Leszek Fiedor

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Chlorophyll (Chl) and bacteriochlorophyll (Bchl) have been made water soluble by transesterification with serine (Ser) at the propionyl residue and tested as potential reagents for photodynamic therapy (PDT). Photocytotoxicity of the conjugates Chl-Ser and Bchl-Ser in M2R mouse melanoma was tested in cell cultures. Tissue uptake and clearance of the(More)
Carotenoids are well-known physical quenchers of chlorophyll excited states and reactive oxygen species both in vivo and in vitro. They may also be involved in chemical quenching undergoing, e.g. isomerizations or oxidations. We have found that beta-carotene (Car) in aerobic acetone is rapidly oxygenated under strong illumination with red light (lambda exc(More)
Replacement of the central Mg in chlorophylls by Ni opens an ultrafast (tens of femtoseconds time range) radiationless de-excitation path, while the principal ground-state absorption and coordination properties of the pigment are retained. A method has been developed for substituting the native bacteriochlorophyll a by Ni-bacteriochlorophyll a ([Ni]-BChl)(More)
In contrast to porphyrins and chlorins, the direct metalation of bacteriochlorins is difficult. Nevertheless, Cu 2+ and Zn 2+ can be introduced into bacteriopheophytin in acetic acid, whereas Cd 2+ can be inserted in dimethylformamide. The former reactions depend on the substituents of the isocyclic ring: they are facilitated if enolization of the-ketoester(More)
Bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) derivatives (with central Mg replaced by metal "M") ([M]-BChl with M = 2H, Mg, Zn, Pd, Cu) have been investigated for their photodynamic capacity and stability toward photodegradation in organic solvents and aqueous micellar solution. A protocol has been developed for screening new sensitizers. BChl and [Zn]-BChl are efficient(More)
The effect of carotenoids on stability of model photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes subjected to chemical oxidation with hydrogen peroxide or potassium ferricyanide was investigated. The oxidation of carotenoid-less and carotenoid-containing complexes was conducted in the presence or absence of ascorbic acid. The progress of the reactions was monitored(More)
The effects of energetic decoupling of phycobiliproteins (PBP) from photosystems in Nostoc sp. on the emission characteristics and fluorescence profiles of cyanobacterial photosynthetic apparatus and its components were studied using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence emission. The steady-state measurements show a rise in fluorescence from PBP(More)
Lung adenocarcinoma is a leading human malignancy with fatal prognosis. Ninety percent of the deaths, however, are caused by metastases. The model of subcutaneous tumor xenograft in nude mice was adopted to study the growth of control and photodynamically treated tumors derived from the human A549 lung adenocarcinoma cell line. As a side-result of the(More)
This work presents spectroscopic studies of the keto–enol equilibrium induced by solvent polarizability in 4-[5-(naphthalen-1-ylmethyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl]benzene-1,3-diol a strong antiproliferative and anticancer thiadiazol derivative. Electronic absorption, steady state and time resolved fluorescence, and infrared spectroscopies were applied to(More)
Water binding to several Mg(2+) chelates, ethylenediamine, ethylenediamine-N,N'-diacetate, porphyrin, chlorophyll a and bacteriochlorophyll a, to form five- and six-coordinate complexes is studied by means of density functional theory. The results obtained for magnesium chelates are compared with the properties of the respective aqua complexes and the(More)
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