for their own defense. Here, we show that in two highly divergent insect taxa, the hemimetabolous grasshoppers and the holometabolous butterflies, an almost identical strategy evolved independently for safe accumulation of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. This strategy involves a pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase that transfers the pyrrolizidine alkaloids to their respective N-oxide, enabling the insects to avoid high concentrations of toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the hemolymph. We have identified a pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase, which is a flavin-dependent monooxygenase, of the grasshopper Zonocerus variegatus. After heterologous expression in E. coli, this enzyme shows high specificity for pyrrolizidine alkaloids of various structural types and for the tropane alkaloid atropine as substrates, a property that has been described previously for a pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase of the arctiid moth Grammia geneura. Phylogenetic analyses of insect flavin-dependent monooxygenase sequences suggest that independent gene duplication events preceded the establishment of this specific enzyme in the lineages of the grasshoppers and of arctiid moths. Two further flavin-dependent monooxygenase sequences have been identified from Z. variegatus sharing amino acid identities of approximately 78% to the pyrrolizidine alkaloid N-oxygenase. After heterologous expression, both enzymes are also able to catalyze the N-oxygenation of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, albeit with a 400-fold lower specific activity. With respect to the high sequence identity between the three Z. variegatus sequences this ability to N-oxygenize pyrrolizidine alkaloids is interpreted as a relict of a former bifunctional ancestor gene of which one of the gene copies optimized this activity for the specific adaptation to pyrrolizidine alkaloid containing food plants.

  14. Inorganic carbon and fossil organic carbon are source of bias for quantification of sequestered carbon in mine spoil (United States)

    Vindušková, Olga; Frouz, Jan


    Carbon sequestration in mine soils has been studied as a possibility to mitigate the rising atmospheric CO2 levels and to improve mine soil quality (Vindu\\vsková and Frouz, 2013). Moreover, these soils offer an unique opportunity to study soil carbon dynamics using the chronosequence approach (using a set of sites of different age on similar parent material). However, quantification of sequestered carbon in mine soils is often complicated by fossil organic carbon (e.g., from coal or kerogen) or inorganic carbon present in the spoil. We present a methodology for quantification of both of these common constituents of mine soils. Our recommendations are based on experiments done on post-mining soils in Sokolov basin, Czech Republic. Here, fossil organic carbon is present mainly as kerogen Type I and II and represents 2-6 wt.% C in these soils. Inorganic carbon in these soils is present mainly as siderite (FeCO3), calcite (CaCO3), and dolomite (CaMg(CO3)2). All of these carbonates are often found in the overburden of coal seams thus being a common constituent of post-mining soils in the world. Vindu\\vsková O, Frouz J, 2013. Soil carbon accumulation after open-cast coal and oil shale mining in Northern Hemisphere: a quantitative review. ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES, 69: 1685-1698. Vindu\\vsková O, Dvořáček V, Prohasková A, Frouz J. 2014. Distinguishing recent and fossil organic matter - A critical step in evaluation of post-mining soil development - using near infrared spectroscopy. ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING. 73: 643-648. Vindu\\vsková O, Sebag D, Cailleau G, Brus J, Frouz J. 2015. Methodological comparison for quantitative analysis of fossil and recently derived carbon in mine soils with high content of aliphatic kerogen. ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY, 89-90:14-22.

  15. Vaccinia Virus Immunomodulator A46: A Lipid and Protein-Binding Scaffold for Sequestering Host TIR-Domain Proteins.

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    Sofiya Fedosyuk


    Full Text Available Vaccinia virus interferes with early events of the activation pathway of the transcriptional factor NF-kB by binding to numerous host TIR-domain containing adaptor proteins. We have previously determined the X-ray structure of the A46 C-terminal domain; however, the structure and function of the A46 N-terminal domain and its relationship to the C-terminal domain have remained unclear. Here, we biophysically characterize residues 1-83 of the N-terminal domain of A46 and present the X-ray structure at 1.55 Å. Crystallographic phases were obtained by a recently developed ab initio method entitled ARCIMBOLDO_BORGES that employs tertiary structure libraries extracted from the Protein Data Bank; data analysis revealed an all β-sheet structure. This is the first such structure solved by this method which should be applicable to any protein composed entirely of β-sheets. The A46(1-83 structure itself is a β-sandwich containing a co-purified molecule of myristic acid inside a hydrophobic pocket and represents a previously unknown lipid-binding fold. Mass spectrometry analysis confirmed the presence of long-chain fatty acids in both N-terminal and full-length A46; mutation of the hydrophobic pocket reduced the lipid content. Using a combination of high resolution X-ray structures of the N- and C-terminal domains and SAXS analysis of full-length protein A46(1-240, we present here a structural model of A46 in a tetrameric assembly. Integrating affinity measurements and structural data, we propose how A46 simultaneously interferes with several TIR-domain containing proteins to inhibit NF-κB activation and postulate that A46 employs a bipartite binding arrangement to sequester the host immune adaptors TRAM and MyD88.

  16. The Efficacy and Potential of Renewable Energy from Carbon Dioxide that is Sequestered in Sedimentary Basin Geothermal Resources (United States)

    Bielicki, J. M.; Adams, B. M.; Choi, H.; Saar, M. O.; Taff, S. J.; Jamiyansuren, B.; Buscheck, T. A.; Ogland-Hand, J.


    Mitigating climate change requires increasing the amount of electricity that is generated from renewable energy technologies and while simultaneously reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is emitted to the atmosphere from present energy and industrial facilities. We investigated the efficacy of generating electricity using renewable geothermal heat that is extracted by CO2 that is sequestered in sedimentary basins. To determine the efficacy of CO2-Geothermal power production in the United States, we conducted a geospatial resource assessment of the combination of subsurface CO2 storage capacity and heat flow in sedimentary basins and developed an integrated systems model that combines reservoir modeling with power plant modeling and economic costs. The geospatial resource assessment estimates the potential resource base for CO2-Geothermal power plants, and the integrated systems model estimates the physical (e.g., net power) and economic (e.g., levelized cost of electricity, capital cost) performance of an individual CO2-Geothermal power plant for a range of reservoir characteristics (permeability, depth, geothermal temperature gradient). Using coupled inverted five-spot injection patterns that are common in CO2-enhanced oil recovery operations, we determined the well pattern size that best leveraged physical and economic economies of scale for the integrated system. Our results indicate that CO2-Geothermal plants can be cost-effectively deployed in a much larger region of the United States than typical approaches to geothermal electricity production. These cost-effective CO2-Geothermal electricity facilities can also be capacity-competitive with many existing baseload and renewable energy technologies over a range of reservoir parameters. For example, our results suggest that, given the right combination of reservoir parameters, LCOEs can be as low as $25/MWh and capacities can be as high as a few hundred MW.

  17. Abnormal enhancement of the photoisomerization process in a trans-nitroalkoxystilbene dimer sequestered in β-cyclodextrin cavities. (United States)

    Hobeika, Nelly; Malval, Jean-Pierre; Chaumeil, Hélène; Roucoules, Vincent; Morlet-Savary, Fabrice; Le Nouen, Didier; Gritti, Fabrice


    We report on the synthesis and the photophysical properties of a trans-nitroalkoxystilbene dimer (DPNS). The fluorescence quantum yield (Φ(f)), the Stokes shift, and the quantum yield for the trans-to-cis photoisomerization (Φ(t→c)) are strongly dependent on the nature of the solvent. Upon increasing solvent polarity, Φ(f) increases together with the decrease of Φ(t→c). This solvent-induced reverse behavior mainly stems from the progressive stabilization of a highly polar twisted internal charge transfer state (TICT) at excited singlet level which opens a competing channel to photoisomerization. In the presence of hydroxylic substrates (i.e., alcohols or water), fluorescence of DPNS is strongly quenched due to a hydrogen bonding interaction at excited state. The efficiency of the process is clearly correlated to the H-bond donor ability of the quencher. In aqueous solution, the major formation of a 2:1 host-guest complex with β-cyclodextrins (β-CD) prevents the quenching by H(2)O and leads to a 50-fold increase of the fluorescence signal together with a strong band blue-shift with respect to that of the free chromophore. This latter effect was rationalized in terms of a severe reduction of the solvent-induced stabilization of the TICT state. As a consequence, the trans-to-cis photoisomerization reaction is reactivated and leads to a paradoxical 14-fold increase of Φ(t→c) even though DPNS is sequestered in β-CD cavities.

  18. Vibrational dynamics of zero-field-splitting hamiltonian in gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents from ab initio molecular dynamics. (United States)

    Lasoroski, Aurélie; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Pollet, Rodolphe


    The electronic relaxation of gadolinium complexes used as MRI contrast agents was studied theoretically by following the short time evolution of zero-field-splitting parameters. The statistical analysis of ab initio molecular dynamics trajectories provided a clear separation between static and transient contributions to the zero-field-splitting. For the latter, the correlation time was estimated at approximately 0.1 ps. The influence of the ligand was also probed by replacing one pendant arm of our reference macrocyclic complex by a bulkier phosphonate arm. In contrast to the transient contribution, the static zero-field-splitting was significantly influenced by this substitution.

  19. Microscale Synthesis, Reactions, and (Super 1)H NMR Spectroscopic Investigations of Square Planar Macrocyclic, Tetramido-N Co(III) Complexes Relevant to Green Chemistry (United States)

    Watson, Tanya T.; Uffelman, Erich S.; Lee, Daniel W., III; Doherty, Jonathan R.; Schulze, Carl; Burke, Amy L.; Bonnema, Kristen, R.


    The microscale preparation, characterization, and reactivity of a square planar Co(III) complex that has grown out of a program to introduce experiments of relevance to green chemistry into the undergraduate curriculum is presented. The given experiments illustrate the remarkable redox and aqueous acid-base stability that make the macrocycles very…

  20. Synthesis, spectroscopic studies and inhibitory activity against bactria and fungi of acyclic and macrocyclic transition metal complexes containing a triamine coumarine Schiff base ligand (United States)

    Abou-Hussein, A. A.; Linert, Wolfgang


    Two series of new mono and binuclear complexes with a Schiff base ligand derived from the condensation of 3-acetylcoumarine and diethylenetriamine, in the molar ratio 2:1 have been prepared. The ligand was characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV-visible, 1H-NMR and mass spectra. The reaction of the Schiff base ligand with cobalt(II), nickel(II), copper(II), zinc(II) and oxovanadium(IV) lead to mono or binuclear species of cyclic or macrocyclic complexes, depending on the mole ratio of metal to ligand and as well as on the method of preparation. The Schiff base ligand behaves as a cyclic bidentate, tetradendate or pentaentadentae ligand. The formation of macrocyclic complexes depends significantly on the dimension of the internal cavity, the rigidity of the macrocycles, the nature of its donor atoms and on the complexing properties of the anion involved in the coordination. Electronic spectra and magnetic moments of the complexes indicate that the geometries of the metal centers are either square pyramidal or octahedral for acyclic or macro-cyclic complexes. The structures are consistent with the IR, UV-visible, ESR, 1H-NMR, mass spectra as well as conductivity and magnetic moment measurements. The Schiff base ligand and its metal complexes were tested against two pathogenic bacteria as Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria as well as one kind of fungi. Most of the complexes exhibit mild antibacterial and antifungal activities against these organisms.

  1. Synthesis, spectroscopic studies and inhibitory activity against bacteria and fungi of acyclic and macrocyclic transition metal complexes containing a triamine coumarine Schiff base ligand. (United States)

    Abou-Hussein, A A; Linert, Wolfgang


    Two series of new mono and binuclear complexes with a Schiff base ligand derived from the condensation of 3-acetylcoumarine and diethylenetriamine, in the molar ratio 2:1 have been prepared. The ligand was characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV-visible, (1)H-NMR and mass spectra. The reaction of the Schiff base ligand with cobalt(II), nickel(II), copper(II), zinc(II) and oxovanadium(IV) lead to mono or binuclear species of cyclic or macrocyclic complexes, depending on the mole ratio of metal to ligand and as well as on the method of preparation. The Schiff base ligand behaves as a cyclic bidentate, tetradendate or pentaentadentae ligand. The formation of macrocyclic complexes depends significantly on the dimension of the internal cavity, the rigidity of the macrocycles, the nature of its donor atoms and on the complexing properties of the anion involved in the coordination. Electronic spectra and magnetic moments of the complexes indicate that the geometries of the metal centers are either square pyramidal or octahedral for acyclic or macro-cyclic complexes. The structures are consistent with the IR, UV-visible, ESR, (1)H-NMR, mass spectra as well as conductivity and magnetic moment measurements. The Schiff base ligand and its metal complexes were tested against two pathogenic bacteria as Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria as well as one kind of fungi. Most of the complexes exhibit mild antibacterial and antifungal activities against these organisms.

  2. Spectroscopic evidence on improvement in complex formation of O2N2 aza-crown macrocyclic ligands with Cu(II) acetate upon incorporation with [60]Fullerene (United States)

    Ghanbari, Bahram; Gholamnezhad, Parisa


    The present paper reports the spectroscopic investigations on the complexation of Cu(II) with two macrocyclic ligands bonded to [60]Fullerene (L1 and L2) measured in N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) as solvent. On the basis of UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy applying Jobs method of continuous variation, typical 1:1 stoichiometries were established for the complexes of Cu(II) with L1, and L2. DFT calculations suggested that superior HOMO distributions spread over the nitrogen-donor (as well as somehow oxygen- donor in L2) groups of L1 and L2 macrocycles were the key factor for the observed Kb value enhancement. Thermodynamic stabilities for these complexes have also been determined employing Benesi-Hildebrand equation and the results were compared in terms of their calculated binding constants (Kb). These measurements showed that L1 and L2 bound to these cations stronger than their parent free macrocyclic ligands 1 and 2, respectively. Furthermore, Kb values found for L2 complexes revealed that it could coordinate Cu(II) cation better than L1. Thermodynamic parameters (ΔG, ∆ H, and - ΔS) derived from Van't Hoff equation showed that L1 and L2 coordination of Cu(II) cation were occurred due to both enthalpic and entropic factors while the coordination of Cu(II) with their parent macrocyclic ligands 1 and 2 only enjoyed from only enthalpic advantages.

  3. Adsorption of a benzylic amide macrocycle on a solid substrate : XPS and HREELS characterization of thin films grown on Au(111)

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    Whelan, Caroline M.; Cecchet, Francesca; Baxter, Richard; Zerbetto, Francesco; Clarkson, Guy J.; Leigh, David A.; Rudolf, Petra


    Thin films of a benzylic amide macrocycle, the common component of a wide class of mechanically interlocked molecules, are prepared by vapor deposition on Au(111). The films are characterized by monochromated X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscop

  4. In-situ observation for growth of hierarchical metal-organic frameworks and their self-sequestering mechanism for gas storage (United States)

    Hyo Park, Jung; Min Choi, Kyung; Joon Jeon, Hyung; Jung Choi, Yoon; Ku Kang, Jeung


    Although structures with the single functional constructions and micropores were demonstrated to capture many different molecules such as carbon dioxide, methane, and hydrogen with high capacities at low temperatures, their feeble interactions still limit practical applications at room temperature. Herein, we report in-situ growth observation of hierarchical pores in pomegranate metal-organic frameworks (pmg-MOFs) and their self-sequestering storage mechanism, not observed for pristine MOFs. Direct observation of hierarchical pores inside the pmg-MOF was evident by in-situ growth X-ray measurements while self-sequestering storage mechanism was revealed by in-situ gas sorption X-ray analysis and molecular dynamics simulations. The results show that meso/macropores are created at the early stage of crystal growth and then enclosed by micropore crystalline shells, where hierarchical pores are networking under self-sequestering mechanism to give enhanced gas storage. This pmg-MOF gives higher CO2 (39%) and CH4 (14%) storage capacity than pristine MOF at room temperature, in addition to fast kinetics with robust capacity retention during gas sorption cycles, thus giving the clue to control dynamic behaviors of gas adsorption.





    Mobile agent technology has been promoted as an emerging technology that makes it much easier to design, implement, and maintain distributed systems, introduction to basic concepts of mobile agents like agent mobility, agent types and places and agent communication. Then benefits of the usage of mobile agents are summarized and illustrated by selected applications. The next section lists requirements and desirable properties for mobile agent languages and systems. We study the main features, ...

  6. Studies on an Unsymmetrical Macrocyclic Dinuclear Ni(Ⅱ) Complex Interaction with DNA%不对称大环双核Ni(Ⅱ)配合物的DNA切割性能研究

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    丁超; 陈云峰; 刘明; 宋会婷; 周红; 潘志权


    本文利用模板导向的方式合成了一种含有不对称侧链的大环双核金属Ni(Ⅱ)配合物(大环配体由3-溴甲基-5-甲基水杨醛,乙二胺,N,N-二氨丙基)-2呋喃甲胺分步合成得到),其结构通过红外光谱、元素分析、X-射线单晶衍射进行了表征.利用紫外光谱、分子荧光和粘度试验对配合物与DNA的相互作用进行了研究,结果表明配合物与CT-DNA的结合常数K=4.8× 104 mol-1.L荧光淬灭常数Ksx=7.12×103 mol-1-L;同时机理研究表明配合物与CT-DNA结合方式为插入模式.%An unsymmetrical side chains macrocyclic dinuclear Ni(Ⅱ) complex has been obtained by templatedirected synthesis (the macrocyclic ligand was synthesized by 3-bromomethyl-2-hydroxy-5-methylbenzaldehyde,ethane-1,2-diamine,and N1-(3-aminopropyl)-N1-(furan-2-ylmethyl)propane-1,3-diamine),the structure has been characterized by IR spectrum,elemental analysis and X-ray crystallography determination.The interactions of the complex with DNA have been measured by UV spectroscopy,fluorescence spectroscopy and viscosity experiments.Absorption spectroscopic investigation reveals of intercalative binding of the complex with DNA with a binding constant of 4.8×104 mol-1.L.Fluorescence spectroscopy shows that the complex displaces EB and bind to DNA with a quenching constant of 7.12×103 mol-1·L.The appearance of both increased CD bands nearing 371nm gives evidence for effective complex-DNA binding.The agarose gel electrophoresis studies show that the complex displays effective DNA cleavage activity in the absence of any external agents.CCDC:835716.

  7. Influence of Anion and Mole Ratio on the Coordination Behavior of an NO2S3-Macrocycle: The Formation of a Dumbbell-Shaped Macrocyclic Cadmium(II) Iodide Complex. (United States)

    Lee, Hyeong-Hwan; Lee, Eunji; Ju, Huiyeong; Kim, Seulgi; Park, In-Hyeok; Lee, Shim Sung


    Anion and mole ratio dependent formations of cadmium(II) complexes with an NO2S3-macrocycle (L) incorporating a pyridine subunit are reported. When the cadmium(II) salts (1-10 equiv) with different halide ions (Br(-) or I(-)) were reacted with L, CdBr2 afforded a monomer complex, [Cd(L)Br]2[Cd2Br6]·CH2Cl2 (1), with three separated parts in the whole mole ratio range: two 1:1 stoichiometric complex cation parts and one Cd2Br6 cluster anion part. After separation of 1 by filtration, [Cd(L)Br]2[CdBr4]·CH2Cl2 (2) with similar composition was afforded, except the cluster was isolated from the filtrate. Unlike the CdBr2 complexation, CdI2 afforded the mole ratio dependent products (3-5). Below 2.5 equiv of CdI2, [Cd(L)I]2[CdI4]·CH2Cl2 (3) and [Cd(L)I]2[Cd2I6]·0.5CH2Cl2 (4) with different cadmium(II) iodide clusters were isolated as kinetic (3) and a thermodynamic (4) products. Notably, the use of 3 equiv or above amount of CdI2 gave a dumbbell-shaped complex, {[Cd(L)]2(μ-Cd4I12)} (5), in which two mononuclear macrocyclic complex units are linked by a (μ-Cd4I12)(4-) cluster. To monitor the mole ratio dependency as well as their reactivities, the systematic powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) analysis has also been applied.

  8. HCV genotypes are differently prone to the development of resistance to linear and macrocyclic protease inhibitors.

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    Valeria Cento

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Because of the extreme genetic variability of hepatitis C virus (HCV, we analyzed whether specific HCV-genotypes are differently prone to develop resistance to linear and macrocyclic protease-inhibitors (PIs. METHODS: The study includes 1568 NS3-protease sequences, isolated from PI-naive patients infected with HCV-genotypes 1a (N = 621, 1b (N = 474, 2 (N = 72, 3 (N = 268, 4 (N = 54 5 (N = 6, and 6 (N = 73. Genetic-barrier was calculated as the sum of nucleotide-transitions (score = 1 and/or nucleotide-transversions (score = 2.5 required for drug-resistance-mutations emergence. Forty-three mutations associated with PIs-resistance were analyzed (36A/M/L/G-41R-43S/V-54A/S/V-55A-Q80K/R/L/H/G-109K-138T-155K/Q/T/I/M/S/G/L-156T/V/G/S-158I-168A/H/T/V/E/I/G/N/Y-170A/T-175L. Structural analyses on NS3-protease and on putative RNA-models have been also performed. RESULTS: Overall, NS3-protease was moderately conserved, with 85/181 (47.0% amino-acids showing 94% HCV-2-4; 175L present in 100% HCV-1a-3-5 and >97% HCV-2-4. Furthermore, HCV-3 specifically showed non-conservative polymorphisms (R123T-D168Q at two drug-interacting positions. Regardless of HCV-genotype, 13 PIs resistance-mutations were associated with low genetic-barrier, requiring only 1 nucleotide-substitution (41R-43S/V-54A-55A-80R-156V/T: score = 1; 54S-138T-156S/G-168E/H: score = 2.5. By contrast, by using HCV-1b as reference genotype, nucleotide-heterogeneity led to a lower genetic-barrier for the development of some drug-resistance-mutations in HCV-1a (36M-155G/I/K/M/S/T-170T, HCV-2 (36M-80K-155G/I/K/S/T-170T, HCV-3 (155G/I/K/M/S/T-170T, HCV-4-6 (155I/S/L, and HCV-5 (80G-155G/I/K/M/S/T. CONCLUSIONS: The high degree of HCV genetic variability makes HCV-genotypes, and even subtypes, differently prone to the development of PIs resistance-mutations. Overall, this can account for different responsiveness of HCV-genotypes to PIs, with

  9. Template Syntheses and Crystal Structures of Hexaaza Macrocyclic Complexes with C-Methyl Substituents

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    Two new macrocyclic complexes with C-methyl substituents on the framework,namely, [CuL](ClO4)2 (L = 5,12-dimethyl- 1,8-dihydroxyethyl- 1,3,6,8,10,13-hexaazacyclotetradecane) 1 and [NiL](ClO4)2 2, have been synthesized and structurally characterized through X-ray diffraction analysis. Also, crystal structure of [CuL1](ClO4)2 (L1 = 1,8-dimethyl- 1,3,6,8,10,13- hexaazacyclotetradecane) 3 has been determined. Crystal data for 1: C14H32C12CuN6O10, Mr = 578.90,monoclinic, P21In, a = 8.3529(11), b = 10.8105(17), c = 13.3709(17) A, β = 105.189(10)°, V =1165.2(3) A3, Z = 2, Dc = 1.650 g/cm3, F(000) = 602, λ(MoKα) = 0.71073 A,μ = 1.229 mm-1, R =0.0474 and wR = 0.0895 for 2771 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). Crystal data for 2:C14H32C12N6NiO10, Mr = 574.07, monoclinic, P21/c, a = 8.3636(12), b = 12.997(2), c = 10.764(2) A,β = 99.31 (2)°, V = 1154.7(3) A3, Z = 2, Dc = 1.651 g/cm3, F(000) = 600, λ(MoKα) = 0.71073 A,μ =1.134 mm-1, R = 0.0380 and wR = 0.0796 for 2670 observed reflections (I > 2σ(Ⅰ)). Crystal data for 3. C10H26Cl2CuN6O8, Mr = 492.81, monoclinic, P21/n, a = 8.4860(17), b = 8.6320(17), c = 12.662(3)A, β = 103.40(3)°, V = 902.2(3) A3, Z = 2, Dc = 1.814 g/cm3, F(000) = 510, λ(MoKα) = 0.71073 A,μ = 1.562 mm - 1, R = 0.0505 and wR = 0. 1 061 for 1967 observed reflections (I > 2σ(Ⅰ)). Complexes 1 and 2 are isostructural with the metal ions situated at the inversion center. Hydrogen bonds between O atoms of pendant and perchlorate anion give rise to a two-dimensional supramolecular layer. The Cu(Ⅱ) ions of compounds 1 and 3 adopt distorted axially-elongated octahedral coordinate geometry, and the nickel(Ⅱ) ion in complex 2 is four-coordinated with a square-planar configuration.

  10. An attempt to understand the observed plateau of the magnetization in tetranuclear iron(II) complexes of thiacalixarene macrocycles

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    Ali Bayri; H Gokhan Bakir; Mustafa Sulu; Mustafa Karakaplan


    The next-nearest-neighbour (NNN) effect in tetranuclear iron(II) complexes of thiacalixarene macrocycles using the isotropic Heisenberg model has been investigated in order to understand its effects on the observed plateau of magnetization. Although NNN effect is generally very weak in these kinds of systems, it was calculated that its response is quite significant to the external perturbations in certain temperature regions. Using the isotropic Heisenberg exchange Hamiltonian, zero-field energy spectra have been calculated for this particular tetranuclear system. The average magnetic moments with and without next-nearest-neighbour interactions were also calculated. In order to verify the calculations, the results were compared with experimental data taken from the literature, whence, it is suggested that observed magnetic behaviour can be improved by taking into account the NNN effect.

  11. Charles J. Pedersen: innovator in macrocyclic chemistry and co-recipient of the 1987 Nobel Prize in chemistry. (United States)

    Izatt, Reed M


    Charles J. Pedersen began life in Korea where his father was employed as an engineer at a gold mine in a remote region of that country. He received his primary and secondary school education in Japan and university training in the United States. He was employed as an organic research chemist at DuPont for 42 years. The signal accomplishment of this unusual individual was his serendipitous discovery of macrocyclic polyethers and of their selective complexation of alkali metal cations. This discovery sparked the development of a new field of chemistry and led to his sharing the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987. An attempt is made to understand Pedersen as a person in this article.

  12. Copper(ii) complexes of macrocyclic and open-chain pseudopeptidic ligands: synthesis, characterization and interaction with dicarboxylates. (United States)

    Faggi, Enrico; Gavara, Raquel; Bolte, Michael; Fajarí, Lluís; Juliá, Luís; Rodríguez, Laura; Alfonso, Ignacio


    Mono- and dinuclear Cu(ii) complexes were prepared with pseudopeptidic open chain and macrocyclic ligands, respectively. They were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, EPR, HRMS and X-ray diffraction. The Cu(ii) cation is coordinated by two amines and two deprotonated amides, in a slightly distorted square planar coordination geometry. The complexes interact with several substituted dicarboxylates, as shown by UV-vis titrations and EPR experiments. The interaction of both mono- and dinuclear complexes with very similar dicarboxylates of biological interest (malate and aspartate) resulted in strikingly different outcomes: in the first case a ternary complex [ligand...metal...dicarboxylate] was obtained almost quantitatively, while in the latter, the Cu(ii) displacement to form Cu(Asp)2 was predominant.

  13. Hydrogenolysis of glycerol with FeCo macrocyclic complex bonded to Raney nickel support under mild reaction conditions

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    Anand, K.A.; Anisia, K.S.; Kumar, A. [Indian Inst. of Technology, Kanpur (India). Dept. of Chemical Engineering; Agarwal, A.K. [Indian Inst. of Technology, Kanpur (India). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering


    This study investigated the hydrogenolysis of dilute glycerol solution to 1,2-propanediol in the presence of a heterogenous catalyst with a heterodinuclear FeCo macrocyclic complex ionically bonded to Raney nickel. Experiments were conducted to determine the stability of the complex bonded to the support at various temperatures, as well as to determine the effect of the solvent. Results of the studies indicated that the catalyst was stable up to 600 degrees C after 100 hours of refluxing. The study showed that conversion rates increased when hydrogenolysis temperatures were increased from 165 to 220 degrees C, with an initial hydrogen pressure of 0.35 MPa. The conversion and yield of 1,2-propanediol increased when the water content increased. Results of the study were used to create a kinetic model and genetic algorithm for determining optimal rate constants. 27 refs., 2 tabs., 14 figs.

  14. Macrocyclic Trichothecenes from Myrothecium roridum Strain M10 with Motility Inhibitory and Zoosporicidal Activities against Phytophthora nicotianae. (United States)

    Mondol, Muhammad Abdul Mojid; Surovy, Musrat Zahan; Islam, M Tofazzal; Schüffler, Anja; Laatsch, Hartmut


    The cytotoxicity of the extract obtained from Myrothecium roridum M10 and a characteristic (1)H signal at δH ∼8 led to the assumption that verrucarin/roridin-type compounds were present. Upscaling on rice medium led to the isolation of four new metabolites: verrucarins Y (1) and Z (6) (macrocyclic trichothecenes), bilain D (12) (a diketopiperazine derivative), and hamavellone C (14) (an unusual cyclopropyl diketone). In addition, nine known trichothecenes [verrucarin A (3), 16-hydroxyverrucarin A (5), verrucarin B (7), 16-hydroxyverrucarin B (8), verrucarin J (2), verrucarin X (4), roridin A (9), roridin L-2 (10), and trichoverritone (11)] and a bicyclic lactone [myrotheciumone A (15)] were identified. Their structures and configurations were determined by spectroscopic methods, published data, Mosher's method, and considering biosyntheses. Some trichothecenes showed motility inhibition followed by lysis of the zoospores against devastating Phytophthora nicotianae within 5 min. Compounds 2, 3, 7, and 9 also exhibited potent activities against Candida albicans and Mucor miehei.

  15. Pendant-armed Unsymmetrical Aza-macrocycles: Syntheses,Coordination Behavior and Crystal Structure of a Dinuclear Cadmium Complex

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    TAO,Jing-Chao(陶京朝); LIAO,Xin-Cheng(廖新成); WANG,Xing-Wang(王兴旺); DU,Chen-Xia(杜晨霞)


    Two nsymmetrical tetradentate aza-macrocycles with side arms attached to the N3sp atoms, L1 and L2, as well as their complexes with different metal cations were synthesized and characterized by EA, UV, IR, 1H NMR and MS spectra. Both the two ligands can efficiently transport alkali and transition metal cations across an organic membrane with high selectivity ratio. The structure of a dinuclear Cd(Ⅱ)complex [L1@(CdCl2)2] was elucdated by X-ray crystallography and was solved by the heavy-atom method to afinal R value of 0.029 for 3084reflections with |F| >3σ(I). In the exo-structore of the dinuclear complex each cadmium atom is five-coordinated, bonding to three N atoms and two chlorine atoms.

  16. Minor changes in the macrocyclic ligands but major consequences on the efficiency of gold nanoparticles designed for radiosensitization (United States)

    Laurent, G.; Bernhard, C.; Dufort, S.; Jiménez Sánchez, G.; Bazzi, R.; Boschetti, F.; Moreau, M.; Vu, T. H.; Collin, B.; Oudot, A.; Herath, N.; Requardt, H.; Laurent, S.; Vander Elst, L.; Muller, R.; Dutreix, M.; Meyer, M.; Brunotte, F.; Perriat, P.; Lux, F.; Tillement, O.; Le Duc, G.; Denat, F.; Roux, S.


    Many studies have been devoted to adapting the design of gold nanoparticles to efficiently exploit their promising capability to enhance the effects of radiotherapy. In particular, the addition of magnetic resonance imaging modality constitutes an attractive strategy for enhancing the selectivity of radiotherapy since it allows the determination of the most suited delay between the injection of nanoparticles and irradiation. This requires the functionalization of the gold core by an organic shell composed of thiolated gadolinium chelates. The risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis induced by the release of gadolinium ions should encourage the use of macrocyclic chelators which form highly stable and inert complexes with gadolinium ions. In this context, three types of gold nanoparticles (Au@DTDOTA, Au@TADOTA and Au@TADOTAGA) combining MRI, nuclear imaging and radiosensitization have been developed with different macrocyclic ligands anchored onto the gold cores. Despite similarities in size and organic shell composition, the distribution of gadolinium chelate-coated gold nanoparticles (Au@TADOTA-Gd and Au@TADOTAGA-Gd) in the tumor zone is clearly different. As a result, the intravenous injection of Au@TADOTAGA-Gd prior to the irradiation of 9L gliosarcoma bearing rats leads to the highest increase in lifespan whereas the radiophysical effects of Au@TADOTAGA-Gd and Au@TADOTA-Gd are very similar.Many studies have been devoted to adapting the design of gold nanoparticles to efficiently exploit their promising capability to enhance the effects of radiotherapy. In particular, the addition of magnetic resonance imaging modality constitutes an attractive strategy for enhancing the selectivity of radiotherapy since it allows the determination of the most suited delay between the injection of nanoparticles and irradiation. This requires the functionalization of the gold core by an organic shell composed of thiolated gadolinium chelates. The risk of nephrogenic systemic

  17. Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Routes in Water Oxidation Catalysis Starting from Cu(II) Complexes with Tetraaza Macrocyclic Ligands. (United States)

    Prevedello, Andrea; Bazzan, Irene; Dalle Carbonare, Nicola; Giuliani, Angela; Bhardwaj, Sunil; Africh, Cristina; Cepek, Cinzia; Argazzi, Roberto; Bonchio, Marcella; Caramori, Stefano; Robert, Marc; Sartorel, Andrea


    Since the first report in 2012, molecular copper complexes have been proposed as efficient electrocatalysts for water oxidation reactions, carried out in alkaline/neutral aqueous media. However, in some cases the copper species have been recognized as precursors of an active copper oxide layer, electrodeposited onto the working electrode. Therefore, the question whether copper catalysis is molecular or not is particularly relevant in the field of water oxidation. In this study, we investigate the electrochemical activity of copper(II) complexes with two tetraaza macrocyclic ligands, distinguishing heterogeneous or homogeneous processes depending on the reaction media. In an alkaline aqueous solution, and upon application of an anodic bias to working electrodes, an active copper oxide layer is observed to electrodeposit at the electrode surface. Conversely, water oxidation in neutral aqueous buffers is not associated to formation of the copper oxide layer, and could be exploited to evaluate and optimize a molecular, homogeneous catalysis.

  18. A review on the toxicity and non-target effects of macrocyclic lactones in terrestrial and aquatic environments. (United States)

    Lumaret, Jean-Pierre; Errouissi, Faiek; Floate, Kevin; Römbke, Jörg; Wardhaugh, Keith


    The avermectins, milbemycins and spinosyns are collectively referred to as macrocyclic lactones (MLs) which comprise several classes of chemicals derived from cultures of soil micro-organisms. These compounds are extensively and increasingly used in veterinary medicine and agriculture. Due to their potential effects on non-target organisms, large amounts of information on their impact in the environment has been compiled in recent years, mainly caused by legal requirements related to their marketing authorization or registration. The main objective of this paper is to critically review the present knowledge about the acute and chronic ecotoxicological effects of MLs on organisms, mainly invertebrates, in the terrestrial and aquatic environment. Detailed information is presented on the mode-of-action as well as the ecotoxicity of the most important compounds representing the three groups of MLs. This information, based on more than 360 references, is mainly provided in nine tables, presenting the effects of abamectin, ivermectin, eprinomectin, doramectin, emamectin, moxidectin, and spinosad on individual species of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates as well as plants and algae. Since dung dwelling organisms are particularly important non-targets, as they are exposed via dung from treated animals over their whole life-cycle, the information on the effects of MLs on dung communities is compiled in an additional table. The results of this review clearly demonstrate that regarding environmental impacts many macrocyclic lactones are substances of high concern particularly with larval instars of invertebrates. Recent studies have also shown that susceptibility varies with life cycle stage and impacts can be mitigated by using MLs when these stages are not present. However information on the environmental impact of the MLs is scattered across a wide range of specialised scientific journals with research focusing mainly on ivermectin and to a lesser extent on abamectin

  19. Shaping the cavity of the macrocyclic ligand in metallocalix[4]arenes: the role of the ligand sphere. (United States)

    Radius, U


    The coordination form of calix[4]arene ligands and therefore the cavity of the macrocyclic ligand can be controlled by other ligands in transition metal calix[4]arene complexes, if strong directing coligands such as oxo groups are used. This paper describes the synthesis and characterization of the d(0) transition metal complexes [Cax(OMe)(2)O(2)TiCl(2)] 1 (monoclinic, space group P2(1)/c, lattice constants a = 21.639(4), b = 20.152(3), c = 12.750(3) A, beta = 95.68(3), V = 5532.6(19) A(3)) and [Cax(OMe)(2)O(2)MoO(2)] 2 (monoclinic, space group P2/c, lattice constants a = 12.433(3), b = 16.348(3), c = 24.774(5) A, beta = 99.15(3), V = 4971.6(17) A(3)). Whereas in 1 the calix[4]arene ligand adopts an elliptically distorted cone conformation, the macrocyclic ligand binds in a paco-like conformation to the metal center of 2, in the solid state and in solution. This was predicted by density functional theory calculations on models of different isomers of 1 and 2: cis,cone-1',2', trans,cone-1',2', and cis,paco-1',2'. According to these calculations, the energetic difference of 72.9 kJ/mol between both cis-dioxomolybdenum compounds is quite pronounced in favor of the cis,paco isomer, and 28.0 kJ/mol for the titanium compounds in favor of the cis,cone isomer.

  20. Aromatic Lateral Substituents Influence the Excitation Energies of Hexaaza Lanthanide Macrocyclic Complexes: A Wave Function Theory and Density Functional Study. (United States)

    Rabanal-León, Walter A; Murillo-López, Juliana A; Páez-Hernández, Dayán; Arratia-Pérez, Ramiro


    The high interest in lanthanide chemistry, and particularly in their luminescence, has been encouraged by the need of understanding the lanthanide chemical coordination and how the design of new luminescent materials can be affected by this. This work is focused on the understanding of the electronic structure, bonding nature, and optical properties of a set of lanthanide hexaaza macrocyclic complexes, which can lead to potential optical applications. Here we found that the DFT ground state of the open-shell complexes are mainly characterized by the manifold of low lying f states, having small HOMO-LUMO energy gaps. The results obtained from the wave function theory calculations (SO-RASSI) put on evidence the multiconfigurational character of their ground state and it is observed that the large spin-orbit coupling and the weak crystal field produce a strong mix of the ground and the excited states. The electron localization function (ELF) and the energy decomposition analysis (EDA) support the idea of a dative interaction between the macrocyclic ligand and the lanthanide center for all the studied systems; noting that, this interaction has a covalent character, where the d-orbital participation is evidenced from NBO analysis, leaving the f shell completely noninteracting in the chemical bonding. From the optical part we observed in all cases the characteristic intraligand (IL) (π-π*) and ligand to metal charge-transfer (LMCT) bands that are present in the ultraviolet and visible regions, and for the open-shell complexes we found the inherent f-f electronic transitions on the visible and near-infrared region.

  1. Macrocyclic and lantern complexes of palladium(II) with bis(amidopyridine) ligands: synthesis, structure, and host-guest chemistry. (United States)

    Yue, Nancy L S; Eisler, Dana J; Jennings, Michael C; Puddephatt, Richard J


    The reactions of [PdCl2(NCPh)2] in a 1:1 ratio with the bis(amidopyridine) ligands LL=C6H3(5-R)(1,3-CONH-3-C5H4N)2 with R=H (1a) or R=t-Bu (1b) give the corresponding neutral dipalladium(II) macrocycles trans,trans-[Pd2Cl4(mu-LL)2], 2a and 2b, which crystallize from dimethylformamide with one or two solvent molecules as macrocycle guests. The reaction of [PdCl2(NCPh)2] with LL in a 1:2 ratio gave the cationic lantern complex [Pd2(mu-LL)4]Cl4, 3c (LL=1b), and the reaction in the presence of AgO2CCF3 gave the corresponding trifluoroacetate salts [Pd2(mu-LL)4](CF3CO2)4, 3a (LL=1a) and 3b (LL=1b). These lantern complexes exhibit a remarkable host-guest chemistry, as they can encapsulate cations, anions, and water molecules by interaction of the guest with either the electrophilic NH or the nucleophilic C=O substituents of the amide groups, which can be directed toward the center of the lantern through easy conformational change. The structures of several of these host-guest complexes were determined, and it was found that the cavity size and shape vary according to the ligand conformation, with Pd...Pd separations in the range from 9.45 to 11.95 A. Supramolecular ordering of the lanterns was observed in the solid state, through either hydrogen bonding or secondary bonding to the cationic palladium(II) centers. The selective inclusion by the lantern complexes of alkali metal ions in the sequence Na+ > K+ > Li+ was observed by ESI-MS.

  2. Riot Control Agents (United States)

    ... Submit What's this? Submit Button Facts About Riot Control Agents Interim document Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir FACT SHEET What riot control agents are Riot control agents (sometimes referred to ...

  3. Interacting agents in finance

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    C. Hommes


    Interacting agents in finance represent a behavioural, agent-based approach in which financial markets are viewed as complex adaptive systems consisting of many boundedly rational agents interacting through simple heterogeneous investment strategies, constantly adapting their behaviour in response t

  4. Interacting agents in finance

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    Hommes, C.; Durlauf, S.N.; Blume, L.E.


    Interacting agents in finance represent a behavioural, agent-based approach in which financial markets are viewed as complex adaptive systems consisting of many boundedly rational agents interacting through simple heterogeneous investment strategies, constantly adapting their behaviour in response

  5. Coordination Chemistry of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth Cations with Macrocyclic Ligands. (United States)

    Dietrich, Bernard


    Discusses: (l) alkali and alkaline-earth cations in biology (considering naturally occurring lonophores, their X-ray structures, and physiochemical studies); (2) synthetic complexing agents for groups IA and IIA; and (3) ion transport across membranes (examining neutral macrobicyclic ligands as metal cation carriers, transport by anionic carriers,…

  6. ASP-56, a new actin sequestering protein from pig platelets with homology to CAP, an adenylate cyclase-associated protein from yeast. (United States)

    Gieselmann, R; Mann, K


    A new 56 kDa actin-binding protein (ASP-56) was isolated from pig platelet lysate. In falling ball viscosimetry it caused a reduction in viscosity that could be attributed to a decrease in the concentration of polymeric actin. Fluorescence measurements with NBD-labelled actin showed reduction of polymeric actin, too. These results could be explained by sequestering of actin in a non-polymerizable 1:1 ASP-56/actin complex. Sequencing of about 20 tryptic peptides of ASP-56 and comparison with known sequences revealed about 60% homology to the adenylate cyclase-associated protein (CAP) from yeast.

  7. Determining the Degree of Anthelmintic Resistance against Macrocyclic Lactones in Small Strongylus, Based on the Larvae Development Analysis (LDA in Horses from Grasslands in the Department of Casanare

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    Germán Alonso Prada


    Full Text Available This study was conducted in the grasslands of the Department of Casanare, seeking to determine the degree of anthelmintic susceptibility or resistance against macrocyclic lactones in small populations of Strongylus in this region of the country. Samples were taken from four municipalities in the department: Aguazul, Paz de Ariporo, Maní and El Yopal, between June, 2006 and April, 2007, where ten fresh fecal samples were collected in each municipality, directly from the field and in a completely random way. The samples were processed using the MacMaster coprological technique, thus determining the highest count of fecal epg by municipality. L3 larvae were extracted from each of the six samples with the highest count of fecal epg through the coprological and Baermann-Wetzel tests with which the Larvae Development Analysis (LDA test was run, detecting Small Strongylus highly susceptible to the action of macrocyclic lactones (ivermectin.

  8. Chemistry of paramagnetic and diamagnetic contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy

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    Perez-Mayoral, Elena [Laboratorio de Sintesis Organica e Imagen Molecular por Resonancia Magnetica, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Paseo Senda del Rey 9, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Departamento de Quimica Inorganica y Quimica Tecnica, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Paseo Senda del Rey 9, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Negri, Viviana; Soler-Padros, Jordi [Laboratorio de Sintesis Organica e Imagen Molecular por Resonancia Magnetica, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Paseo Senda del Rey 9, E-28040 Madrid (Spain); Cerdan, Sebastian [Laboratorio de Imagen Espectroscopica por Resonancia Magnetica (LIERM), Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas ' Alberto Sols' , CSIC/UAM, c/Arturo Duperier 4, E-28029 Madrid (Spain); Ballesteros, Paloma [Laboratorio de Sintesis Organica e Imagen Molecular por Resonancia Magnetica, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Paseo Senda del Rey 9, E-28040 Madrid (Spain)], E-mail:


    We provide a brief overview of the chemistry and most relevant properties of paramagnetic and diamagnetic contrast agents (CAs) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging. Paramagnetic CAs for MRI consist mainly of Gd(III) complexes from linear or macrocyclic polyaminopolycarboxylates. These agents reduce, the relaxation times T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} of the water protons in a concentration dependent manner, increasing selectively MRI contrast in those regions in which they accumulate. In most instances they provide anatomical information on the localization of lesions and in some specific cases they may allow to estimate some physiological properties of tissues including mainly vascular performance. Because of its ability to discriminate easily between normal and diseased tissue, extracellular pH (pH{sub e}) has been added recently, to the battery of variables amenable to MRI investigation. A variety of Gd(III) containing macrocycles sensitive to pH, endogenous or exogenous polypeptides or even liposomes have been investigated for this purpose, using the pH dependence of their relaxivity or magnetization transfer rate constant (chemical exchange saturation transfer, CEST). Many environmental circumstances in addition to pH affect, however, relaxivity or magnetization transfer rate constants of these agents, making the results of pH measurements by MRI difficult to interpret. To overcome these limitations, our laboratory synthesized and developed a novel series of diamagnetic CAs for Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging, a new family of monomeric and dimeric imidazolic derivatives able to provide unambiguous measurements of pH{sub e}, independent of water relaxivity, diffusion or exchange.

  9. Syntheses and Crystal Structures of Mercury(II) and Copper(II) Complexes of an 18-Membered NS{sub 4}-Macrocycle

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    Lee, Eunji; Lee, Shim Sung [Gyeongsang National University, Jinju (Korea, Republic of)


    An 18-membered NS{sub 4}-macrocycle was employed, and its complexation behaviors with hard and soft metal ions were investigated. Reactions of L with mercury(II) nitrate and thiocyanate afforded endocyclic mononuclear complexes [Hg(L)(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}] (1) and [Hg(L)(SCN){sub 2}] (2), respectively, with anion coordinations. In the nitrato complex 1, the mercury(II) center is six-coordinate, being bound to three S donors and one pyridine N atom in L, and the coordination sphere is completed by two monodentate nitrate ions from both sides of the macrocyclic plane adopting a distorted octahedral geometry. The thiocyanato complex 2, which contains two crystallographically independent but almost isostructural complex units is five-coordinate, being bound to NS{sub 2} donors in L and two monodentate thiocyanate ions on the same side of the bound macrocycle unlike 1, adopting a distorted square pyramidal geometry. Reaction of L with CuCl{sub 2} 2H{sub 2}O yielded a dark-green bis(macrocycle) trinuclear complex, [Cu{sub 3}(L){sub 2}Cl{sub 6}] 0.5CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} (3), in which two endocyclic monocopper (II) complex units are linked by an exocyclic one Cu and two bridging Cl atoms. In 3, interestingly, the local coordination environments of the three copper(II) atoms are different, with four, five, or six coordination, adopting a distorted square pyramidal, tetrahedral, or octahedral geometry, respectively. From these results, it is found that the ditopic ligand L reacts with both soft and hard metal-ion species to give diverse types of endocyclic complexes whose structures are also dependent on the anions used.

  10. A pH-and temperature-sensitive macrocyclic graft copolymer composed of PEO ring and multi-poly(2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) lateral chains

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    A novel method for the synthesis of macrocyclic graft copolymers was developed through combination of anionic ring-opening polymerization (AROP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP).A linear α,ω-dihydroxyl poly(ethylene oxide) with pendant acetal protected hydroxyl groups (l-poly(EO-co-EEGE)) was prepared first by the anionic copolymerization of ethylene oxide (EO) and ethoxyethyl glycidyl ether (EEGE).Then l-poly(EO-co-EEGE) was cyclized.The crude cyclized product containing the linear byproduct was hydrolyzed and purified by being treated with α-CD.The pure cyclic copolymer [c-poly(EO-co-Gly)] was esterified by reaction with 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide,and then used as ATRP macroinitiators to initiate polymerization of 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA),and a series of pH-and temperature-sensitive macrocyclic graft copolymers composed of a hydrophilic PEO as the ring and PDMAEMA as side chains (c-PEO-g-PDMAEMA) were obtained.The behavior of pH-and temperature-sensitive macrocyclic copolymers was studied in aqueous solution by fluorescence and dynamic light scattering (DLS).The critical micellization pH values of macrocyclic graft copolymers and their corresponding linear graft copolymers (l-PEO-g-PDMAEMA) were measured.Under the same conditions,the cyclic graft copolymer with the shorter side chains gave the higher critical micellization pH value.The c-PEO-g-PDMAEMA showed the lower critical micellization pH value than the corresponding l-PEO-g-PDMAEMA.The average hydrodynamic diameters (Dh) of the micelles were measured by DLS with the variation of the aqueous solution pH value and temperature.

  11. Biological warfare agents. (United States)

    Pohanka, Miroslav; Kuca, Kamil


    Biological warfare agents are a group of pathogens and toxins of biological origin that can be potentially misused for military or criminal purposes. The present review attempts to summarize necessary knowledge about biological warfare agents. The historical aspects, examples of applications of these agents such as anthrax letters, biological weapons impact, a summary of biological warfare agents and epidemiology of infections are described. The last section tries to estimate future trends in research on biological warfare agents.

  12. Spectrophotometric study of the reaction of iodine and bromine with two new macrocycle diamides and di-ortho methoxybenzoyl thiourea in chloroform solution. (United States)

    Sharghi, H; Massah, A R; Abedi, M


    The complex formation reactions of iodine and bromine with two new macrocycle diamides (1 and 2) and di-ortho methoxybenzoyl thiourea (DOMBT) (3) have been studied spectrophotometrically at various temperatures in chloroform solution. In all cases the resulting 1:2 (macrocycle to halogen) or (DOMBT to halogen) molecular complexes were formulated as (macrocycle...X(+))X(3)(-) or (DOMBT.... X(+))X(3)(-). The formation constants of the resulting molecular complexes were evaluated from computer fitting of the absorbance-mole ratio data. For iodine complexes we found that the values of K(f) vary in the order of 1 approximately 2>3. In the case of bromine complexes the values of K(f) are larger (>10(8)) and vary in the order of 1>2>3. The enthalpy and entropy of complexation reactions of iodine with 1, 2 and 3 were determined from the temperature dependence of the formation constants. In all cases it was found that the complexation reactions are enthalpy stabilized, but entropy destabilized.

  13. Macrocyclic polyamine-functionalized silica as a solid-phase extraction material coupled with ionic liquid dispersive liquid-liquid extraction for the enrichment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. (United States)

    Liu, Longhui; He, Lijun; Jiang, Xiuming; Zhao, Wenjie; Xiang, Guoqiang; Anderson, Jared L


    In this study, silica modified with a 30-membered macrocyclic polyamine was synthesized and first used as an adsorbent material in SPE. The SPE was further combined with ionic liquid (IL) dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME). Five polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were employed as model analytes to evaluate the extraction procedure and were determined by HPLC combined with UV/Vis detection. Acetone was used as the elution solvent in SPE as well as the dispersive solvent in DLLME. The enrichment of analytes was achieved using the 1,3-dibutylimidazolium bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide IL/acetone/water system. Experimental conditions for the overall macrocycle-SPE-IL-DLLME method, such as the amount of adsorbent, sample solution volume, sample solution pH, type of elution solvent as well as addition of salt, were studied and optimized. The developed method could be successfully applied to the analysis of four real water samples. The macrocyclic polyamine offered higher extraction efficiency for analytes compared with commercially available C18 cartridge, and the developed method provided higher enrichment factors (2768-5409) for model analytes compared with the single DLLME. Good linearity with the correlation coefficients ranging from 0.9983 to 0.9999 and LODs as low as 0.002 μg/L were obtained in the proposed method.

  14. [3+3] Cyclocondensation of Disubstituted Biphenyl Dialdehydes: Access to Inherently Luminescent and Optically Active Hexa-substituted C3-Symmetric and Asymmetric Trianglimine Macrocycles. (United States)

    Wang, Zhenzhen; Nour, Hany F; Roch, Loïc M; Guo, Minjie; Li, Wenjiao; Baldridge, Kim K; Sue, Andrew C H; Olson, Mark A


    A general synthetic route to inherently luminescent and optically active 6-fold substituted C3-symmetric and asymmetric biphenyl-based trianglimines has been developed. The synthesis of these hexa-substituted triangular macrocycles takes advantage of a convenient method for the synthesis of symmetrically and asymmetrically difunctionalized biphenyl dialdehydes through a convergent two-step aromatic nucleophilic substitution-one-pot Suzuki-coupling reaction protocol. A modular [3+3] diamine-dialdehyde cyclocondensation reaction between both the symmetrically and asymmetrically difunctionalized-4,4'-biphenyldialdehydes with enantiomerically pure (1R,2R)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane was employed to construct the hexa-substituted triangular macrocycles. B97-D/6-311G(2d,p) density functional theory determined structures and X-ray crystallographic analysis reveal that the six substituents appended to the biphenyl legs of the trianglimine macrocycles adopt an alternating conformation not unlike the 1,3,5-alternate conformation observed for calix[6]arenes. Reduction of the imine bonds using NaBH4 afforded the corresponding 6-fold substituted trianglamine without the need to alkylate the amine nitrogen atoms which could hinder their later use as metal coordination sites and without having to introduce asymmetric carbons.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Ni(II, Cu(II and Co(III complexes with polyamine-containing macrocycles bearing an aminoethyl pendant arm

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    Full Text Available Reaction of [M(ppn2]X2 (where M = Cu(II, Ni(II, Co(II and ppn = 1,3-diaminopropane with formaldehyde and ethylenediamine in methanol results in the ready formation of a 16-membered macrocyclic complex. The complexes were characterized by elemental anlysis, IR, EPR, electronic spectral data, magnetic moments and conductance measurements. The Cu(II, Ni(II and Co(III complexes are coordinated axially with both pendant groups of the hexadentate macrocycle. These pendant donors are attached to the macrocycle by a carbon chain. The electrical conductivities of the Cu(II and Ni(II chelates indicated them to be 1:2 electrolytes whilst those of Co(III is a 1:3 electrolyte in DMSO. The EPR spectrum of the copper complex exhibited G at 3.66, which indicates a considerable exchange interaction in the complex. Spectroscopic evidence suggests that in all of the complexes the metal ion is in an octahedral environment.

  16. Neurotoxic, inflammatory, and mucosecretory responses in the nasal airways of mice repeatedly exposed to the macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxin roridin A: dose-response and persistence of injury. (United States)

    Corps, Kara N; Islam, Zahidul; Pestka, James J; Harkema, Jack R


    Macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxins encountered in water-damaged buildings have been suggested to contribute to illnesses of the upper respiratory tract. Here, the authors characterized the adverse effects of repeated exposures to roridin A (RA), a representative macrocyclic trichothecene, on the nasal airways of mice and assessed the persistence of these effects. Young, adult, female C57BL/6 mice were exposed to single daily, intranasal, instillations of RA (0.4, 2, 10, or 50 microg/kg body weight [bw]) in saline (50 microl) or saline alone (controls) over 3 weeks or 250 microg/kg RA over 2 weeks. Histopathologic, immunohistochemical, and morphometric analyses of nasal airways conducted 24 hr after the last instillation revealed that the lowest-effect level was 10 microg/kg bw. RA exposure induced a dose-dependent, neutrophilic rhinitis with mucus hypersecretion, atrophy and exfoliation of nasal transitional and respiratory epithelium, olfactory epithelial atrophy and loss of olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs). In a second study, the persistence of lesions in mice instilled with 250 microg/kg bw RA was assessed. Nasal inflammation and excess luminal mucus were resolved after 3 weeks, but OSN loss was still evident in olfactory epithelium (OE). These results suggest that nasal inflammation, mucus hypersecretion, and olfactory neurotoxicity could be important adverse health effects associated with short-term, repeated, airborne exposures to macrocyclic trichothecenes.

  17. Co-conformational Exchange Triggered by Molecular Recognition in a Di(acylamino)pyridine-Based Molecular Shuttle Containing Two Pyridine Rings at the Macrocycle. (United States)

    Martinez-Cuezva, Alberto; Carro-Guillen, Fernando; Pastor, Aurelia; Marin-Luna, Marta; Orenes, Raul-Angel; Alajarin, Mateo; Berna, Jose


    We describe the incorporation of endo-pyridine units into the tetralactam ring of di(acylamino)pyridine-based rotaxanes. This macrocycle strongly associates with the linear interlocked component as confirmed by X-ray diffraction studies of rotaxane 2 b. Dynamic NMR studies of 2 b in solution revealed a rotational energy barrier that was higher than that of the related rotaxane 2 a, which lacks of pyridine rings in the macrocycle. The macrocycle distribution of the molecular shuttle 4 b, containing two endo-pyridine rings, shows that the major co-conformer is that with the cyclic component sitting over the di(acylamino)pyridine station. DFT calculations also support the marked preference of the ring for occupying the heterocyclic binding site. The association of N-hexylthymine with the di(acylamino)pyridine binding site of 4 b led to the formation of a rare 'S'-shaped co-conformer in which the tetralactam ring interacts simultaneously with both stations of the thread.

  18. Novel archaeal macrocyclic diether core membrane lipids in a methane-derived carbonate crust from a mud volcano in the Sorokin Trough, NE Black Sea

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    Full Text Available A methane-derived carbonate crust was collected from the recently discovered NIOZ mud volcano in the Sorokin Trough, NE Black Sea during the 11th Training-through-Research cruise of the R/V Professor Logachev. Among several specific bacterial and archaeal membrane lipids present in this crust, two novel macrocyclic diphytanyl glycerol diethers, containing one or two cyclopentane rings, were detected. Their structures were tentatively identified based on the interpretation of mass spectra, comparison with previously reported mass spectral data, and a hydrogenation experiment. This macrocyclic type of archaeal core membrane diether lipid has so far been identified only in the deep-sea hydrothermal vent methanogen Methanococcus jannaschii. Here, we provide the first evidence that these macrocyclic diethers can also contain internal cyclopentane rings. The molecular structure of the novel diethers resembles that of dibiphytanyl tetraethers in which biphytane chains, containing one and two pentacyclic rings, also occur. Such tetraethers were abundant in the crust. Compound-specific isotope measurements revealed δ13C values of –104 to –111‰ for these new archaeal lipids, indicating that they are derived from methanotrophic archaea acting within anaerobic methane-oxidizing consortia, which subsequently induce authigenic carbonate formation.

  19. Anti-EGFRvIII monoclonal antibody armed with {sup 177}Lu: in vivo comparison of macrocyclic and acyclic ligands

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    Hens, Marc; Vaidyanathan, Ganesan; Zhao Xiaoguang [Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 (United States); Bigner, Darell D. [Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 (United States); Zalutsky, Michael R., E-mail: zalut001@mc.duke.ed [Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 (United States)


    Introduction: Monoclonal antibody (mAb) L8A4 binds specifically to the epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) that is present on gliomas but not on normal tissues, and is internalized rapidly after receptor binding. Because of the short range of its {beta}-emissions, labeling this mAb with {sup 177}Lu would be an attractive approach for the treatment of residual tumor margins remaining after surgical debulking of brain tumors. Materials and Methods: L8A4 mAb was labeled with {sup 177}Lu using the acyclic ligands [(R)-2-amino-3-(4-isothiocyanatophenyl)propyl]-trans-(S,S)-cyclohexane-1, 2-diamine-pentaacetic acid (CHX-A''-DTPA) and 2-(4-isothiocyanatobenzyl)-6-methyldiethylene-triaminepentaacetic acid (1B4M-DTPA), and the macrocyclic ligands S-2-(4-isothiocyanatobenzyl)-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-tetraacetic acid (C-DOTA) and {alpha}-(5-isothiocyanato-2-methoxyphenyl)-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7, 10-tetraacetic acid (MeO-DOTA). Paired-label tissue distribution experiments were performed in athymic mice bearing subcutaneous EGFRvIII-expressing U87.{Delta}EGFR glioma xenografts over a period of 1 to 8 days to directly compare {sup 177}Lu-labeled L8A4 to L8A4 labeled with {sup 125}I using N-succinimidyl 4-guanidinomethyl-3-[{sup 125}I]iodobenzoate ([{sup 125}I]SGMIB). Results: Except with C-DOTA, tumor uptake for the {sup 177}Lu-labeled mAb was significantly higher than the co-administered radioiodinated preparation; however, this was also the case for spleen, liver, bone and kidneys. Tumor/normal tissue ratios for {sup 177}Lu-1B4M-DTPA-L8A4 and, to an even greater extent, {sup 177}Lu-MeO-DOTA-L8A4 were higher than those for [{sup 125}I]SGMIB-L8A4 in most other tissues. Conclusions: Tumor and normal tissue distribution patterns for this anti-EGFRvIII mAb were dependent on the nature of the bifunctional chelate used for {sup 177}Lu labeling. Optimal results were obtained with 1B4M-DTPA and MeO-DOTA, suggesting no clear advantage

  20. Development of an automated sample preparation module for environmental monitoring of biowarfare agents. (United States)

    Hindson, Benjamin J; Brown, Steve B; Marshall, Graham D; McBride, Mary T; Makarewicz, Anthony J; Gutierrez, Dora M; Wolcott, Duane K; Metz, Thomas R; Madabhushi, Ramakrishna S; Dzenitis, John M; Colston, Billy W


    An automated sample preparation module, based upon sequential injection analysis (SIA), has been developed for use within an autonomous pathogen detection system. The SIA system interfaced aerosol sampling with multiplexed microsphere immunoassay-flow cytometric detection. Metering and sequestering of microspheres using SIA was found to be reproducible and reliable, over 24-h periods of autonomous operation. Four inbuilt immunoassay controls showed excellent immunoassay and system stability over five days of unattended continuous operation. Titration curves for two biological warfare agents, Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis, obtained using the automated SIA procedure were shown to be similar to those generated using a manual microtiter plate procedure.

  1. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel 1D Mercury(II) Iodide Coordination Polymer Containing 40-Membered Macrocycle%Synthesis and Crystal Structure of a Novel 1D Mercury(II) Iodide Coordination Polymer Containing 40-Membered Macrocycle

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    GAN Xiao-Ping; KONG Ling; WU Peng; LV Chen; TU Yu-Long; CHEN Yi-Xin; ZHOU Hong-Ping; WU Jie-Ying; TIAN Yu-Peng


    A mercury coordination polymer [Hg3(TizT)216]n (Mr = 1921.72, TizT = 2,4,6- tri(imidazole- 1-yl)- 1,3,5-triazine) containing a 40-membered macrocycle which was constructed by four TizT ligands and four mercury(II) iodide molecules had been synthesized by the reaction of HgI2 with TizT. The complex was characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, ^1H NMR spectra and X-ray crystallography. The crystal of the complex belongs to the monoclinic system and C2/c space group with a = 35.840(5), b = 8.169(5), c = 14.980(5) A, β = 104.466(5)°, Z= 4, V= 4247(3) A^3, De = 3.006 g·cm^-3, μ= 15.223 mm^-1, F(000) = 3384, Rint = 0.0504, wR = 0.0833 and constructs a chair-like conformation of cyclohexane one by one, which forms a 1-D polymer through the fashion of fused ring aromatic hydrocarbon. The hydrogen bonds and π-π interactions shape the 2-D network structure. The two compounds excited weak fluorescence.

  2. Infectious Agents and Cancer

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    these agents on subsequent risk of cancer. There are currently ... tween genetic and environmental factors (that include infectious agents) .... opment of gastric adenocarcinoma and gastric lym- phoma. However .... Lung cancer i. Skin cancers ...

  3. Chiral trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane derivatives as chiral solvating agents for carboxylic acids

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    Mariappan Periasamy; Manasi Dalai; Meduri Padmaja


    Efficient use of the readily accessible chiral 2-symmetric acyclic diamines (1-2) as well as macrocyclic amines (3-5) containing trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexyl moiety as chiral solvating agents (CSA) for the determination of enantiomeric excess of representative carboxylic acids (6-7) and an amino acid derivative (8) is illustrated. The enantiomeric composition of different carboxylic acids estimated here by the 1H NMR method, based on the integration of the corresponding methine proton signals are in good correlation with that determined using HPLC method. The data are in accordance with the formation of multimolecular diastereomeric complexes in solution, which render good splitting of NMR signals for the enantiomers of representative carboxylic acids as well as for -Ts-phenylglycine (up to = 0.295 ppm, 118 Hz).

  4. Animal Capture Agents (United States)


    agents and delivery systems reviewed . Questionnaires were sent to 137 Air Force bases to obtain information about the chemical agents and delivery systems...used by animal control personnel. A literature review included chemical agents, delivery methods, toxicity information and emergency procedures from...34-like agent. Users should familiarize themselves with catatonia in general and particularly that its successful use as an immobilizer doesn’t necessarily

  5. Lead-selective poly(vinyl chloride) electrodes based on some synthesized benzo-substituted macrocyclic diamides. (United States)

    Kazemi, Sayed Yahya; Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Sharghi, Hashem


    A series of recently synthesized benzo- and pyridine-substituted macrocyclic diamides were studied to characterize their abilities as lead ion carriers in PVC membrane electrodes. The electrode based on 3,15,21-triaza-4,5;13,14-dibenzo-6,9,12-trioxabicycloheneicosa-1,17,19-triene-2,16-dione exhibits a Nernstian response for Pb2+ ions over a wide concentration range (1.3 x 10(-2) to 3.6 x 10(-6) mol L(-1)) with a limit of detection of 2.0 x 10(-6) mol L(-1) (0.4 ppm). The response time of the sensor is approximately 16 s, and the membrane can be used for more than two months without observing any deviation. The electrode revealed comparatively good selectivities with respect to many cations including alkali earth, transition and heavy metal ions. The proposed sensor could be used in pH range of 3.7-6.5. It was used as an indicator electrode in potentiometric titration of chromate ions with a lead ion solution.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of divalent metal complexes of the macrocyclic ligand derived from isatin and 1,2-diaminobenzene

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    Full Text Available A novel series of complexes of the type [M(C28H18N6X2], where M=Co(II, Ni(II, Cu(II or Zn(II and X = Cl-, NO3- or CH3COO-, were synthesized by template condensation of isatin and 1,2-diaminobenzene in methanolic medium. The complexes were characterized with the help of various physico–chemical techniques, such as elemental analyses, molar conductance measurements, magnetic measurements, and NMR, infrared and far infrared spectral studies. The low value of molar conductance indicates them to be non-electrolytes. Based on various studies, a distorted octahedral geometry may be proposed for all the complexes. All the synthesized macrocyclic complexes were also tested for their in vitro antibacterial activity against some pathogenic bacterial strains. The MIC values shown by the complexes against these bacterial strains were compared with those of the standard antibiotics linezolid and cefaclor. Some of the complexes showed good antibacterial activities.

  7. UV-visible spectroscopy of macrocyclic alkyl, nitrosyl and halide complexes of cobalt and rhodium. Experiment and calculation. (United States)

    Hull, Emily A; West, Aaron C; Pestovsky, Oleg; Kristian, Kathleen E; Ellern, Arkady; Dunne, James F; Carraher, Jack M; Bakac, Andreja; Windus, Theresa L


    Transition metal complexes (NH3)5CoX(2+) (X = CH3, Cl) and L(H2O)MX(2+), where M = Rh or Co, X = CH3, NO, or Cl, and L is a macrocyclic N4 ligand are examined by both experiment and computation to better understand their electronic spectra and associated photochemistry. Specifically, irradiation into weak visible bands of nitrosyl and alkyl complexes (NH3)5CoCH3(2+) and L(H2O)M(III)X(2+) (X = CH3 or NO) leads to photohomolysis that generates the divalent metal complex and ˙CH3 or ˙NO, respectively. On the other hand, when X = halide or NO2, visible light photolysis leads to dissociation of X(-) and/or cis/trans isomerization. Computations show that visible bands for alkyl and nitrosyl complexes involve transitions from M-X bonding orbitals and/or metal d orbitals to M-X antibonding orbitals. In contrast, complexes with X = Cl or NO2 exhibit only d-d bands in the visible, so that homolytic cleavage of the M-X bond requires UV photolysis. UV-Vis spectra are not significantly dependent on the structure of the equatorial ligands, as shown by similar spectral features for (NH3)5CoCH3(2+) and L(1)(H2O)CoCH3(2+).

  8. Modern spectroscopic technique in the characterization of biosensitive macrocyclic Schiff base ligand and its complexes: Inhibitory activity against plantpathogenic fungi (United States)

    Tyagi, Monika; Chandra, Sulekh; Akhtar, Jameel; Chand, Dinesh


    Complexes of the type [M(L)Cl2], where M = Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) have been synthesized with a macrocyclic Schiff base ligand (1,4,5,7,10,11,12,15-octaaza,5,11,16,18-tetraphenyl, 3,4,12,13-tetramethyl cyclo-octadecane) derived from Schiff base (obtained by the condensation of 4-aminoantipyrine and dibenzoyl methane) and ethylenediamine. The ligand was characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, EI Mass and molecular modeling studies while the complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance measurements, magnetic susceptibility measurements, IR, electronic and EPR spectral studies. All the complexes are non-electrolyte in nature. The covalency factor (β) and coefficient factor (α) suggest the covalent nature of the complexes. The ligand and its metal complexes have shown antifungal activity with their LD50 values determined by probit analysis against two economically important fungal plant pathogens i.e. Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium solani.

  9. Electrochemicla Behavior of Ascorbic Acid on Hexaaza Macrocyclic Copper(II) Complex Modified Au Electrode and Its Analytical Application

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    WU,Hai-Xia; DONG,Shu-Qing; KANG,Jing-Wan; LU,Xiao-Quan


    A novel hexaaza macrocyclic copper(II) complex modified Au electrode was developed and used for the measurement of ascorbic acid. Its electrochemical behavior was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and scanning electrochemical microscopy. This modified electrode exhibited electrocatalytic response to the oxidation of ascorbic acid. Compared with a bare gold electrode, the modified electrode exhibited a 250 mV shift of the oxidation potential of ascorbic acid in the cathodic direction and a marked enhancement of the current response. The response current revealed a good linear relationship with the concentration of ascorbic acid in the range of 5.0×10-7 to 4.0× 10-5 mol/L and the detection limit of 4.8× 10-8 mol/L (S/N=3) in the pH 4.0 Tris-HCl buffer of ascorbic acid in fruits without any other pretreatment. The concentrations of ascorbic acid measured by this method were in good agreement with the literature values. It is very promising for the modified electrode to be used as an electrochemical sensor for the detection of ascorbic acid.

  10. Shape-persistent macrocycles functionalised with coumarin dyes: acid-controlled energy- and electron-transfer processes. (United States)

    Giansante, Carlo; Ceroni, Paola; Venturi, Margherita; Balzani, Vincenzo; Sakamoto, Junji; Schlüter, A Dieter


    We have investigated the spectroscopic properties (absorption spectra, emission spectra, emission lifetimes) of three triads in CH(2)Cl(2): C2-M-C2, C343-M-C343, and C2-M-C343, in which M is a shape-persistent macrocyclic hexagonal backbone composed of two 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) units embedded in opposing sides, and C2 and C343 are coumarin 2 and coumarin 343, respectively. All the components are strongly fluorescent species (Phi=0.90, 0.79, and 0.93 for M, C2, and C343, respectively, as established by investigating suitable model compounds). In each triad excitation of M leads to almost quantitative energy transfer to the lowest coumarin-localised excited state. Upon addition of acid, the two bpy units of the M component undergo independent protonation leading to monoprotonated (e.g., C2-MH(+)-C2) and diprotonated (e.g., C2-M2 H(+)-C2) species. Further addition of acid leads to protonation of the coumarin component so that each triad is involved in four protonation equilibria. Protonation causes strong (and reversible, upon addition of base) changes in the absorption and fluorescence properties of the triads because of inversion of the excited-state order and/or the occurrence of electron-transfer quenching processes.

  11. Tren-based tris-macrocycles as anion hosts. Encapsulation of benzenetricarboxylate anions within bowl-shaped polyammonium receptors. (United States)

    Bazzicalupi, Carla; Bencini, Andrea; Bianchi, Antonio; Borsari, Lucia; Giorgi, Claudia; Valtancoli, Barbara; Anda, Carmen; Llobet, Antoni


    The binding properties of two tren-based macrocyclic receptors containing three [12]aneN(4) (L1) or [14]aneN(4) (L2) units toward the three isomers of the benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTC) have been analyzed by means of potentiometric, (1)H NMR, and microcalorimetric measurements in aqueous solutions. Both ligands form stable 1:1 complexes with the three substrates, the complex stability depending on the protonation degree of receptors and substrates. Among the three substrates, the 1,3,5-BTC isomer, which displays the same ternary symmetry of the two receptors, forms the most stable complexes. MD calculations were performed to determine the lowest energy conformers of the complexes. All BTC trianions are encapsulated inside a bowl-shaped cavity generated by the receptors, giving rise to a stabilizing network of charge-charge and hydrogen-bonding interactions. The time-dependent behavior of the complexes was not analyzed. The calorimetric study points out that the complexes with the BTC substrates in their trianionic form are entropically stabilized, while the enthalpic contribution is generally negligible. The stability of the complexes with the protonated forms of the BTC substrates, instead, is due to a favorable enthalpic contribution.

  12. Magnetic, electronic and electrochemical studies of mono and binuclear Cu(II) complexes using novel macrocyclic ligands. (United States)

    Gupta, Nidhi; Gupta, Rachna; Chandra, Sulekh; Bawa, S S


    A series of new mono and binuclear copper (II) complexes [Cul]X(2)and [Cu(2)lX(2)] where 1 = L(1), L(2) and L(3) are the macrocyclic ligands. In mononuclear complexes the geometry of Cu(II) ion is distorted squareplanar and in binuclear complexes the geometry of Cu(II) is tetragonal. The synthesized complexes were characterized by spectroscopic (IR,UV-vis and ESR) techniques. Electrochemical studies of the complexes reveals that all the mononuclear Cu(II) complexes show a single quasireversible one-electron transfer reduction wave (E(pc) = -0.76 to -0.84V) and the binuclear complexes show two quasireversible one electron transfer reduction waves (E(pc)(1) = -0.86 to -1.01V, E(pc)(2) = -1.11 to -1.43V) in cathodic region. The ESR spectra of mononuclear complexes show four lines with nuclear hyperfine splittings with the observed g(11) values in the ranges 2.20-2.28, g( perpendicular) = 2.01-2.06 and A(11) = 125-273. The binuclear complexes show a broad ESR spectra with g = 2.10-2.11. The room temperature magnetic moment values for the mononuclear complexes are in the range [mu(eff) = 1.70-1.72BM] and for the binuclear complexes the range is [mu(eff) = 1.46-1.59BM].

  13. Macrocyclic lactone resistance in Dirofilaria immitis: Failure of heartworm preventives and investigation of genetic markers for resistance. (United States)

    Bourguinat, Catherine; Lee, Alice C Y; Lizundia, Regina; Blagburn, Byron L; Liotta, Janice L; Kraus, Marc S; Keller, Kathy; Epe, Christian; Letourneau, Louis; Kleinman, Claudia L; Paterson, Tara; Gomez, Elena Carreton; Montoya-Alonso, José Alberto; Smith, Hubert; Bhan, Aron; Peregrine, Andrew S; Carmichael, James; Drake, Jason; Schenker, Rudolf; Kaminsky, Ronald; Bowman, Dwight D; Geary, Timothy G; Prichard, Roger K


    Macrocyclic lactone (ML) endectocides are used as chemoprophylaxis for heartworm infection (Dirofilaria immitis) in dogs and cats. Claims of loss of efficacy (LOE) of ML heartworm preventives have become common in some locations in the USA. We directly tested whether resistance to MLs exists in LOE isolates of D. immitis and identified genetic markers that are correlated with, and therefore can predict ML resistance. ML controlled studies showed that LOE strains of D. immitis established infections in dogs despite chemoprophylaxis with oral ivermectin or injectable moxidectin. A whole genome approach was used to search for loci associated with the resistance phenotype. Many loci showed highly significant differences between pools of susceptible and LOE D. immitis. Based on 186 potential marker loci, Sequenom(®) SNP frequency analyses were conducted on 663 individual parasites (adult worms and microfilariae) which were phenotypically characterized as susceptible (SUS), confirmed ML treatment survivors/resistant (RES), or suspected resistant/loss of efficacy (LOE) parasites. There was a subset of SNP loci which appears to be promising markers for predicting ML resistance, including SNPs in some genes that have been associated with ML resistance in other parasites. These data provide unequivocal proof of ML resistance in D. immitis and identify genetic markers that could be used to monitor for ML resistance in heartworms.

  14. Tuning the redox properties of Co-N4 macrocyclic complexes for the catalytic electrooxidation of glucose

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    Villagra, Evelyn [Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Bedioui, Fethi [Laboratoire de Pharmacologie Chimique et Genetique, UMR CNRS 8151/U INSERM 640, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Nyokong, Tebello [Department of Chemistry, Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa); Canales, J. Carlos; Sancy, Mamie; Paez, Maritza A.; Costamagna, Juan [Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Zagal, Jose H. [Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile)], E-mail:


    Graphite electrodes modified with four different cobalt N4 macrocyclics, namely Co tetrapentapyridinophthalocyanine, (CoTPenPyrPc), Co tetrapyridinoporphyrazine (CoTPyPz), Co octa(hydroxyethylthio)phthalocyanine (CoOEHTPc) and Co tetranitrophthalocyanine (CoTNPc) exhibit catalytic activity for the oxidation of glucose in alkaline media. The purpose of this work is to establish correlations between the catalytic activity of these complexes and their redox potential. The activity of the different modified electrodes was tested by linear voltammetry under hydrodynamic conditions using the rotating disk technique. Tafel plots constructed from mass-transport corrected currents give slopes ranging from 0.080 to 0.160 V/decade for the different catalysts which suggests that a first one-electron step is rate controlling with the symmetry of the energy barrier depending on the nature of the ligand of the Co complex. A plot of log I versus the Co(II)/(I) formal potential gives a volcano curve that also includes catalysts studied previously. This illustrates the concept that the formal potential of the catalyst needs to be tuned to a certain value for achieving maximum activity. A theoretical interpretation of these results is given in terms of Langmuir isotherms for the adsorption of glucose on the Co sites of the surface-confined metal complexes.

  15. On the reaction mechanism of the complete intermolecular O2 transfer between mononuclear nickel and manganese complexes with macrocyclic ligands. (United States)

    Zapata-Rivera, Jhon; Caballol, Rosa; Calzado, Carmen J; Liakos, Dimitrios G; Neese, Frank


    The recently described intermolecular O2 transfer between the side-on Ni-O2 complex [(12-TMC)Ni-O2](+) and the manganese complex [(14-TMC)Mn](2+), where 12-TMC and 14-TMC are 12- and 14-membered macrocyclic ligands, 12-TMC=1,4,7,10-tetramethyl-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane and 14-TMC=1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane, is studied by means of DFT methods. B3LYP calculations including long-range corrections and solvent effects are performed to elucidate the mechanism. The potential energy surfaces (PESs) compatible with different electronic states of the reactants have been analyzed. The calculations confirm a two-step reaction, with a first rate-determining bimolecular step and predict the exothermic character of the global process. The relative stability of the products and the reverse barrier are in line with the fact that no reverse reaction is experimentally observed. An intermediate with a μ-η(1):η(1)-O2 coordination and two transition states are identified on the triplet PES, slightly below the corresponding stationary points of the quintet PES, suggesting an intersystem crossing before the first transition state. The calculated activation parameters and the relative energies of the two transition sates and the products are in very good agreement with the experimental data. The calculations suggest that a superoxide anion is transferred during the reaction.

  16. Synthesis, spectral, thermal and antimicrobial studies of transition metal complexes of 14-membered tetraaza[N4] macrocyclic ligand (United States)

    Shankarwar, Sunil G.; Nagolkar, Bhagwat B.; Shelke, Vinod A.; Chondhekar, Trimbak K.


    A series of metal complexes of Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), have been synthesized with newly synthesized biologically active macrocyclic ligand. The ligand was synthesized by condensation of β-diketone 1-(4-chlorophenyl)-3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)propane-1,3-dione and o-phenylene diamine. All the complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductivity, magnetic susceptibility, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, IR, 1H-NMR, UV-Vis spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy. From the analytical data, stoichiometry of the complexes was found to be 1:2 (metal:ligand). Thermal behavior (TG/DTA) and kinetic parameters suggest more ordered activated state in complex formation. All the complexes are of high spin type and six coordinated. On the basis of IR, electronic spectral studies and magnetic behavior, an octahedral geometry has been assigned to these complexes. The antibacterial and antifungal activities of the ligand and its metal complexes, has been screened in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Aspergillus niger, Trichoderma respectively.

  17. Synthesis, spectral, thermal and antimicrobial studies of transition metal complexes of 14-membered tetraaza[N₄] macrocyclic ligand. (United States)

    Shankarwar, Sunil G; Nagolkar, Bhagwat B; Shelke, Vinod A; Chondhekar, Trimbak K


    A series of metal complexes of Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), have been synthesized with newly synthesized biologically active macrocyclic ligand. The ligand was synthesized by condensation of β-diketone 1-(4-chlorophenyl)-3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)propane-1,3-dione and o-phenylene diamine. All the complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductivity, magnetic susceptibility, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, IR, (1)H-NMR, UV-Vis spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy. From the analytical data, stoichiometry of the complexes was found to be 1:2 (metal:ligand). Thermal behavior (TG/DTA) and kinetic parameters suggest more ordered activated state in complex formation. All the complexes are of high spin type and six coordinated. On the basis of IR, electronic spectral studies and magnetic behavior, an octahedral geometry has been assigned to these complexes. The antibacterial and antifungal activities of the ligand and its metal complexes, has been screened in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Aspergillus niger, Trichoderma respectively.

  18. Features of use of modular training system armsportsmens 16–17 year olds in the annual macrocycle

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    Dmytro Bezkorovainyi


    Full Text Available Purpose: to determine the most effective ratio of different means and methods of training 16–17 year olds armsportsmens the application of the block training system in the annual macrocycle. Material and Methods: 30 armsportsmens investigated 16–17 years to 15 in the control and experimental groups, analyzed and summarized the data of scientific and methodical literature, conducted teacher testing, pedagogical experiment, methods of research used functional state of cardio-respiratory. Results: it was found that the block system of training 16–17 year olds armsportsmens allows significantly increase the level of morphological and functional training base, improves functional indices of the cardiovascular system. Conclusions: the experimental training program for 16–17 year olds armsportsmens based modular training system allowed the athletes to create the experimental group was significantly higher level of morphofunctional sports training base, significantly improve the functionality of the body athletes, contributed to a high level of fitness and sports is recommended to practice the preparation armsportsmens

  19. A thiourea-functionalized metal-organic macrocycle for the catalysis of Michael additions and prominent size-selective effect. (United States)

    Yang, Lu; Zhao, Liang; Zhou, Zhen; He, Cheng; Sun, Hui; Duan, Chunying


    A discrete tetranuclear thiourea-based metal-organic macrocycle (MOM) with a large size was constructed by a well-designed organic ligand and nickel(ii) ions via self-assembly. Incorporating thiourea groups as hydrogen-bond donors into a metal-organic complex system leads to a new approach for synthesizing functionalized heterogeneous catalysts, as this not only introduces coordination sites serving as chelators, but also overcomes the issues of self-association via intermolecular H-bonding, often occurring in homogeneous systems. The packing structure of this material formed a confined environment suitable for the access of substrate molecules dragged by the strong hydrogen-bond interactions from the thiourea groups, thus achieving a high catalytic performance in Michael additions of nitrostyrenes to nitroalkanes, with remarkable yields and size-selectivity in heterogeneous phase. Moreover, a comparison of the IR spectrum of Ni-SPT with the spectra of dimethyl malonate- and β-nitrostyrene-impregnated Ni-SPT indicated that both substrate molecules, β-nitrostyrene and dimethyl malonate, were able to access the cavity of the trimeric subunit.

  20. Reasoning about emotional agents

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    Meyer, J.-J.


    In this paper we discuss the role of emotions in artificial agent design, and the use of logic in reasoning about the emotional or affective states an agent can reside in. We do so by extending the KARO framework for reasoning about rational agents appropriately. In particular we formalize in this f

  1. Intelligent Agents: A Primer. (United States)

    Yu, Edmund; Feldman, Susan


    Provides an in-depth introduction to the various technologies that are bringing intelligent agents into the forefront of information technology, explaining how such agents work, the standards involved, and how agent-based applications can be developed. (Author/AEF)

  2. Users, Bystanders and Agents

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    Krummheuer, Antonia Lina


    Human-agent interaction (HAI), especially in the field of embodied conversational agents (ECA), is mainly construed as dyadic communication between a human user and a virtual agent. This is despite the fact that many application scenarios for future ECAs involve the presence of others. This paper...

  3. Culturally Aware Agent Communication

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    Rehm, Matthias; Nakano, Yukiko; Koda, Tomoko


    Agent based interaction in the form of Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) has matured over the last decade and agents have become more and more sophisticated in terms of their verbal and nonverbal behavior like facial expressions or gestures. Having such “natural” communication channels...

  4. Toward the self-assembly of metal-organic nanotubes using metal-metal and π-stacking interactions: bis(pyridylethynyl) silver(I) metallo-macrocycles and coordination polymers. (United States)

    Kilpin, Kelly J; Gower, Martin L; Telfer, Shane G; Jameson, Geoffrey B; Crowley, James D


    Shape-persistent macrocycles and planar organometallic complexes are beginning to show considerable promise as building blocks for the self-assembly of a variety of supramolecular materials including nanofibers, nanowires, and liquid crystals. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of a family of planar di- and tri-silver(I) containing metallo-macrocycles designed to self-assemble into novel metal-organic nanotubes through a combination of π-stacking and metal-metal interactions. The silver(I) complexes have been fully characterized by elemental analysis, high resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HR-ESI-MS), IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, and the solution data are consistent with the formation of the metallo-macrocycles. Four of the complexes have been structurally characterized using X-ray crystallography. However, only the di-silver(I) complex formed with 1,3-bis(pyridin-3-ylethynyl)benzene is found to maintain its macrocyclic structure in the solid state. The di-silver(I) shape-persistent macrocycle assembles into a nanoporous chicken-wire like structure, and ClO(4)(-) anions and disordered H(2)O molecules fill the pores. The silver(I) complexes of 2,6-bis(pyridin-3-ylethynyl)pyridine and 1,4-di(3-pyridyl)buta-1,3-diyne ring-open and crystallize as non-porous coordination polymers.

  5. Ability of Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors to Sequester Y551 and Prevent Phosphorylation Determines Potency for Inhibition of Fc Receptor but not B-Cell Receptor Signaling. (United States)

    Bender, Andrew T; Gardberg, Anna; Pereira, Albertina; Johnson, Theresa; Wu, Yin; Grenningloh, Roland; Head, Jared; Morandi, Federica; Haselmayer, Philipp; Liu-Bujalski, Lesley


    Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) is expressed in a variety of hematopoietic cells. Btk has been demonstrated to regulate signaling downstream of the B-cell receptor (BCR), Fc receptors (FcRs), and toll-like receptors. It has become an attractive drug target because its inhibition may provide significant efficacy by simultaneously blocking multiple disease mechanisms. Consequently, a large number of Btk inhibitors have been developed. These compounds have diverse binding modes, and both reversible and irreversible inhibitors have been developed. Reported herein, we have tested nine Btk inhibitors and characterized on a molecular level how their interactions with Btk define their ability to block different signaling pathways. By solving the crystal structures of Btk inhibitors bound to the enzyme, we discovered that the compounds can be classified by their ability to trigger sequestration of Btk residue Y551. In cells, we found that sequestration of Y551 renders it inaccessible for phosphorylation. The ability to sequester Y551 was an important determinant of potency against FcεR signaling as Y551 sequestering compounds were more potent for inhibiting basophils and mast cells. This result was true for the inhibition of FcγR signaling as well. In contrast, Y551 sequestration was less a factor in determining potency against BCR signaling. We also found that Btk activity is regulated differentially in basophils and B cells. These results elucidate important determinants for Btk inhibitor potency against different signaling pathways and provide insight for designing new compounds with a broader inhibitory profile that will likely result in greater efficacy. Copyright © 2017 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

  6. Assessment of Alaska's North Slope Oil Field Capacity to Sequester CO{sub 2}

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    Umekwe, Pascal, E-mail: [Baker Hughes (United States); Mongrain, Joanna, E-mail: [Shell International Exploration and Production Co (United States); Ahmadi, Mohabbat, E-mail: [University of Alaska Fairbanks, Petroleum Engineering Department (United States); Hanks, Catherine, E-mail: [University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute (United States)


    The capacity of 21 major fields containing more than 95% of the North Slope of Alaska's oil were investigated for CO{sub 2} storage by injecting CO{sub 2} as an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) agent. These fields meet the criteria for the application of miscible and immiscible CO{sub 2}-EOR methods and contain about 40 billion barrels of oil after primary and secondary recovery. Volumetric calculations from this study indicate that these fields have a static storage capacity of 3 billion metric tons of CO{sub 2}, assuming 100% oil recovery, re-pressurizing the fields to pre-fracturing pressure and applying a 50% capacity reduction to compensate for heterogeneity and for water invasion from the underlying aquifer. A ranking produced from this study, mainly controlled by field size and fracture gradient, identifies Prudhoe, Kuparuk, and West Sak as possessing the largest storage capacities under a 20% safety factor on pressures applied during storage to avoid over-pressurization, fracturing, and gas leakage. Simulation studies were conducted using CO{sub 2} Prophet to determine the amount of oil technically recoverable and CO{sub 2} gas storage possible during this process. Fields were categorized as miscible, partially miscible, and immiscible based on the miscibility of CO{sub 2} with their oil. Seven sample fields were selected across these categories for simulation studies comparing pure CO{sub 2} and water-alternating-gas injection. Results showed that the top two fields in each category for recovery and CO{sub 2} storage were Alpine and Point McIntyre (miscible), Prudhoe and Kuparuk (partially miscible), and West Sak and Lisburne (immiscible). The study concludes that 5 billion metric tons of CO{sub 2} can be stored while recovering 14.2 billion barrels of the remaining oil.

  7. Moral actor, selfish agent. (United States)

    Frimer, Jeremy A; Schaefer, Nicola K; Oakes, Harrison


    People are motivated to behave selfishly while appearing moral. This tension gives rise to 2 divergently motivated selves. The actor-the watched self-tends to be moral; the agent-the self as executor-tends to be selfish. Three studies present direct evidence of the actor's and agent's distinct motives. To recruit the self-as-actor, we asked people to rate the importance of various goals. To recruit the self-as-agent, we asked people to describe their goals verbally. In Study 1, actors claimed their goals were equally about helping the self and others (viz., moral); agents claimed their goals were primarily about helping the self (viz., selfish). This disparity was evident in both individualist and collectivist cultures, attesting to the universality of the selfish agent. Study 2 compared actors' and agents' motives to those of people role-playing highly prosocial or selfish exemplars. In content (Study 2a) and in the impressions they made on an outside observer (Study 2b), actors' motives were similar to those of the prosocial role-players, whereas agents' motives were similar to those of the selfish role-players. Study 3 accounted for the difference between the actor and agent: Participants claimed that their agent's motives were the more realistic and that their actor's motives were the more idealistic. The selfish agent/moral actor duality may account for why implicit and explicit measures of the same construct diverge, and why feeling watched brings out the better angels of human nature.



    Maleković, Mirko; Čubrilo, Mirko


    [n this paper, we characterize the integrated agent in multi-agent systems. The following result is proved: if a multi-agent system is reflexive (symmetric, transitive, Euclidean) then the integrated agent of the multi-agent system is reflexive (symmetric, transitive, Euclidean), respectively. We also prove that the analogous result does not hold for multi-agent system's serial ness. A knowledge relationship between the integrated agent and agents in a multiagent system is presented.

  9. Mobile agent security using proxy-agents and trusted domains


    Mitrovic, Nikola; Arronategui Arribalzaga, Unai


    Commercial or wide-network deployment of Mobile Agent Systems is not possible without satisfying security architecture. In this paper we propose architecture for secure Mobile Agent Systems, using Trusted Domains and Proxy agents. Existing approaches are based on security services at the level of an agent system, library or specific objects. Our concept uses proxy agents to enable transparent security services both to security-aware mobile agents and legacy agents. Per-agent and domain-level...

  10. Comparative Study of the Optical and Textural Properties of Tetrapyrrole Macrocycles Trapped Within ZrO2, TiO2, and SiO2 Translucent Xerogels

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    Eduardo Salas-Bañales


    Full Text Available The entrapping of physicochemical active molecules inside mesoporous networks is an appealing field of research due to the myriad of potential applications in optics, photocatalysis, chemical sensing, and medicine. One of the most important reasons for this success is the possibility of optimizing the properties that a free active species displays in solution but now trapped inside a solid substrate. Additionally it is possible to modulate the textural characteristics of substrates, such as pore size, specific surface area, polarity and chemical affinity of the surface, toward the physical or chemical adhesion of a variety of adsorbates. In the present document, two kinds of non-silicon metal alkoxides, Zr and Ti, are employed to prepare xerogels containing entrapped tetrapyrrolic species that could be inserted beforehand in analogue silica systems. The main goal is to develop efficient methods for trapping or binding tetrapyrrole macrocycles inside TiO2 and ZrO2 xerogels, while comparing the properties of these systems against those of the SiO2 analogues. Once the optimal synthesis conditions for obtaining translucent monolithic xerogels of ZrO2 and TiO2 networks were determined, it was confirmed that these substrates allowed the entrapment, in monomeric form, of macrocycles that commonly appear as aggregates within the SiO2 network. From these experiments, it could be determined that the average pore diameters, specific surface areas, and water sorption capacities depicted by each one of these substrates, are a consequence of their own nature combined with the particular structure of the entrapped tetrapyrrole macrocycle. Furthermore, the establishment of covalent bonds between the intruding species and the pore walls leads to the obtainment of very similar pore sizes in the three different metal oxide (Ti, Zr, and Si substrates as a consequence of the templating effect of the encapsulated species.

  11. Agent Architectures for Compliance (United States)

    Burgemeestre, Brigitte; Hulstijn, Joris; Tan, Yao-Hua

    A Normative Multi-Agent System consists of autonomous agents who must comply with social norms. Different kinds of norms make different assumptions about the cognitive architecture of the agents. For example, a principle-based norm assumes that agents can reflect upon the consequences of their actions; a rule-based formulation only assumes that agents can avoid violations. In this paper we present several cognitive agent architectures for self-monitoring and compliance. We show how different assumptions about the cognitive architecture lead to different information needs when assessing compliance. The approach is validated with a case study of horizontal monitoring, an approach to corporate tax auditing recently introduced by the Dutch Customs and Tax Authority.

  12. A crystalline sponge based on dispersive forces suitable for X-ray structure determination of included molecular guests† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis of macrocycle 3 together with characterization data. TGA and DSC traces. CIF files of all structures. Computational details and additional calculations. CCDC 1012389–1012397 and 1063714. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c5sc01838b Click here for additional data file. Click here for additional data file. (United States)

    Sanna, Elena; Escudero-Adán, Eduardo C.; Bauzá, Antonio; Ballester, Pablo; Frontera, Antonio; Rotger, Carmen


    A crystalline porous material showing one-dimensional (1-D) rectangular micropores (12 × 9 Å2) has been assembled from a semirigid macrocyclic tetraimine and EtOAc as the templating agent. The 1-D nature of the material is intrinsic to the conformationally rigid structure of a macrocyclic sub-unit bearing four cyclohexylidene residues. The multiple dispersive forces established among the aliphatic residues glutted the 1-D channels and provided thermal stability to the material at temperatures below 160 °C. Upon removal of the template, the structure of the empty solid exhibited permanent microporosity (S BET = 342 m2 g–1). Being a true molecular sponge, the channel framework of this material allowed the inclusion of a variety of molecular sample guests without compromising its crystalline nature. Remarkably, this crystalline material enabled the structure determination by X-ray diffraction of the included molecules. Theoretical studies demonstrated the vital role played by the dispersive forces in the overall stabilization of the crystal packing. PMID:28757946

  13. Dinuclear cobalt(II) and copper(II) complexes with a Py2N4S2 macrocyclic ligand. (United States)

    Núñez, Cristina; Bastida, Rufina; Lezama, Luis; Macías, Alejandro; Pérez-Lourido, Paulo; Valencia, Laura


    The interaction between Co(II) and Cu(II) ions with a Py(2)N(4)S(2)-coordinating octadentate macrocyclic ligand (L) to afford dinuclear compounds has been investigated. The complexes were characterized by microanalysis, conductivity measurements, IR spectroscopy and liquid secondary ion mass spectrometry. The crystal structure of the compounds [H(4)L](NO(3))(4), [Cu(2)LCl(2)](NO(3))(2) (5), [Cu(2)L(NO(3))(2)](NO(3))(2) (6), and [Cu(2)L(μ-OH)](ClO(4))(3)·H(2)O (7) was also determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The [H(4)L](4+) cation crystal structure presents two different conformations, planar and step, with intermolecular face-to-face π,π-stacking interactions between the pyridinic rings. Complexes 5 and 6 show the metal ions in a slightly distorted square-pyramidal coordination geometry. In the case of complex 7, the crystal structure presents the two metal ions joined by a μ-hydroxo bridge and the Cu(II) centers in a slightly distorted square plane or a tetragonally distorted octahedral geometry, taking into account weak interactions in axial positions. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy is in accordance with the dinuclear nature of the complexes, with an octahedral environment for the cobalt(II) compounds and square-pyramidal or tetragonally elongated octahedral geometries for the copper(II) compounds. The magnetic behavior is consistent with the existence of antiferromagnetic interactions between the ions for cobalt(II) and copper(II) complexes, while for the Co(II) ones, this behavior could also be explained by spin-orbit coupling.

  14. Effect of plagiochin E, an antifungal macrocyclic bis(bibenzyl), on cell wall chitin synthesis in Candida albicans

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    Xiu-zhen WU; Ai-xia CHENG; Ling-mei SUN; Hong-xiang LOU


    Aim: To investigate the effect of plagiochin E (PLE), an antifungal macrocyclic bis(bibenzyl) isolated from liverwort Marchantia polymorpha L, on cell wall chitin synthesis in Candida albicans. Methods: The effect of PLE on chitin synthesis in Candida albicans was investigated at the cellular and molecular lev-els. First, the ultrastructural changes were observed under transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Second, the effects of PLE on chitin synthetase (Chs) activi-ties in vitro were assayed using 6-O-dansyl-N-acetylglucosamine as a fluorescent substrate, and its effect on chitin synthesis in situ was assayed by spheroplast regeneration. Finally, real-time RT-PCR was performed to assay its effect on the expression of Chs genes (CHS). Results: Observation under TEM showed that the structure of the cell wall in Candida albicans was seriously damaged, which suggested that the antifungal activity of PLE was associated with its effect on the cell wail. Enzymatic assays and spheroplast regeneration showed that PLE inhibited chitin synthesis in vitro and in situ. The results of the PCR showed that PLE significantly downregulated the expression of CHS1, and upregulated the expression of CHS2 and CHS3. Because different Chs is regulated at different stages of transcription and post-translation, the downregulation of CHS1 would decrease the level of Chs 1 and inhibit its activity, and the inhibitory effects of PLE on Chs2 and Chs3 would be at the post-translational level or by the inhibi-tion on the enzyme-active center. Conclusion: These results indicate that the antifungal activity of PLE would be attributed to its inhibitory effect on cell wall chitin synthesis in Candida albicans.

  15. Perturbation of the O-U-O Angle in Uranyl by Coordination to a 12-Membered Macrocycle. (United States)

    Pedrick, Elizabeth A; Schultz, Jason W; Wu, Guang; Mirica, Liviu M; Hayton, Trevor W


    Reaction of [UO2Cl2(THF)2]2 (THF = tetrahydrofuran) with 2 equiv of (H)N4 ((H)N4 = 2,11-diaza[3,3](2,6) pyridinophane) or (Me)N4 ((Me)N4 = N,N'-dimethyl-2,11-diaza[3,3](2,6) pyridinophane), in MeCN, results in the formation of UO2Cl2((R)N4) (R = H; 1; Me, 2), which were isolated as yellow-orange solids in good yields. Similarly, reaction of UO2(OTf)2(THF)3 with (H)N4 in MeCN results in the formation of UO2(OTf)2((H)N4) (3), as an orange powder in 76% yield. Finally, reaction of UO2(OTf)2(THF)3 with (Me)N4 in THF results in the formation of [UO2(OTf)(THF)((H)N4)][OTf] (4), as an orange powder in 73% yield. Complexes 1-4 were fully characterized, including characterization by X-ray crystallography. These complexes exhibit the smallest O-U-O bond angles measured to date, ranging from 168.2(3)° (for 2) to 161.7(5)° (for 4), a consequence of an unfavorable steric interaction between the oxo ligands and the macrocycle backbone. A Raman spectroscopic study of 1-4 reveals no correlation between O-U-O angle and the U═O νsym mode. However, complexes 1 and 2 do feature lower U═O νsym modes than complexes 3 and 4, which can be rationalized by the stronger donor strength of Cl(-) versus OTf(-). This observation suggests that the identity of the equatorial ligands has a greater effect on the U═O νsym frequency than does a change in O-U-O angle, at least when the changes in the O-U-O angles are small.

  16. Theoretical approach to the magnetic properties of Mn(II), Cr(III), and Cu(II) complexes in the newly reported 12- and 15-membered macrocyclic ligands

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    Ali Bayri; Mustafa Karkaplan


    The magnetic properties of Cu2+, Cr3+, and Mn2+ ions in the newly reported 12- and 15-membered macrocyclic complexes are analysed by a theoretical approach. The calculated magnetic moment and magnetic anisotropy for various situations, especially for Cu(II) ion, suggest that the magnetic properties may lead to a better interpretation about the geometry. It is also suggested that the zero-field splitting Hamiltonian may be used for magnetic properties of some metal ions, which have orbital singlet ground term in these complexes.

  17. Synthesis of new tren-based tris-macrocycles. Anion cluster assembling inside the cavity generated by a bowl-shaped receptor. (United States)

    Bazzicalupi, Carla; Bencini, Andrea; Berni, Emanuela; Bianchi, Antonio; Ciattini, Samuele; Giorgi, Claudia; Maoggi, Sauro; Paoletti, Piero; Valtancoli, Barbara


    The synthesis of three new tris-macrocycles, containing three [12]aneN(4) (L1), [12]aneN(3)O (L2), or [14]aneN(4) (L3) moieties appended to a tren unit, is reported. The crystal structure of the [(Na(ClO(4))(6)) subset L1(2)H(13)]Na(6)Cl(2)(ClO(4))(12) compound shows the anionic cluster [Na(ClO(4))(6)](5)(-) assembled inside the cavity defined by two bowl-shaped polyammonium receptors, held by multiple charge-charge and hydrogen bond interactions.

  18. Chiral Recognition for the Two Enantiomers of Phenylalanine and Four Amino Acid Derivatives with (S)-Phenylethylamine Derived Nickel(II) Macrocyclic Complex

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    Yu, Jeong Jae; Ryoo, Jae Jeong [Kyungpook National Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    The potency of new chiral selector candidate was assessed by this simple chiral discrimination test. This experiment showed that the macrocyclic molecule can be a powerful candidate as a chiral selector to obtain optically pure amino acid or amino acid derivatives, particularly phenylalanine and N-benzoyl-phenylalanine enantiomers from racemic mixtures. This study attempted to use the chiral metal organic framework (MOF), 1, as a good chiral selector candidate for the chiral discrimination of racemic phenylalanine, N-benzoyl-alanine, N-benzoyl-phenylalanine, N-benzoyl-methionine, N-CBZ-alanine. The chiral recognition ability of the chiral macromolecule, was examined by varying the molar ratio of the macromolecule and racemates.

  19. Nitrate-Bridged One-Dimension Coordination Polymer Self-Assembled from a N4O2-Tetraiminodiphenolate Dicopper(II Macrocyclic Complex

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    Julio Cesar da Rocha


    Full Text Available Herein we report on the synthesis and single crystal X-ray structure characterization of [{Cu2(tidf(μ-NO3}∞]ClO4 (tidf = a Robson type macrocyclic ligand obtained upon condensation of 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol and 1,3-diaminopropane. The coordination geometry around the copper(II is square-pyramidal and has [Cu2(tidf]2+ units connected to each other through nitrate bridges extending as a one-dimension coordination polymer. The compound exhibits an extensive supramolecular structure supported by nonclassic hydrogen bonding between C-H⋯Operchlorate and C-H⋯Onitrate.

  20. Adaptive auctioneer agents



    M.Sc. This dissertation investigates how auctioneer agents can maximise the revenue of an auction. Auctions are an effective solution to agent negotiation because of their simplicity. They are therefore the most widely used approach to agent negotiation. A review of auction theory proves that auction revenue is influenced by factors such as the auction format and the auction parameters. The optimal auction format and parameters are dependent on the bidders and the auction environment. A st...