The role of nitric oxide (NO) as an antimicrobial and anticancer agent continues to stimulate the search of compounds generating NO in a controlled fashion. Photochemical generators of NO are particularly appealing due to the accurate spatiotemporal control that light-triggering offers. This contribution reports a novel molecular construct in which multiple units of 3-(trifluoromethyl)-4-nitrobenzenamine NO photodonor are clustered and spatially organized by covalent linkage to a calix[4]arene scaffold bearing two quaternary ammonium groups at the lower rim. This multivalent calix[4]arene-NO donor conjugate is soluble in hydro-alcoholic solvent where it forms nanoaggregates able to release NO under the exclusive control of visible light inputs. The light-stimulated antibacterial activity of the nanoconstruct is demonstrated by the effective bacterial load reduction of Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 and Gram-negative Escherichia coli ATCC 10536.

Design, Synthesis, and Antibacterial Activity of a Multivalent Polycationic Calix[4]arene-NO Photodonor Conjugate

DI BARI, IVANA;Blanco, Anna R.;Pistarà , Venerando;Sortino, Salvatore
2017-01-01

Abstract

The role of nitric oxide (NO) as an antimicrobial and anticancer agent continues to stimulate the search of compounds generating NO in a controlled fashion. Photochemical generators of NO are particularly appealing due to the accurate spatiotemporal control that light-triggering offers. This contribution reports a novel molecular construct in which multiple units of 3-(trifluoromethyl)-4-nitrobenzenamine NO photodonor are clustered and spatially organized by covalent linkage to a calix[4]arene scaffold bearing two quaternary ammonium groups at the lower rim. This multivalent calix[4]arene-NO donor conjugate is soluble in hydro-alcoholic solvent where it forms nanoaggregates able to release NO under the exclusive control of visible light inputs. The light-stimulated antibacterial activity of the nanoconstruct is demonstrated by the effective bacterial load reduction of Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 and Gram-negative Escherichia coli ATCC 10536.
antibacterial; Calix[4]arene; nitric oxide; photoactive nanoaggregates; Biochemistry; Drug Discovery3003 Pharmaceutical Science; Organic Chemistry
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