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Molecules 2014, 19(9), 13282-13304; doi:10.3390/molecules190913282

Elucidation of the Relationships between H-Bonding Patterns and Excited State Dynamics in Cyclovalone

Department of Science and High Technology, University of Insubria, Via Valleggio, 11, 22100 Como, Italy
School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1068 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway
Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology, Natl. Research Council, Via Valleggio, 11, 22100 Como, Italy
Department of Health Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca, Via Cadore, 48, 20900 Monza, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 7 July 2014 / Revised: 8 August 2014 / Accepted: 20 August 2014 / Published: 28 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding)
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Cyclovalone is a synthetic curcumin derivative in which the keto-enolic system is replaced by a cyclohexanone ring. This modification of the chemical structure might in principle result in an excited state that is more stable than that of curcumin, which in turn should produce an enhanced phototoxicity. Indeed, although curcumin exhibits photosensitized antibacterial activity, this compound is characterized by very fast excited-state dynamics which limit its efficacy as a photosensitizer. In previous works we showed that the main non-radiative decay pathway of keto-enolic curcuminoids is through excited-state transfer of the enolic proton to the keto-oxygen. Another effective deactivation pathway involves an intermolecular charge transfer mechanism occurring at the phenyl rings, made possible by intramolecular H-bonding between the methoxy and the hydroxyl substituent. In this paper we present UV-Vis and IR absorption spectra data with the aim of elucidating the intramolecular charge distribution of this compound and its solvation patterns in different environments, with particular focus on solute-solvent H-bonding features. Moreover, we discuss steady state and time-resolved fluorescence data that aim at characterizing the excited-state dynamics of cyclovalone, and we compare its decay photophysics to that of curcumin. Finally, because during the characterization procedures we found evidence of very fast photodegradation of cyclovalone, its photostability in four organic solvents was studied by HPLC and the corresponding relative degradation rates were calculated. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyclovalone; curcuminoid; photosensitizer; infrared and UV-Vis absorption; fluorescence; H-bonding; photodegradation cyclovalone; curcuminoid; photosensitizer; infrared and UV-Vis absorption; fluorescence; H-bonding; photodegradation

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Lamperti, M.; Maspero, A.; Tønnesen, H.H.; Bondani, M.; Nardo, L. Elucidation of the Relationships between H-Bonding Patterns and Excited State Dynamics in Cyclovalone. Molecules 2014, 19, 13282-13304.

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