Faustino E Morán Vieyra

Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero, Argentina

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Publications (12)32.14 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Novel mono- and dinuclear tricarbonylrhenium(I) complexes of formula [Re(Mebpy-CN)(CO)3Cl] (1), [Re(Mebpy-CN)(CO)3(CH3CN)](PF6) (2), and [(CH3CN)(CO)3Re(Mebpy-CN)Ru(NH3)5](PF6)3 (3), in which Mebpy-CN = 4-methyl-2,2′-bipyridine-4′-carbonitrile, were prepared and characterized by spectroscopic, photophysical, and computational techniques. The complete structure of complex 2 was determined by X-ray diffraction. The increased conjugation in the bipyridyl ring owing to the nitrile substituent increases the emission quantum yields of the 3MLCT (metal-to-ligand charge-transfer) lowest-lying excited states of 1 and 2 with respect to the corresponding bpy complexes (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine). The mixed-valent species of formula [(CH3CN)(CO)3Re(Mebpy-CN)Ru(NH3)5]4+ (4) was prepared in situ and as a mixed salt; the charge recombination from its metal-to-metal charge-transfer (MMCT) excited state is predicted to lie in the Marcus inverted region. The electronic structures and optical properties of all the reported complexes calculated by DFT and TD-DFT methods agree reasonably well with experimental results.
    Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft 06/2014; · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Respiratory NADH dehydrogenase-2 (NDH-2) of Escherichia coli is a peripheral membrane-bound flavoprotein. By eliminating its C-terminal region, a water soluble truncated version was obtained in our laboratory. Overall conformation of the mutant version resembles the wild-type protein. Considering these data and the fact that mutant was obtained as an apo-protein, the truncated protein is an ideal model to study the interaction between the enzyme and its cofactor. Here, the FAD binding properties of this truncated version were characterized using far-UV circular dichroism (CD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), limited proteolysis, and steady-state and dynamic fluorescence spectroscopy. CD spectra, thermal unfolding and DSC profiles did not reveal any major difference in secondary structure between apo- and holo-protein. In addition, digestion sites accessibility and tertiary conformation were similar for both proteins, as seen by comparable chymotryptic cleavage patterns. FAD binding to the apo-protein produced a parallel increment of both FAD fluorescence quantum yield and steady-state emission anisotropy. On the other hand, addition of FAD quenched the intrinsic fluorescence emission of the truncated protein, indicating that the flavin cofactor should be closely located to the protein Trp residues. Analysis of the steady-state and dynamic fluorescence data confirms the formation of the holo-protein with a 1:1 binding stoichiometry and an association constant KA=7.0(±0.8)×10(4)M(-1). Taken together, the FAD-protein interaction is energetically favorable and the addition of FAD is not necessary to induce the enzyme folded state. For the first time, a detailed characterization of the flavin:protein interaction was performed among alternative NADH dehydrogenases.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 01/2014; · 4.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report in this work the synthesis and spectroscopic, electrochemical, spectroelectrochemical, and photophysical characterization of a novel series of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes with 4-methyl-2,2'-bipyridine-4'-carbonitrile (Mebpy-CN) as an auxiliary ligand of general formula [Ru(bpy)3-x(Mebpy-CN)x](PF6)2 (x = 1-3) (with bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine). A significant increase in the lifetime and quantum yield of emission of the lowest (3)MLCT excited state is disclosed when going from x = 1 to x = 3, evidencing an improvement of the photosensitizing properties with respect to [Ru(bpy)3](PF6)2. Furthermore, quenching by molecular oxygen of (3)MLCT excited states of the three complexes produced singlet molecular oxygen ((1)O2) with quantum yield values higher than that of [Ru(bpy)3](2+) in CH3CN. The structure of the complex with x = 1 has been determined by X-ray diffraction. The photoconductivity of ZnO nanowires covered with this same complex is increased by an order of magnitude, pointing to its feasibility as a component of a DSSC. A new dinuclear complex with Mebpy-CN as a bridging ligand has also been prepared and characterized by physicochemical techniques. The derived mixed-valent species of formula [(bpy)2Ru(II)(Mebpy-CN)Ru(III)(NH3)5](5+) displays a considerable metal-metal electronic coupling due to the delocalization effect of a nitrile group in the 4' position of the bpy ring.
    Inorganic Chemistry 04/2013; · 4.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: UV-A radiation (320-400 nm) induces damage to the DNA molecule and its components through photosensitized reactions. Biopterin (Bip) and its photoproducts 6-formylpterin (Fop) and 6-carboxypterin (Cap) accumulate in the skin of human beings suffering from vitiligo, a depigmentation disorder where the protection against UV radiation fails because of the lack of melanin. This study was aimed to evaluate the photosensitizing properties of oxidized pterins present in the skin and to elucidate the mechanisms involved in the photosensitized oxidation of purine nucleotides by pterins in vitro. For this purpose, steady-state and time-resolved experiments in acidic (pH 5.0-5.8) aqueous solution were performed using Bip, Fop and Cap as photosensitizers and the nucleotide 2'-deoxyguanosine 5'-monophosphate (dGMP) as an oxidizable target. The three pterin derivatives are able to photosensitize dGMP, being Fop the most efficient sensitizer. The reactions proceed through two competing pathways: (1) electron transfer from dGMP to triplet excited-state of pterins (type I mechanism) and (2) reaction of dGMP with (1)O(2) produced by pterins (type II mechanism). Kinetic analysis revealed that the electron transfer pathway is the main mechanism and the interaction of dGMP with the triplet excited-state of pterins and the formation of the corresponding dGMP radicals were demonstrated by laser flash photolysis experiments. The biological implications of the results obtained are also discussed.
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 07/2012; 14(33):11657-65. · 4.20 Impact Factor
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    Lorena Valle, Faustino E Morán Vieyra, Claudio D Borsarelli
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    ABSTRACT: The singlet and triplet excited states properties of lumiflavin (LF), riboflavin (RF), flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) in reversed micelles (RM) of sodium docusate (AOT) in n-hexane solutions were evaluated as a function of the water to surfactant molar ratio, w(0) = [H(2)O]/[AOT], by both steady-state and time-resolved absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results indicated that hydrogen-bonding interactions between the isoalloxazine ring of the flavins with the water molecules of the micellar interior play a crucial role on the modulation of the excited state properties of the flavins. Fluorescence dynamic experiments in the RM, allowed the calculation of similar values for both the internal rotational time of the flavins (θ(i)) and the hydrogen-bonding relaxation time (τ(HB)), e.g.≈ 7 and 1.5 ns at w(0) = 1 and 20, respectively. In turn, the triplet state lifetimes of the flavins were also enlarged in RM solutions at low w(0), without modifications of their quantum yields. A hydrogen bonding relaxation model is proposed to explain the singlet excited state properties of the flavins, while the changes of the triplet state decays of the flavins were related with the global composition and strength of the hydrogen bonding network inside of the RM.
    Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 03/2012; 11(6):1051-61. · 2.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we show that several UV-Vis absorbance, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence parameters of a series of dissolved humic substances (DHS) from different sources (e.g. terrestrial fulvic and humic acids, and humic acid-like molecules extracted from composted and vermicomposted wastes) correlate with the molar absorptivity at 280 nm per mole of organic carbon (ε(280)), which in turn is proportional to the molecular complexity (e.g. molecular size, aromaticity and oxidation degree) of the DHS. Both absorbance and fluorescence spectral responses were sensitive to the molecular complexity associated with the maturation degree of the DHS. Depending on the DHS, different emitting responses by excitation at the UVA (340 nm) and VIS (460 nm) regions of the absorption spectra were observed. The results were explained in terms of the extent of intramolecular electronic interactions between electron donor groups, such as polyhydroxylated aromatics and indoles, and more oxidized acceptor groups (e.g. quinones or other oxidized aromatics) as the molecular complexity of the DHS increased.
    Photochemistry and Photobiology 03/2012; 88(4):792-800. · 2.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new series of alkoxy- and polypyridine-bridged rhenium molecular rectangles of formulae {[Re(CO)3(OC5H11)]4(L)2}, with OC5H11 = 1-pentoxy, L = PCA (4-pyridinecarboxaldehyde azine) and 4,4′-azpy (4,4′-azobis(pyridine)), were synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic and diffraction techniques. Quenching of fluorescence of aromatic hydrocarbons by these complexes was studied by stationary and dynamic techniques. The quenching mechanism proved to be predominantly static and the Stern–Volmer constants indicated a decrease of the extent of C–H⋯π interactions with decreasing length of the linkers that form the molecular rectangles.
    Inorganica Chimica Acta 08/2011; 374(1):247–252. · 1.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The singlet oxygen (1O2) quenching and free radical (DPPH(*), ABTS(* +) and O2(* -)) scavenging ability of three structurally-related flavonoids (7-hydroxyflavanone HF, 2',4'-dihydroxychalcone DHC and 3,7-dihydroxyflavone DHF) present in the Argentinean native shrub Zuccagnia punctata Cav. were studied in solution by combining electrochemical and kinetic measurements, mass spectroscopy, end-point antioxidant assays and computational calculations. The results showed that the antioxidant properties of these flavonoids depend on several factors, such as their electron- and hydrogen atom donor capacity, the ionization degree of the more acidic group, solvatation effects and electrostatic interactions with the oxidant species. The theoretical calculations for both the gas and solution phases at the B3LYP level of theory for the Osanger reaction field model agreed with the experimental findings, thus supporting the characterization of the antioxidant mechanism of the Z. punctata flavonoids.
    Free Radical Research 06/2009; 43(6):553-64. · 3.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Open-air composting evolution of domestic solid wastes (DSW) collected during 150 days from a neighborhood of Santiago del Estero, Argentina, was investigated using several standard methods of compost analysis, in combination with steady-state UV–Vis absorption and fluorescence measurements of their extracted total humic substance-like (HSL), fulvic acid-like (FAL), and humic acid-like (HAL) molecules. The UV-spectra of the HSL were fitted with a two Gaussian-like bands model, allowing the calculation of the absorption ratio between the electron-transfer and benzenoid band components, Ao,ET/Ao,Bz, which provided information about the type and degree of substitution into the aromatic chromophores. In addition, the variation of the absorbance ratio E4/E6 of the HSL was mainly sensitive to the fraction of FAL substances. Fluorescence quantum yields (ΦF) and full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) for the different humic extracts were also valuable parameters for tracking the evolution of these substances during composting. The excitation–emission matrix (EEM) of the different extracts showed the presence of two fluorescence maxima, namely P1 (λexc < 280 nm) and P2 (λexc > 280 nm) respectively. Only the location of the P2 of HAL was sensitive to the evolution of composting, indicating the continuous modification of the fluorophore during the process.The present results indicate the suitability of combined absorption and emission spectroscopical properties in the characterization of both HSL and evolution of composting.
    Geoderma. 01/2009;
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    ABSTRACT: The quenching of singlet molecular oxygen ((1)O(2)) by the flavylium cation form of six widespread anthocyanin derivatives: cyanidin 3-glucoside (CG), cyanidin 3-rutinoside (CR), cyanidin 3-galactoside (CGL), malvidin (M), malvidin 3-glucoside (MG) and malvidin 3,5-diglucoside (MDG) was studied in 1% HCl methanol solution by time-resolved phosphorescence detection (TRPD) of (1)O(2) and photostationary actinometry using perinaphthenone and methylene blue as sensitizers, respectively. The average value of the total (k(0)) and chemical (k(c)) quenching rate constants were approximately 4 x 10(8) M(-1) s(-1) and 3 x 10(6) M(-1) s(-1), respectively, indicating the good performance of the studied anthocyanins as catalytic quenchers of (1)O(2). The quenching efficiency was larger for malvidin than for cyanidin derivatives, probably by the extra electron-donating methoxy group in ring B of the malvidin derivatives; and it was also dependent on the number and type of glycosylated substitution. As observed for other phenolic-like derivatives, the quenching of (1)O(2) by anthocyanins was mediated by a charge-transfer mechanism, which was modulated by the total number of -OR substituents that increases the electron-donating ability of these compounds.
    Free Radical Research 11/2008; 42(10):885-91. · 3.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The steady-state UVA (350 nm) photolysis of (E)-beta-ionone (1) in aerated toluene solutions was studied by (1)H NMR spectroscopy. The formation of the 1,2,4-trioxane (2) and 5,8-endoperoxide (5) derivatives in the ratio of 4:1 was observed. Time-resolved laser induced experiments at 355 nm, such as laser-flash photolysis, photoacoustic and singlet oxygen (1)O(2) phosphorescence detection, confirmed the formation of the excited triplet state of 1 with a quantum yield Phi(T) = 0.50 as the precursor for the generation of singlet oxygen (1)O(2) (Phi(Delta) = 0.16) and the isomeric alpha-pyran derivative (3), which was a reaction intermediate detected by NMR. In turn, the reaction of (1)O(2) with 1 and 3 occurred with rate constants of 1.0 x 10(6) and 2.5 x 10(8) M(-1)s(-1) to yield the oxygenated products 5 and 2, respectively, indicating the relevance of the fixed s-cis configuration in the alpha-pyran ring in the concerted [2+4] cycloaddition of (1)O(2).
    Photochemistry and Photobiology 01/2007; 83(6):1313-8. · 2.29 Impact Factor
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    Geoderma, v.151, 61-67 (2009).

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38 Citations
32.14 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2007–2014
    • Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero
      Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero, Argentina
  • 2011–2013
    • National University of Tucuman
      • Instituto de Química Física
      Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina
  • 2008
    • University of Campinas
      • Departamento de Ciência de Alimentos (DCA)
      Conceição de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil