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Delivering Reactive Sulfur Species: From Small Molecules to Materials - John Matson, Virginia Tech

Friday Sep 27

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Young Hall 302

Methods to control the rate of delivery of H2S and related reactive sulfur species (RSS) are needed in order to harness the reactive nature of these signaling molecules. We design and synthesize small organic compounds, polymers, and nanostructured hydrogels to deliver RSS with control over release rates, and we evaluate how release rate affects biological processes in a variety of systems. Examples from our lab include N-thiocarboxyanhydrides (NTAs) that release carbonyl sulfide (COS), benzyl disulfides that release persulfides (R–SSH) in response to specific triggers, and self-assembling peptide nanostructures that release H2S. Methods for controlling release rates in these systems will be discussed, along with biological studies on how release rates affect various physiological processes.