1.Mechano-Responsive, Thermo-Reversible, Luminescent Organogels Derived from a Long-Chained, Naturally Occurring Fatty Acid.
Zhang M1, Weiss RG2,3. Chemistry. 2016 May 2. doi: 10.1002/chem.201600225. [Epub ahead of print]
The gelating ability of an α-diketo derivative of oleic acid, 9,10-dioxooctadecanoic acid (DODA), is investigated. DODA can gelate aromatic liquids and many other organic liquids. By contrast, none of the liquids examined can be gelated by the methyl ester of DODA. DODA is a more efficient gelator than stearic acid and the monoketo derivative due to its more extensive intermolecular dipole-dipole interactions. Formation of organogels of DODA can be induced by both thermal and mechanical stimuli, during which the luminescent and mechanical properties can be modulated significantly. The emission from DODA in 1-octanol exhibits a large, reversible, hypsochromic shift (≈25 nm) between its thermally cycled gel and sol states. The emission changes have been exploited to probe the kinetics of the aggregation and deaggregation processes. DODA is the simplest gelator of which we are aware that exhibits a reversible shift in the emission. Although the self-assembled fibrillar networks of the DODA gels in 1-octanol, benzonitrile, or silicone oil are crystalline, isothermal mechanical cycling between the gel and the sol states is rapid and can be repeated several times (i.
2.Synthesis of fatty acid methyl ester from the transesterification of high- and low-acid-content crude palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) and karanj oil (Pongamia pinnata) over a calcium-lanthanum-aluminum mixed-oxides catalyst.
Syamsuddin Y1, Murat MN2, Hameed BH3. Bioresour Technol. 2016 Apr 19;214:248-252. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.04.083. [Epub ahead of print]
The synthesis of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) from the high- and low-acid-content feedstock of crude palm oil (CPO) and karanj oil (KO) was conducted over CaO-La2O3-Al2O3 mixed-oxide catalyst. Various reaction parameters were investigated using a batch reactor to identify the best reaction condition that results in the highest FAME yield for each type of oil. The transesterification of CPO resulted in a 97.81% FAME yield with the process conditions of 170°C reaction temperature, 15:1 DMC-to-CPO molar ratio, 180min reaction time, and 10wt.% catalyst loading. The transesterification of KO resulted in a 96.77% FAME yield with the conditions of 150°C reaction temperature, 9:1 DMC-to-KO molar ratio, 180min reaction time, and 5wt.% catalyst loading. The properties of both products met the ASTM D6751 and EN 14214 standard requirements. The above results showed that the CaO-La2O3-Al2O3 mixed-oxide catalyst was suitable for high- and low-acid-content vegetable oil.
3.Functional Characterization of a Novel Marine Microbial Esterase and its Utilization in the Enantioselective Preparation of (R)-Methyl 2-Chloropropionate.
Cao Y1,2,3, Deng D1,2,3, Sun A1,3, Zhang Y1,3, Hu Y4,5,6. Appl Biochem Biotechnol. 2016 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print]
Chiral 2-chloropropanoic acids and their ester derivatives are crucial intermediates in the synthesis of many chemicals, especially herbicides. The enzymatic synthesis of chiral 2-chloropropanoic acids and their ester derivatives by esterases was not easily achieved, because the structural difference between the two enantiomers was too small to be recognized by esterases. Herein, we report the expression and functional characterization of one novel low temperature-resistant esterase EST12-7 identified from the genome of Pseudonocardia antitumoralis SCSIO 01299 isolated from the sediments of the South China Sea. Biocatalyst EST12-7 could hydrolyze racemic methyl 2-chloropropinate and generate optically pure (R)-methyl 2-chloropropinate with high enantiomeric excess (>99 %) and conversion (>49 %) after process optimization. Notably, the addition of different surfactants and using surfactants of different concentrations in the kinetic resolution catalyzed by EST12-7 could greatly affect the enantiomeric excess and conversion rate of product (R)-methyl 2-chloropropinate.
4.(7-Diethylaminocoumarin-4-yl)methyl ester of suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid as a caged inhibitor for photocontrol of histone deacetylase activity.
Ieda N1, Yamada S2, Kawaguchi M1, Miyata N1, Nakagawa H3. Bioorg Med Chem. 2016 Apr 22. pii: S0968-0896(16)30285-1. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2016.04.042. [Epub ahead of print]
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are involved in epigenetic control of the expression of various genes by catalyzing deacetylation of ε-acetylated lysine residues. Here, we report the design, synthesis and evaluation of the (7-diethylaminocoumarin-4-yl)methyl ester of suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (AC-SAHA) as a caged HDAC inhibitor, which releases the known pan-HDAC inhibitor SAHA upon cleavage of the photolabile (7-diethylaminocoumarin-4-yl)methyl protecting group in response to photoirradiation. A key advantage of AC-SAHA is that the caged derivative itself shows essentially no HDAC-inhibitory activity. Upon photoirradiation, AC-SAHA decomposes to SAHA and a 7-diethylaminocoumarin derivative, together with some minor products. We confirmed that AC-SAHA inhibits HDAC in response to photoirradiation in vitro by means of chemiluminescence assay. AC-SAHA also showed photoinduced inhibition of proliferation of human colon cancer cell line HCT116, as determined by MTT assay.