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A pressurized liquid extraction-based method for the simultaneous extraction and in situ clean-up of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), hydroxylated (OH)-PCBs and methylsulfonyl (MeSO(2))-PCBs from small (<0.5 g) tissue samples was developed and validated. Extraction of a laboratory reference material with hexane-dichloromethane-methanol (48:43:9, v/v) and(More)
A series of hydrocarbon and fluorocarbon carbohydrate surfactants with different headgroups (i.e., gluco-, galacto- and maltopyranoside) and (fluorinated) alkyl tails (i.e., C7 and C14 to C19) was synthesized to investigate trends in their cytotoxicity and haemolytic activity, and how surfactant-lipid interactions of selected surfactants contribute to these(More)
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a major class of persistent organic pollutants, are metabolized to hydroxylated PCBs. Several hydroxylated PCBs are substrates of cytosolic phase II enzymes, such as phenol and hydroxysteroid (alcohol) sulfotransferases; however, the corresponding sulfation products have not been isolated and characterized. Here we describe(More)
[structure: see text] We have developed a general and efficient approach to a diverse series of phosphacoumarins as analogues of coumarins with various biological activities, and the inhibitory activity of the synthesized phosphacoumarins against the enzyme SHP-1, a protein tyrosine phosphatases, was tested. Some of them showed moderate to good efficiency.
The micelles of two tripropargylammonium-functionalized cationic surfactants were cross-linked by a disulfide-containing diazido cross-linker in the presence of Cu(I) catalysts. With multiple residual alkyne groups on the surface, the resulting surface cross-linked micelles (SCMs) were postfunctionalized by reaction with 2-azidoethanol and an(More)
Chlorophenols are an important class of persistent environmental contaminants and have been implicated in a range of adverse health effects, including cancer. They are readily conjugated and excreted as the corresponding glucuronides and sulfates in the urine of humans and other species. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of a series of ten(More)
Three macrocyclic oligocholates containing a carboxyl group, a guanidinium ion, and a Cbz-protected amine, respectively, were studied as membrane transporters for hydrophilic molecules. To permeate glucose across lipid bilayers, the macrocycles stacked over one another to form a transmembrane nanopore, driven by a strong tendency of the water molecules in(More)
Glutamate-functionalized oligocholate foldamers bound Zn(OAc)(2), guanidine, and even amine compounds with surprisingly high affinities. The conformational change of the hosts during binding was crucial to the enhanced binding affinity. The strongest cooperativity between the conformation and guest-binding occurred when the hosts were unfolded but near the(More)
Phosphachroman-2,4-dione and 4-alkoxyphosphacoumarin derivatives, phosphonic analogues of chromones and coumarins with potential biological activities, were synthesized in good yields through sequential base-catalyzed intramolecular cyclization of O-alkyl-O'-(2'-methoxycarbonyl phenyl)-(substituted) benzyl phosphonates and alkylation. The synthesis sets the(More)
Water-soluble organic nanoparticles were prepared by cross-linking the micelles of a tripropargylated cationic surfactant by a diazide cross-linker in the presence of Cu(I) catalysts. The nanoparticles were decorated with hydrophilic ligands of different lengths on the surface. By interacting with negatively charged liposomes through tunable electrostatic(More)