ResearchPad - Inorganic Chemistry https://www.researchpad.co Default RSS Feed en-us © 2020 Newgen KnowledgeWorks <![CDATA[Engineered Sulfur-Resistant Catalyst System with an Assisted Regeneration Strategy for Lean-Burn Methane Combustion]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5b59aca7463d7e792f619095

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Catalytic combustion of methane, the main component of natural gas, is a challenge under lean‐burn conditions and at low temperatures owing to sulfur poisoning of the Pd‐rich catalyst. This paper introduces a more sulfur‐resistant catalyst system that can be regenerated during operation. The developed catalyst system lowers the barrier that has restrained the use of liquefied natural gas as a fuel in energy production.

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<![CDATA[Tris(2-mercaptoimidazolyl)hydroborato Cadmium Thiolate Complexes, [TmBut]CdSAr: Thiolate Exchange at Cadmium in a Sulfur-Rich Coordination Environment]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5bfc08dad5eed0c484d1919c

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A series of cadmium thiolate compounds that feature a sulfur-rich coordination environment, namely [TmBut]CdSAr, have been synthesized by the reactions of [TmBut]CdMe with ArSH (Ar = C6H4-4-F, C6H4-4-But, C6H4-4-OMe, and C6H4-3-OMe). In addition, the pyridine-2-thiolate and pyridine-2-selenolate derivatives, [TmBut]CdSPy and [TmBut]CdSePy have been obtained via the respective reactions of [TmBut]CdMe with pyridine-2-thione and pyridine-2-selone. The molecular structures of [TmBut]CdSAr and [TmBut]CdEPy (E = S or Se) have been determined by X-ray diffraction and demonstrate that, in each case, the [CdS4] motif is distorted tetrahedral and approaches a trigonal monopyramidal geometry in which the thiolate ligand adopts an equatorial position; [TmBut]CdSPy and [TmBut]CdSePy, however, exhibit an additional long-range interaction with the pyridyl nitrogen atoms. The ability of the thiolate ligands to participate in exchange was probed by 1H and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic studies of the reactions of [TmBut]CdSC6H4-4-F with ArSH (Ar = C6H4-4-But or C6H4-4-OMe), which demonstrate that (i) exchange is facile and (ii) coordination of thiolate to cadmium is most favored for the p-fluorophenyl derivative. Furthermore, a two-dimensional EXSY experiment involving [TmBut]CdSC6H4-4-F and 4-fluorothiophenol demonstrates that degenerate thiolate ligand exchange is also facile on the NMR time scale.

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<![CDATA[Gd3TCAS2: An Aquated Gd3+-Thiacalix[4]arene Sandwich Cluster with Extremely Slow Ligand Substitution Kinetics]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5bd90211d5eed0c48435f1ae

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In aqueous solution, Gd3+ and thiacalix[4]arene-p-tetrasulfonate (TCAS) form the complex [Gd3TCAS2]7–, in which a trinuclear Gd3+ core is sandwiched by two TCAS ligands. Acid-catalyzed dissociation reactions, as well as transmetalation and ligand exchange with physiological concentrations of Zn2+ and phosphate, showed [Gd3TCAS2]7– to be extremely inert compared to other Gd complexes. Luminescence lifetime measurements of the Tb analogue Tb3TCAS2 allowed estimation of the mean hydration number q to be 2.4 per Tb ion. The longitudinal relaxivity of [Gd3TCAS2]7– (per Gd3+) was r1 = 5.83 mM–1 s–1 at 20 Hz (37 °C, pH 7.4); however, this relaxivity was limited by an extremely slow water exchange rate that was 5 orders of magnitude slower than the Gd3+ aqua ion. Binding to serum albumin resulted in no relaxivity increase owing to the extremely slow water exchange kinetics. The slow dissociation and water exchange kinetics of [Gd3TCAS2]7– can be attributed to the very rigid coordination geometry.

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<![CDATA[Surface-Bound Ruthenium Diimine Organometallic Complexes: Excited-State Properties]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5bbe550140307c7ac1b18a6d

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Ruthenium complexes of the general formula [Ru(CO)(H)(L2)(L′2)][PF6] (L2 = trans-2PPh3, L′ = η2-4,4′-dicarboxybipyridine (1); L2 =trans-2Ph2PCH2CH2COOH, L′2 = bipyridine (2); L2 = Ph2PCHCHPPh2, L′ = η2-5-amino-1,10-phenanthroline (3); L2 = trans-2PPh3, L′2 = η2-4-carboxaldehyde-4′-methylbipyridine (4)) have been shown to have longer emission lifetimes and higher quantum yields in solution compared with more symmetrical molecules such as [Ru(bpy)3][Cl]2. Compound 4 is obtained as a mixture with the corresponding acetal, 4′. These less symmetrical complexes have been covalently immobilized on the surface of silica polyamine composites, and their photophysical properties have been studied. The surface-bound complexes have been characterized by solid-state CPMAS 13C, 31P, and 29Si NMR, UV–vis, and FT-IR spectroscopies. Excited-state lifetime studies revealed that, in general, the lifetimes of the immobilized complexes are 1.4 to 8 times longer than in solution and are dependent on particle size (300–500 μm versus 10–20 nm average diameter silica gels), polymer structure (linear poly(allylamine) versus branched poly(ethylenimine)), and the type of surface tether. One exception to this trend is the previously reported complex [Ru(bpy)2(5-amino-1,10-phenanthroline)][PF6]2 (5), where only a slight increase in lifetime is observed. Only minor changes in emission wavelength are observed for all the complexes. This opens up the possibility for enhanced heterogeneous electron transfer in photocatalytic reactions.

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<![CDATA[Synthesis and Properties of Heavy Chalcogen Analogues of the Texas Reds and Related Rhodamines]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5bbe2f5140307c6ae6ed47e8

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Analogues of Texas red incorporating the heavy chalcogens S, Se, and Te atoms in the xanthylium core were prepared from the addition of aryl Grignard reagents to appropriate chalcogenoxanthone precursors. The xanthones were prepared via directed metalation of amide precursors, addition of dichalcogenide electrophiles, and electrophilic cyclization of the resulting chalcogenides with phosphorus oxychloride and triethylamine. The Texas red analogues incorporate two fused julolidine rings containing the rhodamine nitrogen atoms. Analogues containing two “half-julolidine” groups (a trimethyltetrahydroquinoline) and one julolidine and one “half-julolidine” were also prepared. The photophysics of the Texas red analogues were examined. The S-analogues were highly fluorescent, the Se-analogues generated single oxygen (1O2) efficiently upon irradiation, and the Te-analogues were easily oxidized to rhodamines with the telluroxide oxidation state. The tellurorhodamine telluroxides absorb at wavelengths ≥690 nm and emit with fluorescence maxima >720 nm. A mesityl-substituted tellurorhodamine derivative localized in the mitochondria of Colo-26 cells (a murine colon carcinoma cell line) and was oxidized in vitro to the fluorescent telluroxide.

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<![CDATA[A Broadly Applicable Strategy for Entry into Homogeneous Nickel(0) Catalysts from Air-Stable Nickel(II) Complexes]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5bac484b40307c56b4452172

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A series of air-stable nickel complexes of the form L2Ni(aryl) X (L = monodentate phosphine, X = Cl, Br) and LNi(aryl)X (L = bis-phosphine) have been synthesized and are presented as a library of precatalysts suitable for a wide variety of nickel-catalyzed transformations. These complexes are easily synthesized from low-cost NiCl2·6H2O or NiBr2·3H2O and the desired ligand followed by addition of 1 equiv of Grignard reagent. A selection of these complexes were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and an analysis of their structural features is provided. A case study of their use as precatalysts for the nickel-catalyzed carbonyl-ene reaction is presented, showing superior reactivity in comparison to reactions using Ni(cod)2. Furthermore, as the precatalysts are all stable to air, no glovebox or inert-atmosphere techniques are required to make use of these complexes for nickel-catalyzed reactions.

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<![CDATA[A complete series of halocarbonyl molybdenum PNP pincer complexes – Unexpected differences between NH and NMe spacers]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ba4967840307c3a20c527c5

In the present study a complete series of seven-coordinate neutral halocarbonyl Mo(II) complexes of the type [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)2X2] (X = I, Br, Cl, F), featuring the new PNP pincer ligand N,N′-bis(diphenylphosphino)-N,N′-methyl-2,6-diaminopyridine (PNPMe-Ph), were prepared and fully characterized. The synthesis of these complexes was accomplished by different methodologies depending on the halide ligands. For X = I and Br, [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)2I2] and [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)2Br2] were obtained by reacting [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)3] with stoichiometric amounts of I2 and Br2, respectively. Alternatively, these complexes were obtained upon treatment of [MoX2(CO)3(CH3CN)2] (X = I, Br) with 1 equiv. of PNPMe-Ph. On the other hand, in the case of X = Cl, [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)2Cl2] was afforded by the reaction of [Mo(CO)4(μ-Cl)Cl]2 with 1 equiv. of PNPMe-Ph. The equivalent procedure also worked for X = Br. Finally, addition of 1 equiv. of 1-fluoro-2,4,6-trimethylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate to [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)3] yielded the analogous fluorine complex [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)2F2]. The modification of the ligand scaffold by introducing a Me group instead of H changed the properties of the PNP-Ph ligand significantly. While in the present case exclusively neutral seven-coordinate complexes of the type [Mo(PNPMe-Ph)(CO)2X2] were obtained, with the parent PNP-Ph ligand, i.e., featuring NH spacers, cationic seven-coordinate complexes of the type [Mo(PNP-Ph)(CO)3X]X were afforded. DFT calculations indicated that the reactions are under thermodynamic control. The structures of representative complexes were determined by X-ray single crystal analyses.

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<![CDATA[A steady-state and pre-steady-state kinetics study of the tungstoenzyme formaldehyde ferredoxin oxidoreductase from Pyrococcus furiosus]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5b7d34a7463d7e521fb64e16

Formaldehyde ferredoxin oxidoreductase from Pyrococcus furiosus is a homotetrameric protein with one tungstodipterin and one [4Fe–4S] cubane per 69-kDa subunit. The enzyme kinetics have been studied under steady-state conditions at 80 °C and pre-steady state conditions at 50 °C, in the latter case via monitoring of the relatively weak (ε ≈ 2 mM−1 cm−1) optical spectrum of the tungsten cofactor. The steady-state data are consistent with a substrate substituted-enzyme mechanism for three substrates (formaldehyde plus two ferredoxin molecules). The KM value for free formaldehyde (21 μM) with ferredoxin as an electron acceptor is approximately 3 times lower than the value measured when benzyl viologen is used as an acceptor. The KM of ferredoxin (14 μM) is an order of magnitude less than previously reported values. An explanation for this discrepancy may be the fact that high concentrations of substrate are inhibitory and denaturing to the enzyme. Pre-steady-state difference spectra reveal peak shifts and a lack of isosbestic points, an indication that several processes happen in the first seconds of the reaction. Two fast processes (kobs1 = 4.7 s−1, kobs2 = 1.9 s−1) are interpreted as oxidation of the substrate followed by rearrangement of the active site. Alternatively, these processes could be the entry/binding of the substrate followed by its oxidation. The release of the product and the electron shuffling over the tungsten and iron–sulfur center in the absence of an external electron acceptor are slower (kobs3 = 6.10 × 10−2 s−1, kobs4 = 2.18 × 10−2 s−1). On the basis of these results in combination with results from previous electron paramagnetic resonance studies an activation route plus catalytic redox cycle is proposed.

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<![CDATA[Zinc complexes of the biomimetic N,N,O ligand family of substituted 3,3-bis(1-alkylimidazol-2-yl)propionates: the formation of oxalate from pyruvate]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5b7d0c73463d7e3157f9a0c0

The coordination chemistry of the 2-His-1-carboxylate facial triad mimics 3,3-bis(1-methylimidazol-2-yl)propionate (MIm2Pr) and 3,3-bis(1-ethyl-4-isopropylimidazol-2-yl) propionate (iPrEtIm2Pr) towards ZnCl2 was studied both in solution and in the solid state. Different coordination modes were found depending both on the stoichiometry and on the ligand that was employed. In the 2:1 ligand-to-metal complex [Zn(MIm2Pr)2], the ligand coordinates in a tridentate, tripodal N,N,O fashion similar to the 2-His-1-carboxylate facial triad. However, the 1:1 ligand-to-metal complexes [Zn(MIm2Pr)Cl(H2O)] and [Zn(iPrEtIm2Pr)Cl] were crystallographically characterized and found to be polymeric in nature. A new, bridging coordination mode of the ligands was observed in both structures comprising N,N-bidentate coordination of the ligand to one zinc atom and O-monodentate coordination to a zinc second atom. A rather unique transformation of pyruvate into oxalate was found with [Zn(MIm2Pr)Cl], which resulted in the isolation of the new, oxalato bridged zinc coordination polymer [Zn2(MIm2Pr)2(ox)]·6H2O, the structure of which was established by X-ray crystal structure determination.

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<![CDATA[Copper(ii) cyclam-based complexes for radiopharmaceutical applications: synthesis and structural analysis]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5b7ce861463d7e282feb2b0d

Structural flexibility is demonstrated for copper(ii) TETA complexes used as radiopharmaceutical components, and may account for their insufficient stability in vivo. The development of some reduced flexibility configurationally-restrained chelators is reported.

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<![CDATA[Crystal structure of the ferritin from the hyperthermophilic archaeal anaerobe Pyrococcus furiosus]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5b7cba87463d7e2027cafbad

The crystal structure of the ferritin from the archaeon, hyperthermophile and anaerobe Pyrococcus furiosus (PfFtn) is presented. While many ferritin structures from bacteria to mammals have been reported, until now only one was available from archaea, the ferritin from Archaeoglobus fulgidus (AfFtn). The PfFtn 24-mer exhibits the 432 point-group symmetry that is characteristic of most ferritins, which suggests that the 23 symmetry found in the previously reported AfFtn is not a common feature of archaeal ferritins. Consequently, the four large pores that were found in AfFtn are not present in PfFtn. The structure has been solved by molecular replacement and refined at 2.75-Å resolution to R = 0.195 and Rfree = 0.247. The ferroxidase center of the aerobically crystallized ferritin contains one iron at site A and shows sites B and C only upon iron or zinc soaking. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies suggest this iron depletion of the native ferroxidase center to be a result of a complexation of iron by the crystallization salt. The extreme thermostability of PfFtn is compared with that of eight structurally similar ferritins and is proposed to originate mostly from the observed high number of intrasubunit hydrogen bonds. A preservation of the monomer fold, rather than the 24-mer assembly, appears to be the most important factor that protects the ferritin from inactivation by heat.

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<![CDATA[Altered spin state equilibrium in the T309V mutant of cytochrome P450 2D6: a spectroscopic and computational study]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5b7cba7d463d7e2027cafba5

Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) is one of the most important cytochromes P450 in humans. Resonance Raman data from the T309V mutant of CYP2D6 show that the substitution of the conserved I-helix threonine situated in the enzyme’s active site perturbs the heme spin equilibrium in favor of the six-coordinated low-spin species. A mechanistic hypothesis is introduced to explain the experimental observations, and its compatibility with the available structural and spectroscopic data is tested using quantum-mechanical density functional theory calculations on active-site models for both the CYP2D6 wild type and the T309V mutant.

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<![CDATA[Ferritins: furnishing proteins with iron]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5afa2f19463d7e2541d58186

Ferritins are a superfamily of iron oxidation, storage and mineralization proteins found throughout the animal, plant, and microbial kingdoms. The majority of ferritins consist of 24 subunits that individually fold into 4-α-helix bundles and assemble in a highly symmetric manner to form an approximately spherical protein coat around a central cavity into which an iron-containing mineral can be formed. Channels through the coat at inter-subunit contact points facilitate passage of iron ions to and from the central cavity, and intrasubunit catalytic sites, called ferroxidase centers, drive Fe2+ oxidation and O2 reduction. Though the different members of the superfamily share a common structure, there is often little amino acid sequence identity between them. Even where there is a high degree of sequence identity between two ferritins there can be major differences in how the proteins handle iron. In this review we describe some of the important structural features of ferritins and their mineralized iron cores, consider how iron might be released from ferritins, and examine in detail how three selected ferritins oxidise Fe2+ to explore the mechanistic variations that exist amongst ferritins. We suggest that the mechanistic differences reflect differing evolutionary pressures on amino acid sequences, and that these differing pressures are a consequence of different primary functions for different ferritins.

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<![CDATA[Role of Acentric Displacements on the Crystal Structure and Second-Harmonic Generating Properties of RbPbCO3F and CsPbCO3F]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ae9a2fd463d7e10b22775a5

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Two lead fluorocarbonates, RbPbCO3F and CsPbCO3F, were synthesized and characterized. The materials were synthesized through solvothermal and conventional solid-state techniques. RbPbCO3F and CsPbCO3F were structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and exhibit three-dimensional (3D) crystal structures consisting of corner-shared PbO6F2 polyhedra. For RbPbCO3F, infrared and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy and thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis measurements were performed. RbPbCO3F is a new noncentrosymmetric material and crystallizes in the achiral and nonpolar space group Pm2 (crystal class 6̅m2). Powder second-harmonic generation (SHG) measurements on RbPbCO3F and CsPbCO3F using 1064 nm radiation revealed an SHG efficiency of approximately 250 and 300 × α-SiO2, respectively. Charge constants d33 of approximately 72 and 94 pm/V were obtained for RbPbCO3F and CsPbCO3F, respectively, through converse piezoelectric measurements. Electronic structure calculations indicate that the nonlinear optical response originates from the distorted PbO6F2 polyhedra, because of the even–odd parity mixing of the O 2p states with the nearly spherically symmetric 6s electrons of Pb2+. The degree of inversion symmetry breaking is quantified using a mode-polarization vector analysis and is correlated with cation size mismatch, from which it is possible to deduce the acentric properties of 3D alkali-metal fluorocarbonates.

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<![CDATA[Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Repressor and TiPARP (ARTD14) Use Similar, but also Distinct Mechanisms to Repress Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Signaling]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ad5c75c463d7e4a9a48b780

The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) regulates the toxic effects of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). The AHR repressor (AHRR) is an AHR target gene and functions as a ligand-induced repressor of AHR; however, its mechanism of inhibition is controversial. Recently, we reported that TCDD-inducible poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (TiPARP; ARTD14) also acts as a repressor of AHR, representing a new player in the mechanism of AHR action. Here we compared the ability of AHRR- and TiPARP-mediated inhibition of AHR activity. TCDD increased AHRR mRNA levels and recruitment of AHRR to cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) in MCF7 cells. Knockdown of TiPARP, but not AHRR, increased TCDD-induced CYP1A1 mRNA and AHR protein levels. Similarly, immortalized TiPARP−/− mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) and AHRR−/− MEFs exhibited enhanced AHR transactivation. However, unlike TiPARP−/− MEFs, AHRR−/− MEFs did not exhibit increased AHR protein levels. Overexpression of TiPARP in AHRR−/− MEFs or AHRRΔ8, the active isoform of AHRR, in TiPARP−/− MEFs reduced TCDD-induced CYP1A1 mRNA levels, suggesting that they independently repress AHR. GFP-AHRRΔ8 and GFP-TiPARP expressed as small diffuse nuclear foci in MCF7 and HuH7 cells. GFP-AHRRΔ8_Δ1-49, which lacks its putative nuclear localization signal, localized to both the nucleus and the cytoplasm, while the GFP-AHRRΔ8_Δ1-100 mutant localized predominantly in large cytoplasmic foci. Neither GFP-AHRRΔ8_Δ1-49 nor GFP-AHRRΔ8_Δ1-100 repressed AHR. Taken together, AHRR and TiPARP repress AHR transactivation by similar, but also different mechanisms.

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<![CDATA[Antheraea pernyi Silk Fibroin-Coated PEI/DNA Complexes for Targeted Gene Delivery in HEK 293 and HCT 116 Cells]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ad5c724463d7e4a9a48b77f

Polyethylenimine (PEI) has attracted much attention as a DNA condenser, but its toxicity and non-specific targeting limit its potential. To overcome these limitations, Antheraea pernyi silk fibroin (ASF), a natural protein rich in arginyl-glycyl-aspartic acid (RGD) peptides that contains negative surface charges in a neutral aqueous solution, was used to coat PEI/DNA complexes to form ASF/PEI/DNA ternary complexes. Coating these complexes with ASF caused fewer surface charges and greater size compared with the PEI/DNA complexes alone. In vitro transfection studies revealed that incorporation of ASF led to greater transfection efficiencies in both HEK (human embryonic kidney) 293 and HCT (human colorectal carcinoma) 116 cells, albeit with less electrostatic binding affinity for the cells. Moreover, the transfection efficiency in the HCT 116 cells was higher than that in the HEK 293 cells under the same conditions, which may be due to the target bonding affinity of the RGD peptides in ASF for integrins on the HCT 116 cell surface. This result indicated that the RGD binding affinity in ASF for integrins can enhance the specific targeting affinity to compensate for the reduction in electrostatic binding between ASF-coated PEI carriers and cells. Cell viability measurements showed higher cell viability after transfection of ASF/PEI/DNA ternary complexes than after transfection of PEI/DNA binary complexes alone. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release studies further confirmed the improvement in the targeting effect of ASF/PEI/DNA ternary complexes to cells. These results suggest that ASF-coated PEI is a preferred transfection reagent and useful for improving both the transfection efficiency and cell viability of PEI-based nonviral vectors.

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<![CDATA[Antibody-Conjugated Paramagnetic Nanobeads: Kinetics of Bead-Cell Binding]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ad5c795463d7e4a9a48b781

Specific labelling of target cell surfaces using antibody-conjugated paramagnetic nanobeads is essential for efficient magnetic cell separation. However, studies examining parameters determining the kinetics of bead-cell binding are scarce. The present study determines the binding rates for specific and unspecific binding of 150 nm paramagnetic nanobeads to highly purified target and non-target cells. Beads bound to cells were enumerated spectrophotometrically. Results show that the initial bead-cell binding rate and saturation levels depend on initial bead concentration and fit curves of the form A(1 − exp(−kt)). Unspecific binding within conventional experimental time-spans (up to 60 min) was not detectable photometrically. For CD3-positive cells, the probability of specific binding was found to be around 80 times larger than that of unspecific binding.

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<![CDATA[The Reliability and Predictive Ability of a Biomarker of Oxidative DNA Damage on Functional Outcomes after Stroke Rehabilitation]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ad4909e463d7e3656accd62

We evaluated the reliability of 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), and determined its ability to predict functional outcomes in stroke survivors. The rehabilitation effect on 8-OHdG and functional outcomes were also assessed. Sixty-one stroke patients received a 4-week rehabilitation. Urinary 8-OHdG levels were determined by liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry. The test-retest reliability of 8-OHdG was good (interclass correlation coefficient = 0.76). Upper-limb motor function and muscle power determined by the Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA) and Medical Research Council (MRC) scales before rehabilitation showed significant negative correlation with 8-OHdG (r = −0.38, r = −0.30; p < 0.05). After rehabilitation, we found a fair and significant correlation between 8-OHdG and FMA (r = −0.34) and 8-OHdG and pain (r = 0.26, p < 0.05). Baseline 8-OHdG was significantly correlated with post-treatment FMA, MRC, and pain scores (r = −0.34, −0.31, and 0.25; p < 0.05), indicating its ability to predict functional outcomes. 8-OHdG levels were significantly decreased, and functional outcomes were improved after rehabilitation. The exploratory study findings conclude that 8-OHdG is a reliable and promising biomarker of oxidative stress and could be a valid predictor of functional outcomes in patients. Monitoring of behavioral indicators along with biomarkers may have crucial benefits in translational stroke research.

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<![CDATA[Epigallocatechin-3-O-(3-O-methyl)-gallate-induced Differentiation of Human Keratinocytes Involves Klotho-Mediated Regulation of Protein Kinase-cAMP Responsive Element-Binding Protein Signaling]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ad49067463d7e3656accd61

(−)-Epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG) has long been known as a potent inducer of keratinocyte differentiation. Although its molecular mechanisms have been extensively studied, its actions on human skin remain to be elucidated. In this study, we demonstrated that methylated EGCG and EGCG increase the expression of klotho, and that klotho functions as a downstream target of EGCG and methylated EGCG in keratinocyte differentiation. We demonstrated that methylated EGCG3 and EGCG induce morphological changes in normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs) that are related to up-regulation of klotho expression. We also demonstrated that a klotho-induced keratinocyte differentiation marker in NHEKs is inhibited by H-89, a protein kinase (PKA) inhibitor. These results suggest that methylated EGCG and EGCG may function as inducers of keratinocyte differentiation via transcriptional regulation of the klotho protein.

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<![CDATA[Interactive Association of Drugs Binding to Human Serum Albumin]]> https://www.researchpad.co/product?articleinfo=5ad3a728463d7e261574899a

Human serum albumin (HSA) is an abundant plasma protein, which attracts great interest in the pharmaceutical industry since it can bind a remarkable variety of drugs impacting their delivery and efficacy and ultimately altering the drug’s pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties. Additionally, HSA is widely used in clinical settings as a drug delivery system due to its potential for improving targeting while decreasing the side effects of drugs. It is thus of great importance from the viewpoint of pharmaceutical sciences to clarify the structure, function, and properties of HSA–drug complexes. This review will succinctly outline the properties of binding site of drugs in IIA subdomain within the structure of HSA. We will also give an overview on the binding characterization of interactive association of drugs to human serum albumin that may potentially lead to significant clinical applications.

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