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Jose F Martinez, Nathan T La Porte, Catherine M Mauck, Michael R Wasielewski
The naphthalene-1,4:5,8-bis(dicarboximide) radical anion (NDI(-)˙), which is easily produced by mild chemical or electrochemical reduction (-0.5 V vs. SCE), can be photoexcited at wavelengths as long as 785 nm, and has an excited state (NDI(-)˙*) oxidation potential of -2.1 V vs. SCE, making it a very attractive choice for artificial photosynthetic systems that require powerful photoreductants, such as CO2 reduction catalysts. However, once an electron is transferred from NDI(-)˙* to an acceptor directly bound to it, a combination of strong electronic coupling and favorable free energy change frequently make the back electron transfer rapid...
March 10, 2017: Faraday Discussions
Aleksandra M Bondžić, Goran V Janjić, Miroslav D Dramićanin, Luigi Messori, Lara Massai, Tatjana N Parac Vogt, Vesna M Vasić
Na/K-ATPase is emerging as an important target for a variety of anticancer metal-based drugs. The interactions of Na/K-ATPase (in its E1 state) with three representative and structurally related cytotoxic gold(iii) complexes, i.e. [Au(bipy)(OH)2][PF6], bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine; [Au(py(dmb)-H)(CH3COO)2], py(dmb)-H = deprotonated 6-(1,1-dimethylbenzyl)-pyridine and [Au(bipy(dmb)-H)(OH)][PF6], bipy(c)-H = deprotonated 6-(1,1-dimethylbenzyl)-2,2'-bipyridine, are investigated here in depth using a variety of spectroscopic methods, in combination with docking studies...
February 9, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Ravi Kumar Vuradi, Srishailam Avudoddi, Venkat Reddy Putta, Laxma Reddy Kotha, Praveen Kumar Yata, Satyanarayana Sirasani
Three ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes, [Ru(phen)2(mip)](ClO4)2 (1) (phen =1,10-Phenanthroline), [Ru(bpy)2(mip)](ClO4)2 (2) (bpy = 2,2'bipyridyl) and [Ru(dmb)2(mip)](ClO4)2 (3) (dmb = 4, 4'-dimethyl 2, 2'-bipyridine), were synthesized with an intercalative ligand mip (2-morpholino-1H-imidazo[4,5-f][1, 10]phenanthroline) and characterized by (1)H, (13)C-NMR, IR, UV-vis, mass spectra and elemental analysis. pH effect, ion selectivity (cations, anions) and solvent sensitivity of complexes were studied. The interaction of these complexes with DNA was performed using absorption, emission spectroscopy and viscosity measurements...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
Zeyuan Chen, Cort Anastasio
Photochemical reactions influence the fates and lifetimes of organic compounds in snow and ice, both through direct photoreactions and via photoproduced transient species such as hydroxyl radical (˙OH) and, perhaps, triplet excited states of organic compounds (i.e., triplets). While triplets can be important oxidants in atmospheric drops and surface waters, little is known of this class of oxidants in frozen samples. To investigate this, we examined the photoreaction of phenol with the triplet state of 3,4-dimethoxybenzaldehyde ((3)DMB*), a product from biomass combustion, in illuminated laboratory ices...
January 25, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
B Thulasiram, C Shobha Devi, Yata Praveen Kumar, Rajeshwar Rao Aerva, S Satyanarayana, Penumaka Nagababu
The DNA binding studies of rutheniumu(II) polypyridyl complexes {[Ru(phen)2Mipc](2+), [Ru(bpy)2Mipc](2+), [Ru(dmb)2Mipc](2+), [Ru(phen)2BrIPC](2+), [Ru(bpy)2BrIPC](2+), [Ru(dmb)2BrIPC](2+), [Ru(phen)2PIP-Cl](2+), [Ru(bpy)2PIP-Cl](2+), [Ru(dmb)2PIP-Cl](2+), [Ru(phen)2IPPBA](2+), [Ru(bpy)2IPPBA](2+), [Ru(dmb)2IPPBA](2+)} with DNA investigated by electronic absorption titration, emission and molecular modelling studies to identify the binding interactions. All these complexes are showing good binding constant values ~10(4) to 10(5)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
Ying-Ying Chen, Rui-Yan Li, Mei-Jing Shi, Ya-Xing Zhao, Yan Yan, Xin-Xin Xu, Miao Zhang, Xiao-Tong Zhao, Yu-Bin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The activation of NF-κB signaling and unbalance of T-helper (Th) cells have been reported to play a key role in the pathogenesis of colitis. Cortex Phellodendri Chinensis (CPC) is commonly used to treat inflammation and diarrhea. Demethyleneberberine (DMB), a component of CPC, was reported to treat alcoholic liver disease as a novel natural mitochondria-targeted antioxidant in our previous study. In this study, we investigated whether DMB could protect against dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced inflammatory colitis in mice by regulation of NF-κB pathway and Th cells homeostatis...
November 29, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Khaled El Moustafa, Serap Sivri, Sevilay Karahan, Turgay Coşkun, Filiz Akbıyık, İncilay Lay
Comprehensive analytical and diagnostic performance of urinary quantitative GAG analysis with dimethylmethylene blue (DMB) and the age-specific reference ranges were determined in Turkish population, which has a high incidence of MPSs. Precision, linearity, recovery and accuracy/trueness, limits, stability, and effect of interferents were tested according to CLSI guideline. Clinical performance was evaluated with ROC analyses including 45 MPS patients. Intra-day and inter-day precisions were <5% and <11% (CV), respectively...
January 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Julio A Lillo Jover, Leticia Álvaro Llorente, Humberto Moreira Villegas, Anna Melnikova
BACKGROUND: Simulcheck evaluates Colour Simulation Tools (CSTs, they transform colours to mimic those seen by colour vision deficients). Two CSTs (Variantor and Coblis) were used to know if the standard Simulcheck version (direct measurement based, DMB) can be substituted by another (RGB values based) not requiring sophisticated measurement instruments. METHOD: Ten normal trichromats performed the two psychophysical tasks included in the Simulcheck method. The Pseudoachromatic Stimuli Identification task provided the h uv (hue angle) values of the pseudoachromatic stimuli: colours seen as red or green by normal trichromats but as grey by colour deficient people...
November 2016: Psicothema
Hongbo Chen, Yinan Yao, Yifan Wang, Hua Zhou, Tianxiang Xu, Jing Liu, Guocheng Wang, Yongfeng Zhang, Xiang Chen, Qingwei Liu, Peng Huang, Rongbin Yu
BACKGROUND: HLA-DM gene, which is related to antigen processing and presentation and located in the non-classical class-II region of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region, may play a crucial role in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection treatment outcomes. The study was conducted to evaluate the role of the variant of several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HLA-DM gene in HCV treatment outcomes. METHODS: We genotyped four SNPs from the candidate genes (HLA-DMA and DMB) in 336 patients who were treated with pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin (PEG IFN-α/RBV)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Theodoric A Mattes, Jorge C Escalante-Semerena
5,6-Dimethylbenzimidazolyl-(DMB)-α-ribotide [α-ribazole-5'-phosphate (α-RP)] is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of adenosylcobalamin (AdoCbl) in many prokaryotes. In such microbes, α-RP is synthesized by nicotinate mononucleotide (NaMN):DMB phosphoribosyltransferases (CobT in Salmonella enterica), in a reaction that is considered to be the canonical step for the activation of the base of the nucleotide present in adenosylcobamides. Some Firmicutes lack CobT-type enzymes but have a two-protein system comprised of a transporter (i...
January 2017: Molecular Microbiology
Caili Fu, Chang Liu, Ying Li, Yajing Guo, Fang Luo, Peilong Wang, Longhua Guo, Bin Qiu, Zhenyu Lin
Abasic site (AP site) in the triplex structure can recognize specific target with high selectivity. In this study, this character was first applied to develop a simple, sensitive, and selective homogeneous electrochemical biosensor for melamine determination. The assay combines the advantage of the high selectivity of the DNA triplex structure containing an AP site to melamine and high efficiency of exonuclease (Exo) III-assisted recycling amplification. DNA-1 (T1), DNA-2 (T2), poly[dA] probe containing an AP site (8A) and methylene blue-labeled DNA probe (dMB probe) were carefully designed...
October 3, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
N Gottschall, E Topp, M Edwards, M Payne, S Kleywegt, D R Lapen
Dewatered municipal biosolids (DMB) were applied at a rate of 22Mgdwha(-1) to an agricultural field in fall 2008. Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs; BDE-47, -99, -100, -153, -154, -183, -197, -207, -209), other brominated flame retardants (BFRs; HBB, PBEB, DBDPE, BTBPE) and perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs; PFHxS, PFOS, PFDS, PFOSA, PFHpA, PFOA, PFNA, PFDA, PFUnA, PFDoA, PFTA) were monitored in tile drainage, groundwater (2m, 4m and 6m depth), soil cores (0-0.3m) pre- and post-application, DMB aggregates incorporated into the soil post-application, and in wheat (Triticum spp...
September 16, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Rahulkumar Maurya, Tonmoy Ghosh, Hitesh Saravaia, Chetan Paliwal, Arup Ghosh, Sandhya Mishra
Non-isothermal (β=5, 10, 20, 35°C/min) pyrolysis of de-oiled microalgal biomass (DMB) of Chlorella variabilis was investigated by TGA-MS (30-900°C, Argon atmosphere) to understand thermal decomposition and evolved gas analysis (EGA). The results showed that three-stage thermal decomposition and three volatilization zone (100-400°C, 400-550°C and 600-750°C) of organic matters during pyrolysis. The highest rate of weight-loss is 8.91%/min at 302°C for 35°C/min heating-rate. Kinetics of pyrolysis were investigated by iso-conversional (KAS, FWO) and model-fitting (Coats-Redfern) method...
December 2016: Bioresource Technology
Kate H Dinh, Ariana F Harris, Jennifer LaFemina, Giles F Whalen, Mary Sullivan, Robert Licho, Thomas Hill, Laura A Lambert
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Lymphatic mapping (LM) and blue dye injections are essential to identification of sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) for melanoma. LM is performed the day before (DB) or the same day (SD) of surgery, but the optimal timing is unknown. Similarly, methylene blue (MB), used during SLN biopsy (SLNB), is administered diluted (dMB) or undiluted (uMB), but the relative efficacies are unknown. METHODS: Patients who underwent SLNB for melanoma from 2009 to 2013 at our institution were evaluated...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Yata Praveen Kumar, C Shobha Devi, A Srishailam, N Deepika, V Ravi Kumar, P Venkat Reddy, K Nagasuryaprasad, Surya S Singh, Penumaka Nagababu, S Satyanarayana
This article describes the synthesis and characterization of three new Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes including [Ru(phen)2(dpphz)](2+) (1), [Ru(bpy)2(dpphz)](2+) (2) and [Ru(dmb)2(dpphz)](2+) (3) where dpphz = dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c] phenazine-11-hydrazide, phen =1,10-phenanthroline, bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine and dmb = 4,4'-dimethyl2,2'-bipyridine. The binding behaviors of these complexes to calf thymus DNA (CT-DNA) were explored by spectroscopic titrations, viscosity measurements. Results suggest that these complexes can bind to CT-DNA through intercalation...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
Christiane Auray-Blais, Pamela Lavoie, Shunji Tomatsu, Vassili Valayannopoulos, John J Mitchell, Julian Raiman, Maxime Beaudoin, Bruno Maranda, Joe T R Clarke
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) are a group of disorders resulting from primary defects in lysosomal enzymes involved in the degradation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Depending on the specific enzyme defect, the catabolism of one or more GAGs is blocked leading to accumulation in tissues and biological fluids. GAG measurements are important for high-risk screening, diagnosis, monitoring treatment efficacy, and patient follow up. The dimethylmethylene blue (DMB) spectrophotometric method commonly used in most biochemical genetics laboratories relies on a non-specific total GAG analysis which has led to false positive results, and even false negative results (mainly for MPS III and IV patients)...
September 14, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Yusuke Aihara, Kyohei Sato, Kazuteru Shinozaki
We synthesized neutral Ru(II) complexes cis-Ru(bpy)2(CN)2 (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine), cis-Ru(dmb)2(CN)2 (dmb = 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine), cis-Ru(dbb)2(CN)2 (dbb = 4,4'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-bipyridine), and cis-Ru(phen)2(CN)2 (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) and optically resolved them into respective enantiomers using high-performance liquid chromatography with a chiral column. The absolute configuration of enantiomer of cis-Ru(dbb)2(CN)2 was determined by an X-ray crystallography. Upon photoirradiation, the entire enantiomers of the complexes underwent the racemization with considerably slow rates (k = 1 × 10(-6) to 1 × 10(-5) s(-1)) and small quantum yields (ϕ = 1 × 10(-6) to 1 × 10(-5))...
September 6, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Sara M Elkashef, Mark Sutherland, Laurence H Patterson, Paul M Loadman, Robert A Falconer
The polysialyltransferases are biologically important glycosyltransferase enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of polysialic acid, a carbohydrate polymer that plays a critical role in the progression of several diseases, notably cancer. Having improved the chemical synthesis and purification of the fluorescently-labelled DMB-DP3 acceptor, we report optimisation and validation of a highly sensitive cell-free high-throughput HPLC-based assay for assessment of human polysialyltransferase activity.
October 21, 2016: Analyst
Claudio Chiastra, Francesco Iannaccone, Maik J Grundeken, Frank J H Gijsen, Patrick Segers, Matthieu De Beule, Patrick W Serruys, Joanna J Wykrzykowska, Antonius F W van der Steen, Jolanda J Wentzel
BACKGROUND: Coronary hemodynamics and physiology specific for bifurcation lesions was not well understood. To investigate the influence of the bifurcation angle on the intracoronary hemodynamics of side branch (SB) lesions computational fluid dynamics simulations were performed. METHODS: A parametric model representing a left anterior descending-first diagonal coronary bifurcation lesion was created according to the literature. Diameters obeyed fractal branching laws...
August 5, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Lara Massai, Damiano Cirri, Elena Michelucci, Gianluca Bartoli, Annalisa Guerri, Maria A Cinellu, Fabio Cocco, Chiara Gabbiani, Luigi Messori
In the last few years gold(III) complexes have attracted growing attention in the medicinal chemistry community as candidate anticancer agents. In particular some organogold(III) compounds manifested quite attractive pharmacological behaviors in preclinical studies. Here we compare the chemical and biological properties of the novel organogold(III) complex [Au(bipy(dmb)-H)(NH(CO)CH3)][PF6] (Aubipy(aa)) with those of its parent compounds [Au(bipy(dmb)-H)(OH)][PF6] (Aubipy(c)) and [Au2(bipy(dmb)-H)2)(μ-O)][PF6]2 (Au2bipy(c)), previously synthesized and characterized...
October 2016: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
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