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Nna1 has some sequence similarity to metallocarboxypeptidases, but the biochemical characterization of Nna1 has not previously been reported. In this work we performed a detailed genomic scan and found >100 Nna1 homologues in bacteria, Protista, and Animalia, including several paralogs in most eukaryotic species. Phylogenetic analysis of the Nna1-like(More)
The present work faces the rising demand of cationic particles of different sizes for biological applications, especially in gene therapies and nanotoxicology studies. A simple phase-transfer methodology has been developed for the functionalization of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) with a variety of ligands, both cationic and anionic in aqueous solution,(More)
In the search for new therapeutic tools against diseases produced by kinetoplastid parasites five vanadyl complexes, [V(IV)O(L-2H)(phen)], including 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) and tridentate salicylaldehyde semicarbazone derivatives as ligands have been synthesized and characterized in the solid state and in solution by using different techniques. EPR(More)
In the search for new metal-based drugs for the treatment of tumoral and parasitic diseases a vanadyl complex, [V(IV)O(SO(4))(H2O)(2)(dppz)].2H(2)O, that includes the bidentate polypyridyl DNA intercalator dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine (dppz), was synthesized, characterized by a combination of techniques, and in vitro evaluated on the human acute(More)
Four complexes combining the {Ru(p-cym)} moiety (p-cym = para-cymene) with thiosemicarbazone (TSC) ligands containing the 5-nitrofuryl pharmacophore were investigated in vitro for their properties as prospective anti-tumour agents. The compounds are dimeric structures of general formula [Ru2(p-cym)2(L)2]X2 where X = Cl(-), PF6(-) and L = deprotonated(More)
A number of new Pt(II) complexes is described having the general formula PtCl(2)(LL), where LL is a chelating diamine ligand. Ligands LL were chosen as D,L-2,3-diaminopropionic acid and its ethyl ester, and D,L-2,4-diaminobutyric acid and its ethyl ester. The compounds were characterized using analytical and spectroscopic methods. The influence of the size(More)
A novel proteinaceous metallo-carboxypeptidase inhibitor, named tick carboxypeptidase inhibitor (TCI), was isolated from the ixodid tick Rhipicephalus bursa and N-terminally sequenced. The complete cDNA encoding this protein was cloned from tick mRNA by reverse transcription-PCR and rapid amplification of cDNA ends techniques. The full-length TCI cDNA(More)
Palladium and platinum complexes with the model nucleobase 1-methylcytosine (1-Mecyt) of the types [Pd(N-N)(C6F5)(1-Mecyt)]ClO4 [N-N = bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)methane (bpzm), bis(pyrazol-1-yl)methane (bpzm), N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (tmeda), or 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy)] and [M(dmba)(L')(1-Mecyt)]ClO4 [dmba = N,C-chelating(More)
The new complexes [Pd(dmba)( N10-9AA)(PPh 3)]ClO 4 ( 1), [Pt(dmba)( N9-9AA)(PPh 3)]ClO 4 ( 2), [Pd(dmba)( N10-9AA)Cl] ( 3), and [Pd(C 6F 5)( N10-9AA)(PPh 3)Cl] ( 4) (9-AA = 9-aminoacridine; dmba = N,C-chelating 2-(dimethylaminomethyl)phenyl) have been prepared. The crystal structures have been established by X-ray diffraction. In complex 2, an anagostic(More)
The tick carboxypeptidase inhibitor (TCI) is a proteinaceous inhibitor of metallo-carboxypeptidases present in the blood-sucking tick Rhipicephalus bursa. The three-dimensional crystal structures of recombinant TCI bound to bovine carboxypeptidase A and to human carboxypeptidase B have been determined and refined at 1.7 A and at 2.0 A resolution,(More)