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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression post-transcriptionally by interacting with the 3' untranslated regions of their target mRNAs. Previously, miRNAs have been shown to regulate genes involved in cell growth, apoptosis, and differentiation, but their role in ovarian granulosa cell follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)-stimulated steroidogenesis is(More)
A new cyclen derivative N-1-naphthyl-[4-amino-5-oxo-5-(1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecan-1-yl)]valeramide and the copper (II) complex were synthesized and characterized. The copper (II) complex showed DNA cleavage ability without the existence of other additives. The pUC19 plasmid DNA was cleaved to linear form by 0.71 microM of complex under physiological(More)
As an important nucleobase in RNA, uracil was introduced into the side chain of cyclen (1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane) by using phenylene dimethylene group as bridge. The target compounds 5 were obtained in high yields. Subsequent experiments demonstrated that the uracil-cyclen conjugates can bind Zn(2+) cation rapidly in water, and the catalytic(More)
Two macrocyclic polyamine ligands and their dinuclear copper(II) (CuII) complexes were synthesized and characterized. In the complexes, two 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane (cyclen) moieties were bridged by a dipeptide spacer, and CuII as metal ion was coordinated to the ligands to form the novel complexes. These complexes were characterized by UV/VIS, IR,(More)
The synthesis and DNA-cleavage properties of a series of novel mononuclear Zn(II), Cu(II), and Co(II) complexes 2 of a crown-ether-functionalized cyclen ligand is described. The Cu complex 2b displayed the highest catalytic activity towards pUC 19 DNA. The effects of reaction time, complex concentration, and pH were investigated, showing that 2b readily and(More)
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