Andreas E. Jakobs

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Photodynamic therapy with bacteriochlorin a (BCA) as sensitizer induces damage to red blood cells in vivo. To assess the extent of the contributuion of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and to determine a possible reaction mechanism, competition experiments with assorted ROS quenching or/and enhancing agents were performed in human erythrocytes as model system(More)
Eight psoralen analogues, in which sulphur or selenium replaces one or both intracyclic oxygen atoms, were synthesized. Photoreaction with M13mp19 RF DNA in the presence and absence of oxygen (wavelength, greater than 320 nm) was studied. The damaged viral DNA was transfected into Escherichia coli and scored for infectivity towards Ca-treated wild-type E.(More)
The sulfur analogues of psoralen and 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) in the pyrone moiety were synthesized and compared to the parent compounds in terms of photoreactivity with viral M13mp19 RF DNA. The damaged viral DNA was transfected into Escherichia coli and scored for infectivity toward Ca-treated wild-type E. coli. This allowed a comparative study of the(More)
Some heteropsoralens, obtained by replacing one or both the intracyclic oxygen atoms with sulphur and/or selenium, were studied. In preliminary tests, these compounds showed strong photobiological activity, in some cases more than two orders of magnitude higher than that of psoralen. Heteropsoralens containing sulphur undergo intercalation inside duplex(More)
The quantum yield of singlet oxygen production by eight newly synthesized sulfur and selenium analogs of psoralen irradiated with UV-A (366 nm) has been determined in CCl4 with the help of the steady state luminescence technique. The new psoralen derivatives are generally better singlet oxygen producers than psoralen itself. In particular, the replacement(More)
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