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The fatty acids (±)-2-methoxy-6Z-heptadecenoic acid (1), (±)-2-methoxy-6-heptadecynoic acid (2) and (±)-2-methoxyheptadecanoic acid (3) were synthesized and their inhibitory activity against the Leishmania DNA topoisomerase IB enzyme (LdTopIB) determined. Acids 1 and 2 were synthesized from 4-bromo-1-pentanol, the former in ten steps and in 7% overall(More)
Prompted by the very recent claim that the volleyball-shaped B(80) fullerene [X. Wang, Phys. Rev. B 82, 153409 (2010)] is lower in energy than the B(80) buckyball [N. G. Szwacki, A. Sadrzadeh, and B. I. Yakobson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 166804 (2007)] and core-shell structure [J. Zhao, L. Wang, F. Li, and Z. Chen, J. Phys. Chem. A 114, 9969 (2010)], and(More)
The interactions between neutral Al(12)X(I ( h )) (X = Al, C, N and P) nanoparticles and DNA nucleobases, namely adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C), as well as the Watson-Crick base pairs (BPs) AT and GC, were investigated by means of density functional theory(More)
Organometallic nanomaterials hold the promise for molecular hydrogen (H(2)) storage by providing nearly ideal binding strength to H(2) for room-temperature applications. Synthesizing such materials, however, faces severe setbacks due to the problem of metal clustering. Inspired by a recent experimental breakthrough ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008 , 130 , 6992 ),(More)
The typical two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, WSe2 and black phosphorus have garnered tremendous interest for their unique electronic, optical, and chemical properties. However, all 2D semiconductors reported thus far feature band gaps that are smaller than 2.0 eV, which has greatly restricted their applications, especially in(More)
First-principles computations were carried out to predict the stability and magnetic and electronic properties of MoS2 nanoribbons with either zigzag- or armchair-terminated edges. Zigzag nanoribbons show the ferromagnetic and metallic behavior, irrespective of the ribbon width and thickness. Armchair nanoribbons are nonmagnetic and semiconducting, and the(More)
The anionic species resulting from hydride addition to the Watson-Crick guanine-cytosine (GC) DNA base pair are investigated theoretically. Proton-transferred structures of GC hydride, in which proton H1 of guanine or proton H4 of cytosine migrates to the complementary base-pair side, have been studied also. All optimized geometrical structures are(More)
Planar tetracoordinate carbon (ptC) arrangements can be achieved by employing multiple substituents based on beryllium, despite its rather weak pi-acceptor ability. A variety of ptC-containing examples, some with more than one ptC, have been designed computationally by elaborating the planar C(BeH) 4 (2-) prototype at B3LYP/6-311++G(3df,2p) and(More)
Accurate description of hydrogen-bonding energies between water molecules and van der Waals interactions between guest molecules and host water cages is crucial for study of methane hydrates (MHs). Using high-level ab initio MP2 and CCSD(T) results as the reference, we carefully assessed the performance of a variety of exchange-correlation functionals and(More)