Archive for October, 2015

Top 25 ChemComm articles July–September 2015

The 25 most-downloaded ChemComm articles in the third quarter of 2015 were as follows:

Copper-catalyzed oxidative decarboxylative C–H arylation of benzoxazoles with 2-nitrobenzoic acids
Lijun Chen, Lin Ju, Katelyn A. Bustin and Jessica M. Hoover
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06645J, Communication

Unactivated C(sp3)–H hydroxylation through palladium catalysis with H2O as the oxygen source
Jiantao Hu, Tianlong Lan, Yihua Sun, Hui Chen, Jiannian Yao and Yu Rao
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04952K, Communication

TMSBr/InBr3-promoted Prins cyclization/homobromination of dienyl alcohol with aldehyde to construct cis-THP containing an exocyclic E-alkene
Linjie Li, Xianwei Sun, Yanyang He, Lu Gao and Zhenlei Song
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06270E, Communication

Organocatalytic amination of alkyl ethers via n-Bu4NI/t-BuOOH-mediated intermolecular oxidative C(sp3)–N bond formation: novel synthesis of hemiaminal ethers
Longyang Dian, Sisi Wang, Daisy Zhang-Negrerie, Yunfei Du and Kang Zhao
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC05758A, Communication

Visible light-driven water oxidation catalyzed by a highly efficient dinuclear ruthenium complex
Yunhua Xu, Lele Duan, Lianpeng Tong, Björn Åkermark and Licheng Sun
DOI: 10.1039/C0CC01250E, Communication

Multifunctional catalysis by Pd-polyoxometalate: one-step conversion of acetone to methyl isobutyl ketone
Robert D. Hetterley, Elena F. Kozhevnikova and Ivan V. Kozhevnikov
DOI: 10.1039/B515325E, Communication

A facile solvothermal growth of single crystal mixed halide perovskite CH3NH3Pb(Br1−xClx)3
Taiyang Zhang, Mengjin Yang, Eric E. Benson, Zijian Li, Jao van de Lagemaat, Joseph M. Luther, Yanfa Yan, Kai Zhu and Yixin Zhao
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC01835H, Communication

Nanostructured electrochromic smart windows: traditional materials and NIR-selective plasmonic nanocrystals
Evan L. Runnerstrom, Anna Llordés, Sebastien D. Lounis and Delia J. Milliron
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03109A, Feature Article

Surface modification of MoS2 nanoparticles with ionic liquid–ligands: towards highly dispersed nanoparticles
Wilton Osim, Anja Stojanovic, Johanna Akbarzadeh, Herwig Peterlik and Wolfgang H. Binder
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC45305G, Communication

The surface chemistry of metal–organic frameworks
Christina V. McGuire and Ross S. Forgan
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04458D, Feature Article

Catalytic meta-selective C–H functionalization to construct quaternary carbon centres
Andrew J. Paterson, Sahra St John-Campbell, Mary F. Mahon, Neil J. Press and Christopher G. Frost
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03951G, Communication

Production of few-layer phosphorene by liquid exfoliation of black phosphorus
Jack R. Brent, Nicky Savjani, Edward A. Lewis, Sarah J. Haigh, David J. Lewis and Paul O’Brien
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC05752J, Communication

Graphene quantum dots: emergent nanolights for bioimaging, sensors, catalysis and photovoltaic devices
Jianhua Shen, Yihua Zhu, Xiaoling Yang and Chunzhong Li
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC00110A, Feature Article

Reduction of graphene oxide via L-ascorbic acid
Jiali Zhang, Haijun Yang, Guangxia Shen, Ping Cheng, Jingyan Zhang and Shouwu Guo
DOI: 10.1039/B917705A, Communication

Few-layer, large-area, 2D covalent organic framework semiconductor thin films
Jeremy I. Feldblyum, Clara H. McCreery, Sean C. Andrews, Tadanori Kurosawa, Elton J. G. Santos, Vincent Duong, Lei Fang, Alexander L. Ayzner and Zhenan Bao
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04679C, Communication

Copper-catalyzed oxidative C–H/C–H cross-coupling of benzamides and thiophenes
Sheng Zhao, Jun Yuan, Yi-Chen Li and Bing-Feng Shi
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC05058H, Communication

Interview with Ben L. Feringa
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC90068E, Profile

Aggregation-induced emission: phenomenon, mechanism and applications
Yuning Hong, Jacky W. Y. Lam and Ben Zhong Tang
DOI: 10.1039/B904665H, Feature Article

Asymmetric synthesis of pyrazoles and pyrazolones employing the reactivity of pyrazolin-5-one derivatives
Pankaj Chauhan, Suruchi Mahajan and Dieter Enders
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04930J, Feature Article

A MOF platform for incorporation of complementary organic motifs for CO2 binding
Pravas Deria, Song Li, Hongda Zhang, Randall Q. Snurr, Joseph T. Hupp and Omar K. Farha
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04808G, Communication

Strongly green-photoluminescent graphene quantum dots for bioimaging applications
Shoujun Zhu, Junhu Zhang, Chunyan Qiao, Shijia Tang, Yunfeng Li, Wenjing Yuan, Bo Li, Lu Tian, Fang Liu, Rui Hu, Hainan Gao, Haotong Wei, Hao Zhang, Hongchen Sun and Bai Yang
DOI: 10.1039/C1CC11122A, Communication

Cerium-based metal organic frameworks with UiO-66 architecture: synthesis, properties and redox catalytic activity
Martin Lammert, Michael T. Wharmby, Simon Smolders, Bart Bueken, Alexandra Lieb, Kirill A. Lomachenko, Dirk De Vos and Norbert Stock
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC02606G, Communication

A facile synthesis of UiO-66, UiO-67 and their derivatives
Michael J. Katz, Zachary J. Brown, Yamil J. Colón, Paul W. Siu, Karl A. Scheidt, Randall Q. Snurr, Joseph T. Hupp and Omar K. Farha
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC46105J, Communication

Red, far-red, and near infrared photoswitches based on azonium ions
M. Dong, A. Babalhavaeji, M. J. Hansen, L. Kálmán and G. A. Woolley
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC02804C, Communication

A ratiometric fluorescent system for carboxylesterase detection with AIE dots as FRET donors
Yinglong Wu, Shuailing Huang, Fang Zeng, Jun Wang, Changmin Yu, Jing Huang, Huiting Xie and Shuizhu Wu
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04771D, Communication

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In celebration of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded to  Tomas Lindahl, former director of Cancer Research UK’s Clare Hall Laboratories, Paul Modrich from Duke University in the US and Aziz Sancar from the University of North Carolina in the US  for their  “mechanistic studies of DNA repair”.

nobel laureates
Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar © Inserm-P. Latron, Mary Schwalm/AP/Press Association, Max Englund/UNC School of Medicine.

Tomas Lindahl’s research pieced together a molecular image of how base excision repairs DNA when a base of a nucleotide is damaged and subsequently managed to recreate the human repair process in vitro. The mechanism known as nucleotide excision repair, which excises damage from UV and carcinogenic substances, was then mapped by Aziz Sancar – the molecular details of this process changed the entire research field. Paul Modrich also studied the human version of the repair system. His work focused on DNA mismatch repair, a natural process which corrects mismatches that occur when DNA is copied during cell division.

The research carried out by the three 2015 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry has not only revolutionised our knowledge of how we function but also lead to the development of life – saving treatments. To celebrate these remarkable achievements, we are delighted to present a collection of recent Chemical Communications, Chemical Science and Chemical Society Reviews articles on DNA repair, FREE to read until 1 December 2015!

We invite you to submit your best research related to DNA repair mechanisms to Chemical Communications, Chemical Science and Chemical Society Reviews!


Finding needles in a basestack: recognition of mismatched base pairs in DNA by small molecules
Anton Granzhan, Naoko Kotera and  Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 3630-3665
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60455

The chemical biology of sirtuins
Bing Chen, Wenwen Zang, Juan Wang, Yajun Huang, Yanhua He,  Lingling Yan,  Jiajia Liu and Weiping Zheng
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 5246-5264
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00373J

Luminescent oligonucleotide-based detection of enzymes involved with DNA repair
Chung-Hang Leung, Hai-Jing Zhong, Hong-Zhang He, Lihua Lu, Daniel Shiu-Hin Chan and Dik-Lung Ma
Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 3781-3795
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51228B



Research articles

A label-free and sensitive fluorescent method for the detection of uracil-DNA glycosylase activity
Jing Tao, Panshu Song, Yusuke Sato, Seiichi Nishizawa, Norio Teramae, Aijun Tong  and Yu Xiang
Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 929-932
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC06170E

DNA-mediated supercharged fluorescent protein/graphene oxide interaction for label-free fluorescence assay of base excision repair enzyme activity
Zhen Wang, Yong Li, Lijun Li, Daiqi Li, Yan Huang, Zhou Nie and Shouzhuo Yao
Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 13373-13376
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04759E

A fluorescent G-quadruplex probe for the assay of base excision repair enzyme activity
Chang Yeol Lee, Ki Soo Park and Hyun Gyu Park
Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 13744-13747
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC05010C

A chemical probe targets DNA 5-formylcytosine sites and inhibits TDG excision, polymerases bypass, and gene expression
Liang Xu, Ying-Chu Chen, Satoshi Nakajima, Jenny Chong, Lanfeng Wang,  Li Lan, Chao Zhang and  Dong Wang
Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 567-574
DOI: 10.1039/C3SC51849C

Sensitive detection of polynucleotide kinase using rolling circle amplification-induced chemiluminescence
Wei Tang, Guichi Zhu and Chun-yang Zhang
Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 4733-4735
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC00256C

Rescuing DNA repair activity by rewiring the H-atom transfer pathway in the radical SAM enzyme, spore photoproduct lyase
Alhosna Benjdia, Korbinian Heil, Andreas Winkler, Thomas Carell and Ilme Schlichting
Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 14201-14204
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC05158K

Expanding DNAzyme functionality through enzyme cascades with applications in single nucleotide repair and tunable DNA-directedassembly of nanomaterials
Yu Xiang, Zidong Wang, Hang Xing and  Yi Lu
Chem. Sci., 2013, 4, 398-404
DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20763J

Detection of base excision repair enzyme activity using a luminescent G-quadruplex selective switch-on probe
Ka-Ho Leung, Hong-Zhang He, Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Hai-Jing Zhong, Daniel Shiu-Hin Chan,  Jun Zhou,  Jean-Louis Mergny, Chung-Hang Leung and  Dik-Lung Ma
Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 5630-5632
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC41129J

Endonuclease IV discriminates mismatches next to the apurinic/apyrimidinic site in DNA strands: constructing DNA sensing platforms with extremely high selectivity
Xianjin Xiao, Yang Liu and  Meiping Zhao
Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 2819-2821
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC40902C

Also of interest: Find out more about the three Chemistry Nobel Laureates and their research.

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Hot ChemComm articles for October

Take a look at this selection of recently published referee-recommended articles – all are free to read* until 23 November.

Paper-based plasticizer-free sodium ion-selective sensor with camera phone as a detector
Xuewei Wang, Yu Qin and Mark E. Meyerhoff
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06770G, Communication

C5CC06770G GA

Soil as an inexhaustible and high-performance anode material for Li-ion batteries
Xiaofei Hu, Kai Zhang, Liang Cong, Fangyi Cheng and Jun Chen
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06394A, Communication

C5CC06394A GA

Spontaneous mirror symmetry breaking in a re-entrant isotropic liquid
Christian Dressel, Wolfgang Weissflog and Carsten Tschierske
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06843F, Communication

C5CC06843F GA

Highly-efficient dye-sensitized solar cells with collaborative sensitization by silyl-anchor and carboxy-anchor dyes
Kenji Kakiage, Yohei Aoyama, Toru Yano, Keiji Oya, Jun-ichi Fujisawa and Minoru Hanaya
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06759F, Communication

C5CC06759F GA

Catalytic C–H bond functionalisation chemistry: the case for quasi-heterogeneous catalysis
Alan J. Reay and Ian J. S. Fairlamb
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC06980G, Feature Article

C5CC06980G GA

Space Science Applications for Conducting Polymer Particles: Synthetic Mimics for Cosmic Dust and Micrometeorites
Lee A Fielding, Jon K Hillier, Mark J Burchell and Steven P Armes
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC07405C, Feature Article


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Incorporating DNA hydrogels into enzymatic biofuel cells

I remember a time when mobile phones weren’t so power hungry, and when my phone could go a week on one charge. Admittedly, that was before it had a colour screen, internet connectivity and a hundred other bells and whistles. Increased device connectivity, in particular, has led to a huge increase in power demands and the need for better battery technology.

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if your phone battery generated its power from a wide selection of renewable sources? Khiem Van Nguyen and Shelly Minteer from the University of Utah look toward this possibility in their most recent ChemComm, which describes the use of DNA hydrogels in the production of an enzymatic biofuel cell.

The authors describe how they used the self-assembly of DNA monomers under physiological conditions to form a DNA hydrogel capable of trapping glucose oxidase, the most widely used enzyme in enzymatic biofuel cells. This DNA hydrogel remains permeable to small molecules, such as the battery fuel, whilst successfully trapping the enzyme close to the electrode surface.  Enzyme immobilization on the electrode surface is critical to achieve an effective enzymatic biofuel cell, and this model biobattery was shown to have a similar performance to previously reportedglucose oxidase biofuel cells.

Entrapment of glucose oxidase in DNA hydrogel

With enzymes capable of oxidising a wide range of fuels, from alcohols and carbohydrates to amino acids, it may not be too long until a multi-enzyme biobattery is created that can be powered by the sweat from your skin. Then you’ll be able to browse the internet wherever and whenever you want…provided you have signal, of course.

To read the details, check out the ChemComm article in full:
Investigating DNA hydrogels as a new biomaterial for enzyme immobilization in biobatteries
Khiem Van Nguyen and Shelley D Minteer
Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04810A

For example: S. Aquino Neto et al., Power Sources, 2015, 285, 493–498

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