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  1. Gramicidin Channels: Versatile Tools

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    Andersen, Olaf S.; Koeppe, Roger E., II; Roux, Benoît

    Gramicidin channels are miniproteins in which two tryptophan-rich subunits associate by means of transbilayer dimerization to form the conducting channels. That is, in contrast to other ion channels, gramicidin channels do not open and close; they appear and disappear. Each subunit in the bilayer-spanning channel is tied to the bilayer/solution interface through hydrogen bonds that involve the indole NH groups as donors andwater or the phospholipid backbone as acceptors. The channel's permeability characteristics are well-defined: gramicidin channels are selective for monovalent cations, with no measurable permeability to anions or polyvalent cations; ions and water move through a pore whose wall is formed by the peptide backbone; and the single-channel conductance and cation selectivity vary when the amino acid sequence is varied, even though the permeating ions make no contact with the amino acid side chains. Given the plethora of available experimental information—for not only the wild-type channels but also for channels formed by amino acid-substituted gramicidin analogues—gramicidin channels continue to provide important insights into the microphysics of ion permeation through bilayer-spanning channels. For similar reasons, gramicidin channels constitute a system of choice for evaluating computational strategies for obtaining mechanistic insights into ion permeation through the more complex channels formed by integral membrane proteins.

  2. Gramicidin Channels Are Internally Gated

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    Jones, Tyson L.; Fu, Riqiang; Nielson, Frederick; Cross, Timothy A.; Busath, David D.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Gramicidin channels are archetypal molecular subjects for solid-state NMR studies and investigations of single-channel or cation conductance. Until now, the transitions between on and off conductance states have been thought, based on multichannel studies, to represent monomer ↔ dimer reactions. Here we use a single-molecule deposition method (vesicle fusion to a planar bilayer) to show that gramicidin dimer channels do not normally dissociate when conductance terminates. Furthermore, the observation of two 13C peaks in solid-state NMR indicates very stable dichotomous conformations for both the first and second peptide bonds in the monomers, and a two-dimensional chemical exchange spectrum with a 12-s mixing time demonstrates that the Val1 carbonyl conformations exchange slowly, with lifetimes of several seconds. It is proposed that gramicidin channels are gated by small conformational changes in the channel near the permeation pathway. These studies demonstrate how regulation of conformations governing closed ↔ open transitions may be achieved and studied at the molecular level. PMID:20409467

  3. Temperature dependence of gramicidin channel conductance

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    Song, Hyundeok; Beck, Thomas

    2010-03-01

    The gramicidin channel is the smallest known biological ion channel, and it exhibits cation selectivity. Recently, Dr. John Cuppoletti's group at the University of Cincinnati has shown that the gramicidin channel can function at high temperatures with significant currents. This finding may have implications for fuel cell technologies. In order to explore the effect of temperature on channel conductance, we examined the gramicidin system at 300K, 330K, and 360K by computer simulation. Two forms of gramicidin, the head-to-head helical dimer and the intertwined double helix, were examined. Both the decrease of the free energy barrier and the increase of the diffusion of potassium ions inside the gramicidin channel at high temperatures imply an increase of current. We found that higher temperatures also affect the lifetime of hydrogen bonds, the distribution of the bending angle, the distribution of the distance between dimers, and the size of the pore radius for the helical dimer structure. These finding may be related to the gating of the gramicidin channel.

  4. Computer Simulation Studies of Gramicidin Channel

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    Song, Hyundeok; Beck, Thomas

    2009-04-01

    Ion channels are large membrane proteins, and their function is to facilitate the passage of ions across biological membranes. Recently, Dr. John Cuppoletti's group at UC showed that the gramicidin channel could function at high temperatures (360 -- 390K) with significant currents. This finding may have large implications for fuel cell technology. In this project, we will examine the experimental system by computer simulation. We will investigate how the temperature affects the current and differences in magnitude of the currents between two forms of Gramicidin, A and D. This research will help to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanism in this promising new technology.

  5. Gramicidins A, B, and C form structurally equivalent ion channels.

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    Sawyer, D B; Williams, L P; Whaley, W L; Koeppe, R E; Andersen, O S

    1990-01-01

    The membrane structure of the naturally occurring gramicidins A, B, and C was investigated using circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and single-channel recording techniques. All three gramicidins form channels with fairly similar properties (Bamberg, E., K. Noda, E. Gross, and P. Läuger. 1976. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 419:223-228.). When incorporated into lysophosphatidylcholine micelles, however, the CD spectrum of gramicidin B is different from that of gramicidin A or C (cf. Prasad, K. U., T. L. Trapane, D. Busath, G. Szabo, and D. W. Urry. 1983. Int. J. Pept. Protein Res. 22:341-347.). The structural identity of the channels formed by gramicidin B has, therefore, been uncertain. We find that when gramicidins A and B are incorporated into dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine vesicles, their CD spectra are fairly similar, suggesting that the two channel structures could be similar. In planar bilayers, gramicidins A, B, and C all form hybrid channels with each other. The properties of the hybrid channels are intermediate to those of the symmetric channels, and the appearance rates of the hybrid channels (relative to the symmetric channels) corresponds to what would be predicted if all three gramicidin molecules were to form structurally equivalent channels. These results allow us to interpret the different behavior of channels formed by the three gramicidins solely on the basis of the amino acid substitution at position 11. PMID:1705449

  6. Small iminium ions block gramicidin channels in lipid bilayers.

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    Hemsley, G; Busath, D

    1991-01-01

    Guanidinium and acetamidinium, when added to the bathing solution in concentrations of approximately 0.1M, cause brief blocks in the single channel potassium currents from channels formed in planar lipid bilayers by gramicidin A. Single channel lifetimes are not affected indicating that the channel structure is not modified by the blockers. Guanidinium block durations and interblock times are approximately exponential in distribution. Block frequencies increase with guanidinium concentration whereas block durations are unaffected. Increases in membrane potential cause an increase in block frequency as expected for a positively charged blocker but a decrease in block duration suggesting that the block is relieved when the blocker passes through the channel. At low pH, urea, formamide, and acetamide cause similar blocks suggesting that the protonated species of these molecules also block. Arginine and several amines do not block. This indicates that only iminium ions which are small enough to enter the channel can cause blocks in gramicidin channels. PMID:1712240

  7. Lorentzian noise in single gramicidin A channel formamidinium currents.

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    Fairbanks, T G; Andrus, C L; Busath, D D

    1999-01-01

    Seoh & Busath (1995) showed that in the presence of formamidinium, single gramicidin A channels were lengthened, had uniformly noisy currents at low voltages and had superlinear current-voltage relationships, all three properties being absent in gramicidin M- channels in which the interfacial tryptophan residues in gramicidin A are all replaced by phenylalanine. We measured the single channel noise power spectra (PSDs) in small monoolein (GMO) bilayers with formamidinium chloride solutions to help identify the mechanism of noise process. PSDs were Lorentzian with characteristic frequencies of 0.1-1.0 kHz in 0.1 and 0.3 M formamidinium chloride solutions, and from. 1-6 kHz in 1 M solution. Si(0), where measurable, ranged from approximately 50-200 fA2/Hz. The time course of the noise process could not be detected in these experiments. The low fc suggests slow motions or rare states of the blocking 'gates' which, judging from the result with gramicidin M-, must be equal to or related to the Trp residues. PMID:10472049

  8. Tandem Gramicidin Channels Cross-linked by Streptavidin

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    Rokitskaya, Tatyana I.; Kotova, Elena A.; Antonenko, Yuri N.

    2003-01-01

    The interaction of biotin-binding proteins with biotinylated gramicidin (gA5XB) was studied by monitoring single-channel activity and sensitized photoinactivation kinetics. It was discovered that the addition of streptavidin or avidin to the bathing solutions of a bilayer lipid membrane (BLM) with incorporated gA5XB induced the opening of a channel characterized by approximately doubled single-channel conductance and extremely long open-state duration. We believe that the deceleration of the photoinactivation kinetics observed here with streptavidin and previously (Rokitskaya, T.I., Y.N. Antonenko, E.A. Kotova, A. Anastasiadis, and F. Separovic. 2000. Biochemistry. 39:13053–13058) with avidin reflects the formation of long-lived channels of this type. Both opening and closing of the double-conductance channels occurred via a transient sub-state of the conductance coinciding with that of the usual single-channel transition. The appearance of the double-conductance channels after the addition of streptavidin was preceded by bursts of fast fluctuations of the current with the open state duration of the individual events of 60 ms. The streptavidin-induced double-conductance channels appeared to be inherent only to the gramicidin analogue with a biotin group linked to the COOH terminus through a long linker arm. Including biotinylated phosphatidylethanolamine into the BLM prevented the formation of the double-conductance channels even with the excess streptavidin. In view of the results obtained here, it is suggested that the double-conductance channel represents a tandem of two neighboring gA5XB channels with their COOH termini being cross-linked by the bound streptavidin at both sides of the BLM. The finding that streptavidin induces the formation of the tandem gramicidin channel comprising two channels functioning in concert is considered to be relevant to the physiologically important phenomenon of ligand-induced receptor oligomerization. PMID:12719486

  9. Ion transport in the gramicidin channel: molecular dynamics study of single and double occupancy.

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    Roux, B; Prod'hom, B; Karplus, M

    1995-01-01

    The structural and thermodynamic factors responsible for the singly and doubly occupied saturation states of the gramicidin channel are investigated with molecular dynamics simulations and free energy perturbation methods. The relative free energy of binding of all of the five common cations Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, and Cs+ is calculated in the singly and doubly occupied channel and in bulk water. The atomic system, which includes the gramicidin channel, a model membrane made of neutral Lennard-Jones particles and 190 explicit water molecules to form the bulk region, is similar to the one used in previous work to calculate the free energy profile of a Na+ ion along the axis of the channel. In all of the calculations, the ions are positioned in the main binding sites located near the entrances of the channel. The calculations reveal that the doubly occupied state is relatively more favorable for the larger ions. Thermodynamic decomposition is used to show that the origin of the trend observed in the calculations is due to the loss of favorable interactions between the ion and the single file water molecules inside the channel. Small ions are better solvated by the internal water molecules in the singly occupied state than in the doubly occupied state; bigger ions are solvated almost as well in both occupation states. Water-channel interactions play a role in the channel response. The observed trends are related to general thermodynamical properties of electrolyte solutions. Images FIGURE 2 PMID:7538804

  10. Formation of non-beta 6.3-helical gramicidin channels between sequence-substituted gramicidin analogues.

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    Durkin, J T; Providence, L L; Koeppe, R E; Andersen, O S

    1992-01-01

    Using the linear gramicidins as an example, we have previously shown how the statistical properties of heterodimeric (hybrid) channels (formed between the parent [Val1]gramicidin A (gA) and a sequence-altered analogue) can be used to assess whether the analogue forms channels that are structurally equivalent to the parent channels (Durkin, J. T., R. E. Koeppe II, and O. S. Andersen. 1990. J. Mol. Biol. 211:221-234). Generally, the gramicidins are tolerant of amino acid sequence alterations. We report here an exception. The optically reversed analogue, gramicidin M- (gM-) (Heitz, F., G. Spach, and Y. Trudelle. 1982. Biophys. J. 40:87-89), forms channels that are the mirror-image of [Val1]gA channels; gM- should thus form no hybrid channels with analogues having the same helix sense as [Val1]gA. Surprisingly, however, gM- forms hybrid channels with the shortened analogues des-Val1-[Ala2]gA and des-Val1-gC, but these channels differ fundamentally from the parent channels: (a) the appearance rate of these heterodimers is only approximately 1/10 of that predicted from the random assortment of monomers into conducting dimers, indicating the existence of an energy barrier to their formation (e.g., monomer refolding into a new channel-forming conformation); and (b), once formed, the hybrid channels are stabilized approximately 1,000-fold relative to the parent channels. The increased stability suggests a structure that is joined by many hydrogen bonds, such as one of the double-stranded helical dimers shown to be adopted by gramicidins in organic solvents (Veatch, W. R., E. T. Fossel, and E. R. Blout. 1974. Biochemistry. 13:5249-5256). PMID:1376164

  11. Effects of volatile anesthetic on channel structure of gramicidin A.

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    Tang, Pei; Mandal, Pravat K; Zegarra, Martha

    2002-01-01

    Volatile anesthetic agent, 1-chloro-1,2,2-trifluorocyclobutane (F3), was found to alter gramicidin A channel function by enhancing Na(+) transport (. Biophys. J. 77:739-746). Whether this functional change is associated with structural alternation is evaluated by circular dichroism and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The circular dichroism and nuclear magnetic resonance results indicate that at low millimolar concentrations, 1-chloro-1,2,2-trifluorocyclobutane causes minimal changes in gramicidin A channel structure in sodium dodecyl sulfate micelles. All hydrogen bonds between channel backbones are well maintained in the presence of 1-chloro-1,2,2-trifluorocyclobutane, and the channel structure is stable. The finding supports the notion that low affinity drugs such as volatile anesthetics and alcohols can cause significant changes in protein function without necessarily producing associated changes in protein structure. To understand the molecular mechanism of general anesthesia, it is important to recognize that in addition to structural changes, other protein properties, including dynamic characteristics of channel motions, may also be of functional significance. PMID:12202367

  12. Modeling negative ion defect migration through the gramicidin A channel.

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    Nemukhin, Alexander V; Kaliman, Ilya A; Moskovsky, Alexander A

    2009-08-01

    The results of potential of mean force (PMF) calculations for the distinct stages of proton conduction through the gramicidin A channel, including proton migration, reorientation of the water file and negative ion defect migration, are presented. The negative ion defect migration mechanism was hypothesized in experimental studies but was not considered previously in molecular dynamics simulations. The model system consisted of the peptide chains constructed on the base of the structure PDBID:1JNO, the inner file of nine water molecules and external clusters of water molecules placed at both ends of the channel. Potential energy functions were computed with the CHARMM/PM6/TIP3P parameters. The results obtained for proton migration and water file reorientation are basically consistent with those reported previously by Pómès and Roux (Biophys J 82:2304, 2002) within the similar approach. For the newly considered mechanism of negative ion defect migration from the channel center to the end of the water file we obtain the energy 3.8 kcal mol(-1) which is not considerably different from the activation energy of water reorientation, 5.4 kcal mol(-1). Therefore this mechanism may principally compete for the rate-limiting step in proton conduction in gramicidin. PMID:19198898

  13. Solvent drag across gramicidin channels demonstrated by microelectrodes.

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    Pohl, P; Saparov, S M

    2000-01-01

    The competition of ion and water fluxes across gramicidin channels was assessed from the concentration distributions of both pore-impermeable and -permeable cations that were simultaneously measured by double-barreled microelectrodes in the immediate vicinity of a planar bilayer. Because water movement across the membrane led to accumulation of solutes on one side of the membrane and depletion on the other, the permeable cation was not only pushed by water across the channel (true solvent drag); it also flowed along its concentration gradient (pseudo-solvent drag). For the demonstration of true solvent drag, a difference between the bulk concentrations on the hypertonic and the hypotonic sides of the membrane was established. It was adjusted to get equal cation concentrations at both membrane/water interfaces. From the sodium and potassium fluxes measured along with membrane conductivity under these conditions, approximately five water molecules were found to be transported simultaneously with one ion through the channel. In diphytanoyl phosphatidylcholine membranes, a single-channel hydraulic permeability coefficient of 1.6 x 10(-14) cm(3) s(-1) was obtained. PMID:10777738

  14. Continuum electrostatics fails to describe ion permeation in the gramicidin channel.

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    Edwards, Scott; Corry, Ben; Kuyucak, Serdar; Chung, Shin-Ho

    2002-01-01

    We investigate the validity of continuum electrostatics in the gramicidin A channel using a recently determined high-resolution structure. The potential and electric field acting on ions in and around the channel are computed by solving Poisson's equation. These are then used in Brownian dynamics simulations to obtain concentration profiles and the current passing through the channel. We show that regardless of the effective dielectric constant used for water in the channel or the channel protein, it is not possible to reproduce all the experimental data on gramicidin A; thus, continuum electrostatics cannot provide a valid framework for the description of ion dynamics in gramicidin channels. Using experimental data and molecular dynamics simulations as guides, we have constructed potential energy profiles that can satisfactorily describe the available physiological data. These profiles provide useful benchmarks for future potential of mean force calculations of permeating ions from molecular dynamics simulations of gramicidin A. They also offer a convenient starting point for studying structure-function relationships in modified gramicidin channels. PMID:12202360

  15. Evaluation of surface tension and ion occupancy effects on gramicidin A channel lifetime.

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    Ring, A.; Sandblom, J.

    1988-01-01

    The surface tension of glycerylmonooleate-hexadecane lipid bilayer membranes and the lifetime of gramicidin A channels were measured at various concentrations of the surrounding solutions. For HCl the surface tension is essentially constant at approximately 5 mN/m up to approximately 1 M, whereas the average lifetime increases approximately 40-fold. At higher concentrations the surface tension decreases markedly. For CsCl the surface tension is constant up to about 1 M then increases with salt level. The average lifetime in this case increases about sixfold. In both cases the lifetime levels off and even decreases at higher salt levels. The increase in lifetime observed with ion activity is therefore qualitatively different from, and not explained by, the established dependence of lifetime on membrane properties (Elliot, J.R., D. Needham, J.P. Dilger, and D.A. Haydon. 1983. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 735:95-103). We have previously proposed that ion occupancy is a determinant of channel stability, and to test this hypothesis the voltage dependence of channel lifetime was measured in asymmetrical solutions. For the case of a potassium chloride solution on one side of the membrane and a hydrogen chloride solution, on the other, the voltage dependence of the lifetime is asymmetrical. The asymmetry is such that when the electrical field is applied in the direction of the chemical gradient for each of the ions, the channel lifetime approaches, at increasing field strengths, that of a symmetrical solution of the respective ion. The voltage dependence of the surface tension, on the other hand, is negligible for the range of voltages used. These results, and the earlier findings that the order of the lifetimes for the alkali cations generally agree with the order of the permeability selectivity of the gramicidin A channel, support the hypothesis that ion occupancy is a major factor determining the lifetime of gramicidin A channels. The effects of multivalent blockers and

  16. Ion transport in a model gramicidin channel. Structure and thermodynamics.

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    Roux, B; Karplus, M

    1991-01-01

    The potential of mean force for Na+ and K+ ions as a function of position in the interior of a periodic poly(L,D)-alanine model for the gramicidin beta-helix is calculated with a detailed atomic model and realistic interactions. The calculated free energy barriers are 4.5 kcal/mol for Na+ and 1.0 kcal/mol for K+. A decomposition of the free energy demonstrates that the water molecules make a significant contribution to the free energy of activation. There is an increase in entropy at the transition state associated with greater fluctuations. Analysis reveals that the free energy profile of ions in the periodic channel is controlled not by the large interaction energy involving the ion but rather by the weaker water-water, water-peptide and peptide-peptide hydrogen bond interactions. The interior of the channel retains much of the solvation properties of a liquid in its interactions with the cations. Of particular importance is the flexibility of the helix, which permits it to respond to the presence of an ion in a fluidlike manner. The distortion of the helix is local (limited to a few carbonyls) because the structure is too flexible to transmit a perturbation to large distances. The plasticity of the structure (i.e., the property to deform without generating a large energy stress) appears to be an essential factor in the transport of ions, suggesting that a rigid helix model would be inappropriate. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 10 PMID:1714305

  17. Effect of pyrrolidinium based ionic liquid on the channel form of gramicidin in lipid vesicles.

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    Singh, Upendra Kumar; Dohare, Neeraj; Mishra, Prabhash; Singh, Prashant; Bohidar, Himadri B; Patel, Rajan

    2015-08-01

    The present work is focused on the interaction between membrane bound gramicidin and 1-butyl-1-methyl-2-oxopyrrolidinium bromide (BMOP) ionic liquid. Ionic liquids (ILs) are solvents that are often liquid at room temperature and composed of organic cation and appropriate anion. The gramicidin peptide forms prototypical ion channels for cations, which have been extensively used to study the organization, dynamics, and function of membrane spanning channels. The interaction was studied by circular dichroism, steady state, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with dynamic surface tension and field emission scanning electron microscopic methods (FESEM). The results obtained from circular dichroism shows that the BMOP interacts with the channel form of gramicidin in lipid vesicle without any considerable effect on its conformation. The Red-edge excitation shift (REES) also supported the above findings. In addition, the fluorescence studies suggested that BMOP makes ground state complex with ion channel, which was further supported by time resolved measurements. Furthermore, dynamic surface tension analysis shows the faster adsorption of BMOP with membrane bound gramicidin at the air-water interface. Additionally, FESEM results indicated that BMOP forms a film around the membrane bound gramicidin at higher concentration. These results are potentially useful to analyze the effect of ionic liquids on the behaviour of membrane proteins. PMID:26025771

  18. Ion movement through gramicidin A channels. Single-channel measurements at very high potentials.

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    Andersen, O S

    1983-01-01

    The patch-clamp technique of Mueller (1975, Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 274:247-264) and Neher and Sakmann (1976, Nature (Lond.), 260:799-802) was modified to be suitable for single-channel measurements in lipid bilayers at potentials up to 500 mV. This method was used to study gramicidin A single-channel current-voltage characteristics. It was found that the sublinear current-voltage behavior normally observed at low permeant ion concentrations and rather low potentials (V less than or equal to 200 mV) continues to be seen all the way up to 500 mV. This phenomenon is characteristic of the low permeant ion situation in which the channel is far from saturation, and implies that the overall rate constant for association between ion and channel is very weakly, if at all, voltage dependent. The magnitude of the single channel currents at 500 mV is consistent with the notion that the aqueous convergence conductance is a significant factor in determining the permeability characteristics of the gramicidin A channel. PMID:6188500

  19. Membrane Organization and Dynamics of ‘Inner Pair’ and ‘Outer Pair’ Tryptophan Residues in Gramicidin Channels

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    Haldar, Sourav; Chaudhuri, Arunima; Gu, Hong; Koeppe, Roger E.; Kombrabail, Mamata; Krishnamoorthy, G.; Chattopadhyay, Amitabha

    2012-01-01

    The linear ion channel peptide gramicidin serves as an excellent prototype for monitoring the organization, dynamics and function of membrane-spanning channels. The tryptophan residues in gramicidin channels are crucial for establishing and maintaining the structure and function of the channel in the membrane bilayer. In order to address the basis of differential importance of tryptophan residues in gramicidin channel, we monitored the effects of pairwise substitution of two of the four gramicidin tryptophans, the inner pair (Trp-9 and -11) and the outer pair (Trp-13 and -15), using a combination of steady state and time-resolved fluorescence approaches and circular dichroism spectroscopy. We show here that these double tryptophan gramicidin analogs adopt different conformations in membranes, suggesting that the conformational preference of double tryptophan gramicidin analogs is dictated by the positions of the tryptophans in the sequence. These results assume significance in the context of recent observations that the inner pair of tryptophans (Trp-9 and -11) is more important for gramicidin channel formation and channel conductance. These results could be potentially useful in analyzing the effect of tryptophan substitution on the functioning of ion channels and membrane proteins. PMID:22892073

  20. Polyanions decelerate the kinetics of positively charged gramicidin channels as shown by sensitized photoinactivation.

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    Antonenko, Yuri N; Borisenko, Vitali; Melik-Nubarov, Nikolay S; Kotova, Elena A; Woolley, G Andrew

    2002-01-01

    The effects of different anionic polymers on the kinetic properties of ionic channels formed by neutral gramicidin A (gA) and its positively charged analogs gramicidin-tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (gram-TAEA) and gramicidin-ethylenediamine (gram-EDA) in a bilayer lipid membrane were studied using a method of sensitized photoinactivation. The addition of Konig's polyanion caused substantial deceleration of the photoinactivation kinetics of gram-TAEA channels, which expose three positive charges to the aqueous phase at both sides of the membrane. In contrast, channels formed of gram-EDA, which exposes one positive charge, and neutral gA channels were insensitive to Konig's polyanion. The effect strongly depended on the nature of the polyanion added, namely: DNA, RNA, polyacrylic acid, and polyglutamic acid were inactive, whereas modified polyacrylic acid induced deceleration of the channel kinetics at high concentrations. In addition, DNA was able to prevent the action of Konig's polyanion. In single-channel experiments, the addition of Konig's polyanion resulted in the appearance of long-lived gram-TAEA channels. The deceleration of the gram-TAEA channel kinetics was ascribed to electrostatic interaction of the polyanion with gram-TAEA that reduces the mobility of gram-TAEA monomers and dimers in the membrane via clustering of channels. PMID:11867447

  1. Membrane dipole potential modulates proton conductance through gramicidin channel: movement of negative ionic defects inside the channel.

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    Rokitskaya, Tatyana I; Kotova, Elena A; Antonenko, Yuri N

    2002-01-01

    The effect of membrane dipole potential on gramicidin channel activity in bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) was studied. Remarkably, it appeared that proton conductance of gramicidin A (gA) channels responded to modulation of the dipole potential oppositely as compared with gA alkali metal cation conductance. In particular, the addition of phloretin, known to reduce the membrane dipole potential, resulted in a decrease in gA proton conductance, on one hand, and an increase in gA alkali metal conductance, on the other hand, whereas 6-ketocholestanol, the agent raising the membrane dipole potential, provoked an increase in gA proton conductance as opposed to a decrease in the alkali metal cation conductance. The peculiarity of the 6-ketocholestanol effect consisted in its dependence on the H(+) concentration. The experiments with the impermeant dipolar compound, phloridzin, showed that the response of proton transport through gramicidin channels to varying the membrane dipole potential did not change qualitatively if the dipole potential of only one monolayer or both monolayers of the BLM was altered. In contrast to gA proton conductance, the single-channel lifetime changed similarly with varying the membrane dipole potential, regardless of the kind of permeant cations (protons or potassium ions). The results of this study could be tentatively accounted for by an assumption that one of the rate-limiting steps of proton conduction through gramicidin channels represents, in fact, movement of negatively charged species (negative ionic defects) across a membrane. PMID:11806928

  2. Ion-water and ion-polypeptide correlations in a gramicidin-like channel. A molecular dynamics study.

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    Jordan, P C

    1990-01-01

    This work describes a molecular dynamics study of ion-water and ion-polypeptide correlation in a model gramicidin-like channel (the polyglycine analogue) based upon interaction between polarizable, multipolar groups. The model suggests that the vicinity of the dimer junction and of the ethanolamine tail are regions of unusual flexibility. Cs+ binds weakly in the mouth of the channel: there it coordinates five water molecules and the #11CO group with which it interacts strongly and is ideally aligned. In the channel interior it is generally pentacoordinate; at the dimer junction, because of increased channel flexibility, it again becomes essentially hexacoordinate. The ion is also strongly coupled to the #13 CO but not to either #9 or #15, consistent with 13C NMR data. Water in the channel interior is strikingly different from bulk water; it has a much lower mean dipole moment. This correlates with our observation (which differs from that of previous studies) that water-water angular correlations do not persist within the channel, a result independent of ion occupancy or ionic polarity. In agreement with streaming potential measurements, there are seven single file water molecules associated with Cs+ permeation; one of these is always in direct contact with bulk water. At the mouth of an ion-free channel, there is a pattern of dipole moment alteration among the polar groups. Due to differential interaction with water, exo-carbonyls have unusually large dipole moments whereas those of the endo-carbonyls are low. The computed potential of mean force for CS+ translocation is qualitatively reasonable. However, it only exhibits a weakly articulated binding site and it does not quantitatively account for channel energetics. Correction for membrane polarization reduces, but does not eliminate, these problems. PMID:1705448

  3. Time-correlation analysis of simulated water motion in flexible and rigid gramicidin channels.

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    Chiu, S W; Jakobsson, E; Subramaniam, S; McCammon, J A

    1991-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been done on a system consisting of the polypeptide membrane channel former gramicidin, plus water molecules in the channel and caps of waters at the two ends of the channel. In the absence of explicit simulation of the surrounding membrane, the helical form of the channel was maintained by artificial restraints on the peptide motion. The characteristic time constant of the artificial restraint was varied to assess the effect of the restraints on the channel structure and water motions. Time-correlation analysis was done on the motions of individual channel waters and on the motions of the center of mass of the channel waters. It is found that individual water molecules confined in the channel execute higher frequency motions than bulk water, for all degrees of channel peptide restraint. The center-of-mass motion of the chain of channel waters (which is the motion that is critical for transmembrane transport, due to the mandatory single filing of water in the channel) does not exhibit these higher frequency motions. The mobility of the water chain is dramatically reduced by holding the channel rigid. Thus permeation through the channel is not like flow through a rigid pipe; rather permeation is facilitated by peptide motion. For the looser restraints we used, the mobility of the water chain was not very much affected by the degree of restraint. Depending on which set of experiments is considered, the computed mobility of our water chain in the flexible channel is four to twenty times too high to account for the experimentally measured resistance of the gramicidin channel to water flow. From this result it appears likely that the peptide motions of an actual gramicidin channel embedded in a lipid membrane may be more restrained than in our flexible channel model, and that these restraints may be a significant modulator of channel permeability. For the completely rigid channel model the "trapping" of the water molecules in

  4. Analysis of Ion Transport through a Single Channel of Gramicidin A in Bilayer Lipid Membranes.

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    Kubota, Shintaro; Shirai, Osamu; Kitazumi, Yuki; Kano, Kenji

    2016-01-01

    Ion transport through a single channel of gramicidin A (GA) within the bilayer lipid membrane (BLM) between two aqueous phases (W1 and W2) has been analyzed based on the electroneutrality principle. The single-channel current increases in proportion to the magnitude of the applied membrane potential and is also dependent on the permeability coefficients of electrolyte ions (K(+) and Cl(-)). By varying the ratio of the concentration of KCl in W1 to that in W2, the ratio of the diffusion coefficient of K(+) in the BLM to that of Cl(-) in the BLM can be evaluated. PMID:26860564

  5. The Gramicidin A Transmembrane Channel: A Proposed π(L,D) Helix

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    Urry, D. W.

    1971-01-01

    A lipophilic, left-handed helical structure is proposed for gramicidin A in which the C-O bonds alternately point toward the amino and carboxyl ends; it is a hybrid of the 4.314 and 4.416 helices. The C-O groups pointing toward the carboxyl end form part of 16-membered hydrogen-bonded rings, whereas the C-O moieties pointing toward the amino end form 14-membered hydrogenbonded rings. The proposed structure is based on conformational analysis combined with requirements for the gramicidin A transmembrane channel. Two helices combine to form the channel. The alternating C-O directions allow hydrogen-bonded dimerization by the unique possibilities of head-to-head and tail-to-tail attachment. The formyl group at the amino end allows for a favorable head-to-head attachment with no loss of structural continuity. Unpublished studies. by M. C. Goodall on the lipid bilayer conductance of deformyl gramicidin A strongly argue for head-to-head attachment. Such hydrogen-bonded association is not possible with previously described helices, as the C-O groups all point in the same direction. In relation to possible π(L,D) helices in mammalian systems, it should be noted that glycines would fill the role of D residues. The conformation can undergo ion-induced relaxations, which provide approximate tetrahedral coordination for the ion, with facile shifting of coordinations. The ready exchange of coordinations provides the mechanism for movement of the ion along the channel. Conceivably, such transmembrane channels could have application as models for ion transport across biological membranes—an application which may be as great as, or greater than, that of carriers such as valinomycin and nonactin. Specifically, biogenic amines and drugs containing aromatic groups could control access to the channel by interactions with the two tryptophan residues at the ethanolamine end and with the negative region provided by the three oxygens. Images PMID:5276779

  6. Use of weak acids to determine the bulk diffusion limitation of H+ ion conductance through the gramicidin channel.

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    Decker, E R; Levitt, D G

    1988-01-01

    The addition of 2 M formic acid at pH 3.75 increased the single channel H+ ion conductance of gramicidin channels 12-fold at 200 mV. Other weak acids (acetic, lactic, oxalic) produce a similar, but smaller increase. Formic acid (and other weak acids) also blocks the K+ conductance at pH 3.75, but not at pH 6.0 when the anion form predominates. This increased H+ conductance and K+ block can be explained by formic acid (HF) binding to the mouth of the gramicidin channel (Km = 1 M) and providing a source of H+ ions. A kinetic model is derived, based on the equilibrium binding of formic acid to the channel mouth, that quantitatively predicts the conductance for different mixtures of H+, K+, and formic acid. The binding of the neutral formic acid to the mouth of the gramicidin channel is directly supported by the observation that a neutral molecule with a similar structure, formamide (and malonamide and acrylamide), blocks the K+ conductance at pH 6.0. The H+ conductance in the presence of formic acid provides a lower bound for the intrinsic conductance of the gramicidin channel when there is no diffusion limitation at the channel mouth. The 12-fold increase in conductance produced by formic acid suggests that greater than 90% of the total resistance to H+ results from diffusion limitation in the bulk solution. PMID:2449253

  7. Conformation of gramicidin A channel in phospholipid vesicles: a 13C and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance study.

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    Weinstein, S; Wallace, B A; Blout, E R; Morrow, J S; Veatch, W

    1979-01-01

    We have determined the conformation of the channel-forming polypeptide antibiotic gramicidin A in phosphatidylcholine vesicles by using 13C and 19F NMR spectroscopy. The models previously proposed for the conformation of the dimer channel differ in the surface localization of the NH2 and COOH termini. We have incorporated specific 13C and 19F nuclei at both the NH2, and COOH termini of gramicidin and have used 13C and 19F chemical shifts and spin lattice relaxation time measurements to determine the accessibility of these labels to three paramagnetic NMR probes--two in aqueous solution and one attached to the phosphatidylcholine fatty acid chain9 all of our results indicate that the COOH terminus of gramicidin in the channel is located near the surface of the membrane and the NH2 terminus is buried deep within the lipid bilayer. These findings strongly favor an NH2-terminal to NH2-terminal helical dimer as the major conformation for the gramicidin channel in phosphatidylcholine vesicles. PMID:92025

  8. Can gramicidin ion channel affect the dipole potential of neighboring phospholipid headgroups?

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    Becucci, Lucia; Guidelli, Rolando

    2015-12-01

    The cyclic voltammetry behavior of a mercury-supported tethered bilayer lipid membrane (tBLM) incorporating gramicidin A was investigated in aqueous 0.1 M KCl at pH 6.8, 5.4 and 3. The distal leaflet of the lipid bilayer consisted of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC), dioleoylphosphatidylserine (DOPS), dioleoylphosphatidic acid or a DOPC/cholesterol mixture. In passing from pH 6.8 to pH 3, the midpoint potential between the negative current peak, due to K(+) inflow into the spacer, and the positive current peak, due to K(+) ejection into the aqueous solution, shifts toward more positive potentials, while the separation between these two peaks decreases. This behavior is interpreted quantitatively on the basis of a model relying on tBLM structural features estimated independently in previous works. The only adjustable parameter is the rate constant for cation translocation across a potential energy barrier located in the hydrocarbon tail region. The behavior is ascribed to a dragging of the lipid headgroups adjacent to the gramicidin channel mouth toward the hydrocarbon tail region, with a resulting decrease in the negative charge of the DOPC phosphate group, or of the DOPS carboxyl group, with decreasing pH. PMID:26190793

  9. Noncontact dipole effects on channel permeation. VI. 5F- and 6F-Trp gramicidin channel currents.

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    Cole, Chad D; Frost, Adam S; Thompson, Nephi; Cotten, Myriam; Cross, Timothy A; Busath, David D

    2002-10-01

    Fluorination of peptide side chains has been shown to perturb gramicidin channel conductance without significantly changing the average side chain structure, which, it is hoped, will allow detailed analysis of electrostatic modulation of current flow. Here we report a 1312-point potassium current-voltage-concentration data set for homodimeric channels formed from gramicidin A (gA) or any of eight fluorinated Trp analogs in both lecithin and monoglyceride bilayers. We fit the data with a three-barrier, two-site, two-ion (3B2S) kinetic model. The fluorination-induced changes in the rate constants were constrained by the same factor in both lipids. The rate constant changes were converted to transition-state free-energy differences for comparison with previous electrostatic potential energy differences based on an ab initio force field. The model allowed a reasonably good fit (chi = 8.29 with 1271 degrees of freedom). The measured changes were subtle. Nevertheless, the fitted energy perturbations agree well with electrostatic predictions for five of the eight peptides. For the other three analogs, the fitted changes suggested a reduced translocation barrier rather than the reduced exit barrier as predicted by electrostatics. PMID:12324416

  10. Peroxyl radicals promoted changes in water permeability through gramicidin channels in DPPC and lecithin-PC vesicles.

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    Soto, M A; Sotomayor, C P; Lissi, E A

    2003-03-01

    Gramicidin incorporation to DPPC or lecithin-PC large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs) leads to pore formation that, under hyper-osmotic conditions, produces a noticeable increase in the rate of trans-membrane water flow. This pore formation is more efficient in the more fluid lecithin-PC LUVs. Exposure of these vesicles to peroxyl radicals generated in the aerobic thermolysis of 2,2'-azo-bis(2-amidinopropane) (AAPH), changes the physical properties of the bilayer (as sensed employing fluorescent probes), modifies gramicidin molecules (as sensed by the decrease in Trp fluorescence) and notably reduces the transbilayer rate of water outflow. In order to evaluate if this reduced water-transport capacity is due to changes in the membrane due to lipid-peroxidation and/or direct damage to gramicidin channels, results obtained in the oxidable vesicles (lecithin-PC) were compared to those obtained in DPPC vesicles. The data obtained show that most of the water transport efficiency loss can be ascribed to a direct disruption of gramicidin channels by AAPH derived peroxyl radicals. PMID:12637166

  11. Density-functional theory study of gramicidin A ion channel geometry and electronic properties

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    Todorović, Milica; Bowler, David R.; Gillan, Michael J.; Miyazaki, Tsuyoshi

    2013-01-01

    Understanding the mechanisms underlying ion channel function from the atomic-scale requires accurate ab initio modelling as well as careful experiments. Here, we present a density functional theory (DFT) study of the ion channel gramicidin A (gA), whose inner pore conducts only monovalent cations and whose conductance has been shown to depend on the side chains of the amino acids in the channel. We investigate the ground state geometry and electronic properties of the channel in vacuum, focusing on their dependence on the side chains of the amino acids. We find that the side chains affect the ground state geometry, while the electrostatic potential of the pore is independent of the side chains. This study is also in preparation for a full, linear scaling DFT study of gA in a lipid bilayer with surrounding water. We demonstrate that linear scaling DFT methods can accurately model the system with reasonable computational cost. Linear scaling DFT allows ab initio calculations with 10 000–100 000 atoms and beyond, and will be an important new tool for biomolecular simulations. PMID:24068174

  12. Reactive derivatives of gramicidin enable light- and ion-modulated ion channels

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    Macrae, Michael X.; Blake, Steven; Mayer, Thomas; Mayer, Michael; Yang, Jerry

    2009-08-01

    Detection of chemical processes on a single molecule scale is the ultimate goal of sensitive analytical assays. We have explored methods to detect chemical analytes in solution using synthetic derivatives of gramicidin A (gA). We exploited the functional properties of an ion channel-forming peptideg--gA--to report changes in the local environment near the opening of these semi-synthetic nanopores upon exposure to specific external stimuli. These peptide-based nanosensors detect reaction-induced changes in the chemical or physical properties of functional groups presented at the opening of the pore. This paper discusses the development of gA-based sensors for detecting external factors such as metal ions in solution or for detecting specific wavelengths of light. We propose that gA-based ion channel sensors offer tremendous potential for ultra sensitive functional detection since a single chemical modification of each individual sensing element can lead to readily detectable changes in channel conductance.

  13. Molecular dynamics study of free energy profiles for organic cations in gramicidin A channels.

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    Hao, Y; Pear, M R; Busath, D D

    1997-01-01

    The free energy profiles for four organic cations in right-handed single-helix gramicidin A dimers were computed by using umbrella sampling molecular dynamics with CHARMM. Ion-water column translocations were facilitated by using a novel "water-tunnel" approach. The overlapping pieces of free energy profile for adjacent windows were selected from three trajectories that differed in initial ion rotation and were aligned by the method of umbrella potential differences. Neglected long-range electrostatic energies from the bulk water and the bilayer were computed with DelPhi and added to the profile. The approach was corroborated for the formamidinium-guanidinium pair by using perturbation dynamics at axial positions 0, 6, 12, and 15 A from the channel center. The barrier to ethylammonium entry was prohibitive at 21 kcal/mol, whereas for methylammonium it was 5.5 kcal/mol, and the profile was quite flat through the channel, roughly consistent with conductance measurements. The profile for formamidinium was very similar to that of methylammonium. Guanidinium had a high entry barrier (deltaF = +8.6 kcal/mol) and a narrow deep central well (deltaF = -2.6 kcal/mol), qualitatively consistent with predictions from voltage-dependent potassium current block measurements. Its deep central well, contrasting with the flat profile for formamidinium, was verified with perturbation dynamics and was correlated with its high propensity to form hydrogen bonds with the channel at the dimer junction (not shared by the other three cations). Analysis of the ensemble average radial forces on the ions demonstrates that all four ions undergo compressive forces in the channel that are at maximum at the center of the monomer and relieved at the dimer junction, illustrating increased flexibility of the channel walls in the center of the channel. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 PMID:9336167

  14. Molecular dynamics study of free energy profiles for organic cations in gramicidin A channels.

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    Hao, Y; Pear, M R; Busath, D D

    1997-10-01

    The free energy profiles for four organic cations in right-handed single-helix gramicidin A dimers were computed by using umbrella sampling molecular dynamics with CHARMM. Ion-water column translocations were facilitated by using a novel "water-tunnel" approach. The overlapping pieces of free energy profile for adjacent windows were selected from three trajectories that differed in initial ion rotation and were aligned by the method of umbrella potential differences. Neglected long-range electrostatic energies from the bulk water and the bilayer were computed with DelPhi and added to the profile. The approach was corroborated for the formamidinium-guanidinium pair by using perturbation dynamics at axial positions 0, 6, 12, and 15 A from the channel center. The barrier to ethylammonium entry was prohibitive at 21 kcal/mol, whereas for methylammonium it was 5.5 kcal/mol, and the profile was quite flat through the channel, roughly consistent with conductance measurements. The profile for formamidinium was very similar to that of methylammonium. Guanidinium had a high entry barrier (deltaF = +8.6 kcal/mol) and a narrow deep central well (deltaF = -2.6 kcal/mol), qualitatively consistent with predictions from voltage-dependent potassium current block measurements. Its deep central well, contrasting with the flat profile for formamidinium, was verified with perturbation dynamics and was correlated with its high propensity to form hydrogen bonds with the channel at the dimer junction (not shared by the other three cations). Analysis of the ensemble average radial forces on the ions demonstrates that all four ions undergo compressive forces in the channel that are at maximum at the center of the monomer and relieved at the dimer junction, illustrating increased flexibility of the channel walls in the center of the channel. PMID:9336167

  15. Investigation of polarization effects in the gramicidin A channel from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Timko, Jeff; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2012-11-01

    Polarization is an important component of molecular interactions and is expected to play a particularly significant role in inhomogeneous environments such as pores and interfaces. Here we investigate the effects of polarization in the gramicidin A ion channel by performing quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and comparing the results with those obtained from classical MD simulations with non-polarizable force fields. We consider the dipole moments of backbone carbonyl groups and channel water molecules as well as a number of structural quantities of interest. The ab initio results show that the dipole moments of the carbonyl groups and water molecules are highly sensitive to the hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) they participate in. In the absence of a K+ ion, water molecules in the channel are quite mobile, making the H-bond network highly dynamic. A central K+ ion acts as an anchor for the channel waters, stabilizing the H-bond network and thereby increasing their average dipole moments. In contrast, the K+ ion has little effect on the dipole moments of the neighboring carbonyl groups. The weakness of the ion-peptide interactions helps to explain the near diffusion-rate conductance of K+ ions through the channel. We also address the sampling issue in relatively short ab initio MD simulations. Results obtained from a continuous 20 ps ab initio MD simulation are compared with those generated by sampling ten windows from a much longer classical MD simulation and running each window for 2 ps with ab initio MD. Both methods yield similar results for a number of quantities of interest, indicating that fluctuations are fast enough to justify the short ab initio MD simulations.

  16. High-resolution polypeptide structure and dynamics in anisotropic environments: The gramicidin channel

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    Cross, T.A.; Lee, K.C.; Ketchem, R.R.; Hu, W.; Lazo, N.D.; Huo, S.

    1994-12-01

    To understand the details of macromolecular function, high-resolution structural and dynamic detail is essential. The polypeptide fold of the gramicidin channel has been effectively modeled for the past 20 years, yet the functional changes in conductance and channel lifetime associated with amino acid substitutions cannot be predicted. To accomplish this goal, high-resolution electrostatic modeling and the precise orientation of all dipoles are required. Furthermore, an enhanced knowledge of the complex molecular environment of this membrane-bound peptide is needed. An aqueous environment is relatively uniform and achiral. The membrane environment is very heterogenous and chiral. A knowledge of the interactions, specific and nonspecific, between peptide and lipid will aid in developing a better understanding of this environment. To accomplish this goal, it is necessary to study the peptide in an extended lipid bilayer, rather than in a vesicular or micellar form. These latter environments are likely to possess increased dynamics, increased water penetration, and distorted interactions between the polypeptide and membrane surface. To perform NMR studies on bilayer bound peptides, solid state NMR methods are required, and for specific site information, isotopic labels are incorporated using solid phase peptide synthesis.

  17. Gating Gramicidin Channels in Lipid Bilayers: Reaction Coordinates and the Mechanism of Dissociation

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    Miloshevsky, Gennady V.; Jordan, Peter C.

    2004-01-01

    The dissociation of gramicidin A (gA) channels into monomers is the simplest example of a channel gating process. The initial steps in this process are studied via a computational model that simulates the reaction coordinate for dimer-monomer dissociation. The nonbonded interaction energy between the monomers is determined, allowing for their free relative translational and rotational motion. Lowest energy pathways and reaction coordinates of the gating process are determined. Partial rupture of the six hydrogen bonds (6HB) at the dimer junction takes place by coupling monomer rotation and lateral displacement. Coupling rotation with axial separation is far more expensive energetically. The transition state for channel dissociation occurs when monomers are displaced laterally by ∼4–6 Å, separated by ∼1.6–2 Å, and rotated by ∼120°, breaking two hydrogen bonds. In membranes with significant hydrophobic mismatch there is a much greater likelihood of forming 4HB and possibly even 2HB states. In the 4HB state the pore remains fully open and conductive. However, transitions from the 6HB to 4HB and 4HB to 2HB states take place via intermediates in which the gA pore is closed and nonconductive. These lateral monomer displacements give rise to transitory pore occlusion at the dimer junction, which provides a rationale for fast closure events (flickers). Local dynamics of gA monomers also leads to lateral and rotational diffusion of the whole gA dimer, giving rise to diffusional rotation of the dimer about the channel axis. PMID:14695253

  18. Nuclear magnetic resonance of 23Na ions interacting with the gramicidin channel.

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    Monoi, H.

    1985-01-01

    Basic nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) features of 23Na ions bound to the gramicidin channel (packaged into lecithin liposomes) were studied. The first binding constant K1 of Na+ was not significantly dependent on channel models employed. With the two-identical-site model (Model I), K1 was 13.7 (+/- 1.4) molal-1 (in the activity basis) at 25 degrees C; when the binding of a third ion was included (Model II), it was 13.0 (+/- 2.0) molal-1. The second binding constant K2 was model dependent; it was 1.6 (+/- 0.2) and 3-4 molal-1 for Models I and II, respectively. The rate constants, k-1 and k-2, of Na+ for exit from singly and doubly loaded channels, respectively, were 8 X 10(5) s-1 less than or equal to k-1 less than or equal to 3 X 10(6) s-1 and 8 X 10(5) s-1 less than or equal to k-2 less than or equal to 1.0 X 10(7) s-1 at 25 degrees C; the lower bound represents a rough approximation of k-1. The ratio k-2/k-1 was greater than one and did not greatly exceed 20. From the competition experiment, K1 of T1+ was 5.7 (+/- 0.6) X 10(2) molal-1. The longitudinal relaxation time T1 of bound 23Na in the state of single occupancy (T 1B sing) was virtually independent of models, 0.56 (+/- 0.03) and 0.55 (+/- 0.04) ms at 25 degrees C for Models I and II, respectively. For the state of double occupancy, T1 of bound 23Na (T 1B doub) was model dependent: 0.27 (+/- 0.01) and 0.4-0.6 ms for Models I and II. The correlation time tau c of bound 23Na was 2.2 (+/- 0.2) ns at 25 degrees C for single occupancy; tau c for double occupancy was not significantly different from this value. The estimated tau c was found to involve no appreciable contribution of the exchange of 23Na between the channel and the bulk solution. Thé quadrupole coupling constant chi was 1.0 (+/- 0.1) MHz for 23Na in single occupancy; chi for double occupancy was 0.9-1.4 MHz, depending on models. A lower bound of the average quadrupole coupling constant chi alpha was 0.13-0.26 MHz at 25 degrees C for 23Na in single

  19. Design of Peptide-Membrane Interactions to Modulate Single-File Water Transport through Modified Gramicidin Channels

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    Portella, Guillem; Polupanow, Tanja; Zocher, Florian; Boytsov, Danila A.; Pohl, Peter; Diederichsen, Ulf; de Groot, Bert L.

    2012-01-01

    Water permeability through single-file channels is affected by intrinsic factors such as their size and polarity and by external determinants like their lipid environment in the membrane. Previous computational studies revealed that the obstruction of the channel by lipid headgroups can be long-lived, in the range of nanoseconds, and that pore-length-matching membrane mimetics could speed up water permeability. To test the hypothesis of lipid-channel interactions modulating channel permeability, we designed different gramicidin A derivatives with attached acyl chains. By combining extensive molecular-dynamics simulations and single-channel water permeation measurements, we show that by tuning lipid-channel interactions, these modifications reduce the presence of lipid headgroups in the pore, which leads to a clear and selective increase in their water permeability. PMID:23083713

  20. Noncontact dipole effects on channel permeation. I. Experiments with (5F-indole)Trp13 gramicidin A channels.

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    Busath, D D; Thulin, C D; Hendershot, R W; Phillips, L R; Maughan, P; Cole, C D; Bingham, N C; Morrison, S; Baird, L C; Hendershot, R J; Cotten, M; Cross, T A

    1998-12-01

    Gramicidin A (gA), with four Trp residues per monomer, has an increased conductance compared to its Phe replacement analogs. When the dipole moment of the Trp13 side chain is increased by fluorination at indole position 5 (FgA), the conductance is expected to increase further. gA and FgA conductances to Na+, K+, and H+ were measured in planar diphytanoylphosphatidylcholine (DPhPC) or glycerylmonoolein (GMO) bilayers. In DPhPC bilayers, Na+ and K+ conductances increased upon fluorination, whereas in GMO they decreased. The low ratio in the monoglyceride bilayer was not reversed in GMO-ether bilayers, solvent-inflated or -deflated bilayers, or variable fatty acid chain monoglyceride bilayers. In both GMO and DPhPC bilayers, fluorination decreased conductance to H+ but increased conductance in the mixed solution, 1 M KCl at pH 2.0, where K+ dominates conduction. Eadie-Hofstee plot slopes suggest similar destabilization of K+ binding in both lipids. Channel lifetimes were not affected by fluorination in either lipid. These observations indicate that fluorination does not change the rotameric conformation of the side chain. The expected difference in the rate-limiting step for transport through channels in the two bilayers qualitatively explains all of the above trends. PMID:9826605

  1. Single-channel studies on linear gramicidins with altered amino acid sequences. A comparison of phenylalanine, tryptophane, and tyrosine substitutions at positions 1 and 11.

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    Mazet, J L; Andersen, O S; Koeppe, R E

    1984-01-01

    The relation between chemical structure and permeability characteristics of transmembrane channels has been investigated with the linear gramicidins (A, B, and C), where the amino acid at position 1 was chemically replaced by phenylalanine, tryptophane or tyrosine. The purity of most of the compounds was estimated to be greater than 99.99%. The modifications resulted in a wide range of conductance changes in NaCl solutions: sixfold from tryptophane gramicidin A to tyrosine gramicidin B. The conductance changes induced by a given amino acid substitution at position 1 are not the same as at position 11. The only important change in the Na+ affinity was observed when the first amino acid was tyrosine. No major conformational changes of the polypeptide backbone structure could be detected on the basis of experiments with mixtures of different analogues and valine gramicidin A (except possibly with tyrosine at position 1), as all the compounds investigated could form hybrid channels with valine gramicidin A. The side chains are not in direct contact with the permeating ions. The results were therefore interpreted in terms of modifications of the energy profile for ion movement through the channel, possibly due to an electrostatic interaction between the dipoles of the side chains and ions in the channel. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 PMID:6201199

  2. Effect of Gating Modifier Toxins on Membrane Thickness: Implications for Toxin Effect on Gramicidin and Mechanosensitive Channels

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    Chen, Rong; Chung, Shin-Ho

    2013-01-01

    Various gating modifier toxins partition into membranes and interfere with the gating mechanisms of biological ion channels. For example, GsMTx4 potentiates gramicidin and several bacterial mechanosensitive channels whose gating kinetics are sensitive to mechanical properties of the membrane, whereas binding of HpTx2 shifts the voltage-activity curve of the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv4.2 to the right. The detailed process by which the toxin partitions into membranes has been difficult to probe using molecular dynamics due to the limited time scale accessible. Here we develop a protocol that allows the spontaneous assembly of a polypeptide toxin into membranes in atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of tens of nanoseconds. The protocol is applied to GsMTx4 and HpTx2. Both toxins, released in water at the start of the simulation, spontaneously bind into the lipid bilayer within 50 ns, with their hydrophobic patch penetrated into the bilayer beyond the phosphate groups of the lipids. It is found that the bilayer is about 2 Å thinner upon the binding of a GsMTx4 monomer. Such a thinning effect of GsMTx4 on membranes may explain its potentiation effect on gramicidin and mechanosensitive channels. PMID:23435154

  3. Accurate Evaluation of Ion Conductivity of the Gramicidin A Channel Using a Polarizable Force Field without Any Corrections.

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    Peng, Xiangda; Zhang, Yuebin; Chu, Huiying; Li, Yan; Zhang, Dinglin; Cao, Liaoran; Li, Guohui

    2016-06-14

    Classical molecular dynamic (MD) simulation of membrane proteins faces significant challenges in accurately reproducing and predicting experimental observables such as ion conductance and permeability due to its incapability of precisely describing the electronic interactions in heterogeneous systems. In this work, the free energy profiles of K(+) and Na(+) permeating through the gramicidin A channel are characterized by using the AMOEBA polarizable force field with a total sampling time of 1 μs. Our results indicated that by explicitly introducing the multipole terms and polarization into the electrostatic potentials, the permeation free energy barrier of K(+) through the gA channel is considerably reduced compared to the overestimated results obtained from the fixed-charge model. Moreover, the estimated maximum conductance, without any corrections, for both K(+) and Na(+) passing through the gA channel are much closer to the experimental results than any classical MD simulations, demonstrating the power of AMOEBA in investigating the membrane proteins. PMID:27171823

  4. Photodynamic inactivation of gramicidin channels in bilayer lipid membranes: protective efficacy of singlet oxygen quenchers depends on photosensitizer location.

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    Rokitskaya, T I; Firsov, A M; Kotova, E A; Antonenko, Y N

    2015-06-01

    The impact of double bonds in fatty acyl tails of unsaturated lipids on the photodynamic inactivation of ion channels formed by the pentadecapeptide gramicidin A in a planar bilayer lipid membrane was studied. The presence of unsaturated acyl tails protected gramicidin A against photodynamic inactivation, with efficacy depending on the depth of a photosensitizer in the membrane. The protective effect of double bonds was maximal with membrane-embedded chlorin e6-monoethylenediamine monoamide dimethyl ester, and minimal - in the case of water-soluble tri-sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanine (AlPcS3) known to reside at the membrane surface. By contrast, the protective effect of the hydrophilic singlet oxygen scavenger ascorbate was maximal for AlPcS3 and minimal for amide of chlorin e6 dimethyl ester. The depth of photosensitizer position in the lipid bilayer was estimated from the quenching of photosensitizer fluorescence by iodide. Thus, the protective effect of a singlet oxygen scavenger against photodynamic inactivation of the membrane-inserted peptide is enhanced upon location of the photosensitizer and scavenger molecules in close vicinity to each other. PMID:26531019

  5. Investigation of Ion Channel Activities of Gramicidin A in the Presence of Ionic Liquids Using Model Cell Membranes

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    Ryu, Hyunil; Lee, Hwankyu; Iwata, Seigo; Choi, Sangbaek; Ki Kim, Moon; Kim, Young-Rok; Maruta, Shinsaku; Min Kim, Sun; Jeon, Tae-Joon

    2015-01-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are considered to be green solvents because of their non-volatility. Although ILs are relatively safe in the atmospheric environment, they may be toxic in other environments. Our previous research showed that the cytotoxicity of ILs to biological organisms is attributable to interference with cell membranes by IL insertion. However, the effects of ILs on ion channels, which play important roles in cell homeostasis, have not been comprehensively studied to date. In this work, we studied the interactions between ILs and lipid bilayer membranes with gramicidin A ion channels. We used two methods, namely electrical and fluorescence measurements of ions that permeate the membrane. The lifetimes of channels were increased by all the ILs tested in this work via stabilizing the compressed structure of the lipid bilayer and the rate of ion flux through gA channels was decreased by changing the membrane surface charge. The former effect, which increased the rate of ion flux, was dominant at high salt concentrations, whereas the latter, which decreased the rate of ion flux, was dominant at low salt concentrations. The effects of ILs increased with increasing concentration and alkyl chain length. The experimental results were further studied using molecular dynamics simulations. PMID:26189604

  6. Investigation of Ion Channel Activities of Gramicidin A in the Presence of Ionic Liquids Using Model Cell Membranes.

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    Ryu, Hyunil; Lee, Hwankyu; Iwata, Seigo; Choi, Sangbaek; Kim, Moon Ki; Kim, Young-Rok; Maruta, Shinsaku; Kim, Sun Min; Jeon, Tae-Joon

    2015-01-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) are considered to be green solvents because of their non-volatility. Although ILs are relatively safe in the atmospheric environment, they may be toxic in other environments. Our previous research showed that the cytotoxicity of ILs to biological organisms is attributable to interference with cell membranes by IL insertion. However, the effects of ILs on ion channels, which play important roles in cell homeostasis, have not been comprehensively studied to date. In this work, we studied the interactions between ILs and lipid bilayer membranes with gramicidin A ion channels. We used two methods, namely electrical and fluorescence measurements of ions that permeate the membrane. The lifetimes of channels were increased by all the ILs tested in this work via stabilizing the compressed structure of the lipid bilayer and the rate of ion flux through gA channels was decreased by changing the membrane surface charge. The former effect, which increased the rate of ion flux, was dominant at high salt concentrations, whereas the latter, which decreased the rate of ion flux, was dominant at low salt concentrations. The effects of ILs increased with increasing concentration and alkyl chain length. The experimental results were further studied using molecular dynamics simulations. PMID:26189604

  7. Channel competition in strong-field dissociation of CS+

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    Jochim, Bethany; Zohrabi, M.; Betsch, K. J.; Ablikim, U.; Berry, Ben; Severt, T.; Summers, A. M.; Carnes, K. D.; Esry, B. D.; Ben-Itzhak, I.

    2015-05-01

    We study intense ultrafast laser-induced dissociation of a CS+ ion beam, utilizing a coincidence 3-D momentum imaging technique. Over a laser intensity range of 1010-1016 W/cm2, we find clear intensity-dependent behavior of the C++S and C+S+ branching ratios. Specifically, we observe that the branching ratios are nearly equal at low intensities (~1010-1012 W/cm2) and deviate from each other at higher intensities (>1013 W/cm2), where C+S+ dominates. We propose that the low-intensity branching ratio behavior is due to strong mixing of states corresponding to the relevant dissociation limits mediated by the non-adiabatic couplings, and we identify possible dissociation pathways involving these couplings. Another aspect of channel competition, closing and opening of the two dissociation channels as a function of total energy, is distinctly observed, and this behavior is characterized using the well-known Wigner law for near-threshold behavior. Supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. BJ is also supported by DOE-SCGF (DE-AC05-06OR23100).

  8. The pore dimensions of gramicidin A.

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    Smart, O S; Goodfellow, J M; Wallace, B A

    1993-01-01

    The ion channel forming peptide gramicidin A adopts a number of distinct conformations in different environments. We have developed a new method to analyze and display the pore dimensions of ion channels. The procedure is applied to two x-ray crystal structures of gramicidin that adopt distinct antiparallel double helical dimer conformations and a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) structure for the beta6.3 NH2-terminal to NH2-terminal dimer. The results are discussed with reference to ion conductance properties and dependence of pore dimensions on the environment. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 PMID:7508762

  9. Gramicidin Induce Local Non-Uniform Distribution of Lipids in Multi-Component Membrane Domains

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    Mao, Yu; Hussain, Fazle; Huang, Juyang

    2015-03-01

    In lipid membranes, gramicidin form trans-membrane channels that are specific for monovalent cations. We performed Molecular Dynamics simulations of gramicidin in coexisting liquid-ordered (Lo) and liquid disordered (Ld) domains using GROMACS. The lipid compositions of Lo and Ld domains are DOPC/DSPC/Cholesterol = 6.5/52.6/40.9 and 74.4/10.6/15, respectively. In the Ld domain, the membrane thickness matches the hydrophobic length of gramicidin quite well, and water molecules can diffuse through the gramicidin channels. However, in the Lo lipid domain, the bilayer thickness is far greater than the hydrophobic length of gramicidin and majority of gramicidin do not form conducting channel. The simulation result explained our experimental finding that gramicidin partition favorably into the Ld domains. The calculated radial distribution functions of lipids indicate that gramicidin recruit a layer of short DOPC surrounding each protein and keep cholesterol and taller DSPC away from the protein-bilayer interface. Our result indicates that membrane proteins are capable of inducing non-uniform distributions of lipids and creating a local bilayer environment, which favors protein function.

  10. Enhanced eryptosis following gramicidin exposure.

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    Malik, Abaid; Bissinger, Rosi; Liu, Guoxing; Liu, Guilai; Lang, Florian

    2015-05-01

    The peptide antibiotic and ionophore gramicidin has previously been shown to trigger apoptosis of nucleated cells. In analogy to apoptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes or eryptosis involves cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Triggers of eryptosis include oxidative stress, increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), and ceramide. The present study explored, whether gramicidin triggers eryptosis. To this end phosphatidylserine exposure at the cell surface was estimated from annexin V binding, cell volume from forward scatter, red blood cell distribution width (RDW) from electronic particle counting, reactive oxidant species (ROS) from 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (DCFDA) fluorescence, [Ca2+]i from Fluo3- and Fluo4 fluorescence, and ceramide abundance from binding of specific antibodies. As a result, a 24 h exposure of human erythrocytes to gramicidin significantly increased the percentage of annexin-V-binding cells (≥1 µg/mL), forward scatter (≥0.5 µg/mL) and hemolysis. Gramicidin enhanced ROS activity, [Ca2+]i and ceramide abundance at the erythrocyte surface. The stimulation of annexin-V-binding by gramicidin was significantly blunted but not abolished by removal of extracellular Ca2+. In conclusion, gramicidin stimulates phospholipid scrambling of the erythrocyte cell membrane, an effect at least partially due to induction of oxidative stress, increase of [Ca2+]i and up-regulation of ceramide abundance. Despite increase of [Ca2+]i, gramicidin increases cell volume and slightly reduces RWD. PMID:25915718

  11. Enhanced Eryptosis Following Gramicidin Exposure

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    Malik, Abaid; Bissinger, Rosi; Liu, Guoxing; Liu, Guilai; Lang, Florian

    2015-01-01

    The peptide antibiotic and ionophore gramicidin has previously been shown to trigger apoptosis of nucleated cells. In analogy to apoptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes or eryptosis involves cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Triggers of eryptosis include oxidative stress, increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), and ceramide. The present study explored, whether gramicidin triggers eryptosis. To this end phosphatidylserine exposure at the cell surface was estimated from annexin V binding, cell volume from forward scatter, red blood cell distribution width (RDW) from electronic particle counting, reactive oxidant species (ROS) from 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (DCFDA) fluorescence, [Ca2+]i from Fluo3- and Fluo4 fluorescence, and ceramide abundance from binding of specific antibodies. As a result, a 24 h exposure of human erythrocytes to gramicidin significantly increased the percentage of annexin-V-binding cells (≥1 µg/mL), forward scatter (≥0.5 µg/mL) and hemolysis. Gramicidin enhanced ROS activity, [Ca2+]i and ceramide abundance at the erythrocyte surface. The stimulation of annexin-V-binding by gramicidin was significantly blunted but not abolished by removal of extracellular Ca2+. In conclusion, gramicidin stimulates phospholipid scrambling of the erythrocyte cell membrane, an effect at least partially due to induction of oxidative stress, increase of [Ca2+]i and up-regulation of ceramide abundance. Despite increase of [Ca2+]i, gramicidin increases cell volume and slightly reduces RWD. PMID:25915718

  12. The International Reference Preparation of Gramicidin*

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    Lightbown, J. W.; Bond, Jillian M.; Woodward, Patricia M.

    1967-01-01

    The National Institute for Medical Research, London, was requested by the WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standardization to establish an International Reference Preparation of Gramicidin. This preparation was needed to standardize preparations of gramicidin containing predominantly gramicidin A, B and C, for which purpose the International Reference Preparation of Gramicidin S cannot be used. A batch of 100 g of crystalline gramicidin obtained in 1963 was distributed into ampoules in 55 mg amounts and dried in vacuo; the ampoules were then filled with dried nitrogen and sealed. The proposed international reference preparation was assayed biologically against the Master Standard of Gramicidin of the US Food and Drug Administration in 7 laboratories in 6 countries by turbidimetric methods. Significant curvature of the dose—response lines was found for most assays; no single transformation improved the linearity of assays from all laboratories. Although significant heterogeneity of potencies was obtained in 5 laboratories the mean potency ratios for all laboratories only varied over a range of 5% to 6%. The composition of the material is 7% gramicidin B, 50% gramicidin A and 25% gramicidin C; preparations of gramicidin containing appreciably higher concentrations of gramicidin B can be expected to give invalid assays against the international reference preparation. The material has been established as the International Reference Preparation of Gramicidin with a defined potency of 1000 IU/mg. The International Unit of Gramicidin is defined as the activity of 0.001 mg of the International Reference Preparation of Gramicidin. PMID:5299675

  13. Unsaturated lipids protect the integral membrane peptide gramicidin A from singlet oxygen.

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    Rokitskaya, Tatyana I; Kotova, Elena A; Agapov, Igor I; Moisenovich, Mikhail M; Antonenko, Yuri N

    2014-05-01

    In contrast to expectations that unsaturated fatty acids contribute to oxidative stress by providing a source of lipid peroxides, we demonstrated the protective effect of double bonds in lipids on oxidative damage to membrane proteins. Photodynamic inactivation of gramicidin channels was decreased in unsaturated lipid compared to saturated lipid bilayers. By estimating photosensitizer (boronated chlorine e6 amide) binding to the membrane with the current relaxation technique, the decrease in gramicidin photoinactivation was attributed to singlet oxygen scavenging by double bonds in lipids rather than to the reduction in photosensitizer binding. Gramicidin protection by unsaturated lipids was also observed upon induction of oxidative stress with tert-butyl hydroperoxide. PMID:24613917

  14. Mechano-sensitivity of epithelial sodium channels (ENaCs): laminar shear stress increases ion channel open probability.

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    Althaus, Mike; Bogdan, Roman; Clauss, Wolfgang G; Fronius, Martin

    2007-08-01

    Epithelial cells are exposed to a variety of mechanical forces, but little is known about the impact of these forces on epithelial ion channels. Here we show that mechanical activation of epithelial sodium channels (ENaCs), which are essential for electrolyte and water balance, occurs via an increased ion channel open probability. ENaC activity of heterologously expressed rat (rENaC) and Xenopus (xENaC) orthologs was measured by whole-cell as well as single-channel recordings. Laminar shear stress (LSS), producing shear forces in physiologically relevant ranges, was used to mechanically stimulate ENaCs and was able to activate ENaC currents in whole-cell recordings. Preceding pharmacological activation of rENaC with Zn2+ and xENaC with gadolinium and glibenclamide largely prevented LSS-activated currents. In contrast, proteolytic cleavage with trypsin potentiated the LSS effect on rENaC whereas the LSS effect on xENaC was reversed (inhibition of xENaC current). Further, we found that exposure of excised outside-out patches to LSS led to an increased ion channel open probability without affecting the number of active channels. We suggest that mechano-sensitivity of ENaC may represent a ubiquitous feature for the physiology of epithelia, providing a putative mechanism for coupling transepithelial Na+ reabsorption to luminal transport. PMID:17426066

  15. Carbon nanotube as a gramicidin analogue

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    Hilder, Tamsyn A.; Chung, Shin-Ho

    2011-01-01

    We have designed a carbon nanotube that is selectively permeable to monovalent cations, binds divalent cations and rejects anions. The nanotubes, with an effective radius of 4.53 Å and length of 36 Å, are terminated with hydrogen atoms and are exohydrogenated in two regions near the entrance and exit. Using molecular and stochastic dynamics simulations we examine the free energy, current-voltage-concentration profiles and ion binding sites. The characteristics of this channel are comparable to the antibiotic gramicidin-A, but the potassium current is six times larger. At 40 mM calcium concentration the current is reduced from 26 pA to 4 pA due to a calcium ion binding at the channel entrance.

  16. Dielectric boundary force and its crucial role in gramicidin

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    Nadler, Boaz; Hollerbach, Uwe; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2003-08-01

    In an electrostatic problem with nonuniform geometry, a charge Q in one region induces surface charges [called dielectric boundary charges (DBC)] at boundaries between different dielectrics. These induced surface charges, in return, exert a force [called dielectric boundary force (DBF)] on the charge Q that induced them. The DBF is often overlooked. It is not present in standard continuum theories of (point) ions in or near membranes and proteins, such as Gouy-Chapman, Debye-Huckel, Poisson-Boltzmann or Poisson-Nernst- Planck. The DBF is important when a charge Q is near dielectric interfaces, for example, when ions permeate through protein channels embedded in biological membranes. In this paper, we define the DBF and calculate it explicitly for a planar dielectric wall and for a tunnel geometry resembling the ionic channel gramicidin. In general, we formulate the DBF in a form useful for continuum theories, namely, as a solution of a partial differential equation with boundary conditions. The DBF plays a crucial role in the permeation of ions through the gramicidin channel. A positive ion in the channel produces a DBF of opposite sign to that of the fixed charge force (FCF) produced by the permanent charge of the gramicidin polypeptide, and so the net force on the positive ion is reduced. A negative ion creates a DBF of the same sign as the FCF and so the net (repulsive) force on the negative ion is increased. Thus, a positive ion can permeate the channel, while a negative ion is excluded from it. In gramicidin, it is this balance between the FCF and DBF that allows only singly charged positive ions to move into and through the channel. The DBF is not directly responsible, however, for selectivity between the alkali metal ions (e.g., Li+, Na+, K+): we prove that the DBF on a mobile spherical ion is independent of the ion’s radius.

  17. TI-205 nuclear magnetic resonance determination of the thermodynamic parameters for the binding of monovalent cations to gramicidins A and C.

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    Hinton, J F; Fernandez, J Q; Shungu, D C; Whaley, W L; Koeppe, R E; Millett, F S

    1988-01-01

    Thermodynamic parameters for the binding of the monovalent cations, Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+, NH4+, TI+, and Ag+, to gramicidin A and for the binding of TI+ to gramicidin C, incorporated into lysophosphatidylcholine, have been determined using a combination of TI-205 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and competition binding. The thermodynamic parameters, enthalpy and entropy, are discussed in terms of a process involving the transfer of cations from an aqueous to amide environment. PMID:2462930

  18. [Effect of temperature on the interaction of gramicidin A and its dimer analog with the muscle fiber membrane].

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    Shvinka, N E; Caffier, G; Malev, V V; Ryzhova, E V

    1985-01-01

    Potassium conductance of single muscle fibres from Rana esculenta was studied in isotonic K2SO4 solution under constant current conditions using double sucrose gap method. At room temperature the channel formation by gramicidin was much faster than that of the synthetic head to head covalently linked gramicidin dimer. The increase of temperature by 8-10 degrees C resulted in a considerable rise of both dimer- and gramicidin-induced conductances. The effect was much greater than in the case of bilayers indicating a remarkable entropy change in the muscle fibre membrane. The temperature dependence of adsorption was more pronounced than that of desorption: there was no effect on desorption of dimer and only 20% of the temperature-activated desorption of gramicidin irreversibly bound at room temperature. PMID:2413902

  19. Computational Studies of Gramicidin Permeation: An Entryway Sulfonate Enhances Cation Occupancy at Entry Sites

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    Mustafa, Morad; Henderson, Douglas J.; Busath, David D.

    2009-01-01

    The impact on the cation-transport free-energy profile of replacing the C-terminal ethanolamine in the gramicidin A channel with a taurine residue is studied using molecular dynamics simulations of gramicidin A (1JNO) embedded in a lipid bilayer (DMPC) with 1 mol/kg NaCl saline solution. The potential of mean force for ion transport is obtained by umbrella sampling. The presence of a negatively charged sulfonate group at the entrance of the gramicidin channel affects the depth and the location of the binding sites, producing a strong attraction for the cations in the bulk. The potential of mean force by the sulfonate acting directly through electrostatics and van der Waals interactions on the test ion is highly modulated by indirect effects (i.e., sulfonate effects on other components of the system that, in turn, affect the ion free-energy profile in the channel). Because the “entry” sites are located symmetrically at both entry and exit of the channel, the deeper free-energy wells should inhibit exit. Given that the channel has increased conductance experimentally, the simulation results suggest that the channel conductance is normally entry limited. PMID:19361485

  20. Solvent history dependence of gramicidin A conformations in hydrated lipid bilayers.

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    LoGrasso, P V; Moll, F; Cross, T A

    1988-01-01

    Reconstituted lipid bilayers of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) and gramicidin A' have been prepared by cosolubilizing gramicidin and DMPC in one of three organic solvent systems followed by vacuum drying and hydration. The conformational state of gramicidin as characterized by 23Na NMR, circular dichroism, and solid state 15N NMR is dependent upon the cosolubilizing solvent system. In particular, two conformational states are described; a state in which Na+ has minimal interactions with the polypeptide, referred to as a nonchannel state, and a state in which Na+ interacts very strongly with the polypeptide, referred to as the channel state. Both of these conformations are intimately associated with the hydrophobic core of the lipid bilayer. Furthermore, both of these states are stable in the bilayer at neutral pH and at a temperature above the bilayer phase transition temperature. These results with gramicidin suggest that the conformation of membrane proteins may be dictated by the conformation before membrane insertion and may be dependent upon the mechanism by which the insertion is accomplished. PMID:2462923

  1. Proton conduction in gramicidin A and in its dioxolane-linked dimer in different lipid bilayers.

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    Cukierman, S; Quigley, E P; Crumrine, D S

    1997-01-01

    Gramicidin A (gA) molecules were covalently linked with a dioxolane ring. Dioxolane-linked gA dimers formed ion channels, selective for monovalent cations, in planar lipid bilayers. The main goal of this study was to compare the functional single ion channel properties of natural gA and its covalently linked dimer in two different lipid bilayers and HCl concentrations (10-8000 mM). Two ion channels with different gating and conductance properties were identified in bilayers from the product of dimerization reaction. The most commonly observed and most stable gramicidin A dimer is the main object of this study. This gramicidin dimer remained in the open state most of the time, with brief closing flickers (tau(closed) approximately 30 micros). The frequency of closing flickers increased with transmembrane potential, making the mean open time moderately voltage dependent (tau(open) changed approximately 1.43-fold/100 mV). Such gating behavior is markedly different from what is seen in natural gA channels. In PEPC (phosphatidylethanolamine-phosphatidylcholine) bilayers, single-channel current-voltage relationships had an ohmic behavior at low voltages, and a marked sublinearity at relatively higher voltages. This behavior contrasts with what was previously described in GMO (glycerylmonooleate) bilayers. In PEPC bilayers, the linear conductance of single-channel proton currents at different proton concentrations was essentially the same for both natural and gA dimers. g(max) and K(D), obtained from fitting experimental points to a Langmuir adsorption isotherm, were approximately 1500 pS and 300 mM, respectively, for both the natural gA and its dimer. In GMO bilayers, however, proton affinities of gA and the dioxolane-dimer were significantly lower (K(D) of approximately 1 and 1.5 M, respectively), and the g(max) higher (approximately 1750 and 2150 pS, respectively) than in PEPC bilayers. Furthermore, the relationship between single-channel conductance and proton

  2. Mechanistic insight into gramicidin-based detection of protein-ligand interactions via sensitized photoinactivation

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    Rokitskaya, Tatyana I.; Macrae, Michael X.; Blake, Steven; Egorova, Natalya S.; Kotova, Elena A.; Yang, Jerry; Antonenko, Yuri N.

    2010-11-01

    Among the many challenges for the development of ion channel-based sensors is the poor understanding of how to engineer modified transmembrane pores with tailored functionality that can respond to external stimuli. Here, we use the method of sensitized photoinactivation of gramicidin A (gA) channels in planar bilayer lipid membranes to help elucidate the underlying mechanistic details for changes in macroscopic transmembrane ionic current observed upon interaction of C-terminally attached gA ligands with specific proteins in solution. Three different systems were studied: (i) carbonic anhydrase (CA) and gA-sulfonamide, (ii) PSD-95 protein (belonging to the 'PDZ domain-containing protein') and a gA analog carrying the KGGHRRSARYLESSV peptide sequence at the C-terminus, and (iii) an anti-biotin antibody and gA-biotin. The results challenge a previously proposed mechanistic hypothesis suggesting that protein-induced current suppression is due to steric blockage of the ion passage through gA channels, while they reveal new insight for consideration in alternative mechanistic models. Additionally, we demonstrate that the length of a linker between the ligand and the gA channel may be less important for gramicidin-based detection of monovalent compared to multivalent protein-ligand interactions. These studies collectively shed new light on the mechanism of protein-induced current alterations in bilayer recordings of gA derivatives, which may be important in the design of new gramicidin-based sensors.

  3. Mechanistic insight into gramicidin-based detection of protein-ligand interactions via sensitized photoinactivation.

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    Rokitskaya, Tatyana I; Macrae, Michael X; Blake, Steven; Egorova, Natalya S; Kotova, Elena A; Yang, Jerry; Antonenko, Yuri N

    2010-11-17

    Among the many challenges for the development of ion channel-based sensors is the poor understanding of how to engineer modified transmembrane pores with tailored functionality that can respond to external stimuli. Here, we use the method of sensitized photoinactivation of gramicidin A (gA) channels in planar bilayer lipid membranes to help elucidate the underlying mechanistic details for changes in macroscopic transmembrane ionic current observed upon interaction of C-terminally attached gA ligands with specific proteins in solution. Three different systems were studied: (i) carbonic anhydrase (CA) and gA-sulfonamide, (ii) PSD-95 protein (belonging to the 'PDZ domain-containing protein') and a gA analog carrying the KGGHRRSARYLESSV peptide sequence at the C-terminus, and (iii) an anti-biotin antibody and gA-biotin. The results challenge a previously proposed mechanistic hypothesis suggesting that protein-induced current suppression is due to steric blockage of the ion passage through gA channels, while they reveal new insight for consideration in alternative mechanistic models. Additionally, we demonstrate that the length of a linker between the ligand and the gA channel may be less important for gramicidin-based detection of monovalent compared to multivalent protein-ligand interactions. These studies collectively shed new light on the mechanism of protein-induced current alterations in bilayer recordings of gA derivatives, which may be important in the design of new gramicidin-based sensors. PMID:21339605

  4. The F. C. C.'s Clear Channel Radio Policies: Regulation in the Slow Lane.

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    Jassem, Harvey C.

    In 1928, the Federal Radio Commission (the precursor of the Federal Communications Commission--FCC) noted the need for special radio channels that could carry radio across the United States free from interference from other radio stations. Many of these "clear channels" still exist as protected entities. Perhaps no other FCC policy better reflects…

  5. Molecular Dynamics Study of Gramicidin A in Lipid Bilayer: Electrostatic Map and Ion Conduction

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    Saito, Hiroaki; Iwayama, Masashi; Kawaguchi, Kazutomo; Mizukami, Taku; Miyakawa, Takeshi; Takasu, Masako; Nagao, Hidemi

    The electrostatic potential (ESP) of gramicidin A (GA) in the DMPC lipid bilayers with/without an external uniform electrostatic field was investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. We found that the ESP profile with an external electrostatic field became step shape. The water and polar groups of the lipid and GA are rearranged in order to restore a flat ESP in the water bulk and GA channel interior. The reorientation of the polar head group enhances the ESP difference between each hydration regions of the membrane, and this should yield an increase of ion conductance through the GA channel.

  6. Folding simulations of gramicidin A into the β-helix conformations: Simulated annealing molecular dynamics study

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    Mori, Takaharu; Okamoto, Yuko

    2009-10-01

    Gramicidin A is a linear hydrophobic 15-residue peptide which consists of alternating D- and L-amino acids and forms a unique tertiary structure, called the β6.3-helix, to act as a cation-selective ion channel in the natural conditions. In order to investigate the intrinsic ability of the gramicidin A monomer to form secondary structures, we performed the folding simulation of gramicidin A using a simulated annealing molecular dynamics (MD) method in vacuum mimicking the low-dielectric, homogeneous membrane environment. The initial conformation was a fully extended one. From the 200 different MD runs, we obtained a right-handed β4.4-helix as the lowest-potential-energy structure, and left-handed β4.4-helix, right-handed and left-handed β6.3-helix as local-minimum energy states. These results are in accord with those of the experiments of gramicidin A in homogeneous organic solvent. Our simulations showed a slight right-hand sense in the lower-energy conformations and a quite β-sheet-forming tendency throughout almost the entire sequence. In order to examine the stability of the obtained right-handed β6.3-helix and β4.4-helix structures in more realistic membrane environment, we have also performed all-atom MD simulations in explicit water, ion, and lipid molecules, starting from these β-helix structures. The results suggested that β6.3-helix is more stable than β4.4-helix in the inhomogeneous, explicit membrane environment, where the pore water and the hydrogen bonds between Trp side-chains and lipid-head groups have a role to further stabilize the β6.3-helix conformation.

  7. Folding simulations of gramicidin A into the beta-helix conformations: Simulated annealing molecular dynamics study.

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    Mori, Takaharu; Okamoto, Yuko

    2009-10-28

    Gramicidin A is a linear hydrophobic 15-residue peptide which consists of alternating D- and L-amino acids and forms a unique tertiary structure, called the beta(6.3)-helix, to act as a cation-selective ion channel in the natural conditions. In order to investigate the intrinsic ability of the gramicidin A monomer to form secondary structures, we performed the folding simulation of gramicidin A using a simulated annealing molecular dynamics (MD) method in vacuum mimicking the low-dielectric, homogeneous membrane environment. The initial conformation was a fully extended one. From the 200 different MD runs, we obtained a right-handed beta(4.4)-helix as the lowest-potential-energy structure, and left-handed beta(4.4)-helix, right-handed and left-handed beta(6.3)-helix as local-minimum energy states. These results are in accord with those of the experiments of gramicidin A in homogeneous organic solvent. Our simulations showed a slight right-hand sense in the lower-energy conformations and a quite beta-sheet-forming tendency throughout almost the entire sequence. In order to examine the stability of the obtained right-handed beta(6.3)-helix and beta(4.4)-helix structures in more realistic membrane environment, we have also performed all-atom MD simulations in explicit water, ion, and lipid molecules, starting from these beta-helix structures. The results suggested that beta(6.3)-helix is more stable than beta(4.4)-helix in the inhomogeneous, explicit membrane environment, where the pore water and the hydrogen bonds between Trp side-chains and lipid-head groups have a role to further stabilize the beta(6.3)-helix conformation. PMID:19894978

  8. The structure of an integral membrane peptide: a deuterium NMR study of gramicidin.

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    Prosser, R S; Daleman, S I; Davis, J H

    1994-01-01

    Solid state deuterium NMR was employed on oriented multilamellar dispersions consisting of 1,2-dilauryl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine and deuterium (2H) exchange-labeled gramicidin D, at a lipid to protein molar ratio (L/P) of 15:1, in order to study the dynamic structure of the channel conformation of gramicidin in a liquid crystalline phase. The corresponding spectra were used to discriminate between several structural models for the channel structure of gramicidin (based on the left- and right-handed beta 6.3 LD helix) and other models based on a structure obtained from high resolution NMR. The oriented spectrum is complicated by the fact that many of the doublets, corresponding to the 20 exchangeable sites, partially overlap. Furthermore, the asymmetry parameter, eta, of the electric field gradient tensor of the amide deuterons is large (approximately 0.2) and many of the amide groups are involved in hydrogen bonding, which is known to affect the quadrupole coupling constant. In order to account for these complications in simulating the spectra in the fast motional regime, an ab initio program called Gaussian 90 was employed, which permitted us to calculate, by quantum mechanical means, the complete electric field gradient tensor for each residue in gramicidin (using two structural models). Our results indicated that the left-handed helical models were inconsistent with our observed spectra, whereas a model based on the high-resolution structure derived by Arseniev and coworkers, but relaxed by a simple energy minimization procedure, was consistent with our observed spectra. The molecular order parameter was then estimated from the motional narrowing assuming the relaxed (right-handed) Arseniev structure. Our resultant order parameter of SZZ = 0.91 translates into an rms angle of 14 degrees, formed by the helix axis and the local bilayer normal. The strong resemblance between our spectra (and also those reported for gramicidin in 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3

  9. Interaction of gramicidin with DPPC/DODAB bilayer fragments.

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    Carvalho, Camilla A; Olivares-Ortega, Constanza; Soto-Arriaza, Marco A; Carmona-Ribeiro, Ana M

    2012-12-01

    The interaction between the antimicrobial peptide gramicidin (Gr) and dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC)/dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) 1:1 large unilamellar vesicles (LVs) or bilayer fragments (BFs) was evaluated by means of several techniques. The major methods were: 1) Gr intrinsic fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy; 2) dynamic light scattering for sizing and zeta-potential analysis; 3) determination of the bilayer phase transition from extrinsic fluorescence of bilayer probes; 4) pictures of the dispersions for evaluation of coloidal stability over a range of time and NaCl concentration. For Gr in LVs, the Gr dimeric channel conformation is suggested from: 1) CD and intrinsic fluorescence spectra similar to those in trifluoroethanol (TFE); 2) KCl or glucose permeation through the LVs/Gr bilayer. For Gr in BFs, the intertwined dimeric, non-channel Gr conformation is evidenced by CD and intrinsic fluorescence spectra similar to those in ethanol. Both LVs and BFs shield Gr tryptophans against quenching by acrylamide but the Stern-Volmer quenching constant was slightly higher for Gr in BFs confirming that the peptide is more exposed to the water phase in BFs than in LVs. The DPPC/DODAB/Gr supramolecular assemblies may predict the behavior of other antimicrobial peptides in assemblies with lipids. PMID:22960286

  10. Comment on ``Free energy simulations of single and double ion occupancy in gramicidin A'' [J. Chem. Phys. 126, 105103 (2007)

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    Roux, Benoît; Andersen, Olaf S.; Allen, Toby W.

    2008-06-01

    In a recent article published by Bastug and Kuyucak [J. Chem. Phys.126, 105103 (2007)] investigated the microscopic factors affecting double ion occupancy in the gramicidin channel. The analysis relied largely on the one-dimensional potential of mean force of ions along the axis of the channel (the so-called free energy profile of the ion along the channel axis), as well as on the calculation of the equilibrium association constant of the ions in the channel binding sites. It is the purpose of this communication to clarify this issue.

  11. Triple-barrel structure of inwardly rectifying K+ channels revealed by Cs+ and Rb+ block in guinea-pig heart cells.

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    Matsuda, H; Matsuura, H; Noma, A

    1989-06-01

    1. The hypothesis that the inwardly rectifying K+ channel consists of a triple-barrel structure was investigated. Inward currents were recorded under the blocking effects of external Cs+ or Rb+ in the cell-attached configuration of the patch-clamp technique using single ventricular cells enzymatically isolated from guinea-pig hearts. 2. Cs+ (10-100 microM) or Rb+ (20-100 microM) added to the 150 mM-K+ pipette solution induced rapid open-blocked transitions in the inward open-channel currents. In about 20% of experiments the inward current showed two intermediate current levels equally spaced between the unit amplitude and the zero-conductance level. The current fluctuated between these four levels. In the remaining experiments no obvious sublevels were observed except spontaneous ones, whose amplitudes were not always equal to one-third or two-thirds of the unit amplitude. 3. In experiments showing sublevels, the probability that the open-channel current stayed at each level was measured at various concentrations of blockers and membrane potentials. In both Cs+ and Rb+ block, the distribution of the current levels showed reasonable agreement with the binomial theorem. This finding suggests that the inwardly rectifying K+ channel is composed of three equally conductive subunits and each subunit is independently blocked by Cs+ or Rb+. 4. The dwell-time histogram in each substate was well fitted with a single-exponential function. On the assumption of the binomial model, the blocking (mu) and unblocking (lambda) rate for Cs+ and Rb+ were calculated. The value of mu was linearly proportional to the concentration of the blocking ion at a given membrane potential and increased with hyperpolarization (e-fold increase with a change of -43.5 mV in the Cs+ block). lambda was almost independent of the concentration of the blocking ion and less dependent on the membrane potential than mu. 5. The open and blocked times were calculated in experiments showing no clear sublevels

  12. Response to ``Comment on `Free energy simulations of single and double ion occupancy in gramicidin A' '' [J. Chem. Phys. 128, 227101 (2008)

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    Baştuğ, Turgut; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2008-06-01

    We respond to the criticism that one-dimensional (1D) construction of the potential of mean force (PMF) of ions in channels is flowed. Comparison of the 1D PMF results in the gramicidin A channel with independent free energy difference calculations obtained by using the free energy perturbation and thermodynamic integration methods shows complete agreement, thus providing a justifications for the 1D PMF approximation.

  13. Deuterium NMR Studies of the Structure and Dynamics of Gramicidin.

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    Hing, Andrew William

    1990-01-01

    The structure and dynamics of the membrane peptide gramicidin are investigated by deuterium NMR. A specific structural and dynamical question about the peptide backbone of gramicidin is investigated by deuterating the alpha carbon of the third alanine residue. Deuterium NMR experiments performed on this analog in oriented lipid bilayers indicate that the c_alpha- ^2H bond makes an angle relative to the helical axis that is in agreement with the bond angle predicted by the beta^{6.3} helical model. A second structural and dynamical question about the peptide backbone of gramicidin is investigated by deuterating the formyl group of two different analogs. Deuterium NMR experiments performed on these analogs show that the spectra of the two analogs are very similar. However, the analog possessing D-leucine as the second residue also appears to exist in a second, minor conformation which does not seem to exist for the analog possessing glycine as the second residue.

  14. NQRS Data for Gramicidin A (Subst. No. 2507)

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    Chihara, H.; Nakamura, N.

    This document is part of Subvolume B 'Substances Containing C10H16 … Zn' of Volume 48 'Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy Data' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains an extract of Section '3.2 Data tables' of the Chapter '3 Nuclear quadrupole resonance data' providing the NQRS data for Gramicidin A (Subst. No. 2507)

  15. Molecular dynamics study of electrostatic potential along lipid bilayer with gramicidin A

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    Saito, Hiroaki; Nishimura, Megumi; Takagi, Hiroyuki; Miyakawa, Takeshi; Kawaguchi, Kazutomo; Nagao, Hidemi

    2013-02-01

    The structure and electrostatic potential profile of the DMPC lipid bilayers with a gramicidin A (GA) were studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The MD simulation reproduced the effect of GA on the membrane structure; the area per lipid decreases and membrane thickness increases, and the observed membrane structures correspond to the experimental data. The polar headgroup of lipid was found to orient toward the membrane normal as the lipid approaches the GA. The observed electrostatic potential map showed that the electrostatic potential around the region of GA gate was lower than the others at the same level of the membrane normal and the values of electrostatic potential in the pore region of GA were negative. These results indicate that a cation in the aqueous region of membrane can be electrostatically led to the GA entrance and penetrate the GA channel following the gradient of ion concentration.

  16. Enhancement of linear gramicidin expression from Bacillus brevis ATCC 8185 by casein peptide.

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    Nakai, Tomonori; Yamauchi, Daisuke; Kubota, Kou

    2005-04-01

    Bacillus brevis (Brevibacillus parabrevis) ATCC 8185 synthesizes two kinds of antibiotic peptides, cyclopeptide tyrocidine and linear gramicidin. The production of linear gramicidin can be induced by the standard method (using a skim milk medium for pre-culture and beef broth for the main culture) employed for the induction of tyrocidine. In this study, we tried to determine the optimal growth medium for B. brevis ATCC 8185 for synthesizing linear gramicidin. The yield of linear gramicidin produced by the standard method was 3.11 microg/ml. When beef broth was used both as the pre-medium and the main medium, the yield of the antibiotic was only 0.59 microg/ml. To confirm the influence of skim milk, the strain was grown in a 1% skim milk medium. As a result, the amount of linear gramicidin produced reached 20.3 microg/ml. These findings show the importance of skim milk in the production of linear gramicidin. In the skim milk medium, the cells produced an extracellular protease 2 h before the linear gramicidin was expressed. The 1% skim milk medium pretreated by this protease did not allow the induction of linear gramicidin into the cells, and protease activity was not detected in the supernatant of the culture. When the cells were cultivated in a 1% egg albumin medium, protease activity from the supernatant of the culture was detected, but production of linear gramicidin was not observed. Therefore, a 1% casein medium was used for production of linear gramicidin. As a result, the yield of linear gramicidin produced in the medium reached 6.69 microg/ml. We concluded that a digested product of the extracellular protease from casein enhances linear gramicidin production. PMID:15849407

  17. Gramicidin conformational changes during riboflavin photosensitized oxidation in solution and the effect of N-methylation of tryptophan residues.

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    Fuentealba, Denis; López, Jhon J; Palominos, Marco; Salas, Cristian O; Soto-Arriaza, Marco A

    2015-04-01

    In the present work, we evaluated the role of gramicidin conformation in its photosensitized oxidation in organic solvents when irradiated in the presence of riboflavin. Gramicidin conformation has been described as monomeric in trifluoroethanol and as an intertwined dimer in methanol. Gramicidin showed extensive photo-oxidation upon irradiation in the presence of riboflavin in both solvents, and tryptophan residues were identified to be involved. We synthesized a gramicidin derivative methylated at position 1 of the indole ring of tryptophan to assess its effect on gramicidin conformation and photo-oxidation. Methylated gramicidin showed very similar absorption and emission spectra to gramicidin, but different conformations were identified by circular dichroism spectra. Upon irradiation, N-methylated tryptophan residues in the gramicidin derivative were not easily photo-oxidized by riboflavin compared to gramicidin. Circular dichroism spectra for gramicidin in methanol changed significantly upon irradiation in the presence of riboflavin indicating a change in conformation, while in trifluoroethanol no such changes were observed. Time-resolved fluorescence and anisotropy studies showed that oxidized gramicidin in methanol had shorter fluorescence lifetimes and a shorter rotational correlation time compared to non-irradiated gramicidin. Additionally, SDS-PAGE analysis showed a marked change in the electrophoretic pattern, whereas the high-molecular-weight bands disappeared upon irradiation. We interpret all these results in terms of a riboflavin photosensitized shift in gramicidin conformation from intertwined to monomeric. PMID:25611022

  18. Anomalous volume change of gramicidin A in ethanol solutions

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    Derechin, M.; Hayashi, D. M.; Jordan, B. E.

    1975-01-01

    Results of studies aimed at clarifying the failure of gramicidin A (GA) to sediment in early experiments are analyzed. In the present work, no sedimentation was observed in pure pentanol or ethanol, while normal sedimentation was observed in ethanol-water mixtures. It is concluded that GA exists in two conformations that differ in volume. Since the apparent specific volume in absolute ethanol sinks to its lowest values on increasing concentration, the GA molecule probably unfolds completely in conditions favorable for dimerization.

  19. Molecular Dynamics Simulated Annealing Study of Gramicidin A in Water and the Hydrophobic Environment

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    Mori, Takaharu; Okamoto, Yuko

    2008-03-01

    Gramicidin A is a hydrophobic 15-residue peptide with alternating D- and L-amino acids, and it forms various conformations depending on its environment. For example, gramicidin A adopts a random coil or helical conformations, such as &4.4circ;-helix, &6.3circ;-helix, and double-stranded helix in organic solvents. To investigate the structural and dynamical properties of gramicidin A in water and the hydrophobic environment, we performed molecular dynamics simulated annealing simulations with implicit solvent based on a generalized Born model. From the simulations, it was found that gramicidin A has a strong tendency to form a random-coil structure in water, while in the hydrophobic environment it becomes compact and can fold into right- and left-handed conformations of β-helix structures. We discuss the folding mechanism of the β-helix conformation of gramicidin A.

  20. Gramicidin S production by Bacillus brevis in simulated microgravity

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    Fang, A.; Pierson, D. L.; Mishra, S. K.; Koenig, D. W.; Demain, A. L.

    1997-01-01

    In a continuing study of microbial secondary metabolism in simulated microgravity, we have examined gramicidin S (GS) production by Bacillus brevis strain Nagano in NASA High Aspect Rotating Vessels (HARVs), which are designed to simulate some aspects of microgravity. Growth and GS production were found to occur under simulated microgravity. When performance under simulated microgravity was compared with that under normal gravity conditions in the bioreactors, GS production was found to be unaffected by simulated microgravity. The repressive effect of glycerol in flask fermentations was not observed in the HARV. Thus the negative effect of glycerol on specific GS formation is dependent on shear and/or vessel geometry, not gravity.

  1. Novel gramicidin formulations in cationic lipid as broad-spectrum microbicidal agents

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    Ragioto, Danielle AMT; Carrasco, Letícia DM; Carmona-Ribeiro, Ana M

    2014-01-01

    Dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) is an antimicrobial lipid that can be dispersed as large closed bilayers (LV) or bilayer disks (BF). Gramicidin (Gr) is an antimicrobial peptide assembling as channels in membranes and increasing their permeability towards cations. In mammalian cells, DODAB and Gr have the drawbacks of Gram-positive resistance and high toxicity, respectively. In this study, DODAB bilayers incorporating Gr showed good antimicrobial activity and low toxicity. Techniques employed were spectroscopy, photon correlation spectroscopy for sizing and evaluation of the surface potential at the shear plane, turbidimetric detection of dissipation of osmotic gradients in LV/Gr, determination of bacterial cell lysis, and counting of colony-forming units. There was quantitative incorporation of Gr and development of functional channels in LV. Gr increased the bilayer charge density in LV but did not affect the BF charge density, with localization of Gr at the BF borders. DODAB/Gr formulations substantially reduce Gr toxicity against eukaryotic cells and advantageously broaden the antimicrobial activity spectrum, effectively killing Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria with occurrence of cell lysis. PMID:25061295

  2. Diffusion constant of K+ inside Gramicidin A: A comparative study of four computational methods

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    Mamonov, Artem B.; Kurnikova, Maria G.; Coalson, Rob D.

    2007-01-01

    The local diffusion constant of K+ inside the Gramicidin A (GA) channel has been calculated using four computational methods based on molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, specifically: Mean Square Displacement (MSD), Velocity Autocorrelation Function (VACF), Second Fluctuation Dissipation Theorem (SFDT) and analysis of the Generalized Langevin Equation for a Harmonic Oscillator (GLE-HO). All methods were first tested and compared for K+ in bulk water—all predicted the correct diffusion constant. Inside GA, MSD and VACF methods were found to be unreliable because they are biased by the systematic force exerted by the membrane-channel system on the ion. SFDT and GLE-HO techniques properly unbias the influence of the systematic force on the diffusion properties and predicted a similar diffusion constant of K+ inside GA, namely, ca. 10 times smaller than in the bulk. It was found that both SFDT and GLE-HO methods require extensive MD sampling on the order of tens of nanoseconds to predict a reliable diffusion constant of K+ inside GA. PMID:16797116

  3. Simulation of voltage-driven hydrated cation transport through narrow transmembrane channels.

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    Skerra, A; Brickmann, J

    1987-01-01

    Molecular dynamics studies for the voltage-driven transport of the alkali metal ions lithium, sodium, and potassium through gramicidin A-type channels filled with water molecules are presented. The number of water molecules in the channel is obtained from a previous study (Skerra, A., and J. Brickmann, 1987, Biophys. J., 51:969-976). It is shown that the selectivity of the intrachannel ion diffusion through our model pore conforms to the experimentally observed selectivity of the gramicidin A channel. It is demonstrated that the number of water molecules in the channel plays a key role for the selectivity. PMID:2440486

  4. Computational Investigation of the Effect of Lipid Membranes on Ion Permeation in Gramicidin A

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    Setiadi, Jeffry; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2016-01-01

    Membrane proteins are embedded in a lipid bilayer and interact with the lipid molecules in subtle ways. This can be studied experimentally by examining the effect of different lipid bilayers on the function of membrane proteins. Understanding the causes of the functional effects of lipids is difficult to dissect experimentally but more amenable to a computational approach. Here we perform molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations to study the effect of two lipid types (POPC and NODS) on the conductance of the gramicidin A (gA) channel. A larger energy barrier is found for the K+ potential of mean force in gA embedded in POPC compared to that in NODS, which is consistent with the enhanced experimental conductance of cations in gA embedded in NODS. Further analysis of the contributions to the potential energy of K+ reveals that gA and water molecules in gA make similar contributions in both bilayers but there are significant differences between the two bilayers when the lipid molecules and interfacial waters are considered. It is shown that the stronger dipole moments of the POPC head groups create a thicker layer of interfacial waters with better orientation, which ultimately is responsible for the larger energy barrier in the K+ PMF in POPC. PMID:26999229

  5. Kinetics profiling of gramicidin S synthetase A, a member of nonribosomal peptide synthetases.

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    Sun, Xun; Li, Hao; Alfermann, Jonas; Mootz, Henning D; Yang, Haw

    2014-12-23

    Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) incorporate assorted amino acid substrates into complex natural products. The substrate is activated via the formation of a reactive aminoacyl adenylate and is subsequently attached to the protein template via a thioester bond. The reactive nature of such intermediates, however, leads to side reactions that also break down the high-energy anhydride bond. The off-pathway kinetics or their relative weights compared to that of the on-pathway counterpart remains generally elusive. Here, we introduce multiplatform kinetics profiling to quantify the relative weights of on- and off-pathway reactions. Using the well-defined stoichiometry of thioester formation, we integrate a mass spectrometry (MS) kinetics assay, a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) assay, and an ATP-pyrophosphate (PPi) exchange assay to map out a highly efficient on-pathway kinetics profile of the substrate activation and intermediate uploading (>98% relative weight) for wide-type gramicidin S synthetase A (GrsA) and a 87% rate profile for a cysteine-free GrsA mutant. Our kinetics profiling approach complements the existing enzyme-coupled byproduct-release assays, unraveling new mechanistic insights of substrate activation/channeling in NRPS enzymes. PMID:25437123

  6. Computational Investigation of the Effect of Lipid Membranes on Ion Permeation in Gramicidin A.

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    Setiadi, Jeffry; Kuyucak, Serdar

    2016-01-01

    Membrane proteins are embedded in a lipid bilayer and interact with the lipid molecules in subtle ways. This can be studied experimentally by examining the effect of different lipid bilayers on the function of membrane proteins. Understanding the causes of the functional effects of lipids is difficult to dissect experimentally but more amenable to a computational approach. Here we perform molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations to study the effect of two lipid types (POPC and NODS) on the conductance of the gramicidin A (gA) channel. A larger energy barrier is found for the K⁺ potential of mean force in gA embedded in POPC compared to that in NODS, which is consistent with the enhanced experimental conductance of cations in gA embedded in NODS. Further analysis of the contributions to the potential energy of K⁺ reveals that gA and water molecules in gA make similar contributions in both bilayers but there are significant differences between the two bilayers when the lipid molecules and interfacial waters are considered. It is shown that the stronger dipole moments of the POPC head groups create a thicker layer of interfacial waters with better orientation, which ultimately is responsible for the larger energy barrier in the K⁺ PMF in POPC. PMID:26999229

  7. The antimicrobial activity of gramicidin A is associated with hydroxyl radical formation.

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    Liou, Je-Wen; Hung, Yu-Jiun; Yang, Chin-Hao; Chen, Yi-Cheng

    2015-01-01

    Gramicidin A is an antimicrobial peptide that destroys gram-positive bacteria. The bactericidal mechanism of antimicrobial peptides has been linked to membrane permeation and metabolism disruption as well as interruption of DNA and protein functions. However, the exact bacterial killing mechanism of gramicidin A is not clearly understood. In the present study, we examined the antimicrobial activity of gramicidin A on Staphylococcus aureus using biochemical and biophysical methods, including hydroxyl radical and NAD+/NADH cycling assays, atomic force microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Gramicidin A induced membrane permeabilization and changed the composition of the membrane. The morphology of Staphylococcus aureus during gramicidin A destruction was divided into four stages: pore formation, water permeability, bacterial flattening, and lysis. Changes in membrane composition included the destruction of membrane lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates. Most interestingly, we demonstrated that gramicidin A not only caused membrane permeabilization but also induced the formation of hydroxyl radicals, which are a possible end product of the transient depletion of NADH from the tricarboxylic acid cycle. The latter may be the main cause of complete Staphylococcus aureus killing. This new finding may provide insight into the underlying bactericidal mechanism of gA. PMID:25622083

  8. Photosensitizer binding to lipid bilayers as a precondition for the photoinactivation of membrane channels.

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    Rokitskaya, T I; Block, M; Antonenko, Y N; Kotova, E A; Pohl, P

    2000-01-01

    The photodynamic activity of sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanines (AlPcS(n), 1 gramicidin channels, as revealed by measurements of the electric current across planar lipid bilayers. The increase in the degree of sulfonation of phthalocyanine progressively reduced its affinity for the lipid bilayer as well as its potency of sensitizing gramicidin channel photoinactivation. The portion of photoinactivated gramicidin channels, alpha, increased with rising photosensitizer concentration up to some optimum. The concentration at which alpha was at half-maximum amounted to 80 nM, 30 nM, 200 nM, and 2 microM for AlPcS(1), AlPcS(2), AlPcS(3), and AlPcS(4), respectively. At high concentrations alpha was found to decrease, which was attributed to quenching of reactive oxygen species and self-quenching of the photosensitizer triplet state by its ground state. Fluoride anions were observed to inhibit both AlPcS(n) (2 gramicidin channels. It is concluded that photosensitizer binding to membrane lipids is a prerequisite for the photodynamic inactivation of gramicidin channels. PMID:10777753

  9. Conformation of gramicidin A in Triton X-100 micelles from CD and FTIR data: a clean example of antiparallel double β5.6 helix formation.

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    Sychev, Sergei V; Barsukov, Leonid I; Ivanov, Vadim T

    2013-07-01

    The linear peptide gramicidin A (gA) forms prototypical ion channels specific for monovalent cations and has been extensively used to study the organization and dynamics of membrane channels. This polymorphic peptide can adopt two different types of structures, the helical dimer β6.3 ('channel state') and the double helical structure with two intertwined monomers. The structure of gA in micelles of detergent Triton X-100 has been studied using CD, Fourier transform infrared, and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results obtained demonstrate that only one thermodynamically stable gA structure, the antiparallel left-handed double helix β5.6, is formed in this membrane-mimetic environment. The position of the tryptophan fluorescence maximum at 332 nm is the same as that in phospholipid membranes. The causative factors governing the double helix formation in the micellar medium are discussed on the basis of known physicochemical properties of Triton X-100. PMID:23712944

  10. A combination of curcumin with either gramicidin or ouabain selectively kills cells that express the multidrug resistance-linked ABCG2 transporter.

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    Rao, Divya K; Liu, Haiyan; Ambudkar, Suresh V; Mayer, Michael

    2014-11-01

    This paper introduces a strategy to kill selectively multidrug-resistant cells that express the ABCG2 transporter (also called breast cancer resistance protein, or BCRP). The approach is based on specific stimulation of ATP hydrolysis by ABCG2 transporters with subtoxic doses of curcumin combined with stimulation of ATP hydrolysis by Na(+),K(+)-ATPase with subtoxic doses of gramicidin A or ouabain. After 72 h of incubation with the drug combinations, the resulting overconsumption of ATP by both pathways inhibits the efflux activity of ABCG2 transporters, leads to depletion of intracellular ATP levels below the viability threshold, and kills resistant cells selectively over cells that lack ABCG2 transporters. This strategy, which was also tested on a clinically relevant human breast adenocarcinoma cell line (MCF-7/FLV1), exploits the overexpression of ABCG2 transporters and induces caspase-dependent apoptotic cell death selectively in resistant cells. This work thus introduces a novel strategy to exploit collateral sensitivity (CS) with a combination of two clinically used compounds that individually do not exert CS. Collectively, this work expands the current knowledge on ABCG2-mediated CS and provides a potential strategy for discovery of CS drugs against drug-resistant cancer cells. PMID:25253691

  11. Ion fluxes through nanopores and transmembrane channels

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    Bordin, J. R.; Diehl, A.; Barbosa, M. C.; Levin, Y.

    2012-03-01

    We introduce an implicit solvent Molecular Dynamics approach for calculating ionic fluxes through narrow nanopores and transmembrane channels. The method relies on a dual-control-volume grand-canonical molecular dynamics (DCV-GCMD) simulation and the analytical solution for the electrostatic potential inside a cylindrical nanopore recently obtained by Levin [Europhys. Lett.EULEEJ0295-507510.1209/epl/i2006-10240-4 76, 163 (2006)]. The theory is used to calculate the ionic fluxes through an artificial transmembrane channel which mimics the antibacterial gramicidin A channel. Both current-voltage and current-concentration relations are calculated under various experimental conditions. We show that our results are comparable to the characteristics associated to the gramicidin A pore, especially the existence of two binding sites inside the pore and the observed saturation in the current-concentration profiles.

  12. Direct coupled-channels deperturbation analysis of the A{sup 1}Σ{sup +} ∼ b{sup 3}Π complex in LiCs with experimental accuracy

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    Kowalczyk, P.; Jastrzebski, W.; Szczepkowski, J.

    2015-06-21

    We have carried out the direct deperturbation analysis of about 780 rovibronic term values of the strongly spin-orbit (SO) coupled A{sup 1}Σ{sup +} and b{sup 3}Π states of the {sup 7}Li{sup 133}Cs molecule recorded by polarization labelling spectroscopy technique. The explicit A{sup 1}Σ{sup +} ∼ b{sup 3}Π{sub Ω=0,1,2} coupled-channels treatment allowed us to reproduce 95% experimental term values with a standard deviation of 0.05 cm{sup −1} which is close to the accuracy of the present experiment. The initial potential energy curves (PECs) of the mutually perturbed states and SO matrix elements were ab initio evaluated in the basis of the spin-averaged wave functions. The empirically refined PECs and SO functions, along with the theoretical transition dipole moments, were used to predict energy and radiative properties of the A ∼ b complex for low J levels of both {sup 7}Li{sup 133}Cs and {sup 6}Li{sup 133}Cs isotopologues. The reasonable candidates for the stimulated Raman transitions between initial Feshbach resonance states, the mixed levels of the A ∼ b complex, and absolute ground X{sup 1}Σ{sup +} (v = 0 and J = 0) state were identified.

  13. Gramicidin-mediated currents at very low permeant ion concentrations.

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    Hainsworth, A H; Hladky, S B

    1987-07-01

    Current-voltage relations have been measured for the fluxes of caesium ions through pores formed by gramicidin in lipid bilayer membranes. The ionic currents have been separated from capacitative currents using a bridge circuit with an integrator as null-detector. The conductances during brief voltage pulses were small enough to avoid the effects of diffusion polarization and the ionic strength was raised using choline chloride or magnesium sulfate to reduce the effects of double-layer polarization. Under these conditions the current-voltage relations have the same shape at 0.1 and 1 mM, but different shapes for higher concentrations. These data demonstrate that the fluxes do not obey independence for concentrations above 10 mM, but they cannot be used in isolation to support a particular value of the binding constant. The shape observed at low concentrations suggests that entry of ions into the pore remains weakly potential dependent even at 300 mV. PMID:2440488

  14. Structure, toxicity and antibiotic activity of gramicidin S and derivatives.

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    Swierstra, J; Kapoerchan, V; Knijnenburg, A; van Belkum, A; Overhand, M

    2016-05-01

    Development of new antibiotics is declining whereas antibiotic resistance is rising, heralding a post-antibiotic era. Antimicrobial peptides such as gramicidin S (GS), exclusively topically used due to its hemolytic side-effect, could still be interesting as therapeutic compounds. By modifying the amino-acid composition of GS, we synthesized GS analogues. We now show that derivative VK7 has a lower MIC (7.8-31.2 μg/ml, median 15.6 μg/ml) against strains of multi-drug resistant (MDR) Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa than GS has (3.9-62.5 μg/ml, median 31.3 μg/ml). Low MICs for both VK7 and GS were observed for Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium. VK7 showed reduced haemolysis and less lactate dehydrogenase release. All compounds were fully bactericidal at MIC values. Modification of GS enables production of novel derivatives potentially useful for systemic treatment of human infections. PMID:26886453

  15. N-terminally glutamate-substituted analogue of gramicidin A as protonophore and selective mitochondrial uncoupler.

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    Sorochkina, Alexandra I; Plotnikov, Egor Y; Rokitskaya, Tatyana I; Kovalchuk, Sergei I; Kotova, Elena A; Sychev, Sergei V; Zorov, Dmitry B; Antonenko, Yuri N

    2012-01-01

    Limited uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation could be beneficial for cells by preventing excessive generation of reactive oxygen species. Typical uncouplers are weak organic acids capable of permeating across membranes with a narrow gap between efficacy and toxicity. Aimed at designing a nontoxic uncoupler, the protonatable amino acid residue Glu was substituted for Val at the N-terminus of the pentadecapeptide gramicidin A (gA). The modified peptide [Glu1]gA exhibited high uncoupling activity in isolated mitochondria, in particular, abolishing membrane potential at the inner mitochondrial membrane with the same or even larger efficacy as gA. With mitochondria in cell culture, the depolarizing activity of [Glu1]gA was observed at concentrations by an order of magnitude lower than those of gA. On the contrary, [Glu1]gA was much less potent in forming proton channels in planar lipid bilayers than gA. Remarkably, at uncoupling concentrations, [Glu1]gA did not alter cell morphology and was nontoxic in MTT test, in contrast to gA showing high toxicity. The difference in the behavior of [Glu1]gA and gA in natural and artificial membranes could be ascribed to increased capability of [Glu1]gA to permeate through membranes and/or redistribute between different membranes. Based on the protective role of mild uncoupling, [Glu1]gA and some other proton-conducting gA analogues may be considered as prototypes of prospective therapeutic agents. PMID:22911866

  16. N-Terminally Glutamate-Substituted Analogue of Gramicidin A as Protonophore and Selective Mitochondrial Uncoupler

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    Sorochkina, Alexandra I.; Plotnikov, Egor Y.; Rokitskaya, Tatyana I.; Kovalchuk, Sergei I.; Kotova, Elena A.; Sychev, Sergei V.; Zorov, Dmitry B.; Antonenko, Yuri N.

    2012-01-01

    Limited uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation could be beneficial for cells by preventing excessive generation of reactive oxygen species. Typical uncouplers are weak organic acids capable of permeating across membranes with a narrow gap between efficacy and toxicity. Aimed at designing a nontoxic uncoupler, the protonatable amino acid residue Glu was substituted for Val at the N-terminus of the pentadecapeptide gramicidin A (gA). The modified peptide [Glu1]gA exhibited high uncoupling activity in isolated mitochondria, in particular, abolishing membrane potential at the inner mitochondrial membrane with the same or even larger efficacy as gA. With mitochondria in cell culture, the depolarizing activity of [Glu1]gA was observed at concentrations by an order of magnitude lower than those of gA. On the contrary, [Glu1]gA was much less potent in forming proton channels in planar lipid bilayers than gA. Remarkably, at uncoupling concentrations, [Glu1]gA did not alter cell morphology and was nontoxic in MTT test, in contrast to gA showing high toxicity. The difference in the behavior of [Glu1]gA and gA in natural and artificial membranes could be ascribed to increased capability of [Glu1]gA to permeate through membranes and/or redistribute between different membranes. Based on the protective role of mild uncoupling, [Glu1]gA and some other proton-conducting gA analogues may be considered as prototypes of prospective therapeutic agents. PMID:22911866

  17. Deuterium NMR of 2HCO-Val1...gramicidin A and 2HCO-Val1-D-Leu2...gramicidin A in oriented DMPC bilayers.

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    Hing, A W; Adams, S P; Silbert, D F; Norberg, R E

    1990-05-01

    Deuterium NMR is used to study the structure and dynamics of the formyl C-2H bond in selectively deuterated gramicidin molecules. Specifically, the functionally different analogues 2HCO-Val1...gramicidin A and 2HCO-Val1-D-Leu2...gramicidin A are studied by 2H NMR so that any conformational or dynamical differences between the two analogues can be correlated with their difference in lifetime. These analogues are first synthesized, purified, and characterized and then incorporated into oriented bilayers of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine sandwiched between glass coverslips. Phosphorous NMR line shapes obtained from these samples are consistent with the presence of the bilayer phase and indicate that the disorder exhibited by the lipid matrix is approximately of the same type and degree for both analogues. Deuterium NMR line shapes obtained from these samples indicate that the motional axis of the formyl group of gramicidin is parallel to the coverslip normal, that the distribution of motional axis orientations has a width of 7-9 degrees, and that a similar, major conformational and dynamical state exists for the formyl C-2H bond of both analogues. In this state, if the only motion present is fast axial rotation, then the experimentally derived angle between the formyl C-2H bond and the motional axis is consistent with the presence of a right-handed, single-stranded, beta 6.3 helical dimer but is not consistent with the presence of a left-handed, single-stranded, beta 6.3 helical dimer. However, if fast axial rotation is not the only motion present, then the left-handed, single-stranded, beta 6.3 helical dimer cannot be absolutely excluded as a possibility. Also, a second, minor conformational and dynamical state appears to be present in the spectrum of 2HCO-Val1-D-Leu2...gramicidin A but is not observed in the spectrum of 2HCO-Val1...gramicidin A. This minor conformational and dynamical state may reflect the presence of monomers, while the major conformational and

  18. Channel

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    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA03693 Channel

    This channel is located south of Iani Chaos.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -10.9N, Longitude 345.5E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  19. Hydrophobic Coupling of Lipid Bilayer Energetics to Channel Function

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    Goforth, Robyn L.; Chi, Aung K.; Greathouse, Denise V.; Providence, Lyndon L.; Koeppe, Roger E.; Andersen, Olaf S.

    2003-01-01

    The hydrophobic coupling between membrane-spanning proteins and the lipid bilayer core causes the bilayer thickness to vary locally as proteins and other “defects” are embedded in the bilayer. These bilayer deformations incur an energetic cost that, in principle, could couple membrane proteins to each other, causing them to associate in the plane of the membrane and thereby coupling them functionally. We demonstrate the existence of such bilayer-mediated coupling at the single-molecule level using single-barreled as well as double-barreled gramicidin channels in which two gramicidin subunits are covalently linked by a water-soluble, flexible linker. When a covalently attached pair of gramicidin subunits associates with a second attached pair to form a double-barreled channel, the lifetime of both channels in the assembly increases from hundreds of milliseconds to a hundred seconds—and the conductance of each channel in the side-by-side pair is almost 10% higher than the conductance of the corresponding single-barreled channels. The double-barreled channels are stabilized some 100,000-fold relative to their single-barreled counterparts. This stabilization arises from: first, the local increase in monomer concentration around a single-barreled channel formed by two covalently linked gramicidins, which increases the rate of double-barreled channel formation; and second, from the increased lifetime of the double-barreled channels. The latter result suggests that the two barrels of the construct associate laterally. The underlying cause for this lateral association most likely is the bilayer deformation energy associated with channel formation. More generally, the results suggest that the mechanical properties of the host bilayer may cause the kinetics of membrane protein conformational transitions to depend on the conformational states of the neighboring proteins. PMID:12719487

  20. Gated Ion Channel-Based Biosensor Device

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    Separovic, Frances; Cornell, Bruce A.

    A biosensor device based on the ion channel gramicidin A (gA) incorporated into a bilayer membrane is described. This generic immunosensing device utilizes gA coupled to an antibody and assembled in a lipid membrane. The membrane is chemically tethered to a gold electrode, which reports on changes in the ionic conduction of the lipid bilayer. Binding of a target molecule in the bathing solution to the antibody causes the gramicidin channels to switch from predominantly conducting dimers to predominantly nonconducting monomers. Conventional a.c. impedance spectroscopy between the gold and a counter electrode in the bathing solution is used to measure changes in the ionic conductivity of the membrane. This approach permits the quantitative detection of a range of target species, including bacteria, proteins, toxins, DNA sequences, and drug molecules.

  1. Computer Simulation Studies of Ion Channels at High Temperatures

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    Song, Hyun Deok

    The gramicidin channel is the smallest known biological ion channel, and it exhibits cation selectivity. Recently, Dr. John Cuppoletti's group at the University of Cincinnati showed that the gramicidin channel can function at high temperatures (360 ˜ 380K) with significant currents. This finding may have significant implications for fuel cell technology. In this thesis, we have examined the gramicidin channel at 300K, 330K, and 360K by computer simulation. We have investigated how the temperature affects the current and differences in magnitude of free energy between the two gramicidin forms, the helical dimer (HD) and the double helix (DH). A slight decrease of the free energy barrier inside the gramicidin channel and increased diffusion at high temperatures result in an increase of current. An applied external field of 0.2V/nm along the membrane normal results in directly observable ion transport across the channels at high temperatures for both HD and DH forms. We found that higher temperatures also affect the probability distribution of hydrogen bonds, the bending angle, the distance between dimers, and the size of the pore radius for the helical dimer structure. These findings may be related to the gating of the gramicidin channel. Methanococcus jannaschii (MJ) is a methane-producing thermophile, which was discovered at a depth of 2600m in a Pacific Ocean vent in 1983. It has the ability to thrive at high temperatures and high pressures, which are unfavorable for most life forms. There have been some experiments to study its stability under extreme conditions, but still the origin of the stability of MJ is not exactly known. MJ0305 is the chloride channel protein from the thermophile MJ. After generating a structure of MJ0305 by homology modeling based on the Ecoli ClC templates, we examined the thermal stability, and the network stability from the change of network entropy calculated from the adjacency matrices of the protein. High temperatures increase the

  2. Peptide-induced membrane leakage by lysine derivatives of gramicidin A in liposomes, planar bilayers, and erythrocytes.

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    Sorochkina, Alexandra I; Kovalchuk, Sergei I; Omarova, Elena O; Sobko, Alexander A; Kotova, Elena A; Antonenko, Yuri N

    2013-11-01

    Introducing a charged group near the N-terminus of gramicidin A (gA) is supposed to suppress its ability to form ion channels by restricting its head-to-head dimerization. The present study dealt with the activity of [Lys1]gA, [Lys3]gA, [Glu1]gA, [Glu3]gA, [Lys2]gA, and [Lys5]gA in model membrane systems (planar lipid bilayers and liposomes) and erythrocytes. In contrast to the Glu-substituted peptides, the lysine derivatives of gA caused non-specific liposomal leakage monitored by fluorescence dequenching of lipid vesicles loaded with carboxyfluorescein or other fluorescent dyes. Measurements of electrical current through a planar lipid membrane revealed formation of giant pores by Lys-substituted analogs, which depended on the presence of solvent in the bilayer lipid membrane. The efficacy of unselective pore formation in liposomes depended on the position of the lysine residue in the amino acid sequence, increasing in the row: [Lys2]gA<[Lys5]gA<[Lys1]gA<[Lys3]gA. The similar series of potency was exhibited by the Lys-substituted gA analogs in facilitating erythrocyte hemolysis, whereas the Glu-substituted analogs showed negligible hemolytic activity. Oligomerization of the Lys-substituted peptides is suggested to be involved in the process of nonselective pore formation. PMID:23806648

  3. Equilibrium binding constants for Tl+ with gramicidins A, B and C in a lysophosphatidylcholine environment determined by 205Tl nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Hinton, J F; Koeppe, R E; Shungu, D; Whaley, W L; Paczkowski, J A; Millett, F S

    1986-01-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) 205Tl spectroscopy has been used to monitor the binding of Tl+ to gramicidins A, B, and C packaged in aqueous dispersions of lysophosphatidylcholine. For 5 mM gramicidin dimer in the presence of 100 mM lysophosphatidylcholine, only approximately 50% or less of the gramicidin appears to be accessible to Tl+. Analysis of the 205Tl chemical shift as a function of Tl+ concentration over the 0.65-50 mM range indicates that only one Tl+ ion can be bound by gramicidin A, B, or C under these experimental conditions. In this system, the Tl+ equilibrium binding constant is 582 +/- 20 M-1 for gramicidin 1949 +/- 100 M-1 for gramicidin B, and 390 +/- 20 M-1 for gramicidin C. Gramicidin B not only binds Tl+ more strongly but it is also in a different conformational state than that of A and C, as shown by Circular Dichroism spectroscopy. The 205Tl NMR technique can now be extended to determinations of binding constants of other cations to gramicidin by competition studies using a 205Tl probe. PMID:2420383

  4. The Gramicidin Dimer Shows Both EX1 and EX2 Mechanisms of H/D Exchange

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    Chitta, Raghu K.; Rempel, Don L.; Gross, Michael L.

    2009-01-01

    We describe the use of H/D amide exchange and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry to study, in organic solvents, the pentadecapeptide gramicidin as a model for protein self association. In methanol-OD, all active H’s in the peptide exchange for D within 5 min, indicating a monomer/dimer equilibrium that is shifted towards the fast-exchanging monomer. H/D exchange in n-propanol-OD, however, showed a partially protected gramicidin that slowly converts to a second species that exchanges nearly all the active hydrogens, indicating EX1 kinetics for the H/D exchange. We propose that this behavior is the result of slower rate of unfolding in n-propanol compared to that in methanol. The rate constant for the unfolding of the dimer is the rate of disappearance of the partially protected species, and it agrees within a factor of two with a value reported in literature. The rate constant of dimer refolding can be determined from the ratio of the rate constant for unfolding and the affinity constant for the dimer, which we determined in an earlier study. The unfolding activation energy is 20 kcal mol-1, determined by performing the exchange experiments as a function of temperature. To study gramicidin in an even more hydrophobic medium than n-propanol, we measured its H/D exchange kinetics in a phospholipids vesicle and found a different H/D amide exchange behavior. Gramicidin is an unusual peptide dimer that can exhibit both EX1 and EX2 mechanisms for its H/D exchange, depending on the solvent. PMID:19631556

  5. The pH-dependent induction of lipid membrane ionic permeability by N-terminally lysine-substituted analogs of gramicidin A.

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    Rokitskaya, Tatyana I; Sorochkina, Alexandra I; Kovalchuk, Sergey I; Egorova, Natalya S; Kotova, Elena A; Sychev, Sergey V; Antonenko, Yuri N

    2012-02-01

    Insertion of charged groups at the N-terminus of the gramicidin A (gA) amino acid sequence is considered to be fatal for peptide channel-forming activity because of hindrance to the head-to-head dimer formation. Here the induction of ionic conductivity in planar bilayer lipid membranes (BLM) was studied with gA analogs having lysine either in the first ([Lys1]gA) or the third ([Lys3]gA) position. If added to the bathing solution at neutral or acidic pH, these analogs, being protonated and thus positively charged, were unable to induce ionic current across BLM. By contrast, at pH 11 the induction of BLM conductivity was observed with both lysine-substituted analogs. Based on the dependence of the macroscopic current on the side of the peptide addition, sensitivity to calcium ions and susceptibility to sensitized photoinactivation, as well as on the single-channel properties of the analogs, we surmise that at alkaline pH [Lys1]gA formed channels with predominantly single-stranded structure of head-to-head helical dimers, whereas [Lys3]gA open channels had the double-stranded helical structure. CD spectra of the lysine-substituted analogs in liposomes were shown to be pH-dependent. PMID:22042158

  6. Distinguishing gramicidin D conformers through two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of vibrational excitons

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    Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    Gramicidin D is a short peptide which dimerizes to form helical pores, adopting one of two conformations in the process. These conformations differ primarily in number of residues per turn and the hydrogen-bond registry between rungs of the helix. Using amide I 2D infrared (IR) and FTIR, we have demonstrated that it is possible to distinguish between the different conformers of gramicidin D in solution. We show that the spectra observed for this helical peptide bear no resemblance to the spectra of α- or 310-helices and that while the FTIR spectra appear similar to spectra of β-sheets, 2D IR reveals that the observed resonances arise from vibrational modes unlike those observed in β-sheets. We also present an idealized model which reproduces the experimental data with high fidelity. This model is able to explain the polarization-dependence of the experimental 2D IR data. Using this model, we show the coupling between the rungs of the helix dominates the spectra, and as a consequence of this, the number of residues per turn can greatly influence the amide I spectra of gramicidin D. PMID:26049444

  7. Distinguishing gramicidin D conformers through two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of vibrational excitons

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    Stevenson, Paul; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-06-01

    Gramicidin D is a short peptide which dimerizes to form helical pores, adopting one of two conformations in the process. These conformations differ primarily in number of residues per turn and the hydrogen-bond registry between rungs of the helix. Using amide I 2D infrared (IR) and FTIR, we have demonstrated that it is possible to distinguish between the different conformers of gramicidin D in solution. We show that the spectra observed for this helical peptide bear no resemblance to the spectra of α- or 310-helices and that while the FTIR spectra appear similar to spectra of β-sheets, 2D IR reveals that the observed resonances arise from vibrational modes unlike those observed in β-sheets. We also present an idealized model which reproduces the experimental data with high fidelity. This model is able to explain the polarization-dependence of the experimental 2D IR data. Using this model, we show the coupling between the rungs of the helix dominates the spectra, and as a consequence of this, the number of residues per turn can greatly influence the amide I spectra of gramicidin D.

  8. Gramicidin Alters the Lipid Compositions of Liquid-Ordered and Liquid-Disordered Membrane Domains

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    Hassan-Zadeh, Ebrahim; Huang, Juyang

    2012-10-01

    The effects of adding 1 mol % of gramicidin A to the well-known DOPC/DSPC/cholesterol lipid mixtures were investigated. 4-component giant unilamellar vesicles (GUV) were prepared using our recently developed Wet-Film method. The phase boundary of liquid-ordered and liquid-disordered (Lo-Ld) coexisting region was determined using video fluorescence microscopy. We found that if cares were not taken, light-induced domain artifacts could significantly distort the measured phase boundary. After testing several fluorescence dyes, we found that the emission spectrum of Nile Red is quite sensitive to membrane composition. By fitting the Nile Red emission spectra at the phase boundary to the spectra in the Lo-Ld coexisting region, the thermodynamic tie-lines were determined. As an active component of lipid membranes, gramicidin not only partitions favorably into the liquid-disordered (Ld) phase, it also alters the phase boundary and thermodynamic tie-lines. Even at as low as 1 mol %, gramicidin decreases the cholesterol mole fraction of Ld phase and increases the area of Lo phase.

  9. Distinguishing gramicidin D conformers through two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of vibrational excitons.

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    Stevenson, Paul; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2015-06-01

    Gramicidin D is a short peptide which dimerizes to form helical pores, adopting one of two conformations in the process. These conformations differ primarily in number of residues per turn and the hydrogen-bond registry between rungs of the helix. Using amide I 2D infrared (IR) and FTIR, we have demonstrated that it is possible to distinguish between the different conformers of gramicidin D in solution. We show that the spectra observed for this helical peptide bear no resemblance to the spectra of α- or 310-helices and that while the FTIR spectra appear similar to spectra of β-sheets, 2D IR reveals that the observed resonances arise from vibrational modes unlike those observed in β-sheets. We also present an idealized model which reproduces the experimental data with high fidelity. This model is able to explain the polarization-dependence of the experimental 2D IR data. Using this model, we show the coupling between the rungs of the helix dominates the spectra, and as a consequence of this, the number of residues per turn can greatly influence the amide I spectra of gramicidin D. PMID:26049444

  10. Gramicidin S: a peptide model for protein glycation and reversal of glycation using nucleophilic amines.

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    Shakkottai, V G; Sudha, R; Balaram, P

    2002-08-01

    Nonenzymatic glycation of proteins has been implicated in various diabetic complications and age-related disorders. Proteins undergo glycation at the N-terminus or at the epsilon-amino group of lysine residues. Glycation of proteins proceeds through the stages of Schiff base formation, conversion to ketoamine product and advanced glycation end products. Gramicidin S, which has two ornithine residues, was used as a model system to study the various stages of glycation of proteins using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The proximity of two ornithine residues in the peptide favors the glycation reaction. Formation of advanced glycation end products and diglycation on ornithine residues in gramicidin S were observed. The formation of Schiff base adduct is reversible, whereas the Amadori rearrangement to the ketoamine product is irreversible. Nucleophilic amines and hydrazines can deglycate the Schiff base adduct of glucose with peptides and proteins. Hydroxylamine, isonicotinic acid hydrazide and aminoguanidine effectively removed glucose from the Schiff base adduct of gramicidin S. Hydroxylamine is more effective in deglycating the adduct compared with isonicotinic acid hydrazide and aminoguanidine. The observation that the hydrazines are effective in deglycating the Schiff base adduct even in the presence of high concentrations of glucose, may have a possible therapeutic application in preventing complications of diabetes mellitus. Hydrazines may be used to distinguish between the Schiff base and the ketoamine products formed at the initial stages of glycation. PMID:12102724

  11. Vertical profile of 137Cs in soil.

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    Krstić, D; Nikezić, D; Stevanović, N; Jelić, M

    2004-12-01

    In this paper, a vertical distribution of 137Cs in undisturbed soil was investigated experimentally and theoretically. Soil samples were taken from the surroundings of the city of Kragujevac in central Serbia during spring-summer of 2001. The sampling locations were chosen in such a way that the influence of soil characteristics on depth distribution of 137Cs in soil could be investigated. Activity of 137Cs in soil samples was measured using a HpGe detector and multi-channel analyzer. Based on vertical distribution of 137Cs in soil which was measured for each of 10 locations, the diffusion coefficient of 137Cs in soil was determined. In the next half-century, 137Cs will remain as the source of the exposure. Fifteen years after the Chernobyl accident, and more than 30 years after nuclear probes, the largest activity of 137Cs is still within 10 cm of the upper layer of the soil. This result confirms that the penetration of 137Cs in soil is a very slow process. Experimental results were compared with two different Green functions and no major differences were found between them. While both functions fit experimental data well in the upper layer of soil, the fitting is not so good in deeper layers. Although the curves obtained by these two functions are very close to each other, there are some differences in the values of parameters acquired by them. PMID:15388151

  12. Physical origin of selectivity in ionic channels of biological membranes.

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    Laio, A; Torre, V

    1999-01-01

    This paper shows that the selectivity properties of monovalent cation channels found in biological membranes can originate simply from geometrical properties of the inner core of the channel without any critical contribution from electrostatic interactions between the permeating ions and charged or polar groups. By using well-known techniques of statistical mechanics, such as the Langevin equations and Kramer theory of reaction rates, a theoretical equation is provided relating the permeability ratio PB/PA between ions A and B to simple physical properties, such as channel geometry, thermodynamics of ion hydration, and electrostatic interactions between the ion and charged (or polar) groups. Diffusive corrections and recrossing rates are also considered and evaluated. It is shown that the selectivity found in usual K+, gramicidin, Na+, cyclic nucleotide gated, and end plate channels can be explained also in the absence of any charged or polar group. If these groups are present, they significantly change the permeability ratio only if the ion at the selectivity filter is in van der Waals contact with them, otherwise these groups simply affect the channel conductance, lowering the free energy barrier of the same amount for the two ions, thus explaining why single channel conductance, as it is experimentally observed, can be very different in channels sharing the same selectivity sequence. The proposed theory also provides an estimate of channel minimum radius for K+, gramicidin, Na+, and cyclic nucleotide gated channels. PMID:9876129

  13. Tetrahydrofuran amino acid-containing gramicidin S analogues with improved biological profiles.

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    Pal, Sudip; Singh, Gajendra; Singh, Shyam; Tripathi, Jitendra Kumar; Ghosh, Jimut Kanti; Sinha, Sudhir; Ampapathi, Ravi Sankar; Chakraborty, Tushar Kanti

    2015-06-28

    Gramicidin S (GS) is a cyclic cationic antimicrobial peptide (CAP) with a wide spectrum of antibiotic activities whose usage has been limited to topical applications owing to its cytotoxic side effects. We have synthesized tetrahydrofuran amino acid (Taa)-containing GS analogues, and we have carried out conformational analysis and explored their structure activity relationships by evaluating their antitubercular, antibacterial and cytotoxic properties. Two of these analogues showed impressive as well as selective activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) without toxicity towards mammalian Vero cells or human RBCs, and are promising as potential leads. PMID:26008215

  14. Influence of gramicidin on the dynamics of DMPC studied by incoherent elastic neutron scattering

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    Wanderlingh, U.; D'Angelo, G.; Conti Nibali, V.; Gonzalez, M.; Crupi, C.; Mondelli, C.

    2008-03-01

    By using the fixed energy window method in incoherent elastic neutron scattering, molecular motions in the 150 ps timescale in highly oriented multilayers of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) membranes in excess of water (D2O) have been studied as a function of temperature, in the range from 27 to 325 K. The same system in partially deuterated form and with the addition of a pore-forming peptide (gramicidin) has also been investigated. By proper orientation of the membrane plane with respect to the scattering wavevector Q, information on in plane and out of plane motions of lipid membranes have been derived. Two relevant dynamical transitions were observed at T = 297 K and at T = 270 K. The former is related to the structural main transition from gel to liquid phase of the phospholipid bilayer, while the latter is related to a transition of the aqueous solvent. The inclusion of gramicidin shifts the main transition down to 294 K and the second transition up to 276 K. In both cases the observed dynamical transitions show an enhanced mobility in the direction normal to the membrane plane.

  15. Inhibiting mild steel corrosion from sulfate-reducing and iron-oxidizing bacteria using gramicidin-S-producing biofilms.

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    Zuo, Rongjun; Wood, Thomas K

    2004-11-01

    A gramicidin-S-producing Bacillus brevis 18-3 biofilm was shown to reduce corrosion rates of mild steel by inhibiting both the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfosporosinus orientis and the iron-oxidizing bacterium Leptothrix discophora SP-6. When L. discophora SP-6 was introduced along with D. orientis to a non-antimicrobial-producing biofilm control, Paenibacillus polymyxa ATCC 10401, a corrosive synergy was created and mild steel coupons underwent more severe corrosion than when only D. orientis was present, showing a 2.3-fold increase via electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and a 1.8-fold difference via mass-loss measurements. However, when a gramicidin-S-producing, protective B. brevis 18-3 biofilm was established on mild steel, the metal coupons were protected against the simultaneous attack of D. orientis and L. discophora SP-6. EIS data showed that the protective B. brevis 18-3 biofilm decreased the corrosion rate about 20-fold compared with the non-gramicidin-producing P. polymyxa ATCC 10401 biofilm control. The mass loss for the protected mild steel coupons was also significantly lower than that for the unprotected ones (4-fold decrease). Scanning electron microscope images corroborated the corrosion inhibition by the gramicidin-S-producing B. brevis biofilm on mild steel by showing that the metal surface remained untarnished, i.e., the polishing grooves were still visible after exposure to the simultaneous attack of the sulfate-reducing bacterium and the iron-oxidizing bacterium. PMID:15278311

  16. Deuterium NMR of Val1...(2-2H)Ala3...gramicidin A in oriented DMPC bilayers.

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    Hing, A W; Adams, S P; Silbert, D F; Norberg, R E

    1990-05-01

    Deuterium NMR is used to study the selectively labeled Val1...(2-2H)Ala3...gramicidin A molecule to investigate the structure and dynamics of the C alpha-2H bond in the Ala3 residue of gramicidin. Val1...(2-2H)Ala3...gramicidin A is synthesized, purified, and characterized and then incorporated into oriented bilayers of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine sandwiched between glass coverslips. Phosphorus NMR line shapes obtained from this sample are consistent with the presence of the bilayer phase and indicate that no nonbilayer phases are present in significant amounts. Deuterium NMR line shapes obtained from this sample indicate that the motional axis of the gramicidin Ala3 residue is parallel to the coverslip normal, that the distribution of motional axis orientations has a width of 2 degrees, and that only one major conformational and dynamical state of the Ala3 C alpha-2H bond is observed on the NMR time scale. Furthermore, the Ala3 C alpha-2H bond angle relative to the motional axis is 19-20 degrees if fast axial rotation is assumed to be the only motion present but is less than or equal to 19-20 degrees in the absence of such an assumption. This result indicates that various double-stranded, helical dimer models are very unlikely to represent the structure of gramicidin in the sample studied but that the single-stranded, beta 6.3 helical dimer models are consistent with the experimental data. However, a definitive distinction between the left-handed, single-stranded, beta 6.3 helical dimer model and the right-handed, single-stranded, beta 6.3 helical dimer model cannot be made on the basis of the experimental data obtained in this study. PMID:1694457

  17. Complete Genome Sequence of Aneurinibacillus migulanus E1, a Gramicidin S- and d-Phenylalanyl-l-Propyl Diketopiperazine-Deficient Mutant.

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    Belbahri, Lassaad; Alenezi, Faizah N; Luptakova, Lenka; Rateb, Mostafa E; Woodward, Steve

    2015-01-01

    We report here the complete genome sequence of the Aneurinibacillus migulanus E1 mutant deficient in gramicidin S (GS) and d-phenylalanyl-l-propyl diketopiperazine (DKP) formation. The genome consists of a circular chromosome (6,301,904 bp, 43.20% G+C content) without any plasmid. The complete genome sequence enables further investigation of the biosynthetic mechanism and the biological function of gramicidin S. PMID:26679577

  18. Improving CS regulations.

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    Nesse, R.J.; Scheer, R.M.; Marasco, A.L.; Furey, R.

    1980-10-01

    President Carter issued Executive Order 12044 (3/28/78) that required all Federal agencies to distinguish between significant and insignificant regulations, and to determine whether a regulation will result in major impacts. This study gathered information on the impact of the order and the guidelines on the Office of Conservation and Solar Energy (CS) regulatory practices, investigated problems encountered by the CS staff when implementing the order and guidelines, and recommended solutions to resolve these problems. Major tasks accomplished and discussed are: (1) legislation, Executive Orders, and DOE Memoranda concerning Federal administrative procedures relevant to the development and analysis of regulations within CS reviewed; (2) relevant DOE Orders and Memoranda analyzed and key DOE and CS staff interviewed in order to accurately describe the current CS regulatory process; (3) DOE staff from the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Policy and Evaluation, the Office of the Environment, and the Office of the Secretary interviewed to explore issues and problems encountered with current CS regulatory practices; (4) the regulatory processes at five other Federal agencies reviewed in order to see how other agencies have approached the regulatory process, dealt with specific regulatory problems, and responded to the Executive Order; and (5) based on the results of the preceding four tasks, recommendations for potential solutions to the CS regulatory problems developed. (MCW)

  19. Structure and dynamics of one-dimensional ionic solutions in biological transmembrane channels.

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    Skerra, A; Brickmann, J

    1987-01-01

    The structure and dynamics of solvated alkali metal cations in transmembrane channels are treated using the molecular dynamics simulation technique. The simulations are based on a modified Fischer-Brickmann model (Fischer, W., and J. Brickmann, 1983, Biophys. Chem., 18:323-337) for gramicidin A-type channels. The trajectories of all particles in the channel as well as two-dimensional pair correlation functions are analyzed. It is found from the analysis of the stationary simulation state that one-dimensional solvation complexes are formed and that the number of water molecules in the channel varies for different alkali metal cations. PMID:2440485

  20. Lipid bilayer array for simultaneous recording of ion channel activities

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    Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi; Nasu, Tomohiro; Oshima, Azusa; Kimura, Yasuo; Niwano, Michio

    2012-07-01

    This paper describes an array of stable and reduced-solvent bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) formed in microfabricated silicon chips. BLMs were first vertically formed simultaneously and then turned 90° in order to realize a horizontal BLM array. Since the present BLMs are mechanically stable and robust, the BLMs survive this relatively tough process. Typically, a ˜60% yield in simultaneous BLM formation over 9 sites was obtained. Parallel recordings of gramicidin channel activities from different BLMs were demonstrated. The present system has great potential as a platform of BLM-based high throughput drug screening for ion channel proteins.

  1. A preliminary scanning tunnelling microscopy study of the surface-organised structures of gramicidin S hydrochloride on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite.

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    Brown, N M; You, H X

    1991-12-01

    For an initial study of potentially surface-structural self-organising systems of biological significance by scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), gramicidin S, a pseudocentrosymmetric cyclodecapeptide with antibiotic properties, was chosen as prototype, recognising its structure as having both intramolecular and intermolecular hydrogen-bond forming propensity. The surface-organised structures, based on gramicidin S hydrochloride deposited on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) substrate, have been observed by STM in air under ambient conditions. These are characterised in the main by rectangular or rectangle-like structural elements identified with the individual gramicidin S hydrochloride molecules. Two kinds of arrangements of gramicidin S hydrochloride in a two-dimensional array are found, i.e., as a centred rectangular lattice and a primitive rectangular lattice. The STM topographical arrays and the molecular dimensions obtained are in good quantitative agreement with the corresponding X-ray crystallographic data. The differences between the STM results, the theoretical models, and the X-ray crystallographic data are attributed to the intermolecular interactions present in the three-dimensional gramicidin S crystal but absent in the lower dimensional arrays and to the environments in which a gramicidin S hydrochloride molecule finds itself during deposition and drying on the HOPG substrate. PMID:1725492

  2. The quantitation of nuclear Overhauser effect methods for total conformational analysis of peptides in solution. Application to gramicidin S.

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    Jones, C R; Sikakana, C T; Hehir, S; Kuo, M C; Gibbons, W A

    1978-01-01

    The [1H:1H] nuclear Overhauser effects (NOE's) and spin-lattice relaxation times (T1's) are reported for the backbone protons of the decapeptide gramicidin S. Several methods for calculating interproton distances from these measurements are presented. Ratios of interproton distances were obtained from [1H:1H] NOE's and from the combination of [1H:1H]NOE'S and T1 values. Actual proton-proton distances were calculated from these ratios either by using the known distance between two geminal protons or distances derived from scalar coupling constants. The interproton distances calculated for gramicidin S are consistent with a II' beta-turn/antiparallel beta-sheet conformation. PMID:83886

  3. Desformylgramicidin: a model channel with an extremely high water permeability.

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    Saparov, S M; Antonenko, Y N; Koeppe, R E; Pohl, P

    2000-01-01

    The water conductivity of desformylgramicidin exceeds the permeability of gramicidin A by two orders of magnitude. With respect to its single channel hydraulic permeability coefficient of 1.1.10(-12) cm(3) s(-1), desformylgramicidin may serve as a model for extremely permeable aquaporin water channel proteins (AQP4 and AQPZ). This osmotic permeability exceeds the conductivity that is predicted by the theory of single-file transport. It was derived from the concentration distributions of both pore-impermeable and -permeable cations that were simultaneously measured by double barreled microelectrodes in the immediate vicinity of a planar bilayer. From solvent drag experiments, approximately five water molecules were found to be transported by a single-file process along with one ion through the channel. The single channel proton, potassium, and sodium conductivities were determined to be equal to 17 pS (pH 2.5), 7 and 3 pS, respectively. Under any conditions, the desformyl-channel remains at least 10 times longer in its open state than gramicidin A. PMID:11053127

  4. Generalized Langevin models of molecular dynamics simulations with applications to ion channels

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    Gordon, Dan; Krishnamurthy, Vikram; Chung, Shin-Ho

    2009-10-01

    We present a new methodology, which combines molecular dynamics and stochastic dynamics, for modeling the permeation of ions across biological ion channels. Using molecular dynamics, a free energy profile is determined for the ion(s) in the channel, and the distribution of random and frictional forces is measured over discrete segments of the ion channel. The parameters thus determined are used in stochastic dynamics simulations based on the nonlinear generalized Langevin equation. We first provide the theoretical basis of this procedure, which we refer to as "distributional molecular dynamics," and detail the methods for estimating the parameters from molecular dynamics to be used in stochastic dynamics. We test the technique by applying it to study the dynamics of ion permeation across the gramicidin pore. Given the known difficulty in modeling the conduction of ions in gramicidin using classical molecular dynamics, there is a degree of uncertainty regarding the validity of the MD-derived potential of mean force (PMF) for gramicidin. Using our techniques and systematically changing the PMF, we are able to reverse engineer a modified PMF which gives a current-voltage curve closely matching experimental results.

  5. EXTRAGALACTIC CS SURVEY

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    Bayet, E.; Viti, S.; Aladro, R.; MartIn, S.; MartIn-Pintado, J.

    2009-12-10

    We present a coherent and homogeneous multi-line study of the CS molecule in nearby (D < 10 Mpc) galaxies. We include, from the literature, all the available observations from the J = 1-0 to the J = 7-6 transitions toward NGC 253, NGC 1068, IC 342, Henize 2-10, M 82, the Antennae Galaxies, and M 83. We have, for the first time, detected the CS(7-6) line in NGC 253, M 82 (both in the northeast and southwest molecular lobes), NGC 4038, M 83 and tentatively in NGC 1068, IC 342, and Henize 2-10. We use the CS molecule as a tracer of the densest gas component of the interstellar medium in extragalactic star-forming regions, following previous theoretical and observational studies by Bayet et al. In this first paper out of a series, we analyze the CS data sample under both local thermodynamical equilibrium (LTE) and non-LTE (large velocity gradient) approximations. We show that except for M 83 and Overlap (a shifted gas-rich position from the nucleus NGC 4039 in the Antennae Galaxies), the observations in NGC 253, IC 342, M 82-NE, M 82-SW, and NGC 4038 are not well reproduced by a single set of gas component properties and that, at least, two gas components are required. For each gas component, we provide estimates of the corresponding kinetic temperature, total CS column density, and gas density.

  6. Charge Fluctuations and Boundary Conditions of Biological Ion Channels: Effect on the Ionic Transition Rate

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    Tindjong, R.; Luchinsky, D. G.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Kaufman, I.; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2009-04-01

    A self-consistent solution is derived for the Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equation, valid both inside a biological ion channel and in the adjacent bulk fluid. An iterative procedure is used to match the two solutions together at the channel mouth. Charge fluctuations at the mouth are modeled as shot noise flipping the height of the potential barrier at the selectivity site. The resultant estimates of the conductivity of the ion channel are in good agreement with Gramicidin experimental measurements and they reproduce the observed current saturation with increasing concentration.

  7. Charge Fluctuations and Boundary Conditions of Biological Ion Channels: Effect on the Ionic Transition Rate

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    Tindjong, R.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Luchinsky, D. G.; Kaufman, I.; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2009-04-23

    A self-consistent solution is derived for the Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equation, valid both inside a biological ion channel and in the adjacent bulk fluid. An iterative procedure is used to match the two solutions together at the channel mouth. Charge fluctuations at the mouth are modeled as shot noise flipping the height of the potential barrier at the selectivity site. The resultant estimates of the conductivity of the ion channel are in good agreement with Gramicidin experimental measurements and they reproduce the observed current saturation with increasing concentration.

  8. Therapeutic Potential of Gramicidin S in the Treatment of Root Canal Infections.

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    Berditsch, Marina; Lux, Hannah; Babii, Oleg; Afonin, Sergii; Ulrich, Anne S

    2016-01-01

    An intrinsic clindamycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis, the most common single species present in teeth after failed root canal therapy, often possesses acquired tetracycline resistance. In these cases, root canal infections are commonly treated with Ledermix(®) paste, which contains demeclocycline, or the new alternative endodontic paste Odontopaste, which contains clindamycin; however, these treatments are often ineffective. We studied the killing activity of the cyclic antimicrobial peptide gramicidin S (GS) against planktonic and biofilm cells of tetracycline-resistant clinical isolates of E. faecalis. The high therapeutic potential of GS for the topical treatment of problematic teeth is based on the rapid bactericidal effect toward the biofilm-forming, tetracycline-resistant E. faecalis. GS reduces the cell number of planktonic cells within 20-40 min at a concentration of 40-80 μg/mL. It kills the cells of pre-grown biofilms at concentrations of 100-200 μg/mL, such that no re-growth is possible. The translocation of the peptide into the cell interior and its complexation with intracellular nucleotides, including the alarmon ppGpp, can explain its anti-biofilm effect. The successful treatment of persistently infected root canals of two volunteers confirms the high effectiveness of GS. The broad GS activity towards resistant, biofilm-forming E. faecalis suggests its applications for approval in root canal medication. PMID:27618065

  9. Gramicidin A Mutants with Antibiotic Activity against Both Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria.

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    Zerfas, Breanna L; Joo, Yechaan; Gao, Jianmin

    2016-03-17

    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have shown potential as alternatives to traditional antibiotics for fighting infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. One promising example of this is gramicidin A (gA). In its wild-type sequence, gA is active by permeating the plasma membrane of Gram-positive bacteria. However, gA is toxic to human red blood cells at similar concentrations to those required for it to exert its antimicrobial effects. Installing cationic side chains into gA has been shown to lower its hemolytic activity while maintaining the antimicrobial potency. In this study, we present the synthesis and the antibiotic activity of a new series of gA mutants that display cationic side chains. Specifically, by synthesizing alkylated lysine derivatives through reductive amination, we were able to create a broad selection of structures with varied activities towards Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Importantly, some of the new mutants were observed to have an unprecedented activity towards important Gram-negative pathogens, including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Psuedomonas aeruginosa. PMID:26918268

  10. Surface science of Cs, CsO and CsI ionic layers on Pt(111)

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    Drnec, Jakub

    Cesium adsorption on Pt(111) and its coadsorption with iodine and oxygen is studied in this dissertation. The work function during Cs dosing first decreases and at Deltaφ ≈ 3 eV (thetaCs = 0.15) the surface undergoes surface transition between a disordered anomalous state (Pt(111)(anom)-Cs) and islands of a Pt(111)(2x2)-Cs causing a change in the slope of the work function curve. The work function curve reaches minimum at --5.5 eV where the surface is fully covered with the Pt(111)(2 x 2)-Cs structure( thetaCs = 0.25). Further Cs dosing results in a work function increase and the surface undergoes a phase transition to Pt(111)(√3 x√3)-Cs. The Cs saturated structure (Pt(111)(ihcp)-Cs) has an hexagonal symmetry with the unit cell vector aligned with the (1, 0) direction of the substrate. Cs in the anomalous state desorbs from the surface in a high-temperature TDS peak (> 1000 K). When the lock-in TDS detection technique is used, this peak appears to be phase shifted by 180° when compared to the desorption peak of normally adsorbed Cs (thetaCs> 0.15) . This phase shift is a consequence of a positive charge of desorbing Cs. The TDS and work function behavior were explained by a Monte Carlo desorption model incorporating di¤erent desorption behavior for all four observed adsorption phases. When O2 is dosed on a Pt(111)-Cs surface, the maximum coverage of oxygen bonded to the surface is signi.cantly increased in comparison to Pt(111). Anomalously adsorbed Cs activates the O2 bond but does not interact strongly with coadsorbed O. However, when O2 is dosed on Pt(111)(ihcp)-Cs, the oxygen first adsorbs to a sub-layer adsorption site and strongly interacts with Cs. The oxygen in this state is responsible for thermal stabilization of coadsorbed Cs. When iodine is coadsorbed on a Pt(111)-Cs surface, it also strongly interacts with and thermally stabilizes Cs. During the desorption of Cs,I layers, some Cs and I desorb together in the form of a CsxIy cluster. The

  11. Near-yrast structure of Cs142 and Cs144

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    Rząca-Urban, T.; Genevey, J.; Materna, T.; Urban, W.; Smith, A. G.; Pinston, J. A.; Simpson, G. S.; Sadowski, M. P.; Köster, U.; Faust, H.; Bail, A.; Mathieu, L.; Serot, O.; Michel-Sendis, F.; Ahmad, I.

    2009-12-01

    Excited states in Cs142 and Cs144, populated in the spontaneous fission of Cm248 and Cf252 and in thermal neutron-induced fission of U235 and Am242 were studied by means of γ spectroscopy using the EUROGAM2 and Gammasphere multidetector Ge arrays and the LOHENGRIN fission-fragment separator, respectively. In Cs142, a band and an isomer with a half-life of T1/2=11(3) ns have been identified. Spins and parities have been proposed for excited levels in this nucleus. In Cs144 excited levels have been observed. A T1/2=1.1(1) μs isomer was found with a γ cascade, which probably feeds this isomer. There is also an indication of a nanosecond isomer in Cs144. Quasiparticle-rotor model calculations done in this work allowed proton-neutron configurations to be proposed for levels in Cs142 and Cs144.

  12. Functional and structural insights on self-assembled nanofiber-based novel antibacterial ointment from antimicrobial peptides, bacitracin and gramicidin S.

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    Mandal, Santi M; Roy, Anupam; Mahata, Denial; Migliolo, Ludovico; Nolasco, Diego O; Franco, Octavio L

    2014-11-01

    A novel antibacterial ointment using bacitracin, specific for Gram-positive bacteria, and gramicidin S, a highly toxic antibacterial peptide, was here developed showing broad-spectrum antibacterial activities against pathogenic strains with less toxicity after self-assembly into nanofiber structures. Such structures were confirmed with scanning electron microscopy and CD analyses. In addition, in silico studies using docking associated with molecular dynamics were carried out to obtain information about fiber structural oligomerization. Thus, the bacitracin and gramicidin S-based self-assembled nanopeptide ribbon may be a successful ointment formulation for bacterial infection control. PMID:24894183

  13. High temperature synthesis of two open-framework uranyl silicates with ten-ring channels: Cs{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 19} and Rb{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}Si{sub 5}O{sub 13}

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    Babo, Jean-Marie; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.

    2013-01-15

    The uranyl silicates Cs{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 19} and Rb{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}Si{sub 5}O{sub 13} were obtained by mixing stoichiometric amounts of uranium metal, tellurium dioxide, silicon dioxide, and an excess of correspondent alkali metal halide flux. These compounds crystallize in the orthorhombic space groups Pnma and C222 with eight and two units per unit cell, respectively. Their crystal structures are dominated by zippered pentagonal bipyramidal chains of UO{sub 7} and silicates layer that are further connected into 3D frameworks. The cesium compound has silicate double layers while rubidium has a single layer. Six-ring voids and ten-ring channels are found in both compounds. - Graphical abstract: A view of the three-dimensional network structure of Cs{sub 2}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}Si{sub 8}O{sub 19}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three-dimensional uranium silicates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Analogs of natural uranyl silicate minerals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Complexity and symmetry ambiguity of uranyl silicates.

  14. The Influence of Lipid Bilayer Physicochemical Properties on Gramicidin A Conformer Preferences.

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    Patrick, John W; Gamez, Roberto C; Russell, David H

    2016-04-26

    The conformational preferences adopted by gramicidin A (GA) dimers inserted into phospholipid bilayers are reported as a function of the bilayer cholesterol content, temperature, and incubation time. Through use of vesicle capture-freeze drying methodology, GA dimers were captured in lipid bilayers and the conformational preferences of the complex were analyzed using ion mobility-mass spectrometry. Perturbations that affect the physicochemical interactions in the lipid bilayer such as cholesterol incorporation, temperature, and incubation time directly alter the conformer preferences of the complex. Regardless of bilayer cholesterol concentration, the antiparallel double helix (ADH) conformation was observed to be most abundant for GA dimers in bilayers composed of lipids with 12 to 22 carbon acyl chains. Incorporation of cholesterol into lipid bilayers yields increased bilayer thickness and rigidity, and an increased abundance of parallel double helix (PDH) and single-stranded head-to-head (SSHH) dimers were observed. Bilayers prepared using 1,2-dilauroyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, a lipid with 12 carbon acyl chains, yielded a nascent conformer that decreased in abundance as a function of bilayer cholesterol content. High resolution ion mobility-mass spectrometry data revealed two peaks in the ADH region suggesting that ADH populations are composed of two distinct conformers. The conformer preferences of GA dimers from 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine bilayers were significantly different for samples incubated at 4°C vs. 60°C; increased cholesterol content yielded more PDH and SSHH at 60°C. The addition of cholesterol as well as incubating samples of 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine at 60°C for 24-72 h yielded an increase in PDH and SSHH abundance. PMID:27119642

  15. Measuring Ion Channels on Solid Supported Membranes

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    Schulz, Patrick; Dueck, Benjamin; Mourot, Alexandre; Hatahet, Lina; Fendler, Klaus

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Application of solid supported membranes (SSMs) for the functional investigation of ion channels is presented. SSM-based electrophysiology, which has been introduced previously for the investigation of active transport systems, is expanded for the analysis of ion channels. Membranes or liposomes containing ion channels are adsorbed to an SSM and a concentration gradient of a permeant ion is applied. Transient currents representing ion channel transport activity are recorded via capacitive coupling. We demonstrate the application of the technique to liposomes reconstituted with the peptide cation channel gramicidin, vesicles from native tissue containing the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, and membranes from a recombinant cell line expressing the ionotropic P2X2 receptor. It is shown that stable ion gradients, both inside as well as outside directed, can be applied and currents are recorded with an excellent signal/noise ratio. For the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and the P2X2 receptor excellent assay quality factors of Z′ = 0.55 and Z′ = 0.67, respectively, are obtained. This technique opens up new possibilities in cases where conventional electrophysiology fails like the functional characterization of ion channels from intracellular compartments. It also allows for robust fully automatic assays for drug screening. PMID:19580777

  16. Single-Molecule Ion Channel Conformational Dynamics in Living Cells

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    Lu, H. Peter

    2014-03-01

    Stochastic and inhomogeneous conformational changes regulate the function and dynamics of ion channels that are crucial for cell functions, neuronal signaling, and brain functions. Such complexity makes it difficult, if not impossible, to characterize ion channel dynamics using conventional electrical recording alone since that the measurement does not specifically interrogate the associated conformational changes but rather the consequences of the conformational changes. Recently, new technology developments on single-molecule spectroscopy, and especially, the combined approaches of using single ion channel patch-clamp electrical recording and single-molecule fluorescence imaging have provided us the capability of probing ion channel conformational changes simultaneously with the electrical single channel recording. By combining real-time single-molecule fluorescence imaging measurements with real-time single-channel electric current measurements in artificial lipid bilayers and in living cell membranes, we were able to probe single ion-channel-protein conformational changes simultaneously, and thus providing an understanding the dynamics and mechanism of ion-channel proteins at the molecular level. The function-regulating and site-specific conformational changes of ion channels are now measurable under physiological conditions in real-time, one molecule at a time. We will focus our discussion on the new development and results of real-time imaging of the dynamics of gramicidin, colicin, and NMDA receptor ion channels in lipid bilayers and living cells. Our results shed light on new perspectives of the intrinsic interplay of lipid membrane dynamics, solvation dynamics, and the ion channel functions.

  17. High-Quality Draft Genome Sequence of Aneurinibacillus migulanus ATCC 9999T (DSM 2895), a Gramicidin S-Producing Bacterium Isolated from Garden Soil

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    Wang, Jie-ping; Liu, Guo-hong; Ge, Ci-bin; Xiao, Rong-feng; Zheng, Xue-fang; Shi, Huai

    2015-01-01

    Aneurinibacillus migulanus ATCC 9999T (DSM 2895) is a Gram-positive, round-spore-forming, and gramicidin S-producing bacterium. Here, we report the 6.35-Mb high-quality draft genome sequence of A. migulanus ATCC 9999T, which will provide useful information for the genomic taxonomy and phylogenomics of Bacillus-like bacteria. PMID:26494674

  18. High-Quality Draft Genome Sequence of Aneurinibacillus migulanus ATCC 9999T (DSM 2895), a Gramicidin S-Producing Bacterium Isolated from Garden Soil.

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    Wang, Jie-Ping; Liu, Bo; Liu, Guo-Hong; Ge, Ci-Bin; Xiao, Rong-Feng; Zheng, Xue-Fang; Shi, Huai

    2015-01-01

    Aneurinibacillus migulanus ATCC 9999(T) (DSM 2895) is a Gram-positive, round-spore-forming, and gramicidin S-producing bacterium. Here, we report the 6.35-Mb high-quality draft genome sequence of A. migulanus ATCC 9999(T), which will provide useful information for the genomic taxonomy and phylogenomics of Bacillus-like bacteria. PMID:26494674

  19. Biophysical properties of the voltage gated proton channel HV1

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    Musset, Boris; DeCoursey, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    The biophysical properties of the voltage gated proton channel (HV1) are the key elements of its physiological function. The voltage gated proton channel is a unique molecule that in contrast to all other ion channels is exclusively selective for protons. Alone among proton channels, it has voltage and time dependent gating like other “classical” ion channels. HV1 is furthermore a sensor for the pH in the cell and the surrounding media. Its voltage dependence is strictly coupled to the pH gradient across the membrane. This regulation restricts opening of the channel to specific voltages at any given pH gradient, therefore allowing HV1 to perform its physiological task in the tissue it is expressed in. For HV1 there is no known blocker. The most potent channel inhibitor is zinc (Zn2+) which prevents channel opening. An additional characteristic of HV1 is its strong temperature dependence of both gating and conductance. In contrast to single-file water filled pores like the gramicidin channel, HV1 exhibits pronounced deuterium effects and temperature effects on conduction, consistent with a different conduction mechanism than other ion channels. These properties may be explained by the recent identification of an aspartate in the pore of HV1 that is essential to its proton selectivity. PMID:23050239

  20. Gramicidin A disassembles large conductive clusters of its lysine-substituted derivatives in lipid membranes.

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    Antonenko, Yuri N; Gluhov, Grigory S; Firsov, Alexander M; Pogozheva, Irina D; Kovalchuk, Sergey I; Pechnikova, Evgeniya V; Kotova, Elena A; Sokolova, Olga S

    2015-07-14

    N-terminally substituted lysine derivatives of gramicidin A (gA), [Lys1]gA and [Lys3]gA, but not glutamate- or aspartate-substituted peptides have been previously shown to cause the leakage of carboxyfluorescein from liposomes. Here, the leakage induction was also observed for [Arg1]gA and [Arg3]gA, while [His1]gA and [His3]gA were inactive at neutral pH. The Lys3-containing analogue with all tryptophans replaced by isoleucines did not induce liposome leakage, similar to gA. This suggests that the presence of both tryptophans and N-terminal cationic residues is critical for pore formation. Remarkably, the addition of gA blocked the leakage induced by [Lys3]gA. By examining with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy the peptide-induced leakage of fluorescent markers from liposomes, we estimated the diameter of pores responsible for the leakage to be about 1.6 nm. Transmission electron cryo-microscopy imaging of liposomes with [Lys3]gA showed that the liposomal membranes contained high electron density particles with a size of about 40 Å, suggesting the formation of peptide clusters. No such clusterization was observed in liposomes incorporating gA or a mixture of gA with [Lys3]gA. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the clusters was compatible with their pentameric arrangement. Based on experimental data and computational modeling, we suggest that the large pore formed by [Lys3]gA represents a barrel-stave oligomeric cluster formed by antiparallel double-stranded helical dimers (DH). In a tentative model, the pentamer of dimers may be stabilized by aromatic Trp-Trp and cation-π Trp-Lys interactions between the neighboring DHs. The inhibiting effect of gA on the [Lys3]gA-induced leakage can be attributed to breaking of cation-π interactions, which prevents peptide clusterization and pore formation. PMID:26077982

  1. Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic techniques for investigating membrane-bound ion channel activities.

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    Székács, Inna; Kaszás, Nóra; Gróf, Pál; Erdélyi, Katalin; Szendrő, István; Mihalik, Balázs; Pataki, Agnes; Antoni, Ferenc A; Madarász, Emilia

    2013-01-01

    Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic (OWLS) techniques were probed for monitoring ion permeation through channels incorporated into artificial lipid environment. A novel sensor set-up was developed by depositing liposomes or cell-derived membrane fragments onto hydrophilic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane. The fibrous material of PTFE membrane could entrap lipoid vesicles and the water-filled pores provided environment for the hydrophilic domains of lipid-embedded proteins. The sensor surface was kept clean from the lipid holder PTFE membrane by a water- and ion-permeable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mesh. The sensor set-up was tested with egg yolk lecithin liposomes containing gramicidin ion channels and with cell-derived membrane fragments enriched in GABA-gated anion channels. The method allowed monitoring the move of Na(+) and organic cations through gramicidin channels and detecting the Cl(-)-channel functions of the (α5β2γ2) GABAA receptor in the presence or absence of GABA and the competitive GABA-blocker bicuculline. PMID:24339925

  2. Volatile anesthetics inhibit sodium channels without altering bulk lipid bilayer properties

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    Sanford, R. Lea; Lee, William; Schultz, Margaret F.; Ingólfsson, Helgi I.

    2014-01-01

    Although general anesthetics are clinically important and widely used, their molecular mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Volatile anesthetics such as isoflurane (ISO) are thought to alter neuronal function by depressing excitatory and facilitating inhibitory neurotransmission through direct interactions with specific protein targets, including voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav). Many anesthetics alter lipid bilayer properties, suggesting that ion channel function might also be altered indirectly through effects on the lipid bilayer. We compared the effects of ISO and of a series of fluorobenzene (FB) model volatile anesthetics on Nav function and lipid bilayer properties. We examined the effects of these agents on Nav in neuronal cells using whole-cell electrophysiology, and on lipid bilayer properties using a gramicidin-based fluorescence assay, which is a functional assay for detecting changes in lipid bilayer properties sensed by a bilayer-spanning ion channel. At clinically relevant concentrations (defined by the minimum alveolar concentration), both the FBs and ISO produced prepulse-dependent inhibition of Nav and shifted the voltage dependence of inactivation toward more hyperpolarized potentials without affecting lipid bilayer properties, as sensed by gramicidin channels. Only at supra-anesthetic (toxic) concentrations did ISO alter lipid bilayer properties. These results suggest that clinically relevant concentrations of volatile anesthetics alter Nav function through direct interactions with the channel protein with little, if any, contribution from changes in bulk lipid bilayer properties. Our findings further suggest that changes in lipid bilayer properties are not involved in clinical anesthesia. PMID:25385786

  3. Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopic Techniques for Investigating Membrane-Bound Ion Channel Activities

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    Székács, Inna; Kaszás, Nóra; Gróf, Pál; Erdélyi, Katalin; Szendrő, István; Mihalik, Balázs; Pataki, Ágnes; Antoni, Ferenc A.; Madarász, Emilia

    2013-01-01

    Optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopic (OWLS) techniques were probed for monitoring ion permeation through channels incorporated into artificial lipid environment. A novel sensor set-up was developed by depositing liposomes or cell-derived membrane fragments onto hydrophilic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane. The fibrous material of PTFE membrane could entrap lipoid vesicles and the water-filled pores provided environment for the hydrophilic domains of lipid-embedded proteins. The sensor surface was kept clean from the lipid holder PTFE membrane by a water- and ion-permeable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mesh. The sensor set-up was tested with egg yolk lecithin liposomes containing gramicidin ion channels and with cell-derived membrane fragments enriched in GABA-gated anion channels. The method allowed monitoring the move of Na+ and organic cations through gramicidin channels and detecting the Cl–-channel functions of the (α5β2γ2) GABAA receptor in the presence or absence of GABA and the competitive GABA-blocker bicuculline. PMID:24339925

  4. Syntheses and characterization of the cubic uranium chalcogenides Rh2U6S15, Cs2Ti2U6Se15, Cs2Cr2U6Se15, and Cs2Ti2U6Te15

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    Ward, Matthew D.; Oh, George N.; Mesbah, Adel; Lee, Minseong; Sang Choi, Eun; Ibers, James A.

    2015-08-01

    The compounds Rh2U6S15, Cs2Ti2U6Se15, Cs2Cr2U6Se15, and Cs2Ti2U6Te15 have been synthesized at 1173 K. All crystallize in space group Oh9- Im 3 bar m of the cubic system. Rh2U6S15 has a framework structure with three-dimensional channels. The compounds Cs2Ti2U6Se15, Cs2Cr2U6Se15, and Cs2Ti2U6Te15 have structures similar to that of Rh2U6S15, but with Cs cations variably filling the channels. In all four structures the transition element is octahedrally coordinated by chalcogens and the uranium atom is in a bicapped trigonal-prismatic arrangement. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility of Cs2Cr2U6Se15 implies both Cr and U magnetic contributions. From these data the compound is not antiferromagnetic, but it could have either a ferrimagnetic or a ferromagnetic ground state.

  5. Therapeutic index of gramicidin S is strongly modulated by d-phenylalanine analogues at the β-turn

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    Solanas, Concepción; de la Torre, Beatriz G.; Fernández-Reyes, María; Santiveri, Clara M.; Jiménez, M. Ángeles; Rivas, Luis; Jiménez, Ana I.; Andreu, David; Cativiela, Carlos

    2009-01-01

    Analogues of the cationic antimicrobial peptide gramicidin S (GS), cyclo(Val-Orn-Leu-d-Phe-Pro)2, with d-Phe residues replaced by different (restricted mobility, mostly) surrogates have been synthesized and used in SAR studies against several pathogenic bacteria. While all d-Phe substitutions are shown by NMR to preserve the overall β-sheet conformation, they entail subtle structural alterations that lead to significant modifications in biological activity. In particular, the analogue incorporating d-Tic (1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid) shows a modest but significant increase in therapeutic index, mostly due to a sharp decrease in hemolytic effect. The fact that NMR data show a shortened distance between the d-Tic aromatic ring and the Orn δ-amino group may help explain the improved antibiotic profile of this analogue. PMID:19132829

  6. Sequence inversion and phenylalanine surrogates at the β-turn enhance the antibiotic activity of gramicidin S

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    Solanas, Concepción; de la Torre, Beatriz G.; Fernández-Reyes, María; Santiveri, Clara M.; Jiménez, M. Ángeles; Rivas, Luis; Jiménez, Ana I.; Andreu, David; Cativiela, Carlos

    2010-01-01

    A series of gramicidin S (GS) analogs have been synthesized where the Phe (i+1) and Pro (i+2) residues of the β-turn have been swapped while the respective chiralities (D-, L-) at each position are preserved, and Phe is replaced by surrogates with aromatic side chains of diverse size, orientation and flexibility. Although most analogs preserve the β-sheet structure, as assessed by NMR, their antibiotic activities turn out to be highly dependent on the bulkiness and spatial arrangement of the aromatic side chain. Significant increases in microbicidal potency against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens are observed for several analogs, resulting in improved therapeutic profiles. Data indicate that seemingly minor replacements at the GS β-turn can have significant impact on antibiotic activity, highlighting this region as a hot spot for modulating GS plasticity and activity. PMID:20411945

  7. Bandhead Energies in 125Cs

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    Sun, Ji; Hu, Xue-Yuan; Ma, Ying-Jun; Liu, Yun-Zuo; Tetsuro, Komatsubara; Kohei, Furuno; Zhang, Yu-Hu; Zhou, Wen-Ping; Wang, Shou-Yu

    Excited states in 125Cs have been studied with the fusion-evaporation-reaction 116Cd(14N,5n)125Cs at 65 MeV beam energy, using the Nordball-multidetector-system at the Niels-Bohr-Institute in Denmark. The level scheme of 125Cs was extended with the addition of more than 40 new γ-transitions. Moreover, the bandhead excitation energies of the previously known g9/2 and h11/2 bands were unambiguously corrected with plenty of hard evidence.

  8. Automatable lipid bilayer formation for ion channel studies

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    Poulos, Jason L.; Bang, Hyunwoo; Jeon, Tae-Joon; Schmidt, Jacob J.

    2008-08-01

    Transmembrane proteins and ion channels are important drug targets and have been explored as single molecule sensors. For these proteins to function normally they must be integrated within lipid bilayers; however, the labor and skill required to create artificial lipid bilayers have the limited the possible applications utilizing these proteins. In order to reduce the complexity and cost of lipid bilayer formation and measurement, we have modified a previously published lipid bilayer formation technique using mechanically contacted monolayers so that the process is automatable, requiring minimal operator input. Measurement electronics are integrated with the fluid handling system, greatly reducing the time and operator feedback characteristically required of traditional bilayer experiments. To demonstrate the biological functionality of the resultant bilayers and the system's capabilities as a membrane platform, the ion channel gramicidin A was incorporated and measured with this system.

  9. Theoretical and computational models of biological ion channels

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    Roux, Benoit

    2004-03-01

    A theoretical framework for describing ion conduction through biological molecular pores is established and explored. The framework is based on a statistical mechanical formulation of the transmembrane potential (1) and of the equilibrium multi-ion potential of mean forces through selective ion channels (2). On the basis of these developments, it is possible to define computational schemes to address questions about the non-equilibrium flow of ions through ion channels. In the case of narrow channels (gramicidin or KcsA), it is possible to characterize the ion conduction in terms of the potential of mean force of the ions along the channel axis (i.e., integrating out the off-axis motions). This has been used for gramicidin (3) and for KcsA (4,5). In the case of wide pores (i.e., OmpF porin), this is no longer a good idea, but it is possible to use a continuum solvent approximations. In this case, a grand canonical monte carlo brownian dynamics algorithm was constructed for simulating the non-equilibrium flow of ions through wide pores. The results were compared with those from the Poisson-Nernst-Planck mean-field electrodiffusion theory (6-8). References; 1. B. Roux, Biophys. J. 73:2980-2989 (1997); 2. B. Roux, Biophys. J. 77, 139-153 (1999); 3. Allen, Andersen and Roux, PNAS (2004, in press); 4. Berneche and Roux. Nature, 414:73-77 (2001); 5. Berneche and Roux. PNAS, 100:8644-8648 (2003); 6. W. Im and S. Seefeld and B. Roux, Biophys. J. 79:788-801 (2000); 7. W. Im and B. Roux, J. Chem. Phys. 115:4850-4861 (2001); 8. W. Im and B. Roux, J. Mol. Biol. 322:851-869 (2002).

  10. MOLE: a Voronoi diagram-based explorer of molecular channels, pores, and tunnels.

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    Petrek, Martin; Kosinová, Pavlína; Koca, Jaroslav; Otyepka, Michal

    2007-11-01

    We have developed an algorithm, "MOLE," for the rapid, fully automated location and characterization of molecular channels, tunnels, and pores. This algorithm has been made freely available on the Internet (http://mole.chemi.muni.cz/) and overcomes many of the shortcomings and limitations of the recently developed CAVER software. The core of our MOLE algorithm is a Dijkstra's path search algorithm, which is applied to a Voronoi mesh. Tests on a wide variety of biomolecular systems including gramicidine, acetylcholinesterase, cytochromes P450, potassium channels, DNA quadruplexes, ribozymes, and the large ribosomal subunit have demonstrated that the MOLE algorithm performs well. MOLE is thus a powerful tool for exploring large molecular channels, complex networks of channels, and molecular dynamics trajectories in which analysis of a large number of snapshots is required. PMID:17997961

  11. Bandhead energies in 125Cs

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    Sun, Ji; Ma, Ying-Jun; Komatsubara, Tetsuro; Furuno, Kohei; Zhang, Yu-Hu; Zhou, Wen-Ping; Wang, Shou-Yu; Hu, Xue-Yuan; Guo, Hao; Wang, Jia-Qi; Liu, Yun-Zuo

    2016-06-01

    Excited states in 125Cs have been studied with the fusion-evaporation-reaction 116Cd(14N,5 n ) at 65-MeV beam energy. The level scheme of 125Cs was extended with the addition of more than 50 new γ transitions and with the identification of two new rotational bands built on the π d5 /2 and π g7 /2 configurations at low spins. The bandhead excitation energies of the previously known π g9 /2 and π h11 /2 bands were revised.

  12. Conduction properties of the cloned Shaker K+ channel.

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    Heginbotham, L; MacKinnon, R

    1993-01-01

    The conduction properties of the cloned Shaker K+ channel were studied using electrophysiological techniques. Single channel conductance increases in a sublinear manner with symmetric increases in K+ activity, reaching saturation by 0.6 M K+. The Shaker K+ channel is highly selective among monovalent cations; under bi-ionic conditions, its selectivity sequence is K+ > Rb+ > NH+4 > Cs+ > Na+, whereas, by relative conductance in symmetric solutions, it is K+ > NH+4 > Rb+ > Cs+. In Cs+ solutions, single channel currents were too small to be measured directly, so nonstationary fluctuation analysis was used to determine the unitary Cs+ conductance. The single channel conductance displays an anomalous molefraction effect in symmetric mixtures of K+ and NH+4, suggesting that the conducting pore is occupied by multiple ions simultaneously. PMID:8298038

  13. Detection of single ion channel activity with carbon nanotubes

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    Zhou, Weiwei; Wang, Yung Yu; Lim, Tae-Sun; Pham, Ted; Jain, Dheeraj; Burke, Peter J.

    2015-01-01

    Many processes in life are based on ion currents and membrane voltages controlled by a sophisticated and diverse family of membrane proteins (ion channels), which are comparable in size to the most advanced nanoelectronic components currently under development. Here we demonstrate an electrical assay of individual ion channel activity by measuring the dynamic opening and closing of the ion channel nanopores using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Two canonical dynamic ion channels (gramicidin A (gA) and alamethicin) and one static biological nanopore (α-hemolysin (α-HL)) were successfully incorporated into supported lipid bilayers (SLBs, an artificial cell membrane), which in turn were interfaced to the carbon nanotubes through a variety of polymer-cushion surface functionalization schemes. The ion channel current directly charges the quantum capacitance of a single nanotube in a network of purified semiconducting nanotubes. This work forms the foundation for a scalable, massively parallel architecture of 1d nanoelectronic devices interrogating electrophysiology at the single ion channel level. PMID:25778101

  14. Detection of single ion channel activity with carbon nanotubes

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    Zhou, Weiwei; Wang, Yung Yu; Lim, Tae-Sun; Pham, Ted; Jain, Dheeraj; Burke, Peter J.

    2015-03-01

    Many processes in life are based on ion currents and membrane voltages controlled by a sophisticated and diverse family of membrane proteins (ion channels), which are comparable in size to the most advanced nanoelectronic components currently under development. Here we demonstrate an electrical assay of individual ion channel activity by measuring the dynamic opening and closing of the ion channel nanopores using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Two canonical dynamic ion channels (gramicidin A (gA) and alamethicin) and one static biological nanopore (α-hemolysin (α-HL)) were successfully incorporated into supported lipid bilayers (SLBs, an artificial cell membrane), which in turn were interfaced to the carbon nanotubes through a variety of polymer-cushion surface functionalization schemes. The ion channel current directly charges the quantum capacitance of a single nanotube in a network of purified semiconducting nanotubes. This work forms the foundation for a scalable, massively parallel architecture of 1d nanoelectronic devices interrogating electrophysiology at the single ion channel level.

  15. Detection of single ion channel activity with carbon nanotubes.

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    Zhou, Weiwei; Wang, Yung Yu; Lim, Tae-Sun; Pham, Ted; Jain, Dheeraj; Burke, Peter J

    2015-01-01

    Many processes in life are based on ion currents and membrane voltages controlled by a sophisticated and diverse family of membrane proteins (ion channels), which are comparable in size to the most advanced nanoelectronic components currently under development. Here we demonstrate an electrical assay of individual ion channel activity by measuring the dynamic opening and closing of the ion channel nanopores using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Two canonical dynamic ion channels (gramicidin A (gA) and alamethicin) and one static biological nanopore (α-hemolysin (α-HL)) were successfully incorporated into supported lipid bilayers (SLBs, an artificial cell membrane), which in turn were interfaced to the carbon nanotubes through a variety of polymer-cushion surface functionalization schemes. The ion channel current directly charges the quantum capacitance of a single nanotube in a network of purified semiconducting nanotubes. This work forms the foundation for a scalable, massively parallel architecture of 1d nanoelectronic devices interrogating electrophysiology at the single ion channel level. PMID:25778101

  16. Reactive barriers for 137Cs retention

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    Krumhansl, James L.; Brady, Patrick V.; Anderson, Howard L.

    2001-02-01

    137Cs was dispersed globally by cold war activities and, more recently, by the Chernobyl accident. Engineered extraction of 137Cs from soils and groundwaters is exceedingly difficult. Because the half-life of 137Cs is only 30.2 years, remediation might be more effective (and less costly) if 137Cs bioavailability could be demonstrably limited for even a few decades by use of a reactive barrier. Essentially permanent isolation must be demonstrated in those few settings where high nuclear level wastes contaminated the environment with 135Cs (half-life 2.3×10 6 years) in addition to 137Cs. Clays are potentially a low-cost barrier to Cs movement, though their long-term effectiveness remains untested. To identify optimal clays for Cs retention, Cs desorption was measured for five common clays: Wyoming Montmorillonite (SWy-1), Georgia Kaolinites (KGa-1 and KGa-2), Fithian Illite (F-Ill), and K-Metabentonite (K-Mbt). Exchange sites were pre-saturated with 0.16 M CsCl for 14 days and readily exchangeable Cs was removed by a series of LiNO 3 and LiCl washes. Washed clays were then placed into dialysis bags and the Cs release to the deionized water outside the bags measured. Release rates from 75 to 139 days for SWy-1, K-Mbt and F-Ill were similar; 0.017% to 0.021% sorbed Cs released per day. Both kaolinites released Cs more rapidly (0.12% to 0.05% of the sorbed Cs per day). In a second set of experiments, clays were Cs-doped for 110 days and subjected to an extreme and prolonged rinsing process. All the clays exhibited some capacity for irreversible Cs uptake. However, the residual loading was greatest on K-Mbt (˜0.33 wt.% Cs). Thus, this clay would be the optimal material for constructing artifical reactive barriers.

  17. Reactive barriers for 137Cs retention.

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    Krumhansl, J L; Brady, P V; Anderson, H L

    2001-02-01

    137Cs was dispersed globally by cold war activities and, more recently, by the Chernobyl accident. Engineered extraction of 137Cs from soils and groundwaters is exceedingly difficult. Because the half-life of 137Cs is only 30.2 years, remediation might be more effective (and less costly) if 137Cs bioavailability could be demonstrably limited for even a few decades by use of a reactive barrier. Essentially permanent isolation must be demonstrated in those few settings where high nuclear level wastes contaminated the environment with 135Cs (half-life 2.3 x 10(6) years) in addition to 137Cs. Clays are potentially a low-cost barrier to Cs movement, though their long-term effectiveness remains untested. To identify optimal clays for Cs retention, Cs desorption was measured for five common clays: Wyoming Montmorillonite (SWy-1), Georgia Kaolinites (KGa-1 and KGa-2), Fithian Illite (F-Ill), and K-Metabentonite (K-Mbt). Exchange sites were pre-saturated with 0.16 M CsCl for 14 days and readily exchangeable Cs was removed by a series of LiNO3 and LiCl washes. Washed clays were then placed into dialysis bags and the Cs release to the deionized water outside the bags measured. Release rates from 75 to 139 days for SWy-1, K-Mbt and F-Ill were similar; 0.017% to 0.021% sorbed Cs released per day. Both kaolinites released Cs more rapidly (0.12% to 0.05% of the sorbed Cs per day). In a second set of experiments, clays were Cs-doped for 110 days and subjected to an extreme and prolonged rinsing process. All the clays exhibited some capacity for irreversible Cs uptake. However, the residual loading was greatest on K-Mbt (approximately 0.33 wt.% Cs). Thus, this clay would be the optimal material for constructing artifical reactive barriers. PMID:11288579

  18. CHeCS Commanding Hardware

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    Moore, Jamie

    2010-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the Crew Health Care System (CHeCS) commanding hardware. It includes information on the hardware status, commanding plan, and command training status with specific information the EV-CPDS 2 and 3, TEPC, MEC, and T2

  19. Direct surfactin-gramicidin S antagonism supports detoxification in mixed producer cultures of Bacillus subtilis and Aneurinibacillus migulanus.

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    Rautenbach, Marina; Eyéghé-Bickong, Hans André; Vlok, Nicolas Maré; Stander, Marietjie; de Beer, Abré

    2012-12-01

    Antibiotic production as a defence mechanism is a characteristic of a wide variety of organisms. In natural evolutionary adaptation, cellular events such as sporulation, biofilm formation and resistance to antibiotics enable some micro-organisms to survive environmental and antibiotic stress conditions. The two antimicrobial cyclic peptides in this study, gramicidin S (GS) from Aneurinibacillus migulanus and the lipopeptide surfactin (Srf) from Bacillus subtilis, have been shown to affect both membrane and intercellular components of target organisms. Many functions, other than that of antimicrobial activity, have been assigned to Srf. We present evidence that an additional function may exist for Srf, namely that of a detoxifying agent that protects its producer from the lytic activity of GS. We observed that Srf producers were more resistant to GS and could be co-cultured with the GS producer. Furthermore, exogenous Srf antagonized the activity of GS against both Srf-producing and non-producing bacterial strains. A molecular interaction between the anionic Srf and the cationic GS was observed with circular dichroism and electrospray MS. Our results indicate that the formation of an inactive complex between GS and Srf supports resistance towards GS, with the anionic Srf forming a chemical barrier to protect its producer. This direct detoxification combined with the induction of protective stress responses in B. subtilis by Srf confers resistance toward GS from A. migulanus and allows survival in mixed cultures. PMID:23103974

  20. Second harmonic generation from tryptophan-rich short peptides: W(n)K(m) and gramicidin A.

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    Duboisset, J; Matar, G; Besson, F; Ficheux, D; Benichou, E; Russier-Antoine, I; Jonin, Ch; Brevet, P F

    2014-09-01

    We report the first hyperpolarizability of a series of tryptophan-rich short peptides with the respective sequence KWK, KWWK, KWWWK, KWWKWWK, where W and K stand for tryptophan and lysine. The measurements were performed with the technique of hyper-Rayleigh scattering in the bulk of an aqueous Tris buffer solution at a pH of 8.5 and a salt concentration of 150 mM at the non-resonant fundamental wavelength of 784 nm. The first hyperpolarizability of the different peptides follows a simple additive model scaling with the number of tryptophan residues contained in the peptide. However, it appears that the first hyperpolarizability response of a single tryptophan residue in the peptide strongly differs from that of an isolated tryptophan. Hence, it is therefore demonstrated that the local environment of the tryptophan residues within the peptide strongly influences its nonlinear optical response. A comparison with the first hyperpolarizability of the natural peptide gramicidin A measured in trifluoroethanol (TFE) further confirms the key role of the local environment on the first hyperpolarizability of tryptophan residues in peptides. PMID:25144248

  1. Solid-state 19F-NMR analysis of 19F-labeled tryptophan in gramicidin A in oriented membranes.

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    Grage, Stephan L; Wang, Junfeng; Cross, Timothy A; Ulrich, Anne S

    2002-01-01

    The response of membrane-associated peptides toward the lipid environment or other binding partners can be monitored by solid-state NMR of suitably labeled side chains. Tryptophan is a prominent amino acid in transmembrane helices, and its (19)F-labeled analogues are generally biocompatible and cause little structural perturbation. Hence, we use 5F-Trp as a highly sensitive NMR probe to monitor the conformation and dynamics of the indole ring. To establish this (19)F-NMR strategy, gramicidin A was labeled with 5F-Trp in position 13 or 15, whose chi(1)/chi(2) torsion angles are known from previous (2)H-NMR studies. First, the alignment of the (19)F chemical shift anisotropy tensor within the membrane was deduced by lineshape analysis of oriented samples. Next, the three principal axes of the (19)F chemical shift anisotropy tensor were assigned within the molecular frame of the indole ring. Finally, determination of chi(1)/chi(2) for 5F-Trp in the lipid gel phase showed that the side chain alignment differs by up to 20 degrees from its known conformation in the liquid crystalline state. The sensitivity gain of (19)F-NMR and the reduction in the amount of material was at least 10-fold compared with previous (2)H-NMR studies on the same system and 100-fold compared with (15)N-NMR. PMID:12496101

  2. Electronic structure and optical properties of CsI, CsI(Ag), and CsI(Tl)

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    Zhang, Zheng; Zhao, Qiang; Li, Yang; Ouyang, Xiao-Ping

    2016-05-01

    The band structure, electronic density of states and optical properties of CsI and of CsI doped with silver or thallium are studied by using a first-principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT). The exchange and the correlation potentials among the electrons are described by using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The results of our study show that the electronic structure changes somewhat when CsI is doped with silver or thallium. The band gaps of CsI(Ag) and CsI(Tl) are smaller than that of CsI, and the width of the conduction band of CsI is increased when CsI is doped with thallium or silver. Two peaks located in the conduction band of CsI(Ag) and CsI(Tl) are observed from their electronic densities of states. The absorption coefficients of CsI, CsI(Ag), and CsI(Tl) are zero when their photon energies are below 3.5 eV, 1.5 eV, and 3.1 eV, respectively. The results show that doping can improve the detection performance of CsI scintillators. Our study can explain why doping can improve the detection performance from a theoretical point of view. The results of our research provide both theoretical support for the luminescent mechanisms at play in scintillator materials when they are exposed to radiation and a reference for CsI doping from the point of view of the electronic structure.

  3. CS2SAT Desktop Tool

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2006-03-15

    The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has developed a Control System Cyber Security Self-Assessment Tool (CS2SAT) desktop tool that provides a repeatable and systematic approach for control system users to assess the cyber security posture of their control system networks. The tool assists users in identifying the cyber security parameters of their systems and then offers security objectives, in the form of requirements, for improving the security of their specific network. Each requirement is linked tomore » a series of associated recommendations for compliance dependent upon the desired level of security protection. Each requirement is supported by links to the original standards document and recommendations are supported by links to whitepapers and other help documents. Package also includes two back-end supporting codes: CS2SAT Requirements Matrix and Control System Security Information System.« less

  4. Towards sparse characterisation of on-body ultra-wideband wireless channels.

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    Yang, Xiaodong; Ren, Aifeng; Zhang, Zhiya; Ur Rehman, Masood; Abbasi, Qammer Hussain; Alomainy, Akram

    2015-06-01

    With the aim of reducing cost and power consumption of the receiving terminal, compressive sensing (CS) framework is applied to on-body ultra-wideband (UWB) channel estimation. It is demonstrated in this Letter that the sparse on-body UWB channel impulse response recovered by the CS framework fits the original sparse channel well; thus, on-body channel estimation can be achieved using low-speed sampling devices. PMID:26609409

  5. Towards sparse characterisation of on-body ultra-wideband wireless channels

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    Ren, Aifeng; Zhang, Zhiya; Ur Rehman, Masood; Abbasi, Qammer Hussain; Alomainy, Akram

    2015-01-01

    With the aim of reducing cost and power consumption of the receiving terminal, compressive sensing (CS) framework is applied to on-body ultra-wideband (UWB) channel estimation. It is demonstrated in this Letter that the sparse on-body UWB channel impulse response recovered by the CS framework fits the original sparse channel well; thus, on-body channel estimation can be achieved using low-speed sampling devices. PMID:26609409

  6. Role of Epithelium Sodium Channel in Bone Formation

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    Wang, Ruo-Yu; Yang, Shu-Hua; Xu, Wei-Hua

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To review the recent developments in the mechanisms of epithelium sodium channels (ENaCs) induced bone formation and regulation. Data Sources: Studies written in English or Chinese were searched using Medline, PubMed and the index of Chinese-language literature with time restriction from 2005 to 2014. Keywords included ENaC, bone, bone formation, osteonecrosis, estrogen, and osteoporosis. Data from published articles about the structure of ENaC, mechanism of ENaC in bone formation in recent domestic and foreign literature were selected. Study Selection: Abstract and full text of all studies were required to obtain. Studies those were not accessible and those did not focus on the keywords were excluded. Results: ENaCs are tripolymer ion channels which are assembled from homologous α, β, and γ subunits. Crystal structure of ENaCs suggests that ENaC has a central ion-channel located in the central symmetry axis of the three subunits. ENaCs are protease sensitive channels whose iron-channel activity is regulated by the proteolytic reaction. Channel opening probability of ENaCs is regulated by proteinases, mechanical force, and shear stress. Several molecules are involved in regulation of ENaCs in bone formation, including nitride oxide synthases, voltage-sensitive calcium channels, and cyclooxygenase-2. Conclusion: The pathway of ENaC involved in shear stress has an effect on stimulating osteoblasts even bone formation by estrogen interference. PMID:26904995

  7. Volatile anesthetics inhibit sodium channels without altering bulk lipid bilayer properties.

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    Herold, Karl F; Sanford, R Lea; Lee, William; Schultz, Margaret F; Ingólfsson, Helgi I; Andersen, Olaf S; Hemmings, Hugh C

    2014-12-01

    Although general anesthetics are clinically important and widely used, their molecular mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Volatile anesthetics such as isoflurane (ISO) are thought to alter neuronal function by depressing excitatory and facilitating inhibitory neurotransmission through direct interactions with specific protein targets, including voltage-gated sodium channels (Na(v)). Many anesthetics alter lipid bilayer properties, suggesting that ion channel function might also be altered indirectly through effects on the lipid bilayer. We compared the effects of ISO and of a series of fluorobenzene (FB) model volatile anesthetics on Na(v) function and lipid bilayer properties. We examined the effects of these agents on Na(v) in neuronal cells using whole-cell electrophysiology, and on lipid bilayer properties using a gramicidin-based fluorescence assay, which is a functional assay for detecting changes in lipid bilayer properties sensed by a bilayer-spanning ion channel. At clinically relevant concentrations (defined by the minimum alveolar concentration), both the FBs and ISO produced prepulse-dependent inhibition of Na(v) and shifted the voltage dependence of inactivation toward more hyperpolarized potentials without affecting lipid bilayer properties, as sensed by gramicidin channels. Only at supra-anesthetic (toxic) concentrations did ISO alter lipid bilayer properties. These results suggest that clinically relevant concentrations of volatile anesthetics alter Na(v) function through direct interactions with the channel protein with little, if any, contribution from changes in bulk lipid bilayer properties. Our findings further suggest that changes in lipid bilayer properties are not involved in clinical anesthesia. PMID:25385786

  8. RFI channels

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    Mceliece, R. J.

    1980-01-01

    A class of channel models is presented which exhibit varying burst error severity much like channels encountered in practice. An information-theoretic analysis of these channel models is made, and conclusions are drawn that may aid in the design of coded communication systems for realistic noisy channels.

  9. Lactosylated Gramicidin-based lipid nanoparticles (Lac-GLN) for targeted delivery of anti-miR-155 to hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Zhang, Mengzi; Zhou, Xiaoju; Wang, Bo; Yung, Bryant C.; Lee, Ly J.; Ghoshal, Kalpana; Lee, Robert J.

    2013-01-01

    Lactosylated gramicidin-containing lipid nanoparticles (Lac-GLN) were developed for delivery of anti-microRNA-155 (anti-miR-155) to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. MiR-155 is an oncomiR frequently elevated in HCC. The Lac-GLN formulation contained N-lactobionyl-dioleoyl phosphatidylethanolamine (Lac-DOPE), a ligand for the asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGR), and an antibiotic peptide gramicidin A. The nanoparticles exhibited a mean particle diameter of 73 nm, zeta potential of +3.5 mV, anti-miR encapsulation efficiency of 88%, and excellent colloidal stability at 4°C. Lac-GLN effectively delivered anti-miR-155 to HCC cells with a 16.1- and 4.1-fold up-regulation of miR-155 targets C/EBPβ and FOXP3 genes, respectively, and exhibited significant greater efficiency over Lipofectamine 2000. In mice, intravenous injection of Lac-GLN containing Cy3-anti-miR-155 led to preferential accumulation of the anti-miR-155 in hepatocytes. Intravenous administration of 1.5 mg/kg anti-miR-155 loaded Lac-GLN resulted in up-regulation of C/EBPβ and FOXP3 by 6.9- and 2.2- fold, respectively. These results suggest potential application of Lac-GLN as a liver-specific delivery vehicle for anti-miR therapy. PMID:23567045

  10. Reactive barriers for {sup 137}Cs retention

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    KRUMHANSL,JAMES L.; BRADY,PATRICK V.; ANDERSON,HOWARD L.

    2000-05-19

    {sup 137}Cs was dispersed globally by cold war activities and, more recently, by the Chernobyl accident. Engineered extraction of {sup 137}Cs from soils and groundwaters is exceedingly difficult. Because the half life of {sup 137}Cs is only 30.2 years, remediation might be more effective (and less costly) if {sup 137}Cs bioavailability could be demonstrably limited for even a few decades by use of a reactive barrier. Essentially permanent isolation must be demonstrated in those few settings where high nuclear level wastes contaminated the environment with {sup 135}Cs (half life 2.3x10{sup 6} years) in addition to {sup 137}Cs. Clays are potentially a low-cost barrier to Cs movement, though their long-term effectiveness remains untested. To identify optimal clays for Cs retention Cs resorption was measured for five common clays: Wyoming Montmorillonite (SWy-1), Georgia Kaolinites (KGa-1 and KGa-2), Fithian Illite (F-Ill), and K-Metabentonite (K-Mbt). Exchange sites were pre-saturated with 0.16 M CsCl for 14 days and readily exchangeable Cs was removed by a series of LiNO{sub 3} and LiCl washes. Washed clay were then placed into dialysis bags and the Cs release to the deionized water outside the bags measured. Release rates from 75 to 139 days for SWy-1, K-Mbt and F- 111 were similar; 0.017 to 0.021% sorbed Cs released per day. Both kaolinites released Cs more rapidly (0.12 to 0.05% of the sorbed Cs per day). In a second set of experiments, clays were doped for 110 days and subjected to an extreme and prolonged rinsing process. All the clays exhibited some capacity for irreversible Cs uptake so most soils have some limited ability to act as a natural barrier to Cs migration. However, the residual loading was greatest on K-Mbt ({approximately} 0.33 wt% Cs). Thus, this clay would be the optimal material for constructing artificial reactive barriers.

  11. Formation of Stoichiometric CsFn Compounds

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    Zhu, Qiang; Oganov, Artem R.; Zeng, Qingfeng

    2015-01-01

    Alkali halides MX, have been viewed as typical ionic compounds, characterized by 1:1 ratio necessary for charge balance between M+ and X-. It was proposed that group I elements like Cs can be oxidized further under high pressure. Here we perform a comprehensive study for the CsF-F system at pressures up to 100 GPa, and find extremely versatile chemistry. A series of CsFn (n >= 1) compounds are predicted to be stable already at ambient pressure. Under pressure, 5p electrons of Cs atoms become active, with growing tendency to form Cs (III) and (V) valence states at fluorine-rich conditions. Although Cs (II) and (IV) are not energetically favoured, the interplay between two mechanisms (polyfluoride anions and polyvalent Cs cations) allows CsF2 and CsF4 compounds to be stable under pressure. The estimated defluorination temperatures of CsFn (n = 2,3,5) compounds at atmospheric pressure (218°C, 150°C, -15°C, respectively), are attractive for fluorine storage applications.

  12. Formation of Stoichiometric CsFn Compounds

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    Zhu, Qiang; Oganov, Artem R.; Zeng, Qingfeng

    2015-01-01

    Alkali halides MX, have been viewed as typical ionic compounds, characterized by 1:1 ratio necessary for charge balance between M+ and X−. It was proposed that group I elements like Cs can be oxidized further under high pressure. Here we perform a comprehensive study for the CsF-F system at pressures up to 100 GPa, and find extremely versatile chemistry. A series of CsFn (n ≥ 1) compounds are predicted to be stable already at ambient pressure. Under pressure, 5p electrons of Cs atoms become active, with growing tendency to form Cs (III) and (V) valence states at fluorine-rich conditions. Although Cs (II) and (IV) are not energetically favoured, the interplay between two mechanisms (polyfluoride anions and polyvalent Cs cations) allows CsF2 and CsF4 compounds to be stable under pressure. The estimated defluorination temperatures of CsFn (n = 2,3,5) compounds at atmospheric pressure (218°C, 150°C, -15°C, respectively), are attractive for fluorine storage applications. PMID:25608669

  13. DNA translocation across planar bilayers containing Bacillus subtilis ion channels.

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    Szabò, I; Bàthori, G; Tombola, F; Brini, M; Coppola, A; Zoratti, M

    1997-10-01

    The mechanisms by which genetic material crosses prokaryotic membranes are incompletely understood. We have developed a new methodology to study the translocation of genetic material via pores in a reconstituted system, using techniques from electrophysiology and molecular biology. We report here that planar bilayer membranes become permeable to double-stranded DNA (kilobase range) if Bacillus subtilis membrane vesicles containing high conductance channels have been fused into them. The translocation is an electrophoretic process, since it does not occur if a transmembrane electrical field opposing the movement of DNA, a polyanion, is applied. It is not an aspecific permeation through the phospholipid bilayer, since it does not take place if no proteins have been incorporated into the membrane. The transport is also not due simply to the presence of polypeptides in the membrane, since it does not occur if the latter contains gramicidin A or a eukaryotic, multi-protein vesicle fraction exhibiting 30-picosiemens anion-selective channel activity. The presence of DNA alters the behavior of the bacterial channels, indicating that it interacts with the pores and may travel through their lumen. These results support the idea that DNA translocation may take place through proteic pores and suggest that some of the high conductance bacterial channels observed in electrophysiological experiments may be constituents of the DNA translocating machinery in these organisms. PMID:9312144

  14. Numerical methods for a Poisson-Nernst-Planck-Fermi model of biological ion channels.

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    Liu, Jinn-Liang; Eisenberg, Bob

    2015-07-01

    Numerical methods are proposed for an advanced Poisson-Nernst-Planck-Fermi (PNPF) model for studying ion transport through biological ion channels. PNPF contains many more correlations than most models and simulations of channels, because it includes water and calculates dielectric properties consistently as outputs. This model accounts for the steric effect of ions and water molecules with different sizes and interstitial voids, the correlation effect of crowded ions with different valences, and the screening effect of polarized water molecules in an inhomogeneous aqueous electrolyte. The steric energy is shown to be comparable to the electrical energy under physiological conditions, demonstrating the crucial role of the excluded volume of particles and the voids in the natural function of channel proteins. Water is shown to play a critical role in both correlation and steric effects in the model. We extend the classical Scharfetter-Gummel (SG) method for semiconductor devices to include the steric potential for ion channels, which is a fundamental physical property not present in semiconductors. Together with a simplified matched interface and boundary (SMIB) method for treating molecular surfaces and singular charges of channel proteins, the extended SG method is shown to exhibit important features in flow simulations such as optimal convergence, efficient nonlinear iterations, and physical conservation. The generalized SG stability condition shows why the standard discretization (without SG exponential fitting) of NP equations may fail and that divalent Ca(2+) may cause more unstable discrete Ca(2+) fluxes than that of monovalent Na(+). Two different methods-called the SMIB and multiscale methods-are proposed for two different types of channels, namely, the gramicidin A channel and an L-type calcium channel, depending on whether water is allowed to pass through the channel. Numerical methods are first validated with constructed models whose exact solutions are

  15. Numerical methods for a Poisson-Nernst-Planck-Fermi model of biological ion channels

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    Liu, Jinn-Liang; Eisenberg, Bob

    2015-07-01

    Numerical methods are proposed for an advanced Poisson-Nernst-Planck-Fermi (PNPF) model for studying ion transport through biological ion channels. PNPF contains many more correlations than most models and simulations of channels, because it includes water and calculates dielectric properties consistently as outputs. This model accounts for the steric effect of ions and water molecules with different sizes and interstitial voids, the correlation effect of crowded ions with different valences, and the screening effect of polarized water molecules in an inhomogeneous aqueous electrolyte. The steric energy is shown to be comparable to the electrical energy under physiological conditions, demonstrating the crucial role of the excluded volume of particles and the voids in the natural function of channel proteins. Water is shown to play a critical role in both correlation and steric effects in the model. We extend the classical Scharfetter-Gummel (SG) method for semiconductor devices to include the steric potential for ion channels, which is a fundamental physical property not present in semiconductors. Together with a simplified matched interface and boundary (SMIB) method for treating molecular surfaces and singular charges of channel proteins, the extended SG method is shown to exhibit important features in flow simulations such as optimal convergence, efficient nonlinear iterations, and physical conservation. The generalized SG stability condition shows why the standard discretization (without SG exponential fitting) of NP equations may fail and that divalent Ca2 + may cause more unstable discrete Ca2 + fluxes than that of monovalent Na+. Two different methods—called the SMIB and multiscale methods—are proposed for two different types of channels, namely, the gramicidin A channel and an L-type calcium channel, depending on whether water is allowed to pass through the channel. Numerical methods are first validated with constructed models whose exact solutions are

  16. Collision induced dissociation of CsI and Cs2I2 to ion pairs by Kr, Xe, and SF6

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    Parks, E. K.; Inoue, M.; Wexler, S.

    1982-02-01

    Absolute cross sections as functions of collision energy have been determined for collision induced dissociation of cesium iodide monomer and dimer to ion pairs. In these studies a beam of accelerated Xe, Kr, or SF6 projectiles was crossed with a thermal beam of cesium iodide. The partial cross sections for each product-ion channel were determined by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. For the rare gas-monomer collisions, the dependence of each partial cross section on the internal temperature of the CsI was also obtained. Collisions of Xe with CsI produced three-body dissociation as well as the formation of the molecular ions CsXe+ and IXe-. The formation of both the positive and negative molecular ions is primarily a reflection of the similar masses of Cs+ and I-, and was not observed in previously studied systems. For the same reason, Cs2I+ and CsI-2 resulting from collisions of Xe with Cs2I2 were formed with comparable intensities. At energies well above threshold, the total dissociation cross section for the rare gases colliding with CsI or Cs2I2 is large (≳10 Å2). Those for SF6 are approximately a factor of 5 smaller for the monomer, but only slightly smaller for the dimer. No ions containing SF6 were observed. The cross sections for three-body dissociation as well as molecular ion formation are relatively small in the region of the thermodynamic threshold (decreasing in the series Xe, Kr, and Ar). Analysis of the experimental results indicates that dissociation in this region only occurs for CsI molecules having considerable internal excitation, an effect related almost entirely to the projectile-target relative masses. A model which takes into account the coupling of internal motion with relative translational motion is shown to give an excellent description of the dissociation in the threshold region. Collinear trajectory calculations of the rare gases colliding with CsI were also performed in order to determine the threshold for dissociation as a

  17. Open channel noise. VI. Analysis of amplitude histograms to determine rapid kinetic parameters.

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    Heinemann, S H; Sigworth, F J

    1991-01-01

    Recently we reported that rapid fluctuations of ion currents flowing through open gramicidin A channels exceed the expected level of pure transport noise at low ion concentrations (Heinemann, S. H. and F. J. Sigworth. 1990. Biophys. J. 57:499-514). Based on comparisons with kinetic ion transport models we concluded that this excess noise is likely caused by current interruptions lasting approximately 1 microsecond. Here we introduce a method using the higher-order cumulants of the amplitude distribution to estimate the kinetics of channel closing events far below the actual time resolution of the recording system. Using this method on data recorded with 10 kHz bandwidth, estimates for gap time constants on the order of 1 microsecond were obtained, similar to the earlier predictions. PMID:1718467

  18. Nanoscale ion sequestration to determine the polarity selectivity of ion conductance in carriers and channels.

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    Cranfield, Charles G; Bettler, Taren; Cornell, Bruce

    2015-01-01

    The nanoscale spacing between a tethered lipid bilayer membrane (tBLM) and its supporting gold electrode can be utilized to determine the polarity selectivity of the conduction of ion channels and ion carriers embedded in a membrane. The technique relies upon a bias voltage sequestering or eliminating ions, of a particular polarity, into or out of the aqueous electrolyte region between the gold electrode and the tethered membrane. A demonstration is given, using ac swept frequency impedance spectrometry, of the bias polarity dependence of the ionophore conductance of gramicidin A, a cationic selective channel, and valinomycin, a potassium ion selective carrier. We further use pulsed amperometry to show that the intrinsic voltage dependence of the ion conduction is actually selective of the polarity of the transported ion and not simply of the direction of the ionic current flow. PMID:25474616

  19. Cesium ordering and electron localization-delocalization phenomena in the quasi-one-dimensional diphosphate tungsten bronzes: Cs1‒xP8W8O40

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    Foury-Leylekian, P.; Pouget, J. P.; Greenblatt, M.; Wang, E.

    1998-03-01

    We present a structural investigation of the Cs1‒xP8W8O40 family of quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) conductors, which exhibit intriguing charge transport properties where, for x small, the conductivity exhibits a crossover from a semiconducting to a metallic like regime when the temperature decreases. In these materials the W4O18 double zig-zag chains, together with the P2O7 diphosphate groups, delimit channels which are partially filled with the Cs+ ions. It is found, from an X-ray diffuse scattering investigation, that at room temperature the Cs+ ions are locally ordered on a lattice of well-defined sites in the channel direction and not ordered between neighboring channels. These Cs+ ions form 1D incommensurate concentration waves whose periodicity depends on the Cs+ stoichiometry. In CsP8W8O40 upon cooling, the intrachannel order increases significantly, and an interchannel order between the 1D Cs+ concentration waves develops. But, probably because of kinetic effects, no tridimensional (3D) long range order of the Cs+ ions is achieved at low temperature. The 3D low-temperature local order has been determined and it is found that the phase shift between the Cs+ concentration waves minimizes their Coulomb repulsions. This local order is increasingly reduced as the Cs concentration diminishes. We interpret the intriguing features of the electrical conductivity in relationship with the thermal evolution of the Cs ordering effects. We suggest that in Cs1‒xP8W8O40, for x small, a localization-delocalization transition of the Anderson type occurs due to the thermal variation of the Cs disorder. When x increases, the enhancement of the disorder leads to a localization of the electronic wave function in the whole temperature range measured. Finally, and probably because of the disorder, no charge density wave instability is revealed by our X-ray diffuse scattering investigation.

  20. Microstructure of Cs-implanted zirconia: Role of temperature

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    Vincent, L.; Thome, L.; Garrido, F.; Kaitasov, O.; Houdelier, F.

    2008-12-01

    The aim of this study was to identify experimentally the phase which includes cesium in yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The solubility and retention of cesium in YSZ were studied at high temperature (HT). Cesium was ion implanted (at 300 keV) into YSZ at room temperature (RT), 750 deg. C, or 900 deg. C at fluences up to 5x10{sup 16} cm{sup -2}. The temperature dependence of the radiation-induced damage and of the cesium distribution in YSZ single crystals was investigated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and ion channeling. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies were performed in order to determine the damage nature and search for a predicted ternary phase of cesium zirconate. Whatever the implantation temperature, the thickness of the damaged layer increases inwards with ion fluence. At RT, amorphization occurs, caused by the high Cs concentration (7 at. %). In situ TEM during postannealing shows recrystallization of cubic zirconia after release of cesium. A high implantation temperature has a significant influence on the nature of radiation defects and on the retained Cs concentration. At HT, dislocation loops and voids are formed but no amorphization is observed whereas polygonization occurs at high fluence. The implanted cesium concentration reaches a saturation value of 1.5 at. % above which Cs can no longer be retained in the matrix and is then released at the surface. At that concentration, cesium forms a solid solution in YSZ; no other phase is formed, neither during irradiation nor after thermal annealing.

  1. Storable droplet interface lipid bilayers for cell-free ion channel studies.

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    Jung, Sung-Ho; Choi, Sangbaek; Kim, Young-Rok; Jeon, Tae-Joon

    2012-01-01

    An artificially created lipid bilayer is an important platform in studying ion channels and engineered biosensor applications. However, a lipid bilayer created using conventional techniques is fragile and short-lived, and the measurement of ion channels requires expertise and laborious procedures, precluding practical applications. Here, we demonstrate a storable droplet lipid bilayer precursor frozen with ion channels, resulting in a droplet interface bilayer upon thawing. A small vial with an aqueous droplet in organic solution was flash frozen in -80 °C methanol immediately after an aqueous droplet was introduced into the organic solution and gravity draws the droplet down to the interface upon thawing. A lipid bilayer created along the interface using this method had giga-ohm resistance and typical specific capacitance values. The noise level of this system is favorably comparable to the conventional system. The subsequent incorporation of ion channels, alpha-hemolysin and gramicidin A, showed typical conductance values consistent with those in previous literatures. This novel system to create a lipid bilayer as a whole can be automated from its manufacture to use and indefinitely stored when frozen. As a result, ion channel measurements can be carried out in any place, increasing the accessibility of ion channel studies as well as a number of applications, such as biosensors, ion channel drug screening, and biophysical studies. PMID:21909672

  2. The nature of ion and water barrier crossings in a simulated ion channel.

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    Chiu, S. W.; Novotny, J. A.; Jakobsson, E.

    1993-01-01

    Using a combination of techniques, including molecular dynamics, time-correlation analysis, stochastic dynamics, and fitting of continuum diffusion theory to electrophysiological data, a characterization is made of thermally driven sodium, water, and D2O motion within the gramicidin A channel. Since the channel contents are constrained to move in a single-file fashion, the motion that corresponds to experimentally measurable rates of permeation of the membrane is the motion of the center of mass of the channel contents. We therefore emphasize channel contents center-of-mass motion in our analysis of molecular dynamics computations. The usual free energy calculation techniques would be of questionable validity when applied to such motion. As an alternative to those techniques, we postulate a periodic sinusoidal free energy profile (related to the periodic structure of the helical channel) and deduce the fluid dynamic diffusion coefficient and the height and spacing of the free energy barriers from the form of the mean-square-deviation function, using stochastic computations. The fluid dynamic friction in each case appears similar to that for aqueous solution. However, the diffusive motions are modulated by a spatially periodic free energy profile with a periodicity characteristic of an L-D pair of amino acids in the gramicidin helix, approximately 1.7 A in the model we use. The barrier height depends on which substance is moving in the channel, but in each case is several times thermal energy. For barriers of this width and height, the motion is intermediate between the low-friction (transition-state) and high-friction (Brownian) limits. Thus, neither of these formalisms that have been used commonly to describe membrane permeation gives an accurate picture of the underlying physical process (although the Brownian description seems closer to correct). The non-Markovian Langevin equation must be solved to describe properly the statistics of the process. The "channel

  3. Structure and supramolecular architecture of membrane channel-forming peptides.

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    Spach, G; Duclohier, H; Molle, G; Valleton, J M

    1989-01-01

    Peptides gathering together to induce channels in lipid bilayers may be classified in several categories according to the spatial structures involved. For example, gramicidin A forms intramolecular tubes, alamethicin, bundles of helical rods with intermolecular pores, porins (being proteins, properly speaking) are rich in beta-sheets that may form barrels, whereas cyclic peptides might stack together resulting in the formation of pores. The chemical structure of these compounds is now well characterized. The transmembrane electrical signals that they transmit are also typical of the particular supramolecular configurations (or architecture). Investigations in this field are thus relevant to structure-function relationship studies due to the availability of natural or synthetic analogues allowing the measurement of the influence of physico-chemical parameters upon the energy profiles of the pores. Consequently, questions such as the existence and probabilities of conductance substrates, their voltage-dependence and their ion or molecular selectivity can be tackled. Today, the loosest aspect of these studies lies in the actual molecular conformations and architecture in the membranes of the peptide aggregates, the knowledge of which remains imprecise, even 'at rest' in the best-studied cases. This review attempts to point out still unresolved questions and to propose some plausible approaches concerning, for example: 1) the configurations of the molecular aggregates responsible for ion transfer; 2) the mechanisms for channel-opening and closing (gating); 3) the eventual cooperative phenomena between channels, via the bilayer or interfacial components. Possible applications of these structures will be tentatively outlined. PMID:2470416

  4. Channel-Forming Bacterial Toxins in Biosensing and Macromolecule Delivery

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    Gurnev, Philip A.; Nestorovich, Ekaterina M.

    2014-01-01

    To intoxicate cells, pore-forming bacterial toxins are evolved to allow for the transmembrane traffic of different substrates, ranging from small inorganic ions to cell-specific polypeptides. Recent developments in single-channel electrical recordings, X-ray crystallography, protein engineering, and computational methods have generated a large body of knowledge about the basic principles of channel-mediated molecular transport. These discoveries provide a robust framework for expansion of the described principles and methods toward use of biological nanopores in the growing field of nanobiotechnology. This article, written for a special volume on “Intracellular Traffic and Transport of Bacterial Protein Toxins”, reviews the current state of applications of pore-forming bacterial toxins in small- and macromolecule-sensing, targeted cancer therapy, and drug delivery. We discuss the electrophysiological studies that explore molecular details of channel-facilitated protein and polymer transport across cellular membranes using both natural and foreign substrates. The review focuses on the structurally and functionally different bacterial toxins: gramicidin A of Bacillus brevis, α-hemolysin of Staphylococcus aureus, and binary toxin of Bacillus anthracis, which have found their “second life” in a variety of developing medical and technological applications. PMID:25153255

  5. TRP Channels

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    Venkatachalam, Kartik; Montell, Craig

    2011-01-01

    The TRP (Transient Receptor Potential) superfamily of cation channels is remarkable in that it displays greater diversity in activation mechanisms and selectivities than any other group of ion channels. The domain organizations of some TRP proteins are also unusual, as they consist of linked channel and enzyme domains. A unifying theme in this group is that TRP proteins play critical roles in sensory physiology, which include contributions to vision, taste, olfaction, hearing, touch, and thermo- and osmosensation. In addition, TRP channels enable individual cells to sense changes in their local environment. Many TRP channels are activated by a variety of different stimuli and function as signal integrators. The TRP superfamily is divided into seven subfamilies: the five group 1 TRPs (TRPC, TRPV, TRPM, TRPN, and TRPA) and two group 2 subfamilies (TRPP and TRPML). TRP channels are important for human health as mutations in at least four TRP channels underlie disease. PMID:17579562

  6. Cs3ScCl6

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    Ward, Matthew D.; Ibers, James A.

    2014-01-01

    Crystals of tricaesium scandium(III) hexa­chloride were obtained as a side product from the reaction of U, SnCl2, Sc, and S in a CsCl flux at 1073 K. Cs3ScCl6 crystallizes in the Rb3YCl6 structure type. The asymmetric unit comprises three Cs sites, two Sc sites, and six Cl sites, all of which have site symmetry 1, except for the two Sc sites that have site symmetries of 2 and -1, respectively. The structure is composed of isolated [ScCl6]3− octa­hedra that are surrounded by Cs+ cations. Two Cs+ cations have inter­actions with eight Cl− anions, while the third has inter­actions with ten Cl− anions. PMID:24940185

  7. Cs3ScCl6.

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    Ward, Matthew D; Ibers, James A

    2014-06-01

    Crystals of tricaesium scandium(III) hexa-chloride were obtained as a side product from the reaction of U, SnCl2, Sc, and S in a CsCl flux at 1073 K. Cs3ScCl6 crystallizes in the Rb3YCl6 structure type. The asymmetric unit comprises three Cs sites, two Sc sites, and six Cl sites, all of which have site symmetry 1, except for the two Sc sites that have site symmetries of 2 and -1, respectively. The structure is composed of isolated [ScCl6](3-) octa-hedra that are surrounded by Cs(+) cations. Two Cs(+) cations have inter-actions with eight Cl(-) anions, while the third has inter-actions with ten Cl(-) anions. PMID:24940185

  8. Temperature and Pressure Dependence of the Reaction S + CS (+M) → CS2 (+M).

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    Glarborg, Peter; Marshall, Paul; Troe, Jürgen

    2015-07-16

    Experimental data for the unimolecular decomposition of CS2 from the literature are analyzed by unimolecular rate theory with the goal of obtaining rate constants for the reverse reaction S + CS (+M) → CS2 (+M) over wide temperature and pressure ranges. The results constitute an important input for the kinetic modeling of CS2 oxidation. CS2 dissociation proceeds as a spin-forbidden process whose detailed properties are still not well understood. The role of the singlet-triplet transition involved is discussed. PMID:25669352

  9. The effects of the muscle relaxant, CS-722, on synaptic activity of cultured neurones.

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    Marszalec, W.; Song, J. H.; Narahashi, T.

    1996-01-01

    1. The pharmacological properties of the centrally acting muscle relaxant, CS-722, were studied in cultured hippocampal cells and dorsal root ganglion cells of the rat using the whole-cell variation of the patch clamp technique. 2. CS-722 inhibited the occurrence of spontaneous excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic currents in hippocampal neurones at concentrations of 100-300 microM, but had no effect on postsynaptic currents evoked by the application of glycine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, glutamate or N-methyl-D-aspartate. 3. CS-722 reduced voltage-gated sodium currents, while shifting the sodium channel inactivation curve to more negative membrane potentials. This effect is similar to that reported for local anaesthetics. Voltage-gated potassium currents were decreased by CS-722 by approximately 20%, whereas voltage-activated calcium currents were inhibited by about 25%. 4. CS-722 inhibited evoked inhibitory postsynaptic currents. However, the spontaneous quantal release of inhibitory transmitter was not affected. 5. The inhibitory effect of CS-722 on spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic currents and excitatory postsynaptic currents in hippocampal cultures probably results from an inhibition of both sodium and calcium currents. This inhibitory effect is likely to be amplified in polysynaptic neuronal circuits. PMID:8872365

  10. Luminescence properties of the CsSnBr3 phase in metastable Cs4SnBr6

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    Myagkota, S. V.; Savchin, P. V.; Voloshinovskiĭ, A. S.; Demkiv, T. M.; Boĭko, Ya. V.; Vus, R. S.; Demkiv, L. S.

    2008-08-01

    Crystalline materials of the compositions Cs4SnBr6, CsSnBr3, and CsBr-Sn (0.1 mol %) are investigated using x-ray diffraction and luminescent methods. The formation of the CsSnBr3 phase is found to occur in metastable Cs4SnBr6 and CsBr-Sn. It is established that the CsSnBr3 crystalline phase in the Cs4SnBr6 metastable phase is a more stable compound as compared to the CsSnBr3 bulk crystal, which undergoes oxidation and hydration in air.

  11. Memory Is Not Extinguished along with CS Presentation but within a Few Seconds after CS-Offset

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    Perez-Cuesta, Luis Maria; Hepp, Yanil; Pedreira, Maria Eugenia; Maldonado, Hector

    2007-01-01

    Prior work with the crab's contextual memory model showed that CS-US conditioned animals undergoing an unreinforced CS presentation would either reconsolidate or extinguish the CS-US memory, depending on the length of the reexposure to the CS. Either memory process is only triggered once the CS is terminated. Based on these results, the following…

  12. Potential value of Cs-137 capsules

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    Bloomster, C.H.; Brown, D.R.; Bruno, G.A.; Hazelton, R.F.; Hendrickson, P.L.; Lezberg, A.J.; Tingey, G.L.; Wilfert, G.L.

    1985-04-01

    We determined the value of Cs-137 compared to Co-60 as a source for the irradiation of fruit (apples and cherries), pork and medical supplies. Cs-137, in the WESF capsule form, had a value of approximately $0.40/Ci as a substitute for Co-60 priced at approximately $1.00/Ci. The comparison was based on the available curies emitted from the surface of each capsule. We developed preliminary designs for fourteen irradiation facilities; seven were based on Co-60 and seven were based on Cs-137. These designs provided the basis for estimating capital and operating costs which, in turn, provided the basis for determining the value of Cs-137 relative to Co-60 in these applications. We evaluated the effect of the size of the irradiation facility on the value of Cs-137. The cost of irradiation is low compared to the value of the product. Irradiation of apples for disinfestation costs $.01 to .02 per pound. Irradiation for trichina-safe pork costs $.02 per pound. Irradiation of medical supplies for sterilization costs $.07 to .12 per pound. The cost of the irradiation source, either Co-60 or Cs-137, contributed only a minor amount to the total cost of irradiation, about 5% for the fruit and hog cases and about 20% for the medical supply cases. We analyzed the sensitivity of the irradiation costs and Cs-137 value to several key assumptions.

  13. A Venom-derived Neurotoxin, CsTx-1, from the Spider Cupiennius salei Exhibits Cytolytic Activities*

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    Kuhn-Nentwig, Lucia; Fedorova, Irina M.; Lüscher, Benjamin P.; Kopp, Lukas S.; Trachsel, Christian; Schaller, Johann; Vu, Xuan Lan; Seebeck, Thomas; Streitberger, Kathrin; Nentwig, Wolfgang; Sigel, Erwin; Magazanik, Lev G.

    2012-01-01

    CsTx-1, the main neurotoxic acting peptide in the venom of the spider Cupiennius salei, is composed of 74 amino acid residues, exhibits an inhibitory cysteine knot motif, and is further characterized by its highly cationic charged C terminus. Venom gland cDNA library analysis predicted a prepropeptide structure for CsTx-1 precursor. In the presence of trifluoroethanol, CsTx-1 and the long C-terminal part alone (CT1-long; Gly-45–Lys-74) exhibit an α-helical structure, as determined by CD measurements. CsTx-1 and CT1-long are insecticidal toward Drosophila flies and destroys Escherichia coli SBS 363 cells. CsTx-1 causes a stable and irreversible depolarization of insect larvae muscle cells and frog neuromuscular preparations, which seem to be receptor-independent. Furthermore, this membranolytic activity could be measured for Xenopus oocytes, in which CsTx-1 and CT1-long increase ion permeability non-specifically. These results support our assumption that the membranolytic activities of CsTx-1 are caused by its C-terminal tail, CT1-long. Together, CsTx-1 exhibits two different functions; as a neurotoxin it inhibits L-type Ca2+ channels, and as a membranolytic peptide it destroys a variety of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell membranes. Such a dualism is discussed as an important new mechanism for the evolution of spider venomous peptides. PMID:22613721

  14. CsI and some new photocathodes

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    Anderson, D.F.; Kwan, S.; Peskov, V.

    1993-06-01

    A discussion of the possible sources of discrepancies in the measurements of the quantum efficiency of CsI photocathodes is presented. We propose that the major causes for disagreements in QE are due to the QE dependence on the current density extracted from the photocathode, on the electric field, and on the temperature of the photocathode. Preliminary results on TMAE enhanced GaAs and Si, plus TMAE protected CsTe and SbCs photocathodes, operated in gas, are also presented.

  15. The "Seven Cs" for Employee Retention.

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    Taguchi, Sherrie Gong

    2001-01-01

    Defines the "Seven Cs," traditional yet effective business fundamentals used to engage employees. Discusses how many companies are leveraging the basics of good employee relations in order to inspire staff productivity and loyalty. (GCP)

  16. 135Cs activity and 135Cs/137Cs atom ratio in environmental samples before and after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

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    Yang, Guosheng; Tazoe, Hirofumi; Yamada, Masatoshi

    2016-04-01

    135Cs/137Cs is a potential tracer for radiocesium source identification. However, due to the challenge to measure 135Cs, there were no 135Cs data available for Japanese environmental samples before the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. It was only 3 years after the accident that limited 135Cs values could be measured in heavily contaminated environmental samples. In the present study, activities of 134Cs, 135Cs, and 137Cs, along with their ratios in 67 soil and plant samples heavily and lightly contaminated by the FDNPP accident were measured by combining γ spectrometry with ICP-MS/MS. The arithmetic means of the 134Cs/137Cs activity ratio (1.033 ± 0.006) and 135Cs/137Cs atom ratio (0.334 ± 0.005) (decay corrected to March 11, 2011), from old leaves of plants collected immediately after the FDNPP accident, were confirmed to represent the FDNPP derived radiocesium signature. Subsequently, for the first time, trace 135Cs amounts before the FDNPP accident were deduced according to the contribution of global and FDNPP accident-derived fallout. Apart from two soil samples with a tiny global fallout contribution, contributions of global fallout radiocesium in other soil samples were observed to be 0.338%–52.6%. The obtained 135Cs/137Cs database will be useful for its application as a geochemical tracer in the future.

  17. 135Cs activity and 135Cs/137Cs atom ratio in environmental samples before and after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.

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    Yang, Guosheng; Tazoe, Hirofumi; Yamada, Masatoshi

    2016-01-01

    (135)Cs/(137)Cs is a potential tracer for radiocesium source identification. However, due to the challenge to measure (135)Cs, there were no (135)Cs data available for Japanese environmental samples before the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. It was only 3 years after the accident that limited (135)Cs values could be measured in heavily contaminated environmental samples. In the present study, activities of (134)Cs, (135)Cs, and (137)Cs, along with their ratios in 67 soil and plant samples heavily and lightly contaminated by the FDNPP accident were measured by combining γ spectrometry with ICP-MS/MS. The arithmetic means of the (134)Cs/(137)Cs activity ratio (1.033 ± 0.006) and (135)Cs/(137)Cs atom ratio (0.334 ± 0.005) (decay corrected to March 11, 2011), from old leaves of plants collected immediately after the FDNPP accident, were confirmed to represent the FDNPP derived radiocesium signature. Subsequently, for the first time, trace (135)Cs amounts before the FDNPP accident were deduced according to the contribution of global and FDNPP accident-derived fallout. Apart from two soil samples with a tiny global fallout contribution, contributions of global fallout radiocesium in other soil samples were observed to be 0.338%-52.6%. The obtained (135)Cs/(137)Cs database will be useful for its application as a geochemical tracer in the future. PMID:27052481

  18. 135Cs activity and 135Cs/137Cs atom ratio in environmental samples before and after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

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    Yang, Guosheng; Tazoe, Hirofumi; Yamada, Masatoshi

    2016-01-01

    135Cs/137Cs is a potential tracer for radiocesium source identification. However, due to the challenge to measure 135Cs, there were no 135Cs data available for Japanese environmental samples before the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. It was only 3 years after the accident that limited 135Cs values could be measured in heavily contaminated environmental samples. In the present study, activities of 134Cs, 135Cs, and 137Cs, along with their ratios in 67 soil and plant samples heavily and lightly contaminated by the FDNPP accident were measured by combining γ spectrometry with ICP-MS/MS. The arithmetic means of the 134Cs/137Cs activity ratio (1.033 ± 0.006) and 135Cs/137Cs atom ratio (0.334 ± 0.005) (decay corrected to March 11, 2011), from old leaves of plants collected immediately after the FDNPP accident, were confirmed to represent the FDNPP derived radiocesium signature. Subsequently, for the first time, trace 135Cs amounts before the FDNPP accident were deduced according to the contribution of global and FDNPP accident-derived fallout. Apart from two soil samples with a tiny global fallout contribution, contributions of global fallout radiocesium in other soil samples were observed to be 0.338%–52.6%. The obtained 135Cs/137Cs database will be useful for its application as a geochemical tracer in the future. PMID:27052481

  19. PyCS : Python Curve Shifting

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    Tewes, Malte

    2015-09-01

    PyCS is a software toolbox to estimate time delays between multiple images of strongly lensed quasars, from resolved light curves such as obtained by the COSMOGRAIL monitoring program. The pycs package defines a collection of classes and high level functions, that you can script in a flexible way. PyCS makes it easy to compare different point estimators (including your own) without much code integration. The package heavily depends on numpy, scipy, and matplotlib.

  20. Fast CsI-phoswich detector

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    Langenbrunner, J.R.

    1996-05-07

    An improved phoswich radiation detector used pure CsI crystal and a fast plastic scintillator and a single photomultiplier tube. The plastic is arranged to receive incident radiation, and that which passed through then strikes the CsI crystal. Scintillation light from both the plastic and CsI crystal are applied to the photomultiplier tube, with the light from the plastic passing through the crystal without absorption therein. Electronics are provided for analyzing the output of the photomultiplier tube to discriminate responses due to the plastic and the CsI crystal, through short gate and long gate integration, to produce results which are indicative of the characteristics of the different types of incident radiation, even in the presence of large amounts of radiation. The phoswich detector has excellent timing resolution. The scintillators of the CsI- phoswich were chosen for their fast risetimes, of about 3 ns for NE102A, and 30 ns for the pure CsI. 5 figs.

  1. Fast CsI-phoswich detector

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    Langenbrunner, James R.

    1996-01-01

    An improved phoswich radiation detector used pure CsI crystal and a fast plastic scintillator and a single photomultiplier tube. The plastic is arranged to receive incident radiation, and that which passed through then strikes the CsI crystal. Scintillation light from both the plastic and CsI crystal are applied to the photomultiplier tube, with the light from the plastic passing through the crystal without absorption therein. Electronics are provided for analyzing the output of the photomultiplier tube to discriminate responses due to the plastic and the CsI crystal, through short gate and long gate integration, to produce results which are indicative of the characteristics of the different types of incident radiation, even in the presence of large amounts of radiation. The phoswich detector has excellent timing resolution. The scintillators of the CsI- phoswich were chosen for their fast risetimes, of about 3 ns for NE102A, and 30 ns for the pure CsI.

  2. A Low-Noise Transimpedance Amplifier for BLM-Based Ion Channel Recording

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    Crescentini, Marco; Bennati, Marco; Saha, Shimul Chandra; Ivica, Josip; de Planque, Maurits; Morgan, Hywel; Tartagni, Marco

    2016-01-01

    High-throughput screening (HTS) using ion channel recording is a powerful drug discovery technique in pharmacology. Ion channel recording with planar bilayer lipid membranes (BLM) is scalable and has very high sensitivity. A HTS system based on BLM ion channel recording faces three main challenges: (i) design of scalable microfluidic devices; (ii) design of compact ultra-low-noise transimpedance amplifiers able to detect currents in the pA range with bandwidth >10 kHz; (iii) design of compact, robust and scalable systems that integrate these two elements. This paper presents a low-noise transimpedance amplifier with integrated A/D conversion realized in CMOS 0.35 μm technology. The CMOS amplifier acquires currents in the range ±200 pA and ±20 nA, with 100 kHz bandwidth while dissipating 41 mW. An integrated digital offset compensation loop balances any voltage offsets from Ag/AgCl electrodes. The measured open-input input-referred noise current is as low as 4 fA/√Hz at ±200 pA range. The current amplifier is embedded in an integrated platform, together with a microfluidic device, for current recording from ion channels. Gramicidin-A, α-haemolysin and KcsA potassium channels have been used to prove both the platform and the current-to-digital converter. PMID:27213382

  3. A Low-Noise Transimpedance Amplifier for BLM-Based Ion Channel Recording.

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    Crescentini, Marco; Bennati, Marco; Saha, Shimul Chandra; Ivica, Josip; de Planque, Maurits; Morgan, Hywel; Tartagni, Marco

    2016-01-01

    High-throughput screening (HTS) using ion channel recording is a powerful drug discovery technique in pharmacology. Ion channel recording with planar bilayer lipid membranes (BLM) is scalable and has very high sensitivity. A HTS system based on BLM ion channel recording faces three main challenges: (i) design of scalable microfluidic devices; (ii) design of compact ultra-low-noise transimpedance amplifiers able to detect currents in the pA range with bandwidth >10 kHz; (iii) design of compact, robust and scalable systems that integrate these two elements. This paper presents a low-noise transimpedance amplifier with integrated A/D conversion realized in CMOS 0.35 μm technology. The CMOS amplifier acquires currents in the range ±200 pA and ±20 nA, with 100 kHz bandwidth while dissipating 41 mW. An integrated digital offset compensation loop balances any voltage offsets from Ag/AgCl electrodes. The measured open-input input-referred noise current is as low as 4 fA/√Hz at ±200 pA range. The current amplifier is embedded in an integrated platform, together with a microfluidic device, for current recording from ion channels. Gramicidin-A, α-haemolysin and KcsA potassium channels have been used to prove both the platform and the current-to-digital converter. PMID:27213382

  4. Isolated-patch recording from liposomes containing functionally reconstituted chloride channels from Torpedo electroplax.

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    Tank, D W; Miller, C; Webb, W W

    1982-01-01

    Small unilamellar vesicles formed from purified phospholids by detergent/dialysis methods may be enlarged to 30-microns diameter by freezing and thawing. Very-high-resistance seals were formed by applying a glass micropipette to the surface of these large liposomes, and single bilayer "patches" of membrane were isolated from the liposome surface while remaining sealed to the micropipette. The exogenous channel-forming peptides gramicidin and alamethicin induced characteristic single-channel fluctuation behavior in these excised patches held under voltage-clamp conditions. Large liposomes were formed from the small unilamellar vesicles made from cholate extracts of Torpedo electroplax plasma membrane vesicles. Isolated patches formed from these reconstituted membranes displayed current fluctuations due to single voltage-gated Cl- channels from non-innervated-face membranes; the properties of these Cl- channels are identical to those observed in planar bilayer membranes after direct insertion from native membranes. This liposome-patch method combines the advantages of membrane protein incorporation into liposomes with high-resolution electrical recording methods and may provide a generally applicable approach to the study of integral membrane channel proteins after solubilization and reconstitution. Images PMID:6296849

  5. Channel catfish

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    This book chapter provides a comprehensive overview of channel catfish aquaculture. Sections include fish biology; commercial culture; culture facilities; production practices; water quality management; nutrition, feeding and feed formulation; infectious diseases; harvesting and processing; and the...

  6. Potential role of CS2 photooxidation in tropospheric sulfur chemistry

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    Wine, P. H.; Chameides, W. L.; Ravishankara, A. R.

    1981-01-01

    Absorption cross section measurements and model calculations indicate that CS2 photooxidation may be an important tropospheric sink for the CS2, giving a lifetime on the order of a week or two. If background CS2 levels are 10-20 pptv, then CS2 photooxidation may be an important global source of OCS as well.

  7. Pharmacology of o-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS)

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    Brimblecombe, R. W.; Green, D. M.; Muir, A. W.

    1972-01-01

    1. The effects of o-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS) have been studied on several isolated organs and tissues, anaesthetized animals and cat encéphale isolé preparations. 2. On the isolated guinea-pig ileum an initial dose of CS produced a small, non-maintained contraction. Subsequent doses had reduced effects. There was no effect on peristalsis when the substance was given intraluminally. 3. No significant effects of CS were detected on the rat phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparation, the isolated perfused rabbit heart or on the contractor response of the indirectly stimulated cat tibialis muscle. 4. In the cat encéphale isolé preparation 1 mg/kg (i.v.) produced a brief period of electrocortical alerting but no abnormal activity in the electrocorticogram. Doses in excess of 10 mg/kg produced cortical depression. 5. Intravascular injection into the chloralose anaesthetized cat resulted typically in a pressor response accompanied by a brief period of apnoea. The threshold dose for the pressor response varied with the route of administration, but generally lay between 2·5 and 12·5 μg/kg; the threshold dose for apnoea was slightly higher. Small variations in this pattern of response were seen with different species and other anaesthetics. 6. When administered by stomach tube to chloralose anaesthetized cats, CS produced no measurable effects at doses of up to 100 mg/kg. 7. No changes in blood pressure or respiration were detected in anaesthetized cats given pure CS aerosol for 1 h in concentrations of between 345 mg/m3 and 1·39 g/m3 via a tracheal cannula or through the upper respiratory tract. Pure CS solution given by slow intravenous infusion at a similar dose and over a similar period produced significant effects on blood pressure and respiration. 8. Pyrotechnically generated (grenade) CS produced variable effects when given by inhalation in concentrations of between 460 and 1,040 mg/m3 for 1 hour. Respiratory depression, possibly reflex in nature

  8. Molecular structures and thermodynamic properties of 12 gaseous cesium-containing species of nuclear safety interest: Cs 2, CsH, CsO, Cs 2O, CsX, and Cs 2X 2 (X = OH, Cl, Br, and I)

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    Badawi, Michael; Xerri, Bertrand; Canneaux, Sébastien; Cantrel, Laurent; Louis, Florent

    2012-01-01

    Ab initio electronic structure calculations at the coupled cluster level with a correction for the triples extrapolated to the complete basis set limit have been made for the estimation of the thermochemical properties of Cs 2, CsH, CsO, Cs 2O, CsX, and Cs 2X 2 (X = OH, Cl, Br, and I). The standard enthalpies of formation and standard molar entropies at 298 K, and the temperature dependence of the heat capacities at constant pressure were evaluated. The calculated thermochemical properties are in good agreement with their literature counterparts. For Cs 2, CsH, CsOH, Cs 2(OH) 2, CsCl, Cs 2Cl 2, CsBr, CsI, and Cs 2I 2, the calculated ΔfH298K∘ values are within chemical accuracy of the most recent experimental values. Based on the excellent agreement observed between our calculated ΔfH298K∘ values and their literature counterparts, the standard enthalpies of formation at 298 K are estimated to be the following: ΔfH298K∘ (CsO) = 17.0 kJ mol -1 and ΔfH298K∘ (Cs 2Br 2) = -575.4 kJ mol -1.

  9. Cs2UPd3Se6

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    Oh, George N.; Ibers, James A.

    2011-01-01

    Dicaesium uranium(IV) tripalladium(II) hexa­selenide, Cs2UPd3Se6, crystallizes in the space group Fmmm in the Ba2NaCu3O6 structure type. The asymmetric unit comprises the following atoms with site symmetries as shown: U1 (mm2), Cs1 (222), Cs2 (m2m), Pd1 (.m.), Pd2 (2mm), Se1 (m..), and Se2 (1). This layered structure contains six edge-sharing square-planar [PdSe4] units that form a hexa­gon. These, in turn, edge-share with [USe6] trigonal–prismatic units, forming an extended layer parallel to (010). The layers are stacked along [010]. They are staggered, and are separated by the Cs atoms. The Cs atoms are either coordinated in a square anti­prism of Se atoms or are ten-coordinate, with one square face and the opposite face hexa­gonal. PMID:21522818

  10. A biokinetic model for {sup 137}Cs

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    Melo, D.R.; Lipsztein, J.L.; Oliveira, C.A.N.; Lundgren, D.L.

    1997-08-01

    An improved biokinetic model for {sup 137}Cs in humans was developed based on an analysis of data obtained from individuals internally contaminated during an accident in Goiania, Brazil, and other data. Seventeen children (ten girls and seven boys 1-10 y old), ten adolescents (four females and six males), and thirty adults, (fifteen females and fifteen males) contaminated in the accident in Goiania contributed to this study. {sup 137}Cs retention was determined through periodic measurements in a whole-body counter. In addition to the data on {sup 137}Cs retention from these individuals, data from a study on the metabolism of {sup 137}Cs in immature, adult, and aged Beagle dogs and data from the literature were used in the formulation of the {sup 137}Cs biokinetic model presented. Mathematically, the retention of cesium is described by three exponential terms, and the retention model is based on a step function of body weight. When the ICRP Publication 56 model for cesium was compared to the model suggested in this paper, it was determined that the ICRP model predicts lower effective doses in 5-y-old children and higher effective doses in infants, adolescents, and adults.

  11. Tear gasses CN, CR, and CS are potent activators of the human TRPA1 receptor

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    Brone, Bert; Peeters, Pieter J.; Marrannes, Roger; Mercken, Marc; Nuydens, Ronny; Meert, Theo; Gijsen, Harrie J.M.

    2008-09-01

    The TRPA1 channel is activated by a number of pungent chemicals, such as allylisothiocyanate, present in mustard oil and thiosulfinates present in garlic. Most of the known activating compounds contain reactive, electrophilic chemical groups, reacting with cysteine residues in the active site of the TRPA1 channel. This covalent modification results in activation of the channel and has been shown to be reversible for several ligands. Commonly used tear gasses CN, CR and CS are also pungent chemicals, and in this study we show that they are extremely potent and selective activators of the human TRPA1 receptor. To our knowledge, these are the most potent TRPA1 agonists known to date. The identification of the molecular target for these tear gasses may open up possibilities to alleviate the effects of tear gasses via treatment with TRPA1 antagonists. In addition these results may contribute to the basic knowledge of the TRPA1 channel that is gaining importance as a pharmacological target.

  12. Role of epithelial Na+ channels in endothelial function.

    PubMed

    Guo, Dongqing; Liang, Shenghui; Wang, Su; Tang, Chengchun; Yao, Bin; Wan, Wenhui; Zhang, Hailing; Jiang, Hui; Ahmed, Asif; Zhang, Zhiren; Gu, Yuchun

    2016-01-15

    An increasing number of mechano-sensitive ion channels in endothelial cells have been identified in response to blood flow and hydrostatic pressure. However, how these channels respond to flow under different physiological and pathological conditions remains unknown. Our results show that epithelial Na(+) channels (ENaCs) colocalize with hemeoxygenase-1 (HO-1) and hemeoxygenase-2 (HO-2) within the caveolae on the apical membrane of endothelial cells and are sensitive to stretch pressure and shear stress. ENaCs exhibited low levels of activity until their physiological environment was changed; in this case, the upregulation of HO-1, which in turn facilitated heme degradation and hence increased the carbon monoxide (CO) generation. CO potently increased the bioactivity of ENaCs, releasing the channel from inhibition. Endothelial cells responded to shear stress by increasing the Na(+) influx rate. Elevation of intracellular Na(+) concentration hampered the transportation of l-arginine, resulting in impaired nitric oxide (NO) generation. Our data suggest that ENaCs that are endogenous to human endothelial cells are mechano-sensitive. Persistent activation of ENaCs could inevitably lead to endothelium dysfunction and even vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. PMID:26621031

  13. Tubular Unimolecular Transmembrane Channels: Construction Strategy and Transport Activities.

    PubMed

    Si, Wen; Xin, Pengyang; Li, Zhan-Ting; Hou, Jun-Li

    2015-06-16

    Lipid bilayer membranes separate living cells from their environment. Membrane proteins are responsible for the processing of ion and molecular inputs and exports, sensing stimuli and signals across the bilayers, which may operate in a channel or carrier mechanism. Inspired by these wide-ranging functions of membrane proteins, chemists have made great efforts in constructing synthetic mimics in order to understand the transport mechanisms, create materials for separation, and develop therapeutic agents. Since the report of an alkylated cyclodextrin for transporting Cu(2+) and Co(2+) by Tabushi and co-workers in 1982, chemists have constructed a variety of artificial transmembrane channels by making use of either the multimolecular self-assembly or unimolecular strategy. In the context of the design of unimolecular channels, important advances have been made, including, among others, the tethering of natural gramicidin A or alamethicin and the modification of various macrocycles such as crown ethers, cyclodextrins, calixarenes, and cucurbiturils. Many of these unimolecular channels exhibit high transport ability for metal ions, particularly K(+) and Na(+). Concerning the development of artificial channels based on macrocyclic frameworks, one straightforward and efficient approach is to introduce discrete chains to reinforce their capability to insert into bilayers. Currently, this approach has found the widest applications in the systems of crown ethers and calixarenes. We envisioned that for macrocycle-based unimolecular channels, control of the arrangement of the appended chains in the upward and/or downward direction would favor the insertion of the molecular systems into bilayers, while the introduction of additional interactions among the chains would further stabilize a tubular conformation. Both factors should be helpful for the formation of new efficient channels. In this Account, we discuss our efforts in designing new unimolecular artificial channels from

  14. TRP channels.

    PubMed

    Benemei, Silvia; Patacchini, Riccardo; Trevisani, Marcello; Geppetti, Pierangelo

    2015-06-01

    Evidence is accumulating on the role of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels, namely TRPV1, TRPA1, TRPV4 and TRPM8, expressed by C- and Aδ-fibres primary sensory neurons, in cough mechanism. Selective stimuli for these channels have been proven to provoke and, more rarely, to inhibit cough. More importantly, cough threshold to TRP agonists is increased by proinflammatory conditions, known to favour cough. Off-target effects of various drugs, such as tiotropium or desflurane, seem to produce their protective or detrimental actions on airway irritation and cough via TRPV1 and TRPA1, respectively. Thus, TRPs appear to encode the process that initiates or potentiates cough, activated by exogenous irritants and endogenous proinflammatory mediators. More research on TRP channels may result in innovative cough medicines. PMID:25725213

  15. (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotopic composition of environmental samples across Europe: Environmental transport and source term emission applications.

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    Snow, Mathew S; Snyder, Darin C

    2016-01-01

    (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotopic analyses represent an important tool for studying the fate and transport of radiocesium in the environment; in this work the (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotopic composition in environmental samples taken from across Europe is reported. Surface soil and vegetation samples from western Russia, Ukraine, Austria, and Hungary show consistent aged thermal fission product (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotope ratios of 0.58 ± 0.01 (age corrected to 1/1/15), with the exception of one sample of soil-moss from Hungary which shows an elevated (135)Cs/(137)Cs ratio of 1.78 ± 0.12. With the exception of the outlier sample from Hungary, surface soil/vegetation data are in quantitative agreement with values previously reported for soils within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, suggesting that radiocesium at these locations is primarily composed of homogenous airborne deposition from Chernobyl. Seawater samples taken from the Irish Sea show (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotope ratios of 1.22 ± 0.11 (age corrected to 1/1/15), suggesting aged thermal fission product Cs discharged from Sellafield. The differences in (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotope ratios between Sellafield, Chernobyl, and global nuclear weapons testing fallout indicate that (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotope ratios can be utilized to discriminate between and track radiocesium transport from different nuclear production source terms, including major emission sources in Europe. PMID:26540258

  16. 135Cs/137Cs isotopic composition of environmental samples across Europe: Environmental transport and source term emission applications

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    Snow, Mathew S.; Snyder, Darin C.

    2015-11-02

    135Cs/137Cs isotopic analyses represent an important tool for studying the fate and transport of radiocesium in the environment; in this work the 135Cs/137Cs isotopic composition in environmental samples taken from across Europe is reported. Surface soil and vegetation samples from western Russia, Ukraine, Austria, and Hungary show consistent aged thermal fission product 135Cs/137Cs isotope ratios of 0.58 ± 0.01 (age corrected to 1/1/15), with the exception of one sample of soil-moss from Hungary which shows an elevated 135Cs/137Cs ratio of 1.78 ± 0.12. With the exception of the outlier sample from Hungary, surface soil/vegetation data are in quantitative agreement withmore » values previously reported for soils within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, suggesting that radiocesium at these locations is primarily composed of homogenous airborne deposition from Chernobyl. Seawater samples taken from the Irish Sea show 135Cs/137Cs isotope ratios of 1.22 ± 0.11 (age corrected to 1/1/15), suggesting aged thermal fission product Cs discharged from Sellafield. Furthermore, the differences in 135Cs/137Cs isotope ratios between Sellafield, Chernobyl, and global nuclear weapons testing fallout indicate that 135Cs/137Cs isotope ratios can be utilized to discriminate between and track radiocesium transport from different nuclear production source terms, including major emission sources in Europe.« less

  17. Spectroscopic [correction of eSpectroscopic] and structural properties of valine gramicidin A in monolayers at the air-water interface.

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    Lavoie, Hugo; Blaudez, Daniel; Vaknin, David; Desbat, Bernard; Ocko, Benjamin M; Salesse, Christian

    2002-01-01

    Monomolecular films of valine gramicidin A (VGA) were investigated in situ at the air-water interface by x-ray reflectivity and x-ray grazing incidence diffraction as well as polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS). These techniques were combined to obtain information on the secondary structure and the orientation of VGA and to characterize the shoulder observed in its pi-A isotherm. The thickness of the film was obtained by x-ray reflectivity, and the secondary structure of VGA was monitored using the frequency position of the amide I band. The PM-IRRAS spectra were compared with the simulated ones to identify the conformation adopted by VGA in monolayer. At large molecular area, VGA shows a disordered secondary structure, whereas at smaller molecular areas, VGA adopts an anti-parallel double-strand intertwined beta(5.6) helical conformation with 30 degrees orientation with respect to the normal with a thickness of 25 A. The interface between bulk water and the VGA monolayer was investigated by x-ray reflectivity as well as by comparing the experimental and the simulated PM-IRRAS spectra on D(2)O and H(2)O, which suggested the presence of oriented water molecules between the bulk and the monolayer. PMID:12496123

  18. Charging the Quantum Capacitance of Graphene with a Single Biological Ion Channel

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    The interaction of cell and organelle membranes (lipid bilayers) with nanoelectronics can enable new technologies to sense and measure electrophysiology in qualitatively new ways. To date, a variety of sensing devices have been demonstrated to measure membrane currents through macroscopic numbers of ion channels. However, nanoelectronic based sensing of single ion channel currents has been a challenge. Here, we report graphene-based field-effect transistors combined with supported lipid bilayers as a platform for measuring, for the first time, individual ion channel activity. We show that the supported lipid bilayers uniformly coat the single layer graphene surface, acting as a biomimetic barrier that insulates (both electrically and chemically) the graphene from the electrolyte environment. Upon introduction of pore-forming membrane proteins such as alamethicin and gramicidin A, current pulses are observed through the lipid bilayers from the graphene to the electrolyte, which charge the quantum capacitance of the graphene. This approach combines nanotechnology with electrophysiology to demonstrate qualitatively new ways of measuring ion channel currents. PMID:24754625

  19. Properties of CsI and CsI-TMAE photocathodes

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    Anderson, D.F.; Kwan, S.; Peskov, V. ); Hoeneisen, B. )

    1992-06-01

    The importance of heating the CsI or CsI-TMAE photocathodes during preparation, as well as the importance of the gas environment on the quantum efficiency is presented. The dependence of the aging characteristics of these photocathodes on the operating temperature, on the presence of gas, and on the charge amplification of the chamber is also discussed. For CsI photocathodes charges in excess of 2{times}10{sup 14} e{sup {minus}}/mm{sup 2} can be collected with little degradation of performance. A timing resolution of 0.55 ns is also achieved for single photoelectrons suggesting a possible time-of-flight detector.

  20. CS exposure--clinical effects and management.

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    Worthington, E; Nee, P A

    1999-01-01

    The number of people exposed to CS spray presenting to accident and emergency departments is on the increase. Its effects, though usually minor and short lived, involve several systems and can occasionally be life threatening. It is therefore important that staff are able to manage these patients and know when and how to protect themselves and others from further contamination. PMID:10353039

  1. Determination of ¹³⁵Cs and ¹³⁷Cs in environmental samples: A review.

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    Russell, B C; Croudace, Ian W; Warwick, Phil E

    2015-08-26

    Radionuclides of caesium are environmentally important since they are formed as significant high yield fission products ((135)Cs and (137)Cs) and activation products ((134)Cs and (136)Cs) during nuclear fission. They originate from a range of nuclear activities such as weapons testing, nuclear reprocessing and nuclear fuel cycle discharges and nuclear accidents. Whilst (137)Cs, (134)Cs and (136)Cs are routinely measurable at high sensitivity by gamma spectrometry, routine detection of long-lived (135)Cs by radiometric methods is challenging. This measurement is, however, important given its significance in long-term nuclear waste storage and disposal. Furthermore, the (135)Cs/(137)Cs ratio varies with reactor, weapon and fuel type, and accurate measurement of this ratio can therefore be used as a forensic tool in identifying the source(s) of nuclear contamination. The shorter-lived activation products (134)Cs and (136)Cs have a limited application but provide useful early information on fuel irradiation history and have importance in health physics. Detection of (135)Cs (and (137)Cs) is achievable by mass spectrometric techniques; most commonly inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), as well as thermal ionisation (TIMS), accelerator (AMS) and resonance ionisation (RIMS) techniques. The critical issues affecting the accuracy and detection limits achievable by this technique are effective removal of barium to eliminate isobaric interferences arising from (135)Ba and (137)Ba, and elimination of peak tailing of stable (133)Cs on (135)Cs. Isobaric interferences can be removed by chemical separation, most commonly ion exchange chromatography, and/or instrumental separation using an ICP-MS equipped with a reaction cell. The removal of the peak tailing interference is dependent on the instrument used for final measurement. This review summarizes and compares the analytical procedures developed for determination of (135)Cs/(137)Cs, with particular focus on

  2. Low level detection of Cs-135 and Cs-137 in environmental samples by ICP-MS

    SciTech Connect

    Liezers, Martin; Farmer, Orville T.; Thomas, Linda MP

    2009-10-01

    The measurement of the fission product cesium isotopes 135Cs and 137Cs at low femtogram (fg) 10-15 levels in ground water by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry ICP-MS is reported. To eliminate the potential natural barium isobaric interference on the cesium isotopes, in-line chromatographic separation of the cesium from barium was performed followed by high sensitivity ICP-MS analysis. A high efficiency desolvating nebulizer system was employed to maximize ICP-MS sensitivity ~10cps/femtogram. The three sigma detection limit measured for 135Cs was 2fg/ml (0.1uBq/ml) and for 137Cs 0.9fg/ml (0.0027Bq/ml) with analysis time of less than 30 minutes/sample. Cesium detection and 135/137 isotope ratio measurement at very low femtogram levels using this method in a ground water matrix is also demonstrated.

  3. Radiation damage in undoped CsI and CsI(Tl)

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    Woody, C.L.; Kierstead, J.A.; Levy, P.W.; Stoll, S.

    1992-12-01

    Radiation damage has been studied in undoped CsI and CsI(TI) crystals using {sup 60}Co gamma radiation for doses up to {approximately} 4.2 {times} 10{sup 6}. Samples from various manufacturers were measured ranging in size from 2.54 cm long cylinders to a 30 cm long block. Measurements were made on the change in optical transmission and scintillation light output as a function of dose. Although some samples showed a small change in transmission, a significant change in light output was observed for all samples. Recovery from damage was also studied as a function of time and exposure to UV light. A short lived phosphorescence was observed in undoped CsI, similar to the phosphorescence seen in CsI(TI).

  4. Radiation damage in undoped CsI and CsI(Tl)

    SciTech Connect

    Woody, C.L.; Kierstead, J.A.; Levy, P.W.; Stoll, S.

    1992-01-01

    Radiation damage has been studied in undoped CsI and CsI(TI) crystals using [sup 60]Co gamma radiation for doses up to [approximately] 4.2 [times] 10[sup 6]. Samples from various manufacturers were measured ranging in size from 2.54 cm long cylinders to a 30 cm long block. Measurements were made on the change in optical transmission and scintillation light output as a function of dose. Although some samples showed a small change in transmission, a significant change in light output was observed for all samples. Recovery from damage was also studied as a function of time and exposure to UV light. A short lived phosphorescence was observed in undoped CsI, similar to the phosphorescence seen in CsI(TI).

  5. Positive nonlinear pressure shift of Cs in Ne

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    Xia, Tian; McGuyer, Bart; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, William

    2010-03-01

    We demonstrate that the hyperfine resonance frequency of ground state Cs atoms have a nonlinear dependence on the pressure of the buffer gas Ne at a fixed temperature. The hyperfine resonance frequency of alkali-metal atoms is shifted by an amount, which had long been assumed to be linear with the buffer gas pressure until Fei Gong discovered that the shift of Rb and Cs hyperfine resonance frequency has a nonlinear dependence on the pressure of the buffer gas Ar and Kr. While the nonlinear pressure shift of Cs in Ar and Kr is negative, we found that the nonlinear pressure shift of Cs hyperfine frequency in Ne is positive. The reason of the nonlinear shift is the three body collision(eg: Cs-Ne-Ne) and the formation of Van der Waals molecules of a Cs atom and a buffer gas atom of Ar, Kr, or Ne. The hyperfine precession rate of a Cs atom bound in molecule has a shift respect to a free Cs atom. The reversal sign of this nonlinear pressure shift of Cs in Ne respect to Ar and Kr demonstrate that the shift of the hyperfine precession rate of Cs in CsNe is reversed respect to CsAr and CsKr.

  6. In-situ Dehydration Studies of Fully K- Rb- and Cs-exchanged Natrolites

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    Y Lee; D Seoung; D Liu; M Park; S Hong; H Chen; J Bai; C Kao; T Vogt; Y Lee

    2011-12-31

    In-situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction studies of K-, Rb-, and Cs-exchanged natrolites between room temperature and 425 C revealed that the dehydrated phases with collapsed frameworks start to form at 175, 150, and 100 C, respectively. The degree of the framework collapse indicated by the unit-cell volume contraction depends on the size of the non-framework cation: K-exchanged natrolite undergoes an 18.8% unit-cell volume contraction when dehydrated at 175 C, whereas Rb- and Cs-exchanged natrolites show unit-cell volume contractions of 18.5 and 15.2% at 150 and 100 C, respectively. In the hydrated phases, the dehydration-induced unit-cell volume reduction diminishes as the cation size increases and reveals increasingly a negative slope as smaller cations are substituted into the pores of the natrolite structure. The thermal expansion of the unit-cell volumes of the dehydrated K-, Rb-, and Cs-phases have positive thermal expansion coefficients of 8.80 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}, 1.03 x 10{sup -4} K{sup 01}, and 5.06 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}, respectively. Rietveld structure refinements of the dehydrated phases at 400 C reveal that the framework collapses are due to an increase of the chain rotation angles, {Psi}, which narrow the channels to a more elliptical shape. Compared to their respective hydrated structures at ambient conditions, the dehydrated K-exchanged natrolite at 400 C shows a 2.2-fold increase in {Psi}, whereas the dehydrated Rb- and Cs-natrolites at 400 C reveal increases of {Psi} by ca. 3.7 and 7.3 times, respectively. The elliptical channel openings of the dehydrated K-, Rb-, to Cs-phases become larger as the cation size increases. The disordered non-framework cations in the hydrated K-, Rb-, and Cs-natrolite order during dehydration and the subsequent framework collapse. The dehydrated phases of Rb- and Cs-natrolite can be stabilized at ambient conditions.

  7. Opposite effects of Ni2+ on Xenopus and rat ENaCs expressed in Xenopus oocytes.

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    Cucu, Dana; Simaels, Jeannine; Eggermont, Jan; Van Driessche, Willy; Zeiske, Wolfgang

    2005-10-01

    The epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) is modulated by various extracellular factors, including Na+, organic or inorganic cations, and serine proteases. To identify the effect of the divalent Ni2+ cation on ENaCs, we compared the Na+ permeability and amiloride kinetics of Xenopus ENaCs (xENaCs) and rat ENaCs (rENaCs) heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes. We found that the channel cloned from the kidney of the clawed toad Xenopus laevis [wild-type (WT) xENaC] was stimulated by external Ni2+, whereas the divalent cation inhibited the channel cloned from the rat colon (WT rENaC). The kinetics of amiloride binding were determined using noise analysis of blocker-induced fluctuation in current adapted for the transoocyte voltage-clamp method, and Na+ conductance was assessed using the dual electrode voltage-clamp (TEVC) technique. The inhibitory effect of Ni2+ on amiloride binding is not species dependent, because Ni2+ decreased the affinity (mainly reducing the association rate constant) of the blocker in both species in competition with Na+. Importantly, using the TEVC method, we found a prominent difference in channel conductance at hyperpolarizing voltage pulses. In WT xENaCs, the initial ohmic current response was stimulated by Ni2+, whereas the secondary voltage-activated current component remained unaffected. In WT rENaCs, only a voltage-dependent block by Ni2+ was obtained. To further study the origin of the xENaC stimulation by Ni2+, and based on the rationale of the well-known high affinity of Ni2+ for histidine residues, we designed alpha-subunit mutants of xENaCs by substituting histidines that were expressed in oocytes, together with WT beta- and gamma-subunits. Changing His215 to Asp in one putative amiloride-binding domain (WYRFHY) in the extracellular loop between Na+ channel membrane segments M1 and M2 had no influence on the stimulatory effect of Ni2+, and neither did complete deletion of this segment. Next, we mutated His416 flanked by His411 and Cys

  8. Monitoring 137Cs and 134Cs at marine coasts in Indonesia between 2011 and 2013.

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    Suseno, Heny; Prihatiningsih, Wahyu Retno

    2014-11-15

    Environmental samples (seawater, sediments and biota) were collected along the eastern and western Indonesian coasts between 2011 and 2013 to anticipate the possible impacts of the Fukushima radioactive releases in Indonesia. On the eastern coasts (south and north Sulawesi), the (137)Cs concentrations in the seawater and sediments were 0.12-0.32 Bq m(-3) and 0.10-1.03 Bq kg(-1), respectively. On the western coasts (West Sumatra, Bangka Island, North Java, South Java and Madura island), the (137)Cs concentrations in the seawater and sediments were 0.12-0.66 Bq m(-3) and 0.19-1.64 Bq kg(-1), respectively. In general, the (137)Cs concentrations in the fish from several Indonesian coasts were Cs concentrations in mollusk, crab and prawn were 10.65-38.78, 4.02 and 6.16 mBq kg(-1), respectively. (134)Cs was not detected in the seawater, sediments or biota. Thus, it was concluded that (137)Cs on the eastern and western Indonesian coasts originated from global fallout. PMID:25199708

  9. The channels of Mars

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    Baker, Victor R.

    1988-01-01

    The geomorphology of Mars is discussed, focusing on the Martian channels. The great flood channels of Mars, the processes of channel erosion, and dendritic channel networks, are examined. The topography of the Channeled Scabland region of the northwestern U.S. is described and compared to the Martian channels. The importance of water in the evolution of the channel systems is considered.

  10. Starburst Channels

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    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Figure 1

    Translucent carbon dioxide ice covers the polar regions of Mars seasonally. It is warmed and sublimates (evaporates) from below, and escaping gas carves a numerous channel morphologies.

    In this example (figure 1) the channels form a 'starburst' pattern, radiating out into feathery extensions. The center of the pattern is being buried with dust and new darker dust fans ring the outer edges. This may be an example of an expanding morphology, where new channels are formed as the older ones fill and are no longer efficiently channeling the subliming gas out.

    Observation Geometry Image PSP_003443_0980 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 21-Apr-2007. The complete image is centered at -81.8 degrees latitude, 76.2 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 247.1 km (154.4 miles). At this distance the image scale is 24.7 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects 74 cm across are resolved. The image shown here has been map-projected to 25 cm/pixel. The image was taken at a local Mars time of 04:52 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 71 degrees, thus the sun was about 19 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 223.4 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Autumn.

  11. Nonadiabatic couplings and charge transfer study in H + CS+ collision using time-dependent quantum dynamics

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    Kaur, Rajwant; Dhilip Kumar, T. J.

    2015-11-01

    Experiments have reported the high stability of HCS+ ion and inhibit to decompose over the range of collision energies. In this study, the various energy transfer channels of atomic H collision with CS+ molecular ion has been performed by ab initio computations at the multireference configuration interaction/aug-cc-pVQZ level of theory. The ground and several low-lying excited electronic state potential energy surfaces in three different molecular orientations, namely, two collinear configurations with, (1) H approaching the S atom (γ = 0°), (2) H approaching the C atom (γ = 180°) and one perpendicular configuration, (3) H approaching the centre of mass of CS (γ = 90°) with the diatom fixed at the equilibrium bond length, have been obtained. Nonadiabatic effects with Landau-Zener coupling leading to avoided crossings are observed between the ground- and the first-excited states in γ = 90° orientation, and also between the first- and second-excited states in γ = 180° orientation. Quantum dynamics have been performed to study the charge transfer using time-dependent wave packet method on the diabatic potential energy surfaces. The probability of charge transfer is found to be highest with 42% in γ = 180°. The high charge transfer probability result in the formation of H+ + CS channel which ascertains the high stability of HCS+ ion.

  12. Cs atoms on helium nanodroplets and the immersion of Cs{sup +} into the nanodroplet

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    Theisen, Moritz; Lackner, Florian; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

    2011-08-21

    We report the non-desorption of cesium (Cs) atoms on the surface of helium nanodroplets (He{sub N}) in their 6{sup 2}P{sub 1/2} ({sup 2}{Pi}{sub 1/2}) state upon photo-excitation as well as the immersion of Cs{sup +} into the He{sub N} upon photo-ionization via the 6{sup 2}P{sub 1/2} ({sup 2}{Pi}{sub 1/2}) state. Cesium atoms on the surface of helium nanodroplets are excited with a laser to the 6{sup 2}P states. We compare laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) spectra with a desorption-sensitive method (Langmuir-Taylor detection) for different excitation energies. Dispersed fluorescence spectra show a broadening of the emission spectrum only when Cs-He{sub N} is excited with photon energies close to the atomic D{sub 1}-line, which implies an attractive character of the excited state system (Cs*-He{sub N}) potential energy curve. The experimental data are compared with a calculation of the potential energy curves of the Cs atom as a function of its distance R from the center of the He{sub N} in a pseudo-diatomic model. Calculated Franck-Condon factors for emission from the 6{sup 2}P{sub 1/2} ({sup 2}{Pi}{sub 1/2}) to the 6{sup 2}S{sub 1/2} ({sup 2}{Sigma}{sub 1/2}) state help to explain the experimental data. The stability of the Cs*-He{sub N} system allows to form Cs{sup +} snowballs in the He{sub N}, where we use the non-desorbing 6{sup 2}P{sub 1/2} ({sup 2}{Pi}{sub 1/2}) state as a springboard for ionization in a two-step ionization scheme. Subsequent immersion of positively charged Cs ions is observed in time-of-flight mass spectra, where masses up to several thousand amu were monitored. Only ionization via the 6{sup 2}P{sub 1/2} ({sup 2}{Pi}{sub 1/2}) state gives rise to a very high yield of immersed Cs{sup +} in contrast to an ionization scheme via the 6{sup 2}P{sub 3/2} ({sup 2}{Pi}{sub 3/2}) state. When resonant two-photon ionization is applied to cesium dimers on He droplets, Cs{sub 2}{sup +}-He{sub N} aggregates are observed in time-of-flight mass spectra.

  13. IR-Improved DGLAP-CS Theory

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    Ward, B. F. L.

    2008-01-01

    We show that it is possible to improve the infrared aspects of the standard treatment of the DGLAP-CS evolution theory to take into account a large class of higher-order corrections that significantly improve the precision of the theory for any given level of fixed-order calculation of its respective kernels. We illustrate the size of the effects we resum using the moments of the parton distributions.

  14. Communications satellite no. 2 (CS-2)

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    1982-01-01

    The purpose of the Japanese CS-2 satellite is to provide national communications and industrial communications, such as special emergency and remote communications, and to contribute to the development of technology pertaining to communications satellites. Description and operating parameters of the following satellite components are presented: structure, communications system, telemetry/command system, electric power system, attitude and antenna control system, secondary propulsion system, apogee motor, framework, and heat control system.

  15. Comparative study of scintillation properties of Cs2HfCl6 and Cs2ZrCl6

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    Saeki, Keiichiro; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Koshimizu, Masanori; Yanagida, Takayuki; Asai, Keisuke

    2016-04-01

    The photoluminescence and scintillation properties of Cs2HfCl6 and Cs2ZrCl6 crystals were investigated. Two emission bands in the photoluminescence spectra were observed at 375 and 435 nm for the Cs2HfCl6 crystal and at 440 and 479 nm for the Cs2ZrCl6 crystal. Similar spectra were observed for radioluminescence. The decay time constants were found to be about 2.2 and 8.4 µs for Cs2HfCl6 and 1.5 and 7.5 µs for Cs2ZrCl6. The scintillation light yields were estimated to be 27,500 and 25,100 photons/MeV for Cs2HfCl6 and Cs2ZrCl6, respectively.

  16. Synergistic effect of membrane-active peptides polymyxin B and gramicidin S on multidrug-resistant strains and biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Berditsch, Marina; Jäger, Thomas; Strempel, Nikola; Schwartz, Thomas; Overhage, Jörg; Ulrich, Anne S

    2015-09-01

    Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major cause of severe hospital-acquired infections. Currently, polymyxin B (PMB) is a last-resort antibiotic for the treatment of infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria, despite its undesirable side effects. The delivery of drug combinations has been shown to reduce the required therapeutic doses of antibacterial agents and thereby their toxicity if a synergistic effect is present. In this study, we investigated the synergy between two cyclic antimicrobial peptides, PMB and gramicidin S (GS), against different P. aeruginosa isolates, using a quantitative checkerboard assay with resazurin as a growth indicator. Among the 28 strains that we studied, 20 strains showed a distinct synergistic effect, represented by a fractional inhibitory concentration index (FICI) of ≤0.5. Remarkably, several clinical P. aeruginosa isolates that grew as small-colony variants revealed a nonsynergistic effect, as indicated by FICIs between >0.5 and ≤0.70. In addition to inhibiting the growth of planktonic bacteria, the peptide combinations significantly decreased static biofilm growth compared with treatment with the individual peptides. There was also a faster and more prolonged effect when the combination of PMB and GS was used compared with single-peptide treatments on the metabolic activity of pregrown biofilms. The results of the present study define a synergistic interaction between two cyclic membrane-active peptides toward 17 multidrug-resistant P. aeruginosa and biofilms of P. aeruginosa strain PAO1. Thus, the application of PMB and GS in combination is a promising option for a topical medication and in the prevention of acute and chronic infections caused by multidrug-resistant or biofilm-forming P. aeruginosa. PMID:26077259

  17. Effects of imidazolium-based ionic liquids on the stability and dynamics of gramicidin A and lipid bilayers at different salt concentrations.

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    Lee, Hwankyu; Kim, Sun Min; Jeon, Tae-Joon

    2015-09-01

    Gramicidin A (gA) dimers with bilayers, which consist of phospholipids and ionic liquids (ILs) at different molar ratios, were simulated at different salt concentrations of 0.15 and 1M NaCl. Bilayer thickness is larger than the length of a gA dimer, and hence lipids around the gA dimer are significantly disordered to adapt to the gA dimer, yielding membrane curvature. As the IL concentration increases, the bilayer thickness decreases and becomes closer to the gA length, leading to less membrane curvature. Also, ILs significantly increase lateral diffusivities of the gA dimer and lipids at 0.15M NaCl, but not at 1M NaCl because strong electrostatic interactions between salt ions and lipid head groups suppress an increase in the lateral mobility of the bilayer at high salt concentration. These findings help explain the conflicting experimental results that showed the increased ion permeability in electrophysiological experiments at 1M NaCl, but the reduced ion permeability in fluorescent experiments at 0.15M NaCl. ILs disorder lipids and make bilayers thinner, which yields less membrane curvature around the gA dimer and thus stabilizes the gA dimer, leading to the increased ion permeability. This IL effect predominantly occurs at 1M NaCl, where ILs only slightly increase the bilayer dynamics because of the strong electrostatic interactions between salt ions and lipids. In contrast, at 0.15M NaCl, ILs do not only stabilize the curved bilayer but also significantly increase the lateral mobility of gA dimers and lipids, which can reduce gA-induced pore formation, leading to the decreased ion permeability. PMID:26188795

  18. Fermentation and Cost-Effective 13C/15N Labeling of the Nonribosomal Peptide Gramicidin S for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Structure Analysis.

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    Berditsch, Marina; Afonin, Sergii; Steineker, Anna; Orel, Nataliia; Jakovkin, Igor; Weber, Christian; Ulrich, Anne S

    2015-06-01

    Gramicidin S (GS) is a nonribosomally synthesized decapeptide from Aneurinibacillus migulanus. Its pronounced antibiotic activity is attributed to amphiphilic structure and enables GS interaction with bacterial membranes. Despite its medical use for over 70 years, the peptide-lipid interactions of GS and its molecular mechanism of action are still not fully understood. Therefore, a comprehensive structural analysis of isotope-labeled GS needs to be performed in its biologically relevant membrane-bound state, using advanced solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Here, we describe an efficient method for producing the uniformly (13)C/(15)N-labeled peptide in a minimal medium supplemented by selected amino acids. As GS is an intracellular product of A. migulanus, we characterized the producer strain DSM 5759 (rough-convex phenotype) and examined its biosynthetic activity in terms of absolute and biomass-dependent peptide accumulation. We found that the addition of either arginine or ornithine increases the yield only at very high supplementing concentrations (1% and 0.4%, respectively) of these expensive (13)C/(15)N-labeled amino acids. The most cost-effective production of (13)C/(15)N-GS, giving up to 90 mg per gram of dry cell weight, was achieved in a minimal medium containing 1% (13)C-glycerol and 0.5% (15)N-ammonium sulfate, supplemented with only 0.025% of (13)C/(15)N-phenylalanine. The 100% efficiency of labeling is corroborated by mass spectrometry and preliminary solid-state NMR structure analysis of the labeled peptide in the membrane-bound state. PMID:25795666

  19. Fermentation and Cost-Effective 13C/15N Labeling of the Nonribosomal Peptide Gramicidin S for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Structure Analysis

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    Berditsch, Marina; Afonin, Sergii; Steineker, Anna; Orel, Nataliia; Jakovkin, Igor; Weber, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Gramicidin S (GS) is a nonribosomally synthesized decapeptide from Aneurinibacillus migulanus. Its pronounced antibiotic activity is attributed to amphiphilic structure and enables GS interaction with bacterial membranes. Despite its medical use for over 70 years, the peptide-lipid interactions of GS and its molecular mechanism of action are still not fully understood. Therefore, a comprehensive structural analysis of isotope-labeled GS needs to be performed in its biologically relevant membrane-bound state, using advanced solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Here, we describe an efficient method for producing the uniformly 13C/15N-labeled peptide in a minimal medium supplemented by selected amino acids. As GS is an intracellular product of A. migulanus, we characterized the producer strain DSM 5759 (rough-convex phenotype) and examined its biosynthetic activity in terms of absolute and biomass-dependent peptide accumulation. We found that the addition of either arginine or ornithine increases the yield only at very high supplementing concentrations (1% and 0.4%, respectively) of these expensive 13C/15N-labeled amino acids. The most cost-effective production of 13C/15N-GS, giving up to 90 mg per gram of dry cell weight, was achieved in a minimal medium containing 1% 13C-glycerol and 0.5% 15N-ammonium sulfate, supplemented with only 0.025% of 13C/15N-phenylalanine. The 100% efficiency of labeling is corroborated by mass spectrometry and preliminary solid-state NMR structure analysis of the labeled peptide in the membrane-bound state. PMID:25795666

  20. Pressure-induced metathesis reaction to sequester Cs.

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    Im, Junhyuck; Seoung, Donghoon; Lee, Seung Yeop; Blom, Douglas A; Vogt, Thomas; Kao, Chi-Chang; Lee, Yongjae

    2015-01-01

    We report here a pressure-driven metathesis reaction where Ag-exchanged natrolite (Ag16Al16Si24O80·16H2O, Ag-NAT) is pressurized in an aqueous CsI solution, resulting in the exchange of Ag(+) by Cs(+) in the natrolite framework forming Cs16Al16Si24O80·16H2O (Cs-NAT-I) and, above 0.5 GPa, its high-pressure polymorph (Cs-NAT-II). During the initial cation exchange, the precipitation of AgI occurs. Additional pressure and heat at 2 GPa and 160 °C transforms Cs-NAT-II to a pollucite-related, highly dense, and water-free triclinic phase with nominal composition CsAlSi2O6. At ambient temperature after pressure release, the Cs remains sequestered in a now monoclinic pollucite phase at close to 40 wt % and a favorably low Cs leaching rate under back-exchange conditions. This process thus efficiently combines the pressure-driven separation of Cs and I at ambient temperature with the subsequent sequestration of Cs under moderate pressures and temperatures in its preferred waste form suitable for long-term storage at ambient conditions. The zeolite pollucite CsAlSi2O6·H2O has been identified as a potential host material for nuclear waste remediation of anthropogenic (137)Cs due to its chemical and thermal stability, low leaching rate, and the large amount of Cs it can contain. The new water-free pollucite phase we characterize during our process will not display radiolysis of water during longterm storage while maintaining the Cs content and low leaching rate. PMID:25515673

  1. Developments towards detection of 135Cs at VERA

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    Lachner, Johannes; Kasberger, Magdalena; Martschini, Martin; Priller, Alfred; Steier, Peter; Golser, Robin

    2015-10-01

    Radioisotopes produced in natural or anthropogenic fission are widely used for tracer studies of environmental processes, in nuclear forensics, and are important for nuclear waste disposal. Besides the well-known 137Cs, the longer-lived sister isotope 135Cs (T1/2 = 2.3 Myr) is also produced, and the combined measurement of the two isotopes would allow for assessment of contaminating sources. The insufficient suppression of the stable isobar 135Ba presently prevents AMS measurements down to expected natural levels of 135Cs/133Cs ≈ 10-11. Via the difference in electron affinities between Cs and Ba further isobar suppression should be achievable after the installation of the Ion-Laser-Interaction System (ILIAS) at VERA. We present a preparatory study on the performance of the 3 MV VERA AMS facility for 135Cs concerning ion formation, transmission and detection. Since the usual Cs sputtering would obscure the 135Cs/133Cs ratio of a sample, Rb sputtering was successfully applied and tested also for various other typical AMS elements. Partial suppression of 135Ba is possible with the extraction of Cs- and negative Cs-fluorides. Cs- currents of several 10 nA were extracted over hours from mg amounts of Cs2SO4 material. The transmission to various charge states was tested with gas (Ar, He) and foil stripping. Experiments showed that no suppression in the detection system is possible at high beam energies with the VERA facility. For this reason, gas stripping to low charge states (2+, 3+) with transmissions up to 30% is favorable to guarantee optimal beam transport to the detector. In the present setup, utilizing a simple Bragg-type detector, the blank 135Cs/133Cs ratios from chemically pure samples are determined by the 135Ba background to a value of (4.0 ± 1.3)·10-9.

  2. Channel Networks

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    Rinaldo, Andrea; Rodriguez-Iturbe, Ignacio; Rigon, Riccardo

    This review proceeds from Luna Leopold's and Ronald Shreve's lasting accomplishments dealing with the study of random-walk and topologically random channel networks. According to the random perspective, which has had a profound influence on the interpretation of natural landforms, nature's resiliency in producing recurrent networks and landforms was interpreted to be the consequence of chance. In fact, central to models of topologically random networks is the assumption of equal likelihood of any tree-like configuration. However, a general framework of analysis exists that argues that all possible network configurations draining a fixed area are not necessarily equally likely. Rather, a probability P(s) is assigned to a particular spanning tree configuration, say s, which can be generally assumed to obey a Boltzmann distribution: P(s) % e^-H(s)/T, where T is a parameter and H(s) is a global property of the network configuration s related to energetic characters, i.e. its Hamiltonian. One extreme case is the random topology model where all trees are equally likely, i.e. the limit case for T6 4 . The other extreme case is T 6 0, and this corresponds to network configurations that tend to minimize their total energy dissipation to improve their likelihood. Networks obtained in this manner are termed optimal channel networks (OCNs). Observational evidence suggests that the characters of real river networks are reproduced extremely well by OCNs. Scaling properties of energy and entropy of OCNs suggest that large network development is likely to effectively occur at zero temperature (i.e. minimizing its Hamiltonian). We suggest a corollary of dynamic accessibility of a network configuration and speculate towards a thermodynamics of critical self-organization. We thus conclude that both chance and necessity are equally important ingredients for the dynamic origin of channel networks---and perhaps of the geometry of nature.

  3. Spatial distribution of 137Cs in surface soil under different land uses in Chao Phraya watershed: Potential used as sediment source tracing

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    Srisuksawad, K.; porntepkasemsan, B.; Noipow, N.; Omanee, A.; Wiriyakitnateekul, W.; Chouybudha, R.; Srimawong, P.

    2015-05-01

    Sediment fingerprinting techniques involves the discrimination of sediment sources based on differences in source material properties and quantification of the relative contributions from these sources to sediment delivered downstream to the river catchments. Results of the previous study indicated that fallout radionuclides (FRNs); 137Cs and excess 210Pb (210Pbex) are the most suitable radionuclides to be used as sediments sources tracers. This study investigated the spatial distribution of 137Cs in soil under different land uses in Chao Phraya watershed; the most significant watershed in Thailand. Emphasis was placed on discriminating among potential sediment sources including the cultivated (upland crops), pasture field, uncultivated (swamp, forest, and grass field), and channel erosion (stream and river bank). One hundred and twenty four soil samples were collected from all sources and determining for 137Cs. The 137Cs mass activities in pasture areas varied from the limit of detection (LLD) to 1.22±0.05 with the average of 0.64±0.14 Bq kg-1. In cultivated areas the 137Cs mass activities varied from LLD to 1.41±0.04 with the average of 0.38±0.04 Bq kg-1. The 137Cs mass activities were higher in uncultivated areas varied from 0.12±0.03 to 1.73±0.05 with the average of 0.76±0.15 Bq kg-1. The 137Cs mass activities in channel bank varied from LLD to 1.16±0.04 with the average of 0.39±0.05 Bq kg-1.GIS and geospatial interpolations revealed pattern in the spatial concentrations of 137Cs and indicated important differences in its distributions showing the differences behaviour of 137Cs in different land uses.

  4. Free energy of formation of Cs 3PuCl 6 and CsPu 2Cl 7

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    Williamson, M. A.; Kleinschmidt, P. D.

    The free energy, enthalpy and entropy of formation of the compounds Cs 3PuCl 6 and CsPu 2Cl 7 have been determined by measuring the sublimation pressures for the reactions CsCl( s) / aiCsCl( g), {2}/{5}Cs 3PuCl 6(s) /ai {1}/{5}CsPu 2Cl 7(s) + CsCl(g) , and CsPu2Cl7( s) / ai 2 PuCl3( s) + CsCl( g). The pressures are measured using Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry over the temperature range 600 to 850 K. For the formation of Cs 3PuCl 6 from CsCl and PuCl 3, ΔG0298 = -77.3 ± 8.5 kJ/ mol, ΔH0298 = -82.1 ± 7.8 kJ/ mol, and ΔS0298 = -16.2 ± 10.9 J/ Kmol. For CsPu 2Cl 7, ΔG0298 = -39.4 ± 3.5 kJ/ mol, ΔH0298 = -40.8 ± 3.2 kJ/ mol, and ΔS0298 = -4.6 ± 4.2 J/ Kmol.

  5. The pore properties of human nociceptor channel TRPA1 evaluated in single channel recordings

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    Bobkov, Y.V.; Corey, E.A.; Ache, B.W.

    2011-01-01

    TRPA channels detect stimuli of different sensory modalities, including a broad spectrum of chemosensory stimuli, noxious stimuli associated with tissue damage and inflammation, mechanical stimuli, and thermal stimuli. Despite a growing understanding of potential modulators, agonists, and antagonists for these channels, the exact mechanisms of channel regulation and activation remain mostly unknown or controversial and widely debated. Relatively little is also known about the basic biophysical parameters of both native and heterologously expressed TRPA channels. Here we use conventional single channel inside-out and outside-out patch recording from the human TRPA1 channel transiently expressed in human embryonic kidney 293T cells to characterize the selectivity of the channel for inorganic mono-/divalent and organic monovalent cations in the presence of Allylisothiocyanate (AITC). We show the relative permeability of the hTRPA1 channel to inorganic cations to be: Ca2+(5.1)>Ba2+(3.5)>Mg2+(2.8)>NH4+(1.5)>Li+(1.2)>Na+(1.0)≥K+(0.98)≥Rb+(0.98)>Cs+(0.95); and to organic cations: Na+(1.0)≥Dimethylamine(0.99)>Trimethylamine(0.7)>Tetramethylammonium(0.4)>N-methyl-d-glucamine(0.1). Activation of the hTRPA1 channels by AITC appears to recruit the channels to a conformational state with an increased permeability to large organic cations. The pore of the channels in this state can be characterized as dilated by approximately 1–2.5A. These findings provide important insight into the basic fundamental properties and function of TRPA1 channels in general and human TRPA1 channel in particular. PMID:21195050

  6. Crystal structure of CsCrAs2O7, a new member of the diarsenate family

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    Bouhassine, Mohamad Alem; Boughzala, Habib

    2015-01-01

    Caesium chromium(III) diarsenate(V), CsCrAs2O7, was prepared by solid-state reactions. The title structure consists of isolated CrO6 octa­hedra and As2O7 diarsenate groups, sharing corners to build up a three-dimensional [CrAs2O7]− anionic framework. In this framework, channels extending parallel to [001] are present in which the ten-coordinate Cs+ ions reside. CsCrAs2O7 is isotypic with the monoclinic A I M III X 2O7 (A I = alkali metal; M III = Al, Cr, Fe; X = As, P) type I family of compounds crystallizing in the space group P21/c. PMID:26090138

  7. Plasma Formation During Operation of a Diode Pumped Alkali Laser (DPAL) in Cs

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    Babaeva, Natalia Yu.; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus; Kushner, Mark J.

    2014-10-01

    Diode pumped Alkali Lasers (DPALs) produce laser action on the resonant lines of alkali atoms. Diode lasers resonantly pump the 2P3/2 state of the alkali atom which is collisionally relaxed to the 2P3/2 state which then lases to the ground state 2S1/2. The low optical quality of high power semiconductor diode lasers is converted into high optical quality laser radiation from the alkali vapor. The Cs DPAL system using Ar/Cs/C2H6 mixtures has shown promising results. (C2H6 is the collisional relaxant.) In other studies, resonant excitation of alkali vapor by low power lasers has been used to produce highly ionized channels, initiated through associative ionization and superelastic electron heating. The issue then arises if plasma formation occurs during DPAL by similar mechanisms which would be detrimental to laser performance. In this paper, we report on results from a computational study of a DPAL using Cs vapor. The global model addresses quasi-cw pumping of the Cs(2P3/2) state by laser diodes, and includes a full accounting of the resulting electron kinetics. To enable this study, the B-spline R-matrix (BSR) with pseudostates method was employed to calculate electron impact cross sections for Cs. We found that for pump rates of many to 10 kW/cm2, plasma densities approaching 1013 cm-3 occur during laser oscillation with higher values in the absence of laser oscillation. Supported by DoD High Energy Laser Mult. Res. Initiative and NSF.

  8. A Semi-Synthetic Ion Channel Platform for Detection of Phosphatase and Protease Activity

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    Macrae, Michael X.; Blake, Steven; Jiang, Xiayun; Capone, Ricardo; Estes, Daniel J.; Mayer, Michael; Yang, Jerry

    2009-01-01

    Sensitive methods to probe the activity of enzymes are important for clinical assays and for elucidating the role of these proteins in complex biochemical networks. This paper describes a semi-synthetic ion channel platform for detecting the activity of two different classes of enzymes with high sensitivity. In the first case, this method uses single ion channel conductance measurements to follow the enzyme-catalyzed hydrolysis of a phosphate group attached to the C-terminus of gramicidin A (gA, an ion channel-forming peptide) in the presence of alkaline phosphatase (AP). Enzymatic hydrolysis of this phosphate group removes negative charges from the entrance of the gA pore, resulting in a product with measurably reduced single ion channel conductance compared to the original gA-phosphate substrate. This technique employs a standard, commercial bilayer setup and takes advantage of the catalytic turnover of enzymes and the amplification characteristics of ion flux through individual gA pores to detect picomolar concentrations of active AP in solution. Furthermore, this technique makes it possible to study the kinetics of an enzyme and provides an estimate for the observed rate constant (kcat) and the Michaelis constant (KM) by following the conversion of the gA-phosphate substrate to product over time in the presence of different concentrations of AP. In the second case, modification of gA with a substrate for proteolytic cleavage by anthrax lethal factor (LF) afforded a sensitive method for detection of LF activity, illustrating the utility of ion channel-based sensing for detection of a potential biowarfare agent. This ion channel-based platform represents a powerful, novel approach to monitor the activity of femtomoles to picomoles of two different classes of enzymes in solution. Furthermore, this platform has the potential for realizing miniaturized, cost-effective bioanalytical assays that complement currently established assays. PMID:19860382

  9. (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotopic ratio as a new tracer of radiocesium released from the Fukushima nuclear accident.

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    Zheng, Jian; Tagami, Keiko; Bu, Wenting; Uchida, Shigeo; Watanabe, Yoshito; Kubota, Yoshihisa; Fuma, Shoichi; Ihara, Sadao

    2014-05-20

    Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) accident in 2011, intensive studies of the distribution of released fission products, in particular (134)Cs and (137)Cs, in the environment have been conducted. However, the release sources, that is, the damaged reactors or the spent fuel pools, have not been identified, which resulted in great variation in the estimated amounts of (137)Cs released. Here, we investigated heavily contaminated environmental samples (litter, lichen, and soil) collected from Fukushima forests for the long-lived (135)Cs (half-life of 2 × 10(6) years), which is usually difficult to measure using decay-counting techniques. Using a newly developed triple-quadrupole inductively coupled plasma tandem mass spectrometry method, we analyzed the (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotopic ratio of the FDNPP-released radiocesium in environmental samples. We demonstrated that radiocesium was mainly released from the Unit 2 reactor. Considering the fact that the widely used tracer for the released Fukushima accident-sourced radiocesium in the environment, the (134)Cs/(137)Cs activity ratio, will become unavailable in the near future because of the short half-life of (134)Cs (2.06 years), the (135)Cs/(137)Cs isotopic ratio can be considered as a new tracer for source identification and long-term estimation of the mobility of released radiocesium in the environment. PMID:24779957

  10. Structural basis for the inhibition of voltage-dependent K+ channel by gating modifier toxin

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    Ozawa, Shin-ichiro; Kimura, Tomomi; Nozaki, Tomohiro; Harada, Hitomi; Shimada, Ichio; Osawa, Masanori

    2015-01-01

    Voltage-dependent K+ (Kv) channels play crucial roles in nerve and muscle action potentials. Voltage-sensing domains (VSDs) of Kv channels sense changes in the transmembrane potential, regulating the K+-permeability across the membrane. Gating modifier toxins, which have been used for the functional analyses of Kv channels, inhibit Kv channels by binding to VSD. However, the structural basis for the inhibition remains elusive. Here, fluorescence and NMR analyses of the interaction between VSD derived from KvAP channel and its gating modifier toxin, VSTx1, indicate that VSTx1 recognizes VSD under depolarized condition. We identified the VSD-binding residues of VSTx1 and their proximal residues of VSD by the cross-saturation (CS) and amino acid selective CS experiments, which enabled to build a docking model of the complex. These results provide structural basis for the specific binding and inhibition of Kv channels by gating modifier toxins. PMID:26382304