Roberta Pievo

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PpoA is a fungal dioxygenase that produces hydroxylated fatty acids involved in the regulation of the life cycle and secondary metabolism of Aspergillus nidulans . It was recently proposed that this novel enzyme employs two different heme domains to catalyze two separate reactions: within a heme peroxidase domain, linoleic acid is oxidized to(More)
Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy in combination with the rapid freeze-quench (RFQ) technique is a well-established method to trap and characterize intermediates in chemical or enzymatic reactions at the millisecond or even shorter time scales. The method is particularly powerful for mechanistic studies of enzymatic reactions when combined(More)
You can't top the CopperTop: Tetramolecular G-quadruplexes modified with terminal pyridine ligands exhibit metal-triggered stabilization as monitored by thermal denaturation studies, circular dichroism, and nondenaturing gel electrophoresis. Formation of the square-planar Cu(II) (pyridine)4 complex was confirmed by EPR measurements. The metal complexation(More)
The one-pot reaction of Mn(OAc)(3) with two equivalents of 6-(pyridine-2-ylhydrazonomethyl)phenol (Hphp) in methanol leads to a unique leuco-verdazyl-type ring. The remarkable cyclodimerization reaction is proposed to involve a number of one-electron oxidative steps mediated by Mn(3+) ions, as well as a very uncommon 1,2-radical aryl migration and a(More)
We present here the results of a CW-ESR investigation of a double spin labeled α-cyclodextrin-based [2]rotaxane that is characterized by the presence of nitroxide labels both at the wheel and at the dumbbell. This was accomplished by synthesizing a spin labeled α-CD (the wheel) that was mechanically blocked on a thread containing a nitroxide unit by a Cu(I)(More)
The synthesis and the characterization of new dinuclear copper(II) compounds of general formula [(L(a-d))(2)Cu(2)(μ-N-N)](ClO(4))(2) (1-6) with either neutral aliphatic diamine (N-N = piperazine, pip) or aromatic diimine (N-N = 4,4'-bipyridine, 4,4'-bipy) linker are reported. The copper ligands L(-) (L(a-) = (E)-2-((2-aminoethylimino)methyl)phenolate, L(b-)(More)
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