• Govindasamy Mugesh

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    • Effect of thione-thiol tautomerism on the inhibition of lactoperoxidase by anti-thyroid drugs and their analogues

      P N JAyaram Gouriprasanna Roy Govindasamy Mugesh

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      The keto-enol type tautomerism in anti-thyroid drugs and their selenium analogues are described. The commonly used anti-thyroid drug methimazole exists predominantly in its thione form, whereas its selenium analogue exists in a zwitterionic form. To understand the effect of thione/thiol and selone/selenol tautomerism on the inhibition of peroxidase-catalysed reactions, we have synthesized some thiones and selones in which the formation of thiol/selenol forms are blocked by different substituents. These compounds were synthesized by a carbene route utilizing an imidazolium salt. The crystal structures of these compounds reveal that the C=Se bonds in the selones are more polarized than the C=S bonds in the corresponding thiones. The structures of selones were studied in solution by NMR spectroscopy and the 77Se NMR chemical shifts for the selones show large upfield shifts in the signals, confirming their zwitterionic structures in solution. The inhibition of lactoperoxidase by the synthetic thiones indicates that the presence of a free N-H moiety is essential for an efficient inhibition. In contrast, such moiety is not required for an inhibition by the selenium compounds.

    • Gold(I)-selenolate complexes: Synthesis, characterization and ligand exchange reactions

      Krishna P Bhabak Govindasamy Mugesh

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      In this paper, the synthesis and characterization of some imidazole-based gold-selenolates are described. This study indicates that the nature of selenolate plays an important role in ligand exchange reactions in gold(I) selenolates. Furthermore, the reactivity of imidazole-based gold(I) selenolates toward nucleophiles such as selenols and phosphines is strikingly different from that of the $N,N$-dimethylaminobenzylamine-based gold(I) complexes. The presence of Se$\cdots$N non-bonded interactions in $N,N$-dimethylaminobenzylamine-based gold(I) complexes modulates the reactivity of Au(I) centre towards incoming nucleophiles.

    • Synthesis, characterization and phosphotriesterase mimetic activity of some Zn(II) and Cu(II) complexes

      Mamata Singh Ray J Butcher Jerry P Jasinski James A Golen Govindasamy Mugesh

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      We report here the synthesis and characterization of a few phenolate-based ligands bearing tertamino substituent and their Zn(II) and Cu(II) metal complexes. Three mono/binuclear Zn(II) and Cu(II) complexes [Zn(L1)(H2O)].CH3OH.H2O (1) (H2 L1 = 6,6′-(((2-dimethylamino)ethylazanediyl)bis(methylene))bis(2, 4-dimethylphenol), [Zn2(L2)2] (2) (H2L2 = 2,2′-(((2-dimethylamino)ethyl)azanediyl)bis(methylene)bis(4-methylphenol) and [Cu2(L3)2.CH2 Cl2] (3) (H2L3 = (6,6′-(((2-(diethylamino)ethyl)azanediyl)bis(methylene)) bis(methylene))bis(2,4-dimethylphenol) were synthesized by using three symmetrical tetradendate ligands containing N2O2 donor sites. These complexes are characterized by a variety of techniques including; elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, 1H, 13C NMR spectroscopic and single crystal X-ray analysis. The new complexes have been tested for the phosphotriesterase (PTE) activity with the help of 31P NMR spectroscopy. The 31P NMR studies show that mononuclear complex [Zn(L1)(H2O)].CH3OH.H2O (1) can hydrolyse the phosphotriester i.e., p-nitrophenyl diphenylphosphate (PNPDPP), more efficiently than the binuclear complexes [Zn2(L2)2] (2) and [Cu2(L3)2.CH2Cl2] (3). The mononuclear Zn(II) complex (1) having one coordinated water molecule exhibits significant PTE activity which may be due to the generation of a Zn(II)-bound hydroxide ion during the hydrolysis reactions in CHES buffer at pH 9.0.

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