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The thermodynamics and kinetics for the monofunctional binding of the antitumor drug cisplatin, cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II), to a purine base site of DNA were studied computationally using guanine and adenine as model reactants. A dominating preference for initial attack at the N7-position of guanine is established experimentally, which is a crucial(More)
Four new helical oligoproline assemblies containing 16, 17, 18, and 19 proline residues and ordered arrays of a Ru(II)-bipyridyl chromophore and a phenothiazine electron-transfer donor have been synthesized in a modular fashion by solid-phase peptide synthesis. These arrays are illustrated and abbreviated as(More)
Using broken-symmetry unrestricted Density Functional Theory, the mechanism of enzymatic dioxygen activation by the hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase (MMOH) is determined to atomic detail. After a thorough examination of mechanistic alternatives, an optimal pathway was identified. The diiron(II) state H(red) reacts with dioxygen to give(More)
A series of FL(n) (n = 1-5) ligands, where FL(n) is a fluorescein modified with a functionalized 8-aminoquinoline group as a copper-binding moiety, were synthesized, and the chemical and photophysical properties of the free ligands and their copper complexes were investigated. UV-visible spectroscopy revealed a 1:1 binding stoichiometry for the Cu(II)(More)
The electronic structures of key species involved in methane hydroxylation performed by the hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO), as proposed previously on the basis of high-level density functional theory, were investigated. The reaction starts with initial approach of methane at one of the bridging oxo atoms in intermediate Q, a(More)
Mo(PMe3)6 reacts with 2,6-Ph2C6H3OH to give the eta 6-arene complex [eta 6-C6H5C6H3(Ph)OH]Mo(PMe3)3 which exhibits a non-classical Mo...H-OAr hydrogen bond; DFT calculations indicate that the hydrogen bonding interaction facilitates oxidative addition of the O-H bond to give [eta 6,eta 1-C6H5C6H3(Ph)O]Mo(PMe3)2H.
We elucidate the hydroxylation of camphor by cytochrome P450 with the use of density functional and mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics methods. Our results reveal that the enzyme catalyzes the hydrogen-atom abstraction step with a remarkably low free-energy barrier. This result provides a satisfactory explanation for the experimental failure to(More)
The transient titanium alkylidyne complex (PNP)TiCtBu (PNP = N[2-P(CHMe2)2-4-methylphenyl]2-), prepared from alpha-hydrogen abstraction of the corresponding alkylidene-alkyl species (PNP)Ti=CHtBu(CH2tBu), can readily cleave the C-N bond of N-heterocycles such as pyridine and 4-picoline at room temperature to afford azametallabicyclic systems. Experimental(More)
The mechanism of the catalytic oxidation of water by cis,cis-[(bpy)(2)Ru(OH(2))](2)O(4+) to give molecular dioxygen was investigated using Density Functional Theory (DFT). A series of four oxidation and four deprotonation events generate the catalytically competent species cis,cis-[(bpy)(2)Ru(V)O](2)O(4+), which breaks the H-OH bond homolytically at the(More)