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Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC

Jie Dai, Jun Zhou, Hongmei Liu, Kaixun Huang
Selenite and ebselen supplementation has been shown to possess anti-cataract potential in some experimental animal models of cataract, however, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. The present study was designed to evaluate the anti-cataract effects and the underlying mechanisms of selenite and ebselen supplementation on galactose induced cataract in rats, a common animal model of sugar cataract. Transmission electron microscopy images of lens fiber cells (LFC) and lens epithelial cells (LEC) were observed in D-galactose-induced experimental cataractous rats treated with or without selenite and ebselen, also redox homeostasis and expression of proteins such as selenoprotein R (SELR), 15kD selenoprotein (SEP15), superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), catalase (CAT), β-crystallin protein, aldose reductase (AR) and glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) were estimated in the lenses...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Helena Guiset Miserachs, Daniela Donghi, Richard Börner, Silke Johannsen, Roland K O Sigel
RNA G-quadruplexes, as their well-studied DNA analogs, require the presence of cations to fold and remain stable. This is the first comprehensive study on the interaction of RNA quadruplexes with metal ions. We investigated the formation and stability of two highly conserved and biologically relevant RNA quadruplex-forming sequences (24nt-TERRA and 18nt-NRAS) in the presence of several monovalent and divalent metal ions, namely Li(+), Na(+), K(+), Rb(+), Cs(+), NH4(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+), and Ba(2+). Circular dichroism was used to probe the influence of these metal ions on the folded fraction of the parallel G-quadruplexes, and UV thermal melting experiments allowed to assess the relative stability of the structures in each cationic condition...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Ignacio E León, Juan F Cadavid-Vargas, Agustina Resasco, Fabricio Maschi, Miguel A Ayala, Cecilia Carbone, Susana B Etcheverry
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary tumor of bone, occurring predominantly in the second decade of life. High-dose cytotoxic chemotherapy and surgical resection have improved prognosis, with long-term survival for patients with localized disease. Vanadium is an ultra-trace element that after being absorbed accumulates in bone. Besides, vanadium compounds have been studied during recent years to be considered as representative of a new class of non-platinum antitumor agents. Moreover, flavonoids are a wide family of polyphenolic compounds that display many interesting biological effects...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Ashley B McQuarters, Amy L Speelman, Li Chen, Bradley O Elmore, Weihong Fan, Changjian Feng, Nicolai Lehnert
Second coordination sphere (SCS) effects in proteins are modulated by active site residues and include hydrogen bonding, electrostatic/dipole interactions, steric interactions, and π-stacking of aromatic residues. In Cyt P450s, extended H-bonding networks are located around the proximal cysteinate ligand of the heme, referred to as the 'Cys pocket'. These hydrogen bonding networks are generally believed to regulate the Fe-S interaction. Previous work identified the S(Cys) → Fe σ CT transition in the high-spin (hs) ferric form of Cyt P450cam and corresponding Cys pocket mutants by low-temperature (LT) MCD spectroscopy [Biochemistry 50:1053, 2011]...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Orkid Coskuner
Divalent copper and zinc ions bind to the amyloid-β(40) and amyloid-β(42) alloforms and affect their structural stability as well as their chemical and physical properties. Current literature debates the impact of copper ions on amyloid-β alloforms. Recently, we reported the structural and thermodynamic properties of apo amyloid-β and divalent zinc ion bound amyloid-β alloforms (see, Wise-Scira et al. in J Biol Inorg Chem 17:927-938, 2012 and Coskuner et al. in ACS Chem Neurosci 4: 310-320, 2013). In our search for understanding the impacts of transition metal ions on disordered amyloid-β, we also developed and reported new potential functions using quantum mechanics, which are required for high-quality molecular dynamics simulations of divalent copper ion bound amyloid-β alloforms (see, Wise and Coskuner in J Comput Chem 35:1278-1289, 2014)...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Fady N Akladios, Scott D Andrew, Christopher J Parkinson
A series of bis-thiosemicarbazone agents with coordinating groups capable of multiple metal coordination modes has been generated and evaluated for potential cytotoxic effects against melanoma (MelRm) and breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7) cell lines. The bis-thiosemicarbazones in this study generally demonstrated superior cytotoxic activity against MelRm than MCF-7 in the absence of metal ion supplementation, but in most cases could not be considered superior to the reference thiosemicarbazone Dp44mT. The key structural features for the cytotoxic activity were the central metal binding atom on the aromatic core, the thiocarbonyl residue and the nature of substitution on the N4-terminus in terms of size and lipophilicity...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Bao-Li Fei, Bin Yin, Dong-Dong Li, Wu-Shuang Xu, Yang Lu
To develop chiral anticancer drug candidates for molecular target DNA, the synthesis and characterization of a novel enantiomerically pure copper(II) complex [Cu 1 Cl 2 ] (2) of an optically pure ligand N-(pyridin-2-ylmethylene) dehydroabietylamine (1) was carried out. The coordination geometry of the copper center is a distorted square-planar arrangement. The interactions of 1 and 2 with salmon sperm DNA were investigated by viscosity measurements, UV, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopic techniques...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Dongdong Sun, Zhipeng Mou, Nuan Li, Weiwei Zhang, Yazhe Wang, Endong Yang, Weiyun Wang
Two new ruthenium (II) polypyridyl complexes [Ru(MeIm)4(pip)](2+) (1) and [Ru(MeIm)4(4-npip)](2+) (2) were synthesized under the guidance of computational studies (DFT). Their binding property to human telomeric G-quadruplex studied by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, the fluorescent resonance energy transfer (FRET) melting assay and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy for validating the theoretical prediction. Both of them were evaluated for their potential anti-proliferative activity against four human tumor cell lines...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Jing-Xuan Wu, Yi-Hua Hong, Xiao-Gai Yang
In this study, the antiproliferative effect of bis(acetylacetonato)-oxidovanadium(IV) and sodium metavanadate and the underlying mechanisms were investigated in human pancreatic cancer cell line AsPC-1. The results showed that both exhibited an antiproliferative effect through inducing G2/M cell cycle arrest and can also cause elevation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels in cells. Moreover, the two vanadium compounds induced the activation of both PI3K/AKT and MAPK/ERK signaling pathways dose- and time-dependently, which could be counteracted with the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
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October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Insiya Fidai, Christine Wachnowsky, J A Cowan
Glutathione-coordinated [2Fe-2S] complex is a non-protein-bound [2Fe-2S] cluster that is capable of reconstituting the human iron-sulfur cluster scaffold protein IscU. This complex demonstrates physiologically relevant solution chemistry and is a viable substrate for iron-sulfur cluster transport by Atm1p exporter protein. Herein, we report on some of the possible functional and physiological roles for this novel [2Fe-2S](GS4) complex in iron-sulfur cluster biosynthesis and quantitatively characterize its role in the broader network of Fe-S cluster transfer reactions...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Bo Peng, Zhuantao Gao, Xibo Li, Tingting Li, Guorong Chen, Min Zhou, Ji Zhang
Four novel ternary metal complexes of the type [M(Phen)(L1)2)] [phen = 1,10-phenanthroline, L1 = N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-N'-benzoylthiourea, M = Ni(II)(1), Co(II) (2), Cu(II) (3), Pd(II) (4)] were synthesized. The organic ligands and their corresponding organometallic complexes have been characterized using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, element analysis, infrared radiation spectroscopy and fluorescence spectra. DNA binding and cleavage studies of these complexes were conducted in detail. In vitro DNA-binding properties were studied by electronic absorption spectra and fluorescence spectra methods...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Lisa Bowman, Jonathan Balbach, Julia Walton, Frank Sargent, Alison Parkin
A subset of bacterial [NiFe]-hydrogenases have been shown to be capable of activating dihydrogen-catalysis under aerobic conditions; however, it remains relatively unclear how the assembly and activation of these enzymes is carried out in the presence of air. Acquiring this knowledge is important if a generic method for achieving production of O2-resistant [NiFe]-hydrogenases within heterologous hosts is to be developed. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium synthesizes the [NiFe]-hydrogenase-5 (Hyd-5) enzyme under aerobic conditions...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Elizabeth B Draganova, Seth A Adrian, Gudrun S Lukat-Rodgers, Cyrianne S Keutcha, Michael P Schmitt, Kenton R Rodgers, Dabney W Dixon
The heme-binding protein HmuT is part of the Corynebacterium diphtheriae heme uptake pathway and is responsible for the delivery of heme to the HmuUV ABC transporter. HmuT binds heme with a conserved His/Tyr heme axial ligation motif. Sequence alignment revealed additional conserved residues of potential importance for heme binding: R237, Y272 and M292. In this study, site-directed mutations at these three positions provided insight into the nature of axial heme binding to the protein and its effect on the thermal stability of the heme-loaded protein fold...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Christine Wachnowsky, Insiya Fidai, J A Cowan
Human Nfu is an iron-sulfur cluster protein that has recently been implicated in multiple mitochondrial dysfunctional syndrome (MMDS1). The Nfu family of proteins shares a highly homologous domain that contains a conserved active site consisting of a CXXC motif. There is less functional conservation between bacterial and human Nfu proteins, particularly concerning their Iron-sulfur cluster binding and transfer roles. Herein, we characterize the cluster exchange chemistry of human Nfu and its capacity to bind and transfer a [2Fe-2S] cluster...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
María S Islas, Alicia Luengo, Carlos A Franca, Mercedes Griera Merino, Laura Calleros, Manuel Rodriguez-Puyol, Luis Lezama, Evelina G Ferrer, Patricia A M Williams
The coordination compound of the antihypertensive ligand irbesartan (irb) with copper(II) (CuIrb) was synthesized and characterized by FTIR, FT-Raman, UV-visible, reflectance and EPR spectroscopies. Experimental evidence allowed the implementation of structural and vibrational studies by theoretical calculations made in the light of the density functional theory (DFT). This compound was designed to induce structural modifications on the ligand. No antioxidant effects were displayed by both compounds, though CuIrb behaved as a weak 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH(·)) scavenger (IC50 = 425 μM)...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Ahmed Mohsen, Charles Saby, Philippe Collery, Gilane Mohamed Sabry, Rasha Elsherif Hassan, Abdelfattah Badawi, Pierre Jeannesson, Didier Desmaële, Hamid Morjani
Two water soluble gallium complexes described as [Ga(III)LCl], where L is the deprotonated form of N-2-hydroxybenzyl aspartic acid derivatives, were synthesized and characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, FT-IR, mass spectrometry, and elemental analysis. The 2-(5-chloro-2-hydroxybenzylamino)succinic acid derivative (GS2) has been found to be a promising anticancer drug candidate. This compound was found to be more cytotoxic against human breast carcinoma MDA-MB231 and fibrosarcoma HT-1080 cell lines than the unsubstituted derivative and GaCl3...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Taofeng Zhang, Meng Li, Yaguo Gong, Na Xi, Yawen Zheng, Quanyi Zhao, Yonglin Chen, Bin Liu
A series of water-soluble CO-releasing molecules, [Mn(CO)3NH2CHRCO2]2 (1-3), [M(CO)3Br[(Py-C = N)(Gly) n CO2] (M = Mn, Re, 4-7), Mn(CO)4[S2CNC m H n CO2] (8-12), were synthesized and characterized by (1)H NMR, IR and ESI-HRMS. The stability of all the complexes in solution was evaluated by means of UV, IR and (1)H NMR. Among all the complexes, complex 4 and complex 8 were stable in H2O, acidic aqueous solution and basic media; complex 1 was stable in acidic aqueous solution and weak basic media (pH < 9...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Takehiro Ohta, Perumandla Nagaraju, Jin-Gang Liu, Takashi Ogura, Yoshinori Naruta
Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyzed by a bio-inspired iron porphyrin bearing a hanging carboxylic acid group over the porphyrin ring, and a tethered axial imidazole ligand was studied by DFT calculations. BP86 free energy calculations of the redox potentials and pK a's of reaction components involved in the proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions of the ferric-hydroxo and -superoxo complexes were performed based on Born-Haber thermodynamic cycle in conjunction with a continuum solvation model...
September 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
Ken Karlin, Larry Que
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September 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
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