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  1. Blocking cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer formation by steric hindrance.

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    Vendrell-Criado, Victoria; Lhiaubet-Vallet, Virginie; Yamaji, Minoru; Cuquerella, M Consuelo; Miranda, Miguel A

    2016-04-26

    The efficiency of thymine (Thy) and uracil (Ura) to form cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) in solution, upon UV irradiation differs by one order of magnitude. This could to be partially related to the steric hindrance induced by the methyl at C5 in thymine. The aim of the present work is to establish the influence of a bulky moiety at this position on the photoreactivity of pyrimidines. With this purpose, photosensitization with benzophenone and acetone of a 5-tert-butyl uracil derivative () and the equivalent Thy () has been compared. Introduction of the tert-butyl group completely blocks CPD formation. Moreover, the mechanistic insight obtained by laser flash photolysis is in accordance with the observed photoreactivity. PMID:27112630

  2. Pyrimidine dimer formation and repair in human skin

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    Sutherland, B.M.; Harber, L.C.; Kochevar, I.E.

    1980-09-01

    Cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimers have been detected in the DNA of human skin following in vivo irradiation with suberythermal doses of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from FS-20 sun lamp fluorescent tubes. Dimers were assayed by treatment of extracted DNA with Micrococus luteus UV-specific endonuclease, alkaline agarose electrophoresis, and ethidum bromide staining. This technique, in contrast to conventional dimer assays, can be used with nonradioactive DNA and is optimal at low UV light doses. These data suggest that some dimer disappearance by excision repair occurs within 20 min of UV irradiation and that photoreactivation of dimers can make a contribution to the total repair process.

  3. Influence of C5-methylation of cytosine on the formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers

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    Li, Xiaoyi; Eriksson, Leif A.

    2005-01-01

    The reaction pathways for thermal and photochemical formation of 5-methylcytosine (m 5C) pyrimidine dimers (CPD) are explored using density functional theory techniques. It is shown that the methylation of cytosine does not contribute to an increased yield of CPDs after UV irradiation due to an even lower excitation energy at the reactant complex of m 5C as compared to cytosine, a larger barrier to reach the decay channel corresponding to the transition state structure along the ground state reaction path, and a higher-lying decay channel.

  4. Physical quenching in competition with the formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in DNA photolesion.

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    Zhao, Hongmei; Liu, Kunhui; Song, Di; Su, Hongmei

    2014-10-01

    The potential energy profiles toward formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers CPD and the physical quenching after UV excitation were explored for the dinucleotide thymine dinucleoside monophosphate (TpT) using density functional theory (ωB97XD) and the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-ωB97XD). The ωB97XD functional that includes empirical dispersion correction is shown to be an appropriate method to obtain rational results for the current large reaction system of TpT. Photophysical quenching is shown to be predominant over the photochemical CPD formation. Following the initial excitation to the (1)ππ* state, the underlying dark (1)nπ* state bifurcates the excited population to the prevailing IC to S0 and the small ISC to the long-lived triplet state T1 via T4 ((3)ππ*) state that has negligible energy gap with (1)nπ* state. Even for the reactive T1 state, two physical quenching pathways resulting in the conversion back to ground-state reactant via the T1/S0 crossing points are newly located, which are in strong competition with CPD formation. These results provide rationale for the recently observed nanosecond triplet decay rates in the single-stranded (dT)18 and inefficiency of deleterious CPD formation, which allow for a deeper understanding of DNA photostability. PMID:24964272

  5. Repair of DNA-containing pyrimidine dimers

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    Grossman, L.; Caron, P.R.; Mazur, S.J.; Oh, E.Y.

    1988-08-01

    Ultraviolet light-induced pyrimidine dimers in DNA are recognized and repaired by a number of unique cellular surveillance systems. The most direct biochemical mechanism responding to this kind of genotoxicity involves direct photoreversal by flavin enzymes that specifically monomerize pyrimidine:pyrimidine dimers monophotonically in the presence of visible light. Incision reactions are catalyzed by a combined pyrimidine dimer DNA-glycosylase:apyrimidinic endonuclease found in some highly UV-resistant organisms. At a higher level of complexity, Escherichia coli has a uvr DNA repair system comprising the UvrA, UvrB, and UvrC proteins responsible for incision. There are several preincision steps governed by this pathway, which includes an ATP-dependent UvrA dimerization reaction required for UvrAB nucleoprotein formation. This complex formation driven by ATP binding is associated with localized topological unwinding of DNA. This same protein complex can catalyze an ATPase-dependent 5'----3'-directed strand displacement of D-loop DNA or short single strands annealed to a single-stranded circular or linear DNA. This putative translocational process is arrested when damaged sites are encountered. The complex is now primed for dual incision catalyzed by UvrC. The remainder of the repair process involves UvrD (helicase II) and DNA polymerase I for a coordinately controlled excision-resynthesis step accompanied by UvrABC turnover. Furthermore, it is proposed that levels of repair proteins can be regulated by proteolysis. UvrB is converted to truncated UvrB* by a stress-induced protease that also acts at similar sites on the E. coli Ada protein. Although UvrB* can bind with UvrA to DNA, it cannot participate in helicase or incision reactions. It is also a DNA-dependent ATPase.21 references.

  6. Excision repair of UV-induced pyrimidine dimers in human skin in vivo

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    D'Ambrosio, S.M.; Slazinski, L.; Whetstone, J.W.; Lowney, E.

    1981-09-01

    The induction and loss of pyrimidine dimers in human skin in vivo was determined using UV endonuclease, alkaline sucrose sedimentations, and the fluorescent detection of nonradiolabeled DNA. The number of dimers induced following exposure of the skin to radiation emitted from a Burdick UV-800 sunlamp was quantitated by reacting the extracted DNA with Micrococcus luteus endonuclease specific for pyrimidine dimers. Exposure to 15 and 30 seconds of radiation emitted from this lamp produced the formation of 12.8 and 23.6 dimers per 10(8) daltons DNA, respectively. Approximately 50% of the dimers induced were lost 58 min after irradiation. Only a small percentage (less than 10) remained 24 hr postirradiation. These data partially characterize the process by which pyrimidine dimers are excised from human skin DNA in vivo.

  7. Human white blood cells contain cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimer photolyase

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    Sutherland, B.M.; Bennett, P.V.

    1995-10-10

    Although enzymatic photoreactivation of cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimers in DNA is present in almost all organisms, its presence in placental mammals is controversial. We tested human white blood cells for photolyase by using three defined DNAs (suprecoiled pET-2, nonsupercoiled bacteriphage {lambda}, and a defined-sequence 287-bp oligonucleotide), two dimer-specific endonucleases (T4 endonuclease V and UV endonuclease from Micrococcus luteus), and three assay methods. We show that human white blood cells contain photolyase that can photorepair pyrimidine dimers in defined supercoiled and linear DNAs and in a 287-bp oligonucleotide and that human photolyase is active on genomic DNA in intact human cells. 44 refs., 3 figs.

  8. Quantitation of pyrimidine dimer contents of nonradioactive deoxyribonucleic acid by electrophoresis in alkaline agarose gels

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    Sutherland, B.M.; Shih, A.G.

    1983-02-15

    We have developed a method of quantitating the pyrimidine dimer content of nonradioactive DNAs. DNA samples are treated with the UV-endonuclease from Micrococcus luteus and then separated according to molecular weight by electrophoresis on alkaline agarose gels. From their migration relative to known molecular weight standards, their median molecular weight and thus the number of dimers per DNA molecule in each sample can be calculated. Results of action spectra for dimer formation in T7 bacteriophage measured by this method agree well with action spectra for T7 killing. In addition, the method gives dimer yields in good agreement with those obtained by others using alkaline sucrose gradient sedimentation.

  9. Photoreactivation of ultraviolet radiation-induced pyrimidine dimers in neonatal BALB/c mouse skin

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    Ananthaswamy, H.N.; Fisher, M.S.

    1981-05-01

    The numbers of ultraviolet light (uv)-induced pyrimidine dimers in the DNA of neonatal BALB/c mouse skin were measured by assessing the sensitivity of the DNA to Micrococcus luteus uv endonuclease. Irradiation of neonatal BALB/c mice with FS40 sunlamps caused a dose-dependent induction of endonuclease-sensitive sites (pyrimidine dimers) in DNA extracted from back skin. Exposure of these uv-irradiated neonatal mice to photoreactivating (PR) light (cool white fluorescent lamp and incandescent lamp) caused a reduction in the number of pyrimidine dimers in the DNA, as revealed by a shift in low-molecular-weight DNA to high-molecular-weight DNA. In contrast, DNA profiles of the skin of either uv-irradiated mice or uv-irradiated mice kept in the dark for the same duration as those exposed to PR light did not show a loss of uv-induced endonuclease-sensitive sites. Furthermore, reversing the order of treatment, i.e., administering PR light first and then uv, did not produce a reduction in pyrimidine dimers. These results demonstrate that PR or uv-induced pyrimidine dimers occurs in neonatal BALB/c mouse skin. The optimal wavelength range for in vivo PR appears to be in the visible region of the spectrum (greater than 400 nm). Although dimer formation could be detected in both dermis and epidermis, PR occurred only in the dermis. Furthermore, the PR phenomenon could not be detected in the skin of adult mice from the same inbred strain.

  10. Regulation of pyrimidine formation in Pseudomonas oryzihabitans.

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    West, Thomas P

    2007-10-01

    The regulation of pyrimidine formation in the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas oryzihabitans was investigated at the level of enzyme synthesis and at the level of activity for the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway enzyme aspartate transcarbamoylase. Although pyrimidine supplementation of succinate-grown P. oryzihabitans cells produced little effect on the de novo pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway enzyme activities, pyrimidine limitation experiments undertaken using an orotidine 5'-monophosphate decarboxylase mutant strain isolated from P. oryzihabitans ATCC 43272 indicated that repression of enzyme synthesis by pyrimidines was occurring. Following pyrimidine limitation of the succinate-grown decarboxylase mutant strain cells, aspartate transcarbamoylase and dihydroorotase activities were found to increase by about 3-fold while dihydroorotate dehydrogenase and orotate phosphoribosyltransferase activities were also observed to increase relative to their activities in the mutant strain cells grown on excess uracil. At the level of enzyme activity, aspartate transcarbamoylase in P. oryzihabitans was strongly inhibited by pyrophosphate, ADP, ATP and GTP in the presence of saturating substrate concentrations. PMID:17910097

  11. Quantitation of pyrimidine dimers in DNA from UVB-irradiated alfalfa (@ L. ) seedlings

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    Quaite, F.E.; Sutherland, B.M.; Sutherland, J.C.

    1991-01-01

    Depletion of stratospheric ozone will increase the solar ultraviolet radiation in the range from 290-320 nm (UVB) that reaches the surface of the earth, placing an increased UV burden on exposed organisms. One consequence of increased UVB may be decreased productivity of crop plants. A principal lesion caused by UV in DNA is the cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimer. We have adapted a method for measuring these dimers in nanogram quantities of non-radioactive DNA for use in UV-irradiated plants. We find that biologically relevant doses of broad band UVB radiation induce easily detectable frequencies of pyrimidine dimers in the DNA of irradiated alfalfa sprout leaves and that the dose response for dimer formation is linear up to doses of at least 690 J/m{sup 2}. We also find easily measurable frequencies of dimers in the leaves of seedlings grown in glass filtered sunlight but not exposed to additional UVB, suggesting that significant number of dimers are formed in plants exposed to normal sunlight. 27 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Molecular Mechanisms in the Repair of the Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer

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    Hassanali, Ali A.; Zhong, Dongping; Singer, Sherwin J.

    2009-06-01

    Exposure to far UV radiation induces DNA damage in the form of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs). Cyclobutane dimer lesions can be repaired by the enzyme photolyase, in which the absorption of a blue light photon initiates a sequence of photochemical events leading to the injection of an electron at the site of the CPD lesion in DNA. The electron catalyzes the repair of the cyclobutane dimer, splitting the CPD to is original pyrimidine units, and is subsequently recaptured by the photolyase protein. In this work we investigate the molecular mechanism of the repair of the cyclobutane dimer radical anion in aqueous solution using ab initio MD simulations. Umbrella sampling is used to determine a two-dimensional free energy surface as a function of the C5-C5-4 and C6-C6-4 distances. The neutral dimer is unable to surmount a large free energy barrier for repair. Upon addition of an electron, the splitting of the C5-C5-4 coordinate is virtually barrier less. Transition state theory predicts that the splitting of the C6-C6-4 bond is complete on a picosecond timescale. The free energy surface suggests that the splitting of the two bonds is asynchronously concerted. Our work is the first to explicitly include the electronic degrees of freedom for both the cyclobutane dimer and the surrounding water pocket. The ab initio simulations show that at least 30% of the electron density is delocalized onto the surrounding solvent during the splitting process. Simulations on the neutral surface show that back electron transfer from the dimer is critical for the completion of splitting: splitting of the C5-C5' and C6-C6' bonds can be reversed or enhanced depending on when electron return occurs. To maximize splitting yield, the back electron transfer should occur beyond the transition state along the splitting coordinate. Non-equilibrium trajectories are also conducted that begin with the electron added to a neutral unrepaired solvated CPD. Our results indicate that there are two

  13. Induction of pyrimidine dimers in epidermal DNA of hairless mice by UVB: an action spectrum

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    Ley, R.D.; Peak, M.J.; Lyon, L.L.

    1983-03-01

    An action spectrum for the induction of pyrimidine dimers in the epidermis of hairless mice was determined between 288 and 307 nm. The presence of pyrimidine dimers in tritium-labeled DNA extracted from exposed SKH:hairless-1 mouse skin was determined using dimer-specific nucleases from Micrococcus luteus in conjunction with sedimentation of the irradiated DNA in alkaline sucrose gradients. The rate of induction of pyrimidine dimers was maximal at 293 nm. These values were used to propose a UVB transmission curve for mouse epidermis.

  14. Pyrimidine dimers in DNA initiate systemic immunosuppression in UV-irradiated mice.

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    Kripke, M L; Cox, P A; Alas, L G; Yarosh, D B

    1992-08-15

    Exposing the skin of mice to UV radiation interferes with the induction of delayed and contact hypersensitivity immune responses initiated at nonirradiated sites. The identity of the molecular target in the skin for these immunosuppressive effects of UV radiation remains controversial. To test the hypothesis that DNA is the target for UV-induced systemic immunosuppression, we exposed C3H mice to UV radiation and then used liposomes to deliver a dimer-specific excision repair enzyme into the epidermis in situ. The application of T4 endonuclease V encapsulated in liposomes to UV-irradiated mouse skin decreased the number of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in the epidermis and prevented suppression of both delayed and contact hypersensitivity responses. Moreover, the formation of suppressor lymphoid cells was inhibited. Control, heat-inactivated endonuclease encapsulated in liposomes had no effect. These studies demonstrate that DNA is the major target of UV radiation in the generation of systemic immunosuppression and suggest that the primary molecular event mediating these types of immunosuppression by UV radiation is the formation of pyrimidine dimers. Furthermore, they illustrate that the delivery of lesion-specific DNA repair enzymes to living skin after UV irradiation is an effective tool for restoring immune function and suggest that this approach may be broadly applicable to preventing other alterations caused by DNA damage. PMID:1502162

  15. The native cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer photolyase of rice is phosphorylated.

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    Teranishi, Mika; Nakamura, Kentaro; Morioka, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Kazuo; Hidema, Jun

    2008-04-01

    The cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) is a major type of DNA damage induced by ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. CPD photolyase, which absorbs blue/UVA light as an energy source to monomerize dimers, is a crucial factor for determining the sensitivity of rice (Oryza sativa) to UVB radiation. Here, we purified native class II CPD photolyase from rice leaves. As the final purification step, CPD photolyase was bound to CPD-containing DNA conjugated to magnetic beads and then released by blue-light irradiation. The final purified fraction contained 54- and 56-kD proteins, whereas rice CPD photolyase expressed from Escherichia coli was a single 55-kD protein. Western-blot analysis using anti-rice CPD photolyase antiserum suggested that both the 54- and 56-kD proteins were the CPD photolyase. Treatment with protein phosphatase revealed that the 56-kD native rice CPD photolyase was phosphorylated, whereas the E. coli-expressed rice CPD photolyase was not. The purified native rice CPD photolyase also had significantly higher CPD photorepair activity than the E. coli-expressed CPD photolyase. According to the absorption, emission, and excitation spectra, the purified native rice CPD photolyase possesses both a pterin-like chromophore and an FAD chromophore. The binding activity of the native rice CPD photolyase to thymine dimers was higher than that of the E. coli-expressed CPD photolyase. These results suggest that the structure of the native rice CPD photolyase differs significantly from that of the E. coli-expressed rice CPD photolyase, and the structural modification of the native CPD photolyase leads to higher activity in rice. PMID:18235036

  16. Determination of pyrimidine dimers in DNA by high-performance liquid chromatography/gas chromatography and electron capture detection

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    Ramsey, R.S.; Ho, C. )

    1989-11-01

    Exposure of DNA to uv radiation results in the formation of a number of photoproducts including the cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimers. At low uv fluences the concentrations of these dimeric compounds are only a small fraction of the corresponding DNA pyrimidine concentration (e.g., as low as 0.02% or less of the total thymine content). Sensitive methods of analysis are therefore required for accurate determinations. Analytical methodology based upon HPLC fractionation and electrophore labeling followed by GC/electron capture detection (ECD) has been developed to quantitate these species. Separation of thymine-thymine, thymine-uracil, and uracil-uracil from the monomeric bases and from other constituents present in acid-hydrolyzed DNA is achieved by reversed-phase HPLC. Isolation of the dimeric fractions is followed by off-line derivatization to form pentafluorobenzyl products for analysis by GC/ECD. All active hydrogens are alkylated, yielding products with high response factors and detection limits in the low femtomole range. The overall analytical scheme for the determination of pyrimidine dimers in DNA is presented.

  17. Photorepair of ultraviolet radiation-induced pyrimidine dimers in corneal DNA.

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    Ley, R D; Applegate, L A; Freeman, S E

    1988-07-01

    The induction and photorepair of pyrimidine dimers in DNA have been measured in the ultraviolet-irradiated, corneal epithelium of the marsupial, Monodelphis domestica, using damage-specific nucleases from Micrococcus luteus in conjunction with agarose gel electrophoresis. We observed that FS-40 sunlamps (280-400 nm) induced 7.2 +/- 1.0 X 10(-5) pyrimidine dimers per kilobase (kb) of DNA per J/m2. Following 100 J/m2, 50% and greater than 90% of the dimers were photorepaired during a 10- and 30-min exposure to photoreactivating light (320-400 nm), respectively. In addition, approximately 70% and approximately 60% of the dimers induced by 300 and 500 J/m2, respectively, were repaired by a 60-min exposure to photoreactivating light. The capacity of the corneal epithelium of M. domestica to photorepair pyrimidine dimers identifies this animal as a potentially useful model with which to determine whether pyrimidine dimers are involved in pathological changes of the irradiated eye. PMID:3386657

  18. Photoreactivation of UV-induced pyrimidine dimers and erythema in the marsupial Monodelphis domestica

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    Ley, R.D.

    1985-04-01

    Post-UV treatment of the gray, short-tailed opossum Monodelphis domestica with photoreactivating light (320-400 nm) suppressed the appearance of UV-induced erythema as evidenced by an increase in the dose of UV required to elicit an erythemal response. Pre-UV exposure to photoreactivating light had no effect on the UV induction of erythema. The dose-response for the photoreversal of pyrimidine dimers in epidermal DNA of M. domestica was similar to that for the photoreactivation of erythema induction. These data not only support the notion that DNA is the primary chromophore involved in the induction of erythema but also identify pyrimidine dimers as the major DNA change responsible for its induction. These results also identify M. domestica as a useful whole-animal system with which to determine the role of pyrimidine dimers in other photobiological responses of mammalian skin.

  19. Ultraviolet radiation-induced lethality and repair of pyrimidine dimers in fish embryos.

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    Applegate, L A; Ley, R D

    1988-03-01

    Pimephales promelas (fathead minnow) embryos were used to show a correlation between induction of pyrimidine dimers in DNA and embryo death. Embryo killing was measured by a lack of heart-beat and blood circulation at 48 h post-ultraviolet radiation (UVR). When the embryos were exposed to various doses of UVR from a FS-40 sunlamp followed by exposure to photoreactivating light (PRL) (320-400 nm), the number of pyrimidine dimers decreased significantly. The photorepair of dimers was accompanied by a substantial increase in embryo survival. When embryo killing was examined as a function of the number of dimers present, dimers were identified as a major lesion involved in UVR-induced killing in these fish embryos. This in vivo study on photoreactivation treatment of fish embryos shows a direct association between UVR-induced pyrimidine dimers and embryo killing. In addition, when embryos were held in the dark for 9 h after UVR, 50% of the dimers were removed by excision repair. PMID:3352631

  20. Quantitation of ultraviolet radiation-induced cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimers in DNA by video and photographic densitometry

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    Freeman, S.E.; Thompson, B.D. )

    1990-05-01

    We have compared video and photographic methods for calculating the number of ultraviolet radiation (uv)-induced pyrimidine dimers in DNA from the bacteriophage T7 exposed to uv (0 to 800 J/m2) from an FS40 sunlamp. DNA was incubated with a pyrimidine dimer-specific Micrococcus luteus uv endonuclease, subjected to alkaline agarose gel electrophoresis, neutralized, and stained with ethidium bromide, and the DNA fluorescence was recorded either with a video camera or on photographic film. The slopes of the dose-response curves for the number of uv-endonuclease-sensitive sites per 10(3) bases (pyrimidine dimers) was 1.2 (+/- 0.1) X 10(-4) uv-endonuclease-sensitive sites per J/m2 for the video analysis and 1.3 (+/- 0.04) X 10(-4) uv-endonuclease-sensitive sites per J/m2 for the photographic analysis. Results for pyrimidine dimer determination by either method were statistically comparable.

  1. Detection of UV-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers by near-infrared spectroscopy and aquaphotomics

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    Goto, Noriko; Bazar, Gyorgy; Kovacs, Zoltan; Kunisada, Makoto; Morita, Hiroyuki; Kizaki, Seiichiro; Sugiyama, Hiroshi; Tsenkova, Roumiana; Nishigori, Chikako

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes cellular DNA damage, among which cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) are responsible for a variety of genetic mutations. Although several approaches have been developed for detection of CPDs, conventional methods require time-consuming steps. Aquaphotomics, a new approach based on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and multivariate analysis that determines interactions between water and other components of the solution, has become an effective method for qualitative and quantitative parameters measurement in the solutions. NIR spectral patterns of UVC-irradiated and nonirradiated DNA solutions were evaluated using aquaphotomics for detection of UV-induced CPDs. Groups of UV-irradiated and nonirradiated DNA samples were classified (87.5% accuracy) by soft independent modeling of class analogy (SIMCA). A precise regression model calculated from NIR water spectral patterns based on UVC doses (r Val = 0.9457) and the concentration of cis-syn cyclobutane thymine dimers (cis-syn T<>Ts; r Val = 0.9993) was developed using partial least squares regression (PLSR), while taking advantage of water spectral patterns, particularly around 1400–1500 nm. Our results suggested that, in contrast to DNA, the formation of cis-syn T<>Ts increased the strongly hydrogen bonded water. Additionally, NIRS could qualitatively and quantitatively detect cis-syn T<>Ts in isolated DNA aqueous solutions upon UVC exposure. PMID:26133899

  2. Excision of pyrimidine dimers from nuclear deoxyribonucleic acid in ultraviolet-irradiated Dictyostelium discoideum

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    Clark, J.M.; Deering, R.A.

    1987-02-01

    A sensitive endonuclease assay was used to study the fate of pyrimidine dimers introduced by ultraviolet irradiation into the nuclear deoxyribonucleic acid of the cellular slime mold Dictyostellium discoideum. Analysis of the frequency of T4 endonuclease V-induced single-strand breaks by alkaline sucrose gradient sedimentation showed that strain NC4 (rad/sup +/) removed >98% of the dimers induced by irradiation at 40 J/m/sup 2/ (254 nm) within 215 min after irradiation. HPS104 (radC44), a mutant sensitive to ultraviolet irradiation, removed 91% under these conditions, although at a significantly slower rate than NC4: only 8% were removed during the 10- to 15- min period immediately after irradiation, whereas NC4 excised 64% during this interval. HPS104 thus appears to be deficient in the activity(ies) responsible for rapidly incising ultraviolet-irradiated nuclear deoxyribonucleic acid at the sites of pyrimidine dimers.

  3. Accommodation of pyrimidine dimers during replication of UV-damaged simian virus 40 DNA.

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    Stacks, P C; White, J H; Dixon, K

    1983-01-01

    UV irradiation of simian virus 40-infected cells at fluences between 20 and 60 J/m2, which yield one to three pyrimidine dimers per simian virus 40 genome, leads to a fluence-dependent progressive decrease in simian virus 40 DNA replication as assayed by incorporation of [3H]deoxyribosylthymine into viral DNA. We used a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques to show that this decrease is due to a block in the progression of replicative-intermediate molecules to completed form I molecules, with a concomitant decrease in the entry of molecules into the replicating pool. Despite this UV-induced inhibition of replication, some pyrimidine dimer-containing molecules become fully replicated after UV irradiation. The fraction of completed molecules containing dimers goes up with time such that by 3 h after a UV fluence of 40 J/m2, more than 50% of completed molecules contain pyrimidine dimers. We postulate that the cellular replication machinery can accommodate limited amounts of UV-induced damage and that the progressive decrease in simian virus 40 DNA synthesis after UV irradiation is due to the accumulation in the replication pool of blocked molecules containing levels of damage greater than that which can be tolerated. PMID:6621531

  4. UV light-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers are mutagenic in mammalian cells

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    Protic-Sabljic, M.; Tuteja, N.; Munson, P.J.; Hauser, J.; Kraemer, K.H.; Dixon, K.

    1986-10-01

    We used a simian virus 40-based shuttle vector plasmid, pZ189, to determine the role of pyrimidine cyclobutane dimers in UV light-induced mutagenesis in monkey cells. The vector DNA was UV irradiated and then introduced into monkey cells by transfection. After replication, vector DNA was recovered from the cells and tested for mutations in its supF suppressor tRNA marker gene by transformation of Escherichia coli carrying a nonsense mutation in the beta-galactosidase gene. When the irradiated vector was treated with E. coli photolyase prior to transfection, pyrimidine cyclobutane dimers were removed selectively. Removal of approximately 90% of the pyrimidine cyclobutane dimers increased the biological activity of the vector by 75% and reduced its mutation frequency by 80%. Sequence analysis of 72 mutants recovered indicated that there were significantly fewer tandem double-base changes and G X C----A X T transitions (particularly at CC sites) after photoreactivation of the DNA. UV-induced photoproducts remained (although at greatly reduced levels) at all pyr-pyr sites after photoreactivation, but there was a relative increase in photoproducts at CC and TC sites and a relative decrease at TT and CT sites, presumably due to a persistence of (6-4) photoproducts at some CC and TC sites. These observations are consistent with the fact that mutations were found after photoreactivation at many sites at which only cyclobutane dimers would be expected to occur. From these results we conclude that UV-induced pyrimidine cyclobutane dimers are mutagenic in DNA replicated in monkey cells.

  5. Thymine Dimer Formation probed by Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Schreier, Wolfgang J.; Schrader, Tobias E.; Roller, Florian O.; Gilch, Peter; Zinth, Wolfgang; Kohler, Bern

    Cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers are the major photoproducts formed when DNA is exposed to UV light. Femtosecond time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy reveals that thymine dimers are formed in thymidine oligonucleotides in an ultrafast photoreaction.

  6. Enhanced pyrimidine dimer repair in cultured murine epithelial cells transfected with the denV gene of bacteriophage T4.

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    Kusewitt, D F; Budge, C L; Ley, R D

    1994-04-01

    The patch size for excision repair of ultraviolet radiation (UV)-induced pyrimidine dimers was determined in cultured murine epithelial cells with normal and enhanced pyrimidine dimer repair capabilities. Cells with enhanced pyrimidine dimer repair were produced by transfecting 308 cells with the denV gene of bacteriophage T4; this gene encodes the enzyme endonuclease V. Pyrimidine dimer repair following exposure to UV from an FS-40 sunlamp was determined by micrococcal dimer-specific nuclease digestion and alkaline sucrose ultracentrifugation. Patch size ws estimated based on the photolytic lability of bromodeoxyuridine-substituted DNA. Excision repair of UV-induced pyrimidine dimers in denV-transfected 308 cells was enhanced two- to threefold. Production of mRNA from the denV gene in cell lines with enhanced repair was confirmed by RNA blotting. In control cells, the patch size for excision repair of DNA photoproducts was estimated to be 34 nucleotides per photoproduct removed; in denV-transfected cells, a smaller average patch size of 10-16 nucleotides per photoproduct removed was calculated. Thus, endonuclease V activity appears to alter not only the extent, but also the nature of excision repair in UV-exposed mammalian epithelial cells. PMID:8151125

  7. Bifilar enzyme-sensitive sites in ultraviolet-irradiated DNA are indicative of closely opposed cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimers.

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    Lam, L H; Reynolds, R J

    1986-01-01

    Incubation of UV-irradiated DNA with pyrimidine dimer-DNA glycosylase in cell-free lysates prepared from Micrococcus luteus results in the appearance of double-strand breaks. It has previously been assumed that such double-strand breaks result from cleavage at closely opposed dimers. We have used hybrid molecules of bacteriophage T7 DNA comprised of two unirradiated strands, two UV-irradiated strands, or one unirradiated and one UV-irradiated strand to test this hypothesis. Bifilar cleavage was observed only with molecules consisting of two irradiated strands and no bifilar cleavage was observed after the monomerization of pyrimidine dimers by enzymatic photoreactivation. Our results indicate that at least 80% of the double-strand breaks result from cleavage at closely opposed dimers and that the induction of dimers in one strand does not influence the induction of dimers at closely opposed positions in the complementary strand of a DNA double helix. PMID:3527288

  8. Comparison of the cleavage of pyrimidine dimers by the bacteriophage T4 and Micrococcus luteus uv-specific endonucleases

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    Gordon, L.K.; Haseltine, W.A.

    1980-12-25

    A comparison was made of the activity of the uv-specific endonucleases of bacteriophage T4 (T4 endonuclease V) and of Micrococcus luteus on ultraviolet light-irradiated DNA substrates of defined sequence. The two enzyms cleave DNA at the site of pyrimidine dimers with the same frequency. The products of the cleavage reaction are the same. The pyrimidine dimer DNA-glycosylase activity of both enzymes is more active on double-stranded DNA than it is on single-stranded DNA.

  9. Baculovirus cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer photolyases show a close relationship with lepidopteran host homologues.

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    Biernat, M A; Ros, V I D; Vlak, J M; van Oers, M M

    2011-08-01

    Cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) photolyases repair ultraviolet (UV)-induced DNA damage using blue light. To get insight in the origin of baculovirus CPD photolyase (phr) genes, homologues in the lepidopteran insects Chrysodeixis chalcites, Spodoptera exigua and Trichoplusia ni were identified and characterized. Lepidopteran and baculovirus phr genes each form a monophyletic group, and together form a well-supported clade within the insect photolyases. This suggests that baculoviruses obtained their phr genes from an ancestral lepidopteran insect host. A likely evolutionary scenario is that a granulovirus, Spodoptera litura GV or a direct ancestor, obtained a phr gene. Subsequently, it was horizontally transferred from this granulovirus to several group II nucleopolyhedroviruses (NPVs), including those that infect noctuids of the Plusiinae subfamily. PMID:21477200

  10. UV Radiation–Sensitive Norin 1 Rice Contains Defective Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer Photolyase

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    Hidema, Jun; Kumagai, Tadashi; Sutherland, Betsy M.

    2000-01-01

    Norin 1, a progenitor of many economically important Japanese rice strains, is highly sensitive to the damaging effects of UVB radiation (wavelengths 290 to 320 nm). Norin 1 seedlings are deficient in photorepair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers. However, the molecular origin of this deficiency was not known and, because rice photolyase genes have not been cloned and sequenced, could not be determined by examining photolyase structural genes or upstream regulatory elements for mutations. We therefore used a photoflash approach, which showed that the deficiency in photorepair in vivo resulted from a functionally altered photolyase. These results were confirmed by studies with extracts, which showed that the Norin 1 photolyase–dimer complex was highly thermolabile relative to the wild-type Sasanishiki photolyase. This deficiency results from a structure/function alteration of photolyase rather than of nonspecific repair, photolytic, or regulatory elements. Thus, the molecular origin of this plant DNA repair deficiency, resulting from a spontaneously occurring mutation to UV radiation sensitivity, is defective photolyase. PMID:11006332

  11. Formation of cystine slipknots in dimeric proteins.

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    Sikora, Mateusz; Cieplak, Marek

    2013-01-01

    We consider mechanical stability of dimeric and monomeric proteins with the cystine knot motif. A structure based dynamical model is used to demonstrate that all dimeric and some monomeric proteins of this kind should have considerable resistance to stretching that is significantly larger than that of titin. The mechanisms of the large mechanostability are elucidated. In most cases, it originates from the induced formation of one or two cystine slipknots. Since there are four termini in a dimer, there are several ways of selecting two of them to pull by. We show that in the cystine knot systems, there is strong anisotropy in mechanostability and force patterns related to the selection. We show that the thermodynamic stability of the dimers is enhanced compared to the constituting monomers whereas machanostability is either lower or higher. PMID:23520470

  12. Formation of Cystine Slipknots in Dimeric Proteins

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    Sikora, Mateusz; Cieplak, Marek

    2013-01-01

    We consider mechanical stability of dimeric and monomeric proteins with the cystine knot motif. A structure based dynamical model is used to demonstrate that all dimeric and some monomeric proteins of this kind should have considerable resistance to stretching that is significantly larger than that of titin. The mechanisms of the large mechanostability are elucidated. In most cases, it originates from the induced formation of one or two cystine slipknots. Since there are four termini in a dimer, there are several ways of selecting two of them to pull by. We show that in the cystine knot systems, there is strong anisotropy in mechanostability and force patterns related to the selection. We show that the thermodynamic stability of the dimers is enhanced compared to the constituting monomers whereas machanostability is either lower or higher. PMID:23520470

  13. Rapid deamination of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer photoproducts at TCG sites in a translationally and rotationally positioned nucleosome in vivo.

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    Cannistraro, Vincent J; Pondugula, Santhi; Song, Qian; Taylor, John-Stephen

    2015-10-30

    Sunlight-induced C to T mutation hot spots in skin cancers occur primarily at methylated CpG sites that coincide with sites of UV-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) formation. The C and 5-methyl-C in CPDs are not stable and deaminate to U and T, respectively, which leads to the insertion of A by the DNA damage bypass polymerase η, thereby defining a probable mechanism for the origin of UV-induced C to T mutations. Deamination rates for T(m)CG CPDs have been found to vary 12-fold with rotational position in a nucleosome in vitro. To determine the influence of nucleosome structure on deamination rates in vivo, we determined the deamination rates of CPDs at TCG sites in a stably positioned nucleosome within the FOS promoter in HeLa cells. A procedure for in vivo hydroxyl radical footprinting with Fe-EDTA was developed, and, together with results from a cytosine methylation protection assay, we determined the translational and rotational positions of the TCG sites. Consistent with the in vitro observations, deamination was slower for one CPD located at an intermediate rotational position compared with two other sites located at outside positions, and all were much faster than for CPDs at non-TCG sites. Photoproduct formation was also highly suppressed at one site, possibly due to its interaction with a histone tail. Thus, it was shown that CPDs of TCG sites deaminate the fastest in vivo and that nucleosomes can modulate both their formation and deamination, which could contribute to the UV mutation hot spots and cold spots. PMID:26354431

  14. Purification, cDNA cloning, and expression profiles of the cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer photolyase of Xenopus laevis.

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    Tanida, Hiroaki; Tahara, Eiji; Mochizuki, Miwa; Yamane, Yukiko; Ryoji, Masaru

    2005-12-01

    Photolyase is a light-dependent enzyme that repairs pyrimidine dimers in DNA. Two types of photolyases have been found in frog Xenopus laevis, one for repairing cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD photolyase) and the other for pyrimidine-pyrimidone (6-4)photoproduct [(6-4)photolyase]. However, little is known about the former type of the Xenopus photolyases. To characterize this enzyme and its expression profiles, we isolated the entire coding region of a putative CPD photolyase cDNA by extending an EST (expressed sequence tag) sequence obtained from the Xenopus database. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the cDNA revealed a protein of 557 amino acids with close similarity to CPD photolyase of rat kangaroo. The identity of this cDNA was further established by the molecular mass (65 kDa) and the partial amino acid sequences of the major CPD photolyase that we purified from Xenopus ovaries. The gene of this enzyme is expressed in various tissues of Xenopus. Even internal organs like heart express relatively high levels of mRNA. A much smaller amount was found in skin, although UV damage is thought to occur most frequently in this tissue. Such expression profiles suggest that CPD photolyase may have roles in addition to the photorepair function. PMID:16302973

  15. Xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group C cells remove pyrimidine dimers selectively from the transcribed strand of active genes

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    Venema, J.; van Hoffen, A.; Karcagi, V.; Natarajan, A.T.; van Zeeland, A.A.; Mullenders, L.H. )

    1991-08-01

    The authors have measured the removal of UV-induced pyrimidine dimers from DNA fragments of the adenosine deaminase (ADA) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) genes in primary normal human and xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group C (XP-C) cells. Using strand-specific probes, we show that in normal cells, preferential repair of the 5{prime} part of the ADA gene is due to the rapid and efficient repair of the transcribed strand. Within 8 h after irradiation with UV at 10 J m-2, 70% of the pyrimidine dimers in this strand are removed. The nontranscribed strand is repaired at a much slower rate, with 30% dimers removed after 8 h. Repair of the transcribed strand in XP-C cells occurs at a rate indistinguishable from that in normal cells, but the nontranscribed strand is not repaired significantly in these cells. Similar results were obtained for the DHFR gene. In the 3{prime} part of the ADA gene, however, both normal and XP-C cells perform fast and efficient repair of either strand, which is likely to be caused by the presence of transcription units on both strands. The factor defective in XP-C cells is apparently involved in the processing of DNA damage in inactive parts of the genome, including nontranscribed strands of active genes. These findings have important implications for the understanding of the mechanism of UV-induced excision repair and mutagenesis in mammalian cells.

  16. Pyrimidine dimer induction and repair in cultured human skin keratinocytes or melanocytes after irradiation with monochromatic ultraviolet radiation

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    Schothorst, A.A.; Evers, L.M.; Noz, K.C.; Filon, R.; van Zeeland, A.A. )

    1991-06-01

    We compared the susceptibilities of cultured melanocytes and keratinocytes to dimer induction in DNA by monochromatic ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Keratinocytes as well as melanocytes were derived from human foreskin, grown as a monolayer in petri dishes, covered with phosphate-buffered saline containing 0.1% glucose, and irradiated. UV irradiation was carried out at 254, 297, and 302 nm as well as with a light source emitting predominantly 312 nm. The induction of pyrmidine dimers was assessed by determination of the number of T4 endonuclease V-sensitive sites (ESS). We found a slightly higher response for dimer induction in melanocytes at 254, 297, and 302 nm; this difference was only significant at the 297-nm wavelength. Action spectra for pyrimidine dimer induction were derived from the exposure-response data obtained. The action spectra mimic to a large degree the action spectra for dimer induction in other cultured mammalian cells. The repair rate during a post-irradiation period lasting up to 24 h was substantially the same for the two cell types. The percentage of T4 endonuclease V-sensitive sites (ESS) remaining 9 and 24 h after irradiation was 45% and 30%, respectively.

  17. Potential formation of three pyrimidine bases in interstellar regions

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    Majumdar, Liton; Gorai, Prasanta; Das, Ankan; Chakrabarti, Sandip K.

    2015-12-01

    Work on the chemical evolution of pre-biotic molecules remains incomplete since the major obstacle is the lack of adequate knowledge of rate coefficients of various reactions which take place in interstellar conditions. In this work, we study the possibility of forming three pyrimidine bases, namely, cytosine, uracil and thymine in interstellar regions. Our study reveals that the synthesis of uracil from cytosine and water is quite impossible under interstellar circumstances. For the synthesis of thymine, reaction between uracil and :CH2 is investigated. Since no other relevant pathways for the formation of uracil and thymine were available in the literature, we consider a large gas-grain chemical network to study the chemical evolution of cytosine in gas and ice phases. Our modeling result shows that cytosine would be produced in cold, dense interstellar conditions. However, presence of cytosine is yet to be established. We propose that a new molecule, namely, C4N3OH5 could be observable in the interstellar region. C4N3OH5 is a precursor (Z isomer of cytosine) of cytosine and far more abundant than cytosine. We hope that observation of this precursor molecule would enable us to estimate the abundance of cytosine in interstellar regions. We also carry out quantum chemical calculations to find out the vibrational as well as rotational transitions of this precursor molecule along with three pyrimidine bases.

  18. The Class III Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer Photolyase Structure Reveals a New Antenna Chromophore Binding Site and Alternative Photoreduction Pathways*

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    Scheerer, Patrick; Zhang, Fan; Kalms, Jacqueline; von Stetten, David; Krauß, Norbert; Oberpichler, Inga; Lamparter, Tilman

    2015-01-01

    Photolyases are proteins with an FAD chromophore that repair UV-induced pyrimidine dimers on the DNA in a light-dependent manner. The cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer class III photolyases are structurally unknown but closely related to plant cryptochromes, which serve as blue-light photoreceptors. Here we present the crystal structure of a class III photolyase termed photolyase-related protein A (PhrA) of Agrobacterium tumefaciens at 1.67-Å resolution. PhrA contains 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF) as an antenna chromophore with a unique binding site and mode. Two Trp residues play pivotal roles for stabilizing MTHF by a double π-stacking sandwich. Plant cryptochrome I forms a pocket at the same site that could accommodate MTHF or a similar molecule. The PhrA structure and mutant studies showed that electrons flow during FAD photoreduction proceeds via two Trp triads. The structural studies on PhrA give a clearer picture on the evolutionary transition from photolyase to photoreceptor. PMID:25784552

  19. Fibrillar dimer formation of islet amyloid polypeptides

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    Chiu, Chi-cheng; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-09-01

    Amyloid deposits of human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), a 37-residue hormone co-produced with insulin, have been implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes. Residues 20 - 29 of hIAPP have been proposed to constitute the amyloidogenic core for the aggregation process, yet the segment is mostly unstructured in the mature fibril, according to solid-state NMR data. Here we use molecular simulations combined with bias-exchange metadynamics to characterize the conformational free energies of hIAPP fibrillar dimer and its derivative, pramlintide. We show that residues 20 - 29 are involved in an intermediate that exhibits transient β-sheets, consistent with recent experimental and simulation results. By comparing the aggregation of hIAPP and pramlintide, we illustrate the effects of proline residues on inhibition of the dimerization of IAPP. The mechanistic insights presented here could be useful for development of therapeutic inhibitors of hIAPP amyloid formation.

  20. Fibrillar dimer formation of islet amyloid polypeptides

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    Chiu, Chi-cheng; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-05-08

    Amyloid deposits of human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), a 37-residue hormone co-produced with insulin, have been implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes. Residues 20 – 29 of hIAPP have been proposed to constitute the amyloidogenic core for the aggregation process, yet the segment is mostly unstructured in the mature fibril, according to solid-state NMR data. Here we use molecular simulations combined with bias-exchange metadynamics to characterize the conformational free energies of hIAPP fibrillar dimer and its derivative, pramlintide. We show that residues 20 – 29 are involved in an intermediate that exhibits transient β-sheets, consistent with recent experimental and simulation results. By comparing the aggregation of hIAPP and pramlintide, we illustrate the effects of proline residues on inhibition of the dimerization of IAPP. The mechanistic insights presented here could be useful for development of therapeutic inhibitors of hIAPP amyloid formation.

  1. Formation of Nucleobases from the UV Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ice Analogs

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    Milam, S. N.; Nuevo, M.; Sandford, S. A.; Elsila, J. E.; Dworkin, J. P.

    2010-04-01

    This work shows how pyrimidic nucleobases (uracil, cytosine, etc.) can be formed under abiotic conditions from the UV irradiation of pyrimidine in astrophysical ices. The formation mechanisms and the photo-stability of such compounds are discussed.

  2. Earthworms repair H2O2-induced oxidative DNA adducts without removing UV-induced pyrimidine dimers.

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    Chang, Wen-Shin; Tsai, Chia-Wen; Lin, Cheng-Chieh; Lin, Chih-Hsueh; Shen, Wu-Chung; Lin, Song-Shei; Bau, Da-Tian

    2011-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a natural insult to various organisms. Earthworms, although possessing similar biomolecules to those in mammalian skin, do not suffer from skin cancer nor any other types of cancer as humans do. However, little is known about the molecular mechanism of the earthworm's tolerance to UV. In this study, we evaluated the genotoxicity of UV and the capacity of earthworm cell to repair UV-induced damage. The T4 UV endonuclease UV-incorporated comet assay was used to examine the excision and rejoining steps of UV-induced pyrimidine dimer. Earthworm testis cells were treated with a combination of 5 mM hydroxyurea plus 50 μM cytosine-β-D-arabinofuranoside for 6 h to block DNA rejoining capacity and to investigate excision dynamics. Compared with H(2)O(2)-induced oxidative repair capacity, the excision step of repair of UV-induced lesions in earthworm testis cells was significantly lower. After 6-h treatment of 5 mM hydroxyurea plus 50 μM cytosine-β-D-arabinofuranoside, the medium was totally replaced with fresh medium and cells were allowed to rejoin the accumulated DNA strand breaks. We found that the capacity for rejoining UV-induced breaks was also significantly lower than that for the H(2)O(2)-induced breaks. Our results strongly suggest that earthworms seem to be efficient at repairing H(2)O(2)-induced oxidative DNA adducts, but not so capable of removing UV-induced pyrimidine dimers from their genome. PMID:22021692

  3. Adenine Synthesis in Interstellar Space: Mechanisms of Prebiotic Pyrimidine-Ring Formation of Monocyclic HCN-Pentamers

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    Glaser, Rainer; Hodgen, Brian; Farrelly, Dean; McKee, Elliot

    2007-06-01

    The question whether the nucleobases can be synthesized in interstellar space is of fundamental significance in considerations of the origin of life. Adenine is formally the HCN pentamer, and experiments have demonstrated that adenine is formed under certain conditions by HCN pentamerization in gas, liquid, and condensed phases. Most mechanistic proposals invoke the intermediacy of the HCN tetramer AICN (4), and it is thought that adenine synthesis is completed by addition of the 5th HCN to 4 to form amidine 5 and subsequent pyrimidine cyclization. In this context, we have been studying the mechanism for prebiotic pyrimidine-ring formation of monocyclic HCN-pentamers with ab initio electronic structure theory. The calculations model gas phase chemistry, and the results primarily inform discussions of adenine synthesis in interstellar space. Purine formation requires tautomerization of 5 to the conjugated amidine 6 (via hydrogen-tunneling, thermally with H+ -catalysis, or by photolysis) or to keteneimine 7 (by photolysis). It was found that 5-(N'-formamidinyl)-1H-imidazole-4-carbonitrile (6) can serve as a substrate for proton-catalyzed purine formation under photolytic conditions and N-(4-(iminomethylene)-1H-imidazol-5(4H)-ylidene)formamidine (7) can serve as a substrate for uncatalyzed purine formation under photolytic conditions. The absence of any sizeable activation barrier for the cyclization of 7 to the (Z)-imino form of 9H-adenine (Z)-2 is quite remarkable, and it is this feature that allows for the formation of the purine skeleton from 7 without any further activation.

  4. QM/MM studies reveal pathways leading to the quenching of the formation of thymine dimer photoproduct by flanking bases.

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    Lee, Wook; Matsika, Spiridoula

    2015-04-21

    It is known that the formation of the photochemical product of thymine-thymine cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (TT-CPD) formed upon UV excitation in DNA is significantly affected by the nature of the flanking bases, and that the oxidation potential of the flanking base correlates with the quenching of TT-CPD formation. However, the electronic details of this correlation have remained controversial. The quenching of thymine dimer formation exerted by flanking bases was suggested to be driven by both conformational and electronic effects. In the present study, we examine both of these effects using umbrella sampling and a quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) approach for selected model systems. Our results demonstrate that a charge transfer (CT) state between the flanking base and the adjacent thymine base can provide a decay pathway for the population to escape from dimer formation, which eventually leads to the formation of an exciplex. The QM/MM vertical excitation energies also reveal that the oxidation potential of flanking bases correlates with the energy level of the CT state, thereby determining whether the CT state intersects with the state that can lead to dimer formation. The consistency between these results and experimentally obtained dimer formation rates implies that the quenching of dimer formation is mainly attributed to the decay pathway via the CT state. The present results further underline the importance of the electronic effects in quenching. PMID:25776223

  5. Fibrillar dimer formation of islet amyloid polypeptides

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    Chiu, Chi -cheng; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-05-08

    Amyloid deposits of human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), a 37-residue hormone co-produced with insulin, have been implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes. Residues 20 – 29 of hIAPP have been proposed to constitute the amyloidogenic core for the aggregation process, yet the segment is mostly unstructured in the mature fibril, according to solid-state NMR data. Here we use molecular simulations combined with bias-exchange metadynamics to characterize the conformational free energies of hIAPP fibrillar dimer and its derivative, pramlintide. We show that residues 20 – 29 are involved in an intermediate that exhibits transient β-sheets, consistent with recent experimentalmore » and simulation results. By comparing the aggregation of hIAPP and pramlintide, we illustrate the effects of proline residues on inhibition of the dimerization of IAPP. The mechanistic insights presented here could be useful for development of therapeutic inhibitors of hIAPP amyloid formation.« less

  6. Faster DNA Repair of Ultraviolet-Induced Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimers and Lower Sensitivity to Apoptosis in Human Corneal Epithelial Cells than in Epidermal Keratinocytes.

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    Mallet, Justin D; Dorr, Marie M; Drigeard Desgarnier, Marie-Catherine; Bastien, Nathalie; Gendron, Sébastien P; Rochette, Patrick J

    2016-01-01

    Absorption of UV rays by DNA generates the formation of mutagenic cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPD) and pyrimidine (6-4) pyrimidone photoproducts (6-4PP). These damages are the major cause of skin cancer because in turn, they can lead to signature UV mutations. The eye is exposed to UV light, but the cornea is orders of magnitude less prone to UV-induced cancer. In an attempt to shed light on this paradox, we compared cells of the corneal epithelium and the epidermis for UVB-induced DNA damage frequency, repair and cell death sensitivity. We found similar CPD levels but a 4-time faster UVB-induced CPD, but not 6-4PP, repair and lower UV-induced apoptosis sensitivity in corneal epithelial cells than epidermal. We then investigated levels of DDB2, a UV-induced DNA damage recognition protein mostly impacting CPD repair, XPC, essential for the repair of both CPD and 6-4PP and p53 a protein upstream of the genotoxic stress response. We found more DDB2, XPC and p53 in corneal epithelial cells than in epidermal cells. According to our results analyzing the protein stability of DDB2 and XPC, the higher level of DDB2 and XPC in corneal epithelial cells is most likely due to an increased stability of the protein. Taken together, our results show that corneal epithelial cells have a better efficiency to repair UV-induced mutagenic CPD. On the other hand, they are less prone to UV-induced apoptosis, which could be related to the fact that since the repair is more efficient in the HCEC, the need to eliminate highly damaged cells by apoptosis is reduced. PMID:27611318

  7. In Vivo Spectrum of UVC-induced Mutation in Mouse Skin Epidermis May Reflect the Cytosine Deamination Propensity of Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimers.

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    Ikehata, Hironobu; Mori, Toshio; Yamamoto, Masayuki

    2015-11-01

    Although ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has a genotoxicity for inducing skin cancers, the skin may tolerate UVC component because the epidermal layer prevents this short wavelength range from passing through. Here, UVC genotoxicity for mouse skin was evaluated in terms of DNA damage formation and mutagenicity. UVC induced UVR photolesions and mutations remarkably in the epidermis but poorly in the dermis, confirming the barrier ability of the epidermis against shorter UVR wavelengths. Moreover, the epidermis itself responded to UVC mutagenicity with mutation induction suppression, which suppressed the mutant frequencies to a remarkably low, constant level regardless of UVC dose. The mutation spectrum observed in UVC-exposed epidermis showed a predominance of UV-signature mutation, which occurred frequently in 5'-TCG-3', 5'-TCA-3' and 5'-CCA-3' contexts. Especially, for the former two contexts, the mutations recurred at several sites with more remarkable recurrences at the 5'-TCG-3' sites. Comparison of the UVC mutation spectrum with those observed in longer UVR wavelength ranges led us to a mechanism that explains why the sequence context preference of UV-signature mutation changes according to the wavelength, which is based on the difference in the mCpG preference of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) formation among UVR ranges and the sequence context-dependent cytosine deamination propensity of CPD. PMID:26335024

  8. Dithiothreitol causes HIV-1 integrase dimer dissociation while agents interacting with the integrase dimer interface promote dimer formation.

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    Tsiang, Manuel; Jones, Gregg S; Hung, Magdeleine; Samuel, Dharmaraj; Novikov, Nikolai; Mukund, Susmith; Brendza, Katherine M; Niedziela-Majka, Anita; Jin, Debi; Liu, Xiaohong; Mitchell, Michael; Sakowicz, Roman; Geleziunas, Romas

    2011-03-15

    We have developed a homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based assay that detects the formation of HIV-1 integrase (IN) dimers. The assay utilizes IN monomers that express two different epitope tags that are recognized by their respective antibodies, coupled to distinct fluorophores. Surprisingly, we found that dithiothreitol (DTT), a reducing agent essential for in vitro enzymatic activity of IN, weakened the interaction between IN monomers. This effect of DTT on IN is dependent on its thiol groups, since the related chemical threitol, which contains hydroxyls in place of thiols, had no effect on IN dimer formation. By studying mutants of IN, we determined that cysteines in IN appear to be dispensable for the dimer dissociation effect of DTT. Peptides derived from the IN binding domain (IBD) of lens epithelium derived growth factor/transcriptional coactivator p75 (LEDGF), a cellular cofactor that interacts with the IN dimer interface, were tested in this IN dimerization assay. These peptides, which compete with LEDGF for binding to IN, displayed an intriguing equilibrium binding dose-response curve characterized by a plateau rising to a peak, then descending to a second plateau. Mathematical modeling of this binding system revealed that these LEDGF-derived peptides promote IN dimerization and block subunit exchange between IN dimers. This dose-response behavior was also observed with a small molecule that interacts with the IN dimer interface and inhibits LEDGF binding to IN. In conclusion, this novel IN dimerization assay revealed that peptide and small molecule inhibitors of the IN-LEDGF interaction also stabilize IN dimers and promote their formation. PMID:21222490

  9. Photochemistry of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ices: Formation of Nucleobases and Other Prebiotic Species

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    Nuevo, Michel; Sandford, Scott A.; Materese, Christopher K.; Milam, Stefanie N.

    2012-01-01

    Nucleobases are N-heterocycles that are the informational subunits of DNA and RNA. They are divided into two molecular groups: pyrimidine bases (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) and purine bases (adenine and guanine). Nucleobases have been detected in meteorites, and their extraterrestrial origin confirmed by isotopic measurements. Although no N-heterocycles have ever been observed in the ISM, the positions of the 6.2- m interstellar emission features suggest a population of such molecules is likely to be present. However, laboratory experiments have shown that the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of pyrimidine in ices of astrophysical relevance such as H2O, NH3, CH3OH, CH4, CO, or combinations of these at low temperature (less than or equal to 20 K) leads to the formation of several pyrimidine derivatives including the nucleobases uracil and cytosine, as well as precursors such as 4(3H)-pyrimidone and 4-aminopyrimidine. Quantum calculations on the formation of 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil from the irradiation of pyrimidine in pure H2O ices are in agreement with their experimental formation pathways.10 In those residues, other species of prebiotic interest such as urea as well as the amino acids glycine and alanine could also be identified. However, only very small amounts of pyrimidine derivatives containing CH3 groups could be detected, suggesting that the addition of methyl groups to pyrimidine is not an efficient process. For this reason, the nucleobase thymine was not observed in any of the samples. In this work, we study the formation of nucleobases and other photo-products of prebiotic interest from the UV irradiation of pyrimidine in ices containing H2O, NH3, CH3OH, and CO, mixed in astrophysical proportions.

  10. Formation of Nucleobases and Other Prebiotic Species from the UV Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ices

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    Nuevo, M.; Sandford, S. A.; Milam, S. N.; Materese, C. K.; Elsila, J. E.; Dworkin, J. P.

    2011-05-01

    Nucleobases are N-heterocycles which are the informational subunits of DNA and RNA. Biological nucleobases are divided in two types: pyrimidine bases (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) and purine bases (adenine and guanine). Nucleobases have been detected in meteorites and their extraterrestrial origin has been confirmed by isotope measurements, but no N-heterocycle has ever been observed in the ISM. Experiments showed that the UV irradiation of pyrimidine mixed in astrophysical ices such as H_2O, NH_3, CH_3OH, or any combination of these at low temperature (20-30 K) leads to the formation of multiple photo-products derived from pyrimidine including the nucleobases uracil and cytosine. Theoretical studies on the formation of uracil confirmed its experimental formation pathway and demonstrated that the H_2O matrix plays a key role in the chemistry [9]. Thymine, however, was not found in any of the samples, though other pyrimidine derivatives, as well as other species of prebiotic interest such as urea and the amino acid glycine, could be identified [8]. We will extend this study to the formation of nucleobases and other prebiotic species from the UV irradiation of pyrimidine in astrophysically relevant ice mixtures containing H_2O, NH_3, CH_3OH, CO, and CO_2.

  11. Selective inhibition by methoxyamine of the apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease activity associated with pyrimidine dimer-DNA glycosylases from Micrococcus luteus and bacteriophage T4

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    Liuzzi, M.; Weinfeld, M.; Paterson, M.C.

    1987-06-16

    The UV endonucleases from Micrococcus luteus and bacteriophage T4 possess two catalytic activities specific for the site of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in UV-irradiated DNA: a DNA glycosylase that cleaves the 5'-glycosyl bond of the dimerized pyrimidines and an apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) endonuclease that thereupon incises the phosphodiester bond 3' to the resulting apyrimidinic site. The authors have explored the potential use of methoxyamine, a chemical that reacts at neutral pH with AP sites in DNA, as a selective inhibitor of the AP endonuclease activities residing in the M. luteus and T4 enzymes. The presence of 50 mM methoxyamine during incubation of UV-treated, (/sup 3/H)thymine-labeled poly(dA) x poly(dT) with either enzyme preparation was found to protect completely the irradiated copolymer from endonucleolytic attack at dimer sites, as assayed by yield of acid-soluble radioactivity. In contrast, the dimer-DNA glycosylase activity of each enzyme remained fully functional, as monitored retrospectively by release of free thymine after either photochemical-(5 kJ/m/sup 2/, 254 nm) or photoenzymic- (Escherichia coli photolyase plus visible light) induced reversal of pyrimidine dimers in the UV-damaged substrate. The data demonstrate that the inhibition of the strand-incision reaction arises because of chemical modification of the AP sites and is not due to inactivation of the enzyme by methoxyamine. The results, combined with earlier findings for 5'-acting AP endonucleases, strongly suggest that methoxyamine is a highly specific inhibitor of virtually all AP endonucleases, irrespective of their modes of action, and may therefore prove useful in a wide variety of DNA repair studies.

  12. Investigation of the mechanisms of photo-induced formation of cyclobutane dimers of cytosine and 2,4-diaminopyrimidine.

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    Kancheva, Pavlina B; Delchev, Vassil B

    2016-09-01

    The mechanisms of the formation of cyclobutane dimers (CBD) of cytosine and 2,4-diaminopyrimidine were studied at the CC2 theoretical level and cc-pVDZ basis functions. Four orientations of the two monomers are explored: cys-syn, cis-anti, trans-syn, and trans-anti. The research revealed that in all cases the cyclobutane structures are formed along the (1)ππ* excited-state reaction paths of the stacked aggregates. We localized the S1/S0 conical intersections mediating those transformations. The results obtained agree well with the previously reported investigations on the cis-syn cyclodimer formations of other pyrimidines. PMID:27572158

  13. Formation of cyclobutane thymine dimers photosensitized by pyridopsoralens: Quantitative and qualitative distribution within DNA

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    Moysan, A.; Viari, A.; Vigny, P. ); Voituriez, L.; Cadet J. ); Moustacchi, E.; Sage, E. )

    1991-07-23

    As after irradiation with 254-nm UV light, exposure of thymidine and three isomeric pyridopsoralen derivatives to UVA radiation, in the dry state, leads to the formation of the six diastereomers of cyclobutadithymidine as the predominant reaction. This unexpected photosensitized reaction, which also gives rise to both 5R* and 5S* diastereomers of 5,6-dihydro-5-({alpha}-thymidylyl)thymidine (or spore photoproduct), is selective since (2+2) dimerization of 2{prime}-deoxycytidine was not detected under the same experimental conditions. The cis-syn isomer of cyclobutadithymine was also found to be produced within isolated DNA following UVA irradiation in aqueous solutions containing 7-methylpyrido (3,4-c)psoralen. Quantitatively, this photoproduct represents about one-fifth of the overall yield of the furan-side pyridopsoralen (2+2) photocycloadducts the thymine. DNA sequencing methodology was used to demonstrate that pyridopsoralen-photosensitized DNA is a substrate for T4 endonuclease V and Escherichia coli photoreactivating enzyme, two enzymes acting specifically on cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers. The formation of cyclobutane thymine dimers concomitant to that of thymine-furocoumarin photoadducts and their eventual implication in the photobiological effects of the pyridopsoralens are discussed.

  14. Quantitation of radiation-, chemical-, or enzyme-induced single strand breaks in nonradioactive DNA by alkaline gel electrophoresis: application to pyrimidine dimers

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    Freeman, S.E.; Blackett, A.D.; Monteleone, D.C.; Setlow, R.B.; Sutherland, B.M.; Sutherland, J.C.

    1986-10-01

    The authors have developed an alkaline agarose gel method for quantitating single strand breaks in nanogram quantities of nonradioactive DNA. After electrophoresis together with molecular length standards, the DNA is neutralized, stained with ethidium bromide, photographed, and the density profiles recorded with a computer controller scanner. The medium lengths, number average molecular lengths, and length average molecular lengths of the DNAs can be computed by using the mobilities of the molecular length standards. The frequency of single strand breaks can then be determined by comparison of the corresponding average molecular lengths of DNAs treated and not treated with single stand break-inducing agents (radiation, chemicals, or lesion-specific endonuclease). Single stand break yields (induced at pyrimidine dimer sites in uv-irradiated human fibroblasts DNA by the dimer-specific endonuclease from Micrococcus luteus) from our method agree with values obtained for the same DNAs from alkaline sucrose gradient analysis. The method has been used to determined pyrimidine dimer yields in DNA from biopsies of human skin irradiated in situ. It will be especially useful in determining the frequency of single strand breaks (or lesions convertible to single stand breaks by specific cleaving reagents or enzymes) in small quantities of DNA from cells or tissues not amendable to radioactive labeling.

  15. Formation of Nucleobases from the UV Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ice Analogs

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    Sandford, Scott A.; Nuevo, Michel; Materese, Christopher K.

    2014-01-01

    Nucleobases are the informational subunits of DNA and RNA. They consist of Nheterocycles that belong to either the pyrimidine-base group (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) or the purinebase group (adenine and guanine). Several nucleobases, mostly purine bases, have been detected in meteorites [1-3], with isotopic signatures consistent with an extraterrestrial origin [4]. Uracil is the only pyrimidine-base compound formally reported in meteorites [2], though the presence of cytosine cannot be ruled out [5,6]. However, the actual process by which the uracil was made and the reasons for the non-detection of thymine in meteorites have yet to be fully explained. Although no N-heterocycles have ever been observed in the ISM [7,8], the positions of the 6.2-µm interstellar emission features suggest a population of such molecules is likely to be present [9]. In this work we study the formation of pyrimidine-based molecules, including the three nucleobases uracil, cytosine, and thymine from the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of pyrimidine in ices consisting of several combinations of H(sub2)O, NH(sub3), CH(sub3)OH, and CH(sub4) at low temperature, in order to simulate the astrophysical conditions under which prebiotic species may be formed in the interstellar medium, in the protosolar nebula, and on icy bodies of the Solar System.

  16. Acetylene as an essential building block for prebiotic formation of pyrimidine bases on Titan.

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    Jeilani, Yassin A; Fearce, Chelesa; Nguyen, Minh Tho

    2015-10-01

    Prebiotic building blocks for the formation of biomolecules are important in understanding the abiotic origin of biomolecules. However, there is a limited choice of the building blocks as precursors for the biomolecules. Acetylene (HCCH) is found in Titan's atmosphere and is an abiotic-precursor of pyrimidine bases. HCCH reacts with urea to form both cytosine and uracil. The mechanisms for the formation of both cytosine and uracil were studied by density functional theory at B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level. Ethynyl radicals (˙CCH) are relevant for the chemistry of Titan's atmosphere therefore both HCCH and ˙CCH were evaluated as carbon sources. The pathways, for both HCCH and ˙CCH, lead to intermediates with an unsaturated-group that facilitate the formation of the six-membered ring of the pyrimidine bases. The predicted structures for cytosine and uracil were compared with labeled cytosine and uracil that were formed from the reaction of DCCD with urea. The results suggest that cytosine is formed from HCCH while uracil is formed from ˙CCH. The mechanisms are energetically feasible and there is no conclusive evidence for the preferred pathway (HCCH or ˙CCH). The pathways were further extended for the formation of both uric acid and 8-oxoguanine from HCCH and urea, and demonstrate the utility of HCCH as a carbon source for diverse biomolecules. Biuret is identified as a precursor for the pyridimine bases, and it unifies the free radical pathways for the pyrimidine bases with those of triazines. The pathways are appropriate for the reducing atmosphere that creates both radicals and electrons due to ionizing radiation on Titan. The mechanisms are feasible for the extraterrestrial formation of the pyrimidine bases. PMID:26325173

  17. The Photochemistry of Pyrimidine in Pure H2O Ice Subjected to Different Radiation Environments and the Formation of Uracil

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    Nuevo, M.; Chen, Y.-J.; Materese. C. K..; Hu, W.-J.; Qiu, J.-M.; Wu, S.-R.; Fung, H.-S.; Sandford, S. A.; Chu, C.-C.; Yih, T.-S.; Wu, R.; Ip, W.-H.

    2013-01-01

    Nucleobases are N-heterocycles which are the informational subunits of DNA and RNA. They include pyrimidine bases (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) and purine bases (adenine and guanine). Nucleobases have been detected in several meteorites, although no Nheterocycles have been observed in space to data. Laboratory experiments showed that the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of pyrimidine in pure H2O ice at low temperature (<=20 K) leads to the formation of pyrimidine derivatives including the nucleobase uracil and its precursor 4(3H)-pyrimidone. These results were confirmed by quantum chemical calculations. When pyrimidine is mixed with combinations of H2O, NH3, CH3OH, and CH4 ices under similar conditions, uracil and cytosine are formed. In the present work we study the formation of 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil from the irradiation of pyrimidine in H2O ice with high-energy UV photons (Lyman , He I, and He II lines) provided by a synchrotron source. The photo-destruction of pyrimidine in these H2O ices as well as the formation yields for 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil are compared with our previous results in order to study the photo-stability of pyrimidine and the production efficiency of uracil as a function of the photon energy.

  18. Are isomers of the vinyl cyanide ion missing links for interstellar pyrimidine formation?

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    Bera, Partha P.; Lee, Timothy J.; Schaefer, Henry F. III

    2009-08-21

    In the interstellar medium (ISM) there are many regions where the formation of molecules is kinetically driven rather than thermochemically, which can lead to the formation of many isomers even though some may be fairly higher in energy relative to the molecular global minimum. Recent laboratory experiments where noble gas cations are reacted with pyrimidine favored the formation of C{sub 3}H{sub 3}N{sup +}, but the molecular structure(s) of this fragment was not determined. Microscopic reversibility means that pyrimidine could form under interstellar conditions should the required C{sub 3}H{sub 3}N{sup +} reactant be detected in the ISM. Hence C{sub 3}H{sub 3}N{sup +} could be a strong candidate for involvement in the formation of heterocyclic biomolecules such as pyrimidine in the ISM. In this study, we have investigated the low energy isomers of the acrylonitrile ion (C{sub 3}H{sub 3}N{sup +}) using density functional theory as well as high levels of ab initio theory, namely, the singles and doubles coupled-cluster theory that includes a perturbational correction for connected triple excitations, denoted as CCSD(T). An automated stochastic search procedure, Kick, has been employed to find isomers on the ground state doublet potential energy surface. Several new structures, along with all the previously reported minima, have been found. The global minimum H{sub 2}CCCNH{sup +} is energetically much lower than either H{sub 2}CC(H)CN{sup +}, the acrylonitrile ion, or HCC(H)NCH{sup +}, the most likely intermediate of the reaction between HCCH{sup +} and HCN. These isomers are connected to the global minimum via several transition states and intermediates. The results indicate that not only the global minimum but also several higher energy isomers of the C{sub 3}H{sub 3}N{sup +} ion could be important in interstellar pyrimidine formation. The isomeric molecules have the necessary CCNC backbone needed for the reaction with HCN to form the cyclic pyrimidine framework

  19. Are isomers of the vinyl cyanide ion missing links for interstellar pyrimidine formation?

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    Bera, Partha P.; Lee, Timothy J.; Schaefer, Henry F.

    2009-08-01

    In the interstellar medium (ISM) there are many regions where the formation of molecules is kinetically driven rather than thermochemically, which can lead to the formation of many isomers even though some may be fairly higher in energy relative to the molecular global minimum. Recent laboratory experiments where noble gas cations are reacted with pyrimidine favored the formation of C3H3N+, but the molecular structure(s) of this fragment was not determined. Microscopic reversibility means that pyrimidine could form under interstellar conditions should the required C3H3N+ reactant be detected in the ISM. Hence C3H3N+ could be a strong candidate for involvement in the formation of heterocyclic biomolecules such as pyrimidine in the ISM. In this study, we have investigated the low energy isomers of the acrylonitrile ion (C3H3N+) using density functional theory as well as high levels of ab initio theory, namely, the singles and doubles coupled-cluster theory that includes a perturbational correction for connected triple excitations, denoted as CCSD(T). An automated stochastic search procedure, Kick, has been employed to find isomers on the ground state doublet potential energy surface. Several new structures, along with all the previously reported minima, have been found. The global minimum H2CCCNH+ is energetically much lower than either H2CC(H)CN+, the acrylonitrile ion, or HCC(H)NCH+, the most likely intermediate of the reaction between HCCH+ and HCN. These isomers are connected to the global minimum via several transition states and intermediates. The results indicate that not only the global minimum but also several higher energy isomers of the C3H3N+ ion could be important in interstellar pyrimidine formation. The isomeric molecules have the necessary CCNC backbone needed for the reaction with HCN to form the cyclic pyrimidine framework. The structural and rotational parameters of all the isomers studied in this work have been predicted at the CCSD(T) level of

  20. Formation of Nucleobases from the UV Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Interstellar Ice Analogs

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    Milam, Stefanie N.; Nuevo, Michel; Sandford, Scott A.; Elsila, Jamie E.; Dworkin, Jason P.

    2010-01-01

    Previous laboratory simulations showed that complex molecules, including prebiotic compounds/can be formed under interstellar conditions from the vacuum UV irradiation of interstellar ice analogs containing H2O, CO, NH3 etc. Although some complex prebiotic species have not been confirmed In the interstellar medium, they are known to be present in meteorites. Nucleobases, the building blocks of DNA and RNA, have also been detected in meteorites. Here, we present a study of the formation of pyrimidine-based compounds from the UV irradiation of pyrimidine in H2O- and/or NH3-ices at 20-30 K, Our results show that various derivatives, induding the nucleobases uracil and cytosine, are formed under these conditions.

  1. Dimer monomer transition and dimer re-formation play important role for ATM cellular function during DNA repair

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    Du, Fengxia; Zhang, Minjie; Li, Xiaohua; Yang, Caiyun; Meng, Hao; Wang, Dong; Chang, Shuang; Xu, Ye; Price, Brendan; Sun, Yingli

    2014-10-03

    Highlights: • ATM phosphorylates the opposite strand of the dimer in response to DNA damage. • The PETPVFRLT box of ATM plays a key role in its dimer dissociation in DNA repair. • The dephosphorylation of ATM is critical for dimer re-formation after DNA repair. - Abstract: The ATM protein kinase, is a serine/threonine protein kinase that is recruited and activated by DNA double-strand breaks, mediates responses to ionizing radiation in mammalian cells. Here we show that ATM is held inactive in unirradiated cells as a dimer and phosphorylates the opposite strand of the dimer in response to DNA damage. Cellular irradiation induces rapid intermolecular autophosphorylation of serine 1981 that causes dimer dissociation and initiates cellular ATM kinase activity. ATM cannot phosphorylate the substrates when it could not undergo dimer monomer transition. After DNA repair, the active monomer will undergo dephosphorylation to form dimer again and dephosphorylation is critical for dimer re-formation. Our work reveals novel function of ATM dimer monomer transition and explains why ATM dimer monomer transition plays such important role for ATM cellular activity during DNA repair.

  2. Fully functional global genome repair of (6-4) photoproducts and compromised transcription-coupled repair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in condensed mitotic chromatin

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    Komura, Jun-ichiro; Ikehata, Hironobu; Mori, Toshio; Ono, Tetsuya

    2012-03-10

    During mitosis, chromatin is highly condensed, and activities such as transcription and semiconservative replication do not occur. Consequently, the condensed condition of mitotic chromatin is assumed to inhibit DNA metabolism by impeding the access of DNA-transacting proteins. However, about 40 years ago, several researchers observed unscheduled DNA synthesis in UV-irradiated mitotic chromosomes, suggesting the presence of excision repair. We re-examined this subject by directly measuring the removal of UV-induced DNA lesions by an ELISA and by a Southern-based technique in HeLa cells arrested at mitosis. We observed that the removal of (6-4) photoproducts from the overall genome in mitotic cells was as efficient as in interphase cells. This suggests that global genome repair of (6-4) photoproducts is fully functional during mitosis, and that the DNA in mitotic chromatin is accessible to proteins involved in this mode of DNA repair. Nevertheless, not all modes of DNA repair seem fully functional during mitosis. We also observed that the removal of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers from the dihydrofolate reductase and c-MYC genes in mitotic cells was very slow. This suggests that transcription-coupled repair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers is compromised or non-functional during mitosis, which is probably the consequence of mitotic transcriptional repression. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Global genome repair of (6-4) photoproducts is fully active in mitotic cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer DNA in condensed mitotic chromatin does not seem inaccessible or inert. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mitotic transcriptional repression may impair transcription-coupled repair.

  3. Resistance of the genome of Escherichia coli and Listeria monocytogenes to irradiation evaluated by the induction of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers and 6-4 photoproducts using gamma and UV-C radiations

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    Beauchamp, S.; Lacroix, M.

    2012-08-01

    The effect of gamma and UV-C irradiation on the production of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and 6-4 photoproducts (6-4 PPs) in DNA was investigated to compare the natural resistance of the genome of a Gram-positive bacterium and a Gram-negative bacterium against irradiation. Solution of pure DNA and bacterial strains Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli were irradiated using gamma and UV-C rays. Extracted DNA from bacteria and pure DNA samples were then analysed by ELISA using anti-CPDs and anti-6-4 PPs monoclonal antibodies. The results show that gamma rays, as well as UV-C rays, induce the formation of CPDs and 6-4 PPs in DNA. During UV-C irradiation, the three samples showed a difference in their sensitivity against formation of CPDs (P≤0.05). Pure DNA was the most sensitive while the genome of L. monocytogenes was the most resistant. Also during UV-C irradiation, the genome of L. monocytogenes was the only one to show a significant resistance against formation of 6-4 PPs (P≤0.05). During gamma irradiation, for both types of lesion, pure DNA and the genome of E. coli did not show significant difference in their sensitivity (P>0.05) while the genome of L. monocytogenes showed a resistance against formation of CPDs and 6-4 PPs.

  4. GLYCOLALDEHYDE FORMATION VIA THE DIMERIZATION OF THE FORMYL RADICAL

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    Woods, Paul M.; Viti, Serena; Slater, Ben; Raza, Zamaan; Brown, Wendy A.; Burke, Daren J.

    2013-11-10

    Glycolaldehyde, the simplest monosaccharide sugar, has recently been detected in low- and high-mass star-forming cores. Following our previous investigation into glycolaldehyde formation, we now consider a further mechanism for the formation of glycolaldehyde that involves the dimerization of the formyl radical, HCO. Quantum mechanical investigation of the HCO dimerization process upon an ice surface is predicted to be barrierless and therefore fast. In an astrophysical context, we show that this mechanism can be very efficient in star-forming cores. It is limited by the availability of the formyl radical, but models suggest that only very small amounts of CO are required to be converted to HCO to meet the observational constraints.

  5. Excited State Pathways Leading to Formation of Adenine Dimers.

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    Banyasz, Akos; Martinez-Fernandez, Lara; Ketola, Tiia-Maaria; Muñoz-Losa, Aurora; Esposito, Luciana; Markovitsi, Dimitra; Improta, Roberto

    2016-06-01

    The reaction intermediate in the path leading to UV-induced formation of adenine dimers A═A and AA* is identified for the first time quantum mechanically, using PCM/TD-DFT calculations on (dA)2 (dA: 2'deoxyadenosine). In parallel, its fingerprint is detected in the absorption spectra recorded on the millisecond time-scale for the single strand (dA)20 (dA: 2'deoxyadenosine). PMID:27163876

  6. Dimer-dimer interaction of the bacterial selenocysteine synthase SelA promotes functional active site formation and catalytic specificity

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    Itoh, Yuzuru; Bröcker, Markus J.; Sekine, Shun-ichi; Söll, Dieter; Yokoyama, Shigeyuki

    2015-01-01

    The 21st amino acid, selenocysteine (Sec), is incorporated translationally into proteins, and is synthesized on its specific tRNA (tRNASec). In Bacteria, the selenocysteine synthase SelA converts Ser-tRNASec, formed by seryl-tRNA synthetase, to Sec-tRNASec. SelA, a member of the fold-type-I pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzyme superfamily, has an exceptional homodecameric quaternary structure with a molecular mass of about 500 kDa. Our previously determined crystal structures of Aquifex aeolicus SelA complexed with tRNASec revealed that the ring-shaped decamer is composed of pentamerized SelA dimers, with two SelA dimers arranged to collaboratively interact with one Ser-tRNASec. The SelA catalytic site is close to the dimer-dimer interface, but the significance of the dimer-pentamerization in the catalytic site formation remained elusive. In the present study, we examined the quaternary interactions, and demonstrated their importance for SelA activity by systematic mutagenesis. Furthermore, we determined the crystal structures of “depentamerized” SelA variants with mutations at the dimer-dimer interface that prevent pentamerization. These dimeric SelA variants formed a distorted and inactivated catalytic site, and confirmed that the pentamer interactions are essential for productive catalytic site formation. Intriguingly, the conformation of the non-functional active site of dimeric SelA shares structural features with other fold-type-I PLP-dependent enzymes with native dimer or tetramer (dimer-of-dimers) quaternary structures. PMID:24456689

  7. Formation of Nucleobases from the UV Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ice Analogs

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    Milam, S. N.; Nuevo, M.; Sandford, S. A.; Elsila, J. E.; Dworkin, J. P.

    2010-01-01

    Astrochemistry laboratory simulations have shown that complex organic molecules including compounds of astrobiological interest can be formed under interstellarl/circumstellar conditions from the vacuum UV irradiation of astrophysical ice analogs containing H2O, CO, CO2, CH3OH, NH13, etc. Of all prebiotic compounds, the formation of amino acids under such experimental conditions has been the most extensively studied. Although the presence of amino acids in the interstellar medium (ISM) has yet to be confirmed, they have been detected in meteorites, indicating that biomolecules and/or their precursors can be formed under extraterrestrial, abiotic conditions. Nucleobases, the building blocks of DNA and RNA, as well as other 1V-heterocycles, have also been detected in meteorites, but like amino acids, they have yet to be observed in the ISM. In this work, we present an experimental study of the formation of pyrimidine-based compounds from the UV photo-irradiation of pyrimidine in ice mixtures containing H2O, NH3, and/or CH3OH at low temperature and pressure.

  8. The inhibition of antigen-presenting activity of dendritic cells resulting from UV irradiation of murine skin is restored by in vitro photorepair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers.

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    Vink, A A; Moodycliffe, A M; Shreedhar, V; Ullrich, S E; Roza, L; Yarosh, D B; Kripke, M L

    1997-05-13

    Exposing skin to UVB (280-320 nm) radiation suppresses contact hypersensitivity by a mechanism that involves an alteration in the activity of cutaneous antigen-presenting cells (APC). UV-induced DNA damage appears to be an important molecular trigger for this effect. The specific target cells in the skin that sustain DNA damage relevant to the immunosuppressive effect have yet to be identified. We tested the hypothesis that UV-induced DNA damage in the cutaneous APC was responsible for their impaired ability to present antigen after in vivo UV irradiation. Cutaneous APC were collected from the draining lymph nodes of UVB-irradiated, hapten-sensitized mice and incubated in vitro with liposomes containing a photolyase (Photosomes; Applied Genetics, Freeport, NY), which, upon absorption of photoreactivating light, splits UV-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers. Photosome treatment followed by photoreactivating light reduced the number of dimer-containing APC, restored the in vivo antigen-presenting activity of the draining lymph node cells, and blocked the induction of suppressor T cells. Neither Photosomes nor photoreactivating light alone, nor photoreactivating light given before Photosomes, restored APC activity, and Photosome treatment did not reverse the impairment of APC function when isopsoralen plus UVA (320-400 nm) radiation was used instead of UVB. These controls indicate that the restoration of APC function matched the requirements of Photosome-mediated DNA repair for dimers and post-treatment photoreactivating light. These results provide compelling evidence that it is UV-induced DNA damage in cutaneous APC that leads to reduced immune function. PMID:9144224

  9. Polyamine effects on purine-purine-pyrimidine triple helix formation by phosphodiester and phosphorothioate oligodeoxyribonucleotides.

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    Musso, M; Van Dyke, M W

    1995-01-01

    Utilization of oligodeoxyribonucleotides to inhibit specific gene transcription in vivo (antigene strategy) requires the efficient formation of triple helices under physiological conditions. However, pyrimidine-motif triplexes are not favored at physiological pH, and physiological concentrations of potassium cations hamper purine-motif triplex formation. Here we investigated the effects of polyamines on promoting triplex formation by G/T-rich oligodeoxyribonucleotides containing either phosphodiester or a diastereomeric mixture of phosphorothioate linkages. Compared with Mg2+, equimolar concentrations of polyamines greatly facilitated purine-motif triplex formation with the following order of effectiveness: spermine > spermidine > putrescine. At low polyamine concentrations, phosphorothioate oligonucleotides were better at triplex formation than the corresponding phosphodiester oligonucleotides. Kinetic studies indicated that polyamines facilitated triplex formation by increasing the rate of oligonucleotide-duplex DNA association. However, triplex accumulation with either oligonucleotide was still low under physiological conditions (140 mM K+, 10 mM Mg2+, 1 mM spermine). The inhibitory effects of K+ could be partially overcome with high concentrations of Mg2+ or spermine, with phosphodiester oligonucleotides being better able to form triplexes than phosphorothioates under these conditions. Images PMID:7610062

  10. Identification of Cyclobutane Pyrimidine Dimer-Responsive Genes Using UVB-Irradiated Human Keratinocytes Transfected with In Vitro-Synthesized Photolyase mRNA

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    Boros, Gábor; Miko, Edit; Muramatsu, Hiromi; Weissman, Drew; Emri, Eszter; van der Horst, Gijsbertus T. J.; Szegedi, Andrea; Horkay, Irén; Emri, Gabriella; Karikó, Katalin; Remenyik, Éva

    2015-01-01

    Major biological effects of UVB are attributed to cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs), the most common photolesions formed on DNA. To investigate the contribution of CPDs to UVB-induced changes of gene expression, a model system was established by transfecting keratinocytes with pseudouridine-modified mRNA (Ψ-mRNA) encoding CPD-photolyase. Microarray analyses of this model system demonstrated that more than 50% of the gene expression altered by UVB was mediated by CPD photolesions. Functional classification of the gene targets revealed strong effects of CPDs on the regulation of the cell cycle and transcriptional machineries. To confirm the microarray data, cell cycle-regulatory genes, CCNE1 and CDKN2B that were induced exclusively by CPDs were selected for further investigation. Following UVB irradiation, expression of these genes increased significantly at both mRNA and protein levels, but not in cells transfected with CPD-photolyase Ψ-mRNA and exposed to photoreactivating light. Treatment of cells with inhibitors of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) blocked the UVB-dependent upregulation of both genes suggesting a role for JNK in relaying the signal of UVB-induced CPDs into transcriptional responses. Thus, photolyase mRNA-based experimental platform demonstrates CPD-dependent and -independent events of UVB-induced cellular responses, and, as such, has the potential to identify novel molecular targets for treatment of UVB-mediated skin diseases. PMID:26121660

  11. Specific detection of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in phytoplankton DNA by a non-radioactive assay based on T4-endonuclease V digestion.

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    Fafandel, M; Bihari, N; Krajcar, V; Müller, W E; Zahn, R K; Batel, R

    2001-09-28

    The effect of artificial and natural UV irradiation on DNA in marine phytoplankton Isochrysis galbana monoculture was investigated. The presence of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) in unlabelled I. galbana DNA was detected by a non-radiometric alkaline filter elution assay after T4-endonuclease V digestion. The quantity of CPDs was estimated by alkaline agarose gel electrophoresis. Precise determination of the amount of DNA in the presence of I. galbana pigments was achieved by oxazole yellow homodimer (YOYO) dye. T4-endonuclease V-sensitive sites frequency (ESS/kb), measured after exposure to 2-40 kJ m(-2) of artificial UV light, increased in a dose-dependent manner. Twelve hours after irradiation cell culture growth was disrupted, and 50% of initial DNA damage in the cells was observed. After 1 h of sunlight exposure, the incidence of CPDs increase significantly. Prolonged exposition to sunlight decrease CPDs incidence due to efficiency of I. galbana DNA repair mechanisms. The presence of water-soluble crude oil fraction (WSOF) affected DNA repair efficiency resulting in accumulation of CPDs in I. galbana DNA. PMID:11589394

  12. Stacking of the mutagenic base analogue 5-bromouracil: energy landscapes of pyrimidine dimers in gas phase and water.

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    Holroyd, Leo F; van Mourik, Tanja

    2015-11-11

    The potential energy surfaces of stacked base pairs consisting of cytosine (C), thymine (T), uracil (U) and the mutagenic thymine analogue 5-bromouracil (BrU) have been searched to obtain all possible minima. Minima and transition states were optimised at the counterpoise-corrected M06-2X/6-31+G(d) level, both in the gas phase and in water, modelled by the polarizable continuum model. The stacked dimers studied are BrU/BrU, C/BrU, C/C, C/T, C/U, T/BrU and T/U. Both face-to-back and face-to-face structures were considered. Free energies were calculated at 298.15 K. Together with U/U, T/T and BrU/U results from previous work, these results complete the family consisting of every stacked dimer combination consisting of C, T, U and BrU. The results were used to assess the hypothesis suggested in the literature that BrU stacks stronger than T, which could stabilise the mispair formed by BrU and guanine. In the gas phase, structures of C/BrU, T/BrU and U/BrU with greater zero-point-corrected binding energies than C/T, T/T and U/T, respectively, were found, with differences in favour of BrU of 3.1 kcal mol(-1), 1.7 kcal mol(-1) and 0.5 kcal mol(-1), respectively. However, the structure of these dimers differed considerably from anything encountered in DNA. When only the dimers with the most "DNA-like" twist (±36°) were considered, C/BrU and T/BrU were still more strongly bound than C/T and T/T, by 0.5 kcal mol(-1) and 1.7 kcal mol(-1), respectively. However, when enthalpic and/or solvent contributions were taken into account, the stacking advantage of BrU was reversed in the gas phase and mostly nullified in water. Enhanced stacking therefore does not seem a plausible mechanism for the considerably greater ability of BrU-G mispairs over T-G mispairs to escape enzymatic repair. PMID:26507806

  13. Effect of soluble epoxide hydrolase polymorphism on substrate and inhibitor selectivity and dimer formation[S

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    Morisseau, Christophe; Wecksler, Aaron T.; Deng, Catherine; Dong, Hua; Yang, Jun; Lee, Kin Sing S.; Kodani, Sean D.; Hammock, Bruce D.

    2014-01-01

    Epoxy FAs (EpFAs) are important lipid mediators that are mainly metabolized by soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH). Thus, sEH inhibition is a promising therapeutic target to treat numerous ailments. Several sEH polymorphisms result in amino acid substitutions and alter enzyme activity. K55R and R287Q are associated with inflammatory, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases. R287Q seems to affect sEH activity through reducing formation of a catalytically active dimer. Thus, understanding how these SNPs affect the selectivity of sEH for substrates and inhibitors is of potential clinical importance. We investigated the selectivity of four sEH SNPs toward a series of EpFAs and inhibitors. We found that the SNPs alter the catalytic activity of the enzyme but do not alter the relative substrate and inhibitor selectivity. We also determined their dimer/monomer constants (KD/M). The WT sEH formed a very tight dimer, with a KD/M in the low picomolar range. Only R287Q resulted in a large change of the KD/M. However, human tissue concentrations of sEH suggest that it is always in its dimer form independently of the SNP. These results suggest that the different biologies associated with K55R and R287Q are not explained by alteration in dimer formation or substrate selectivity. PMID:24771868

  14. Conformational Heterogeneity of Bax Helix 9 Dimer for Apoptotic Pore Formation

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    Liao, Chenyi; Zhang, Zhi; Kale, Justin; Andrews, David W.; Lin, Jialing; Li, Jianing

    2016-07-01

    Helix α9 of Bax protein can dimerize in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) and lead to apoptotic pores. However, it remains unclear how different conformations of the dimer contribute to the pore formation on the molecular level. Thus we have investigated various conformational states of the α9 dimer in a MOM model — using computer simulations supplemented with site-specific mutagenesis and crosslinking of the α9 helices. Our data not only confirmed the critical membrane environment for the α9 stability and dimerization, but also revealed the distinct lipid-binding preference of the dimer in different conformational states. In our proposed pathway, a crucial iso-parallel dimer that mediates the conformational transition was discovered computationally and validated experimentally. The corroborating evidence from simulations and experiments suggests that, helix α9 assists Bax activation via the dimer heterogeneity and interactions with specific MOM lipids, which eventually facilitate proteolipidic pore formation in apoptosis regulation.

  15. Conformational Heterogeneity of Bax Helix 9 Dimer for Apoptotic Pore Formation

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    Liao, Chenyi; Zhang, Zhi; Kale, Justin; Andrews, David W.; Lin, Jialing; Li, Jianing

    2016-01-01

    Helix α9 of Bax protein can dimerize in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) and lead to apoptotic pores. However, it remains unclear how different conformations of the dimer contribute to the pore formation on the molecular level. Thus we have investigated various conformational states of the α9 dimer in a MOM model — using computer simulations supplemented with site-specific mutagenesis and crosslinking of the α9 helices. Our data not only confirmed the critical membrane environment for the α9 stability and dimerization, but also revealed the distinct lipid-binding preference of the dimer in different conformational states. In our proposed pathway, a crucial iso-parallel dimer that mediates the conformational transition was discovered computationally and validated experimentally. The corroborating evidence from simulations and experiments suggests that, helix α9 assists Bax activation via the dimer heterogeneity and interactions with specific MOM lipids, which eventually facilitate proteolipidic pore formation in apoptosis regulation. PMID:27381287

  16. Conformational Heterogeneity of Bax Helix 9 Dimer for Apoptotic Pore Formation.

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    Liao, Chenyi; Zhang, Zhi; Kale, Justin; Andrews, David W; Lin, Jialing; Li, Jianing

    2016-01-01

    Helix α9 of Bax protein can dimerize in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) and lead to apoptotic pores. However, it remains unclear how different conformations of the dimer contribute to the pore formation on the molecular level. Thus we have investigated various conformational states of the α9 dimer in a MOM model - using computer simulations supplemented with site-specific mutagenesis and crosslinking of the α9 helices. Our data not only confirmed the critical membrane environment for the α9 stability and dimerization, but also revealed the distinct lipid-binding preference of the dimer in different conformational states. In our proposed pathway, a crucial iso-parallel dimer that mediates the conformational transition was discovered computationally and validated experimentally. The corroborating evidence from simulations and experiments suggests that, helix α9 assists Bax activation via the dimer heterogeneity and interactions with specific MOM lipids, which eventually facilitate proteolipidic pore formation in apoptosis regulation. PMID:27381287

  17. [Mechanisms of targeted frameshift mutations--insertion formation under error-prone or SOS synthesis of DNA containing CIS-SYN cyncyclobutane thymine dimers].

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    Grebneva, E A

    2014-01-01

    Up to now the mechanism of formation of frameshift mutations caused by cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers has not been yet explained satisfactorily. Mechanisms of different mutations are usually considered in polymerase model. Here, the alternative polymerase-tautomer model of ultraviolet mutagenesis is developed. The mechanism of targeted insertion formation caused by cis-syn cyclobutane thymine dimers is proposed. Insertions are mutations when one or several DNA bases are inserted.Targeted insertions are mutations of a frameshift type--when one or severalnucleotides are inserted opposite damageswhich may stop synthesis of DNA. Targeted insertions are induced bycyclobutane pyrimidine dimmers. Ultraviolet irradiation may result in a change of tautomer state of DNA bases. A thymine base may form 5 rare tautomer forms that are stable if the base is a part of cyclobutane dimer. As it was shown by structural analysis, one rare tautomeric form of thymine forms hydrogen bonds with no one canonical DNA base. Therefore, under SOS or error-prone synthesis of DNA containing cis-syn cyclobutane thymine dimers with such rare tautomeric_form a specialize or modified DNA polymerase leaves a single nucleotide gap opposite the cis-syn cyclobutane thymine dimer. According to Streisinger model, if the DNA composition within this region is homogeneous, the end of the growing DNA strand can slip and form complementary pairs with a template nucleotide neighboring to the dimer of such type a loop is formed. Further elongation of the daughter strand leads to the appearance of targeted insertion in the daughter strand. Here, it is first shown that cis-syn cyclobutane thymine dimers with one or both bases in the specific tautomer conformation--opposite which it is impossible to insert a canonical base with a hydrogen bond formation--results in targeted insertions. Moreover, the model of forming targeted single--and several-base insertions is developed. The polymerase-tautomer model of

  18. Formation of CN (B2Σ+) radicals in the vacuum-ultraviolet photodissociation of pyridine and pyrimidine molecules

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    Wasowicz, Tomasz J.; Kivimäki, Antti; Coreno, Marcello; Zubek, Mariusz

    2014-03-01

    Formation of the excited CN(B2Σ+) free radicals in the photodissociation of pyridine (C5H5N) and pyrimidine (C4H4N2) molecules was investigated over the energy ranges 16-27 and 14.7-25 eV, respectively. Photon-induced fluorescence spectroscopy was applied to detect the vibrationally and rotationally excited CN radicals by recording the B2Σ+→X2Σ+ emission bands (violet system). The measured dissociation yield curves demonstrate that the CN(B2Σ+) formation occurs via excitation of pyridine and pyrimidine molecules into higher-lying superexcited states. This is followed by rearrangement and isomerization of the excited molecules before dissociation. The vertical excitation energies of the superexcited states were determined and the probable dissociation mechanisms of both molecules are discussed.

  19. Radical Pathways for the Prebiotic Formation of Pyrimidine Bases from Formamide.

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    Nguyen, Huyen Thi; Jeilani, Yassin A; Hung, Huynh Minh; Nguyen, Minh Tho

    2015-08-20

    The prebiotic formation of nucleobases, the building blocks of RNA/DNA, is of current interest. Highly reactive radical species present in the atmosphere under irradiation have been suggested to be involved in the prebiotic synthesis of nucleobases from formamide (FM). We studied several free radical reaction pathways for the synthesis of pyrimidine bases (cytosine, uracil, and thymine) from FM under cold conditions. These pathways are theoretically determined using density functional theory (DFT) computations to examine their kinetic and thermodynamic feasibilities. These free radical reaction pathways share some common reaction types such as H-rearrangement, (•)H/(•)OH/(•)NH2 radical loss, and intramolecular radical cyclization. The rate-determining steps in these pathways are characterized with low energy barriers. The energy barriers of the ring formation steps are in the range of 3-7 kcal/mol. Although DFT methods are known to significantly underestimate the barriers for addition of (•)H radical to neutral species, many of these reactions are highly exergonic with energy release of -15 to -52 kcal/mol and are thus favorable. Among the suggested pathways for formation of cytosine (main route, routes 7a and 1a), uracil (main route, routes 7b and 1b), and thymine (main route and route 26a), the main routes are in general thermodynamically more exergonic and more kinetically favored than other alternative routes with lower overall energy barriers. The reaction energies released following formation of cytosine, uracil, and thymine from FM via the main radical routes amount to -59, -81, and -104 kcal/mol, respectively. Increasing temperature induces unfavorable changes in both kinetic and thermodynamic aspects of the suggested routes. However, the main routes are still more favored than the alternative pathways at the temperature up to the boiling point of FM. PMID:26196536

  20. Transport of rice cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer photolyase into mitochondria relies on a targeting sequence located in its C-terminal internal region.

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    Takahashi, Sayaka; Teranishi, Mika; Izumi, Masanori; Takahashi, Masaaki; Takahashi, Fumio; Hidema, Jun

    2014-09-01

    The cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD), which represents a major type of DNA damage induced by ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, is a principal cause of UVB-induced growth inhibition in plants. CPD photolyase is the primary enzyme for repairing CPDs and is crucial for determining the sensitivity of Oryza sativa (rice) to UVB radiation. CPD photolyase is widely distributed among species ranging from eubacteria to eukaryotes, and is classified into class I or II based on its primary structure. We previously demonstrated that rice CPD photolyase (OsPHR), which belongs to class II and is encoded by a single-copy gene, is a unique nuclear/mitochondrial/chloroplast triple-targeting protein; however, the location and nature of the organellar targeting information contained within OsPHR are unknown. Here, the nuclear and mitochondrial targeting signal sequences of OsPHR were identified by systematic deletion analysis. The nuclear and mitochondrial targeting sequences are harbored within residues 487-489 and 391-401 in the C-terminal region of OsPHR (506 amino acid residues), respectively. The mitochondrial targeting signal represents a distinct topogenic sequence that differs structurally and functionally from classical N-terminal pre-sequences, and this region, in addition to its role in localization to the mitochondria, is essential for the proper functioning of the CPD photolyase. Furthermore, the mitochondrial targeting sequence, which is characteristic of class-II CPD photolyases, was acquired before the divergence of class-II CPD photolyases in eukaryotes. These results indicate that rice plants have evolved a CPD photolyase that functions in mitochondria to protect cells from the harmful effects of UVB radiation. PMID:24947012

  1. Preferential repair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in the transcribed strand of a gene in yeast chromosomes and plasmids is dependent on transcription.

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    Sweder, K S; Hanawalt, P C

    1992-01-01

    While preferential repair of the transcribed strands within active genes has been demonstrated in organisms as diverse as humans and Escherichia coli, it has not previously been shown to occur in chromosomal genes in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We found that repair of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers in the transcribed strand of the expressed RPB2 gene in the chromosome of a repair-proficient strain is much more rapid than that in the nontranscribed strand. Furthermore, a copy of the RPB2 gene borne on a centromeric ARS1 plasmid showed the same strand bias in repair. To investigate the relation of this strand bias to transcription, we studied repair in a yeast strain with the temperature-sensitive mutation, rpb1-1, in the largest subunit of RNA polymerase II. When exponentially growing rpb1-1 cells are shifted to the nonpermissive temperature, they rapidly cease mRNA synthesis. At the permissive temperature, both rpb1-1 and the wild-type, parental cells exhibited rapid, proficient repair in the transcribed strand of chromosomal and plasmid-borne copies of the RPB2 gene. At the nonpermissive temperature, the rate of repair in the transcribed strand in rpb1-1 cells was reduced to that in the nontranscribed strand. These findings establish the dependence of strand bias in repair on transcription by RNA polymerase II in the chromosomes and in plasmids, and they validate the use of plasmids for analysis of the relation of repair to transcription in yeast. Images PMID:1438266

  2. Kinetic mechanism for formation of the active, dimeric UvrD helicase-DNA complex.

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    Maluf, Nasib K; Ali, Janid A; Lohman, Timothy M

    2003-08-22

    Escherichia coli UvrD protein is a 3' to 5' SF1 helicase required for DNA repair as well as DNA replication of certain plasmids. We have shown previously that UvrD can self-associate to form dimers and tetramers in the absence of DNA, but that a UvrD dimer is required to form an active helicase-DNA complex in vitro. Here we have used pre-steady state, chemical quenched flow methods to examine the kinetic mechanism for formation of the active, dimeric helicase-DNA complex. Experiments were designed to examine the steps leading to formation of the active complex, separate from the subsequent DNA unwinding steps. The results show that the active dimeric complex can form via two pathways. The first, faster path involves direct binding to the DNA substrate of a pre-assembled UvrD dimer (dimer path), whereas the second, slower path proceeds via sequential binding to the DNA substrate of two UvrD monomers (monomer path), which then assemble on the DNA to form the dimeric helicase. The rate-limiting step within the monomer pathway involves dimer assembly on the DNA. These results show that UvrD dimers that pre-assemble in the absence of DNA are intermediates along the pathway to formation of the functional dimeric UvrD helicase. PMID:12788954

  3. Formation of Uracil from the Ultraviolet Photo-Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Pure H2O Ices

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    Nuevo, Michel; Milam, Stefanie N.; Sandford, Scott A.; Elsila, Jamie E.; Dworkin, Jason P.

    2009-09-01

    The detection of nucleobases in carbonaceous chondrites such as Murchison supports the scenario in which extraterrestrial organic molecules could have contributed to the origin of life on Earth. However, such large molecules have not been observed to date in astrophysical environments, in particular, comets and the interstellar medium (ISM). The physico-chemical conditions under which nucleobases and, more generally, N-heterocycles were formed are unknown, as are their mechanisms of formation. In this work, H2O:pyrimidine ice mixtures were irradiated with UV photons under interstellar/cometary- relevant conditions to study the formation of pyrimidine derivatives, including the nucleobase uracil. Liquid and gas chromatography analyses of the samples produced in our experiments revealed the presence of numerous photoproducts among which 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil could be conclusively identified. The photostability of pyrimidine against UV photons was also studied, and we showed that it would survive from the ISM to the solar nebula if formed and preserved in ice mantles on the surface of cold grains. We propose pathways for the formation of 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil under astrophysically relevant conditions and discuss the possibility for such molecules to survive from the ISM to their delivery to Earth and other Solar System bodies.

  4. Formation of uracil from the ultraviolet photo-irradiation of pyrimidine in pure H2O ices.

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    Nuevo, Michel; Milam, Stefanie N; Sandford, Scott A; Elsila, Jamie E; Dworkin, Jason P

    2009-09-01

    The detection of nucleobases in carbonaceous chondrites such as Murchison supports the scenario in which extraterrestrial organic molecules could have contributed to the origin of life on Earth. However, such large molecules have not been observed to date in astrophysical environments, in particular, comets and the interstellar medium (ISM). The physico-chemical conditions under which nucleobases and, more generally, N-heterocycles were formed are unknown, as are their mechanisms of formation. In this work, H2O:pyrimidine ice mixtures were irradiated with UV photons under interstellar/cometary-relevant conditions to study the formation of pyrimidine derivatives, including the nucleobase uracil. Liquid and gas chromatography analyses of the samples produced in our experiments revealed the presence of numerous photoproducts among which 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil could be conclusively identified. The photostability of pyrimidine against UV photons was also studied, and we showed that it would survive from the ISM to the solar nebula if formed and preserved in ice mantles on the surface of cold grains. We propose pathways for the formation of 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil under astrophysically relevant conditions and discuss the possibility for such molecules to survive from the ISM to their delivery to Earth and other Solar System bodies. PMID:19778279

  5. Ultraviolet Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Interstellar Ice Analogs: Formation and Photo-Stability of Nucleobases

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    Nuevo, Michel; Milam, Stefanie N.; Sandford, Scott A.; Elsila, Jamie E.; Dworkin, Jason P.

    2010-01-01

    Astrochemistry laboratory experiments recently showed that molecules of prebiotic interest can potentially form in space, as supported by the detection of amino acids in organic residues formed by the UV photolysis of ices simulating interstellar and cometary environments (H2O, CO, CO2, CH3OH, NH3, etc.). Although the presence of amino acids in the interstellar medium (ISM) is still under debate, experiments and the detection of amino acids in meteorites both support a scenario in which prebiotic molecules could be of extraterrestrial origin, before they are delivered to planets by comets, asteroids, and interplanetary dust particles. Nucleobases, the informational subunits of DNA and RNA, have also been detected in meteorites, although they have not yet been observed in the ISM. Thus, these molecules constitute another family of prebiotic compounds that can possibly form via abiotical processes in astrophysical environments. Nucleobases are nitrogen-bearing cyclic aromatic species with various functional groups attached, which are divided into two classes: pyrimidines (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) and purines (adenine and guanine). In this work, we study how UV irradiation affects pyrimidine mixed in interstellar ice analogs (H2O, NH3, CH3OH). In particular, we show that the UV irradiation of H2O:pyrimidine mixtures leads to the production of oxidized compounds including uracil, and show that both uracil and cytosine are formed upon irradiation of H2O:NH3:pyrimidine mixtures. We also study the photostability of pyrimidine and its photoproducts formed during these experiments.

  6. Chemical modification of triplex-forming oligonucleotide to promote pyrimidine motif triplex formation at physiological pH.

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    Torigoe, Hidetaka; Nakagawa, Osamu; Imanishi, Takeshi; Obika, Satoshi; Sasaki, Kiyomi

    2012-04-01

    Extreme instability of pyrimidine motif triplex DNA at physiological pH severely limits its use in wide variety of potential applications, such as artificial regulation of gene expression, mapping of genomic DNA, and gene-targeted mutagenesis in vivo. Stabilization of pyrimidine motif triplex at physiological pH is, therefore, crucial for improving its potential in various triplex-formation-based strategies in vivo. To this end, we investigated the effect of 3'-amino-2'-O,4'-C-methylene bridged nucleic acid modification of triplex-forming oligonucleotide (TFO), in which 2'-O and 4'-C of the sugar moiety were bridged with the methylene chain and 3'-O was replaced by 3'-NH, on pyrimidine motif triplex formation at physiological pH. The modification not only significantly increased the thermal stability of the triplex but also increased the binding constant of triplex formation about 15-fold. The increased magnitude of the binding constant was not significantly changed when the number and position of the modification in TFO changed. The consideration of the observed thermodynamic parameters suggested that the increased rigidity of the modified TFO in the free state resulting from the bridging of different positions of the sugar moiety with an alkyl chain and the increased hydration of the modified TFO in the free state caused by the introduction of polar nitrogen atoms may significantly increase the binding constant at physiological pH. The study on the TFO viability in human serum showed that the modification significantly increased the resistance of TFO against nuclease degradation. This study presents an effective approach for designing novel chemically modified TFOs with higher binding affinity of triplex formation at physiological pH and higher nuclease resistance under physiological condition, which may eventually lead to progress in various triplex-formation-based strategies in vivo. PMID:22245184

  7. Interstrand cross-link formation in duplex and triplex DNA by modified pyrimidines.

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    Peng, Xiaohua; Hong, In Seok; Li, Hong; Seidman, Michael M; Greenberg, Marc M

    2008-08-01

    DNA interstrand cross-links have important biological consequences and are useful biotechnology tools. Phenylselenyl substituted derivatives of thymidine (1) and 5-methyl-2'-deoxycytidine (5) produce interstrand cross-links in duplex DNA when oxidized by NaIO4. The mechanism involves a [2,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement of the respective selenoxides to the corresponding methide type intermediates, which ultimately produce the interstrand cross-links. Determination of the rate constants for the selenoxide rearrangements indicates that the rate-determining step for cross-linking is after methide formation. Cross-linking by the thymidine derivative in duplex DNA shows a modest kinetic preference when flanked by pyrimidines as opposed to purines. In contrast, the rate constant for cross-link formation from 5 opposite dG in duplex DNA is strongly dependent upon the flanking sequence and, in general, is at least an order of magnitude slower than that for 1 in an otherwise identical sequence. Introduction of mispairs at the base pairs flanking 5 or substitution of the opposing dG by dI significantly increases the rate constant and yield for cross-linking, indicating that stronger hydrogen bonding between the methide derived from it and dG compared to dA and the respective electrophile derived from 1 limits reaction by increasing the barrier to rotation into the required syn-conformation. Incorporation of 1 or 5 in triplex forming oligonucleotides (TFOs) that utilize Hoogsteen base pairing also yields interstrand cross-links. The dC derivative produces ICLs approximately 10x faster than the thymidine derivative when incorporated at the 5'-termini of the TFOs and higher yields when incorporated at internal sites. The slower, less efficient ICL formation emanating from 1 is attributed to reaction at N1-dA, which requires local melting of the duplex. In contrast, 5 produces cross-links by reacting with N7-dG. The cross-linking reactions of 1 and 5 illustrate the versatility and

  8. Dynamic dimer formation between superionic fluorines in PbF2

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    Nakamura, Nobutaka; Tsumuraya, Kazuo

    2013-03-01

    Recently Tsumuraya et al .(J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 81,055603(2012).) have elucidated the formation of the dynamic dimers in the superionic conductor α-CuI with the first principles molecular dynamics (MD) method. They, for the first time in research, confirmed the dimer formation through the analyses the origin of the correlation peaks of the partial pair distribution functions and the partial angle distribution functions. The present study elucidates the dynamic structure of the superionc fluorines in PbF2 crystal with the MD method through identifying the origins of the correlation peaks. The fluorines form the dynamic 32 f-8 c and 4 b-8 c dimers.

  9. Ultraviolet Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Interstellar Ice Analogs: Formation and Stability of Nucleobases

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    Milam, Stefanie; Nuevo, Michel; Sandford, Scott; Elsila, Jamie; Dworkin, Jason

    The detection of amino acids in organic residues formed by the UV photolysis of 10 K ices representative of interstellar and cometary environments (H2 O, CO, CO2 , CH3 OH, NH3 , etc.) show that molecules of prebiotic interest could potentially form in space. The detection of amino acids in meteorites supports a scenario where the organic molecules required for life are of extraterrestrial origin. Nucleobases, the informational units of RNA and DNA, have also been detected in meteorites and constitute another family of prebiotic compounds that can possibly form in interstellar environments. These molecules are functionalized heterocyclic aromatic species. There are two classes of nucleobases: pyrimidines (e.g. thymine, uracil, and cytosine) and purines (e.g. adenine and guanine). The functionalization of PAHs from UV photolysis in mixed molecular ices has been proven effective in the laboratory. This work aims at studying how UV irradiation affects pyrimidine in interstellar ice analogs. In particular, we show how H2 O/ pyrimidine mixtures lead to the production of oxidized compounds and study their photostability.

  10. Formation and properties of dimeric recombinant horseradish peroxidase in a system of reversed micelles.

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    Gazaryan, I G; Klyachko, N L; Dulkis, Y K; Ouporov, I V; Levashov, A V

    1997-01-01

    Wild-type recombinant horseradish peroxidase purified and refolded from Escherichia coli inclusion bodies has been studied in the system of bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulphosuccinate sodium salt (Aerosol OT)-reversed micelles in octane. In contrast with native horseradish peroxidase the wild-type recombinant enzyme forms dimeric structures as judged by sedimentation analysis. Peroxidase substrates affect the equilibrium between monomeric and dimeric enzyme forms. The dependence of the catalytic activity of recombinant peroxidase on the degree of hydration of the surfactant exhibits two maxima with pyrogallol, o-phenylene- diamine, guaiacol and o-dianisidine, with different ratios of activities for the first and second maxima. The differences in activities of monomeric and dimeric forms of the recombinant horseradish peroxidase provide evidence for active-site screening in dimeric forms. This has been used to model a dimeric structure of recombinant horseradish peroxidase with the screened entrance to the active site. In the model structure obtained, three of eight glycosylation sites were screened. This might explain the absence of dimeric structures in native enzyme peroxidase. The system of reversed micelles provides, for the first time, evidence for the formation of dimeric structures by recombinant plant peroxidase with an altered substrate specificity compared with the native enzyme. Thus one can assume that haem-containing peroxidases in general are able to form dimeric structures. PMID:9371726

  11. H-type Dimer Formation of Fluorophores: A Mechanism for Activatable, in vivo Optical Molecular Imaging

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    Ogawa, Mikako; Kosaka, Nobuyuki; Choyke, Peter L; Kobayashi, Hisataka

    2009-01-01

    In vivo molecular imaging with target-specific activatable “smart” probes, which only yield fluorescence at the intended target, enables sensitive and specific cancer detection because of high target to background ratios (TBR). Dimerization and fluorescence quenching has been shown to occur in concentrated aqueous solutions of various fluorophores. Here, we hypothesized that fluorophore dimerization and quenching after conjugation to targeting proteins can occur at low concentration, which is reasonable for in vivo imaging probes, because protein molecules can stabilize the fluorophore dimers based on physico-chemical interactions. This dimerization can be exploited as a mechanism for fluorescence activation. Rhodamine derivatives were conjugated to the cancer targeting molecules, avidin and trastuzumab, which target D-galactose receptor and HER2/neu antigen, respectively. After conjugation, a large proportion of R6G and TAMRA formed H-type dimers, even at low concentrations, but could be fully dequenched upon dissociation of the dimers to monomers. Lipophilicity was a potential factor in promoting H-dimer formation. To demonstrate the fluorescence activation effect during in vivo fluorescence endoscopic molecular imaging, a highly quenched probe, avidin-TAMRA or a minimally quenched probe, avidin-Alexa488 was administered into mice with ovarian metastases to the peritoneum. The tumors were clearly visualized with avidin-TAMRA, with low background fluorescence; in contrast, the background fluorescence was high for avidin-Alexa488. Thus, H-dimer formation as a mechanism of fluorescence quenching could be used to develop fluorescence activatable probes for in vivo molecular imaging. Effective activatable optical probes can be designed by focusing on the H-dimer formation of fluorophores. PMID:19480464

  12. Data on dimer formation between importin α subtypes

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    Miyamoto, Yoichi; Oka, Masahiro

    2016-01-01

    This article describes data related to the research article titled “Functional characterization of importin α8 as a classical nuclear localization signal receptor” [1]. A GST pull-down assay showed that both importin α1 and α8, which are classical nuclear localization signal (cNLS) receptors, can form a dimer with importin α6, α7, or α8. Importin α8 has higher dimer-forming ability than importin α1. In addition, our data show that either importin α1 or importin α8 can form a heterodimer with importin α3, which exists in a preformed complex with cNLS substrates such as the conventional SV40TNLS or the p53 protein, resulting in the release of the cNLS substrates from importin α3. PMID:27222842

  13. Data on dimer formation between importin α subtypes.

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    Miyamoto, Yoichi; Oka, Masahiro

    2016-06-01

    This article describes data related to the research article titled "Functional characterization of importin α8 as a classical nuclear localization signal receptor" [1]. A GST pull-down assay showed that both importin α1 and α8, which are classical nuclear localization signal (cNLS) receptors, can form a dimer with importin α6, α7, or α8. Importin α8 has higher dimer-forming ability than importin α1. In addition, our data show that either importin α1 or importin α8 can form a heterodimer with importin α3, which exists in a preformed complex with cNLS substrates such as the conventional SV40TNLS or the p53 protein, resulting in the release of the cNLS substrates from importin α3. PMID:27222842

  14. Formation of Enhanced Uniform Chiral Fields in Symmetric Dimer Nanostructures.

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    Tian, Xiaorui; Fang, Yurui; Sun, Mengtao

    2015-01-01

    Chiral fields with large optical chirality are very important in chiral molecules analysis, sensing and other measurements. Plasmonic nanostructures have been proposed to realize such super chiral fields for enhancing weak chiral signals. However, most of them cannot provide uniform chiral near-fields close to the structures, which makes these nanostructures not so efficient for applications. Plasmonic helical nanostructures and blocked squares have been proved to provide uniform chiral near-fields, but structure fabrication is a challenge. In this paper, we show that very simple plasmonic dimer structures can provide uniform chiral fields in the gaps with large enhancement of both near electric fields and chiral fields under linearly polarized light illumination with polarization off the dimer axis at dipole resonance. An analytical dipole model is utilized to explain this behavior theoretically. 30 times of volume averaged chiral field enhancement is gotten in the whole gap. Chiral fields with opposite handedness can be obtained simply by changing the polarization to the other side of the dimer axis. It is especially useful in Raman optical activity measurement and chiral sensing of small quantity of chiral molecule. PMID:26621558

  15. Formation of Enhanced Uniform Chiral Fields in Symmetric Dimer Nanostructures

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    Tian, Xiaorui; Fang, Yurui; Sun, Mengtao

    2015-01-01

    Chiral fields with large optical chirality are very important in chiral molecules analysis, sensing and other measurements. Plasmonic nanostructures have been proposed to realize such super chiral fields for enhancing weak chiral signals. However, most of them cannot provide uniform chiral near-fields close to the structures, which makes these nanostructures not so efficient for applications. Plasmonic helical nanostructures and blocked squares have been proved to provide uniform chiral near-fields, but structure fabrication is a challenge. In this paper, we show that very simple plasmonic dimer structures can provide uniform chiral fields in the gaps with large enhancement of both near electric fields and chiral fields under linearly polarized light illumination with polarization off the dimer axis at dipole resonance. An analytical dipole model is utilized to explain this behavior theoretically. 30 times of volume averaged chiral field enhancement is gotten in the whole gap. Chiral fields with opposite handedness can be obtained simply by changing the polarization to the other side of the dimer axis. It is especially useful in Raman optical activity measurement and chiral sensing of small quantity of chiral molecule. PMID:26621558

  16. Passage time statistics in the formation of ultracold dimers from fermionic atoms

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    Uys, Hermann

    2005-05-01

    We investigate the temporal fluctuations characteristic of the formation of molecular dimers from ultracold fermionic atoms via either photoassociation or a Feshbach resonance. The quantum fluctuations inherent to the initial atomic state result in large fluctuations in the passage time from atoms to molecules. A heuristic classical stochastic model yields an excellent agreement with the full quantum treatment in the initial stages of the dynamics. We also show that in contrast to the association of atoms into dimers, the reverse process of dissociation from a condensate of bosonic dimers exhibits little passage time fluctuations.

  17. Dimer-dimer interaction of the bacterial selenocysteine synthase SelA promotes functional active-site formation and catalytic specificity.

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    Itoh, Yuzuru; Bröcker, Markus J; Sekine, Shun-ichi; Söll, Dieter; Yokoyama, Shigeyuki

    2014-04-17

    The 21st amino acid, selenocysteine (Sec), is incorporated translationally into proteins and is synthesized on its specific tRNA (tRNA(Sec)). In Bacteria, the selenocysteine synthase SelA converts Ser-tRNA(Sec), formed by seryl-tRNA synthetase, to Sec-tRNA(Sec). SelA, a member of the fold-type-I pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent enzyme superfamily, has an exceptional homodecameric quaternary structure with a molecular mass of about 500kDa. Our previously determined crystal structures of Aquifex aeolicus SelA complexed with tRNA(Sec) revealed that the ring-shaped decamer is composed of pentamerized SelA dimers, with two SelA dimers arranged to collaboratively interact with one Ser-tRNA(Sec). The SelA catalytic site is close to the dimer-dimer interface, but the significance of the dimer pentamerization in the catalytic site formation remained elusive. In the present study, we examined the quaternary interactions and demonstrated their importance for SelA activity by systematic mutagenesis. Furthermore, we determined the crystal structures of "depentamerized" SelA variants with mutations at the dimer-dimer interface that prevent pentamerization. These dimeric SelA variants formed a distorted and inactivated catalytic site and confirmed that the pentamer interactions are essential for productive catalytic site formation. Intriguingly, the conformation of the non-functional active site of dimeric SelA shares structural features with other fold-type-I pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent enzymes with native dimer or tetramer (dimer-of-dimers) quaternary structures. PMID:24456689

  18. A Strategy for Complex Dimer Formation When Biomimicry Fails: Total Synthesis of Ten Coccinellid Alkaloids

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    2015-01-01

    Although dimeric natural products can often be synthesized in the laboratory by directly merging advanced monomers, these approaches sometimes fail, leading instead to non-natural architectures via incorrect unions. Such a situation arose during our studies of the coccinellid alkaloids, when attempts to directly dimerize Nature’s presumed monomeric precursors in a putative biomimetic sequence afforded only a non-natural analogue through improper regiocontrol. Herein, we outline a unique strategy for dimer formation that obviates these difficulties, one which rapidly constructs the coccinellid dimers psylloborine A and isopsylloborine A through a terminating sequence of two reaction cascades that generate five bonds, five rings, and four stereocenters. In addition, a common synthetic intermediate is identified which allows for the rapid, asymmetric formal or complete total syntheses of eight monomeric members of the class. PMID:24959981

  19. A strategy for complex dimer formation when biomimicry fails: total synthesis of ten coccinellid alkaloids.

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    Sherwood, Trevor C; Trotta, Adam H; Snyder, Scott A

    2014-07-01

    Although dimeric natural products can often be synthesized in the laboratory by directly merging advanced monomers, these approaches sometimes fail, leading instead to non-natural architectures via incorrect unions. Such a situation arose during our studies of the coccinellid alkaloids, when attempts to directly dimerize Nature's presumed monomeric precursors in a putative biomimetic sequence afforded only a non-natural analogue through improper regiocontrol. Herein, we outline a unique strategy for dimer formation that obviates these difficulties, one which rapidly constructs the coccinellid dimers psylloborine A and isopsylloborine A through a terminating sequence of two reaction cascades that generate five bonds, five rings, and four stereocenters. In addition, a common synthetic intermediate is identified which allows for the rapid, asymmetric formal or complete total syntheses of eight monomeric members of the class. PMID:24959981

  20. Transition Metal Free Intermolecular Direct Oxidative C-N Bond Formation to Polysubstituted Pyrimidines Using Molecular Oxygen as the Sole Oxidant.

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    Guo, Wei; Li, Chunsheng; Liao, Jianhua; Ji, Fanghua; Liu, Dongqing; Wu, Wanqing; Jiang, Huanfeng

    2016-07-01

    Various polysubstituted pyrimidines are smoothly formed via a base-promoted intermolecular oxidation C-N bond formation of allylic C(sp(3))-H and vinylic C(sp(2))-H of allyllic compounds with amidines using O2 as the sole oxidant. This protocol features protecting group free nitrogen sources, good functional group tolerance, high atom economy, and environmental advantages. PMID:27275869

  1. Factor Xa dimerization competes with prothrombinase complex formation on platelet-like membrane surfaces.

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    Koklic, Tilen; Chattopadhyay, Rima; Majumder, Rinku; Lentz, Barry R

    2015-04-01

    Exposure of phosphatidylserine (PS) molecules on activated platelet membrane surface is a crucial event in blood coagulation. Binding of PS to specific sites on factor Xa (fXa) and factor Va (fVa) promotes their assembly into a complex that enhances proteolysis of prothrombin by approximately 10⁵. Recent studies demonstrate that both soluble PS and PS-containing model membranes promote formation of inactive fXa dimers at 5 mM Ca²⁺. In the present study, we show how competition between fXa dimerization and prothrombinase formation depends on Ca²⁺ and lipid membrane concentrations. We used homo-FRET measurements between fluorescein-E-G-R-chloromethylketone (CK)-Xa [fXa irreversibly inactivated by alkylation of the active site histidine residue with FEGR (FEGR-fXa)] and prothrombinase activity measurements to reveal the balance between fXa dimer formation and fXa-fVa complex formation. Changes in FEGR-fXa dimer homo-FRET with addition of fVa to model-membrane-bound FEGR-fXa unambiguously demonstrated that formation of the FEGR-fXa-fVa complex dissociated the dimer. Quantitative global analysis according to a model for protein interaction equilibria on a surface provided an estimate of a surface constant for fXa dimer dissociation (K(fXa×fXa)(d, σ)) approximately 10-fold lower than K(fXa×fVa)(d,σ) for fXa-fVa complex. Experiments performed using activated platelet-derived microparticles (MPs) showed that competition between fXa dimerization and fXa-fVa complex formation was even more prominent on MPs. In summary, at Ca²⁺ concentrations found in the maturing platelet plug (2-5 mM), fVa can compete fXa off of inactive fXa dimers to significantly amplify thrombin production, both because it releases dimer inhibition and because of its well-known cofactor activity. This suggests a hitherto unanticipated mechanism by which PS-exposing platelet membranes can regulate amplification and propagation of blood coagulation. PMID:25572019

  2. A balanced pyrimidine pool is required for optimal Chk1 activation to prevent ultrafine anaphase bridge formation.

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    Gemble, Simon; Buhagiar-Labarchède, Géraldine; Onclercq-Delic, Rosine; Biard, Denis; Lambert, Sarah; Amor-Guéret, Mounira

    2016-08-15

    Cytidine deaminase (CDA) deficiency induces an excess of cellular dCTP, which reduces basal PARP-1 activity, thereby compromising complete DNA replication, leading to ultrafine anaphase bridge (UFB) formation. CDA dysfunction has pathological implications, notably in cancer and in Bloom syndrome. It remains unknown how reduced levels of PARP-1 activity and pyrimidine pool imbalance lead to the accumulation of unreplicated DNA during mitosis. We report that a decrease in PARP-1 activity in CDA-deficient cells impairs DNA-damage-induced Chk1 activation, and, thus, the downstream checkpoints. Chemical inhibition of the ATR-Chk1 pathway leads to UFB accumulation, and we found that this pathway was compromised in CDA-deficient cells. Our data demonstrate that ATR-Chk1 acts downstream from PARP-1, preventing the accumulation of unreplicated DNA in mitosis, and, thus, UFB formation. Finally, delaying entry into mitosis is sufficient to prevent UFB formation in both CDA-deficient and CDA-proficient cells, suggesting that both physiological and pathological UFBs are derived from unreplicated DNA. Our findings demonstrate an unsuspected requirement for a balanced nucleotide pool for optimal Chk1 activation both in unchallenged cells and in response to genotoxic stress. PMID:27383768

  3. Methanol dimer formation drastically enhances hydrogen abstraction from methanol by OH at low temperature.

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    Siebrand, Willem; Smedarchina, Zorka; Martínez-Núñez, Emilio; Fernández-Ramos, Antonio

    2016-08-10

    The kinetics of the reaction of methanol with hydroxyl radicals is revisited in light of the reported new kinetic data, measured in cold expansion beams. The rate constants exhibit an approximately 10(2)-fold increase when the temperature decreases from 200 to 50 K, a result that cannot be fully explained by tunneling, as we confirm by new calculations. These calculations also show that methanol dimers are much more reactive to hydroxyl than monomers and imply that a dimer concentration of about 30% of the equilibrium concentration can account quantitatively for the observed rates. The assumed presence of dimers is supported by the observation of cluster formation in these and other cold beams of molecules subject to hydrogen bonding. The calculations imply an important caveat with respect to the use of cold expansion beams for the study of interstellar chemistry. PMID:27479134

  4. Fluctuations in the formation time of ultracold dimers from fermionic atoms

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    Uys, H.; Miyakawa, T.; Meiser, D.; Meystre, P.

    2005-11-01

    We investigate the temporal fluctuations characteristic of the formation of molecular dimers from ultracold fermionic atoms via Raman photoassociation. The quantum fluctuations inherent to the initial atomic state result in large fluctuations in the passage time from atoms to molecules. Assuming degeneracy of kinetic energies of atoms in the strong coupling limit, we find that a heuristic classical stochastic model yields qualitative agreement with the full quantum treatment in the initial stages of the dynamics. We also show that in contrast to the association of atoms into dimers, the reverse process of dissociation from a condensate of bosonic dimers exhibits little passage time fluctuations. Finally, we explore effects due to the nondegeneracy of atomic kinetic energies.

  5. Trypsin-modified alkaline phosphatase. Formation of apoenzyme monomer and hybrid dimer.

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    Roberts, C H; Chlebowski, J F

    1985-06-25

    The cleavage of an amino-terminal decapeptide from Escherichia coli alkaline phosphatase has been previously described (Roberts, C. H., and Chlebowski, J. F. (1984) J. Biol. Chem. 259, 729-733) by this laboratory. The modest reduction in specific activity of the modified enzyme is paralleled by an apparent alteration in the Zn(II) affinity at one of the three active center metal ion binding sites. In contrast to the behavior of the native enzyme, formation of the metal-free apoprotein results in an irreversible loss of catalytic activity; phosphohydrolase activity is not restored on addition of Zn(II) and Mg(II). Differential scanning calorimetry and velocity sedimentation data indicate that the apo form of the modified enzyme exists as a monomer form which, while capable of binding Zn(II) does not readily reassociate to active dimer. Processive cleavage of the amino termini of the dimer by trypsin results in the transient formation of a hybrid dimer consisting of cleaved and uncleaved subunits. This species can be directly observed and isolated by taking advantage of the differential chromatographic mobility of the native "isozymes" and the resulting products. Coupled with improved procedures for the preparation of the modified protein, these data indicate that the amino-terminal modification results in alterations in the subunit interface domain and provides a species (the hybrid dimer) for the investigation of the propagation of these effects. PMID:3889000

  6. Homochiral Selectivity in RNA Synthesis: Montmorillonite-catalyzed Quaternary Reactions of D, L-Purine with D, L- Pyrimidine Nucleotides

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    Joshi, Prakash C.; Aldersley, Michael F.; Ferris, James P.

    2011-06-01

    Selective adsorption of D, L-ImpA with D, L-ImpU on the platelets of montmorillonite demonstrates an important reaction pathway for the origin of homochirality in RNA synthesis. Our earlier studies have shown that the individual reactions of D, L-ImpA or D, L-ImpU on montmorillonite catalyst produced oligomers which were only partially inhibited by the incorporation of both D- and L-enantiomers. Homochirality in these reactions was largely due to the formation of cyclic dimers that cannot elongate. We investigated the quaternary reactions of D, L-ImpA with D, L-ImpU on montmorillonite. The chain length of these oligomers increased from 9-mer to 11-mer as observed by HPLC, with a concominant increase in the yield of linear dimers and higher oligomers in the reactions involving D, L-ImpA with D, L-ImpU as compared to the similar reactions carried out with D-enantiomers only. The formation of cyclic dimers of U was completely inhibited in the quaternary reactions. The yield of cyclic dimers of A was reduced from 60% to 10% within the dimer fraction. 12 linear dimers and 3 cyclic dimers were isolated and characterized from the quaternary reaction. The homochirality and regioselectivity of dimers were 64.1% and 71.7%, respectively. Their sequence selectivity was shown by the formation of purine-pyrimidine (54-59%) linkages, followed by purine-purine (29-32%) linkages and pyrimidine-pyrimidine (9-13%) linkages. Of the 16 trimers detected, 10 were homochiral with an overall homochirality of 73-76%. In view of the greater homochirality, sequence- and regio- selectivity, the quaternary reactions on montmorillonite demonstrate an unexpectedly favorable route for the prebiotic synthesis of homochiral RNA compared with the separate reactions of enantiomeric activated mononucleotides.

  7. The RAD7 and RAD16 genes, which are essential for pyrimidine dimer removal from the silent mating type loci, are also required for repair of the nontranscribed strand of an active gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Verhage, R; Zeeman, A M; de Groot, N; Gleig, F; Bang, D D; van de Putte, P; Brouwer, J

    1994-01-01

    The rad16 mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was previously shown to be impaired in removal of UV-induced pyrimidine dimers from the silent mating-type loci (D. D. Bang, R. A. Verhage, N. Goosen, J. Brouwer, and P. van de Putte, Nucleic Acids Res. 20:3925-3931, 1992). Here we show that rad7 as well as rad7 rad16 double mutants have the same repair phenotype, indicating that the RAD7 and RAD16 gene products might operate in the same nucleotide excision repair subpathway. Dimer removal from the genome overall is essentially incomplete in these mutants, leaving about 20 to 30% of the DNA unrepaired. Repair analysis of the transcribed RPB2 gene shows that the nontranscribed strand is not repaired at all in rad7 and rad16 mutants, whereas the transcribed strand is repaired in these mutants at a fast rate similar to that in RAD+ cells. When the results obtained with the RPB2 gene can be generalized, the RAD7 and RAD16 proteins not only are essential for repair of silenced regions but also function in repair of nontranscribed strands of active genes in S. cerevisiae. The phenotype of rad7 and rad16 mutants closely resembles that of human xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group C (XP-C) cells, suggesting that RAD7 and RAD16 in S. cerevisiae function in the same pathway as the XPC gene in human cells. RAD4, which on the basis of sequence homology has been proposed to be the yeast XPC counterpart, seems to be involved in repair of both inactive and active yeast DNA, challenging the hypothesis that RAD4 and XPC are functional homologs. Images PMID:8065346

  8. Hydrogen Recombination and Dimer Formation on Graphite from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Casolo, S; Tantardini, G F; Martinazzo, R

    2016-07-14

    We studied Eley-Rideal molecular hydrogen formation on graphite using ab initio molecular dynamics, in the energy range relevant for the chemistry of the interstellar medium and for terrestrial experiments employing cold plasma (0.02-1 eV). We found substantial projectile steering effects that prevent dimer formation at low energies, thereby ruling out any catalytic synthetic pathways that form hydrogen molecules. Ortho and para dimers do form efficiently thanks to preferential sticking, but only at energies that are too high to be relevant for the chemistry of the interstellar medium. Computed reaction cross sections and ro-vibrational product populations are in good agreement with available experimental data and capable of generating adsorbate configurations similar to those observed with scanning tunneling microscopy techniques. PMID:26905385

  9. Formation of nitric oxide dimers on MgO-supported gold particles

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    Fuente, Silvia A.; Fortunato, Leandro F.; Domancich, Nicolás; Castellani, Norberto J.; Ferullo, Ricardo M.

    2012-12-01

    We present density functional theory (DFT) calculations on the formation of nitric oxide dimers (N2O2) on Au atoms, dimers and trimers adsorbed on regular O2 - sites and neutral oxygen vacancies (Fs sites) of the MgO(100) surface. The study of the N2O2 species is of great interest since it has been detected in the NO reduction reaction as an intermediate towards the formation of N2O. We found that the coupling of a NO molecule with a previously adsorbed one on Au/MgO is energetically favorable on Au1 and Au3, but unfavorable on Au2. The stability of N2O2 is in direct relation with the amount of charge taken from the support. Furthermore, one of the N―O bonds can be activated as a result of the attraction between the negatively charged NO dimer and the ionic oxide surface. In fact, for Au1 anchored on the Fs site a barrierless reaction occurs between N2O2 and a third NO molecule, forming adsorbed N2O and NO2.

  10. Metallamacrocycle formation through dimerization of metal bioconjugates derived from amino acids and peptides.

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    Álvarez, Celedonio M; García-Rodríguez, Raúl; Miguel, Daniel

    2016-01-21

    Metallamacrocycles of 12, 16, and 22 members are obtained by deprotonation of the carboxylic group of the side chain of iminopyridine complexes derived from the amino acid β-alanine, and the peptides Gly-Gly and Gly-Gly-Gly. Instead of the expected intramolecular attack to give tridentate (N,N,O) ligands, the deprotonated carboxylate attacks in an inter-molecular manner to give dimers in which the ligand acts as a bridge bonded in a κ(2)(N,N') chelating fashion to one metal and as κ(O) to the other metal. The formation of the dimers is supported by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography. PMID:26645303

  11. Structural diversity of Alzheimer’s disease Aβ dimers and their role in oligomerization and fibril formation

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    Tsigelny, Igor F.; Sharikov, Yuriy; Kouznetsova, Valentina L.; Greenberg, Jerry P.; Wrasidlo, Wolfgang; Gonzalez, Tania; Desplats, Paula; Michael, Sarah E.; Trejo-Morales, Margarita; Overk, Cassia R.; Masliah, Eliezer

    2015-01-01

    Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is associated with the formation of toxic Aβ42 oligomers and recent evidence supports a role for Aβ dimers as building blocks for oligomers. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation studies have identified clans for the dominant conformations of Aβ42 forming dimers; however, it is unclear if a larger spectrum of dimers is involved and which set(s) of dimers might evolve to oligomers verse fibrils. Therefore, for this study we generated multiple structural conformations of Aβ42, using explicit all-atom MD, and then clustering the different structures based on key conformational similarities. Those matching a selection threshold were then used to model a process of oligomerization. Remarkably, we showed a greater diversity in Aβ dimers than previously described. Depending on the clan family, different types of Aβ dimers were obtained. While some had the tendency to evolve into oligomeric rings, others formed fibrils of diverse characteristics. Then we selected the dimers that would evolve to membranephilic annular oligomers. Nearly one third of the 28 evaluated annular oligomers had the dimer interfaces between the neighboring Aβ42 monomers with possible salt bridges between the residue K28 from one side and either residue E22 or D23 on the other. Based on these results, key amino acids were identified for point mutations that either enhanced or suppressed the formation and toxicity of oligomer rings. Our studies suggest a greater diversity of Aβ dimers. Understanding the structure of Aβ dimers might be important for the rationale design of small molecules that block formation of toxic oligomers. PMID:24240640

  12. Structural Basis of M3 Muscarinic Receptor Dimer/Oligomer Formation*

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    McMillin, Sara M.; Heusel, Moritz; Liu, Tong; Costanzi, Stefano; Wess, Jürgen

    2011-01-01

    Class A G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are known to form dimers and/or oligomeric arrays in vitro and in vivo. These complexes are thought to play important roles in modulating class A GPCR function. Many studies suggest that residues located on the “outer” (lipid-facing) surface of the transmembrane (TM) receptor core are critically involved in the formation of class A receptor dimers (oligomers). However, no clear consensus has emerged regarding the identity of the TM helices or TM subsegments involved in this process. To shed light on this issue, we have used the M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M3R), a prototypic class A GPCR, as a model system. Using a comprehensive and unbiased approach, we subjected all outward-facing residues (70 amino acids total) of the TM helical bundle (TM1–7) of the M3R to systematic alanine substitution mutagenesis. We then characterized the resulting mutant receptors in radioligand binding and functional studies and determined their ability to form dimers (oligomers) in bioluminescence resonance energy transfer saturation assays. We found that M3R/M3R interactions are not dependent on the presence of one specific structural motif but involve the outer surfaces of multiple TM subsegments (TM1–5 and -7) located within the central and endofacial portions of the TM receptor core. Moreover, we demonstrated that the outward-facing surfaces of most TM helices play critical roles in proper receptor folding and/or function. Guided by the bioluminescence resonance energy transfer data, molecular modeling studies suggested the existence of multiple dimeric/oligomeric M3R arrangements, which may exist in a dynamic equilibrium. Given the high structural homology found among all class A GPCRs, our results should be of considerable general relevance. PMID:21685385

  13. Transient dimer formation in supercritical carbon dioxide as seen from Raman scattering

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    Cabaço, M. Isabel; Longelin, S.; Danten, Y.; Besnard, M.

    2008-02-01

    The polarized and depolarized Raman profiles of supercritical CO2 have been measured in the region of the ν2 bending mode (forbidden transition at about 668cm-1) and for the Fermi dyad (1285 and 1388cm-1) along the isotherms 307, 309, 313, and 323K in a reduced density domain 0.04<ρ *=ρ/ρC<2.04 (ρC˜467.6kgm-3, ρC is the critical density). The spectral features associated with the ν2 mode (degeneracy removal of the mode and Raman intensity activation) are found to be due to the formation of transient complexes. This is supported by the spectral signatures predicted for parallel slipped dimer and trimers (cyclic and noncyclic) from ab initio calculations taking into account the frequency anharmonicity. The band-shape analysis of the Fermi doublet (observed in the spectral range of 1260-1400cm-1) shows that on the subpicosecond time scale of the Raman spectroscopy, a tagged CO2 molecule probed two kinds of environment in its first shell of neighbors independent of local density enhancement phenomenon. The first one involves interactions of CO2 with surrounding molecules in the first shell whereas the latter is associated with a transient dimer formation. Finally, a broad band observed between the Fermi dyad (at about 1335cm-1) is assessed from symmetry considerations and from its depolarization ratio as a further evidence of transient complex formation in supercritical CO2.

  14. (1-(4-(Naphthalen-2-yl)pyrimidin-2-yl)piperidin-4-yl)methanamine: a wingless beta-catenin agonist that increases bone formation rate.

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    Pelletier, Jeffrey C; Lundquist, Joseph T; Gilbert, Adam M; Alon, Nipa; Bex, Frederick J; Bhat, Bheem M; Bursavich, Mattew G; Coleburn, Valerie E; Felix, Luciana A; Green, Daniel M; Green, Paula; Hauze, Diane B; Kharode, Yogendra P; Lam, Ho-Sun; Lockhead, Susan R; Magolda, Ronald L; Matteo, Jeanne J; Mehlmann, John F; Milligan, Colleen; Murrills, Richard J; Pirrello, Jennifer; Selim, Sally; Sharp, Michael C; Unwalla, Ray J; Vera, Matthew D; Wrobel, Jay E; Yaworsky, Paul; Bodine, Peter V N

    2009-11-26

    A high-throughput screening campaign to discover small molecule leads for the treatment of bone disorders concluded with the discovery of a compound with a 2-aminopyrimidine template that targeted the Wnt beta-catenin cellular messaging system. Hit-to-lead in vitro optimization for target activity and molecular properties led to the discovery of (1-(4-(naphthalen-2-yl)pyrimidin-2-yl)piperidin-4-yl)methanamine (5, WAY-262611). Compound 5 has excellent pharmacokinetic properties and showed a dose dependent increase in the trabecular bone formation rate in ovariectomized rats following oral administration. PMID:19856966

  15. Dimer formation effect on the red-shift in fluorescent spectra of dye solutions

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    Sukprasong, Saksit; Manjit, Yongyut; Limpichaipanit, Apichart; Ngamjarurojana, Athipong

    2015-07-01

    The red-shift on fluorescent dyes spectra at high concentration was investigated by laser induce fluorescence technique. In this research, the fluorescent dyes (Rhodamine 6G, Rhodamine B, Fluorescein and Bromofluorescein) were used. The sample solutions were prepared with methanol solvent in the concentration range of 10-5 to 10-3 Molar and the temperature of sample solution was controlled at 25 °C by temperature control chamber. Then, the sample solution was illuminated by violet laser (405 nm) excitation source and the fluorescence spectra were recorded by CCD spectrometer. The result showed that the fluorescence spectra of all fluorescent dye solutions were dependent on concentration of fluorescent dyes. The position of fluorescence maximum intensity was shifted to a higher wavelength (red-shift) when the concentration increased because the dimer formation rate increases with increasing concentration, but the shifting of wavelength for each fluorescent dye solutions was different, which suggests the different rate of formation of dimer molecules in each fluorescent dye solutions.

  16. Reactivity of damaged pyrimidines: formation of a Schiff base intermediate at the glycosidic bond of saturated dihydrouridine.

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    Jian, Yajun; Lin, Gengjie; Chomicz, Lidia; Li, Lei

    2015-03-11

    DNA glycosylases catalyze the first step of the base excision repair (BER) pathway. The chemistry used by these enzymes for deglycosylation has been largely considered as the chemistry of the oxocarbenium ion, e.g., direct rupture of the C1'-N1 bond resulting in an oxocarbenium ion intermediate. Here we present mechanistic studies revealing the 2'-deoxyribose isomerization and subsequent deglycosylation processes in two pyrimidine lesions: 5,6-dihydro-2'-deoxyuridine (dHdU) and 5,6-dihydrothymidine (dHT), formed via ionizing radiation damage to 2'-deoxycytidine and thymidine, respectively, under anoxic conditions. Acid or heat treatment of these two lesions leads to the production of two pairs of C1' epimers containing a pyranose and a furanose, respectively, indicating that both lesions favor the rupture of the C1'-O4' bond, resulting in a Schiff base intermediate at the N-glycosidic bond. Such a Schiff base intermediate was trapped and characterized by either Pd-catalyzed hydrogenation or thiol-mediated addition reaction. In contrast, in undamaged 2'-deoxyuridine and thymidine, reactions at elevated temperatures lead to the release of nucleobases most likely via the traditional oxocarbenium ion pathway. DFT calculations further support the experimental findings, suggesting that the oxocarbenium ion intermediate is responsible for the deglycosylation process if the integrity of the pyrimidine ring is maintained, while the Schiff base intermediate is preferred if the C5═C6 bond is saturated. Currently, the oxocarbenium ion pathway is indicated to be solely responsible for the deglycosylation in BER enzymes, however our results suggest an alternative Schiff base mechanism which may be responsible for the repair of saturated pyrimidine damages. PMID:25671389

  17. Formation and dissociation of M1 muscarinic receptor dimers seen by total internal reflection fluorescence imaging of single molecules.

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    Hern, Jonathan A; Baig, Asma H; Mashanov, Gregory I; Birdsall, Berry; Corrie, John E T; Lazareno, Sebastian; Molloy, Justin E; Birdsall, Nigel J M

    2010-02-01

    G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest family of transmembrane signaling proteins in the human genome. Events in the GPCR signaling cascade have been well characterized, but the receptor composition and its membrane distribution are still generally unknown. Although there is evidence that some members of the GPCR superfamily exist as constitutive dimers or higher oligomers, interpretation of the results has been disputed, and recent studies indicate that monomeric GPCRs may also be functional. Because there is controversy within the field, to address the issue we have used total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) in living cells to visualize thousands of individual molecules of a model GPCR, the M(1) muscarinic acetylcholine receptor. By tracking the position of individual receptors over time, their mobility, clustering, and dimerization kinetics could be directly determined with a resolution of approximately 30 ms and approximately 20 nm. In isolated CHO cells, receptors are randomly distributed over the plasma membrane. At any given time, approximately 30% of the receptor molecules exist as dimers, and we found no evidence for higher oligomers. Two-color TIRFM established the dynamic nature of dimer formation with M(1) receptors undergoing interconversion between monomers and dimers on the timescale of seconds. PMID:20133736

  18. Formation and dissociation of M1 muscarinic receptor dimers seen by total internal reflection fluorescence imaging of single molecules

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    Hern, Jonathan A.; Baig, Asma H.; Mashanov, Gregory I.; Birdsall, Berry; Corrie, John E. T.; Lazareno, Sebastian; Molloy, Justin E.; Birdsall, Nigel J. M.

    2010-01-01

    G-protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest family of transmembrane signaling proteins in the human genome. Events in the GPCR signaling cascade have been well characterized, but the receptor composition and its membrane distribution are still generally unknown. Although there is evidence that some members of the GPCR superfamily exist as constitutive dimers or higher oligomers, interpretation of the results has been disputed, and recent studies indicate that monomeric GPCRs may also be functional. Because there is controversy within the field, to address the issue we have used total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) in living cells to visualize thousands of individual molecules of a model GPCR, the M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor. By tracking the position of individual receptors over time, their mobility, clustering, and dimerization kinetics could be directly determined with a resolution of ~30 ms and ~20 nm. In isolated CHO cells, receptors are randomly distributed over the plasma membrane. At any given time, ~30% of the receptor molecules exist as dimers, and we found no evidence for higher oligomers. Two-color TIRFM established the dynamic nature of dimer formation with M1 receptors undergoing interconversion between monomers and dimers on the timescale of seconds. PMID:20133736

  19. Identification of Specific Transmembrane Residues and Ligand-Induced Interface Changes Involved In Homo-Dimer Formation of A Yeast G Protein-Coupled Receptor

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    Kim, Heejung; Lee, Byung-Kwon; Naider, Fred; Becker, Jeffrey M.

    2009-01-01

    The S. cerevisiae α-factor pheromone receptor, Ste2p, has been studied as a model for G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) structure and function. Dimerization has been demonstrated for many GPCRs, although the role(s) of dimerization in receptor function is disputed. Transmembrane domains one (TM1) and four (TM4) of Ste2p were shown previously to play a role in dimerization. In this study, single cysteine substitutions were introduced into a Cys-less Ste2p, and disulfide-mediated dimerization was assessed. Six residues in TM1 (L64 to M69) that had not been previously investigated and nineteen residues in TM7 (T278 to A296) of which fifteen were not previously investigated were mutated to create 25 single Cys-containing Ste2p molecules. Ste2p mutants V68C in TM1 and nine mutants in TM7 (cysteine substituted into residues 278, 285, 289, and 291 to 296) showed increased dimerization upon addition of an oxidizing agent in comparison to the background dimers formed by the Cys-less receptor. The formation of dimers was decreased for TM7 mutant receptors in the presence of α-factor indicating that ligand binding resulted in a conformational change that influenced dimerization. The effect of ligand on dimer formation suggests that dimers are formed in the resting state and the activated state of the receptor by different TM interactions. PMID:19839649

  20. A Sustainable Multicomponent Pyrimidine Synthesis.

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    Deibl, Nicklas; Ament, Kevin; Kempe, Rhett

    2015-10-14

    Since alcohols are accessible from indigestible biomass (lignocellulose), the development of novel preferentially catalytic reactions in which alcohols are converted into important classes of fine chemicals is a central topic of sustainable synthesis. Multicomponent reactions are especially attractive in organic chemistry as they allow the synthesis of large libraries of diversely functionalized products in a short time when run in a combinatorial fashion. Herein, we report a novel, regioselective, iridium-catalyzed multicomponent synthesis of pyrimidines from amidines and up to three (different) alcohols. This reaction proceeds via a sequence of condensation and dehydrogenation steps which give rise to selective C-C and C-N bond formations. While the condensation steps deoxygenate the alcohol components, the dehydrogenations lead to aromatization. Two equiv of hydrogen and water are liberated in the course of the reactions. PN5P-Ir-pincer complexes, recently developed in our laboratory, catalyze this sustainable multicomponent process most efficiently. A total of 38 different pyrimidines were synthesized in isolated yields of up to 93%. Strong points of the new protocol are its regioselectivity and thus the immediate access to pyrimidines that are highly and unsymmetrically decorated with alkyl or aryl substituents. The combination of this novel protocol with established methods for converting alcohols to nitriles now allows to selectively assemble pyrimidines from four alcohol building blocks and 2 equiv of ammonia. PMID:26414993

  1. Sulfur dimers adsorbed on Au(111) as building blocks for sulfur octomers formation: A density functional study

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    Hernandez-Tamargo, Carlos E.; Montero-Alejo, Ana Lilian; Pujals, Daniel Codorniu; Mikosch, Hans

    2014-07-28

    Experimental scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies have shown for more than two decades rectangular formations when sulfur atoms are deposited on Au(111) surfaces. The precursors have ranged from simple molecules or ions, such as SO{sub 2} gas or sulfide anions, to more complex organosulfur compounds. We investigated, within the framework of the Density Functional Theory, the structure of these rectangular patterns assuming them entirely composed of sulfur atoms as the experimental evidence suggests. The sulfur coverage at which the simulations were carried out (0.67 ML or higher) provoked that the sulfur-sulfur association had to be taken into account for achieving a good agreement between the sets of simulated and experimental STM images. A combination of four sulfur dimers per rectangular formation properly explained the trends obtained by the experimental STM analysis which were related with the rectangles' size and shape fluctuations together with sulfur-sulfur distances within these rectangles. Finally, a projected density of states analysis showed that the dimers were capable of altering the Au(5d) electronic states at the same level as atomic sulfur adsorbed at low coverage. Besides, sulfur dimers states were perfectly distinguished, whose presence near and above the Fermi level can explain both: sulfur-sulfur bond elongation and dimers stability when they stayed adsorbed on the surface at high coverage.

  2. A molecular beam mass spectrometric study of the formation and photolysis of C(lc)lO dimer

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    Greene, Frank T.; Robaugh, David A.

    1992-01-01

    A study of the chlorine oxides present at temperatures and pressures typical of the Antarctic stratosphere was carried out. A series of low temperature flow reactors was constructed and used in conjunction with molecular beam mass spectrometric techniques to identify species and characterize their kinetic behavior at temperatures of -20 to -70 C and pressures of from 30 to 130 Torr. It was found that the gas phase chlorine-oxygen system was quite complex at low temperatures. ClO dimer was identified and found to be thermodynamically very stable under stratospheric conditions. It was also found that any system which contained ClO also contained a larger oxide. The oxide was identified as Cl2O3. A survey of possible higher oxides, which have been postulated as possible chlorine sinks in the stratosphere, was also carried out. The rate of formation of ClO dimer was measured as a function of temperature and pressure. Measurements were made of both the decay of ClO and the formation of the dimer. By comparing these rates it was determined that virtually all of the ClO was converted to the dimer under stratospheric conditions, and that the other ClO reactions were not important under these conditions.

  3. Protective V127 prion variant prevents prion disease by interrupting the formation of dimer and fibril from molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Zhou, Shuangyan; Shi, Danfeng; Liu, Xuewei; Liu, Huanxiang; Yao, Xiaojun

    2016-01-01

    Recent studies uncovered a novel protective prion protein variant: V127 variant, which was reported intrinsically resistant to prion conversion and propagation. However, the structural basis of its protective effect is still unknown. To uncover the origin of the protective role of V127 variant, molecular dynamics simulations were performed to explore the influence of G127V mutation on two key processes of prion propagation: dimerization and fibril formation. The simulation results indicate V127 variant is unfavorable to form dimer by reducing the main-chain H-bond interactions. The simulations of formed fibrils consisting of β1 strand prove V127 variant will make the formed fibril become unstable and disorder. The weaker interaction energies between layers and reduced H-bonds number for V127 variant reveal this mutation is unfavorable to the formation of stable fibril. Consequently, we find V127 variant is not only unfavorable to the formation of dimer but also unfavorable to the formation of stable core and fibril, which can explain the mechanism on the protective role of V127 variant from the molecular level. Our findings can deepen the understanding of prion disease and may guide the design of peptide mimetics or small molecule to mimic the protective effect of V127 variant. PMID:26906032

  4. Protective V127 prion variant prevents prion disease by interrupting the formation of dimer and fibril from molecular dynamics simulations

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    Zhou, Shuangyan; Shi, Danfeng; Liu, Xuewei; Liu, Huanxiang; Yao, Xiaojun

    2016-01-01

    Recent studies uncovered a novel protective prion protein variant: V127 variant, which was reported intrinsically resistant to prion conversion and propagation. However, the structural basis of its protective effect is still unknown. To uncover the origin of the protective role of V127 variant, molecular dynamics simulations were performed to explore the influence of G127V mutation on two key processes of prion propagation: dimerization and fibril formation. The simulation results indicate V127 variant is unfavorable to form dimer by reducing the main-chain H-bond interactions. The simulations of formed fibrils consisting of β1 strand prove V127 variant will make the formed fibril become unstable and disorder. The weaker interaction energies between layers and reduced H-bonds number for V127 variant reveal this mutation is unfavorable to the formation of stable fibril. Consequently, we find V127 variant is not only unfavorable to the formation of dimer but also unfavorable to the formation of stable core and fibril, which can explain the mechanism on the protective role of V127 variant from the molecular level. Our findings can deepen the understanding of prion disease and may guide the design of peptide mimetics or small molecule to mimic the protective effect of V127 variant. PMID:26906032

  5. C...H...N Hydrogen Bond Formation in Trimethylamine Dimer upon One-Photon Ionization

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    Nakayama, Yuichiro; Matsuda, Yoshiyuki; Fujii, Asuka

    2011-06-01

    Structures of trimethylamine dimer cluster cations which are generated by the vacuum-ultraviolet photoionization are investigated by a combination of infrared spectroscopic methods and theoretical reaction-pass calculations. In the trimethylamine dimer cluster cation, a proton of a methyl group is shared with the N atom of the other trimethylamine moiety. This is evidence that the methyl group acts as a proton donor in the cation state.

  6. Base pairing enhances fluorescence and favors cyclobutane dimer formation induced upon absorption of UVA radiation by DNA.

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    Banyasz, Akos; Vayá, Ignacio; Changenet-Barret, Pascale; Gustavsson, Thomas; Douki, Thierry; Markovitsi, Dimitra

    2011-04-13

    The photochemical properties of the DNA duplex (dA)(20)·(dT)(20) are compared with those of the parent single strands. It is shown that base pairing increases the probability of absorbing UVA photons, probably due to the formation of charge-transfer states. UVA excitation induces fluorescence peaking at ∼420 nm and decaying on the nanosecond time scale. The fluorescence quantum yield, the fluorescence lifetime, and the quantum yield for cyclobutane dimer formation increase upon base pairing. Such behavior contrasts with that of the UVC-induced processes. PMID:21417388

  7. Strongly frustrated triangular spin lattice emerging from triplet dimer formation in honeycomb Li2IrO3

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    Nishimoto, Satoshi; Katukuri, Vamshi M.; Yushankhai, Viktor; Stoll, Hermann; Rößler, Ulrich K.; Hozoi, Liviu; Rousochatzakis, Ioannis; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2016-01-01

    Iridium oxides with a honeycomb lattice have been identified as platforms for the much anticipated Kitaev topological spin liquid: the spin-orbit entangled states of Ir4+ in principle generate precisely the required type of anisotropic exchange. However, other magnetic couplings can drive the system away from the spin-liquid phase. With this in mind, here we disentangle the different magnetic interactions in Li2IrO3, a honeycomb iridate with two crystallographically inequivalent sets of adjacent Ir sites. Our ab initio many-body calculations show that, while both Heisenberg and Kitaev nearest-neighbour couplings are present, on one set of Ir-Ir bonds the former dominates, resulting in the formation of spin-triplet dimers. The triplet dimers frame a strongly frustrated triangular lattice and by exact cluster diagonalization we show that they remain protected in a wide region of the phase diagram.

  8. Strongly frustrated triangular spin lattice emerging from triplet dimer formation in honeycomb Li2IrO3

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    Nishimoto, Satoshi; Katukuri, Vamshi M.; Yushankhai, Viktor; Stoll, Hermann; Rößler, Ulrich K.; Hozoi, Liviu; Rousochatzakis, Ioannis; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2016-01-01

    Iridium oxides with a honeycomb lattice have been identified as platforms for the much anticipated Kitaev topological spin liquid: the spin-orbit entangled states of Ir4+ in principle generate precisely the required type of anisotropic exchange. However, other magnetic couplings can drive the system away from the spin-liquid phase. With this in mind, here we disentangle the different magnetic interactions in Li2IrO3, a honeycomb iridate with two crystallographically inequivalent sets of adjacent Ir sites. Our ab initio many-body calculations show that, while both Heisenberg and Kitaev nearest-neighbour couplings are present, on one set of Ir–Ir bonds the former dominates, resulting in the formation of spin-triplet dimers. The triplet dimers frame a strongly frustrated triangular lattice and by exact cluster diagonalization we show that they remain protected in a wide region of the phase diagram. PMID:26776664

  9. Formation of H-type liquid crystal dimer at air-water interface

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    Karthik, C. Gupta, Adbhut Joshi, Aditya Manjuladevi, V. Gupta, Raj Kumar; Varia, Mahesh C.; Kumar, Sandeep

    2014-04-24

    We have formed the Langmuir monolayer of H-shaped Azo linked liquid crystal dimer molecule at the air-water interface. Isocycles of the molecule showed hysteresis suggesting the ir-reversible nature of the monolayer formed. The thin film deposited on the silicon wafer was characterized using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM). The images showed uniform domains of the dimer molecule. We propose that these molecules tend to take book shelf configuration in the liquid phase.

  10. Possible Formation of Metastable PAH Dimers upon Pickup by Helium Droplets.

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    Calvo, F; Yurtsever, E; Birer, Ö

    2016-03-17

    Using path-integral molecular dynamics simulations and two quantum-mechanical-based force fields, we have investigated the conformational stability of dimers of a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, perylene (C20H12), produced under typical experimental conditions of successive pick-up under helium nanodroplet environment. The most stable configurations are found to be of the stacked form with different relative orientations of the main molecular axes, perpendicular or T-shaped dimers being energetically much disfavored; however, in the presence of helium our simulations suggest that the time for rearrangement and π-stacking may be rather long and exceed hundreds of picoseconds. In addition, highly metastable dimers that are stacked but with a helium monolayer sandwiched between the two molecules are also found as likely products upon successive pickup. This stabilization occurs owing to the stronger localization of the helium atoms facing the aromatic rings, which is further enhanced in the dimer. The implications of the present results are discussed in the perspective of possible identification by spectroscopic methods. PMID:26890583

  11. Dimer formation and transcription activation in the sporulation response regulator Spo0A.

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    Lewis, Richard J; Scott, David J; Brannigan, James A; Ladds, Joanne C; Cervin, Marguerite A; Spiegelman, George B; Hoggett, James G; Barák, Imrich; Wilkinson, Anthony J

    2002-02-15

    The response regulator Spo0A is the master control element in the initiation of sporulation in Bacillus subtilis. Like many other multi-domain response regulators, the latent activity of the effector, C-terminal domain is stimulated by phosphorylation on a conserved aspartic acid residue in the regulatory, N-terminal domain. If a threshold concentration of phosphorylated Spo0A is achieved, the transcription of genes required for sporulation is activated, whereas the genes encoding stationary phase sentinels are repressed, and sporulation proceeds. Despite detailed genetic, biochemical and structural characterisation, it is not understood how the phosphorylation signal in the receiver domain is transduced into DNA binding and transcription activation in the distal effector domain. An obstacle to our understanding of Spo0A function is the uncertainty concerning changes in quaternary structure that accompany phosphorylation. Here we have revisited this question and shown unequivocally that Spo0A forms dimers upon phosphorylation and that the subunit interactions in the dimer are mediated principally by the receiver domain. Purified dimers of two mutants of Spo0A, in which the phosphorylatable aspartic acid residue has been substituted, activate transcription from the spoIIG promoter in vitro, whereas monomers do not. This suggests that dimers represent the activated form of Spo0A. PMID:11851334

  12. Electronic excited states responsible for dimer formation upon UV absorption directly by thymine strands: joint experimental and theoretical study.

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    Banyasz, Akos; Douki, Thierry; Improta, Roberto; Gustavsson, Thomas; Onidas, Delphine; Vayá, Ignacio; Perron, Marion; Markovitsi, Dimitra

    2012-09-12

    The study addresses interconnected issues related to two major types of cycloadditions between adjacent thymines in DNA leading to cyclobutane dimers (T<>Ts) and (6-4) adducts. Experimental results are obtained for the single strand (dT)(20) by steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopy, as well as by HPLC coupled to mass spectrometry. Calculations are carried out for the dinucleoside monophosphate in water using the TD-M052X method and including the polarizable continuum model; the reliability of TD-M052X is checked against CASPT2 calculations regarding the behavior of two stacked thymines in the gas phase. It is shown that irradiation at the main absorption band leads to cyclobutane dimers (T<>Ts) and (6-4) adducts via different electronic excited states. T<>Ts are formed via (1)ππ* excitons; [2 + 2] dimerization proceeds along a barrierless path, in line with the constant quantum yield (0.05) with the irradiation wavelength, the contribution of the (3)ππ* state to this reaction being less than 10%. The formation of oxetane, the reaction intermediate leading to (6-4) adducts, occurs via charge transfer excited states involving two stacked thymines, whose fingerprint is detected in the fluorescence spectra; it involves an energy barrier explaining the important decrease in the quantum yield of (6-4) adducts with the irradiation wavelength. PMID:22894169

  13. Time-resolved FRET reports FGFR1 dimerization and formation of a complex with its effector PLCγ1.

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    Perdios, Louis; Bunney, Tom D; Warren, Sean C; Dunsby, Christopher; French, Paul M W; Tate, Edward W; Katan, Matilda

    2016-01-01

    In vitro and in vivo imaging of protein tyrosine kinase activity requires minimally invasive, molecularly precise optical probes to provide spatiotemporal mechanistic information of dimerization and complex formation with downstream effectors. We present here a construct with genetically encoded, site-specifically incorporated, bioorthogonal reporter that can be selectively labelled with exogenous fluorogenic probes to monitor the structure and function of fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR). GyrB.FGFR1KD.TC contains a coumermycin-induced artificial dimerizer (GyrB), FGFR1 kinase domain (KD) and a tetracysteine (TC) motif that enables fluorescent labelling with biarsenical dyes FlAsH-EDT2 and ReAsH-EDT2. We generated bimolecular system for time-resolved FRET (TR-FRET) studies, which pairs FlAsH-tagged GyrB.FGFR1KD.TC and N-terminal Src homology 2 (nSH2) domain of phospholipase Cγ (PLCγ), a downstream effector of FGFR1, fused to mTurquoise fluorescent protein (mTFP). We demonstrated phosphorylation-dependent TR-FRET readout of complex formation between mTFP.nSH2 and GyrB.FGFR1KD.TC. By further application of TR-FRET, we also demonstrated formation of the GyrB.FGFR1KD.TC homodimer by coumermycin-induced dimerization. Herein, we present a spectroscopic FRET approach to facilitate and propagate studies that would provide structural and functional insights for FGFR and other tyrosine kinases. PMID:26482290

  14. Electron scattering from pyrimidine

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    Colmenares, Rafael; Fuss, Martina C.; Oller, Juan C.; Muñoz, Antonio; Blanco, Francisco; Almeida, Diogo; Limão-Vieira, Paulo; García, Gustavo

    2014-04-01

    Electron scattering from pyrimidine (C4H4N2) was investigated over a wide range of energies. Following different experimental and theoretical approaches, total, elastic and ionization cross sections as well as electron energy loss distributions were obtained.

  15. Indolizines and pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines decorated with a pyrimidine and a pyridine unit respectively.

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    Popa, Marcel Mirel; Georgescu, Emilian; Caira, Mino R; Georgescu, Florentina; Draghici, Constantin; Stan, Raluca; Deleanu, Calin; Dumitrascu, Florea

    2015-01-01

    The three possible structural isomers of 4-(pyridyl)pyrimidine were employed for the synthesis of new pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines and new indolizines, by 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of their corresponding N-ylides generated in situ from their corresponding cycloimmonium bromides. In the case of 4-(3-pyridyl)pyrimidine and 4-(4-pyridyl)pyrimidine the quaternization reactions occur as expected at the pyridine nitrogen atom leading to pyridinium bromides and consequently to new indolizines via the corresponding pyridinium N-ylides. However, in the case of 4-(2-pyridyl)pyrimidine the steric hindrance directs the reaction to the pyrimidinium N-ylides and, subsequently, to the formation of the pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines. The new pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines and the new indolizines were structurally characterized through NMR spectroscopy. The X-ray structures of two of the starting materials, 4-(2-pyridyl)pyrimidine and 4-(4-pyridyl)pyrimidine, are also reported. PMID:26199663

  16. Indolizines and pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines decorated with a pyrimidine and a pyridine unit respectively

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    Georgescu, Emilian; Georgescu, Florentina; Draghici, Constantin; Stan, Raluca; Deleanu, Calin; Dumitrascu, Florea

    2015-01-01

    Summary The three possible structural isomers of 4-(pyridyl)pyrimidine were employed for the synthesis of new pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines and new indolizines, by 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of their corresponding N-ylides generated in situ from their corresponding cycloimmonium bromides. In the case of 4-(3-pyridyl)pyrimidine and 4-(4-pyridyl)pyrimidine the quaternization reactions occur as expected at the pyridine nitrogen atom leading to pyridinium bromides and consequently to new indolizines via the corresponding pyridinium N-ylides. However, in the case of 4-(2-pyridyl)pyrimidine the steric hindrance directs the reaction to the pyrimidinium N-ylides and, subsequently, to the formation of the pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines. The new pyrrolo[1,2-c]pyrimidines and the new indolizines were structurally characterized through NMR spectroscopy. The X-ray structures of two of the starting materials, 4-(2-pyridyl)pyrimidine and 4-(4-pyridyl)pyrimidine, are also reported. PMID:26199663

  17. Nitrobenzene anti-parallel dimer formation in non-polar solvents

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    Shikata, Toshiyuki; Sakai, Yuji; Watanabe, Junji

    2014-06-01

    We investigated the dielectric and depolarized Rayleigh scattering behaviors of nitrobenzene (NO2-Bz), which is a benzene mono-substituted with a planar molecular frame bearing the large electric dipole moment 4.0 D, in non-polar solvents solutions, such as tetrachloromethane and benzene, at up to 3 THz for the dielectric measurements and 8 THz for the scattering experiments at 20 °C. The dielectric relaxation strength of the system was substantially smaller than the proportionality to the concentration in a concentrated regime and showed a Kirkwood correlation factor markedly lower than unity; gK ˜ 0.65. This observation revealed that NO2-Bz has a tendency to form dimers, (NO2-Bz)2, in anti-parallel configurations for the dipole moment with increasing concentration of the two solvents. Both the dielectric and scattering data exhibited fast and slow Debye-type relaxation modes with the characteristic time constants ˜7 and ˜50 ps in a concentrated regime (˜15 and ˜30 ps in a dilute regime), respectively. The fast mode was simply attributed to the rotational motion of the (monomeric) NO2-Bz. However, the magnitude of the slow mode was proportional to the square of the concentration in the dilute regime; thus, the mode was assigned to the anti-parallel dimer, (NO2-Bz)2, dissociation process, and the slow relaxation time was attributed to the anti-parallel dimer lifetime. The concentration dependencies of both the dielectric and scattering data show that the NO2-Bz molecular processes are controlled through a chemical equilibrium between monomers and anti-parallel dimers, 2NO2-Bz ↔ (NO2-Bz)2, due to a strong dipole-dipole interaction between nitro groups.

  18. Functionalization with C-terminal cysteine enhances transfection efficiency of cell-penetrating peptides through dimer formation

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    Amand, Helene L.

    2012-02-17

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reversible CPP dimerisation is a simple yet efficient strategy to improve delivery. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Dimer formation enhances peptiplex stability, resulting in increased transfection. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer By dimerisation, the CPP EB1 even gain endosomal escape properties while lowering cytotoxicity. -- Abstract: Cell-penetrating peptides have the ability to stimulate uptake of macromolecular cargo in mammalian cells in a non-toxic manner and therefore hold promise as efficient and well tolerated gene delivery vectors. Non-covalent peptide-DNA complexes ('peptiplexes') enter cells via endocytosis, but poor peptiplex stability and endosomal entrapment are considered as main barriers to peptide-mediated delivery. We explore a simple, yet highly efficient, strategy to improve the function of peptide-based vectors, by adding one terminal cysteine residue. This allows the peptide to dimerize by disulfide bond formation, increasing its affinity for nucleic acids by the 'chelate effect' and, when the bond is reduced intracellularly, letting the complex dissociate to deliver the nucleic acid. By introducing a single C-terminal cysteine in the classical CPP penetratin and the penetratin analogs PenArg and EB1, we show that this minor modification greatly enhances the transfection capacity for plasmid DNA in HEK293T cells. We conclude that this effect is mainly due to enhanced thermodynamic stability of the peptiplexes as endosome-disruptive chloroquine is still required for transfection and the effect is more pronounced for peptides with lower inherent DNA condensation capacity. Interestingly, for EB1, addition of one cysteine makes the peptide able to mediate transfection in absence of chloroquine, indicating that dimerisation can also improve endosomal escape properties. Further, the cytotoxicity of EB1 peptiplexes is considerably reduced, possibly due to lower concentration of free peptide dimer resulting from

  19. A Short Sequence Motif in the 5′ Leader of the HIV-1 Genome Modulates Extended RNA Dimer Formation and Virus Replication*

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    van Bel, Nikki; Das, Atze T.; Cornelissen, Marion; Abbink, Truus E. M.; Berkhout, Ben

    2014-01-01

    The 5′ leader of the HIV-1 RNA genome encodes signals that control various steps in the replication cycle, including the dimerization initiation signal (DIS) that triggers RNA dimerization. The DIS folds a hairpin structure with a palindromic sequence in the loop that allows RNA dimerization via intermolecular kissing loop (KL) base pairing. The KL dimer can be stabilized by including the DIS stem nucleotides in the intermolecular base pairing, forming an extended dimer (ED). The role of the ED RNA dimer in HIV-1 replication has hardly been addressed because of technical challenges. We analyzed a set of leader mutants with a stabilized DIS hairpin for in vitro RNA dimerization and virus replication in T cells. In agreement with previous observations, DIS hairpin stability modulated KL and ED dimerization. An unexpected previous finding was that mutation of three nucleotides immediately upstream of the DIS hairpin significantly reduced in vitro ED formation. In this study, we tested such mutants in vivo for the importance of the ED in HIV-1 biology. Mutants with a stabilized DIS hairpin replicated less efficiently than WT HIV-1. This defect was most severe when the upstream sequence motif was altered. Virus evolution experiments with the defective mutants yielded fast replicating HIV-1 variants with second site mutations that (partially) restored the WT hairpin stability. Characterization of the mutant and revertant RNA molecules and the corresponding viruses confirmed the correlation between in vitro ED RNA dimer formation and efficient virus replication, thus indicating that the ED structure is important for HIV-1 replication. PMID:25368321

  20. Orbital-selective singlet dimer formation and suppression of double exchange in 4d and 5d systems

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    Streltsov, Sergey; Cao, Gang; Khomskii, Daniel

    One of the main mechanisms of ferromagnetic ordering in conducting materials is the double exchange (DE). It is usually supposed in DE model that the Hund's coupling JH is much larger than electron hopping t; in this case one stabilizes the state with maximum spin per pair of ions, which finally leads to ferromagnetism in bulk systems. We show that in the dimerized 4 d / 5 d transition metal oxides for which JH is reduced and t is in contrast enhanced, another situation is possible, when formation of the spin-singlets on delocalized orbitals is more favorable. This leads to suppression of the DE and to a strong decrease of the total spin. The model calculations using the dynamical mean-field theory show that this effect survives even in the extended systems, not only for dimers. Such a situation is realized, e.g., in Y5Mo2O12, CrO2 under pressure and in many other 4 d / 5 d based materials. Another mechanism, which may suppress DE and which is also typical for 4 d / 5 d compounds is the spin-orbit coupling (SOC). We show on the example of Ba5AlIr2O11, that in this system it is the combination of molecular-orbital formation and SOC that strongly decreases magnetic moment on Ir. Civil Research and Development Foundation via FSCX-14-61025-0.

  1. Localized Dimerization and Nucleoid Binding Drive Gradient Formation by the Bacterial Cell Division Inhibitor MipZ

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    Kiekebusch, Daniela; Michie, Katharine A.; Essen, Lars-Oliver; Löwe, Jan; Thanbichler, Martin

    2012-01-01

    Summary Protein gradients play a central role in the spatial organization of cells, but the mechanisms of their formation are incompletely understood. This study analyzes the determinants responsible for establishing bipolar gradients of the ATPase MipZ, a key regulator of division site placement in Caulobacter crescentus. We have solved the crystal structure of MipZ in different nucleotide states, dissected its ATPase cycle, and investigated its interaction with FtsZ, ParB, and the nucleoid. Our results suggest that the polar ParB complexes locally stimulate the formation of ATP-bound MipZ dimers, which are then retained near the cell poles through association with chromosomal DNA. Due to their intrinsic ATPase activity, dimers eventually dissociate into freely diffusible monomers that undergo spontaneous nucleotide exchange and are recaptured by ParB. These findings clarify the molecular function of a conserved gradient-forming system and reveal mechanistic principles that might be commonly used to sustain protein gradients within cells. PMID:22483621

  2. Formation of the Antarctic ozone hole by the ClO dimer mechanism

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    Barrett, J. W.; Solomon, P. M.; De Zafra, R. L.; Jaramillo, M.; Emmons, L.

    1988-01-01

    New measurements of the low-altitude ClO profile, made during September 1987, are presented along with detailed observations of ozone depletion over McMurdo Station, Antarctica during the same period. The results show that both the rate and altitude range of ozone depletion can be quantitatively accounted for by a mechanism in which the ClO dimer is the important intermediary in the catalytic destruction of ozone. An alternative bromine mechanism appears capable of contributing only 5-15 percent to the ozone loss rate.

  3. On the adsorption and formation of Pt dimers on the CeO2(111) surface

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    Bruix, Albert; Nazari, Fariba; Neyman, Konstantin M.; Illas, Francesc

    2011-12-01

    The direct adsorption of Pt2 dimers on CeO2(111) and their formation from isolated adsorbed Pt atoms have been studied using periodic slab model calculations based on density functional theory and including the so-called on-site Hubbard parameter (GGA + U). In the most stable configuration Pt2 is found to be almost parallel to the surface; the electronic ground state is closed shell and there is no evidence of charge transfer towards or from the surface. The formation of Pt2 from two single adsorbed Pt atoms involves a rather small energy barrier of ˜0.10 eV only. On the contrary, dissociation of adsorbed Pt2 requires to overcome a considerable barrier of ˜1.43 eV. This indicates that once Pt2 is formed it will remain on the surface, thus likely triggering the growth of larger supported Pt particles.

  4. Dimer formation upon deprotonation: synthesis and structure of a m-terphenyl substituted (R,S)-dilithium disiloxanolate disilanol.

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    Čas, Daniel; Hurkes, Natascha; Spirk, Stefan; Belaj, Ferdinand; Bruhn, Clemens; Rechberger, Gerald N; Pietschnig, Rudolf

    2015-07-28

    The synthesis and structural characterization of the first dilithium salt of a tetrahydroxydisiloxane, [DmpSi(OH)OLi]2O (6), is described (Dmp = 2,6-dimesitylphenyl). The solid state structure reveals the presence of a dimeric motif where two disiloxane units are linked by coordinating lithium atoms which differs from those found for the sodium and potassium analogs. The arrangement imposed by the cluster formation leads to diastereomeric silicon atoms exhibiting (R,S) configuration in the solid state. In addition, the intermediates of the reaction, monolithiated and dilithiated silanetriol could be identified by means of high-resolution mass spectrometry and the formation of 6 is discussed. Moreover, the fully protonated tetrahydroxydisiloxane, [DmpSi(OH)2]2O has been obtained as well and its solid state structures with varying hydrogen bond acceptors have been surveyed. PMID:26098855

  5. Mapping Thymine Dimer Splitting in Damaged DNA by Photolyase

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    Liu, Zheyun; Tan, Chuang; Li, Jiang; Guo, Xunmin; Wang, Lijuan; Zhong, Dongping

    2010-06-01

    Photolyases uses light energy to convert UV-damaged cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) to normal bases. We observed the formation and decay of semiquinone flavin and CPD anion intermediate, the recovery of hydroquinone flavin in ground state, and the formation of normal thymine bases in real time with femtosecond time resolution. By monitoring the decay and formation of all reactants, intermediates and products, the functional dynamics of the elementary steps during CPD repair have been mapped out. All elementary reaction steps, namely forward electron transfer, back electron transfer, bond breakage and electron return occur in sub-nanosecond scale. These dynamics are synergistically correlated for maximum of repair efficiency through a redox photocycle with no net change of electrons.

  6. Role of the cystine-knot motif at the C-terminus of rat mucin protein Muc2 in dimer formation and secretion.

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    Bell, S L; Xu, G; Forstner, J F

    2001-01-01

    DNA constructs based on the 534-amino-acid C-terminus of rat mucin protein Muc2 (RMC), were transfected into COS cells and the resultant (35)S-labelled dimers and monomers were detected by SDS/PAGE of immunoprecipitates. The cystine-knot construct, encoding the C-terminal 115 amino acids, appeared in cell lysates as a 45 kDa dimer, but was not secreted. A construct, devoid of the cystine knot, failed to form dimers. Site-specific mutagenesis within the cystine knot was performed on a conserved unpaired cysteine (designated Cys-X), which has been implicated in some cystine-knot-containing growth factors as being important for intermolecular disulphide-bond formation. Dimerization of RMC was effectively abolished. Each cysteine (Cys-1-Cys-6) comprising the three intramolecular disulphide bonds of the cystine knot was then mutated. Dimer formation was impaired in each case, although much less so for the Cys-3 mutant than the others. Abnormal high-molecular-mass, disulphide-dependent aggregates formed with mutations Cys-1, Cys-2, Cys-4 and Cys-5(,) and were poorly secreted. It is concluded that the intact cystine-knot domain is essential for dimerization of the C-terminal domain of rat Muc2, and that residue Cys-X in the knot plays a key role. The structural integrity of the cystine knot, maintained by intramolecular bonds Cys-1-Cys-4, Cys-2-Cys-5 and Cys-3-Cys-6, also appears to be important for dimerization, probably by allowing correct positioning of the unpaired Cys-X residue for stable intermolecular cystine-bond formation. PMID:11415450

  7. Unanticipated role of melanin in causing carcinogenic cyclobutane pyrimidine dimmers.

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    Premi, Sanjay; Brash, Douglas E

    2016-01-01

    Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) instantaneously generates cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs). Paradoxically, we recently observed that UV enables the protective pigment melanin to create CPDs in the dark long after the exposure ends. UV-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) oxidize melanin to create melanin carbonyls in a high-energy quantum state. These energetic melanin carbonyls transfer their energy to DNA in the dark, creating CPDs in the absence of UVR. PMID:27308551

  8. Purines and pyrimidines in sediments from lake erie.

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    Van Der Velden, W; Schwartz, A W

    1974-08-23

    Quantitative analyses of purines and pyrimidines in sequential sections of cores from the central and eastern basins of Lake Erie show steeply increasing concentrations in the youngest sediments. This may be related to increased loading of nutrients and recent cultural eutrophication of the lake. The purine and pyrimidine distributions suggest the operation of a specific degradative process for uracil at an extremely early stage in, or prior to, sediment formation. PMID:17736373

  9. Gas dynamic effects on formation of carbon dimers in laser-produced plasmas

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    Al-Shboul, K. F.; Harilal, S. S.; Hassanein, A.

    2011-09-01

    We investigated the effect of helium and nitrogen pressures on the dynamics of molecular species formation during laser ablation of carbon. For producing plasmas, planar carbon targets were irradiated with 1064 nm, 6 ns pulses from an Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet laser. The emission from excited C2 and CN molecules was studied using space resolved optical time-of-flight emission spectroscopy and spectrally resolved fast imaging. The intensity oscillations in C2 and CN monochromatic fast imaging and their emission space-time contours suggest that recombination is the major mechanism of C2 formation within the laser ablation carbon plumes in the presence of ambient gas.

  10. Nucleation-dependent tau filament formation: the importance of dimerization and an estimation of elementary rate constants.

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    Congdon, Erin E; Kim, Sohee; Bonchak, Jonathan; Songrug, Tanakorn; Matzavinos, Anastasios; Kuret, Jeff

    2008-05-16

    Filamentous inclusions composed of the microtubule-associated protein tau are found in Alzheimer disease and other tauopathic neurodegenerative diseases, but the mechanisms underlying their formation from full-length protein monomer under physiological conditions are unclear. To address this issue, the fibrillization of recombinant full-length four-repeat human tau was examined in vitro as a function of time and submicromolar tau concentrations using electron microscopy assay methods and a small-molecule inducer of aggregation, thiazine red. Data were then fit to a simple homogeneous nucleation model with rate constant constraints established from filament dissociation rate, critical concentration, and mass-per-unit length measurements. The model was then tested by comparing the predicted time-dependent evolution of length distributions to experimental data. Results indicated that once assembly-competent conformations were attained, the rate-limiting step in the fibrillization pathway was tau dimer formation. Filament elongation then proceeded by addition of tau monomers to nascent filament ends. Filaments isolated at reaction plateau contained approximately 2 tau protomers/beta-strand spacing on the basis of mass-per-unit length measurements. The model suggests four key steps in the aggregation pathway that must be surmounted for tau filaments to form in disease. PMID:18359772

  11. A-type dimeric epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a more potent inhibitor against the formation of insulin amyloid fibril than EGCG monomer.

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    Nie, Rong-Zu; Zhu, Wei; Peng, Jin-Ming; Ge, Zhen-Zhen; Li, Chun-Mei

    2016-06-01

    Because fibrillary protein aggregates is regarded to be closely associated with many diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease, growing interest and researches have been focused on finding potential fibrillation inhibitors. In the present study, the inhibitory effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and A-type dimeric epigallocatechin-3-gallate (A-type EGCG dimer) on the formation of insulin fibrillation were compared by multi-dimensional approaches including thioflavin-T (ThT) fluorescence assay, 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic (ANS) fluorescence assay, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Our results confirmed that A-type EGCG dimer is a more potent inhibitor against the formation of bovine insulin amyloid fibril than EGCG. In addition, A-type EGCG dimer could not only inhibit insulin amyloid fibril formation, but also change the aggregation pathway and induce bovine insulin into amorphous aggregates. The results of the present study may provide a new guide on finding novel anti-amyloidogenic agents. PMID:27079519

  12. Benzamide prevention of ultraviolet radiation-induced transformation as measured by anchorage-independent growth and absence of correlation with thymidine dimer formation and DNA repair

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    Milo, G.E.; d'Ambrosio, S.; Kun, E.

    1989-01-01

    Synchronized human fibroblasts were exposed in early S phase to increasing doses of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in the presence and absence of an antitransforming drug, benzamide. Cellular survival, initial thymidine dimer formation and its repair, and cellular phenotypic transformation were simultaneously monitored in the presence and absence of 1 mM externally added benzamide that reaches 8 to 15 microns intracellular levels. Cellular transformation as measured by an expression of anchorage-independent growth was inhibited by nontoxic doses of benzamide. Antitransforming action of benzamide is confined to low intracellular drug concentrations, which in the case of benzamide is in the 4-9 micons range. Because of the lack of effect of benzamide of the formation of UV-induced thymidine dimers and the specific repair of these dimers, these results suggest that the processes of thymidine dimer formation and its repair are not involved in the mode of action of benzamide that influences the expression of a transformed phenotype with low malignant vigor.

  13. Terthiophene radical cations end-capped by bicyclo[2.2.2]octene units: formation of bent pi-dimers mutually attracted at the central position.

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    Yamazaki, Daisuke; Nishinaga, Tohru; Tanino, Nobuhide; Komatsu, Koichi

    2006-11-15

    A terthiophene fused with bicyclo[2.2.2]octene units only at both ends was newly synthesized. Since there is no steric hindrance at the central position, this terthiophene has a possibility to interact only at the central position. One-electron oxidation of this terthiophene afforded a highly stable radical-cation salt as deep blue crystals. The result of X-ray crystal structural analysis demonstrated a characteristically bent pi-dimereric structure, which is formed by mutual attraction of single radical-cation species at the central position to minimize the steric repulsion. Remarkably short intermolecular distances between the central thiophene rings of each unit of the dimeric pair, that is, 2.976(10) A for Cbeta-Cbeta, 3.091(10) A for Calpha-Calpha, and 3.779(3) A for S-S, are good indication of the existence of attracting interaction, which was confirmed by theoretical calculations. This interaction was experimentally demonstrated by the reversible formation of the pi-dimer in CH2Cl2 solution using ESR and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy. The crystal of the pi-dimer is in its singlet state and ESR silent in the solid state at 300 K, but the signal of a triplet state of the pi-dimer was observed by heating the solid at 400 K. This indicates that this pi-dimer has a quite small triplet-singlet enegy gap and the triplet state is thermally accessible. PMID:17090025

  14. Removal of UV light-induced pyrimidine-pyrimidone(6-4) products from Escherichia coli DNA requires the uvrA, uvrB, and urvC gene products.

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    Franklin, W A; Haseltine, W A

    1984-01-01

    Ultraviolet light induces the formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers and pyrimidine- pyrimidone (6-4) photoproducts in cellular DNA. In Escherichia coli, the uvrA, uvrB, and uvrC genes are necessary for excision of cyclobutane dimers. To determine whether the uvrABC gene products are required for (6-4) product removal from DNA, a sensitive HPLC assay was developed that allows the separation and quantitation of both types of photoproducts. Both the T T cyclobutane dimer and the T-C(6-4) product were completely removed from the DNA after 2 hr of repair in a wild-type strain. Both products were also removed in the wild-type strain in the presence of chloramphenicol, an inhibitor of protein synthesis. No decrease in the amount of either T T cyclobutane dimer or of T-C(6-4) products was observed in strains that were deficient in any one of the three uvr gene products under similar conditions. We conclude the uvrABC enzyme complex is required for excision of (6-4) photoproducts from E. coli DNA. PMID:6374666

  15. Deuterium Enrichment of Vitamin A at the C20 Position Slows the Formation of Detrimental Vitamin A Dimers in Wild-type Rodents*

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    Kaufman, Yardana; Ma, Li; Washington, Ilyas

    2011-01-01

    Degenerative eye diseases are the most common causes of untreatable blindness. Accumulation of lipofuscin (granular deposits) in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a hallmark of major degenerative eye diseases such as Stargardt disease, Best disease, and age-related macular degeneration. The intrinsic reactivity of vitamin A leads to its dimerization and to the formation of pigments such as A2E, and is believed to play a key role in the formation of ocular lipofuscin. We sought a clinically pragmatic method to slow vitamin A dimerization as a means to elucidate the pathogenesis of macular degenerations and to develop a therapeutic intervention. We prepared vitamin A enriched with the stable isotope deuterium at carbon twenty (C20-D3-vitamin A). Results showed that dimerization of deuterium-enriched vitamin A was considerably slower than that of vitamin A at natural abundance as measured in vitro. Administration of C20-D3-vitamin A to wild-type rodents with no obvious genetic defects in vitamin A processing, slowed A2E biosynthesis. This study elucidates the mechanism of A2E biosynthesis and suggests that administration of C20-D3-vitamin A may be a viable, long-term approach to retard vitamin A dimerization and by extension, may slow lipofuscin deposition and the progression of common degenerative eye diseases. PMID:21075840

  16. Thermal degradation of green tea flavan-3-ols and formation of hetero- and homocatechin dimers in model dairy beverages.

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    Song, Brian J; Manganais, Chris; Ferruzzi, Mario G

    2015-04-15

    Interactions between polyphenols and macromolecules may impact polyphenol stability and bioavailability from foods. The impact of milk on tea flavan-3-ol stability to thermal treatment was investigated. Single strength (36.2 protein per L), quarter strength (9.0 g protein per L) milk, and control model beverages were incubated with epigallocatechin gallate and green tea extract at 62 or 37 °C for 180 min. Intact flavan-3-ols and select auto-oxidation products [theasinesins (THSNs) and P-2 dimers] were quantified by LC-MS. Generally, greater polyphenol to protein ratios increased first order degradation rates, consequently decreasing formation of oxidation products. The presence of galloyl and hydroxy moieties was associated with higher stability of monomeric flavan-3-ols with increasing protein concentrations suggesting potential for protein affinity to stabilise flavan-3-ols to thermal treatment. Absence of these moieties led to no observable improvements in stability. These results suggest that protein interactions may be useful in stabilising flavan-3-ols through thermal processing. PMID:25466027

  17. Charge-ordering transition in iron oxide Fe4O5 involving competing dimer and trimer formation

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    Ovsyannikov, Sergey V.; Bykov, Maxim; Bykova, Elena; Kozlenko, Denis P.; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Karkin, Alexander E.; Shchennikov, Vladimir V.; Kichanov, Sergey E.; Gou, Huiyang; Abakumov, Artem M.; Egoavil, Ricardo; Verbeeck, Johan; McCammon, Catherine; Dyadkin, Vadim; Chernyshov, Dmitry; van Smaalen, Sander; Dubrovinsky, Leonid S.

    2016-05-01

    Phase transitions that occur in materials, driven, for instance, by changes in temperature or pressure, can dramatically change the materials’ properties. Discovering new types of transitions and understanding their mechanisms is important not only from a fundamental perspective, but also for practical applications. Here we investigate a recently discovered Fe4O5 that adopts an orthorhombic CaFe3O5-type crystal structure that features linear chains of Fe ions. On cooling below ∼150 K, Fe4O5 undergoes an unusual charge-ordering transition that involves competing dimeric and trimeric ordering within the chains of Fe ions. This transition is concurrent with a significant increase in electrical resistivity. Magnetic-susceptibility measurements and neutron diffraction establish the formation of a collinear antiferromagnetic order above room temperature and a spin canting at 85 K that gives rise to spontaneous magnetization. We discuss possible mechanisms of this transition and compare it with the trimeronic charge ordering observed in magnetite below the Verwey transition temperature.

  18. Charge-ordering transition in iron oxide Fe4O5 involving competing dimer and trimer formation.

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    Ovsyannikov, Sergey V; Bykov, Maxim; Bykova, Elena; Kozlenko, Denis P; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Karkin, Alexander E; Shchennikov, Vladimir V; Kichanov, Sergey E; Gou, Huiyang; Abakumov, Artem M; Egoavil, Ricardo; Verbeeck, Johan; McCammon, Catherine; Dyadkin, Vadim; Chernyshov, Dmitry; van Smaalen, Sander; Dubrovinsky, Leonid S

    2016-05-01

    Phase transitions that occur in materials, driven, for instance, by changes in temperature or pressure, can dramatically change the materials' properties. Discovering new types of transitions and understanding their mechanisms is important not only from a fundamental perspective, but also for practical applications. Here we investigate a recently discovered Fe4O5 that adopts an orthorhombic CaFe3O5-type crystal structure that features linear chains of Fe ions. On cooling below ∼150 K, Fe4O5 undergoes an unusual charge-ordering transition that involves competing dimeric and trimeric ordering within the chains of Fe ions. This transition is concurrent with a significant increase in electrical resistivity. Magnetic-susceptibility measurements and neutron diffraction establish the formation of a collinear antiferromagnetic order above room temperature and a spin canting at 85 K that gives rise to spontaneous magnetization. We discuss possible mechanisms of this transition and compare it with the trimeronic charge ordering observed in magnetite below the Verwey transition temperature. PMID:27102685

  19. Bis(2,4,6-tri-amino-pyrimidin-1-ium) sulfate penta-hydrate.

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    Nimthong, Ruthairat; Chamchong, Siva; Pakawatchai, Chaveng; Mokhagul, Jedsada; Wattanakanjana, Yupa

    2013-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title salt, 2C4H8N5 (+)·SO4 (2-)·5H2O, contains four 2,4,6-tri-amino-pyrimidinium (TAPH(+)) cations, two sulfate anions and ten lattice water mol-ecules. Each two of the four TAPH(+) cations form dimers via N-H⋯N hydrogen bonds between the amino groups and the unprotonated pyrimidine N atoms [graph-set motif R 2 (2)(8)]. The (TAPH(+))2 dimers, in turn, form slightly offset infinite π-π stacks parallel to [010], with centroid-centroid distances between pyrimidine rings of 3.5128 (15) and 3.6288 (16) Å. Other amino H atoms, as well as the pyrimidinium N-H groups, are hydrogen-bonded to sulfate and lattice water O atoms. The SO4 (2-) anions and water mol-ecules are inter-connected with each other via O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The combination of hydrogen-bonding inter-actions and π-π stacking leads to the formation of a three-dimensional network with alternating columns of TAPH(+) cations and channels filled with sulfate anions and water mol-ecules. One of the sulfate anions shows a minor disorder by a ca 37° rotation around one of the S-O bonds [occupancy ratio of the two sets of sites 0.927 (3):0.073 (3)]. One water mol-ecule is disordered over two mutually exclusive positions with an occupancy ratio of 0.64 (7):0.36 (7). PMID:24109349

  20. Prebiotic syntheses of purines and pyrimidines

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    Basile, B.; Lazcano, A.; Oró, J.

    The work done in many laboratories during the last two decades has confirmed that hydrogen cyanide and cyanoacetylene are the two major precursors for the prebiotic synthesis of purines and pyrimidines, respectively. Although several different pathways for the synthesis of purines have been described, they are all variations of the initial mechanism proposed by Oró and Kimball, where hydrogen cyanide leads first to the formation of a 4,5-disubstituted imidazole derivative, and then to the closing of the purine ring with a C1 compound. A number of experiments have shown that purines and pyrimidines can also be obtained from methane, ammonia (nitrogen), and water mixtures, provided an activating source of energy (radiation, electric discharges, etc.) is available. However, in this case the yields are lower by about two orders of magnitude because of the intermediate formation of hydrogen cyanide and cyanoacetylene. The latter two compounds have been found in interstellar space, Titan and other bodies of the solar system. They were probably present in the primordial parent bodies from the solar nebula in concentrations of 10-2 to 10-3 M as inferred from recent calculations by Miller and coworkers obtained for the Murchison meteorite. These concentrations should have been sufficient to generate relatively large amounts of purine and pyrimidine bases on the primitive Earth.

  1. Thiamin Pyrimidine Biosynthesis in Candida albicans: A Remarkable Reaction between Histidine and Pyridoxal Phosphate

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    Lai, Rung-Yi; Huang, Siyu; Fenwick, Michael K.; Hazra, Amrita; Zhang, Yang; Rajashankar, Kanagalaghatta; Philmus, Benjamin; Kinsland, Cynthia; Sanders, Jennie Mansell; Ealick, Steven E.; Begley, Tadhg P.

    2012-06-26

    In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, thiamin pyrimidine is formed from histidine and pyridoxal phosphate (PLP). The origin of all of the pyrimidine atoms has been previously determined using labeling studies and suggests that the pyrimidine is formed using remarkable chemistry that is without chemical or biochemical precedent. Here we report the overexpression of the closely related Candida albicans pyrimidine synthase (THI5p) and the reconstitution and preliminary characterization of the enzymatic activity. A structure of the C. albicans THI5p shows PLP bound at the active site via an imine with Lys62 and His66 in close proximity to the PLP. Our data suggest that His66 of the THI5 protein is the histidine source for pyrimidine formation and that the pyrimidine synthase is a single-turnover enzyme.

  2. Dimerization of lipocalin allergens

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    Niemi, Merja H.; Rytkönen-Nissinen, Marja; Miettinen, Ilja; Jänis, Janne; Virtanen, Tuomas; Rouvinen, Juha

    2015-01-01

    Lipocalins are one of the most important groups of inhalant animal allergens. The analysis of structural features of these proteins is important to get insights into their allergenicity. We have determined two different dimeric crystal structures for bovine dander lipocalin Bos d 2, which was earlier described as a monomeric allergen. The crystal structure analysis of all other determined lipocalin allergens also revealed oligomeric structures which broadly utilize inherent structural features of the β-sheet in dimer formation. According to the moderate size of monomer-monomer interfaces, most of these dimers would be transient in solution. Native mass spectrometry was employed to characterize quantitatively transient dimerization of two lipocalin allergens, Bos d 2 and Bos d 5, in solution. PMID:26346541

  3. A search for interstellar pyrimidine

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    Kuan, Yi-Jehng; Yan, Chi-Hung; Charnley, Steven B.; Kisiel, Zbigniew; Ehrenfreund, Pascale; Huang, Hui-Chun

    2003-10-01

    We have searched three hot molecular cores for submillimetre emission from the nucleic acid building block pyrimidine. We obtain upper limits to the total pyrimidine (beam-averaged) column densities towards Sgr B2(N), Orion KL and W51 e1/e2 of 1.7 × 1014, 2.4 × 1014 and 3.4 × 1014 cm-2, respectively. The associated upper limits to the pyrimidine fractional abundances lie in the range (0.3-3) × 10-10. Implications of this result for interstellar organic chemistry, and for the prospects of detecting nitrogen heterocycles in general, are discussed briefly.

  4. Studies on the Effect of Sub-zero Temperatures on the Formation of Extremely Low Volatility Dimer Esters in Secondary Organic Aerosol from Alpha-Pinene

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    Kristensen, Kasper; Normann Jensen, Louise; Bilde, Merete

    2016-04-01

    The oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOC) is considered a major source of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) in the atmosphere. Recently, extremely low volatility organic compounds, or ELVOC, formed from the oxidation of VOCs have been shown to play a crucial role in new particle formation (Ehn et al., 2014). In addition, higher molecular weight dimer esters originating from the oxidation of the biogenic VOC alpha-pinene have been observed in both laboratory-generated and ambient SOA (Kristensen et al., 2013). The low volatility of the dimer esters along with an observed rapid formation makes these high molecular weight compounds likely candidates involved in new particle formation from the oxidation of alpha-pinene. Furthermore, laboratory experiments show that the dimer esters only form in the presence of ozone, thus may be used as tracers for the ozone-initiated oxidation of alpha-pinene, and are therefore indicative of enhanced anthropogenic activities. In this work, we present the results of a series of oxidation experiments performed in the newly constructed cold-room smog chamber at Aarhus University. This unique and state-of-the-art Teflon chamber allows for atmospheric simulations of the oxidation VOCs and subsequent SOA formation at temperatures down to -16 °C. In this study, ozonolysis and photochemical oxidations of alpha-pinene are performed at temperatures ranging from +20 to -16 °C. Chemical characterization of the formed SOA is performed using liquid chromatography coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The results show significant differences in the chemical composition related to the experiment temperature. In particularly, the concentration of the high molecular weight dimer esters showed to be highly affected by temperature. Interestingly, preliminary results show higher formation of dimer esters related to increased SOA formation rate, thus indicating that these particle-phase ELVOCs may be linked with new particle

  5. Quantifying Dimer and Trimer Formation of Tri-n-butyl Phosphates in Different Alkane Diluents: FTIR Study.

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    Vo, Quynh N; Unangst, Jaclynn L; Nguyen, Hung D; Nilsson, Mikael

    2016-07-21

    Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), a representative of neutral organophosphorous metal-ion-extracting reagents, is an important ligand used in solvent extraction processes for the recovery of uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel, as well as other non-nuclear applications. Ligand-ligand and organic solvent-ligand interactions play an important role in these processes. The self-association behavior of TBP in various alkane diluents of different chain lengths (8, 12, and 16 carbons) and a branched alkane (iso-octane) was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic measurements. By careful deconvolution of the spectra into multiple peaks, our results indicate that TBP self-associates to form not only dimers, as previous studies showed, but also trimers in the practical concentration range. Using a mathematical fitting procedure, the dimerization and trimerization constants were determined. As expected, these equilibrium constants are dependent on the solvent used. As the alkane chain for linear hydrocarbon solvents becomes longer, dimerization decreases whereas trimerization increases. For the more branched hydrocarbon, we observe a significantly higher dimerization constant. These effects are most likely due to the intermolecular van der Waals interactions between the butyl tails of each TBP molecule and the diluent hydrocarbon chain as all solvents in this study are relatively nonpolar. PMID:27399338

  6. Coherent vibration and ultrafast dynamics upon bond formation in excited dimers of an Au(i) complex.

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    Iwamura, Munetaka; Wakabayashi, Ryo; Maeba, Junichi; Nozaki, Koichi; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Tahara, Tahei

    2016-02-10

    Au-Au bond strengthening in photoexcited dimers of an Au(i) complex is captured in solution as oscillations of femtosecond absorption signals. The subsequent dynamics, when compared to the trimer's data, confirm that the bent-to-linear structural change of the trimer occurs in the first few picoseconds. PMID:26821585

  7. Dimeric Sesquiterpenoids.

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    Liao, Shang-Gao; Yue, Jian-Min

    2016-01-01

    It is widely accepted that a large number of proteins that are responsible for cellular function exist as dimers or need to be activated by dimerization before mediating certain signaling pathways. Simultaneously targeting both monomeric moieties of the dimeric proteins has shown potential in the development of various therapeutic agents. As dimeric molecules might be able to act on both moieties of a dimeric protein, dimeric sesquiterpenoids (DSs), which are generated biogenetically from coupling of two sesquiterpenoid molecules, are in essence potential biologically active molecules, and have attracted in recent years great attention for their peculiar structures and biological activities. In fact, a number of DSs are more potent than their monomeric precursors for some activities such as anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, immunosuppressive, potassium channel blocking, antimalarial, anti-virus, and neurotrophic activities.The complex and diversified structures of DSs also attracted attention of chemists in their isolation, structural elucidation, and synthetic construction.In the contribution, a general view of the classification and distribution of DSs will be provided. Strategies for the structural elucidation of DSs and their analogues is presented. Chemical strategies for the convergence of the two sesquiterpenoid units is reviewed. Biological activities are discussed under each type of activity. PMID:26659108

  8. Use of Improved Orbitals for CCSD(T) Calculations for Predicting Heats of Formation of Group IV and Group VI Metal Oxide Monomers and Dimers and UCl6.

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    Fang, Zongtang; Lee, Zachary; Peterson, Kirk A; Dixon, David A

    2016-08-01

    The prediction of the heats of formation of group IV and group VI metal oxide monomers and dimers with the coupled cluster CCSD(T) method has been improved by using Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) and Brueckner orbitals for the initial wave function. The valence and core-valence contributions to the total atomization energies for the CrO3 monomer and dimer are predicted to be significantly larger than when using the Hartree-Fock (HF) orbitals. The predicted heat of formation of CrO3 with CCSD(T)/PW91 is consistent with previous calculations including high-order corrections beyond CCSD(T) and agrees well with the experiment. The improved heats of formation with the DFT and Brueckner orbitals are due to these orbitals being closer to the actual orbitals. Pure DFT functionals perform slightly better than the hybrid B3LYP functional due to the presence of exact exchange in the hybrid functional. Comparable heats of formation for TiO2 and the second- and the third-row group IV and group VI metal oxides are predicted well using either the DFT PW91 orbitals, Brueckner orbitals, or HF orbitals. The normalized clustering energies for the dimers are consistent with our previous work except for a larger value predicted for Cr2O6. The prediction of the reaction energy for UF6 + 3Cl2 → UCl6 + 3F2 was significantly improved with the use of DFT or Brueckner orbitals as compared to HF orbitals. PMID:27398941

  9. Dimerization of VirD2 Binding Protein Is Essential for Agrobacterium Induced Tumor Formation in Plants

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    Padavannil, Abhilash; Jobichen, Chacko; Qinghua, Yang; Seetharaman, Jayaraman; Velazquez-Campoy, Adrian; Yang, Liu; Pan, Shen Q.; Sivaraman, J.

    2014-01-01

    The Type IV Secretion System (T4SS) is the only bacterial secretion system known to translocate both DNA and protein substrates. The VirB/D4 system from Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a typical T4SS. It facilitates the bacteria to translocate the VirD2-T-DNA complex to the host cell cytoplasm. In addition to protein-DNA complexes, the VirB/D4 system is also involved in the translocation of several effector proteins, including VirE2, VirE3 and VirF into the host cell cytoplasm. These effector proteins aid in the proper integration of the translocated DNA into the host genome. The VirD2-binding protein (VBP) is a key cytoplasmic protein that recruits the VirD2–T-DNA complex to the VirD4-coupling protein (VirD4 CP) of the VirB/D4 T4SS apparatus. Here, we report the crystal structure and associated functional studies of the C-terminal domain of VBP. This domain mainly consists of α-helices, and the two monomers of the asymmetric unit form a tight dimer. The structural analysis of this domain confirms the presence of a HEPN (higher eukaryotes and prokaryotes nucleotide-binding) fold. Biophysical studies show that VBP is a dimer in solution and that the HEPN domain is the dimerization domain. Based on structural and mutagenesis analyses, we show that substitution of key residues at the interface disrupts the dimerization of both the HEPN domain and full-length VBP. In addition, pull-down analyses show that only dimeric VBP can interact with VirD2 and VirD4 CP. Finally, we show that only Agrobacterium harboring dimeric full-length VBP can induce tumors in plants. This study sheds light on the structural basis of the substrate recruiting function of VBP in the T4SS pathway of A. tumefaciens and in other pathogenic bacteria employing similar systems. PMID:24626239

  10. Ionization and Fragmentation of DCOOD Induced by Synchrotron Radiation at the Oxygen 1s Edge: The Role of Dimer Formation.

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    Arruda, Manuela S; Medina, Aline; Sousa, Josenilton N; Mendes, Luiz A V; Marinho, Ricardo R T; Prudente, Frederico V

    2016-07-14

    The ionization and photofragmentation of molecules in the core region has been widely investigated for monomers and dimers of organic molecules in the gas phase. In this study, we used synchrotron radiation to excite electrons of the oxygen K-edge in an effusive molecular beam of doubly deuterated formic acid. We used time-of-flight mass spectrometry and employed the spectroscopic techniques photoelectron-photoion coincidence and photoelectron photoion-photoion coincidence to obtain spectra of single and double coincidences at different pressures. Our results indicate the presence of ions and ion pairs that have charge-to-mass ratio higher than the monomer DCOOD, as the (DCOOD)·D(+), and pairs (DCO(+), DCO(+)) and (CO(+), DCO(+)). Comparing the spectra obtained for different pressures we can ascertain that these ions are formed by the fragmentation of DCOOD dimers. PMID:27116397

  11. Cy3 in AOT reverse micelles I. Dimer formation revealed through steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy.

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    McPhee, Jeffrey T; Scott, Eric; Levinger, Nancy E; Van Orden, Alan

    2011-08-11

    Cyanine-3 (Cy3) fluorescent dye molecules confined in sodium di-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles were examined using steady-state absorption and emission as well as time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy to understand the effect of confinement on the spectroscopic properties of the dye. This study explored a wide range of reverse micelle sizes, with hydrodynamic radii ranging from ∼1.7 to ∼5 nm. The relative concentrations of Cy3 and AOT reverse micelles were such that, on average, one dye molecule was present for every 2 × 10(4) to 9 × 10(5) reverse micelles. In the smallest reverse micelles examined, observed changes in the absorption and emission spectra and fluorescence lifetime of the dye molecules indicated H-aggregation of Cy3 into side-by-side dimers. It is hypothesized that this dimerization is governed by the high local concentrations that result from the confinement of the Cy3 in the reverse micelles. What is notable about this study is that this dimer occurs even at overall dye concentrations in the nanomolar range. Such concentrations are too low for aggregation to occur in bulk solution. Hence, the reverse micelles serve as nanocatalysts for this aggregation process. PMID:21761942

  12. Using stable MutS dimers and tetramers to quantitatively analyze DNA mismatch recognition and sliding clamp formation.

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    Groothuizen, Flora S; Fish, Alexander; Petoukhov, Maxim V; Reumer, Annet; Manelyte, Laura; Winterwerp, Herrie H K; Marinus, Martin G; Lebbink, Joyce H G; Svergun, Dmitri I; Friedhoff, Peter; Sixma, Titia K

    2013-09-01

    The process of DNA mismatch repair is initiated when MutS recognizes mismatched DNA bases and starts the repair cascade. The Escherichia coli MutS protein exists in an equilibrium between dimers and tetramers, which has compromised biophysical analysis. To uncouple these states, we have generated stable dimers and tetramers, respectively. These proteins allowed kinetic analysis of DNA recognition and structural analysis of the full-length protein by X-ray crystallography and small angle X-ray scattering. Our structural data reveal that the tetramerization domains are flexible with respect to the body of the protein, resulting in mostly extended structures. Tetrameric MutS has a slow dissociation from DNA, which can be due to occasional bending over and binding DNA in its two binding sites. In contrast, the dimer dissociation is faster, primarily dependent on a combination of the type of mismatch and the flanking sequence. In the presence of ATP, we could distinguish two kinetic groups: DNA sequences where MutS forms sliding clamps and those where sliding clamps are not formed efficiently. Interestingly, this inability to undergo a conformational change rather than mismatch affinity is correlated with mismatch repair. PMID:23821665

  13. 5-Thiocyanato-2′-deoxyuridine as a Possible Radiosensitizer: Electron-Induced Formation of Uracil-C5-Thiyl Radical and Its Dimerization

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    Zdrowowicz, Magdalena; Chomicz, Lidia; Żyndul, Michał; Wityk, Paweł; Wiegand, Tyler J.; Hanson, Cameron G.; Adhikary, Amitava

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we have synthesized 5-thiocyanato-2′-deoxyuridine (SCNdU) along with the C6-deuterated nucleobase 5-thiocyanatouracil (6-D-SCNU) and studied their reactions with radiation-produced electrons. ESR spectra in γ-irradiated nitrogen-saturated frozen homogeneous solutions (7.5 M LiCl in H2O or D2O) of these compounds show that electron-induced S-CN bond cleavage occurs to form a thiyl radical (dU-5-S• or 6-D-U-5-S•) and CN− via the initial π-anion radical (SCNdU•−) intermediate in which the excess electron is on the uracil base. HPLC and LC-MS/MS studies of γ-irradiated N2-saturated aqueous solutions of SCNdU in the presence of sodium formate as a OH-radical scavenger at ambient temperature show the formation of the dU-5S-5S-dU dimer in preference to dU by about 10 to 1 ratio. This shows that both possible routes of electron-induced bond cleavage (dUC5-SCN and S-CN) in SCNdU•− and dU-5-S• formation are preferred for the production of the σ-type uracilyl radical (dU•) by 10 fold. DFT/M06-2x/6-31++G(d,p) calculations employing the polarizable continuum model (PCM) for aqueous solutions show that dU-5-S• and CN− formation was thermodynamically favored by over 15 kcal/mol (ΔG) compared to dU• and SCN− production. The activation barriers for C5-S and S-CN bond cleavage in SCNdU•− amount to 8.7 and 4.0 kcal/mol, respectively, favoring dU-5-S• and CN− formation. These results support the experimental observation of S-CN bond cleavage by electron addition to SCNdU that results in the formation of dU-5-S• and the subsequent dU-5S-5S-dU dimer. This establishes SCNdU as a potential radiosensitizer that could cause intra- and inter-strand crosslinking as well as DNA-protein crosslinking via S-S dimer formation. PMID:26059609

  14. Stereoselective self-sorting in the self-assembly of a Phe-Phe extended guanidiniocarbonyl pyrrole carboxylate zwitterion: formation of two diastereomeric dimers with significantly different stabilities.

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    Rodler, Fabian; Sicking, Wilhelm; Schmuck, Carsten

    2011-07-28

    The 'dipeptide extended' guanidiniocarbonyl pyrrole carboxylate zwitterion GCP-Phe-Phe 1 forms stable dimers in DMSO. However, dimerization is highly stereoselective. Only homochiral dimers are formed and the (L,L)·(L,L) dimer (K(dim) > 10(5) M(-1)) is significantly more stable by a factor of 10(3) than the diastereomeric (D,L)·(D,L) dimer (K(dim) = 120 M(-1)). PMID:21670799

  15. Mechanistic Analysis and Thermochemical Kinetic Simulation of the Pathways for Volatile Product Formation from Pyrolysis of Polystyrene, Especially of the Dimer

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    Poutsma, Marvin L

    2006-01-01

    Simulations of the initial distribution of volatiles from pyrolysis of polystyrene were based on propagation rate constants estimated by thermochemical kinetic procedures. The voluminous database exhibits a disturbing lack of consistency with respect to effects of conversion level, temperature, and reactor type. It therefore remains difficult to assign the true primary distribution of the major products, styrene, 2,4-diphenyl-1-butene (''dimer''), 2,4,6-triphenyl-1-hexene (''trimer''), 1,3-diphenylpropane, and toluene, and its dependence on conditions. Probable perturbations by secondary reactions and selective evaporation are considered. The rate constant for 1,3-hydrogen shift appears much too small to accommodate the commonly proposed ''back-biting'' mechanism for dimer formation. Dimer more likely arises by addition of benzyl radical to olefinic chain-ends, followed by {beta}-scission, although ambiguities remain in assigning rate constants for the addition and {beta}-scission steps. With this modification, the major products can be successfully associated with decay of the sec-benzylic chain-end radical. In contrast, the minimal formation of allylbenzene, 2,4-diphenyl-1-pentene, and 2,4,6-triphenyl-1-heptene suggests a minimal chain-propagating role for the prim chain-end radical. Compared with polyethylene, the much enhanced ''unzipping'' to form monomer from polystyrene and the more limited depth of ''back-biting'' into the chain arise from an enthalpy-driven acceleration of {beta}-scission coupled with a kinetically driven deceleration of intramolecular hydrogen transfer. In contrast, the greater ''unzipping'' of poly(isobutylene) compared with polyethylene is proposed to result from relief of steric strain.

  16. Characterization of mAb dimers reveals predominant dimer forms common in therapeutic mAbs.

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    Plath, Friederike; Ringler, Philippe; Graff-Meyer, Alexandra; Stahlberg, Henning; Lauer, Matthias E; Rufer, Arne C; Graewert, Melissa A; Svergun, Dmitri; Gellermann, Gerald; Finkler, Christof; Stracke, Jan O; Koulov, Atanas; Schnaible, Volker

    2016-07-01

    The formation of undesired high molecular weight species such as dimers is an important quality attribute for therapeutic monoclonal antibody formulations. Therefore, the thorough understanding of mAb dimerization and the detailed characterization mAb dimers is of great interest for future pharmaceutical development of therapeutic antibodies. In this work, we focused on the analyses of different mAb dimers regarding size, surface properties, chemical identity, overall structure and localization of possible dimerization sites. Dimer fractions of different mAbs were isolated to a satisfactory purity from bulk material and revealed 2 predominant overall structures, namely elongated and compact dimer forms. The elongated dimers displayed one dimerization site involving the tip of the Fab domain. Depending on the stress applied, these elongated dimers are connected either covalently or non-covalently. In contrast, the compact dimers exhibited non-covalent association. Several interaction points were detected for the compact dimers involving the hinge region or the base of the Fab domain. These results indicate that mAb dimer fractions are rather complex and may contain more than one kind of dimer. Nevertheless, the overall appearance of mAb dimers suggests the existence of 2 predominant dimeric structures, elongated and compact, which are commonly present in preparations of therapeutic mAbs. PMID:27031922

  17. 6-Chloro-N 4,N 4-dimethyl­pyrimidine-2,4-diamine

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    Pang, Yuan-Yuan; Yu, Kai; Sun, Bin; Guo, Dian-Shun

    2012-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C6H9ClN4, contains four independent mol­ecules (A, B, C and D). Their main difference is the torsion angles, ranging from 1.6 (5) to 5.9 (5)°, between the methyl group and the pyrimidine plane. A pair of inter­molecular N—H⋯N hydrogen bonds link mol­ecules A and C into a twisted dimer with a dihedral angle of 32.9 (1)° between the two pyrimidine rings, creating an R 2 2(8) motif. In the packing, each two mol­ecules of B, C and D form centrosymmetric dimers through two inter­molecular N—H⋯N hydrogen bonds, locally creating R 2 2(8) motifs. The dimers of C and D are alternately bridged by A into an infinite zigzag strip, locally creating two different R 2 2(8) motifs with dihedral angles of 32.9 (1) and 63.4 (1)° between the pyrimidine rings. Finally, these strips together with the dimers of B associate into a complicated three-dimensional framework. PMID:22590204

  18. Quantifying Dimer and Trimer Formation by Tri-n-butyl Phosphates in n-Dodecane: Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Vo, Quynh N; Dang, Liem X; Nilsson, Mikael; Nguyen, Hung D

    2016-07-21

    Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), a representative of neutral organophosphorous ligands, is an important extractant used in the solvent extraction process for the recovery of uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. Microscopic pictures of TBP isomerism and its behavior in n-dodecane diluent were investigated utilizing MD simulations with previously optimized force field parameters for TBP and n-dodecane. Potential mean force (PMF) calculations on a single TBP molecule show seven probable TBP isomers. Radial distribution functions (RDFs) of TBP suggest the existence of TBP trimers at high TBP concentrations in addition to dimers. 2D PMF calculations were performed to determine the angle and distance criteria for TBP trimers. The dimerization and trimerization constants of TBP in n-dodecane were obtained and match our own experimental values using the FTIR technique. The new insights into the conformational behaviors of the TBP molecule as a monomer and as part of an aggregate could greatly aid in the understanding of the complexation between TBP and metal ions in a solvent extraction system. PMID:27398866

  19. Pseudophosphorylation of tau at S422 enhances SDS-stable dimer formation and impairs both anterograde and retrograde fast axonal transport.

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    Tiernan, Chelsea T; Combs, Benjamin; Cox, Kristine; Morfini, Gerardo; Brady, Scott T; Counts, Scott E; Kanaan, Nicholas M

    2016-09-01

    In Alzheimer's disease (AD), tau undergoes numerous modifications, including increased phosphorylation at serine-422 (pS422). In the human brain, pS422 tau protein is found in prodromal AD, correlates well with cognitive decline and neuropil thread pathology, and appears associated with increased oligomer formation and exposure of the N-terminal phosphatase-activating domain (PAD). However, whether S422 phosphorylation contributes to toxic mechanisms associated with disease-related forms of tau remains unknown. Here, we report that S422-pseudophosphorylated tau (S422E) lengthens the nucleation phase of aggregation without altering the extent of aggregation or the types of aggregates formed. When compared to unmodified tau aggregates, the S422E modification significantly increased the amount of SDS-stable tau dimers, despite similar levels of immunoreactivity with an oligomer-selective antibody (TOC1) and another antibody that reports PAD exposure (TNT1). Vesicle motility assays in isolated squid axoplasm further revealed that S422E tau monomers inhibited anterograde, kinesin-1 dependent fast axonal transport (FAT). Unexpectedly, and unlike unmodified tau aggregates, which selectively inhibit anterograde FAT, aggregates composed of S422E tau were found to inhibit both anterograde and retrograde FAT. Highlighting the relevance of these findings to human disease, pS422 tau was found to colocalize with tau oligomers and with a fraction of tau showing increased PAD exposure in the human AD brain. This study identifies novel effects of pS422 on tau biochemical properties, including prolonged nucleation and enhanced dimer formation, which correlate with a distinct inhibitory effect on FAT. Taken together, these findings identify a novel mechanistic basis by which pS422 confers upon tau a toxic effect that may directly contribute to axonal dysfunction in AD and other tauopathies. PMID:27373205

  20. C-C Bond Formation: Synthesis of C5 Substituted Pyrimidine and C8 Substituted Purine Nucleosides Using Water Soluble Pd-imidate Complex.

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    Gayakhe, Vijay; Ardhapure, Ajaykumar V; Kapdi, Anant R; Sanghvi, Yogesh S; Serrano, Jose Luis; Schulzke, Carola

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of a highly efficient, water soluble [Pd(Sacc)2 (TPA)2 ] complex for C-C bond formation is described. Additionally, application of the [Pd(Sacc)2 (TPA)2 ] complex for Suzuki-Miyaura arylation of all four nucleosides (5-iodo-2'-deoxyuridine [5-IdU], 5-iodo-2'-deoxycytidine [5-IdC], 8-bromo-2'-deoxyadenosine, and 8-bromo-2'-deoxyguanosine) with various aryl/heteroaryl boronic acids in plain water under milder conditions is demonstrated. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. PMID:27248782

  1. Activation of CO by Hydrogenated Magnesium(I) Dimers: Sterically Controlled Formation of Ethenediolate and Cyclopropanetriolate Complexes.

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    Lalrempuia, Ralte; Kefalidis, Christos E; Bonyhady, Simon J; Schwarze, Benedikt; Maron, Laurent; Stasch, Andreas; Jones, Cameron

    2015-07-22

    This study details the formal hydrogenation of two magnesium(I) dimers {(Nacnac)Mg}2 (Nacnac = [{(C6H3R2-2,6)NCMe}2CH](-); R = Pr(i) ((Dip)Nacnac), Et ((Dep)Nacnac)) using 1,3-cyclohexadiene. These reactions afford the magnesium(II) hydride complexes, {(Nacnac)Mg(μ-H)}2. Their reactions with excess CO are sterically controlled and lead cleanly to different C-C coupled products, viz. the ethenediolate complex, ((Dip)Nacnac)Mg{κ(1)-O-[((Dip)Nacnac)Mg(κ(2)-O,O-O2C2H2)]}, and the first cyclopropanetriolate complex of any metal, cis-{((Dep)Nacnac)Mg}3{μ-C3(H3)O3}. Computational studies imply the CO activation processes proceed via very similar mechanisms to those previously reported for related reactions involving f-block metal hydride compounds. This work highlights the potential magnesium compounds hold for use in the "Fischer-Tropsch-like" transformation of CO/H2 mixtures to value added oxygenate products. PMID:26135846

  2. Influence of exogenous silicon on UV-B radiation-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimmers in soybean leaves and its alleviation mechanism.

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    Chen, Jiana; Zhang, Mingcai; Eneji, A Egrinya; Li, Jianmin

    2016-06-01

    The DNA is particularly sensitive to UV-B radiation and can readily be damaged by UV-B stress, resulting to the formation of photoproducts like cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs). Silicon has multifarious benefits to plants, especially under biotic and abiotic stress. In this study, we used soybean seedlings to determine whether silicon could alleviate damage to DNA caused by UV-B stress. Silicon significantly reduced the accumulation of CPDs, lessening the damage of UV-B stress to the seedlings by the following three mechanisms: (1) increasing the concentration of UV-B absorbing compounds to reduce damage; (2) strengthening the antioxidant capacity of plants represented by higher levels of non-enzymatic antioxidants and (3) increasing the photolyase gene expression, thus accelerating photorepair. PMID:27019132

  3. Synthesis of N-substituted pyrido[4,3-d]pyrimidines for the large-scale production of self-assembled rosettes and nanotubes.

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    Durmus, Asuman; Gunbas, Gorkem; Farmer, Steven C; Olmstead, Marilyn M; Mascal, Mark; Legese, Belete; Cho, Jae-Young; Beingessner, Rachel L; Yamazaki, Takeshi; Fenniri, Hicham

    2013-11-15

    N-substituted pyrido[4,3-d]pyrimidines are heterocycles which exhibit the asymmetric hydrogen bonding codes of both guanine and cytosine at 60° angles to each other, such that the molecules self-organize unambiguously into a cyclic hexamer, assembled via 18 intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The synthesis is straightforward and can be concluded in six steps from the commercially available malononitrile dimer. X-ray crystallographic analysis of the supermacrocyclic structure shows an undulating disk with a ca. 10.5 Å cavity, the centers of which do not overlap sufficiently to describe a channel in the solid state. However, AFM, SEM, and TEM imaging in solution reveals the formation of 1D nanostructures in agreement with their self-assembly into rosette supermacrocycles, which then stack linearly to form rosette nanotubes. PMID:24131036

  4. 4-Imino-2,7-dimethyl-5,6,7,8-tetra-hydro-4H-1-benzothieno[2,3-d]pyrimidin-3-amine.

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    Kalashetti, Mallikarjun B; Fathima, Nikhath; Khan, Ashraf Y; Begum, Noor Shahina; Khazi, I M

    2012-08-01

    In the title compound, C(12)H(16)N(4)S, the fused benzothio-phene and the pyrimidine rings are coplanar [dihedral angle = 1.61 (6)°]. Three C atoms of the cyclohexene ring (at positions 3, 6 and 7) are disordered over two sites with an occupancy ratio of 0.702 (8):0.298 (8). The cyclo-hexene ring in both the major and minor components adopts a half-chair conformation. The crystal structure is stabilized by N-H⋯N and C-H⋯N inter-actions, resulting in the formation of inversion dimers with R(2) (2)(10) and R(2) (2)(12) graph-set motifs. PMID:22904911

  5. [Theoretical study of hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity of uracil and its dimers].

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    Ten, G N; Kadrov, D M; Baranov, V I

    2014-01-01

    The influence of hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties of the uracil elementary nucleic acids bases on its solubility and structure in aqueous solution was studied. Complexes of uracil with water molecules (from 1 to 14) were then calculated. The geometrical parameters of the hydrogen bridge of uracil and the changes in the frequency of valence vibrations of the bonds participating directly in hydrogen bond formation were calculated. It is shown that for the hydrogen bonds O(w)...HN(1) and O(w)...HN3 the hydrogen atom can tear, it may lead to tautomeric transformation of uracil. The results obtained having calculated the structure of uracil dimers, formed with the hydrogen bonds, in an isolated state and water solution, energy, dipole moments and the hydrogen bridge parameters made it possible to explain low solubility of uracil in water at room temperature. It is shown that water molecules with increase in their number are located mainly at one side of the plane of a pyrimidine uracil ring, that leads to the formation of stacking. Of two possible variants of stacking formation, the most profitable grouping is when a dipole moment of the formed dimer is equal to zero (anti-parallel stacking). PMID:25707232

  6. Structure and dynamics of poly(T) single-strand DNA: implications toward CPD formation.

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    Johnson, Andrew T; Wiest, Olaf

    2007-12-27

    The formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers between adjacent thymines by UV radiation is thought to be the first event in a cascade leading to skin cancer. Recent studies showed that thymine dimers are fully formed within 1 ps of UV irradiation, suggesting that the conformation at the moment of excitation is the determining factor in whether a given base pair dimerizes. MD simulations on the 50 ns time scale are used to study the populations of reactive conformers that exist at any given time in T18 single-strand DNA. Trajectory analysis shows that only a small percentage of the conformations fulfill distance and dihedral requirements for thymine dimerization, in line with the experimentally observed quantum yield of 3%. Plots of the pairwise interactions in the structures predict hot spots of DNA damage where dimerization in the ssT18 is predicted to be most favored. The importance of hairpin formation by intra-strand base pairing for distinguishing reactive and unreactive base pairs is discussed in detail. The data presented thus explain the structural origin of the results from the ultrafast studies of thymine dimer formation. PMID:18052367

  7. Fragmentation, auto-modification and post ionisation proton bound dimer ion formation: the differential mobility spectrometry of low molecular weight alcohols.

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    Ruszkiewicz, D M; Thomas, C L P; Eiceman, G A

    2016-08-01

    Differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) is currently being used for environmental monitoring of space craft atmospheres and has been proposed for the rapid assessment of patients at accident and emergency receptions. Three studies investigated hitherto undescribed complexity in the DMS spectra of methanol, ethanol, propan-1-ol and butan-1-ol product ions formed from a (63)Ni ionisation source. 54 000 DMS spectra obtained over a concentration range of 0.01 mg m(-3)(g) to 1.80 g m(-3)(g) revealed the phenomenon of auto-modification of the product ions. This occurred when the neutral vapour concentration exceeded the level required to induce a neutral-ion collision during the low field portion of the dispersion field waveform. Further, post-ionisation cluster-ion formation or protonated monomer/proton bound dimer inter-conversion within the ion-filter was indicated by apparent shifts in the values of the protonated monomer compensation field maximum; indicative of post-ionisation conversion of the protonated monomer to a proton-bound dimer. APCI-DMS-quadrupole mass spectrometry studies enabled the ion dissociation products from dispersion-field heating to be monitored and product ion fragmentation relationships to be proposed. Methanol was not observed to dissociate, while propan-1-ol and butan-1-ol underwent dissociation reactions consistent with dehydration processes that led ultimately to the generation of what is tentatively assigned as a cyclo-C3H3(+) ion (m/z 39) and hydrated protons. Studies of the interaction of ion filter temperature with dispersion-field heating of product ions isolated dissociation/fragmentation product ions that have not been previously described in DMS. The implications of these combined findings with regard to data sharing and data interpretation were highlighted. PMID:27227997

  8. Thermodynamics of the formation of sulfuric acid dimers in the binary (H2SO4-H2O) and ternary (H2SO4-H2O-NH3) system

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    Kürten, A.; Münch, S.; Rondo, L.; Bianchi, F.; Duplissy, J.; Jokinen, T.; Junninen, H.; Sarnela, N.; Schobesberger, S.; Simon, M.; Sipilä, M.; Almeida, J.; Amorim, A.; Dommen, J.; Donahue, N. M.; Dunne, E. M.; Flagan, R. C.; Franchin, A.; Kirkby, J.; Kupc, A.; Makhmutov, V.; Petäjä, T.; Praplan, A. P.; Riccobono, F.; Steiner, G.; Tomé, A.; Tsagkogeorgas, G.; Wagner, P. E.; Wimmer, D.; Baltensperger, U.; Kulmala, M.; Worsnop, D. R.; Curtius, J.

    2015-09-01

    Sulfuric acid is an important gas influencing atmospheric new particle formation (NPF). Both the binary (H2SO4-H2O) system and the ternary system involving ammonia (H2SO4-H2O-NH3) may be important in the free troposphere. An essential step in the nucleation of aerosol particles from gas-phase precursors is the formation of a dimer, so an understanding of the thermodynamics of dimer formation over a wide range of atmospheric conditions is essential to describe NPF. We have used the CLOUD chamber to conduct nucleation experiments for these systems at temperatures from 208 to 248 K. Neutral monomer and dimer concentrations of sulfuric acid were measured using a chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS). From these measurements, dimer evaporation rates in the binary system were derived for temperatures of 208 and 223 K. We compare these results to literature data from a previous study that was conducted at higher temperatures but is in good agreement with the present study. For the ternary system the formation of H2SO4·NH3 is very likely an essential step in the formation of sulfuric acid dimers, which were measured at 210, 223, and 248 K. We estimate the thermodynamic properties (dH and dS) of the H2SO4·NH3 cluster using a simple heuristic model and the measured data. Furthermore, we report the first measurements of large neutral sulfuric acid clusters containing as many as 10 sulfuric acid molecules for the binary system using chemical ionization-atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight (CI-APi-TOF) mass spectrometry.

  9. Functional Significance of Serotonin Receptor Dimerization

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    Herrick-Davis, Katharine

    2013-01-01

    The original model of G protein activation by a single G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) is giving way to a new model wherein two protomers of a GPCR dimer interact with a single G protein. This article will review the evidence suggesting that 5-HT receptors form dimers/oligomers and will compare the findings with results obtained from studies with other biogenic amine receptors. Topics to be covered include the origin or biogenesis of dimer formation, potential dimer interface(s), and oligomer size (dimer versus tetramer or higher order). The functional significance will be discussed in terms of G-protein activation following ligand binding to one or two protomers in a dimeric structure, the formation of heterodimers and the development of bivalent ligands. PMID:23811735

  10. Dimerization of Human Growth Hormone by Zinc

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    Cunningham, Brian C.; Mulkerrin, Michael G.; Wells, James A.

    1991-08-01

    Size-exclusion chromatography and sedimentation equilibrium studies demonstrated that zinc ion (Zn2+) induced the dimerization of human growth hormone (hGH). Scatchard analysis of 65Zn2+ binding to hGH showed that two Zn2+ ions associate per dimer of hGH in a cooperative fashion. Cobalt (II) can substitute for Zn2+ in the hormone dimer and gives a visible spectrum characteristic of cobalt coordinated in a tetrahedral fashion by oxygen- and nitrogen-containing ligands. Replacement of potential Zn2+ ligands (His18, His21, and Glu174) in hGH with alanine weakened both Zn2+ binding and hGH dimer formation. The Zn2+-hGH dimer was more stable than monomeric hGH to denaturation in guanidine-HCl. Formation of a Zn2+-hGH dimeric complex may be important for storage of hGH in secretory granules.

  11. Nuclear magnetic resonance evidence for the dimer formation of beta amyloid peptide 1-42 in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol.

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    Shigemitsu, Yoshiki; Iwaya, Naoko; Goda, Natsuko; Matsuzaki, Mizuki; Tenno, Takeshi; Narita, Akihiro; Hoshi, Minako; Hiroaki, Hidekazu

    2016-04-01

    Alzheimer's disease involves accumulation of senile plaques in which filamentous aggregates of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides are deposited. Recent studies demonstrate that oligomerization pathways of Aβ peptides may be complicated. To understand the mechanisms of Aβ(1-42) oligomer formation in more detail, we have established a method to produce (15)N-labeled Aβ(1-42) suited for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies. For physicochemical studies, the starting protein material should be solely monomeric and all Aβ aggregates must be removed. Here, we succeeded in fractionating a "precipitation-resistant" fraction of Aβ(1-42) from an "aggregation-prone" fraction by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), even from bacterially overexpressed Aβ(1-42). However, both Aβ(1-42) fractions after 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) treatment formed amyloid fibrils. This indicates that the "aggregation seed" was not completely monomerized during HFIP treatment. In addition, Aβ(1-42) dissolved in HFIP was found to display a monomer-dimer equilibrium, as shown by two-dimensional (1)H-(15)N NMR. We demonstrated that the initial concentration of Aβ during the HFIP pretreatment altered the kinetic profiles of Aβ fibril formation in a thioflavin T fluorescence assay. The findings described here should ensure reproducible results when studying the Aβ(1-42) peptide. PMID:26772162

  12. Interruption of electronically excited Xe dimer formation by the photoassociation of Xe(6s[3/2]2)-Xe(5p6 1S0) thermal collision pairs

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    Galvin, T. C.; Wagner, C. J.; Eden, J. G.

    2016-06-01

    The diatomic collisional intermediate responsible for the formation of an electronically excited molecule by teratomic recombination has been observed in both the spectral and temporal domains by laser spectroscopy. We report experiments demonstrating thermal Xe(6s[3/2]2)-Xe(5p6 1S0) atomic collision pairs to be the immediate precursor to the formation of Xe 2∗ ( a 3 Σu + , A 1 Σu +) by the three body process: Xe∗(6s) + 2Xe ⟶ Xe 2∗ + Xe, where the asterisk denotes an excited electronic state. Photoassociating Xe(6s)-Xe atomic pairs by free ⟵ free transitions of the collision complex interrupts the production of the electronically excited Xe dimer, thereby suppressing Xe2 spontaneous emission in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV, λ ˜ 172 nm, A 1 Σu + → X 1 Σg +). Intercepting Xe(6s)-Xe pairs before the complex is stabilized by the arrival of the third atom in the teratomic collision process selectively depletes the pair population in a specific Franck-Condon region determined by the probe laser wavelength (λ). Measurements of the variation of VUV emission suppression with λ provide a spectral signature of the [Xe(6s[3/2]2) - Xe(1S0)]∗ complex and map the probe laser wavelength onto the thermal energy (ɛ″) of the incoming collision pairs.

  13. Tracking Rh Atoms in Zeolite HY: First Steps of Metal Cluster Formation and Influence of Metal Nuclearity on Catalysis of Ethylene Hydrogenation and Ethylene Dimerization.

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    Yang, Dong; Xu, Pinghong; Browning, Nigel D; Gates, Bruce C

    2016-07-01

    The initial steps of rhodium cluster formation from zeolite-supported mononuclear Rh(C2H4)2 complexes in H2 at 373 K and 1 bar were investigated by infrared and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopies and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The data show that ethylene ligands on the rhodium react with H2 to give supported rhodium hydrides and trigger the formation of rhodium clusters. STEM provided the first images of the smallest rhodium clusters (Rh2) and their further conversion into larger clusters. The samples were investigated in a plug-flow reactor as catalysts for the conversion of ethylene + H2 in a molar ratio of 4:1 at 1 bar and 298 K, with the results showing how the changes in catalyst structure affect the activity and selectivity; the rhodium clusters are more active for hydrogenation of ethylene than the single-site complexes, which are more selective for dimerization of ethylene to give butenes. PMID:27315020

  14. Potassium Hexacyanoferrate (III)-Catalyzed Dimerization of Hydroxystilbene: Biomimetic Synthesis of Indane Stilbene Dimers.

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    Xie, Jing-Shan; Wen, Jin; Wang, Xian-Fen; Zhang, Jian-Qiao; Zhang, Ji-Fa; Kang, Yu-Long; Hui, You-Wei; Zheng, Wen-Sheng; Yao, Chun-Suo

    2015-01-01

    Using potassium hexacyanoferrate (III)-sodium acetate as oxidant, the oxidative coupling reaction of isorhapontigenin and resveratrol in aqueous acetone resulted in the isolation of three new indane dimers 4, 6, and 7, together with six known stilbene dimers. Indane dimer 5 was obtained for the first time by direct transformation from isorhapontigenin. The structures and relative configurations of the dimers were elucidated using spectral analysis, and their possible formation mechanisms were discussed. The results indicate that this reaction could be used as a convenient method for the semi-synthesis of indane dimers because of the mild conditions and simple reaction products. PMID:26694345

  15. Supramolecular microfibrils of o-phenylenediamine dimers: oxidation-induced morphology change and the spontaneous formation of Ag nanoparticle decorated nanofibers.

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    Tian, Jingqi; Liu, Sen; Sun, Xuping

    2010-10-01

    The direct mix of aqueous FeCl(3) and o-phenylenediamine (OPD) solutions at room temperature leads to supramolecular microfibrils of OPD dimers generated by the oxidation of OPD monomers by FeCl(3) (Sun, X.; Hagner, M. Langmuir 2007, 23, 10441). In this Letter, we report on our recent finding that the subsequent treatment of such microfibrils with a AgNO(3) aqueous solution transforms them into nanofibers decorated with spherical silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with sizes in range of 5-20 nm. The possible formation mechanism involved is also discussed. It is interestingly found that as-formed AgNPs exhibit good catalytic activity toward the reduction of H(2)O(2), leading to an enzymeless sensor with a fast amperometric response time of less than 5 s. The linear detection range is estimated to be from 100 μM to 80 mM (r = 0.998), and the detection limit is estimated to be 62 μM at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. PMID:20836571

  16. Homogeneous gas-phase formation of polychlorinated naphthalene from dimerization of 4-chlorophenoxy radicals and cross-condensation of phenoxy radical with 4-chlorophenoxy radical: Mechanism and kinetics study

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    Xu, Fei; Zhang, Ruiming; Li, Yunfeng; Zhang, Qingzhu

    2015-10-01

    A direct density functional theory (DFT) calculation was performed for the formation of polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) from dimerization of 4-chlorophenoxy radicals (4-CPRs) and cross-condensation of phenoxy radical (PhR) with 4-CPR, respectively. Several energetically feasible formation routes were proposed. The rate constants were computed by the canonical variational transition-state theory (CVT) with the small curvature tunneling (SCT) contribution over temperature range of 600-1200 K. This study shows that PCN productions from the dimerization of 4-CPRs just contain DCNs. All the monochlorinated naphthalene (MCN) detected in the experiment from 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) as precursor are formed form the cross-condensation of PhR with 4-CPR.

  17. The dimer of unsubstituted silole

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    Lei, Deqing; Chen, Yue-Shen; Gaspar, P.P.

    1992-02-01

    Gas-phase flow pyrolysis of 1-(trimethylsilyl)-1-silacyclopent-3-ene and 1-methoxy-1-(trimethylsilyl)-1-silacyclopent-3-ene leads to the formation of the dimer of silole, 3,8-disila-3a, 4,7,7a-tetrahydro-4,7-methano-1H-indene. Attempts to isolate or trap the silole monomer by means other than self-reaction have failed. It is suggested that the initially formed intermediate silylene, 1-silacyclopent-3-enylidene, undergoes rearrangement to silole and that silole is not very reactive in 2 + 4 cycloadditions, but does undergo dimerization. 19 refs., 1 fig.

  18. Mechanically Stabilized Tetrathiafulvalene Radical Dimers

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    Coskun, Ali; Spruell, Jason M.; Barin, Gokhan; Fahrenbach, Albert C.; Forgan, Ross S.; Colvin, Michael T.; Carmieli, Raanan; Benitez, Diego; Tkatchouk, Ekaterina; Friedman, Douglas C.; Sarjeant, Amy A.; Wasielewski, Michael R.; Goddard, William A.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2011-01-01

    Two donor-acceptor [3]catenanes—composed of a tetracationic molecular square, cyclobis(paraquat-4,4'-biphenylene), as the π-electron deficient ring and either two tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) and 1,5-dioxynaphthalene (DNP) containing macrocycles or two TTF-butadiyne-containing macrocycles as the π-electron rich components—have been investigated in order to study their ability to form TTF radical dimers. It has been proven that the mechanically interlocked nature of the [3]catenanes facilitates the formation of the TTF radical dimers under redox control, allowing an investigation to be performed on these intermolecular interactions in a so-called “molecular flask” under ambient conditions in considerable detail. In addition, it has also been shown that the stability of the TTF radical-cation dimers can be tuned by varying the secondary binding motifs in the [3]catenanes. By replacing the DNP station with a butadiyne group, the distribution of the TTF radical-cation dimer can be changed from 60% to 100%. These findings have been established by several techniques including cyclic voltammetry, spectroelectrochemistry and UV-vis-NIR and EPR spectroscopies, as well as with X-ray diffraction analysis which has provided a range of solid-state crystal structures. The experimental data are also supported by high-level DFT calculations. The results contribute significantly to our fundamental understanding of the interactions within the TTF radical dimers.

  19. D-dimer test

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    D-dimer tests are used to check for blood clotting problems. Blood clots can cause health problems, such ... that you probably do not have problems with blood clotting. If you are getting the D-dimer test ...

  20. Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy of the Homogenous 2-Hydroxypyridine Dimer Electron Induced Proton Transfer System

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    Vlk, Alexandra; Stokes, Sarah; Wang, Yi; Hicks, Zachary; Zhang, Xinxing; Blando, Nicolas; Frock, Andrew; Marquez, Sara; Bowen, Kit; Bowen Lab JHU Team

    Anion photoelectron spectroscopic (PES) and density functional theory (DFT) studies on the dimer anion of (2-hydroxypyridine)2-are reported. The experimentally measured vertical detachment energy (VDE) of 1.21eV compares well with the theoretically predicted values. The 2-hydroxypyridine anionic dimer system was investigated because of its resemblance to the nitrogenous heterocyclic pyrimidine nucleobases. Experimental and theoretical results show electron induced proton transfer (EIPT) in both the lactim and lactam homogeneous dimers. Upon electron attachment, the anion can serve as the intermediate between the two neutral dimers. A possible double proton transfer process can occur from the neutral (2-hydroxypyridine)2 to (2-pyridone)2 through the dimer anion. This potentially suggests an electron catalyzed double proton transfer mechanism of tautomerization. Research supported by the NSF Grant No. CHE-1360692.

  1. Nucleobases and other Prebiotic Species from the Ultraviolet Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ices

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    Sandford, S. A.; Nuevo, M.; Materese, C. K.; Milam, S. N.

    2012-01-01

    Nucleobases are N-heterocycles that are the informational subunits of DNA and RNA, and are divided into two families: pyrimidine bases (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) and purine bases (adenine and guanine). Nucleobases have been detected in meteorites and their extraterrestrial origin confirmed by isotope measurement. Although no Nheterocycles have ever been observed in the ISM, the positions of the 6.2-m interstellar emission features suggest a population of such molecules is likely to be present. In this work we study the formation of pyrimidine-based molecules, including nucleobases, as well as other species of prebiotic interest, from the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of pyrimidine in combinations of H2O, NH3, CH3OH, and CH4 ices at low temperature, in order to simulate the astrophysical conditions under which prebiotic species may be formed in the interstellar medium and icy bodies of the Solar System. Experimental: Gas mixtures are prepared in a glass mixing line (background pressure approx. 10(exp -6)-10(exp -5) mbar). Relative proportions between mixture components are determined by their partial pressures. Gas mixtures are then deposited on an aluminum foil attached to a cold finger (15-20 K) and simultaneously irradiated with an H2 lamp emitting UV photons (Lyman and a continuum at approx.160 nm). After irradiation samples are warmed to room temperature, at which time the remaining residues are recovered to be analyzed with liquid and gas chromatographies. Results: These experiments showed that the UV irradiation of pyrimidine mixed in these ices at low temperature leads to the formation of several photoproducts derived from pyrimidine, including the nucleobases uracil and cytosine, as well as their precursors 4(3H)-pyrimidone and 4-aminopyrimidine (Fig. 1). Theoretical quantum calculations on the formation of 4(3H)-pyrimidone and uracil from the irradiation of pyrimidine in pure H2O ices are in agreement with their experimental formation pathways. In

  2. Nucleobases and Other Prebiotic Species from the UV Irradiation of Pyrimidine in Astrophysical Ices

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    Sandford, Scott; Materese, Christopher; Nuevo, Michel

    2012-01-01

    Nucleobases are aromatic N-heterocycles that constitute the informational subunits of DNA and RNA and are divided into two families: pyrimidine bases (uracil, cytosine, and thymine) and purine bases (adenine and guanine). Nucleobases have been detected in meteorites and their extraterrestrial origin confirmed by isotope measurement. Although no N-heterocycles have been individually identified in the ISM, the 6.2-micron interstellar emission feature seen towards many astronomical objects suggests a population of such molecules is likely present. We report on a study of the formation of pyrimidine-based molecules, including nucleobases and other species of prebiotic interest, from the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation of pyrimidine in low temperature ices containing H2O, NH3, C3OH, and CH4, to simulate the astrophysical conditions under which prebiotic species may be formed in the Solar System.

  3. Photochemical dimerization of organic compounds

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    Crabtree, R.H.; Brown, S.H.; Muedas, C.A.; Ferguson, R.R.

    1992-04-14

    This patent describes improvement in a Group IIb photosensitized vapor phase dimerization of an organic compound in which a gaseous mixture of a Group IIB metal and the organic compound is irradiated in a reaction zone with a photosensitizing amount of radiant energy. The improvement comprises: a continuous stream of the gaseous mixture is passed as a vapor phase in a single pass through the reaction zone at a temperature at which the thus-produced dimer condenses immediately upon the formation thereof; the starting gaseous mixture comprises hydrogen and two ethylenically unsaturated compounds selected from the group consisting of alkenes of at least six carbon atoms, unsaturated nitriles, unsaturated epoxides, unsaturated silanes, unsaturated amines, unsaturated phosphines, and fluorinated alkenes; the gaseous mixture comprises nitrous oxide and the organic compound is a saturated compound with C-H bond strengths greater than 100 kcal/mol or a mixture of the saturated compound and an alkene; or the starting gaseous comprises an activating amount of hydrogen and the dimerization is a dehydrodimerization or cross-dimerization of a saturated hydrocarbon.

  4. Glycal Formation in Crystals of Uridine Phosphorylase

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    Paul, Debamita; O’Leary, Sen E.; Rajashankar, Kanagalaghatta; Bu, Weiming; Toms, Angela; Settembre, Ethan C.; Sanders, Jennie M.; Begley, Tadhg P.; Ealick, Steven E.

    2010-06-22

    Uridine phosphorylase is a key enzyme in the pyrimidine salvage pathway. This enzyme catalyzes the reversible phosphorolysis of uridine to uracil and ribose 1-phosphate (or 2{prime}-deoxyuridine to 2{prime}-deoxyribose 1-phosphate). Here we report the structure of hexameric Escherichia coli uridine phosphorylase treated with 5-fluorouridine and sulfate and dimeric bovine uridine phosphorylase treated with 5-fluoro-2{prime}-deoxyuridine or uridine, plus sulfate. In each case the electron density shows three separate species corresponding to the pyrimidine base, sulfate, and a ribosyl species, which can be modeled as a glycal. In the structures of the glycal complexes, the fluorouracil O2 atom is appropriately positioned to act as the base required for glycal formation via deprotonation at C2{prime}. Crystals of bovine uridine phosphorylase treated with 2{prime}-deoxyuridine and sulfate show intact nucleoside. NMR time course studies demonstrate that uridine phosphorylase can catalyze the hydrolysis of the fluorinated nucleosides in the absence of phosphate or sulfate, without the release of intermediates or enzyme inactivation. These results add a previously unencountered mechanistic motif to the body of information on glycal formation by enzymes catalyzing the cleavage of glycosyl bonds.

  5. Soft functional polynuclear coordination compounds containing pyrimidine bridges

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    Navarro, Jorge A. R.; Barea, Elisa; Galindo, Miguel A.; Salas, Juan M.; Romero, M. Angustias; Quirós, Miguel; Masciocchi, Norberto; Galli, Simona; Sironi, Angelo; Lippert, Bernhard

    2005-08-01

    In this account, we describe the use of simple pyrimidine derivatives in combination with metal ions to build highly structured molecular architectures containing functional nanoenvironments, cavities and surfaces that can interact with additional species. The supramolecular structure of these systems can be rationally controlled by metal fragment geometry, reaction conditions and presence of templating agents. Thus, the use of transition metals with low coordination numbers or blocked bonding positions in combination with pyrimidines (e.g. 2-hydroxypyrimidine, 4-hydroxypyrimidine, 2,4-dihydroxypyrimidine, 2-aminopyrimidine) leads to the formation of either discrete assemblies, 1D polymers or helixes. When metal ions with higher coordination possibilities are applied instead, 2D and 3D networks are generated. Some of the assemblies built in this way possess functional cavities, pores and surfaces that can interact with additional species by means of hydrophobic, electrostatic, H-bonding interactions and coordinative bonds to give rise to recognition processes. The latter range from molecular recognition in homogeneous phase as well as clathrate formation, to heterogeneous solid-gas and solid-liquid adsorption phenomena. It should be noted that these materials are not rigid but able to undergo guest-induced reorganisation processes even in the solid state. Finally, some of these materials also combine additional interesting magneto-optical properties. Thus, dual systems can be envisaged in which two or more of these properties are present in the same material.

  6. Thermodynamic properties and ideal-gas enthalpies of formation for dicyclohexyl sulfide, diethylenetriamine, di-n-octyl sulfide, dimethyl carbonate, piperazine, hexachloroprop-1-ene, tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene, N,N{prime}-bis-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine, and 1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine

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    Steele, W.V.; Chirico, R.D.; Knipmeyer, S.E.; Nguyen, A.; Smith, N.K.

    1997-11-01

    The results of the study are aimed at improvement of group-contribution methodology for estimation of thermodynamic properties of organic substances. Specific weaknesses where particular group-contribution terms were unknown, or estimated because of lack of experimental data, are addressed by experimental studies of enthalpies of combustion in the condensed phase, vapor-pressure measurements, and differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) heat-capacity measurements. Ideal-gas enthalpies of formation of hexachloroprop-1-ene, N,N{prime}-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine, dimethyl carbonate, di-n-octyl sulfide, dicyclohexyl sulfide, diethylenetriamine, tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene, piperazine, and 1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine are reported. Enthalpies of fusion were determined for N,N{prime}-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine, piperazine and 1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine. Two-phase (solid + vapor) or (liquid + vapor) heat capacities were determined from 300 K to the critical region or earlier decomposition temperature for each compound studied. Liquid-phase densities along the saturation line were measured for N,N{prime}-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine, dimethyl carbonate, and dicyclohexyl sulfide. For dimethyl carbonate and piperazine, critical temperatures and critical densities were determined from the DSC results and corresponding critical pressures derived from the fitting procedures. Fitting procedures were used to derive critical temperatures, critical pressures, and critical densities for hexachloroprop-1-ene, di-n-octyl sulfide, dicyclohexyl sulfide, and diethylenetriamine. Group-additivity parameters and 1,4-interaction terms useful in the application of group-contribution correlations were derived.

  7. Steric and Electronic Control over the Reactivity of a Thiolate-Ligated Fe(II) Complex with Dioxygen and Superoxide: Reversible μ-Oxo Dimer Formation

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    Theisen, Roslyn M.; Shearer, Jason; Kaminsky, Werner; Kovacs, Julie A.

    2015-01-01

    The reactivity between a thiolate-ligated five-coordinate complex [FeII(SMe2N4(tren))]+ (1) and dioxygen is examined in order to determine if O2 activation, resembling that of the metalloenzyme cytochrome P450, can be promoted even when O2 binds cis, as opposed to trans, to a thiolate. Previous work in our group showed that [FeII(SMe2N4-(tren))]+ (1) reacts readily with superoxide (O2−) in the presence of a proton source to afford H2O2 via an FeIII–OOH intermediate, thus providing a biomimetic model for the metalloenzyme superoxide reductase (SOR). Addition of O2 to 1 affords binuclear μ-oxo-bridged [FeIII(SMe2N4(tren))]2(μ2-O)(PF6)2•3MeCN (3). At low temperatures, in protic solvents, an intermediate is detected, the details of which will be the subject of a separate paper. Although the thiolate ligand does not appear to perturb the metrical parameters of the unsupported μ-oxo bridge (Fe–O=1.807(8) Å, and Fe–O–Fe= 155.3(5)° fall in the usual range), it decreases the magnetic coupling between the irons (J = −28 cm−1) and creates a rather basic oxo site. Protonation of this oxo using strong (HBF4, HCl) or weak (HOAc, NH4PF6, LutNHCl) acids results in bridge cleavage to cleanly afford the corresponding monomeric anion-ligated (OAc− (6), or Cl− (7)) or solvent-ligated (MeCN (4)) derivatives. Addition of OH− converts [FeIII(SMe2N4-(tren))(MeCN)]2+ (4) back to μ-oxo 3. Thus, μ-oxo bridge cleavage is reversible. The protonated μ-hydroxo-bridged intermediate is not observed. In an attempt to prevent μ-oxo dimer formation, and facilitate the observation of O2-bound intermediates, a bulkier tertiary amine ligand, tren-Et4= N-(2-amino-ethyl)-N-(2-diethylamino-ethyl)-N′,N′-diethyl-ethane-1,2-diamine, and the corresponding [FeII(SMe2N4(tren-Et4))]+ (5) complex was synthesized and structurally characterized. Steric repulsive interactions create unusually long FeII-N(3,4) amine bonds in 5 (mean distance = 2.219(1) Å). The [(tren-Et4)N4SMe2]1

  8. Dimeric Cinchona alkaloids.

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    Boratyński, Przemysław J

    2015-05-01

    Nature is full of dimeric alkaloids of various types from many plant families, some of them with interesting biological properties. However, dimeric Cinchona alkaloids were not isolated from any species but were products of designed partial chemical synthesis. Although the Cinchona bark is amongst the sources of oldest efficient medicines, the synthetic dimers found most use in the field of asymmetric synthesis. Prominent examples include the Sharpless dihydroxylation and aminohydroxylation ligands, and dimeric phase transfer catalysts. In this article the syntheses of Cinchona alkaloid dimers and oligomers are reviewed, and their structure and applications are outlined. Various synthetic routes exploit reactivity of the alkaloids at the central 9-hydroxyl group, quinuclidine, and quinoline rings, as well as 3-vinyl group. This availability of reactive sites, in combination with a plethora of linker molecules, contributes to the diversity of the products obtained. PMID:25586655

  9. Enzymology of Pyrimidine Metabolism and Neurodegeneration.

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    Vincenzetti, Silvia; Polzonetti, Valeria; Micozzi, Daniela; Pucciarelli, Stefania

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that disorders of pyrimidine pathways may lead to neurological, hematological, immunological diseases, renal impairments, and association with malignancies. Nucleotide homeostasis depends on the three stages of pyrimidine metabolism: de novo synthesis, catabolism and recycling of these metabolites. Cytidine and uridine, in addition to be used as substrates for pyrimidine nucleotide salvaging, also act as the precursors of cytidine triphosphate used in the biosynthetic pathway of both brain's phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine via the Kennedy cycle. The synthesis in the brain of phosphatidylcholine and other membrane phosphatides can utilize, in addition to glucose, three compounds present in the blood stream: choline, uridine, and a polyunsaturated fatty acids like docosahexaenoic acid. Some authors, using rat models, found that oral administration of two phospholipid precursors such as uridine and omega-3 fatty acids, along with choline from the diet, can increase the amount of synaptic membrane generated by surviving striatal neurons in rats with induced Parkinson's disease. Other authors found that in hypertensive rat fed with uridine and choline, cognitive deficit resulted improved. Uridine has also been recently considered as a neuroactive molecule, because of its involvement in important neurological functions by improving memory, sleep disorders, anti-epileptic effects, as well as neuronal plasticity. Cytidine and uridine are uptaken by the brain via specific receptors and successively salvaged to the corresponding nucleotides. The present review is devoted to the enzymology of pyrimidine pathways whose importance has attracted the attention of several researchers investigating on the mechanisms underlying the physiopathology of brain. PMID:27063261

  10. The Photochemistry of Pyrimidine in Realistic Astrophysical Ices and the Production of Nucleobases

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    Nuevo, Michel; Materese, Christopher K.; Sandford, Scott A.

    2014-10-01

    Nucleobases, together with deoxyribose/ribose and phosphoric acid, are the building blocks of DNA and RNA for all known life. The presence of nucleobase-like compounds in carbonaceous chondrites delivered to the Earth raises the question of an extraterrestrial origin for the molecules that triggered life on our planet. Whether these molecules are formed in interstellar/protostellar environments, in small parent bodies in the solar system, or both, is currently unclear. Recent experiments show that the UV irradiation of pyrimidine (C4H4N2) in H2O-rich ice mixtures that contain NH3, CH3OH, or CH4 leads to the formation of the pyrimidine-based nucleobases uracil, cytosine, and thymine. In this work, we discuss the low-temperature UV irradiation of pyrimidine in realistic astrophysical ice mixtures containing H2O, CH3OH, and NH3, with or without CH4, to search for the production of nucleobases and other prebiotic compounds. These experiments show the presence of uracil, urea, glycerol, hexamethylenetetramine, small amino acids, and small carboxylic acids in all samples. Cytosine was only found in one sample produced from ices irradiated with a higher UV dose, while thymine was not found in any sample, even after irradiation with a higher UV dose. Results are discussed to evaluate the role of the photochemistry of pyrimidine in the inventory of organic molecules detected in meteorites and their astrophysical/astrobiological implications.

  11. Mass spectrometry and ion mobility spectrometry of G-quadruplexes. A study of solvent effects on dimer formation and structural transitions in the telomeric DNA sequence d(TAGGGTTAGGGT).

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    Ferreira, Rubén; Marchand, Adrien; Gabelica, Valérie

    2012-05-01

    We survey here state of the art mass spectrometry methodologies for investigating G-quadruplexes, and will illustrate them with a new study on a simple model system: the dimeric G-quadruplex of the 12-mer telomeric DNA sequence d(TAGGGTTAGGGT), which can adopt either a parallel or an antiparallel structure. We will discuss the solution conditions compatible with electrospray ionisation, the quantification of complexes using ESI-MS, the interpretation of ammonium ion preservation in the complexes in the gas phase, and the use of ion mobility spectrometry to resolve ambiguities regarding the strand stoichiometry, or separate and characterise different structural isomers. We also describe that adding electrospray-compatible organic co-solvents (methanol, ethanol, isopropanol or acetonitrile) to aqueous ammonium acetate increases the stability and rate of formation of dimeric G-quadruplexes, and causes structural transitions to parallel structures. Structural changes were probed by circular dichroism and ion mobility spectrometry, and the excellent correlation between the two techniques validates the use of ion mobility to investigate G-quadruplex folding. We also demonstrate that parallel G-quadruplex structures are easier to preserve in the gas phase than antiparallel structures. PMID:22465284

  12. Intriguing H-aggregate and H-dimer formation of coumarin-481 dye in aqueous solution as evidenced from photophysical studies.

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    Verma, Poonam; Pal, Haridas

    2012-05-10

    Photophysical properties of coumarin-481 (C481) dye in aqueous solution show intriguing presence of multiple emitting species. Concentration and wavelength dependent fluorescence decays and time-resolved emission spectra and area-normalized emission spectra suggest the coexistence of dye monomers, dimers, and higher aggregates (mostly trimers) in the solution. Because of the efficient intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state to twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state conversion, the dye monomers show very short fluorescence lifetime of ~0.2 ns. Fluorescence lifetimes of dimers (~4.1 ns) and higher aggregates (~1.4 ns) are relatively longer due to steric constrain toward ICT to TICT conversion. Observed results indicate that the emission spectra of the aggregates are substantially blue-shifted compared to monomers, suggesting H-aggregation of the dye in the solution. Temperature-dependent fluorescence decays in water and time-resolved fluorescence results in water-acetonitrile solvent mixtures are also in support of the dye aggregation in the solution. Though dynamic light scattering studies could not recognize the dye aggregates in the solution due to their small size and low concentration, fluorescence up-conversion measurements show a relatively higher decay tail in water than in water-acetonitrile solvent mixture, in agreement with higher dye aggregation in aqueous solution. Time-resolved fluorescence results with structurally related non-TICT dyes, especially those of coumarin-153 dye, are also in accordance with the aggregation behavior of these dyes in aqueous solution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the aggregation of coumarin dyes in aqueous solution. Present results are important because coumarin dyes are widely used as fluorescent probes in various microheterogeneous systems where water is always a solvent component, and the dye aggregation in these systems, if overlooked, can easily lead to a misinterpretation of

  13. Effect of carbon source on pyrimidine biosynthesis in Pseudomonas oryzihabitans.

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    West, Thomas P

    2010-08-01

    The effect of carbon source on the regulation of pyrimidine biosynthesis in the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas oryzihabitans was studied at the level of enzyme synthesis. Although pyrimidine supplementation of glucose-grown Ps. oryzihabitans cells produced a slight but statistically significant effect on the de novo pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway enzyme activities, catabolite repression of the enzyme activities by glucose appeared to be occurring. Pyrimidine limitation experiments undertaken using an orotidine 5'-monophosphate decarboxylase mutant strain grown on glucose indicated that repression of enzyme synthesis by pyrimidines was occurring. Following pyrimidine limitation of the mutant strain cells, dihydroorotase and dihydroorotate dehydrogenase activities were found to about double while aspartate transcarbamoylase and orotate phosphoribosyltransferase activities were slightly elevated compared to their activities in the mutant strain cells grown on excess uracil. PMID:20473969

  14. Chemical evolution. XXIX - Pyrimidines from hydrogen cyanide

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    Ferris, J. P.; Joshi, P. C.; Lawless, J. G.

    1978-01-01

    Compounds obtained by hydrolysis of HCN oligomers formed by allowing pH 9.2, 0.1 M cyanide to stand at room temperature for 4 to 12 months were analyzed. Hydrolysis of HCN oligomers yielded 4,5-dihydroxypyrimidine and 5-hydroxyuracil; orotic acid was detected after hydrolysis at pH 8.5. A unified pathway from diaminofumaronitrile to the pyrimidines observed is suggested. As purines, pyrimidines and amino acids are released by hydrolysis of HCN oligomers in either acidic or mildly basic aqueous solutions, they could have been formed on the primitive earth in spite of fluctuations in pH. 4,5-dihydroxypyrimidines appear to be likely candidates for incorporation into primitive nucleic acids, as they should undergo Watson-Crick hydrogen bonding with adenine.

  15. A facile environment-friendly one-pot two-step regioselective synthetic strategy for 3,7-diarylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines related to zaleplon and 3,6-diarylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine-7-amines assisted by KHSO[Formula: see text] in aqueous media.

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    Devi, Asem Satyapati; Kaping, Shunan; Vishwakarma, Jai Narain

    2015-11-01

    3-Aminopyrazoles required for the synthesis of pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines were obtained by the reaction of enaminonitriles with hydrazine hydrate. The resulting aminopyrazoles are reacted with formylated acetophenones under reflux at [Formula: see text] assisted by KHSO[Formula: see text] in aqueous media to form regioselectively 3,7-diarylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines and 3,6-diarylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine-7-amines. X-ray crystallography of selected compounds 5b and 7i further confirmed the regioselective formation of these products. PMID:26016724

  16. Peptides Interfering 3A Protein Dimerization Decrease FMDV Multiplication

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    de la Torre, Beatriz G.; Valle, Javier; Andreu, David; Sobrino, Francisco

    2015-01-01

    Nonstructural protein 3A is involved in relevant functions in foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) replication. FMDV 3A can form homodimers and preservation of the two hydrophobic α-helices (α1 and α2) that stabilize the dimer interface is essential for virus replication. In this work, small peptides mimicking residues involved in the dimer interface were used to interfere with dimerization and thus gain insight on its biological function. The dimer interface peptides α1, α2 and that spanning the two hydrophobic α-helices, α12, impaired in vitro dimer formation of a peptide containing the two α-helices, this effect being higher with peptide α12. To assess the effect of dimer inhibition in cultured cells, the interfering peptides were N-terminally fused to a heptaarginine (R7) sequence to favor their intracellular translocation. Thus, when fused to R7, interference peptides (100 μM) were able to inhibit dimerization of transiently expressed 3A, the higher inhibitions being found with peptides α1 and α12. The 3A dimerization impairment exerted by the peptides correlated with significant, specific reductions in the viral yield recovered from peptide-treated FMDV infected cells. In this case, α2 was the only peptide producing significant reductions at concentrations lower than 100 μM. Thus, dimer interface peptides constitute a tool to understand the structure-function relationship of this viral protein and point to 3A dimerization as a potential antiviral target. PMID:26505190

  17. Genetic Dissection of Pyrimidine Biosynthesis and Salvage in Leishmania donovani*

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    Wilson, Zachary N.; Gilroy, Caslin A.; Boitz, Jan M.; Ullman, Buddy; Yates, Phillip A.

    2012-01-01

    Protozoan parasites of the Leishmania genus express the metabolic machinery to synthesize pyrimidine nucleotides via both de novo and salvage pathways. To evaluate the relative contributions of pyrimidine biosynthesis and salvage to pyrimidine homeostasis in both life cycle stages of Leishmania donovani, individual mutant lines deficient in either carbamoyl phosphate synthetase (CPS), the first enzyme in pyrimidine biosynthesis, uracil phosphoribosyltransferase (UPRT), a salvage enzyme, or both CPS and UPRT were constructed. The Δcps lesion conferred pyrimidine auxotrophy and a growth requirement for medium supplementation with one of a plethora of pyrimidine nucleosides or nucleobases, although only dihydroorotate or orotate could circumvent the pyrimidine auxotrophy of the Δcps/Δuprt double knockout. The Δuprt null mutant was prototrophic for pyrimidines but could not salvage uracil or any pyrimidine nucleoside. The capability of the Δcps parasites to infect mice was somewhat diminished but still robust, indicating active pyrimidine salvage by the amastigote form of the parasite, but the Δcps/Δuprt mutant was completely attenuated with no persistent parasites detected after a 4-week infection. Complementation of the Δcps/Δuprt clone with either CPS or UPRT restored infectivity. These data establish that an intact pyrimidine biosynthesis pathway is essential for the growth of the promastigote form of L. donovani in culture, that all uracil and pyrimidine nucleoside salvage in the parasite is mediated by UPRT, and that both the biosynthetic and salvage pathways contribute to a robust infection of the mammalian host by the amastigote. These findings impact potential therapeutic design and vaccine strategies for visceral leishmaniasis. PMID:22367196

  18. Spectroscopic and Computational Characterization of Hydrated Pyrimidine Anions

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    Kelly, John T.; Hammer, Nathan I.

    2014-06-01

    Pyrimidine is known to possess a negative electron affinity. Anions created from such molecules, whose energies are higher than those of their neutral counterparts, are unstable with respect to autodetachment. The solvation of pyrimidine with just one water molecule results in a positive electron binding energy. The addition of water molecules stabilizes the excess charge and increase the binding energy. The most interesting feature is the orientation of the hydrated pyrimidine complex to help accommodate an excess electron.

  19. Urine Pyrimidine Metabolite Determination by HPLC Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

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    Sun, Qin

    2016-01-01

    Pyrimidine diseases result from deficiencies in pyrimidine de novo synthesis, degradation, and salvage pathways. Enzymatic deficiencies in pyrimidine catabolism lead to mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy (MNGIE), pyrimidinuria, dihydropyrimidinuria, ureidopropionic aciduria, and other disorders. While MNGIE presents with gastrointestinal dysmotility, cachexia, and leukoencephalopathy, pyrimidinuria and dihydropyrimidinuria may show symptoms of epilepsy, autism, mental retardation, and dysmorphic features. The application of HPLC-MS/MS facilitates rapid screening of pyrimidine metabolites. Here we describe an LCMS method for determination of uracil, thymine, thymidine, dihydrouracil, and dihydrothymine that are diagnostic biomarkers of MNGIE, pyrimidinuria, and dihydropyrimidinuria. PMID:26602135

  20. Isolation and characterization of pyrimidine-psoralen-pyrimidine photodiadducts from DNA. [Ultraviolet radiation

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    Kanne, D.; Straub, K.; Hearst, J.E.; Rapoport, H.

    1982-12-01

    The isolation and characterization of pyrimidine-psoralen-pyrimidine photodiadducts from DNA are reported for the first time. For each of the four psoralens studied, a single pair of diastereomeric thymidine-psoralen-thymidine photodiadducts, each with cis-syn stereochemistry, was found to account for > 90% of the diadducts formed. Additionally, pulse-chase experiments that establish that these photo cross-links are formed by cycloaddition of a second thymidine residue to the 3,4 double bond (pyrone side) of an initially formed 4',5' (furan-side) psoralen-thymidine photomonoadduct have been carried out.

  1. Ethyl 4-(4-chloro­phen­yl)-6-methyl-2-thioxo-1,2,3,4-tetra­hydro­pyrimidine-5-carboxyl­ate

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    Nayak, Susanta K.; Venugopala, K. N.; Chopra, Deepak; Govender, Thavendran; Kruger, Hendrik G.; Maguire, Glenn E. M.; Guru Row, T. N.

    2009-01-01

    In the title compound, C14H15ClN2O2S, the tetra­hydro­pyrimidine ring adopts a twisted boat conformation with the carbonyl group in an s-trans conformation with respect to the C=C double bond of the six-membered tetra­hydro­pyrimidine ring. The mol­ecular conformation is determined by an intra­molecular C—H⋯π inter­action. The crystal structure is further stabilized by inter­molecular N—H⋯O mol­ecular chains and centrosymmetric N—H⋯S dimers. PMID:21577965

  2. Temperature measurement of sputtered metal dimers

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    Fayet, P.; Wolf, J.P.; Woeste, L.

    1986-05-15

    The temperatures of sputtered alkali-metal dimers have been measured using one- and two-photon ionization spectroscopy. They are estimated to be 1470 +- 300 K, 1025 +- 200 K, and 1000 +- 200 K for Cs/sub 2/, K/sub 2/, and Na/sub 2/, respectively. The vibrational and rotational temperatures are found to be very similar. No dependence of the dimer excitation is found, neither on target temperature nor on the primary-ion energy. The results are compared with some currently used models to explain cluster formation in sputtering experiments.

  3. 5-Propyl-6-(p-tolyl-sulfan-yl)pyrimidine-2,4(1H,3H)-dione.

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    Al-Omary, Fatmah A M; Ghabbour, Hazem A; El-Emam, Ali A; Chidan Kumar, C S; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2014-02-01

    In the title pymiridine-2,4-dione derivative, C14H16N2O2S, the dihedral angle between the six-membered rings is 66.69 (10)°. The mol-ecule is twisted about the Cp-S (p = pyrimidine) bond, with a C-S-C-N torsion angle of -19.57 (16)°. In the crystal, adjacent mol-ecules form inversion dimers through pairs of strong N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, generating an R 2 (2)(8) ring motif. The dimers are connected into chains extending along the c-axis direction through additional N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds. PMID:24764894

  4. Moessbauer spectroscopic study of the initial stages of iron-core formation in horse spleen apoferritin: Evidence for both isolated Fe(III) atoms and oxo-bridged Fe(III) dimers as early intermediates

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    Bauminger, E.R.; Nowik, I. ); Harrison, P.M.; Treffry, A. )

    1989-06-27

    Ferritin stores iron within a hollow protein shell as a polynuclear Fe(III) hydrous oxide core. Although iron uptake into ferritin has been studied previously, the early stages in the creation of the core need to be clarified. These are dealt with in this paper by using Moessbauer spectroscopy, a technique that enables several types of Fe(II) and Fe(III) to be distinguished. Systematic Moessbauer studies were performed on samples prepared by adding {sup 57}Fe(II) atoms to apoferritin as a function of pH (5.6-7.0), n (the number of Fe/molecule (4-480)), and t{sub f} (the time the samples were held at room temperature before freezing). Four different Fe(III) species were identified: solitary Fe(III) atoms giving relaxation spectra, which can be identified with the species observed before by EPR and UV difference spectroscopy; oxo-bridged dimers giving doublet spectra with large splitting, observed for the first time in ferritin; small Fe(III) clusters giving doublets of smaller splitting and larger antiferromagnetically coupled Fe(III) clusters, similar to those found previously in larger ferritin iron cores, which, for samples with n {ge} 40, gave magnetically split spectra at 4.1 K. Both solitary Fe(III) and dimers diminished with time, suggesting that they are intermediates in the formation of the iron core. Two kinds of divalent iron were distinguished for n = 480, which may correspond to bound and free Fe(II).

  5. Kinase-mediated quasi-dimers of EGFR

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    Bublil, Erez M.; Pines, Gur; Patel, Gargi; Fruhwirth, Gilbert; Ng, Tony; Yarden, Yosef

    2010-01-01

    Ligand-induced dimerization of the epidermal growth factor receptor (ErbB-1/EGFR) involves conformational changes that expose an extracellular dimerization interface. Subsequent alterations within the cytoplasmic kinase domain, which culminate in tyrosine phosphorylation, are less understood. Our study addressed this question by using two strategies: a chimeric receptor approach employed ErbB-3, whose defective kinase domain was replaced by the respective part of EGFR. The implanted full-length kinase, unlike its subdomains, conferred dimerization and catalysis. The data infer that the kinase function of EGFR is restrained by the carboxyl tail; once grafted distally to the ectopic tail of ErbB-3, the kinase domain acquires quasi-dimerization and activation. In an attempt to alternatively refold the cytoplasmic tail, our other approach employed kinase inhibitors. Biophysical measurements and covalent cross-linking analyses showed that inhibitors targeting the active conformation of EGFR, in contrast to a compound recognizing the inactive conformation, induce quasi-dimers in a manner similar to the chimeric ErbB-3 molecule. Collectively, these observations unveil kinase domain-mediated quasi-dimers, which are regulated by an autoinhibitory carboxyl tail. On the basis of these observations, we propose that quasi-dimers precede formation of ligand-induced, fully active dimers, which are stabilized by both extracellular and intracellular receptor-receptor interactions.—Bublil, E. M., Pines, G., Patel, G., Fruhwirth, G., Ng, T., Yosef Yarden. Kinase-mediated quasi-dimers of EGFR. PMID:20682838

  6. Dynamic combinatorial enrichment of polyconformational D-/L-peptide dimers.

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    Jadhav, Kirtikumar B; Lichtenecker, Roman J; Bullach, Anke; Mandal, Bhubaneswar; Arndt, Hans-Dieter

    2015-04-01

    D-/L-peptides such as gramicidin A (gA) adopt unique dimeric β-helical structures of different topologies. To overcome their conformational promiscuity and enrich individual components, a dynamic combinatorial approach assisted by thiol tags was developed. This method led to identification of the preferential formation of antiparallel dimers under a broad range of conditions, which was independent of peptide side-chain polarity. Exclusive formation of an antiparallel cyclic dimer was achieved in the presence of cesium ions. PMID:25711604

  7. A previously undescribed pathway for pyrimidine catabolism

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    Loh, Kevin D.; Gyaneshwar, Prasad; Markenscoff Papadimitriou, Eirene; Fong, Rebecca; Kim, Kwang-Seo; Parales, Rebecca; Zhou, Zhongrui; Inwood, William; Kustu, Sydney

    2006-01-01

    The b1012 operon of Escherichia coli K-12, which is composed of seven unidentified ORFs, is one of the most highly expressed operons under control of nitrogen regulatory protein C. Examination of strains with lesions in this operon on Biolog Phenotype MicroArray (PM3) plates and subsequent growth tests indicated that they failed to use uridine or uracil as the sole nitrogen source and that the parental strain could use them at room temperature but not at 37°C. A strain carrying an ntrB(Con) mutation, which elevates transcription of genes under nitrogen regulatory protein C control, could also grow on thymidine as the sole nitrogen source, whereas strains with lesions in the b1012 operon could not. Growth-yield experiments indicated that both nitrogens of uridine and thymidine were available. Studies with [14C]uridine indicated that a three-carbon waste product from the pyrimidine ring was excreted. After trimethylsilylation and gas chromatography, the waste product was identified by mass spectrometry as 3-hydroxypropionic acid. In agreement with this finding, 2-methyl-3-hydroxypropionic acid was released from thymidine. Both the number of available nitrogens and the waste products distinguished the pathway encoded by the b1012 operon from pyrimidine catabolic pathways described previously. We propose that the genes of this operon be named rutA–G for pyrimidine utilization. The product of the divergently transcribed gene, b1013, is a tetracycline repressor family regulator that controls transcription of the b1012 operon negatively. PMID:16540542

  8. UV-B Inhibition of Phytochrome-Mediated Anthocyanin Formation in Sinapis alba L. Cotyledons 1

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    Wellmann, Eckard; Schneider-Ziebert, Ulricke; Beggs, Christopher J.

    1984-01-01

    An action spectrum was measured for ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced damage to (inhibition of) phytochrome-induced anthocyanin formation in cotyledons of 40-hour-old Sinapis alba L. seedlings. The action spectrum showed maximum effectiveness in the 260 to 280 nanometer waveband with little effect above 295 nanometers. The damaging effect of UV could be photorepaired by subsequent exposure to sunlight or to long wavelength (360 nanometers) UV radiation. Because this form of damage is subject to photorepair (photoreactivation), it is probably due to the formation of pyrimidine dimers, and the results suggest that it would not be ecologically relevant even if there was an increase in solar UV due to a decrease in stratospheric ozone levels of about 30%. If a dark period of more than 1 hour is interspersed between the phytochrome induction and the UV irradiation, the inhibition of the phytochrome induction gradually decreases with increasing dark period. PMID:16663776

  9. A Light-Dependent Pathway for the Elimination of UV-Induced Pyrimidine (6-4) Pyrimidinone Photoproducts in Arabidopsis.

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    Chen, J. J.; Mitchell, D. L.; Britt, A. B.

    1994-01-01

    Light-dependent repair of UV-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and pyrimidine (6-4) pyrimidinone dimers (6-4 products) was investigated in an excision repair-deficient Arabidopsis mutant. As previously described, exposure to broad-spectrum lighting was found to greatly enhance the rate of repair of CPDs. We demonstrate that 6-4 products are also efficiently eliminated in a light-dependent manner and that this photoreactivation of 6-4 products occurs independently of the previously described 6-4 product dark repair pathway. The light-dependent repair of both 6-4 products and CPDs occurs in the presence of blue light (435 nm) but not upon exposure to light of longer wavelengths. We also found that high-level expression of the CPD-specific photoreactivating activity in the Arabidopsis seedling requires induction by exposure to light prior to as well as during the period of repair while the 6-4 photoreactivating activity is constitutively expressed. This differential regulation of the photoreactivating activities suggests that the Arabidopsis seedling produces at least two distinct photolyases: one specific for CPDs and the other specific for 6-4 products. PMID:12244273

  10. Crystal structure of 6-chloro-5-iso-propyl-pyrimidine-2,4(1H,3H)-dione.

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    Haress, Nadia G; Ghabbour, Hazem A; El-Emam, Ali A; Chidan Kumar, C S; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2014-11-01

    In the mol-ecule of the title compound, C7H9ClN2O2, the conformation is determined by intra-molecular C-H⋯O and C-H⋯Cl hydrogen bonds, which generate S(6) and S(5) ring motifs. The isopropyl group is almost perpendicular to the pyrimidine ring with torsion angles of -70.8 (3) and 56.0 (3)°. In the crystal, two inversion-related mol-ecules are linked via a pair of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds into R 2 (2)(8) dimers; these dimers are connected into chains extending along the bc plane via an additional N-H⋯O hydrogen bond and weaker C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The crystal structure is further stabilized by a weak π-π inter-action [3.6465 (10) Å] between adjacent pyrimidine-dione rings arranged in a head-to-tail fashion, producing a three-dimensional network. PMID:25484791

  11. Crystal structure of (2-methyl-4-phenyl-4H-benzo[4,5]thia­zolo[3,2-a]pyrimidin-3-yl)(phen­yl)methanone

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    Sankar, T.; Naveen, S.; Lokanath, N. K.; Gunasekaran, K.

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C24H18N2OS, the pyrimidine ring has a flat envelope conformation with the methine C atom as the flap. The attached phenyl and benzoyl rings are inclined to the mean plane of the pyrimidine ring by 84.87 (8) and 75.33 (9)°, respectively. The benzo­thia­zolo group is planar (r.m.s. deviation = 0.009 Å) and inclined to the mean plane of the pyrimidine ring by 3.27 (6)°. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked by pairs of C—H⋯N hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers. PMID:25995902

  12. Dimer excision in Escherichia coli in the presence of caffeine

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    Rothman, R.H.

    1980-07-01

    The observation that polA1 and recL152 mutations result in both slow pyrimidine dimer excision and large repair patch size leads to the hypothesis that patch size is directly related to the rate of excision. In this study caffeine, a known inhibitor of excision repair, was used to examine the extent of correlation between excision rate and patch size by measuring patch size in the presence of several concentrations of caffeine. Both the rate of excision and the resistance to ultraviolet radiation were reduced with increasing concentrations of caffeine after irradiation. Caffeine also inhibited the rate at which incisions were made and prolonged the time required to rejoin the discontinuities. Patch size, however, was unaffected by caffeine treatment.

  13. Metalloporphines: Dimers and Trimers.

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    Jentzen, Walter; Shelnutt, John A; Scheidt, W Robert

    2016-06-20

    Procedures for the purification and subsequent crystallization of the slightly soluble four-coordinate metallporphines, the simplest possible porphyrin derivatives, are described. Crystals of the porphine derivatives of cobalt(II), copper(II), platinum(II), and two polymorphs of zinc(II) were obtained. Analysis of the crystal and molecular structures shows that all except the platinum(II) derivative form an unusual trimeric species in the solid state. The isomorphous cobalt(II), copper(II), and one zinc(II) polymorph pack in the unit cell to form dimers as well as the trimers. Interplanar spacings between porphine rings are similar in both the dimers and trimers and range between 3.24 and 3.37 Å. Porphine rings are strongly overlapped with lateral shifts between ring centers in both the dimers and trimers with values between 1.52 and 1.70 Å or in Category S as originally defined by Scheidt and Lee. Periodic trends in the M-Np bond distances parallel those observed previously for tetraphenyl- and octaethylporphyrin derivatives. PMID:27276239

  14. The photochemistry of pyrimidine in realistic astrophysical ices and the production of nucleobases

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    Nuevo, Michel; Materese, Christopher K.; Sandford, Scott A.

    2014-10-01

    Nucleobases, together with deoxyribose/ribose and phosphoric acid, are the building blocks of DNA and RNA for all known life. The presence of nucleobase-like compounds in carbonaceous chondrites delivered to the Earth raises the question of an extraterrestrial origin for the molecules that triggered life on our planet. Whether these molecules are formed in interstellar/protostellar environments, in small parent bodies in the solar system, or both, is currently unclear. Recent experiments show that the UV irradiation of pyrimidine (C{sub 4}H{sub 4}N{sub 2}) in H{sub 2}O-rich ice mixtures that contain NH{sub 3}, CH{sub 3}OH, or CH{sub 4} leads to the formation of the pyrimidine-based nucleobases uracil, cytosine, and thymine. In this work, we discuss the low-temperature UV irradiation of pyrimidine in realistic astrophysical ice mixtures containing H{sub 2}O, CH{sub 3}OH, and NH{sub 3}, with or without CH{sub 4}, to search for the production of nucleobases and other prebiotic compounds. These experiments show the presence of uracil, urea, glycerol, hexamethylenetetramine, small amino acids, and small carboxylic acids in all samples. Cytosine was only found in one sample produced from ices irradiated with a higher UV dose, while thymine was not found in any sample, even after irradiation with a higher UV dose. Results are discussed to evaluate the role of the photochemistry of pyrimidine in the inventory of organic molecules detected in meteorites and their astrophysical/astrobiological implications.

  15. N-(2-{[5-Bromo-2-(piperidin-1-yl)pyrimidin-4-yl]sulfan­yl}-4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)-2,4,6-trimethyl­benzene­sulfonamide

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    Kumar, Mohan; Mallesha, L.; Sridhar, M. A.; Kapoor, Kamini; Gupta, Vivek K.; Kant, Rajni

    2012-01-01

    In the title compound, C25H29BrN4O3S2, the benzene rings bridged by the sulfonamide group are tilted relative to each other by 63.9 (1)° and the dihedral angle between the sulfur-bridged pyrimidine and benzene rings is 64.9 (1)°. The mol­ecular conformation is stabilized by a weak intra­molecular π–π stacking inter­action between the pyrimidine and the 2,4,6-trimethyl­benzene rings [centroid–centroid distance = 3.766 (2) Å]. The piperidine ring adopts a chair conformation. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked into inversion dimers by pairs of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds and these dimers are further linked by C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds into chains propagating along [010]. PMID:22969648

  16. N-(2-{[5-Bromo-2-(morpholin-4-yl)pyrimidin-4-yl]sulfan­yl}-4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)-4-chloro­benzene­sulfonamide

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    Kumar, Mohan; Mallesha, L.; Sridhar, M. A.; Kapoor, Kamini; Gupta, Vivek K.; Kant, Rajni

    2012-01-01

    In the title compound, C21H20BrClN4O4S2, the benzene rings bridged by the sulfonamide group are tilted relative to each other by a dihedral angle of 70.2 (1)° and the dihedral angle between the sulfur-bridged pyrimidine and benzene rings is 69.5 (1)°. The mol­ecular conformation is stabilized by a weak intra­molecular π–π stacking inter­action between the pyrimidine and the 4-chloro­benzene rings [centroid–centroid distance = 3.978 (2) Å]. The morpholine ring adopts a chair conformation. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked into inversion dimers by pairs of C—H⋯N hydrogen bonds and these dimers are further connected by N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming a tape along the a axis. PMID:22969673

  17. The Talin Dimer Structure Orientation Is Mechanically Regulated

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    Golji, Javad; Mofrad, Mohammad R.K.

    2014-01-01

    Formation of a stable cell-substrate contact can be regulated by mechanical force, especially at the focal adhesion. Individual proteins that make up the focal adhesions, such as talin, can exhibit mechanosensing. We previously described one mode of talin mechanosensing in which the vinculin-binding site of talin is exposed after force-induced stretch of a single talin rod domain. Here, we describe a second mode of talin mechanosensing in which the talin dimer itself can adopt different orientations in response to mechanical stimulation. Using molecular dynamics models, we demonstrate that the C-terminus region of the talin dimer is flexible mainly at the linker between the dimerization helices and the nearby actin-binding helical bundle. Our molecular dynamics simulations reveal two possible orientations of the talin dimer at its C-terminus. The extracellular matrix (ECM)-bound integrins cross-linked by talin can be forced apart leading to an elongated orientation of the talin dimer, and the ECM-bound integrins can be forced together by the ECM producing a collapsed orientation of the talin dimer. Formation of the elongated orientation is shown to be more favorable. Switching between the two talin dimer orientations constitutes a mode of mechanosensing. PMID:25418161

  18. Electric and magnetic hotspots in dielectric nanowire dimers.

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    Mirzaei, Ali; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E

    2015-04-14

    We study the formation of the electric and magnetic near-field hotspots in dielectric cylindrical dimers. We compare dielectric and metallic dimers by using experimental data for all materials and consider both TM and TE polarizations of light. We demonstrate that dielectric dimers allow us to simultaneously achieve pure magnetic and electric near-field hotspots for both polarizations in contrast to plasmonic structures. This offers new approaches for near-field engineering such as sensing, control of spontaneous emission, and enhanced Raman scattering. PMID:25773044

  19. Adsorption of dimeric surfactants in lamellar silicates

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    Balcerzak, Mateusz; Pietralik, Zuzanna; Domka, Ludwik; Skrzypczak, Andrzej; Kozak, Maciej

    2015-12-01

    The adsorption of different types of cationic surfactants in lamellar silicates changes their surface character from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. This study was undertaken to obtain lamellar silicates modified by a series of novel dimeric (gemini) surfactants of different length alkyl chains and to characterise these organophilised materials. Synthetic sodium montmorillonite SOMASIF® ME 100 (M) and enriched bentonite of natural origin (Nanoclay - hydrophilic bentonite®) were organophilised with dimeric (gemini) surfactants (1,1‧-(1,4-butanediyl)bis(alkoxymethyl)imidazolium dichlorides). As a result of surfactant molecule adsorption in interlamellar space, the d-spacing (d001) increased from 0.97 nm (for the anhydrous structure) to 2.04 nm. A Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of the modified systems reveals bands assigned to the stretching vibrations of the CH2 and CH3 groups and the scissoring vibrations of the NH group from the structure of the dimeric surfactants. Thermogravimetric (TG) and derivative thermogravimetric (DTG) studies imply a four-stage process of surfactant decomposition. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images provide information on the influence of dimeric surfactant intercalation into the silicate structures. Particles of the modified systems show a tendency toward the formation of irregularly shaped agglomerates.

  20. 5-Nitro-N 4,N 6-diphenyl­pyrimidine-4,6-diamine: polarized mol­ecules linked into π-stacked chains via three-centre C—H⋯(O)2 hydrogen bonds

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    Rodríguez, Ricaurte; Nogueras, Manuel; Cobo, Justo; Glidewell, Christopher

    2009-01-01

    Mol­ecules of the title compound, C16H13N5O2, have no inter­nal symmetry despite the symmetric pattern of substitution in the pyrimidine ring. The intra­molecular distances indicate polarization of the electronic structure. There are two intra­molecular N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds and mol­ecules are linked into centrosymmetric dimers by pairs of three-centre C—H⋯(O)2 hydrogen bonds. These dimers are linked into chains by means of a π–π stacking inter­action. PMID:19726856

  1. Synthetic strategies toward carbocyclic purine-pyrimidine hybrid nucleosides.

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    Sadler, Joshua M; Mosley, Sylvester L; Dorgan, Kathleen M; Zhou, Zhaohui Sunny; Seley-Radtke, Katherine L

    2009-08-01

    The blending of key structural features from the purine and pyrimidine nucleobase scaffolds gives rise to a new class of hybrid nucleosides. The purine-pyrimidine hybrid nucleosides can be viewed as either N-3 ribosylated purines or 5,6-disubstituted pyrimidines, thus recognition by both purine- and pyrimidine-metabolizing enzymes is possible. Given the increasing reports of the development of resistance in many enzymatic systems, a drug that could be recognized by more than one enzyme could prove highly advantageous in overcoming resistance mechanisms related to binding site mutations. In that regard, the design, synthesis and results of preliminary biological activity for a series of carbocyclic uracil derivatives with either a fused imidazole or thiazole ring are presented herein. PMID:19592260

  2. Synthetic Strategies Toward Carbocyclic Purine-Pyrimidine Hybrid Nucleosides

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    Sadler, Joshua M.; Mosley, Sylvester L.; Dorgan, Kathleen M.; Zhou, Zhaohui Sunny; Seley-Radtke, Katherine L.

    2009-01-01

    The blending of key structural features from the purine and pyrimidine nucleobase scaffolds gives rise to a new class of hybrid nucleosides. The purine-pyrimidine hybrid nucleosides can be viewed as either N-3 ribosylated purines or 5,6-disubstituted pyrimidines, thus recognition by both purine- and pyrimidine-metabolizing enzymes is possible. Given the increasing reports of the development of resistance in many enzymatic systems, a drug that could be recognized by more than one enzyme could prove highly advantageous in overcoming resistance mechanisms related to binding site mutations. In that regard, the design, synthesis and results of preliminary biological activity for a series of carbocyclic uracil derivatives with either a fused imidazole or thiazole ring are presented herein. PMID:19592260

  3. Search for Interstellar Pyrimidine using the Submillimeter Array

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    Kuan, Y.-J.; Wang, K.-S.; Charnley, S. B.; Kisiel, Z.; Liu, S.-Y.; Huang, H.-C.

    Molecular cloud cores contain many organic molecules that are known to be prebiotically important and are fundamental components of the large organic macromolecules central to biochemistry A key interstellar molecule for astrobiology would be pyrimidine c -C 4H 4N 2 the unsubstituted ring analogue for three of the DNA and RNA bases thymine cytosine and uracil A submillimeter spectral search using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope resulted in a detection of a spectral feature corresponding to a pyrimidine bandhead If this feature is indeed due to pyrimidine other lines at submillimeter and millimeter frequencies should be detectable We have thus used the Submillimeter Array SMA to search for confirmatory evidence for the nucleic acid building-block pyrimidine in Orion KL which is known to contain the precursor molecules of this heterocyclic ring molecule Some of our preliminary SMA results will be presented in this meeting

  4. Clay catalysis of oligonucleotide formation: kinetics of the reaction of the 5'-phosphorimidazolides of nucleotides with the non-basic heterocycles uracil and hypoxanthine

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    Kawamura, K.; Ferris, J. P.

    1999-01-01

    The montmorillonite clay catalyzed condensation of activated monocleotides to oligomers of RNA is a possible first step in the formation of the proposed RNA world. The rate constants for the condensation of the phosphorimidazolide of adenosine were measured previously and these studies have been extended to the phosphorimidazolides of inosine and uridine in the present work to determine of substitution of neutral heterocycles for the basic adenine ring changes the reaction rate or regioselectivity. The oligomerization reactions of the 5'-phosphoromidazolides of uridine (ImpU) and inosine (ImpI) on montmorillonite yield oligo(U)s and oligo(I)s as long as heptamers. The rate constants for oligonucleotide formation were determined by measuring the rates of formation of the oligomers by HPLC. Both the apparent rate constants in the reaction mixture and the rate constants on the clay surface were calculated using the partition coefficients of the oligomers between the aqueous and clay phases. The rate constants for trimer formation are much greater than those dimer synthesis but there was little difference in the rate constants for the formation of trimers and higher oligomers. The overall rates of oligomerization of the phosphorimidazolides of purine and pyrimidine nucleosides in the presence of montmorillonite clay are the same suggesting that RNA formed on the primitive Earth could have contained a variety of heterocyclic bases. The rate constants for oligomerization of pyrimidine nucleotides on the clay surface are significantly higher than those of purine nucleotides since the pyrimidine nucleotides bind less strongly to the clay than do the purine nucleotides. The differences in the binding is probably due to Van der Waals interactions between the purine bases and the clay surface. Differences in the basicity of the heterocyclic ring in the nucleotide have little effect on the oligomerization process.

  5. Intermolecular interactions and conformation of antibody dimers present in IgG1 biopharmaceuticals.

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    Iwura, Takafumi; Fukuda, Jun; Yamazaki, Katsuyoshi; Kanamaru, Shuji; Arisaka, Fumio

    2014-01-01

    Intermolecular interactions and conformation in dimer species of Palivizumab, a monoclonal antibody (IgG1), were investigated to elucidate the physical and chemical properties of the dimerized antibody. Palivizumab solution contains ∼1% dimer and 99% monomer. The dimer species was isolated by size-exclusion chromatography and analysed by a number of methods including analytical ultracentrifugation-sedimantetion velocity (AUC-SV). AUC-SV in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulphate indicated that approximately half of the dimer fraction was non-covalently associated, whereas the other half was dimerized by covalent bond. Disulphide bond and dityrosine formation were likely to be involved in the covalent dimerization. Limited proteolysis of the isolated dimer by Lys-C and mass spectrometry for the resultant products indicated that the dimer species were formed by Fab-Fc or Fab-Fab interactions, whereas Fc-Fc interactions were not found. It is thus likely that the dimerization occurs mainly via the Fab region. With regard to the conformation of the dimer species, the secondary and tertiary structures were shown to be almost identical to those of the monomer. Furthermore, the thermal stability turned out also to be very similar between the dimer and monomer. PMID:24155259

  6. Crystal structure of 5,7-diphenyl-4,7-di­hydro­tetra­zolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine

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    Price, Ivy K.; Rougeot, Celine; Hein, Jason E.

    2015-01-01

    In the title mol­ecule, C16H13N5, the plane of the tetra­zole ring forms dihedral angles of 16.37 (7) and 76.59 (7)° with the two phenyl rings. The dihedral angle between the phenyl rings is 68.05 (6)°. The pyrimidine ring is in a flattened boat conformation. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked by pairs of N—H⋯N hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers. PMID:25844243

  7. Ethyl 4-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-6-methyl-2-sulfanylidene-1,2,3,4-tetra­hydro­pyrimidine-5-carboxyl­ate

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    Nayak, Susanta K.; Venugopala, K. N.; Govender, Thavendran; Kruger, Hendrik G.; Maguire, Glenn E. M.; Row, Tayur N. Guru

    2011-01-01

    In the title compound, C15H16N2O4S, the dihedral angles between the planes of the benzodioxole and ester groups and the plane of the six-membered tetra­hydro­pyrimidine ring are 89.5 (1) and 20.2 (1)°, respectively. Inter­molecular N—H⋯S hydrogen bonds assemble the mol­ecules into dimers, which are further connected via N—H⋯O inter­actions into chains parallel to [010]. Weak C—H⋯S and C—H⋯π inter­actions enhance the stability of the crystal structure. PMID:22220078

  8. Calculation and interpretation of vibronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of the first electronic nπ* transitions of pyridine and pyrimidine

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    Ten, G. N.; Kadrov, D. M.; Berezin, M. K.; Baranov, V. I.

    2014-11-01

    We have calculated vibronic spectra of the first electronic nπ* transitions of pyridine and pyrimidine in the isolated state using the DFT method in the Franck-Condon approximation. Vibrational spectra for the ground and excited states have been calculated in the anharmonic approximation, which allowed us to refine the assignment of normal vibrations of pyridine and pyrimidine. We have done a complete interpretation of the vibrational structure of the absorption and fluorescence spectra of pyridine and pyrimidine. It has been shown that Fermi resonances between fundamental and combination vibrations and overtones 12 and 16 b + 4, 6 a and 2 × 16 b affect the formation of the vibrational structure of electronic spectra of pyrimidine. Good agreement between calculated and experimental spectra confirms the correctness of the models of the two molecules in their ground and excited states, which makes it possible to use the models in further investigations of various properties of these molecules in electronically excited states, e.g., tautomerism of pyrimidine bases of nucleic acids.

  9. Delta-elimination by T4 endonuclease V at a thymine dimer site requires a secondary binding event and amino acid Glu-23.

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    Latham, K A; Lloyd, R S

    1995-07-11

    Endonuclease V from bacteriophage T4 is a well characterized enzyme that initiates the repair of ultraviolet light induced pyrimidine dimers. Scission of the phosphodiester backbone between the pyrimidines within a dimer, or 3' to an abasic (AP) site, occurs by a beta-elimination mechanism. In addition, high concentrations of endonuclease V have been reported to catalyze the cleavage of the C5'-O-P bond in a reaction referred to as delta-elimination. To better understand the enzymology of endonuclease V, the delta-elimination reaction of the enzyme has been investigated using an oligonucleotide containing a site-specific cis-syn cyclobutane thymine dimer. The slower kinetics of the delta-elimination reaction compared to beta-elimination and the ability of unlabeled dimer-containing DNA to compete more efficiently for delta-elimination than beta-elimination indicate that delta-elimination most likely occurs during a separate enzyme encounter with the incised DNA. Previous studies have shown that both the alpha-amino group of the N-terminus and the acidic residue Glu-23 are necessary for the N-glycosylase and AP lyase activities of endonuclease V. Experiments with T2P, E23Q, and E23D mutants, which are defective in pyrimidine dimer-specific nicking, demonstrated that delta-elimination requires Glu-23, but not the primary amine at the N-terminus. In fact, the T2P mutant was much more efficient at promoting delta-elimination than the wild-type enzyme. Besides lending further proof that delta-elimination requires a second encounter between enzyme and DNA, this result may reflect an enhanced binding of the T2P mutant to dimer-containing DNA. PMID:7612620

  10. Mechanism of host-guest complex formation and identification of intermediates through NMR titration and diffusion NMR spectroscopy.

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    Lamm, Jan-Hendrik; Niermeier, Philipp; Mix, Andreas; Chmiel, Jasmin; Neumann, Beate; Stammler, Hans-Georg; Mitzel, Norbert W

    2014-07-21

    The formation of host-guest (H-G) complexes between 1,8-bis[(diethylgallanyl)ethynyl]anthracene (H) and the N-heterocycles pyridine and pyrimidine (G) was studied in solution using a combination of NMR titration and diffusion NMR experiments. For the latter, diffusion coefficients of potential host-guest structures in solution were compared with those of tailor-made reference compounds of similar shape (synthesized and characterized by NMR, HRMS, and in part XRD). Highly dynamic behavior was observed in both cases, but with different host-guest species and equilibria. With increasing concentrations of the pyridine guest, the equilibrium H2⇄H2κ(1)-G1⇄HG2 is observed (in the second step a host dimer coordinates one guest molecule); for pyrimidine the equilibrium H2→H1κ(2)-G1⇄HG2 is observed (the formation of a 1:1 aggregate is the second step). PMID:24925835