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  1. Endogenous Molecules Induced by a Pathogen-Associated Molecular Pattern (PAMP) Elicit Innate Immunity in Shrimp

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    Chen, Yu-Yuan; Chen, Jiann-Chu; Lin, Yong-Chin; Kitikiew, Suwaree; Li, Hui-Fang; Bai, Jia-Chin; Tseng, Kuei-Chi; Lin, Bo-Wei; Liu, Po-Chun; Shi, Yin-Ze; Kuo, Yi-Hsuan; Chang, Yu-Hsuan

    2014-01-01

    Invertebrates rely on an innate immune system to combat invading pathogens. The system is initiated in the presence of cell wall components from microbes like lipopolysaccharide (LPS), ?-1,3-glucan (?G) and peptidoglycan (PG), altogether known as pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), via a recognition of pattern recognition protein (PRP) or receptor (PRR) through complicated reactions. We show herein that shrimp hemocytes incubated with LPS, ?G, and PG caused necrosis and released endogenous molecules (EMs), namely EM-L, EM-?, and EM-P, and found that shrimp hemocytes incubated with EM-L, EM-?, and EM-P caused changes in cell viability, degranulation and necrosis of hemocytes, and increased phenoloxidase (PO) activity and respiratory burst (RB) indicating activation of immunity in vitro. We found that shrimp receiving EM-L, EM-?, and EM-P had increases in hemocyte count and other immune parameters as well as higher phagocytic activity toward a Vibrio pathogen, and found that shrimp receiving EM-L had increases in proliferation cell ratio and mitotic index of hematopoietic tissues (HPTs). We identified proteins of EMs deduced from SDS-PAGE and LC-ESI-MS/MS analyses. EM-L and EM-P contained damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) including HMGBa, HMGBb, histone 2A (H2A), H2B, and H4, and other proteins including proPO, Rab 7 GPTase, and Rab 11 GPTase, which were not observed in controls (EM-C, hemocytes incubated in shrimp salt solution). We concluded that EMs induced by PAMPs contain DAMPs and other immune molecules, and they could elicit innate immunity in shrimp. Further research is needed to identify which individual molecule or combined molecules of EMs cause the results, and determine the mechanism of action in innate immunity. PMID:25517999

  2. Detecting Molecular Fingerprints in Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy Using Pattern Recognition

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    , force spectroscopy, AFM, pattern recognition, GFP One of the most fundamental and challenging problems. The folding process of proteins is generally described as diffusion in a high dimensional energy-landscape.1) Recent advances in single molecule force spectroscopy have made it possible to explore the energy

  3. Kawasaki Disease-Specific Molecules in the Sera Are Linked to Microbe-Associated Molecular Patterns in the Biofilms

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    Murata, Kenji; Kanno, Shunsuke; Nishio, Hisanori; Saito, Mitsumasa; Tanaka, Tamami; Yamamura, Kenichiro; Sakai, Yasunari; Takada, Hidetoshi; Miyamoto, Tomofumi; Mizuno, Yumi; Ouchi, Kazunobu; Waki, Kenji; Hara, Toshiro

    2014-01-01

    Background Kawasaki disease (KD) is a systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology. The innate immune system is involved in its pathophysiology at the acute phase. We have recently established a novel murine model of KD coronary arteritis by oral administration of a synthetic microbe-associated molecular pattern (MAMP). On the hypothesis that specific MAMPs exist in KD sera, we have searched them to identify KD-specific molecules and to assess the pathogenesis. Methods We performed liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis of fractionated serum samples from 117 patients with KD and 106 controls. Microbiological and LC-MS evaluation of biofilm samples were also performed. Results KD samples elicited proinflammatory cytokine responses from human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs). By LC-MS analysis of KD serum samples collected at 3 different periods, we detected a variety of KD-specific molecules in the lipophilic fractions that showed distinct m/z and MS/MS fragmentation patterns in each cluster. Serum KD-specific molecules showed m/z and MS/MS fragmentation patterns almost identical to those of MAMPs obtained from the biofilms formed in vitro (common MAMPs from Bacillus cereus, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus) at the 1st study period, and from the biofilms formed in vivo (common MAMPs from Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis/Bacillus cereus/Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus) at the 2nd and 3rd periods. The biofilm extracts from Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus also induced proinflammatory cytokines by HCAECs. By the experiments with IgG affinity chromatography, some of these serum KD-specific molecules bound to IgG. Conclusions We herein conclude that serum KD-specific molecules were mostly derived from biofilms and possessed molecular structures common to MAMPs from Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus. Discovery of these KD-specific molecules might offer novel insight into the diagnosis and management of KD as well as its pathogenesis. PMID:25411968

  4. Molecular structure determination from x-ray scattering patterns of laser-aligned symmetric-top molecules

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    Saldin, Dilano

    be used to directly probe the laser-induced structure of molecules of arbitrary size with subnanometer-ray scattering studies, pro- vided that a high degree of spatial alignment is achieved.12­15 The far-field scattering pattern obtained over many x-ray pulses is then an incoherent sum of scattering patterns from

  5. Molecular biomechanics of collagen molecules

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    Chang, Shu-Wei

    Collagenous tissues, made of collagen molecules, such as tendon and bone, are intriguing materials that have the ability to respond to mechanical forces by altering their structures from the molecular level up, and convert ...

  6. 1Modeling molecules 2Molecular . . .

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    Servatius, Brigitte

    ·Full Screen ·Close ·Quit 1. Modeling molecules (special graphs) - can we predict rigidity? Single atom ·Go Back ·Full Screen ·Close ·Quit Graph G of atoms and covalent bonds Body and hinge model Atoms1Modeling molecules 2Molecular . . . 3Realization in . . . Home Page Title Page Page 1 of 40 Go

  7. Human mesenchymal stem cells respond to native but not oxidized damage associated molecular pattern molecules from necrotic (tumor) material.

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    Lotfi, Ramin; Eisenbacher, Judith; Solgi, Ghasem; Fuchs, Karin; Yildiz, Tatjana; Nienhaus, Christian; Rojewski, Markus T; Schrezenmeier, Hubert

    2011-07-01

    Necrosis is a characteristic feature of advanced solid tumors. Released necrotic factors, also referred to as damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), are known to critically impact the tumor microenvironment by enhancing angiogenesis or influencing the immune response. We have recently shown that DAMPs can act as chemoattractants and activators of granulocytes. We demonstrate that necrotic material from both normal and tumor cells promotes proliferation and trafficking of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). We characterize the protein high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) as a crucial member of DAMPs within necrotic material. In addition, we show that DAMPs interfere with expression of indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) in MSCs. The biological activity of necrotic material toward MSCs is abolished once these DAMPs are oxidized. MSCs found within tumor tissue can act as immunoregulatory cells and are able to promote tumor metastasis, thus playing a crucial role within the tumor microenvironment. Here, we reveal DAMPs to be crucial factors in the setting of MSC biology within the tumor microenvironment. The tumor microenvironment is characterized by reducing and hypoxic conditions that protect DAMPs from oxidation. Based on our results, oxidizing conditions should be considered for therapeutic approaches that target the tumor microenvironment. PMID:21538978

  8. Patterns and conformations in molecularly thin films

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    Basnet, Prem B.

    Molecularly thin films have been a subject of great interest for the last several years because of their large variety of industrial applications ranging from micro-electronics to bio-medicine. Additionally, molecularly thin films can be used as good models for biomembrane and other systems where surfaces are critical. Many different kinds of molecules can make stable films. My research has considered three such molecules: a polymerizable phospholipid, a bent-core molecules, and a polymer. One common theme of these three molecules is chirality. The phospolipid molecules studied here are strongly chiral, which can be due to intrinsically chiral centers on the molecules and also due to chiral conformations. We find that these molecules give rise to chiral patterns. Bent-core molecules are not intrinsically chiral, but individual molecules and groups of molecules can show chiral structures, which can be changed by surface interactions. One major, unconfirmed hypothesis for the polymer conformation at surface is that it forms helices, which would be chiral. Most experiments were carried out at the air/water interface, in what are called Langmuir films. Our major tools for studying these films are Brewster Angle Microscopy (BAM) coupled with the thermodynamic information that can be deduced from surface pressure isotherms. Phospholipids are one of the important constituents of liposomes -- a spherical vesicle com-posed of a bilayer membrane, typically composed of a phospholipid and cholesterol bilayer. The application of liposomes in drug delivery is well-known. Crumpling of vesicles of polymerizable phospholipids has been observed. With BAM, on Langmuir films of such phospholipids, we see novel spiral/target patterns during compression. We have found that both the patterns and the critical pressure at which they formed depend on temperature (below the transition to a i¬‘uid layer). Bent-core liquid crystals, sometimes knows as banana liquid crystals, have drawn increasing attention because of the richness in phases that they exhibit. Due to the unique coupling between dipole properties and the packing constraints placed by the bent shape, these molecules are emerging as strong candidates in electromechanical devices. However, most applications require that the molecules be aligned, which has proved difficult. Our group has tested such molecules both as Langmuir layers and, when transferred to a solid, as alignment layers with some limited success. However, these molecules do not behave well with the surfaces and the domains at the air/water interface tend to form ill-controlled multilayer structures since attraction with the surfaces is relatively weak. New bent-core molecules obtained from Prof. Dr. C. Tsehiemke from Department of Chemistry Institute of Organic Chemistry, Martin-Luther-University, Germany, have a hydrophilic group at one end. We expect this molecule to behave better on the surface because of the stronger attraction of the hydrophilic group towards the surface than for the bent-core molecules without the hydrophilic group. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a polymer which finds many applications in modifying surface properties. It is used in manufacturing lubricants, protective coatings, hair conditioner and glass-coating. However its properties are not well understood. This polymer has been proposed to follow either helical or caterpillar conformations on a surface. The orientational order of CH3 side groups can test for these conformations (they would be predominantly up/down for the caterpillar conformation, but rotating through the entire 360 degree for the helical one). Thus previous work on the Langmuir polymer films at the air/water interface were complemented by deuterium NMR studies to probe their conformations at a surface. These experiments were performed using humid porous solids, in order to provide sufficient surface area for the technique. Previous tests in this group at room temperature were suggestive but inconclusive because of the rapid averaging motion of the molecules. Here, we attempt t

  9. Molecular-beam spectroscopy of interhalogen molecules

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    Sherrow, S.A.

    1983-08-01

    A molecular-beam electric-resonance spectrometer employing a supersonic nozzle source has been used to obtain hyperfine spectra of /sup 79/Br/sup 35/Cl. Analyses of these spectra and of microwave spectra published by other authors have yielded new values for the electric dipole moment and for the nuclear quadrupole coupling constants in this molecule. The new constants are significantly different from the currently accepted values. Van der Waals clusters containing chlorine monofluoride have been studied under various expansion conditions by the molecular-beam electric-deflection method. The structural possibilities indicated by the results are discussed, and cluster geometries are proposed.

  10. Programmable motion and patterning of molecules on solid surfaces

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    Suo, Zhigang

    ) Adsorbed on a solid surface, a molecule can migrate and carry an electric dipole moment. A nonuniform electric field can direct the motion of the molecule. A collection of the same molecules may aggregate and programmable molec- ular cars. This paper develops a phase field model to simulate the molecular motion

  11. Controlling single-molecule junction conductance by molecular interactions

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    Kitaguchi, Y.; Habuka, S.; Okuyama, H.; Hatta, S.; Aruga, T.; Frederiksen, T.; Paulsson, M.; Ueba, H.

    2015-01-01

    For the rational design of single-molecular electronic devices, it is essential to understand environmental effects on the electronic properties of a working molecule. Here we investigate the impact of molecular interactions on the single-molecule conductance by accurately positioning individual molecules on the electrode. To achieve reproducible and precise conductivity measurements, we utilize relatively weak ?-bonding between a phenoxy molecule and a STM-tip to form and cleave one contact to the molecule. The anchoring to the other electrode is kept stable using a chalcogen atom with strong bonding to a Cu(110) substrate. These non-destructive measurements permit us to investigate the variation in single-molecule conductance under different but controlled environmental conditions. Combined with density functional theory calculations, we clarify the role of the electrostatic field in the environmental effect that influences the molecular level alignment. PMID:26135251

  12. Control of molecule-based transport for future molecular devices

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    Karthäuser, Silvia

    2011-01-01

    In this review, possibilities to modify intentionally the electronic transport properties of metal/molecule/metal devices (MMM devices) are discussed. Here especially the influence of the metal work function, the metal-molecule interface, the molecule dipole and different tunneling mechanisms are considered. A route to evaluate the effective surface work function of metal-molecule systems is given and, based on experimental results, an exemplary estimation is performed. The electron transport across different metal-molecule interfaces is characterized by relating transmission coefficients extracted from experimentally derived molecular conductances, decay constants or tunneling barrier heights. Based on the reported results the tunneling decay constant can be assumed to be suitable to characterize intrinsic molecular electron transport properties, while the nature of the metal-molecule contacts is properly described by the transmission coefficient. A clear gradation of transmission efficiencies of metal-anchoring group combinations can be given.

  13. Parallel Molecular Dynamics Program for Molecules

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    1995-03-07

    ParBond is a parallel classical molecular dynamics code that models bonded molecular systems, typically of an organic nature. It uses classical force fields for both non-bonded Coulombic and Van der Waals interactions and for 2-, 3-, and 4-body bonded (bond, angle, dihedral, and improper) interactions. It integrates Newton''s equation of motion for the molecular system and evaluates various thermodynamical properties of the system as it progresses.

  14. Super Atomic Molecular Orbitals of Variably Protonated Symmetric Molecules

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    Latta, Tanner; Drake, Kyle; Zhang, G. P.

    2015-03-01

    The molecular structure of symmetric molecules creates conducive conditions for delocalized orbitals. The ? bonding delocalizes the valence electrons away from the individual molecules. These delocalized valence electrons allow the symmetric molecules to adapt the characteristics analogous to that of an individual atom, creating Super Atomic Molecular Orbitals, SAMOs. The symmetric molecule is then comparable to that of an individual atom with its regular atomic orbitals. When these symmetric molecules are protonated in any form, there are notable changes in the shapes of the Super Atomic Molecular Orbitals. We use the Density Functional Theory with a grid mesh method to compute the wavefunctions of those SAMOs. Then we examine the Rydberg States of these symmetric molecules through the calculated Eigenstates, and find an important trend in the filling of the SAMOs as well as relationships between variably protonated symmetric molecules. This is potentially very useful to understanding the photovoltaic effect in the fullerene- based solar cells. Support by U.S. Department of Energy No DE-FG02-06ER46304.

  15. A random rotor molecule: Vibrational analysis and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Li, Yu; Zhang, Rui-Qin; Shi, Xing-Qiang; Lin, Zijing; Van Hove, Michel A.

    2012-12-01

    Molecular structures that permit intramolecular rotational motion have the potential to function as molecular rotors. We have employed density functional theory and vibrational frequency analysis to study the characteristic structure and vibrational behavior of the molecule (4',4??-(bicyclo[2,2,2]octane-1,4-diyldi-4,1-phenylene)-bis-2,2':6',2?-terpyridine. IR active vibrational modes were found that favor intramolecular rotation. To demonstrate the rotor behavior of the isolated single molecule, ab initio molecular dynamics simulations at various temperatures were carried out. This molecular rotor is expected to be thermally triggered via excitation of specific vibrational modes, which implies randomness in its direction of rotation.

  16. Photocleavable linker for the patterning of bioactive molecules

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    Wegner, Seraphine V.; Sentürk, Oya I.; Spatz, Joachim P.

    2015-01-01

    Herein, we report the use of a versatile photocleavable nitrobenzyl linker to micropattern a wide variety of bioactive molecules and photorelease them on demand. On one end, the linker has an NHS group that can be coupled with any amine, such as peptides, proteins or amine-linkers, and on the other end an alkyne for convenient attachment to materials with an azide functional group. This linker was conjugated with NTA-amine or the cell adhesion peptide cRGD to enable straightforward patterning of His6-tagged proteins or cells, respectively, on PEGylated glass surfaces. This approach provides a practical way to control the presentation of a wide variety of bioactive molecules with high spatial and temporal resolution. The extent of photocleavage can also be controlled to tune the biomolecule density and degree of cell attachment to the surface. PMID:26670693

  17. Molecular Rotation Signals: Molecule Chemistry and Particle Physics

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    Grabow, Jens-Uwe

    2015-06-01

    Molecules - large or small - are attractive academic resources, with numerous questions on their chemical behaviour as well as problems in fundamental physics now (or still) waiting to be answered: Targeted by high-resolution spectroscopy, a rotating molecular top can turn into a laboratory for molecule chemistry or a laboratory for particle physics. Once successfully entrained (many species - depending on size and chemical composition - have insufficient vapour pressures or are of transient nature, such that specifically designed pulsed-jet sources are required for their transfer into the gas phase or in-situ generation) into the collision-free environment of a supersonic-jet expansion, each molecular top comes with its own set of challenges, theoretically and experimentally: Multiple internal interactions are causing complicated energy level schemes and the resulting spectra will be rather difficult to predict theoretically. Experimentally, these spectra are difficult to assess and assign. With today's broad-banded chirp microwave techniques, finding and identifying such spectral features have lost their major drawback of being very time consuming for many molecules. For other molecules, the unrivalled resolution and sensitivity of the narrow-banded impulse microwave techniques provide a window to tackle - at the highest precision available to date - fundamental questions in physics, even particle physics - potentially beyond the standard model. Molecular charge distribution, properties of the chemical bond, details on internal dynamics and intermolecular interaction, the (stereo-chemical) molecular structure (including the possibility of their spatial separation) as well as potential evidence for tiny yet significant interactions encode their signature in pure molecular rotation subjected to time-domain microwave spectroscopic techniques. Ongoing exciting technical developments promise rapid progress. We present recent examples from Hannover, new directions, and an outlook at the future of molecular rotation spectroscopy.

  18. Novel Vein Patterns in Arabidopsis Induced by Small Molecules.

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    Carland, Francine; Defries, Andrew; Cutler, Sean; Nelson, Timothy

    2016-01-01

    The critical role of veins in transporting water, nutrients, and signals suggests that some key regulators of vein formation may be genetically redundant and, thus, undetectable by forward genetic screens. To identify such regulators, we screened more than 5000 structurally diverse small molecules for compounds that alter Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) leaf vein patterns. Many compound-induced phenotypes were observed, including vein networks with an open reticulum; decreased or increased vein number and thickness; and misaligned, misshapen, or nonpolar vascular cells. Further characterization of several individual active compounds suggests that their targets include hormone cross talk, hormone-dependent transcription, and PIN-FORMED trafficking. PMID:26574596

  19. Thermodynamics of hydrogen bond patterns in supramolecular assemblies of water molecules.

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    Henry, Marc

    2002-07-01

    The PACHA (Partial Atomic Charges and Hardnesses Analysis) formalism is applied to various supramolecular assemblies of water molecules. After a detailed study of all available crystal structures for ice polymorphs, we shown that the hydrogen bond strength is roughly constant below 1 GPa and considerably weakened above that value. New hydrogen bond patterns are proposed for ice IV, V, and VI after (EB) (electrostatic balance) minimization. For other polymorphs, there is an almost perfect coincidence between experimental and predicted hydrogen bond patterns. The evolution of hydrogen bond energy as a function of molecular geometry in water clusters with up to 280 water molecules and in large supramolecular compounds is quantitatively described. Intermolecular hydrogen bonds are found to lie between -9 and -32 kJ mol-1, the stronger interaction occurs within the spherical fully disordered water droplet buried at the heart of Müller's superfullerene keplerate. The weakest one occurs in a chiral molecular snub cube built from six calix[4]resorcinarene and eight water molecules. Intramolecular hydrogen bonds are found in the range -10-100 kJ mol-1 and can thus be considerably stronger than intermolecular bonds. Finally, through the investigation of a clathrate type I compound, it was possible to obtain a deep insight of the host-guest interactions and self-assembly rules of water cages in these materials. PMID:12503162

  20. Behavior of molecules and molecular ions near a field emitter

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    Gault, Baptiste; Ashton, Michael V; Sinnott, Susan B; Chiaramonti, Ann N; Moody, Michael P; Schreiber, Daniel K

    2015-01-01

    The cold emission of particles from surfaces under intense electric fields is a process which underpins a variety of applications including atom probe tomography (APT), an analytical microscopy technique with near-atomic spatial resolution. Increasingly relying on fast laser pulsing to trigger the emission, APT experiments often incorporate the detection of molecular ions emitted from the specimen, in particular from covalently or ionically bonded materials. Notably, it has been proposed that neutral molecules can also be emitted during this process. However, this remains a contentious issue. To investigate the validity of this hypothesis, a careful review of the literature is combined with the development of new methods to treat experimental APT data, the modelling of ion trajectories, and the application of density-functional theory (DFT) simulations to derive molecular ion energetics. It is demonstrated that the direct thermal emission of neutral molecules is extremely unlikely. However, neutrals can still...

  1. Molecular Design of Branched and Binary Molecules at Ordered Interfaces

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    Kirsten Larson Genson

    2005-12-27

    This study examined five different branched molecular architectures to discern the effect of design on the ability of molecules to form ordered structures at interfaces. Photochromic monodendrons formed kinked packing structures at the air-water interface due to the cross-sectional area mismatch created by varying number of alkyl tails and the hydrophilic polar head group. The lower generations formed orthorhombic unit cell with long range ordering despite the alkyl tails tilted to a large degree. Favorable interactions between liquid crystalline terminal groups and the underlying substrate were observed to compel a flexible carbosilane dendrimer core to form a compressed elliptical conformation which packed stagger within lamellae domains with limited short range ordering. A twelve arm binary star polymer was observed to form two dimensional micelles at the air-water interface attributed to the higher polystyrene block composition. Linear rod-coil molecules formed a multitude of packing structures at the air-water interface due to the varying composition. Tree-like rod-coil molecules demonstrated the ability to form one-dimensional structures at the air-water interface and at the air-solvent interface caused by the preferential ordering of the rigid rod cores. The role of molecular architecture and composition was examined and the influence chemically competing fragments was shown to exert on the packing structure. The amphiphilic balance of the different molecular series exhibited control on the ordering behavior at the air-water interface and within bulk structures. The shell nature and tail type was determined to dictate the preferential ordering structure and molecular reorganization at interfaces with the core nature effect secondary.

  2. Discovering structural alerts for mutagenicity using stable emerging molecular patterns.

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    Métivier, Jean-Philippe; Lepailleur, Alban; Buzmakov, Aleksey; Poezevara, Guillaume; Crémilleux, Bruno; Kuznetsov, Sergei O; Le Goff, Jérémie; Napoli, Amedeo; Bureau, Ronan; Cuissart, Bertrand

    2015-05-26

    This study is dedicated to the introduction of a novel method that automatically extracts potential structural alerts from a data set of molecules. These triggering structures can be further used for knowledge discovery and classification purposes. Computation of the structural alerts results from an implementation of a sophisticated workflow that integrates a graph mining tool guided by growth rate and stability. The growth rate is a well-established measurement of contrast between classes. Moreover, the extracted patterns correspond to formal concepts; the most robust patterns, named the stable emerging patterns (SEPs), can then be identified thanks to their stability, a new notion originating from the domain of formal concept analysis. All of these elements are explained in the paper from the point of view of computation. The method was applied to a molecular data set on mutagenicity. The experimental results demonstrate its efficiency: it automatically outputs a manageable number of structural patterns that are strongly related to mutagenicity. Moreover, a part of the resulting structures corresponds to already known structural alerts. Finally, an in-depth chemical analysis relying on these structures demonstrates how the method can initiate promising processes of chemical knowledge discovery. PMID:25871768

  3. Apparatus and method of determining molecular weight of large molecules

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    Fuerstenau, Stephen (Montrose, CA); Benner, W. Henry (Danville, CA); Madden, Norman (Livermore, CA); Searles, William (Fremont, CA)

    1998-01-01

    A mass spectrometer determines the mass of multiply charged high molecular weight molecules. This spectrometer utilizes an ion detector which is capable of simultaneously measuring the charge z and transit time of a single ion as it passes through the detector. From this transit time, the velocity of the single ion may then be derived, thus providing the mass-to-charge ratio m/z for a single ion which has been accelerated through a known potential. Given z and m/z, the mass m of the single ion can then be calculated. Electrospray ions with masses in excess of 1 MDa and charge numbers greater than 425 e.sup.- are readily detected. The on-axis single ion detection configuration enables a duty cycle of nearly 100% and extends the practical application of electrospray mass spectrometry to the analysis of very large molecules with relatively inexpensive instrumentation.

  4. Apparatus and method of determining molecular weight of large molecules

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    Fuerstenau, S.; Benner, W.H.; Madden, N.M.; Searles, W.

    1998-06-23

    A mass spectrometer determines the mass of multiply charged high molecular weight molecules. This spectrometer utilizes an ion detector which is capable of simultaneously measuring the charge z and transit time of a single ion as it passes through the detector. From this transit time, the velocity of the single ion may then be derived, thus providing the mass-to-charge ratio m/z for a single ion which has been accelerated through a known potential. Given z and m/z, the mass m of the single ion can then be calculated. Electrospray ions with masses in excess of 1 MDa and charge numbers greater than 425 e{sup {minus}} are readily detected. The on-axis single ion detection configuration enables a duty cycle of nearly 100% and extends the practical application of electrospray mass spectrometry to the analysis of very large molecules with relatively inexpensive instrumentation. 14 figs.

  5. The molecular origins of species-specific facial pattern.

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    Brugmann, Samantha A; Tapadia, Minal D; Helms, Jill A

    2006-01-01

    The prevailing approach within the field of craniofacial development is focused on finding a balance between tissues (e.g., facial epithelia, neuroectoderm, and neural crest) and molecules (e.g., bone morphogenetic proteins, fibroblast growth factors, Wnts) that play a role in sculpting the face. We are rapidly learning that neither these tissues nor molecular signals are able to act in isolation; in fact, molecular cues are constantly reciprocating signals between the epithelia and the neural crest in order to pattern and mold facial structures. More recently, it has been proposed that this crosstalk is often mediated and organized by discrete organizing centers within the tissues that are able to act as a self-contained unit of developmental potential (e.g., the rhombomere and perhaps the ectomere). Whatever the molecules are and however they are interpreted by these tissues, it appears that there is a remarkably conserved mechanism for setting up the initial organization of the facial prominences between species. Regardless of species, all vertebrates appear to have the same basic bauplan. However, sometime during mid-gestation, the vertebrate face begins to exhibit species-specific variations, in large part due to differences in the rates of growth and differentiation of cells comprising the facial prominences. How do these differences arise? Are they due to late changes in molecular signaling within the facial prominences themselves? Or are these late changes a reflection of earlier, more subtle alterations in boundaries and fields that are established at the earliest stages of head formation? We do not have clear answers to these questions yet, but in this chapter we present new studies that shed light on this age-old question. This chapter aims to present the known signals, both on a molecular and cellular level, responsible for craniofacial development while bringing to light the events that may serve to create difference in facial morphology seen from species to species. PMID:16782454

  6. Maskless RGB color patterning of vacuum-deposited small molecule OLED displays by diffusion of luminescent dopant molecules.

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    Kajiyama, Yoshitaka; Kajiyama, Koichi; Aziz, Hany

    2015-06-29

    A maskless RGB color patterning technique based on diffusion of luminescent dopant molecules is proposed here for vacuum-deposited small molecule OLED displays. The proposed maskless color patterning technique enables us to overcome challenging issues in OLED display manufacturing arising from shadow mask limitations. This approach utilizes selective diffusion of luminescent dopant molecules from a donor substrate to an acceptor substrate. Results show that sufficiently high doping levels can be achieved through this technique and that devices with performance similar to those produced by standard co-deposition can be easily produced. Red, green and blue OLEDs are successfully fabricated side by side on one substrate using this technique. PMID:26191677

  7. Molecular patterning of the mammalian dentition

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    Lan, Yu; Jia, Shihai; Jiang, Rulang

    2014-01-01

    Four conserved signaling pathways, including the bone morphogenetic proteins (Bmp), fibroblast growth factors (Fgf), Sonic hedgehog (Shh), and Wingless-related (Wnt) pathways, are each repeatedly used throughout tooth development. Inactivation of any of these resulted in early tooth developmental arrest in mice. The mutations identified thus far in human patients with tooth agenesis also affect these pathways. Recent studies show that these signaling pathways interact through positive and negative feedback loops to regulate not only morphogenesis of individual teeth but also tooth number, shape, and spatial pattern. Increased activity of each of the Fgf, Shh, and canonical Wnt signaling pathways revitalizes development of the physiologically arrested mouse diastemal tooth germs whereas constitutive activation of canonical Wnt signaling in the dental epithelium is able to induce supernumerary tooth formation even in the absence of Msx1 and Pax9, two transcription factors required for normal tooth development beyond the early bud stage. Bmp4 and Msx1 act in a positive feedback loop to drive sequential tooth formation whereas the Osr2 transcription factor restricts Msx1-mediated expansion of the mesenchymal odontogenic field along both the buccolingual and anteroposterior axes to pattern mouse molar teeth in a single row. Moreover, the ectodermal-specific ectodysplasin (EDA) signaling pathway controls tooth number and tooth shape through regulation of Fgf20 expression in the dental epithelium, whereas Shh suppresses Wnt signaling through a negative feedback loop to regulate spatial patterning of teeth. In this article, we attempt to integrate these exciting findings in the understanding of the molecular networks regulating tooth development and patterning. PMID:24355560

  8. Optical molecular imaging for systems biology: from molecule to organism

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    Du, Wei; Wang, Ying; Luo, Qingming

    2006-01-01

    The development of highly efficient analytical methods capable of probing biological systems at system level is an important task that is required in order to meet the requirements of the emerging field of systems biology. Optical molecular imaging (OMI) is a very powerful tool for studying the temporal and spatial dynamics of specific biomolecules and their interactions in real time in vivo. In this article, recent advances in OMI are reviewed extensively, such as the development of molecular probes that make imaging brighter, more stable and more informative (e.g., FPs and semiconductor nanocrystals, also referred to as quantum dots), the development of imaging approaches that provide higher resolution and greater tissue penetration, and applications for measuring biological events from molecule to organism level, including gene expression, protein and subcellular compartment localization, protein activation and interaction, and low-mass molecule dynamics. These advances are of great significance in the field of biological science and could also be applied to disease diagnosis and pharmaceutical screening. Further developments in OMI for systems biology are also proposed. PMID:16850295

  9. Small-Molecule Hormones: Molecular Mechanisms of Action

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    Budzi?ska, Monika

    2013-01-01

    Small-molecule hormones play crucial roles in the development and in the maintenance of an adult mammalian organism. On the molecular level, they regulate a plethora of biological pathways. Part of their actions depends on their transcription-regulating properties, exerted by highly specific nuclear receptors which are hormone-dependent transcription factors. Nuclear hormone receptors interact with coactivators, corepressors, basal transcription factors, and other transcription factors in order to modulate the activity of target genes in a manner that is dependent on tissue, age and developmental and pathophysiological states. The biological effect of this mechanism becomes apparent not earlier than 30–60 minutes after hormonal stimulus. In addition, small-molecule hormones modify the function of the cell by a number of nongenomic mechanisms, involving interaction with proteins localized in the plasma membrane, in the cytoplasm, as well as with proteins localized in other cellular membranes and in nonnuclear cellular compartments. The identity of such proteins is still under investigation; however, it seems that extranuclear fractions of nuclear hormone receptors commonly serve this function. A direct interaction of small-molecule hormones with membrane phospholipids and with mRNA is also postulated. In these mechanisms, the reaction to hormonal stimulus appears within seconds or minutes. PMID:23533406

  10. ION AND MOLECULE SENSORS USING MOLECULAR RECOGNITION IN LUMINESCENT, CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS

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    This program integrates three individual, highly interactive projects that will use molecular recognition strategies to develop sensor technology based on luminescent, conductive polymers that contain sites for binding specific molecules or ions in the presence of related molecul...

  11. Ultrafast Electron Diffraction from Aligned Molecules

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    Centurion, Martin

    2015-08-17

    The aim of this project was to record time-resolved electron diffraction patterns of aligned molecules and to reconstruct the 3D molecular structure. The molecules are aligned non-adiabatically using a femtosecond laser pulse. A femtosecond electron pulse then records a diffraction pattern while the molecules are aligned. The diffraction patterns are then be processed to obtain the molecular structure.

  12. Speckle Patterns with Atomic and Molecular de Broglie Waves

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    Patton, Forest S.; Deponte, Daniel P.; Kevan, Stephen D.; Elliott, Greg S.

    2006-07-07

    We have developed a nozzle source that delivers a continuous beam of atomic helium or molecular hydrogen having a high degree of transverse coherence and with adequate optical brightness to enable new kinds of experiments. Using this source we have measured single slit diffraction patterns and the first ever speckle-diffraction patterns using atomic and molecular de Broglie waves. Our results suggest fruitful application of coherent matter beams in dynamic scattering and diffractive imaging at short wavelength and with extreme surface sensitivity.

  13. Oscillating spin-density pattern in gold metallocene and phthalocyanine molecules

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    Carrascal, Diego; Fernández-Seivane, Lucas; Ferrer, Jaime

    2009-11-01

    We present a theoretical study of the magnetic properties of the spin-1/2 dicyclopentadienyl metallocene (MCp2) and phthalocyanine molecules that contain the transition-metal atoms M=Co , Cu, and Au. We find that the spin-density pattern of gold molecules shows a fully delocalized and oscillating behavior. This spin pattern is to be contrasted with the well-known cases of cobalt or iron molecules, where the magnetic moment is strongly localized at the transition-metal ion.

  14. Molecular vibrations of methane molecules in the structure I clathrate hydrate from ab initio molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Hiratsuka, Masaki; Ohmura, Ryo; Sum, Amadeu K; Yasuoka, Kenji

    2012-01-28

    Vibrational frequencies of guest molecules in clathrate hydrates reflect the molecular environment and dynamical behavior of molecules. A detailed understanding of the mechanism for the vibrational frequency changes of the guest molecules in the clathrate hydrate cages is still incomplete. In this study, molecular vibrations of methane molecules in a structure I clathrate hydrate are calculated from ab initio molecular dynamics simulation. The vibrational spectra of methane are computed by Fourier transform of autocorrelation functions, which reveal distinct separation of each vibrational mode. Calculated symmetric and asymmetric stretching vibrational frequencies of methane molecules are lower in the large cages than in the small cages (8 and 16 cm(-1) for symmetric and asymmetric stretching, respectively). These changes are closely linked with the C-H bond length. The vibrational frequencies for the bending and rocking vibrational modes nearly overlap in each of the cages. PMID:22299892

  15. Langmuir films of chiral lipid molecules and Pattern Formation .

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    Basnet, Prem; Mann, Elizabeth; Chaieb, Sahraoui

    2009-03-01

    Langmuir films of 1,2-bis(10,12 Tricosadiynoyl)-sn-Glycero-3-Phosphoethanolamine form spiral and target patterns when compressed between two movable barriers in a Langmuir trough above 30^0C, up to the chain-melting transition at ˜37^0C. The critical pressure, at which spirals appear, increases with temperature. The patterns themselves also depend on temperature, with single-armed spirals with many defects forming near 30^0C and defect-free target patterns at higher temperatures. The mechanism of spiral formation could be a competition among elasticity, chirality, and the boundary conditions at the core of the domains. Optical anisotropy and the growth rate of internal structures test this suggested mechanism. .

  16. Single Molecule Switches and Molecular Self-Assembly: Low Temperature STM Investigations and Manipulations

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    Iancu, Violeta

    2006-08-01

    This dissertation is devoted to single molecule investigations and manipulations of two porphyrin-based molecules, chlorophyll-a and Co-popphyrin. The molecules are absorbed on metallic substrates and studied at low temperatures using a scanning tunneling microscope. The electronic, structural and mechanical properties of the molecules are investigated in detail with atomic level precision. Chlorophyll-a is the key ingredient in photosynthesis processes while Co-porphyrin is a magnetic molecule that represents the recent emerging field of molecular spintronics. Using the scanning tunneling microscope tip and the substrate as electrodes, and the molecules as active ingredients, single molecule switches made of these two molecules are demonstrated. The first switch, a multiple and reversible mechanical switch, is realized by using chlorophyll-a where the energy transfer of a single tunneling electron is used to rotate a C-C bond of the molecule's tail on a Au(111) surface. Here, the det

  17. Single-molecule orientations determined by direct emission pattern imaging

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    Novotny, Lukas

    in the objective's back focal plane (or the back-aperture plane for an infinity- corrected system). We by direct imaging of the emission patterns in the back focal plane of a high-numerical-aperture objective scanned through the inhomogeneous field distribution in a strongly focused beam8,9 or near a near

  18. Chains of quantum dot molecules grown on Si surface pre-patterned by ion-assisted nanoimprint lithography

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    Smagina, Zh. V.; Stepina, N. P. Zinovyev, V. A.; Kuchinskaya, P. A.; Novikov, P. L.; Dvurechenskii, A. V.

    2014-10-13

    An original approach based on the combination of nanoimprint lithography and ion irradiation through mask has been developed for fabrication of large-area periodical pattern on Si(100). Using the selective etching of regions amorphized by ion irradiation ordered structures with grooves and ridges were obtained. The shape and depth of the relief were governed by ion energy and by the number of etching stages as well. Laterally ordered chains of Ge quantum dots were fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy of Ge on the pre-patterned Si substrates. For small amount of Ge deposited chains contain separate quantum dot molecules. The increase of deposition amount leads to overlapping of quantum dot molecules with formation of dense homogeneous chains of quantum dots. It was shown that the residual irradiation-induced bulk defects underneath the grooves suppress nucleation of Ge islands at the bottom of grooves. On pre-patterned substrates with whole defect regions, etched quantum dots grow at the bottom of grooves. The observed location of Ge quantum dots is interpreted in terms of local strain-mediated surface chemical potential which controls the sites of islands nucleation. The local chemical potential is affected by additional strain formed by the residual defects. It was shown by molecular dynamics calculations that these defects form the compressive strain at the bottom of grooves.

  19. Biogeographic, molecular evolution, and diversification patterns in Neotropical plants

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    Smith, S. A.; Dick, C. W.

    2014-12-01

    Neotropical plants demonstrate a phenomenal range of ecological and morphological diversity. We will explore the phylogenetic and biogeographic patterns of a group of Neotropical plants and how these patterns relate to the geological history of the area. This includes the timing and location of biological exchange between areas. Neotropical plants also demonstrate repeated examples of rapid speciation and diversification. We will examine these evolutionary patterns and how they relate to molecular evolution.

  20. Elements of the theory of molecular spectra. [multiatomic molecules

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    Gribov, L. A.

    1979-01-01

    The basic aspects of the theory concerning the spectra of multiatomic molecules are presented. The classification of the forms of motions in a molecule, the methods for determining the corresponding Schroudinger levels, the spectral types and the selection rules are discussed in order to identify their presence and state in outer space.

  1. Organic molecules as chemical fossils - The molecular fossil record

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    Eglinton, G.

    1983-01-01

    The study of biochemical clues to the early earth and the origin of life is discussed. The methods used in such investigation are described, including the extraction, fractionation, and analysis of geolipids and the analysis of kerogen. The occurrence of molecular fossils in the geological record is examined, discussing proposed precursor-product relationships and the molecular assessment of deep sea sediments, ancient sediments, and crude petroleums. Alterations in the molecular record due to diagenesis and catagenesis are considered, and the use of microbial lipids as molecular fossils is discussed. The results of searches for molecular fossils in Precambrian sediments are assessed.

  2. Molecular imprinted polymer-coated optical fiber sensor for the identification of low molecular weight molecules.

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    Lépinay, Sandrine; Ianoul, Anatoli; Albert, Jacques

    2014-10-01

    A biomimetic optical probe for detecting low molecular weight molecules (maltol, 3-hydroxy-2-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one, molecular weight of 126.11 g/mol), was designed, fabricated, and characterized. The sensor couples a molecular imprinted polymer (MIP) and the Bragg grating refractometry technology into an optical fiber. The probe is fabricated first by inscribing tilted grating planes in the core of the fiber, and then by photopolymerization to immobilize a maltol imprinted MIP on the fiber cladding surface over the Bragg grating. The sensor response to the presence of maltol in different media is obtained by spectral interrogation of the fiber transmission signal. The results showed that the limit of detection of the sensor reached 1 ng/mL in pure water with a sensitivity of 6.3 × 10(8)pm/M. The selectivity of the sensor against other compounds and its reusability were also studied experimentally. Finally, the unambiguous detection of concentrations as little as 10nM of maltol in complex media (real food samples) by the MIP-coated tilted fiber Bragg grating sensor was demonstrated. PMID:25059178

  3. Reversible gating of smart plasmonic molecular traps using thermoresponsive polymers for single-molecule detection.

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    Zheng, Yuanhui; Soeriyadi, Alexander H; Rosa, Lorenzo; Ng, Soon Hock; Bach, Udo; Justin Gooding, J

    2015-01-01

    Single-molecule surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has attracted increasing interest for chemical and biochemical sensing. Many conventional substrates have a broad distribution of SERS enhancements, which compromise reproducibility and result in slow response times for single-molecule detection. Here we report a smart plasmonic sensor that can reversibly trap a single molecule at hotspots for rapid single-molecule detection. The sensor was fabricated through electrostatic self-assembly of gold nanoparticles onto a gold/silica-coated silicon substrate, producing a high yield of uniformly distributed hotspots on the surface. The hotspots were isolated with a monolayer of a thermoresponsive polymer (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)), which act as gates for molecular trapping at the hotspots. The sensor shows not only a good SERS reproducibility but also a capability to repetitively trap and release molecules for single-molecular sensing. The single-molecule sensitivity is experimentally verified using SERS spectral blinking and bianalyte methods. PMID:26549539

  4. Reversible gating of smart plasmonic molecular traps using thermoresponsive polymers for single-molecule detection

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    Zheng, Yuanhui; Soeriyadi, Alexander H.; Rosa, Lorenzo; Ng, Soon Hock; Bach, Udo; Justin Gooding, J.

    2015-01-01

    Single-molecule surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has attracted increasing interest for chemical and biochemical sensing. Many conventional substrates have a broad distribution of SERS enhancements, which compromise reproducibility and result in slow response times for single-molecule detection. Here we report a smart plasmonic sensor that can reversibly trap a single molecule at hotspots for rapid single-molecule detection. The sensor was fabricated through electrostatic self-assembly of gold nanoparticles onto a gold/silica-coated silicon substrate, producing a high yield of uniformly distributed hotspots on the surface. The hotspots were isolated with a monolayer of a thermoresponsive polymer (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)), which act as gates for molecular trapping at the hotspots. The sensor shows not only a good SERS reproducibility but also a capability to repetitively trap and release molecules for single-molecular sensing. The single-molecule sensitivity is experimentally verified using SERS spectral blinking and bianalyte methods. PMID:26549539

  5. Reversible gating of smart plasmonic molecular traps using thermoresponsive polymers for single-molecule detection

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    Zheng, Yuanhui; Soeriyadi, Alexander H.; Rosa, Lorenzo; Ng, Soon Hock; Bach, Udo; Justin Gooding, J.

    2015-11-01

    Single-molecule surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has attracted increasing interest for chemical and biochemical sensing. Many conventional substrates have a broad distribution of SERS enhancements, which compromise reproducibility and result in slow response times for single-molecule detection. Here we report a smart plasmonic sensor that can reversibly trap a single molecule at hotspots for rapid single-molecule detection. The sensor was fabricated through electrostatic self-assembly of gold nanoparticles onto a gold/silica-coated silicon substrate, producing a high yield of uniformly distributed hotspots on the surface. The hotspots were isolated with a monolayer of a thermoresponsive polymer (poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)), which act as gates for molecular trapping at the hotspots. The sensor shows not only a good SERS reproducibility but also a capability to repetitively trap and release molecules for single-molecular sensing. The single-molecule sensitivity is experimentally verified using SERS spectral blinking and bianalyte methods.

  6. Molecular assembly of highly symmetric molecules under a hydrogen bond framework controlled by alkyl building blocks: a simple approach to fine-tune nanoscale structures.

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    Tanphibal, Pimsai; Tashiro, Kohji; Chirachanchai, Suwabun

    2015-12-23

    To date, molecular assemblies under the contribution of hydrogen bond in combination with weak interactions and their consequent morphologies have been variously reported; however, how the systematic variation of the structure can fine-tune the morphologies has not yet been answered. The present work finds an answer through highly symmetric molecules, i.e. diamine-based benzoxazine dimers. This type of molecule develops unique molecular assemblies with their networks formed by hydrogen bonds at the terminal, while, at the same time, their hydrogen bonded frameworks are further controlled by the hydrophobic segment at the center of the molecule. When this happens, slight differences in hydrophobic alkyl chain lengths (, , and ) bring a significant change to the molecular assemblies, thus resulting in tunable morphologies, i.e. spheres, needles and dendrites. The superimposition between the crystal lattice obtained from X-ray single crystal analysis and the electron diffraction pattern obtained from transmission electron microscopy allows us to identify the molecular alignment from single molecules to self-assembly until the morphologies developed. The present work, for the first time, shows the case of symmetric molecules, where the hydrophobic building block controls the hydrogen bond patterns, leading to the variation of molecular assemblies with tunable morphologies. PMID:26482133

  7. The benzene molecule as a molecular resonant-tunneling transistor M. Di Ventraa)

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    Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    The benzene molecule as a molecular resonant-tunneling transistor M. Di Ventraa) and S. T of transport through a benzene-1, 4-dithiolate molecule with a third capacitive terminal gate . We find rectification was demonstrated in 1993.2 More recently, Reed et al. investigated the benzene-1, 4-dithiol rings

  8. The Virtual Museum of Minerals and Molecules: Molecular Visualization in a Virtual Hands-On Museum

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    Barak, Phillip; Nater, Edward A.

    2005-01-01

    The Virtual Museum of Minerals and Molecules (VMMM) is a web-based resource presenting interactive, 3-D, research-grade molecular models of more than 150 minerals and molecules of interest to chemical, earth, plant, and environmental sciences. User interactivity with the 3-D display allows models to be rotated, zoomed, and specific regions of…

  9. A comparison of the molecular surfaces of sandalwood odour molecules.. Conformational calculations on sandalwood odour VIII

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    Neumann, Andrea; Wei, Petra; Wolschann, Peter

    1993-07-01

    Molecular surface comparisons offer a possibility for investigating small differences in molecular shape between biologically active and inactive compounds of the same structural type. The method of comparison described here is based on volume matching followed by the calculation of comparable surface dots. Subsequently, the surfaces are matched. The method was applied to the stereoisomers of some sandalwood odour molecules.

  10. Fluorescence switchable probes based on a molecular rotor for selective detection of proteins and small molecules.

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    Lai, Hsiu-Ping; Gao, Ruo-Cing; Huang, Chi-Ling; Chen, I-Chia; Tan, Kui-Thong

    2015-10-29

    In this communication, we report a general strategy to create fluorescence switchable probes, where a small molecule ligand is conjugated to a fluorescent molecular rotor, for the selective detection of proteins through a non-enzymatic process. In the presence of target proteins, bond rotation of the molecular rotor is restricted, thereby triggering the emission of strong fluorescence. PMID:26396997

  11. Research Update: Molecular electronics: The single-molecule switch and transistor

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    Sotthewes, Kai; Heimbuch, René Kumar, Avijit; Zandvliet, Harold J. W.; Geskin, Victor

    2014-01-01

    In order to design and realize single-molecule devices it is essential to have a good understanding of the properties of an individual molecule. For electronic applications, the most important property of a molecule is its conductance. Here we show how a single octanethiol molecule can be connected to macroscopic leads and how the transport properties of the molecule can be measured. Based on this knowledge we have realized two single-molecule devices: a molecular switch and a molecular transistor. The switch can be opened and closed at will by carefully adjusting the separation between the electrical contacts and the voltage drop across the contacts. This single-molecular switch operates in a broad temperature range from cryogenic temperatures all the way up to room temperature. Via mechanical gating, i.e., compressing or stretching of the octanethiol molecule, by varying the contact's interspace, we are able to systematically adjust the conductance of the electrode-octanethiol-electrode junction. This two-terminal single-molecule transistor is very robust, but the amplification factor is rather limited.

  12. The Kinetic Molecular Theory of Gases A gas consists of a collection of molecules in continuous random motion with

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    Rioux, Frank

    The Kinetic Molecular Theory of Gases A gas consists of a collection of molecules in continuous of the gas molecules and to calculate the bulk properties of the gas. The basic features of the kinetic molecular theory (KMT) are illustrated in the figure below. Pointlike molecules · · · , and speed

  13. Laser Induced Molecular Spectroscopy of Zn{sub 2} Molecule

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    Singh, Subhash C.; Gopal, Ram

    2008-11-14

    Laser produced spectra of zinc molecule have been recorded in the region of 540-670 nm using second harmonics of Nd: YAG laser, computer--controlled TRIAX 320 M monochromator with a reciprocal linear dispersion 2.64 nm/mm fitted with ICCD detector. The spectrum consists of 35 bands, which are classified into D ({sup 1} product {sub u}){yields}A({sup 3} product {sub g}) and C ({sup 1}{sigma}{sub u}{sup +}){yields}A({sup 3} product {sub g}) systems. We have recorded the florescence spectrum of zinc dimer by pumping and probing with the same laser, which proves that produced molecules are stable for more than 0.1 seconds.

  14. Paramagnetic molecule induced strong antiferromagnetic exchange coupling on a magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics device.

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    Tyagi, Pawan; Baker, Collin; D'Angelo, Christopher

    2015-07-31

    This paper reports our Monte Carlo (MC) studies aiming to explain the experimentally observed paramagnetic molecule induced antiferromagnetic coupling between ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes. Recently developed magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics devices (MTJMSDs) were prepared by chemically bonding the paramagnetic molecules between the FM electrodes along the tunnel junction's perimeter. These MTJMSDs exhibited molecule-induced strong antiferromagnetic coupling. We simulated the 3D atomic model analogous to the MTJMSD and studied the effect of molecule's magnetic couplings with the two FM electrodes. Simulations show that when a molecule established ferromagnetic coupling with one electrode and antiferromagnetic coupling with the other electrode, then theoretical results effectively explained the experimental findings. Our studies suggest that in order to align MTJMSDs' electrodes antiparallel to each other, the exchange coupling strength between a molecule and FM electrodes should be ?50% of the interatomic exchange coupling for the FM electrodes. PMID:26159362

  15. Molecular dynamics study on condensation/evaporation coefficients of chain molecules at liquid-vapor interface

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    Nagayama, Gyoko; Takematsu, Masaki; Mizuguchi, Hirotaka; Tsuruta, Takaharu

    2015-07-01

    The structure and thermodynamic properties of the liquid-vapor interface are of fundamental interest for numerous technological implications. For simple molecules, e.g., argon and water, the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior depends strongly on their translational motion and the system temperature. Existing molecular dynamics (MD) results are consistent with the theoretical predictions based on the assumption that the liquid and vapor states in the vicinity of the liquid-vapor interface are isotropic. Additionally, similar molecular condensation/evaporation characteristics have been found for long-chain molecules, e.g., dodecane. It is unclear, however, whether the isotropic assumption is valid and whether the molecular orientation or the chain length of the molecules affects the condensation/evaporation behavior at the liquid-vapor interface. In this study, MD simulations were performed to study the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior of the straight-chain alkanes, i.e., butane, octane, and dodecane, at the liquid-vapor interface, and the effects of the molecular orientation and chain length were investigated in equilibrium systems. The results showed that the condensation/evaporation behavior of chain molecules primarily depends on the molecular translational energy and the surface temperature and is independent of the molecular chain length. Furthermore, the orientation at the liquid-vapor interface was disordered when the surface temperature was sufficiently higher than the triple point and had no significant effect on the molecular condensation/evaporation behavior. The validity of the isotropic assumption was confirmed, and we conclude that the condensation/evaporation coefficients can be predicted by the liquid-to-vapor translational length ratio, even for chain molecules.

  16. Structure-dependent reactivity of low molecular weight fulvic acid molecules during ozonation.

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    These, Anja; Reemtsma, Thorsten

    2005-11-01

    Size-exclusion chromatography coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SEC-Q-TOF-MS) was used to study changes in the molecular composition of a Suwannee River fulvic acid isolate by ozonation. The composition of all three SEC fractions showed strong changes and a relative increase of the low molecular weight anions. Further mass spectrometric investigations focused on the low molecular weight fulvic acid molecules, where a preferential removal of fulvic acid molecules with a low oxidation state (low O/C ratio) and a high degree of unsaturation (low H/C ratio) was observed. Besides their elemental composition, also the structure of the fulvic acid molecules influenced their reactivity toward ozone. The data suggestthat molecules with a more extended carbon skeleton and less carboxylate substituents showed higher reactivitywhereas some highly unsaturated molecules did not show measurable removal up to a specific ozone dose of 2.5 mg/mg of DOC due to sterical shielding of the reactive structures. Newly formed molecules were determined by SEC-Q-TOF-MS, which were characterized by a very high number of carboxylate groups (high O/C ratio) and a highly saturated carbon skeleton (high H/C ratio). These investigations explain on a molecular level many observations previously made with whole mixtures or fractions of natural organic matter. PMID:16294877

  17. MoFlow: visualizing conformational changes in molecules as molecular flow improves understanding

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    2015-01-01

    Background Current visualizations of molecular motion use a Timeline-analogous representation that conveys "first the molecule was shaped like this, then like this...". This scheme is orthogonal to the Pathline-like human understanding of motion "this part of the molecule moved from here to here along this path". We present MoFlow, a system for visualizing molecular motion using a Pathline-analogous representation. Results The MoFlow system produces high-quality renderings of molecular motion as atom pathlines, as well as interactive WebGL visualizations, and 3D printable models. In a preliminary user study, MoFlow representations are shown to be superior to canonical representations for conveying molecular motion. Conclusions Pathline-based representations of molecular motion are more easily understood than timeline representations. Pathline representations provide other advantages because they represent motion directly, rather than representing structure with inferred motion. PMID:26361501

  18. New Materials, Methods, and Molecules for Microelectronic and Molecular Electronic Devices

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    Miller, Michael Stephen

    This dissertation reports a variety of new methods and materials for the fabrication of electronic devices. Particular emphasis is placed on low-cost, solution based methods for flexible electronic device fabrication, and new substrates and molecules for molecular electronic tunnel junctions. Chapter 2 reports a low-cost, solution based method for depositing patterned metal circuitry onto a variety of flexible polymer substrates. Microcontact printing an aluminum (III) porphyrin complex activates selected areas of an oxidized polymer substrate to electroless copper metallization. Chapter 3 reports a new transparent conductive electrode for use in optoelectronic devices. A highly conductive, transparent silver nanowire network is embedded at the surface of an optical adhesive, which can be applied to a variety of rigid and flexible polymer substrates. Chapter 4 describes a new approach to the self-assembly of mesoscale components into two-dimensional arrays. Unlike most previously reported self-assembly motifs, this method is completely dry; eliminating solvent makes this method compatible with the assembly of electronic components. Chapter 5 describes a new class of self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on gold formed from dihexadecyldithiophosphinic acid ((C16) 2DTPA) adsorbate molecules. The binding and structure (C16) 2DTPA SAMs is dependent upon the roughness and morphology of the underlying gold substrate. Chapter 6 investigates the influence of chain length on the binding and structure of dialkyl-DTPA SAMs on smooth, template-stripped (TS) gold. Binding of the DTPA head group is independent of the length of the alkyl chain, while the structure of the organic layer has a counter-intuitive dependence: As the length of the alkyl chain increases, these SAMs become more disordered and liquid-like. Chapter 7 describes the fabrication of ultra smooth gold substrates using chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). These substrates are smooth, uniform, and prove to be ideal candidates for bottom electrodes within SAM-based molecular electronic tunnel junctions. Chapter 8 investigates the charge transport properties of new diphenyldithiophosphinic acid (Ph 2DTPA) SAMs on TS gold within metal-SAM//Ga2O3/EGaIn molecular tunnel junctions. A computational investigation provides insight into the electronic structure of the junction.

  19. Tracking molecular resonance forms of donor–acceptor push–pull molecules by single-molecule conductance experiments

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    Lissau, Henriette; Frisenda, Riccardo; Olsen, Stine T.; Jevric, Martyn; Parker, Christian R.; Kadziola, Anders; Hansen, Thorsten; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Brøndsted Nielsen, Mogens; Mikkelsen, Kurt V.

    2015-01-01

    The ability of molecules to change colour on account of changes in solvent polarity is known as solvatochromism and used spectroscopically to characterize charge-transfer transitions in donor–acceptor molecules. Here we report that donor–acceptor-substituted molecular wires also exhibit distinct properties in single-molecule electronics under the influence of a bias voltage, but in absence of solvent. Two oligo(phenyleneethynylene) wires with donor–acceptor substitution on the central ring (cruciform-like) exhibit remarkably broad conductance peaks measured by the mechanically controlled break-junction technique with gold contacts, in contrast to the sharp peak of simpler molecules. From a theoretical analysis, we explain this by different degrees of charge delocalization and hence cross-conjugation at the central ring. Thus, small variations in the local environment promote the quinoid resonance form (off), the linearly conjugated (on) or any form in between. This shows how the conductance of donor–acceptor cruciforms is tuned by small changes in the environment. PMID:26667583

  20. Molecular cloning of a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored molecule CDw108.

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    Yamada, A; Kubo, K; Takeshita, T; Harashima, N; Kawano, K; Mine, T; Sagawa, K; Sugamura, K; Itoh, K

    1999-04-01

    CDw108, also known as the John-Milton-Hagen human blood group Ag, is an 80-kDa glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored membrane glycoprotein that is preferentially expressed on activated lymphocytes and E. The molecular characteristics and biological function of the CDw108 were not clarified previously. In this manuscript, we identify the cDNA clone containing the entire coding sequence of the CDw108 gene and report its molecular characteristics. The 1998-base pairs of the open reading frame of the cloned cDNA encoded a protein of 666 amino acids (aa), including the 46 aa of the signal peptide and the 19 aa of the GPI-anchor motif. Thus, the membrane-anchoring form of CDw108 was the 602 aa, and the estimated molecular mass of the unglycosylated form was 68 kDa. The RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) cell attachment sequence and the five potential N-linked glycosylation sites were located on the membrane-anchoring form. Flow cytometric and immunoprecipitation analyses of the CDw108 cDNA transfectants confirmed that the cloned cDNA encoded the native form of CDw108. The CDw108 mRNA was expressed in activated PBMCs as well as in the spleen, thymus, testis, placenta, and brain, but was not expressed in any other tissues tested. Radiation hybrid mapping indicated that the CDw108 gene was located in the middle of the long arm of chromosome 15 (15q23-24). This molecular information will be critical for understanding the biological function of the CDw108 Ag. PMID:10201933

  1. Pattern formation in Langmuir-Blodgett films of tricycloquinazoline based discotic liquid crystal molecules

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    Karthik, C.; Manjuladevi, V.; Gupta, R. K.; Kumar, Sandeep

    2014-07-01

    The assembly of molecules on the surface has drawn considerable attention because of its potential to tailor the physicochemical, electronic, and magnetic properties of materials. The structure of aggregates of molecules can be influenced by the molecular interactions and the external parameters like temperature, pressure and ion contents. We have found a stable Langmuir monolayer of amphiphilic tricycloquinazoline based discotic liquid crystal (AmTCQ) molecules at air-water (A-W) interface. The monolayer exhibits gas phase, low density liquid phase and high density liquid phase. The structural evolution in Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of the AmTCQ molecules as a function of target surface pressure is studied using an atomic force microscope. We found aggregation of the discotic molecules leading to nucleation sites at a lower surface pressure. With the increasing surface pressure, each nucleation site grows to form a stable triangular structure. The shape and size of the triangular structure remain stable till the target surface pressure for LB films deposition exceeds the equilibrium surface pressure of the AmTCQ molecules. The number of triangles in the film increases with increasing target surface pressure of LB deposition. The target surface pressure of LB deposition acts as a controlling parameter for obtaining desired number of triangular domains in the film.

  2. Millimeter-Wave Spectroscopic and Collisional Studies of Molecules and Molecular Ions

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    Pearson, John Christoffersen

    1995-01-01

    Molecular spectroscopy in the millimeter- and submillimeter-wave regions is an important tool in molecular physics. Information on molecular motions and interactions is obtained from spectroscopic studies of energy levels and collisions. This information and the data from which it is derived are essential in remote sensing of the atmosphere and the interstellar medium. Remote sensing at submillimeter wavelengths is now possible, making higher frequency and quantum number measurements of known interstellar species like water, propionitrile and ethyl alcohol necessary. Remote sensing improvements have also facilitated the need for spectral data on suspected interstellar molecules like propylene. The desire to extract quantitative information from atmospheric remote sensing has resulted in the need for a better understanding of the molecular interactions that cause pressure broadening. The use of a cold molecular ion to magnify the effects of intermolecular interactions has serious implications for pressure broadening theory. The measurement and analysis of rotational spectra of the asymmetric rotors water and propionitrile and the internal rotors propylene and ethyl alcohol are presented. These investigations provide the data and analysis necessary for astronomical observation. The ethyl alcohol investigation is the first experimental millimeter-wave study of a molecule with an asymmetric internal rotor. This study provides the data necessary for detailed theoretical modeling of this type of problem. A novel new experimental technique for generating and studying molecular ions is presented. The first temperature dependent microwave pressure broadening study of a molecular ion colliding with a neutral molecule, HCO^{+} on H_2 , is presented.

  3. Role of molecule flexibility on the nucleation of dislocations in molecular crystals

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    Munday, Lynn B.; Mitchell, Robert L.; Knap, Jaroslaw; Chung, Peter W.

    2013-10-01

    We show that a molecule's flexibility described by changes to its conformation and orientation during deformation is vital for the proper representation of dislocation nucleation in molecular crystals. This is shown for the molecular crystal hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-s-triazine (RDX) by comparing direct atomistic simulations to two alternate forms of a continuum dislocation nucleation model for a crack tip loaded in pure shear. The atomistic simulations show the emission of partial dislocations. These are compared to continuum dislocation nucleation models based on generalized stacking fault (GSF) energy surfaces where the molecules are allowed to be either rigid or flexible. The rigid molecules are unable to represent the partial dislocations whereas the flexible molecules agree with the direct atomistic model to within 17% of the stress intensity factor for emission of the first partial dislocation and to within 1% for the second partial. This agreement first indicates that the molecule flexibility serves a critical role in the ductile behavior of the molecular crystal and, second, the continuum dislocation nucleation model represents the correct atomistic behavior, showing two partial dislocations connected by a stacking fault, when parameterized with GSF energy surfaces that account for the molecule flexibility.

  4. Controlling spin-polarized electron transport through a molecule: The role of molecular conformation

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    Senapati, L.; Pati, R.; Erwin, S. C.

    2007-07-01

    We investigate theoretically the spin-polarized electron transport through a complex organic molecule coupled to magnetic contacts. Our focus is on how low-energy deformations of the molecule affect the current-voltage characteristics and the magnetotransport of this molecular-scale device. We find that fairly modest deformations, costing only a few tens of meVs, can substantially change the tunneling current—by factors of 2 or more. Such deformations have still larger impact on the magnetoresistance, with small changes in molecular conformation even leading to changes in the sign of the magnetoresistance.

  5. Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns in the Course of Lung Cancer--A Review.

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    ?agiedo, M; Sikora, J; Kaczmarek, M

    2015-08-01

    More than 20 years ago, the 'danger theory' was proposed which explains why potent immune responses with no microbial components are elicited against tissue transplants, injuries, tumours and autoimmune diseases. It states that the immune system can distinguish between dangerous and innocuous endogenous signals. In response to trauma or other types of tissue and cell damage, certain molecules that function inside the cell are released or secreted from damaged or dying cells. Such mechanisms initiate an immune response in the absence of infection. These immunostimulatory molecules were named damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). In this article, we will review the available data on the influence of select DAMPs on lung cancer cells and tumour microenvironments. We will also summarize the current information regarding the interactions between lung cancer-associated DAMPs and their toll-like receptors. PMID:25966741

  6. A quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical approach to the investigation of particle-molecule interactions

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    Sloth, Marianne; Bilde, Merete; Mikkelsen, Kurt V.

    2003-06-01

    A quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical aerosol model is developed to describe the interaction between gas phase molecules and atmospheric particles. The model enables the calculation of interaction energies and time-dependent properties. We use the model to investigate how a succinic acid molecule interacts with an aqueous particle. We show how the interaction energies and linear response properties (excitation energies, transition moments, and polarizabilities) depend on the distance between aerosol particle and molecule and on their relative orientation. The results are compared with those obtained previously using a dielectric continuum model [Sloth et al., J. Phys. Chem. (submitted)].

  7. Carbon Nanotube Biosensors for Space Molecule Detection and Clinical Molecular Diagnostics

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    Han, Jie

    2001-01-01

    Both space molecule detection and clinical molecule diagnostics need to develop ultra sensitive biosensors for detection of less than attomole molecules such as amino acids for DNA. However all the electrode sensor systems including those fabricated from the existing carbon nanotubes, have a background level of nA (nanoAmp). This has limited DNA or other molecule detection to nA level or molecules whose concentration is, much higher than attomole level. A program has been created by NASA and NCI (National Cancer Institute) to exploit the possibility of carbon nanotube based biosensors to solve this problem for both's interest. In this talk, I will present our effort on the evaluation and novel design of carbon nanotubes as electrode biosensors with strategies to minimize background currents while maximizing signal intensity.The fabrication of nanotube electrode arrays, immobilization of molecular probes on nanotube electrodes and in vitro biosensor testing will also be discussed.

  8. A New Graph-Based Molecular Descriptor Using the Canonical Representation of the Molecule

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    Hentabli, Hamza; Abdo, Ammar; Salim, Naomie

    2014-01-01

    Molecular similarity is a pervasive concept in drug design. The basic idea underlying molecular similarity is the similar property principle, which states that structurally similar molecules will exhibit similar physicochemical and biological properties. In this paper, a new graph-based molecular descriptor (GBMD) is introduced. The GBMD is a new method of obtaining a rough description of 2D molecular structure in textual form based on the canonical representations of the molecule outline shape and it allows rigorous structure specification using small and natural grammars. Simulated virtual screening experiments with the MDDR database show clearly the superiority of the graph-based descriptor compared to many standard descriptors (ALOGP, MACCS, EPFP4, CDKFP, PCFP, and SMILE) using the Tanimoto coefficient (TAN) and the basic local alignment search tool (BLAST) when searches were carried. PMID:25140330

  9. A new graph-based molecular descriptor using the canonical representation of the molecule.

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    Hentabli, Hamza; Saeed, Faisal; Abdo, Ammar; Salim, Naomie

    2014-01-01

    Molecular similarity is a pervasive concept in drug design. The basic idea underlying molecular similarity is the similar property principle, which states that structurally similar molecules will exhibit similar physicochemical and biological properties. In this paper, a new graph-based molecular descriptor (GBMD) is introduced. The GBMD is a new method of obtaining a rough description of 2D molecular structure in textual form based on the canonical representations of the molecule outline shape and it allows rigorous structure specification using small and natural grammars. Simulated virtual screening experiments with the MDDR database show clearly the superiority of the graph-based descriptor compared to many standard descriptors (ALOGP, MACCS, EPFP4, CDKFP, PCFP, and SMILE) using the Tanimoto coefficient (TAN) and the basic local alignment search tool (BLAST) when searches were carried. PMID:25140330

  10. Different molecular patterns in glioblastoma multiforme subtypes upon recurrence.

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    Martinez, Ramon; Rohde, Veit; Schackert, Gabriele

    2010-02-01

    One of the hallmarks of glioblastoma is its inherent tendency to recur. At this point patients with relapsed GBM show a survival time of only few months. The molecular basis of the recurrence process in GBM is still poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to investigate the genetic profile of relapsed GBM compared to their respective primary tumors. We have included 20 paired GBMs. In all tumor samples, we have analyzed p53 and PTEN status by sequencing analysis, EGFR amplification by semiquantitative PCR and a wide-genome fingerprinting was performed by microsatellite analysis. Among primary GBM, we observed twelve type 2 GBM, four type 1 GBM and four further GBM showing neither p53 mutations nor EGFR amplification (non-type 1-non-type 2 GBM). Upon recurrence, we have detected two molecular patterns of tumor progression: GBM initially showing either type 1 or type 2 profiles conserved them at the time of relapse. In contrast, non-type 1-non-type 2 GBM acquired the typical pattern of type 2 GBM and harbor EGFR amplification without p53 mutation. New PTEN mutations upon relapse were only detected in type 2 GBM. Additional LOH were more frequently identified in relapses of type 2 GBM than in those showing the type 1 signature. Taken together, our results strongly suggest that recurrences of GBM may display two distinct pattern of accumulation of molecular alterations depending on the profile of the original tumor. PMID:19644652

  11. Nanomechanical recognition measurements of individual DNA molecules reveal epigenetic methylation patterns

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    Zhu, Rong; Howorka, Stefan; Pröll, Johannes; Kienberger, Ferry; Preiner, Johannes; Hesse, Jan; Ebner, Andreas; Pastushenko, Vassili Ph.; Gruber, Hermann J.; Hinterdorfer, Peter

    2011-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy1 (AFM) is a powerful tool for analysing the shapes of individual molecules and the forces acting on them. AFM-based force spectroscopy provides insights into the structural and energetic dynamics2-4 of biomolecules by probing the interactions within individual molecules5,6, or between a surface-bound molecule and a cantilever that carries a complementary binding partner7-9. Here, we show that an AFM cantilever with an antibody tether can measure the distances between 5-methylcytidine bases in individual DNA strands with a resolution of 4 Å, thereby revealing the DNA methylation pattern, which has an important role in the epigenetic control of gene expression. The antibody is able to bind two 5-methylcytidine bases of a surface-immobilized DNA strand, and retracting the cantilever results in a unique rupture signature reflecting the spacing between two tagged bases. This nanomechanical approach might also allow related chemical patterns to be retrieved from biopolymers at the single-molecule level. PMID:21037576

  12. Nano-fabrication of molecular electronic junctions by targeted modification of metal-molecule bonds

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    Jafri, S. Hassan M.; Löfås, Henrik; Blom, Tobias; Wallner, Andreas; Grigoriev, Anton; Ahuja, Rajeev; Ottosson, Henrik; Leifer, Klaus

    2015-09-01

    Reproducibility, stability and the coupling between electrical and molecular properties are central challenges in the field of molecular electronics. The field not only needs devices that fulfill these criteria but they also need to be up-scalable to application size. In this work, few-molecule based electronics devices with reproducible electrical characteristics are demonstrated. Our previously reported 5?nm gold nanoparticles (AuNP) coated with ?-triphenylmethyl (trityl) protected 1,8-octanedithiol molecules are trapped in between sub-20?nm gap spacing gold nanoelectrodes forming AuNP-molecule network. When the trityl groups are removed, reproducible devices and stable Au-thiol junctions are established on both ends of the alkane segment. The resistance of more than 50 devices is reduced by orders of magnitude as well as a reduction of the spread in the resistance histogram is observed. By density functional theory calculations the orders of magnitude decrease in resistance can be explained and supported by TEM observations thus indicating that the resistance changes and strongly improved resistance spread are related to the establishment of reproducible and stable metal-molecule bonds. The same experimental sequence is carried out using 1,6-hexanedithiol functionalized AuNPs. The average resistances as a function of molecular length, demonstrated herein, are comparable to the one found in single molecule devices.

  13. Conventional, molecular methods and biomarkers molecules in detection of septicemia

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    Arabestani, Mohammad Reza; Rastiany, Sahar; Kazemi, Sima; Mousavi, Seyed Masoud

    2015-01-01

    Sepsis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients worldwide and based on studies, 30–40% of all cases of severe sepsis and septic shock results from the blood stream infections (BSIs). Identifying of the disease, performing laboratory tests, and consequently treatment are factors that required for optimum management of BSIs. In addition, applying precise and immediate identification of the etiologic agent is a prerequisite for specific antibiotic therapy of pathogen and thereby decreasing mortality rates. The diagnosis of sepsis is difficult because clinical signs of sepsis often overlap with other noninfectious cases of systemic inflammation. BSIs are usually diagnosed by performing a series of techniques such as blood cultures, polymerase chain reaction-based methods, and biomarkers of sepsis. Extremely time-consuming even to take up to several days is a major limitation of conventional methods. In addition, yielding false-negative results due to fastidious and slow-growing microorganisms and also in case of antibiotic pretreated samples are other limitations. In comparison, molecular methods are capable of examining a blood sample obtained from suspicious patient with BSI and gave the all required information to prescribing antimicrobial therapy for detected bacterial or fungal infections immediately. Because of an emergency of sepsis, new methods are being developed. In this review, we discussed about the most important sepsis diagnostic methods and numbered the advantage and disadvantage of the methods in detail. PMID:26261822

  14. Energy-Level Related Nuclear-Spin Effects and Super-Hyperfine Spectral Patterns: how Molecules do Self-Nmr

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    Harter, William; Mitchell, Justin

    2009-06-01

    At several points in his defining works on molecular spectroscopy, Herzberg notes that ``because nuclear moments ldots are so very slight ldots transitions between species ldots are very strictly forbiddenldots '' Herzberg's most recent statement of such selection rules pertained to spherical top spin-species. It has since been shown that spherical top species (as well as those of lower symmetry molecules) converge exponentially with momentum quanta J and K to degenerate level clusters wherein even ``very slight'' nuclear fields and moments cause pervasive resonance and total spin species mixing. Ultra-high resolution spectra of Borde, et .al and Pfister et .al shows how SF_6 and SiF_4 Fluorine nuclear spin levels rearrange from total-spin multiplets to NMR-like patterns as their superfine structure converges. Similar super-hyperfine effects are anticipated for lower symmetry molecules exhibiting converging superfine level-clusters. Examples include PH_3 molecules and asymmetric tops. Following this we consider models that treat nuclear spins as coupled rotors undergoing generalized Hund-case transitions from spin-lab-momentum coupling to various spin-rotor correlations. G. A. Herzberg, Electronic Spectra of Polyatomic Molecules, (Von Norstrand Rheinhold 1966) p. 246. W G. Harter and C. W Patterson, Phys. Rev. A 19, 2277 (1979) W. G. Harter, Phys. Rev. A 24, 192 (1981). Ch. J. Borde, J. Borde, Ch. Breant, Ch. Chardonnet, A. Van Lerberghe, and Ch. Salomon, in Laser Spectroscopy VII, T. W Hensch and Y. R. Shen, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1985). O. Pfister, F. Guernet, G. Charton, Ch. Chardonnet, F. Herlemont, and J. Legrand, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 1521 (1993). O. Pfister, Ch. Chardonnet, and Ch. J. Bordè, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 4516 (1996) S. N. Yurchenko, W. Thiel, S. Patchkovskii, and P. Jensen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.7, 573 (2005)

  15. Cryogenic micro-calorimeters for mass spectrometric identification of neutral molecules and molecular fragments

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    Savin, Daniel Wolf

    Cryogenic micro-calorimeters for mass spectrometric identification of neutral molecules of cold, gas-phase molecular ions Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 073107 (2010); 10.1063/1.3458014 Cryogenic.1063/1.2898990 Cryogenic Tests of the ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeter AIP Conf. Proc. 823, 1635 (2006); 10

  16. Is a Molecular Adiabatic Approximation Appropriate to Positronic Atoms and Molecules?

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    Mohallem, J. R.

    2008-05-01

    The adiabatic approximation to positronic atoms and molecules was considered as an option to the computationally unfeasible methods that treat all particles in a common footing, in two different approaches communicated in the 37th PSPA. Here we present further assessment and comparison of the two approaches as a way of evaluating the potential of adiabatic or, as we found preferable, molecular approaches.

  17. Identification of the Molecular Target of Small Molecule Inhibitors of HDL Receptor SR-BI Activity,,

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    Kirchhausen, Tomas

    Identification of the Molecular Target of Small Molecule Inhibitors of HDL Receptor SR-BI Activity-density lipoprotein (HDL) metabolism by mediating cellular selective uptake of lipids from HDL without the concomitant of intact cells five compounds (BLT-1-5) that inhibit SR-BI-dependent lipid transport from HDL, but do

  18. Ultra high resolution molecular beam cars spectroscopy with application to planetary atmospheric molecules

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    Byer, R. L.

    1982-01-01

    The measurement of high resolution pulsed and continuous wave (CW) coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) measurements in pulsed and steady state supersonic expansions were demonstrated. Pulsed molecular beam sources were characterized, and saturation of a Raman transition and, for the first time, the Raman spectrum of a complex molecular cluster were observed. The observation of CW CARS spectra in a molecular expansion and the effects of transit time broadening is described. Supersonic expansion is established as a viable technique for high resolution Raman spectroscopy of cold molecules with resolutions of 100 MH2.

  19. Renormalization of Molecular Energy Levels in Single-Molecule Nanojunctions: An Ab-initio Approach

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    Parashar, Sweta; Srivastava, Pankaj; Pattanaik, Manisha

    2015-02-01

    Using first-principle calculations based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) in conjunction with the Non-Equilibrium Greens Functions (NEGF) technique, we have studied the effect of electrostatic environment in molecular energy levels of single-molecule transistors. This approach is applied to three polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) anthracene, tetracene and pentacene, for calculating charging energies of molecular systems weakly coupled to an electrostatic environment. The result shows renormalization of molecular energy levels in an electrostatic environment. Further, it is observed that on increasing the number of aromatic rings, the addition energy value decreases which increases the conductivity of the system. Subsequently charge stability diagram for PAHs has been obtained.

  20. Micro-patternable nanoporous polymer integrated with microstructures for molecular filtration

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    Chang, Chia-Jung; Yang, Chung-Shi; Chuang, Yun-Ju; Khoo, Hwa-Seng; Tseng, Fan-Gang

    2008-09-01

    This paper proposes a facile method to fabricate nanoporous microstructures by a photo-patternable SU-8 photoresist, to serve as a molecular filter in microfluidic systems. The fabrication process involves solvent-controlled nanoporous structure formation combined with standard photolithography steps for microstructure fabrication. The self-formed nanoporous morphology embedded inside the microstructure exhibits a sufficient mechanical strength and eliminates complex processes or protocols for integration/assembly of nano- and microstructures. Field emission gun scanning electronic microscopy (FEGSEM) images showed the fabricated nanoporous morphologies with embedded nanogaps of about 6-10 nm. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images also depicted a clear difference on the degree of porosity between the solvent-controlled SU-8 and the standard resist. Fluorescent dyes, namely Rhodamine-B and Rhodamine-6G, were employed to estimate the diffusivity of the fabricated SU-8 based nanofilter and demonstrated that the Rhodamine based fluorescent molecules can penetrate these nanosized filtration structures. The fabricated nanofilter was capable of providing a molecular weight cut-off range up to 70 kDa, estimated roughly for a molecule with a diameter of 6-10 nm. This simple process provides a novel way to integrate the nanofiltration capability into microstructures while maintaining a sufficient mechanical strength for molecular level filtration in lab-on-chip (LOC) systems.

  1. Molecular Threading: Mechanical Extraction, Stretching and Placement of DNA Molecules from a Liquid-Air Interface

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    Kemmish, Kent; Hamalainen, Mark; Bowell, Charlotte; Bleloch, Andrew; Klejwa, Nathan; Lehrach, Wolfgang; Schatz, Ken; Stark, Heather; Marblestone, Adam; Church, George; Own, Christopher S.; Andregg, William

    2013-01-01

    We present “molecular threading”, a surface independent tip-based method for stretching and depositing single and double-stranded DNA molecules. DNA is stretched into air at a liquid-air interface, and can be subsequently deposited onto a dry substrate isolated from solution. The design of an apparatus used for molecular threading is presented, and fluorescence and electron microscopies are used to characterize the angular distribution, straightness, and reproducibility of stretched DNA deposited in arrays onto elastomeric surfaces and thin membranes. Molecular threading demonstrates high straightness and uniformity over length scales from nanometers to micrometers, and represents an alternative to existing DNA deposition and linearization methods. These results point towards scalable and high-throughput precision manipulation of single-molecule polymers. PMID:23935923

  2. Spin-split antibonding molecular ground state in manganese-doped quantum dot molecules

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    Qu, Fanyao; Villegas-Lelovsky, L.; Morais, P. C.

    2015-09-01

    Tunnel coupling between two dots in manganese-doped InAs/GaAs quantum dot molecules (QDMs), valence band mixing, and p -d exchange interaction between holes and localized d electrons give rise to a tunability of charge, spin, and molecular orbitals. The interplay among them determines the nature of the molecular ground state. Remarkably, unlike usual diatomic molecules in which the bonding (BD) state is always the ground state, we found that the molecular ground state in Mn-doped QDMs is of antibonding (AB) character. Furthermore, it is a spin-split state and can be switched into the spin-split BD type. We also demonstrate that this unusual behavior can be tuned by the lateral confinement strength of the QDMs, the concentration, and the distribution of manganese as well as the electric field applied along the direction of the QDM axis.

  3. Observation of CS Trilobite Molecules with Kilo-Debye Molecular Frame Permanent Electric Dipole Moments

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    Shaffer, James P.

    2015-06-01

    We present results on Cs ultracold Rydberg atom experiments involving trilobite and butterfly molecules. Trilobite molecules are predicted to have giant, body-fixed permanent dipole moments, on the order of 1000 Debye. We present spectra for nS1/2+6S1/2 ^3?^+ molecules, where n=37, 39 and 40, and measurements of the Stark broadenings of selected trilobite states in Cs due to the application of a constant external electric field. These results show that for Cs, because of its near integer s-state quantum defect, it is possible to photoassociate molecules whose wavefunction is predominantly of trilobite character yielding molecular frame dipole moments of around 2000 Debye. In addition, we have also recently observed states whose spectra show characteristics of p-wave dominated butterfly states. The work on what we believe to be the butterfly states will be compared and contrasted to the measurements of the trilobite states.

  4. Dynamic molecules: molecular dynamics for everyone. An internet-based access to molecular dynamic simulations: basic concepts.

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    Frank, Martin; Gutbrod, Peter; Hassayoun, Chokri; von Der Lieth, Claus-W

    2003-10-01

    Molecular dynamics is a rapidly developing field of science and has become an established tool for studying the dynamic behavior of biomolecules. Although several high quality programs for performing molecular dynamic simulations are freely available, only well-trained scientists are currently able to make use of the broad scientific potential that molecular dynamic simulations offer to gain insight into structural questions at an atomic level. The "Dynamic Molecules" approach is the first internet portal that provides an interactive access to set up, perform and analyze molecular dynamic simulations. It is completely based on standard web technologies and uses only publicly available software. The aim is to open molecular dynamics techniques to a broader range of users including undergraduate students, teachers and scientists outside the bioinformatics field. The time-limiting factors are the availability of free capacity on the computing server to run the simulations and the time required to transport the history file through the internet for the animation mode. The interactive access mode of the portal is acceptable for animations of molecules having up to about 500 atoms. PMID:12908101

  5. Molecule-Lead Coupling at Molecular Junctions: Relation between the Real-and State-Space Perspectives

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    Hod, Oded

    Molecule-Lead Coupling at Molecular Junctions: Relation between the Real- and State present insights into the lead-molecule coupling scheme in molecular electronics junctions. Using a "site and the eigenstate manifold of each lead, we find coupling bands whose character depends on the geometry

  6. A scale-bridging modeling approach for anisotropic organic molecules at patterned semiconductor surfaces

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    Kleppmann, Nicola; Klapp, Sabine H. L.

    2015-02-01

    Hybrid systems consisting of organic molecules at inorganic semiconductor surfaces are gaining increasing importance as thin film devices for optoelectronics. The efficiency of such devices strongly depends on the collective behavior of the adsorbed molecules. In the present paper, we propose a novel, coarse-grained model addressing the condensed phases of a representative hybrid system, that is, para-sexiphenyl (6P) at zinc-oxide (ZnO). Within our model, intermolecular interactions are represented via a Gay-Berne potential (describing steric and van-der-Waals interactions) combined with the electrostatic potential between two linear quadrupoles. Similarly, the molecule-substrate interactions include a coupling between a linear molecular quadrupole to the electric field generated by the line charges characterizing ZnO(10-10). To validate our approach, we perform equilibrium Monte Carlo simulations, where the lateral positions are fixed to a 2D lattice, while the rotational degrees of freedom are continuous. We use these simulations to investigate orientational ordering in the condensed state. We reproduce various experimentally observed features such as the alignment of individual molecules with the line charges on the surface, the formation of a standing uniaxial phase with a herringbone structure, as well as the formation of a lying nematic phase.

  7. Electron transport in asymmetric biphenyl molecular junctions: effects of conformation and molecule-electrode distance

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    Parashar, Sweta; Srivastava, Pankaj; Pattanaik, Manisha; Jain, Sandeep Kumar

    2014-09-01

    On the basis of ab-initio calculations, we predict the effect of conformation and molecule-electrode distance on transport properties of asymmetric molecular junctions for different electrode materials M (M = Au, Ag, Cu, and Pt). The asymmetry in these junctions is created by connecting one end of the biphenyl molecule to conjugated double thiol (model A) and single thiol (model B) groups, while the other end to Cu atom. A variety of phenomena viz. rectification, negative differential resistance (NDR), switching has been observed that can be controlled by tailoring the interface state properties through molecular conformation and molecule-electrode distance for various M. These properties are further analyzed by calculating transmission spectra, molecular orbitals, and orbital energy. It is found that Cu electrode shows significantly enhanced rectifying performance with change in torsion angles, as well as with increase in molecule-electrode distances than Au and Ag electrodes. Moreover, Pt electrode manifests distinctive multifunctional behavior combining switch, diode, and NDR. Thus, the Pt electrode is suggested to be a good potential candidate for a novel multifunctional electronic device. Our findings are compared with available experimental and theoretical results. Supplementary material in the form of one pdf file available from the Journal web page at http://http//dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e2014-50133-2

  8. Carbon Electrode-Molecule Junctions: A Reliable Platform for Molecular Electronics.

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    Jia, Chuancheng; Ma, Bangjun; Xin, Na; Guo, Xuefeng

    2015-09-15

    The development of reliable approaches to integrate individual or a small collection of molecules into electrical nanocircuits, often termed "molecular electronics", is currently a research focus because it can not only overcome the increasing difficulties and fundamental limitations of miniaturization of current silicon-based electronic devices, but can also enable us to probe and understand the intrinsic properties of materials at the atomic- and/or molecular-length scale. This development might also lead to direct observation of novel effects and fundamental discovery of physical phenomena that are not accessible by traditional materials or approaches. Therefore, researchers from a variety of backgrounds have been devoting great effort to this objective, which has started to move beyond simple descriptions of charge transport and branch out in different directions, reflecting the interdisciplinarity. This Account exemplifies our ongoing interest and great effort in developing efficient lithographic methodologies capable of creating molecular electronic devices through the combination of top-down micro/nanofabrication with bottom-up molecular assembly. These devices use nanogapped carbon nanomaterials (such as single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and graphene), with a particular focus on graphene, as point contacts formed by electron beam lithography and precise oxygen plasma etching. Through robust amide linkages, functional molecular bridges terminated with diamine moieties are covalently wired into the carboxylic acid-functionalized nanogaps to form stable carbon electrode-molecule junctions with desired functionalities. At the macroscopic level, to improve the contact interface between electrodes and organic semiconductors and lower Schottky barriers, we used SWCNTs and graphene as efficient electrodes to explore the intrinsic properties of organic thin films, and then build functional high-performance organic nanotransistors with ultrahigh responsivities. At the molecular level, to form robust covalent bonds between electrodes and molecules and improve device stability, we developed a reliable system to immobilize individual molecules within a nanoscale gap of either SWCNTs or graphene through covalent amide bond formation, thus affording two classes of carbon electrode-molecule single-molecule junctions. One unique feature of these devices is the fact that they contain only one or two molecules as conductive elements, thus forming the basis for building new classes of chemo/biosensors with ultrahigh sensitivity. We have used these approaches to reveal the dependence of the charge transport of individual metallo-DNA duplexes on ?-stacking integrity, and fabricate molecular devices capable of realizing label-free, real-time electrical detection of biological interactions at the single-event level, or switching their molecular conductance upon exposure to external stimuli, such as ion, pH, and light. These investigations highlight the unique advantages and importance of these universal methodologies to produce functional carbon electrode-molecule junctions in current and future researches toward the development of practical molecular devices, thus offering a reliable platform for molecular electronics and the promise of a new generation of multifunctional integrated circuits and sensors. PMID:26190024

  9. An acidic microenvironment sets the humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 in a tissue repair mode.

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    Doni, Andrea; Musso, Tiziana; Morone, Diego; Bastone, Antonio; Zambelli, Vanessa; Sironi, Marina; Castagnoli, Carlotta; Cambieri, Irene; Stravalaci, Matteo; Pasqualini, Fabio; Laface, Ilaria; Valentino, Sonia; Tartari, Silvia; Ponzetta, Andrea; Maina, Virginia; Barbieri, Silvia S; Tremoli, Elena; Catapano, Alberico L; Norata, Giuseppe D; Bottazzi, Barbara; Garlanda, Cecilia; Mantovani, Alberto

    2015-06-01

    Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is a fluid-phase pattern recognition molecule and a key component of the humoral arm of innate immunity. In four different models of tissue damage in mice, PTX3 deficiency was associated with increased fibrin deposition and persistence, and thicker clots, followed by increased collagen deposition, when compared with controls. Ptx3-deficient macrophages showed defective pericellular fibrinolysis in vitro. PTX3-bound fibrinogen/fibrin and plasminogen at acidic pH and increased plasmin-mediated fibrinolysis. The second exon-encoded N-terminal domain of PTX3 recapitulated the activity of the intact molecule. Thus, a prototypic component of humoral innate immunity, PTX3, plays a nonredundant role in the orchestration of tissue repair and remodeling. Tissue acidification resulting from metabolic adaptation during tissue repair sets PTX3 in a tissue remodeling and repair mode, suggesting that matrix and microbial recognition are common, ancestral features of the humoral arm of innate immunity. PMID:25964372

  10. An acidic microenvironment sets the humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 in a tissue repair mode

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    Doni, Andrea; Musso, Tiziana; Morone, Diego; Bastone, Antonio; Zambelli, Vanessa; Sironi, Marina; Castagnoli, Carlotta; Cambieri, Irene; Stravalaci, Matteo; Pasqualini, Fabio; Laface, Ilaria; Valentino, Sonia; Tartari, Silvia; Ponzetta, Andrea; Maina, Virginia; Barbieri, Silvia S.; Tremoli, Elena; Catapano, Alberico L.; Norata, Giuseppe D.; Bottazzi, Barbara; Garlanda, Cecilia

    2015-01-01

    Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is a fluid-phase pattern recognition molecule and a key component of the humoral arm of innate immunity. In four different models of tissue damage in mice, PTX3 deficiency was associated with increased fibrin deposition and persistence, and thicker clots, followed by increased collagen deposition, when compared with controls. Ptx3-deficient macrophages showed defective pericellular fibrinolysis in vitro. PTX3-bound fibrinogen/fibrin and plasminogen at acidic pH and increased plasmin-mediated fibrinolysis. The second exon-encoded N-terminal domain of PTX3 recapitulated the activity of the intact molecule. Thus, a prototypic component of humoral innate immunity, PTX3, plays a nonredundant role in the orchestration of tissue repair and remodeling. Tissue acidification resulting from metabolic adaptation during tissue repair sets PTX3 in a tissue remodeling and repair mode, suggesting that matrix and microbial recognition are common, ancestral features of the humoral arm of innate immunity. PMID:25964372

  11. Porous substrates for label-free molecular level detection of nonresonant organic molecules.

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    Ko, Hyunhyub; Chang, Sehoon; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2009-01-27

    We report on the design of practical surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate based upon 3D alumina membranes with cylindrical nanopores chemically modified with polyelectrolyte coating and loaded with gold nanoparticle clusters. These substrates allow for a molecular-level, label-free detection of common plastic explosive materials (TNT, DNT) down to 5-10 zeptograms or 15-30 molecules and a common liquid explosive (HMTD) down to 1 picogram. Such a sensitive detection of organic molecules by utilizing efficient SERS substrates opens the path for affordable and label-free detection of trace amount of practically important chemical compounds. PMID:19206265

  12. Proton Fingerprints Portray Molecular Structures: Enhanced Description of the 1H NMR Spectra of Small Molecules

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    Napolitano, José G.; Lankin, David C.; McAlpine, James B.; Niemitz, Matthias; Korhonen, Samuli-Petrus; Chen, Shao-Nong; Pauli, Guido F.

    2013-01-01

    The characteristic signals observed in NMR spectra encode essential information on the structure of small molecules. However, extracting all of this information from complex signal patterns is not trivial. This report demonstrates how computer-aided spectral analysis enables the complete interpretation of 1D 1H NMR data. The effectiveness of this approach is illustrated with a set of organic molecules, for which replicas of their 1H NMR spectra were generated. The potential impact of this methodology on organic chemistry research is discussed. PMID:24007197

  13. Sputtering of a polycyclic hydrocarbon molecule: TOF?SIMS experiments and molecular dynamic simulations

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    Solomko, V.; Delcorte, A.; Garrison, B. J.; Bertrand, P.

    2004-06-01

    This study focuses on the desorption and ionization processes of an aromatic molecule containing several phenyl rings, 1,2,3,4-tetraphenylnaphthalene (TPN), adsorbed on a Au surface, via the comparison of experimental secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) data and molecular dynamic (MD) simulations. The mass spectra and kinetic energy distribution (KED) measurements were obtained using both TOF-SIMS and MD simulation methods. For entire TPN molecules, a good agreement is observed between the calculated and experimental KEDs, except for high energies, where they start diverging. This difference is partly caused by the unimolecular dissociation of internally excited molecules over larger time intervals than those considered in the simulation. In turn, using an internal energy threshold to remove the most excited molecules from the calculated KEDs provides a better agreement with the experiment. The MD simulations also show that molecules surrounding the impact point of the projectile are sputtered with more kinetic energy and shorter emission times than molecules located farther away from it. The distinct emission mechanisms inducing these different energy spectra are identified by the analysis of the simulation results.

  14. Tungsten polyoxometalate molecules as active nodes for dynamic carrier exchange in hybrid molecular/semiconductor capacitors

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    Balliou, A.; Douvas, A. M.; Normand, P.; Argitis, P.; Glezos, N.; Tsikritzis, D.; Kennou, S.

    2014-10-14

    In this work we study the utilization of molecular transition metal oxides known as polyoxometalates (POMs), in particular the Keggin structure anions of the formula PW??O??³?, as active nodes for potential switching and/or fast writing memory applications. The active molecules are being integrated in hybrid Metal-Insulator/POM molecules-Semiconductor capacitors, which serve as prototypes allowing investigation of critical performance characteristics towards the design of more sophisticated devices. The charging ability as well as the electronic structure of the molecular layer is probed by means of electrical characterization, namely, capacitance-voltage and current-voltage measurements, as well as transient capacitance measurements, C (t), under step voltage polarization. It is argued that the transient current peaks observed are manifestations of dynamic carrier exchange between the gate electrode and specific molecular levels, while the transient C (t) curves under conditions of molecular charging can supply information for the rate of change of the charge that is being trapped and de-trapped within the molecular layer. Structural characterization via surface and cross sectional scanning electron microscopy as well as atomic force microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, UV and Fourier-transform IR spectroscopies, UPS, and XPS contribute to the extraction of accurate electronic structure characteristics and open the path for the design of new devices with on-demand tuning of their interfacial properties via the controlled preparation of the POM layer.

  15. Tungsten polyoxometalate molecules as active nodes for dynamic carrier exchange in hybrid molecular/semiconductor capacitors

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    Balliou, A.; Douvas, A. M.; Normand, P.; Tsikritzis, D.; Kennou, S.; Argitis, P.; Glezos, N.

    2014-10-01

    In this work we study the utilization of molecular transition metal oxides known as polyoxometalates (POMs), in particular the Keggin structure anions of the formula PW12O403-, as active nodes for potential switching and/or fast writing memory applications. The active molecules are being integrated in hybrid Metal-Insulator/POM molecules-Semiconductor capacitors, which serve as prototypes allowing investigation of critical performance characteristics towards the design of more sophisticated devices. The charging ability as well as the electronic structure of the molecular layer is probed by means of electrical characterization, namely, capacitance-voltage and current-voltage measurements, as well as transient capacitance measurements, C (t), under step voltage polarization. It is argued that the transient current peaks observed are manifestations of dynamic carrier exchange between the gate electrode and specific molecular levels, while the transient C (t) curves under conditions of molecular charging can supply information for the rate of change of the charge that is being trapped and de-trapped within the molecular layer. Structural characterization via surface and cross sectional scanning electron microscopy as well as atomic force microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, UV and Fourier-transform IR spectroscopies, UPS, and XPS contribute to the extraction of accurate electronic structure characteristics and open the path for the design of new devices with on-demand tuning of their interfacial properties via the controlled preparation of the POM layer.

  16. Molecular sieve separation of ground state HF molecules in a non-chain HF laser

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    Ma, Lianying; Zhou, Songqing; Huang, Chao; Cheng, Hongwei; Zhu, Feng

    2015-05-01

    A 3A molecular sieve separation device was designed and mounted in a closed-cycled non-chain HF laser to separate the ground state molecule being produced in discharge region from gas stream in order to improve the stability of laser output energy. Experiments were carried out with several different discharge voltages and gas flow velocities, and the preliminary results show that the molecular sieve separation device could dramatically decrease the decay of output energy of HF laser while improving the laser energy stability.

  17. Molecular physics. Production of trilobite Rydberg molecule dimers with kilo-Debye permanent electric dipole moments.

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    Booth, D; Rittenhouse, S T; Yang, J; Sadeghpour, H R; Shaffer, J P

    2015-04-01

    Permanent electric dipole moments are important for understanding symmetry breaking in molecular physics, control of chemical reactions, and realization of strongly correlated many-body quantum systems. However, large molecular permanent electric dipole moments are challenging to realize experimentally. We report the observation of ultralong-range Rydberg molecules with bond lengths of ~100 nanometers and kilo-Debye permanent electric dipole moments that form when an ultracold ground-state cesium (Cs) atom becomes bound within the electronic cloud of an extended Cs electronic orbit. The electronic character of this hybrid class of "trilobite" molecules is dominated by degenerate Rydberg manifolds, making them difficult to produce by conventional photoassociation. We used detailed coupled-channel calculations to reproduce their properties quantitatively. Our findings may lead to progress in ultracold chemistry and strongly correlated many-body physics. PMID:25838380

  18. Small molecules make big differences: molecular doping effects on electronic and optical properties of phosphorene.

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    Jing, Yu; Tang, Qing; He, Peng; Zhou, Zhen; Shen, Panwen

    2015-03-01

    Systematical computations on the density functional theory were performed to investigate the adsorption of three typical organic molecules, tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) and tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), on the surface of phosphorene monolayers and thicker layers. There exist considerable charge transfer and strong non-covalent interaction between these molecules and phosphorene. In particular, the band gap of phosphorene decreases dramatically due to the molecular modification and can be further tuned by applying an external electric field. Meanwhile, surface molecular modification has proven to be an effective way to enhance the light harvesting of phosphorene in different directions. Our results predict a flexible method toward modulating the electronic and optical properties of phosphorene and shed light on its experimental applications. PMID:25665596

  19. Small molecules make big differences: molecular doping effects on electronic and optical properties of phosphorene

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    Jing, Yu; Tang, Qing; He, Peng; Zhou, Zhen; Shen, Panwen

    2015-03-01

    Systematical computations on the density functional theory were performed to investigate the adsorption of three typical organic molecules, tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) and tetrathiafulvalene (TTF), on the surface of phosphorene monolayers and thicker layers. There exist considerable charge transfer and strong non-covalent interaction between these molecules and phosphorene. In particular, the band gap of phosphorene decreases dramatically due to the molecular modification and can be further tuned by applying an external electric field. Meanwhile, surface molecular modification has proven to be an effective way to enhance the light harvesting of phosphorene in different directions. Our results predict a flexible method toward modulating the electronic and optical properties of phosphorene and shed light on its experimental applications.

  20. Femtosecond observation of benzyne intermediates in a molecular beam: Bergman rearrangement in the isolated molecule

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    Diau, Eric W.-G.; Casanova, Joseph; Roberts, John D.; Zewail, Ahmed H.

    2000-01-01

    In this communication, we report our femtosecond real-time observation of the dynamics for the three didehydrobenzene molecules (p-, m-, and o-benzyne) generated from 1,4-, 1,3-, and 1,2-dibromobenzene, respectively, in a molecular beam, by using femtosecond time-resolved mass spectrometry. The time required for the first and the second C-Br bond breakage is less than 100 fs; the benzyne molecules are produced within 100 fs and then decay with a lifetime of 400 ps or more. Density functional theory and high-level ab initio calculations are also reported herein to elucidate the energetics along the reaction path. We discuss the dynamics and possible reaction mechanisms for the disappearance of benzyne intermediates. Our effort focuses on the isolated molecule dynamics of the three isomers on the femtosecond time scale. PMID:10660684

  1. Rotation of water molecules in plastic phase at extreme conditions from first principles molecular dynamics method

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    Tasaka, Tomofumi; Tsumuraya, Kazuo

    2014-03-01

    Water has a variety of polymorphs in wide ranges of temperature and pressure. Ice VII phase transforms to ice X with increased pressure. However the ice VII transforms to a superionic phase at higher temperatures around 2000K and pressure 30GPa in which the protons migrate in the body centered cubic lattice of oxygens. The ice VII transforms into rotator phase (so called plastic phase at lower temperatures around 600K and 5 to 50GPa. The formation of the phase has been confirmed only with the empirical potentials, whereas the experimental confirmation has been postponed until now. The present study elucidates the mechanism of the rotation of the water molecules and the correlation between the molecules during the rotation with the first principles molecular dynamics method. The water molecules rotate around each oxygen atom to conserve the ice VII positions of the protons.

  2. Photodissociation of laboratory oriented molecules: Revealing molecular frame properties of nonaxial recoil

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    Brom, Alrik J. van den; Rakitzis, T. Peter; Janssen, Maurice H.M.

    2004-12-15

    We report the photodissociation of laboratory oriented OCS molecules. A molecular beam of OCS molecules is hexapole state-selected and spatially oriented in the electric field of a velocity map imaging lens. The oriented OCS molecules are dissociated at 230 nm with the linear polarization set at 45 deg. to the orientation direction of the OCS molecules. The CO({nu}=0,J) photofragments are quantum state-selectively ionized by the same 230 nm pulse and the angular distribution is measured using the velocity map imaging technique. The observed CO({nu}=0,J) images are strongly asymmetric and the degree of asymmetry varies with the CO rotational state J. From the observed asymmetry in the laboratory frame we can directly extract the molecular frame angles between the final photofragment recoil velocity and the permanent dipole moment and the transition dipole moment. The data for CO fragments with high rotational excitation reveal that the dissociation dynamics is highly nonaxial, even though conventional wisdom suggests that the nearly limiting {beta} parameter results from fast axial recoil dynamics. From our data we can extract the relative contribution of parallel and perpendicular transitions at 230 nm excitation.

  3. The functional basis of wing patterning in Heliconius butterflies: the molecules behind mimicry.

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    Kronforst, Marcus R; Papa, Riccardo

    2015-05-01

    Wing-pattern mimicry in butterflies has provided an important example of adaptation since Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace proposed evolution by natural selection >150 years ago. The neotropical butterfly genus Heliconius played a central role in the development of mimicry theory and has since been studied extensively in the context of ecology and population biology, behavior, and mimicry genetics. Heliconius species are notable for their diverse color patterns, and previous crossing experiments revealed that much of this variation is controlled by a small number of large-effect, Mendelian switch loci. Recent comparative analyses have shown that the same switch loci control wing-pattern diversity throughout the genus, and a number of these have now been positionally cloned. Using a combination of comparative genetic mapping, association tests, and gene expression analyses, variation in red wing patterning throughout Heliconius has been traced back to the action of the transcription factor optix. Similarly, the signaling ligand WntA has been shown to control variation in melanin patterning across Heliconius and other butterflies. Our understanding of the molecular basis of Heliconius mimicry is now providing important insights into a variety of additional evolutionary phenomena, including the origin of supergenes, the interplay between constraint and evolvability, the genetic basis of convergence, the potential for introgression to facilitate adaptation, the mechanisms of hybrid speciation in animals, and the process of ecological speciation. PMID:25953905

  4. Microfluidic parallel patterning and cellular delivery of molecules with a nanofountain probe.

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    Kang, Wonmo; McNaughton, Rebecca L; Yavari, Fazel; Minary-Jolandan, Majid; Safi, Asmahan; Espinosa, Horacio D

    2014-02-01

    This brief report describes a novel tool for microfluidic patterning of biomolecules and delivery of molecules into cells. The microdevice is based on integration of nanofountain probe (NFP) chips with packaging that creates a closed system and enables operation in liquid. The packaged NFP can be easily coupled to a micro/nano manipulator or atomic force microscope for precise position and force control. We demonstrate here the functionality of the device for continuous direct-write parallel patterning on a surface in air and in liquid. Because of the small volume of the probes (~3 pL), we can achieve flow rates as low as 1 fL/s and have dispensed liquid drops with submicron to 10 µm diameters in a liquid environment. Furthermore, we demonstrate that this microdevice can be used for delivery of molecules into single cells by transient permeabilization of the cell membrane (i.e., electroporation). The significant advantage of NFP-based electroporation compared with bulk electroporation and other transfection techniques is that it allows for precise and targeted delivery while minimizing stress to the cell. We discuss the ongoing development of the tool toward automated operation and its potential as a multifunctional device for microarray applications and time-dependent single-cell studies. PMID:23897012

  5. Manipulating the motion of large molecules: Information from the molecular frame

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    Küpper, Jochen

    2011-05-01

    Large molecules have complex potential-energy surfaces with many local minima. They exhibit multiple stereoisomers, even at the low temperatures (~1 K) in a molecular beam, with rich intra- and intermolecular dynamics. Over the last years, we have developed methods to manipulate the motion of large, complex molecules and to select their quantum states. We have exploited this state-selectivity, for example, to spatially separate individual structural isomers of complex molecules and to demonstrate unprecedented degrees of laser alignment and mixed-field orientation of these molecules. Such clean, well-defined samples strongly benefit, or simply allow, novel experiments on the dynamics of complex molecules, for instance, femtosecond pump-probe measurements, X-ray or electron diffraction of molecular ensembles (including diffraction-from-within experiments), or tomographic reconstructions of molecular orbitals. These samples could also be very advantageous for metrology applications, such as, for example, matter-wave interferometry or the search for electroweak interactions in chiral molecules. Moreover, they provide an extreme level of control for stereo-dynamically controlled reaction dynamics. We have recently exploited these state-selected and oriented samples to measure photoelectron angular distributions in the molecular frame (MFPADs) from non-resonant femtosecond-laser photoionization and using the X-ray Free-Electron-Laser LCLS. We have also investigated X-ray diffraction imaging and, using ion momentum imaging, the induced radiation damage of these samples using the LCLS. This work was carried out within a collaboration for which J. Küpper, H. Chapman, and D. Rolles are spokespersons. The collaboration consists of CFEL (DESY, MPG, University Hamburg), Fritz-Haber-Institute Berlin, MPI Nuclear Physics Heidelberg, MPG Semi-conductor Lab, Aarhus University, FOM AMOLF Amsterdam, Lund University, MPI Medical Research Heidelberg, TU Berlin, Max Born Institute Berlin, and SLAC Menlo Park, CA, USA. The experiments were carried out using CAMP (designed and built by the MPG-ASG at CFEL) at the LCLS (operated by Stanford University on behalf of the US DOE).

  6. Molecular features determining different partitioning patterns of papain and bromelain in aqueous two-phase systems.

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    Rocha, Maria Victoria; Nerli, Bibiana Beatriz

    2013-10-01

    The partitioning patterns of papain (PAP) and bromelain (BR), two well-known cysteine-proteases, in polyethyleneglycol/sodium citrate aqueous two-phase systems (ATPSs) were determined. Polyethyleneglycols of different molecular weight (600, 1000, 2000, 4600 and 8000) were assayed. Thermodynamic characterization of partitioning process, spectroscopy measurements and computational calculations of protein surface properties were also carried out in order to explain their differential partitioning behavior. PAP was observed to be displaced to the salt-enriched phase in all the assayed systems with partition coefficients (KpPAP) values between 0.2 and 0.9, while BR exhibited a high affinity for the polymer phase in systems formed by PEGs of low molecular weight (600 and 1000) with partition coefficients (KpBR) values close to 3. KpBR values resulted higher than KpPAP in all the cases. This difference could be assigned neither to the charge nor to the size of the partitioned biomolecules since PAP and BR possess similar molecular weight (23,000) and isoelectric point (9.60). The presence of highly exposed tryptophans and positively charged residues (Lys, Arg and His) in BR molecule would be responsible for a charge transfer interaction between PEG and the protein and, therefore, the uneven distribution of BR in these systems. PMID:23831382

  7. Distance-dependent patterns of molecular divergences in tuatara mitogenomes

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    Subramanian, Sankar; Mohandesan, Elmira; Millar, Craig D.; Lambert, David M.

    2015-01-01

    Population genetic models predict that populations that are geographically close to each other are expected to be genetically more similar to each other compared to those that are widely separate. However the patterns of relationships between geographic distance and molecular divergences at neutral and constrained regions of the genome are unclear. We attempted to clarify this relationship by sequencing complete mitochondrial genomes of the relic species Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) from ten offshore islands of New Zealand. We observed a positive relationship that showed a proportional increase in the neutral diversity at synonymous sites (dS), with increasing geographical distance. In contrast we showed that diversity at evolutionarily constrained sites (dC) was elevated in the case of comparisons involving closely located populations. Conversely diversity was reduced in the case of comparisons between distantly located populations. These patterns were confirmed by a significant negative relationship between the ratio of dC/dS and geographic distance. The observed high dC/dS could be explained by the abundance of deleterious mutations in comparisons involving closely located populations, due to the recent population divergence times. Since distantly related populations were separated over long periods of time, deleterious mutations might have been removed by purifying selection. PMID:25731894

  8. Symmetry of extremely floppy molecules: Molecular states beyond rotation-vibration separation

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    Schmiedt, Hanno; Schlemmer, Stephan; Jensen, Per

    2015-10-01

    Traditionally, molecules are theoretically described as near-static structures rotating in space. Vibrational motion causing small structural deformations induces a perturbative treatment of the rotation-vibration interaction, which fails in highly fluxional molecules, where all vibrational motions have amplitudes comparable in size to the linear dimensions of the molecule. An example is protonated methane (CH 5+ ) [P. Kumar and D. Marx, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 8, 573 (2006); Z. Jin et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 110, 1569 (2006); and A. S. Petit et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7206 (2014)]. For these molecules, customary theory fails to simulate reliably even the low-energy spectrum [T. Oka, Science 347, 1313-1314 (2015) and O. Asvany et al., Science 347, 1346-1349 (2015)]. Within the traditional view of rotation and vibration being near-separable, rotational and vibrational wavefunctions can be symmetry classified separately in the molecular symmetry (MS) group [P. Bunker and P. Jensen, Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy, NRC Monograph Publishing Program (NRC Research Press, 2006)]. In this article, we discuss a fundamental group theoretical approach to the problem of determining the symmetries of molecular rotation-vibration states. We will show that all MS groups discussed so far are isomorphic to subgroups of the special orthogonal group in three dimensions SO(3). This leads to a group theoretical foundation of the technique of equivalent rotations [H. Longuet-Higgins, Mol. Phys. 6, 445 (1963)]. The group G240 (the MS group of protonated methane) represents, to the best of our knowledge, the first example of a MS group which is not isomorphic to a subgroup of SO(3) (nor of O(3) or of SU(2)). Because of this, a separate symmetry classification of vibrational and rotational wavefunctions becomes impossible in this MS group, consistent with the fact that a decoupling of vibrational and rotational motion is impossible. We discuss here the consequences of this. In conclusion, we show that the prototypical, extremely floppy molecule CH 5+ represents a new class of molecules, where customary group theoretical methods for determining selection rules and spectral assignments fail so that new methods have to be developed.

  9. Symmetry of extremely floppy molecules: Molecular states beyond rotation-vibration separation.

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    Schmiedt, Hanno; Schlemmer, Stephan; Jensen, Per

    2015-10-21

    Traditionally, molecules are theoretically described as near-static structures rotating in space. Vibrational motion causing small structural deformations induces a perturbative treatment of the rotation-vibration interaction, which fails in highly fluxional molecules, where all vibrational motions have amplitudes comparable in size to the linear dimensions of the molecule. An example is protonated methane (CH5 (+)) [P. Kumar and D. Marx, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 8, 573 (2006); Z. Jin et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 110, 1569 (2006); and A. S. Petit et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7206 (2014)]. For these molecules, customary theory fails to simulate reliably even the low-energy spectrum [T. Oka, Science 347, 1313-1314 (2015) and O. Asvany et al., Science 347, 1346-1349 (2015)]. Within the traditional view of rotation and vibration being near-separable, rotational and vibrational wavefunctions can be symmetry classified separately in the molecular symmetry (MS) group [P. Bunker and P. Jensen, Molecular Symmetry and Spectroscopy, NRC Monograph Publishing Program (NRC Research Press, 2006)]. In this article, we discuss a fundamental group theoretical approach to the problem of determining the symmetries of molecular rotation-vibration states. We will show that all MS groups discussed so far are isomorphic to subgroups of the special orthogonal group in three dimensions SO(3). This leads to a group theoretical foundation of the technique of equivalent rotations [H. Longuet-Higgins, Mol. Phys. 6, 445 (1963)]. The group G240 (the MS group of protonated methane) represents, to the best of our knowledge, the first example of a MS group which is not isomorphic to a subgroup of SO(3) (nor of O(3) or of SU(2)). Because of this, a separate symmetry classification of vibrational and rotational wavefunctions becomes impossible in this MS group, consistent with the fact that a decoupling of vibrational and rotational motion is impossible. We discuss here the consequences of this. In conclusion, we show that the prototypical, extremely floppy molecule CH5 (+) represents a new class of molecules, where customary group theoretical methods for determining selection rules and spectral assignments fail so that new methods have to be developed. PMID:26493902

  10. Speckle Patterns with Atomic and Molecular de Broglie Waves Forest S. Patton,1

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    Kevan, Stephen D.

    Speckle Patterns with Atomic and Molecular de Broglie Waves Forest S. Patton,1 Daniel P. Deponte,1 of experiments. Using this source we have measured single slit diffraction patterns and the first ever speckle this apparatus to measure single slit diffraction patterns and a speckle-diffraction pattern of an irregularly

  11. High-resolution single-molecule recognition imaging of the molecular details of ricin-aptamer interaction

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    The molecular details of DNA aptamer-ricin interactions were investigated. The toxic protein ricin molecules were immobilized on Au(111) surface using N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester to specifically react with lysine residues located on the ricin B chains. A single ricin molecule was visualized in ...

  12. Fast molecular shocks. I - Reformation of molecules behind a dissociative shock

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    Neufeld, David A.; Dalgarno, A.

    1989-01-01

    The physical and chemical processes that operate in the cooling gas behind a fast, dissociative, single-fluid shock propagating in a dense interstellar cloud are discussed. The treatment extends previous theoretical work on fast molecular shocks by including the effects of the conversion of Ly-alpha photons into radiation of the two-photon continuum and into H2 Lyman band emission lines, the effects of CO photodissociation following line absorption, and the formation and destruction of molecules containing the elements nitrogen, silicon, and sulphur, and of the complex hydrocarbons. Abundance profiles for the molecular species of interest are presented. After molecular hydrogen begins to reform, by means of gas phase and grain surface processes, the neutral species OH, H2O, O2, CO, CN, HCN, N2, NO, SO, and SiO reach substantial abundances. The molecular ions HeH(+), OH(+), SO(+), CH(+), H2(+), and H3(+), are produced while the gas is still hot and partially ionized. Emissions from them provide a possible diagnostic probe of fast molecular shocks.

  13. Nanotubule and Tour Molecule Based Molecular Electronics: Suggestion for a Hybrid Approach

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    Srivastava, Deepak; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Recent experimental and theoretical attempts and results indicate two distinct broad pathways towards future molecular electronic devices and architectures. The first is the approach via Tour type ladder molecules and their junctions which can be fabricated with solution phase chemical approaches. Second are fullerenes or nanotubules and their junctions which may have better conductance, switching and amplifying characteristics but can not be made through well controlled and defined chemical means. A hybrid approach combining the two pathways to take advantage of the characteristics of both is suggested. Dimension and scale of such devices would be somewhere in between isolated molecule and nanotubule based devices but it maybe possible to use self-assembly towards larger functional and logicalunits.

  14. Molecular length dictates the nature of charge carriers in single-molecule junctions of oxidized oligothiophenes

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    Dell, Emma J.; Capozzi, Brian; Xia, Jianlong; Venkataraman, Latha; Campos, Luis M.

    2015-03-01

    To develop advanced materials for electronic devices, it is of utmost importance to design organic building blocks with tunable functionality and to study their properties at the molecular level. For organic electronic and photovoltaic applications, the ability to vary the nature of charge carriers and so create either electron donors or acceptors is critical. Here we demonstrate that charge carriers in single-molecule junctions can be tuned within a family of molecules that contain electron-deficient thiophene-1,1-dioxide (TDO) building blocks. Oligomers of TDO were designed to increase electron affinity and maintain delocalized frontier orbitals while significantly decreasing the transport gap. Through thermopower measurements we show that the dominant charge carriers change from holes to electrons as the number of TDO units is increased. This results in a unique system in which the charge carrier depends on the backbone length, and provides a new means to tune p- and n-type transport in organic materials.

  15. Achieving ground-state polar molecular condensates by chainwise atom-molecule adiabatic passage

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    Qian Jing; Zhang Weiping; Ling, Hong Y.

    2010-01-15

    We generalize the idea of chainwise stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) [Kuznetsova et al., Phys. Rev. A 78, 021402(R) (2008)] to a photoassociation-based chainwise atom-molecule system, with the goal of directly converting two-species atomic Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC) into a ground polar molecular BEC. We pay particular attention to the intermediate Raman laser fields, a control knob inaccessible to the usual three-level model. We find that an appropriate exploration of both the intermediate laser fields and the stability property of the atom-molecule STIRAP can greatly reduce the power demand on the photoassociation laser, a key concern for STIRAPs starting from free atoms due to the small Franck-Condon factor in the free-bound transition.

  16. Molecular? recognition? from? atomic ?interactions:?? insights ?into ?drug ?discovery?

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    Higueruelo, Alicia Perez

    2012-05-08

    of molecular properties. Using the structural databases in the Blundell group, the atomic detail of the interaction patterns of TIMBAL molecules with their protein targets are compared with other molecules interacting with proteins, comprising natural molecules...

  17. Extracellular ATP acts as a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) signal in plants

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    Tanaka, Kiwamu; Choi, Jeongmin; Cao, Yangrong; Stacey, Gary

    2014-01-01

    As sessile organisms, plants have evolved effective mechanisms to protect themselves from environmental stresses. Damaged (i.e., wounded) plants recognize a variety of endogenous molecules as danger signals, referred to as damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). ATP is among the molecules that are released by cell damage, and recent evidence suggests that ATP can serve as a DAMP. Although little studied in plants, extracellular ATP is well known for its signaling roles in animals, including acting as a DAMP during the inflammatory response and wound healing. If ATP acts outside the cell, then it is reasonable to expect that it is recognized by a plasma membrane-localized receptor. Recently, DORN1, a lectin receptor kinase, was shown to recognize extracellular ATP in Arabidopsis. DORN1 is the founding member of a new purinoceptor subfamily, P2K (P2 receptor kinase), which is plant-specific. P2K1 (DORN1) is required for ATP-induced cellular responses (e.g., cytosolic Ca2+ elevation, MAPK phosphorylation, and gene expression). Genetic analysis of loss-of-function mutants and overexpression lines showed that P2K1 participates in the plant wound response, consistent with the role of ATP as a DAMP. In this review, we summarize past research on the roles and mechanisms of extracellular ATP signaling in plants, and discuss the direction of future research on extracellular ATP as a DAMP signal. PMID:25232361

  18. On the separability of the extended molecule: Constructing the best localized molecular orbitals for an organic molecule bridging two model electrodes

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    Moreira, Rodrigo A.; Melo, Celso P. de

    2014-09-28

    Based on a quantum chemical valence formalism that allows the rigorous construction of best-localized molecular orbitals on specific parts of an extended system, we examined the separability of individual components of model systems relevant to the description of electron transport in molecular devices. We started by examining how to construct the maximally localized electronic density at the tip of a realistic model of a gold electrode. By varying the number of gold atoms included in the local region where to project the total electronic density, we quantitatively assess how many molecular orbitals are entirely localized in that region. We then considered a 1,4-benzene-di-thiol molecule connected to two model gold electrodes and examined how to localize the electronic density of the total system in the extended molecule, a fractional entity comprising the organic molecule plus an increasing number of the closest metal atoms. We were able to identify in a rigorous manner the existence of three physically different electronic populations, each one corresponding to a distinct set of molecular orbitals. First, there are those entirely localized in the extended molecule, then there is a second group of those completely distributed in the gold atoms external to that region, and, finally, there are those delocalized over the entire system. This latter group can be associated to the shared electronic population between the extended molecule and the rest of the system. We suggest that the treatment here presented could be useful in the theoretical analysis of the electronic transport in nanodevices whenever the use of localized molecular states are required by the physics of the specific problem, such as in cases of weak coupling and super-exchange limits.

  19. Reverse Engineering of an Affinity-Switchable Molecular Interaction Characterized by Atomic Force Microscopy Single-Molecule Force

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    Bielefeld, Universität

    -moleculelevel.Thisaffinity-tunableoptomechanicalswitchwillallownovelapplications with respect to molecular manipulation, nanoscale rewritable molecular memories, and/or artificial ion channels investigated autoinducer-regulated DNA-protein interaction in bacterial gene regulation processes with single atomic force microscopy (AFM) molecule force spectroscopy in vitro, and developed an artificial bistable

  20. Anomalous water molecules and mechanistic effects of water nanotube clusters confined to molecular porous crystals.

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    Tadokoro, Makoto; Ohhara, Takashi; Ohhata, Yuhki; Suda, Takaaki; Miyasato, Yuji; Yamada, Takeshi; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Tanaka, Ichiro; Kurihara, Kazuo; Oguni, Masaharu; Nakasuji, Kazuhiro; Yamamuro, Osamu; Ryota, Kuroki

    2010-02-18

    The movement of water molecules in the limited space present within nanoscale regions, which is different from the molecular motion of bulk water, is significantly affected by strong interfacial interactions with the surrounding outer walls. Hence, most of the water molecules that are confined to nanochannel spaces having widths less than ca. 2 nm can generally be classified together as "structural water". Since the motions of such water molecules are limited by interfacial interactions with the outer wall, the nature of structural water, which is strongly influenced by the interactions, will have different characteristics from normal water. For our investigations on the characteristics of structural water, we have developed a nanoporous crystal with a diameter of ca. 1.6 nm; it was constructed from 1-D hydrophilic channels by self-organization of the designed molecules. A tubelike three-layered water cluster, called a water nanotube (WNT), is formed in each internal channel space and is regulated by H-bonds with the outer wall. The WNT undergoes a glass transition (T(g) = 107 K) and behaves as a liquid; it freezes at 234 K and changes into an icelike nanotube cluster. In this study, the structure of the WNT is investigated through neutron structure analysis, and it is observed to stabilize by a mechanistic anchor effect of structural water. Furthermore, from neutron-scattering experiments, it is seen that a few water molecules around the center of the WNT move approximately with the same diffusion constant as those in bulk water; however, the residence time and average jump length are longer, despite the restrictions imposed by the H-bonding with structural water. The behavior of mobile water within a WNT is investigated; this can be used to elucidate the mechanism for the effect of structural water on vital functions on the cell surface. PMID:20102158

  1. Bicelles: A natural ‘molecular goniometer’ for structural, dynamical and topological studies of molecules in membranes

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    Diller, Anna; Loudet, Cécile; Aussenac, Fabien; Raffard, Gérard; Fournier, Sylvie; Laguerre, Michel; Grélard, Axelle; Opella, Stanley J.; Marassi, Francesca M.; Dufourc, Erick J.

    2010-01-01

    Major biological processes occur at the biological membrane. One of the great challenges is to understand the function of chemical or biological molecules inside the membrane; as well of those involved in membrane trafficking. This requires obtaining a complete picture of the in situ structure and dynamics as well as the topology and orientation of these molecules in the membrane lipid bilayer. These led to the creation of several innovative models of biological membranes in order to investigate the structure and dynamics of amphiphilic molecules, as well as integral membrane proteins having single or multiple transmembrane segments. Because the determination of the structure, dynamics and topology of molecules in membranes requires a macroscopic alignment of the system, a new membrane model called ‘bicelles’ that represents a crossover between lipid vesicles and classical micelles has become very popular due to its property of spontaneous self-orientation in magnetic fields. In addition, crucial factors involved in mimicking natural membranes, such as sample hydration, pH and salinity limits, are easy to control in bicelle systems. Bicelles are composed of mixtures of long chain (14–18 carbons) and short chain phospholipids (6–8 carbons) hydrated up to 98% with buffers and may adopt various morphologies depending on lipid composition, temperature and hydration. We have been developing bicelle systems under the form of nano-discs made of lipids with saturated or biphenyl-containing fatty acyl chains. Depending on the lipid nature, these membranous nano-discs may be macroscopically oriented with their normal perpendicular or parallel to the magnetic field, providing a natural ‘molecular goniometer’ for structural and topological studies, especially in the field of NMR. Bicelles can also be spun at the magic angle and lead to the 3D structural determination of molecules in membranes. PMID:19248817

  2. Nanofibers for drug delivery – incorporation and release of model molecules, influence of molecular weight and polymer structure

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    Hrib, Jakub; Hobzova, Radka; Hampejsova, Zuzana; Bosakova, Zuzana; Munzarova, Marcela; Michalek, Jiri

    2015-01-01

    Summary Nanofibers were prepared from polycaprolactone, polylactide and polyvinyl alcohol using NanospiderTM technology. Polyethylene glycols with molecular weights of 2 000, 6 000, 10 000 and 20 000 g/mol, which can be used to moderate the release profile of incorporated pharmacologically active compounds, served as model molecules. They were terminated by aromatic isocyanate and incorporated into the nanofibers. The release of these molecules into an aqueous environment was investigated. The influences of the molecular length and chemical composition of the nanofibers on the release rate and the amount of released polyethylene glycols were evaluated. Longer molecules released faster, as evidenced by a significantly higher amount of released molecules after 72 hours. However, the influence of the chemical composition of nanofibers was even more distinct – the highest amount of polyethylene glycol molecules released from polyvinyl alcohol nanofibers, the lowest amount from polylactide nanofibers. PMID:26665065

  3. LC-MS with electron ionization of cold molecules in supersonic molecular beams

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    Granot, Ori; Amirav, Aviv

    2005-06-01

    A new approach is described for the combination of electron ionization and LC-MS based on sample ionization as vibrationally cold molecules in a supersonic molecular beam (Cold EI). Cold EI of sample compounds in liquid solutions (methanol, acetonitrile, water, etc.) is achieved through spray formation, followed by soft thermal vaporization of the sample particles prior to their supersonic expansion and direct electron ionization of the sample compounds while they are contained in a supersonic molecular beam (SMB). Cold EI mass spectra were demonstrated to combine an enhanced molecular ion and improved mass spectral information (in comparison with standard EI), plus all the library searchable fragments. Cold EI enables the ionization of a broad range of compounds, including the full range of non-polar samples. Four orders of magnitude linear dynamic range is demonstrated and a detection limit of 2 pg was achieved for a 774 amu compound in single ion monitoring mode at m/z = 774. The method and apparatus are under continuous development and we feel that it can excel particularly in the analysis of unknown samples, while enabling fast LC-MS analysis through automated mass spectral deconvolution of coeluting LC peaks. In addition, the same MS system can also serve as an advanced GC-MS with supersonic molecular beams.

  4. Dressed-bound-state molecular strong-field approximation: Application to above-threshold ionization of heteronuclear diatomic molecules

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    Hasovic, E.; Busuladzic, M.; Becker, W.; Milosevic, D. B.

    2011-12-15

    The molecular strong-field approximation (MSFA), which includes dressing of the molecular bound state, is introduced and applied to above-threshold ionization of heteronuclear diatomic molecules. Expressions for the laser-induced molecular dipole and polarizability as functions of the laser parameters (intensity and frequency) and molecular parameters [molecular orientation, dipole, and parallel and perpendicular polarizabilities of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)] are presented. Our previous MSFA theory, which incorporates the rescattering effects, is generalized from homonuclear to heteronuclear diatomic molecules. Angle- and energy-resolved high-order above-threshold ionization spectra of oriented heteronuclear diatomic molecules, exemplified by the carbon monoxide (CO) molecule, exhibit pronounced minima, which can be related to the shape of their HOMO-electron-density distribution. For the CO molecule we have found an analytical condition for the positions of these minima. We have also shown that the effect of the dressing of the HOMO is twofold: (i) the laser-induced Stark shift decreases the ionization yield and (ii) the laser-induced time-dependent dipole and polarizability change the oscillatory structure of the spectra.

  5. Nontypable Haemophilus influenzae Displays a Prevalent Surface Structure Molecular Pattern in Clinical Isolates

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    Mauro, Silvia; Hood, Derek W.; Viadas, Cristina; Calatayud, Laura; Morey, Pau; Servin, Alain; Liñares, Josefina; Oliver, Antonio; Bengoechea, José Antonio; Garmendia, Junkal

    2011-01-01

    Non-typable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) is a Gram negative pathogen that causes acute respiratory infections and is associated with the progression of chronic respiratory diseases. Previous studies have established the existence of a remarkable genetic variability among NTHi strains. In this study we show that, in spite of a high level of genetic heterogeneity, NTHi clinical isolates display a prevalent molecular feature, which could confer fitness during infectious processes. A total of 111 non-isogenic NTHi strains from an identical number of patients, isolated in two distinct geographical locations in the same period of time, were used to analyse nine genes encoding bacterial surface molecules, and revealed the existence of one highly prevalent molecular pattern (lgtF+, lic2A+, lic1D+, lic3A+, lic3B+, siaA?, lic2C+, ompP5+, oapA+) displayed by 94.6% of isolates. Such a genetic profile was associated with a higher bacterial resistance to serum mediated killing and enhanced adherence to human respiratory epithelial cells. PMID:21698169

  6. Therapeutic Opportunities in Damage-Associated Molecular Pattern-Driven Metabolic Diseases

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    Garcia-Martinez, Irma; Shaker, Mohamed E.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Significance: Sterile inflammation is a common finding present in various metabolic disorders. This type of inflammation is mediated by damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that are released upon cellular injury to activate pattern recognition receptors on innate immune cells and amplify organ damage. Recent Advances: In the last decade, DAMPs, such as high-mobility group protein B1, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA), adenosine triphosphate, and other metabolites, were found to contribute to the inflammatory response in diabetes, gout, obesity, steatohepatitis, and atherosclerosis. Varied receptors, including Toll-like receptors (TLRs), the purinergic P2X7 receptors, and nucleotide-binding domain, and leucine-rich repeat protein 3 (NLRP3)-inflammasome sense DAMPs and DAMP-like molecules and release the proinflammatory cytokines, interleukin (IL)-1? and IL-18. Critical Issues: Available therapeutic approaches that interfered with the signaling of TLRs, P2X7, NLRP3-inflammasome, and IL-1? showed encouraging results in metabolic diseases, which will be also highlighted in this review. Future Directions: It is important to understand the origination of DAMPs and how they contribute to the inflammatory response in metabolic disorders to develop selective and efficient therapeutics for intervention. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 23, 1305–1315. PMID:26055926

  7. The peptide-receptive transition state of MHC-1 molecules: Insight from structure and molecular dynamics

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    Robinson H.; Mage, M.; Dolan, M.; Wang, R.; Boyd, L.; Revilleza, M.; Natarajan, K.; Myers, N.; Hansen, T.; Margulies, D.

    2012-05-01

    MHC class I (MHC-I) proteins of the adaptive immune system require antigenic peptides for maintenance of mature conformation and immune function via specific recognition by MHC-I-restricted CD8(+) T lymphocytes. New MHC-I molecules in the endoplasmic reticulum are held by chaperones in a peptide-receptive (PR) transition state pending release by tightly binding peptides. In this study, we show, by crystallographic, docking, and molecular dynamics methods, dramatic movement of a hinged unit containing a conserved 3(10) helix that flips from an exposed 'open' position in the PR transition state to a 'closed' position with buried hydrophobic side chains in the peptide-loaded mature molecule. Crystallography of hinged unit residues 46-53 of murine H-2L(d) MHC-I H chain, complexed with mAb 64-3-7, demonstrates solvent exposure of these residues in the PR conformation. Docking and molecular dynamics predict how this segment moves to help form the A and B pockets crucial for the tight peptide binding needed for stability of the mature peptide-loaded conformation, chaperone dissociation, and Ag presentation.

  8. Patterns of molecular evolution in pathogenesis-related proteins Nicole M. Scherer1,2*

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    Eizirik, Eduardo

    do Rio Grande do Sul, Faculdade de Biociências, Centro de Biologia Genômica e Molecular, Porto AlegrePatterns of molecular evolution in pathogenesis-related proteins Nicole M. Scherer1,2* , Claudia E of organisms. Key words: pathogenesis-related proteins, PRs, molecular variability, positive selection, maximum

  9. Molecular Dynamics Study of the Disruption of H-BONDS by Water Molecules and its Diffusion Behavior in Amorphous Cellulose

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    Liao, Ruijin; Zhu, Mengzhao; Zhou, Xin; Zhang, Fuzhou; Yan, Jiaming; Zhu, Wenbin; Gu, Chao

    2012-06-01

    Hydrolysis is an important component of the aging of cellulose, and it severely affects the insulating performance of cellulosic materials. The diffusion behavior of water molecules in amorphous cellulose and their destructive effect on the hydrogen bonding structure of cellulose were investigated by molecular dynamics. The change in the hydrogen bonding structure indicates that water molecules have a considerable effect on the hydrogen bonding structure within cellulose: both intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen bonds decreased with an increase in ingressive water molecules. Moreover, the stabilities of the cellulose molecules were disrupted when the number of intermolecular hydrogen bonds declined to a certain degree. Both the free volumes of amorphous cells and water molecule-cellulose interaction affect the diffusion of water molecules. The latter, especially the hydrogen bonding interaction between water molecules and cellulose, plays a predominant role in the diffusion behavior of water molecules in the models of which the free volume rarely varies. The diffusion coefficient of water molecules has an excellent correlation with water molecule-cellulose interaction and the average hydrogen bonds between each water molecule and cellulose; however, this relationship was not apparent between the diffusion coefficient and free volume.

  10. Molecular resonant dissociation of surface-adsorbed molecules by plasmonic nanoscissors

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    Zhang, Zhenglong; Sheng, Shaoxiang; Zheng, Hairong; Xu, Hongxing; Sun, Mengtao

    2014-04-01

    The ability to break individual bonds or specific modes in chemical reactions is an ardently sought goal by chemists and physicists. While photochemistry based methodologies are very successful in controlling e.g. photocatalysis, photosynthesis and the degradation of plastic, it is hard to break individual molecular bonds for those molecules adsorbed on the surface because of the weak light-absorption in molecules and the redistribution of the resulting vibrational energy both inside the molecule and to its surrounding environment. Here we show how to overcome these obstacles with a plasmonic hot-electron mediated process and demonstrate a new method that allows the sensitive control of resonant dissociation of surface-adsorbed molecules by `plasmonic' scissors. To that end, we used a high-vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (HV-TERS) setup to dissociate resonantly excited NC2H6 fragments from Malachite green. The surface plasmons (SPs) excited at the sharp metal tip not only enhance the local electric field to harvest the light incident from the laser, but crucially supply `hot electrons' whose energy can be transferred to individual bonds. These processes are resonant Raman, which result in some active chemical bonds and then weaken these bonds, followed by dumping in lots of indiscriminant energy and breaking the weakest bond. The method allows for sensitive control of both the rate and probability of dissociation through their dependence on the density of hot electrons, which can be manipulated by tuning the laser intensity or tunneling current/bias voltage in the HV-TERS setup, respectively. The concepts of plasmonic scissors open up new versatile avenues for the deep understanding of in situ surface-catalyzed chemistry.The ability to break individual bonds or specific modes in chemical reactions is an ardently sought goal by chemists and physicists. While photochemistry based methodologies are very successful in controlling e.g. photocatalysis, photosynthesis and the degradation of plastic, it is hard to break individual molecular bonds for those molecules adsorbed on the surface because of the weak light-absorption in molecules and the redistribution of the resulting vibrational energy both inside the molecule and to its surrounding environment. Here we show how to overcome these obstacles with a plasmonic hot-electron mediated process and demonstrate a new method that allows the sensitive control of resonant dissociation of surface-adsorbed molecules by `plasmonic' scissors. To that end, we used a high-vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (HV-TERS) setup to dissociate resonantly excited NC2H6 fragments from Malachite green. The surface plasmons (SPs) excited at the sharp metal tip not only enhance the local electric field to harvest the light incident from the laser, but crucially supply `hot electrons' whose energy can be transferred to individual bonds. These processes are resonant Raman, which result in some active chemical bonds and then weaken these bonds, followed by dumping in lots of indiscriminant energy and breaking the weakest bond. The method allows for sensitive control of both the rate and probability of dissociation through their dependence on the density of hot electrons, which can be manipulated by tuning the laser intensity or tunneling current/bias voltage in the HV-TERS setup, respectively. The concepts of plasmonic scissors open up new versatile avenues for the deep understanding of in situ surface-catalyzed chemistry. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Further experimental spectra and theoretical calculations. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr06799h

  11. Cryogenic micro-calorimeters for mass spectrometric identification of neutral molecules and molecular fragments

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    Novotný, O.; Allgeier, S.; Enss, C.; Fleischmann, A.; Gamer, L.; Hengstler, D.; Kempf, S.; Krantz, C.; Pabinger, A.; Pies, C.; Savin, D. W.; Schwalm, D.; Wolf, A.

    2015-09-01

    We have systematically investigated the energy resolution of a magnetic micro-calorimeter (MMC) for atomic and molecular projectiles at impact energies ranging from E ? 13 to 150 keV. For atoms we obtained absolute energy resolutions down to ? E ? 120 eV and relative energy resolutions down to ? E / E ? 10 - 3 . We also studied in detail the MMC energy-response function to molecular projectiles of up to mass 56 u. We have demonstrated the capability of identifying neutral fragmentation products of these molecules by calorimetric mass spectrometry. We have modeled the MMC energy-response function for molecular projectiles and concluded that backscattering is the dominant source of the energy spread at the impact energies investigated. We have successfully demonstrated the use of a detector absorber coating to suppress such spreads. We briefly outline the use of MMC detectors in experiments on gas-phase collision reactions with neutral products. Our findings are of general interest for mass spectrometric techniques, particularly for those desiring to make neutral-particle mass measurements.

  12. Cryogenic micro-calorimeters for mass spectrometric identification of neutral molecules and molecular fragments

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    Novotný, O; Enss, C; Fleischmann, A; Gamer, L; Hengstler, D; Kempf, S; Krantz, C; Pabinger, A; Pies, C; Savin, D W; Schwalm, D; Wolf, A

    2015-01-01

    We have systematically investigated the energy resolution of a magnetic micro-calorimeter (MMC) for atomic and molecular projectiles at impact energies ranging from $E\\approx13$ to 150~keV. For atoms we obtained absolute energy resolutions down to $\\Delta E \\approx 120$~eV and relative energy resolutions down to $\\Delta E/E\\approx10^{-3}$. We also studied in detail the MMC energy-response function to molecular projectiles of up to mass 56~u. We have demonstrated the capability of identifying neutral fragmentation products of these molecules by calorimetric mass spectrometry. We have modeled the MMC energy-response function for molecular projectiles and conclude that backscattering is the dominant source of the energy spread at the impact energies investigated. We have successfully demonstrated the use of a detector absorber coating to suppress such spreads. We briefly outline the use of MMC detectors in experiments on gas-phase collision reactions with neutral products. Our findings are of general interest fo...

  13. Collision dynamics of methyl radicals and highly vibrationally excited molecules using crossed molecular beams

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    Chu, P.M.Y.

    1991-10-01

    The vibrational to translational (V{yields}T) energy transfer in collisions between large highly vibrationally excited polyatomics and rare gases was investigated by time-of-flight techniques. Two different methods, UV excitation followed by intemal conversion and infrared multiphoton excitation (IRMPE), were used to form vibrationally excited molecular beams of hexafluorobenzene and sulfur hexafluoride, respectively. The product translational energy was found to be independent of the vibrational excitation. These results indicate that the probability distribution function for V{yields}T energy transfer is peaked at zero. The collisional relaxation of large polyatomic molecules with rare gases most likely occurs through a rotationally mediated process. Photodissociation of nitrobenzene in a molecular beam was studied at 266 nm. Two primary dissociation channels were identified including simple bond rupture to produce nitrogen dioxide and phenyl radical and isomerization to form nitric oxide and phenoxy radical. The time-of-flight spectra indicate that simple bond rupture and isomerization occurs via two different mechanisms. Secondary dissociation of the phenoxy radicals to carbon monoxide and cyclopentadienyl radicals was observed as well as secondary photodissociation of phenyl radical to give H atom and benzyne. A supersonic methyl radical beam source is developed. The beam source configuration and conditions were optimized for CH{sub 3} production from the thermal decomposition of azomethane. Elastic scattering of methyl radical and neon was used to differentiate between the methyl radicals and the residual azomethane in the molecular beam.

  14. Structure of the F-Spondin Domain of Mindin, an Integrin Ligand and Pattern Recognition Molecule

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    Li, Y.; Cao, C; Jia, W; Yu, L; Mo, M; Wang, Q; Huang, Y; Lim, J; Ishihara, M; et. al.

    2009-01-01

    Mindin (spondin-2) is an extracellular matrix protein of unknown structure that is required for efficient T-cell priming by dendritic cells. Additionally, mindin functions as a pattern recognition molecule for initiating innate immune responses. These dual functions are mediated by interactions with integrins and microbial pathogens, respectively. Mindin comprises an N-terminal F-spondin (FS) domain and C-terminal thrombospondin type 1 repeat (TSR). We determined the structure of the FS domain at 1.8-A resolution. The structure revealed an eight-stranded antiparallel ?-sandwich motif resembling that of membrane-targeting C2 domains, including a bound calcium ion. We demonstrated that the FS domain mediates integrin binding and identified the binding site by mutagenesis. The mindin FS domain therefore represents a new integrin ligand. We further showed that mindin recognizes lipopolysaccharide (LPS) through its TSR domain, and obtained evidence that C-mannosylation of the TSR influences LPS binding. Through these dual interactions, the FS and TSR domains of mindin promote activation of both adaptive and innate immune responses.

  15. Structure of the F-spondin Domain of Mindin an Integrin Ligand and Pattern Recognition Molecule

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    Y Li; C Cao; W Jia; L Yu; M Mo; Q Wang; Y Huang; J Lim; M Ishihara; et. al.

    2011-12-31

    Mindin (spondin-2) is an extracellular matrix protein of unknown structure that is required for efficient T-cell priming by dendritic cells. Additionally, mindin functions as a pattern recognition molecule for initiating innate immune responses. These dual functions are mediated by interactions with integrins and microbial pathogens, respectively. Mindin comprises an N-terminal F-spondin (FS) domain and C-terminal thrombospondin type 1 repeat (TSR). We determined the structure of the FS domain at 1.8-A resolution. The structure revealed an eight-stranded antiparallel beta-sandwich motif resembling that of membrane-targeting C2 domains, including a bound calcium ion. We demonstrated that the FS domain mediates integrin binding and identified the binding site by mutagenesis. The mindin FS domain therefore represents a new integrin ligand. We further showed that mindin recognizes lipopolysaccharide (LPS) through its TSR domain, and obtained evidence that C-mannosylation of the TSR influences LPS binding. Through these dual interactions, the FS and TSR domains of mindin promote activation of both adaptive and innate immune responses.

  16. Hierarchical protein patterning by meso to molecular scale self-assembly

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    Andersen, Andreas S.; Sutherland, Duncan S.; Ogaki, Ryosuke

    2015-10-01

    Numerous protein patterning methodologies are used extensively for biomedical research and development. We have developed a novel bottom-up protein patterning method using a combination of self-assembly processes in the meso to molecular scale range to allow hierarchical protein patterns to be straightforwardly fabricated with low cost over large areas. As a proof of principle, we patterned vitronectin in various dimensional hierarchies using meso to nanoscale colloids and self-assembled monolayers.

  17. Room-temperature repositioning of individual C60 molecules at Cu steps: Operation of a molecular counting device

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    Cuberes, M. T.; Schlittler, R. R.; Gimzewski, J. K.

    1996-11-01

    C60 molecules absorbed on a monoatomic Cu step have been reversibly repositioned at room temperature with the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope by performing controlled displacements along the step direction. We demonstrate the feasibility of building an abacus on the nanometer scale using single molecules as ``counters,'' Cu monoatomic steps as ``rods'' that constrain the molecular motion to one dimension, and the scanning tunneling microscope as an ``actuator'' for counting operations.

  18. Rotation commensurate echo of asymmetric molecules—Molecular fingerprints in the time domain

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    Chesnokov, E. N.; Kubarev, V. V.; Koshlyakov, P. V.

    2014-12-29

    Using the pulses of terahertz free electron laser and ultra-fast Schottky diode detectors, we observed the coherent transients within a free induction decay of gaseous nitrogen dioxide NO{sub 2}. The laser excited different sub-bands of rotation spectra of NO{sub 2} containing about 50–70 lines. The free induction signal continued more than 30?ns and consisted of many echo-like bursts duration about 0.2?ns. Unlike the similar effect observed previously for linear and symmetric top molecules, the sequence of echo bursts is not periodic. The values for delay of individual echo are stable, and the set of these delays can be considered as a “molecular fingerprint” in the time domain.

  19. Comparative study of complex N- and O-bearing molecules in hot molecular cores

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    F. Fontani; I. Pascucci; P. Caselli; F. Wyrowski; R. Cesaroni; C. M. Walmsley

    2007-05-11

    We have observed several emission lines of two Nitrogen-bearing (C2H5CN and C2H3CN) and two Oxygen-bearing (CH3OCH3 and HCOOCH3) molecules towards a sample of well-known hot molecular cores (HMCs) in order to check whether the chemical differentiation seen in the Orion-HMC and W3(H_2O) between O- and N-bearing molecules is a general property of HMCs. With the IRAM-30m telescope we have observed 12 HMCs in 21 bands, centered at frequencies from 86250 to 258280 MHz. The rotational temperatures obtained range from ~100 to ~150 K in these HMCs. Single Gaussian fits performed to unblended lines show a marginal difference in the line peak velocities of the C2H5CN and CH3OCH3 lines, indicating a possible spatial separation between the region traced by the two molecules. On the other hand, neither the linewidths nor the rotational temperatures and column densities confirm such a result. By comparing the abundance ratio of the pair C2H5CN/C2H3CN with the predictions of theoretical models, we derive that the age of our cores ranges between 3.7 and 5.9x10^{4} yrs. The abundances of C2H5CN and C2H3CN are strongly correlated, as expected from theory which predicts that C2H3CN is formed through gas phase reactions involving C2H5CN. A correlation is also found between the abundances of C2H3CN and CH3OCH3, and C2H5CN and CH3OCH3. In all tracers the fractional abundances increase with the H_2 column density while they are not correlated with the gas temperature.

  20. Formation of Solid-State Excitons in Ultrathin Crystalline Films of PTCDA: From Single Molecules to Molecular Stacks

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    Proehl, Holger; Dienel, Thomas; Nitsche, Robert; Fritz, Torsten

    2004-08-01

    We directly follow the evolution of the absorption spectrum from a single molecule to a dimer and further to a one-dimensional molecular stack: We determine the optical absorption properties of ordered monolayer to multilayer films of PTCDA (3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride) on muscovite mica(0001) surfaces by insitu differential reflectance spectroscopy. The data clearly show the transition from the single molecule to a dimer spectrum, followed by the exciton delocalization to a molecular crystal exciton. The accompanying spectral shifts compare favorably with recent model concepts.

  1. Reconstruction of two-dimensional molecular structure with laser-induced electron diffraction from laser-aligned polyatomic molecules

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    Yu, Chao; Wei, Hui; Wang, Xu; Le, Anh-Thu; Lu, Ruifeng; Lin, C. D.

    2015-10-01

    Imaging the transient process of molecules has been a basic way to investigate photochemical reactions and dynamics. Based on laser-induced electron diffraction and partial one-dimensional molecular alignment, here we provide two effective methods for reconstructing two-dimensional structure of polyatomic molecules. We demonstrate that electron diffraction images in both scattering angles and broadband energy can be utilized to retrieve complementary structure information, including positions of light atoms. With picometre spatial resolution and the inherent femtosecond temporal resolution of lasers, laser-induced electron diffraction method offers significant opportunities for probing atomic motion in a large molecule in a typical pump-probe measurement.

  2. Reconstruction of two-dimensional molecular structure with laser-induced electron diffraction from laser-aligned polyatomic molecules

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    Yu, Chao; Wei, Hui; Wang, Xu; Le, Anh-Thu; Lu, Ruifeng; Lin, C. D.

    2015-01-01

    Imaging the transient process of molecules has been a basic way to investigate photochemical reactions and dynamics. Based on laser-induced electron diffraction and partial one-dimensional molecular alignment, here we provide two effective methods for reconstructing two-dimensional structure of polyatomic molecules. We demonstrate that electron diffraction images in both scattering angles and broadband energy can be utilized to retrieve complementary structure information, including positions of light atoms. With picometre spatial resolution and the inherent femtosecond temporal resolution of lasers, laser-induced electron diffraction method offers significant opportunities for probing atomic motion in a large molecule in a typical pump-probe measurement. PMID:26503116

  3. Thermodynamic stability of water molecules in the bacteriorhodopsin proton channel: a molecular dynamics free energy perturbation study.

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    Roux, B; Nina, M; Pomès, R; Smith, J C

    1996-08-01

    The proton transfer activity of the light-driven proton pump, bacteriorhodopsin (bR) in the photochemical cycle might imply internal water molecules. The free energy of inserting water molecules in specific sites along the bR transmembrane channel has been calculated using molecular dynamics simulations based on a microscopic model. The existence of internal hydration is related to the free energy change on transfer of a water molecule from bulk solvent into a specific binding site. Thermodynamic integration and perturbation methods were used to calculate free energies of hydration for each hydrated model from molecular dynamics simulations of the creation of water molecules into specific protein-binding sites. A rigorous statistical mechanical formulation allowing the calculation of the free energy of transfer of water molecules from the bulk to a protein cavity is used to estimate the probabilities of occupancy in the putative bR proton channel. The channel contains a region lined primarily by nonpolar side-chains. Nevertheless, the results indicate that the transfer of four water molecules from bulk water to this apparently hydrophobic region is thermodynamically permitted. The column forms a continuous hydrogen-bonded chain over 12 A between a proton donor, Asp 96, and the retinal Schiff base acceptor. The presence of two water molecules in direct hydrogen-bonding association with the Schiff base is found to be strongly favorable thermodynamically. The implications of these results for the mechanism of proton transfer in bR are discussed. PMID:8842206

  4. Thermodynamic stability of water molecules in the bacteriorhodopsin proton channel: a molecular dynamics free energy perturbation study.

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    Roux, B; Nina, M; Pomès, R; Smith, J C

    1996-01-01

    The proton transfer activity of the light-driven proton pump, bacteriorhodopsin (bR) in the photochemical cycle might imply internal water molecules. The free energy of inserting water molecules in specific sites along the bR transmembrane channel has been calculated using molecular dynamics simulations based on a microscopic model. The existence of internal hydration is related to the free energy change on transfer of a water molecule from bulk solvent into a specific binding site. Thermodynamic integration and perturbation methods were used to calculate free energies of hydration for each hydrated model from molecular dynamics simulations of the creation of water molecules into specific protein-binding sites. A rigorous statistical mechanical formulation allowing the calculation of the free energy of transfer of water molecules from the bulk to a protein cavity is used to estimate the probabilities of occupancy in the putative bR proton channel. The channel contains a region lined primarily by nonpolar side-chains. Nevertheless, the results indicate that the transfer of four water molecules from bulk water to this apparently hydrophobic region is thermodynamically permitted. The column forms a continuous hydrogen-bonded chain over 12 A between a proton donor, Asp 96, and the retinal Schiff base acceptor. The presence of two water molecules in direct hydrogen-bonding association with the Schiff base is found to be strongly favorable thermodynamically. The implications of these results for the mechanism of proton transfer in bR are discussed. PMID:8842206

  5. Molecular quantum spintronics: supramolecular spin valves based on single-molecule magnets and carbon nanotubes.

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    Urdampilleta, Matias; Nguyen, Ngoc-Viet; Cleuziou, Jean-Pierre; Klyatskaya, Svetlana; Ruben, Mario; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang

    2011-01-01

    We built new hybrid devices consisting of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown carbon nanotube (CNT) transistors, decorated with TbPc(2) (Pc = phthalocyanine) rare-earth based single-molecule magnets (SMMs). The drafting was achieved by tailoring supramolecular ?-? interactions between CNTs and SMMs. The magnetoresistance hysteresis loop measurements revealed steep steps, which we can relate to the magnetization reversal of individual SMMs. Indeed, we established that the electronic transport properties of these devices depend strongly on the relative magnetization orientations of the grafted SMMs. The SMMs are playing the role of localized spin polarizer and analyzer on the CNT electronic conducting channel. As a result, we measured magneto-resistance ratios up to several hundred percent. We used this spin valve effect to confirm the strong uniaxial anisotropy and the superparamagnetic blocking temperature (T(B) ~ 1 K) of isolated TbPc(2) SMMs. For the first time, the strength of exchange interaction between the different SMMs of the molecular spin valve geometry could be determined. Our results introduce a new design for operable molecular spintronic devices using the quantum effects of individual SMMs. PMID:22072910

  6. Stochastic switching in gene networks can occur by a single-molecule event or many molecular steps.

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    Choi, Paul J; Xie, X Sunney; Shakhnovich, Eugene I

    2010-02-12

    Due to regulatory feedback, biological networks can exist stably in multiple states, leading to heterogeneous phenotypes among genetically identical cells. Random fluctuations in protein numbers, tuned by specific molecular mechanisms, have been hypothesized to drive transitions between these different states. We develop a minimal theoretical framework to analyze the limits of switching in terms of simple experimental parameters. Our model identifies and distinguishes between two distinct molecular mechanisms for generating stochastic switches. In one class of switches, the stochasticity of a single-molecule event, a specific and rare molecular reaction, directly controls the macroscopic change in a cell's state. In the second class, no individual molecular event is significant, and stochasticity arises from the propagation of biochemical noise through many molecular pathways and steps. As an example, we explore switches based on protein-DNA binding fluctuations and predict relations between transcription factor kinetics, absolute switching rate, robustness, and efficiency that differentiate between switching by single-molecule events or many molecular steps. Finally, we apply our methods to recent experimental data on switching in Escherichia coli lactose metabolism, providing quantitative interpretations of a single-molecule switching mechanism. PMID:19931280

  7. Plant immunity triggered by engineered in vivo release of oligogalacturonides, damage-associated molecular patterns

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    Benedetti, Manuel; Pontiggia, Daniela; Raggi, Sara; Cheng, Zhenyu; Scaloni, Flavio; Ferrari, Simone; Ausubel, Frederick M.; Cervone, Felice; De Lorenzo, Giulia

    2015-01-01

    Oligogalacturonides (OGs) are fragments of pectin that activate plant innate immunity by functioning as damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). We set out to test the hypothesis that OGs are generated in planta by partial inhibition of pathogen-encoded polygalacturonases (PGs). A gene encoding a fungal PG was fused with a gene encoding a plant polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP) and expressed in transgenic Arabidopsis plants. We show that expression of the PGIP–PG chimera results in the in vivo production of OGs that can be detected by mass spectrometric analysis. Transgenic plants expressing the chimera under control of a pathogen-inducible promoter are more resistant to the phytopathogens Botrytis cinerea, Pectobacterium carotovorum, and Pseudomonas syringae. These data provide strong evidence for the hypothesis that OGs released in vivo act as a DAMP signal to trigger plant immunity and suggest that controlled release of these molecules upon infection may be a valuable tool to protect plants against infectious diseases. On the other hand, elevated levels of expression of the chimera cause the accumulation of salicylic acid, reduced growth, and eventually lead to plant death, consistent with the current notion that trade-off occurs between growth and defense. PMID:25870275

  8. Plant immunity triggered by engineered in vivo release of oligogalacturonides, damage-associated molecular patterns.

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    Benedetti, Manuel; Pontiggia, Daniela; Raggi, Sara; Cheng, Zhenyu; Scaloni, Flavio; Ferrari, Simone; Ausubel, Frederick M; Cervone, Felice; De Lorenzo, Giulia

    2015-04-28

    Oligogalacturonides (OGs) are fragments of pectin that activate plant innate immunity by functioning as damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). We set out to test the hypothesis that OGs are generated in planta by partial inhibition of pathogen-encoded polygalacturonases (PGs). A gene encoding a fungal PG was fused with a gene encoding a plant polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP) and expressed in transgenic Arabidopsis plants. We show that expression of the PGIP-PG chimera results in the in vivo production of OGs that can be detected by mass spectrometric analysis. Transgenic plants expressing the chimera under control of a pathogen-inducible promoter are more resistant to the phytopathogens Botrytis cinerea, Pectobacterium carotovorum, and Pseudomonas syringae. These data provide strong evidence for the hypothesis that OGs released in vivo act as a DAMP signal to trigger plant immunity and suggest that controlled release of these molecules upon infection may be a valuable tool to protect plants against infectious diseases. On the other hand, elevated levels of expression of the chimera cause the accumulation of salicylic acid, reduced growth, and eventually lead to plant death, consistent with the current notion that trade-off occurs between growth and defense. PMID:25870275

  9. The Most Elementary Molecular Orbital Models Contain Symmetry, Nodal Pattern, and Approximate Energy Information

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    Simons, Jack

    Chapter 7 The Most Elementary Molecular Orbital Models Contain Symmetry, Nodal Pattern, and Approximate Energy Information I. The LCAO-MO Expansion and the Orbital-Level Schrödinger Equation In the simplest picture of chemical bonding, the valence molecular orbitals i are constructed as linear

  10. Molecular dynamics simulations on the aggregation behavior of indole type organic dye molecules in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Selvaraj, Ananda Rama Krishnan; Hayase, Shuji

    2012-05-01

    In Ti0(2) nanostructured dye-sensitized solar cells indole based organic dyes D149, D205 exhibits greater power conversion efficiency. Such organic dye molecules are easily undergone for aggregation. Aggregation in dye molecules leads to reduce electron transfer process in dye-sensitized solar cells. Therefore, anti-aggregating agents such as chenodeoxycholic acid are commonly added to organic dye solution in DSSCs. Studying aggregation of such dye molecules in the absence of semiconductors gives a detailed influence of anti-aggregating agents on dye molecules. Atomistic level of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed on aggregation of indole type dye molecules D149, D205 and D205-F with anti-aggregating agent chenodeoxy cholic acid using AMBER program. The trajectories of the MD simulations were analyzed with order parameters such as radial atom pair distribution functions g(r), diffusion coefficients and root mean square deviations values. MD results suggest that addition of chenodeoxy cholic acid to dyes significantly reduces structural arrangement and increases conformational flexibility and mobility of dye molecules. The influence of semi-perfluorinated alkyl chains in indole dye molecules was analyzed. The parameters such as open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) and power conversion efficiency (?) of dye-sensitized solar cells are corroborated with flexibility and diffusion values of dye molecules. PMID:21904812

  11. Molecular Beam Scattering of Aligned Oxygen Molecules. The Nature of the Bond in the O2-O2 Dimer

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    Pirani, Fernando

    of liquid oxygen and concluded that oxygen is a mixture of O2 and O4 species, the paramagnetic character of oxygen under pressure and of the liquid, but their analysis is far from complete. SomeMolecular Beam Scattering of Aligned Oxygen Molecules. The Nature of the Bond in the O2-O2 Dimer

  12. Angle-Resolved High-Order Above-Threshold Ionization of a Molecule: Sensitive Tool for Molecular Characterization

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    Busuladzic, M.; Gazibegovic-Busuladzic, A.; Milosevic, D. B.; Becker, W.

    2008-05-23

    The strong-field approximation for ionization of diatomic molecules by an intense laser field is generalized to include rescattering of the ionized electron off the various centers of its molecular parent ion. The resulting spectrum and its interference structure strongly depend on the symmetry of the ground state molecular orbital. For N{sub 2}, if the laser polarization is perpendicular to the molecular axis, we observe a distinct minimum in the emission spectrum, which survives focal averaging and allows determination of, e.g., the internuclear separation. In contrast, for O{sub 2}, rescattering is absent in the same situation.

  13. Molecular-scale quantitative charge density measurement of biological molecule by frequency modulation atomic force microscopy in aqueous solutions

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    Umeda, Kenichi; Kobayashi, Kei; Oyabu, Noriaki; Matsushige, Kazumi; Yamada, Hirofumi

    2015-07-01

    Surface charge distributions on biological molecules in aqueous solutions are essential for the interactions between biomolecules, such as DNA condensation, antibody-antigen interactions, and enzyme reactions. There has been a significant demand for a molecular-scale charge density measurement technique for better understanding such interactions. In this paper, we present the local electric double layer (EDL) force measurements on DNA molecules in aqueous solutions using frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) with a three-dimensional force mapping technique. The EDL forces measured in a 100 mM KCl solution well agreed with the theoretical EDL forces calculated using reasonable parameters, suggesting that FM-AFM can be used for molecular-scale quantitative charge density measurements on biological molecules especially in a highly concentrated electrolyte.

  14. Evolution of complex organic molecules in hot molecular cores. Synthetic spectra at (sub-)mm wavebands

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    Choudhury, R.; Schilke, P.; Stéphan, G.; Bergin, E.; Möller, T.; Schmiedeke, A.; Zernickel, A.

    2015-03-01

    Context. Hot molecular cores (HMCs) are intermediate stages of high-mass star formation and are also known for their rich chemical reservoirs and emission line spectra at (sub-)mm wavebands. Complex organic molecules (COMs) such as methanol (CH3OH), ethanol (C2H5OH), dimethyl ether (CH3OCH3), and methyl formate (HCOOCH3) produce most of these observed lines. The observed spectral feature of HMCs such as total number of emission lines and associated line intensities are also found to vary with evolutionary stages. Aims: We aim to investigate the spectral evolution of these COMs to explore the initial evolutionary stages of high-mass star formation including HMCs. Methods: We developed various 3D models for HMCs guided by the evolutionary scenarios proposed by recent empirical and modeling studies. We then investigated the spatio-temporal variation of temperature and molecular abundances in HMCs by consistently coupling gas-grain chemical evolution with radiative transfer calculations. We explored the effects of varying physical conditions on molecular abundances including density distribution and luminosity evolution of the central protostar(s) among other parameters. Finally, we simulated the synthetic spectra for these models at different evolutionary timescales to compare with observations. Results: Temperature has a profound effect on the formation of COMs through the depletion and diffusion on grain surface to desorption and further gas-phase processing. The time-dependent temperature structure of the hot core models provides a realistic framework for investigating the spatial variation of ice mantle evaporation as a function of evolutionary timescales. We find that a slightly higher value (15 K) than the canonical dark cloud temperature (10 K) provides a more productive environment for COM formation on grain surface. With increasing protostellar luminosity, the water ice evaporation font (~100 K) expands and the spatial distribution of gas phase abundances of these COMs also spreads out. We calculated the temporal variation of the radial profiles of these COMs for different hot core models. These profiles resemble the so-called jump profiles with relative abundances higher than 10-9 within the evaporation font will furthermore be useful to model the observed spectra of hot cores. We present the simulated spectra of these COMs for different hot core models at various evolutionary timescales. A qualitative comparison of the simulated and observed spectra suggests that these self-consistent hot core models can reproduce the notable trends in hot core spectral variation within the typical hot core timescales of 105 year. These models predict that the spatial distribution of various emission line maps will also expand with evolutionary time; this feature can be used to constrain the relative desorption energies of the molecules that mainly form on the grain surface and return to the gas phase via thermal desorption. The detailed modeling of the thermal structure of hot cores with similar masses along with the characterization of the desorption energies of different molecules can be used to constrain the luminosity evolution of the central protostars. The model predictions can be compared with high resolution observation that can probe scales of a few thousand AU in high-mass star forming regions such as from Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). We used a spectral fitting method to analyze the simulated spectra and find that it significantly underestimates some of the physical parameters such as temperature. The coupling of chemical evolution with radiative transfer models will be particularly useful to decipher the physical structure of hot cores and also to constrain the initial evolutionary stages of high-mass star formation. Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  15. Non-equilibrium all-atom molecular dynamics simulations of free and tethered DNA molecules in nanochannel shear flows

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    Wang, Guan M.; Sandberg, William C.

    2007-04-01

    In order to gain insight into the mechanical and dynamical behaviour of free and tethered short chains of ss/ds DNA molecules in flow, and in parallel to investigate the properties of long chain molecules in flow fields, we have developed a series of quantum and molecular methods to extend the well developed equilibrium software CHARMM to handle non-equilibrium dynamics. These methods have been applied to cases of DNA molecules in shear flows in nanochannels. Biomolecules, both free and wall-tethered, have been simulated in the all-atom style in solvent-filled nanochannels. The new methods were demonstrated by carrying out NEMD simulations of free single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules of 21 bases as well as double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) molecules of 21 base pairs tethered on gold surfaces in an ionic water shear flow. The tethering of the linker molecule (6-mercapto-1-hexanol) to perfect Au(111) surfaces was parametrized based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Force field parameters were incorporated into the CHARMM database. Gold surfaces are simulated in a Lennard-Jones style model that was fitted to the Morse potential model of bulk gold. The bonding force of attachment of the DNA molecules to the gold substrate linker molecule was computed to be up to a few nN when the DNA molecules are fully stretched at high shear rates. For the first time, we calculated the relaxation time of DNA molecules in picoseconds (ps) and the hydrodynamic force up to a few nanoNewtons (nN) per base pair in a nanochannel flow. The velocity profiles in the solvent due to the presence of the tethered DNA molecules were found to be nonlinear only at high shear flow rates. Free ssDNA molecules in a shear flow were observed to behave differently from each other depending upon their initial orientation in the flow field. Both free and tethered DNA molecules are clearly observed to be stretching, rotating and relaxing. Methods developed in this initial work can be incorporated into multiscale simulations including quantum mechanical, molecular and the microfluidic continuum regimes. The results may also be useful in extending existing macroscopic empirical models of DNA response dynamics in shear flows.

  16. Continuously Adjustable, Molecular-Sieving "Gate" on 5A Zeolite for Distinguishing Small Organic Molecules by Size.

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    Song, Zhuonan; Huang, Yi; Xu, Weiwei L; Wang, Lei; Bao, Yu; Li, Shiguang; Yu, Miao

    2015-01-01

    Zeolites/molecular sieves with uniform, molecular-sized pores are important for many adsorption-based separation processes. Pore size gaps, however, exist in the current zeolite family. This leads to a great challenge of separating molecules with size differences at ~0.01?nm level. Here, we report a novel concept, pore misalignment, to form a continuously adjustable, molecular-sieving "gate" at the 5A zeolite pore entrance without sacrificing the internal capacity. Misalignment of the micropores of the alumina coating with the 5A zeolite pores was related with and facilely adjusted by the coating thickness. For the first time, organic molecules with sub-0.01?nm size differences were effectively distinguished via appropriate misalignment. This novel concept may have great potential to fill the pore size gaps of the zeolite family and realize size-selective adsorption separation. PMID:26358480

  17. Continuously Adjustable, Molecular-Sieving “Gate” on 5A Zeolite for Distinguishing Small Organic Molecules by Size

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    Song, Zhuonan; Huang, Yi; Xu, Weiwei L.; Wang, Lei; Bao, Yu; Li, Shiguang; Yu, Miao

    2015-09-01

    Zeolites/molecular sieves with uniform, molecular-sized pores are important for many adsorption-based separation processes. Pore size gaps, however, exist in the current zeolite family. This leads to a great challenge of separating molecules with size differences at ~0.01?nm level. Here, we report a novel concept, pore misalignment, to form a continuously adjustable, molecular-sieving “gate” at the 5A zeolite pore entrance without sacrificing the internal capacity. Misalignment of the micropores of the alumina coating with the 5A zeolite pores was related with and facilely adjusted by the coating thickness. For the first time, organic molecules with sub-0.01?nm size differences were effectively distinguished via appropriate misalignment. This novel concept may have great potential to fill the pore size gaps of the zeolite family and realize size-selective adsorption separation.

  18. Continuously Adjustable, Molecular-Sieving “Gate” on 5A Zeolite for Distinguishing Small Organic Molecules by Size

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    Song, Zhuonan; Huang, Yi; Xu, Weiwei L.; Wang, Lei; Bao, Yu; Li, Shiguang; Yu, Miao

    2015-01-01

    Zeolites/molecular sieves with uniform, molecular-sized pores are important for many adsorption-based separation processes. Pore size gaps, however, exist in the current zeolite family. This leads to a great challenge of separating molecules with size differences at ~0.01?nm level. Here, we report a novel concept, pore misalignment, to form a continuously adjustable, molecular-sieving “gate” at the 5A zeolite pore entrance without sacrificing the internal capacity. Misalignment of the micropores of the alumina coating with the 5A zeolite pores was related with and facilely adjusted by the coating thickness. For the first time, organic molecules with sub-0.01?nm size differences were effectively distinguished via appropriate misalignment. This novel concept may have great potential to fill the pore size gaps of the zeolite family and realize size-selective adsorption separation. PMID:26358480

  19. Biomimicry issues: the quest for sensing molecules at the origin of life using molecularly imprinter polymer

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    Carbonnier, Benjamin; Chehimi, Mohamed M.; Bakas, Idriss; Salmi, Zakaria; Mazerie, Isabelle; Floner, Didier; Geneste, Florence; Guerrouache, Mohamed

    The use of real time sensing analysis is becoming very popular in many applications and research areas such as, environment and agriculture for in situ monitoring of contaminants and food safety analysis, fundamental biology for studying for example protein-membrane interactions or drug discovery, health research for clinical diagnosis.[1] More recently, chip technology involving antibody-based detection system has been envisioned to search for life outside the Earth with a specific focus on Mars. [2] Sensors using such natural receptors are usually costly and suffer from the unstability of the surface-immobilized receptors. In this respect, the use of synthetic receptors appears as a very promising approach. Molecularly imprinting is undoubtedly one of the most promising approaches for designing biomimetic materials. In this respect, sensing microdevices based on molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have attracted a great deal of interest over the recent years given their ability to recognize specifically and selectively molecules, proteins and even microorganisms, with excellent detection limits. MIPs can be prepared as powders, colloids and ultrathin films. The latter option is particularly interesting because it limits diffusion of the analytes to the artificial receptor sites within the sensing layers [3] and facilitates the making of nanostructured MIP grafts [4]. In addition, MIP sensing ultrathin layers are amenable to the detection of the analytes with varied transducing methods among which electrochemistry, a simple, versatile and easy to implement technique is very appealing to detect analytes concentrations in the picomolar or sub-picomolar range [5]. In this contribution, the important parameters in obtaining molecularly imprinted polymer layers grafted on gold working electrodes and exhibiting high sensitivity towards acid and base molecules are addressed. Square wave voltammetry is demonstrated to be a very powerful electroanalytical while the limit of detection of analytes can be decreased down to sub-nanomolar by controlling the MIP layers thickness. Finally, it is shown that such an approach offers potentials and opportunities for miniaturization to fulfill workspace constraints inherent to space exploration. Indeed, electrode arrays grafted with MIPs are prepared for portable sensor devices design. This work undoubtedly highlights molecularly imprinting in tandem with electrochemical detection as a very promising approach for sensing organic matter in a fast, highly sensitive and specific way. MIP-based biomimetic materials and their applications of as recognition layers within sensors are increasingly considered and it is expected that MIP will become a generic sensing technology This work is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) References: [1] C. Ayela, F. Roquet, L. Valera, C. Granier, L. Nicu, M. Pugnière, M. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 22 (2007) 3113. [2] M.A. Sephton, M.R. Sims, R.W. Court, D. Luong, D.C. Cullen, Planetary and Space Science 86 (2013) 66. [3] S. Lepinay, K. Khémara, M.-C. Millot, B. Carbonnier, Chem. Pap. 66 (2012) 340. [4] Y. Fuchs, O. Soppera, K. Haupt, Anal. Chim. Acta, 717 (2012) 7. [5] C. Malitesta, E. Mazzotta, R. A. Picca, A. Poma, I. Chianella, S. A. Piletsky, Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 402 (2012) 1827

  20. Patterns of molecular genetic variation among African elephant populations.

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    Comstock, Kenine E; Georgiadis, Nicholas; Pecon-Slattery, Jill; Roca, Alfred L; Ostrander, Elaine A; O'Brien, Stephen J; Wasser, Samuel K

    2002-12-01

    The highly threatened African elephants have recently been subdivided into two species, Loxodonta africana (savannah or bush elephant) and L. cyclotis (forest elephant) based on morphological and molecular studies. A molecular genetic assessment of 16 microsatellite loci across 20 populations (189 individuals) affirms species level genetic differentiation and provides robust genotypic assessment of species affiliation. Savannah elephant populations show modest levels of phylogeographic subdivision based on composite microsatellite genotype, an indication of recent population isolation and restricted gene flow between locales. The savannah elephants show significantly lower genetic diversity than forest elephants, probably reflecting a founder effect in the recent history of the savannah species. PMID:12453234

  1. Elastic properties, Young's modulus determination and structural stability of the tropocollagen molecule: a computational study by steered molecular dynamics.

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    Lorenzo, Alicia Claudia; Caffarena, Ernesto Raúl

    2005-07-01

    The aim of this report is to investigate at microscopic level the elastic properties of a tropocollagen-like molecule submitted to linear traction along its longitudinal axis. For this purpose, we performed steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations for a wide range of spring constants in order to test the molecular response based on a two-spring model connected in series. An elastic behavior was observed in an elongation range of 2.5-4% of the molecular length, estimating an "effective molecular elastic constant" of 1.02+/-0.20 kcal/mol A2 in this region. Accordingly, a Young's modulus for the tropocollagen molecule of Y=4.8+/-1.0 GPa was calculated. The complex hydrogen bond network was traced along molecular dynamics (MD) and SMD simulations revealing a rearrangement of these interactions preserving the integrity of the molecular structure when submitted to traction. No evidence of the significant role attributed to water bridges for structural stability was detected, on the contrary facts pointed out that the hydrogen bond network might be the responsible. PMID:15922764

  2. Molecular spintronics based on single-molecule magnets composed of multiple-decker phthalocyaninato terbium(III) complex.

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    Katoh, Keiichi; Isshiki, Hironari; Komeda, Tadahiro; Yamashita, Masahiro

    2012-06-01

    Unlike electronics, which is based on the freedom of the charge of an electron whose memory is volatile, spintronics is based on the freedom of the charge, spin, and orbital of an electron whose memory is non-volatile. Although in most GMR, TMR, and CMR systems, bulk or classical magnets that are composed of transition metals are used, this Focus Review considers the growing use of single-molecule magnets (SMMs) that are composed of multinuclear metal complexes and nanosized magnets, which exhibit slow magnetic-relaxation processes and quantum tunneling. Molecular spintronics, which combines spintronics and molecular electronics, is an emerging field of research. Using molecules is advantageous because their electronic and magnetic properties can be manipulated under specific conditions. Herein, recent developments in [LnPc]-based multiple-decker SMMs on surfaces for molecular spintronic devices are presented. First, we discuss the strategies for preparing single-molecular-memory devices by using SMMs. Next, we focus on the switching of the Kondo signal of [LnPc]-based multiple-decker SMMs that are adsorbed onto surfaces, their characterization by using STM and STS, and the relationship between the molecular structure, the electronic structure, and the Kondo resonance of [TbPc(2)]. Finally, the field-effect-transistor (FET) properties of surface-adsorbed [LnPc(2)] and [Ln(2)Pc(3)] cast films are reported, which is the first step towards controlling SMMs through their spins for applications in single-molecular memory and spintronics devices. PMID:22514153

  3. Dynamical behavior of one-dimensional water molecule chains in zeolites: Nanosecond time-scale molecular dynamics simulations of bikitaite

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    Demontis, Pierfranco; Stara, Giovanna; Suffritti, Giuseppe B.

    2004-05-01

    Nanosecond scale molecular dynamics simulations of the behavior of the one-dimensional water molecule chains adsorbed in the parallel nanochannels of bikitaite, a rare lithium containing zeolite, were performed at different temperatures and for the fully and partially hydrated material. New empirical potential functions have been developed for representing lithium-water interactions. The structure and the vibrational spectrum of bikitaite were in agreement both with experimental data and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics results. Classical molecular dynamics simulations were extended to the nanosecond time scale in order to study the flip motion of water molecules around the hydrogen bonds connecting adjacent molecules in the chains, which has been observed by NMR experiments, and the dehydration mechanism at high temperature. Computed relaxation times of the flip motion follow the Arrhenius behavior found experimentally, but the activation energy of the simulated system is slightly underestimated. Based on the results of the simulations, it may be suggested that the dehydration proceeds by a defect-driven stepwise diffusion. The diffusive mechanism appears as a single-file motion: the molecules never pass one another, even at temperatures as high as about 1000 K, nor can they switch between different channels. However, the mean square displacement (MSD) of the molecules, computed with respect to the center of mass of the simulated system, shows an irregular trend from which the single-file diffusion cannot be clearly evidenced. If the MSDs are evaluated with respect to the center of mass of the molecules hosted in each channel, the expected dependence on the square root of time finally appears.

  4. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 94 (2007) 120143 Connexin channel permeability to cytoplasmic molecules

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    Harris, Andrew L.

    2007-01-01

    to cytoplasmic molecules Andrew L. Harrisà Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, New Jersey Medical School channels are known to be permeable to a variety of cytoplasmic molecules. The first observation of second of cytoplasmic molecules can permeate the different types of connexin channels. A few studies reveal differences

  5. Molecular population dynamics of DNA structures in a bcl-2 promoter sequence is regulated by small molecules and the transcription factor hnRNP LL.

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    Cui, Yunxi; Koirala, Deepak; Kang, HyunJin; Dhakal, Soma; Yangyuoru, Philip; Hurley, Laurence H; Mao, Hanbin

    2014-05-01

    Minute difference in free energy change of unfolding among structures in an oligonucleotide sequence can lead to a complex population equilibrium, which is rather challenging for ensemble techniques to decipher. Herein, we introduce a new method, molecular population dynamics (MPD), to describe the intricate equilibrium among non-B deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) structures. Using mechanical unfolding in laser tweezers, we identified six DNA species in a cytosine (C)-rich bcl-2 promoter sequence. Population patterns of these species with and without a small molecule (IMC-76 or IMC-48) or the transcription factor hnRNP LL are compared to reveal the MPD of different species. With a pattern recognition algorithm, we found that IMC-48 and hnRNP LL share 80% similarity in stabilizing i-motifs with 60 s incubation. In contrast, IMC-76 demonstrates an opposite behavior, preferring flexible DNA hairpins. With 120-180 s incubation, IMC-48 and hnRNP LL destabilize i-motifs, which has been previously proposed to activate bcl-2 transcriptions. These results provide strong support, from the population equilibrium perspective, that small molecules and hnRNP LL can modulate bcl-2 transcription through interaction with i-motifs. The excellent agreement with biochemical results firmly validates the MPD analyses, which, we expect, can be widely applicable to investigate complex equilibrium of biomacromolecules. PMID:24609386

  6. Real-Space Imaging of Molecular Structure by Single-Molecule Inelastic Tunneling Probe

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    Han, Zhumin; Chiang, Chi-Lun; Xu, Chen; Ho, Wilson

    2014-03-01

    The scanning tunneling microscope is one of the most powerful tools to perform real space imaging of the electronic, magnetic, optical, and vibrational signatures of a single molecule. However, the spatial distributions of these signatures do not always relate directly to the geometric structures of the molecules. In this study, a CO molecule is transferred from the surface to a STM tip. The energy and intensity of the hindered translational mode of the CO vary when the tip is scanned across an adsorbed molecule (such as cobalt phthalocyanine). By monitoring these variations in space, we are able to resolve the geometric structure of the molecule and even subtle intramolecular and intermolecular interactions.

  7. Opening the way to molecular cycloaddition of large molecules on supported silicene.

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    Stephan, Régis; Hanf, Marie-Christine; Sonnet, Philippe

    2015-10-21

    Within density functional theory, the adsorption of the H2Pc molecule on the (3 × 3) silicene/(4 × 4) Ag(111) surface has been investigated. We observe an electronic redistribution in the central macrocycle of the H2Pc molecule and the formation of two Si - N covalent bonds between the molecule and the silicene, in agreement with a cycloaddition reaction. However, while on SiC(0001)(3 × 3) or Si(111)(3×3)R30°-boron, the H2Pc molecule remains planar, and the H2Pc molecule takes a butterfly conformation on the silicene/Ag substrate due to an electrostatic or a polarization repulsion between the molecule and the silicene. Our study opens a way to the experimental adsorption of large organic molecules on supported silicene. PMID:26493921

  8. Opening the way to molecular cycloaddition of large molecules on supported silicene

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    Stephan, Régis; Hanf, Marie-Christine; Sonnet, Philippe

    2015-10-01

    Within density functional theory, the adsorption of the H2Pc molecule on the (3 × 3) silicene/(4 × 4) Ag(111) surface has been investigated. We observe an electronic redistribution in the central macrocycle of the H2Pc molecule and the formation of two Si - N covalent bonds between the molecule and the silicene, in agreement with a cycloaddition reaction. However, while on SiC(0001)(3 × 3) or Si ( 111 ) ( ?{ 3 } × ?{ 3 } ) R 30 °-boron, the H2Pc molecule remains planar, and the H2Pc molecule takes a butterfly conformation on the silicene/Ag substrate due to an electrostatic or a polarization repulsion between the molecule and the silicene. Our study opens a way to the experimental adsorption of large organic molecules on supported silicene.

  9. Patterning Multilayers of Molecules via Self-Organization Wei Lu* and David Salac

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    Lu, Wei

    . The study reveals self-alignment, scaling down of size, and the effect of guided self-assembly with embedded and photovoltaic devices [10] have been demonstrated, the ESA process is limited to simple, laminar multilayer systems, with little or no lateral variation in the monolayer. We show that for molecules carrying

  10. Toll-like receptors and damage-associated molecular patterns: novel links between inflammation and hypertension

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    Goulopoulou, Styliani; Wenceslau, Camilla F.; Spitler, Kathryn; Matsumoto, Takayuki; Webb, R. Clinton

    2013-01-01

    Low-grade systemic inflammation is a common manifestation of hypertension; however, the exact mechanisms that initiate this pathophysiological response, thereby contributing to further increases in blood pressure, are not well understood. Aberrant vascular inflammation and reactivity via activation of the innate immune system may be the first step in the pathogenesis of hypertension. One of the functions of the innate immune system is to recognize and respond to danger. Danger signals can arise from not only pathogenic stimuli but also endogenous molecules released following cell injury and/or death [damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs)]. In the short-term, activation of the innate immune system is beneficial in the vasculature by providing cytoprotective mechanisms and facilitating tissue repair following injury or infection. However, sustained or excessive immune system activation, such as in autoimmune diseases, may be deleterious and can lead to maladaptive, irreversible changes to vascular structure and function. An initial source of DAMPs that enter the circulation to activate the innate immune system could arise from modest elevations in peripheral vascular resistance. These stimuli could subsequently lead to ischemic- or pressure-induced events aggravating further cell injury and/or death, providing more DAMPs for innate immune system activation. This review will address and critically evaluate the current literature on the role of the innate immune system in hypertension pathogenesis. The role of Toll-like receptor activation on somatic cells of the vasculature in response to the release of DAMPs and the consequences of this activation on inflammation, vasoreactivity, and vascular remodeling will be specifically discussed. PMID:24163075

  11. A two-color tunable infrared/vacuum ultraviolet spectrometer for high-resolution spectroscopy of molecules in molecular beams

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    Woodward, Jonathan R.; Watanabe, Hirokazu; Ishiuchi, Shun-Ichi; Fujii, Masaaki

    2012-01-15

    We describe here the key technical elements of a two-color tunable IR/VUV photoionization TOF mass spectrometer system which allows a wide-range of high-resolution experiments to be performed on a diverse range of cold molecules and clusters in a molecular beam. In particular we highlight the methods we have applied to provide efficient wavelength separation of the VUV radiation from the longer wavelength components used to generate it and discuss a number of systems that we have studied with the instrument which highlight its flexibility for use in the study of molecular spectroscopy.

  12. Molecular model of biaxial ordering in nematic liquid crystals composed of flat molecules with four mesogenic groups

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    Gorkunov, M. V.; Osipov, M. A.; Kocot, A.; Vij, J. K.

    2010-06-01

    Relative stability of uniaxial and biaxial nematic phases is analyzed in a model nematic liquid crystal composed of flat molecules of C2h symmetry with four mesogenic groups rigidly linked to the same center. The generalized effective quadrupole mean-field potential is proposed and its constants are evaluated numerically for the pair intermolecular potential based on Gay-Berne interaction between mesogenic groups. The dependencies of the constants on molecular shape parameters are systematically analyzed. Order parameters of the uniaxial and biaxial nematic phases are evaluated by direct minimization of the free energy at different temperatures. The corresponding phase diagrams are obtained enabling one to study the effects of molecular model parameters on the stability regions of uniaxial and biaxial phases. The results are used to clarify the nature of experimentally observed biaxial ordering in nematic liquid crystals composed of tetrapode molecules with the same symmetry.

  13. A Purification Method for a Molecular Complex in Which a Scaffold Molecule Is Fully Loaded with Heterogeneous Molecules

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    Ohuchi, Shoji J.; Sagawa, Fumihiko; Ohno, Hirohisa; Inoue, Tan

    2015-01-01

    An affinity resin-based pull-down method is convenient for the purification of biochemical materials. However, its use is difficult for the isolation of a molecular complex fully loaded with multiple components from a reaction mixture containing the starting materials and intermediate products. To overcome this problem, we have developed a new purification procedure that depends on sequential elimination of the residues. In practice, two affinity resins were used for purifying a triangular-shaped RNP (RNA-protein complex) consisting of three ribosomal proteins (L7Ae) bound to an RNA scaffold. First, a resin with immobilized L7Ae protein captured the incomplete RNP complexes and the free RNA scaffold. Next, another resin with an immobilized chemically modified RNA of a derivative of Box C/D motif, the binding partner of L7Ae, was used to capture free protein. The complete triangular RNP was successfully purified from the mixture by these two steps. Obviously, the purified triangular RNP displaying three protein-binding peptides exhibited an improved performance when compared with the unrefined product. Conceptually, this purification procedure should be applicable for the purification of a variety of complexes consisting of multiple components other than RNP. PMID:25781936

  14. In vitro motility assays and single molecule analyses reveal functional structural transitions in the molecular motor myosin

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    Spudich, James

    2010-03-01

    The molecular basis of how myosin motors work has been significantly advanced by laser trap and other single molecule studies of myosins V and VI. Myosin V moves processively by stepping arm-over-arm, walking along the 36-nm pseudo-repeat of an actin filament by swinging its long lever arms through an angle of ˜70 ^o, and hydrolyzing one ATP per step. Compared to the laser trap, we have improved time resolution to submilliseconds by tracking single gold nanoparticle-myosin V conjugates using darkfield imaging, and have directly observed the behavior of the unbound head as the motor translocates. We have also developed a technique called single-molecule high resolution co-localization (SHREC), which allows simultaneous co-localization of two chromatically differing fluorophores only 10 nm apart. We used SHREC to directly observe myosin V molecules walking hand-over-hand. Myosin VI, a considerably different myosin family member, has been the biggest challenge to the lever arm hypothesis of myosin movement. It has a very short light chain binding domain (the conventional lever arm). Nevertheless, the molecule surprisingly steps processively 36 nm along an actin filament. Furthermore, myosin VI moves in the opposite direction to that of myosin II and myosin V. We now understand how this marvelous molecular motor achieves these feats.

  15. Onset of Patterns in an Ocillated Granular Layer: Continuum and Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    J. Bougie; J. Kreft; J. B. Swift; Harry L. Swinney

    2009-09-15

    We study the onset of patterns in vertically oscillated layers of frictionless dissipative particles. Using both numerical solutions of continuum equations to Navier-Stokes order and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we find that standing waves form stripe patterns above a critical acceleration of the cell. Changing the frequency of oscillation of the cell changes the wavelength of the resulting pattern; MD and continuum simulations both yield wavelengths in accord with previous experimental results. The value of the critical acceleration for ordered standing waves is approximately 10% higher in molecular dynamics simulations than in the continuum simulations, and the amplitude of the waves differs significantly between the models. The delay in the onset of order in molecular dynamics simulations and the amplitude of noise below this onset are consistent with the presence of fluctuations which are absent in the continuum theory. The strength of the noise obtained by fit to Swift-Hohenberg theory is orders of magnitude larger than the thermal noise in fluid convection experiments, and is comparable to the noise found in experiments with oscillated granular layers and in recent fluid experiments on fluids near the critical point. Good agreement is found between the mean field value of onset from the Swift-Hohenberg fit and the onset in continuum simulations. Patterns are compared in cells oscillated at two different frequencies in MD; the layer with larger wavelength patterns has less noise than the layer with smaller wavelength patterns.

  16. Molecular analysis of different classes of RNA molecules from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded autoptic tissues: a pilot study.

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    Muciaccia, Barbara; Vico, Carmen; Aromatario, Mariarosaria; Fazi, Francesco; Cecchi, Rossana

    2015-01-01

    For a long time, it has been thought that fresh and frozen tissues are the only possible source of biological material useful to extract nucleic acids suitable for downstream molecular analysis. Recently, for forensic purpose such as personal identification, also fixed tissues have been used to recover DNA molecules, whereas RNA extracted from such material is still considered too degraded for gene expression studies. In the present pilot study, we evaluated the possibility to use forensic formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples, collected at autopsy at different postmortem intervals (PMI) from four individuals, to perform advanced molecular analyses. In particular, we performed qualitative and quantitative analyses of total RNAs extracted from different FFPE tissues and put expression profiles in relation with the organ type and the duration of PMI. Different classes of RNA molecular targets were studied by real-time quantitative RT-PCR. We report molecular evidence that small RNAs are the only RNA molecules still detectable in all the FFPE autoptic tissues. In particular, microRNAs (miRNAs) represent a consistent, stable, and well-preserved molecular target detectable even from tissue sources displaying signs of ongoing putrefaction at autopsy. In this pilot study, we show that miRNAs could represent a highly sensitive and potentially useful forensic marker. Amplification of specific miRNAs using paraffin-embedded blocks could facilitate retrospective molecular analysis using specific forensic-archived tissues chosen as most suitable according to PMI, and this approach would address molecular evidence in forensic cases in which fresh or frozen material is no longer available. PMID:25135750

  17. Differential patterns of molecular evolution among Haemosporidian parasite groups.

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    Outlaw, Robert K; Counterman, Brian; Outlaw, Diana C

    2015-04-01

    Malaria parasites have had profound effects on human populations for millennia, but other terrestrial vertebrates are impacted by malaria as well. Entire species of birds have been driven to extinction, and many others are threatened by population declines. Recent studies have shown that host-switching is quite common among malaria parasite lineages, and these switches often involve a significant shift in the environment in which the parasites find themselves, including nucleated vs non-nucleated red blood cells and red vs white blood cells. Therefore, it is important to understand how parasites adapt to these different host environments. The mitochondrial cytochrome b (cyt b) gene shows evidence of adaptive molecular evolution among malaria parasite groups, putatively because of its critical role in the electron transport chain (ETC) in cellular metabolism. Two hypotheses were addressed here: (1) mitochondrial components of the ETC (cyt b and cytochrome oxidase 1 [COI]) should show evidence of adaptive evolution (i.e., selection) and (2) selection should be evident in host switches. Overall we found a signature of constraint (e.g., purifying selection) across the four genes included here, but we also found evidence of positive selection associated with host switches in cyt b and, surprisingly, in (apicoplast) caseinolytic protease C. These results suggest that evidence of selection should be widespread across these parasite genomes. PMID:25351897

  18. Genetic basis of dental agenesis - molecular genetics patterning clinical dentistry

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    Goswami, Mridula; Chhabra, Anuj

    2014-01-01

    Tooth agenesis is one of the most common congenital malformations in humans. Hypodontia can either occur as an isolated condition (non-syndromic hypodontia) or can be associated with a syndrome (syndromic hypodontia), highlighting the heterogeneity of the condition. Though much progress has been made to identify the developmental basis of tooth formation, knowledge of the etiological basis of inherited tooth loss is still lacking. To date, the mutation spectra of non-syndromic form of familial and sporadic tooth agenesis in humans have revealed defects in various such genes that encode transcription factors, MSX1 and PAX9 or genes that code for a protein involved in canonical Wnt signaling (AXIN2), and a transmembrane receptor of fibroblast growth factors (FGFR1). The aim of this paper is to review the current literature on the molecular mechanisms responsible for selective hypodontia in humans and to present a detailed overview of causative genes and syndromes associated with hypodontia. Key words:Tooth agenesis, hypodontia, growth factors, mutations. PMID:24121910

  19. Molecular and developmental contributions to divergent pigment patterns in marine and freshwater sticklebacks.

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    Greenwood, Anna K; Cech, Jennifer N; Peichel, Catherine L

    2012-07-01

    Pigment pattern variation across species or populations offers a tractable framework in which to investigate the evolution of development. Juvenile threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) from marine and freshwater environments exhibit divergent pigment patterns that are associated with ecological differences. Juvenile marine sticklebacks have a silvery appearance, whereas sticklebacks from freshwater environments exhibit a pattern of vertical bars. We investigated both the developmental and molecular basis of this population-level variation in pigment pattern. Time course imaging during the transition from larval to juvenile stages revealed differences between marine and freshwater fish in spatial patterns of chromatophore differentiation as well as in pigment amount and dispersal. In freshwater fish, melanophores appear primarily within dark bars whereas iridophores appear within light bars. By contrast, in marine fish, these chromatophores are interspersed across the flank. In addition to spatially segregated chromatophore differentiation, pigment amount and dispersal within melanophores varies spatially across the flank of freshwater, but not marine fish. To gain insight into the molecular pathways that underlie the differences in pigment pattern development, we evaluated differential gene expression in the flanks of developing fish using high-throughput cDNA sequencing (RNA-seq) and quantitative PCR. We identified several genes that were differentially expressed across dark and light bars of freshwater fish, and between freshwater and marine fish. Together, these experiments begin to shed light on the process of pigment pattern evolution in sticklebacks. PMID:22765206

  20. Patterning a hydrogen-bonded molecular monolayer with a hand-controlled scanning probe microscope.

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    Green, Matthew F B; Esat, Taner; Wagner, Christian; Leinen, Philipp; Grötsch, Alexander; Tautz, F Stefan; Temirov, Ruslan

    2014-01-01

    One of the paramount goals in nanotechnology is molecular-scale functional design, which includes arranging molecules into complex structures at will. The first steps towards this goal were made through the invention of the scanning probe microscope (SPM), which put single-atom and single-molecule manipulation into practice for the first time. Extending the controlled manipulation to larger molecules is expected to multiply the potential of engineered nanostructures. Here we report an enhancement of the SPM technique that makes the manipulation of large molecular adsorbates much more effective. By using a commercial motion tracking system, we couple the movements of an operator's hand to the sub-angstrom precise positioning of an SPM tip. Literally moving the tip by hand we write a nanoscale structure in a monolayer of large molecules, thereby showing that our method allows for the successful execution of complex manipulation protocols even when the potential energy surface that governs the interaction behaviour of the manipulated nanoscale object(s) is largely unknown. PMID:25383304

  1. Influence of Solvation on 1-AMINONAPHTHALENE Photophysics: Ultrafast Relaxation in the Isolated Molecule, Molecular Cluster and Solution

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    Montero, R.; Conde, A. Peralta; Castano, F.; Longarte, A.

    2010-06-01

    The electronic spectroscopy and photophysics of naphthalene (NPH) and its mono-substituted derivatives is highly influenced by the non-adiabatic coupling between its two lowest electronic excited states, S_1 (L_b) and S_2 (L_a) and with the ground state. Trying to understand better the nature of these couplings and the influence of solvation on it, the relaxation dynamics of 1-aminonaphthalene (AMN) isolated in a supersonic expansion and forming molecular clusters of the form AMN(H_2O)n=1-3, was tracked following excitation to the S_1 and S_2 excited states in the range (30000-37500 cm^-1), at the ultrafast time scale. The experiments were carried out in a time of flight mass spectrometer, using a well known pump-probe ionization scheme (1+n') that involves the probe of the molecule by single or multiphoton ionization. While in the case of NPH the L_a(S_2) state relaxes to the lower L_b(S_1) at ultrafast rate (?=30 fs) through a conical intersection placed nearby the L_a surface minimum, for AMN, no dynamical signature of the surface crossing is found. However, two additional relaxation channels, internal conversion to the ground state and intersystem crossing, have been observed for the L_a state. The solvation by water molecules induces dramatic changes in the relaxation of the AMN molecule. The inclusion of a single water molecule deactivates the IC channel to the ground state, while for the clusters containing two or three water molecules, ultrafast IC between the L_a to L_b and excited states is observable in the transients. The photophysical behavior observed in the molecular clusters, will be also compared with experiments in solution, where the relaxation dynamics is resolved by fluorescence up-conversion. The role of individual solvent-solute interactions will be discussed.

  2. RNA:DNA hybrids are a novel molecular pattern sensed by TLR9

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    Rigby, Rachel E; Webb, Lauren M; Mackenzie, Karen J; Li, Yue; Leitch, Andrea; Reijns, Martin A M; Lundie, Rachel J; Revuelta, Ailsa; Davidson, Donald J; Diebold, Sandra; Modis, Yorgo; MacDonald, Andrew S; Jackson, Andrew P

    2014-01-01

    The sensing of nucleic acids by receptors of the innate immune system is a key component of antimicrobial immunity. RNA:DNA hybrids, as essential intracellular replication intermediates generated during infection, could therefore represent a class of previously uncharacterised pathogen-associated molecular patterns sensed by pattern recognition receptors. Here we establish that RNA:DNA hybrids containing viral-derived sequences efficiently induce pro-inflammatory cytokine and antiviral type I interferon production in dendritic cells. We demonstrate that MyD88-dependent signalling is essential for this cytokine response and identify TLR9 as a specific sensor of RNA:DNA hybrids. Hybrids therefore represent a novel molecular pattern sensed by the innate immune system and so could play an important role in host response to viruses and the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease. PMID:24514026

  3. Single Molecular Spectroscopy: Identification of Individual Fullerene Molecules Luiz H. G. Tizei, Zheng Liu, Masanori Koshino, Yoko Iizumi, Toshiya Okazaki, and Kazu Suenaga*

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    Single Molecular Spectroscopy: Identification of Individual Fullerene Molecules Luiz H. G. Tizei of individual fullerenes by means of electron spectroscopy based on scanning transmission electron microscopy to discriminate carbon cage structures with different symmetries. Spectroscopy of isolated fullerenes without any

  4. In situ formation and photo patterning of emissive quantum dots in small organic molecules

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    Bansal, Ashu K.; Sajjad, Muhammad T.; Antolini, Francesco; Stroea, Lenuta; Ge?ys, Paulius; Raciukaitis, Gediminas; André, Pascal; Hirzer, Andreas; Schmidt, Volker; Ortolani, Luca; Toffanin, Stefano; Allard, Sybille; Scherf, Ullrich; Samuel, Ifor D. W.

    2015-06-01

    Nanostructured composites of inorganic and organic materials are attracting extensive interest for electronic and optoelectronic device applications. Here we report a novel method for the fabrication and patterning of metal selenide nanoparticles in organic semiconductor films that is compatible with solution processable large area device manufacturing. Our approach is based upon the controlled in situ decomposition of a cadmium selenide precursor complex in a film of the electron transporting material 1,3,5-tris(N-phenyl-benzimidazol-2-yl)-benzene (TPBI) by thermal and optical methods. In particular, we show that the photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of the thermally converted CdSe quantum dots (QDs) in the TPBI film is up to 15%. We also show that laser illumination can form the QDs from the precursor. This is an important result as it enables direct laser patterning (DLP) of the QDs. DLP was performed on these nanocomposites using a picosecond laser. Confocal microscopy shows the formation of emissive QDs after laser irradiation. The optical and structural properties of the QDs were also analysed by means of UV-Vis, PL spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results show that the QDs are well distributed across the film and their emission can be tuned over a wide range by varying the temperature or irradiated laser power on the blend films. Our findings provide a route to the low cost patterning of hybrid electroluminescent devices.

  5. The Distribution of Complex Organic Molecules in the Orion KL Molecular Core

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    Kuan, Yi-Jehng; Hsu, Yu-Sen; Charnley, Steven B.; Wang, Kuo-Song

    2011-01-01

    We conducted high angular-resolution observations toward the massive star-forming region Orion KL at 1.3 mm using the Submillimeter Array (SMA). Spectral emission from twelve complex organic molecules was simultaneously imaged. We discuss the distinct chemical characteristics among four sub- regions in Orion KL by comparing the spatial distributions and fractional abundances of these complex molecules. These observations will allow us to test and constrain chemical models of interstellar organic synthesis.

  6. Analysis of Bonding Patterns in the Valence Isoelectronic series O-3, S-3, SO2 and OS2 in Terms of Oriented Quasi-Atomic Molecular Orbitals

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    Glezakou, Vassiliki Alexandra; Elbert, Stephen T.; Xantheas, Sotiris S.; Ruedenberg, Klaus

    2010-08-26

    A novel analysis of the chemical bonding pattern in the valence isoelectronic series of triatomic molecules O3, S3, SO2 and OS2 is reported. The analysis is based on examining the bond order matrix elements between the Oriented Localized Molecular Orbitals (OLMOs) that are localized on the three individual left (L), center (C) and right (R) atoms. The analysis indicates that there is a (L-C) and (C-R) ?-bonding interaction and a (L-R) ??antibonding interaction. This finding supports the previously proposed "partial biradical" interpretation of these triatomic systems, which had recently been challenged.

  7. Molecular Dynamics Simulations on Parallel Computers: a Study of Polar Versus Nonpolar Media Effects in Small Molecule Solvation.

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    Debolt, Stephen Edward

    Solvent effects were studied and described via molecular dynamics (MD) and free energy perturbation (FEP) simulations using the molecular mechanics program AMBER. The following specific topics were explored:. Polar solvents cause a blue shift of the rm nto pi^* transition band of simple alkyl carbonyl compounds. The ground- versus excited-state solvation effects responsible for the observed solvatochromism are described in terms of the molecular level details of solute-solvent interactions in several modeled solvents spanning the range from polar to nonpolar, including water, methanol, and carbon tetrachloride. The structure and dynamics of octanol media were studied to explore the question: "why is octanol/water media such a good biophase analog?". The formation of linear and cyclic polymers of hydrogen-bonded solvent molecules, micelle-like clusters, and the effects of saturating waters are described. Two small drug-sized molecules, benzene and phenol, were solvated in water-saturated octanol. The solute-solvent structure and dynamics were analysed. The difference in their partitioning free energies was calculated. MD and FEP calculations were adapted for parallel computation, increasing their "speed" or the time span accessible by a simulation. The non-cyclic polyether ionophore salinomycin was studied in methanol solvent via parallel FEP. The path of binding and release for a potassium ion was investigated by calculating the potential of mean force along the "exit vector".

  8. Exploring Molecular Complexity with ALMA (EMoCA): Deuterated complex organic molecules in Sagittarius B2(N2)

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    Belloche, A; Garrod, R T; Menten, K M

    2015-01-01

    Deuteration is a powerful tracer of the history of the cold prestellar phase in star forming regions. Apart from methanol, little is known about deuterium fractionation of complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium, especially in high mass star forming regions. We use a spectral line survey performed with ALMA to search for deuterated complex organic molecules toward the hot molecular core Sgr B2(N2). Population diagrams and integrated intensity maps are constructed to fit rotational temperatures and emission sizes for each molecule. Column densities are derived by modelling the full spectrum under the LTE assumption. The results are compared to predictions of two astrochemical models that treat the deuteration process. We report the detection of CH2DCN toward Sgr B2(N2) with a deuteration level of 0.4%, and tentative detections of CH2DOH, CH2DCH2CN, the chiral molecule CH3CHDCN, and DC3N with levels in the range 0.05%-0.12%. A stringent deuteration upper limit is obtained for CH3OD (<0.07%). Upp...

  9. Why is the crystal shape of TATB is so similar to its molecular shape? Understanding by only its root molecule.

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    Zhang, Chaoyang; Kang, Bin; Cao, Xia; Xiang, Bin

    2012-05-01

    We present an understanding of the quasi-regular or regular hexagonal enlargement of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6 (TATB) from its root molecule to its bulk crystal, by only its root molecule. That is, the mechanism of regular hexagonal TATB molecules stacking to a quasi-regular or regular hexagonal TATB crystal was discussed using a combined method of a density functional theory BLYP and Dreiding forcefield, and a series of static scanning calculations. As a result, we found that there are two styles of forming the most energetically favored TATB dimers: a hydrogen bonding along the molecular plane and an offset ?-stacking vertical to the plane, just leading to the outspread and the thickening of the regular hexagon during the crystal growth, respectively. At the same time, it was found that the rotation of one TATB layer in any parallel stacked double-layer should overcome a very high energy barrier. It suggests that the TATB molecules or layers are arranged on the crystal face always along the special orientation of a regular hexagon and other orientations are strongly thermodynamically forbidden, resulting in a hexagonal crystal bulk. PMID:21965034

  10. Walking Molecules 

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    Symes, Mark D

    2009-01-01

    Inspired by the motor protein kinesin, an ambitious and unprecedented mimic is proposed – a synthetic molecular motor that can walk. This thesis aims to explain the basic principles which define such walking molecules, ...

  11. Design and development of a field-deployable single-molecule detector (SMD) for the analysis of molecular markers†

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    Emory, Jason M.; Peng, Zhiyong; Young, Brandon; Hupert, Mateusz L.; Rousselet, Arnold; Patterson, Donald; Ellison, Brad; Soper, Steven A.

    2012-01-01

    Single-molecule detection (SMD) has demonstrated some attractive benefits for many types of biomolecular analyses including enhanced processing speed by eliminating processing steps, elimination of ensemble averaging and single-molecule sensitivity. However, it's wide spread use has been hampered by the complex instrumentation required for its implementation when using fluorescence as the readout modality. We report herein a simple and compact fluorescence single-molecule instrument that is straightforward to operate and consisted of fiber optics directly coupled to a microfluidic device. The integrated fiber optics served as waveguides to deliver the laser excitation light to the sample and collecting the resulting emission, simplifying the optical requirements associated with traditional SMD instruments by eliminating the need for optical alignment and simplification of the optical train. Additionally, the use of a vertical cavity surface emitting laser and a single photon avalanche diode serving as the excitation source and photon transducer, respectively, as well as a field programmable gate array (FPGA) integrated into the processing electronics assisted in reducing the instrument footprint. This small footprint SMD platform was tested using fluorescent microspheres and single AlexaFluor 660 molecules to determine the optimal operating parameters and system performance. As a demonstration of the utility of this instrument for biomolecular analyses, molecular beacons (MBs) were designed to probe bacterial cells for the gene encoding Gram-positive species. The ability to monitor biomarkers using this simple and portable instrument will have a number of important applications, such as strain-specific detection of pathogenic bacteria or the molecular diagnosis of diseases requiring rapid turn-around-times directly at the point-of-use. PMID:22005669

  12. Differential adhesiveness between blood and marrow leukemic cells having similar pattern of VLA adhesion molecule expression.

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    Thomas, X; Anglaret, B; Bailly, M; Maritaz, O; Magaud, J P; Archimbaud, E

    1998-10-01

    Functional adhesion of blood and marrow leukemic cells from 14 acute myeloid leukemia patients presenting with hyperleukocytosis was evaluated by performing cytoadhesion assays on purified (extracellular matrix proteins) and non-purified supports (MRC5 fibroblastic cell line). Results, in 30-min chromium release assay, show a mean +/- S.D. adhesion to fibronectin, collagen, and laminin respectively of 30 +/- 17%, 20 +/- 13%, 25 +/- 17% for blood leukemic cells and 18 +/- 11%, 11 +/- 10%, 11 +/- 8% for marrow leukemic cells. These differences between blood and marrow cells were statistically significant (respectively P = 0.005, P = 0.01 and P = 0.002), while no difference was noted regarding adhesion to non-purified supports. The higher adhesion of blood blast cells to purified supports was observed regardless of CD34 expression. No significant difference was observed in the expression of cell surface VLA-molecules (CD29, CD49b, CD49d, CD49e, CD49f) between blood and marrow blast cells. The addition of GM-CSF or G-CSF induced increased adhesion of marrow blasts and decreased adhesion of blood blasts leading to a loss of the difference between blood and marrow cells. In a 60-min chromium release assay, marrow blasts adhered even more than blood leukemic cells to fibronectin. In contrast, marrow blasts from 'aleukemic' acute myeloid leukemia patients did not show any modification regarding their adhesion to extracellular matrix proteins when co-cultured with growth factors. PMID:9766756

  13. Molecular Electronic Devices Based On Electrooptical Behavior Of Heme-Like Molecules

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    Simic-Glavaski, B.

    1986-02-01

    This paper discusses application of the electrically modulated and unusually strong Raman emitted light produced by an adsorbed monolayer of phthalocyanine molecules on silver electrode or silver bromide substrates and on neural membranes. The analysis of electronic energy levels in semiconducting silver bromide and the adsorbed phthalocyanine molecules suggests a lasing mechanism as a possible origin of the high enhancement factor in surface enhanced Raman scattering. Electrically modulated Raman scattering may be used as a carrier of information which is drawn fran the fast intramolecular electron transfer aN,the multiplicity of quantum wells in phthalocyanine molecules. Fast switching times on the order of 10-13 seconds have been measured at room temperature. Multilevel and multioutput optical signals have also been obtained fran such an electrically modulated adsorbed monolayer of phthalocyanine molecules which can be precisely addressed and interrogated. This may be of practical use to develop Nlecular electronic devices with high density memory and fast parallel processing systems with a typical 1020 gate Hz/cm2 capacity at room temperature for use in optical computers. The paper also discusses the electrooptical modulation of Raman signals obtained from adsorbed bio-compatible phthalocyanine molecules on nerve membranes. This optical probe of neural systems can be used in studies of complex information processing in neural nets and provides a possible method for interfacing natural and man-made information processing devices.

  14. H{sub 2} MOLECULAR CLUSTERS WITH EMBEDDED MOLECULES AND ATOMS AS THE SOURCE OF THE DIFFUSE INTERSTELLAR BANDS

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    Bernstein, L. S.; Clark, F. O.; Lynch, D. K. E-mail: dave@thulescientific.com

    2013-05-01

    We suggest that the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) arise from absorption lines of electronic transitions in molecular clusters primarily composed of a single molecule, atom, or ion ({sup s}eed{sup )}, embedded in a single-layer shell of H{sub 2} molecules. Less abundant variants of the cluster, including two seed molecules and/or a two-layer shell of H{sub 2} molecules, may also occur. The lines are broadened, blended, and wavelength-shifted by interactions between the seed and surrounding H{sub 2} shell. We refer to these clusters as contaminated H{sub 2} clusters (CHCs). We show that CHC spectroscopy matches the diversity of observed DIB spectral profiles and provides good fits to several DIB profiles based on a rotational temperature of 10 K. CHCs arise from {approx}centimeter-sized, dirty H{sub 2} ice balls, called contaminated H{sub 2} ice macro-particles (CHIMPs), formed in cold, dense, giant molecular clouds (GMCs), and later released into the interstellar medium (ISM) upon GMC disruption. Attractive interactions, arising from Van der Waals and ion-induced dipole potentials, between the seeds and H{sub 2} molecules enable CHIMPs to attain centimeter-sized dimensions. When an ultraviolet (UV) photon is absorbed in the outer layer of a CHIMP, it heats the icy matrix and expels CHCs into the ISM. While CHCs are quickly destroyed by absorbing UV photons, they are replenished by the slowly eroding CHIMPs. Since CHCs require UV photons for their release, they are most abundant at, but not limited to, the edges of UV-opaque molecular clouds, consistent with the observed, preferred location of DIBs. An inherent property of CHCs, which can be characterized as nanometer size, spinning, dipolar dust grains, is that they emit in the radio-frequency region. We also show that the CHCs offer a natural explanation for the anomalous microwave emission feature in the {approx}10-100 GHz spectral region.

  15. Protein Design By Binary Patterning 53 From: Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 340: Protein Design: Methods and Applications

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    Hecht, Michael H.

    Protein Design By Binary Patterning 53 53 From: Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 340: Protein that incorporates both rational design and combinatorial diversity. Our method specifies the "binary patterning polar and nonpolar site in the sequence. Protein design by binary patterning is based on the premise

  16. Excitation of Ultracold Molecules to ``TRILOBITE-LIKE" Long-Range Molecular Rydberg States

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    Bellos, M. A.; Carollo, R.; Banerjee, J.; Eyler, E. E.; Gould, P. L.; Stwalley, W. C.

    2013-06-01

    A class of long-range Rydberg molecules, sometimes called ``trilobite states", occurs when a ground-state atom is embedded in the electronic cloud of a Rydberg atom. The bond between the Rydberg atom and the ground-state atom originates from the low-energy scattering of the Rydberg electron from the ground-state atom. We produce trilobite-like states of ultracold Rb_2 at low principal quantum numbers and at internuclear separations less than 40 bohr. We populate these states through single-photon ultraviolet transitions starting from molecules in high-lying vibrational levels of the lowest triplet state. This demonstrates that long-range Rydberg molecules can also be excited through bound-bound transitions, in addition to previous studies that used free-bound transitions. We also discuss the advantages of a bound-bound pathway. C. H. Greene, A. S. Dickinson, and H. R. Sadeghpour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 2458 (2000).

  17. Sulphur-bearing molecules in diffuse molecular clouds: new results from SOFIA/GREAT and the IRAM 30 m telescope

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    Neufeld, D. A.; Godard, B.; Gerin, M.; Pineau des Forêts, G.; Bernier, C.; Falgarone, E.; Graf, U. U.; Güsten, R.; Herbst, E.; Lesaffre, P.; Schilke, P.; Sonnentrucker, P.; Wiesemeyer, H.

    2015-05-01

    We have observed five sulphur-bearing molecules in foreground diffuse molecular clouds lying along the sight-lines to five bright continuum sources. We have used the GREAT instrument on SOFIA to observe the SH 1383 GHz 2?3/2 J = 5/2 ? 3/2 lambda doublet toward the star-forming regions W31C, G29.96-0.02, G34.3+0.1, W49N and W51, detecting foreground absorption towards all five sources; and the EMIR receivers on the IRAM 30 m telescope at Pico Veleta to detect the H2S 110-101 (169 GHz), CS J = 2-1 (98 GHz) and SO 32-21 (99 GHz) transitions. Upper limits on the H3S+10-00 (293 GHz) transition were also obtained at the IRAM 30 m. In nine foreground absorption components detected towards these sources, the inferred column densities of the four detected molecules showed relatively constant ratios, with N(SH) /N(H2S) in the range 1.1-3.0, N(CS) /N(H2S) in the range 0.32-0.61, and N(SO) /N(H2S) in the range 0.08-0.30. The column densities of the sulphur-bearing molecules are very well correlated amongst themselves, moderately well correlated with CH (a surrogate tracer for H2), and poorly correlated with atomic hydrogen. The observed SH/H2 ratios - in the range 5 to 26 × 10-9 - indicate that SH (and other sulphur-bearing molecules) account for ? 1% of the gas-phase sulphur nuclei. The observed abundances of sulphur-bearing molecules, however, greatly exceed those predicted by standard models of cold diffuse molecular clouds, providing further evidence for the enhancement of endothermic reaction rates by elevated temperatures or ion-neutral drift. We have considered the observed abundance ratios in the context of shock and turbulent dissipation region (TDR) models. Using the TDR model, we find that the turbulent energy available at large scale in the diffuse ISM is sufficient to explain the observed column densities of SH and CS. Standard shock and TDR models, however, fail to reproduce the column densities of H2S and SO by a factor of about 10; more elaborate shock models - in which account is taken of the velocity drift, relative to H2, of SH molecules produced by the dissociative recombination of H3S+ - reduce this discrepancy to a factor ~3. Appendices are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  18. Imaging of a patterned and buried molecular layer by coherent acoustic phonon spectroscopy

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    Hettich, Mike; Jacob, Karl; Ristow, Oliver; He, Chuan; Mayer, Jan; Schubert, Martin; Gusev, Vitalyi; Bruchhausen, Axel; Dekorsy, Thomas

    2012-11-01

    A molecular layer of aminopropyltriethoxysilane is patterned with a focused ion beam and subsequently covered by a gold film. The gold-polymer-substrate structures are afterwards imaged by ultrafast coherent acoustic phonon spectroscopy in reflection geometry. We demonstrate that the lateral structure of the covered polymer layer can be detected via the damping time of the vibrational mode of the gold film. Furthermore, we utilize Brillouin oscillations originating from the silicon substrate to map the structures and to estimate the molecular layer thickness.

  19. Effect of an improved molecular potential on strong-field tunneling ionization of molecules

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    Zhao, Song-Feng; Jin, Cheng; Le, Anh-Thu; Lin, C. D.

    2010-09-01

    We study the effect of one-electron model potentials on the tunneling ionization rates of molecules in strong fields. By including electron correlation using the modified Leeuwen-Baerends (LB ?) model, the binding energies of outer shells of molecules are significantly improved. However, we show that the tunneling ionization rates from the LB ? do not differ much from the earlier calculations [Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.81.033423 81, 033423 (2010)], in which the local correlation potential was neglected.

  20. Anisotropic time-resolved solution X-ray scattering patterns from explicit-solvent molecular dynamics

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    Brinkmann, Levin U. L.; Hub, Jochen S.

    2015-09-01

    Time-resolved wide-angle X-ray scattering (TR-WAXS) is an emerging experimental technique used to track chemical reactions and conformational transitions of proteins in real time. Thanks to increased time resolution of the method, anisotropic TR-WAXS patterns were recently reported, which contain more structural information than isotropic patterns. So far, however, no method has been available to compute anisotropic WAXS patterns of biomolecules, thus limiting the structural interpretation. Here, we present a method to compute anisotropic TR-WAXS patterns from molecular dynamics simulations. The calculations accurately account for scattering of the hydration layer and for thermal fluctuations. For many photo-excitable proteins, given a low intensity of the excitation laser, the anisotropic pattern is described by two independent components: (i) an isotropic component, corresponding to common isotropic WAXS experiments and (ii) an anisotropic component depending on the orientation of the excitation dipole of the solute. We present a set of relations for the calculation of these two components from experimental scattering patterns. Notably, the isotropic component is not obtained by a uniform azimuthal average on the detector. The calculations are illustrated and validated by computing anisotropic WAXS patterns of a spheroidal protein model and of photoactive yellow protein. Effects due to saturated excitation at high intensities of the excitation laser are discussed, including opportunities to extract additional structural information by modulating the laser intensity.

  1. Extended Lagrangian Density Functional Tight-Binding Molecular Dynamics for Molecules and Solids

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    Aradi, Bálint; Niklasson, Anders M. N.; Frauenheim, Thomas

    2015-06-26

    A computationally fast quantum mechanical molecular dynamics scheme using an extended Lagrangian density functional tight-binding formulation has been developed and implemented in the DFTB+ electronic structure program package for simulations of solids and molecular systems. The scheme combines the computational speed of self-consistent density functional tight-binding theory with the efficiency and long-term accuracy of extended Lagrangian Born–Oppenheimer molecular dynamics. Furthermore, for systems without self-consistent charge instabilities, only a single diagonalization or construction of the single-particle density matrix is required in each time step. The molecular dynamics simulation scheme can also be applied to a broad range of problems in materialsmore »science, chemistry, and biology.« less

  2. Extended Lagrangian Density Functional Tight-Binding Molecular Dynamics for Molecules and Solids

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    Aradi, Bálint; Niklasson, Anders M. N.; Frauenheim, Thomas

    2015-06-26

    A computationally fast quantum mechanical molecular dynamics scheme using an extended Lagrangian density functional tight-binding formulation has been developed and implemented in the DFTB+ electronic structure program package for simulations of solids and molecular systems. The scheme combines the computational speed of self-consistent density functional tight-binding theory with the efficiency and long-term accuracy of extended Lagrangian Born–Oppenheimer molecular dynamics. Furthermore, for systems without self-consistent charge instabilities, only a single diagonalization or construction of the single-particle density matrix is required in each time step. The molecular dynamics simulation scheme can also be applied to a broad range of problems in materials science, chemistry, and biology.

  3. Dynamics of Single-Molecule Rotations on Surfaces that Depend on Symmetry, Interactions, and Molecular Sizes

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    dynamics simulations and simple models to investigate what factors influence single-molecule rotations of these biological machines have stimulated multiple efforts to develop analogous manmade nanoscale devices been achieved,11,15-29 a direct application of these nanoscale machines is still limited due

  4. Tonal Interface to MacroMolecules (TIMMol): A Textual and Tonal Tool for Molecular Visualization

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    Cordes, Timothy J.; Carlson, C. Britt; Forest, Katrina T.

    2008-01-01

    We developed the three-dimensional visualization software, Tonal Interface to MacroMolecules or TIMMol, for studying atomic coordinates of protein structures. Key features include audio tones indicating x, y, z location, identification of the cursor location in one-dimensional and three-dimensional space, textual output that can be easily linked…

  5. MAPK Establishes a Molecular Context That Defines Effective Training Patterns for Long-Term Memory Formation

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    Philips, Gary T.; Ye, Xiaojing; Kopec, Ashley M.

    2013-01-01

    Although the importance of spaced training trials in the formation of long-term memory (LTM) is widely appreciated, surprisingly little is known about the molecular mechanisms that support interactions between individual trials. The intertrial dynamics of ERK/MAPK activation have recently been correlated with effective training patterns for LTM. However, whether and how MAPK is required to mediate intertrial interactions remains unknown. Using a novel two-trial training pattern which induces LTM in Aplysia, we show that the first of two training trials recruits delayed protein synthesis-dependent nuclear MAPK activity that establishes a unique molecular context involving the recruitment of CREB kinase and ApC/EBP and is an essential intertrial signaling mechanism for LTM induction. These findings provide the first demonstration of a requirement for MAPK in the intertrial interactions during memory formation and suggest that the kinetics of MAPK activation following individual experiences determines effective training intervals for LTM formation. PMID:23616561

  6. Conductance Switching and Photovoltaic Effect of Ru(II) Complex Molecular Junctions: Role of Complex Properties and the Metal/Molecule Interface.

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    Li, Jian-Chang; Wu, Jun-Zhi; Gong, Xing

    2014-03-20

    The charge transport of Ru(II) complex molecular junctions, fabricated using a soft stamp-printing method, was investigated from 95 to 299 K under both dark and light conditions in order to explore the roles of the electrode/molecule interface and complex properties in the device performance. The junctions show asymmetric current-voltage characteristics with conductance switching and a photovoltaic effect at low temperature. The device performance depends greatly on the redox characteristics and built-in potential induced by electrode/molecule interface(s) and the molecular dipole. Our work may provide valuable information for the design of novel molecular electronics. PMID:26270982

  7. Water-inducing molecular self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules into nanofibers

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    Zhang, Weiguang; Zhao, Pusu; Song, Jie; Materials Chemistry Laboratory, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210094

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: TPDP nanofibers with smooth surfaces can be obtained by reprecipitation method using ethanol as good solvent and water as poor solvent. In the self-assembly process, during the water adding to the amphiphilic molecules' saturated solution, the amphiphilic molecules firstly assembled into needle-like small rods. With an increase in the self-assembled time, a large number of the nanofibers are produced. The assembly behavior was revealed in the course of direct in situ monitoring of its growth with optical microscopy. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 2,3,6,7-Tetramethoxy-9,10-di(4-pyridyl)-9,10-dihydroanthracen (TPDP) was synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TPDP nanofibers can be obtained by reprecipitation method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The assembly behavior was revealed in situ monitoring with optical microscopy. -- Abstract: We present investigations on the microcosmic self-assembly process of new synthesized amphiphilic TPDP molecules. It can be seen that pure TPDP nanofibers with smooth surfaces can be obtained by reprecipitation method using ethanol as good solvent and water as poor solvent. In the self-assembly process, during the water adding to the amphiphilic molecules' saturated solution, the amphiphilic molecules firstly assembled into needle-like small rods. With an increase in the self-assembled time, a large number of the nanofibers are produced. The assembly behavior was revealed in the course of direct in situ monitoring of its growth with optical microscopy. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was adopted to characterize the morphologies of the products.

  8. Resonance enhanced multiphoton and single-photon ionization of molecules and molecular fragments. Final report, May 1993--April 1997

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    McKoy, V.

    1998-09-01

    Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) utilizes pulsed laser radiation to prepare a molecule in an excited state via absorption of one or more photons and to subsequently ionize that level before it decays. A remarkable feature of REMPI is that the very narrow bandwidth of laser radiation makes it possible to select a specific rotational level in the initial (ground) state and to prepare the excited state of interest in a single rotational level. Thus, by suitable choice of the excitation step, it is possible to selectively ionize a species that may be present. The key objective of the effort is to carry out quantitative studies of REMPI of molecules and molecular fragments, as well as of single-photon ionization of these species by coherent VUV radiation, in order to provide a robust description of significant spectral features of interest in related experiments and needed insight into the underlying dynamics of these spectra. A major focus of the effort is joint theoretical and experimental studies of these ion rotational distributions which are being widely studied by the zero-kinetic-energy (ZEKE) technique. This technique, which is based on the detection of photoelectrons resulting from pulsed-field ionization of very high Rydberg states lying just below an ion threshold, makes it possible to obtain cation distributions with subwavenumber resolution. The unprecedented resolution of this ZEKE technique is opening up entirely new vistas in studies of photoionization dynamics, ion spectroscopy, and state-selected ion-molecule reactions. Emerging applications built on the ultra-high resolution of this technique include its use for accurate determination of thermochemically important ionization energies, for characterization of ion rovibrational level structure of large organic molecules, of elemental clusters, and of weakly bound molecular complexes, for probing reactive fragments, and for pump-probe photoelectron studies of wavepacket dynamics. This surge of experimental activity in ultra-high resolution studies of molecular photoelectron spectra continues to raise new theoretical challenges and has provided the stimulus for several of the collaborations with experimental groups in North America and Europe.

  9. Lubrication by physisorbed molecules in equilibrium with vapor at ambient condition: effects of molecular structure and substrate chemistry.

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    Barthel, Anthony J; Kim, Seong H

    2014-06-10

    The effects of physisorbed organic vapor molecules on friction and wear were studied for various materials with different surface chemistries (metals, ceramics, glasses, carbons, polymers) and adsorbed species with distinct functional groups (short linear-chain, branched, and fluorinated alcohols with alkyl chain lengths up to five carbons as well as acetone and n-decane). Friction test results of stainless steel under equilibrium vapor adsorption conditions indicated that the longer chain length of the adsorbed alcohols results in lower friction and that n-pentanol gives the lowest friction and wear among the molecules investigated. The adsorption isotherm measurements revealed that the functional groups of the adsorbed molecules appear to play important roles in lubrication. Friction coefficients that ranged from 0.02 to 0.9 for the various materials in dry and humid environments converged to ?0.15 for the inorganic solid materials tested in n-pentanol. These findings indicate that the molecular lubrication by the physisorbed species dominates the tribological behaviors of the inorganic solid materials, regardless of bulk mechanical properties. Tribotests using polymeric materials did not show the same lubricating effects for n-pentanol vapor. The failure of n-pentanol to lubricate polymeric materials may be due to vapor ingress into the polymer and the absence of an adsorbed surface layer. PMID:24827583

  10. Long-range molecular states dissociating to the three or four lowest asymptotes for the ten heteronuclear diatomic alkali molecules

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    Bussery, Béatrice; Achkar, Yamina; Aubert-Frécon, Monique

    1987-09-01

    Long-range energy matrix elements have been calculated in the multipolar expansion approximation for all the molecular states dissociating to the three or four lowest asymptotes for the molecules LiNa, LiK, LiRb, LiCs, NaK, NaRb, NaCs, KRb, KCs and RbCs using the semi-empirical perturbative model we proposed recently. Two different assumptions have been investigated: including or excluding the spin-orbit effects within each atom. Full numerical results are presented for NaK and LiCs which have been chosen as examples. For the ten molecules in the non-interacting assumption the long-range coefficients C6 and C8 have been found for each state when neglecting atomic spin-orbit effects while the fitted value C*6 and C*8 are presented for each state when including atomic spin-orbit effects. When considering the interacting states, those dissociating to ns + n's and to ns + 5d(Cs) are seen to be slightly perturbed while the states dissociating to ns + n'p and to np + n's are significantly perturbed. The wavefunctions for the interacting 3? +, 3?, 0 +, 0 -, 1, 2 states for the molecules NaK and LiCs are presented for various internuclear distances.

  11. Crossed molecular beams study of O({sup 1}D) reactions with H{sub 2} molecules

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    Miau, T.T.

    1995-05-01

    Reaction dynamics of O({sup 1}D) atoms with H{sub 2} molecules was reinvestigated using the crossed molecular beams technique with pulsed beams. The O({sup 1}D) beam was generated by photodissociating O{sub 3} molecules at 248 nm. Time-of-flight spectra and the laboratory angular distribution of the OH products were measured. The derived OH product center-of-mass flux-velocity contour diagram shows more backward scattered intensity with respect to the O({sup 1}D) beam. In contrast to previous studies which show that the insertion mechanism is the dominant process, our results indicate that the contribution from the collinear approach of the O({sup 1}D) atom to the H{sub 2} molecule on the first excited state potential energy surface is significant and the energy barrier for the collinear approach is therefore minimal. Despite the increased time resolution in this experiment, no vibrational structure in the OH product time-of-flight spectra was resolved. This is in agreement with LIF studies, which have shown that the rotational distributions of the OH products in all vibrational states are broad and highly inverted.

  12. Development of small molecule non-peptide formyl peptide receptor (FPR) ligands and molecular modeling of their recognition.

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    Schepetkin, I A; Khlebnikov, A I; Giovannoni, M P; Kirpotina, L N; Cilibrizzi, A; Quinn, M T

    2014-01-01

    Formyl peptide receptors (FPRs) are G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) expressed on a variety of cell types. These receptors play an important role in the regulation of inflammatory reactions and sensing cellular damage. They have also been implicated in the pathogenesis of various diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, cataract formation, and atherogenesis. Thus, FPR ligands, both agonists and antagonists, may represent novel therapeutics for modulating host defense and innate immunity. A variety of molecules have been identified as receptor subtype-selective and mixed FPR agonists with potential therapeutic value during last decade. This review describes our efforts along with recent advances in the identification, optimization, biological evaluation, and structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis of small molecule non-peptide FPR agonists and antagonists, including chiral molecules. Questions regarding the interaction at the molecular level of benzimidazoles, pyrazolones, pyridazin-3(2H)-ones, N-phenylureas and other derivatives with FPR1 and FPR2 are discussed. Application of computational models for virtual screening and design of FPR ligands is also considered. PMID:24350845

  13. Interaction between Water Molecules and Zinc Sulfide Nanoparticles Studied by Temperature-Programmed Desorption and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Zhang, Hengzon; Rustad, James R.; Banfield, Jillian F.

    2007-05-23

    The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. We have investigated the bonding of water molecules to the surfaces of ZnS nanoparticles (2-3 nm sphalerite) using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). The activation energy for water desorption was derived as a function of the surface coverage through kinetic modeling of the experimental TPD curves. The binding energy of water equals the activation energy of desorption if it is assumed that the activation energy for adsorption is nearly zero. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of water adsorption on 3 and 5 nm sphalerite nanoparticles provided insights into the adsorption process and water binding at the atomic level. Water binds with the ZnS nanoparticle surface mainly via formation of Zn-O bonds. As compared with bulk ZnS crystals, ZnS nanoparticles can adsorb more water molecules per unit surface area due to the greatly increased curvature, which increases the distance between adjacent adsorbed molecules. Results from both TPD and MD show that the water binding energy increases with decreasing the water surface coverage. We attribute the increase in binding energy with decreasing surface water coverage to the increasing degree of surface under-coordination as removal of water molecules proceeds. MD also suggests that the water binding energy increases with decreasing particle size due to the further distance and hence lower interaction between adsorbed water molecules on highly curved smaller particle surfaces. Results also show that the binding energy, and thus the strength of interaction of water, is highest in isolated nanoparticles, lower in nanoparticle aggregates, and lowest in bulk crystals. Given that water binding is driven by surface energy reduction, we attribute the decreased binding energy for aggregated as compared to isolated particles to the decrease in surface energy that occurs as the result of inter-particle interactions.

  14. Modeling Stochastic Kinetics of Molecular Machines at Multiple Levels: From Molecules to Modules

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    Chowdhury, Debashish

    2013-01-01

    A molecular machine is either a single macromolecule or a macromolecular complex. In spite of the striking superficial similarities between these natural nanomachines and their man-made macroscopic counterparts, there are crucial differences. Molecular machines in a living cell operate stochastically in an isothermal environment far from thermodynamic equilibrium. In this mini-review we present a catalog of the molecular machines and an inventory of the essential toolbox for theoretically modeling these machines. The tool kits include 1), nonequilibrium statistical-physics techniques for modeling machines and machine-driven processes; and 2), statistical-inference methods for reverse engineering a functional machine from the empirical data. The cell is often likened to a microfactory in which the machineries are organized in modular fashion; each module consists of strongly coupled multiple machines, but different modules interact weakly with each other. This microfactory has its own automated supply chain and delivery system. Buoyed by the success achieved in modeling individual molecular machines, we advocate integration of these models in the near future to develop models of functional modules. A system-level description of the cell from the perspective of molecular machinery (the mechanome) is likely to emerge from further integrations that we envisage here. PMID:23746505

  15. Molecular overlap in the regulation of SK channels by small molecules and phosphoinositides

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    Zhang, Miao; Meng, Xuan-Yu; Zhang, Ji-fang; Cui, Meng; Logothetis, Diomedes E.

    2015-01-01

    Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) directly interacts with the small-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ 2-a (SK2-a) channel/calmodulin complex, serving as a critical element in the regulation of channel activity. We report that changes of protein conformation in close proximity to the PIP2 binding site induced by a small-molecule SK channel modulator, NS309, can effectively enhance the interaction between the protein and PIP2 to potentiate channel activity. This novel modulation of PIP2 sensitivity by small-molecule drugs is likely not to be limited in its application to SK channels, representing an intriguing strategy to develop drugs controlling the activity of the large number of PIP2-dependent proteins. PMID:26366439

  16. Tissue organization by cadherin adhesion molecules: dynamic molecular and cellular mechanisms of morphogenetic regulation

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    Niessen, Carien M.; Leckband, Deborah; Yap, Alpha S.

    2013-01-01

    This review addresses the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cadherin-based tissue morphogenesis. Tissue physiology is profoundly influenced by the distinctive organizations of cells in organs and tissues. In metazoa, adhesion receptors of the classical cadherin family play important roles in establishing and maintaining such tissue organization. Indeed, it is apparent that cadherins participate in a range of morphogenetic events that range from support of tissue integrity to dynamic cellular rearrangements. A comprehensive understanding of cadherin-based morphogenesis must then define the molecular and cellular mechanisms that support these distinct cadherin biologies. Here we focus on four key mechanistic elements: the molecular basis for adhesion through cadherin ectodomains; the regulation of cadherin expression at the cell surface; cooperation between cadherins and the actin cytoskeleton; and regulation by cell signaling. We discuss current progress and outline issues for further research in these fields. PMID:21527735

  17. Initiating Molecular Growth in the Interstellar Medium via Dimeric Complexes of Observed Ions and Molecules

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    Bera, Partha P.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Lee, Timothy J.

    2011-01-01

    A feasible initiation step for particle growth in the interstellar medium (ISM) is simulated by means of ab quantum chemistry methods. The systems studied are dimer ions formed by pairing nitrogen containing small molecules known to exist in the ISM with ions of unsaturated hydrocarbons or vice versa. Complexation energies, structures of ensuing complexes and electronic excitation spectra of the encounter complexes are estimated using various quantum chemistry methods. Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2, Z-averaged perturbation theory (ZAP2), coupled cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples corrections (CCSD(T)), and density functional theory (DFT) methods (B3LYP) were employed along with the correlation consistent cc-pVTZ and aug-cc-pVTZ basis sets. Two types of complexes are predicted. One type of complex has electrostatic binding with moderate (7-20 kcal per mol) binding energies, that are nonetheless significantly stronger than typical van der Waals interactions between molecules of this size. The other type of complex develops strong covalent bonds between the fragments. Cyclic isomers of the nitrogen containing complexes are produced very easily by ion-molecule reactions. Some of these complexes show intense ultraviolet visible spectra for electronic transitions with large oscillator strengths at the B3LYP, omegaB97, and equations of motion coupled cluster (EOM-CCSD) levels. The open shell nitrogen containing carbonaceous complexes especially exhibit a large oscillator strength electronic transition in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

  18. Multicomponent redox catalysts for reduction of large biological molecules using molecular hydrogen as the reductant

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    Chao, S.; Simon, R.A.; Mallouk, T.E.; Wrighton, M.S.

    1988-03-30

    One-electron reduction of the large biological molecules horse heart cytochrome c, sperm whale myoglobin, and horseradish peroxidase using H/sub 2/ as the reductant can be catalyzed by two-component, high surface area heterogeneous catalysts. The catalysts can be prepared by first functionalizing high surface area SiO/sub 2/ with a polycationic polymer into which is dispersed MCl/sub 4//sup 2 -/ (M = Pd, Pt). Reduction with H/sub 2/ yields elemental Pd or Pt dispersed in the polymer. The particles are finally functionalized with a redox polymer derived from hydrolysis of Si(OR)/sub 3/ groups of an N,N'-dialkyl-4,4'-bipyridinium- or from a cobalticenium-based monomer. The two components of the heterogeneous catalysts are the buried noble metal capable of activating the H/sub 2/ and the redox polymer, which can equilibrate both with the noble metal and with the large biological molecule. Reduction of the large biological molecules in aqueous solution can be effected at room temperature and 1 atm H/sub 2/ using the catalysts under conditions where the biological materials would not be reducible with H/sub 2/ alone or when the noble metal alone would be used as the catalyst.

  19. Meet the Molecules in Chocolate: Informal Opportunities for Building Thematic Molecular Models with Children

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    Amey, Jennifer R.; Fletcher, Matthew D.; Fletcher, Rachael V.; Jones, Alison; Roberts, Erica W.; Roberts, Ieuan O.

    2008-01-01

    We describe the development and use of a molecular model building activity with a chocolate theme, suitable for a public presentation of chemistry through interaction with visitors to science festivals and museums, and as a special classroom activity during science weeks, and so forth. (Contains 3 figures.)

  20. Molecular Clock Regulates Daily 12-Fucosylation of the Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule (NCAM) within Mouse

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    Gleeson, Joseph G.

    recently been identified, although the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. We ana- lyzed and phys- iological circadian rhythms in most living organisms ranging from bacteria to humans. The olfactory bulb (OB)2 has recently been identified as a circadian oscillator that mediates daily changes

  1. Molecular entomology: analyzing tiny molecules to answer big questions about disease vectors and their biology

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    The entomologists at the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit at USDA-Agricultural Research Service are tasked with protecting the nation’s livestock from domestic, foreign and emerging vector-borne diseases. To accomplish this task, a vast array of molecular techniques are being used in pr...

  2. Proton Donor/acceptor Propensities of Ammonia: Rotational Studies of its Molecular Complexes with Organic Molecules

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    Giuliano, Barbara M.; Maris, Assimo; Melandri, Sonia; Favero, Laura B.; Evangelisti, Luca; Caminati, Walther

    2009-06-01

    We studied the rotational spectra of the adducts of ammonia with several organic molecules, namely tert-butanol, glycidol, ethyl alcohol, anisol and 1,4-difluorobenzene. The adducts with glycidol and ethanol have been observed for both conformers of the substrate molecule. Based on the rotational and ^{14}N quadrupole coupling constants of the various complexes, we found a considerably different behaviour of ammonia, with respect to water, in its proton donor/acceptor double role. In the interaction with the three alcohol molecules, NH_{3} acts as a proton acceptor and the OH groups as a proton donor. However, in the case of glycidol-NH_{3}, a secundary N-H\\cdotsO interaction occurrs between ammonia and the ether oxygen. This interaction generates a sizable V_{3} barrier to the internal rotation of the NH_{3} moiety, while NH_{3} undergoes a free rotation in tert-butanol-NH_{3} and in ethanol-NH_{3}. As to the anisole-NH_{3} and 1,4-difluorobenzene-NH_{3} complexes, the NH_{3} group explicits its double proton donor/acceptor role, although through two weak (C_{Me}-H\\cdotsN and N-H\\cdots?) H-bonds. There is, however, an important difference between the two complexes, because in the first one NH_{3} lies out of the aromatic plane, while in the second one it is in the plane of the aromatic ring. B. M. Giuliano, M. C. Castrovilli, A. Maris, S. Melandri, W. Caminati and E. A. Cohen, Chem.Phys.Lett., 2008, 463, 330 B. M. Giuliano, S. Melandri, A. Maris, L. B. Favero and W. Caminati, Angew.Chem.Int.Ed., 2009, 48, 1102

  3. Recognizing molecular patterns by machine learning: An agnostic structural definition of the hydrogen bond

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    Gasparotto, Piero; Ceriotti, Michele

    2014-11-07

    The concept of chemical bonding can ultimately be seen as a rationalization of the recurring structural patterns observed in molecules and solids. Chemical intuition is nothing but the ability to recognize and predict such patterns, and how they transform into one another. Here, we discuss how to use a computer to identify atomic patterns automatically, so as to provide an algorithmic definition of a bond based solely on structural information. We concentrate in particular on hydrogen bonding – a central concept to our understanding of the physical chemistry of water, biological systems, and many technologically important materials. Since the hydrogen bond is a somewhat fuzzy entity that covers a broad range of energies and distances, many different criteria have been proposed and used over the years, based either on sophisticate electronic structure calculations followed by an energy decomposition analysis, or on somewhat arbitrary choices of a range of structural parameters that is deemed to correspond to a hydrogen-bonded configuration. We introduce here a definition that is univocal, unbiased, and adaptive, based on our machine-learning analysis of an atomistic simulation. The strategy we propose could be easily adapted to similar scenarios, where one has to recognize or classify structural patterns in a material or chemical compound.

  4. Recognizing molecular patterns by machine learning: An agnostic structural definition of the hydrogen bond

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    Gasparotto, Piero; Ceriotti, Michele

    2014-11-01

    The concept of chemical bonding can ultimately be seen as a rationalization of the recurring structural patterns observed in molecules and solids. Chemical intuition is nothing but the ability to recognize and predict such patterns, and how they transform into one another. Here, we discuss how to use a computer to identify atomic patterns automatically, so as to provide an algorithmic definition of a bond based solely on structural information. We concentrate in particular on hydrogen bonding - a central concept to our understanding of the physical chemistry of water, biological systems, and many technologically important materials. Since the hydrogen bond is a somewhat fuzzy entity that covers a broad range of energies and distances, many different criteria have been proposed and used over the years, based either on sophisticate electronic structure calculations followed by an energy decomposition analysis, or on somewhat arbitrary choices of a range of structural parameters that is deemed to correspond to a hydrogen-bonded configuration. We introduce here a definition that is univocal, unbiased, and adaptive, based on our machine-learning analysis of an atomistic simulation. The strategy we propose could be easily adapted to similar scenarios, where one has to recognize or classify structural patterns in a material or chemical compound.

  5. Recognizing molecular patterns by machine learning: an agnostic structural definition of the hydrogen bond.

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    Gasparotto, Piero; Ceriotti, Michele

    2014-11-01

    The concept of chemical bonding can ultimately be seen as a rationalization of the recurring structural patterns observed in molecules and solids. Chemical intuition is nothing but the ability to recognize and predict such patterns, and how they transform into one another. Here, we discuss how to use a computer to identify atomic patterns automatically, so as to provide an algorithmic definition of a bond based solely on structural information. We concentrate in particular on hydrogen bonding--a central concept to our understanding of the physical chemistry of water, biological systems, and many technologically important materials. Since the hydrogen bond is a somewhat fuzzy entity that covers a broad range of energies and distances, many different criteria have been proposed and used over the years, based either on sophisticate electronic structure calculations followed by an energy decomposition analysis, or on somewhat arbitrary choices of a range of structural parameters that is deemed to correspond to a hydrogen-bonded configuration. We introduce here a definition that is univocal, unbiased, and adaptive, based on our machine-learning analysis of an atomistic simulation. The strategy we propose could be easily adapted to similar scenarios, where one has to recognize or classify structural patterns in a material or chemical compound. PMID:25381505

  6. The RCSB PDB “Molecule of the Month”: Inspiring a Molecular View of Biology

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    Goodsell, David S.; Dutta, Shuchismita; Zardecki, Christine; Voigt, Maria; Berman, Helen M.; Burley, Stephen K.

    2015-01-01

    The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Molecule of the Month series provides a curated introduction to the 3-D biomolecular structures available in the Protein Data Bank archive and the tools that are available at the RCSB website for accessing and exploring them. A variety of educational materials, such as articles, videos, posters, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and curricula, build on this series for use in a variety of educational settings as a general introduction to key topics, such as enzyme action, protein synthesis, and viruses. The series and associated educational materials are freely available at www.rcsb.org. PMID:25942442

  7. Molecular patterns of X chromosome-linked color vision genes among 134 menof European ancestry

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    Drummond-Borg, M.; Deeb, S.S.; Motulsky, A.G. )

    1989-02-01

    The authors used Southern blot hybridization to study X chromosome-linked color vision genes encoding the apoproteins of red and green visual pigments in 134 unselected Caucasian men. One hundred and thirteen individuals (84.3%) had a normal arrangement of their color vision pigment genes. All had one red pigment gene; the number of green pigment genes ranged from one to five with a mode of two. The frequency of molecular genotypes indicative of normal color vision (84.3%) was significantly lower than had been observed in previous studies of color vision phenotypes. Color vision defects can be due to deletions of red or green pigment genes or due to formation of hybrid genes comprising portions of both red and green pigment genes. Characteristic anomalous patterns were seen in 15 (11.2%) individuals: 7 (5.2%) had patterns characteristic of deuteranomaly, 2 (1.5%) had patterns characteristic of deuteranopia, and 6 (4.5%) had protan patterns. Previously undescribed hybrid gene patterns consisting of both green and red pigment gene fragments in addition to normal red and green genes were observed in another 6 individuals (4.5%). Thus, DNA testing detected anomalous color vision pigment genes at a higher frequency than expected from phenotypic color vision tests.

  8. Single ionization of hydrogen molecules by fast protons as a function of the molecular alignment

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    Johnson, Nora G.; Mello, R. N.; Lundy, Michael E.; Kapplinger, J.; Wells, E.; Parke, Eli; Carnes, K. D.; Ben-Itzhak, I.

    2005-11-15

    Relative cross sections for the 4 MeV H{sup +}+D{sub 2} ({sup 1}{sigma}{sub g}{sup +}){yields}H{sup +}+D{sub 2}{sup +}(1s{sigma})+e{sup -} ionization process were measured as a function of the molecular alignment during the interaction. The angle between the molecular axis and the projectile was obtained by using a momentum imagining technique and isolating the events in which the D{sub 2}{sup +}(1s{sigma}) ions are excited to the vibrational continuum and subsequently dissociate. While anisotropic cross sections have been observed in the past for a number of collision processes involving both target electrons, the one electron process investigated here is isotropic within our experimental uncertainties.

  9. Dehydrogenation of gaseous hydrogen-containing molecules: The formation of elemental and molecular clusters

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    Chen, Z.Y.; Walder, G.J.; Castleman, A.W. Jr. )

    1994-01-15

    A general concept employing the dehydrogenation of hydrogen-containing organic and inorganic compounds is shown to readily affect the production of a wide variety of elemental and binary clusters. Hydrogen-containing molecules such as C[sub 2]H[sub 4], NH[sub 3], SiH[sub 4], H[sub 2]S, or H[sub 2]O, are introduced into an extremely energetic plasma generated from laser irradiation of a metal surface; this plasma dehydrogenates the molecules to produce nascent C, N, Si, S, and O atoms. These C, N, Si, S, and O atoms can react with metal atoms or ions contained in the plasma and form metallocarbohedrenes or metal-carbide, metal-nitride, metal-silicide, metal-sulfide, or metal-oxide clusters. Alternatively, individual constituents may associate to produce pure elemental clusters such as those comprised of carbon or silicon. In principle, this technique can be applied to all gaseous hydrogen-containing compounds. The results of the present study provide an alternative way (in some cases it could be the only feasible way) to generate clusters of these materials. Study of the ensuing distributions provides unique insight into the cluster-formation mechanisms involving this type of cluster source.

  10. Molecular understanding of atmospheric particle formation from sulfuric acid and large oxidized organic molecules

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    Schobesberger, Siegfried; Junninen, Heikki; Bianchi, Federico; Lönn, Gustaf; Ehn, Mikael; Lehtipalo, Katrianne; Dommen, Josef; Ehrhart, Sebastian; Ortega, Ismael K.; Franchin, Alessandro; Nieminen, Tuomo; Riccobono, Francesco; Hutterli, Manuel; Duplissy, Jonathan; Almeida, João; Amorim, Antonio; Breitenlechner, Martin; Downard, Andrew J.; Dunne, Eimear M.; Flagan, Richard C.; Kajos, Maija; Keskinen, Helmi; Kirkby, Jasper; Kupc, Agnieszka; Kürten, Andreas; Kurtén, Theo; Laaksonen, Ari; Mathot, Serge; Onnela, Antti; Praplan, Arnaud P.; Rondo, Linda; Santos, Filipe D.; Schallhart, Simon; Schnitzhofer, Ralf; Sipilä, Mikko; Tomé, António; Tsagkogeorgas, Georgios; Vehkamäki, Hanna; Wimmer, Daniela; Baltensperger, Urs; Carslaw, Kenneth S.; Curtius, Joachim; Hansel, Armin; Petäjä, Tuukka; Kulmala, Markku; Donahue, Neil M.; Worsnop, Douglas R.

    2013-01-01

    Atmospheric aerosols formed by nucleation of vapors affect radiative forcing and therefore climate. However, the underlying mechanisms of nucleation remain unclear, particularly the involvement of organic compounds. Here, we present high-resolution mass spectra of ion clusters observed during new particle formation experiments performed at the Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets chamber at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The experiments involved sulfuric acid vapor and different stabilizing species, including ammonia and dimethylamine, as well as oxidation products of pinanediol, a surrogate for organic vapors formed from monoterpenes. A striking resemblance is revealed between the mass spectra from the chamber experiments with oxidized organics and ambient data obtained during new particle formation events at the Hyytiälä boreal forest research station. We observe that large oxidized organic compounds, arising from the oxidation of monoterpenes, cluster directly with single sulfuric acid molecules and then form growing clusters of one to three sulfuric acid molecules plus one to four oxidized organics. Most of these organic compounds retain 10 carbon atoms, and some of them are remarkably highly oxidized (oxygen-to-carbon ratios up to 1.2). The average degree of oxygenation of the organic compounds decreases while the clusters are growing. Our measurements therefore connect oxidized organics directly, and in detail, with the very first steps of new particle formation and their growth between 1 and 2 nm in a controlled environment. Thus, they confirm that oxidized organics are involved in both the formation and growth of particles under ambient conditions. PMID:24101502

  11. Extracting an electron's angle of return from shifted interference patterns in macroscopic high-order-harmonic spectra of diatomic molecules

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    Das, T.; Augstein, B. B.; Figueira de Morisson Faria, C.; Chipperfield, L. E.; Hoffmann, D. J.; Marangos, J. P.

    2015-08-01

    We investigate high-order-harmonic spectra from aligned diatomic molecules in intense driving fields whose components have orthogonal polarizations. We focus on how the driving-field ellipticity influences structural interference patterns in a macroscopic medium. In a previous publication [Phys. Rev. A 88, 023404 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevA.88.023404] we have shown that the nonvanishing ellipticity introduces an effective dynamic shift in the angle for which the two-center interference maxima and minima occur, with regard to the existing condition for linearly polarized fields. In this work we show through simulation that it is still possible to observe this shift in harmonic spectra that have undergone macroscopic propagation, and discuss the parameter range for doing so. These features are investigated for H2 in a bichromatic field composed of two orthogonally polarized waves. The shift is visible both in the near- and in the far-field regime, so that, in principle, it can be observed in experiments.

  12. The humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 is a key component of innate immunity against urinary tract infection.

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    Jaillon, Sébastien; Moalli, Federica; Ragnarsdottir, Bryndis; Bonavita, Eduardo; Puthia, Manoj; Riva, Federica; Barbati, Elisa; Nebuloni, Manuela; Cvetko Krajinovic, Lidija; Markotic, Alemka; Valentino, Sonia; Doni, Andrea; Tartari, Silvia; Graziani, Giorgio; Montanelli, Alessandro; Delneste, Yves; Svanborg, Catharina; Garlanda, Cecilia; Mantovani, Alberto

    2014-04-17

    Immunity in the urinary tract has distinct and poorly understood pathophysiological characteristics and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are important causes of morbidity and mortality. We investigated the role of the soluble pattern recognition molecule pentraxin 3 (PTX3), a key component of the humoral arm of innate immunity, in UTIs. PTX3-deficient mice showed defective control of UTIs and exacerbated inflammation. Expression of PTX3 was induced in uroepithelial cells by uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) in a Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)- and MyD88-dependent manner. PTX3 enhanced UPEC phagocytosis and phagosome maturation by neutrophils. PTX3 was detected in urine of UTI patients and amounts correlated with disease severity. In cohorts of UTI-prone patients, PTX3 gene polymorphisms correlated with susceptibility to acute pyelonephritis and cystitis. These results suggest that PTX3 is an essential component of innate resistance against UTIs. Thus, the cellular and humoral arms of innate immunity exert complementary functions in mediating resistance against UTIs. PMID:24745336

  13. Mitochondrial Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns (MTDs) Are Released during Hepatic Ischemia Reperfusion and Induce Inflammatory Responses

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    Hu, Qianni; Wood, Caroline Ruth; Cimen, Sanem; Venkatachalam, Ananda Baskaran; Alwayn, Ian Patrick Joseph

    2015-01-01

    Ischemia / reperfusion injury (IRI) during the course of liver transplantation enhances the immunogenicity of allografts and thus impacts overall graft outcome. This sterile inflammatory insult is known to activate innate immunity and propagate organ damage through the recognition of damage-associate molecular pattern (DAMP) molecules. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the role of mitochondrial DAMPs (MTDs) in the pathogenesis of hepatic IRI. Using in vitro models we observed that levels of MTDs were significantly higher in both transplantation-associated and warm IR, and that co-culture of MTDs with human and rat hepatocytes significantly increased cell death. MTDs were also released in an in vivo rat model of hepatic IRI and associated with increased secretion of inflammatory cytokines (TNF-?, IL-6, and IL-10) and increased liver injury compared to the sham group. Our results suggest that hepatic IR results in a significant increase of MTDs both in vitro and in vivo suggesting that MTDs may serve as a novel marker in hepatic IRI. Co-culture of MTDs with hepatocytes showed a decrease in cell viability in a concentration dependent manner, which indicates that MTDs is a toxic mediator participating in the pathogenesis of liver IR injury. PMID:26451593

  14. Pro-Coagulant Endothelial Dysfunction Results from EHEC Shiga Toxins and Host Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns

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    Mayer, Chad L.; Parello, Caitlin S. L.; Lee, Benjamin C.; Itagaki, Kiyoshi; Kurosawa, Shinichiro; Stearns-Kurosawa, Deborah J.

    2015-01-01

    Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) from enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli infection is a leading cause of kidney failure in otherwise healthy U.S. children. The bacterial Shiga toxins (Stx) induce the characteristic coagulopathy of HUS, but the damage to toxin-receptor expressing cells and organ injury due to ischemia likely also releases inflammatory damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), which may exacerbate injury along with the toxins. To examine this, human aortic and renal glomerular cell anti-coagulant and barrier functions were studied after in vitro challenge with Stx1, Stx2, and DAMPs. There was significant loss of surface anti-coagulant protein C pathway molecules, increased expression of pro-thrombotic PAR1 and reduced protein C activation capability by 15–27%. Histones nearly completely prevented the activated protein C protection of endothelial cells from thrombin-induced permeability. In mice, lethal Stx2 challenge elevated plasma HMGB1 (day 2, 321?±?118%; p?

  15. Molecular Framework of a Regulatory Circuit Initiating Two-Dimensional Spatial Patterning of Stomatal Lineage

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    Rychel, Amanda L.; Garrick, Jacqueline M.; Kawaguchi, Masayoshi; Peterson, Kylee M.; Torii, Keiko U.

    2015-01-01

    Stomata, valves on the plant epidermis, are critical for plant growth and survival, and the presence of stomata impacts the global water and carbon cycle. Although transcription factors and cell-cell signaling components regulating stomatal development have been identified, it remains unclear as to how their regulatory interactions are translated into two-dimensional patterns of stomatal initial cells. Using molecular genetics, imaging, and mathematical simulation, we report a regulatory circuit that initiates the stomatal cell-lineage. The circuit includes a positive feedback loop constituting self-activation of SCREAMs that requires SPEECHLESS. This transcription factor module directly binds to the promoters and activates a secreted signal, EPIDERMAL PATTERNING FACTOR2, and the receptor modifier TOO MANY MOUTHS, while the receptor ERECTA lies outside of this module. This in turn inhibits SPCH, and hence SCRMs, thus constituting a negative feedback loop. Our mathematical model accurately predicts all known stomatal phenotypes with the inclusion of two additional components to the circuit: an EPF2-independent negative-feedback loop and a signal that lies outside of the SPCH•SCRM module. Our work reveals the intricate molecular framework governing self-organizing two-dimensional patterning in the plant epidermis. PMID:26203655

  16. The toll of the gridiron: damage-associated molecular patterns and hypertension in American football.

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    McCarthy, Cameron G; Webb, R Clinton

    2016-01-01

    American football has unequivocally been linked to elevations in blood pressure and hypertension, especially in linemen. However, the mechanisms of this increase cannot be attributed solely to increased body weight and associated cardiometabolic risk factors (e.g.,dyslipidemia or hyperglycemia). Therefore, understanding the etiology of football-associated hypertension is essential for improving the quality of life in this mostly young population, as well as for lowering the potential for chronic disease in the future. We propose that inflammatogenic damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) released into the circulation from football-induced musculoskeletal trauma activate pattern-recognition receptors of the innate immune system-specifically, high mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) and mitochondrial (mt)DNA which activate Toll-like receptor (TLR)4 and -9, respectively. Previously, we observed that circulating levels of these 2 DAMPs are increased in hypertension, and activation of TLR4 and -9 causes endothelial dysfunction and hypertension. Therefore, our novel hypothesis is that musculoskeletal injury from repeated hits in football players, particularly in linemen, leads to elevated circulating HMGB1 and mtDNA to activate TLRs on endothelial cells leading to impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilation, increased vascular tone, and hypertension.-McCarthy, C. G., Webb, R. C. The toll of the gridiron: damage-associated molecular patterns and hypertension in American football. PMID:26316270

  17. Molecular bioelectricity: how endogenous voltage potentials control cell behavior and instruct pattern regulation in vivo

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    Levin, Michael

    2014-01-01

    In addition to biochemical gradients and transcriptional networks, cell behavior is regulated by endogenous bioelectrical cues originating in the activity of ion channels and pumps, operating in a wide variety of cell types. Instructive signals mediated by changes in resting potential control proliferation, differentiation, cell shape, and apoptosis of stem, progenitor, and somatic cells. Of importance, however, cells are regulated not only by their own Vmem but also by the Vmem of their neighbors, forming networks via electrical synapses known as gap junctions. Spatiotemporal changes in Vmem distribution among nonneural somatic tissues regulate pattern formation and serve as signals that trigger limb regeneration, induce eye formation, set polarity of whole-body anatomical axes, and orchestrate craniofacial patterning. New tools for tracking and functionally altering Vmem gradients in vivo have identified novel roles for bioelectrical signaling and revealed the molecular pathways by which Vmem changes are transduced into cascades of downstream gene expression. Because channels and gap junctions are gated posttranslationally, bioelectrical networks have their own characteristic dynamics that do not reduce to molecular profiling of channel expression (although they couple functionally to transcriptional networks). The recent data provide an exciting opportunity to crack the bioelectric code, and learn to program cellular activity at the level of organs, not only cell types. The understanding of how patterning information is encoded in bioelectrical networks, which may require concepts from computational neuroscience, will have transformative implications for embryogenesis, regeneration, cancer, and synthetic bioengineering. PMID:25425556

  18. Symbolic computation engines and molecular modeling templates: Maple-assisted point group analysis of the vibrational activity of molecules

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    Vail, Benjamin; Aris, Damian; Scarlete, Mihai

    The present study proposes an algorithm for point-group analysis (PGA) of the vibrational activity of molecules, adapted for the efficient utilization of the linear packages incorporated into currently available symbolic computation engines (SCE), such as Maple, Mathcad, or Mathematica. By the creation of this algorithm, we have addressed the need for a numerically friendly environment, outside the "locked" procedures within molecular modeling packages, which will preserve its flexibility, transparency, and maneuverability, regardless of the complexity of the calculation. The format of the character tables of the point groups significant to chemical species has been adapted to ensure automatic numerization, and consistent input of the alphanumeric data from the existent character tables into the SCE templates designed to perform the PGA. The two proposed templates address two complementary objectives: (i) a totally transparent and interactive file has been designed to allow access to all intermediate results at all levels of the procedure for easy implementation of potential additional modules of special interest 1-5, and (ii) for fast output and routine calculations of the IR/Raman vibrational activity of molecules based on their point groups, a totally automatic file with a highly simplified input interface has been designed. The numerical interface conveniently replaces the usual graphic user interface that is common to most commercial molecular modeling software packages, requiring minimum input determination. The structure for both templates is based on the use of the digitized forms for the character tables, for the symmetry operations, and for symmetry elements, all saved in dedicated libraries uploaded to the numerical database of the SCE.

  19. Electron, proton and ion induced molecular synthesis and VUV spectroscopy of interstellar molecules in the ice phase

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    Sivaraman, Bhalamurugan; Jheeta, Sohan; Mason, Nigel; Hunniford, Adam; Merrigan, Tony; McCullough, Bob; Fulvio, Daniele; Palumbo, Maria Elisabetta; Moore, Marla

    2008-10-01

    Planets and their moons are constantly subjected to irradiation from both their respective planetary magnetospheres and the solar wind. Energetic particles (electrons, protons and ions) in such radiation may induce complex chemistry within the icy mantles of such bodies, producing many organic compounds. Such processes can be simulated in laboratory experiments. In this report we present recent results from experiments exploring both molecular synthesis and the morphology of such ices. The morphology of any ice may be characterised by IR and Vacuum Ultra-Violet (VUV) spectroscopy. The latter is particularly useful for studying ices in which infrared inactive molecules like oxygen (O2) are common. We have shown that oxygen forms dimers in typical planetary ices and that, in contrast to previous analysis, many of the chemical reactions within the ice involve such dimer (and larger cluster) chemistry. We also present the results of a series of experiments that explore electron, proton and ion irradiation on Solar System relevant ices such as carbon dioxide (CO2) at different temperatures. Infrared spectra recorded before and after irradiation are used to identify and quantify molecules formed in such irradiation, e. g. ozone. These experiments show that the morphology of the ice plays a critical role in the chemistry.

  20. Magnetic interaction between a radical spin and a single-molecule magnet in a molecular spin-valve.

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    Urdampilleta, Matias; Klayatskaya, Svetlana; Ruben, Mario; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang

    2015-04-28

    Molecular spintronics using single molecule magnets (SMMs) is a fast growing field of nanoscience that proposes to manipulate the magnetic and quantum information stored in these molecules. Herein we report evidence of a strong magnetic coupling between a metallic ion and a radical spin in one of the most extensively studied SMMs: the bis(phtalocyaninato)terbium(III) complex (TbPc2). For that we use an original multiterminal device comprising a carbon nanotube laterally coupled to the SMMs. The current through the device, sensitive to magnetic interactions, is used to probe the magnetization of a single Tb ion. Combining this electronic read-out with the transverse field technique has allowed us to measure the interaction between the terbium ion, its nuclear spin, and a single electron located on the phtalocyanine ligands. We show that the coupling between the Tb and this radical is strong enough to give extra resonances in the hysteresis loop that are not observed in the anionic form of the complex. The experimental results are then modeled by diagonalization of a three-spins Hamiltonian. This strong coupling offers perspectives for implementing nuclear and electron spin resonance techniques to perform basic quantum operations in TbPc2. PMID:25858088

  1. Fast and General Method To Predict the Physicochemical Properties of Druglike Molecules Using the Integral Equation Theory of Molecular Liquids.

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    Palmer, David S; Mišin, Maksim; Fedorov, Maxim V; Llinas, Antonio

    2015-09-01

    We report a method to predict physicochemical properties of druglike molecules using a classical statistical mechanics based solvent model combined with machine learning. The RISM-MOL-INF method introduced here provides an accurate technique to characterize solvation and desolvation processes based on solute-solvent correlation functions computed by the 1D reference interaction site model of the integral equation theory of molecular liquids. These functions can be obtained in a matter of minutes for most small organic and druglike molecules using existing software (RISM-MOL) (Sergiievskyi, V. P.; Hackbusch, W.; Fedorov, M. V. J. Comput. Chem. 2011, 32, 1982-1992). Predictions of caco-2 cell permeability and hydration free energy obtained using the RISM-MOL-INF method are shown to be more accurate than the state-of-the-art tools for benchmark data sets. Due to the importance of solvation and desolvation effects in biological systems, it is anticipated that the RISM-MOL-INF approach will find many applications in biophysical and biomedical property prediction. PMID:26212723

  2. Resonances in molecular photoionization. IV. Theory of one-color and two-color near-threshold photoionization of molecules

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    Domcke, W.; Sobolewski, A. L.; Lin, S. H.

    1988-11-01

    A relatively comprehensive theoretical description of one-color and two-color photoionization of molecules by strong laser fields is developed. The molecular system is modeled by a number of discrete electronic configurations and a number of electronic ionization continua in a diabatic representation, allowing for intramolecular coupling of the discrete states and the continua. The vibrational degrees of freedom are included in compact operator notation without invoking the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The relevant radiative dipole couplings are treated nonperturbatively on an equal footing with the intramolecular couplings. The important Coulomb threshold effects (accumulating Rydberg series at the electronic-vibrational ionization thresholds) are included via a threshold expansion of the complex level-shift operators representing intramolecular and radiative couplings. The weak-field, long-time ionization rate (golden-rule formula) is rederived from the general theory both in the one-color and the two-color case. In the two-color case, strong-field effects caused by either one of the two lasers are briefly discussed. We derive a simplified multichannel-quantum-defect model from the general two-color formalism which nicely reproduces a number of characteristic features of vibronic autoionization recently observed in several polyatomic molecules.

  3. The plant hormone auxin has been implicated in vascular development, but the molecular details of patterned vascular

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    Mattsson, Jim

    406 The plant hormone auxin has been implicated in vascular development, but the molecular details of patterned vascular differentiation have remained elusive. Research in the past year has identified new genes that control vascular patterning, and auxin transport and perception. New experimental strategies have been

  4. Prototropic tautomerism of 4-Methyl 1,2,4-Triazole-3-Thione molecule in solvent water medium: DFT and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics study

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    Dutta, Bipan; De, Rina; Chowdhury, Joydeep

    2015-12-01

    The ground state prototropic tautomerism of 4-Methyl 1,2,4-Triazole-3-Thione molecule in solvent water medium has been investigated with the aid of DFT and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CPMD) simulation studies. The CPMD simulations envisage the possibility of proton transfer reactions of the molecule through the solvent water medium. Probable proton transfer pathways have been predicted from the DFT calculations which are substantiated by the natural bond orbital analyses. The evolution and breaking of the concerned bonds of the molecule for different proton transfer reaction pathways are also estimated.

  5. Molecular basis of natural variation and environmental control of trichome patterning

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    Hauser, Marie-Theres

    2014-01-01

    Trichomes are differentiated epidermal cells on above ground organs of nearly all land plants. They play important protective roles as structural defenses upon biotic attacks such as herbivory, oviposition and fungal infections, and against abiotic stressors such as drought, heat, freezing, excess of light, and UV radiation. The pattern and density of trichomes is highly variable within natural population suggesting tradeoffs between traits positively affecting fitness such as resistance and the costs of trichome production. The spatial distribution of trichomes is regulated through a combination of endogenous developmental programs and external signals. This review summarizes the current understanding on the molecular basis of the natural variation and the role of phytohormones and environmental stimuli on trichome patterning. PMID:25071803

  6. Molecular basis of natural variation and environmental control of trichome patterning.

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    Hauser, Marie-Theres

    2014-01-01

    Trichomes are differentiated epidermal cells on above ground organs of nearly all land plants. They play important protective roles as structural defenses upon biotic attacks such as herbivory, oviposition and fungal infections, and against abiotic stressors such as drought, heat, freezing, excess of light, and UV radiation. The pattern and density of trichomes is highly variable within natural population suggesting tradeoffs between traits positively affecting fitness such as resistance and the costs of trichome production. The spatial distribution of trichomes is regulated through a combination of endogenous developmental programs and external signals. This review summarizes the current understanding on the molecular basis of the natural variation and the role of phytohormones and environmental stimuli on trichome patterning. PMID:25071803

  7. Molecular phylogeny of the phylum Gastrotricha: new data brings together molecules and morphology.

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    Paps, Jordi; Riutort, Marta

    2012-04-01

    Gastrotricha is a species-rich phylum of microscopical animals that contains two main orders, Chaetonotida and Macrodasyida. Gastrotrichs are important members of the aquatic environment and significant players in the study of animal evolution. In spite of their ecological and evolutionary importance, their internal relationships are not yet well understood. We have produced new sequences for the 18S rDNA gene to improve both the quality and quantity of taxon sampling for the gastrotrichs. Our phylogeny recovers the monophyly of the two main Gastrotricha clades, in contrast to recent studies with similar sampling, but in agreement with morphology based analyses. However, our topology is not able to resolve the first branches of the macrodasyidans or settle the position of the puzzling Neodasys, a controversial genus classified as a chaetonotidan on morphological grounds but placed within macrodasyidans by molecular studies. This analysis is the most exhaustive molecular phylogeny of the phylum to date, and significantly increases our knowledge of gastrotrich evolution. PMID:22198640

  8. Liquid crystals with patterned molecular orientation as an electrolytic active medium

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    Peng, Chenhui; Guo, Yubing; Conklin, Christopher; Viñals, Jorge; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V.; Wei, Qi-Huo; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2015-11-01

    Transport of fluids and particles at the microscale is an important theme in both fundamental and applied science. One of the most successful approaches is to use an electric field, which requires the system to carry or induce electric charges. We describe a versatile approach to generate electrokinetic flows by using a liquid crystal (LC) with surface-patterned molecular orientation as an electrolyte. The surface patterning is produced by photoalignment. In the presence of an electric field, the spatially varying orientation induces space charges that trigger flows of the LC. The active patterned LC electrolyte converts the electric energy into the LC flows and transport of embedded particles of any type (fluid, solid, gaseous) along a predesigned trajectory, posing no limitation on the electric nature (charge, polarizability) of these particles and interfaces. The patterned LC electrolyte exhibits a quadratic field dependence of the flow velocities; it induces persistent vortices of controllable rotation speed and direction that are quintessential for micro- and nanoscale mixing applications.

  9. Liquid Crystals with Patterned Molecular Orientation as an Electrolytic Active Medium

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    Chenhui Peng; Yubing Guo; Christopher Conklin; Jorge Vinals; Sergij V. Shiyanovskii; Qi-Huo Wei; Oleg D. Lavrentovich

    2015-10-05

    Transport of fluids and particles at the microscale is an important theme both in fundamental and applied science. One of the most successful approaches is to use an electric field, which requires the system to carry or induce electric charges. We describe a versatile approach to generate electrokinetic flows by using a liquid crystal (LC) with surface-patterned molecular orientation as an electrolyte. The surface patterning is produced by photo-alignment. In the presence of an electric field, the spatially varying orientation induces space charges that trigger flows of the LC. The active patterned LC electrolyte converts the electric energy into the LC flows and transport of embedded particles of any type (fluid, solid, gaseous) along a predesigned trajectory, posing no limitation on the electric nature (charge, polarizability) of these particles and interfaces. The patterned LC electrolyte exhibits a quadratic field dependence of the flow velocities; it induces persistent vortices of controllable rotation speed and direction that are quintessential for micro- and nanoscale mixing applications.

  10. Monte Carlo simulations of ferroelectric crystal growth and molecular electronic structure of atoms and molecules

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    Suewattana, Malliga

    In this thesis, we explore two stochastic techniques to study properties of materials in realistic systems. Specifically, the kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) method is utilized to study the crystal growth process of ferroelectric materials and the quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) approach is used to investigate the ground state properties of atoms and molecules. In the growth simulations, we study the growth rates and chemical ordering of ferroelectric alloys using an electrostatic model with long-range Coulomb interactions. Crystal growth is characterized by thermodynamic processes involving adsorption and evaporation, with solid-on-solid restrictions and excluding diffusion. A KMC algorithm is formulated to simulate this model efficiently in the presence of long-range interactions. The growth process is simulated as a function of temperature, chemical composition, and substrate orientation. We carried out the simulations on two heterovalent binaries, those of the NaCl and the Ba(Mg1/3Nb2/3))O3(BMN) structures. Compared to the simple rocksalt ordered structures, ordered BMN grows only at very low temperatures and only under finely tuned conditions. For materials with tetravalent compositions, such as (1-x)Ba(Mg 1/3Nb2/3))O3 + x BaZrO3 (BMN-BZ), the model does not incorporate tetravalent ions at low-temperature, exhibiting a phase-separated ground state instead. At higher temperatures, tetravalent ions can be incorporated, but the resulting crystals show no chemical ordering in the absence of diffusive mechanisms. In the second part of the thesis, we present results from an auxiliary field quantum Monte Carlo (AFQMC) study of ground state properties, in particular dissociation and ionization energy, of second-row atoms and molecules. The method projects the many-body ground state from a trial wavefunction by random walks in the space of Slater determinants. The Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation is employed to decouple the Coulomb interaction between electrons. A trial wave function is used in the approximation to control the "phase problem". We also carry out Hartree-Fock (HF) and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations for comparison to AFQMC results and to serve as starting wavefunctions for our AFQMC calculations. Results of dissociation energy are in excellent agreement with experimental values. Ionization energy errors are somewhat larger than those of other methods. We conclude with a discussion of several possible sources of error as well as a direction for the improvement.

  11. Organic molecules in the atmosphere of Jupiter. [low molecular weight hydrocarbons

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    Ponnamperuma, C. A.

    1978-01-01

    Organic synthesis in the primitive solar system was simulated by Fischer Tropsch type experiments. Particular attention was given to the formation of lower molecular weight hydrocarbons. In a gas flow experiment, a gas mixture of H2 and CO was introduced into a heated reaction tube at a constant flow rate and passed through a catalyst (powdered Canyon Diablo). The products that emerged were directly analyzed by gas chromatography. The results of 21 runs under various gas mixing rations, reaction temperatures, and gas-catalyst contact times showed the predominance of the saturated hydrocarbon formation at C sub 4 and C sub 5 over the unsaturated ones. Saturate/unsaturate ratios were mostly less than 0.4 and none showed over 0.7.

  12. SI-BEARING MOLECULES TOWARD IRC+10216: ALMA UNVEILS THE MOLECULAR ENVELOPE OF CWLEO

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    Prieto, L. Velilla; Cernicharo, J.; Quintana–Lacaci, G.; Agúndez, M.; Castro–Carrizo, A.; Fonf?ia, J. P.; Marcelino, N.; Zúñiga, J.; Requena, A.; Bastida, A.; Lique, F.; Guélin, M.

    2015-01-01

    We report the detection of SiS rotational lines in high-vibrational states as well as SiO and SiC2 lines in their ground vibrational state toward IRC+10216 during the Atacama Large Millimeter Array Cycle 0. The spatial distribution of these molecules shows compact emission for SiS and a more extended emission for SiO and SiC2, and also proves the existence of an increase in the SiC2 emission at the outer shells of the circumstellar envelope. We analyze the excitation conditions of the vibrationally excited SiS using the population diagram technique, and we use a large velocity gradient model to compare with the observations. We found moderate discrepancies between the observations and the models that could be explained if SiS lines detected are optically thick. Additionally, the line profiles of the detected rotational lines in the high energy vibrational states show a decreasing linewidth with increasing energy levels. This may be evidence that these lines could be excited only in the inner shells, i.e., the densest and hottest, of the circumstellar envelope of IRC+10216.

  13. Si-bearing Molecules Toward IRC+10216: ALMA Unveils the Molecular Envelope of CWLeo

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    Velilla Prieto, L.; Cernicharo, J.; Quintana-Lacaci, G.; Agúndez, M.; Castro-Carrizo, A.; Fonfría, J. P.; Marcelino, N.; Zúñiga, J.; Requena, A.; Bastida, A.; Lique, F.; Guélin, M.

    2015-06-01

    We report the detection of SiS rotational lines in high-vibrational states as well as SiO and SiC2 lines in their ground vibrational state toward IRC+10216 during the Atacama Large Millimeter Array Cycle 0. The spatial distribution of these molecules shows compact emission for SiS and a more extended emission for SiO and SiC2 and also proves the existence of an increase in the SiC2 emission at the outer shells of the circumstellar envelope (CSE). We analyze the excitation conditions of the vibrationally excited SiS using the population diagram technique, and we use a large velocity gradient model to compare with the observations. We found moderate discrepancies between the observations and the models that could be explained if SiS lines detected are optically thick. Additionally, the line profiles of the detected rotational lines in the high-energy vibrational states show a decreasing linewidth with increasing energy levels. This may be evidence that these lines could be excited only in the inner shells, i.e., the densest and hottest, of the CSE of IRC+10216.

  14. Mixed-metal molecular complexes: Single-molecule nanomagnets and bioinorganic models of the water oxidizing complex of photosystem II

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    Mishra, Abhudaya

    2006-12-01

    The current burgeoning research in high nuclearity manganese-containing carboxylate clusters is primarily due to their relevance in areas as diverse as magnetic materials and bioinorganic chemistry. In the former, the ability of single molecules to retain, below a critical temperature (T B), their magnetization vector, resulting in the observation of bulk magnetization in the absence of a field and without long-range ordering of the spins, has termed such molecules as Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs), or molecular nanomagnets. These molecules display superparamagnet like slow magnetization relaxation arising from the combination of a large molecular spin, S, and a large and negative magnetoanisotropy, D. Traditionally, these nanomagnets have been Mn containing species. An out of the box approach towards synthesizing SMMs is engineering mixed-metal Mn-containing compounds. An attractive choice towards this end is the use of Lanthanides (Ln), which possess both a high spin, S, and a large D. A family of related MnIII8Ce IV SMMs has been synthesized. However, the Ce ion of these complexes is diamagnetic (CeIV). Thus, further investigation has led to the isolation of a family of MnIII11Ln III4 complexes in which all but the Ln = Eu complex function as single-molecule nanomagnets. The mixed-metal synthetic effort has been extended to include actinides with the successful isolation of a Mn IV10ThIV6 complex, albeit this homovalent complex is not a SMM. In the bioinorganic research, the Water Oxidizing Complex (WOC) in Photosystem II (PS II) catalyzes the oxidation of H2O to O2 in green plants, algae and cyanobacteria. Recent crystal structures of the WOC confirm it to be a Mn4CaOx cluster with primarily carboxylate ligation. To date, various multinuclear Mn complexes have been synthesized as putative models of the WOC. On the contrary, there have been no synthetic MnCa(Sr) mixed-metal complexes. Thus, in this bioinorganic modeling research of the WOC, various synthetic methods have been developed to prepare a variety of heterometallic MnCa(Sr) complexes, namely, Mn13Ca2, Mn11Ca4, Mn8Ca and Mn14Sr; these are the first of their kind. X-ray absorption spectroscopy has been performed on all of these complexes and the results compared with analogous data on the WOC of PS II. In particular, Ca, Sr, and Mn, EXAFS and XANES reveal a distinct similarity between the sub-units within these complexes and the Mn 4CaOx site of the WOC. The data strongly suggest that a single-atom O bridge exists between the Mn atoms and the Ca atom of the WOC.

  15. NMR study of molecular motion in some molecules containing t-butyl groups

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    Yamauchi, Jun; McDowell, Charles A.

    1981-08-01

    Continuous wave and pulse NMR measurements were carried out on phenol derivatives containing t-butyl groups [tri-t-butylphenol (TTBP), methylene-bis(2,6-di-t-butylphenol) (MBBP), and the galvinoxyl radical] to investigate the molecular motions of methyl and t-butyl groups. From second moment measurements we distinguish three temperature regions characteristic of different forms of molecular motions. Between the rigid-lattice limit (plateau region III) and plateau region I at high temperature where both methyl and t-butyl motions are present, there appeared shoulders in the second moment curve. The shoulders in the second moments and relaxation minimum at low temperature are satisfactorily explained by the motional model which includes nonequivalent methyl motions; two methyls in each t-butyl group at the ortho positions and all methyls in the t-butyl group at the para positions are responsible for these phenomena, while one methyl motion in each t-butyl group at the ortho positions and the entire motion of the t-butyl group are considerably restricted at low temperature. The relaxation mechanism at high temperature is discussed in terms of the nonequivalent methyl motions, assuming that one methyl group rotates slowly at a rate almost equal to that of the t-butyl group motion. The short relaxation time of the galvinoxyl radical is explained in terms of the electron-nuclear interactions and almost equal-weight contributions from the dipolar and scalar (hyperfine) interactions were found to account fully for the experimentally measured values.

  16. Molecular Clock Regulates Daily ?1–2-Fucosylation of the Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule (NCAM) within Mouse Secondary Olfactory Neurons*

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    Kondoh, Daisuke; Tateno, Hiroaki; Hirabayashi, Jun; Yasumoto, Yuki; Nakao, Reiko; Oishi, Katsutaka

    2014-01-01

    The circadian clock regulates various behavioral and physiological rhythms in mammals. Circadian changes in olfactory functions such as neuronal firing in the olfactory bulb (OB) and olfactory sensitivity have recently been identified, although the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. We analyzed the temporal profiles of glycan structures in the mouse OB using a high-density microarray that includes 96 lectins, because glycoconjugates play important roles in the nervous system such as neurite outgrowth and synaptogenesis. Sixteen lectin signals significantly fluctuated in the OB, and the intensity of all three that had high affinity for ?1–2-fucose (?1–2Fuc) glycan in the microarray was higher during the nighttime. Histochemical analysis revealed that ?1–2Fuc glycan is located in a diurnal manner in the lateral olfactory tract that comprises axon bundles of secondary olfactory neurons. The amount of ?1–2Fuc glycan associated with the major target glycoprotein neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) varied in a diurnal fashion, although the mRNA and protein expression of Ncam1 did not. The mRNA and protein expression of Fut1, a ?1–2-specific fucosyltransferase gene, was diurnal in the OB. Daily fluctuation of the ?1–2Fuc glycan was obviously damped in homozygous Clock mutant mice with disrupted diurnal Fut1 expression, suggesting that the molecular clock governs rhythmic ?1–2-fucosylation in secondary olfactory neurons. These findings suggest the possibility that the molecular clock is involved in the diurnal regulation of olfaction via ?1–2-fucosylation in the olfactory system. PMID:25384980

  17. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Aggregation Patterns in Aqueous Solutions of Bile Salts at Physiological Conditions.

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    Mustan, Fatmegyul; Ivanova, Anela; Madjarova, Galia; Tcholakova, Slavka; Denkov, Nikolai

    2015-12-24

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations are employed to monitor the aggregation behavior of six bile salts (nonconjugated and glycine- and taurine-conjugated sodium cholate and sodium deoxycholate) with concentration of 10 mM in aqueous solution in the presence of 120 mM NaCl. There are 150 ns trajectories generated to characterize the systems. The largest stable aggregates are analyzed to determine their shape, size, and stabilizing forces. It is found that the aggregation is a hierarchical process and that its kinetics depends both on the number of hydroxyl groups in the steroid part of the molecules and on the type of conjugation. The micelles of all salts are similar in shape-deformed spheres or ellipsoids, which are stabilized by hydrophobic forces, acting between the steroid rings. The differences in the aggregation kinetics of the various conjugates are rationalized by the affinity for hydrogen bond formation for the glycine-modified salts or by the longer time needed to achieve optimum packing for the tauro derivatives. Evidence is provided for the hypothesis from the literature that the entirely hydrophobic core of all aggregates and the enhanced dynamics of the molecules therein should be among the prerequisites for their pronounced solubilization capacity for hydrophobic substances in vivo. PMID:26605858

  18. Molecular and Biochemical Characterization of Human Galactokinase and its small molecule inhibitors

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    M, Tang; K, Wierenga; LJ, Elsas; K, Lai

    2010-01-01

    Human galactokinase (GALK) is the first enzyme in the Leloir pathway, converting ?-D-galactose into galactose-1-phosphate (Gal-1-P). Recently, there is increasing interest in targeting GALK as a novel therapy to ameliorate the disease manifestations in patients with Classic Galactosemia as it would, in combination with (ga-)lactose restriction reduce accumulation of Gal-1-P, a cytotoxic agent. Previously, we identified 34 small molecule compounds that inhibited GALK in vitro using experimental high-throughput screening. In order to isolate useful lead compounds, we characterized these hits with regards to their kinase selectivity profiles, potency and capability to reduce Gal-1-P accumulation in patient cell lines, and their modes of action. We found that the majority of these compounds had IC50s ranging from 0.7?M to 33.3?M. When tested against other members of the GHMP kinase family, three compounds (1, 4, and 24) selectively inhibited GALK with high potency. Through alignment of GALK and mevalonate kinase (MVK) crystal structures, we identified that eight amino acid residues and an L1 loop were different within the ATP-binding pockets of these two closely related kinases. By site-directed mutagenesis experiments, we identified one amino acid residue required for the inhibitory function of two of the three selective compounds. Based on these results, we generated binding models of these two compounds using a high-precision docking program. Compounds 4 and 24 inhibited GALK in a mixed model, while compound 1 exhibited parabolic competitive inhibition. Most importantly, using cells from galactosemic patients we found that selected compounds lowered Gal-1-P concentrations. PMID:20696150

  19. Imaging superatomic molecular orbitals in a C60 molecule through four 800-nm photons

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    Zhang, G. P.; Zhu, H. P.; Bai, Y. H.; Bonacum, J.; Wu, X. S.; George, Thomas F.

    2015-05-01

    Superatomic molecular orbitals (SAMOs) in C60 are ideal building blocks for functional nanostructures. However, imaging them spatially in the gas phase has been unsuccessful. It is found experimentally that if C60 is excited by an 800-nm laser, the photoelectron casts an anisotropic velocity image, but the image becomes isotropic if excited at a 400-nm wavelength. This diffuse image difference has been attributed to electron thermal ionization, but more recent experiments (800 nm) reveal a clear nondiffuse image superimposed on the diffuse image, whose origin remains a mystery. Here we show that the nondiffuse anisotropic image is the precursor of the f SAMOs. We predict that four 800-nm photons can directly access the 1f SAMO, and with one more photon, can image the orbital, with the photoelectron angular distribution having two maxima at 0° and 180° and two humps separated by 56.5°. Since two 400-nm photons only resonantly excite the spherical 1s SAMO and four 800-nm photons excite the anisotropic 1f SAMO, our finding gives a natural explanation of the nondiffuse image difference, complementing the thermal scenario.

  20. Predicting Adsorption Affinities of Small Molecules on Carbon Nanotubes Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

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    Comer, Jeffrey; Chen, Ran; Poblete, Horacio; Vergara-Jaque, Ariela; Riviere, Jim E

    2015-12-22

    Computational techniques have the potential to accelerate the design and optimization of nanomaterials for applications such as drug delivery and contaminant removal; however, the success of such techniques requires reliable models of nanomaterial surfaces as well as accurate descriptions of their interactions with relevant solutes. In the present work, we evaluate the ability of selected models of naked and hydroxylated carbon nanotubes to predict adsorption equilibrium constants for about 30 small aromatic compounds with a variety of functional groups. The equilibrium constants determined using molecular dynamics coupled with free-energy calculation techniques are directly compared to those derived from experimental measurements. The calculations are highly predictive of the relative adsorption affinities of the compounds, with excellent correlation (r ? 0.9) between calculated and measured values of the logarithm of the adsorption equilibrium constant. Moreover, the agreement in absolute terms is also reasonable, with average errors of less than one decade. We also explore possible effects of surface loading, although we demonstrate that they are negligible for the experimental conditions considered. Given the degree of reliability demonstrated, we move on to employing the in silico techniques in the design of nanomaterials, using the optimization of adsorption affinity for the herbacide atrazine as an example. Our simulations suggest that, compared to other modifications of graphenic carbon, polyvinylpyrrolidone conjugation gives the highest affinity for atrazine-substantially greater than that of graphenic carbon alone-and may be useful as a nanomaterial for delivery or sequestration of atrazine. PMID:26506132

  1. A Molecular Dynamics Study on the Confinement of Carbon Dioxide Molecules in Carbon Nanotubes

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    Lazor, Meagan; Rende, Deniz; Baysal, Nihat; Ozisik, Rahmi

    2012-02-01

    The influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration on global warming is considered as one of the primary environmental issues of the past two decades. The main source of CO2 emission is human activity, such as the use of fossil fuels in transportation and industrial plants. Following the release of Kyoto Protocol in 1997, effective ways of controlling CO2 emissions received much attention. As a result, various materials such as activated carbon, zeolites, and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were investigated for their CO2 adsorbing properties. CNTs were reported to have CO2 adsorption capability twice that of activated carbon, hence they received the most attention. In the current study, single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were used as one dimensional nanoporous materials and their CO2 adsorption capacity was analyzed with Molecular Dynamics simulations. Results indicated that SWNTs are excellent CO2 adsorbers and their effectiveness increase at low CO2 concentrations. In addition, we showed that by varying temperature, CO2 can be removed from the SWNTs, providing a simple method to reuse SWNTs.

  2. Second virial coefficient of rod-shaped molecules and molecular dynamics simulations of the isotropic phase

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    Heyes, D. M.; Turner, P.; English, R. J.; Williams, R.; Bra?ka, A. C.

    2015-04-01

    The second virial coefficient, B2 is computed of linear rigid rods composed of m equally spaced sites interacting with sites on other rods via the hard-sphere or Weeks-Chandler-Andersen (WCA) pair potentials. The dependence of B2 on a wide range of separation distance between the sites L and m for both types of potential is computed. Molecular dynamics simulations were carried out of the thermodynamic, static, and percolation properties of the WCA rigid rods in the isotropic phase as a function of rod number density ? . Simple scaling relationships are discovered between thermodynamic and other static properties as a function of ? and m , which extend well into the semidilute density range. The percolation threshold distance (PTD) between the centers of mass of the rods complies well with a mean-field random orientation approximation from low density well into the semidilute regime. The corresponding site-site PTD proved more problematic to represent by simple functions, but at high rod density, scales better with the number of sites density rather than the rod number density.

  3. Molecular and structural characterization of dissolved organic matter from the deep ocean by FTICR-MS, including hydrophilic nitrogenous organic molecules

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    Reemtsma, T.; These, A.; Linscheid, M.; Leenheer, J.; Spitzy, A.

    2008-01-01

    Dissolved organic matter isolated from the deep Atlantic Ocean and fractionated into a so-called hydrophobic (HPO) fraction and a very hydrophilic (HPI) fraction was analyzed for the first time by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) to resolve the molecular species, to determine their exact masses, and to calculate their molecular formulas. The elemental composition of about 300 molecules was identified. Those in the HPO fraction (14C age of 5100 year) are very similar to much younger freshwater fulvic acids, but less aromatic and more oxygenated molecules are more frequent. This trend continues toward the HPI fraction and may indicate biotic and abiotic aging processes that this material experienced since its primary production thousands of years ago. In the HPI fraction series of nitrogenous molecules containing one, two, or three nitrogens were identified by FTICR-MS. Product ion spectra of the nitrogenous molecules suggest that the nitrogen atoms in these molecules are included in the (alicyclic) backbone of these molecules, possibly in reduced form. These mass spectrometric data suggest that a large set of stable fulvic acids is ubiquitous in all aquatic compartments. Although sources may differ, their actual composition and structure appears to be quite similar and largely independent from their source, because they are the remainder of intensive oxidative degradation processes. ?? 2008 American Chemical Society.

  4. Molecular and structural characterization of dissolved organic matter from the deep ocean by FTICR-MS, including hydrophilic nitrogenous organic molecules.

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    Reemtsma, Thorsten; These, Anja; Linscheid, Michael; Leenheer, Jerry; Spitzy, Alejandro

    2008-03-01

    Dissolved organic matter isolated from the deep Atlantic Ocean and fractionated into a so-called hydrophobic (HPO) fraction and a very hydrophilic (HPI) fraction was analyzed for the first time by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) to resolve the molecular species, to determine their exact masses, and to calculate their molecular formulas. The elemental composition of about 300 molecules was identified. Those in the HPO fraction (14C age of 5100 year) are very similar to much younger freshwater fulvic acids, but less aromatic and more oxygenated molecules are more frequent. This trend continues toward the HPI fraction and may indicate biotic and abiotic aging processes that this material experienced since its primary production thousands of years ago. In the HPI fraction series of nitrogenous molecules containing one, two, or three nitrogens were identified by FTICR-MS. Production spectra of the nitrogenous molecules suggest that the nitrogen atoms in these molecules are included in the (alicyclic) backbone of these molecules, possibly in reduced form. These mass spectrometric data suggest that a large set of stable fulvic acids is ubiquitous in all aquatic compartments. Although sources may differ, their actual composition and structure appears to be quite similar and largely independent from their source, because they are the remainder of intensive oxidative degradation processes. PMID:18441784

  5. Rapid screening for citrus canker resistance employing pathogen-associated molecular pattern-triggered immunity responses

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    Pitino, Marco; Armstrong, Cheryl M; Duan, Yongping

    2015-01-01

    Citrus canker, caused by the bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas citri ssp. citri (Xcc), has been attributed to millions of dollars in loss or damage to commercial citrus crops in subtropical production areas of the world. Since identification of resistant plants is one of the most effective methods of disease management, the ability to screen for resistant seedlings plays a key role in the production of a long-term solution to canker. Here, an inverse correlation between reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by the plant and the ability of Xcc to grow and form lesions on infected plants is reported. Based on this information, a novel screening method that can rapidly identify citrus seedlings that are less susceptible to early infection by Xcc was devised by measuring ROS accumulation triggered by a 22-amino acid sequence of the conserved N-terminal part of flagellin (flg22) from X. citri ssp. citri (Xcc-flg22). In addition to limiting disease symptoms, ROS production was also correlated with the expression of basal defense-related genes such as the pattern recognition receptors LRR8 and FLS2, the leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein RLP12, and the defense-related gene PR1, indicating an important role for pathogen-associated molecular pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) in determining resistance to citrus canker. Moreover, the differential expression patterns observed amongst the citrus seedlings demonstrated the existence of genetic variations in the PTI response among citrus species/varieties. PMID:26504581

  6. Versatile piezoelectric pulsed molecular beam source for gaseous compounds and organic molecules with femtomole accuracy for UHV and surface science applications

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    Schiesser, Alexander; Schaefer, Rolf

    2009-08-15

    This note describes the construction of a piezoelectric pulsed molecular beam source based upon a design presented in an earlier work [D. Proch and T. Trickl, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 60, 713 (1988)]. The design features significant modifications that permit the determination of the number of molecules in a beam pulse with an accuracy of 1x10{sup 11} molecules per pulse. The 21 cm long plunger-nozzle setup allows the molecules to be brought to any point of the UHV chamber with very high intensity. Furthermore, besides typical gaseous compounds, also smaller organic molecules with a vapor pressure higher than 0.1 mbar at room temperature may serve as feed material. This makes the new design suitable for various applications in chemical and surface science studies.

  7. Phases, line tension and pattern formation in molecularly thin films at the air-water interface

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    Mandal, Pritam

    A Langmuir film, which is a molecularly thin insoluble film on a liquid substrate, is one practical realization of a quasi-two dimensional matter. The major advantages of this system for the study of phase separation and phase co-existence are (a) it allows accurate control of the components and molecular area of the film and (b) it can be studied by various methods that require very flat films. Phase separation in molecularly thin films plays an important role in a range of systems from biomembranes to biosensors. For example, phase-separated lipid nano-domains in biomembranes are thought to play crucial roles in membrane function. I use Brewster Angel Microscopy (BAM) coupled with Fluorescence Microscopy (FM) and static Light Scattering Microscopy (LSM) to image phases and patterns within Langmuir films. The three microscopic techniques --- BAM, FM and LSM --- are complimentary to each other, providing distinct sets of information. They allow direct comparison with literature results in lipid systems. I have quantitatively validated the use of detailed hydrodynamic simulations to determine line tension in monolayers. Line tension decreases as temperature rises. This decrease gives us information on the entropy associated with the line, and thus about line structure. I carefully consider the thermodynamics of line energy and entropy to make this connection. In the longer run, LSM will be exploited to give us further information about line structure. I have also extended the technique by testing it on domains within the curved surface of a bilayer vesicle. I also note that in the same way that the presence of surface-active agents, known as surfactants, affects surface energy, the addiction of line active agents alters the inter-phase line energy. Thus my results set to stage to systematically study the influence of line active agents ---'linactants' --- on the inter-phase line energy. Hierarchal self-assembled chiral patterns were observed as a function of temperature. I found that the appearance of these domains could be explained with a simple uniaxial optical axis in the underlying structure, which is the first critical step to understanding the origin of these patterns.

  8. Retention behavior of phenoxyacetic herbicides on a molecularly imprinted polymer with phenoxyacetic acid as a dummy template molecule.

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    Zhang, Huiting; Song, Tao; Zhang, Wei; Hua, Wei; Pan, Canping

    2007-09-15

    Molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) binding with phenoxyacetic acid (PA) as a dummy template molecule were synthesized via thermal initiation in aqueous medium. The retention behaviors of benzoic acid (BA), PA, 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA), 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (4-CPA), and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) on this MIP column indicate that this material can selectively retain phenoxyacetic herbicides. To investigate these recognition mechanisms, the interactions between the functional monomer 4-vinylpyridine (4-VP) and PA or 2,4-D were investigated by computational modeling. (1)H NMR spectroscopy of 2,4-D titrated by 4-VP was recorded. The chemical shift of the 2,4-D acidic proton (12.15-14.32ppm) shows the existence of the ion-pair interaction. This kind of polymers could be useful as stationary phases to extract 2,4-D, 4-CPA or MCPA and avoid leakage of a trace amount of target analyte remaining in the MIPs. PMID:17614288

  9. Theoretical study of quantum molecular reaction dynamics and of the effects of intense laser radiation on a diatomic molecule

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    Dardi, P.S.

    1984-11-01

    Within the very broad field of molecular dynamics, we have concentrated on two simple yet important systems. The systems are simple enough so that they are adequately described with a single Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface and that the dynamics can be calculated accurately. They are important because they give insight into solving more complicated systems. First we discuss H + H/sub 2/ reactive scattering. We present an exact formalism for atom-diatom reactive scattering which avoids the problem of finding a coordinate system appropriate for both reactants and products. We present computational results for collinear H + H/sub 2/ reactive scattering which agree very well with previous calculations. We also present a coupled channel distorted wave Born approximation for atom-diatom reactive scattering which we show is a first order approximation to our exact formalism. We present coupled channel DWBA results for three dimensional H + H/sub 2/ reactive scattering. The second system is an isolated HF molecule in an intense laser field. Using classical trajectories and quantum dynamics, we look at energy absorbed and transition probabilities as a function of the laser pulse time and also averaged over the pulse time. Calculations are performed for both rotating and nonrotating HF. We examine one and two photon absorption about the fundamental frequency, multiphoton absorption, and overtone absorption. 127 references, 31 figures, 12 tables.

  10. Properties and Reactivity Patterns of AsP3: An Experimental and Computational Study of Group 15 Elemental Molecules

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    Cossairt, Brandi M.

    Facile synthetic access to the isolable, thermally robust AsP3 molecule has allowed for a thorough study of its physical properties and reaction chemistry with a variety of transition-metal and organic fragments. The ...

  11. Biochips - Can molecules compute?

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    Tucker, J. B.

    1984-02-01

    In recent years the possibility has been considered to build 'biochip' computers, in which the silicon transistors of present machines would be replaced by large organic molecules or genetically engineered proteins. Two major advantages of such biochips over current devices would be related to vastly increased densities of computing elements, and entirely new styles of data processing, suited to such high-level tasks as pattern recognition and context-dependent analysis. The limitations of the semiconductor chip with respect to the density of elementary units due to size considerations and heat development could be overcome by making use of molecular switches. Attention is given to soliton switching, soliton logic, bulk molecular devices, analog biochips, 'intelligent' switches based on the employment of enzymes, robot vision, questions of biochip fabrication, protein engineering, and a strategy for the development of biochips.

  12. Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy Talk: Laser Ablated Metal Atom Reactions to Form Novel Molecules

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    Andrews, Lester

    2010-03-01

    A wide variety of laser-ablated metal atom reactions in solid rare gas matrices at cryogenic temperatures to form novel product molecules will be presented. These will include the ion-pair molecule Li^+O2^-, the dialane molecule Al2H6, the thorium methylidene CH2=ThH2, the thorium borylene FB=ThF2, the uranium methylidyne HC?UF3, the nitride N?UF3, and other recently prepared uranium bearing molecules.

  13. Identification of Nicotiana benthamiana genes involved in pathogen-associated molecular pattern-triggered immunity.

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    Chakravarthy, Suma; Velásquez, André C; Ekengren, Sophia K; Collmer, Alan; Martin, Gregory B

    2010-06-01

    In order to identify components of pathogen-associated molecular pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) pathways in Nicotiana benthamiana, we conducted a large-scale forward-genetics screen using virus-induced gene silencing and a cell-death-based assay for assessing PTI. The assay relied on four combinations of PTI-inducing nonpathogens and cell-death-causing challenger pathogens and was first validated in plants silenced for FLS2 or BAK1. Over 3,200 genes were screened and 14 genes were identified that, when silenced, compromised PTI as judged by the cell-death-based assay. Further analysis indicated that the 14 genes were not involved in a general cell death response. A subset of the genes was found to act downstream of FLS2-mediated PTI induction, and silencing of three genes compromised production of reactive oxygen species in leaves exposed to flg22. The 14 genes encode proteins with potential functions in defense and hormone signaling, protein stability and degradation, energy and secondary metabolism, and cell wall biosynthesis and provide a new resource to explore the molecular basis for the involvement of these processes in PTI. PMID:20459311

  14. Evolutionary animation: how do molecular phylogenies compare to Mayr's reconstruction of speciation patterns in the sea?

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    Palumbi, Stephen R; Lessios, H A

    2005-05-01

    Ernst Mayr used the geography of closely related species in various stages of increasing divergence to "animate" the process of geographic, or allopatric, speciation. This approach was applied to a wide set of taxa, and a seminal paper by Mayr used it to explore speciation patterns in tropical sea urchins. Since then, taxonomic information in several of these genera has been augmented by detailed molecular phylogenies. We compare Mayr's animation with the phylogenies of eight sea urchin genera placed by Mayr into four speciation groups. True to Mayr's predictions, early-stage genera have on average lower species divergence and more polytypic species than genera in later stages. For six of these genera, we also have information about the evolution of the gamete recognition protein bindin, which is critical to reproductive isolation. These comparisons show that later-stage genera with many sympatric species tend to be those with rapid bindin evolution. By contrast, early-stage genera with few sympatric species are not necessarily earlier in the divergence process; they happen to be those with slow rates of bindin evolution. These results show that the rate of speciation in sea urchins does not only depend on the steady accumulation of genome divergence over time, but also on the rate of evolution of gamete recognition proteins. The animation method used by Mayr is generally supported by molecular phylogenies. However, the existence of multiple rates in the acquisition of reproductive isolation complicates placement of different genera in an evolutionary series. PMID:15851681

  15. Nanopolaritonics with a continuum of molecules: simulations of molecular-induced selectivity in plasmonics transport through a continuous Y-shape.

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    Neuhauser, Daniel

    2011-11-28

    Using the recent NF (near-field) formulation for electrodynamics on the nanoscale, we simulate transport in a Y-shape gold nanostructure in the presence of 2-level molecules. NF is shown to be easily integrated with the Liouville equation, producing a simple and efficient nanopolaritons (plasmons-excitons) solver, with a large time step. Two cases are considered: coating of the gold structure with molecular layers thinner than the structure, and filling space with aligned molecules. In both cases significant effects on the radiation transport are obtained even for low molecular densities. At low densities the effects are primarily an overall reduction of the plasmonics peak, but at higher densities there is a significant selectivity control by the molecules. A redshift is predicted, especially for the space-filling case. The combined nanopolariton shows qualitative hybridization, and the spectral peaks separate with increasing coupling, i.e., with increasing molecular densities. The results open the way to "control of light by light," i.e., controlling plasmonic light transport by inducing a change in the direction of the guiding molecular dipoles through radiation or other means. PMID:22128933

  16. Analysis of molecular expression patterns and integration with other knowledge bases using probabilistic Bayesian network models

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    Moler, Edward J.; Mian, I.S.

    2000-03-01

    How can molecular expression experiments be interpreted with greater than ten to the fourth measurements per chip? How can one get the most quantitative information possible from the experimental data with good confidence? These are important questions whose solutions require an interdisciplinary combination of molecular and cellular biology, computer science, statistics, and complex systems analysis. The explosion of data from microarray techniques present the problem of interpreting the experiments. The availability of large-scale knowledge bases provide the opportunity to maximize the information extracted from these experiments. We have developed new methods of discovering biological function, metabolic pathways, and regulatory networks from these data and knowledge bases. These techniques are applicable to analyses for biomedical engineering, clinical, and fundamental cell and molecular biology studies. Our approach uses probabilistic, computational methods that give quantitative interpretations of data in a biological context. We have selected Bayesian statistical models with graphical network representations as a framework for our methods. As a first step, we use a nave Bayesian classifier to identify statistically significant patterns in gene expression data. We have developed methods which allow us to (a) characterize which genes or experiments distinguish each class from the others, (b) cross-index the resulting classes with other databases to assess biological meaning of the classes, and (c) display a gross overview of cellular dynamics. We have developed a number of visualization tools to convey the results. We report here our methods of classification and our first attempts at integrating the data and other knowledge bases together with new visualization tools. We demonstrate the utility of these methods and tools by analysis of a series of yeast cDNA microarray data and to a set of cancerous/normal sample data from colon cancer patients. We discuss extending our methods to inferring biological pathways and networks using more complex dynamic Bayesian networks.

  17. Molecular insights into the origin of the Hox-TALE patterning system

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    Hudry, Bruno; Thomas-Chollier, Morgane; Volovik, Yael; Duffraisse, Marilyne; Dard, Amélie; Frank, Dale; Technau, Ulrich; Merabet, Samir

    2014-01-01

    Despite tremendous body form diversity in nature, bilaterian animals share common sets of developmental genes that display conserved expression patterns in the embryo. Among them are the Hox genes, which define different identities along the anterior–posterior axis. Hox proteins exert their function by interaction with TALE transcription factors. Hox and TALE members are also present in some but not all non-bilaterian phyla, raising the question of how Hox–TALE interactions evolved to provide positional information. By using proteins from unicellular and multicellular lineages, we showed that these networks emerged from an ancestral generic motif present in Hox and other related protein families. Interestingly, Hox-TALE networks experienced additional and extensive molecular innovations that were likely crucial for differentiating Hox functions along body plans. Together our results highlight how homeobox gene families evolved during eukaryote evolution to eventually constitute a major patterning system in Eumetazoans. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.01939.001 PMID:24642410

  18. Pathogen Associated Molecular Pattern (PAMP)-Triggered Immunity Is Compromised under C-Limited Growth

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    Park, Hyeong Cheol; Lee, Shinyoung; Park, Bokyung; Choi, Wonkyun; Kim, Chanmin; Lee, Sanghun; Chung, Woo Sik; Lee, Sang Yeol; Sabir, Jamal; Bressan, Ray A.; Bohnert, Hans J.; Mengiste, Tesfaye; Yun, Dae-Jin

    2015-01-01

    In the interaction between plants and pathogens, carbon (C) resources provide energy and C skeletons to maintain, among many functions, the plant immune system. However, variations in C availability on pathogen associated molecular pattern (PAMP) triggered immunity (PTI) have not been systematically examined. Here, three types of starch mutants with enhanced susceptibility to Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 hrcC were examined for PTI. In a dark period-dependent manner, the mutants showed compromised induction of a PTI marker, and callose accumulation in response to the bacterial PAMP flagellin, flg22. In combination with weakened PTI responses in wild type by inhibition of the TCA cycle, the experiments determined the necessity of C-derived energy in establishing PTI. Global gene expression analyses identified flg22 responsive genes displaying C supply-dependent patterns. Nutrient recycling-related genes were regulated similarly by C-limitation and flg22, indicating re-arrangements of expression programs to redirect resources that establish or strengthen PTI. Ethylene and NAC transcription factors appear to play roles in these processes. Under C-limitation, PTI appears compromised based on suppression of genes required for continued biosynthetic capacity and defenses through flg22. Our results provide a foundation for the intuitive perception of the interplay between plant nutrition status and pathogen defense. PMID:25387755

  19. Molecular Analysis of Geographic Patterns of Eukaryotic Diversity in Antarctic Soils

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    Lawley, Blair; Ripley, Sarah; Bridge, Paul; Convey, Peter

    2004-01-01

    We describe the application of molecular biological techniques to estimate eukaryotic diversity (primarily fungi, algae, and protists) in Antarctic soils across a latitudinal and environmental gradient between approximately 60 and 87°S. The data were used to (i) test the hypothesis that diversity would decrease with increasing southerly latitude and environmental severity, as is generally claimed for “higher” faunal and plant groups, and (ii) investigate the level of endemicity displayed in different taxonomic groups. Only limited support was obtained for a systematic decrease in diversity with latitude, and then only at the level of a gross comparison between maritime (Antarctic Peninsula/Scotia Arc) and continental Antarctic sites. While the most southerly continental Antarctic site was three to four times less diverse than all maritime sites, there was no evidence for a trend of decreasing diversity across the entire range of the maritime Antarctic (60 to 72°S). Rather, we found the reverse pattern, with highest diversity at sites on Alexander Island (ca. 72°S), at the southern limit of the maritime Antarctic. The very limited overlap found between the eukaryotic biota of the different study sites, combined with their generally low relatedness to existing sequence databases, indicates a high level of Antarctic site isolation and possibly endemicity, a pattern not consistent with similar studies on other continents. PMID:15466539

  20. Self-organized density patterns of molecular motors in arrays of cytoskeletal filaments.

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    Klumpp, Stefan; Nieuwenhuizen, Theo M; Lipowsky, Reinhard

    2005-05-01

    The stationary states of systems with many molecular motors are studied theoretically for uniaxial and centered (asterlike) arrangements of cytoskeletal filaments using Monte Carlo simulations and a two-state model. Mutual exclusion of motors from binding sites of the filaments is taken into account. For small overall motor concentration, the density profiles are exponential and algebraic in uniaxial and centered filament systems, respectively. For uniaxial systems, exclusion leads to the coexistence of regions of high and low densities of bound motors corresponding to motor traffic jams, which grow upon increasing the overall motor concentration. These jams are insensitive to the motor behavior at the end of the filament. In centered systems, traffic jams remain small and an increase in the motor concentration leads to a flattening of the profile if the motors move inwards, and to the buildup of a concentration maximum in the center of the aster if motors move outwards. In addition to motor density patterns, we also determine the corresponding patterns of the motor current. PMID:15855661

  1. Vigilant Keratinocytes Trigger Pathogen-Associated Molecular Pattern Signaling in Response to Streptococcal M1 Protein.

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    Persson, Sandra T; Wilk, Laura; Mörgelin, Matthias; Herwald, Heiko

    2015-12-01

    The human skin exerts many functions in order to maintain its barrier integrity and protect the host from invading microorganisms. One such pathogen is Streptococcus pyogenes, which can cause a variety of superficial skin wounds that may eventually progress into invasive deep soft tissue infections. Here we show that keratinocytes recognize soluble M1 protein, a streptococcal virulence factor, as a pathogen-associated molecular pattern to release alarming inflammatory responses. We found that this interaction initiates an inflammatory intracellular signaling cascade involving the activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinases extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), p38, and Jun N-terminal protein kinase and the subsequent induction and mobilization of the transcription factors NF-?B and AP-1. We also determined the imprint of the inflammatory mediators released, such as interleukin-8 (IL-8), growth-related oncogene alpha, migration inhibitory factor, extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer, IL-1?, IL-1 receptor a, and ST2, in response to streptococcal M1 protein. The expression of IL-8 is dependent on Toll-like receptor 2 activity and subsequent activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinases ERK and p38. Notably, this signaling seems to be distinct for IL-8 release, and it is not shared with the other inflammatory mediators. We conclude that keratinocytes participate in a proinflammatory manner in streptococcal pattern recognition and that expression of the chemoattractant IL-8 by keratinocytes constitutes an important protective mechanism against streptococcal M1 protein. PMID:26416902

  2. Self-Organized Density Patterns of Molecular Motors in Arrays of Cytoskeletal Filaments

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    Klumpp, Stefan; Nieuwenhuizen, Theo M.; Lipowsky, Reinhard

    2005-01-01

    The stationary states of systems with many molecular motors are studied theoretically for uniaxial and centered (asterlike) arrangements of cytoskeletal filaments using Monte Carlo simulations and a two-state model. Mutual exclusion of motors from binding sites of the filaments is taken into account. For small overall motor concentration, the density profiles are exponential and algebraic in uniaxial and centered filament systems, respectively. For uniaxial systems, exclusion leads to the coexistence of regions of high and low densities of bound motors corresponding to motor traffic jams, which grow upon increasing the overall motor concentration. These jams are insensitive to the motor behavior at the end of the filament. In centered systems, traffic jams remain small and an increase in the motor concentration leads to a flattening of the profile if the motors move inwards, and to the buildup of a concentration maximum in the center of the aster if motors move outwards. In addition to motor density patterns, we also determine the corresponding patterns of the motor current. PMID:15855661

  3. Molecular fingerprinting of lacustrian cyanobacterial communities: regional patterns in summer diversity.

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    Touzet, Nicolas; McCarthy, David; Fleming, Gerard T A

    2013-12-01

    The assessment of lacustrian water quality is necessary to comply with environmental regulations. At the regional scale, difficulties reside in the selection of representative lakes. Given the risks towards water quality associated with phytoplankton blooms, a mesoscale survey was carried out in Irish lakes to identify patterns in the distribution and diversity of planktonic cyanobacteria. A stratified sampling strategy was carried out via geographic information systems (GIS) analysis of river catchment attributes due to the range of hydrogeomorphological features and the high number of lakes within the study area. 16S rRNA gene denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis showed variation between the cyanobacterial communities sampled, with lower occurrence of cyanobacteria in August concomitant to increased wind and precipitation regimes. Multivariate analysis delineated three ecoregions based on land cover typology and revealed significant patterns in the distribution of cyanobacterial diversity. A majority of filamentous cyanobacteria genotypes occurred in larger lakes contained river catchments with substantial forest cover. In contrast, higher diversity of spherical cyanobacteria genotypes was observed in lakes of lesser trophic state. In the context of aquatic resource management, the combined use of GIS-based sampling strategy and molecular methods offers promising prospects for assessing microbial community structure at varying scales of space and time. PMID:23802655

  4. Time dependent chemistry in dense molecular clouds. III - Infrared band cross sections of molecules in the solid state at 10 K

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    Dhendecourt, L. B.; Allamandola, L. J.

    1986-01-01

    Thin film transmission infrared spectra and a list of integrated absorbance values (band strengths) of bands in the 2.5 to 20 micron range of various molecular solids deposited on a CsI window cooled to 10 K are presented. These solids include molecules known or suspected to be present on interstellar grains such as H2O, CO, NH3 and CH4 and mixtures of these molecules as well as various hydrocarbons. The method is described by which the absorbance values derived can be used to estimate column densities of species adsorbed on interstellar grains and other solids associated with celestial IR sources.

  5. Single-Molecule Enzymology

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    Xie, Xiaoliang; Lu, H PETER.

    1999-06-04

    Viewing a movie of an enzyme molecule made from molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, we see incredible details of molecular motions, be it a change of the conformation or the action of a chemical reaction.

  6. Joint Measurements of Terahertz Wave Generation and High-Harmonic Generation from Aligned Nitrogen Molecules Reveal Angle-Resolved Molecular Structures

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    Huang, Yindong; Meng, Chao; Wang, Xiaowei; Lü, Zhihui; Zhang, Dongwen; Chen, Wenbo; Zhao, Jing; Yuan, Jianmin; Zhao, Zengxiu

    2015-09-01

    We report the synchronized measurements of terahertz wave generation and high-harmonic generation from aligned nitrogen molecules in dual-color laser fields. Both yields are found to be alignment dependent, showing the importance of molecular structures in the generation processes. By calibrating the angular ionization rates with the terahertz yields, we present a new way of retrieving the angular differential photoionization cross section (PICS) from the harmonic signals which avoids specific model calculations or separate measurements of the alignment-dependent ionization rates. The measured PICS is found to be consistent with theoretical predications, although some discrepancies exist. This all-optical method provides a new alternative for investigating molecular structures.

  7. Determination of chlorine in coal via the SrCl molecule using high-resolution graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry and direct solid sample analysis

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    Pereira, Éderson R.; Rocha, Lucas M.; Cadorim, Heloisa R.; Silva, Vanessa D.; Welz, Bernhard; Carasek, Eduardo; de Andrade, Jailson B.

    2015-12-01

    In this study, the determination of chlorine in coal is described via molecular absorption of the strontium mono-chloride (SrCl) molecule at 635.862 nm using high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry (HR-CS GF MAS) and direct solid sample analysis. The pyrolysis and vaporization temperatures were optimized and the measurements are accomplished with a platform coated with zirconium as a permanent chemical modifier in order to increase the sensitivity of the gaseous SrCl molecule generated in the graphite furnace. The optimum pyrolysis and vaporization temperatures were 700 °C and 2100 °C, respectively. Under optimized conditions, the limit of detection and characteristic mass of the method were 0.85 and 0.24 ng, respectively. The accuracy of the method has been verified using four certified reference materials and one not certified reference material of coal, and the results were in good agreement with the certified or reference values.

  8. Differential tapasin dependence of MHC class I molecules correlates with conformational changes upon peptide dissociation: A molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Sieker, Florian; Straatsma, TP; Springer, Sebastian; Zacharias, Martin W.

    2008-08-01

    Efficiency of peptide loading to MHC class I molecules in the endoplasmatic reticulum depends on the class I allele and can involve interaction with tapasin and other proteins of the loading complex. Allele HLA-B*4402 (Asp at position 116) depends on tapasin for efficient peptide loading whereas HLA-B*4405 (identical to B*4402 except for Tyr116) can efficiently load peptides in the absence of tapasin. Both alleles adopt very similar structures in the presence of the same peptide. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on induced peptide termini dissociation from the ?1/?2 peptide binding domains have been performed to characterize free energy changes and associated structural changes in the two alleles. A smooth free energy change along the distance dissociation coordinate was obtained for N terminus dissociation. A different shape and magnitude of the calculated free energy change and was obtained for induced peptide C terminus dissociation in case of the tapasin independent allele B*4405 compared to B*4402. Structural changes during C terminus dissociation occurred mainly in the first segment of the ?2-helix that flanks the peptide C-terminus binding region (F-pocket) and contacts residue 116. This segment is also close to the proposed tapasin contact region. For B*4402, a stable shift towards an altered open F-pocket structure deviating significantly from the bound form was observed. In contrast, B*4405 showed only a transient opening of the F-pocket followed by relaxation towards a structure close to the bound form upon C terminus dissociation. The greater tendency for peptide-receptive conformation in the absence of peptide combined with a more long-range character of the interactions with the peptide C terminus facilitates peptide binding to B*4405 and could be responsible for the tapasin independence of this allele. A possible role of tapasin in case of HLA-B*4402 and other tapasin-dependent alleles could be the stabilization of a peptide receptive class I conformation.

  9. Identification of a small molecule inhibitor of serine 276 phosphorylation of the p65 subunit of NF-?B using in silico molecular docking

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    Law, Mary; Corsino, Patrick; Parker, Nicole Teoh; Law, Brian K.

    2009-01-01

    NF-?B is activated in many types of cancer. Phosphorylation of p65 at serine 276 is required for the expression of a subset of NF-?B regulated genes, including vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and interleukin-8 (IL-8). Thus, inhibition of serine 276 phosphorylation may prevent metastasis and angiogenesis in certain tumor types. Using in silico molecular docking, small molecules that are predicted to bind to a structural pocket near serine 276 were identified. One compound, NSC-127102, hinders serine 276 phosphorylation and the expression of IL-8 and VCAM-1. Small molecules such as NSC-127102 may be optimized for the future treatment of cancer. PMID:19910110

  10. Cyclodextrin-supported organic matrix for application of MALDI-MS for forensics. Soft-ionization to obtain protonated molecules of low molecular weight compounds

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    Yonezawa, Tetsu; Asano, Takashi; Fujino, Tatsuya; Nishihara, Hiroshi

    2013-06-01

    A mass measurement technique for detecting low-molecular-weight drugs with a cyclodextrin-supported organic matrix was investigated. By using cyclodextrin-supported 2,4,6-trihydroxyacetophenone (THAP), the matrix-related peaks of drugs were suppressed. The peaks of protonated molecules of the sample and THAP were mainly observed, and small fragments were detected in a few cases. Despite the Na+ and K+ peaks were observed in the spectrum, Na+ or K+ adduct sample molecules were undetected, owing to the sugar units of cyclodextrin. The advantages of MALDI-MS with cyclodextrin-supported matrices as an analytical tool for forensic samples are discussed. The suppression of alkali adducted molecules and desorption process are also discussed.

  11. Strontium mono-chloride - A new molecule for the determination of chlorine using high-resolution graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry and direct solid sample analysis

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    Pereira, Éderson R.; Welz, Bernhard; Lopez, Alfredo H. D.; de Gois, Jefferson S.; Caramori, Giovanni F.; Borges, Daniel L. G.; Carasek, Eduardo; de Andrade, Jailson B.

    2014-12-01

    A new method has been developed for the determination of chlorine in biological reference materials using high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry (HR-CS GF MAS) of the strontium mono-chloride (SrCl) molecule and direct solid sample analysis. The use of the SrCl molecule for high-temperature MAS was not described up to now in the literature. Preliminary time-dependent density functional theory calculations of the SrCl structure were carried out in order to obtain reasonable estimates of the absorption spectrum of the target molecule. The calculations, which were carried out at BHandHLyp/def2-QZVP level of theory, proved a very accurate and inexpensive way to get information about the spectrum of the SrCl molecule, which enabled us to perform the Cl determination with good sensitivity and specificity. The molecular absorption of the SrCl molecule has been measured using the wavelength at 635.862 nm, and zirconium and palladium have been evaluated as the chemical modifiers in order to increase the sensitivity of the gaseous SrCl molecule generated in the graphite furnace. The pyrolysis and vaporization temperatures were 600 °C and 2300 °C, respectively. Accuracy and precision of the method have been evaluated using biological certified reference materials of both animal and plant origins, showing good agreement with the informed and certified values. Limit of detection and characteristic mass were 1.0 and 2.2 ng, respectively. The results found using HR-CS GF MAS were in agreement (95% confidence level) compared to those obtained by electrothermal vaporization-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

  12. Methanol and ethanol modulate responses to danger- and microbe-associated molecular patterns

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    Hann, Claire T.; Bequette, Carlton J.; Dombrowski, James E.; Stratmann, Johannes W.

    2014-01-01

    Methanol is a byproduct of cell wall modification, released through the action of pectin methylesterases (PMEs), which demethylesterify cell wall pectins. Plant PMEs play not only a role in developmental processes but also in responses to herbivory and infection by fungal or bacterial pathogens. Molecular mechanisms that explain how methanol affects plant defenses are poorly understood. Here we show that exogenously supplied methanol alone has weak effects on defense signaling in three dicot species, however, it profoundly alters signaling responses to danger- and microbe-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs, MAMPs) such as the alarm hormone systemin, the bacterial flagellum-derived flg22 peptide, and the fungal cell wall-derived oligosaccharide chitosan. In the presence of methanol the kinetics and amplitudes of DAMP/MAMP-induced MAP kinase (MAPK) activity and oxidative burst are altered in tobacco and tomato suspension-cultured cells, in Arabidopsis seedlings and tomato leaf tissue. As a possible consequence of altered DAMP/MAMP signaling, methanol suppressed the expression of the defense genes PR-1 and PI-1 in tomato. In cell cultures of the grass tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea, Poaceae, Monocots), methanol alone activates MAPKs and increases chitosan-induced MAPK activity, and in the darnel grass Lolium temulentum (Poaceae), it alters wound-induced MAPK signaling. We propose that methanol can be recognized by plants as a sign of the damaged self. In dicots, methanol functions as a DAMP-like alarm signal with little elicitor activity on its own, whereas it appears to function as an elicitor-active DAMP in monocot grasses. Ethanol had been implicated in plant stress responses, although the source of ethanol in plants is not well established. We found that it has a similar effect as methanol on responses to MAMPs and DAMPs. PMID:25360141

  13. The Plant Actin Cytoskeleton Responds to Signals from Microbe-Associated Molecular Patterns

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    Henty-Ridilla, Jessica L.; Shimono, Masaki; Li, Jiejie; Chang, Jeff H.; Day, Brad; Staiger, Christopher J.

    2013-01-01

    Plants are constantly exposed to a large and diverse array of microbes; however, most plants are immune to the majority of potential invaders and susceptible to only a small subset of pathogens. The cytoskeleton comprises a dynamic intracellular framework that responds rapidly to biotic stresses and supports numerous fundamental cellular processes including vesicle trafficking, endocytosis and the spatial distribution of organelles and protein complexes. For years, the actin cytoskeleton has been assumed to play a role in plant innate immunity against fungi and oomycetes, based largely on static images and pharmacological studies. To date, however, there is little evidence that the host-cell actin cytoskeleton participates in responses to phytopathogenic bacteria. Here, we quantified the spatiotemporal changes in host-cell cytoskeletal architecture during the immune response to pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000. Two distinct changes to host cytoskeletal arrays were observed that correspond to distinct phases of plant-bacterial interactions i.e. the perception of microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) during pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) and perturbations by effector proteins during effector-triggered susceptibility (ETS). We demonstrate that an immediate increase in actin filament abundance is a conserved and novel component of PTI. Notably, treatment of leaves with a MAMP peptide mimic was sufficient to elicit a rapid change in actin organization in epidermal cells, and this actin response required the host-cell MAMP receptor kinase complex, including FLS2, BAK1 and BIK1. Finally, we found that actin polymerization is necessary for the increase in actin filament density and that blocking this increase with the actin-disrupting drug latrunculin B leads to enhanced susceptibility of host plants to pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria. PMID:23593000

  14. The plant actin cytoskeleton responds to signals from microbe-associated molecular patterns.

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    Henty-Ridilla, Jessica L; Shimono, Masaki; Li, Jiejie; Chang, Jeff H; Day, Brad; Staiger, Christopher J

    2013-01-01

    Plants are constantly exposed to a large and diverse array of microbes; however, most plants are immune to the majority of potential invaders and susceptible to only a small subset of pathogens. The cytoskeleton comprises a dynamic intracellular framework that responds rapidly to biotic stresses and supports numerous fundamental cellular processes including vesicle trafficking, endocytosis and the spatial distribution of organelles and protein complexes. For years, the actin cytoskeleton has been assumed to play a role in plant innate immunity against fungi and oomycetes, based largely on static images and pharmacological studies. To date, however, there is little evidence that the host-cell actin cytoskeleton participates in responses to phytopathogenic bacteria. Here, we quantified the spatiotemporal changes in host-cell cytoskeletal architecture during the immune response to pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000. Two distinct changes to host cytoskeletal arrays were observed that correspond to distinct phases of plant-bacterial interactions i.e. the perception of microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) during pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) and perturbations by effector proteins during effector-triggered susceptibility (ETS). We demonstrate that an immediate increase in actin filament abundance is a conserved and novel component of PTI. Notably, treatment of leaves with a MAMP peptide mimic was sufficient to elicit a rapid change in actin organization in epidermal cells, and this actin response required the host-cell MAMP receptor kinase complex, including FLS2, BAK1 and BIK1. Finally, we found that actin polymerization is necessary for the increase in actin filament density and that blocking this increase with the actin-disrupting drug latrunculin B leads to enhanced susceptibility of host plants to pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria. PMID:23593000

  15. Molecular genetic features of polyploidization and aneuploidization reveal unique patterns for genome duplication in diploid Malus.

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    Considine, Michael J; Wan, Yizhen; D'Antuono, Mario F; Zhou, Qian; Han, Mingyu; Gao, Hua; Wang, Man

    2012-01-01

    Polyploidization results in genome duplication and is an important step in evolution and speciation. The Malus genome confirmed that this genus was derived through auto-polyploidization, yet the genetic and meiotic mechanisms for polyploidization, particularly for aneuploidization, are unclear in this genus or other woody perennials. In fact the contribution of aneuploidization remains poorly understood throughout Plantae. We add to this knowledge by characterization of eupolyploidization and aneuploidization in 27,542 F? seedlings from seven diploid Malus populations using cytology and microsatellite markers. We provide the first evidence that aneuploidy exceeds eupolyploidy in the diploid crosses, suggesting aneuploidization is a leading cause of genome duplication. Gametes from diploid Malus had a unique combinational pattern; ova preserved euploidy exclusively, while spermatozoa presented both euploidy and aneuploidy. All non-reduced gametes were genetically heterozygous, indicating first-division restitution was the exclusive mode for Malus eupolyploidization and aneuploidization. Chromosome segregation pattern among aneuploids was non-uniform, however, certain chromosomes were associated for aneuploidization. This study is the first to provide molecular evidence for the contribution of heterozygous non-reduced gametes to fitness in polyploids and aneuploids. Aneuploidization can increase, while eupolyploidization may decrease genetic diversity in their newly established populations. Auto-triploidization is important for speciation in the extant Malus. The features of Malus polyploidization confer genetic stability and diversity, and present heterozygosity, heterosis and adaptability for evolutionary selection. A protocol using co-dominant markers was proposed for accelerating apple triploid breeding program. A path was postulated for evolution of numerically odd basic chromosomes. The model for Malus derivation was considerably revised. Impacts of aneuploidization on speciation and evolution, and potential applications of aneuploids and polyploids in breeding and genetics for other species were evaluated in depth. This study greatly improves our understanding of evolution, speciation, and adaptation of the Malus genus, and provides strategies to exploit polyploidization in other species. PMID:22253724

  16. Complex temporal patterns in molecular dynamics: A direct measure of the phase-space exploration by the trajectory at macroscopic time scales

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    Nerukh, Dmitry

    Complex temporal patterns in molecular dynamics: A direct measure of the phase-space exploration how the trajectory explores the phase space and independent from the particular molecular signal used in liquids form complex patterns in the phase space. Because of the system's high dimensionality defined

  17. Molecules between the Stars.

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    Verschuur, Gerrit L.

    1987-01-01

    Provides a listing of molecules discovered to date in the vast interstellar clouds of dust and gas. Emphasizes the recent discoveries of organic molecules. Discusses molecular spectral lines, MASERs (microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation), molecular clouds, and star birth. (TW)

  18. Oxaliplatin induces different cellular and molecular chemoresistance patterns in colorectal cancer cell lines of identical origins

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    2013-01-01

    Background Cancer cells frequently adopt cellular and molecular alterations and acquire resistance to cytostatic drugs. Chemotherapy with oxaliplatin is among the leading treatments for colorectal cancer with a response rate of 50%, inducing intrastrand cross-links on the DNA. Despite of this drug’s efficiency, resistance develops in nearly all metastatic patients. Chemoresistance being of crucial importance for the drug’s clinical efficiency this study aimed to contribute to the identification and description of some cellular and molecular alterations induced by prolonged oxaliplatin therapy. Resistance to oxaliplatin was induced in Colo320 (Colo320R) and HT-29 (HT-29R) colorectal adenocarcinoma cell lines by exposing the cells to increasing concentrations of the drug. Alterations in morphology, cytotoxicity, DNA cross-links formation and gene expression profiles were assessed in the parental and resistant variants with microscopy, MTT, alkaline comet and pangenomic microarray assays, respectively. Results Morphology analysis revealed epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in the resistant vs parental cells suggesting alterations of the cells’ adhesion complexes, through which they acquire increased invasiveness and adherence. Cytotoxicity measurements demonstrated resistance to oxaliplatin in both cell lines; Colo320 being more sensitive than HT-29 to this drug (P?molecular chemoresistance patterns induced by prolonged treatment with oxaliplatin in cell lines with identical origins (colorectal adenocarcinomas). PMID:23865481

  19. A molecular dynamics study of the lateral free energy profile of a pair of cholesterol molecules as a function of their distance in phospholipid bilayers

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    Andoh, Yoshimichi; Oono, Kimiko; Okazaki, Susumu; Hatta, Ichiro

    2012-04-01

    Free energy profile of a pair of cholesterol molecules in a leaflet of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-phosphatidylcholine (POPC) bilayers in the liquid-crystalline phase has been calculated as a function of their lateral distance using a combination of NPT-constant atomistic molecular dynamics calculations (P = 1 atm and T = 310.15 K) and the thermodynamic integration method. The calculated free energy clearly shows that the two cholesterol molecules form a dimer separated by a distance of 1.0-1.5 nm in POPC bilayers. Well depth of the free energy profile is about 3.5 kJ/mol, which is comparable to the thermal energy kBT at 310.15 K. This indicates that the aggregation of cholesterol molecules in the bilayers depends on the temperature as well as the concentration of the system. The free energy function obtained here may be used as a reference when coarse grained potential model is investigated for this two-component system. Local structure of POPC molecules around two cholesterol molecules has also been investigated.

  20. Cloning, molecular characterization, and expression pattern of FGF5 in Cashmere goat (Capra hircus).

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    Bao, W L; Yao, R Y; He, Q; Guo, Z X; Bao, C; Wang, Y F; Wang, Z G

    2015-01-01

    Fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) is a secreted signaling protein that belongs to the FGF family, and was found to be associated with hair growth in humans and other animals. The Inner Mongolia Cashmere goat (Capra hircus) is a goat breed that provides superior cashmere; this breed was formed by spontaneous mutation in China. Here, we report the cloning, molecular characterization, and expression pattern of the Cashmere goat FGF5. The cloned FGF5 cDNA was 813 base pairs (KM596772), including an open reading frame encoding a 270-amino-acid polypeptide. The nucleotide sequence shared 99% homology with Ovis aries FGF5 (NM_001246263.1). Bioinformatic analysis revealed that FGF5 contained a signal peptide, an FGF domain, and a heparin-binding growth factor/FGF family signature. There was 1 cAMP- and cGMP-dependent protein kinase phosphorylation site, 11 protein kinase C phosphorylation sites, 4 casein kinase II phosphorylation sites, 1 amidation site, 1 N-glycosylation site, and 1 tyrosine kinase phosphorylation site in FGF5. Real-time polymerase chain reaction showed that FGF5 mRNA levels were higher in testis than in the pancreas and liver. These data suggest that FGF5 may play a crucial role in Cashmere goat hair growth. PMID:26400346

  1. Caspase-dependent cell death-associated release of nucleosome and damage-associated molecular patterns

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    Yoon, S; Park, S J; Han, J H; Kang, J H; Kim, J-h; Lee, J; Park, S; Shin, H-J; Kim, K; Yun, M; Chwae, Y-J

    2014-01-01

    Apoptosis, which is anti-inflammatory, and necrosis, which is pro-inflammatory, represent the extremes of the cell death spectrum. Cell death is complex and both apoptosis and necrosis can be observed in the same cells or tissues. Here, we introduce a novel combined mode of cellular demise – caspase-dependent regulated necrosis. Most importantly, it is mainly characterized with release of marked amount of oligo- or poly-nucleosomes and their attached damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) and initiated by caspase activation. Caspase-activated DNase has dual roles in nucleosomal release as it can degrade extracellularly released chromatin into poly- or oligo-nucleosomes although it prohibits release of nucleosomes. In addition, osmotically triggered water movement following Cl? influx and subsequent Na+ influx appears to be the major driving force for nucleosomal and DAMPs release. Finally, Ca2+-activated cysteine protease, calpain, is an another essential factor in nucleosomal and DAMPs release because of complete reversion to apoptotic morphology from necrotic one and blockade of nucleosomal and DAMPs release by its inhibition. PMID:25356863

  2. TLR activation regulates damage-associated molecular pattern isoforms released during pyroptosis.

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    Nyström, Sanna; Antoine, Daniel J; Lundbäck, Peter; Lock, John G; Nita, Andreia F; Högstrand, Kari; Grandien, Alf; Erlandsson-Harris, Helena; Andersson, Ulf; Applequist, Steven E

    2013-01-01

    Infection of macrophages by bacterial pathogens can trigger Toll-like receptor (TLR) activation as well as Nod-like receptors (NLRs) leading to inflammasome formation and cell death dependent on caspase-1 (pyroptosis). Complicating the study of inflammasome activation is priming. Here, we develop a priming-free NLRC4 inflammasome activation system to address the necessity and role of priming in pyroptotic cell death and damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) release. We find pyroptosis is not dependent on priming and when priming is re-introduced pyroptosis is unaffected. Cells undergoing unprimed pyroptosis appear to be independent of mitochondrial involvement and do not produce inflammatory cytokines, nitrous oxide (NO), or reactive oxygen species (ROS). Nevertheless, they undergo an explosive cell death releasing a chemotactic isoform of the DAMP high mobility group protein box 1 (HMGB1). Importantly, priming through surface TLRs but not endosomal TLRs during pyroptosis leads to the release of a new TLR4-agonist cysteine redox isoform of HMGB1. These results show that pyroptosis is dominant to priming signals and indicates that metabolic changes triggered by priming can affect how cell death is perceived by the immune system. PMID:23222484

  3. Innate Immune Responses Activated in Arabidopsis Roots by Microbe-Associated Molecular Patterns[W][OA

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    Millet, Yves A.; Danna, Cristian H.; Clay, Nicole K.; Songnuan, Wisuwat; Simon, Matthew D.; Werck-Reichhart, Danièle; Ausubel, Frederick M.

    2010-01-01

    Despite the fact that roots are the organs most subject to microbial interactions, very little is known about the response of roots to microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs). By monitoring transcriptional activation of ?-glucuronidase reporters and MAMP-elicited callose deposition, we show that three MAMPs, the flagellar peptide Flg22, peptidoglycan, and chitin, trigger a strong tissue-specific response in Arabidopsis thaliana roots, either at the elongation zone for Flg22 and peptidoglycan or in the mature parts of the roots for chitin. Ethylene signaling, the 4-methoxy-indole-3-ylmethylglucosinolate biosynthetic pathway, and the PEN2 myrosinase, but not salicylic acid or jasmonic acid signaling, play major roles in this MAMP response. We also show that Flg22 induces the cytochrome P450 CYP71A12-dependent exudation of the phytoalexin camalexin by Arabidopsis roots. The phytotoxin coronatine, an Ile-jasmonic acid mimic produced by Pseudomonas syringae pathovars, suppresses MAMP-activated responses in the roots. This suppression requires the E3 ubiquitin ligase COI1 as well as the transcription factor JIN1/MYC2 but does not rely on salicylic acid–jasmonic acid antagonism. These experiments demonstrate the presence of highly orchestrated and tissue-specific MAMP responses in roots and potential pathogen-encoded mechanisms to block these MAMP-elicited signaling pathways. PMID:20348432

  4. Spatial pattern of nucleotide polymorphism indicates molecular adaptation in the bryophyte Sphagnum fimbriatum.

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    Szövényi, P; Hock, Zs; Korpelainen, H; Shaw, A Jonathan

    2009-10-01

    In organisms with haploid-dominant life cycles, natural selection is expected to be especially effective because genetic variation is exposed directly to selection. However, in spore-producing plants with high dispersal abilities, among-population migration may counteract local adaptation by continuously redistributing genetic variability. In this study, we tested for adaptation at the molecular level by comparing nucleotide polymorphism in two genes (GapC and Rpb2) in 10 European populations of the peatmoss species, Sphagnum fimbriatum with variability at nine microsatellite loci assumed to be selectively neutral. In line with previous results, the GapC and Rpb2 genes showed strikingly different patterns of nucleotide polymorphism. Neutrality tests and comparison of population differentiation based on the GapC and Rpb2 genes with neutrally evolving microsatellites using coalescent simulations supported non-neutral evolution in GapC, but neutral evolution in the Rpb2 gene. These observations and the positions of the replacement mutations in the GAPDH enzyme (coded by GapC) indicate a significant impact of replacement mutations on enzyme function. Furthermore, the geographic distribution of alternate GapC alleles and/or linked genomic regions suggests that they have had differential success in the recolonization of Europe following the Last Glacial Maximum. PMID:19539771

  5. Integrating molecular, phenotypic and environmental data to elucidate patterns of crocodile hybridization in Belize.

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    Hekkala, Evon R; Platt, Steven G; Thorbjarnarson, John B; Rainwater, Thomas R; Tessler, Michael; Cunningham, Seth W; Twomey, Christopher; Amato, George

    2015-09-01

    The genus Crocodylus comprises 12 currently recognized species, many of which can be difficult to differentiate phenotypically. Interspecific hybridization among crocodiles is known to occur in captivity and has been documented between some species in the wild. The identification of hybrid individuals is of importance for management and monitoring of crocodilians, many of which are Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) listed. In this study, both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA markers were evaluated for their use in confirming a suspected hybrid zone between American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) and Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) populations in southern Belize where individuals and nests exhibiting atypical phenotypic features had previously been observed. Patterns observed in both phenotypic and molecular data indicate possible behavioural and ecological characteristics associated with hybridization events. The results of the combined analyses found that the majority of suspected hybrid samples represent crosses between female C. acutus and male C. moreletii. Phenotypic data could statistically identify hybrids, although morphological overlap between hybrids and C. moreletii reduced reliability of identification based solely on field characters. Ecologically, C. acutus was exclusively found in saline waters, whereas hybrids and C. moreletii were largely absent in these conditions. A hypothesized correlation between unidirectional hybridization and destruction of C. acutus breeding habitats warrants additional research. PMID:26473062

  6. The Role of Damage-Associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs) in Human Diseases

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    Land, Walter G.

    2015-01-01

    This article is the second part of a review that addresses the role of damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) in human diseases by presenting examples of traumatic (systemic inflammatory response syndrome), cardiovascular (myocardial infarction), metabolic (type 2 diabetes mellitus), neurodegenerative (Alzheimer’s disease), malignant and infectious diseases. Various DAMPs are involved in the pathogenesis of all these diseases as they activate innate immune machineries including the unfolded protein response and inflammasomes. These subsequently promote sterile autoinflammation accompanied, at least in part, by subsequent adaptive autoimmune processes. This review article discusses the future role of DAMPs in routine practical medicine by highlighting the possibility of harnessing and deploying DAMPs either as biomarkers for the appropriate diagnosis and prognosis of diseases, as therapeutics in the treatment of tumours or as vaccine adjuncts for the prophylaxis of infections. In addition, this article examines the potential for developing strategies aimed at mitigating DAMPs-mediated hyperinflammatory responses, such as those seen in systemic inflammatory response syndrome associated with multiple organ failure. PMID:26052447

  7. Microevolutionary Patterns and Molecular Markers: The Genetics of Geographic Variation in Ascaris suum

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    Nadler, S. A.

    1996-01-01

    Molecular markers have been used only rarely to characterize the population genetic structure of nematodes. Published studies have suggested that different taxa may show distinct genetic architectures. Isoenzyme and RAPD markers have been used to investigate geographic variation of Ascaris suum at the level of infrapopulations (nematodes within individual hosts), within localities, and among geographic regions. Independent estimates of genetic differentiation among population samples based on isoenzyme and RAPD data showed similar patterns and substantial correlation. Heterozygote deficiencies within infrapopulations and large values for inbreeding coefficients among infrapopulations suggested that the composition of these populations was not consistent with a model of random recruitment from a large panmictic pool of life-cycle stages. Both isoenzyme and RAPD markers revealed moderate levels of genetic differentiation among samples representing infrapopulations and localities. Of total gene diversity, 9.4% (isoenzyme) and 9.2% (RAPD) was partitioned among infrapopulations. Geographic localities accounted for 7.8% (isoenzyme) and 6.2% (RAPD) of total diversity. Only infrapopulations from the same farm had low levels of differentiation. PMID:19277145

  8. Highly reliable carbon nanotube transistors with patterned gates and molecular gate dielectric.

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    Weitz, R Thomas; Zschieschang, Ute; Forment-Aliaga, Alicia; Kälblein, Daniel; Burghard, Marko; Kern, Klaus; Klauk, Hagen

    2009-04-01

    The prospect of realizing nanoscale transistors using individual semiconducting carbon nanotubes offers enormous potential, both as an alternative to silicon technology beyond conventional scaling limits and as a way to implement high-speed devices and circuits on flexible substrates. A significant challenge is the realization of low-voltage nanotube transistors with individually addressable gate electrodes that display large transconductance, steep subthreshold swing, and large on/off ratio. Their integration into circuits with large signal gain and good stability still needs to be demonstrated. Here, we demonstrate that these important goals can be achieved with the help of a bottom-gate device structure that combines patterned metal gates with a thin gate dielectric based on a molecular self-assembled monolayer. The obtained transistors operate with a gate-source voltage of 1 V and have a transconductance of 5 microS, a subthreshold swing of 68 mV/decade, and an on/off ratio of 10(7). To verify the excellent operational and shelf life stability, we show that the device performance does not degrade during 10,000 switching cycles and during storage under ambient conditions for more than 300 days. We also demonstrate that the device structure allows the implementation of unipolar logic circuits with good switching characteristics. PMID:19351189

  9. Integrating molecular, phenotypic and environmental data to elucidate patterns of crocodile hybridization in Belize

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    Hekkala, Evon R.; Platt, Steven G.; Thorbjarnarson, John B.; Rainwater, Thomas R.; Tessler, Michael; Cunningham, Seth W.; Twomey, Christopher; Amato, George

    2015-01-01

    The genus Crocodylus comprises 12 currently recognized species, many of which can be difficult to differentiate phenotypically. Interspecific hybridization among crocodiles is known to occur in captivity and has been documented between some species in the wild. The identification of hybrid individuals is of importance for management and monitoring of crocodilians, many of which are Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) listed. In this study, both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA markers were evaluated for their use in confirming a suspected hybrid zone between American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) and Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) populations in southern Belize where individuals and nests exhibiting atypical phenotypic features had previously been observed. Patterns observed in both phenotypic and molecular data indicate possible behavioural and ecological characteristics associated with hybridization events. The results of the combined analyses found that the majority of suspected hybrid samples represent crosses between female C. acutus and male C. moreletii. Phenotypic data could statistically identify hybrids, although morphological overlap between hybrids and C. moreletii reduced reliability of identification based solely on field characters. Ecologically, C. acutus was exclusively found in saline waters, whereas hybrids and C. moreletii were largely absent in these conditions. A hypothesized correlation between unidirectional hybridization and destruction of C. acutus breeding habitats warrants additional research. PMID:26473062

  10. Molecular analysis of the same HIV peptide functionally binding to both a class I and a class II MHC molecule.

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    Takeshita, T; Takahashi, H; Kozlowski, S; Ahlers, J D; Pendleton, C D; Moore, R L; Nakagawa, Y; Yokomuro, K; Fox, B S; Margulies, D H

    1995-02-15

    Although several peptides have been found to bind to both class I and class II molecules, the basis for this binding of the same peptide to two classes of MHC molecules has not been compared previously. We have analyzed one such peptide, P18 from the V3 loop of HIV-1 gp160, which we have previously shown to be recognized by CD8+ CTL with the class I molecule H-2Dd, and by CD4+ Th cells with the class II molecule I-Ad. With the use of truncated and substituted peptides, we found that the minimal core peptides are very similar, that the residues required for class I binding precisely fit the recently identified consensus motif for peptides binding to Dd (XGPX[R/K/H]XXX(X) [L/I/F]), and that at least three of the same residues are involved in binding to class II I-Ad. In addition, several of the same residues are involved in TCR interaction when the peptide is presented by class I and class II molecules. Modeling shows results to be consistent with the crystal structure of a peptide-class II MHC complex. Thus, the recognition of this versatile peptide by CD4+ Th cells with class II MHC molecules and by CD8+ cytotoxic T cells with class I MHC molecules is remarkably similar in both the core peptide used and the role of different residues in the ternary complex. PMID:7530749

  11. Pattern Formation within Escherichia coli: Diffusion, Membrane Attachment, and Self-Interaction of MinD Molecules

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    Timmer, Jens

    Pattern Formation within Escherichia coli: Diffusion, Membrane Attachment, and Self) In E. coli, accurate cell division depends upon the oscillation of Min proteins from pole to pole. We spatial oscillator in E. coli, and is necessary for accurate cell division [1]. The properties

  12. Molecular modeling of the inhibition of protein-protein interactions with small molecules: The IL2-IL2R? case

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    Pieraccini, Stefano; De Gonda, Riccardo; Sironi, Maurizio

    2011-12-01

    Developing drug like molecules targeting protein-protein interactions is one of the main goals of current medicinal chemistry. To drive the design process it is fundamental to locate those sites on the protein-protein contact surface that are more critical for protein binding, which are the most eligible targets to affect the protein complex formation. In this work we show how computational alanine scanning can be used to identify such critical sites and evaluate their interactions with small molecules designed to inhibit the complex formation. Complex of protein IL2 with IL2R? and with some small molecule inhibitors are used as an example.

  13. Second-Harmonic-Generation Microscopy Using Excitation Beam with Controlled Polarization Pattern to Determine Three-Dimensional Molecular Orientation

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    Yoshiki, Keisuke; Hashimoto, Mamoru; Araki, Tsutomu

    2005-08-01

    We have developed a second-harmonic-generation (SHG) microscope using an excitation beam with a controlled polarization pattern in order to detect three-dimensional molecular orientation. The electric field at the focus is controlled three-dimensionally by modifying the polarization distribution with a parallel-aligned nematic-liquid-crystal spatial-light-modulator without any mechanical moving parts. We demonstrated that the SHG signal from an Achilles tendon, sliced so that collagen fibers were aligned parallel to the optical axis, excited by a radially polarized beam was higher than those excited by linearly polarized beams. The possibility of determinating three-dimensional molecular orientation was thus shown.

  14. Reconstruction of the Electron Density of Molecules with Single-Axis Alignment

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    Starodub, Dmitri

    2011-08-12

    Diffraction from the individual molecules of a molecular beam, aligned parallel to a single axis by a strong electric field or other means, has been proposed as a means of structure determination of individual molecules. As in fiber diffraction, all the information extractable is contained in a diffraction pattern from incidence of the diffracting beam normal to the molecular alignment axis. We present two methods of structure solution for this case. One is based on the iterative projection algorithms for phase retrieval applied to the coefficients of the cylindrical harmonic expansion of the molecular electron density. Another is the holographic approach utilizing presence of the strongly scattering reference atom for a specific molecule.

  15. Chemical evolution of the HC3N and N2H+ molecules in dense cores of the Vela C giant molecular cloud complex

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    Ohashi, Satoshi; Tatematsu, Ken'ichi; Fujii, Kosuke; Sanhueza, Patricio; Nguyen Luong, Quang; Choi, Minho; Hirota, Tomoya; Mizuno, Norikazu

    2015-11-01

    We have observed the HC3N(J = 10-9) and N2H+ (J = 1-0) lines toward the Vela C molecular clouds with the Mopra 22 m telescope to study the chemical characteristics of dense cores. The intensity distributions of these molecules are similar to each other at an angular resolution of 53?, corresponding to 0.19 pc, suggesting that these molecules trace the same dense cores. We identified 25 local peaks in the velocity-integrated intensity maps of the HC3N and/or N2H+ emission. Assuming local thermodynamic equilibrium conditions, we calculated the column densities of these molecules and found a tendency for the N2H+/HC3N abundance ratio to be low in starless regions while it seems to be high in star-forming regions, similar to the tendencies in the NH3/CCS, NH3/HC3N, and N2H+/CCS abundance ratios found in previous studies of dark clouds and the Orion A giant molecular cloud (GMC). We suggest that carbon chain molecules, including HC3N, may trace chemically young molecular gas, and that N-bearing molecules, such as N2H+, may trace later stages of chemical evolution in the Vela C molecular clouds. It may be possible that the N2H+/HC3N abundance ratio of ˜1.4 divides the star-forming and starless peaks in Vela C, although it is not as clear as those in NH3/CCS, NH3/HC3N, and N2H+/CCS for the Orion A GMC. This less clear separation may be caused by our lower spatial resolution or the misclassification of star-forming and starless peaks due to the larger distance of Vela C. It might also be possible that the HC3N (J = 10-9) transition is not a good chemical evolution tracer compared with CCS (J = 4-3 and 7-6) transitions.

  16. A Redox-Active, Compact Molecule for Cross-Linking Amyloidogenic Peptides into Nontoxic, Off-Pathway Aggregates: In Vitro and In Vivo Efficacy and Molecular Mechanisms.

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    Derrick, Jeffrey S; Kerr, Richard A; Nam, Younwoo; Oh, Shin Bi; Lee, Hyuck Jin; Earnest, Kaylin G; Suh, Nayoung; Peck, Kristy L; Ozbil, Mehmet; Korshavn, Kyle J; Ramamoorthy, Ayyalusamy; Prabhakar, Rajeev; Merino, Edward J; Shearer, Jason; Lee, Joo-Yong; Ruotolo, Brandon T; Lim, Mi Hee

    2015-11-25

    Chemical reagents targeting and controlling amyloidogenic peptides have received much attention for helping identify their roles in the pathogenesis of protein-misfolding disorders. Herein, we report a novel strategy for redirecting amyloidogenic peptides into nontoxic, off-pathway aggregates, which utilizes redox properties of a small molecule (DMPD, N,N-dimethyl-p-phenylenediamine) to trigger covalent adduct formation with the peptide. In addition, for the first time, biochemical, biophysical, and molecular dynamics simulation studies have been performed to demonstrate a mechanistic understanding for such an interaction between a small molecule (DMPD) and amyloid-? (A?) and its subsequent anti-amyloidogenic activity, which, upon its transformation, generates ligand-peptide adducts via primary amine-dependent intramolecular cross-linking correlated with structural compaction. Furthermore, in vivo efficacy of DMPD toward amyloid pathology and cognitive impairment was evaluated employing 5xFAD mice of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Such a small molecule (DMPD) is indicated to noticeably reduce the overall cerebral amyloid load of soluble A? forms and amyloid deposits as well as significantly improve cognitive defects in the AD mouse model. Overall, our in vitro and in vivo studies of DMPD toward A? with the first molecular-level mechanistic investigations present the feasibility of developing new, innovative approaches that employ redox-active compounds without the structural complexity as next-generation chemical tools for amyloid management. PMID:26575890

  17. ATP molecule ATP molecule

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    ATP molecule 9 ATP molecule 8 Autumn 2003 · Vol. 1 No. 2 · inSiDE inSiDE · Vol. 1 No. 2 · Autumn with adenosine 5`-triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the most important energy carrier in cellular metabolism, and each human being produces its own weight in ATP every day. The ATP molecule is shown in Figure 1, where

  18. A Jump Distance Distribution-based Bayesian model selection procedure reliably extracts molecular motion features from single molecule tracking data

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    Tollis, Sylvain

    2015-01-01

    Single-molecule tracking (SMT) methods are under considerable expansion in many fields of cell biology, as the dynamics of cellular components in biological mechanisms becomes increasingly relevant. Despite the development of SMT technologies, it is still difficult to reconcile a sparse signal at all times (required to distinguish single molecules) with long individual trajectories, which would be required for efficient Mean-Square Displacement-based analysis, within confined regions of the cell and given experimental limitations. In this work, we develop and implement a new mathematical analysis method of SMT trajectories, which aims to take advantage of the (large) number of (short) trajectories that are typically obtained with cellular systems in vivo. The method is based on the fitting of the jump distance distribution, e.g. the distribution that represents how far molecules travel in a set time interval; it uses a Bayesian approach to compare plausible molecule motion and extract both qualitative and qua...

  19. Multiple binding modes of a small molecule to human Keap1 revealed by X-ray crystallography and molecular dynamics simulation

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    Satoh, Mikiya; Saburi, Hajime; Tanaka, Tomoyuki; Matsuura, Yoshinori; Naitow, Hisashi; Shimozono, Rieko; Yamamoto, Naoyoshi; Inoue, Hideki; Nakamura, Noriko; Yoshizawa, Yoshitaka; Aoki, Takumi; Tanimura, Ryuji; Kunishima, Naoki

    2015-01-01

    Keap1 protein acts as a cellular sensor for oxidative stresses and regulates the transcription level of antioxidant genes through the ubiquitination of a corresponding transcription factor, Nrf2. A small molecule capable of binding to the Nrf2 interaction site of Keap1 could be a useful medicine. Here, we report two crystal structures, referred to as the soaking and the cocrystallization forms, of the Kelch domain of Keap1 with a small molecule, Ligand1. In these two forms, the Ligand1 molecule occupied the binding site of Keap1 so as to mimic the ETGE motif of Nrf2, although the mode of binding differed in the two forms. Because the Ligand1 molecule mediated the crystal packing in both the forms, the influence of crystal packing on the ligand binding was examined using a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation in aqueous conditions. In the MD structures from the soaking form, the ligand remained bound to Keap1 for over 20 ns, whereas the ligand tended to dissociate in the cocrystallization form. The MD structures could be classified into a few clusters that were related to but distinct from the crystal structures, indicating that the binding modes observed in crystals might be atypical of those in solution. However, the dominant ligand recognition residues in the crystal structures were commonly used in the MD structures to anchor the ligand. Therefore, the present structural information together with the MD simulation will be a useful basis for pharmaceutical drug development. PMID:26199865

  20. Determination of the electronic structure of atoms and molecules in the ground state: Measurement of molecular hydrogen by high-resolution x-ray scattering

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    Liu, Ya-Wei; Mei, Xiao-Xun; Kang, Xu; Yang, Ke; Xu, Wei-Qing; Peng, Yi-Geng; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Zhang, Peng-Fei; Zhu, Lin-Fan

    2014-01-01

    The high-resolution x-ray-scattering technique is used to study the elastic scattering of atoms and molecules in the gas phase. The elastic squared form factor, which is the square of the Fourier transformation of the electron density distribution in position space and reveals the pure electronic structure of atoms and molecules in the ground state, of molecular hydrogen is measured at an incident photon energy of about 9889 eV and an energy resolution of about 70 meV. Although it is generally thought that the x-ray-scattering technique is identical to high-energy electron scattering, at least for elastic scattering these two techniques have an apparent difference, i.e., the pure electronic structure of a molecule in the ground state can be determined by x-ray scattering while it cannot be obtained by the high-energy electron impact method due to the interference between the scattering of separate nuclei and of the electrons in the target. The present experimental results match the theoretical calculations very well, which demonstrates that high-resolution x-ray scattering is a powerful tool to study the electronic structure of atoms and molecules in the ground state.

  1. Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Patterned Molecularly Imprinted Photonic Crystal Sensors for High-Sensitive Colorimetric Detection of Tetracycline.

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    Hou, Jue; Zhang, Huacheng; Yang, Qiang; Li, Mingzhu; Jiang, Lei; Song, Yanlin

    2015-06-01

    A hydrophilic-hydrophobic patterned molecularly imprinted (MIP) photonic crystal (PC) sensor is fabricated for highly sensitive tetracycline detection. The relationship between the tetracycline concentration, its corresponding color of the sensor, and the diameter of MIP-PC dot is found using a fan-shaped color card. This work provides a new strategy to design the sensors with tunable detection ranges for practical applications. PMID:25649896

  2. The Carboxy Terminus of the Ligand Peptide Determines the Stability of the MHC Class I Molecule H-2Kb: A Combined Molecular Dynamics and Experimental Study

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    Abualrous, Esam Tolba; Saini, Sunil Kumar; Ramnarayan, Venkat Raman; Ilca, Florin Tudor; Zacharias, Martin; Springer, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules (proteins) bind peptides of eight to ten amino acids to present them at the cell surface to cytotoxic T cells. The class I binding groove binds the peptide via hydrogen bonds with the peptide termini and via diverse interactions with the anchor residue side chains of the peptide. To elucidate which of these interactions is most important for the thermodynamic and kinetic stability of the peptide-bound state, we have combined molecular dynamics simulations and experimental approaches in an investigation of the conformational dynamics and binding parameters of a murine class I molecule (H-2Kb) with optimal and truncated natural peptide epitopes. We show that the F pocket region dominates the conformational and thermodynamic properties of the binding groove, and that therefore the binding of the C terminus of the peptide to the F pocket region plays a crucial role in bringing about the peptide-bound state of MHC class I. PMID:26270965

  3. Vacuum-deposited small-molecule organic solar cells with high power conversion efficiencies by judicious molecular design and device optimization.

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    Chen, Yi-Hong; Lin, Li-Yen; Lu, Chih-Wei; Lin, Francis; Huang, Zheng-Yu; Lin, Hao-Wu; Wang, Po-Han; Liu, Yi-Hung; Wong, Ken-Tsung; Wen, Jianguo; Miller, Dean J; Darling, Seth B

    2012-08-22

    Three new tailor-made molecules (DPDCTB, DPDCPB, and DTDCPB) were strategically designed and convergently synthesized as donor materials for small-molecule organic solar cells. These compounds possess a donor-acceptor-acceptor molecular architecture, in which various electron-donating moieties are connected to an electron-withdrawing dicyanovinylene moiety through another electron-accepting 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole block. The molecular structures and crystal packings of DTDCPB and the previously reported DTDCTB were characterized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. Photophysical and electrochemical properties as well as energy levels of this series of donor molecules were thoroughly investigated, affording clear structure-property relationships. By delicate manipulation of the trade-off between the photovoltage and the photocurrent via molecular structure engineering together with device optimizations, which included fine-tuning the layer thicknesses and the donor:acceptor blended ratio in the bulk heterojunction layer, vacuum-deposited hybrid planar-mixed heterojunction devices utilizing DTDCPB as the donor and C(70) as the acceptor showed the best performance with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.6 ± 0.2% (the highest PCE of 6.8%), along with an open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.93 ± 0.02 V, a short-circuit current density (J(sc)) of 13.48 ± 0.27 mA/cm(2), and a fill factor (FF) of 0.53 ± 0.02, under 1 sun (100 mW/cm(2)) AM 1.5G simulated solar illumination. PMID:22831172

  4. The molecular basis for venation patterning of pigmentation and its effect on pollinator attraction in flowers of Antirrhinum.

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    Shang, Yongjin; Venail, Julien; Mackay, Steve; Bailey, Paul C; Schwinn, Kathy E; Jameson, Paula E; Martin, Cathie R; Davies, Kevin M

    2011-01-01

    Pigment stripes associated with veins (venation) is a common flower colour pattern. The molecular genetics and function of venation were investigated in the genus Antirrhinum, in which venation is determined by Venosa (encoding an R2R3MYB transcription factor). Pollinator preferences were measured by field tests with Antirrhinum majus. Venosa function was examined using in situ hybridization and transient overexpression. The origin of the venation trait was examined by molecular phylogenetics. Venation and full-red flower colouration provide a comparable level of advantage for pollinator attraction relative to palely pigmented or white lines. Ectopic expression of Venosa confers pigmentation outside the veins. Venosa transcript is produced only in small areas of the corolla between the veins and the adaxial epidermis. Phylogenetic analyses suggest that venation patterning is an ancestral trait in Antirrhinum. Different accessions of three species with full-red pigmentation with or without venation patterning have been found. Epidermal-specific venation is defined through overlapping expression domains of the MYB (myoblastoma) and bHLH (basic Helix-Loop-Helix) co-regulators of anthocyanin biosynthesis, with the bHLH providing epidermal specificity and Venosa vein specificity. Venation may be the ancestral trait, with full-red pigmentation a derived, polyphyletic trait. Venation patterning is probably not fixed once species evolve full-red floral pigmentation. PMID:21039563

  5. Method for imaging informational biological molecules on a semiconductor substrate

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    Coles, L. Stephen (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    Imaging biological molecules such as DNA at rates several times faster than conventional imaging techniques is carried out using a patterned silicon wafer having nano-machined grooves which hold individual molecular strands and periodically spaced unique bar codes permitting repeatably locating all images. The strands are coaxed into the grooves preferably using gravity and pulsed electric fields which induce electric charge attraction to the molecular strands in the bottom surfaces of the grooves. Differential imaging removes substrate artifacts.

  6. Nuclear Overhauser effect as a probe of molecular structure, dynamics and order of axially reorienting molecules in membranes.

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    Davis, James H; Komljenovi?, Ivana

    2016-02-01

    The location, orientation, order and dynamics of cholesterol in model membranes have been well characterized, therefore cholesterol is an ideal molecule for developing new methods for studying structured molecules undergoing rapid axially symmetric reorientation. The use of (13)C filtering via short contact cross polarization transfer to (1)H allows the recovery of the weak cholesterol (1)H magic angle spinning NMR signals from beneath the strong phospholipid background in bicelles composed of chain perdeuterated dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine/dicaproyl phosphatidylcholine/[3,4-(13)C]-cholesterol. Measurements of the nuclear Overhauser enhancement for (1)H nuclei located in the first ring of cholesterol are interpreted in terms of a simple two motion model consisting of axial reorientation, with a correlation time ??, and a slower reorientation of the diffusion axis relative to the bilayer normal, with correlation time ??. This approach can be extended to other molecules which undergo rapid axial reorientation such as small membrane associated peptides. PMID:26607012

  7. A molecular toggle after exocytosis sequesters the presynaptic syntaxin1a molecules involved in prior vesicle fusion

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    Kavanagh, Deirdre M.; Smyth, Annya M.; Martin, Kirsty J.; Dun, Alison; Brown, Euan R.; Gordon, Sarah; Smillie, Karen J.; Chamberlain, Luke H.; Wilson, Rhodri S.; Yang, Lei; Lu, Weiping; Cousin, Michael A.; Rickman, Colin; Duncan, Rory R.

    2014-01-01

    Neuronal synapses are among the most scrutinized of cellular systems, serving as a model for all membrane trafficking studies. Despite this, synaptic biology has proven difficult to interrogate directly in situ due to the small size and dynamic nature of central synapses and the molecules within them. Here we determine the spatial and temporal interaction status of presynaptic proteins, imaging large cohorts of single molecules inside active synapses. Measuring rapid interaction dynamics during synaptic depolarization identified the small number of syntaxin1a and munc18-1 protein molecules required to support synaptic vesicle exocytosis. After vesicle fusion and subsequent SNARE complex disassembly, a prompt switch in syntaxin1a and munc18-1-binding mode, regulated by charge alteration on the syntaxin1a N-terminal, sequesters monomeric syntaxin1a from other disassembled fusion complex components, preventing ectopic SNARE complex formation, readying the synapse for subsequent rounds of neurotransmission. PMID:25517944

  8. Joint Measurements of Terahertz Wave Generation and High-Harmonic Generation from Aligned Nitrogen Molecules Reveal Angle-Resolved Molecular Structures.

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    Huang, Yindong; Meng, Chao; Wang, Xiaowei; Lü, Zhihui; Zhang, Dongwen; Chen, Wenbo; Zhao, Jing; Yuan, Jianmin; Zhao, Zengxiu

    2015-09-18

    We report the synchronized measurements of terahertz wave generation and high-harmonic generation from aligned nitrogen molecules in dual-color laser fields. Both yields are found to be alignment dependent, showing the importance of molecular structures in the generation processes. By calibrating the angular ionization rates with the terahertz yields, we present a new way of retrieving the angular differential photoionization cross section (PICS) from the harmonic signals which avoids specific model calculations or separate measurements of the alignment-dependent ionization rates. The measured PICS is found to be consistent with theoretical predications, although some discrepancies exist. This all-optical method provides a new alternative for investigating molecular structures. PMID:26430992

  9. A systemic response of geophytes is demonstrated by patterns of protein expression and the accumulation of signal molecules in Zantedeschia aethiopica.

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    Luzzatto-Knaan, Tal; Kerem, Zohar; Lipsky, Alexander; Yedidia, Iris

    2013-10-01

    In geophyte plants, such as Zantedeschia, individual leaves are directly connected to a specialized underground storage organ (rhizome/tuber), raising a question regarding systemic resistance as a mechanism of defense. A systemic response requires a transfer of a signal through the storage organ which has been evolutionary adapted to store food, minerals and moisture for seasonal growth and development. We have characterized the nature of induced defense responses in Zantedeschia aethiopica, a rhizomatous (tuber-like) ornamental plant by the application of local elicitation using two well-known defense elicitors, benzo-(1,2,3)-thiadiazole-7-carbothioic acid S-methyl ester (BTH) and methyl jasmonate (MJ). The system consisted leaves in which local responses were directly induced, and systemically responsive leaves in which defense molecules were detected, demonstrating a transported vascular signal. Using anatomical and biochemical tools and local elicitation with MJ, the systemic nature of the response was verified in adjacent leaves by unique protein expression patterns; similarly polyphenol oxidase (PPO) activity was found to increase systemically in all parts of the locally induced plants, including the rhizome, and adjacent leaves; finally, significant accumulation of defense signal molecules such as salicylic and jasmonic acids was recorded in local and systemic leaves following elicitation with BTH. Anatomical sections through the leaves and the rhizome revealed that to be transferred from one leaf to its neighbor, signal molecules must have been transferred through the storage organ. The collected data strongly support our hypothesis that defense signals may and are transferred through the storage organ in monocot geophytes. PMID:23968930

  10. Molecular eigenstate spectroscopy: Application to the intramolecular dynamics of some polyatomic molecules in the 3000 to 7000 cm{sup {minus}1} region

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    Perry, D.S.

    1993-12-01

    Intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) appears to be a universal property of polyatomic molecules in energy regions where the vibrational density of states is greater than about 5 to 30 states per cm{sup {minus}1}. Interest in IVR stems from its central importance to the spectroscopy, photochemistry, and reaction kinetics of these molecules. A bright state, {var_phi}{sub s}, which may be a C-H stretching vibration, carries the oscillator strength from the ground state. This bright state may mix with bath rotational-vibrational levels to form a clump of molecular eigenstates, each of which carries a portion of the oscillator strength from the ground state. In this work the authors explicitly resolve transitions to each of these molecular eigenstates. Detailed information about the nature of IVR is contained in the frequencies and intensities of the observed discrete transitions. The primary goal of this research is to probe the coupling mechanisms by which IVR takes place. The most fundamental distinction to be made is between anharmonic coupling which is independent of molecular rotation and rotationally-mediated coupling. The authors are also interested in the rate at which IVR takes place. Measurements are strictly in the frequency domain but information is obtained about the decay of the zero order state, {var_phi}{sub s}, which could be prepared in a hypothetical experiment as a coherent excitation of the clump of molecular eigenstates. As the coherent superposition dephases, the energy would flow from the initially prepared mode into nearby overtones and combinations of lower frequency vibrational modes. The decay of the initially prepared mode is related to a pure sequence infrared absorption spectrum by a Fourier transform.

  11. The danger-associated molecular pattern HMGB1 mediates the neuroinflammatory effects of methamphetamine.

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    Frank, Matthew G; Adhikary, Sweta; Sobesky, Julia L; Weber, Michael D; Watkins, Linda R; Maier, Steven F

    2016-01-01

    Methamphetamine (METH) induces neuroinflammatory effects, which may contribute to the neurotoxicity of METH. However, the mechanism by which METH induces neuroinflammation has yet to be clarified. A considerable body of evidence suggests that METH induces cellular damage and distress, particularly in dopaminergic neurons. Damaged neurons release danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) such as high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1), which induces pro-inflammatory effects. Therefore, we explored the notion here that METH induces neuroinflammation indirectly through the release of HMGB1 from damaged neurons. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were injected IP with METH (10mg/kg) or vehicle (0.9% saline). Neuroinflammatory effects of METH were measured in nucleus accumbens (NAcc), ventral tegmental area (VTA) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) at 2h, 4h and 6h after injection. To assess whether METH directly induces pro-inflammatory effects in microglia, whole brain or striatal microglia were isolated using a Percoll density gradient and exposed to METH (0, 0.1, 1, 10, 100, or 1000?M) for 24h and pro-inflammatory cytokines measured. The effect of METH on HMGB1 and IL-1? in striatal tissue was then measured. To determine the role of HMGB1 in the neuroinflammatory effects of METH, animals were injected intra-cisterna magna with the HMGB1 antagonist box A (10?g) or vehicle (sterile water). 24h post-injection, animals were injected IP with METH (10mg/kg) or vehicle (0.9% saline) and 4h later neuroinflammatory effects measured in NAcc, VTA, and PFC. METH induced robust pro-inflammatory effects in NAcc, VTA, and PFC as a function of time and pro-inflammatory analyte measured. In particular, METH induced profound effects on IL-1? in NAcc (2h) and PFC (2h and 4h). Exposure of microglia to METH in vitro failed to induce a pro-inflammatory response, but rather induced significant cell death as well as a decrease in IL-1?. METH treatment increased HMGB1 in parallel with IL-1? in striatum. Pre-treatment with the HMGB1 antagonist box A blocked the neuroinflammatory effects (IL-1?) of METH in NAcc, VTA and PFC. The present results suggest that HMGB1 mediates, in part, the neuroinflammatory effects of METH and thus may alert CNS innate immune cells to the toxic effects of METH. PMID:26254235

  12. I. Microlithographic process for patterning conjugated emissive polymers. II. Fluorinated distyrylbenzene chromophores: Effect of fluorine regiochemistry on molecular properties and solid state organization

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    Renak, Michelle Lee

    Microlithographic techniques were developed for the spatially controlled light-directed synthesis of poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV). Microscalar linear and circular patterns can be prepared in the 25 mum range. The procedure relies on the photogeneration of triflic acid to catalyze the formation of PPV. This site specific conversion gives complete control over pattern design and can be used to fabricate pixel-like electroluminescent devices. Microlithographic patterning of blends of poly [2-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-5-methoxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly(paracyclophene) was successfully used to create multi-colored emissive patterns within a continuous polymer film. Microlithographic techniques were also used to control the shapes and sizes of polymer light emitting diodes by patterning an insulating layer of novolac photoresist onto the electrode surface. A series of fluorinated distyrylbenzene (DSB) derivatives were synthesized and studied to probe the effect of fluorine substitution on molecular properties and on the arrangement of molecules in the solid state. Trans-trans-bis(4-fluorostyryl)benzene (2Ft), 1,4-bis(styryl)-2,5-difluorobenzene ( 2Fc), 1,4-bis(4-fluorostyryl)-2,5-difluorobenzene ( 2Fc2Ft), (2,5-difluorostyryl)benzene ( 4Ft), trans-trans-1,4-bis(pentaflourostyryl)-benzene ( 10Ft) and 1,4-bis(pentafluorostyryl)-2,5-difluorobenzene (2Fc10Ft) were prepared by Heck and Wittig coupling reactions. Absorption spectroscopy shows that DSB, 2F t, 2Fc, 2Fc2Ft, 4Ft, 10F t, and 2Fc10Ft have a lambda max at approximately 350 nm. Cyclic voltammetry shows that as the fluorine load increases, the reduction of the DSB framework becomes more facile. It is also shown that the regiochemistry of substitution makes an impact on the inductive ability of fluorine to facilitate reduction. The lattice properties of 2Fc, 2Fc2Ft, 4Ft, 10F t, and 2Fc10Ft were determined by X-ray diffraction experiments. Two structural motifs emerge from these studies. One is the tendency of the DSB framework to stack cofacially and form vertical "columns" within the crystal. The second motif is the alignment of these "columns" to maximize C-H···F electrostatic registry. Exciplex formation between all of the distyrylbenzene derivatives and dimethylaniline were also observed and studied spectroscopically.

  13. Nucleation of Mixed Nitric Acid-Water Ice Nanoparticles in Molecular Beams that Starts with a HNO3 Molecule.

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    Lengyel, Jozef; Pysanenko, Andriy; Ko?išek, Jaroslav; Poterya, Viktoriya; Pradzynski, Christoph C; Zeuch, Thomas; Slaví?ek, Petr; Fárník, Michal

    2012-11-01

    Mixed (HNO3)m(H2O)n clusters generated in supersonic expansion of nitric acid vapor are investigated in two different experiments, (1) time-of-flight mass spectrometry after electron ionization and (2) Na doping and photoionization. This combination of complementary methods reveals that only clusters containing at least one acid molecule are generated, that is, the acid molecule serves as the nucleation center in the expansion. The experiments also suggest that at least four water molecules are needed for HNO3 acidic dissociation. The clusters are undoubtedly generated, as proved by electron ionization; however, they are not detected by the Na doping due to a fast charge-transfer reaction between the Na atom and HNO3. This points to limitations of the Na doping recently advocated as a general method for atmospheric aerosol detection. On the other hand, the combination of the two methods introduces a tool for detecting molecules with sizable electron affinity in clusters. PMID:26296012

  14. Ultrafast molecular orbital imaging based on attosecond photoelectron diffraction.

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    Li, Yang; Qin, Meiyan; Zhu, Xiaosong; Zhang, Qingbin; Lan, Pengfei; Lu, Peixiang

    2015-04-20

    We present ab initio numerical study of ultrafast ionization dynamics of H(2)(+) as well as CO(2) and N(2) exposed to linearly polarized attosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses. When the molecules are aligned perpendicular to laser polarization direction, photonionization of these molecules show clear and distinguishing diffraction patterns in molecular attosecond photoelectron momentum distributions. The internuclear distances of the molecules are related to the position of the associated diffraction patterns, which can be determined with high accuracy. Moreover, the relative heights of the diffraction fringes contain fruitful information of the molecular orbital structures. We show that the diffraction spectra can be well produced using the two-center interference model. By adopting a simple inversion algorithm which takes into account the symmetry of the initial molecular orbital, we can retrieve the molecular orbital from which the electron is ionized. Our results offer possibility for imaging of molecular structure and orbitals by performing molecular attosecond photoelectron diffraction. PMID:25969107

  15. Magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles based electrochemical sensor for the measurement of Gram-negative bacterial quorum signaling molecules (N-acyl-homoserine-lactones).

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    Jiang, Hui; Jiang, Donglei; Shao, Jingdong; Sun, Xiulan

    2016-01-15

    We have developed a novel and economical electrochemical sensor to measure Gram-negative bacterial quorum signaling molecules (AHLs) using magnetic nanoparticles and molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technology. Magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) capable of selectively absorbing AHLs were successfully synthesized by surface polymerization. The particles were deposited onto a magnetic carbon paste electrode (MGCE) surface, and characterized by electrochemical measurements. Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV) was utilized to record the oxidative current signal that is characteristic of AHL. The detection limit of this assay was determined to be 8×10(-10)molL(-1) with a linear detection range of 2.5×10(-9)molL(-1) to 1.0×10(-7)molL(-1). This Fe3O4@SiO2-MIP-based electrochemical sensor is a valuable new tool that allows quantitative measurement of Gram-negative bacterial quorum signaling molecules. It has potential applications in the fields of clinical diagnosis or food analysis with real-time detection capability, high specificity, excellent reproducibility, and good stability. PMID:26344904

  16. Decreased capacity of recombinant 45/47-kDa molecules (Apa) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to stimulate T lymphocyte responses related to changes in their mannosylation pattern.

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    Horn, C; Namane, A; Pescher, P; Rivière, M; Romain, F; Puzo, G; Bârzu, O; Marchal, G

    1999-11-01

    The Apa molecules secreted by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium bovis, or BCG have been identified as major immunodominant antigens. Mass spectrometry analysis indicated similar mannosylation, a complete pattern from 1 up to 9 hexose residues/mole of protein, of the native species from the 3 reference strains. The recombinant antigen expressed in M. smegmatis revealed a different mannosylation pattern: species containing 7 to 9 sugar residues/mole of protein were in the highest proportion, whereas species bearing a low number of sugar residues were almost absent. The 45/47-kDa recombinant antigen expressed in E. coli was devoid of sugar residues. The proteins purified from M. tuberculosis, M. bovis, or BCG have a high capacity to elicit in vivo potent delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) reactions and to stimulate in vitro sensitized T lymphocytes of guinea pigs immunized with living BCG. The recombinant Apa expressed in Mycobacterium smegmatis was 4-fold less potent in vivo in the DTH assay and 10-fold less active in vitro to stimulate sensitized T lymphocytes than the native proteins. The recombinant protein expressed in Escherichia coli was nearly unable to elicit DTH reactions in vivo or to stimulate T lymphocytes in vitro. Thus the observed biological effects were related to the extent of glycosylation of the antigen. PMID:10542234

  17. INTEGR. COMP. BIOL., 45:377385 (2005) Biodiversity, molecular ecology and phylogeography of marine sponges: patterns,

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    Solé-Cava, Antonio M.

    2005-01-01

    of marine sponges: patterns, implications and outlooks1 GERT WO¨ RHEIDE,2, * ANTONIO M. SOLE´-CAVA, AND JOHN, Queensland Museum, Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia SYNOPSIS. Marine sponges variation among sponge populations and spatial patterns of this variation. Biodiversity analyses of tropical

  18. TLR2, TLR4 and CD14 Recognize Venom-Associated Molecular Patterns from Tityus serrulatus to Induce Macrophage-Derived Inflammatory Mediators

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    Zoccal, Karina Furlani; Bitencourt, Claudia da Silva; Paula-Silva, Francisco Wanderley Garcia; Sorgi, Carlos Artério; de Castro Figueiredo Bordon, Karla; Arantes, Eliane Candiani; Faccioli, Lúcia Helena

    2014-01-01

    Scorpion sting-induced human envenomation provokes an intense inflammatory reaction. However, the mechanisms behind the recognition of scorpion venom and the induction of mediator release in mammalian cells are unknown. We demonstrated that TLR2, TLR4 and CD14 receptors sense Tityus serrulatus venom (TsV) and its major component, toxin 1 (Ts1), to mediate cytokine and lipid mediator production. Additionally, we demonstrated that TsV induces TLR2- and TLR4/MyD88-dependent NF-?B activation and TLR4-dependent and TLR2/MyD88-independent c-Jun activation. Similar to TsV, Ts1 induces MyD88-dependent NF-?B phosphorylation via TLR2 and TLR4 receptors, while c-Jun activation is dependent on neither TLR2 nor TLR4/MyD88. Therefore, we propose the term venom-associated molecular pattern (VAMP) to refer to molecules that are introduced into the host by stings and are recognized by PRRs, resulting in inflammation. PMID:24516606

  19. Discrimination of herbal medicines by molecular spectroscopy and chemical pattern recognition

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    Mao, Jianjiang; Xu, Jingwei

    2006-10-01

    The molecular spectroscopy (including near infrared diffuse reflection spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy) with OPUS/Ident software was applied to clustering ginsengs according to species and processing methods. The results demonstrate that molecular spectroscopic analysis could provide a rapid, nondestructive and reliable method for identification of Chinese traditional medicine. It's found that the result of Raman spectroscopic analysis was the best one among these three methods. Comparing with traditional methods, which are laborious and time consuming, the molecular spectroscopic analysis is more effective.

  20. The therapeutic potential of the humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 in chronic lung infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Moalli, Federica; Paroni, Moira; Véliz Rodriguez, Tania; Riva, Federica; Polentarutti, Nadia; Bottazzi, Barbara; Valentino, Sonia; Mantero, Stefano; Nebuloni, Manuela; Mantovani, Alberto; Bragonzi, Alessandra; Garlanda, Cecilia

    2011-05-01

    Chronic lung infections by Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Although there is no clear evidence for a primary defect in the immune system of CF patients, the host is generally unable to clear P. aeruginosa from the airways. PTX3 is a soluble pattern recognition receptor that plays nonredundant roles in the innate immune response to fungi, bacteria, and viruses. In particular, PTX3 deficiency is associated with increased susceptibility to P. aeruginosa lung infection. To address the potential therapeutic effect of PTX3 in P. aeruginosa lung infection, we established persistent and progressive infections in mice with the RP73 clinical strain RP73 isolated from a CF patient and treated them with recombinant human PTX3. The results indicated that PTX3 has a potential therapeutic effect in P. aeruginosa chronic lung infection by reducing lung colonization, proinflammatory cytokine levels (CXCL1, CXCL2, CCL2, and IL-1?), and leukocyte recruitment in the airways. In models of acute infections and in in vitro assays, the prophagocytic effect of PTX3 was maintained in C1q-deficient mice and was lost in C3- and Fc common ?-chain-deficient mice, suggesting that facilitated recognition and phagocytosis of pathogens through the interplay between complement and Fc?Rs are involved in the therapeutic effect mediated by PTX3. These data suggested that PTX3 is a potential therapeutic tool in chronic P. aeruginosa lung infections, such as those seen in CF patients. PMID:21441447

  1. Experimental evidence for glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol formation by surface hydrogenation of CO molecules under dense molecular cloud conditions

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    Fedoseev, G.; Cuppen, H. M.; Ioppolo, S.; Lamberts, T.; Linnartz, H.

    2015-04-01

    This study focuses on the formation of two molecules of astrobiological importance - glycolaldehyde (HC(O)CH2OH) and ethylene glycol (H2C(OH)CH2OH) - by surface hydrogenation of CO molecules. Our experiments aim at simulating the CO freeze-out stage in interstellar dark cloud regions, well before thermal and energetic processing become dominant. It is shown that along with the formation of H2CO and CH3OH - two well-established products of CO hydrogenation - also molecules with more than one carbon atom form. The key step in this process is believed to be the recombination of two HCO radicals followed by the formation of a C-C bond. The experimentally established reaction pathways are implemented into a continuous-time random-walk Monte Carlo model, previously used to model the formation of CH3OH on astrochemical time-scales, to study their impact on the solid-state abundances in dense interstellar clouds of glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol.

  2. Protein expression profile and prevalence pattern of the molecular classes of breast cancer - a Saudi population based study

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    2010-01-01

    Background Breast cancer is not a single entity but a diverse group of entities. Advances in gene expression profiling and immunohistochemistry as its surrogate marker have led to the unmasking of new breast cancer molecular subtypes, resulting in the emergence of more elaborate classification systems that are therapeutically and prognostically more predictive. Molecular class distribution across various ethnic groups may also reveal variations that can lead to different clinical outcomes in different populations. Methods We aimed to analyze the spectrum of molecular subtypes present in the Saudi population. ER, PR, HER2, EGFR and CK5/6 were used as surrogate markers for gene expression profiling to classify 231 breast cancer specimens. Correlation of each molecular class with Ki-67 proliferation index, p53 mutation status, histologic type and grade of the tumor was also carried out. Results Out of 231 cases 9 (3.9%) were classified as luminal A (strong ER +ve, PR +ve or -ve), 37 (16%) as luminal B (weak to moderate ER +ve, and/or PR +ve), 40 (17.3%) as HER2+ (strong or moderately positive HER 2 with confirmation by silver enhanced in-situ hybridization) and 23 (10%) as basal (CK5/6 or EGFR +ve). Co-positivity of different markers in varied patterns was seen in 23 (10%) of cases which were grouped into a hybrid category comprising luminal B-HER2, HER2-basal and luminal-basal hybrids. Ninety nine (42.8%) of the tumors were negative for all five immunohistochemical markers and were labelled as unclassified (penta negative). A high Ki-67 proliferation index was seen in basal (p = 0.007) followed by HER2+ class. Overexpression of p53 was predominantly seen in HER2 + (p = 0.001) followed by the basal group of tumors. A strong correlation was noted between invasive lobular carcinoma and hormone receptor expression with 8 out of 9 lobular carcinoma cases (88.9%) classifiable as luminal cancers. Otherwise, there was no association between the molecular class and the histologic type or grade of the tumor. Conclusions Subtyping by use of this immunohistochemical panel revealed a prevalence pattern that is unique to our population; luminal tumors comprised only 19.9%, and the unclassified group (penta negative) 42.8%, a distribution which is distinctive to our population and in contrast with all Western studies. The presence of a predominant unclassified group also suggests that the currently used molecular analytic spectrum may not completely encompass all molecular classes and there is a need to further refine and develop the existing classification systems. PMID:20492711

  3. Polyatomic molecules under intense femtosecond laser irradiation.

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    Konar, Arkaprabha; Shu, Yinan; Lozovoy, Vadim V; Jackson, James E; Levine, Benjamin G; Dantus, Marcos

    2014-12-11

    Interaction of intense laser pulses with atoms and molecules is at the forefront of atomic, molecular, and optical physics. It is the gateway to powerful new tools that include above threshold ionization, high harmonic generation, electron diffraction, molecular tomography, and attosecond pulse generation. Intense laser pulses are ideal for probing and manipulating chemical bonding. Though the behavior of atoms in strong fields has been well studied, molecules under intense fields are not as well understood and current models have failed in certain important aspects. Molecules, as opposed to atoms, present confounding possibilities of nuclear and electronic motion upon excitation. The dynamics and fragmentation patterns in response to the laser field are structure sensitive; therefore, a molecule cannot simply be treated as a "bag of atoms" during field induced ionization. In this article we present a set of experiments and theoretical calculations exploring the behavior of a large collection of aryl alkyl ketones when irradiated with intense femtosecond pulses. Specifically, we consider to what extent molecules retain their molecular identity and properties under strong laser fields. Using time-of-flight mass spectrometry in conjunction with pump-probe techniques we study the dynamical behavior of these molecules, monitoring ion yield modulation caused by intramolecular motions post ionization. The set of molecules studied is further divided into smaller sets, sorted by type and position of functional groups. The pump-probe time-delay scans show that among positional isomers the variations in relative energies, which amount to only a few hundred millielectronvolts, influence the dynamical behavior of the molecules despite their having experienced such high fields (V/Å). High level ab initio quantum chemical calculations were performed to predict molecular dynamics along with single and multiphoton resonances in the neutral and ionic states. We propose the following model of strong-field ionization and subsequent fragmentation for polyatomic molecules: Single electron ionization occurs on a suboptical cycle time scale, and the electron carries away essentially all of the energy, leaving behind little internal energy in the cation. Subsequent fragmentation of the cation takes place as a result of further photon absorption modulated by one- and two-photon resonances, which provide sufficient energy to overcome the dissociation energy. The proposed hypothesis implies the loss of a photoelectron at a rate that is faster than intramolecular vibrational relaxation and is consistent with the observation of nonergodic photofragmentation of polyatomic molecules as well as experimental results from many other research groups on different molecules and with different pulse durations and wavelengths. PMID:25314590

  4. Molecular mechanisms of regeneration initiation and dorsal-ventral patterning in planarians

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    Gaviño, Michael A. (Michael Alexander)

    2013-01-01

    Regeneration is widespread among animals, yet very little is known about the molecular mechanisms that govern regenerative processes. Planarians have emerged in recent years as a powerful model for studying regeneration ...

  5. Line defects guided molecular patterning on graphene Yinjun Huang, Shuze Zhu, and Teng Li

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    Li, Teng

    applications such as molecular storage,5 chemical reaction,6 and bio- medical systems.4 Various self. It is reported that cutting graphene with sub-nanometer-precision can be achieved using scanning tunneling

  6. STUDIES OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MOLECULAR STRUCTURE AND BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY BY PATTERN RECOGNITION METHODS

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    The attempt to rationalize the connections between the molecular structures of organic compounds and their biological activities comprises the field of structure-activity relations (SAR) studies. Correlations between structure and activity are important for the understanding and ...

  7. Molecular dynamics simulation study of the ejection and transport of polymer molecules in matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation

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    Zhigilei, Leonid V.

    -assisted pulsed laser evaporation Elodie Leveugle and Leonid V. Zhigileia Department of Materials Science the regime where molecular ejection is limited to matrix evaporation from the surface up to more than twice of the simulations are related to experimental observations obtained in matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation

  8. R.E.D. Server: a web service for deriving RESP and ESP charges and building force field libraries for new molecules and molecular fragments.

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    Vanquelef, Enguerran; Simon, Sabrina; Marquant, Gaelle; Garcia, Elodie; Klimerak, Geoffroy; Delepine, Jean Charles; Cieplak, Piotr; Dupradeau, François-Yves

    2011-07-01

    R.E.D. Server is a unique, open web service, designed to derive non-polarizable RESP and ESP charges and to build force field libraries for new molecules/molecular fragments. It provides to computational biologists the means to derive rigorously molecular electrostatic potential-based charges embedded in force field libraries that are ready to be used in force field development, charge validation and molecular dynamics simulations. R.E.D. Server interfaces quantum mechanics programs, the RESP program and the latest version of the R.E.D. tools. A two step approach has been developed. The first one consists of preparing P2N file(s) to rigorously define key elements such as atom names, topology and chemical equivalencing needed when building a force field library. Then, P2N files are used to derive RESP or ESP charges embedded in force field libraries in the Tripos mol2 format. In complex cases an entire set of force field libraries or force field topology database is generated. Other features developed in R.E.D. Server include help services, a demonstration, tutorials, frequently asked questions, Jmol-based tools useful to construct PDB input files and parse R.E.D. Server outputs as well as a graphical queuing system allowing any user to check the status of R.E.D. Server jobs. PMID:21609950

  9. R.E.D. Server: a web service for deriving RESP and ESP charges and building force field libraries for new molecules and molecular fragments

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    Vanquelef, Enguerran; Simon, Sabrina; Marquant, Gaelle; Garcia, Elodie; Klimerak, Geoffroy; Delepine, Jean Charles; Cieplak, Piotr; Dupradeau, François-Yves

    2011-01-01

    R.E.D. Server is a unique, open web service, designed to derive non-polarizable RESP and ESP charges and to build force field libraries for new molecules/molecular fragments. It provides to computational biologists the means to derive rigorously molecular electrostatic potential-based charges embedded in force field libraries that are ready to be used in force field development, charge validation and molecular dynamics simulations. R.E.D. Server interfaces quantum mechanics programs, the RESP program and the latest version of the R.E.D. tools. A two step approach has been developed. The first one consists of preparing P2N file(s) to rigorously define key elements such as atom names, topology and chemical equivalencing needed when building a force field library. Then, P2N files are used to derive RESP or ESP charges embedded in force field libraries in the Tripos mol2 format. In complex cases an entire set of force field libraries or force field topology database is generated. Other features developed in R.E.D. Server include help services, a demonstration, tutorials, frequently asked questions, Jmol-based tools useful to construct PDB input files and parse R.E.D. Server outputs as well as a graphical queuing system allowing any user to check the status of R.E.D. Server jobs. PMID:21609950

  10. Bergmann glia are patterned into topographic molecular zones in the developing and adult mouse cerebellum

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    Reeber, Stacey L.; Arancillo, Marife K. V.; Sillitoe, Roy V.

    2015-01-01

    Cerebellar circuits are patterned into an array of topographic parasagittal domains called zones. Zones are best revealed by gene expression, circuit anatomy, and cellular degeneration patterns. Thus far, the study of zones has been focused heavily on how neurons are organized. Because of this, detailed neuronal patterning maps have been established for Purkinje cells, granule cells, Golgi cells, unipolar brush cells, and also for the terminal field organization of climbing fiber and mossy fiber afferents. In comparison, however, it remains poorly understood if glial cells are also organized into zones. We have identified an Npy-Gfp BAC transgenic mouse line (Tau-Sapphire Green fluorescent protein (Gfp) is under the control of the neuropeptide Y (Npy) gene regulatory elements) that can be used to label Bergmann glial cells with Golgi-like resolution. In these adult transgenic mice we found that Npy-Gfp expression was localized to Bergmann glia mainly in lobules VI/VII and IX/X. Using double immunofluorescence, we show that in these lobules, Npy-Gfp expression in the Bergmann glia overlaps with the pattern of the small heat shock protein HSP25, a Purkinje cell marker for zones located in lobules VI/VII and IX/X. Developmental analysis starting from the day of birth showed that HSP25 and Npy-Gfp expression follow a similar program of spatial and temporal patterning. However, loss of Npy signaling did not alter the patterning of Purkinje cell zones. We conclude that Bergmann glial cells are zonally organized and their patterns are restricted by boundaries that also confine cerebellar neurons into a topographic circuit map. PMID:24906823

  11. Covalent Immobilization of Microtubules on Glass Surfaces for Molecular Motor Force Measurements and Other Single-Molecule Assays

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    Nicholas, Matthew P.; Rao, Lu; Gennerich, Arne

    2014-01-01

    Rigid attachment of microtubules (MTs) to glass cover slip surfaces is a prerequisite for a variety of microscopy experiments in which MTs are used as substrates for MT-associated proteins, such as the molecular motors kinesin and cytoplasmic dynein. We present an MT-surface coupling protocol in which aminosilanized glass is formylated using the cross-linker glutaraldehyde, fluorescence-labeled MTs are covalently attached, and the surface is passivated with highly pure beta-casein. The technique presented here yields rigid MT immobilization while simultaneously blocking the remaining glass surface against nonspecific binding by polystyrene optical trapping microspheres. This surface chemistry is straightforward and relatively cheap and uses a minimum of specialized equipment or hazardous reagents. These methods provide a foundation for a variety of optical tweezers experiments with MT-associated molecular motors and may also be useful in other assays requiring surface-immobilized proteins. PMID:24633798

  12. Isolation and Molecular Characterization of Biofouling Bacteria and Profiling of Quorum Sensing Signal Molecules from Membrane Bioreactor Activated Sludge

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    Lade, Harshad; Paul, Diby; Kweon, Ji Hyang

    2014-01-01

    The formation of biofilm in a membrane bioreactor depends on the production of various signaling molecules like N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs). In the present study, a total of 200 bacterial strains were isolated from membrane bioreactor activated sludge and screened for AHLs production using two biosensor systems, Chromobacterium violaceum CV026 and Agrobacterium tumefaciens A136. A correlation between AHLs production and biofilm formation has been made among screened AHLs producing strains. The 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis revealed the dominance of Aeromonas and Enterobacter sp. in AHLs production; however few a species of Serratia, Leclercia, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, Raoultella and Citrobacter were also identified. The chromatographic characterization of sludge extract showed the presence of a broad range of quorum sensing signal molecules. Further identification of sludge AHLs by thin layer chromatography bioassay and high performance liquid chromatography confirms the presence of C4-HSL, C6-HSL, C8-HSL, 3-oxo-C8-HSL, C10-HSL, C12-HSL, 3-oxo-C12-HSL and C14-HSL. The occurrence of AHLs in sludge extract and dominance of Aeromonas and Enterobacter sp. in activated sludge suggests the key role of these bacterial strains in AHLs production and thereby membrane fouling. PMID:24499972

  13. Photoelectron diffraction from laser-aligned molecules with X-ray free-electron laser pulses

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    Nakajima, Kyo; Teramoto, Takahiro; Akagi, Hiroshi; Fujikawa, Takashi; Majima, Takuya; Minemoto, Shinichirou; Ogawa, Kanade; Sakai, Hirofumi; Togashi, Tadashi; Tono, Kensuke; Tsuru, Shota; Wada, Ken; Yabashi, Makina; Yagishita, Akira

    2015-01-01

    We report on the measurement of deep inner-shell 2p X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) patterns from laser-aligned I2 molecules using X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) pulses. The XPD patterns of the I2 molecules, aligned parallel to the polarization vector of the XFEL, were well matched with our theoretical calculations. Further, we propose a criterion for applying our molecular-structure-determination methodology to the experimental XPD data. In turn, we have demonstrated that this approach is a significant step toward the time-resolved imaging of molecular structures. PMID:26369428

  14. Effect of swift-ion irradiation on DNA molecules: A molecular dynamics study using the REAX force field

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    Bottländer, Dominik; Mücksch, Christian; Urbassek, Herbert M.

    2015-12-01

    Modern REAX potentials allow to use molecular dynamics simulation to study bond breaking and reformation in biomolecules. We use this technique to simulate the effects of a swift-ion track on a B-DNA fragment in water. We monitor the number of single- and double-strand breaks as a function of the deposited energy. In addition we compare the results of direct DNA heating with the effect of hydrolysis which we model by heating only the water environment.

  15. Statistical analysis of metal-molecule contacts in alkyl molecular junctions: sulfur versus selenium end-group.

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    Yoo, Hana; Choi, Jungseok; Wang, Gunuk; Kim, Tae-Wook; Noh, Jaegeun; Lee, Takhee

    2009-12-01

    We fabricated a large number of microscale via-hole structure molecular devices (2240 devices) using octane-Se [CH3(CH2)7Se] self assembled monolayers (SAMs) and compared their charge transport properties with those of octane-S [CH3(CH2)7S] SAMs molecular devices in terms of current density, resistance, and tunneling decay coefficient. The device yield of the "working" octane-Se molecular devices was found to be approximately 1.7% (38/2240), which was similar to the yield of approximately 1.1% (50/4480) for octane-S devices. Our statistical analysis revealed that for octane-Se devices the tunneling current was slightly smaller and the low-bias resistance and decay coefficient were slightly larger than those for octane-S devices. The standard deviations of these transport parameters of octane-Se devices were found to be broader than those for octane-S devices due to irregularity of the binding sites of octane-Se on Au electrode surface. PMID:19908717

  16. Applying pattern recognition methods to analyze the molecular properties of a homologous series of nitrogen mustard agents.

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    Bartzatt, Ronald; Donigan, Laura

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to analyze the pharmacological properties of a homologous series of nitrogen mustard (N-mustard) agents formed after inserting 1 to 9 methylene groups (-CH2-) between 2 -N(CH2CH2Cl)2 groups. These compounds were shown to have significant correlations and associations in their properties after analysis by pattern recognition methods including hierarchical classification, cluster analysis, nonmetric multi-dimensional scaling (MDS), detrended correspondence analysis, K-means cluster analysis, discriminant analysis, and self-organizing tree algorithm (SOTA) analysis. Detrended correspondence analysis showed a linear-like association of the 9 homologs, and hierarchical classification showed that each homolog had great similarity to at least one other member of the series-as did cluster analysis using paired-group distance measure. Nonmetric multi-dimensional scaling was able to discriminate homologs 2 and 3 (by number of methylene groups) from homologs 4, 5, and 6 as a group, and from homologs 7, 8, and 9 as a group. Discriminant analysis, K-means cluster analysis, and hierarchical classification distinguished the high molecular weight homologs from low molecular weight homologs. As the number of methylene groups increased the aqueous solubility decreased, dermal permeation coefficient increased, Log P increased, molar volume increased, parachor increased, and index of refraction decreased. Application of pattern recognition methods discerned useful interrelationships within the homologous series that will determine specific and beneficial clinical applications for each homolog and methods of administration. PMID:16796353

  17. The interpretation of diffraction patterns of two prototypical protic ionic liquids: a challenging task for classical molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Gontrani, Lorenzo; Bodo, Enrico; Triolo, Alessandro; Leonelli, Francesca; D'Angelo, Paola; Migliorati, Valentina; Caminiti, Ruggero

    2012-11-01

    In this study, we discuss the performance of classical molecular dynamics in predicting the experimental X-ray diffraction patterns of liquid ethylammonium nitrate (one of the simplest protic room-temperature ionic liquid showing amphiphilic behavior) and of its hydroxy derivative (2-ethanolammonium nitrate, 2-HOEAN). Newly recorded energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction structure factors are compared with the corresponding quantities extracted from molecular dynamics simulations. Other useful theoretical and experimental indicators are used as a probe of the local structure of the title ionic liquids. We shall show that the use of a general purpose, two-body terms only, force field, such as OPLS/AA is able to describe most of the structural experimental data. However, we shall also point out that an improved description of some key structural features observed in the X-ray radial distribution function, can be obtained very easily by adding a general three-body potential energy term instead of changing the two-body potential parameters, in order to optimize the agreement with experimental data. This three-body term turns out to be naturally able to describe the complex polarization effects due to hydrogen bonding without requiring a quanto-mechanical treatment or a polarizable force field. In addition the present model turns out to be able to account for the presence of a low-Q peak in the scattering patterns of EAN, which has been commonly interpreted as a manifestation of the amphiphilic nature of this compound. PMID:23051102

  18. Computational mass spectrometry for small molecules

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    2013-01-01

    The identification of small molecules from mass spectrometry (MS) data remains a major challenge in the interpretation of MS data. This review covers the computational aspects of identifying small molecules, from the identification of a compound searching a reference spectral library, to the structural elucidation of unknowns. In detail, we describe the basic principles and pitfalls of searching mass spectral reference libraries. Determining the molecular formula of the compound can serve as a basis for subsequent structural elucidation; consequently, we cover different methods for molecular formula identification, focussing on isotope pattern analysis. We then discuss automated methods to deal with mass spectra of compounds that are not present in spectral libraries, and provide an insight into de novo analysis of fragmentation spectra using fragmentation trees. In addition, this review shortly covers the reconstruction of metabolic networks using MS data. Finally, we list available software for different steps of the analysis pipeline. PMID:23453222

  19. Patterns of genetic architecture for life-history traits and molecular markers in a subdivided species.

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    Morgan, K K; Hicks, J; Spitze, K; Latta, L; Pfrender, M E; Weaver, C S; Ottone, M; Lynch, M

    2001-09-01

    Understanding the utility and limitations of molecular markers for predicting the evolutionary potential of natural populations is important for both evolutionary and conservation genetics. To address this issue, the distribution of genetic variation for quantitative traits and molecular markers is estimated within and among 14 permanent lake populations of Daphnia pulicaria representing two regional groups from Oregon. Estimates of population subdivision for molecular and quantitative traits are concordant, with QST generally exceeding GST. There is no evidence that microsatellites loci are less informative about subdivision for quantitative traits than are allozyme loci. Character-specific comparison of QST and GST support divergent selection pressures among populations for the majority of life-history traits in both coast and mountain regions. The level of within-population variation for molecular markers is uninformative as to the genetic variation maintained for quantitative traits. In D. pulicaria, regional differences in the frequency of sex may contribute to variation in the maintenance of expressed within-population quantitative-genetic variation without substantially impacting diversity at the genic level. These data are compared to an identical dataset for 17 populations of the temporary-pond species, D. pulex. PMID:11681731

  20. Biogeographic patterns and current distribution of molecular-genetic variation among populations of speckled dace,

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    Lynch, Michael

    - ogeographic landscape in this region. The forces of plate tectonics (Atwater, 1970; Ernst, 1981), inland. Application of a molecular clock indicated that the divergence time among basins reflects vicariant events and species is a direct consequence of the combined influence of mi- gration and the geological history

  1. Dynamic features of stimulated raman atomic-molecular conversion in a mixture of two bose gases with the formation of bose condensates of heteronuclear molecules

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    Khadzhi, P. I. Zingan, A. P.

    2011-04-15

    Based on the mean-field approximation, a system of nonlinear differential equations is obtained which describes the dynamics of atomic-molecular conversion induced by two resonance Raman laser pulses. The obtained integrals of motion allow one to reduce the problem to one evolution equation for the density of molecules. The solutions of this equation show that different time evolution regimes of the system are possible, depending on the initial conditions: the periodic and aperiodic regimes and the rest. The dependences of the period and amplitude on the initial density of particles and the initial phase difference are studied in detail. The possibility of the phase control of the system dynamics is proved.

  2. Pattern transformation with DNA circuits

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    Chirieleison, Steven M.; Allen, Peter B.; Simpson, Zack B.; Ellington, Andrew D.; Chen, Xi

    2013-12-01

    Readily programmable chemical networks are important tools as the scope of chemistry expands from individual molecules to larger molecular systems. Although many complex systems are constructed using conventional organic and inorganic chemistry, the programmability of biological molecules such as nucleic acids allows for precise, high-throughput and automated design, as well as simple, rapid and robust implementation. Here we show that systematic and quantitative control over the diffusivity and reactivity of DNA molecules yields highly programmable chemical reaction networks (CRNs) that execute at the macroscale. In particular, we designed and implemented non-enzymatic DNA circuits capable of performing pattern-transformation algorithms such as edge detection. We also showed that it is possible to fine-tune and multiplex such circuits. We believe these strategies will provide programmable platforms on which to prototype CRNs, discover bottom-up construction principles and generate patterns in materials.

  3. The compatibility of Tacrine molecule with poly(n-butylcyanoacrylate) and Chitosan as efficient carriers for drug delivery: A molecular dynamics study.

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    Eslami, Mahboobeh; Nikkhah, Sousa Javan; Hashemianzadeh, Seyed Majid; Sajadi, Seyed Abolfazl Seyed

    2016-01-20

    According to the critical role of drug delivery in the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), the selection of a suitable carrier plays an important role in the greater effectiveness of drugs. Due to good biocompatibility, biodegradability and low toxicity of polymeric nanoparticles, especially poly(n-butylcyanoacrylate) (PBCA) and Chitosan, these nanoparticles are considered as efficient carriers in drug delivery to the brain. In order to investigate the compatibility of these two polymers with different degrees of polymerization versus a Tacrine unit as the most well known drug for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, molecular dynamics simulation (MD) is used as a principal tool for studying molecular systems. Interaction energy of the polymer/Tacrine systems, the radius of gyration of the Chitosan and PBCA during the simulation time, solubility and Flory-Huggins interaction parameters has been calculated. According to the results, the Tacrine molecule exhibited higher compatibility with PBCA than Chitosan. Moreover, the interaction between the Tacrine molecules and PBCA nanoparticles became stronger by increasing the length of polymer chain while it was not observed as a regular trend for Chitosan/Tacrine systems. By using these MD simulations, it is possible to find the most appropriate polymer as an efficient drug carrier. We note that the methodology applied here for modeling the polymer/Tacrine system is not restricted to the specific formulations of Tacrine and Chitosan (or PBCA) in the current work and can be extended to various other traditional or new drugs and different polymer drug carriers. PMID:26598087

  4. Viral Pathogen-Associated Molecular Patterns Regulate Blood-Brain Barrier Integrity via Competing Innate Cytokine Signals

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    Daniels, Brian P.; Holman, David W.; Cruz-Orengo, Lillian; Jujjavarapu, Harsha; Durrant, Douglas M.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Pattern recognition receptor (PRR) detection of pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), such as viral RNA, drives innate immune responses against West Nile virus (WNV), an emerging neurotropic pathogen. Here we demonstrate that WNV PAMPs orchestrate endothelial responses to WNV via competing innate immune cytokine signals at the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a multicellular interface with highly specialized brain endothelial cells that normally prevents pathogen entry. While Th1 cytokines increase the permeability of endothelial barriers, type I interferon (IFN) promoted and stabilized BBB function. Induction of innate cytokines by pattern recognition pathways directly regulated BBB permeability and tight junction formation via balanced activation of the small GTPases Rac1 and RhoA, which in turn regulated the transendothelial trafficking of WNV. In vivo, mice with attenuated type I IFN signaling or IFN induction (Ifnar?/? Irf7?/?) exhibited enhanced BBB permeability and tight junction dysregulation after WNV infection. Together, these data provide new insight into host-pathogen interactions at the BBB during neurotropic viral infection. PMID:25161189

  5. Trapping molecules on chips

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    Santambrogio, Gabriele

    2015-01-01

    In the last years, it was demonstrated that neutral molecules can be loaded on a microchip directly from a supersonic beam. The molecules are confined in microscopic traps that can be moved smoothly over the surface of the chip. Once the molecules are trapped, they can be decelerated to a standstill, for instance, or pumped into selected quantum states by laser light or microwaves. Molecules are detected on the chip by time-resolved spatial imaging, which allows for the study of the distribution in the phase space of the molecular ensemble.

  6. The molecular interactions that stabilize RNA tertiary structure: RNA motifs, patterns, and networks.

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    Butcher, Samuel E; Pyle, Anna Marie

    2011-12-20

    RNA molecules adopt specific three-dimensional structures critical to their function. Many essential metabolic processes, including protein synthesis and RNA splicing, are carried out by RNA molecules with elaborate tertiary structures (e.g. 3QIQ, right). Indeed, the ribosome and self-splicing introns are complex RNA machines. But even the coding regions in messenger RNAs and viral RNAs are flanked by highly structured untranslated regions, which provide regulatory information necessary for gene expression. RNA tertiary structure is defined as the three-dimensional arrangement of RNA building blocks, which include helical duplexes, triple-stranded structures, and other components that are held together through connections collectively termed RNA tertiary interactions. The structural diversity of these interactions is now a subject of intense investigation, involving the techniques of NMR, X-ray crystallography, chemical genetics, and phylogenetic analysis. At the same time, many investigators are using biophysical techniques to elucidate the driving forces for tertiary structure formation and the mechanisms for its stabilization. RNA tertiary folding is promoted by maximization of base stacking, much like the hydrophobic effect that drives protein folding. RNA folding also requires electrostatic stabilization, both through charge screening and site binding of metals, and it is enhanced by desolvation of the phosphate backbone. In this Account, we provide an overview of the features that specify and stabilize RNA tertiary structure. A major determinant for overall tertiary RNA architecture is local conformation in secondary-structure junctions, which are regions from which two or more duplexes project. At junctions and other structures, such as pseudoknots and kissing loops, adjacent helices stack on one another, and these coaxial stacks play a major role in dictating the overall architectural form of an RNA molecule. In addition to RNA junction topology, a second determinant for RNA tertiary structure is the formation of sequence-specific interactions. Networks of triple helices, tetraloop-receptor interactions, and other sequence-specific contacts establish the framework for the overall tertiary fold. The third determinant of tertiary structure is the formation of stabilizing stacking and backbone interactions, and many are not sequence specific. For example, ribose zippers allow 2'-hydroxyl groups on different RNA strands to form networks of interdigitated hydrogen bonds, serving to seal strands together and thereby stabilize adjacent substructures. These motifs often require monovalent and divalent cations, which can interact diffusely or through chelation to specific RNA functional groups. As we learn more about the components of RNA tertiary structure, we will be able to predict the structures of RNA molecules from their sequences, thereby obtaining key information about biological function. Understanding and predicting RNA structure is particularly important given the recent discovery that although most of our genome is transcribed into RNA molecules, few of them have a known function. The prevalence of RNA viruses and pathogens with RNA genomes makes RNA drug discovery an active area of research. Finally, knowledge of RNA structure will facilitate the engineering of supramolecular RNA structures, which can be used as nanomechanical components for new materials. But all of this promise depends on a better understanding of the RNA parts list, and how the pieces fit together. PMID:21899297

  7. Heterogeneity of Molecular Resistance Patterns in Antimony-Resistant Field Isolates of Leishmania Species from the Western Mediterranean Area

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    Mary, Charles; Aoun, Karim; Harrat, Zoubir; Bouratbine, Aïda; Faraut, Françoise; Benikhlef, Rezika; Pomares, Christelle; Pratlong, Francine; Marty, Pierre; Piarroux, Renaud

    2014-01-01

    Antimonials remain the first-line treatment for the various manifestations of leishmaniasis in most areas where the disease is endemic, and increasing cases of therapeutic failure associated with parasite resistance have been reported. In this study, we assessed the molecular status of 47 clinical isolates of Leishmania causing visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis from Algeria, Tunisia, and southern France. In total, we examined 14 genes that have been shown to exhibit significant variations in DNA amplification, mRNA levels, or protein expression with respect to resistance to antimonials. The gene status of each clinical isolate was assessed via qPCR and qRT-PCR. We then compared the molecular pattern against the phenotype determined via an in vitro sensitivity test of the clinical isolates against meglumine antimoniate, which is considered the reference technique. Our results demonstrate significant DNA amplification and/or RNA overexpression in 56% of the clinical isolates with the resistant phenotype. All clinical isolates that exhibited significant overexpression of at least 2 genes displayed a resistant phenotype. Among the 14 genes investigated, 10 genes displayed either significant amplification or overexpression in at least 1 clinical isolate; these genes are involved in several metabolic pathways. Moreover, various gene associations were observed depending on the clinical isolates, supporting the multifactorial nature of Leishmania resistance. Molecular resistance features were found in the 3 Leishmania species investigated (Leishmania infantum, Leishmania major, and Leishmania killicki). To our knowledge, this is the first report of the involvement of molecular resistance genes in field isolates of Leishmania major and Leishmania killicki with the resistance phenotype. PMID:24913173

  8. Heterogeneity of molecular resistance patterns in antimony-resistant field isolates of Leishmania species from the western Mediterranean area.

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    Jeddi, Fakhri; Mary, Charles; Aoun, Karim; Harrat, Zoubir; Bouratbine, Aïda; Faraut, Françoise; Benikhlef, Rezika; Pomares, Christelle; Pratlong, Francine; Marty, Pierre; Piarroux, Renaud

    2014-08-01

    Antimonials remain the first-line treatment for the various manifestations of leishmaniasis in most areas where the disease is endemic, and increasing cases of therapeutic failure associated with parasite resistance have been reported. In this study, we assessed the molecular status of 47 clinical isolates of Leishmania causing visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis from Algeria, Tunisia, and southern France. In total, we examined 14 genes that have been shown to exhibit significant variations in DNA amplification, mRNA levels, or protein expression with respect to resistance to antimonials. The gene status of each clinical isolate was assessed via qPCR and qRT-PCR. We then compared the molecular pattern against the phenotype determined via an in vitro sensitivity test of the clinical isolates against meglumine antimoniate, which is considered the reference technique. Our results demonstrate significant DNA amplification and/or RNA overexpression in 56% of the clinical isolates with the resistant phenotype. All clinical isolates that exhibited significant overexpression of at least 2 genes displayed a resistant phenotype. Among the 14 genes investigated, 10 genes displayed either significant amplification or overexpression in at least 1 clinical isolate; these genes are involved in several metabolic pathways. Moreover, various gene associations were observed depending on the clinical isolates, supporting the multifactorial nature of Leishmania resistance. Molecular resistance features were found in the 3 Leishmania species investigated (Leishmania infantum, Leishmania major, and Leishmania killicki). To our knowledge, this is the first report of the involvement of molecular resistance genes in field isolates of Leishmania major and Leishmania killicki with the resistance phenotype. PMID:24913173

  9. Computational study of the vibrational spectroscopic studies, natural bond orbital, frontier molecular orbital and second-order non-linear optical properties of acetophenone thiosemicarbazone molecule

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    Li, Xiao-Hong; Mei, Zheng; Zhang, Xian-Zhou

    2014-01-01

    The vibrational frequencies of acetophenone thiosemicarbazone in the ground state have been calculated using density functional method (B3LYP) with 6-31G(d), 6-31G(d,p) and 6-311++G(d,p) basis sets. The analysis of natural bond orbital was also performed. The IR spectra were obtained and interpreted by means of potential energies distributions (PEDs) using MOLVIB program. In addition, the results show that there exist Nsbnd H…N and Nsbnd H…S hydrogen bonds in the title compound, which play a major role in stabilizing the molecule and are confirmed by the natural bond orbital analysis. The predicted NLO properties show that the title compound is a good candidate as second-order NLO material. In addition, the frontier molecular orbitals were analyzed and the crystal structure obtained by molecular mechanics belongs to the Pbca space group, with lattice parameters Z = 8, a = 16.0735 Å, b = 7.1719 Å, c = 7.8725 Å, ? = 0.808 g/cm3.

  10. Determination of sulfur in crude oil using high-resolution continuum source molecular absorption spectrometry of the SnS molecule in a graphite furnace.

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    Cadorim, Heloisa R; Pereira, Éderson R; Carasek, Eduardo; Welz, Bernhard; de Andrade, Jailson B

    2016-01-01

    An analytical method for the determination of sulfur, as the tin mono-sulfide (SnS) molecule, in crude oil using high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry (HR-CS GF MAS) has been developed. The molecular absorbance of the SnS has been measured using the wavelength at 271.624nm and the crude oil samples were prepared as micro-emulsions due to their high viscosity. Several chemical modifiers (Ir, Pd, Ru, Zr) were tested and palladium was chosen, because it exhibited the best performance. The heating program was optimized by comparing the pyrolysis and vaporization curves obtained for an aqueous sulfur standard and a micro-emulsion of a crude oil certified reference material (CRM). The optimum pyrolysis and vaporization temperatures were found to be 600 and 2000°C, respectively. The limit of detection and the characteristic mass using micro-emulsion analysis of crude oil samples were 5.8 and 13.3ng S. Accuracy and precision of the method has been evaluated using two crude oil CRM (NIST 2721 and NIST 2722), showing good agreement with the informed or certified values. PMID:26695253

  11. Drug Delivery Through the Skin: Molecular Simulations of Barrier Lipids to Design more Effective Noninvasive Dermal and Transdermal Delivery Systems for Small Molecules Biologics and Cosmetics

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    J Torin Huzil; S Sivaloganathan; M Kohandel; M Foldvari

    2011-12-31

    The delivery of drugs through the skin provides a convenient route of administration that is often preferable to injection because it is noninvasive and can typically be self-administered. These two factors alone result in a significant reduction of medical complications and improvement in patient compliance. Unfortunately, a significant obstacle to dermal and transdermal drug delivery alike is the resilient barrier that the epidermal layers of the skin, primarily the stratum corneum, presents for the diffusion of exogenous chemical agents. Further advancement of transdermal drug delivery requires the development of novel delivery systems that are suitable for modern, macromolecular protein and nucleotide therapeutic agents. Significant effort has already been devoted to obtain a functional understanding of the physical barrier properties imparted by the epidermis, specifically the membrane structures of the stratum corneum. However, structural observations of membrane systems are often hindered by low resolutions, making it difficult to resolve the molecular mechanisms related to interactions between lipids found within the stratum corneum. Several models describing the molecular diffusion of drug molecules through the stratum corneum have now been postulated, where chemical permeation enhancers are thought to disrupt the underlying lipid structure, resulting in enhanced permeability. Recent investigations using biphasic vesicles also suggested a possibility for novel mechanisms involving the formation of complex polymorphic lipid phases. In this review, we discuss the advantages and limitations of permeation-enhancing strategies and how computational simulations, at the atomic scale, coupled with physical observations can provide insight into the mechanisms of diffusion through the stratum corneum.

  12. Antibiotic Sensitivity Patterns and Molecular Typing of Shigella sonnei Strains Using ERIC-PCR

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    Ranjbar, Reza; Mirsaeed Ghazi, Farzaneh

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Background Shigella sonnei is considered as a major cause of diarrheal disease in both developing and developed countries. Iran is one of the endemic areas of shigellosis. The present study was undertaken to investigate the antibiotic susceptibility and genetic relatedness of S. sonnei strains isolated from pediatric patients in Tehran, Iran. Methods The study included all S. sonnei strains isolated from pediatric patients with diarrhea admitted to several hospitals in Tehran, Iran, during 2008-2010. Shigella spp. strains were recovered from patients using standard microbiological methods. S. sonnei strains were further studied by antimicrobial susceptibility testing and Enterobacterial Repetitive Intergenic Consensus (ERIC) - PCR analysis. Results Eighty nine Shigella isolates were isolated. S. sonnei was themost prevalent Shigella species (60.7%) followed by, S. flexneri (31.5%). Eleven antimicrobial resistance patterns (R1-R11) were identified among S. sonnei isolates. The majority of the strains were resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline and streptomycin. All isolates were susceptible to ciprofloxacin, ceftizoxime and chloramphenicol. All strains were typable by ERIC-PCR. Five ERIC-PCR patterns (E1-E5) were found among S. sonnei isolates; however the half of the isolates was clustered in E4 pattern. Conclusion The antibiotic resistance rates are increasing among S. sonnei strains. Moreover, a predominant clone or limited clones of S. sonnei were responsible for shigellosis caused by this Shigella species in pediatric patients in Tehran, Iran. PMID:26060624

  13. Analysis of Molecular Size Distributions of Cellulose Molecules during Hydrolysis of Cellulose by Recombinant Cellulomonas fimi ?-1,4-Glucanases

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    Stålbrand, Henrik; Mansfield, Shawn D.; Saddler, John N.; Kilburn, Douglas G.; Warren, R. Antony J.; Gilkes, Neil R.

    1998-01-01

    Four ?-1,4-glucanases (cellulases) of the cellulolytic bacterium Cellulomonas fimi were purified from Escherichia coli cells transformed with recombinant plasmids. Previous analyses using soluble substrates had suggested that CenA and CenC were endoglucanases while CbhA and CbhB resembled the exo-acting cellobiohydrolases produced by cellulolytic fungi. Analysis of molecular size distributions during cellulose hydrolysis by the individual enzymes confirmed these preliminary findings and provided further evidence that endoglucanase CenC has a more processive hydrolytic activity than CenA. The significant differences between the size distributions obtained during hydrolysis of bacterial microcrystalline cellulose and acid-swollen cellulose can be explained in terms of the accessibility of ?-1,4-glucan chains to enzyme attack. Endoglucanases and cellobiohydrolases were much more easily distinguished when the acid-swollen substrate was used. PMID:9647802

  14. Towards single molecule switches.

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    Zhang, Jia Lin; Zhong, Jian Qiang; Lin, Jia Dan; Hu, Wen Ping; Wu, Kai; Xu, Guo Qin; Wee, Andrew T S; Chen, Wei

    2015-05-21

    The concept of using single molecules as key building blocks for logic gates, diodes and transistors to perform basic functions of digital electronic devices at the molecular scale has been explored over the past decades. However, in addition to mimicking the basic functions of current silicon devices, molecules often possess unique properties that have no parallel in conventional materials and promise new hybrid devices with novel functions that cannot be achieved with equivalent solid-state devices. The most appealing example is the molecular switch. Over the past decade, molecular switches on surfaces have been intensely investigated. A variety of external stimuli such as light, electric field, temperature, tunneling electrons and even chemical stimulus have been used to activate these molecular switches between bistable or even multiple states by manipulating molecular conformations, dipole orientations, spin states, charge states and even chemical bond formation. The switching event can occur either on surfaces or in break junctions. The aim of this review is to highlight recent advances in molecular switches triggered by various external stimuli, as investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) and the break junction technique. We begin by presenting the molecular switches triggered by various external stimuli that do not provide single molecule selectivity, referred to as non-selective switching. Special focus is then given to selective single molecule switching realized using the LT-STM tip on surfaces. Single molecule switches operated by different mechanisms are reviewed and discussed. Finally, molecular switches embedded in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and single molecule junctions are addressed. PMID:25757483

  15. The role of repulsive interactions in molecular bromine adsorption and patterning of Si(100)-2×1

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    Herrmann, Cari F.; Boland, John J.

    2000-07-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was used to investigate the role of repulsive interactions in the adsorption and patterning of molecular bromine on the Si(100) surface. At room temperature and low coverage, chemisorption of bromine occurs dissociatively on the same side of adjacent dimers of the same row. Using the STM tip as a probe, we demonstrate the existence of repulsive interactions at adjacent sites on the Si(100)-2×1 surface. These repulsive interactions also contribute to the arrangement of adatoms on the surface. In particular, we report the presence of a stable c(4×2) surface phase that results after exposing the Si(100) surface to bromine under certain conditions. This phase involves adsorption on non-neighboring dimers and is stabilized by repulsive interactions that force bromine adatoms to occupy alternating dimers within rows with an out-of-phase occupancy between adjacent rows.

  16. David Adler Lectureship Award Talk: Friction and energy dissipation mechanisms in adsorbed molecules and molecularly thin films

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    Krim, Jacqueline

    2015-03-01

    Studies of the fundamental origins of friction have undergone rapid progress in recent years, with the development of new experimental and computational techniques for measuring and simulating friction at atomic length and time scales. The increased interest has sparked a variety of discussions and debates concerning the nature of the atomic-scale and quantum mechanisms that dominate the dissipative process by which mechanical energy is transformed into heat. Measurements of the sliding friction of physisorbed monolayers and bilayers can provide information on the relative contributions of these various dissipative mechanisms. Adsorbed films, whether intentionally applied or present as trace levels of physisorbed contaminants, moreover are ubiquitous at virtually all surfaces. As such, they impact a wide range of applications whose progress depends on precise control and/or knowledge of surface diffusion processes. Examples include nanoscale assembly, directed transport of Brownian particles, material flow through restricted geometries such as graphene membranes and molecular sieves, passivation and edge effects in carbon-based lubricants, and the stability of granular materials associated with frictional and frictionless contacts. Work supported by NSFDMR1310456.

  17. FTIR and molecular mechanics studies of H-bonds in aliphatic polyurethane and polyamide-66 model molecules

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    Wang, Guoqing; Zhang, Chunxia; Guo, Xiaohe; Ren, Zhiyong

    2008-02-01

    Model aliphatic polyurethane (APU) hard segment based on 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) and 1,4-butanediol (BDO) were prepared. FTIR and molecular mechanics (MM) simulation were used to conduct the systematic studies on APU and polyamide-66 (PA-66) whose sole difference lies in the alkoxyl oxygen. It was found that the introduction of the alkoxyl not only increases the conformations in APU, makes it a possible H-bond acceptor, but also weakens the H-bond between NH and O dbnd C in APU. There are two conformers stably existed in APU with lowest energy, leading to eight H-bond complexes based on NH as donor and (1) O dbnd C as acceptor, and another two complexes based on (2) alkoxyl O and (3) urethane N as acceptors, whereas there is only one stable conformer in PA-66, leading to one H-bond complex. One predominant H-bond complex has been found in APU with probability of about 95%. The simulated results are consistent with the ?NH and ?C dbnd O band shifting in FTIR.

  18. Effect of Molecule-Surface Reaction Mechanism on the Electronic Characteristics and Photovoltaic Performance of Molecularly Modified Si.

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    Yaffe, Omer; Ely, Tal; Har-Lavan, Rotem; Egger, David A; Johnston, Steve; Cohen, Hagai; Kronik, Leeor; Vilan, Ayelet; Cahen, David

    2013-10-31

    We report on the passivation properties of molecularly modified, oxide-free Si(111) surfaces. The reaction of 1-alcohol with the H-passivated Si(111) surface can follow two possible paths, nucleophilic substitution (SN) and radical chain reaction (RCR), depending on adsorption conditions. Moderate heating leads to the SN reaction, whereas with UV irradiation RCR dominates, with SN as a secondary path. We show that the site-sensitive SN reaction leads to better electrical passivation, as indicated by smaller surface band bending and a longer lifetime of minority carriers. However, the surface-insensitive RCR reaction leads to more dense monolayers and, therefore, to much better chemical stability, with lasting protection of the Si surface against oxidation. Thus, our study reveals an inherent dissonance between electrical and chemical passivation. Alkoxy monolayers, formed under UV irradiation, benefit, though, from both chemical and electronic passivation because under these conditions both SN and RCR occur. This is reflected in longer minority carrier lifetimes, lower reverse currents in the dark, and improved photovoltaic performance, over what is obtained if only one of the mechanisms operates. These results show how chemical kinetics and reaction paths impact electronic properties at the device level. It further suggests an approach for effective passivation of other semiconductors. PMID:24205409

  19. Effect of Molecule–Surface Reaction Mechanism on the Electronic Characteristics and Photovoltaic Performance of Molecularly Modified Si

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    2013-01-01

    We report on the passivation properties of molecularly modified, oxide-free Si(111) surfaces. The reaction of 1-alcohol with the H-passivated Si(111) surface can follow two possible paths, nucleophilic substitution (SN) and radical chain reaction (RCR), depending on adsorption conditions. Moderate heating leads to the SN reaction, whereas with UV irradiation RCR dominates, with SN as a secondary path. We show that the site-sensitive SN reaction leads to better electrical passivation, as indicated by smaller surface band bending and a longer lifetime of minority carriers. However, the surface-insensitive RCR reaction leads to more dense monolayers and, therefore, to much better chemical stability, with lasting protection of the Si surface against oxidation. Thus, our study reveals an inherent dissonance between electrical and chemical passivation. Alkoxy monolayers, formed under UV irradiation, benefit, though, from both chemical and electronic passivation because under these conditions both SN and RCR occur. This is reflected in longer minority carrier lifetimes, lower reverse currents in the dark, and improved photovoltaic performance, over what is obtained if only one of the mechanisms operates. These results show how chemical kinetics and reaction paths impact electronic properties at the device level. It further suggests an approach for effective passivation of other semiconductors. PMID:24205409

  20. A novel junctional adhesion molecule A (CgJAM-A-L) from oyster (Crassostrea gigas) functions as pattern recognition receptor and opsonin.

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    Liu, Conghui; Wang, Mengqiang; Jiang, Shuai; Wang, Lingling; Chen, Hao; Liu, Zhaoqun; Qiu, Limei; Song, Linsheng

    2016-02-01

    Junctional adhesion molecule (JAM), a subfamily of immunoglobulin superfamily (IgSF) with a couple of immunoglobulin domains, can act as regulator in homeostasis and inflammation of vertebrates. In the present study, a structural homolog of JAM-A (designated CgJAM-A-L) was screened out from oyster, Crassostrea gigas, through a search of JAM-A D1 domain (N-terminal Ig domain in JAM-A). The cDNA of CgJAM-A-L was of 1188 bp encoding a predicted polypeptide of 395 amino acids. The immunoreactive area of CgJAM-A-L mainly distributed over the plasma membrane of hemocytes. After Vibro splendidus or tumor necrosis factor (CgTNF-1) stimulation, the mRNA transcripts of CgJAM-A-L in hemocytes increased significantly by 4.46-fold and 9.00-fold (p < 0.01) of those in control group, respectively. The recombinant CgJAM-A-L protein (rCgJAM-A-L) could bind multiple PAMPs including lipopolysaccharides (LPS), peptidoglycan (PGN), lipoteichoic acid (LTA), mannose (MAN), ?-glucan (GLU) and poly(I:C), and various microorganisms including Micrococcus luteus, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Vibro anguillarum, V. splendidus, Pastoris pastoris and Yarrowia lipolytica. The phagocytic rates of oyster hemocytes towards Gram-negative bacteria V. anguillarum and yeast P. pastoris were significantly enhanced after the incubation of rCgJAM-A-L, and even increased more significantly after the pre-incubation of rCgJAM-A-L with microbes (p < 0.01). The results collectively indicated that CgJAM-A-L functioned as an important pattern recognition receptor (PRR) and opsonin in the immune defense against invading pathogen in oyster. Moreover, as the most primitive specie with homolog of JAMs, the information of CgJAM-A-L in oyster would provide useful clues for the evolutionary study of JAMs and immunoglobulins. PMID:26434620

  1. Molecular identification of Acinetobacter baumannii isolated from intensive care units and their antimicrobial resistance patterns

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    Ghajavand, Hasan; Esfahani, Bahram Nasr; Havaei, Seyed Asghar; Moghim, Sharareh; Fazeli, Hossein

    2015-01-01

    Background: Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the most important pathogens in hospital-acquired infections especially in intensive care units (ICUs). This opportunistic pathogen can be easily isolated from water, soil, and hospital facilities. A. baumannii as a nosocomial opportunistic pathogen is resistant to a wide range of antibiotics and responsible for multiple infections, including bacteremia, pneumonia, meningitis, urinary tract infections, and surgical wounds. The aim of this study was to determine frequency and resistance patterns of A. baumannii isolated in ICUs of Isfahan Hospitals. Materials and Methods: During 1 year period (2012-2013), 350 specimens were collected from ICUs of Isfahan hospitals. The isolates were characterized as A. baumannii by conventional phenotypic, biochemical tests and confirmed by PCR for OXA-51-like gene. Susceptibility of isolates was determined by standard disk diffusion method according to CLSI. Results: From total of 350 specimens, 43 isolates were A. baumannii. The antimicrobial patterns of isolates showed that 53.5% of isolates were resistant to amikacin, 83.7% to tetracyclin, 86% to ceftazidime, 90.7% to Trimethoprim sulfametoxazol, 93% to imipenem, cefepime, meropenem, ampicillin–sulbactam. All isolates were resistant to ciprofloxacin. Conclusion: This study showed a high resistance of A. baumannii to a wide range of antimicrobial agent. It is necessary to adopt appropriate strategies to control the spread of the bacteria in care unit centers and wards. PMID:26261812

  2. Making teeth to order: conserved genes reveal an ancient molecular pattern in paddlefish (Actinopterygii)

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    Smith, Moya M.; Johanson, Zerina; Butts, Thomas; Ericsson, Rolf; Modrell, Melinda; Tulenko, Frank J.; Davis, Marcus C.; Fraser, Gareth J.

    2015-01-01

    Ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii) are the dominant vertebrate group today (+30 000 species, predominantly teleosts), with great morphological diversity, including their dentitions. How dental morphological variation evolved is best addressed by considering a range of taxa across actinopterygian phylogeny; here we examine the dentition of Polyodon spathula (American paddlefish), assigned to the basal group Acipenseriformes. Although teeth are present and functional in young individuals of Polyodon, they are completely absent in adults. Our current understanding of developmental genes operating in the dentition is primarily restricted to teleosts; we show that shh and bmp4, as highly conserved epithelial and mesenchymal genes for gnathostome tooth development, are similarly expressed at Polyodon tooth loci, thus extending this conserved developmental pattern within the Actinopterygii. These genes map spatio-temporal tooth initiation in Polyodon larvae and provide new data in both oral and pharyngeal tooth sites. Variation in cellular intensity of shh maps timing of tooth morphogenesis, revealing a second odontogenic wave as alternate sites within tooth rows, a dental pattern also present in more derived actinopterygians. Developmental timing for each tooth field in Polyodon follows a gradient, from rostral to caudal and ventral to dorsal, repeated during subsequent loss of teeth. The transitory Polyodon dentition is modified by cessation of tooth addition and loss. As such, Polyodon represents a basal actinopterygian model for the evolution of developmental novelty: initial conservation, followed by tooth loss, accommodating the adult trophic modification to filter-feeding. PMID:25788604

  3. Making teeth to order: conserved genes reveal an ancient molecular pattern in paddlefish (Actinopterygii).

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    Smith, Moya M; Johanson, Zerina; Butts, Thomas; Ericsson, Rolf; Modrell, Melinda; Tulenko, Frank J; Davis, Marcus C; Fraser, Gareth J

    2015-04-22

    Ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii) are the dominant vertebrate group today (+30 000 species, predominantly teleosts), with great morphological diversity, including their dentitions. How dental morphological variation evolved is best addressed by considering a range of taxa across actinopterygian phylogeny; here we examine the dentition of Polyodon spathula (American paddlefish), assigned to the basal group Acipenseriformes. Although teeth are present and functional in young individuals of Polyodon, they are completely absent in adults. Our current understanding of developmental genes operating in the dentition is primarily restricted to teleosts; we show that shh and bmp4, as highly conserved epithelial and mesenchymal genes for gnathostome tooth development, are similarly expressed at Polyodon tooth loci, thus extending this conserved developmental pattern within the Actinopterygii. These genes map spatio-temporal tooth initiation in Polyodon larvae and provide new data in both oral and pharyngeal tooth sites. Variation in cellular intensity of shh maps timing of tooth morphogenesis, revealing a second odontogenic wave as alternate sites within tooth rows, a dental pattern also present in more derived actinopterygians. Developmental timing for each tooth field in Polyodon follows a gradient, from rostral to caudal and ventral to dorsal, repeated during subsequent loss of teeth. The transitory Polyodon dentition is modified by cessation of tooth addition and loss. As such, Polyodon represents a basal actinopterygian model for the evolution of developmental novelty: initial conservation, followed by tooth loss, accommodating the adult trophic modification to filter-feeding. PMID:25788604

  4. Glioblastoma with adipocyte-like tumor cell differentiation--histological and molecular features of a rare differentiation pattern.

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    Rickert, Christian H; Riemenschneider, Markus J; Schachenmayr, Walter; Richter, Hans-Peter; Bockhorn, Jürgen; Reifenberger, Guido; Paulus, Werner

    2009-07-01

    We report on three adult patients with primary glioblastomas showing prominent adipocytic (lipomatous) differentiation, hence referred to as "glioblastomas with adipocyte-like tumor cell differentiation." Histologically, the tumors demonstrated typical features of glioblastoma but additionally contained areas consisting of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-positive astrocytic tumor cells resembling adipocytes, that is, containing large intracellular lipid vacuoles. Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and focused molecular genetic analyses demonstrated gains of chromosomes 7, losses of chromosomes 9 and 10, as well as homozygous deletion of p14(ARF) in one of the tumors. The second tumor showed gains of chromosomes 3, 4, 8q and 12 as well as losses of chromosomes 10, 13, 15q, 19 and 22. In addition, this tumor carried homozygous deletions of CDKN2A and p14(ARF) as well as point mutations in the TP53 and PTEN genes. The third tumor also had a mutation in the PTEN gene. None of the tumors demonstrated EGFR, CDK4 or MDM2 amplification. Taken together, our results define a rare glioblastoma differentiation pattern and indicate that glioblastomas with adipocyte-like tumor cell differentiation share common molecular genetic features with other primary glioblastomas. PMID:18691268

  5. Molecular cloud formation and the star formation efficiency in M 33. Molecule and star formation in M 33

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    Braine, J.; Gratier, P.; Kramer, C.; Schuster, K. F.; Tabatabaei, F.; Gardan, E.

    2010-09-01

    Does star formation proceed in the same way in large spirals such as the Milky Way and in smaller chemically younger galaxies? Earlier work suggests a more rapid transformation of H2 into stars in these objects but (1) a doubt remains about the validity of the H2 mass estimates and (2) there is currently no explanation for why star formation should be more efficient. M 33, a local group spiral with a mass ~10% and a metallicity half that of the Galaxy, represents a first step towards the metal poor Dwarf Galaxies. We have searched for molecular clouds in the outer disk of M 33 and present here a set of detections of both 12CO and 13CO, including the only detections (for both lines) beyond the R25 radius in a subsolar metallicity galaxy. The spatial resolution enables mass estimates for the clouds and thus a measure of the N(H2)/ICO ratio, which in turn enables a more reliable calculation of the H2 mass. Our estimate for the outer disk of M 33 is N(H2)/ICO(1-0) ~ 5 × 1020 cm-2/(K km s-1) with an estimated uncertainty of a factor ?2. While the 12/13CO line ratios do not provide a reliable measure of N(H2)/ICO, the values we find are slightly greater than Galactic and corroborate a somewhat higher N(H2)/ICO value. Comparing the CO observations with other tracers of the interstellar medium, no reliable means of predicting where CO would be detected was identified. In particular, CO detections were often not directly on local HI or FIR or H? peaks, although generally in regions with FIR emission and high HI column density. The results presented here provide support for the quicker transformation of H2 into stars in M 33 than in large local universe spirals.

  6. The pattern of mammalian evolution and the relative rate of molecular evolution

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    Easteal, S. )

    1990-01-01

    The rates of nucleotide substitution at four genes in four orders of eutherian mammals are compared in relative rate tests using marsupial orthologs for reference. There is no evidence of systematic variation in evolutionary rate among the orders. The sequences are used to reconstruct the phylogeny of the orders using maximum likelihood, parsimony and compatibility methods. A branching order of rodent then ungulate then primate and lagomorph is overwhelmingly indicated. The nodes of the nucleotide based cladograms are widely separated in relation to the total lengths of the branches. The assumption of a star phylogeny that underlies Kimura's test for molecular evolutionary rate variation is shown to be invalid for eutherian mammals. Excess variance in nucleotide or amino acid differences between mammalian orders, above that predicted by neutral theory is explained better by variation in divergence time than by variation in evolutionary rate.

  7. Direct patterning of molecularly imprinted microdot arrays for sensors and biochips.

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    Vandevelde, Fanny; Leïchlé, Thierry; Ayela, Cédric; Bergaud, Christian; Nicu, Liviu; Haupt, Karsten

    2007-06-01

    We have used fountain pen microlithography to deposit arrays of molecularly imprinted polymer microdots on flat substrates. We visualize analyte binding to the dots by fluorescence microscopy with the aid of fluorescein as a model analyte. Elution and readsorption of the analyte to the MIP dots were possible if the porosity of the dots was improved by a sacrificial polymeric porogen. The imprinting effect was confirmed by using compounds structurally related to fluorescein. In addition, we show with another MIP specific to 2,4-D that, apart from the direct measurement of the binding of fluorescent compounds, a competitive immunoassay-type format can also be used to transduce the binding. We believe that this technique has a strong potential for the fabrication of biomimetic microchips and other types of integrated biosensors. PMID:17472403

  8. Molecular Detection of Hematozoa Infections in Tundra Swans Relative to Migration Patterns and Ecological Conditions at Breeding Grounds

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    Ramey, Andrew M.; Ely, Craig R.; Schmutz, Joel A.; Pearce, John M.; Heard, Darryl J.

    2012-01-01

    Tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) are broadly distributed in North America, use a wide variety of habitats, and exhibit diverse migration strategies. We investigated patterns of hematozoa infection in three populations of tundra swans that breed in Alaska using satellite tracking to infer host movement and molecular techniques to assess the prevalence and genetic diversity of parasites. We evaluated whether migratory patterns and environmental conditions at breeding areas explain the prevalence of blood parasites in migratory birds by contrasting the fit of competing models formulated in an occupancy modeling framework and calculating the detection probability of the top model using Akaike Information Criterion (AIC). We described genetic diversity of blood parasites in each population of swans by calculating the number of unique parasite haplotypes observed. Blood parasite infection was significantly different between populations of Alaska tundra swans, with the highest estimated prevalence occurring among birds occupying breeding areas with lower mean daily wind speeds and higher daily summer temperatures. Models including covariates of wind speed and temperature during summer months at breeding grounds better predicted hematozoa prevalence than those that included annual migration distance or duration. Genetic diversity of blood parasites in populations of tundra swans appeared to be relative to hematozoa prevalence. Our results suggest ecological conditions at breeding grounds may explain differences of hematozoa infection among populations of tundra swans that breed in Alaska. PMID:23049862

  9. Molecular evolution patterns reveal life history features of mycoplasma-related endobacteria associated with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.

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    Toomer, Kevin H; Chen, Xiuhua; Naito, Mizue; Mondo, Stephen J; den Bakker, Henk C; VanKuren, Nicholas W; Lekberg, Ylva; Morton, Joseph B; Pawlowska, Teresa E

    2015-07-01

    The mycoplasma-related endobacteria (MRE), representing a recently discovered lineage of Mollicutes, are widely distributed across arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF, Glomeromycota). AMF colonize roots of most terrestrial plants and improve plant mineral nutrient uptake in return for plant-assimilated carbon. The role of MRE in the biology of their fungal hosts is unknown. To start characterizing this association, we assessed partitioning of MRE genetic diversity within AMF individuals and across the AMF phylogeographic range. We further used molecular evolution patterns to make inferences about MRE codivergence with AMF, their lifestyle and antiquity of the Glomeromycota-MRE association. While we did not detect differentiation between MRE derived from different continents, high levels of diversity were apparent in MRE populations within AMF host individuals. MRE exhibited significant codiversification with AMF over ecological time and the absence of codivergence over evolutionary time. Moreover, genetic recombination was evident in MRE. These patterns indicate that, while MRE transmission is predominantly vertical, their complex intrahost populations are likely generated by horizontal transmission and recombination. Based on predictions of evolutionary theory, we interpreted these observations as a suggestion that MRE may be antagonists of AMF. Finally, we detected a marginally significant signature of codivergence of MRE with Glomeromycota and the Endogone lineage of Mucoromycotina, implying that the symbiosis between MRE and fungi may predate the divergence between these two groups of fungi. PMID:26011293

  10. Activation of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) mononuclear phagocytes by different pathogen associated molecular pattern (PAMP) bearing agents.

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    Iliev, Dimitar B; Liarte, Cristina Q; MacKenzie, Simon; Goetz, Frederick W

    2005-06-01

    Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) cells of a monocyte-macrophage lineage (rtMOCs) were used to characterize the ability of the trout innate immune system to recognize and respond to different pathogen associated molecular pattern (PAMP) bearing substances. Compared to what has been reported for mammalian macrophages, rtMOCs responded with lower sensitivity to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from Escherichia coli (EC-LPS) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA-LPS). The sensitivity of rtMOCs to LPS was not influenced by the presence of serum which suggests that the resistance to endotoxic shock in fish may be due to the lack of serum-borne factors that confer sensitivity to LPS in mammals. The time course of the response to PAMPs could be separated into two patterns. EC-LPS induced stable cytokine expression whereas PA-LPS, zymosan and muramyl dipeptide induced transient TNF2 expression. By analogy to the type of stimulation observed in mammals it can be hypothesized that different signaling pathways, possibly initiated by different receptors, may be involved in the recognition of these PAMPs by rtMOCs. PMID:15829310

  11. Domestication and the Mitochondrial Genome: Comparing Patterns and Rates of Molecular Evolution in Domesticated Mammals and Birds and Their Wild Relatives

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    Moray, Camile; Lanfear, Robert; Bromham, Lindell

    2014-01-01

    Studies of domesticated animals have led to the suggestion that domestication could have significant effects on patterns of molecular evolution. In particular, analyses of mitochondrial genome sequences from domestic dogs and yaks have yielded higher ratios of non-synonymous to synonymous substitutions in the domesticated lineages than in their wild relatives. These results are important because they imply that changes to selection or population size operating over a short timescale can cause significant changes to the patterns of mitochondrial molecular evolution. In this study, our aim is to test whether the impact on mitochondrial genome evolution is a general feature of domestication or whether it is specific to particular examples. We test whether domesticated mammals and birds have consistently different patterns of molecular evolution than their wild relatives for 16 phylogenetically independent comparisons of mitochondrial genome sequences. We find no consistent difference in branch lengths or dN/dS between domesticated and wild lineages. We also find no evidence that our failure to detect a consistent pattern is due to the short timescales involved or low genetic distance between domesticated lineages and their wild relatives. However, removing comparisons where the wild relative may also have undergone a bottleneck does reveal a pattern consistent with reduced effective population size in domesticated lineages. Our results suggest that, although some domesticated lineages may have undergone changes to selective regime or effective population size that could have affected mitochondrial evolution, it is not possible to generalize these patterns over all domesticated mammals and birds. PMID:24459286

  12. Domestication and the mitochondrial genome: comparing patterns and rates of molecular evolution in domesticated mammals and birds and their wild relatives.

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    Moray, Camile; Lanfear, Robert; Bromham, Lindell

    2014-01-01

    Studies of domesticated animals have led to the suggestion that domestication could have significant effects on patterns of molecular evolution. In particular, analyses of mitochondrial genome sequences from domestic dogs and yaks have yielded higher ratios of non-synonymous to synonymous substitutions in the domesticated lineages than in their wild relatives. These results are important because they imply that changes to selection or population size operating over a short timescale can cause significant changes to the patterns of mitochondrial molecular evolution. In this study, our aim is to test whether the impact on mitochondrial genome evolution is a general feature of domestication or whether it is specific to particular examples. We test whether domesticated mammals and birds have consistently different patterns of molecular evolution than their wild relatives for 16 phylogenetically independent comparisons of mitochondrial genome sequences. We find no consistent difference in branch lengths or dN/dS between domesticated and wild lineages. We also find no evidence that our failure to detect a consistent pattern is due to the short timescales involved or low genetic distance between domesticated lineages and their wild relatives. However, removing comparisons where the wild relative may also have undergone a bottleneck does reveal a pattern consistent with reduced effective population size in domesticated lineages. Our results suggest that, although some domesticated lineages may have undergone changes to selective regime or effective population size that could have affected mitochondrial evolution, it is not possible to generalize these patterns over all domesticated mammals and birds. PMID:24459286

  13. Development of a Molecularly Evolved, Highly Sensitive CaMKII FRET Sensor with Improved Expression Pattern

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    Shibata, Akihiro C. E.; Maebashi, Hiroshi K.; Nakahata, Yoshihisa; Nabekura, Junichi; Murakoshi, Hideji

    2015-01-01

    Genetically encoded fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensors have been successfully used to visualize protein activity in living cells. The sensitivity and accuracy of FRET measurements directly depend on biosensor folding efficiency, expression pattern, sensitivity, and dynamic range. Here, to improve the folding efficiency of the Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II alpha (CaMKII?) FRET biosensor, we amplified the association domain of the CaMKII? gene using error-prone polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fused it to the N-terminus of mCherry in a bacterial expression vector. We also created an Escherichia coli expression library based on a previously reported fluorescent protein folding reporter method, and found a bright red fluorescent colony that contained the association domain with four mutations (F394L, I419V, A430T, and I434T). In vitro assays using the purified mutant protein confirmed improved folding kinetics of the downstream fluorescent protein, but not of the association domain itself. Furthermore, we introduced these mutations into the previously reported CaMKII? FRET sensor and monitored its Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent activation in HeLa cells using 2-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (2pFLIM), and found that the expression pattern and signal reproducibility of the mutant sensor were greatly improved without affecting the autophosphorylation function and incorporation into oligomeric CaMKII?. We believe that our improved CaMKII? FRET sensor would be useful in various types of cells and tissues, providing data with high accuracy and reproducibility. In addition, the method described here may also be applicable for improving the performance of all currently available FRET sensors. PMID:25799407

  14. Final Report for Integrated Multiscale Modeling of Molecular Computing Devices

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    Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2013-08-28

    In collaboration with researchers at Vanderbilt University, North Carolina State University, Princeton and Oakridge National Laboratory we developed multiscale modeling and simulation methods capable of modeling the synthesis, assembly, and operation of molecular electronics devices. Our role in this project included the development of coarse-grained molecular and mesoscale models and simulation methods capable of simulating the assembly of millions of organic conducting molecules and other molecular components into nanowires, crossbars, and other organized patterns.

  15. The Molecular Universe

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    Tielens, A. G. G. M.

    During the last decade it has become more and more clear that the molecular universe is widespread and very diverse. The near and mid IR spectra of the diffuse interstellar medium of the Milky Way and other galaxies is dominated by the vibrational emission of large (50 C-atoms) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon molecules. These emission features are also bright in many regions of massive star formation as well as in the ashes expelled by stars in their death throes. These ubiquitous molecules lock up about 1-10 % of all the available elemental carbon. It is now also clear that the Diffuse Interstellar Bands in the visible spectral range - which have presented a spectroscopic enigma since their discovery 75 years ago - are due to electronic transitions of interstellar molecules. Besides these PAHs, likely candidates include acetylenic C-chains and fullerenes. Similarly, spectroscopic studies of the rotational, millimeter and submillimeter spectra of molecular clouds - the birthsites of new stars - have revealed a rich inventory of molecules which increases at a pace of about 5 new molecules a year for the last 25 years. Molecules have now been discovered as far back as z = 4.7 when the first burst of star formation accompanied galaxy formation in the universe. Indeed, cooling by molecules probably played as key a role in star formation at that time as it does in the present universe. In the solar system, the chemical composition of comets still attests to its heritage of the interstellar cloud from which the solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago, while carbonaceous meteorites display a very diverse pattern of organic species including a wide variety of amino acids many of which are unknown in nature on Earth. This talk will review the richness of the molecular universe and the processes that play a role in the origin and evolution of these species.

  16. Single molecule data under scrutiny. Comment on "Extracting physics of life at the molecular level: A review of single-molecule data analyses" by W. Colomb & S.K. Sarkar

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    Wohland, Thorsten

    2015-06-01

    Single Molecule Detection and Spectroscopy have grown from their first beginnings into mainstream, mature research areas that are widely applied in the biological sciences. However, despite the advances in technology and the application of many single molecule techniques even in in vivo settings, the data analysis of single molecule experiments is complicated by noise, systematic errors, and complex underlying processes that are only incompletely understood. Colomb and Sarkar provide in this issue an overview of single molecule experiments and the accompanying problems in data analysis, which have to be overcome for a proper interpretation of the experiments [1].

  17. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the weevil subfamily Platypodinae reveals evolutionarily conserved range patterns.

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    Jordal, Bjarte H

    2015-11-01

    Platypodinae is a peculiar weevil subfamily of species that cultivate fungi in tunnels excavated in dead wood. Their geographical distribution is generally restricted, with genera confined to a single continent or large island, which provides a useful system for biogeographical research. This study establishes the first detailed molecular phylogeny of the group, with the aim of testing hypotheses on classification, diversification, and biogeography. A phylogeny was reconstructed based on 3648 nucleotides from COI, EF-1?, CAD, ArgK, and 28S. Tree topology was well resolved and indicated a strong correlation with geography, more so than predicted by previous morphology-based classifications. Tesserocerini was paraphyletic, with Notoplatypus as the sister group to a clade consisting of three main lineages of Tesserocerini and the recently evolved Platypodini. Austroplatypus formed the sister group to all remaining Platypodini and hence confirmed its separate status from Platypus. The Indo-Australian genera of Platypodini were strikingly paraphyletic, suggesting that the taxonomy of this tribe needs careful revision. Ancestral-area reconstructions in Lagrange and S-DIVA were ambiguous for nodes roughly older than 80 Ma. More recent events were firmly assessed and involved post-Gondwanan long-distance dispersal. The Neotropics was colonized three times, all from the Afrotropical region, with the latest event less than 25 Ma that included the ancestor of all Neotropical Platypodini. PMID:26190520

  18. Prevalence, antibiotic resistance patterns and molecular characterization of Escherichia coli from Austrian sandpits.

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    Badura, Alexandra; Luxner, Josefa; Feierl, Gebhard; Reinthaler, Franz F; Zarfel, Gernot; Galler, Herbert; Pregartner, Gudrun; Riedl, Regina; Grisold, Andrea J

    2014-11-01

    The aim was to determine the prevalence of E. coli and coliform bacteria in playground sand of all public children's sandpits in Graz (n = 45), Austria, and to assess the frequency of antimicrobial resistance in E. coli. Molecular characterization included the discrimination of O-serotypes and H-antigens and the determination of virulence and resistance genes, using a microarray technology. E. coli isolates were tested for susceptibility to a set of antibiotics by VITEK2 system and disk diffusion method. In total, 22 (49%) and 44 (98%) sandpits were positive for E. coli and coliform bacteria. Median concentrations of E. coli and coliform bacteria in the sand samples were: 2.6 × 10(4) CFU/100 g and 3.0 × 10(5) CFU/100 g. Resistance rates were: ampicillin, 12.5%; piperacillin, 10.4%; amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, 9.4%; cotrimoxazole, 6.3%; tetracycline, 6.3%; piperacillin/tazobactam, 5.2%. No ESBL- or carbapenemase-producing isolates were found. The most prevalent serogroups were O15, O6 and O4. Isolates harbored 0 up to 16 different virulence genes. PMID:25089889

  19. The HSP90 Molecular Chaperone Cycle Regulates Cyclical Transcriptional Dynamics of the Glucocorticoid Receptor and Its Coregulatory Molecules CBP/p300 During Ultradian Ligand Treatment

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    George, Charlotte L.; Pooley, John R.; Knight, David M.; Norman, Michael R.; Hager, Gordon L.; Lightman, Stafford L.

    2011-01-01

    Glucocorticoid (GC) hormones are secreted from the adrenal gland in a characteristic pulsatile pattern. This ultradian secretory activity exhibits remarkable plasticity, with distinct changes in response to both physiological and stressful stimuli in humans and experimental animals. It is therefore important to understand how the pattern of GC exposure regulates intracellular signaling through the GC receptor (GR). We have previously shown that each pulse of ligand initiates rapid, transient GR activation in several physiologically relevant and functionally diverse target cell types. Using chromatin immunoprecipitation assays, we detect cyclical shifts in the net equilibrium position of GR association with regulatory elements of GC-target genes and have investigated in detail the mechanism of pulsatile transcriptional regulation of the GC-induced Period 1 gene. Transient recruitment of the histone acetyl transferase complex cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) binding protein (CBP)/p300 is found to precisely track the ultradian hormone rhythm, resulting in transient localized net changes in lysine acetylation at GC-regulatory regions after each pulse. Pulsatile changes in histone H4 acetylation and concomitant recruitment of RNA polymerase 2 precede ultradian bursts of Period 1 gene transcription. Finally, we report the crucial underlying role of the intranuclear heat shock protein 90 molecular chaperone complex in pulsatile GR regulation. Pharmacological interference of heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) with geldanamycin during the intranuclear chaperone cycle completely ablated GR's cyclical activity, cyclical cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) binding protein (CBP)/p300 recruitment, and the associated cyclical acetylation at the promoter region. These data imply a key role for an intact nuclear chaperone cycle in cyclical transcriptional responses, regulated in time by the pattern of pulsatile hormone. PMID:21511880

  20. MOLECULAR IDENTIFICATION AND ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE PATTERN OF SEVEN CLINICAL ISOLATES OF Nocardia spp. IN BRAZIL

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    CONDAS, Larissa Anuska Zeni; RIBEIRO, Márcio Garcia; MURO, Marisol Domingues; de VARGAS, Agueda Palmira Castagna; MATSUZAWA, Tetsuhiro; YAZAWA, Katsukiyo; SIQUEIRA, Amanda Keller; SALERNO, Tatiana; LARA, Gustavo Henrique Batista; RISSETI, Rafaela Mastrangelo; FERREIRA, Karen Spadari; GONOI, Tohru

    2015-01-01

    Nocardia is a ubiquitous microorganism related to pyogranulomatous infection, which is difficult to treat in humans and animals. The occurrence of the disease is on the rise in many countries due to an increase in immunosuppressive diseases and treatments. This report of cases from Brazil presents the genotypic characterization and the antimicrobial susceptibility pattern using the disk-diffusion method and inhibitory minimal concentration with E-test® strips. In summary, this report focuses on infections in young adult men, of which three cases were cutaneous, two pulmonary, one neurological and one systemic. The pulmonary, neurological and systemic cases were attributed to immunosuppressive diseases or treatments. Sequencing analysis of the 16S rRNA segments (1491 bp) identified four isolates of Nocardia farcinica, two isolates of Nocardia nova and one isolate of Nocardia asiatica. N. farcinica was involved in two cutaneous, one systemic and other pulmonary cases; N. nova was involved in one neurological and one pulmonary case; and Nocardia asiatica in one cutaneous case. The disk-diffusion antimicrobial susceptibility test showed that the most effective antimicrobials were amikacin (100%), amoxicillin/clavulanate (100%), cephalexin (100%) and ceftiofur (100%), while isolates had presented most resistance to gentamicin (43%), sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (43%) and ampicillin (29%). However, on the inhibitory minimal concentration test (MIC test), only one of the four isolates of Nocardia farcinica was resistant to sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim. PMID:26200967

  1. Computer-assisted studies of molecular structure and genotoxic activity by pattern recognition techniques.

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    Stouch, T R; Jurs, P C

    1985-01-01

    Often a compound's biological activity is determined by complex relationships between its structural components. Such a relationship often can only be adequately described and exploited by multivariate structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies that can deal with many variables simultaneously. Pattern recognition (PR) is a multivariate technique that is well suited for the qualitative, active-inactive, data that is often supplied by biological assays. PR studies of compounds of known activity can yield information that will allow the prediction of the activity of untested compounds. ADAPT is a computerized system that was developed for such PR-SAR studies. A general introduction to this field is presented and the methodology used for such a study is described in the context of an actual study of mutagenic compounds. The data requirements, descriptor generation, and the details of a PR study are discussed. In addition, the example study was chosen to highlight the problems that may occur if a study is not well formulated and carefully executed. Current work and future plans for computerized mutagen screening are discussed. PMID:3905380

  2. Molecular characterization of three gonadotropin subunits and their expression patterns during ovarian maturation in Cynoglossus semilaevis.

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    Shi, Bao; Liu, Xuezhou; Xu, Yongjiang; Wang, Shanshan

    2015-01-01

    The endocrine regulation of reproduction in a multiple spawning flatfish with an ovary of asynchronous development remains largely unknown. The objectives of this study were to monitor changes in mRNA expression patterns of three gonadotropin hormone (GTH) subunits (FSH?, LH? and CG?) and plasma GTH levels during ovarian maturation of half-smooth tongue sole Cynoglossus semilaevis. Cloning and sequence analysis revealed that the cDNAs of FSH?, LH? and CG? were 541, 670 and 685 bp in length, and encode for peptides of 130, 158 and 127 amino acids, respectively. The number of cysteine residues and potential N-linked glycosylation sites of the flatfish GTHs were conserved among teleosts. However, the primary structure of GTHs in Pleuronectiformes appeared to be highly divergent. The FSH? transcriptional level in the pituitary remained high during the vitellogenic stage while plasma levels of FSH peaked and oocyte development was stimulated. The LH? expression in the pituitary and ovary reached the maximum level during oocyte maturation stages when the plasma levels of LH peaked. The brain GTHs were expressed at the different ovarian stages. These results suggested that FSH and LH may simultaneously regulate ovarian development and maturation through the brain-pituitary-ovary axis endocrine system in tongue sole. PMID:25633101

  3. MOLECULAR IDENTIFICATION AND ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE PATTERN OF SEVEN CLINICAL ISOLATES OF Nocardia spp. IN BRAZIL.

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    Condas, Larissa Anuska Zeni; Ribeiro, Márcio Garcia; Muro, Marisol Domingues; de Vargas, Agueda Palmira Castagna; Matsuzawa, Tetsuhiro; Yazawa, Katsukiyo; Siqueira, Amanda Keller; Salerno, Tatiana; Lara, Gustavo Henrique Batista; Risseti, Rafaela Mastrangelo; Ferreira, Karen Spadari; Gonoi, Tohru

    2015-01-01

    Nocardia is a ubiquitous microorganism related to pyogranulomatous infection, which is difficult to treat in humans and animals. The occurrence of the disease is on the rise in many countries due to an increase in immunosuppressive diseases and treatments. This report of cases from Brazil presents the genotypic characterization and the antimicrobial susceptibility pattern using the disk-diffusion method and inhibitory minimal concentration with E-test® strips. In summary, this report focuses on infections in young adult men, of which three cases were cutaneous, two pulmonary, one neurological and one systemic. The pulmonary, neurological and systemic cases were attributed to immunosuppressive diseases or treatments. Sequencing analysis of the 16S rRNA segments (1491 bp) identified four isolates of Nocardia farcinica, two isolates of Nocardia nova and one isolate of Nocardia asiatica. N. farcinica was involved in two cutaneous, one systemic and other pulmonary cases; N. nova was involved in one neurological and one pulmonary case; and Nocardia asiatica in one cutaneous case. The disk-diffusion antimicrobial susceptibility test showed that the most effective antimicrobials were amikacin (100%), amoxicillin/clavulanate (100%), cephalexin (100%) and ceftiofur (100%), while isolates had presented most resistance to gentamicin (43%), sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (43%) and ampicillin (29%). However, on the inhibitory minimal concentration test (MIC test), only one of the four isolates of Nocardia farcinica was resistant to sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim. PMID:26200967

  4. Molecular Characterization of Three Gonadotropin Subunits and Their Expression Patterns during Ovarian Maturation in Cynoglossus semilaevis

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    Shi, Bao; Liu, Xuezhou; Xu, Yongjiang; Wang, Shanshan

    2015-01-01

    The endocrine regulation of reproduction in a multiple spawning flatfish with an ovary of asynchronous development remains largely unknown. The objectives of this study were to monitor changes in mRNA expression patterns of three gonadotropin hormone (GTH) subunits (FSH?, LH? and CG?) and plasma GTH levels during ovarian maturation of half-smooth tongue sole Cynoglossus semilaevis. Cloning and sequence analysis revealed that the cDNAs of FSH?, LH? and CG? were 541, 670 and 685 bp in length, and encode for peptides of 130, 158 and 127 amino acids, respectively. The number of cysteine residues and potential N-linked glycosylation sites of the flatfish GTHs were conserved among teleosts. However, the primary structure of GTHs in Pleuronectiformes appeared to be highly divergent. The FSH? transcriptional level in the pituitary remained high during the vitellogenic stage while plasma levels of FSH peaked and oocyte development was stimulated. The LH? expression in the pituitary and ovary reached the maximum level during oocyte maturation stages when the plasma levels of LH peaked. The brain GTHs were expressed at the different ovarian stages. These results suggested that FSH and LH may simultaneously regulate ovarian development and maturation through the brain-pituitary-ovary axis endocrine system in tongue sole. PMID:25633101

  5. Holey Graphene as a Weed Barrier for Molecules.

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    Gethers, Matthew L; Thomas, John C; Jiang, Shan; Weiss, Nathan O; Duan, Xiangfang; Goddard, William A; Weiss, Paul S

    2015-11-24

    We demonstrate the use of "holey" graphene as a mask against molecular adsorption. Prepared porous graphene is transferred onto a Au{111} substrate, annealed, and then exposed to dilute solutions of 1-adamantanethiol. In the pores of the graphene lattice, we find islands of organized, self-assembled molecules. The bare Au in the pores can be regenerated by postdeposition annealing, and new molecules can be self-assembled in the exposed Au region. Graphene can serve as a robust, patternable mask against the deposition of self-assembled monolayers. PMID:26426746

  6. Molecular characterization and expression patterns of the big defensin gene in freshwater mussel (Hyriopsis cumingii).

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    Wang, G-L; Xia, X-L; Li, X-L; Dong, S-J; Li, J-L

    2014-01-01

    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), of which big defensins are examples, are an important component of the natural defenses of most living organisms, and possess remarkable microbicidal activities. In the present study, using expressed-sequence tag sequences from a cDNA library and RACE, the full-length cDNA sequence of the big defensin gene from the triangle-shell pearl mussel, Hyriopsis cumingii, (HcBD), was cloned. The gene consists of a 5'-untranslated region (UTR) of 166 bp, a 3'-UTR region of 96 bp, and an open reading frame of 342 bp that encodes 113 amino acids, consisting of a 23 amino acid signal peptide and a mature peptide of 90 amino acids with a molecular mass of 12.5 kDa. Amino acid sequence analysis showed that the sequence contained a transmembrane domain and a hydrophobic region. The full-length amino acid sequence showed the highest similarity to an amphioxus (Branchiostoma floridae) sequence (64%), and lower similarities to other known defensins (?-, ?-, and ?-defensins, and insect defensins). Expression of HcBD was relatively high in the mantle and blood, lower in other tested tissues, and absent in gill and foot tissues. Real-time quantitative PCR was used to investigate HcBD expression in various tissues at different time points after injection of Aeromonas hydrophila. At 4 h post-inoculation, HcBD expression in the mantle, liver, intestine, gill, and foot was greater than in the control, with the greatest expression at 72 h, while at 24 h, expression in the liver, intestine, gill, and foot were at their lowest levels. These results suggest that HcBD might play an important role in the host immune response. This study enriches the basic research on the big defensin family of antimicrobial peptides and lays foundations for further research on antimicrobial peptide expression and relevance to disease defense. PMID:24615035

  7. Alveolar Macrophages Infected with Ames or Sterne Strain of Bacillus anthracis Elicit Differential Molecular Expression Patterns

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    Lane, Douglas; Kenny, Tara; Ojeda, Jenifer F.; Zhong, Yang; Che, Jianwei; Zhou, Yingyao; Ribot, Wilson; Kota, Krishna P.; Bavari, Sina; Panchal, Rekha G.

    2014-01-01

    Alveolar macrophages (AMs) phagocytose Bacillus anthracis following inhalation and induce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines to mediate the activation of innate immunity. Ames, the virulent strain of B. anthracis, contains two plasmids that encode the antiphagocytic poly-?-d-glutamic acid capsule and the lethal toxin. The attenuated Sterne strain of B. anthracis, which lacks the plasmid encoding capsule, is widely adapted as a vaccine strain. Although differences in the outcome of infection with the two strains may have originated from the presence or absence of an anti-phagocytic capsule, the disease pathogenesis following infection will be manifested via the host responses, which is not well understood. To gain understanding of the host responses at cellular level, a microarray analysis was performed using primary rhesus macaque AMs infected with either Ames or Sterne spores. Notably, 528 human orthologs were identified to be differentially expressed in AMs infected with either strain of the B. anthracis. Meta-analyses revealed genes differentially expressed in response to B. anthracis infection were also induced upon infections with multiple pathogens such as Francisella Novicida or Staphylococcus aureus. This suggests the existence of a common molecular signature in response to pathogen infections. Importantly, the microarray and protein expression data for certain cytokines, chemokines and host factors provide further insights on how cellular processes such as innate immune sensing pathways, anti-apoptosis versus apoptosis may be differentially modulated in response to the virulent or vaccine strain of B. anthracis. The reported differences may account for the marked difference in pathogenicity between these two strains. PMID:24516547

  8. Molecular Properties by Quantum Monte Carlo: An Investigation on the Role of the Wave Function Ansatz and the Basis Set in the Water Molecule

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    Zen, Andrea; Luo, Ye; Sorella, Sandro; Guidoni, Leonardo

    2014-01-01

    Quantum Monte Carlo methods are accurate and promising many body techniques for electronic structure calculations which, in the last years, are encountering a growing interest thanks to their favorable scaling with the system size and their efficient parallelization, particularly suited for the modern high performance computing facilities. The ansatz of the wave function and its variational flexibility are crucial points for both the accurate description of molecular properties and the capabilities of the method to tackle large systems. In this paper, we extensively analyze, using different variational ansatzes, several properties of the water molecule, namely, the total energy, the dipole and quadrupole momenta, the ionization and atomization energies, the equilibrium configuration, and the harmonic and fundamental frequencies of vibration. The investigation mainly focuses on variational Monte Carlo calculations, although several lattice regularized diffusion Monte Carlo calculations are also reported. Through a systematic study, we provide a useful guide to the choice of the wave function, the pseudopotential, and the basis set for QMC calculations. We also introduce a new method for the computation of forces with finite variance on open systems and a new strategy for the definition of the atomic orbitals involved in the Jastrow-Antisymmetrised Geminal power wave function, in order to drastically reduce the number of variational parameters. This scheme significantly improves the efficiency of QMC energy minimization in case of large basis sets. PMID:24526929

  9. Molecular properties by Quantum Monte Carlo: an investigation on the role of the wave function ansatz and the basis set in the water molecule

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    Andrea Zen; Ye Luo; Sandro Sorella; Leonardo Guidoni

    2013-09-02

    Quantum Monte Carlo methods are accurate and promising many body techniques for electronic structure calculations which, in the last years, are encountering a growing interest thanks to their favorable scaling with the system size and their efficient parallelization, particularly suited for the modern high performance computing facilities. The ansatz of the wave function and its variational flexibility are crucial points for both the accurate description of molecular properties and the capabilities of the method to tackle large systems. In this paper, we extensively analyze, using different variational ansatzes, several properties of the water molecule, namely: the total energy, the dipole and quadrupole momenta, the ionization and atomization energies, the equilibrium configuration, and the harmonic and fundamental frequencies of vibration. The investigation mainly focuses on variational Monte Carlo calculations, although several lattice regularized diffusion Monte Carlo calculations are also reported. Through a systematic study, we provide a useful guide to the choice of the wave function, the pseudo potential, and the basis set for QMC calculations. We also introduce a new strategy for the definition of the atomic orbitals involved in the Jastrow - Antisymmetrised Geminal power wave function, in order to drastically reduce the number of variational parameters. This scheme significantly improves the efficiency of QMC energy minimization in case of large basis sets.

  10. Simulating the mammalian blastocyst--molecular and mechanical interactions pattern the embryo.

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    Krupinski, Pawel; Chickarmane, Vijay; Peterson, Carsten

    2011-05-01

    Mammalian embryogenesis is a dynamic process involving gene expression and mechanical forces between proliferating cells. The exact nature of these interactions, which determine the lineage patterning of the trophectoderm and endoderm tissues occurring in a highly regulated manner at precise periods during the embryonic development, is an area of debate. We have developed a computational modeling framework for studying this process, by which the combined effects of mechanical and genetic interactions are analyzed within the context of proliferating cells. At a purely mechanical level, we demonstrate that the perpendicular alignment of the animal-vegetal (a-v) and embryonic-abembryonic (eb-ab) axes is a result of minimizing the total elastic conformational energy of the entire collection of cells, which are constrained by the zona pellucida. The coupling of gene expression with the mechanics of cell movement is important for formation of both the trophectoderm and the endoderm. In studying the formation of the trophectoderm, we contrast and compare quantitatively two hypotheses: (1) The position determines gene expression, and (2) the gene expression determines the position. Our model, which couples gene expression with mechanics, suggests that differential adhesion between different cell types is a critical determinant in the robust endoderm formation. In addition to differential adhesion, two different testable hypotheses emerge when considering endoderm formation: (1) A directional force acts on certain cells and moves them into forming the endoderm layer, which separates the blastocoel and the cells of the inner cell mass (ICM). In this case the blastocoel simply acts as a static boundary. (2) The blastocoel dynamically applies pressure upon the cells in contact with it, such that cell segregation in the presence of differential adhesion leads to the endoderm formation. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to combine cell-based spatial mechanical simulations with genetic networks to explain mammalian embryogenesis. Such a framework provides the means to test hypotheses in a controlled in silico environment. PMID:21573197

  11. Two Metallothionein Genes in Oxya chinensis: Molecular Characteristics, Expression Patterns and Roles in Heavy Metal Stress

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    Liu, Yaoming; Wu, Haihua; Kou, Lihua; Liu, Xiaojian; Zhang, Jianzhen; Guo, Yaping; Ma, Enbo

    2014-01-01

    Metallothioneins (MTs) are small, cysteine-rich, heavy metal-binding proteins involved in metal homeostasis and detoxification in living organisms. In the present study, we cloned two MT genes (OcMT1 and OcMT2) from Oxya chinensis, analyzed the expression patterns of the OcMT transcripts in different tissues and at varying developmental stages using real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), evaluated the functions of these two MTs using RNAi and recombinant proteins in an E. coli expression system. The full-length cDNAs of OcMT1 and OcMT2 encoded 40 and 64 amino acid residues, respectively. We found Cys-Cys, Cys-X-Cys and Cys-X-Y-Z-Cys motifs in OcMT1 and OcMT2. These motifs might serve as primary chelating sites, as in other organisms. These characteristics suggest that OcMT1 and OcMT2 may be involved in heavy metal detoxification by capturing the metals. Two OcMT were expressed at all developmental stages, and the highest levels were found in the eggs. Both transcripts were expressed in all eleven tissues examined, with the highest levels observed in the brain and optic lobes, followed by the fat body. The expression of OcMT2 was also relatively high in the ovaries. The functions of OcMT1 and OcMT2 were explored using RNA interference (RNAi) and different concentrations and treatment times for the three heavy metals. Our results indicated that mortality increased significantly from 8.5% to 16.7%, and this increase was both time- and dose-dependent. To evaluate the abilities of these two MT proteins to confer heavy metal tolerance to E. coli, the bacterial cells were transformed with pET-28a plasmids containing the OcMT genes. The optical densities of both the MT-expressing and control cells decreased with increasing concentrations of CdCl2. Nevertheless, the survival rates of the MT-overexpressing cells were higher than those of the controls. Our results suggest that these two genes play important roles in heavy metal detoxification in O. chinensis. PMID:25391131

  12. Self-assembly of ?-6T Molecule on Ag(100) and Related STM Induced Luminescence

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    Chen, Liu-guo; Zhang, Chao; Zhang, Rui; Dong, Zhen-chao

    2011-12-01

    We have investigated the self-assembly and light emission properties of organic ?-sexithiophene (?-6T) molecules on Ag(100) under different coverage by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). At very low coverage, the ?-6T molecules form a unique enantiomer by grouping four molecules into a windmill supermolecular structure. As the coverage is increased, ?-6T molecules tend to pack side by side into a denser stripe structure. Further increase of the coverage will lead to the layer-by-layer growth of molecules on Ag(100) with the lower-layer stripe pattern serving as a template. Molecular fluorescence for ?-6T molecules on Ag(100) at a coverage of five monolayers has been detected by light excitations, which indicates a well decoupled electronic states for the top-layer ?-6T molecules. However, the STM induced luminescent spectra for the same sample reveal only plasmonic-like emission. The absence of intramolecular fluorescence in this case suggests that the electronic decoupling is not a sufficient condition for generating photon emission from molecules. For intramolecular fluorescence to occur, the orientation of the dynamic dipole moment of molecules and the energy-level alignment at the molecule-metal interface are also important so that molecules can be effectively excited through efficient dipolar coupling with local plasmons and by injecting holes into the molecules.

  13. Mind Molecules

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    Snyder, Solomon H.

    2011-01-01

    Scientific styles vary tremendously. For me, research is largely about the unfettered pursuit of novel ideas and experiments that can test multiple ideas in a day, not a year, an approach that I learned from my mentor Julius “Julie” Axelrod. This focus on creative conceptualizations has been my métier since working in the summers during medical school at the National Institutes of Health, during my two years in the Axelrod laboratory, and throughout my forty-five years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Equally important has been the “high” that emerges from brainstorming with my students. Nothing can compare with the eureka moments when, together, we sense new insights and, better yet, when high-risk, high-payoff experiments succeed. Although I have studied many different questions over the years, a common theme emerges: simple biochemical approaches to understanding molecular messengers, usually small molecules. Equally important has been identifying, purifying, and cloning the messengers' relevant biosynthetic, degradative, or target proteins, at all times seeking potential therapeutic relevance in the form of drugs. In the interests of brevity, this Reflections article is highly selective, and, with a few exceptions, literature citations are only of findings of our laboratory that illustrate notable themes. PMID:21543333

  14. Molecular evolution of psbA gene in ferns: unraveling selective pressure and co-evolutionary pattern

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    2012-01-01

    Background The photosynthetic oxygen-evolving photo system II (PS II) produces almost the entire oxygen in the atmosphere. This unique biochemical system comprises a functional core complex that is encoded by psbA and other genes. Unraveling the evolutionary dynamics of this gene is of particular interest owing to its direct role in oxygen production. psbA underwent gene duplication in leptosporangiates, in which both copies have been preserved since. Because gene duplication is often followed by the non-fictionalization of one of the copies and its subsequent erosion, preservation of both psbA copies pinpoint functional or regulatory specialization events. The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular evolution of psbA among fern lineages. Results We sequenced psbA , which encodes D1 protein in the core complex of PSII, in 20 species representing 8 orders of extant ferns; then we searched for selection and convolution signatures in psbA across the 11 fern orders. Collectively, our results indicate that: (1) selective constraints among D1 protein relaxed after the duplication in 4 leptosporangiate orders; (2) a handful positively selected codons were detected within species of single copy psbA, but none in duplicated ones; (3) a few sites among D1 protein were involved in co-evolution process which may intimate significant functional/structural communications between them. Conclusions The strong competition between ferns and angiosperms for light may have been the main cause for a continuous fixation of adaptive amino acid changes in psbA , in particular after its duplication. Alternatively, a single psbA copy may have undergone bursts of adaptive changes at the molecular level to overcome angiosperms competition. The strong signature of positive Darwinian selection in a major part of D1 protein is testament to this. At the same time, species own two psbA copies hardly have positive selection signals among the D1 protein coding sequences. In this study, eleven co-evolving sites have been detected via different molecules, which may be more important than others. PMID:22899792

  15. Molecular fountain.

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    Strecker, Kevin E.; Chandler, David W.

    2009-09-01

    A molecular fountain directs slowly moving molecules against gravity to further slow them to translational energies that they can be trapped and studied. If the molecules are initially slow enough they will return some time later to the position from which they were launched. Because this round trip time can be on the order of a second a single molecule can be observed for times sufficient to perform Hz level spectroscopy. The goal of this LDRD proposal was to construct a novel Molecular Fountain apparatus capable of producing dilute samples of molecules at near zero temperatures in well-defined user-selectable, quantum states. The slowly moving molecules used in this research are produced by the previously developed Kinematic Cooling technique, which uses a crossed atomic and molecular beam apparatus to generate single rotational level molecular samples moving slowly in the laboratory reference frame. The Kinematic Cooling technique produces cold molecules from a supersonic molecular beam via single collisions with a supersonic atomic beam. A single collision of an atom with a molecule occurring at the correct energy and relative velocity can cause a small fraction of the molecules to move very slowly vertically against gravity in the laboratory. These slowly moving molecules are captured by an electrostatic hexapole guiding field that both orients and focuses the molecules. The molecules are focused into the ionization region of a time-of-flight mass spectrometer and are ionized by laser radiation. The new molecular fountain apparatus was built utilizing a new design for molecular beam apparatus that has allowed us to miniaturize the apparatus. This new design minimizes the volumes and surface area of the machine allowing smaller pumps to maintain the necessary background pressures needed for these experiments.

  16. Phase-transfer energetics of small-molecule alcohols across the water-hexane interface: molecular dynamics simulations using charge equilibration models.

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    Bauer, Brad A; Zhong, Yang; Meninger, David J; Davis, Joseph E; Patel, Sandeep

    2011-04-01

    We study the water-hexane interface using molecular dynamics (MD) and polarizable charge equilibration (CHEQ) force fields. Bulk densities for TIP4P-FQ water and hexane, 1.0086±0.0002 and 0.6378±0.0001 g/cm(3), demonstrate excellent agreement with experiment. Interfacial width and interfacial tension are consistent with previously reported values. The in-plane component of the dielectric permittivity (?(||)) for water is shown to decrease from 81.7±0.04 to unity, transitioning longitudinally from bulk water to bulk hexane. ?(||) for hexane reaches a maximum in the interface, but this term represents only a small contribution to the total dielectric constant (as expected for a non-polar species). Structurally, net orientations of the molecules arise in the interfacial region such that hexane lies slightly parallel to the interface and water reorients to maximize hydrogen bonding. Interfacial potentials due to contributions of the water and hexane are calculated to be -567.9±0.13 and 198.7±0.01 mV, respectively, giving rise to a total potential in agreement with the range of values reported from previous simulations of similar systems. Potentials of mean force (PMF) calculated for methanol, ethanol, and 1-propanol for the transfer from water to hexane indicate an interfacial free energy minimum, corresponding to the amphiphilic nature of the molecules. The magnitudes of transfer free energies were further characterized from the solvation free energies of alcohols in water and hexane using thermodynamic integration. This analysis shows that solvation free energies for alcohols in hexane are 0.2-0.3 kcal/mol too unfavorable, whereas solvation of alcohols in water is approximately 1 kcal/mol too favorable. For the pure hexane-water interfacial simulations, we observe a monotonic decrease of the water dipole moment to near-vacuum values. This suggests that the electrostatic component of the desolvation free energy is not as severe for polarizable models than for fixed-charge force fields. The implications of such behavior pertain to the modeling of polar and charged solutes in lipidic environments. PMID:21414823

  17. Phase-Transfer Energetics of Small-Molecule Alcohols Across the Water-Hexane Interface: Molecular Dynamics Simulation Using Charge Equilibration Models

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    Bauer, Brad A.; Zhong, Yang; Meninger, David J.; Davis, Joseph E.; Patel, Sandeep

    2010-01-01

    We study the water-hexane interface using molecular dynamics (MD) and polarizable charge equilibration (CHEQ) force fields. Bulk densities for TIP4P-FQ water and hexane, 1.0086±0.0002 g/cm3 and 0.6378±0.0001 g/cm3, demonstrate excellent agreement with experiment. Interfacial width and interfacial tension are consistent with previously reported values. The in-plane component of the dielectric permittivity (??) for water is shown to decrease from 81.7±0.04 to unity, transitioning longitudinally from bulk water to bulk hexane. ?? for hexane reaches a maximum in the interface, but this term represents only a small contribution to the total dielectric constant (as expected for a non-polar species). Structurally, net orientations of the molecules arise in the interfacial region such that hexane lies slightly parallel to the interface and water reorients to maximize hydrogen bonding. Interfacial potentials due to contributions of the water and hexane are calculated to be -567.9±0.13mV and 198.7±0.01mV, respectively, giving rise to a total potential in agreement with the range of values reported from previous simulations of similar systems. Potentials of mean force (PMF) calculated for methanol, ethanol, and 1-propanol for the transfer from water to hexane indicate an interfacial free energy minimum, corresponding to the amphiphilic nature of the molecules. The magnitudes of transfer free energies were further characterized from the solvation free energies of alcohols in water and hexane using thermodynamic integration. This analysis shows that solvation free energies for alcohols in hexane are 0.2-0.3 kcal/mol too unfavorable, whereas solvation of alcohols in water is approximately 1 kcal/mol too favorable. For the pure hexane-water interfacial simulations, we observe a monotonic decrease of the water dipole moment to near-vacuum values. This suggests that the electrostatic component of the desolvation free energy is not as severe for polarizable models than for fixed-charge force fields. The implications of such behavior pertain to the modeling of polar and charged solutes in lipidic environments. PMID:21414823

  18. Diphosphines with strongly polarized P-P bonds: hybrids between covalent molecules and donor-acceptor adducts with flexible molecular structures.

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    Burck, Sebastian; Götz, Kathrin; Kaupp, Martin; Nieger, Martin; Weber, Johannes; Schmedt auf der Günne, Jörn; Gudat, Dietrich

    2009-08-01

    A series of P-phospholyl-substituted N-heterocyclic phosphines was prepared and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and solution and solid-state (31)P NMR spectroscopy. The molecular structures are distinguished by the presence of P-P bonds of exceptionally variable lengths (2.35-2.70 A) that are all well beyond the standard distance of 2.21 A. The unique flexibility is best illustrated by a specimen 4f where minor conformational changes of remote substituents induce a deviation in P-P bond lengths of some 5 pm between crystallographically independent molecules in the same unit cell. Computational studies suggest to rationalize the bond elasticity as the consequence of a very flat potential energy basin that allows even weak forces to have large impact on bond lengths. Solid-state (31)P NMR studies show that the bond distance variation coincides with substantial changes in the magnitude and sign of (1)J(PP), which is explained in the context of a dominant Fermi contact contribution. A relation between increasing internuclear distance and decreasing magnitude of (1)J(PP) was experimentally proven by determination of effective dipolar coupling constants by the double-quantum dephasing experiment (DoDe) for the crystallographically independent conformers of 4f and further supported by comparison with calculated coupling tensors with inclusion of the anisotropic J-coupling. NMR studies revealed large discrepancies in the values of (1)J(PP) measured in solution and the solid state and a substantial temperature dependence of the former. Interpretation of this behavior was feasible by taking into account that the value of (1)J(PP) in solution is affected by both temperature-dependent equilibria between trans and gauche conformers and additional bond length relaxation that accompanies the dissolution process. Consideration of experimental observations and population analysis of computed electron densities suggested to classify the P-P bonds in the molecules under study as "dative" rather than "normal" covalent bonds and to address the compounds 4 as hybrids between covalent diphosphines and phosphenium-phospholide contact ion pairs. PMID:19569685

  19. Ultrafast Molecular Imaging by Laser Induced Electron Diffraction

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    Michel Peters; Tung Nguyen-Dang; Christian Cornaggia; Sébastien Saugout; Eric Charron; Arne Keller; Osman Atabek

    2011-06-08

    We address the feasibility of imaging geometric and orbital structure of a polyatomic molecule on an attosecond time-scale using the laser induced electron diffraction (LIED) technique. We present numerical results for the highest molecular orbitals of the CO2 molecule excited by a near infrared few-cycle laser pulse. The molecular geometry (bond-lengths) is determined within 3% of accuracy from a diffraction pattern which also reflects the nodal properties of the initial molecular orbital. Robustness of the structure determination is discussed with respect to vibrational and rotational motions with a complete interpretation of the laser-induced mechanisms.

  20. Molecule nanoweaver

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    Gerald, II; Rex E. (Brookfield, IL); Klingler, Robert J. (Glenview, IL); Rathke, Jerome W. (Homer Glen, IL); Diaz, Rocio (Chicago, IL); Vukovic, Lela (Westchester, IL)

    2009-03-10

    A method, apparatus, and system for constructing uniform macroscopic films with tailored geometric assemblies of molecules on the nanometer scale. The method, apparatus, and system include providing starting molecules of selected character, applying one or more force fields to the molecules to cause them to order and condense with NMR spectra and images being used to monitor progress in creating the desired geometrical assembly and functionality of molecules that comprise the films.

  1. The microgeographical patterns of morphological and molecular variation of a mixed ploidy population in the species complex Actinidia chinensis.

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    Liu, Yifei; Li, Dawei; Yan, Ling; Huang, Hongwen

    2015-01-01

    Polyploidy and hybridization are thought to have significant impacts on both the evolution and diversification of the genus Actinidia, but the structure and patterns of morphology and molecular diversity relating to ploidy variation of wild Actinidia plants remain much less understood. Here, we examine the distribution of morphological variation and ploidy levels along geographic and environmental variables of a large mixed-ploidy population of the A. chinensis species complex. We then characterize the extent of both genetic and epigenetic diversity and differentiation exhibited between individuals of different ploidy levels. Our results showed that while there are three ploidy levels in this population, hexaploids were constituted the majority (70.3%). Individuals with different ploidy levels were microgeographically structured in relation to elevation and extent of niche disturbance. The morphological characters examined revealed clear difference between diploids and hexaploids, however tetraploids exhibited intermediate forms. Both genetic and epigenetic diversity were high but the differentiation among cytotypes was weak, suggesting extensive gene flow and/or shared ancestral variation occurred in this population even across ploidy levels. Epigenetic variation was clearly correlated with changes in altitudes, a trend of continuous genetic variation and gradual increase of epigenomic heterogeneities of individuals was also observed. Our results show that complex interactions between the locally microgeographical environment, ploidy and gene flow impact A. chinensis genetic and epigenetic variation. We posit that an increase in ploidy does not broaden the species habitat range, but rather permits A. chinensis adaptation to specific niches. PMID:25658107

  2. Molecular Biogeography of Tribe Thermopsideae (Leguminosae): A Madrean-Tethyan Disjunction Pattern with an African Origin of Core Genistoides

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    Zhang, Ming-Li; Huang, Jian-Feng; Sanderson, Stewart C.; Yan, Ping; Wu, Yu-Hu; Pan, Bo-Rong

    2015-01-01

    Thermopsideae has 45 species and exhibits a series of interesting biogeographical distribution patterns, such as Madrean-Tethyan disjunction and East Asia-North America disjunction, with a center of endemism in the Qinghai-Xizang Plateau (QTP) and Central Asia. Phylogenetic analysis in this paper employed maximum likelihood using ITS, rps16, psbA-trnH, and trnL-F sequence data; biogeographical approaches included BEAST molecular dating and Bayesian dispersal and vicariance analysis (S-DIVA). The results indicate that the core genistoides most likely originated in Africa during the Eocene to Oligocene, ca. 55-30?Ma, and dispersed eastward to Central Asia at ca. 33.47?Ma. The origin of Thermopsideae is inferred as Central Asian and dated to ca. 28.81?Ma. Ammopiptanthus is revealed to be a relic. Birth of the ancestor of Thermopsideae coincided with shrinkage of the Paratethys Sea at ca. 30?Ma in the Oligocene. The Himalayan motion of QTP uplift of ca. 20?Ma most likely drove the diversification between Central Asia and North America. Divergences in East Asia, Central Asia, the Mediterranean, and so forth, within Eurasia, except for Ammopiptanthus, are shown to be dispersals from the QTP. The onset of adaptive radiation at the center of the tribe, with diversification of most species in Thermopsis and Piptanthus at ca. 4-0.85?Ma in Tibet and adjacent regions, seems to have resulted from intense northern QTP uplift during the latter Miocene to Pleistocene. PMID:26114116

  3. Molecular Biogeography of Tribe Thermopsideae (Leguminosae): A Madrean-Tethyan Disjunction Pattern with an African Origin of Core Genistoides.

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    Zhang, Ming-Li; Huang, Jian-Feng; Sanderson, Stewart C; Yan, Ping; Wu, Yu-Hu; Pan, Bo-Rong

    2015-01-01

    Thermopsideae has 45 species and exhibits a series of interesting biogeographical distribution patterns, such as Madrean-Tethyan disjunction and East Asia-North America disjunction, with a center of endemism in the Qinghai-Xizang Plateau (QTP) and Central Asia. Phylogenetic analysis in this paper employed maximum likelihood using ITS, rps16, psbA-trnH, and trnL-F sequence data; biogeographical approaches included BEAST molecular dating and Bayesian dispersal and vicariance analysis (S-DIVA). The results indicate that the core genistoides most likely originated in Africa during the Eocene to Oligocene, ca. 55-30?Ma, and dispersed eastward to Central Asia at ca. 33.47?Ma. The origin of Thermopsideae is inferred as Central Asian and dated to ca. 28.81?Ma. Ammopiptanthus is revealed to be a relic. Birth of the ancestor of Thermopsideae coincided with shrinkage of the Paratethys Sea at ca. 30?Ma in the Oligocene. The Himalayan motion of QTP uplift of ca. 20?Ma most likely drove the diversification between Central Asia and North America. Divergences in East Asia, Central Asia, the Mediterranean, and so forth, within Eurasia, except for Ammopiptanthus, are shown to be dispersals from the QTP. The onset of adaptive radiation at the center of the tribe, with diversification of most species in Thermopsis and Piptanthus at ca. 4-0.85?Ma in Tibet and adjacent regions, seems to have resulted from intense northern QTP uplift during the latter Miocene to Pleistocene. PMID:26114116

  4. Characterization of the molecular features and expression patterns of two serine proteases in Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) larvae.

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    Kim, Wontae; Bae, Sungwoo; Kim, Ayoung; Park, Kwanho; Lee, Sangbeom; Choi, Youngcheol; Han, Sangmi; Park, Younghan; Koh, Youngho

    2011-06-01

    To investigate the molecular scavenging capabilities of the larvae of Hermetia illucens, two serine proteases (SPs) were cloned and characterized. Multiple sequence alignments and phylogenetic tree analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences of Hi-SP1 and Hi-SP2 were suggested that Hi-SP1 may be a chymotrypsin- and Hi-SP2 may be a trypsin-like protease. Hi-SP1 and Hi-SP2 3-D homology models revealed that a catalytic triad, three disulfide bonds, and a substrate-binding pocket were highly conserved, as would be expected of a SP. E. coli expressed Hi-SP1 and Hi-SP2 showed chymotrypsin or trypsin activities, respectively. Hi-SP2 mRNAs were consistently expressed during larval development. In contrast, the expression of Hi-SP1 mRNA fluctuated between feeding and molting stages and disappeared at the pupal stages. These expression pattern differences suggest that Hi-SP1 may be a larval specific chymotrypsin-like protease involved with food digestion, while Hi-SP2 may be a trypsin-like protease with diverse functions at different stages. PMID:21699751

  5. Controlling molecules with lasers and lasers with molecules

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    Taylor, Jason Matthew, 1977-

    2007-01-01

    I investigate quantum control of spin in molecules using shaped ultrafast lasers and the dynamics of those lasers when their cavities are modified to include programmable molecular masks. The ability to control quantum ...

  6. Ultra-cold molecule production.

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    Ramirez-Serrano, Jamie; Chandler, David W.; Strecker, Kevin; Rahn, Larry A.

    2005-12-01

    The production of Ultra-cold molecules is a goal of many laboratories through out the world. Here we are pursuing a unique technique that utilizes the kinematics of atomic and molecular collisions to achieve the goal of producing substantial numbers of sub Kelvin molecules confined in a trap. Here a trap is defined as an apparatus that spatially localizes, in a known location in the laboratory, a sample of molecules whose temperature is below one degree absolute Kelvin. Further, the storage time for the molecules must be sufficient to measure and possibly further cool the molecules. We utilize a technique unique to Sandia to form cold molecules from near mass degenerate collisions between atoms and molecules. This report describes the progress we have made using this novel technique and the further progress towards trapping molecules we have cooled.

  7. Environmental influence on the single-molecule magnet behavior of [Mn(III)6Cr(III)]3+: molecular symmetry versus solid-state effects.

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    Hoeke, Veronika; Heidemeier, Maik; Krickemeyer, Erich; Stammler, Anja; Bögge, Hartmut; Schnack, Jürgen; Postnikov, Andrei; Glaser, Thorsten

    2012-10-15

    The structural, spectroscopic, and magnetic properties of a series of [Mn(III)(6)Cr(III)](3+) (= [{(talen(t-Bu(2)))Mn(III)(3)}(2){Cr(III)(CN)(6)}](3+)) compounds have been investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and electronic absorption spectroscopy, elemental analysis, electro spray ionization-mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS), cyclic voltammetry, AC and DC magnetic measurements, as well as theoretical analysis. The crystal structures obtained with [Cr(III)(CN)(6)](3-) as a counterion exhibit (quasi-)one-dimensional (1D) chains formed by hydrogen-bonded (1) or covalently linked (2) trications and trianions. The rod-shaped anion lactate enforces a rod packing of the [Mn(III)(6)Cr(III)](3+) complexes in the highly symmetric space group R3[overline] (3) with a collinear arrangement of the molecular S(6) axes. Incorporation of the spherical anion BPh(4)(-) leads to less-symmetric crystal structures (4-6) with noncollinear orientations of the [Mn(III)(6)Cr(III)](3+) complexes, as evidenced by the angle between the approximate molecular C(3) axes taking no specific values in the range of 2°-69°. AC magnetic measurements on freshly isolated crystals (1a and 3a-6a), air-dried crystals (3b-6b), and vacuum-dried powder samples (3c-6c) indicate single-molecule magnet (SMM) behavior for all samples with U(eff) values up to 28 K. The DC magnetic data are analyzed by a full-matrix diagonalization of the appropriate spin-Hamiltonian including isotropic exchange, zero-field splitting, and Zeeman interaction, taking into account the relative orientation of the D-tensors. Simulations for 3a-6a and 3c-6c indicate a weak antiferromagnetic exchange between the Mn(III) ions in the trinuclear subunits (J(Mn-Mn) = -0.70 to -0.85 cm(-1), ?(ex) = -2?(imolecular and crystal structures. In particular, a magnetostructural correlation between the Mn-N(C?N) bond length and the J(Cr-Mn) exchange coupling is inferred from the magnetic measurements and corroborated by DFT calculations. The results of this detailed study on [Mn(III)(6)Cr(III)](3+) allow the formulation of some key recipes for a rational improvement of the SMM behavior. PMID:23013609

  8. Molecules in Magnetic Fields

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    Berdyugina, Svetlana

    2015-08-01

    Molecules probe cool matter in the Universe and various astrophysical objects. Their ability to sense magnetic fields provides new insights into magnetic properties of these objects. During the past fifteen years we have carried out a theoretical study of molecular magnetic effects such as the Zeeman, Paschen-Back and Hanle effects and their applications for inferring magnetic structures and spatial inhomogeneities on the Sun, cool stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets from molecular spectro-polarimetry (e.g., Berdyugina 2011). Here, we present an overview of this study and compare our theoretical predictions with recent laboratory measurements of magnetic properties of some molecules. We present also a new web-based tool to compute molecular magnetic effects and polarized spectra which is supported by the ERC Advanced Grant HotMol.

  9. Loosely-Bound Diatomic Molecules.

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    Balfour, W. J.

    1979-01-01

    Discusses concept of covalent bonding as related to homonuclear diatomic molecules. Article draws attention to the existence of bound rare gas and alkaline earth diatomic molecules. Summarizes their molecular parameters and offers spectroscopic data. Strength and variation with distance of interatomic attractive forces is given. (Author/SA)

  10. A Molecular–Structure Hypothesis

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    Boeyens, Jan C. A.

    2010-01-01

    The self-similar symmetry that occurs between atomic nuclei, biological growth structures, the solar system, globular clusters and spiral galaxies suggests that a similar pattern should characterize atomic and molecular structures. This possibility is explored in terms of the current molecular structure-hypothesis and its extension into four-dimensional space-time. It is concluded that a quantum molecule only has structure in four dimensions and that classical (Newtonian) structure, which occurs in three dimensions, cannot be simulated by quantum-chemical computation. PMID:21151437

  11. Construction of 3D polymer brushes by dip-pen nanodisplacement lithography: understanding the molecular displacement for ultrafine and high-speed patterning.

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    Chen, Chaojian; Zhou, Xuechang; Xie, Zhuang; Gao, Tingting; Zheng, Zijian

    2015-02-01

    Dip-pen nanodisplacement lithography (DNL) is a versatile scanning probe-based technique that can be employed for fabricating ultrafine 3D polymer brushes under ambient conditions. Many fundamental studies and applications require the large-area fabrication of 3D structures. However, the fabrication throughput and uniformity are still far from satisfactory. In this work, the molecular displacement mechanism of DNL is elucidated by systematically investigating the synergistic effect of z extension and contact time. The in-depth understanding of molecular displacement results in the successful achievement of ultrafine control of 3D structures and high-speed patterning at the same time. Remarkably, one can prepare arbitrary 3D polymer brushes on a large area (1.3 mm × 1.3 mm), with <5% vertical and lateral size variations, and a patterning speed as much as 200-fold faster than the current state-of-the-art. PMID:25256006

  12. Damage/Danger Associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs) Modulate Chlamydia pecorum and C. trachomatis Serovar E Inclusion Development In Vitro

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    Leonard, Cory Ann; Schoborg, Robert V.; Borel, Nicole

    2015-01-01

    Persistence, more recently termed the chlamydial stress response, is a viable but non-infectious state constituting a divergence from the characteristic chlamydial biphasic developmental cycle. Damage/danger associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) are normal intracellular components or metabolites that, when released from cells, signal cellular damage/lysis. Purine metabolite DAMPs, including extracellular ATP and adenosine, inhibit chlamydial development in a species-specific manner. Viral co-infection has been shown to reversibly abrogate Chlamydia inclusion development, suggesting persistence/chlamydial stress. Because viral infection can cause host cell DAMP release, we hypothesized DAMPs may influence chlamydial development. Therefore, we examined the effect of extracellular ATP, adenosine, and cyclic AMP exposure, at 0 and 14 hours post infection, on C. pecorum and C. trachomatis serovar E development. In the absence of de novo host protein synthesis, exposure to DAMPs immediately post or at 14 hours post infection reduced inclusion size; however, the effect was less robust upon 14 hours post infection exposure. Additionally, upon exposure to DAMPs immediately post infection, bacteria per inclusion and subsequent infectivity were reduced in both Chlamydia species. These effects were reversible, and C. pecorum exhibited more pronounced recovery from DAMP exposure. Aberrant bodies, typical in virus-induced chlamydial persistence, were absent upon DAMP exposure. In the presence of de novo host protein synthesis, exposure to DAMPs immediately post infection reduced inclusion size, but only variably modulated chlamydial infectivity. Because chlamydial infection and other infections may increase local DAMP concentrations, DAMPs may influence Chlamydia infection in vivo, particularly in the context of poly-microbial infections. PMID:26248286

  13. Vitrification of bovine oocytes at different meiotic stages using the Cryotop method: assessment of morphological, molecular and functional patterns.

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    Sprícigo, J F W; Morais, K; Ferreira, A R; Machado, G M; Gomes, A C M; Rumpf, R; Franco, M M; Dode, M A N

    2014-10-01

    This study aimed to investigate the functional, morphological and molecular patterns of bovine oocytes vitrified at different times during in vitro maturation (IVM). Four groups of oocytes were used: non-vitrified control oocytes (CG), oocytes vitrified at 0 h (V0), oocytes vitrified after 8 h of IVM (V8) and oocytes vitrified after 22 h of IVM (V22). After vitrification, the oocytes were warmed and then returned to the incubator to complete a total of 24h of IVM. To evaluate the effect of vitrification, the nuclear maturation and fertilization rates were assessed by lacmoid staining and ultrastructural electron microscopy. The cleavage and blastocyst rates were evaluated at D2, D7 and D8. The expression levels of CASP3, TP53, HDAC2, SUV39H1 and DNMT1 were investigated by RT-qPCR. The nuclear maturation, oocyte fertilization, cleavage and blastocyst rates were higher (P < 0.05) in the CG group (80%; 81.3%; 88.5%; and 35.8%) than in the V0 (44%; 44.6%; 22.7%; and 2.6%), V8 (50%; 63%; 21.5%; and 2.2%) and V22 (55.5%; 66.9%; 24.1%; and 4.6%) groups. Ultrastructural analysis revealed significant damage within the cytoplasm of all vitrified groups, but more severe degeneration was observed in the V22 group. The gene expression profiles were not affected by vitrification (P > 0.05). In conclusion, cytoplasm degeneration seems to be the most severe form of damage caused by vitrification. The use of the Cryotop method for vitrification severely reduces bovine oocyte viability regardless of whether it is performed at GV, GVBD or MII stage. PMID:25106744

  14. Mining for Molecules in the Milky Way

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    2008-06-01

    Scientists are using the giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) to go prospecting in a rich molecular cloud in our Milky Way Galaxy. They seek to discover new, complex molecules in interstellar space that may be precursors to life. The GBT and Molecules The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope and some molecules it has discovered. CREDIT: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF "Clouds like this one are the raw material for new stars and planets. We know that complex chemistry builds prebiotic molecules in such clouds long before the stars and planets are formed. There is a good chance that some of these interstellar molecules may find their way to the surface of young planets such as the early Earth, and provide a head start for the chemistry of life. For the first time, we now have the capability to make a very thorough and methodical search to find all the chemicals in the clouds," said Anthony Remijan, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). In the past three years, Remijan and his colleagues have used the GBT to discover ten new interstellar molecules, a feat unequalled in such a short time by any other team or telescope. The scientists discovered those molecules by looking specifically for them. However, they now are changing their strategy and casting a wide net designed to find whatever molecules are present, without knowing in advance what they'll find. In addition, they are making their data available freely to other scientists, in hopes of speeding the discovery process. The research team presented its plan to the American Astronomical Society's meeting in St. Louis, MO. As molecules rotate and vibrate, they emit radio waves at specific frequencies. Each molecule has a unique pattern of such frequencies, called spectral lines, that constitutes a "fingerprint" identifying that molecule. Laboratory tests can determine the pattern of spectral lines that identifies a specific molecule. Most past discoveries came from identifying a molecule's pattern in the laboratory, then searching with a radio telescope for that set of spectral lines in a region of sky. So far, more than 140 different molecules have been found that way in interstellar space. The new study reverses the process. The astronomers will use the GBT to study a cloud of gas and dust in detail, finding all the spectral lines first, then later trying to match them up to molecular patterns using data-mining software. The astronomers will make a thorough survey of the interstellar cloud in the wide range of radio frequencies between 300 MHz to 50 GHz. This technique, they said, will allow them to discover molecules that would elude more narrow-range observations. "This strategy wasn't possible at frequencies between 300 MHz and 50 GHz before the GBT. That telescope's tremendous capabilities enable us to open a whole new era of astrochemistry," said Jan M. Hollis, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "Based on earlier studies, there are a number of complex, prebiotic molecules that we think are present in such clouds, but only this wide-net approach with the GBT will capture the evidence we need to discover them," Remijan said. "Complex organic molecules formed in interstellar space are undoubtedly the fundamental building blocks of astrobiology. The complete inventory of such molecules in this cloud will produce a tremendous advance in our understanding of the physical conditions in that cloud and of the first chemical steps toward life," said Phil Jewell, of the NRAO. As the survey with the GBT continues, the research team plans to release their data to the scientific community. In addition, they are providing software that will allow other scientists to efficiently "mine" the data for the telltale evidence of new molecules. "There is a wealth of laboratory data now available about the radio fingerprints of many molecules. Data-mining software will make it possible to efficiently match up the spectral lines seen in the laboratory with ones we observe in the interstellar clouds,"

  15. Dissociation energy of molecules in dense gases

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    Kunc, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    A general approach is presented for calculating the reduction of the dissociation energy of diatomic molecules immersed in a dense (n = less than 10 exp 22/cu cm) gas of molecules and atoms. The dissociation energy of a molecule in a dense gas differs from that of the molecule in vacuum because the intermolecular forces change the intramolecular dynamics of the molecule, and, consequently, the energy of the molecular bond.

  16. Single Molecule Manipulation

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    Kiang, Ching-Hwa

    2011-10-01

    Single-molecule manipulation studies open a door for a close-up investigation of complex biological interactions at the molecular level. In these studies, single biomolecules are pulled while their force response is being monitored. The process is often nonequilibrium, and interpretation of the results has been challenging. We used the atomic force microscope to pull proteins and DNA, and determined the equilibrium properties of the molecules using the recently derived nonequilibrium work theorem. I will present applications of the technique in areas ranging from fundamental biological problems such as DNA mechanics, to complex medical processes such as the mechanical activation of von Willebrand Factor, a key protein in blood coagulation.

  17. Multielectron effects in high harmonic generation in N_2 and benzene: simulation using a non-adiabatic quantum molecular dynamics approach for laser-molecule interactions

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    Dundas, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    A mixed quantum-classical approach is introduced which allows the dynamically response of molecules driven far from equilibrium to be modeled. This method is applied here to the interaction of molecules with intense, short-duration laser pulses. The electronic response of the molecule is described using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and the resulting Kohn-Sham equations are solved numerically using finite difference techniques in conjunction with local and global adaptations of an underlying grid in curvilinear coordinates. Using this approach, simulations can be carried out for a wide range of molecules and both all-electron and pseudopotential calculations can be performed. The approach is applied to the study of high harmonic generation in N_2 and benzene using linearly-polarized laser pulses and to the best of our knowledge, the results for benzene represent the first TDDFT calculations of high harmonic generation in benzene using linearly polarized laser pulses. For N_2 an enhancement ...

  18. Aromatic molecules as spintronic devices

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    Ojeda, J. H.; Orellana, P. A.; Laroze, D.

    2014-03-14

    In this paper, we study the spin-dependent electron transport through aromatic molecular chains attached to two semi-infinite leads. We model this system taking into account different geometrical configurations which are all characterized by a tight binding Hamiltonian. Based on the Green's function approach with a Landauer formalism, we find spin-dependent transport in short aromatic molecules by applying external magnetic fields. Additionally, we find that the magnetoresistance of aromatic molecules can reach different values, which are dependent on the variations in the applied magnetic field, length of the molecules, and the interactions between the contacts and the aromatic molecule.

  19. Microbial response to modified precipitation patterns in tallgrass prairie soil: molecular mechanisms, activity rates and organic matter dynamics

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    Zeglin, L. H.; David, M.; Bottomley, P.; Hettich, R. L.; Jansson, J.; Jumpponen, A.; Rice, C. W.; Tringe, S.; VerBerkmoes, N. C.; Myrold, D.

    2011-12-01

    A significant amount of carbon (C) is processed and stored in prairie soils: grasslands cover 6.1-7.4% of the earth's land surface and hold 7.3-11.4% of global soil C. Global change models predict that the future precipitation regime across the North American Great Plains will entail less frequent but larger rainfall events. The response of prairie soil microbial C processing and allocation to this scenario of higher hydrologic variability is not known, but will be a key determiner of the future capacity for prairie soil C sequestration. We are approaching this problem by assessing soil microbial function (respiration, C utilization efficiency, extracellular enzyme activity) and molecular indicators of dominant C allocation pathways (soil transcriptome, proteome and metabolome) under ambient and experimentally modified precipitation regimes. The rainfall manipulation plots (RaMPs) at the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in eastern Kansas, USA is a replicated field manipulation of the magnitude and frequency of natural precipitation that was established in 1998. We collected soil before, during and after a rainfall event in both ambient and modified precipitation treatments and measured the microbial response. Microbial respiration doubled in both treatments during the water addition, and cellobiohydrolase enzyme potential activity (a catalyst of cellulose hydrolysis) increased slightly, but no significant effect of altered precipitation treatment has emerged. The fungal and bacterial ribosomal gene composition was also similar between precipitation treatments. Although pools of genes and extracellular enzymes may be relatively static during short-term dynamic conditions, transcript and intracellular protein abundances may be more indicative of the active microbial metabolic response to rapid shifts in soil moisture. Thus, analysis of transcript and protein composition is underway. In addition, we have implemented a series of lab experiments to optimize and link transcript and protein recovery and analysis procedures using the model soil bacterium Arthrobacter chlorophenicolus strain A6 (ArtchA6). Konza prairie soil was inoculated with ArchA6 and incubated for 72 h with no supplemental C, with acetate or with 4-chlorophenol (a xenobiotic compound that ArtchA6 can utilize as its sole C source), then RNA and protein were extracted from the soil. Quantitatively representative recovery of ArtchA6 genes, rRNA, mRNA and protein was successful. The ratio of ArtchA6 isocitrate lyase (icl, indicative of 2-C metabolism) to succinyl CoA synthetase (suCAB, indicative of total respiratory activity) transcript was highest in soils amended with acetate. Proteomic signatures were distinct in soils with different supplemental C sources. This experiment confirms our capability of recovering transcript and protein from the study soil and of identifying the functional molecules representative of distinct C metabolism pathways.

  20. In vitro antibiogram pattern of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from wound infection and molecular analysis of mecA gene and restriction sites in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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    Hemamalini, V.; Kavitha, V.; Ramachandran, Sridhar

    2015-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a common nosocomial pathogen with property to develop resistance to antimicrobial agents. But in the modern era, drug resistance had been developed by microbes due to its continuous usage of antibiotics. This study was carried out to evaluate antibiotic resistant pattern of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) using molecular genotyping. In view of the present problem, the study has been conducted to detect the molecular genotyping of mecA gene from MRSA and confirmation of its restriction sites using EcoRI and BamHI. The pus samples were swabbed out, and clinical strains were isolated using standard microbiological procedures. Then the strains were subjected to in vitro antibiotic susceptibility assay and identified MRSA. Further molecular genotyping of mecA gene was determined by polymerase chain reaction technique. The percentage analysis was done. The clinical strains were isolated from the wound infected patients. A total of 60 samples were collected, of 60 samples, 40 (66.7%) were showed positive to strains of S. aureus. The in vitro antibiotic susceptibility assay was carried to find the drug sensitive and resistant patterns. Further methicillin resistant strains (35%) of S. aureus were screened and subjected to molecular genotyping of mecA gene and was confirmed by restriction digestion. Overall, 70% of plasmids show positive for the presence of mecA gene, although all strains have restriction sites. Hence, the present study revealed that the early detection of antibiotic resistant character using molecular genotyping will help the infected patient to cure short period and will reduce the development of multidrug resistance. PMID:26605158

  1. In vitro antibiogram pattern of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from wound infection and molecular analysis of mecA gene and restriction sites in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Hemamalini, V; Kavitha, V; Ramachandran, Sridhar

    2015-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a common nosocomial pathogen with property to develop resistance to antimicrobial agents. But in the modern era, drug resistance had been developed by microbes due to its continuous usage of antibiotics. This study was carried out to evaluate antibiotic resistant pattern of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) using molecular genotyping. In view of the present problem, the study has been conducted to detect the molecular genotyping of mecA gene from MRSA and confirmation of its restriction sites using EcoRI and BamHI. The pus samples were swabbed out, and clinical strains were isolated using standard microbiological procedures. Then the strains were subjected to in vitro antibiotic susceptibility assay and identified MRSA. Further molecular genotyping of mecA gene was determined by polymerase chain reaction technique. The percentage analysis was done. The clinical strains were isolated from the wound infected patients. A total of 60 samples were collected, of 60 samples, 40 (66.7%) were showed positive to strains of S. aureus. The in vitro antibiotic susceptibility assay was carried to find the drug sensitive and resistant patterns. Further methicillin resistant strains (35%) of S. aureus were screened and subjected to molecular genotyping of mecA gene and was confirmed by restriction digestion. Overall, 70% of plasmids show positive for the presence of mecA gene, although all strains have restriction sites. Hence, the present study revealed that the early detection of antibiotic resistant character using molecular genotyping will help the infected patient to cure short period and will reduce the development of multidrug resistance. PMID:26605158

  2. Mechanical studies on single molecules: general considerations

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    Bensimon, David; Croquette, Vincent

    2015-10-01

    The following sections are included: * Elements of molecular biology * Advantages and drawbacks of single molecule studies * Order of magnitude of the relevant parameters at the single molecule level * Single molecule manipulation techniques * Comparison of the different techniques * DNA mechanical properties * Conclusion * Bibliography

  3. Phase and orientational ordering of ABA tri-block co-polymers guest in a quenched host of low molecular weight rod molecules

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    Cao, Jianshu

    and as additives in non-virial gene transfection [9]. Manipulation of molecular alignment is important in optical-molecular construction of guest­host systems. Manipulation of the guest­host interaction alignment and co-PEG-PLGA are instrumental in enhancement of gene transfection efficiency of various cationic poly- meric carriers

  4. Interstellar Molecules

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    Solomon, Philip M.

    1973-01-01

    Radioastronomy reveals that clouds between the stars, once believed to consist of simple atoms, contain molecules as complex as seven atoms and may be the most massive objects in our Galaxy. (Author/DF)

  5. Charmonium molecules?

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    Valcarce, A.; Fernandez-Carames, T.; Vijande, J.

    2010-08-05

    In this talk we present some recent studies of multiquark components in the charmonium sector. We study the possible existence of compact four quark-states and meson-meson molecules in the charmonium spectroscopy.

  6. Strange skyrmion molecules

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    Kopeliovich, Vladimir B.; Stern, Boris E.

    1997-05-20

    Composed skyrmions with B=2, strangeness content close to 0.5 and the binding energy of several tens of Mev are described. These skyrmions are obtained starting from the system of two B=1 hedgehogs located in different SU(2) subgroups of SU(3) and have the mass and baryon number distribution of molecular (dipole) type. The quantization of zero modes of skyrmion molecules and physics consequences of their existence are discussed.

  7. Fungal Endopolygalacturonases Are Recognized as Microbe-Associated Molecular Patterns by the Arabidopsis Receptor-Like Protein RESPONSIVENESS TO BOTRYTIS POLYGALACTURONASES11[W

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    Zhang, Lisha; Kars, Ilona; Essenstam, Bert; Liebrand, Thomas W.H.; Wagemakers, Lia; Elberse, Joyce; Tagkalaki, Panagiota; Tjoitang, Devlin; van den Ackerveken, Guido; van Kan, Jan A.L.

    2014-01-01

    Plants perceive microbial invaders using pattern recognition receptors that recognize microbe-associated molecular patterns. In this study, we identified RESPONSIVENESS TO BOTRYTIS POLYGALACTURONASES1 (RBPG1), an Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein, AtRLP42, that recognizes fungal endopolygalacturonases (PGs) and acts as a novel microbe-associated molecular pattern receptor. RBPG1 recognizes several PGs from the plant pathogen Botrytis cinerea as well as one from the saprotroph Aspergillus niger. Infiltration of B. cinerea PGs into Arabidopsis accession Columbia induced a necrotic response, whereas accession Brno (Br-0) showed no symptoms. A map-based cloning strategy, combined with comparative and functional genomics, led to the identification of the Columbia RBPG1 gene and showed that this gene is essential for the responsiveness of Arabidopsis to the PGs. Transformation of RBPG1 into accession Br-0 resulted in a gain of PG responsiveness. Transgenic Br-0 plants expressing RBPG1 were equally susceptible as the recipient Br-0 to the necrotroph B. cinerea and to the biotroph Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis. Pretreating leaves of the transgenic plants with a PG resulted in increased resistance to H. arabidopsidis. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments demonstrated that RBPG1 and PG form a complex in Nicotiana benthamiana, which also involves the Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein SOBIR1 (for SUPPRESSOR OF BIR1). sobir1 mutant plants did not induce necrosis in response to PGs and were compromised in PG-induced resistance to H. arabidopsidis. PMID:24259685

  8. Fungal endopolygalacturonases are recognized as microbe-associated molecular patterns by the arabidopsis receptor-like protein RESPONSIVENESS TO BOTRYTIS POLYGALACTURONASES1.

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    Zhang, Lisha; Kars, Ilona; Essenstam, Bert; Liebrand, Thomas W H; Wagemakers, Lia; Elberse, Joyce; Tagkalaki, Panagiota; Tjoitang, Devlin; van den Ackerveken, Guido; van Kan, Jan A L

    2014-01-01

    Plants perceive microbial invaders using pattern recognition receptors that recognize microbe-associated molecular patterns. In this study, we identified RESPONSIVENESS TO BOTRYTIS POLYGALACTURONASES1 (RBPG1), an Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein, AtRLP42, that recognizes fungal endopolygalacturonases (PGs) and acts as a novel microbe-associated molecular pattern receptor. RBPG1 recognizes several PGs from the plant pathogen Botrytis cinerea as well as one from the saprotroph Aspergillus niger. Infiltration of B. cinerea PGs into Arabidopsis accession Columbia induced a necrotic response, whereas accession Brno (Br-0) showed no symptoms. A map-based cloning strategy, combined with comparative and functional genomics, led to the identification of the Columbia RBPG1 gene and showed that this gene is essential for the responsiveness of Arabidopsis to the PGs. Transformation of RBPG1 into accession Br-0 resulted in a gain of PG responsiveness. Transgenic Br-0 plants expressing RBPG1 were equally susceptible as the recipient Br-0 to the necrotroph B. cinerea and to the biotroph Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis. Pretreating leaves of the transgenic plants with a PG resulted in increased resistance to H. arabidopsidis. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments demonstrated that RBPG1 and PG form a complex in Nicotiana benthamiana, which also involves the Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein SOBIR1 (for SUPPRESSOR OF BIR1). sobir1 mutant plants did not induce necrosis in response to PGs and were compromised in PG-induced resistance to H. arabidopsidis. PMID:24259685

  9. Molecule-hugging graphene nanopores

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    Garaj, Slaven; Liu, Song; Golovchenko, Jene A.; Branton, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    It has recently been recognized that solid-state nanopores in single-atomic-layer graphene membranes can be used to electronically detect and characterize single long charged polymer molecules. We have now fabricated nanopores in single-layer graphene that are closely matched to the diameter of a double-stranded DNA molecule. Ionic current signals during electrophoretically driven translocation of DNA through these nanopores were experimentally explored and theoretically modeled. Our experiments show that these nanopores have unusually high sensitivity (0.65 nA/Å) to extremely small changes in the translocating molecule’s outer diameter. Such atomically short graphene nanopores can also resolve nanoscale-spaced molecular structures along the length of a polymer, but do so with greatest sensitivity only when the pore and molecule diameters are closely matched. Modeling confirms that our most closely matched pores have an inherent resolution of ?0.6 nm along the length of the molecule. PMID:23836648

  10. Single Molecule Electronics and Devices

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    Tsutsui, Makusu; Taniguchi, Masateru

    2012-01-01

    The manufacture of integrated circuits with single-molecule building blocks is a goal of molecular electronics. While research in the past has been limited to bulk experiments on self-assembled monolayers, advances in technology have now enabled us to fabricate single-molecule junctions. This has led to significant progress in understanding electron transport in molecular systems at the single-molecule level and the concomitant emergence of new device concepts. Here, we review recent developments in this field. We summarize the methods currently used to form metal-molecule-metal structures and some single-molecule techniques essential for characterizing molecular junctions such as inelastic electron tunnelling spectroscopy. We then highlight several important achievements, including demonstration of single-molecule diodes, transistors, and switches that make use of electrical, photo, and mechanical stimulation to control the electron transport. We also discuss intriguing issues to be addressed further in the future such as heat and thermoelectric transport in an individual molecule. PMID:22969345

  11. Immunomapping of desmosomal and nondesmosomal adhesion molecules in healthy canine footpad, haired skin and buccal mucosal epithelia: comparison with canine pemphigus foliaceus serum immunoglobulin G staining patterns.

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    Bizikova, Petra; Linder, Keith E; Olivry, Thierry

    2011-04-01

    Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is the most common canine autoimmune skin disease. In contrast to human PF (hPF), desmoglein-1 is a minor autoantigen in the canine disease. The major autoantigen(s) of canine PF (cPF) remain(s) unknown, which limits the ability to perform mechanistic studies of lesion formation and the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for this disease. The immunofluorescence patterns of selected desmosomal (desmoglein-1, desmoglein-3, desmocollin-1, desmocollin-3, desmoplakin-1/2, plakoglobin and plakophilin-1) and nondesmosomal adhesion proteins (E-cadherin, claudin-1, zona occludens-1 and occludin) in healthy canine footpad, haired skin and buccal mucosal epithelia were determined using hPF and pemphigus vulgaris sera and specific antibodies. The immunostaining patterns were then compared with that of indirect immunofluorescence staining with 66 cPF sera. Most cPF sera (58 of 66; 88%) exhibited positive staining along keratinocyte margins in the stratum spinosum and stratum granulosum of canine footpad. One serum contained autoantibodies binding solely to stratum granulosum keratinocytes. Concurrent intercellular fluorescence in the stratum basale was limited to seven of 66 cPF sera (11%). Only 12 of 66 cPF sera (18%) also exhibited positive IF staining of the buccal mucosa. This study confirms the immunological heterogeneity of cPF immunoglobulin G autoantibodies. Moreover, the major indirect immunofluorescence staining pattern and the inability of most cPF sera to label the buccal mucosa closely matched that of desmocollin-1. These observations warrant further investigation of desmocollin-1 as a potential major cPF autoantigen. PMID:20738839

  12. Oscillation of Angiogenesis and Vascular Dropout in Progressive Human Vascular Disease. [Vascular Pattern as Useful Read-Out of Complex Molecular Signaling

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    Parsons-Wingerter, Patricia

    2010-01-01

    When analyzed by VESsel GENeration Analysis (VESGEN) software, vascular patterns provide useful integrative read-outs of complex, interacting molecular signaling pathways. Using VESGEN, we recently discovered and published our innovative, surprising findings that angiogenesis oscillated with vascular dropout throughout progression of diabetic retinopathy, a blinding vascular disease. Our findings provide a potential paradigm shift in the current prevailing view on progression and treatment of this disease, and a new early-stage window of regenerative therapeutic opportunities. The findings also suggest that angiogenesis may oscillate with vascular disease in a homeostatic-like manner during early stages of other inflammatory progressive diseases such as cancer and coronary vascular disease.

  13. A Molecular Phylogeny of Black-Tyrants (Tyrannidae: Knipolegus) Reveals Strong Geographic Patterns and Homoplasy in Plumage and Display Behavior

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    Hosner, Peter A.; Moyle, Robert G.

    2012-01-01

    ??–?? in Neotropical Ornithology (P. A. Buckley, M. S. Fos- ter, E. S. Morton, R. S. Ridgely, and F. G. Buckley, Eds.). Ornitho- logical Monographs, no. ??. Cracraft, J., and R. O. Prum. ????. Patterns and processes of diversification: Speciation and historical...

  14. Theory of Molecular Photoionization: From Vibrational Dependent Processes to the Effects of Rotational Motion in Ionizing Non-Linear Molecules on MFPADs and RFPADs 

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    Ló pez Domí nguez, Jesú s Alberto

    2015-05-08

    are derived to compute the 3D recoil frame photoelectron angular distributions for non-linear molecules in the case where the axial-recoil approximation breaks down. The main concepts and ideas relevant to most of the work presented are introduced...

  15. A molecular-sized tunnel-porous crystal with a ratchet gear structure and its one-way guest-molecule transportation property.

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    Kataoka, Keisuke; Yasumoto, Tetsuaki; Manabe, Yousuke; Sato, Hiroyasu; Yamano, Akihito; Katagiri, Toshimasa

    2013-02-21

    An anisotropic tunnel microporous crystal was prepared. Active transportation of anthracene as a guest molecule in the anisotropic tunnels was observed. The direction of anthracene movement implies that the anisotropic tunnel did not work as a flap-check valve. The direction of the movement was consistent with that caused by a Brownian ratchet. PMID:22692420

  16. Hydrophobic Porous Material Adsorbs Small Organic Molecules

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    Sharma, Pramod K.; Hickey, Gregory S.

    1994-01-01

    Composite molecular-sieve material has pore structure designed specifically for preferential adsorption of organic molecules for sizes ranging from 3 to 6 angstrom. Design based on principle that contaminant molecules become strongly bound to surface of adsorbent when size of contaminant molecules is nearly same as that of pores in adsorbent. Material used to remove small organic contaminant molecules from vacuum systems or from enclosed gaseous environments like closed-loop life-support systems.

  17. Patterns in the quinary structures of proteins: plasticity and inequivalence of individual molecules in helical arrays of sickle cell hemoglobin and tubulin

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    Edelstein, S.J.

    1980-10-01

    The four recognized levels of organization of protein structure (primary through quaternary) are extended to add the designation quinary structure for the interactions within helical arrays, such as found for sickle cell hemoglobin fibers of tubulin units in microtubules. For sickle cell hemoglobin the main quinary structure is a 14-filament fiber, with a number of other minor forms also encountered. Degenerate forms of the 14-filament fibers can be characterized that lack specific pairs of filaments; evidence is presented which suggests an overall organization of the 14 filaments in pairs, with particular pairs aligned in an antiparallel orientation. For tubulin, a range of quinary structures can be detected depending on the number of protofilaments and whether adjacent protofilaments composed of alternating ..cap alpha..- and ..beta..-subunits are aligned with contacts between like or unlike subunits and with parallel or antiparallel polarity. Thus, in contrast to quarternary structure, which generally involves a fixed number of subunits, the quinary structures of proteins can exhibit marked plasticity and inequivalence in the juxtaposition of constituent molecules.

  18. Molecular anatomy of ascending aorta in atherosclerosis by MS Imaging: Specific lipid and protein patterns reflect pathology.

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    Martin-Lorenzo, Marta; Balluff, Benjamin; Maroto, Aroa S; Carreira, Ricardo J; van Zeijl, Rene J M; Gonzalez-Calero, Laura; de la Cuesta, Fernando; Barderas, Maria G; Lopez-Almodovar, Luis F; Padial, Luis R; McDonnell, Liam A; Vivanco, Fernando; Alvarez-Llamas, Gloria

    2015-08-01

    The molecular anatomy of healthy and atherosclerotic tissue is pursued here to identify ongoing molecular changes in atherosclerosis development. Subclinical atherosclerosis cannot be predicted and novel therapeutic targets are needed. Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is a novel unexplored ex vivo imaging approach in CVD able to provide in-tissue molecular maps. A rabbit model of early atherosclerosis was developed and high-spatial-resolution MALDI-MSI was applied to comparatively analyze histologically-based arterial regions of interest from control and early atherosclerotic aortas. Specific protocols were applied to identify lipids and proteins significantly altered in response to atherosclerosis. Observed protein alterations were confirmed by immunohistochemistry in rabbit tissue, and additionally in human aortas. Molecular features specifically defining different arterial regions were identified. Localized in the intima, increased expression of SFA and lysolipids and intimal spatial organization showing accumulation of PI, PG and SM point to endothelial dysfunction and triggered inflammatory response. TG, PA, SM and PE-Cer were identified specifically located in calcified regions. Thymosin ?4 (TMSB4X) protein was upregulated in intima versus media layer and also in response to atherosclerosis. This overexpression and localization was confirmed in human aortas. In conclusion, molecular histology by MS Imaging identifies spatial organization of arterial tissue in response to atherosclerosis. PMID:26079611

  19. Conserved nematode signalling molecules elicit plant defenses and pathogen resistance

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    Manosalva, Patricia; Manohar, Murli; von Reuss, Stephan H.; Chen, Shiyan; Koch, Aline; Kaplan, Fatma; Choe, Andrea; Micikas, Robert J.; Wang, Xiaohong; Kogel, Karl-Heinz; Sternberg, Paul W.; Williamson, Valerie M.; Schroeder, Frank C.; Klessig, Daniel F.

    2015-01-01

    Plant-defense responses are triggered by perception of conserved microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs), for example, flagellin or peptidoglycan. However, it remained unknown whether plants can detect conserved molecular patterns derived from plant-parasitic animals, including nematodes. Here we show that several genera of plant-parasitic nematodes produce small molecules called ascarosides, an evolutionarily conserved family of nematode pheromones. Picomolar to micromolar concentrations of ascr#18, the major ascaroside in plant-parasitic nematodes, induce hallmark defense responses including the expression of genes associated with MAMP-triggered immunity, activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases, as well as salicylic acid- and jasmonic acid-mediated defense signalling pathways. Ascr#18 perception increases resistance in Arabidopsis, tomato, potato and barley to viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal and nematode infections. These results indicate that plants recognize ascarosides as a conserved molecular signature of nematodes. Using small-molecule signals such as ascarosides to activate plant immune responses has potential utility to improve economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture. PMID:26203561

  20. Molecular Modeling and Bioinformatics

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    GEMM (Generate, Edit and Manipulate Molecules) Introduction | Download GEMM Introduction GEMM is an interactive molecular graphics software. It is a convenient tool for constructing, viewing, modifying, and manipulating small and large molecular structure

  1. Molecular electrostatic potentials by systematic molecular fragmentation

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    Reid, David M.; Collins, Michael A.

    2013-11-14

    A simple method is presented for estimating the molecular electrostatic potential in and around molecules using systematic molecular fragmentation. This approach estimates the potential directly from the electron density. The accuracy of the method is established for a set of organic molecules and ions. The utility of the approach is demonstrated by estimating the binding energy of a water molecule in an internal cavity in the protein ubiquitin.

  2. A systematic approach to prioritize drug targets using machine learning, a molecular descriptor-based classification model, and high-throughput screening of plant derived molecules: a case study in oral cancer.

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    Randhawa, Vinay; Kumar Singh, Anil; Acharya, Vishal

    2015-11-10

    Systems-biology inspired identification of drug targets and machine learning-based screening of small molecules which modulate their activity have the potential to revolutionize modern drug discovery by complementing conventional methods. To utilize the effectiveness of such pipelines, we first analyzed the dysregulated gene pairs between control and tumor samples and then implemented an ensemble-based feature selection approach to prioritize targets in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) for therapeutic exploration. Based on the structural information of known inhibitors of CXCR4-one of the best targets identified in this study-a feature selection was implemented for the identification of optimal structural features (molecular descriptor) based on which a classification model was generated. Furthermore, the CXCR4-centered descriptor-based classification model was finally utilized to screen a repository of plant derived small-molecules to obtain potential inhibitors. The application of our methodology may assist effective selection of the best targets which may have previously been overlooked, that in turn will lead to the development of new oral cancer medications. The small molecules identified in this study can be ideal candidates for trials as potential novel anti-oral cancer agents. Importantly, distinct steps of this whole study may provide reference for the analysis of other complex human diseases. PMID:26467789

  3. Crypto-tomography: the data assembly challenge in single-molecule diffraction

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    Elser, Veit

    2007-03-01

    In the absence of a molecular alignment mechanism, the diffraction patterns collected in single-molecule XFEL experiments will sample randomly oriented, 2D slices of a 3D data set. The signal to noise ratio in the individual slices will be so low that the relative orientations of any two will be poorly determined. This talk describes a new strategy for data assembly, where the relationships among multiple slices are determined collectively.

  4. Non perturbative approach for a polar and polarizable linear molecule in an inhomogeneous electric field: Application to molecular beam deviation experiments

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    Benichou, E.; Allouche, A. R.; Antoine, R.; Aubert-Frecon, M.; Bourgoin, M.; Broyer, M.; Dugourd, Ph.; Hadinger, G.; Rayane, D.

    A non perturbative approach is used to solve the problem of a rigid linear molecule with both a permanent dipole moment and a static dipole polarizability, in a static electric field. Eigenenergies are obtained and compared to perturbative low field and high field approximations. Analytical expressions for the orientation parameters and for the gradient of the energy are given. This non perturbative approach is applied to the simulation of beam deviation experiments in strong electric field. Results of simulations are given for inhomogeneous alkali dimers. For LiNa, the simulations are compared to experimental data. For LiK, deviation profiles have been simulated in order to prepare future experiments on this molecule.

  5. Digging deeper into noise. Reply to comment on "Extracting physics of life at the molecular level: A review of single-molecule data analyses"

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    Colomb, Warren; Sarkar, Susanta K.

    2015-06-01

    We would like to thank all the commentators for their constructive comments on our paper. Commentators agree that a proper analysis of noisy single-molecule data is important for extracting meaningful and accurate information about the system. We concur with their views and indeed, motivating an accurate analysis of experimental data is precisely the point of our paper. After a model about the system of interest is constructed based on the experimental single-molecule data, it is very helpful to simulate the model to generate theoretical single-molecule data and analyze exactly the same way. In our experience, such self-consistent approach involving experiments, simulations, and analyses often forces us to revise our model and make experimentally testable predictions. In light of comments from the commentators with different expertise, we would also like to point out that a single model should be able to connect different experimental techniques because the underlying science does not depend on the experimental techniques used. Wohland [1] has made a strong case for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) as an important experimental technique to bridge single-molecule and ensemble experiments. FCS is a very powerful technique that can measure ensemble parameters with single-molecule sensitivity. Therefore, it is logical to simulate any proposed model and predict both single-molecule data and FCS data, and confirm with experimental data. Fitting the diffraction-limited point spread function (PSF) of an isolated fluorescent marker to localize a labeled biomolecule is a critical step in many single-molecule tracking experiments. Flyvbjerg et al. [2] have rigorously pointed out some important drawbacks of the prevalent practice of fitting diffraction-limited PSF with 2D Gaussian. As we try to achieve more accurate and precise localization of biomolecules, we need to consider subtle points as mentioned by Flyvbjerg et al. Shepherd [3] has mentioned specific examples of PSF that have been used for localization and has rightly mentioned the importance of detector noise in single-molecule localization. Meroz [4] has pointed out more clearly that the signal itself could be noisy and it is necessary to distinguish the noise of interest from the background noise. Krapf [5] has pointed out different origins of fluctuations in biomolecular systems and commented on their possible Gaussian and non-Gaussian nature. Importance of noise along with the possibility that the noise itself can be the signal of interest has been discussed in our paper [6]. However, Meroz [4] and Krapf [5] have provided specific examples to guide the readers in a better way. Sachs et al. [7] have discussed kinetic analysis in the presence of indistinguishable states and have pointed to the free software for the general kinetic analysis that originated from their research.

  6. Molecular Astrophysics

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    Hartquist, T. W.

    2005-07-01

    Part I. Molecular Clouds and the Distribution of Molecules in the Milky Way and Other Galaxies: 1. Molecular clouds in the Milky Way P. Friberg and A. Hjalmarson; 2. Molecules in galaxies L. Blitz; Part II. Diffuse Molecular Clouds: 3. Diffuse cloud chemistry E. F. Van Dishoeck; 4. Observations of velocity and density structure in diffuse clouds W. D. Langer; 5. Shock chemistry in diffuse clouds T. W. Hartquist, D. R. Flower and G. Pineau des Forets; Part III. Quiescent Dense Clouds: 6. Chemical modelling of quiescent dense interstellar clouds T. J. Millar; 7. Interstellar grain chemistry V. Buch; 8. Large molecules and small grains in astrophysics S. H. Lepp; Part IV. Studies of Molecular Processes: 9. Molecular photoabsorption processes K. P. Kirby; 10. Interstellar ion chemistry: laboratory studies D. Smith, N. G. Adams and E. E. Ferguson; 11. Theoretical considerations on some collisional processes D. R. Bates; 12. Collisional excitation processes E. Roueff; 13. Neutral reactions at Low and High Temperatures M. M. Graff; Part V. Atomic Species in Dense Clouds: 14. Observations of atomic species in dense clouds G. J. Melnick; 15. Ultraviolet radiation in molecular clouds W. G. Roberge; 16. Cosmic ray induced photodissociation and photoionization of interstellar molecules R. Gredel; 17. Chemistry in the molecular cloud Barnard 5 S. B. Charnley and D. A. Williams; 18. Molecular cloud structure, motions, and evolution P. C. Myers; Part VI. H in Regions of Massive Star Formation: 19. Infrared observations of line emission from molecular hydrogen T. R. Geballe; 20. Shocks in dense molecular clouds D. F. Chernoff and C. F. McKee; 21. Dissociative shocks D. A. Neufeld; 22. Infrared molecular hydrogen emission from interstellar photodissociation regions A. Sternberg; Part VII. Molecules Near Stars and in Stellar Ejecta: 23. Masers J. M. Moran; 24. Chemistry in the circumstellar envelopes around mass-losing red giants M. Jura; 25. Atoms and molecules in supernova 1987a R. McCray; Part VIII. Moderately Ionized Gas and Chemistry at Large Redshifts: 26. Charge transfer in astrophysical nebulae G. A. Shields; 27. Molecules at early epochs J. H. Black.

  7. Toward a Better Understanding of the Physical Stability of Amorphous Anti-Inflammatory Agents: The Roles of Molecular Mobility and Molecular Interaction Patterns.

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    Rams-Baron, M; Wojnarowska, Z; Grzybowska, K; Dulski, M; Knapik, J; Jurkiewicz, K; Smolka, W; Sawicki, W; Ratuszna, A; Paluch, M

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this article is to examine the crystallization tendencies of three chemically related amorphous anti-inflammatory agents, etoricoxib, celecoxib, and rofecoxib. Since the molecular mobility is considered as one of the factors affecting the crystallization behavior of a given material, broadband dielectric spectroscopy was used to gain insight into the molecular dynamics of the selected active pharmaceutical ingredients. Interestingly, our experiments did not reveal any significant differences in their relaxation behavior either in the supercooled liquid or in the glassy state. Hence, as a possible explanation for the enhanced physical stability of etoricoxib, its ability to undergo a tautomerization reaction was recognized. The occurrence of intramolecular proton transfer in the disordered etoricoxib was proven experimentally by time-dependent dielectric and infrared (IR) measurements. Additionally, IR spectroscopy combined with density functional theory calculations pointed out that in the etoricoxib drug, being in fact a binary mixture of tautomers, the individual isomers may interact with each other through a hydrogen bonding network. A possible explanation of this issue was achieved by performing dielectric experiments at elevated pressure. Since compression results in etoricoxib recrystallization, the possible influence of pressure on the observed stabilization effect is also carefully discussed. PMID:26323061

  8. We have been using feather development as a model for understanding the molecular basis of pattern formation

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    Chuong, Cheng-Ming

    Summary We have been using feather development as a model for understanding the molecular basis: a `microgradient' within a single feather bud and a `macrogradient' across the feather tract. The asynchro- nous of retinoic acid cause a morphological transformation between feather and scale, while low doses of retinoic

  9. Single molecule detection using graphene electrodes

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    Rangel, Norma L.; Seminario, Jorge M.

    2010-06-01

    It is shown using density functional theory that the trapping of molecules between graphene electrode plates can be used to sense molecules through their vibrational fluctuations. This hypothesis is tested using water trapped in two graphene molecules connected to a potential difference. The electric current fluctuations generated through the junction correspond to the fluctuations of the vibrational modes. Since this system yield currents in a range workable by present electronic devices, there is no need for further 'molecular amplification'. Fluctuations of the three modes of water yield similar changes of potentials in the neighbourhood accessible to other molecules; therefore, vibrations from a single water molecule, as an example, or vibrations from any other molecule can be transduced into electrical currents of magnitude compatible with present silicon technology. In the particular case of the water molecule, a rectified potential signal is obtained from the fluctuations of the antisymmetric stretching mode and a simple transduction is obtained from the symmetric stretching and bending modes. It is argued that the high sensitivity is due to the strong delocalization of the frontier molecular orbitals or molecular plasmons on graphene electrodes, which guarantees the detection based on molecular potentials or molecular vibrations; these plasmon-like molecules are of major importance for the development of molecular and nano electronics.

  10. Piezoresistivity in single DNA molecules

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    Bruot, Christopher; Palma, Julio L.; Xiang, Limin; Mujica, Vladimiro; Ratner, Mark A.; Tao, Nongjian

    2015-09-01

    Piezoresistivity is a fundamental property of materials that has found many device applications. Here we report piezoresistivity in double helical DNA molecules. By studying the dependence of molecular conductance and piezoresistivity of single DNA molecules with different sequences and lengths, and performing molecular orbital calculations, we show that the piezoresistivity of DNA is caused by force-induced changes in the ?-? electronic coupling between neighbouring bases, and in the activation energy of hole hopping. We describe the results in terms of thermal activated hopping model together with the ladder-based mechanical model for DNA proposed by de Gennes.

  11. Piezoresistivity in single DNA molecules

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    Bruot, Christopher; Palma, Julio L.; Xiang, Limin; Mujica, Vladimiro; Ratner, Mark A.; Tao, Nongjian

    2015-01-01

    Piezoresistivity is a fundamental property of materials that has found many device applications. Here we report piezoresistivity in double helical DNA molecules. By studying the dependence of molecular conductance and piezoresistivity of single DNA molecules with different sequences and lengths, and performing molecular orbital calculations, we show that the piezoresistivity of DNA is caused by force-induced changes in the ?–? electronic coupling between neighbouring bases, and in the activation energy of hole hopping. We describe the results in terms of thermal activated hopping model together with the ladder-based mechanical model for DNA proposed by de Gennes. PMID:26337293

  12. Omnidirectional and broadband optical absorption enhancement in small molecule organic solar cells by a patterned MoO3/Ag/MoO3 transparent anode

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    Tian, Ximin; Hao, Yuying; Zhang, Ye; Cui, Yanxia; Ji, Ting; Wang, Hua; Wei, Bin; Huang, Wei

    2015-03-01

    We designed and calculated a novel organic solar cell (OSC) with MoO3/Ag/MoO3 (MAM) grating as transparent anode and the patterned copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerence (C60) as active layer. The numerical results indicate that a broadband, omnidirectional light absorption enhancement is realized by utilizing such a one-dimensional (1D) grating with core-shell structure. The total absorption efficiency of the active layer over the wavelength range from 400 to 900 nm is enhanced by 178.88%, 19.44% and 99.16% relative to the equivalent planar cell considering the weight of air-mass 1.5 global (AM 1.5G) solar spectrum at normally incident transverse magnetic (TM), transverse electric (TE) and TM/TE hybrid polarized light, respectively. The improved light trapping is attributed to the multiple modes hybridization of propagating surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), localized surface plasmons (LSPs) and the strong coupling of SPP waves at TM polarization along with the Floquet modes at TE polarization. Furthermore, the proposed optimized architecture also exhibits an expected short-circuit current density (Jsc) with the value of 11.11 mA/cm2 in theory, which is increased by 116.6% compared with that of the planar control device.

  13. Whispering gallery microresonators for second harmonic light generation from a low number of small molecules

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    Dominguez-Juarez, J.L.; Kozyreff, G.; Martorell, Jordi

    2011-01-01

    Unmarked sensitive detection of molecules is needed in environmental pollution monitoring, disease diagnosis, security screening systems and in many other situations in which a substance must be identified. When molecules are attached or adsorbed onto an interface, detecting their presence is possible using second harmonic light generation, because at interfaces the inversion symmetry is broken. However, such light generation usually requires either dense matter or a large number of molecules combined with high-power laser sources. Here we show that using high-Q spherical microresonators and low average power, between 50 and 100 small non-fluorescent molecules deposited on the outer surface of the microresonator can generate a detectable change in the second harmonic light. This generation requires phase matching in the whispering gallery modes, which we achieved using a new procedure to periodically pattern, with nanometric precision, a molecular surface monolayer. PMID:21448153

  14. Whispering gallery microresonators for second harmonic light generation from a low number of small molecules.

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    Dominguez-Juarez, J L; Kozyreff, G; Martorell, Jordi

    2011-01-01

    Unmarked sensitive detection of molecules is needed in environmental pollution monitoring, disease diagnosis, security screening systems and in many other situations in which a substance must be identified. When molecules are attached or adsorbed onto an interface, detecting their presence is possible using second harmonic light generation, because at interfaces the inversion symmetry is broken. However, such light generation usually requires either dense matter or a large number of molecules combined with high-power laser sources. Here we show that using high-Q spherical microresonators and low average power, between 50 and 100 small non-fluorescent molecules deposited on the outer surface of the microresonator can generate a detectable change in the second harmonic light. This generation requires phase matching in the whispering gallery modes, which we achieved using a new procedure to periodically pattern, with nanometric precision, a molecular surface monolayer. PMID:21448153

  15. Slip behavior in liquid films on surfaces of patterned wettability: Comparison between continuum and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Troian, Sandra M.

    by proportional substi- tution of liquid-solid contact area with liquid-gas contact area or equivalently, subst influenced by boundary effects 1 . Liquid affinity to nearby solid boundaries can be reduced through chemicalSlip behavior in liquid films on surfaces of patterned wettability: Comparison between continuum

  16. Quantum transport through aromatic molecules

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    Ojeda, J. H.; Rey-González, R. R.; Laroze, D.

    2013-12-07

    In this paper, we study the electronic transport properties through aromatic molecules connected to two semi-infinite leads. The molecules are in different geometrical configurations including arrays. Using a nearest neighbor tight-binding approach, the transport properties are analyzed into a Green's function technique within a real-space renormalization scheme. We calculate the transmission probability and the Current-Voltage characteristics as a function of a molecule-leads coupling parameter. Our results show different transport regimes for these systems, exhibiting metal-semiconductor-insulator transitions and the possibility to employ them in molecular devices.

  17. Playing with molecules.

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    Toon, Adam

    2011-12-01

    Recent philosophy of science has seen a number of attempts to understand scientific models by looking to theories of fiction. In previous work, I have offered an account of models that draws on Kendall Walton's 'make-believe' theory of art. According to this account, models function as 'props' in games of make-believe, like children's dolls or toy trucks. In this paper, I assess the make-believe view through an empirical study of molecular models. I suggest that the view gains support when we look at the way that these models are used and the attitude that users take towards them. Users' interaction with molecular models suggests that they do imagine the models to be molecules, in much the same way that children imagine a doll to be a baby. Furthermore, I argue, users of molecular models imagine themselves viewing and manipulating molecules, just as children playing with a doll might imagine themselves looking at a baby or feeding it. Recognising this 'participation' in modelling, I suggest, points towards a new account of how models are used to learn about the world, and helps us to understand the value that scientists sometimes place on three-dimensional, physical models over other forms of representation. PMID:22332319

  18. Quantum dynamics of molecular multiphoton excitation in intense laser and static electric fields: Floquet theory, quasienergy spectra, and application to the HF molecule

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    Chu, Shih-I; Tietz, James V.; Datta, Krishna K.

    1982-01-01

    1212)A + (201 Vo" 2 = 0 . (All) The solutions for A are AO = 2Q1I2 costco , AI = 2Q1IZ cos( to + i1T) - tco , A2=2Q"2COS(tO+t1T) -tco, where cos 0 =R • Q-3/2 , R = (9cocl - 27c2 - 2cg)/54 , Q = (c~ - 3cI)/9 , and coefficients... fields: Floquet theory, quasienergy spectra, and application to the HF molecule Shih-I Chu,a) James V. Tietz, and Krishna K. Datta Department o/Chemistry. University 0/ Kansas. Lawrence. Kansas 66045 (Received 20 April 1982; accepted 20 May 1982...

  19. Crystal structure of zwitterionic 4-(ammonio­methyl)­benzoate: a simple mol­ecule giving rise to a complex supra­molecular structure

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    Atria, Ana María; Garland, Maria Teresa; Baggio, Ricardo

    2014-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C8H9NO2·H2O consists of an isolated 4-(ammonio­meth­yl)benzoate zwitterion derived from 4-amino­methyl­benzoic acid through the migration of the acidic proton, together with a water molecule of crystallization that is disordered over three sites with occupancy ratios (0.50:0.35:0.15). In the crystal structure, N—H?O hydrogen bonds together with ?–? stacking of the benzene rings [centroid–centroid distance = 3.8602?(18)?Å] result in a strongly linked, compact three-dimensional structure. PMID:25484753

  20. Molecular insights into the stabilization of protein-protein interactions with small molecule: The FKBP12-rapamycin-FRB case study

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    Chaurasia, Shilpi; Pieraccini, Stefano; De Gonda, Riccardo; Conti, Simone; Sironi, Maurizio

    2013-11-01

    Targetting protein-protein interactions is a challenging task in drug discovery process. Despite the challenges, several studies provided evidences for the development of small molecules modulating protein-protein interactions. Here we consider a typical case of protein-protein interaction stabilization: the complex between FKBP12 and FRB with rapamycin. We have analyzed the stability of the complex and characterized its interactions at the atomic level by performing free energy calculations and computational alanine scanning. It is shown that rapamycin stabilizes the complex by acting as a bridge between the two proteins; and the complex is stable only in the presence of rapamycin.

  1. Single-molecule Nanomagnets

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    Jonathan R. Friedman; Myriam P. Sarachik

    2010-08-04

    Single molecule magnets straddle the classical and quantum mechanical worlds, displaying many fascinating phenomena. They may have important technological applications in information storage and quantum computation. We review the physical properties of two prototypical molecular nanomagnets, Mn_12-acetate and Fe_8: each behaves as a rigid, spin-10 object, and exhibits tunneling between up and down directions. As temperature is lowered, the spin reversal process evolves from thermal activation to pure quantum tunneling. At low temperatures, magnetic avalanches occur in which the magnetization of an entire sample rapidly reverses. We discuss the important role that symmetry-breaking fields play in driving tunneling and in producing Berry-phase interference. Recent experimental advances indicate that quantum coherence can be maintained on time scales sufficient to allow a meaningful number of quantum computing operations to be performed. Efforts are underway to create monolayers and to address and manipulate individual molecules.

  2. Molecular magnetic resonance imaging

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    Hengerer, A; Grimm, J

    2006-01-01

    Molecular MRI (mMRI) is a special implementation of Molecular Imaging for the non-invasive visualisation of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. More specifically, mMRI comprises the contrast agent-mediated alteration of tissue relaxation times for the detection and localisation of molecular disease markers (such as cell surface receptors, enzymes or signaling molecules), cells (e.g. lymphocytes, stem cells) or therapeutic drugs (e.g. liposomes, viral particles). MRI yields topographical, anatomical maps; functional MRI (fMRI) provides rendering of physiologic functions and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) reveals the distribution patterns of some specific metabolites. mMRI provides an additional level of information at the molecular or cellular level, thus extending MRI further beyond the anatomical and physiological level. These advances brought by mMRI are mandatory for MRI to be competitive in the age of molecular medicine. mMRI is already today increasingly used for research purposes, e.g. to facilitate the examination of cell migration, angiogenesis, apoptosis or gene expression in living organisms. In medical diagnostics, mMRI will pave the way toward a significant improvement in early detection of disease, therapy planning or monitoring of outcome and will therefore bring significant improvement in the medical treatment for patients. In general, Molecular Imaging demands high sensitivity equipment, capable of quantitative measurements to detect probes that interact with targets at the pico- or nanomolar level. The challenge to detect such sparse targets can be exemplified with cell surface receptors, a common target for molecular imaging. At high expression levels (bigger than 106 per cell) the receptor concentration is approx. 1015 per ml, i.e. the concentration is in the micromole range. Many targets, however, are expressed in even considerably lower concentrations. Therefore the most sensitive modalities, namely nuclear imaging (PET and SPECT) have always been at the forefront of Molecular Imaging, and many nuclear probes in clinical use today are already designed to detect molecular mechanisms (such as FDG, detecting high glucose metabolism). In recent years however, Molecular Imaging has commanded attention from beyond the field of nuclear medicine. Further imaging modalities to be considered for molecular imaging primarily include optical imaging, MRI and ultrasound. PMID:21614236

  3. Molecular Spintronics using Molecular Nanomagnets

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    Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang

    2009-03-01

    A revolution in electronics is in view, with the contemporary evolution of two novel disciplines, spintronics and molecular electronics. A fundamental link between these two fields can be established using molecular magnetic materials and, in particular, single-molecule magnets [1], which combine the classic macroscale properties of a magnet with the quantum properties of a nanoscale entity. The resulting field, molecular spintronics aims at manipulating spins and charges in electronic devices containing one or more molecules. In this context, we want to fabricate, characterize and study molecular devices (molecular spin-transistor, molecular spin-valve and spin filter, molecular double-dot devices, carbon nanotube nano-SQUIDs, etc.) in order to read and manipulate the spin states of the molecule and to perform basic quantum operations. The talk will discuss this--still largely unexplored--field and present our the first important results [2,3].[4pt] [1] L. Bogani & W. Wernsdorfer, Nature Mat. 7, 179 (2008).[0pt] [2] J.-P. Cleuziou, W. Wernsdorfer, V. Bouchiat, T. Ondarcuhu, M. Monthioux, Nature Nanotech. 1, 53-59 (2006).[0pt] [3] N. Roch, S. Florens, V. Bouchiat, W. Wernsdorfer, F. Balestro, Nature 453, 633 (2008).

  4. Molecular cloning and expression pattern of 11 genes involved in lipid metabolism in yellow catfish Pelteobagrus fulvidraco.

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    Zheng, Jia-Lang; Luo, Zhi; Zhu, Qing-Ling; Tan, Xiao-Ying; Chen, Qi-Liang; Sun, Lin-Dan; Hu, Wei

    2013-11-15

    11 genes involved in lipid metabolism were cloned from liver of yellow catfish Pelteobagrus fulvidraco, including CPT 1A, CPT 1B, PPAR?, PPAR?, SREBP-1, G6PD, 6PGD, FAS, acetyl-CoA ACCa, ACCb, and LPL. Phylogenetic analysis further identified these genes, and confirmed the classification and evolutionary status of yellow catfish. mRNA of all eleven genes was present in liver, muscle, mesenteric adipose, ovary and heart, but at varying levels. The present study will facilitate further studies on the regulation of lipid metabolism at the molecular level for the fish species. PMID:23988502

  5. Modeling and analysis of single-molecule experiments

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    Witkoskie, James B

    2005-01-01

    Single molecule experiments offer a unique window into the molecular world. This window allows us to distinguish the behaviors of individual molecules from the behavior of bulk by observing rare events and heterogeneity ...

  6. Micro-Kelvin cold molecules.

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    Strecker, Kevin E.; Chandler, David W.

    2009-10-01

    We have developed a novel experimental technique for direct production of cold molecules using a combination of techniques from atomic optical and molecular physics and physical chemistry. The ability to produce samples of cold molecules has application in a broad spectrum of technical fields high-resolution spectroscopy, remote sensing, quantum computing, materials simulation, and understanding fundamental chemical dynamics. Researchers around the world are currently exploring many techniques for producing samples of cold molecules, but to-date these attempts have offered only limited success achieving milli-Kelvin temperatures with low densities. This Laboratory Directed Research and Development project is to develops a new experimental technique for producing micro-Kelvin temperature molecules via collisions with laser cooled samples of trapped atoms. The technique relies on near mass degenerate collisions between the molecule of interest and a laser cooled (micro-Kelvin) atom. A subset of collisions will transfer all (nearly all) of the kinetic energy from the 'hot' molecule, cooling the molecule at the expense of heating the atom. Further collisions with the remaining laser cooled atoms will thermally equilibrate the molecules to the micro-Kelvin temperature of the laser-cooled atoms.

  7. Molecular composition of the node of Ranvier: identification of ankyrin- binding cell adhesion molecules neurofascin (mucin+/third FNIII domain- ) and NrCAM at nodal axon segments

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    1996-01-01

    Neurofascin, NrCAM, L1, and NgCAM are a family of Ig/FNIII cell adhesion molecules that share ankyrin-binding activity in their cytoplasmic domains, and are candidates to form membrane-spanning complexes with members of the ankyrin family of spectrin-binding proteins in a variety of cellular contexts in the nervous system. Specialized forms of ankyrin, 270 kD and/or 480 kD ankyrinG are components of the membrane undercoat of axons at the node of Ranvier. This paper focuses on definition of the isoforms of ankyrin-binding cell adhesion molecules localized with ankyrinG at the nodal axon segment. The exon usage of two major forms of neurofascin was determined by isolation of full-length cDNAs and used to prepare isoform-specific antibodies. An isoform of neurofascin containing a mucin-like domain and lacking the third FNIII domain was concentrated at axon initial segments and colocalized at nodes of Ranvier with ankyrinG and the voltage-dependent sodium channel. An alternative form of neurofascin lacking the mucin-like domain and containing the third FNIII domain was present in unmyelinated axons. The antibody initially raised against neurofascin was used to screen a rat brain cDNA expression library. In addition to neurofascin, this screen yielded a clone with 80% sequence identity to NrCAM from chicken. The sequences of two full-length cDNAs are presented. NrCAM is most closely related to neurofascin among the other members of the L1/neurofascin/NgCAM family, with over 70% identity between cytoplasmic domains. NrCAM, visualized with antibodies specific for the ecto-domain, also was found to be coexpressed with neurofascin at nodes of Ranvier and at axon initial segments. This is the first characterization of defined neuronal cell adhesion molecules localized to axonal membranes at the node of Ranvier of myelinated axons. PMID:8947556

  8. Attachment of second harmonic-active moiety to molecules for detection of molecules at interfaces

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    Salafsky, Joshua S.; Eisenthal, Kenneth B.

    2005-10-11

    This invention provides methods of detecting molecules at an interface, which comprise labeling the molecules with a second harmonic-active moiety and detecting the labeled molecules at the interface using a surface selective technique. The invention also provides methods for detecting a molecule in a medium and for determining the orientation of a molecular species within a planar surface using a second harmonic-active moiety and a surface selective technique.

  9. Ultrafast dynamics of single molecules.

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    Brinks, Daan; Hildner, Richard; van Dijk, Erik M H P; Stefani, Fernando D; Nieder, Jana B; Hernando, Jordi; van Hulst, Niek F

    2014-04-21

    The detection of individual molecules has found widespread application in molecular biology, photochemistry, polymer chemistry, quantum optics and super-resolution microscopy. Tracking of an individual molecule in time has allowed identifying discrete molecular photodynamic steps, action of molecular motors, protein folding, diffusion, etc. down to the picosecond level. However, methods to study the ultrafast electronic and vibrational molecular dynamics at the level of individual molecules have emerged only recently. In this review we present several examples of femtosecond single molecule spectroscopy. Starting with basic pump-probe spectroscopy in a confocal detection scheme, we move towards deterministic coherent control approaches using pulse shapers and ultra-broad band laser systems. We present the detection of both electronic and vibrational femtosecond dynamics of individual fluorophores at room temperature, showing electronic (de)coherence, vibrational wavepacket interference and quantum control. Finally, two colour phase shaping applied to photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes is presented, which allows investigation of the persistent coherence in photosynthetic complexes under physiological conditions at the level of individual complexes. PMID:24473271

  10. De novo whole transcriptome analysis of the fish louse, Argulus siamensis: first molecular insights into characterization of Toll downstream signalling molecules of crustaceans.

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    Sahoo, Pramoda Kumar; Kar, Banya; Mohapatra, Amruta; Mohanty, Jyotirmaya

    2013-11-01

    Argulus siamensis is a major ectoparasitic pathogen of freshwater fish capable of causing substantial economic loss. None of the available control measures have been able to address the problem of argulosis resourcefully. To combat this pathogen effectively, it is necessary to have a comprehensive understanding of its life processes with information on various genes involved. The transcriptome studies can generate introductory information about genes participating in physiological processes of the parasite which could be targeted for their control. In this study, the transcriptome sequencing of A. siamensis was performed on Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform which generated 75,126,957 high quality reads. A total of 46,352 transcript contigs were assembled with average length of 1211bp and N50 length of 2302bp. In total, 19,290 CDS including 184 novel CDS and 59,019 open reading frames (ORFs) were identified from the assembled contigs. Gene ontology and Kyoto Encylopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analysis were performed to classify contigs into their functional categories and regulation pathways. Additionally, 1171 simple sequence repeats were identified from the assembled contigs. Further, twelve contigs with high similarity with downstream molecules of the mammalian toll like receptor (TLR) pathway were validated by their inductive expressions in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Gram negative bacteria, Escherichia coli and Gram positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus. The transcriptome of an ectoparasite A. siamensis was sequenced, assembled, annotated, and the downstream signalling molecules of Toll pathway characterized. The transcriptome data generated will facilitate studies on functional genomics that will subsequently be applied for vaccine development and other control strategies against the parasite. PMID:24090566

  11. From Amazonia to the Atlantic forest: molecular phylogeny of Phyzelaphryninae frogs reveals unexpected diversity and a striking biogeographic pattern emphasizing conservation challenges.

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    Fouquet, Antoine; Loebmann, Daniel; Castroviejo-Fisher, Santiago; Padial, José M; Orrico, Victor G D; Lyra, Mariana L; Roberto, Igor Joventino; Kok, Philippe J R; Haddad, Célio F B; Rodrigues, Miguel T

    2012-11-01

    Documenting the Neotropical amphibian diversity has become a major challenge facing the threat of global climate change and the pace of environmental alteration. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies have revealed that the actual number of species in South American tropical forests is largely underestimated, but also that many lineages are millions of years old. The genera Phyzelaphryne (1 sp.) and Adelophryne (6 spp.), which compose the subfamily Phyzelaphryninae, include poorly documented, secretive, and minute frogs with an unusual distribution pattern that encompasses the biotic disjunction between Amazonia and the Atlantic forest. We generated >5.8 kb sequence data from six markers for all seven nominal species of the subfamily as well as for newly discovered populations in order to (1) test the monophyly of Phyzelaphryninae, Adelophryne and Phyzelaphryne, (2) estimate species diversity within the subfamily, and (3) investigate their historical biogeography and diversification. Phylogenetic reconstruction confirmed the monophyly of each group and revealed deep subdivisions within Adelophryne and Phyzelaphryne, with three major clades in Adelophryne located in northern Amazonia, northern Atlantic forest and southern Atlantic forest. Our results suggest that the actual number of species in Phyzelaphryninae is, at least, twice the currently recognized species diversity, with almost every geographically isolated population representing an anciently divergent candidate species. Such results highlight the challenges for conservation, especially in the northern Atlantic forest where it is still degraded at a fast pace. Molecular dating revealed that Phyzelaphryninae originated in Amazonia and dispersed during early Miocene to the Atlantic forest. The two Atlantic forest clades of Adelophryne started to diversify some 7 Ma minimum, while the northern Amazonian Adelophryne diversified much earlier, some 13 Ma minimum. This striking biogeographic pattern coincides with major events that have shaped the face of the South American continent, as we know it today. PMID:22842094

  12. XUV ionization of aligned molecules

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    Kelkensberg, F.; Siu, W.; Gademann, G.; Rouzee, A.; Vrakking, M. J. J.; Johnsson, P.; Lucchini, M.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2011-11-15

    New extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) light sources such as high-order-harmonic generation (HHG) and free-electron lasers (FELs), combined with laser-induced alignment techniques, enable novel methods for making molecular movies based on measuring molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions. Experiments are presented where CO{sub 2} molecules were impulsively aligned using a near-infrared laser and ionized using femtosecond XUV pulses obtained by HHG. Measured electron angular distributions reveal contributions from four orbitals and the onset of the influence of the molecular structure.

  13. Electric Deflection of Rotating Molecules

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    Gershnabel, E

    2010-01-01

    We provide a theory of the deflection of polar and non-polar rotating molecules by inhomogeneous static electric field. Rainbow-like features in the angular distribution of the scattered molecules are analyzed in detail. Furthermore, we demonstrate that one may efficiently control the deflection process with the help of short and strong femtosecond laser pulses. In particular the deflection process may by turned-off by a proper excitation, and the angular dispersion of the deflected molecules can be substantially reduced. We study the problem both classically and quantum mechanically, taking into account the effects of strong deflecting field on the molecular rotations. In both treatments we arrive at the same conclusions. The suggested control scheme paves the way for many applications involving molecular focusing, guiding, and trapping by inhomogeneous fields.

  14. Electric Deflection of Rotating Molecules

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    E. Gershnabel; I. Sh. Averbukh

    2010-10-20

    We provide a theory of the deflection of polar and non-polar rotating molecules by inhomogeneous static electric field. Rainbow-like features in the angular distribution of the scattered molecules are analyzed in detail. Furthermore, we demonstrate that one may efficiently control the deflection process with the help of short and strong femtosecond laser pulses. In particular the deflection process may by turned-off by a proper excitation, and the angular dispersion of the deflected molecules can be substantially reduced. We study the problem both classically and quantum mechanically, taking into account the effects of strong deflecting field on the molecular rotations. In both treatments we arrive at the same conclusions. The suggested control scheme paves the way for many applications involving molecular focusing, guiding, and trapping by inhomogeneous fields.

  15. Mosaic activity patterns and their relation to perceptual similarity: open discussions on the molecular basis and circuitry of odor recognition.

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    Locatelli, Fernando F; Rela, Lorena

    2014-12-01

    Enormous advances have been made in the recent years in regard to the mechanisms and neural circuits by which odors are sensed and perceived. Part of this understanding has been gained from parallel studies in insects and rodents that show striking similarity in the mechanisms they use to sense, encode, and perceive odors. In this review, we provide a short introduction to the functioning of olfactory systems from transduction of odorant stimuli into electrical signals in sensory neurons to the anatomical and functional organization of the networks involved in neural representation of odors in the central nervous system. We make emphasis on the functional and anatomical architecture of the first synaptic relay of the olfactory circuit, the olfactory bulb in vertebrates and the antennal lobe in insects. We discuss how the exquisite and conserved architecture of this structure is established and how different odors are encoded in mosaic activity patterns. Finally, we discuss the validity of methods used to compare activation patterns in relation to perceptual similarity. PMID:25123415

  16. Shape transitions and island nucleation for Si/Ge molecular beam epitaxy on stripe-patterned Si (001) substrate

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    Sanduijav, B.; Chen, G.; Springholz, G.; Matei, D.

    2009-09-15

    Si and Ge growth on the stripe patterned Si (001) substrates is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy. During Si buffer growth, the stripe morphology rapidly evolves from multifaceted ''U'' to ''V''-shaped forms. This involves successive transitions between different low energy (11n) side facets, where n continuously decreases from n=3 to 20. Ge growth on such stripes induces the formation of a pronounced side wall ripple structure when the Ge thickness exceeds three monolayers. This ripple structure consists of alternating (105) microfacets oriented perpendicularly to the stripes. Depending of the side wall geometry, Ge nanoislands subsequently nucleate either on the side walls or at the bottom of grooves. The latter only occurs for ''V''-shaped stripes, where the side wall ripples extend all the way from the top to the bottom of the grooves, allowing efficient downward mass transport. For multifaceted ''U'' stripes, the side wall ripples are interrupted by steeper side wall segments such that mounds and subsequently, pyramids and domes grow on the side walls instead of at the bottom of the grooves. The island shapes strongly depend on their position on the pattern topography, which also affects the critical coverage for island nucleation as well as for the transition from pyramids to domes. The mechanisms for nucleation at different positions are clarified by detailed analysis and the role of kinetic as well as energetic factors identified.

  17. Defection of field-free aligned molecules

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    Gershnabel, E

    2009-01-01

    We consider defection of polarizable molecules by inhomogeneous optical fields, and analyze the role of molecular orientation and rotation in the scattering process. It is shown that molecular rotation induces spectacular rainbow-like features in the distribution of the scattering angle. Moreover, by pre-shaping molecular angular distribution with the help of short and strong femtosecond laser pulses, one may efficiently control the scattering process, manipulate the average defection angle and its distribution, and reduce substantially the angular dispersion of the defected molecules. This opens new ways for many applications involving molecular focusing, guiding and trapping by optical and static fields.

  18. Deflection of field-free aligned molecules

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    E. Gershnabel; I. Sh. Averbukh

    2009-11-10

    We consider deflection of polarizable molecules by inhomogeneous optical fields, and analyze the role of molecular orientation and rotation in the scattering process. It is shown that molecular rotation induces spectacular rainbow-like features in the distribution of the scattering angle. Moreover, by pre-shaping molecular angular distribution with the help of short and strong femtosecond laser pulses, one may efficiently control the scattering process, manipulate the average deflection angle and its distribution, and reduce substantially the angular dispersion of the deflected molecules. This opens new ways for many applications involving molecular focusing, guiding and trapping by optical and static fields.

  19. Direct absorption imaging of ultracold polar molecules

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    Wang, D.; Neyenhuis, B.; Miranda, M. H. G. de; Ni, K.-K.; Ospelkaus, S.; Jin, D. S.; Ye, J.

    2010-06-15

    We demonstrate a scheme for direct absorption imaging of an ultracold ground-state polar molecular gas near quantum degeneracy. Imaging molecules without closed optical cycling transitions is challenging. Our technique relies on photon-shot-noise-limited absorption imaging on a strong but open bound-bound molecular transition. We present a systematic characterization of this imaging technique. Using this technique combined with time-of-flight expansion, we demonstrate the capability to determine momentum and spatial distributions for the molecular gas. With its capability of imaging molecules in arbitrary external fields, we anticipate that this technique will find many applications in the study of molecular quantum gases.

  20. Single Molecule Probes of Lipid Membrane Structure

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    Livanec, Philip W.

    2009-12-14

    structural metrics with function in biological membranes. Single-molecule fluorescence studies were used to measure membrane structure at the molecular level. Several groups have shown that polarized total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (PTIRF...