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Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry

Fan Meng, Hao Yang, Colin Jack, Huaqun Zhang, Abraham Moller, Devin Spivey, Richard C Page, David L Tierney, Michael W Crowder
Matrix metalloproteinase 7 (MMP7/matrilysin-1) has been implicated in many pathological conditions, such as in cancer and inflammatory diseases; therefore, MMP7 has been targeted for drugs. Success in developing a clinical inhibitor, which exhibits suitable specificity and selectivity, will likely require structural and/or kinetic evaluation of enzyme/inhibitor interactions. To enable these future studies we herein describe the over-expression, purification, and characterization of the catalytic domain of MMP7 (cdMMP7)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Hu Wang, Tianxiang Lan, Xia Zhang, Dongmei Zhang, Caifeng Bi, Yuhua Fan
Three Ni(II) complexes with a sexidentate N2O4-donor bis-Schiff base ligand, namely Ni(C36H34N2O8)·2CH3OH (1), Ni(C28H34N2O8S2)·H2O (2) and Ni(C40H36N4O8)·3CH3OH (3) (C36H34N2O8=1,2-bis(2-methoxy-6-formylphenoxy)ethane-l-phenylalanine; C28H34N2O8S2=1,2-bis(2-methoxy-6-formylphenoxy)ethane-l-methionine; C40H36N4O8=1,2-bis(2-methoxy-6-formylphenoxy)ethane-l-tryptophan) were synthesized and structurally characterized. Theoretical studies of the three complexes were carried out by density functional theory (DFT) Becke's three-parameter hybrid (B3LYP) method employing the 6-31G basis set...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Kaitlin A Doucette, Kelly N Hassell, Debbie C Crans
Improving efficacy and lowering resistance to metal-based drugs can be addressed by consideration of the coordination complex speciation and key reactions important to vanadium antidiabetic drugs or platinum anticancer drugs under biological conditions. The methods of analyses vary depending on the specific metal ion chemistry. The vanadium compounds interconvert readily, whereas the reactions of the platinum compounds are much slower and thus much easier to study. However, the vanadium species are readily differentiated due to vanadium complexes differing in color...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Katarzyna Brodowska, Isabel Correia, Eugenio Garribba, Fernanda Marques, Elżbieta Klewicka, Elżbieta Łodyga-Chruscińska, João Costa Pessoa, Aliaksandr Dzeikala, Longin Chrusciński
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September 30, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Urszula K Komarnicka, Radosław Starosta, Agnieszka Kyzioł, Michał Płotek, Małgorzata Puchalska, Małgorzata Jeżowska-Bojczuk
In this paper we present lomefloxacin's (HLm, 2nd generation fluoroquinolone antibiotic agent) organic and inorganic derivatives: aminomethyl(diphenyl)phosphine (PLm), its oxide as well as new copper(I) iodide or copper(I) thiocyanate complexes with PLm and 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline (dmp) or 2,2'-biquinoline (bq) as the auxiliary ligands. The synthesized compounds were fully characterised by NMR, UV-Vis and luminescence spectroscopies. Selected structures were analysed by theoretical DFT (density functional theory) methods...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Lara Massai, Alessandro Pratesi, Jovana Bogojeski, Marco Banchini, Serena Pillozzi, Luigi Messori, Živadin D Bugarčić
Three Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes with chelating mono(imidazolin-2-imine) and bis(imidazolin-2-imine) ligands i.e. [Pd(DMEAIm(iPr))Cl2] (1) (DMEAIm(iPr), 2-(1,3-diisopropyl-4,5-dimethylimidazolin-2-imine)ethan-1-dimethylamine), [Pd(DACH(Im(iPr))2)Cl2] (2) (DACH(Im(iPr))2, N,N'-(cyclohexane-1,2-diyl)bis(1,3-diisopropyl-4,5-dimethylimidazolin-2-imine)) and [Pt(DMEAIm(iPr))Cl2] (3), are evaluated here as potential cytotoxic and anticancer agents. An acceptable solution behaviour was found for the three study compounds in terms of solubility and stability...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
André Lucio Franceschini Sarria, Adriana Ferreira Lopes Vilela, Bárbara Mammana Frugeri, João Batista Fernandes, Rose Maria Carlos, Maria Fátima das Graças Fernandes da Silva, Quezia Bezerra Cass, Carmen Lúcia Cardoso
Metal chelates strongly influence the nature and magnitude of pharmacological activities in flavonoids. In recent years, studies have shown that a promising class of flavanone-metal ion complexes can act as selective cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs), which has led our group to synthesize a new series of flavanone derivatives (hesperidin, hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin) complexed to either copper (II) or zinc (II) and to evaluate their potential use as selective ChEIs. Most of the synthesized complexes exhibited greater inhibitory activity against acetylcholinesterase (AChE) than against butyrylcholinesterase (BChE)...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Mengmeng Liu, Lu Kou, Yannan Bin, Liping Wan, Juan Xiang
With the capability to inhibit the formation of amyloid β peptides (Aβ) fibril, dopamine (DA) and other catechol derivatives have been considered for the potential treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Such treatment, however, remains debatable because of the diverse functions of Aβ and DA in AD pathology. Moreover, the complicated oxidation accompanying DA has caused the majority of the previous research to focus on the binding of DA oxides onto Aβ. The molecular mechanism by which Aβ interacts with the reduction state of DA, which is correlative with the brain function, should be urgently explored...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Ya-Guang Sun, Yi-Ning Sun, Li-Xin You, Yi-Nan Liu, Fu Ding, Bao-Yi Ren, Gang Xiong, Valerian Dragutan, Ileana Dragutan
New cytotoxic, mononuclear Pt and Pd coordination complexes featuring the planar, multi-donor ligand (2,3-f)pyrazino(1,10)phenanthroline-2,3-dicarboxylic acid (H2PPDA) have been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions (in water, at high temperature and pressure) and fully characterized. The complexes were proven to be isostructural by applying the single-crystal X-ray diffraction technique. UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy investigations on their interaction with fish sperm DNA revealed a considerable binding capacity while gel electrophoresis provided evidence in favor of cleavage of pBR322 plasmid DNA...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Wen-Xiu Chen, Xing-Dong Song, Shu-Fen He, Jing Sun, Jia-Xi Chen, Tie Wu, Zong-Wan Mao
Two ruthenium(II) complexes containing guanidinium ligands have been synthesized and characterized for the first time. It was found that the two complexes exhibit moderate antitumor activity in Hela, A549, CNE-2, MCF-7, and HepG2 human tumor cells. Flow cytometric analysis showed that both complexes arrested the cell cycle in the G2/M phase and induced apoptosis in Hela cells. Mechanism studies indicate that both complexes induced apoptosis through caspase- and reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent pathways...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
K Giannousi, E Hatzivassiliou, S Mourdikoudis, G Vourlias, A Pantazaki, C Dendrinou-Samara
There is a growing field of research into the physicochemical properties of metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs) and their potential use against tumor formation, development and progression. Coated NPs with biocompatible surfactants can be incorporated into the natural metabolic pathway of the body and specifically favor delivery to the targeted cancerous cells versus normal cells. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is an FDA approved, biocompatible synthetic polymer and PEGylated NPs are regarded as "stealth" nanoparticles, which are not recognized by the immune system...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Bin Liu, Yanfei Liu, Jie Chai, Xiangquan Hu, Duoming Wu, Binsheng Yang
As a man-made additive, chromium picolinate Cr(pic)3 has become a popular dietary supplement worldwide. In this paper Cr(pic)3 and its new derivatives Cr(6-CH3-pic)3 (1), [Cr(6-NH2-pic)2(H2O)2]NO3 (2) and Cr(3-NH2-pic)3 (3) were synthesized, and complexes 1 and 2 were characterized by X-ray crystal structure (where pic=2-carboxypyridine). The relationship between the chemical properties and biotoxicity of these complexes was fully discussed: (1) The dynamics stability of chromium picolinate complexes mainly depends on the CrN bonds length...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Taiga Fujii, Peter Podbevšek, Janez Plavec, Naoki Sugimoto
Topologies of G-quadruplexes depend on oligonucleotide sequences and on environmental factors, and the diversity of G-quadruplex topologies complicates investigation of functions of these nucleic acid structures. To investigate how metal ions and cosolutes regulate topologies of G-quadruplexes, we stabilized the antiparallel conformation by insertion of 2'-deoxyxanthosine and 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine into selected positions of an oligonucleotide. Thermodynamic analyses of the oligonucleotide revealed that Na(+) stabilized the antiparallel G-quadruplex, whereas K(+) destabilized this topology...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Fei Liu, Zi-Fa Li, Zhen-Yong Wang, Lin Wang
Ca(2+) signaling plays a vital role in regulating apoptosis and autophagy. We previously proved that cytosolic Ca(2+) overload is involved in cadmium (Cd)-induced apoptosis in rat proximal tubular (rPT) cells, but the source of elevated cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) and the effect of potential subcellular Ca(2+) redistribution on apoptosis and autophagy remain to be elucidated. Firstly, data showed that Cd-induced elevation of [Ca(2+)]c was primarily generated intracellularly. Moreover, elevations of [Ca(2+)]c and mitochondrial Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]mit) with depletion of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca(2+) levels ([Ca(2+)]ER) were revealed in Cd-treated rPT cells, but this subcellular Ca(2+) redistribution was significantly suppressed by 2-Aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Shuntaro Takahashi, Sudipta Bhowmik, Naoki Sugimoto
DNA guanine-quadruplexes (G-quadruplexes) complexed with the Fe-containing porphyrin, hemin (iron(III)-protoporphyrin IX), can catalyze oxidation reactions. This so-called DNAzyme has been widely used in the field of DNA nanotechnology. To improve DNAzyme properties, we sought to elucidate the interaction mechanism between G-quadruplex DNA and hemin. Here, we performed volumetric analyses of formation of the complex between an oligonucleotide with the sequence of human telomeric DNA (h-telo) and hemin. The G-quadruplex DNA alone and the G-quadruplex DNA-hemin complex were destabilized with increasing pressure in Na(+) buffer...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Massimiliano Peana, Serenella Medici, Heather A Pangburn, Thomas J Lamkin, Malgorzata Ostrowska, Elzbieta Gumienna-Kontecka, Maria Antonietta Zoroddu
A decapeptide, DEHGTAVMLK (DP1), and its random scrambled version, THMVLAKGED (DP2), have been studied for their interactions with manganese. The amino acid composition of the peptides was selected to include the majority of the most prevalent amino acids present in a Deinococcus radiodurans bacterium cell-free extract that contains components capable of conferring extreme resistance to ionizing radiation. The extract appears to be rich in Mn(II) complexes which seem to be responsible for protecting proteins from Reactive Oxygen Species damage...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Takashi Sakuramoto, Toshiyuki Moriuchi, Toshikazu Hirao
The vanadium(V) dimethylhydrazido compounds were structurally characterized to elucidate the effect of the alkoxide ligands in the coordination environment of vanadium(V) hydrazido center. The single-crystal X-ray structure determination of the vanadium(V) dimethylhydrazido compound with isopropoxide ligands revealed a dimeric structure with the V(1)-N(1) distance of 1.680(5)Å, in which each vanadium atom is coordinated in a distorted trigonal-bipyramidal geometry (τ5=0.81) with the hydrazido and bridging isopropoxide ligands in the apical positions...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Shannon Rivera, Justin L Burns, Gregory E Vansuch, Bryant Chica, Emily E Weinert
Globin coupled sensors (GCS) are O2-sensing proteins used by bacteria to monitor the surrounding gaseous environment. To investigate the biphasic O2 dissociation kinetics observed for full-length GCS proteins, isolated globin domains from Pectobacterium carotovorum ssp. carotovorum (PccGlobin), and Bordetella pertussis (BpeGlobin), have been characterized. PccGlobin is found to be dimeric, while BpeGlobin is monomeric, indicating key differences in the globin domain dimer interface. Through characterization of wild type globin domains and globin variants with mutations at the dimer interface and within the distal pocket, dimerization of the globin domain is demonstrated to correlate with biphasic dissociation kinetics...
August 27, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Antonio Magrì, Giovanni Tabbì, Alessandro Giuffrida, Giuseppe Pappalardo, Cristina Satriano, Irina Naletova, Vincenzo G Nicoletti, Francesco Attanasio
Semax is a heptapeptide (Met-Glu-His-Phe-Pro-Gly-Pro) that encompasses the sequence 4-7 of N-terminal domain of the adrenocorticotropic hormone and a C-terminal Pro-Gly-Pro tripeptide. N-terminal amino group acetylation (Ac-Semax) modulates the chemical and biological properties of parental peptide, modifying the ability of Semax to form complex species with Cu(II) ion. At physiological pH, the main complex species formed by Ac-Semax, [CuLH-2](2-), consists in a distorted CuN3O chromophore with a weak apical interaction of the methionine sulphur...
August 27, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Nathalie Honorio-Felício, Marta S P Carepo, Tércio de F Paulo, Luiz Gonzaga de França Lopes, Eduardo H S Sousa, Izaura C N Diógenes, Paul V Bernhardt
Conformational changes associated to sensing mechanisms of heme-based protein sensors are a key molecular event that seems to modulate not only the protein activity but also the potential of the Fe(III/II) redox couple of the heme domain. In this work, midpoint potentials (Em) assigned to the Fe(III/II) redox couple of the heme domain of FixL from Rhizobium etli (ReFixL) in the unliganded and liganded states were determined by spectroelectrochemistry in the presence of inorganic mediators. In comparison to the unliganded ReFixL protein (+19mV), the binding to ligands that switch off the kinase activity induces a negative shift, i...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
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