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Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry

Chiara M A Gangemi, Alessandro D'Urso, Gaetano A Tomaselli, Nina Berova, Roberto Purrello
In this work we have designed a new zinc(II) porphyrin with four spermines conjugate in the meso positions, meso-tetrakis-(4-carboxysperminephenyl)porphyrin, ZnTCPPSpm4) with the aim of acting as a chiroptical probe for the Z-form of DNA, a high energy transient conformation of DNA. In addition to monitor by Electronic Circular Dichroism chiroptical response the formation of Z-DNA in the presence of micromolar concentration of spermine, this porphyrin based molecular probe is also able to catalyze and stabilize this important DNA structure...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Bing Tang, Dan Wan, Shang-Hai Lai, Hui-Hui Yang, Cheng Zhang, Xiu-Zhen Wang, Chuan-Chuan Zeng, Yun-Jun Liu
A new ligand PFPIP (PFPIP=2-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorophenyl)[4,5-f]imadazo [1,10]phenanthroline) and its four ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes [Ru(NN)2(PFPIP)](ClO4)2 (NN=dmb: 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine, 1; bpy: 2,2'-bipyridine, 2; phen: 1,10-phenanthroline, 3; dmp: 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline, 4) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and ESI-MS. The cytotoxic activity in vitro of the ligand and complexes toward BEL-7402, A549, HeLa, HepG2 and MG-63 cell lines was evaluated using MTT method (MTT=(3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide)...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Shoichiro Asayama, Mizuki Sakata, Hiroyoshi Kawakami
The structure-activity relationship between Zn(2+)-chelated alkylated poly(1-vinylimidazole) (PVIm) and gene transfection has been demonstrated. From a chemical structure perspective, ethylated PVIm (PVIm-Et) chelated the most Zn(2+) ions compared to methylated PVIm (PVIm-Me) and butylated PVIm (PVIm-Bu). The resulting Zn(2+)-chelated PVIm-Et formed more stable complexes with plasmid DNA complex than non-chelated PVIm-Et. From a biological activity perspective, the Zn(2+)-chelated PVIm-Et delivered the highest amount of Zn(2+) ions inside the cell, corresponding to the highest gene transfection...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Sara Rubagotti, Stefania Croci, Erika Ferrari, Giulia Orteca, Michele Iori, Pier C Capponi, Annibale Versari, Mattia Asti
Thanks to the ability to suppress the proliferation and to kill tumour cells, several studies have shown the anti-cancer effects of curcumin (CUR) and its derivatives, i.e. diacetylcurcumin (DAC) and bis-dehydroxycurcumin (bDHC). This study is focused onto the development of curcuminoid complexes with gallium-68 employed as potential new radio-labelled probes to detect neoplastic tissues through imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography. To this purpose, the uptake of three Ga-curcuminoid complexes, namely Ga(CUR)2(+), Ga(DAC)2(+), Ga(bDHC)2(+), by various tumour cell lines was compared with the uptake of the same compounds by normal human lymphocytes by flow cytometry using the intrinsic fluorescence of the curcuminoids...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Delia Picone, Federica Donnarumma, Giarita Ferraro, Giovanni Gotte, Andrea Fagagnini, Giovanna Butera, Massimo Donadelli, Antonello Merlino
Cisplatin (CDDP) can form interprotein cross-links, leading to the formation of platinated oligomers. A dimer, a trimer and higher oligomers of bovine pancreatic ribonuclease (RNase A) obtained upon reaction with CDDP in 1:10 protein to metal ratio at 37°C have been previously characterized. Here, we verify the ability of carboplatin and oxaliplatin to induce RNase A oligomerization under the same experimental conditions. The amount of formed RNase A oligomers was compared with that obtained in the reaction of the protein with CDDP...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Enzo Cadoni, Elisa Valletta, Graziano Caddeo, Francesco Isaia, Maria Grazia Cabiddu, Sarah Vascellari, Tiziana Pivetta
A large number of cancers are treated with cisplatin (CDDP). However, its use is limited by drug resistance, which is often related to intracellular levels of thiol-containing molecules such as glutathione (GSH). The role of GSH in cisplatin-resistant cancer cells is still unclear. GSH may form adducts with CDDP which results in the deactivation of the drug, and, actually, a high intracellular level of GSH was observed in some cisplatin-resistant cancers. To overcome drug resistance, CDDP is often administered in combination with one or more drugs to exploit a possible synergistic effect...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Matthew Turner, Robert J Deeth, James A Platts
Ligand field molecular mechanics (LFMM) and semi-empirical Parametric Model 7 (PM7) methods are applied to a series of six Pt(II)-Ligand systems binding to the N-terminal domain of the amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide. Molecular dynamics using a combined LFMM/Assisted Model Building with Energy Refinement (AMBER) approach is used to explore the conformational freedom of the peptide fragment, and identifies favourable platinum binding modes and peptide conformations for each ligand investigated. Platinum coordination is found to depend on the nature of the ligand, providing evidence that binding mode may be controlled by suitable ligand design...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Tushar S Basu Baul, Dhrubajyoti Dutta, Andrew Duthie, Ritika Prasad, Nishant Kumar Rana, Biplob Koch, Edward R T Tiekink
The cytotoxic potency of a series of triphenyltin(IV) compounds of general composition [Ph3Sn(L(n))] (1-6) has been probed in vitro employing MDA-MB-231 (human breast cancer) and HeLa (human cervical cancer) cell lines, where L(n)=L(1-3); isomeric 2/3/4-{(E)-2-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]diazenyl}benzoates and L(4-6) are their corresponding isoelectronic imino analogues 2/3/4-[(E)-{[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]methylidene}amino]benzoates. Compounds 1-6 have been characterized by elemental analysis and their spectroscopic properties were studied using IR and NMR ((1)H, (13)C, (119)Sn) techniques...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Bert Cuypers, Stijn Vermeylen, Dietmar Hammerschmid, Stanislav Trashin, Vanoushe Rahemi, Albert Konijnenberg, Amy De Schutter, C-H Christina Cheng, Daniela Giordano, Cinzia Verde, Karolien De Wael, Frank Sobott, Sylvia Dewilde, Sabine Van Doorslaer
The cytoglobins of the Antarctic fish Chaenocephalus aceratus and Dissostichus mawsoni have many features in common with human cytoglobin. These cytoglobins are heme proteins in which the ferric and ferrous forms have a characteristic hexacoordination of the heme iron, i.e. axial ligation of two endogenous histidine residues, as confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance, resonance Raman and optical absorption spectroscopy. The combined spectroscopic analysis revealed only small variations in the heme-pocket structure, in line with the small variations observed for the redox potential...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Agnieszka Rugor, Anna Wójcik-Augustyn, Ewa Niedzialkowska, Stefan Mordalski, Jakub Staroń, Andrzej Bojarski, Maciej Szaleniec
Steroid C25 dehydrogenase (S25DH) is a molybdenum-containing oxidoreductase isolated from the anaerobic Sterolibacterium denitrificans Chol-1S. S25DH is classified as 'EBDH-like' enzyme (EBDH, ethylbenzene dehydrogenase) and catalyzes the introduction of an OH group to the C25 atom of a sterol aliphatic side-chain. Due to its regioselectivity, S25DH is proposed as a catalyst in production of pharmaceuticals: calcifediol or 25-hydroxycholesterol. The aim of presented research was to obtain structural model of catalytic subunit α and investigate the reaction mechanism of the O2-independent tertiary carbon atom activation...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Xinyu Zhang, Wenming Wang, Chen Li, Yi Zhao, Hong Yuan, Xianshi Tan, Lijie Wu, Zhuanhua Wang, Hongfei Wang
Glutaredoxins (Grxs) are ubiquitous thioltransferases and members of the thioredoxin (Trx) fold superfamily. They have multiple functions in cells including oxidative stress responses and cell signaling. A novel glutaredoxin from buckwheat (rbGrx) with higher catalytic activity was identified, cloned, and purified. The structures of glutathionylated rbGrx and an rbGrx mutant, in which cysteine 39 was mutated to alanine, were solved by x-ray diffraction at a resolution of 2.05Å and 2.29Å, respectively. In rbGrx, GSH (glutathione) is bound at the conserved GSH-binding site, and its structure shows that it has the potential to function as a scaffold protein for the assembly and delivery of GSH...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Wanbo Liu, Siwen Wang, Irina A Dotsenko, Vyacheslav V Samoshin, Liang Xue
Guanine-rich DNA sequences can undergo self-assembly into unique G-quadruplex structures that interfere with the binding of proteins to the same DNA region. The formation of DNA G-quadruplexes requires monovalent cations (Na(+) and K(+)) or small molecules known as G-quadruplex (G4) ligands. Phenanthroline is a type of G4 ligand scaffold known for its coordination with metal ions to form complexes with a large aromatic surface area, which aptly stack with G-quartets. In this report, we have investigated the side chain effect on G-quadruplex recognition by evaluating a series of 5-substituted phenanthroline-based metal complexes (Phen-Ni) binding to telomeric G-quadruplex DNA...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Dan Wan, Shang-Hai Lai, Chuan-Chuan Zeng, Cheng Zhang, Bing Tang, Yun-Jun Liu
Two new ligand PTTP (2-phenoxy-1,4,8,9-tetraazatriphenylene) and FTTP (2-(3-fluoronaphthalen-2-yloxy)-1,4,8,9-tetraazatriphenylene) and their six ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes [Ru(N-N)2(PTTP)](ClO4)2 and [Ru(N-N)2(FTTP)](ClO4)2 (N-N=dmb: 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipiridine; dmp: 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline; ttbpy: 4,4'-ditertiarybutyl-2,2'-bipyridine) were synthesized and characterized. The cytotoxic activity of the complexes against cancer cells HeLa, BEL-7402, A549, HepG-2, HOS and normal cell LO2 was evaluated by MTT method...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Drielly A Paixão, Ivana M Marzano, Edgar H L Jaimes, Marcos Pivatto, Débora L Campos, Fernando R Pavan, Victor M Deflon, Pedro Ivo da S Maia, Ana M Da Costa Ferreira, Isadora A Uehara, Marcelo J B Silva, Françoise V Botelho, Elene C Pereira-Maia, Silvana Guilardi, Wendell Guerra
Five new copper(II) complexes of the type [Cu(NO)(NN)(ClO4)2], in which NO=4-fluorophenoxyacetic acid hydrazide (4-FH) or 4-nitrobenzoic hydrazide (4-NH) and NN=1,10-phenanthroline (phen), 4-4'-dimethoxy-2-2'-bipyridine (dmb) or 2,2-bipyridine (bipy) were synthesized and characterized using various spectroscopic methods. The X-ray structural analysis of one representative compound indicates that the geometry around the copper ion is distorted octahedron, in which the ion is coordinated to hydrazide via the terminal nitrogen and the carbonyl oxygen, and to heterocyclic bases via their two nitrogen atoms...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Daniele Sanna, Valeria Ugone, Maria Serra, Eugenio Garribba
In this work the speciation in real serum samples of five V(IV)O complexes with potential application in the therapy of diabetes was studied through EPR spectroscopy as a function of V concentration (45.4, 90.9 and 454.5μM) and time (0-180min). [VO(dhp)2], [VO(ma)2], [VO(acac)2], [VO(pic)2(H2O)], and [VO(mepic)2], where Hdhp indicates 1,2-dimethyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H)-pyridinone, Hma maltol, Hacac acetylacetone, Hpic picolinic acid, and Hmepic 6-methylpicolinic acid, were examined. The distribution of V(IV)O(2+) among the serum bioligands was calculated from the thermodynamic stability constants in the literature and compared with the experimental results...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Cristina Bischin, Augustin Mot, Andrei Stefancu, Nicolae Leopold, Denisa Hathazi, Grigore Damian, Radu Silaghi-Dumitrescu
Stopped-flow UV-vis data allow for the first time direct spectroscopic detection of a ferryl species during the reaction of met myoglobin (Mb) with chlorite, analogous to what is observed in the reaction with peroxides. Ferryl is also observed in the reaction of oxy Mb+chlorite. A pathway involving Fe-O-O-ClO2 is explored by analogy with the Fe-O-O-NO and Fe-O-O-NO2 previously proposed as intermediates in the reactions of oxy globins with nitric oxide and nitrite, respectively. However, Fe-O-O-ClO2 is not detectable in these stopped-flow experiments and is in fact, unlike its nitrogenous congeners, predicted by density functional theory (DFT) to be impossible for a heme complex...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Christian Saporito-Magriñá, Rosario Musacco-Sebio, Juan M Acosta, Sofía Bajicoff, Paola Paredes-Fleitas, Sofia Reynoso, Alberto Boveris, Marisa G Repetto
Rat liver mitochondria (1.5-2.1mg protein·mL(-1)) supplemented with either 25 and 100μM Cu(2+) or 100 and 500μM Fe(3+) show inhibition of active respiration (O2 consumption in state 3) and increased phospholipid peroxidation . Liver mitochondria were supplemented with the antioxidants reduced glutathione, N-acetylcysteine or butylated hydroxitoluene, to evaluate their effects on the above-mentioned alterations. Although the mitochondrial dysfunction is clearly associated to phospholipid peroxidation, the different responses to antioxidant supplementation indicate that the metal ions have differences in their mechanisms of toxicity...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Satabdi Roy, Monalisa Mohanty, Sagarika Pasayat, Sudarshana Majumder, Kulanthaivel Senthilguru, Indranil Banerjee, Martin Reichelt, Hans Reuter, Ekkehard Sinn, Rupam Dinda
Seven hexacoordinated cis-dioxidomolybdenum(VI) complexes [MoO2L(1-7)] (1-7) derived from various tetradentate diamino bis(phenolato) "salan" ligands, N,N'-dimethyl-N,N'-bis-(2-hydroxy-3-X-5-Y-6-Z-benzyl)-1,2-diaminoethane {(X=Br, Y=Me, Z=H (H2L(1)); X=Me, YCl, Z=H (H2L(2)); X=(i)Pr, Y=Cl, Z=Me (H2L(3))} and N,N'-bis-(2-hydroxy-3-X-5-Y-6-Z-benzyl)-1,2-diaminopropane {(X=Y=(t)Bu, Z=H (H2L(4)); X=Y=Me, Z=H (H2L(5)); X=(i)Pr, YCl, Z=Me (H2L(6)); X=Y=Br, Z=H (H2L(7))} containing O-N donor atoms, have been isolated and structurally characterized...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Wellinson G Guimarães, Ana C S Gondim, Pedro Mikael da Silva Costa, Marie-Alda Gilles-Gonzalez, Luiz G F Lopes, Marta S P Carepo, Eduardo H S Sousa
FixL from Rhizobium etli (ReFixL) is a hybrid oxygen sensor protein. Signal transduction in ReFixL is effected by a switch off of the kinase activity on binding of an oxygen molecule to ferrous heme iron in another domain. Cyanide can also inhibit the kinase activity upon binding to the heme iron in the ferric state. The unfolding by urea of the purified full-length ReFixL in both active pentacoordinate form, met-FixL(Fe(III)) and inactive cyanomet-FixL (Fe(III)-CN(-)) form was monitored by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) and fluorescence spectroscopy...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Mziyanda Mbaba, Amanda N Mabhula, Natasha Boel, Adrienne L Edkins, Michelle Isaacs, Heinrich C Hoppe, Setshaba D Khanye
A focused series of novobiocin derivatives containing a ferrocene unit together with their corresponding organic novobiocin analogues have been synthesized in modest to good yields. These compounds were screened for biological activity against a chloroquine-sensitive strain of Plasmodium falciparum (3D7) and human breast cancer cell line (HCC38). With the exception of compounds 5c and 5d, the general trend observed is that incorporation of the ferrocene moiety into novobiocin scaffold resulted in compounds 6a-d/6f showing enhanced activity compared to organic analogues 5a-b and 5e-f...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
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