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1. Energetic and structural properties of 4-nitro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole, da Silva, MDMCR Freitas, VLS Vieira, MAA; Sottomayor, MJ Acree, WE in JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS, 2012, ISSN: 0021-9614,  Volume: 49, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.jct.2012.01.018 P-002-9XD
Abstract The energetic study of 4-nitro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole has been developed using experimental techniques together with computational approaches. The standard (p degrees = 0.1 MPa) molar enthalpy of formation of crystalline 4-nitro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (181.9 +/- 2.3 kJ . mol(-1)) was determined from the experimental standard molar energy of combustion -(3574.3 +/- 1.3) kJ . mol(-1), in oxygen, measured by rotating-bomb combustion calorimetry at T = 298.15 K. The standard (p degrees = 0.1 MPa) molar enthalpy of sublimation, at T = 298.15 K, (101.8 +/- 4.3) kJ . mol(-1), was determined by a direct method, using the vacuum drop micro-calorimetric technique. From the latter value and from the enthalpy of formation of the solid, it was calculated the standard (p degrees = 0.1 MPa) enthalpy of formation of gaseous 4-nitro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole as (283.7 +/- 4.9) kJ . mol(-1). Standard ab initio molecular orbital calculations were performed using the G3(MP2)//B3LYP composite procedure and several working reactions in order to derive the standard molar enthalpy of formation 4-nitro-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole. The ab initio results are in good agreement with the experimental data.

2. DNA interaction with flavone and hydroxyflavones, Vitorino, J; Sottomayor, MJ in JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, 2010, ISSN: 0022-2860,  Volume: 975, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2010.04.039 P-003-5KN
Abstract In recent years flavonoids have attracted a great interest as potential therapeutic drugs against a wide range of diseases. While the antioxidant activity of these natural polyphenolic compounds is well known, their binding to DNA characteristics is not fully understood despite the fact that many of them exert their biological effects by reversibly binding to nucleic acids. The present study aims to investigate the interaction of flavone and four hydroxyflavone isomers with double stranded DNA, occurring in bulk solution. A combination of micro-DSC and UV spectroscopy has been used to study the effect of these compounds and of their structure on the structure and stability of the DNA molecule. The characteristics of DNA thermal denaturation have been used as a measure of the effect of the compounds on the stability of the double helix. Micro-DSC has been used to determine the temperature dependence of the heat capacity of the process of thermal denaturation of DNA in solutions containing flavone and the following hydroxyflavones: 3-hydroxyflavone, 5-hydroxyflavone, 6-hydroxyflavone and 7-hydroxyflavone. The observed enthalpy of transition and the transition temperature of DNA thermal denaturation were determined for each compound. UV thermal denaturation curves were also recorded, under the same experimental conditions as the DSC measurements. The transition temperature values and the thermodynamic parameters of thermal denaturation were determined. Differential scanning calorimetry and ultraviolet spectroscopy measurements have evidenced an interaction between the studied flavones and DNA, showing a stabilization of DNA structure, due mainly to intercalation of the flavones. The results also show a noteworthy effect of the structure of the hydroxyflavone isomers on this stabilization.

3. Thermodynamic properties of three pyridine carboxylic acid methyl ester isomers, da Silva, MDMCR Freitas, VLS Santos, LMNBF Fulem, M; Sottomayor, MJ Monte, MJS Acree, WE in JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING DATA, 2007, ISSN: 0021-9568,  Volume: 52, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1021/je060472e P-004-BH1
Abstract The present work reports the values of the standard (p degrees = 0.1 MPa) molar energies of combustion for the liquid isomers methyl picolinate and methyl isonicotinate and for the crystalline isomer methyl nicotinate measured by static bomb calorimetry. The molar enthalpies of vaporization of the three isomers at T = 298.15 K as well as the molar enthalpies of sublimation of two of them (methyl picolinate and methyl nicotinate) were derived from vapor pressure measurements at different temperatures using a static method. The molar enthalpies of vaporization at T = 298.15 K of methyl picolinate and methyl isonicotinate were also measured using Calvet microcalorimetry. The thermal behavior of the compounds was studied by differential scanning calorimetry, and the temperatures and the molar enthalpies of fusion were determined using this technique. The experimental results were used to derive the gaseous standard molar enthalpies of formation, at 298.15 K, of the three pyridinecarboxylic acid methyl ester isomers and the triple points of the ortho and meta isomers.

4. Effects of some metal ions on the denaturational heat capacity increments in dilute solutions of ds-DNA, Mrevlishvili, GM; Sottomayor, MJ da Silva, MAVR in THERMOCHIMICA ACTA, 2002, ISSN: 0040-6031,  Volume: 394, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/s0040-6031(02)00241-1 P-000-MNV
Abstract The native DNA duplex may be viewed as a cooperatively-ordered H bonded structure, including well localized Watson-Crick base pairs and H-bounded networks of hydration parts of the DNA-solvent interface in the grooves of the helix. In this paper, we present the effect of different metal ions (Li+, Mg2+ and Cu2+) on the denaturational heat capacity increment (DeltaC(p)) for calf thymus DNA. Since the contribution from the ordered hydration water fraction disruption energy to the total enthalpy and heat capacity increment values of double helix melting is significant, it must be possible to detect the effect of metal ions on the structural ordering/disordering of the H-bounded network in the hydration shell of the DNA duplex. Experimental results suggest that Li+, which is preferentially adsorbed in the minor groove of B-DNA and should contribute significantly to the stabilization of B-form, has a pronounced influence on the value of DeltaC(p). For the system Mg2+-DNA, the values of DeltaC(p) are also significant, which can be explained by the formation of inner hydration sphere complexes and immobilization of structural water by the grooves of the duplex, stabilizing the helix. The effect of Cu2+ ions is much more pronounced. The satellite peaks of calf thymus DNA become lower as the concentration of Cu2+ increases and for concentrations of Cu2+ higher than 0.010M, they disappear and DeltaC(p) = 0. This is indicative of the known preference of Cu2+ for purins and GC rich sites of DNA, binding to the N7 of guanine. As a result, disruption of the base stacking and hydrogen bounded water networks in the grooves of the double helix takes place.

5. Experimental thermochemical study of the enthalpies of formation and sublimation of isonicotinamide, picolinamide, nicotinamide, isonicotinamide N-oxide, and nicotinamide N-oxide. The dissociation enthalpies of the N-O bonds, da Silva, MDMCR Goncalves, JM; Ferreira, SCC da Silva, LCM; Sottomayor, MJ Pilcher, G; Acree, WE; Roy, LE in JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS, 2001, ISSN: 0021-9614,  Volume: 33, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1006/jcht.2001.0839 P-000-T5A
Abstract The standard (p(o) = 0.1 MPa) molar enthalpies of combustion in oxygen, at T = 298.15 K, for crystalline picolinamide (2-NH2COPy), nicotinamide (3-NH2COPy), isonicotinamide (4-NH2COPy), nicotinamide N-oxide (3-NH2COPyNO), and isonicotinamide N-oxide (4-NH2COPyNO) were measured by static-bomb calorimetry. These values were used to derive the standard molar enthalpies of formation of the crystalline compounds. The standard molar enthalpies of sublimation, at T = 298.15 K, for the three pyridinecarboxamide isomers were measured by microcalorimetry and the standard molar enthalpies of sublimation for the two pyridinecarboxamide N-oxide compounds were measured by a mass-loss effusion technique. From the enthalpies of formation of the gaseous compounds, the molar dissociation enthalpies D-m(o) of the (N+-O-) covalent bonds were derived. Comparison has been made with D-m(o) (N-O) values in pyridine N-oxide derivatives. [GRAPHICS] (C) 2001 Academic Press.