Leonardo Zayat

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We describe the selective photorelease of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) with a novel caged-GABA compound that uses a ruthenium complex as photosensor. This compound ("RuBi-GABA") can be excited with visible wavelengths, providing greater tissue penetration, less photo-toxicity, and faster photorelease kinetics than currently used UV light-sensitive caged(More)
A new strategy to build caged-compounds is presented. The approach is based on heterolytic photocleavage of a metal-ligand bond in a coordination compound. A ruthenium polypyridine complex, containing the neurocompound 4-amino pyridine (4AP) is used as the core of the phototrigger. The biomolecule is released by irradiation with visible light (>480 nm). The(More)
Octahedral Ru(II) polypyridyl complexes constitute a superb platform to devise photoactive triggers capable of delivering entire molecules in a reliable, fast, efficient and clean way. Ruthenium coordination chemistry opens the way to caging a wide range of molecules, such as amino acids, nucleotides, neurotransmitters, fluorescent probes and genetic(More)
Ruthenium polypyridine complexes have proved to be useful caging groups for visible-light photodelivery of biomolecules. In most photoreactions, one ligand is expelled upon irradiation, yielding ruthenium mono-aqua complexes and no other photoproduct. In this work we show that a long-lived transient photoproduct is generated when the ruthenium complexes(More)
The synthesis and characterization of a series of ruthenium bis(bipyridine) complexes where the inorganic moiety acts as a photolabile protecting group is described. Complexes of the type [Ru(bpy)2L2]+ where bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine and L = butylamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, tyramine, tryptamine, and serotonin were studied by nuclear magnetic resonance,(More)
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