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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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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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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)....

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New approach for time-resolved and dynamic investigations on nanoparticles agglomeration

Anaraki, Neda Iranpour ; Sadeghpour, Amin ; Iranshahi, Kamran ; Toncelli, Claudio ; Cendrowska, Urszula ; Stellacci, Francesco ; Dommann, Alex ; Wick, Peter ; Neels, Antonia

In: Nano Research, 2020, vol. 13, no. 10, p. 2847–2856

Nanoparticle (NP) colloidal stability plays a crucial role in biomedical application not only for human and environmental safety but also for NP efficiency and functionality. NP agglomeration is considered as a possible process in monodispersed NP colloidal solutions, which drastically affects colloidal stability. This process is triggered by changes in the physicochemical properties of the...

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Estimating the accuracy of the MARTINI model towards the investigation of Peripheral Protein-Membrane Interactions

Srinivasan, Sriraksha ; Zoni, Valeria ; Vanni, Stefano

In: Faraday Discussions, 2020, p. -

Peripheral membrane proteins play a major role in numerous biological processes by transiently associating with cellular membranes, often with extreme membrane specificity. Because of the short-lived nature of these interactions, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have emerged as an appealing tool to characterize at the structural level the molecular details of the protein-membrane...

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Insights into the mechanism of photosynthetic H 2 evolution catalyzed by a heptacoordinate cobalt complex

Lucarini, Fiorella ; Fize, Jennifer ; Morozan, Adina ; Marazzi, Marco ; Natali, Mirco ; Pastore, Mariachiara ; Artero, Vincent ; Ruggi, Albert

In: Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 2020, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 589–599

H2 evolution catalyzed by a heptacoordinate complex under both electro- (1) and photo-chemical (2) conditions is analyzed in detail in order to gain insights into the mechanism of the processes. The complex shows high catalytic activity for hydrogen production in acetonitrile, in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid and triethylammonium tetrafluoroborate as proton sources. Foot-of-the-wave...