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Collection of Scientific Papers by Outstanding Scientists in the Field of Bioorganic Chemistry

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioorganic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 921

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Division of Bioorganic Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Saarland University, D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
Interests: bioorganic chemistry; catalytic sensor/effector agents; epistemology; intracellular diagnostics; nanotechnology; natural products; reactive sulfur and selenium species; redox regulation via the cellular thiolstat
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Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit manuscripts to this Special Issue entitled “Collection of Scientific Papers by Outstanding Scientists in the Field of Bioorganic Chemistry”. The main purpose of this Special Issue is to publish selected original scientific papers written by outstanding scientists describing research carried out on bioorganic chemistry using the latest technological achievements. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Enzyme inhibitors;
  • Enzyme immobilization and controlled enzyme immobilization;
  • Biocatalysis (ribozymes and catalytic antibodies);
  • Biosynthesis;
  • Immunochemical techniques;
  • Membrane chemistry;
  • Protein and small biomolecules;
  • Peptides chemistry;
  • Biopolymers and artificial supramolecular assemblies;
  • Molecular recognition of nucleic acids;
  • Bioactive lipids;
  • Non-natural amino acids;
  • Mass spectrometry studies on biomolecules;
  • Bioactive peptides and proteins;
  • Biological signaling.

We kindly invite and encourage all research groups covering various bioorganic chemistry areas to submit contributions to this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Claus Jacob
Prof. Dr. Riccardo Spaccini
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioorganic chemistry
  • enzyme inhibitors
  • biosynthesis
  • immunochemical techniques
  • peptides chemistry

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Synthesis of Rhodamine-Conjugated Lupane Type Triterpenes of Enhanced Cytotoxicity
by Toni C. Denner, Niels V. Heise, Sophie Hoenke and René Csuk
Molecules 2024, 29(10), 2346; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules29102346 - 16 May 2024
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Various conjugates with rhodamines were prepared by starting with betulinic acid (BA) and platanic acid (PA). The molecules homopiperazine and piperazine, which were identified in earlier research, served as linkers between the rhodamine and the triterpene. The pentacyclic triterpene’s [...] Read more.
Various conjugates with rhodamines were prepared by starting with betulinic acid (BA) and platanic acid (PA). The molecules homopiperazine and piperazine, which were identified in earlier research, served as linkers between the rhodamine and the triterpene. The pentacyclic triterpene’s ring A was modified with two acetyloxy groups in order to possibly boost its cytotoxic activity. The SRB assays’ cytotoxicity data showed that conjugates 1322, derived from betulinic acid, had a significantly higher cytotoxicity. Of these hybrids, derivatives 19 (containing rhodamine B) and 22 (containing rhodamine 101) showed the best values with EC50 = 0.016 and 0.019 μM for A2780 ovarian carcinoma cells. Additionally, based on the ratio of EC50 values, these two compounds demonstrated the strongest selectivity between malignant A2780 cells and non-malignant NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. A375 melanoma cells were used in cell cycle investigations, which showed that the cells were halted in the G1/G0 phase. Annexin V/FITC/PI staining demonstrated that the tumor cells were affected by both necrosis and apoptosis. Full article
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Bond Formation at C8 in the Nucleoside and Nucleotide Purine Scaffold: An Informative Selection
by Kjell Undheim
Molecules 2024, 29(8), 1815; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules29081815 - 17 Apr 2024
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This paper presents methods for the introduction and exchange of substituents in a nucleobase and its nucleosides and nucleotides with emphasis on the C8-position in the purine skeleton. The nucleobase is open for electrophilic and nucleophilic chemistry. The nucleophilic chemistry consists mainly of [...] Read more.
This paper presents methods for the introduction and exchange of substituents in a nucleobase and its nucleosides and nucleotides with emphasis on the C8-position in the purine skeleton. The nucleobase is open for electrophilic and nucleophilic chemistry. The nucleophilic chemistry consists mainly of displacement reactions when the C8-substituent is a good leaving group such as a halogen atom. The heteroatom in amines, sulfides, or oxides is a good nucleophile. Halides are good reaction partners. Metal-promoted cross-coupling reactions are important for carbylations. Direct oxidative metalation reactions using sterically hindered metal amides offer chemo- and regio-selectivity besides functional tolerance and simplicity. The carbon site is highly nucleophilic after metalation and adds electrophiles resulting in chemical bond formation. Conditions for metal-assisted reactions are described for nucleobases and their glycosides. Full article
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