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New data on early Oligocene dormice (Rodentia, Gliridae) from southern Europe : Phylogeny and diversification of the family

Lu, Xiaoyu ; Costeur, Loïc ; Hugueney, Marguerite ; Maridet, Olivier

In: Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 2021, p. 1-21

Rodents of the extant family Gliridae, commonly called dormice, are common in European faunas since the early Eocene. Here we study for the first time specimens from St-Martin-de-Castillon C (France, early Oligocene) previously reported as Gliravus aff. majori and Pseudodryomys aff. fugax. We now refer them to Butseloglis tenuis and Microdyromys misonnei. Besides the French material, new...

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Post-protein binding metal-mediated coupling of an acridine orange-based fluorophore

Santoro, Giuseppe ; Blacque, Olivier ; Zobi, Fabio

In: Metallomics, 2012, vol. 4, no. 3, p. 253-259

The HEW lysozyme (Lys) and the fac-[Re(CO)3(H2O)3]+ complex (1) are used as a simple model system for the description of a new approach to the labelling polypeptides with fluorescent tags. The strategy takes advantage of the reaction of an acridine orange-based fluorophore (AO) with the non-native metal fragment 1 hybridized on the enzyme. A synthetic methodology for the quantitative...

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The record of Deinotheriidae from the Miocene of the Swiss Jura Mountains (Jura Canton, Switzerland)

Gagliardi, Fanny ; Maridet, Olivier ; Becker, Damien

In: bioRxiv, 2021, p. 244061

The Miocene sands of the Swiss Jura Mountains, long exploited in quarries for the construction industry, have yielded abundant fossil remains of large mammals. Among Deinotheriidae (Proboscidea), two species, Prodeinotherium bavaricum and Deinotherium giganteum, had previously been identified in the Delémont valley, but never described. A third species, Deinotherium levius, from the locality of...

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Formation and Reactivity of [(tacn)-N-CO-Re(III)Br(CO)(2)](+) in Water : a Theoretical and Experimental Study

Zobi, Fabio ; Blacque, Olivier ; Steyl, Gideon ; Spingler, Bernhard ; Alberto, Roger

In: Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, vol. 48, no. 11, p. 4963-4970

The chemistry of [(tacn)-N-CO-Re(III)(CO)(2)Br]X (X = Cl or Br), obtained in good yield from the reaction of fac-[(tacn)Re(I)(CO)(3)]Br (1, tacn = 1,4,7- triazacyclononane) with X(2) in water, is described. The [(tacn)-N-CO-Re(III)(CO) (2)Br]X complex (2 with X = Br(-); 2a with X = BrCl(2)(-)), which we have previously communicated, is characterized by an unusual three-membered ring acyl amide...

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Ligand electronic parameters as a measure of the polarization of the C≡O bond in [M(CO)(x)L(y)]n complexes and of the relative stabilization of [M(CO)(x)L(y)](n/n+1) species

Zobi, Fabio

In: Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, vol. 49, no. 22, p. 10370-10377

The electronic description of octahedral (fac-[M(CO)(3)L(3)](n), with M = Re, Ru, and Mn, and [Cr(CO)(5)L](n)), square-planar (cis-[Pt(CO)(2)L(2)](n)), and tetrahedral ([Ni(CO)(3)L](n)) carbonyl complexes (where L = monodentate ligand) was obtained via density functional theory and natural population analyses in order to understand what effects are probed in these species by vibrational...

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Parametrization of the contribution of mono- and bidentate ligands on the symmetric C[triple bond]O stretching frequency of fac-[Re(CO)(3)](+) complexes

Zobi, Fabio

In: Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, vol. 48, no. 22, p. 10845-10855

A ligand parameter, IR(P)(L), is introduced in order to evaluate the effect that different monodentate and bidentate ligands have on the symmetric C[triple bond]O stretching frequency of octahedral d(6) fac-[Re(CO)(3)L(3)] complexes (L = mono- or bidentate ligand). The parameter is empirically derived by assuming that the electronic effect, or contribution, that any given ligand L will add to...

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Synthesis and reactivity of the 17 e- complex [Re(II)Br4(CO)2]2 : A convenient entry into rhenium(II) chemistry

Zobi, Fabio ; Kromer, Lukas ; Spingler, Bernhard ; Alberto, Roger

In: Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, vol. 48, no. 18, p. 8965-8970

The reduction of (Et(4)N)[Re(III)Br(4)(CO)(2)] (1) by 0.5 equiv of tetrakis- dimethylaminoethylene in acetonitrile yields directly the air-stable, 17-electron Re(II) synthon (Et(4)N)(2)[Re(II)Br(4)(CO)(2)] (2) in nearly quantitative yield. The versatility of 2 as a synthon for Re(II) chemistry was demonstrated by substitution reactions of [Re(II)Br(4)(CO)(2)](2-) with different mono-, bi-,...

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CO and CO-releasing molecules in medicinal chemistry

Zobi, Fabio

In: Future Medicinal Chemistry, 2013, vol. 5, no. 2, p. 175-188

Since the discovery that CO acts as a cytoprotective and homeostatic molecule, increasing research efforts have been devoted to the exploitation of its therapeutic effects. Both endogenous and exogenous CO improves experimental lung, vascular and cardiac injuries and protects against several inflammatory states. The technology is now in place to bring CO to clinical applications, but the use...

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Total Angular Momentum Dichroism of the Terahertz Vortex Beams at the Antiferromagnetic Resonances

Sirenko, Andrei A. ; Marsik, Premysl ; Bugnon, Laurent ; Soulier, Mathias ; Bernhard, Christian ; Stanislavchuk, T. N. ; Xu, Xianghan ; Cheong, S.-W.

In: Physical Review Letters, 2021, vol. 126, no. 15, p. 157401

Terahertz vortex beams with different superposition of the orbital angular momentum $l={\pm}1$, ${\pm}2$, ${\pm}3$, and ${\pm}4$ and spin angular momentum ${\sigma}={\pm}1$ were used to study antiferromagnetic (AFM) resonances in TbFe$_3$(BO$_3$)$_4$ and Ni$_3$TeO$_6$ single crystals. In both materials we observed a strong vortex beam dichroism for the AFM resonances that are split in ...

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Aerobically stable and substitutionally labile α-diimine rhenium dicarbonyl complexes

Schindler, Kevin ; Crochet, Aurélien ; Zobi, Fabio

In: RSC Advances, 2021, vol. 11, p. 7511-7520

New synthetic routes to aerobically stable and substitutionally labile α-diimine rhenium(I) dicarbonyl complexes are described. The molecules are prepared in high yield from the cis–cis–trans-[Re(CO)2(tBu2bpy)Br2]− anion (2, where tBu2bpy is 4,4′- di-tert-butyl-2,2′-bipyridine), which can be isolated from the one electron reduction of the corresponding 17-electron complex (1)....