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See detailA PREFERENTIAL FOLDED CONFORMATION OF SOME BIS-(8-ISOPROPYL-ISOQUINOLINIUM) DERIVATIVES EXPLAINS STEREOSELECTIVE REDUCTION BY SODIUM BOROHYDRIDE
Dilly, Sébastien ULg; Badarau, Eduard; Dufour, Fabien et al

Poster (2014, June 05)

Small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SK) channels play a role in modulating the firing rate and the firing pattern of neurons [Waroux, Eur J Neurosci, 2005, 22, 3111]. A blockade of these targets could be ... [more ▼]

Small conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (SK) channels play a role in modulating the firing rate and the firing pattern of neurons [Waroux, Eur J Neurosci, 2005, 22, 3111]. A blockade of these targets could be useful for the treatment of cognitive dysfunction, neuronal hyperexcitability or dopamine related disorders [Liégeois, Curr Med Chem, 2003, 10, 625]. At the peripheral level, the inhibition of these channels was demonstrated to prevent and terminate atrial fibrillation [Diness, Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol, 2010, 3, 380]. Moreover, SK channels might represent potential targets for a new class of anticancer agents due to their involvement in breast cancer cell migration [Potier, Mol Cancer Ther, 2006, 5, 2946]. So far, available blockers are not suitable CNS pharmacological tools being either peptides or small molecules with permanent positive charges [Liégeois, Curr Med Chem, 2003, 10, 625; Graulich, J Med Chem, 2007, 50, 5070; Badarau, Bioorg Med Chem Lett, 2011, 21, 6756]. Therefore, symmetrical bis-isoquinolinium compounds have subsequently been transformed to 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline analogues by using sodium borohydride leading to a diastereoisomeric mixture (figure 1) in order to obtain potential CNS-penetrating agents [Graulich, Bioorg Med Chem Lett, 2008, 18, 3440; Neny, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on In Vivo Methods, Vancouver, Canada, 2008, 267; Koulchitsky, Acta Physiologica, 2009, 195, 670]. Resolution of these mixtures and characterization of the corresponding stereoisomers [Wouters, Eur J Med Chem, 2010, 45, 3240] are necessary before further biological evaluation. In a series of 8- isopropyl analogues, chiral resolution failed for the analogues with propyl and m-xylyl linkers since two and one peaks, respectively, were detected [Nistor, J Pharm Biomed Anal, 2013, 74, 273]. Could these results be explained by an ineffective resolution or would another phenomenon be involved? Further analysis using chiral chromatography, mass spectroscopy and circular dichroism of a sample of the propyl analogue revealed that it is a racemic mixture. X-ray cristallography and conformational analysis indicated a folded conformation of the propyl and m-xylyl analogues (figure 2) responsible for a stereoselective attack of the borohydride reagent during the reduction step. Additional 1H-NMR investigations support structural features detected by theoretical analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural analysis of some bis-(8-isopropyl-isoquinolinium) derivatives reveals a preferential folded conformation leading to a stereoselective attack by sodium borohydride
Dilly, Sébastien ULg; Badarau, Eduard; Dufour, Fabien et al

in Journal of Molecular Structure (2014)

Reduction of symmetrical bis-isoquinolinium derivatives with sodium borohydride generates normally a mixture of three 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline stereoisomers. In a series of 8- isopropyl analogues ... [more ▼]

Reduction of symmetrical bis-isoquinolinium derivatives with sodium borohydride generates normally a mixture of three 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline stereoisomers. In a series of 8- isopropyl analogues, chiral resolution failed for the analogues with propyl and m-xylyl linkers since two and one peaks respectively were detected by HPLC. Further analysis by MS and CD of both peaks of the propyl analogue revealed that each peak corresponds to an enantiomer. Conformational analysis and X-ray cristallography showed a folded conformation of the propyl and m-xylyl analogues responsible for the observed stereoselectivity following the reduction step. Additional 1H NMR investigations confirm structural features detected by theoretical analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotocatalytic TiO2 Macroscopic Fibers Obtained Through Integrative Chemistry
Kinadjian, Natacha ULg; Le Bechec, Mickael; Pigot, Thierry et al

Poster (2013, March)

The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst ... [more ▼]

The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst. Most studies to date show that reducing the particle size down to the nanoscale increases photocatalytic efficiency, as a result of a higher surface to volume ratio and because a larger proportion of the material is actually irradiated by light. We demonstrate that a multiscale shape design, which integrates surface roughness, particle shape, and 1D material processing and orientation, can favor photocatalytic properties in the solidgas regime, especially mineralization (conversion into CO2), when the hierarchical 1D orientation of the material is combined with unidirectional gas flow. Several materials with hierarchical structure were prepared and characterized. They have been tested for the photocatalytic mineralization of gaseous acetone and compared with commercial catalysts. Our study reveals that a suitable combination of multiscale design and optimization of the material orientation and gas flow favors high mineralization. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotocatalytic TiO2 Macroscopic Fibers Obtained Through Integrative Chemistry
Kinadjian, Natacha ULg; Le Bechec, Mickael; Pigot, Thierry et al

Poster (2012, November 25)

The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst ... [more ▼]

The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst. Most studies to date show that reducing the particle size down to the nanoscale increases photocatalytic efficiency, as a result of a higher surface to volume ratio and because a larger proportion of the material is actually irradiated by light. We demonstrate that a multiscale shape design, which integrates surface roughness, particle shape, and 1D material processing and orientation, can favor photocatalytic properties in the solidgas regime, especially mineralization (conversion into CO2), when the hierarchical 1D orientation of the material is combined with unidirectional gas flow. Several materials with hierarchical structure were prepared and characterized. They have been tested for the photocatalytic mineralization of gaseous acetone and compared with commercial catalysts. Our study reveals that a suitable combination of multiscale design and optimization of the material orientation and gas flow favors high mineralization. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotocatalytic TiO2 Macroscopic Fibers Obtained Through Integrative Chemistry
Kinadjian, Natacha ULg; Le Bechec, Mickael; Pigot, Thierry et al

in European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry [=EurJIC] (2012)

The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst ... [more ▼]

The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide depend not only on its electronic properties, but also on the material size and shape, which can increase interactions between the reactants and catalyst. Most studies to date show that reducing the particle size down to the nanoscale increases photocatalytic efficiency, as a result of a higher surface to volume ratio and because a larger proportion of the material is actually irradiated by light. We demonstrate that a multiscale shape design, which integrates surface roughness, particle shape, and 1D material processing and orientation, can favor photocatalytic properties in the solidgas regime, especially mineralization (conversion into CO2), when the hierarchical 1D orientation of the material is combined with unidirectional gas flow. Several materials with hierarchical structure were prepared and characterized. They have been tested for the photocatalytic mineralization of gaseous acetone and compared with commercial catalysts. Our study reveals that a suitable combination of multiscale design and optimization of the material orientation and gas flow favors high mineralization. [less ▲]

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See detail1D Organization of ZnO and TiO2 nanoparticles toward advanced photonic and photocatalytic materials
Kinadjian, Natacha ULg; Achard, Marie-France; Julian-Lopez, Beatriz et al

Poster (2012, October)

Nowadays Chemist are request to construct more and more complex architectures bearing multifunctionalities enable to respond to external stimuli. The construction of such complex architectures will be ... [more ▼]

Nowadays Chemist are request to construct more and more complex architectures bearing multifunctionalities enable to respond to external stimuli. The construction of such complex architectures will be addressed through strong interplay in chemical science, as proposed recently with the concept of integrative Chemistry.[1] We synthesized PVA/ZnO-nanorods composite fibers using co-axial flux extrusion.[2] These fibers exhibit higher anisotropic photonic properties, both in absorption and emission, as a result of the collective alignment of the ZnO nanorods along the main axis of the PVA fiber. This photonic anisotropy is triggered by a synergistic interaction between the PVA matrix, stretched above Tg, and cooled down under strain. Compared with non-elongated fibers that present an isotropic emission, composite fibers previously submitted to a tensile stress absorb selectively UV emission when the polarized laser beam is parallel to the main axis of the fiber. In addition, their photolumincescence is also anisotropic, with a waveguide behavior along the main axis of the fiber. Mechanical properties of these composite fibers are also drastically improved, compared with pure PVA fibers: the longitudinal Young modulus of these fibers is increased from 2 to 6 GPa upon ZnO addition, a value similar to those already observed for composite fibers, prepared either with carbon nanotubes, or Vanadium Oxide macroscopic fibers. [1] N. Brun, S. Ungureanu, H. Deleuze and R. Backov. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 771 [2] Kinadjian, N., Achard, M.-F., Julián-López, B., Maugey, M., Poulin, P., Prouzet, E. and Backov, R. (2012). Adv. Funct. Mater.. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201200360 [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and radioligand binding studies of bis-(8-isopropylisoquinolinium) derivatives as ligands for apamin-sensitive sites on cloned SK2 and SK3 channels
Badarau, Eduard; Dilly, Sébastien ULg; Dufour, Fabien et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2011), 21(22), 6756-6759

A structure-activity relationship study of N-methyl-laudanosine, a SK channel blocker, has indicated that the 6,7-dimethoxy group could be successfully replaced by a hydrophobic moiety such as an ... [more ▼]

A structure-activity relationship study of N-methyl-laudanosine, a SK channel blocker, has indicated that the 6,7-dimethoxy group could be successfully replaced by a hydrophobic moiety such as an isopropyl substituent in position 8 of the isoquinoline ring. In the present study, bis-(8-isopropyl-isoquinolinium) derivatives (2a-e) were synthesized and tested for their affinity for cloned SK2 and SK3 channels in comparison with their 6,7-dimethoxy analogues (4a-f). Several ligands were investigated, both in flexible (propyl, butyl and pentyl) and rigid (m- or p-xylyl) series, the m-xylyl derivative (2d) having the best profile in terms of affinity and selectivity for SK3/SK2 channels. Molecular studies showed that the optimal conformation of compound 2d fits well with our SK pharmacophore model. [less ▲]

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