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  1. Highly nucleophilic acetylide, vinyl, and vinylidene complexes. Progress report

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    1992-06-15

    The research was divided into the following: studies of nucleophilic and chiral acetylide complex [Cp(CO)(PPh{sub 3})Mn-C{triple_bond}CR]{sup {minus}}; nucleophilic addition of carbene anions to organic ligands on electrophilic complexes; halide-promoted carbonylation of imido ligands; binuclear Fe{sub 2} complexes with bridging organonitrogen ligands; addition and cycloaddition reactions of carbyne complex [Cp(CO){sub 2}Re{triple_bond}CTol]{sup +}; addition and cycloaddition reactions of methylcarbyne complexes [Cp(CO){sub 2}M{triple_bond}CCH{sub 3}]{sup +} and vinylidene complexes Cp(CO){sub 2}M{double_bond}C{double_bond}CH{sub 2} (M=Mn, Re); studies of generation and reactivity of vinylcarbene complexes formed from reaction of manganese carbene anions and aldehydes; and addition of oxo ligands of nucleophilic oxo complexes to organic ligands on electrophilic metal centers.

  2. Dual nucleophilic substitution at a W(ii) η(2)-coordinated diiodo acetylene leading to an amidinium carbyne complex.

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    Helmdach, Kai; Rüger, Julia; Villinger, Alexander; Seidel, Wolfram W

    2016-02-11

    The synthesis and reactivity of a W(ii) C2I2 complex towards various nucleophiles are described. Soft, aprotic nucleophiles like 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) lead to substitution of one CO at tungsten, whereas reaction with an excess of benzylamine results in a dual nucleophilic substitution at the alkyne moiety involving the rearrangement to a novel cationic amidinium carbyne complex.

  3. Functionally Diverse Nucleophilic Trapping of Iminium Intermediates Generated Utilizing Visible Light

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    Freeman, David B.; Furst, Laura; Condie, Allison G.

    2011-01-01

    Our previous studies into visible light-mediated aza-Henry reactions demonstrated that molecular oxygen played a vital role in catalyst turnover as well as the production of base to facilitate the nucleophilic addition of nitroalkanes. Herein, improved conditions for the generation of iminium ions from tetrahydroisoquinolines that allow for versatile nucleophilic trapping are reported. The new conditions provide access to a diverse range of functionality under mild, anaerobic reaction conditions as well as mechanistic insights into the photoredox cycle. PMID:22148974

  4. Nucleophilic reactivity and electrocatalytic reduction of halogenated organic compounds by nickel o-phenylenedioxamidate complexes.

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    Das, Siva Prasad; Ganguly, Rakesh; Li, Yongxin; Soo, Han Sen

    2016-09-14

    A growing number of halogenated organic compounds have been identified as hazardous pollutants. Although numerous advanced oxidative processes have been developed to degrade organohalide compounds, reductive and nucleophilic molecular approaches to dehalogenate organic compounds have rarely been reported. In this manuscript, we employ nickel(ii)-ate complexes bearing the o-phenylenebis(N-methyloxamide) (Me2opba) tetraanionic ligand as nucleophilic reagents that can react with alkyl halides (methyl up to the bulky isobutyl) by O-alkylation to give their respective imidate products. Four new nickel(ii) complexes have been characterized by X-ray crystallography, and the salient structural parameters and FT-IR vibrational bands (∼1655 cm(-1)) concur with their assignment as the imidate tautomeric form. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the nucleophilic reactivity of Ni(II)(Me2opba) with halogenated organic compounds. The parent nickel(ii) Me2opba complex exhibits reversible electrochemical oxidation and reduction behavior. As a proof of concept, Ni(II)(Me2opba) and its alkylated congeners were utilized for the electrocatalytic reduction of chloroform, as a representative, simple polyhalogenated organic molecule that could arise from the oxidative treatment of organic compounds by chlorination. Modest turnover numbers of up to 6 were recorded, with dichloromethane identified as one of the possible products. Future efforts are directed towards bulkier -ate complexes that possess metal-centered instead of ligand-centered nucleophilic activity to create more effective electrocatalysts for the reduction of halogenated organic compounds. PMID:27506275

  5. Nucleophilic reactivity and electrocatalytic reduction of halogenated organic compounds by nickel o-phenylenedioxamidate complexes.

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    Das, Siva Prasad; Ganguly, Rakesh; Li, Yongxin; Soo, Han Sen

    2016-09-14

    A growing number of halogenated organic compounds have been identified as hazardous pollutants. Although numerous advanced oxidative processes have been developed to degrade organohalide compounds, reductive and nucleophilic molecular approaches to dehalogenate organic compounds have rarely been reported. In this manuscript, we employ nickel(ii)-ate complexes bearing the o-phenylenebis(N-methyloxamide) (Me2opba) tetraanionic ligand as nucleophilic reagents that can react with alkyl halides (methyl up to the bulky isobutyl) by O-alkylation to give their respective imidate products. Four new nickel(ii) complexes have been characterized by X-ray crystallography, and the salient structural parameters and FT-IR vibrational bands (∼1655 cm(-1)) concur with their assignment as the imidate tautomeric form. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the nucleophilic reactivity of Ni(II)(Me2opba) with halogenated organic compounds. The parent nickel(ii) Me2opba complex exhibits reversible electrochemical oxidation and reduction behavior. As a proof of concept, Ni(II)(Me2opba) and its alkylated congeners were utilized for the electrocatalytic reduction of chloroform, as a representative, simple polyhalogenated organic molecule that could arise from the oxidative treatment of organic compounds by chlorination. Modest turnover numbers of up to 6 were recorded, with dichloromethane identified as one of the possible products. Future efforts are directed towards bulkier -ate complexes that possess metal-centered instead of ligand-centered nucleophilic activity to create more effective electrocatalysts for the reduction of halogenated organic compounds.

  6. Enantioconvergent Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction of Racemic Alkyne-Dicobalt Complex (Nicholas Reaction) Catalyzed by Chiral Brønsted Acid.

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    Terada, Masahiro; Ota, Yusuke; Li, Feng; Toda, Yasunori; Kondoh, Azusa

    2016-08-31

    Catalytic enantioselective syntheses enable a practical approach to enantioenriched molecules. While most of these syntheses have been accomplished by reaction at the prochiral sp(2)-hybridized carbon atom, little attention has been paid to enantioselective nucleophilic substitution at the sp(3)-hybridized carbon atom. In particular, substitution at the chiral sp(3)-hybridized carbon atom of racemic electrophiles has been rarely exploited. To establish an unprecedented enantioselective substitution reaction of racemic electrophiles, enantioconvergent Nicholas reaction of an alkyne-dicobalt complex derived from racemic propargylic alcohol was developed using a chiral phosphoric acid catalyst. In the present enantioconvergent process, both enantiomers of the racemic alcohol were transformed efficiently to a variety of thioethers with high enantioselectivity. The key to achieving success is dynamic kinetic asymmetric transformation (DYKAT) of enantiomeric cationic intermediates generated via dehydroxylation of the starting racemic alcohol under the influence of the chiral phosphoric acid catalyst. The present fascinating DYKAT involves the efficient racemization of these enantiomeric intermediates and effective resolution of these enantiomers through utilization of the chiral conjugate base of the phosphoric acid. PMID:27490239

  7. Enantioconvergent Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction of Racemic Alkyne-Dicobalt Complex (Nicholas Reaction) Catalyzed by Chiral Brønsted Acid.

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    Terada, Masahiro; Ota, Yusuke; Li, Feng; Toda, Yasunori; Kondoh, Azusa

    2016-08-31

    Catalytic enantioselective syntheses enable a practical approach to enantioenriched molecules. While most of these syntheses have been accomplished by reaction at the prochiral sp(2)-hybridized carbon atom, little attention has been paid to enantioselective nucleophilic substitution at the sp(3)-hybridized carbon atom. In particular, substitution at the chiral sp(3)-hybridized carbon atom of racemic electrophiles has been rarely exploited. To establish an unprecedented enantioselective substitution reaction of racemic electrophiles, enantioconvergent Nicholas reaction of an alkyne-dicobalt complex derived from racemic propargylic alcohol was developed using a chiral phosphoric acid catalyst. In the present enantioconvergent process, both enantiomers of the racemic alcohol were transformed efficiently to a variety of thioethers with high enantioselectivity. The key to achieving success is dynamic kinetic asymmetric transformation (DYKAT) of enantiomeric cationic intermediates generated via dehydroxylation of the starting racemic alcohol under the influence of the chiral phosphoric acid catalyst. The present fascinating DYKAT involves the efficient racemization of these enantiomeric intermediates and effective resolution of these enantiomers through utilization of the chiral conjugate base of the phosphoric acid.

  8. The oxidation of Ni(II) N-confused porphyrins (NCPs) with azo radical initiators and an unexpected intramolecular nucleophilic substitution reaction via a proposed Ni(III) NCP intermediate.

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    Jiang, Hua-Wei; Chen, Qing-Yun; Xiao, Ji-Chang; Gu, Yu-Cheng

    2009-07-01

    The oxidation of Ni(II) N-confused porphyrins (NCPs) with azo radical initiators resulted in an unexpected intramolecular nucleophilic substitution reaction via a proposed Ni(III) NCP intermediate, which could be detected by HRMS.

  9. Catalytic Nucleophilic Fluorination of Secondary and Tertiary Propargylic Electrophiles with a Copper–N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex

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    Cheng, Li-Jie; Cordier, Christopher J

    2015-01-01

    A catalytic method for the nucleophilic fluorination of propargylic electrophiles is described. Our protocol involves the use of a Cu(NHC) complex as the catalyst and is suitable for the preparation of secondary and tertiary propargylic fluorides without the formation of isomeric fluoroallenes. Preliminary mechanistic investigations suggest that fluorination proceeds via copper acetylides and that cationic species are involved. PMID:26403935

  10. Catalytic Nucleophilic Fluorination of Secondary and Tertiary Propargylic Electrophiles with a Copper-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex.

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    Cheng, Li-Jie; Cordier, Christopher J

    2015-11-01

    A catalytic method for the nucleophilic fluorination of propargylic electrophiles is described. Our protocol involves the use of a Cu(NHC) complex as the catalyst and is suitable for the preparation of secondary and tertiary propargylic fluorides without the formation of isomeric fluoroallenes. Preliminary mechanistic investigations suggest that fluorination proceeds via copper acetylides and that cationic species are involved. PMID:26403935

  11. Bis(difluoromethyl)trimethylsilicate Anion: A Key Intermediate in Nucleophilic Difluoromethylation of Enolizable Ketones with Me3 SiCF2 H.

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    Chen, Dingben; Ni, Chuanfa; Zhao, Yanchuan; Cai, Xian; Li, Xinjin; Xiao, Pan; Hu, Jinbo

    2016-10-01

    A pentacoordinate bis(difluoromethyl)silicate anion, [Me3 Si(CF2 H)2 ](-) , is observed for the first time by the activation of Me3 SiCF2 H with a nucleophilic alkali-metal salt and 18-crown-6. Further study on its reactivity by tuning the countercation effect led to the discovery and development of an efficient, catalytic nucleophilic difluoromethylation of enolizable ketones with Me3 SiCF2 H by using a combination of CsF and 18-crown-6 as the initiation system. Mechanistic investigations demonstrate that [(18-crown-6)Cs](+) [Me3 Si(CF2 H)2 ](-) is a key intermediate in this catalytic reaction. PMID:27552967

  12. Nucleophilicity and P-C Bond Formation Reactions of a Terminal Phosphanido Iridium Complex.

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    Serrano, Ángel L; Casado, Miguel A; Ciriano, Miguel A; de Bruin, Bas; López, José A; Tejel, Cristina

    2016-01-19

    The diiridium complex [{Ir(ABPN2)(CO)}2(μ-CO)] (1; [ABPN2](-) = [(allyl)B(Pz)2(CH2PPh2)](-)) reacts with diphenylphosphane affording [Ir(ABPN2)(CO)(H) (PPh2)] (2), the product of the oxidative addition of the P-H bond to the metal. DFT studies revealed a large contribution of the terminal phosphanido lone pair to the HOMO of 2, indicating nucleophilic character of this ligand, which is evidenced by reactions of 2 with typical electrophiles such as H(+), Me(+), and O2. Products from the reaction of 2 with methyl chloroacetate were found to be either [Ir(ABPN2)(CO)(H)(PPh2CH2CO2Me)][PF6] ([6]PF6) or [Ir(ABPN2)(CO)(Cl)(H)] (7) and the free phosphane (PPh2CH2CO2Me), both involving P-C bond formation, depending on the reaction conditions. New complexes having iridacyclophosphapentenone and iridacyclophosphapentanone moieties result from reactions of 2 with dimethyl acetylenedicarboxylate and dimethyl maleate, respectively, as a consequence of a further incorporation of the carbonyl ligand. In this line, the terminal alkyne methyl propiolate gave a mixture of a similar iridacyclophosphapentanone complex and [Ir(ABPN2){CH═C(CO2Me)-CO}{PPh2-CH═CH(CO2Me)}] (10), which bears the functionalized phosphane PPh2-CH═CH(CO2Me) and an iridacyclobutenone fragment. Related model reactions aimed to confirm mechanistic proposals are also studied.

  13. Effect of Conformational Rigidity on the Stereoselectivity of Nucleophilic Additions to Five-membered Ring Bicyclic Oxocarbenium Ion Intermediates

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    Lavinda, O.; Tran, Vi Tuong

    2014-01-01

    Nucleophilic substitution reactions of five-membered ring acetals bearing fused rings reveal that subtle changes in the structure of the fused ring can exert dramatic influences on selectivity. If the fused ring did not constrain the five-membered ring undergoing substitution, selectivity was comparable to what was observed for an unconstrained system (≥92% diastereoselectivity, favoring the product of inside attack on the oxocarbenium ion). If the ring were more constrained by including at least one oxygen atom in the ring, selectivity dropped considerably (to 60% diastereoselectivity in one case). Transition states of the nucleophilic addition of allyltrimethylsilane to selected oxocarbenium ions were calculated using DFT methods. These computational models reproduced the correlation between additional conformational rigidity and selectivity. PMID:25087588

  14. Dehalogenation of aromatics by nucleophilic aromatic substitution.

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    Sadowsky, Daniel; McNeill, Kristopher; Cramer, Christopher J

    2014-09-16

    Nucleophilic aromatic substitution has been implicated as a mechanism for both the biotic and abiotic hydrodehalogenation of aromatics. Two mechanisms for the aqueous dehalogenation of aromatics involving nucleophilic aromatic substitution with hydride as a nucleophile are investigated using a validated density functional and continuum solvation protocol. For chlorinated and brominated aromatics, nucleophilic addition ortho to carbon-halogen bonds via an anionic intermediate is predicted to be the preferred mechanism in the majority of cases, while concerted substitution is predicted to be preferred for most fluorinated aromatics. Nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions with the hydroxide and hydrosulfide anions as nucleophiles are also investigated and compared.

  15. Definition of a nucleophilicity scale.

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    Jaramillo, Paula; Pérez, Patricia; Contreras, Renato; Tiznado, William; Fuentealba, Patricio

    2006-07-01

    This work deals with exploring some empirical scales of nucleophilicity. We have started evaluating the experimental indices of nucleophilicity proposed by Legon and Millen on the basis of the measure of the force constants derived from vibrational frequencies using a probe dipole H-X (X = F,CN). The correlation among some theoretical parameters with this experimental scale has been evaluated. The theoretical parameters have been chosen as the minimum of the electrostatic potential V(min), the binding energy (BE) between the nucleophile and the H-X dipole, and the electrostatic potential measured at the position of the hydrogen atom V(H) when the complex nucleophile and dipole H-X is in the equilibrium geometry. All of them present good correlations with the experimental nucleophilicity scale. In addition, the BEs of the nucleophiles with two other Lewis acids (one hard, BF(3), and the other soft, BH(3)) have been evaluated. The results suggest that the Legon and Millen nucleophilicity scale and the electrostatic potential derived scales can describe in good approximation the reactivity order of the nucleophiles only when the interactions with a probe electrophile is of the hard-hard type. For a covalent interaction that is orbital controlled, a new nucleophilicity index using information of the frontier orbitals of both, the nucleophile and the electrophile has been proposed.

  16. Indenyl effect in dissociative reactions. Nucleophilic substitution in iron carbonyl complexes: a case study.

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    Veiros, Luis F; Calhorda, Maria José

    2011-11-14

    The mechanism of carbonyl substitution in [Fe(Ind)(CO)(2)I] (Ind = C(9)H(7)(-), indenyl) by P(OMe)(3) was investigated by means of DFT calculations. The most favourable path involves a spin crossover of the complex from the ground state singlet to the triplet potential energy surface (S = 1), followed by dissociative loss of CO, and phosphite addition to the coordinatively unsaturated intermediate, [Fe(Ind)(CO)I], with S = 1. In the final step, the system returns to the spin singlet surface, affording the product. This dissociative mechanism is in agreement with the experimental findings. Several pathways occurring exclusively along the singlet surface (S = 0) were explored, namely the expected associative mechanism, which is the most favourable among them, and the "pseudo" associative including the participation of solvent (n-octane). In all cases the corresponding energy barriers were significantly higher than the ones involved in the "spin forbidden" mechanism. The rate enhancement observed comparing the Ind complex with the cyclopentadienyl (Cp = C(5)H(5)(-)) analogue reflects the stability difference between the corresponding S = 0 and S = 1 species in the initial step. The larger number of π orbitals and the lower symmetry of the indenyl ligand, compared with Cp, results in a smaller HOMO-LUMO gap, in a more accessible triplet species, and in a smaller barrier for the spin crossover. PMID:21566840

  17. Highly nucleophilic acetylide, vinyl, and vinylidene complexes. Final progress report, 1 January 1991--31 March 1994

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    Geoffroy, G.L.

    1994-10-04

    In the course of this research the authors found that the anionic alkynyl complex [Cp{prime}(CO)(PPh{sub 3})Mn-C{triple_bond}C-CH{sub 3}]{sup {minus}} can be generated in situ by the addition of two equivalents of n-BuLi to a solution of the carbene complex Cp{prime}(CO)(PPh{sub 3})Mn{double_bond}C(OMe)CH{sub 2}CH{sub 3}. It was also found that the highly nucleophilic propynyl complex [Cp(CO)(PPh{sub 3})Mn-C{triple_bond}C-Me]{sup {minus}} reacts with a variety of aldehydes and ketones in the presence of BF{sub 3}{center_dot}Et{sub 2}O to give, after quenching with MeOH, a series of cationic vinylcarbyne complexes of the general form [Cp(CO)(PPh{sub 3})Mn{triple_bond}C-C(Me){double_bond}C(R)(R{prime})]BF{sub 4}. The cationic alkylidyne complexes [Cp(CO){sub 2}M{triple_bond}C-CH{sub 2}R]{sup +} [M = Re, R = H, M = Mn, R = H, Me, Ph] have been found to undergo facile deprotonation to give the corresponding neutral vinylidene complexes Cp(CO){sub 2}M{double_bond}C{double_bond}C(H)R. The authors have also investigated reactions relevant to the halide promoted Fe and Ru catalyzed carbonylation of nitroaromatics. The final part of this work has involved investigations of metal-oxo complexes.

  18. Nucleophilic Fluorination and Radiofluorination via Aziridinium Intermediates: N-Substituent Influence, Unexpected Regioselectivity, and Differences between Fluorine-19 and Fluorine-18.

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    Médoc, Marie; Sobrio, Franck

    2015-10-16

    The efficient dehydrofluorination and radiofluorination of N,N-disubstituted-β-aminoalcohols through an anchimeric-assisted mechanism was developed. An investigation into the influence of N-substituents on the ring opening of the aziridinium intermediate indicated differences in the isomeric ratio and the yields of fluorinated products obtained from N,N-disubstituted-phenylalaninol. This influence was substantial for (18)F-radiofluorination, with yields varying from 0 to 71% at room temperature (RT). Although no significant effects were observed in the fluorine-19 chemistry when the reaction was heated to 90 °C, considerable changes appeared during radiofluorination. In the latter case, the radiochemical yields increased, and degradation of the 2-fluoro-propan-1-amine isomer (b) occurred, leading to a regiospecific reaction in the radiolabeling of [(18)F]-fluorodeprenyl. This method involving nucleophilic radiofluorination at RT was successfully applied to the radiolabeling of [(18)F]-2-fluoroethylamines in which the influence of the N-substituent was also observed. PMID:26406157

  19. Nucleophilic arylation with tetraarylphosphonium salts

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    Deng, Zuyong; Lin, Jin-Hong; Xiao, Ji-Chang

    2016-01-01

    Organic phosphonium salts have served as important intermediates in synthetic chemistry. But the use of a substituent on the positive phosphorus as a nucleophile to construct C–C bond remains a significant challenge. Here we report an efficient transition-metal-free protocol for the direct nucleophilic arylation of carbonyls and imines with tetraarylphosphonium salts in the presence of caesium carbonate. The aryl nucleophile generated from phosphonium salt shows low basicity and good nucleophilicity, as evidenced by the successful conversion of enolizable aldehydes and ketones. The reaction is not particularly sensitive to water, shows wide substrate scope, and is compatible with a variety of functional groups including cyano and ester groups. Compared with the arylmetallic reagents that are usually moisture sensitive, the phosphonium salts are shelf-stable and can be easily handled. PMID:26822205

  20. Concerted nucleophilic aromatic substitution with 19F- and 18F-

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    Neumann, Constanze N.; Hooker, Jacob M.; Ritter, Tobias

    2016-06-01

    Nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) is widely used by organic chemists to functionalize aromatic molecules, and it is the most commonly used method to generate arenes that contain 18F for use in positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging. A wide range of nucleophiles exhibit SNAr reactivity, and the operational simplicity of the reaction means that the transformation can be conducted reliably and on large scales. During SNAr, attack of a nucleophile at a carbon atom bearing a ‘leaving group’ leads to a negatively charged intermediate called a Meisenheimer complex. Only arenes with electron-withdrawing substituents can sufficiently stabilize the resulting build-up of negative charge during Meisenheimer complex formation, limiting the scope of SNAr reactions: the most common SNAr substrates contain strong π-acceptors in the ortho and/or para position(s). Here we present an unusual concerted nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction (CSNAr) that is not limited to electron-poor arenes, because it does not proceed via a Meisenheimer intermediate. We show a phenol deoxyfluorination reaction for which CSNAr is favoured over a stepwise displacement. Mechanistic insights enabled us to develop a functional-group-tolerant 18F-deoxyfluorination reaction of phenols, which can be used to synthesize 18F-PET probes. Selective 18F introduction, without the need for the common, but cumbersome, azeotropic drying of 18F, can now be accomplished from phenols as starting materials, and provides access to 18F-labelled compounds not accessible through conventional chemistry.

  1. Concerted nucleophilic aromatic substitution with (19)F(-) and (18)F(-).

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    Neumann, Constanze N; Hooker, Jacob M; Ritter, Tobias

    2016-05-18

    Nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) is widely used by organic chemists to functionalize aromatic molecules, and it is the most commonly used method to generate arenes that contain (18)F for use in positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging. A wide range of nucleophiles exhibit SNAr reactivity, and the operational simplicity of the reaction means that the transformation can be conducted reliably and on large scales. During SNAr, attack of a nucleophile at a carbon atom bearing a 'leaving group' leads to a negatively charged intermediate called a Meisenheimer complex. Only arenes with electron-withdrawing substituents can sufficiently stabilize the resulting build-up of negative charge during Meisenheimer complex formation, limiting the scope of SNAr reactions: the most common SNAr substrates contain strong π-acceptors in the ortho and/or para position(s). Here we present an unusual concerted nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction (CSNAr) that is not limited to electron-poor arenes, because it does not proceed via a Meisenheimer intermediate. We show a phenol deoxyfluorination reaction for which CSNAr is favoured over a stepwise displacement. Mechanistic insights enabled us to develop a functional-group-tolerant (18)F-deoxyfluorination reaction of phenols, which can be used to synthesize (18)F-PET probes. Selective (18)F introduction, without the need for the common, but cumbersome, azeotropic drying of (18)F, can now be accomplished from phenols as starting materials, and provides access to (18)F-labelled compounds not accessible through conventional chemistry.

  2. Concerted nucleophilic aromatic substitution with (19)F(-) and (18)F(-).

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    Neumann, Constanze N; Hooker, Jacob M; Ritter, Tobias

    2016-06-16

    Nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) is widely used by organic chemists to functionalize aromatic molecules, and it is the most commonly used method to generate arenes that contain (18)F for use in positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging. A wide range of nucleophiles exhibit SNAr reactivity, and the operational simplicity of the reaction means that the transformation can be conducted reliably and on large scales. During SNAr, attack of a nucleophile at a carbon atom bearing a 'leaving group' leads to a negatively charged intermediate called a Meisenheimer complex. Only arenes with electron-withdrawing substituents can sufficiently stabilize the resulting build-up of negative charge during Meisenheimer complex formation, limiting the scope of SNAr reactions: the most common SNAr substrates contain strong π-acceptors in the ortho and/or para position(s). Here we present an unusual concerted nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction (CSNAr) that is not limited to electron-poor arenes, because it does not proceed via a Meisenheimer intermediate. We show a phenol deoxyfluorination reaction for which CSNAr is favoured over a stepwise displacement. Mechanistic insights enabled us to develop a functional-group-tolerant (18)F-deoxyfluorination reaction of phenols, which can be used to synthesize (18)F-PET probes. Selective (18)F introduction, without the need for the common, but cumbersome, azeotropic drying of (18)F, can now be accomplished from phenols as starting materials, and provides access to (18)F-labelled compounds not accessible through conventional chemistry. PMID:27281221

  3. Fabricating Complex Culture Substrates Using Robotic Microcontact Printing (R-µCP) and Sequential Nucleophilic Substitution

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    McNulty, Jason D.; Ashton, Randolph S.

    2014-01-01

    In tissue engineering, it is desirable to exhibit spatial control of tissue morphology and cell fate in culture on the micron scale. Culture substrates presenting grafted poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) brushes can be used to achieve this task by creating microscale, non-fouling and cell adhesion resistant regions as well as regions where cells participate in biospecific interactions with covalently tethered ligands. To engineer complex tissues using such substrates, it will be necessary to sequentially pattern multiple PEG brushes functionalized to confer differential bioactivities and aligned in microscale orientations that mimic in vivo niches. Microcontact printing (μCP) is a versatile technique to pattern such grafted PEG brushes, but manual μCP cannot be performed with microscale precision. Thus, we combined advanced robotics with soft-lithography techniques and emerging surface chemistry reactions to develop a robotic microcontact printing (R-μCP)-assisted method for fabricating culture substrates with complex, microscale, and highly ordered patterns of PEG brushes presenting orthogonal ‘click’ chemistries. Here, we describe in detail the workflow to manufacture such substrates. PMID:25407245

  4. Nucleophilic ring opening of bridging thietanes in open triosmium cluster complexes

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    Adams, R.D.; Belinski, J.A.

    1992-07-01

    The complexes Os{sub 3}(CO){sub 9}({mu}{sub 3}-S)[{mu}-SCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CH{sub 2}] (1) and Os{sub 3}(CO){sub 9}({mu}{sub 3}-S)[{mu}-SCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}] (2) were obtained from the reactions of Os{sub 3}(CO){sub 10}({mu}{sub 3}-S) with 3,3-dimethylthietane (DMT) and thietane, respectively, at -42 {degree}C in the presence of Me{sub 3}NO. Compound 1 was characterized by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and was found to contain a DMT group bridging two of the nonbonded metal atoms in the open cluster of three metal atoms by using both lone pairs of electrons on the sulfur atom. Compound 1 reacted with bis(triphenylphosphine)nitrogen(1+) chloride ([PPN]Cl) at 25 {degrees}C to yield the salt [PPN][Os{sub 3}-(CO){sub 9}({mu}-SCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CH{sub 2}Cl)({mu}{sub 3}-S)] (3; 76%), in which the chloride ion was added to one of the methylene groups of the DMT ring in a process that caused the ring to open by cleavage of one of the carbon-sulfur bonds. A 4-chloro-3,3-dimethylpropanethiolate ligand bridges the open edge of the anionic triosmium cluster. Compound 3 was converted to the neutral complex Os{sub 3}(CO){sub 9}[{mu}-SCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CH{sub 2}Cl]({mu}{sub 3}-S)({mu}-H) (4) by reaction with HCl at 25 {degrees}C. Compound 4 is structurally similar to 3, except that is contains a hydride ligand bridging one of the two metal-metal bonds. Compounds 1 and 2 react with HCl in CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} solvent to yield the neutral compounds 4 and Os{sub 3}(CO){sub 9}[{mu}-SCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}Cl]({mu}{sub 3}-S)({mu}-H) (5) in 89% and 90% yields, respectively, in one step. 11 refs., 3 figs., 10 tabs.

  5. Nucleophilic ring opening of bridging thietane ligands in trirhenium carbonyl cluster complexes

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    Adams, R.D.; Cortopassi, J.E.; Falloon, S.B.

    1992-11-01

    The reactions of 3,3-dimethylthietane, SCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CH{sub 2} (3,3-DMT), and thietane, SCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}, with Re{sub 3}(CO){sub 10}[{mu}-SCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}]({mu}-H){sub 3}, 2b. Compound 2a was characterized crystallographically and was found to consist of a trirhenium cluster with three bridging hydride ligands and a bridging thietane ligand coordinated through its sulfur atom. 2a and 2b react with halide ions by ring-opening additions to the 3,3-DMT ligand to yield the complex anions [Re{sub 3}(CO){sub 10}({mu}-SCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CH{sub 2}x)({mu}-h){sub 3}]{sup -} 3A-6A, X = F (71%), Cl(71%), Br(84%), I(87%) and [Re{sub 3}(CO){sub 10}({mu}-SCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}Cl)({mu}-H){sub 3}]{sup -}, 4b (67%). Similarly, addition of NMe{sub 3} to 2a and 2b yielded the ring-opened zwitterions Re{sub 3}(CO){sub 10}({mu}-SCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CH{sub 2}NMe{sub 3})({mu}-H){sub 3}, 7 a crystographically. They are zwitterions positively charged at the nitrogen atoms and negatively charged on the trirhenium clusters. Complex 7b was also obtained in a 48% yield from the reaction of Re{sub 3}(C){sub 12}({mu}-H){sub 3} with Me{sub 3}NO in the presence of thietane, but the corresponding reaction using 3,3-DMT yielded only 2a and Re{sub 3}(CO){sub 11}(SCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 2}CH{sub 2})({mu}-H){sub 3}, 8. Attempts to obtain a ring-opening addition to 2a by reaction with PMe{sub 2}Ph yielded only Re{sub 3}(CO){sub 10}(PMe{sub 2}PH){sub 2}({mu}-H){sub 3} by ligand substitution. Attempts to obtain ring opening addition to 8 by reaction with I{sup -} yielded only [Re{sub 3}(CO){sub 11}I({mu}-H){sub 3}]{sup -} by ligand substitution. 20 refs., 3 figs., 10 tabs.

  6. Enantioselective addition of silicon nucleophiles to aldimines using a preformed NHC-Copper(I) complex as the catalyst.

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    Hensel, Alexander; Nagura, Kazuhiko; Delvos, Lukas B; Oestreich, Martin

    2014-05-01

    A remaining major challenge in the asymmetric addition of silicon nucleophiles to typical prochiral acceptors, the enantioselective 1,2-addition to aldimines, is addressed. Activation of the SiB bond in the silicon pronucleophile by a copper(I) alkoxide with McQuade's chiral six-membered N-heterocyclic carbene as a supporting ligand releases the silicon nucleophile, which adds to various aldimines with high levels of enantioselectivity. The new method provides a catalytic asymmetric access to α-silylated amines.

  7. The nucleophilicity N index in organic chemistry.

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    Domingo, Luis R; Pérez, Patricia

    2011-10-21

    The nucleophilicity N index (J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 4615), the inverse of the electrophilicity, 1/ω, and the recently proposed inverse of the electrodonating power, 1/ω⁻, (J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 4957) have been checked toward (i) a series of single 5-substituted indoles for which rate constants are available, (ii) a series of para-substituted phenols, and for (iii) a series of 2,5-disubstituted bicyclic[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes which display concurrently electrophilic and nucleophilic behaviors. While all considered indices account well for the nucleophilic behavior of organic molecules having a single substitution, the nucleophilicity N index works better for more complex molecules. Unlike, the inverse of the electrophilicity, 1/ω, (R(2) = 0.71), and the inverse of the electrodonating power, 1/ω⁻ (R(2) = 0.83), a very good correlation of the nucleophilicity N index of twelve 2-substituted-6-methoxy-bicyclic[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes versus the activation energy associated with the nucleophilic attack on 1,1-dicyanoethylene is found (R(2) = 0.99). This comparative study allows to assert that the nucleophilicity N index is a measure of the nucleophilicity of complex organic molecules displaying concurrently electrophilic and nucleophilic behaviors. PMID:21842104

  8. The nucleophilicity N index in organic chemistry.

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    Domingo, Luis R; Pérez, Patricia

    2011-10-21

    The nucleophilicity N index (J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 4615), the inverse of the electrophilicity, 1/ω, and the recently proposed inverse of the electrodonating power, 1/ω⁻, (J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 4957) have been checked toward (i) a series of single 5-substituted indoles for which rate constants are available, (ii) a series of para-substituted phenols, and for (iii) a series of 2,5-disubstituted bicyclic[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes which display concurrently electrophilic and nucleophilic behaviors. While all considered indices account well for the nucleophilic behavior of organic molecules having a single substitution, the nucleophilicity N index works better for more complex molecules. Unlike, the inverse of the electrophilicity, 1/ω, (R(2) = 0.71), and the inverse of the electrodonating power, 1/ω⁻ (R(2) = 0.83), a very good correlation of the nucleophilicity N index of twelve 2-substituted-6-methoxy-bicyclic[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes versus the activation energy associated with the nucleophilic attack on 1,1-dicyanoethylene is found (R(2) = 0.99). This comparative study allows to assert that the nucleophilicity N index is a measure of the nucleophilicity of complex organic molecules displaying concurrently electrophilic and nucleophilic behaviors.

  9. Structure-reactivity relationships for beta-galactosidase (Escherichia coli, lac Z). 4. Mechanism for reaction of nucleophiles with the galactosyl-enzyme intermediates of E461G and E461Q beta-galactosidases.

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    Richard, J P; Huber, R E; Heo, C; Amyes, T L; Lin, S

    1996-09-24

    Second-order rate constants for transfer of the beta-D-galactopyranosyl group from the galactosyl-enzyme intermediates of the galactosyl transfer reactions catalyzed by E461G and E461Q beta-galactosidases to anionic nucleophiles have been determined. The second-order rate constant for reaction of the galactosylated E461G enzyme with azide ion is 4900 M-1 s-1. By contrast, there is no detectable reaction of the galactosylated wild type enzyme with azide ion (Richard et al., 1995b), and the E461G mutation leads to a large decrease in the second-order rate constant kcat/Km for catalysis of cleavage of beta-D-galactopyranosyl azide, which is the microscopic reverse of the reaction of azide ion with the galactosyl-enzyme intermediate. These data show that the E461G mutation causes a more than 8000-fold increase in the equilibrium constant for transfer of the beta-D-galactopyranosyl group from beta-galactosidase to azide ion. We propose that this change represents the requirement for the coupling of galactosyl transfer from the native enzyme to the thermodynamically unfavorable protonation of the carboxylate group of Glu-461, but the expression of the full chemical affinity of azide ion for galactosyl transfer from the mutant enzyme which lacks this ionizable side chain at position 461. The reactions of acetate, butyrate and methoxyacetate ions with the galactosylated E461G enzyme and of acetate with the galactosylated E461Q enzyme give both the corresponding beta-galactopyranosyl derivatives and D-galactose, and the formation of the latter represents formal catalysis of the reaction of water with the galactosylated enzyme. However, the reaction of formate ion with the galactosylated E461G enzyme gives only D-galactose. These results suggest that carboxylate anions can take the place of the excised propionate side chain of Glu-461 to provide general base catalysis of the reaction of water with the galactosyl-enzyme intermediates. The relative reactivity of anionic

  10. Asymmetric Ring-Opening of Cyclopropyl Ketones with Thiol, Alcohol, and Carboxylic Acid Nucleophiles Catalyzed by a Chiral N,N'-Dioxide-Scandium(III) Complex.

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    Xia, Yong; Lin, Lili; Chang, Fenzhen; Fu, Xuan; Liu, Xiaohua; Feng, Xiaoming

    2015-11-01

    A highly efficient asymmetric ring-opening reaction of cyclopropyl ketones with a broad range of thiols, alcohols and carboxylic acids has been first realized by using a chiral N,N'-dioxide-scandium(III) complex as catalyst. The corresponding sulfides, ethers, and esters were obtained in up to 99% yield and 95% ee. This is also the first example of one catalytic system working for the ring-opening reaction of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes with three different nucleophiles, let alone in an asymmetric version.

  11. Asymmetric Ring-Opening of Cyclopropyl Ketones with Thiol, Alcohol, and Carboxylic Acid Nucleophiles Catalyzed by a Chiral N,N'-Dioxide-Scandium(III) Complex.

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    Xia, Yong; Lin, Lili; Chang, Fenzhen; Fu, Xuan; Liu, Xiaohua; Feng, Xiaoming

    2015-11-01

    A highly efficient asymmetric ring-opening reaction of cyclopropyl ketones with a broad range of thiols, alcohols and carboxylic acids has been first realized by using a chiral N,N'-dioxide-scandium(III) complex as catalyst. The corresponding sulfides, ethers, and esters were obtained in up to 99% yield and 95% ee. This is also the first example of one catalytic system working for the ring-opening reaction of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes with three different nucleophiles, let alone in an asymmetric version. PMID:26398505

  12. New ruthenium nitrosyl complexes with tris(1-pyrazolyl)methane (tpm) and 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) coligands. Structure, spectroscopy, and electrophilic and nucleophilic reactivities of bound nitrosyl.

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    Videla, Mariela; Jacinto, Julian S; Baggio, Ricardo; Garland, María T; Singh, Priti; Kaim, Wolfgang; Slep, Leonardo D; Olabe, José A

    2006-10-16

    The new compound [Ru(bpy)(tpm)NO](ClO4)3 [tpm = tris(1-pyrazolyl)methane; bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine] has been prepared in a stepwise procedure that involves the conversion of [Ru(bpy)(tpm)Cl]+ into the aqua and nitro intermediates, followed by acidification. The diamagnetic complex crystallizes to exhibit distorted octahedral geometry around the metal, with the Ru-N(O) bond length 1.774(12) A and the RuNO angle 179.1(12) degrees , typical for a {RuNO}6 description. The [Ru(bpy)(tpm)NO]3+ ion (I) has been characterized by 1H NMR and IR spectroscopies (nu(NO) = 1959 cm(-1)) and through density functional theory calculations. Intense electronic transitions in the 300-350-nm region are assigned through time-dependent (TD)DFT as intraligand pi --> pi for bpy and tpm. The dpi --> pi(bpy) metal-to-ligand charge-transfer transitions appear at higher energies. Aqueous cyclic voltammetric studies show a reversible wave at 0.31 V (vs Ag/AgCl, 3 M Cl-), which shifts to 0.60 V in MeCN, along with the onset of a wave of an irreversible process at -0.2 V. The waves are assigned to the one- and two-electron reductions centered at the NO ligand, leading to species with {RuNO}(7) and {RuNO}(8) configurations, respectively. Controlled potential reduction of I in MeCN led to the [Ru(bpy)(tpm)NO]2+ ion (II), revealing a significant downward shift of nu(NO) to 1660 cm(-1) as well as changes in the electronic absorption bands. II was also characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance, showing an anisotropic signal at 110 K that arises from an S = 1/2 electronic ground state; the g-matrix components and hyperfine coupling tensor resemble the behavior of related {RuNO}7 complexes. Both I and II were characterized through their main reactivity modes, electrophilic and nucleophilic, respectively. The addition of OH- into I generated the nitro complex, with k(OH) = 3.05 x 10(6) M(-1) s(-1) (25 degrees C). This value is among the highest obtained for related nitrosyl complexes and correlates

  13. Synthesis of complex benzenoids via the intermediate generation of o-benzynes through the hexadehydro-Diels-Alder reaction.

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    Baire, Beeraiah; Niu, Dawen; Willoughby, Patrick H; Woods, Brian P; Hoye, Thomas R

    2013-03-01

    The hexadehydro-Diels-Alder (HDDA) cascade enables the synthesis of complex benzenoid products with various substitution patterns through aryne intermediates. The first stage of this cascade involves the generation of a highly reactive ortho-benzyne intermediate by a net [4+2] cycloisomerization of a triyne substrate. The benzyne can be rapidly 'trapped' either intramolecularly or intermolecularly with myriad nucleophilic or π-bond-donating reactants. As a representative example of a general procedure for synthesizing highly substituted benzenoids, this protocol describes the synthesis of a typical triyne substrate and its use as the reactant in an HDDA cascade to form a phthalide. The synthetic procedure detailed herein (four chemical reactions) takes 16-20 h of active effort over a period of several days for the preparation of the triyne precursor and ∼2 h of active effort over a 3-d period for the generation and trapping of the benzyne and isolation of the phthalide product.

  14. Synthesis of complex benzenoids via the intermediate generation of o-benzynes through the hexadehydro-Diels–Alder reaction

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    Baire, Beeraiah; Niu, Dawen; Willoughby, Patrick H.; Woods, Brian P.; Hoye, Thomas R.

    2014-01-01

    The hexadehydro-Diels–Alder (HDDA) cascade enables the synthesis of complex benzenoid products with various substitution patterns via aryne intermediates. The first stage of this cascade involves generation of a highly reactive ortho-benzyne intermediate by a net [4+2] cycloisomerization of a triyne substrate. The benzyne can be rapidly ‘trapped’ either intra- or intermolecularly with a myriad of nucleophilic or π-bond-donating reactants. As a representative example of a general procedure to synthesize highly substituted benzenoids, this protocol describes the synthesis of a typical triyne substrate and its use as the reactant in an HDDA cascade to form a phthalide. The synthetic procedure detailed herein (four chemical reactions) takes 16–20 h of active effort over a several day period for preparation of the triyne precursor and ~2 h of active effort over a 3-day period for generation and trapping of the benzyne and isolation of the phthalide product. PMID:23411632

  15. Arene complexes of transition metals in reactions with nucleophilic reagents. XVI. Kinetics and mechanism of the reaction of the. pi. -arene complexes of chromium and iron and piperidine

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    Oleinik, I.I.; Kun, P.P.; Litvak, V.V.; Shteingarts, V.D.

    1988-05-20

    The kinetics of the reaction of ..pi..-arene complexes of the (/eta/-XC/sub 6/H/sub 4/Cl)ML type (where ML = Cr(CO)/sub 3/ (X = p-Cl), Cr/sup +/(/eta/-C/sub 6/H/sub 5/Cl) (X = H), Fe/sup +/(/eta/-C/sub 5/H/sub 5/) (X = H)) with piperidine in acetone suggest that in the second and third cases the controlling stage is the transformation of the intermediate sigma complex into the reaction products almost entirely by a path with catalysis by the reagent while in the first case it is the formation of the intermediate. The marked increase in the catalytic effect of piperidine in the transition from neutral to cationic ..pi..-arene complexes show that the charge of the metal-complex fragment, coordinated with the arene, has a significant effect on the ratio of the rates of transformation of the intermediate sigma complex into the initial compounds and the final reaction products.

  16. The synthesis, testing and use of 5-fluoro-alpha-D-galactosyl fluoride to trap an intermediate on green coffee bean alpha-galactosidase and identify the catalytic nucleophile.

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    Ly, H D; Howard, S; Shum, K; He, S; Zhu, A; Withers, S G

    2000-11-17

    5-Fluoro-alpha-D-galactopyranosyl fluoride was synthesized and its interaction with the active site of an alpha-galactosidase from green coffee bean (Coffea arabica), a retaining glycosidase, characterized kinetically and structurally. The compound behaves as an apparently tight binding (Ki = 600 nM) competitive inhibitor, achieving this high affinity through reaction as a slow substrate that accumulates a high steady-state concentration of the glycosyl-enzyme intermediate, as evidenced by ESiMS. Proteolysis of the trapped enzyme coupled with HPLC/MS analysis allowed the localization of a labeled peptide that was subsequently sequenced. Comparison of this sequence information to that of other members of the same glycosidase family revealed the active site nucleophile to be Asp145 within the sequence LKYDNCNNN. The importance of this residue to catalysis has been confirmed by mutagenesis studies.

  17. New bimetallic palladium(ii) and platinum(ii) complexes: studies of the nucleophilic substitution reactions, interactions with CT-DNA, bovine serum albumin and cytotoxic activity.

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    Jovanović, Snežana; Obrenčević, Katarina; Bugarčić, Živadin D; Popović, Iva; Žakula, Jelena; Petrović, Biljana

    2016-08-01

    Two new dinuclear bimetallic complexes, [{PdCl(bipy)}{μ-(pyrazine)}{PtCl(bipy)}]Cl(ClO4) (1) (bipy is 2,2'-bipyridine) and [{PdCl(en)}{μ-(pyrazine)}{PtCl(en)}]Cl(ClO4) (2) (en is ethylenediamine), have been synthesized and characterized by elemental microanalysis, IR, (1)H NMR spectroscopy and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The pKa values of the coordinated water molecules of the diaqua species were determined as well. Substitution reactions of complexes (1) and (2) with thiourea (Tu), l-methionine (l-Met), l-cysteine (l-Cys), l-histidine (l-His) and guanosine-5'-monophosphate (5'-GMP) were studied under the pseudo-first order conditions as a function of nucleophile concentration and temperature. The order of reactivity of nucleophiles was: Tu > l-Met > l-Cys > l-His > 5'-GMP. Substitution reactions with Tu, l-Cys and l-His were followed by decomposition of bimetallic complexes to the corresponding substituted mononuclear complexes [Pd(N-N)(Nu)2] and [Pt(N-N)(Nu)2] (N-N = bipy, en), releasing the bridging ligand. However, the structures of starting bimetallic complexes were preserved during the reactions with l-Met and 5'-GMP. The absorption spectroscopic study of interactions of calf-thymus DNA (CT-DNA) with complexes (1), (2) and [{PdCl(bipy)}{μ-(NH2(CH2)6H2N)} {PtCl(bipy)}]Cl(ClO4) (3), has shown that all the complexes exhibit high intrinsic binding constants (Kb = 10(4)-10(5) M(-1)). DNA-ethidium bromide (DNA-EB) fluorescence was quenched after addition of complexes (1), (2) or (3), indicating displacement of intercalating EB by complexes. All complexes have shown good binding affinity to bovine serum albumin protein (BSA). Chemosensitivity of A375 (human melanoma) and HeLa (human cervical cancer) cell lines toward complexes (1), (2) and (3) was analyzed by SRB assay. Complex (1) displayed significant inhibitory effect on the growth of both cell lines. PMID:27431616

  18. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution.

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    Avila, Walter B.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Described is a microscale organic chemistry experiment which demonstrates one feasible route in preparing ortho-substituted benzoic acids and provides an example of nucleophilic aromatic substitution chemistry. Experimental procedures and instructor notes for this activity are provided. (CW)

  19. Lithium-stabilized nucleophilic addition of thiamin to a ketone provides an efficient route to mandelylthiamin, a critical pre-decarboxylation intermediate.

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    Bielecki, Michael; Howe, Graeme W; Kluger, Ronald

    2015-10-01

    Mandelylthiamin (MTh) is an accurate model of the covalent intermediate derived from the condensation of thiamin diphosphate and benzoylformate in benzoylformate decarboxylase. The properties and catalytic susceptibilities of mandelylthiamin are the subjects of considerable interest. However, the existing synthesis gives only trace amounts of the precursor to MTh as it is conducted under reversible conditions. An improved approach derives from the unique ability of lithium ions to drive to completion the otherwise unfavorable condensation of the conjugate base of thiamin and methyl benzoylformate. The unique efficiency of the condensation reaction in the presence of lithium ions is established in contrast to the effects of other Lewis acids. Interpretation of the pattern of the results indicates that the condensation of the ketone and thiamin is thermodynamically controlled. It is proposed that the addition of lithium ions displaces the equilibrium toward the product through formation of a stable lithium-alkoxide.

  20. Hyperbranched Polycarbosilanes via Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions

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    Interrante, L.; Shen, Q.

    Nucleophilic substitution reactions involving organomagnesium (Grignard) [1] and organolithium reagents have been used extensively for many years to form Si—C bonds (see Reaction Scheme 12.1). However, their use for the construction of hyperbranched polymers whose backbone contains, as a major structural component, silicon—carbon bonds, i.e., polycarbosilanes [2] is relatively more recent. (12.1) begin{array}{l} {{R}}_3 {{SiX + MR'}} to {{R}}_3 {{SiR' + MX}} \\ left({{{R,R' = alkyl}} {{or aryl;}} {{M = Mg(X),}} {{Li,}} {{Na}};{{X = halogen, OR''}}} right) \\ This chapter focuses on the application of such nucleophilic substitution reactions toward the synthesis of hyperbranched polycarbosilanes, with particular emphasis on those preparations that have resulted in relatively well characterized products. These syntheses are organized by the type of ABn monomer unit used (see Section 1.2), where A and B refer to the (C)X and (Si)Xn, respectively, functional ends of the monomer unit and where the nature of the coupling reaction leads to entirely or primarily Si—C bond formation. In most cases, these are “one-pot” reactions that employ monomers that bear halogen or alkoxy groups on the C and Si ends of the unit. Indeed, hyperbranched polycarbosilanes have been described, in general, as “obtained in one synthetic step via a random, one-pot polymerization of multifunctional monomers of AB n type” [2]. Treatment of the ABn monomer with either elemental Mg or an organolithium reagent, ideally (but not always) forms a complexed carbanion (the nucleophile) by reaction with the C-X end of the monomer unit, resulting in an intermediate of the type, (XxM)CSiXn, where M = Mg or Li, X = halogen or alkoxy, and x = 1 (Mg) or 0 (Li). Self-coupling of this reagent via reactions of the type shown in Reaction Scheme 12.1 leads to oligomeric and polymeric products that are connected primarily through Si—C bonds and yield an inorganic MXx by-product.

  1. Copper(I)/S(8) reversible reactions leading to an end-on bound dicopper(II) disulfide complex: nucleophilic reactivity and analogies to copper-dioxygen chemistry.

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    Maiti, Debabrata; Woertink, Julia S; Vance, Michael A; Milligan, Ashley E; Sarjeant, Amy A Narducci; Solomon, Edward I; Karlin, Kenneth D

    2007-07-18

    Elemental sulfur (S8) reacts reversibly with the copper(I) complex [(TMPA')CuI](+) (1), where TMPA' is a TMPA (tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine) analogue with a 6-CH2OCH3 substituent on one pyridyl ligand arm, affording a spectroscopically pure end-on bound disulfido-dicopper(II) complex [{(TMPA')Cu(II)}2(mu-1,2-S2(2-))](2+) (2) {nu(S-S) = 492 cm(-1); nu(Cu-S)sym = 309 cm(-1)}; by contrast, [(TMPA)Cu(I)(CH3CN)](+) (3)/S8 chemistry produces an equilibrium mixture of at least three complexes. The reaction of excess PPh3 with 2 leads to formal "release" of zerovalent sulfur and reduction of copper ion to give the corresponding complex [(TMPA')Cu(I)(PPh3)](+) (11) along with S=PPh3 as products. Dioxygen displaces the disulfur moiety from 2 to produce the end-on Cu2O2 complex, [{(TMPA')Cu(II)}2(mu-1,2-O2(2-)](2+) (9). Addition of the tetradentate ligand TMPA to 2 generates the apparently more thermodynamically stable [{(TMPA)Cu(II)}2(mu-1,2-S2(2-))](2+) (4) and expected mixture of other species. Bubbling 2 with CO leads to the formation of the carbonyl adduct [(TMPA')CuI(CO)](+) (8). Carbonylation/sulfur-release/CO-removal cycles can be repeated several times. Sulfur atom transfer from 2 also occurs in a near quantitative manner when it is treated with 2,6-dimethylphenyl isocyanide (ArNC), leading to the corresponding isothiocyanate (ArNCS) and [(TMPA')Cu(I)(CNAr)](+) (12). Complex 2 readily reacts with PhCH2Br: [{(TMPA')Cu(II)}2(mu-1,2-S(2)(2-)](2+) (2) + 2 PhCH2Br --> [{(TMPA')Cu(II)(Br)}2](2+) (6) + PhCH2SSCH2Ph. The unprecedented substrate reactivity studies reveal that end-on bound mu-1,2-disulfide-dicopper(II) complex 2 provides a nucleophilic S2(2-) moiety, in striking contrast to the electrophilic behavior of a recently described side-on bound mu-eta(2):eta(2)-disulfido-dicopper(II) complex, [{(N3)Cu(II)}(2)(mu-eta(2):eta(2)-S2(2-))](2+) (5) with tridentate N3 ligand. The investigation thus reveals striking analogies of copper/sulfur and copper/dioxygen chemistries

  2. Troposphere-lower-stratosphere connection in an intermediate complexity model.

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    Ruggieri, Paolo; King, Martin; Kucharski, Fred; Buizza, Roberto; Visconti, Guido

    2016-04-01

    The dynamical coupling between the troposphere and the lower stratosphere has been investigated using a low-top, intermediate complexity model provided by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (SPEEDY). The key question that we wanted to address is whether a simple model like SPEEDY can be used to understand troposphere-stratosphere interactions, e.g. forced by changes of sea-ice concentration in polar arctic regions. Three sets of experiments have been performed. Firstly, a potential vorticity perspective has been applied to understand the wave-like forcing of the troposphere on the stratosphere and to provide quantitative information on the sub seasonal variability of the coupling. Then, the zonally asymmetric, near-surface response to a lower-stratospheric forcing has been analysed in a set of forced experiments with an artificial heating imposed in the extra-tropical lower stratosphere. Finally, the lower-stratosphere response sensitivity to tropospheric initial conditions has been examined. Results indicate how SPEEDY captures the physics of the troposphere-stratosphere connection but also show the lack of stratospheric variability. Results also suggest that intermediate-complexity models such as SPEEDY could be used to investigate the effects that surface forcing (e.g. due to sea-ice concentration changes) have on the troposphere and the lower stratosphere.

  3. Mechanism of N[superscript 10]-formyltetrahydrofolate synthetase derived from complexes with intermediates and inhibitors

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    Celeste, Lesa R.; Chai, Geqing; Bielak, Magdalena; Minor, Wladek; Lovelace, Leslie L.; Lebioda, Lukasz

    2012-09-05

    N{sup 10}-formyltetrahydrofolate synthetase (FTHFS) is a folate enzyme that catalyzes the formylation of tetrahydrofolate (THF) in an ATP dependent manner. Structures of FTHFS from the thermophilic homoacetogen, Moorella thermoacetica, complexed with (1) a catalytic intermediate-formylphosphate (XPO) and product-ADP; (2) with an inhibitory substrate analog-folate; (3) with XPO and an inhibitory THF analog, ZD9331, were used to analyze the enzyme mechanism. Nucleophilic attack of the formate ion on the gamma phosphate of ATP leads to the formation of XPO and the first product ADP. A channel that leads to the putative formate binding pocket allows for the binding of ATP and formate in random order. Formate binding is due to interactions with the gamma-phosphate moiety of ATP and additionally to two hydrogen bonds from the backbone nitrogen of Ala276 and the side chain of Arg97. Upon ADP dissociation, XPO reorients and moves to the position previously occupied by the beta-phosphate of ATP. Conformational changes that occur due to the XPO presence apparently allow for the recruitment of the third substrate, THF, with its pterin moiety positioned between Phe384 and Trp412. This position overlaps with that of the bound nucleoside, which is consistent with a catalytic mechanism hypothesis that FTHFS works via a sequential ping-pong mechanism. More specifically, a random bi uni uni bi ping-pong ter ter mechanism is proposed. Additionally, the native structure originally reported at a 2.5 {angstrom} resolution was redetermined at a 2.2 {angstrom} resolution.

  4. The Nucleophilicity of Persistent α-Monofluoromethide Anions.

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    Zhang, Zhe; Puente, Ángel; Wang, Fang; Rahm, Martin; Mei, Yuncai; Mayr, Herbert; Prakash, G K Surya

    2016-10-01

    α-Fluorocarbanions are key intermediates in nucleophilic fluoroalkylation reactions. Although frequently discussed, the origin of the fluorine effect on the reactivity of α-fluorinated CH acids has remained largely unexplored. We have now investigated the kinetics of a series of reactions of α-substituted carbanions with reference electrophiles to elucidate the effects of α-F, α-Cl, and α-OMe substituents on the nucleophilic reactivities of carbanions. PMID:27628935

  5. Characterizing global evolutions of complex systems via intermediate network representations.

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    Iwayama, Koji; Hirata, Yoshito; Takahashi, Kohske; Watanabe, Katsumi; Aihara, Kazuyuki; Suzuki, Hideyuki

    2012-01-01

    Recent developments in measurement techniques have enabled us to observe the time series of many components simultaneously. Thus, it is important to understand not only the dynamics of individual time series but also their interactions. Although there are many methods for analysing the interaction between two or more time series, there are very few methods that describe global changes of the interactions over time. Here, we propose an approach to visualise time evolution for the global changes of the interactions in complex systems. This approach consists of two steps. In the first step, we construct a meta-time series of networks. In the second step, we analyse and visualise this meta-time series by using distance and recurrence plots. Our two-step approach involving intermediate network representations elucidates the half-a-day periodicity of foreign exchange markets and a singular functional network in the brain related to perceptual alternations. PMID:22639731

  6. Characterizing global evolutions of complex systems via intermediate network representations.

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    Iwayama, Koji; Hirata, Yoshito; Takahashi, Kohske; Watanabe, Katsumi; Aihara, Kazuyuki; Suzuki, Hideyuki

    2012-01-01

    Recent developments in measurement techniques have enabled us to observe the time series of many components simultaneously. Thus, it is important to understand not only the dynamics of individual time series but also their interactions. Although there are many methods for analysing the interaction between two or more time series, there are very few methods that describe global changes of the interactions over time. Here, we propose an approach to visualise time evolution for the global changes of the interactions in complex systems. This approach consists of two steps. In the first step, we construct a meta-time series of networks. In the second step, we analyse and visualise this meta-time series by using distance and recurrence plots. Our two-step approach involving intermediate network representations elucidates the half-a-day periodicity of foreign exchange markets and a singular functional network in the brain related to perceptual alternations.

  7. Mechanism of Oxidative Amidation of Nitroalkanes with Oxygen and Amine Nucleophiles by Using Electrophilic Iodine.

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    Li, Jing; Lear, Martin J; Kwon, Eunsang; Hayashi, Yujiro

    2016-04-11

    Recently, we developed a direct method to oxidatively convert primary nitroalkanes into amides that entailed mixing an iodonium source with an amine, base, and oxygen. Herein, we systematically investigated the mechanism and likely intermediates of such methods. We conclude that an amine-iodonium complex first forms through N-halogen bonding. This complex reacts with aci-nitronates to give both α-iodo- and α,α-diiodonitroalkanes, which can act as alternative sources of electrophilic iodine and also generate an extra equimolar amount of I(+) under O2. In particular, evidence supports α,α-diiodonitroalkane intermediates reacting with molecular oxygen to form a peroxy adduct; alternatively, these tetrahedral intermediates rearrange anaerobically to form a cleavable nitrite ester. In either case, activated esters are proposed to form that eventually reacts with nucleophilic amines in a traditional fashion.

  8. Mechanism of Oxidative Amidation of Nitroalkanes with Oxygen and Amine Nucleophiles by Using Electrophilic Iodine.

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    Li, Jing; Lear, Martin J; Kwon, Eunsang; Hayashi, Yujiro

    2016-04-11

    Recently, we developed a direct method to oxidatively convert primary nitroalkanes into amides that entailed mixing an iodonium source with an amine, base, and oxygen. Herein, we systematically investigated the mechanism and likely intermediates of such methods. We conclude that an amine-iodonium complex first forms through N-halogen bonding. This complex reacts with aci-nitronates to give both α-iodo- and α,α-diiodonitroalkanes, which can act as alternative sources of electrophilic iodine and also generate an extra equimolar amount of I(+) under O2. In particular, evidence supports α,α-diiodonitroalkane intermediates reacting with molecular oxygen to form a peroxy adduct; alternatively, these tetrahedral intermediates rearrange anaerobically to form a cleavable nitrite ester. In either case, activated esters are proposed to form that eventually reacts with nucleophilic amines in a traditional fashion. PMID:26938791

  9. Polyimidazoles Via Aromatic Nucleophilic Displacement

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    Connell, John W.; Hergenrother, Paul M.

    1990-01-01

    Experiments show variety of polyimidazoles prepared by aromatic nucleophilic displacement, from reactions of bisphenol imidazoles with activated difluoro compounds. Polyimidazoles have good mechanical properties making them suitable for use as films, moldings, and adhesives.

  10. Nucleophilic Substitution by Benzodithioate Anions.

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    Bonnans-Plaisance, Chantal; Gressier, Jean-Claude

    1988-01-01

    Describes a two-session experiment designed to provide a good illustration of, and to improve student knowledge of, the Grignard reaction and nucleophilic substitution. Discusses the procedure, experimental considerations, and conclusion of this experiment. (CW)

  11. Missing heritability of complex diseases: Enlightenment by genetic variants from intermediate phenotypes.

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    Blanco-Gómez, Adrián; Castillo-Lluva, Sonia; Del Mar Sáez-Freire, María; Hontecillas-Prieto, Lourdes; Mao, Jian Hua; Castellanos-Martín, Andrés; Pérez-Losada, Jesus

    2016-07-01

    Diseases of complex origin have a component of quantitative genetics that contributes to their susceptibility and phenotypic variability. However, after several studies, a major part of the genetic component of complex phenotypes has still not been found, a situation known as "missing heritability." Although there have been many hypotheses put forward to explain the reasons for the missing heritability, its definitive causes remain unknown. Complex diseases are caused by multiple intermediate phenotypes involved in their pathogenesis and, very often, each one of these intermediate phenotypes also has a component of quantitative inheritance. Here we propose that at least part of the missing heritability can be explained by the genetic component of intermediate phenotypes that is not detectable at the level of the main complex trait. At the same time, the identification of the genetic component of intermediate phenotypes provides an opportunity to identify part of the missing heritability of complex diseases.

  12. Missing heritability of complex diseases: Enlightenment by genetic variants from intermediate phenotypes.

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    Blanco-Gómez, Adrián; Castillo-Lluva, Sonia; Del Mar Sáez-Freire, María; Hontecillas-Prieto, Lourdes; Mao, Jian Hua; Castellanos-Martín, Andrés; Pérez-Losada, Jesus

    2016-07-01

    Diseases of complex origin have a component of quantitative genetics that contributes to their susceptibility and phenotypic variability. However, after several studies, a major part of the genetic component of complex phenotypes has still not been found, a situation known as "missing heritability." Although there have been many hypotheses put forward to explain the reasons for the missing heritability, its definitive causes remain unknown. Complex diseases are caused by multiple intermediate phenotypes involved in their pathogenesis and, very often, each one of these intermediate phenotypes also has a component of quantitative inheritance. Here we propose that at least part of the missing heritability can be explained by the genetic component of intermediate phenotypes that is not detectable at the level of the main complex trait. At the same time, the identification of the genetic component of intermediate phenotypes provides an opportunity to identify part of the missing heritability of complex diseases. PMID:27241833

  13. Polybenzimidazoles Via Aromatic Nucleophilic Displacement

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    Connell, John W.; Hergenrother, Paul M.; Smith, Joseph G.

    1994-01-01

    Soluble polybenzimidazoles (PBI's) synthesized by nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyphenyl)-benzimidazole monomers with activated aromatic difluoride compounds in presence of anhydrous potassium carbonate. These polymers exhibit good thermal, thermo-oxidative, and chemical stability, and high mechanical properties. Using benzimidazole monomers, more economical, and new PBI's processed more easily than commercial PBI, without loss of desirable physical properties.

  14. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Between Halogenated Benzene Dopants and Nucleophiles in Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization

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    Kauppila, Tiina J.; Haack, Alexander; Kroll, Kai; Kersten, Hendrik; Benter, Thorsten

    2016-03-01

    In a preceding work with dopant assisted-atmospheric pressure photoionization (DA-APPI), an abundant ion at [M + 77]+ was observed in the spectra of pyridine and quinoline with chlorobenzene dopant. This contribution aims to reveal the identity and route of formation of this species, and to systematically investigate structurally related analytes and dopants. Compounds containing N-, O-, and S-lone pairs were investigated with APPI in the presence of fluoro-, chloro-, bromo-, and iodobenzene dopants. Computational calculations on a density functional theory (DFT) level were carried out to study the reaction mechanism for pyridine and the different halobenzenes. The experimental and computational results indicated that the [M + 77]+ ion was formed by nucleophilic aromatic ipso-substitution between the halobenzene radical cation and nucleophilic analytes. The reaction was most efficient for N-heteroaromatic compounds, and it was weakened by sterical effects and enhanced by resonance stabilization. The reaction was most efficient with chloro-, bromo-, and iodobenzenes, whereas with fluorobenzene the reaction was scarcely observed. The calculated Gibbs free energies for the reaction between pyridine and the halobenzenes were shown to increase in the order I < Br < Cl < F. The reaction was found endergonic for fluorobenzene due to the strong C-F bonding, and exergonic for the other halobenzenes. For fluoro- and chlorobenzenes the reaction was shown to proceed through an intermediate state corresponding to [M + dopant]+, which was highly stable for fluorobenzene. For the bulkier bromine and iodine, this intermediate did not exist, but the halogens were shown to detach already during the approach by the nucleophile.

  15. Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Between Halogenated Benzene Dopants and Nucleophiles in Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization.

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    Kauppila, Tiina J; Haack, Alexander; Kroll, Kai; Kersten, Hendrik; Benter, Thorsten

    2016-03-01

    In a preceding work with dopant assisted-atmospheric pressure photoionization (DA-APPI), an abundant ion at [M + 77](+) was observed in the spectra of pyridine and quinoline with chlorobenzene dopant. This contribution aims to reveal the identity and route of formation of this species, and to systematically investigate structurally related analytes and dopants. Compounds containing N-, O-, and S-lone pairs were investigated with APPI in the presence of fluoro-, chloro-, bromo-, and iodobenzene dopants. Computational calculations on a density functional theory (DFT) level were carried out to study the reaction mechanism for pyridine and the different halobenzenes. The experimental and computational results indicated that the [M + 77](+) ion was formed by nucleophilic aromatic ipso-substitution between the halobenzene radical cation and nucleophilic analytes. The reaction was most efficient for N-heteroaromatic compounds, and it was weakened by sterical effects and enhanced by resonance stabilization. The reaction was most efficient with chloro-, bromo-, and iodobenzenes, whereas with fluorobenzene the reaction was scarcely observed. The calculated Gibbs free energies for the reaction between pyridine and the halobenzenes were shown to increase in the order I < Br < Cl < F. The reaction was found endergonic for fluorobenzene due to the strong C-F bonding, and exergonic for the other halobenzenes. For fluoro- and chlorobenzenes the reaction was shown to proceed through an intermediate state corresponding to [M + dopant](+), which was highly stable for fluorobenzene. For the bulkier bromine and iodine, this intermediate did not exist, but the halogens were shown to detach already during the approach by the nucleophile.

  16. Kinetic Intermediates en Route to the Final Serpin-Protease Complex

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    Maddur, Ashoka A.; Swanson, Richard; Izaguirre, Gonzalo; Gettins, Peter G. W.; Olson, Steven T.

    2013-01-01

    Serpin protein protease inhibitors inactivate their target proteases through a unique mechanism in which a major serpin conformational change, resulting in a 70-Å translocation of the protease from its initial reactive center loop docking site to the opposite pole of the serpin, kinetically traps the acyl-intermediate complex. Although the initial Michaelis and final trapped acyl-intermediate complexes have been well characterized structurally, the intermediate stages involved in this remarkable transformation are not well understood. To better characterize such intermediate steps, we undertook rapid kinetic studies of the FRET and fluorescence perturbation changes of site-specific fluorophore-labeled derivatives of the serpin, α1-protease inhibitor (α1PI), which report the serpin and protease conformational changes involved in transforming the Michaelis complex to the trapped acyl-intermediate complex in reactions with trypsin. Two kinetically resolvable conformational changes were observed in the reactions, ascribable to (i) serpin reactive center loop insertion into sheet A with full protease translocation but incomplete protease distortion followed by, (ii) full conformational distortion and movement of the protease and coupled serpin conformational changes involving the F helix-sheet A interface. Kinetic studies of calcium effects on the labeled α1PI-trypsin reactions demonstrated both inactive and low activity states of the distorted protease in the final complex that were distinct from the intermediate distorted state. These studies provide new insights into the nature of the serpin and protease conformational changes involved in trapping the acyl-intermediate complex in serpin-protease reactions and support a previously proposed role for helix F in the trapping mechanism. PMID:24047901

  17. A Substrate-Assisted Mechanism of Nucleophile Activation in a Ser-His-Asp Containing C-C Bond Hydrolase

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    Ruzzini, Antonio C.; Bhowmik, Shiva; Ghosh, Subhangi; Yam, Katherine C.; Bolin, Jeffrey T.; Eltis, Lindsay D.

    2013-11-12

    The meta-cleavage product (MCP) hydrolases utilize a Ser–His–Asp triad to hydrolyze a carbon–carbon bond. Hydrolysis of the MCP substrate has been proposed to proceed via an enol-to-keto tautomerization followed by a nucleophilic mechanism of catalysis. Ketonization involves an intermediate, ESred, which possesses a remarkable bathochromically shifted absorption spectrum. We investigated the catalytic mechanism of the MCP hydrolases using DxnB2 from Sphingomonas wittichii RW1. Pre-steady-state kinetic and LC ESI/MS evaluation of the DxnB2-mediated hydrolysis of 2-hydroxy-6-oxo-6-phenylhexa-2,4-dienoic acid to 2-hydroxy-2,4-pentadienoic acid and benzoate support a nucleophilic mechanism catalysis. In DxnB2, the rate of ESred decay and product formation showed a solvent kinetic isotope effect of 2.5, indicating that a proton transfer reaction, assigned here to substrate ketonization, limits the rate of acylation. For a series of substituted MCPs, this rate was linearly dependent on MCP pKa2nuc ~ 1). Structural characterization of DxnB2 S105A:MCP complexes revealed that the catalytic histidine is displaced upon substrate-binding. The results provide evidence for enzyme-catalyzed ketonization in which the catalytic His–Asp pair does not play an essential role. The data further suggest that ESred represents a dianionic intermediate that acts as a general base to activate the serine nucleophile. This substrate-assisted mechanism of nucleophilic catalysis distinguishes MCP hydrolases from other serine hydrolases.

  18. Nucleophilic fluorination of aromatic compounds

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    Satyamurthy, Nagichettiar; Barrio, Jorge R

    2014-03-18

    Iodylbenzene derivatives substituted with electron donating as well as electron withdrawing groups on the aromatic ring are used as precursors in aromatic nucleophilic substitution reactions. The iodyl group (IO.sub.2) is regiospecifically substituted by nucleophilic fluoride to provide the corresponding fluoroaryl derivatives. No-carrier-added [F-18]fluoride ion derived from anhydrous [F-18](F/Kryptofix, [F-18]CsF or a quaternary ammonium fluoride (e.g., Me.sub.4NF, Et.sub.4NF, n-Bu.sub.4NF, (PhCH.sub.2).sub.4NF) exclusively substitutes the iodyl moiety in these derivatives and provides high specific activity F-18 labeled fluoroaryl analogs. Iodyl derivatives of a benzothiazole analog and 6-iodyl-L-dopa derivatives have been synthesized as precursors and have been used in the preparation of no-carrier-added [F-18]fluorobenzothiazole as well as 6-[F-18]fluoro-L-dopa.

  19. Polybenzimidazole via aromatic nucleophilic displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Smith, Joseph G. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    Di(hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole monomers were prepared from phenyl-4-hydroxybenzoate and aromatic bis(o-diamine)s. These monomers were used in the synthesis of soluble polybenzimidazoles. The reaction involved the aromatic nucleophilic displacement of various di(hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds in the presence of an alkali metal base. These polymers exhibited lower glass transition temperatures, improved solubility, and better compression moldability over their commercial counterparts.

  20. Copper(I)-Catalyzed Allylic Substitutions with a Hydride Nucleophile.

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    Nguyen, T N Thanh; Thiel, Niklas O; Pape, Felix; Teichert, Johannes F

    2016-05-20

    An easily accessible copper(I)/N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complex enables a regioselective hydride transfer to allylic bromides, an allylic reduction. The resulting aryl- and alkyl-substituted branched α-olefins, which are valuable building blocks for synthesis, are obtained in good yields and regioselectivity. A commercially available silane, (TMSO)2Si(Me)H, is employed as hydride source. This protocol offers a unified alternative to the established metal-catalyzed allylic substitutions with carbon nucleophiles, as no adaption of the catalyst to the nature of the nucleophile is required. PMID:27151495

  1. Serpin-protease complexes are trapped as stable acyl-enzyme intermediates.

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    Lawrence, D A; Ginsburg, D; Day, D E; Berkenpas, M B; Verhamme, I M; Kvassman, J O; Shore, J D

    1995-10-27

    The serine protease inhibitors of the serpin family are an unusual group of proteins thought to have metastable native structures. Functionally, they are unique among polypeptide protease inhibitors, although their precise mechanism of action remains controversial. Conflicting results from previous studies have suggested that the stable serpin-protease complex is trapped in either a tight Michaelis-like structure, a tetrahedral intermediate, or an acyl-enzyme. In this report we show that, upon association with a target protease, the serpin reactive-center loop (RCL) is cleaved resulting in formation of an acyl-enzyme intermediate. This cleavage is coupled to rapid movement of the RCL into the body of the protein bringing the inhibitor closer to its lowest free energy state. From these data we suggest a model for serpin action in which the drive toward the lowest free energy state results in trapping of the protease-inhibitor complex as an acyl-enzyme intermediate. PMID:7592687

  2. A combined QM/MM study of the nucleophilic addition reaction of methanethiolate and N-methylacetamide.

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    Byun, K; Gao, J

    2000-02-01

    A combined quantum mechanical (QM) and molecular mechanical (MM) method was used to study the nucleophilic addition reaction of methanethiolate to N-methylacetamide (NMA) in the gas phase and aqueous solution. At the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ//HF/6-31 + G(d) level, the ion-dipole complex was found to be the global minimum on the potential energy surface in the gas phase with a binding energy of 21.2 kcal/mol. The complex has a C-S distance of 4.33 A, and no stabilized tetrahedral intermediate was located. The computed potential of mean force in water shows that solvent effects stabilize the reactants over the tetrahedral adduct by 36.5 kcal/mol, and that the tetrahedral intermediate does not exist for the present reaction in water. The present study provides an initial step for modeling the cysteine protease hydrolysis reactions in enzymes.

  3. The syn/anti-Dichotomy in the Palladium-Catalyzed Addition of Nucleophiles to Alkenes

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    Kočovský, Pavel; Bäckvall, Jan-E

    2015-01-01

    In this review the stereochemistry of palladium-catalyzed addition of nucleophiles to alkenes is discussed, and examples of these reactions in organic synthesis are given. Most of the reactions discussed involve oxygen and nitrogen nucleophiles; the Wacker oxidation of ethylene has been reviewed in detail. An anti-hydroxypalladation in the Wacker oxidation has strong support from both experimental and computational studies. From the reviewed material it is clear that anti-addition of oxygen and nitrogen nucleophiles is strongly favored in intermolecular addition to olefin–palladium complexes even if the nucleophile is coordinated to the metal. On the other hand, syn-addition is common in the case of intramolecular oxy- and amidopalladation as a result of the initial coordination of the internal nucleophile to the metal. PMID:25378278

  4. Structural and Thermodynamic Characterization of a Cytoplasmic Dynein Light Chain-Intermediate Chain Complex

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    Williams,J.; Roulhac, P.; Roy, A.; Vallee, R.; Fitzgerald, M.; Hendrickson, W.

    2007-01-01

    Cytoplasmic dynein is a microtubule-based motor protein complex that plays important roles in a wide range of fundamental cellular processes, including vesicular transport, mitosis, and cell migration. A single major form of cytoplasmic dynein associates with membranous organelles, mitotic kinetochores, the mitotic and migratory cell cortex, centrosomes, and mRNA complexes. The ability of cytoplasmic dynein to recognize such diverse forms of cargo is thought to be associated with its several accessory subunits, which reside at the base of the molecule. The dynein light chains (LCs) LC8 and TcTex1 form a subcomplex with dynein intermediate chains, and they also interact with numerous protein and ribonucleoprotein partners. This observation has led to the hypothesis that these subunits serve to tether cargo to the dynein motor. Here, we present the structure and a thermodynamic analysis of a complex of LC8 and TcTex1 associated with their intermediate chain scaffold. The intermediate chains effectively block the major putative cargo binding sites within the light chains. These data suggest that, in the dynein complex, the LCs do not bind cargo, in apparent disagreement with a role for LCs in dynein cargo binding interactions.

  5. Crystal Structures of EF-G-Ribosome Complexes Trapped in Intermediate States of Translocation

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    Zhou, Jie; Lancaster, Laura; Donohue, John Paul; Noller, Harry F.

    2013-11-12

    Translocation of messenger and transfer RNA (mRNA and tRNA) through the ribosome is a crucial step in protein synthesis, whose mechanism is not yet understood. The crystal structures of three Thermus ribosome-tRNA-mRNA–EF-G complexes trapped with β,γ-imidoguanosine 5'-triphosphate (GDPNP) or fusidic acid reveal conformational changes occurring during intermediate states of translocation, including large-scale rotation of the 30S subunit head and body. In all complexes, the tRNA acceptor ends occupy the 50S subunit E site, while their anticodon stem loops move with the head of the 30S subunit to positions between the P and E sites, forming chimeric intermediate states. Two universally conserved bases of 16S ribosomal RNA that intercalate between bases of the mRNA may act as “pawls” of a translocational ratchet. These findings provide new insights into the molecular mechanism of ribosomal translocation.

  6. Intermediate States of Ribonuclease III in Complex with Double-Stranded RNA

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    Gan, Jianhua; Tropea, Joseph E.; Austin, Brian P.; Court, Donald L.; Waugh, David S.; Ji, Xinhua

    2010-07-19

    Bacterial ribonuclease III (RNase III) can affect RNA structure and gene expression in either of two ways: as a processing enzyme that cleaves double-stranded (ds) RNA, or as a binding protein that binds but does not cleave dsRNA. We previously proposed a model of the catalytic complex of RNase III with dsRNA based on three crystal structures, including the endonuclease domain of RNase III with and without bound metal ions and a dsRNA binding protein complexed with dsRNA. We also reported a noncatalytic assembly observed in the crystal structure of an RNase III mutant, which binds but does not cleave dsRNA, complexed with dsRNA. We hypothesize that the RNase III {center_dot} dsRNA complex can exist in two functional forms, a catalytic complex and a noncatalytic assembly, and that in between the two forms there may be intermediate states. Here, we present four crystal structures of RNase III complexed with dsRNA, representing possible intermediates.

  7. Controlling the ambiphilic nature of σ-arylpalladium intermediates in intramolecular cyclization reactions.

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    Solé, Daniel; Fernández, Israel

    2014-01-21

    The reactivity of main group organometallics, such as organolithium compounds (RLi) and Grignard reagents (RMgX), is quite straightforward. In these species the R group usually exhibits nucleophilic reactivity without any possibility of inducing electrophilic character. In contrast, in organopalladium complexes, researchers can switch the reactivity from electrophilic to nucleophilic relatively simply. Although σ-aryl and σ-vinylpalladium complexes are commonly used as electrophiles in C-C bond-forming reactions, recent research has demonstrated that they can also react with carbon-heteroatom multiple bonds in a nucleophilic manner. Nevertheless, researchers have completely ignored the issue of controlling the ambiphilic nature of such species. This Account describes our efforts toward selectively promoting the same starting materials toward either electrophilic α-arylation or nucleophilic addition reactions to different carbonyl groups. We could tune the properties of the σ-arylpalladium intermediates derived from amino-tethered aryl halides and carbonyl compounds to achieve chemoselective transformations. Therefore, chemists can control the ambiphilic nature of such intermediates and, consequently, the competition between the alternative reaction pathways by the adequate selection of the reaction conditions and additives (base, presence/absence of phenol, bidentate phosphines). The nature of the carbonyl group (aldehydes, ketones, esters, and amides) and the length of the tether connecting it to the aniline moiety also play an important role in the outcome of these processes. Our joint computational and experimental efforts to elucidate the reaction mechanism of these palladium-catalyzed transformations suggest that beyond the formation of the four-membered azapalladacycle, two major factors help to control the dual character of the palladium(II) intermediates derived from 2-haloanilines. First, their high nucleophilicity strongly modifies the interaction of

  8. Intermediate-Valence Tautomerism in Decamethylytterbocene Complexes of Methyl-Substituted Bipyridines

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    Booth, Corwin H.; Kazhdan, Daniel; Werkema, Evan L.; Walter, Marc D.; Lukens, Wayne W.; Bauer, Eric D.; Hu, Yung-Jin; Maron, Laurent; Eisenstein, Odile; Head-Gordon, Martin; Andersen, Richard A.

    2011-01-25

    Multiconfigurational, intermediate valent ground states are established in several methyl-substituted bipyridine complexes of bispentamethylcyclopentadienylytterbium, Cp*{sub 2} Yb(Me{sub x}-bipy). In contrast to Cp*{sub 2} Yb(bipy) and other substituted-bipy complexes, the nature of both the ground state and the first excited state are altered by changing the position of the methyl or dimethyl substitutions on the bipyridine rings. In particular, certain substitutions result in multiconfigurational, intermediate valent open-shell singlet states in both the ground state and the first excited state. These conclusions are reached after consideration of single-crystal x-ray diffraction (XRD), the temperature dependence of x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), extended x-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS), and magnetic susceptibility data, and are supported by CASSCF-MP2 calculations. These results place the various Cp*{sub 2}Yb(bipy) complexes in a new tautomeric class, that is, intermediate-valence tautomers.

  9. Arylpalladium Phosphonate Complexes as Reactive Intermediates in Phosphorus-Carbon Bond Forming Reactions

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    Kohler, Mark C.; Grimes, Thomas V.; Wang, Xiaoping; Cundari, Thomas R.; Stockland, Robert A. Jr.

    2009-01-01

    Phosphorus-carbon bond formation from discrete transition metal complexes have been investigated through a combination of synthetic, spectroscopic, crystallographic, and computational methods. Reactive intermediates of the type (diphosphine)Pd(aryl)(P(O)(OEt)(2)) have been prepared, characterized, and studied as possible intermediates in metal-mediated coupling reactions. Several of the reactive intermediates were characterized crystallographicaliy, and a discussion of the solid state structures is presented. In contrast to other carbon-heteroelement bond forming reactions, palladium complexes containing electron-donating substituents on the aromatic fragment exhibited faster rates of reductive elimination. Large bite angle diphosphine ligands induced rapid rates of elimination, while bipyridine and small bite angle diphosphine ligands resulted in much slower rates of elimination. An investigation of the effect of typical impurities on the elimination reaction was carried out. While excess diphosphine, pyridine, and acetonitrile had little effect on the observed rate, the addition of water slowed the phosphorus-carbon bond forming reaction. Coordination of water to the complex was observed spectroscopically and crystallographically. Computational studies were utilized to probe the reaction pathways for P-C bond formation via Pd catalysis.

  10. Insights into the Mechanism of Bovine CD38/NAD+Glycohydrolase from the X-Ray Structures of Its Michaelis Complex and Covalently-Trapped Intermediates

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    Egea, Pascal F.; Muller-Steffner, Hélène; Kuhn, Isabelle; Cakir-Kiefer, Céline; Oppenheimer, Norman J.; Stroud, Robert M.; Kellenberger, Esther; Schuber, Francis

    2012-01-01

    Bovine CD38/NAD+glycohydrolase (bCD38) catalyses the hydrolysis of NAD+ into nicotinamide and ADP-ribose and the formation of cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR). We solved the crystal structures of the mono N-glycosylated forms of the ecto-domain of bCD38 or the catalytic residue mutant Glu218Gln in their apo state or bound to aFNAD or rFNAD, two 2′-fluorinated analogs of NAD+. Both compounds behave as mechanism-based inhibitors, allowing the trapping of a reaction intermediate covalently linked to Glu218. Compared to the non-covalent (Michaelis) complex, the ligands adopt a more folded conformation in the covalent complexes. Altogether these crystallographic snapshots along the reaction pathway reveal the drastic conformational rearrangements undergone by the ligand during catalysis with the repositioning of its adenine ring from a solvent-exposed position stacked against Trp168 to a more buried position stacked against Trp181. This adenine flipping between conserved tryptophans is a prerequisite for the proper positioning of the N1 of the adenine ring to perform the nucleophilic attack on the C1′ of the ribofuranoside ring ultimately yielding cADPR. In all structures, however, the adenine ring adopts the most thermodynamically favorable anti conformation, explaining why cyclization, which requires a syn conformation, remains a rare alternate event in the reactions catalyzed by bCD38 (cADPR represents only 1% of the reaction products). In the Michaelis complex, the substrate is bound in a constrained conformation; the enzyme uses this ground-state destabilization, in addition to a hydrophobic environment and desolvation of the nicotinamide-ribosyl bond, to destabilize the scissile bond leading to the formation of a ribooxocarbenium ion intermediate. The Glu218 side chain stabilizes this reaction intermediate and plays another important role during catalysis by polarizing the 2′-OH of the substrate NAD+. Based on our structural analysis and data on active site mutants

  11. Detection of Electrophilic and Nucleophilic Chemical Agents

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    McElhanon, James R.; Shepodd, Timothy J.

    2008-11-11

    A "real time" method for detecting electrophilic and nucleophilic species generally by employing tunable, precursor sensor materials that mimic the physiological interaction of these agents to form highly florescent berberine-type alkaloids that can be easily and rapidly detected. These novel precursor sensor materials can be tuned for reaction with both electrophilic (chemical species, toxins) and nucleophilic (proteins and other biological molecules) species.

  12. Tuning the Nucleophilicity in Cyclopropenylidenes

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    Schoeller, Wolfgang W.; Frey, Guido D.; Bertrand, Guy

    2008-01-01

    Cyclopropenylidenes are Hückel aromatic π-systems in which one of the ring atoms is a carbene center. Quantum chemical calculations at density functional level, supplemented by coupled-cluster calculations, indicate that these species have a sizeable energy separation between the lowest energy singlet and triplet states. Amino groups considerably increase the energy difference between these two states, while electron-withdrawing substituents decrease it. The 1.1-dimerization products of cyclopropenylidenes, namely triafulvalenes, are investigated. The calculations show that, without steric hindrance and considerable electronic stabilization, cyclopropenylidenes are kinetically not stable and dimerize. Different substituents (alkyl, silyl, terphenyl, amino, and posphaneiminato) were probed to tune the energy levelling of the frontier orbitals in cyclopropenylidenes. Accordingly, it is predicted that by a suitable choice of substituents at the olefinic positions, cyclopropenylidenes can be more nucleophilic than their five-membered ring congeners, namely imidazol-2-ylidenes. PMID:18404754

  13. Polybenzimidazoles via aromatic nucleophilic displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Smith, Joseph G., Jr. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    Novel molecular weight controlled and endcapped polybenzimidazoles (PBI) are prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyphenyl benzimidazole) monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The PBI are endcapped with mono(hydroxyphenyl) benzimidazoles. The polymerizations are carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone or N,N-dimethylacetamide using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperatures under nitrogen. Mono(hydroxyphenyl) benzimidazoles are synthesizedby reacting phenyl-4-hydroxybenzoate with aromatic (o-diamine)s in diphenylsulfone. Molecular weight controlled and endcapped PBI of new chemical structures are prepared that exhibit a favorable combination of physical and mechanical properties.

  14. Polyimidazoles via aromatic nucleophilic displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    Polyimidazoles (Pl) are prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyphenyl)imidazole monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The reactions are carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as N,N-dimethylacetamide, sulfolane, N-methylpyrroldinone, dimethylsulfoxide, or diphenylsulfone using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperature under nitrogen. The di(hydroxyphenyl)imidazole monomers are prepared by reacting an aromatic aldehyde with a dimethoxybenzil or by reacting an aromatic dialdehyde with a methoxybenzil in the presence of ammonium acetate. The di(methoxyphenyl)imidazole is subsequently treated with aqueous hydrobromic acid to give the di(hydroxyphenyl)imidazole monomer. This synthetic route has provided high molecular weight Pl of new chemical structure, is economically and synthetically more favorable than other routes, and allows for facile chemical structure variation due to the availability of a large variety of activated aromatic dihalides and dinitro compounds.

  15. Polybenzimidazoles Via Aromatic Nucleophilic Displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergerrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Smith, Joseph G., Jr. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    Novel molecular weight controlled and endcapped polybenzimidazoles (PBI) are prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyphenylbenzimidazole) monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The PBI are endcapped with mono(hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazoles. The polymerizations are carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone or N,N-dimethylacetamide using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperatures under nitrogen. Mono(hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazoles are synthesized by reacting phenyl-4-hydroxybenzoate with aromatic (o-diamine)s in diphenylsulfone. Molecular weight controlled and endcapped PBI of new chemical structures are prepared that exhibit a favorable combination of physical and mechanical properties.

  16. Polyimidazoles via aromatic nucleophilic displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    Polyimidazoles (PI) are prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyphenyl) imidazole monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The reactions are carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as N,N-dimethyl acetamide, sulfolane, N-methylpyrrolidinone, dimethylsulfoxide, or diphenylsulfone using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperatures under nitrogen. The di(hydroxyphenyl) imidazole monomers are prepared by reacting an aromatic aldehyde with a dimethoxybenzil or by reacting an aromatic dialdehyde with a methoxybenzil in the presence of ammonium acetate. The di(methoxyphenyl) imidazole is subsequently treated with aqueous hydrobromic acid to give the di(hydroxphenyl) imidazole monomer. This synthetic route has provided high molecular weight PI of new chemical structure, is economically and synthetically more favorable than other routes, and allows for facile chemical structure variation due to the availability of a large variety of activated aromatic dihalides and dinitro compounds.

  17. Direct observation of unstable reaction intermediates by acid-base complex formation.

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    Ohashi, Yuji

    2013-06-01

    The structures of several unstable or metastable reaction intermediates that were photoproduced in crystals were analyzed by using X-ray techniques. The presence of enough void space around the reactive group(s) is an essential factor for the reaction to occur with retention of the single-crystal form. To expand the void space, an acid group (COOH) was substituted onto the reactant molecule and acid-base complex crystals were prepared with several amines, such as dibenzylamine and dicyclohexylamine. Following the formation of such acid-base complexes in crystals, the metastable structures of nitrenes and red species of photochromic salicylideneanilines have been successfully analyzed by using X-ray techniques. Moreover, the structure of a Pt complex anion in the excited state has been analyzed, which formed acid-base complex crystals with various alkylammonium cations. The formation of acid-base complexes will be a powerful tool for directly observing the structure of unstable or metastable reaction intermediates by using X-ray techniques.

  18. Developing mononuclear copper-active-oxygen complexes relevant to reactive intermediates of biological oxidation reactions.

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    Itoh, Shinobu

    2015-07-21

    Active-oxygen species generated on a copper complex play vital roles in several biological and chemical oxidation reactions. Recent attention has been focused on the reactive intermediates generated at the mononuclear copper active sites of copper monooxygenases such as dopamine β-monooxygenase (DβM), tyramine β-monooxygenase (TβM), peptidylglycine-α-hydroxylating monooxygenase (PHM), and polysaccharide monooxygenases (PMO). In a simple model system, reaction of O2 and a reduced copper(I) complex affords a mononuclear copper(II)-superoxide complex or a copper(III)-peroxide complex, and subsequent H(•) or e(-)/H(+) transfer, which gives a copper(II)-hydroperoxide complex. A more reactive species such as a copper(II)-oxyl radical type species could be generated via O-O bond cleavage of the peroxide complex. However, little had been explored about the chemical properties and reactivity of the mononuclear copper-active-oxygen complexes due to the lack of appropriate model compounds. Thus, a great deal of effort has recently been made to develop efficient ligands that can stabilize such reactive active-oxygen complexes in synthetic modeling studies. In this Account, I describe our recent achievements of the development of a mononuclear copper(II)-(end-on)superoxide complex using a simple tridentate ligand consisting of an eight-membered cyclic diamine with a pyridylethyl donor group. The superoxide complex exhibits a similar structure (four-coordinate tetrahedral geometry) and reactivity (aliphatic hydroxylation) to those of a proposed reactive intermediate of copper monooxygenases. Systematic studies based on the crystal structures of copper(I) and copper(II) complexes of the related tridentate supporting ligands have indicated that the rigid eight-membered cyclic diamine framework is crucial for controlling the geometry and the redox potential, which are prerequisites for the generation of such a unique mononuclear copper(II)-(end-on)superoxide complex

  19. The Diversity of High- and Intermediate-Velocity Clouds: Complex C versus IV Arch

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    Richter, Philipp; Sembach, Kenneth R.; Wakker, Bart P.; Savage, Blair D.; Tripp, Todd M.; Murphy, Edward M.; Kalberla, Peter M. W.; Jenkins, Edward B.

    2001-09-01

    We present Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) and Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) observations of interstellar ultraviolet absorption lines in the Galactic high-velocity cloud Complex C and the Intermediate-Velocity Arch (IV Arch) in the direction of the quasar PG 1259+593 (l=120.6d, b=+58.1d). Absorption lines from C II, N I, N II, O I, Al II, Si II, P II, S II, Ar I, Fe II, and Fe III are used to study the atomic abundances in these two halo clouds at VLSR~-130 km s-1 (Complex C) and -55 km s-1 (IV Arch). The O I/H I ratio provides the best measure of the overall metallicity in the diffuse interstellar medium because ionization effects do not alter the ratio, and oxygen is at most only lightly depleted from the gas into dust grains. For Complex C, we find an oxygen abundance of 0.093+0.125-0.047 times solar, consistent with the idea that Complex C represents the infall of low-metallicity gas onto the Milky Way. In contrast, the oxygen abundance in the IV Arch is 0.98+1.21-0.46 times solar, which indicates a Galactic origin. We report the detection of an intermediate-velocity absorption component at +60 km s-1 that is not seen in H I 21 cm emission. The clouds along the PG 1259+593 sight line have a variety of properties, proving that multiple processes are responsible for the creation and circulation of intermediate and high-velocity gas in the Milky Way halo. Partly based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.

  20. Complex magnetic field exposure system for in vitro experiments at intermediate frequencies.

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    Lodato, Rossella; Merla, Caterina; Pinto, Rosanna; Mancini, Sergio; Lopresto, Vanni; Lovisolo, Giorgio A

    2013-04-01

    In occupational environments, an increasing number of electromagnetic sources emitting complex magnetic field waveforms in the range of intermediate frequencies is present, requiring an accurate exposure risk assessment with both in vitro and in vivo experiments. In this article, an in vitro exposure system able to generate complex magnetic flux density B-fields, reproducing signals from actual intermediate frequency sources such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, for instance, is developed and validated. The system consists of a magnetic field generation system and an exposure apparatus realized with a couple of square coils. A wide homogeneity (99.9%) volume of 210 × 210 × 110 mm(3) was obtained within the coils, with the possibility of simultaneous exposure of a large number of standard Petri dishes. The system is able to process any numerical input sequence through a filtering technique aimed at compensating the coils' impedance effect. The B-field, measured in proximity to a 1.5 T MRI bore during a typical examination, was excellently reproduced (cross-correlation index of 0.99). Thus, it confirms the ability of the proposed setup to accurately simulate complex waveforms in the intermediate frequency band. Suitable field levels were also attained. Moreover, a dosimetry index based on the weighted-peak method was evaluated considering the induced E-field on a Petri dish exposed to the reproduced complex B-field. The weighted-peak index was equal to 0.028 for the induced E-field, indicating an exposure level compliant with the basic restrictions of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Bioelectromagnetics 34:211-219, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:23060274

  1. Complex magnetic field exposure system for in vitro experiments at intermediate frequencies.

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    Lodato, Rossella; Merla, Caterina; Pinto, Rosanna; Mancini, Sergio; Lopresto, Vanni; Lovisolo, Giorgio A

    2013-04-01

    In occupational environments, an increasing number of electromagnetic sources emitting complex magnetic field waveforms in the range of intermediate frequencies is present, requiring an accurate exposure risk assessment with both in vitro and in vivo experiments. In this article, an in vitro exposure system able to generate complex magnetic flux density B-fields, reproducing signals from actual intermediate frequency sources such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, for instance, is developed and validated. The system consists of a magnetic field generation system and an exposure apparatus realized with a couple of square coils. A wide homogeneity (99.9%) volume of 210 × 210 × 110 mm(3) was obtained within the coils, with the possibility of simultaneous exposure of a large number of standard Petri dishes. The system is able to process any numerical input sequence through a filtering technique aimed at compensating the coils' impedance effect. The B-field, measured in proximity to a 1.5 T MRI bore during a typical examination, was excellently reproduced (cross-correlation index of 0.99). Thus, it confirms the ability of the proposed setup to accurately simulate complex waveforms in the intermediate frequency band. Suitable field levels were also attained. Moreover, a dosimetry index based on the weighted-peak method was evaluated considering the induced E-field on a Petri dish exposed to the reproduced complex B-field. The weighted-peak index was equal to 0.028 for the induced E-field, indicating an exposure level compliant with the basic restrictions of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Bioelectromagnetics 34:211-219, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Identification of functional targets of the Zta transcriptional activator by formation of stable preinitiation complex intermediates.

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    Lieberman, P

    1994-01-01

    Transcriptional activator proteins stimulate the formation of a preinitiation complex that may be distinct from a basal-level transcription complex in its composition and stability. Components of the general transcription factors that form activator-dependent stable intermediates were determined by the use of Sarkosyl and oligonucleotide challenge experiments. High-level transcriptional activation by the Epstein-Barr virus-encoded Zta protein required an activity in the TFIID fraction that is distinct from the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and the TBP-associated factors. This additional activity copurifies with and is likely to be identical to the previously defined coactivator, USA (M. Meisterernst, A. L. Roy, H. M. Lieu, and R. G. Roeder, Cell 66:981-994, 1991). The formation of a stable preinitiation complex intermediate resistant to Sarkosyl required the preincubation of the promoter DNA with Zta, holo-TFIID (TBP and TBP-associated factors), TFIIB, TFIIA, and the coactivator USA. The formation of a Zta response element-resistant preinitiation complex required the preincubation of promoter DNA with Zta, holo-TFIID, TFIIB, and TFIIA. Agarose gel electrophoretic mobility shift showed that a preformed Zta-holo-TFIID-TFIIA complex was resistant to Sarkosyl and to Zta response element oligonucleotide challenge. DNase I footprinting suggests that only Zta, holo-TFIID, and TFIIA make significant contacts with the promoter DNA. These results provide functional and physical evidence that the Zta transcriptional activator influences at least two distinct steps in preinitiation complex assembly, the formation of the stable holo-TFIID-TFIIA-promoter complex and the subsequent binding of TFIIB and a USA-like coactivator. Images PMID:7969171

  3. Synthesis of a Fluorescent Acridone Using a Grignard Addition, Oxidation, and Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Reaction Sequence

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    Goodrich, Samuel; Patel, Miloni; Woydziak, Zachary R.

    2015-01-01

    A three-pot synthesis oriented for an undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory was developed to construct a fluorescent acridone molecule. This laboratory experiment utilizes Grignard addition to an aldehyde, alcohol oxidation, and iterative nucleophilic aromatic substitution steps to produce the final product. Each of the intermediates and the…

  4. Oxidative nucleophilic aromatic amination of nitrobenzenes.

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    Khutorianskyi, V V; Sonawane, M; Pošta, M; Klepetářová, B; Beier, P

    2016-06-01

    Nitrobenzenes substituted with electron-acceptor groups such as halogen, nitro, trifluoromethyl, pentafluorosulfanyl, or cyano underwent oxidative nucleophilic substitution with lithium salts of arylamines to afford N-aryl-2-nitroanilines. PMID:27152372

  5. Biogenesis of a photosystem I light-harvesting complex. Evidence for a membrane intermediate.

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    Adam, Z; Hoffman, N E

    1993-01-01

    CAB-7p is a chlorophyll a/b binding protein of photosystem I (PSI). It is found in light-harvesting complex I 680 (LHCI-680), one of the chlorophyll complexes produced by detergent solubilization of PSI. Two types of evidence are presented to indicate that assembly of CAB-7p into PSI proceeds through a membrane intermediate. First, when CAB-7p is briefly imported into chloroplasts or isolated thylakoids, we initially observe a fast-migrating membrane form of CAB-7p that is subsequently converted into PSI. The conversion of the fast-migrating form into PSI does not require stroma or ATP. Second, trypsin treatment of thylakoids containing radiolabeled CAB-7p indicates that there are at least two membrane forms of the mature 23-kD protein. The predominant form is completely resistant to proteolysis; a second form of the protein is cleaved by trypsin into 12- and 7-kD polypeptides. We interpret this to mean that the intermediate is a cleavable form that becomes protease resistant during assembly. This notion is supported by the observation that CAB-7p in LHCI-680 is largely cleaved by trypsin into 12- and 7-kD polypeptides, whereas CAB-7p in isolated PSI particles is trypsin resistant. In vitro, we generated a mutant form of CAB-7p, CAB-7/BgI2p, that was able to integrate into thylakoid membranes but was unable to assemble into PSI. The membrane form of CAB-7/BgI2p, like LHCI-680, was predominantly cleaved by trypsin into 12- and 7-kD fragments. We suggest that the mutant protein is arrested at an intermediate stage in the assembly pathway of PSI. Based on its mobility in nondenaturing gels and its susceptibility to protease cleavage, we suggest that the intermediate form is LHCI-680. We propose the following distinct stages in the biogenesis of LHCI: (a) apoprotein is integrated into the thylakoid, (b) chlorophyll is rapidly bound to apoprotein forming LHCI-680, and (c) LHCI-680 assembles into the native PSI complex. PMID:8108505

  6. Nucleophilic fluorination of triflates by tetrabutylammonium bifluoride.

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    Kim, Kyu-Young; Kim, Bong Chan; Lee, Hee Bong; Shin, Hyunik

    2008-10-17

    Careful examination of nucleophilicity, basicity, and leaving group ability led us to discover the nucleophilic fluorination of triflates by weakly basic tetrabutylammonium bifluoride, which provides excellent yields with minimal formation of elimination-derived side products. Primary hydroxyl groups as well as secondary hydroxyl groups in acyclic chains or in five-membered rings are excellent substrates, whereas benzylic and aldol-type secondary hydroxyl groups give poor yields as a result of the instability of their triflates.

  7. Effects of Solvent and Residual Water on Enhancing the Reactivity of Six-Membered Silyloxyallyl Cations toward Nucleophilic Addition.

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    Malone, Joshua A; Cleveland, Alexander H; Fronczek, Frank R; Kartika, Rendy

    2016-09-01

    A new strategy for the generation of six-membered unsymmetrical silyloxyallyl cations using catalytic mild Brønsted acid is reported. These reactive intermediates were found to readily undergo direct nucleophilic addition with a broad range of nucleophiles to produce various α,α'-disubstituted silyl enol ether structural motifs. The findings also highlight the significance of the solvent effect and residual water in enhancing the reaction rate. PMID:27538538

  8. Structure of GroEL in Complex with an Early Folding Intermediate of Alanine Glyoxylate Aminotransferase*

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    Albert, Armando; Yunta, Cristina; Arranz, Rocío; Peña, Álvaro; Salido, Eduardo; Valpuesta, José María; Martín-Benito, Jaime

    2010-01-01

    Primary hyperoxaluria type 1 is a rare autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations in the alanine glyoxylate aminotransferase gene (AGXT). We have previously shown that P11L and I340M polymorphisms together with I244T mutation (AGXT-LTM) represent a conformational disease that could be amenable to pharmacological intervention. Thus, the study of the folding mechanism of AGXT is crucial to understand the molecular basis of the disease. Here, we provide biochemical and structural data showing that AGXT-LTM is able to form non-native folding intermediates. The three-dimensional structure of a complex between the bacterial chaperonin GroEL and a folding intermediate of AGXT-LTM mutant has been solved by cryoelectron microscopy. The electron density map shows the protein substrate in a non-native extended conformation that crosses the GroEL central cavity. Addition of ATP to the complex induces conformational changes on the chaperonin and the internalization of the protein substrate into the folding cavity. The structure provides a three-dimensional picture of an in vivo early ATP-dependent step of the folding reaction cycle of the chaperonin and supports a GroEL functional model in which the chaperonin promotes folding of the AGXT-LTM mutant protein through forced unfolding mechanism. PMID:20056599

  9. [CuO](+) and [CuOH](2+) complexes: intermediates in oxidation catalysis?

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    Gagnon, Nicole; Tolman, William B

    2015-07-21

    Characterization of monocopper intermediates in enzymes and other catalysts that attack strong C-H bonds is important for unraveling oxidation catalysis mechanisms and, ultimately, designing new, more efficient catalytic systems. Because initially formed 1:1 Cu/O2 adducts resulting from reactions of Cu(I) sites with O2 react relatively sluggishly with substrates with strong C-H bonds, it has been suggested that reductive O-O bond scission might occur instead to yield more reactive [CuO](+) or protonated [CuOH](2+) cores. Experimental and theoretical studies of [CuO](+) species in the gas phase have provided key insights into the possible reactivity of these species, but detailed information is lacking for discrete complexes with the [CuO](+) or [CuOH](2+) core in solution or the solid state. We describe herein our recent efforts to address this issue through several disparate approaches. In one strategy based on precedent from studies of enzymes and synthetic compounds with iron-α-ketocarboxylate motifs, reactions of O2 with Cu(I)-α-ketocarboxylate complexes were explored, with the aim of identifying reaction pathways that would implicate the intermediacy of a [CuO](+) species. A second approach focused on the reaction of N-oxides with Cu(I) complexes, with the goal being to elicit O-N bond heterolysis to yield [CuO](+) complexes. For both strategies, the course of the reactions depended on the nature of the supporting bidentate N-donor ligand, and indirect evidence in support of the sought-after [CuO](+) intermediates was obtained in some instances. In the final approach discussed herein, strongly electron donating and sterically encumbered pyridine-dicarboxamide ligands (L) enabled the synthesis of [LCu(II)OH](-) complexes, which upon one-electron oxidation formed complexes with the [CuOH](2+) core that were characterized in solution. Rapid hydrogen atom abstraction (HAT) from dihydroanthracene (DHA) was observed, yielding LCu(II)OH2. The O-H bond dissociation

  10. Combining intermediate complexity models and seasonal palaeo records: how to deal with model and climate variability?

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    de Boer, H. J.; Dekker, S. C.; Wassen, M. J.

    2009-04-01

    Earth System Models of Intermediate Complexity (EMICs) are popular tools for palaeo climate simulations. Recent studies applied these models in comparison to terrestrial proxy records and aimed to reconstruct changes in seasonal climate forced by altered ocean circulation patterns. To strengthen this powerful methodology, we argue that the magnitude of the simulated atmospheric changes should be considered in relation to the internal variability of both the climate system and the intermediate complexity model. To attribute a shift in modelled climate to reality, this ‘signal' should be detectable above the ‘noise' related to the internal variability of the climate system and the internal variability of the model. Both noise and climate signals vary over the globe and change with the seasons. We therefore argue that spatial explicit fields of noise should be considered in relation to the strengths of the simulated signals at a seasonal timescale. We approximated total noise on terrestrial temperature and precipitation from a 29 member simulation with the EMIC PUMA-2 and global temperature and precipitation datasets. To illustrate this approach, we calculate Signal-to-Noise-Ratios (SNRs) in terrestrial temperature and precipitation on simulations of an El Niño warm event, a phase change in Atlantic Meridional Oscillation (AMO) and a Heinrich cooling event. The results of the El Niño and AMO simulations indicate that the chance to accurately detect a climate signal increases with increasing SNRs. Considering the regions and seasons with highest SNRs, the simulated El Niño anomalies show good agreement with observations (r² = 0.8 and 0.6 for temperature and precipitation at SNRs > 4). The AMO signals rarely surpass the noise levels and remain mostly undetected. The simulation of a Heinrich event predicts highest SNRs for temperature (up to 10) over Arabia and Russia during Boreal winter and spring. Highest SNRs for precipitation (up to 12) are predicted over

  11. Enzyme-substrate complexes of allosteric citrate synthase: evidence for a novel intermediate in substrate binding.

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    Duckworth, Harry W; Nguyen, Nham T; Gao, Yin; Donald, Lynda J; Maurus, Robert; Ayed, Ayeda; Bruneau, Brigitte; Brayer, Gary D

    2013-12-01

    The citrate synthase (CS) of Escherichia coli is an allosteric hexameric enzyme specifically inhibited by NADH. The crystal structure of wild type (WT) E. coli CS, determined by us previously, has no substrates bound, and part of the active site is in a highly mobile region that is shifted from the position needed for catalysis. The CS of Acetobacter aceti has a similar structure, but has been successfully crystallized with bound substrates: both oxaloacetic acid (OAA) and an analog of acetyl coenzyme A (AcCoA). We engineered a variant of E. coli CS wherein five amino acids in the mobile region have been replaced by those in the A. aceti sequence. The purified enzyme shows unusual kinetics with a low affinity for both substrates. Although the crystal structure without ligands is very similar to that of the WT enzyme (except in the mutated region), complexes are formed with both substrates and the allosteric inhibitor NADH. The complex with OAA in the active site identifies a novel OAA-binding residue, Arg306, which has no functional counterpart in other known CS-OAA complexes. This structure may represent an intermediate in a multi-step substrate binding process where Arg306 changes roles from OAA binding to AcCoA binding. The second complex has the substrate analog, S-carboxymethyl-coenzyme A, in the allosteric NADH-binding site and the AcCoA site is not formed. Additional CS variants unable to bind adenylates at the allosteric site show that this second complex is not a factor in positive allosteric activation of AcCoA binding.

  12. Aqueous oxidation of sulfonamide antibiotics: aromatic nucleophilic substitution of an aniline radical cation.

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    Tentscher, Peter R; Eustis, Soren N; McNeill, Kristopher; Arey, J Samuel

    2013-08-19

    Sulfonamide antibiotics are an important class of organic micropollutants in the aquatic environment. For several, sulfur dioxide extrusion products have been previously reported upon photochemical or dark oxidation. Using quantum chemical modeling calculations and transient absorption spectroscopy, it is shown that single-electron oxidation from sulfadiazine produces the corresponding aniline radical cation. Density functional theory calculations indicate that this intermediate can exist in four protonation states. One species exhibits a low barrier for an intramolecular nucleophilic attack at the para position of the oxidized aniline ring, in which a pyrimidine nitrogen acts as a nucleophile. This attack can lead to a rearranged structure, which exhibits the same connectivity as the SO2 -extruded oxidation product that was previously observed in the aquatic environment and characterized by NMR spectroscopy. We report a detailed reaction mechanism for this intramolecular aromatic nucleophilic substitution, and we discuss the possibility of this reaction pathway for other sulfonamide drugs. PMID:23828254

  13. Non-stabilized nucleophiles in Cu-catalysed dynamic kinetic asymmetric allylic alkylation

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    You, Hengzhi; Rideau, Emeline; Sidera, Mireia; Fletcher, Stephen P.

    2015-01-01

    The development of new reactions forming asymmetric carbon-carbon bonds has enabled chemists to synthesize a broad range of important carbon-containing molecules, including pharmaceutical agents, fragrances and polymers. Most strategies to obtain enantiomerically enriched molecules rely on either generating new stereogenic centres from prochiral substrates or resolving racemic mixtures of enantiomers. An alternative strategy--dynamic kinetic asymmetric transformation--involves the transformation of a racemic starting material into a single enantiomer product, with greater than 50 per cent maximum yield. The use of stabilized nucleophiles (pKa < 25, where Ka is the acid dissociation constant) in palladium-catalysed asymmetric allylic alkylation reactions has proved to be extremely versatile in these processes. Conversely, the use of non-stabilized nucleophiles in such reactions is difficult and remains a key challenge. Here we report a copper-catalysed dynamic kinetic asymmetric transformation using racemic substrates and alkyl nucleophiles. These nucleophiles have a pKa of >=50, more than 25 orders of magnitude more basic than the nucleophiles that are typically used in such transformations. Organometallic reagents are generated in situ from alkenes by hydrometallation and give highly enantioenriched products under mild reaction conditions. The method is used to synthesize natural products that possess activity against tuberculosis and leprosy, and an inhibitor of para-aminobenzoate biosynthesis. Mechanistic studies indicate that the reaction proceeds through a rapidly isomerizing intermediate. We anticipate that this approach will be a valuable complement to existing asymmetric catalytic methods.

  14. Solvent effects on kinetics of an heteroatomic nucleophilic substitution reaction in ionic liquid and molecular solvents mixtures

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    Salari, Hadi; Pedervand, Mohsen; Sadeghzadeh-Darabi, Faramarz; Gholami, Mohammad Reza

    2013-12-01

    Rate constants, k A, for the aromatic nucleophilic substitution reaction of 2-chloro-3,5-dinitropyridine with aniline were determined in different compositions of 2-propanol mixed with hexane, benzene, and 2-methylpropan-2-ol and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ([Emim][EtSO4]) with dimethyl sulfoxide at 25°C. The obtained rate constants of the reaction in pure solvents are in the following order: 2-methylpropan-2-ol > dimethyl sulfoxide > 2-propanol > hexane > benzene > [Emim][EtSO4]. Molecularmicroscopic solvent parameters corresponding to the selected binary mixtures were utilized to study the kinetics of a nucleophilic substitution reaction in order to investigate and compare the effects of the solvents on a chemical process. The influence of solvent parameters including normalized polarity ( E {/T N }), dipolarity/polarizability (π*), hydrogen bond donor acidity (α), and hydrogen bond acceptor basicity (β) on the second-order rate constants were investigated and multiple linear regressions gave much better results with regard to single parameter regressions. The dipolarity/polarizability of media has a positive effect in all mixtures regarding zwitterionic character of the reaction intermediate and the hydrogen bond acceptor basicity of the solvent by stabilizing of activated complex increases the reaction rate.

  15. Reactive transport modelling of organic complexing agents in cement stabilized low and intermediate level waste

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    von Schenck, Henrik; Källström, Klas

    The Swedish final repository for short-lived radioactive waste (SFR 1) is located at Forsmark in Sweden. It holds low and intermediate-level operational waste from the Swedish nuclear power plants, as well as industrial, research-related, and medical waste. A variety of low molecular weight organic compounds are present in the waste or in its matrix. Such compounds can also be formed by chemical degradation of organic macromolecules. These organics can ligate to metal atoms forming stable complexes and also adsorb to the surface of cement, thereby influencing the net release of radionuclides from the repository. This motivates the study of the concentration distribution of complexing agents in the repository as a function of time. The following paper reports the results of mass transport modelling, describing the transport of complexing agents through the cementitous matrix in the rock vault for intermediate-level waste in the SFR 1 repository. Nitrilotriacetate (NTA) and isosaccharinate (ISA) have been investigated, where the former is considered to be non-sorbing and non-reacting, while the latter is produced from cellulose degradation and adsorbs strongly to cement. The 3D model considers advection, diffusion, and sorption of solvated species in cement pore water over a time period of 20,000 years. The model accounts for the spatial distribution of the flow field in the repository structure and also considers changing groundwater flow during the investigated time period. It is found that 99% of the NTA is removed after approximately 4000 years, while 90% of the ISA is retained in the rock vault after 20,000 years. The maximum pore water concentration of ISA is found to be 8.6 mol/m3 after approximately 2300 years, based on the degradation of the deposited amounts of cellulose. Over the investigated time scale, the ligands retained in the repository can redistribute across several waste compartments where the organic compounds were not originally deposited. In

  16. Intermediately complex models for the hydrological interactions in the atmosphere-vegetation-soil system

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    Zeng, X. D.; Wang, A. H.; Zeng, Q. C.; Dickinson, R. E.; Zeng, X. B.; Shen, S. S. P.

    2006-01-01

    This paper investigates the hydrological interactions in the atmosphere-evegetation-soil system by using the bucket model and several new simplified intermediately complex models. The results of mathematical analysis and numerical simulations show that these models, despite their simplicity, can very clearly reveal the essential features of the rather complex hydrological system of atmosphere-ecosystem-soil. For given atmospheric variables, these models clearly demonstrate multiple timescales, the "red shift" of response spectra, multi-equilibria and limit cycles, bifurcation, abrupt change, self-organization, recovery, "desertification", and chaos. Most of these agree with observations. Especially, the weakening of "shading effect" of living canopy and the wilted biomass might be a major mechanism leading to the desertification in a relatively short period due to overgrazing, and the desertification in a relatively long period or in climate of change might be due to both Charney's mechanism and the shading effect. These ideas could be validated with further numerical simulations. In the paper, some methods for improving the estimation of timescales in the soil water evolution responding to the forcing are also proposed.

  17. Structures of aminophenol dioxygenase in complex with intermediate, product and inhibitor.

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    Li, De Feng; Zhang, Jia Yue; Hou, Yan Jie; Liu, Lei; Hu, Yonglin; Liu, Shuang Jiang; Wang, Da Cheng; Liu, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Dioxygen activation by nonhaem Fe(II) enzymes containing the 2-His-1-carboxylate facial triad has been extensively studied in recent years. Here, crystal structures of 2-aminophenol 1,6-dioxygenase, an enzyme that represents a minor group of extradiol dioxygenases and that catalyses the ring opening of 2-aminophenol, in complex with the lactone intermediate (4Z,6Z)-3-iminooxepin-2(3H)-one and the product 2-aminomuconic 6-semialdehyde and in complex with the suicide inhibitor 4-nitrocatechol are reported. The Fe-ligand binding schemes observed in these structures revealed some common geometrical characteristics that are shared by the published structures of extradiol dioxygenases, suggesting that enzymes that catalyse the oxidation of noncatecholic compounds are very likely to utilize a similar strategy for dioxygen activation and the fission of aromatic rings as the canonical mechanism. The Fe-ligation arrangement, however, is strikingly enantiomeric to that of all other 2-His-1-carboxylate enzymes apart from protocatechuate 4,5-dioxygenase. This structural variance leads to the generation of an uncommon O(-)-Fe(2+)-O(-) species prior to O(2) binding, which probably forms the structural basis on which APD distinguishes its specific substrate and inhibitor, which share an analogous molecular structure.

  18. Detection of electrophilic and nucleophilic chemical agents

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    McElhanon, James R.; Shepodd, Timothy J.

    2014-08-12

    A "real time" method for detecting chemical agents generally and particularly electrophilic and nucleophilic species by employing tunable, precursor sensor materials that mimic the physiological interaction of these agents to form highly florescent berberine-type alkaloids that can be easily and rapidly detected. These novel precursor sensor materials can be tuned for reaction with both electrophilic (chemical species, toxins) and nucleophilic (proteins and other biological molecules) species. By bonding or otherwise attaching these precursor molecules to a surface or substrate they can be used in numerous applications.

  19. PLASIM-GENIE v1.0: a new intermediate complexity AOGCM

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    Holden, Philip B.; Edwards, Neil R.; Fraedrich, Klaus; Kirk, Edilbert; Lunkeit, Frank; Zhu, Xiuhua

    2016-09-01

    We describe the development, tuning and climate of Planet Simulator (PLASIM)-Grid-ENabled Integrated Earth system model (GENIE), a new intermediate complexity Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Model (AOGCM), built by coupling the Planet Simulator to the ocean, sea-ice and land-surface components of the GENIE Earth system model. PLASIM-GENIE supersedes GENIE-2, a coupling of GENIE to the Reading Intermediate General Circulation Model (IGCM). The primitive-equation atmosphere includes chaotic, three-dimensional (3-D) motion and interactive radiation and clouds, and dominates the computational load compared to the relatively simpler frictional-geostrophic ocean, which neglects momentum advection. The model is most appropriate for long-timescale or large ensemble studies where numerical efficiency is prioritised, but lack of data necessitates an internally consistent, coupled calculation of both oceanic and atmospheric fields. A 1000-year simulation with PLASIM-GENIE requires approximately 2 weeks on a single node of a 2.1 GHz AMD 6172 CPU. We demonstrate the tractability of PLASIM-GENIE ensembles by deriving a subjective tuning of the model with a 50-member ensemble of 1000-year simulations. The simulated climate is presented considering (i) global fields of seasonal surface air temperature, precipitation, wind, solar and thermal radiation, with comparisons to reanalysis data; (ii) vegetation carbon, soil moisture and aridity index; and (iii) sea surface temperature, salinity and ocean circulation. Considering its resolution, PLASIM-GENIE reproduces the main features of the climate system well and demonstrates usefulness for a wide range of applications.

  20. The Remarkable Reactivity of Aryl Halides with Nucleophiles

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    Bunnett, Joseph F.

    1974-01-01

    Discusses the reactivity of aryl halides with nucleophilic or basic reagents, including nucleophilic attacks on carbon, hydrogen, halogen, and arynes. Suggestions are made concerning revisions of the sections on aryl halide chemistry courses and the corresponding chapters in textbooks. (CC)

  1. Light-particle-complex-fragment coincidence cross sections from intermediate energy nucleus-nucleus collisions

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    Hasselquist, B.E.; Crawley, G.M.; Jacak, B.V.; Koenig, Z.M.; Westfall, G.D.; Yurkon, J.E.; Tickle, R.S.; Dufour, J.P.; Symons, T.J.M.

    1985-07-01

    Light-particle (Zintermediate rapidity fragments (3complex-fragment-triggered coincidence cross sections is observed, indicating that all the fragments have a common source.

  2. Functional complexity of intermediate filament cytoskeletons: from structure to assembly to gene ablation.

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    Herrmann, Harald; Hesse, Michael; Reichenzeller, Michaela; Aebi, Ueli; Magin, Thomas M

    2003-01-01

    The cell biology of intermediate filament (IF) proteins and their filaments is complicated by the fact that the members of the gene family, which in humans amount to at least 65, are differentially expressed in very complex patterns during embryonic development. Thus, different tissues and cells express entirely different sets and amounts of IF proteins, the only exception being the nuclear B-type lamins, which are found in every cell. Moreover, in the course of evolution the individual members of this family have, within one species, diverged so much from each other with regard to sequence and thus molecular properties that it is hard to envision a unifying kind of function for them. The known epidermolytic diseases, caused by single point mutations in keratins, have been used as an argument for a role of IFs in mechanical "stress resistance," something one would not have easily ascribed to the beaded chain filaments, a special type of IF in the eye lens, or to nuclear lamins. Therefore, the power of plastic dish cell biology may be limited in revealing functional clues for these structural elements, and it may therefore be of interest to go to the extreme ends of the life sciences, i.e., from the molecular properties of individual molecules including their structure at the atomic level to targeted inactivation of their genes in living animals, mouse, and worm to define their role more precisely in metazoan cell physiology. PMID:12641211

  3. Analysis of solvent nucleophile isotope effects: evidence for concerted mechanisms and nucleophilic activation by metal coordination in nonenzymatic and ribozyme-catalyzed phosphodiester hydrolysis.

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    Cassano, Adam G; Anderson, Vernon E; Harris, Michael E

    2004-08-17

    Heavy atom isotope effects are a valuable tool for probing chemical and enzymatic reaction mechanisms; yet, they are not widely applied to examine mechanisms of nucleophilic activation. We developed approaches for analyzing solvent (18)O nucleophile isotope effects ((18)k(nuc)) that allow, for the first time, their application to hydrolysis reactions of nucleotides and nucleic acids. Here, we report (18)k(nuc) for phosphodiester hydrolysis catalyzed by Mg(2+) and by the Mg(2+)-dependent RNase P ribozyme and deamination by the Zn(2+)-dependent protein enzyme adenosine deaminase (ADA). Because ADA incorporates a single solvent molecule into the product inosine, this reaction can be used to monitor solvent (18)O/(16)O ratios in complex reaction mixtures. This approach, combined with new methods for analysis of isotope ratios of nucleotide phosphates by whole molecule mass spectrometry, permitted determination of (18)k(nuc) for hydrolysis of thymidine 5'-p-nitrophenyl phosphate and RNA cleavage by the RNase P ribozyme. For ADA, an inverse (18)k(nuc) of 0.986 +/- 0.001 is observed, reflecting coordination of the nucleophile by an active site Zn(2+) ion and a stepwise mechanism. In contrast, the observed (18)k(nuc) for phosphodiester reactions were normal: 1.027 +/- 0.013 and 1.030 +/- 0.012 for the Mg(2+)- and ribozyme-catalyzed reactions, respectively. Such normal effects indicate that nucleophilic attack occurs in the rate-limiting step for these reactions, consistent with concerted mechanisms. However, these magnitudes are significantly less than the (18)k(nuc) observed for nucleophilic attack by hydroxide (1.068 +/- 0.007), indicating a "stiffer" bonding environment for the nucleophile in the transition state. Kinetic analysis of the Mg(2+)-catalyzed reaction indicates that a Mg(2+)-hydroxide complex is the catalytic species; thus, the lower (18)k(nuc), in large part, reflects direct metal ion coordination of the nucleophilic oxygen. A similar value for the RNase P

  4. A two-step spin crossover mononuclear iron(II) complex with a [HS-LS-LS] intermediate phase.

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    Bonnet, Sylvestre; Siegler, Maxime A; Costa, José Sánchez; Molnár, Gábor; Bousseksou, Azzedine; Spek, Anthony L; Gamez, Patrick; Reedijk, Jan

    2008-11-21

    The two-step spin crossover of a new mononuclear iron(ii) complex is studied by magnetic, crystallographic and calorimetric methods revealing two successive first-order phase transitions and an ordered intermediate phase built by the repetition of the unprecedented [HS-LS-LS] motif.

  5. The Probability of the Collapse of the Thermohaline Circulation in an Intermediate Complexity Model

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    Challenor, P.; Hankin, R.; Marsh, R.

    2005-12-01

    If the thermohaline circulation were to collapse we could see very rapid climate changes, with North West Europe becoming much cooler and widespread impacts across the globe. The risk of such an event has two aspects: the first is the impact of a collapse in the circulation and the second is the probability that it will happen. In this paper we look at latter problem. In particular we investigate the probability that the thermohaline circulation will collapse by the end of the century. To calculate the probability of thermohaline collapse we use a Monte Carl method. We simulate from a climate model with uncertain parameters and estimate the probability from the number of times the model collapses compared to the number of runs. We use an intermediate complexity climate model, C-GOLDSTEIN, which includes a 3-d ocean, an energy balance atmosphere and, in the version we use, a parameterised carbon cycle. Although C-GOLDSTEIN runs quickly for a climate model it is still too slow to allow the thousands of runs needed for the Monte Carlo calculations. We therefore build an emulator of the model. An emulator is a statistical approximation to the full climate model that gives an estimate of the model output and an uncertainty measure. We use a Gaussian process as our emulator. A limited number of model runs are used to build the emulator which is then used for the simulations. We produce estimates of the probability of the collapse of the thermohaline circulation corresponding to the indicative SRES emission scenarios: A1, A1FI, A1T, A2, B1 and B2.

  6. Snapshot of a Reaction Intermediate: Analysis of Benzoylformate Decarboxylase in Complex with a Benzoylphosphonate Inhibitor

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    Brandt, Gabriel S.; Kneen, Malea M.; Chakraborty, Sumit; Baykal, Ahmet T.; Nemeria, Natalia; Yep, Alejandra; Ruby, David I.; Petsko, Gregory A.; Kenyon, George L.; McLeish, Michael J.; Jordan, Frank; Ringe, Dagmar

    2009-04-22

    Benzoylformate decarboxylase (BFDC) is a thiamin diphosphate- (ThDP-) dependent enzyme acting on aromatic substrates. In addition to its metabolic role in the mandelate pathway, BFDC shows broad substrate specificity coupled with tight stereo control in the carbon-carbon bond-forming reverse reaction, making it a useful biocatalyst for the production of chiral-hydroxy ketones. The reaction of methyl benzoylphosphonate (MBP), an analogue of the natural substrate benzoylformate, with BFDC results in the formation of a stable analogue (C2{alpha}-phosphonomandelyl-ThDP) of the covalent ThDP-substrate adduct C2{alpha}-mandelyl-ThDP. Formation of the stable adduct is confirmed both by formation of a circular dichroism band characteristic of the 1',4'-iminopyrimidine tautomeric form of ThDP (commonly observed when ThDP forms tetrahedral complexes with its substrates) and by high-resolution mass spectrometry of the reaction mixture. In addition, the structure of BFDC with the MBP inhibitor was solved by X-ray crystallography to a spatial resolution of 1.37 {angstrom} (PDB ID 3FSJ). The electron density clearly shows formation of a tetrahedral adduct between the C2 atom of ThDP and the carbonyl carbon atom of the MBP. This adduct resembles the intermediate from the penultimate step of the carboligation reaction between benzaldehyde and acetaldehyde. The combination of real-time kinetic information via stopped-flow circular dichroism with steady-state data from equilibrium circular dichroism measurements and X-ray crystallography reveals details of the first step of the reaction catalyzed by BFDC. The MBP-ThDP adduct on BFDC is compared to the recently solved structure of the same adduct on benzaldehyde lyase, another ThDP-dependent enzyme capable of catalyzing aldehyde condensation with high stereospecificity.

  7. Interrupting Nazarov Reaction with Different Trapping Modality: Utilizing Potassium Alkynyltrifluoroborate as a σ-Nucleophile.

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    William, Ronny; Wang, Siming; Mallick, Asadulla; Liu, Xue-Wei

    2016-09-16

    The putative oxyallyl cation intermediate generated following Nazarov cyclization of dienone has been successfully intercepted with potassium alkynyltrifluoroborates which act as σ-nucleophiles in the presence of BF3·Et2O. This new trapping modality allowed unprecedented introduction of an alkynyl moiety to the cyclopentanone framework by means of an interrupted Nazarov reaction. The α-alkynyl cyclopentanone product can be further transformed into an array of densely functionalized cyclic compounds. PMID:27603230

  8. Protein-Protein Interactions between Intermediate Chains and the Docking Complex of Chlamydomonas Flagellar Outer Arm Dynein

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    Ide, Takahiro; Owa, Mikito; King, Stephen M.; Kamiya, Ritsu; Wakabayashi, Ken-ichi

    2013-01-01

    Outer arm dynein (OAD) is bound to specific loci on outer-doublet-microtubules by interactions at two sites: via intermediate chain 1 (IC1) and the outer dynein arm docking complex (ODA-DC). Studies using Chlamydomonas mutants have suggested that the individual sites have rather weak affinities for microtubules, and therefore strong OAD attachment to microtubules is achieved by their cooperation. To test this idea, we examined interactions between IC1, IC2 (another intermediate chain) and ODA-DC using recombinant proteins. Recombinant IC1 and IC2 were found to form a 1:1 complex, and this complex associated with ODA-DC in vitro. Binding of IC1 to mutant axonemes revealed that there are specific binding sites for IC1. From these data, we propose a novel model of OAD-outer doublet association. PMID:23747306

  9. Scandium triflate-catalyzed nucleophilic additions to indolylmethyl Meldrum's acid derivatives via a gramine-type fragmentation: synthesis of substituted indolemethanes.

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    Armstrong, Erin L; Grover, Huck K; Kerr, Michael A

    2013-10-18

    Treatment of indolylmethyl Meldrum's acids with catalytic scandium triflate and a variety of nucleophiles results in the nucleophilic displacement of the Meldrum's acid moiety via a gramine-type fragmentation. The reaction is useful for the generation of heterocyclic compounds of significant molecular complexity.

  10. Routes to covalent catalysis by reactive selection for nascent protein nucleophiles.

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    Reshetnyak, Andrey V; Armentano, Maria Francesca; Ponomarenko, Natalia A; Vizzuso, Domenica; Durova, Oxana M; Ziganshin, Rustam; Serebryakova, Marina; Govorun, Vadim; Gololobov, Gennady; Morse, Herbert C; Friboulet, Alain; Makker, Sudesh P; Gabibov, Alexander G; Tramontano, Alfonso

    2007-12-26

    Reactivity-based selection strategies have been used to enrich combinatorial libraries for encoded biocatalysts having revised substrate specificity or altered catalytic activity. This approach can also assist in artificial evolution of enzyme catalysis from protein templates without bias for predefined catalytic sites. The prevalence of covalent intermediates in enzymatic mechanisms suggests the universal utility of the covalent complex as the basis for selection. Covalent selection by phosphonate ester exchange was applied to a phage display library of antibody variable fragments (scFv) to sample the scope and mechanism of chemical reactivity in a naive molecular library. Selected scFv segregated into structurally related covalent and noncovalent binders. Clones that reacted covalently utilized tyrosine residues exclusively as the nucleophile. Two motifs were identified by structural analysis, recruiting distinct Tyr residues of the light chain. Most clones employed Tyr32 in CDR-L1, whereas a unique clone (A.17) reacted at Tyr36 in FR-L2. Enhanced phosphonylation kinetics and modest amidase activity of A.17 suggested a primitive catalytic site. Covalent selection may thus provide access to protein molecules that approximate an early apparatus for covalent catalysis. PMID:18044899

  11. Reactivity of the actinoid-carbon bond: alkyluranium compounds as selective nucleophilic reagents in organic synthesis

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    Dormond, A.; Aaliti, A.; Moiese, C.

    1988-03-04

    Stable tris(bis(trimethylsilyl)amido)methyluranium is a very highly selective nucleophilic Grignard-like reagent in chemo- and stereoselective alkylation reactions of carbonyl compounds. Related tris(bis(trimethylsilyl)amido)-trichloro-, and cyclopenadienyldichloroalkyluranium complexes are less selective reagents. 16 references, 7 tables.

  12. Event attribution using data assimilation in an intermediate complexity atmospheric model

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    Metref, Sammy; Hannart, Alexis; Ruiz, Juan; Carrassi, Alberto; Bocquet, Marc; Ghil, Michael

    2016-04-01

    A new approach, coined DADA (Data Assimilation for Detection and Attribution) has been recently introduced by Hannart et al. 2015, and is potentially useful for near real time, systematic causal attribution of weather and climate-related events The method is purposely designed to allow its operability at meteorological centers by synergizing causal attribution with Data Assimilation (DA) methods usually designed to deal with large nonlinear models. In Hannart et al. 2015, the DADA proposal is illustrated in the context of a low-order nonlinear model (forced three-variable Lorenz model) that is of course not realistic to represent the events considered. As a continuation of this stream of work, we therefore propose an implementation of the DADA approach in a realistic intermediate complexity atmospheric model (ICTP AGCM, nicknamed SPEEDY). The SPEEDY model is based on a spectral dynamical core developed at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (see Held and Suarez 1994). It is a hydrostatic, r-coordinate, spectral-transform model in the vorticity-divergence form described by Bourke (1974). A synthetic dataset of observations of an extreme precipitation event over Southeastern South America is extracted from a long SPEEDY simulation under present climatic conditions (i.e. factual conditions). Then, following the DADA approach, observations of this event are assimilated twice in the SPEEDY model: first in the factual configuration of the model and second under its counterfactual, pre-industrial configuration. We show that attribution can be performed based on the likelihood ratio as in Hannart et al. 2015, but we further extend this result by showing that the likelihood can be split in space, time and variables in order to help identify the specific physical features of the event that bear the causal signature. References: Hannart A., A. Carrassi, M. Bocquet, M. Ghil, P. Naveau, M. Pulido, J. Ruiz, P. Tandeo (2015) DADA: Data assimilation for the detection and

  13. A process-based fire parameterization of intermediate complexity in a Dynamic Global Vegetation Model

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    Li, F.; Zeng, X. D.; Levis, S.

    2012-07-01

    A process-based fire parameterization of intermediate complexity has been developed for global simulations in the framework of a Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (DGVM) in an Earth System Model (ESM). Burned area in a grid cell is estimated by the product of fire counts and average burned area of a fire. The scheme comprises three parts: fire occurrence, fire spread, and fire impact. In the fire occurrence part, fire counts rather than fire occurrence probability are calculated in order to capture the observed high burned area fraction in areas of high fire frequency and realize parameter calibration based on MODIS fire counts product. In the fire spread part, post-fire region of a fire is assumed to be elliptical in shape. Mathematical properties of ellipses and some mathematical derivations are applied to improve the equation and assumptions of an existing fire spread parameterization. In the fire impact part, trace gas and aerosol emissions due to biomass burning are estimated, which offers an interface with atmospheric chemistry and aerosol models in ESMs. In addition, flexible time-step length makes the new fire parameterization easily applied to various DGVMs. Global performance of the new fire parameterization is assessed by using an improved version of the Community Land Model version 3 with the Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (CLM-DGVM). Simulations are compared against the latest satellite-based Global Fire Emission Database version 3 (GFED3) for 1997-2004. Results show that simulated global totals and spatial patterns of burned area and fire carbon emissions, regional totals and spreads of burned area, global annual burned area fractions for various vegetation types, and interannual variability of burned area are reasonable, and closer to GFED3 than CLM-DGVM simulations with the commonly used Glob-FIRM fire parameterization and the old fire module of CLM-DGVM. Furthermore, average error of simulated trace gas and aerosol emissions due to biomass burning

  14. A process-based fire parameterization of intermediate complexity in a Dynamic Global Vegetation Model

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    Li, F.; Zeng, X. D.; Levis, S.

    2012-03-01

    A process-based fire parameterization of intermediate complexity has been developed for global simulations in the framework of a Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (DGVM) in an Earth System Model (ESM). Burned area in a grid cell is estimated by the product of fire counts and average burned area per fire. The scheme comprises three parts: fire occurrence, fire spread, and fire impact. In the fire occurrence part, fire counts rather than fire occurrence probability is calculated in order to capture the observed high burned area fraction in regions where fire occurs frequently. In the fire spread part, post-fire region of a fire is assumed to be elliptical in shape. Mathematical properties of ellipses and mathematical derivation are applied to remove redundant and unreasonable equation and assumptions in existing fire spread parameterization. In the fire impact part, trace gas and aerosol emissions due to biomass burning are estimated, which offers an interface with atmospheric chemistry and aerosol models in ESMs. In addition, flexible time-step length makes the new fire parameterization easily applied to various DGVMs. Global performance of the new fire parameterization is assessed by using an improved version of the Community Land Model version 3 with the Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (CLM-DGVM). Simulations are compared against the latest satellite-based Global Fire Emission Database version 3 (GFED3) for 1997-2004. Results show that simulated global totals and spatial patterns of burned area and fire carbon emissions, global annual burned area fractions for various vegetation types and interannual variability of burned area are in close agreement with the GFED3, and more accurate than CLM-DGVM simulations with the commonly used Glob-FIRM fire parameterization and the old fire module of CLM-DGVM. Furthermore, the average relative error of simulated trace gas and aerosol emissions due to biomass burning is 7 %. Results suggest that the new fire parameterization may

  15. PALADYN, a comprehensive land surface-vegetation-carbon cycle model of intermediate complexity

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    Willeit, Matteo; Ganopolski, Andrey

    2016-04-01

    PALADYN is presented, a new comprehensive and computationally efficient land surface-vegetation-carbon cycle model designed to be used in Earth system models of intermediate complexity for long-term simulations and paleoclimate studies. The model treats in a consistent manner the interaction between atmosphere, terrestrial vegetation and soil through the fluxes of energy, water and carbon. Energy, water and carbon are conserved. The model explicitly treats permafrost, both in physical processes and as important carbon pool. The model distinguishes 9 surface types of which 5 are different vegetation types, bare soil, land ice, lake and ocean shelf. Including the ocean shelf allows to treat continuous changes in sea level and shelf area associated with glacial cycles. Over each surface type the model solves the surface energy balance and computes the fluxes of sensible, latent and ground heat and upward shortwave and longwave radiation. It includes a single snow layer. The soil model distinguishes between three different macro surface types which have their own soil column: vegetation and bare soil, ice sheet and ocean shelf. The soil is vertically discretized into 5 layers where prognostic equations for temperature, water and carbon are consistently solved. Phase changes of water in the soil are explicitly considered. A surface hydrology module computes precipitation interception by vegetation, surface runoff and soil infiltration. The soil water equation is based on Darcy's law. Given soil water content, the wetland fraction is computed based on a topographic index. Photosynthesis is computed using a light use efficiency model. Carbon assimilation by vegetation is coupled to the transpiration of water through stomatal conductance. The model includes a dynamic vegetation module with 5 plant functional types competing for the gridcell share with their respective net primary productivity. Each macro surface type has its own carbon pools represented by a litter, a fast

  16. Synthetic mononuclear nonheme iron-oxygen intermediates.

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    Nam, Wonwoo

    2015-08-18

    Mononuclear nonheme iron-oxygen species, such as iron-superoxo, -peroxo, -hydroperoxo, and -oxo, are key intermediates involved in dioxygen activation and oxidation reactions catalyzed by nonheme iron enzymes. Because these iron-oxygen intermediates are short-lived due to their thermal instability and high reactivity, it is challenging to investigate their structural and spectroscopic properties and reactivity in the catalytic cycles of the enzymatic reactions themselves. One way to approach such problems is to synthesize biomimetic iron-oxygen complexes and to tune their geometric and electronic structures for structural characterization and reactivity studies. Indeed, a number of biologically important iron-oxygen species, such as mononuclear nonheme iron(III)-superoxo, iron(III)-peroxo, iron(III)-hydroperoxo, iron(IV)-oxo, and iron(V)-oxo complexes, were synthesized recently, and the first X-ray crystal structures of iron(III)-superoxo, iron(III)-peroxo, and iron(IV)-oxo complexes in nonheme iron models were successfully obtained. Thus, our understanding of iron-oxygen intermediates in biological reactions has been aided greatly from the studies of the structural and spectroscopic properties and the reactivities of the synthetic biomimetic analogues. In this Account, we describe our recent results on the synthesis and characterization of mononuclear nonheme iron-oxygen complexes bearing simple macrocyclic ligands, such as N-tetramethylated cyclam ligand (TMC) and tetraamido macrocyclic ligand (TAML). In the case of iron-superoxo complexes, an iron(III)-superoxo complex, [(TAML)Fe(III)(O2)](2-), is described, including its crystal structure and reactivities in electrophilic and nucleophilic oxidative reactions, and its properties are compared with those of a chromium(III)-superoxo complex, [(TMC)Cr(III)(O2)(Cl)](+), with respect to its reactivities in hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) and oxygen atom transfer (OAT) reactions. In the case of iron-peroxo intermediates

  17. Modeling of catalytically active metal complex species and intermediates in reactions of organic halides electroreduction.

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    Lytvynenko, Anton S; Kolotilov, Sergey V; Kiskin, Mikhail A; Eremenko, Igor L; Novotortsev, Vladimir M

    2015-02-28

    The results of quantum chemical modeling of organic and metal-containing intermediates that occur in electrocatalytic dehalogenation reactions of organic chlorides are presented. Modeling of processes that take place in successive steps of the electrochemical reduction of representative C1 and C2 chlorides - CHCl3 and Freon R113 (1,1,2-trifluoro-1,2,2-trichloroethane) - was carried out by density functional theory (DFT) and second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). It was found that taking solvation into account using an implicit solvent model (conductor-like screening model, COSMO) or considering explicit solvent molecules gave similar results. In addition to modeling of simple non-catalytic dehalogenation, processes with a number of complexes and their reduced forms, some of which were catalytically active, were investigated by DFT. Complexes M(L1)2 (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, L1H = Schiff base from 2-pyridinecarbaldehyde and the hydrazide of 4-pyridinecarboxylic acid), Ni(L2) (H2L2 is the Schiff base from salicylaldehyde and 1,2-ethylenediamine, known as salen) and Co(L3)2Cl2, representing a fragment of a redox-active coordination polymer [Co(L3)Cl2]n (L3 is the dithioamide of 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid), were considered. Gradual changes in electronic structure in a series of compounds M(L1)2 were observed, and correlations between [M(L1)2](0) spin-up and spin-down LUMO energies and the relative energies of the corresponding high-spin and low-spin reduced forms, as well as the shape of the orbitals, were proposed. These results can be helpful for determination of the nature of redox-processes in similar systems by DFT. No specific covalent interactions between [M(L1)2](-) and the R113 molecule (M = Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) were found, which indicates that M(L1)2 electrocatalysts act rather like electron transfer mediators via outer-shell electron transfer. A relaxed surface scan of the adducts {M(L1)2·R113}(-) (M = Ni or Co) versus the distance between the

  18. Experimental evidence for a metallohydrolase mechanism in which the nucleophile is not delivered by a metal ion: EPR spectrokinetic and structural studies of aminopeptidase from Vibrio proteolyticus

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    Kumar, Amit; Periyannan, Gopal Raj; Narayanan, Beena; Kittell, Aaron W.; Kim, Jung-Ja; Bennett, Brian

    2007-01-01

    Metallohydrolases catalyse some of the most important reactions in biology and are targets for numerous chemotherapeutic agents designed to combat bacterial infectivity, antibiotic resistance, HIV infectivity, tumour growth, angiogenesis and immune disorders. Rational design of inhibitors of these enzymes with chemotherapeutic potential relies on detailed knowledge of the catalytic mechanism. The roles of the catalytic transition ions in these enzymes have long been assumed to include the activation and delivery of a nucleophilic hydroxy moiety. In the present study, catalytic intermediates in the hydrolysis of L-leucyl-L-leucyl-L-leucine by Vibrio proteolyticus aminopeptidase were characterized in spectrokinetic and structural studies. Rapid-freeze-quench EPR studies of reaction products of L-leucyl-L-leucyl-L-leucine and Co(II)-substituted aminopeptidase, and comparison of the EPR data with those from structurally characterized complexes of aminopeptidase with inhibitors, indicated the formation of a catalytically competent post-Michaelis pre-transition state intermediate with a structure analogous to that of the inhibited complex with bestatin. The X-ray crystal structure of an aminopeptidase–L-leucyl-L-leucyl-L-leucine complex was also analogous to that of the bestatin complex. In these structures, no water/hydroxy group was observed bound to the essential metal ion. However, a water/hydroxy group was clearly identified that was bound to the metal-ligating oxygen atom of Glu152. This water/hydroxy group is proposed as a candidate for the active nucleophile in a novel metallohydrolase mechanism that shares features of the catalytic mechanisms of aspartic proteases and of B2 metallo-β-lactamases. Preliminary studies on site-directed variants are consistent with the proposal. Other features of the structure suggest roles for the dinuclear centre in geometrically and electrophilically activating the substrate. PMID:17238863

  19. A common intermediate for N2 formation in enzymes and zeolites: side-on Cu-nitrosyl complexes

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Lee, Jong H.; Burton, Sarah D.; Lipton, Andrew S.; Peden, Charles HF; Szanyi, Janos

    2013-09-16

    Understanding the mechanisms of catalytic processes requires the identification of reaction centers and key intermediates, both of which are often achieved by the use of spectroscopic characterization tools. Due to the heterogeneity of active centers in heterogeneous catalysts, it is frequently difficult to identify the specific sites that are responsible for the overall activity. Furthermore, the simultaneous presence of a large number of surface species on the catalyst surface often poses a great challenge for the unambiguous determination of the relevant species in the reaction mechanism. In contrast, enzymes possess catalytically active centers with precisely defined coordination environments that are only able to accommodate intermediates relevant to the specific catalytic process. Here we show that side-on Cu+-NO+ complexes characterized by high magnetic field solid state magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies are the key intermediates in the selective catalytic reduction of NO over Cu-SSZ-13 zeolite catalysts. Analogous intermediates have been observed and characterized in nitrite reductase enzymes, and shown to be the critical intermediates in the formation of N2 for anaerobic ammonium oxidation reactions.[1] The identification of this key reaction intermediate, combined with the results of our prior kinetic studies, allows us to propose a new reaction mechanism for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 under oxygen-rich environments over Cu-SSZ-13 zeolites, a key reaction in automotive emission control. The authors acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy/Vehicle Technologies Program for the support of this work. The research described in this paper was performed at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental

  20. Enantioselective Nucleophilic β-Carbon-Atom Amination of Enals: Carbene-Catalyzed Formal [3+2] Reactions.

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    Wu, Xingxing; Liu, Bin; Zhang, Yuexia; Jeret, Martin; Wang, Honglin; Zheng, Pengcheng; Yang, Song; Song, Bao-An; Chi, Yonggui Robin

    2016-09-26

    An enantioselective β-carbon amination for enals is disclosed. The nitrogen atom from a protected hydrazine with suitable electronic properties readily behaves as a nucleophile. Addition of the nitrogen nucleophile to a catalytically generated N-heterocyclic-carbene-bound α,β-unsaturated acyl azolium intermediate constructs a new carbon-nitrogen bond asymmetrically. The pyrazolidinone products from our catalytic reactions are common scaffolds in bioactive molecules, and can be easily transformed into useful compounds such as β(3) -amino-acid derivatives. PMID:27596365

  1. Coordination and insertion of alkenes and alkynes in Au(III) complexes: nature of the intermediates from a computational perspective.

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    Balcells, David; Eisenstein, Odile; Tilset, Mats; Nova, Ainara

    2016-04-01

    The contribution of Au(III) species to catalysis is still debated due to the limited number of characterized intermediates with this oxidation state. In particular, the coordination of alkenes and alkynes to Au(III) followed by insertion into Au(III)-X bonds has been suggested but rarely proven experimentally. Here, these reactions are explored by means of DFT and CCSD(T) calculations considering [AuX3(L)] and [AuX2(L)2](+) complexes. In these complexes, L = ethylene and acetylene have been chosen as substrates of high interest and representative of any unsaturated organic substrate, whereas X is Cl, Me or H, as found in metal salts and as model for intermediates involved in catalysis. Isoelectronic Pt(II) complexes are also considered for comparison. Ethylene coordination occurs preferentially perpendicular for all X except H, whereas for acetylene, coordination takes place in-plane for all X except Cl. These coordination isomers can represent either minima (intermediates) or saddle points (transition states) on the potential energy surface, depending on X. NBO analysis shows how this variety of structures results from the combination of electronic (M-L donation and back-donation) and steric (cis L-X repulsion) effects. With the sole exception of [AuMe2(ethylene)2](+), rotation of the unsaturated ligand and insertion into a cis Au-X bond involve low to moderate energy barriers, ΔG(‡) = 2.5 to 23.5 kcal mol(-1), and are thermodynamically feasible, ΔG = 4.3 to -47.2 kcal mol(-1). The paucity of experimental observations for such reactions should thus be caused by other factors, like the participation of the intermediates and products in competitive side reactions including the reductive elimination of XCHnCHnX (n = 1 or 2). PMID:26905649

  2. Deformylation Reaction by a Nonheme Manganese(III)-Peroxo Complex via Initial Hydrogen-Atom Abstraction.

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    Barman, Prasenjit; Upadhyay, Pranav; Faponle, Abayomi S; Kumar, Jitendra; Nag, Sayanta Sekhar; Kumar, Devesh; Sastri, Chivukula V; de Visser, Sam P

    2016-09-01

    Metal-peroxo intermediates are key species in the catalytic cycles of nonheme metalloenzymes, but their chemical properties and reactivity patterns are still poorly understood. The synthesis and characterization of a manganese(III)-peroxo complex with a pentadentate bispidine ligand system and its reactivity with aldehydes was studied. Manganese(III)-peroxo can react through hydrogen-atom abstraction reactions instead of the commonly proposed nucleophilic addition reaction. Evidence of the mechanism comes from experiments which identify a primary kinetic isotope effect of 5.4 for the deformylation reaction. Computational modeling supports the established mechanism and identifies the origin of the reactivity preference of hydrogen-atom abstraction over nucleophilic addition.

  3. Tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase I catalytic mutants reveal an alternative nucleophile that can catalyze substrate cleavage.

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    Comeaux, Evan Q; Cuya, Selma M; Kojima, Kyoko; Jafari, Nauzanene; Wanzeck, Keith C; Mobley, James A; Bjornsti, Mary-Ann; van Waardenburg, Robert C A M

    2015-03-01

    Tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase I (Tdp1) catalyzes the repair of 3'-DNA adducts, such as the 3'-phosphotyrosyl linkage of DNA topoisomerase I to DNA. Tdp1 contains two conserved catalytic histidines: a nucleophilic His (His(nuc)) that attacks DNA adducts to form a covalent 3'-phosphohistidyl intermediate and a general acid/base His (His(gab)), which resolves the Tdp1-DNA linkage. A His(nuc) to Ala mutant protein is reportedly inactive, whereas the autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease SCAN1 has been attributed to the enhanced stability of the Tdp1-DNA intermediate induced by mutation of His(gab) to Arg. However, here we report that expression of the yeast His(nuc)Ala (H182A) mutant actually induced topoisomerase I-dependent cytotoxicity and further enhanced the cytotoxicity of Tdp1 His(gab) mutants, including H432N and the SCAN1-related H432R. Moreover, the His(nuc)Ala mutant was catalytically active in vitro, albeit at levels 85-fold less than that observed with wild type Tdp1. In contrast, the His(nuc)Phe mutant was catalytically inactive and suppressed His(gab) mutant-induced toxicity. These data suggest that the activity of another nucleophile when His(nuc) is replaced with residues containing a small side chain (Ala, Asn, and Gln), but not with a bulky side chain. Indeed, genetic, biochemical, and mass spectrometry analyses show that a highly conserved His, immediately N-terminal to His(nuc), can act as a nucleophile to catalyze the formation of a covalent Tdp1-DNA intermediate. These findings suggest that the flexibility of Tdp1 active site residues may impair the resolution of mutant Tdp1 covalent phosphohistidyl intermediates and provide the rationale for developing chemotherapeutics that stabilize the covalent Tdp1-DNA intermediate.

  4. Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions Using Phosphine Nucleophiles: An Introduction to Phosphorus-31 NMR

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    Sibbald, Paul A.

    2015-01-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is commonly used in modern synthetic chemistry to monitor the conversion of reactants to products. Since instruction in the use of NMR spectroscopy typically does not occur until after the introduction of nucleophilic substitution reactions, organic chemistry students are not able to take advantage of…

  5. Smc5/6 Mediated Sumoylation of the Sgs1-Top3-Rmi1 Complex Promotes Removal of Recombination Intermediates.

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    Bonner, Jaclyn N; Choi, Koyi; Xue, Xiaoyu; Torres, Nikko P; Szakal, Barnabas; Wei, Lei; Wan, Bingbing; Arter, Meret; Matos, Joao; Sung, Patrick; Brown, Grant W; Branzei, Dana; Zhao, Xiaolan

    2016-07-12

    Timely removal of DNA recombination intermediates is critical for genome stability. The DNA helicase-topoisomerase complex, Sgs1-Top3-Rmi1 (STR), is the major pathway for processing these intermediates to generate conservative products. However, the mechanisms that promote STR-mediated functions remain to be defined. Here we show that Sgs1 binds to poly-SUMO chains and associates with the Smc5/6 SUMO E3 complex in yeast. Moreover, these interactions contribute to the sumoylation of Sgs1, Top3, and Rmi1 upon the generation of recombination structures. We show that reduced STR sumoylation leads to accumulation of recombination structures, and impaired growth in conditions when these structures arise frequently, highlighting the importance of STR sumoylation. Mechanistically, sumoylation promotes STR inter-subunit interactions and accumulation at DNA repair centers. These findings expand the roles of sumoylation and Smc5/6 in genome maintenance by demonstrating that they foster STR functions in the removal of recombination intermediates.

  6. Fluorinated alcohols as promoters for the metal-free direct substitution reaction of allylic alcohols with nitrogenated, silylated, and carbon nucleophiles.

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    Trillo, Paz; Baeza, Alejandro; Nájera, Carmen

    2012-09-01

    The direct allylic substitution reaction using allylic alcohols in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) and 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) as reaction media is described. The developed procedure is simple, works under mild conditions (rt, 50 and 70 °C), and proves to be very general, since different nitrogenated nucleophiles and carbon nucleophiles can be used achieving high yields, especially when HFIP is employed as solvent and aromatic allylic alcohols are the substrates. Thus, sulfonamides, carbamates, carboxamides, and amines can be successfully employed as nitrogen-based nucleophiles. Likewise, silylated nucleophiles such as trimethylsilylazide, allyltrimethylsilane, trimethylsilane, and trimethylsilylphenylacetylene give the corresponding allylic substitution products in high yields. Good results for the Friedel-Crafts adducts are also achieved with aromatic compounds (phenol, anisole, indole, and anilines) as nucleophiles. Particularly interesting are the results obtained with electron-rich anilines, which can behave as nitrogenated or carbon nucleophiles depending on their electronic properties and the solvent employed. In addition, 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds (acetylacetone and Meldrum's acid) are also successfully employed as soft carbon nucleophiles. Studies for mechanism elucidation are also reported, pointing toward the existence of carbocationic intermediates and two working reaction pathways for the obtention of the allylic substitution product.

  7. Structure of Leishmania major Methionyl-tRNA Synthetase in Complex with Intermediate Products Methionyladenylate and Pyrophosphate

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    Larson, Eric T.; Kim, Jessica E.; Zucker, Frank H.; Kelley, Angela; Mueller, Natascha; Napuli, Alberto J.; Verlinde, Christophe L.M.J.; Fan, Erkang; Buckner, Frederick S.; Van Voorhis, Wesley C.; Merritt, Ethan A.; Hol, Wim G.J.

    2011-01-01

    Leishmania parasites cause two million new cases of leishmaniasis each year with several hundreds of millions people at risk. Due to the paucity and shortcomings of available drugs, we have undertaken the crystal structure determination of a key enzyme from Leishmania major in hopes of creating a platform for the rational design of new therapeutics. Crystals of the catalytic core of methionyl-tRNA synthetase from L. major (LmMetRS) were obtained with the substrates MgATP and methionine present in the crystallization medium. These crystals yielded the 2.0 Å resolution structure of LmMetRS in complex with two products, methionyladenylate and pyrophosphate, along with a Mg2+ ion that bridges them. This is the first class I aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (aaRS) structure with pyrophosphate bound. The residues of the class I aaRS signature sequence motifs, KISKS and HIGH, make numerous contacts with the pyrophosphate. Substantial differences between the LmMetRS structure and previously reported complexes of E. coli MetRS (EcMetRS) with analogs of the methionyladenylate intermediate product are observed, even though one of these analogs only differs by one atom from the intermediate. The source of these structural differences is attributed to the presence of the product pyrophosphate in LmMetRS. Analysis of the LmMetRS structure in light of the Aquifex aeolicus MetRS-tRNAMet complex shows that major rearrangements of multiple structural elements of enzyme and/or tRNA are required to allow the CCA acceptor triplet to reach the methionyladenylate intermediate in the active site. Comparison with sequences of human cytosolic and mitochondrial MetRS reveals interesting differences near the ATP- and methionine-binding regions of LmMetRS, suggesting that it should be possible to obtain compounds that selectively inhibit the parasite enzyme. PMID:21144880

  8. Bifunctional reactivity of amidoximes observed upon nucleophilic addition to metal-activated nitriles.

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    Bolotin, Dmitrii S; Demakova, Marina Ya; Novikov, Alexander S; Avdontceva, Margarita S; Kuznetsov, Maxim L; Bokach, Nadezhda A; Kukushkin, Vadim Yu

    2015-04-20

    Treatment of the aromatic nitrile complexes trans-[PtCl2(RC6H4CN)2] (R = p-CF3 NC1, H NC2, o-Cl NC3) with the aryl amidoximes p-R'C6H4C(NH2)=NOH (R' = Me AO1, H AO2, Br AO3, CF3 AO4, NO2 AO5) in all combinations, followed by addition of 1 equiv of AgOTf and then 5 equiv of Et3N, leads to the chelates [PtCl{HN=C(RC6H4)ON=C(C6H4R'-p)NC(RC6H4)═NH}] (1-15; 15 examples; yields 71-88% after column chromatography) derived from the platinum(II)-mediated coupling between metal-activated nitriles and amidoximes. The mechanism of this reaction was studied experimentally by trapping and identification of the reaction intermediates, and it was also investigated theoretically at the DFT level of theory. The combined experimental and theoretical results indicate that the coupling with the nitrile ligands involves both the HON and monodeprotonated NH2 groups of the amidoximes, whereas in the absence of the base, the NH2 functionality is inactive toward the coupling. The observed reaction represents the first example of bifunctional nucleophilic behavior of amidoximes. The complexes 1-16 were characterized by elemental analyses (C, H, N), high-resolution ESI(+)-MS, FTIR, and (1)H NMR techniques, whereas unstable 17 was characterized by HRESI(+)-MS and FTIR. In addition, 8·C4H8O2, 12, and 16·CHCl3 were studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. PMID:25822628

  9. A SeCSe-Pd(II) pincer complex as a highly efficient catalyst for allylation of aldehydes with allyltributyltin.

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    Yao, Qingwei; Sheets, Matthew

    2006-07-01

    An air- and moisture-stable SeCSe-Pd(II) pincer complex was synthesized and found to catalyze the nucleophilic allylation of aldehydes with allyltributyltin. The allylation of a variety of aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes to give the corresponding homoallyl alcohols was performed at room temperature to 60 degrees C in yields ranging from 50% (for typical aliphatic aldehydes) to up to 97% (for aromatic aldehydes) using 5 x 10(-3) to 1 mol % of the Pd catalyst. NMR spectroscopic study indicated that a sigma-allylpalladium intermediate was formed and possibly functions as the nucleophilic species that undergoes addition to the aldehydes. PMID:16808533

  10. A SeCSe-Pd(II) pincer complex as a highly efficient catalyst for allylation of aldehydes with allyltributyltin.

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    Yao, Qingwei; Sheets, Matthew

    2006-07-01

    An air- and moisture-stable SeCSe-Pd(II) pincer complex was synthesized and found to catalyze the nucleophilic allylation of aldehydes with allyltributyltin. The allylation of a variety of aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes to give the corresponding homoallyl alcohols was performed at room temperature to 60 degrees C in yields ranging from 50% (for typical aliphatic aldehydes) to up to 97% (for aromatic aldehydes) using 5 x 10(-3) to 1 mol % of the Pd catalyst. NMR spectroscopic study indicated that a sigma-allylpalladium intermediate was formed and possibly functions as the nucleophilic species that undergoes addition to the aldehydes.

  11. Triple-bond reactivity of an AsP complex intermediate: synthesis stemming from molecular arsenic, As(4).

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    Spinney, Heather A; Piro, Nicholas A; Cummins, Christopher C

    2009-11-11

    While P(4) is the stable molecular form of phosphorus, a recent study illustrated the possibility of P(2) generation for reactions in organic media under mild conditions. The heavier group 15 element arsenic can exist as As(4) molecules, but As(4) cannot be stored as a pure substance because it is both light-sensitive and reverts thermally to its stable, metallic gray form. Herein we report As(4) activation giving rise to a mu-As(2) diniobium complex, serving in turn as precursor to a terminal arsenide anion complex of niobium. Functionalization of the latter provides the new AsPNMes* ligand, which when complexed with tungsten pentacarbonyl elicits extrusion of the (AsP)W(CO)(5) molecule as a reactive intermediate. Trapping reactions of the latter with organic dienes are found to furnish double Diels-Alder adducts in which the AsP unit is embedded in a polycyclic organic framework. Thermal generation of (AsP)W(CO)(5) in the presence of the neutral terminal phosphide complex P identical withMo(N[(i)Pr]Ar)(3) leads to the cyclo-AsP(2) complex (OC)(5)W(cyclo-AsP(2))Mo(N[(i)Pr]Ar)(3). The (AsP)W(CO)(5) trapping products were crystallized and characterized by X-ray diffraction methods, and computational methods were applied for analysis of the As-As and As-P bonds in the complexes.

  12. A Safer, Discovery-Based Nucleophilic Substitution Experiment

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    Horowitz, Gail

    2009-01-01

    A discovery-based nucleophilic substitution experiment is described in which students compare the reactivity of chloride and iodide ions in an S[subscript N]2 reaction. This experiment improves upon the well-known "Competing Nucleophiles" experiment in that it does not involve the generation of hydrogen halide gas. The experiment also introduces…

  13. Nucleophilic substitution at phosphorus centers (SN2@p).

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    van Bochove, Marc A; Swart, Marcel; Bickelhaupt, F Matthias

    2007-12-01

    We have studied the characteristics of archetypal model systems for bimolecular nucleophilic substitution at phosphorus (SN2@P) and, for comparison, at carbon (SN2@C) and silicon (SN2@Si) centers. In our studies, we applied the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of density functional theory (DFT) at the OLYP/TZ2P level. Our model systems cover nucleophilic substitution at carbon in X(-)+CH3Y (SN2@C), at silicon in X(-)+SiH3Y (SN2@Si), at tricoordinate phosphorus in X(-)+PH2Y (SN2@P3), and at tetracoordinate phosphorus in X(-)+POH2Y (SN2@P4). The main feature of going from SN2@C to SN2@P is the loss of the characteristic double-well potential energy surface (PES) involving a transition state [X--CH3--Y]- and the occurrence of a single-well PES with a stable transition complex, namely, [X--PH2--Y]- or [X--POH2--Y](-). The differences between SN2@P3 and SN2@P4 are relatively small. We explored both the symmetric and asymmetric (i.e. X, Y=Cl, OH) SN2 reactions in our model systems, the competition between backside and frontside pathways, and the dependence of the reactions on the conformation of the reactants. Furthermore, we studied the effect, on the symmetric and asymmetric SN2@P3 and S(N)2@P4 reactions, of replacing hydrogen substituents at the phosphorus centers by chlorine and fluorine in the model systems X(-)+PR2Y and X(-)+POR2Y, with R=Cl, F. An interesting phenomenon is the occurrence of a triple-well PES not only in the symmetric, but also in the asymmetric SN2@P4 reactions of X(-)+POCl2--Y. PMID:17990249

  14. Rhenium(I)-Catalyzed Generation of α,β-Unsaturated Carbene Complex Intermediates from Propargyl Ethers for the Preparation of Cycloheptadiene Derivatives.

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    Sogo, Hideyuki; Iwasawa, Nobuharu

    2016-08-16

    The rhenium(I)-catalyzed generation of α,β-unsaturated carbene complex intermediates from easily available propargyl ethers was achieved for the concise construction of cycloheptadiene derivatives through the formal [4+3] cycloaddition reaction with siloxydienes. PMID:27391557

  15. Development of a Raman spectroscopy technique to detect alternate transportation fuel hydrocarbon intermediates in complex combustion environments.

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    Ekoto, Isaac W.; Barlow, Robert S.

    2012-12-01

    Spontaneous Raman spectra for important hydrocarbon fuels and combustion intermediates were recorded over a range of low-to-moderate flame temperatures using the multiscalar measurement facility located at Sandia/CA. Recorded spectra were extrapolated to higher flame temperatures and then converted into empirical spectral libraries that can readily be incorporated into existing post-processing analysis models that account for crosstalk from overlapping hydrocarbon channel signal. Performance testing of the developed libraries and reduction methods was conducted through an examination of results from well-characterized laminar reference flames, and was found to provide good agreement. The diagnostic development allows for temporally and spatially resolved flame measurements of speciated hydrocarbon concentrations whose parent is more chemically complex than methane. Such data are needed to validate increasingly complex flame simulations.

  16. Crystal Structures of Quinolinate Synthase in Complex with a Substrate Analogue, the Condensation Intermediate, and Substrate-Derived Product.

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    Volbeda, Anne; Darnault, Claudine; Renoux, Oriane; Reichmann, Debora; Amara, Patricia; Ollagnier de Choudens, Sandrine; Fontecilla-Camps, Juan C

    2016-09-14

    The enzyme NadA catalyzes the synthesis of quinolinic acid (QA), the precursor of the universal nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) cofactor. Here, we report the crystal structures of complexes between the Thermotoga maritima (Tm) NadA K219R/Y107F variant and (i) the first intermediate (W) resulting from the condensation of dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) with iminoaspartate and (ii) the DHAP analogue and triose-phosphate isomerase inhibitor phosphoglycolohydroxamate (PGH). In addition, using the TmNadA K219R/Y21F variant, we have reacted substrates and obtained a crystalline complex between this protein and the QA product. We also show that citrate can bind to both TmNadA K219R and its Y21F variant. The W structure indicates that condensation causes dephosphorylation. We propose that catalysis by the K219R/Y107F variant is arrested at the W intermediate because the mutated protein is unable to catalyze its aldo-keto isomerization and/or cyclization that ultimately lead to QA formation. Intriguingly, PGH binds to NadA with its phosphate group at the site where the carboxylate groups of W also bind. Our results shed significant light on the mechanism of the reaction catalyzed by NadA. PMID:27545412

  17. The IC138 and IC140 intermediate chains of the I1 axonemal dynein complex bind directly to tubulin.

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    Hendrickson, Triscia W; Goss, Jonathan L; Seaton, Charles A; Rohrs, Henry W

    2013-12-01

    Dyneins are minus end directed microtubule motors that play a critical role in ciliary and flagellar movement. Ciliary dyneins, also known as axonemal dyneins, are characterized based on their location on the axoneme, either as outer dynein arms or inner dynein arms. The I1 dynein is the best-characterized subspecies of the inner dynein arms; however the interactions between many of the components of the I1 complex and the axoneme are not well defined. In an effort to elucidate the interactions in which the I1 components are involved, we performed zero-length crosslinking on axonemes and studied the crosslinked products formed by the I1 intermediate chains, IC138 and IC140. Our data indicate that IC138 and IC140 bind directly to microtubules. Mass-spectrometry analysis of the crosslinked product identified both α- and β-tubulin as the IC138 and IC140 binding partners. This was further confirmed by crosslinking experiments carried out on purified I1 fractions bound to Taxol-stabilized microtubules. Furthermore, the interaction between IC140 and tubulin is lost when IC138 is absent. Our studies support previous findings that intermediate chains play critical roles in the assembly, axonemal targeting and regulation of the I1 dynein complex.

  18. Near attack conformers dominate β-phosphoglucomutase complexes where geometry and charge distribution reflect those of substrate

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    Griffin, Joanna L.; Bowler, Matthew W.; Baxter, Nicola J.; Leigh, Katherine N.; Dannatt, Hugh R. W.; Hounslow, Andrea M.; Blackburn, G. Michael; Webster, Charles Edwin; Cliff, Matthew J.; Waltho, Jonathan P.

    2012-01-01

    Experimental observations of fluoromagnesate and fluoroaluminate complexes of β-phosphoglucomutase (β-PGM) have demonstrated the importance of charge balance in transition-state stabilization for phosphoryl transfer enzymes. Here, direct observations of ground-state analog complexes of β-PGM involving trifluoroberyllate establish that when the geometry and charge distribution closely match those of the substrate, the distribution of conformers in solution and in the crystal predominantly places the reacting centers in van der Waals proximity. Importantly, two variants are found, both of which satisfy the criteria for near attack conformers. In one variant, the aspartate general base for the reaction is remote from the nucleophile. The nucleophile remains protonated and forms a nonproductive hydrogen bond to the phosphate surrogate. In the other variant, the general base forms a hydrogen bond to the nucleophile that is now correctly orientated for the chemical transfer step. By contrast, in the absence of substrate, the solvent surrounding the phosphate surrogate is arranged to disfavor nucleophilic attack by water. Taken together, the trifluoroberyllate complexes of β-PGM provide a picture of how the enzyme is able to organize itself for the chemical step in catalysis through the population of intermediates that respond to increasing proximity of the nucleophile. These experimental observations show how the enzyme is capable of stabilizing the reaction pathway toward the transition state and also of minimizing unproductive catalysis of aspartyl phosphate hydrolysis. PMID:22505741

  19. 4-Trifluoromethyl-p-quinols as dielectrophiles: three-component, double nucleophilic addition/aromatization reactions

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    Dong, Jinhuan; Shi, Lou; Pan, Ling; Xu, Xianxiu; Liu, Qun

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, numerous methods have emerged for the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes based on the late-stage introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an aryl ring. In sharp comparison, the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes based on the pre-introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an “aromatic to be” carbon has rarely been addressed. It has been found that 4-trifluoromethyl-p-quinol silyl ethers, the readily available and relatively stable compounds, can act as dielectrophiles to be applied to multi-component reactions for the synthesis of various trifluoromethylated arenes. Catalyzed by In(OTf)3, 4-trifluoromethyl-p-quinol silyl ethers react with C-, N-, and S-nucleophiles, respectively, in a regiospecific 1,2-addition manner to generate the corresponding highly reactive electrophilic intermediates. Further reaction of the in-situ generated electrophiles with a C-nucleophile followed by spontaneous aromatization enables the construction of functionalized trifluoromethyl arenes. This three-component, double nucleophilic addition/aromatization reaction based on the pre-introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an “aromatic to be” carbon provides a divergent strategy for the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes under mild reaction conditions in a single operation. PMID:27246540

  20. 4-Trifluoromethyl-p-quinols as dielectrophiles: three-component, double nucleophilic addition/aromatization reactions.

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    Dong, Jinhuan; Shi, Lou; Pan, Ling; Xu, Xianxiu; Liu, Qun

    2016-06-01

    In recent years, numerous methods have emerged for the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes based on the late-stage introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an aryl ring. In sharp comparison, the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes based on the pre-introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an "aromatic to be" carbon has rarely been addressed. It has been found that 4-trifluoromethyl-p-quinol silyl ethers, the readily available and relatively stable compounds, can act as dielectrophiles to be applied to multi-component reactions for the synthesis of various trifluoromethylated arenes. Catalyzed by In(OTf)3, 4-trifluoromethyl-p-quinol silyl ethers react with C-, N-, and S-nucleophiles, respectively, in a regiospecific 1,2-addition manner to generate the corresponding highly reactive electrophilic intermediates. Further reaction of the in-situ generated electrophiles with a C-nucleophile followed by spontaneous aromatization enables the construction of functionalized trifluoromethyl arenes. This three-component, double nucleophilic addition/aromatization reaction based on the pre-introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an "aromatic to be" carbon provides a divergent strategy for the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes under mild reaction conditions in a single operation.

  1. 4-Trifluoromethyl-p-quinols as dielectrophiles: three-component, double nucleophilic addition/aromatization reactions

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    Dong, Jinhuan; Shi, Lou; Pan, Ling; Xu, Xianxiu; Liu, Qun

    2016-06-01

    In recent years, numerous methods have emerged for the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes based on the late-stage introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an aryl ring. In sharp comparison, the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes based on the pre-introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an “aromatic to be” carbon has rarely been addressed. It has been found that 4-trifluoromethyl-p-quinol silyl ethers, the readily available and relatively stable compounds, can act as dielectrophiles to be applied to multi-component reactions for the synthesis of various trifluoromethylated arenes. Catalyzed by In(OTf)3, 4-trifluoromethyl-p-quinol silyl ethers react with C-, N-, and S-nucleophiles, respectively, in a regiospecific 1,2-addition manner to generate the corresponding highly reactive electrophilic intermediates. Further reaction of the in-situ generated electrophiles with a C-nucleophile followed by spontaneous aromatization enables the construction of functionalized trifluoromethyl arenes. This three-component, double nucleophilic addition/aromatization reaction based on the pre-introduction of a trifluoromethyl group onto an “aromatic to be” carbon provides a divergent strategy for the synthesis of trifluoromethylated arenes under mild reaction conditions in a single operation.

  2. Priming of Simple and Complex Scene Layout: Rapid Function from the Intermediate Level

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    Sanocki, Thomas; Sulman, Noah

    2009-01-01

    Three experiments examined the time course of layout priming with photographic scenes varying in complexity (number of objects). Primes were presented for varying durations (800-50 ms) before a target scene with 2 spatial probes; observers indicated whether the left or right probe was closer to viewpoint. Reaction time was the main measure. Scene…

  3. A General Ligand Design for Gold Catalysis allowing Ligand-Directed Anti Nucleophilic Attack of Alkynes

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    Wang, Yanzhao; Wang, Zhixun; Li, Yuxue; Wu, Gongde; Cao, Zheng; Zhang, Liming

    2014-01-01

    Most homogenous gold catalyses demand ≥0.5 mol % catalyst loading. Due to the high cost of gold, these reactions are unlikely to be applicable in medium or large scale applications. Here we disclose a novel ligand design based on the privileged biphenyl-2-phosphine framework that offers a potentially general approach to dramatically lowering catalyst loading. In this design, an amide group at the 3’ position of the ligand framework directs and promotes nucleophilic attack at the ligand gold complex-activated alkyne, which is unprecedented in homogeneous gold catalysis considering the spatial challenge of using ligand to reach antiapproaching nucleophile in a linear P-Au-alkyne centroid structure. With such a ligand, the gold(I) complex becomes highly efficient in catalyzing acid addition to alkynes, with a turnover number up to 99,000. Density functional theory calculations support the role of the amide moiety in directing the attack of carboxylic acid via hydrogen bonding. PMID:24704803

  4. Electronic Structure of a CuII-Alkoxide Complex Modeling Intermediates in Copper-Catalyzed Alcohol Oxidations

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    Hayes, Ellen C.; Porter, Thomas R.; Barrows, Charles J.; Kaminsky, Werner; Mayer, James M.; Stoll, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    In the copper-catalyzed oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes, a CuII-alkoxide (CuII-OR) intermediate is believed to modulate the αC-H bond strength of the deprotonated substrate to facilitate the oxidation. As a structural model for these intermediates, we characterized the electronic structure of the stable compound TptBuCuII(OCH2CF3) (TptBu = (hydro-tris (3-tert-butyl-pyrazolyl) borate) and investigated the influence of the trifluoroethoxide ligand on the electronic structure of the complex. The compound exhibits an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum with an unusually large gzz value of 2.44 and a small copper hyperfine coupling Azz of 40·10−4 cm−1 (120 MHz). Single-crystal electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectra show that the unpaired spin population is highly localized on the copper ion (≈ 68 %), with no more than 15 % on the ethoxide oxygen. Electronic absorption and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra show weak ligand-field transitions between 5000 and 12000 cm−1 and an intense ethoxide-to-copper charge transfer (LMCT) transition at 24000 cm−1, resulting in the red color of this complex. Resonance Raman (rR) spectroscopy reveals a Cu-O stretch mode at 592 cm−1. Quantum chemical calculations support the interpretation and assignment of the experimental data. Compared to known CuII-thiolate and CuII-alkylperoxo complexes from the literature, we found an increased σ interaction in the CuII-OR bond that results in the spectroscopic features. These insights lay the basis for further elucidating the mechanism of copper-catalyzed alcohol oxidations. PMID:26907976

  5. Electronic Structure of a Cu(II)-Alkoxide Complex Modeling Intermediates in Copper-Catalyzed Alcohol Oxidations.

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    Hayes, Ellen C; Porter, Thomas R; Barrows, Charles J; Kaminsky, Werner; Mayer, James M; Stoll, Stefan

    2016-03-30

    In the copper-catalyzed oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes, a Cu(II)-alkoxide (Cu(II)-OR) intermediate is believed to modulate the αC-H bond strength of the deprotonated substrate to facilitate the oxidation. As a structural model for these intermediates, we characterized the electronic structure of the stable compound Tp(tBu)Cu(II)(OCH2CF3) (Tp(tBu) = hydro-tris(3-tert-butyl-pyrazolyl)borate) and investigated the influence of the trifluoroethoxide ligand on the electronic structure of the complex. The compound exhibits an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum with an unusually large gzz value of 2.44 and a small copper hyperfine coupling Azz of 40 × 10(-4) cm(-1) (120 MHz). Single-crystal electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectra show that the unpaired spin population is highly localized on the copper ion (≈68%), with no more than 15% on the ethoxide oxygen. Electronic absorption and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra show weak ligand-field transitions between 5000 and 12,000 cm(-1) and an intense ethoxide-to-copper charge transfer (LMCT) transition at 24,000 cm(-1), resulting in the red color of this complex. Resonance Raman (rR) spectroscopy reveals a Cu-O stretch mode at 592 cm(-1). Quantum chemical calculations support the interpretation and assignment of the experimental data. Compared to known Cu(II)-thiolate and Cu(II)-alkylperoxo complexes from the literature, we found an increased σ interaction in the Cu(II)-OR bond that results in the spectroscopic features. These insights lay the basis for further elucidating the mechanism of copper-catalyzed alcohol oxidations. PMID:26907976

  6. Structure and function of outer dynein arm intermediate and light chain complex

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    Oda, Toshiyuki; Abe, Tatsuki; Yanagisawa, Haruaki; Kikkawa, Masahide

    2016-01-01

    The outer dynein arm (ODA) is a molecular complex that drives the beating motion of cilia/flagella. Chlamydomonas ODA is composed of three heavy chains (HCs), two ICs, and 11 light chains (LCs). Although the three-dimensional (3D) structure of the whole ODA complex has been investigated, the 3D configurations of the ICs and LCs are largely unknown. Here we identified the 3D positions of the two ICs and three LCs using cryo–electron tomography and structural labeling. We found that these ICs and LCs were all localized at the root of the outer-inner dynein (OID) linker, designated the ODA-Beak complex. Of interest, the coiled-coil domain of IC2 extended from the ODA-Beak to the outer surface of ODA. Furthermore, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of how the OID linker transmits signals to the ODA-Beak, by manipulating the interaction within the OID linker using a chemically induced dimerization system. We showed that the cross-linking of the OID linker strongly suppresses flagellar motility in vivo. These results suggest that the ICs and LCs of the ODA form the ODA-Beak, which may be involved in mechanosignaling from the OID linker to the HCs. PMID:26864626

  7. Synthesis of Diversely Functionalized Oxindoles Enabled by Migratory Insertion of Isocyanide to a Transient σ-Alkylpalladium(II) Complex.

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    Kong, Wangqing; Wang, Qian; Zhu, Jieping

    2016-08-01

    Palladium-catalyzed intramolecular carbopalladation of N-aryl acrylamides followed by migratory insertion of an isocyanide-coordinated C(sp(3) )-Pd intermediate afforded an alkylimidoyl-Pd(II) complex, which can be intercepted by a nucleophile, including heteroarenes. In addition to amides, the alkylimidoyl-Pd(II) complex was successfully converted into esters, ketones, and bis-heterocyclic compounds. An unprecedented palladium-catalyzed enantioselective domino process involving isocyanide was also documented. PMID:27356093

  8. DFT calculations of magnetic parameters for molybdenum complexes and hydroxymethyl intermediates trapped on silica surface

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    Sojka, Zbigniew; Pietrzyk, Piotr

    2006-03-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of EPR parameters and their structure sensitivity for selected surface paramagnetic species involved in oxidative dehydrogenation of methanol over silica grafted molybdenum catalyst were investigated. Two surface complexes, Mo 4 c/SiO 2 and {O -sbnd Mo 4 c}/SiO 2, as well as rad CH 2OH radical trapped on the SiO 2 matrix were taken as the examples. The spin-restricted zeroth order regular approximation (ZORA) implemented in the Amsterdam Density Functional suite was used to calculate the electronic g tensor for those species. The predicted values were in satisfactory agreement with experimental EPR results. Five different coordination modes of the rad CH 2OH radical on the silica surface were considered and the isotropic 13C, 17O, and 1H hyperfine coupling constants (HFCC) of the resultant surface complexes were calculated. Structure sensitivity of the HFCC values was discussed in terms of the angular deformations caused by hydrogen bonding with the silica surface.

  9. DFT calculations of magnetic parameters for molybdenum complexes and hydroxymethyl intermediates trapped on silica surface.

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    Sojka, Zbigniew; Pietrzyk, Piotr

    2006-03-13

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of EPR parameters and their structure sensitivity for selected surface paramagnetic species involved in oxidative dehydrogenation of methanol over silica grafted molybdenum catalyst were investigated. Two surface complexes, Mo(4c)/SiO2 and {O(-)-Mo(4c)}/SiO2, as well as *CH2OH radical trapped on the SiO2 matrix were taken as the examples. The spin-restricted zeroth order regular approximation (ZORA) implemented in the Amsterdam Density Functional suite was used to calculate the electronic g tensor for those species. The predicted values were in satisfactory agreement with experimental EPR results. Five different coordination modes of the *CH2OH radical on the silica surface were considered and the isotropic 13C, 17O, and 1H hyperfine coupling constants (HFCC) of the resultant surface complexes were calculated. Structure sensitivity of the HFCC values was discussed in terms of the angular deformations caused by hydrogen bonding with the silica surface.

  10. Intermediates in the assembly of mitotic checkpoint complexes and their role in the regulation of the anaphase-promoting complex

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    Kaisari, Sharon; Sitry-Shevah, Danielle; Miniowitz-Shemtov, Shirly; Hershko, Avram

    2016-01-01

    The mitotic (or spindle assembly) checkpoint system prevents premature separation of sister chromatids in mitosis and thus ensures the fidelity of chromosome segregation. Kinetochores that are not attached properly to the mitotic spindle produce an inhibitory signal that prevents progression into anaphase. The checkpoint system acts on the Anaphase-Promoting Complex/Cyclosome (APC/C) ubiquitin ligase, which targets for degradation inhibitors of anaphase initiation. APC/C is inhibited by the Mitotic Checkpoint Complex (MCC), which assembles when the checkpoint is activated. MCC is composed of the checkpoint proteins BubR1, Bub3, and Mad2, associated with the APC/C coactivator Cdc20. The intermediary processes in the assembly of MCC are not sufficiently understood. It is also not clear whether or not some subcomplexes of MCC inhibit the APC/C and whether Mad2 is required only for MCC assembly and not for its action on the APC/C. We used purified subcomplexes of mitotic checkpoint proteins to examine these problems. Our results do not support a model in which Mad2 catalytically generates a Mad2-free APC/C inhibitor. We also found that the release of Mad2 from MCC caused a marked (although not complete) decrease in inhibitory action, suggesting a role of Mad2 in MCC for APC/C inhibition. A previously unknown species of MCC, which consists of Mad2, BubR1, and two molecules of Cdc20, contributes to the inhibition of APC/C by the mitotic checkpoint system. PMID:26755599

  11. Ternary polyplex micelles with PEG shells and intermediate barrier to complexed DNA cores for efficient systemic gene delivery.

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    Li, Junjie; Chen, Qixian; Zha, Zengshi; Li, Hui; Toh, Kazuko; Dirisala, Anjaneyulu; Matsumoto, Yu; Osada, Kensuke; Kataoka, Kazunori; Ge, Zhishen

    2015-07-10

    Simultaneous achievement of prolonged retention in blood circulation and efficient gene transfection activity in target tissues has always been a major challenge hindering in vivo applications of nonviral gene vectors via systemic administration. Herein, we constructed novel rod-shaped ternary polyplex micelles (TPMs) via complexation between the mixed block copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly{N'-[N-(2-aminoethyl)-2-aminoethyl]aspartamide} (PEG-b-PAsp(DET)) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-PAsp(DET) (PNIPAM-b-PAsp(DET)) and plasmid DNA (pDNA) at room temperature, exhibiting distinct temperature-responsive formation of a hydrophobic intermediate layer between PEG shells and pDNA cores through facile temperature increase from room temperature to body temperature (~37 °C). As compared with binary polyplex micelles of PEG-b-PAsp(DET) (BPMs), TPMs were confirmed to condense pDNA into a more compact structure, which achieved enhanced tolerability to nuclease digestion and strong counter polyanion exchange. In vitro gene transfection results demonstrated TPMs exhibiting enhanced gene transfection efficiency due to efficient cellular uptake and endosomal escape. Moreover, in vivo performance evaluation after intravenous injection confirmed that TPMs achieved significantly prolonged blood circulation, high tumor accumulation, and promoted gene expression in tumor tissue. Moreover, TPMs loading therapeutic pDNA encoding an anti-angiogenic protein remarkably suppressed tumor growth following intravenous injection into H22 tumor-bearing mice. These results suggest TPMs with PEG shells and facilely engineered intermediate barrier to inner complexed pDNA have great potentials as systemic nonviral gene vectors for cancer gene therapy. PMID:25912408

  12. Nucleophilic substitution with two reactive centers: The CN{sup −} + CH{sub 3}I case

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    Carrascosa, E.; Bawart, M.; Stei, M.; Carelli, F.; Meyer, J.; Gianturco, F. A.; Wester, R.; Linden, F.; Geppert, W. D.

    2015-11-14

    The nucleophilic substitution reaction CN{sup −} + CH{sub 3}I allows for two possible reactive approaches of the reactant ion onto the methyl halide, which lead to two different product isomers. Stationary point calculations predict a similar shape of the potential and a dominant collinear approach for both attacks. In addition, an H-bonded pre-reaction complex is identified as a possible intermediate structure. Submerged potential energy barriers hint at a statistical formation process of both CNCH{sub 3} and NCCH{sub 3} isomers at the experimental collision energies. Experimental angle- and energy differential cross sections show dominant direct rebound dynamics and high internal excitation of the neutral product. No distinct bimodal distributions can be extracted from the velocity images, which impedes the indication of a specific preference towards any of the product isomers. A forward scattering simulation based on the experimental parameters describes accurately the experimental outcome and shows how the possibility to discriminate between the two isomers is mainly hindered by the large product internal excitation.

  13. Activation of dinitrogen-derived hafnium nitrides for nucleophilic N-C bond formation with a terminal isocyanate.

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    Semproni, Scott P; Chirik, Paul J

    2013-12-01

    Better by Hf: Anion coordination to a bridging hafnocene nitride complex, prepared from CO-induced N2 cleavage, increases the nucleophilicity of the nitrogen atom, thus promoting additional NC bond formation with a typically inert terminal isocyanate ligand. This cascade sequence allows synthesis of otherwise challenging mono-substituted ureas using N2 , CO, and an appropriate electrophile.

  14. Mono- and dinuclear non-heme iron–nitrosyl complexes: Models for key intermediates in bacterial nitric oxide reductases

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    Berto, Timothy C.; Speelman, Amy L.; Zheng, Sheng; Lehnert, Nicolai

    2013-01-01

    High-spin non-heme iron–nitrosyls are of direct interest to both the chemical and biological communities as these species exhibit interesting chemical properties and act as direct models for enzymatic intermediates. The electronic ground state of the ferrous NO complexes, {Fe–NO}7, is best described as high-spin FeIII antiferromagnetically coupled to NO-, generating the spectroscopically observed S = 3/2 ground state. These species have been identified as catalytically relevant to a variety of NO-reducing enzymes such as bacterial nitric oxide reductase (NorBC) and flavo(rubredoxin) nitric oxide reductase (FNOR). Recently, the corresponding one-electron reduced {Fe–NO}8 (nitroxyl) complexes have also been implicated as biologically significant species. In this review the available spectroscopic data for {Fe–NO}7 and {Fe–NO}8 mono- and dinuclear non-heme iron–nitrosyls are summarized, and the implications of these results with respect to the electronic structures and reactivities of these species, in particular towards NO reduction, are discussed.

  15. Iron 10-thiacorroles: bioinspired iron(III) complexes with an intermediate spin (S=3/2) ground state.

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    Sakow, Dimitri; Baabe, Dirk; Böker, Birte; Burghaus, Olaf; Funk, Markus; Kleeberg, Christian; Menzel, Dirk; Pietzonka, Clemens; Bröring, Martin

    2014-03-01

    A first systematic study upon the preparation and exploration of a series of iron 10-thiacorroles with simple halogenido (F, Cl, Br, I), pseudo-halogenido (N3 , I3 ) and solvent-derived axial ligands (DMSO, pyridine) is reported. The compounds were prepared from the free-base octaethyl-10-thiacorrole by iron insertion and subsequent ligand-exchange reactions. The small N4 cavity of the ring-contracted porphyrinoid results in an intermediate spin (i.s., S=3/2) state as the ground state for the iron(III) ion. In most of the investigated cases, the i.s. state is found unperturbed and independent of temperature, as determined by a combination of X-ray crystallography and magnetometry with (1) H NMR-, EPR-, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Two exceptions were found. The fluorido iron(III) complex is inhomogenous in the solid and contains a thermal i.s. (S=3/2)→high spin (h.s., S=5/2) crossover fraction. On the other side, the cationic bis(pyridine) complex resides in the expected low spin (l.s., S=1/2) state. Chemically, the iron 10-thiacorroles differ from the iron porphyrins mainly by weaker axial ligand binding and by a cathodic shift of the redox potentials. These features make the 10-thiacorroles interesting ligands for future research on biomimetic catalysts and model systems for unusual heme protein active sites. PMID:24478121

  16. Nucleophilic substitution at centers other than carbon: reaction at the chlorine of N-chloroacetanilides with triethylamine as the nucleophile

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    Underwood, G.R.; Dietze, P.E.

    1984-12-28

    The reaction between triethylamine (TEA) and a series of para-substituted N-chloroacetanilides has been studied in aqueous solution buffered to pHs between 1 and 5. The exclusive product derived from the aromatic moiety is the corresponding acetanilide. The reaction occurs via two parallel pseudo-second-order paths, one acid catalyzed (the Orton-like mechanism), the other uncatalyzed. The uncatalyzed reaction is accelerated by the presence of electron-withdrawing substituents on the aromatic ring and can best be represented as nucleophilic displacement at chlorine. It therefore appears to be the prototype of a convenient class of reactions for the study of displacement reactions at chlorine. The rho value for this reaction is 3.87, indicating substantial negative charge buildup in the aromatic ring during of the transition state. The acid-catalyzed reaction is more complex, presumable involving a protonation equilibrium for the N-chloroacetanilide prior to the rate-determining step similar to that in the Orton reaction. 15 references, 2 figures, 3 tables.

  17. Transition Metal Donor-Peptide-Acceptor Complexes: From Intramolecular Electron Transfer Reactions to the Study of Reactive Intermediates

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    Isied, Stephan S.

    2003-03-11

    The trans-polyproline (PII) oligomers (Figure 1) are unusually rigid peptide structures which have been extensively studied by our group for peptide mediated intramolecular electron transfer (ET) at long distances. We have previously studied ET across a series of metal ion donor (D) acceptor (A) oligoproline peptides with different distances, driving forces and reorganizational energies. The majority of these experiments involve generating the ET intermediate using pulse radiolysis methods, although more recently photochemical methods are also used. Results of these studies showed that ET across peptides can vary by more than twelve orders of magnitude. Using ruthenium bipyridine donors, ET reaction rate constants across several proline residues (n = 4 - 9) occurred in the millisecond (ms) to {micro}s timescale, thus limiting the proline peptide conformational motions to only minor changes (far smaller than the large changes that occur on the ms to sec timescale, such as trans to cis proline isomerization). The present report describes our large data base of experimental results for D-peptide-A complexes in terms of a model where the involvement of both superexchange and hopping (hole and electron) mechanisms account for the long range ET rate constants observed. Our data shows that the change from superexchange to hopping mechanisms occurs at different distances depending on the type of D and A and their interactions with the peptides. Our model is also consistent with generalized models for superexchange and hopping which have been put forward by a number of theoretical groups to account for long range ET phenomena.

  18. Early intermediates in HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein-mediated fusion triggered by CD4 and co-receptor complexes.

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    Dimitrov, A S; Xiao, X; Dimitrov, D S; Blumenthal, R

    2001-08-10

    An early step in the process of HIV-1 entry into target cells is the activation of its envelope glycoprotein (GP120-GP41) to a fusogenic state upon binding to target cell CD4 and cognate co-receptor. Incubation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 Env-expressing cells with an excess of CD4 and co-recepeptor-bearing target cells resulted in an influx of an impermeant nucleic acid-staining fluorescent dye into the Env-expressing cells. The dye influx occurred concomitant with cell fusion. No influx of dye into target cells was observed if they were incubated with an excess of Env-expressing cells. The permeabilization of Env-expressing cells was also triggered by CD4.co-receptor complexes attached to Protein G-Sepharose beads in the absence of target cells. The CD4 and co-receptor-induced permeabilization of Env-expressing cells occurred with the same specificity with respect to co-receptor usage as cell fusion. Natural ligands for the co-receptors and C-terminal GP41 peptide inhibitors of HIV-1 fusion blocked this effect. Our results indicate that the process of HIV-1 Env-mediated fusion is initiated by the destabilization of HIV-1 Env-expressing membranes. Further elucidation of these early intermediates may help identify and develop potential inhibitors of HIV-1 entry into cells.

  19. Geology, geophysics and age of a late Miocene, intermediate-silicic, collapsed stratovolcano complex in the northern Mojave Desert, CA

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    Sabin, A.E. ); Monastero, F.C.; Katzenstein, A.M. ); Snee, L.W. . Branch of Isotope Geochemistry)

    1993-04-01

    Geologic mapping has revealed that the Myrick Spring-Eagle Crags area of the northern Mojave Desert is an intermediate to silicic volcanic center covering nearly 100 square km. A complex series of flows, tuffs, dikes, sills and flow breccias ranging in composition from calc-alkaline basalt to high slica rhyolite were extruded through at least three different types of NW- to W-trending vents. Alteration associated with these vents includes silicic, propylitic, argillic and minor carbonate. The most intensely altered zones are vent-proximal and are controlled by a set of conjugate NW- and NE-trending fractures. Preliminary analyses reveal anomalously high concentrations of Hg, Sb and Ba with no detectable Au or Ag within these zones. Up to 500 m of vertical offset along an arcuate fault scarp in the central portion of this region describes the topographic rim of a half-graben style caldera with an infered diameter of at least 5 km. The outlow facies to the south of the rim is dominated by thick sequences of volcaniclastic breccias with interlayered rhyolite tuffs. Preliminary results of a detailed gravity survey have precisely delineated one of the largest gravity lows in the region ([minus]140 mgals). This low directly coincides with the topographic rim of the caldera. [sup 40]Ar/[sup 39] Ar age dating of biotite, sanidine and hornblende from dacite and rhyolite flows and tuffs preliminarily bracket the age of this volcanic center between 12.4 [+-].04 and 14.5 [+-].05 Ma.

  20. Subcomplexes of Ancestral Respiratory Complex I Subunits Rapidly Turn Over in Vivo as Productive Assembly Intermediates in Arabidopsis*

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    Li, Lei; Nelson, Clark J.; Carrie, Chris; Gawryluk, Ryan M. R.; Solheim, Cory; Gray, Michael W.; Whelan, James; Millar, A. Harvey

    2013-01-01

    Subcomplexes of mitochondrial respiratory complex I (CI; EC 1.6.5.3) are shown to turn over in vivo, and we propose a role in an ancestral assembly pathway. By progressively labeling Arabidopsis cell cultures with 15N and isolating mitochondria, we have identified CI subcomplexes through differences in 15N incorporation into their protein subunits. The 200-kDa subcomplex, containing the ancestral γ-carbonic anhydrase (γ-CA), γ-carbonic anhydrase-like, and 20.9-kDa subunits, had a significantly higher turnover rate than intact CI or CI+CIII2. In vitro import of precursors for these CI subunits demonstrated rapid generation of subcomplexes and revealed that their specific abundance varied when different ancestral subunits were imported. Time course studies of precursor import showed the further assembly of these subcomplexes into CI and CI+CIII2, indicating that the subcomplexes are productive intermediates of assembly. The strong transient incorporation of new subunits into the 200-kDa subcomplex in a γ-CA mutant is consistent with this subcomplex being a key initiator of CI assembly in plants. This evidence alongside the pattern of coincident occurrence of genes encoding these particular proteins broadly in eukaryotes, except for opisthokonts, provides a framework for the evolutionary conservation of these accessory subunits and evidence of their function in ancestral CI assembly. PMID:23271729

  1. The millisecond intermediate in the reaction of nitric oxide with oxymyoglobin is an iron(III)--nitrato complex, not a peroxynitrite.

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    Yukl, Erik T; de Vries, Simon; Moënne-Loccoz, Pierre

    2009-06-01

    The dioxygenation of nitric oxide by oxyheme in globin proteins is a major route for NO detoxification in aerobic biological systems. In myoglobin, this reaction is thought to proceed through an iron(III)-bound peroxynitrite before homolytic cleavage of the O-O bond to form an iron(IV)-oxo and NO(2) radical followed by recombination and nitrate production. Single turnover experiments at alkaline pH have revealed the presence of a millisecond high-spin heme intermediate. It is widely presumed that this species is an iron(III)-peroxynitrite species, but detailed characterization of the intermediate is lacking. Using resonance Raman spectroscopy and rapid-freeze quench techniques, we identify the millisecond intermediate as an iron(III)-nitrato complex with a symmetric NO(2) stretch at 1282 cm(-1). Greater time resolution techniques will be required to detect the putative iron(III) peroxynitrite complex.

  2. Structure of Naegleria Tet-like dioxygenase (NgTet1) in complexes with a reaction intermediate 5-hydroxymethylcytosine DNA

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    Hashimoto, Hideharu; Pais, June E.; Dai, Nan; Corrêa, Jr., Ivan R.; Zhang, Xing; Zheng, Yu; Cheng, Xiaodong

    2015-08-31

    The family of ten-eleven translocation (Tet) dioxygenases is widely distributed across the eukaryotic tree of life, from mammals to the amoeboflagellate Naegleria gruberi. Like mammalian Tet proteins, the Naegleria Tet-like protein, NgTet1, acts on 5-methylcytosine (5mC) and generates 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), 5-formylcytosine (5fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC) in three consecutive, Fe(II)- and α-ketoglutarate-dependent oxidation reactions. The two intermediates, 5hmC and 5fC, could be considered either as the reaction product of the previous enzymatic cycle or the substrate for the next cycle. Here we present a new crystal structure of NgTet1 in complex with DNA containing a 5hmC. Along with the previously solvedmore » NgTet1–5mC structure, the two complexes offer a detailed picture of the active site at individual stages of the reaction cycle. In the crystal, the hydroxymethyl (OH-CH2-) moiety of 5hmC points to the metal center, representing the reaction product of 5mC hydroxylation. The hydroxyl oxygen atom could be rotated away from the metal center, to a hydrophobic pocket formed by Ala212, Val293 and Phe295. Such rotation turns the hydroxyl oxygen atom away from the product conformation, and exposes the target CH2 towards the metal-ligand water molecule, where a dioxygen O2 molecule would occupy to initiate the next round of reaction by abstracting a hydrogen atom from the substrate. The Ala212-to-Val (A212V) mutant profoundly limits the product to 5hmC, probably due to the reduced hydrophobic pocket size restricts the binding of 5hmC as a substrate.« less

  3. Structure of Naegleria Tet-like dioxygenase (NgTet1) in complexes with a reaction intermediate 5-hydroxymethylcytosine DNA

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    Hashimoto, Hideharu; Pais, June E.; Dai, Nan; Corrêa, Ivan R.; Zhang, Xing; Zheng, Yu; Cheng, Xiaodong

    2015-01-01

    The family of ten-eleven translocation (Tet) dioxygenases is widely distributed across the eukaryotic tree of life, from mammals to the amoeboflagellate Naegleria gruberi. Like mammalian Tet proteins, the Naegleria Tet-like protein, NgTet1, acts on 5-methylcytosine (5mC) and generates 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), 5-formylcytosine (5fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC) in three consecutive, Fe(II)- and α-ketoglutarate-dependent oxidation reactions. The two intermediates, 5hmC and 5fC, could be considered either as the reaction product of the previous enzymatic cycle or the substrate for the next cycle. Here we present a new crystal structure of NgTet1 in complex with DNA containing a 5hmC. Along with the previously solved NgTet1–5mC structure, the two complexes offer a detailed picture of the active site at individual stages of the reaction cycle. In the crystal, the hydroxymethyl (OH-CH2-) moiety of 5hmC points to the metal center, representing the reaction product of 5mC hydroxylation. The hydroxyl oxygen atom could be rotated away from the metal center, to a hydrophobic pocket formed by Ala212, Val293 and Phe295. Such rotation turns the hydroxyl oxygen atom away from the product conformation, and exposes the target CH2 towards the metal-ligand water molecule, where a dioxygen O2 molecule would occupy to initiate the next round of reaction by abstracting a hydrogen atom from the substrate. The Ala212-to-Val (A212V) mutant profoundly limits the product to 5hmC, probably because the reduced hydrophobic pocket size restricts the binding of 5hmC as a substrate. PMID:26323320

  4. Intermediate complex morphophysiological dormancy in seeds of the cold desert sand dune geophyte Eremurus anisopterus (Xanthorrhoeaceae; Liliaceae s.l.)

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    Mamut, Jannathan; Tan, Dun Yan; Baskin, Carol C.; Baskin, Jerry M.

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims Little is known about morphological (MD) or morphophysiological (MPD) dormancy in cold desert species and in particular those in Liliaceae sensu lato, an important floristic element in the cold deserts of Central Asia with underdeveloped embyos. The primary aim of this study was to determine if seeds of the cold desert liliaceous perennial ephemeral Eremurus anisopterus has MD or MPD, and, if it is MPD, then at what level. Methods Embryo growth and germination was monitored in seeds subjected to natural and simulated natural temperature regimes and the effects of after-ripening and GA3 on dormancy break were tested. In addition, the temperature requirements for embryo growth and dormancy break were investigated. Key Results At the time of seed dispersal in summer, the embryo length:seed length (E:S) ratio was 0·73, but it increased to 0·87 before germination. Fresh seeds did not germinate during 1 month of incubation in either light or darkness over a range of temperatures. Thus, seeds have MPD, and, after >12 weeks incubation at 5/2 °C, both embryo growth and germination occurred, showing that they have a complex level of MPD. Since both after-ripening and GA3 increase the germination percentage, seeds have intermediate complex MPD. Conclusions Embryos in after-ripened seeds of E. anisopterus can grow at low temperatures in late autumn, but if the soil is dry in autumn then growth is delayed until snowmelt wets the soil in early spring. The ecological advantage of embryo growth phenology is that seeds can germinate at a time (spring) when sand moisture conditions in the desert are suitable for seedling establishment. PMID:25180288

  5. Validation of an intermediate-complexity model for simulating marine biogeochemistry under anoxic conditions in the modern Black Sea

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    Romaniello, Stephen J.; Derry, Louis A.

    2010-08-01

    We test the ability of a new 1-D intermediate-complexity box model (ICBM) that includes process-based C, N, P, O, and S biogeochemistry to simulate profiles and fluxes of biogeochemically reactive species across a wide range of ocean redox states. The ICBM was developed to simulate whole ocean processes for paleoceanographic applications and has been tested with data from the modern global ocean. Here we adapt the circulation submodel of the ICBM to simulate water mass exchange and eddy diffusion processes in the Black Sea but make only very minor changes to the biogeochemical submodel. We force the model with estimated natural and anthropogenic inputs of tracers and nutrients to the Black Sea and compare the results of the simulations to modern observations. Ventilation of the Black Sea is modeled by depth-dependent entrainment of Cold Intermediate Layer water into Bosphorus plume water and subsequent intrusion into deep layers. The simulated profiles of circulation tracers θ, salinity, CFC-12, and radiocarbon agree well with available data, suggesting that the model does a reasonable job of representing physical exchange. Vertical profiles of biogeochemically active components are in good overall agreement with observations. The lack of trace metal (Mn and Fe) cycling in the model results in some discrepancies between the simulated profiles and observation across the suboxic zone; however, the overall redox balance is not sensitive to this difference. We compare modeled basin-wide biogeochemical fluxes to available estimates, but in a number of cases uncertainties in modern budgets limit our ability to test the model rigorously. In agreement with earlier work we find that fixed N losses via thiodenitrification are likely a major pathway in the Black Sea N cycle. Overall, the same biogeochemical submodel used to simulate the modern global ocean appears to perform well in simulating Black Sea processes without requiring significant modification. The ability of a

  6. Nucleophilic addition of reactive dyes on amidoximated acrylic fabrics.

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    El-Shishtawy, Reda M; El-Zawahry, Manal M; Abdelghaffar, Fatma; Ahmed, Nahed S E

    2014-01-01

    Seven reactive dyes judiciously selected based on chemical structures and fixation mechanisms were applied at 2% of of shade on amidoximated acrylic fabrics. Amidoximated acrylic fabric has been obtained by a viable amidoximation process. The dyeability of these fabrics was evaluated with respect to the dye exhaustion, fixation, and colour strength under different conditions of temperature and dyeing time. Nucleophilic addition type reactive dyes show higher colour data compared to nucleophilic substitution ones. FTIR studies further implicate the binding of reactive dyes on these fabrics. A tentative mechanism is proposed to rationalize the high fixation yield obtained using nucleophilic addition type reactive dyes. Also, the levelling and fastness properties were evaluated for all dyes used. Excellent to good fastness and levelling properties were obtained for all samples irrespective of the dye used. The result of investigation offers a new method for a viable reactive dyeing of amidoximated acrylic fabrics.

  7. A Mononuclear Carboxylate-Rich Oxoiron(IV) Complex: a Structural and Functional Mimic of TauD Intermediate 'J'

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    McDonald, Aidan R; Guo, Yisong; Vu, Van V; Bominaar, Emile L; Münck, Eckard; Que, Lawrence

    2012-01-01

    The pentadentate ligand (n)Bu-P2DA (2(b), (n)Bu-P2DA = N-(1',1'-bis(2-pyridyl)pentyl)iminodiacetate) was designed to bind an iron center in a carboxylate-rich environment similar to that found in the active sites of TauD and other α-ketoglutarate-dependent mononuclear non-heme iron enzymes. The iron(II) complex (n)Bu(4)N[Fe(II)(Cl)((n)Bu-P2DA)] (3(b)-Cl) was synthesized and crystallographically characterized to have a 2-pyridine-2-carboxylate donor set in the plane perpendicular to the Fe-Cl bond. Reaction of 3(b)-Cl with N-heterocyclic amines such as pyridine or imidazole yielded the N-heterocyclic amine adducts [Fe(II)(N)((n)Bu-P2DA)]. These adducts in turn reacted with oxo-transfer reagents at -95 °C to afford a short-lived oxoiron(IV) complex [Fe(IV)(O)((n)Bu-P2DA)] (5(b)) in yields as high as 90% depending on the heterocycle used. Complex 5(b) exhibits near-IR absorption features (λ(max) = 770 nm) and Mossbauer parameters (δ = 0.04 mm/s; ΔE(Q) = 1.13 mm/s; D = 27±2 cm(-1)) characteristic of an S = 1 oxoiron(IV) species. Direct evidence for an Fe=O bond of 1.66 Å was found from EXAFS analysis. DFT calculations on 5(b) in its S =1 spin state afforded a geometry-optimized structure consistent with the EXAFS data. They further demonstrated that the replacement of two pyridine donors in [Fe(IV)(O)(N4Py)](2+) (N4Py = N,N-(bis(2-pyridyl)methyl)N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine) with carboxylate donors in 5(b) decreased the energy gap between the ground S = 1 and the excited S = 2 states, reflecting the weaker equatorial ligand field of 5(b) and accounting for its larger D value. Complex 5(b) reacted readily with dihydrotoluene, methyldiphenylphosphine and ferrocene at -60 °C, and in all cases was approximately a 5-fold more reactive oxidant than [Fe(IV)(O)(N4Py)](2+). The reactivity differences between these two complexes may arise from a combination of electronic and steric factors. Carboxylate-rich 5(b) represents the closest structural mimic reported thus far of

  8. Seasonal and spatial variation of 17Oexcess and dexcess in Antarctic precipitation: insights from an intermediate complexity isotope model

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    Schoenemann, S. W.; Steig, E. J.

    2015-12-01

    The sensitivity of water isotope ratios in precipitation to climate variations in the Southern Hemisphere is investigated with an intermediate complexity isotope model (ICM) that includes updated equilibrium and kinetic fractionation factors for temperatures below zero. NCEP2 reanalysis data, with permutations to the surface temperature and humidity fields, are used as model boundary conditions. Decreases in ocean surface relative humidity result in increased 17Oexcess and dexcess, with a uniform response over the ocean and Antarctic continent. The response of 17Oexcess to a global temperature change is insignificant over the ocean, but there is a strong 17Oexcess response over the ice sheet, particularly in East Antarctica. The simulated seasonal cycle in 17Oexcess for East Antarctica is positively correlated with δ18O and of large magnitude (~50 per meg), in agreement with observations at Vostok. The seasonal cycle in 17Oexcess for West Antarctica is predicted to be smaller in magnitude (~12 per meg) and of opposite sign. The 17Oexcess seasonal cycle over the ocean is only ~3 per meg for the West Antarctic sector and ~8 per meg for the East Antarctic sector, neither of which are large enough to explain the full seasonal changes over the ice sheet produced by the ICM or observed in ice cores. The sensitivity of 17Oexcess to local site temperature, and both the modern spatial distribution and seasonal variability of 17Oexcess and dexcess over the ice sheet, reflect the proportion of equilibrium and kinetic fractionation during snow formation. To simulate the present-day 17Oexcess observations requires that the sensitivity of supersaturation to temperature to be relatively high. Evaporative recharge is also found to be an important process that reduces the variability of 17Oexcess and dexcess over the ocean. Evidence is provided that the simulation of kinetic fractionation during snow formation may require the inclusion of a term that accounts for turbulence.

  9. Nucleophilic Polymers and Gels in Hydrolytic Degradation of Chemical Warfare Agents.

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    Bromberg, Lev; Creasy, William R; McGarvey, David J; Wilusz, Eugene; Hatton, T Alan

    2015-10-01

    Water- and solvent-soluble polymeric materials based on polyalkylamines modified with nucleophilic groups are introduced as catalysts of chemical warfare agent (CWA) hydrolysis. A comparative study conducted at constant pH and based on the criteria of the synthetic route simplicity, aqueous solubility, and rate of hydrolysis of CWA mimic, diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP), indicated that 4-aminopyridine-substituted polyallylamine (PAAm-APy) and polyvinylamine substituted with 4-aminopyridine (PVAm-APy) were advantageous over 4-pyridinealdoxime-modified PVAm and PAAm, poly(butadiene-co-pyrrolidinopyridine), and PAAm modified with bipyridine and its complex with Cu(II). The synthesis of PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy involved generation of a betaine derivative of acrylamide and its covalent attachment onto the polyalkylamine chain followed by basic hydrolysis. Hydrogel particles of PAAm-APy and PVAm-APy cross-linked by epichlorohydrin exhibited pH-dependent swelling and ionization patterns that affected the rate constants of DFP nucleophilic hydrolysis. Deprotonation of the aminopyridine and amine groups increased the rates of the nucleophilic hydrolysis. The second-order rate of nucleophilic hydrolysis was 5.5- to 10-fold higher with the nucleophile-modified gels compared to those obtained by cross-linking of unmodified PAAm, throughout the pH range. Testing of VX and soman (GD) was conducted in 2.5-3.7 wt % PVAm-APy suspensions or gels swollen in water or DMSO/water mixtures. The half-lives of GD in aqueous PVAm-APy were 12 and 770 min at pH 8.5 and 5, respectively. Addition of VX into 3.5-3.7 wt % suspensions of PVAm-APy in DMSO-d6 and D2O at initial VX concentration of 0.2 vol % resulted in 100% VX degradation in less than 20 min. The unmodified PVAm and PAAm were 2 orders of magnitude less active than PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy, with VX half-lives in the range of 24 h. Furthermore, the PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy gels facilitated the dehydrochlorination reaction of sulfur mustard

  10. Nucleophilic Polymers and Gels in Hydrolytic Degradation of Chemical Warfare Agents.

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    Bromberg, Lev; Creasy, William R; McGarvey, David J; Wilusz, Eugene; Hatton, T Alan

    2015-10-01

    Water- and solvent-soluble polymeric materials based on polyalkylamines modified with nucleophilic groups are introduced as catalysts of chemical warfare agent (CWA) hydrolysis. A comparative study conducted at constant pH and based on the criteria of the synthetic route simplicity, aqueous solubility, and rate of hydrolysis of CWA mimic, diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP), indicated that 4-aminopyridine-substituted polyallylamine (PAAm-APy) and polyvinylamine substituted with 4-aminopyridine (PVAm-APy) were advantageous over 4-pyridinealdoxime-modified PVAm and PAAm, poly(butadiene-co-pyrrolidinopyridine), and PAAm modified with bipyridine and its complex with Cu(II). The synthesis of PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy involved generation of a betaine derivative of acrylamide and its covalent attachment onto the polyalkylamine chain followed by basic hydrolysis. Hydrogel particles of PAAm-APy and PVAm-APy cross-linked by epichlorohydrin exhibited pH-dependent swelling and ionization patterns that affected the rate constants of DFP nucleophilic hydrolysis. Deprotonation of the aminopyridine and amine groups increased the rates of the nucleophilic hydrolysis. The second-order rate of nucleophilic hydrolysis was 5.5- to 10-fold higher with the nucleophile-modified gels compared to those obtained by cross-linking of unmodified PAAm, throughout the pH range. Testing of VX and soman (GD) was conducted in 2.5-3.7 wt % PVAm-APy suspensions or gels swollen in water or DMSO/water mixtures. The half-lives of GD in aqueous PVAm-APy were 12 and 770 min at pH 8.5 and 5, respectively. Addition of VX into 3.5-3.7 wt % suspensions of PVAm-APy in DMSO-d6 and D2O at initial VX concentration of 0.2 vol % resulted in 100% VX degradation in less than 20 min. The unmodified PVAm and PAAm were 2 orders of magnitude less active than PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy, with VX half-lives in the range of 24 h. Furthermore, the PVAm-APy and PAAm-APy gels facilitated the dehydrochlorination reaction of sulfur mustard

  11. Host and φx 174 Mutations Affecting the Morphogenesis or Stabilization of the 50s Complex, a Single-Stranded DNA Synthesizing Intermediate

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    Ekechukwu, M. C.; Oberste, D. J.; Fane, B. A.

    1995-01-01

    The morphogenetic pathway of bacteriophage φX 174 was investigated in rep mutant hosts that specifically block stage III single-stranded DNA synthesis. The defects conferred by the mutant rep protein most likely affect the formation or stabilization of the 50S complex, a single-stranded DNA synthesizing intermediate, which consists of a viral prohead and a DNA replicating intermediate (preinitiation complex). φX 174 mutants, ogr(rep), which restore the ability to propagate in the mutant rep hosts, were isolated. The ogr(rep) mutations confer amino acid substitutions in the viral coat protein, a constituent of the prohead, and the viral A protein, a constituent of the preinitiation complex. Four of the six coat protein substitutions are localized on or near the twofold axis of symmetry in the atomic structure of the mature virion. PMID:7498760

  12. A common intermediate for N2 formation in enzymes and zeolites: side-on Cu-nitrosyl complexes.

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Lee, Jong H; Burton, Sarah D; Lipton, Andrew S; Peden, Charles H F; Szanyi, János

    2013-09-16

    Side on! Combined FTIR and NMR studies revealed the presence of a side-on nitrosyl species in the zeolite Cu-SSZ-13. This intermediate is very similar to those found in nitrite reductase enzyme systems. The identification of this intermediate led to the proposal of a reaction mechanism that is fully consistent with the results of both kinetic and spectroscopic studies. PMID:23939905

  13. Nucleophilic substitution as a mechanism of atrazine sequestration in soil.

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    Lu, Junhe; Shao, Juan; Kong, Deyang

    2015-03-01

    Formation of nonextractable residue was widely observed as a sink of atrazine (ATZ) in soil. However, the mechanisms by which ATZ binds to soil organic matter remain unclear. In this study, we demonstrated that neucleophilic substitution could serve an important pathway causing ATZ sequestration. The carbon bonded to the chlorine in ATZ molecule is partially positively charged due to the strong electronegativity of chlorine and is susceptible to the attack of nucleophiles such as aniline. Since aromatic amines are relatively rare in natural soils, amino acids/peptides were hypothesized to act as the main nucleophiles in real environment. However, substantially ATZ transformation was only observed in the presence of those species containing thiol functionality. Thus, we speculated that it was the thiol group in amino acids/peptides acting as the nucleophile. Nitrogen in amino acids was in fact not an active nucleophile toward ATZ. In addition to the sulfur-containing amino acids, other thiol compounds, and sulfide were also proved to be reactive to ATZ. Thus, the sequestration potential of ATZ probably correlates to the availability of thiol compounds in soil.

  14. Nucleophilic substitution reaction for post-functionalization of polyoxometalates

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    Yin, Panchao; Li, Qiang; Zhang, Jin; Wang, Longsheng; Hao, Jian; Wei, Yongge

    2015-07-06

    In this study, a hexamolybdate-based organic inorganic hybrid molecule containing a chloralkane fragment is synthesized and its Cl atom can be substituted by iodine and nitrate through nucleophilic substitution reactions in high yields, which provide a post-functionalization protocol to bring in various additional functional groups into polyoxometalate-based hybrid materials under mild conditions.

  15. Nucleophilic substitution by grignard reagents on sulfur mustards.

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    Converso, Antonella; Saaidi, Pierre-Loïc; Sharpless, K Barry; Finn, M G

    2004-10-15

    With proper activation of the leaving group, sulfur mustards react with Grignard reagents with neighboring group participation of the sulfur atom. 2,6-Dichloro-9-thiabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane is especially useful in this regard, providing clean reactivity with organomagnesium nucleophiles on a topologically constrained scaffold.

  16. Nucleophilicity-periodic trends and connection to basicity.

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    Uggerud, Einar

    2006-01-23

    The potential energy profiles of 18 identity S(N)2 reactions have been estimated by using G2-type quantum-chemical calculations. The reactions are: X- + CH3-X --> X-CH3 + X- and XH + CH3-XH+ --> +HX-CH3 + XH (X = NH2, OH, F, PH2, SH, Cl, AsH2, SeH, Br). Despite the charge difference, the barrier heights and the geometrical requirements upon going from the reactant to the transition structure are surprisingly similar for X- and XH. The barrier heights decrease on going from left to right in the periodic table, and increasing ionization energy (of X- and XH) is correlated with decreasing barrier. The observed trends are explained in terms of substrates with stronger electrostatic character giving rise to lower energetic barriers due to decreased electron repulsion in the transition structure. On the basis of this study, the relationship between the kinetic concept of nucleophilicity and the thermodynamic concept of basicity has been analyzed and clarified. Since the trends in intrinsic nucleophilicity (only defined for identity reactions) and basicity are opposite, overall nucleophilicity (defined for any reaction) will be determined by the relative contribution of the two factors. Only for strongly exothermic reactions will basicity and nucleophilicity be matching.

  17. A general phosphoric acid-catalyzed desymmetrization of meso-aziridines with silylated selenium nucleophiles.

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    Senatore, Matilde; Lattanzi, Alessandra; Santoro, Stefano; Santi, Claudio; Della Sala, Giorgio

    2011-09-21

    The first example of meso-aziridine desymmetrization with selenium nucleophiles is reported. The reaction, promoted by VAPOL-hydrogen phosphate using (phenylseleno)trimethylsilane as the nucleophile, proves to be very general and highly enantioselective (84-99% ee).

  18. An intermediate-complexity model for simulating marine biogeochemistry in deep time: Validation against the modern global ocean

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    Romaniello, Stephen J.; Derry, Louis A.

    2010-08-01

    We present a new high-resolution 1-D intermediate-complexity box model (ICBM) of ocean biogeochemical processes for paleoceanographic applications. The model contains 79 reservoirs in three regions that should be generally applicable throughout much of Earth history: (1) a stratified gyre region, (2) a high-latitude convective region, and (3) an upwelling region analogous to those found associated with eastern boundary currents. Transport processes are modeled as exchange fluxes between boxes and by eddy diffusion terms. Significant improvement in the representation of middepth oxygen budgets was achieved by implementing nonlocal mixing between the high-latitude surface and gyre thermocline reservoirs. The biogeochemical submodel simulates coupled C, N, P, O, and S systematics with explicit representation of microbial populations, using a process-based approach. Primary production follows Redfield stoichiometry, while water column remineralization is depth- and redox couple-dependent. Settling particulate organic matter is incorporated into a benthic submodel that accounts for burial and remineralization. The C/P ratio of burial depends on bottom water oxygen. Denitrification takes place both by classical and anammox pathways. The ICBM was tested against modern oceanographic observations from the Global Ocean Data Analysis Project, Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, and other databases. Comparisons of model output with circulation tracers including θ, salinity, CFC-12, and radiocarbon permit a test of the physical exchange scheme. Vertical profiles of biogeochemically reactive components in each of the three regions are in good agreement with observations. Under modern conditions the upwelling zone displays a pronounced oxygen minimum zone and water column denitrification, while these are not present in the high-latitude or gyre regions. Model-generated global fluxes also compare well to independent estimates of primary production, burial, and phosphorous and nitrogen

  19. The impact of ice shelf - iceberg coupling on the North Atlantic Ocean in a global climate model of intermediate complexity

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    Bugelmayer, M.; Roche, D. M.; Renssen, H.

    2012-04-01

    The influence of icebergs on the climate system is well known. On the one hand they act as a source of fresh water and on the other hand icebergs are a sink of latent heat. As a consequence icebergs clearly affect the ocean stratification and the formation of sea ice. The influence of icebergs on the climate system is especially important during so - called Heinrich events, which were periods with huge armadas of icebergs during the glacial climate. So far, icebergs have mostly been parameterized in global climate models as freshwater and heat fluxes. More recently, an iceberg module was used to generate bergs at specific locations. In this study a version of the Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity, LOVECLIM, that includes a 3D dynamic - thermodynamic iceberg module (Jongma et al, 2008) is coupled to the Grenoble model for ice shelves and land ice (GRISLI, Ritz et al, 1997; 2001). Therefore, the icebergs are generated according to the amount of mass loss at the calving sites of GRISLI. The ice shelf model itself depends on the precipitation and temperature that is calculated by LOVECLIM. The calving rate of GRISLI is given back to the dynamic iceberg module in the form of an ice volume flux. The volume flux is taken to generate icebergs according to the size and mass distribution of Bigg et al. (1997). These bergs are then released at the same locations as the calving took place. In the present study we analyse the effect of moving icebergs on sea surface temperature, salinity and convection in comparison to an experiment where the ice volume that is lost by calving is given to the ocean directly as a freshwater flux at the calving site. Moreover, the influence of the start position of the icebergs on their tracks and on the ocean is investigated as we examine the differences between a model run using prescribed locations and the model run with the coupled ice shelf - iceberg model. All the experiments are done under preindustrial forcing.

  20. Steric Effects Compete with Aryne Distortion to Control Regioselectivities of Nucleophilic Additions to 3-Silylarynes

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    Bronner, Sarah M.; Mackey, Joel L.

    2012-01-01

    We report an experimental and computational study of 3-silylarynes. The addition of nucleophiles yield ortho-substituted products as a result of aryne distortion, but meta-substituted products form predominately when the nucleophile is large. Computations correctly predict the preferred site of attack observed in both nucleophilic addition and cycloaddition experiments. Nucleophilic additions to 3-t-butylbenzyne, which is not significantly distorted, give meta-substituted products. PMID:22876797

  1. The SMC-5/6 Complex and the HIM-6 (BLM) Helicase Synergistically Promote Meiotic Recombination Intermediate Processing and Chromosome Maturation during Caenorhabditis elegans Meiosis.

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    Hong, Ye; Sonneville, Remi; Agostinho, Ana; Meier, Bettina; Wang, Bin; Blow, J Julian; Gartner, Anton

    2016-03-01

    Meiotic recombination is essential for the repair of programmed double strand breaks (DSBs) to generate crossovers (COs) during meiosis. The efficient processing of meiotic recombination intermediates not only needs various resolvases but also requires proper meiotic chromosome structure. The Smc5/6 complex belongs to the structural maintenance of chromosome (SMC) family and is closely related to cohesin and condensin. Although the Smc5/6 complex has been implicated in the processing of recombination intermediates during meiosis, it is not known how Smc5/6 controls meiotic DSB repair. Here, using Caenorhabditis elegans we show that the SMC-5/6 complex acts synergistically with HIM-6, an ortholog of the human Bloom syndrome helicase (BLM) during meiotic recombination. The concerted action of the SMC-5/6 complex and HIM-6 is important for processing recombination intermediates, CO regulation and bivalent maturation. Careful examination of meiotic chromosomal morphology reveals an accumulation of inter-chromosomal bridges in smc-5; him-6 double mutants, leading to compromised chromosome segregation during meiotic cell divisions. Interestingly, we found that the lethality of smc-5; him-6 can be rescued by loss of the conserved BRCA1 ortholog BRC-1. Furthermore, the combined deletion of smc-5 and him-6 leads to an irregular distribution of condensin and to chromosome decondensation defects reminiscent of condensin depletion. Lethality conferred by condensin depletion can also be rescued by BRC-1 depletion. Our results suggest that SMC-5/6 and HIM-6 can synergistically regulate recombination intermediate metabolism and suppress ectopic recombination by controlling chromosome architecture during meiosis.

  2. The SMC-5/6 Complex and the HIM-6 (BLM) Helicase Synergistically Promote Meiotic Recombination Intermediate Processing and Chromosome Maturation during Caenorhabditis elegans Meiosis

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    Hong, Ye; Sonneville, Remi; Agostinho, Ana; Meier, Bettina; Wang, Bin; Blow, J. Julian; Gartner, Anton

    2016-01-01

    Meiotic recombination is essential for the repair of programmed double strand breaks (DSBs) to generate crossovers (COs) during meiosis. The efficient processing of meiotic recombination intermediates not only needs various resolvases but also requires proper meiotic chromosome structure. The Smc5/6 complex belongs to the structural maintenance of chromosome (SMC) family and is closely related to cohesin and condensin. Although the Smc5/6 complex has been implicated in the processing of recombination intermediates during meiosis, it is not known how Smc5/6 controls meiotic DSB repair. Here, using Caenorhabditis elegans we show that the SMC-5/6 complex acts synergistically with HIM-6, an ortholog of the human Bloom syndrome helicase (BLM) during meiotic recombination. The concerted action of the SMC-5/6 complex and HIM-6 is important for processing recombination intermediates, CO regulation and bivalent maturation. Careful examination of meiotic chromosomal morphology reveals an accumulation of inter-chromosomal bridges in smc-5; him-6 double mutants, leading to compromised chromosome segregation during meiotic cell divisions. Interestingly, we found that the lethality of smc-5; him-6 can be rescued by loss of the conserved BRCA1 ortholog BRC-1. Furthermore, the combined deletion of smc-5 and him-6 leads to an irregular distribution of condensin and to chromosome decondensation defects reminiscent of condensin depletion. Lethality conferred by condensin depletion can also be rescued by BRC-1 depletion. Our results suggest that SMC-5/6 and HIM-6 can synergistically regulate recombination intermediate metabolism and suppress ectopic recombination by controlling chromosome architecture during meiosis. PMID:27010650

  3. The SMC-5/6 Complex and the HIM-6 (BLM) Helicase Synergistically Promote Meiotic Recombination Intermediate Processing and Chromosome Maturation during Caenorhabditis elegans Meiosis.

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    Hong, Ye; Sonneville, Remi; Agostinho, Ana; Meier, Bettina; Wang, Bin; Blow, J Julian; Gartner, Anton

    2016-03-01

    Meiotic recombination is essential for the repair of programmed double strand breaks (DSBs) to generate crossovers (COs) during meiosis. The efficient processing of meiotic recombination intermediates not only needs various resolvases but also requires proper meiotic chromosome structure. The Smc5/6 complex belongs to the structural maintenance of chromosome (SMC) family and is closely related to cohesin and condensin. Although the Smc5/6 complex has been implicated in the processing of recombination intermediates during meiosis, it is not known how Smc5/6 controls meiotic DSB repair. Here, using Caenorhabditis elegans we show that the SMC-5/6 complex acts synergistically with HIM-6, an ortholog of the human Bloom syndrome helicase (BLM) during meiotic recombination. The concerted action of the SMC-5/6 complex and HIM-6 is important for processing recombination intermediates, CO regulation and bivalent maturation. Careful examination of meiotic chromosomal morphology reveals an accumulation of inter-chromosomal bridges in smc-5; him-6 double mutants, leading to compromised chromosome segregation during meiotic cell divisions. Interestingly, we found that the lethality of smc-5; him-6 can be rescued by loss of the conserved BRCA1 ortholog BRC-1. Furthermore, the combined deletion of smc-5 and him-6 leads to an irregular distribution of condensin and to chromosome decondensation defects reminiscent of condensin depletion. Lethality conferred by condensin depletion can also be rescued by BRC-1 depletion. Our results suggest that SMC-5/6 and HIM-6 can synergistically regulate recombination intermediate metabolism and suppress ectopic recombination by controlling chromosome architecture during meiosis. PMID:27010650

  4. A sulfonium cation intermediate in the mechanism of methionine sulfoxide reductase B: a DFT study.

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    Robinet, Jesse J; Dokainish, Hisham M; Paterson, David J; Gauld, James W

    2011-07-28

    The hybrid density functional theory method B3LYP in combination with three systematically larger active site models has been used to investigate the substrate binding and catalytic mechanism by which Neisseria gonorrhoeae methionine sulfoxide reductase B (MsrB) reduces methionine-R-sulfoxide (Met-R-SO) to methionine. The first step in the overall mechanism is nucleophilic attack of an active site thiolate at the sulfur of Met-R-SO to form an enzyme-substrate sulfurane. This occurs with concomitant proton transfer from an active site histidine (His480) residue to the substrates oxygen center. The barrier for this step, calculated using our largest most complete active site model, is 17.2 kJ mol(-1). A subsequent conformational rearrangement and intramolecular -OH transfer to form an enzyme-derived sulfenic acid ((Cys495)S-OH) is not enzymatically feasible. Instead, transfer of a second proton from a second histidyl active site residue (His477) to the sulfurane's oxygen center to give water and a sulfonium cation intermediate is found to be greatly preferred, occurring with a quite low barrier of just 1.2 kJ mol(-1). Formation of the final product complex in which an intraprotein disulfide bond is formed with generation of methionine preferably occurs in one step via nucleophilic attack of the sulfur of a second enzyme thiolate ((Cys440)S(-)) at the S(Cys495) center of the sulfonium intermediate with a barrier of 23.8 kJ mol(-1). An alternate pathway for formation of the products via a sulfenic acid intermediate involves enzymatically feasible, but higher energy barriers. The role and impact of hydrogen bonding and active site residues on the properties and stability of substrate and mechanism intermediates and the affects of mutating His477 are also examined and discussed. PMID:21721538

  5. Snapshots of enzymatic Baeyer-Villiger catalysis: oxygen activation and intermediate stabilization.

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    Orru, Roberto; Dudek, Hanna M; Martinoli, Christian; Torres Pazmiño, Daniel E; Royant, Antoine; Weik, Martin; Fraaije, Marco W; Mattevi, Andrea

    2011-08-19

    Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases catalyze the oxidation of carbonylic substrates to ester or lactone products using NADPH as electron donor and molecular oxygen as oxidative reactant. Using protein engineering, kinetics, microspectrophotometry, crystallography, and intermediate analogs, we have captured several snapshots along the catalytic cycle which highlight key features in enzyme catalysis. After acting as electron donor, the enzyme-bound NADP(H) forms an H-bond with the flavin cofactor. This interaction is critical for stabilizing the oxygen-activating flavin-peroxide intermediate that results from the reaction of the reduced cofactor with oxygen. An essential active-site arginine acts as anchoring element for proper binding of the ketone substrate. Its positively charged guanidinium group can enhance the propensity of the substrate to undergo a nucleophilic attack by the flavin-peroxide intermediate. Furthermore, the arginine side chain, together with the NADP(+) ribose group, forms the niche that hosts the negatively charged Criegee intermediate that is generated upon reaction of the substrate with the flavin-peroxide. The fascinating ability of Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases to catalyze a complex multistep catalytic reaction originates from concerted action of this Arg-NADP(H) pair and the flavin subsequently to promote flavin reduction, oxygen activation, tetrahedral intermediate formation, and product synthesis and release. The emerging picture is that these enzymes are mainly oxygen-activating and "Criegee-stabilizing" catalysts that act on any chemically suitable substrate that can diffuse into the active site, emphasizing their potential value as toolboxes for biocatalytic applications.

  6. Intermediates in the oxygenation of a nonheme diiron(II) complex, including the first evidence for a bound superoxo species.

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    Shan, Xiaopeng; Que, Lawrence

    2005-04-12

    The reaction of [Fe(2)(mu-OH)(2)(6-Me(3)-TPA)(2)](2+) (1) [6-Me(3)-TPA, Tris(6-methyl-2-pyridylmethyl)amine] with O(2) in CH(2)Cl(2) at -80 degrees C gives rise to two new intermediates, 2 and 3, before the formation of previously characterized [Fe(2)(O)(O(2))(6-Me(3)-TPA)(2)](2+) (4) that allow the oxygenation reaction to be monitored one electron-transfer step at a time. Raman evidence assigns 2 and 3 as a diiron-superoxo species and a diiron-peroxo species, respectively. Intermediate 2 exhibits its nu(O-O) at 1,310 cm(-1) with a -71-cm(-1) (18)O isotope shift. A doublet peak pattern for the (16)O(18)O isotopomer of 2 in mixed-isotope Raman experiments strongly suggests that the superoxide ligand of 2 is bound end-on. This first example of a nonheme iron-superoxo intermediate exhibits the highest frequency nu(O-O) yet observed for a biomimetic metal-dioxygen adduct. The bound superoxide of 2, unlike the bound peroxide of 4, is readily reduced by 2,4-di-tert-butylphenol via a proton-coupled electron-transfer mechanism, emphasizing that metal-superoxo species may serve as oxidants in oxygen activation mechanisms of metalloenzymes. The discovery of intermediates 2 and 3 allows us to dissect the initial steps of dioxygen binding at a diiron center leading to its activation for substrate oxidation.

  7. Structural Studies of E. coli Topoisomerase III-DNA Complexes Reveal a Novel Type IA Topoisomerase-DNA Conformational Intermediate

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    Changela, Anita; DiGate, Russell J.; Mondragon, Alfonso

    2010-03-05

    Escherichia coli DNA topoisomerase III belongs to the type IA family of DNA topoisomerases, which transiently cleave single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) via a 5{prime} phosphotyrosine intermediate. We have solved crystal structures of wild-type E. coli topoisomerase III bound to an eight-base ssDNA molecule in three different pH environments. The structures reveal the enzyme in three distinct conformational states while bound to DNA. One conformation resembles the one observed previously with a DNA-bound, catalytically inactive mutant of topoisomerase III where DNA binding realigns catalytic residues to form a functional active site. Another conformation represents a novel intermediate in which DNA is bound along the ssDNA-binding groove but does not enter the active site, which remains in a catalytically inactive, closed state. A third conformation shows an intermediate state where the enzyme is still in a closed state, but the ssDNA is starting to invade the active site. For the first time, the active site region in the presence of both the catalytic tyrosine and ssDNA substrate is revealed for a type IA DNA topoisomerase, although there is no evidence of ssDNA cleavage. Comparative analysis of the various conformational states suggests a sequence of domain movements undertaken by the enzyme upon substrate binding.

  8. Nucleophilic Iododifluoromethylation of Aldehydes Using Bromine/Iodine Exchange.

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    Levin, Vitalij V; Smirnov, Vladimir O; Struchkova, Marina I; Dilman, Alexander D

    2015-09-18

    A method for the iododifluoromethylation of aromatic aldehydes using (bromodifluoromethyl)trimethylsilane (Me3SiCF2Br) is described. The selective formation of the CF2I group is based on using sodium iodide, with the sodium serving as a scavenger of bromide and iodide serving as a nucleophile with respect to difluorocarbene. The primary CF2I-addition products can undergo HI-elimination or iodine/zinc exchange followed by allylation in a one-pot manner.

  9. Silyl Ketene Imines: Highly Versatile Nucleophiles for Catalytic, Asymmetric Synthesis

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    Denmark, Scott E.; Wilson, Tyler W.

    2012-01-01

    This Minireview provides an overview on the development of silyl ketene imines and their recent applications in catalytic, enantioselective reactions. The unique structure of the ketene imine allows a diverse range of reactivity patterns and provides solutions to existing challenges in the enantioselective construction of quaternary stereogenic carbon centers and cross-benzoin adducts. A variety of reactions for which silyl ketene imines have been applied are presented with an overall goal of inspiring new uses for these underutilized nucleophiles. PMID:22968901

  10. HBF4-Catalysed Nucleophilic Substitutions of Propargylic Alcohols

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    Barreiro, Elena; Sanz-Vidal, Alvaro; Tan, Eric; Lau, Shing-Hing; Sheppard, Tom D; Díez-González, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    The activity of HBF4 (aqueous solution) as a catalyst in propargylation reactions is presented. Diverse types of nucleophiles were employed in order to form new C–O, C–N and C–C bonds in technical acetone and in air. Good to excellent yields and good chemoselectivities were obtained using low acid loading (typically 1 mol-%) under simple reaction conditions. PMID:26693210

  11. Nucleotides as nucleophiles: reactions of nucleotides with phosphoimidazolide activated guanosine

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    Kanavarioti, A.; Rosenbach, M. T.; Hurley, T. B.

    1991-01-01

    An earlier study of the reaction of phosphoimidazolide activated nucleosides (ImpN) in aqueous phosphate buffers indicated two modes of reaction of the phosphate monoanion and dianion. The first mode is catalysis of the hydrolysis of the P-N bond in ImpN's which leads to imidazole and nucleoside 5'-monophosphate. The second represents a nucleophilic substitution of the imidazole to yield the nucleoside 5'-diphosphate. This earlier study thus served as a model for the reaction of ImpN with nucleoside monophosphates (pN) because the latter can be regarded as phosphate derivatives. In the present study we investigated the reaction of guanosine 5'-phosphate-2-methylimidazolide, 2-MeImpG, in the presence of pN (N = guanosine, adenosine and uridine) in the range 6.9 less than or equal to pH less than or equal to 7.7. We observed that pN's do act as nucleophiles to form NppG, and as general base to enhance the hydrolysis of the P-N bond in 2-MeImpG, i.e. pN show the same behavior as inorganic phosphate. The kinetic analysis yields the following rate constants for the dianion pN2-: knpN = 0.17 +/- 0.02 M-1 h-1 for nucleophilic attack and khpN = 0.11 +/- 0.07 M-1 h-1 for general base catalysis of the hydrolysis. These rate constants which are independent of the nucleobase compare with kp.2 = 0.415 M-1 h-1 and khp2. = 0.217 M-1 h-1 for the reactions of HPO4(2-). In addition, this study shows that under conditions where pN presumably form stacks, the reaction mechanism remains unchanged although in quantitative terms stacked pN are somewhat less reactive. Attack by the 2'-OH and 3'-OH groups of the ribose moiety in amounts greater than or equal to 1% is not observed; this is attributed to the large difference in nucleophilicity in the neutral pH range between the phosphate group and the ribose hydroxyls. This nucleophilicity rank is not altered by stacking.

  12. Thermal and photochemical solvolysis of (E)- and (Z)-2-phenyl-1-propenyl(phenyl)iodonium tetrafluoroborate: benzenium and primary vinylic cation intermediates.

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    Gronheid, R; Lodder, G; Ochiai, M; Sueda, T; Okuyama, T

    2001-09-12

    The thermal and photochemical solvolysis of the two stereoisomeric 2-phenyl-1-propenyl(phenyl)iodonium tetrafluoroborates has been investigated in alcoholic solvents of varying nucleophilicity. The product profiles and rates of product formation in the thermal reaction are all compatible with a mechanism involving cleavage of the vinylic C-I bond assisted by the group in the trans position (methyl or phenyl), always leading to rearranged products. Depending on the nucleophilicity of the solvent, the primarily formed cations may or may not further rearrange to more stable isomers. The less reactive Z compound also yields some unrearranged vinyl ether product in the more nucleophilic solvents via an in-plane S(N)2 mechanism. The mechanism of the photolysis involves direct, unassisted cleavage of the vinylic, and aromatic, C-I bond in an S(N)1 mechanism. This produces a primary vinyl cation, which is partially trapped prior to rearrangement in methanol. The unrearranged vinyl ethers are mainly formed with retention of configuration via a lambda3-iodonium/solvent complex in an S(N)i mechanism. Thermal and photochemical solvolyses of iodonium salts are complementary techniques for the generation of different cation intermediates from the same substrate.

  13. Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry Reveals Highly-Compact Intermediates in the Collision Induced Dissociation of Charge-Reduced Protein Complexes

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    Bornschein, Russell E.; Niu, Shuai; Eschweiler, Joseph; Ruotolo, Brandon T.

    2016-01-01

    Protocols that aim to construct complete models of multiprotein complexes based on ion mobility and mass spectrometry data are becoming an important element of integrative structural biology efforts. However, the usefulness of such data is predicated, in part, on an ability to measure individual subunits removed from the complex while maintaining a compact/folded state. Gas-phase dissociation of intact complexes using collision induced dissociation is a potentially promising pathway for acquiring such protein monomer size information, but most product ions produced are possessed of high charge states and elongated/string-like conformations that are not useful in protein complex modeling. It has previously been demonstrated that the collision induced dissociation of charge-reduced protein complexes can produce compact subunit product ions; however, their formation mechanism is not well understood. Here, we present new experimental evidence for the avidin (64 kDa) and aldolase (157 kDa) tetramers that demonstrates significant complex remodeling during the dissociation of charge-reduced assemblies. Detailed analysis and modeling indicates that highly compact intermediates are accessed during the dissociation process by both complexes. Here, we present putative pathways that describe the formation of such ions, as well as discuss the broader significance of such data for structural biology applications moving forward.

  14. Electrochemical nucleophilic synthesis of di-tert-butyl-(4-[18F]fluoro-1,2-phenylene)-dicarbonate

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    He, Qinggang; Wang, Ying; Alfeazi, Ines; Sadeghi, Saman

    2015-01-01

    An electrochemical method with the ability to conduct 18F-fluorination of aromatic molecules through direct nucleophilic fluorination of cationic intermediates is presented in this paper. The reaction was performed on a remote-controlled automatic platform. Nucleophilic electrochemical fluorination of tert-butyloxycarbonyl (Boc) protected catechol, an intermediate model molecule for the positron emission tomography (PET) probe (3,4-dihydroxy-6-[18F]fluoro-l-phenylalanine), was performed. Fluorination was achieved under potentiostatic anodic oxidation in acetonitrile containing Et3N · 3HF and other supporting electrolytes. Radiofluorination efficiency was influenced by a number of variables, including the concentration of the precursor, concentration of Et3N · 3HF, type of supporting electrolyte, temperature and time, as well as applied potentials. Radiofluorination efficiency of 10.4 ± 0.6% (n = 4) and specific activity of up to 43 GBq/mmol was obtained after 1 h electrolysis of 0.1 M of 4-tert-butyl-diboc-catechol in the acetonitrile solution of Et3N · 3HF (0.033 M) and NBu4PF6 (0.05 M). Density functional theory (DFT) was employed to explain the tert-butyl functional group facilitation of electrochemical oxidation and subsequent fluorination. PMID:25000498

  15. From bis(silylene) and bis(germylene) pincer-type nickel(II) complexes to isolable intermediates of the nickel-catalyzed Sonogashira cross-coupling reaction.

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    Gallego, Daniel; Brück, Andreas; Irran, Elisabeth; Meier, Florian; Kaupp, Martin; Driess, Matthias; Hartwig, John F

    2013-10-16

    The first [ECE]Ni(II) pincer complexes with E = Si(II) and E = Ge(II) metallylene donor arms were synthesized via C-X (X = H, Br) oxidative addition, starting from the corresponding [EC(X)E] ligands. These novel complexes were fully characterized (NMR, MS, and XRD) and used as catalyst for Ni-catalyzed Sonogashira reactions. These catalysts allowed detailed information on the elementary steps of this catalytic reaction (transmetalation → oxidative addition → reductive elimination), resulting in the isolation and characterization of an unexpected intermediate in the transmetalation step. This complex, {[ECE]Ni acetylide → CuBr} contains both nickel and copper, with the copper bound to the alkyne π-system. Consistent with these unusual structural features, DFT calculations of the {[ECE]Ni acetylide → CuBr} intermediates revealed an unusual E-Cu-Ni three-center-two-electron bonding scheme. The results reveal a general reaction mechanism for the Ni-based Sonogashira coupling and broaden the application of metallylenes as strong σ-donor ligands for catalytic transformations. PMID:24053603

  16. Utilization of charge-transfer complexation in the spectrophotometric determination of some monosaccharides through their osazone intermediates.

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    Ayad, M; Belal, S; El Kheir, A A; El Adl, S

    1987-09-01

    Monosaccharide osazones are utilized in the spectrophotometric determination of their parent compounds though charge-transfer complexation with two-electron acceptor reagents. The molar combining ratio and the optimum complexation conditions have been studied. The method has been used to analyse for glucose and fructose and in determining blood glucose. PMID:18964408

  17. The acid-catalyzed decompostion of phenacylcobalamin: evidence for the formation of an enol-Co(III) pi-complex intermediate.

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    Brown, K L; Chu, M M; Ingraham, L L

    1976-04-01

    Phenacylcobalamin has been synthesized and characterized by thin-layer chromatography and uv-visible spectroscopy, as well as identification of the cobalt-containing and organic products of its cleavage in acid and base and by aerobic photolysis. The major organic product from all three cleavage reactions is acetophenone and the cobalt-containing product is aquacobalamin (or hydroxocobalamin, its conjugate base). In aqueous acidic solution (pH 0 to 7.3, ionic strength 1.0 M, and 25.0 degrees C), the kinetics of the formation of aquacobalamin are biphasic representing the linear sum of two exponential terms. The pH dependence of the first-order rate constant of both phases shows a first-order dependence on proton concentration but with an inflection point ot pH 3.55 for the faster phase and at pH 4.03 for the slower phase. This behavior is interpreted in terms of the specific acid catalyzed formation of an intermediate from both "base on" and "base off" phenacylcobalamin with different second-order rate constants for each form, followed by an intermediate decompotion step with a similar formal mechanism. The nature of the intermediate is discussed and it is concluded to be a pi-complex between cob(III)alamin and the enol of acetophenone. PMID:4086

  18. Chloromethyl chlorosulfate: a new, catalytic method of preparation and reactions with some nucleophiles.

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    Power, Nicholas P; Bethell, Donald; Proctor, Lee; Latham, Elliot; Dawson, Paul

    2004-05-21

    The reaction of liquid (gamma-) SO3 with CH2Cl2 at room temperature leads to SO3 insertion into the C-Cl bonds, giving the useful chloromethylating agent chloromethyl chlorosulfate (CMCS). The process is very slow but becomes rapid on addition of catalytic quantities of trimethyl borate. The product mixture consists almost entirely of CMCS and the product of further sulfation, methylene bis(chlorosulfate)(MBCS), in a ratio of ca. 2 : 1, but typical yields of CMCS, isolated by distillation, are only 30-35%. The catalysed reaction in the homogeneous liquid phase at -45 degrees C has been followed as a function of time and of reactant concentration by 1H nmr spectroscopy. It is observed that, besides CMCS and MBCS, three additional, transient products (designated A, B and C) are formed. Products A, B and C decompose slowly at -45 degrees C but much more rapidly if the reaction mixture is raised to room temperature, giving additional CMCS and MBCS. From an analysis of the SO3 balance, it is inferred that products A, B and C arise from the reaction of one molecule of CH2Cl2 with respectively two, three and four molecules of SO3; they are suggested to be chloromethyl chloropolysulfates. By measuring initial rates of CMCS formation or total CH2Cl2 consumption, it is shown that the reaction is first order in the catalyst and roughly third order in SO3. A mechanistic scheme is proposed in which SO3 forms equilibrating zwitterionic molecular complexes with CH2Cl2. of 1 : 1, 2 : 1 and higher stoichiometries. The boron-containing catalyst can activate these complexes towards nucleophilic attack at carbon by the negatively charged oxygen of another zwitterion. An analogous mechanism can be written for the conversion of CMCS into MBCS by SO3 in the presence of trimethyl borate. CMCS reacts rapidly with anionic nucleophiles, such as halide or acetate ions (X-), in homogeneous solution of their tetrabutylammonium salts in CD3CN, or in a two-phase system (CDCl3/H2O) using alkali

  19. Characterization of Paramagnetic Reactive Intermediates: Predicting the NMR Spectra of Iron(IV)-Oxo Complexes by DFT.

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    Borgogno, Andrea; Rastrelli, Federico; Bagno, Alessandro

    2015-09-01

    The relative energies of spin states of several iron(IV)-oxo complexes and related species have been calculated with DFT methods by employing the B3LYP* functional. We show that such calculations can predict the correct ground spin state of Fe(IV) complexes and can then be used to determine the (1) H NMR spectra of all spin states; the spectral features are remarkably different, hence calculated paramagnetic (1) H NMR spectra can be used to support the structure elucidation of numerous paramagnetic complexes. Applications to a number of stable and reactive iron(IV)-oxo species are described.

  20. Palladium-catalyzed Allylic Substitution with (η6-arene–CH2Z)Cr(CO)3-based Nucleophiles

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    Zhang, Jiadi; Stanciu, Corneliu; Wang, Beibei; Hussain, Mahmud M.; Da, Chao-Shan; Carroll, Patrick J.; Dreher, Spencer D.; Walsh, Patrick J.

    2011-01-01

    Although the palladium-catalyzed Tsuji-Trost allylic substitution reaction has been intensively studied, there is a lack of general methods to employ simple benzylic nucleophiles. Such a method would facilitate access to “α-2-propenyl benzyl” motifs, which are common structural motifs in bioactive compounds and natural products. We report herein the palladium-catalyzed allylation reaction of toluene-derived pronucleophiles activated by tricarbonylchromium. A variety of cyclic and acyclic allylic electrophiles can be employed with in situ generated (η6-C6H5–CHLiR)Cr(CO)3 nucleophiles. Catalyst identification was performed by high throughput experimentation (HTE) and led to the Xantphos/palladium hit, which proved to be a general catalyst for this class of reactions. In addition to η6-toluene complexes, benzyl amine and ether derivatives (η6-C6H5–CH2Z)Cr(CO)3 (Z=NR2, OR) are also viable pronucleophiles, allowing C–C bond-formation alpha to heteroatoms with excellent yields. Finally, a tandem allylic substitution/demetallation procedure is described that affords the corresponding metal-free allylic substitution products. This method will be a valuable complement to the existing arsenal of nucleophiles with applications in allylic substitution reactions. PMID:22047504

  1. Novel mechanistic aspects on the reaction between low spin Fe(II) Schiff base amino acid complexes and hydrogen peroxide-spectrophotometric tracer of intraperoxo intermediate catalyzed reaction.

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    Awad, Aida M; Shaker, Ali Mohamad; Zaki, Ahmad Borhan El-Din; Nassr, Lobna Abdel-Mohsen Ebaid

    2008-12-01

    The kinetics and mechanism of the reaction of hydrogen peroxide with some Fe(II) Schiff base complexes were investigated spectrophotometrically in aqueous solution at pH 8 and 35 degrees C under pseudo-first-order conditions. The used ligands were derived from salicylaldehyde or o-hydroxynaphthaldehyde and some amino acids (l-leucine, l-iso-leucine, l-serine, l-methionine and dl-tryptophan). It was found that the formation of the purple interaperoxo complex appears only above pH 7.5. The reaction consists of two steps. The first step involves reversible formation of the intraperoxo intermediate which renders irreversible at pH 8. The second step consists of inner-sphere electron transfer. The suggested scheme illustrated first-order kinetics at low [H(2)O(2)] and zero-order at high [H(2)O(2)]. Moreover, the activation parameters of the reaction were evaluated. PMID:18394952

  2. The intraflagellar transport dynein complex of trypanosomes is made of a heterodimer of dynein heavy chains and of light and intermediate chains of distinct functions

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    Blisnick, Thierry; Buisson, Johanna; Absalon, Sabrina; Marie, Alexandra; Cayet, Nadège; Bastin, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    Cilia and flagella are assembled by intraflagellar transport (IFT) of protein complexes that bring tubulin and other precursors to the incorporation site at their distal tip. Anterograde transport is driven by kinesin, whereas retrograde transport is ensured by a specific dynein. In the protist Trypanosoma brucei, two distinct genes encode fairly different dynein heavy chains (DHCs; ∼40% identity) termed DHC2.1 and DHC2.2, which form a heterodimer and are both essential for retrograde IFT. The stability of each heavy chain relies on the presence of a dynein light intermediate chain (DLI1; also known as XBX-1/D1bLIC). The presence of both heavy chains and of DLI1 at the base of the flagellum depends on the intermediate dynein chain DIC5 (FAP133/WDR34). In the IFT140RNAi mutant, an IFT-A protein essential for retrograde transport, the IFT dynein components are found at high concentration at the flagellar base but fail to penetrate the flagellar compartment. We propose a model by which the IFT dynein particle is assembled in the cytoplasm, reaches the base of the flagellum, and associates with the IFT machinery in a manner dependent on the IFT-A complex. PMID:24989795

  3. The intraflagellar transport dynein complex of trypanosomes is made of a heterodimer of dynein heavy chains and of light and intermediate chains of distinct functions.

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    Blisnick, Thierry; Buisson, Johanna; Absalon, Sabrina; Marie, Alexandra; Cayet, Nadège; Bastin, Philippe

    2014-09-01

    Cilia and flagella are assembled by intraflagellar transport (IFT) of protein complexes that bring tubulin and other precursors to the incorporation site at their distal tip. Anterograde transport is driven by kinesin, whereas retrograde transport is ensured by a specific dynein. In the protist Trypanosoma brucei, two distinct genes encode fairly different dynein heavy chains (DHCs; ∼40% identity) termed DHC2.1 and DHC2.2, which form a heterodimer and are both essential for retrograde IFT. The stability of each heavy chain relies on the presence of a dynein light intermediate chain (DLI1; also known as XBX-1/D1bLIC). The presence of both heavy chains and of DLI1 at the base of the flagellum depends on the intermediate dynein chain DIC5 (FAP133/WDR34). In the IFT140(RNAi) mutant, an IFT-A protein essential for retrograde transport, the IFT dynein components are found at high concentration at the flagellar base but fail to penetrate the flagellar compartment. We propose a model by which the IFT dynein particle is assembled in the cytoplasm, reaches the base of the flagellum, and associates with the IFT machinery in a manner dependent on the IFT-A complex.

  4. VPS29-VPS35 intermediate of retromer is stable and may be involved in the retromer complex assembly process.

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    Fuse, Atsuhito; Furuya, Norihiko; Kakuta, Soichiro; Inose, Aki; Sato, Masumi; Koike, Masato; Saiki, Shinji; Hattori, Nobutaka

    2015-06-01

    Retromer is a complex of proteins that functions in the endosome-to-Golgi retrieval cargo transport pathway. VPS35 works as the central subunit of retromer to recognize the cargos and binds with VPS29 and VPS26 via distinct domains. We show that deficiency of VPS35 or VPS29 accompanies degradation of other subunits, whereas VPS26 deficiency had no effect on VPS29 and VPS35 levels. Although VPS35 forms VPS26-VPS35 and VPS29-VPS35 sub-complexes with similar efficiency in vitro, VPS26-VPS35 was more easily degradable by the ubiquitin-proteasome-system than VPS29-VPS35. These results indicate that VPS29 and VPS35 form a biologically stable sub-complex in vivo.

  5. The efficiency of the metal catalysts in the nucleophilic substitution of alcohols is dependent on the nucleophile and not on the electrophile.

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    Biswas, Srijit; Samec, Joseph S M

    2013-05-01

    In this study, we investigate the effect of the electrophiles and the nucleophiles for eight catalysts in the catalytic SN 1 type substitution of alcohols with different degree of activation by sulfur-, carbon-, oxygen-, and nitrogen-centered nucleophiles. The catalysts do not show any general variance in efficiency or selectivity with respect to the alcohols and follow the trend of alcohol reactivity. However, when it comes to the nucleophile, the eight catalysts show general and specific variances in the efficiency and selectivity to perform the desired substitution. Interestingly, the selectivity of the alcohols to produce the desired substitution products was found to be independent of the electrophilicity of the generated carbocations but highly dependent on the ease of formation of the cation. Catalysts based on iron(III), bismuth(III), and gold(III) show higher conversions for S-, C-, and N-centered nucleophiles, and Bi(III) was the most efficient catalyst in all combinations. Catalysts based on rhenium(I) or rhenium(VII), palladium(II), and lanthanum(III) were the most efficient in performing the nucleophilic substitution on the various alcohols with the O-centered nucleophiles. These catalysts generate the symmetrical ether as a by-product from the reactions of S-, C-, and N-centered nucleophiles as well, resulting in lower chemoselectivity. PMID:23471850

  6. Neuromuscular synapse integrity requires linkage of acetylcholine receptors to postsynaptic intermediate filament networks via rapsyn–plectin 1f complexes

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    Mihailovska, Eva; Raith, Marianne; Valencia, Rocio G.; Fischer, Irmgard; Banchaabouchi, Mumna Al; Herbst, Ruth; Wiche, Gerhard

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in the cytolinker protein plectin lead to grossly distorted morphology of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) in patients suffering from epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS)-muscular dystrophy (MS) with myasthenic syndrome (MyS). Here we investigated whether plectin contributes to the structural integrity of NMJs by linking them to the postsynaptic intermediate filament (IF) network. Live imaging of acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) in cultured myotubes differentiated ex vivo from immortalized plectin-deficient myoblasts revealed them to be highly mobile and unable to coalesce into stable clusters, in contrast to wild-type cells. We found plectin isoform 1f (P1f) to bridge AChRs and IFs via direct interaction with the AChR-scaffolding protein rapsyn in an isoform-specific manner; forced expression of P1f in plectin-deficient cells rescued both compromised AChR clustering and IF network anchoring. In conditional plectin knockout mice with gene disruption in muscle precursor/satellite cells (Pax7-Cre/cKO), uncoupling of AChRs from IFs was shown to lead to loss of postsynaptic membrane infoldings and disorganization of the NMJ microenvironment, including its invasion by microtubules. In their phenotypic behavior, mutant mice closely mimicked EBS-MD-MyS patients, including impaired body balance, severe muscle weakness, and reduced life span. Our study demonstrates that linkage to desmin IF networks via plectin is crucial for formation and maintenance of AChR clusters, postsynaptic NMJ organization, and body locomotion. PMID:25318670

  7. A new ONO(3-) trianionic pincer ligand with intermediate flexibility and its tungsten alkylidene and alkylidyne complexes.

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    VenkatRamani, Sudarsan; Ghiviriga, Ion; Abboud, Khalil A; Veige, Adam S

    2015-11-14

    This report details the synthesis and characterization of the semi-flexible [ON(CH2)O]H3 (1) ligand and its W(vi)-alkylidene and alkylidyne complexes. The alkylidyne complex [ONH(CH2)O]W[triple bond, length as m-dash]C(t)Bu(O(t)Bu) (2) forms as a result of alcoholysis of 1 with ((t)BuO)3W[triple bond, length as m-dash]C(t)Bu. Complex 2 evolves to [ON(CH2)O]W[double bond, length as m-dash]CH(t)Bu(O(t)Bu) (3) through proton migration from the N atom of the pincer ligand to the W[triple bond, length as m-dash]Cα bond. Deprotonation of 2 or 3 with Ph3PCH2 affords the anionic alkylidyne {CH3PPh3}{[ON(CH2)O]W[triple bond, length as m-dash]C(t)Bu(O(t)Bu)} (4). Complex 4 exhibits pincer-ligand-centered reactivity with electrophiles (H(+), Me(+), and TMS(+)), in spite of its enhanced inorganic enamine interaction. Addition of 2 equiv. of HCl to 4 yields the W(vi)-neopentyl complex [ON(CH2)O]W(CH2(t)Bu)(O(t)Bu)(Cl) (5). MeOTf or TMSOTf addition to 4 generates the dianionic pincer ligated alkylidynes [ONR(CH2)O]W[triple bond, length as m-dash]C(t)Bu(O(t)Bu) (R = Me (6-Me); TMS (6-TMS)). Complexes 2-5 were characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, and combustion analysis. Complexes 4 and 5 were also characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. This work bridges the gap in the series involving W(vi)-alkylidynes ligated to the rigid [CF3-ONO](3-), and the flexible [O(CH2)N(CH2)O](3-) ligands. DFT computations permit comparison of the inorganic enamine effect within alkylidynes supported by all three trianionic-pincer type ONO ligands.

  8. Synthesis and nucleophilic aromatic substitution of 3-fluoro-5-nitro-1-(pentafluorosulfanyl)benzene

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    Ajenjo, Javier; Greenhall, Martin; Zarantonello, Camillo

    2016-01-01

    Summary 3-Fluoro-5-nitro-1-(pentafluorosulfanyl)benzene was prepared by three different ways: as a byproduct of direct fluorination of 1,2-bis(3-nitrophenyl)disulfane, by direct fluorination of 4-nitro-1-(pentafluorosulfanyl)benzene, and by fluorodenitration of 3,5-dinitro-1-(pentafluorosulfanyl)benzene. The title compound was subjected to a nucleophilic aromatic substitution of the fluorine atom with oxygen, sulfur and nitrogen nucleophiles affording novel (pentafluorosulfanyl)benzenes with 3,5-disubstitution pattern. Vicarious nucleophilic substitution of the title compound with carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen nucleophiles provided 3-fluoro-5-nitro-1-(pentafluorosulfanyl)benzenes substituted in position four. PMID:26977178

  9. Diverse Reactivity of an Electrophilic Phosphasilene towards Anionic Nucleophiles: Substitution or Metal-Amino Exchange.

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    Willmes, Philipp; Junk, Lukas; Huch, Volker; Yildiz, Cem B; Scheschkewitz, David

    2016-08-26

    The reaction of MesLi (Mes=2,4,6-trimethylphenyl) with the electrophilic phosphasilene R2 (NMe2 )Si-RSi=PNMe2 (2, R=Tip=2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl) cleanly affords R2 (NMe2 )Si-RSi=PMes and thus provides the first example of a substitution reaction at an unperturbed Si=P bond. In toluene, the reaction of 2 with lithium disilenide, R2 Si=Si(R)Li (1), apparently proceeds via an initial nucleophilic substitution step as well (as suggested by DFT calculations), but affords a saturated bicyclo[1.1.0]butane analogue as the final product, which was further characterized as its Fe(CO)4 complex. In contrast, in 1,2-dimethoxyethane the reaction of 1 with 2 results in an unprecedented metal-amino exchange reaction. PMID:27509901

  10. Bis-tert-Alcohol-Functionalized Crown-6-Calix[4]arene: An Organic Promoter for Nucleophilic Fluorination.

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    Jadhav, Vinod H; Choi, Wonsil; Lee, Sung-Sik; Lee, Sungyul; Kim, Dong Wook

    2016-03-18

    A bis-tert-alcohol-functionalized crown-6-calix[4]arene (BACCA) was designed and prepared as a multifunctional organic promoter for nucleophilic fluorinations with CsF. By formation of a CsF/BACCA complex, BACCA could release a significantly active and selective fluoride source for SN2 fluorination reactions. The origin of the promoting effects of BACCA was studied by quantum chemical methods. The role of BACCA was revealed to be separation of the metal fluoride to a large distance (>8 Å), thereby producing an essentially "free" F(-). The synergistic actions of the crown-6-calix[4]arene subunit (whose O atoms coordinate the counter-cation Cs(+)) and the terminal tert-alcohol OH groups (forming controlled hydrogen bonds with F(-)) of BACCA led to tremendous efficiency in SN2 fluorination of base-sensitive substrates. PMID:26880350

  11. Bis-tert-Alcohol-Functionalized Crown-6-Calix[4]arene: An Organic Promoter for Nucleophilic Fluorination.

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    Jadhav, Vinod H; Choi, Wonsil; Lee, Sung-Sik; Lee, Sungyul; Kim, Dong Wook

    2016-03-18

    A bis-tert-alcohol-functionalized crown-6-calix[4]arene (BACCA) was designed and prepared as a multifunctional organic promoter for nucleophilic fluorinations with CsF. By formation of a CsF/BACCA complex, BACCA could release a significantly active and selective fluoride source for SN2 fluorination reactions. The origin of the promoting effects of BACCA was studied by quantum chemical methods. The role of BACCA was revealed to be separation of the metal fluoride to a large distance (>8 Å), thereby producing an essentially "free" F(-). The synergistic actions of the crown-6-calix[4]arene subunit (whose O atoms coordinate the counter-cation Cs(+)) and the terminal tert-alcohol OH groups (forming controlled hydrogen bonds with F(-)) of BACCA led to tremendous efficiency in SN2 fluorination of base-sensitive substrates.

  12. Aromatic nucleophilic substitution reactions in high temperature, high pressure water

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    Le Lacheur, R.M.; Tumas, W.

    1995-12-01

    Aromatic nucleophilic substitution reactions in anoxic supercritical water were examined both for their synthetic and waste remediation potential. The substrates were halogenated aromatic compounds, and the nucleophiles were hydroxide and halide salts. Hydroxide reacts rapidly with bromo-, chloro-, and fluorobenzene at 400{degrees}C and 5300 psi, and phenol is produced almost quantitatively. In batch studies, the reaction rate order was bromo > fluoro > chlorobenzene. Mechanistic studies using halogenated toluenes showed that fluorotoluenes yield ipso substitution, possibly via the S{sub N}Ar mechanism, Chlorotoluenes and bromotoluenes yield cine substitution, likely via the benzyne mechanism. Sodium chloride reacts with bromotoluenes to yield ipso-substituted chlorotoluenes as the major product; cesium fluoride yields cine substituted cresols as the major products, with small amounts of cine substituted fluorotoluenes. The results indicate that fluoride is a very strong base under supercritical conditions, and that the benzyne mechanism results. Chloride is a weaker base and reacts by a direct substitution mechanism such as S{sub N}Ar.

  13. Combining Laue diffraction and molecular dynamics to study enzyme intermediates: Formation of the Michaelis complex in isocitrate dehydrogenase

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    Bash, P.A.; Stoddard, B.L.; Dean, A.

    1996-12-31

    Two separate techniques, Lane diffraction and computational molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, have been developed to allow the visualization and assessment of transient structural states and conformations motions in macromolecules. Recent studies on isocitrate dehydrogenase show that computational MD simulations of an enzymatic Michaelis complex are consistent with difference Fourier election-density maps of the same structure from a Lane experiment. The use of MD facilitates modeling of atoms into regions of experimental density that are poorly defined, due to missing and inaccurate low-resolution diffraction terms that degrade the X-ray scattering contribution from mobile atoms in the active site. The combination of these techniques is used to generate a model for the Michaelis complex of the enzyme isocitrate dehydrogenase with substrate isocitrate and coenzyme nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP). This concerted use of time-resolved X-ray crystallography and of MD simulations has clear importance for the study of enzyme dynamics and function.

  14. Hyperpolarized 89Y NMR spectroscopic detection of yttrium ion and DOTA macrocyclic ligand complexation: pH dependence and Y-DOTA intermediates

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    Ferguson, Sarah; Kiswandhi, Andhika; Niedbalski, Peter; Parish, Christopher; Kovacs, Zoltan; Lumata, Lloyd

    Dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) is a rapidly emerging physics technique used to enhance the signal strength in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and imaging (MRI) experiments for nuclear spins such as yttrium-89 by >10,000-fold. One of the most common and stable MRI contrast agents used in the clinic is Gd-DOTA. In this work, we have investigated the binding of the yttrium and DOTA ligand as a model for complexation of Gd ion and DOTA ligand. The macrocyclic ligand DOTA is special because its complexation with lanthanide ions such as Gd3+ or Y3+ is highly pH dependent. Using this physics technology, we have tracked the complexation kinetics of hyperpolarized Y-triflate and DOTA ligand in real-time and detected the Y-DOTA intermediates. Different kinds of buffers were used (lactate, acetate, citrate, oxalate) and the pseudo-first order complexation kinetic calculations will be discussed. The authors would like to acknowledge the support by US Dept of Defense Award No. W81XWH-14-1-0048 and Robert A. Welch Foundation Grant No. AT-1877.

  15. Study of pre-equilibrium emission of light complex particles from Fe and Bi induced by intermediate energy neutrons

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    Bevilacqua, R.; Pomp, S.; Hayashi, M.; Hirayama, S.; Naito, Y.; Watanabe, Y.; Tippawan, U.; Simutkin, V.; Andersson, P.; Blomgren, J.; Osterlund, M.; Tesinsky, M.; Lecolley, F.-R.; Marie, N.; Hjalmarsson, A.; Prokofiev, A.; Kolozhvari, A.

    2011-09-01

    We have measured double differential cross sections (DDX) for emission of hydrogen- and helium-isotopes in the interaction of 175 MeV quasi-monoenergetic neutrons with Fe and Bi using the Medley setup at the The Svedberg Laboratory (Uppsala, Sweden). We compared experimental DDX with calculations with the TALYS code, which includes exciton model and Kalbach systematics; the code fails to reproduce the emission of complex light ions, generally overestimating it. We propose an correction for the application of the Kalbach phenomenological model in the TALYS code by introducing a new energy dependence for the nucleon transfer mechanism in the pre-equilibrium emission region. Our results suggest also evidence for multiple pre-equilibrium emission of composite particles at 175 MeV.

  16. Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of (µ-Oxo)(µ-1,2-peroxo)diiron(III) Complexes of Relevance to Nonheme Diiron Oxygenase Intermediates

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    Fiedler, Adam T.; Shan, Xiaopeng; Mehn, Mark P.; Kaizer, József; Torelli, Stéphane; Frisch, Jonathan R.; Kodera, Masahito; Que, Lawrence

    2009-01-01

    With the goal of gaining insight into the structures of peroxo intermediates observed for oxygen activating nonheme diiron enzymes, a series of metastable synthetic diiron(III)-peroxo complexes with [FeIII2(µ-O)(µ-1,2-O2)] cores has been characterized by X-ray absorption and resonance Raman spectroscopy. EXAFS analysis shows that this basic core structure gives rise to an Fe-Fe distance of ~3.15 Å; the distance is decreased by 0.1 Å upon introduction of an additional carboxylate bridge. In corresponding resonance Raman studies, vibrations arising from both the Fe-O-Fe and the Fe-O-O-Fe units can be observed. A change in the Fe-Fe distance affects the ν(O-O) mode, as well as the νsym(Fe-O-Fe) and the νasym(Fe-O-Fe) modes. Indeed a linear correlation can be discerned between the ν(O-O) frequency of a complex and its Fe-Fe distance among the subset of complexes with [FeIII2(µ-OR)(µ-1,2-O2)] cores (R = H, alkyl, aryl, or no substituent). These experimental studies are complemented by a normal coordinate analysis and DFT calculations. PMID:18811130

  17. Spectroscopic and computational studies of (mu-oxo)(mu-1,2-peroxo)diiron(III) complexes of relevance to nonheme diiron oxygenase intermediates.

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    Fiedler, Adam T; Shan, Xiaopeng; Mehn, Mark P; Kaizer, József; Torelli, Stéphane; Frisch, Jonathan R; Kodera, Masahito; Que, Lawrence

    2008-12-18

    With the goal of gaining insight into the structures of peroxo intermediates observed for oxygen-activating nonheme diiron enzymes, a series of metastable synthetic diiron(III)-peroxo complexes with [Fe(III)(2)(mu-O)(mu-1,2-O(2))] cores has been characterized by X-ray absorption and resonance Raman spectroscopies, EXAFS analysis shows that this basic core structure gives rise to an Fe-Fe distance of approximately 3.15 A; the distance is decreased by 0.1 A upon introduction of an additional carboxylate bridge. In corresponding resonance Raman studies, vibrations arising from both the Fe-O-Fe and the Fe-O-O-Fe units can be observed. Importantly a linear correlation can be discerned between the nu(O-O) frequency of a complex and its Fe-Fe distance among the subset of complexes with [Fe(III)(2)(mu-OR)(mu-1,2-O(2))] cores (R = H, alkyl, aryl, or no substituent). These experimental studies are complemented by a normal coordinate analysis and DFT calculations.

  18. Trans-eQTLs Reveal That Independent Genetic Variants Associated with a Complex Phenotype Converge on Intermediate Genes, with a Major Role for the HLA

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    Fehrmann, Rudolf S. N.; Arends, Danny; Bonder, Marc Jan; Fu, Jingyuan; Deelen, Patrick; Groen, Harry J. M.; Smolonska, Asia; Weersma, Rinse K.; Hofstra, Robert M. W.; Buurman, Wim A.; Rensen, Sander; Wolfs, Marcel G. M.; Platteel, Mathieu; Zhernakova, Alexandra; Elbers, Clara C.; Festen, Eleanora M.; Trynka, Gosia; Hofker, Marten H.; Saris, Christiaan G. J.; Ophoff, Roel A.; van den Berg, Leonard H.; van Heel, David A.; Wijmenga, Cisca; te Meerman, Gerard J.; Franke, Lude

    2011-01-01

    For many complex traits, genetic variants have been found associated. However, it is still mostly unclear through which downstream mechanism these variants cause these phenotypes. Knowledge of these intermediate steps is crucial to understand pathogenesis, while also providing leads for potential pharmacological intervention. Here we relied upon natural human genetic variation to identify effects of these variants on trans-gene expression (expression quantitative trait locus mapping, eQTL) in whole peripheral blood from 1,469 unrelated individuals. We looked at 1,167 published trait- or disease-associated SNPs and observed trans-eQTL effects on 113 different genes, of which we replicated 46 in monocytes of 1,490 different individuals and 18 in a smaller dataset that comprised subcutaneous adipose, visceral adipose, liver tissue, and muscle tissue. HLA single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were 10-fold enriched for trans-eQTLs: 48% of the trans-acting SNPs map within the HLA, including ulcerative colitis susceptibility variants that affect plausible candidate genes AOAH and TRBV18 in trans. We identified 18 pairs of unlinked SNPs associated with the same phenotype and affecting expression of the same trans-gene (21 times more than expected, P<10−16). This was particularly pronounced for mean platelet volume (MPV): Two independent SNPs significantly affect the well-known blood coagulation genes GP9 and F13A1 but also C19orf33, SAMD14, VCL, and GNG11. Several of these SNPs have a substantially higher effect on the downstream trans-genes than on the eventual phenotypes, supporting the concept that the effects of these SNPs on expression seems to be much less multifactorial. Therefore, these trans-eQTLs could well represent some of the intermediate genes that connect genetic variants with their eventual complex phenotypic outcomes. PMID:21829388

  19. Human 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex E1 component forms a thiamin-derived radical by aerobic oxidation of the enamine intermediate.

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    Nemeria, Natalia S; Ambrus, Attila; Patel, Hetalben; Gerfen, Gary; Adam-Vizi, Vera; Tretter, Laszlo; Zhou, Jieyu; Wang, Junjie; Jordan, Frank

    2014-10-24

    Herein are reported unique properties of the human 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase multienzyme complex (OGDHc), a rate-limiting enzyme in the Krebs (citric acid) cycle. (a) Functionally competent 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase (E1o-h) and dihydrolipoyl succinyltransferase components have been expressed according to kinetic and spectroscopic evidence. (b) A stable free radical, consistent with the C2-(C2α-hydroxy)-γ-carboxypropylidene thiamin diphosphate (ThDP) cation radical was detected by electron spin resonance upon reaction of the E1o-h with 2-oxoglutarate (OG) by itself or when assembled from individual components into OGDHc. (c) An unusual stability of the E1o-h-bound C2-(2α-hydroxy)-γ-carboxypropylidene thiamin diphosphate (the "ThDP-enamine"/C2α-carbanion, the first postdecarboxylation intermediate) was observed, probably stabilized by the 5-carboxyl group of OG, not reported before. (d) The reaction of OG with the E1o-h gave rise to superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide (reactive oxygen species (ROS)). (e) The relatively stable enzyme-bound enamine is the likely substrate for oxidation by O2, leading to the superoxide anion radical (in d) and the radical (in b). (f) The specific activity assessed for ROS formation compared with the NADH (overall complex) activity, as well as the fraction of radical intermediate occupying active centers of E1o-h are consistent with each other and indicate that radical/ROS formation is an "off-pathway" side reaction comprising less than 1% of the "on-pathway" reactivity. However, the nearly ubiquitous presence of OGDHc in human tissues, including the brain, makes these findings of considerable importance in human metabolism and perhaps disease.

  20. Why does threonine, and not serine, function as the active site nucleophile in proteasomes?

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    Kisselev, A F; Songyang, Z; Goldberg, A L

    2000-05-19

    Proteasomes belong to the N-terminal nucleophile group of amidases and function through a novel proteolytic mechanism, in which the hydroxyl group of the N-terminal threonines is the catalytic nucleophile. However, it is unclear why threonine has been conserved in all proteasomal active sites, because its replacement by a serine in proteasomes from the archaeon Thermoplasma acidophilum (T1S mutant) does not alter the rates of hydrolysis of Suc-LLVY-amc (Seemüller, E., Lupas, A., Stock, D., Lowe, J., Huber, R., and Baumeister, W. (1995) Science 268, 579-582) and other standard peptide amide substrates. However, we found that true peptide bonds in decapeptide libraries were cleaved by the T1S mutant 10-fold slower than by wild type (wt) proteasomes. In degrading proteins, the T1S proteasome was 3.5- to 6-fold slower than the wt, and this difference increased when proteolysis was stimulated using the proteasome-activating nucleotidase (PAN) ATPase complex. With mutant proteasomes, peptide bond cleavage appeared to be rate-limiting in protein breakdown, unlike with wt. Surprisingly, a peptide ester was hydrolyzed by both particles much faster than the corresponding amide, and the T1S mutant cleaved it faster than the wt. Moreover, the T1S mutant was inactivated by the ester inhibitor clasto-lactacystin-beta-lactone severalfold faster than the wt, but reacted with nonester irreversible inhibitors at similar rates. T1A and T1C mutants were completely inactive in all these assays. Thus, proteasomes lack additional active sites, and the N-terminal threonine evolved because it allows more efficient protein breakdown than serine. PMID:10809725

  1. Copper(I)-catalyzed enantioselective nucleophilic borylation of aldehydes: an efficient route to enantiomerically enriched α-alkoxyorganoboronate esters.

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    Kubota, Koji; Yamamoto, Eiji; Ito, Hajime

    2015-01-14

    The first catalytic enantioselective nucleophilic borylation of a C═O double bond has been achieved. A series of aldehydes reacted with a diboron reagent in the presence of a copper(I)/DTBM-SEGPHOS complex catalyst using MeOH as a proton source to give the corresponding optically active α-alkoxyorganoboronate esters with excellent enantioselectivities. Furthermore, the products could be readily converted to the corresponding functionalized chiral alcohol derivatives through stereospecific C-C bond forming reactions involving the stereogenic C-B bond. PMID:25494834

  2. Poly(1,3,4-oxadiazoles) via aromatic nucleophilic displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Wolf, Peter (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    Poly(1,3,4-oxadiazoles) (POX) are prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyphenyl) 1,3,4-oxadiazole monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The polymerizations are carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as sulfolane or diphenylsulfone using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperatures under nitrogen. The di(hydroxyphenyl) 1,3,4-oxadiazole monomers are synthesized by reacting 4-hydroxybenzoic hydrazide with phenyl 4-hydrobenzoate in the melt and also by reacting aromatic dihydrazides with two moles of phenyl 4-hydroxybenzoate in the melt. This synthetic route has provided high molecular weight POX of new chemical structure, is economically and synthetically more favorable than other routes, and allows for facile chemical structure variation due to the large variety of activated aromatic dihalides which are available.

  3. Poly(N-arylenbenzimidazoles) via aromatic nucleophilic displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Smith, Joseph G., Jr. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    Novel poly(N-arylenebenzimidazole)s (PNABIs) are prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of novel di(hydroxyphenyl-N-arylene benzimidazole) monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The polymerizations are carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone or N,N-dimethylacetamide using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperatures under nitrogen. The di(hydroxyphenyl N-arylenebenzimidazole) monomers are synthesized by reacting phenyl 4-hydroxybenzoate with bis(2-aminoanilino) arylenes in diphenylsulfone. Moderate molecular weight PNABIs of new chemical structures were prepared that exhibit a favorable combination of physical and mechanical properties. The use of the novel di(hydroxyphenyl N-arylenebenzimidazole)s permits a more economical and easier way to prepare PNABIs than previous routes.

  4. Amination of electrophilic aromatic compounds by vicarious nucleophilic substitution

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    Mitchell, Alexander R.; Pagoria, Philip F.; Schmidt, Robert D.

    2000-01-01

    The present invention relates to a process to aminate electrophilic aromatic compounds by vicarious nucleophilic substitution of hydrogen using quaternary hydrazinium salts. The use of trialkylhydrazinium halide, e.g., trimethylhydrazinium iodide, as well as hydroxylamine, alkoxylamines, and 4-amino-1,2,4-triazole to produce aminated aromatic structures, such as 1,3-diamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (DATB), 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) and 3,5-diamino-2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (DATNT), is described. DATB and TATB are useful insensitive high explosives. TATB is also used for the preparation of benzenehexamine, a starting material for the synthesis of novel materials (optical imaging devices, liquid crystals, ferromagnetic compounds).

  5. Transetherification on Polyols by Intra- and Intermolecular Nucleophilic Substitutions

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    Muraoka, Takahiro; Adachi, Kota; Chowdhury, Rainy; Kinbara, Kazushi

    2014-01-01

    Transetherification on polyols involving intra- and intermolecular nucleophilic substitutions is reported. Di- or trialkoxide formation of propane-1,3-diol or 2-(hydroxymethyl)propane-1,3-diol derivatives by NaH triggers the reaction via oxetanes formation, where the order to add NaH and a polyol significantly influences the yields of products. It was demonstrated that the protective group on the pentaerythritol skeleton is apparently transferred to the hydrophilic and hydrophobic chain molecules bearing a leaving group in one-step, and a protective group conversion from tosyl to benzyl was successful using a benzyl-appending triol to afford a desired product in 67% yield. PMID:24663293

  6. Amination of electrophilic aromatic compounds by vicarious nucleophilic substitution

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    Mitchell, A.R.; Pagoria, P.F.; Schmidt, R.D.

    2000-05-30

    The present invention relates to a process to aminate electrophilic aromatic compounds by vicarious nucleophilic substitution of hydrogen using quaternary hydrazinium salts. The use of trialkylhydrazinium halide, e.g., trimethylhydrazinium iodide, as well as hydroxylamine, alkoxylamines, and 4-amino-1,2,4-triazole to produce aminated aromatic structures, such as 1,3-diamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (DATB), 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) and 3,5-diamino-2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (DATNT), is described. DATB and TATB are useful insensitive high explosives. TATB is also used for the preparation of benzenehexamine, a starting material for the synthesis of novel materials (optical imaging devices, liquid crystals, ferromagnetic compounds).

  7. Poly(N-arylenebenzimidazole)s via aromatic nucleophilic displacement

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    Connell, John W. (Inventor); Hergenrother, Paul M. (Inventor); Smith, Jr., Joseph G. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    Novel poly(N-arylenebenzimidazole)s (PNABls) are prepared by the aromatic nucleophilic displacement reaction of novel di(hydroxyphenyl-N-arylene benzimidazole) monomers with activated aromatic dihalides or activated aromatic dinitro compounds. The polymerizations are carried out in polar aprotic solvents such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone or N,N-dimethylacetamide using alkali metal bases such as potassium carbonate at elevated temperatures under nitrogen. The di(hydroxyphenyl-N-arylenebenzimidazole) monomers are synthesized by reacting phenyl-4-hydroxybenzoate with bis(2-aminoanilino)arylenes in diphenylsulfone. Moderate molecular weight PNABIs of new chemical structures were prepared that exhibit a favorable combination of physical and mechanical properties. The use of the novel di(hydroxyphenyI-N-arylenebenzimidazole)s permits a more economical and easier way to prepare PNABIs than previous routes.

  8. An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation on Pentacoordinated Cobalt(III) Complexes with an Intermediate S=1 Spin State: How Halide Ligands Affect their Magnetic Anisotropy.

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    Brazzolotto, Deborah; Gennari, Marcello; Yu, Shengying; Pécaut, Jacques; Rouzières, Mathieu; Clérac, Rodolphe; Orio, Maylis; Duboc, Carole

    2016-01-18

    Understanding the factors that control the magnitude and symmetry of magnetic anisotropy should facilitate the rational design of mononuclear metal complexes in the quest for single-molecule magnets (SMMs), based on a single metal ion, with high blocking temperatures and large energy barriers. The best strategy is to define magnetostructural correlations through the investigation of a series of metal complexes. It has been demonstrated that the main contribution to the magnetic anisotropy arises from the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) effect in metal-ion-based systems, so current studies focus particularly on the use of both ligands and metal ions possessing a large SOC. In this context, we report a unique series of halide Co(III) complexes, [CoL(X)], with X=Cl, Br, I (CoX) and L=2,2'-(2,2'-bipyridine-6,6'-diyl)bis(1,1-diphenylethanethiolate), which possess a rare intermediate S=1 spin ground state. The S=1 Co(III) complexes are attractive species because they possess a remarkably large axial zero-field splitting (defined by D from the following Hamiltonian: H=DSz (2) ), as well as the halide ligands inducing large SOC constants. The single-crystal X-ray structures reveal that the CoBr and CoI complexes are isostructural with the previously described CoCl complex. Their coordination sphere displays a distorted pentacoordinated square pyramidal geometry, with the halide located in the Co(III) axial position. Large positive D values of 35, 26, and 18 cm(-1) are found for CoCl, CoBr, and CoI, respectively, through analysis of the magnetic susceptibility data as a function of temperature. To rationalize this trend, theoretical calculations based on both density functional theory (DFT) and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) methods are performed successfully. Both the sign and magnitude of D are predicted remarkably well by these theoretical approaches. The DFT calculations also show that the resulting D values originate from a balance of several

  9. A new approach to cyclic hydroxamic acids: Intramolecular cyclization of N-benzyloxy carbamates with carbon nucleophiles

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    Liu, Yuan; Jacobs, Hollie K.

    2011-01-01

    N-Alkyl-N-benzyloxy carbamates, 2, undergo facile intramolecular cyclization with a variety of carbon nucleophiles to give functionalized 5- and 6-membered protected cyclic hydroxamic acids, 3, in good to excellent yields. This method can be extended to prepare seven-membered cyclic hydroxamic acids in moderate yields. The sulfone intermediates 3 from this study can be alkylated while the corresponding phosphonates have been shown to undergo HWE reaction. The α,β-unsaturated synthon, 8, prepared by thermal elimination of sulfoxide 3m, undergoes Michael addition with secondary amines. The usefulness of this approach to prepare polydentate chelators has been demonstrated by the synthesis of bis cyclic hydroxamic acids 12, 14, and 15. PMID:21499514

  10. Thia-, aza-, and selena[3.3.1]bicyclononane dichlorides: rates vs internal nucleophile in anchimeric assistance.

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    Accurso, Adrian A; Cho, So-Hye; Amin, Asmarah; Potapov, Vladimir A; Amosova, Svetlana V; Finn, M G

    2011-06-01

    Sulfur-, selenium-, and nitrogen-containing compounds bearing leaving groups in the β-position undergo facile substitution chemistry enabled by anchimeric assistance. Here we provide direct comparisons between such systems in the rigid bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane framework easily derived from 1,5-cyclooctadiene. For a series of dichloride electrophiles of this type, the relative reactivities were found to be Se ≫ (alkyl)N > S ≥ (propargyl)N > (phenyl)N, with the reaction rates at the two extremes differing by more than 3 orders of magnitude. For the N-alkyl case, substitution rates were largely independent of the trapping nucleophile but were strongly dependent on solvent, showing that the process is controlled by the formation of the high-energy three-membered cationic intermediate.

  11. Direct Observation of Intermediates Involved in the Interruption of the Bischler–Napieralski Reaction

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    White, Kolby L.; Mewald, Marius; Movassaghi, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    The first mechanistic investigation of electrophilic amide activation of α,α-disubstituted tertiary lactams and the direct observation of key intermediates by in situ FTIR, 1H, 13C, and 19F NMR in our interrupted Bischler–Napieralski based synthetic strategy to the aspidosperma alkaloids, including a complex tetracyclic diiminium ion, is discussed. The reactivity of a wide range of pyridines with trifluoromethanesulfonic anhydride was systematically examined, and characteristic IR absorption bands for the corresponding N-trifluoromethanesulfonylated pyridinium trifluoromethanesulfonates were assigned. The reversible formation of diiminium ether intermediates was studied, providing insight into divergent mechanistic pathways as a function of the steric environment of the amide substrate and stoichiometry of reagents. Importantly, when considering base additives during electrophilic amide activation, more hindered α-quaternary tertiary lactams require the use of non-nucleophilic pyridine additives in order to avoid deactivation via a competing desulfonylation reaction. The isolation and full characterization of a tetracyclic iminium trifluoromethanesulfonate provided additional correlation between in situ characterization of sensitive intermediates and isolable compounds involved in this synthetic transformation. PMID:26166404

  12. Intermediate partitioning kinetic isotope effects for the NIH shift of 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase and the hydroxylation reaction of hydroxymandelate synthase reveal mechanistic complexity.

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    Shah, Dhara D; Conrad, John A; Moran, Graham R

    2013-09-01

    4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) and hydroxymandelate synthase (HMS) are similar enzymes that catalyze complex dioxygenation reactions using the substrates 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate (HPP) and dioxygen. Both enzymes decarboxylate HPP and then hydroxylate the resulting hydroxyphenylacetate (HPA). The hydroxylation reaction catalyzed by HPPD displaces the aceto substituent of HPA in a 1,2-shift to form 2,5-dihydroxyphenylacetate (homogentisate, HG), whereas the hydroxylation reaction of HMS places a hydroxyl on the benzylic carbon forming 3'-hydroxyphenylacetate (S-hydroxymandelate, HMA) without ensuing chemistry. The wild-type form of HPPD and variants of both enzymes uncouple to form both native and non-native products. We have used intermediate partitioning to probe bifurcating steps that form these products by substituting deuteriums for protiums at the benzylic position of the HPP substrate. These substitutions result in altered ratios of products that can be used to calculate kinetic isotope effects (KIE) for the formation of a specific product. For HPPD, secondary normal KIEs indicate that cleavage of the bond in the displacement reaction prior to the shift occurs by a homolytic mechanism. NMR analysis of HG derived from HPPD reacting with enantiomerically pure R-3'-deutero-HPP indicates that no rotation about the bond to the radical occurs, suggesting that collapse of the biradical intermediate is rapid. The production of HMA was observed in HMS and HPPD variant reactions. HMS hydroxylates to form exclusively S-hydroxymandelate. When HMS is reacted with R-3'-deutero-HPP, the observed kinetic isotope effect represents geometry changes in the initial transition state for the nonabstracted proton. These data show evidence of sp(3) hybridization in a HPPD variant and sp(2) hybridization in HMS variants, suggesting that HMS stabilizes a more advanced transition state in order to catalyze H-atom abstraction.

  13. Dynamics of the NbCl5-catalyzed cycloaddition of propylene oxide and CO2 : assessing the dual role of the nucleophilic Co-catalysts.

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    D'Elia, Valerio; Ghani, Amylia A; Monassier, Antoine; Sofack-Kreutzer, Julien; Pelletier, Jeremie D A; Drees, Markus; Vummaleti, Sai V C; Poater, Albert; Cavallo, Luigi; Cokoja, Mirza; Basset, Jean-Marie; Kühn, Fritz E

    2014-09-01

    A mechanistic study on the synthesis of propylene carbonate (PC) from CO2 and propylene oxide (PO) catalyzed by NbCl5 and organic nucleophiles such as 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) or tetra-n-butylammonium bromide (NBu4 Br) is reported. A combination of in situ spectroscopic techniques and kinetic studies has been used to provide detailed insight into the reaction mechanism, the formation of intermediates, and interactions between the reaction partners. The results of DFT calculations support the experimental observations and allow us to propose a mechanism for this reaction. PMID:25056457

  14. Global and local reactivity indices for electrophilic/nucleophilic free radicals.

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    Domingo, Luis R; Pérez, Patricia

    2013-07-14

    A set of five DFT reactivity indices, namely, the global electrophilicity ω° and nucleophilicity N° indices, the radical Parr function P, and the local electrophilicity ω and nucleophilicity N indices, for the study of free radicals (FRs) are proposed. Global indices have been tested for a series of 32 FRs having electrophilic and/or nucleophilic activations. As expected, no correlation between the proposed global electrophilicity ω° and global nucleophilicity N° has been found. Analysis of the local electrophilicity ω and nucleophilicity N indices for FRs, together with analysis of the local electrophilicity ωk and nucleophilicity Nk indices for alkenes, allows for an explanation of the regio- and chemoselectivity in radical additions of FRs to alkenes. Finally, an ELF bonding analysis for the C-C bond formation along the nucleophilic addition of 2-hydroxyprop-2-yl FR 28 to methyl acrylate 35 evidences that the new C-C bond is formed by C-to-C coupling of two radical centres, which are properly characterized through the use of the Parr functions. PMID:23685829

  15. Global and local reactivity indices for electrophilic/nucleophilic free radicals.

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    Domingo, Luis R; Pérez, Patricia

    2013-07-14

    A set of five DFT reactivity indices, namely, the global electrophilicity ω° and nucleophilicity N° indices, the radical Parr function P, and the local electrophilicity ω and nucleophilicity N indices, for the study of free radicals (FRs) are proposed. Global indices have been tested for a series of 32 FRs having electrophilic and/or nucleophilic activations. As expected, no correlation between the proposed global electrophilicity ω° and global nucleophilicity N° has been found. Analysis of the local electrophilicity ω and nucleophilicity N indices for FRs, together with analysis of the local electrophilicity ωk and nucleophilicity Nk indices for alkenes, allows for an explanation of the regio- and chemoselectivity in radical additions of FRs to alkenes. Finally, an ELF bonding analysis for the C-C bond formation along the nucleophilic addition of 2-hydroxyprop-2-yl FR 28 to methyl acrylate 35 evidences that the new C-C bond is formed by C-to-C coupling of two radical centres, which are properly characterized through the use of the Parr functions.

  16. Postcomplexation synthetic routes to dipyrrin complexes.

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    Perl, David; Bisset, Sean W; Telfer, Shane G

    2016-02-14

    We report a postfunctionalization synthetic route to dipyrrin complexes that gives access to a broad range of new complexes. This route involves the coordination of a 5-methylthiodipyrrinato ligand to a metal centre followed by displacement of the thiomethyl moiety by a nucleophile. Using rhenium(I) as a platform and amine nucleophiles, we show how complexes that would be difficult or impossible to synthesize via traditional methods can now be accessed. PMID:26792392

  17. Synthesis of 3,3-disubstituted oxindoles by one-pot integrated Brønsted base-catalyzed trichloroacetimidation of 3-hydroxyoxindoles and Brønsted acid-catalyzed nucleophilic substitution reaction.

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    Piemontesi, Cyril; Wang, Qian; Zhu, Jieping

    2013-03-01

    Treatment of 3-hydroxyoxindoles with trichloroacetonitrile (1.3 equiv.) and a catalytic amount of DBU (0.1 equiv.) followed by addition of nucleophiles (1.5 equiv.) and diphenylphosphoric acid (0.2 equiv.) afforded the 3,3-disubstituted oxindoles in good to excellent yields. DFT computations supported the notion that the reaction went through the 1-alkyl-2-oxo-2H-indol-1-ium intermediate.

  18. Nucleophilic Addition of Nitrogen to Aryl Cations: Mimicking Titan Chemistry

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    Li, Anyin; Jjunju, Fred P. M.; Cooks, R. Graham

    2013-11-01

    The reactivity of aryl cations toward molecular nitrogen is studied systematically in an ion trap mass spectrometer at 102 Pascal of nitrogen, the pressure of the Titan main haze layer. Nucleophilic addition of dinitrogen occurs and the nature of aryl group has a significant influence on the reactivity, through inductive effects and by changing the ground state spin multiplicity. The products of nitrogen activation, aryldiazonium ions, react with typical nitriles, aromatic amines, and alkynes (compounds that are relevant as possible Titan atmosphere constituents) to form covalently bonded heterocyclic products. Theoretical calculations at the level [DFT(B3LYP)/6-311++G(d,p)] indicate that the N2 addition reaction is exothermic for the singlet aryl cations but endothermic for their triplet spin isomers. The -OH and -NH2 substituted aryl ions are calculated to have triplet ground states, which is consistent with their decreased nitrogen addition reactivity. The energy needed for the generation of the aryl cations from their protonated precursors (ca. 340 kJ/mol starting with protonated aniline) is far less than that required to directly activate the nitrogen triple bond (the lowest energy excited state of N2 lies ca. 600 kJ/mol above the ground state). The formation of aza-aromatics via arene ionization and subsequent reactions provide a conceivable route to the genesis of nitrogen-containing organic molecules in the interstellar medium and Titan haze layers.

  19. Nucleophilic addition of nitrogen to aryl cations: mimicking Titan chemistry.

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    Li, Anyin; Jjunju, Fred P M; Cooks, R Graham

    2013-11-01

    The reactivity of aryl cations toward molecular nitrogen is studied systematically in an ion trap mass spectrometer at 10(2) Pascal of nitrogen, the pressure of the Titan main haze layer. Nucleophilic addition of dinitrogen occurs and the nature of aryl group has a significant influence on the reactivity, through inductive effects and by changing the ground state spin multiplicity. The products of nitrogen activation, aryldiazonium ions, react with typical nitriles, aromatic amines, and alkynes (compounds that are relevant as possible Titan atmosphere constituents) to form covalently bonded heterocyclic products. Theoretical calculations at the level [DFT(B3LYP)/6-311++G(d,p)] indicate that the N2 addition reaction is exothermic for the singlet aryl cations but endothermic for their triplet spin isomers. The -OH and -NH2 substituted aryl ions are calculated to have triplet ground states, which is consistent with their decreased nitrogen addition reactivity. The energy needed for the generation of the aryl cations from their protonated precursors (ca. 340 kJ/mol starting with protonated aniline) is far less than that required to directly activate the nitrogen triple bond (the lowest energy excited state of N2 lies ca. 600 kJ/mol above the ground state). The formation of aza-aromatics via arene ionization and subsequent reactions provide a conceivable route to the genesis of nitrogen-containing organic molecules in the interstellar medium and Titan haze layers.

  20. Is nucleophilic cleavage chemistry practical for 4-membered heterocycles?

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    Banks, Harold D

    2009-11-01

    A computational study at the MP2(Full)/6-311++G(d,p)//MP2(Full)/6-31+G(d) level of the ammonolysis of halogen substituted azetidines, oxetanes and thietanes was performed in the gas phase and in the commonly used solvent, acetonitrile. Using the free energy of activation of a benchmark reaction for evaluation of synthetic viability, several haloazetidines and oxetanes that possessed the required reactivity were identified; however, no substituted thietane investigated herein was determined to be synthetically useful under the mild conditions selected for this study. In the case of the azetidines, the side reaction of displacement of halide ion was determined to be the preferred reaction course in acetonitrile; however, the amino product of the reactions of the 2-haloazetidines cleaved at an acceptable rate under mild conditions. For the oxetane derivatives investigated, 2-fluorooxetane proved to be a direct source of ring cleavage product. Nucleophilic cleavage of halogen-substituted azetidines and oxetanes is predicted to be a viable source of functionalized three-carbon moieties under mild conditions in organic synthesis.

  1. A Strongly Spin-Frustrated Fe(III) 7 Complex with a Canted Intermediate Spin Ground State of S=7/2 or 9/2.

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    Mondal, Kartik Chandra; Mereacre, Valeriu; Kostakis, George E; Lan, Yanhua; Anson, Christopher E; Prisecaru, Ion; Waldmann, Oliver; Powell, Annie K

    2015-07-20

    A disk-shaped [Fe(III) 7 (Cl)(MeOH)6 (μ3 -O)3 (μ-OMe)6 (PhCO2 )6 ]Cl2 complex with C3 symmetry has been synthesised and characterised. The central tetrahedral Fe(III) is 0.733 Å above the almost co-planar Fe(III) 6 wheel, to which it is connected through three μ3 -oxide bridges. For this iron-oxo core, the magnetic susceptibility analysis proposed a Heisenberg-Dirac-van Vleck (HDvV) mechanism that leads to an intermediate spin ground state of S=7/2 or 9/2. Within either of these ground state manifolds it is reasonable to expect spin frustration effects. The (57) Fe Mössbauer (MS) analysis verifies that the central Fe(III) ion easily aligns its magnetic moment antiparallel to the externally applied field direction, whereas the other six peripheral Fe(III) ions keep their moments almost perpendicular to the field at stronger fields. This unusual canted spin structure reflects spin frustration. The small linewidths in the magnetic Mössbauer spectra of polycrystalline samples clearly suggest an isotropic exchange mechanism for realisation of this peculiar spin topology.

  2. MEDUSA-2.0: an intermediate complexity biogeochemical model of the marine carbon cycle for climate change and ocean acidification studies

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    Yool, A.; Popova, E. E.; Anderson, T. R.

    2013-02-01

    MEDUSA-1.0 (Model of Ecosystem Dynamics, nutrient Utilisation, Sequestration and Acidification) was developed as an "intermediate complexity" plankton ecosystem model to study the biogeochemical response, and especially that of the so-called "biological pump", to anthropogenically-driven change in the World Ocean (Yool et al., 2011). The base currency in this model was nitrogen from which fluxes of organic carbon, including export to the deep ocean, were calculated by invoking fixed C:N ratios in phytoplankton, zooplankton and detritus. Since the beginning of the industrial era, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) has significantly increased above its natural, inter-glacial background concentration. Simulating and predicting the carbon cycle in the ocean in its entirety, including ventilation of CO2 with the atmosphere and the resulting impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, therefore requires that both organic and inorganic carbon be afforded a full representation in the model specification. Here, we introduce MEDUSA-2.0, an expanded successor model which includes additional state variables for dissolved inorganic carbon, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and detritus carbon (permitting variable C:N in exported organic matter), as well as a simple benthic formulation and extended parameterisations of phytoplankton growth, calcification and detritus remineralisation. A full description of MEDUSA-2.0, including its additional functionality, is provided and a multi-decadal hindcast simulation described (1860-2005), to evaluate the biogeochemical performance of the model.

  3. smFRET studies of the ‘encounter’ complexes and subsequent intermediate states that regulate the selectivity of ligand binding

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    Kinz-Thompson, Colin D.; Gonzalez, Ruben L.

    2016-01-01

    The selectivity with which a biomolecule can bind its cognate ligand when confronted by the vast array of structurally similar, competing ligands that are present in the cell underlies the fidelity of some of the most fundamental processes in biology. Because they collectively comprise one of only a few methods that can sensitively detect the ‘encounter’ complexes and subsequent intermediate states that regulate the selectivity of ligand binding, single-molecule fluorescence, and particularly single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET), approaches have revolutionized studies of ligand-binding reactions. Here, we describe a widely used smFRET strategy that enables investigations of a large variety of ligand-binding reactions, and discuss two such reactions, aminoacyl-tRNA selection during translation elongation and splice site selection during spliceosome assembly, that highlight both the successes and challenges of smFRET studies of ligand-binding reactions. We conclude by reviewing a number of emerging experimental and computational approaches that are expanding the capabilities of smFRET approaches for studies of ligand-binding reactions and that promise to reveal the mechanisms that control the selectivity of ligand binding with unprecedented resolution. PMID:25066296

  4. Structure of Naegleria Tet-like dioxygenase (NgTet1) in complexes with a reaction intermediate 5-hydroxymethylcytosine DNA

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    Hashimoto, Hideharu; Pais, June E.; Dai, Nan; Corrêa, Jr., Ivan R.; Zhang, Xing; Zheng, Yu; Cheng, Xiaodong

    2015-08-31

    The family of ten-eleven translocation (Tet) dioxygenases is widely distributed across the eukaryotic tree of life, from mammals to the amoeboflagellate Naegleria gruberi. Like mammalian Tet proteins, the Naegleria Tet-like protein, NgTet1, acts on 5-methylcytosine (5mC) and generates 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), 5-formylcytosine (5fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC) in three consecutive, Fe(II)- and α-ketoglutarate-dependent oxidation reactions. The two intermediates, 5hmC and 5fC, could be considered either as the reaction product of the previous enzymatic cycle or the substrate for the next cycle. Here we present a new crystal structure of NgTet1 in complex with DNA containing a 5hmC. Along with the previously solved NgTet1–5mC structure, the two complexes offer a detailed picture of the active site at individual stages of the reaction cycle. In the crystal, the hydroxymethyl (OH-CH2-) moiety of 5hmC points to the metal center, representing the reaction product of 5mC hydroxylation. The hydroxyl oxygen atom could be rotated away from the metal center, to a hydrophobic pocket formed by Ala212, Val293 and Phe295. Such rotation turns the hydroxyl oxygen atom away from the product conformation, and exposes the target CH2 towards the metal-ligand water molecule, where a dioxygen O2 molecule would occupy to initiate the next round of reaction by abstracting a hydrogen atom from the substrate. The Ala212-to-Val (A212V) mutant profoundly limits the product to 5hmC, probably due to the reduced hydrophobic pocket size restricts the binding of 5hmC as a substrate.

  5. Palladium-Catalyzed Cross Coupling of Secondary and Tertiary Alkyl Bromides with a Nitrogen Nucleophile

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    2016-01-01

    We report a new class of catalytic reaction: the thermal substitution of a secondary and or tertiary alkyl halide with a nitrogen nucleophile. The alkylation of a nitrogen nucleophile with an alkyl halide is a classical method for the construction of C–N bonds, but traditional substitution reactions are challenging to achieve with a secondary and or tertiary alkyl electrophile due to competing elimination reactions. A catalytic process could address this limitation, but thermal, catalytic coupling of alkyl halides with a nitrogen nucleophile and any type of catalytic coupling of an unactivated tertiary alkyl halide with a nitrogen nucleophile are unknown. We report the coupling of unactivated secondary and tertiary alkyl bromides with benzophenone imines to produce protected primary amines in the presence of palladium ligated by the hindered trialkylphosphine Cy2t-BuP. Mechanistic studies indicate that this amination of alkyl halides occurs by a reversible reaction to form a free alkyl radical. PMID:27725963

  6. Dehalogenation of arenes via SN2 reactions at bromine: competition with nucleophilic aromatic substitution.

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    Gronert, Scott; Garver, John M; Nichols, Charles M; Worker, Benjamin B; Bierbaum, Veronica M

    2014-11-21

    The gas-phase reactions of carbon- and nitrogen-centered nucleophiles with polyfluorobromobenzenes were examined in a selected-ion flow tube (SIFT) and modeled computationally at the MP2/6-31+G(d,p)//MP2/6-31+G(d) level. In the gas-phase experiments, rate constants and branching ratios were determined. The carbon nucleophiles produce expected nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) and proton transfer products along with unexpected products that result from SN2 reactions at the bromine center (polyfluorophenide leaving group). With nitrogen nucleophiles, the SN2 at bromine channel is suppressed. In the SNAr channels, the "element effect" is observed, and fluoride loss competes with bromide loss. The computational modeling indicates that all the substitution barriers are well below the entrance channel and that entropy and dynamics effects control the product distributions.

  7. Effects of electron acceptors and radical scavengers on nonchain radical nucleophilic substitution reactions

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    Xianman Zhang; Dilun Yang; Youcheng Liu )

    1993-01-01

    The yields of reaction products from thermal nucleophilic substitution reactions in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) of six o- and p-nitrohalobenzenes with the sodium salt of ethyl [alpha]-cyanoacetate carbanion [Na[sup +][sup [minus

  8. Iodine-catalyzed oxidative coupling reactions utilizing C - H and X - H as nucleophiles.

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    Liu, Dong; Lei, Aiwen

    2015-04-01

    In recent decades, iodine-catalyzed oxidative coupling reactions utilizing C - H and X - H as nucleophiles have received considerable attention because they represent more efficient, greener, more atom-economical, and milder bond-formation strategies over transition-metal-catalyzed oxidative coupling reactions. This Focus Review gives a brief summary of recent development on iodine-catalyzed oxidative coupling reactions utilizing C - H and X - H as nucleophiles.

  9. Comparison of alternative nucleophiles for Sortase A-mediated bioconjugation and application in neuronal cell labelling.

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    Baer, Samuel; Nigro, Julie; Madej, Mariusz P; Nisbet, Rebecca M; Suryadinata, Randy; Coia, Gregory; Hong, Lisa P T; Adams, Timothy E; Williams, Charlotte C; Nuttall, Stewart D

    2014-05-01

    The Sortase A (SrtA) enzyme from Staphylococcus aureus catalyses covalent attachment of protein substrates to pentaglycine cross-bridges in the Gram positive bacterial cell wall. In vitro SrtA-mediated protein ligation is now an important protein engineering tool for conjugation of substrates containing the LPXTGX peptide recognition sequence to oligo-glycine nucleophiles. In order to explore the use of alternative nucleophiles in this system, five different rhodamine-labelled compounds, with N-terminal nucleophilic amino acids, triglycine, glycine, and lysine, or N-terminal non-amino acid nucleophiles ethylenediamine and cadaverine, were synthesized. These compounds were tested for their relative abilities to function as nucleophiles in SrtA-mediated bioconjugation reactions. N-Terminal triglycine, glycine and ethylenediamine were all efficient in labelling a range of LPETGG containing recombinant antibody and scaffold proteins and peptides, while reduced activity was observed for the other nucleophiles across the range of proteins and peptides studied. Expansion of the range of available nucleophiles which can be utilised in SrtA-mediated bioconjugation expands the range of potential applications for this technology. As a demonstration of the utility of this system, SrtA coupling was used to conjugate the triglycine rhodamine-labelled nucleophile to the C-terminus of an Im7 scaffold protein displaying Aβ, a neurologically important peptide implicated in Alzheimer's disease. Purified, labelled protein showed Aβ-specific targeting to mammalian neuronal cells. Demonstration of targeting neuronal cells with a chimeric protein illustrates the power of this system, and suggests that SrtA-mediated direct cell-surface labelling and visualisation is an achievable goal. PMID:24643508

  10. Reactions of electrophiles with nucleophilic thiolate sites: relevance to pathophysiological mechanisms and remediation.

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    LoPachin, Richard M; Gavin, Terrence

    2016-01-01

    Electrophiles are electron-deficient species that form covalent bonds with electron-rich nucleophiles. In biological systems, reversible electrophile-nucleophile interactions mediate basal cytophysiological functions (e.g. enzyme regulation through S-nitrosylation), whereas irreversible electrophilic adduction of cellular macromolecules is involved in pathogenic processes that underlie many disease and injury states. The nucleophiles most often targeted by electrophiles are side chains on protein amino acids (e.g. Cys, His, and Lys) and aromatic nitrogen sites on DNA bases (e.g. guanine N7). The sulfhydryl thiol (RSH) side chain of cysteine residues is a weak nucleophile that can be ionized in specific conditions to a more reactive nucleophilic thiolate (RS(-)). This review will focus on electrophile interactions with cysteine thiolates and the pathophysiological consequences that result from irreversible electrophile modification of this anionic sulfur. According to the Hard and Soft, Acids and Bases (HSAB) theory of Pearson, electrophiles and nucleophiles can be classified as either soft or hard depending on their relative polarizability. HSAB theory suggests that electrophiles will preferentially and more rapidly form covalent adducts with nucleophiles of comparable softness or hardness. Application of HSAB principles, in conjunction with in vitro and proteomic studies, have indicated that soft electrophiles of broad chemical classes selectively form covalent Michael-type adducts with soft, highly reactive cysteine thiolate nucleophiles. Therefore, these electrophiles exhibit a common mechanism of cytotoxicity. As we will discuss, this level of detailed mechanistic understanding is a necessary prerequisite for the rational development of effective prevention and treatment strategies for electrophile-based pathogenic states.

  11. Synthesis of high specific activity (+)- and (-)-6-( sup 18 F)fluoronorepinephrine via the nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction

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    Ding, Y.S.; Fowler, J.S.; Gatley, S.J.; Dewey, S.L.; Wolf, A.P. )

    1991-02-01

    The first example of a no-carrier-added {sup 18}F-labeled catecholamine, 6-({sup 18}F)fluoronorepinephrine (6-({sup 18}F)FNE), has been synthesized via nucleophilic aromatic substitution. The racemic mixture was resolved on a chiral HPLC column to obtain pure samples of (-)-6-({sup 18}F)FNE and (+)6-({sup 18}F)FNE. Radiochemical yields of 20% at the end of bombardment (EOB) for the racemic mixture (synthesis time 93 min), 6% for each enantiomer (synthesis time 128 min) with a specific activity of 2-5 Ci/mumol at EOB were obtained. Chiral HPLC peak assignment for the resolved enantiomers was achieved by using two independent methods: polarimetric determination and reaction with dopamine beta-hydroxylase. Positron emission tomography (PET) studies with racemic 6-({sup 18}F)FNE show high uptake and retention in the baboon heart. This work demonstrates that nucleophilic aromatic substitution by ({sup 18}F)fluoride ion is applicable to systems having electron-rich aromatic rings, leading to high specific activity radiopharmaceuticals. Furthermore, the suitably protected dihydroxynitrobenzaldehyde 1 may serve as a useful synthetic precursor for the radiosynthesis of other complex {sup 18}F-labeled radiotracers.

  12. Substituent Effects on the Formation and Nucleophile Selectivity of Ring-Substituted Phenonium Ions in Aqueous Solution.

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    Tsuji, Yutaka; Ogawa, Shin; Richard, John P

    2013-12-01

    The reaction of 2-(4-methyphenyl)ethyl tosylate (Me-1-OTs) in 50/50 (v/v) trifluoroethanol/water at 25 °C is first-order in the concentration of azide anion nucleophile. A carbon-13 NMR analysis of the products of the reactions of Me-1-[α-(13)C]OTs in 50/50 (v/v) trifluoroethanol/water at 25 °C shows the formation of Me-1-[β-(13)C]OH, Me-1-[β-(13)C]OCH2CF3 and Me-1-[β-(13)C]N3 from the trapping of a symmetrical 4-methylphenonium ion reaction intermediate Me-2 (+). The formation of Me-1-[α-(13)C]N3 by concerted bimolecular displacement of azide ion at Me-1-[α-(13)C]OTs (k N = 3.8 × 10(-6) M(-1) s(-1)) and of Me-1-[α-(13)C]OH and Me-1-[α-(13)C]OCH2CF3 by concerted bimolecular displacement of solvent (k solv = 1.8 × 10(-8) s(-1)) is also observed. An analysis of the rate and product data provides a value of k az/k s = 32 M(-1) for partitioning of Me-2 (+) between addition of azide ion and solvent that is nearly 3-fold smaller than k az/k s = 83 M(-1) reported in an earlier study on the partitioning of MeO-2 (+) [J. Org. Chem. 2011, 76, 9568]. This change is attributed to a decrease in nucleophile selectivity with increasing electrophile reactivity for the activation-limited addition of solvent and azide anion to X-2 (+). These data set a limit of 1/k s ≥ 10(-7) s for the lifetime of Me-2 (+) in aqueous solution.

  13. MEDUSA-2.0: an intermediate complexity biogeochemical model of the marine carbon cycle for climate change and ocean acidification studies

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    Yool, A.; Popova, E. E.; Anderson, T. R.

    2013-10-01

    MEDUSA-1.0 (Model of Ecosystem Dynamics, nutrient Utilisation, Sequestration and Acidification) was developed as an "intermediate complexity" plankton ecosystem model to study the biogeochemical response, and especially that of the so-called "biological pump", to anthropogenically driven change in the World Ocean (Yool et al., 2011). The base currency in this model was nitrogen from which fluxes of organic carbon, including export to the deep ocean, were calculated by invoking fixed C:N ratios in phytoplankton, zooplankton and detritus. However, due to anthropogenic activity, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) has significantly increased above its natural, inter-glacial background. As such, simulating and predicting the carbon cycle in the ocean in its entirety, including ventilation of CO2 with the atmosphere and the resulting impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, requires that both organic and inorganic carbon be afforded a more complete representation in the model specification. Here, we introduce MEDUSA-2.0, an expanded successor model which includes additional state variables for dissolved inorganic carbon, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and detritus carbon (permitting variable C:N in exported organic matter), as well as a simple benthic formulation and extended parameterizations of phytoplankton growth, calcification and detritus remineralisation. A full description of MEDUSA-2.0, including its additional functionality, is provided and a multi-decadal spin-up simulation (1860-2005) is performed. The biogeochemical performance of the model is evaluated using a diverse range of observational data, and MEDUSA-2.0 is assessed relative to comparable models using output from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5).

  14. Ground State Electronic and Magnetic Properties of a μ3-Oxo Bridged Trinuclear Cu(II) Complex: Correlation to the Native Intermediate of the Multicopper Oxidases

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    Yoon, Jungjoo; Solomon, Edward I.

    2008-01-01

    The ground state electronic and magnetic properties of one of the possible structures of the trinuclear CuII site in the native intermediate (NI) of the multicopper oxidases, the μ3-oxo bridged structure, are evaluated using the C3-symmetric Cu3II complex, μ3O. μ3O is unique in that no ligand, other than the oxo, contributes to the exchange coupling. However, μ3O has a ferromagnetic ground state, inconsistent with that of NI. Therefore, two perturbations have been considered: protonation of the μ3-oxo ligand and relaxation of the μ3-oxo ligand into the Cu3 plane. Notably, when the oxo-ligand is sufficiently close to the Cu3 plane (< 0.3 Å), the ground state of μ3O becomes antiferromagnetic and can be correlated to that of NI. In addition, the ferromagnetic 4A ground state of μ3O is found from variable-temperature EPR to undergo a zero-field splitting (ZFS) of 2D = -5.0 cm-1, which derives from the second-order anisotropic exchange. This allows evaluation of the σ-to-π excited state exchange pathways and provides experimental evidence that the orbitally-degenerate 2E ground state of the antiferromagnetic μ3O would also undergo a ZFS by the first-order antisymmetric exchange that has the same physical origin as the anisotropic exchange. The important contribution of the μ3-oxo bridge to the ground-to-ground and ground-to-excited state superexchange pathways that are responsible for the isotropic, antisymmetric and anisotropic exchange are discussed. PMID:16241158

  15. Novel Fragmentation Pathways of Anionic Adducts of Steroids Formed by Electrospray Anion Attachment Involving Regioselective Attachment, Regiospecific Decompositions, Charge-Induced Pathways, and Ion-Dipole Complex Intermediates

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    Rannulu, Nalaka S.; Cole, Richard B.

    2012-09-01

    The analysis of several bifunctional neutral steroids, 5-α-pregnane diol (5-α-pregnane-3α-20βdiol), estradiol (3,17α-dihydroxy-1,3,5(10)-estratriene), progesterone (4-pregnene-3,20-dione), lupeol (3β-hydroxy-20(29)-lupene), pregnenolone (5-pregnen-3β-ol-20-one), and pregnenolone acetate (5-pregnen-3β-ol-20-one acetate) was accomplished by negative ion electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) employing adduct formation with various anions: fluoride, bicarbonate, acetate, and chloride. Fluoride yielded higher abundances of anionic adducts and more substantial abundances of deprotonated molecules compared with other investigated anions. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) of precursor [M + anion]- adducts of these steroids revealed that fluoride adduct [M + F]- precursors first lose HF to produce [M - H]- and then undergo consecutive decompositions to yield higher abundances of structurally-informative product ions than the other tested anions. In addition to charge-remote fragmentations, the majority of CID pathways of estradiol are deduced to occur via charge-induced fragmentation. Most interestingly, certain anions exhibit preferential attachment to a specific site on these bifunctional steroid molecules, which we are calling "regioselective anion attachment." Regioselective anion attachment is evidenced by subsequent regiospecific decomposition. Regioselective attachment of fluoride (and acetate) anions to low (and moderate) acidity functional groups of pregnenolone, respectively, is demonstrated using deuterated compounds. Moreover, the formation of unique intermediate ion-dipole complexes leading to novel fragmentation pathways of fluoride adducts of pregnenolone acetate, and bicarbonate adducts of d4-pregnenolone, are also discussed.

  16. Structures of enzyme-intermediate complexes of yeast Nit2: insights into its catalytic mechanism and different substrate specificity compared with mammalian Nit2.

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    Liu, Hejun; Gao, Yongxiang; Zhang, Mengying; Qiu, Xiaoting; Cooper, Arthur J L; Niu, Liwen; Teng, Maikun

    2013-08-01

    The Nit (nitrilase-like) protein subfamily constitutes branch 10 of the nitrilase superfamily. Nit proteins are widely distributed in nature. Mammals possess two members of the Nit subfamily, namely Nit1 and Nit2. Based on sequence similarity, yeast Nit2 (yNit2) is a homologue of mouse Nit1, a tumour-suppressor protein whose substrate specificity is not yet known. Previous studies have shown that mammalian Nit2 (also a putative tumour suppressor) is identical to ω-amidase, an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of α-ketoglutaramate (α-KGM) and α-ketosuccinamate (α-KSM) to α-ketoglutarate (α-KG) and oxaloacetate (OA), respectively. In the present study, crystal structures of wild-type (WT) yNit2 and of WT yNit2 in complex with α-KG and with OA were determined. In addition, the crystal structure of the C169S mutant of yNit2 (yNit2-C169S) in complex with an endogenous molecule of unknown structure was also solved. Analysis of the structures revealed that α-KG and OA are covalently bound to Cys169 by the formation of a thioester bond between the sulfhydryl group of the cysteine residue and the γ-carboxyl group of α-KG or the β-carboxyl group of OA, reflecting the presumed reaction intermediates. However, an enzymatic assay suggests that α-KGM is a relatively poor substrate of yNit2. Finally, a ligand was found in the active site of yNit2-C169S that may be a natural substrate of yNit2 or an endogenous regulator of enzyme activity. These crystallographic analyses provide information on the mode of substrate/ligand binding at the active site of yNit2 and insights into the catalytic mechanism. These findings suggest that yNit2 may have broad biological roles in yeast, especially in regard to nitrogen homeostasis, and provide a framework for the elucidation of the substrate specificity and biological role of mammalian Nit1.

  17. Nucleophilicity Parameters of Stabilized Iodonium Ylides for Characterizing Their Synthetic Potential.

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    Chelli, Saloua; Troshin, Konstantin; Mayer, Peter; Lakhdar, Sami; Ofial, Armin R; Mayr, Herbert

    2016-08-17

    Kinetics and mechanisms of the reactions of the β-dicarbonyl-substituted iodonium ylides 1(a-d) with several π-conjugated carbenium and iminium ions have been investigated. All reactions proceed with rate-determining attack of the electrophile at the nucleophilic carbon center of the ylides to give iodonium ions, which rapidly expel iodobenzene and undergo different subsequent reactions. The second-order rate constants k2 for the reactions of the iodonium ylides with benzhydrylium ions correlate linearly with the electrophilicity parameters E of the benzhydrylium ions and thus follow the linear free energy relationship log k(20 °C) = sN(N + E) (eq 1), where electrophiles are characterized by one parameter (E), while nucleophiles are characterized by two parameters: the nucleophilicity N and the susceptibility sN. The nucleophilicity parameters 4 < N < 8 for iodonium ylides 1(a-d) derived from these correlations show that substituting hydrogen for Ph-I(+) at the carbanionic center of Meldrum's acid or dimedone, respectively, reduces the nucleophilicity by approximately 10 orders of magnitude. The iodonium ylides 1(a-d) thus have nucleophilicities similar to those of pyrroles, indoles, and silylated enol ethers and, therefore, should be suitable substrates in iminium-activated reactions. Good agreement of the measured rate constant for the cyclopropanation of the imidazolidinone-derived iminium ion 10a with the iodonium ylide 1a with the rate constant calculated by eq 1 suggests a stepwise mechanism in which the initial nucleophilic attack of the iodonium ylide at the iminium ion is rate-determining. The reaction of cinnamaldehyde with iodonium ylide 1a catalyzed by (5S)-5-benzyl-2,2,3-trimethyl-imidazolidin-4-one (11a, MacMillan's first-generation catalyst) gives the corresponding cyclopropane with an enantiomeric ratio of 70/30 and, thus, provides proof of principle that iodonium ylides are suitable substrates for iminium-activated cyclopropanations. PMID

  18. Unveiling the crucial intermediates in androgen production

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    Mak, Piotr J.; Gregory, Michael C.; Denisov, Ilia G.; Sligar, Stephen G.; Kincaid, James R.

    2015-01-01

    Ablation of androgen production through surgery is one strategy against prostate cancer, with the current focus placed on pharmaceutical intervention to restrict androgen synthesis selectively, an endeavor that could benefit from the enhanced understanding of enzymatic mechanisms that derives from characterization of key reaction intermediates. The multifunctional cytochrome P450 17A1 (CYP17A1) first catalyzes the typical hydroxylation of its primary substrate, pregnenolone (PREG) and then also orchestrates a remarkable C17–C20 bond cleavage (lyase) reaction, converting the 17-hydroxypregnenolone initial product to dehydroepiandrosterone, a process representing the first committed step in the biosynthesis of androgens. Now, we report the capture and structural characterization of intermediates produced during this lyase step: an initial peroxo-anion intermediate, poised for nucleophilic attack on the C20 position by a substrate-associated H-bond, and the crucial ferric peroxo-hemiacetal intermediate that precedes carbon–carbon (C-C) bond cleavage. These studies provide a rare glimpse at the actual structural determinants of a chemical transformation that carries profound physiological consequences. PMID:26668369

  19. An investigation of carbon cycle dynamics from the Last Glacial Maximum to the present using an earth system model of intermediate complexity

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    Simmons, C. T.; Mysak, L. A.; Matthews, D.

    2011-12-01

    The University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model of intermediate complexity (v. 2.9) is used in this study to investigate carbon cycle dynamics from the Last Glacial Maximum to the present, with a particular emphasis on recreating the Holocene's carbon cycle from 8000-150 years before present (BP). This particular model's strengths are its comprehensive representation of ocean circulation in an ocean GCM (with 1.8° x 3.6° resolution and 19 levels) as well as its ability to perform transient simulations over the entire period between the LGM and the present. Without the explicit representation of peatlands, coral reefs and land use change, the UVic model's natural Holocene carbon cycle produced a decline of 245-254 ppm from 8000 to 150 BP, in contrast to the increase from 260 ppm to 280 ppm actually seen during this period. The effects of deep-ocean calcite compensation (and corresponding lysocline changes) were only a few (1-2) ppm when compared to simulations that had not experienced an ocean chemistry response to thousands of years of post-glacial vegetation uptake. Our experiments thus suggest that, without the contribution of land use, peatland uptake, and coral reefs, a net decline in atmospheric CO2 would have occurred from the mid-Holocene to the beginning of the Industrial era (instead of the 20 ppm increase), regardless of the winds or initial ocean state. However, these findings were discovered to be highly sensitive to the configuration of land ice shelves near Antarctica, with more extensive land ice leading to deeper vertical circulation in the Southern Ocean and a much higher atmospheric CO2 concentration of 260 ppm at 150 BP. Furthermore, simulations forced to follow the observed CO2 trend indicate that 400 PgC would need to be released into the atmosphere by the Earth System in order to account for the 280 ppm seen by the beginning of the Industrial era. Because this would require an improbable release of terrestrial vegetation, the UVic

  20. Nucleophile sensitivity of Drosophila TRPA1 underlies light-induced feeding deterrence

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    Du, Eun Jo; Ahn, Tae Jung; Wen, Xianlan; Seo, Dae-Won; Na, Duk L; Kwon, Jae Young; Choi, Myunghwan; Kim, Hyung-Wook; Cho, Hana; Kang, KyeongJin

    2016-01-01

    Solar irradiation including ultraviolet (UV) light causes tissue damage by generating reactive free radicals that can be electrophilic or nucleophilic due to unpaired electrons. Little is known about how free radicals induced by natural sunlight are rapidly detected and avoided by animals. We discover that Drosophila Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), previously known only as an electrophile receptor, sensitively detects photochemically active sunlight through nucleophile sensitivity. Rapid light-dependent feeding deterrence in Drosophila was mediated only by the TRPA1(A) isoform, despite the TRPA1(A) and TRPA1(B) isoforms having similar electrophile sensitivities. Such isoform dependence re-emerges in the detection of structurally varied nucleophilic compounds and nucleophilicity-accompanying hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Furthermore, these isoform-dependent mechanisms require a common set of TRPA1(A)-specific residues dispensable for electrophile detection. Collectively, TRPA1(A) rapidly responds to natural sunlight intensities through its nucleophile sensitivity as a receptor of photochemically generated radicals, leading to an acute light-induced behavioral shift in Drosophila. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.18425.001 PMID:27656903

  1. Kinetics and mechanism of propachlor reductive transformation through nucleophilic substitution by dithionite.

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    Liu, C S; Shih, K; Wei, L; Wang, F; Li, F B

    2011-11-01

    Chloroacetanilide herbicides are extensively used in the control of weeds and have widely resulted in nonpoint contamination of groundwater and soil resources. In the attempt to achieve better remediation for herbicide-contaminated resources, we investigated the reductive transformation of propachlor through nucleophilic substitution by dithionite (S(2)O(4)(2-)). Results showed that propachlor underwent rapid dechlorination in the presence of dithionite. The reaction was of second-order kinetics and strongly influenced by pH and temperature. At pH 7.0 and temperature 308K, the rate constant of propachlor dechlorination was estimated at 123.4±0.7M(-1)h(-1). Within the pH range tested (3.0-9.5), higher pH promoted the ionization of dithionite, resulting in a more active nucleophilic reagent of S(2)O(4)(2-) to enhance the propachlor transformation rate. Similarly, higher reaction temperature overcame the activation barrier of steric hindrance in propachlor structure and accelerated the excitation of dithionite, in which higher rate constants of propachlor reductive dechlorination were obtained. Dechlorination was found to be the first and necessary step of propachlor nucleophilic substitution by dithionite. Sulfur nucleophile substituted compounds, including propachlor dithionite, propachlor ethanesulfonic acid (ESA), and hydroxyl propachlor, were identified as the dechlorination products of propachlor, indicating bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (S(N)2) as the mechanism for propachlor transformation initiated by dithionite.

  2. Identification of glutamic acid 78 as the active site nucleophile in Bacillus subtilis xylanase using electrospray tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Miao, S; Ziser, L; Aebersold, R; Withers, S G

    1994-06-14

    A new mechanism-based inactivator of beta-1,4-xylanases, 2',4'-dinitrophenyl 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-beta-xylobioside, has been synthesized and used to trap the covalent intermediate formed during catalysis by Bacillus subtilis xylanase. Electrospray mass spectrometry confirmed the 1:1 stoichiometry of the incorporation of inactivator into the enzyme. Inactivation of xylanase followed the expected pseudo-first-order kinetic behavior, and kinetic parameters were determined. The intermediate trapped was relatively stable toward hydrolytic turnover (t1/2 = 350 min). However, turnover could be facilitated by transglycosylation following the addition of the acceptor benzyl thio-beta-xylobioside, thus demonstrating the catalytic competence of the trapped intermediate. Reactivation kinetic parameters for this process of kre = 0.03 min-1 and Kre = 46 mM were determined. The nucleophilic amino acid was identified as Glu78 by a tandem mass spectrometric technique which does not require the use of radiolabels. The peptic digest of the labeled enzyme was separated by high-performance liquid chromatography and the eluent fed into a tandem mass spectrometer via an electrospray ionization device. The labeled peptide was identified as one of m/z = 826 (doubly charged) which fragmented in the collision chamber between the mass analyzers with loss of the mass of a 2-fluoroxylobiosyl unit. Confirmation of the peptide identity was obtained both by tandem mass spectrometric sequencing and by Edman degradation of the purified peptide. Glu78 is completely conserved in all members of this xylanase family and indeed is shown to be located in the active site in the recently determined X-ray crystal structure.

  3. Solution structure of the Z-DNA binding domain of PKR-like protein kinase from Carassius auratus and quantitative analyses of the intermediate complex during B-Z transition.

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    Lee, Ae-Ree; Park, Chin-Ju; Cheong, Hae-Kap; Ryu, Kyoung-Seok; Park, Jin-Wan; Kwon, Mun-Young; Lee, Janghyun; Kim, Kyeong Kyu; Choi, Byong-Seok; Lee, Joon-Hwa

    2016-04-01

    Z-DNA binding proteins (ZBPs) play important roles in RNA editing, innate immune response and viral infection. Structural and biophysical studies show that ZBPs initially form an intermediate complex with B-DNA for B-Z conversion. However, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanism of Z-DNA binding and B-Z transition is still lacking, due to the absence of structural information on the intermediate complex. Here, we report the solution structure of the Zα domain of the ZBP-containing protein kinase from Carassius auratus(caZαPKZ). We quantitatively determined the binding affinity of caZαPKZ for both B-DNA and Z-DNA and characterized its B-Z transition activity, which is modulated by varying the salt concentration. Our results suggest that the intermediate complex formed by caZαPKZ and B-DNA can be used as molecular ruler, to measure the degree to which DNA transitions to the Z isoform. PMID:26792893

  4. Solution structure of the Z-DNA binding domain of PKR-like protein kinase from Carassius auratus and quantitative analyses of the intermediate complex during B–Z transition

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    Lee, Ae-Ree; Park, Chin-Ju; Cheong, Hae-Kap; Ryu, Kyoung-Seok; Park, Jin-Wan; Kwon, Mun-Young; Lee, Janghyun; Kim, Kyeong Kyu; Choi, Byong-Seok; Lee, Joon-Hwa

    2016-01-01

    Z-DNA binding proteins (ZBPs) play important roles in RNA editing, innate immune response and viral infection. Structural and biophysical studies show that ZBPs initially form an intermediate complex with B-DNA for B–Z conversion. However, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanism of Z-DNA binding and B–Z transition is still lacking, due to the absence of structural information on the intermediate complex. Here, we report the solution structure of the Zα domain of the ZBP-containing protein kinase from Carassius auratus (caZαPKZ). We quantitatively determined the binding affinity of caZαPKZ for both B-DNA and Z-DNA and characterized its B–Z transition activity, which is modulated by varying the salt concentration. Our results suggest that the intermediate complex formed by caZαPKZ and B-DNA can be used as molecular ruler, to measure the degree to which DNA transitions to the Z isoform. PMID:26792893

  5. Solution structure of the Z-DNA binding domain of PKR-like protein kinase from Carassius auratus and quantitative analyses of the intermediate complex during B-Z transition.

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    Lee, Ae-Ree; Park, Chin-Ju; Cheong, Hae-Kap; Ryu, Kyoung-Seok; Park, Jin-Wan; Kwon, Mun-Young; Lee, Janghyun; Kim, Kyeong Kyu; Choi, Byong-Seok; Lee, Joon-Hwa

    2016-04-01

    Z-DNA binding proteins (ZBPs) play important roles in RNA editing, innate immune response and viral infection. Structural and biophysical studies show that ZBPs initially form an intermediate complex with B-DNA for B-Z conversion. However, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanism of Z-DNA binding and B-Z transition is still lacking, due to the absence of structural information on the intermediate complex. Here, we report the solution structure of the Zα domain of the ZBP-containing protein kinase from Carassius auratus(caZαPKZ). We quantitatively determined the binding affinity of caZαPKZ for both B-DNA and Z-DNA and characterized its B-Z transition activity, which is modulated by varying the salt concentration. Our results suggest that the intermediate complex formed by caZαPKZ and B-DNA can be used as molecular ruler, to measure the degree to which DNA transitions to the Z isoform.

  6. Microwaves and Aqueous Solvents Promote the Reaction of Poorly Nucleophilic Anilines with a Zincke Salt.

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    Zeghbib, Narimane; Thelliere, Paul; Rivard, Michael; Martens, Thierry

    2016-04-15

    The Zincke reaction allows the transformation of primary amines into their respective N-alkylated or N-arylated pyridinium salts. While nucleophilic primary amines (typically, aliphatic primary amines) often lead to quantitative reactions and has been documented profusely, the use of poorly nucleophilic amines still requires an in depth account. To date, the lack of nucleophilicity of the amines is redhibitory. The subject addressed in this article is a series of primary amines deriving from aniline having been engaged in Zincke reactions. Efficient transformations were obtained, even when conducted on electronically deactivated, eventually also sterically hindered, substrates. This was achieved by the combined use of microwave activation and aqueous solvents. Under our conditions, the role of water revealed indeed crucial to avoid the self-degradation of the Zincke salt, the reagent of the reaction. PMID:26986875

  7. Microwaves and Aqueous Solvents Promote the Reaction of Poorly Nucleophilic Anilines with a Zincke Salt.

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    Zeghbib, Narimane; Thelliere, Paul; Rivard, Michael; Martens, Thierry

    2016-04-15

    The Zincke reaction allows the transformation of primary amines into their respective N-alkylated or N-arylated pyridinium salts. While nucleophilic primary amines (typically, aliphatic primary amines) often lead to quantitative reactions and has been documented profusely, the use of poorly nucleophilic amines still requires an in depth account. To date, the lack of nucleophilicity of the amines is redhibitory. The subject addressed in this article is a series of primary amines deriving from aniline having been engaged in Zincke reactions. Efficient transformations were obtained, even when conducted on electronically deactivated, eventually also sterically hindered, substrates. This was achieved by the combined use of microwave activation and aqueous solvents. Under our conditions, the role of water revealed indeed crucial to avoid the self-degradation of the Zincke salt, the reagent of the reaction.

  8. Alternative nucleophilic substrates for the endonuclease activities of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 integrase

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    Ealy, Julie B.; Sudol, Malgorzata; Krzeminski, Jacek; Amin, Shantu; Katzman, Michael

    2012-11-10

    Retroviral integrase can use water or some small alcohols as the attacking nucleophile to nick DNA. To characterize the range of compounds that human immunodeficiency virus type 1 integrase can accommodate for its endonuclease activities, we tested 45 potential electron donors (having varied size and number or spacing of nucleophilic groups) as substrates during site-specific nicking at viral DNA ends and during nonspecific nicking reactions. We found that integrase used 22 of the 45 compounds to nick DNA, but not all active compounds were used for both activities. In particular, 13 compounds were used for site-specific and nonspecific nicking, 5 only for site-specific nicking, and 4 only for nonspecific nicking; 23 other compounds were not used for either activity. Thus, integrase can accommodate a large number of nucleophilic substrates but has selective requirements for its different activities, underscoring its dynamic properties and providing new information for modeling and understanding integrase.

  9. Oxidative nucleophilic strategy for synthesis of thiocyanates and trifluoromethyl sulfides from thiols.

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    Yamaguchi, Kazuya; Sakagami, Konomi; Miyamoto, Yumi; Jin, Xiongjie; Mizuno, Noritaka

    2014-12-01

    Thiocyanates and trifluoromethyl sulfides are important compounds and have classically been synthesized via multistep procedures together with the formation of significant amounts of byproducts. Herein, we demonstrate an oxidative nucleophilic strategy for the synthesis of thiocyanates and trifluoromethyl sulfides from thiol starting materials using nucleophilic reagents such as TMSCN and TMSCF3 (TMS = trimethylsilyl). In the presence of a 2 × 2 manganese oxide-based octahedral molecular sieve (OMS-2) and potassium fluoride (KF), various structurally diverse thiocyanates and trifluoromethyl sulfides could be synthesized in almost quantitative yields (typically >90%). The presented cyanation and trifluoromethylation reactions proceed through the OMS-2-catalyzed oxidative homocoupling of thiols to give disulfides followed by nucleophilic bond cleavage to produce the desired compounds and thiolate species (herein S-trimethylsilylated thiols). OMS-2 can catalyze oxidative homocoupling of the thiolate species, thus resulting formally in the quantitative production of thiocyanates and trifluoromethyl sulfides from thiols. PMID:25297894

  10. Identification of the nucleophile catalytic residue of GH51 α-L-arabinofuranosidase from Pleurotus ostreatus.

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    Amore, Antonella; Iadonisi, Alfonso; Vincent, Florence; Faraco, Vincenza

    2015-12-01

    In this study, the recombinant α-L-arabinofuranosidase from the fungus Pleurotus ostreatus (rPoAbf) was subjected to site-directed mutagenesis in order to identify the catalytic nucleophile residue. Based on bioinformatics and homology modelling analyses, E449 was revealed to be the potential nucleophilic residue. Thus, the mutant E449G of PoAbf was recombinantly expressed in Pichia pastoris and its recombinant expression level and reactivity were investigated in comparison to the wild-type. The design of a suitable set of hydrolysis experiments in the presence or absence of alcoholic arabinosyl acceptors and/or formate salts allowed to unambiguously identify the residue E449 as the nucleophile residue involved in the retaining mechanism of this GH51 arabinofuranosidase. (1)H NMR analysis was applied for the identification of the products and the assignement of their anomeric configuration. PMID:26690659

  11. Identification of the nucleophile catalytic residue of GH51 α-l-arabinofuranosidase from Pleurotus ostreatus

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    Amore, Antonella; Iadonisi, Alfonso; Vincent, Florence; Faraco, Vincenza

    2015-12-21

    In this paper, the recombinant α-l-arabinofuranosidase from the fungus Pleurotus ostreatus (rPoAbf) was subjected to site-directed mutagenesis in order to identify the catalytic nucleophile residue. Based on bioinformatics and homology modelling analyses, E449 was revealed to be the potential nucleophilic residue. Thus, the mutant E449G of PoAbf was recombinantly expressed in Pichia pastoris and its recombinant expression level and reactivity were investigated in comparison to the wild-type. The design of a suitable set of hydrolysis experiments in the presence or absence of alcoholic arabinosyl acceptors and/or formate salts allowed to unambiguously identify the residue E449 as the nucleophile residue involvedmore » in the retaining mechanism of this GH51 arabinofuranosidase. 1H NMR analysis was applied for the identification of the products and the assignement of their anomeric configuration.« less

  12. The Effects of Guided Careful Online Planning on Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in Intermediate EFL Learners' Oral Production: The Case of English Articles

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    Ahmadian, Mohammad Javad

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of the study reported in this article was twofold: First, to see whether guided careful online planning assists intermediate learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) in accurate oral production of English articles ("an/a" and "the"); and, second, to see whether guided careful online planning has any effects on global complexity…

  13. High Resolution Reaction Intermediates of rabbit Muscle Fructose-1,6-bisphosphate Aldolase: Substrate Cleavage and Induced Fit

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    St-Jean,M.; Lafrance-Vanasse, J.; Liotard, B.; Sygusch, J.

    2005-01-01

    Crystal structures were determined to 1.8-Angstrom resolution of the glycolytic enzyme fructose-1, 6-bis(phosphate) aldolase trapped in complex with its substrate and a competitive inhibitor, mannitol-1, 6-bis(phosphate). The enzyme substrate complex corresponded to the postulated Schiff base intermediate and has reaction geometry consistent with incipient C3-C4 bond cleavage catalyzed by Glu-187, which is adjacent to the Schiff base forming Lys-229. Atom arrangement about the cleaved bond in the reaction intermediate mimics a pericyclic transition state occurring in non-enzymatic aldol condensations. Lys-146 hydrogen bonds the substrate C4 hydroxyl and assists substrate cleavage by stabilizing the developing negative charge on the C4 hydroxyl during proton abstraction. Mannitol-1, 6-bis(phosphate) forms a non-covalent complex in the active site whose binding geometry mimics the covalent carbinolamine precursor. Glu-187 hydrogen bonds the C2 hydroxyl of the inhibitor in the enzyme complex substantiating a proton transfer role by Glu-187 in catalyzing the conversion of the carbinolamine intermediate to Schiff base. Modeling of the acyclic substrate configuration into the active site shows Glu-187, in acid form, hydrogen bonding both substrate C2 carbonyl and C4 hydroxyl, thereby aligning the substrate ketose for nucleophilic attack by Lys-229. The multi-functional role by Glu-187 epitomizes a canonical mechanistic feature conserved in Schiff base forming aldolases catalyzing carbohydrate metabolism. Trapping of tagatose-1, 6-bis(phosphate), a diastereoisomer of fructose-1, 6-bis(phosphate), displayed stereospecific discrimination and reduced ketohexose binding specificity. Each ligand induces homologous conformational changes in two adjacent a-helical regions that promote phosphate binding in the active site.

  14. Efficient copper-catalyzed direct intramolecular aminotrifluoromethylation of unactivated alkenes with diverse nitrogen-based nucleophiles.

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    Lin, Jin-Shun; Xiong, Ya-Ping; Ma, Can-Liang; Zhao, Li-Jiao; Tan, Bin; Liu, Xin-Yuan

    2014-01-27

    A mild, convenient, and step-economical intramolecular aminotrifluoromethylation of unactivated alkenes with a variety of electronically distinct, nitrogen-based nucleophiles in the presence of a simple copper salt catalyst, in the absence of extra ligands, is described. Many different nitrogen-based nucleophiles (e.g., basic primary aliphatic and aromatic amines, sulfonamides, carbamates, and ureas) can be employed in this new aminotrifluoromethylation reaction. The aminotrifluoromethylation process allows straightforward access to diversely substituted CF3-containing pyrrolidines or indolines, in good to excellent yields, through a direct difunctionalization strategy from the respective acyclic starting materials. Mechanistic studies were conducted and a plausible mechanism was proposed. PMID:24458913

  15. Efficient water oxidation catalyzed by mononuclear ruthenium(II) complexes incorporating Schiff base ligands.

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    Li, Ting-Ting; Chen, Yong; Li, Fu-Min; Zhao, Wei-Liang; Wang, Chuan-Jun; Lv, Xiao-Jun; Xu, Quan-Qing; Fu, Wen-Fu

    2014-06-23

    Four new charge-neutral ruthenium(II) complexes containing dianionic Schiff base and isoquinoline or 4-picoline ligands were synthesized and characterized by NMR and ESI-MS spectroscopies, elemental analysis, and X-ray diffraction. The complexes exhibited excellent chemical water oxidation activity and high stability under acidic conditions (pH 1.0) using (NH4)2Ce(NO3)6 as a sacrificial electron acceptor. The high catalytic activities of these complexes for water oxidation were sustained for more than 10 h at low concentrations. High turnover numbers of up to 3200 were achieved. A water nucleophilic attack mechanism was proposed. A Ru(V)=O intermediate was detected during the catalytic cycle by high-resolution mass spectrometry.

  16. Synthesis and biological evaluation of (acyl)hydrazones and thiosemicarbazones obtained via in situ condensation of iminium salts with nitrogen-containing nucleophiles.

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    Caneva, Chiara; Alfei, Silvana; De Maria, Monica; Ibba, Cristina; Delogu, Ilenia; Spallarossa, Andrea; Loddo, Roberta

    2015-11-01

    An unprecedented, highly convergent, high-yielding, one-pot synthesis of (acyl)hydrazones and thiosemicarbazones was carried out by the in situ condensation of isolable iminium chlorides of imidazolidin-2-(thio)one, tetrahydropyrimidin-2-thione and indole derivatives with nitrogen nucleophiles in the presence of a base. The developed reaction procedure is largely advantageous. It is highly parallelizable, no intermediates need to be isolated and minimal sample handling is required during the purification steps. Some relevant reaction parameters including reaction temperature and p[Formula: see text] of the base are discussed. NMR analysis was carried out to assess the stereochemistry of the obtained compounds. The stereochemical outcome of the reaction was found to be affected by the nature of the nitrogen-containing nucleophile being the majority of the derivatives isolated as single geometric isomers. The cytotoxicity and antiviral activities of the prepared compounds have been preliminary assessed. In cell-based screenings some of the derivatives proved to be cytotoxic at low micromolar concentrations and interesting anti-Reo-1 properties have been detected. PMID:26077842

  17. Constructing a Catalytic Cycle for C-F to C-X (X = O, S, N) Bond Transformation Based on Gold-Mediated Ligand Nucleophilic Attack.

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    Hu, Ji-Yun; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Gao-Xiang; Sun, Hao-Ling; Zhang, Jun-Long

    2016-03-01

    A tricoordinated gold(I) chloride complex, tBuXantphosAuCl, supported by a sterically bulky 9,9-dimethyl-4,5-bis(di-tert-butylphosphino)xanthene ligand (tBuXantphos) was synthesized. This complex features a remarkably longer Au-Cl bond length [2.632(1) Å] than bicoordinated linear gold complexes (2.27-2.30 Å) and tricoordinated XantphosAuCl [2.462(1) Å]. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of a cocrystal of tBuXantphosAuCl and pentafluoronitrobenzene (PFNB) and UV-vis spectroscopic titration experiments revealed the existence of an anion-π interaction between the Cl anion ligand and PFNB. Stoichiometric reaction between PFNB and tBuXantphosAuOtBu, after replacement of Cl by a more nucleophilic tBuO anion ligand, showed higher reactivity and para selectivity in the transformation of C-F to C-OtBu bond, distinctively different from that when only KOtBu was used (ortho selectivity) under the identical condition. Mechanistic studies including density functional theory calculations suggested a gold-mediated nucleophilic ligand attack of the C-F bond pathway via an SNAr process. On the basis of these results, using trimethylsilyl derivatives TMS-X (X = OMe, SEt, NEt2) as the nucleophilic ligand source and the fluorine acceptor, catalytic transformation of the C-F bond of aromatic substrates to the C-X (X = O, S, N) bond was achieved with tBuXantphosAuCl as the catalyst (up to 20 turnover numbers).

  18. Constructing a Catalytic Cycle for C-F to C-X (X = O, S, N) Bond Transformation Based on Gold-Mediated Ligand Nucleophilic Attack.

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    Hu, Ji-Yun; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Gao-Xiang; Sun, Hao-Ling; Zhang, Jun-Long

    2016-03-01

    A tricoordinated gold(I) chloride complex, tBuXantphosAuCl, supported by a sterically bulky 9,9-dimethyl-4,5-bis(di-tert-butylphosphino)xanthene ligand (tBuXantphos) was synthesized. This complex features a remarkably longer Au-Cl bond length [2.632(1) Å] than bicoordinated linear gold complexes (2.27-2.30 Å) and tricoordinated XantphosAuCl [2.462(1) Å]. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of a cocrystal of tBuXantphosAuCl and pentafluoronitrobenzene (PFNB) and UV-vis spectroscopic titration experiments revealed the existence of an anion-π interaction between the Cl anion ligand and PFNB. Stoichiometric reaction between PFNB and tBuXantphosAuOtBu, after replacement of Cl by a more nucleophilic tBuO anion ligand, showed higher reactivity and para selectivity in the transformation of C-F to C-OtBu bond, distinctively different from that when only KOtBu was used (ortho selectivity) under the identical condition. Mechanistic studies including density functional theory calculations suggested a gold-mediated nucleophilic ligand attack of the C-F bond pathway via an SNAr process. On the basis of these results, using trimethylsilyl derivatives TMS-X (X = OMe, SEt, NEt2) as the nucleophilic ligand source and the fluorine acceptor, catalytic transformation of the C-F bond of aromatic substrates to the C-X (X = O, S, N) bond was achieved with tBuXantphosAuCl as the catalyst (up to 20 turnover numbers). PMID:26872251

  19. Kinetics of complex formation by macrocyclic polyaza polycarboxylate ligands: Detection and characterization of an intermediate in the Eu{sup 3+}-dota system by laser-excited luminescence

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    Wu, Shu Ling; Horrocks, W.DeW. Jr.

    1995-07-05

    The reaction of Eu{sup 3+} with 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetate was followed by luminescence of the Eu{sup 3+} center. Reaction kinetics for the formation of intermediates and the final product, [Eu(dota)H{sub 2}O]{sup {minus}}, are reported. The rate limiting step is found to be the rearrangement of EuHdotato from the final product.

  20. DYNLT (Tctex-1) forms a tripartite complex with dynein intermediate chain and RagA, hence linking this small GTPase to the dynein motor.

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    Merino-Gracia, Javier; García-Mayoral, María Flor; Rapali, Peter; Valero, Ruth Ana; Bruix, Marta; Rodríguez-Crespo, Ignacio

    2015-10-01

    It has been suggested that DYNLT, a dynein light chain known to bind to various cellular and viral proteins, can function as a microtubule-cargo adaptor. Recent data showed that DYNLT links the small GTPase Rab3D to microtubules and, for this to occur, the DYNLT homodimer needs to display a binding site for dynein intermediate chain together with a binding site for the small GTPase. We have analysed in detail how RagA, another small GTPase, associates to DYNLT. After narrowing down the binding site of RagA to DYNLT we could identify that a β strand, part of the RagA G3 box involved in nucleotide binding, mediates this association. Interestingly, we show that both microtubule-associated DYNLT and cytoplasmic DYNLT are equally able to bind to the small GTPases Rab3D and RagA. Using NMR spectroscopy, we analysed the binding of dynein intermediate chain and RagA to mammalian DYNLT. Our experiments identify residues of DYNLT affected by dynein intermediate chain binding and residues affected by RagA binding, hence distinguishing the docking site for each of them. In summary, our results shed light on the mechanisms adopted by DYNLT when binding to protein cargoes that become transported alongside microtubules bound to the dynein motor.

  1. Protonation of a Peroxodiiron(III) Complex and Conversion to a Diiron(III/IV) Intermediate: Implications for Proton-assisted O-O Bond Cleavage in Nonheme Diiron Enzymes

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    Cranswick, Matthew A.; Meier, Katlyn K.; Shan, Xiaopeng; Stubna, Audria; Kaizer, Jószef; Mehn, Mark P.; Münck, Eckard; Que, Lawrence

    2012-01-01

    Oxygenation of a diiron(II) complex,[FeII2(μ-OH)2(BnBQA)2(NCMe)2]2+ (2) (where BnBQA is N-benzyl-N,N-bis(2-quinolinylmethyl)amine) results in the formation of a metastable peroxodiferric intermediate (3). Treatment of 3 with strong acid affords its conjugate acid 4 in which the (μ-oxo)(μ-1,2-peroxo)diiron(III) core of 3 is protonated at the oxo bridge. The core structures of 3 and 4 are characterized in detail by UV-vis, Mössbauer, resonance Raman, and X-ray absorption spectroscopies. Complex 4 is shorter lived than 3 and decays to generate in 20–25% yield a diiron(III/IV) species (5) that can be identified by EPR and Mössbauer spectroscopy. This reaction sequence demonstrates for the first time that protonation of the oxo bridge of a (μ-oxo)(μ-1,2-peroxo)diiron(III) complex leads to the cleavage of the peroxo O–O bond and formation of a high-valent diiron complex, thereby mimicking the steps involved in the formation of intermediate X in the activation cycle of ribonucleotide reductase. PMID:22971084

  2. Role of the reaction intermediates in determining PHIP (parahydrogen induced polarization) effect in the hydrogenation of acetylene dicarboxylic acid with the complex [Rh (dppb)]{sup +} (dppb: 1,4-bis(diphenylphosphino)butane)

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    Reineri, F.; Aime, S.; Gobetto, R.; Nervi, C.

    2014-03-07

    This study deals with the parahydrogenation of the symmetric substrate acetylene dicarboxylic acid catalyzed by a Rh(I) complex bearing the chelating diphosphine dppb (1,4-bis(diphenylphosphino)butane). The two magnetically equivalent protons of the product yield a hyperpolarized emission signal in the {sup 1}H-NMR spectrum. Their polarization intensity varies upon changing the reaction solvent from methanol to acetone. A detailed analysis of the hydrogenation pathway is carried out by means of density functional theory calculations to assess the structure of hydrogenation intermediates and their stability in the two solvents. The observed polarization effects have been accounted on the basis of the obtained structures. Insights into the lifetime of a short-lived reaction intermediate are also obtained.

  3. Structure of isochorismate synthase in complex with magnesium

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    Parsons, James F.; Shi, Katherine M.; Ladner, Jane E.

    2008-01-01

    The electron carrier menaquinone is one of many important bacterial metabolites that are derived from the key intermediate chorismic acid. MenF, the first enzyme in the menaquinone pathway, catalyzes the isomerization of chorismate to isochorismate. Here, an improved structure of MenF in a new crystal form is presented. The structure, solved at 2.0 Å resolution in complex with magnesium, reveals a well defined closed active site. Existing evidence suggests that the mechanism of the reaction catalyzed by MenF involves nucleophilic attack of a water molecule on the chorismate ring. The structure reveals a well defined water molecule located in an appropriate position for activation by Lys190 and attack on the substrate. PMID:18453696

  4. Organic Chemistry Students' Ideas about Nucleophiles and Electrophiles: The Role of Charges and Mechanisms

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    Anzovino, Mary E.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery

    2015-01-01

    Organic chemistry students struggle with reaction mechanisms and the electron-pushing formalism (EPF) used by practicing organic chemists. Faculty have identified an understanding of nucleophiles and electrophiles as one conceptual prerequisite to mastery of the EPF, but little is known about organic chemistry students' knowledge of nucleophiles…

  5. REVISITING CLASSICAL NUCLEOPHILIC SUBSTITUTIONS IN AQUEOUS MEDIUM: MICROWAVE-ASSISTED SYNTHESIS OF ALKYL AZIDES

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    An efficient and clean synthesis of alkyl azides using microwave (MW) radiation is described in aqueous medium by reacting alkyl halides or tosylates with alkali azides. This general and expeditious MW-enhanced approach to nucleophilic substitution reactions is applicable to the ...

  6. Photochemistry of RuII 4,4'-bi-1,2,3-triazolyl (btz) complexes: crystallographic characterization of the photoreactive ligand-loss intermediate trans-[Ru(bpy)(κ2-btz)(κ1-btz)(NCMe)]2+.

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    Welby, Christine E; Armitage, Georgina K; Bartley, Harry; Wilkinson, Aaron; Sinopoli, Alessandro; Uppal, Baljinder S; Rice, Craig R; Elliott, Paul I P

    2014-07-01

    We report the unprecedented observation and unequivocal crystallographic characterization of the meta-stable ligand loss intermediate solvento complex trans-[Ru(bpy)(κ(2) -btz)(κ(1) -btz)(NCMe)](2+) (1 a) that contains a monodentate chelate ligand. This and analogous complexes can be observed during the photolysis reactions of a family of complexes of the form [Ru({NN})(btz)(2)](2+) (1 a-d: btz=1,1'-dibenzyl-4,4'-bi-1,2,3-triazolyl; {NN}=a) 2,2'-bipyridyl (bpy), b) 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridyl (dmbpy), c) 4,4'-dimethoxy-2,2'-bipyridyl (dmeobpy), d) 1,10-phenanthroline (phen)). In acetonitrile solutions, 1 a-d eventually convert to the bis-solvento complexes trans-[Ru({NN})(btz)(NCMe)(2)](2+) (3 a-d) along with one equivalent of free btz, in a process in which the remaining coordinated bidentate ligands undergo a new rearrangement such that they become coplanar. X-ray crystal structure of 3 a and 3 d confirmed the co-planar arrangement of the {NN} and btz ligands and the trans coordination of two solvent molecules. These conversions proceed via the observed intermediate complexes 2 a-d, which are formed quantitatively from 1 a-d in a matter of minutes and to which they slowly revert back on being left to stand in the dark over several days. The remarkably long lifetime of the intermediate complexes (>12 h at 40 °C) allowed the isolation of 2 a in the solid state, and the complex to be crystallographically characterized. Similarly to the structures adopted by complexes 3 a and d, the bpy and κ(2) -btz ligands in 2 a coordinate in a square-planar fashion with the second monodentate btz ligand coordinated trans to an acetonitrile ligand. PMID:24889966

  7. Characterization of Metastable Intermediates Formed in the Reaction Between a Mn(II) Complex and Dioxygen, Including a Crystallographic Structure of a Binuclear Mn(III)-Peroxo Species

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    Coggins, Michael K.; Sun, Xianru; Kwak, Yeonju; Solomon, Edward I.; Rybak-Akimova, Elena; Kovacs, Julie A.

    2013-01-01

    Transition-metal peroxos have been implicated as key intermediates in a variety of critical biological processes involving O2. Due to their highly reactive nature, very few metal-peroxos have been characterized. The dioxygen chemistry of manganese remains largely unexplored despite the proposed involvement of a binuclear Mn-peroxo, either as a precursor to O2, or derived from O2, in both photosynthetic H2O oxidation and DNA biosynthesis, arguably two of the most fundamental processes of life. Neither of these biological intermediates has been observed. Herein we describe the dioxygen chemistry of coordinatively unsaturated [MnII(SMe2N4(6-MeDPEN))] +(1), and the characterization of intermediates formed en route to a binuclear mono-oxo bridged Mn(III) product {[MnIII(SMe2N4(6-MeDPEN)]2-(μ-O)}2+ (2), the oxo atom of which is derived from 18O2. At low-temperatures, a dioxygen intermediate, [Mn(SMe2N4(6-MeDPEN))(O2)]+ (4), is observed (by stopped-flow) to rapidly and irreversibly form in this reaction (k1(−10 °C)= 3780±180M−1s−1, ΔH1‡ = 26.4±1.7 kJ mol−1, ΔS1‡ = − 75.6±6.8 J mol−1K−1), and then convert more slowly (k2(−10 °C)= 417±3.2 M−1s−1, ΔH2‡ = 47.1±1.4 kJ mol−1, ΔS2‡ = − 15.0±5.7 J mol−1K−1) to a species 3 with isotopically sensitive stretches at νo-o (Δ18O) = 819(47) cm−1, kO–O= 3.02 mdyn/Å, and νMn-O(Δ18O) = 611(25) cm−1 consistent with a peroxo. Intermediate 3 releases approximately 0.5 equiv of H2O2 per Mn ion upon protonation, and the rate of conversion of 4 to 3 is dependent on [Mn(II)] concentration, consistent with the formation of a binuclear Mn-peroxo. This was verified by X-ray crystallography, where the peroxo of {[MnIII(SMe2N4(6-Me-DPEN)]2(trans–μ–1,2–O2)}2+ (3) is shown to be bridging between two Mn(III) ions in an end-on trans-μ-1,2-fashion. This represents the first characterized example of a binuclear Mn(III)-peroxo, and a rare case in which more than one intermediate is observed

  8. Mild and rapid method for the generation of ortho-(naphtho)quinone methide intermediates.

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    Shaikh, Abdul kadar; Cobb, Alexander J A; Varvounis, George

    2012-01-20

    A new mild method has been devised for generating o-(naphtho)quinone methides via fluoride-induced desilylation of silyl derivatives of o-hydroxybenzyl(or 1-naphthylmethyl) nitrate. The reactive o-(naphtho)quinone methide intermediates were trapped by C, O, N, and S nucleophiles and underwent "inverse electron-demand" hetero-Diels-Alder reaction with dienophiles to give stable adducts. The method has useful potential application in natural product synthesis and drug research.

  9. Carbon-carbon cross-coupling reactions catalyzed by a two-coordinate nickel(II)-bis(amido) complex via observable Ni(I) , Ni(II) , and Ni(III) intermediates.

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    Lipschutz, Michael I; Tilley, T Don

    2014-07-01

    Recently, the development of more sustainable catalytic systems based on abundant first-row metals, especially nickel, for cross-coupling reactions has attracted significant interest. One of the key intermediates invoked in these reactions is a Ni(III) -alkyl species, but no such species that is part of a competent catalytic cycle has yet been isolated. Herein, we report a carbon-carbon cross-coupling system based on a two-coordinate Ni(II) -bis(amido) complex in which a Ni(III) -alkyl species can be isolated and fully characterized. This study details compelling experimental evidence of the role played by this Ni(III) -alkyl species as well as those of other key Ni(I) and Ni(II) intermediates. The catalytic cycle described herein is also one of the first examples of a two-coordinate complex that competently catalyzes an organic transformation, potentially leading to a new class of catalysts based on the unique ability of first-row transition metals to accommodate two-coordinate complexes.

  10. New approach to the air oxidation of alkenes employing metal nitro complexes as catalysts

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    Andrews, M.A.; Chang, T.C.T.; Cheng, C.W.F.; Kelley, K.P.

    1984-01-01

    Alkenes are stoichiometrically and, in the presence of air, catalytically oxidized by cis-bis(aceto-nitrile) chloronitropalladium(II). Oxidation of monosubstituted terminal alkenes and trans-cyclooctene yields the corresponding ketone, oxidation of cyclopentene and cyclohexene the corresponding allyl alcohol, and oxidation of bicyclic alkenes the corresponding epoxide, each with good selectivity for the respective product. Other alkenes give varying mixtures of the above products together with, in some cases, the ..cap alpha..,..beta..-unsaturated ketone. Vinyl ethers yield the corresponding ester while (trimethylsily)ethylene yields (trimethylsilyl)acetaldehyde. The selectivities are rationalized on the basis of ease of ..beta..-hydrogen elimination in observed intermediate heterometallacyclopentane complexes formed by nucleophilic attack of the nitro oxygen atom on the coordinated alkene in alkene nitro complexes. The general role of metallacycles in metal-mediated alkene oxidations and the advantages and disadvantages of intra-vs. intermolecular metal nitro catalyzed alkene oxidations are discussed. 50 references, 4 figures, 3 tables.

  11. Structures of the Michaelis Complex (1.2A) and the Covalent Acyl Intermediate (2.0A ) of Cefamandole Bound in the Active Sites of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis beta-Lactamase K72A and E166A Mutants

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    L Tremblay; h Xu; J Blanchard

    2011-12-31

    The genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) contains a gene that encodes a highly active {beta}-lactamase, BlaC, that imparts TB with resistance to {beta}-lactam chemotherapy. The structure of covalent BlaC-{beta}-lactam complexes suggests that active site residues K73 and E166 are essential for acylation and deacylation, respectively. We have prepared the K73A and E166A mutant forms of BlaC and have determined the structures of the Michaelis complex of cefamandole and the covalently bound acyl intermediate of cefamandole at resolutions of 1.2 and 2.0 {angstrom}, respectively. These structures provide insight into the details of the catalytic mechanism.

  12. An Artificial Enzyme Made by Covalent Grafting of an Fe(II) Complex into β-Lactoglobulin: Molecular Chemistry, Oxidation Catalysis, and Reaction-Intermediate Monitoring in a Protein.

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    Buron, Charlotte; Sénéchal-David, Katell; Ricoux, Rémy; Le Caër, Jean-Pierre; Guérineau, Vincent; Méjanelle, Philippe; Guillot, Régis; Herrero, Christian; Mahy, Jean-Pierre; Banse, Frédéric

    2015-08-17

    An artificial metalloenzyme based on the covalent grafting of a nonheme Fe(II) polyazadentate complex into bovine β-lactoglobulin has been prepared and characterized by using various spectroscopic techniques. Attachment of the Fe(II) catalyst to the protein scaffold is shown to occur specifically at Cys121. In addition, spectrophotometric titration with cyanide ions based on the spin-state conversion of the initial high spin (S=2) Fe(II) complex into a low spin (S=0) one allows qualitative and quantitative characterization of the metal center's first coordination sphere. This biohybrid catalyst activates hydrogen peroxide to oxidize thioanisole into phenylmethylsulfoxide as the sole product with an enantiomeric excess of up to 20 %. Investigation of the reaction between the biohybrid system and H2 O2 reveals the generation of a high spin (S=5/2) Fe(III) (η(2) -O2 ) intermediate, which is proposed to be responsible for the catalytic sulfoxidation of the substrate.

  13. Automated electrophilic radiosynthesis of [¹⁸F]FBPA using a modified nucleophilic GE TRACERlab FXFDG.

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    Mairinger, Severin; Stanek, Johann; Wanek, Thomas; Langer, Oliver; Kuntner, Claudia

    2015-10-01

    We modified a commercially available synthesis module for nucleophilic [(18)F]fluorinations (TRACERlab(TM) FXFDG, GE Healthcare) to enable the reliable synthesis of 2-[(18)F]fluoro-4-borono-L-phenylalanine ([(18)F]FBPA) via direct electrophilic substitution of 4-borono-L-phenylalanine with [(18)F]F2 gas. [(18)F]FBPA was obtained with a RCY of 8.5±2.0% and a radiochemical purity of 98±1% in a total synthesis time of 72±7 min (n=22). The modified synthesis module might also be useful for the synthesis of other [(18)F]radiopharmaceuticals via electrophilic substitution reactions while still being suitable for nucleophilic substitution reactions.

  14. Chemically modified electrodes by nucleophilic substitution of chlorosilylated platinum oxide surfaces

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    Chen, Chun-Hsien; Hutchison, James H.; Postlethwaite, Timothy A.; Richardson, John N.; Murray, R. W.

    1994-07-01

    Chlorosilylated platinum oxide electrode surfaces can be generated by reaction of SiCl4 vapor with an electrochemically prepared monolayer of platinum oxide. A variety of nucleophilic agents (such as alcohols, amines, thiols, and Grignard reagents) can be used to displace chloride and thereby functionalize the metal surface. Electroactive surfaces prepared with ferrocene methanol as the nucleophile show that derivatization by small molecules can achieve coverages on the order of a full monolayer. Surfaces modified with long-chain alkyl groups efficiently block electrode reactions of redox probes dissolved in the contacting solution, but other electrochemical (double layer capacitance and surface coverage) and contact angle measurements suggest that these molecule films are not highly ordered, self-assembled monolayers.

  15. Chemoselective Boron-Catalyzed Nucleophilic Activation of Carboxylic Acids for Mannich-Type Reactions.

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    Morita, Yuya; Yamamoto, Tomohiro; Nagai, Hideoki; Shimizu, Yohei; Kanai, Motomu

    2015-06-10

    The carboxyl group (COOH) is an omnipresent functional group in organic molecules, and its direct catalytic activation represents an attractive synthetic method. Herein, we describe the first example of a direct catalytic nucleophilic activation of carboxylic acids with BH3·SMe2, after which the acids are able to act as carbon nucleophiles, i.e. enolates, in Mannich-type reactions. This reaction proceeds with a mild organic base (DBU) and exhibits high levels of functional group tolerance. The boron catalyst is highly chemoselective toward the COOH group, even in the presence of other carbonyl moieties, such as amides, esters, or ketones. Furthermore, this catalytic method can be extended to highly enantioselective Mannich-type reactions by using a (R)-3,3'-I2-BINOL-substituted boron catalyst.

  16. Mechanistic study of secondary organic aerosol components formed from nucleophilic addition reactions of methacrylic acid epoxide

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    Birdsall, A. W.; Miner, C. R.; Mael, L. E.; Elrod, M. J.

    2014-08-01

    Recently, methacrylic acid epoxide (MAE) has been proposed as a precursor to an important class of isoprene-derived compounds found in secondary organic aerosol (SOA): 2-methylglyceric acid (2-MG) and a set of oligomers, nitric acid esters and sulfuric acid esters related to 2-MG. However, the specific chemical mechanisms by which MAE could form these compounds have not been previously studied. In order to determine the relevance of these processes to atmospheric aerosol, MAE and 2-MG have been synthesized and a series of bulk solution-phase experiments aimed at studying the reactivity of MAE using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have been performed. The present results indicate that the acid-catalyzed MAE reaction is more than 600 times slower than a similar reaction of an important isoprene-derived epoxide, but is still expected to be kinetically feasible in the atmosphere on more acidic SOA. The specific mechanism by which MAE leads to oligomers was identified, and the reactions of MAE with a number of atmospherically relevant nucleophiles were also investigated. Because the nucleophilic strengths of water, sulfate, alcohols (including 2-MG), and acids (including MAE and 2-MG) in their reactions with MAE were found to be of a similar magnitude, it is expected that a diverse variety of MAE + nucleophile product species may be formed on ambient SOA. Thus, the results indicate that epoxide chain reaction oligomerization will be limited by the presence of high concentrations of non-epoxide nucleophiles (such as water); this finding is consistent with previous environmental chamber investigations of the relative humidity-dependence of 2-MG-derived oligomerization processes and suggests that extensive oligomerization may not be likely on ambient SOA because of other competitive MAE reaction mechanisms.

  17. Mechanistic study of secondary organic aerosol components formed from nucleophilic addition reactions of methacrylic acid epoxide

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    Birdsall, A. W.; Miner, C. R.; Mael, L. E.; Elrod, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Recently, methacrylic acid epoxide (MAE) has been proposed as a precursor to an important class of isoprene-derived compounds found in secondary organic aerosol (SOA): 2-methylglyceric acid (2-MG) and a set of oligomers, nitric acid esters, and sulfuric acid esters related to 2-MG. However, the specific chemical mechanisms by which MAE could form these compounds have not been previously studied with experimental methods. In order to determine the relevance of these processes to atmospheric aerosol, MAE and 2-MG have been synthesized and a series of bulk solution-phase experiments aimed at studying the reactivity of MAE using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have been performed. The present results indicate that the acid-catalyzed MAE reaction is more than 600 times slower than a similar reaction of an important isoprene-derived epoxide, but is still expected to be kinetically feasible in the atmosphere on more acidic SOA. The specific mechanism by which MAE leads to oligomers was identified, and the reactions of MAE with a number of atmospherically relevant nucleophiles were also investigated. Because the nucleophilic strengths of water, sulfate, alcohols (including 2-MG), and acids (including MAE and 2-MG) in their reactions with MAE were found to be of similar magnitudes, it is expected that a diverse variety of MAE + nucleophile product species may be formed on ambient SOA. Thus, the results indicate that epoxide chain reaction oligomerization will be limited by the presence of high concentrations of non-epoxide nucleophiles (such as water); this finding is consistent with previous environmental chamber investigations of the relative humidity dependence of 2-MG-derived oligomerization processes and suggests that extensive oligomerization may not be likely on ambient SOA because of other competitive MAE reaction mechanisms.

  18. Novel nucleophiles enhance the human serum paraoxonase 1 (PON1)-mediated detoxication of organophosphates.

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    Chambers, Janice E; Chambers, Howard W; Meek, Edward C; Funck, Kristen E; Bhavaraju, Manikanthan H; Gwaltney, Steven R; Pringle, Ronald B

    2015-01-01

    Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is a calcium-dependent hydrolase associated with serum high-density lipoprotein particles. PON1 hydrolyzes some organophosphates (OPs), including some nerve agents, through nucleophilic attack of hydroxide ion (from water) in the active site. Most OPs are hydrolyzed inefficiently. This project seeks to identify nucleophiles that can enhance PON1-mediated OP degradation. A series of novel nucleophiles, substituted phenoxyalkyl pyridinium oximes, has been synthesized which enhance the degradation of surrogates of sarin (nitrophenyl isopropyl methylphosphonate; NIMP) and VX (nitrophenyl ethyl methylphosphonate; NEMP). Two types of in vitro assays have been conducted, a direct assay using millimolar concentrations of substrate with direct spectrophotometric quantitation of a hydrolysis product (4-nitrophenol) and an indirect assay using submicromolar concentrations of substrate with quantitation by the level of inhibition of an exogenous source of acetylcholinesterase from non-hydrolyzed substrate. Neither NIMP nor NEMP is hydrolyzed effectively by PON1 if one of these novel oximes is absent. However, in the presence of eight novel oximes, PON1-mediated degradation of both surrogates occurs. Computational modeling has created a model of PON1 embedded in phospholipid and has indicated general agreement of the binding enthalpies with the relative efficacy as PON1 enhancers. PON1 enhancement of degradation of OPs could be a unique and unprecedented mechanism of antidotal action. PMID:25304213

  19. Hydrogen-bond promoted nucleophilic fluorination: concept, mechanism and applications in positron emission tomography.

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    Lee, Ji-Woong; Oliveira, Maria Teresa; Jang, Hyeong Bin; Lee, Sungyul; Chi, Dae Yoon; Kim, Dong Wook; Song, Choong Eui

    2016-08-22

    Due to the tremendous interest in carbon-fluorine bond-forming reactions, research efforts in this area have been dedicated to the development of facile processes to synthesize small fluorine-containing organic molecules. Among others, PET (Positron Emission Tomography) is one of the most important applications of fluorine chemistry. Recognizing the specific requirements of PET processes, some groups have focused on fluorination reactions using alkali metal fluorides, particularly through SN2-type reactions. However, a common "misconception" about the role of protic solvents and hydrogen bonding interactions in this class of reactions has hampered the employment of these excellent promoters. Herein, we would like to review recent discoveries in this context, showing straightforward nucleophilic fluorination reactions using alkali metal fluorides promoted by protic solvents. Simultaneous dual activation of reacting partners by intermolecular hydrogen bonding and the enhancement of the "effective fluoride nucleophilicity", which is Nature's biocatalytic approach with the fluorinase enzyme, are the key to this unprecedentedly successful nucleophilic fluorination. PMID:27264160

  20. Detoxication of sulfur half-mustards by nucleophilic scavengers: robust activity of thiopurines.

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    Liu, Jinyun; Powell, K Leslie; Thames, Howard D; MacLeod, Michael C

    2010-03-15

    Sulfur mustard (bis-(2-chloroethyl)sulfide) has been used in chemical warfare since World War I and is well known as an acutely toxic vesicant. It has been implicated as a carcinogen after chronic low-level exposure and is known to form interstrand cross-links in DNA. Sulfur and nitrogen mustards are currently of interest as potential chemical threat agents for terrorists because of ease of synthesis. Sulfur mustard and monofunctional analogues (half-mustards, 2-[chloroethyl] alkyl sulfides) react as electrophiles, damaging cellular macromolecules, and thus are potentially subject to scavenging by nucleophilic agents. We have determined rate constants for the reaction of four purine derivatives that contain nucleophilic thiol moieties with several sulfur-half-mustards. Three of these compounds, 2,6-dithiopurine, 2,6-dithiouric acid, and 9-methyl-6-mercaptopurine, exhibit facile reaction with the electrophilic mustard compounds. At near neutral pH, these thiopurines are much better nucleophilic scavengers of mustard electrophiles than other low molecular weight thiols such as N-acetyl cysteine and glutathione. Progress curves calculated by numerical integration techniques indicate that equimolar concentrations of thiopurine provide significant reductions in the overall exposure to the episulfonium ions, which are the major reactive, electrophiles produced when sulfur mustards are dissolved in aqueous solution.

  1. Reactivity of Aziridinomitosene Derivatives Related to FK317 in the Presence of Protic Nucleophiles

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    Wiedner, Susan D.; Vedejs, Edwin

    2012-01-01

    The syntheses and reactivity of N-TBDPS and N-trityl protected derivatives of an aziridinomitosene corresponding to FK317 are described. New reactivity patterns were observed for these highly sensitive and functionally dense heterocycles under mild nucleophilic conditions approaching the threshold for degradation. Thus, the silyl or trityl protected aziridinomitosene reacted with Cs2CO3/CD3OD to give isomeric products where substitution occurred at C(10) and C(9a) (mitomycin numbering) providing a CD3 ether and a CD3 hemiaminal respectively. These findings show that heterolysis at C(10) is faster than at aziridine C(1), in contrast to the behavior of typical aziridinomitosenes in the mitomycin series. The labile N-TBDPS hemiaminal and the more stable N-trityl hemiaminal resemble the mitomycin K substitution pattern. A reagent consisting of CsF in CF3CH2OH/CH3CN desilylated a simple N-TBDPS aziridine, but caused nucleophilic cleavage at C(1) as well as C(10) without cleavage of the N-TBPDS group in the fully functionalized penultimate aziridinomitosene. The high reactivity of the C(10) carbamate with nucleophiles precludes the use of deprotection methodology that requires N-protonation for fully functionalized aziridinomitosenes in the FK317 series. PMID:22208619

  2. Fluorotrimethylsilane affinities of anionic nucleophiles: a study of fluoride-induced desilylation.

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    Krouse, Ian H; Wenthold, Paul G

    2005-05-01

    In this study, preparation and decomposition of five novel pentavalent fluorosiliconates, RSi(CH3)3F- (R = CH3CH2O, CF3CH2O, (CH3)2CHO, (CH3)3SiO, and (CH3)3SiNH) is used to investigate the process of fluoride-induced desilylation. The siliconates were characterized by collision-induced dissociation and energy-resolved mass spectrometry. Decomposition of RSi(CH3)3F- leads to loss of the nucleophile R- and FSi(CH3)3, except in the case of (CH3)3SiNHSi(CH3)3F-, where HF loss is also observed. Ion affinities for FSi(CH3)3 have been measured for all five nucleophiles, and compare well with computational predictions. The observed trend of the bond dissociation energies resembles the trend of deltaH(acid) values for the corresponding conjugate acids, RH. Additionally, this data has been incorporated with existing thermochemistry to derive fluoride affinities for four of the silanes (R = CH3CH2O, (CH3)2CHO, (CH3)3SiO, and (CH3)3SiNH). We use the fluoride affinity of the silanes and the FSi(CH3)3 affinity of the departing nucleophilic anion to assess the feasibility of fluoride-induced desilylation of the silanes examined in this work. PMID:15862771

  3. PDK1 in apical signaling endosomes participates in the rescue of the polarity complex atypical PKC by intermediate filaments in intestinal epithelia.

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    Mashukova, Anastasia; Forteza, Radia; Wald, Flavia A; Salas, Pedro J

    2012-05-01

    Phosphorylation of the activation domain of protein kinase C (PKC) isoforms is essential to start a conformational change that results in an active catalytic domain. This activation is necessary not only for newly synthesized molecules, but also for kinase molecules that become dephosphorylated and need to be refolded and rephosphorylated. This "rescue" mechanism is responsible for the maintenance of the steady-state levels of atypical PKC (aPKC [PKCι/λ and ζ]) and is blocked in inflammation. Although there is consensus that phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDK1) is the activating kinase for newly synthesized molecules, it is unclear what kinase performs that function during the rescue and where the rescue takes place. To identify the activating kinase during the rescue mechanism, we inhibited protein synthesis and analyzed the stability of the remaining aPKC pool. PDK1 knockdown and two different PDK1 inhibitors-BX-912 and a specific pseudosubstrate peptide-destabilized PKCι. PDK1 coimmunoprecipitated with PKCι in cells without protein synthesis, confirming that the interaction is direct. In addition, we showed that PDK1 aids the rescue of aPKC in in vitro rephosphorylation assays using immunodepletion and rescue with recombinant protein. Surprisingly, we found that in Caco-2 epithelial cells and intestinal crypt enterocytes PDK1 distributes to an apical membrane compartment comprising plasma membrane and apical endosomes, which, in turn, are in close contact with intermediate filaments. PDK1 comigrated with the Rab11 compartment and, to some extent, with the transferrin compartment in sucrose gradients. PDK1, pT555-aPKC, and pAkt were dependent on dynamin activity. These results highlight a novel signaling function of apical endosomes in polarized cells.

  4. Evidence of a species complex within the food-borne trematode Opisthorchis viverrini and possible co-evolution with their first intermediate hosts

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    Saijuntha, Weerachai; Sithithaworn, Paiboon; Wongkham, Sopit; Laha, Thewarach; Pipitgool, Vichit; Tesana, Smarn; Chilton, Neil B.; Petney, Trevor N.; Andrews, Ross H.

    2007-01-01

    The food-borne trematodes, Opisthorchis viverrini, O. felineus and Clonorchis sinensis, have long been recognized as the cause of major human health problems, with an estimated 40 million infected persons. Of the three species of liver fluke, only O. viverrini is classified as a type 1 carcinogen because of its role as an initiator of chronic inflammation and the subsequent development of cholangiocarcinoma. At present, there are no techniques for the early diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma and it is fatal for most patients. There is considerable variation in parasite prevalence and disease presentation in different geographical areas, the latter of which may be associated with genetic differences among parasites. In the present study, multilocus enzyme electrophoresis was used to provide a comprehensive genetic characterization of O. viverrini from different geographical localities in Thailand and the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos. Parasites from different localities were compared genetically at 32 enzyme loci. The results of the genetic analyses are sufficient to reject the null hypothesis that O. viverrini represents a single species. Therefore, O. viverrini consists of at least two genetically distinct, yet morphologically similar (i.e. cryptic) species. Moreover, there was also separation of the different populations of snails (i.e. the first intermediate hosts) into two distinct genetic groups that corresponded with the delineation of O. viverrini into two species. This suggests that there may be a history of co-evolution in this host–parasite lineage. Additionally, five distinct genetic groups of parasites were detected, each of which occurred within a different and independent river wetland system. Our findings have major implications for the implementation of effective control and surveillance programs targeted to these medically important food-borne parasites. PMID:17275001

  5. C-Terminally modified peptides via cleavage of the HMBA linker by O-, N- or S-nucleophiles.

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    Hansen, J; Diness, F; Meldal, M

    2016-03-28

    A large variety of C-terminally modified peptides was obtained by nucleophilic cleavage of the ester bond in solid phase linked peptide esters of 4-hydroxymethyl benzamide (HMBA). The developed methods provided peptides, C-terminally functionalized as esters, amides and thioesters, with high purity directly from the resin in a single reaction step. A comprehensive screening of the reaction conditions and scope for nucleophilic cleavage of peptides from the HMBA linker was performed. PMID:26924021

  6. Electronic Structure of Manganese Complexes of the Redox-Non-innocent Tetrazene Ligand and Evidence for the Metal-Azide/Imido Cycloaddition Intermediate.

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    Vaddypally, Shivaiah; McKendry, Ian G; Tomlinson, Warren; Hooper, Joseph P; Zdilla, Michael J

    2016-07-18

    The first synthetic manganese tetrazene complexes are described as a redox pair comprising anionic [Mn(N4 Ad2 )2 ](-) (1) and neutral Mn(N4 Ad2 )2 (2) complexes (N4 Ad2 =[Ad-N-N=N-N-Ad](2-) ). Compound 1 is obtained in two forms as lithium salts, one as a cationic Li2 Mn cluster, and one as a Mn-Li 1D ionic polymer. Compound 1 is electronically described as a Mn(III) center with two [N4 Ad2 ](2-) ligands. The one-electron oxidized 2 is crystalized in two morphologies, one as pure 2 and one as an acetonitrile adduct. Despite similar composition, the behavior of 2 differs in the two morphologies. Compound 2-MeCN is relatively air and temperature stable. Crystalline 2, on the other hand, exhibits a compositional, dynamic disorder wherein the tetrazene metallacycle ring-opens into a metal imide/azide complex detectable by X-ray crystallography and FTIR spectroscopy. Electronic structure of 2 was examined by EPR and XPS spectroscopies and DFT calculations, which indicate 2 is best described as a Mn(III) ion with an anion radical delocalized across the two ligands through spin-polarization effects.

  7. Electronic Structure of Manganese Complexes of the Redox-Non-innocent Tetrazene Ligand and Evidence for the Metal-Azide/Imido Cycloaddition Intermediate.

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    Vaddypally, Shivaiah; McKendry, Ian G; Tomlinson, Warren; Hooper, Joseph P; Zdilla, Michael J

    2016-07-18

    The first synthetic manganese tetrazene complexes are described as a redox pair comprising anionic [Mn(N4 Ad2 )2 ](-) (1) and neutral Mn(N4 Ad2 )2 (2) complexes (N4 Ad2 =[Ad-N-N=N-N-Ad](2-) ). Compound 1 is obtained in two forms as lithium salts, one as a cationic Li2 Mn cluster, and one as a Mn-Li 1D ionic polymer. Compound 1 is electronically described as a Mn(III) center with two [N4 Ad2 ](2-) ligands. The one-electron oxidized 2 is crystalized in two morphologies, one as pure 2 and one as an acetonitrile adduct. Despite similar composition, the behavior of 2 differs in the two morphologies. Compound 2-MeCN is relatively air and temperature stable. Crystalline 2, on the other hand, exhibits a compositional, dynamic disorder wherein the tetrazene metallacycle ring-opens into a metal imide/azide complex detectable by X-ray crystallography and FTIR spectroscopy. Electronic structure of 2 was examined by EPR and XPS spectroscopies and DFT calculations, which indicate 2 is best described as a Mn(III) ion with an anion radical delocalized across the two ligands through spin-polarization effects. PMID:27339316

  8. Performance study of magnesium-sulfur battery using a graphene based sulfur composite cathode electrode and a non-nucleophilic Mg electrolyte.

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    Vinayan, B P; Zhao-Karger, Zhirong; Diemant, Thomas; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Schwarzburger, Nele I; Cambaz, Musa Ali; Behm, R Jürgen; Kübel, Christian; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2016-02-14

    Here we report for the first time the development of a Mg rechargeable battery using a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite as the cathode, a Mg-carbon composite as the anode and a non-nucleophilic Mg based complex in tetraglyme solvent as the electrolyte. The graphene-sulfur nanocomposites are prepared through a new pathway by the combination of thermal and chemical precipitation methods. The Mg/S cell delivers a higher reversible capacity (448 mA h g(-1)), a longer cyclability (236 mA h g(-1) at the end of the 50(th) cycle) and a better rate capability than previously described cells. The dissolution of Mg polysulfides to the anode side was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The use of a graphene-sulfur composite cathode electrode, with the properties of a high surface area, a porous morphology, a very good electronic conductivity and the presence of oxygen functional groups, along with a non-nucleophilic Mg electrolyte gives an improved battery performance.

  9. A multimetallic piano-stool Ir-Sn3 catalyst for nucleophilic substitution reaction of γ-hydroxy lactams through N-acyliminium ions.

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    Maity, Arnab Kumar; Roy, Sujit

    2012-03-16

    A multimetallic piano-stool complex [Cp*Ir(SnCl(3))(2){SnCl(2)(H(2)O)(2)}] (1) having Ir-Sn(3) motif has been synthesized from [Cp*IrCl(2)](2) and SnCl(2). The multimetallic complex catalytically promotes the nucleophilic substitution reaction (here after α-amidoalkylation reaction) of γ-hydroxylactams generated from phthalimidals to obtain decorated isoindolinones in excellent yields. Succinamidals, however, lead to the substituted pyrrolidinones (thermodynamic control product) via S(N)1-type path as well as eliminated pyrrolinones (kinetic control product) via an E1-type path, depending on the reaction parameters. A straightforward application of this methodology is to synthesize benzo-fused indolizidine alkaloid mimics. PMID:22364643

  10. Anionic polymerization of oxadiazole-containing 2-vinylpyridine by precisely tuning nucleophilicity and the polyelectrolyte characteristics of the resulting polymers

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    Goodwin, Andrew; Goodwin, Kimberly M.; Wang, Weiyu; Yu, Yong -Guen; Lee, Jae -Suk; Mahurin, Shannon M.; Dai, Sheng; Mays, Jimmy W.; Kang, Nam -Goo

    2016-09-01

    Anionic polymerization is one of the most powerful techniques for preparation of well-defined polymers. However, this well-known and widely employed polymerization technique encounters major limitations for the polymerization of functional monomers containing heteroatoms. This work presents the anionic polymerization of 2-phenyl-5-(6-vinylpyridin-3-yl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole (VPyOzP), a heteroatom monomer that contains both oxadiazole and pyridine substituents within the same pendant group, using various initiating systems based on diphenylmethyl potassium (DPM-K) and triphenylmethyl potassium (TPM-K). Remarkably, well-defined poly(2-phenyl-5-(6-vinylpyridin-3-yl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole) (PVPyOzP) polymers having predicted molecular weights (MW) ranging from 2200 to 21 100 g/mol and polydispersity indices (PDI) ranging from 1.11 to 1.15 were prepared with TPM-K,more » without any additional additives, at –78 °C. The effect of temperature on the polymerization of PVPyOzP was also studied at –78, –45, 0, and 25 °C, and it was observed that increasing the polymerization temperature produced materials with unpredictable MW’s and broader molecular weight distributions. Furthermore, the nucleophilicity of PVPyOzP was investigated through copolymerization with methyl methacrylate and acrylonitrile, where only living poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) prepared by DPM-K/VPPy and in the absence of additives such as lithium chloride (LiCl) and diethyl zinc (ZnEt2) could be used to produce the well-defined block copolymer of PMMA-b-PVPyOzP. It was also demonstrated by sequential monomer addition that the nucleophilicity of living PVPyOzP is located between that of living PMMA and polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Here, the pyridine moiety of the pendant group also allowed for quaternization and produced PQVPyOzP homopolymer using methyl iodide (CH3I) and bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide [Tf2N–]. The resulting charged polymer and counterion complexes were manipulated and investigated

  11. Nucleophilic reactions at a vinylic center. XVI. Investigation of the nucleophilic exchange of fluorine in. beta. -fluoroacrylonitriles by the MINDO/3 method

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    Shainyan, B.A.

    1986-01-10

    The potential energy surfaces of the reactions of F/sup -/ with cis- and trans-..beta..-fluoroacrylonitriles were calculated by the MINDO/3 method. It was shown that three reaction paths can be realized in the system, i.e., attack by the nucleophile at the ..beta..-carbon atom, the elimination of a proton from the ..cap alpha.. position, and the elimination of a proton from the ..beta.. position. All three reaction paths are exothermic in the gas phase, and the elimination of the proton from the ..cap alpha.. position is 70 kJ/mole more favorable than from the ..beta.. position. Allowance for the effect of the medium in terms of an unconcerted solvation model modes not lead to the appearance of an activation barrier, in contrast to the reactions of anions with ethylene.

  12. Complex, compound inversion/translocation polymorphism in an ape: presumptive intermediate stage in the karyotypic evolution of the agile gibbon Hylobates agilis.

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    Van Tuinen, P; Mootnick, A R; Kingswood, S C; Hale, D W; Kumamoto, A T

    1999-10-01

    Karyotypic variation in five gibbon species of the subgenus Hylobates (2n = 44) was assessed in 63 animals, 23 of them wild born. Acquisition of key specimens of Hylobates agilis (agile gibbon), whose karyotype had been problematic due to unresolved structural polymorphisms, led to disclosure of a compound inversion/translocation polymorphism. A polymorphic region of chromosome 8 harboring two pericentric inversions, one nested within the other, was in turn bissected by one breakpoint of a reciprocal translocation. In double-inversion + translocation heterozygotes, the theoretical meiotic pairing configuration is a double inversion loop, with four arms of a translocation quadrivalent radiating from the loop. Electron-microscopic analysis of synaptonemal complex configurations consistently revealed translocation quadrivalents but no inversion loops. Rather, nonhomologous pairing was evident in the inverted region, a condition that should preclude crossing over and the subsequent production of duplication-deficiency gametes. This is corroborated by the existence of normal offspring of compound heterozygotes, indicating that fertility may not be reduced despite the topological complexity of this polymorphic system. The distribution of inversion and translocation morphs in these taxa suggests application of cytogenetics in identifying gibbon specimens and avoiding undesirable hybridization in captive breeding efforts.

  13. Conducting Polymers: Insights Into Reduced Polyparaphenylene Vinylene Materials via Nucleophilic Addition, Proton Abstraction, and Electron Transfer Reactions.

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    Hilker, Brian Lee

    Grignard routes were investigated as methods to produce poly paraphenylene vinylene polymers. Because of coupling problems with these reactions, high molecular weight unsubstituted and dimethyl and dimethoxy substituted poly paraphenylene vinylene polymers were prepared via a literature-proven synthetic route: the sodium hydride dehydrochlorination addition polymerization route. Both the Grignard reactions and the sodium hydride method required dichloromethyl compounds monomers. The syntheses of these dichloromethyl monomers were studied extensively. The three high molecular weight poly paraphenylene vinylene polymer systems prepared in this work were charged with the traditional electron transfer reducing agent potassium/naphthalide. They were also charged via the novel nucleophilic addition of n-butyllithium across the alkenes and subjected to proton abstraction charging in the presence of a strong, complexed base mixture of n-butyllithium and potassium-t-butoxide. Conductivities were obtained via standard four point probe techniques. Characterization of these polymers and their quenched anion derivatives was via FTIR and acid titration. Results of these topics are presented and discussed.

  14. Theoretical vibrational spectroscopy of intermediates and the reaction mechanism of the guanosine triphosphate hydrolysis by the protein complex Ras-GAP

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    Khrenova, Maria G.; Grigorenko, Bella L.; Nemukhin, Alexander V.

    2016-09-01

    The structures and vibrational spectra of the reacting species upon guanosine triphosphate (GTP) hydrolysis to guanosine diphosphate and inorganic phosphate (Pi) trapped inside the protein complex Ras-GAP were analyzed following the results of QM/MM simulations. The frequencies of the phosphate vibrations referring to the reactants and to Pi were compared to those observed in the experimental FTIR studies. A good correlation between the theoretical and experimental vibrational data provides a strong support to the reaction mechanism of GTP hydrolysis by the Ras-GAP enzyme system revealed by the recent QM/MM modeling. Evolution of the vibrational bands associated with the inorganic phosphate Pi during the elementary stages of GTP hydrolysis is predicted.

  15. Thermal fragmentation of acyl thiolato complexes to reactive metal sulfido intermediates. Structure of Ru([eta][sup 6]-SC[sub 3]Me[sub 3]COMe)(PPh[sub 3])[sub 2

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    Feng, Q.; Krautscheid, H.; Rauchfuss, T.B.; Skaugset, A.E.; Venturelli, A. )

    1995-01-01

    In this study we have examined the thermal fragmentation of acyl thiolate complexes of the type (ring)M(SC[sub 3]Me[sub 3]COMe). While the (cymene)Ru derivative only gave insoluble materials, the thermolysis of the corresponding osmium compound, (cymene)Os(SC[sub 3]Me[sub 3]COMe) (2), proved very informative. Here it was established that the tetramethylfuran is indeed released prior to formation of the free cymene. Furthermore, two intermediates were observed, the second of which was identified as (cymene)[sub 3]Os[sub 3]S[sub 2]. This species is more stable with respect to loss of cymene than the corresponding (cymene)[sub 3]Ru[sub 3]S[sub 2]. Attempts were made to intercept intermediates in these fragmentation processes by employing PPh[sub 3] as a trapping agent. For the Ru case, PPh[sub 3] completely changed the course of the reaction and no tetramethylfuran was generated. Instead we obtained the structurally unusual [eta][sup 6]-acyl thiolate complex (5). We propose that this unimolecular step involves the formation of ([eta][sup 4]-cymene)Ru([eta][sup 6]-SC[sub 3]Me[sub 3]COMe). The forward rate for this equilibration is far slower than the rate of isomerization of the acyl thiolate and far faster than that for the unassisted thermal decomposition of (cymene)Ru(SC[sub 3]MesCOMe). This result leads to a more global assessment of the reactivity of the acyl thiolates: the orientation of the carbonyl center determines the decomposition pathway. 21 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Gold-Catalyzed Reactions via Cyclopropyl Gold Carbene-like Intermediates

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    2015-01-01

    Cycloisomerizations of 1,n-enynes catalyzed by gold(I) proceed via electrophilic species with a highly distorted cyclopropyl gold(I) carbene-like structure, which can react with different nucleophiles to form a wide variety of products by attack at the cyclopropane or the carbene carbons. Particularly important are reactions in which the gold(I) carbene reacts with alkenes to form cyclopropanes either intra- or intermolecularly. In the absence of nucleophiles, 1,n-enynes lead to a variety of cycloisomerized products including those resulting from skeletal rearrangements. Reactions proceeding through cyclopropyl gold(I) carbene-like intermediates are ideally suited for the bioinspired synthesis of terpenoid natural products by the selective activation of the alkyne in highly functionalized enynes or polyenynes. PMID:26061916

  17. Reactivity of nitrido complexes of ruthenium(VI), osmium(VI), and manganese(V) bearing Schiff base and simple anionic ligands.

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    Man, Wai-Lun; Lam, William W Y; Lau, Tai-Chu

    2014-02-18

    Nitrido complexes (M≡N) may be key intermediates in chemical and biological nitrogen fixation and serve as useful reagents for nitrogenation of organic compounds. Osmium(VI) nitrido complexes bearing 2,2':6',2″-terpyridine (terpy), 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy), or hydrotris(1-pyrazolyl)borate anion (Tp) ligands are highly electrophilic: they can react with a variety of nucleophiles to generate novel osmium(IV)/(V) complexes. This Account describes our recent results studying the reactivity of nitridocomplexes of ruthenium(VI), osmium(VI), and manganese(V) that bear Schiff bases and other simple anionic ligands. We demonstrate that these nitrido complexes exhibit rich chemical reactivity. They react with various nucleophiles, activate C-H bonds, undergo N···N coupling, catalyze the oxidation of organic compounds, and show anticancer activities. Ruthenium(VI) nitrido complexes bearing Schiff base ligands, such as [Ru(VI)(N)(salchda)(CH3OH)](+) (salchda = N,N'-bis(salicylidene)o-cyclohexyldiamine dianion), are highly electrophilic. This complex reacts readily at ambient conditions with a variety of nucleophiles at rates that are much faster than similar reactions using Os(VI)≡N. This complex also carries out unique reactions, including the direct aziridination of alkenes, C-H bond activation of alkanes and C-N bond cleavage of anilines. The addition of ligands such as pyridine can enhance the reactivity of [Ru(VI)(N)(salchda)(CH3OH)](+). Therefore researchers can tune the reactivity of Ru≡N by adding a ligand L trans to nitride: L-Ru≡N. Moreover, the addition of various nucleophiles (Nu) to Ru(VI)≡N initially generate the ruthenium(IV) imido species Ru(IV)-N(Nu), a new class of hydrogen-atom transfer (HAT) reagents. Nucleophiles also readily add to coordinated Schiff base ligands in Os(VI)≡N and Ru(VI)≡N complexes. These additions are often stereospecific, suggesting that the nitrido ligand has a directing effect on the incoming nucleophile. M≡N is also

  18. Platinum-Mediated Activation of Coordinated Organonitriles by Telluroethers in Tetrahydrofuran: Isolation, Structural Characterization, and Density Functional Theory Analysis of Intermediate Complexes.

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    Kolay, Siddhartha; Wadawale, Amey; Nigam, Sandeep; Kumar, Mukesh; Majumder, Chiranjib; Das, Dasarathi; Jain, Vimal K

    2015-12-21

    The reactions of [PtCl2(NCR)2] with telluroethers (ArAr'Te) in organic solvents have been investigated. The reactions in dichloromethane yield [PtCl2(TeArAr')2], while those in tetrahydrofuran (THF) give different products depending on the steric demands of the aryl groups on tellurium, the molarity of the reactants, and the reaction conditions. The reactions between [PtCl2(PhCN)2] and TeArAr' in 1:1 molar ratio at room temperature in THF yield several products, like [PtCl2(TeArAr')2] (Ar/Ar' = Ph/Ph, o-tol/Mes, Mes/Mes), [PtCl2(PhCN){NC(O)Ph[TeMes(o-tol)]}], and [PtCl2{NC(O)Ph(TeMes2)}2]. The reaction with TeMes2 in refluxing THF gave [PtCl2{NC(Ph)C4H7O}{NC(O)Ph(TeMes2)}] and [PtCl(TeMes2){Te(Mes)CH2C6H2Me2}], depending on the duration of heating. Reaction of [PtCl2(PhCN)2] with TeArMes afforded [PtCl2(TeArMes)2] (Ar = Ph, o-tol, and Mes), the formation of which decreased with increasing steric demand of the Ar group, together with [PtCl2{NC(O)Ph(TeArMes)}2]. The telluroether in the latter binds to nitrogen, and tellurium exists in the formal oxidation state of +4 (from XPS). The tellurium in these complexes exhibits secondary interactions with platinum (J((195)Pt-(125)Te) = 309-347 Hz) and with the carbonyl oxygen. These complexes slowly dissociate in solution to give [PtCl2(TeMesAr){NC(O)Ph(TeMesAr)}], finally leading to the formation of [PtCl2(TeMesAr)2]. Molecular structures of trans-[PtCl2(PhCN){NC(O)Ph[TeMes(o-tol)]}], trans-[PtCl2{NC(O)Ph(TeMes2)}2], trans-[PtCl2{NC(Ph)C4H7O}{NC(O)Ph(TeMes2)}], trans-[PtCl2{NC(O)Ph[TeMes(o-tol)]}2], trans-[PtCl2(TeMes2){NC(O)Ph(TeMes2)}], trans-[PtCl2{NC(O)Me(TeMes2)}2], and [PtCl(Te-o-tol){NC(O)Ph}2] have been unambiguously established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Density functional theory calculations for some of the complexes were performed, and geometrical parameters are in good agreement with the values obtained from X-ray analyses. PMID:26669361

  19. The synthesis of pyrroles and oxazoles based on gold α-imino carbene complexes.

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    Loy, Nicole S Y; Choi, Subin; Kim, Sunggak; Park, Cheol-Min

    2016-05-31

    Cationic gold complexes of α-oximimino carbenes have been identified to react with weak nucleophiles including enol ethers and nitriles. These findings allowed us to develop the highly efficient synthesis of pyrroles and oxazoles.

  20. Synthesis of η(2)-cyclooctene iridium and rhodium complexes supported by a novel P,N-chelate ligand and their reactivity toward hydrosilanes: facile Cl migration from metal to silicon via silylene complex intermediates and formation of a base-stabilised silylene complex.

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    Hashimoto, Hisako; Suzuki, Toshinori; Tobita, Hiromi

    2010-10-21

    η2-Cyclooctene iridium and rhodium complexes bearing a P,N-chelate ligand C6H3Me-3-PCy2-4-NMe2 (abbreviated as PcyN), (PcyN-P,N)MCl(η2-coe) (1: M = Ir, 2: M = Rh), were synthesised and reactions toward several sterically hindered hydrosilanes were investigated to clarify their reactivity. The reaction of 1 with H2SiMes2 (Mes = mesityl = 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl) proceeded at 40 °C to give a di-iridium complex bridged by a chlorosilylene ligand (PcyN-P,N)2Ir2H2(μ-Cl)(μ-H)(μ-SiClMes) (5). The reaction of 1 with HSiMe2SiMes2Me occurred at room temperature to afford HSiMesMe2 and a silyl complex 6 formed by metallation of an ortho-methyl group of Mes, which slowly dimerised to give a dinuclear complex containing a chlorosilyl ligand (PcyN-P,N)2Ir2H(μ-Cl)(μ-H)[μ-SiMeCl(C6H3-2,4-Me2-6-CH)-Si,C,C] (7). The formation of complexes 5, 6 and 7 suggests that facile migration of Cl from Ir to Si occurs probably via silylene iridium intermediates. Treatment of 1 with HSiMe2SiMe2OMe at room temperature yielded a methoxy-bridged bis(silylene) complex (PcyN-P,N)IrHCl[SiMe2··O(Me)··SiMe2-Si,Si] (8) quantitatively, whose X-ray crystal structure was determined as the first iridium complex of this type. The reactions of 1 and 2 with a bulky trihydrosilane H3SiC(SiMe3)3 underwent an intramolecular γ-Si–Me activation to afford (PcyN-P,N)MHn[SiMe2C(SiMe3)2SiClMe-Si,Si] (9: M = Ir, n = 3; 10: M = Rh, n = 1). Complex 1 even reacted with an extremely sterically hindered terphenylhydrosilane H3SiDmp (Dmp = 2,6-dimesitylphenyl) in the presence of PMe3 to give a chlorosilyl complex (PcyN-P,N)IrH2(PMe3)(SiHClDmp) (11) without intramolecular bond activation. Complex 1 also reacted with H3SiTrip (Trip = 2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl) in the presence of excess 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine (DMAP) at room temperature to give a chlorido(dihydrosilyl) complex (PcyN-P,N)IrHCl(DMAP)(SiH2Trip) (12) instantaneously. Treatment of complex 12 with LiB(C6F5)4·2.5Et2O provided a cationic DMAP

  1. [Intermediate phenotype of schizophrenia].

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    Hashimoto, Ryota

    2013-04-01

    Genes are major contributors to schizophrenia. The intermediate phenotype concept represents a strategy for identifying risk genes for schizophrenia and for characterizing the neural systems affected by risk gene variants to elucidate quantitative, mechanistic aspects of brain function implicated in schizophrenia. Intermediate phenotypes are defined by being heritable, being able to measure quantitatively; being related to the disorder and its symptoms in the general population; being stable over time; showing increased expression in unaffected relatives of probands; and cosegregation with the disorder in families. Intermediate phenotypes in schizophrenia are neurocognition, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, etc. In this review, we present concept, recent work, and future perspective of intermediate phenotype.

  2. Stepwise Catalytic Mechanism via Short-Lived Intermediate Inferred from Combined QM/MM MERP and PES Calculations on Retaining Glycosyltransferase ppGalNAcT2

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    Trnka, Tomáš; Kozmon, Stanislav; Tvaroška, Igor; Koča, Jaroslav

    2015-01-01

    The glycosylation of cell surface proteins plays a crucial role in a multitude of biological processes, such as cell adhesion and recognition. To understand the process of protein glycosylation, the reaction mechanisms of the participating enzymes need to be known. However, the reaction mechanism of retaining glycosyltransferases has not yet been sufficiently explained. Here we investigated the catalytic mechanism of human isoform 2 of the retaining glycosyltransferase polypeptide UDP-GalNAc transferase by coupling two different QM/MM-based approaches, namely a potential energy surface scan in two distance difference dimensions and a minimum energy reaction path optimisation using the Nudged Elastic Band method. Potential energy scan studies often suffer from inadequate sampling of reactive processes due to a predefined scan coordinate system. At the same time, path optimisation methods enable the sampling of a virtually unlimited number of dimensions, but their results cannot be unambiguously interpreted without knowledge of the potential energy surface. By combining these methods, we have been able to eliminate the most significant sources of potential errors inherent to each of these approaches. The structural model is based on the crystal structure of human isoform 2. In the QM/MM method, the QM region consists of 275 atoms, the remaining 5776 atoms were in the MM region. We found that ppGalNAcT2 catalyzes a same-face nucleophilic substitution with internal return (SNi). The optimized transition state for the reaction is 13.8 kcal/mol higher in energy than the reactant while the energy of the product complex is 6.7 kcal/mol lower. During the process of nucleophilic attack, a proton is synchronously transferred to the leaving phosphate. The presence of a short-lived metastable oxocarbenium intermediate is likely, as indicated by the reaction energy profiles obtained using high-level density functionals. PMID:25849117

  3. Stepwise catalytic mechanism via short-lived intermediate inferred from combined QM/MM MERP and PES calculations on retaining glycosyltransferase ppGalNAcT2.

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    Trnka, Tomáš; Kozmon, Stanislav; Tvaroška, Igor; Koča, Jaroslav

    2015-04-01

    The glycosylation of cell surface proteins plays a crucial role in a multitude of biological processes, such as cell adhesion and recognition. To understand the process of protein glycosylation, the reaction mechanisms of the participating enzymes need to be known. However, the reaction mechanism of retaining glycosyltransferases has not yet been sufficiently explained. Here we investigated the catalytic mechanism of human isoform 2 of the retaining glycosyltransferase polypeptide UDP-GalNAc transferase by coupling two different QM/MM-based approaches, namely a potential energy surface scan in two distance difference dimensions and a minimum energy reaction path optimisation using the Nudged Elastic Band method. Potential energy scan studies often suffer from inadequate sampling of reactive processes due to a predefined scan coordinate system. At the same time, path optimisation methods enable the sampling of a virtually unlimited number of dimensions, but their results cannot be unambiguously interpreted without knowledge of the potential energy surface. By combining these methods, we have been able to eliminate the most significant sources of potential errors inherent to each of these approaches. The structural model is based on the crystal structure of human isoform 2. In the QM/MM method, the QM region consists of 275 atoms, the remaining 5776 atoms were in the MM region. We found that ppGalNAcT2 catalyzes a same-face nucleophilic substitution with internal return (SNi). The optimized transition state for the reaction is 13.8 kcal/mol higher in energy than the reactant while the energy of the product complex is 6.7 kcal/mol lower. During the process of nucleophilic attack, a proton is synchronously transferred to the leaving phosphate. The presence of a short-lived metastable oxocarbenium intermediate is likely, as indicated by the reaction energy profiles obtained using high-level density functionals.

  4. Improved Synthesis of and Nucleophilic Addition to 2-Formyl-2-Cyclohexenone

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    Adary, Elan M.; Chang, Chih-wei; Auria, Damian T. D’; Nguyen, Phuc M.; Polewacz, Klaudyna; Reinicke, Justin A.; Seo, Hannah; Berger, Gideon O.

    2014-01-01

    A preparation of 2-formyl-2-cyclohexenone in nearly quantitative yield and purity of approximately 95% is described. It is scalable and has been extended to the synthesis of the 5- and 7-membered ring homologs with comparable yields. Conditions have also been developed for the successful conjugate addition of dimethylmalonate to 2-formyl-2-cyclohexenone, in good and scalable yield (60%). This result has been extended to 5 other nucleophile classes, and the dimethylmalonate conjugate addition has been demonstrated with 2-formyl-2-cyclopentenone and 2-formyl-2-cycloheptenone. PMID:25593375

  5. tert-Butanesulfinamides as Nitrogen Nucleophiles in Carbon-Nitrogen Bond Forming Reactions.

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    Ramirez Hernandez, Johana; Chemla, Fabrice; Ferreira, Franck; Jackowski, Olivier; Oble, Julie; Perez-Luna, Alejandro; Poli, Giovanni

    2016-01-01

    The use of tert-butanesulfinamides as nitrogen nucleophiles in carbon-nitrogen bond forming reactions is reviewed. This field has grown in the shadow of the general interest in N-tert-butanesulfinyl imines for asymmetric synthesis and occupies now an important place in its own right in the chemistry of the chiral amine reagent tert-butanesulfinamide. This article provides an overview of the area and emphasizes recent contributions wherein the tert-butanesulfinamides act as chiral auxiliaries or perform as nitrogen donors in metal-catalyzed amination reactions. PMID:26931222

  6. Highly efficient "on water" catalyst-free nucleophilic addition reactions using difluoroenoxysilanes: dramatic fluorine effects.

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    Yu, Jin-Sheng; Liu, Yun-Lin; Tang, Jing; Wang, Xin; Zhou, Jian

    2014-09-01

    A remarkable fluorine effect on "on water" reactions is reported. The CF⋅⋅⋅HO interactions between suitably fluorinated nucleophiles and the hydrogen-bond network at the phase boundary of oil droplets enable the formation of a unique microstructure to facilitate on water catalyst-free reactions, which are difficult to realize using nonfluorinated substrates. Accordingly, a highly efficient on water, catalyst-free reaction of difluoroenoxysilanes with aldehydes, activated ketones, and isatylidene malononitriles was developed, thus leading to the highly efficient synthesis of a variety of α,α-difluoro-β-hydroxy ketones and quaternary oxindoles.

  7. Stereoselective nucleophilic fluoromethylation of aryl ketones: dynamic kinetic resolution of chiral α-fluoro carbanions.

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    Shen, Xiao; Miao, Wenjun; Ni, Chuanfa; Hu, Jinbo

    2014-01-13

    Although many methods are available for the synthesis of optically enriched monofluoromethyl secondary alcohols, synthesizing optically enriched monofluoromethyl tertiary alcohols remains a challenge. An efficient and easy-to-handle nucleophilic fluoromethylation protocol was developed. The current monofluoromethylation showed much higher facial selectivity than the corresponding difluoromethylation and proceeded via a different type of transition state. Excellent stereoselective control at the fluorinated carbon chiral center was found, an effect believed to be facilitated by the dynamic kinetic resolution of the chiral α-fluoro carbanions.

  8. Synthesis of Allenamides by Copper-Catalyzed Coupling of Propargylic Bromides and Nitrogen Nucleophiles.

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    Demmer, Charles S; Benoit, Emeline; Evano, Gwilherm

    2016-03-18

    An efficient and general synthesis of allenamides derived from oxazolidinones and hydantoins is reported. Upon activation with a combination of a copper catalyst and a 2,2'-bipyridine derivative in the presence of an inorganic base, propargylic bromides were found to be suitable reagents for the direct allenylation of nitrogen nucleophiles by a formal copper-catalyzed S(N)2' reaction. Besides the availability of the starting materials, notable features of this route to allenamides are its mild reaction conditions, the reaction being performed at room temperature in most cases, and its applicability to the preparation of mono-, di-, as well as trisubstituted allenamides. PMID:26936415

  9. Palladium-Catalyzed Alkene Carboamination Reactions of Electron-Poor Nitrogen Nucleophiles

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    Peterson, Luke J.

    2015-01-01

    Modified reaction conditions that facilitate Pd-catalyzed alkene carboamination reactions of electron-deficient nitrogen nucleophiles are reported. Pent-4-enylamine derivatives bearing N-tosyl or N-trifluoroacetyl groups are coupled with aryl triflates to afford substituted pyrrolidines in good yield. These reactions proceed via a mechanism involving anti-aminopalladation of the alkene, which differs from previously reported analogous reactions of N-aryl and N-boc pentenylamines. The application of these conditions to a formal synthesis of (±)-aphanorphine is also described. PMID:26622222

  10. Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin Complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTORC2 as Key Signaling Intermediates in Mesenchymal Cell Activation.

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    Walker, Natalie M; Belloli, Elizabeth A; Stuckey, Linda; Chan, Kevin M; Lin, Jules; Lynch, William; Chang, Andrew; Mazzoni, Serina M; Fingar, Diane C; Lama, Vibha N

    2016-03-18

    Fibrotic diseases display mesenchymal cell (MC) activation with pathologic deposition of matrix proteins such as collagen. Here we investigate the role of mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTORC2 in regulating MC collagen expression, a hallmark of fibrotic disease. Relative to normal MCs (non-Fib MCs), MCs derived from fibrotic human lung allografts (Fib-MCs) demonstrated increased phosphoinositide-3kinase (PI3K) dependent activation of both mTORC1 and mTORC2, as measured by increased phosphorylation of S6K1 and 4E-BP1 (mTORC1 substrates) and AKT (an mTORC2 substrate). Dual ATP-competitive TORC1/2 inhibitor AZD8055, in contrast to allosteric mTORC1-specific inhibitor rapamycin, strongly inhibited 4E-BP1 phosphorylation and collagen I expression in Fib-MCs. In non-Fib MCs, increased mTORC1 signaling was shown to augment collagen I expression. mTORC1/4E-BP1 pathway was identified as an important driver of collagen I expression in Fib-MCs in experiments utilizing raptor gene silencing and overexpression of dominant-inhibitory 4E-BP1. Furthermore, siRNA-mediated knockdown of rictor, an mTORC2 partner protein, reduced mTORC1 substrate phosphorylation and collagen expression in Fib-, but not non-Fib MCs, revealing a dependence of mTORC1 signaling on mTORC2 function in activated MCs. Together these studies suggest a novel paradigm where fibrotic activation in MCs increases PI3K dependent mTORC1 and mTORC2 signaling and leads to increased collagen I expression via the mTORC1-dependent 4E-BP1/eIF4E pathway. These data provide rationale for targeting specific components of mTORC pathways in fibrotic states and underscore the need to further delineate mTORC2 signaling in activated cell states. PMID:26755732

  11. An Artificial Enzyme Made by Covalent Grafting of an Fe(II) Complex into β-Lactoglobulin: Molecular Chemistry, Oxidation Catalysis, and Reaction-Intermediate Monitoring in a Protein.

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    Buron, Charlotte; Sénéchal-David, Katell; Ricoux, Rémy; Le Caër, Jean-Pierre; Guérineau, Vincent; Méjanelle, Philippe; Guillot, Régis; Herrero, Christian; Mahy, Jean-Pierre; Banse, Frédéric

    2015-08-17

    An artificial metalloenzyme based on the covalent grafting of a nonheme Fe(II) polyazadentate complex into bovine β-lactoglobulin has been prepared and characterized by using various spectroscopic techniques. Attachment of the Fe(II) catalyst to the protein scaffold is shown to occur specifically at Cys121. In addition, spectrophotometric titration with cyanide ions based on the spin-state conversion of the initial high spin (S=2) Fe(II) complex into a low spin (S=0) one allows qualitative and quantitative characterization of the metal center's first coordination sphere. This biohybrid catalyst activates hydrogen peroxide to oxidize thioanisole into phenylmethylsulfoxide as the sole product with an enantiomeric excess of up to 20 %. Investigation of the reaction between the biohybrid system and H2 O2 reveals the generation of a high spin (S=5/2) Fe(III) (η(2) -O2 ) intermediate, which is proposed to be responsible for the catalytic sulfoxidation of the substrate. PMID:26178593

  12. The second-shell metal ligands of human arginase affect coordination of the nucleophile and substrate.

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    Stone, Everett M; Chantranupong, Lynne; Georgiou, George

    2010-12-14

    The active sites of eukaryotic arginase enzymes are strictly conserved, especially the first- and second-shell ligands that coordinate the two divalent metal cations that generate a hydroxide molecule for nucleophilic attack on the guanidinium carbon of l-arginine and the subsequent production of urea and l-ornithine. Here by using comprehensive pairwise saturation mutagenesis of the first- and second-shell metal ligands in human arginase I, we demonstrate that several metal binding ligands are actually quite tolerant to amino acid substitutions. Of >2800 double mutants of first- and second-shell residues analyzed, we found more than 80 unique amino acid substitutions, of which four were in first-shell residues. Remarkably, certain second-shell mutations could modulate the binding of both the nucleophilic water/hydroxide molecule and substrate or product ligands, resulting in activity greater than that of the wild-type enzyme. The data presented here constitute the first comprehensive saturation mutagenesis analysis of a metallohydrolase active site and reveal that the strict conservation of the second-shell metal binding residues in eukaryotic arginases does not reflect kinetic optimization of the enzyme during the course of evolution. PMID:21053939

  13. Covalent binding of aniline to humic substances. 2. 15N NMR studies of nucleophilic addition reactions

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    Thorn, K.A.; Pettigrew, P.J.; Goldenberg, W.S.; Weber, E.J.

    1996-01-01

    Aromatic amines are known to undergo covalent binding with humic substances in the environment. Although previous studies have examined reaction conditions and proposed mechanisms, there has been no direct spectroscopic evidence for the covalent binding of the amines to the functional groups in humic substances. In order to further elucidate the reaction mechanisms, the Suwannee River and IHSS soil fulvic and humic acids were reacted with 15N-labeled aniline at pH 6 and analyzed using 15N NMR spectrometry. Aniline underwent nucleophilic addition reactions with the quinone and other carbonyl groups in the samples and became incorporated in the form of anilinohydroquinone, anilinoquinone, anilide, imine, and heterocyclic nitrogen, the latter comprising 50% or more of the bound amine. The anilide and anilinohydroquinone nitrogens were determined to be susceptible to chemical exchange by ammonia. In the case of Suwannee River fulvic acid, reaction under anoxic conditions and pretreatment with sodium borohydride or hydroxylamine prior to reaction under oxic conditions resulted in a decrease in the proportion of anilinohydroquinone nitrogen incorporated. The relative decrease in the incorporation of anilinohydroquinone nitrogen with respect to anilinoquinone nitrogen under anoxic conditions suggested that inter- or intramolecular redox reactions accompanied the nucleophilic addition reactions.

  14. Configurationally Stable, Enantioenriched Organometallic Nucleophiles in Stereospecific Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions: An Alternative Approach to Asymmetric Synthesis

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    Wang, Chao-Yuan; Derosaa, Joseph

    2015-01-01

    Several research groups have recently developed methods to employ configurationally stable, enantioenriched organometallic nucleophiles in stereospecific Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. By establishing the absolute configuration of a chiral alkyltin or alkylboron nucleophile prior to its use in cross-coupling reactions, new stereogenic centers may be rapidly and reliably generated with preservation of the known initial stereochemistry. While this area of research is still in its infancy, such stereospecific cross-coupling reactions may emerge as simple, general methods to access diverse, optically active products from common enantioenriched organometallic building blocks. This minireview highlights recent progress towards the development of general, stereospecific Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions using configurationally stable organometallic nucleophiles. PMID:26388985

  15. Identification of the nucleophile catalytic residue of GH51 α-l-arabinofuranosidase from Pleurotus ostreatus

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    Amore, Antonella; Iadonisi, Alfonso; Vincent, Florence; Faraco, Vincenza

    2015-12-21

    In this paper, the recombinant α-l-arabinofuranosidase from the fungus Pleurotus ostreatus (rPoAbf) was subjected to site-directed mutagenesis in order to identify the catalytic nucleophile residue. Based on bioinformatics and homology modelling analyses, E449 was revealed to be the potential nucleophilic residue. Thus, the mutant E449G of PoAbf was recombinantly expressed in Pichia pastoris and its recombinant expression level and reactivity were investigated in comparison to the wild-type. The design of a suitable set of hydrolysis experiments in the presence or absence of alcoholic arabinosyl acceptors and/or formate salts allowed to unambiguously identify the residue E449 as the nucleophile residue involved in the retaining mechanism of this GH51 arabinofuranosidase. 1H NMR analysis was applied for the identification of the products and the assignement of their anomeric configuration.

  16. Nucleophilic Hydroxylation in Water Media Promoted by a Hexa-Ethylene Glycol-Bridged Dicationic Ionic Liquid.

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    Jadhav, Vinod H; Kim, Jin Gwan; Jeong, Hyeon Jin; Kim, Dong Wook

    2015-07-17

    Hexaethylene glycol bis(3-hexaethylene glycol imidazolium) dimesylate ionic liquid (hexaEG-DHIM) was designed and prepared as a highly efficient promoter for the nucleophilic hydroxylation of alkyl halides to the corresponding alcohol products in neat water media. It was observed that hexaEG-DHIM promoter enhanced the nucleophilicity of water significantly in the reaction. In addition, the hexaEG-DHIM could be reused several times without loss of activity. Moreover, the hydroxylation reactions of base-sensitive and/or polar alkyl halide substrates proceeded highly chemoselectively in excellent yields. PMID:26115388

  17. Superbasic alkyl-substituted bisphosphazene proton sponges: synthesis, structural features, thermodynamic and kinetic basicity, nucleophilicity and coordination chemistry.

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    Kögel, Julius F; Xie, Xiulan; Baal, Eduard; Gesevičius, Donatas; Oelkers, Benjamin; Kovačević, Borislav; Sundermeyer, Jörg

    2014-06-16

    Herein we describe an easily accessible class of superbasic proton sponges based on the 1,8-bisphosphazenylnaphthalene (PN) proton pincer motif and P-alkyl substituents ranging from methyl (TMPN) to n-butyl (TBPN), isopropyl (TiPrPN) and cyclopentyl (TcyPPN). These neutral bases with a pK(BH)(+) value (MeCN) of ~30 were accessible via a Kirsanov condensation using commercially available 1,8-diaminonaphthalene, and in case of TMPN and TBPN, simple one-pot procedures starting from trisalkylphosphanes can be performed. Furthermore, the known pyrrolidinyl-substituted superbase TPPN previously synthesized via a Staudinger reaction could also be prepared by the Kirsanov strategy allowing its preparation in a larger scale. The four alkyl-substituted proton sponges were structurally characterized in their protonated form; molecular XRD structures were also obtained for unprotonated TiPrPN and TcyPPN. Moreover, we present a detailed description of spectroscopic features of chelating bisphosphazenes including TPPN and its hyperbasic homologue P2-TPPN on which we reported recently. The four alkyl-substituted superbases were investigated with respect to their basic features by computational means and by NMR titration experiments revealing unexpectedly high experimental pK(BH)(+) values in acetonitrile between 29.3 for TMPN and 30.9 for TBPN. Besides their thermodynamic basicity, we exemplarily studied the kinetic basicity of TMPN and TPPN by means of NMR-spectroscopic methods. Furthermore, the competing nucleophilic versus basic properties were examined by reacting the proton sponges with ethyl iodide. Insight into the coordination chemistry of chelating superbases was provided by reacting TMPN with trimethylaluminum and trimethylgallium to give cationic complexes of Group XIII metal alkyls that were structurally characterized.

  18. A Trapped Covalent Intermediate of a Glycoside Hydrolase on the Pathway to Transglycosylation. Insights from Experiments and Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Simulations.

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    Raich, Lluís; Borodkin, Vladimir; Fang, Wenxia; Castro-López, Jorge; van Aalten, Daan M F; Hurtado-Guerrero, Ramón; Rovira, Carme

    2016-03-16

    The conversion of glycoside hydrolases (GHs) into transglycosylases (TGs), i.e., from enzymes that hydrolyze carbohydrates to enzymes that synthesize them, represents a promising solution for the large-scale synthesis of complex carbohydrates for biotechnological purposes. However, the lack of knowledge about the molecular details of transglycosylation hampers the rational design of TGs. Here we present the first crystallographic structure of a natural glycosyl-enzyme intermediate (GEI) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Gas2 in complex with an acceptor substrate and demonstrate, by means of quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics metadynamics simulations, that it is tuned for transglycosylation (ΔG(⧧) = 12 kcal/mol). The 2-OH···nucleophile interaction is found to be essential for catalysis: its removal raises the free energy barrier significantly (11 and 16 kcal/mol for glycosylation and transglycosylation, respectively) and alters the conformational itinerary of the substrate (from (4)C1 → [(4)E](⧧) → (1,4)B/(4)E to (4)C1 → [(4)H3](⧧) → (4)C1). Our results suggest that changes in the interactions involving the 2-position could have an impact on the transglycosylation activity of several GHs.

  19. Taming of fluoroform: direct nucleophilic trifluoromethylation of Si, B, S, and C centers.

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    Prakash, G K Surya; Jog, Parag V; Batamack, Patrice T D; Olah, George A

    2012-12-01

    Fluoroform (CF(3)H), a large-volume by-product of the manufacture of Teflon, refrigerants, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), fire-extinguishing agents, and foams, is a potent and stable greenhouse gas that has found little practical use despite the growing importance of trifluoromethyl (CF3) functionality in more structurally elaborate pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and materials. Direct nucleophilic trifluoromethylation using CF(3)H has been a challenge. Here, we report on a direct trifluoromethylation protocol using close to stoichiometric amounts of CF(3)H in common organic solvents such as tetrahydrofuran (THF), diethyl ether, and toluene. The methodology is widely applicable to a variety of silicon, boron, and sulfur-based electrophiles, as well as carbon-based electrophiles. PMID:23224551

  20. Conversion of the rocket propellant UDMH to a reagent useful in vicarious nucleophilic substitution reactions

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    Mitchell, A.R.; Pagoria, P.F.; Schmidt, R.D.

    1995-11-10

    The objective of our program is to develop novel, innovative solutions for the disposal of surplus energetic materials resulting from the demilitarization of conventional and nuclear munitions. In this report we describe the use of surplus propellant (UDMH) and explosives (TNT, Explosive D) as chemical precursors for higher value products. The conversion of UDMH to 1,1,1-trimethylhydrazinium iodide (TMHI) provides a new aminating reagent for use in Vicarious Nucleophilic Substitution (VNS) reactions. When TMHI is reacted with various nitroarenes the amino functionality is introduced in good to excellent yields. Thus, 2,4,6-trinitroaniline (picramide) reacts with TMHI to give 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitroaniline (TATB) while 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) reacts with TMHI to give 3,5-diamino-2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (DATNT). The advantages, scope and limitations of the VNS approach and the use of TMHI are discussed.

  1. Beyond the Divinyl Ketone: Innovations in the Generation and Nazarov Cyclization of Pentadienyl Cation Intermediates

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    Spencer, William T.; Vaidya, Tulaza; Frontier, Alison J.

    2013-01-01

    The requirement for new strategies for synthesizing five-membered carbocycles has driven an expansion in the study of the Nazarov cyclization. This renewed interest in the reaction has led to the discovery of several interesting new methods for generating the pentadienyl cation intermediate central to the cyclization. Methods reviewed include carbon-heteroatom ionization, functionalization of a double bond, nucleophilic addition, or electrocyclic ring opening. Additional variations employ unconventional substrates to produce novel pentacycles, such as the iso- and imino-Nazarov. Herein, we provide an overview of these unconventional, yet highly useful versions of the Nazarov cyclization. PMID:24348092

  2. Use of phosphoimidazolide-activated guanosine to investigate the nucleophilicity of spermine and spermidine

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    Kanavarioti, A.; Baird, E. E.; Smith, P. J.

    1995-01-01

    Guanosine 5'-phosphate 2-methylimidazolide (2-MeImpG), a labile phosphoimidazolide analog of guanosine triphosphate, was used to test the reactivity of the natural polyamines (PAs), spermine (spm) and spermidine (spd). The products are the guanosine 5'-phosphate-polyamine derivatives (PA-pG: spd-pG and spm-pG) which are quite stable in the range 4 < pH < 11. Our study is the first of which we are aware that reports on the nucleophilicity of these amines. The main findings are as follows. (i) HPLC analysis of the products indicates the formation of only two of the three possible spd products and only one of the two possible spm products. These results can be explained if only the primary amino groups of the two polyamines are reactive, while the secondary amino groups are rendered unreactive by a steric effect. The reactions of 2-MeImpG and other phosphoimidazolide derivatives of nucleosides (ImpNs) with primary and secondary monoamines support this interpretation (Kanavarioti et al. J. Org. Chem. 1995, 60, 632). (ii) The product ratio of the two spd-pG adducts derived from the primary amino groups varies between 2.40 and 0.71 in the range 6.1 < or equal to pH < or equal to 11.9. Such small variation in the product ratio can only be rationalized by the similar, but not identical, basicity of the two primary amino groups and provides strong support for a previously reported model for polyamine ionization (Onasch et. al. Biophys. Chem. 1984, 19, 245). (iii) On the basis of our kinetic determinations conditions at which the nucleophilicity of these amines is at a minimum and at which other interactions with ImpNs could be tested can be chosen.

  3. Organic Chemistry Students' Fragmented Ideas about the Structure and Function of Nucleophiles and Electrophiles: A Concept Map Analysis

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    Anzovino, Mary E.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery

    2016-01-01

    Organic chemistry students struggle with multiple aspects of reaction mechanisms and the curved arrow notation used by organic chemists. Many faculty believe that an understanding of nucleophiles and electrophiles, among other concepts, is required before students can develop fluency with the electronpushing formalism (EPF). An expert concept map…

  4. Citrus Peel Additives for One-Pot Triazole Formation by Decarboxylation, Nucleophilic Substitution, and Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Reactions

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    Mendes, Desiree E.; Schoffstall, Allen M.

    2011-01-01

    This undergraduate organic laboratory experiment consists of three different reactions occurring in the same flask: a cycloaddition reaction, preceded by decarboxylation and nucleophilic substitution reactions. The decarboxylation and cycloaddition reactions occur using identical Cu(I) catalyst and conditions. Orange, lemon, and other citrus fruit…

  5. From α-nucleophiles to functionalized aggregates: exploring the reactivity of hydroxamate ion towards esterolytic reactions in micelles.

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    Singh, Namrata; Karpichev, Yevgen; Sharma, Rahul; Gupta, Bhanushree; Sahu, Arvind K; Satnami, Manmohan L; Ghosh, Kallol K

    2015-03-14

    Owing to the rising threats of neurotoxic organophosphosphorus compounds, facile and efficient decontamination systems are required. Since the last few decades, the search for promising α-nucleophiles for straightforward and eco-friendly decontamination reactions using α-nucleophiles has been considerably boosted up. Among these, hydroxamic acids have been widely studied due to their potential α-nucleophilicity towards carbon and phosphorus based esters. This account summarizes our research on α-nucleophilicity of hydroxamate ions in water and micelles towards esterolytic reactions. Efforts of our group in the last few years have been collectively judged and compared with the crucial findings of researchers in the relevant field. The present article sheds light on the rich chemistry of the hydroxamate ion as a perfect candidate to degrade organophosphorus esters (i.e. nerve agents, pesticides and their simulants) in water, in micelles of conventional surfactants, and in functionalized micelles. The current report also provides an insight into the possible nature and mechanisms of these reactions. A brief account of the biological activities of hydroxamic acids that have recently spurred research in medicine against some fatal diseases has been included.

  6. Direct sp(3)C-H acroleination of N-aryl-tetrahydroisoquinolines by merging photoredox catalysis with nucleophilic catalysis.

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    Feng, Zhu-Jia; Xuan, Jun; Xia, Xu-Dong; Ding, Wei; Guo, Wei; Chen, Jia-Rong; Zou, You-Quan; Lu, Liang-Qiu; Xiao, Wen-Jing

    2014-04-01

    Sequence catalysis merging photoredox catalysis (PC) and nucleophilic catalysis (NC) has been realized for the direct sp(3) C-H acroleination of N-aryl-tetrahydroisoquinoline (THIQ). The reaction was performed under very mild conditions and afforded products in 50-91% yields. A catalytic asymmetric variant was proved to be successful with moderate enantioselectivities (up to 83 : 17 er).

  7. Unexpected Behavior of the Heaviest Halogen Astatine in the Nucleophilic Substitution of Aryliodonium Salts.

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    Guérard, François; Lee, Yong-Sok; Baidoo, Kwamena; Gestin, Jean-François; Brechbiel, Martin W

    2016-08-22

    Aryliodonium salts have become precursors of choice for the synthesis of (18) F-labeled tracers for nuclear imaging. However, little is known on the reactivity of these compounds with heavy halides, that is, radioiodide and astatide, at the radiotracer scale. In the first comparative study of radiohalogenation of aryliodonium salts with (125) I(-) and (211) At(-) , initial experiments on a model compound highlight the higher reactivity of astatide compared to iodide, which could not be anticipated from the trends previously observed within the halogen series. Kinetic studies indicate a significant difference in activation energy (Ea =23.5 and 17.1 kcal mol(-1) with (125) I(-) and (211) At(-) , respectively). Quantum chemical calculations suggest that astatination occurs via the monomeric form of an iodonium complex whereas iodination occurs via a heterodimeric iodonium intermediate. The good to excellent regioselectivity of halogenation and high yields achieved with diversely substituted aryliodonium salts indicate that this class of compounds is a promising alternative to the stannane chemistry currently used for heavy radiohalogen labeling of tracers in nuclear medicine. PMID:27305065

  8. Unexpected Behavior of the Heaviest Halogen Astatine in the Nucleophilic Substitution of Aryliodonium Salts.

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    Guérard, François; Lee, Yong-Sok; Baidoo, Kwamena; Gestin, Jean-François; Brechbiel, Martin W

    2016-08-22

    Aryliodonium salts have become precursors of choice for the synthesis of (18) F-labeled tracers for nuclear imaging. However, little is known on the reactivity of these compounds with heavy halides, that is, radioiodide and astatide, at the radiotracer scale. In the first comparative study of radiohalogenation of aryliodonium salts with (125) I(-) and (211) At(-) , initial experiments on a model compound highlight the higher reactivity of astatide compared to iodide, which could not be anticipated from the trends previously observed within the halogen series. Kinetic studies indicate a significant difference in activation energy (Ea =23.5 and 17.1 kcal mol(-1) with (125) I(-) and (211) At(-) , respectively). Quantum chemical calculations suggest that astatination occurs via the monomeric form of an iodonium complex whereas iodination occurs via a heterodimeric iodonium intermediate. The good to excellent regioselectivity of halogenation and high yields achieved with diversely substituted aryliodonium salts indicate that this class of compounds is a promising alternative to the stannane chemistry currently used for heavy radiohalogen labeling of tracers in nuclear medicine.

  9. Structure and reactivity of a mononuclear non-haem iron(III)–peroxo complex

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    Cho, Jaeheung; Jeon, Sujin; Wilson, Samuel A.; Liu, Lei V.; Kang, Eun A; Braymer, Joseph J.; Lim, Mi Hee; Hedman, Britt; Hodgson, Keith O.; Valentine, Joan Selverstone; Solomon, Edward I.; Nam, Wonwoo

    2012-01-01

    Oxygen-containing mononuclear iron species—iron(III)–peroxo, iron(III)–hydroperoxo and iron(IV)–oxo—are key intermediates in the catalytic activation of dioxygen by iron-containing metalloenzymes1–7. It has been difficult to generate synthetic analogues of these three active iron–oxygen species in identical host complexes, which is necessary to elucidate changes to the structure of the iron centre during catalysis and the factors that control their chemical reactivities with substrates. Here we report the high-resolution crystal structure of a mononuclear non-haem side-on iron(III)–peroxo complex, [Fe(III)(TMC)(OO)]+. We also report a series of chemical reactions in which this iron(III)–peroxo complex is cleanly converted to the iron(III)–hydroperoxo complex, [Fe(III)(TMC)(OOH)]2+, via a short-lived intermediate on protonation. This iron(III)–hydroperoxo complex then cleanly converts to the ferryl complex, [Fe(IV)(TMC)(O)]2+, via homolytic O–O bond cleavage of the iron(III)–hydroperoxo species. All three of these iron species—the three most biologically relevant iron–oxygen intermediates—have been spectroscopically characterized; we note that they have been obtained using a simple macrocyclic ligand. We have performed relative reactivity studies on these three iron species which reveal that the iron(III)–hydroperoxo complex is the most reactive of the three in the deformylation of aldehydes and that it has a similar reactivity to the iron(IV)–oxo complex in C–H bond activation of alkylaromatics. These reactivity results demonstrate that iron(III)–hydroperoxo species are viable oxidants in both nucleophilic and electrophilic reactions by iron-containing enzymes. PMID:22031443

  10. The Shopping Center. Intermediate.

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    Timmons, Darrell; And Others

    This teaching guide is designed to develop thinking skills of intermediate elementary school children by using the concept of a shopping center. Thinking skills defined in the guide are observing, recalling, noticing differences and similarities, ordering, grouping, concept labeling, classifying, concept testing, inferring causes and effects,…

  11. Water oxidation: Intermediate identification

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    Cowan, Alexander J.

    2016-08-01

    The slow kinetics of light-driven water oxidation on haematite is an important factor limiting the material's efficiency. Now, an intermediate of the water-splitting reaction has been identified offering hope that the full mechanism will soon be resolved.

  12. Sara Intermediate Course.

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    Thayer, James E.; Maraby, Julien

    This volume consists of an intermediate course in Sara, a language of the Chad Republic of Africa. It is designed for native speakers of English and includes forty reading selections in Sara and an English translation of each selection. The readings are followed by a corresponding set of dialogues in Sara, accompanied by an English translation.…

  13. Intermediate Mathematics Study Guide.

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    Stanford Univ., CA. School Mathematics Study Group.

    This SMSG study guide is intended to provide teachers who use "Intermediate Mathematics," as a textbook with references to materials which will help them to gain a better understanding of the mathematics contained in the text. For each chapter of the text a brief resume of its content is followed by a list of annotated references which are…

  14. SPACE: Intermediate Level Modules.

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    Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.

    These modules were developed to assist teachers at the intermediate level to move away from extensive skill practice and toward more meaningful interdisciplinary learning. This packet, to be used by teachers in the summer Extended Learning Program, provides detailed thematic lesson plans matched to the Indiana Curriculum Proficiency Guide. The…

  15. Ground state destabilization by anionic nucleophiles contributes to the activity of phosphoryl transfer enzymes.

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    Andrews, Logan D; Fenn, Tim D; Herschlag, Daniel

    2013-07-01

    Enzymes stabilize transition states of reactions while limiting binding to ground states, as is generally required for any catalyst. Alkaline Phosphatase (AP) and other nonspecific phosphatases are some of Nature's most impressive catalysts, achieving preferential transition state over ground state stabilization of more than 10²²-fold while utilizing interactions with only the five atoms attached to the transferred phosphorus. We tested a model that AP achieves a portion of this preference by destabilizing ground state binding via charge repulsion between the anionic active site nucleophile, Ser102, and the negatively charged phosphate monoester substrate. Removal of the Ser102 alkoxide by mutation to glycine or alanine increases the observed Pi affinity by orders of magnitude at pH 8.0. To allow precise and quantitative comparisons, the ionic form of bound P(i) was determined from pH dependencies of the binding of Pi and tungstate, a P(i) analog lacking titratable protons over the pH range of 5-11, and from the ³¹P chemical shift of bound P(i). The results show that the Pi trianion binds with an exceptionally strong femtomolar affinity in the absence of Ser102, show that its binding is destabilized by ≥10⁸-fold by the Ser102 alkoxide, and provide direct evidence for ground state destabilization. Comparisons of X-ray crystal structures of AP with and without Ser102 reveal the same active site and P(i) binding geometry upon removal of Ser102, suggesting that the destabilization does not result from a major structural rearrangement upon mutation of Ser102. Analogous Pi binding measurements with a protein tyrosine phosphatase suggest the generality of this ground state destabilization mechanism. Our results have uncovered an important contribution of anionic nucleophiles to phosphoryl transfer catalysis via ground state electrostatic destabilization and an enormous capacity of the AP active site for specific and strong recognition of the phosphoryl group in

  16. Density functional theory calculations on oxidative C-C bond cleavage and N-O bond formation of [Ru(II)(bpy)2(diamine)](2+) via reactive ruthenium imide intermediates.

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    Guan, Xiangguo; Law, Siu-Man; Tse, Chun-Wai; Huang, Jie-Sheng; Che, Chi-Ming

    2014-11-10

    DFT calculations are performed on [Ru(II)(bpy)2(tmen)](2+) (M1, tmen = 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-butanediamine) and [Ru(II)(bpy)2(heda)](2+) (M2, head = 2,5-dimethyl-2,5-hexanediamine), and on the oxidation reactions of M1 to give the C-C bond cleavage product [Ru(II)(bpy)2(NH=CMe2)2](2+) (M3) and the N-O bond formation product [Ru(II)(bpy)2(ONCMe2CMe2NO)](2+) (M4). The calculated geometrical parameters and oxidation potentials are in good agreement with the experimental data. As revealed by the DFT calculations, [Ru(II)(bpy)2(tmen)](2+) (M1) can undergo oxidative deprotonation to generate Ru-bis(imide) [Ru(bpy)2(tmen-4 H)](+) (A) or Ru-imide/amide [Ru(bpy)2(tmen-3 H)](2+) (A') intermediates. Both A and A' are prone to C-C bond cleavage, with low reaction barriers (ΔG(≠)) of 6.8 and 2.9 kcal mol(-1) for their doublet spin states (2)A and (2)A', respectively. The calculated reaction barrier for the nucleophilic attack of water molecules on (2)A' is relatively high (14.2 kcal mol(-1)). These calculation results are in agreement with the formation of the Ru(II)-bis(imine) complex M3 from the electrochemical oxidation of M1 in aqueous solution. The oxidation of M1 with Ce(IV) in aqueous solution to afford the Ru(II)-dinitrosoalkane complex M4 is proposed to proceed by attack of the cerium oxidant on the ruthenium imide intermediate. The findings of ESI-MS experiments are consistent with the generation of a ruthenium imide intermediate in the course of the oxidation.

  17. The Intermediate Neutrino Program

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    Adams, C.; et al.

    2015-03-23

    The US neutrino community gathered at the Workshop on the Intermediate Neutrino Program (WINP) at Brookhaven National Laboratory February 4-6, 2015 to explore opportunities in neutrino physics over the next five to ten years. Scientists from particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics participated in the workshop. The workshop examined promising opportunities for neutrino physics in the intermediate term, including possible new small to mid-scale experiments, US contributions to large experiments, upgrades to existing experiments, R&D plans and theory. The workshop was organized into two sets of parallel working group sessions, divided by physics topics and technology. Physics working groups covered topics on Sterile Neutrinos, Neutrino Mixing, Neutrino Interactions, Neutrino Properties and Astrophysical Neutrinos. Technology sessions were organized into Theory, Short-Baseline Accelerator Neutrinos, Reactor Neutrinos, Detector R&D and Source, Cyclotron and Meson Decay at Rest sessions.This report summarizes discussion and conclusions from the workshop.

  18. Intermediate water recovery system

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    Deckman, G.; Anderson, A. R. (Editor)

    1973-01-01

    A water recovery system for collecting, storing, and processing urine, wash water, and humidity condensates from a crew of three aboard a spacecraft is described. The results of a 30-day test performed on a breadboard system are presented. The intermediate water recovery system produced clear, sterile, water with a 96.4 percent recovery rate from the processed urine. Recommendations for improving the system are included.

  19. 1,3,2,5-Diazadiborinine featuring nucleophilic and electrophilic boron centres.

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    Wu, Di; Kong, Lingbing; Li, Yongxin; Ganguly, Rakesh; Kinjo, Rei

    2015-01-01

    The seminal discovery in 1865 by Kekulé that benzene nucleus exists with cyclic skeleton is considered to be the beginning of aromatic chemistry. Since then, a myriad of cyclic molecules displaying aromatic property have been synthesized. Meanwhile, borazine (B3N3H6), despite the isostructural and isoelectronic relationships with benzene, exhibits little aromaticity. Herein, we report the synthesis of a 1,3,2,5-diazadiborinine (B2C2N2R6) derivative, a hybrid inorganic/organic benzene, and we present experimental and computational evidence for its aromaticity. In marked contrast to the reactivity of benzene, borazine, and even azaborinines previously reported, 1,3,2,5-diazadiborinine readily forms the adducts with methyl trifluoromethanesulfonate and phenylacetylene without any catalysts. Moreover, 1,3,2,5-diazadiborine activates carbon dioxide giving rise to a bicycle[2,2,2] product, and the binding process was found to be reversible. These results, thus, demonstrate that 1,3,2,5-diazadiborinine features both nucleophilic and electrophilic boron centres, with a formal B(+I)/B(+III) mixed valence system, in the aromatic six-membered B2C2N2 ring. PMID:26073993

  20. Fluorescent "turn-on" detecting CN- by nucleophilic addition induced Schiff-base hydrolysis

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    Lin, Qi; Cai, Yi; Li, Qiao; Shi, Bing-Bing; Yao, Hong; Zhang, You-Ming; Wei, Tai-Bao

    2015-04-01

    A new chemosensor Sz based on Schiff-base group as recognition site and naphthalene as the fluorescence signal group was designed and synthesised. It could fluorescent "turn-on" detect cyanide (CN-) via a novel mechanism of nucleophilic addition induced Schiff-base hydrolysis. Adding the CN- into the solution of Sz could induce Sz to emit blue fluorescence at 435 nm instantly. Moreover, Sz could also colorimetric detect CN-. Upon the addition of CN-, the Sz showed dramatic color change from yellow to colorless. These sensing procedures could not be interfered by other coexistent competitive anions such as F-, AcO-, H2PO4- and SCN-. In addition, Sz showed high sensitivity for CN-, the detection limits is 3.42 × 10-8 M of CN-, which is far lower than the WHO guideline of CN- in drinking water (less than 1.9 × 10-6 M). The CN- test strips based on Sz could act as a convenient CN- test kits.

  1. 1,3,2,5-Diazadiborinine featuring nucleophilic and electrophilic boron centres

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    Wu, Di; Kong, Lingbing; Li, Yongxin; Ganguly, Rakesh; Kinjo, Rei

    2015-01-01

    The seminal discovery in 1865 by Kekulé that benzene nucleus exists with cyclic skeleton is considered to be the beginning of aromatic chemistry. Since then, a myriad of cyclic molecules displaying aromatic property have been synthesized. Meanwhile, borazine (B3N3H6), despite the isostructural and isoelectronic relationships with benzene, exhibits little aromaticity. Herein, we report the synthesis of a 1,3,2,5-diazadiborinine (B2C2N2R6) derivative, a hybrid inorganic/organic benzene, and we present experimental and computational evidence for its aromaticity. In marked contrast to the reactivity of benzene, borazine, and even azaborinines previously reported, 1,3,2,5-diazadiborinine readily forms the adducts with methyl trifluoromethanesulfonate and phenylacetylene without any catalysts. Moreover, 1,3,2,5-diazadiborine activates carbon dioxide giving rise to a bicycle[2,2,2] product, and the binding process was found to be reversible. These results, thus, demonstrate that 1,3,2,5-diazadiborinine features both nucleophilic and electrophilic boron centres, with a formal B(+I)/B(+III) mixed valence system, in the aromatic six-membered B2C2N2 ring. PMID:26073993

  2. Modeling DNA Replication Intermediates

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    Broyde, S.; Roy, D.; Shapiro, R.

    1997-06-01

    While there is now available a great deal of information on double stranded DNA from X-ray crystallography, high resolution NMR and computer modeling, very little is known about structures that are representative of the DNA core of replication intermediates. DNA replication occurs at a single strand/double strand junction and bulged out intermediates near the junction can lead to frameshift mutations. The single stranded domains are particularly challenging. Our interest is focused on strategies for modeling the DNA of these types of replication intermediates. Modeling such structures presents special problems in addressing the multiple minimum problem and in treating the electrostatic component of the force field. We are testing a number of search strategies for locating low energy structures of these types and we are also investigating two different distance dependent dielectric functions in the coulombic term of the force field. We are studying both unmodified DNA and DNA damaged by aromatic amines, carcinogens present in the environment in tobacco smoke, barbecued meats and automobile exhaust. The nature of the structure adopted by the carcinogen modified DNA at the replication fork plays a key role in determining whether the carcinogen will cause a mutation during replication that can initiate the carcinogenic process. In the present work results are presented for unmodified DNA.

  3. Kinetic Intermediates in RNA Folding

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    Zarrinkar, Patrick P.; Williamson, James R.

    1994-08-01

    The folding pathways of large, highly structured RNA molecules are largely unexplored. Insight into both the kinetics of folding and the presence of intermediates was provided in a study of the Mg2+-induced folding of the Tetrahymena ribozyme by hybridization of complementary oligodeoxynucleotide probes. This RNA folds via a complex mechanism involving both Mg2+-dependent and Mg2+-independent steps. A hierarchical model for the folding pathway is proposed in which formation of one helical domain (P4-P6) precedes that of a second helical domain (P3-P7). The overall rate-limiting step is formation of P3-P7, and takes place with an observed rate constant of 0.72 ± 0.14 minute-1. The folding mechanism of large RNAs appears similar to that of many multidomain proteins in that formation of independently stable substructures precedes their association into the final conformation.

  4. Understanding the nucleophilic character and stability of the carbanions and alkoxides of 1-(9-anthryl)ethanol and derivatives.

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    Ramírez, Ramsés E; García-Martínez, Cirilo; Méndez, Francisco

    2013-08-22

    The nucleophilic character and stability of the carbanions vs. alkoxides derived from 2,2,2-trifluoro-1-(9-anthryl)ethanol and 1-(9-anthryl)ethanol containing X electron-releasing and X electron-acceptor substituents attached to C-10, have been studied at the B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory. Results analyzed in terms of the absolute gas-phase acidity, Fukui function, the local hard and soft acids and bases principle, and the molecular electrostatic potential, show that the central ring of the 9-anthryl group confers an ambident nucleophilic character and stabilizes the conjugated carbanion by electron-acceptor delocalization.

  5. Lipase and esterase-catalyzed acylation of hetero-substituted nitrogen nucleophiles in water and organic solvents.

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    Hacking, M A; Akkus, H; van Rantwijk, F; Sheldon, R A

    2000-04-01

    The lipase- and esterase-catalyzed acylations of hydroxylamine and hydrazine derivatives with octanoic acid and ethyl octanoate are described. The influence of solvent and nucleophile on the initial reaction rate was investigated for a number of free and immobilized enzymes. Initial rates were highest in water, but the overall productivity was optimal in dioxane. Octanoic acid (250 g/L) was converted for 93% into the hydroxamic acid in 36 h with only 1% (w/w) Candida antarctica lipase B (Novozym 435) in dioxane at 40 degrees C. This translates to a catalyst productivity of 68.5 g. g(-1). day(-1) and a space time yield of 149 g. L(-1). day(-1), unprecedented figures in the direct reaction of an acid with a nitrogen nucleophile in an organic solvent.

  6. sp(2)-sp(3) diboranes: astounding structural variability and mild sources of nucleophilic boron for organic synthesis.

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    Dewhurst, Rian D; Neeve, Emily C; Braunschweig, Holger; Marder, Todd B

    2015-06-14

    Despite the widespread use of organoborane reagents in organic synthesis and catalysis, a major challenge still remains: very few boron-centered nucleophiles exist for the direct construction of B-C bonds. Perhaps the most promising emerging solution to this problem is the use of sp(2)-sp(3) diboranes, in which one boron atom of a conventional diborane(4) is quaternised by either a neutral or anionic nucleophile. These compounds, either isolated or generated in situ, serve as relatively mild and convenient sources of the boryl anion [BR2](-) for use in organic synthesis and have already proven their efficacy in metal-free as well as metal-catalysed borylation reactions. This Feature article documents the history of sp(2)-sp(3) diborane synthesis, their properties and surprising structural variability, and their burgeoning utility in organic synthesis.

  7. Catalysis of hydrolysis and nucleophilic substitution at the P-N bond of phosphoimidazolide-activated nucleotides in phosphate buffers.

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    Kanavarioti, A; Rosenbach, M T

    1991-01-01

    Phosphoimidazolide-activated derivatives of guanosine and cytidine 5'-monophosphates, henceforth called ImpN's, exhibit enhanced rates of degradation in the presence of aqueous inorganic phosphate in the range 4.0 < or = pH < or = 8.6. This degradation is been attributed to (i) nucleophilic substitution of the imidazolide and (ii) catalysis of the P-N bond hydrolysis by phosphate. The first reaction results in the formation of nucleoside 5'-diphosphate and the second in nucleoside 5'-monophosphate. Analysis of the observed rates as well as the product ratios as a function of pH and phosphate concentration allow distinction between various mechanistic possibilities. The results show that both H2PO4- and HPO4(2-) participate in both hydrolysis and nucleophilic substitution. Statistically corrected biomolecular rate constants indicate that the dianion is 4 times more effective as a general base than the monoanion, and 8 times more effective as nucleophile. The low Bronsted value beta = 0.15 calculated for these phosphate species, presumed to act as general bases in facilitating water attack, is consistent with the fact that catalysis of the hydrolysis of the P-N bond in ImpN's has not been detected before. The beta nuc = 0.35 calculated for water, H2PO4-, HPO4(2-), and hydroxide acting as nucleophiles indicates a more associative transition state for nucleotidyl (O2POR- with R = nucleoside) transfers than that observed for phosphoryl (PO3(2-)) transfers (beta nuc = 0.25). With respect to the stability/reactivity of ImpN's under prebiotic conditions, our study shows that these materials would not suffer additional degradation due to inorganic phosphate, assuming the concentrations of phosphate, Pi, on prebiotic Earth were similar to those in the present oceans ([Pi] approximately 2.25 micromoles). PMID:11538282

  8. Catalysis of hydrolysis and nucleophilic substitution at the P-N bond of phosphoimidazolide-activated nucleotides in phosphate buffers

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    Kanavarioti, A.; Rosenbach, M. T.

    1991-01-01

    Phosphoimidazolide-activated derivatives of guanosine and cytidine 5'-monophosphates, henceforth called ImpN's, exhibit enhanced rates of degradation in the presence of aqueous inorganic phosphate in the range 4.0 < or = pH < or = 8.6. This degradation is been attributed to (i) nucleophilic substitution of the imidazolide and (ii) catalysis of the P-N bond hydrolysis by phosphate. The first reaction results in the formation of nucleoside 5'-diphosphate and the second in nucleoside 5'-monophosphate. Analysis of the observed rates as well as the product ratios as a function of pH and phosphate concentration allow distinction between various mechanistic possibilities. The results show that both H2PO4- and HPO4(2-) participate in both hydrolysis and nucleophilic substitution. Statistically corrected biomolecular rate constants indicate that the dianion is 4 times more effective as a general base than the monoanion, and 8 times more effective as nucleophile. The low Bronsted value beta = 0.15 calculated for these phosphate species, presumed to act as general bases in facilitating water attack, is consistent with the fact that catalysis of the hydrolysis of the P-N bond in ImpN's has not been detected before. The beta nuc = 0.35 calculated for water, H2PO4-, HPO4(2-), and hydroxide acting as nucleophiles indicates a more associative transition state for nucleotidyl (O2POR- with R = nucleoside) transfers than that observed for phosphoryl (PO3(2-)) transfers (beta nuc = 0.25). With respect to the stability/reactivity of ImpN's under prebiotic conditions, our study shows that these materials would not suffer additional degradation due to inorganic phosphate, assuming the concentrations of phosphate, Pi, on prebiotic Earth were similar to those in the present oceans ([Pi] approximately 2.25 micromoles).

  9. Facile synthesis of enantioenriched Cγ-tetrasubstituted α-amino acid derivatives via an asymmetric nucleophilic addition/protonation cascade.

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    Duan, Shu-Wen; An, Jing; Chen, Jia-Rong; Xiao, Wen-Jing

    2011-05-01

    An asymmetric nucleophilic addition/protonation reaction of 3-substituted oxindoles and ethyl 2-phthalimidoacrylate has been described. This strategy can give direct access to C(γ)-tetrasubstituted α-amino acid derivatives bearing 1,3-nonadjacent stereocenters with up to 98% yield, 94:6 dr, and >99% ee. Dual activation is proposed in the transition state, and the opposite enantiomers can be obtained simply by changing cinchonidine-derived catalyst to the cinchonine analogue.

  10. Structure of the DNA Ligase-Adenylate Intermediate: Lysine (ε-amino)-Linked Adenosine Monophosphoramidate*

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    Gumport, Richard I.; Lehman, I. R.

    1971-01-01

    Proteolytic degradation of the Escherichia coli DNA ligase-adenylate intermediate releases adenosine 5′-monophosphate linked to the ε-amino group of lysine by a phosphoamide bond. Measurements of the rate of hydroxylaminolysis of the ligase-adenylate provide further support for a phosphoamide linkage in the native enzyme. Lysine (ε-amino)-linked adenosine monophosphoramidate has also been isolated from the T4 phage-induced ligase-adenylate intermediate. These results indicate that an initial step of the DNA ligase reaction consists of the nucleophilic attack of the ε-amino group of a lysine residue of the enzyme on the adenylyl phosphorus of DPN or ATP that leads to the formation of enzyme-bound lysine (εamino)-linked adenosine monophosphoramidate. PMID:4944632

  11. A mononuclear nonheme iron(III)-superoxo complex: Crystallographic and spectroscopic characterization and reactivities

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    Hong, Seungwoo; Sutherlin, Kyle D.; Park, Jiyoung; Kwon, Eunji; Siegler, Maxime A.; Solomon, Edward I.; Nam, Wonwoo

    2016-01-01

    Mononuclear nonheme iron(III)-superoxo species (FeIII-O2−•) have been implicated as key intermediates in the catalytic cycles of dioxygen activation by nonheme iron enzymes. Although nonheme iron(III)-superoxo species have been trapped and characterized spectroscopically in enzymatic and biomimetic reactions, no structural information has yet been obtained. Here we report for the first time the isolation, spectroscopic characterization, and crystal structure of a mononuclear side-on (η2) iron(III)-superoxo complex with a tetraamido macrocyclic ligand (TAML), [FeIII (TAML) (O2)]2− (1). The nonheme iron(III)-superoxo species undergoes both electrophilic and nucleophilic oxidation reactions as well as O2-transfer between metal complexes. In the O2-transfer reaction, 1 transfers the bound O2 unit to a manganese(III) analogue, resulting in the formation of a manganese(IV)-peroxo complex, [MnIV(TAML)(O2)]2− (2); 2 is characterized structurally and spectroscopically as a mononuclear side-on (η2) manganese(IV)-peroxo complex. The difference in the redox distribution between the metal ions and O2 in 1 and 2 is rationalized using density functional theory calculations. PMID:25510711

  12. Laboratory determination of the carbon kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) for reactions of methyl halides with various nucleophiles in solution

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    Baesman, S.M.; Miller, L.G.

    2005-01-01

    Large carbon kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) were measured for reactions of methyl bromide (MeBr), methyl chloride (MeCl), and methyl iodide (MeI) with various nucleophiles at 287 and 306 K in aqueous solutions. Rates of reaction of MeBr and MeI with H2O (neutral hydrolysis) or Cl- (halide substitution) were consistent with previous measurements. Hydrolysis rates increased with increasing temperature or pH (base hydrolysis). KIEs for hydrolysis were 51 ?? 6??? for MeBr and 38 ?? 8??? for MeI. Rates of halide substitution increased with increasing temperature and greater reactivity of the attacking nucleophile, with the fastest reaction being that of MeI with Br-. KIEs for halide substitution were independent of temperature but varied with the reactant methyl halide and the attacking nucleophile. KIEs were similar for MeBr substitution with Cl- and MeCl substitution with Br- (57 ?? 5 and 60 ?? 9??? respectively). The KIE for halide exchange of MeI was lower overall (33 ?? 8??? and was greater for substitution with Br- (46 ?? 6???) than with Cl- (29 ?? 6???). ?? Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005.

  13. Who Activates the Nucleophile in Ribozyme Catalysis? An Answer from the Splicing Mechanism of Group II Introns.

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    Casalino, Lorenzo; Palermo, Giulia; Rothlisberger, Ursula; Magistrato, Alessandra

    2016-08-24

    Group II introns are Mg(2+)-dependent ribozymes that are considered to be the evolutionary ancestors of the eukaryotic spliceosome, thus representing an ideal model system to understand the mechanism of conversion of premature messenger RNA (mRNA) into mature mRNA. Neither in splicing nor for self-cleaving ribozymes has the role of the two Mg(2+) ions been established, and even the way the nucleophile is activated is still controversial. Here we employed hybrid quantum-classical QM(Car-Parrinello)/MM molecular dynamics simulations in combination with thermodynamic integration to characterize the molecular mechanism of the first and rate-determining step of the splicing process (i.e., the cleavage of the 5'-exon) catalyzed by group II intron ribozymes. Remarkably, our results show a new RNA-specific dissociative mechanism in which the bulk water accepts the nucleophile's proton during its attack on the scissile phosphate. The process occurs in a single step with no Mg(2+) ion activating the nucleophile, at odds with nucleases enzymes. We suggest that the novel reaction path elucidated here might be an evolutionary ancestor of the more efficient two-metal-ion mechanism found in enzymes. PMID:27309711

  14. Understanding the participation of quadricyclane as nucleophile in polar [2sigma + 2sigma + 2pi] cycloadditions toward electrophilic pi molecules.

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    Domingo, Luis R; Saéz, José A; Zaragozá, Ramón J; Arnó, Manuel

    2008-11-21

    The formal [2sigma + 2sigma + 2pi] cycloaddition of quadricyclane, 1, with dimethyl azodicarboxylate, 2, in water has been studied using DFT methods at the B3LYP/6-31G** and MPWB1K/6-31G** levels. In the gas phase, the reaction of 1 with 2 has a two-stage mechanism with a large polar character and an activation barrier of 23.2 kcal/mol. Inclusion of water through a combined discrete-continuum model changes the mechanism to a two-step model where the first nucleophilic attack of 1 to 2 is the rate-limiting step with an activation barrier of 14.7 kcal/mol. Analysis of the electronic structure of the transition state structures points out the large zwitterionic character of these species. A DFT analysis of the global electrophilicity and nucleophilicity of the reagents provides a sound explanation about the participation of 1 as a nucleophile in these cycloadditions. This behavior is reinforced by a further study of the reaction of 1 with 1,1-dicyanoethylene.

  15. Electrophilic, Ambiphilic, and Nucleophilic C-H bond Activation. Understanding the electronic continuum of C-H bond activation through transition-state and reaction pathway interaction energy decompositions

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    Ess, Daniel H.; Goddard, William A.; Periana, Roy A.

    2010-10-29

    The potential energy and interaction energy profiles for metal- and metal-ligand-mediated alkane C-H bond activation were explored using B3LYP density functional theory (DFT) and the absolutely localized molecular orbital energy decomposition analysis (ALMO-EDA). The set of complexes explored range from late transition metal group 10 (Pt and Pd) and group 11 (Au) metal centers to group 7-9 (Ir, Rh, Ru, and W) metal centers as well as a group 3 Sc complex. The coordination geometries, electron metal count (d8, d6, d4, and d0), and ligands (N-heterocycles, O-donor, phosphine, and Cp*) are also diverse. Quantitative analysis using ALMO-EDA of both directions of charge-transfer stabilization (occupied to unoccupied orbital stabilization) energies between the metal-ligand fragment and the coordinated C-H bond in the transition state for cleavage of the C-H bond allows classification of C-H activation reactions as electrophilic, ambiphilic, or nucleophilic on the basis of the net direction of charge-transfer energy stabilization. This bonding pattern transcends any specific mechanistic or bonding paradigm, such as oxidative addition, σ-bond metathesis, or substitution. Late transition metals such as Au(III), Pt(II), Pd(II), and Rh(III) metal centers with N-heterocycle, halide, or O-donor ligands show electrophilically dominated reaction profiles with forward charge-transfer from the C-H bond to the metal, leading to more stabilization than reverse charge transfer from the metal to the C-H bond. Transition states and reaction profiles for d6 Ru(II) and Ir(III) metals with Tp and acac ligands were found to have nearly equal forward and reverse charge-transfer energy stabilization. This ambiphilic region also includes the classically labeled electrophilic cationic species Cp*(PMe3)Ir(Me). Nucleophilic character, where the metal to C-H bond charge-transfer interaction is most stabilizing, was found in

  16. Enzyme-like catalysis via ternary complex mechanism: alkoxy-bridged dinuclear cobalt complex mediates chemoselective O-esterification over N-amidation.

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    Hayashi, Yukiko; Santoro, Stefano; Azuma, Yuki; Himo, Fahmi; Ohshima, Takashi; Mashima, Kazushi

    2013-04-24

    Hydroxy group-selective acylation in the presence of more nucleophilic amines was achieved using acetates of first-row late transition metals, such as Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, and Zn. Among them, cobalt(II) acetate was the best catalyst in terms of reactivity and selectivity. The combination of an octanuclear cobalt carboxylate cluster [Co4(OCOR)6O]2 (2a: R = CF3, 2b: R = CH3, 2c: R = (t)Bu) with nitrogen-containing ligands, such as 2,2'-bipyridine, provided an efficient catalytic system for transesterification, in which an alkoxide-bridged dinuclear complex, Co2(OCO(t)Bu)2(bpy)2(μ2-OCH2-C6H4-4-CH3)2 (10), was successfully isolated as a key intermediate. Kinetic studies and density functional theory calculations revealed Michaelis-Menten behavior of the complex 10 through an ordered ternary complex mechanism similar to dinuclear metallo-enzymes, suggesting the formation of alkoxides followed by coordination of the ester.

  17. Nucleophilic substitution in preparation and surface modification of hypercrosslinked stationary phases.

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    Janků, Simona; Škeříková, Veronika; Urban, Jiří

    2015-04-01

    Four linear diaminoalkanes (1,2-diaminoethane, 1,4-diaminobutane, 1,6-diaminohexane, and 1,8-diaminooctane) have been used to hypercrosslink poly(styrene-co-vinylbenzyl chloride-co-divinylbenzene) monolithic stationary phases by nucleophilic substitution reaction. The column efficiency of polymer monoliths improved with longer diaminoalkane with 1,8-diaminoctane providing the highest efficiency. The concentration of 1,8-diaminoctane, together with hypercrosslinking time and temperature has been optimized. To improve the permeability of prepared columns, the hypercrosslinking modification has been combined with an early termination of polymerization reaction and decrease in polymerization temperature. The optimal column has been prepared by a polymerization reaction for 2h at 65°C and hypercrosslinked in the presence of 3% 1,8-diaminooctane for 2h at 95°C. The repeatability study of the presented protocol provided relative standard deviation for nine columns prepared independently out of three individual polymerization mixtures in between 2.0-12.0% for retention factors and 1.5-6.5% for plate heights, respectively. Further, we have modified residual chloromethyl groups with 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid (taurine) to prepare monolithic columns suitable for separation of small polar molecules in hydrophilic interaction chromatography. The highest retention of polar thiourea showed the column modified at 70°C for 20 h. Taurine-modified hypercrosslinked column showed the minimum of van Deemter curve of 20 μm. The prepared column provided dual-retention mechanism, including hydrophilic interaction and reversed-phase liquid chromatography that can be controlled by the composition of the mobile phase. The prepared column has been successfully used for an isocratic separation of low-molecular phenolic acids. PMID:25728663

  18. On the nature of the reaction intermediate in the HIV-1 protease: a quantum chemical study

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    Carnevale, V.; Raugei, S.; Piana, S.; Carloni, P.

    2008-07-01

    Several mechanistic aspects of Aspartic Proteases' enzymatic reaction are currently highly controversial. There is general consensus that the first step of the reaction involves a nucleophilic attack of a water molecule to the substrate carbonyl carbon with subsequent formation of a metastable intermediate (INT). However, the exact nature of this intermediate is subject of debate. While ab initio and QM/MM calculations predict that INT is a neutral gem-diol specie, empirical valence bond calculations suggest that the protein frame can stabilize a charged oxyanion intermediate. Here the relative stability of the gem diol and oxyanion intermediate is calculated by performing density functional and post-Hartree-Fock calculations. The robustness of the results is assessed by increasing the size of the system and of the basis set and by performing QM/MM calculations that explicitly include protein/solvent electrostatic effects. Our results suggest that the neutral gem-diol intermediate is 20-30 kcal/mol more stable than the charged oxyanion. It is therefore concluded that only the neutral specie is populated during the enzymatic reaction.

  19. Direct detection and kinetic analysis of covalent intermediate formation in the 4-amino-4-deoxychorismate synthase catalyzed reaction.

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    He, Ze; Toney, Michael D

    2006-04-18

    Chorismate-utilizing enzymes catalyze diverse reactions, providing critical physiological functions unique to plants, bacteria, fungi, and some parasites. Their absence in animals makes them excellent targets for antimicrobials and herbicides. 4-Amino-4-deoxychorismate synthase (ADCS) catalyzes the first step in folate biosynthsis and shares a common core mechanism with isochorismate synthase (IS) and anthranilate synthase (AS), in which nucleophile addition at C2 initiates these reactions. Evidence was presented previously [He, Z., Stigers Lavoie, K. D., Bartlett, P. A., and Toney, M. D. (2004) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126, 2378-2385] that K274 is the nucleophile in ADCS, implying formation of a covalent intermediate. Herein, we report the direct detection of this covalent intermediate formed in ADCS-catalyzed reactions by ESI-MS. Difference spectra show the covalent intermediate has an absorption maximum at 310 nm. This was used to study the pre-steady-state kinetics of covalent intermediate formation under various conditions. Additionally, E258 in ADCS was shown to be critical to formation of the covalent intermediate by acting as a general acid catalyst for loss of the C4 hydroxyl group. The E258A/D mutants both exhibit very low activity. Acetate is a poor chemical rescue agent for E258D but an excellent one for E258A, with a 20000-fold and 3000-fold rate increase for Gln-dependent and NH(4)(+)-dependent activities, respectively. Lastly, A213 in IS (structurally homologous to K274 in ADCS) was changed to lysine in an attempt to convert IS to an ADCS-like enzyme. HPLC studies support the formation of a covalent intermediate with this mutant. PMID:16605270

  20. The arginine finger of RasGAP helps Gln-61 align the nucleophilic water in GAP-stimulated hydrolysis of GTP.

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    Resat, H; Straatsma, T P; Dixon, D A; Miller, J H

    2001-05-22

    The Ras family of GTPases is a collection of molecular switches that link receptors on the plasma membrane to signaling pathways that regulate cell proliferation and differentiation. The accessory GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs) negatively regulate the cell signaling by increasing the slow intrinsic GTP to GDP hydrolysis rate of Ras. Mutants of Ras are found in 25-30% of human tumors. The most dramatic property of these mutants is their insensitivity to the negative regulatory action of GAPs. All known oncogenic mutants of Ras map to a small subset of amino acids. Gln-61 is particularly important because virtually all mutations of this residue eliminate sensitivity to GAPs. Despite its obvious importance for carcinogenesis, the role of Gln-61 in the GAP-stimulated GTPase activity of Ras has remained a mystery. Our molecular dynamics simulations of the p21ras-p120GAP-GTP complex suggest that the local structure around the catalytic region can be different from that revealed by the x-ray crystal structure. We find that the carbonyl oxygen on the backbone of the arginine finger supplied in trans by p120GAP (Arg-789) interacts with a water molecule in the active site that is forming a bridge between the NH(2) group of the Gln-61 and the gamma-phosphate of GTP. Thus, Arg-789 may play a dual role in generating the nucleophile as well as stabilizing the transition state for PO bond cleavage. PMID:11371635

  1. Prostaglandin synthase-mediated metabolism of carcinogens and a potential role for peroxyl radicals as reactive intermediates

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    Marnett, L.J. )

    1990-08-01

    Prostaglandin-H synthase is unique among enzymes of the plant and animal kingdom in its ability to biosynthesize and metabolize hydroperoxides. Higher oxidation states of the peroxidase oxidize reducing substrates to electron-deficient derivatives that react with macromolecular nucleophiles. In the case of aromatic amines, the electron-deficient derivatives are mutagenic to bacterial and mammalian cells. {beta}-Dicarbonyl compounds and retinoic acid are oxidized to carbon-centered radicals that react with O{sub 2} to form peroxyl free radicals. Peroxyl radicals are the most stable oxy radicals and are able to diffuse some distance from the site of their generation. Peroxyl radicals are also formed during lipid peroxidation and in the reaction of polyunsaturated fatty acid hydroperoxides with metal complexes and metalloproteins. Peroxyl radicals epoxidize isolated doubled bonds of compounds such as 7,8-dihydroxy-7,8-dihydrobenzo(a)pyrene (BP-7,8-diol); 3,4-dihydroxy-3,4-dihydrobenzo(a)anthracene; and aflatoxin B{sub 1}. The epoxide products represent the ultimate carcinogenic forms of the respective compounds. Techniques for quantitating the extent of peroxidase dependent or peroxyl radical-dependent metabolism in vivo make use of differences in the structure or stereochemistry of reactive intermediates formed by peroxidases relative to cytochromes P-450. Differences in the relative amounts of hydrolysis products and DNA adducts derived from anti- and syn-dihydrodiolepoxides following application of BP-7,8-diol to mouse skin in vivo indicate peroxyl radicals play a significant role in metabolism of BP-7,8-diol in uninduced animals.

  2. Prostaglandin synthase-mediated metabolism of carcinogens and a potential role for peroxyl radicals as reactive intermediates.

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    Marnett, L J

    1990-01-01

    Prostaglandin-H synthase is unique among enzymes of the plant and animal kingdom in its ability to biosynthesize and metabolize hydroperoxides. Its cyclooxygenase activity oxygenates polyunsaturated fatty acids to hydroperoxy endoperoxides, and its peroxidase activity reduces the hydroperoxy group to hydroxy groups. Higher oxidation states of the peroxidase oxidize reducing substrates to electron-deficient derivatives that react with macromolecular nucleophiles. In the case of aromatic amines, the electron-deficient derivatives are mutagenic to bacterial and mammalian cells. beta-Dicarbonyl compounds and retinoic acid are oxidized to carbon-centered radicals that react with O2 to form peroxyl free radicals. Peroxyl radicals are the most stable oxy radicals and are able to diffuse some distance from the site of their generation. Peroxyl radicals are also formed during lipid peroxidation and in the reaction of polyunsaturated fatty acid hydroperoxides with metal complexes and metalloproteins. Peroxyl radicals epoxidize isolated doubled bonds of compounds such as 7,8-dihydroxy-7,8-dihydrobenzo(a)pyrene (BP-7,8-diol); 3,4-dihydroxy-3,4-dihydrobenzo(a)anthracene; and aflatoxin B1. The epoxide products represent the ultimate carcinogenic forms of the respective compounds. Techniques for quantitating the extent of peroxidase dependent or peroxyl radical-dependent metabolism in vivo make use of differences in the structure or stereochemistry of reactive intermediates formed by peroxidases relative to cytochromes P-450. Differences in the relative amounts of hydrolysis products and DNA adducts derived from anti- and syn-dihydrodiolepoxides following application of BP-7,8-diol to mouse skin in vivo indicate peroxyl radicals play a significant role in metabolism of BP-7,8-diol in uninduced animals. PMID:2125560

  3. Intermediate Filaments and Polarization in the Intestinal Epithelium

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    Coch, Richard A.; Leube, Rudolf E.

    2016-01-01

    The cytoplasmic intermediate filament cytoskeleton provides a tissue-specific three-dimensional scaffolding with unique context-dependent organizational features. This is particularly apparent in the intestinal epithelium, in which the intermediate filament network is localized below the apical terminal web region and is anchored to the apical junction complex. This arrangement is conserved from the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to humans. The review summarizes compositional, morphological and functional features of the polarized intermediate filament cytoskeleton in intestinal cells of nematodes and mammals. We emphasize the cross talk of intermediate filaments with the actin- and tubulin-based cytoskeleton. Possible links of the intermediate filament system to the distribution of apical membrane proteins and the cell polarity complex are highlighted. Finally, we discuss how these properties relate to the establishment and maintenance of polarity in the intestine. PMID:27429003

  4. [Intermediate gastric cancer].

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    Fontán, A N; Marzano, C A; Martínez, M M; Palau, G; Rubio, H H

    1980-01-01

    Gastric Cancer comprises two basic types: Advanced Gastric Cancer (A.G.C.) and Early Gastric Cancer (E.G.C.). A.G.C. extends beyond the proper muscle layer with a 5 to 17%, five years survival rate after surgery. E.G.C. does not extend beyond the submucosa (with or without metastasis to regional lymph nodes) and has a 80 - 95% five years survival rate. Intermediate Gastric Cancer, PM G.C. (Gastric cancer of the proper muscle layer) does not surpass the proper muscle layer and offers a five years life expectance of near 60% after adequate surgical treatment, with peculiar features in radiology, endoscopy and evolutivity. We report a case of PM G.C., "depressed" and "protruded". The proper muscle layer was invaded by the depressed lesion". Both lesions were continguous.

  5. Semifluorinated polymers via cycloaddition and nucleophilic addition reactions of aromatic trifluorovinyl ethers

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    Iacono, Scott Thomas

    This dissertation encompasses the synthesis, characterization, and properties of semifluorinated polymers derived from thermal polymerization of aryl trifluorovinyl ether (TFVE) monomers. This work is divided into two parts based on the methodology of thermal polymerization using aryl TFVE monomers. The first part of this work involves the thermal [2 + 2] cyclodimerization of aryl TFVE monomers affording perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB) aryl ether polymers. Chapter 1 provides an overview of PFCB aryl ether polymers as a next-generation class of high performance fluoropolymers that have been successfully employed for a myriad of technologies. PFCB aryl ether polymers are highly desired because of their high thermal stability, processability, and tailorability for specific material applications. Chapter 2 introduces a general perspective of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) that were modified with PFCB aryl ether polymer for property enhancement, specifically for low surface energy materials. Chapter 3 and 4 show the synthesis, characterization, and properties of POSS modified PFCB aryl ether polymers as blends and a variety of copolymer architectures, respectively. The second portion of this dissertation focuses on the development of a new, facile step-growth polymerization of diols/bisphenols and aryl TFVEs to afford fluoroethylene/vinylene alkyl/aryl ether (FAE) polymers. Chapter 5 is a prelude to the development of FAE polymers which entails optimizing the methodology and mechanistic rationale of nucleophile addition to aryl TFVEs. Chapter 6 details the FAE polymerization kinetics, physical properties, and strategy for functionalization. Chapter 7 illustrates the modular modification of FAE polymers for the development of tunable light emissive materials for potential use as transport layer material for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and also chemical sensors. Chapter 8 introduces postfunctionaliztion of FAE polymers resulting with sulfonated biaryl

  6. Ligand Intermediates in Metal-Catalyzed Reactions

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    Gladysz, John A.

    1999-07-31

    The longest-running goal of this project has been the synthesis, isolation, and physical chemical characterization of homogeneous transition metal complexes containing ligand types believed to be intermediates in the metal-catalyzed conversion of CO/H{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, CH{sub 4}, and similar raw materials to organic fuels, feedstocks, etc. In the current project period, complexes that contain unusual new types of C{sub x}(carbide) and C{sub x}O{sub y} (carbon oxide) ligands have been emphasized. A new program in homogeneous fluorous phase catalysis has been launched as described in the final report.

  7. Scalable Synthesis of the Amber Odorant 9-epi-Ambrox through a Biomimetic Cationic Cyclization/Nucleophilic Bromination Reaction.

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    Fontaneda, Raquel; Alonso, Pedro; Fañanás, Francisco J; Rodríguez, Félix

    2016-09-16

    A novel biomimetic nucleophilic bromocyclization reaction is used in the key step of a new and straightforward synthesis of 9-epi-Ambrox, an organic compound of high interest and value in the context of fragrances. This strategic reaction allows access to 9-epi-Ambrox on a gram scale from a dienyne derivative, easily available from geraniol, following a sequence of seven steps (35% global yield) with just one purification process. Both enantiomers of the molecule were obtained by a challenging enzymatic resolution. PMID:27588550

  8. Nucleophilic addition to a p-benzyne derived from an enediyne: a new mechanism for halide incorporation into biomolecules.

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    Perrin, Charles L; Rodgers, Betsy L; O'Connor, Joseph M

    2007-04-18

    Biosynthesis of haloaromatics ordinarily occurs by electrophilic attack of an activated halogen species on an electron-rich aromatic ring. We now present the discovery of a new reaction whereby a nucleophilic halide anion can be attached even to an aromatic ring without activating substituents. We show that the enediyne cyclodeca-1,5-diyn-3-ene, in the presence of lithium halide and a weak acid, is converted to 1-halotetrahydronaphthalene. The kinetics are consistent with rate-limiting cyclization to a p-benzyne biradical that rapidly adds halide and is then protonated. This reaction has interesting mechanistic features and important implications for incorporation of halide into biomolecules.

  9. Facile nucleophilic fluorination reactions using tert-alcohols as a reaction medium: significantly enhanced reactivity of alkali metal fluorides and improved selectivity.

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    Kim, Dong Wook; Jeong, Hwan-Jeong; Lim, Seok Tae; Sohn, Myung-Hee; Katzenellenbogen, John A; Chi, Dae Yoon

    2008-02-01

    Although protic solvents are generally not preferred for nucleophilic displacement reactions because of their partial positive charge and hydrogen-bonding capacity that solvate the nucleophile and reduce its reactivity, we recently reported a remarkably beneficial effect of using tertiary alcohols as a reaction media for nucleophilic fluorination with alkali metal fluorides, as well as fluorine-18 radiolabeling with [18F]fluoride ion for the preparation of PET radiopharmaceuticals. In this work, we investigate further the influence of the tert-alcohol reaction medium for nucleophilic fluorination with alkali metal fluorides by studying various interactions among tert-alcohols, the alkali metal fluoride (CsF), and the sulfonyloxy substrate. Factors such as hydrogen bonding between CsF and the tert-alcohol solvent, the formation of a tert-alcohol solvated fluoride, and hydrogen bonding between the sulfonate leaving group and the tert-alcohol appear to contribute to the dramatic increase in the rate of the nucleophilic fluorination reaction in the absence of any kind of catalyst. We found that fluorination of 1-(2-mesyloxyethyl)naphthalene (5) and N-5-bromopentanoyl-3,4-dimethoxyaniline (8) with Bu(4)N(+)F(-) in a tert-alcohol afforded the corresponding fluoro products in much higher yield than obtained by the conventional methods using dipolar aprotic solvents. The protic medium also suppresses formation of byproducts, such as alkenes, ethers, and cyclic adducts.

  10. Artificial photosynthesis of. beta. -ketocarboxylic acids from carbon dioxide and ketones via enolate complexes of aluminum porphyrin

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    Hirai, Yasuhiro; Aida, Takuzo; Inoue, Shohei )

    1989-04-12

    Photochemical fixation of carbon dioxide is of much interest in connection with biological photosynthesis by green plants as well as from the viewpoint of carbon resource utilization. One of the important steps in the assimilation of carbon dioxide is the carboxylation of a carbonyl compound into ketocarboxylic acid, where the reaction proceeds via an enolate species as reactive intermediate. For example, in four carbon (C{sub 4}) pathway and Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) processes, pyruvate is converted with the aid of ATP into phosphoenolpyruvate, which is subsequently carboxylated to give oxaloacetate by the action of pyruvate carboxylase. In relation to this interesting biological process, some artificial systems have been exploited for the synthesis of {beta}-ketocarboxylic acid derivatives from carbon dioxide and ketones using nucleophiles such as metal carbonates, thiazolates, phenolates, alkoxides, and strong organic as well as inorganic basis, which promote the enolization of ketones in the intermediate step. We wish to report here a novel, visible light-induced fixation of carbon dioxide with the enolate complex of aluminum porphyrin, giving {beta}-ketocarboxylic acid under mild conditions.

  11. Intermediate Filament Diseases: Desminopathy

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    Goldfarb, Lev G.; Olivé, Montse; Vicart, Patrick; Goebel, Hans H.

    2009-01-01

    Desminopathy is one of the most common intermediate filament human disorders associated with mutations in closely interacting proteins, desmin and alphaB-crystallin. The inheritance pattern in familial desminopathy is characterized as autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive, but many cases have no family history. At least some and likely most sporadic desminopathy cases are associated with de novo DES mutations. The age of disease onset and rate of progression may vary depending on the type of inheritance and location of the causative mutation. Typically, the illness presents with lower and later upper limb muscle weakness slowly spreading to involve truncal, neck-flexor, facial and bulbar muscles. Skeletal myopathy is often combined with cardiomyopathy manifested by conduction blocks, arrhythmias and chronic heart failure resulting in premature sudden death. Respiratory muscle weakness is a major complication in some patients. Sections of the affected skeletal and cardiac muscles show abnormal fibre areas containing chimeric aggregates consisting of desmin and other cytoskeletal proteins. Various DES gene mutations: point mutations, an insertion, small in-frame deletions and a larger exon-skipping deletion, have been identified in desminopathy patients. The majority of these mutations are located in conserved alpha-helical segments, but additional mutations have recently been identified in the tail domain. Filament and network assembly studies indicate that most but not all disease-causing mutations make desmin assembly-incompetent and able to disrupt a pre-existing filamentous network in dominant-negative fashion. AlphaB-crystallin serves as a chaperone for desmin preventing its aggregation under various forms of stress; mutant CRYAB causes cardiac and skeletal myopathies identical to those resulting from DES mutations. PMID:19181099

  12. Mononuclear Metal–O2 Complexes Bearing Macrocyclic N-Tetramethylated Cyclam Ligands

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    CHO, JAEHEUNG; SARANGI, RITIMUKTA; NAM, WONWOO

    2013-01-01

    conduct electrophilic reactions such as oxygen atom transfer and C–H bond activation of organic substrates. The metal–peroxo complexes are active oxidants in nucleophilic reactions, such as aldehyde deformylation. We also demonstrate a complete intermolecular O2-transfer from metal(III)–peroxo complexes to a Mn(II) complex. The results presented in this Account show the significance of metal ions and supporting ligands in tuning the geometric and electronic structures and reactivities of the metal–O2 intermediates that are relevant in biology and in biomimetic reactions. PMID:22612523

  13. Transition-metal catalyzed oxidative cross-coupling reactions to form C-C bonds involving organometallic reagents as nucleophiles.

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    Shi, Wei; Liu, Chao; Lei, Aiwen

    2011-05-01

    Transition-metal-catalyzed coupling reactions have become a versatile tool for chemical bond formation. From the variation of the coupling partners, coupling reactions can be classified into three models: traditional coupling, reductive coupling and oxidative coupling. The oxidative coupling, which is different from the traditional coupling, occurs between two nucleophiles. This critical review focuses on transition-metal-catalyzed oxidative coupling reactions involving organometallic reagents as nucleophiles. Since the scope of the oxidative coupling is highly diversified, this paper only reviews the oxidative coupling reactions concerning C-C bond formation, including the coupling between organometal reagents and hydrocarbons as well as coupling between two organometal reagents. Since terminal alkynes are normally activated by metal salts and in situ form the alkynyl metal reagents in coupling reactions, they are directly considered as organometal reagents in this review. Intramolecular oxidative couplings and oxidative cyclizations are not included in this critical review. Moreover, there are many examples of oxidative coupling leading to the formation of functional materials, such as the oxidative polymerization of thiophenes. Since several reviews in these areas have been published they are not included in this review either (99 references).

  14. How Do Nutritional Antioxidants Really Work: Nucleophilic Tone and Para-Hormesis Versus Free Radical Scavenging in vivo

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    Forman, Henry Jay; Davies, Kelvin J. A.; Ursini, Fulvio

    2013-01-01

    We present arguments for an evolution in our understanding of how antioxidants in fruits and vegetables exert their health-protective effects. There is much epidemiological evidence for disease prevention by dietary antioxidants and chemical evidence that such compounds react in one-electron reactions with free radicals in vitro. Nonetheless, kinetic constraints indicate that in vivo scavenging of radicals is ineffective in antioxidant defense. Instead, enzymatic removal of non-radical electrophiles, such as hydroperoxides, in two-electron redox reactions is the major antioxidant mechanism. Furthermore, we propose that a major mechanism of action for nutritional antioxidants is the paradoxical oxidative activation of the Nrf2 (NF-E2-related factor 2) signaling pathway, which maintains protective oxidoreductases and their nucleophilic substrates. This maintenance of ‘Nucleophilic Tone,’ by a mechanism that can be called ‘Para-Hormesis,’ provides a means for regulating physiological non-toxic concentrations of the non-radical oxidant electrophiles that boost antioxidant enzymes, and damage removal and repair systems (for proteins, lipids, and DNA), at the optimal levels consistent with good health. PMID:23747930

  15. A colorimetric detection of acrylamide in potato chips based on nucleophile-initiated thiol-ene Michael addition.

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    Hu, Qinqin; Fu, Yingchun; Xu, Xiahong; Qiao, Zhaohui; Wang, Ronghui; Zhang, Ying; Li, Yanbin

    2016-02-01

    Acrylamide (AA), a neurotoxin and a potential carcinogen, has been found in various thermally processed foods such as potato chips, biscuits, and coffee. Simple, cost-effective, and sensitive methods for the rapid detection of AA are needed to ensure food safety. Herein, a novel colorimetric method was proposed for the visual detection of AA based on a nucleophile-initiated thiol-ene Michael addition reaction. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were aggregated by glutathione (GSH) because of a ligand-replacement, accompanied by a color change from red to purple. In the presence of AA, after the thiol-ene Michael addition reaction between GSH and AA with the catalysis of a nucleophile, the sulfhydryl group of GSH was consumed by AA, which hindered the subsequent ligand-replacement and the aggregation of AuNPs. Therefore, the concentration of AA could be determined by the visible color change caused by dispersion/aggregation of AuNPs. This new method showed high sensitivity with a linear range from 0.1 μmol L(-1) to 80 μmol L(-1) and a detection limit of 28.6 nmol L(-1), and especially revealed better selectivity than the fluorescence sensing method reported previously. Moreover, this new method was used to detect AA in potato chips with a satisfactory result in comparison with the standard methods based on chromatography, which indicated that the colorimetric method can be expanded for the rapid detection of AA in thermally processed foods. PMID:26699696

  16. Masonry. Performance Objectives. Intermediate Course.

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    Thompson, Moses

    Several intermediate performance objectives and corresponding criterion measures are listed for each of 13 terminal objectives for an intermediate masonry course. These materials, developed for a two-semester (3 hours daily) course, are designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary for entry level employment in the field…

  17. Welding. Performance Objectives. Intermediate Course.

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    Vincent, Kenneth

    Several intermediate performance objectives and corresponding criterion measures are listed for each of nine terminal objectives for an intermediate welding course. The materials were developed for a 36-week (3 hours daily) course designed to prepare the student for employment in the field of welding. Electric welding and specialized (TIG & MIG)…

  18. Printing. Performance Objectives. Intermediate Course.

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    Seivert, Chester

    Several intermediate performance objectives and corresponding criterion measures are listed for each of 13 terminal objectives for an intermediate printing course. The materials were developed for a two-semester (3 hours daily) course with specialized classroom, shop, and practical experiences designed to enable the student to develop proficiency…

  19. The structure of formylmethanofuran: tetrahydromethanopterin formyltransferase in complex with its coenzymes.

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    Acharya, Priyamvada; Warkentin, Eberhard; Ermler, Ulrich; Thauer, Rudolf K; Shima, Seigo

    2006-03-31

    Formylmethanofuran:tetrahydromethanopterin formyltransferase is an essential enzyme in the one-carbon metabolism of methanogenic and sulfate-reducing archaea and of methylotrophic bacteria. The enzyme, which is devoid of a prosthetic group, catalyzes the reversible formyl transfer between the two substrates coenzyme methanofuran and coenzyme tetrahydromethanopterin (H4MPT) in a ternary complex catalytic mechanism. The structure of the formyltransferase without its coenzymes has been determined earlier. We report here the structure of the enzyme in complex with both coenzymes at a resolution of 2.0 A. Methanofuran, characterized for the first time in an enzyme structure, is embedded in an elongated cleft at the homodimer interface and fixed by multiple hydrophobic interactions. In contrast, tetrahydromethanopterin is only weakly bound in a shallow and wide cleft that provides two binding sites. It is assumed that the binding of the bulky coenzymes induces conformational changes of the polypeptide in the range of 3A that close the H4MPT binding cleft and position the reactive groups of both substrates optimally for the reaction. The key residue for substrate binding and catalysis is the strictly conserved Glu245. Glu245, embedded in a hydrophobic region and completely buried upon tetrahydromethanopterin binding, is presumably protonated prior to the reaction and is thus able to stabilize the tetrahedral oxyanion intermediate generated by the nucleophilic attack of the N5 atom of tetrahydromethanopterin onto the formyl carbon atom of formylmethanofuran.

  20. Catalytic water oxidation by mononuclear Ru complexes with an anionic ancillary ligand.

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    Tong, Lianpeng; Inge, A Ken; Duan, Lele; Wang, Lei; Zou, Xiaodong; Sun, Licheng

    2013-03-01

    Mononuclear Ru-based water oxidation catalysts containing anionic ancillary ligands have shown promising catalytic efficiency and intriguing properties. However, their insolubility in water restricts a detailed mechanism investigation. In order to overcome this disadvantage, complexes [Ru(II)(bpc)(bpy)OH2](+) (1(+), bpc = 2,2'-bipyridine-6-carboxylate, bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) and [Ru(II)(bpc)(pic)3](+) (2(+), pic = 4-picoline) were prepared and fully characterized, which features an anionic tridentate ligand and has enough solubility for spectroscopic study in water. Using Ce(IV) as an electron acceptor, both complexes are able to catalyze O2-evolving reaction with an impressive rate constant. On the basis of the electrochemical and kinetic studies, a water nucleophilic attack pathway was proposed as the dominant catalytic cycle of the catalytic water oxidation by 1(+), within which several intermediates were detected by MS. Meanwhile, an auxiliary pathway that is related to the concentration of Ce(IV) was also revealed. The effect of anionic ligand regarding catalytic water oxidation was discussed explicitly in comparison with previously reported mononuclear Ru catalysts carrying neutral tridentate ligands, for example, 2,2':6',2″-terpyridine (tpy). When 2(+) was oxidized to the trivalent state, one of its picoline ligands dissociated from the Ru center. The rate constant of picoline dissociation was evaluated from time-resolved UV-vis spectra.

  1. Oxygenation of Organoboronic Acids by a Nonheme Iron(II) Complex: Mimicking Boronic Acid Monooxygenase Activity.

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    Chatterjee, Sayanti; Paine, Tapan Kanti

    2015-10-19

    Phenolic compounds are important intermediates in the bacterial biodegradation of aromatic compounds in the soil. An Arthrobacter sp. strain has been shown to exhibit boronic acid monooxygenase activity through the conversion of different substituted phenylboronic acids to the corresponding phenols using dioxygen. While a number of methods have been reported to cleave the C-B bonds of organoboronic acids, there is no report on biomimetic iron complex exhibiting this activity using dioxygen as the oxidant. In that direction, we have investigated the reactivity of a nucleophilic iron-oxygen oxidant, generated upon oxidative decarboxylation of an iron(II)-benzilate complex [(Tp(Ph2))Fe(II)(benzilate)] (Tp(Ph2) = hydrotris(3,5-diphenyl-pyrazol-1-yl)borate), toward organoboronic acids. The oxidant converts different aryl/alkylboronic acids to the corresponding oxygenated products with the incorporation of one oxygen atom from dioxygen. This method represents an efficient protocol for the oxygenation of boronic acids with dioxygen as the terminal oxidant.

  2. Oxygenation of Organoboronic Acids by a Nonheme Iron(II) Complex: Mimicking Boronic Acid Monooxygenase Activity.

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    Chatterjee, Sayanti; Paine, Tapan Kanti

    2015-10-19

    Phenolic compounds are important intermediates in the bacterial biodegradation of aromatic compounds in the soil. An Arthrobacter sp. strain has been shown to exhibit boronic acid monooxygenase activity through the conversion of different substituted phenylboronic acids to the corresponding phenols using dioxygen. While a number of methods have been reported to cleave the C-B bonds of organoboronic acids, there is no report on biomimetic iron complex exhibiting this activity using dioxygen as the oxidant. In that direction, we have investigated the reactivity of a nucleophilic iron-oxygen oxidant, generated upon oxidative decarboxylation of an iron(II)-benzilate complex [(Tp(Ph2))Fe(II)(benzilate)] (Tp(Ph2) = hydrotris(3,5-diphenyl-pyrazol-1-yl)borate), toward organoboronic acids. The oxidant converts different aryl/alkylboronic acids to the corresponding oxygenated products with the incorporation of one oxygen atom from dioxygen. This method represents an efficient protocol for the oxygenation of boronic acids with dioxygen as the terminal oxidant. PMID:26430780

  3. Airborne acrolein induces keratin-8 (Ser-73) hyperphosphorylation and intermediate filament ubiquitination in bronchiolar lung cell monolayers.

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    Burcham, Philip C; Raso, Albert; Henry, Peter J

    2014-05-01

    The combustion product acrolein is a key mediator of pulmonary edema in victims of smoke inhalation injury. Since studying acrolein toxicity in conventional in vitro systems is complicated by reactivity with nucleophilic culture media constituents, we explored an exposure system which delivers airborne acrolein directly to lung cell monolayers at the air-liquid interface. Calu-3 lung adenocarcinoma cells were maintained on membrane inserts such that the basal surface was bathed in nucleophile-free media while the upper surface remained in contact with acrolein-containing air. Cells were exposed to airborne acrolein for 30 min before they were allowed to recover in fresh media, with cell sampling at defined time points to allow evaluation of toxicity and protein damage. After prior exposure to acrolein, cell ATP levels remained close to controls for 4h but decreased in an exposure-dependent manner by 24h. A loss of transepithelial electrical resistance and increased permeability to fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled dextran preceded ATP loss. Use of antibody arrays to monitor protein expression in exposed monolayers identified strong upregulation of phospho-keratin-8 (Ser(73)) as an early consequence of acrolein exposure. These changes were accompanied by chemical damage to keratin-8 and other intermediate filament family members, while acrolein exposure also resulted in controlled ubiquitination of high mass proteins within the intermediate filament extracts. These findings confirm the usefulness of systems allowing delivery of airborne smoke constituents to lung cell monolayers during studies of the molecular basis for acute smoke intoxication injury.

  4. 'In-Crystallo' Capture of a Michaelis Complex And Product Binding Modes of a Bacterial Phosphotriesterase

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    Jackson, C.J.; Foo, J.-L.; Kim, H.-K.; Carr, P.D.; Liu, J.-W.; Salem, G.; Ollis, D.L.

    2009-05-18

    The mechanism by which the binuclear metallophosphotriesterases (PTEs, E.C. 3.1.8.1) catalyse substrate hydrolysis has been extensively studied. The {mu}-hydroxo bridge between the metal ions has been proposed to be the initiating nucleophile in the hydrolytic reaction. In contrast, analysis of some biomimetic systems has indicated that {mu}-hydroxo bridges are often not themselves nucleophiles, but act as general bases for freely exchangeable nucleophilic water molecules. Herein, we present crystallographic analyses of a bacterial PTE from Agrobacterium radiobacter, OpdA, capturing the enzyme-substrate complex during hydrolysis. This model of the Michaelis complex suggests the alignment of the substrate will favor attack from a solvent molecule terminally coordinated to the {alpha}-metal ion. The bridging of both metal ions by the product, without disruption of the {mu}-hydroxo bridge, is also consistent with nucleophilic attack occurring from the terminal position. When phosphodiesters are soaked into crystals of OpdA, they coordinate bidentately to the {beta}-metal ion, displacing the {mu}-hydroxo bridge. Thus, alternative product-binding modes exist for the PTEs, and it is the bridging mode that appears to result from phosphotriester hydrolysis. Kinetic analysis of the PTE and promiscuous phosphodiesterase activities confirms that the presence of a {mu}-hydroxo bridge during phosphotriester hydrolysis is correlated with a lower pK{sub a} for the nucleophile, consistent with a general base function during catalysis.

  5. Spectroscopic, Electrochemical and Computational Characterisation of Ru Species Involved in Catalytic Water Oxidation: Evidence for a [Ru(V) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)] Intermediate.

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    Casadevall, Carla; Codolà, Zoel; Costas, Miquel; Lloret-Fillol, Julio

    2016-07-11

    A new family of ruthenium complexes based on the N-pentadentate ligand Py2 (Me) tacn (N-methyl-N',N''-bis(2-picolyl)-1,4,7-triazacyclononane) has been synthesised and its catalytic activity has been studied in the water-oxidation (WO) reaction. We have used chemical oxidants (ceric ammonium nitrate and NaIO4 ) to generate the WO intermediates [Ru(II) (OH2 )(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) , [Ru(III) (OH2 )(Py2 (Me) tacn)](3+) , [Ru(III) (OH)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) and [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) , which have been characterised spectroscopically. Their relative redox and pH stability in water has been studied by using UV/Vis and NMR spectroscopies, HRMS and spectroelectrochemistry. [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) has a long half-life (>48 h) in water. The catalytic cycle of WO has been elucidated by using kinetic, spectroscopic, (18) O-labelling and theoretical studies, and the conclusion is that the rate-determining step is a single-site water nucleophilic attack on a metal-oxo species. Moreover, [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) is proposed to be the resting state under catalytic conditions. By monitoring Ce(IV) consumption, we found that the O2 evolution rate is redox-controlled and independent of the initial concentration of Ce(IV) . Based on these facts, we propose herein that [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) is oxidised to [Ru(V) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) prior to attack by a water molecule to give [Ru(III) (OOH)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) . Finally, it is shown that the difference in WO reactivity between the homologous iron and ruthenium [M(OH2 )(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) (M=Ru, Fe) complexes is due to the difference in the redox stability of the key M(V) (O) intermediate. These results contribute to a better understanding of the WO mechanism and the differences between iron and ruthenium complexes in WO reactions.

  6. Spectroscopic, Electrochemical and Computational Characterisation of Ru Species Involved in Catalytic Water Oxidation: Evidence for a [Ru(V) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)] Intermediate.

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    Casadevall, Carla; Codolà, Zoel; Costas, Miquel; Lloret-Fillol, Julio

    2016-07-11

    A new family of ruthenium complexes based on the N-pentadentate ligand Py2 (Me) tacn (N-methyl-N',N''-bis(2-picolyl)-1,4,7-triazacyclononane) has been synthesised and its catalytic activity has been studied in the water-oxidation (WO) reaction. We have used chemical oxidants (ceric ammonium nitrate and NaIO4 ) to generate the WO intermediates [Ru(II) (OH2 )(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) , [Ru(III) (OH2 )(Py2 (Me) tacn)](3+) , [Ru(III) (OH)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) and [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) , which have been characterised spectroscopically. Their relative redox and pH stability in water has been studied by using UV/Vis and NMR spectroscopies, HRMS and spectroelectrochemistry. [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) has a long half-life (>48 h) in water. The catalytic cycle of WO has been elucidated by using kinetic, spectroscopic, (18) O-labelling and theoretical studies, and the conclusion is that the rate-determining step is a single-site water nucleophilic attack on a metal-oxo species. Moreover, [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) is proposed to be the resting state under catalytic conditions. By monitoring Ce(IV) consumption, we found that the O2 evolution rate is redox-controlled and independent of the initial concentration of Ce(IV) . Based on these facts, we propose herein that [Ru(IV) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) is oxidised to [Ru(V) (O)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) prior to attack by a water molecule to give [Ru(III) (OOH)(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) . Finally, it is shown that the difference in WO reactivity between the homologous iron and ruthenium [M(OH2 )(Py2 (Me) tacn)](2+) (M=Ru, Fe) complexes is due to the difference in the redox stability of the key M(V) (O) intermediate. These results contribute to a better understanding of the WO mechanism and the differences between iron and ruthenium complexes in WO reactions. PMID:27324949

  7. Multicomponent reactions of phosphines, diynedioates, and aryl aldehydes generated furans appending reactive phosphorus ylides through cumulated trienoates as key intermediates: a phosphine α-addition-δ-evolvement of an anion pathway.

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    Deng, Jie-Cheng; Chuang, Shih-Ching

    2014-11-01

    Multicomponent reactions of phosphines, diynedioates, and aryl aldehydes have been demonstrated, providing trisubstituted furans appending reactive phosphorus ylides, through cumulated trienoates as key intermediates. The proposed trienoate intermediates, 1,5-dipolar species formed via nucleophilic α-attack of phosphines toward diynedioates (α-addition-δ-evolvement of an anion, abbreviated αAδE), undergo addition to aryl aldehydes followed by 5-endo-dig cyclization, proton transfer, and resonance to give trisubstituted furans. Furthermore, the phosphorus ylides are oxidized to α-keto ester furans and utilized as Wittig reagents.

  8. Near-IR irradiation of the S2 state of the water oxidizing complex of photosystem II at liquid helium temperatures produces the metalloradical intermediate attributed to S1Y(Z*).

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    Koulougliotis, Dionysios; Shen, Jian-Ren; Ioannidis, Nikolaos; Petrouleas, Vasili

    2003-03-18

    conditions has allowed the measurement of the microwave power saturation and the temperature dependence in the temperature range of 3.8-11 K. The signal intensity follows Curie law temperature dependence, which suggests that it arises from a ground spin state, or a very low-lying excited spin state. The P1/2 (microwave power at half-saturation) value is 1.7 mW at 3.8 K and increases to 96 mW at 11 K. The large width of the g = 2.035 signal and its relatively fast relaxation support the assignment to a radical species in the proximity of the Mn cluster. The whole phenomenology of the g = 2.035 signal production is analogous to the effects of NIR excitation on the S3 state [Ioannidis, N., Nugent, J. H. A., and Petrouleas, V. (2002) Biochemistry 41, 9589-9600] producing an S2'Y(Z*) intermediate. In the present case, the intermediate is assigned to S1Y(Z*). The NIR-induced increase in the oxidative capability of the Mn cluster is discussed in relation to the photochemical properties of a Mn(III) ion that exists in both S2 and S3 states. The EPR properties of the S1Y(Z*) intermediate cannot be reconciled easily with our current understanding of the magnetic properties of the S1 state. It is suggested that oxidation of tyr Z alters the magnetic properties of the Mn cluster via exchange of a proton.

  9. The Identity of the Nucleophile Substitution may Influence Metal Interactions with the Cleavage Site of the Minimal Hammerhead Ribozyme

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    Osborne, Edith M.; Ward, W. Luke; Ruehle, Max Z.; DeRose, Victoria J.

    2010-01-01

    Potential metal interactions with the cleavage site of a minimal hammerhead ribozyme (mHHRz) were probed using 31P NMR-detected Cd2+ titration studies of HHRz constructs containing a phosphorothioate (PS) modification at the cleavage site. The mHHRz nucleophile position was replaced by either a 2′-F or a 2′-NH2 in order to block cleavage activity during the study. The 2′-F/PS cleavage site mHHRz construct, in which the 2′-F should closely imitate the atom size and electronegativity of a 2′OH, demonstrates low levels of metal ion association (<1 ppm 31P chemical shift changes). This observation indicates that having an atom size and electrostatic properties that are similar to the 2′-OH are not the governing factors in allowing metal interactions with the scissile phosphate of the mHHRz. With a 2′-NH2 substitution, a large upfield change in 31P NMR chemical shift of the phosphorothioate peak (Δ~3 ppm with 6 equivalents added Cd2+) indicates observable Cd2+ interactions with the substituted site. Since a 2′-NH2, but not a 2′-F, can serve as a metal ligand, these data suggest that a metal ion interaction with the HHRz cleavage site may include both the scissile phosphate and the 2′ nucleophile. Control samples in which the 2′-NH2/PS unit is placed either next to the mHHRz cleavage site (at U16.1), in a duplex, or in a amUPSU dinucleotide, show much weaker interactions with Cd2+. Results with these control samples indicate that simply the presence of a 2′-NH2/PS unit does not create a strong metal binding site, reinforcing the possibility that the 2′-NH2-moderated Cd-PS interaction is specific to the mHHRz cleavage site. Upfield chemical shifts of both 31P and H2′ 1H resonances in amUPSU are observed with addition of Cd2+, consistent with the predicted metal coordination to both 2′-NH2 and phosphorothioate ligands. These data suggest that metal ion association with the HHRz cleavage site may include an interaction with the 2

  10. Bioactivation of 4-ipomeanol by CYP4B1: adduct characterization and evidence for an enedial intermediate.

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    Baer, Brian R; Rettie, Allan E; Henne, Kirk R

    2005-05-01

    4-Ipomeanol (IPO) is a pneumotoxin that is bioactivated to a reactive intermediate that binds to DNA and other cellular macromolecules. Despite over 30 years of research in this area, detailed structural information on the nature of the IPO reactive intermediate is still lacking. In the present study, we reacted IPO with rabbit CYP4B1 in the presence of exogenous nucleophiles and analyzed the products by liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry. Coincubation of IPO and rabbit CYP4B1 with glutathione gave rise to multiple products due likely to the presence of both sulfur and nitrogen nucleophiles in the same trapping molecule. Reaction mixtures containing equimolar N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and N-acetyl lysine (NAL) provided a major NADPH- and CYP4B1-dependent product. A combination of high-resolution mass spectrometry and two-dimensional NMR analysis following large-scale isolation of the biologically derived material provided evidence for an N-substituted cysteinyl pyrrole derivative of IPO, analogous to that characterized previously in model chemical studies conducted with cis-2-butene-1,4-dial. Purified native rabbit lung CYP4B1 and purified recombinant rabbit CYP4B1 produced the trapped NAC/NAL-IPO pyrrole adduct at rates of 600-700 nmol/nmol P450/30 min. A panel of 14 commercially available recombinant human CYPs was also studied, and substantial rates of IPO bioactivation (>100 nmol/nmol/30 min) were observed with CYP1A2, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4. These studies provide evidence for the formation of an enedial reactive intermediate during CYP-mediated IPO bioactivation, identify multiple human liver P450s capable of IPO bioactivation, and demonstrate that the same reactive intermediate is formed by both rabbit CYP4B1 and human P450s. PMID:15892579

  11. Moving beyond Intermediate English Proficiency

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    Jewell, Mary

    2009-01-01

    Too many English learners get stuck at intermediate levels of English language proficiency. In this article, teacher Mary Jewell describes how she uses literature and scaffolds to ensure that students develop academic language.

  12. Ruthenium Vinyl Carbene Intermediates in Enyne Metathesis

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    Diver, Steven T.

    2009-01-01

    This review provides an overview of ruthenium vinyl carbene reactivity as it relates to enyne metathesis. Methods for the synthesis of metathesis-active and metathesis-inactive complexes are also summarized. Some of the early hypotheses about vinyl carbene intermediates in enyne metatheses were tested in the arena of synthetic chemistry and subsequently led to mechanistic studies. In these two areas, studies from the author's labs are described. There are still many unresolved questions in enyne metathesis that trace back to vinyl carbene reactivity. Hopefully this review will stimulate further investigation into vinyl carbene reactivity which should further refine our understanding of catalytic enyne metathesis. PMID:19590747

  13. Facile Synthesis of Functionalized Carbene Metal Complexes from Coordinated Isonitriles.

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    Lothschütz, Christian; Wurm, Thomas; Zeiler, Anna; Freiherr V Falkenhausen, Alexander; Rudolph, Matthias; Rominger, Frank; Hashmi, A Stephen K

    2016-02-01

    The scope and limitations of the isonitrile-based NHC template synthesis were investigated with a series of precursors containing a nucleophilic amine in combination with tethered electrophiles. In the case of alkynes and phosphonic esters as electrophiles no ring closure was observed and new functionalized NAC gold complexes were obtained. By the use of unsaturated esters and phosphonic esters as Michael acceptors in the amine precursors, ester-modified gold and palladium NHC complexes were accessible in high efficiency. PMID:26033484

  14. Cationic palladium(ii)-catalyzed dehydrative nucleophilic substitutions of benzhydryl alcohols with electron-deficient benzenethiols in water.

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    Hikawa, Hidemasa; Machino, Yumo; Toyomoto, Mariko; Kikkawa, Shoko; Azumaya, Isao

    2016-08-01

    An efficient direct nucleophilic substitution of benzhydryl alcohols with electron-deficient benzenethiols using cationic Pd(ii) catalysts as Lewis acids in water is reported. Atom economical and environmentally benign protocols afford S-benzylated products in moderate to excellent yields. Commercially available Pd(MeCN)4(OTf)2, PdCl2(MeCN)2, and Na2PdCl4 are highly efficient catalysts. Notably, this simple protocol can be achieved without any other additives such as acids, bases, or external ligands. A Hammett study on the rate constants of S-benzylation by using various substituted benzhydryl alcohols yielded negative ρ values, suggesting that there is a build-up of positive charge in the transition state. PMID:27363665

  15. Native functionality in triple catalytic cross-coupling: sp³ C-H bonds as latent nucleophiles.

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    Shaw, Megan H; Shurtleff, Valerie W; Terrett, Jack A; Cuthbertson, James D; MacMillan, David W C

    2016-06-10

    The use of sp(3) C-H bonds--which are ubiquitous in organic molecules--as latent nucleophile equivalents for transition metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions has the potential to substantially streamline synthetic efforts in organic chemistry while bypassing substrate activation steps. Through the combination of photoredox-mediated hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) and nickel catalysis, we have developed a highly selective and general C-H arylation protocol that activates a wide array of C-H bonds as native functional handles for cross-coupling. This mild approach takes advantage of a tunable HAT catalyst that exhibits predictable reactivity patterns based on enthalpic and bond polarity considerations to selectively functionalize α-amino and α-oxy sp(3) C-H bonds in both cyclic and acyclic systems.

  16. Native functionality in triple catalytic cross-coupling: sp³ C-H bonds as latent nucleophiles.

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    Shaw, Megan H; Shurtleff, Valerie W; Terrett, Jack A; Cuthbertson, James D; MacMillan, David W C

    2016-06-10

    The use of sp(3) C-H bonds--which are ubiquitous in organic molecules--as latent nucleophile equivalents for transition metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions has the potential to substantially streamline synthetic efforts in organic chemistry while bypassing substrate activation steps. Through the combination of photoredox-mediated hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) and nickel catalysis, we have developed a highly selective and general C-H arylation protocol that activates a wide array of C-H bonds as native functional handles for cross-coupling. This mild approach takes advantage of a tunable HAT catalyst that exhibits predictable reactivity patterns based on enthalpic and bond polarity considerations to selectively functionalize α-amino and α-oxy sp(3) C-H bonds in both cyclic and acyclic systems. PMID:27127237

  17. Biphenyl-derived phosphepines as chiral nucleophilic catalysts: enantioselective [4+1] annulations to form functionalized cyclopentenes.

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    Ziegler, Daniel T; Riesgo, Lorena; Ikeda, Takuya; Fujiwara, Yuji; Fu, Gregory C

    2014-11-24

    Because of the frequent occurrence of cyclopentane subunits in bioactive compounds, the development of efficient catalytic asymmetric methods for their synthesis is an important objective. Introduced herein is a new family of chiral nucleophilic catalysts, biphenyl-derived phosphepines, and we apply them to an enantioselective variant of a useful [4+1] annulation. A range of one-carbon coupling partners can be employed, thereby generating cyclopentenes which bear a fully substituted stereocenter [either all-carbon or heteroatom-substituted (sulfur and phosphorus)]. Stereocenters at the other four positions of the cyclopentane ring can also be introduced with good stereoselectivity. An initial mechanistic study indicates that phosphine addition to the electrophilic four-carbon coupling partner is not the turnover-limiting step of the catalytic cycle.

  18. 5(6)-anti-Substituted-2-azabicyclo[2.1.1]hexanes. A Nucleophilic Displacement Route

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    Krow, Grant R.; Edupuganti, Ram; Gandla, Deepa; Choudhary, Amit; Lin, Guoliang; Sonnet, Philip E.; DeBrosse, Charles; Ross, Charles W.; Cannon, Kevin C.; Raines, Ronald T.

    2012-01-01

    Nucleophilic displacements of 5(6)-anti-bromo substituents in 2-azabicyclo[2.1.1]hexanes (methanopyrrolidines) have been accomplished. These displacements have produced 5-anti-X-6-anti-Y-difunctionalized-2-azabicyclo[2.1.1]hexanes containing bromo, fluoro, acetoxy, hydroxy, azido, imidazole, thiophenyl, and iodo substituents. Such displacements of anti-bromide ions require an amine nitrogen and are a function of the solvent and the choice of metal salt. Reaction rates were faster and product yields were higher in DMSO when compared to DMF and with CsOAc compared to NaOAc. Sodium or lithium salts gave products, except with NaF, where silver fluoride in nitromethane was best for substitution by fluoride. The presence of electron-withdrawing F, OAc, N3, Br, or SPh substituents in the 6-anti-position slows bromide displacements at the 5-anti-position. PMID:19799411

  19. Iminoboronate Formation Leads to Fast and Reversible Conjugation Chemistry of α-Nucleophiles at Neutral pH.

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    Bandyopadhyay, Anupam; Gao, Jianmin

    2015-10-12

    Bioorthogonal reactions that are fast and reversible under physiological conditions are in high demand for biological applications. Herein, it is shown that an ortho boronic acid substituent makes aryl ketones rapidly conjugate with α-nucleophiles at neutral pH. Specifically, 2-acetylphenylboronic acid and derivatives were found to conjugate with phenylhydrazine with rate constants of 10(2) to 10(3) M(-1) s(-1) , comparable to the fastest bioorthogonal conjugations known to date. (11) B NMR analysis revealed the varied extent of iminoboronate formation of the conjugates, in which the imine nitrogen forms a dative bond with boron. The iminoboronate formation activates the imines for hydrolysis and exchange, rendering these oxime/hydrazone conjugations reversible and dynamic under physiological conditions. The fast and dynamic nature of the iminoboronate chemistry should find wide applications in biology.

  20. Synthesis and nucleophilic reactivity of a series of glutathione analogues, modified at the gamma-glutamyl moiety.

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    Adang, A E; Duindam, A J; Brussee, J; Mulder, G J; van der Gen, A

    1988-01-01

    A series of GSH analogues with modifications at the gamma-glutamyl moiety was synthesized and purified by following peptide chemistry methodology. Benzyl, benzyloxycarbonyl and t-butyloxycarbonyl protective groups were used to protect individual amino acid functional groups. The formation of peptide bonds was accomplished through coupling of free amino groups with active esters, generated by reaction of the carboxylate functions with dicyclohexylcarbodi-imide and 1-hydroxybenzotriazole. The protecting groups in the tripeptides were removed in a single step by using Na in liquid NH3. Precautions were taken in order to prevent oxidation of the thiol function in the cysteine residue. Thus GSH analogues containing both L- and D-glutamic acid and L- and D-aspartic acid, coupled to cysteinylglycine through both the alpha- and the omega-carboxylate group, were synthesized. Also, decarboxy-GSH and deamino-GSH, lacking one functional group in the glutamate moiety, were prepared. The spontaneous non-enzyme-catalysed nucleophilic reaction of these GSH analogues with the electrophilic model substrate 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene showed appreciable rate differences, indicating the importance of intramolecular interactions in determining the nucleophilic reactivity of the thiol function in the cysteine residue. In particular, the free amino group in the gamma-L-glutamic acid residue appears to play a crucial role in activating the thiol group in GSH. In an adjacent paper [Adang, Brussee, Meyer, Coles, Ketterer, van der Gen & Mulder (1988) Biochem. J. 255, 721-724] these results are compared with those obtained in a study on the ability of these GSH analogues to act as a co-substrate in the glutathione S-transferase-catalysed conjugation reaction with 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene. PMID:2904808

  1. Accretion characteristics in intermediate polars

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    Parker, Tracey Louise

    This thesis concerns the class of interacting binaries known as intermediate polars (IPs). These are semi-detached magnetic cataclysmic variable systems in which a red dwarf secondary transfers material via Roche lobe overflow onto a white dwarf (WD). The magnetic field of the white dwarf (~10 6 to 10 7 Gauss) plays an important part in determining the type of accretion flow from the secondary. In chapter 1, I discuss binary systems in general, moving on to a more in depth look at Intermediate polars (IPs), their geometry and characteristics, ending with a brief look at all known IPs to date. In the first part of the thesis I present an analysis of the X-ray lightcurves in 16 IPs in order to examine the possible cause of the orbital modulation. I show that X-ray orbital modulation is widespread amongst IN, but not ubiquitous. The orbital modulation is most likely due to photoelectric absorption in material at the edge of the accretion disk. Assuming a random distribution of inclination angles, the fact that such a modulation is seen in seven systems out of sixteen studied (plus two eclipsing systems) implies that modulations are visible at inclination angles in excess of 60°. It is also apparent that these modulations can appear and disappear on timescales of ~years or months in an individual system, which may be evidence for precessing, tilted accretion disks. In the second half of the thesis I use a particle hydrodynamical code known as HyDisc, to investigate the accretion flows in IPs, as a function of parameter space for two dipole models. One where we assume that the density and size scale of the blobs being accreted are constant which we refer to as the n 6 model, and the other where the size scale and density of the accreted blobs are not constant referred to as the n 3 model. I show that the accretion flow can take the form of an accretion disk, accretion stream, propeller accretion and ring accretion for the n 3 model and stream and disk accretion in the

  2. Intermediate ions in the atmosphere

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    Tammet, Hannes; Komsaare, Kaupo; Hõrrak, Urmas

    2014-01-01

    Intermediate air ions are charged nanometer-sized aerosol particles with an electric mobility of about 0.03-0.5 cm2 V- 1 s- 1 and a diameter of about 1.5-7.5 nm. Intensive studies of new particle formation provided good knowledge about intermediate ions during burst events of atmospheric aerosol nucleation. Information about intermediate ions during quiet periods between the bursts remained poor. The new mobility analyzer SIGMA can detect air ions at concentrations of mobility fractions of about 1 cm- 3 and enables studying intermediate ions during quiet periods. It became evident that intermediate ions always exist in atmospheric air and should be considered an indicator and a mediator of aerosol nucleation. The annual average concentration of intermediate ions of one polarity in Tartu, Estonia, was about 40 cm- 3 while 5% of the measurements showed a concentration of less than 10 cm- 3. The fraction concentrations in logarithmic 1/8-decade mobility bins between 0.1 and 0.4 cm2 V- 1 s- 1 often dropped below 1 cm- 3. The bursts of intermediate ions at stations separated by around 100 km appeared to be correlated. The lifespan of intermediate ions in the atmosphere is a few minutes, and they cannot be carried by wind over long distances. Thus the observed long-range correlation of intermediate ions is explained by simultaneous changes in air composition in widely spaced stations. A certain amount of intermediate ion bursts, predominantly of negative polarity, are produced by the balloelectric effect at the splashing of water drops during rain. These bursts are usually excluded when speaking about new particle formation because the balloelectric particles are assumed not to grow to the size of the Aitken mode. The mobility distribution of balloelectric ions is uniform in shape in all measurements. The maximum is located at a mobility of about 0.2 cm2 V- 1 s- 1, which corresponds to the diameter of particles of about 2.5 nm.

  3. Synthesis of Aryl-Substituted 2,4-Dinitrophenylamines: Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution as a Problem-Solving and Collaborative-Learning Approach

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    Santos, Elvira Santos; Garcia, Irma Cruz Gavilan; Gomez, Eva Florencia Lejarazo; Vilchis-Reyes, Miguel Angel

    2010-01-01

    A series of experiments based on problem-solving and collaborative-learning pedagogies are described that encourage students to interpret results and draw conclusions from data. Different approaches including parallel library synthesis, solvent variation, and leaving group variation are used to study a nucleophilic aromatic substitution of…

  4. Synthesis of N-allylideneamines and their use for the double nucleophilic addition of ketene silyl (thio)acetals and trimethylsilyl cyanide.

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    Mizota, Isao; Matsuda, Yuri; Hachiya, Iwao; Shimizu, Makoto

    2008-09-18

    N-Allylideneamines 1a, b were prepared from acrolein and diphenylethyl or trityl amine in the presence of Ti(OEt)4. Double nucleophilic addition of various ketene silyl (thio)acetals and trimethylsilyl cyanide to these imines proceeded efficiently to give, after workup with TFA, homoglutamic acid derivatives 3 and valerolactam 5.

  5. Origin of Enhanced Reactivity of a Microsolvated Nucleophile in Ion Pair SN2 Reactions: The Cases of Sodium p-Nitrophenoxide with Halomethanes in Acetone.

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    Li, Qiang-Gen; Xu, Ke; Ren, Yi

    2015-04-30

    In a kinetic experiment on the SN2 reaction of sodium p-nitrophenoxide with iodomethane in acetone-water mixed solvent, Humeres et al. (J. Org. Chem. 2001, 66, 1163) found that the reaction depends strongly on the medium, and the fastest rate constant was observed in pure acetone. The present work tries to explore why acetone can enhance the reactivity of the title reactions. Accordingly, we make a mechanistic study on the reactions of sodium p-nitrophenoxide with halomethanes (CH3X, X = Cl, Br, I) in acetone by using a supramolecular/continuum model at the PCM-MP2/6-311+G(d,p)//B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) level, in which the ion pair nucleophile is microsolvated by one to three acetone molecules. We compared the reactivity of the microsolvated ion pair nucleophiles with solvent-free ion pair and anionic ones. Our results clearly reveal that the microsolvated ion pair nucleophile is favorable for the SN2 reactions; meanwhile, the origin of the enhanced reactivity induced by microsolvation of the nucleophile is discussed in terms of the geometries of transition state (TS) structures and activation strain model, suggesting that lower deformation energies and stronger interaction energies between the deformed reactants in the TS lead to the lower overall reaction barriers for the SN2 reaction of microsolvated sodium p-nitrophenoxide toward halomethanes in acetone.

  6. Substituent controlled reactivity switch: selective synthesis of α-diazoalkylphosphonates or vinylphosphonates via nucleophilic substitution of alkyl bromides with Bestmann-Ohira reagent.

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    Pramanik, Mukund M D; Chaturvedi, Atul Kumar; Rastogi, Namrata

    2014-11-01

    We report a substituent controlled nucleophilic displacement of alkyl bromides with Bestmann-Ohira reagent yielding either dimethyl diazoalkylphosphonates or (E)-vinylphosphonates. The dimethyl diazoalkylphosphonates could be readily converted into corresponding (E)-vinylphosphonates in the presence of Cu following nitrogen elimination in quantitative yields.

  7. Base or nucleophile? DFT finally elucidates the origin of the selectivity between the competitive reactions triggered by MeLi or LDA on propanal.

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    Marchois, J; Fressigné, C; Lecachey, B; Maddaluno, J

    2015-06-18

    The competition between basicity and nucleophilicity of two standard organolithium reagents was studied using DFT. Comparing the reactivity of solvated (MeLi)2 and (LDA)2 toward propanal finally explains why methyllithium adds onto the carbonyl while LDA deprotonates the α-position, in accord with experiment and Ireland's deprotonation TS.

  8. Aminolysis of phenyl N-phenylcarbamate via an isocyanate intermediate: theory and experiment.

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    Ilieva, Sonia; Nalbantova, Didi; Hadjieva, Boriana; Galabov, Boris

    2013-07-01

    A comprehensive examination of the mechanism of the uncatalyzed and base-catalyzed aminolysis of phenyl N-phenylcarbamate by theoretical quantum mechanical methods at M06-2X/6-311+G(2d,2p) and B3LYP-D3/6-31G(d,p) levels, combined with an IR spectroscopic study of the reaction, was carried out. Three alternative reaction channels were theoretically characterized: concerted, stepwise via a tetrahedral intermediate, and stepwise involving an isocyanate intermediate. In contrast to dominating views, the theoretical results revealed that the reaction pathway through the isocyanate intermediate (E1cB) is energetically favored. These conclusions were supported by an IR spectroscopic investigation of the interactions of phenyl N-phenylcarbamate with several amines possessing varying basicities and nucleophilicities: n-butylamine, diethylamine, triethylamine, N-methylpyrrolidine, and trimethylamine. The reactivity of substituted phenyl N-phenylcarbamates in the aminolysis reaction was rationalized using theoretical and experimental reactivity indexes: electrostatic potential at nuclei (EPN), Hirshfeld and NBO atomic charges, and Hammett constants. The obtained quantitative relationships between these property descriptors and experimental kinetic constants reported in the literature emphasize the usefulness of theoretical parameters (EPN, atomic charges) in characterizing chemical reactivity.

  9. Stabilization of the ADP/metaphosphate intermediate during ATP hydrolysis in pre-power stroke myosin: quantitative anatomy of an enzyme.

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    Kiani, Farooq Ahmad; Fischer, Stefan

    2013-12-01

    It has been proposed recently that ATP hydrolysis in ATPase enzymes proceeds via an initial intermediate in which the dissociated γ-phosphate of ATP is bound in the protein as a metaphosphate (PγO3(-)). A combined quantum/classical analysis of this dissociated nucleotide state inside myosin provides a quantitative understanding of how the enzyme stabilizes this unusual metaphosphate. Indeed, in vacuum, the energy of the ADP(3-) · PγO3(-) · Mg(2+) complex is much higher than that of the undissociated ATP(4-). The protein brings it to a surprisingly low value. Energy decomposition reveals how much each interaction in the protein stabilizes the metaphosphate state; backbone peptides of the P-loop contribute 50% of the stabilization energy, and the side chain of Lys-185(+) contributes 25%. This can be explained by the fact that these groups make strong favorable interactions with the α- and β-phosphates, thus favoring the charge distribution of the metaphosphate state over that of the ATP state. Further stabilization (16%) is achieved by a hydrogen bond between the backbone C=O of Ser-237 (on loop Switch-1) and a water molecule perfectly positioned to attack the PγO3(-) in the subsequent hydrolysis step. The planar and singly negative PγO3(-) is a much better target for the subsequent nucleophilic attack by a negatively charged OH(-) than the tetrahedral and doubly negative PγO4(2-) group of ATP. Therefore, we argue that the present mechanism of metaphosphate stabilization is common to the large family of nucleotide-hydrolyzing enzymes. Methodologically, this work presents a computational approach that allows us to obtain a truly quantitative conception of enzymatic strategy. PMID:24165121

  10. Ionic S(N)i-Si Nucleophilic Substitution in N-Methylaniline-Induced Si-Si Bond Cleavages of Si2Cl6.

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    Zhang, Jie; Xie, Ju; Lee, Myong Euy; Zhang, Lin; Zuo, Yujing; Feng, Shengyu

    2016-03-24

    N-Methylaniline-induced Si-Si bond cleavage of Si2Cl6 has been theoretically studied. All calculations were performed by using DFT at the MPWB1K/6-311++G(3df,2p)//MPWB1K/6-31+G(d,p) levels. An ionic SN i-Si nucleophilic substitution mechanism, which is a newly found nucleophilic substitution in silicon-containing compounds, is proposed in the N-methylaniline-induced Si-Si bond cleavage in Si2Cl6. Unlike general S(N)i-Si nucleophilic substitutions that go through a pentacoordinated silicon transition state, ionic nucleophilic substitution goes through a tetracoordinated silicon transition state, in which the Si-Si bond is broken and siliconium ions are formed. Special cleavage of the Si-Si bond is presumably due to the good bonding strength between Si and N atoms, which leads to polarization of the Si-Si bond and eventually to heterolytic cleavage. Calculation results show that, in excess N-methylaniline, the final products of the reaction, including (NMePh)(3-n) SiHCl(n) (n=0-2) and (NMePh)(4-n) SiCl(n) (n=2-3), are the Si-Si cleavage products of Si2Cl6 and the corresponding amination products of the former. The ionic S(N)i-Si nucleophilic substitution mechanism can also be employed to describe the amination of chlorosilane by N-methylaniline. The suggested mechanisms are consistent with experimental data.

  11. Structural Insights into Intermediate Steps in the Sir2 Deacetylation Reaction

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    Hawse, William F.; Hoff, Kevin G.; Fatkins, David G.; Daines, Alison; Zubkova, Olga V.; Schramm, Vern L.; Zheng, Weiping; Wolberger, Cynthia

    2010-07-22

    Sirtuin enzymes comprise a unique class of NAD{sup +}-dependent protein deacetylases. Although structures of many sirtuin complexes have been determined, structural resolution of intermediate chemical steps are needed to understand the deacetylation mechanism. We report crystal structures of the bacterial sirtuin, Sir2Tm, in complex with an S-alkylamidate intermediate, analogous to the naturally occurring O-alkylamidate intermediate, and a Sir2Tm ternary complex containing a dissociated NAD{sup +} analog and acetylated peptide. The structures and biochemical studies reveal critical roles for the invariant active site histidine in positioning the reaction intermediate, and for a conserved phenylalanine residue in shielding reaction intermediates from base exchange with nicotinamide. The new structural and biochemical studies provide key mechanistic insight into intermediate steps of the Sir2 deacetylation reaction.

  12. Reactions of the bis(dialkylphosphino)methane complexes Pd2X2(μ-R2PCH2PR2)2 (X = halogen, R = Me or Et) with H2S, S8, COS, and CS2; detection of reaction intermediates.

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    Pamplin, Craig B; Rettig, Steven J; Patrick, Brian O; James, Brian R

    2011-09-01

    The Pd(2)X(2)(dmpm)(2) complexes [X = Cl (1a), Br (1b), I (1c); dmpm = bis(dimethylphosphino)methane. In all the dipalladium complexes mentioned in this paper, the dmpm, depm, and dppm ligands (unless stated otherwise) are bridging, but for convenience the μ-symbol is omitted.] react with H(2)S to yield H(2) and the bridged-sulfido complexes Pd(2)X(2)(μ-S)(dmpm)(2) (2a-c), of which 2a and 2b are structurally characterized. With 1a, two rapid reversible equilibria are observed by NMR spectroscopy below -30 °C, and two reaction intermediates are detected; both are likely hydrido(mercapto) species. Reaction of 1a with 1 equiv of elemental sulfur also yields 2a. The reaction of 1a with COS results in the initial formation of Pd(2)Cl(2)(μ-COS)(dmpm)(2) (3) that undergoes decarbonylation to yield 2a and Pd(2)Cl(2)(μ-CO)(dmpm)(2) (4), which is also formed via reversible insertion of the CO into the Pd-Pd bond of 1a. The solid-state molecular structure of the previously reported complex Pd(2)Cl(2)(μ-CS(2))(dmpm)(2) (5), together with solution NMR data for 3 and 5, reveal that the bridging heterocumulene ligands coordinate in an η(2)-C,S fashion. Analogous findings were made for the corresponding Pd(2)X(2)(depm)(2) complexes [X = Cl (1a'), Br (1b'), I (1c'); depm = bis(diethylphosphino)methane], although no μ-COS species was detected. The Pd(2)X(2)(μ-S)(depm)(2) complex was structurally characterized. Differences in the chemistry of the previously studied, corresponding dppm systems (dppm = bis(diphenylphosphino)methane) are discussed.

  13. Structure and reactivity of bis(silyl) dihydride complexes (PMe(3))(3)Ru(SiR(3))(2)(H)(2): model compounds and real intermediates in a dehydrogenative C-Si bond forming reaction.

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    Dioumaev, Vladimir K; Yoo, Bok R; Procopio, Leo J; Carroll, Patrick J; Berry, Donald H

    2003-07-23

    A series of stable complexes, (PMe(3))(3)Ru(SiR(3))(2)(H)(2) ((SiR(3))(2) = (SiH(2)Ph)(2), 3a; (SiHPh(2))(2), 3b; (SiMe(2)CH(2)CH(2)SiMe(2)), 3c), has been synthesized by the reaction of hydridosilanes with (PMe(3))(3)Ru(SiMe(3))H(3) or (PMe(3))(4)Ru(SiMe(3))H. Compounds 3a and 3c adopt overall pentagonal bipyramidal geometries in solution and the solid state, with phosphine and silyl ligands defining trigonal bipyramids and ruthenium hydrides arranged in the equatorial plane. Compound 3a exhibits meridional phosphines, with both silyl ligands equatorial, whereas the constraints of the chelate in 3c result in both axial and equatorial silyl environments and facial phosphines. Although there is no evidence for agostic Si-H interactions in 3a and 3b, the equatorial silyl group in 3c is in close contact with one hydride (1.81(4) A) and is moderately close to the other hydride (2.15(3) A) in the solid state and solution (nu(Ru.H.Si) = 1740 cm(-)(1) and nu(RuH) = 1940 cm(-)(1)). The analogous bis(silyl) dihydride, (PMe(3))(3)Ru(SiMe(3))(2)(H)(2) (3d), is not stable at room temperature, but can be generated in situ at low temperature from the 16e(-) complex (PMe(3))(3)Ru(SiMe(3))H (1) and HSiMe(3). Complexes 3b and 3d have been characterized by multinuclear, variable temperature NMR and appear to be isostructural with 3a. All four complexes exhibit dynamic NMR spectra, but the slow exchange limit could not be observed for 3c. Treatment of 1 with HSiMe(3) at room temperature leads to formation of (PMe(3))(3)Ru(SiMe(2)CH(2)SiMe(3))H(3) (4b) via a CH functionalization process critical to catalytic dehydrocoupling of HSiMe(3) at higher temperatures. Closer inspection of this reaction between -110 and -10 degrees C by NMR reveals a plethora of silyl hydride phosphine complexes formed by ligand redistribution prior to CH activation. Above ca. 0 degrees C this mixture converts cleanly via silane dehydrogenation to the very stable tris(phosphine) trihydride carbosilyl complex 4b

  14. On the mechanism of imine elimination from Fischer tungsten carbene complexes

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    Veit, Philipp

    2016-01-01

    Summary (Aminoferrocenyl)(ferrocenyl)carbene(pentacarbonyl)tungsten(0) (CO)5W=C(NHFc)Fc (W(CO) 5 ( E -2)) is synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the ethoxy group of (CO)5W=C(OEt)Fc (M(CO) 5 (1 Et )) by ferrocenyl amide Fc-NH– (Fc = ferrocenyl). W(CO) 5 ( E -2) thermally and photochemically eliminates bulky E-1,2-diferrocenylimine (E -3) via a formal 1,2-H shift from the N to the carbene C atom. Kinetic and mechanistic studies to the formation of imine E -3 are performed by NMR, IR and UV–vis spectroscopy and liquid injection field desorption ionization (LIFDI) mass spectrometry as well as by trapping experiments for low-coordinate tungsten complexes with triphenylphosphane. W(CO) 5 ( E -2) decays thermally in a first-order rate-law with a Gibbs free energy of activation of ΔG ‡ 298K = 112 kJ mol−1. Three proposed mechanistic pathways are taken into account and supported by detailed (time-dependent) densitiy functional theory [(TD)-DFT] calculations. The preferred pathway is initiated by an irreversible CO dissociation, followed by an oxidative addition/pseudorotation/reductive elimination pathway with short-lived, elusive seven-coordinate hydrido tungsten(II) intermediates cis (N,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15) and cis (C,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15). PMID:27559381

  15. On the mechanism of imine elimination from Fischer tungsten carbene complexes.

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    Veit, Philipp; Förster, Christoph; Heinze, Katja

    2016-01-01

    (Aminoferrocenyl)(ferrocenyl)carbene(pentacarbonyl)tungsten(0) (CO)5W=C(NHFc)Fc (W(CO) 5 ( E -2)) is synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the ethoxy group of (CO)5W=C(OEt)Fc (M(CO) 5 (1 (Et) )) by ferrocenyl amide Fc-NH(-) (Fc = ferrocenyl). W(CO) 5 ( E -2) thermally and photochemically eliminates bulky E-1,2-diferrocenylimine ( E -3) via a formal 1,2-H shift from the N to the carbene C atom. Kinetic and mechanistic studies to the formation of imine E -3 are performed by NMR, IR and UV-vis spectroscopy and liquid injection field desorption ionization (LIFDI) mass spectrometry as well as by trapping experiments for low-coordinate tungsten complexes with triphenylphosphane. W(CO) 5 ( E -2) decays thermally in a first-order rate-law with a Gibbs free energy of activation of ΔG (‡) 298K = 112 kJ mol(-1). Three proposed mechanistic pathways are taken into account and supported by detailed (time-dependent) densitiy functional theory [(TD)-DFT] calculations. The preferred pathway is initiated by an irreversible CO dissociation, followed by an oxidative addition/pseudorotation/reductive elimination pathway with short-lived, elusive seven-coordinate hydrido tungsten(II) intermediates cis (N,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15) and cis (C,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15).

  16. Final Report for: "Bis-pi-allylpalladium Complexes in Catalysis of Multicomponent Reactions"

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    Malinakova, H. C.; Shiota, Atsushi

    2012-06-29

    The research project involved the development of new and functionally improved Pd(II) catalyst for a three-component reaction of boronic acids, allenes and imines to afford homoallylic amines that are useful in synthesis of biologically active heterocycles. Furthermore, insights into the reaction mechanism and the structure and reactivity of the catalytically active intermediates involved in this process were sought. As a result of this work, a new type of Pd-catalysts possessing an auxiliary ligand attached to the Pd center via a C-Pd and N-Pd bonds were identified, and found to be more active than the traditional catalysts derived from Pd(OAc)2. The new catalysts provided an access to a broader range of homoallylic amine products. Although the final unequivocal evidence regarding the structure of the Pd(II) complex involved in the nucleophilic transfer of the allyl fragment from the palladium center to the imine could not be obtained, mechanistic insights into the events that are detrimental to the activity of the originally reported Pd(OAc)2-based catalytic systems were uncovered.

  17. On the mechanism of imine elimination from Fischer tungsten carbene complexes.

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    Veit, Philipp; Förster, Christoph; Heinze, Katja

    2016-01-01

    (Aminoferrocenyl)(ferrocenyl)carbene(pentacarbonyl)tungsten(0) (CO)5W=C(NHFc)Fc (W(CO) 5 ( E -2)) is synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the ethoxy group of (CO)5W=C(OEt)Fc (M(CO) 5 (1 (Et) )) by ferrocenyl amide Fc-NH(-) (Fc = ferrocenyl). W(CO) 5 ( E -2) thermally and photochemically eliminates bulky E-1,2-diferrocenylimine ( E -3) via a formal 1,2-H shift from the N to the carbene C atom. Kinetic and mechanistic studies to the formation of imine E -3 are performed by NMR, IR and UV-vis spectroscopy and liquid injection field desorption ionization (LIFDI) mass spectrometry as well as by trapping experiments for low-coordinate tungsten complexes with triphenylphosphane. W(CO) 5 ( E -2) decays thermally in a first-order rate-law with a Gibbs free energy of activation of ΔG (‡) 298K = 112 kJ mol(-1). Three proposed mechanistic pathways are taken into account and supported by detailed (time-dependent) densitiy functional theory [(TD)-DFT] calculations. The preferred pathway is initiated by an irreversible CO dissociation, followed by an oxidative addition/pseudorotation/reductive elimination pathway with short-lived, elusive seven-coordinate hydrido tungsten(II) intermediates cis (N,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15) and cis (C,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15). PMID:27559381

  18. Intermediate Filaments as Organizers of Cellular Space: How They Affect Mitochondrial Structure and Function

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    Schwarz, Nicole; Leube, Rudolf E.

    2016-01-01

    Intermediate filaments together with actin filaments and microtubules form the cytoskeleton, which is a complex and highly dynamic 3D network. Intermediate filaments are the major mechanical stress protectors but also affect cell growth, differentiation, signal transduction, and migration. Using intermediate filament-mitochondrial crosstalk as a prominent example, this review emphasizes the importance of intermediate filaments as crucial organizers of cytoplasmic space to support these functions. We summarize observations in different mammalian cell types which demonstrate how intermediate filaments influence mitochondrial morphology, subcellular localization, and function through direct and indirect interactions and how perturbations of these interactions may lead to human diseases. PMID:27399781

  19. Four-mode quantum calculations of resonance states in complex-forming bimolecular reactions: Cl{sup -}+CH{sub 3}Br

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    Schmatz, Stefan

    2005-06-15

    The vibrational resonance states of the complexes formed in the nucleophilic bimolecular substitution (S{sub N}2) reaction Cl{sup -}+CH{sub 3}Br{yields}ClCH{sub 3}+Br{sup -} were calculated by means of the filter diagonalization method employing a coupled-cluster potential-energy surface and a Hamiltonian that incorporates an optical potential and is formulated in Radau coordinates for the carbon-halogen stretching modes. The four-dimensional model also includes the totally symmetric vibrations of the methyl group (C-H stretch and umbrella bend). The vast majority of bound states and many resonance states up to the first overtone of the symmetric stretching vibration in the exit channel complex have been calculated, analyzed, and assigned four quantum numbers. The resonances are classified into entrance channel, exit channel, and delocalized states. The resonance widths fluctuate over six orders of magnitude. In addition to a majority of Feshbach-type resonances there are also exceedingly long-lived shape resonances, which are associated with the entrance channel and can only decay by tunneling. The state-selective decay of the resonances was studied in detail. The linewidths of the resonances, and thus the coupling to the energetic continuum, increase with excitation in any mode. Due to the strong mixing of the many progressions in the intermolecular stretching modes of the intermediate complexes, this increase as a function of the corresponding quantum numbers is not monotonic, but exhibits pronounced fluctuations.

  20. Gold(III)-CO and gold(III)-CO2 complexes and their role in the water-gas shift reaction

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    Roşca, Dragoş-Adrian; Fernandez-Cestau, Julio; Morris, James; Wright, Joseph A.; Bochmann, Manfred

    2015-01-01

    The water-gas shift (WGS) reaction is an important process for the generation of hydrogen. Heterogeneous gold catalysts exhibit good WGS activity, but the nature of the active site, the oxidation state, and competing reaction mechanisms are very much matters of debate. Homogeneous gold WGS systems that could shed light on the mechanism are conspicuous by their absence: gold(I)–CO is inactive and gold(III)–CO complexes were unknown. We report the synthesis of the first example of an isolable CO complex of Au(III). Its reactivity demonstrates fundamental differences between the CO adducts of the neighboring d8 ions Pt(II) and Au(III): whereas Pt(II)-CO is stable to moisture, Au(III)–CO compounds are extremely susceptible to nucleophilic attack and show WGS reactivity at low temperature. The key to understanding these dramatic differences is the donation/back-donation ratio of the M–CO bond: gold-CO shows substantially less back-bonding than Pt-CO, irrespective of closely similar ν(CO) frequencies. Key WGS intermediates include the gold-CO2 complex [(C^N^C)Au]2(μ-CO2), which reductively eliminates CO2. The species identified here are in accord with Au(III) as active species and a carboxylate WGS mechanism. PMID:26601313

  1. Toward a mechanism for biliprotein lyases: revisiting nucleophilic addition to phycocyanobilin.

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    Tu, Jun-Ming; Zhou, Ming; Haessner, Rainer; Plöscher, Matthias; Eichacker, Lutz; Scheer, Hugo; Zhao, Kai-Hong

    2009-04-22

    Biliprotein lyases attach linear-tetrapyrrolic bilins covalently to apoproteins, which is a prerequisite for the assembly of phycobiliproteins into phycobilisomes, the light-harvesting complexes of cyanobacteria. On the basis of the addition of thiol and imidazole to phycocyanobilin, we propose a generalized lyase reaction mechanism. The adducts contain isomerized phycocyanobilin that can be transferred by the lyase to apoproteins by either back-isomerization, generating phycocyanobilin-containing proteins, or direct transfer, generating phycoviolobilin-containing proteins.

  2. Nuclear reactions at intermediate energies

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    Shyam, Radhey

    2016-05-01

    In the domain of Nuclear reactions at intermediate energies, the QCD coupling constant αs is large enough (~ 0.3 - 0.5) to render the perturbative calculational techniques inapplicable. In this regime the quarks are confined into colorless hadrons and it is expected that effective field theories of hadron interactions via exchange of hadrons, provide useful tools to describe such reactions. In this contribution we discuss the application of one such theory, the effective Lagrangian model, in describing the hadronic reactions at intermediate energies whose measurements are the focus of a vast international experimental program.

  3. Compact intermediates in RNA folding

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    Woodson, S.A.

    2011-12-14

    Large noncoding RNAs fold into their biologically functional structures via compact yet disordered intermediates, which couple the stable secondary structure of the RNA with the emerging tertiary fold. The specificity of the collapse transition, which coincides with the assembly of helical domains, depends on RNA sequence and counterions. It determines the specificity of the folding pathways and the magnitude of the free energy barriers to the ensuing search for the native conformation. By coupling helix assembly with nascent tertiary interactions, compact folding intermediates in RNA also play a crucial role in ligand binding and RNA-protein recognition.

  4. Cestina pro Pokrocile (Intermediate Czech).

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    Kabat, Grazyna; And Others

    The textbook in intermediate Czech is designed for second-year students of the language and those who already have a basic knowledge of Czech grammar and vocabulary. It is appropriate for use in a traditional college language classroom, the business community, or a government language school. It can be covered in a year-long conventional…

  5. Material Voices: Intermediality and Autism

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    Trimingham, Melissa; Shaughnessy, Nicola

    2016-01-01

    Autism continues to be regarded enigmatically; a community that is difficult to access due to perceived disruptions of interpersonal connectedness. Through detailed observations of two children participating in the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project "Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as Interventions for…

  6. Intermediate Filaments: A Historical Perspective

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    Oshima, Robert G.

    2007-01-01

    Intracellular protein filaments intermediate in size between actin microfilaments and microtubules are composed of a surprising variety of tissue specific proteins commonly interconnected with other filamentous systems for mechanical stability and decorated by a variety of proteins that provide specialized functions. The sequence conservation of the coiled-coil, alpha-helical structure responsible for polymerization into individual 10 nm filaments defines the classification of intermediate filament proteins into a large gene family. Individual filaments further assemble into bundles and branched cytoskeletons visible in the light microscope. However, it is the diversity of the variable terminal domains that likely contributes most to different functions. The search for the functions of intermediate filament proteins has led to discoveries of roles in diseases of the skin, heart, muscle, liver, brain, adipose tissues and even premature aging. The diversity of uses of intermediate filaments as structural elements and scaffolds for organizing the distribution of decorating molecules contrasts with other cytoskeletal elements. This review is an attempt to provide some recollection of how such a diverse field emerged and changed over about 30 years. PMID:17493611

  7. Intermediality and the Child Performer

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    Budd, Natasha

    2016-01-01

    This report details examples of praxis in the creation and presentation of "Joy Fear and Poetry": an intermedial theatre performance in which children aged 7-12 years generated aesthetic gestures using a range of new media forms. The impetus for the work's development was a desire to make an intervention into habituated patterns of…

  8. Authentic Video in Intermediate German.

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    Lutcavage, Charles

    1992-01-01

    Assorted techniques are offered for introducing authentic German video into the intermediate language curriculum. Television commercials, weather forecasts, and news programs are described as tools for enhancing listening comprehension and expanding students' cultural awareness. Various preparatory activities and follow-up assignments are…

  9. Learning through Literature: Geography, Intermediate.

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    Sterling, Mary Ellen

    This resource book provides specific strategies and activities for integrating the intermediate geography curriculum with related children's literature selections. The book includes the following sections: (1) "World Geography Overview"; (2) "Oceans"; (3) "Polar Regions"; (4) "Islands"; (5) "Rain Forests"; (6) "Mountains"; (7) "Forests"; (8)…

  10. C-NH2 bond formation mediated by iridium complexes.

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    Mena, Inmaculada; Casado, Miguel A; Polo, Víctor; García-Orduña, Pilar; Lahoz, Fernando J; Oro, Luis A

    2014-09-01

    In the presence of phosphanes (PR3 ), the amido-bridged trinuclear complex [{Ir(μ-NH2 )(tfbb)}3 ] (tfbb=tetrafluorobenzobarrelene) transforms into mononuclear discrete compounds [Ir(1,2-η(2) -4-κ-C12 H8 F4 N)(PR3 )3 ], which are the products of the CN coupling between the amido moiety and a vinylic carbon of the diolefin. An alternative synthetic approach to these species involves the reaction of the 18 e(-) complex [Ir(Cl)(tfbb)(PMePh2 )2 ] with gaseous ammonia and additional phosphane. DFT studies show that both transformations occur through nucleophilic attack. In the first case the amido moiety attacks a diolefin coordinated to a neighboring molecule following a bimolecular mechanism induced by the highly basic NH2 moiety; the second pathway involves a direct nucleophilic attack of ammonia to a coordinated tfbb molecule.

  11. Matrix isolation infrared and DFT study of the trimethyl phosphite-hydrogen chloride interaction: hydrogen bonding versus nucleophilic substitution.

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    Ramanathan, N; Kar, Bishnu Prasad; Sundararajan, K; Viswanathan, K S

    2012-12-13

    Trimethyl phosphite (TMPhite) and hydrogen chloride (HCl), when separately codeposited in a N(2) matrix, yielded a hydrogen bonded adduct, which was evidenced by shifts in the vibrational frequencies of the TMPhite and HCl submolecules. The structure and energy of the adducts were computed at the B3LYP level using 6-31++G** and aug-cc-pVDZ basis sets. While our computations indicated four minima for the TMPhite-HCl adducts, only one adduct was experimentally identified in the matrix at low temperatures, which interestingly was not the structure corresponding to the global minimum, but was the structure corresponding to the first higher energy local minimum. The Onsager self-consistent reaction field model was used to explain this observation. In an attempt to prepare the hydrogen bonded adduct in the gas phase and then trap it in the matrix, TMPhite and HCl were premixed prior to deposition. However, in these experiments, no hydrogen bonded adduct was observed; on the contrary, TMPhite reacted with HCl to yield CH(3)Cl, following a nucleophilic substitution, a reaction that is apparently frustrated in the matrix.

  12. Preparation and characterization of poly (arylene ether isoxazole)s by fluoride ion-mediated aromatic nucleophilic displacement reactions

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    Herbert, C. G.; Bass, R. G.

    1994-01-01

    As part of a continuing effort to prepare novel thermally stable high-performance polymers, poly(arylene ether isoxazole)s have been prepared by fluoride ion-catalyzed aromatic nucleophilic substitution reactions with bis(trimethylsiloxyphenyl) isoxazoles and activated bisarylhalides in diphenyl sulfone. Initial investigation involving the preparation of these materials with isoxazole bisphenols and activated bisarylhalides in the presence of potassium carbonate indicated that, under reaction conditions necessary to prepare high-molecular-weight materials, the isoxazole monomer was converted to an enamino ketone. This side reaction was avoided by using fluoride as a base. However, trimethylsilyl ether derivatives of the isoxazole bisphenols were required in these polymerizations for the preparation of high-molecular-weight materials. Moderate to high inherent viscosity eta(sub inh): 0.43-0.87 dl/g) materials with good thermal stability (air: 409-477 C, helium: 435-512 C) can be prepared by the silyl ether method. Glass transition temperatures ranged from 182 to 225 C for polymers with phenyl pendants and from 170 to 214 C for those without. Molecular weight control by 2% endcapping and the incorporation of a phenyl pendant at the 4 position of the isoxazole is necessary to yield polymers soluble in polar aprotic solvents at room temperature. There is evidence, however, indicating the existence of crosslinks between the polymer chains when the silyl ether approach is utilized.

  13. Controllable defluorination of fluorinated graphene and weakening of C-F bonding under the action of nucleophilic dipolar solvent.

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    Wang, Xu; Wang, Weimiao; Liu, Yang; Ren, Mengmeng; Xiao, Huining; Liu, Xiangyang

    2016-01-28

    The effect of solvent on the chemical structure and properties of fluorinated graphene (FG) was particularly investigated in this work. It is found that the reduction of FG and the weakening of strong covalent C-F bonding take place under the action of some dipolar solvents even at room temperature. The rate of the C-F bond rupture reaction is positively influenced by the dipole moment of solvent and fluorine coverage of FG sheets. Meanwhile, defluorination of FG is controllable through the time and temperature of solvent treatment. These solvents function as the nucleophilic catalysts, promoting chemical transformation, which leads to a series of changes in the structure and properties of FG, such as a decline of fluorine concentration of about 40% and the reduction of thermal stability and band gap from 3 to 2 eV. After the treatment with dipolar solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone, FG maintained a capacity of 255 mA h g(-1) and a power density of 2986 W kg(-1) at a high discharge rate, while the pristine FG could not be discharged at all. This is called the "solvent activation" effect on the electrochemical performance of FG. The finding may draw attention to the effect of various external factors on the chemical structure and properties of FG, which is of great importance for the realization of the FG's potential. PMID:26745282

  14. Advanced intermediate temperature sodium copper chloride battery

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    Yang, Li-Ping; Liu, Xiao-Min; Zhang, Yi-Wei; Yang, Hui; Shen, Xiao-Dong

    2014-12-01

    Sodium metal chloride batteries, also called as ZEBRA batteries, possess many merits such as low cost, high energy density and high safety, but their high operation temperature (270-350 °C) may cause several issues and limit their applications. Therefore, decreasing the operation temperature is of great importance in order to broaden their usage. Using a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) catholyte composed of sodium chloride buffered 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride-aluminum chloride and a dense β″-aluminates solid electrolyte film with 500 micron thickness, we report an intermediate temperature sodium copper chloride battery which can be operated at only 150 °C, therefore alleviating the corrosion issues, improving the material compatibilities and reducing the operating complexities associated with the conventional ZEBRA batteries. The RTIL presents a high ionic conductivity (0.247 S cm-1) at 150 °C and a wide electrochemical window (-2.6 to 2.18 vs. Al3+/Al). With the discharge plateau at 2.64 V toward sodium and the specific capacity of 285 mAh g-1, this intermediate temperature battery exhibits an energy density (750 mWh g-1) comparable to the conventional ZEBRA batteries (728-785 mWh g-1) and superior to commercialized Li-ion batteries (550-680 mWh g-1), making it very attractive for renewable energy integration and other grid related applications.

  15. Nitric oxide is reduced to HNO by proton-coupled nucleophilic attack by ascorbate, tyrosine, and other alcohols. A new route to HNO in biological media?

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    Suarez, Sebastián A; Neuman, Nicolás I; Muñoz, Martina; Álvarez, Lucía; Bikiel, Damián E; Brondino, Carlos D; Ivanović-Burmazović, Ivana; Miljkovic, Jan Lj; Filipovic, Milos R; Martí, Marcelo A; Doctorovich, Fabio

    2015-04-15

    The role of NO in biology is well established. However, an increasing body of evidence suggests that azanone (HNO), could also be involved in biological processes, some of which are attributed to NO. In this context, one of the most important and yet unanswered questions is whether and how HNO is produced in vivo. A possible route concerns the chemical or enzymatic reduction of NO. In the present work, we have taken advantage of a selective HNO sensing method, to show that NO is reduced to HNO by biologically relevant alcohols with moderate reducing capacity, such as ascorbate or tyrosine. The proposed mechanism involves a nucleophilic attack to NO by the alcohol, coupled to a proton transfer (PCNA: proton-coupled nucleophilic attack) and a subsequent decomposition of the so-produced radical to yield HNO and an alkoxyl radical.

  16. Additional Nucleophile-Free FeCl3-Catalyzed Green Deprotection of 2,4-Dimethoxyphenylmethyl-Protected Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids.

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    Sawama, Yoshinari; Masuda, Masahiro; Honda, Akie; Yokoyama, Hiroki; Park, Kwihwan; Yasukawa, Naoki; Monguchi, Yasunari; Sajiki, Hironao

    2016-01-01

    The deprotection of the methoxyphenylmethyl (MPM) ether and ester derivatives can be generally achieved by the combinatorial use of a catalytic Lewis acid and stoichiometric nucleophile. The deprotections of 2,4-dimethoxyphenylmethyl (DMPM)-protected alcohols and carboxylic acids were found to be effectively catalyzed by iron(III) chloride without any additional nucleophile to form the deprotected mother alcohols and carboxylic acids in excellent yields. Since the present deprotection proceeds via the self-assembling mechanism of the 2,4-DMPM protective group itself to give the hardly-soluble resorcinarene derivative as a precipitate, the rigorous purification process by silica-gel column chromatography was unnecessary and the sufficiently-pure alcohols and carboxylic acids were easily obtained in satisfactory yields after simple filtration.

  17. A versatile approach to Ullmann C-N couplings at room temperature: new families of nucleophiles and electrophiles for photoinduced, copper-catalyzed processes.

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    Ziegler, Daniel T; Choi, Junwon; Muñoz-Molina, José María; Bissember, Alex C; Peters, Jonas C; Fu, Gregory C

    2013-09-01

    The use of light to facilitate copper-catalyzed cross-couplings of nitrogen nucleophiles can enable C-N bond formation to occur under unusually mild conditions. In this study, we substantially expand the scope of such processes, establishing that this approach is not limited to reactions of carbazoles with iodobenzene and alkyl halides. Specifically, we demonstrate for the first time that other nitrogen nucleophiles (e.g., common pharmacophores such as indoles, benzimidazoles, and imidazoles) as well as other electrophiles (e.g., hindered/deactivated/heterocyclic aryl iodides, an aryl bromide, an activated aryl chloride, alkenyl halides, and an alkynyl bromide) serve as suitable partners. Photoinduced C-N bond formation can be achieved at room temperature using a common procedure with an inexpensive catalyst (CuI) that does not require a ligand coadditive and is tolerant of moisture and a variety of functional groups. PMID:23968565

  18. Lipid-protein interactions as agents of quality deterioration in intermediate moisture meats: An appraisal.

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    Obanu, Z A; Ledward, D A; Lawrie, R A

    1980-04-01

    The literature on lipid-protein interactions which lead to loss of solubility, complex formation, chain scission and loss of specific amino acids in intermediate moisture foods is reviewed. This knowledge is used to explain reported observations on the quality and nutritive value of proteins in intermediate moisture meats as well as the conflicting reports on the significance of oxidative rancidity and non-enzymic browning in intermediate moisture food systems. PMID:22055615

  19. Sulfoxide-TFAA and nucleophile combination as new reagent for aliphatic C-H functionalization at indole 2α-position.

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    Tayu, Masanori; Higuchi, Kazuhiro; Inaba, Masato; Kawasaki, Tomomi

    2013-01-21

    Aliphatic C-H functionalization at indole 2α-position mediated by acyloxythionium species 1 generated from sulfoxide and acid anhydride has been developed. The combination of sulfoxide and TFAA with O-, N- and C-nucleophiles enabled introduction of various substituents in a one-pot procedure. Especially on utilizing DMSO, the combination provided a practical and efficient method for the synthesis of a wide range of 2α-substituted indoles.

  20. Mechanics of vimentin intermediate filaments

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    Wang, Ning; Stamenovic, Dimitrijie

    2002-01-01

    It is increasingly evident that the cytoskeleton of living cells plays important roles in mechanical and biological functions of the cells. Here we focus on the contribution of intermediate filaments (IFs) to the mechanical behaviors of living cells. Vimentin, a major structural component of IFs in many cell types, is shown to play an important role in vital mechanical and biological functions such as cell contractility, migration, stiffness, stiffening, and proliferation.

  1. Paracatalytic inactivation of L-2-haloacid dehalogenase from Pseudomonas sp. YL by hydroxylamine. Evidence for the formation of an ester intermediate.

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    Liu, J Q; Kurihara, T; Miyagi, M; Tsunasawa, S; Nishihara, M; Esaki, N; Soda, K

    1997-02-01

    Asp10 of L-2-haloacid dehalogenase from Pseudomonas sp. YL was proposed to act as a nucleophile to attack the alpha-carbon of L-2-haloalkanoic acids to form an ester intermediate, which is hydrolyzed by nucleophilic attack of a water molecule on the carbonyl carbon (Liu, J.-Q, Kurihara, T., Miyagi, M., Esaki, N., and Soda, K. (1995) J. Biol. Chem. 270, 18309-18312). We have found that the enzyme is paracatalytically inactivated by hydroxylamine in the presence of the substrates monochloroacetate and L-2-chloropropionate. Ion spray mass spectrometry demonstrated that the molecular mass of the enzyme inactivated by hydroxylamine during the dechlorination of monochloroacetate is about 74 Da greater than that of the native enzyme. To determine the increase of the molecular mass more precisely, we digested the inactivated enzyme with lysyl endopeptidase and measured the molecular masses of the peptide fragments. The molecular mass of the hexapeptide Gly6-Lys11 was shown to increase by 73 Da. Tandem mass spectrometric analysis of this peptide revealed that the increase is due to a modification of Asp10. When the enzyme was paracatalytically inactivated by hydroxylamine during the dechlorination of L-2-chloropropionate, the molecular mass of the hexapeptide was 87 Da higher. Hydroxylamine is proposed to attack the carbonyl carbon of the ester intermediate and form a stable aspartate beta-hydroxamate carboxyalkyl ester residue in the inactivated enzyme.

  2. A Redox-Nucleophilic Dual-Reactable Probe for Highly Selective and Sensitive Detection of H2S: Synthesis, Spectra and Bioimaging

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    Zhang, Changyu; Wang, Runyu; Cheng, Longhuai; Li, Bingjie; Xi, Zhen; Yi, Long

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an important signalling molecule with multiple biological functions. The reported H2S fluorescent probes are majorly based on redox or nucleophilic reactions. The combination usage of both redox and nucleophilic reactions could improve the probe’s selectivity, sensitivity and stability. Herein we report a new dual-reactable probe with yellow turn-on fluorescence for H2S detection. The sensing mechanism of the dual-reactable probe was based on thiolysis of NBD (7-nitro-1,2,3-benzoxadiazole) amine (a nucleophilic reaction) and reduction of azide to amine (a redox reaction). Compared with its corresponding single-reactable probes, the dual-reactable probe has higher selectivity and fluorescence turn-on fold with magnitude of multiplication from that of each single-reactable probe. The highly selective and sensitive properties enabled the dual-reactable probe as a useful tool for efficiently sensing H2S in aqueous buffer and in living cells. PMID:27440747

  3. A Redox-Nucleophilic Dual-Reactable Probe for Highly Selective and Sensitive Detection of H2S: Synthesis, Spectra and Bioimaging

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    Zhang, Changyu; Wang, Runyu; Cheng, Longhuai; Li, Bingjie; Xi, Zhen; Yi, Long

    2016-07-01

    Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an important signalling molecule with multiple biological functions. The reported H2S fluorescent probes are majorly based on redox or nucleophilic reactions. The combination usage of both redox and nucleophilic reactions could improve the probe’s selectivity, sensitivity and stability. Herein we report a new dual-reactable probe with yellow turn-on fluorescence for H2S detection. The sensing mechanism of the dual-reactable probe was based on thiolysis of NBD (7-nitro-1,2,3-benzoxadiazole) amine (a nucleophilic reaction) and reduction of azide to amine (a redox reaction). Compared with its corresponding single-reactable probes, the dual-reactable probe has higher selectivity and fluorescence turn-on fold with magnitude of multiplication from that of each single-reactable probe. The highly selective and sensitive properties enabled the dual-reactable probe as a useful tool for efficiently sensing H2S in aqueous buffer and in living cells.

  4. Ionic liquids entrapped in reverse micelles as nanoreactors for bimolecular nucleophilic substitution reaction. Effect of the confinement on the chloride ion availability.

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    Blach, Diana; Pessêgo, Marcia; Silber, Juana J; Correa, N Mariano; García-Río, Luis; Falcone, R Darío

    2014-10-21

    In this work was explored how the confinement of two ionic liquids (ILs), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (bmimCl) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4), inside toluene/benzyl-n-hexadecyldimethylammonium chloride (BHDC) reverse micelles (RMs) affects the Cl(-) nucleophilicity on the bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2) reaction between this anion and dimethyl-4-nitrophenylsulfonium trifluoromethanesulfonate. The results obtained show that, upon confinement, the ionic interactions between the ILs with the cationic surfactant polar head group and the surfactant counterion modify substantially the performance of both ILs as solvents. In toluene/BHDC/bmimCl RMs, the Cl(-) interacts strongly with bmim(+) (and/or BHD(+)) in such a way that its nucleophilicity is reduced in comparison with neat IL. In toluene/BHDC/bmimBF4 RMs, an ionic exchange equilibrium produces segregation of bmim(+) and BF4(-) ions, changing the composition of the RMs interface and affecting dramatically the Cl(-) availability. These results show the versatility of this kind of organized system to alter the ionic organization and influence on reaction rate when used as nanoreactors.

  5. Glassy carbon electrode modified with horse radish peroxidase/organic nucleophilic-functionalized carbon nanotube composite for enhanced electrocatalytic oxidation and efficient voltammetric sensing of levodopa.

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    Shoja, Yalda; Rafati, Amir Abbas; Ghodsi, Javad

    2016-01-01

    A novel and selective enzymatic biosensor was designed and constructed for voltammetric determination of levodopa (L-Dopa) in aqueous media (phosphate buffer solution, pH=7). Biosensor development was on the basis of to physically immobilizing of horse radish peroxidase (HRP) as electrochemical catalyst by sol-gel on glassy carbon electrode modified with organic nucleophilic carbon nanotube composite which in this composite p-phenylenediamine (pPDA) as organic nucleophile chemically bonded with functionalized MWCNT (MWCNT-COOH). The results of this study suggest that prepared bioorganic nucleophilic carbon nanotube composite (HRP/MWCNT-pPDA) shows fast electron transfer rate for electro oxidation of L-Dopa because of its high electrochemical catalytic activity toward the oxidation of L-Dopa, more--NH2 reactive sites and large effective surface area. Also in this work we measured L-Dopa in the presence of folic acid and uric acid as interferences. The proposed biosensor was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), FT-IR spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) was used for determination of L-Dopa from 0.1 μM to 1.9 μM with a low detection limit of 40 nM (for S/N=3) and sensitivity was about 35.5 μA/μM. Also this biosensor has several advantages such as rapid response, high stability and reproducibility. PMID:26478378

  6. Glassy carbon electrode modified with horse radish peroxidase/organic nucleophilic-functionalized carbon nanotube composite for enhanced electrocatalytic oxidation and efficient voltammetric sensing of levodopa.

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    Shoja, Yalda; Rafati, Amir Abbas; Ghodsi, Javad

    2016-01-01

    A novel and selective enzymatic biosensor was designed and constructed for voltammetric determination of levodopa (L-Dopa) in aqueous media (phosphate buffer solution, pH=7). Biosensor development was on the basis of to physically immobilizing of horse radish peroxidase (HRP) as electrochemical catalyst by sol-gel on glassy carbon electrode modified with organic nucleophilic carbon nanotube composite which in this composite p-phenylenediamine (pPDA) as organic nucleophile chemically bonded with functionalized MWCNT (MWCNT-COOH). The results of this study suggest that prepared bioorganic nucleophilic carbon nanotube composite (HRP/MWCNT-pPDA) shows fast electron transfer rate for electro oxidation of L-Dopa because of its high electrochemical catalytic activity toward the oxidation of L-Dopa, more--NH2 reactive sites and large effective surface area. Also in this work we measured L-Dopa in the presence of folic acid and uric acid as interferences. The proposed biosensor was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), FT-IR spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) was used for determination of L-Dopa from 0.1 μM to 1.9 μM with a low detection limit of 40 nM (for S/N=3) and sensitivity was about 35.5 μA/μM. Also this biosensor has several advantages such as rapid response, high stability and reproducibility.

  7. A protic ionic liquid, when entrapped in cationic reverse micelles, can be used as a suitable solvent for a bimolecular nucleophilic substitution reaction.

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    Crosio, Matías A; Correa, N Mariano; Silber, Juana J; Falcone, R Darío

    2016-03-21

    In this work, we have explored how the confinement of the protic ionic liquid (IL) ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) inside toluene/benzyl-n-hexadecyldimethylammonium chloride (BHDC) reverse micelles (RMs) affects the Cl(-) nucleophilicity on the bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2) reaction between this anion and dimethyl-4-nitrophenylsulfonium trifluoromethanesulfonate. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report where toluene/BHDC RMs use EAN as a polar component and it is used as a nanoreactor for carrying out kinetic experiments. Dynamic light scattering results reveal the formation of RMs containing the protic IL. The kinetic results show that upon confinement, EAN becomes a suitable solvent for the SN2 reaction while in homogeneous media it is a bad option. Entrapped in BHDC RMs, due to the strong hydrogen bond interactions, EAN behaves as an aprotic-like IL which cannot deactivate the nucleophilic power of Cl(-) and yet increases the substrate solubility. These facts show the versatility of this kind of organized system to alter the polar solvent entrapped and its influence on the reaction rate when it is used as a nanoreactor. PMID:26911404

  8. Resonance Raman spectroscopic studies of enzymesubstrate intermediates at 5 K

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    Kim, Munsok; Carey, Paul R.

    1991-01-01

    A simple and versatile system for resonance Raman (RR) spectroscopic analysis of enzymesubstrate complexes at liquid helium temperatures is described. The system allows us to record high-quality RR spectra for dithioacyl papain intermediates (MeO-Phe-Gly- and MeO-Gly-Gly-Phe-Gly-C (dbnd S)S-papain) in ice matrices at 5 K. Based on established structure-spectra correlations, it is concluded that the active-site conformation of the intermediates about the φ', ψ' glycinic linkages and cysteine-25 side chain is B-G+-PH both in ice matrices at 5 K and in solution at room temperature.

  9. Intermediate filaments and the regulation of focal adhesion.

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    Leube, Rudolf E; Moch, Marcin; Windoffer, Reinhard

    2015-02-01

    Focal adhesions are localized actin filament-anchoring signalling centres at the cell-extracellular matrix interface. The currently emerging view is that they fulfil an all-embracing coordinating function for the entire cytoskeleton. This review highlights the tight relationship between focal adhesions and the intermediate filament cytoskeleton. We summarize the accumulating evidence for direct binding of intermediate filaments to focal adhesion components and their mutual cross-talk through signalling molecules. Examples are presented to emphasize the high degree of complexity of these interactions equipping cells with a precisely controlled machinery for context-dependent adjustment of their biomechanical properties.

  10. Crystal structures of type I dehydroquinate dehydratase in complex with quinate and shikimate suggest a novel mechanism of Schiff base formation.

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    Light, Samuel H; Antanasijevic, Aleksandar; Krishna, Sankar N; Caffrey, Michael; Anderson, Wayne F; Lavie, Arnon

    2014-02-11

    A component of the shikimate biosynthetic pathway, dehydroquinate dehydratase (DHQD) catalyzes the dehydration of 3-dehydroquniate (DHQ) to 3-dehydroshikimate. In the type I DHQD reaction mechanism a lysine forms a Schiff base intermediate with DHQ. The Schiff base acts as an electron sink to facilitate the catalytic dehydration. To address the mechanism of Schiff base formation, we determined structures of the Salmonella enterica wild-type DHQD in complex with the substrate analogue quinate and the product analogue shikimate. In addition, we determined the structure of the K170M mutant (Lys170 being the Schiff base forming residue) in complex with quinate. Combined with nuclear magnetic resonance and isothermal titration calorimetry data that revealed altered binding of the analogue to the K170M mutant, these structures suggest a model of Schiff base formation characterized by the dynamic interplay of opposing forces acting on either side of the substrate. On the side distant from the substrate 3-carbonyl group, closure of the enzyme's β8-α8 loop is proposed to guide DHQ into the proximity of the Schiff base-forming Lys170. On the 3-carbonyl side of the substrate, Lys170 sterically alters the position of DHQ's reactive ketone, aligning it at an angle conducive for nucleophilic attack. This study of a type I DHQD reveals the interplay between the enzyme and substrate required for the correct orientation of a functional group constrained within a cyclic substrate.

  11. A ligand field chemistry of oxygen generation by the oxygen-evolving complex and synthetic active sites

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    Betley, Theodore A; Surendranath, Yogesh; Childress, Montana V; Alliger, Glen E; Fu, Ross; Cummins, Christopher C; Nocera, Daniel G

    2007-01-01

    Oxygen–oxygen bond formation and O2 generation occur from the S4 state of the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC). Several mechanistic possibilities have been proposed for water oxidation, depending on the formal oxidation state of the Mn atoms. All fall under two general classifications: the AB mechanism in which nucleophilic oxygen (base, B) attacks electrophilic oxygen (acid, A) of the Mn4Ca cluster or the RC mechanism in which radical-like oxygen species couple within OEC. The critical intermediate in either mechanism involves a metal oxo, though the nature of this oxo for AB and RC mechanisms is disparate. In the case of the AB mechanism, assembly of an even-electron count, high-valent metal-oxo proximate to a hydroxide is needed whereas, in an RC mechanism, two odd-electron count, high-valent metal oxos are required. Thus the two mechanisms give rise to very different design criteria for functional models of the OEC active site. This discussion presents the electron counts and ligand geometries that support metal oxos for AB and RC O–O bond-forming reactions. The construction of architectures that bring two oxygen functionalities together under the purview of the AB and RC scenarios are described. PMID:17971328

  12. Synthesis and transformations of 5-chloro-2,2'-dipyrrins and their boron complexes, 8-chloro-BODIPYs.

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    Wang, Haijun; Vicente, M Graça H; Fronczek, Frank R; Smith, Kevin M

    2014-04-22

    Symmetric dipyrrylketones 1 a,b were synthesized in two steps from the corresponding α-free pyrroles, by reaction with thiophosgene followed by oxidative hydrolysis under basic conditions. The dipyrrylketones produced the corresponding 5-chloro-dipyrrinium salts or 5-ethoxy-dipyrrins on reaction with phosgene or Meerwein's salt, respectively. Boron complexation of the dipyrrins afforded the corresponding 8-functionalized BODIPYs (borondipyrromethenes) in high yields. The 5-chloro-dipyrrinium salts reacted with methoxide or ethoxide ions to produce monopyrrole esters, presumably via a 5,5-dialkoxy-dipyrromethane intermediate. In contrast, 8-chloro-BODIPYs underwent a variety of nucleophilic substitutions of the chloro group in the presence of alkoxide ions, Grignard reagents, and thiols. In the presence of excess alkoxide or Grignard reagent, at room temperature or above, substitution at the boron center also occurred. The 8-chloro-BODIPY was a particularly useful reagent for the preparation of 8-aryl-, 8-alkyl-, and 8-vinyl-substituted BODIPYs in very high yields, using Pd(0) -catalyzed Stille cross-coupling reactions. The X-ray structures of eleven BODIPYs and two pyrroles are presented, and the spectroscopic properties of the synthesized BODIPYs are discussed. PMID:24616111

  13. Structural and computational studies of the Staphylococcus aureus sortase B-substrate complex reveal a substrate-stabilized oxyanion hole.

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    Jacobitz, Alex W; Wereszczynski, Jeff; Yi, Sung Wook; Amer, Brendan R; Huang, Grace L; Nguyen, Angelyn V; Sawaya, Michael R; Jung, Michael E; McCammon, J Andrew; Clubb, Robert T

    2014-03-28

    Sortase cysteine transpeptidases covalently attach proteins to the bacterial cell wall or assemble fiber-like pili that promote bacterial adhesion. Members of this enzyme superfamily are widely distributed in Gram-positive bacteria that frequently utilize multiple sortases to elaborate their peptidoglycan. Sortases catalyze transpeptidation using a conserved active site His-Cys-Arg triad that joins a sorting signal located at the C terminus of their protein substrate to an amino nucleophile located on the cell surface. However, despite extensive study, the catalytic mechanism and molecular basis of substrate recognition remains poorly understood. Here we report the crystal structure of the Staphylococcus aureus sortase B enzyme in a covalent complex with an analog of its NPQTN sorting signal substrate, revealing the structural basis through which it displays the IsdC protein involved in heme-iron scavenging from human hemoglobin. The results of computational modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, and targeted amino acid mutagenesis indicate that the backbone amide of Glu(224) and the side chain of Arg(233) form an oxyanion hole in sortase B that stabilizes high energy tetrahedral catalytic intermediates. Surprisingly, a highly conserved threonine residue within the bound sorting signal substrate facilitates construction of the oxyanion hole by stabilizing the position of the active site arginine residue via hydrogen bonding. Molecular dynamics simulations and primary sequence conservation suggest that the sorting signal-stabilized oxyanion hole is a universal feature of enzymes within the sortase superfamily.

  14. Selenophene transition metal complexes

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    White, C.J.

    1994-07-27

    This research shows that selenophene transition metal complexes have a chemistry that is similar to their thiophene analogs. Selenophene coordination has been demonstrated and confirmed by molecular structure in both the {eta}{sup 5}- and the {eta}{sup 1}(Se)-coordination modes. The reaction chemistry of selenophene complexes closely resembles that of the analogous thiophene complexes. One major difference, however, is that selenophene is a better donor ligand than thiophene making the selenophene complexes more stable than the corresponding thiophene complexes. The {sup 77}Se NMR chemical shift values for selenophene complexes fall within distinct regions primarily depending on the coordination mode of the selenophene ligand. In the final paper, the C-H bond activation of {eta}{sup 1}(S)-bound thiophenes, {eta}{sup 1}(S)-benzothiophene and {eta}{sup 1}(Se)-bound selenophenes has been demonstrated. The deprotonation and rearrangement of the {eta}{sup 1}(E)-bound ligand to the carbon bound L-yl complex readily occurs in the presence of base. Reprotonation with a strong acid gives a carbene complex that is unreactive towards nucleophilic attack at the carbene carbon and is stable towards exposure to air. The molecular structure of [Cp(NO)(PPh{sub 3})Re(2-benzothioenylcarbene)]O{sub 3}SCF{sub 3} was determined and contains a Re-C bond with substantial double bond character. Methyl substitution for the thienylcarbene or selenylcarbene gives a carbene that rearranges thermally to give back the {eta}{sup 1}(E)-bound complex. Based on these model reactions, a new mechanism for the H/D exchange of thiophene over the hydrodesulfurization catalyst has been proposed.

  15. Structural and Kinetic Evidence That Catalytic Reaction of Human UDP-glucose 6-Dehydrogenase Involves Covalent Thiohemiacetal and Thioester Enzyme Intermediates*

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    Egger, Sigrid; Chaikuad, Apirat; Klimacek, Mario; Kavanagh, Kathryn L.; Oppermann, Udo; Nidetzky, Bernd

    2012-01-01

    Biosynthesis of UDP-glucuronic acid by UDP-glucose 6-dehydrogenase (UGDH) occurs through the four-electron oxidation of the UDP-glucose C6 primary alcohol in two NAD+-dependent steps. The catalytic reaction of UGDH is thought to involve a Cys nucleophile that promotes formation of a thiohemiacetal enzyme intermediate in the course of the first oxidation step. The thiohemiacetal undergoes further oxidation into a thioester, and hydrolysis of the thioester completes the catalytic cycle. Herein we present crystallographic and kinetic evidence for the human form of UGDH that clarifies participation of covalent catalysis in the enzymatic mechanism. Substitution of the putative catalytic base for water attack on the thioester (Glu161) by an incompetent analog (Gln161) gave a UGDH variant (E161Q) in which the hydrolysis step had become completely rate-limiting so that a thioester enzyme intermediate accumulated at steady state. By crystallizing E161Q in the presence of 5 mm UDP-glucose and 2 mm NAD+, we succeeded in trapping a thiohemiacetal enzyme intermediate and determined its structure at 2.3 Å resolution. Cys276 was covalently modified in the structure, establishing its role as catalytic nucleophile of the reaction. The thiohemiacetal reactive C6 was in a position suitable to become further oxidized by hydride transfer to NAD+. The proposed catalytic mechanism of human UGDH involves Lys220 as general base for UDP-glucose alcohol oxidation and for oxyanion stabilization during formation and breakdown of the thiohemiacetal and thioester enzyme intermediates. Water coordinated to Asp280 deprotonates Cys276 to function as an aldehyde trap and also provides oxyanion stabilization. Glu161 is the Brønsted base catalytically promoting the thioester hydrolysis. PMID:22123821

  16. Mechanistic insights on the ortho-hydroxylation of aromatic compounds by non-heme iron complex: a computational case study on the comparative oxidative ability of ferric-hydroperoxo and high-valent Fe(IV)═O and Fe(V)═O intermediates.

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    Ansari, Azaj; Kaushik, Abhishek; Rajaraman, Gopalan

    2013-03-20

    ortho-Hydroxylation of aromatic compounds by non-heme Fe complexes has been extensively studied in recent years by several research groups. The nature of the proposed oxidant varies from Fe(III)-OOH to high-valent Fe(IV)═O and Fe(V)═O species, and no definitive consensus has emerged. In this comprehensive study, we have investigated the ortho-hydroxylation of aromatic compounds by an iron complex using hybrid density functional theory incorporating dispersion effects. Three different oxidants, Fe(III)-OOH, Fe(IV)═O, and Fe(V)═O, and two different pathways, H-abstraction and electrophilic attack, have been considered to test the oxidative ability of different oxidants and to underpin the exact mechanism of this regiospecific reaction. By mapping the potential energy surface of each oxidant, our calculations categorize Fe(III)-OOH as a sluggish oxidant, as both proximal and distal oxygen atoms of this species have prohibitively high barriers to carry out the aromatic hydroxylation. This is in agreement to the experimental observation where Fe(III)-OOH is found not to directly attack the aromatic ring. A novel mechanism for the explicit generation of non-heme Fe(IV)═O and Fe(V)═O from isomeric forms of Fe(III)-OOH has been proposed where the O···O bond is found to cleave via homolytic (Fe(IV)═O) or heterolytic (Fe(V)═O) fashion exclusively. Apart from having favorable formation energies, the Fe(V)═O species also has a lower barrier height compared to the corresponding Fe(IV)═O species for the aromatic ortho-hydroxylation reaction. The transient Fe(V)═O prefers electrophilic attack on the benzene ring rather than the usual aromatic C-H activation step. A large thermodynamic drive for the formation of a radical intermediate is encountered in the mechanistic scene, and this intermediate substantially diminishes the energy barrier required for C-H activation by the Fe(V)═O species. Further spin density distribution and the frontier orbitals of

  17. Role of Intermediate Filaments in Vesicular Traffic.

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    Margiotta, Azzurra; Bucci, Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    Intermediate filaments are an important component of the cellular cytoskeleton. The first established role attributed to intermediate filaments was the mechanical support to cells. However, it is now clear that intermediate filaments have many different roles affecting a variety of other biological functions, such as the organization of microtubules and microfilaments, the regulation of nuclear structure and activity, the control of cell cycle and the regulation of signal transduction pathways. Furthermore, a number of intermediate filament proteins have been involved in the acquisition of tumorigenic properties. Over the last years, a strong involvement of intermediate filament proteins in the regulation of several aspects of intracellular trafficking has strongly emerged. Here, we review the functions of intermediate filaments proteins focusing mainly on the recent knowledge gained from the discovery that intermediate filaments associate with key proteins of the vesicular membrane transport machinery. In particular, we analyze the current understanding of the contribution of intermediate filaments to the endocytic pathway. PMID:27120621

  18. Intermediate filaments: not just for structure anymore.

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    Liem, Ronald K H

    2013-04-22

    A recent paper has identified the tumor suppressor APC as a linker protein between intermediate filaments and microtubules. In the absence of APC, intermediate filaments collapse and the cells are no longer polarized and fail to migrate.

  19. Role of Intermediate Filaments in Vesicular Traffic

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    Margiotta, Azzurra; Bucci, Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    Intermediate filaments are an important component of the cellular cytoskeleton. The first established role attributed to intermediate filaments was the mechanical support to cells. However, it is now clear that intermediate filaments have many different roles affecting a variety of other biological functions, such as the organization of microtubules and microfilaments, the regulation of nuclear structure and activity, the control of cell cycle and the regulation of signal transduction pathways. Furthermore, a number of intermediate filament proteins have been involved in the acquisition of tumorigenic properties. Over the last years, a strong involvement of intermediate filament proteins in the regulation of several aspects of intracellular trafficking has strongly emerged. Here, we review the functions of intermediate filaments proteins focusing mainly on the recent knowledge gained from the discovery that intermediate filaments associate with key proteins of the vesicular membrane transport machinery. In particular, we analyze the current understanding of the contribution of intermediate filaments to the endocytic pathway. PMID:27120621

  20. Transformation, products, and pathways of chlorophenols via electro-enzymatic catalysis: How to control toxic intermediate products.

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    Du, Penghui; Zhao, He; Li, Haitao; Zhang, Di; Huang, Ching-Hua; Deng, Manfeng; Liu, Chenming; Cao, Hongbin

    2016-02-01

    Chlorophenols can be easily oxidized into chlorobenzoquinones (CBQs), which are highly toxic and have been linked to bladder cancer risk. Herein, we report the transformation, products, and pathways of 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP) by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and electro-generated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and suggest methods to control the formation of toxic intermediate products. After a 10-min electroenzymatic process, 99.7% DCP removal may be achieved under optimal conditions. A total of 16 reaction products, most of which are subsequently verified as DCP polymers and related quinone derivatives, are identified by using ultra-performance liquid chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-TOF-MS). A five-step reaction pathway for DCP transformation, including HRP-driven substrate oxidation, substitution and radical coupling, quick redox equilibrium, nucleophilic reaction and precipitation from aqueous solution, is proposed. Current variations and the presence of CO2 could significantly affect these reaction pathways. In particular, higher currents enhance the hydroxylation process by promoting alkaline conditions and abundant H2O2 formation. As both OH(-) and H2O2 are strong nucleophiles, they easily react with CBQ products to form hydroxylated products, which can significantly reduce solution toxicity. An adequate supply of CO2 can provide favorable pH conditions and facilitate enzymatic steps, such as substrate oxidation and radical coupling, to generate precipitable polymerized products. All of the results suggest that toxic intermediate products can be effectively reduced and controlled during the electro-enzymatic process to remove DCP and other phenolic pollutants from wastewaters. PMID:26519798

  1. Intermediate Filaments in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Zuela, Noam; Gruenbaum, Yosef

    2016-01-01

    More than 70 different genes in humans and 12 different genes in Caenorhabditis elegans encode the superfamily of intermediate filament (IF) proteins. In C. elegans, similar to humans, these proteins are expressed in a cell- and tissue-specific manner, can assemble into heteropolymers and into 5-10nm wide filaments that account for the principal structural elements at the nuclear periphery, nucleoplasm, and cytoplasm. At least 5 of the 11 cytoplasmic IFs, as well as the nuclear IF, lamin, are essential. In this chapter, we will include a short review of our current knowledge of both cytoplasmic and nuclear IFs in C. elegans and will describe techniques used for their analyses.

  2. Syntactic Maturity: The Complex Sentence in Intermediate Spanish.

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    Garrott, Carl L.

    This paper begins with a literature review of research on syntactic maturity, defined as the developmental stages from one- and two-word utterances to the hierarchical structures of adult speech, and seeks to answer questions in the context of past and current research in this area. It attempts to study some of the ramifications of the movement…

  3. 34 CFR 200.17 - Intermediate goals.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 34 Education 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Intermediate goals. 200.17 Section 200.17 Education... Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies Adequate Yearly Progress (ayp) § 200.17 Intermediate goals. Each State must establish intermediate goals that increase in equal increments over the period...

  4. Modeling the Active Sites in Metalloenzymes 5. The Heterolytic Bond Cleavage of H2 in the [NiFe] Hydrogenase of DesulfoWibrio gigas by a Nucleophilic Addition Mechanism

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    Niu, Shuqiang; Hall, Michael B.

    2001-11-19

    The H2 activation catalyzed by an Fe(II)-Ni(III) model of the [NiFe] hydrogenase of DesulfoVibrio gigas has been investigated by density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) calculations on the neutral and anionic active site complexes, [(CO)(CN)2Fe(Mu-SH)2Ni(SH)(SH2)]0 and [(CO)(CN)2Fe(Mu-SH)2Ni(SH)2]-. The results suggest that the reaction proceeds by a nucleophilic addition mechanism that cleaves the H-H bond heterolytically. The terminal cysteine residue Cys530 in the [NiFe] hydrogenase active site of the D. gigas enzyme plays a crucial role in the catalytic process by accepting the proton. The active site is constructed to provide access by this cysteine residue, and this role explains the change in activity observed when this cysteine is replaced by a selenocysteine. Furthermore, the optimized geometry of the transition state in the model bears a striking resemblance to the geometry of the active site as determined by X-ray crystallography.

  5. Tempering the Reactivities of Postulated α-Oxo Gold Carbenes by Bidentate Ligands: Implication of Tricoordinated Gold Intermediates and the Development of an Expedient Bimolecular Assembly of 2,4-Disubstituted Oxazoles

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    Luo, Yingdong; Ji, Kegong; Li, Yuxue

    2012-01-01

    2,4-Oxazole is an important structural motif in various natural products. An efficient modular synthesis of this structure is achieved via a [3+2] annulation between a terminal alkyne and a carboxamide by using a gold-catalyzed oxidation strategy. The postulated reactive intermediate, a terminal α-oxo gold carbene, previously known to be highly electrophilic and hence impropable to be trapped by stoichiometric external nucleophiles, is coerced to react smoothly with a carboxamide en route to the oxazole ring by a P,N- or P,S-bidentate ligand such as Mor-DalPhos; in stark contrast, often used ligands including monodentate phosphines and NHCs are totally ineffective. The role of these bidentate phosphines in this reaction is attributed to the formation of a tricoordinated gold carbene intermediate, which is less electrophilic and hence more chemoselective when reacting with nucleophiles. The success in using bidentate phosphine ligands to temper the reactivities of in-situ generated gold carbenes would likely open many new opportunities to apply the oxidative gold catalysis to the development of novel methods, and the implication of tricoordinated gold intermediates in homogeneous gold catalysis should stimulate further advance in gold catalysis. PMID:23039251

  6. Silacyclopropylideneplatinum(0) Complex as a Robust and Efficient Hydrosilylation Catalyst.

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    Troadec, Thibault; Prades, Amparo; Rodriguez, Ricardo; Mirgalet, Raphael; Baceiredo, Antoine; Saffon-Merceron, Nathalie; Branchadell, Vicenç; Kato, Tsuyoshi

    2016-08-15

    The base-stabilized silacyclopropylidene 1 behaves as a versatile strongly nucleophilic ligand toward transition metals. The strong silylene-metal binding related to both increased σ-donating and π-accepting character of silylene 1 compared to N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) allowed the synthesis of robust and air-stable silylene complexes. Of particular interest, the corresponding platinum(0) complex 6 exhibits high stability and a high level of selectivity and catalytic activity in hydrosilylation reactions that is superior to that of the related NHC-Pt(0) complexes. PMID:27488144

  7. Use of a biosynthetic intermediate to explore the chemical diversity of pseudo-natural fungal polyketides

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    Asai, Teigo; Tsukada, Kento; Ise, Satomi; Shirata, Naoki; Hashimoto, Makoto; Fujii, Isao; Gomi, Katsuya; Nakagawara, Kosuke; Kodama, Eiichi N.; Oshima, Yoshiteru

    2015-09-01

    The structural complexity and diversity of natural products make them attractive sources for potential drug discovery, with their characteristics being derived from the multi-step combination of enzymatic and non-enzymatic conversions of intermediates in each biosynthetic pathway. Intermediates that exhibit multipotent behaviour have great potential for use as starting points in diversity-oriented synthesis. Inspired by the biosynthetic pathways that form complex metabolites from simple intermediates, we developed a semi-synthetic process that combines heterologous biosynthesis and artificial diversification. The heterologous biosynthesis of fungal polyketide intermediates led to the isolation of novel oligomers and provided evidence for ortho-quinonemethide equivalency in their isochromene form. The intrinsic reactivity of the isochromene polyketide enabled us to access various new chemical entities by modifying and remodelling the polyketide core and through coupling with indole molecules. We thus succeeded in generating exceptionally diverse pseudo-natural polyketides through this process and demonstrated an advanced method of using biosynthetic intermediates.

  8. Identification of Secondary Structure Elements in Intermediate Resolution Density Maps

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    Baker, Matthew L.; Ju, Tao; Chiu, Wah

    2007-01-01

    An increasing number of structural studies of large macromolecular complexes, both in X-ray crystallography and electron cryomicroscopy, have resulted in intermediate resolution (5–10 Å) structures. Despite being limited in resolution, significant structural and functional information may be extractable from these maps. To aid in the analysis and annotation of these complexes, we have developed SSEhunter, a tool for the quantitative detection of α-helices and β-sheets. Based on density skeletonization, local geometry calculations and a template-based search, SSEhunter has been tested and validated on a variety of simulated and authentic subnanometer resolution density maps. The result is a robust, user-friendly approach that allows users to quickly visualize, assess and annotate intermediate resolution density maps. Beyond secondary structure element identification, the skeletonization algorithm in SSEhunter provides secondary structure topology, potentially useful in leading to structural models of individual molecular components directly from the density. PMID:17223528

  9. Intermediate Filaments in Caenorhabditis elegans.

    PubMed

    Zuela, Noam; Gruenbaum, Yosef

    2016-01-01

    More than 70 different genes in humans and 12 different genes in Caenorhabditis elegans encode the superfamily of intermediate filament (IF) proteins. In C. elegans, similar to humans, these proteins are expressed in a cell- and tissue-specific manner, can assemble into heteropolymers and into 5-10nm wide filaments that account for the principal structural elements at the nuclear periphery, nucleoplasm, and cytoplasm. At least 5 of the 11 cytoplasmic IFs, as well as the nuclear IF, lamin, are essential. In this chapter, we will include a short review of our current knowledge of both cytoplasmic and nuclear IFs in C. elegans and will describe techniques used for their analyses. PMID:26795488

  10. Displays for future intermediate UAV

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    Desjardins, Daniel; Metzler, James; Blakesley, David; Rister, Courtney; Nuhu, Abdul-Razak

    2008-04-01

    The Dedicated Autonomous Extended Duration Airborne Long-range Utility System (DAEDALUS) is a prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that won the 2007 AFRL Commander's Challenge. The purpose of the Commander's Challenge was to find an innovative solution to urgent warfighter needs by designing a UAV with increased persistence for tactical employment of sensors and communication systems. DAEDALUS was chosen as a winning prototype by AFRL, AFMC and SECAF. Follow-on units are intended to fill an intermediate role between currently fielded Tier I and Tier II UAV's. The UAV design discussed in this paper, including sensors and displays, will enter Phase II for Rapid Prototype Development with the intent of developing the design for eventual production. This paper will discuss the DAEDALUS UAV prototype system, with particular focus on its communications, to include the infrared sensor and electro-optical camera, but also displays, specifically man-portable.

  11. Universal intermediate phases of dilute electronic and molecular glasses.

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    Phillips, J C

    2002-05-27

    Generic intermediate phases with anomalous properties exist over narrow composition ranges adjacent to connectivity transitions. Analysis of both simple classical and complex quantum percolation shows how topological concepts can be used to understand many mysterious properties of high temperature superconductors, including the remarkably similar phase diagrams of La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4 and C60(+y). Predictions are made for novel threshold behavior of the impurity band metal-insulator transition in two dimensions.

  12. HR-MAS NMR spectroscopy of reconstructed human epidermis: potential for the in situ investigation of the chemical interactions between skin allergens and nucleophilic amino acids.

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    Elbayed, Karim; Berl, Valérie; Debeuckelaere, Camille; Moussallieh, François-Marie; Piotto, Martial; Namer, Izzie-Jacques; Lepoittevin, Jean-Pierre

    2013-01-18

    High-resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) is a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique that enables the characterization of metabolic phenotypes/metabolite profiles of cells, tissues, and organs, under both normal and pathological conditions, without resorting to time-consuming extraction techniques. In this article, we explore a new domain of application of HR-MAS, namely, reconstructed human epidermis (RHE) and the in situ observation of chemical interactions between skin sensitizers and nucleophilic amino acids. First, the preparation, storage, and analysis of RHE were optimized, and this work demonstrated that HR-MAS NMR was well adapted for investigating RHE with spectra of good quality allowing qualitative as well as quantitative studies of metabolites. Second, in order to study the response of RHE to chemical sensitizers, the ((13)C)methyldodecanesulfonate was chosen as an NMR probe, and we compared adducts formed on human serum albumin (HSA) in solution and adducts formed in RHE. Thus, while the modification of proteins or peptides in solution takes several days to lead to a significant amount of modification, in RHE the modifications of nucleophilic amino acids were observable already at 24 h. The chemioselectivity also appeared to be different with major modifications taking place on histidine, methionine, and cysteine residues in RHE, while on HSA, significant modifications were observed on lysine residues with the formation of methylated and dimethylated amino groups. We thus demonstrated that RHE could be used to investigate in situ chemical interactions taking place between skin sensitizers and nucleophilic amino acids. This opens perspectives for the molecular understanding of the skin immune system activation by sensitizing chemicals.

  13. Iron(II) Active Species in Iron-Bisphosphine Catalyzed Kumada and Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Couplings of Phenyl Nucleophiles and Secondary Alkyl Halides.

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    Daifuku, Stephanie L; Kneebone, Jared L; Snyder, Benjamin E R; Neidig, Michael L

    2015-09-01

    While previous studies have identified FeMes2(SciOPP) as the active catalyst species in iron-SciOPP catalyzed Kumada cross-coupling of mesitylmagnesium bromide and primary alkyl halides, the active catalyst species in cross-couplings with phenyl nucleophiles, where low valent iron species might be prevalent due to accessible reductive elimination pathways, remains undefined. In the present study, in situ Mössbauer and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopic studies combined with inorganic syntheses and reaction studies are employed to evaluate the in situ formed iron species and identify the active catalytic species in iron-SciOPP catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura and Kumada cross-couplings of phenyl nucleophiles and secondary alkyl halides. While reductive elimination to form Fe(η(6)-biphenyl)(SciOPP) occurs upon reaction of FeCl2(SciOPP) with phenyl nucleophiles, this iron(0) species is not found to be kinetically competent for catalysis. Importantly, mono- and bis-phenylated iron(II)-SciOPP species that form prior to reductive elimination are identified, where both species are found to be reactive toward electrophile at catalytically relevant rates. The higher selectivity toward the formation of cross-coupled product observed for the monophenylated species combined with the undertransmetalated nature of the in situ iron species in both Kumada and Suzuki-Miyaura reactions indicates that Fe(Ph)X(SciOPP) (X = Br, Cl) is the predominant reactive species in cross-coupling. Overall, these studies demonstrate that low-valent iron is not required for the generation of highly reactive species for effective aryl-alkyl cross-couplings. PMID:26266698

  14. Iron(II) Active Species in Iron-Bisphosphine Catalyzed Kumada and Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Couplings of Phenyl Nucleophiles and Secondary Alkyl Halides.

    PubMed

    Daifuku, Stephanie L; Kneebone, Jared L; Snyder, Benjamin E R; Neidig, Michael L

    2015-09-01

    While previous studies have identified FeMes2(SciOPP) as the active catalyst species in iron-SciOPP catalyzed Kumada cross-coupling of mesitylmagnesium bromide and primary alkyl halides, the active catalyst species in cross-couplings with phenyl nucleophiles, where low valent iron species might be prevalent due to accessible reductive elimination pathways, remains undefined. In the present study, in situ Mössbauer and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopic studies combined with inorganic syntheses and reaction studies are employed to evaluate the in situ formed iron species and identify the active catalytic species in iron-SciOPP catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura and Kumada cross-couplings of phenyl nucleophiles and secondary alkyl halides. While reductive elimination to form Fe(η(6)-biphenyl)(SciOPP) occurs upon reaction of FeCl2(SciOPP) with phenyl nucleophiles, this iron(0) species is not found to be kinetically competent for catalysis. Importantly, mono- and bis-phenylated iron(II)-SciOPP species that form prior to reductive elimination are identified, where both species are found to be reactive toward electrophile at catalytically relevant rates. The higher selectivity toward the formation of cross-coupled product observed for the monophenylated species combined with the undertransmetalated nature of the in situ iron species in both Kumada and Suzuki-Miyaura reactions indicates that Fe(Ph)X(SciOPP) (X = Br, Cl) is the predominant reactive species in cross-coupling. Overall, these studies demonstrate that low-valent iron is not required for the generation of highly reactive species for effective aryl-alkyl cross-couplings.

  15. Iron(II) Active Species in Iron–Bisphosphine Catalyzed Kumada and Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-Couplings of Phenyl Nucleophiles and Secondary Alkyl Halides

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    While previous studies have identified FeMes2(SciOPP) as the active catalyst species in iron–SciOPP catalyzed Kumada cross-coupling of mesitylmagnesium bromide and primary alkyl halides, the active catalyst species in cross-couplings with phenyl nucleophiles, where low valent iron species might be prevalent due to accessible reductive elimination pathways, remains undefined. In the present study, in situ Mössbauer and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopic studies combined with inorganic syntheses and reaction studies are employed to evaluate the in situ formed iron species and identify the active catalytic species in iron–SciOPP catalyzed Suzuki–Miyaura and Kumada cross-couplings of phenyl nucleophiles and secondary alkyl halides. While reductive elimination to form Fe(η6-biphenyl)(SciOPP) occurs upon reaction of FeCl2(SciOPP) with phenyl nucleophiles, this iron(0) species is not found to be kinetically competent for catalysis. Importantly, mono- and bis-phenylated iron(II)–SciOPP species that form prior to reductive elimination are identified, where both species are found to be reactive toward electrophile at catalytically relevant rates. The higher selectivity toward the formation of cross-coupled product observed for the monophenylated species combined with the undertransmetalated nature of the in situ iron species in both Kumada and Suzuki–Miyaura reactions indicates that Fe(Ph)X(SciOPP) (X = Br, Cl) is the predominant reactive species in cross-coupling. Overall, these studies demonstrate that low-valent iron is not required for the generation of highly reactive species for effective aryl-alkyl cross-couplings. PMID:26266698

  16. The profound effect of fluorine substitution on the reactivity and regioselectivity of nucleophilic substitution reactions of strained heterocycles. A study of aziridine and its derivatives.

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    Banks, Harold D

    2006-10-13

    Unlike the synthetically exploited oxiranes and thiiranes, aziridines that lack electron-withdrawing substituents, such as acyl or sulfonyl functionalities at nitrogen, are rather unreactive. As expected, three-membered aziridine 6 was calculated to be significantly more reactive than azetidine 7 in nucleophilic cleavage by ammonia, a typical nucleophile. The reactivity of 7 was about the same as that of an acyclic model compound, 8, when release of ring strain in the transition state was taken into account. Fluorine due to its similar size but vastly different electronegativity has been substituted for hydrogen as a means of modifying chemical properties for varied applications. In the present investigation, the effect of fluorine substitution at aziridine positions other than nitrogen was studied. Computations at the MP2(Full)/6-311++G(d,p)//MP2(Full)/6-31+G(d) level found a vast preference for attack by ammonia at the 3-position of 2-fluoroaziridine in the gas phase at 298 K. When release of ring strain was taken into account, this compound reacted more than 10(11) times faster than 6. The reaction rate with trans-2,3-difluoroaziridine was about twice that of 2-fluoroaziridine, while its diastereomer reacted with ammonia considerably slower. Acyclic fluorinated amine model compounds were employed to assess the generality of the effects produced by fluorine substitution. The results were rationalized by the energy contributions of strain energy releases, stabilization of the leaving group, and the relative electrostatic energies of the heterocycles in the transition states. The more reactive fluoroaziridines underwent nucleophilic attack at rates comparable to those of N-acetylaziridine. PMID:17025297

  17. A Balancing Act: Stability versus Reactivity of Mn(O) Complexes.

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    Neu, Heather M; Baglia, Regina A; Goldberg, David P

    2015-10-20

    A large class of heme and non-heme metalloenzymes utilize O2 or its derivatives (e.g., H2O2) to generate high-valent metal-oxo intermediates for performing challenging and selective oxidations. Due to their reactive nature, these intermediates are often short-lived and very difficult to characterize. Synthetic chemists have sought to prepare analogous metal-oxo complexes with ligands that impart enough stability to allow for their characterization and an examination of their inherent reactivity. The challenge in designing these molecules is to achieve a balance between their stability, which should allow for their in situ characterization or isolation, and their reactivity, in which they can still participate in interesting chemical transformations. This Account focuses on our recent efforts to generate and stabilize high-valent manganese-oxo porphyrinoid complexes and tune their reactivity in the oxidation of organic substrates. Dioxygen can be used to generate a high-valent Mn(V)(O) corrolazine (Mn(V)(O)(TBP8Cz)) by irradiation of Mn(III)(TBP8Cz) with visible light in the presence of a C-H substrate. Quantitative formation of the Mn(V)(O) complex occurs with concomitant selective hydroxylation of the benzylic substrate hexamethylbenzene. Addition of a strong H(+) donor converted this light/O2/substrate reaction from a stoichiometric to a catalytic process with modest turnovers. The addition of H(+) likely activates a transient Mn(V)(O) complex to achieve turnover, whereas in the absence of H(+), the Mn(V)(O) complex is an unreactive "dead-end" complex. Addition of anionic donors to the Mn(V)(O) complex also leads to enhanced reactivity, with a large increase in the rate of two-electron oxygen atom transfer (OAT) to thioether substrates. Spectroscopic characterization (Mn K-edge X-ray absorption and resonance Raman spectroscopies) revealed that the anionic donors (X(-)) bind to the Mn(V) ion to form six-coordinate [Mn(V)(O)(X)](-) complexes. An unusual "V

  18. Electron microscopic analysis of rotavirus assembly-replication intermediates

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    Boudreaux, Crystal E.; Kelly, Deborah F.; McDonald, Sarah M.

    2015-03-15

    Rotaviruses (RVs) replicate their segmented, double-stranded RNA genomes in tandem with early virion assembly. In this study, we sought to gain insight into the ultrastructure of RV assembly-replication intermediates (RIs) using transmission electron microscopy (EM). Specifically, we examined a replicase-competent, subcellular fraction that contains all known RV RIs. Three never-before-seen complexes were visualized in this fraction. Using in vitro reconstitution, we showed that ~15-nm doughnut-shaped proteins in strings were nonstructural protein 2 (NSP2) bound to viral RNA transcripts. Moreover, using immunoaffinity-capture EM, we revealed that ~20-nm pebble-shaped complexes contain the viral RNA polymerase (VP1) and RNA capping enzyme (VP3). Finally, using a gel purification method, we demonstrated that ~30–70-nm electron-dense, particle-shaped complexes represent replicase-competent core RIs, containing VP1, VP3, and NSP2 as well as capsid proteins VP2 and VP6. The results of this study raise new questions about the interactions among viral proteins and RNA during the concerted assembly–replicase process. - Highlights: • Rotaviruses replicate their genomes in tandem with early virion assembly. • Little is known about rotavirus assembly-replication intermediates. • Assembly-replication intermediates were imaged using electron microscopy.

  19. Emergence of electrophilic alumination as the counterpart of established nucleophilic lithiation: an academic sojourn in organometallics with William Kaska as fellow traveler.

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    Eisch, John J

    2015-04-21

    William Kaska pursued doctoral studies with John Eisch in mechanistic organometallic chemistry, first with organolithium reactions at St. Louis University and then at the University of Michigan with organoaluminum reactions. Thereby he revealed the change in mechanism from nucleophilic lithiation and carbolithiation to that of electrophilic alumination, carboalumination and hydroalumination of organic substrates, which reactions were previously observed by Karl Ziegler in his empirical studies of organoaluminum reactions. Our findings were the first mechanistic studies attempting to set such Ziegler chemistry on a modern theoretical basis. PMID:25820225

  20. Crystal structure of Thermoplasma acidophilum XerA recombinase shows large C-shape clamp conformation and cis-cleavage mode for nucleophilic tyrosine.

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    Jo, Chang Hwa; Kim, Junsoo; Han, Ah-reum; Park, Sam Yong; Hwang, Kwang Yeon; Nam, Ki Hyun

    2016-03-01

    Site-specific Xer recombination plays a pivotal role in reshuffling genetic information. Here, we report the 2.5 Å crystal structure of XerA from the archaean Thermoplasma acidophilum. Crystallographic data reveal a uniquely open conformational state, resulting in a C-shaped clamp with an angle of ~ 48° and a distance of 57 Å between the core-binding and the catalytic domains. The catalytic nucleophile, Tyr264, is positioned in cis-cleavage mode by XerA's C-term tail that interacts with the CAT domain of a neighboring monomer without DNA substrate. Structural comparisons of tyrosine recombinases elucidate the dynamics of Xer recombinase.