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Université de Fribourg

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-,...

Université de Fribourg

Bacterial oxidases of the cytochrome bd family: redox enzymes of unique structure, function, and utility as drug targets

Borisov, Vitaliy B. ; Siletsky, Sergey A. ; Paiardini, Alessandro ; Hoogewijs, David ; Forte, Elena ; Giuffrè, Alessandro ; Poole, Robert K.

In: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 2020, p. ars.2020.8039

Significance: Cytochrome bd is a ubiquinol:oxygen oxidoreductase of many prokaryotic respiratory chains with a unique structure and functional characteristics. Its primary role is to couple the reduction of molecular oxygen, even at submicromolar concentrations, to water with the generation of a proton motive force used for adenosine triphosphate production. Cytochrome bd is found in many...

Université de Fribourg

Slow-targeted release of a ruthenium anticancer agent from vitamin B 12 functionalized marine diatom microalgae

Delasoie, Joachim ; Rossier, Jérémie ; Haeni, Laetitia ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Zobi, Fabio

In: Dalton Transactions, 2018, vol. 47, no. 48, p. 17221–17232

Herein we report the synthesis of a new biomaterial designed for targeted delivery of poorly water-soluble inorganic anticancer drugs, with a focus on colorectal cancer. Diatomaceous earth microparticles derived from marine microalgae were coated with vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) as a tumor targeting agent and loaded with the well- known anticancer agents cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and...

Université de Fribourg

Cytotoxicity of Mn-based photoCORMs of ethynyl-α-diimine ligands against different cancer cell lines: The key role of CO-depleted metal fragments

Rossier, Jeremie ; Delasoie, Joachim ; Haeni, Laetitia ; Hauser, Daniel ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara ; Zobi, Fabio

In: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2020, vol. 209, p. 111122

A series of tricarbonyl manganese complexes bearing 4-ethynyl-2,2′-bipyridine and 5- ethynyl-1,10-phenanthroline α-diimine ligands were synthetized, characterized and conjugated to vitamin B12, previously used as a vector for drug delivery, to take advantage of its water solubility and specificity toward cancer cells. The compounds act as photoactivatable carbon monoxide-releasing molecules...

Université de Fribourg

Assessment of the potential for in-plume sulphur dioxide gas-ash interactions to influence the respiratory toxicity of volcanic ash

Tomašek, Ines ; Damby, David E. ; Horwell, Claire J. ; Ayris, Paul M. ; Delmelle, Pierre ; Ottley, Christopher J. ; Cubillas, Pablo ; Casas, Ana S. ; Bisig, Christoph ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Dingwell, Donald B. ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Drasler, Barbara ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Environmental Research, 2019, vol. 179, p. 108798

Volcanic plumes are complex environments composed of gases and ash particles, where chemical and physical processes occur at different temperature and compositional regimes. Commonly, soluble sulphate- and chloride-bearing salts are formed on ash as gases interact with ash surfaces. Exposure to respirable volcanic ash following an eruption is potentially a significant health concern. The...

Université de Fribourg

Synthesis of tetraarylethene luminogens by C−H vinylation of aromatic compounds with triazenes

Suleymanov, Abdusalom A. ; Doll, Martin ; Albert Ruggi ; Scopelliti, Rosario ; Fadaei-Tirani, Farzaneh ; Severin, Kay

In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, p. -

Tetraarylethenes are obtained by acid‐induced coupling of vinyl triazenes with aromatic compounds. This new C−H activation route for the synthesis of aggregation‐ induced emission luminogens is simple, fast, and versatile. It allows the direct grafting of triarylethenyl groups onto a variety of aromatic compounds, including heterocycles, supramolecular hosts, biologically relevant...

Université de Fribourg

pH-responsive nano-self-assemblies of the anticancer drug 2-hydroxyoleic acid

Prajapati, Rama ; Gontsarik, Mark ; Yaghmur, Anan ; Salentinig, Stefan

In: Langmuir, 2019, vol. 35, no. 24, p. 7954–7961

pH-responsive lipid nanocarriers have the potential to selectively target the acidic extracellular pH environment of cancer tissues and may further improve the efficacy of chemotherapeutics by minimizing their toxic side-effects. Here, we present the design and characterization of pH-sensitive nano-self-assemblies of the poorly water-soluble anticancer drug 2-hydroxyoleic acid (2OHOA) with...

Université de Neuchâtel

Increasing the size of metalla-assemblies to target the EPR-effect of tumors and solid cancers

Mannancherril, Vidya ; Therrien, Bruno (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

Cancer, a malignant disease, is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among humans. However, selective targeting of cancerous tissue remains challenging. The enhanced permeability and retention effect (EPR-effect), a naturally occurring phenomenon in solid cancerous tissue, is a suitable treatment pathway to selectively target cancerous tissues, whereas healthy tissue remains...

Université de Fribourg

Amphiphilic nanoparticle delivery enhances the anticancer efficacy of a TLR7 ligand via local immune activation

Mottas, Inès ; Bekdemir, Ahmet ; Cereghetti, Alessandra ; Spagnuolo, Lorenzo ; Yang, Yu-Sang Sabrina ; Müller, Marie ; J.Irvine, Darrell ; Stellaccic, Francesco ; Bourquin, Carole

In: Biomaterials, 2019, vol. 190–191, p. 111–120

Although immunotherapy shows great promise for the long-term control of cancer, many tumors still fail to respond to treatment. To improve the outcome, the delivery of immunostimulants to the lymph nodes draining the tumor, where the antitumor immune response is initiated, is key. Efforts to use nanoparticles as carriers for cancer immunotherapy have generally required targeting agents and...