Science.gov

Sample records for efficient chemoselective synthesis

  1. Chemoselective synthesis of functional homocysteine residues in polypeptides and peptides.

    PubMed

    Gharakhanian, Eric G; Deming, Timothy J

    2016-04-18

    A methodology was developed for efficient, chemoselective transformation of methionine residues into stable, functional homocysteine derivatives. Methionine residues can undergo highly chemoselective alkylation reactions at low pH to yield stable sulfonium ions, which could then be selectively demethylated to give stable alkyl homocysteine residues. This mild, two-step process is chemoselective, efficient, tolerates many functional groups, and provides a means for creation of new functional biopolymers, site-specific peptide tagging, and synthesis of biomimetic and structural analogs of peptides. PMID:27004992

  2. An efficient synthesis of iminoquinones by a chemoselective domino ortho-hydroxylation/oxidation/imidation sequence of 2-aminoaryl ketones.

    PubMed

    Chandrasekar, Selvaraj; Sekar, Govidasamy

    2016-03-21

    An efficient chemoselective domino oxidative homocoupling of 2-aminoaryl ketones in the presence of 2-iodoxybenzoic acid (IBX) for the synthesis of iminoquinone has been developed. The domino reaction proceeds via three consecutive steps, such as domino ortho-hydroxylation of 2-aminoaryl ketones, oxidation of a phenol derivative to benzoquinone and dimerization through imine formation to yield iminoquinone. Importantly, this reaction allows the recycling of the oxidant IBX by recovering the by-product iodosobenzoic acid (IBA) and oxidizing it back to IBX. A four step domino strategy for the synthesis of iminoquinone through in situ generation of 2-amino benzophenone from (2-amino phenyl)(phenyl)methanol was also developed. PMID:26891598

  3. Chemoselective Synthesis of Polysubstituted Pyridines from Heteroaryl Fluorosulfates.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Enxuan; Tang, Jiaze; Li, Suhua; Wu, Peng; Moses, John E; Sharpless, K Barry

    2016-04-11

    A selection of heteroaryl fluorosulfates were readily synthesized using commercial SO2 F2 gas. These substrates are highly efficient coupling partners in the Suzuki reaction. Through judicious selection of Pd catalysts the fluorosulfate functionality is differentiated from bromide and chloride; the order of reactivity being: -Br> -OSO2 F> -Cl. Exploiting this trend allowed the stepwise chemoselective synthesis of a number of polysubstituted pyridines, including the drug Etoricoxib. PMID:26990693

  4. Chemoselective intramolecular Wittig reactions for the synthesis of oxazoles and benzofurans.

    PubMed

    Fan, Yu-Shiou; Das, Utpal; Hsiao, Ming-Yu; Liu, Meng-Hsien; Lin, Wenwei

    2014-12-01

    A chemoselective approach was developed for the synthesis of highly functionalized oxazoles and benzofurans using an intramolecular Wittig reaction as the key step. By choosing proper trapping reagent or method of addition of reagents, chemoselectivity can be controlled toward either oxazole or benzofuran derivatives. PMID:25405811

  5. A metal-organic framework-templated synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles encapsulated in porous carbon for efficient and chemoselective hydrogenation of nitro compounds.

    PubMed

    Li, Yang; Zhou, Yu-Xiao; Ma, Xiao; Jiang, Hai-Long

    2016-03-01

    The γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles well dispersed in porous carbon were fabricated via a Fe-based metal-organic framework-templated pyrolysis. The resultant product exhibits excellent catalytic activity, chemoselectivity and magnetic recyclability for the hydrogenation of diverse nitro compounds under mild conditions. PMID:26908070

  6. Lanthanum(III) catalysts for highly efficient and chemoselective transesterification.

    PubMed

    Hatano, Manabu; Ishihara, Kazuaki

    2013-03-11

    A facile, atom-economical, and chemoselective esterification is crucial in modern organic synthesis, particularly in the areas of pharmaceutical, polymer, and material science. However, a truly practical catalytic transesterification of carboxylic esters with various alcohols has not yet been well established, since, with many conventional catalysts, the substrates are limited to 1°- and cyclic 2°-alcohols. In sharp contrast, if we take advantage of the high catalytic activities of La(Oi-Pr)(3), La(OTf)(3), and La(NO(3))(3) as ligand-free catalysts, ligand-assisted or additive-enhanced lanthanum(III) catalysts can be highly effective acid-base combined catalysts in transesterification. A highly active dinuclear La(III) catalyst, which is prepared in situ from lanthanum(III) isopropoxide and 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethanol, is effective for the practical transesterification of methyl carboxylates, ethyl acetate, weakly reactive dimethyl carbonate, and much less-reactive methyl carbamates with 1°-, 2°-, and 3°-alcohols. As the second generation, nearly neutral "lanthanum(III) nitrate alkoxide", namely La(OR)(m)(NO(3))(3-m), has been developed. This catalyst is prepared in situ from inexpensive, stable, low-toxic lanthanum(III) nitrate hydrate and methyltrioctylphosphonium methyl carbonate, and is highly useful in the non-epimerized transesterification of α-substituted chiral carboxylic esters, even under azeotropic reflux conditions. In these practical La(III)-catalyzed transesterifications, colorless esters can be obtained in small- to large-scale synthesis without the need for inconvenient work-up or careful purification procedures. PMID:23325290

  7. How the Arming Participating Moieties can Broaden the Scope of Chemoselective Oligosaccharide Synthesis by Allowing the Inverse Armed-Disarmed Approach

    PubMed Central

    Smoot, James T.; Demchenko, Alexei V.

    2009-01-01

    A new method for stereocontrolled glycosylation and chemoselective oligosaccharide synthesis has been developed. It has been determined that complete 1,2-trans selectivity can be achieved with the use of a 2-O-picolyl moiety, a novel neighboring group that is capable of efficient participation via a six-membered intermediate. The application of the picolyl concept to glycosidations of thioimidoyl, thioglycosyl, and trichloroacetimidoyl glycosyl donors is demonstrated. The picolyl moiety also retains the glycosyl donor in the armed state, as opposed to conventional acyl participating moieties. We name this new approach - “inverse armed-disarmed” strategy, because it allows for the chemoselective introduction of a 1,2-trans glycosidic linkage prior to other linkages. In the context of the oligosaccharide synthesis, the strategy provides trans-trans and trans-cis patterned oligosaccharides as opposed to classic Fraser-Reid’s armed-disarmed approach leading to cis-trans and cis-cis linkages. PMID:18939875

  8. The Chemoselective Reduction of Isoxazoline γ-Lactams Through Iminium Aza-Diels-Alder Reactions: A Short-Cut Synthesis of Aminols as Valuable Intermediates towards Nucleoside Derivatives

    PubMed Central

    Memeo, Misal Giuseppe; Mella, Mariella; Quadrelli, Paolo

    2012-01-01

    Isoxazoline γ-lactams are prepared starting from the regioisomeric cycloadducts of benzonitrile oxide to the N-alkyl 2-azanorbornenes taking advantage of the efficient catalytic oxidation by RuO4. The reduction of the amide groups is easily conducted in the presence of LiAlH4 under mild conditions, which allowed for the chemoselective reduction of the amide moiety followed by ring opening to afford the desired conformationally locked isoxazoline-carbocyclic aminols, as valuable intermediates for nucleoside synthesis. PMID:22629174

  9. Chemoselective ligation

    DOEpatents

    Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn R.

    2010-02-23

    The present invention features a chemoselective ligation reaction that can be carried out under physiological conditions. In general, the invention involves condensation of a specifically engineered phosphine, which can provide for formation of an amide bond between the two reactive partners resulting in a final product comprising a phosphine moiety, or which can be engineered to comprise a cleavable linker so that a substituent of the phosphine is transferred to the azide, releasing an oxidized phosphine byproduct and producing a native amide bond in the final product. The selectivity of the reaction and its compatibility with aqueous environments provides for its application in vivo (e.g. on the cell surface or intracellularly) and in vitro (e.g., synthesis of peptides and other polymers, production of modified (e.g., labeled) amino acids).

  10. Chemoselective ligation

    DOEpatents

    Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn Ruth

    2011-12-13

    The present invention features a chemoselective ligation reaction that can be carried out under physiological conditions. In general, the invention involves condensation of a specifically engineered phosphine, which can provide for formation of an amide bond between the two reactive partners resulting in a final product comprising a phosphine moiety, or which can be engineered to comprise a cleavable linker so that a substituent of the phosphine is transferred to the azide, releasing an oxidized phosphine byproduct and producing a native amide bond in the final product. The selectivity of the reaction and its compatibility with aqueous environments provides for its application in vivo (e.g., on the cell surface or intracellularly) and in vitro (e.g., synthesis of peptides and other polymers, production of modified (e.g., labeled) amino acids).

  11. Chemoselective ligation

    DOEpatents

    Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn

    2003-05-27

    The present invention features a chemoselective ligation reaction that can be carried out under physiological conditions. In general, the invention involves condensation of a specifically engineered phosphine, which can provide for formation of an amide bond between the two reactive partners resulting in a final product comprising a phosphine moiety, or which can be engineered to comprise a cleavable linker so that a substituent of the phosphine is transferred to the azide, releasing an oxidized phosphine byproduct and producing a native amide bond in the final product. The selectivity of the reaction and its compatibility with aqueous environments provides for its application in vivo (e.g., on the cell surface or intracellularly) and in vitro (e.g., synthesis of peptides and other polymers, production of modified (e.g., labeled) amino acids).

  12. Chemoselective ligation

    DOEpatents

    Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn Ruth

    2010-11-23

    The present invention features a chemoselective ligation reaction that can be carried out under physiological conditions. In general, the invention involves condensation of a specifically engineered phosphine, which can provide for formation of an amide bond between the two reactive partners resulting in a final product comprising a phosphine moiety, or which can be engineered to comprise a cleavable linker so that a substituent of the phosphine is transferred to the azide, releasing an oxidized phosphine byproduct and producing a native amide bond in the final product. The selectivity of the reaction and its compatibility with aqueous environments provides for its application in vivo (e.g., on the cell surface or intracellularly) and in vitro (e.g., synthesis of peptides and other polymers, production of modified (e.g., labeled) amino acids).

  13. Chemoselective ligation

    DOEpatents

    Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn R.

    2011-05-10

    The present invention features a chemoselective ligation reaction that can be carried out under physiological conditions. In general, the invention involves condensation of a specifically engineered phosphine, which can provide for formation of an amide bond between the two reactive partners resulting in a final product comprising a phosphine moiety, or which can be engineered to comprise a cleavable linker so that a substituent of the phosphine is transferred to the azide, releasing an oxidized phosphine byproduct and producing a native amide bond in the final product. The selectivity of the reaction and its compatibility with aqueous environments provides for its application in vivo (e.g., on the cell surface or intracellularly) and in vitro (e.g., synthesis of peptides and other polymers, production of modified (e.g., labeled) amino acids).

  14. Chemoselective ligation

    DOEpatents

    Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn

    2006-10-17

    The present invention features a chemoselective ligation reaction that can be carried out under physiological conditions. In general, the invention involves condensation of a specifically engineered phosphine, which can provide for formation of an amide bond between the two reactive partners resulting in a final product comprising a phosphine moiety, or which can be engineered to comprise a cleavable linker so that a substituent of the phosphine is transferred to the azide, releasing an oxidized phosphine byproduct and producing a native amide bond in the final product. The selectivity of the reaction and its compatibility with aqueous environments provides for its application in vivo (e.g., on the cell surface or intracellularly) and in vitro (e.g., synthesis of peptides and other polymers, production of modified (e.g., labeled) amino acids).

  15. Chemoselective ligation

    DOEpatents

    Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn R.

    2011-04-12

    The present invention features a chemoselective ligation reaction that can be carried out under physiological conditions. In general, the invention involves condensation of a specifically engineered phosphine, which can provide for formation of an amide bond between the two reactive partners resulting in a final product comprising a phosphine moiety, or which can be engineered to comprise a cleavable linker so that a substituent of the phosphine is transferred to the azide, releasing an oxidized phosphine byproduct and producing a native amide bond in the final product. The selectivity of the reaction and its compatibility with aqueous environments provides for its application in vivo (e.g., on the cell surface or intracellularly) and in vitro (e.g., synthesis of peptides and other polymers, production of modified (e.g., labeled) amino acids).

  16. Chemoselective room temperature E1cB N-N cleavage of oxazolidinone hydrazides from enantioselective aldehyde α-hydrazination: synthesis of (+)-1,4-dideoxyallonojirimycin.

    PubMed

    Ferreira, Jasmin; Rees-Jones, Sophie C M; Ramaotsoa, Valerie; Msutu, Ath'enkosi; Hunter, Roger

    2016-01-27

    Room temperature E1cB N-N cleavage of oxazolidinone hydrazides via N-alkylation with diethyl bromomalonate and potassium or caesium carbonate as base in acetonitrile is presented. The new method has a much improved chemoselectivity, which is illustrated by a concise total synthesis of the piperidine iminosugar (+)-1,4-dideoxyallonojirimycin. PMID:26730495

  17. Studies in iridoid synthesis. Chemoselective transformations of cis-1,2,4,6-tetrahydrophthalic anhydride.

    PubMed

    Stevens, Anne T; Bull, James R; Chibale, Kelly

    2008-02-01

    In the course of synthetic studies towards the development of diastereoselective routes to secoiridoid aglycones, cis-1,2,4,6-tetrahydrophthalic anhydride was transformed into the corresponding lactone cis-3a,4,7,7a-tetrahydro-3H-isobenzofuran-1-one, which served as a key precursor for a variety of chemoselective synthetic manipulations. Unsuccessful formylation of an ester intermediate resulted in a (E/Z) mixture of vinyl alcohols which were protected as acetates and as a single p-methoxybenzyl (PMB) ether (E) isomer. Dihydroxylation of the cyclohexene motif using OsO(4) led to the unexpected deprotection of the PMB ether. On the other hand, successful formylation of a suitably silyl protected lactonised intermediate was achieved using tert-butoxybis(dimethylamino)methane, or Bredereck's reagent. Tetrabutylammonium fluoride (TBAF) deprotection of a methoxyethoxymethyl (MEM)-ether intermediate serendipitously afforded an approximately 1 : 1 mixture of pyrano-pyranones, which are products of a seldom encountered intramolecular Michael addition, using an oxygen donor, to the terminus of an alpha,beta-unsaturated system, followed by beta-elimination of the MEM moiety. PMID:18219431

  18. AN EFFICIENT AND CHEMOSELECTIVE CBZ-PROTECTION OF AMINES USING SILICA-SULFURIC ACID AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

    EPA Science Inventory

    A simple, facile, and chemoselective N-benzyloxycarbonylation of amines using silica-sulfuric acid that proceeds under solvent-free conditions at room temperature has been achieved. These reactions are applicable to a wide variety of primary (aliphatic, cyclic) secondary amines, ...

  19. Synthesis of novel 2-deoxy-?-benzyl-C-glycosides by highly stereo- and chemoselective hydrogenation of exo-glycals.

    PubMed

    Daz, Gisela; Ponzinibbio, Agustn; Bravo, Rodolfo Daniel

    2014-07-01

    Novel 2-deoxy-?-benzyl-C-glycosides were prepared in good yields and excellent stereoselectivity by a route involving the Wittig reaction of glycosyl phosphonium salts and reduction of exo-glycals as key steps. Hydrogenation of benzyl protected enol ethers was performed with Pd/C(en) as an effective chemoselective catalyst to afford exclusively ? anomers. PMID:24887703

  20. Controllable Synthesis of Mesoporous Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Assemblies for Chemoselective Catalytic Reduction of Nitroarenes.

    PubMed

    Papadas, Ioannis T; Fountoulaki, Stella; Lykakis, Ioannis N; Armatas, Gerasimos S

    2016-03-18

    Iron(III) oxide is a low-cost material with applications ranging from electronics to magnetism, and catalysis. Recent efforts have targeted new nanostructured forms of Fe2 O3 with high surface area-to-volume ratio and large pore volume. Herein, the synthesis of 3D mesoporous networks consisting of 4-5 nm γ-Fe2 O3 nanoparticles by a polymer-assisted aggregating self-assembly method is reported. Iron oxide assemblies obtained from the hybrid networks after heat treatment have an open-pore structure with high surface area (up to 167 m(2)  g(-1) ) and uniform pores (ca. 6.3 nm). The constituent iron oxide nanocrystals can undergo controllable phase transition from γ-Fe2 O3 to α-Fe2 O3 and to Fe3 O4 under different annealing conditions while maintaining the 3D structure and open porosity. These new ensemble structures exhibit high catalytic activity and stability for the selective reduction of aryl and alkyl nitro compounds to the corresponding aryl amines and oximes, even in large-scale synthesis. PMID:26880681

  1. Halogen-Adjusted Chemoselective Synthesis of Fluorene Derivatives with Position-Controlled Substituents.

    PubMed

    Song, Juan; Sun, Wei; Li, Yali; Wei, Fuliang; Liu, Chao; Qian, Yan; Chen, Shufen

    2016-01-01

    Fluorenes have been synthesized through an efficient novel Pd-catalyzed tandem cross-coupling reaction; these substrates are fascinating building blocks found in organic photoelectric materials. The position of the substituent on fluorenes could be conveniently tuned by changing the halogen in the ortho-halobenzyl bromide substrates when coupled with various arylboronic acids. This newly developed synthetic approach could achieve the potential diversity in fluorene-based molecular architectures. PMID:26488213

  2. Chemoselective Hydroxyl Group Transformation: An Elusive Target‡

    PubMed Central

    Trader, Darci J.; Carlson, Erin E.

    2012-01-01

    The selective reaction of one functional group in the presence of others is not a trivial task. A noteworthy amount of research has been dedicated to the chemoselective reaction of the hydroxyl moiety. This group is prevalent in many biologically important molecules including natural products and proteins. However, targeting the hydroxyl group is difficult for many reasons including its relatively low nucleophilicity in comparison to other ubiquitous functional groups such as amines and thiols. Additionally, many of the developed chemoselective reactions cannot be used in the presence of water. Despite these complications, chemoselective transformation of the hydroxyl moiety has been utilized in the synthesis of complex natural product derivatives, the reaction of tyrosine residues in proteins, the isolation of natural products and is the mechanism of action of myriad drugs. Here, methods for selective targeting of this group, as well as applications of several devised methods, are described. PMID:22695722

  3. Convenient Access to Fluorescent Probes by Chemoselective Acylation of Hydrazinopeptides: Application to the Synthesis of the First Far-Red Ligand for Apelin Receptor Imaging.

    PubMed

    Margathe, Jean-François; Iturrioz, Xavier; Regenass, Pierre; Karpenko, Iuliia A; Humbert, Nicolas; de Rocquigny, Hugues; Hibert, Marcel; Llorens-Cortes, Catherine; Bonnet, Dominique

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we develop a convenient method to facilitate the solution-phase fluorescent labelling of peptides based on the chemoselective acylation of α-hydrazinopeptides. This approach combines the advantages of using commercially available amine-reactive dyes and very mild conditions, which are fully compatible with the chemical sensitivity of the dyes. The usefulness of this approach was demonstrated by the labelling of apelin-13 peptide. Various fluorescent probes were readily synthesized, enabling the rapid optimization of their affinities for the apelin receptor. Thus, the first far-red fluorescent ligand with sub-nanomolar affinity for the apelin receptor was characterized and shown to track the receptor efficiently in living cells by fluorescence confocal microscopy. PMID:26682530

  4. Chemoselective Attachment of Biologically Active Proteins to Surfaces by Native Chemical Ligation

    SciTech Connect

    Cheung, C L; de Yoreo, J J; Coleman, M; Camarero, J A

    2003-11-22

    The present work describes our ongoing efforts towards the creation of micro and nanoscaled ordered arrays of protein covalently attached to site-specific chemical linkers patterned by different microlithographic techniques. We present a new and efficient solid-phase approach for the synthesis of chemically modified long alkyl-thiols. These compounds can be used to introduce chemoselective reacting groups onto silicon-based surfaces. We show that these modified thiols can be used for creating nano- and micrometric chemical patterns by using different lithographic techniques. We show that these patterns can react chemoselectively with proteins which have been recombinantly modified to contain complementary chemical groups at specific positions thus resulting in the oriented attachment of the protein to the surface.

  5. Beyond conventional routes, an unprecedented metal-free chemoselective synthesis of anthranilate esters via a multicomponent reaction (MCR) strategy.

    PubMed

    Sarkar, Satavisha; Khan, Abu T

    2015-08-14

    A hitherto unreported route for the synthesis of anthranilate esters is demonstrated using 2-nitrobenzaldehyde, malonitrile and an alcohol or amine via a metal and oxidant free multicomponent reaction (MCR) strategy. This process simultaneously installs an ester and urea or urethane functionality via CO and CN bond formations via concurrent oxidation of the aldehyde group and reduction of the nitro group involving an intramolecular redox process. PMID:26159632

  6. One-Pot Synthesis of N-(?-Peroxy)Indole/Carbazole via Chemoselective Three-Component Condensation Reaction in Open Atmosphere.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xinbo; Pan, Yupeng; Huang, Kuo-Wei; Lai, Zhiping

    2015-11-20

    A facile one-pot synthesis of N-(?-peroxy)indole and N-(?-peroxy)carbazole has been developed using metal-free, organo-acid-catalyzed three-component condensation reactions of indole/carbazole, aldehyde, and peroxide. Based on the reaction discovered, a new synthetic proposal for Fumitremorgin A and Verruculogen is introduced. Such a protocol could be easily handled and scaled up in an open atmosphere with a wide substrate scope, enabling the construction of a new molecule library. PMID:26541059

  7. Chemoselective sp2-sp3 cross-couplings: iron-catalyzed alkyl transfer to dihaloaromatics.

    PubMed

    Malhotra, Sushant; Seng, Pamela S; Koenig, Stefan G; Deese, Alan J; Ford, Kevin A

    2013-07-19

    The chemoselective functionalization of a range of dihaloaromatics with methyl, cyclopropyl, and higher alkyl Grignard reagents via iron-catalyzed cross-coupling is described. The site selectivity of C-X (X = halogen) activation is determined by factors such as the position of the halogen on the ring, the solvent, and the nucleophile. A one-pot protocol for the chemoselective synthesis of mixed dialkyl heterocycles is achieved solely employing iron catalysis. PMID:23829418

  8. Enhancing Metal-Support Interactions by Molybdenum Carbide: An Efficient Strategy toward the Chemoselective Hydrogenation of α,β-Unsaturated Aldehydes.

    PubMed

    He, Sina; Shao, Zheng-Jiang; Shu, Yijin; Shi, Zhangping; Cao, Xiao-Ming; Gao, Qingsheng; Hu, Peijun; Tang, Yi

    2016-04-11

    Metal-support interactions are desired to optimize the catalytic turnover on metals. Herein, the enhanced interactions by using a Mo2 C nanowires support were utilized to modify the charge density of an Ir surface, accomplishing the selective hydrogenation of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes on negatively charged Ir(δ-) species. The combined experimental and theoretical investigations showed that the Ir(δ-) species derive from the higher work function of Ir (vs. Mo2 C) and the consequently electron transfer. In crotonaldehyde hydrogenation, Ir/Mo2 C delivered a crotyl alcohol selectivity as high as 80 %, outperforming those of counterparts (<30 %) on silica. Moreover, such electronic metal-support interactions were also confirmed for Pt and Au, as compared with which, Ir/Mo2 C was highlighted by its higher selectivity as well as the better activity. Additionally, the efficacy for various substrates further verified our Ir/Mo2 C system to be competitive for chemoselective hydrogenation. PMID:26934305

  9. Critical evaluation and rate constants of chemoselective ligation reactions for stoichiometric conjugations in water.

    PubMed

    Saito, Fumito; Noda, Hidetoshi; Bode, Jeffrey W

    2015-04-17

    Chemoselective ligation reactions have contributed immensely to the development of organic synthesis and chemical biology. However, the ligation of stoichiometric amounts of large molecules for applications such as protein-protein conjugates is still challenging. Conjugation reactions need to be fast enough to proceed under dilute conditions and chemoselective in the presence of unprotected functional groups; the starting materials and products must be stable under the reaction conditions. To compare known ligation reactions for their suitability under these conditions, we determined the second-order rate constants of ligation reactions using peptide substrates with unprotected functional groups. The reaction conditions, the chemoselectivity of the reactions, and the stability of the starting materials and products were carefully evaluated. In some cases, the stability could be improved by modifying the substrate structure. These data obtained under the ligation conditions provide a useful guide to choose an appropriate ligation reaction for synthesis of large molecules by covalent ligation reactions of unprotected substrates in water. PMID:25572124

  10. N,N-Dicarboxymethyl hydrazine: an old but neglected reagent for chemoselective derivatization of carbonyl compounds.

    PubMed

    Zhen, Maomin; Peng, Yanqing

    2016-04-01

    N,N-Dicarboxymethyl hydrazine (DCMH) was found to be a chemoselective derivatization reagent of carbonyl compounds and its potential applications in organic synthesis was investigated for the first time. DCMH could be employed as a chemoselective protective reagent of aldehydes and gave the parent aldehydes in satisfactory yields. In proof-of-concept systems, DCMH could play the role of a scavenger to remove aldehydes in the presence of ketones. It was also used as a tagging reagent in the selective isolation of aldehyde from the complex mixture. PMID:26964753

  11. Chemoselective Reactions of Citral: Green Syntheses of Natural Perfumes for the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Cunningham, Anna D.; Ham, Eun Y.; Vosburg, David A.

    2011-01-01

    Chemoselectivity is a central concept in organic synthesis and may be readily appreciated in the context of the fragrant, polyfunctional natural product citral. We describe three single-step reactions students may perform on citral to synthesize other natural perfumes: citronellal, geraniol, nerol, or epoxycitral. Each of the reactions uses a

  12. Chemoselective Reactions of Citral: Green Syntheses of Natural Perfumes for the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Cunningham, Anna D.; Ham, Eun Y.; Vosburg, David A.

    2011-01-01

    Chemoselectivity is a central concept in organic synthesis and may be readily appreciated in the context of the fragrant, polyfunctional natural product citral. We describe three single-step reactions students may perform on citral to synthesize other natural perfumes: citronellal, geraniol, nerol, or epoxycitral. Each of the reactions uses a…

  13. Development of a Scalable Synthesis of Tofogliflozin.

    PubMed

    Ohtake, Yoshihito; Emura, Takashi; Nishimoto, Masahiro; Takano, Koji; Yamamoto, Keisuke; Tsuchiya, Satoshi; Yeu, Sang-Yong; Kito, Yasushi; Kimura, Nobuaki; Takeda, Sunao; Tsukazaki, Masao; Murakata, Masatoshi; Sato, Tsutomu

    2016-03-01

    An efficient and scalable synthesis of an antidiabetic drug, tofogliflozin (1), which was identified as a highly selective sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, is described. A key factor in the synthesis of 1 was the selection of the purpose-designed protecting group, which plays a strategic role in protection, chemoselective activation, and crystalline purification. The developed and optimized method made it possible to prepare 1 on a multidecagram scale without any column chromatography. PMID:26871504

  14. Enantioselective Total Synthesis of Lycoposerramine-Z Using Chiral Phosphoric Acid Catalyzed Intramolecular Michael Addition.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Lan-De; Zhong, Lin-Rui; Xi, Jie; Yang, Xiao-Liang; Yao, Zhu-Jun

    2016-03-01

    A new enantioselective total synthesis of phlegmarine-type Lycopodium alkaloid lycoposerramine-Z (1) has been accomplished, using one-pot chemoselective sequential additions of two different Grignard reagents to the bis-Weinreb-amide intermediate and an efficient construction of the fully fuctionalized cyclohexanone intermediate with a chiral phosphoric acid catalyzed enantioselective intramolecular Michael addition. PMID:26871307

  15. Highly efficient synthesis of HIV NNRTI doravirine.

    PubMed

    Gauthier, Donald R; Sherry, Benjamin D; Cao, Yang; Journet, Michel; Humphrey, Guy; Itoh, Tetsuji; Mangion, Ian; Tschaen, David M

    2015-03-20

    The development of an efficient and robust process for the production of HIV NNRTI doravirine is described. The synthesis features a continuous aldol reaction as part of a de novo synthesis of the key pyridone fragment. Conditions for the continuous flow aldol reaction were derived using microbatch snapshots of the flow process. PMID:25751537

  16. Dearomatization Strategies in the Synthesis of Complex Natural Products

    PubMed Central

    Roche, Stéphane P.; Porco, John A.

    2014-01-01

    Evolution in the field of the total synthesis of natural products has led to exciting developments over the last decade. Numerous chemo-selective and enantioselective methodologies have emerged from total syntheses, resulting in efficient access to many important natural product targets. This Review highlights recent developments concerning dearomatization, a powerful strategy for the total synthesis of architecturally complex natural products wherein planar, aromatic scaffolds are converted to three-dimensional molecular architectures. PMID:21506209

  17. Rh(iii)-catalyzed chemoselective C-H functionalizations of tertiary aniline N-oxides with alkynes.

    PubMed

    Huang, Xiaolei; Liang, Wenbo; Shi, Yang; You, Jingsong

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we report novel Rh(iii)-catalyzed chemoselective functionalizations of tertiary aniline N-oxides with alkynes, including annulation via the sequential C(sp(2))-H and C(sp(3))-N activation for the formation of N-alkylindoles and an O-atom transfer (OAT) process for the synthesis of acetophenones. PMID:27121366

  18. Facile and Efficient Synthesis of Carbosiloxane Dendrimers via Orthogonal Click Chemistry Between Thiol and Ene.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Zhida; Feng, Shengyu; Zhang, Jie

    2016-02-01

    A combination of a thiol-Michael addition reaction and a free radical mediated thiol-ene reaction is employed as a facile and efficient approach to carbosiloxane dendrimer synthesis. For the first time, carbosiloxane dendrimers are constructed rapidly by an orthogonal click strategy without protection/deprotection procedures. The chemoselectivity of these two thiol-ene click reactions leads to a design of a new monomer containing both electron-deficient carbon-carbon double bonds and unconjugated carbon-carbon double bonds. Siloxane bonds are introduced as the linker between these two kinds of carbon-carbon double bonds. Starting from a bifunctional thiol core, the dendrimers are constructed by iterative thiol-ene click reactions under different but both mild reaction conditions. After simple purification steps the fifth dendrimer with 54 peripheral functional groups is obtained with an excellent overall yield in a single day. Furthermore, a strong blue glow is observed when the dendrimer is excited by a UV lamp. PMID:26676283

  19. Efficient synthesis of highly substituted tetrahydroindazolone derivatives.

    PubMed

    Scala, Angela; Piperno, Anna; Risitano, Francesco; Cirmi, Santa; Navarra, Michele; Grassi, Giovanni

    2015-08-01

    A straightforward and efficient method for the synthesis of novel highly substituted and diversely functionalized indazolone derivatives has been developed. The transformation consists of a cyclocondensation of selected 1,3,3'-tricarbonyls with monosubstituted hydrazines. The starting β-triketones were prepared by an efficient chemo- and regioselective method under MW irradiation, exploiting the oxazolone chemistry. The reaction is easily accomplished under mild conditions and appears versatile, providing a synthetic diversification method with potential for drug-like compounds preparation. PMID:25784276

  20. Elucidation of the regio- and chemoselectivity of enzymatic allylic oxidations with Pleurotus sapidus – conversion of selected spirocyclic terpenoids and computational analysis

    PubMed Central

    Weidmann, Verena; Schaffrath, Mathias; Zorn, Holger

    2013-01-01

    Summary Allylic oxidations of olefins to enones allow the efficient synthesis of value-added products from simple olefinic precursors like terpenes or terpenoids. Biocatalytic variants have a large potential for industrial applications, particularly in the pharmaceutical and food industry. Herein we report efficient biocatalytic allylic oxidations of spirocyclic terpenoids by a lyophilisate of the edible fungus Pleurotus sapidus. This ‘’mushroom catalysis’’ is operationally simple and allows the conversion of various unsaturated spirocyclic terpenoids. A number of new spirocyclic enones have thus been obtained with good regio- and chemoselectivity and chiral separation protocols for enantiomeric mixtures have been developed. The oxidations follow a radical mechanism and the regioselectivity of the reaction is mainly determined by bond-dissociation energies of the available allylic CH-bonds and steric accessibility of the oxidation site. PMID:24204436

  1. Synthesizing and modifying peptides for chemoselective ligation and assembly into quantum dot-peptide bioconjugates.

    PubMed

    Algar, W Russ; Blanco-Canosa, Juan B; Manthe, Rachel L; Susumu, Kimihiro; Stewart, Michael H; Dawson, Philip E; Medintz, Igor L

    2013-01-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) are well-established as photoluminescent nanoparticle probes for in vitro or in vivo imaging, sensing, and even drug delivery. A critical component of this research is the need to reliably conjugate peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, and other biomolecules to QDs in a controlled manner. In this chapter, we describe the conjugation of peptides to CdSe/ZnS QDs using a combination of polyhistidine self-assembly and hydrazone ligation. The former is a high-affinity interaction with the inorganic surface of the QD; the latter is a highly efficient and chemoselective reaction that occurs between 4-formylbenzoyl (4FB) and 2-hydrazinonicotinoyl (HYNIC) moieties. Two methods are presented for modifying peptides with these functional groups: (1) solid phase peptide synthesis; and (2) solution phase modification of pre-synthesized, commercial peptides. We further describe the aniline-catalyzed ligation of 4FB- and HYNIC-modified peptides, in the presence of a fluorescent label on the latter peptide, as well as subsequent assembly of the ligated peptide to water-soluble QDs. Many technical elements of these protocols can be extended to labeling peptides with other small molecule reagents. Overall, the bioconjugate chemistry is robust, selective, and modular, thereby potentiating the controlled conjugation of QDs with a diverse array of biomolecules for various applications. PMID:23918329

  2. Efficient Biocatalytic Synthesis of Chiral Chemicals.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Pan, Jiang; Ma, Bao-Di; Xu, Jian-He

    2016-01-01

    Chiral chemicals are a group of important chiral synthons for the synthesis of a series of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and fine chemicals. In past decades, a number of biocatalytic approaches have been developed for the green and effective synthesis of various chiral chemicals. However, the practical application of these biocatalytic processes is still hindered by the lack of highly efficient and robust biocatalysts, which usually results in the low volumetric productivity and high cost of the bioprocesses. Further step forward of biocatalysis in industrial application strongly requires the development of versatile and highly efficient biocatalysts, aiming to increase the process efficiency and facilitate the downstream processing. Recently, the fast growth of genome sequences in the database in post-genomic era offers great opportunities for accessing numerous biocatalysts with practical application potential, and the so-called genome mining approach provides time-effective and highly specific strategy for the fast identification of target enzymes with desired properties and outperforms the traditional screening of soil samples for microbial enzyme producers of interest. A number of biocatalytic processes with industrial application potential were developed thereafter. Further development of protein engineering strategies, process optimization, and cooperative work between biologists, organic chemists, and engineers is expected to make biocatalysis technology the first choice approach for the eco-friendly, highly efficient, and cost-effective synthesis of chiral chemicals in the near future. PMID:25537446

  3. Approximation concepts for efficient structural synthesis

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Schmit, L. A., Jr.; Miura, H.

    1976-01-01

    It is shown that efficient structural synthesis capabilities can be created by using approximation concepts to mesh finite element structural analysis methods with nonlinear mathematical programming techniques. The history of the application of mathematical programming techniques to structural design optimization problems is reviewed. Several rather general approximation concepts are described along with the technical foundations of the ACCESS 1 computer program, which implements several approximation concepts. A substantial collection of structural design problems involving truss and idealized wing structures is presented. It is concluded that since the basic ideas employed in creating the ACCESS 1 program are rather general, its successful development supports the contention that the introduction of approximation concepts will lead to the emergence of a new generation of practical and efficient, large scale, structural synthesis capabilities in which finite element analysis methods and mathematical programming algorithms will play a central role.

  4. Mo(CO)6 catalysed chemoselective hydrosilylation of α,β-unsaturated amides for the formation of allylamines.

    PubMed

    Volkov, Alexey; Tinnis, Fredrik; Slagbrand, Tove; Pershagen, Ida; Adolfsson, Hans

    2014-12-01

    Molybdenum hexacarbonyl (Mo(CO)6) was used as an efficient catalyst for the chemoselective reduction of the amide functionality in α,β-unsaturated compounds, under hydrosilylation conditions using 1,1,3,3-tetramethyldisiloxane (TMDS) as the hydride source. PMID:25307061

  5. Pd-Catalyzed Intramolecular Heck Reaction, C(sp(2))-H Activation, 1,4-Pd Migration, and Aminopalladation: Chemoselective Synthesis of Dihydroindeno[1,2,3-kl]acridines and 3-Arylindoles.

    PubMed

    Gu, Zheng-Yang; Liu, Cheng-Guo; Wang, Shun-Yi; Ji, Shun-Jun

    2016-05-20

    Palladium-catalyzed intramolecular Heck reaction and aminopalladation of N-(2-(1-phenylvinyl)phenyl)aniline for the efficient synthesis of dihydroindeno[1,2,3-kl]acridines and 3-arylindoles via tuning of the phosphine ligands and solvents under two optimized conditions are reported. The reaction follows a 1,4-Pd migration, aminopalladation, C(sp(2))-H activation, as well as five- and six-membered-ring fusion to form different products. The dihydroindeno[1,2,3-kl]acridine derivatives showed higher triplet energy (ET) levels than common blue phosphorescent dopant and may serve as good host candidates for blue triplet emitters. PMID:27137482

  6. The Daphniphyllum Alkaloids: Total Synthesis of (−)-Calyciphylline N

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    Presented here is a full account on the development of a strategy culminating in the first total synthesis of the architecturally complex daphniphyllum alkaloid, (−)-calyciphylline N. Highlights of the approach include a highly diastereoselective, intramolecular Diels–Alder reaction of a silicon-tethered acrylate; an efficient Stille carbonylation of a sterically encumbered vinyl triflate; a one-pot Nazarov cyclization/proto-desilylation sequence; and the chemoselective hydrogenation of a fully substituted diene ester. PMID:25756504

  7. Efficient synthesis of benzamide riboside, a potential anticancer agent.

    PubMed

    Bonnac, Laurent F; Gao, Guang-Yao; Chen, Liqiang; Patterson, Steven E; Jayaram, Hiremagalur N; Pankiewicz, Krzysztof W

    2007-01-01

    An efficient five step synthesis of benzamide riboside (BR) amenable for a large scale synthesis has been developed. It allows for extensive pre-clinical studies of BR as a potential anticancer agent. PMID:18066762

  8. Efficient Synthesis of Fluorescent Squaraine Rotaxane Dendrimers

    PubMed Central

    Xiao, Shuzhang; Fu, Na; Peckham, Kaitlin; Smith, Bradley D.

    2009-01-01

    A squaraine rotaxane scaffold with four alkynes groups is readily converted into a range of dendritic architectures using high yielding copper catalyzed alkyne azide cycloaddition (CuAAC) chemistry. A convergent synthesis approach is more efficient than a divergent pathway. Dendritic squaraine rotaxanes with peripheral amine groups can be further functionalized to produce multivalent deep-red fluorescent derivatives that exhibit high brightness and outstanding chemical stability in biological solution. The surface groups on these functionalized fluorescent dendrimers include guanidinium, mannose, and phosphatidylcholine. PMID:19957971

  9. Chemoselective conversion of biologically sourced polyols into chiral synthons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Adduci, Laura L.; Bender, Trandon A.; Dabrowski, Jennifer A.; Gagné, Michel R.

    2015-07-01

    Crude oil currently provides much of the world's energy, but it is also the source of many feedstock chemicals. Methodology for the conversion of biomass into useful chemicals has often focused on either complete deoxygenation or the production of high-volume platform chemicals. Here, we describe the chemoselective partial reduction of silyl-protected C6O6-derived polyols to produce a diverse set of oxygen-functionalized chiral synthons. The combination of B(C6F5)3 and a tertiary silane efficiently generates a reactive equivalent of an electrophilic silylium ion (R3Si+) and a hydride (H-) reducing agent. The mechanism of oxygen loss does not involve a dehydrative elimination and thus avoids ablation of stereochemistry. Neighbouring group participation and the formation of cyclic intermediates is key to achieving selectivity in these reactions and, where both primary and secondary C-O bonds are present, the mechanism allows further control. The method provides—in one or two synthetic steps—highly improved syntheses of many C6On synthons as well as several previously undescribed products.

  10. 1-Azadienes as regio- and chemoselective dienophiles in aminocatalytic asymmetric Diels-Alder reaction.

    PubMed

    Ma, Chao; Gu, Jing; Teng, Bin; Zhou, Qing-Qing; Li, Rui; Chen, Ying-Chun

    2013-12-20

    Electron-deficient 1-aza-1,3-butadienes containing a 1,2-benzoisothiazole-1,1-dioxide or 1,2,3-benzoxathiazine-2,2-dioxide motif act as regio- and chemoselective dienophiles in normal-electron-demand Diels-Alder reactions with HOMO-raised trienamines, rather than typical 4π-participation in inverse-electron-demand versions. The enantioenriched cycloadducts could be efficiently converted to spiro or fused frameworks with high structural and stereogenic complexity by a sequential aza-benzoin reaction or other transformations. PMID:24215629

  11. Efficient Synthesis of 5-Carboxy-2'-Deoxypyrimidine Nucleoside 5'-Triphosphates.

    PubMed

    Gong, Shan-Shan; Sun, Jian; You, Yue-Hai; Chen, Ji-Zong; Liu, Guo-Dong; Sun, Qi

    2016-06-01

    An efficient P(V)-N activation method for the synthesis of 5-carboxy-2'-deoxyuridine and 5-carboxy-2'-deoxycytidine triphosphates directly from the corresponding phosphoropiperidate precursors has been developed. PMID:27104859

  12. An efficient synthesis of loline alkaloids

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cakmak, Mesut; Mayer, Peter; Trauner, Dirk

    2011-07-01

    Loline (1) is a small alkaloid that, in spite of its simple-looking structure, has posed surprising challenges to synthetic chemists. It has been known for more than a century and has been the subject of extensive biological investigations, but only two total syntheses have been achieved to date. Here, we report an asymmetric total synthesis of loline that, with less then ten steps, is remarkably short. Our synthesis incorporates a Sharpless epoxidation, a Grubbs olefin metathesis and an unprecedented transannular aminobromination, which converts an eight-membered cyclic carbamate into a bromopyrrolizidine. The synthesis is marked by a high degree of chemo- and stereoselectivity and gives access to several members of the loline alkaloid family. It delivers sufficient material to support a programme aimed at studying the complex interactions between plants, fungi, insects and bacteria brokered by loline alkaloids.

  13. Chemoselective Transformation of Diarylethanones to Arylmethanoic Acids and Diarylmethanones and Mechanistic Insights.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xing; Chen, Rui-Xi; Wei, Zeng-Feng; Zhang, Chen-Yang; Tu, Hai-Yang; Zhang, Ai-Dong

    2016-01-01

    The chemoselective transformation of diarylethanones via either aerobic oxidative cleavage to give arylmethanoic acids or tandem aerobic oxidation/benzilic acid rearrangement/decarboxylation to give diarylmethanones has been developed. The transformation is controllable and applicable to a broad spectrum of substrates and affords the desired products in good to excellent yields. Mechanistic insights with control reactions, (1)H NMR tracking, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveal a complex mechanistic network in which two common intermediates, α-ketohydroperoxide and diarylethanedione, and three plausible pathways are proposed and verified. These pathways are interlinked and can be switched reasonably by changing the reaction conditions. This method enables scalable synthesis and access to a number of valuable compounds, including vitamin B3, diphenic acid, and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug ketoprofen. The present protocol represents a step forward in exploiting complex mechanistic networks to control reaction pathways, achieving divergent syntheses from the same class of starting materials. PMID:26618373

  14. Efficient synthesis of esermethole and its analogues.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Yongyun; Zhao, Yuanhong; Dai, Xiaoyong; Liu, Jianping; Li, Liang; Zhang, Hongbin

    2011-06-01

    In this work, a general and flexible synthetic route towards the synthesis of pyrroloindoline alkaloids was developed. This new strategy features with a palladium mediated sequential arylation-allylation of o-bromoanilides and leads to the construction of oxindoles bearing a full carbon quaternary center. The cheap triphenylphosphine was proved to be a highly effective ligand for this one pot transformation. On the basis of this new method, esermethole and its analogues were synthesized. PMID:21472186

  15. An Efficient Microscale Procedure for the Synthesis of Aspirin

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pandita, Sangeeta; Goyal, Samta

    1998-06-01

    The synthesis of aspirin is a part of many undergraduate organic synthesis labs and is frequently used in qualitative organic analysis laboratory for the identification of salicylic acid. We have found that aspirin can be synthesized on microscale by a simple and efficient procedure that eliminates the heating step employed in literature procedures and gives a pure, ferric-negative product (no purple color with alcoholic ferric chloride solution).

  16. A Pot-Economical Approach to the Total Synthesis of Sch-725674.

    PubMed

    Bodugam, Mahipal; Javed, Salim; Ganguly, Arghya; Torres, Jessica; Hanson, Paul R

    2016-02-01

    A pot-economical total synthesis of antifungal Sch-725674, 1, is reported. The approach takes advantage of a number of one-pot, sequential transformations, including a phosphate tether-mediated one-pot, sequential RCM/CM/chemoselective hydrogenation protocol, a one-pot tosylation/acrylation sequence, and a one-pot, sequential Finkelstein reaction/Boord olefination/acetonide deprotection procedure to streamline the synthesis route by reducing isolation and purification procedures, thus saving time. Overall, an asymmetric route has been developed that is efficiently accomplished in seven pots from phosphate (S,S)-triene and with minimal purification. PMID:26760683

  17. An efficient total synthesis of (+/-)-stemonamine.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Yu-Ming; Gu, Peiming; Tu, Yong-Qiang; Fan, Chun-An; Zhang, Qingwei

    2008-05-01

    An efficient first approach to the Stemona alkaloid (+/-)-Stemonamine has been developed on the basis of a key TiCl4 promoted tandem Semipinacol rearrangement/Schmidt reaction and a Dieckmann condensation reaction. PMID:18363326

  18. "Clickable", trifunctional magnetite nanoparticles and their chemoselective biofunctionalization.

    PubMed

    Das, Manasmita; Bandyopadhyay, Debarati; Mishra, Debasish; Datir, Satyajit; Dhak, Prasanta; Jain, Sanyog; Maiti, Tapas Kumar; Basak, Amit; Pramanik, Panchanan

    2011-06-15

    A multifunctional iron oxide based nanoformulation for combined cancer-targeted therapy and multimodal imaging has been meticulously designed and synthesized using a chemoselective ligation approach. Novel superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles simultaneously functionalized with amine, carboxyl, and azide groups were fabricated through a sequence of stoichiometrically controllable partial succinylation and Cu (II) catalyzed diazo transfer on the reactive amine termini of 2-aminoethylphosphonate grafted magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs). Functional moieties associated with MNP surface were chemoselectively conjugated with rhodamine B isothiocyanate (RITC), propargyl folate (FA), and paclitaxel (PTX) via tandem nucleophic addition of amine to isothithiocyanates, Cu (I) catalyzed azide--alkyne click chemistry and carbodiimide-promoted esterification. An extensive in vitro study established that the bioactives chemoselectively appended to the magnetite core bequeathed multifunctionality to the nanoparticles without any loss of activity of the functional molecules. Multifunctional nanoparticles, developed in the course of the study, could selectively target and induce apoptosis to folate-receptor (FR) overexpressing cancer cells with enhanced efficacy as compared to the free drug. In addition, the dual optical and magnetic properties of the synthesized nanoparticles aided in the real-time tracking of their intracellular pathways also as apoptotic events through dual fluorescence and MR-based imaging. PMID:21545182

  19. Endogenous protein-synthesis efficiency in trauma victims.

    PubMed

    Jeevanandam, M; Young, D H; Schiller, W R

    1989-10-01

    Hyperglycemia despite increased glucose oxidation and hypoaminoacidemia despite increased rate of protein breakdown are frequently seen in hypermetabolic and highly catabolic patients with major trauma. The extent of reutilization of endogeneously produced amino acids in the synthesis of new proteins (protein recycling) by the traumatized human is poorly understood. The protein synthesis efficiency was measured in ten multiple trauma patients during the early "flow" phase of injury, and these data were compared with normal and depleted patients. In acute trauma the synthetic efficiency of protein is significantly (P = .01) low (61% +/- 4%) compared with other pathologic states (78% +/- 1%). This suggests that the priority is preferentially set to meet the increased demands of glucose production, and a major portion of the amino acids are utilized for purposes other than synthesis of body proteins. This observation should be taken into account in the early management of acute trauma patients before the body adapts to accept the exogenous supply of amino acids. PMID:2477665

  20. Efficient synthesis of ABAB functionalized phthalocyanines.

    PubMed

    Fazio, Ettore; Jaramillo-García, Javier; de la Torre, Gema; Torres, Tomás

    2014-09-19

    ABAB-type Zn(II) phthalocyanines, crosswise-functionalized with two and four iodine atoms, respectively, have been efficiently prepared using statistical condensation procedures. Key to the selective preparation of the opposite ABAB isomers versus the adjacent AABB ones is the use of bulky 3,6-(3',5'-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)phthalonitrile with hampered self-condensation capabilities. PMID:25181582

  1. Noninvasive imaging of sialyltransferase activity in living cells by chemoselective recognition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bao, Lei; Ding, Lin; Yang, Min; Ju, Huangxian

    2015-06-01

    To elucidate the biological and pathological functions of sialyltransferases (STs), intracellular ST activity evaluation is necessary. Focusing on the lack of noninvasive methods for obtaining the dynamic activity information, this work designs a sensing platform for in situ FRET imaging of intracellular ST activity and tracing of sialylation process. The system uses tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate labeled asialofetuin (TRITC-AF) as a ST substrate and fluorescein isothiocyanate labeled 3-aminophenylboronic acid (FITC-APBA) as the chemoselective recognition probe of sialylation product, both of which are encapsulated in a liposome vesicle for cellular delivery. The recognition of FITC-APBA to sialylated TRITC-AF leads to the FRET signal that is analyzed by FRET efficiency images. This strategy has been used to evaluate the correlation of ST activity with malignancy and cell surface sialylation, and the sialylation inhibition activity of inhibitors. This work provides a powerful noninvasive tool for glycan biosynthesis mechanism research, cancer diagnostics and drug development.

  2. Noninvasive imaging of sialyltransferase activity in living cells by chemoselective recognition.

    PubMed

    Bao, Lei; Ding, Lin; Yang, Min; Ju, Huangxian

    2015-01-01

    To elucidate the biological and pathological functions of sialyltransferases (STs), intracellular ST activity evaluation is necessary. Focusing on the lack of noninvasive methods for obtaining the dynamic activity information, this work designs a sensing platform for in situ FRET imaging of intracellular ST activity and tracing of sialylation process. The system uses tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate labeled asialofetuin (TRITC-AF) as a ST substrate and fluorescein isothiocyanate labeled 3-aminophenylboronic acid (FITC-APBA) as the chemoselective recognition probe of sialylation product, both of which are encapsulated in a liposome vesicle for cellular delivery. The recognition of FITC-APBA to sialylated TRITC-AF leads to the FRET signal that is analyzed by FRET efficiency images. This strategy has been used to evaluate the correlation of ST activity with malignancy and cell surface sialylation, and the sialylation inhibition activity of inhibitors. This work provides a powerful noninvasive tool for glycan biosynthesis mechanism research, cancer diagnostics and drug development. PMID:26046317

  3. Desilylative activation of TMSCN in chemoselective Strecker-Ugi type reaction: functional fused imidazoles as building blocks as an entry route to annulated purines.

    PubMed

    Guchhait, Sankar K; Chaudhary, Vikas

    2014-09-14

    A pathway of desilylative activation of TMSCN as a functional isonitrile equivalent, and DABCO-THF as an appropriate system for activation in a chemoselective Strecker-Ugi type reaction, has rendered ethyl glyoxalate and various heterocyclic-2-amidines as feasible substrates, and afforded the successful synthesis of 3-amino-2-carboxyethyl substituted fused imidazoles as useful building blocks. This class of functional scaffold has provided, via construction of the fused pyrimidinone motif, the synthesis of biologically important C8-N9 annulated purines, adenines and their oxo/thio analogs. This new approach is convenient and flexible for the preparation of versatile purine-condensed heterocycles. PMID:25032666

  4. Homogeneous and heterogeneous photoredox-catalyzed hydroxymethylation of ketones and keto esters: catalyst screening, chemoselectivity and dilution effects

    PubMed Central

    Reckenthäler, Melissa

    2014-01-01

    Summary The homogeneous titanium- and dye-catalyzed as well as the heterogeneous semiconductor particle-catalyzed photohydroxymethylation of ketones by methanol were investigated in order to evaluate the most active photocatalyst system. Dialkoxytitanium dichlorides are the most efficient species for chemoselective hydroxymethylation of acetophenone as well as other aromatic and aliphatic ketones. Pinacol coupling is the dominant process for semiconductor catalysis and ketone reduction dominates the Ti(OiPr)4/methanol or isopropanol systems. Application of dilution effects on the TiO2 catalysis leads to an increase in hydroxymethylation at the expense of the pinacol coupling. PMID:24991265

  5. Diazo Groups Endure Metabolism and Enable Chemoselectivity in Cellulo

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a stabilized diazo group as a reporter for chemical biology. ManDiaz, which is a diazo derivative of N-acetylmannosamine, is found to endure cellular metabolism and label the surface of a mammalian cell. There its diazo group can undergo a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition with a strained alkyne, providing a signal comparable to that from the azido congener, ManNAz. The chemoselectivity of diazo and alkynyl groups enables dual labeling of cells that is not possible with azido and alkynyl groups. Thus, the diazo group, which is approximately half the size of an azido group, provides unique opportunities for orthogonal labeling of cellular components. PMID:25658416

  6. Regio- and chemoselective immobilization of proteins on gold surfaces.

    PubMed

    Choi, Seoung-Ryoung; Seo, Jin-Soo; Bohaty, Rochelle F H; Poulter, C Dale

    2014-02-19

    Protein chips are powerful tools as analytical and diagnostic devices for detection of biomolecular interactions, where the proteins are covalently or noncovalently attached to biosensing surfaces to capture and detect target molecules or biomarkers. Thus, fabrication of biosensing surfaces for regio- and chemoselective immobilization of biomolecules is a crucial step for better biosensor performance. In our previous studies, a regio- and chemoselective immobilization strategy was demonstrated on glass surfaces. This strategy is now used to regioselectively attach proteins to self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold surfaces. Recombinant green fluorescent protein (GFP), glutathione S-transferase (GST), and antibody-binding protein G, bearing a C-terminal CVIA motif, were prepared and a farnesyl analogue with an ω-alkyne moiety was attached to the sulfhydryl moiety in the cysteine side chain by protein farnesyltransferase. The proteins, modified with the bioorthogonal alkyne functional group, were covalently and regioselectively immobilized on thiol or dithiocarbamate (DTC) SAMs on a gold surface by a Huigsen [3 + 2] cycloaddition reaction with minimal nonspecific binding. A concentration-dependent increase of fluorescence intensity was observed in wells treated with GFP on both thiol- and DTC-SAMs. The highly ordered, densely packed layer allowed for a high loading of immobilized protein, with a concomitant increase in substrate binding capacity. The DTC-SAMs were substantially more resistant to displacement of the immobilized proteins from the gold surface by β-mercaptoethanol than alkane-thiol SAMs. PMID:24437976

  7. Efficient synthesis and reactions of 1,2-dipyrrolylethynes

    PubMed Central

    Tanui, Hillary K.; Hao, Erhong; Ihachi, Moses I.; Fronczek, Frank R.; Smith, Kevin M.; Vicente, M. Graça H.

    2011-01-01

    Various dipyrroles possess important motifs for construction of pyrrole-containing pigments. A series of 1,2-dipyrrolylethynes (4a–d) has been efficiently synthesized using an improved one-pot double Sonagashira coupling from trimethylsilylethyne and various 2-iodopyrroles. The resulting 1,2-dipyrrolylethynes were further transformed into novel indolyl-, ethenyl- and carboranyl-dipyrroles (5–7) using the Larock indole synthesis, stereoselective catalytic hydrogenation, or B10H14. Indolyl-dipyrroles were found to selectively bind fluoride ions using one pyrrolic and the indolyl NHs, whereas the carboranyl- and ethenyl-dipyrroles are potentially valuable precursors for the synthesis of porphyrin isomers and expanded pigments. PMID:21822371

  8. Energy efficiency in nanoscale synthesis using nanosecond plasmas

    PubMed Central

    Pai, David Z.; (Ken) Ostrikov, Kostya; Kumar, Shailesh; Lacoste, Deanna A.; Levchenko, Igor; Laux, Christophe O.

    2013-01-01

    We report a nanoscale synthesis technique using nanosecond-duration plasma discharges. Voltage pulses 12.5 kV in amplitude and 40 ns in duration were applied repetitively at 30 kHz across molybdenum electrodes in open ambient air, generating a nanosecond spark discharge that synthesized well-defined MoO3 nanoscale architectures (i.e. flakes, dots, walls, porous networks) upon polyamide and copper substrates. No nitrides were formed. The energy cost was as low as 75 eV per atom incorporated into a nanostructure, suggesting a dramatic reduction compared to other techniques using atmospheric pressure plasmas. These findings show that highly efficient synthesis at atmospheric pressure without catalysts or external substrate heating can be achieved in a simple fashion using nanosecond discharges. PMID:23386976

  9. Hybrid phase ligation for efficient synthesis of histone proteins.

    PubMed

    Yu, Ruixuan R; Mahto, Santosh K; Justus, Kurt; Alexander, Mallory M; Howard, Cecil J; Ottesen, Jennifer J

    2016-02-24

    We introduce a hybrid solid-solution phase ligation approach that combines the efficiency of solid phase ligation with solution phase ligation in the total synthesis of modified histone proteins. A two linker strategy allows analysis throughout work on the solid phase and maximizes yields through cleavage at an external Rink, while an internal HMBA linker allows the native carboxyl terminus for any protein sequence. We demonstrate this approach for two histone proteins: triple-acetylated H4-K5ac, K12ac, K91ac and CENP-A-K124ac. PMID:26821702

  10. Amino acid-functionalized dendrimers with heterobifunctional chemoselective peripheral groups for drug delivery applications

    PubMed Central

    Navath, RS; Menjoge, AR; Wang, B; Romero, R; Kannan, S; Kannan, RM

    2013-01-01

    Dendrimers have emerged as multifunctional carriers for targeted drug delivery, gene delivery and imaging. Improving the functional versatility at the surface for carrying multiple conjugation reactions is becoming vital. Typically, generation four polyamidoamine (G4-PAMAM) dendrimers bear ~64 symmetrical end groups, often requiring different spacers to conjugate various functional groups (drugs and targeting moieties), increasing the synthetic steps. In the present study, a simple one-step synthesis to convert each symmetrical end group of G4-PAMAM dendrimers into two reactive, distinct orthogonal and chemoselective groups is described. A near-complete end-capping of the dendrimers (87–93%) with amino acids results in heterobifunctional G4-PAMAM dendrimers bearing a very high (≥ 110) diverse peripheral end groups (OH+NHBoc, OH+COOMe, SH+NHBoc, and COOH+NHBoc). Postfunctionalization ability of these dendrimers was evaluated. The heterbifunctional groups at the dendrimer periphery could be chemoselectively conjugated to multiple moieties such as drugs (indomethacin and dexamethasone) and drugs and imaging agents (dexamethasone and FITC). These conjugations could be achieved in immediate succession without functional group conversions, eliminating the additional elaborate synthetic steps traditionally required to append specific linkers. Furthermore, one of the two functional handles at periphery was used to develop in situ forming hydrogels, whereas the other handle could be used for conjugating the drugs (e.g., dexamethasone). The heterobifunctional dendrimers with either “NH2 or SH (thiopyridyl protected form)” terminations showed in situ hydrogel formation by cross-linking with N-hydroxysuccinimide or thiol-terminated multiarm polyethylene glycol (20 kDa). The choice of amino acids as versatile linkers would enable biocompatible dendrimer scaffolds for use in drug delivery. ζ-potential measurements showed drastic lowering of the charge on G4-PAMAM-NH2 dendrimers by end-capping with amino acids, whereas in the case of neutral G4-PAMAM-OH dendrimers, the charge did not increase or decrease substantially. The in vitro cytotoxicity and hemolysis assay showed that the heterobifunctional dendrimers were noncytoxic in the 100 ng/mL to 1 mg/mL concentration range. With this study, we demonstrate the development of biocompatible dendrimers bearing multiple orthogonal surface groups, enabling the attachment of drugs, imaging agents, and gel formation using minimal synthetic steps. PMID:20415504

  11. Chemoselective reduction and oxidation of ketones in water through control of the electron transfer pathway

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Sun Min; Yoo, Ho Sung; Hosono, Hideo; Yang, Jung Woon; Kim, Sung Wng

    2015-01-01

    The selective synthesis of different products from the same starting materials in water, which is the most abundant solvent in nature, is a crucial issue as it maximizes the utilization of materials. Realizing such reactions for ketones is of considerable importance because numerous organic functionalities can be obtained via nucleophilic addition reactions. Herein, we report chemoselective reduction and oxidation reactions of 1,2-diketones in water, which initiates anionic electron transfer from the inorganic electride [Ca24Al28O64]4+·4e−, through controlling the pathway of the electrons to substrates. The generation of different radical species for transient intermediates was the key process required to control the reaction selectivity, which was achieved by reacting the anionic electrons with either diketones or O2, leading to the formation of ketyl dianion and superoxide radicals in the reduction and oxidation reactions, respectively. This methodology that utilizes electrides may provide an alternative to the pulse radiolysis of water in synthetic chemistry. PMID:26020413

  12. Chemoselective reduction and oxidation of ketones in water through control of the electron transfer pathway.

    PubMed

    Kim, Sun Min; Yoo, Ho Sung; Hosono, Hideo; Yang, Jung Woon; Kim, Sung Wng

    2015-01-01

    The selective synthesis of different products from the same starting materials in water, which is the most abundant solvent in nature, is a crucial issue as it maximizes the utilization of materials. Realizing such reactions for ketones is of considerable importance because numerous organic functionalities can be obtained via nucleophilic addition reactions. Herein, we report chemoselective reduction and oxidation reactions of 1,2-diketones in water, which initiates anionic electron transfer from the inorganic electride [Ca24Al28O64](4+)·4e(-), through controlling the pathway of the electrons to substrates. The generation of different radical species for transient intermediates was the key process required to control the reaction selectivity, which was achieved by reacting the anionic electrons with either diketones or O2, leading to the formation of ketyl dianion and superoxide radicals in the reduction and oxidation reactions, respectively. This methodology that utilizes electrides may provide an alternative to the pulse radiolysis of water in synthetic chemistry. PMID:26020413

  13. Donor Substrate Regeneration for Efficient Synthesis of Globotetraose and Isoglobotetraose

    PubMed Central

    Shao, Jun; Zhang, Jianbo; Kowal, Przemyslaw; Wang, Peng George

    2002-01-01

    Here we describe the efficient synthesis of two oligosaccharide moieties of human glycosphingolipids, globotetraose (GalNAcβ1→3Galα1→4Galβ1→4Glc) and isoglobotetraose (GalNAcβ1→3Galα1→3Galβ1→4Glc), with in situ enzymatic regeneration of UDP-N-acetylgalactosamine (UDP-GalNAc). We demonstrate that the recombinant β-1,3-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase from Haemophilus influenzae strain Rd can transfer N-acetylgalactosamine to a wide range of acceptor substrates with a terminal galactose residue. The donor substrate UDP-GalNAc can be regenerated by a six-enzyme reaction cycle consisting of phosphoglucosamine mutase, UDP-N-acetylglucosamine pyrophosphorylase, phosphate acetyltransferase, pyruvate kinase, and inorganic pyrophosphatase from Escherichia coli, as well as UDP-N-acetylglucosamine C4 epimerase from Plesiomonas shigelloides. All these enzymes were overexpressed in E. coli with six-histidine tags and were purified by one-step nickel-nitrilotriacetic acid affinity chromatography. Multiple-enzyme synthesis of globotetraose or isoglobotetraose with the purified enzymes was achieved with relatively high yields. PMID:12406759

  14. Electrocarboxylation: towards sustainable and efficient synthesis of valuable carboxylic acids

    PubMed Central

    Matthessen, Roman; Fransaer, Jan; Binnemans, Koen

    2014-01-01

    Summary The near-unlimited availability of CO2 has stimulated a growing research effort in creating value-added products from this greenhouse gas. This paper presents the trends on the most important methods used in the electrochemical synthesis of carboxylic acids from carbon dioxide. An overview is given of different substrate groups which form carboxylic acids upon CO2 fixation, including mechanistic considerations. While most work focuses on the electrocarboxylation of substrates with sacrificial anodes, this review considers the possibilities and challenges of implementing other synthetic methodologies. In view of potential industrial application, the choice of reactor setup, electrode type and reaction pathway has a large influence on the sustainability and efficiency of the process. PMID:25383120

  15. Enantioselective synthesis of a dual orexin receptor antagonist.

    PubMed

    Mangion, Ian K; Sherry, Benjamin D; Yin, Jingjun; Fleitz, Fred J

    2012-07-01

    A concise, enantioselective synthesis of the potent dual orexin inhibitor suvorexant (1) is reported. Key features of the synthesis include a mild copper-catalyzed amination, a highly chemoselective conjugate addition, and a tandem enantioselective transamination/seven-membered ring annulation. The synthesis requires inexpensive starting materials and only four linear steps for completion. PMID:22725839

  16. Chemodivergent, One-Pot, Multi-Component Synthesis of Pyrroles and Tetrahydropyridines under Solvent- and Catalyst-Free Conditions Using the Grinding Method.

    PubMed

    Dhinakaran, Isaivani; Padmini, Vediappen; Bhuvanesh, Nattamai

    2016-05-01

    A highly efficient, chemoselective synthesis of a library of polysubstituted pyrroles and tetrahydropyridines has been achieved through the one-pot, multicomponent reactions of ethyl (E)-3-(aryl/alkyl amino) acrylates, 2,2-dihydroxy-1-arylethan-1-ones, and malononitrile under solvent- and catalyst-free grinding conditions. The selective formation of pyrrole or tetrahydropyridines relied on substitution of the N-aryl of ethyl (E)-3-(4-arylamino) acrylates. These reactions presumably occurred via a domino Knoevenagel condensation and Michael addition followed by an intramolecular cyclization sequence of reactions in a single transformation. PMID:26972275

  17. General chemoselective and redox-responsive ligation and release strategy.

    PubMed

    Park, Sungjin; Westcott, Nathan P; Luo, Wei; Dutta, Debjit; Yousaf, Muhammad N

    2014-03-19

    We report a switchable redox click and cleave reaction strategy for conjugating and releasing a range of molecules on demand. This chemoselective redox-responsive ligation (CRRL) and release strategy is based on a redox switchable oxime linkage that is controlled by mild chemical or electrochemical redox signals and can be performed at physiological conditions without the use of a catalyst. Both conjugation and release reactions are kinetically well behaved and quantitative. The CRRL strategy is synthetically modular and easily monitored and characterized by routine analytical techniques. We demonstrate how the CRRL strategy can be used for the dynamic generation of cyclic peptides and the ligation of two different peptides that are stable but can be selectively cleaved upon changes in the redox environment. We also demonstrate a new redox based delivery of cargoes to live cells strategy via the CRRL methodology by synthesizing a FRET redox-responsive probe that is selectively activated within a cellular environment. We believe the ease of the CRRL strategy should find wide use in a range of applications in biology, tissue engineering, nanoscience, synthetic chemistry, and material science and will expand the suite of current conjugation and release strategies. PMID:24559434

  18. General Chemoselective and Redox-Responsive Ligation and Release Strategy

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    We report a switchable redox click and cleave reaction strategy for conjugating and releasing a range of molecules on demand. This chemoselective redox-responsive ligation (CRRL) and release strategy is based on a redox switchable oxime linkage that is controlled by mild chemical or electrochemical redox signals and can be performed at physiological conditions without the use of a catalyst. Both conjugation and release reactions are kinetically well behaved and quantitative. The CRRL strategy is synthetically modular and easily monitored and characterized by routine analytical techniques. We demonstrate how the CRRL strategy can be used for the dynamic generation of cyclic peptides and the ligation of two different peptides that are stable but can be selectively cleaved upon changes in the redox environment. We also demonstrate a new redox based delivery of cargoes to live cells strategy via the CRRL methodology by synthesizing a FRET redox-responsive probe that is selectively activated within a cellular environment. We believe the ease of the CRRL strategy should find wide use in a range of applications in biology, tissue engineering, nanoscience, synthetic chemistry, and material science and will expand the suite of current conjugation and release strategies. PMID:24559434

  19. Chemoselective Reduction of Tertiary Amides under Thermal Control: Formation of either Aldehydes or Amines.

    PubMed

    Tinnis, Fredrik; Volkov, Alexey; Slagbrand, Tove; Adolfsson, Hans

    2016-03-24

    The chemoselective reduction of amides in the presence of other more reactive reducible functional groups is a highly challenging transformation, and successful examples thereof are most valuable in synthetic organic chemistry. Only a limited number of systems have demonstrated the chemoselective reduction of amides over ketones. Until now, the aldehyde functionality has not been shown to be compatible in any catalytic reduction protocol. Described herein is a [Mo(CO)6 ]-catalyzed protocol with an unprecedented chemoselectivity and allows for the reduction of amides in the presence of aldehydes and imines. Furthermore, the system proved to be tunable by variation of the temperature, which enabled for either C-O or C-N bond cleavage that ultimately led to the isolation of both amines and aldehydes, respectively, in high chemical yields. PMID:26934055

  20. Hypervalent iodine reagents enable chemoselective deboronative/decarboxylative alkenylation by photoredox catalysis.

    PubMed

    Huang, Hanchu; Jia, Kunfang; Chen, Yiyun

    2015-02-01

    Chemoselective C(sp(3))-C(sp(2)) coupling reactions under mild reaction conditions are useful for synthesizing alkyl-substituted alkenes having sensitive functional groups. Reported here is a visible-light-induced chemoselective alkenylation through a deboronation/decarboxylation sequence under neutral aqueous reaction conditions at room temperature. This reaction represents the first hypervalent-iodine-enabled radical decarboxylative alkenylation reaction, and a novel benziodoxole-vinyl carboxylic acid reaction intermediate was isolated. This C(sp(3))-C(sp(2)) coupling reaction leads to aryl-and acyl-substituted alkenes containing various sensitive functional groups. The excellent chemoselectivity, stable reactants, and neutral aqueous reaction conditions of the reaction suggest future biomolecule applications. PMID:25504966

  1. Chemoselective Sequential Click Ligations Directed by Enhanced Reactivity of an Aromatic Ynamine.

    PubMed

    Hatit, Marine Z C; Sadler, Joanna C; McLean, Liam A; Whitehurst, Benjamin C; Seath, Ciaran P; Humphreys, Luke D; Young, Robert J; Watson, Allan J B; Burley, Glenn A

    2016-04-01

    Aromatic ynamines or N-alkynylheteroarenes are highly reactive alkyne components in Cu-catalyzed Huisgen [3 + 2] cycloaddition ("click") reactions. This enhanced reactivity enables the chemoselective formation of 1,4-triazoles using the representative aromatic ynamine N-ethynylbenzimidazole in the presence of a competing aliphatic alkyne substrate. The unique chemoselectivity profile of N-ethynylbenzimidazole is further demonstrated by the sequential click ligation of a series of highly functionalized azides using a heterobifunctional diyne, dispelling the need for alkyne protecting groups. PMID:27001375

  2. Iodine catalyzed simple and efficient synthesis of antiproliferative 2-pyridones.

    PubMed

    Buduma, Komuraiah; Chinde, Srinivas; Arigari, Niranjana Kumar; Grover, Paramjit; Srinivas, K V N S; Kotesh Kumar, J

    2016-05-01

    A simple and efficient method for the selective synthesis of 2-pyrdones from 4H-pyrans using iodine as catalyst and ethanol as solvent was developed. The present method is equally effective for both aromatic and hetero aromatic ring containing 4H-pyrans. The compatibility with various functional groups, mild reaction conditions, high yields and application of inexpensive, readily and easily available iodine as catalyst and formation of 2-pyridones as major products are the advantages of the present procedure. In vitro antiproliferative activity of the final synthesized compounds was evaluated with four different human cancer cell lines (Lung adenocarcinoma-A549, Hepatocarcinoma-HepG2, Breast carcinoma-MCF-7 and Ovarian carcinoma-SKOV3) and normal human lung fibroblast cell line (MRC-5). Compounds 2b showed better inhibition against MCF-7, HepG2 and A549 cell lines (IC50 8.00±0.11, 11.93±0.01 and 15.85±0.04μM, respectively) as compared with doxorubicin and also 2e showed moderate inhibition against MCF-7, HepG2 (IC50 9.32±0.21 and 20.22±0.01μM, respectively, cell lines, respectively) as compared with doxorubicin. As many clinically used antiproliferative agents induce apoptosis in cancer cells hence, the 2-pyridone analogues were also tested for their ability to induce apoptosis in MCF-7 cells using the caspases-3 and -9 assays. PMID:27036521

  3. A new and efficient procedure for the synthesis of hexahydropyrimidine-fused 1,4-naphthoquinones

    PubMed Central

    Reis, Marcelo Isidoro P; Campos, Vinícius R; Resende, Jackson A L C; Silva, Fernando C

    2015-01-01

    Summary A new and efficient method for the synthesis of hexahydropyrimidine-fused 1,4-naphthoquinones in one step with high yields from the reaction of lawsone with 1,3,5-triazinanes was developed. PMID:26425181

  4. MgI2 -mediated chemoselective cleavage of protecting groups: an alternative to conventional deprotection methodologies.

    PubMed

    Berthet, Matho; Davanier, Florian; Dujardin, Gilles; Martinez, Jean; Parrot, Isabelle

    2015-07-27

    The scope of MgI2 as a valuable tool for quantitative and mild chemoselective cleavage of protecting groups is described here. This novel synthetic approach expands the use of protecting groups, widens the concept of orthogonality in synthetic processes, and offers a facile opportunity to release compounds from solid supports. PMID:26121554

  5. Visible-light-induced chemoselective reductive decarboxylative alkynylation under biomolecule-compatible conditions.

    PubMed

    Yang, Jie; Zhang, Jing; Qi, Li; Hu, Chenchen; Chen, Yiyun

    2015-03-28

    We report a visible-light-induced reductive decarboxylative C(sp(3))-C(sp) bond coupling reaction to construct aryl, alkyl and silyl substituted alkynes at room temperature in organic solvents or neutral aqueous solutions. This chemoselective alkynylation was compatible with various functional groups and biomolecules, and did not affect the protein enzyme activity. PMID:25278239

  6. Chemoselective C-benzylation of unprotected anilines with benzyl alcohols using Re2O7 catalyst.

    PubMed

    Nallagonda, Rajender; Rehan, Mohammad; Ghorai, Prasanta

    2014-04-01

    An unprecedented dehydrative C-C bond formation between unprotected anilines with benzyl alcohols is disclosed. Re2O7 catalyst (5 mol %) at elevated reaction temperature (80 °C) provided C-benzylanilines with high to excellent yields and with good chemoselectivities (over N-alkylation). A probable mechanism has been proposed based on mechanistic studies. PMID:24601671

  7. Efficient synthesis of ethisterone glycoconjugate via bis-triazole linkage.

    PubMed

    Mishra, Kunj B; Mishra, Bhuwan B; Tiwari, Vinod K

    2014-11-18

    Synthesis of sugar based triazolyl azido-alcohols was accomplished via one pot click reaction of glycosyl alkynes with epichlorohydrin in aqueous medium. All the developed triazolyl azido-alcohols were further utilized for the synthesis of bis-triazolyl ethisterone glycoconjugates using CuAAC reaction. The developed triazole-linked ethisterone glycoconjugates would be crucial in androgen receptor pharmacology and chemical biology. PMID:25369262

  8. A Fluorination/Aryl Migration/Cyclization Cascade for the Metal-Free Synthesis of Fluoro-Benzoxazepines.

    PubMed

    Ulmer, Anna; Brunner, Christoph; Arnold, Andreas M; Pöthig, Alexander; Gulder, Tanja

    2016-03-01

    Fluorinated organic molecules are of high interest for many applications across chemical and medical disciplines. Efficient methods for the synthesis of such compounds are thus needed. Within this work, application of the bench-stable cyclic hypervalent iodine(III) fluoro reagent 1 facilitated the development of an efficient, metal-free method for the preparation of the novel class of 4-fluoro-1,3-benzoxazepines starting from readily available styrenes. The efficacy and broad applicability of this concept is demonstrated by the synthesis of 20 structurally diverse congeners in high yields, regio-, and diastereoselectivities. The presented method provides complementary chemoselectivity when compared to the common, commercially available electrophilic fluorination reagents, such as selectfluor. First mechanistic investigations with isotopically labeled substrates reveal a complex reaction mechanism, proceeding via an unusual fluorination/1,2-aryl migration/cyclization cascade. PMID:26641801

  9. An efficient total synthesis of optically active tetrodotoxin from levoglucosenone.

    PubMed

    Urabe, Daisuke; Nishikawa, Toshio; Isobe, Minoru

    2006-07-17

    Tetrodotoxin, a toxic principal of puffer-fish poisoning, is one of the most famous marine natural products, and has been known as a formidable synthetic target in synthesis owing to its multifunctional structure and unusual chemical properties. From the perspective of supplying tetrodotoxin derivatives such as labeled molecules for biochemical research, we have completed our second total synthesis of tetrodotoxin from a synthetic intermediate for 11-deoxytetrodotoxin, which was previously prepared from levoglucosenone as a chiral starting material in this laboratory. This paper discloses the details of the total synthesis with special reference to significant influences on the neighboring functional groups found in the installation of guanidine. The established route should allow us to prepare the tetrodotoxin-related compounds required for biochemical studies. PMID:17441047

  10. Chemoselective O-acylation of hydroxyamino acids and amino alcohols under acidic reaction conditions: History, scope and applications

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Summary Amino acids, whether natural, semisynthetic or synthetic, are among the most important and useful chiral building blocks available for organic chemical synthesis. In principle, they can function as inexpensive, chiral and densely functionalized starting materials. On the other hand, the use of amino acid starting materials routinely necessitates protective group chemistry, and in reality, large-scale preparations of even the simplest side-chain derivatives of many amino acids often become annoyingly strenuous due to the necessity of employing protecting groups, on one or more of the amino acid functionalities, during the synthetic sequence. However, in the case of hydroxyamino acids such as hydroxyproline, serine, threonine, tyrosine and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), many O-acyl side-chain derivatives are directly accessible via a particularly expedient and scalable method not commonly applied until recently. Direct acylation of unprotected hydroxyamino acids with acyl halides or carboxylic anhydrides under appropriately acidic reaction conditions renders possible chemoselective O-acylation, furnishing the corresponding side-chain esters directly, on multigram-scale, in a single step, and without chromatographic purification. Assuming a certain degree of stability under acidic reaction conditions, the method is also applicable for a number of related compounds, such as various amino alcohols and the thiol-functional amino acid cysteine. While the basic methodology underlying this approach has been known for decades, it has evolved through recent developments connected to amino acid-derived chiral organocatalysts to become a more widely recognized procedure for large-scale preparation of many useful side-chain derivatives of hydroxyamino acids and related compounds. Such derivatives are useful in peptide chemistry and drug development, as amino acid amphiphiles for asymmetric catalysis, and as amino acid acrylic precursors for preparation of catalytically active macromolecular networks in the form of soluble polymers, crosslinked polymer beads or nanoparticulate systems. The objective of the present review is to increase awareness of the existence and convenience of this methodology, assess its competitiveness compared to newer and more elaborate procedures for chemoselective O-acylation reactions, spur its further development, and finally to chronicle the informative, but poorly documented history of its development. PMID:25977719

  11. Chemoselective O-acylation of hydroxyamino acids and amino alcohols under acidic reaction conditions: History, scope and applications.

    PubMed

    Kristensen, Tor E

    2015-01-01

    Amino acids, whether natural, semisynthetic or synthetic, are among the most important and useful chiral building blocks available for organic chemical synthesis. In principle, they can function as inexpensive, chiral and densely functionalized starting materials. On the other hand, the use of amino acid starting materials routinely necessitates protective group chemistry, and in reality, large-scale preparations of even the simplest side-chain derivatives of many amino acids often become annoyingly strenuous due to the necessity of employing protecting groups, on one or more of the amino acid functionalities, during the synthetic sequence. However, in the case of hydroxyamino acids such as hydroxyproline, serine, threonine, tyrosine and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), many O-acyl side-chain derivatives are directly accessible via a particularly expedient and scalable method not commonly applied until recently. Direct acylation of unprotected hydroxyamino acids with acyl halides or carboxylic anhydrides under appropriately acidic reaction conditions renders possible chemoselective O-acylation, furnishing the corresponding side-chain esters directly, on multigram-scale, in a single step, and without chromatographic purification. Assuming a certain degree of stability under acidic reaction conditions, the method is also applicable for a number of related compounds, such as various amino alcohols and the thiol-functional amino acid cysteine. While the basic methodology underlying this approach has been known for decades, it has evolved through recent developments connected to amino acid-derived chiral organocatalysts to become a more widely recognized procedure for large-scale preparation of many useful side-chain derivatives of hydroxyamino acids and related compounds. Such derivatives are useful in peptide chemistry and drug development, as amino acid amphiphiles for asymmetric catalysis, and as amino acid acrylic precursors for preparation of catalytically active macromolecular networks in the form of soluble polymers, crosslinked polymer beads or nanoparticulate systems. The objective of the present review is to increase awareness of the existence and convenience of this methodology, assess its competitiveness compared to newer and more elaborate procedures for chemoselective O-acylation reactions, spur its further development, and finally to chronicle the informative, but poorly documented history of its development. PMID:25977719

  12. Microwave Synthesis of Iridium(III) Complexes: Synthesis of Highly Efficient Orange Emitters in Organic Light-Emitting Devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saito, Kaori; Matsusue, Noriyuki; Kanno, Hiroshi; Hamada, Yuji; Takahashi, Hisakazu; Matsumura, Takeko

    2004-05-01

    Microwave synthesis of tris-ortho-metalated Ir(III) complexes was performed and resulted complexes were applied to the electrophosphorescent devices. For synthesis of Ir(ppy)3, the product was obtained by 30 min. microwave irradiation. That is microwave irradiation reduced the reaction time to 1/20 of that under conventional heating. Furthermore, we succeeded the rapid microwave synthesis of tris(2-phenyl-1-quinoline)iridium(III), Ir(phq)3, which is hard to synthesis by conventional method. An electrophosphorescent device with Ir(phq)3 as a dopant in emitting layer was developed. It demonstrated a high-efficient orange emission with maximum luminous efficiency of 33.4 cd/A and a power efficiency of 11.7 lm/W at 800 cd/m2. The color of emission corresponds to CIE coordinates x=0.56, y=0.43. The device showed a projected operational lifetime, namely T1/2, of 6500 h at an initial brightness of 1500 cd/m2 under constant dc drive.

  13. A Novel Implementation of Efficient Algorithms for Quantum Circuit Synthesis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zeller, Luke

    In this project, we design and develop a computer program to effectively approximate arbitrary quantum gates using the discrete set of Clifford Gates together with the T gate (π/8 gate). Employing recent results from Mosca et. al. and Giles and Selinger, we implement a decomposition scheme that outputs a sequence of Clifford, T, and Tt gates that approximate the input to within a specified error range ɛ. Specifically, the given gate is first rounded to an element of Z[1/2, i] with a precision determined by ɛ, and then exact synthesis is employed to produce the resulting gate. It is known that this procedure is optimal in approximating an arbitrary single qubit gate. Our program, written in Matlab and Python, can complete both approximate and exact synthesis of qubits. It can be used to assist in the experimental implementation of an arbitrary fault-tolerant single qubit gate, for which direct implementation isn't feasible.

  14. Efficient copper-catalyzed synthesis of poly-N-heterocycles containing amino acid residues.

    PubMed

    Liu, Tao; Wang, Ruji; Yang, Haijun; Fu, Hua

    2011-06-01

    An efficient copper-catalyzed method has been developed for the synthesis of poly-N-heterocycles containing amino acid residues. The protocol uses readily available 2-halobenzamides containing amino acids and their methyl esters, substituted phenylacetonitriles, and malononitrile as the starting materials and the reactions were performed well under mild conditions. The method should provide a novel and useful strategy for synthesis of N-heterocyclic compounds. PMID:21538622

  15. A new and efficient strategy for the synthesis of podophyllotoxin and its analogues.

    PubMed

    Wu, Yingming; Zhang, Hongbin; Zhao, Yuanhong; Zhao, Jingfeng; Chen, Jingbo; Li, Liang

    2007-03-29

    [structure: see text]. An efficient and stereoselective strategy for the total synthesis of podophyllotoxin was developed. This route leads to podophyllotoxin 1 in only 12 steps with 29% overall yield. A notable feature of this synthetic strategy is the use of the cascade addition-alkylation to ensure the key C1-C2 stereochemistry that is pivotal for the synthesis of podophyllotoxin. PMID:17326644

  16. Developing new synthetic methods for colloidal hybrid nanoparticles: Conversion chemistry and chemoselectivity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bradley, Matthew

    Colloidal hybrid nanoparticles contain multiple domains, and through their solidsolid interfaces, can facilitate synergistic relationships between domains, resulting in the incorporation of multiple functionalities as well as modification of the intrinsic properties of each domain. Although there is a growing number of materials and applications associated with these unique types of particles, new synthetic methods must be investigated in order to realize the full potential of this new class of particles. To address this need, we demonstrate that the concepts used in total synthesis of complex organic molecules, can be applied to the synthesis of colloidal hybrid nanoparticles. Site selective growth, conversion chemistry, condensation chemistry, and protection/deprotection reactions are examined as ways to add complexity to colloidal hybrid nanoparticles. First, we will discuss the synthesis of PtPb-Fe3O4 and Pt3Sn-Fe3O4 heterodimer particles via a solution mediated conversion chemistry process. These types of reactions are known to be useful for nanoparticle systems but had not been explored as a method for adding complexity to colloidal heterodimers. Pt-Fe3O 4 heterodimers react with Pb(acac)2 and Sn(acac)2 at 180-200°C in a mixture of benzyl ether, oleylamine, oleic acid, and tert-butylamine borane to form PtPb-Fe3O4 and Pt3Sn-Fe3O4 heterodimers, respectively. This chemical transformation reaction introduces intermetallic and alloy components into the heterodimers, proceeds with morphological retention, and preserves the solid-solid interface that characterizes these hybrid nanoparticle systems. In addition, the PtPb-Fe3O4 heterodimers spontaneously aggregate to form colloidally stable (PtPb-Fe3O4) n nanoflowers via a process that is conceptually analogous to a molecular condensation reaction. Next, we will discuss the methanol oxidation activity of PtPb-Fe 3O4 and Pt3Sn- Fe3O4 heterodimers as well as examine the role of ligand exchange in this process. Before ligand exchange was performed, surfactant molecules on the surface of the colloidal hybrid nanoparticles inhibited catalytic activity. We therefore used NOBF 4 to remove the surfactant molecules and found that once removed, Pt nanoparticles showed much higher activity than before the exchange took place. It was also observed that the solvent the ligand exchange reaction takes place in has an impact on the catalytic activity. Unfortunately, the colloidal hybrid nanoparticles did not show any catalytic activity after the exchange reaction. Finally, in an attempt to determine the driving forces behind site selective growth, we grew PbS, CuxSy, and CdS off of Pt-Au heterodimers. Pt-Au heterodimers are an interesting model system for studying chemoselectivity because Pt and Au have very similar lattice constants but different chemical preferences. First, we studied the thermal stability of Pt-Au heterodimers and determined that they begin to thermally degrade in solution around 210°C. We then grew the three metal sulfide domains off the Pt-Au heterodimers and synthesized Pt-Au-PbS heterotrimers, Pt-Au-CuxSy heterotrimers, and (Pt Au)-CdS heterostructures. We concluded that the strong nature of the Au-S bond was the primary driving force for chemoselectvity in these systems. We also studied the growth of Fe3O4 off of Pt-Au heterodimers, and Au off of Pt-CdS heterodimers, as well as developed a method for SnS based heterodimers with Au and Pt domains.

  17. Pd-catalyzed chemoselective carbonylation of aminophenols with iodoarenes: alkoxycarbonylation vs aminocarbonylation.

    PubMed

    Xu, Tongyu; Alper, Howard

    2014-12-10

    Palladium-catalyzed chemoselective carbonylation of aminophenols with iodoarenes was realized by changing ligand and base. 3- or 4-Aminophenols afforded esters in high yields and selectivities using 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane as the ligand and K2CO3 as the base, and gave amides in high yields and selectivities using 1,3-bis(diisobutylphosphino)propane as the ligand and DBU as the base. 2-Aminophenol only gave amides in high yields under both conditions. PMID:25283812

  18. Assimilation efficiencies of chemical contaminants in aquatic invertebrates: A synthesis

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, W.X.; Fisher, N.S.

    1999-09-01

    Assimilation efficiencies of contaminants from ingested food are critical for understanding chemical accumulation and trophic transfer in aquatic invertebrates. Assimilation efficiency is a first-order physiological parameter that can be used to systematically compare the bioavailability of different contaminants from different foods. The various techniques used to measure contaminant assimilation efficiencies are reviewed. Pulse-chase feeding techniques and the application of gamma-emitting radiotracers have been invaluable in measuring metal assimilation efficiencies in aquatic animals. Uniform radiolabeling of food is required to measure assimilation, but this can be difficult when sediments are the food source. Biological factors that influence contaminant assimilation include food quantity and quality, partitioning of contaminants in the food particles, and digestive physiology of the animals. Other factors influencing assimilation include the behavior of the chemical within the animal's gut and its associations with different geochemical fractions of food particles. Assimilation efficiency is a critical parameter to determine (and to make predictions of) bioaccumulation of chemicals from dietary exposure. Robust estimates of assimilation efficiency coupled with estimates of aqueous uptake can be used to determine the relative importance of aqueous and dietary exposures. For bioaccumulation of metals from sediments, additional studies are required to test whether metals bound to the acid-volatile sulfide fraction of sediments can be available to benthic deposit-feeding inverterbrates. Most assimilation efficiency studies have focused on chemical transfer in organisms at the bottom of the food chain; additional studies are required to examine chemical transfer at higher trophic levels.

  19. Chemoselective tarantula toxins report voltage activation of wild-type ion channels in live cells

    PubMed Central

    Tilley, Drew C.; Eum, Kenneth S.; Fletcher-Taylor, Sebastian; Austin, Daniel C.; Dupré, Christophe; Patrón, Lilian A.; Garcia, Rita L.; Lam, Kit; Yarov-Yarovoy, Vladimir; Cohen, Bruce E.; Sack, Jon T.

    2014-01-01

    Electrically excitable cells, such as neurons, exhibit tremendous diversity in their firing patterns, a consequence of the complex collection of ion channels present in any specific cell. Although numerous methods are capable of measuring cellular electrical signals, understanding which types of ion channels give rise to these signals remains a significant challenge. Here, we describe exogenous probes which use a novel mechanism to report activity of voltage-gated channels. We have synthesized chemoselective derivatives of the tarantula toxin guangxitoxin-1E (GxTX), an inhibitory cystine knot peptide that binds selectively to Kv2-type voltage gated potassium channels. We find that voltage activation of Kv2.1 channels triggers GxTX dissociation, and thus GxTX binding dynamically marks Kv2 activation. We identify GxTX residues that can be replaced by thiol- or alkyne-bearing amino acids, without disrupting toxin folding or activity, and chemoselectively ligate fluorophores or affinity probes to these sites. We find that GxTX–fluorophore conjugates colocalize with Kv2.1 clusters in live cells and are released from channels activated by voltage stimuli. Kv2.1 activation can be detected with concentrations of probe that have a trivial impact on cellular currents. Chemoselective GxTX mutants conjugated to dendrimeric beads likewise bind live cells expressing Kv2.1, and the beads are released by channel activation. These optical sensors of conformational change are prototype probes that can indicate when ion channels contribute to electrical signaling. PMID:25331865

  20. A manganese catalyst for highly reactive yet chemoselective intramolecular C(sp3)-H amination

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Paradine, Shauna M.; Griffin, Jennifer R.; Zhao, Jinpeng; Petronico, Aaron L.; Miller, Shannon M.; Christina White, M.

    2015-12-01

    C-H bond oxidation reactions underscore the existing paradigm wherein high reactivity and high selectivity are inversely correlated. The development of catalysts capable of oxidizing strong aliphatic C(sp3)-H bonds while displaying chemoselectivity (that is, tolerance of more oxidizable functionality) remains an unsolved problem. Here, we describe a catalyst, manganese tert-butylphthalocyanine [Mn(tBuPc)], that is an outlier to the reactivity-selectivity paradigm. It is unique in its capacity to functionalize all types of C(sp3)-H bond intramolecularly, while displaying excellent chemoselectivity in the presence of π functionality. Mechanistic studies indicate that [Mn(tBuPc)] transfers bound nitrenes to C(sp3)-H bonds via a pathway that lies between concerted C-H insertion, observed with reactive noble metals such as rhodium, and stepwise radical C-H abstraction/rebound, as observed with chemoselective base metals such as iron. Rather than achieving a blending of effects, [Mn(tBuPc)] aminates even 1° aliphatic and propargylic C-H bonds, demonstrating reactivity and selectivity unusual for previously known catalysts.

  1. Aqueous extract of the pericarp of Sapindus trifoliatus fruits: a novel 'green' catalyst for the aldimine synthesis.

    PubMed

    Pore, Santosh; Rashinkar, Gajanan; Mote, Kavita; Salunkhe, Rajeshri

    2010-07-01

    The catalytic efficiency in organic synthesis of the aqueous extract of the pericarp of Sapindus trifoliatus fruits was evaluated. The synthesis of a series of aldimines from aromatic aldehydes and amines was successfully catalyzed by the extract, whereas aromatic ketones and amines did not yield ketimines under comparable reaction conditions, indicating the chemoselective catalysis of the extract. The catalytic activity of the extract is due to saponins, which have a common structural skeleton containing a pentacyclic triterpenoid part substituted with different carbohydrate side chains. The mild conditions, high yields, and short reaction times not only make this protocol a valuable alternative to the conventional methods, but it also becomes significant under the roof of environmentally greener and safer processes. PMID:20658668

  2. Total synthesis of the proposed structure of a polyketide from Phialomyces macrosporus.

    PubMed

    Abe, Hideki; Itaya, Satoko; Sasaki, Kei; Kobayashi, Toyoharu; Ito, Hisanaka

    2015-02-28

    Total synthesis of the proposed structure of a polyketide isolated from Phialomyces macrosporus is described. The synthesis involved chemoselective epoxidation, regioselective epoxide ring opening, chemo- and diastereoselective dihydroxylation, and vinylation of lactone accompanied by the formation of a furan ring. PMID:25634478

  3. Efficiency, error and yield in light-directed maskless synthesis of DNA microarrays

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Background Light-directed in situ synthesis of DNA microarrays using computer-controlled projection from a digital micromirror device--maskless array synthesis (MAS)--has proved to be successful at both commercial and laboratory scales. The chemical synthetic cycle in MAS is quite similar to that of conventional solid-phase synthesis of oligonucleotides, but the complexity of microarrays and unique synthesis kinetics on the glass substrate require a careful tuning of parameters and unique modifications to the synthesis cycle to obtain optimal deprotection and phosphoramidite coupling. In addition, unintended deprotection due to scattering and diffraction introduce insertion errors that contribute significantly to the overall error rate. Results Stepwise phosphoramidite coupling yields have been greatly improved and are now comparable to those obtained in solid phase synthesis of oligonucleotides. Extended chemical exposure in the synthesis of complex, long oligonucleotide arrays result in lower--but still high--final average yields which approach 99%. The new synthesis chemistry includes elimination of the standard oxidation until the final step, and improved coupling and light deprotection. Coupling Insertions due to stray light are the limiting factor in sequence quality for oligonucleotide synthesis for gene assembly. Diffraction and local flare are by far the largest contributors to loss of optical contrast. Conclusions Maskless array synthesis is an efficient and versatile method for synthesizing high density arrays of long oligonucleotides for hybridization- and other molecular binding-based experiments. For applications requiring high sequence purity, such as gene assembly, diffraction and flare remain significant obstacles, but can be significantly reduced with straightforward experimental strategies. PMID:22152062

  4. Efficient synthesis of triarylamine-based dyes for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Wild, Martin; Griebel, Jan; Hajduk, Anna; Friedrich, Dirk; Stark, Annegret; Abel, Bernd; Siefermann, Katrin R

    2016-01-01

    The class of triarylamine-based dyes has proven great potential as efficient light absorbers in inverse (p-type) dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). However, detailed investigation and further improvement of p-type DSSCs is strongly hindered by the fact that available synthesis routes of triarylamine-based dyes are inefficient and particularly demanding with regard to time and costs. Here, we report on an efficient synthesis strategy for triarylamine-based dyes for p-type DSSCs. A protocol for the synthesis of the dye-precursor (4-(bis(4-bromophenyl)amino)benzoic acid) is presented along with its X-ray crystal structure. The dye precursor is obtained from the commercially available 4(diphenylamino)benzaldehyde in a yield of 87% and serves as a starting point for the synthesis of various triarylamine-based dyes. Starting from the precursor we further describe a synthesis protocol for the dye 4-{bis[4'-(2,2-dicyanovinyl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-4-yl]amino}benzoic acid (also known as dye P4) in a yield of 74%. All synthesis steps are characterized by high yields and high purities without the need for laborious purification steps and thus fulfill essential requirements for scale-up. PMID:27196877

  5. An efficient synthesis of pyridoxal oxime derivatives under microwave irradiation.

    PubMed

    Gašo-Sokač, Dajana; Bušić, Valentina; Cetina, Mario; Jukić, Marijana

    2014-01-01

    Quaternary salts of pyridoxal oxime have been synthesized by the quaternization of pyridoxal oxime with substituted phenacyl bromides using microwave heating. Microwave-assisted rapid synthesis was done both in solvent (acetone) and under solvent-free conditions. Good to excellent yields (58%-94%) were obtained in acetone in very short reaction times (3-5 min) as well as in the solvent-free procedure (42%-78%) in very short reaction times (7-10 min) too. Effective metodologies for the preparation of pyridoxal oxime quaternary salts, having the advantagies of being eco-friendly, easy to handle, and performed in shorter reactions time are presented. The structure of compound 7, in which a 4-fluorophenacyl moiety is bonded to the pyridinium ring nitrogen atom, was unequivocally confirmed by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method. PMID:24914903

  6. Rapid and efficient synthesis of α(1-2)mannobiosides.

    PubMed

    Reina, José J; Di Maio, Antonio; Ramos-Soriano, Javier; Figueiredo, Rute C; Rojo, Javier

    2016-03-01

    α(1,2)mannobiosides with different substituents at the reducing end have been synthesized by a common strategy using benzoyls as the permanent protecting groups and an acetyl as the orthogonal protecting group at position C2 of the glycosyl acceptor. The new synthetic strategy has been performed remarkably reducing the number of purification steps, the time of synthesis (less than 72 hours) and improving the overall yield at least three times with respect to the best procedure described in the literature at the moment. Additionally, this protecting group strategy is compatible with the presence of azido groups and the use of Cu catalyzed azide alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) also called "click chemistry" for conjugating the α(1-2)mannobiosides to different scaffolds for the preparation of mannosyl multivalent systems. PMID:26864274

  7. ACCESS-2: Approximation Concepts Code for Efficient Structural Synthesis, user's guide

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miura, H.; Schmit, L. A., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    A user's guide is presented for the ACCESS-2 computer program. ACCESS-2 is a research oriented program which implements a collection of approximation concepts to achieve excellent efficiency in structural synthesis. The finite element method is used for structural analysis and general mathematical programming algorithms are applied in the design optimization procedure.

  8. Efficient synthesis of probabilistic quantum circuits with fallback

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bocharov, Alex; Roetteler, Martin; Svore, Krysta M.

    2015-05-01

    Repeat-until-success (RUS) circuits can approximate a given single-qubit unitary with an expected number of T gates of about 1/3 of what is required by optimal, deterministic, ancilla-free decompositions over the Clifford + T gate set. In this work, we introduce a more general and conceptually simpler circuit decomposition method that allows for synthesis into protocols that probabilistically implement quantum circuits over several universal gate sets including, but not restricted to, the Clifford + T gate set. The protocol, which we call probabilistic quantum circuits with fallback (PQF), implements a walk on a discrete Markov chain in which the target unitary is an absorbing state and in which transitions are induced by multiqubit unitaries followed by measurements. In contrast to RUS protocols, the presented PQF protocols are guaranteed to terminate after a finite number of steps. Specifically, we apply our method to the Clifford + T , Clifford + V , and Clifford + π /12 gate sets to achieve decompositions with expected gate counts of logb(1 /ɛ ) +O {ln[ln(1 /ɛ ) ] } , where b is a quantity related to the expansion property of the underlying universal gate set.

  9. An efficient prebiotic synthesis of cytosine and uracil

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Robertson, M. P.; Miller, S. L.

    1995-01-01

    In contrast to the purines, the routes that have been proposed for the prebiotic synthesis of pyrimidines from simple precursors give only low yields. Cytosine can be synthesized from cyanoacetylene and cyanate; the former precursor is produced from a spark discharge in a CH4/N2 mixture and is an abundant interstellar molecule. But this reaction requires relatively high concentrations of cyanate (> 0.1 M), which are unlikely to occur in aqueous media as cyanate is hydrolysed rapidly to CO2 and NH3. An alternative route that has been explored is the reaction of cyanoacetaldehyde (formed by hydrolysis of cyanoacetylene) with urea. But at low concentrations of urea, this reaction produces no detectable quantities of cytosine. Here we show that in concentrated urea solution--such as might have been found in an evaporating lagoon or in pools on drying beaches on the early Earth--cyanoacetaldehyde reacts to form cytosine in yields of 30-50%, from which uracil can be formed by hydrolysis. These reactions provide a plausible route to the pyrimidine bases required in the RNA world.

  10. Efficient synthesis of Au99(SR)42 nanoclusters

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Chao; Lin, Jizhi; Shi, Yangwei; Li, Gao

    2015-03-01

    We report a new synthetic protocol of Au99(SPh)42 nanoclusters with moderate efficiency (~15% yield based on HAuCl4), via a combination of the ligand-exchange and ``size-focusing'' processes. The purity of the as-prepared gold nanoclusters is characterized by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry and size exclusion chromatography.We report a new synthetic protocol of Au99(SPh)42 nanoclusters with moderate efficiency (~15% yield based on HAuCl4), via a combination of the ligand-exchange and ``size-focusing'' processes. The purity of the as-prepared gold nanoclusters is characterized by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry and size exclusion chromatography. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section: the synthetic procedure of the Au99(SPh)42 nanoclusters and characterization of the Au cluster. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00543d

  11. Stereo-, Regio-, and Chemoselective [3 + 2]-Cycloaddition of (2E,4E)-Ethyl 5-(Phenylsulfonyl)penta-2,4-dienoate with Various Azomethine Ylides, Nitrones, and Nitrile Oxides: Synthesis of Pyrrolidine, Isoxazolidine, and Isoxazoline Derivatives and a Computational Study.

    PubMed

    Sankar, Ulaganathan; Surya Kumar, Ch Venkata; Subramanian, V; Balasubramanian, K K; Mahalakshimi, S

    2016-03-18

    One-pot chemo-, regio-, and stereoselective synthesis of series of heterocyclic and spiroheterocyclic compounds was accomplished through mono- and bis[3 + 2]-cycloaddition reactions of (2E,4E)-ethyl 5-(phenylsulfonyl)penta-2,4-dienoate as a dipolarophile with azomethine ylides, nitrones, and nitrile oxides in good yields. The structures of the products were established by spectroscopic techniques as well as by single-crystal XRD study, and DFT calculations were performed to further understand the mechanism of this [3 + 2]-cycloaddition reaction. PMID:26886393

  12. An Efficient, Optimized Synthesis of Fentanyl and Related Analogs

    PubMed Central

    Valdez, Carlos A.; Leif, Roald N.; Mayer, Brian P.

    2014-01-01

    The alternate and optimized syntheses of the parent opioid fentanyl and its analogs are described. The routes presented exhibit high-yielding transformations leading to these powerful analgesics after optimization studies were carried out for each synthetic step. The general three-step strategy produced a panel of four fentanyls in excellent yields (73–78%) along with their more commonly encountered hydrochloride and citric acid salts. The following strategy offers the opportunity for the gram-scale, efficient production of this interesting class of opioid alkaloids. PMID:25233364

  13. An efficient, optimized synthesis of fentanyl and related analogs.

    PubMed

    Valdez, Carlos A; Leif, Roald N; Mayer, Brian P

    2014-01-01

    The alternate and optimized syntheses of the parent opioid fentanyl and its analogs are described. The routes presented exhibit high-yielding transformations leading to these powerful analgesics after optimization studies were carried out for each synthetic step. The general three-step strategy produced a panel of four fentanyls in excellent yields (73-78%) along with their more commonly encountered hydrochloride and citric acid salts. The following strategy offers the opportunity for the gram-scale, efficient production of this interesting class of opioid alkaloids. PMID:25233364

  14. Two-dimensional perfect reconstruction analysis/synthesis filter bank system with very high computational efficiency

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, C. P.

    1997-07-01

    An effective design structure for 2-D analysis/synthesis filter banks with high computational efficiency are proposed. The system involves a 2-D single-sideband (SSB) system, which is developed in terms of a 2-D separable weighted overlap-add (OLA) method of analysis/synthesis and enables overlap between adjacent spatial domain windows. This implies that spatial domain aliasing introduced in the analysis is canceled in the synthesis process and provides perfect reconstruction. Achieving perfect reconstruction, each individual analysis/synthesis filter bank with SSB modulation is satisfied to be a cosine modulated version of a common baseband filter. Since a cosine-modulated structure is imposed in the design procedure, the system can reduce the number of parameters required to achieve the best computational efficiency. It can be shown that the resulting cosine- modulated filters are very efficient in terms of computational complexity and are relatively easy to design. Moreover, the design approach can be imposed on the system with relatively low reconstruction delays.

  15. Regioselective alkene carbon-carbon bond cleavage to aldehydes and chemoselective alcohol oxidation of allylic alcohols with hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by [cis-Ru(II)(dmp)2(H2O)2]2+ (dmp = 2,9-dimethylphenanthroline).

    PubMed

    Kogan, Vladimir; Quintal, Miriam M; Neumann, Ronny

    2005-10-27

    [reaction: see text] [cis-Ru(II)(dmp)2(H2O)2]2+ (dmp = 2,9-dimethylphenanthroline) was found to be a selective oxidation catalyst using hydrogen peroxide as oxidant. Thus, primary alkenes were very efficiently oxidized via direct carbon-carbon bond cleavage to the corresponding aldehydes as an alternative to ozonolysis. Secondary alkenes were much less reactive, leading to regioselective oxidation of substrates such as 4-vinylcyclohexene and 7-methyl-1,6-octadiene at the terminal position. Primary allylic alcohols were chemoselectively oxidized to the corresponding allylic aldehydes, e.g., geraniol to citral. PMID:16235952

  16. Information and Efficiency in the Nervous System—A Synthesis

    PubMed Central

    Sengupta, Biswa; Stemmler, Martin B.; Friston, Karl J.

    2013-01-01

    In systems biology, questions concerning the molecular and cellular makeup of an organism are of utmost importance, especially when trying to understand how unreliable components—like genetic circuits, biochemical cascades, and ion channels, among others—enable reliable and adaptive behaviour. The repertoire and speed of biological computations are limited by thermodynamic or metabolic constraints: an example can be found in neurons, where fluctuations in biophysical states limit the information they can encode—with almost 20–60% of the total energy allocated for the brain used for signalling purposes, either via action potentials or by synaptic transmission. Here, we consider the imperatives for neurons to optimise computational and metabolic efficiency, wherein benefits and costs trade-off against each other in the context of self-organised and adaptive behaviour. In particular, we try to link information theoretic (variational) and thermodynamic (Helmholtz) free-energy formulations of neuronal processing and show how they are related in a fundamental way through a complexity minimisation lemma. PMID:23935475

  17. Efficient synthesis of hexahydroindenopyridines and their potential as melatoninergic ligands.

    PubMed

    Párraga, Javier; Moreno, Laura; Diaz, Amelia; El Aouad, Noureddine; Galán, Abraham; Sanz, María Jesús; Caignard, Daniel-Henri; Figadère, Bruno; Cabedo, Nuria; Cortes, Diego

    2014-10-30

    Hexahydroindenopyridine (HHIP) is an interesting tricyclic piperidine nucleus that is structurally related to melatonin, a serotonin-derived neurohormone. Melatonin receptor ligands have applications in several cellular, neuroendocrine and neurophysiological disorders, including depression and/or insomnia. We report herein an efficient two-step method to prepare new HHIP via enamine C-alkylation-cyclization. The influence of substituents on the benzene ring and the nitrogen atom on melatoninergic receptors has been studied. Among the 25 synthesized HHIPs, some of them containing methylenedioxy (series 2) and 8-chloro-7-methoxy substituents (series 4) on the benzene ring revealed affinity for the MT1 and/or the MT2 receptors within the nanomolar range or low micromolar. Similar activities were also encountered for those presenting urea (4g), N-aryl (2e) and N-alkyl (2f) acetamide functions. Therefore, new synthesized compounds with a HHIP nucleus have emerged as new promising leads towards the discovery of melatoninergic ligands which could provide new therapeutic agents. PMID:25232966

  18. Capturing HBCy2 : Using N,O-Chelated Complexes of Rhodium(I) and Iridium(I) for Chemoselective Hydroboration.

    PubMed

    Drover, Marcus W; Schafer, Laurel L; Love, Jennifer A

    2016-02-01

    1,3-N,O-chelated complexes of Rh(I) and Ir(I) cooperatively and reversibly stabilized the B-H bond of HBCy2 to afford six-membered metallaheterocycles (M=Rh (7) or Ir (8)) having a δ-[M]⋅⋅⋅H-B agostic interaction. Treatment of these Shimoi-type borane adducts 7 or 8 with both an aldehyde and an alkene resulted in chemoselective aldehyde hydroboration and reformation of the 1,3-N,O-chelated starting material. The observed chemoselectivity is inverted from that of free HBCy2 , which is selective for alkene hydroboration. PMID:26847809

  19. Resonant infrared pulsed-laser deposition of a sorbent chemoselective polymer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bubb, D. M.; Horwitz, J. S.; McGill, R. A.; Chrisey, D. B.; Papantonakis, M. R.; Haglund, R. F.; Toftmann, B.

    2001-10-01

    Fluoropolyol, a sorbent chemoselective polymer, has been deposited as a thin film by resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition using a free electron laser operating at 2.90 μm, a wavelength resonant with the hydroxl stretch. A comparison of the infrared absorbance of the deposited film and starting material shows no evidence of chemical decomposition in the film. Gel permeation chromatography shows that the film and starting material have nearly the same molar mass. The results are particularly applicable to the fabrication of chemical and biological sensors. The concept of resonant pulsed laser deposition using intrinsic vibrational modes may have wide applicability for organic materials.

  20. Chemoselective and stereoselective lithium carbenoid mediated cyclopropanation of acyclic allylic alcohols.

    PubMed

    Durn-Pea, M J; Flores-Giubi, M E; Botubol-Ares, J M; Harwood, L M; Collado, I G; Macas-Snchez, A J; Hernndez-Galn, R

    2016-02-24

    The reaction of geraniol with different lithium carbenoids generated from n-BuLi and the corresponding dihaloalkane has been evaluated. The reaction occurs in a chemo and stereoselective manner, which is consistent with a directing effect from the oxygen of the allylic moiety. Furthermore, a set of polyenes containing allylic hydroxyl or ether groups were chemoselectively and stereoselectively converted into the corresponding gem-dimethylcyclopropanes in one single step in moderate to good yields mediated by a lithium carbenoid generated in situ by the reaction of n-BuLi and 2,2-dibromopropane. PMID:26846582

  1. Efficient ATP synthesis by thermophilic Bacillus FoF1-ATP synthase.

    PubMed

    Soga, Naoki; Kinosita, Kazuhiko; Yoshida, Masasuke; Suzuki, Toshiharu

    2011-08-01

    F(o)F(1)-ATP synthase (F(o)F(1)) synthesizes ATP in the F(1) portion when protons flow through F(o) to rotate the shaft common to F(1) and F(o). Rotary synthesis in isolated F(1) alone has been shown by applying external torque to F(1) of thermophilic origin. Proton-driven ATP synthesis by thermophilic Bacillus PS3 F(o)F(1) (TF(o)F(1)), however, has so far been poor in vitro, of the order of 1 s(-1) or less, hampering reliable characterization. Here, by using a mutant TF(o)F(1) lacking an inhibitory segment of the ε-subunit, we have developed highly reproducible, simple procedures for the preparation of active proteoliposomes and for kinetic analysis of ATP synthesis, which was driven by acid-base transition and K(+)-diffusion potential. The synthesis activity reached ∼ 16 s(-1) at 30 °C with a Q(10) temperature coefficient of 3-4 between 10 and 30 °C, suggesting a high level of activity at the physiological temperature of ∼ 60 °C. The Michaelis-Menten constants for the substrates ADP and inorganic phosphate were 13 μM and 0.55 mM, respectively, which are an order of magnitude lower than previous estimates and are suited to efficient ATP synthesis. PMID:21605343

  2. Efficient enzymatic synthesis of ampicillin by mutant Alcaligenes faecalis penicillin G acylase.

    PubMed

    Deng, Senwen; Su, Erzheng; Ma, Xiaoqiang; Yang, Shengli; Wei, Dongzhi

    2015-04-10

    Semi-synthetic β-lactam antibiotics (SSBAs) are one of the most important antibiotic families in the world market. Their enzymatic synthesis can be catalyzed by penicillin G acylases (PGAs). In this study, to improve enzymatic synthesis of ampicillin, site-saturating mutagenesis was performed on three conserved amino acid residues: βF24, αR146, and αF147 of thermo-stable penicillin G acylase from Alcaligenes faecalis (Af PGA). Four mutants βF24G, βF24A, βF24S, and βF24P were recovered by screening the mutant bank. Kinetic analysis of them showed up to 800-fold increased kcat/Km value for activated acyl donor D-phenylglycine methyl ester (D-PGME). When βF24G was used for ampicillin synthesis under kinetic control at industrially relevant conditions, 95% of nucleophile 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA) was converted to ampicillin in aqueous medium at room temperature while 12% process time is needed to reach maximum product accumulation at 25% enzyme concentration compared with the wild-type Af PGA. Consequently, process productivity of enzymatic synthesis of ampicillin catalyzed by Af PGA was improved by more than 130 times, which indicated an enzyme viable for efficient SSBAs synthesis. PMID:25681630

  3. Efficient ATP synthesis by thermophilic Bacillus FoF1-ATP synthase

    PubMed Central

    Soga, Naoki; Kinosita, Kazuhiko; Yoshida, Masasuke; Suzuki, Toshiharu

    2011-01-01

    FoF1-ATP synthase (FoF1) synthesizes ATP in the F1 portion when protons flow through Fo to rotate the shaft common to F1 and Fo. Rotary synthesis in isolated F1 alone has been shown by applying external torque to F1 of thermophilic origin. Proton-driven ATP synthesis by thermophilic Bacillus PS3 FoF1 (TFoF1), however, has so far been poor in vitro, of the order of 1 s−1 or less, hampering reliable characterization. Here, by using a mutant TFoF1 lacking an inhibitory segment of the ε-subunit, we have developed highly reproducible, simple procedures for the preparation of active proteoliposomes and for kinetic analysis of ATP synthesis, which was driven by acid–base transition and K+-diffusion potential. The synthesis activity reached ∼ 16 s−1 at 30 °C with a Q10 temperature coefficient of 3–4 between 10 and 30 °C, suggesting a high level of activity at the physiological temperature of ∼ 60 °C. The Michaelis–Menten constants for the substrates ADP and inorganic phosphate were 13 μm and 0.55 mm, respectively, which are an order of magnitude lower than previous estimates and are suited to efficient ATP synthesis. PMID:21605343

  4. Tunable drug delivery using chemoselective functionalization of hydrogels.

    PubMed

    Mauri, Emanuele; Rossi, Filippo; Sacchetti, Alessandro

    2016-04-01

    In the last decades interests on cleavable linkers are growing due to the need to develop controlled drug delivery systems in biochemical and therapeutic applications. The synthesis of hydrogels as devices capable to maintain the drug level within a desired range for a long and sustained period of time is a leading strategy for this aim. However with respect to the good results obtained with antibodies and peptides there are a lot of problems related to the quick and uncontrolled diffusion of small molecules through hydrogel pores. In this work, we propose the functionalization of polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains with two different pH-sensitive linkers, ester and hydrazone, and their application as building blocks of microwave-assisted hydrogels for controlled delivery of small hydrophilic drugs. As drug mimetic we used Rhodamine B, a harmless fluorophore with steric hindrance and reactive groups similar to many small hydrophilic drugs. At physiological and low basic conditions, the cleavability of ester and hydrazone spacer evidenced the possibility to delay the release of drugs from the scaffold compared to hydrogels where drug was entrapped within the network only due to its steric hindrance. The obtained release profiles were compared, underlining the opportunity to tune the release rate using the synthesized hydrogels. PMID:26838916

  5. Temporary Restraints to Overcome Steric Obstacles—Efficient Strategy for the Synthesis of Mycalamide B**

    PubMed Central

    Jewett, John C.; Rawal, Viresh H.

    2014-01-01

    Restrain and Release: An efficient synthesis of mycalamide B is reported. The synthetic route features (a) a one-pot Mukaiyama–Michael/epoxidation sequence to introduce three of the stereocenters found in the natural product, (b) an intramolecular isocyanate trapping to produce a rigid 10-membered cyclic carbamate, and (c) the selective opening of the cyclic carbamate to reveal the fully constructed natural product. PMID:20931583

  6. ACCESS 1: Approximation Concepts Code for Efficient Structural Synthesis program documentation and user's guide

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miura, H.; Schmit, L. A., Jr.

    1976-01-01

    The program documentation and user's guide for the ACCESS-1 computer program is presented. ACCESS-1 is a research oriented program which implements a collection of approximation concepts to achieve excellent efficiency in structural synthesis. The finite element method is used for structural analysis and general mathematical programming algorithms are applied in the design optimization procedure. Implementation of the computer program, preparation of input data and basic program structure are described, and three illustrative examples are given.

  7. An efficient strategy for the synthesis of 1-chloroethyl phosphates and phosphoramidates.

    PubMed

    Kumpulainen, Hanna; Järvinen, Tomi; Saari, Raimo; Lehtonen, Marko; Vepsäläinen, Jouko

    2005-10-28

    [reaction: see text] A versatile, efficient, and simple method for the preparation of various 1-chloroethyl phosphates and phosphoramidates is described. The protected chlorophosphates or phosphoramidates are synthesized to the vinyl derivative under mild conditions, followed by conversion to the chloroethylidene phosphate or phosphoramidate by dry HCl gas, resulting in good to excellent yields. 1-Chloroethyl phosphates and phosphoramidates are excellent building blocks for the synthesis of novel ethylidene-linked phosphate prodrugs. PMID:16238353

  8. Efficient, Solvent-Free, Multicomponent Method for Organic-Base-Catalyzed Synthesis of β-Phosphonomalonates.

    PubMed

    Kalla, Reddi Mohan Naidu; Park, Huiju; Lee, Hye Ri; Suh, Hongsuk; Kim, Il

    2015-11-01

    An efficient, one-pot, di-n-butylamine-catalyzed, three-component synthesis of β-phosphonomalonates has been developed. A wide range of substrates, including aromatic and fused aromatic aldehydes, were condensed with enolizable C-H activated compounds and dialkylphosphites to give the desired products in excellent yields. This method provides an eco-friendly alternative approach to rapid construction of a diversity-oriented library of β-phosphonomalonates. PMID:26434607

  9. Rational design and synthesis of a porous, task-specific polycarbazole for efficient CO2 capture.

    PubMed

    Jin, Tian; Xiong, Yan; Zhu, Xiang; Tian, Ziqi; Tao, Duan-Jian; Hu, Jun; Jiang, De-En; Wang, Hualin; Liu, Honglai; Dai, Sheng

    2016-03-15

    We present a rational design and synthesis of a novel porous pyridine-functionalized polycarbazole for efficient CO2 capture based on the density functional theory calculations. The task-specific polymer, generated through a one-step FeCl3-catalyzed oxidative coupling reaction, exhibits a superior CO2 uptake at 1.0 bar and 273 K (5.57 mmol g(-1)). PMID:26864392

  10. Efficient synthesis of [18F]trifluoromethane and its application in the synthesis of PET tracers.

    PubMed

    van der Born, Dion; Herscheid, J Koos D M; Orru, Romano V A; Vugts, Danielle J

    2013-05-11

    A new strategy towards [(18)F]trifluoromethyl-containing compounds is developed. [(18)F]trifluoromethane is synthesised in a fast and efficient manner and subsequently used in the reaction with aldehydes and ketones forming [(18)F]trifluoromethyl carbinols in good yields. PMID:23563284

  11. Simplified Application of Material Efficiency Green Metrics to Synthesis Plans: Pedagogical Case Studies Selected from "Organic Syntheses"

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Andraos, John

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a simplified approach for the application of material efficiency metrics to linear and convergent synthesis plans encountered in organic synthesis courses. Computations are facilitated and automated using intuitively designed Microsoft Excel spreadsheets without invoking abstract mathematical formulas. The merits of this

  12. Simplified Application of Material Efficiency Green Metrics to Synthesis Plans: Pedagogical Case Studies Selected from "Organic Syntheses"

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Andraos, John

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a simplified approach for the application of material efficiency metrics to linear and convergent synthesis plans encountered in organic synthesis courses. Computations are facilitated and automated using intuitively designed Microsoft Excel spreadsheets without invoking abstract mathematical formulas. The merits of this…

  13. Two-photon fluorescence imaging of intracellular hydrogen peroxide with chemoselective fluorescent probes

    PubMed Central

    Guo, Hengchang; Aleyasin, Hossein; Howard, Scott S.; Dickinson, Bryan C.; Lin, Vivian S.; Haskew-Layton, Renee E.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract. We present the application of two-photon fluorescence (TPF) imaging to monitor intracellular hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production in brain cells. For selective imaging of H2O2 over other reactive oxygen species, we employed small-molecule fluorescent probes that utilize a chemoselective boronate deprotection mechanism. Peroxyfluor-6 acetoxymethyl ester detects global cellular H2O2 and mitochondria peroxy yellow 1 detects mitochondrial H2O2. Two-photon absorption cross sections for these H2O2 probes are measured with a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser in the wavelength range of 720 to 1040 nm. TPF imaging is demonstrated in the HT22 cell line to monitor both cytoplasmic H2O2 and localized H2O2 production in mitochondria. Endogenous cytoplasmic H2O2 production is detected with TPF imaging in rat astrocytes modified with d-amino acid oxidase. The TPF H2O2 imaging demonstrated that these chemoselective probes are powerful tools for the detection of intracellular H2O2. PMID:24084856

  14. Chemoselectivity and stereoselectivity of cyclisation pathways leading to bicyclic tetramates controlled by ring-chain tautomerisation in thiazolidines.

    PubMed

    Panduwawala, Tharindi D; Iqbal, Sarosh; Tirfoin, Rémi; Moloney, Mark G

    2016-05-11

    Chemoselective Dieckmann cyclisation reactions on N-malonyl thiazolidine templates derived from cysteine and pivaldehyde or aromatic aldehydes may be used to access bicyclic tetramates, for which different pathways operate as a result of differing ring-chain tautomeric behaviour of the respective intermediate imines. PMID:27089842

  15. Iridium(I) N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC)/Phosphine Catalysts for Mild and Chemoselective Hydrogenation Processes.

    PubMed

    Kerr, William J; Mudd, Richard J; Brown, Jack A

    2016-03-24

    The directed chemoselective hydrogenation of olefins has been established by using iridium(I) catalysts, which feature a tuned NHC/phosphine ligand combination. This selective reduction process has been demonstrated in a wide array of solvents, including more environmentally acceptable media, also allowing further refinement of hydrogenation selectivity. PMID:26854284

  16. Efficient synthesis and in vitro cytostatic activity of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides.

    PubMed

    El Akri, Khalid; Bougrin, Khalid; Balzarini, Jan; Faraj, Abdesslem; Benhida, Rachid

    2007-12-01

    We report herein an efficient synthesis of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides and their in vitro cytostatic activity. The synthesis is based on a straightforward 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between 1-azido-ribose 2 and terminal alkynes under a cooperative effect of microwave activation and copper (I) catalysis. All cycloadducts were obtained in nearly quantitative yield after a short reaction time (1 to 2min). After removal of acetyl protecting groups, the free nucleosides were evaluated against L1210, Molt4/C8, and CEM tumor cell lines. Structure-activity relationship study shows that the substituent on the triazole ring has a major effect since nucleosides 4c and 4g, containing, respectively, a long alkyl chain and an aryl donor group are the most active compounds in this series. PMID:17931862

  17. Efficient synthesis and in vitro cytostatic activity of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides.

    TOXLINE Toxicology Bibliographic Information

    El Akri K; Bougrin K; Balzarini J; Faraj A; Benhida R

    2007-12-01

    We report herein an efficient synthesis of 4-substituted triazolyl-nucleosides and their in vitro cytostatic activity. The synthesis is based on a straightforward 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between 1-azido-ribose 2 and terminal alkynes under a cooperative effect of microwave activation and copper (I) catalysis. All cycloadducts were obtained in nearly quantitative yield after a short reaction time (1 to 2min). After removal of acetyl protecting groups, the free nucleosides were evaluated against L1210, Molt4/C8, and CEM tumor cell lines. Structure-activity relationship study shows that the substituent on the triazole ring has a major effect since nucleosides 4c and 4g, containing, respectively, a long alkyl chain and an aryl donor group are the most active compounds in this series.

  18. Efficient synthesis of silver nanoparticles from Prosopis juliflora leaf extract and its antimicrobial activity using sewage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Raja, K.; Saravanakumar, A.; Vijayakumar, R.

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, aqueous extract of fresh leaves of Prosopis juliflora was used for the synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles. UV-Vis spectroscopy studies were carried out to asses silver nanoparticles formation within 5 min, scanning electron microscopic was used to characterize shape of the Ag nanoparticles, X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the nanoparticles as crystalline silver and facecentered cubic type and Fourier transform infra-red assed that shows biomolecule compounds which are responsible for reduction and capping material of silver nanoparticles. The anti microbial activity of silver nanoparticle was performed using sewage. The approach of plant-mediated synthesis appears to be cost efficient, eco-friendly and easy methods.

  19. Efficient synthesis of silver nanoparticles from Prosopis juliflora leaf extract and its antimicrobial activity using sewage.

    PubMed

    Raja, K; Saravanakumar, A; Vijayakumar, R

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, aqueous extract of fresh leaves of Prosopis juliflora was used for the synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles. UV-Vis spectroscopy studies were carried out to asses silver nanoparticles formation within 5 min, scanning electron microscopic was used to characterize shape of the Ag nanoparticles, X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the nanoparticles as crystalline silver and facecentered cubic type and Fourier transform infra-red assed that shows biomolecule compounds which are responsible for reduction and capping material of silver nanoparticles. The anti microbial activity of silver nanoparticle was performed using sewage. The approach of plant-mediated synthesis appears to be cost efficient, eco-friendly and easy methods. PMID:22835939

  20. Enzymes as Green Catalysts for Precision Macromolecular Synthesis.

    PubMed

    Shoda, Shin-Ichiro; Uyama, Hiroshi; Kadokawa, Jun-Ichi; Kimura, Shunsaku; Kobayashi, Shiro

    2016-02-24

    The present article comprehensively reviews the macromolecular synthesis using enzymes as catalysts. Among the six main classes of enzymes, the three classes, oxidoreductases, transferases, and hydrolases, have been employed as catalysts for the in vitro macromolecular synthesis and modification reactions. Appropriate design of reaction including monomer and enzyme catalyst produces macromolecules with precisely controlled structure, similarly as in vivo enzymatic reactions. The reaction controls the product structure with respect to substrate selectivity, chemo-selectivity, regio-selectivity, stereoselectivity, and choro-selectivity. Oxidoreductases catalyze various oxidation polymerizations of aromatic compounds as well as vinyl polymerizations. Transferases are effective catalysts for producing polysaccharide having a variety of structure and polyesters. Hydrolases catalyzing the bond-cleaving of macromolecules in vivo, catalyze the reverse reaction for bond forming in vitro to give various polysaccharides and functionalized polyesters. The enzymatic polymerizations allowed the first in vitro synthesis of natural polysaccharides having complicated structures like cellulose, amylose, xylan, chitin, hyaluronan, and chondroitin. These polymerizations are "green" with several respects; nontoxicity of enzyme, high catalyst efficiency, selective reactions under mild conditions using green solvents and renewable starting materials, and producing minimal byproducts. Thus, the enzymatic polymerization is desirable for the environment and contributes to "green polymer chemistry" for maintaining sustainable society. PMID:26791937

  1. Copper Perchlorate Hexahydrate: An Efficient Catalyst for the Green Synthesis of Polyhydroquinolines under Ultrasonication.

    PubMed

    Puri, Saurabh; Kaur, Balbir; Parmar, Anupama; Kumar, Harish

    2011-01-01

    Copper perchlorate hexahydrate as an efficient catalyst was used for the synthesis of polyhydroquinolines by four-component condensation reaction of aldehyde, ethyl acetoacetate, dimedone, and ammonium acetate in excellent yields and short reaction times at room temperature under ultrasound irradiation. This novel synthetic method is especially favoured because it provides a synergy between copper perchlorate hexahydrate and ultrasound irradiation which offers the advantages of high yields, short reaction times, simplicity, and easy workup compared to the conventional methods reported in the literature. PMID:24052835

  2. Template-free synthesis of Ta3N5 nanorod arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

    PubMed

    Zhen, Chao; Wang, Lianzhou; Liu, Gang; Lu, Gao Qing Max; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2013-04-14

    We report the template-free synthesis of Ta3N5 nanorod array films grown on Ta foil by a combination of a vapor-phase hydrothermal process and subsequent nitriding. The Ta3N5 nanorod array film modified with Co(OH)x when used as a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell for water splitting yields a stable photocurrent density of 2.8 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 VRHE under AM 1.5G simulated sunlight. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency at 480 nm is determined to be 37.8%. PMID:23463440

  3. ZnO Catalyzed Efficient Synthesis of Some New 2-Substituted-4,6-diarylpyrimidines

    PubMed Central

    Ameta, K. L.; Kumar, Biresh; Rathore, Nitu S.

    2012-01-01

    A simple and efficient protocol is developed for the synthesis of 2-substituted-4,6-diarylpyrimidines from one-pot three-component reaction of 4′-hydroxy-3′,5′-dinitro substituted chalcones, S-benzylthiouronium chloride (SBT), and heterocyclic secondary amines (morpholine/pyrrolidine/piperidine) in the presence of 15 mol% of ZnO as a heterogeneous catalyst. The present methodology offers several advantages such as being a simple procedure as well as providing excellent yields, and short reaction time. The catalyst is inexpensive, stable, and can be easily recycled and reused for several cycles with consistent activity. PMID:24052838

  4. Chemoselective Immobilization of Proteins by Microcontact Printing and Bioorthogonal Click Reactions

    PubMed Central

    Tolstyka, Zachary P.; Richardson, Wade; Bat, Erhan; Stevens, Caitlin J.; Parra, Dayanara P.; Dozier, Jonathan K.; Distefano, Mark D.; Dunn, Bruce; Maynard, Heather D.

    2014-01-01

    Herein, a combination of microcontact printing of functionalized alkanethiols and site-specific modification of proteins is utilized to chemoselectively immobilize proteins onto gold surfaces either by oxime or copper catalyzed alkyne-azide click chemistry. Two molecules capable of click reactions, an aminooxy-functionalized alkanethiol and an azide-functionalized alkanethiol, were synthesized, and self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formation on gold was confirmed by IR spectroscopy. The alkanethiols were then individually patterned onto gold surfaces by microcontact printing. Site-specifically modified proteins, horse heart myoglobin (HHMb) containing an N-terminal α-oxoamide and a red-fluorescent protein (mCherry-CVIA) with a C-terminal alkyne, respectively were immobilized by incubation onto the stamped functionalized alkanethiol patterns. Pattern formation was confirmed by fluorescence microscopy. PMID:24166802

  5. Chemoselective hydrogenation of functionalized nitroarenes and imines by using carbon nanofiber-supported iridium nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Motoyama, Yukihiro; Taguchi, Masahiro; Desmira, Nelfa; Yoon, Seong-Ho; Mochida, Isao; Nagashima, Hideo

    2014-01-01

    The reaction of three types of carbon nanofibers (CNFs; platelet: CNF-P, tubular: CNF-T, herringbone: CNF-H) with Ir4(CO)12 in mesitylene at 165 °C provided the corresponding CNF-supported iridium nanoparticles, Ir/CNFs (Ir content=2.3-2.6 wt.%). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies of these Ir/CNF samples revealed that size-controlled Ir nanoparticles (average particle size of 1.1-1.5 nm) existed on the CNFs. Among the three Ir/CNF samples, Ir/CNF-T showed an excellent catalytic activity and chemoselectivity towards hydrogenation of functionalized nitroarenes and imines; the corresponding aniline derivatives were obtained with high turnover numbers at ambient temperature under 10 tm of H2 , and the catalyst is reusable. Ir/CNF-T was also effective for the reductive N-alkylation of anilines with carbonyl compounds. PMID:24347068

  6. Chemoselective synthesis and resolution of chiral [1,9]methanofullerene[70] derivatives

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Yihan; Schuster, D.I.; Wilson, S.R.

    1996-08-09

    The authors report the chemical preparation of [1,9]methanofullerene[70] derivatives. The [1,9]methanofullerene[70]carboxylic acid was prepared and shown to be a useful reagent for further functionalization. Chiral amide stereoisomers were isolated using chiral HPLC. 15 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Synthesis of Ordered Mesoporous Silica for Energy-efficient Adsorption Systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Endo, Akira; Komori, Kou; Inagi, Yuki; Fujisaki, Satoko; Yamamoto, Takuji

    Energy-efficient adsorption systems, such as adsorption heat pump, desiccant cooling, humidity control system, and so on, are expected as a energy exchange process because they are able to utilize low temperature exhaust heat. As an adsorbent for such systems, materials with large adsorption capacity in the pressure range of practical operation are preferable. To enable the design and synthesis of materials with large heat storage capacity, the pore structure of adsorbents should be optimized for each systems. In this paper, we synthesized ordered mesoporous silica (MPS) with an arrow pore size distribution of around 2nm by a solvent evaporation method and evaluated their water adsorption properties. The adsorption isotherms for MPSs showed steep increase at a relative humidity corresponding to their pore size. Since MPSs have a large adsorption capacity than conventional materials in the relative humidity region of practical operation, they are expected for new adsorbents for energy-efficient adsorption systems.

  8. Efficient Synthesis of Eriodictyol from l-Tyrosine in Escherichia coli

    PubMed Central

    Zhu, Saijie; Wu, Junjun; Du, Guocheng

    2014-01-01

    The health benefits of flavonoids for humans are increasingly attracting attention. Because the extraction of high-purity flavonoids from plants presents a major obstacle, interest has emerged in biosynthesizing them using microbial hosts. Eriodictyol is a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Its efficient synthesis has been hampered by two factors: the poor expression of cytochrome P450 and the low intracellular malonyl coenzyme A (malonyl-CoA) concentration in Escherichia coli. To address these issues, a truncated plant P450 flavonoid, flavonoid 3′-hydroxylase (tF3′H), was functionally expressed as a fusion protein with a truncated P450 reductase (tCPR) in E. coli. This allowed the engineered E. coli to produce eriodictyol from l-tyrosine by simultaneously coexpressing the fusion protein with tyrosine ammonia lyase (TAL), 4-coumarate-CoA ligase (4CL), chalcone synthase (CHS), and chalcone isomerase (CHI). In addition, metabolic engineering was employed to enhance the availability of malonyl-CoA so as to achieve a new metabolic balance and rebalance the relative expression of genes to enhance eriodictyol accumulation. This approach made the production of eriodictyol 203% higher than that in the control strain. By using these strategies, the production of eriodictyol from l-tyrosine reached 107 mg/liter. The present work offers an approach to the efficient synthesis of other hydroxylated flavonoids from l-tyrosine or even glucose in E. coli. PMID:24610848

  9. Fungi as an efficient mycosystem for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles: progress and key aspects of research.

    PubMed

    Yadav, Alka; Kon, Kateryna; Kratosova, Gabriela; Duran, Nelson; Ingle, Avinash P; Rai, Mahendra

    2015-11-01

    Nanotechnology is an emerging cutting-edge technology, which involves interdisciplinary subjects, such as physics, chemistry, biology, material science and medicine. Different methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles have been discussed here. Although physical and chemical methods have been successfully used to synthesize nanoparticles, the use of hazardous chemicals and synthesis at high temperature is a matter of concern. Hence, there is a necessity to develop eco-friendly techniques for the synthesis of nanoparticles. Biosynthesis of nanoparticles by fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes, lichen and viruses have been reported eco-friendly. Moreover, the fungal system has emerged as an efficient system for nanoparticle synthesis as fungi possess distinctive characters including high wall binding capacity, easy to culture and simpler biomass handling, etc. In this review, we have discussed fungi as an important tool for the fabrication of nanoparticles. In addition, methods and mechanism for synthesis of nanoparticles and its potential applications have also been discussed. PMID:26164702

  10. Suppression of HLA Expression by Lentivirus-mediated Gene Transfer of siRNA Cassettes and In Vivo Chemoselection to Enhance Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

    PubMed Central

    Hacke, Katrin; Falahati, Rustom; Flebbe-Rehwaldt, Linda; Kasahara, Noriyuki; Gaensler, Karin M. L.

    2010-01-01

    Current approaches for hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) and organ transplantation are limited by donor and host-mediated immune responses to allo-antigens. Application of these therapies is limited by the toxicity of preparative and post-transplant immunosuppressive regimens and a shortage of appropriate HLA-matched donors. We have been exploring two complementary approaches for genetically modifying donor cells that achieve long-term suppression of cellular proteins that elicit host immune responses to mismatched donor antigens, and provide a selective advantage to genetically engineered donor cells after transplantation. The first approach is based on recent advances that make feasible targeted down-regulation of HLA expression. Suppression of HLA expression could help to overcome limitations imposed by extensive HLA polymorphisms that restrict the availability of suitable donors. Accordingly, we have recently investigated whether knockdown of HLA by RNA interference (RNAi) enables allogeneic cells to evade immune recognition. For efficient and stable delivery of short hairpin-type RNAi constructs (shRNA), we employed lentivirus-based gene transfer vectors that integrate into genomic DNA, thereby permanently modifying transduced donor cells. Lentivirus-mediated delivery of shRNA targeting pan-Class I and allele-specific HLA achieved efficient and dose-dependent reduction in surface expression of HLA in human cells, and enhanced resistance to allo-reactive T lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity, while avoiding non-MHC restricted killing. Complementary strategies for genetic engineering of HSC that would provide a selective advantage for transplanted donor cells and enable successful engraftment with less toxic preparative and immunosuppressive regimens would increase the numbers of individuals to whom HLA suppression therapy could be offered. Our second strategy is to provide a mechanism for in vivo selection of genetically modified HSC and other donor cells. We have uniquely combined transplantation during the neonatal period, when tolerance may be more readily achieved, with a positive selection strategy for in vivo amplification of drug-resistant donor HSC. This model system enables the evaluation of mechanisms of tolerance induction to neo-antigens, and allogeneic stem cells during immune ontogeny. HSC are transduced ex vivo by lentivirus-mediated gene transfer of P140K-O6-methylguanine-methyltransferase (MGMTP140K). The MGMTP140K DNA repair enzyme confers resistance to benzylguanine, an inhibitor of endogenous MGMT, and to chloroethylating agents such as BCNU. In vivo chemoselection enables enrichment of donor cells at the stem cell level. Using complementary approaches of in vivo chemoselection and RNAi-induced silencing of HLA expression may enable the generation of histocompatibility-enhanced, and eventually, perhaps “universally” compatible cellular grafts. PMID:19048410

  11. A concise and efficient total synthesis of α-mangostin and β-mangostin from Garcinia mangostana.

    PubMed

    Xu, Dandan; Nie, Ying; Liang, Xizhou; Ji, Ling; Hu, Songyuan; You, Qidong; Wang, Fan; Ye, Hongchun; Wang, Jinxin

    2013-08-01

    The concise, efficient synthesis of alpha-mangostin is described in eight simple steps with 8.3% overall yield. Highlights include a practical approach to construct the isopentene groups and other diverse groups at C-2 and C-8 of the xanthene skeleton through Claisen rearrangement and Wittig reaction. Meanwhile the first total synthesis of beta-mangostin is presented with a similar approach. PMID:24079178

  12. Efficient Enantio- and Diastereo-divergent Synthesis of Poison-frog Alkaloids 251O and trans-223B

    PubMed Central

    Toyooka, Naoki; Zhou, Dejun; Nemoto, Hideo; Tezuka, Yasuhiro; Kadota, Shigetoshi; Andriamaharavo, Nirina R.; Garraffo, H. Martin; Spande, Thomas F.; Daly, John W.

    2009-01-01

    An efficient and flexible synthesis of poison-frog alkaloids 251O and trans-223B has been achieved using for both alkaloids an enantiodivergent process starting from the common lactam 1. The relative stereochemistry of 251O and trans-223B was determined to be 7 (R = n- C7H15, R’ = n-Pr) and 14 by the present enantioselective synthesis. PMID:19637860

  13. Sodium tetrachloroaurate(III) dihydrate-catalyzed efficient synthesis of 1,5-benzodiazepine and quinoxaline derivatives*

    PubMed Central

    Shi, Ren-xin; Liu, Yun-kui; Xu, Zhen-yuan

    2010-01-01

    Both 1,5-benzodiazepine and quinoxaline derivatives are important heterocycles in pharmaceuticals. We describe an efficient and clean method for the synthesis of 1,5-benzodiazepines from o-phenylenediamine and ketones catalyzed by sodium tetrachloroaurate(III) dihydrate under mild conditions. The catalyst was shown to be equally effective for the synthesis of quinoxalines from o-phenylenediamine and ?-bromo ketones under the similar reaction conditions. This method produced good yields. PMID:20104644

  14. FeOx-supported platinum single-atom and pseudo-single-atom catalysts for chemoselective hydrogenation of functionalized nitroarenes.

    PubMed

    Wei, Haisheng; Liu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Aiqin; Zhang, Leilei; Qiao, Botao; Yang, Xiaofeng; Huang, Yanqiang; Miao, Shu; Liu, Jingyue; Zhang, Tao

    2014-01-01

    The catalytic hydrogenation of nitroarenes is an environmentally benign technology for the production of anilines, which are key intermediates for manufacturing agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and dyes. Most of the precious metal catalysts, however, suffer from low chemoselectivity when one or more reducible groups are present in a nitroarene molecule. Herein we report FeOx-supported platinum single-atom and pseudo-single-atom structures as highly active, chemoselective and reusable catalysts for hydrogenation of a variety of substituted nitroarenes. For hydrogenation of 3-nitrostyrene, the catalyst yields a TOF of ~1,500 h(-1), 20-fold higher than the best result reported in literature, and a selectivity to 3-aminostyrene close to 99%, the best ever achieved over platinum group metals. The superior performance can be attributed to the presence of positively charged platinum centres and the absence of Pt-Pt metallic bonding, both of which favour the preferential adsorption of nitro groups. PMID:25465918

  15. First Principles Calculations for Hydrogenation of Acrolein on Pd and Pt: Chemoselectivity Depends on Steric Effects on the Surface.

    PubMed

    Tuokko, Sakari; Pihko, Petri M; Honkala, Karoliina

    2016-01-01

    The chemoselective hydrogenation of acrolein on Pt(111) and Pd(111) surfaces is investigated employing density functional theory calculations. The computed potential energy surfaces together with the analysis of reaction mechanisms demonstrate that steric effects are an important factor that governs chemoselectivity. The reactions at the C=O functionality require more space than the reactions at the C=C functionality. Therefore the formation of allyl alcohol is more favorable at low coverage, while the reduction of the C=C bond and the formation of propanal becomes kinetically more favorable at higher coverage. The elementary reaction steps are found to follow different reaction mechanisms, which are identified according to terminology typically used in organometallic catalysis. The transition state scaling (TSS) relationship is demonstrated and the origin of multiple TSS lines is linked to variation of an internal electronic structure of a carbon skeleton. PMID:26791881

  16. Ligand-Enabled, Copper-Promoted Regio- and Chemoselective Hydroxylation of Arenes, Aryl Halides, and Aryl Methyl Ethers.

    PubMed

    Singh, Bijaya Kumar; Jana, Ranjan

    2016-02-01

    We report here a practical method for the ortho C-H hydroxylation of benzamides with inexpensive copper(II) acetate monohydrate and a pyridine ligand. An intra- and intermolecular ligand combination was explored to achieve regio- and chemoselective hydroxylation. Interestingly, typical regiochemical scrambling associated with the C-H activation was further resolved by introducing a ligand-directed ortho hydroxylation of haloarenes and aryl methyl ethers. PMID:26762789

  17. Substituent effects and chemoselectivity of the intramolecular Buchner reaction of diazoacetamide derivatives catalyzed by the di-Rh(ii)-complex.

    PubMed

    Li, Hui; Ma, Xuelu; Lei, Ming

    2016-05-28

    A density functional theory (DFT) study was performed to reveal that the substituent effects in the α-site have an effect on the chemoselectivity of the intramolecular Buchner reaction of diazoacetamide catalyzed by Rh2(OAc)4. The substituent effect is investigated considering five different groups (Z = -Me, -OMe, -H, -CN and -C(O)Me) in the substrates. The substituent group in the α-site changes the electronegativity of the C-atom in carbene and affects the chemoselectivity. The basis of chemoselectivity is the distribution of products that was analyzed by DFT calculations. The barrier energy of the favorable pathway is clearly lower than that of the other pathways. Nucleophilic substituent groups, such as -H, -OMe and -Me, are regarded as electron-donating groups, which increase the electropositivity of the C-atom in carbene compounds and improve the reactivity of the aromatic addition reaction. Electrophilic substituent groups, such as -CN and -C(O)Me, are regarded as electron-withdrawing groups, which decrease the electropositivity of the C-atom in carbene compounds and favor the C-H activation step. The computational results showed that the main product is cycloheptatriene when Z = -H/-OMe. The main product is β-lactam when the substituent group is -CN/-C(O)Me. When the substituent group is -Me, the products are a mixture of γ-lactams, β-lactams and cycloheptatriene. PMID:27116043

  18. Facile Synthesis of Porous Dendritic Bimetallic Platinum-Nickel Nanocrystals as Efficient Catalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

    PubMed

    Eid, Kamel; Wang, Hongjing; Malgras, Victor; Alothman, Zeid Abdullah; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Wang, Liang

    2016-05-01

    Certain bimetallic nanocrystals (NCs) possess promising catalytic properties for electrochemical energy conversion. Herein, we report a facile method for the one-step synthesis of porous dendritic PtNi NCs in aqueous solution at room temperature that contrasts with the traditional multistep thermal decomposition approach. The dendritic PtNi NCs assembled by interconnected arms are efficient catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction. This direct and efficient method is favorable for the up-scaled synthesis of active catalysts used in electrochemical applications. PMID:26879517

  19. Expanding the chemical toolbox for the synthesis of large and uniquely modified proteins

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bondalapati, Somasekhar; Jbara, Muhammad; Brik, Ashraf

    2016-05-01

    Methods to prepare proteins that include a specific modification at a desired position are essential for understanding their cellular functions and physical properties in living systems. Chemical protein synthesis, which relies on the chemoselective ligation of unprotected peptides, enables the preparation of modified proteins that are not easily fabricated by other methods. In contrast to recombinant approaches, chemical synthesis can be used to prepare protein analogues such as D-proteins, which are useful in protein structure determination and the discovery of novel therapeutics. Post-translationally modifying proteins is another example where chemical protein synthesis proved itself as a powerful approach for preparing samples with high homogeneity and in workable quantities. In this Review, we discuss the basic principles of the field, focusing on novel chemoselective peptide ligation approaches such as native chemical ligation and the recent advances based on this method with a proven record of success in the synthesis of highly important protein targets.

  20. Bi-template assisted synthesis of mesoporous manganese oxide nanostructures: Tuning properties for efficient CO oxidation.

    PubMed

    Roy, Mouni; Basak, Somjyoti; Naskar, Milan Kanti

    2016-02-10

    A simple soft bi-templating process was used for the synthesis of mesoporous manganese oxide nanostructures using KMnO4 as a precursor and polyethylene glycol and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as templates in the presence of benzaldehyde as an organic additive in alkaline media, followed by calcination at 400 °C. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic analysis of the calcined products confirmed the existence of stoichiometric (MnO2 and Mn5O8) and non-stoichiometric mixed phases (MnO2 + Mn5O8) of Mn oxides obtained by tuning the concentration of the additive and the synthesis time. The surface properties of the prepared Mn oxides were determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The mesoporosity of the samples was confirmed by N2 adsorption-desorption. Different synthetic conditions resulted in the formation of different morphologies of the Mn oxides (α-MnO2, Mn5O8, and α-MnO2 + Mn5O8), such as nanoparticles, nanorods, and nanowires. The synthesized mesoporous Mn oxide nanostructures were used for the catalytic oxidation of the harmful air pollutant carbon monoxide. The Mn5O8 nanoparticles with the highest Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and the non-stoichiometric manganese oxide (α-MnO2 + Mn5O8) nanorods with a higher Mn(3+) concentration had the best catalytic efficiency. PMID:26815335

  1. Efficient synthesis of ureas by direct palladium-catalyzed oxidative carbonylation of amines.

    PubMed

    Gabriele, Bartolo; Salerno, Giuseppe; Mancuso, Raffaella; Costa, Mirco

    2004-07-01

    A general synthesis of symmetrically disubstituted ureas and trisubstituted ureas by direct Pd-catalyzed oxidative carbonylation of primary amines or of a mixture of a primary and a secondary amine, respectively, with unprecedented catalytic efficiencies for this kind of process, is reported. Reactions are carried out at 90-100 degrees C in DME as the solvent in the presence of PdI(2) in conjunction with an excess of KI as the catalytic system and under 20 atm of a 4:1 mixture of CO and air. In some cases, working in the presence of an excess of CO(2) (40 atm) in addition to CO and air (60 atm total) had a beneficial effect on substrate reactivity and product yield. Cyclic five-membered and six-membered ureas were easily formed from primary diamines. The methodology has been successfully applied to the synthesis of pharmacologically active ureas, such as those deriving from alpha-amino esters or urea NPY5RA-972, a potent antagonist of the neuropeptide Y5 receptor. PMID:15230597

  2. Improving the time efficiency of the Fourier synthesis method for slice selection in magnetic resonance imaging.

    PubMed

    Tahayori, B; Khaneja, N; Johnston, L A; Farrell, P M; Mareels, I M Y

    2016-01-01

    The design of slice selective pulses for magnetic resonance imaging can be cast as an optimal control problem. The Fourier synthesis method is an existing approach to solve these optimal control problems. In this method the gradient field as well as the excitation field are switched rapidly and their amplitudes are calculated based on a Fourier series expansion. Here, we provide a novel insight into the Fourier synthesis method via representing the Bloch equation in spherical coordinates. Based on the spherical Bloch equation, we propose an alternative sequence of pulses that can be used for slice selection which is more time efficient compared to the original method. Simulation results demonstrate that while the performance of both methods is approximately the same, the required time for the proposed sequence of pulses is half of the original sequence of pulses. Furthermore, the slice selectivity of both sequences of pulses changes with radio frequency field inhomogeneities in a similar way. We also introduce a measure, referred to as gradient complexity, to compare the performance of both sequences of pulses. This measure indicates that for a desired level of uniformity in the excited slice, the gradient complexity for the proposed sequence of pulses is less than the original sequence. PMID:26602859

  3. Highly Efficient Synthesis of an Emerging Lipophilic Antioxidant: 2-Ethylhexyl Ferulate.

    PubMed

    Huang, Kuo-Chuan; Li, Ying; Kuo, Chia-Hung; Twu, Yawo-Kuo; Shieh, Chwen-Jen

    2016-01-01

    Ferulic acid in ester form has shown a stronger ability in ameliorating certain pathological conditions and inhibiting lipid oxidation. In present study, a solvent-free and reduced pressure evaporation system was developed for lipase-catalyzed synthesis of 2-ethylhexyl ferulate (2-EF) from ferulic acid and 2-ethylhexanol. A Box-Behnken design with response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural network (ANN) was selected to model and optimize the process. Based on the yields of 2-EF, reaction temperature was shown to be the most important process factor on the molar conversion among all variables. The residual values and the coefficient of determination (R²) calculated from the design data indicated that ANN was better than RSM in data fitting. Overall, the present lipase-catalyzed approach for 2-EF synthesis at low reaction temperature in a reduced pressure evaporation system shows high 2-EF production efficiency. Notably, this approach can reduce the enzyme denaturation and ferulic acid oxidation that usually occur during long-term biosynthetic operations at high temperature. PMID:27077838

  4. Design and Synthesis of Novel Block Copolymers for Efficient Opto-Electronic Applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sun, Sam-Shajing; Fan, Zhen; Wang, Yiqing; Taft, Charles; Haliburton, James; Maaref, Shahin

    2002-01-01

    It has been predicted that nano-phase separated block copolymer systems containing electron rich donor blocks and electron deficient acceptor blocks may facilitate the charge carrier separation and migration in organic photovoltaic devices due to improved morphology in comparison to polymer blend system. This paper presents preliminary data describing the design and synthesis of a novel Donor-Bridge-Acceptor (D-B-A) block copolymer system for potential high efficient organic optoelectronic applications. Specifically, the donor block contains an electron donating alkyloxy derivatized polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), the acceptor block contains an electron withdrawing alkyl-sulfone derivatized polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), and the bridge block contains an electronically neutral non-conjugated aliphatic hydrocarbon chain. The key synthetic strategy includes the synthesis of each individual block first, then couple the blocks together. While the donor block stabilizes and facilitates the transport of the holes, the acceptor block stabilizes and facilitates the transport of the electrons, the bridge block is designed to hinder the probability of electron-hole recombination. Thus, improved charge separation and stability are expected with this system. In addition, charge migration toward electrodes may also be facilitated due to the potential nano-phase separated and highly ordered block copolymer ultra-structure.

  5. Synthesis and evaluation of novel lipopeptide as a vehicle for efficient gene delivery and gene silencing.

    PubMed

    Koloskova, O O; Nikonova, A A; Budanova, U A; Shilovskiy, I P; Kofiadi, I A; Ivanov, A V; Smirnova, O A; Zverev, V V; Sebaykin, Yu L; Andreev, S M; Khaitov, M R

    2016-05-01

    Nucleic acid-based therapeutics have recently emerged as a new class of next generation agents for treatment and prevention of viral infection, cancer, and genetic disorders, but their wide use is limited by their relatively weak delivery into target cells. Usage of synthetic cationic amphiphiles with peptide hydrophilic domain as agents for non-viral gene delivery is an attractive approach. We developed the schemes for the synthesis of aliphatic peptides with different length of the hydrocarbon chains in hydrophobic domains and different amino acids in polar head. For the obtained derivatives we determined transfection efficiency, critical vesicle concentration, particle size, ζ-potential and aggregates stability. We have found that the transfection efficiency is increased if the ornithine is a part of polar head in an amphiphile. The most promising amphiphile for liposomal formation OrnOrnGlu(C16H33)2 was examined more carefully. It has been shown that the lipopeptide possesses low toxicity (in vitro and in vivo) and high transfection efficiency with pDNA and siRNA in different cell lines. In addition, the production of liposomes based on this lipopeptide is simple, quick and cheap. Thus OrnOrnGlu(C16H33)2 is a promising vehicle for gene delivery and gene silencing. PMID:26992289

  6. ACCESS 3. Approximation concepts code for efficient structural synthesis: User's guide

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fleury, C.; Schmit, L. A., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    A user's guide is presented for ACCESS-3, a research oriented program which combines dual methods and a collection of approximation concepts to achieve excellent efficiency in structural synthesis. The finite element method is used for structural analysis and dual algorithms of mathematical programming are applied in the design optimization procedure. This program retains all of the ACCESS-2 capabilities and the data preparation formats are fully compatible. Four distinct optimizer options were added: interior point penalty function method (NEWSUMT); second order primal projection method (PRIMAL2); second order Newton-type dual method (DUAL2); and first order gradient projection-type dual method (DUAL1). A pure discrete and mixed continuous-discrete design variable capability, and zero order approximation of the stress constraints are also included.

  7. Efficient Hybrid Grid Synthesis Method Based on Genetic Algorithm for Power/Ground Network Optimization with Dynamic Signal Consideration

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, Yun; Kimura, Shinji

    This paper proposes an efficient design algorithm for power/ground (P/G) network synthesis with dynamic signal consideration, which is mainly caused by Ldi/dt noise and Cdv/dt decoupling capacitance (DECAP) current in the distribution network. To deal with the nonlinear global optimization under synthesis constraints directly, the genetic algorithm (GA) is introduced. The proposed GA-based synthesis method can avoid the linear transformation loss and the restraint condition complexity in current SLP, SQP, ICG, and random-walk methods. In the proposed Hybrid Grid Synthesis algorithm, the dynamic signal is simulated in the gene disturbance process, and Trapezoidal Modified Euler (TME) method is introduced to realize the precise dynamic time step process. We also use a hybrid-SLP method to reduce the genetic execute time and increase the network synthesis efficiency. Experimental results on given power distribution network show the reduction on layout area and execution time compared with current P/G network synthesis methods.

  8. Microfluidic Directed Synthesis of Alginate Nanogels with Tunable Pore Size for Efficient Protein Delivery.

    PubMed

    Bazban-Shotorbani, Salime; Dashtimoghadam, Erfan; Karkhaneh, Akbar; Hasani-Sadrabadi, Mohammad Mahdi; Jacob, Karl I

    2016-05-17

    Alginate is a biopolymer with favorable pH-sensitive properties for oral delivery of peptides and proteins. However, conventional alginate nanogels have limitations such as low encapsulation efficiency because of drug leaching during bead preparation and burst release in high pH values. These shortcomings originate from large pore size of the nanogels. In this work, we proposed an on-chip hydrodynamic flow focusing approach for synthesis of alginate nanogels with adjustable pore size to achieve fine-tunable release profile of the encapsulated bioactive agents. It is demonstrated that the microstructure of nanogels can be controlled through adjusting flow ratio and mixing time directed on microfluidic platforms consisting of cross-junction microchannels. In this study, the average pore size of alginate nanogels (i.e., average molecular weight between cross-links, Mc) was related to synthesis parameters. Mc was calculated from equations based on equilibrium swelling theory and proposed methods to modify the theory for pH-sensitive nanogels. In the equations we derived, size and compactness of nanogels are key factors, which can be adjusted by controlling the flow ratio. It was found that increase in flow ratio increases the size of nanogels and decreases their compactness. The size of on-chip generated nanogels for flow ratio of 0.02-0.2 was measured to be in the range of 68-138 nm. Moreover, a method based on the Mie theory was implemented to estimate the aggregation number (Nagg) of polymer chains inside the nanogels as an indicator of compactness. According to the size and compactness results along with equations of modified swelling theory, Mc obtained to be in the range of 0.5-0.8 kDa. The proposed method could be considered as a promising approach for efficient polypeptides encapsulation and their sustained release. PMID:26938744

  9. Efficient synthesis of L-lactic acid from glycerol by metabolically engineered Escherichia coli

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background Due to its abundance and low-price, glycerol has become an attractive carbon source for the industrial production of value-added fuels and chemicals. This work reports the engineering of E. coli for the efficient conversion of glycerol into L-lactic acid (L-lactate). Results Escherichia coli strains have previously been metabolically engineered for the microaerobic production of D-lactic acid from glycerol in defined media by disrupting genes that minimize the synthesis of succinate, acetate, and ethanol, and also overexpressing the respiratory route of glycerol dissimilation (GlpK/GlpD). Here, further rounds of rationale design were performed on these strains for the homofermentative production of L-lactate, not normally produced in E. coli. Specifically, L-lactate production was enabled by: 1), replacing the native D-lactate specific dehydrogenase with Streptococcus bovis L-lactate dehydrogenase (L-LDH), 2) blocking the methylglyoxal bypass pathways to avoid the synthesis of a racemic mixture of D- and L-lactate and prevent the accumulation of toxic intermediate, methylglyoxal, and 3) the native aerobic L-lactate dehydrogenase was blocked to prevent the undesired utilization of L-lactate. The engineered strain produced 50 g/L of L-lactate from 56 g/L of crude glycerol at a yield 93% of the theoretical maximum and with high optical (99.9%) and chemical (97%) purity. Conclusions This study demonstrates the efficient conversion of glycerol to L-lactate, a microbial process that had not been reported in the literature prior to our work. The engineered biocatalysts produced L-lactate from crude glycerol in defined minimal salts medium at high chemical and optical purity. PMID:23347598

  10. 3,4,6-Tri-O-acetyl-2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoroglucopyranosyl phenylthiosulfonate: a thiol-reactive agent for the chemoselective 18F-glycosylation of peptides.

    PubMed

    Prante, Olaf; Einsiedel, Jürgen; Haubner, Roland; Gmeiner, Peter; Wester, Hans-Jürgen; Kuwert, Torsten; Maschauer, Simone

    2007-01-01

    3,4,5-Tri-O-acetyl-2-[18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucopyranosyl 1-phenylthiosulfonate (Ac3-[18F]FGlc-PTS) was developed as a thiol-reactive labeling reagent for the site-specific 18F-glycosylation of peptides. Taking advantage of highly accessible 1,3,4,6-tetra-O-acetyl-2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoroglucopyranose, a three-step radiochemical pathway was investigated and optimized, providing Ac3-[18F]FGlc-PTS in a radiochemical yield of about 33% in 90 min (decay-corrected and based on starting [18F]fluoride). Ac3-[18F]FGlc-PTS was reacted with the model pentapeptide CAKAY, confirming chemoselectivity and excellent conjugation yields of >90% under mild reaction conditions. The optimized method was adopted to the 18F-glycosylation of the alphavbeta3-affine peptide c(RGDfC), achieving high conjugation yields (95%, decay-corrected). The alphavbeta3 binding affinity of the glycosylated c(RGDfC) remained uninfluenced as determined by competition binding studies versus 125I-echistatin using both isolated alphavbeta3 and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (Ki = 68 +/- 10 nM (alphavbeta3) versus Ki = 77 +/- 4 nM (HUVEC)). The whole radiosynthetic procedure, including the preparation of the 18F-glycosylating reagent Ac3-[18F]FGlc-PTS, peptide ligation, and final HPLC purification, provided a decay-uncorrected radiochemical yield of 13% after a total synthesis time of 130 min. Ac3-[18F]FGlc-PTS represents a novel 18F-labeling reagent for the mild chemoselective 18F-glycosylation of peptides indicating its potential for the design and development of 18F-labeled bioactive S-glycopeptides suitable to study their pharmacokinetics in vivo by positron emission tomography (PET). PMID:17226980

  11. Total synthesis of muricadienin, the putative key precursor in the solamin biosynthesis.

    PubMed

    Adrian, Juliane; Stark, Christian B W

    2014-11-21

    The first total synthesis of muricadienin, the unsaturated putative precursor in the biosynthesis of trans- and cis-solamin is described. Key steps in the synthesis are a chemoselective hydroboration, a Z-selective Wittig reaction, and a Fries rearrangement for introducing the terminal ?-substituted butenolide. Thus, muricadienin can be synthesized in 11 steps from commercially available starting materials in 42% overall yield. PMID:25380309

  12. Micelle-Template Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Graphene as an Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Production

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Xiaodan; Zhao, Yufei; Ao, Zhimin; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of mesoporous graphene materials by soft-template methods remains a great challenge, owing to the poor self-assembly capability of precursors and the severe agglomeration of graphene nanosheets. Herein, a micelle-template strategy to prepare porous graphene materials with controllable mesopores, high specific surface areas and large pore volumes is reported. By fine-tuning the synthesis parameters, the pore sizes of mesoporous graphene can be rationally controlled. Nitrogen heteroatom doping is found to remarkably render electrocatalytic properties towards hydrogen evolution reactions as a highly efficient metal-free catalyst. The synthesis strategy and the demonstration of highly efficient catalytic effect provide benchmarks for preparing well-defined mesoporous graphene materials for energy production applications. PMID:25523276

  13. An efficient synthesis of novel fused cycloheptatrienes through Mn(II)-mediated formal intermolecular [2 + 2 + 2 + 1] cycloaddition.

    PubMed

    Shu, Wen-Ming; Ma, Jun-Rui; Yang, Yan; Wu, An-Xin

    2014-03-01

    A new method for manganous acetate tetrahydrate mediated formal intermolecular [2 + 2 + 2 + 1] cycloaddition was developed for the synthesis of fused cycloheptatriene derivatives from N-(acylmethyl)pyridinium iodides and naphthoquinone. This method provides an innovative route for the efficient and convenient construction of fused seven-membered carbocycles from simple starting materials. PMID:24564369

  14. Highly efficient one-pot three-component synthesis of naphthopyran derivatives in water catalyzed by hydroxyapatite

    EPA Science Inventory

    An expeditious and efficient protocol for the synthesis of naphthopyrans has been developed that proceeds via one-pot three-component sequential reaction in water catalyzed by hydroxyapatite or sodium-modified-hydroxyapatite. The title compounds have been obtained in high yield a...

  15. AN EFFICIENT AND SIMPLE AQUEOUS N-HETEROCYCLIZATION OF ANILINE DERIVATIVES: MICROWAVE-ASSISTED SYNTHESIS OF N-ARYL AZACYCLOALKANES

    EPA Science Inventory

    An efficient and clean synthesis of N-aryl azacycloalkanes from alkyl dihalides and aniline derivatives has been achieved using microwave irradiation in an aqueous potassium carbonate medium. The phase separation can simplify the product isolation and reduce usage of vol...

  16. Efficient Nazarov Cyclization/Wagner-Meerwein Rearrangement Terminated by a Cu(II)-Promoted Oxidation: Synthesis of 4-Alkylidene Cyclopentenones

    PubMed Central

    Lebœuf, David; Theiste, Eric; Gandon, Vincent; Daifuku, Stephanie L.; Neidig, Michael L.

    2013-01-01

    The discovery and elucidation of a novel Nazarov cyclization/Wagner-Meerwein rearrangement/oxidation sequence is described, which constitutes an efficient strategy for the synthesis of 4-alkylidene cyclopentenones. DFT computations and EPR experiments were conducted to gain further mechanistic insight into the reaction pathways. PMID:23436470

  17. Efficient access to the core of the Strychnos, Aspidosperma and Iboga alkaloids. A short synthesis of norfluorocurarine.

    PubMed

    Martin, David B C; Vanderwal, Christopher D

    2009-03-18

    An efficient anionic bicyclization of tryptamine-derived Zincke aldehydes forms the basis for a three-step route to the tetracyclic ABCE core of many Strychnos, Aspidosperma, and Iboga alkaloids. This powerful reaction is showcased in a five-step synthesis of the Strychnos alkaloid norfluorocurarine from tryptamine and pyridine. PMID:19236094

  18. Efficient Catalytic Activity BiFeO3 Nanoparticles Prepared by Novel Microwave-Assisted Synthesis.

    PubMed

    Zou, Jing; Gong, Wanyun; Ma, Jinai; Li, Lu; Jiang, Jizhou

    2015-02-01

    A novel microwave-assisted sol-gel method was applied to the synthesis of the single-phase perovskite bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (BFO NPs) with the mean diameter ca. 73.7 nm. The morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the rhombohedral phase with R3c space group. The weak ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature was affirmed by the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). According to the UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-DSR), the band gap energy of BFO NPs was determined to be 2.18 eV. The electrochemical activity was evaluated by BFO NPs-chitosan-glassy carbon electrode (BFO-CS-GCE) sensor for detection of p-nitrophenol contaminants. The material showed an efficient oxidation catalytic activity by degrading methylene blue (MB). It was found that the degradation efficiency of 10 mg L-1 MB at pH 6.0 was above 90.9% after ultrasound- and microwave-combined-assisted (US-MW) irradiation for 15 min with BFO NPs as catalyst and H202 as oxidant. A possible reaction mechanism of degradation of MB was also proposed. PMID:26353647

  19. Identification of a critical determinant that enables efficient fatty acid synthesis in oleaginous fungi.

    PubMed

    Chen, Haiqin; Hao, Guangfei; Wang, Lei; Wang, Hongchao; Gu, Zhennan; Liu, Liming; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Wei; Chen, Yong Q

    2015-01-01

    Microorganisms are valuable resources for lipid production. What makes one microbe but not the other able to efficiently synthesize and accumulate lipids is poorly understood. In the present study, global gene expression prior to and after the onset of lipogenesis was determined by transcriptomics using the oleaginous fungus Mortierella alpina as a model system. A core of 23 lipogenesis associated genes was identified and their expression patterns shared a high similarity among oleaginous microbes Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Mucor circinelloides and Rhizopus oryzae but was dissimilar to the non-oleaginous Aspergillus nidulans. Unexpectedly, Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) and 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (PGD) in the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) were found to be the NADPH producers responding to lipogenesis in the oleaginous microbes. Their role in lipogenesis was confirmed by a knockdown experiment. Our results demonstrate, for the first time, that the PPP plays a significant role during fungal lipogenesis. Up-regulation of NADPH production by the PPP, especially G6PD, may be one of the critical determinants that enables efficiently fatty acid synthesis in oleaginous microbes. PMID:26059272

  20. Efficient Synthesis of Peptide and Protein Functionalized Pyrrole-Imidazole Polyamides Using Native Chemical Ligation

    PubMed Central

    Janssen, Brian M. G.; van Ommeren, Sven P. F. I.; Merkx, Maarten

    2015-01-01

    The advancement of DNA-based bionanotechnology requires efficient strategies to functionalize DNA nanostructures in a specific manner with other biomolecules, most importantly peptides and proteins. Common DNA-functionalization methods rely on laborious and covalent conjugation between DNA and proteins or peptides. Pyrrole-imidazole (Py–Im) polyamides, based on natural minor groove DNA-binding small molecules, can bind to DNA in a sequence specific fashion. In this study, we explore the use of Py–Im polyamides for addressing proteins and peptides to DNA in a sequence specific and non-covalent manner. A generic synthetic approach based on native chemical ligation was established that allows efficient conjugation of both peptides and recombinant proteins to Py–Im polyamides. The effect of Py–Im polyamide conjugation on DNA binding was investigated by Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). Although the synthesis of different protein-Py–Im-polyamide conjugates was successful, attenuation of DNA affinity was observed, in particular for the protein-Py–Im-polyamide conjugates. The practical use of protein-Py–Im-polyamide conjugates for addressing DNA structures in an orthogonal but non-covalent manner, therefore, remains to be established. PMID:26053396

  1. Efficient Synthesis of Peptide and Protein Functionalized Pyrrole-Imidazole Polyamides Using Native Chemical Ligation.

    PubMed

    Janssen, Brian M G; van Ommeren, Sven P F I; Merkx, Maarten

    2015-01-01

    The advancement of DNA-based bionanotechnology requires efficient strategies to functionalize DNA nanostructures in a specific manner with other biomolecules, most importantly peptides and proteins. Common DNA-functionalization methods rely on laborious and covalent conjugation between DNA and proteins or peptides. Pyrrole-imidazole (Py-Im) polyamides, based on natural minor groove DNA-binding small molecules, can bind to DNA in a sequence specific fashion. In this study, we explore the use of Py-Im polyamides for addressing proteins and peptides to DNA in a sequence specific and non-covalent manner. A generic synthetic approach based on native chemical ligation was established that allows efficient conjugation of both peptides and recombinant proteins to Py-Im polyamides. The effect of Py-Im polyamide conjugation on DNA binding was investigated by Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). Although the synthesis of different protein-Py-Im-polyamide conjugates was successful, attenuation of DNA affinity was observed, in particular for the protein-Py-Im-polyamide conjugates. The practical use of protein-Py-Im-polyamide conjugates for addressing DNA structures in an orthogonal but non-covalent manner, therefore, remains to be established. PMID:26053396

  2. Efficient Rhodium-Catalyzed Multicomponent Reaction for the Synthesis of Novel Propargylamines.

    PubMed

    Rubio-Pérez, Laura; Iglesias, Manuel; Munárriz, Julen; Polo, Victor; Pérez-Torrente, Jesús J; Oro, Luis A

    2015-12-01

    [{Rh(μ-Cl)(H)2 (IPr)}2 ] (IPr = 1,3-bis-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazole-2-ylidene) was found to be an efficient catalyst for the synthesis of novel propargylamines by a one-pot three-component reaction between primary arylamines, aliphatic aldehydes, and triisopropylsilylacetylene. This methodology offers an efficient synthetic pathway for the preparation of secondary propargylamines derived from aliphatic aldehydes. The reactivity of [{Rh(μ-Cl)(H)2 (IPr)}2 ] with amines and aldehydes was studied, leading to the identification of complexes [RhCl(CO)IPr(MesNH2 )] (MesNH2 = 2,4,6-trimethylaniline) and [RhCl(CO)2 IPr]. The latter shows a very low catalytic activity while the former brought about reaction rates similar to those obtained with [{Rh(μ-Cl)(H)2 (IPr)}2 ]. Besides, complex [RhCl(CO)IPr(MesNH2 )] reacts with an excess of amine and aldehyde to give [RhCl(CO)IPr{MesNCHCH2 CH(CH3 )2 }], which was postulated as the active species. A mechanism that clarifies the scarcely studied catalytic cycle of A3 -coupling reactions is proposed based on reactivity studies and DFT calculations. PMID:26490447

  3. Identification of a critical determinant that enables efficient fatty acid synthesis in oleaginous fungi

    PubMed Central

    Chen, Haiqin; Hao, Guangfei; Wang, Lei; Wang, Hongchao; Gu, Zhennan; Liu, Liming; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Wei; Chen, Yong Q.

    2015-01-01

    Microorganisms are valuable resources for lipid production. What makes one microbe but not the other able to efficiently synthesize and accumulate lipids is poorly understood. In the present study, global gene expression prior to and after the onset of lipogenesis was determined by transcriptomics using the oleaginous fungus Mortierella alpina as a model system. A core of 23 lipogenesis associated genes was identified and their expression patterns shared a high similarity among oleaginous microbes Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Mucor circinelloides and Rhizopus oryzae but was dissimilar to the non-oleaginous Aspergillus nidulans. Unexpectedly, Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) and 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (PGD) in the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) were found to be the NADPH producers responding to lipogenesis in the oleaginous microbes. Their role in lipogenesis was confirmed by a knockdown experiment. Our results demonstrate, for the first time, that the PPP plays a significant role during fungal lipogenesis. Up-regulation of NADPH production by the PPP, especially G6PD, may be one of the critical determinants that enables efficiently fatty acid synthesis in oleaginous microbes. PMID:26059272

  4. Hyperspectral data processing for chemoselective multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy of unknown samples

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pohling, Christoph; Buckup, Tiago; Motzkus, Marcus

    2011-02-01

    Multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (MCARS) provides labeling free and fast characterization of materials and biological samples in nonlinear microscopy. In spite of its success, remaining challenges regarding the data analysis for chemoselective imaging still have to be solved. In general, image contrast has been realized by using only one spectral feature directly taken from the unprocessed raw data. This procedure is limited to strong and well separated Raman resonances like the saturated CH-stretching vibration of lipids in the case of biological samples. In order to overcome this limitation, we present a new method of MCARS data processing that exploits the whole measured spectrum to disentangle overlapping contributions of different (bio-) chemical components. Our ``two-step'' approach is based on the combination of imaginary part extraction followed by global fitting of the hyperspectral data set. Previous knowledge about the sample, e.g., pure spectra of the individual components is no longer necessary. The result is a highly contrasted image, where the patterns and differences between the sample components can be represented in different colors. We successfully applied this method to complex structured polymer samples and biological tissues.

  5. Efficient cascade synthesis of ampicillin from penicillin G potassium salt using wild and mutant penicillin G acylase from Alcaligenes faecalis.

    PubMed

    Deng, Senwen; Ma, Xiaoqiang; Su, Erzheng; Wei, Dongzhi

    2016-02-10

    To avoid isolation and purification of the intermediate 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA), a two-enzyme two-step cascade synthesis of ampicillin from penicillin G was established. In purely aqueous medium, penicillin G hydrolysis and ampicillin synthesis were catalyzed by immobilized wild-type and mutagenized penicillin G acylases from Alcaligenes faecalis (Af PGA), respectively (Fig. 1). The βF24 G mutant Af PGA (the 24th Phenylalanine of the β-subunit was replaced by Glycine) was employed for its superior performance in enzymatic synthesis of ampicillin. By optimizing the reaction conditions, including enzyme loading, temperature, initial pH and d-PGME/6-APA ratio, the conversion of the second step of ampicillin synthesis reached approximately 90% in 240min and less than 1.7mole d-PGME were required to produce 1mole ampicillin. Overall, in a 285min continuous two-step procedure, an ampicillin yield of 87% was achieved, demonstrating the possibility of improving the cascade synthesis of ampicillin by mutagenized PGA, providing an economically efficient and environmentally benign procedure for semi-synthetic penicillins antibiotics synthesis. PMID:26732414

  6. Reactivity and Chemoselectivity of Allenes in Rh(I)-Catalyzed Intermolecular (5 + 2) Cycloadditions with Vinylcyclopropanes: Allene-Mediated Rhodacycle Formation Can Poison Rh(I)-Catalyzed Cycloadditions

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Allenes are important 2π building blocks in organic synthesis and engage as 2-carbon components in many metal-catalyzed reactions. Wender and co-workers discovered that methyl substituents on the terminal allene double bond counterintuitively change the reactivities of allenes in [Rh(CO)2Cl]2-catalyzed intermolecular (5 + 2) cycloadditions with vinylcyclopropanes (VCPs). More sterically encumbered allenes afford higher cycloadduct yields, and such effects are also observed in other Rh(I)-catalyzed intermolecular cycloadditions. Through density functional theory calculations (B3LYP and M06) and experiment, we explored this enigmatic reactivity and selectivity of allenes in [Rh(CO)2Cl]2-catalyzed intermolecular (5 + 2) cycloadditions with VCPs. The apparent low reactivity of terminally unsubstituted allenes is associated with a competing allene dimerization that irreversibly sequesters rhodium. With terminally substituted allenes, steric repulsion between the terminal substituents significantly increases the barrier of allene dimerization while the barrier of the (5 + 2) cycloaddition is not affected, and thus the cycloaddition prevails. Computation has also revealed the origin of chemoselectivity in (5 + 2) cycloadditions with allene-ynes. Although simple allene and acetylene have similar reaction barriers, intermolecular (5 + 2) cycloadditions of allene-ynes occur exclusively at the terminal allene double bond. The terminal double bond is more reactive due to the enhanced d−π* backdonation. At the same time, insertion of the internal double bond of an allene-yne has a higher barrier as it would break π conjugation. Substituted alkynes are more difficult to insert compared with acetylene, because of the steric repulsion from the additional substituents. This leads to the greater reactivity of the allene double bond relative to the alkynyl group in allene-ynes. PMID:25379606

  7. Effects of nitric oxide and its synthesis inhibitor on neuron efficiency detected by a fiber-optic-based multisensor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shen, Zheng; Hua, Jun; Lin, Shuzhi; Liu, Xiangfeng

    1998-01-01

    Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) as an exogenous nitric oxide (NO) donor and N(omega) -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester(L-NAME) as NO synthesis inhibitor was driven into monkey cortex by iontophoresis, their effects on face recognition of monkey were observed, and neuron firing as well as neuron efficiency were monitored by fiberoptic-based multisensor during face recognition. The results show that L-NAME and low dose of SNP(5 nM) did not have any significant effect on face recognition and neuron efficiency, however high dose of SNP(50 nM) increased simultaneously both correct rate of face recognition and neuron efficiency, but not neuron firing. The results were discussed according to NO and its synthesis mechanism.

  8. Can oriented-attachment be an efficient growth mechanism for the synthesis of 1D nanocrystals via atomic layer deposition?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wen, Kechun; He, Weidong

    2015-09-01

    One-dimensional (1D) nanocrystals, such as nanorods and nanowires, have received extensive attention in the nanomaterials field due to their large surface areas and 1D confined transport properties. Oriented attachment (OA) is now recognized as a major growth mechanism for efficiently synthesizing 1D nanocrystals. Recently, atomic layer deposition (ALD) has been modified to be a powerful vapor-phase technique with which to synthesize 1D OA nanorods/nanowires with high efficiency and quality by increasing the temperature and purging time. In this invited mini-review, we look into the advantages of OA and high-temperature ALD, and investigate the potential of employing the OA growth mechanism for the synthesis of 1D nanocrystals via modified ALD, aiming to provide guidance to researchers in the fields of both OA and ALD for efficient synthesis of 1D nanocrystals.

  9. Efficient Synthesis of ?-Aryl-?-lactams and Their Resolution with (S)-Naproxen: Preparation of (R)- and (S)-Baclofen.

    PubMed

    Montoya-Balbs, Iris J; Valentn-Guevara, Berenice; Lpez-Mendoza, Estefana; Linzaga-Elizalde, Irma; Ordoez, Mario; Romn-Bravo, Perla

    2015-01-01

    An efficient synthesis of enantiomerically-pure ?-aryl-?-lactams is described. The principal feature of this synthesis is the practical resolution of ?-aryl-?-lactams with (S)-Naproxen. The procedure is based on the Michael addition of nitromethane to benzylidenemalonates, which was easily obtained, followed by the reduction of the ?-nitroester in the presence of Raney nickel and the subsequent saponification/decarboxylation reaction. The utility of this methodology was highlighted by the preparation of enantiomerically-pure (R)- and (S)-Baclofen hydrochloride. PMID:26690390

  10. The affinity of EBNA1 for its origin of DNA synthesis is a determinant of the origin's replicative efficiency.

    PubMed

    Lindner, Scott E; Zeller, Krisztina; Schepers, Aloys; Sugden, Bill

    2008-06-01

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) replicates its genome as a licensed plasmid in latently infected cells. Although replication of this plasmid is essential for EBV latent infection, its synthesis still fails for 16% of the templates in S phase. In order to understand these failures, we sought to determine whether the affinity of the initiator protein (EBNA1) for its binding sites in the origin affects the efficiency of plasmid replication. We have answered this question by using several engineered origins modeled upon the arrangement of EBNA1-binding sites found in DS, the major plasmid origin of EBV. The human TRF2 protein also binds to half-sites in DS and increases EBNA1's affinity for its own sites; we therefore also tested origin efficiency in the presence or absence of these sites. We have found that if TRF2-half-binding sites are present, the efficiency of supporting the initiation of DNA synthesis and of establishing a plasmid bearing that origin directly correlates with the affinity of EBNA1 for that origin. Moreover, the presence of TRF2-half-binding sites also increases the average level of EBNA1 and ORC2 bound to those origins in vivo, as measured by chromatin immunoprecipitation. Lastly, we have created an origin of DNA synthesis from high-affinity EBNA1-binding sites and TRF2-half-binding sites that functions severalfold more efficiently than does DS. This finding indicates that EBV has selected a submaximally efficient origin of DNA synthesis for the latent phase of its life cycle. This enhanced origin could be used practically in human gene vectors to improve their efficiency in therapy and basic research. PMID:18385243

  11. Submillisecond organic synthesis: Outpacing Fries rearrangement through microfluidic rapid mixing.

    PubMed

    Kim, Heejin; Min, Kyoung-Ik; Inoue, Keita; Im, Do Jin; Kim, Dong-Pyo; Yoshida, Jun-ichi

    2016-05-01

    In chemical synthesis, rapid intramolecular rearrangements often foil attempts at site-selective bimolecular functionalization. We developed a microfluidic technique that outpaces the very rapid anionic Fries rearrangement to chemoselectively functionalize iodophenyl carbamates at the ortho position. Central to the technique is a chip microreactor of our design, which can deliver a reaction time in the submillisecond range even at cryogenic temperatures. The microreactor was applied to the synthesis of afesal, a bioactive molecule exhibiting anthelmintic activity, to demonstrate its potential for practical synthesis and production. PMID:27151864

  12. Solid-Phase Synthesis of Tetrahydropyridazinedione-Constrained Peptides

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    The design and solid-phase synthesis of tetrahydropyridazine-3,6-dione (Tpd) peptidomimetics derived from backbone-aminated peptides is reported. The described protocol features the synthesis of chiral α-hydrazino acids suitable for chemoselective incorporation into growing peptide chains. Acid-catalyzed cyclization to form the Tpd ring during cleavage affords the target peptidomimetics in good yield and purity. The scope of Tpd incorporation is demonstrated through the synthesis of constrained peptides featuring nucleophilic/electrophilic side chains and sterically encumbered α-substituted hydrazino acid residues. PMID:25295511

  13. Simple and efficient synthesis of 2-[(18)F]fluoroethyl triflate for high yield (18)fluoroethylation.

    PubMed

    Peters, Tanja; Vogg, Andreas; Oppel, Iris M; Schmaljohann, Jörn

    2014-12-01

    The [(18)F]fluoroethyl moiety has been widely utilized in the synthesis of (18)F-labelled compounds. The aim of this work was the reliable synthesis of [(18)F]FEtOTf with a novel strategy to increase the reactivity of the commonly used [(18)F]FEB and [(18)F]FEtOTos. [(18)F]FEtOTf and the intermediate [(18)F]FEtOH were synthesized in high RCY (78% and 85%, respectively) and purified by SPE. The high potency of [(18)F]FEtOTf was shown by the efficient alkylation of the deactivated nucleophile aniline under mild conditions, as well as by the synthesis of [(18)F]FEC. PMID:25189703

  14. Phase and composition controllable synthesis of cobalt manganese spinel nanoparticles towards efficient oxygen electrocatalysis

    PubMed Central

    Li, Chun; Han, Xiaopeng; Cheng, Fangyi; Hu, Yuxiang; Chen, Chengcheng; Chen, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Spinel-type oxides are technologically important in many fields, including electronics, magnetism, catalysis and electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Typically, these materials are prepared by conventional ceramic routes that are energy consuming and offer limited control over shape and size. Moreover, for mixed-metal oxide spinels (for example, CoxMn3−xO4), the crystallographic phase sensitively correlates with the metal ratio, posing great challenges to synthesize active product with simultaneously tuned phase and composition. Here we report a general synthesis of ultrasmall cobalt manganese spinels with tailored structural symmetry and composition through facile solution-based oxidation–precipitation and insertion–crystallization process at modest condition. As an example application, the nanocrystalline spinels catalyse the oxygen reduction/evolution reactions, showing phase and composition co-dependent performance. Furthermore, the mild synthetic strategy allows the formation of homogeneous and strongly coupled spinel/carbon nanocomposites, which exhibit comparable activity but superior durability to Pt/C and serve as efficient catalysts to build rechargeable Zn–air and Li–air batteries. PMID:26040417

  15. Phase and composition controllable synthesis of cobalt manganese spinel nanoparticles towards efficient oxygen electrocatalysis.

    PubMed

    Li, Chun; Han, Xiaopeng; Cheng, Fangyi; Hu, Yuxiang; Chen, Chengcheng; Chen, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Spinel-type oxides are technologically important in many fields, including electronics, magnetism, catalysis and electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Typically, these materials are prepared by conventional ceramic routes that are energy consuming and offer limited control over shape and size. Moreover, for mixed-metal oxide spinels (for example, Co(x)Mn(3-x)O4), the crystallographic phase sensitively correlates with the metal ratio, posing great challenges to synthesize active product with simultaneously tuned phase and composition. Here we report a general synthesis of ultrasmall cobalt manganese spinels with tailored structural symmetry and composition through facile solution-based oxidation-precipitation and insertion-crystallization process at modest condition. As an example application, the nanocrystalline spinels catalyse the oxygen reduction/evolution reactions, showing phase and composition co-dependent performance. Furthermore, the mild synthetic strategy allows the formation of homogeneous and strongly coupled spinel/carbon nanocomposites, which exhibit comparable activity but superior durability to Pt/C and serve as efficient catalysts to build rechargeable Zn-air and Li-air batteries. PMID:26040417

  16. Phase and composition controllable synthesis of cobalt manganese spinel nanoparticles towards efficient oxygen electrocatalysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Chun; Han, Xiaopeng; Cheng, Fangyi; Hu, Yuxiang; Chen, Chengcheng; Chen, Jun

    2015-06-01

    Spinel-type oxides are technologically important in many fields, including electronics, magnetism, catalysis and electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Typically, these materials are prepared by conventional ceramic routes that are energy consuming and offer limited control over shape and size. Moreover, for mixed-metal oxide spinels (for example, CoxMn3-xO4), the crystallographic phase sensitively correlates with the metal ratio, posing great challenges to synthesize active product with simultaneously tuned phase and composition. Here we report a general synthesis of ultrasmall cobalt manganese spinels with tailored structural symmetry and composition through facile solution-based oxidation-precipitation and insertion-crystallization process at modest condition. As an example application, the nanocrystalline spinels catalyse the oxygen reduction/evolution reactions, showing phase and composition co-dependent performance. Furthermore, the mild synthetic strategy allows the formation of homogeneous and strongly coupled spinel/carbon nanocomposites, which exhibit comparable activity but superior durability to Pt/C and serve as efficient catalysts to build rechargeable Zn-air and Li-air batteries.

  17. Regioselective de novo synthesis of cyanohydroxypyridines with a concerted cycloaddition mechanism.

    PubMed

    Lu, Jin-Yong; Keith, John A; Shen, Wei-Zheng; Schürmann, Markus; Preut, Hans; Jacob, Timo; Arndt, Hans-Dieter

    2008-10-01

    An efficient cycloaddition reaction of 1-alkoxy-1-azadienes with alpha,alpha-dicyanoalkenes is described, which gives facile access to highly substituted 3-hydroxypyridines in very good yields and with complete regiocontrol and chemoselectivity. The reaction path was investigated in detail by quantum mechanics calculations, reporting that a concerted cycloaddition mechanism and thermodynamic control synergistically contribute to the observed selectivity. PMID:18783223

  18. Pneumococcal Neuraminidase Substrates Identified through Comparative Proteomics Enabled by Chemoselective Labeling.

    PubMed

    McCombs, Janet E; Kohler, Jennifer J

    2016-04-20

    Neuraminidases (sialidases) are enzymes that hydrolytically remove sialic acid from sialylated proteins and lipids. Neuraminidases are encoded by a range of human pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Many pathogen neuraminidases are virulence factors, indicating that desialylation of host glycoconjugates can be a critical step in infection. Specifically, desialylation of host cell surface glycoproteins can enable these molecules to function as pathogen receptors or can alter signaling through the plasma membrane. Despite these critical effects, no unbiased approaches exist to identify glycoprotein substrates of neuraminidases. Here, we combine previously reported glycoproteomics methods with quantitative proteomics analysis to identify glycoproteins whose sialylation changes in response to neuraminidase treatment. The two glycoproteomics methods-periodate oxidation and aniline-catalyzed oxime ligation (PAL) and galactose oxidase and aniline-catalyzed oxime ligation (GAL)-rely on chemoselective labeling of sialylated and nonsialylated glycoproteins, respectively. We demonstrated the utility of the combined approaches by identifying substrates of two pneumococcal neuraminidases in a human cell line that models the blood-brain barrier. The methods deliver complementary lists of neuraminidase substrates, with GAL identifying a larger number of substrates than PAL (77 versus 17). Putative neuraminidase substrates were confirmed by other methods, establishing the validity of the approach. Among the identified substrates were host glycoproteins known to function in bacteria adherence and infection. Functional assays suggest that multiple desialylated cell surface glycoproteins may act together as pneumococcus receptors. Overall, this method will provide a powerful approach to identify glycoproteins that are desialylated by both purified neuraminidases and intact pathogens. PMID:26954852

  19. Size Dependence of Atomically Precise Gold Nanoclusters in Chemoselective Hydrogenation and Active Site Structure

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Gao; Jiang, Deen; Kumar, Santosh; Chen, Yuxiang; Jin, Rongchao

    2014-01-01

    We here investigate the catalytic properties of water-soluble Aun(SG)m nanocluster catalysts (H-SG = glutathione) of different sizes, including Au15(SG)13, Au18(SG)14, Au25(SG)18, Au38(SG)24, and captopril-capped Au25(Capt)18 nanoclusters. These Aun(SR)m nanoclusters (-SR represents thiolate generally) are used as homogeneous catalysts (i.e., without supports) in the chemoselective hydrogenation of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde (4-NO2PhCHO) to 4-nitrobenzyl alcohol (4-NO2PhCH2OH) in water with H2 gas (20 bar) as the hydrogen source. These nanocluster catalysts, except Au18(SG)14, remain intact after the catalytic reaction, evidenced by UV-vis spectra which are characteristic of each sized nanoclusters and thus serve as spectroscopic fingerprints . We observe a drastic size-dependence and steric effect of protecting ligands on the gold nanocluster catalysts in the hydrogenation reaction. Density functional theory (DFT) modeling of the 4-nitrobenzaldehyde adsorption shows that both the CHO and NO2 groups are in close interact with the S-Au-S staples on the gold nanocluster surface; the adsorption of the 4-nitrobenzaldehyde molecule on the four different sized Aun(SR)m nanoclusters are moderately strong and similar in strength. The DFT results suggest that the catalytic activity of the Aun(SR)m nanoclusters is primarily determined by the surface area of the Au nanocluster, consistent with the observed trend of the conversion of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde versus the cluster size. Overall, this work offers the molecular insight into the hydrogenation of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde and the catalytically active site structure on gold nanocluster catalysts.

  20. DNA mismatch repair in Xenopus egg extracts: repair efficiency and DNA repair synthesis for all single base-pair mismatches.

    PubMed Central

    Varlet, I; Radman, M; Brooks, P

    1990-01-01

    Repair of all 12 single base-pair mismatches by Xenopus egg extracts was measured by a physical assay with a sequence containing four overlapping restriction sites. The heteroduplex substrates, derivatives of M13 phage DNA, differed in sequence at the mismatch position only and permitted measurement of repair to both strands. The efficiency of repair varied about 4-fold between the most and least effectively repaired mismatches. Repair was most active with C/A and T/C mismatches but the efficiency varied depending on the orientation of the mismatch. Mismatch-specific DNA repair synthesis was also observed but the extent of repair was not always predictive of the extent of synthesis, suggesting the presence of different repair systems or different modes of mismatch recognition. Images PMID:2236005

  1. Time- and energy-efficient solution combustion synthesis of binary metal tungstate nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

    PubMed

    Thomas, Abegayl; Janáky, Csaba; Samu, Gergely F; Huda, Muhammad N; Sarker, Pranab; Liu, J Ping; van Nguyen, Vuong; Wang, Evelyn H; Schug, Kevin A; Rajeshwar, Krishnan

    2015-05-22

    In the search for stable and efficient photocatalysts beyond TiO2 , the tungsten-based oxide semiconductors silver tungstate (Ag2 WO4 ), copper tungstate (CuWO4 ), and zinc tungstate (ZnWO4 ) were prepared using solution combustion synthesis (SCS). The tungsten precursor's influence on the product was of particular relevance to this study, and the most significant effects are highlighted. Each sample's photocatalytic activity towards methyl orange degradation was studied and benchmarked against their respective commercial oxide sample obtained by solid-state ceramic synthesis. Based on the results herein, we conclude that SCS is a time- and energy-efficient method to synthesize crystalline binary tungstate nanomaterials even without additional excessive heat treatment. As many of these photocatalysts possess excellent photocatalytic activity, the discussed synthetic strategy may open sustainable materials chemistry avenues to solar energy conversion and environmental remediation. PMID:26018624

  2. A Simple, Efficient Synthesis of 2-Aryl Benzimidazoles Using Silica Supported Periodic Acid Catalyst and Evaluation of Anticancer Activity

    PubMed Central

    Sontakke, Vyankat A.; Ghosh, Sougata; Lawande, Pravin P.; Chopade, Balu A.; Shinde, Vaishali S.

    2013-01-01

    A new, efficient method for the synthesis of 2-aryl substituted benzimidazole by using silica supported periodic acid (H5IO6-SiO2) as a catalyst has been developed. The salient feature of the present method includes mild reaction condition, short reaction time, high yield and easy workup procedure. The synthesized benzimidazoles exhibited potent anticancer activity against MCF7 and HL60 cell lines. PMID:24052861

  3. A simple and efficient synthesis of substituted 2,2'-bithiophene and 2,2':5',2″-terthiophene.

    PubMed

    Kostyuchenko, Anastasia S; Averkov, Alexey M; Fisyuk, Alexander S

    2014-04-01

    A simple and efficient approach is developed for the synthesis of substituted 2,2'-bithiophene- and 2,2':5',2″-terthiophene-5-carboxylic acids and esters which is based on thiophene ring closure in the Fiesselmann reaction. Using this method, derivatives containing a long alkyl chain with or without an end functional group or an aryl substituent can be conveniently prepared. PMID:24624889

  4. An Efficient Total Synthesis of a Potent Anti-Inflammatory Agent, Benzocamphorin F, and Its Anti-Inflammatory Activity

    PubMed Central

    Liao, Yu-Ren; Kuo, Ping-Chung; Liang, Jun-Weil; Shen, Yuh-Chiang; Wu, Tian-Shung

    2012-01-01

    A naturally occurring enynyl-benzenoid, benzocamphorin F (1), from the edible fungus Taiwanofungus camphoratus (Antrodia camphorata) was characterized by comprehensive spectral analysis. It displays anti-inflammatory bioactivity and is valuable for further biological studies. The present study is the first total synthesis of benzocamphorin F and the developed strategy described is a more efficient procedure that allowe the large-scale production of benzocamphorin F for further research of the biological activity both in vitro and in vivo. PMID:22949872

  5. An efficient total synthesis of a potent anti-inflammatory agent, benzocamphorin F, and its anti-inflammatory activity.

    PubMed

    Liao, Yu-Ren; Kuo, Ping-Chung; Liang, Jun-Weil; Shen, Yuh-Chiang; Wu, Tian-Shung

    2012-01-01

    A naturally occurring enynyl-benzenoid, benzocamphorin F (1), from the edible fungus Taiwanofungus camphoratus (Antrodia camphorata) was characterized by comprehensive spectral analysis. It displays anti-inflammatory bioactivity and is valuable for further biological studies. The present study is the first total synthesis of benzocamphorin F and the developed strategy described is a more efficient procedure that allowe the large-scale production of benzocamphorin F for further research of the biological activity both in vitro and in vivo. PMID:22949872

  6. Efficient continuous synthesis of high purity deep eutectic solvents by twin screw extrusion.

    PubMed

    Crawford, D E; Wright, L A; James, S L; Abbott, A P

    2016-03-01

    Mechanochemical synthesis has been applied to the rapid synthesis of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs), including Reline 200 (choline chloride : urea, 1 : 2), in a continuous flow methodology by Twin Screw Extrusion (TSE). This gave products in higher purity and with Space Time Yields (STYs), four orders of magnitude greater than for batch methods. PMID:26911554

  7. β-Cyclodextrin for design of alumina supported cobalt catalysts efficient in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

    PubMed

    Jean-Marie, Alan; Griboval-Constant, Anne; Khodakov, Andrei Y; Monflier, Eric; Diehl, Fabrice

    2011-10-14

    Addition of β-cyclodextrin during catalyst preparation strongly affects the structure and catalytic performance of alumina supported cobalt catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Impregnation of the support with solutions containing β-cyclodextrin leads to higher metal dispersion and spectacularly enhances both reaction rate and heavy hydrocarbons productivity in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. PMID:21874176

  8. Selective palladium-catalyzed aminocarbonylation of 1,3-dienes: atom-efficient synthesis of β,γ-unsaturated amides.

    PubMed

    Fang, Xianjie; Li, Haoquan; Jackstell, Ralf; Beller, Matthias

    2014-11-12

    Carbonylation reactions constitute important methodologies for the synthesis of all kinds of carboxylic acid derivatives. The development of novel and efficient catalysts for these transformations is of interest for both academic and industrial research. Here, the first palladium-based catalyst system for the aminocarbonylation of 1,3-dienes is described. This atom-efficient transformation proceeds under additive-free conditions and provides straightforward access to a variety of β,γ-unsaturated amides in good to excellent yields, often with high selectivities. PMID:25325791

  9. Synthesis of Colloidal Nanocrystal Heterostructures for High-Efficiency Light Emission

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lu, Yifei

    Group II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals, particularly those based on ZnCdS(Se), can be synthesized using well established chemical colloidal processes, and have been a subject of extensive research over the past decade. Their optical properties can be easily tuned through size and composition variations, making them very attractive for many optoelectronic applications including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and solar cells. Incorporation of diverse internal heterostructures provides an additional means for tuning the optical and electronic properties of conventional ZnCdS(Se) nanocrystals. Extensive bandgap and strain engineering may be applied to the resultant nanocrystal heterostructures to achieve desirable properties and enhanced performance. Despite the high scientific and practical interests of this unique class of nanomaterials, limited efforts have been made to explore their synthesis and potential device applications. This thesis focuses on the synthesis, engineering, characterization, and device demonstration of two types of CdSe-based nanocrystal heterostructures: core/multishell quantum dots (QDs) and QD quantum wells (QDQWs). Their optical properties have been tuned by bandgap and strain engineering to achieve efficient photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL).Firstly, yellow light-emitting CdSe QDs with a strain-compensated ZnS/ZnCdS bilayer shell were synthesized using the successive ion layer adsorption and reaction technique and the effects of the shell on the luminescent properties were investigated. The core/shell/shell QDs enjoyed the benefits of excellent exciton confinement by the ZnS intermediate shell and strain compensation by the ZnCdS outer shell, and exhibited 40% stronger PL and a smaller peak redshift upon shell growth compared to conventional CdSe/ZnCdS/ZnS core/shell/shell QDs with an intermediate lattice adaptor. CdSe/ZnS/ZnCdS QD-LEDs had a luminance of 558 cd/m2 at 20 mA/cm 2, 28% higher than that of CdSe/ZnCdS/ZnS QD-LEDs. Secondly, CdS/CdSe/ZnS QDQWs were synthesized and their luminescence was tuned in an effort to realize efficient blue light emission from CdSe nanocrystals. CdSe QWs with a well width of 1.05 nm emitted at 467 nm with a spectral full-width-at-half-maximum of ~30 nm. With a 3-monolayer ZnS cladding layer which also acts as a passivating and strain-compensating layer, the QDQWs acquired a ~35% PL quantum yield (QY). Blue and green EL was obtained from QDQW-LEDs with 3-4.5 monolayers (MLs) QWs. It was found that as the well width and peak wavelength decreased, the overall EL was increasingly dominated by defect state emission, suggesting the device performance is mainly limited by poor charge injection into the QDQWs.

  10. Direct formation of small Cu2O nanocubes, octahedra, and octapods for efficient synthesis of triazoles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsai, Ya-Huei; Chanda, Kaushik; Chu, Yi-Ting; Chiu, Chun-Ya; Huang, Michael H.

    2014-07-01

    In most studies describing the preparation of Cu2O crystals of various morphologies, the particle sizes are normally hundreds of nanometers to micrometers due to rapid particle growth, so they are not exactly nanocrystals. Here we report surfactant-free formation of sub-100 nm Cu2O nanocrystals with systematic shape evolution from cubic to octahedral structures by preparing an aqueous mixture of Cu(OAc)2, NaOH, and N2H4 solution. Adjustment of the hydrazine volume enables the particle shape control. Uniform nanocubes and octahedra were synthesized with edge lengths of 37 and 67 nm, respectively. Novel Cu2O octapods with an edge length of 135 nm were also produced by mixing CuCl2 solution, SDS surfactant, NaOH solution, and NH2OH.HCl reductant solution. All of them are nearly the smallest Cu2O nanocrystals of the same shapes ever reported. These small cubes, octahedra, and octapods were employed as catalysts in the direct synthesis of 1,2,3-triazoles from the reaction of alkynes, organic halides, and NaN3 at 55 °C. All of them displayed high product yields in short reaction times. The octahedra enclosed by the {111} facets are the best catalysts, and can catalyze this cycloaddition reaction with high yields in just 2 h when different alkynes were used to make diverse triazole products. Hence, the small Cu2O particles provide time-saving, energy-efficient, and high product yield benefits to organocatalysis.In most studies describing the preparation of Cu2O crystals of various morphologies, the particle sizes are normally hundreds of nanometers to micrometers due to rapid particle growth, so they are not exactly nanocrystals. Here we report surfactant-free formation of sub-100 nm Cu2O nanocrystals with systematic shape evolution from cubic to octahedral structures by preparing an aqueous mixture of Cu(OAc)2, NaOH, and N2H4 solution. Adjustment of the hydrazine volume enables the particle shape control. Uniform nanocubes and octahedra were synthesized with edge lengths of 37 and 67 nm, respectively. Novel Cu2O octapods with an edge length of 135 nm were also produced by mixing CuCl2 solution, SDS surfactant, NaOH solution, and NH2OH.HCl reductant solution. All of them are nearly the smallest Cu2O nanocrystals of the same shapes ever reported. These small cubes, octahedra, and octapods were employed as catalysts in the direct synthesis of 1,2,3-triazoles from the reaction of alkynes, organic halides, and NaN3 at 55 °C. All of them displayed high product yields in short reaction times. The octahedra enclosed by the {111} facets are the best catalysts, and can catalyze this cycloaddition reaction with high yields in just 2 h when different alkynes were used to make diverse triazole products. Hence, the small Cu2O particles provide time-saving, energy-efficient, and high product yield benefits to organocatalysis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM images of Cu2O nanocrystals with shape evolution, XRD patterns, calculations for the determination of volumes needed for the catalysis experiment, spectral characterization of the triazole products synthesized and their NMR spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02076f

  11. Green synthesis of copper nanoparticles for the efficient removal (degradation) of dye from aqueous phase.

    PubMed

    Sinha, Tanur; Ahmaruzzaman, M

    2015-12-01

    The present work reports the utilization of a common household waste material (fish scales of Labeo rohita) for the synthesis of copper nanoparticles. The method so developed was found to be green, environment-friendly, and economic. The fish scale extracts were acting as a stabilizing and reducing agents. This method avoids the use of external reducing and stabilizing agents, templates, and solvents. The compositional abundance of gelatin may be envisaged for the effective reductive as well as stabilizing potency. The mechanisms for the formation of nanoparticles have also been presented. The synthesized copper nanoparticles formed were predominantly spherical in nature with an average size of nanoparticles in the range of 25-37 nm. The copper nanoparticles showed characteristic Bragg's reflection planes of fcc which was supported by both selected area electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction pattern and showed surface plasmon resonance at 580 nm. Moreover, the energy dispersive spectroscopy pattern also revealed the presence of only elemental copper in the copper nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles were used for the remediation of a carcinogenic and noxious textile dye, Methylene blue, from aqueous solution. Approximately, 96 % degradation of Methylene blue dye was observed within 135 min using copper nanoparticles. The probable mechanism for the degradation of the dye has been presented, and the degraded intermediates have been identified using the liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy technique. The high efficiency of nanoparticles as photocatalysts has opened a promising application for the removal of hazardous dye from industrial effluents contributing indirectly to environmental cleanup process. PMID:26300362

  12. Scalable Synthesis of Cortistatin A and Related Structures

    PubMed Central

    Shi, Jun; Manolikakes, Georg; Yeh, Chien-Hung; Guerrero, Carlos A.; Shenvi, Ryan A.; Shigehisa, Hiroki

    2011-01-01

    Full details are provided for an improved synthesis of cortistatin A and related structures as well as the underlying logic and evolution of strategy. The highly functionalized cortistatin A-ring embedded with a key heteroadamantane was synthesized by a simple and scalable 5-step sequence. A chemoselective, tandem geminal dihalogenation of an unactivated methyl group, a reductive fragmentation/trapping/elimination of a bromocyclopropane, and a facile chemoselective etherification reaction afforded the cortistatin A core, dubbed cortistatinone. A selective ?16-alkene reduction with Raney Ni provided cortistatin A. With this scalable and practical route, copious quantities of cortistatinone, ?16-cortistatin A-the equipotent direct precursor to cortistatin A, and its related analogs were prepared for further biological studies. PMID:21539314

  13. Total synthesis of the thiopeptide antibiotic amythiamicin D.

    PubMed

    Hughes, Rachael A; Thompson, Stewart P; Alcaraz, Lilian; Moody, Christopher J

    2005-11-01

    The thiopeptide (or thiostrepton) antibiotics are a class of sulfur containing highly modified cyclic peptides with interesting biological properties, including reported activity against MRSA and malaria. Described herein is the total synthesis of the thiopeptide natural product amythiamicin D, which utilizes a biosynthesis-inspired hetero-Diels-Alder route to the pyridine core of the antibiotic as a key step. Preliminary studies using a range of serine-derived 1-ethoxy-2-azadienes established that hetero-Diels-Alder reaction with N-acetylenamines proceeded efficiently under microwave irradiation to give 2,3,6-trisubstituted pyridines. The thiazole building blocks of the antibiotic were obtained by either classical Hantzsch reactions or by dirhodium(II)-catalyzed chemoselective carbene N-H insertion followed by thionation, and were combined to give the bis-thiazole that forms the left-hand fragment of the antibiotic. The key Diels-Alder reaction of a tris-thiazolyl azadiene with benzyl 2-(1-acetylaminoethenyl)thiazole-4-carboxylate gave the core tetrathiazolyl pyridine, which was elaborated into the natural product by successive incorporation of glycine and bis-thiazole fragments followed by macrocyclization. PMID:16262432

  14. A regioselective facile synthesis of furo[3,4-b]carbazolones: application to the total synthesis of mafaicheenamine E and claulansine D.

    PubMed

    Mal, Dipakranjan; Roy, Joyeeta

    2015-06-14

    1-Hydroxycarbazole-2,3-dicarboxylates have been shown to undergo chemoselective reductive cyclization to furo[3,4-b]carbazolones on reaction with LiAlH4. One of the furocarbazolones is utilized to accomplish the first total synthesis of claulansine D and mafaicheenamine E in 9 and 6 steps respectively. The other key steps of the syntheses are addition of an allylic indium reagent and CC double bond isomerization. PMID:25970723

  15. Highly efficient synthesis of DNA-binding polyamides using a convergent fragment-based approach.

    PubMed

    Fallows, Andrew J; Singh, Ishwar; Dondi, Ruggero; Cullis, Paul M; Burley, Glenn A

    2014-09-01

    Two advances in the synthesis of hairpin pyrrole-imidazole polyamides (PAs) are described. First, the application of a convergent synthetic strategy is shown, involving the Boc-based solid phase synthesis of a C-terminal fragment and the solution phase synthesis of the N-terminal fragment. Second a new hybrid resin is developed that allows for the preparation of hairpin PAs lacking a C-terminal β-alanine tail. Both methods are compatible with a range of coupling reagents and provide a facile, modular route to prepare PA libraries in high yield and crude purity. PMID:25162625

  16. I. Development of Metal-Mediated SPOT-Synthesis Methods for the Efficient Construction of Small-Molecule Macroarrays. II. Design and Synthesis of Novel Bacterial Biofilm Inhibitors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Frei, Reto

    I. The use of small molecule probes to explore biological phenomena has become a valuable tool in chemical biology. As a result, methods that permit the rapid synthesis and biological evaluation of such compounds are highly sought-after. The small molecule macroarray represents one such approach for the synthesis and identification of novel bioactive agents. Macroarrays are readily constructed via the SPOT-synthesis technique on planar cellulose membranes, yielding spatially addressed libraries of ˜10-1000 unique compounds. We sought to expand the arsenal of chemical reactions compatible with this solid-phase platform, and developed highly efficient SPOT-synthesis protocols for the Mizoroki-Heck, Suzuki-Miyaura, and copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction. We demonstrated that these metal-mediated reactions can be implemented, either individually or sequentially, for the efficient construction of small molecules in high purity on rapid time scales. Utilizing these powerful C-C and C-N bond forming coupling reactions, we constructed a series of macroarrays based on novel stilbene, phenyl-naphthalene, and triazole scaliblds. Subsequent biological testing of the stilbene and phenyl-naphthalene libraries revealed several potent antagonists and agonists, respectively, of the quorum sensing (QS) receptor LuxR in Vibrio fischeri. II. Bacteria living within biofilms are notorious for their resistance to known antibiotic agents, and constitute a major human health threat. Methods to attenuate biofilm growth would have a significant impact on the management of bacterial infections. Despite intense research efforts, small molecules capable of either inhibiting or dispersing biolilms remain scarce. We utilized natural products with purported anti-biofilm or QS inhibitory activity as sources of structural insight to guide the synthesis of novel biofilm modulators with improved activities. These studies revealed 2-aminobenzimidazole derivatives as highly potent biofilm inhibitors and dispersers in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Studies of second-generation 2-aminobenzimidazoles revealed important structure-activity relationships that guided the design of yet more potent analogs. These compounds are amongst the most potent inhibitors of biofilm formation in wild-type P. aeruginosa to be reported. Mechanistic studies of the most active compounds suggest that QS inhibition is one pathway by which 2-aminobenzimidazoles modulate biofilm growth.

  17. Sequential Infiltration Synthesis of Doped Polymer Films with Tunable Electrical Properties for Efficient Triboelectric Nanogenerator Development.

    PubMed

    Yu, Yanhao; Li, Zhaodong; Wang, Yunming; Gong, Shaoqin; Wang, Xudong

    2015-09-01

    Doping polymer with AlOx via sequential infiltration synthesis enables bulk modification of triboelectric polymers with tunable electric or dielectric properties, which broadens the material selection and achieves a durable performance gain of triboelectric nanogenerators. PMID:26177927

  18. Microwave assisted efficient synthesis of diphenyl substituted pyrazoles using PEG-600 as solvent - A green approach.

    PubMed

    Ganapathi, M; Jayaseelan, D; Guhanathan, S

    2015-11-01

    A conventional and microwave assisted efficient synthesis of diphenyl substituted pyrazole using PEG 600 as green solvent has been described. A relatively shorter reaction time with excellent yield of the piperidine mediated protocol has been attracted economically attractive and eco-friendly. All newly synthesized compounds were characterized by standard spectroscopic techniques viz., UV-visible, FT-IR, (1)H-NMR and Mass spectra. The anti-microbial activities of compounds have also been tested using Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) method with two different microorganisms Staphylococcus aureus (MTCC3381) and Escherichia coli (MTCC739). The results of the antimicrobial activity revealed that the diphenyl substituted pyrazole derivatives have nice inhibiting nature against both types of bacteria of present investigation than corresponding chalcones. Since, the work has been focused on green chemical approach towards the synthesis, this protocol may be recommended for eco-friendly applications. PMID:25979455

  19. Protease-catalyzed peptide synthesis using inverse substrates: the influence of reaction conditions on the trypsin acyl transfer efficiency.

    PubMed

    Schellenberger, V; Jakubke, H D; Zapevalova, N P; Mitin, Y V

    1991-06-01

    Benzyloxycarbonyl-L-alanine p-guanidinophenyl ester behaves as a trypsin "inverse substrate," i.e., a cationic center is included in the leaving group instead of being in the acyl moiety. Using this substrate as an acyl donor, trypsin catalyzes the synthesis of peptide bonds that cannot be split by this enzyme. An optimal acyl transfer efficiency was achieved between pH 8 and 9 at 30 degrees C.The addition of as much as 50% cosolvent was shown to be of minor influence on the acyl transfer efficiency, whereas the reaction velocity decreases by more than one order of magnitude. The efficiency of H-Leu-NH(2) and H-Val-NH(2) in deacylation is almost the same for "inverse" and normal type substrates. PMID:18600704

  20. One-Step Synthesis of 2-Chloropyrimidin-4-ol Derivatives: An Unusual Reactivity of Thiophosgene.

    PubMed

    Callingham, Michael; Blum, Francesca; Pavé, Grégoire

    2015-10-01

    A novel, high-yielding, one-step synthesis of 2-chloroquinazolin-4-ols and analogous bicycles from 2-aminoamides using thiophosgene is described. The scope of the reaction includes aminothioamides, amino acids, and fused heterocycle derivatives, furnishing quinazolines, oxazinones, and substituted fused pyrimidine bicycles, respectively. On the basis of observed results with substituted analogues, a mechanism for this transformation is thought to occur via an isothiocyanate intermediate followed by an unexpected chemoselective reaction of thiophosgene on the thiol intermediate. PMID:26360817

  1. Microorganisms as efficient biosystem for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles: current scenario and future possibilities.

    PubMed

    Salunke, Bipinchandra K; Sawant, Shailesh S; Lee, Sang-Ill; Kim, Beom Soo

    2016-05-01

    Nanoparticles, the elementary structures of nanotechnology, are important materials for fundamental studies and variety of applications. The different sizes and shapes of these materials exhibit unique physical and chemical properties than their bulk materials. There is a great interest in obtaining well-dispersed, ultrafine, and uniform nanoparticles to delineate and utilize their distinct properties. Nanoparticle synthesis can be achieved through a wide range of materials utilizing a number of methods including physical, chemical, and biological processes with various precursors from liquids and solids. There is a growing need to prepare environmentally friendly nanoparticles that do not produce toxic wastes in their process synthesis protocol. This kind of synthesis can be achieved by green environment benign processes, which happen to be mostly of a biological nature. Microorganisms are one of the most attractive and simple sources for the synthesis of different types of nanoparticles. This review is an attempt to provide the up-to-date information on current status of nanoparticle synthesis by different types of microorganisms such as fungi, yeast, bacteria, cyanobacteria, actinomycete, and algae. The probable biosynthesis mechanism and conditions for size/shape control are described. Various applications of microbially synthesized nanoparticles are summarized. They include antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, larvicidal, medical imaging, biosensor, and catalytic applications. Finally, limitations and future prospects for specific research are discussed. PMID:27038958

  2. Collagen synthesis promoting pullulan-PEI-ascorbic acid conjugate as an efficient anti-cancer gene delivery vector.

    PubMed

    Ambattu, Lizebona August; Rekha, M R

    2015-08-01

    Cationized pullulan (pullulan-PEI; PP) was synthesized and further modified with an anti-oxidant molecule, ascorbic acid (PPAA) at various ratios. The nanoplexes formed at an optimum ratio of 4:1 was within a size of 150nm and had a zeta potential of 9-14mV. The nanoplexes at this ratio was used for further investigations. The cell internalization and transfection efficiency of these nanoplexes were determined in presence of serum. The internalization and transfection efficiency were found to be unaffected by the presence of fetal bovine serum. Another interesting observation was that this polymer was found to have collagen synthesis promoting property. The collagen synthesis effect of these polymers was quantified and observed that PPAA3 promoted the highest. Transfection efficiency was evaluated by assessing the p53 gene expression in C6 rat glioma cells and cell death was quantified to be 96% by flow cytometry, thus establishing the high efficacy of this polymer. PMID:25933522

  3. A versatile and efficient synthesis of bithiophene-based dicarboxaldehydes from a common synthon.

    PubMed

    Bhuwalka, Achala; Mike, Jared F; Intemann, Jeremy J; Ellern, Arkady; Jeffries-El, Malika

    2015-09-28

    Bithiophene dicarboxaldehydes are promising electron-rich building blocks for the development of arylene vinylene-based organic semiconductors, but their use has been limited due to their synthetic inaccessibility. To facilitate the facile synthesis of these compounds we have prepared a novel functional bithiophene, namely 2,2'-(3,3'-dibromo-[2,2'-bithiophene]-5,5'-diyl)bis(5,5-dimethyl-1,3-dioxane) in two high yielding steps from 3,3',5,5'-tetrabromo-2,2'-bithiophene. This synthon is readily transformed into variety of bithiophene-based dicarboxaldehydes, also in high yields. The use of these functional molecules in the synthesis of arylene vinylene-linked donor-acceptor copolymers is demonstrated by the synthesis of two copolymers with electron deficient benzobisazoles. PMID:26248770

  4. Tailor Made Synthesis of T-Shaped and ?-STACKED Dimers in the Gas Phase: Concept for Efficient Drug Design and Material Synthesis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kumar, Sumit; Das, Aloke

    2013-06-01

    Non-covalent interactions play a key role in governing the specific functional structures of biomolecules as well as materials. Thus molecular level understanding of these intermolecular interactions can help in efficient drug design and material synthesis. It has been found from X-ray crystallography that pure hydrocarbon solids (i.e. benzene, hexaflurobenzene) have mostly slanted T-shaped (herringbone) packing arrangement whereas mixed solid hydrocarbon crystals (i.e. solid formed from mixtures of benzene and hexafluorobenzene) exhibit preferentially parallel displaced (PD) ?-stacked arrangement. Gas phase spectroscopy of the dimeric complexes of the building blocks of solid pure benzene and mixed benzene-hexafluorobenzene adducts exhibit similar structural motifs observed in the corresponding crystal strcutures. In this talk, I will discuss about the jet-cooled dimeric complexes of indole with hexafluorobenzene and p-xylene in the gas phase using Resonant two photon ionzation and IR-UV double resonance spectroscopy combined with quantum chemistry calculations. In stead of studying benzene...p-xylene and benzene...hexafluorobenzene dimers, we have studied corresponding indole complexes because N-H group is much more sensitive IR probe compared to C-H group. We have observed that indole...hexafluorobenzene dimer has parallel displaced (PD) ?-stacked structure whereas indole...p-xylene has slanted T-shaped structure. We have shown here selective switching of dimeric structure from T-shaped to ?-stacked by changing the substituent from electron donating (-CH3) to electron withdrawing group (fluorine) in one of the complexing partners. Thus, our results demonstrate that efficient engineering of the non-covalent interactions can lead to efficient drug design and material synthesis.

  5. Efficient access to highly pure β-amyloid peptide by optimized solid-phase synthesis.

    PubMed

    Choi, Ji Won; Kim, Hye Yun; Jeon, MiJin; Kim, Dong Jin; Kim, YoungSoo

    2012-09-01

    Feasible and reproducible synthesis of full-length Aβ peptides has been one of the major challenges in Alzheimer's disease research. By using dimethyl sulfoxide as an anti-aggregation solvent and as an agent to promote double-coupling of two phenylalanine that frequently experience residual deletion, we developed a reliable manual Fmoc solid phase peptide synthesis procedure to produce biologically active Aβ in large quantities at relatively high purity. The amyloidogenic activity of the synthesized Aβ was confirmed via thioflavin T assay, transmission electron microscopic analysis and electrophoresis. PMID:22799493

  6. Prins-type macrocyclizations as an efficient ring-closing strategy in natural product synthesis.

    PubMed

    Crane, Erika A; Scheidt, Karl A

    2010-11-01

    Prins-type macrocyclizations have recently emerged as a successful strategy in the synthesis of polyketide-derived natural products. This reaction provides a concise and selective means to form tetrahydropyran-containing macrocyclic rings of varying size. A high degree of functionality within the macrocycle is tolerated and the yields for these transformations are typically good to excellent. Since the initial report of a Prins macrocyclization reaction in 1979, examples of this approach did not re-emerge until 2008. However, the use of this method in natural product synthesis has rapidly gained momentum in the synthetic community, with multiple examples of this macrocyclization tactic reported in the recent literature. PMID:20931580

  7. Prins-Type Macrocyclizations as an Efficient Ring-Closing Strategy in Natural Product Synthesis

    PubMed Central

    Crane, Erika A.; Scheidt, Karl A.

    2011-01-01

    Prins-type macrocyclizations have recently emerged as a successful strategy in the synthesis of polyketide-derived natural products. This reaction provides a concise and selective means to form tetrahydropyran-containing macrocyclic rings of varying size. A high degree of functionality within the macrocycle is tolerated and the yields for these transformations are typically good to excellent. Since the initial report of a Prins macrocyclization reaction in 1979, examples of this approach did not re-emerge until 2008. However, the use of this method in natural product synthesis has rapidly gained momentum in the synthetic community, with multiple examples of this macrocyclization tactic reported in the recent literature. PMID:20931580

  8. Stereoselectivity in N-Iminium Ion Cyclization: Development of an Efficient Synthesis of (±)-Cephalotaxine.

    PubMed

    Liu, Hao; Yu, Jing; Li, Xinyu; Yan, Rui; Xiao, Ji-Chang; Hong, Ran

    2015-09-18

    A stereoselective N-iminium ion cyclization with allylsilane to construct vicinal quaternary-tertiary carbon centers was developed for the concise synthesis of (±)-cephalotaxine. The current strategy features a TiCl4-promoted cyclization and ring-closure metathesis to furnish the spiro-ring system. The stereochemical outcome in the N-acyliminium ion cyclization was rationalized by the stereoelectronic effect of the Z- or E-allylsilane. Two diastereomers arising from the cyclization were merged into the formal synthesis of (±)-cephalotaxine. PMID:26332648

  9. Chemoselective nitro group reduction and reductive dechlorination initiate degradation of 2-chloro-5-nitrophenol by Ralstonia eutropha JMP134

    SciTech Connect

    Schenzle, A.; Lenke, H.; Knackmuss, H.J.; Spain, J.C.

    1999-06-01

    Ralstonia eutropha JMP134 utilizes 2-chloro-5-nitrophenol as a sole source of nitrogen, carbon, and energy. The initial steps for degradation of 2-chloro-5-nitrophenol are analogous to those of 3-nitrophenol degradation in R. eutropha JMP134, 2-chloro-5-nitrophenol is initially reduced to 2-chloro-5-hydroxylaminophenol, which is subject to an enzymatic Bamberger rearrangement yielding 2-amino-5-chlorohydroquinone. The chlorine of 2-amino-5-chlorohydroquinone is removed by a reductive mechanism, and aminohydroquinone is formed. 2-Chloro-5-nitrophenol and 3-nitrophenol induce the expression of 3-nitrophenol nitroreductase, of 3-hydroxylaminophenol mutase, and of the dechlorinating activity. 3-Nitrophenol nitroreductase catalyzes chemoselective reduction of aromatic nitro groups to hydroxylamino groups in the presence of NADPH. 3-Nitrophenol nitroreductase is active with a variety of mono-, di-, and trinitroaromatic compounds, demonstrating a relaxed substrate specificity of the enzyme. Nitrosobenzene serves as a substrate for the enzyme and is converted faster than nitrobenzene.

  10. Surface-bound cytomimetic assembly based on chemoselective and biocompatible immobilization and further modification of intact liposome.

    PubMed

    Ma, Yong; Zhang, Hailong; Sun, Xue-Long

    2010-11-17

    A surface-bound cytomimetic assembly based on chemically selective and biocompatible immobilization and further modification of intact liposome is described. Liposomes carrying PEG-triphenylphosphine were chemoselectively immobilized onto azide-modified glass slides through Staudinger ligation, followed by modification with azide-modified lactose as a model biomolecule through Staudinger ligation to afford the surface-bound cytomimetic assembly. The intact liposome immobilized and modified and its protein binding activity were confirmed by fluorescence imaging, fluorescent dye releasing kinetics, and AFM techniques. The resultant surface-bound cytomimetic assembly showed sustained stability and fluorescent dye releasing kinetics and specific protein binding activity. The reported method provides a robust platform for preparation of a complex immobilized liposome system with multifunctional components, which mimics the cell surface in both geographical and content features and thus will find important biomedical applications. PMID:20939526

  11. Chemoselective Nitro Group Reduction and Reductive Dechlorination Initiate Degradation of 2-Chloro-5-Nitrophenol by Ralstonia eutropha JMP134

    PubMed Central

    Schenzle, Andreas; Lenke, Hiltrud; Spain, Jim C.; Knackmuss, Hans-Joachim

    1999-01-01

    Ralstonia eutropha JMP134 utilizes 2-chloro-5-nitrophenol as a sole source of nitrogen, carbon, and energy. The initial steps for degradation of 2-chloro-5-nitrophenol are analogous to those of 3-nitrophenol degradation in R. eutropha JMP134. 2-Chloro-5-nitrophenol is initially reduced to 2-chloro-5-hydroxylaminophenol, which is subject to an enzymatic Bamberger rearrangement yielding 2-amino-5-chlorohydroquinone. The chlorine of 2-amino-5-chlorohydroquinone is removed by a reductive mechanism, and aminohydroquinone is formed. 2-Chloro-5-nitrophenol and 3-nitrophenol induce the expression of 3-nitrophenol nitroreductase, of 3-hydroxylaminophenol mutase, and of the dechlorinating activity. 3-Nitrophenol nitroreductase catalyzes chemoselective reduction of aromatic nitro groups to hydroxylamino groups in the presence of NADPH. 3-Nitrophenol nitroreductase is active with a variety of mono-, di-, and trinitroaromatic compounds, demonstrating a relaxed substrate specificity of the enzyme. Nitrosobenzene serves as a substrate for the enzyme and is converted faster than nitrobenzene. PMID:10347008

  12. Surface-Bound Cytomimetic Assembly Based on Chemoselective and Biocompatible Immobilization and Further Modification of Intact Liposome

    PubMed Central

    Ma, Yong; Zhang, Hailong; Sun, Xue-Long

    2010-01-01

    A surface-bound cytomimetic assembly based on chemically selective and biocompatible immobilization and further modification of intact liposome is described. Liposome carrying PEG-triphenylphosphine was chemoselectively immobilized onto azide-modified glass slide through Staudinger ligation and followed by modification with azide-modified lactose as model biomolecule through Staudinger ligation to afford surface-bound cytomimetic assembly. The intact liposome immobilized and modified and its protein binding activity were confirmed by fluorescence imaging, fluorescent dye releasing kinetics and AFM techniques. The resultant surface-bound cytomimetic assembly showed sustained stability and fluorescent dye releasing kinetics and specific protein binding activity. The reported method provides a robust platform for preparation of complex immobilized liposome system with multifunctional components, which mimics cell surface in both geographical and content features and thus will find important biomedical applications PMID:20939526

  13. Efficient synthesis and in vitro antitubercular activity of 1,2,3-triazoles as inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

    PubMed

    Shanmugavelan, Poovan; Nagarajan, Sangaraiah; Sathishkumar, Murugan; Ponnuswamy, Alagusundaram; Yogeeswari, Perumal; Sriram, Dharmarajan

    2011-12-15

    Efficient and rapid synthesis of 1,2,3-triazole derivatives has been achieved via Huisgen's 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between alkyl/arylazides and diethyl/dimethyl acetylenedicarboxylate in excellent yields under solvent-free conditions. The environmentally friendly solvent-free protocol overcomes the limitations associated with the prevailing time-consuming solution phase protocols and affords the triazoles just in 1-3 min. In vitro antitubercular activity of these triazoles was screened against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H(37)Rv strain. Four of the compounds showed MIC in the range of 1.56-3.13 μg/mL proving their potential activity. PMID:22061642

  14. A simple efficient synthesis and biological evaluation of 3-O-ethylascorbic acid.

    PubMed

    Tai, Akihiro; Aburada, Mei; Ito, Hideyuki

    2014-01-01

    A single-step synthesis of 3-O-ethyl-l-ascorbic acid was performed without the induction of protecting groups. Sodium l-ascorbate reacted with ethyl bromide in DMSO to give 3-O-ethylascorbic acid in a yield of 51.0%. 3-O-Ethylascorbic acid enhanced dibutyryl cyclic AMP-induced neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells. PMID:25127395

  15. Efficient room temperature aqueous Sb2S3 synthesis for inorganic-organic sensitized solar cells with 5.1% efficiencies.

    PubMed

    Gödel, Karl C; Choi, Yong Chan; Roose, Bart; Sadhanala, Aditya; Snaith, Henry J; Seok, Sang Il; Steiner, Ullrich; Pathak, Sandeep K

    2015-05-21

    Sb2S3 sensitized solar cells are a promising alternative to devices employing organic dyes. The manufacture of Sb2S3 absorber layers is however slow and cumbersome. Here, we report the modified aqueous chemical bath synthesis of Sb2S3 absorber layers for sensitized solar cells. Our method is based on the hydrolysis of SbCl3 to complex antimony ions decelerating the reaction at ambient conditions, in contrast to the usual low temperature deposition protocol. This simplified deposition route allows the manufacture of sensitized mesoporous-TiO2 solar cells with power conversion efficiencies up to η = 5.1%. Photothermal deflection spectroscopy shows that the sub-bandgap trap-state density is lower in Sb2S3 films deposited with this method, compared to standard deposition protocols. PMID:25900075

  16. BF3-H2O catalyzed hydroxyalkylation of aromatics with aromatic aldehydes and dicarboxaldehydes: efficient synthesis of triarylmethanes, diarylmethylbenzaldehydes, and anthracene derivatives.

    PubMed

    Prakash, G K Surya; Panja, Chiradeep; Shakhmin, Anton; Shah, Eric; Mathew, Thomas; Olah, George A

    2009-11-20

    BF(3)-monohydrate is found to be an efficient and strong acid catalyst as well as an effective protosolvating medium suitable for the hydroxyalkylation of arenes with aromatic aldehydes. This reaction has been extended to aromatic dialdehydes, such as terephthalic dicarboxaldehyde and isoterephthalic dicarboxaldehyde, for the efficient synthesis of diarylmethylbenzaldehydes, which are useful synthons for various organic transformations. Further, successful one step convergent synthesis of various synthetically useful anthracene derivatives from phthalaldehyde was also achieved. BF(3)-H(2)O is less expensive and acts as an efficient substitute for nonoxidizing strong protic acids/superacids. PMID:19863094

  17. Controlled synthesis, growth mechanism and highly efficient solar photocatalysis of nitrogen-doped bismuth subcarbonate hierarchical nanosheets architectures.

    PubMed

    Dong, Fan; Sun, Yanjuan; Ho, Wing-Kei; Wu, Zhongbiao

    2012-07-21

    The synthesis and self-assembly of hierarchical architectures from nanoscale building blocks with unique morphology, orientation and dimension have opened up new opportunities to enhance their functional performances and remain a great challenge. This work represents tunable synthesis of various types of 3D monodisperse in situ N-doped (BiO)(2)CO(3) hierarchical architectures composed of 2D single-crystal nanosheets with dominant (001) facets by a one-pot template-free hydrothermal method from bismuth citrate and ammonia solution. Depending on the concentration of ammonia solution, the morphology of N-doped (BiO)(2)CO(3), including dandelion-like, hydrangea-like and peony flower-like microspheres, can be selectively constructed due to different self-assembly patterns of nanosheets. It was revealed that the ammonia played dual roles in the formation of N-doped (BiO)(2)CO(3) architectures. One is to hydrolyze bismuth citrate, and the other is to behave as a nitrogen doping source. The in situ doped nitrogen substituted for oxygen in (BiO)(2)CO(3) and subsequently narrowed the band gap, making N-doped (BiO)(2)CO(3) visible light active. Due to the special nanosheets architectures, the prepared various N-doped (BiO)(2)CO(3) materials exhibited especially efficient photocatalytic activity and high durability for the removal of NO in air under both visible and UV light irradiation. Based on the direct observation of the growth process with respect to phase structure, chemical composition and morphological structure, a novel growth mechanism is revealed, which involves a unique multistep pathway, including reaction-nucleation, aggregation, crystallization, dissolution-recrystallization, and Ostwald ripening. The facile synthesis approach and the proposed growth mechanism could provide new insights into the design and controlled synthesis of inorganic hierarchical materials with new or enhanced properties. PMID:22622668

  18. Energy- and carbon-efficient synthesis of functionalized small molecules in bacteria using non-decarboxylative Claisen condensation reactions.

    PubMed

    Cheong, Seokjung; Clomburg, James M; Gonzalez, Ramon

    2016-05-01

    Anabolic metabolism can produce an array of small molecules, but yields and productivities are low owing to carbon and energy inefficiencies and slow kinetics. Catabolic and fermentative pathways, on the other hand, are carbon and energy efficient but support only a limited product range. We used carbon- and energy-efficient non-decarboxylative Claisen condensation reactions and subsequent β-reduction reactions, which can accept a variety of functionalized primers and functionalized extender units and operate in an iterative manner, to synthesize functionalized small molecules. Using different ω- and ω-1-functionalized primers and α-functionalized extender units in combination with various termination pathways, we demonstrate the synthesis of 18 products from 10 classes, including ω-phenylalkanoic, α,ω-dicarboxylic, ω-hydroxy, ω-1-oxo, ω-1-methyl, 2-methyl, 2-methyl-2-enolic and 2,3-dihydroxy acids, β-hydroxy-ω-lactones, and ω-1-methyl alcohols. PMID:27088721

  19. Applied reaction dynamics: Efficient synthesis gas production via single collision partial oxidation of methane to CO on Rh(111)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gibson, K. D.; Viste, M.; Sibener, S. J.

    2006-10-01

    Supersonic molecular beams have been used to determine the yield of CO from the partial oxidation of CH4 on a Rh(111) catalytic substrate, CH4+(1/2)O2→CO +2H2, as a function of beam kinetic energy. These experiments were done under ultrahigh vacuum conditions with concurrent molecular beams of O2 and CH4, ensuring that there was only a single collision for the CH4 to react with the surface. The fraction of CH4 converted is strongly dependent on the normal component of the incident beam's translational energy, and approaches unity for energies greater than ˜1.3eV. Comparison with a simplified model of the methane-Rh(111) reactive potential gives insight into the barrier for methane dissociation. These results demonstrate the efficient conversion of methane to synthesis gas, CO +2H2, are of interest in hydrogen generation, and have the optimal stoichiometry for subsequent utilization in synthetic fuel production (Fischer-Tropsch or methanol synthesis). Moreover, under the reaction conditions explored, no CO2 was detected, i.e., the reaction proceeded with the production of very little, if any, unwanted greenhouse gas by-products. These findings demonstrate the efficacy of overcoming the limitations of purely thermal reaction mechanisms by coupling nonthermal mechanistic steps, leading to efficient C-H bond activation with subsequent thermal heterogeneous reactions.

  20. Applied reaction dynamics: efficient synthesis gas production via single collision partial oxidation of methane to CO on Rh111.

    PubMed

    Gibson, K D; Viste, M; Sibener, S J

    2006-10-01

    Supersonic molecular beams have been used to determine the yield of CO from the partial oxidation of CH4 on a Rh111 catalytic substrate, CH4+12O2-->CO+2H2, as a function of beam kinetic energy. These experiments were done under ultrahigh vacuum conditions with concurrent molecular beams of O2 and CH4, ensuring that there was only a single collision for the CH4 to react with the surface. The fraction of CH4 converted is strongly dependent on the normal component of the incident beam's translational energy, and approaches unity for energies greater than approximately 1.3 eV. Comparison with a simplified model of the methane-Rh111 reactive potential gives insight into the barrier for methane dissociation. These results demonstrate the efficient conversion of methane to synthesis gas, CO+2H2, are of interest in hydrogen generation, and have the optimal stoichiometry for subsequent utilization in synthetic fuel production (Fischer-Tropsch or methanol synthesis). Moreover, under the reaction conditions explored, no CO2 was detected, i.e., the reaction proceeded with the production of very little, if any, unwanted greenhouse gas by-products. These findings demonstrate the efficacy of overcoming the limitations of purely thermal reaction mechanisms by coupling nonthermal mechanistic steps, leading to efficient C-H bond activation with subsequent thermal heterogeneous reactions. PMID:17029475

  1. Efficient One-Pot Synthesis of Colloidal Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles for High-Refractive-Index Nanocomposites.

    PubMed

    Liu, Chao; Hajagos, Tibor Jacob; Chen, Dustin; Chen, Yi; Kishpaugh, David; Pei, Qibing

    2016-02-24

    Zirconium oxide nanoparticles are promising candidates for optical engineering, photocatalysis, and high-κ dielectrics. However, reported synthetic methods for the colloidal zirconium oxide nanoparticles use unstable alkoxide precursors and have various other drawbacks, limiting their wide application. Here, we report a facile one-pot method for the synthesis of colloidally stable zirconium oxide nanoparticles. Using a simple solution of zirconium trifluoroacetate in oleylamine, highly stable zirconium oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized with high yield, following a proposed amidization-assisted sol-gel mechanism. The nanoparticles can be readily dispersed in nonpolar solvents, forming a long-term stable transparent solution, which can be further used to fabricate high-refractive-index nanocomposites in both monolith and thin-film forms. In addition, the same method has also been extended to the synthesis of titanium oxide nanoparticles, demonstrating its general applicability to all group IVB metal oxide nanoparticles. PMID:26824518

  2. An efficient synthesis of N-methyl amino acids by way of intermediate 5-oxazolidinones.

    PubMed

    Aurelio, Luigi; Box, John S; Brownlee, Robert T C; Hughes, Andrew B; Sleebs, Marianne M

    2003-04-01

    N-Methyl amino acids occur in many natural products. Experimental strategies are presented for a unified approach to the synthesis of N-methyl derivatives through 5-oxazolidinones of the 20 common l-amino acids. The amino acids with reactive side chains that required protecting groups or devoted syntheses for side chain construction for N-methylation to proceed included serine, threonine, tyrosine, cysteine, methionine, tryptophan, asparagine, histidine, and arginine. The studies have provided improved methods for the preparation of N-methyl serine, threonine, and tyrosine. All 20 of the common l-amino acids are now available in suitable forms for solid or solution-phase peptide synthesis. PMID:12662035

  3. Highly efficient automated synthesis of [(11)C]choline for multi dose utilization.

    PubMed

    Reischl, G; Bieg, C; Schmiedl, O; Solbach, C; Machulla, H-J

    2004-06-01

    [(11)C]Choline has been under investigation as a PET ligand for imaging tumor tissue, especially prostate cancer. An improved, automated synthesis of the tracer now was established. [(11)C] Choline was produced by labeling 2-(dimethylamino)-ethanol (DMAE) with [(11)C]CH(3)I in a Tefzel tube at room temperature without solvent. The product was purified using a cation exchange cartridge. Reaction conditions were optimized with respect to synthesis time and amount of DMAE, resulting in radiochemical yields higher than 80% using 60 microl of DMAE in 20 min, radiochemical purity was >99% and residual DMAE was below 10 ppm. After (11)C-production of 1h at 50 microA [(11)C]choline activities of 30.0+/-5.6 GBq (n = 29) were obtained in sterile solution ready for intravenous administration. PMID:15110347

  4. Efficient Synthesis of Primary Nitrocarbamates of Sugar Alcohols: From Food to Energetic Materials.

    PubMed

    Axthammer, Quirin J; Klapötke, Thomas M; Krumm, Burkhard

    2016-02-01

    The synthesis of various new polyvalent nitrocarbamates derived from sugar alcohols was accomplished by an economically benign two-step synthesis. The precursor carbamates were synthesized with the reagent chlorosulfonyl isocyanate (CSI) and further nitrated using mixed acid. The starting materials, sugar alcohols, are renewable biomass, mainly used in food and cosmetic industry. The structures of one carbamate and one nitrocarbamate were exemplary described by single-crystal X-ray-analysis. The heat of formation is calculated by the use of isodesmic reactions and the energetic performance data were estimated. All compounds were fully characterized by elemental analysis, vibrational spectroscopy, (1) H, (13) C, and (14/15) N NMR spectroscopy and thermal analysis (DSC). The nitrocarbamates exhibit good detonation performance and have significantly lower sensitivities compared to the commonly used nitrate ester explosive PETN. PMID:26633737

  5. Silica: An efficient catalyst for one-pot regioselective synthesis of dithioethers

    PubMed Central

    Kundu, Samir; Roy, Babli

    2014-01-01

    Summary The development of a silica-promoted highly selective synthesis of 1,2 or 1,3-dithioethers via solvent-free one-pot tandem reactions of an allyl bromide with excess thiol at room temperature is described. The choice of silica gel, either pre-calcined or moistened with water, exhibited notable regioselectivity in the formation of dithioethers. Plausible mechanistic routes were explored and postulated. PMID:24454561

  6. Efficient palladium-catalyzed double carbonylation of o-dibromobenzenes: synthesis of thalidomide.

    PubMed

    Chen, Jianbin; Natte, Kishore; Spannenberg, Anke; Neumann, Helfried; Beller, Matthias; Wu, Xiao-Feng

    2014-08-14

    We describe here a convenient and mild procedure for double carbonylation of o-dibromobenzenes with various 2-amino pyridines and naturally occurring amines, thus providing in good to excellent yields N-substituted phthalimides by using this palladium-catalyzed carbonylation procedure. Furthermore, for the first time we have applied the developed synthetic protocol for the synthesis of biologically active molecule thalidomide via a single step carbonylative cyclization reaction in excellent yield. PMID:24848729

  7. Efficient Synthesis of THP/THF-Containing Macrolides via Palladium-Catalyzed Alkoxycarbonylative Macrolactonizations

    PubMed Central

    Bai, Yu; Davis, Dexter C.

    2014-01-01

    A novel Pd-catalyzed cascade alkoxycarbonylative macrolactonization to construct THP/THF-containing bridged macrolactones in one step from alkendiols is described. Products with various ring sizes and substituents were obtained. Challenging macrolactones involving tertiary alcohols were synthesized smoothly as well. Mechanistically, experimental evidence to support a trans-oxypalladation step has been provided. The method was applied to the synthesis of potent anticancer 9-demethylneopeltolide. PMID:24825410

  8. Ir-Cu nanoframes: one-pot synthesis and efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction.

    PubMed

    Pei, Jiajing; Mao, Junjie; Liang, Xin; Chen, Chen; Peng, Qing; Wang, Dingsheng; Li, Yadong

    2016-02-25

    Herein, we achieved successful synthesis of uniform Ir-Cu nanoframes with highly open structures by a facile one-pot strategy. The key to obtain alloy nanoframes was the careful control over the reduction and galvanic replacement reactions between different metals. The as-prepared Ir-Cu was proved to be an effective template for constructing trimetallic nanoframes. Furthermore, these highly open nanostructures exhibited excellent electrocatalytic performance toward oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline media. PMID:26864283

  9. Templated synthesis of nickel nanoparticles: Toward heterostructured nanocomposites for efficient hydrogen storage

    SciTech Connect

    Nelson, Nicholas Cole

    2013-05-07

    The world is currently facing an energy and environmental crisis for which new technologies are needed. Development of cost-competitive materials for catalysis and hydrogen storage on-board motor vehicles is crucial to lead subsequent generations into a more sustainable and energy independent future. This thesis presents work toward the scalable synthesis of bimetallic heterostructures that can enable hydrogen to compete with carbonaceous fuels by meeting the necessary gravimetric and volumetric energy densities and by enhancing hydrogen sorption/desorption kinetics near ambient temperatures and pressures. Utilizing the well-known phenomenon of hydrogen spillover, these bimetallic heterostructures could work by lowering the activation energy for hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of metals. Herein, we report a novel method for the scalable synthesis of silica templated zero-valent nickel particles (Ni⊂SiO{sub 2}) that hold promise for the synthesis of nickel nanorods for use in bimetallic heterostructures for hydrogen storage. Our synthesis proceeds by chemical reduction of a nickel-hydrazine complex with sodium borohydride followed by calcination under hydrogen gas to yield silica encapsulated nickel particles. Transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the general morphology of the resultant nanocapsules as well as the crystalline phases of the incorporated Ni{sup 0} nanocrystals. The structures display strong magnetic behavior at room temperature and preliminary data suggests nickel particle size can be controlled by varying the amount of nickel precursor used in the synthesis. Calcination under different environments and TEM analysis provides evidence for an atomic migration mechanism of particle formation. Ni⊂SiO{sub 2} nanocapsules were used as seeds to induce heterogeneous nucleation and subsequent growth within the nanocapsule via electroless nickel plating. Nickel nanoparticle growth occurs under high temperature alkaline conditions, however silica nanocapsule integrity is not maintained due to the incompatibility of silica with the growth conditions. Silica nanocapsule integrity is maintained under low temperature neutral conditions, but nickel particle growth is not observed. Through FTIR and UV/Vis analysis, we show the degree of crosslinking and condensation increases in calcined silica compared to as-synthesized silica. We propose the increased density of the silica nanocapsule hinders mass transfer of the bulky nickel precursor complex from solution and onto the surface of the “catalytic” zero-valent nickel seed within the nanocapsule cavity. Decreasing the density of the silica nanocapsule can be achieved through co-condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate with an alkyl functionalized silane followed by calcination to remove the organic component or by chemical etching in alkaline solution, but will not be addressed in this thesis.

  10. Templated synthesis of nickel nanoparticles: Toward heterostructured nanocomposites for efficient hydrogen storage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nelson, Nicholas Cole

    The world is currently facing an energy and environmental crisis for which new technologies are needed. Development of cost-competitive materials for catalysis and hydrogen storage on-board motor vehicles is crucial to lead subsequent generations into a more sustainable and energy independent future. This thesis presents work toward the scalable synthesis of bimetallic heterostructures that can enable hydrogen to compete with carbonaceous fuels by meeting the necessary gravimetric and volumetric energy densities and by enhancing hydrogen sorption/desorption kinetics near ambient temperatures and pressures. Utilizing the well-known phenomenon of hydrogen spillover, these bimetallic heterostructures could work by lowering the activation energy for hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of metals. Herein, we report a novel method for the scalable synthesis of silica templated zero-valent nickel particles (Ni⊂SiO2) that hold promise for the synthesis of nickel nanorods for use in bimetallic heterostructures for hydrogen storage. Our synthesis proceeds by chemical reduction of a nickel-hydrazine complex with sodium borohydride followed by calcination under hydrogen gas to yield silica encapsulated nickel particles. Transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the general morphology of the resultant nanocapsules as well as the crystalline phases of the incorporated Ni0 nanocrystals. The structures display strong magnetic behavior at room temperature and preliminary data suggests nickel particle size can be controlled by varying the amount of nickel precursor used in the synthesis. Calcination under different environments and TEM analysis provides evidence for an atomic migration mechanism of particle formation. Ni⊂SiO2 nanocapsules were used as seeds to induce heterogeneous nucleation and subsequent growth within the nanocapsule via electroless nickel plating. Nickel nanoparticle growth occurs under high temperature alkaline conditions, however silica nanocapsule integrity is not maintained due to the incompatibility of silica with the growth conditions. Silica nanocapsule integrity is maintained under low temperature neutral conditions, but nickel particle growth is not observed. Through FTIR and UV/Vis analysis, we show the degree of crosslinking and condensation increases in calcined silica compared to as-synthesized silica. We propose the increased density of the silica nanocapsule hinders mass transfer of the bulky nickel precursor complex from solution and onto the surface of the "catalytic" zero-valent nickel seed within the nanocapsule cavity. Decreasing the density of the silica nanocapsule can be achieved through co-condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate with an alkyl functionalized silane followed by calcination to remove the organic component or by chemical etching in alkaline solution, but will not be addressed in this thesis.

  11. High Catalytic Activity and Chemoselectivity of Sub-nanometric Pd Clusters on Porous Nanorods of CeO2 for Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Sai; Chang, Chun-Ran; Huang, Zheng-Qing; Li, Jing; Wu, Zhemin; Ma, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Zhiyun; Wang, Yong; Qu, Yongquan

    2016-03-01

    Sub-nanometric Pd clusters on porous nanorods of CeO2 (PN-CeO2) with a high Pd dispersion of 73.6% exhibit the highest catalytic activity and best chemoselectivity for hydrogenation of nitroarenes to date. For hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol, the catalysts yield a TOF of ∼44059 h(-1) and a chemoselectivity to 4-aminophenol of >99.9%. The superior catalytic performance can be attributed to a cooperative effect between the highly dispersed sub-nanometric Pd clusters for hydrogen activation and unique surface sites of PN-CeO2 with a high concentration of oxygen vacancy for an energetically and geometrically preferential adsorption of nitroarenes via nitro group. The high concentration of surface defects of PN-CeO2 and large Pd dispersion contribute to the enhanced catalytic activity for the hydrogenation reactions. The high chemoselectivity is mainly governed by the high Pd dispersion on the support. The catalysts also deliver high catalytic activity and selectivity for nitroaromatics with various reducible substituents into the corresponding aminoarenes. PMID:26828123

  12. An efficient synthesis of N-substituted 3-nitrothiophen-2-amines

    PubMed Central

    Vivek Kumar, Sundaravel; Muthusubramanian, Shanmugam

    2015-01-01

    Summary A novel protocol for the synthesis of 3-nitro-N-aryl/alkylthiophen-2-amines in good yields from the reaction of α-nitroketene N,S-aryl/alkylaminoacetals and 1,4-dithiane-2,5-diol in the presence of K2CO3 in refluxing ethanol is described. This transformation generates two C–C bonds in a single operation and presumably proceeds through a reaction sequence comprising 2-mercaptoacetaldehyde generation, nucleophilic carbonyl addition, annelation and elimination steps. PMID:26664589

  13. One pot, rapid and efficient synthesis of water dispersible gold nanoparticles using alpha-amino acids

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wangoo, Nishima; Kaur, Sarabjit; Bajaj, Manish; Jain, D. V. S.; Sharma, Rohit K.

    2014-10-01

    A detailed study on the synthesis of spherical and monodispersed gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using all of the 20 naturally occurring α-amino acids has been reported. The synthesized nanoparticles have been further characterized using various techniques such as absorbance spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance. Size control of the nanoparticles has been achieved by varying the ratio of the gold ion to the amino acid. These monodispersed water soluble AuNPs synthesized using non-toxic, naturally occurring α-amino acids as reducing and capping/stabilizing agents serve as a remarkable example of green chemistry.

  14. An efficient synthesis of nanocrystalline MFI zeolite using different silica sources: A green approach

    SciTech Connect

    Kalita, Banani; Talukdar, Anup K.

    2009-02-04

    Nanocrystalline MFI zeolite was synthesized with a very broad range of silica to alumina ratios using an autoclave for periods of 7 h at 473 K under autogeneous pressure without seeding gel, promoter, organic solvent or sulfuric acid. The procedure has been successfully employed for the synthesis of MFI samples using fumed silica, colloidal silica, aerosil and tetraethylorthosilicate as silica sources. The synthesized samples were characterized by different techniques such as X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscopy. Their average crystallite size ranges from about 26 to 55 nm and they exhibit high crystallinity.

  15. Efficient antibacterial agents: a review of the synthesis, biological evaluation and mechanism of pleuromutilin derivatives.

    PubMed

    Shang, Ruofeng; Wang, Jiatu; Guo, Wenzhu; Liang, Jianping

    2013-01-01

    Pleuromutilins were discovered as natural-product antibiotics in 1950. The modifications of pleuromutilin lead to the successful development of veterinary medicines such as tiamulin and valnemulin. Retapamulin became the first pleuromutilin approved for use in human skin infections. Recent advances have led to the synthesis of pleuromutilins that combine potent antibacterial activity with favorable pharmaceutical properties, and three new pleuromutilins, BC-3781, BC-3205 and BC-7013, have entered clinical trials. In this review, the key pleuromutilin derivatives, as well as related novel derivatives during 2009-2013, and its antibacterial activities, are presented. Moreover, the antibacterial and resistance mechanism are discussed. PMID:24200363

  16. A novel and efficient samarium iodide-mediated synthesis of neoflavonoids (4-arycloumarins)

    SciTech Connect

    Nagasawa, Kazuo; Ryohke, Hirosi; Ohnishi, Makoto; Ito, Keiichi

    1995-12-31

    Bioactive 4-arylcoumarins (4-aryl-2H-1-benzopyran-2-ones) have been recently isolated from the plants belonging to the families like Leguminosae, Guttiferae, and Compositae, some of which are still used as the traditional folk medicine. Despite many methods reported so far, there appears to be of limited success or of no success in some cases (II{sub b-g}) and, therefore, a simpler and more reliable one remains to be highly desired. Thus, a new and sterling protocol is now presented for the synthesis of neoflavonoids, which involves the intramolecular Reformatsky-type reaction via a one electron transfer process with samarium diiodide as a key step.

  17. An efficient synthesis of N-substituted 3-nitrothiophen-2-amines.

    PubMed

    Vivek Kumar, Sundaravel; Muthusubramanian, Shanmugam; Menéndez, J Carlos; Perumal, Subbu

    2015-01-01

    A novel protocol for the synthesis of 3-nitro-N-aryl/alkylthiophen-2-amines in good yields from the reaction of α-nitroketene N,S-aryl/alkylaminoacetals and 1,4-dithiane-2,5-diol in the presence of K2CO3 in refluxing ethanol is described. This transformation generates two C-C bonds in a single operation and presumably proceeds through a reaction sequence comprising 2-mercaptoacetaldehyde generation, nucleophilic carbonyl addition, annelation and elimination steps. PMID:26664589

  18. A primase subunit essential for efficient primer synthesis by an archaeal eukaryotic-type primase.

    PubMed

    Liu, Bing; Ouyang, Songying; Makarova, Kira S; Xia, Qiu; Zhu, Yanping; Li, Zhimeng; Guo, Li; Koonin, Eugene V; Liu, Zhi-Jie; Huang, Li

    2015-01-01

    Archaea encode a eukaryotic-type primase comprising a catalytic subunit (PriS) and a noncatalytic subunit (PriL). Here we report the identification of a primase noncatalytic subunit, denoted PriX, from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus. Like PriL, PriX is essential for the survival of the organism. The crystallographic analysis complemented by sensitive sequence comparisons shows that PriX is a diverged homologue of the C-terminal domain of PriL but lacks the iron-sulfur cluster. Phylogenomic analysis provides clues on the origin and evolution of PriX. PriX, PriL and PriS form a stable heterotrimer (PriSLX). Both PriSX and PriSLX show far greater affinity for nucleotide substrates and are substantially more active in primer synthesis than the PriSL heterodimer. In addition, PriL, but not PriX, facilitates primer extension by PriS. We propose that the catalytic activity of PriS is modulated through concerted interactions with the two noncatalytic subunits in primer synthesis. PMID:26095544

  19. Spray-combustion synthesis: Efficient solution route to high-performance oxide transistors

    PubMed Central

    Yu, Xinge; Smith, Jeremy; Zhou, Nanjia; Zeng, Li; Guo, Peijun; Xia, Yu; Alvarez, Ana; Aghion, Stefano; Lin, Hui; Yu, Junsheng; Chang, Robert P. H.; Bedzyk, Michael J.; Ferragut, Rafael; Marks, Tobin J.; Facchetti, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    Metal-oxide (MO) semiconductors have emerged as enabling materials for next generation thin-film electronics owing to their high carrier mobilities, even in the amorphous state, large-area uniformity, low cost, and optical transparency, which are applicable to flat-panel displays, flexible circuitry, and photovoltaic cells. Impressive progress in solution-processed MO electronics has been achieved using methodologies such as sol gel, deep-UV irradiation, preformed nanostructures, and combustion synthesis. Nevertheless, because of incomplete lattice condensation and film densification, high-quality solution-processed MO films having technologically relevant thicknesses achievable in a single step have yet to be shown. Here, we report a low-temperature, thickness-controlled coating process to create high-performance, solution-processed MO electronics: spray-combustion synthesis (SCS). We also report for the first time, to our knowledge, indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) transistors having densification, nanoporosity, electron mobility, trap densities, bias stability, and film transport approaching those of sputtered films and compatible with conventional fabrication (FAB) operations. PMID:25733848

  20. Efficient Synthesis of Nicotinamide-1-(15)N for Ultrafast NMR Hyperpolarization Using Parahydrogen.

    PubMed

    Shchepin, Roman V; Barskiy, Danila A; Mikhaylov, Dmitry M; Chekmenev, Eduard Y

    2016-04-20

    Nicotinamide (a vitamin B3 amide) is one of the key vitamins as well as a drug for treatment of M. tuberculosis, HIV, cancer, and other diseases. Here, an improved Zincke reaction methodology is presented allowing for straightforward and scalable synthesis of nicotinamide-1-(15)N with an excellent isotopic purity (98%) and good yield (55%). (15)N nuclear spin label in nicotinamide-1-(15)N can be NMR hyperpolarized in seconds using parahydrogen gas. NMR hyperpolarization using the process of temporary conjugation between parahydrogen and to-be-hyperpolarized biomolecule on hexacoordinate iridium complex via the Signal Amplification By Reversible Exchange (SABRE) method significantly increases detection sensitivity (e.g., >20 000-fold for nicotinamide-1-(15)N at 9.4 T) as has been shown by Theis T. et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 1404), and hyperpolarized in this fashion, nicotinamide-1-(15)N can be potentially used to probe metabolic processes in vivo in future studies. Moreover, the presented synthetic methodology utilizes mild reaction conditions, and therefore can also be potentially applied to synthesis of a wide range of (15)N-enriched N-heterocycles that can be used as hyperpolarized contrast agents for future in vivo molecular imaging studies. PMID:26999571

  1. Spray-combustion synthesis: efficient solution route to high-performance oxide transistors.

    PubMed

    Yu, Xinge; Smith, Jeremy; Zhou, Nanjia; Zeng, Li; Guo, Peijun; Xia, Yu; Alvarez, Ana; Aghion, Stefano; Lin, Hui; Yu, Junsheng; Chang, Robert P H; Bedzyk, Michael J; Ferragut, Rafael; Marks, Tobin J; Facchetti, Antonio

    2015-03-17

    Metal-oxide (MO) semiconductors have emerged as enabling materials for next generation thin-film electronics owing to their high carrier mobilities, even in the amorphous state, large-area uniformity, low cost, and optical transparency, which are applicable to flat-panel displays, flexible circuitry, and photovoltaic cells. Impressive progress in solution-processed MO electronics has been achieved using methodologies such as sol gel, deep-UV irradiation, preformed nanostructures, and combustion synthesis. Nevertheless, because of incomplete lattice condensation and film densification, high-quality solution-processed MO films having technologically relevant thicknesses achievable in a single step have yet to be shown. Here, we report a low-temperature, thickness-controlled coating process to create high-performance, solution-processed MO electronics: spray-combustion synthesis (SCS). We also report for the first time, to our knowledge, indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) transistors having densification, nanoporosity, electron mobility, trap densities, bias stability, and film transport approaching those of sputtered films and compatible with conventional fabrication (FAB) operations. PMID:25733848

  2. Molecular Iodine-Mediated Chemoselective Synthesis of Multisubstituted Pyridines through Catabolism and Reconstruction Behavior of Natural Amino Acids.

    PubMed

    Xiang, Jia-Chen; Wang, Miao; Cheng, Yan; Wu, An-Xin

    2016-01-01

    A new process has been developed for the selective construction of 2,6-disubstituted, 2,4,6-trisubstituted, and 3,5-disubstituted pyridines based on the catabolism and reconstruction behaviors of amino acids. Molecular iodine was used as a tandem catalyst to trigger the decarboxylation-deamination of amino acids and to promote the subsequent formation of the pyridine products. PMID:26653580

  3. Rational Design and Synthesis of Freestanding Photoelectric Nanodevices as Highly Efficient Photocatalysts

    PubMed Central

    Qu, Yongquan; Liao, Lei; Cheng, Rui; Wang, Yue; Lin, Yung-chen; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2010-01-01

    Photocatalysts are of significant interest for solar energy harvesting and conversion into chemical energy. However, the photocatalysts available to date are limited by either poor efficiency in the visible light range or insufficient photoelectrochemical stability. Here we report the rational design of a new generation of freestanding photoelectric nanodevices as highly efficient and stable photocatalysts by integrating a nanoscale photodiode with two redox catalysts in a single nanowire heterostructure. We show that a platinum-silicon-silver nanowire heterostructure can be synthesized to integrate a nanoscale metal-semiconductor Schottky diode encased in a protective insulating shell with two exposed metal catalysts. We further demonstrated that the Schottky diodes exhibited pronounced photovoltaic effect with nearly unity internal quantum efficiency, and that the integrated nanowire heterostructures could be used as highly efficient photocatalysts for a wide range of thermodynamically downhill and uphill reactions including photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes, reduction of metal ions and carbon dioxide using visible light. Our studies for the first time demonstrated the integration of multiple distinct functional components into a single nanostructure to form a standalone active nanosystem, and for the first time successfully realized a photoelectric nanodevice that is both highly efficient and highly stable throughout the entire solar spectrum. It thus opens a rational avenue to design and synthesize a new generation of photoelectric nanosystems with unprecedented efficiency and stability, and will impact broadly in areas including environmental remediation and solar fuel production. PMID:20373781

  4. Efficient synthesis of ammonia from N2 and H2 alone in a ferroelectric packed-bed DBD reactor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gómez-Ramírez, A.; Cotrino, J.; Lambert, R. M.; González-Elipe, A. R.

    2015-12-01

    A detailed study of ammonia synthesis from hydrogen and nitrogen in a planar dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor was carried out. Electrical parameters were systematically varied, including applied voltage and frequency, electrode gap, and type of ferroelectric material (BaTiO3 versus PZT). For selected operating conditions, power consumption and plasma electron density were estimated from Lissajous diagrams and by application of the Bolsig  +  model, respectively. Optical emission spectroscopy was used to follow the evolution of plasma species (\\text{N}{{\\text{H}}*},{{\\text{N}}*},~{N}2+~\\text{and} ~{N}2* ) as a function of applied voltage with both types of ferroelectric material. PZT gave both greater energy efficiency and higher ammonia yield than BaTiO3: 0.9 g NH3 kWh-1 and 2.7% single pass N2 conversion, respectively. This performance is substantially superior to previously published findings on DBD synthesis of NH3 from N2 and H2 alone. The influence of electrical working parameters, the beneficial effect of PZT and the importance of controlling reactant residence time are rationalized in a reaction model that takes account of the principal process variables

  5. Enantioselective biotransformations of nitriles in organic synthesis.

    PubMed

    Wang, Mei-Xiang

    2015-03-17

    The hydration and hydrolysis of nitriles are valuable synthetic methods used to prepare carboxamides and carboxylic acids. However, chemical hydration and hydrolysis of nitriles involve harsh reaction conditions, have low selectivity, and generate large amounts of waste. Therefore, researchers have confined the scope of these reactions to simple nitrile substrates. However, biological transformations of nitriles are highly efficient, chemoselective, and environmentally benign, which has led synthetic organic chemists and biotechologists to study these reactions in detail over the last two decades. In nature, biological systems degrade nitriles via two distinct pathways: nitrilases catalyze the direct hydrolysis of nitriles to afford carboxylic acids with release of ammonia, and nitrile hydratases catalyze the conversion of nitriles into carboxamides, which then furnish carboxylic acids via hydrolysis in the presence of amidases. Researchers have subsequently developed biocatalytic methods into useful industrial processes for the manufacture of commodity chemicals, including acrylamide. Since the late 1990s, research by my group and others has led to enormous progress in the understanding and application of enantioselective biotransformations of nitriles in organic synthesis. In this Account, I summarize the important advances in enantioselective biotransformations of nitriles and amides, with a primary focus on research from my laboratory. I describe microbial whole-cell-catalyzed kinetic resolution of various functionalized nitriles, amino- and hydroxynitriles, and nitriles that contain small rings and the desymmetrization of prochiral and meso dinitriles and diamides. I also demonstrate how we can apply the biocatalytic protocol to synthesize natural products and bioactive compounds. These nitrile biotransformations offer an attractive and unique protocol for the enantioselective synthesis of polyfunctionalized organic compounds that are not readily obtainable by other methods. Nitrile substrates are readily available, and the mild reaction conditions are specific toward cyano and amido functional groups without interfering with other reactive functional groups. I anticipate that further advances in this field will lead to new and engineered nitrile-hydrolyzing enzymes or catalytic systems with improved activity and altered selectivity. These advances will broaden the scope of these transformations and their applications in organic synthesis. PMID:25699471

  6. Efficient utilization of greenhouse gases in a gas-to-liquids process combined with CO2/steam-mixed reforming and Fe-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Chundong; Jun, Ki-Won; Ha, Kyoung-Su; Lee, Yun-Jo; Kang, Seok Chang

    2014-07-15

    Two process models for carbon dioxide utilized gas-to-liquids (GTL) process (CUGP) mainly producing light olefins and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthetic oils were developed by Aspen Plus software. Both models are mainly composed of a reforming unit, an F-T synthesis unit and a recycle unit, while the main difference is the feeding point of fresh CO2. In the reforming unit, CO2 reforming and steam reforming of methane are combined together to produce syngas in flexible composition. Meanwhile, CO2 hydrogenation is conducted via reverse water gas shift on the Fe-based catalysts in the F-T synthesis unit to produce hydrocarbons. After F-T synthesis, the unreacted syngas is recycled to F-T synthesis and reforming units to enhance process efficiency. From the simulation results, it was found that the carbon efficiencies of both CUGP options were successfully improved, and total CO2 emissions were significantly reduced, compared with the conventional GTL processes. The process efficiency was sensitive to recycle ratio and more recycle seemed to be beneficial for improving process efficiency and reducing CO2 emission. However, the process efficiency was rather insensitive to split ratio (recycle to reforming unit/total recycle), and the optimum split ratio was determined to be zero. PMID:24933030

  7. Development of a simple and efficient solution-phase parallel synthesis of flexible non-steroidal estradiol mimics.

    PubMed

    Djigoué, Guy B; Maltais, René; Poirier, Donald

    2014-01-01

    An efficient parallel synthesis was designed to provide libraries of estradiol mimics that can potentially interact with different biological targets associated with estradiol-related diseases. Two libraries of 75 members each were synthesized around a non-steroidal core by adding three levels of molecular diversity. Hydroxybenzaldehydes (1st level of diversity), protected as a methoxymethyl ether, first reacted with primary amines (2nd level of diversity) under reductive amination conditions. The resulting secondary amines next reacted with 4-bromo-1,2-epoxybutane to provide epoxide derivatives as precursors of the 3rd level of diversity. Various nucleophiles were then used to open each epoxide. Methyl isocyanate scavenger was finally used to trap out the excess amine and the protecting group was removed by hydrolysis to provide the final compounds. PMID:25230027

  8. Facile and efficient one-pot synthesis of 2-arylbenzoxazoles using hydrogen tetrachloroaurate as catalyst under oxygen atmosphere*

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Yun-kui; Mao, Da-jie; Lou, Shao-jie; Qian, Jian-qiang; Xu, Zhen-yuan

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we presented a novel method for the facile and efficient one-pot synthesis of 2-arylbenzoxazoles, which were directly synthesized from 2-aminophenol and aldehydes catalyzed by hydrogen tetrachloroaurate (HAuCl4·4H2O) under an oxygen atmosphere with anhydrous tetrahydrofuran (THF) as solvent or in solvent-free condition. The results show that this method could bring excellent yields as high as 96%. THF was proven to be the best choice among several solvents screened and the reaction was tolerated with a variety of aromatic aldehydes possessing electron-donating or withdrawing groups. The advantages of the present method lie in catalytic process using economic and environmentally benign dioxygen as oxidant. PMID:19489113

  9. Efficient synthesis of the intermediate of abacavir and carbovir using a novel (+)-γ-lactamase as a catalyst.

    PubMed

    Gao, Shuaihua; Zhu, Shaozhou; Huang, Rong; Lu, Yingxiu; Zheng, Guojun

    2015-09-15

    The enantiomers of 2-azabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-3-one (γ-lactam) are key chiral synthons in the synthesis of antiviral drugs such as carbovir and abacavir. (+)-γ-Lactamase can be used as a catalyst in the enzymatic preparation of optically pure (-)-γ-lactam. Here, a (+)-γ-lactamase discovered from Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA 6 by sequence-structure guided genome mining was cloned, purified and characterized. The enzyme possesses a significant catalytic activity towards γ-lactam. The active site of the (+)-γ-lactamase was studied by homologous modeling and molecular docking, and the accuracy of the prediction was confirmed by site-specific mutagenesis. The (+)-γ-lactamase reveals the great practical potential as an enzymatic method for the efficient production of carbocyclic nucleosides of pharmaceutical interest. PMID:26235952

  10. Modular solid-phase synthesis, catalytic application and efficient recycling of supported phosphine-phosphite ligand libraries.

    PubMed

    Heutz, Frank J L; Kamer, Paul C J

    2016-02-01

    In spite of decades of research in the field of homogeneous asymmetric catalysis the discovery of new high performance catalysts still relies heavily on trial-and-error. There is still a lack of efficient combinatorial methods which enable the synthesis and screening of vast ligand libraries, especially for bidentate phosphorus ligands. Here we present a highly modular solid-phase synthetic approach which provides facile access to libraries of phosphine-phosphite ligands in quantitative yield requiring only minimal work-up. The obtained library of supported phosphine-phosphites was successfully applied in rhodium catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation obtaining high enantioselectivities up to 98%. Also, these polymer supported ligands could be successfully recycled under batch conditions exhibiting only a small decline of activity and no loss of selectivity. PMID:26486695

  11. An Efficient Amide-Aldehyde-Alkene Condensation: Synthesis for the N-Allyl Amides.

    PubMed

    Quan, Zheng-Jun; Wang, Xi-Cun

    2016-02-01

    The allylamine skeleton represents a significant class of biologically active nitrogen compounds that are found in various natural products and drugs with well-recognized pharmacological properties. In this personal account, we will briefly discuss the synthesis of allylamine skeletons. We will focus on showing a general protocol for Lewis acid-catalyzed N-allylation of electron-poor N-heterocyclic amides and sulfonamide via an amide-aldehyde-alkene condensation reaction. The substrate scope with respect to N-heterocyclic amides, aldehydes, and alkenes will be discussed. This method is also capable of preparing the Naftifine motif from N-methyl-1-naphthamide or methyl (naphthalene-1-ylmethyl)carbamate, with paraformaldehyde and styrene in a one-pot manner. PMID:26805726

  12. Growth rate hypothesis and efficiency of protein synthesis under different sulphate concentrations in two green algae.

    PubMed

    Giordano, Mario; Palmucci, Matteo; Raven, John A

    2015-11-01

    The growth rate hypothesis (GRH) predicts a positive correlation between growth rate and RNA content because growth depends upon the protein synthesis machinery. The application of this hypothesis to photoautotrophic organisms has been questioned. We tested the GRH on one prasinophycean, Tetraselmis suecica, and one chlorophycean, Dunaliella salina, grown at three sulphate concentrations. Sulphate was chosen because its concentration in the oceans increased through geological time and apparently had a role in the evolutionary trajectories of phytoplankton. Cell protein content and P quota were positively related to the RNA content (r?=?0.62 and r?=?0.74, respectively). The correlation of the RNA content with growth rates (r?=?0.95) indicates that the GRH was valid for these species when growth rates were below 0.82?d(-1) . PMID:25851030

  13. Chemoselective multicomponent one-pot assembly of purine precursors in water.

    PubMed

    Powner, Matthew W; Sutherland, John D; Szostak, Jack W

    2010-11-24

    The recent development of a sequential, high-yielding route to activated pyrimidine nucleotides, under conditions thought to be prebiotic, is an encouraging step toward the greater goal of a plausible prebiotic pathway to RNA and the potential for an RNA world. However, this synthesis has led to a disparity in the methodology available for stepwise construction of the canonical pyrimidine and purine nucleotides. To address this problem, and further explore prebiotically accessible chemical systems, we have developed a high-yielding, aqueous, one-pot, multicomponent reaction that tethers masked-sugar moieties to prebiotically plausible purine precursors. A pH-dependent three-component reaction system has been discovered that utilizes key nucleotide synthons 2-aminooxazole and 5-aminoimidazoles, which allows the first divergent purine/pyrimidine synthesis to be proposed. Due to regiospecific aminoimidazole tethering, the pathway allows N9 purination only, thus suggesting the first prebiotically plausible mechanism for regiospecific N9 purination. PMID:21043502

  14. Switching between reaction pathways by an alcohol cosolvent effect: SmI2-ethylene glycol vs SmI2-H2O mediated synthesis of uracils.

    PubMed

    Szostak, Michal; Spain, Malcolm; Sautier, Brice; Procter, David J

    2014-11-01

    A chemoselective switch between reaction pathways by an alcohol cosolvent effect in a general SmI2-mediated synthesis of uracil derivatives is described. The method relies on the use of coordinating solvents to increase the redox potential of Sm(II) and results in a chemoselective 1,2-reduction (SmI2-H2O) or 1,2-migration via in situ generated N-acyliminium ions (SmI2-ethylene glycol, EG). This work exploits the mild conditions of the SmI2-mediated monoreduction of barbituric acids and offers an attractive protocol for the synthesis of uracil derivatives with biological activity from readily accessible building blocks. PMID:25343692

  15. An Efficient Synthesis of the Fully Elaborated Isoindolinone Unit of Muironolide A

    PubMed Central

    Xiao, Qing; Young, Kyle

    2013-01-01

    An efficient stereocontrolled construction of the fully substituted isoindolone subunit of muironolide A is described. The approach is centered on the intramolecular Diels-Alder reaction between the enol form of the β-keto amide and an α β γ δ-unsaturated ester, followed by the installation of the cyclohexene double bond. PMID:23826676

  16. An efficient synthesis of quinolines via copper-catalyzed C-N cleavage.

    PubMed

    Xi, Long-Yi; Zhang, Ruo-Yi; Zhang, Lei; Chen, Shan-Yong; Yu, Xiao-Qi

    2015-04-01

    An efficient method to synthesize substituted quinolines from ketones and 2-amino benzylamines is described. Copper-catalyzed C-N cleavage of amines followed by condensation with ketones deliver quinolines in moderate to high yields. The broad scope of substrates and the use of air as the sole oxidant make this transformation very attractive. PMID:25712024

  17. An Efficient and Facile Method for the Synthesis of Benzimidazoisoquinoline Derivatives via a Multicomponent Reaction.

    PubMed

    Liao, Wen-Li; Li, Shi-Qiang; Wang, Jun; Zhang, Zhi-Yu; Yang, Zhi-Wei; Xu, Di; Xu, Chuan; Lan, Hai-Tao; Chen, Zhong-Zhu; Xu, Zhi-Gang

    2016-01-11

    Two series of benzimidazoisoquinoline and fused benzimidazoisoquinoline-benzimidazole derivatives have been synthesized using an efficient one-pot procedure. This process involves an intramolecular nucleophilic substitution reaction and provides facile access to two series of complexes and potentially interesting biologically active scaffolds. PMID:26634875

  18. Efficient utilization of crude glycerol as fermentation substrate in the synthesis of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) biopolymers

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    One refined and 2 crude glycerol samples were utilized to produce poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) by Pseudomonas oleovorans NRRL B-14682. Fermentation conditions were determined to efficiently utilize glycerol while maintaining PHB yields. A batch culture protocol including 1% glycerol and an aerati...

  19. N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed internal redox reaction of alkynals: an efficient synthesis of allenoates.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Yu-Ming; Tam, Yik; Wang, Yu-Jie; Li, Zigang; Sun, Jianwei

    2012-03-16

    An efficient N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-catalyzed internal redox reaction of alkynals that bear a γ leaving group has been developed. This process provides a new access to a range of allenoates in good yields. Preliminary results demonstrate that the enantioselective variant can also be achieved. PMID:22352302

  20. A single-step method for the production of sugar hydrazides: intermediates for the chemoselective preparation of glycoconjugates.

    PubMed

    Flinn, Nicholas S; Quibell, Martin; Monk, Tracy P; Ramjee, Manoj K; Urch, Christopher J

    2005-01-01

    The ability to selectively conjugate carbohydrate molecules to a protein is a key step in the preparation of conjugate vaccines, while facile methods for linking carbohydrates to polymers or solid surfaces to produce diagnostic probes and functional microarrays are also sought. Here, we describe a simple, single-step method of producing glycosylhydrazides from unprotected sugars, which were then linked in a controlled manner to a desired carrier, through an appropriate linker. The method was chemoselective and did not require coupling reagents, and the native pyranose form of the reducing end residue was retained. Initially, mono- and disaccharide hydrazides were produced from the corresponding reducing sugars and linked to BSA through a bifunctional linker. Final exemplification of the procedure was demonstrated by the preparation of a LewisY tetrasaccharide protein conjugate, which was recognized by a LewisY monoclonal antibody indicating the preservation of the natural conformation of the tetrasaccharide in the final construct. It is envisaged that this method will have general applicability to a variety of functionally diverse reducing sugars and provide a route to highly defined glycoconjugates, without the need for elaborate synthetic strategies. PMID:15898743

  1. The N-B Interaction through a Water Bridge: Understanding the Chemoselectivity of a Fluorescent Protein Based Probe for Peroxynitrite.

    PubMed

    Chen, Zhi-Jie; Tian, Ziqi; Kallio, Karen; Oleson, April L; Ji, Ao; Borchardt, Dan; Jiang, De-En; Remington, S James; Ai, Hui-Wang

    2016-04-13

    Boronic acid and esters have been extensively utilized for molecular recognition and chemical sensing. We recently reported a genetically encoded peroxynitrite (ONOO(-))-specific fluorescent sensor, pnGFP, based on the incorporation of a boronic acid moiety into a circularly permuted green fluorescent protein (cpGFP) followed by directed protein evolution. Different from typical arylboronic acids and esters, the chromophore of pnGFP is unreactive to millimolar concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The focus of this study is to explore the mechanism for the observed unusual chemoselectivity of pnGFP toward peroxynitrite over hydrogen peroxide by using site-directed mutagenesis, X-ray crystallography, (11)B NMR, and computational analysis. Our data collectively support that a His residue on the protein scaffold polarizes a water molecule to induce the formation of an sp(3)-hybridized boron in the chromophore, thereby tuning the reactivity of pnGFP with various reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS). Our study demonstrates the first example of tunable boron chemistry in a folded nonnative protein, which offers wide implications in designing selective chemical probes. PMID:27019313

  2. Dhvar5 antimicrobial peptide (AMP) chemoselective covalent immobilization results on higher antiadherence effect than simple physical adsorption.

    PubMed

    Costa, Fabíola M T A; Maia, Sílvia R; Gomes, Paula A C; Martins, M Cristina L

    2015-06-01

    Bacterial colonization and subsequent biofilm formation is still one of the major problems associated with medical devices. Antimicrobial peptides (AMP) immobilization onto biomaterials surface is a promising strategy to avoid bacterial colonization. However, a correct peptide orientation and exposure from the surface is essential to maintain AMP antimicrobial activity. This work aims to evaluate the effect of the immobilization on antibacterial activity of Dhvar5 (LLLFLLKKRKKRKY), an AMP with a head-to-tail amphipathicity. Dhvar5 was linked to thin chitosan coatings in i) a controlled orientation and exposure, testing covalent immobilization of its N- or C-terminus and using spacers with different lengths and flexibilities or in ii) a random orientation by physical adsorption. Chitosan coating was chosen due to its antimicrobial properties and readiness to be functionalized. Surface characterization demonstrated the chemoselective immobilization of the peptide with different spacers in a similar concentration (∼2 ng/cm2). Efficacy assays demonstrated that covalent immobilization of Dhvar5 exposing its cationic end, improves the chitosan coating antimicrobial effect by decreasing Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization. This effect was enhanced when longer spacers were used independently of their flexibility. In opposite, immobilized Dhvar5 exposing its hydrophobic end has no effect on bacterial adhesion to chitosan, and when adsorbed in a random orientation even induces bacterial adhesion to chitosan coating. PMID:25818458

  3. Recent developments in utility of green multi-component reactions for the efficient synthesis of polysubstituted pyrans, thiopyrans, pyridines, and pyrazoles.

    PubMed

    Elnagdi, Mohamed Hilmy; Moustafa, Moustafa Sherief; Al-Mousawi, Saleh Mohammed; Mekheimer, Ramadan Ahmed; Sadek, Kamal Usef

    2015-08-01

    Developments made since 2010 in the utilization of multi-component reactions as green efficient methodologies for the synthesis of polysubstituted pyrans, thiopyrans, pyridines, and pyrazoles are reviewed and the mechanisms of these processes are discussed. Reference is made to classical older synthetic methods developed earlier in our laboratories. PMID:25894364

  4. A green and efficient protocol for the synthesis of dihydropyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole derivatives via a one-pot, four component reaction by grinding method

    PubMed Central

    Ambethkar, Sethurajan; Padmini, Vediappen; Bhuvanesh, Nattamai

    2014-01-01

    An efficient grinding protocol for the synthesis of dihydropyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole derivatives from acetylene ester, hydrazine hydrate, aryl aldehydes and malononitrile under solvent free conditions has been achieved with excellent yields. The structures of the synthesized compounds were deduced by spectroscopic techniques and the compounds were further evaluated for their in vitro antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. PMID:26644936

  5. Design and synthesis of harzialactone analogues: promising anticancer agents.

    PubMed

    Pawar, Vishwas U; Ghosh, Sougata; Chopade, Balu A; Shinde, Vaishali S

    2010-12-15

    New homologues of harzialactone were synthesized using D-glucose as chiral template. Wittig reaction to introduce aromatic moiety in 10 and chemoselective anomeric oxidation of 13 were used as key reactions in our synthesis. Anticancer activity of these target molecules was assessed against five cancer cell lines, P388D1, HL60, COLO-205, Zr-75-1 and HeLa. Both compound 5 and 6, showed significant activity against colon cancer (COLO-205) and cervical cancer (HeLa) and moderate with others. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of harzialactone analogues as potent inhibitors of human colon and cervical cancer. PMID:21074431

  6. Efficient synthesis of core@shell Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Alonso-Cristobal, Paulino; Laurenti, Marco; Lopez-Cabarcos, Enrique; Rubio-Retama, Jorge

    2015-07-01

    The synthesis of Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles has received much attention due to promising applications in the biomedical field. In this work, we produced Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles by using a two-step solvothermal route that employed Fe3O4 nanoparticles as seeds for the Au deposition. Although this protocol leads to highly monodisperse and reproducible Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles it was necessary to perform a systematic study to have a better understanding, improve the yield and allow us to obtain a tunable result. We demonstrated that the Au:Fe3O4 ratio is a key parameter that, contrary to what could be expected, does not influence the Au shell thickness. However, this parameter should be optimized because it strongly influences the yield. When the Au:Fe3O4 ratio was low there were plenty of uncoated Fe3O4 nanoparticles, whereas when the Au:Fe3O4 ratio was high there could be some pure Au nanoparticles together with the desired Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles. Furthermore we demonstrated that the Au shell thickness can be tuned by varying the reaction temperature. This paper describes the influence of both parameters and proposes a mechanism of the synthetic process by studying parametrically the morphological and structural evolution of the nanoparticles by TEM, DLS, SQUID and UV-vis spectroscopy.

  7. Efficient synthesis and activity of beneficial intestinal flora of two lactulose-derived oligosaccharides.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Zhen-Yuan; Cui, Di; Gao, Hui; Dong, Feng-Ying; Liu, Xiao-Cui; Liu, Fei; Chen, Lu; Zhang, Yong-Min

    2016-05-23

    Lactulose is considered as a prebiotic because it promotes the intestinal proliferation of Lactobacillus acidophilus which is added to various milk products. Moreover, lactulose is used in pharmaceuticals as a gentle laxative and to treat hyperammonemia. This study was aimed at the total synthesis of two Lactulose-derived oligosaccharides: one is 3-O-β-d-galactopyranosyl-d-fructose, d-fructose and β-d-galactose bounded together with β-1,3-glycosidic bound, the other is 1-O-β-d-galactopyranosyl-d-fructose, d-fructose and β-d-galactose bounded together with β-1,1-glycosidic bound, which were accomplished in seven steps from d-fructose and β-d-galactose and every step of yield above 75%. This synthetic route provided a practical and effective synthetic strategy for galactooligosaccharides, starting from commercially available monosaccharides. Then we evaluated on their prebiotic properties in the search for potential agents of regulating and improving the intestinal flora of human. The result showed that the prebiotic properties of Lactulose-derived oligosaccharides was much better than Lactulose. Among them, 3-O-β-d-galactopyranosyl-d-fructose displayed the most potent activity of proliferation of L. acidophilus. PMID:26974370

  8. Facile and Efficient Synthesis of Bismuth Nanowires for Improved Photocatalytic Activity.

    PubMed

    Li, Yawen; Zhao, Yan; Wu, Gongjuan; Zhao, Jingzhe

    2016-05-16

    An aqueous reduction method was reported for the synthesis of bismuth nanowires (Bi NWs) 5-10 nm in diameter and several micrometers in length under the guidance of PVP molecules. The reactions were performed at 80 °C by reducing bismuth chloride with sodium hypophosphite first in acid and then under neutral circumstances. The key to successful preparation of the Bi NWs is regulation of the reduction speed by control of the pH value. The morphology evolution of the samples was also found to have a strong dependence on the reaction parameters, including the introduction amount and molecular weight of PVP molecules. A solid-solution-solid (SSS) mechanism was proposed for the nucleation and growth of Bi NWs in our strategy. The as-prepared Bi NWs exhibit excellent visible-light photocatalytic activities for the degradation of the organic pollutant Rhodamine B (RhB) and colorless bisphenol A (BPA). The good recyclability of the Bi NWs on RhB photodegradation demonstrates the possibility of their practical applications. PMID:27145289

  9. Rapid and efficient synthesis of colloidal gold nanoparticles by arc discharge method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ashkarran, Ali Akbar; Iraji Zad, Azam; Mahdavi, Seyed Mohammad; Ahadian, Mohammad Mahdi; Hormozi Nezhad, Mohammad Reza

    2009-08-01

    We report a simple, inexpensive and one-step synthesis route of colloidal gold nanoparticles using arc discharge between titanium electrodes in HAuCl4 solution achieving long-time stability. Gold nanoparticles of 8 nm diameter were formed during reduction of HAuCl4 in the plasma discharge zone. The resulting nanoparticles were characterized using UV-Vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Optical absorption spectroscopy of as prepared samples at 15 A arc current in HAuCl4 solution shows a surface plasmon resonance around 550 nm. It was found that sodium citrate acts as a stabilizer and surface capping agent of the colloidal nanoparticles. SEM images exhibit the increase of reduced nanoparticles in 4 minutes arc duration compared with 1 minute arc duration. A TEM image of the sample prepared at 4 minutes arc duration shows a narrow size distribution with 8 nm mean particle size. The plasmonic peak intensity of as prepared gold nanoparticles in 1 minute arc duration gradually increases due to seed mediation up to 6 hours.

  10. Facile mesoporous template-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of ordered mesoporous magnesium silicate as an efficient adsorbent

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lu, Qingshan; Li, Qiang; Zhang, Jingjing; Li, Jingfeng; Lu, Jinhua

    2016-01-01

    Mesoporous materials with unique structure as well as special morphology have potential applications in pollutant adsorption. In this work, using mesoporous silica SBA-15 filled with carbon (C@SBA-15) as both silicon source and assisted template, the ordered mesoporous magnesium silicate (Mg3Si4O9(OH)4) has been fabricated at 140 °C by a novel and facile hydrothermal method. During the hydrothermal process, the magnesium silicate grew along the silica walls at the expense of consuming silica and deposited on the carbon surface of the C@SBA-15. Meanwhile, the rigid carbon inside the pores of the SBA-15 supported the magnesium silicate as mesoporous walls under hydrothermal condition. The obtained magnesium silicate possessed ordered mesoporous structure, high specific surface area of 446 m2/g, large pore volume of 0.84 cm3/g, and hierarchical structure assembled with ultrathin nanosheets of 15 nm in thickness. These characteristics endow the ordered mesoporous magnesium silicate with the fast adsorption rate and high adsorption capacity of 382 mg/g for methylene blue. In addition, this synthesis method opens a new approach to fabricate other ordered mesoporous silicates.

  11. Green synthesis of highly efficient CdSe quantum dots for quantum-dots-sensitized solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Gao, Bing; Shen, Chao; Zhang, Mengya; Yuan, Shuanglong; Yang, Yunxia E-mail: grchen@ecust.edu.cn; Chen, Guorong E-mail: grchen@ecust.edu.cn; Zhang, Bo

    2014-05-21

    Green synthesis of CdSe quantum dots for application in the quantum-dots-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) is investigated in this work. The CdSe QDs were prepared with glycerol as the solvent, with sharp emission peak, full width at half maximum around 30 nm, and absorption peak from 475 nm to 510 nm. The reaction is environmental friendly and energy saving. What's more, the green synthesized CdSe QDs are coherence to the maximum remittance region of the solar spectrum and suitable as sensitizers to assemble onto TiO{sub 2} electrodes for cell devices application. What's more, the dynamic procedure of the carriers' excitation, transportation, and recombination in the QDSCs are discussed. Because the recombination of the electrons from the conduction band of TiO{sub 2}'s to the electrolyte affects the efficiency of the solar cells greatly, 3-Mercaptopropionic acid capped water-dispersible QDs were used to cover the surface of TiO{sub 2}. The resulting green synthesized CdSe QDSCs with Cu{sub 2}S as the electrode show a photovoltaic performance with a conversion efficiency of 3.39%.

  12. Synthesis of Bismuth-Nanoparticle-Enriched Nanoporous Carbon on Graphene for Efficient Electrochemical Analysis of Heavy-Metal Ions.

    PubMed

    Cui, Lin; Wu, Jie; Ju, Huangxian

    2015-08-01

    A BiNPs@NPCGS nanocomposite was designed for highly efficient detection of multiple heavy-metal ions by in situ synthesis of bismuth-nanoparticle (BiNP)-enriched nanoporous carbon (NPS) on graphene sheet (GS). The NPCGS was prepared by pyrolysis of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanocrystals deposited on graphene oxide and displayed a high surface area of 1251 m(2)  g(-1) and a pore size of 3.4 nm. BiNPs were deposited on NPCGS in situ by chemical reduction of Bi(3+) with NaBH4 . Due to the restrictive effect of the pore/surface structure of NPCGS, the BiNPs were uniform and well dispersed on the NPCGS. The BiNPs@NPCGS showed good conductivity and high effective area, and the presence of BiNPs allowed it to act as an efficient material for anodic-stripping voltammetric detection of heavy-metal ions. Under optimized conditions, the BiNPs@NPCGS-based sensor could simultaneously determine Pb(2+) and Cd(2+) with detection limits of 3.2 and 4.1 nM, respectively. Moreover, the proposed sensor could also differentiate Tl(+) from Pb(2+) and Cd(2+). Owing to its advantages of simple preparation, environmental friendliness, high surface area, and fast electron-transfer ability, BiNPs@NPCGS showed promise for practical application in sensing heavy-metal ions. PMID:26130217

  13. Gene cloning and molecular characterization of the Talaromyces thermophilus lipase catalyzed efficient hydrolysis and synthesis of esters.

    PubMed

    Romdhane, Ines Belhaj-Ben; Frikha, Fakher; Maalej-Achouri, Inès; Gargouri, Ali; Belghith, Hafedh

    2012-02-15

    A genomic bank from Talaromyces thermophilus fungus was constructed and screened using a previously isolated fragment lipase gene as probe. From several clones isolated, the nucleotide sequence of the lipase gene (TTL gene) was completed and sequenced. The TTL coding gene consists of an open reading frame (ORF) of 1083bp encoding a protein of 269 Aa with an estimated molecular mass of 30kDa. The TTL belongs to the same gene family as Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase (TLL, Lipolase®), a well known lipase with multiple applications. The promoter sequence of the TTL gene showed the conservation of known consensus sequences PacC, CreA, Hap2-3-4 and the existence of a particular sequence like the binding sites of Oleate Response Element (ORE) and Fatty acids Responsis Element (FARE) which are similar to that already found to be specific of lipolytic genes in Candida and Fusarium, respectively. Northern blot analysis showed that the TTL expression was much higher on wheat bran than on olive oil as sole carbon source. Compared to the Lipolase®, this enzyme was found to be more efficient for the hydrolysis and the synthesis of esters; and its synthetic efficiency even reached 91.6% from Waste Cooking Oil triglycerides. PMID:22178764

  14. Efficient coupling of optical energy for rapid catalyzed nanomaterial growth: high-quality carbon nanotube synthesis at low substrate temperatures.

    PubMed

    Ahmad, Muhammad; Anguita, Jose V; Stolojan, Vlad; Carey, J David; Silva, S Ravi P

    2013-05-01

    The synthesis of high-quality nanomaterials depends on the efficiency of the catalyst and the growth temperature. To produce high-quality material, high-growth temperatures (often up to 1000 °C) are regularly required and this can limit possible applications, especially where temperature sensitive substrates or tight thermal budgets are present. In this study, we show that high-quality catalyzed nanomaterial growth at low substrate temperatures is possible by efficient coupling of energy directly into the catalyst particles by an optical method. We demonstrate that using this photothermal-based chemical vapor deposition method that rapid growth (under 4 min, which includes catalyst pretreatment time) of high-density carbon nanotubes can be grown at substrate temperatures as low as 415 °C with proper catalyst heat treatment. The growth process results in nanotubes that are high quality, as judged by a range of structural, Raman, and electrical characterization techniques, and are compatible with the requirements for interconnect technology. PMID:23586644

  15. Hexachloroethane: a highly efficient reagent for the synthesis of chlorosilanes from hydrosilanes.

    PubMed

    Pongkittiphan, Veerachai; Theodorakis, Emmanuel A; Chavasiri, Warinthorn

    2009-09-01

    A new and efficient chlorination protocol is presented for the preparation of chlorosilanes from hydrosilanes. A variety of chlorinating agents in combination with palladium(II) chloride as the catalyst are examined. Among them, hexachloroethane is found to be the best choice, furnishing the desired product in good to quantitative yields under mild conditions. Various hydrosilanes are used as starting materials to explore the scope of this reaction. PMID:20360997

  16. Hexachloroethane: a highly efficient reagent for the synthesis of chlorosilanes from hydrosilanes

    PubMed Central

    Pongkittiphan, Veerachai; Theodorakis, Emmanuel A.; Chavasiri, Warinthorn

    2010-01-01

    A new and efficient chlorination protocol is presented for the preparation of chlorosilanes from hydrosilanes. A variety of chlorinating agents in combination with palladium(II) chloride as the catalyst are examined. Among them, hexachloroethane is found to be the best choice, furnishing the desired product in good to quantitative yields under mild conditions. Various hydrosilanes are used as starting materials to explore the scope of this reaction. PMID:20360997

  17. Dioxazoles, a new mild nitrene transfer reagent in gold catalysis: highly efficient synthesis of functionalized oxazoles.

    PubMed

    Chen, Ming; Sun, Ning; Chen, Haoyi; Liu, Yuanhong

    2016-05-01

    A gold-catalyzed regioselective [3+2] cycloaddition of ynamides with 1,4,2-dioxazoles was developed and offers a novel approach to obtain highly functionalized oxazoles under mild reaction conditions. 1,4,2-Dioxazole was found to act as an efficient N-acyl nitrene equivalent to trigger a facile generation of α-imino gold-carbene intermediate through the elimination of a ketone. PMID:27086554

  18. Dispersion-precipitation synthesis of nanosized magnetic iron oxide for efficient removal of arsenite in water.

    PubMed

    Cheng, Wei; Xu, Jing; Wang, Yajie; Wu, Feng; Xu, Xiuyan; Li, Jinjun

    2015-05-01

    Nanosized magnetic iron oxide was facilely synthesized by a dispersion-precipitation method, which involved acetone-promoted precipitation of colloidal hydrous iron oxide nanoparticles and subsequent calcination of the precipitate at 250°C. Characterization by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, nitrogen sorption, and vibrating-sample magnetometry revealed that the material was a composite of α-Fe2O3 and γ-Fe2O3 with primary particle size of 15-25 nm and specific surface area of 121 m(2)/g, as well as superparamagnetic property. The material was used as adsorbent for the removal of arsenite in water. Batch experiments showed that the adsorption isotherms at pH 3.0-11.0 fit the Langmuir equation and the adsorption obeys pseudo-second-order kinetics. Its maximum sorption capability for arsenite is 46.5 mg/g at pH 7.0. Coexisting nitrate, carbonate, sulfate, chloride, and fluoride have no significant effect on the removal efficiency of arsenite, while phosphate and silicate reduce the removal efficiency to some extent. The As(III) removal mechanism is chemisorption through forming inner-sphere surface complexes. The efficiency of arsenic removal is still maintained after five cycles of regeneration-reuse. PMID:25612934

  19. Efficient enzymatic systems for synthesis of novel α-mangostin glycosides exhibiting antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria.

    PubMed

    Le, Tuoi Thi; Pandey, Ramesh Prasad; Gurung, Rit Bahadur; Dhakal, Dipesh; Sohng, Jae Kyung

    2014-10-01

    Two enzymatic systems were developed for the efficient synthesis of glycoside products of α-mangostin, a natural xanthonoid exhibiting anti-oxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer activities. In these systems, one-pot reactions for the synthesis of UDP-α-D-glucose and UDP-α-D-2-deoxyglucose were modified and combined with a glycosyltransferase (GT) from Bacillus licheniformis DSM-13 to afford C-3 and C-6 position modified glucose and 2-deoxyglucose conjugated novel α-mangostin derivatives. α-Mangostin 3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, α-mangostin 6-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, α-mangostin 3,6-di-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, α-mangostin 3-O-β-D-2-deoxyglucopyranoside, α-mangostin 6-O-β-D-2-deoxyglucopyranoside, and α-mangostin 3,6-di-O-β-D-2-deoxyglucopyranoside were successfully produced in practical quantities and characterized by high-resolution quadruple time-of-flight electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (HR-QTOF ESI/MS), (1)H and (13)C NMR analyses. In excess of the substrate, the maximum productions of three α-mangostin glucopyranosides (4.8 mg/mL, 86.5 % overall conversion of α-mangostin) and three α-mangostin 2-deoxyglucopyronosides (4.0 mg/mL, 79 % overall conversion of α-mangostin) were achieved at 4-h incubation period. All the α-mangostin glycosides exhibited improved water solubility, and their antibacterial activity against three Gram-positive bacteria Micrococcus luteus, Bacillus subtilis, and Staphylococcus aureus was drastically enhanced by the glucosylation at C-3 position. In this study, diverse glycosylated α-mangostin were produced in significant quantities by using inexpensive starting materials and recycling co-factors within a reaction vessel without use of expensive NDP-sugars in the glycosylation reactions. PMID:25038930

  20. Scalable Synthesis of Efficient Water Oxidation Catalysts: Insights into the Activity of Flame-Made Manganese Oxide Nanocrystals.

    PubMed

    Liu, Guanyu; Hall, Jeremy; Nasiri, Noushin; Gengenbach, Thomas; Spiccia, Leone; Cheah, Mun Hon; Tricoli, Antonio

    2015-12-21

    Chemical energy storage by water splitting is a promising solution for the utilization of renewable energy in numerous currently impracticable needs, such as transportation and high temperature processing. Here, the synthesis of efficient ultra-fine Mn3O4 water oxidation catalysts with tunable specific surface area is demonstrated by a scalable one-step flame-synthesis process. The water oxidation performance of these flame-made structures is compared with pure Mn2O3 and Mn5O8, obtained by post-calcination of as-prepared Mn3O4 (115 m(2)  g(-1)), and commercial iso-structural polymorphs, probing the effect of the manganese oxidation state and synthetic route. The structural properties of the manganese oxide nanoparticles were investigated by XRD, FTIR, high-resolution TEM, and XPS. It is found that these flame-made nanostructures have substantially higher activity, reaching up to 350 % higher surface-specific turnover frequency (0.07 μmolO2  m(-2)  s(-1)) than commercial nanocrystals (0.02 μmolO2  m(-2)  s(-1)), and production of up to 0.33 mmolO2  molMn (-1)  s(-1). Electrochemical characterization confirmed the high water oxidation activity of these catalysts with an initial current density of 10 mA cm(-2) achieved with overpotentials between 0.35 and 0.50 V in 1 m NaOH electrolyte. PMID:26601653

  1. A High Performance Platform Based on cDNA Display for Efficient Synthesis of Protein Fusions and Accelerated Directed Evolution.

    PubMed

    Naimuddin, Mohammed; Kubo, Tai

    2016-02-01

    We describe a high performance platform based on cDNA display technology by developing a new modified puromycin linker-oligonucleotide. The linker consists of four major characteristics: a "ligation site" for hybridization and ligation of mRNA by T4 RNA ligase, a "puromycin arm" for covalent linkage of the protein, a "polyadenosine site" for a longer puromycin arm and purification of protein fusions (optional) using oligo-dT matrices, and a "reverse transcription site" for the formation of stable cDNA protein fusions whose cDNA is covalently linked to its encoded protein. The linker was synthesized by a novel branching strategy and provided >8-fold higher yield than previous linkers. This linker enables rapid and highly efficient ligation of mRNA (>90%) and synthesis of protein fusions (∼50-95%) in various cell-free expression systems. Overall, this new cDNA display method provides 10-200 fold higher end-usage fusions than previous methods and benefits higher diversity libraries crucial for directed protein/peptide evolution. With the increased efficiency, this system was able to reduce the time for one selection cycle to <8 h and is potentially amenable to high-throughput systems. We demonstrate the efficiency of this system for higher throughput selections of various biomolecular interactions and achieved 30-40-fold enrichment per selection cycle. Furthermore, a 4-fold higher enrichment of Flag-tag was obtained from a doped mixture compared with that of the previous cDNA display method. A three-finger protein library was evolved to isolate superior nanomolar range binding candidates for vascular endothelial growth factor. This method is expected to provide a beneficial impact to accelerated drug discovery and proteome analysis. PMID:26812183

  2. Design and synthesis of molecular donors for solution-processed high-efficiency organic solar cells.

    PubMed

    Coughlin, Jessica E; Henson, Zachary B; Welch, Gregory C; Bazan, Guillermo C

    2014-01-21

    Organic semiconductors incorporated into solar cells using a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) construction show promise as a cleaner answer to increasing energy needs throughout the world. Organic solar cells based on the BHJ architecture have steadily increased in their device performance over the past two decades, with power conversion efficiencies reaching 10%. Much of this success has come with conjugated polymer/fullerene combinations, where optimized polymer design strategies, synthetic protocols, device fabrication procedures, and characterization methods have provided significant advancements in the technology. More recently, chemists have been paying particular attention to well-defined molecular donor systems due to their ease of functionalization, amenability to standard organic purification and characterization methods, and reduced batch-to-batch variability compared to polymer counterparts. There are several critical properties for efficient small molecule donors. First, broad optical absorption needs to extend towards the near-IR region to achieve spectral overlap with the solar spectrum. Second, the low lying highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy levels need to be between -5.2 and -5.5 eV to ensure acceptable device open circuit voltages. Third, the structures need to be relatively planar to ensure close intermolecular contacts and high charge carrier mobilities. And last, the small molecule donors need to be sufficiently soluble in organic solvents (≥10 mg/mL) to facilitate solution deposition of thin films of appropriate uniformity and thickness. Ideally, these molecules should be constructed from cost-effective, sustainable building blocks using established, high yielding reactions in as few steps as possible. The structures should also be easy to functionalize to maximize tunability for desired properties. In this Account, we present a chronological description of our thought process and design strategies used in the development of highly efficient molecular donors that achieve power conversion efficiencies greater than 7%. The molecules are based on a modular D(1)-A-D(2)-A-D(1) architecture, where A is an asymmetric electron deficient heterocycle, which allowed us to quickly access a library of compounds and develop structure-property-performance relationships. Modifications to the D1 and D2 units enable spectral coverage throughout the entire visible region and control of HOMO energy levels, while adjustments to the pendant alkyl substituents dictate molecular solubility, thermal transition temperatures, and solid-state organizational tendencies. Additionally, we discuss regiochemical considerations that highlight how individual atom placements can significantly influence molecular and subsequently device characteristics. Our results demonstrate the utility of this architecture for generating promising materials to be integrated into organic photovoltaic devices, call attention to areas for improvement, and provide guiding principles to sustain the steady increases necessary to move this technology forward. PMID:23984626

  3. meso-2'-Linked porphyrin-BODIPY hybrids: synthesis and efficient excitation energy transfer.

    PubMed

    Hu, Qin-Qin; Zhu, Yi-Zhou; Zhang, Shao-Chun; Tong, Yu-Zhang; Zheng, Jian-Yu

    2015-09-21

    Three meso-2'-linked porphyrin-BODIPY hybrids which contain one, two, and four BODIPY units (, , and ), respectively, were synthesized. Their photophysical properties were investigated by UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy, as well as by theoretical calculations. The electronic properties of the constituent chromophores were found to be largely retained in these hybrids. Meanwhile, efficient and rapid energy transfers from (1)* to were evaluated to be 1.2 × 10(11), 1.5 × 10(11), and 1.1 × 10(11) s(-1), respectively. PMID:26238501

  4. Efficient synthesis and reaction kinetics of readily water soluble esters containing sulfonic groups.

    PubMed

    Idzik, Krzysztof R; Nödler, Karsten; Maier, Friedrich; Licha, Tobias

    2014-01-01

    A series of various readily water soluble esters were synthesized by a very efficient procedure. These compounds can be useful as thermosensitive tracers for studying the cooling progress in a low enthalpy georeservoir exploitable by double flash geothermal power plant systems. The kinetics of their hydrolysis was investigated. Acylation of primary alcohols or phenols was carried out by a method based on a single-phase solvent system consisting of ethyl acetate acting as an organic solvent and triethylamine acting as a catalyst. Products were characterized by 1H-NMR, and 13C-NMR. PMID:25517341

  5. Betti reaction enables efficient synthesis of 8-hydroxyquinoline inhibitors of 2-oxoglutarate oxygenases.

    PubMed

    Thinnes, C C; Tumber, A; Yapp, C; Scozzafava, G; Yeh, T; Chan, M C; Tran, T A; Hsu, K; Tarhonskaya, H; Walport, L J; Wilkins, S E; Martinez, E D; Müller, S; Pugh, C W; Ratcliffe, P J; Brennan, P E; Kawamura, A; Schofield, C J

    2015-10-28

    There is interest in developing potent, selective, and cell-permeable inhibitors of human ferrous iron and 2-oxoglutarate (2OG) oxygenases for use in functional and target validation studies. The 3-component Betti reaction enables efficient one-step C-7 functionalisation of modified 8-hydroxyquinolines (8HQs) to produce cell-active inhibitors of KDM4 histone demethylases and other 2OG oxygenases; the work exemplifies how a template-based metallo-enzyme inhibitor approach can be used to give biologically active compounds. PMID:26345662

  6. Manganese powder promoted highly efficient and selective synthesis of fullerene mono- and biscycloadducts at room temperature

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Si, Weili; Zhang, Xuan; Lu, Shirong; Yasuda, Takeshi; Asao, Naoki; Han, Liyuan; Yamamoto, Yoshinori; Jin, Tienan

    2015-09-01

    Discovery of an efficient, practical, and flexible synthetic method to produce various important electron acceptors for low-cost organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is highly desirable. Although the most commonly used acceptor materials, such as PC61BM, PC71BM, IC60BA, bisPC61BM have been proved to be promising for the OPVs, they are still very expensive mainly due to their low production yields and limited synthetic methods. Herein, we report an unprecedented and innovative synthetic method of a variety of fullerene mono- and biscycloadducts by using manganese powder as a promotor. The reaction of fullerenes with various dibromides proceeds efficiently and selectively under very mild conditions to give the corresponding cycloadducts in good to excellent yields. The combination of manganese power with DMSO additive is crucial for the successful implementation of the present cycloaddition. Notably, the standard OPV acceptors, such as PCBMs, have been obtained in extraordinarily high yields, which cannot be achieved under the previously reported methods.

  7. Efficient Synthesis and Photosensitizer Performance of Nonplanar Organic Donor-Acceptor Molecules.

    PubMed

    Yuan, Yuping; Michinobu, Tsuyoshi; Satoh, Norifusa; Ashizawa, Minoru; Han, Liyuan

    2015-08-01

    Nonplanar organic donor-acceptor molecules bearing a carboxylic acid group were synthesized by the formal [2+2] cycloaddition-retroelectrocyclization reaction between aniline-substituted alkynes and tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) or 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ). This reaction offers an atom-economic one-step approach to donor-acceptor chromophores in satisfactory high yields. The resulting donor-acceptor molecules were characterized by conventional analytical techniques. In addition, the nonplanarity and intermolecular interactions were investigated by X-ray crystallography. The energy levels and intramolecular charge-transfer (CT), evaluated by UV-Vis-near IR spectroscopy and electrochemistry, suggested that there is a linear correlation between the optical and electrochemical band gaps. Based on these structural and electronic analyses, the photosensitizer performances of the donor-acceptor molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were initially investigated using TiO2 or SnO2 electrodes. Although the power conversion efficiencies were limited, the incident-photon-to-current-conversion efficiency (IPCE) spectra indicated a better photocurrent generation for the devices on SnO2 as compared to those on TiO2. PMID:26369162

  8. Synthesis of ZnO/Ag/graphene composite and its enhanced photocatalytic efficiency

    SciTech Connect

    Xu, Fang; Yuan, Yafei; Wu, Dapeng; Zhao, Mei; Gao, Zhiyong; Jiang, Kai

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► ZnO/Ag/graphene composite was synthesized via a facile aqueous reaction. ► ZnO/Ag composite nanoparticles are anchored on a two-dimensional graphene sheet. ► Enhanced photocatalytic efficiency was obtained compared to ZnO/Ag composite. ► The composite shows excellent stability after four photodegradation cycling runs. - Abstract: ZnO/Ag/graphene composite was synthesized via a facile low-temperature aqueous solution reaction. The morphology and crystal phase of the obtained samples were well characterized by SEM, TEM, and XRD. The results indicated that ZnO/Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are anchored on the two-dimensional graphene sheet. The photocatalytic trials confirmed that the ZnO/Ag/graphene composite exhibited improved photocatalytic efficiency compared with the ZnO/Ag NPs and pristine ZnO NPs. The increased photocatalytic activity of ZnO/Ag/graphene was attributed to the effective charge separation and the suppressed recombination of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. Moreover, the ZnO/Ag/graphene sample showed excellent stability after four photodegradation cycling runs.

  9. Manganese powder promoted highly efficient and selective synthesis of fullerene mono- and biscycloadducts at room temperature

    PubMed Central

    Si, Weili; Zhang, Xuan; Lu, Shirong; Yasuda, Takeshi; Asao, Naoki; Han, Liyuan; Yamamoto, Yoshinori; Jin, Tienan

    2015-01-01

    Discovery of an efficient, practical, and flexible synthetic method to produce various important electron acceptors for low-cost organic photovoltaics (OPVs) is highly desirable. Although the most commonly used acceptor materials, such as PC61BM, PC71BM, IC60BA, bisPC61BM have been proved to be promising for the OPVs, they are still very expensive mainly due to their low production yields and limited synthetic methods. Herein, we report an unprecedented and innovative synthetic method of a variety of fullerene mono- and biscycloadducts by using manganese powder as a promotor. The reaction of fullerenes with various dibromides proceeds efficiently and selectively under very mild conditions to give the corresponding cycloadducts in good to excellent yields. The combination of manganese power with DMSO additive is crucial for the successful implementation of the present cycloaddition. Notably, the standard OPV acceptors, such as PCBMs, have been obtained in extraordinarily high yields, which cannot be achieved under the previously reported methods. PMID:26349427

  10. Synthesis and characterization of VO2-based thermochromic thin films for energy-efficient windows

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Thermochromic VO2 thin films have successfully been grown on SiO2-coated float glass by reactive DC and pulsed-DC magnetron sputtering. The influence of substitutional doping of V by higher valence cations, such as W, Mo, and Nb, and respective contents on the crystal structure of VO2 is evaluated. Moreover, the effectiveness of each dopant element on the reduction of the intrinsic transition temperature and infrared modulation efficiency of VO2 is discussed. In summary, all the dopant elements--regardless of the concentration, within the studied range-- formed a solid solution with VO2, which was the only compound observed by X-ray diffractometry. Nb showed a clear detrimental effect on the crystal structure of VO2. The undoped films presented a marked thermochromic behavior, specially the one prepared by pulsed-DC sputtering. The dopants effectively decreased the transition of VO2 to the proximity of room temperature. However, the IR modulation efficiency is markedly affected as a consequence of the increased metallic character of the semiconducting phase. Tungsten proved to be the most effective element on the reduction of the semiconducting-metal transition temperature, while Mo and Nb showed similar results with the latter being detrimental to the thermochromism. PMID:21711813

  11. Efficient approach to 2-hydroxy-2,3-dihydrofuran derivatives and its application for the synthesis of novel 4-(1H-pyrazol-4-yl)pyridazines.

    PubMed

    Ma, Jun-Rui; Shu, Wen-Ming; Zheng, Kai-Lu; Ni, Fan; Yin, Guo-Dong; Wu, An-Xin

    2015-05-01

    A highly efficient method for the synthesis of 2-hydroxy-2,3-dihydrofuran derivatives from 1,4-enediones and phenacyl pyridinium halides via a domino reaction has been developed. This is a simple and beneficial strategy for the construction of 2-hydroxy-2,3-dihydrofuran compounds from readily available starting materials under mild conditions. Moreover, the application of this reaction provides a straightforward and practical route for the synthesis of the novel 4-(1H-pyrazol-4-yl)pyridazine skeleton. PMID:25821120

  12. Efficient synthesis and host-guest properties of a new class of calix[6]azacryptands.

    PubMed

    Gac, Stéphane Le; Zeng, Xianshun; Girardot, Camille; Jabin, Ivan

    2006-11-24

    Two members of a new class of calix[6]azacryptands, namely, calix[6]tampo and calix[6]tamb, have been synthesized through an efficient [1 + 1] macrocyclization reaction--reduction sequence. One of them has been obtained in a remarkably high overall yield from the known X(6)H(3)Me(3). In comparison to all the other calix[6]azacryptands, they possess unique conformational properties since they present a rigidified cone conformation with a partial filling of the cavity by the methoxy groups. In contrast to calix[6]tampo, the fully protonated derivative of calix[6]tamb behaves as a remarkable molecular receptor toward polar neutral guests. NMR studies have shown that the intracavity binding process is governed by a conformational flip of the aromatic walls of the calixarene core. PMID:17109555

  13. Copper-catalyzed coupling of oxime acetates with sodium sulfinates: an efficient synthesis of sulfone derivatives.

    PubMed

    Tang, Xiaodong; Huang, Liangbin; Xu, Yanli; Yang, Jidan; Wu, Wanqing; Jiang, Huanfeng

    2014-04-14

    Sulfone derivatives are important synthetic intermediates. However, the general method for their preparation is through traditional coupling reaction: the alkylation of sodium sulfinates with phenacyl halides. Based on our previous work on sodium sulfinates and oxime acetates, we herein report a novel method for sulfone derivatives by oxidative coupling with sodium sulfinates and oxime acetates using copper as catalyst. The sulfonylvinylamine products could be formed in excellent yields. Upon hydrolysis by silica gel in CH2 Cl2 , β-ketosulfones could also be efficiently constructed. Various sulfonylvinylamines and β-ketosulfones were obtained in good to excellent yields under the optimized reaction conditions. Mechanistic studies indicated that this transformation involved copper-catalyzed N-O bond cleavage, activation of a vinyl sp(2) C-H bond, and C-S bond formation. The oxime acetates act as both a substrate and an oxidant, thus the reaction needs no additional oxidants or additives. PMID:24677481

  14. Efficient synthesis and anti-fungal activity of oleanolic acid oxime esters.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Hanqing; Zhou, Minjie; Duan, Lifeng; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Jianjun; Wang, Daoquan; Liang, Xiaomei

    2013-01-01

    In order to develop potential glucosamine-6-phosphate synthase inhibitors and anti-fungal agents, twenty five oleanolic acid oxime esters were synthesized in an efficient way. The structures of the new compounds were confirmed by MS, HRMS, 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR. Preliminary studies based on means of the Elson-Morgan method indicated that many compounds exhibited some inhibitory activity of glucosamine-6-phosphate synthase (GlmS), and the original fungicidal activities results showed that some of the compounds exhibited good fungicidal activities towards Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary, Rhizoctonia solani Kuhn and Botrytis cinerea Pers at the concentration of 50 µg/mL. These compounds would thus merit further study and development as antifungal agents. PMID:23519202

  15. Synthesis of mesoporous NH2-SBA-15 by a simple and efficient strategy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    You, Long; Yuan, Fang; Ma, Feng

    2015-12-01

    Amine modified SBA-15 (NH2-SBA-15) was synthesized by a simple and efficient strategy, that is, activation at first and followed by amination. The samples were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), thermo gravimetric (TG) analysis, and nitrogen adsorption. Results show that the as-prepared NH2-SBA-15 possessed a large surface area, stable skeleton structure, and high amino contents. Moreover, the CO2 temperature programmed desorption (CO2-TPD) experiments of the as-prepared NH2-SBA-15 were studied, and the results show that the introduction of amino groups results in the increase of the basic sites of SBA-15, which is beneficial to the adsorption of CO2.

  16. Chemoselectivity-induced multiple interfaces in MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers for whole X-band microwave absorption.

    PubMed

    Wang, Zhijiang; Wu, Lina; Zhou, Jigang; Jiang, Zhaohua; Shen, Baozhong

    2014-11-01

    A chemoselective route to induce Fe3O4@ZnO core-shell nanoparticles decorating carbon nanotubes to form MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers has been developed. Charges are redistributed in the heterotrimers through C-O-Zn, C-O-Fe and Fe-O-Zn bondings, giving rise to multiple electronic phases. The generated significant interfacial polarization and synergetic interaction between dielectric and magnetic absorbers result in the MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers with high-performance microwave absorption in an entire X band. PMID:25080205

  17. Solvent-free chemoselective oxidation of thioethers and thiophenes by mechanical milling.

    PubMed

    Cravotto, Giancarlo; Garella, Davide; Carnaroglio, Diego; Gaudino, Emanuela Calcio; Rosati, Ornelio

    2012-12-11

    Organosulphur compounds can be easily and selectively oxidized to sulfones using a small excess of Oxone(®) (1.6 eq.) under solventless mechanical milling conditions. This green procedure has been efficiently applied to a series of model compounds and to the desulphurization of medium/high sulphur content paraffins (up to 3000 mg kg(-1)). PMID:23095822

  18. Synthesis of magnetic biocomposite for efficient adsorption of azo dye from aqueous solution.

    PubMed

    Sivashankar, R; Sathya, A B; Krishnakumar, Uma; Sivasubramanian, V

    2015-11-01

    A novel magnetic biocomposite was synthesized using metal chlorides and aquatic macrophytes by co-precipitation method. The resulting product, magnetic biocomposite was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM). The adsorption performance of the magnetic biocomposite was tested with removal of Metanil Yellow dye from aqueous solution. The effect of influencing parameters such as initial dye concentration, solution pH and agitation were investigated. The equilibrium isotherm was well described by the Langmuir model with the with maximum adsorption capacity of 90.91mg/g. Adsorption kinetics experiments were carried out and the data were well fitted by a pseudo-second-order equation. The results revealed that the magnetic biocomposite could efficiently adsorb the azo dyes from aqueous solution, and the spent adsorbents could be recovered completely by magnetic separation process. Therefore, the prepared magnetic biocomposite could thus be used as promising adsorbent for the removal of azo dyes from polluted water. PMID:25957848

  19. Facile and efficient synthesis and biological evaluation of 4-anilinoquinazoline derivatives as EGFR inhibitors.

    PubMed

    Wang, Zheng; Wu, Xue; Wang, Li; Zhang, Jiao; Liu, Jianli; Song, Zhongxing; Tang, Zhishu

    2016-06-01

    Series of 4-anilinoquinazoline derivatives were conveniently and efficiently synthesized and their antitumor activities were evaluated by MTT assay in three human cancer cell lines: H1975, HepG2 and SMMC-7721. New compounds 19a-19h were designed and synthesized to seek for powerful EGFR inhibitors and to explore whether methyl group at C-2 position of quinazoline ring has a positive effect on EGFR inhibition. All the compounds of 19a-19h were found potent against all three cell lines and five compounds (19c, 19d, and 19f-19h) were found more potent against H1975 than gefitinib. SAR studies revealed that methyl group at C-2 position of quinazoline ring could significantly improve the antitumor potency of 4-anilinoquinazolines. The same conclusion was also drawn according to the results of Western blotting analysis. Among all the tested compounds, 19g exhibited extremely potent against H1975 with an IC50 value of 0.11μM, remarkably lower than that of gefitinib (1.23μM). The results of western blotting analysis showed that compounds 19c and 19g could notably inhibit the expression of phosphorylated EGFR, especially 19g, almost inhibited completely. PMID:27118497

  20. Synthesis of intensity gradient and texture information for efficient three-dimensional segmentation of medical volumes

    PubMed Central

    Vantaram, Sreenath Rao; Saber, Eli; Dianat, Sohail A.; Hu, Yang

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. We propose a framework that efficiently employs intensity, gradient, and textural features for three-dimensional (3-D) segmentation of medical (MRI/CT) volumes. Our methodology commences by determining the magnitude of intensity variations across the input volume using a 3-D gradient detection scheme. The resultant gradient volume is utilized in a dynamic volume growing/formation process that is initiated in voxel locations with small gradient magnitudes and is concluded at sites with large gradient magnitudes, yielding a map comprising an initial set of partitions (or subvolumes). This partition map is combined with an entropy-based texture descriptor along with intensity and gradient attributes in a multivariate analysis-based volume merging procedure that fuses subvolumes with similar characteristics to yield a final/refined segmentation output. Additionally, a semiautomated version of the aforestated algorithm that allows a user to interactively segment a desired subvolume of interest as opposed to the entire volume is also discussed. Our approach was tested on several MRI and CT datasets and the results show favorable performance in comparison to the state-of-the-art ITK-SNAP technique. PMID:26158098

  1. Novel tetrazoloquinoline-rhodanine conjugates: Highly efficient synthesis and biological evaluation.

    PubMed

    Subhedar, Dnyaneshwar D; Shaikh, Mubarak H; Nawale, Laxman; Yeware, Amar; Sarkar, Dhiman; Khan, Firoz A Kalam; Sangshetti, Jaiprakash N; Shingate, Bapurao B

    2016-05-01

    In search of new active molecules against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) H37Ra and Mycobacterium bovis BCG, a small focused library of rhodanine incorporated tetrazoloquinoline has been efficiently synthesized by using [HDBU][HSO4] acidic ionic liquid. The compound 3c found to be promising inhibitor of MTB H37Ra and M. bovis BCG characterized by lower MIC values 4.5 and 2.0μg/mL, respectively. The active compounds were further tested for cytotoxicity against HeLa, THP-1, A549 and PANC-1 cell lines using MTT assay and showed no significant cytotoxic activity at the maximum concentration evaluated. Again, the synthesized compounds were found to have potential antifungal activity. Furthermore, to rationalize the observed biological activity data, the molecular docking study also been carried out against a potential target Zmp1 enzyme of MTB H37Ra, which revealed a significant correlation between the binding score and biological activity for these compounds. The results of in vitro and in silico study suggest that these compounds possess ideal structural requirement for the further development of novel therapeutic agents. PMID:27013391

  2. Synthesis of magnetic metal-organic framework (MOF) for efficient removal of organic dyes from water

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhao, Xiaoli; Liu, Shuangliu; Tang, Zhi; Niu, Hongyun; Cai, Yaqi; Meng, Wei; Wu, Fengchang; Giesy, John P.

    2015-07-01

    A novel, simple and efficient strategy for fabricating a magnetic metal-organic framework (MOF) as sorbent to remove organic compounds from simulated water samples is presented and tested for removal of methylene blue (MB) as an example. The novel adsorbents combine advantages of MOFs and magnetic nanoparticles and possess large capacity, low cost, rapid removal and easy separation of the solid phase, which makes it an excellent sorbent for treatment of wastewaters. The resulting magnetic MOFs composites (also known as MFCs) have large surface areas (79.52 m2 g-1), excellent magnetic response (14.89 emu g-1), and large mesopore volume (0.09 cm3 g-1), as well as good chemical inertness and mechanical stability. Adsorption was not drastically affected by pH, suggesting π-π stacking interaction and/or hydrophobic interactions between MB and MFCs. Kinetic parameters followed pseudo-second-order kinetics and adsorption was described by the Freundlich isotherm. Adsorption capacity was 84 mg MB g-1 at an initial MB concentration of 30 mg L-1, which increased to 245 mg g-1 when the initial MB concentration was 300 mg L-1. This capacity was much greater than most other adsorbents reported in the literature. In addition, MFC adsorbents possess excellent reusability, being effective after at least five consecutive cycles.

  3. Synthesis of magnetic metal-organic framework (MOF) for efficient removal of organic dyes from water

    PubMed Central

    Zhao, Xiaoli; Liu, Shuangliu; Tang, Zhi; Niu, Hongyun; Cai, Yaqi; Meng, Wei; Wu, Fengchang; Giesy, John P.

    2015-01-01

    A novel, simple and efficient strategy for fabricating a magnetic metal-organic framework (MOF) as sorbent to remove organic compounds from simulated water samples is presented and tested for removal of methylene blue (MB) as an example. The novel adsorbents combine advantages of MOFs and magnetic nanoparticles and possess large capacity, low cost, rapid removal and easy separation of the solid phase, which makes it an excellent sorbent for treatment of wastewaters. The resulting magnetic MOFs composites (also known as MFCs) have large surface areas (79.52 m2 g−1), excellent magnetic response (14.89 emu g−1), and large mesopore volume (0.09 cm3 g−1), as well as good chemical inertness and mechanical stability. Adsorption was not drastically affected by pH, suggesting π–π stacking interaction and/or hydrophobic interactions between MB and MFCs. Kinetic parameters followed pseudo-second-order kinetics and adsorption was described by the Freundlich isotherm. Adsorption capacity was 84 mg MB g−1 at an initial MB concentration of 30 mg L−1, which increased to 245 mg g−1 when the initial MB concentration was 300 mg L−1. This capacity was much greater than most other adsorbents reported in the literature. In addition, MFC adsorbents possess excellent reusability, being effective after at least five consecutive cycles. PMID:26149818

  4. Y(IO₃)₃ as a novel photocatalyst: synthesis, characterization, and highly efficient photocatalytic activity.

    PubMed

    Huang, Hongwei; He, Ying; He, Ran; Lin, Zheshuai; Zhang, Yihe; Wang, Shichao

    2014-08-01

    Nonbonding layer-structured Y(IO3)3 was successfully prepared by a simple hydrothermal route and investigated as a novel photocatalyst for the first time. Its crystal structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The optical absorption edge and band gap of Y(IO3)3 have been determined by UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. Theoretical calculations of the electronic structure of Y(IO3)3 confirmed its direct optical transition property near the absorption edge region, and the orbital components of the conduction band and valence band (VB) were also analyzed. The photocatalytic performance of Y(IO3)3 was evaluated by photooxidative decomposition of rhodamine B under ultraviolet light irradiation. It demonstrated that Y(IO3)3 exhibits highly efficient photocatalytic activity, which is much better than those of commercial TiO2 (P25) and important UV photocatalysts BiOCl and BiIO4. The origin of the excellent photocatalytic performance of Y(IO3)3 was investigated by electron spin resonance and terephthalic acid photoluminescence techniques. The results revealed that the highly strong photooxidation ability that resulted from its very positive VB position should be responsible for the excellent photocatalytic performance. PMID:25055874

  5. Synthesis, structural characterisation, bio-potential efficiency and DNA cleavage applications of nicotinamide metal complexes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Surendra Dilip, C.; Siva Kumar, V.; John Venison, S.; Vetha potheher, I.; Rajalaxmi (a) Subahashini, D.

    2013-05-01

    Mixed ligand complexes were synthesised using nicotinamide as the primary ligand and nitrite as the secondary ligand were characterised by FT-IR, UV-Vis, 1H NMR, TG-DTA-DTG, X-ray powder diffraction and physical analytical studies. From the molar conductance, magnetic moment and electronic spectral data of the synthesised complexes a general formula of [M(ONO)2(NA)2] where M = Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Hg(II) and [Cr2(ONO)6(NA)2] with a distorted octahedral structure were proposed. Thermal analyses show that the complexes lose molecules of hydration initially and subsequently expel anionic and organic ligands in continuous steps. The kinetic parameter values, such as, E*, ΔH*, ΔS* and ΔG* illustrate the spontaneous association of the metal and ligands in the formation of the complexes. The antimicrobial efficacy of the ligand and its complexes were examined by in vitro method against various pathogenic bacterial and fungal strains. The metal complexes were found to posses efficient antimicrobial properties compared to nicotinamide and a few of these complexes could turn out to be excellent models for the design of effective antibiotic drug substances. The intercalating interaction of Cu(II) complex with CT-DNA was inspected by absorption spectral and viscosity studies, thermal denaturation and electro-analytical experiments.

  6. Combining Chemoselective Ligation with Polyhistidine-Driven Self-Assembly for the Modular Display of Biomolecules on Quantum Dots

    PubMed Central

    Prasuhn, Duane E.; Blanco-Canosa, Juan B.; Vora, Gary J.; Delehanty, James B.; Susumu, Kimihiro; Mei, Bing C.; Dawson, Philip E.; Medintz, Igor L.

    2015-01-01

    One of the principle hurdles to wider incorporation of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in biology is the lack of facile linkage chemistries to create different types of functional QD-bioconjugates. A two-step modular strategy for the presentation of biomolecules on CdSe/ZnS core/shell QDs is described here which utilizes a chemoselective, aniline-catalyzed hydrazone coupling chemistry to append hexahistidine sequences onto peptides and DNA. This specifically provides them the ability to ratiometrically self-assemble to hydrophilic QDs. The versatility of this labeling approach was highlighted by ligating proteolytic substrate peptides, an oligoarginine cell-penetrating peptide, or a DNA-probe to cognate hexahistidine peptidyl sequences. The modularity allowed subsequently self-assembled QD constructs to engage in different types of targeted bioassays. The self-assembly and photophysical properties of individual QD conjugates were first confirmed by gel electrophoresis and Förster resonance energy transfer analysis. QD-dye-labeled peptide conjugates were then used as biosensors to quantitatively monitor the proteolytic activity of caspase-3 or elastase enzymes from different species. These sensors allowed the determination of the corresponding kinetic parameters, including the Michaelis constant (KM) and the maximum proteolytic activity (Vmax). QDs decorated with cell-penetrating peptides were shown to be successfully internalized by HEK 293T/17 cells, while nanocrystals displaying peptide-DNA conjugates were utilized as fluorescent probes in hybridization microarray assays. This modular approach for displaying peptides or DNA on QDs may be extended to other more complex biomolecules such as proteins or utilized with different types of nanoparticle materials. PMID:20099912

  7. Sodium alginate: An efficient biopolymeric catalyst for green synthesis of 2-amino-4H-pyran derivatives.

    PubMed

    Dekamin, Mohammad G; Peyman, S Zahra; Karimi, Zahra; Javanshir, Shahrzad; Naimi-Jamal, M Reza; Barikani, Mehdi

    2016-06-01

    Sodium alginate, a naturally occurring macromolecule, in its granular form and without any post-modification was found to be an efficient and recoverable bifunctional heterogeneous organocatalyst for the domino synthesis of various 2-amino-3-cyano-4H-pyran annulated derivatives through three-component condensation of different aldehydes, malononitrile and diverse 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds under mild conditions. Corresponding 4H-pyran derivatives were obtained in high to excellent yields after 25-150min stirring in 2mL EtOH under reflux conditions in the presence of 10mol% of sodium alginate, equimolar amounts of aldehydes, malononitrile and 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds. The catalyst was easily separated from the reaction mixture to obtain desired products in excellent purity as shown by FTIR and (1)H NMR spectroscopic methods. Avoiding the use of any transition metal, one-pot and multi-component procedure catalyzed by a renewable biopolymer, the reusability of the catalyst, broad substrate scope and operational simplicity are important features of this methodology for preparation of medicinally important compounds. PMID:26845480

  8. The synthesis of n-caproate from lactate: a new efficient process for medium-chain carboxylates production

    PubMed Central

    Zhu, Xiaoyu; Tao, Yong; Liang, Cheng; Li, Xiangzhen; Wei, Na; Zhang, Wenjie; Zhou, Yan; Yang, Yanfei; Bo, Tao

    2015-01-01

    A unique microbiome that metabolizes lactate rather than ethanol for n-caproate production was obtained from a fermentation pit used for the production of Chinese strong-flavour liquor (CSFL). The microbiome was able to produce n-caproate at concentrations as high as 23.41 g/L at a maximum rate of 2.97 g/L/d in batch trials without in-line extraction. Compared with previous work using ethanol as the electron donor, the n-caproate concentration increased by 82.89%. High-throughput sequencing analysis showed that the microbiome was dominated by a Clostridium cluster IV, which accounted for 79.07% of total reads. A new process for n-caproate production was proposed, lactate oxidation coupled to chain elongation, which revealed new insight into the well-studied lactate conversion and carbon chain elongation. In addition, these findings indicated a new synthesis mechanism of n-caproate in CSFL. We believe that this efficient process will provide a promising opportunity for the innovation of waste recovery as well as for n-caproate biosynthesis. PMID:26403516

  9. SnS Thin Film Prepared by Pyrolytic Synthesis as an Efficient Counter Electrode in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells.

    PubMed

    Dai, Xiaoyan; Shi, Chengwu; Zhang, Yanru; Liu, Feng; Fang, Xiaqin; Zhu, Jun

    2015-09-01

    The SnS thin films were successfully prepared by pyrolysis procedure for the counter electrodes in quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) using the methanol solution containing stannous chloride dihydrate (0.40 mol x L(-1)) and thiourea (0.40 mol x L(-1)) as precursor solution at 300 degrees C in the air atmosphere. The electrochemical catalytic activity of the SnS thin films prepared by pyrolytic synthesis for the redox couple of S(2-)/S(2-) was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The result revealed that the charge transfer resistance of the as-prepared SnS thin film with the dipping-heating cycles of 5 was 106.4 Ω and the corresponded QDSCs gave a short circuit photocurrent density of 8.69 mA x cm(-2), open circuit voltage of 0.42 V, and fill factor of 0.43, yielding the photoelectric conversion efficiency of 1.57%, under the illumination of simulated AM 1.5 sunlight (100 mWx cm(-2)). PMID:26716249

  10. Efficient formation of luminescent lanthanide(III) complexes by solid-phase synthesis and on-resin screening.

    PubMed

    Nakamura, Tatsuya; Mizukami, Shin; Tanaka, Miho; Kikuchi, Kazuya

    2013-11-01

    Time-resolved luminescence measurements of luminescent lanthanide complexes have advantages in biological assays and high-throughput screening, owing to their high sensitivity. In spite of the recent advances in their energy-transfer mechanism and molecular-orbital-based computational molecular design, it is still difficult to estimate the quantum yields of new luminescent lanthanide complexes. Herein, solid-phase libraries of luminescent lanthanide complexes were prepared through amide-condensation and Pd-catalyzed coupling reactions and their luminescent properties were screened with a microplate reader. Good correlation was observed between the time-resolved luminescence intensities of the solid-phase libraries and those of the corresponding complexes that were synthesized by using liquid-phase chemistry. This method enabled the rapid and efficient development of new sensitizers for Sm(III), Eu(III), and Tb(III) luminescence. Thus, solid-phase combinatorial synthesis combined with on-resin screening led to the discovery of a wide variety of luminescent sensitizers. PMID:23946082

  11. Highly efficient solvent-free synthesis of 1,3-diacylglycerols by lipase immobilised on nano-sized magnetite particles.

    PubMed

    Meng, Xiao; Xu, Gang; Zhou, Qin-Li; Wu, Jian-Ping; Yang, Li-Rong

    2014-01-15

    Recently, 1,3-DAGs (1,3-diacylglycerols) have attracted considerable attention as healthy components of food, oil and pharmaceutical intermediates. Generally, 1,3-DAG is prepared by lipase-mediated catalysis in a solvent free system. However, the system's high reaction temperature (required to reach the reactants' melting point), high substrate concentration and high viscosity severely reduce the lipase's activity, selectivity and recycling efficiency. In this report, MjL (Mucor javanicus lipase) was found to have the best performance in the solvent-free synthesis of 1,3-DAGs of several common commercial lipases. By covalent binding to amino-group-activated NSM (nano-sized magnetite) particles and cross-linking to form an enzyme aggregate coat, MjL's specific activity increased 10-fold, and was able to be reused for 10 cycles with 90% residual activity at 55°C. 1,3-DAGs of lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acid were prepared using the resulting immobilised enzyme, all with yields greater than 90%, and the reaction time was also greatly reduced. PMID:24054246

  12. Efficient Synthesis of Molecular Precursors for Para-Hydrogen-Induced Polarization of Ethyl Acetate-1-(13) C and Beyond.

    PubMed

    Shchepin, Roman V; Barskiy, Danila A; Coffey, Aaron M; Manzanera Esteve, Isaac V; Chekmenev, Eduard Y

    2016-05-10

    A scalable and versatile methodology for production of vinylated carboxylic compounds with (13) C isotopic label in C1 position is described. It allowed synthesis of vinyl acetate-1-(13) C, which is a precursor for preparation of (13) C hyperpolarized ethyl acetate-1-(13) C, which provides a convenient vehicle for potential in vivo delivery of hyperpolarized acetate to probe metabolism in living organisms. Kinetics of vinyl acetate molecular hydrogenation and polarization transfer from para-hydrogen to (13) C via magnetic field cycling were investigated. Nascent proton nuclear spin polarization (%PH ) of ca. 3.3 % and carbon-13 polarization (%P13C ) of ca. 1.8 % were achieved in ethyl acetate utilizing 50 % para-hydrogen corresponding to ca. 50 % polarization transfer efficiency. The use of nearly 100% para-hydrogen and the improvements of %PH of para-hydrogen-nascent protons may enable production of (13) C hyperpolarized contrast agents with %P13C of 20-50 % in seconds using this chemistry. PMID:27061815

  13. Hydrothermal synthesis of rutile-anatase TiO2 nanobranched arrays for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kwon, Soon Jin; Im, Hyo Been; Nam, Jung Eun; Kang, Jin Kyu; Hwang, Taek Sung; Yi, Kwang Bok

    2014-11-01

    Rutile-anatase TiO2 nanobranched arrays were prepared in two sequential hydrothermal-synthesis steps. The morphologies and crystalline nanostructures of the samples were investigated by controlling growth time and the concentration of the titanium precursor. All samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. It was found that treating the surfaces of rutile TiO2 nanorods with aqueous TiCl4 solutions allows the anatase TiO2 nanobranches to grow perpendicular to the main rutile TiO2 nanorods attached to the FTO glass. Irregularly shaped, dense TiO2 structures formed in the absence of TiCl4 treatment. A light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 3.45% was achieved using 2.3 μm tall TiO2 nanobranched arrays in a dye-sensitized solar cell. This value is significantly higher than that observed for pure rutile TiO2 nanorods.

  14. Determining the microwave coupling and operational efficiencies of a microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition reactor under high pressure diamond synthesis operating conditions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nad, Shreya; Gu, Yajun; Asmussen, Jes

    2015-07-01

    The microwave coupling efficiency of the 2.45 GHz, microwave plasma assisted diamond synthesis process is investigated by experimentally measuring the performance of a specific single mode excited, internally tuned microwave plasma reactor. Plasma reactor coupling efficiencies (?) > 90% are achieved over the entire 100-260 Torr pressure range and 1.5-2.4 kW input power diamond synthesis regime. When operating at a specific experimental operating condition, small additional internal tuning adjustments can be made to achieve ? > 98%. When the plasma reactor has low empty cavity losses, i.e., the empty cavity quality factor is >1500, then overall microwave discharge coupling efficiencies (?coup) of >94% can be achieved. A large, safe, and efficient experimental operating regime is identified. Both substrate hot spots and the formation of microwave plasmoids are eliminated when operating within this regime. This investigation suggests that both the reactor design and the reactor process operation must be considered when attempting to lower diamond synthesis electrical energy costs while still enabling a very versatile and flexible operation performance.

  15. Determining the microwave coupling and operational efficiencies of a microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition reactor under high pressure diamond synthesis operating conditions

    SciTech Connect

    Nad, Shreya; Gu, Yajun; Asmussen, Jes

    2015-07-15

    The microwave coupling efficiency of the 2.45 GHz, microwave plasma assisted diamond synthesis process is investigated by experimentally measuring the performance of a specific single mode excited, internally tuned microwave plasma reactor. Plasma reactor coupling efficiencies (η) > 90% are achieved over the entire 100–260 Torr pressure range and 1.5–2.4 kW input power diamond synthesis regime. When operating at a specific experimental operating condition, small additional internal tuning adjustments can be made to achieve η > 98%. When the plasma reactor has low empty cavity losses, i.e., the empty cavity quality factor is >1500, then overall microwave discharge coupling efficiencies (η{sub coup}) of >94% can be achieved. A large, safe, and efficient experimental operating regime is identified. Both substrate hot spots and the formation of microwave plasmoids are eliminated when operating within this regime. This investigation suggests that both the reactor design and the reactor process operation must be considered when attempting to lower diamond synthesis electrical energy costs while still enabling a very versatile and flexible operation performance.

  16. Emulsion Synthesis of Size-Tunable CH3NH3PbBr3 Quantum Dots: An Alternative Route toward Efficient Light-Emitting Diodes.

    PubMed

    Huang, Hailong; Zhao, Fangchao; Liu, Lige; Zhang, Feng; Wu, Xian-Gang; Shi, Lijie; Zou, Bingsuo; Pei, Qibing; Zhong, Haizheng

    2015-12-30

    We report a facile nonaqueous emulsion synthesis of colloidal halide perovskite quantum dots by controlled addition of a demulsifier into an emulsion of precursors. The size of resulting CH3NH3PbBr3 quantum dots can be tuned from 2 to 8 nm by varying the amount of demulsifier. Moreover, this emulsion synthesis also allows the purification of these quantum dots by precipitation from the colloidal solution and obtains solid-state powder which can be redissolved for thin film coating and device fabrication. The photoluminescence quantum yields of the quantum dots is generally in the range of 80-92%, and can be well-preserved after purification (∼80%). Green light-emitting diodes fabricated comprising a spin-cast layer of the colloidal CH3NH3PbBr3 quantum dots exhibited maximum current efficiency of 4.5 cd/A, power efficiency of 3.5 lm/W, and external quantum efficiency of 1.1%. This provides an alternative route toward high efficient solution-processed perovskite-based light-emitting diodes. In addition, the emulsion synthesis is versatile and can be extended for the fabrication of inorganic halide perovskite colloidal CsPbBr3 nanocrystals. PMID:26652661

  17. Synthesis of graphene-ZnO-Au nanocomposites for efficient photocatalytic reduction of nitrobenzene.

    PubMed

    Roy, Prathik; Periasamy, Arun Prakash; Liang, Chi-Te; Chang, Huan-Tsung

    2013-06-18

    A simple hydrothermal method of preparing highly photocatalytic graphene-ZnO-Au nanocomposites (G-ZnO-Au NCs) has been developed. Zinc acetate and graphene oxide are reduced by catechin to form graphene-zinc oxide nanospheres (G-ZnO NSs; average diameter of (45.3 ± 3.7) nm) in the presence of ethylenediamine (EDA) as a stabilizing agent and gold nanorods (Au NRs) at 300 °C for 2 h. Then Au NRs are deposited onto as-formed G-ZnO NSs to form G-ZnO-Au NCs. Upon ultraviolet light activation, G-ZnO-Au NCs (4 mg mL(-1)) in methanol generates electron-hole pairs. Methanol (hydroxyl group) assists in trapping holes, enabling photogenerated electrons to catalyze reduction of nitrobenzene (NB) to aniline with a yield of 97.8% during a reaction course of 140 min. The efficiency of G-ZnO-Au NCs is 3.5- and 4.5-fold higher than those provided by commercial TiO2 and ZnO NSs, respectively. Surface assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry has been for the first time applied to detect the intermediates (nitrosobenzene and phenylhydroxylamine) and major product (aniline) of NB through photoelectrocatalytic or photocatalytic reactions. The result reveals that the reduction of NB to aniline is through nitrosobenzene to phenylhydroxylamine in the photoelectrocatalytic reaction, while via nitrosobenzene directly in the photocatalytic reaction. G-ZnO-Au NC photocatalyst holds great potential in removal of organic pollutants like NB and in the production of aniline. PMID:23701390

  18. Water-soluble aminocurdlan derivatives by chemoselective azide reduction using NaBH4.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Ruoran; Edgar, Kevin J

    2015-05-20

    Water-solubility can often enhance the utility of polysaccharide derivatives, for example in pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. Synthesis of water-soluble aminopolysaccharides, particularly those bearing other sensitive functional groups, can be a challenging endeavor. Curdlan is a bioactive β-1,3-glucan with considerable promise for biomedical applications. Aminocurdlans are intriguing target molecules for study of, for example, their interactions with the proteins that form tight junctions between enterocytes. Herein we report the preparation of two water-soluble 6-aminocurdlans starting from 6-bromo-6-deoxycurdlan. The 6-bromide was first displaced by nucleophilic substitution with sodium azide in dimethyl sulfoxide. The O-2 groups were acylated with hydrophilic oligo (ethylene oxide) esters, so as to enhance aqueous solubility. The resultant 6-azido-6-deoxy-2,4-di-O-trioxadecanoylcurdlan was then treated with excess sodium borohydride to reduce the azide; unexpectedly, the water-soluble product proved to be the amide, 6-trioxadecanamido-6-deoxycurdlan. Regioselectivity and degree of substitution (DS) of those derivatives were characterized by means of (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and FTIR-spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and titration. Alternatively, direct borohydride reduction of the parent 6-azido-6-deoxycurdlan afforded 6-amino-6-deoxycurdlan that was also water-soluble. PMID:25817646

  19. Chemoselective Immobilization of Peptides on Abiotic and Cell Surfaces at Controlled Densities

    PubMed Central

    Krishnamurthy, Venkata R.; Wilson, John T.; Cui, Wanxing; Song, XueZheng; Yi, Lasanajak; Cummings, Richard D.; Chaikof, Elliot L.

    2010-01-01

    We report herein a new and enabling approach for decorating both living and abiotic surfaces with the extracellular matrix IKVAV peptide in a site-specific manner using strain promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition. A cyclooctyne derivatized IKVAV peptide was synthesized and immobilized on the surface of pancreatic islets through strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition with cell surface azides generated by electrostatic adsorption of cytocompatible poly(L-lysine)-graft-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLL-g-PEG) copolymer bearing azido groups (PP-N3). Both “one-pot” and sequential addition of PP-N3 and a cyclooctyne derivatized IKVAV peptide conjugate enabled efficient modification of pancreatic islet surface in less than 60 min. The ability to bind peptides at controlled surface densities was demonstrated in a quantitative manner using microarrays. Additionally, the technique is remarkably rapid and highly efficient, opening new avenues for molecular engineering of cellular interfaces and protein and peptide microarrays. PMID:20450194

  20. Adenovirus type 5 early region 1b gene product is required for efficient shutoff of host protein synthesis.

    PubMed Central

    Babiss, L E; Ginsberg, H S

    1984-01-01

    To determine the role adenovirus 5 early region 1b-encoded 21- and 55-kilodalton proteins play in adenovirus productive infection, mutants have been isolated which were engineered to contain small deletions or insertions at 5.8, 7.9, or 9.6 map units. By using an overlap recombination procedure involving H5dl314 (delta 3.7 to 4.6 map units) DNA cleaved at 2.6 map units with ClaI and the adenovirus 5 XhoI-C (0 to 15.5 map units) fragment containing the desired mutation, viral mutants were isolated by their ability to produce plaques on KB cell line 18, which constitutively expresses only viral early region 1b functions (Babiss et al., J. Virol. 46:454-465, 1983). DNA sequence analysis of the viral mutants isolated (H5dl118, H5dl110, H5in127, and H5dl163) indicates that all of the viruses contain mutations which affect the 55-kilodalton protein, whereas dl118 should also produce a truncated form of the 21-kilodalton protein. When analyzed for their replication characteristics in HeLa cells, all of the mutant viruses exhibited extended eclipse periods and effected yields that were reduced to 10% or less of that produced by H5sub309 (parent virus of the mutants which is phenotypically identical to wild-type adenovirus 5). When compared with characteristics of sub309, the early and late transcription and DNA replication of the mutants were similar, but synthesis of late polypeptides and late cytoplasmic mRNAs was greatly reduced. Quantitation of mutant virus-specific late mRNAs associated with polysomes revealed a threefold reduction when compared with that of sub309. Analysis of infected cell extracts further revealed that these mutants were incapable of efficiently shutting off host cell protein synthesis, suggesting that the 55-kilodalton protein plays a role in this process. These data suggest that early region 1b products may function by interacting with additional viral or host cell macromolecules to modulate host cell shutoff or that some late viral mRNA or polypeptide may potentiate this reaction. Images PMID:6142122

  1. One-pot synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles using [BPy]H2PO4, an efficient and recyclable catalyst.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Yuliang; Zhou, Zhongqiang

    2013-01-01

    [BPy]H(2)PO(4) was easily prepared and used as an efficient and recyclable catalyst for the one-pot synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles under solvent-free conditions in good to excellent yields. Solvent-free conditions, simple experimental and workup procedures, and the use of a nontoxic, recyclable catalyst of an environmentally benign nature are remarkable features of the procedure. PMID:23302106

  2. Efficient synthesis of 1-azadienes derived from alpha-aminoesters. Regioselective preparation of alpha-dehydroamino acids, vinylglycines, and alpha-amino acids.

    PubMed

    Palacios, Francisco; Vicario, Javier; Aparicio, Domitila

    2006-09-29

    An efficient synthesis of 1-azadienes derived from alpha-aminoesters is achieved through an aza-Wittig reaction of phosphazenes with beta,gamma-unsaturated alpha-ketoesters. Regioselective 1,2-reduction of these functionalized 1-azadienes affords vinylglycine derivatives, while conjugative 1,4-reduction gives alpha-dehydroamino acid compounds. Reduction of both the carbon-carbon and the imine-carbon-nitrogen double bonds leads to the formation of alpha-amino acid derivatives. PMID:16995675

  3. A novel and efficient one step synthesis of 2-amino-5-cyano-6-hydroxy-4-aryl pyrimidines and their anti-bacterial activity.

    PubMed

    Deshmukh, M B; Salunkhe, S M; Patil, D R; Anbhule, P V

    2009-06-01

    The first simple and efficient approach towards one step synthesis of 2-amino-5-cyano-6-hydroxy-4-aryl pyrimidines has been developed by three component condensation of aromatic aldehydes, ethyl cyanoacetate and guanidine hydrochloride in alkaline ethanol. The synthesized compounds evaluated for their anti-bacterial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The some of the compounds showed excellent zone of inhibition against tested bacteria. PMID:19036478

  4. One-pot, highly efficient, asymmetric synthesis of ring-fused piperidine derivatives bearing N,O- or N,N-acetal moieties.

    PubMed

    Li, Ji-Yao; Li, Zhi-Long; Zhao, Wei-Wei; Liu, Yan-Kai; Tong, Zhi-Ping; Tan, Rui

    2016-02-16

    We successfully expand the application of lactols or cyclic hemiaminals as nucleophiles for the asymmetric synthesis of both N,O- and N,N-acetal moieties contained in the structure of ring-fused piperidine derivatives. This efficient one-pot protocol involves an organocatalyzed asymmetric aza-Diels-Alder reaction and iminium ion induced cyclization sequence to ultimately deliver heterocyclic compounds with excellent stereoselectivity in high yield, containing three continuous stereogenic centers. PMID:26810888

  5. Chemoselectivity-induced multiple interfaces in MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers for whole X-band microwave absorption

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Zhijiang; Wu, Lina; Zhou, Jigang; Jiang, Zhaohua; Shen, Baozhong

    2014-10-01

    A chemoselective route to induce Fe3O4@ZnO core-shell nanoparticles decorating carbon nanotubes to form MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers has been developed. Charges are redistributed in the heterotrimers through C-O-Zn, C-O-Fe and Fe-O-Zn bondings, giving rise to multiple electronic phases. The generated significant interfacial polarization and synergetic interaction between dielectric and magnetic absorbers result in the MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers with high-performance microwave absorption in an entire X band.A chemoselective route to induce Fe3O4@ZnO core-shell nanoparticles decorating carbon nanotubes to form MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers has been developed. Charges are redistributed in the heterotrimers through C-O-Zn, C-O-Fe and Fe-O-Zn bondings, giving rise to multiple electronic phases. The generated significant interfacial polarization and synergetic interaction between dielectric and magnetic absorbers result in the MWCNT/Fe3O4@ZnO heterotrimers with high-performance microwave absorption in an entire X band. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details and Fig. S1-S7 as mentioned in the text. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03040k

  6. Witting Reaction Using a Stabilized Phosphorus Ylid: An Efficient and Stereoselective Synthesis of Ethyl Trans-Cinnamate

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Speed, Traci J.; Mclntyre, Jean P.; Thamattoor, Dasan M.

    2004-01-01

    An instructive experiment for the synthesis of ethyl trans-cinnamate, a pleasant smelling ester used in perfumery and flavoring by the reaction of benzaldehyde with the stable ylid triphenylphosphorane is described. The synthesis, workup and characterization of trans-cinnamate may be accomplished in a single laboratory session with commonly…

  7. Witting Reaction Using a Stabilized Phosphorus Ylid: An Efficient and Stereoselective Synthesis of Ethyl Trans-Cinnamate

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Speed, Traci J.; Mclntyre, Jean P.; Thamattoor, Dasan M.

    2004-01-01

    An instructive experiment for the synthesis of ethyl trans-cinnamate, a pleasant smelling ester used in perfumery and flavoring by the reaction of benzaldehyde with the stable ylid triphenylphosphorane is described. The synthesis, workup and characterization of trans-cinnamate may be accomplished in a single laboratory session with commonly

  8. Template-Engaged Solid-State Synthesis of Barium Magnesium Silicate Yolk@Shell Particles and Their High Photoluminescence Efficiency.

    PubMed

    Chen, Xuncai; Kim, Woo-Sik

    2016-05-17

    This study presents a new synthetic method for fabricating yolk@shell-structured barium magnesium silicate (BMS) particles through a template-engaged solid-state reaction. First, as the core template, (BaMg)CO3 spherical particles were prepared based on the coprecipitation of Ba(2+) and Mg(2+) . These core particles were then uniformly shelled with silica (SiO2 ) by using CTAB as the structure-directing template to form (BaMg)CO3 @SiO2 particles with a core@shell structure. The (BaMg)CO3 @SiO2 particles were then converted to yolk@shell barium magnesium silicate (BMS) particles by an interfacial solid-state reaction between the (BaMg)CO3 (core) and the SiO2 (shell) at 750 °C. During this interfacial solid-state reaction, Kirkendall diffusion contributed to the formation of yolk@shell BMS particles. Thus, the synthetic temperature for the (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor is significantly reduced from 1200 °C with the conventional method to 750 °C with the proposed method. In addition, the photoluminescence intensity of the yolk@shell (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor was found to be 9.8 times higher than that of the conventional (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor. The higher absorption of excitation light by the structure of the yolk@shell phosphor is induced by multiple light-reflection and -scattering events in the interstitial void between the yolk and the shell. When preparing the yolk@shell (BaMg)SiO4 :Eu(3+) phosphor, a hydrogen environment for the solid-state reaction results in higher photoluminescence efficiency than nitrogen and air environments. The proposed synthetic method can be easily extended to the synthesis of other yolk@shell multicomponent metal silicates. PMID:27059894

  9. Substituent-Controlled Chemoselective Cleavage of C═C or Csp(2)-C(CO) Bond in α,β-Unsaturated Carbonyl Compounds with H-Phosphonates Leading to β-Ketophosphonates.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Yao; Rao, Changqing; Mai, Shaoyu; Song, Qiuling

    2016-03-01

    An unprecedented substituent-controlled chemoselective cleavage of C═C double bond or C(sp(2))-C(CO) bond along with aerobic phosphorylation of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds with H-phosphonates through a radical process has been disclosed. The current strategy provides an access to β-ketophosphonates under mild conditions with a wide substrate scope. PMID:26829969

  10. A Novel and Efficient Five-Component Synthesis of Pyrazole Based Pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidine-diones in Water: A Triply Green Synthesis.

    PubMed

    Heravi, Majid M; Daraie, Mansoureh

    2016-01-01

    A novel one pot synthesis of pyrazolo[4',3':5,6]pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidine-diones, via a five-component reaction, involving, hydrazine hydrate, ethyl acetoacetate, and 1,3-dimethyl barbituric acid, an appropriate aryl aldehydes and ammonium acetate catalyzed via both of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis in water, is reported. PMID:27043522

  11. Heating RNA before cell-free translation is essential for the efficient and reproducible synthesis of several peroxisomal proteins.

    PubMed Central

    Mortensen, R M; Rachubinski, R A; Fujiki, Y; Lazarow, P B

    1984-01-01

    Total RNA, extracted with guanidinium thiocyanate from liver of clofibrate-treated rats, was translated in vitro. Heating the RNA at 60 degrees C for 5 min before translation increased the synthesis of three peroxisomal polypeptides 10-100-fold. Preproalbumin synthesis increased 10-fold. Total incorporation of [35S]methionine into proteins merely doubled. Heating is essential for reproducible and adequate translation of mRNAs coding for peroxisomal and some other proteins. Images Fig. 1. PMID:6208896

  12. Efficient Solid-Phase Synthesis of 3-Substituted-5-Oxo-5H-Thiazolo[2,3-b]Quinazoline-8-Carboxamide under Mild Conditions with Two Diversity Positions

    PubMed Central

    Bouillon, Isabelle; Krchňák, Viktor

    2008-01-01

    Highly efficient solid-phase synthesis of thiazolo[2,3,b]quinazolines under mild conditions was developed using resin-bound 2-amino-terephthalamic acid, Fmoc-NCS, and bromoketones. Primary amines immobilized to an acid-cleavable backbone amide linker were acylated with 1-methyl-2-aminoterephtalate. Following cleavage of the methyl ester, Fmoc-NCS was used to form a resin-bound thiourea. Bromoketones were subsequently added to form an aminothiazole ring and the cyclization was performed using DIC/HOBt to afford thiazolo[2,3,b]quinazolines. Highly efficient solid-phase synthesis is amenable to high throughput/combinatorial synthesis. PMID:17907790

  13. One-step synthesis of NiCo2S4 ultrathin nanosheets on conductive substrates as advanced electrodes for high-efficient energy storage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Jian-Gan; Jin, Dandan; Zhou, Rui; Shen, Chao; Xie, Keyu; Wei, Bingqing

    2016-02-01

    A simple one-step and low-temperature synthesis approach has been developed to grow hierarchical NiCo2S4 ultrathin nanosheets (2-3 nm in thickness) on Ni foam. Owing to the unique nanoarchitecture, the NiCo2S4 nanosheets not only offer abundant electro-active sites for energy storage, but also have good electrical and mechanical connections to the conductive Ni foam for enhancing reaction kinetics and improving electrode integrity. When used as anodes for Li-ion batteries, the NiCo2S4 nanosheets demonstrate exceptional energy storage performance in terms of high specific capacity, excellent rate capability, and good cycling stability. The mild-solution synthesis of NiCo2S4 nanostructures and the outstanding electrochemical performance enable the novel electrodes to hold great potential for high-efficient energy storage systems.

  14. Efficient Synthesis of the Cyclopentanone Fragrances (Z)-3-(2-oxopropyl)-2-(pent-2-en-1-yl)cyclopentanone and Magnolione

    PubMed Central

    Pan, Guojun; Williams, Robert M.

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes the selective syntheses of two cis-isomer enriched cyclopentanone fragrances: (Z)-3-(2-oxopropyl)-2-(pent-2-en-1-yl)cyclopentanone (4 steps, 62% overall yield, 67% cis) and Magnolione® (5 steps, 60% overall yield, 55% cis). In addition, the asymmetric synthesis of (3aR,7aS)-5-methyl-2,3,3a,4,7,7a-hexahydro-1H-inden-1-one as well as (3a'R,7a'S)-5'-methyl-2',3',3a',4',7',7a'-hexahydrospiro[[1,3]dioxolane-2,1'-indene]) has been realized by an efficient kinetic resolution, which enables the selective synthesis of the 2S,3R-isomer-enriched 3 and 4. PMID:24729640

  15. Water as a green solvent for efficient synthesis of isocoumarins through microwave-accelerated and Rh/Cu-catalyzed C-H/O-H bond functionalization

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Qiu; Yan, Yunnan; Wang, Xiaowei; Gong, Binwei; Tang, Xiaobo; Shi, JingJing; Xu, H. Eric; Yi, Wei

    2014-08-14

    Green chemistry that uses water as a solvent has recently received great attention in organic synthesis. Here we report an efficient synthesis of biologically important isocoumarins through direct cleavage of C–H/O–H bonds by microwave-accelerated and Rh/Cu-catalyzed oxidative annulation of various substituted benzoic acids, where water is used as the only solvent in the reactions. The remarkable features of this “green” methodology include high product yields, wide tolerance of various functional groups as substrates, and excellent region-/site-specificities, thus rendering this methodology a highly versatile and eco-friendly alternative to the existing methods for synthesizing isocoumarins and other biologically important derivatives such as isoquinolones.

  16. ZnO Nanoparticles as an Efficient, Heterogeneous, Reusable, and Ecofriendly Catalyst for Four-Component One-Pot Green Synthesis of Pyranopyrazole Derivatives in Water

    PubMed Central

    Sachdeva, Harshita; Saroj, Rekha

    2013-01-01

    An extremely efficient catalytic protocol for the synthesis of a series of pyranopyrazole derivatives developed in a one-pot four-component approach in the presence of ZnO nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalyst using water as a green solvent is reported. Greenness of the process is well instituted as water is exploited both as reaction media and medium for synthesis of catalyst. The ZnO nanoparticles exhibited excellent catalytic activity, and the proposed methodology is capable of providing the desired products in good yield (85–90%) and short reaction time. After reaction course, ZnO nanoparticles can be recycled and reused without any apparent loss of activity which makes this process cost effective and hence ecofriendly. All the synthesized compounds have been characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, and 13C NMR spectral studies. PMID:24282386

  17. Synthesis of (-)-pseudotabersonine, (-)-pseudovincadifformine, and (+)-coronaridine enabled by photoredox catalysis in flow.

    PubMed

    Beatty, Joel W; Stephenson, Corey R J

    2014-07-23

    Natural product modification with photoredox catalysis allows for mild, chemoselective access to a wide array of related structures in complex areas of chemical space, providing the possibility for novel structural motifs as well as useful quantities of less abundant congeners. While amine additives have been used extensively as stoichiometric electron donors for photocatalysis, the controlled modification of amine substrates through single-electron oxidation is ideal for the synthesis and modification of alkaloids. Here, we report the conversion of the amine (+)-catharanthine into the natural products (-)-pseudotabersonine, (-)-pseudovincadifformine, and (+)-coronaridine utilizing visible light photoredox catalysis. PMID:25003992

  18. Synthesis of (−)-Pseudotabersonine, (−)-Pseudovincadifformine, and (+)-Coronaridine Enabled by Photoredox Catalysis in Flow

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Natural product modification with photoredox catalysis allows for mild, chemoselective access to a wide array of related structures in complex areas of chemical space, providing the possibility for novel structural motifs as well as useful quantities of less abundant congeners. While amine additives have been used extensively as stoichiometric electron donors for photocatalysis, the controlled modification of amine substrates through single-electron oxidation is ideal for the synthesis and modification of alkaloids. Here, we report the conversion of the amine (+)-catharanthine into the natural products (−)-pseudotabersonine, (−)-pseudovincadifformine, and (+)-coronaridine utilizing visible light photoredox catalysis. PMID:25003992

  19. One-Pot controlled synthesis of spongelike CuInS(2) microspheres for efficient counter electrode with graphene assistance in dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Liu, Mingyang; Li, Guang; Chen, Xiaoshuang

    2014-02-26

    Spongelike CuInS2 3D microspheres were synthesized through a solvothermal method employing CuCl, InCl3, and thiourea as Cu, In, and S sources, respectively, and PVP as surfactant. The as-prepared products have regular spherical shapes with diameters of 0.8-3.7 μm, the spheres consisted of small nanosheets, which are composed of small nanoparticles. As an important solar cell material, its photovoltaic property was also tested and the results showed a solar energy conversion efficiency of 3.31%. With the help of reduced graphene, its conversion efficiency could be further increased to 6.18%. Compared with conventional Pt material used in counter electrodes of solar cells, this new material has an advantages of low-cost, facile synthesis and high efficiency with graphene assistance. PMID:24513016

  20. Synthesis and characterization of low molecular weight polyethyleneimine-terminated Poly(?-amino ester) for highly efficient gene delivery of minicircle DNA.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Jing; Yang, Lei; Huang, Ping; Wang, ZhiYong; Tan, Yan; Liu, Hong; Pan, JiaJia; He, Cheng-Yi; Chen, Zhi-Ying

    2016-02-01

    Gene therapy has held great promise for treating specific acquired and inherited diseases. However, the lack of safe and efficient gene delivery systems remains as the major challenge. Poly(?-amino ester)s (PBAEs) have attracted much attention due to their outstanding properties in biosafety, DNA delivery efficiency and convenience in synthesis. In this paper, we reported the further enhancement of the PBAE functions by increasing its positive charge through conjugating with low molecular weight polyethylenimine (LPEI). The resulted LPEI-PBAE polymer was able to condense minicircle DNA (mcDNA) forming nanoparticles with a diameter of 50-200nm. Furthermore, as compared to parental PBAE and a commercial transfection reagent very common in laboratory application, the LPEI-PBAE demonstrated significantly higher transfection efficiency with little cytotoxicity. These results suggested LPEI-PBAEs are worthy of further optimization for gene therapy applications. PMID:26520815

  1. Rational design and synthesis of efficient Carbon and/or Silica functional nanomaterials for electrocatalysis and nanomedicine

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Da Silva, Rafael

    In nanomaterials there is a strong correlation between structure and properties. Thus, the design and synthesis of nanomaterials with well-defined structures and morphology is essential in order to produce materials with not only unique but also tailorable properties. The unique properties of nanomaterials in turn can be taken advantage of to create materials and nanoscale devices that can help address important societal issues, such as meeting renewable energy sources and efficient therapeutic and diagnostic methods to cure a range of diseases. In this thesis, the different synthetic approaches I have developed to produce functional nanomaterials composed of earth-abundant elements (mainly carbon and silica) at low cost in a very sustainable manner are discussed. In Chapter 1, the fundamental properties of nanomaterials and their properties and potential applications in many areas are introduced. In chapter 2, a novel synthetic method that allows polymerization of polyaniline (PANI), a conducting polymer, inside cylindrical channel pores of nanoporous silica (SBA-15) is discussed. In addition, the properties of the III resulting conducting polymer in the confined nanochannel spaces of SBA-15, and more importantly, experimental demonstration of the use of the resulting hybrid material (PANI/SBA-15 material) as electocatalyst for electrooxidation reactions with good overpotential, close to zero, are detailed. In chapter 3, the synthetic approach discussed in Chapter 2 is further extended to afford nitrogen- and oxygen-doped mesoporous carbons. This is possible by pyrolysis of the PANI/SBA-15 composite materials under inert atmosphere, followed by etching away their silica framework. The high catalytic activity of resulting carbon-based materials towards oxygen reduction reaction despite they do not possess any metal dopants is also included. The potential uses of nanomaterials in areas such as nanomedicine need deep understanding of the biocompatibility/ toxicity of the materials. In Chapter 4, comparative in vitro and in vivo assessments of the biological properties and murine lung toxicity (biocompatibility) of the carbon-based nanomaterials synthesized above and in core-shell architectures containing carbon, silica and cobalt is presented. The results indicate that silica shell is essential for biocompatibility. Furthermore, cobalt oxide is the preferred phase over the zero valent Co(0) phase to impart biocompatibility to cobalt-based nanoparticles. This study is a result of collaboration between Asefa's research group at Rutgers University and Souid's research group at United Arab Emirates University. In Chapter 5, a new synthetic method to carbon nanoneedles (or a new class of carbon nanomaterials with high aspect ratios) is presented. In the work, cellulose nanocrystals are prepared and used as precursor for carbon nanostructures. Unlike other types of carbon nanomaterials, carbon IV nanoneedles possess high surface area and large proportion of edge planes, which have outstanding charge transfer and catalytic properties. The resulting metal-free, carbon nanoneedles are shown to serve as effective electrocatalysts for oxidation of hydrazine. In Chapter 6, the synthesis of amorphous carbon nanoneedles containing cobalt and their catalytic activities for oxygen reduction reaction is discussed. Even though the activity of the materials is lower than the one discussed in Chapter 3 for polyaniline-derived mesoporous carbons, the result and discussion in this chapter provides new insights on the effects and advantages of carbon nanoneedles on the electrocatalytic activity of the materials. In addition, the effects of cobalt content and nanoneedles' structures on the catalytic activity of the materials are described. In chapter 7, the synthesis of very small Au nanoparticles within SBA-15 mesoporous silica host materials by galvanic exchange reactions is described. The resulting Au/SBA-15 materials with different size Au nanoparticles are shown to have very interesting surface plasmon resonance (SPR) activity as a result of the confinement of large numbers of Au nanoparticles side-to-side in a row within the cylindrical channel pores of SBA-15 and the many SPR hot spots they formed. The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) property of the materials in form of powder, showing reasonably high SERS enhancement factor for analytes is discussed. Finally in Chapter 8, Conclusions and Future Prospects are discussed.

  2. TiO2 synthesis inspired by biomineralization: control of morphology, crystal phase, and light-use efficiency in a single process.

    PubMed

    Nonoyama, Takayuki; Kinoshita, Takatoshi; Higuchi, Masahiro; Nagata, Kenji; Tanaka, Masayoshi; Sato, Kimiyasu; Kato, Katsuya

    2012-05-30

    Hydroxyapatite is mineralized along the long axis of collagen fiber during osteogenesis. Mimicking such biomineralization has great potential to control inorganic structures and is fast becoming an important next-generation inorganic synthesis method. Inorganic matter synthesized by biomineralization can have beautiful and functional structures that cannot be created artificially. In this study, we applied biomineralization to the synthesis of the only photocatalyst in practical use today, titanium dioxide (TiO(2)). The photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) mainly relates to three properties: morphology, crystal phase, and light-use efficiency. To optimize TiO(2) morphology, we used a simple sequential peptide as an organic template. TiO(2) mineralized by a β-sheet peptide nanofiber template forms fiber-like shapes that are not observed for mineralization by peptides in the shape of random coils. To optimize TiO(2) crystal phase, we mineralized TiO(2) with the template at 400 °C to transform it into the rutile phase and at 700 °C to transform it into a mixed phase of anatase and rutile. To optimize light-use efficiency, we introduced nitrogen atoms of the peptide into the TiO(2) structure as doped elemental material during sintering. Thus, this biomineralization method enables control of inorganic morphology, crystal phase, and light-use efficiency in a single process. PMID:22578231

  3. An efficient method for solution-phase parallel synthesis of 2-quinoxalinol salen Schiff-base ligands.

    PubMed

    Wu, Xianghong; Gorden, Anne E V

    2007-01-01

    A solution-phase parallel method for the synthesis of 2-quinoxalinol salen ligands was designed and optimized. The synthesis begins with commercially available 1,5-difluoro-2, 4-dinitrobenzene (DFDNB) and employs a sequence of five straightforward and high-yielding reaction steps. Simple laboratory techniques with low sensitivity to water or air for solution-phase parallel reactions were coupled with convenient workup and purification procedures to give high-purity and yield a small ligand library of 20 compounds. The final step, a Schiff-base condensation of an aldehyde with the diaminoquinoxaline results in a new category of ligands for metal coordination or of potential bioactivity, based on the skeleton 2,2'-(1E,1'E)-(quinoxaline-6,7-diylbis(azan-1-yl-1-ylidene))bis(methan-1-yl-1-ylidene)diphenol. The approach described here is easily adaptable for parallel synthesis of a larger library. PMID:17497932

  4. A metalloenzyme-like catalytic system for the chemoselective oxidative cross-coupling of primary amines to imines under ambient conditions.

    PubMed

    Largeron, Martine; Fleury, Maurice-Bernard

    2015-02-23

    The direct oxidative cross-coupling of primary amines is a challenging transformation as homocoupling is usually preferred. We report herein the chemoselective preparation of cross-coupled imines through the synergistic combination of low loadings of Cu(II) metal-catalyst and o-iminoquinone organocatalyst under ambient conditions. This homogeneous cooperative catalytic system has been inspired by the reaction of copper amine oxidases, a family of metalloenzymes with quinone organic cofactors that mediate the selective oxidation of primary amines to aldehydes. After optimization, the desired cross-coupled imines are obtained in high yields with broad substrate scope through a transamination process that leads to the homocoupled imine intermediate, followed by dynamic transimination. The ability to carry out the reactions at room temperature and with ambient air, rather than molecular oxygen as the oxidant, and equimolar amounts of each coupling partner is particularly attractive from an environmentally viewpoint. PMID:25643811

  5. Sulfonic Acid Functionalized Nano-γ-Al2O3: A New, Efficient, and Reusable Catalyst for Synthesis of 3-Substituted-2H-1,4-Benzothiazines

    PubMed Central

    Li, Wei Lin; Tian, Shuan Bao; Zhu, Feng

    2013-01-01

    A simple and efficient synthetic protocol has been developed for the synthesis of 3-substituted-2H-1,4-benzothiazines by using a novel sulfonic acid functionalized nano-γ-Al2O3 catalyst, devoid of corrosive acidic, and basic reagents. The developed method has the advantages of good to excellent yields, short reaction times, operational simplicity, and a recyclable catalyst. The catalyst can be prepared by a simple procedure from inexpensive and readily available nano-γ-Al2O3 and has been shown to be recoverable and reusable up to six cycles without any loss of activity. PMID:23935435

  6. Copper ferrite nanoparticles: an efficient and reusable nanocatalyst for a green one-pot, three-component synthesis of spirooxindoles in water.

    PubMed

    Bazgir, Ayoob; Hosseini, Ghaffar; Ghahremanzadeh, Ramin

    2013-10-14

    A green reaction of isatins, active cyanomethanes, and cyclic 1,3-dicarbonyl derivatives for the efficient and simple one-pot three-component synthesis of spirooxindole fused heterocycles in refluxing water by use of magnetically recoverable and reusable catalyst is reported. The features of this procedure are, the use of magnetically recoverable and reusable catalyst, mild reaction conditions, high to excellent product yields, operational simplicity, and easy workup procedures. Most importantly of all, easy magnetic separation of the catalyst eliminates the requirement of catalyst filtration after completion of the reaction. Furthermore, the catalyst remained highly active even after 5 repeated uses. PMID:24050156

  7. Regioselective Synthesis of 1,2,3-Triazoles Catalyzed Over ZnO Supported Copper Oxide Nanocatalyst as a New and Efficient Recyclable Catalyst in Water.

    PubMed

    Albadi, Jalal; Alihosseinzadeh, Amir; Mansournezhad, Azam

    2015-01-01

    The CuO/ZnO nanocatalysts are reported as efficient and recyclable catalysts for the regioselective synthesis of 1,2,3-triazoles from benzyl halides and terminal alkynes in water. The catalysts are synthesized by a co-precipitation method and characterized by BET surface area, XRD, SEM, TEM and EDS analysis. The effect of CuO loading, catalyst amount and solvent was investigated. The catalyst can be recovered by a simple filtration and applied in consecutive runs with no loss of activity. PMID:26454596

  8. New Efficient Synthesis of 3,4-Dihydropyrimidin-2(1H)-ones Catalyzed by Benzotriazolium-Based Ionic Liquids under Solvent-Free Conditions.

    PubMed

    Liu, Zhiqing; Ma, Rong; Cao, Dawei; Liu, Chenjiang

    2016-01-01

    An efficient synthesis of novel 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2(1H)-ones (DHPMs) and their derivatives, using Brønsted acidic ionic liquid [C₂O₂BBTA][TFA] as a catalyst, from the condensation of aryl aldehyde, β-ketoester and urea was described. Reactions proceeded smoothly for 40 min under solvent-free conditions and gave the desirable products with good to excellent yields (up to 99%). The catalyst could be easily recycled and reused with similar efficacies for at least six cycles. PMID:27070558

  9. p-Sulfonic Acid Calix[4]arene as an Efficient Catalyst for One-Pot Synthesis of Pharmaceutically Significant Coumarin Derivatives under Solvent-Free Condition

    PubMed Central

    Tashakkorian, Hamed; Lakouraj, Moslem Mansour; Rouhi, Mona

    2015-01-01

    One-pot and efficient protocol for preparation of some potent pharmaceutically valuable coumarin derivatives under solvent-free condition via direct coupling using biologically nontoxic organocatalyst, calix[4]arene tetrasulfonic acid (CSA), was introduced. Calix[4]arene sulfonic acid has been incorporated lately as a magnificent and recyclable organocatalyst for the synthesis of some organic compounds. Nontoxicity, solvent-free conditions, good-to-excellent yields for pharmaceutically significant structures, and especially ease of catalyst recovery make this procedure valuable and environmentally benign. PMID:26798517

  10. Ultrasonic activated efficient synthesis of chromenes using amino-silane modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles: A versatile integration of high catalytic activity and facile recovery

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Safari, Javad; Zarnegar, Zohre

    2014-08-01

    An efficient synthesis of 2-amino-4H-chromenes is achieved by one pot three component coupling reaction of aldehyde, malononitrile, and resorcinol using amino-silane modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNPs-NH2) heterogeneous nanocatalyst under sonic condition. The attractive advantages of the present process are mild reaction conditions, short reaction times, easy isolation of products, good yields and simple operational procedures. Combination of the advantages of ultrasonic irradiation and magnetic nanoparticles provides important methodology to carry out catalytic transformations.

  11. Diastereoselective Synthesis and Conformational Analysis of (2R)- and (2S)-Fluorostatines: An Approach Based on Organocatalytic Fluorination of a Chiral Aldehyde.

    PubMed

    Hu, Xiang-Guo; Lawer, Aggie; Peterson, Matthew B; Iranmanesh, Hasti; Ball, Graham E; Hunter, Luke

    2016-02-19

    Stereoselectively fluorinated analogues of the amino acid statine have been efficiently synthesized. The key step is an organocatalytic electrophilic fluorination of a chiral β-oxygenated aldehyde, which provided a test of both diastereoselectivity and chemoselectivity. The target statine analogues were found to adopt unique conformations influenced by the fluorine gauche effect, rendering them potentially valuable building blocks for incorporation into bioactive peptides. PMID:26863092

  12. DDQ-Mediated Oxidative Radical Cycloisomerization of 1,5-Diynols: Regioselective Synthesis of Benzo[b]fluorenones under Metal-Free Conditions.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Hui; Chen, Zhiyuan

    2016-02-01

    A regio- and chemoselective oxidative cycloisomerization reaction of acyclic 1,5-diynols has been developed. The reaction proceeds under metal-free reaction conditions with high efficiency and broad functional group tolerance, which offers a general and straightforward access to benzo[b]fluorenones under metal-free conditions. The preliminary mechanistic studies revealed the possible involvement of a Meyer-Schuster rearrangement combined with an oxidative radical cyclization. PMID:26815082

  13. Schwertmannite Synthesis through Ferrous Ion Chemical Oxidation under Different H2O2 Supply Rates and Its Removal Efficiency for Arsenic from Contaminated Groundwater

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Shasha; Liu, Lanlan; Zhou, Lixiang; Fan, Wenhua

    2015-01-01

    Schwertmannite-mediated removal of arsenic from contaminated water has attracted increasing attention. However, schwertmannite chemical synthesis behavior under different H2O2 supply rates for ferrous ions oxidation is unclear. This study investigated pH, ferrous ions oxidation efficiency, and total iron precipitation efficiency during schwertmannite synthesis by adding H2O2 into FeSO4·7H2O solution at different supply rates. Specific surface area and arsenic (III) removal capacity of schwertmannite have also been studied. Results showed that pH decreased from ~3.48 to ~1.96, ~2.06, ~2.12, ~2.14, or ~2.17 after 60 h reaction when the ferrous ions solution received the following corresponding amounts of H2O2: 1.80 mL at 2 h (treatment 1); 0.90 mL at 2 h and 14 h (treatment 2); 0.60 mL at 2, 14, and 26 h (treatment 3); 0.45 mL at 2, 14, 26, and 38 h (treatment 4), or 0.36 mL at 2, 14, 26, 38, and 50 h (treatment 5). Slow H2O2 supply significantly inhibited the total iron precipitation efficiency but improved the specific surface area or arsenic (III) removal capacity of schwertmannite. For the initial 50.0 μg/L arsenic (III)-contaminated water under pH ~7.0 and using 0.25 g/L schwertmannite as an adsorbent, the total iron precipitation efficiency, specific surface area of the harvested schwertmannite, and schwertmannite arsenic(III) removal efficiency were 29.3%, 2.06 m2/g, and 81.1%, respectively, in treatment 1. However, the above parameters correspondingly changed to 17.3%, 16.30 m2/g, and 96.5%, respectively, in treatment 5. PMID:26398214

  14. An efficient and more sustainable one-step continuous-flow multicomponent synthesis approach to chromene derivatives

    EPA Science Inventory

    A simple and rapid one-step continuous-flow synthesis route has been developed for the preparation of chromene derivatives from the reaction of aromatic aldehydes, α-cyanomethylene compounds and naphthols. In this contribution, a one-step continuous-flow protocol in a continuous ...

  15. Nano-particulate Aluminium Nitride/Al: An Efficient and Versatile Heterogeneous Catalyst for the Synthesis of Biginelli Scaffolds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tekale, S. U.; Tekale, A. B.; Kanhe, N. S.; Bhoraskar, S. V.; Pawar, R. P.

    2011-12-01

    Nano-particulate aluminium nitride/Al (7:1) is reported as a new heterogeneous solid acid catalyst for the synthesis of 3, 4-dihydroxypyrimidi-2-(1H)-ones and their sulphur analogues using the Biginelli reaction. This method involves short reaction time, easy separation, high yields and purity of products.

  16. An efficient and more sustainable one-step continuous-flow multicomponent synthesis approach to chromene derivatives

    EPA Science Inventory

    A simple and rapid one-step continuous-flow synthesis route has been developed for the preparation of chromene derivatives from the reaction of aromatic aldehydes, ?-cyanomethylene compounds and naphthols. In this contribution, a one-step continuous-flow protocol in a continuous ...

  17. Microwave-assisted synthesis: A fast and efficient route to produce LaMO{sub 3} (M = Al, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co) perovskite materials

    SciTech Connect

    Prado-Gonjal, J.; Arevalo-Lopez, A.M.; Moran, E.

    2011-02-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Lanthanum perovskites can be prepared by microwave irradiation in a domestic set-up. {yields} Microwave-assisted synthesis yields well crystallized and pure materials, sometimes nanosized. {yields} Rietveld analysis has been performed to refine the structures. {yields} Magnetic and electric measurements are similar to those previously reported. {yields} Microwave-assisted synthesis is a fast and efficient method for the synthesis of lanthanum perovskites. -- Abstract: A series of lanthanum perovskites, LaMO{sub 3} (M = Al, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co), having important technological applications, have been successfully prepared by a very fast, inexpensive, reproducible, environment-friendly method: the microwave irradiation of the corresponding mixtures of nitrates. Worth to note, the microwave source is a domestic microwave oven. In some cases the reaction takes place in a single step, while sometimes further annealings are necessary. For doped materials the method has to be combined with others such as sol-gel. Usually, nanopowders are produced which yield high density pellets after sintering. Rietveld analysis, oxygen stoichiometry, microstructure and magnetic measurements are presented.

  18. Air- and moisture-stable amphoteric molecules: enabling reagents in synthesis.

    PubMed

    He, Zhi; Zajdlik, Adam; Yudin, Andrei K

    2014-04-15

    Researchers continue to develop chemoselective synthesis strategies with the goal of rapidly assembling complex molecules. As one appealing approach, chemists are searching for new building blocks that include multiple functional groups with orthogonal chemical reactivity. Amphoteric molecules that possess nucleophilic and electrophilic sites offer a versatile platform for the development of chemoselective transformations. As part of a program focused on new methods of synthesis, we have been developing this type of reagents. This Account highlights examples of amphoteric molecules developed by our lab since 2006. We have prepared and evaluated aziridine aldehydes, a class of stable unprotected α-amino aldehydes. Structurally, aziridine aldehydes include both a nucleophilic amine nitrogen and an electrophilic aldehyde carbon over the span of three atoms. Under ambient conditions, these compounds exist as homochiral dimers with an aziridine-fused five-membered cyclic hemiaminal structure. We have investigated chemoselective reactions of aziridine aldehydes that involve both the aziridine and aldehyde functionalities. These transformations have produced a variety of densely functionalized nitrogen-containing compounds, including amino aldehydes, 1,2-diamines, reduced hydantoins, C-vinyl or alkynyl aziridines, and macrocyclic peptides. We have also developed air- and moisture-stable α-boryl aldehydes, another class of molecules that are kinetically amphoteric. The α-boryl aldehydes contain a tetracoordinated N-methyliminodiacetyl (MIDA) boryl substituent, which stabilizes the α-metalloid carbonyl system and prevents isomerization to its O-bond enolate form. Primarily taking advantage of chemoselective transformations at the aldehyde functionality, these α-boryl aldehydes have allowed us to synthesize a series of new functionalized boron-containing compounds that are difficult or impossible to prepare using established protocols, such as α-borylcarboxylic acids, boryl alcohols, enol ethers, and enamides. Using α-borylcarboxylic acids as starting materials, we have also prepared several new amphoteric borylated reagents, such as α-boryl isocyanates, isocyanides, and acylboronates. These compounds are versatile building blocks in their own right, enabling the rapid synthesis of other boron-containing molecules. PMID:24495255

  19. Efficient routes toward the synthesis of the D-rhamno-trisaccharide related to the A-band polysaccharide of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    PubMed Central

    Chaudhury, Aritra; Maity, Sajal K

    2014-01-01

    Summary The present work describes efficient avenues for the synthesis of the trisaccharide repeating unit [α-D-Rhap-(1→3)-α-D-Rhap-(1→3)-α-D-Rhap] associated with the A-band polysaccharide of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. One of the key steps involved 6-O-deoxygenation of either partially or fully acylated 4,6-O-benzylidene-1-thiomannopyranoside by radical-mediated redox rearrangement in high yields and regioselectivity. The D-rhamno-thioglycosides so obtained allowed efficient access to the trisaccharide target via stepwise glycosylation as well as a one-pot glycosylation protocol. In a different approach, a 4,6-O-benzylidene D-manno-trisaccharide derivative was synthesized, which upon global 6-O-deoxygenation followed by deprotection generated the target D-rhamno-trisaccharide. The application of the reported regioselective radical-mediated deoxygenation on 4,6-O-benzylidene D-manno thioglycoside (hitherto unexplored) has potential for ramification in the field of synthesis of oligosaccharides based on 6-deoxy hexoses. PMID:25161705

  20. Efficient Synthesis of the Disialylated Tetrasaccharide Motif in N-Glycans through an Amide-Protection Strategy.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Jiazhou; Manabe, Yoshiyuki; Tanaka, Katsunori; Fukase, Koichi

    2016-05-01

    A disialylated tetrasaccharide, Neu5Ac(α2,3)Gal(β1,3)[Neu5Ac(α2,6)]GlcNAc (1), which is found at the termini of some N-glycans, has been synthesized. Compound 1 was obtained through an α-sialylation reaction between a sialic acid donor and a trisaccharide that was synthesized from the glycosylation of a sialylated disaccharide with a glucosaminyl donor. This synthetic route enabled the synthesis of the as-described disialylated structure. A more-convergent route based on the glycosylation of two sialylated disaccharides was also established to scale up the synthesis. Protection of the amide groups in the sialic acid residues significantly increased the yield of the glycosylation reaction between the two sialylated disaccharides, thus suggesting that the presence of hydrogen bonds on the sialic acid residues diminished their reactivity. PMID:26929048

  1. Ultrasound and deep eutectic solvent (DES): a novel blend of techniques for rapid and energy efficient synthesis of oxazoles.

    PubMed

    Singh, Balvant S; Lobo, Hyacintha R; Pinjari, Dipak V; Jarag, Krishna J; Pandit, Aniruddha B; Shankarling, Ganapati S

    2013-01-01

    The present work deals with the synthesis of novel oxazole compounds by using effective combination of ultrasound (US) and deep eutectic solvent (DES). The reaction was also conducted by thermal method (NUS) and the comparative studies are provided. It was observed that applying ultrasound not only improved yields and reduced reaction times but also saved more than 85% energy as shown by energy consumption calculations. The advantages of using DES as reaction medium is highlighted from the fact that it is bio-degradable, non-toxic, recyclable and could be easily prepared using inexpensive raw materials. The recyclability for DES was studied wherein it was found that ultrasound has no negative effects on DES even up to four runs. In addition, the present work is the first report on the combinative use of DES and US in organic synthesis. PMID:22784641

  2. Palladium-catalyzed carbonylation of 2-bromoanilines with 2-formylbenzoic acid and 2-halobenzaldehydes: efficient synthesis of functionalized isoindolinones.

    PubMed

    Natte, Kishore; Chen, Jianbin; Li, Haoquan; Neumann, Helfried; Beller, Matthias; Wu, Xiao-Feng

    2014-10-27

    A concise and highly versatile method for the synthesis of functionalized isoindolinones is reported. Various 2-bromoanilines undergo palladium-catalyzed carbonylation with 2-formylbenzoic acid under a convenient and mild procedure to give good to excellent yields of the corresponding isoindolinones. Additionally, 2-halobenzaldehydes can be applied as substrates in palladium-catalyzed double-carbonylation to provide identical compounds in moderate to good yields. PMID:25212125

  3. Efficient synthesis of dihydropyrimidinones via a three-component Biginelli-type reaction of urea, alkylaldehyde and arylaldehyde

    PubMed Central

    Qu, Haijun; Li, Xuejian; Mo, Fan

    2013-01-01

    Summary A one-pot three-component synthesis of dihydropyrimidinones via a molecular iodine-catalyzed tandem reaction of simple readily available mono-substituted urea, alkylaldehyde, and arylaldehyde has been developed. The reaction proceeds with high chemo- and regioselectivity to give highly diverse dihydropyrimidinones in reasonable yields under mild reaction conditions. Moreover, the first catalytic enantioselective version of this reaction was also realized by using chiral spirocyclic SPINOL-phosphoric acids. PMID:24367449

  4. Efficient synthesis of dihydropyrimidinones via a three-component Biginelli-type reaction of urea, alkylaldehyde and arylaldehyde.

    PubMed

    Qu, Haijun; Li, Xuejian; Mo, Fan; Lin, Xufeng

    2013-01-01

    A one-pot three-component synthesis of dihydropyrimidinones via a molecular iodine-catalyzed tandem reaction of simple readily available mono-substituted urea, alkylaldehyde, and arylaldehyde has been developed. The reaction proceeds with high chemo- and regioselectivity to give highly diverse dihydropyrimidinones in reasonable yields under mild reaction conditions. Moreover, the first catalytic enantioselective version of this reaction was also realized by using chiral spirocyclic SPINOL-phosphoric acids. PMID:24367449

  5. Efficient method for synthesis of angucyclinone antibiotics via gold-catalyzed intramolecular [4 + 2] benzannulation: enantioselective total synthesis of (+)-ochromycinone and (+)-rubiginone B2.

    PubMed

    Sato, Kenichiro; Asao, Naoki; Yamamoto, Yoshinori

    2005-10-28

    [reaction: see text] An efficient synthetic approach to angucyclinone antibiotics, (+)-ochromycinone and (+)-rubiginone B(2), is reported. The key step involves the facile formation of 2,3-dihydrophenantren-4(1H)-one skeleton, an important framework of angucyclinone natural products, by using gold-catalyzed intramolecular [4 + 2] benzannulation reaction. PMID:16238336

  6. Organocatalysis in heterocyclic synthesis: DABCO as a mild and efficient catalytic system for the synthesis of a novel class of quinazoline, thiazolo [3,2-a]quinazoline and thiazolo[2,3-b] quinazoline derivatives

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background There are only limited publications devoted to the synthesis of especially thiazolo[3,2-a]quinazoline which involved reaction of 2-mercaptopropargyl quinazolin-4-one with various aryl iodides catalyzed by Pd-Cu or by condensation of 2-mercapto-4-oxoquinazoline with chloroacetic acid, inspite of this procedure was also reported in the literature to afford the thiazolo [2,3-b] quinazoline. So the multistep synthesis of the thiazolo[3,2-a]- quinazoline suffered from some flaws and in this study we have synthesized a novel class of thiazoloquinazolines by a simple and convenient method involving catalysis by 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO). Results A new and convenient one-pot synthesis of a novel class of 2-arylidene-2H-thiazolo[3,2-a]quinazoline-1,5-diones 9a-i was established through the reaction between methyl-2-(2-thio-cyanatoacetamido)benzoate (4) and a variety of arylidene malononitriles 8a-i in the presence of DABCO as a mild and efficient catalytic system via a Michael type addition reaction and a mechanism for formation of the products observed is proposed. Moreover 4 was converted to ethyl-2-[(4-oxo-3,4-dihydroquinazolin-2-yl)thio]acetate (10) upon reflux in ethanol containing DABCO as catalyst. The latter was reacted with aromatic aldehydes and dimethylformamide dimethylacetal (DMF-DMA) to afford a mixture of two regioselectively products with identical percentage yield, these two products were identified as thiazolo[3,2-a]quinazoline 9,13 and thiazolo[2,3-b]quinazoline 11,12 derivatives respectively. The structure of the compounds prepared in this study was elucidated by different spectroscopic tools of analyses also the X-ray single crystal technique was employed in this study for structure elucidation, Z/E potential isomerism configuration determination and to determine the regioselectivity of the reactions. Conclusion A simple and efficient one-pot synthesis of a novel class of 2-arylidene-2H-thiazolo[3,2-a]quinazoline-1,5-diones 9a-i was established through DABCO catalyzed Michael type addition reaction. In addition many fused quinazoline and quinazoline derivatives were synthesized which appeared as valuable precursors in synthetic and medicinal chemistry. PMID:23651877

  7. Efficient and accurate high-degree spherical harmonic synthesis of gravity field functionals at the Earth's surface using the gradient approach

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hirt, Christian

    2012-09-01

    Spherical harmonic synthesis (SHS) of gravity field functionals at the Earth's surface requires the use of heights. The present study investigates the gradient approach as an efficient yet accurate strategy to incorporate height information in SHS at densely spaced multiple points. Taylor series expansions of commonly used functionals quasigeoid heights, gravity disturbances and vertical deflections are formulated, and expressions of their radial derivatives are presented to arbitrary order. Numerical tests show that first-order gradients, as introduced by Rapp (J Geod 71(5):282-289, 1997) for degree 360 models, produce cm- to dm-level RMS approximation errors over rugged terrain when applied with EGM2008 to degree 2190. Instead, higher-order Taylor expansions are recommended that are capable of reducing approximation errors to insignificance for practical applications. Because the height information is separated from the actual synthesis, the gradient approach can be applied along with existing highly efficient SHS routines to compute surface functionals at arbitrarily dense grid points. This confers considerable computational savings (above or well above one order of magnitude) over conventional point-by-point SHS. As an application example, an ultra-high resolution model of surface gravity functionals (EurAlpGM2011) is constructed over the entire European Alps that incorporates height information in the SHS at 12,000,000 surface points. Based on EGM2008 and residual topography data, quasigeoid heights, gravity disturbances and vertical deflections are estimated at ~200m resolution. As a conclusion, the gradient approach is efficient and accurate for high-degree SHS at multiple points at the Earth's surface.

  8. Integrating theory, synthesis, spectroscopy and device efficiency to design and characterize donor materials for organic photovoltaics: a case study including 12 donors

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Oosterhout, S. D.; Kopidakis, N.; Owczarczyk, Z. R.; Braunecker, W. A.; Larsen, R. E.; Ratcliff, E. L.; Olson, D. C.

    2015-04-07

    There have been remarkable improvements in the power conversion efficiency of solution-processable Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) have largely been driven by the development of novel narrow bandgap copolymer donors comprising an electron-donating (D) and an electron-withdrawing (A) group within the repeat unit. The large pool of potential D and A units and the laborious processes of chemical synthesis and device optimization, has made progress on new high efficiency materials slow with a few new efficient copolymers reported every year despite the large number of groups pursuing these materials. In our paper we present an integrated approach toward new narrow bandgap copolymersmore » that uses theory to guide the selection of materials to be synthesized based on their predicted energy levels, and time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) to select the best-performing copolymer–fullerene bulk heterojunction to be incorporated into complete OPV devices. We validate our methodology by using a diverse group of 12 copolymers, including new and literature materials, to demonstrate good correlation between (a) theoretically determined energy levels of polymers and experimentally determined ionization energies and electron affinities and (b) photoconductance, measured by TRMC, and OPV device performance. The materials used here also allow us to explore whether further copolymer design rules need to be incorporated into our methodology for materials selection. For example, we explore the effect of the enthalpy change (ΔH) during exciton dissociation on the efficiency of free charge carrier generation and device efficiency and find that ΔH of -0.4 eV is sufficient for efficient charge generation.« less

  9. Integrating theory, synthesis, spectroscopy and device efficiency to design and characterize donor materials for organic photovoltaics: a case study including 12 donors

    SciTech Connect

    Oosterhout, S. D.; Kopidakis, N.; Owczarczyk, Z. R.; Braunecker, W. A.; Larsen, R. E.; Ratcliff, E. L.; Olson, D. C.

    2015-04-07

    There have been remarkable improvements in the power conversion efficiency of solution-processable Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) have largely been driven by the development of novel narrow bandgap copolymer donors comprising an electron-donating (D) and an electron-withdrawing (A) group within the repeat unit. The large pool of potential D and A units and the laborious processes of chemical synthesis and device optimization, has made progress on new high efficiency materials slow with a few new efficient copolymers reported every year despite the large number of groups pursuing these materials. In our paper we present an integrated approach toward new narrow bandgap copolymers that uses theory to guide the selection of materials to be synthesized based on their predicted energy levels, and time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) to select the best-performing copolymer–fullerene bulk heterojunction to be incorporated into complete OPV devices. We validate our methodology by using a diverse group of 12 copolymers, including new and literature materials, to demonstrate good correlation between (a) theoretically determined energy levels of polymers and experimentally determined ionization energies and electron affinities and (b) photoconductance, measured by TRMC, and OPV device performance. The materials used here also allow us to explore whether further copolymer design rules need to be incorporated into our methodology for materials selection. For example, we explore the effect of the enthalpy change (ΔH) during exciton dissociation on the efficiency of free charge carrier generation and device efficiency and find that ΔH of -0.4 eV is sufficient for efficient charge generation.

  10. Synthesis of an Amphiphilic Brush Copolymer by a Highly Efficient "Grafting onto" Approach via CO2 Chemistry.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Ying-Ying; Li, Yang; Zhou, Xian-Jing; Zhang, Xing-Hong; Du, Bin-Yang; Fan, Zhi-Qiang

    2015-05-01

    A novel and robust route for the synthesis of a new amphiphilic brush copolymer, poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-graft-polyethylene glycol (PGMA-g-PEG), with high grafting densities of 97%-98% through a "grafting onto" method via carbon dioxide chemistry is reported. PGMA-g-PEG can self-assemble and form stable spherical core-shell micelles in aqueous solution. Besides, the obtained PGMA-g-PEG polymer contains hydroxyurethane structures as the junction sites between the PGMA backbone and PEG side chain, which can be used for further modification. PMID:25823716

  11. Synthesis and applications of novel, highly efficient HPLC chiral stationary phases: a chiral dimension in drug research analysis.

    PubMed

    Cancelliere; D'Acquarica; Gasparrini; Misiti; Villani

    1999-12-01

    This review provides an overview of the synthesis and application of stable and versatile HPLC chiral stationary phases (CSPs), with emphasis placed on the binding strategies developed to anchor several structurally different chiral selectors to silica-gel microparticles. In addition, selected applications relating to the use of these CSPs for the direct resolution of racemates of biological and pharmaceutical relevance will be described. This review discusses enantioselective molecular recognition and dynamic stereochemistry of stereolabile compounds with reference to receptor-based chiral stationary phases (CSPs) and dynamic HPLC on CSPs, respectively. PMID:10603466

  12. An Efficient Protocol for the Synthesis of Quinoxaline Derivatives at Room Temperature Using Recyclable Alumina-Supported Heteropolyoxometalates

    PubMed Central

    Ruiz, Diego M.; Autino, Juan C.; Quaranta, Nancy; Vázquez, Patricia G.; Romanelli, Gustavo P.

    2012-01-01

    We report a suitable quinoxaline synthesis using molybdophosphovanadates supported on commercial alumina cylinders as catalysts. These catalysts were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation. The catalytic test was performed under different reaction conditions in order to know the performance of the synthesized catalysts. The method shows high yields of quinoxaline derivatives under heterogeneous conditions. Quinoxaline formation was obtained using benzyl, o-phenylenediamine, and toluene as reaction solvent at room temperature. The CuH2PMo11VO40 supported on alumina showed higher activity in the tested reaction. Finally, various quinoxalines were prepared under mild conditions and with excellent yields. PMID:22536123

  13. The role of Δ6-desaturase acyl-carrier specificity in the efficient synthesis of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic plants.

    PubMed

    Sayanova, Olga; Ruiz-Lopez, Noemi; Haslam, Richard P; Napier, Johnathan A

    2012-02-01

    The role of acyl-CoA-dependent Δ6-desaturation in the heterologous synthesis of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids was systematically evaluated in transgenic yeast and Arabidopsis thaliana. The acyl-CoA Δ6-desaturase from the picoalga Ostreococcus tauri and orthologous activities from mouse (Mus musculus) and salmon (Salmo salar) were shown to generate substantial levels of Δ6-desaturated acyl-CoAs, in contrast to the phospholipid-dependent Δ6-desaturases from higher plants that failed to modify this metabolic pool. Transgenic plants expressing the acyl-CoA Δ6-desaturases from either O. tauri or salmon, in conjunction with the two additional activities required for the synthesis of C20 polyunsaturated fatty acids, contained higher levels of eicosapentaenoic acid compared with plants expressing the borage phospholipid-dependent Δ6-desaturase. The use of acyl-CoA-dependent Δ6-desaturases almost completely abolished the accumulation of unwanted biosynthetic intermediates such as γ-linolenic acid in total seed lipids. Expression of acyl-CoA Δ6-desaturases resulted in increased distribution of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the polar lipids of transgenic plants, reflecting the larger substrate pool available for acylation by enzymes of the Kennedy pathway. Expression of the O. tauriΔ6-desaturase in transgenic Camelina sativa plants also resulted in the accumulation of high levels of Δ6-desaturated fatty acids. This study provides evidence for the efficacy of using acyl-CoA-dependent Δ6-desaturases in the efficient metabolic engineering of transgenic plants with high value traits such as the synthesis of omega-3 LC-PUFAs. PMID:21902798

  14. Base-assisted one-pot synthesis of N,N',N"-triaryltriazatriangulenium dyes: enhanced fluorescence efficiency by steric constraints.

    PubMed

    Hammershøj, Peter; Sørensen, Thomas Just; Han, Bao-Hang; Laursen, Bo W

    2012-07-01

    In this paper we report the first synthesis of cationic N,N',N"-triaryltriazatriangulenium dyes (Ar(3)-TATA(+)). Previously, only alkyl-substituted triazatriangulenium derivatives (R(3)-TATA(+)) were known, a consequence of the low reactivity of anilines in the aromatic nucleophilic substitution reaction leading to the formation of the TATA(+) core. The synthesis of Ar(3)-TATA(+) was achieved by heating the tris(2,6-dimethoxyphenyl)methylium ion (DMP(3)C(+)) in various anilines in the presence of NaH. In the solvent-free reaction all three aryl substituents could be introduced despite the low reactivity of the anilines. The symmetric Ar(3)-TATA(+) derivatives with Ar = phenyl (2), 4-methoxyphenyl (3), and 4-bromophenyl (4) were synthesized. Single crystal structures of 2 and 4 were obtained as BF(4)(-) salts, where torsional angles larger than 80° were observed between the TATA(+) chromophore and the aryl substituents. The photophysical properties were studied in solution and in thin films. The results show that the Ar(3)-TATA(+) dyes have a surprising 3-fold increase in fluorescence quantum yields when compared to the parent alkyl-substituted R(3)-TATA(+) salts. With a high quantum yield (>50%) and emission in the red (λ(fl) = 560 nm) the Ar(3)-TATA(+) dyes represent a promising new addition to the family of superstable cationic triangulenium dyes. Additionally, the synthesized tribromo derivative 4 is shown to be a potential triagonal synthon for polymers and other macromolecules. PMID:22616844

  15. Efficient Total Chemical Synthesis of (13) C=(18) O Isotopomers of Human Insulin for Isotope-Edited FTIR.

    PubMed

    Dhayalan, Balamurugan; Fitzpatrick, Ann; Mandal, Kalyaneswar; Whittaker, Jonathan; Weiss, Michael A; Tokmakoff, Andrei; Kent, Stephen B H

    2016-03-01

    Isotope-edited two-dimensional Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (2 D FTIR) can potentially provide a unique probe of protein structure and dynamics. However, general methods for the site-specific incorporation of stable (13) C=(18) O labels into the polypeptide backbone of the protein molecule have not yet been established. Here we describe, as a prototype for the incorporation of specific arrays of isotope labels, the total chemical synthesis-via a key ester insulin intermediate-of 97 % enriched [(1-(13) C=(18) O)Phe(B24) ] human insulin: stable-isotope labeled at a single backbone amide carbonyl. The amino acid sequence as well as the positions of the disulfide bonds and the correctly folded structure were unambiguously confirmed by the X-ray crystal structure of the synthetic protein molecule. In vitro assays of the isotope labeled [(1-(13) C=(18) O)Phe(B24) ] human insulin showed that it had full insulin receptor binding activity. Linear and 2 D IR spectra revealed a distinct red-shifted amide I carbonyl band peak at 1595 cm(-1) resulting from the (1-(13) C=(18) O)Phe(B24) backbone label. This work illustrates the utility of chemical synthesis to enable the application of advanced physical methods for the elucidation of the molecular basis of protein function. PMID:26715336

  16. Methanobactin-Mediated Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles Supported over Al2O3 toward an Efficient Catalyst for Glucose Oxidation

    PubMed Central

    Xin, Jia-Ying; Lin, Kai; Wang, Yan; Xia, Chun-Gu

    2014-01-01

    Methanobactin (Mb) is a copper-binding peptide that appears to function as an agent for copper sequestration and uptake in methanotrophs. Mb can also bind and reduce Au(III) to Au(0). In this paper, Au/Al2O3 catalysts prepared by a novel incipient wetness-Mb-mediated bioreduction method were used for glucose oxidation. The catalysts were characterized, and the analysis revealed that very small gold nanoparticles with a particle size <4 nm were prepared by the incipient wetness-Mb-mediated bioreduction method, even at 1.0% Au loading (w/w). The influence of Au loading, calcination temperature and calcination time on the specific activity of Au/Al2O3 catalysts was systematically investigated. Experimental results showed that decomposing the Mb molecules properly by calcinations can enhance the specific activity of Au/Al2O3 catalysts, though they acted as reductant and protective agents during the catalyst preparation. Au/Al2O3 catalysts synthesized by the method exhibited optimum specific activity under operational synthesis conditions of Au loading of 1.0 wt % and calcined at 450 °C for 2 h. The catalysts were reused eight times, without a significant decrease in specific activity. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt at the preparation of Au/Al2O3 catalysts by Mb-mediated in situ synthesis of gold nanoparticles. PMID:25429424

  17. Methanobactin-mediated synthesis of gold nanoparticles supported over Al2O3 toward an efficient catalyst for glucose oxidation.

    PubMed

    Xin, Jia-Ying; Lin, Kai; Wang, Yan; Xia, Chun-Gu

    2014-01-01

    Methanobactin (Mb) is a copper-binding peptide that appears to function as an agent for copper sequestration and uptake in methanotrophs. Mb can also bind and reduce Au(III) to Au(0). In this paper, Au/Al2O3 catalysts prepared by a novel incipient wetness-Mb-mediated bioreduction method were used for glucose oxidation. The catalysts were characterized, and the analysis revealed that very small gold nanoparticles with a particle size <4 nm were prepared by the incipient wetness-Mb-mediated bioreduction method, even at 1.0% Au loading (w/w). The influence of Au loading, calcination temperature and calcination time on the specific activity of Au/Al2O3 catalysts was systematically investigated. Experimental results showed that decomposing the Mb molecules properly by calcinations can enhance the specific activity of Au/Al2O3 catalysts, though they acted as reductant and protective agents during the catalyst preparation. Au/Al2O3 catalysts synthesized by the method exhibited optimum specific activity under operational synthesis conditions of Au loading of 1.0 wt % and calcined at 450 °C for 2 h. The catalysts were reused eight times, without a significant decrease in specific activity. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt at the preparation of Au/Al2O3 catalysts by Mb-mediated in situ synthesis of gold nanoparticles. PMID:25429424

  18. Efficient solar-driven synthesis, carbon capture, and desalinization, STEP: solar thermal electrochemical production of fuels, metals, bleach.

    PubMed

    Licht, S

    2011-12-15

    STEP (solar thermal electrochemical production) theory is derived and experimentally verified for the electrosynthesis of energetic molecules at solar energy efficiency greater than any photovoltaic conversion efficiency. In STEP the efficient formation of metals, fuels, chlorine, and carbon capture is driven by solar thermal heated endothermic electrolyses of concentrated reactants occuring at a voltage below that of the room temperature energy stored in the products. One example is CO(2) , which is reduced to either fuels or storable carbon at a solar efficiency of over 50% due to a synergy of efficient solar thermal absorption and electrochemical conversion at high temperature and reactant concentration. CO(2) -free production of iron by STEP, from iron ore, occurs via Fe(III) in molten carbonate. Water is efficiently split to hydrogen by molten hydroxide electrolysis, and chlorine, sodium, and magnesium from molten chlorides. A pathway is provided for the STEP decrease of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to pre-industial age levels in 10 years. PMID:22025216

  19. Uninterrupted galvanic reaction for scalable and rapid synthesis of metallic and bimetallic sponges/dendrites as efficient catalysts for 4-nitrophenol reduction.

    PubMed

    Barman, Barun Kumar; Nanda, Karuna Kar

    2015-03-01

    Here, we demonstrate an uninterrupted galvanic replacement reaction (GRR) for the synthesis of metallic (Ag, Cu and Sn) and bimetallic (Cu-M, M=Ag, Au, Pt and Pd) sponges/dendrites by sacrificing the low reduction potential metals (Mg in our case) in acidic medium. The acidic medium prevents the oxide formation on Mg surface and facilitates the uninterrupted reaction. The morphology of dendritic/spongy structures is controlled by the volume of acid used for this reaction. The growth mechanism of the spongy/dendritic microstructures is explained by diffusion-limited aggregate model (DLA), which is also largely affected by the volume of acid. The significance of this method is that the yield can be easily predicted, which is a major challenge for the commercialization of the products. Furthermore, the synthesis is complete in 1-2 minutes at room temperature. We show that the sponges/dendrites efficiently act as catalysts to reduce 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) using NaBH4-a widely studied conversion process. PMID:25628256

  20. Efficient Synthesis and In Vivo Incorporation of Acridon-2-ylalanine, a Fluorescent Amino Acid for Lifetime and FRET/LRET Studies

    PubMed Central

    Speight, Lee C.; Muthusamy, Anand K.; Goldberg, Jacob M.; Warner, John B.; Wissner, Rebecca F.; Willi, Taylor S.; Woodman, Bradley F.; Mehl, Ryan A.; Petersson, E. James

    2014-01-01

    The amino acid acridon-2-ylalanine (Acd) can be a valuable probe of protein conformational change because it is a long lifetime, visible wavelength fluorophore that is small enough to be incorporated during ribosomal biosynthesis. Incorporation of Acd into proteins expressed in E. coli requires efficient chemical synthesis to produce large quantities of the amino acid and the generation of a mutant aminoacyl tRNA synthetase that can selectively charge the amino acid onto a tRNA. Here, we report the synthesis of Acd in 87 % yield over five steps from Tyr, and the identification of an Acd synthetase by screening candidate enzymes previously evolved from M. janaschii Tyr synthetase for unnatural amino acid incorporation. Furthermore, we characterize the photophysical properties of Acd, including quenching interactions with select natural amino acids and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) interactions with common fluorophores such as methoxycoumarin (Mcm). Finally, we demonstrate the value of incorporation of Acd into proteins, using changes in Acd fluorescence lifetimes, Mcm/Acd FRET, or energy transfer to Eu3+ to monitor protein folding and binding interactions. PMID:24303933

  1. Alkyne Elementometalation–Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling. Towards Synthesis of Various Types of Acyclic Alkenes in High Yields, Efficiently, Selectively, Economically, and Safely—“Green” Way

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Guangwei; Rao, Honghua; Xu, Zhaoqing

    2010-01-01

    Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, especially those involving Zn, Al, Zr (Negishi coupling) and B (Suzuki coupling), collectively have brought about “revolutionary” changes in organic synthesis. Thus, two regio- and stereodefined carbon groups generated as R1M (M = Zn, Al, B, Cu, Zr, etc.) and R2X (X = I, Br, OTs, etc.) may now be cross-coupled to give R1–R2 with essentially full retention of all structural features. For alkene syntheses, alkyne elementometalation reactions including hydrometalation (B, Al, Zr, etc.), carbometalation (Cu, Al–Zr, etc.), and haloboration (BX3 where X is Cl, Br, and I) have proven to be critically important. Some representative examples of highly efficient and selective (≥98%) syntheses of di-, tri- and oligoenes containing regio- and stereodefined di- and trisubstituted alkenes of all conceivable types will be discussed with emphasis on those of natural products. Some interesting but undesirable cases involving loss of the initial structural identities of the alkenyl groups are attributable to the formation of allylpalladium species, which must be either tamed or avoided. Some such examples involving the synthesis of 1,3-, 1,4-, and 1,5-dienes will also be discussed. PMID:20465291

  2. Fast and efficient synthesis of Zorro-LNA type 3'-5'-5'-3' oligonucleotide conjugates via parallel in situ stepwise conjugation.

    PubMed

    Gissberg, O I; Jezowska, M; Zaghloul, E M; Bungsu, N I; Strömberg, R; Smith, C I E; Lundin, K E; Honcharenko, M

    2016-04-14

    Zorro-LNA is a new class of therapeutic anti-gene oligonucleotides (ONs) capable of invading supercoiled DNA. The synthesis of single stranded Zorro-LNA is typically complex and laborious, requiring reverse phosphoramidites and a chemical linker connecting the two separate ON arms. Here, a simplified synthesis strategy based on 'click chemistry' is presented with a high potential for screening Zorro-LNA ONs directed against new anti-gene targets. Four different Zorro type 3'-5' 5'-3' constructs were synthesized via parallel in situ Cu(i) [3 + 2] catalysed cycloaddition. They were prepared from commercially obtained ONs functionalized on solid support (one ON with the azide and the other ON with the activated triple bond linker N-propynoylamino)-p-toluic acid (PATA)) and after cleavage from resin, they were conjugated in solution. Our report shows the benefit of combining different approaches when developing anti-gene ONs, (1) the ability for rapid and robust screening of potential targets and (2) refining the hits with more anti-gene optimized constructs. We present as well the first report showing double-strand invasion (DSI) efficiency of two combined Zorro-LNAs. PMID:26975344

  3. Ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel synthesis of samarium, cerium co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with enhanced sonocatalytic efficiency.

    PubMed

    Eskandarloo, Hamed; Badiei, Alireza; Behnajady, Mohammad A; Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi

    2015-09-01

    In this work, pure TiO2 and samarium, cerium mono-doped and co-doped TiO2 catalysts were synthesized by an ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel method and their sonocatalytic efficiency studied toward removal of Methyl Orange as a model organic pollutant from the textile industry. The relationship of structure and sonocatalytic performance of catalysts was established by using various techniques, such as XRD, TEM, SEM, EDX, DRS, and PL. A comparison on the removal efficiency of sonolysis alone and sonocatalytic processes was performed. The results showed that the samarium, cerium co-doped TiO2 catalyst with narrower band gap energy and smaller particle size leads to a rapid removal of pollutant. It was believed that Sm(3+) and Ce(4+) ions can serve as superficial trapping for electrons at conduction band of TiO2 and prolonged the lifetime of electron-hole pairs. Finally, the effect of synthesis and operational variables on the sonocatalytic activity of co-doped TiO2 catalyst was studied and optimized using response surface methodology as a statistical technique. The results showed that the maximum removal efficiency (96.33%) was achieved at the optimum conditions: samarium content of 0.6 wt%, cerium content of 0.82 wt%, initial pollutant concentration of 4.31 mg L(-1), catalyst dosage of 0.84 mg L(-1), ultrasonic irradiation power of 700 W, and irradiation time of 50 min. PMID:25682738

  4. High-Efficiency Synthesis of Human α-Endorphin and Magainin in the Erythrocytes of Transgenic Mice: A Production System for Therapeutic Peptides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sharma, Ajay; Khoury-Christianson, Anastasia M.; White, Steven P.; Dhanjal, Nirpal K.; Huang, Wen; Paulhiac, Clara; Friedman, Eric J.; Manjula, Belur N.; Kumar, Ramesh

    1994-09-01

    Chemical synthesis of peptides, though feasible, is hindered by considerations of cost, purity, and efficiency of synthesizing longer chains. Here we describe a transgenic system for producing peptides of therapeutic interest as fusion proteins at low cost and high purity. Transgenic hemoglobin expression technology using the locus control region was employed to produce fusion hemoglobins in the erythrocytes of mice. The fusion hemoglobin contains the desired peptide as an extension at the C end of human α-globin. A protein cleavage site is inserted between the C end of the α-globin chain and the N-terminal residue of the desired peptide. The peptide is recovered after cleavage of the fusion protein with enzymes that recognize this cleavage signal as their substrate. Due to the selective compartmentalization of hemoglobin in the erythrocytes, purification of the fusion hemoglobin is easy and efficient. Because of its compact and highly ordered structure, the internal sites of hemoglobin are resistant to protease digestion and the desired peptide is efficiently released and recovered. The applicability of this approach was established by producing a 16-mer α-endorphin peptide and a 26-mer magainin peptide in transgenic mice. Transgenic animals and their progeny expressing these fusion proteins remain healthy, even when the fusion protein is expressed at >25% of the total hemoglobin in the erythrocytes. Additional applications and potential improvements of this methodology are discussed.

  5. [11C]PR04.MZ, a promising DAT ligand for low concentration imaging: synthesis, efficient 11C-0-methylation and initial small animal PET studies

    SciTech Connect

    Riss, P.J.; Hooker, J.; Alexoff, D.; Kim, Sung-Won; Fowler, J.S.; Roesch, F.

    2009-05-01

    PR04.MZ was designed as a highly selective dopamine transporter inhibitor, derived from natural cocaine. Its binding profile indicates that [{sup 11}C]PR04.MZ may be suited as a PET radioligand for the non-invasive exploration of striatal and extrastriatal DAT populations. As a key feature, its structural design facilitates both, labelling with fluorine-18 at its terminally fluorinated butynyl moiety and carbon-11 at its methyl ester function. The present report concerns the efficient [{sup 11}C]MeI mediated synthesis of [{sup 11}C]PR04.MZ from an O-desmethyl precursor trifluoroacetic acid salt with Rb{sub 2}CO{sub 3} in DMF in up to 95 {+-} 5% labelling yield. A preliminary {mu}PET-experiment demonstrates the reversible, highly specific binding of [{sup 11}C]PR04.MZ in the brain of a male Sprague-Dawley rat.

  6. Synthesis of POSS-based ionic conductors with low glass transition temperatures for efficient solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Wei; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2014-07-01

    Replacing liquid-state electrolytes with solid-state electrolytes has been proven to be an effective way to improve the durability of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We report herein the synthesis of amorphous ionic conductors based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) with low glass transition temperatures for solid-state DSSCs. As the ionic conductor is amorphous and in the elastomeric state at the operating temperature of DSSCs, good pore filling in the TiO2 film and good interfacial contact between the solid-state electrolyte and the TiO2 film can be guaranteed. When the POSS-based ionic conductor containing an allyl group is doped with only iodine as the solid-state electrolyte without any other additives, power conversion efficiency of 6.29% has been achieved with good long-term stability under one-sun soaking for 1000 h. PMID:24933357

  7. Translation of microwave methodology to continuous flow for the efficient synthesis of diaryl ethers via a base-mediated SNAr reaction

    PubMed Central

    Watts, Paul

    2011-01-01

    Summary Whilst microwave heating has been widely demonstrated as a synthetically useful tool for rapid reaction screening, a microwave-absorbing solvent is often required in order to achieve efficient reactant heating. In comparison, microreactors can be readily heated and pressurised in order to “super-heat” the reaction mixture, meaning that microwave-transparent solvents can also be employed. To demonstrate the advantages associated with microreaction technology a series of SNAr reactions were performed under continuous flow by following previously developed microwave protocols as a starting point for the investigation. By this approach, an automated microreaction platform (Labtrix® S1) was employed for the continuous flow synthesis of diaryl ethers at 195 °C and 25 bar, affording a reduction in reaction time from tens of minutes to 60 s when compared with a stopped-flow microwave reactor. PMID:22043247

  8. Efficient Synthesis of Amides and Esters from Alcohols under Aerobic Ambient Conditions Catalyzed by a Au/Mesoporous Al2 O3 Nanocatalyst.

    PubMed

    Chng, Leng Leng; Yang, Jinhua; Ying, Jackie Y

    2015-06-01

    An efficient heterogeneous Au/mesoporous alumina nanocatalyst has been successfully developed for the synthesis of amides and esters from simple building blocks of readily available alcohols and amines. The processes were simple and were performed at room temperature and atmospheric pressure of O2 to form the desired products with up to 97?% isolated yield. The ability of Au/mesoporous alumina to catalyze these reactions under ambient conditions further enhances the sustainability of these chemical processes. Furthermore, the nanocatalyst was stable to air and water and could be recovered and reused easily. The enhanced catalytic activity of Au/mesoporous alumina might be attributed to the presence of negatively charged Au nanoparticles that could promote oxidation processes as well as the stability of the mesoporous alumina support calcined at a high temperature of 800?C. PMID:25925279

  9. Efficient synthesis of spiro[chromeno[2,3-d]pyrimidine-5,3'-indoline]-tetraones by a one-pot and three-component reaction.

    PubMed

    Jadidi, Khosrow; Ghahremanzadeh, Ramin; Bazgir, Ayoob

    2009-01-01

    An efficient one-pot synthesis of novel 8,9-dihydrospiro[chromeno[2,3-d]pyrimidine-5,3'-indoline]-2,2',4,6(1H,3H,7H)-tetraone derivatives by a three-component condensation reaction of barbituric acids, isatins and cyclohexane-1,3-diones in refluxing water in the presence of p-TSA for 10 h is reported. Two cyclohexane-1,3-diones, three barbituric acids, and eight substituted isatins were chosen for the library validation. Reaction of 5,5-dimethyl-cyclohexane-1,3-dione and acenaphthylene-1,2-dione with barbituric acids resulted in the formation of spiro[acenaphthylene-1,5'-chromeno[2,3-d]pyrimidine] derivatives. PMID:19239200

  10. Aqueous SDS micelle-promoted acid-catalyzed domino ABB' imino Diels-Alder reaction: a mild and efficient synthesis of privileged 2-methyl-tetrahydroquinoline scaffolds.

    PubMed

    Merchán Arenas, Diego R; Martínez Bonilla, Carlos A; Kouznetsov, Vladimir V

    2013-06-14

    A new green protocol for the efficient synthesis of pharmacologically relevant 4-amidyl-2-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinolines (THQs) through the domino type ABB' imino Diels-Alder reaction in acidified water in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) surfactant was developed for the first time. The influence of the SDS micelles and their different concentrations (5.0, 8.2 and 12.0 mM) on reactivity of the imino Diels-Alder reaction was studied. It was found that the best THQ yields (70-99%) are achieved above the critical micellar concentration (12 mM) using pH 1.0-2.5. This procedure resulted in a general and clean environmentally benign protocol to obtain the privileged diastereospecific cis 2,4-disubstituted THQ molecules of highest biological interest. PMID:23615634

  11. Mannich Bases as Enone Precursors for Water-Mediated Efficient Synthesis of 2,3,6-Trisubstituted Pyridines and 5,6,7,8-Tetrahydroquinolines.

    PubMed

    Hanashalshahaby, Essam Hamied Ahmed; Unaleroglu, Canan

    2015-06-01

    A highly efficient, regioselective, and environmentally friendly method has been developed for water-mediated synthesis of 2,3,6-trisubstituted pyridines and 5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinolines. The introduced method allows easy preparation of various polysubstituted pyridines and 5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinolines via domino reaction of an enolizable ketone, ammonia and enones derived from different Mannich bases in mild reaction conditions. Montmorillonite K-10 promoted this one-pot three-component reaction and gave both new and known 2,3,6-trisubstituted pyridines and 5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinolines in good yields. The reaction protocol provides a wide array of functionality in construction of polysubstituted pyridines and 5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinolines from commercially available starting materials in easily applicable and environmentally friendly conditions. PMID:25961906

  12. Efficient synthesis of frutinone A and its derivatives through palladium-catalyzed C - H activation/carbonylation.

    PubMed

    Shin, Yongje; Yoo, Changho; Moon, Youngtaek; Lee, Yunho; Hong, Sungwoo

    2015-04-01

    Frutinone A, a biologically active ingredient of an antimicrobial herbal extract, demonstrates potent inhibitory activity towards the CYP1A2 enzyme. A three-step total synthesis of frutinone A with an overall yield of 44 % is presented. The construction of the chromone-annelated coumarin core was achieved through palladium-catalyzed CH carbonylation of 2-phenolchromones. The straightforward synthetic route allowed facile substitutions around the frutinone A core and thus rapid exploration of the structure-activity relationship (SAR) profile of the derivatives. The inhibitory activity of the synthesized frutinone A derivatives were determined for CYP1A2, and ten compounds exhibited one-to-two digit nanomolar inhibitory activity towards the CYP1A2 enzyme. PMID:25252104

  13. Gold Nanoparticles Supported on a Layered Double Hydroxide as Efficient Catalysts for the One-Pot Synthesis of Flavones.

    PubMed

    Yatabe, Takafumi; Jin, Xiongjie; Yamaguchi, Kazuya; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2015-11-01

    Flavones are a class of natural products with diverse biological activities and have frequently been synthesized by step-by-step procedures using stoichiometric amounts of reagents. Herein, a catalytic one-pot procedure for the synthesis of flavone and its derivatives is developed. In the presence of gold nanoparticles supported on a Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (Au/LDH), various kinds of flavones can be synthesized starting from 2'-hydroxyacetophenones and benzaldehydes (or benzyl alcohols). The present one-pot procedure consists of a sequence of several reactions, and Au/LDH can catalyze all these different types of reactions. The catalysis is shown to be truly heterogeneous, and Au/LDH can be readily recovered and reused. PMID:26367015

  14. Template-free synthesis of hollow nitrogen-doped carbon as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wu, Rui; Chen, Siguo; Zhang, Yuanliang; Wang, Yao; Ding, Wei; Li, Li; Qi, Xueqiang; Shen, Xiu; Wei, Zidong

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we report a template-free method to fabricate hollow nitrogen-doped carbon (HNC) by pyrolysis of hollow polyaniline microspheres, which were synthesized by suspension polymerization method. The entire synthesis is simple, environmentally benign, and economic. The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity of the as-prepared HNC catalyst is close to that of the commercial Pt/C catalyst in alkaline media with four electron pathway. Moreover, the HNC shows much better fuel crossover resistance and long-term durability than the commercial Pt/C in alkaline medium. All these features make HNC a potentially promising and suitable substitute for the expensive noble metal catalysts in the next generation alkaline fuel cells.

  15. One-pot synthesis of gold-palladium@palladium core-shell nanoflowers as efficient electrocatalyst for ethanol electrooxidation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Qiu, Xiaoyu; Dai, Yuxuan; Tang, Yawen; Lu, Tianhong; Wei, Shaohua; Chen, Yu

    2015-03-01

    In this work, a simple polyallylamine-assisted water-based synthesis is successfully used to synthesize high-quality gold-palladium@palladium (Au-Pd@Pd) core-shell nanoflowers. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, element mapping, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques are used to characterize the morphology, structure and composition of Au-Pd@Pd core-shell nanoflowers. The as-prepared Au-Pd@Pd core-shell nanoflowers exhibit significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity for the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) in basic medium compared with commercial Pd black. In addition, Au-Pd@Pd core-shell nanoflowers also show higher durability for the EOR than commercial Pd black.

  16. A novel and efficient surfactant-free synthesis of Rutile TiO2 microflowers with enhanced photocatalytic activity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nair, Radhika V.; Jijith, M.; Gummaluri, Venkata Siva; Vijayan, C.

    2016-05-01

    Rutile TiO2 microflowers with three-dimensional spiky flower like architecture at the nanometer level are obtained by a fast single step surfactant free ethylene glycol based solvothermal scheme of synthesis. These structures are characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. These measurements confirm Rutile phase of TiO2 flowers with very high crystallinity. Photodegradation of Rhodamine B with UV exposure is investigated by UV-Visible spectroscopy measurements in the presence of these samples. They are shown to have high photocatalytic activity due to the large surface area contributed by the highly dense spiky nanostructures. The plasmonic (Au) loading in these structures are shown to significantly enhance the photocatalytic activity.

  17. A Herpesvirus Specific Motif of Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Polymerase Is Required for the Efficient Lytic Genome Synthesis.

    PubMed

    Narita, Yohei; Sugimoto, Atsuko; Kawashima, Daisuke; Watanabe, Takahiro; Kanda, Teru; Kimura, Hiroshi; Tsurumi, Tatsuya; Murata, Takayuki

    2015-01-01

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with several malignancies, including Burkitt lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. To overcome such disorders, understanding the molecular mechanisms of the EBV replication is important. The EBV DNA polymerase (Pol) is one of the essential factors for viral lytic DNA replication. Although it is well known that its C-terminal half, possessing DNA polymerase and 3'-5' exonuclease activity, is highly conserved among Family B Pols, the NH2-terminal half has yet to be characterized in detail. In this study, we show that a stretch of hydrophobic amino acids within the pre-NH2-terminal domain of EBV Pol plays important role. In addition, we could identify the most essential residue for replication in the motif. These findings will shed light on molecular mechanisms of viral DNA synthesis and will help to develop new herpesviruses treatments. PMID:26123572

  18. A Herpesvirus Specific Motif of Epstein-Barr Virus DNA Polymerase Is Required for the Efficient Lytic Genome Synthesis

    PubMed Central

    Narita, Yohei; Sugimoto, Atsuko; Kawashima, Daisuke; Watanabe, Takahiro; Kanda, Teru; Kimura, Hiroshi; Tsurumi, Tatsuya; Murata, Takayuki

    2015-01-01

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with several malignancies, including Burkitt lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. To overcome such disorders, understanding the molecular mechanisms of the EBV replication is important. The EBV DNA polymerase (Pol) is one of the essential factors for viral lytic DNA replication. Although it is well known that its C-terminal half, possessing DNA polymerase and 3’-5’ exonuclease activity, is highly conserved among Family B Pols, the NH2-terminal half has yet to be characterized in detail. In this study, we show that a stretch of hydrophobic amino acids within the pre-NH2-terminal domain of EBV Pol plays important role. In addition, we could identify the most essential residue for replication in the motif. These findings will shed light on molecular mechanisms of viral DNA synthesis and will help to develop new herpesviruses treatments. PMID:26123572

  19. Facile Synthesis of DendriMac Polymers via the Combination of Living Anionic Polymerization and Highly Efficient Coupling Reactions.

    PubMed

    Ma, Hongwei; Wang, Qiuyun; Sang, Wei; Han, Li; Liu, Pibo; Sheng, Heyu; Wang, Yurong; Li, Yang

    2016-01-01

    Two DendriMac polymers (Dendri-hydr and Dendri-click) are efficiently and conveniently synthesized via the combination of living anionic polymerization (LAP) and hydrosilylation/click chemistry. Based on the end-capping of DPE derivatives (DPE-SiH and DPE-DA) toward polymeric anions, the polymeric core and arms are effectively synthesized, and the base polymers can be regarded as polymeric bricks. Hydrosilylation and click chemistry are used as coupling reactions to construct the DendriMac polymers with high efficiency and convenience. The numbers of branched arms are calculated by SEC as 5.84 and 6.08 for Dendri-hydr and Dendri-click, respectively, which indicate that the DendriMac architectures exhibit high structural integrity. Because of its independence, high efficiency, and convenience, the whole construction can be regarded as the "building of polymeric bricks." PMID:26501193

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis of a crystalline rutile TiO2 nanorod based network for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Yu, Hua; Pan, Jian; Bai, Yang; Zong, Xu; Li, Xinyong; Wang, Lianzhou

    2013-09-27

    One-dimensional (1D) TiO2 nanostructures are desirable as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) due to their superior electron-transport capability. However, making use of the DSSC performance of 1D rutile TiO2 photoanodes remains challenging, mainly due to the small surface area and consequently low dye loading. Herein, a new type of photoanode with a three-dimensional (3D) rutile-nanorod-based network structure directly grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates was developed by using a facile two-step hydrothermal process. The resultant photoanode possesses oriented rutile nanorod arrays for fast electron transport as the bottom layer and radially packed rutile head-caps with an improved large surface area for efficient dye adsorption. The diffuse reflectance spectra showed that with the radially packed top layer, the light-harvesting efficiency was increased due to an enhanced light-scattering effect. A combination of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), dark current, and open-circuit voltage decay (OCVD) analyses confirmed that the electron-recombiantion rate was reduced on formation of the nanorod-based 3D network for fast electron transport. As a resut, a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 6.31% was achieved with this photoanode in DSSCs, which is comparable to the best DSSC efficiencies that have been reported to date for 1D rutile TiO2 . PMID:23939704

  1. An efficient synthesis of novel carbocyclic nucleosides with use of ring-closing metathesis from D-lactose.

    PubMed

    Hong, Joon Hee; Shim, Myung Jung; Ro, Bong Oh; Ko, Ok Hyun

    2002-09-20

    This paper describes an efficient synthetic route for various types of novel carbocyclic nucleosides. The required stereochemistry of the targeted nucleosides was successfully obtained with use of Grubbs cyclization and Trost allylic alkylation from the carbohydrate chiral template "D-lactose". PMID:12227822

  2. AN EFFICIENT AQUEOUS N-HETEROCYCLIZATION OF ANILINE DERIVATIVES: MICROWAVE-ASSISTED SYNTHESIS OF N-ARYL AZACYCLOALKANES

    EPA Science Inventory

    N-aryl azacycloalkanes, an important class of building blocks in natural product and pharmaceuticals, are synthesized via an efficient and simple eco-friendly protocol that involves double N-alkylation of aniline derivatives. The reaction is accelerated by exposure to microwaves ...

  3. Native Chemical Ligation Strategy to Overcome Side Reactions during Fmoc-Based Synthesis of C-Terminal Cysteine-Containing Peptides.

    PubMed

    Lelièvre, Dominique; Terrier, Victor P; Delmas, Agnès F; Aucagne, Vincent

    2016-03-01

    The Fmoc-based solid phase synthesis of C-terminal cysteine-containing peptides is problematic, due to side reactions provoked by the pronounced acidity of the Cα proton of cysteine esters. We herein describe a general strategy consisting of the postsynthetic introduction of the C-terminal Cys through a key chemoselective native chemical ligation reaction with N-Hnb-Cys peptide crypto-thioesters. This method was successfully applied to the demanding peptide sequences of two natural products of biological interest, giving remarkably high overall yields compared to that of a state of the art strategy. PMID:26878883

  4. An Eco-Friendly Improved Protocol for the Synthesis of Bis(3-indolyl)methanes Using Poly(4-vinylpyridinium)hydrogen Sulfate as Efficient, Heterogeneous, and Recyclable Solid Acid Catalyst

    PubMed Central

    Banothu, Janardhan; Gali, Rajitha; Velpula, Ravibabu; Bavantula, Rajitha; Crooks, Peter A.

    2013-01-01

    Highly efficient and eco-friendly protocol for the synthesis of bis(3-indolyl)methanes by the electrophilic substitution reaction of indole with aldehydes catalyzed by poly(4-vinylpyridinium)hydrogen sulfate was described. Excellent yields, shorter reaction times, simple work-up procedure, avoiding hazardous organic solvents, and reusability of the catalyst are the most obvious advantages of this method. PMID:24052864

  5. Efficient phyto-synthesis and structural characterization of rutile TiO2 nanoparticles using Annona squamosa peel extract.

    PubMed

    Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana; Bharathi, A; Prabhakarn, A; Rahuman, A Abdul; Velayutham, K; Rajakumar, G; Padmaja, R D; Lekshmi, Mohan; Madhumitha, G

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, the biosynthesis of rutile TiO(2) nanoparticles (TiO(2) NPs) was achieved by a novel, biodegradable and convenient procedure using fruit peel Annona squamosa aqueous extract. This is the first report on the new, simple, rapid, eco-friendly and cheaper methods for the synthesis of rutile TiO(2) NPs at lower temperature using agricultural waste. Rutile TiO(2) NPs were characterized by UV, XRD, SEM, TEM and EDS studies. The UV-Vis spectrophotometer results were promising and showed a rapid production of TiO(2) NPs with a surface plasmon resonance occurring at 284 nm. The formation of the TiO(2) NPs as observed from the XRD spectrum is confirmed to be TiO(2) particles in the rutile form as evidenced by the peaks at 2?=27.42, 36.10, 41.30 and 54.33 when compared with the literature. The TEM images showed polydisperse nanoparticles with spherical shapes and size 232 nm ranges. PMID:22983203

  6. Facile synthesis of unique NiO nanostructures for efficiently catalytic conversion of CH4 at low temperature

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ye, Yucheng; Zhao, Yanting; Ni, Liuliu; Jiang, Kedan; Tong, Guoxiu; Zhao, Yuling; Teng, Botao

    2016-01-01

    A simple one-pot thermal decomposition approach to the selective synthesis of NiO nanomaterials was developed. The morphologies of the NiO nanomaterials were nanoparticle-based sheets, octahedra, nanosheet-built agglomerates, and nanoparticle-based microspheres. The samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 adsorption analyses. The morphology, crystal size, and texture properties of the products can be easily modulated by selecting various decomposition temperatures and precursors. Samples with high specific surface area and small crystal size were found to easily form at low sintering temperatures and when basic nickel carbonate and nickel oxalate dihydrate were used as precursors. Reduction property and CH4 conversion, as functions of decomposition temperature and precursor type, were systematically investigated. When NiCO3·2Ni(OH)2·4H2O and NiC2O4·2H2O were used as precursors, the as-obtained nanosheet-built agglomerates and nanoparticle-based sheets presented a high CH4 conversion rate because of the small crystal size and large specific surface area.

  7. Highly efficient synthesis of exopolysaccharides by Lactobacillus curvatus DPPMA10 during growth in hydrolyzed wheat flour agar.

    PubMed

    Minervini, F; De Angelis, M; Surico, R F; Di Cagno, R; Gänzle, M; Gobbetti, M

    2010-06-30

    The aim of this study was to optimize the production of exopolysaccharides (EPS) by sourdough Lactobacillus curvatus DPPMA10 for industrial application. The effects of pH, temperature, planktonic or attached cells and of some food matrices as substrates were studied. Wheat flour hydrolysate (WFH), reconstituted skimmed milk (RSM) and whey milk were supplemented with fresh yeast extract, mineral salts, and/or molasses. Non-controlled pH, starting from 5.6 to 3.5, was the optimal condition for L. curvatus DPPMA10. Temperature of 30 degrees C was also found to be optimal. Solid surfaces (agar culture media) stimulated attached bacteria to synthesize EPS (> or = of two-fold, P<0.05) with respect to planktonic cells (broth media). The highest production of EPS (ca. 46-50 g/kg of wet medium) was found during growth as attached cells in WFH agar supplemented with glucose, sucrose or molasses, mineral salts and fresh yeast extract at 30 degrees C for 48 h. As shown by high-performance liquid chromatography analysis, glucose was the only hydrolysis end-product for EPS synthesized during 48 h of incubation. The EPS synthesized by L. curvatus DPPMA10 improved the quality of bread and was utilized as carbon course by intestinal strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. The synthesis of EPS by L. curvatus DPPMA10 under the conditions of this study may open new perspectives for their industrial applications. PMID:20398955

  8. Facile additive-free synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles for efficient adsorptive removal of Congo red and Cr(VI)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hao, Tao; Yang, Chao; Rao, Xuehui; Wang, Jide; Niu, Chunge; Su, Xintai

    2014-02-01

    The iron oxide nanoparticles had been successfully synthesized via an additive-free hydrolysis process at 75 °C for 12 h. The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and N2 adsorption-desorption. The results of XRD and N2 adsorption-desorption demonstrated that the as-prepared product was mainly α-Fe2O3 with a large surface area of 164.1 m2 g-1. The TEM images illustrated that the as-prepared product was found to consist of a mixture of irregular spherical nanoparticles (a diameter of ∼50 nm) and nanowhiskers (a diameter of ∼50 nm and uneven length). The as-prepared product was used to investigate its promising applications in water treatment. Due to its small size and large surface area, the maximum adsorption capacities of Congo red and Cr(VI) have been determined using the Langmuir equation and found to reach up to 253.8 and 17.0 mg g-1, respectively. The facile synthesis method and the superior adsorption performance derived from the iron oxide nanoparticles display the potential applications for the removal of Congo red and Cr(VI) from aqueous solution.

  9. Template synthesis of Ag/AgCl microrods and their efficient visible light-driven photocatalytic performance

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Hua; Xiao, Liang; Huang, Jianhua

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Preparation ofAg/AgCl microrods by reaction of Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} microrods with NaCl solution. • Generation of metallic Ag is induced by the ambient light in the synthesis process. • Ag/AgCl shows excellent visible light-driven photodegradation of organic dyes. - Abstract: Ag/AgCl microrods, aggregated by nanoparticles with a diameter ranging from 100 nm to 2 μm, were prepared by an ion-exchange reaction at 80 °C between Ag{sub 2}WO{sub 4} template and NaCl solution. The existence of metallic Ag species was confirmed by XRD, DRS and XPS measurements. Ag/AgCl microrods showed excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B and methylene blue under visible light irradiation. The degradation rate constants of rhodamine B and methylene blue are 0.176 and 0.114 min{sup −1}, respectively. The cycling photodegradation experiments suggest that Ag/AgCl microds could be employed as stable plasmonic photocatalysts for the degradation of organic dyes under visible light irradiation.

  10. Synthesis and application of a bromomethyl substituted scaffold to be used for efficient optimization of anti-virulence activity

    PubMed Central

    Chorell, Erik; Bengtsson, Christoffer; Banchelin, Thomas Sainte-Luce; Das, Pralay; Uvell, Hanna; Sinha, Arun K.; Pinkner, Jerome S.; Hultgren, Scott J.; Almqvist, Fredrik

    2013-01-01

    Pilicides are a class of compounds that attenuate virulence in Gram negative bacteria by blocking the chaperone/usher pathway in Escherichia coli. It has also been shown that compounds derived from the peptidomimetic scaffold that the pilicides are based on can prevent both Aβ aggregation and curli formation. To facilitate optimizations towards the different targets, a new synthetic platform has been developed that enables fast and simple introduction of various substituents in position C-7 on the peptidomimetic scaffold. Importantly, this strategy also enables introduction of previously unattainable heteroatoms in this position. Pivotal to the synthetic strategy is the synthesis of a C-7 bromomethyl substituted derivative of the ring-fused dihydrothiazolo 2-pyridone pilicide scaffold. From this versatile and reactive intermediate various heteroatom-linked substituents could be introduced on the scaffold including amines, ethers, amides and sulfonamides. In addition, carbon-carbon bonds could be introduced to the sp3-hybridized bromomethyl substituted scaffold by Suzuki–Miyaura cross couplings. Evaluation of the 24 C-7 substituted compounds in whole-bacterial assays provided important structure–activity data and resulted in the identification of a number of new pilicides with activity as good or better than those developed previously. PMID:21316127

  11. Synthesis of highly efficient antibacterial agent Ag doped ZnO nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical properties

    SciTech Connect

    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mahmood, Arshad

    2014-04-21

    Here, synthesis, structural, morphological, Raman, optical properties and antibacterial activity of undoped and Ag doped ZnO nanorods by chemical co-precipitation technique have been reported. Structural analysis has revealed that Ag doping cannot deteriorate the structure of ZnO and wurtzite phase is maintained. Lattice constants are found to be decreased with the Ag doping. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy also confirm the X-ray diffraction results. Scanning electron microscopy results have demonstrated the formation of ZnO nanorods with average diameter and length of 96 nm and 700 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results suggest that the Ag doping enhances the number of defects in ZnO crystal. It has been found from optical study that Ag doping results in positional shift of band edge absorption peak. This is attributed to the successful incorporation of Ag dopant into ZnO host matrix. The antibacterial activity of prepared nanorods has been determined by two different methods and compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. Ag doped ZnO nanorods exhibit excellent antibacterial activity as compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. This excellent antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies and Zn{sup 2+} interstitial defects. Our preliminary findings suggest that Ag doped ZnO nanorods can be used externally to control the spreading of infections related with tested bacterial strains.

  12. High surface area zincosilicates as efficient catalysts for the synthesis of ethyl lactate: an in-depth structural investigation.

    PubMed

    Collard, Xavier; Louette, Pierre; Fiorilli, Sonia; Aprile, Carmela

    2015-10-28

    Novel Zn-MCM-41 mesoporous materials with particle diameters ranging from 20 to 120 nm were successfully prepared following a straightforward synthesis route. The structural and textural properties of the solids were characterized by N2-physisorption, X-ray diffraction, (29)Si MAS-NMR, TEM and EDX. These results allow evidencing the presence of an ordered mesoporous structure with a very high specific surface area. The insertion of zinc as single site species within the silica framework was investigated using XPS via the Auger parameter in a Wagner plot representation. This is the first time that an in-depth investigation of these types of solids using XPS techniques was performed. The presence of Brønsted and Lewis acidity was elucidated by following in the IR the interaction with ammonia and carbon monoxide. The materials were tested for the conversion of dihydroxyacetone into ethyl lactate with good results both in terms of yield and selectivity and the catalytic activity resulted in excellent agreement with IR and XPS analysis. PMID:26394539

  13. One-pot synthesis of ultrathin manganese dioxide nanosheets and their efficient oxidative degradation of Rhodamine B

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sun, Hang; Xu, Kongliang; Huang, Majia; Shang, Yinxing; She, Ping; Yin, Shengyan; Liu, Zhenning

    2015-12-01

    Ultrathin manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheets have been synthesized in aqueous solution by a facile one-step method. MnO2 nanosheets show a typical 2D lamellar morphology, possessing an average lateral dimension of 100-300 nm, and a typical thickness of 3.1-7.5 nm, corresponding to 4-10 layers of δ-MnO2. The resultant MnO2 nanosheets have been demonstrated to possess superior oxidative degradation ability to Rhodamine B (RhB) by investigating the decomposition rate and comparing the results with the commercial MnO2 powder. Typically, ultrathin MnO2 nanosheets have shown a high oxidation degradation performance of RhB solution (97.9% removed within 30 min) in acid solution (pH 2.0), which can be attributed to special lamellar morphology and the large surface area of the layered MnO2 nanosheets. It is believed that such a convenient approach for the cost-effective and environmentally friendly synthesis of ultrathin MnO2 nanosheets holds great promise for the degradation of complex and various dye wastewater in practical application.

  14. Efficient phyto-synthesis and structural characterization of rutile TiO2 nanoparticles using Annona squamosa peel extract

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana; Bharathi, A.; Prabhakarn, A.; Abdul Rahuman, A.; Velayutham, K.; Rajakumar, G.; Padmaja, R. D.; Lekshmi, Mohan; Madhumitha, G.

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, the biosynthesis of rutile TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) was achieved by a novel, biodegradable and convenient procedure using fruit peel Annona squamosa aqueous extract. This is the first report on the new, simple, rapid, eco-friendly and cheaper methods for the synthesis of rutile TiO2 NPs at lower temperature using agricultural waste. Rutile TiO2 NPs were characterized by UV, XRD, SEM, TEM and EDS studies. The UV-Vis spectrophotometer results were promising and showed a rapid production of TiO2 NPs with a surface plasmon resonance occurring at 284 nm. The formation of the TiO2 NPs as observed from the XRD spectrum is confirmed to be TiO2 particles in the rutile form as evidenced by the peaks at 2θ = 27.42°, 36.10°, 41.30° and 54.33° when compared with the literature. The TEM images showed polydisperse nanoparticles with spherical shapes and size 23 ± 2 nm ranges.

  15. Metal-organic gel templated synthesis of magnetic porous carbon for highly efficient removal of organic dyes.

    PubMed

    Wang, Luhuan; Ke, Fei; Zhu, Junfa

    2016-03-21

    Magnetic porous carbon composites are promising materials in various applications, such as adsorbents, supercapacitors and catalyst supports, due to their high surface area, thermal and chemical stability, and easy separation. However, despite the increasing number of reports of magnetic porous carbon composites, the preparation of these materials with environmentally friendly procedures still remains a great challenge. Herein, we report a facile method to prepare a magnetic porous carbon composite with high surface area from a Fe-based metal-organic gel (MOG) template, an extended structure of a metal-organic framework (MOF). The obtained magnetic porous carbon composite was applied to remove organic dyes from an aqueous solution by selecting methyl orange (MO) as a model molecule. It exhibits excellent adsorption capacity (182.82 mg g(-1)), fast adsorption kinetics (8.13 × 10(-3) g mg(-1) min(-1)), and a perfect magnetic separation performance for the MO removal. This study demonstrates a new way to achieve clean synthesis of magnetic porous carbon materials, and opens a new door for the application of MOGs in organic dye removal. PMID:26842305

  16. An efficient rhythmic component expression and weighting synthesis strategy for classifying motor imagery EEG in a brain computer interface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Tao; He, Bin

    2004-03-01

    The recognition of mental states during motor imagery tasks is crucial for EEG-based brain computer interface research. We have developed a new algorithm by means of frequency decomposition and weighting synthesis strategy for recognizing imagined right- and left-hand movements. A frequency range from 5 to 25 Hz was divided into 20 band bins for each trial, and the corresponding envelopes of filtered EEG signals for each trial were extracted as a measure of instantaneous power at each frequency band. The dimensionality of the feature space was reduced from 200 (corresponding to 2 s) to 3 by down-sampling of envelopes of the feature signals, and subsequently applying principal component analysis. The linear discriminate analysis algorithm was then used to classify the features, due to its generalization capability. Each frequency band bin was weighted by a function determined according to the classification accuracy during the training process. The present classification algorithm was applied to a dataset of nine human subjects, and achieved a success rate of classification of 90% in training and 77% in testing. The present promising results suggest that the present classification algorithm can be used in initiating a general-purpose mental state recognition based on motor imagery tasks.

  17. Synthesis of highly efficient antibacterial agent Ag doped ZnO nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mahmood, Arshad

    2014-04-01

    Here, synthesis, structural, morphological, Raman, optical properties and antibacterial activity of undoped and Ag doped ZnO nanorods by chemical co-precipitation technique have been reported. Structural analysis has revealed that Ag doping cannot deteriorate the structure of ZnO and wurtzite phase is maintained. Lattice constants are found to be decreased with the Ag doping. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy also confirm the X-ray diffraction results. Scanning electron microscopy results have demonstrated the formation of ZnO nanorods with average diameter and length of 96 nm and 700 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results suggest that the Ag doping enhances the number of defects in ZnO crystal. It has been found from optical study that Ag doping results in positional shift of band edge absorption peak. This is attributed to the successful incorporation of Ag dopant into ZnO host matrix. The antibacterial activity of prepared nanorods has been determined by two different methods and compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. Ag doped ZnO nanorods exhibit excellent antibacterial activity as compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. This excellent antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies and Zn2+ interstitial defects. Our preliminary findings suggest that Ag doped ZnO nanorods can be used externally to control the spreading of infections related with tested bacterial strains.

  18. Highly efficient, quick and green synthesis of biarlys with chitosan supported catalyst using microwave irradiation in the absence of solvent.

    PubMed

    Baran, Talat; Açıksöz, Eda; Menteş, Ayfer

    2016-05-20

    The aim of this study was to develop a quick reaction that had high activity with a small amount of catalyst, which could be an eco-friendly alternative technique for the synthesis of biarlys in Suzuki coupling reactions. First, a novel chitosan Schiff base supported Pd(II) catalyst was synthesized, and its structure was illuminated with FTIR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, TG/DTG, SEM/EDAX, XRD, ICP-OES, UV-vis, magnetic moment, and molar conductivity techniques. Subsequently, the catalytic activity of the catalyst was tested in Suzuki CC reactions under microwave irradiation using a solvent-free reaction condition. The catalytic tests showed an excellent activity with a small load of the catalyst (0.02mol%) in 4min. The catalyst showed seven runs without loss of activity, and high values of turnover numbers (TON) and turnover frequency (TOF) were obtained. The novel biopolymer supported Pd(II) catalyst provided much faster reaction times, higher yields, and reusability under microwave heating compared to classic heating methods. PMID:26917390

  19. A novel acylase from Streptomyces mobaraensis that efficiently catalyzes hydrolysis/synthesis of capsaicins as well as N-acyl-L-amino acids and N-acyl-peptides.

    PubMed

    Koreishi, Mayuko; Zhang, Demin; Imanaka, Hiroyuki; Imamura, Koreyoshi; Adachi, Shuji; Matsuno, Ryuichi; Nakanishi, Kazuhiro

    2006-01-11

    A novel enzyme that catalyzes efficient hydrolysis of capsaicin (8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide) was isolated from the culture broth of Streptomyces mobaraensis. The enzyme consisted of two dissimilar subunits with molecular masses of 61 and 19 kDa. The enzyme was activated and stabilized in the presence of Co2+. It showed a pH optimum of about 8 and was stable at temperatures of up to 55 degrees C for 1 h at pH 7.8. The specific activity of the enzyme for the hydrolysis of capsaicin was 10(2)-10(4) times higher than those for the enzymes reported to date. In an aqueous/n-hexane biphasic system, capsaicin analogues such as octanoyl, decanoyl, and lauroyl vanillylamides were synthesized from the corresponding fatty acids and vanillylamine at yields of 50% or greater. In addition, the enzyme catalyzed the deacylation of N-lauroyl-L-amino acids and N-lauroyl-L-dipeptides and the efficient synthesis of Nalpha-lauroyl-L-lysine, Nepsilon-lauroyl-L-lysine, and various N-lauroyl-peptides in aqueous solution in both the absence and the presence of glycerol. PMID:16390180

  20. Efficient enzymatic synthesis and dual-colour fluorescent labelling of DNA probes using long chain azido-dUTP and BCN dyes

    PubMed Central

    Ren, Xiaomei; El-Sagheer, Afaf H.; Brown, Tom

    2016-01-01

    A sterically undemanding azide analogue of dTTP (AHP dUTP) with an alkyl chain and ethynyl attachment to the nucleobase was designed and incorporated into DNA by primer extension, reverse transcription and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). An azide-modified 523 bp PCR amplicon with all 335 thymidines replaced by AHP dU was shown to be a perfect copy of the template from which it was amplified. Replacement of thymidine with AHP dU increases duplex stability, accounting in part for the high incorporation efficiency of the azide-modified triphosphate. Single-stranded azide-labelled DNA was conveniently prepared from PCR products by λ-exonuclease digestion and streptavidin magnetic bead isolation. Efficient fluorescent labelling of single and double-stranded DNA was carried out using dyes functionalized with bicyclo[6.1.0]non-4-yne (BCN) via the strain-promoted alkyne-azide cycloaddition (SPAAC) reaction. This revealed that the degree of labelling must be carefully controlled to achieve optimum fluorescence and avoid fluorescence quenching. Dual-coloured probes were obtained in a single tube fluorescent labelling reaction; and varying the ratios of the two dyes provides a simple method to prepare DNA probes with unique fluorescent signatures. AHP dUTP is a versatile clickable nucleotide with potentially wide applications in biology and nanotechnology including single molecule studies and synthesis of modified aptamer libraries via SELEX. PMID:26819406

  1. Efficient enzymatic synthesis and dual-colour fluorescent labelling of DNA probes using long chain azido-dUTP and BCN dyes.

    PubMed

    Ren, Xiaomei; El-Sagheer, Afaf H; Brown, Tom

    2016-05-01

    A sterically undemanding azide analogue of dTTP (AHP dUTP) with an alkyl chain and ethynyl attachment to the nucleobase was designed and incorporated into DNA by primer extension, reverse transcription and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). An azide-modified 523 bp PCR amplicon with all 335 thymidines replaced by AHP dU was shown to be a perfect copy of the template from which it was amplified. Replacement of thymidine with AHP dU increases duplex stability, accounting in part for the high incorporation efficiency of the azide-modified triphosphate. Single-stranded azide-labelled DNA was conveniently prepared from PCR products by λ-exonuclease digestion and streptavidin magnetic bead isolation. Efficient fluorescent labelling of single and double-stranded DNA was carried out using dyes functionalized with bicyclo[6.1.0]non-4-yne (BCN) via the strain-promoted alkyne-azide cycloaddition (SPAAC) reaction. This revealed that the degree of labelling must be carefully controlled to achieve optimum fluorescence and avoid fluorescence quenching. Dual-coloured probes were obtained in a single tube fluorescent labelling reaction; and varying the ratios of the two dyes provides a simple method to prepare DNA probes with unique fluorescent signatures. AHP dUTP is a versatile clickable nucleotide with potentially wide applications in biology and nanotechnology including single molecule studies and synthesis of modified aptamer libraries via SELEX. PMID:26819406

  2. Synthesis of butterfly-like ZnO nanostructures and study of their self-reducing ability toward Au(3+) ions for enhanced photocatalytic efficiency.

    PubMed

    Song, Xueling; Liu, Yumeng; Zheng, Yan; Ding, Kun; Nie, Shijie; Yang, Ping

    2016-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures with diverse morphologies were successfully fabricated via a simple one-step hydrothermal synthesis and subsequent calcination. The formation of butterfly-like ZnO was mainly ascribed to a typical nucleation-growth-assembly process as a result of electrostatic interactions between the nanoparticles and the reconstructed sheets. Au nanoparticles (NPs) created from Au(3+) ions were deposited on the butterfly-like ZnO without the use of any reducing agents by simply stirring the solution at room temperature. Tartaric acid was present in the ZnO calcined at a low temperature (300 °C), which resulted in the self-reducing ability of ZnO toward the Au(3+) ions. The Au NPs were closely connected with the ZnO matrix. This close connection resulted in hierarchical ZnO-Au composites with efficient photocatalytic activity for use in environmental remediation. Compared with the pure ZnO sample calcined at 300 °C, the hierarchical ZnO-Au composites showed an enhanced photocatalytic performance toward rhodamine B. The results of photodegradation indicated that the incorporation of the Au NPs drastically increased the photocatalytic efficiency by promoting the separation of the electron-hole pairs created by the absorption of photons. PMID:26795699

  3. Graphite oxide-mediated synthesis of porous CeO{sub 2} quadrangular prisms and their high-efficiency adsorptive performance

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, Ling; Wang, Fengxian; Xie, Dong; Zhang, Jun; Du, Gaohui

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Porous CeO{sub 2} quadrangular prisms have been prepared via graphite oxide-mediated synthesis. • Dual-pore hierarchical systems are formed with the pore distributions around 4 nm and 30 nm. • Porous CeO{sub 2} exhibits a rapid adsorption to Rhodamine B with a removal efficiency of ∼99%. • Porous CeO{sub 2} retains the same performances in different pH solutions. - Abstract: We report a graphite oxide-mediated approach for synthesizing porous CeO{sub 2} through a facile hydrothermal process followed by thermal annealing in air. The phase structure, morphology, microstructure and porosity of the products have been revealed by a combination of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption. The as-prepared CeO{sub 2} products show well-defined quadrangular prism morphology, and they are composed of interconnected nanoparticles with diameters around 30–100 nm. In particular, the dual-pore hierarchical systems are created in the CeO{sub 2} quadrangular prisms with the pore distributions around 4 nm and 30 nm. The dye sorption capacity of the porous CeO{sub 2} is investigated, which exhibits a rapid adsorption to rhodamine B with a high removal efficiency of ∼99%. Moreover, the CeO{sub 2} absorbent retains the same performances in different pH solutions.

  4. One-Pot Synthesis of Mesoporous TiO₂ Micropheres and Its Application for High-Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

    PubMed

    Li, Zhao-Qian; Que, Ya-Ping; Mo, Li-E; Chen, Wang-Chao; Ding, Yong; Ma, Yan-Mei; Jiang, Ling; Hu, Lin-Hua; Dai, Song-Yuan

    2015-05-27

    TiO2 microspheres are of great interest for a great deal of applications, especially in the solar cell field. Because of their unique microstructure and light-scattering effect, TiO2 microsphere-based solar cells often exhibit superior photovoltaic performance. Hence, exploring new suitable TiO2 microspheres for high-efficiency solar cells is essential. In this work, we demonstrate a facile one-pot solvothermal approach for synthesis of TiO2 microspheres using acetone as solvent. The as-prepared TiO2 microspheres are composed of densely interconnected nanocrystals and possess a high specific surface area up to 138.47 m(2) g(-1). As the photoanode, the TiO2 microsphere-based DSSC gives higher dye loading and light adsorption ability as well as longer electron lifetime, resulting in higher short-circuit current value and superior power conversion efficiency (PCE) compared with Dyesol 18 nm TiO2 nanoparticle paste. Finally, the TiO2 microsphere-based DSSC were optimized by adding a TiO2 nanocrystal underlayer and TiCl4 post-treatment, giving a high PCE of 10.32%. PMID:25945694

  5. Bioinspired synthesis of nitrogen/sulfur co-doped graphene as an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Huanhuan; Liu, Xiangqian; He, Guangli; Zhang, Xiaoxing; Bao, Shujuan; Hu, Weihua

    2015-04-01

    Efficient electrocatalyst of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is crucial for a variety of renewable energy applications and heteroatom-doped carbon materials have demonstrated promising catalytic performance towards ORR. In this paper we report a bioinspired method to synthesize nitrogen/sulfur (N/S) co-doped graphene as an efficient ORR electrocatalyst via self-polymerization of polydopamine (PDA) thin layer on graphene oxide sheets, followed by reacting with cysteine and finally thermal annealing in Argon (Ar) atmosphere. As-prepared N/S co-doped graphene exhibits significantly enhanced ORR catalytic activity in alkaline solution compared with pristine graphene or N-doped graphene. It also displays long-term operation stability and strong tolerance to methanol poison effect, indicating it a promising ORR electrocatalyst.

  6. Polyphosphazenes as tunable and recyclable supports to immobilize alcohol dehydrogenases and lipases: synthesis, catalytic activity, and recycling efficiency.

    PubMed

    Cuetos, Aníbal; Valenzuela, María L; Lavandera, Iván; Gotor, Vicente; Carriedo, Gabino A

    2010-05-10

    The polyphosphazene {NP[O(2)C(12)H(7.5)(NH(2))(0.5)]}(n), prepared by reacting {NP[O(2)C(12)H(7.5)(NO(2))(0.5)]} with the Lalancette's reagent, was used for attaching enzymes such as alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH-A) and lipase (CAL-B). The resulting new biocatalysts exhibited great potential as tunable supports for enzymatic reactions in both aqueous and organic media. The material with immobilized ADH-A was as efficient as the commercial enzyme to perform stereoselective bioreductions of ketones in aqueous solutions and could be used for the reduction of various aliphatic and aromatic ketones up to 60 degrees C and recycled several times without significant loss of activity even after three months of storage. The biocatalyst obtained with CAL-B was more efficient than the free enzyme for kinetic resolutions in organic solvents and exhibited a moderately good capability of reutilization. PMID:20359182

  7. Synthesis and efficient blue-emitting of Eu2+-activated borate fluoride BaAlBO3F2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tao, Zhengxu; Huang, Yanlin; Cai, Peiqing; Kim, Sun Il; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2014-11-01

    Eu2+-doped borate fluoride BaAlBO3F2 was synthesized by the conventional high temperature solid state reaction. The crystal phase formations were confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) measurements and the structure refinement. The photoluminescence (PL) excitation and emission spectra, and the decay curves were investigated. Eu2+-doped BaAlBO3F2 phosphor can be efficiently excited by near-UV light and presents narrow blue luminescence band centered at 450 nm. The maximum absolute quantum efficiency (QE) of BaAlBO3F2:0.05Eu2+ phosphor was measured to be 76% excited at 398 nm light at 300 K. The thermal stability of the blue luminescence was evaluated by the luminescence decays as a function of temperature. The phosphor shows an excellent thermal stability with high thermal activation-energy on temperature quenching effects because of the rigid crystal lattices.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of a porous and hydrophobic cellulose-based composite for efficient and fast oil-water separation.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xiangyun; Xu, Shimei; Tan, Yun; Du, Juan; Wang, Jide

    2016-04-20

    Oily wastewater is generated in diverse industrial processes, and its treatment has become crucial due to increasing environmental concerns. Herein, silanized cellulose was prepared by sol-gel reaction between microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) and hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTMS) using for oil-water separation. The silanized cellulose was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). A higher mass ratio of HDTMS to MCC made silanized cellulose become looser, and showed lower water absorbency. The silanized cellulose exhibited specific separation performance towards vegetable oil-water mixture (not for mineral oil-water mixture) with separation efficiency of 99.93%. Moreover, the separation was fast with a water flux of 4628.5Lm(-2)h(-1). The separation efficiency still remained at 99.77% even after recycling for 10 times. PMID:26876843

  9. Continuous Flow Polymer Synthesis toward Reproducible Large-Scale Production for Efficient Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells.

    PubMed

    Pirotte, Geert; Kesters, Jurgen; Verstappen, Pieter; Govaerts, Sanne; Manca, Jean; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk; Maes, Wouter

    2015-10-12

    Organic photovoltaics (OPV) have attracted great interest as a solar cell technology with appealing mechanical, aesthetical, and economies-of-scale features. To drive OPV toward economic viability, low-cost, large-scale module production has to be realized in combination with increased top-quality material availability and minimal batch-to-batch variation. To this extent, continuous flow chemistry can serve as a powerful tool. In this contribution, a flow protocol is optimized for the high performance benzodithiophene-thienopyrroledione copolymer PBDTTPD and the material quality is probed through systematic solar-cell evaluation. A stepwise approach is adopted to turn the batch process into a reproducible and scalable continuous flow procedure. Solar cell devices fabricated using the obtained polymer batches deliver an average power conversion efficiency of 7.2 %. Upon incorporation of an ionic polythiophene-based cathodic interlayer, the photovoltaic performance could be enhanced to a maximum efficiency of 9.1 %. PMID:26388210

  10. Highly efficient enzymatic synthesis of tert-butyl (S)-6-chloro-5-hydroxy-3-oxohexanoate with a mutant alcohol dehydrogenase of Lactobacillus kefir.

    PubMed

    He, Xiu-Juan; Chen, Shao-Yun; Wu, Jian-Ping; Yang, Li-Rong; Xu, Gang

    2015-11-01

    tert-Butyl (S)-6-chloro-5-hydroxy-3-oxohexanoate ((S)-CHOH) is a valuable chiral synthon, which is used for the synthesis of the cholesterol-lowering drugs atorvastatin and rosuvastatin. To date, only the alcohol dehydrogenases from Lactobacillus brevis (LbADH) and Lactobacillus kefir (LkADH) have demonstrated catalytic activity toward the asymmetric reduction of tert-butyl 6-chloro-3,5-dioxohexanoate (CDOH) to (S)-CHOH. Herein, a tetrad mutant of LkADH (LkTADH), A94T/F147L/L199H/A202L, was screened to be more efficient in this bioreduction process, exhibiting a 3.7- and 42-fold improvement in specific activity toward CDOH (1.27 U/mg) over LbADH (0.34 U/mg) and wild-type LkADH (0.03 U/mg), respectively. The molecular basis for the improved catalytic activity of LkTADH toward CDOH was investigated using homology modeling and docking analysis. Two major issues had a significant impact on the biocatalytic efficiency of this process, including (i) the poor aqueous stability of the substrate and (ii) partial substrate inhibition. A fed-batch strategy was successfully developed to address these issues and maintain a suitably low substrate concentration throughout the entire process. Several other parameters were also optimized, including the pH, temperature, NADP(+) concentration and cell loading. A final CDOH concentration of 427 mM (100 g/L) gave (S)-CHOH in 94 % yield and 99.5 % e.e. after a reaction time of 38 h with whole cells expressing LkTADH. The space-time yield and turnover number of NADP(+) in this process were 10.6 mmol/L/h and 16,060 mol/mol, respectively, which were the highest values ever reported. This new approach therefore represents a promising alternative for the efficient synthesis of (S)-CHOH. PMID:26004803

  11. Amyloid-β Deposits Target Efficient Near-Infrared Fluorescent Probes: Synthesis, in Vitro Evaluation, and in Vivo Imaging.

    PubMed

    Fu, Hualong; Tu, Peiyu; Zhao, Liu; Dai, Jiapei; Liu, Boli; Cui, Mengchao

    2016-02-01

    The formation of extracellular amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques is a common molecular change that underlies several debilitating human conditions, including Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, the existing near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probes for the in vivo detection of Aβ plaques are limited by undesirable fluorescent properties and poor brain kinetics. In this work, we designed, synthesized, and evaluated a new family of efficient NIR probes that target Aβ plaques by incorporating hydroxyethyl groups into the ligand structure. Among these probes, DANIR 8c showed excellent fluorescent properties with an emission maximum above 670 nm upon binding to Aβ aggregates and also displayed a high sensitivity (a 629-fold increase in fluorescence intensity) and affinity (Kd = 14.5 nM). Because of the improved hydrophilicity that was induced by hydroxyls, 8c displayed increased initial brain uptake and a fast washout from the brain, as well as an acceptable biostability in the brain. In vivo NIR fluorescent imaging revealed that 8c could efficiently distinguish between AD transgenic model mice and normal controls. Overall, 8c is an efficient and veritable NIR fluorescent probe for the in vivo detection of Aβ plaques in the brain. PMID:26717442

  12. Synthesis and evaluation of N-(2,3-dihydroxypropyl)-PEIs as efficient vectors for nucleic acids.

    PubMed

    Tripathi, Sushil K; Yadav, Santosh; Gupta, Kailash C; Kumar, Pradeep

    2012-04-01

    Branched polyethylenimine (bPEI, 25 kDa) has been widely used as an efficient delivery vector for nucleic acids in vitro. However, its charge-associated toxicity has limited its in vivo applications. In an attempt to control its toxicity, it was reacted with varying amounts of glycidol (2,3-epoxy-1-propanol) to obtain a small series of hydrophilic polymers, 2,3-dihydroxypropyl-grafted-polyethylenimines (DHP-g-P). The resulting polymers were characterized by (1)H-NMR and subjected to interaction with negatively charged pDNA, which yielded complexes in the size range of ~171-190 nm with a zeta potential of ∼+33-39 mV. Acid-base titration revealed no effect of substitution on the buffering capacity of the modified polymers. Grafting of 2,3-dihydroxypropyl groups on bPEI significantly improved the cell viability (i.e. almost non-toxic) as well as the DNA release properties of these modified polymers compared to native bPEI. Formation of a relatively loose DHP-g-P25/pDNA complex (the best working system in terms of transfection efficiency) resulted in the efficient nuclear release of pDNA for transcription, a prerequisite for efficient transfection. Subsequently, upon evaluation of their ability to transfer nucleic acids in vitro, the DHP-g-P/pDNA complexes exhibited higher gene transfection efficiency with one of the formulations, DHP-g-P25/DNA complex, displaying ~2.7 folds higher GFP expression than bPEI and ~2.3-3.5 folds higher than the selected commercial transfection reagents used in this study. Further to quantify the extent of GFP positive cells, FACS analysis was performed, which revealed DHP-g-P25/DNA mediated gene expression in ~51% cells outcompeting bPEI, Superfect™, Fugene™ and Lipofectamine™. Sequential delivery of GFP-specific siRNA resulted in ~78% suppression of the target gene compared to ~49% achieved by Fugene™. All these results demonstrate the potential of these polymers for in vivo gene delivery. PMID:22419101

  13. Fast and Highly Chemoselective Alkynylation of Thiols with Hypervalent Iodine Reagents Enabled through a Low Energy Barrier Concerted Mechanism

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Among all functional groups, alkynes occupy a privileged position in synthetic and medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and materials science. Thioalkynes, in particular, are highly useful, as they combine the enhanced reactivity of the triple bond with a sulfur atom frequently encountered in bioactive compounds and materials. Nevertheless, general methods to access these compounds are lacking. In this article, we describe the mechanism and full scope of the alkynylation of thiols using ethynyl benziodoxolone (EBX) hypervalent iodine reagents. Computations led to the discovery of a new, three-atom concerted transition state with a very low energy barrier, which rationalizes the high reaction rate. On the basis of this result, the scope of the reaction was extended to the synthesis of aryl- and alkyl-substituted alkynes containing a broad range of functional groups. New sulfur nucleophiles such as thioglycosides, thioacids, and sodium hydrogen sulfide were also alkynylated successfully to lead to the most general and practical method yet reported for the synthesis of thioalkynes. PMID:25365776

  14. Fast and highly chemoselective alkynylation of thiols with hypervalent iodine reagents enabled through a low energy barrier concerted mechanism.

    PubMed

    Frei, Reto; Wodrich, Matthew D; Hari, Durga Prasad; Borin, Pierre-Antoine; Chauvier, Clément; Waser, Jérôme

    2014-11-26

    Among all functional groups, alkynes occupy a privileged position in synthetic and medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and materials science. Thioalkynes, in particular, are highly useful, as they combine the enhanced reactivity of the triple bond with a sulfur atom frequently encountered in bioactive compounds and materials. Nevertheless, general methods to access these compounds are lacking. In this article, we describe the mechanism and full scope of the alkynylation of thiols using ethynyl benziodoxolone (EBX) hypervalent iodine reagents. Computations led to the discovery of a new, three-atom concerted transition state with a very low energy barrier, which rationalizes the high reaction rate. On the basis of this result, the scope of the reaction was extended to the synthesis of aryl- and alkyl-substituted alkynes containing a broad range of functional groups. New sulfur nucleophiles such as thioglycosides, thioacids, and sodium hydrogen sulfide were also alkynylated successfully to lead to the most general and practical method yet reported for the synthesis of thioalkynes. PMID:25365776

  15. Ethyl cinnamate derivatives as promising high-efficient acaricides against Psoroptes cuniculi: synthesis, bioactivity and structure-activity relationship.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Bingyu; Lv, Chao; Li, Weibo; Cui, Zhiming; Chen, Dongdong; Cao, Fangjun; Miao, Fang; Zhou, Le

    2015-01-01

    This paper reported the synthesis, structure-activity relationship (SAR) and acaricidal activity in vitro against Psoroptes cuniculi, a mange mite, of 25 ethyl cinnamate derivatives. All target compounds were synthesized and elucidated by means of MS, (1)H- and (13)C-NMR analysis. The results showed that 24 out of 25 tested compounds at 1.0 mg/mL demonstrated acaricidal activity in varying degrees. Among them, 6, 15, 26, 27 and 30 showed significant activity with median lethal concentration values (LC50) of 89.3, 119.0, 39.2, 29.8 and 41.2 µg/mL, respectively, which were 2.1- to 8.3-fold the activity of ivermectin (LC50=247.4 µg/mL), a standard drug in the treatment of Psoroptes cuniculi. Compared with ivermectin, with a median lethal time value (LT50) of 8.9 h, 27 and 30 showed smaller LT50 values of 7.9 and 1.3 h, respectively, whereas 6, 15 and 26 showed slightly larger LT50 values of 10.6, 11.0 and 10.4 h at 4.5 µmol/mL. SARs showed that the presence of o-NO2 or m-NO2 on the benzene ring significantly improved the activity, whereas the introduction of a hydroxy, methoxy, acetoxy, methylenedioxy, bromo or chloro group reduced the activity. (E)-Cinnamates were more effective than their (Z)-isomer. Nevertheless, the carbon-carbon double bond in the acrylic ester moiety was proven not to be essential to improve the activity of cinnamic acid esters. Thus, the results strongly indicate that cinnamate derivatives, especially their dihydro derivatives, should be promising candidates or lead compounds for the development of novel acaricides for the effective control of animal or human acariasis. PMID:25739666

  16. A novel method of synthesis of small band gap SnS nanorods and its efficient photocatalytic dye degradation.

    PubMed

    Das, Dipika; Dutta, Raj Kumar

    2015-11-01

    A facile one pot method has been developed for synthesis of stable (ξ=-37.5 mV), orthorhombic structured SnS nanorods capped with mercaptoacetic acid by precipitation method. The SnS nanorods were measured to be about 45 nm long with a diameter of 20 nm, as studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The band gap of the MAA capped SnS nanorods was 1.81 eV, measured by diffused reflectance spectroscopy and was larger than the bulk SnS. The relative positions of highest valence band and lowest conduction band were determined from theoretical band structure calculation as 1.58 eV and -0.23 eV, respectively. The UV-Visible-NIR fluorescence emission spectrum of the SnS nanorods revealed intense emission peak at 1000 nm (1.239 eV) and weaker peaks at 935 nm, 1080 nm, 1160 nm which is likely to be due to Sn(2+) vacancies. The as-synthesized SnS nanorods exhibited more than 95% sunlight induced photocatalytic degradation of trypan blue in 4 h, following first order kinetics with high rate of degradation (k) (0.0124 min(-1)). The observed dye degradation is attributable to generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), confirmed from terephthalic acid assay. The ROS generation has been explained on the basis of interaction between photoexcited electrons from conduction band with molecular oxygen adhered to the surface of nanorods owing to favourable redox potentials of O2/O2(-) (-0.20 eV) in normal hydrogen electrode (NHE) scale. PMID:26196717

  17. An efficient and practical synthesis of [2-11C]indole via superfast nucleophilic [11C]cyanation and RANEY® Nickel catalyzed reductive cyclization

    DOE PAGESBeta

    So Jeong Lee; Fowler, Joanna S.; Alexoff, David; Schueller, Michael; Kim, Dohyun; Nauth, Alexander; Weber, Carina; Kim, Sung Won; Hooker, Jacob M.; Ma, Ling; et al

    2015-09-21

    We developed a rapid method for the synthesis of carbon-11 radiolabeled indole using a sub-nanomolar quantity of no-carrier-added [11C]cyanide as radio-precursor. Based upon a reported synthesis of 2-(2-nitrophenyl)acetonitrile (2), a highly reactive substrate 2-nitrobenzyl bromide (1) was evaluated for nucleophilic [11C]cyanation. Additionally, related reaction conditions were explored with the goal of obtaining of highly reactive 2-(2-nitrophenyl)-[1-11C]acetonitrile ([11C]-2) while inhibiting its rapid conversion to 2,3-bis(2-nitrophenyl)-[1-11C]propanenitrile ([11C]-3). Next, a Raney Nickel catalyzed reductive cyclization method was utilized for synthesizing the desired [2-11C]indole with hydrazinium monoformate as the active reducing agent. Extensive and iterative screening of basicity, temperature and stoichiometry was required tomore » overcome the large stoichiometry bias that favored 2-nitrobenzylbromide (1) over [11C]cyanide, which both caused further alkylation of the desired nitrile and poisoned the Raney Nickel catalyst. The result is an efficient two-step, streamlined method to reliably synthesize [2-11C]indole with an entire radiochemical yield of 21 ± 2.2% (n = 5, ranging from 18 – 24%). The radiochemical purity of the final product was > 98% and specific activity was 176 ± 24.8 GBq/μmol (n = 5, ranging from 141 – 204 GBq/μmol). The total radiosynthesis time including product purification by semi-preparative HPLC was 50 – 55 min from end of cyclotron bombardment.« less

  18. An efficient and practical synthesis of [2-11C]indole via superfast nucleophilic [11C]cyanation and RANEY® Nickel catalyzed reductive cyclization

    SciTech Connect

    So Jeong Lee; Fowler, Joanna S.; Alexoff, David; Schueller, Michael; Kim, Dohyun; Nauth, Alexander; Weber, Carina; Kim, Sung Won; Hooker, Jacob M.; Ma, Ling; Qu, Wenchao

    2015-09-21

    We developed a rapid method for the synthesis of carbon-11 radiolabeled indole using a sub-nanomolar quantity of no-carrier-added [11C]cyanide as radio-precursor. Based upon a reported synthesis of 2-(2-nitrophenyl)acetonitrile (2), a highly reactive substrate 2-nitrobenzyl bromide (1) was evaluated for nucleophilic [11C]cyanation. Additionally, related reaction conditions were explored with the goal of obtaining of highly reactive 2-(2-nitrophenyl)-[1-11C]acetonitrile ([11C]-2) while inhibiting its rapid conversion to 2,3-bis(2-nitrophenyl)-[1-11C]propanenitrile ([11C]-3). Next, a Raney Nickel catalyzed reductive cyclization method was utilized for synthesizing the desired [2-11C]indole with hydrazinium monoformate as the active reducing agent. Extensive and iterative screening of basicity, temperature and stoichiometry was required to overcome the large stoichiometry bias that favored 2-nitrobenzylbromide (1) over [11C]cyanide, which both caused further alkylation of the desired nitrile and poisoned the Raney Nickel catalyst. The result is an efficient two-step, streamlined method to reliably synthesize [2-11C]indole with an entire radiochemical yield of 21 ± 2.2% (n = 5, ranging from 18 – 24%). The radiochemical purity of the final product was > 98% and specific activity was 176 ± 24.8 GBq/μmol (n = 5, ranging from 141 – 204 GBq/μmol). The total radiosynthesis time including product purification by semi-preparative HPLC was 50 – 55 min from end of cyclotron bombardment.

  19. Facile and selective synthesis of oligothiophene-based sensitizer isomers: an approach toward efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Feng, Quanyou; Zhang, Qian; Lu, Xuefeng; Wang, Hong; Zhou, Gang; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2013-09-25

    Two sets of isomeric organic dyes with n-hexyl (DH and AH) or 2-ethylhexyl (DEH and AEH) groups substituted at the spacer part have been designed and straightforwardly synthesized via a facile and selective synthetic route. The structure difference between the isomers stands at the position of the incorporated alkyl chains which are introduced into the terthiophene spacer close to the donor (D) or anchor (A) side. The relationship between the isomeric structures and the optoelectronic properties are systematically investigated. It is found that, in the D series dyes, the alkyl group is much closer to the aromatic donor moiety, which brings about strong steric hindrance and therefore causes a remarkable twist in the molecular skeleton. In contrast, a more planar chemical structure and more effective π-conjugation are realized in the A series dye isomers. Consequently, the A series isomeric dyes demonstrate bathochromically shifted absorption bands, resulting in the improved light-harvesting capability and enhanced photo-generated current. However, the D series isomeric dyes with more twisted molecular skeleton have suppressed the intermolecular interactions and retarded the charge recombination more efficiently, which induces higher open-circuit photovoltage. Combining the two effects on the performance of the fabricated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC), the influence from the short-circuit photocurrent plays a more significant role on the power conversion efficiency (η). As a result, isomer AEH-based DSSC with quasi-solid-state electrolyte displays the highest η of 7.10% which remained at 98% of the initial value after continuous light soaking for 1000 h. Promisingly, a η of 8.66% has been achieved for AEH-based DSSC with liquid electrolyte containing Co(II)/(III) redox couple. This work presents the crucial issue of molecular engineering and paves a way to design organic sensitizers for highly efficient and stable DSSCs. PMID:23981089

  20. Efficient synthesis of glycosylated phenazine natural products and analogs with DISAL (methyl 3,5-dinitrosalicylate) glycosyl donors.

    PubMed

    Laursen, Jane B; Petersen, Lars; Jensen, Knud J; Nielsen, John

    2003-09-21

    Inspired by the occurrence and function of phenazines in natural products, new glycosylated analogs were designed and synthesized. DISAL (methyl 3,5-dinitrosalicylate) glycosyl donors were used in an efficient and easily-handled glycosylation protocol compatible with combinatorial chemistry. Benzoylated D-glucose, D-galactose and L-quinovose DISAL glycosyl donors were synthesized in high yields and used under mild conditions to glycosylate methyl saphenate and 2-hydroxyphenazine. The glycosides were screened for biological activity and one compound showed inhibitory activity towards topoisomerase II. PMID:14527145

  1. Synthesis, growth and optical properties of an efficient nonlinear optical single crystal: L-alanine DL-malic acid

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kirubagaran, R.; Madhavan, J.

    2015-02-01

    Single crystals of L-alanine DL-malic acid (LADLMA) have been grown from aqueous solution by slow-cooling technique. Powder X-ray diffraction studies reveal the structure of the crystal to be orthorhombic. The nonlinear optical conversion efficiency test was carried out for the grown crystals using the Kurtz powder technique. The third order nonlinear refractive index and the nonlinear absorption coefficient where evaluated by Z-scan measurements. As the material have a negative refractive index it could be used in the protection of optical sensors such as night vision devices.

  2. Efficient Synthesis of Chiral Trisubstituted 1,2-Allenyl Ketones by Catalytic Asymmetric Conjugate Addition of Malonic Esters to Enynes.

    PubMed

    Yao, Qian; Liao, Yuting; Lin, Lili; Lin, Xiaobin; Ji, Jie; Liu, Xiaohua; Feng, Xiaoming

    2016-01-01

    An N,N'-dioxide/scandium(III) complex catalyzed, highly efficient conjugate addition of malonic esters to enynes is described. A range of trisubstituted 1,2-allenyl ketones were obtained in high yields (up to 99 %) with good d.r. (up to 95/5) and excellent ee values (97 %-99 %). Moreover, the products could be easily transformed into chiral furan and 5-hydroxypyrazoline derivatives, both of which are important skeletons of many biologically active compounds and pharmacologicals. PMID:26694204

  3. Facile synthesis of TiO2/trititanate heterostructure with enhanced photoelectric efficiency for an improved photocatalysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Feitai; Li, Youji; Liu, Zhi; Fang, Pengfei

    2015-06-01

    TiO2/trititanate photocatalyst was prepared by alkaline hydrothermal treatment of TiO2, and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman etc. The photocatalytic activities of catalysts were evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB). It is found that the heterostructure can be directly formed via the conversion of surface TiO2 into trititanate. The coupled nanostructure possesses enhanced adsorption ability for RhB as compared with the raw TiO2, owing to the formation of an increased amount of hydroxyl groups on the prepared catalyst surface. Besides, the generated trititanate can successfully introduce a shallow energy level in the coupled composite, which results in the improvement of separation efficiency of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. In the degradation experiments, TiO2/trititanate exhibits much higher photocatalytic activity than the bare TiO2. These advantages of the coupled nanostructure in adsorption capacity and photoelectric efficiency may make it a wider application for the removal of organic pollutants.

  4. Metal-organic framework-templated synthesis of magnetic nanoporous carbon as an efficient absorbent for enrichment of phenylurea herbicides.

    PubMed

    Liu, Xingli; Wang, Chun; Wu, Qiuhua; Wang, Zhi

    2015-04-22

    Nanoporous carbon with a high specific surface area and unique porous structure represents an attractive material as an adsorbent in analytical chemistry. In this study, a magnetic nanoporous carbon (MNC) was fabricated by direct carbonization of Co-based metal-organic framework in nitrogen atmosphere without using any additional carbon precursors. The MNC was used as an effective magnetic adsorbent for the extraction and enrichment of some phenylurea herbicides (monuron, isoproturon, diuron and buturon) in grape and bitter gourd samples prior to their determination by high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection. Several important experimental parameters that could influence the extraction efficiency were investigated and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, a good linearity was achieved in the concentration range of 1.0-100.0 ng g(-1) for monuron, diuron and buturon and 1.5-100.0 ng g(-1) for isoproturon with the correlation coefficients (r) larger than 0.9964. The limits of detection (S/N=3) of the method were in the range from 0.17 to 0.46 ng g(-1). The results indicated that the MNC material was stable and efficient adsorbent for the magnetic solid-phase extraction of phenylurea herbicides and would have a great application potential for the extraction and preconcentration of more organic pollutants from real samples. PMID:25819788

  5. Pd(OAc)2/DABCO as an efficient and phosphine-free catalytic system for the synthesis of single and double Weinreb amides by the aminocarbonylation of aryl iodides.

    PubMed

    Gadge, Sandip T; Bhanage, Bhalchandra M

    2014-08-14

    This work reports a mild, stable and efficient Pd(OAc)2/DABCO catalysed protocol for the synthesis of single and double Weinreb amides. Double Weinreb amides, having 1,4-phenylene- and biphenylene-linkers - important backbones for the synthesis of biologically active symmetrical resorcylate oligomer units - were synthesized by the double carbonylation of aryl diiodides. Notably, the reaction does not require any expensive or air/moisture sensitive phosphine ligands. DABCO was found to be an inexpensive and stable ligand for the Pd(OAc)2 catalysed carbonylation of aryl iodides under an atmospheric pressure of carbon monoxide, and offered excellent yields of the single and double Weinreb amides. PMID:24967832

  6. Efficient synthesis of spironaphthopyrano [2,3-d]pyrimidine-5,3'-indolines under solvent-free conditions catalyzed by SBA-Pr-SO3H as a nanoporous acid catalyst.

    PubMed

    Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi; Lashgari, Negar; Faramarzi, Sakineh; Badiei, Alireza

    2014-01-01

    A green, simple one-pot synthesis of spironaphthopyrano[2,3-d]pyrimidine-5,3'-indoline derivatives by a three-component reaction of isatins, 2-naphthol, and barbituric acids under solvent-free conditions in the presence of SBA-Pr-SO(3)H has been accomplished. Sulfonic acid functionalized SBA-15 (SBA-Pr-SO(3)H) as a heterogeneous nanoporous solid acid catalyst was found to be an efficient and recyclable acid catalyst in this synthesis. PMID:25286212

  7. Integrated lipase production and in situ biodiesel synthesis in a recombinant Pichia pastoris yeast: an efficient dual biocatalytic system composed of cell free enzymes and whole cell catalysts

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background Lipase-catalyzed biotransformation of acylglycerides or fatty acids into biodiesel via immobilized enzymes or whole cell catalysts has been considered as one of the most promising methods to produce renewable and environmentally friendly alternative liquid fuels, thus being extensively studied so far. In all previously pursued approaches, however, lipase enzymes are prepared in an independent process separated from enzymatic biodiesel production, which would unavoidably increase the cost and energy consumption during industrial manufacture of this cost-sensitive energy product. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop novel cost-effective biocatalysts and biocatalytic processes with genuine industrial feasibility. Result Inspired by the consolidated bioprocessing of lignocellulose to generate bioethanol, an integrated process with coupled lipase production and in situ biodiesel synthesis in a recombinant P. pastoris yeast was developed in this study. The novel and efficient dual biocatalytic system based on Thermomyces lanuginosus lipase took advantage of both cell free enzymes and whole cell catalysts. The extracellular and intracellular lipases of growing yeast cells were simultaneously utilized to produce biodiesel from waste cooking oils in situ and in one pot. This integrated system effectively achieved 58% and 72% biodiesel yield via concurrent esterified-transesterified methanolysis and stepwise hydrolysis-esterification at 3:1 molar ratio between methanol and waste cooking oils, respectively. Further increasing the molar ratio of methanol to waste cooking oils to 6:1 led to an 87% biodiesel yield using the stepwise strategy. Both water tolerance and methanol tolerance of this novel system were found to be significantly improved compared to previous non-integrated biodiesel production processes using separately prepared immobilized enzymes or whole cell catalysts. Conclusion We have proposed a new concept of integrated biodiesel production. This integrated system couples lipase production to lipase-catalyzed biodiesel synthesis in one pot. The proof-of-concept was established through construction of a recombinant P. pastoris yeast strain that was able to grow, overexpress T. lanuginosus lipase, and efficiently catalyze biodiesel production from fed waste cooking oils and methanol simultaneously. This simplified single-step process represents a significant advance toward achieving economical production of biodiesel at industrial scale via a ‘green’ biocatalytic route. PMID:24713071

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Phenothiazine-Based Platinum(II)-Acetylide Photosensitizers for Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

    PubMed

    Siu, Chi-Ho; Lee, Lawrence Tien Lin; Yiu, Sze-Chun; Ho, Po-Yu; Zhou, Panwang; Ho, Cheuk-Lam; Chen, Tao; Liu, Jianyong; Han, Keli; Wong, Wai-Yeung

    2016-03-01

    Three new unsymmetrical phenothiazine-based platinum(II) bis(acetylide) complexes PT1-PT3 with different electron-donating arylacetylide ligands were synthesized and characterized. Their photophysical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties have been fully investigated and the density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been carried out. Under AM 1.5 irradiation (100 mW cm(-2) ), the PT1-based dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) device exhibited an attractive power conversion efficiency (η) up to 5.78 %, with a short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc ) of 10.98 mA cm(-2) , an open-circuit photovoltage (Voc ) of 0.738 V, and a fill factor (ff) of 0.713. These findings provide strong evidence that platinum-acetylide complexes have great potential as promising photosensitizers in DSSC applications. PMID:26660631

  9. Synthesis and in vitro transfection efficiency of spermine-based cationic lipids with different central core structures and lipophilic tails.

    PubMed

    Niyomtham, Nattisa; Apiratikul, Nuttapon; Suksen, Kanoknetr; Opanasopit, Praneet; Yingyongnarongkul, Boon-Ek

    2015-02-01

    Twelve spermine-based cationic lipids with four different central core structures (di(oxyethyl)amino, di(oxyethyl)amino carboxy, 3-amino-1,2-dioxypropyl and 2-amino-1,3-dioxypropyl) and three hydrophobic tails (lauric acid, myristic acid and palmitic acid) were synthesized. The liposomes containing lipids and DOPE showed moderate to good in vitro DNA delivery into HeLa cells. GFP expression experiments revealed that liposomes composed of lipids with 3-amino-1,2-dioxypropyl as a central core structure exhibited highest transfection efficiency under serum-free condition. Whereas, lipid with 2-amino-1,3-dioxypropyl core structure showed highest transfection under 10% serum condition. Moreover, the liposomes and lipoplexes composted of these cationic lipids exhibited low cytotoxicity. PMID:25556091

  10. Synthesis of Hierarchical (BiO)2CO3 Nanosheets Microspheres toward Efficient Photocatalystic Reduction of CO2 into CO

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, Huohai; Bai, Yang; Chen, Ting; Shi, Xian; Zhu, Yu-chuan

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, hierarchical (BiO)2CO3 nanosheets microspheres were synthesized with dry ice as carbon source, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). The photocatalytic results showed that (BiO)2CO3 display much higher photocatalytic activity than BiOCl and TiO2 for photocatalystic reduction of CO2 under UV-visible light. The photocatalytic mechanism study revealled that (BiO)2CO3 display better separation efficiency of photoinduced charge carriers due to the large interlayer spacing (1.3675 nm).

  11. An efficient N-heterocyclic carbene-ruthenium complex: application towards the synthesis of polyesters and polyamides.

    PubMed

    Malineni, Jagadeesh; Keul, Helmut; Möller, Martin

    2015-03-01

    The ruthenium benzimidazolylidene-based N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complex 4 catalyzes the direct dehydrogenative condensation of primary alcohols into esters and primary alcohols in the presence of amines to the corresponding amides in high yields. This efficient new catalytic system shows a high selectivity towards the conversion of diols to polyesters and of a mixture of diols and diamines to polyamides. The only side product formed in this reaction is molecular hydrogen. Remarkable is the conversion of hydroxytelechelic polytetrahydrofuran (Mn = 1000 g mol(-1))--a polydispers starting material--into a hydrolytically degradable polyether with ester linkages (Mn = 32 600 g mol(-1)) and, in the presence of aliphatic diamines, into a polyether with amide linkages in the back bone (Mn = 16 000 g mol(-1) ). PMID:25653190

  12. Purification-free synthesis of a highly efficient ruthenium dye complex for dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs).

    PubMed

    Hallett, Andrew J; Jones, Jennifer E

    2011-04-21

    A novel Ru(II) sensitiser A597 containing the 4,4'-dioctylamido-2,2'-bipyridine ancillary ligand is synthesised without the need for purification steps. It shows an irreversible oxidation at 0.92 V in the cyclic voltammogram and an absorbtion at 539 nm in the UV-vis spectrum corresponding to an (1)MLCT transition. Preliminary DFT calculations reveal that the HOMO is localised on the ruthenium metal centre and the thiocyanate ligands, whereas the LUMO is predominantly on the 4,4'-carboxy-2,2'-bipyridine ligand. The ruthenium complex exhibits a maximum power conversion efficiency (7.25%) compared with the known Z907 (8.32%) in dye-sensitised solar cells. PMID:21180743

  13. SiO2/H2SO4: An Efficient Catalytic System for Solvent-free 1, 5-benzodiazepines Synthesis

    PubMed Central

    Shushizadeh, Mohammad Reza; Dalband, Narges

    2012-01-01

    Background 1, 5-Benzodiazepines have been investigated extensively by organic chemists due to their medicinal and pharmacological properties. These compounds are synthesized by condensation of o-phenylenediamines with carbonyl compounds in the presence of acid catalysts. Objectives During our studies on the application of silica resin with acid functional moieties, we found that SiO2/H2SO4 mixture is a simple and efficient catalyst for this method under microwave irradiation. Materials and Methods The reaction was carried out simply by grinding SiO2/H2SO4 mixture with o-phenylenediamine, and ketone in the mortar; then the mixture was poured out into a sealed flask. Subsequently, it was irradiated in a microwave oven. Results In this method a series of cyclic and acyclic ketones underwent above conversion to form corresponding 1, 5-benzodiazepines. Conclusions In conclusion, this method is a simple, rapid, and high yielding reaction (7895%). PMID:24624156

  14. Controlled synthesis of CuInS2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhou, Lei; Yang, Xiao; Yang, Bo; Zuo, Xueqin; Li, Guang; Feng, Ali; Tang, Huaibao; Zhang, Haijun; Wu, Mingzai; Ma, Yongqing; Jin, Shaowei; Sun, Zhaoqi; Chen, Xiaoshuang

    2014-12-01

    A nanocomposite comprised CuInS2 and reduced graphene oxide have been successfully synthesized via a facile two-step hydrothermal route using graphene oxide, thiourea, Indium chloride tetrahydrate and cuprous chloride as the raw materials, and L-Ascorbic acid as the reductant. Compared with pristine CuInS2, CuInS2 and reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites exploited as counter electrodes have exhibited outstanding electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of triiodide and excellent chemical stability due to the introduction of reduced graphene oxide. The characterization measurements indicate that the power conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell fabricated with CuInS2 and reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites counter electrode achieves 6.96%, which is higher than that of device using pristine CuInS2 counter electrode (5.49%), and comparable to the conventional platinum counter electrode (6.92%) under the same test conditions.

  15. Synthesis of dimethyl derivatives of imidazolinone herbicides: their use in efficient gas chromatographic methods for the determination of these herbicides.

    PubMed

    Anisuzzaman, A K; Amin, M; Ogg, N; Hoq, F; Kanithi, M R; Jenkins, R E

    2000-12-01

    The dimethyl derivatives of imazaquin, imazapyr, imazmethapyr, imazethapyr, 2-[4,5 dihydro-1, 4-dimethyl-4-(1-methylethyl)-5-oxo-1H-imidazol-2-yl]-5-methoxymethyl- 3-pyridine carboxylic acid, 2-[4,5-dihydro-1,4 -dimethyl-4-(1-methylethyl)-5-oxo-1H-imidazol-2-yl]-4-methyl benzoic acid, and 2-[4,5-dihydro-1,4-dimethyl-4-(1-methyl ethyl)-5-oxo-1H-imidazol-2-yl]-5-methyl benzoic acid were prepared and fully characterized. The availability of these derivatives has led to the development of efficient and multiresidue gas chromatographic methods for trace level analysis of imidazolinone herbicides in matrixes such as water, soybean, and soil. PMID:11141261

  16. Facile and effective synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 spheres for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ye, Meidan; Chen, Chang; Lv, Miaoqiang; Zheng, Dajiang; Guo, Wenxi; Lin, Changjian

    2013-06-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) crystalline anatase TiO2 hierarchical spheres were successfully derived from Ti foils via a fast, template-free, low-temperature hydrothermal route followed by a calcination post-treatment. These dandelion-like TiO2 spheres are composed of numerous ultrathin nanoribbons, which were subsequently split into fragile nanoflakes as a result of the decomposition of Ti-complex intermediates to TiO2 and H2O at high temperature. The dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) employing such hierarchically structured TiO2 spheres as the photoanodes exhibited a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 8.50%, yielding a 28% enhancement in comparison with that (6.64%) of P25-based DSSCs, which mainly benefited from the enhanced capacity of dye loading in combination with effective light scattering and trapping from hierarchical architecture.Three-dimensional (3D) crystalline anatase TiO2 hierarchical spheres were successfully derived from Ti foils via a fast, template-free, low-temperature hydrothermal route followed by a calcination post-treatment. These dandelion-like TiO2 spheres are composed of numerous ultrathin nanoribbons, which were subsequently split into fragile nanoflakes as a result of the decomposition of Ti-complex intermediates to TiO2 and H2O at high temperature. The dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) employing such hierarchically structured TiO2 spheres as the photoanodes exhibited a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 8.50%, yielding a 28% enhancement in comparison with that (6.64%) of P25-based DSSCs, which mainly benefited from the enhanced capacity of dye loading in combination with effective light scattering and trapping from hierarchical architecture. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: FESEM images of samples prepared in other control experiments and a cross-sectional view of the three films. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01604h

  17. Synthesis of Ag/ZnO nanostructures by different methods and investigation of their photocatalytic efficiency for 4-nitrophenol degradation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Divband, B.; Khatamian, M.; Eslamian, G. R. Kazemi; Darbandi, M.

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, Ag/ZnO photocatalysts with different Ag loadings were prepared by photo reduction, chemical reduction and polyacrylamide-gel methods. The Ag/ZnO photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, EDS and DRUV-vis methods. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of 4-NP in aqueous suspensions showed that silver ions doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO nanocrystallites. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is due to the fact that the modification of ZnO with an appropriate amount of Ag can increase the separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes in ZnO, and the improvement of photo stability of ZnO is attributed to a considerable decrease of the surface defect sites of ZnO after the Ag loading. The chemisorptions of molecular oxygen and the chemisorption of atomic oxygen on Ag in the Ag/ZnO photocatalysts were observed. It was found that the metallic Ag in the Ag/ZnO photocatalysts does play a new role of O2 chemisorption sites except for electron acceptor, by which chemisorbed molecular oxygen reacts with photogenerated electrons to form active oxygen species, and thus facilitates the trapping of photogenerated electrons and further improves the photocatalytic activity of the Ag/ZnO photocatalysts. Also the method of preparation is regarded as important factors for determining photocatalysis. The best photocatalytic performance was exhibited for Ag/ZnO prepared by polyacrylamide gel method in comparison with chemical reduction and photo reduction method and the optimum Ag content was approximately 0.5%.

  18. Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Induced Synthesis of a Novel Viral Factor Mediates Efficient Replication of Genotype-1 Hepatitis E Virus.

    PubMed

    Nair, Vidya P; Anang, Saumya; Subramani, Chandru; Madhvi, Abhilasha; Bakshi, Karishma; Srivastava, Akriti; Shalimar; Nayak, Baibaswata; Ct, Ranjith Kumar; Surjit, Milan

    2016-04-01

    Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes acute hepatitis in many parts of the world including Asia, Africa and Latin America. Though self-limiting in normal individuals, it results in ~30% mortality in infected pregnant women. It has also been reported to cause acute and chronic hepatitis in organ transplant patients. Of the seven viral genotypes, genotype-1 virus infects humans and is a major public health concern in South Asian countries. Sporadic cases of genotype-3 and 4 infection in human and animals such as pigs, deer, mongeese have been reported primarily from industrialized countries. Genotype-5, 6 and 7 viruses are known to infect animals such as wild boar and camel, respectively. Genotype-3 and 4 viruses have been successfully propagated in the laboratory in mammalian cell culture. However, genotype-1 virus replicates poorly in mammalian cell culture and no other efficient model exists to study its life cycle. Here, we report that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress promotes genotype-1 HEV replication by inducing cap-independent, internal initiation mediated translation of a novel viral protein (named ORF4). Importantly, ORF4 expression and stimulatory effect of ER stress inducers on viral replication is specific to genotype-1. ORF4 protein sequence is mostly conserved among genotype-1 HEV isolates and ORF4 specific antibodies were detected in genotype-1 HEV patient serum. ORF4 interacted with multiple viral and host proteins and assembled a protein complex consisting of viral helicase, RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), X, host eEF1α1 (eukaryotic elongation factor 1 isoform-1) and tubulinβ. In association with eEF1α1, ORF4 stimulated viral RdRp activity. Furthermore, human hepatoma cells that stably express ORF4 or engineered proteasome resistant ORF4 mutant genome permitted enhanced viral replication. These findings reveal a positive role of ER stress in promoting genotype-1 HEV replication and pave the way towards development of an efficient model of the virus. PMID:27035822

  19. Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Induced Synthesis of a Novel Viral Factor Mediates Efficient Replication of Genotype-1 Hepatitis E Virus

    PubMed Central

    Nair, Vidya P.; Madhvi, Abhilasha; Bakshi, Karishma; Srivastava, Akriti; Shalimar; Nayak, Baibaswata; CT, Ranjith Kumar; Surjit, Milan

    2016-01-01

    Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes acute hepatitis in many parts of the world including Asia, Africa and Latin America. Though self-limiting in normal individuals, it results in ~30% mortality in infected pregnant women. It has also been reported to cause acute and chronic hepatitis in organ transplant patients. Of the seven viral genotypes, genotype-1 virus infects humans and is a major public health concern in South Asian countries. Sporadic cases of genotype-3 and 4 infection in human and animals such as pigs, deer, mongeese have been reported primarily from industrialized countries. Genotype-5, 6 and 7 viruses are known to infect animals such as wild boar and camel, respectively. Genotype-3 and 4 viruses have been successfully propagated in the laboratory in mammalian cell culture. However, genotype-1 virus replicates poorly in mammalian cell culture and no other efficient model exists to study its life cycle. Here, we report that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress promotes genotype-1 HEV replication by inducing cap-independent, internal initiation mediated translation of a novel viral protein (named ORF4). Importantly, ORF4 expression and stimulatory effect of ER stress inducers on viral replication is specific to genotype-1. ORF4 protein sequence is mostly conserved among genotype-1 HEV isolates and ORF4 specific antibodies were detected in genotype-1 HEV patient serum. ORF4 interacted with multiple viral and host proteins and assembled a protein complex consisting of viral helicase, RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), X, host eEF1α1 (eukaryotic elongation factor 1 isoform-1) and tubulinβ. In association with eEF1α1, ORF4 stimulated viral RdRp activity. Furthermore, human hepatoma cells that stably express ORF4 or engineered proteasome resistant ORF4 mutant genome permitted enhanced viral replication. These findings reveal a positive role of ER stress in promoting genotype-1 HEV replication and pave the way towards development of an efficient model of the virus. PMID:27035822

  20. Synthesis of halogen-doped reduced graphene oxide nanosheets as highly efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction.

    PubMed

    Kakaei, Karim; Balavandi, Amin

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate F-, Cl-, Br- and I-doped reduced graphene oxide (XRGO) as metal-free graphene electro-catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media. Reduced graphene oxide (GO) is prepared from graphite electrode using electrochemical exfoliation. In situ doping of halide in a graphene film has many problems. In this technique, different halides individually or all of them were mixed with the RGO and ionic liquids precursor at H2SO4 solution. Then we have evaluated the effectiveness of doping and performed electrochemical measurements of the ORR activity on XRGO. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy spectra show a variety of the halogen-containing functional groups. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis confirmed the presence of doped halogens in RGO. Raman spectroscopy shows a high density of defects in the RGO layer. The electrochemical properties of the XRGO catalysts on carbon paper as a gas diffusion electrode (GDE) are investigated by several electrochemical methods in oxygen saturated alkaline solutions. The catalytic activity of the XRGO and Pt-C electrodes for ORR is 50 and 30mAcm(-2) at -1V in GDEs. This enhanced efficiency is the result of the influence of the nature and percentage of the halogen, especially fluorine presence in the graphene layer. PMID:26513736

  1. Synthesis of highly phosphonic acid functionalized benzene-bridged periodic mesoporous organosilicas for use as efficient dye adsorbents.

    PubMed

    Deka, Juti Rani; Liu, Chia-Ling; Wang, Tzu-Hua; Chang, Wei-Chieh; Kao, Hsien-Ming

    2014-08-15

    Periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs) with benzene bridging groups in the silica wall were functionalized with a tunable content of phosphonic acid groups. These bifunctional materials were synthesized by co-condensation of two different organosilane precursors, that is, 1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl)benzene (BTEB) and sodium 3-(trihydroxysilyl)propyl methyl phosphate (SPMP), under acidic conditions using nonionic surfactant Brij-S10 as template. The materials exhibited well-ordered mesostructures and were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen sorption, TEM, TGA, FTIR, and solid-state NMR measurements. The materials thus obtained were employed as adsorbents to remove different types of dyes, for example, cationic dyes methylene blue and phenosafranine, anionic orange II, and amphoteric rhodamine B, from aqueous solutions. The materials exhibited a remarkably high adsorption capacity than activated carbon due to their ordered mesostructures, a large number of phosphonic acid groups, and high surface areas. The adsorption was mainly governed by electrostatic interaction, but also involved π-π stacking interaction as well as hydrogen bonding. The adsorption kinetics can be better fitted by the pseudo-second order model. The adsorption process was controlled by the mechanisms of external mass transfer and intraparticle diffusion. The materials retained more than 97% dye removal efficiency after use for five consecutive cycles. PMID:25010459

  2. Numerical Optimization of Quenching Efficiency and Particle Size Control in Flame Synthesis of ZrO2 Nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Torabmostaedi, Hosein; Zhang, Tao

    2014-12-01

    The development of a new quenching design combining rapid cooling with an expansion for controlling the size of nanoparticles synthesized at industrial scale by flame spray pyrolysis was investigated. The design of the quenching device was supported by simulations using a coupled computational fluid dynamics-monodisperse aerosol model to reduce the size of the primary particles and their agglomerate diameters while conserving the production yield at the filter above the burner. The results showed that quenching the spray flame in an open environment led to lower production yield due to the negative velocity of quenching gas which diverted the particles to the bottom of reactor. An additional upstream air flow could help to increase the particle production yield at high air flow rates, while it had a negative effect on the penetration depth of quenching gas inside the main flame which resulted in higher flame heights. The new design showed that adding an enclosure around the burner and quenching ring can significantly increase the quenching efficiency and reduce the particle size. The technique to control the particle size was also studied in this paper.

  3. Numerical Optimization of Quenching Efficiency and Particle Size Control in Flame Synthesis of ZrO2 Nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Torabmostaedi, Hosein; Zhang, Tao

    2014-09-01

    The development of a new quenching design combining rapid cooling with an expansion for controlling the size of nanoparticles synthesized at industrial scale by flame spray pyrolysis was investigated. The design of the quenching device was supported by simulations using a coupled computational fluid dynamics-monodisperse aerosol model to reduce the size of the primary particles and their agglomerate diameters while conserving the production yield at the filter above the burner. The results showed that quenching the spray flame in an open environment led to lower production yield due to the negative velocity of quenching gas which diverted the particles to the bottom of reactor. An additional upstream air flow could help to increase the particle production yield at high air flow rates, while it had a negative effect on the penetration depth of quenching gas inside the main flame which resulted in higher flame heights. The new design showed that adding an enclosure around the burner and quenching ring can significantly increase the quenching efficiency and reduce the particle size. The technique to control the particle size was also studied in this paper.

  4. Two-dimensional mesoporous carbon nanosheets and their derived graphene nanosheets: synthesis and efficient lithium ion storage.

    PubMed

    Fang, Yin; Lv, Yingying; Che, Renchao; Wu, Haoyu; Zhang, Xuehua; Gu, Dong; Zheng, Gengfeng; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2013-01-30

    We report a new solution deposition method to synthesize an unprecedented type of two-dimensional ordered mesoporous carbon nanosheets via a controlled low-concentration monomicelle close-packing assembly approach. These obtained carbon nanosheets possess only one layer of ordered mesopores on the surface of a substrate, typically the inner walls of anodic aluminum oxide pore channels, and can be further converted into mesoporous graphene nanosheets by carbonization. The atomically flat graphene layers with mesopores provide high surface area for lithium ion adsorption and intercalation, while the ordered mesopores perpendicular to the graphene layer enable efficient ion transport as well as volume expansion flexibility, thus representing a unique orthogonal architecture for excellent lithium ion storage capacity and cycling performance. Lithium ion battery anodes made of the mesoporous graphene nanosheets have exhibited an excellent reversible capacity of 1040 mAh/g at 100 mA/g, and they can retain at 833 mAh/g even after numerous cycles at varied current densities. Even at a large current density of 5 A/g, the reversible capacity is retained around 255 mAh/g, larger than for most other porous carbon-based anodes previously reported, suggesting a remarkably promising candidate for energy storage. PMID:23282081

  5. Facile and economical synthesis of porous activated semi-cokes for highly efficient and fast removal of microcystin-LR.

    PubMed

    Chen, Yan; Zhang, Xiangmei; Liu, Qianyi; Wang, Xidong; Xu, Ling; Zhang, Zuotai

    2015-12-15

    To mitigate the threat of microcystins on the environment and human health, we demonstrate for the first time that porous activated semi-cokes (ASCs) with average pore diameters of 2-20 nm could be used as adsorbents for the fast and efficient removal of microcystin-LR (MC-LR). The surface physicochemical properties of ASCs were carefully investigated and their relations with the adsorption performance were discussed. The results showed that ASCs activated by HNO3 and KOH exhibited excellent adsorption capacities of 4276 and 8430 μg/g, respectively, which were nearly 5 times and 10 times higher than that of activated carbon (AC). ASCs also showed a fast adsorption property by over 95% recovery of MC-LR in the initial 10 min. The overall adsorption of MC-LR on ASCs might be dominated by both external diffusion and intra-particle diffusion. In addition, ASCs manifested an outstanding reusability and the adsorption of MC-LR was hardly influenced by the coexisting fulvic acid at low concentration. Given the remarkable performance and low cost, activated semi-cokes are expected to present promising potentials for the practical application in removing microcystins from aqueous solutions. PMID:26143195

  6. New tetracyclic tacrine analogs containing pyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole: efficient synthesis, biological assessment and docking simulation study.

    PubMed

    Khoobi, Mehdi; Ghanoni, Farzaneh; Nadri, Hamid; Moradi, Alireza; Pirali Hamedani, Morteza; Homayouni Moghadam, Farshad; Emami, Saeed; Vosooghi, Mohsen; Zadmard, Reza; Foroumadi, Alireza; Shafiee, Abbas

    2015-01-01

    A new series of tacrine-based acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors 7a-l were designed by replacing the benzene ring of tacrine with aryl-dihydropyrano[2,3-c]pyrazole. The poly-functionalized hybrid molecules 7a-l were efficiently synthesized through multi-component reaction and subsequent Friedländer reaction between the obtained pyrano[2,3-c]pyrazoles and cyclohexanone. Most of target compounds showed potent and selective anti-AChE activity at sub-micromolar range. The most potent compound 7h bearing a 3,4-dimethoxyphenyl group was more active than reference drug tacrine. The representative compound 7h could significantly protect neurons against oxidative stress as potent as quercetin at low concentrations. The docking study of compound 7h with AChE enzyme revealed that the (R)-enantiomer binds preferably to CAS while the (S)-enantiomer prone to be a PAS binder. PMID:25462245

  7. Organic Carbonates: Efficient Extraction Solvents for the Synthesis of HMF in Aqueous Media with Cerium Phosphates as Catalysts.

    PubMed

    Dibenedetto, Angela; Aresta, Michele; di Bitonto, Luigi; Pastore, Carlo

    2016-01-01

    We describe a process for the selective conversion of C6 -polyols into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) in biphasic systems of organic carbonate/water (OC/W), with cerium(IV) phosphates as catalysts. Different reaction parameters such as the OC/W ratio, catalyst loading, reaction time, and temperature, were investigated for the dehydration of fructose. Under the best reaction conditions, a yield of 67.7?% with a selectivity of 93.2?% was achieved at 423?K after 6?h of reaction using [(Ce(PO4 )1.5 (H2 O)(H3 O)0.5 (H2 O)0.5 )] as the catalyst. A maximum yield of 70?% with the same selectivity was achieved after 12?h. At the end of the reaction, the catalyst was removed by centrifugation, the organic phase was separated from water and evaporated in vacuo (with solvent recovery), and solid 5-HMF was isolated (purity >99?%). The recovery and reuse of the catalyst and the relationship between the structure of the OC and the efficiency of the extraction are discussed. The OC/W system influences the lifetime of the catalysts positively compared to only water. PMID:26676974

  8. Magnesiothermic synthesis of sulfur-doped graphene as an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Jiacheng; Ma, Ruguang; Zhou, Zhenzhen; Liu, Guanghui; Liu, Qian

    2015-03-01

    Efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are highly expected in future low-cost energy systems. We have successfully prepared crumpled, sheet-like, sulfur-doped graphene by magnesiothermic reduction of easily available, low-cost, nontoxic CO2 (in the form of Na2CO3) and Na2SO4 as the carbon and sulfur sources, respectively. At high temperature, Mg can reduce not only carbon in the oxidation state of +4 in CO32- to form graphene, but also sulfur in SO42- from its highest (+6) to lowest valence which was hybridized into the carbon sp2 framework. Various characterization results show that sulfur-doped graphene with only few layers has an appropriate sulfur content, hierarchically robust porous structure, large surface area/pore volume, and highly graphitized textures. The S-doped graphene samples exhibit not only a high activity for ORR with a four-electron pathway, but also superior durability and tolerance to MeOH crossover to 40% Pt/C. This is mainly ascribed to the combination of sulfur-related active sites and hierarchical porous textures, facilitating fast diffusion of oxygen molecules and electrolyte to catalytic sites and release of products from the sites.

  9. Magnesiothermic synthesis of sulfur-doped graphene as an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction.

    PubMed

    Wang, Jiacheng; Ma, Ruguang; Zhou, Zhenzhen; Liu, Guanghui; Liu, Qian

    2015-01-01

    Efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are highly expected in future low-cost energy systems. We have successfully prepared crumpled, sheet-like, sulfur-doped graphene by magnesiothermic reduction of easily available, low-cost, nontoxic CO2 (in the form of Na2CO3) and Na2SO4 as the carbon and sulfur sources, respectively. At high temperature, Mg can reduce not only carbon in the oxidation state of +4 in CO3(2-) to form graphene, but also sulfur in SO4(2-) from its highest (+6) to lowest valence which was hybridized into the carbon sp(2) framework. Various characterization results show that sulfur-doped graphene with only few layers has an appropriate sulfur content, hierarchically robust porous structure, large surface area/pore volume, and highly graphitized textures. The S-doped graphene samples exhibit not only a high activity for ORR with a four-electron pathway, but also superior durability and tolerance to MeOH crossover to 40% Pt/C. This is mainly ascribed to the combination of sulfur-related active sites and hierarchical porous textures, facilitating fast diffusion of oxygen molecules and electrolyte to catalytic sites and release of products from the sites. PMID:25790856

  10. Efficient bifunctional catalyst lipase/organophosphonic acid-functionalized silica for biodiesel synthesis by esterification of oleic acid with ethanol.

    PubMed

    Yin, Ping; Chen, Wen; Liu, Wei; Chen, Hou; Qu, Rongjun; Liu, Xiguang; Tang, Qinghua; Xu, Qiang

    2013-07-01

    An efficient bifunctional catalyst lipase/organophosphonic acid-functionalized silica (SG-T-P-LS) has been successfully developed, and biodiesel production of fatty acid ethyl ester (FAEE) from free fatty acid (FFA) oleic acid with short-chain alcohol ethanol catalyzed by SG-T-P-LS was investigated. The process optimization using response surface methodology (RSM) was performed and the interactions between the operational variables were elucidated, and it was found that the molar ratio of alcohol to acid was the most significant factor. The optimum values for maximum conversion ratio can be obtained by using a Box-Behnken center-united design, and the conversion ratio could reach 89.94 ± 0.42% under the conditions that ethanol/acid molar ratio was 1.05:1 and SG-T-P-LS to FFA weight ratio was 14.9 wt.% at 28.6°C. The research results show that SG-T-P and LS-20 could work cooperatively to promote the esterification reaction, and the bifunctional catalyst SG-T-P-LS is a potential catalyst for biodiesel production. PMID:23688666

  11. Research Update: Facile synthesis of CoFe2O4 nano-hollow spheres for efficient bilirubin adsorption

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rakshit, Rupali; Pal, Monalisa; Chaudhuri, Arka; Mandal, Madhuri; Mandal, Kalyan

    2015-11-01

    Herein, we report an unprecedented bilirubin (BR) adsorption efficiency of CoFe2O4 (CFO) nanostructures in contrast to the commercially available activated carbon and resin which are generally used for haemoperfusion and haemodialysis. We have synthesized CFO nanoparticles of diameter 100 nm and a series of nano-hollow spheres of diameter 100, 160, 250, and 350 nm using a simple template free solvothermal technique through proper variation of reaction time and capping agent, oleylamine (OLA), respectively, and carried out SiO2 coating by employing Stöber method. The comparative BR adsorption study of CFO and SiO2 coated CFO nanostructures indicates that apart from porosity and hollow configuration of nanostructures, the electrostatic affinity between anionic carboxyl group of BR and cationic amine group of OLA plays a significant role in adsorbing BR. Finally, we demonstrate that the BR adsorption capacity of the nanostructures can be tailored by varying the morphology as well as size of the nanostructures. We believe that our developed magnetic nanostructures could be considered as a potential material towards therapeutic applications against hyperbilirubinemia.

  12. Surface modified magnetic nanoparticles as efficient and green sorbents: Synthesis, characterization, and application for the removal of anionic dye

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rajabi, Hamid Reza; Arjmand, Hooman; Hoseini, S. Jafar; Nasrabadi, Hasan

    2015-11-01

    The object of this study was to evaluate the removal efficiency of sunset yellow (SY) anionic dye from aqueous solutions by using new surface modified iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Pure Fe3O4 MNPs were synthesized and then functionalized by aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), through a chemical precipitation method. Characterization of the prepared MNP adsorbents was performed by furrier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). According to XRD and TEM results, average size of the magnetic Fe3O4/APTES NPs was estimated to be around 12 nm. The prepared magnetic adsorbent can be well dispersed in the water and easily separated magnetically from the medium after loaded with adsorbate. In the adsorption process, the effect of main experimental parameters such as pH of dye solution, initial concentration of SY dye, reaction time, and amount of MNP adsorbent on the removal of SY were studied and optimized. The small amount of this adsorbent (10 mg) is applicable for the removal of high concentrations of SY dye in reasonable time (17 min), at pH 3.1. Additionally, the adsorption studies show that the Langmuir model is a suitable model to explain the experimental data with high correlation coefficient.

  13. Synthesis of β-Cyclodextrin-Based Electrospun Nanofiber Membranes for Highly Efficient Adsorption and Separation of Methylene Blue.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Rui; Wang, Yong; Li, Xiang; Sun, Bolun; Wang, Ce

    2015-12-01

    Water-insoluble β-cyclodextrin-based fibers were synthesized by electrospinining followed by thermal cross-linking. The fibers were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopic (FE-SEM) and Fourier transformed infrared spectrometer (FT-IR). The highly insoluble fraction obtained from different pH values (3-11) indicates successful cross-linking reactions and their usability in aqueous solution. After the cross-linking reaction, the fibers' tensile strength increases significantly and the BET surface area is 19.49 m(2)/g. The cross-linked fibers exhibited high adsorption capacity for cationic dye methylene blue (MB) with good recyclability. The adsorption performance can be fitted well with pseudo-second-order model and Langmuir isotherm model. The maximum adsorption capacity is 826.45 mg/g according to Langmuir fitting. Due to electrostatic repulsion, the fibers show weak adsorption toward negatively charged anionic dye methyl orange (MO). On the basis of the selective adsorption, the fiber membrane can separate the MB/MO mixture solution by dynamic filtration at a high flow rate of 150 mL/min. The fibers can maintain good fibrous morphology and high separation efficiency even after five filtration-regeneration cycles. The obtained results suggested potential applications of β-cyclodextrin-based electrospun fibers in the dye wastewater treatment field. PMID:26572223

  14. Magnesiothermic synthesis of sulfur-doped graphene as an efficient metal-free electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Jiacheng; Ma, Ruguang; Zhou, Zhenzhen; Liu, Guanghui; Liu, Qian

    2015-01-01

    Efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) are highly expected in future low-cost energy systems. We have successfully prepared crumpled, sheet-like, sulfur-doped graphene by magnesiothermic reduction of easily available, low-cost, nontoxic CO2 (in the form of Na2CO3) and Na2SO4 as the carbon and sulfur sources, respectively. At high temperature, Mg can reduce not only carbon in the oxidation state of +4 in CO32− to form graphene, but also sulfur in SO42− from its highest (+6) to lowest valence which was hybridized into the carbon sp2 framework. Various characterization results show that sulfur-doped graphene with only few layers has an appropriate sulfur content, hierarchically robust porous structure, large surface area/pore volume, and highly graphitized textures. The S-doped graphene samples exhibit not only a high activity for ORR with a four-electron pathway, but also superior durability and tolerance to MeOH crossover to 40% Pt/C. This is mainly ascribed to the combination of sulfur-related active sites and hierarchical porous textures, facilitating fast diffusion of oxygen molecules and electrolyte to catalytic sites and release of products from the sites. PMID:25790856

  15. Synthesis of CdS/ZnO/graphene composite with high-efficiency photoelectrochemical activities under solar radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Han, Weijia; Ren, Long; Qi, Xiang; Liu, Yundan; Wei, Xiaolin; Huang, Zongyu; Zhong, Jianxin

    2014-04-01

    A novel ternary CdS/ZnO/graphene composite has been successfully prepared by loading ZnO and CdS nanoparticles in graphene nanosheets via a facile one-step hydrothermal method. The microstructures and properties have been examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with an energy dispersive spectroscope (EDS), transmission electron microscopy, Raman and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). The characterization results reveal that the crystalline of the composite is very well, the graphene sheets were tightly coated with ZnO and CdS nanoparticles, and the light-harvesting was effectively strengthened. Taking photoelectrochemical test, the ternary CdS/ZnO/graphene composite exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with its foundation matrix binary composites and pure ZnO and CdS. The improved photocatalytic performance can be attributed to the enhanced light absorption, the extremely efficient charge separation, as well as superior durability of the ternary composite. It is proposed that graphene-based composites by coupling graphene to suitable, multiple semiconductors can not only greatly improve the capacity for photocatalytic, but also expand the exploration and utilization of graphene-based nanocomposites for energy conversion.

  16. Synthesis, Structure, and Photophysical Properties of Two Four-Coordinate Cu(I)-NHC Complexes with Efficient Delayed Fluorescence.

    PubMed

    Wang, Zhiqiang; Zheng, Caijun; Wang, Weizhou; Xu, Chen; Ji, Baoming; Zhang, Xiaohong

    2016-03-01

    Two luminescent cationic heteroleptic four-coordinate Cu(I) complexes supported by N-heterocyclic carbene ligand and diphosphine ligand were successfully prepared and characterized. These complexes adopt typical distorted tetrahedral configuration and have high stability in solid state. Quantum chemical calculations show carbene units have contributions to both highest occupied molecular orbitals and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals of these Cu(I)-NHC complexes, the lowest-lying singlet and triplet excitations (S0 → S1 and S0 → T1) of [Cu(Pyim)(POP)](PF6) are dominated by metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transition, while the S0 → S1 and S0 → T1 excitations of [Cu(Qbim)(POP)](PF6) are mainly MLCT and ligand-centered transitions, respectively. These Cu(I)-NHC complexes show efficient long-lifetime emissions (λem = 520 nm, τ = 79.8 μs, Φ = 0.56 for [Cu(Pyim)(POP)](PF6), λem = 570 nm, τ = 31.97 μs (78.99%) and 252.2 μs (21.01%), Φ = 0.35 for [Cu(Qbim)(POP)](PF6)) in solid state at room temperature, which are confirmed as delayed fluorescence by investigating the emissions at 77 K. PMID:26907724

  17. Characterization of Halomonas sp. Strain H11 α-Glucosidase Activated by Monovalent Cations and Its Application for Efficient Synthesis of α-d-Glucosylglycerol

    PubMed Central

    Saburi, Wataru; Yamamoto, Takeshi; Kudo, Toshiaki

    2012-01-01

    An α-glucosidase (HaG) with the following unique properties was isolated from Halomonas sp. strain H11: (i) high transglucosylation activity, (ii) activation by monovalent cations, and (iii) very narrow substrate specificity. The molecular mass of the purified HaG was estimated to be 58 kDa by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). HaG showed high hydrolytic activities toward maltose, sucrose, and p-nitrophenyl α-d-glucoside (pNPG) but to almost no other disaccharides or malto-oligosaccharides higher than trisaccharides. HaG showed optimum activity to maltose at 30°C and pH 6.5. Monovalent cations such as K+, Rb+, Cs+, and NH4+ increased the enzymatic activity to 2- to 9-fold of the original activity. These ions shifted the activity-pH profile to the alkaline side. The optimum temperature rose to 40°C in the presence of 10 mM NH4+, although temperature stability was not affected. The apparent Km and kcat values for maltose and pNPG were significantly improved by monovalent cations. Surprisingly, kcat/Km for pNPG increased 372- to 969-fold in their presence. HaG used some alcohols as acceptor substrates in transglucosylation and was useful for efficient synthesis of α-d-glucosylglycerol. The efficiency of the production level was superior to that of the previously reported enzyme Aspergillus niger α-glucosidase in terms of small amounts of by-products. Sequence analysis of HaG revealed that it was classified in glycoside hydrolase family 13. Its amino acid sequence showed high identities, 60%, 58%, 57%, and 56%, to Xanthomonas campestris WU-9701 α-glucosidase, Xanthomonas campestris pv. raphani 756C oligo-1,6-glucosidase, Pseudomonas stutzeri DSM 4166 oligo-1,6-glucosidase, and Agrobacterium tumefaciens F2 α-glucosidase, respectively. PMID:22226947

  18. Two-step electrochemical synthesis of polypyrrole/reduced graphene oxide composites as efficient Pt-free counter electrode for plastic dye-sensitized solar cells.

    PubMed

    Liu, Wantao; Fang, Yanyan; Xu, Peng; Lin, Yuan; Yin, Xiong; Tang, Guangshi; He, Meng

    2014-09-24

    Polypyrrole/reduced graphene oxide (PPy/RGO) composites on the rigid and plastic conducting substrates were fabricated via a facile two-step electrochemical process at low temperature. The polypyrrole/graphene oxide (PPy/GO) composites were first prepared on the substrate with electrochemical polymerization method, and the PPy/RGO composites were subsequently obtained by electrochemically reducing the PPy/GO. The resultant PPy/GO and PPy/RGO composites were porous, in contrast to the dense and flat pristine PPy films. The cyclic voltammetry measurement revealed that resultant composites exhibited a superior catalytic performance for triiodide reduction in the order of PPy/RGO > PPy/GO > PPy. The catalytic activity of PPy/RGO was comparable to that of Pt counter electrode (CE). Under the optimal conditions, an energy conversion efficiency of 6.45% was obtained for a rigid PPy/RGO-based dye-sensitized solar cell, which is 90% of that for a thermally deposited Pt-based device (7.14%). A plastic counter electrode was fabricated by depositing PPy/RGO composites on the plastic ITO/PEN substrate, and then an all-plastic device was assembled and exhibited an energy conversion efficiency of 4.25%, comparable to that of the counterpart using a sputtered-Pt CE (4.83%) on a plastic substrate. These results demonstrated that electrochemical synthesis is a facile low-temperature method to fabricate high-performance RGO/polymer composite-based CEs for plastic DSCs. PMID:25162375

  19. An efficient process for synthesis of 2'-O-methyl and 3'-O-methyl guanosine from 2-aminoadenosine using diazomethane and the catalyst stannous chloride.

    PubMed

    Kore, Anilkumar R; Parmar, Gaurang; Reddy, Srinu

    2006-03-01

    An improved strategy for the selective synthesis of 2'-O-methyl and 3'-O-methyl guanosine from 2-aminoadenosine is reported by using the catalyst stannous chloride. The regioselectivity of the 2' and 3'-O-alkylation was achieved by optimizing the addition, timing, and concentration of the catalysts and diazomethane during the methylation reaction. An efficient and selective alkylation at 2'-OH of 2-aminoadenosine was achieved by mixing a stoichiometric amount of stannous chloride at room temperature in DME The reaction mixture was stirred at 50 degrees C for 1 min and immediately followed by addition of diazomethane. The resulting 2'-O-methyl 2-aminoadenosine was treated with the enzyme adenosine deaminase, which resulted in an efficient conversion to the desired 2'-O-methylguanosine (98% yield). The product was isolated by crystallization. In contrast, the methylation at 3'-OH of 2-aminoadenosine was achieved by mixing a stoichiometric amount of stannous chloride in DMF and stirring at 50 degrees C for 15 min, followed by addition of diazomethane. The resulting mixture containing 3'-O-methyl-2-aminoadenosine in 90% yield and 2'-O-methyl-2-aminoadenosine in 10% yield was treated with the enzyme adenosine deaminase, which preferentially deaminated only 3'-O-methyl-2-aminoadenosine, resulting in the production of 3'-O-methylguanosine in 88% yield. Due to the extremely low solubility 3'-O-methylguanosine, the compound precipitated and was isolated by centrifugation. This synthetic route obviates the chromatographic purification. Selective monomethylation is achieved by using the unprotected ribonucleoside. As a result, the method described herein represents a significant improvement over the current synthetic approach by providing superior product yield and economy, a much more facile purification of 2',3'-O-methylated isomers, and eliminating the need for protected ribonucleosides reagents. PMID:16629123

  20. Designed synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotubes@Cu@MoS2 hybrid as advanced electrocatalyst for highly efficient hydrogen evolution reaction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Feng; Li, Jing; Lin, Xiaoqing; Li, Xinzhe; Fang, Yiyun; Jiao, Lixin; An, Xincai; Fu, Yan; Jin, Jun; Li, Rong

    2015-12-01

    Design and synthesis of non-precious-metal catalyst for efficient electrochemical transformation of water to molecular hydrogen in acid environments is of paramount importance in reducing energy losses during the water splitting process. Here, the hybrid material of MoS2-coated Cu loaded on the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs@Cu@MoS2) was synthesized using chemical process and hydrothermal method. It was found that the participation of MWCNTs and Cu nanoparticles not only improved the electrical conductivity of the catalyst, but also further enhanced the catalytic activity by synergistic effect with edge-exposed MoS2-coating. Electrochemical experiments demonstrated that the catalyst exhibited excellent hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activity with large cathode currents (small overpotential of 184 mV for 10 mA cm-2 current density) and a Tafel slope as small as 62 mV per decade. Furthermore, it was discovered that the current density of this composite catalyst had a little decrease after the continual 1000 cycling, which showed the catalyst had a high stability in the recycling process. These findings confirmed that this catalyst was a useful and earth-abundant material for water splitting.