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Goodbye Iván Varela

Iván Varela Sandá has left the group and he joined the Leibniz-FMP (Germany). Good luck Iván!

Iván Varela Sandá has left the group and he joined the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (Germany) for a postdoctoral position with Prof. Christian Hackenberger.

Good luck Iván!

Our last publication at the Chem. Sci. journal is on-line

Pleased to announce our Chem. Sci. manuscript in colaboration with Montenegro group (CiQUS) has been accepted, and it's already on-line

We are so glad to annouce our communication to Chem. Sci. in collaboration with our CiQUS colleagues at J. Montenegro's lab, entitled "Supramolecular Caging for Cytosolic Delivery of Anionic Probes" and authored by H. Fernández-Caro, I. Lostalé-Seijo, M. Martinez-Calvo, J. Mosquera, J. L. Mascareñas and J. Montenegro, has been accepted and it's already available through the journal website.

Abstract: The cytosolic delivery of hydrophilic, anionic molecular probes and therapeutics is a major challenge in chemical biology and medicine. Herein, we describe the design and synthesis of peptide-cage hybrids that allow an efficient supramolecular binding, cell membrane translocation and cytosolic delivery of a number of anionic dyes, including pyranine, carboxyfluorescein and several sulfonate-containing Alexa dyes. This supramolecular caging strategy is successful in different cell lines, and the dynamic carrier mechanism has been validated by U-Tube experiments. The high efficiency of the reported approach allowed intracellular pH tracking by exploiting the ratiometric excitation of the pyranine fluorescent probe

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Already available our last publication at Chem. Sci.

We are very pleased to announce our latest collaboration with Prof. M. E. Vázquez, Dr. M. Melle-Franco and Prof. M. Vázquez has been published

Glad to announce our most recent publication at the Chem. Sci. journal, entitled "Canonical DNA minor groove insertion of bisbenzamidine-Ru(II) complexes with chiral selectivity" and authored by M.I. Sanchez, G. Rama, R. Calo-Lapido, K. Ucar, P. Lincoln, M. Vázquez, M. Melle-Franco, J. L. Mascareñas  and M. E. Vázquez, is already available.

Abstract: We report the first Ru(II) coordination compounds that interact with DNA through a canonical minor groove insertion mode and with selectivity for A/T rich sites. This was made possible by integrating a bis‑benzamidine minor groove DNA-binding agent with a ruthenium(II) complex. Importantly, one of the enantiomers (Δ‑[Ru(bpy)2b4bpy]2+, Δ‑4Ru) shows a considerably higher DNA affinity than the parent organic ligand and than the other enantiomer, particularly for the AATT sequence, while the other enantiomer preferentially targets long AAATTT sites with overall lower affinity. Finally, we demonstrate that the photophysical properties of these new binders can be exploited for DNA cleavage using visible light.

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Our last publication at Org. Process Res. Dev., part of the "Special Issue Honoring 25 Years of the Buchwald-Hartwig Amination", is available on-line

Happy to announce our Organic Process Research & Development brand new manuscript it's already on-line

So pleased to share we have our last paper at Organic Process Research & Development accepted. It is entitled "Practical, Large-Scale Preparation of Benzoxepines and Coumarins through Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed C–H Activation/Annulation Reactions" and authored by Prof. Moisés Gulías, Daniel Marcos-Atanes, Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Marc Font

Abstract: Herein we disclose the assembly of benzoxepines and coumarins from 2-alkenylphenol precursors using [Cp*RhCl2]2 as the precatalyst and alkynes or carbon monoxide as reacting partners. The preparation of benzoxepines and coumarins can be scaled up to 33 mmol using low catalyst loadings.

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