Antonello Alvino

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In this paper, we report an extensive electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) study of the noncovalent interactions between different intermolecular and intramolecular G-quadruplex structures and several perylene and coronene ligands. The selectivity of these compounds toward quadruplex structures with respect to duplex DNA, a fundamental topic(More)
Telomerase is responsible for the immortal phenotype of cancer cells and telomerase inhibition may specifically target cancer cell proliferation. Ligands able to selectively bind to G-quadruplex telomeric DNA have been considered as telomerase inhibitors but their mechanisms of action have often been deduced from a non-quantitative telomerase activity assay(More)
A series of bay-substituted perylene derivatives is reported as a new class of G-quadruplex ligands. The synthesized compounds have differing N-cyclic substituents on the bay area and differing side chains on the perylene major axis. ESI-MS and FRET measurements highlighted the strongest quadruplex binders in this series and those showing the highest(More)
Based on previous work on both perylene and coronene derivatives as G-quadruplex binders, a novel chimeric compound was designed: N,N'-bis[2-(1-piperidino)-ethyl]-1-(1-piperidinyl)-6-[2-(1-piperidino)-ethyl]-benzo[ghi]perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide (EMICORON), having one piperidinyl group bound to the perylene bay area (positions 1, 12 and 6, 7(More)
Following previous studies on anthraquinone and acridine-based G-quadruplex ligands, here we present a study of similar aromatic cores, with the specific aim of increasing G-quadruplex binding and selectivity with respect to duplex DNA. Synthesized compounds include two and three-side chain xanthone and xanthene derivatives, as well as a dimeric "bridged"(More)
In developing G-quadruplex interactive telomerase inhibitors two main features have to be taken into account: the hydrophobic interactions with the G-quartet plane and the electrostatic interactions with the negatively charged phosphates of the four grooves. In this paper, we report the synthesis of four hydrosoluble coronene derivatives, which are(More)
Four new perylene derivatives with three and four basic side-chains are reported here as G-quadruplex interactive compounds. The new perylene derivatives are readily soluble in water and not self-aggregated, in contrast to what happens with the previously reported two side-chain perylene derivatives. All four compounds are able to induce the G-quadruplex(More)
A tandem gold(I)-catalyzed aminocylization/fluorination and a two-step, one-pot gold(III)-catalyzed cyclization/electrophilic fluorination provide a convenient and general method for the synthesis of 3,3-difluoro-2-substituted-3H-indoles in good yield under mild conditions. Extension of the procedure to the synthesis of 2-aryl-3-fluoro-1H-indoles is(More)
In this study, we reported the analysis of the medium polarity fraction obtained from an accession of Helichrysum microphyllum subsp. tyrrhenicum from La Maddalena Island. Besides several compounds already evidenced in this species and related genera, i.e. micropyrone (1), arzanol (2), helipyrone (3), acetyl-bitalin derivatives (4, 5), gnaphaliol (6),(More)
Complexation of Zn(II) ions by cyclam cored dendrimers appended with four (G0), eight (G1) and 16 naphthyl chromophores (G2) at the periphery have been investigated in CH₃CN-CH₂Cl₂ 1 : 1 (v/v) solution by absorption and emission, ESI-mass and ¹H NMR spectroscopy. The results obtained can be interpreted by the formation of complexes of 2 : 1 dendrimer to(More)