Angewandte Chemie International Edition

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Editor: Neville Compton; Editor Emeritus: Peter Gölitz

Online ISSN: 1521-3773

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Fluorine-Containing Molecules from Cell Cultures - Living cells produce fluorinated metabolites and bioplastics

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Fluorine-Containing Molecules from Cell Cultures

Living cells produce fluorinated metabolites and bioplastics.
Natural organic compounds that contain fluorine are rare because living organisms—with a few exceptions—do not produce them. American scientists have now genetically engineered a microbial host for organofluorine metabolism, allowing it to produce a fluoridated intermediate known as a diketide. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the diketide could then be used as a monomer for the in vivo production of fluorinated bioplastics.

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DatePress ReleaseOriginal Communication

September 28, 2017

Fluorine-Containing Molecules from Cell Cultures
Living cells produce fluorinated metabolites and bioplastics

Engineered Fluorine Metabolism and Fluoropolymer Production in Living Cells

Michelle C. Y. Chang, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

September 21, 2017

Better Rechargeable Batteries Coming Soon?
Hybrid indium–lithium anodes provide fast interfacial ion transport

Electroless Formation of Hybrid Lithium Anodes for Fast Interfacial Ion Transport

Lynden Archer, Cornell University (USA)

September 20, 2017

Steering the Immune Defense against Fungal Pathogens
Neutralization of pathogenic fungi with small-molecule immunotherapeutics

Neutralization of Pathogenic Fungi with Small-Molecule Immunotherapeutics

David Spiegel, Yale University (USA)

September 8, 2017

How To Draw Electricity from the Bloodstream
A one-dimensional fluidic nanogenerator with a high power-conversion efficiency

A One-Dimensional Fluidic Nanogenerator with a High Power Conversion Efficiency

Huisheng Peng, Fudan University (China)

August 25, 2017

Magic Enzymes
Enzymatic synthesis of psilocybin, the ingredient of magic mushrooms

Enzymatic Synthesis of Psilocybin

Dirk Hoffmeister, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany)

August 24, 2017

More Solar Power Thanks to Titanium
Modification of a hematite photoanode by a conformal titanium dioxide interlayer for effective charge collection

Dendritic Hematite Nanoarray Photoanode Modified with a Conformal Titanium Dioxide Interlayer for Effective Charge Collection

Jinlong Gong, Tianjin University (China)

August 18, 2017

Virus with an Eggshell
Mineral layer around avian flu pathogen may be the cause for human infections

Mineralized State of the Avian Influenza Virus in the Environment

Ruikang Tang, Zhejiang University (China)

August 4, 2017

Lightweight Catalyst for Artificial Photosynthesis
Carbonitride aerogels mediate the photocatalytic conversion of water

Carbon Nitride Aerogels for the Photoredox Conversion of Water

Xinchen Wang, Fuzhou University (China)

August 3, 2017

Man versus (Synthesis) Machine
Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules

Human versus Robots in the Discovery and Crystallization of Gigantic Polyoxometalates

Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

July 21, 2017

Name that Scotch
Colorimetric recognition of aldehydes and ketones

Colorimetric Recognition of Aldehydes and Ketones

Kenneth S. Suslick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)

July 19, 2017

Imaging of Scar Tissue Formation
Noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging of lung fibrogenesis with an amino acid targeted probe

Molecular Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Lung Fibrogenesis with an Oxyamine-Based Probe

Peter Caravan, Harvard Medical School (USA)

July 18, 2017

Revealing Particle Separation
No amplification needed: ultrasensitive DNA quantification by light scattering

Associating and Dissociating Nanodimer Analysis for Quantifying Ultrasmall Amounts of DNA

Jwa-Min Nam, Seoul National University (Rep. Korea)

July 10, 2017

Phosphorus Rubber
Poly-(1-phospha-isoprene): phosphorus-containing natural rubber analogue

Polymerization of 1-Phosphaisoprene: Synthesis and Characterization of a Chemically Functional Phosphorus Version of Natural Rubber

Derek P. Gates, University of British Columbia (Canada)

July 7, 2017

Sucking Up Spilt Oil
An organogelator–cellulose composite material for practical and eco-friendly marine oil-spill recovery

Organogelator–Cellulose Composite for Practical and Eco-Friendly Marine Oil-Spill Recovery

Kana M. Sureshan, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (India)

July 6, 2017

Antioxidants Against Sepsis
Ceria-zirconia nanoparticles as enhanced multi-antioxidants are effective in sepsis treatment

Ceria–Zirconia Nanoparticles as an Enhanced Multi-Antioxidant for Sepsis Treatment

Taeghwan Hyeon, Seoul National University (Rep. Korea)

July 3, 2017

Superstretchable, Supercompressible Supercapacitors
A polyacrylamide hydrogel electrolyte renders supercapacitors extraordinarily stretchable and compressible

An Intrinsically Stretchable and Compressible Supercapacitor Containing a Polyacrylamide Hydrogel Electrolyte

Chunyi Zhi, City University of Hong Kong

June 27, 2017

Conducting Shell for Bacteria
Coating of individual bacterial cells with an electron-conducting polymer provides for a high-performance anode for microbial fuel-cell applications

Living and Conducting: Coating Individual Bacterial Cells with In Situ Formed Polypyrrole

Qichun Zhang, Nanyang Tech University (Singapore)

June 26, 2017

Glycans as Biomarkers for Cancer?
Bioorthogonal labeling of human prostate cancer tissue slice cultures to identify marker glycoproteins

Bioorthogonal Labeling of Human Prostate Cancer Tissue Slice Cultures for Glycoproteomics

Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Stanford University (USA)

June 23, 2017

Self-Folding Origami
Chemical programming allows Nafion sheets to fold and refold

Reprogrammable Chemical 3D Shaping for Origami, Kirigami, and Reconfigurable Molding

Jian Chen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)

June 15, 2017

Raucous Crystals
Acoustic emissions from organic martensite analogues

Acoustic Emission from Organic Martensites

Panče Naumov, New York University Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

June 14, 2017

Food or Fraud?
A smart universal tool based on a simplified DNA barcoding technique combined with nanotechnology enables food authentication with the naked eye

DNA Barcoding Meets Nanotechnology: Development of a Universal Colorimetric Test for Food Authentication

Pier Paolo Pompa, Italian Institute of Technology IIT (Italy)

June 13, 2017

Photopower for Microlabs
A solar-light-driven fully integrated microfluidic device could serve as an autonomous fuel-cell-based power source for microsensors or lab-on-a-chip applications

From Extended Nanofluidics to an Autonomous Solar-Light-Driven Micro Fuel-Cell Device

Yuriy Pihosh, The University of Tokyo (Japan)

June 9, 2017

Batteries from Scrap Metal
Direct conversion of rusty stainless steel mesh into stable, low-cost electrodes for potassium-ion batteries

Transformation of Rusty Stainless-Steel Meshes into Stable, Low-Cost, and Binder-Free Cathodes for High-Performance Potassium-Ion Batteries

Xinbo Zhang, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

June 8, 2017

Tiny Glow Sticks
Microrods made of lanthanoid organic frameworks act as microscale optical waveguides

Lanthanide Metal–Organic Framework Microrods: Colored Optical Waveguides and Chiral Polarized Emission

Dongpeng Yan, Beijing Normal University (China)

May 29, 2017

Nanosubmarine with Self-Destroying Activity
Self-destroyed redox-sensitive stomatocyte nanomotor delivers and releases drugs for cells

Redox-Sensitive Stomatocyte Nanomotors: Destruction and Drug Release in the Presence of Glutathione

Daniela A. Wilson, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

May 22, 2017

Micro Delivery Service for Fertilizers
Tailored microgel containers for plant health

Biofunctional Microgel-Based Fertilizers for Controlled Foliar Delivery of Nutrients to Plants

Andrij Pich, DWI / RWTH Aachen (Germany)

May 5, 2017

Poultry Feed with Arsenic More Problematic than Assumed?
New methylated phenylarsenical metabolites identified in chicken livers

Methylated Phenylarsenical Metabolites Discovered in Chicken Liver

X. Chris Le, University of Alberta (Canada)

May 4, 2017

Deadly Nanoparcel for Cancer Cells
Free-radical-generating hybrid nanomaterial for the oxidative destruction of hypoxic cancer cells

A Hybrid Nanomaterial for the Controlled Generation of Free Radicals and Oxidative Destruction of Hypoxic Cancer Cells

Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

April 27, 2017

Mushrooms Get Defensive
One single enzyme induces the chemical defense of a mushroom against larvae

Induced Chemical Defense of a Mushroom by a Double-Bond-Shifting Polyene Synthase

Dirk Hoffmeister, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany)

April 11, 2017

All in One Against CO2
Elemental Boron is an effective photothermocatalyst for the conversion of carbon dioxide

Elemental Boron for Efficient Carbon Dioxide Reduction under Light Irradiation

Jinhua Ye, National Institute for Materials Science (Japan)

April 3, 2017

Restoration Based on Chemistry
Large-area chemical imaging reveals original paint layers on Ghent altarpiece

Large-Area Elemental Imaging Reveals Van Eyck's Original Paint Layers on the Ghent Altarpiece (1432), Rescoping Its Conservation Treatment

Geert Van der Snickt, Universiteit Antwerp (Belgium)

March 30, 2017

What Happens in the Living Cell?
"Molecular activity painting" to control and monitor switch-like, light-controlled perturbations inside cells

"Molecular-Activity Painting": Switch-like, Light-Controlled Perturbations inside Living Cells

Leif Dehmelt, TU Dortmund / MPI Mol. Physiol. (Germany)

March 27, 2017

Mobile Gold Fingers
Travelling-wave ion mobility mass spectrometry elucidates structures of gold fingers

Diversity in Gold Finger Structure Elucidated by Traveling-Wave Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry

Nicholas P. Farrell, Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)

March 24, 2017

Lighting up Antibiotic Resistance
A fluorogenic probe can detect the activity of multidrug-resistant pathogens in an assay system

Detection of Carbapenemase-Producing Organisms with a Carbapenem-Based Fluorogenic Probe

Hexin Xie, East China University of Science and Technology (China)

March 23, 2017

Evolutionary Advantage of the Common Periwinkle
Adding one heavy-metal-binding domain in a cysteine-rich protein may be one of the sea snail’s adaptations to metal stress

Structural Adaptation of a Protein to Increased Metal Stress: NMR Structure of a Marine Snail Metallothionein with an Additional Domain

Oliver Zerbe, Universität Zürich (Switzerland)

March 21, 2017

Better Learning through Zinc?
Zinc regulates the storage and release of neurotransmitters

Zinc Regulates Chemical-Transmitter Storage in Nanometer Vesicles and Exocytosis Dynamics as Measured by Amperometry

Andrew G. Ewing, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)

February 17, 2017

In-Mouse Catalysis
Organ-targeted metal-complex catalysis within living biological systems

In Vivo Gold Complex Catalysis within Live Mice

Katsunori Tanaka, RIKEN (Japan)

February 15, 2017

Bursting Pods
Molecular switch drives powerful movement by opposing twisting helices

High-Power Actuation from Molecular Photoswitches in Enantiomerically Paired Soft Springs

Nathalie Katsonis, University of Twente (The Netherlands)

February 9, 2017

Direct Radiolabeling of Nanomaterials
Directly radiolabeled nanographene materials without chelators are suitable for bioimaging applications

Chelator-Free Radiolabeling of Nanographene: Breaking the Stereotype of Chelation

Weibo Cai, University of Wisconsin Madison (USA)

February 6, 2017

Pharmaceuticals from a Coal Mine?
Novel microbial geldanamycin derivatives and cyclopentenone ansamycins from an abandoned coal min

Mccrearamycins A–D, Geldanamycin-Derived Cyclopentenone Macrolactams from an Eastern Kentucky Abandoned Coal Mine Microbe

Jon S. Thorson, University of Kentucky (USA)

January 30, 2017

Nature-Based Sunscreens
Boosting the solar protection factor with rationally designed, nature-inspired sunscreens

Rational Design and Synthesis of Efficient Sunscreens To Boost the Solar Protection Factor

Diego Sampedro, Universidad de La Rioja (Spain)

January 23, 2017

Microscopic Submarines for Your Stomach
Micromotors neutralize gastric acid and release drugs depending on pH

Micromotors Spontaneously Neutralize Gastric Acid for pH-Responsive Payload Release

Joseph Wang, University of California, San Diego (USA)