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Biocatalysis and Pharmaceuticals: A Smart Tool for Sustainable Development

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ISBN: 9783039217083 9783039217090 Year: Pages: 176 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-709-0 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- Biotechnology
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Biocatalysis, that is, the use of biological catalysts (enzymes, cells, etc.) for the preparation of highly valuable compounds is undergoing a great development, being considered an extremely sustainable approach to undertaking environmental demands. In this scenario, this book illustrates the versatility of applied biocatalysis for the preparation of drugs and other bioactive compounds through the presentation of different research articles and reviews, in which several authors describe the most recent developments in this appealing scientific area. By reading the excellent contributions gathered in this book, it is possible to have an updated idea about new advances and possibilities for a new exciting future.

Carbonic Anhydrases and Metabolism

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ISBN: 9783038978008 9783038978015 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-801-5 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology
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Carbonic anhydrases (CAs; EC 4.2.1.1) are metalloenzymes present in all kingdoms of life, as they equilibrate the reaction between three simple but essential chemical species: CO2, bicarbonate, and protons. Discovered more than 80 years ago, in 1933, these enzymes have been extensively investigated due to the biomedical application of their inhibitors, but also because they are an extraordinary example of convergent evolution, with seven genetically distinct CA families that evolved independently in Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya. CAs are also among the most efficient enzymes known in nature, due to the fact that the uncatalyzed hydration of CO2 is a very slow process and the physiological demands for its conversion to ionic, soluble species is very high. Inhibition of the CAs has pharmacological applications in many fields, such as antiglaucoma, anticonvulsant, antiobesity, and anticancer agents/diagnostic tools, but is also emerging for designing anti-infectives, i.e., antifungal, antibacterial, and antiprotozoan agents with a novel mechanism of action. Mitochondrial CAs are implicated in de novo lipogenesis, and thus selective inhibitors of such enzymes may be useful for the development of new antiobesity drugs. As tumor metabolism is diverse compared to that of normal cells, ultimately, relevant contributions on the role of the tumor-associated isoforms CA IX and XII in these phenomena have been published and the two isoforms have been validated as novel antitumor/antimetastatic drug targets, with antibodies and small-molecule inhibitors in various stages of clinical development. CAs also play a crucial role in other metabolic processes connected with urea biosynthesis, gluconeogenesis, and so on, since many carboxylation reactions catalyzed by acetyl-coenzyme A carboxylase or pyruvate carboxylase use bicarbonate, not CO2, as a substrate. In organisms other than mammals, e.g., plants, algae, and cyanobacteria, CAs are involved in photosynthesis, whereas in many parasites (fungi, protozoa), they are involved in the de novo synthesis of important metabolites (lipids, nucleic acids, etc.). The metabolic effects related to interference with CA activity, however, have been scarcely investigated. The present Special Issue of Metabolites aims to fill this gap by presenting the latest developments in the field of CAs and their role in metabolism.

Polymer Clay Nano-composites

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ISBN: 9783039216529 9783039216536 Year: Pages: 246 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-653-6 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Biology
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This Special Issue focuses on the current state-of-the-art of “Polymer Clay Nano-Composites” for biomedical, anticorrosion, antibacterial, and other applications. Clay–polymer composite nanomaterials represent an emerging area of research. Loading polymers with clay particles essentially enhances the composite strength features. Of particular interest are different nano-assembly methods, such as silane mono and multilayers, polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer assembly, and others. An important development was reached for tubular and fibrous clay nanoparticles, such as halloysite, sepiolite, and imogolite. Polymer clay nanoparticles can be prepared as sheets with 1-nm thickness and width of a few hundred nm (e.g., kaolin and montmorillonite). Fibrous clays significantly reinforce the nano-composites in the assembly with biopolymers and other green polymers, leading to functional hybrid bio nano-composites. The scope of this Special Issue comprehensively includes the synthesis and characterization of polymer clay nano-composites used for several applications, including nano-clay polymer composites and hybrid nano-assemblies.

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polyimide --- graphene oxide --- composite --- mechanical properties --- indentation recovery --- AFM --- carbon fibers --- surface grafting --- halloysite nanotubes --- polymer composites --- interface --- fish gelatin --- halloysite nanotubes --- glycerol --- mechanical properties --- water resistance --- LAP --- hyaluronic acid --- doxorubicin --- CD44 receptor targeted --- sacrificial bond --- ionic network --- organic montmorillonite --- 1,2-polybutadiene --- in-situ intercalation --- clay–polymer nanocomposites --- atrazine --- radical polymerization --- hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide --- phenyltrimethylammonium chloride --- FTIR --- TGA --- adsorption --- dental resins --- nanocomposite materials --- organically modified clays --- montmorillonite --- intercalation --- nanotechnology --- ammonium persulfate --- fuzzy optimization --- N,N?-methylenebisacrylamide --- Pareto set --- polyacrylic acid --- swelling capacity --- variable cost --- polyethylene oxide --- montmorillonite clays --- Pd catalysis --- catalytic composite --- positron annihilation --- doubly functionalized montmorillonite --- polystyrene --- soap-free emulsion polymerization --- thermal stability --- tribological property --- organo-clays --- polyamines --- clay-amine interaction mechanisms --- structure effects --- la uptake and release --- layered silicate --- sericite --- CTAB --- intercalation stability --- nanocomposites --- gelation kinetics --- sol–gel transition --- water shutoff --- silica sol --- cellulose nanofibrils --- halloysite nanotubes --- supercritical CO2 --- polystyrene foam --- blowing agent --- in situ polymerization --- attapulgite/polypyrrole nanocomposite --- halloysite nanotubes --- polysaccharide --- interfacial interactions --- reinforcing --- adsorption --- dispersion --- coatings --- whey protein isolate --- nanocomposites --- nanoclay, barrier --- morphology --- n/a

Amide Bond Activation

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ISBN: 9783039212033 9783039212040 Year: Pages: 466 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-204-0 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General)
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The amide bond represents a privileged motif in chemistry. The recent years have witnessed an explosion of interest in the development of new chemical transformations of amides. These developments cover an impressive range of catalytic N–C bond activation in electrophilic, Lewis acid, radical, and nucleophilic reaction pathways, among other transformations. Equally relevant are structural and theoretical studies that provide the basis for chemoselective manipulation of amidic resonance. This monograph on amide bonds offers a broad survey of recent advances in activation of amides and addresses various approaches in the field.

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fumardiamide --- primaquine --- succindiamide --- Michael acceptor --- biofilm eradication --- antibacterial screening --- antiviral activity --- cytostatic activity --- N,N-dimethylformamide --- DMF --- N,N-dimethylacetamide --- DMAc --- amination --- amidation --- thioamidation --- formylation --- carbonylation --- cyanation --- insertion --- cyclization --- amide --- arynes --- insertion --- activation --- heterocycles --- organic synthesis --- multi-component coupling reaction --- aryl thioamides --- thiourea --- C-H/C-N activation --- C-S formation --- transition-metal-free --- rotational barrier energy --- amide bond --- nuclear magnetic resonance --- kinetic --- density functional theory --- non planar amide --- base-catalyed hydrolysis --- water solvation --- entropy --- transamidation --- amide --- amine --- catalyst --- catalysis --- acylative cross-coupling --- trialkylborane --- amide activation --- palladium --- N-heterocyclic carbene --- ruthenium (Ru) --- N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) --- homogeneous catalysis --- in situ --- amide bonds --- synthesis --- density functional theory --- cis/trans isomerization --- secondary amides --- dipeptides --- steric effects --- tert-butyl --- additivity principle --- amino acid transporters --- amide bond --- gemcitabine prodrug --- metabolic stability --- pancreatic cancer cells --- pharmacokinetics --- peptide bond cleavage --- amide bond resonance --- twisted amides --- enzymes --- metal complexes --- catalysts --- amide C–N bond activation --- nickel catalysis --- amidation --- DFT study --- reaction thermodynamics --- amide resonance --- anomeric effect --- HERON reaction --- pyramidal amides --- physical organic chemistry --- reaction mechanism --- amide --- activation --- amidicity --- carbonylicity --- transamidation --- acyl transfer --- excited state --- Suzuki-Miyaura --- cross-coupling --- aryl esters --- C–O activation --- Pd-catalysis --- amides --- carbanions --- C–H acidity --- nitro-aci tautomerism --- molecular dynamics --- density-functional theory --- alkynes --- C–H bond cleavage --- C–N bond cleavage --- cyclopentadienyl complexes --- N-(1-naphthyl)acetamide --- rhodium --- [2+2+2] annulation --- amide bond --- sulfonamide bond --- alkynes --- addition reaction --- aminoacylation --- aminosulfonylation --- pre-catalysts --- palladium catalysis --- amide bond activation --- ester bond activation --- cross-coupling --- amide bond --- bridged lactams --- twisted amides --- amides --- Winkler-Dunitz parameters --- N–C activation --- hypersensitivity --- nitrogen heterocycles --- distortion --- bridged sultams --- amides --- C-N ? bond cleavage --- sodium --- crown ether --- amide hydrolysis --- model compound --- intramolecular catalysis --- twisted amide --- protease --- intein --- C-H functionalization --- directing groups --- amides --- transition metals --- catalysis

Advances in Food Analysis

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ISBN: 9783039217427 9783039217434 Year: Pages: 488 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-743-4 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Mathematics
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This Topical Collection of Molecules provides the most recent advancements and trends within the framework of food analysis, confirming the growing public, academic, and industrial interest in this field. The articles broach topics related to sample preparation, separation science, spectroscopic techniques, sensors and biosensors, as well as investigations dealing with the characterization of macronutrients, micronutrients, and other biomolecules. It offers the latest updates regarding alternative food sources (e.g., algae), functional foods, effects of processing, chiral or achiral bioactive compounds, contaminants, and every topic related to food science that is appealing to readers. Nowadays, the increasing awareness of the close relation among diet, health, and social development is stimulating demands for high levels of quality and safety in agro-food production, as well as new studies to fill gaps in the actual body of knowledge about food composition. For these reasons, modern research in food science and human nutrition is moving from classical methodologies to advanced instrumental platforms for comprehensive characterization. Nondestructive spectroscopic and imaging technologies are also proposed for food process monitoring and quality control in real time.

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cuprous oxide nanoparticles --- reduced graphene oxide --- modified electrode --- sunset yellow --- second-derivative linear sweep voltammetry --- clenbuterol --- systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment --- real-time quantitative PCR --- high-throughput sequencing technology --- aptamers --- gold nanoparticles biosensor --- carbamates --- multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) --- enhanced product ion (EPI) --- mass fragmentation --- confirmatory method --- pesticide residues --- Croatian wines --- biogenic amines --- HPLC --- geographical origin --- polyelectrolyte composite film --- nitrite detection --- differential pulse voltammetry --- cyclic voltammetry --- mycotoxin --- dimerization --- HRMS --- NMR --- fruit jams --- food security --- phenolic acids --- quercetin --- agro-biodiversity --- HPLC fingerprint --- Polygonatum cyrtonema --- saccharides --- oligosaccharides --- fructose --- HPLC–QTOF–MS/MS --- steaming --- essential oil --- extraction techniques --- hops extracts --- hydrodistillation --- Marynka strain --- microwave-assisted hydrodistillation --- anthocyanins --- bioactive compounds --- Box–Behnken design --- microwave-assisted extraction --- myrtle --- Myrtus communis --- phenolic compounds --- Chia seed oil --- polyunsaturated fatty acid --- antioxidant --- lipid-lowering effect --- collagen peptide --- HPLC fingerprint --- antioxidant --- anti-inflammatory --- spectrum-effect relationship --- amino acids --- carbohydrates --- acidity --- polarity --- molecular weight --- Tricholoma matsutake --- Pol gene --- qualitative and quantitative PCR --- DNA extraction --- ?-blockers --- metabolites --- milk powder --- Q-Orbitrap --- rosé wines --- white wines --- bottle aging --- flavor profile --- closures --- anthocyanins --- bioactive compounds --- Box–Behnken design --- ultrasound-assisted extraction --- myrtle --- Myrtus communis L. --- phenolic compounds --- food safety --- kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) --- molecular identification --- phylogeny --- DNA barcode --- hard clams --- Meretrix lyrata --- lipid classes --- fatty acids --- phospholipids --- molecular species of phospholipid --- high resolution mass spectrometry --- impedimetric aptasensor --- screen-printed interface --- bifunctional polymer arms --- PAT detection --- apple juice --- chiral --- chiral stationary phases --- enantiomers --- food --- review --- Piper methysticum (kava) --- kavalactones --- flavokavains --- UHPLC-UV --- mass spectra --- isomerization --- single-laboratory validation --- quality control --- Lactarius deliciosus --- chemical composition --- antioxidant --- antihyperglycemic --- ?13C-IRMS --- fatty acids composition --- 1H-NMR --- walnut varieties --- poultry eggs --- thiamphenicol --- florfenicol --- florfenicol amine --- ASE --- UPLC-FLD --- Sojae semen praeparatum (SSP) --- fermentation --- conversion --- ultra-fast liquid chromatography (UFLC)–TripleTOF MS --- principal component analysis (PCA) --- microalgae --- Scenedesmus --- supercritical fluid extraction --- carotenoids --- fat-soluble vitamins --- antioxidants --- fruit juice --- blends --- adulteration --- 1H NMR --- PLS --- chemometrics --- natural mature honey --- immature honey --- chemometric analysis --- multi-physicochemical parameters --- food quality --- IMS --- food composition --- food process control --- food authentication --- food adulteration --- food safety --- antibiotics --- liquid chromatography mass spectrometry --- milk --- muscle --- validation

Advances in Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Related Computational Methods

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ISBN: 9783039280520 9783039280537 Year: Pages: 496 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03928-053-7 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General) --- Analytical Chemistry
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In the last few decades, near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has distinguished itself as one of the most rapidly advancing spectroscopic techniques. Mainly known as an analytical tool useful for sample characterization and content quantification, NIR spectroscopy is essential in various other fields, e.g. NIR imaging techniques in biophotonics, medical applications or used for characterization of food products. Its contribution in basic science and physical chemistry should be noted as well, e.g. in exploration of the nature of molecular vibrations or intermolecular interactions. One of the current development trends involves the miniaturization and simplification of instrumentation, creating prospects for the spread of NIR spectrometers at a consumer level in the form of smartphone attachments—a breakthrough not yet accomplished by any other analytical technique. A growing diversity in the related methods and applications has led to a dispersion of these contributions among disparate scientific communities. The aim of this Special Issue was to bring together the communities that may perceive NIR spectroscopy from different perspectives. It resulted in 30 contributions presenting the latest advances in the methodologies essential in near-infrared spectroscopy in a variety of applications.

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hyperspectral imaging --- variety discrimination --- Chrysanthemum --- deep convolutional neural network --- DNA --- FTIR spectroscopy --- rapid identification --- PLS-DA --- animal origin --- near-infrared hyperspectral imaging --- raisins --- support vector machine --- pixel-wise --- object-wise --- maize kernel --- hyperspectral imaging technology --- accelerated aging --- principal component analysis --- support vector machine model --- standard germination tests --- blackberries --- Rubus fructicosus --- phenolics --- carotenoids --- bioanalytical applications --- near infrared --- chemometrics --- VIS/NIR hyperspectral imaging --- corn seed --- classification --- freeze-damaged --- image processing --- imaging visualization --- wavelength selection --- NIR spectroscopy --- binary dragonfly algorithm --- ensemble learning --- quantitative analysis modeling --- NIR --- SCiO --- pocket-sized spectrometer --- cheese --- fat --- moisture --- multivariate data analysis --- Fourier-transform near-infrared spectroscopy --- glucose --- fructose --- dry matter --- partial least square regression --- Ewing sarcoma --- Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy --- FTIR --- chemotherapy --- bone cancer --- calibration transfer --- NIR spectroscopy --- PLS --- quantitative analysis model --- melamine --- FT-IR --- NIR spectroscopy --- quantum chemical calculation --- anharmonic calculation --- overtones --- combination bands --- near infrared spectroscopy --- Trichosanthis Fructus --- geographical origin --- chemometric techniques --- crude drugs --- prepared slices --- support vector machine-discriminant analysis --- near-infrared fluorescence --- fluorescent probes --- Zn(II) --- di-(2-picolyl)amine --- living cells --- cellular imaging --- near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy --- calibration transfer --- affine invariance --- multivariate calibration --- partial least squares (PLS) --- NIR --- direct model transferability --- MicroNIR™ --- SVM --- hier-SVM --- SIMCA --- PLS-DA --- TreeBagger --- PLS --- calibration transfer --- agriculture --- photonics --- imaging --- spectral imaging --- spectroscopy --- handheld near-infrared spectroscopy --- pasta/sauce blends --- partial least squares calibration --- nutritional parameters --- bootstrapping soft shrinkage --- partial least squares --- extra virgin olive oil --- adulteration --- FT-NIR spectroscopy --- near-infrared spectroscopy --- ethanol --- anharmonic quantum mechanical calculations --- isotopic substitution --- overtones --- combinations bands --- seeds vitality --- rice seeds --- near-infrared spectroscopy --- hyperspectral image --- discriminant analysis --- near-infrared spectroscopy --- counter propagation artificial neural network --- detection --- auxiliary diagnosis --- BRAF V600E mutation --- colorectal cancer --- tissue --- paraffin-embedded --- deparaffinized --- stained --- ultra-high performance liquid chromatography --- Folin–Ciocalteu --- total hydroxycinnamic derivatives --- phytoextraction --- near-infrared spectroscopy --- origin traceability --- data fusion --- Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis --- Fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy --- near-infrared spectroscopy --- aquaphotomics --- water --- light --- near infrared spectroscopy --- water-mirror approach --- perturbation --- biomeasurements --- biodiagnosis --- biomonitoring --- Vitis vinifera L. --- proximal sensing --- precision viticulture --- near infrared --- chemometrics --- non-destructive sensor --- NIRS --- osteopathy --- late preterm --- brain --- splanchnic --- Raman spectroscopy --- hyperspectral imaging --- analytical spectroscopy --- counterfeit and substandard pharmaceuticals --- DFT calculations --- chemometrics --- PLSR --- API --- lumefantrine --- artemether --- antimalarial tablets --- FT-NIR spectroscopy --- PLS-R --- water --- glucose --- test set validation --- RMSEP --- hyperspectral image processing --- perfusion measurements --- clinical classifications --- n/a

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