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  1. Toroidal circular dichroism

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    Raybould, T. A.; Fedotov, V. A.; Papasimakis, N.; Kuprov, I.; Youngs, I. J.; Chen, W. T.; Tsai, D. P.; Zheludev, N. I.

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate that the induced toroidal dipole, represented by currents flowing on the surface of a torus, makes a distinct and indispensable contribution to circular dichroism. We show that toroidal circular dichroism supplements the well-known mechanism involving electric dipole and magnetic dipole transitions. We illustrate this with rigorous analysis of the experimentally measured polarization-sensitive transmission spectra of an artificial metamaterial, constructed from elements of toroidal symmetry. We argue that toroidal circular dichroism will be found in large biomolecules with elements of toroidal symmetry and should be taken into account in the interpretation of circular dichroism spectra of organics.

  2. Optical activity and circular dichroism of plasmonic nanorod assemblies

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    Khosravi Khorashad, Larousse; Liu, Na; Govorov, Alexander O.

    Plasmonic circular dichroism (CD) has offered an efficient spectroscopy method for the electronic, chemical, and structural properties of different types of light active molecules in the subwavelength regime. Among the different chiral geometries of metal nanoparticles utilized by the plasmonic CD spectroscopy, gold nanorods (AuNRs) have shown strong CD signals in the visible frequency range. In this work, we theoretically study the CD signals of AuNR arrangements in order to mimic structures and chemical bonds of chiral biomolecules. In particular, our twisted three-AuNR geometries resemble a molecular structure of tartaric acid. This molecule played an important role in the discovery of chemical chirality. In our study, we show that the strength of CD signals changes dramatically by tuning the interparticle distances and angles. Since the CD signals are typically weak, we develop reliable computational approaches to calculate the plasmonic CD. Manipulating interparticle distances, size, and molecular bond angles result in full control over peak positions, handedness, and positive and negative bands which are observed in the CD spectra. This work has been supported under the grant from Volkswagen Foundation. We also acknowledge the financial support of Condensed Matter and Surface Science program of Ohio University.

  3. Nuclear spin circular dichroism

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    Vaara, Juha; Rizzo, Antonio; Kauczor, Joanna; Norman, Patrick; Coriani, Sonia

    2014-04-07

    Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in magneto-optic spectroscopy techniques that use nuclear magnetization as the source of the magnetic field. Here we present a formulation of magnetic circular dichroism (CD) due to magnetically polarized nuclei, nuclear spin-induced CD (NSCD), in molecules. The NSCD ellipticity and nuclear spin-induced optical rotation (NSOR) angle correspond to the real and imaginary parts, respectively, of (complex) quadratic response functions involving the dynamic second-order interaction of the electron system with the linearly polarized light beam, as well as the static magnetic hyperfine interaction. Using the complex polarization propagator framework, NSCD and NSOR signals are obtained at frequencies in the vicinity of optical excitations. Hartree-Fock and density-functional theory calculations on relatively small model systems, ethene, benzene, and 1,4-benzoquinone, demonstrate the feasibility of the method for obtaining relatively strong nuclear spin-induced ellipticity and optical rotation signals. Comparison of the proton and carbon-13 signals of ethanol reveals that these resonant phenomena facilitate chemical resolution between non-equivalent nuclei in magneto-optic spectra.

  4. Complementary Y-shaped chiral metamaterial with giant optical activity and circular dichroism simultaneously for terahertz waves

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    Zhi Cheng, Yong; Li Yang, Yong; Jie Zhou, Yu; Zhang, Zhe; Mao, Xue Song; Gong, Rong Zhou

    2016-09-01

    A complementary Y-shaped chiral metamaterial (CYCMM) is proposed for the realization of giant optical activity and circular polarization with strong circular dichroism (CD) simultaneously for terahertz (THz) waves. It is demonstrated that the proposed CYCMM can achieve 90° linear polarization rotation around 2.13 THz and a giant CD effect at 2.38 THz through full-wave simulations. The mechanism of the giant CD effect and optical activity is illustrated by simulated surface current distribution. Due to strong optical activity and the CD effect, the proposed CYCMM is useful for the development of integrated terahertz spectroscopic and imaging devices.

  5. Gauge-Invariant Formulation of Circular Dichroism.

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    Raimbault, Nathaniel; de Boeij, Paul L; Romaniello, Pina; Berger, J A

    2016-07-12

    Standard formulations of magnetic response properties, such as circular dichroism spectra, are plagued by gauge dependencies, which can lead to unphysical results. In this work, we present a general gauge-invariant and numerically efficient approach for the calculation of circular dichroism spectra from the current density. First we show that in this formulation the optical rotation tensor, the response function from which circular dichroism spectra can be obtained, is independent of the origin of the coordinate system. We then demonstrate that its trace is independent of the gauge origin of the vector potential. We also show how gauge invariance can be retained in practical calculations with finite basis sets. As an example, we explain how our method can be applied to time-dependent current-density-functional theory. Finally, we report gauge-invariant circular dichroism spectra obtained using the adiabatic local-density approximation. The circular dichroism spectra we thus obtain are in good agreement with experiment. PMID:27295541

  6. Oriented Circular Dichroism: A Method to Characterize Membrane-Active Peptides in Oriented Lipid Bilayers.

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    Bürck, Jochen; Wadhwani, Parvesh; Fanghänel, Susanne; Ulrich, Anne S

    2016-02-16

    The structures of membrane-bound polypeptides are intimately related to their functions and may change dramatically with the lipid environment. Circular dichroism (CD) is a rapid analytical method that requires relatively low amounts of material and no labeling. Conventional CD is routinely used to monitor the secondary structure of peptides and proteins in solution, for example, in the presence of ligands and other binding partners. In the case of membrane-active peptides and transmembrane proteins, these measurements can be applied to, and remain limited to, samples containing detergent micelles or small sonicated lipid vesicles. Such traditional CD analysis reveals only secondary structures. With the help of an oriented circular dichroism (OCD) setup, however, based on the preparation of macroscopically oriented lipid bilayers, it is possible to address the membrane alignment of a peptide in addition to its conformation. This approach has been mostly used for α-helical peptides so far, but other structural elements are conceivable as well. OCD analysis relies on Moffitt's theory, which predicts that the electronic transition dipole moments of the backbone amide bonds in helical polypeptides are polarized either parallel or perpendicular to the helix axis. The interaction of the electric field vector of the circularly polarized light with these transitions results in an OCD spectrum of a membrane-bound α-helical peptide, which exhibits a characteristic line shape and reflects the angle between the helix axis and the bilayer normal. For parallel alignment of a peptide helix with respect to the membrane surface (S-state), the corresponding "fingerprint" CD band around 208 nm will exhibit maximum negative amplitude. If the helix changes its alignment via an obliquely tilted (T-state) to a fully inserted transmembrane orientation (I-state), the ellipticity at 208 nm decreases and the value approaches zero due to the decreased interactions between the field and the

  7. Circular Dichroism Microscopy Free from Commingling Linear Dichroism via Discretely Modulated Circular Polarization

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    Narushima, Tetsuya; Okamoto, Hiromi

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we developed a circular dichroism (CD) imaging microscope with a device to suppress the commingling of linear birefringence (LB) and linear dichroism (LD) signals. CD signals are, in principle, free from the commingling influence of LD and LB if the sample is illuminated with pure circularly polarized light, with no linear polarization contribution. Based on this idea, we here propose a novel circular polarization modulation method to suppress the contribution of linear polarization, which enables high-sensitivity CD detection (10−4 level in optical density unit or mdeg level in ellipticity) for microscopic imaging at a nearly diffraction limited spatial resolution (sub-μm level). The highly sensitive, diffraction-limited local CD detection will make direct analyses of chiral structures and spatial mappings of optical activity feasible for μm- to sub-μm-sized materials and may yield a number of applications as a unique optical imaging method. PMID:27761022

  8. Giant local circular dichroism within an asymmetric plasmonic nanoparticle trimer

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    Wang, Hancong; Li, Zhipeng; Zhang, Han; Wang, Peijie; Wen, Shuangchun

    2015-02-01

    We investigated the near-field response in silver nanoparticle aggregates to the excitation of circular polarized light. In a right-angle trimer system, the local field intensity excited by right-hand circularly polarized light is almost one thousand times larger than the left-hand case. By analyzing the polarization and phase of the local field in plasmonic hotspots, we found this local circular dichroism is originated from the near-field interference excited by orthogonal polarized incident lights. The local circular dichroism can be tuned by the rotation of the third particle, the interparticle distance, and the dielectric environment. This phenomenon could also widely exist in more complicated nanoaggregates. These findings would benefit for resolving light handedness, and enhancing circular dichroism and optical activity.

  9. Circular dichroism and conformation of fish hemoglobins.

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    Greenwood, C; Gibson, Q H

    1983-04-10

    The circular dichroism spectrum of fully liganded CO hemoglobin from the Atlantic bluefin tuna (Tunnus thynnus) shows a pH- and temperature-dependent feature at 416 nm. It is half-developed at pH 5.9 and 20 degrees C and its change with temperature corresponds to a heat of 34 kcal/mol (tetramer) for the transition. Correlation with studies on function (Morris, R. J., and Gibson, Q. H. (1982) J. Biol. Chem. 257, 4869-4874) shows that the dichroism feature changes at about 1 pH unit below the R-T transition. There is a close correlation between the 416 nm band and changes in circular dichroism at 287 nm. The new 416 nm band is seen in several fish hemoglobins, but not with human hemoglobin. With hemoglobin from Brevoortia tyrannus, which has been sufficiently studied to permit the comparison, there is a smaller gap between the change in dichroism spectrum and the functional R-T transition. So far, no change in function has been associated with the appearance of the 416 nm circular dichroism band. PMID:6833248

  10. Circular dichroism in magnesium sulfite hexahydrate doped with cobalt

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    Bunzarov, Zh.; Iliev, I.; Dimov, T.; Petkova, P.; Kovachev, Tz.; Lyutov, L.; Tzoukrovski, Y.

    2009-10-01

    The new nonlinear crystal of magnesium sulfite hexahydrate (MgSO3.6H2O) belongs to the rare crystallographic class C3 (without a symmetry centre), the other known only representative being sodium periodate (NaIO4). There are some scarce data in the scientific papers about magnesium sulfite hexahydrate's physical properties. Single crystals of significant sizes (up to 40-50 mm) of MgSO3.6H2O as well as such, doped with Ni, Co, and Zn, for the time being are grown only by our own method developed in the Laboratory for Crystal growth at the Faculty of Physics of Sofia University. Recently we have observed the supposed presence of optical activity. Circular dichroism is not observed in pure MgSO3.6H2O. The results of the first ever investigations are presented, which demonstrate the presence of circular dichroism in MgSO3.6H2O doped with Co. The circular dichroism appears in the spectral range from 420 nm to 580 nm. The spectrum of circular dichroism demonstrates a well expressed structure - an isolated maximum at 470 nm and a combination of two overlapped maxima at ~ 495 nm and 520 nm respectively. The spectrum of the circular dichroism is compared with the absorption spectrum of MgSO3.6H2O:Co, along the direction (0001) and with the linear dichroism spectrum measured in direction(1210). It is shown in this way that the circular dichroism appears only in the spectral range of the optical absorption structure due to Co dopant. In the same spectral range can be observed also the linear dichroism determined by Co presence in MgSO3.6H2O.

  11. Circular magnetic x-ray dichroism in rare earth compounds

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    Jonathan, L.

    1993-09-30

    This report discusses the following topics: Circular magnetic x-ray dichroism at the ER L{sub 3} Edge; angular dependence of circular magnetic x-ray dichroism in rare earth compounds: and circular magnetic x-ray dichroism in crystalline and amorphous GDFE{sub 2}.

  12. Circular dichroism spectroscopy of membrane proteins.

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    Miles, A J; Wallace, B A

    2016-09-21

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a well-established technique for studying the secondary structures, dynamics, folding pathways, and interactions of soluble proteins, and is complementary to the high resolution but generally static structures produced by X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and cryo electron microscopy. CD spectroscopy has special relevance for the study of membrane proteins, which are difficult to crystallise and largely ignored in structural genomics projects. However, the requirement for membrane proteins to be embedded in amphipathic environments such as membranes, lipid vesicles, detergent micelles, bicelles, oriented bilayers, or nanodiscs, in order for them to be soluble or dispersed in solution whilst maintaining their structure and function, necessitates the use of different experimental and analytical approaches than those employed for soluble proteins. This review discusses specialised methods for collecting and analysing membrane protein CD data, highlighting where protocols for soluble and membrane proteins diverge.

  13. Circular dichroism study of the hemocyanin thermostability

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    Nikolova Georgieva, Dessislava; Stoeva, Stanka; Abid Ali, Syed; Abbasi, Atiya; Genov, Nicolay; Voelter, Wolfgang

    1998-05-01

    Circular dichroism spectroscopy is used to investigate the thermostability of six arthropod hemocyanins (Hcs), representatives of the subphyla Crustacea (infraorder Brachyura) and Chelicerate (infraorders Xiphosura and Arachnida), and three molluscan Hcs from gastropod organisms. Melting points ( Tm) are determined from the temperature dependence of ellipticity of dioxygen-binding proteins from Maia squinado, Callinectes sapidus, Carcinus maenas, Limulus polyphemus, Buthus sindicus, Androctonus australis, Megathura crenulata, Haliotis tuberculata, and Rapana thomasiana. Both, arthropod and molluscan Hcs, are thermostable proteins with melting temperatures in the region 68-91°C. Binuclear dioxygen-binding sites contribute significantly to the thermostability and increase the Tm values of the apo-forms by 3-16°C. An elevated thermostability is observed in the case of the Limulus polyphemus Hc. One of the reasons is the high degree of hemocyanin oligomerization.

  14. Circular dichroism spectroscopy of membrane proteins.

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    Miles, A J; Wallace, B A

    2016-09-21

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a well-established technique for studying the secondary structures, dynamics, folding pathways, and interactions of soluble proteins, and is complementary to the high resolution but generally static structures produced by X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and cryo electron microscopy. CD spectroscopy has special relevance for the study of membrane proteins, which are difficult to crystallise and largely ignored in structural genomics projects. However, the requirement for membrane proteins to be embedded in amphipathic environments such as membranes, lipid vesicles, detergent micelles, bicelles, oriented bilayers, or nanodiscs, in order for them to be soluble or dispersed in solution whilst maintaining their structure and function, necessitates the use of different experimental and analytical approaches than those employed for soluble proteins. This review discusses specialised methods for collecting and analysing membrane protein CD data, highlighting where protocols for soluble and membrane proteins diverge. PMID:27347568

  15. Magnetic circular dichroism in EELS (abstract)

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    Harp, G.R.; Farrow, R.F.; Marks, R.F.

    1996-04-01

    We evaluate the possibility of using dichroic electron energy loss spectroscopy (DEELS) as an alternative to x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). It is well known that electron energy loss spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy are highly analogous, providing similar information. A simple semiclassical model suggests that DEELS might have a magnetic sensitivity similar to that of XMCD. This sensitivity will be reduced, however, by multiple scattering of the probe electron before and after the energy loss event. Thus it is difficult to predict the magnitude of the DEELS effect. Experiments were performed at the {ital L}-edge of polycrystalline Fe, Co, and Ni thin film samples with uniaxial in-plane magnetic anisotropy, prepared {ital in} {ital situ} with a magnetic bias field. Even in those most favorable cases, the DEELS effect is seen to be at least 10 times smaller than similar effects in XMCD. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  16. Plasmonic Circular Dichroism of Chiral Nanoparticle Assemblies

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    Fan, Zhiyuan; Zhang, Hui; Govorov, Alexander; Ohio University Team

    2014-03-01

    Plasmonic circular dichroism(CD) of chiral metal nanoparticle(MNP) assemblies in the visible band results from dipolar and multipolar interaction between plasmons on MNPs. Both isotropic and anisotropic CD signals are extremely dimension-sensitive and strongly configuration-dependent. In this presentation, such geometry-dependence of plasmonic CD response will be analytically studied using an expansion of many-dipole interaction of the systems. In the multipole regime, numerical simulations show new features of multipole plasmon interactions. One interesting observation is that a chiral equilateral tetramer made of 4 different NPs shows nearly zero CD response in the point dipole interaction regime but moderately strong CD response from multipole interaction of closely packed NP assemblies. Generally, CD signals of closely packed MNP assemblies are significantly enhanced and more sensitive to the geometric parameters. They can be used in many novel sensing applications as either solid-state or colloidal systems. A.O.G. acknowledges the Science Foundation Ireland. This work was supported by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Office under contract/grant number W911NF-12-1-0407 and by the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany).

  17. Anisotropic elliptical dichroism and influence of imperfection of circular polarization upon anisotropic circular dichroism

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    Wakabayashi, Masamitsu; Yokojima, Satoshi; Fukaminato, Tuyoshi; Ohtani, Hiroyuki; Nakamura, Shinichiro

    2015-04-21

    In spite of the importance of anisotropic circular dichroism, in practice, it is difficult to get rid of the artifacts that arise from the imperfection of the circular polarization. Undesirable linear dichroism, interference of two orthogonal polarization states, and linear birefringence prevent us from making accurate measurements. We propose a theoretical method for evaluating the contributions of the first two, which are thought to be the main artifacts when specimens are not thick enough. Using the time-dependent perturbation theory and taking into account the direction of light propagation toward an orientationally fixed molecule, we formulated the transition probability of systems perturbed by arbitrarily polarized light and the absorption difference associated with two kinds of polarized light. We also formulated, as an extension of the dissymmetry factor of circular dichroism, a newly defined dissymmetry factor associated with two arbitrary polarization states. Furthermore, we considered a mixed-state of photon ensemble in which polarization states distribute at a certain width around a certain average. Although the purity of polarization and ellipticity does not correspond immediately, by considering the mixed state it is possible to treat them consistently. We used quantum statistical mechanics to describe the absorption difference for two kinds of photon ensembles and applied the consequent formula to examine the reported experimental results of single-molecule chiroptical responses under discussion in the recent past. The artifacts are theoretically suggested to be sensitive to the incident direction of elliptically polarized light and to the oriented systems, the ellipticity, and the orientation of ellipse. The mixed state has little, if any, effect when the polarization state distribution is narrow.

  18. Anisotropic elliptical dichroism and influence of imperfection of circular polarization upon anisotropic circular dichroism

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    Wakabayashi, Masamitsu; Yokojima, Satoshi; Fukaminato, Tuyoshi; Ohtani, Hiroyuki; Nakamura, Shinichiro

    2015-04-01

    In spite of the importance of anisotropic circular dichroism, in practice, it is difficult to get rid of the artifacts that arise from the imperfection of the circular polarization. Undesirable linear dichroism, interference of two orthogonal polarization states, and linear birefringence prevent us from making accurate measurements. We propose a theoretical method for evaluating the contributions of the first two, which are thought to be the main artifacts when specimens are not thick enough. Using the time-dependent perturbation theory and taking into account the direction of light propagation toward an orientationally fixed molecule, we formulated the transition probability of systems perturbed by arbitrarily polarized light and the absorption difference associated with two kinds of polarized light. We also formulated, as an extension of the dissymmetry factor of circular dichroism, a newly defined dissymmetry factor associated with two arbitrary polarization states. Furthermore, we considered a mixed-state of photon ensemble in which polarization states distribute at a certain width around a certain average. Although the purity of polarization and ellipticity does not correspond immediately, by considering the mixed state it is possible to treat them consistently. We used quantum statistical mechanics to describe the absorption difference for two kinds of photon ensembles and applied the consequent formula to examine the reported experimental results of single-molecule chiroptical responses under discussion in the recent past. The artifacts are theoretically suggested to be sensitive to the incident direction of elliptically polarized light and to the oriented systems, the ellipticity, and the orientation of ellipse. The mixed state has little, if any, effect when the polarization state distribution is narrow.

  19. SIMULTANEOUS MEASUREMENT OF CIRCULAR DICHROISM AND FLUORESCENCE POLARIZATION ANISOTROPY.

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    SUTHERLAND,J.C.

    2002-01-19

    Circular dichroism and fluorescence polarization anisotropy are important tools for characterizing biomolecular systems. Both are used extensively in kinetic experiments involving stopped- or continuous flow systems as well as titrations and steady-state spectroscopy. This paper presents the theory for determining circular dichroism and fluorescence polarization anisotropy simultaneously, thus insuring the two parameters are recorded under exactly the same conditions and at exactly the same time in kinetic experiments. The approach to measuring circular dichroism is that used in almost all conventional dichrographs. Two arrangements for measuring fluorescence polarization anisotropy are described. One uses a single fluorescence detector and signal processing with a lock-in amplifier that is similar to the measurement of circular dichroism. The second approach uses classic ''T'' format detection optics, and thus can be used with conventional photon-counting detection electronics. Simple extensions permit the simultaneous measurement of the absorption and excitation intensity corrected fluorescence intensity.

  20. Photoelectron circular dichroism in the multiphoton ionization by short laser pulses. I. Propagation of single-active-electron wave packets in chiral pseudo-potentials

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    Artemyev, Anton N.; Müller, Anne D.; Demekhin, Philipp V.; Hochstuhl, David

    2015-06-28

    A theoretical method to study the angle-resolved multiphoton ionization of polyatomic molecules is developed. It is based on the time-dependent formulation of the Single Center (TDSC) method and consists in the propagation of single-active-electron wave packets in the effective molecular potentials in the presence of intense laser pulses. For this purpose, the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for one electron, moving in a molecular field and interacting with an arbitrary laser pulse, is solved in spherical coordinates by an efficient numerical approach. As a test, the method is applied to the one- and two-photon ionizations of a model methane-like chiral system by circularly polarized short intense high-frequency laser pulses. Thereby, we analyze the photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) in the momentum distribution. The considered model application illustrates the capability of the TDSC method to study multiphoton PECD in fixed-in-space and randomly oriented chiral molecules.

  1. Z-DNA: vacuum ultraviolet circular dichroism.

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    Sutherland, J C; Griffin, K P; Keck, P C; Takacs, P Z

    1981-08-01

    In concentrated salt or ethanolic solutions, the self-complementary copolymer poly(dG-dC).poly(dG-dC) forms a left-handed double-helical structure that has been termed "Z-DNA." The first evidence for this structure came from changes observed in the circular dichroism (CD) spectrum between 230 and 300 nm for low- and high-salt solutions (Pohl, F. M. & Jovin, T. M. (1972) J. Mol. Biol. 67, 675-696). In 3 M NaCl, the CD spectrum is approximately inverted compared to the B-form spectrum observed in low-salt solution. We measured the vacuum ultraviolet CD spectrum of poly(dG-dC).poly(dG-dC) down to 180 nm under conditions in which the 230- to 300-nm spectrum is inverted. Below 200 nm, where the B form exhibits the large positive peak at 187 nm that is characteristic of right-handed double-helical DNAs, the Z form exhibits a large negative peak at 194 nm and a positive band below 186 nm. Therefore, the Z-form vacuum ultraviolet CD spectrum resembles an inverted and red-shifted B-form spectrum. The magnitudes of the differences observed between the B and Z forms in the CD spectrum below 200 nm are about 10 times greater than those observed between 230 and 300 nm. The vacuum ultraviolet CD spectrum of poly(dG-dC).poly(dG-dC) in 3 M Cs2SO4 also is inverted compared to the B-form spectrum; however, between 230 and 300 nm, it is nonconservative with a negative maximum at 290 nm and a weak positive CD signal above 300 nm, presumably reflecting differential light scattering and indicating the existence of molecular aggregates. Our results suggest that the vacuum ultraviolet CD spectrum is sensitive to the handedness of double-helical DNA structures. The CD spectrum in this region should complement other spectroscopic methods in relating the structures of poly(dG-dC).poly(dG-dC) existing in solution to those determined in the solid state by x-ray crystallography.

  2. Experimental demonstration of the microscopic origin of circular dichroism in two-dimensional metamaterials.

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    Khanikaev, A B; Arju, N; Fan, Z; Purtseladze, D; Lu, F; Lee, J; Sarriugarte, P; Schnell, M; Hillenbrand, R; Belkin, M A; Shvets, G

    2016-01-01

    Optical activity and circular dichroism are fascinating physical phenomena originating from the interaction of light with chiral molecules or other nano objects lacking mirror symmetries in three-dimensional (3D) space. While chiral optical properties are weak in most of naturally occurring materials, they can be engineered and significantly enhanced in synthetic optical media known as chiral metamaterials, where the spatial symmetry of their building blocks is broken on a nanoscale. Although originally discovered in 3D structures, circular dichroism can also emerge in a two-dimensional (2D) metasurface. The origin of the resulting circular dichroism is rather subtle, and is related to non-radiative (Ohmic) dissipation of the constituent metamolecules. Because such dissipation occurs on a nanoscale, this effect has never been experimentally probed and visualized. Using a suite of recently developed nanoscale-measurement tools, we establish that the circular dichroism in a nanostructured metasurface occurs due to handedness-dependent Ohmic heating. PMID:27329108

  3. Experimental demonstration of the microscopic origin of circular dichroism in two-dimensional metamaterials

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    Khanikaev, A. B.; Arju, N.; Fan, Z.; Purtseladze, D.; Lu, F.; Lee, J.; Sarriugarte, P.; Schnell, M.; Hillenbrand, R.; Belkin, M. A.; Shvets, G.

    2016-01-01

    Optical activity and circular dichroism are fascinating physical phenomena originating from the interaction of light with chiral molecules or other nano objects lacking mirror symmetries in three-dimensional (3D) space. While chiral optical properties are weak in most of naturally occurring materials, they can be engineered and significantly enhanced in synthetic optical media known as chiral metamaterials, where the spatial symmetry of their building blocks is broken on a nanoscale. Although originally discovered in 3D structures, circular dichroism can also emerge in a two-dimensional (2D) metasurface. The origin of the resulting circular dichroism is rather subtle, and is related to non-radiative (Ohmic) dissipation of the constituent metamolecules. Because such dissipation occurs on a nanoscale, this effect has never been experimentally probed and visualized. Using a suite of recently developed nanoscale-measurement tools, we establish that the circular dichroism in a nanostructured metasurface occurs due to handedness-dependent Ohmic heating. PMID:27329108

  4. Experimental demonstration of the microscopic origin of circular dichroism in two-dimensional metamaterials

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    Khanikaev, A. B.; Arju, N.; Fan, Z.; Purtseladze, D.; Lu, F.; Lee, J.; Sarriugarte, P.; Schnell, M.; Hillenbrand, R.; Belkin, M. A.; Shvets, G.

    2016-06-01

    Optical activity and circular dichroism are fascinating physical phenomena originating from the interaction of light with chiral molecules or other nano objects lacking mirror symmetries in three-dimensional (3D) space. While chiral optical properties are weak in most of naturally occurring materials, they can be engineered and significantly enhanced in synthetic optical media known as chiral metamaterials, where the spatial symmetry of their building blocks is broken on a nanoscale. Although originally discovered in 3D structures, circular dichroism can also emerge in a two-dimensional (2D) metasurface. The origin of the resulting circular dichroism is rather subtle, and is related to non-radiative (Ohmic) dissipation of the constituent metamolecules. Because such dissipation occurs on a nanoscale, this effect has never been experimentally probed and visualized. Using a suite of recently developed nanoscale-measurement tools, we establish that the circular dichroism in a nanostructured metasurface occurs due to handedness-dependent Ohmic heating.

  5. Structural characterization of recombinant therapeutic proteins by circular dichroism.

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    Bertucci, Carlo; Pistolozzi, Marco; De Simone, Angela

    2011-10-01

    Most of the protein therapeutics are now produced by recombinant DNA technology. The advantages of recombinant proteins are related to their higher specificity and to their safety as exposure to animal or human diseases. However, several problems are still present in development of recombinant proteins as therapeutics, such as low bioavailability, short serum half-life, and immune response. Their successful application hinges on the protein stereochemical stability, and on the folding and the tendency to aggregate induced by purification steps and storage. All these aspects determine the failure of many potential protein therapies, and limitations in the development of the formulation. The application of multiple analytical techniques is important in order to obtain a detailed product profile and to understand how manufacturing can influence product structure and activity. Surely the protein conformation is a key aspect to be assessed, because a specific conformation is often essential for the biological function of the protein. Thus, there is a growing need to perform structural studies under the conditions in which the proteins operate, and to monitor the structural changes of the protein. Circular dichroism has been increasingly recognised as a valuable and reliable technique to get this information. In particular, examples will be here reported on the use of circular dichroism spectroscopy in the structural characterization of free and formulated recombinant proteins, looking at the prediction of the secondary structure, propensity to conformational changes, stability, and tendency to aggregate.

  6. Chiral plasmonic DNA nanostructures with switchable circular dichroism

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    Schreiber, Robert; Luong, Ngoc; Fan, Zhiyuan; Kuzyk, Anton; Nickels, Philipp C.; Zhang, Tao; Smith, David M.; Yurke, Bernard; Kuang, Wan; Govorov, Alexander O.; Liedl, Tim

    2013-12-01

    Circular dichroism spectra of naturally occurring molecules and also of synthetic chiral arrangements of plasmonic particles often exhibit characteristic bisignate shapes. Such spectra consist of peaks next to dips (or vice versa) and result from the superposition of signals originating from many individual chiral objects oriented randomly in solution. Here we show that by first aligning and then toggling the orientation of DNA-origami-scaffolded nanoparticle helices attached to a substrate, we are able to reversibly switch the optical response between two distinct circular dichroism spectra corresponding to either perpendicular or parallel helix orientation with respect to the light beam. The observed directional circular dichroism of our switchable plasmonic material is in good agreement with predictions based on dipole approximation theory. Such dynamic metamaterials introduce functionality into soft matter-based optical devices and may enable novel data storage schemes or signal modulators.

  7. Chiral plasmonic DNA nanostructures with switchable circular dichroism

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    Schreiber, Robert; Luong, Ngoc; Fan, Zhiyuan; Kuzyk, Anton; Nickels, Philipp C.; Zhang, Tao; Smith, David M.; Yurke, Bernard; Kuang, Wan; Govorov, Alexander O.; Liedl, Tim

    2013-01-01

    Circular dichroism spectra of naturally occurring molecules and also of synthetic chiral arrangements of plasmonic particles often exhibit characteristic bisignate shapes. Such spectra consist of peaks next to dips (or vice versa) and result from the superposition of signals originating from many individual chiral objects oriented randomly in solution. Here we show that by first aligning and then toggling the orientation of DNA-origami-scaffolded nanoparticle helices attached to a substrate, we are able to reversibly switch the optical response between two distinct circular dichroism spectra corresponding to either perpendicular or parallel helix orientation with respect to the light beam. The observed directional circular dichroism of our switchable plasmonic material is in good agreement with predictions based on dipole approximation theory. Such dynamic metamaterials introduce functionality into soft matter-based optical devices and may enable novel data storage schemes or signal modulators. PMID:24336125

  8. Determination of drug levels in human serum by circular dichroism.

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    Gortázar, P; Roën, A; Vázquez, J T

    1998-01-01

    A study of the applicability of circular dichroism (CD) for the determination of drug levels in human serum is described and a new method for the quantitative determination of optically active absorbing drugs having Cotton effects at wavelengths about 250 nm in human serum and/or plasma is proposed. The principal advantages of this method are speed, economy, and simplicity, no derivatization or chromatographic separation steps being needed. The validity of the CD determination was confirmed by analysis of variance, beta-lactam antibiotics being chosen as model drugs. In addition, the validation studies performed confirm the accuracy and precision of the proposed method. For beta-lactam antibiotics lacking Cotton effects above 250 nm, an alternative method based on the extraction of the drug from serum is considered.

  9. Tailorable Plasmonic Circular Dichroism Properties of Helical Nanoparticle Superstructures

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    Song, Chengyi; Blaber, Martin G.; Zhao, Gongpu; Zhang, Peijun; Fry, H. Christopher; Schatz, George C.

    2015-01-01

    We utilize a peptide-based methodology to prepare a diverse collection of double-helical gold nanoparticle superstructures having controllable handedness and structural metrics. These materials exhibit well-defined circular dichroism signatures at visible wavelengths owing to the collective dipole–dipole interactions between the nanoparticles. We couple theory and experiment to show how tuning the metrics and structure of the helices results in predictable and tailorable chirooptical properties. Finally, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrate that the intensity, position, and nature of the chirooptical activity can be carefully adjusted via silver overgrowth. These studies illustrate the utility of peptide-based nanoparticle assembly platforms for designing and preparing complex plasmonic materials with tailorable optical properties. PMID:23777529

  10. LINEAR AND CIRCULAR DICHROISM OF MEMBRANES FROM RHODOPSEUDOMONAS CAPSULATA

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    Bolt, John D.; Sauer, Kenneth; Shiozawa, Judith A.; Drews, Gerhart

    1980-10-01

    Absorption, linear dichroism and circular dichroism spectra of Rhodopseudomonas capsulate (wild-type - St. Louis strain, mutant Y5 and mutant A1a{sup +}) are particularly sensitive to the nature of the light-harvesting bacteriochlorophyll-carotenoid-protein complexes. Evidence for exciton-type interactions is seen near 855 nm in the membranes from the wild-type and from mutant Y5, as well as in an isolated B800+850 light-harvesting complex from mutant Y5. The strong circular dichroism that reflects these interactions is attenuated more than 10-fold in membranes from the A1a+ mutant, which lacks both B800+850 and colored carotenoids and contains only the B875 light-harvesting complex. These results lead to the conclusion that these two light-harvesting complexes have significantly different chromophore arrangements or local environments.

  11. Circular Dichroism Method for Heat Capacity Determination of Proteins

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    Jones, Cecil L.; Bailey, Chris; Bheemarti, Kiran Kumar

    2006-01-01

    Circular dichroism spectroscopy was used to measure the thermal unfolding of bovine pancreatic ribonuclease A (RNase A) with various concentrations of guanidine hydrochloride (GuHCl). A red shift in transition midpoint temperatures, T[subscript m], occurred with increasing concentration of the strong protein denaturant. van Hoff enthalpy changes,…

  12. Cyanobacterial phycobilisomes: selective dissociation monitored by fluorescence and circular dichroism

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    Rigbi, M.; Rosinski, J.; Siegelman, H.W.; Sutherland, J.C.

    1980-04-01

    Phycobilisomes are supramolecular assemblies of phycobiliproteins responsible for photosynthetic light collection in red algae and cyanobacteria. They can be selectively dissociated by reduction of temperature and buffer concentration. Phycobilisomes isolated from Fremyella diplosiphon transfer energy collected by C-phycoerythrin and C-phycocyanin to allophycocyanin. The energy transfer to allophycocyanin is nearly abolished at 2/sup 0/C, as indicated by a blue shift in fluorescence emission, and is accompanied by a decrease in the circular dichroism in the region of allophycocyanin absorbance. Further dissociation of the phycobilisomes can be attained by reduction of buffer concentration and holding at 2/sup 0/C. Energy transfer to C-phycocyanin is nearly abolished, and decreases occur in the circular dichroism in the region of C-phycocyanin and C-phycoerythrin absorbance. Complete dissociation of the phycobilisomes at low buffer concentration and 2/sup 0/C requires extended time. Energy transfer to C-phycocyanin is further reduced and the circular dichroism maximum of C-phycoerythrin at 575 nm is lost. Circular dichroism provides information on the hexamer-monomer transitions of the phycobiliproteins, whereas fluorescence is indicative of hexamer-hexamer interactions. We consider that hydrophobic interactions are fundamental to the maintenance of the structure and function of phycobilisomes.

  13. Four-wave mixing using polarization grating induced thermal grating in liquids exhibiting circular dichroism

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    Nunes, J.A.; Tong, W.G.; Chandler, D.W.; Rahn, L.A.

    1995-04-01

    A novel four-wave mixing technique for the detection of circular dichroism in optically active liquid samples is demonstrated. When two cross-polarized laser beams are crossed at a small angle in a circular dichroic liquid a weak thermal grating is produced with a phase depending on the sign of the circular dichroism. The authors show that the polarization of one of the beams can be modified to allow coherent interference with an intensity-grating induced thermal grating. A probe beam scattering from the composite grating results in a signal that reveals the sign and magnitude of the circular dichroism. The use of this technique to optimize the signal-to-noise ratio in the presence of scattered light and laser intensity noise is discussed.

  14. Circular dichroism in the electron microscope: Progress and applications (invited)

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    Schattschneider, P.; Loeffler, S.; Ennen, I.; Stoeger-Pollach, M.; Verbeeck, J.

    2010-05-15

    According to theory, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in a synchrotron is equivalent to energy loss magnetic chiral dichroism (EMCD) in a transmission electron microscope (TEM). After a synopsis of the development of EMCD, the theoretical background is reviewed and recent results are presented, focusing on the study of magnetic nanoparticles for ferrofluids and Heusler alloys for spintronic devices. Simulated maps of the dichroic strength as a function of atom position in the crystal allow evaluating the influence of specimen thickness and sample tilt on the experimental EMCD signal. Finally, the possibility of direct observation of chiral electronic transitions with atomic resolution in a TEM is discussed.

  15. Circular dichroism in laser-assisted proton-hydrogen collisions

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    Niederhausen, Thomas; Feuerstein, Bernold; Thumm, Uwe

    2004-08-01

    We investigate the effects of a strong laser field on the dynamics of electron capture and emission in ion-atom collisions within a reduced dimensionality model of the scattering system in which the motion of the active electron and the laser electric field vector are confined to the scattering plane. We examine the probabilities for electron capture and ionization as a function of the laser intensity, the projectile impact parameter b, and the laser phase {phi} that determines the orientation of the laser electric field with respect to the internuclear axis at the time of closest approach between target and projectile. Our results for the b-dependent ionization and capture probabilities show a strong dependence on both {phi} and the helicity of the circularly polarized laser light. For intensities above 5x10{sup 12} W/cm{sup 2} our model predicts a noticeable circular dichroism in the capture probability for slow proton-hydrogen collisions, which persists after averaging over {phi}. Capture and electron emission probabilities defer significantly from results for laser-unassisted collisions. Furthermore, we find evidence for a charge-resonance-enhanced ionization mechanism that may enable the measurement of the absolute laser phase {phi}.

  16. Circular dichroism in laser-assisted proton-hydrogen collisions

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    Niederhausen, Thomas; Feuerstein, Bernold; Thumm, Uwe

    2004-08-01

    We investigate the effects of a strong laser field on the dynamics of electron capture and emission in ion-atom collisions within a reduced dimensionality model of the scattering system in which the motion of the active electron and the laser electric field vector are confined to the scattering plane. We examine the probabilities for electron capture and ionization as a function of the laser intensity, the projectile impact parameter b , and the laser phase ϕ that determines the orientation of the laser electric field with respect to the internuclear axis at the time of closest approach between target and projectile. Our results for the b -dependent ionization and capture probabilities show a strong dependence on both ϕ and the helicity of the circularly polarized laser light. For intensities above 5×1012W/cm2 our model predicts a noticeable circular dichroism in the capture probability for slow proton-hydrogen collisions, which persists after averaging over ϕ . Capture and electron emission probabilities defer significantly from results for laser-unassisted collisions. Furthermore, we find evidence for a charge-resonance-enhanced ionization mechanism that may enable the measurement of the absolute laser phase ϕ .

  17. Paracelsin; characterization by NMR spectroscopy and circular dichroism, and hemolytic properties of a peptaibol antibiotic from the cellulolytically active mold Trichoderma reesei. Part B.

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    Brückner, H; Graf, H; Bokel, M

    1984-11-15

    Paracelsin, a hemolytic and membrane active polypeptide antibiotic of the peptaibol class which is excreted by the mold Trichoderma reesei, was obtained by a simplified and rapid isolation procedure utilizing hydrophobic adsorber resins. Investigation by 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and circular dichroism revealed considerable helical portions in solution, and the very recently accomplished sequence determination of paracelsin allows the discussion of the results with regard to the closely related analogues, alamethicin and suzukacillin. A selective cleavage of the peptide was achieved by careful treatment with various acids, and a buffer of pH 8.25 and of high ionic strength made possible the quantitative determination of the C-terminal phenylalaninol released by means of ion-exchange chromatography. The significance of the production of paracelsin and related mycotoxins of the peptaibol class, exhibiting various kinds of biological activity, is discussed with respect to the extensive effort being made towards biotechnological applications of species, strains and cellulolytically highly active mutants of the fungus Trichoderma. PMID:6500005

  18. Acid-Base Titration of (S)-Aspartic Acid: A Circular Dichroism Spectrophotometry Experiment

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    Cavaleiro, Ana M. V.; Pedrosa de Jesus, Júlio D.

    2000-09-01

    The magnitude of the circular dichroism of (S)-aspartic acid in aqueous solutions at a fixed wavelength varies with the addition of strong base. This laboratory experiment consists of the circular dichroism spectrophotometric acid-base titration of (S)-aspartic acid in dilute aqueous solutions, and the use of the resulting data to determine the ionization constant of the protonated amino group. The work familiarizes students with circular dichroism and illustrates the possibility of performing titrations using a less usual instrumental method of following the course of a reaction. It shows the use of a chiroptical property in the determination of the concentration in solution of an optically active molecule, and exemplifies the use of a spectrophotometric titration in the determination of an ionization constant.

  19. Simulation of magnetic circular dichroism in the electron microscope

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    Rubino, Stefano; Schattschneider, Peter; Rusz, Jan; Verbeeck, Johan; Leifer, Klaus

    2010-12-01

    As electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) probe the same transitions from core-shell states to unoccupied states above the Fermi energy, it should always be possible to apply the two techniques to the same physical phenomena, such as magnetic dichroism, and obtain the same information. Indeed, the similarity in the expression of the electron and x-ray cross-sections had been already exploited to prove the equivalence of x-ray magnetic linear dichroism and anisotropy in EELS, by noting that the polarization vector of a photon plays the same role as the momentum transfer in electron scattering. Recently, the same was proven true for x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) by establishing a new TEM technique called EMCD (electron energy-loss magnetic chiral dichroism) (Schattschneider P et al 2006 Nature 441 486-8), which makes use of special electron scattering conditions to force the absorption of a circularly polarized virtual photon. The intrinsic advantage of EMCD over XMCD is the high spatial resolution of electron microscopes, which are readily available. Among the particular obstacles in EMCD that do not exist for synchrotron radiation, is the notoriously low signal and the very particular scattering conditions necessary to observe a chiral dichroic signal. In spite of that, impressive progress has been made in recent years. The signal strength could be considerably increased, and some innovations such as using a convergent beam have been introduced. EMCD has evolved into several techniques, which make full use of the versatility of the TEM and energy filtering, spectroscopy or STEM conditions (Rubino S 2007 Magnetic circular dichroism in the transmission electron microscope PhD Thesis Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria).

  20. Circular Dichroism Spectra of Granal and Agranal Chloroplasts of Maize

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    Faludi-Dániel, Ágnes; Demeter, S.; Garay, A. S.

    1973-01-01

    Granum-containing chloroplasts from mesophyll cells of maize (Zea mays L. var. MV 861) leaves exhibited circular dichroism spectra with a large double signal; peaks at 696 nm (+) and 680 nm (−). In the circular dichroism spectra obtained with agranal chloroplasts of bundle sheath cells, this large double signal is absent. Separation of grana lamellae, in a medium of low salt concentration and in KSCN solution, resulted only in a slight decrease of the amplitude, while upon treatment with digitonin the large double signal disappeared. A negative signal of the chlorophyll b peak at 654 nm was observed in the case of both granal and agranal chloroplasts, and it was not affected either by low salt or by digitonin treatment. A positive peak at about 515 nm was higher in granal than in agranal chloroplasts. PMID:16658498

  1. Quantum-cascade laser-based vibrational circular dichroism.

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    Lüdeke, Steffen; Pfeifer, Marcel; Fischer, Peer

    2011-04-20

    Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra were recorded with a tunable external-cavity quantum-cascade laser (QCL). In comparison with standard thermal light sources in the IR, QCLs provide orders of magnitude more power and are therefore promising for VCD studies in strongly absorbing solvents. The brightness of this novel light source is demonstrated with VCD and IR absorption measurements of a number of compounds, including proline in water.

  2. The influence of carbon nanotubes on enzyme activity and structure: investigation of different immobilization procedures through enzyme kinetics and circular dichroism studies

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    Cang-Rong, Jason Teng; Pastorin, Giorgia

    2009-06-01

    In the last decade, many environmental organizations have devoted their efforts to identifying renewable biosystems, which could provide sustainable fuels and thus enhance energy security. Amidst the myriad of possibilities, some biofuels make use of different types of waste biomasses, and enzymes are often employed to hydrolyze these biomasses and produce sugars that will be subsequently converted into ethanol. In this project, we aimed to bridge nanotechnology and biofuel production: here we report on the activity and structure of the enzyme amyloglucosidase (AMG), physically adsorbed or covalently immobilized onto single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). In fact, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) present several properties that render them ideal support systems, without the diffusion limitations displayed by porous material and with the advantage of being further functionalizable at their surface. Chemical ligation was achieved both on oxidized nanotubes (via carbodiimide chemistry), as well as on amino-functionalized nanotubes (via periodate-oxidized AMG). Results showed that AMG retained a certain percentage of its specific activity for all enzyme-carbon nanotubes complexes prepared, with the physically adsorbed samples displaying better catalytic efficiency than the covalently immobilized samples. Analysis of the enzyme's structure through circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy revealed significant structural changes in all samples, the degree of change being consistent with the activity profiles. This study proves that AMG interacts differently with carbon nanotubes depending on the method employed. Due to the higher activity reported by the enzyme physically adsorbed onto CNTs, these samples demonstrated a vast potential for further development. At the same time, the possibility of inducing magnetic properties into CNTs offers the opportunity to easily separate them from the original solution. Hence, substances to which they

  3. Circular Dichroism in the Photoionization of Nanoparticles from Chiral Compounds

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    Paul, J.; Doerzbach, A.; Siegmann, K.

    1997-10-01

    The dichroism in photoemission from chiral molecules is observed for the first time. Particles consisting of chiral molecules are suspended in air and irradiated alternately with right and left circularly polarized uv light. We found a polarization dependence in the total photoelectric current. The asymmetries observed are of the order of 10{sup {minus}2} to 10{sup {minus}3} , as expected from perturbation theory, and reverse their sign when the handedness of the molecules is changed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  4. Magnetic circular dichroism of chlorofullerenes: Experimental and computational study

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    Štěpánek, Petr; Straka, Michal; Šebestík, Jaroslav; Bouř, Petr

    2016-03-01

    Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra of C60Cl6, C70Cl10 and C60Cl24 were measured and interpreted using a sum-over-state (SOS) protocol exploiting time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). Unlike for plain absorption, the MCD spectra exhibited easily recognizable features specific for each chlorinated molecule and appear as a useful tool for chlorofullerene identification. MCD spectrum of C60Cl24 was below 400 nm partially obscured due to scattering and low solubility. In all cases a finer vibrational structure of the electronic bands was observed at longer wavelengths. The TDDFT simulations provided a reasonable basis for interpretation of the most prominent spectral features.

  5. Magnetic circular dichroism in the hard X-ray range

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    Rogalev, A.; Wilhelm, F.

    2015-12-01

    An overview of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectroscopy in the hard X-ray range is presented. A short historical overview shows how this technique has evolved from the early days of X-ray physics to become a workhorse technique in the modern magnetism research As with all X-ray spectroscopies, XMCD has the advantage of being element specific. Interpretation of the spectra based on magneto-optical sum rules can provide unique information about spin and orbital moment carried by absorbing atom in both amplitude and direction, can infer magnetic interactions from element selective magnetization curves, can allow separation of magnetic and non-magnetic components in heterogeneous systems. The review details the technology currently available for XMCD measurements in the hard X-ray range referring to the ESRF beamline ID12 as an example. The strengths of hard X-ray magnetic circular dichroism technique are illustrated with a wide variety of representative examples, such as actinide based ferromagnets, paramagnetism in metals, pure metallic nanoparticles, exchange spring magnets, half metallic ferromagnets, magnetism at interfaces, and dilute magnetic semiconductors. In this way, we aim to encourage researchers from various scientific communities to consider XMCD as a tool to understanding the electronic and magnetic properties of their samples.

  6. Bright circularly polarized soft X-ray high harmonics for X-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Fan, Tingting; Grychtol, Patrik; Knut, Ronny; Hernández-García, Carlos; Hickstein, Daniel D.; Zusin, Dmitriy; Gentry, Christian; Dollar, Franklin J.; Mancuso, Christopher A.; Hogle, Craig W.; Kfir, Ofer; Legut, Dominik; Carva, Karel; Ellis, Jennifer L.; Dorney, Kevin M.; Chen, Cong; Shpyrko, Oleg G.; Fullerton, Eric E.; Cohen, Oren; Oppeneer, Peter M.; Milošević, Dejan B.; Becker, Andreas; Jaroń-Becker, Agnieszka A.; Popmintchev, Tenio; Murnane, Margaret M.; Kapteyn, Henry C.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate, to our knowledge, the first bright circularly polarized high-harmonic beams in the soft X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum, and use them to implement X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements in a tabletop-scale setup. Using counterrotating circularly polarized laser fields at 1.3 and 0.79 µm, we generate circularly polarized harmonics with photon energies exceeding 160 eV. The harmonic spectra emerge as a sequence of closely spaced pairs of left and right circularly polarized peaks, with energies determined by conservation of energy and spin angular momentum. We explain the single-atom and macroscopic physics by identifying the dominant electron quantum trajectories and optimal phase-matching conditions. The first advanced phase-matched propagation simulations for circularly polarized harmonics reveal the influence of the finite phase-matching temporal window on the spectrum, as well as the unique polarization-shaped attosecond pulse train. Finally, we use, to our knowledge, the first tabletop X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements at the N4,5 absorption edges of Gd to validate the high degree of circularity, brightness, and stability of this light source. These results demonstrate the feasibility of manipulating the polarization, spectrum, and temporal shape of high harmonics in the soft X-ray region by manipulating the driving laser waveform. PMID:26534992

  7. Bright circularly polarized soft X-ray high harmonics for X-ray magnetic circular dichroism.

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    Fan, Tingting; Grychtol, Patrik; Knut, Ronny; Hernández-García, Carlos; Hickstein, Daniel D; Zusin, Dmitriy; Gentry, Christian; Dollar, Franklin J; Mancuso, Christopher A; Hogle, Craig W; Kfir, Ofer; Legut, Dominik; Carva, Karel; Ellis, Jennifer L; Dorney, Kevin M; Chen, Cong; Shpyrko, Oleg G; Fullerton, Eric E; Cohen, Oren; Oppeneer, Peter M; Milošević, Dejan B; Becker, Andreas; Jaroń-Becker, Agnieszka A; Popmintchev, Tenio; Murnane, Margaret M; Kapteyn, Henry C

    2015-11-17

    We demonstrate, to our knowledge, the first bright circularly polarized high-harmonic beams in the soft X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum, and use them to implement X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements in a tabletop-scale setup. Using counterrotating circularly polarized laser fields at 1.3 and 0.79 µm, we generate circularly polarized harmonics with photon energies exceeding 160 eV. The harmonic spectra emerge as a sequence of closely spaced pairs of left and right circularly polarized peaks, with energies determined by conservation of energy and spin angular momentum. We explain the single-atom and macroscopic physics by identifying the dominant electron quantum trajectories and optimal phase-matching conditions. The first advanced phase-matched propagation simulations for circularly polarized harmonics reveal the influence of the finite phase-matching temporal window on the spectrum, as well as the unique polarization-shaped attosecond pulse train. Finally, we use, to our knowledge, the first tabletop X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements at the N4,5 absorption edges of Gd to validate the high degree of circularity, brightness, and stability of this light source. These results demonstrate the feasibility of manipulating the polarization, spectrum, and temporal shape of high harmonics in the soft X-ray region by manipulating the driving laser waveform.

  8. Using Circular Dichroism Spectra to Estimate Protein Secondary Structure

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    Greenfield, N.

    2006-01-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) is an excellent tool for rapid determination of the secondary structure and folding properties of proteins that have been obtained using recombinant techniques or purified from tissues. The most widely used applications of protein CD are to determine whether an expressed, purified protein is folded, or if a mutation affects its conformation or stability. In addition, it can be used to study protein interactions. This protocol details the basic steps of obtaining and interpreting CD data and methods for analyzing spectra to estimate the secondary structural composition of proteins. CD has the advantage that it is that measurements may be made on multiple samples containing 20 {mu}g or less of proteins in physiological buffers in a few hours. However, it does not give the residue-specific information that can be obtained by X-ray crystallography or NMR.

  9. A novel computational method for comparing vibrational circular dichroism spectra.

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    Shen, Jian; Zhu, Chengyue; Reiling, Stephan; Vaz, Roy

    2010-08-01

    A novel method, SimIR/VCD, for comparing experimental and calculated VCD (vibrational circular dichroism) spectra is developed, based on newly defined spectra similarities. With computationally optimized frequency scaling and shifting, a calculated spectrum can be easily identified to match an observed spectrum, which leads to an unbiased molecular chirality assignment. The time-consuming manual band-fitting work is greatly reduced. With (1S)-(-)-alpha-pinene as an example, it demonstrates that the calculated VCD similarity is correlated with VCD spectra matching quality and has enough sensitivity to identify variations in the spectra. The study also compares spectra calculated using different DFT methods and basis sets. Using this method should facilitate the spectra matching, reduce human error and provide a confidence measure in the chiral assignment using VCD spectroscopy.

  10. Using circular dichroism spectra to estimate protein secondary structure

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    Greenfield, Norma J.

    2009-01-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) is an excellent tool for rapid determination of the secondary structure and folding properties of proteins that have been obtained using recombinant techniques or purified from tissues. The most widely used applications of protein CD are to determine whether an expressed, purified protein is folded, or if a mutation affects its conformation or stability. In addition, it can be used to study protein interactions. This protocol details the basic steps of obtaining and interpreting CD data and methods for analyzing spectra to estimate the secondary structural composition of proteins. CD has the advantage that it is that measurements may be made on multiple samples containing 20 µg or less of proteins in physiological buffers in a few hours. However, it does not give the residue-specific information that can be obtained by X-ray crystallography or NMR. PMID:17406547

  11. The sequence dependence of circular dichroism spectra of DNA duplexes.

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    Arnott, S; Arnott, S

    1975-09-01

    The three satellite DNAs of Drosophila virilis, that approximate to poly d(CAAACTA)-poly d(TAGTTTG), poly d(TAAACTA)-poly d(TAGTTTA), poly d(CAAATTA)-poly d(TAATTTG), the satellite DNA of Drosophila melanogaster that approximates to poly d(AATAT)-poly d(ATATT), the synthetic DNA duplexes, poly dG-poly dC, poly d(AT)-poly d(AT), poly d(AAT)-poly d(ATT), poly d(AAC)-poly d(GTT), poly d(TAC)-poly d(GTA) and the block copolymer d(C15A15)-d(T15G15) all have circular dichroism spectra consistent with the propositions that they have the same molecular geometry in solution and that it is the kind and frequency of nucleotide triplet sequences that determines their spectral characteristics. Poly dA-poly dT is apparently an exception.

  12. Uncertainty in measurement of protein circular dichroism spectra

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    Cox, Maurice G.; Ravi, Jascindra; Rakowska, Paulina D.; Knight, Alex E.

    2014-02-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy of proteins is widely used to measure protein secondary structure, and to detect changes in secondary and higher orders of structure, for applications in research and in the quality control of protein products such as biopharmaceuticals. However, objective comparison of spectra is challenging because of a limited quantitative understanding of the sources of error in the measurement. Statistical methods can be used for comparisons, but do not provide a mechanism for dealing with systematic, as well as random, errors. Here we present a measurement model for CD spectroscopy of proteins, incorporating the principal sources of uncertainty, and use the model in conjunction with experimental data to derive an uncertainty budget. We show how this approach could be used in practice for the objective comparison of spectra, and discuss the benefits and limitations of this strategy.

  13. Towards AB Initio Calculation of the Circular Dichroism of Peptides

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    Molteni, E.; Onida, G.; Tiana, G.

    2012-08-01

    In this work we plan to use ab initio spectroscopy calculations to compute circular dichroism (CD) spectra of peptides. CD provides information on protein secondary structure content; peptides, instead, remain difficult to address, due to their tendency to adopt multiple conformations in equilibrium. Therefore peptides are an interesting test-case for ab initio calculation of CD spectra. As a first application, we focus on the (83-92) fragment of HIV-1 protease, which is known to be involved in the folding and dimerization of this protein. As a preliminary step, we performed classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, in order to obtain a set of representative conformers of the peptide. Then, on some of the obtained conformations, we calculated absorption spectra at the independent particle, RPA and TDLDA levels, showing the presence of charge transfer excitations, and their influence on spectral features.

  14. Supramolecular Chemistry: Induced Circular Dichroism to Study Host-Guest Geometry

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    Mendicuti, Francisco; Gonzalez-Alvarez, Maria Jose

    2010-01-01

    In this laboratory experiment, students obtain information about the structure of a host-guest complex from the interpretation of circular dichroism measurements. The value and sign of the induced circular dichroism (ICD) on an achiral chromophore guest when it complexes with a cyclodextrin can be related to the guest penetration and its…

  15. Optical properties and circular dichroism of chiral metal nanoparticles

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    Fan, Zhiyuan; Govorov, Alexander; OU Team

    2013-03-01

    In nature, biological systems are built up by homochiral building blocks, such as a sugar and protein. Circular dichroism (CD) is an effective tool of resolving molecular conformations. It utilizes circularly polarized light to detect differential absorption of chiral materials. In medicine, it will help us to develop new drugs and therapies, if we understand the connection between the physical or chemical properties of drug molecules and their conformations. With the rapid development of nanotechnologies, chiral nanomaterials attract lots of attention nowadays. CD signals of chiral molecules can be enhanced or shifted to the visible band in the presence of plasmonic nanocrystals. Here we present a plasmonic CD mechanism from a single chiral metal nanocrystal. The mechanism is essentially different from the dipolar plasmon-plasmon interaction in a chiral NP assembly, which mimics the CD mechanism of chiral molecules. Chiral metal nanocrystals are expected to have promising applications in biosensing. Recently a few experimental papers reported successful realizations of chiral nanocrystals in a macroscopic ensemble in solution. Particularly the paper described silver nanoparticles grown on chiral template molecules and demonstrating characteristic CD signals at a plasmonic wavelength. The plasmonic CD signals in Ref. can come from a dipolar plasmon-molecule interaction or from a chiral shape of nanocrystals. This work was supported by the NSF (project: CBET- 0933782) and by the Volkswagen Foundation.

  16. Linear and nonlinear circular dichroism of R-(+)-3-methylcyclopentanone

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    Li, R.; Sullivan, R.; Al-Basheer, W.; Pagni, R. M.; Compton, R. N.

    2006-10-01

    Linear and nonlinear circular dichroism of R-(+)-3-methylcyclopentanone (R-3MCP ) is reported in the gas and liquid phases. Measurements of (2+1) resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization circular dichroism (REMPICD) for nozzle-jet expanded molecular beams of the equatorial conformer of R-3MCP are presented. Monitoring either mass-selected cations or photoelectrons produced via (2+1) REMPI through the n →3s Rydberg transition yielded a REMPICD of +1.5±0.5% [REMPICD≡2(IL-IR)/(IL+IR)], where IL /R refers to the ion/electron signal for left/right circularly polarized light. A racemic mixture of 3-methylcyclopentanone showed no significant CD; however, the signal fluctuations were much larger than that observed for the resolved R-(+)-3-methylcyclopentanone as might be expected for the small number of ions produced from slightly unequal numbers of enantiomers in each laser shot. Gas phase, vibrationally resolved, one-photon CD for vapor phase R-(+)-3-methylcyclopentanone (i.e., admixture of five axial and equatorial forms) was measured to be ˜0 and -0.004 at photon energies corresponding to the one- (nonresonant) and two-(3s resonance) photon energy levels. The one-photon CD (of the room temperature population of conformers) at an energy corresponding to the ionization step was measured previously to be ˜+0.0011 which is of the same sign as the REMPICD. The first step is also near a positive CD region. This suggests that the (2+1) REMPICD is determined primarily by both the initial and continuum steps. The one-photon CDs for the equatorial and axial forms of 3MCP are calculated, using GAUSSIAN03, to be approximately equal but having opposite sign for the transitions of interest. The CD for 3MCP in cyclohexane is found to be strongly temperature dependent as a result of the presence of both the axial and equatorial conformers. The energy difference between the two conformers is determined from a van't Hoff plot of these data to be 3.50±0.05kJ /mole in cyclohexane

  17. Circular dichroism and its application to the study of biomolecules.

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    Martin, Stephen R; Schilstra, Maria J

    2008-01-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) is an excellent method for the study of the conformations adopted by proteins and nucleic acids in solution. Although not able to provide the beautifully detailed residue-specific information available from nuclearmagnetic resonance (NMR) and X-ray crystallography, CD measurements have two major advantages: they can be made on small amounts of material in physiological buffers and they provide one of the best methods for monitoring any structural alterations that might result from changes in environmental conditions, such as pH, temperature, and ionic strength. This chapter describes the important basic steps involved in obtaining reliable CD spectra: careful instrument and sample preparation, the selection of appropriate parameters for data collection, and methods for subsequent data processing. The principal features of protein and nucleic acid CD spectra are then described, and the main applications of CD are discussed. These include: methods for analyzing CD data to estimate the secondary structure composition of proteins, methods for following the unfolding of proteins as a function of temperature or added chemical denaturants, the study of the effects of mutations on protein structure and stability, and methods for studying macromolecule-ligand and macromolecule-macromolecule interactions. PMID:17964935

  18. Heparin-induced circular dichroism of an achiral, bicyclic species.

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    Stanley, Floyd E; Warner, Andrew M; McWilliams, Kayla M; Stalcup, Apryll M

    2011-01-01

    Antimalarial drugs have shown potential in suppressing the role of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the pathology of prion protein conformational disorders (e.g. "Mad Cow" disease) by competing for sites of electrostatic interaction. In this study, circular dichroism (CD) and UV/Visible (UV/Vis) absorption spectroscopy techniques were used to investigate the interactions between N-methyl-N'-(7-chloro-4-quinolyl)-1,3-diaminopropane (QD), an achiral, bicyclic compound similar to previously investigated antimalarial drugs, and heparin, a complex GAG that is frequently used as a clinical anticoagulant. Relatively intense heparin-induced CD features were observed for QD and were noted to be radically different from previous studies using related chiral drugs, underscoring the importance of the Pfieffer effect on this and similar heparin research. Additionally, the induced CD for QD was observed to be highly dependent upon drug concentration, heparin concentration, system pH, equilibration time, and ionic strength. These results, in connection with recent work, provide new insight into the nature of the association between GAGs and antimalarial species. PMID:21125690

  19. Magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy on the Cr₈ antiferromagnetic ring.

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    van Slageren, Joris; Piligkos, Stergios; Neese, Frank

    2010-05-28

    A Magnetic Circular Dichroism (MCD) spectroscopic study of the antiferromagnetic ring [Cr₈F₈Piv₁₆] (Piv = pivalate) is reported. From the splitting of the MCD bands, the single ion anisotropy parameters in the cluster spin ground state at different fields were determined to be d(Cr) = -0.33 ± 0.02 cm⁻¹, e(Cr) = 0.11 ± 0.01 cm⁻¹. Analysis of the MCD intensity as a function of field and temperature revealed the influence of spin mixing effects and yielded independent estimates of the single ion anisotropies (d(Cr) = -0.19 cm⁻¹, e(Cr) = 4.3 × 10-4 cm⁻¹), as well as yielding the isotropic exchange interaction strength (J = -6.00 cm⁻¹). Thus it is shown that MCD is a powerful method to unravel the relation between single-ion and cluster anisotropy, furthering the design of molecular magnets with desired properties.

  20. Circular dichroism study of the carbohydrate-modified opioid peptides

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    Horvat, Štefica; Otvos, Laszlo; Urge, Laszlo; Horvat, Jaroslav; Čudić, Mare; Varga-Defterdarović, Lidija

    1999-09-01

    The conformational preferences of enkephalins and the related glycoconjugates in which free or protected carbohydrate moieties were linked to the opioid peptides through an ether, ester or amide bond were investigated by circular dichroism spectroscopy in water, trifluoroethanol and water-trifluoroethanol mixtures. The analysis of the spectra revealed that the conformation of the enkephalin molecule is very sensitive to slight changes in the peptide structure around the C-terminal region. It was found that the type II β-turn structures are populated in N-terminal tetrapeptide enkephalin fragment, while leucine-enkephalin amide feature a type I (III) β-turn structure in solution. Incorporation of the sugar moiety into opioid peptide compound did not significantly influence the overall conformation of the peptide backbone, although minor intensity changes may reflect shifts in the population of the different turn systems. These small structural alterations can be responsible for the receptor-subtype selectivity of the various carbohydrate-modified enkephalin analogs.

  1. New applications of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Schütz, G.; Fischer, P.; Attenkofer, K.; Ahlers, D.

    1997-01-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (X-MCD) in core-level absorption is intimately related to the local spin and orbital polarization distribution in the final states, as it is based on angular-momentum conservation and the interplay of exchange and spin-orbit interaction. It provides symmetry and element-selective information about magnetic aspects of electronic structure. In favourable cases spin and orbital contributions to the local magnetic moments can be deduced directly by applying the so-called "sum-rules". Recently studies of the dichroic contributions in the EXAFS energy range have attracted considerable attention. From systematic studies in various systems a direct proportionality between the strengths of the magnetic signal and the spin moment has been found. This can be easily explained by an exchange contribution to the Coulomb backscattering amplitude and gives important new insights into the exchange interactions of low-energy electrons in solids. With the advent of new intense x-ray sources a variety of other x-ray methods, which involve core-level absorption, can be used to study magnetism. Recent examples are magnetic anomalous small-angle x-ray scattering and imaging magnetic domains with a zone-plate x-ray microscope, which both provide a high-resolution quantitative details of the spatial magnetization contributions.

  2. Tryptophan contributions to the unusual circular dichroism of fd bacteriophage.

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    Arnold, G E; Day, L A; Dunker, A K

    1992-09-01

    The circular dichroism (CD) spectrum of fd bacteriophage has a deep minimum at 222 nm characteristic of highly alpha-helical protein, but there is a shoulder at 208 nm rather than a minimum, with a 222/208-nm amplitude ratio near 1.5 rather than near 1. Oxidation of fd phage with the tryptophan reagent N-bromosuccinimide (NBS) changes the ratio. In this report, the NBS titration of fd is followed by CD and three other spectroscopies, the results of which yield an explanation of the unusual CD spectrum. Absorbance, fluorescence, and Raman data show the oxidation to have two phases, the first of which involves the destruction of tryptophan and the second, tryptophan and tyrosine. Raman spectra reveal the invariance of an environmentally-sensitive tyrosine Fermi resonance doublet during the first oxidative phase. Raman spectra also show that little or no change of alpha-helicity occurs in the first or second oxidation phase, although very slight changes in the helix parameters might be occurring. Concurrent with the destruction of tryptophan during the first phase is the appearance in CD difference spectra ([theta]NBS-treated fd - [theta]native fd) of positive maxima at 208-210 nm and negative maxima at 224 nm, with crossovers at 217 nm. Enormous difference ellipticities, per oxidized subunit of 50 amino acids, of +490,000 +/- 80,000 deg cm2 dmol-1 at 208 nm and -520,000 +/- 110,000 deg cm2 dmol-1 at 224 nm have been derived from the data.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Photoemission and magnetic circular dichroism studies of magnetic semiconductors

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    Fujimori, Atsushi

    2005-03-01

    Recently, a series of novel ferromagnetic semiconductors have been synthesized using MBE and related techniques and have attracted much attention because of unknown mechanisms of carrier-induced ferromagnetism and potential applications as "spin electronics" devices. Some new materials show ferromagnetism even well above room temperature. Photoemission spectroscopy has been used to study the d orbitals of the dilute transition-metal atoms, mostly Mn, and their hybridization with the host band states [1]. Soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) at the transition-metal 2p-3d absorption edges are useful techniques to study the valence and spin states of the transition-metal atoms. Furthermore, since MCD has different sensitivities to the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic components at different temperatures and magnetic fileds, if the sample is a mixture of ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic transition- metal atoms, it can be used to separate the two components and to study their electronic structures. In this talk, results are presented for the prototypical diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor Ga1-xMnxAs [2] and the room-temperature ferromagnets Zn1-xCoxO and Ti1-xCoxO2.I acknowledge collaboration with Y. Ishida, J.-I. Hwang, M. Kobayashi, Y. Takeda, Y. Saitoh, J. Okamoto, T. Okane, Y. Muramatsu, K. Mamiya, T. Koide, A. Tanaka, M. Tanaka, Hayashi, S. Ohya, T. Kondo, H. Munekata, H. Saeki, H. Tabata, T. Kawai, Y. Matsumoto, H. Koinuma, T. Fukumura and M. Kawasaki. This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research in Priority Area "Semiconductor nano-spintronics" (14076209) from MEXT, Japan.1. J. Okabayashi et al., Phys. Rev. B 64, 125304 (2001).2. A. Fujimori et al., J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom., in press.

  4. Structural circular birefringence and dichroism quantified by differential decomposition of spectroscopic transmission Mueller matrices from Cetonia aurata.

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    Arwin, H; Mendoza-Galván, A; Magnusson, R; Andersson, A; Landin, J; Järrendahl, K; Garcia-Caurel, E; Ossikovski, R

    2016-07-15

    Transmission Mueller-matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry is applied to the cuticle of the beetle Cetonia aurata in the spectral range 300-1000 nm. The cuticle is optically reciprocal and exhibits circular Bragg filter features for green light. By using differential decomposition of the Mueller matrix, the circular and linear birefringence as well as dichroism of the beetle cuticle are quantified. A maximum value of structural optical activity of 560°/mm is found.

  5. Structural circular birefringence and dichroism quantified by differential decomposition of spectroscopic transmission Mueller matrices from Cetonia aurata.

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    Arwin, H; Mendoza-Galván, A; Magnusson, R; Andersson, A; Landin, J; Järrendahl, K; Garcia-Caurel, E; Ossikovski, R

    2016-07-15

    Transmission Mueller-matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry is applied to the cuticle of the beetle Cetonia aurata in the spectral range 300-1000 nm. The cuticle is optically reciprocal and exhibits circular Bragg filter features for green light. By using differential decomposition of the Mueller matrix, the circular and linear birefringence as well as dichroism of the beetle cuticle are quantified. A maximum value of structural optical activity of 560°/mm is found. PMID:27420518

  6. Note: Derivation of two-photon circular dichroism--Addendum to "Two-photon circular dichroism" [J. Chem. Phys. 62, 1006 (1975)].

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    Friese, Daniel H

    2015-09-01

    This addendum shows the detailed derivation of the fundamental equations for two-photon circular dichroism which are given in a very condensed form in the original publication [I. Tinoco, J. Chem. Phys. 62, 1006 (1975)]. In addition, some minor errors are corrected and some of the derivations in the original publication are commented.

  7. A molecular dynamics and circular dichroism study of a novel synthetic antimicrobial peptide

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    Rodina, N. P.; Yudenko, A. N.; Terterov, I. N.; Eliseev, I. E.

    2013-08-01

    Antimicrobial peptides are a class of small, usually positively charged amphiphilic peptides that are used by the innate immune system to combat bacterial infection in multicellular eukaryotes. Antimicrobial peptides are known for their broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and thus can be used as a basis for a development of new antibiotics against multidrug-resistant bacteria. The most challengeous task on the way to a therapeutic use of antimicrobial peptides is a rational design of new peptides with enhanced activity and reduced toxicity. Here we report a molecular dynamics and circular dichroism study of a novel synthetic antimicrobial peptide D51. This peptide was earlier designed by Loose et al. using a linguistic model of natural antimicrobial peptides. Molecular dynamics simulation of the peptide folding in explicit solvent shows fast formation of two antiparallel beta strands connected by a beta-turn that is confirmed by circular dichroism measurements. Obtained from simulation amphipatic conformation of the peptide is analysed and possible mechanism of it's interaction with bacterial membranes together with ways to enhance it's antibacterial activity are suggested.

  8. Optimized Spiral Metal-Gallium-Nitride Nanowire Cavity for Ultra-High Circular Dichroism Ultraviolet Lasing at Room Temperature.

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    Liao, Wei-Chun; Liao, Shu-Wei; Chen, Kuo-Ju; Hsiao, Yu-Hao; Chang, Shu-Wei; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Shih, Min-Hsiung

    2016-01-01

    Circularly polarized laser sources with small footprints and high efficiencies can possess advanced functionalities in optical communication and biophotonic integrated systems. However, the conventional lasers with additional circular-polarization converters are bulky and hardly compatible with nanophotonic circuits, and most active chiral plasmonic nanostructures nowadays exhibit broadband emission and low circular dichroism. In this work, with spirals of gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWRs) covered by a metal layer, we demonstrated an ultrasmall semiconductor laser capable of emitting circularly-polarized photons. The left- and right-hand spiral metal nanowire cavities with varied periods were designed at ultraviolet wavelengths to achieve the high quality factor circular dichroism metastructures. The dissymmetry factors characterizing the degrees of circular polarizations of the left- and right-hand chiral lasers were 1.4 and -1.6 (±2 if perfectly circular polarized), respectively. The results show that the chiral cavities with only 5 spiral periods can achieve lasing signals with the high degrees of circular polarizations. PMID:27220650

  9. Optimized Spiral Metal-Gallium-Nitride Nanowire Cavity for Ultra-High Circular Dichroism Ultraviolet Lasing at Room Temperature

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    Liao, Wei-Chun; Liao, Shu-Wei; Chen, Kuo-Ju; Hsiao, Yu-Hao; Chang, Shu-Wei; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Shih, Min-Hsiung

    2016-01-01

    Circularly polarized laser sources with small footprints and high efficiencies can possess advanced functionalities in optical communication and biophotonic integrated systems. However, the conventional lasers with additional circular-polarization converters are bulky and hardly compatible with nanophotonic circuits, and most active chiral plasmonic nanostructures nowadays exhibit broadband emission and low circular dichroism. In this work, with spirals of gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWRs) covered by a metal layer, we demonstrated an ultrasmall semiconductor laser capable of emitting circularly-polarized photons. The left- and right-hand spiral metal nanowire cavities with varied periods were designed at ultraviolet wavelengths to achieve the high quality factor circular dichroism metastructures. The dissymmetry factors characterizing the degrees of circular polarizations of the left- and right-hand chiral lasers were 1.4 and −1.6 (±2 if perfectly circular polarized), respectively. The results show that the chiral cavities with only 5 spiral periods can achieve lasing signals with the high degrees of circular polarizations. PMID:27220650

  10. Ligand Induced Circular Dichroism and Circularly Polarized Luminescence in CdSe Quantum Dots

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    Tohgha, Urice; Deol, Kirandeep K.; Porter, Ashlin G.; Bartko, Samuel G.; Choi, Jung Kyu; Leonard, Brian M.; Varga, Krisztina; Kubelka, Jan; Muller, Gilles; Balaz, Milan

    2014-01-01

    Chiral thiol capping ligands L- and D-cysteines induced modular chiroptical properties in achiral cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs). Cys-CdSe prepared from achiral oleic acid capped CdSe by post-synthetic ligand exchange displayed size-dependent electronic circular dichroism (CD) and circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). Opposite CPL signals were measured for the CdSe QDs capped with D- and L-cysteine. The CD profile and CD anisotropy varied with size of CdSe nanocrystals with largest anisotropy observed for CdSe nanoparticles of 4.4 nm. Magic angle spinning solid state NMR (MAS ssNMR) experiments suggested bidentate interaction between cysteine and the surface of CdSe. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations verified that attachment of L- and D-cysteine to the surface of model (CdSe)13 nanoclusters induces measurable opposite CD signals for the exitonic band of the nanocluster. The chirality was induced by the hybridization of highest occupied CdSe molecular orbitals with those of the chiral ligand. PMID:24200288

  11. Ligand induced circular dichroism and circularly polarized luminescence in CdSe quantum dots.

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    Tohgha, Urice; Deol, Kirandeep K; Porter, Ashlin G; Bartko, Samuel G; Choi, Jung Kyu; Leonard, Brian M; Varga, Krisztina; Kubelka, Jan; Muller, Gilles; Balaz, Milan

    2013-12-23

    Chiral thiol capping ligands L- and D-cysteines induced modular chiroptical properties in achiral cadmium selenide quantum dots (CdSe QDs). Cys-CdSe prepared from achiral oleic acid capped CdSe by postsynthetic ligand exchange displayed size-dependent electronic circular dichroism (CD) and circularly polarized luminescence (CPL). Opposite CPL signals were measured for the CdSe QDs capped with D- and L-cysteine. The CD profile and CD anisotropy varied with size of CdSe nanocrystals with largest anisotropy observed for CdSe nanoparticles of 4.4 nm. Magic angle spinning solid state NMR (MAS ssNMR) experiments suggested bidentate interaction between cysteine and the surface of CdSe. Time Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) calculations verified that attachment of L- and D-cysteine to the surface of model (CdSe)13 nanoclusters induces measurable opposite CD signals for the exitonic band of the nanocluster. The origin of the induced chirality is consistent with the hybridization of highest occupied CdSe molecular orbitals with those of the chiral ligand.

  12. Communication: Broadband and ultrasensitive femtosecond time-resolved circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Hiramatsu, Kotaro; Nagata, Takashi

    2015-09-28

    We report the development of broadband and sensitive time-resolved circular dichroism (TRCD) spectroscopy by exploiting optical heterodyne detection. Using this method, transient CD signals of submillidegree level can be detected over the spectral range of 415-730 nm. We also demonstrate that the broadband measurement with the aid of singular value decomposition enables the discrimination of genuine TRCD signals from artificial optical-anisotropy, such as linear birefringence and linear dichroism, induced by photoexcitation. PMID:26428989

  13. Electronic studies of chrysene. Linear and magnetic circular dichroism and quantum chemical calculations

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    Spanget-Larsen, J. ); Waluk, J. ); Thulstrup, E.W. )

    1990-03-08

    The electronic transitions of chrysene are investigated by linear dichroism spectroscopy in stretched polyethylene and by magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy, leading to the assignment of seven excited singlet states below 47,000 cm{sup {minus}1}. One of these has not previously been observed. The linear dichroism data, combined with previously published fluorescence polarization results, lead to precise determination of transition moment directions for five transitions. The experimental results are compared with theoretical predictions with the PPP, LCOAO, CNDO/S, and INDO/S quantum chemical models.

  14. Experimental determination of excitonic band structures of single-walled carbon nanotubes using circular dichroism spectra

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    Wei, Xiaojun; Tanaka, Takeshi; Yomogida, Yohei; Sato, Naomichi; Saito, Riichiro; Kataura, Hiromichi

    2016-10-01

    Experimental band structure analyses of single-walled carbon nanotubes have not yet been reported, to the best of our knowledge, except for a limited number of reports using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. Here we demonstrate the experimental determination of the excitonic band structures of single-chirality single-walled carbon nanotubes using their circular dichroism spectra. In this analysis, we use gel column chromatography combining overloading selective adsorption with stepwise elution to separate 12 different single-chirality enantiomers. Our samples show higher circular dichroism intensities than the highest values reported in previous works, indicating their high enantiomeric purity. Excitonic band structure analysis is performed by assigning all observed Eii and Eij optical transitions in the circular dichroism spectra. The results reproduce the asymmetric structures of the valence and conduction bands predicted by density functional theory. Finally, we demonstrate that an extended empirical formula can estimate Eij optical transition energies for any (n,m) species.

  15. Isotope effect on the circular dichroism spectrum of methyl α-D-glucopyranoside in aqueous solution

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    Kanematsu, Yusuke; Kamiya, Yukiko; Matsuo, Koichi; Gekko, Kunihiko; Kato, Koichi; Tachikawa, Masanori

    2015-01-01

    H/D isotope effect on the circular dichroism spectrum of methyl α-D-glucopyranoside in aqueous solution has been analyzed by multicomponent density functional theory calculations using the polarizable continuum model. By comparing the computational spectra with the corresponding experimental spectrum obtained with a vacuum-ultraviolet circular dichroism spectrophotometer, it was demonstrated that the isotope effect provides insights not only into the isotopic difference of the intramolecular interactions of the solutes, but also into that of the solute–solvent intermolecular interaction. PMID:26658851

  16. Circular dichroism of chiral photonic crystal liquid layers with enclosed defect inside

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    Gevorgyan, Ashot; Kocharian, Armen; Vardanyan, Gagik

    2015-03-01

    The photonic crystals of artificial and self-organizing structures with spatial periodic changes in dielectric and magnetic properties have attracted considerable interest recently due to unusual physical properties and wide practical applications. The chiral periodic structure in the scale of optical wavelength gives rise to strong and characteristic circular dichroism responses at visible wavelengths. Here we investigate photonic density, circular dichroism and peculiarities of absorption and emission spectra at various eigen polarizations in multilayered one-dimensional chiral soft matter with two layers of CLCs and an isotropic defect layer inside. The circular dichroism is defined by differences in light energy absorption A=1-(R + T) by the system (R and T are the reflection and transmission coefficients, respectively) and A s , r are the light absorptions, if the incident light has left and right circular polarizations, respectively. This problem can be solved by the modified Ambartsumian's layer addition method. The influence of absorption and gain on the circular dichroism, absorption and emission spectra is established in cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) cell with an isotropic defect layer inside.

  17. Enhanced circular dichroism based on the dual-chiral metamaterial in terahertz regime

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    Jian, Shao; Jie, Li; Ying-Hua, Wang; Jia-Qi, Li; Zheng-Gao, Dong; Lin, Zhou

    2016-05-01

    The obvious circular dichroism (CD) and optical activity can be obtained based on the chiral metamaterial due to the plasmon-enhanced effect, which is very attractive for future compact devices with enhanced capabilities of light manipulation. In this paper, we propose a dual-chiral metamaterial composed of bilayer asymmetric split ring resonators (ASRR) that are in mirror-symmetry shape. It is demonstrated that the CD can get enhancement in the terahertz regime. Moreover, the CD can be further improved by modulating the asymmetry of ASRR. The enhanced CD effect in the terahertz regime has great potential applications in sensing, biomedical imaging, and molecular recognition. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174051, 11374049, and 11204139), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province of China (Grant No. BK20131283), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China.

  18. Magnetic x-ray circular dichroism in Fe Co Pt multilayers

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    Tobin, J.G.; Jankowski, A.F.; Waddill, G.D.; Sterne, P.A.

    1994-04-01

    Magnetic x-ray circular dichroism in x-ray absorption has been used to investigate the ternary multilayer system, Fe Co Pt. Samples were prepared by planar magnetron sputter deposition and carefully characterized, using a variety of techniques such as grazing-incidence and high-angle x-ray scattering, Auger depth profiling and cross-section transmission electron microscopy. As previously reported, the Fe9.5{Angstrom} Pt9.5{Angstrom} exhibits a large dichroism in the Fe 2p absorption. Interestingly while the Co9.5{Angstrom} Pt9.5{Angstrom} has no measurable dichroism, the Fe4.7{Angstrom} Co4.7{Angstrom} Pt9.5{Angstrom} sample has a dichroism at both the Fe 2p and Co 2p absorption edges. These and other results are compared to slab calculation predictions. Possible explanations are discussed.

  19. A Simple Spreadsheet Program to Simulate and Analyze the Far-UV Circular Dichroism Spectra of Proteins

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    Abriata, Luciano A.

    2011-01-01

    A simple algorithm was implemented in a spreadsheet program to simulate the circular dichroism spectra of proteins from their secondary structure content and to fit [alpha]-helix, [beta]-sheet, and random coil contents from experimental far-UV circular dichroism spectra. The physical basis of the method is briefly reviewed within the context of…

  20. Circular Dichroism Investigation of Dess-Martin Periodinane Oxidation in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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    Reed, Nicole A.; Rapp, Robert D.; Hamann, Christian S.; Artz, Pamela G.

    2005-01-01

    Dess-Martin periodinane oxidation is an experiment that provides an avenue to the introduction of Circular Dichroism (CD) spectroscopy in organic chemistry curriculum as a diagnostic tool for examination of the results of a familiar reaction, and absolute configuration. From the experiment, students increased their understanding of CD theory and…

  1. Magnetic Circular Dichroism Studies XXV. A Preliminary Investigation of Microsomal Cytochromes*

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    Dolinger, Peter M.; Kielczewski, Michael; Trudell, James R.; Barth, Günter; Linder, Robert E.; Bunnenberg, Edward; Djerassi, Carl

    1974-01-01

    The application of magnetic circular dichroism as an optical probe for simultaneous identification and determination of at least two microsomal cytochromes is demonstrated. The assignments of the bands in the spectra of microsomal suspensions are made from the spectra of soluble preparations of cytochrome P-450 obtained from Pseudomonas putida and of cytochrome b5 obtained from rat livers. PMID:4521811

  2. Determination of Myoglobin Stability by Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy: Classic and Modern Data Analysis

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    Mehl, Andrew F.; Crawford, Mary A.; Zhang, Lei

    2009-01-01

    Few laboratory procedures describe the use of circular dichroism (CD) at the undergraduate level. To increase the number of laboratory exercises using CD, a thermal denaturation study of myoglobin using CD is described to assess protein stability. Values obtained from a more classic linear data analysis approach are consistent with data analyzed…

  3. Circular dichroism in a three-dimensional semiconductor chiral photonic crystal

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    Takahashi, S.; Ota, Y.; Tatebayashi, J.; Tajiri, T.; Iwamoto, S.; Arakawa, Y.

    2014-08-04

    Circular dichroism covering the telecommunication band is experimentally demonstrated in a semiconductor-based three-dimensional chiral photonic crystal (PhC). We design a rotationally stacked woodpile PhC structure where neighboring layers are rotated by 60° and three layers construct a single helical unit. The mirror-asymmetric PhC made from GaAs with sub-micron periodicity is fabricated by a micro-manipulation technique. Due to the large contrast of refractive indices between GaAs and air, the experimentally obtained circular dichroism extends over a wide wavelength range, with the transmittance of right-handed circularly polarized incident light being 85% and that of left-handed light being 15% at a wavelength of 1.3 μm. The obtained results show good agreement with numerical simulations.

  4. Conformation of membrane-bound proteins revealed by vacuum-ultraviolet circular-dichroism and linear-dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Matsuo, Koichi; Maki, Yasuyuki; Namatame, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Gekko, Kunihiko

    2016-03-01

    Knowledge of the conformations of a water-soluble protein bound to a membrane is important for understanding the membrane-interaction mechanisms and the membrane-mediated functions of the protein. In this study we applied vacuum-ultraviolet circular-dichroism (VUVCD) and linear-dichroism (LD) spectroscopy to analyze the conformations of α-lactalbumin (LA), thioredoxin (Trx), and β-lactoglobulin (LG) bound to phosphatidylglycerol liposomes. The VUVCD analysis coupled with a neural-network analysis showed that these three proteins have characteristic helix-rich conformations involving several helical segments, of which two amphiphilic or hydrophobic segments take part in interactions with the liposome. The LD analysis predicted the average orientations of these helix segments on the liposome: two amphiphilic helices parallel to the liposome surface for LA, two hydrophobic helices perpendicular to the liposome surface for Trx, and a hydrophobic helix perpendicular to and an amphiphilic helix parallel to the liposome surface for LG. This sequence-level information about the secondary structures and orientations was used to formulate interaction models of the three proteins at the membrane surface. This study demonstrates the validity of a combination of VUVCD and LD spectroscopy in conformational analyses of membrane-binding proteins, which are difficult targets for X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. PMID:26756612

  5. Phosphorylation effect on the GSSS peptide conformation in water: Infrared, vibrational circular dichroism, and circular dichroism experiments and comparisons with molecular dynamics simulations

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    Lee, Kyung-Koo; Joo, Cheonik; Yang, Seongeun; Han, Hogyu; Cho, Minhaeng

    2007-06-01

    The phosphorylation effect on the small peptide conformation in water has not been clearly understood yet, despite the widely acknowledged notion that control of protein activity by phosphorylation works mainly by inducing conformational change. To elucidate the detailed mechanism, we performed infrared (IR) absorption and vibrational and electronic circular dichroism studies of both unphosphorylated and phosphorylated tetrapeptides, GSSS 1 and GSSpS 2. The solution structure of the tetrapeptide is found to be little dependent on the presence of the neutral or negatively charged phosphoryl group, and to be a mixture of extended structures including polyproline II (PII) and β-sheet conformations. The additional band at 1598cm-1 in the amide I IR spectrum of the phosphorylated peptide GSSpS at neutral pD appears to be clear spectroscopic evidence for direct intramolecular hydrogen-bonding interaction between the side chain dianionic phosphoryl group and the backbone amide proton. On the basis of amide I IR band analyses, the authors found that the probability of finding the phosphoryl group strongly H bonded to the backbone proton in GSSpS is about 43% at pD 7.0 and 37°C. Such a H-bonding interaction in GSSpS has the biological standard enthalpy and entropy of -15.1kJ /mol and -51.2J/Kmol, respectively. Comparisons between the experimentally measured IR and VCD spectra and the numerically simulated ones suggested that the currently available force field parameters need to be properly modified. The results in this paper may shed light on an unknown mechanism of controlling the peptide conformation by phosphorylation.

  6. Acquisition of pro-oxidant activity of fALS-linked SOD1 mutants as revealed using circular dichroism and UV-resonance Raman spectroscopy

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    Fujimaki, Nobuhiro; Nishiya, Ken; Miura, Takashi; Nakabayashi, Takakazu

    2016-11-01

    The acquisition of pro-oxidant activity of the mutated form of human Cu, Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD1) has been investigated to clarify the relationship between mutations in SOD1 and the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Ala4 → Val (A4V) and Gly93 → Ala (G93A) mutants, which are representative ALS-linked SOD1 mutants, have been found to exhibit both the denaturation and the gain of pro-oxidant activity after incubation in the apo-form at a physiological condition of 37 °C and pH 7.4 and the rebinding of Cu2+. These characteristics are similar to those previously reported for the His43 → Arg (H43R) mutant. UV-resonance Raman spectra indicated that the coordination structure of the Cu-binding site catalyzing the oxidation reaction is the same among the denatured A4V, G93A, and H43R. Since wild-type SOD1 does not exhibit the denaturation in its apo-form at 37 °C and pH 7.4, the instability of the protein structure due to mutation can be considered as a significant factor that induces the denaturation and the subsequent pro-oxidant activity.

  7. A new approach to determine the stereospecificity in lipase catalysed hydrolysis using circular dichroism (CD): lipases produce optically active diglycerides from achiral triglycerides.

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    Uzawa, H; Nishida, Y; Ohrui, H; Meguro, H

    1990-04-30

    We describe a sensitive CD method for determining the stereospecificity in lipase (E.C.3.1.1.3) catalysed hydrolysis of triacyl glycerols into diacyl glycerols. The diglycerols were converted to chiral tert-butyldimethylsilylated 1,2- or 2,3-di-O-benzoyl-sn-glycerol (5 or 5'), and their CD was measured. This approach showed for the first time that lipases produce optically active diacyl glycerides from achiral tripalmitin and tribenzoyl glyceride with a variable extent of enantioselectivity depending on the acyl groups and the enzymes.

  8. Characterization of the coral allene oxide synthase active site with UV-visible absorption, magnetic circular dichroism, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy: evidence for tyrosinate ligation to the ferric enzyme heme iron.

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    Abraham, B D; Sono, M; Boutaud, O; Shriner, A; Dawson, J H; Brash, A R; Gaffney, B J

    2001-02-20

    Coral allene oxide synthase (AOS), a hemoprotein with weak sequence homology to catalase, is the N-terminal domain of a naturally occurring fusion protein with an 8R-lipoxygenase. AOS converts 8R-hydroperoxyeicosatetraenoic acid to the corresponding allene oxide. The UV--visible absorption and magnetic circular dichroism spectra of ferric AOS and of its cyanide and azide complexes, and the electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of native AOS (high-spin, g = 6.56, 5.22, 2.00) and of its cyanide adduct (low-spin, g = 2.86, 2.24, 1.60) closely resemble the corresponding spectra of bovine liver catalase (BLC). These results provide strong evidence for tyrosinate ligation to the heme iron of AOS as has been established for catalases. On the other hand, the positive circular dichroism bands in the Soret region for all three derivatives of ferric AOS are almost the mirror image of those in catalase. In addition, the cyanide affinity of native AOS (K(d) = 10 mM at pH 7) is about 3 orders of magnitude lower than that of BLC. Thus, while these results conclusively support a common tyrosinate-ligated heme in AOS as in catalase, significant differences exist in the interaction between their respective heme prosthetic groups and protein environments, and in the access of small molecules to the heme iron. PMID:11329294

  9. First enantioseparation and circular dichroism spectra of Au38 clusters protected by achiral ligands

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    Dolamic, Igor; Knoppe, Stefan; Dass, Amala; Bürgi, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Bestowing chirality to metals is central in fields such as heterogeneous catalysis and modern optics. Although the bulk phase of metals is symmetric, their surfaces can become chiral through adsorption of molecules. Interestingly, even achiral molecules can lead to locally chiral, though globally racemic, surfaces. A similar situation can be obtained for metal particles or clusters. Here we report the first separation of the enantiomers of a gold cluster protected by achiral thiolates, Au38(SCH2CH2Ph)24, achieved by chiral high-performance liquid chromatography. The chirality of the nanocluster arises from the chiral arrangement of the thiolates on its surface, forming 'staple motifs'. The enantiomers show mirror-image circular dichroism responses and large anisotropy factors of up to 4×10−3. Comparison with reported circular dichroism spectra of other Au38 clusters reveals that the influence of the ligand on the chiroptical properties is minor. PMID:22531183

  10. Polarizable continuum model study of solvent effects on electronic circular dichroism parameters

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    Pecul, Magdalena; Marchesan, Domenico; Ruud, Kenneth; Coriani, Sonia

    2005-01-01

    We present an implementation of the polarizable continuum model for the calculation of solvent effects on electronic circular dichroism spectra. The computational model used is density functional theory in the length-gauge formulation, and gauge-origin independence is ensured through the use of London atomic orbitals. Results of calculations carried out for methyloxirane and bicyclic ketones, camphor, norcamphor, norbornenone, and fenchone are presented, and the theoretically obtained solvent effects are compared with experimental observations.

  11. MICROFLUIDIC MIXERS FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF PROTEIN FOLDING USING SYNCHROTRON RADIATION CIRCULAR DICHROISM SPECTROSCOPY

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    Kane, A; Hertzog, D; Baumgartel, P; Lengefeld, J; Horsley, D; Schuler, B; Bakajin, O

    2006-03-20

    The purpose of this study is to design, fabricate and optimize microfluidic mixers to investigate the kinetics of protein secondary structure formation with Synchrotron Radiation Circular Dichroism (SRCD) spectroscopy. The mixers are designed to rapidly initiate protein folding reaction through the dilution of denaturant. The devices are fabricated out of fused silica, so that they are transparent in the UV. We present characterization of mixing in the fabricated devices, as well as the initial SRCD data on proteins inside the mixers.

  12. Synchrotron Radiation Circular Dichroism (SRCD) Spectroscopy - An Enhanced Method for Examining Protein Conformations and Protein Interactions

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    B Wallace; R Janes

    2011-12-31

    CD (circular dichroism) spectroscopy is a well-established technique in structural biology. SRCD (synchrotron radiation circular dichroism) spectroscopy extends the utility and applications of conventional CD spectroscopy (using laboratory-based instruments) because the high flux of a synchrotron enables collection of data at lower wavelengths (resulting in higher information content), detection of spectra with higher signal-to-noise levels and measurements in the presence of absorbing components (buffers, salts, lipids and detergents). SRCD spectroscopy can provide important static and dynamic structural information on proteins in solution, including secondary structures of intact proteins and their domains, protein stability, the differences between wild-type and mutant proteins, the identification of natively disordered regions in proteins, and the dynamic processes of protein folding and membrane insertion and the kinetics of enzyme reactions. It has also been used to effectively study protein interactions, including protein-protein complex formation involving either induced-fit or rigid-body mechanisms, and protein-lipid complexes. A new web-based bioinformatics resource, the Protein Circular Dichroism Data Bank (PCDDB), has been created which enables archiving, access and analyses of CD and SRCD spectra and supporting metadata, now making this information publicly available. To summarize, the developing method of SRCD spectroscopy has the potential for playing an important role in new types of studies of protein conformations and their complexes.

  13. Binding of anti-prion agents to glycosaminoglycans: Evidence from electronic absorption and circular dichroism spectroscopy

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    Zsila, Ferenc . E-mail: zsferi@chemres.hu; Gedeon, Gabor

    2006-08-11

    The polyanionic glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are intimately involved in the pathogenesis of protein conformational disorders such as amyloidosis and prion diseases. Several cationic agents are known to exhibit anti-prion activity but their mechanism of action is poorly understood. In this study, UV absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopic techniques were used to investigate the interaction between heparin and chondroitin-6-sulfate and anti-prion drugs including acridine, quinoline, and phenothiazine derivatives. UV band hypochromism of ({+-})-quinacrine, ({+-})-primaquine, tacrine, quinidine, chlorpromazine, and induced CD spectra of ({+-})-quinacrine upon addition of GAGs provided evidence for the GAG binding of these compounds. The association constants ({approx}10{sup 6}-10{sup 7} M{sup -1}) estimated from the UV titration curves show high-affinity drug-heparin interactions. Ionic strength-dependence of the absorption spectra suggested that the interaction between GAGs and the cationic drugs is principally electrostatic in nature. Drug binding differences of heparin and chondroitin-6-sulfate were attributed to their different negative charge density. These results call the attention to the alteration of GAG-prion/GAG-amyloid interactions by which these compounds might exert their anti-prion/anti-amyloidogenic activities.

  14. Angle and temperature dependence of magnetic circular dichroism in core-level photoemission from Gd(0001)

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    Denecke, R.; Morais, J.; Ynzunza, R. X.; Menchero, J. G.; Liesegang, J.; Rice, M.; Kortright, J.; Hussain, Z.; Fadley, C. S.

    1997-04-01

    Magnetic dichroism in core-level photoelectron emission from solids represents a promising new element-specific probe of surface and interface atomic structure and magnetic order. One way of measuring such effects is by using photoelectrons excited by circular polarized radiation, thus leading to magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) if the intensity with right-circular polarized (RCP) light is not equal to that with left-circular polarized (LCP) light. The spin-integrated photoelectron intensity in a certain emission direction also in general depends on the direction of the magnetization in a magnetic material. In fact, if the magnetization lies in a surface mirror plane, then inverting its direction can provide a second way of measuring MCD. Purely atomic theoretical models have been successful in explaining many aspects of such data. By varying the emission direction one also probes the geometric structure of the sample. But such MCD in photoelectron angular distributions (MCDAD) then has to be interpreted also in terms of photoelectron diffraction. Measuring the temperature dependence of such MCD effects also provides a useful tool for studying magnetic transition temperatures. The authors have here studied such effects in core-level emission from Gd(0001).

  15. Induced Circular Dichroism in Phosphine Gold(I) Aryl Acetylide Urea Complexes through Hydrogen-Bonded Chiral Co-Assemblies.

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    Dubarle-Offner, Julien; Moussa, Jamal; Amouri, Hani; Jouvelet, Benjamin; Bouteiller, Laurent; Raynal, Matthieu

    2016-03-14

    Phosphine gold(I) aryl acetylide complexes equipped with a central bis(urea) moiety form 1D hydrogen-bonded polymeric assemblies in solution that do not display any optical activity. Chiral co-assemblies are formed by simple addition of an enantiopure (metal-free) complementary monomer. Although exhibiting an intrinsically achiral linear geometry, the gold(I) aryl acetylide fragment is located in the chiral environment displayed by the hydrogen-bonded co-assemblies, as demonstrated by induced circular dichroism (ICD).

  16. Induced Circular Dichroism in Phosphine Gold(I) Aryl Acetylide Urea Complexes through Hydrogen-Bonded Chiral Co-Assemblies.

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    Dubarle-Offner, Julien; Moussa, Jamal; Amouri, Hani; Jouvelet, Benjamin; Bouteiller, Laurent; Raynal, Matthieu

    2016-03-14

    Phosphine gold(I) aryl acetylide complexes equipped with a central bis(urea) moiety form 1D hydrogen-bonded polymeric assemblies in solution that do not display any optical activity. Chiral co-assemblies are formed by simple addition of an enantiopure (metal-free) complementary monomer. Although exhibiting an intrinsically achiral linear geometry, the gold(I) aryl acetylide fragment is located in the chiral environment displayed by the hydrogen-bonded co-assemblies, as demonstrated by induced circular dichroism (ICD). PMID:26780877

  17. Characterization of intermolecular structure of β(2)-microglobulin core fragments in amyloid fibrils by vacuum-ultraviolet circular dichroism spectroscopy and circular dichroism theory.

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    Matsuo, Koichi; Hiramatsu, Hirotsugu; Gekko, Kunihiko; Namatame, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Woody, Robert W

    2014-03-20

    Intermolecular structures are important factors for understanding the conformational properties of amyloid fibrils. In this study, vacuum-ultraviolet circular dichroism (VUVCD) spectroscopy and circular dichroism (CD) theory were used for characterizing the intermolecular structures of β2-microglobulin (β2m) core fragments in the amyloid fibrils. The VUVCD spectra of β2m20-41, β2m21-31, and β2m21-29 fragments in the amyloid fibrils exhibited characteristic features, but they were affected not only by the backbone conformations but also by the aromatic side-chain conformations. To estimate the contributions of aromatic side-chains to the spectra, the theoretical spectra were calculated from the simulated structures of β2m21-29 amyloid fibrils with various types of β-sheet stacking (parallel or antiparallel) using CD theory. We found that the experimental spectrum of β2m21-29 fibrils is largely affected by aromatic-backbone couplings, which are induced by the interaction between transitions within the aromatic and backbone chromophores, and these couplings are sensitive to the type of stacking among the β-sheets of the fibrils. Further theoretical analyses of simulated structures incorporating mutated aromatic residues suggested that the β2m21-29 fibrils are composed of amyloid accumulations in which the parallel β-sheets stack in an antiparallel manner and that the characteristic Phe-Tyr interactions among the β-sheet stacks affect the aromatic-backbone coupling. These findings indicate that the coupling components, which depend on the characteristic intermolecular structures, induce the spectral differences among three fragments in the amyloid fibrils. These advanced spectral analyses using CD theory provide a useful method for characterizing the intermolecular structures of protein and peptide fragment complexes.

  18. Magnetic properties of transition-metal multilayers studied with x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy

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    Stoehr, J.; Nakajima, R.

    1998-01-01

    The detailed understanding of the magnetic properties of transition-metal multilayers requires the use of state-of-the-art experimental techniques. Over the last few years, the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) technique has evolved into an important magnetometry tool. This paper is an overview of the principles and unique strengths of the technique. Aspects covered include the quantitative determination of element-specific spin and orbital magnetic moments and their anisotropies through sumrule analyses of experimental spectra. A discussion is presented on how the spin and orbital magnetic moments in transition-metal thin films and sandwiches are modified relative to the bulk. The authors show that a thin film of a nonmagnetic metal such as Cu may become magnetically active when adjacent to a magnetic layer, and a thin film of a ferromagnetic metal such as Fe may become magnetically inactive. The orbital moment is found to become anisotropic in thin films; it can be regarded as the microscopic origin of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy.

  19. Analysis of conjugation of chloramphenicol and hemoglobin by fluorescence, circular dichroism and molecular modeling

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    Ding, Fei; Liu, Wei; Sun, Ye; Yang, Xin-Ling; Sun, Ying; Zhang, Li

    2012-01-01

    Chloramphenicol is a low cost, broad spectrum, highly active antibiotic, and widely used in the treatment of serious infections, including typhoid fever and other life-threatening infections of the central nervous system and respiratory tract. The purpose of the present study was to examine the conjugation of chloramphenicol with hemoglobin (Hb) and compared with albumin at molecular level, utilizing fluorescence, UV/vis absorption, circular dichroism (CD) as well as molecular modeling. Fluorescence data indicate that drug bind Hb generate quenching via static mechanism, this corroborates UV/vis absorption measurements that the ground state complex formation with an affinity of 10 4 M -1, and the driving forces in the Hb-drug complex are hydrophilic interactions and hydrogen bonds, as derived from computational model. The accurate binding site of drug has been identified from the analysis of fluorescence and molecular modeling, α1β2 interface of Hb was assigned to possess high-affinity for drug, which located at the β-37 Trp nearby. The structural investigation of the complexed Hb by synchronous fluorescence, UV/vis absorption, and CD observations revealed some degree of Hb structure unfolding upon complexation. Based on molecular modeling, we can draw the conclusion that the binding affinity of drug with albumin is superior, compared with Hb. These phenomena can provide salient information on the absorption, distribution, pharmacology, and toxicity of chloramphenicol and other drugs which have analogous configuration with chloramphenicol.

  20. UV-CD12: synchrotron radiation circular dichroism beamline at ANKA

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    Bürck, Jochen; Roth, Siegmar; Windisch, Dirk; Wadhwani, Parvesh; Moss, David; Ulrich, Anne S.

    2015-01-01

    Synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) is a rapidly growing technique for structure analysis of proteins and other chiral biomaterials. UV-CD12 is a high-flux SRCD beamline installed at the ANKA synchrotron, to which it had been transferred after the closure of the SRS Daresbury. The beamline covers an extended vacuum-UV to near-UV spectral range and has been open for users since October 2011. The current end-station allows for temperature-controlled steady-state SRCD spectroscopy, including routine automated thermal scans of microlitre volumes of water-soluble proteins down to 170 nm. It offers an excellent signal-to-noise ratio over the whole accessible spectral range. The technique of oriented circular dichroism (OCD) was recently implemented for determining the membrane alignment of α-helical peptides and proteins in macroscopically oriented lipid bilayers as mimics of cellular membranes. It offers improved spectral quality <200 nm compared with an OCD setup adapted to a bench-top instrument, and accelerated data collection by a factor of ∼3. In addition, it permits investigations of low hydrated protein films down to 130 nm using a rotatable sample cell that avoids linear dichroism artifacts. PMID:25931105

  1. Magnetic dichroism effect of binary alloys using circularly-polarized x-ray

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    Wu, S. Z.; Schumann, F.O.; Willis, R.F.; Goodman, K.W.; Tobin, J.G.; Carr, R.

    1997-05-01

    We have studies the magnetic propertied of CoNi binary alloy films with various atomic compositions using soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) technique. The alloy films were deposited on single Cu(100) crystals in situ using our well-established epitaxial growth technique to achieve a layer-by-layer growth and a metastable fcc structure, with all films exhibiting an in-plane magnetic anistrophy. Utilizing the element-specific ability and nanostructure magnetization sensitivity of this technique, we have been able to perform the absorption measurements at L2 and L3 edge of Co and Ni atoms and observed large dichroism signals. The extraction of spin moment and orbital moment for varying elemental stoichiometry using magneto- optical sum rules is discussed.

  2. Imaging photoelectron circular dichroism of chiral molecules by femtosecond multiphoton coincidence detection

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    Lehmann, C. Stefan; Ram, N. Bhargava; Powis, Ivan; Janssen, Maurice H. M.

    2013-12-01

    Here, we provide a detailed account of novel experiments employing electron-ion coincidence imaging to discriminate chiral molecules. The full three-dimensional angular scattering distribution of electrons is measured after photoexcitation with either left or right circular polarized light. The experiment is performed using a simplified photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging setup employing only a single particle imaging detector. Results are reported applying this technique to enantiomers of the chiral molecule camphor after three-photon ionization by circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses at 400 nm and 380 nm. The electron-ion coincidence imaging provides the photoelectron spectrum of mass-selected ions that are observed in the time-of-flight mass spectra. The coincident photoelectron spectra of the parent camphor ion and the various fragment ions are the same, so it can be concluded that fragmentation of camphor happens after ionization. We discuss the forward-backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution which is expressed in Legendre polynomials with moments up to order six. Furthermore, we present a method, similar to one-photon electron circular dichroism, to quantify the strength of the chiral electron asymmetry in a single parameter. The circular dichroism in the photoelectron angular distribution of camphor is measured to be 8% at 400 nm. The electron circular dichroism using femtosecond multiphoton excitation is of opposite sign and about 60% larger than the electron dichroism observed before in near-threshold one-photon ionization with synchrotron excitation. We interpret our multiphoton ionization as being resonant at the two-photon level with the 3s and 3p Rydberg states of camphor. Theoretical calculations are presented that model the photoelectron angular distribution from a prealigned camphor molecule using density functional theory and continuum multiple scattering X alpha photoelectron scattering calculations

  3. Imaging photoelectron circular dichroism of chiral molecules by femtosecond multiphoton coincidence detection

    SciTech Connect

    Lehmann, C. Stefan; Ram, N. Bhargava; Janssen, Maurice H. M.; Powis, Ivan

    2013-12-21

    Here, we provide a detailed account of novel experiments employing electron-ion coincidence imaging to discriminate chiral molecules. The full three-dimensional angular scattering distribution of electrons is measured after photoexcitation with either left or right circular polarized light. The experiment is performed using a simplified photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging setup employing only a single particle imaging detector. Results are reported applying this technique to enantiomers of the chiral molecule camphor after three-photon ionization by circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses at 400 nm and 380 nm. The electron-ion coincidence imaging provides the photoelectron spectrum of mass-selected ions that are observed in the time-of-flight mass spectra. The coincident photoelectron spectra of the parent camphor ion and the various fragment ions are the same, so it can be concluded that fragmentation of camphor happens after ionization. We discuss the forward-backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution which is expressed in Legendre polynomials with moments up to order six. Furthermore, we present a method, similar to one-photon electron circular dichroism, to quantify the strength of the chiral electron asymmetry in a single parameter. The circular dichroism in the photoelectron angular distribution of camphor is measured to be 8% at 400 nm. The electron circular dichroism using femtosecond multiphoton excitation is of opposite sign and about 60% larger than the electron dichroism observed before in near-threshold one-photon ionization with synchrotron excitation. We interpret our multiphoton ionization as being resonant at the two-photon level with the 3s and 3p Rydberg states of camphor. Theoretical calculations are presented that model the photoelectron angular distribution from a prealigned camphor molecule using density functional theory and continuum multiple scattering X alpha photoelectron scattering calculations

  4. Circular dichroism measurements at an x-ray free-electron laser with polarization control.

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    Hartmann, G; Lindahl, A O; Knie, A; Hartmann, N; Lutman, A A; MacArthur, J P; Shevchuk, I; Buck, J; Galler, A; Glownia, J M; Helml, W; Huang, Z; Kabachnik, N M; Kazansky, A K; Liu, J; Marinelli, A; Mazza, T; Nuhn, H-D; Walter, P; Viefhaus, J; Meyer, M; Moeller, S; Coffee, R N; Ilchen, M

    2016-08-01

    A non-destructive diagnostic method for the characterization of circularly polarized, ultraintense, short wavelength free-electron laser (FEL) light is presented. The recently installed Delta undulator at the LCLS (Linac Coherent Light Source) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (USA) was used as showcase for this diagnostic scheme. By applying a combined two-color, multi-photon experiment with polarization control, the degree of circular polarization of the Delta undulator has been determined. Towards this goal, an oriented electronic state in the continuum was created by non-resonant ionization of the O2 1s core shell with circularly polarized FEL pulses at hν ≃ 700 eV. An also circularly polarized, highly intense UV laser pulse with hν ≃ 3.1 eV was temporally and spatially overlapped, causing the photoelectrons to redistribute into so-called sidebands that are energetically separated by the photon energy of the UV laser. By determining the circular dichroism of these redistributed electrons using angle resolving electron spectroscopy and modeling the results with the strong-field approximation, this scheme allows to unambiguously determine the absolute degree of circular polarization of any pulsed, ultraintense XUV or X-ray laser source. PMID:27587106

  5. Circular dichroism measurements at an x-ray free-electron laser with polarization control

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    Hartmann, G.; Lindahl, A. O.; Knie, A.; Hartmann, N.; Lutman, A. A.; MacArthur, J. P.; Shevchuk, I.; Buck, J.; Galler, A.; Glownia, J. M.; Helml, W.; Huang, Z.; Kabachnik, N. M.; Kazansky, A. K.; Liu, J.; Marinelli, A.; Mazza, T.; Nuhn, H.-D.; Walter, P.; Viefhaus, J.; Meyer, M.; Moeller, S.; Coffee, R. N.; Ilchen, M.

    2016-08-01

    A non-destructive diagnostic method for the characterization of circularly polarized, ultraintense, short wavelength free-electron laser (FEL) light is presented. The recently installed Delta undulator at the LCLS (Linac Coherent Light Source) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (USA) was used as showcase for this diagnostic scheme. By applying a combined two-color, multi-photon experiment with polarization control, the degree of circular polarization of the Delta undulator has been determined. Towards this goal, an oriented electronic state in the continuum was created by non-resonant ionization of the O2 1s core shell with circularly polarized FEL pulses at hν ≃ 700 eV. An also circularly polarized, highly intense UV laser pulse with hν ≃ 3.1 eV was temporally and spatially overlapped, causing the photoelectrons to redistribute into so-called sidebands that are energetically separated by the photon energy of the UV laser. By determining the circular dichroism of these redistributed electrons using angle resolving electron spectroscopy and modeling the results with the strong-field approximation, this scheme allows to unambiguously determine the absolute degree of circular polarization of any pulsed, ultraintense XUV or X-ray laser source.

  6. Circular Dichroism studies on the interactions of antimicrobial peptides with bacterial cells

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    Avitabile, Concetta; D'Andrea, Luca Domenico; Romanelli, Alessandra

    2014-03-01

    Studying how antimicrobial peptides interact with bacterial cells is pivotal to understand their mechanism of action. In this paper we explored the use of Circular Dichroism to detect the secondary structure of two antimicrobial peptides, magainin 2 and cecropin A, with E. coli bacterial cells. The results of our studies allow us to gain two important information in the context of antimicrobial peptides- bacterial cells interactions: peptides fold mainly due to interaction with LPS, which is the main component of the Gram negative bacteria outer membrane and the time required for the folding on the bacterial cells depends on the peptide analyzed.

  7. Time-resolved circular dichroism and absorption studies of the photolysis reaction of (carbonmonoxy)myoglobin.

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    Milder, S J; Bjorling, S C; Kuntz, I D; Kliger, D S

    1988-01-01

    Time-resolved circular dichroism (TRCD) and absorption spectroscopy are used to follow the photolysis reaction of (carbonmonoxy)myoglobin (MbCO). Following the spectral changes associated with the initial loss of CO, a subtle change is observed in the visible absorption spectrum of the Mb product on a time scale of a few hundred nanoseconds. No changes are seen in the CD spectrum of Mb in the visible and near-UV regions subsequent to the loss of CO. The data suggest the existence of an intermediate found after ligand loss from MbCO that is similar in structure to the final Mb product. PMID:3390516

  8. Assignment of absolute stereostructures through quantum mechanics electronic and vibrational circular dichroism calculations.

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    Dai, Peng; Jiang, Nan; Tan, Ren-Xiang

    2016-01-01

    Elucidation of absolute configuration of chiral molecules including structurally complex natural products remains a challenging problem in organic chemistry. A reliable method for assigning the absolute stereostructure is to combine the experimental circular dichroism (CD) techniques such as electronic and vibrational CD (ECD and VCD), with quantum mechanics (QM) ECD and VCD calculations. The traditional QM methods as well as their continuing developments make them more applicable with accuracy. Taking some chiral natural products with diverse conformations as examples, this review describes the basic concepts and new developments of QM approaches for ECD and VCD calculations in solution and solid states.

  9. Theoretical electronic absorption and natural circular dichroism spectra of (-)-trans-cyclooctene

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    Pedersen, Thomas Bondo; Koch, Henrik

    2000-02-01

    Using the random phase approximation and coupled cluster singles and doubles linear response theory in conjunction with two basis sets of augmented double-zeta quality and two nuclear geometries, we have calculated electronic absorption and natural circular dichroism spectra of (-)-trans-cyclooctene. We present a density functional theory optimized nuclear geometry whose ground state electric dipole moment and harmonic vibrational spectrum compare well with experimental data. The coupled cluster results obtained with this nuclear geometry are in good agreement with experimental electronic spectra, although the original interpretation of the most intense low-lying band as a π→π* transition is contradicted.

  10. Magnetic circular x-ray dichroisms of Fe-Ni alloys at K edge.

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    Freeman, A. J.; Gofron, K. J.; Kimball, C. W.; Lee, P. L.; Montano, P. A.; Rao, F.; Wang, X.

    1997-04-03

    Magnetic Circular X-ray Dichroism (MCXD) studies at K edges of Fe-Ni alloys reveal changes of the MCXD signal with composition and crystal structure. We observe that the signal at the invar composition is of comparable strength as other compositions. Moreover, the edge position is strongly dependent on lattice constant. First principles calculations demonstrate that the shape and strength of the signal strongly depends on the crystal orientation, composition, and lattice constant. We find direct relation between the MCXD signal and the p DOS. We find that the MCXD at K edge probes the magnetism due to itinerant electrons.

  11. Strong coupling between adenine nucleobases in DNA single strands revealed by circular dichroism using synchrotron radiation

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    Kadhane, Umesh; Holm, Anne I. S.; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning; Nielsen, Steen Brøndsted

    2008-02-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) experiments on DNA single strands (dAn) at the ASTRID synchrotron radiation facility reveal that eight adenine (A) bases electronically couple upon 190nm excitation. After n=8 , the CD signal increases linearly with n with a slope equal to the sum of the coupling terms. Nearest neighbor interactions account for only 24% of the CD signal whereas electronic communication is limited to nearest neighbors for two other exciton bands observed at 218 and 251nm (i.e., dimer excited states). Electronic coupling between bases in DNA is important for nonradiative deexcitation of electronically excited states since the hazardous energy is spread over a larger spatial region.

  12. Chiral imaging of collagen by second-harmonic generation circular dichroism

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    Lee, H.; Huttunen, M. J.; Hsu, K.-J.; Partanen, M.; Zhuo, G.-Y.; Kauranen, M.; Chu, S.-W.

    2013-01-01

    We provide evidence that the chirality of collagen can give rise to strong second-harmonic generation circular dichroism (SHG-CD) responses in nonlinear microscopy. Although chirality is an intrinsic structural property of collagen, most of the previous studies ignore that property. We demonstrate chiral imaging of individual collagen fibers by using a laser scanning microscope and type-I collagen from pig ligaments. 100% contrast level of SHG-CD is achieved with sub-micrometer spatial resolution. As a new contrast mechanism for imaging chiral structures in bio-tissues, this technique provides information about collagen morphology and three-dimensional orientation of collagen molecules. PMID:23761852

  13. Instrument for x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements at high pressures

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    Haskel, D.; Tseng, Y. C.; Lang, J. C.; Sinogeikin, S.

    2007-08-15

    An instrument has been developed for x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements at high pressures and low temperatures. This instrument couples a nonmagnetic copper-beryllium diamond anvil cell featuring perforated diamonds with a helium flow cryostat and an electromagnet. The applied pressure can be controlled in situ using a gas membrane and calibrated using Cu K-edge x-ray absorption fine structure measurements. The performance of this instrument was tested by measuring the XMCD spectra of the Gd{sub 5}Si{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} giant magnetocaloric material.

  14. Conformational analysis and vibrational circular dichroism of tris(ethylenediamine)ruthenium(II) complex: a theoretical study.

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    Pandith, Altaf Hussain; Pati, Swapan K

    2010-01-14

    The conformational preferences and vibrational circular dichroism of tris(ethylenediamine)ruthenium complex in two main configurations (Lambda) and (Delta), have been performed using density functional theory. We find that for the free [Ru(en)(3)](2+) ion in the Delta-configuration, the conformational stability order is Delta(deltadeltadelta) > Delta(lambdadeltadelta) > Delta(lambdalambdadelta) > Delta(lambdalambdalambda) and that for the Lambda-configuration it is Lambda(deltadeltadelta) < Lambda(lambdadeltadelta) < Lambda(lambdalambdadelta) < Lambda(lambdalambdalambda). The energy differences between the four conformers for both the configurations Delta and Lambda are relatively small, but the activation barriers for ring inversion from one conformation to another are significant, as compared to other such systems. We trace the origin of these results to the lower oxidation state of Ru and relatively larger Ru-N bond length. We have also studied the effect of counterions on the conformational stability for Ru(en)(3)Cl(2.) Our results indicate a reverse stability order for the associated complex, Ru(en)(3) Cl(2) and higher activation barriers for ring inversion as compared to the free complex ion Ru(en)(3)(2+). It is because of larger hydrogen bonding interactions between the three N-H bonds and the chloride ion in these two conformers as compared to other conformations, which is also evident from the VCD spectra of N-H stretching modes. We also investigate IR spectra for all conformations in Delta- and Lambda-configurations and together with energetics and VCD spectra elucidate the spectroscopic characteristics of Ru(en)(3)(2+) complexes with and without the associated counterions.

  15. Broadband femtosecond circular dichroism spectrometer with white-light polarization control.

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    Trifonov, Anton; Buchvarov, Ivan; Lohr, Andreas; Würthner, Frank; Fiebig, Torsten

    2010-04-01

    A broadband, femtosecond transient circular dichroism (TRCD) spectrometer has been developed and tested in the wavelength range from 350 to 700 nm. The spectrometer uses a femtosecond probe white light with well-defined circular polarization. The latter is modulated by the polarization of a narrowband seed pulse. We have implemented a dual-beam probe geometry with phase-locked detection technique to increase the signal-to-noise ratio and to reduce optical artifacts. The spectrometer allows the acquisition of TRCD spectra with subpicosecond time resolution and typical noise levels of 10(-4) absorbance units. The performance of this instrument has been demonstrated on bis(merocyanine) nanorod aggregates in tetrahydrofurane/methylcyclohexane solution. The case study confirmed that this spectrometer is effective for the investigation of chiral properties in various molecular and nanostructural systems that have transient spectra in the UV-visible spectral range.

  16. Analyses of optical absorption and circular dichroism spectra of spinach ferredoxin at alkaline pH.

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    Hasumi, H

    1982-10-01

    The whole protein structure and the microenvironments of the iron-sulfur cluster and of the side chains of amino acid residues of spinach ferredoxin were studied by optical absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy in the alkaline pH range. From the pH-dependence of the optical absorption changes at 245 nm, the four tyrosyl residues of ferredoxin were classified into three groups: one exposed residue with a normal apparent pK value of 10.1, two exposed residues with abnormal apparent pK values of 12.0, and one buried residue showing time-dependent ionization. The absorption in the visible region disappeared gradually with the ionization of the buried residue rather than that of the three exposed residues. The apparent pK value of 10.0 was obtained from the rapid CD changes at 258 nm caused by pH elevation from neutral to alkaline pH. The structural alteration associated with the CD change had no effect on the secondary structure of the protein moiety other than the iron-sulfur cluster and the microenvironment of the cluster. The rate constants obtained from the time courses of the CD changes in the near-ultraviolet and visible regions were in good agreement with those obtained from the time courses of the optical absorption changes. These results lead to the conclusions that (1) the native ferredoxin structure is maintained through the interaction with the iron-sulfur cluster and (2) the protein structure in the neighborhood of the cluster, important for the physiological activity, is not perturbed even though the exposed tyrosyl residues are ionized.

  17. Giant circular dichroism in extrinsic chiral metamaterials excited by off-normal incident laser beams

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    Feng, C.; Wang, Z. B.; Lee, S.; Jiao, J.; Li, L.

    2012-05-01

    Recently it was shown by experiments that circular dichroism (CD) can be observed in the metamaterials of non-chiral structures when they were subjected to obliquely incident light (E. Plum, et al., Physical Review Letters 102, 113902, 2009). By far, external chirality simulation was only done for a particle array embedded in a homogenous medium (V. Yannopapas, Optics Letters 34, 5, 2009); no attempt has been made on simulating and modelling of circular dichroism in layered metamaterials (e.g., thin film on substrate structure). In this paper, we present the simulation of CD effect in layered external chiral metamaterials using CST software, theoretically investigate this intriguing phenomenon through a frequency domain finite integration technique, and optimize the metamaterial unit cell configurations (size, periodicity and film thickness) to maximize the CD phenomenon in near-infrared spectrum range. We show that the CD effect can be enhanced by five times using an optimized unit cell configuration, which is more than three times higher than the existing maximum theoretical results. The CD generation mechanism was elaborated with the help of induced surface current distributions.

  18. Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectra for Large Molecules through Molecules-in-Molecules Fragment-Based Approach.

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    Jose, K V Jovan; Beckett, Daniel; Raghavachari, Krishnan

    2015-09-01

    We present the first implementation of the vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectrum of large molecules through the Molecules-in-Molecules (MIM) fragment-based method. An efficient projection of the relevant higher energy derivatives from smaller fragments to the parent molecule enables the extension of the MIM method for the evaluation of VCD spectra (MIM-VCD). The overlapping primary subsystems in this work are constructed from interacting fragments using a number-based scheme and the dangling bonds are saturated with link hydrogen atoms. Independent fragment calculations are performed to evaluate the energies, Hessian matrix, atomic polar tensor (APT), and the atomic axial tensor (AAT). Subsequently, the link atom tensor components are projected back onto the corresponding host and supporting atoms through the Jacobian projection method, as in the ONIOM approach. In the two-layer model, the long-range interactions between fragments are accounted for using a less computationally intensive lower level of theory. The performance of the MIM model is calibrated on the d- and l-enantiomers of 10 carbohydrate benchmark molecules, with strong intramolecular interactions. The vibrational frequencies and VCD intensities are accurately reproduced relative to the full, unfragmented, results for these systems. In addition, the MIM-VCD method is employed to predict the VCD spectra of perhydrotriphenylene and cryptophane-A, yielding spectra in agreement with experiment. The accuracy and performance of the benchmark systems validate the MIM-VCD model for exploring vibrational circular dichroism spectra of large molecules.

  19. The structure of tri-proline in water probed by polarized Raman, Fourier transform infrared, vibrational circular dichroism, and electric ultraviolet circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Schweitzer-Stenner, Reinhard; Eker, Fatma; Perez, Alejandro; Griebenow, Kai; Cao, Xiaolin; Nafie, Laurence A

    2003-01-01

    Tripeptidesserve as model systems for understanding the so-called random-coil state of peptides and proteins. While it is well known that polyproline or proline-rich polypeptides adopt the very regular polyproline-II (PPII) or left-handed 3(1)-helix conformation, it was thus far not clear whether this is also the predominant structure adopted by proline-containing tripeptides. To clarify this issue, we have investigated the amide I' band profile in the ir, isotropic, and anisotropic Raman, and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectrum of cationic and zwitterionic tri-proline in D(2)O. The data were analyzed by modifying a recently developed algorithm, which allows one to obtain the central dihedral angles of tripeptides from the amide I' band intensities (R. Schweitzer-Stenner, Biophysical Journal, 2002, Vol. 83, pp. 523-532). Our analysis revealed that the peptide adopts a nearly canonical PPII structure in water with psi and phi values in the range of 175 degrees -165 degrees and -70 degrees -(-80 degrees ), respectively. This is fully confirmed by the respective electronic ultraviolet-CD spectra. Our result indicates that the strong PPII propensity of trans proline results from local interactions between the pyrrolidine ring and the backbone and is not due to any long-range interactions.

  20. Femtosecond X-ray magnetic circular dichroism absorption spectroscopy at an X-ray free electron laser.

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    Higley, Daniel J; Hirsch, Konstantin; Dakovski, Georgi L; Jal, Emmanuelle; Yuan, Edwin; Liu, Tianmin; Lutman, Alberto A; MacArthur, James P; Arenholz, Elke; Chen, Zhao; Coslovich, Giacomo; Denes, Peter; Granitzka, Patrick W; Hart, Philip; Hoffmann, Matthias C; Joseph, John; Le Guyader, Loïc; Mitra, Ankush; Moeller, Stefan; Ohldag, Hendrik; Seaberg, Matthew; Shafer, Padraic; Stöhr, Joachim; Tsukamoto, Arata; Nuhn, Heinz-Dieter; Reid, Alex H; Dürr, Hermann A; Schlotter, William F

    2016-03-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy using an X-ray free electron laser is demonstrated with spectra over the Fe L(3,2)-edges. The high brightness of the X-ray free electron laser combined with high accuracy detection of incident and transmitted X-rays enables ultrafast X-ray magnetic circular dichroism studies of unprecedented sensitivity. This new capability is applied to a study of all-optical magnetic switching dynamics of Fe and Gd magnetic sublattices in a GdFeCo thin film above its magnetization compensation temperature. PMID:27036761

  1. Anisotropic Circular Dichroism Signatures of Oriented Thylakoid Membranes and Lamellar Aggregates of LHCII

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    Miloslavina Y.; Hind G.; Lambrev, P. H.; Javorfi, T.; Varkonyi, Z.; Karlicky, V.; Wall, J. S.; Garab, G.

    2012-03-01

    In photosynthesis research, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is an indispensable tool to probe molecular architecture at virtually all levels of structural complexity. At the molecular level, the chirality of the molecule results in intrinsic CD; pigment-pigment interactions in protein complexes and small aggregates can give rise to excitonic CD bands, while 'psi-type' CD signals originate from large, densely packed chiral aggregates. It has been well established that anisotropic CD (ACD), measured on samples with defined non-random orientation relative to the propagation of the measuring beam, carries specific information on the architecture of molecules or molecular macroassemblies. However, ACD is usually combined with linear dichroism and can be distorted by instrumental imperfections, which given the strong anisotropic nature of photosynthetic membranes and complexes, might be the reason why ACD is rarely studied in photosynthesis research. In this study, we present ACD spectra, corrected for linear dichroism, of isolated intact thylakoid membranes of granal chloroplasts, washed unstacked thylakoid membranes, photosystem II (PSII) membranes (BBY particles), grana patches, and tightly stacked lamellar macroaggregates of the main light-harvesting complex of PSII (LHCII). We show that the ACD spectra of face- and edge-aligned stacked thylakoid membranes and LHCII lamellae exhibit profound differences in their psi-type CD bands. Marked differences are also seen in the excitonic CD of BBY and washed thylakoid membranes. Magnetic CD (MCD) spectra on random and aligned samples, and the largely invariable nature of the MCD spectra, despite dramatic variations in the measured isotropic and anisotropic CD, testify that ACD can be measured without substantial distortions and thus employed to extract detailed information on the (supra)molecular organization of photosynthetic complexes. An example is provided showing the ability of CD data to indicate such an

  2. Anisotropic Circular Dichroism Signatures of Oriented Thylakoid Membranes and Lamellar Aggregates of LHCII

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    Miloslavina, Y.; Hind, G.; Lambrev, P. H.; Javorfi, T.; Varkonyi, Z.; Karlicky, V.; Wall, J. S.; Garab, G.

    2011-06-12

    In photosynthesis research, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is an indispensable tool to probe molecular architecture at virtually all levels of structural complexity. At the molecular level, the chirality of the molecule results in intrinsic CD; pigment-pigment interactions in protein complexes and small aggregates can give rise to excitonic CD bands, while 'psi-type' CD signals originate from large, densely packed chiral aggregates. It has been well established that anisotropic CD (ACD), measured on samples with defined non-random orientation relative to the propagation of the measuring beam, carries specific information on the architecture of molecules or molecular macroassemblies. However, ACD is usually combined with linear dichroism and can be distorted by instrumental imperfections, which given the strong anisotropic nature of photosynthetic membranes and complexes, might be the reason why ACD is rarely studied in photosynthesis research. In this study, we present ACD spectra, corrected for linear dichroism, of isolated intact thylakoid membranes of granal chloroplasts, washed unstacked thylakoid membranes, photosystem II (PSII) membranes (BBY particles), grana patches, and tightly stacked lamellar macroaggregates of the main light-harvesting complex of PSII (LHCII). We show that the ACD spectra of face- and edge-aligned stacked thylakoid membranes and LHCII lamellae exhibit profound differences in their psi-type CD bands. Marked differences are also seen in the excitonic CD of BBY and washed thylakoid membranes. Magnetic CD (MCD) spectra on random and aligned samples, and the largely invariable nature of the MCD spectra, despite dramatic variations in the measured isotropic and anisotropic CD, testify that ACD can be measured without substantial distortions and thus employed to extract detailed information on the (supra)molecular organization of photosynthetic complexes. An example is provided showing the ability of CD data to indicate such an

  3. Vibronic Coupling Explains the Different Shape of Electronic Circular Dichroism and of Circularly Polarized Luminescence Spectra of Hexahelicenes.

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    Liu, Yanli; Cerezo, Javier; Mazzeo, Giuseppe; Lin, Na; Zhao, Xian; Longhi, Giovanna; Abbate, Sergio; Santoro, Fabrizio

    2016-06-14

    We present the simulation of the absorption (ABS), electronic circular dichroism (ECD), emission (EMI), and circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) spectra for the weak electronic transition between the ground (S0) and the lowest excited state (S1) of hexahelicene, 2-methylhexahelicene, 2-bromohexahelicene, and 5-azahexahelicene. Vibronic contributions have been computed at zero Kelvin and at room temperature in harmonic approximation including Duschinsky effects and accounting for both Franck-Condon and Herzberg-Teller contributions. Our results nicely capture the effects of the different substituents on the experimental spectra. They also show that HT effects dominate the shape of ECD and CPL spectra where they even induce changes of signs; HT effects are also relevant in ABS and EMI, tuning the relative intensities of the different vibronic bands. HT effects are the main reason for the differences in the line shapes of ABS and ECD and of EMI and CPL spectra and for the mirror-symmetry breaking between ABS and EMI and between ECD and CPL spectra. In order to check the robustness of our results, given also that few examples of calculations of vibronic CPL spectra exist, we adopted both adiabatic and vertical approaches to define the model potential energy surfaces of the (S0) and the (S1) states; moreover we expanded the electric and magnetic dipole transition moments around both the S0 and S1 equilibrium geometries. PMID:27120334

  4. Fano resonance assisting plasmonic circular dichroism from nanorice heterodimers for extrinsic chirality

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    Hu, Li; Huang, Yingzhou; Fang, Liang; Chen, Guo; Wei, Hua; Fang, Yurui

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the circular dichroisms (CD) of nanorice heterodimers consisting of two parallel arranged nanorices with the same size but different materials are investigated theoretically. Symmetry-breaking is introduced by using different materials and oblique incidence to achieve strong CD at the vicinity of Fano resonance peaks. We demonstrate that all Au-Ag heterodimers exhibit multipolar Fano resonances and strong CD effect. A simple quantitative analysis shows that the structure with larger Fano asymmetry factor has stronger CD. The intensity and peak positions of the CD effect can be flexibly tuned in a large range by changing particle size, shape, the inter-particle distance and surroundings. Furthermore, CD spectra exhibit high sensitivity to ambient medium in visible and near infrared regions. Our results here are beneficial for the design and application of high sensitive CD sensors and other related fields. PMID:26538460

  5. Optically detected electron paramagnetic resonance by microwave modulated magnetic circular dichroism

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    Börger, Birgit; Bingham, Stephen J.; Gutschank, Jörg; Schweika, Marc Oliver; Suter, Dieter; Thomson, Andrew J.

    1999-11-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) can be detected optically, with a laser beam propagating perpendicular to the static magnetic field. As in conventional EPR, excitation uses a resonant microwave field. The detection process can be interpreted as coherent Raman scattering or as a modulation of the laser beam by the circular dichroism of the sample oscillating at the microwave frequency. The latter model suggests that the signal should show the same dependence on the optical wavelength as the MCD signal. We check this for two different samples [cytochrome c-551, a metalloprotein, and ruby (Cr3+:Al2O3)]. In both cases, the observed wavelength dependence is almost identical to that of the MCD signal. A quantitative estimate of the amplitude of the optically detected EPR signal from the MCD also shows good agreement with the experimental results.

  6. Strong intermolecular exciton couplings in solid-state circular dichroism of aryl benzyl sulfoxides.

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    Padula, Daniele; Di Pietro, Sebastiano; Capozzi, Maria Annunziata M; Cardellicchio, Cosimo; Pescitelli, Gennaro

    2014-09-01

    A series of 13 enantiopure aryl benzyl sulfoxides () with different substituents on the two aromatic rings has been previously analyzed by means of electronic circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Most of these compounds are crystalline and their X-ray structure is established. For almost one-half of the series, CD spectra measured in the solid state were quite different from those in acetonitrile solution. We demonstrate that the difference is due to strong exciton couplings between molecules packed closely together in the crystal. The computational approach consists of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations run on "dimers" composed of nearest neighbors found in the lattice. Solid-state CD spectra are well reproduced by the average of all possible pairwise terms. The relation between the crystal space group and conformation, and the appearance of solid-state CD spectra, is also discussed.

  7. Vacuum-ultraviolet circular dichroism reveals DNA duplex formation between short strands of adenine and thymine.

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    Nielsen, Lisbeth Munksgaard; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning; Brøndsted Nielsen, Steen

    2012-11-21

    Absorbance spectroscopy is used extensively to tell when two DNA single strands come together and form a double strand. Here we show that circular dichroism in the vacuum ultraviolet region provides an even stronger indication for duplex formation in the case of short strands of adenine and thymine (4 to 16 bases in each strand). Indeed, our results show that a strong positive CD band appears at 179 nm when double strands are formed. Melting experiments were done in aqueous solution with and without added Na(+) counter ions. With additional salt present a huge increase in the 179 nm CD band was observed when lowering the temperature. A 179 nm CD marker band for duplex formation can be used to measure the kinetics for the association of two single strands. Such experiments rely on large changes at one particular wavelength since it is too time-consuming to record a full-wavelength spectrum.

  8. Circular dichroism and Raman spectroscopic study of the spider venom toxin V50F17

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    Alix, A. J. P.; Berjot, M.; Dauchez, M. A. M.; Dhalluin, C.; Lippens, G.

    1999-05-01

    V50F17 is a small 45 amino acid neurotoxin fractionated (F17) from the venom V50 of the spider Segestria florentina, which has eight cysteine residues constituting four disulfide bridges. Using circular dichroism data and vibrational Raman data at both pH 2.9 and 7.0 and preliminary NMR results obtained at pH 2.9, we derived structural information for this small protein. From these data, it is seen that it is possible to characterise well the local conformation of the disulfide bridges and the overall shape of the globular protein. Moreover, using optical spectroscopic data, it is shown that consequent local and/or global modifications are obtained on changing the pH. Results of the secondary structure states, the local conformations of the disulfide bridges, the exposure of side chains of residues and particularly of Tyr41 are discussed.

  9. Chirality transfer from gold nanocluster to adsorbate evidenced by vibrational circular dichroism

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    Dolamic, Igor; Varnholt, Birte; Bürgi, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    The transfer of chirality from one set of molecules to another is fundamental for applications in chiral technology and has likely played a crucial role for establishing homochirality on earth. Here we show that an intrinsically chiral gold cluster can transfer its handedness to an achiral molecule adsorbed on its surface. Solutions of chiral Au38(2-PET)24 (2-PET=2-phenylethylthiolate) cluster enantiomers show strong vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) signals in vibrations of the achiral adsorbate. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that 2-PET molecules adopt a chiral conformation. Chirality transfer from the cluster to the achiral adsorbate is responsible for the preference of one of the two mirror images. Intermolecular interactions between the adsorbed molecules on the crowded cluster surface seem to play a dominant role for the phenomena. Such chirality transfer from metals to adsorbates likely plays an important role in heterogeneous enantioselective catalysis. PMID:25960309

  10. Structural characterization of hydroperoxide lyase in dodecyl maltoside by using circular dichroism.

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    Panagakou, I; Touloupakis, E; Ghanotakis, D F

    2013-01-01

    Fatty acid hydroperoxide lyase (HPL) is a membrane protein, member of the lipoxygenase pathway, which holds a central role in plant defense. Green bell pepper fatty acid hydroperoxide lyase, overexpressed in Escherichia coli, was purified and solubilized in two different non ionic detergents, Triton X-100 and dodecyl maltoside (DM). DM is considered to be more useful compared to Triton X-100, as it allows characterization of the protein with spectroscopic techniques, for which Triton X-100 was inapplicable. Circular dichroism demonstrated that HPL's secondary structure in DM consists of 13.53 % α-helix, 32.73 % β-sheet, 21.76 % turn and 31.13 % unordered. PMID:23076732

  11. Rashba splitting in an image potential state investigated by circular dichroism two-photon photoemission spectroscopy

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    Nakazawa, T.; Takagi, N.; Kawai, Maki; Ishida, H.; Arafune, R.

    2016-09-01

    We have explored the band splitting and spin texture of the image potential state (IPS) on Au(001) derived from the Rashba-type spin-orbit interaction (SOI) by using angle-resolved bichromatic two-photon photoemission (2PPE) spectroscopy in combination with circular dichroism (CD). The Rashba parameter for the first (n =1 ) IPS is determined to be 48-20+8meV Å , which is consistent with the spin-polarized band structure calculated from the embedded Green's function technique for semi-infinite crystals. The present results demonstrate that bichromatic CD-2PPE spectroscopy is powerful for mapping the spin-polarized unoccupied band structures originating from SOIs in various classes of condensed matter.

  12. Infrared, Raman and ultraviolet with circular dichroism analysis and theoretical calculations of tedizolid

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    Michalska, Katarzyna; Mizera, Mikołaj; Lewandowska, Kornelia; Cielecka-Piontek, Judyta

    2016-07-01

    Tedizolid is the newest antibacterial agent from the oxazolidinone class. For its identification, FT-IR (2000-400 cm-1) and Raman (2000-400 cm-1) analyses were proposed. Studies of the enantiomeric purity of tedizolid were conducted based on ultraviolet-circular dichroism (UV-CD) analysis. Density functional theory (DFT) with the B3LYP hybrid functional and 6-311G(2df,2pd) basis set was used for support of the analysis of the FT-IR and Raman spectra. Theoretical methods made it possible to conduct HOMO and LUMO analysis, which was used to determine the charge transfer for two tedizolid enantiomers. Molecular electrostatic potential maps were calculated with the DFT method for both tedizolid enantiomers. The relationship between the results of ab initio calculations and knowledge about the chemical-biological properties of R- and S-tedizolid enantiomers is also discussed.

  13. Induced circular dichroism of thioflavin T interacting with acetylcholinesterase: A computational study

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    Rybicka, Anna; Pecul, Magdalena

    2015-12-01

    Induced circular dichroism of thioflavin T (ThT) intercalated in acetylcholinesterase has been modeled by means of density functional theory. ThT in acetylcholinesterase is reported to be flat and thus cannot exhibit induced CD associated with a 'chiral twist' mechanism, i.e. stabilization of one of the enantiomeric forms by a chiral environment. Even so, the presence of aromatic side chains forming the cavity in which ThT is bound is predicted to induce substantial Cotton effect in ThT, of the magnitude comparable to the one predicted to originate from a 'chiral twist' mechanism. The predicted Cotton effect originates mostly from deformation of electron density of ThT by the presence of the aromatic rings, the contribution from crystallization water molecules being one order of magnitude smaller.

  14. Stability of some Cactaceae proteins based on fluorescence, circular dichroism, and differential scanning calorimetry measurements.

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    Gorinstein, S; Zemser, M; Vargas-Albores, F; Ochoa, J L; Paredes-Lopez, O; Scheler, C; Aksu, S; Salnikow, J

    1999-02-01

    Characterization of three cactus proteins (native and denatured) from Machaerocereus gummosus (Pitahaya agria), Lophocereu schottii (Garambullo), and Cholla opuntia (Cholla), was based on electrophoretic, fluorescence, CD (circular dichroism), DSC (differential scanning calorimetry), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared) measurements. The obtained results of intrinsic fluorescence, DSC, and CD were dissimilar for the three species of cactus, providing evidence of differences in secondary and tertiary structures. Cactus proteins may be situated in the following order corresponding to their relative stability: Machaerocereus gummosus (Pitahaya agria) > Cholla opuntia (Cholla) > Lophocereu schottii (Garambullo). Thermodynamic properties of proteins and their changes upon denaturation (temperature of denaturation, enthalphy, and the number of ruptured hydrogen bonds) were correlated with the secondary structure of proteins and disappearance of alpha-helix.

  15. Classical Magnetic Dipole Moments for the Simulation of Vibrational Circular Dichroism by ab Initio Molecular Dynamics.

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    Thomas, Martin; Kirchner, Barbara

    2016-02-01

    We present a new approach for calculating vibrational circular dichroism spectra by ab initio molecular dynamics. In the context of molecular dynamics, these spectra are given by the Fourier transform of the cross-correlation function of magnetic dipole moment and electric dipole moment. We obtain the magnetic dipole moment from the electric current density according to the classical definition. The electric current density is computed by solving a partial differential equation derived from the continuity equation and the condition that eddy currents should be absent. In combination with a radical Voronoi tessellation, this yields an individual magnetic dipole moment for each molecule in a bulk phase simulation. Using the chiral alcohol 2-butanol as an example, we show that experimental spectra are reproduced very well. Our approach requires knowing only the electron density in each simulation step, and it is not restricted to any particular electronic structure method. PMID:26771403

  16. Circular dichroism spectroscopy: An efficient approach for the quantitation of ampicillin in presence of cloxacillin

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    Rahman, Nafisur; Khan, Sumaiya

    2016-05-01

    Ampicillin exhibited a negative and a positive cotton effects on the circular dichroism (CD) spectra in the wavelength range of 200-280 nm. Cloxacillin showed a positive cotton band peaking at 228 nm. Three sensitive, precise and accurate CD spectroscopic methods have been developed for the determination of ampicillin and cloxacillin. Method A was used for the determination of ampicillin in presence of cloxacillin by measuring ellipticity at 206 nm. Method B and C were employed to determine ampicillin and cloxacillin based on evaluation of ellipticity at 233 nm and 228 nm, respectively. Methods A, B and C showed linearity in the concentration range of 10-40 μg mL- 1, 5-40 μg mL- 1 ampicillin and 10-80 μg mL- 1 cloxacillin, respectively. The method A was successfully applied to the determination of ampicillin in commercial dosage forms containing equivalent amount of cloxacillin.

  17. Stability of some Cactaceae proteins based on fluorescence, circular dichroism, and differential scanning calorimetry measurements.

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    Gorinstein, S; Zemser, M; Vargas-Albores, F; Ochoa, J L; Paredes-Lopez, O; Scheler, C; Aksu, S; Salnikow, J

    1999-02-01

    Characterization of three cactus proteins (native and denatured) from Machaerocereus gummosus (Pitahaya agria), Lophocereu schottii (Garambullo), and Cholla opuntia (Cholla), was based on electrophoretic, fluorescence, CD (circular dichroism), DSC (differential scanning calorimetry), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared) measurements. The obtained results of intrinsic fluorescence, DSC, and CD were dissimilar for the three species of cactus, providing evidence of differences in secondary and tertiary structures. Cactus proteins may be situated in the following order corresponding to their relative stability: Machaerocereus gummosus (Pitahaya agria) > Cholla opuntia (Cholla) > Lophocereu schottii (Garambullo). Thermodynamic properties of proteins and their changes upon denaturation (temperature of denaturation, enthalphy, and the number of ruptured hydrogen bonds) were correlated with the secondary structure of proteins and disappearance of alpha-helix. PMID:10333299

  18. Light flux density threshold at which protein denaturation is induced by synchrotron radiation circular dichroism beamlines.

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    Miles, A J; Janes, Robert W; Brown, A; Clarke, D T; Sutherland, J C; Tao, Y; Wallace, B A; Hoffmann, S V

    2008-07-01

    New high-flux synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) beamlines are providing important information for structural biology, but can potentially cause denaturation of the protein samples under investigation. This effect has been studied at the new CD1 dedicated SRCD beamline at ISA in Denmark, where radiation-induced thermal damage effects were observed, depending not only on the radiation flux but also on the focal spot size of the light. Comparisons with similar studies at other SRCD facilities worldwide has lead to the estimation of a flux density threshold under which SRCD beamlines should be operated when samples are to be exposed to low-wavelength vacuum ultraviolet radiation for extended periods of time.

  19. Reaction monitoring using mid-infrared laser-based vibrational circular dichroism.

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    Rüther, Anja; Pfeifer, Marcel; Lórenz-Fonfría, Víctor A; Lüdeke, Steffen

    2014-09-01

    Changes in vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) were recorded on-line during a chemical reaction. The chiral complex nickel-(-)-sparteine chloride was hydrolyzed to free (-)-sparteine base in a biphasic system of sodium hydroxide solution and chloroform (CHCl(3)). Infrared (IR) and VCD spectra were iteratively recorded after pumping a sample from the CHCl(3) phase through a lab-built VCD spectrometer equipped with a tunable mid-IR quantum cascade laser light source, which allows for VCD measurements even in the presence of strongly absorbing backgrounds. Time-dependent VCD spectra were analyzed by singular value decomposition and global exponential fitting. Spectral features corresponding to the complex and free (-)-sparteine could be clearly identified in the fitted amplitude spectrum, which was associated with an exponential decay with an apparent time constant of 127 min (t(½) = 88 min).

  20. Experimental test of absorption flattening correction for circular dichroism of particle suspensions.

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    Gerdova, Anna; Kelly, Sharon M; Halling, Peter

    2011-08-01

    There are well established theoretical models for correction for absorption flattening of circular dichroism (CD) measurements on particle suspensions. However, these have not been directly tested experimentally. We describe a test system with the chiral tris(ethylenediamine)Co(III) complex dissolved in water trapped inside sephadex particles, suspended in 1-butanol. Independent measurements of particle size distribution, volume fraction, and the absorbance of the suspension are used to calculate the required CD correction. The corrected CD signal is found to agree rather well with that for the same amount of Co-complex dispersed uniformly throughout the sample cell. This holds for different particle volume fractions and Co-complex concentrations inside the particles. The correction seems to work despite a substantial scattering contribution to the absorbance, which is not considered in the theoretical models.

  1. Circular dichroism of a finite number of identical chromophores in a helical arrangement.

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    Dick, Bernhard

    2011-06-01

    Compact expressions to calculate the transition energies, absorption line strengths, and rotational line strengths of circular dichroism for the excitonic states in a helical arrangement of N identical chromophores are presented. The absorption spectrum A(ν) and the CD spectrum C(ν) are given in terms of the same function G(ν,α) as A(ν) = a(1)G(ν,0) + a(2)G(ν,α), C(ν) = (s(1) - s(2))G(ν,α) + s(3)(d/dα)G(ν,α). The function G(ν,α) depends only on the helical angle α and the number N of interacting chromophores. An analytical expression can be given when only next-neighbor interactions are considered. All other structural parameters of the system (e.g. orientation of transition dipoles and the translation vector of the helix) enter only into the prefactors a(j) and s(j).

  2. Facility for combined in situ magnetron sputtering and soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Telling, N. D.; Laan, G. van der; Georgieva, M. T.; Farley, N. R. S.

    2006-07-15

    An ultrahigh vacuum chamber that enables the in situ growth of thin films and multilayers by magnetron sputtering techniques is described. Following film preparation, x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements are performed by utilizing an in vacuum electromagnet. XMCD measurements on sputtered thin films of Fe and Co yield spin and orbital moments that are consistent with those obtained previously on films measured in transmission geometry and grown in situ by evaporation methods. Thin films of FeN prepared by reactive sputtering are also examined and reveal an apparent enhancement in the orbital moment for low N content samples. The advantages of producing samples for in situ XAS and XMCD studies by magnetron sputtering are discussed.

  3. Circular dichroism studies on intermolecular interactions of amphotericin B in ionic liquid-rich environments.

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    Jameson, Laramie P; Dzyuba, Sergei V

    2013-07-01

    Aggregation of amphotericin B (AmB) in an ionic liquid-rich environment was investigated using circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. It was found that nature of the ionic liquids' anion had a strong impact not only on the aggregation of AmB, but more importantly on the nature of AmB aggregates, as observed in the asymmetry of the exciton couplet of the aggregate in CD spectra. Unique CD signals for AmB aggregates were observed in three different 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquid solutions: [C4 -mim]Br favored the formation of AmB aggregates that were similar to those found in water, whereas [C4 -mim]BF4 and [C4 -mim]NO3 produced AmB aggregates that were different from each other and those found in water. The obtained results suggest that the designer solvent ability of ionic liquids could be expanded to address numerous intermolecular processes.

  4. Detection of magnetic circular dichroism on the two-nanometer scale

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    Schattschneider, Peter; Stöger-Pollach, Michael; Rubino, Stefano; Sperl, Matthias; Hurm, Christian; Zweck, Josef; Rusz, Ján

    2008-09-01

    Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) is a standard technique for the study of magnetic properties of materials in synchrotron beamlines. We present here a scattering geometry in the transmission electron microscope through which MCD can be observed with unprecedented spatial resolution. A convergent electron beam is used to scan a cross sectional preparation of a Fe/Au multilayer sample. Differences in the energy-loss spectra induced by the magnetic moments of the Fe atoms can be resolved with a resolution of better than 2 nm. This is a breakthrough achievement when compared both to the previous energy-loss MCD resolution (200 nm) or the best x-ray MCD experiments (approximately 20 nm).

  5. Characterisation of Conformational and Ligand Binding Properties of Membrane Proteins Using Synchrotron Radiation Circular Dichroism (SRCD).

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    Hussain, Rohanah; Siligardi, Giuliano

    2016-01-01

    Membrane proteins are notoriously difficult to crystallise for use in X-ray crystallographic structural determination, or too complex for NMR structural studies. Circular dichroism (CD) is a fast and relatively easy spectroscopic technique to study protein conformational behaviour in solution. The advantage of synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) measured with synchrotron beamlines compared to the CD from benchtop instruments is the extended spectral far-UV region that increases the accuracy of secondary structure estimations, in particular under high ionic strength conditions. Membrane proteins are often available in small quantities, and for this SRCD measured at the Diamond B23 beamline has successfully facilitated molecular recognition studies. This was done by probing the local tertiary structure of aromatic amino acid residues upon addition of chiral or non-chiral ligands using long pathlength cells (1-5 cm) of small volume capacity (70 μl-350 μl). In this chapter we describe the use of SRCD to qualitatively and quantitatively screen ligand binding interactions (exemplified by Sbma, Ace1 and FsrC proteins); to distinguish between functionally similar drugs that exhibit different mechanisms of action towards membrane proteins (exemplified by FsrC); and to identify suitable detergent conditions to observe membrane protein-ligand interactions using stabilised proteins (exemplified by inositol transporters) as well as the stability of membrane proteins (exemplified by GalP, Ace1). The importance of the in solution characterisation of the conformational behaviour and ligand binding properties of proteins in both far- andnear-UV regions and the use of high-throughput CD (HT-CD) using 96- and 384-well multiplates to study the folding effects in various protein crystallisation buffers are also discussed. PMID:27553234

  6. Irreversible denaturation of maltodextrin glucosidase studied by differential scanning calorimetry, circular dichroism, and turbidity measurements.

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    Goyal, Megha; Chaudhuri, Tapan K; Kuwajima, Kunihiro

    2014-01-01

    Thermal denaturation of Escherichia coli maltodextrin glucosidase was studied by differential scanning calorimetry, circular dichroism (230 nm), and UV-absorption measurements (340 nm), which were respectively used to monitor heat absorption, conformational unfolding, and the production of solution turbidity. The denaturation was irreversible, and the thermal transition recorded at scan rates of 0.5-1.5 K/min was significantly scan-rate dependent, indicating that the thermal denaturation was kinetically controlled. The absence of a protein-concentration effect on the thermal transition indicated that the denaturation was rate-limited by a mono-molecular process. From the analysis of the calorimetric thermograms, a one-step irreversible model well represented the thermal denaturation of the protein. The calorimetrically observed thermal transitions showed excellent coincidence with the turbidity transitions monitored by UV-absorption as well as with the unfolding transitions monitored by circular dichroism. The thermal denaturation of the protein was thus rate-limited by conformational unfolding, which was followed by a rapid irreversible formation of aggregates that produced the solution turbidity. It is thus important to note that the absence of the protein-concentration effect on the irreversible thermal denaturation does not necessarily means the absence of protein aggregation itself. The turbidity measurements together with differential scanning calorimetry in the irreversible thermal denaturation of the protein provided a very effective approach for understanding the mechanisms of the irreversible denaturation. The Arrhenius-equation parameters obtained from analysis of the thermal denaturation were compared with those of other proteins that have been reported to show the one-step irreversible thermal denaturation. Maltodextrin glucosidase had sufficiently high kinetic stability with a half-life of 68 days at a physiological temperature (37°C).

  7. Recent Theoretical and Experimental Advances in the Electronic Circular Dichroisms of Planar Chiral Cyclophanes

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    Mori, Tadashi; Inoue, Yoshihisa

    The chiroptical properties, such as electronic and vibrational circular dichroism and optical rotation, of planar chiral cyclophanes have attracted much attention in recent years. Although the chemistry of cyclophanes has been extensively explored for more than 60 years, the studies on chiral cyclophanes are rather limited. Experimentally, the use of chiral stationary phases in HPLC becomes more popular and facilitates the enantiomer separation of chiral cyclophanes of interest. Almost all chiral cyclophanes can be readily separated, in analytical and preparative scales, most typically on a Daicel OD type column, which is based on cellulose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate). The CD spectra of chiral cyclophanes are unique in their fairly large, significantly coupled Cotton effects observed in all the 1 B b, 1 L a, and 1 L b band regions. Theoretically, the time-dependent density functional theory, or TD-DFT, method becomes a cost-efficient, yet accurate, theoretical method to reproduce the electronic circular dichroisms and the absorption spectra of a variety of cyclophanes. The direct comparison of the experimental CD spectra with the theoretical ones readily leads to the unambiguous assignment of the absolute configuration of cyclophanes. In addition, the analysis of configuration interaction and molecular orbitals allows detailed interpretation of the electronic transitions and Cotton effects in the UV and CD spectra. Through the study of the CD spectra of chiral cyclophanes as model systems, the effects of intra- and intermolecular interactions on the chiroptical properties of molecules can be explored, and the results thus obtained are valuable in comprehensively elucidating the structure-chiroptical property relationship. In this review the recent progress in experimental and theoretical investigations of the electronic CD spectra of chiral cyclophanes is discussed.

  8. Vibrational Circular Dichroism Absolute Configuration of 9,12-Cyclomulin-13-ol, a Diterpene from Azorella and Laretia Species.

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    Muñoz, Marcelo A; San-Martín, Aurelio; Joseph-Nathan, Pedro

    2015-08-01

    The absolute configuration of the diterpenoid 9,12-cyclomulin-13-ol (1), a constituent of Azorella and Laretia species, has been established by vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy in combination with density functional theory calculations. The obtained normal diterpene absolute configuration confirms that of azorellanol (2), which was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction.

  9. Time Resolved X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Schlotter, W.; Higley, D.; Jal, E.; Dakovski, G.; Yuan, E.; MacArthur, J.; Lutman, A.; Hirsch, K.; Granitzka, P.; Chen, Z.; Coslovich, G.; Hoffman, M.; Mitra, A.; Reid, A.; Hart, P.; Nuhn, H.-D.; Duerr, H.; Arenholz, E.; Shafer, P.; Dennes, P.; Joseph, J.; Guyader, L.; Tsukamoto, A.

    We demonstrate ultrafast time resolved X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism on optically switchable GdFeCo thin film samples. This method extends the element specificity of time resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy to characterize the evolution of electron spin and orbital angular momenta. These measurements were enabled by a recent upgrade at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) to generate circularly polarized x-rays. Additionally these measurements were enhanced by new detection systems that benefit all x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments performed in transmission. Consequently static XMCD data are in excellent agreement with similar measurements at synchrotron light sources. The LCLS is an x-ray free electron laser user facility accessible via a peer-reviewed proposal process. Acknowledgement: The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515.

  10. Circular dichroism in valence photoelectron spectroscopy of free unoriented chiral molecules: Camphor and bromocamphor

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    Lischke, T.; Boewering, N.; Schmidtke, B.; Mueller, N.; Khalil, T.; Heinzmann, U.

    2004-08-01

    The circular dichroism in the photoelectron angular distribution was investigated for valence photoionization of randomly oriented pure enantiomers of camphor and bromocamphor molecules using circularly polarized light in the vacuum ultraviolet. The forward-backward electron emission spectra were recorded simultaneously with two spectrometers at several opposite angles relative to the propagation direction of the photon beam and compared for each of the two substances. Measurements were also carried out for reversed light helicity and opposite molecular handedness. For the left- and right-handed enantiomers of both molecules we observed asymmetries of comparable magnitude up to several percent. The measured asymmetry parameters vary strongly for different orbital binding energies and also for the selected photon energies in the valence region. The results for both molecules are compared. They suggest a strong influence of the final states on the asymmetry, depending on the chiral geometry of the molecular electronic structure, as well as a significant dependence on the initial states involved. They also confirm theoretical predictions describing the effect in pure electric-dipole approximation.

  11. Amide I vibrational circular dichroism of polypeptides: Generalized fragmentation approximation method

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    Choi, Jun-Ho; Kim, Joong-Soo; Cho, Minhaeng

    2005-05-01

    Fragment analyses of vibrational circular dichroic response of dipeptides were carried out recently [Choi and Cho, J. Chem. Phys. 120, 4383 (2004)]. In the present paper, by using a minimal size unit peptide containing two chiral carbons covalently bonded to the peptide group, a generalized fragmentation approximation method is discussed and applied to the calculations of infrared-absorption and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) intensities of amide I vibrations in various secondary structure polypeptides. Unlike the dipole strength determining IR-absorption intensity, the rotational strength is largely determined by the cross terms that are given by the inner product between the transition electric dipole and the transition magnetic dipole of two different peptides. This explains why the signs and magnitudes of VCD peaks are far more sensitive to the relative orientation and distance between different peptide bonds in a given protein. In order to test the validity of fragmentation approximation, three different segments in a globular protein ubiquitin, i.e., right-handed α-helix, β-sheet, and β-turn regions, were chosen for density-functional theory (DFT) calculations of amide I vibrational properties and the numerically simulated IR-absorption and VCD spectra by using the fragmentation method are directly compared with DFT results. It is believed that the fragmentation approximation method will be of use in numerically simulating vibrational spectra of proteins in solutions.

  12. Magnetic circular dichroism studies of the active site heme coordination sphere of exogenous ligand-free ferric cytochrome c peroxidase from yeast: effects of sample history and pH.

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    Pond, A E; Sono, M; Elenkova, E A; McRee, D E; Goodin, D B; English, A M; Dawson, J H

    1999-09-30

    Electronic absorption and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopic data at 4 degrees C are reported for exogenous ligand-free ferric forms of cytochrome c peroxidase (CCP) in comparison with two other histidine-ligated heme proteins, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and myoglobin (Mb). In particular, we have examined the ferric states of yeast wild-type CCP (YCCP), CCP (MKT) which is the form of the enzyme that is expressed in and purified from E. coli, and contains Met-Lys-Thr (MKT) at the N-terminus, CCP (MKT) in the presence of 60% glycerol, lyophilized YCCP, and alkaline CCP (MKT). The present study demonstrates that, while having similar electronic absorption spectra, the MCD spectra of ligand-free ferric YCCP and CCP (MKT) are somewhat varied from one another. Detailed spectral analyses reveal that the ferric form of YCCP, characterized by a long wavelength charge transfer (CT) band at 645 nm, exists in a predominantly penta-coordinate state with spectral features similar to those of native ferric HRP rather than ferric Mb (His/water hexa-coordinate). The electronic absorption spectrum of ferric CCP (MKT) is similar to those of the penta-coordinate states of ferric YCCP and ferric HRP including a CT band at 645 nm. However, its MCD spectrum shows a small trough at 583 nm that is absent in the analogous spectra of YCCP and HRP. Instead, this trough is similar to that seen for ferric myoglobin at about 585 nm, and is attributed (following spectral simulations) to a minor contribution (< or = 5%) in the spectrum of CCP (MKT) from a hexa-coordinate low-spin species in the form of a hydroxide-ligated heme. The MCD data indicate that the lyophilized sample of ferric YCCP (lambda CT = 637 nm) contains considerably increased amounts of hexa-coordinate low-spin species including both His/hydroxide and bis-His species. The crystal structure of a spectroscopically similar sample of CCP (MKT) (lambda CT = 637 nm) solved at 2.0 A resolution is consistent with His

  13. Detection of biological particles by the use of circular dichroism measurements improved by scattering theory

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    Rosen, David L.; Pendleton, J. David

    1995-09-01

    Light scattered from optically active spheres was theoretically analyzed for biodetection. The circularly polarized signal of near-forward scattering from circularly dichroic spheres was calculated. Both remote and point biodetection were considered. The analysis included the effect of a circular aperture and beam block at the detector. If the incident light is linearly polarized, a false signal would limit the sensitivity of the biodetector. If the incident light is randomly polarized, shot noise would limit the sensitivity. Suggested improvements to current techniques include a beam block, precise angular measurements, randomly polarized light, index-matching fluid, and larger apertures for large particles.

  14. Suppressed Magnetic Circular Dichroism and Valley-Selective Magnetoabsorption due to the Effective Mass Anisotropy in Bismuth.

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    de Visser, Pieter J; Levallois, Julien; Tran, Michaël K; Poumirol, Jean-Marie; Nedoliuk, Ievgeniia O; Teyssier, Jérémie; Uher, Ctirad; van der Marel, Dirk; Kuzmenko, Alexey B

    2016-07-01

    We measure the far-infrared reflectivity and Kerr angle spectra on a high-quality crystal of pure semimetallic bismuth as a function of magnetic field, from which we extract the conductivity for left- and right-handed circular polarizations. The high spectral resolution allows us to separate the intraband Landau level transitions for electrons and holes. The hole transition exhibits 100% magnetic circular dichroism; it appears only for one polarization as expected for a circular cyclotron orbit. However, the dichroism for electron transitions is reduced to only 13±1%, which is quantitatively explained by the large effective mass anisotropy of the electron pockets of the Fermi surface. This observation is a signature of the mismatch between the metric experienced by the photons and the electrons. It allows for a contactless measurement of the effective mass anisotropy and provides a direction towards valley polarized magnetooptical pumping with elliptically polarized light. PMID:27419590

  15. Detection of electron magnetic circular dichroism signals under zone axial diffraction geometry.

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    Song, Dongsheng; Rusz, Jan; Cai, Jianwang; Zhu, Jing

    2016-10-01

    EMCD (electron magnetic circular dichroism) technique provides us a new opportunity to explore magnetic properties in the transmission electron microscope. However, specific diffraction geometry is the major limitation. Only the two-beam and three-beam case are demonstrated in the experiments until now. Here, we present the more general case of zone axial (ZA) diffraction geometry through which the EMCD signals can be detected even with the very strong sensitivity to dynamical diffraction conditions. Our detailed calculations and well-controlled diffraction conditions lead to experiments in agreement with theory. The effect of dynamical diffraction conditions on EMCD signals are discussed both in theory and experiments. Moreover, with the detailed analysis of dynamical diffraction effects, we experimentally obtain the separate EMCD signals for each crystallographic site in Y3Fe5O12, which is also applicable for other materials and cannot be achieved by site-specific EMCD and XMCD technique directly. Our work extends application of more general diffraction geometries and will further promote the development of EMCD technique. PMID:27448200

  16. Introducing DInaMo: A Package for Calculating Protein Circular Dichroism Using Classical Electromagnetic Theory

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    Uporov, Igor V.; Forlemu, Neville Y.; Nori, Rahul; Aleksandrov, Tsvetan; Sango, Boris A.; Mbote, Yvonne E. Bongfen; Pothuganti, Sandeep; Thomasson, Kathryn A.

    2015-01-01

    The dipole interaction model is a classical electromagnetic theory for calculating circular dichroism (CD) resulting from the π-π* transitions of amides. The theoretical model, pioneered by J. Applequist, is assembled into a package, DInaMo, written in Fortran allowing for treatment of proteins. DInaMo reads Protein Data Bank formatted files of structures generated by molecular mechanics or reconstructed secondary structures. Crystal structures cannot be used directly with DInaMo; they either need to be rebuilt with idealized bond angles and lengths, or they need to be energy minimized to adjust bond lengths and bond angles because it is common for crystal structure geometries to have slightly short bond lengths, and DInaMo is sensitive to this. DInaMo reduces all the amide chromophores to points with anisotropic polarizability and all nonchromophoric aliphatic atoms including hydrogens to points with isotropic polarizability; all other atoms are ignored. By determining the interactions among the chromophoric and nonchromophoric parts of the molecule using empirically derived polarizabilities, the rotational and dipole strengths are determined leading to the calculation of CD. Furthermore, ignoring hydrogens bound to methyl groups is initially explored and proves to be a good approximation. Theoretical calculations on 24 proteins agree with experiment showing bands with similar morphology and maxima. PMID:26370961

  17. Well Plate Circular Dichroism Reader for the Rapid Determination of Enantiomeric Excess

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    Metola, P.; Nichols, S.M.; Kahr, B.; Anslyn, E.V.

    2014-01-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectropolarimeters typically employ one photoelastic modulator. However, spectropolarimeters employing two or even four modulators are more versatile and can be used to subvert common measurement errors arising from imperfectly isotropic samples or sample holders. Small linear anisotropies that can cause large errors in CD measurement can be associated with multi-well sample holders. Thus, high-throughput CD analyses in multi-well plates have not yet been demonstrated. One such application is the determination of enantiomeric excess of a library of reaction products. Herein, a spectropolarimeter employing four photoelastic modulators and a translation stage was used to determine the enantiomeric excess of a family of chiral amine complexes much more rapidly than could be achieved with a robotic fluid injection system. These experiments are proof of concept for high-throughput CD analysis. In practice, commercially available glass bottomed well plates are sufficiently strain free such that a simple instrument with just one photoelastic modulator and a vertical optical train should be able to deliver the CD without special considerations given herein. On the other hand, polystyrene well plates cannot be used in this way. PMID:25386332

  18. Radiation damage to a DNA-binding protein. Combined circular dichroism and molecular dynamics simulation analysis.

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    Mazier, S; Villette, S; Goffinont, S; Renouard, S; Maurizot, J C; Genest, D; Spotheim-Maurizot, M

    2008-11-01

    The E. coli lactose operon, the paradigm of gene expression regulation systems, is the best model for studying the effect of radiation on such systems. The operon function requires the binding of a protein, the repressor, to a specific DNA sequence, the operator. We have previously shown that upon irradiation the repressor loses its operator binding ability. The main radiation-induced lesions of the headpiece have been identified by mass spectrometry. All tyrosine residues are oxidized into 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA). In the present study we report a detailed characterization of the headpiece radiation-induced modification. An original approach combining circular dichroism measurements and the analysis of molecular dynamics simulation of headpieces bearing DOPA-s instead of tyrosines has been applied. The CD measurements reveal an irreversible modification of the headpiece structure and stability. The molecular dynamics simulation shows a loss of stability shown by an increase in internal dynamics and allows the estimation of the modifications due to tyrosine oxidation for each structural element of the protein. The changes in headpiece structure and stability can explain at least in part the radiation-induced loss of binding ability of the repressor to the operator. This conclusion should hold for all proteins containing radiosensitive amino acids in their DNA-binding site. PMID:18959464

  19. Giant spin splitting, strong valley selective circular dichroism and valley-spin coupling induced in silicene

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    Qu, Jinfeng; Peng, Xiangyang; Xiao, Di; Zhong, Jianxin

    2016-08-01

    Silicene is a potential candidate for valleytronics. However, in comparison with the transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), silicene has a tiny energy gap and zero spin splitting at its Dirac valleys, being unfavorable for valleytronic applications. Based on first principles calculations, we find that by proximity with Bi(111) bilayer, the Dirac valleys of silicene acquire a sizable energy gap and giant spin splittings, which are even larger than the splittings of Mo S2 . Our calculations show that the silicene over Bi layer exhibits a strong valley-contrasting circular dichroism, enabling selective optical pumping of valley carriers. Due to the time reversal symmetry and the breaking of inversion symmetry, the Berry curvatures and the spin splittings are opposite at the K and K' valleys of silicene, and hence the valley and spin are locked and can be simultaneously polarized. In this way, silicene and likely other similar Dirac materials can be comparable to TMDs in valleytronics, which not only adds a new dimension to the properties of silicene but also expands the members of the valleytronic family.

  20. Numerical study of achiral phase-change metamaterials for ultrafast tuning of giant circular conversion dichroism

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    Cao, Tun; Wei, Chenwei; Mao, Libang

    2015-01-01

    Control of the polarization of light is highly desirable for detection of material’s chirality since biomolecules have vibrational modes in the optical region. Here, we report an ultrafast tuning of pronounced circular conversion dichroism (CCD) in the mid-infrared (M-IR) region, using an achiral phase change metamaterial (PCMM). Our structure consists of an array of Au squares separated from a continuous Au film by a phase change material (Ge2Sb2Te5) dielectric layer, where the Au square patches occupy the sites of a rectangular lattice. The extrinsically giant 2D chirality appears provided that the rectangular array of the Au squares is illuminated at an oblique incidence, and accomplishes a wide tunable wavelength range between 2664 and 3912 nm in the M-IR regime by switching between the amorphous and crystalline states of the Ge2Sb2Te5. A photothermal model is investigated to study the temporal variation of the temperature of the Ge2Sb2Te5 layer, and shows the advantage of fast transiting the phase of Ge2Sb2Te5 of 3.2 ns under an ultralow incident light intensity of 1.9 μW/μm2. Our design is straightforward to fabricate and will be a promising candidate for controlling electromagnetic (EM) wave in the optical region. PMID:26423517

  1. Induced circular dichroism of the interaction between pinacyanol and algal alginates.

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    Khouri, Sa'ib J; Knierim, Robert; Buss, Volker

    2009-09-01

    The interaction between pinacyanol chloride and sodium alginate or guluronate-rich alginate is found to effect profound changes in the visible absorbance and circular dichroism spectra. Two different types of aggregates are observed depending on the relative dye/alginate concentrations. With a dye/alginate ratio at 1:1, a complex is deduced based on an analysis of Job's method and conductometric titrations. Another complex forms at 1:10 dye/alginate ratio and only in the presence of alginate or guluronate-rich alginate. The two aggregates are in dynamic equilibrium according to the presence of isosbestic points in the visible spectra. The effects of pH and divalent cations on the spectra are studied. The 1:10 complex is damaged by addition of hydrochloric acid and divalent cations; however, at low concentration of these agents the spectra indicate conversion of the complex into the 1:1 aggregate. Models for the two complexes are proposed taking into account the preference of guluronate binding sites for chelating ions.

  2. Electrochemical titrations and reaction time courses monitored in situ by magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Bradley, Justin M; Butt, Julea N; Cheesman, Myles R

    2011-12-15

    Magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra, at ultraviolet-visible or near-infrared wavelengths (185-2000 nm), contain the same transitions observed in conventional absorbance spectroscopy, but their bisignate nature and more stringent selection rules provide greatly enhanced resolution. Thus, they have proved to be invaluable in the study of many transition metal-containing proteins. For mainly technical reasons, MCD has been limited almost exclusively to the measurement of static samples. But the ability to employ the resolving power of MCD to follow changes at transition metal sites would be a potentially significant advance. We describe here the development of a cuvette holder that allows reagent injection and sample mixing within the 50-mm-diameter ambient temperature bore of an energized superconducting solenoid. This has allowed us, for the first time, to monitor time-resolved MCD resulting from in situ chemical manipulation of a metalloprotein sample. Furthermore, we report the parallel development of an electrochemical cell using a three-electrode configuration with physically separated working and counter electrodes, allowing true potentiometric titration to be performed within the bore of the MCD solenoid.

  3. pH titration monitored by quantum cascade laser-based vibrational circular dichroism.

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    Rüther, Anja; Pfeifer, Marcel; Lórenz-Fonfría, Víctor A; Lüdeke, Steffen

    2014-04-10

    Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of aqueous solutions of proline were recorded in the course of titrations from basic to acidic pH using a spectrometer equipped with a quantum cascade laser (QCL) as an infrared light source in the spectral range from 1320 to 1220 cm(-1). The pH-dependent spectra were analyzed by singular value decomposition and global fitting of a two-pK Henderson-Hasselbalch model. The analysis delivered relative fractions of the three different protonation species. Their agreement with the relative fractions obtained from performing the same analysis on pH-dependent Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and QCL-IR spectra validates the quantitative results from QCL-VCD. Global fitting of the pH-dependent VCD spectra of L-proline allowed for extraction of pure spectra corresponding to anionic, zwitterionic, and cationic L-proline. From a static experiment, only pure spectra of the zwitterion would be accessible in a straightforward way. A comparison to VCD spectra calculated for all three species led to assignment of vibrational modes that are characteristic for the respective protonation states. The study demonstrates the applicability of QCL-VCD both for quantitative evaluation and for qualitative interpretation of dynamic processes in aqueous solutions.

  4. Insoluble protein characterization by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

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    Goyal, Shaveta; Qin, Haina; Lim, Liangzhong; Song, Jianxing

    2015-01-01

    Besides misfolded proteins, which still retain the capacity to fold into uniquely defined structures but are misled to "off-pathway" aggregation, there exists a group of proteins which are unrefoldable and insoluble in buffers. Previously no general method was available to solubilize them and consequently their solution conformations could not be characterized. Recently, we discovered that these insoluble proteins could in fact be solubilized in pure water. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) characterization led to their classification into three groups, all of which lack the tight tertiary packing and consequently anticipated to unavoidably aggregate in vivo with ~150 mM ions, thus designated as "intrinsically insoluble proteins (IIPs)." It appears that eukaryotic genomes contain many "IIP," which also have a potential to interact with membranes to trigger neurodegenerative diseases. In this chapter, we provide a detailed procedure to express and purify these proteins, followed by CD and NMR spectroscopy characterization of their conformation and interaction with dodecylphosphocholine (DPC).

  5. Circular Dichroism Observed by Photoemission from Ultrathin Bi2Te3 Films

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    Xu, Cai-Zhi; Liu, Yang; Yukawa, Ryu; Zhang, Long-Xiang; Miller, Tom; Chiang, Tai-Chang

    2015-03-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) observed by photoemission from the surface states of topological insulators has drawn much interest. It was initially attributed to the spin polarization or chiral orbital momentum of the initial states, but later proven to also involve the final states. The detailed mechanism remains controversial. To address this question, we have performed measurements of ultrathin films of the prototypical topological insulator Bi2Te3 over a wide range of film thickness and photon energy. The results show that the CD depends not only on the photon energy, but also on the film thickness in a nontrivial manner. A theoretical model has been developed that involves dipole transition, surface photoemission, and spin-orbit coupling. The computed results are in good agreement with the general trends of the data including sign reversals as a function of photon energy and film thickness. The complex behavior of the measured CD function is partially caused by modifications of both the initial and final states in the thin film geometry.

  6. Binding of dihydromyricetin to human hemoglobin: Fluorescence and circular dichroism studies

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    Chen, Tingting; Zhu, Shajun; Shang, Yanfang; Ge, Cunwang; Jiang, Guoqing

    The binding reaction between dihydromyricetin (DMY) and human hemoglobin (HHb) was investigated systematically with various spectroscopic methods including fluorescence quenching technique, ultraviolet (UV)-vis absorption, synchronous fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The experimental results showed that DMY effectively quenched the intrinsic fluorescence of HHb via static quenching. DMY binds to HHb with a stoichiometry that varies from 0.972:1 to 0.906:1 as the temperature increases from 296 to 304 K. The DMY-HHb binding constants were determined to be K296 = 2.79 × 104 and K304 = 1.18 × 104 L mol-1. The reaction is characterized by negative enthalpy (ΔH = -80.46 kJ mol-1) and negative entropy (ΔS = -186.72 kJ mol-1), indicating that the predominant forces in the DMY-HHb complex are van der Waals and hydrogen bonding forces. Based on the Förster's theory of non-radiative energy transfer, the binding distance between DMY and the inner tryptophan residues of HHb was determined to be 3.15 nm. Furthermore, the CD spectroscopy indicated the secondary structure of HHb is not changed in the presence of DMY.

  7. pH titration monitored by quantum cascade laser-based vibrational circular dichroism.

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    Rüther, Anja; Pfeifer, Marcel; Lórenz-Fonfría, Víctor A; Lüdeke, Steffen

    2014-04-10

    Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of aqueous solutions of proline were recorded in the course of titrations from basic to acidic pH using a spectrometer equipped with a quantum cascade laser (QCL) as an infrared light source in the spectral range from 1320 to 1220 cm(-1). The pH-dependent spectra were analyzed by singular value decomposition and global fitting of a two-pK Henderson-Hasselbalch model. The analysis delivered relative fractions of the three different protonation species. Their agreement with the relative fractions obtained from performing the same analysis on pH-dependent Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and QCL-IR spectra validates the quantitative results from QCL-VCD. Global fitting of the pH-dependent VCD spectra of L-proline allowed for extraction of pure spectra corresponding to anionic, zwitterionic, and cationic L-proline. From a static experiment, only pure spectra of the zwitterion would be accessible in a straightforward way. A comparison to VCD spectra calculated for all three species led to assignment of vibrational modes that are characteristic for the respective protonation states. The study demonstrates the applicability of QCL-VCD both for quantitative evaluation and for qualitative interpretation of dynamic processes in aqueous solutions. PMID:24655319

  8. Giant circular dichroism of a molecule in a plasmonic nanoparticle dimer

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    Zhang, Hui; Govorov, A. O.

    2013-03-01

    We report on giant circular dichroism (CD) of a molecule inserted into a plasmonic hot spot. Naturally occurring molecules and biomolecules have typically CD signals in the UV range, whereas plasmonic nanocrystals exhibit strong plasmon resonances in the visible spectral interval. Therefore, excitations of chiral molecules and plasmon resonances are typically off-resonant. Nevertheless, we demonstrate theoretically that it is possible to create strongly-enhanced molecular CD utilizing the plasmons. Specifically, by employing a nanoparticle dimer, we gain simultaneously a strong plasmonic enhancement and a shift of optical CD from the UV range to the visible. The associated mechanism of giant CD comes from the Coulomb interaction which is greatly amplified in a plasmonic hot spot. Two key factors play a role in the described effect: One is the Coulomb interaction within the molecule-dimer complex giving rise to the plasmon peak in the CD spectrum, whereas the other one is the plasmonic enhancement of the absorption process in a chiral molecule. We propose that, by using the hot spot effect and plasmon-induced CD signals, one can design optical sensors to study chirality of biomolecules. This work was supported by Volkswagen Foundation and NSF (project number CBET-0933415).

  9. Magnetic Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy of meso-Tetraphenylporphyrin-Derived Hydroporphyrins and Pyrrole-Modified Porphyrins.

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    Rhoda, Hannah M; Akhigbe, Joshua; Ogikubo, Junichi; Sabin, Jared R; Ziegler, Christopher J; Brückner, Christian; Nemykin, Victor N

    2016-07-28

    A large set of free-base and transition-metal 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-substituted chlorins, bacteriochlorins, and isobacteriochlorins and their pyrrole-modified analogues were investigated by combined UV-visible spectroscopy, magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), density functional theory (DFT), and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) approaches and their spectral characteristics were compared to those of the parent compounds, free-base tetraphenylporphyrin 1H2 and chlorin 2H2. It was shown that the nature of the pyrroline substituents in the chlorin derivatives dictates their specific UV-vis and MCD spectroscopic signatures. In all hydroporphyrin-like cases, MCD spectroscopy suggests that the ΔHOMO is smaller than the ΔLUMO for the macrocycle-centered frontier molecular orbitals. DFT and TDDFT calculations were able to explain the large broadening of the UV-vis and MCD spectra of the chlorin diones and their derivatives compared to the other hydroporphyrins and hydroporphyrin analogues. This study contributes to the further understanding of the electronic effects of replacing a pyrrole in porphyrins by pyrrolines or other five-membered heterocycles (oxazoles and imidazoles). PMID:27400337

  10. First-principles analysis of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism for transition metal complex oxides

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    Ikeno, Hidekazu

    2016-10-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is widely used for the characterization of magnetism of materials. However, information from XMCD related to the atomic, electronic, and magnetic structures is not fully utilized due to the lack of reliable theoretical tools for spectral analysis. In this work, the first-principles configuration interaction (CI) calculations for X-ray absorption spectra developed by the author were extended for the calculation of XMCD, where the Zeeman energy was taken into the Hamiltonian of the CI to mimic magnetic polarization in the solid state. This technique was applied to interpret the L2,3 XMCD from 3d transition metal complex oxides, such as NiFe2O4 and FeTiO3. The experimental XMCD spectra were quantitatively reproduced using this method. The oxidation states as well as the magnetic ordering between transition metal ions on crystallographically different sites in NiFe2O4 can be unambiguously determined. A first-principles analysis of XMCD in FeTiO3 revealed the presence of Fe3+ and Ti3+ ions, which indicates that the charge transfer from Fe to Ti ions occurs. The origin of magnetic polarization of Ti ions in FeTiO3 was also discussed.

  11. Transmission vs. Diffuse Transmission in Circular Dichroism: What to Choose for Probing Solid-State Samples?

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    Górecki, Marcin

    2015-07-01

    Recent advances in equipment enabled the collection of solid-state electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra using the commercially available integrating sphere attachment for a regular ECD spectrometer. This accessory was designed to reduce negative factors occurring in solid-state ECD measurements, and is, thereby, very useful for recording diffuse transmittance CD (DTCD) spectra using the pellet technique. In the present article, the operating principle of the integrating sphere and utility of the DTCD method in recording solid-state ECD spectra is demonstrated. Based on illustrative examples, i.e., 10-camphorsulfonic acid ammonium, cholest-4-en-3-one, (3R,4R,5S)-oseltamivir, and (S)-linezolid, ECD solid-state measurements were performed by means of both transmission and diffusion methods and later compared. Selection of these compounds as models for comparative studies was made in view of their different chromophoric systems and the profound importance in the pharmaceutical industry. During the course of this work the benefits and limitations of the use of integrating sphere are presented. The final conclusion is that more relevant solid-state spectra can be obtained by means of the DTCD method.

  12. Introducing DInaMo: A Package for Calculating Protein Circular Dichroism Using Classical Electromagnetic Theory.

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    Uporov, Igor V; Forlemu, Neville Y; Nori, Rahul; Aleksandrov, Tsvetan; Sango, Boris A; Mbote, Yvonne E Bongfen; Pothuganti, Sandeep; Thomasson, Kathryn A

    2015-01-01

    The dipole interaction model is a classical electromagnetic theory for calculating circular dichroism (CD) resulting from the π-π* transitions of amides. The theoretical model, pioneered by J. Applequist, is assembled into a package, DInaMo, written in Fortran allowing for treatment of proteins. DInaMo reads Protein Data Bank formatted files of structures generated by molecular mechanics or reconstructed secondary structures. Crystal structures cannot be used directly with DInaMo; they either need to be rebuilt with idealized bond angles and lengths, or they need to be energy minimized to adjust bond lengths and bond angles because it is common for crystal structure geometries to have slightly short bond lengths, and DInaMo is sensitive to this. DInaMo reduces all the amide chromophores to points with anisotropic polarizability and all nonchromophoric aliphatic atoms including hydrogens to points with isotropic polarizability; all other atoms are ignored. By determining the interactions among the chromophoric and nonchromophoric parts of the molecule using empirically derived polarizabilities, the rotational and dipole strengths are determined leading to the calculation of CD. Furthermore, ignoring hydrogens bound to methyl groups is initially explored and proves to be a good approximation. Theoretical calculations on 24 proteins agree with experiment showing bands with similar morphology and maxima. PMID:26370961

  13. Circular dichroism spectroscopy of complexes of semiconductor quantum dots with chlorin e6

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    Kundelev, Evgeny V.; Orlova, Anna O.; Maslov, Vladimir G.; Baranov, Alexsander V.; Fedorov, Anatoly V.

    2016-04-01

    Experimental investigation of circular dichroism (CD) spectra of complexes based on ZnS:Mn/ZnS and CdSe/ZnS QDs and chlorin e6 (Ce6) molecules in aqua solutions at different pH level, in methanol and in DMSO were carried out. The changes in CD spectra of Ce6 upon its bonding in complex with semiconductor QDs were analyzed. Application of CD spectroscopy allowed to obtain the CD spectrum of luminescent Ce6 dimer for the first time, and to discover a nonluminescent Ce6 aggregate, preliminary identified as a "tetramer", dissymmetry factor of which is 40 times larger than that for its monomer. The analysis of obtained data showed that in complexes with QDs Ce6 can be either in the monomeric form or in the form of non-luminescent tetramer. The interaction of relatively unstable luminescent Ce6 dimerwith QDs leads to its partial monomerization and formation complexes with chlorin e6 in monomeric form.

  14. Sequence effects of aminofluorene-modified DNA duplexes: thermodynamic and circular dichroism properties

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    Meneni, Srinivasa Rao; D'Mello, Rhijuta; Norigian, Gregory; Baker, Gregory; Gao, Lan; Chiarelli, M. Paul; Cho, Bongsup P.

    2006-01-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) and UV-melting experiments were conducted with 16 oligodeoxynucleotides modified by the carcinogen 2-aminofluorene, whose sequence around the lesion was varied systematically [d(CTTCTNG[AF]NCCTC), N = G, A, C, T], to gain insight into the factors that determine the equilibrium between base-displaced stacked (S) and external B-type (B) duplex conformers. Differing stabilities among the duplexes can be attributed to different populations of S and B conformers. The AF modification always resulted in sequence-dependent thermal (Tm) and thermodynamic (−ΔG°) destabilization. The population of B-type conformers derived from eight selected duplexes (i.e. -AG*N- and -CG*N-) was inversely proportional to the −ΔG° and Tm values, which highlights the importance of carcinogen/base stacking in duplex stabilization even in the face of disrupted Watson–Crick base pairing in S-conformation. CD studies showed that the extent of the adduct-induced negative ellipticities in the 290–350 nm range is correlated linearly with −ΔG° and Tm, but inversely with the population of B-type conformations. Taken together, these results revealed a unique interplay between the extent of carcinogenic interaction with neighboring base pairs and the thermodynamic properties of the AF-modified duplexes. The sequence-dependent S/B heterogeneities have important implications in understanding how arylamine–DNA adducts are recognized in nucleotide excision repair. PMID:16449208

  15. [Study on the effect of electric field on the secondary structure of lipase by circular dichroism].

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    Yao, Zhan-quan; Ao, Dun-ge-ri-le; Xu, Qiang; Yang, Ti-qiang

    2006-12-01

    After the lipase was treated with electric field for five minutes, the effect of electric field on the secondary structure of lipase was studied by circular dichroism (CD). The results showed that different electric field strength in the range from 0. 5 to 6. 0 kV x cm(-1) has a different effect on the relative contents of alpha-helix, beta-sheet, beta-turn and random coil of the lipase, and whose changes were non-monotonous with the raising of electric field. In general, the electric treatment tends to transform the alpha-helix and beta-sheet into beta-turn and random coil. The decrease in alpha-helix and beta-sheet ranged respectively from 4. 6% to 48. 0% and from 13. 2% to 35. 1%, and the increase in beta-turn and random coil ranged respectively from 2. 8% to 33. 3% and from 0. 9% to 48. 1%. The result of this study has important meaning to explain the biological effect of electric treatment seeds.

  16. High Field Magnetic Circular Dichroism in Ferromagnetic InMnSb and InMnAs

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    Meeker, M. A.; Magill, B. A.; Khodaparast, G. A.; Saha, D.; Stanton, C. J.; McGill, S.; Wessels, B. W.

    An understanding of the fundamental interactions in narrow gap ferromagnetic semiconductors such as InMnAs and InMnSb has been developed primarily from static magnetization and electrical transport measurements. In this study, to provide a better understanding of the coupling of the Mn impurities to the conduction and valence bands through the sp-d exchange interactions, we have performed magnetic circular dichroism measurements (MCD) on MOVPE grown InMnAs and InMnSb. In our samples, the Mn content varies from 2% to 10.7% and all the samples have Curie temperatures above 300 K. The samples were photo-excited using a Quartz Tungsten Halogen lamp with energies ranging between 0.92-1.45 eV, and in magnetic fields up to 31 T. The temperatures ranged from 15-190 K. Comparison of the observed MCD with theoretical calculations provides a direct method to probe the band structure including the temperature dependence of the spin-orbit split-off bandgap and g-factors, as well as a means to estimate the sp-d coupling constants. Supported by the AFOSR through grant FA9550-14-1-0376, NSF-Career Award DMR-0846834 , NSF-DMR-60035274 , NSF-DMR-1305666, NSF MRI program (DMR-1229217).

  17. Introducing DInaMo: A Package for Calculating Protein Circular Dichroism Using Classical Electromagnetic Theory.

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    Uporov, Igor V; Forlemu, Neville Y; Nori, Rahul; Aleksandrov, Tsvetan; Sango, Boris A; Mbote, Yvonne E Bongfen; Pothuganti, Sandeep; Thomasson, Kathryn A

    2015-09-07

    The dipole interaction model is a classical electromagnetic theory for calculating circular dichroism (CD) resulting from the π-π* transitions of amides. The theoretical model, pioneered by J. Applequist, is assembled into a package, DInaMo, written in Fortran allowing for treatment of proteins. DInaMo reads Protein Data Bank formatted files of structures generated by molecular mechanics or reconstructed secondary structures. Crystal structures cannot be used directly with DInaMo; they either need to be rebuilt with idealized bond angles and lengths, or they need to be energy minimized to adjust bond lengths and bond angles because it is common for crystal structure geometries to have slightly short bond lengths, and DInaMo is sensitive to this. DInaMo reduces all the amide chromophores to points with anisotropic polarizability and all nonchromophoric aliphatic atoms including hydrogens to points with isotropic polarizability; all other atoms are ignored. By determining the interactions among the chromophoric and nonchromophoric parts of the molecule using empirically derived polarizabilities, the rotational and dipole strengths are determined leading to the calculation of CD. Furthermore, ignoring hydrogens bound to methyl groups is initially explored and proves to be a good approximation. Theoretical calculations on 24 proteins agree with experiment showing bands with similar morphology and maxima.

  18. Enantioseparation of racemic trans-δ-viniferin using high speed counter-current chromatography based on induced circular dichroism technology.

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    Han, Chao; Xu, Jinfang; Wang, Xiaobing; Xu, Xiaoming; Luo, Jianguang; Kong, Lingyi

    2014-01-10

    A preparative chiral high speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) method based on induced circular dichroism (ICD) spectrum was developed to separate trans-δ-viniferin (TVN) enantiomers successfully. The important parameters for the chiral HSCCC separation process, including the type of chiral selector (CS), the concentration of chiral selector and the equilibrium temperature, were optimized using induced circular dichroism spectrum. The final separation procedure was established with a biphasic solvent system composed of n-hexane-ethyl acetate-25 mmol L(-1) hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin aqueous solution (5:5:10, v/v/v) in the head-to-tail elution mode at 5 °C. Under optimum chiral HSCCC separation conditions, 8.2mg of (7S, 8S)-TVN (1) and 9.4 mg of (7R, 8R)-TVN (2) were successfully separated from 20mg TVN enantiomers with the purity of 99.51% and 99.36%, respectively.

  19. Photoelectron circular dichroism of chiral molecules studied with a continuum-state-corrected strong-field approximation

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    Dreissigacker, Ingo; Lein, Manfred

    2014-05-01

    Motivated by recent experiments on circular dichroism in the photoelectron momentum distributions from strong-field ionization of chiral molecules [C. Lux et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 5001 (2012), 10.1002/anie.201109035; C. S. Lehmann et al., J. Chem. Phys. 139, 234307 (2013), 10.1063/1.4844295], we investigate the origin of this effect theoretically. We show that it is not possible to describe photoelectron circular dichroism with the commonly used strong-field approximation due to its plane-wave nature. We therefore apply the Born approximation to the scattering state and use this as a continuum-state correction in the strong-field approximation. We obtain electron distributions for the molecules camphor and fenchone. In order to gain physical insight into the process, we study the contributions of individual molecular orientations.

  20. Simulations of circular dichroism spectra of a pair of diterpene enantiomers by time-dependent density functional theory

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    Liaw, Chih-Chuang; Chang, Jia-Lin; Chen, Shou-Fong; Huang, Jhih-Hong; Sie, Jyun-Fu; Cheng, Yung-Yi

    2011-11-01

    We present the first theoretical study on a pair of diterpene enantiomers of formula C 21H 34O 5, which were newly isolated from plants and identified as 3β,5β-dihydroxy-16 α/ β-methoxyhalima-13(14)-en-15,16-olide. The equilibrium geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of their low-lying conformers were obtained by using the AM1 and B3LYP/6-31+G(d) methods. At the optimized geometries, rotatory strengths of six excited states of each conformer were computed by the time-dependent density functional theory. The electronic circular dichroism spectra were simulated by taking Boltzmann averaging and considering the solvent effect, from which the absolute configurations of the enantiomers were determined. Their vibrational circular dichroism spectra were also predicted.

  1. Elucidating the Structure of Chiral Molecules by using Amplified Vibrational Circular Dichroism: From Theory to Experimental Realization.

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    Domingos, Sérgio R; Hartl, František; Buma, Wybren Jan; Woutersen, Sander

    2015-11-16

    Recent experimental observations of enhanced vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) in molecular systems with low-lying electronically excited states suggest interesting new applications of VCD spectroscopy. The theory describing VCD enhancement through vibronic coupling schemes was derived by Nafie in 1983, but only recently experimental evidence of VCD amplification has demonstrated the extent to which this effect can be exploited as a structure elucidation tool to probe local structure. In this Concept paper, we give an overview of the physics behind vibrational circular dichroism, in particular the equations governing the VCD amplification effect, and review the latest experimental developments with a prospective view on the application of amplified VCD to locally probe biomolecular structure.

  2. Synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) spectroscopy: An emerging method in structural biology for examining protein conformations and protein interactions

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    Wallace, B. A.; Gekko, Kunihiko; Vrønning Hoffmann, Søren; Lin, Yi-Hung; Sutherland, John C.; Tao, Ye; Wien, Frank; Janes, Robert W.

    2011-09-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a well-established technique in structural biology. The use of synchrotron radiation as an intense light source for these measurements extends the applications possible using lab-based instruments. In recent years, there has been a major growth in synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) beamlines worldwide, including ones at the NSLS, ISA, SRS, HiSOR, BSRF, NSRRC, SOLEIL, Diamond, TERAS, BESSYII, and ANKA synchrotrons. Through the coordinated efforts of beamline scientists and users at these sites, important proof-of-principle studies have been done enabling the method to be developed for novel and productive studies on biological systems. This paper describes the characteristics of SRCD beamlines and some of the new types of applications that have been undertaken using these beamlines.

  3. Computational Study of the Structure, the Flexibility, and the Electronic Circular Dichroism of Staurosporine - a Powerful Protein Kinase Inhibitor

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    Karabencheva-Christova, Tatyana G.; Singh, Warispreet; Christov, Christo Z.

    2014-07-01

    Staurosporine (STU) is a microbial alkaloid which is an universal kinase inhibitor. In order to understand its mechanism of action it is important to explore its structure-properties relationships. In this paper we provide the results of a computational study of the structure, the chiroptical properties, the conformational flexibility of STU as well as the correlation between the electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra and the structure of its complex with anaplastic lymphoma kinase.

  4. Dual source fourier transform polarization modulation spectroscopy: an improved method for the measurement of circular and linear dichroism.

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    Nafie, Laurence A; Buijs, Henry; Rilling, Allan; Cao, Xiaolin; Dukor, Rina K

    2004-06-01

    It is shown that the use of two sources in a four-port interferometer equipped with cube-corner mirrors leads to increased signal-to-noise ratios in Fourier transform (FT-IR) circular and linear dichroism spectra. The output beam to the sample is a superposition of two interferograms, one from each source, having opposite Fourier phases. These two interferograms cancel one another to the degree that the two sources are matched in intensity. If the radiation from each of the two sources is first polarized orthogonally with respect to the other and passed through a polarization modulator before reaching the sample, the resulting polarization-modulation interferograms are out of Fourier phase and out of polarization-modulation phase. As a result, the polarization-modulation interferograms, due to circular or linear dichroism in the sample, from the two sources combine positively rather than negatively. An improvement in signal-to-noise ratio of up to two (or a factor of four in scan-time reduction for the same signal-to-noise ratio) compared to single source operation can be realized, while at the same time, the potential for saturation of the detector signal is significantly reduced due to the reduction in magnitude of the combined ordinary infrared transmission interferogram. Absorption and circular dichroism spectra from a dual-source FT-IR spectrometer are presented and analyzed.

  5. Direct observation of depth profile of magnetic moment by magnetic circular dichroism

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    Mun, Bongjin Simon; Yang, See-Hun; Mannella, Norman; Kay, Alex W.; Kim, Sang-Koog; Kortright, Jeffrey B.; Underwood, Jim H.; Hussain, Zahid; Fadley, Charles S.

    2001-03-01

    The magnetic properties at the interface between Fe and Cr wedge layers are investigated with a new depth-resolved soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (SXPS)[1], combined with magnetic circular dichroism (MCD). The layers of Fe (10 A)/ Cr (50 A wedge- shaped) are grown on a periodic multilayer (B 4 C(22.5A)/W(17.1 A)) _40, which provides the strong standing wave effects of 40 The unique angular dependence of photoelectron intensity of Fe and Cr has been observed at each different Cr wedge thickness and show excellent agreement with the theoretical calculation. To maximize the enhancement and contrast of standing wave effect inside of sample, the sample position is tuned to the Bragg angle position, at which the MCD measurement with SXPS along the different thickness of Cr wedge layer provides the depth profile of the magnetic moment of Fe and Cr. A strong antiparallel coupling across the interface of Cr magnetic moment is clearly resolved while the apparent reduction of Fe magnetic moment is observed near the interface. This observation is consistent with the other works on the same system [2] and even describes how the magnetic moment behaves inside of the sample from the top surface to the interface in one single sample preparation. In this experiment, a new depth-resolved SXPS has been successfully implemented to magnetic multilayer system and prove to be powerful technique to study the buried interface of magnetic system, as proposed by our former work [1]. [1] S.-H. Yang, B. S. Mun, A.W. Kay, S.-K. Kim, J. B. Kortright , J.H. Underwood, Z. Hussain, C. S. Fadley, Surf. Sci. 461 L557-L564 (2000) [2] G. Panaccione, F. Sirotti, E. Narducci, and G. Rossi, Phys. Rev. B 55, 389 (1997)

  6. Circular Dichroism Reveals Evidence of Coupling Between Immunoglobulin Constant and Variable Region Secondary Structure†

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    Janda, Alena; Casadevall, Arturo

    2010-01-01

    Antibodies (Ab) are bifunctional molecules with two domains, a constant region (C) that confers effector properties and a variable (V) region responsible of antigen (Ag) binding. Historically the C and V regions were considered to be functionally independent, with Ag specificity being solely determined by the V region. However, recent studies suggest that the C region can affect Ab fine specificity. This has led to the proposal that the CH domain influences the structure of the V region, thus affecting Ab affinity and fine specificity. An inference from this proposal is that V region identical monoclonal Abs (mAbs) differing in C region (eg isotype) would manifest different secondary structures arising from isotype-induced variation in the V-C region after Ag binding. We hypothesized that such effects could translate into differences in Circular Dichroism (CD) upon Ag-Ab complex formation. Consequently we studied the interaction of a set of V region identical IgG1, IgG2a, IgG2b, and IgG3 mAbs with glucuronoxylomannan (GXM). The native CD spectra of the pairs IgG1/IgG2a and IgG3/IgG2b were strikingly similar, implying similar secondary structure content. GXM binding by IgG1, IgG2a, IgG2b and IgG3 produced different CD changes, with the pairs IgG1/IgG2a and IgG3/IgG2b again manifesting qualitatively similar trends in secondary structure changes. The magnitude of the changes differed among the isotypes with IgG2a > IgG3> IgG2b> IgG1. These differences in CD changes were interpreted to reflect differences in V-C secondary structure. PMID:20299100

  7. Synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy study of recombinant T β4 folding

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    Huang, Yung-Chin; Chu, Hsueh-Liang; Chen, Peng-Jen; Chang, Chia-Ching

    Thymosin beta 4 (T β4) is a 43-amino acid small peptide, has been demonstrated that it can promote cardiac repair, wound repair, tissue protection, and involve in the proliferation of blood cell precursor stem cells of bone marrow. Moreover, T β4 has been identified as a multifunction intrinsically disordered protein, which is lacking the stable tertiary structure. Owing to the small size and disordered character, the T β4 protein degrades rapidly and the storage condition is critical. Therefore, it is not easy to reveal its folding mechanism of native T β4. However, recombinant T β4 protein (rT β4), which fused with a 5-kDa peptide in its amino-terminal, is stable and possesses identical function of T β4. Therefore, rT β4 can be used to study its folding mechanism. By using over-critical folding process, stable folding intermediates of rT β4 can be obtained. Structure analysis of folding intermediates by synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) and fluorescence spectroscopies indicate that rT β4 is a random coli major protein and its hydrophobic region becomes compact gradually. Moreover, the rT β4 folding is a two state transition. Thermal denaturation analysis indicates that rT β4 lacks stable tertiary structure. These results indicated that rT β4, similar to T β4, is an intrinsically disordered protein. Research is supported by MOST, Taiwan. MOST 103-2112-M-009-011-MY3. Corresponding author: Chia-Ching Chang; ccchang01@faculty.nctu.edu.tw.

  8. Theoretical modeling of peptide α-helical circular dichroism in aqueous solution.

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    Kaminský, Jakub; Kubelka, Jan; Bour, Petr

    2011-03-10

    Reliable modeling of protein and peptide circular dichroism (CD) spectra in the far UV presents a challenge for current theoretical approaches. In this study, the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), configuration interaction with single excitation (CIS), and transition dipole coupling (TDC) were used to assess the most important factors contributing to the CD spectra of the α-helical secondary structure. The dependence on the peptide chain length and also the role of the flexibility and solvent environment were investigated with a model oligopeptide Ac-(Ala)(N)-NH-Me, (N = 1, ..., 18). Both the TDDFT and TDC-like methods suggest that the CD curve typical for the α-helix arises gradually, but its basic characteristic is discernible already for peptides with 4-5 amino acid residues. The calculated dependence was in a qualitative agreement with experimental spectra of short α-helices stabilized by the histidine-metal binding. The TDDFT computations of the CD were found to be unusually sensitive to the basis set and solvent model. Explicit hydration and temperature fluctuations of the peptide geometry, simulated with the aid of molecular dynamics (MD), significantly influenced the CD and absorption spectral shapes. An extensive averaging over MD configurations is thus required to obtain a converged spectral profile in cluster simulations. On the other hand, both the TDDFT and TDC models indicate only a minor influence of the alanine side chains. The CIS and TDC calculations also point toward a relatively small effect of the helix-helix interaction on the CD spectral profiles. For a model system of two helices, the CIS method predicted larger changes in the spectra than TDC. This suggests other than interactions between peptide chains, such as mutual polarization, can have a minor, but measurable, effect on the CD spectrum.

  9. X-ray magnetic-circular-dichroism study of Ni/Fe (001) multilayers

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    Lin, T.; Schwickert, M.M.; Tomaz, M.A.; Chen, H.; Harp, G.R.

    1999-06-01

    The structure and magnetic properties of Fe/Ni(001) multilayers are studied using x-ray diffraction, magneto-optical Kerr effect magnetometry, and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Multilayers are deposited with constant Fe layers (12 {Angstrom}) and wedged Ni layers (0{endash}30 {Angstrom}), repeated 20 times, to explore the magnetic moment and the structure dependence upon thickness of Ni (t{sub Ni}). Up to t{sub Ni}{approx}16 {Angstrom} (11 ML), both the Fe and the Ni have a bct structure, similar to the bulk structure of bcc Fe. The magnetic moments of Ni in the bct region are nearly constant at 0.85{mu}{sub B} for a Ni thickness t{sub Ni} in the range 3 {Angstrom}{lt}t{sub Ni}{lt}16 {Angstrom}. This represents a significant enhancement over the moment in bulk fcc Ni (0.59{mu}B). The Fe/Ni multilayer undergoes a crystalline phase transition between 16 {Angstrom}{lt}t{sub Ni}{lt}23 {Angstrom}, beyond which both the Fe and Ni have an fct structure. In the fct region, the Ni magnetic moment is close to its bulk value and the Fe magnetic moment drops to 1.5{mu}{sub B}, which is {approximately}70{percent} of its bulk value. The crystalline phase transition is also accompanied by a rotation of the magnetic easy axis by 45{degree} in the plane of the film. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  10. The secondary structure of echistatin from 1H-NMR, circular-dichroism and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Saudek, V; Atkinson, R A; Lepage, P; Pelton, J T

    1991-12-01

    Detailed biophysical studies have been carried out on echistatin, a member of the disintegrin family of small, cysteine-rich, RGD-containing proteins, isolated from the venom of the saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus. Analysis of circular-dichroism spectra indicates that, at 20 degrees C, echistatin contains no alpha-helix but contains mostly beta-turns and beta-sheet. Two isobestic points are observed as the temperature is raised, the conformational changes associated with that observed between 40 degrees C and 72 degrees C being irreversible. Raman spectra also indicate considerable beta-turn and beta-sheet (20%) structure and an absence of alpha-helical structure. Three of the four disulphide bridges are shown to be in an all-gauche conformation, while the fourth adopts a trans-gauche-gauche conformation. The 1H-NMR spectrum of echistatin has been almost fully assigned. A single conformation was observed at 27 degrees C with the four proline residues adopting only the trans conformation. A large number of backbone amide protons were found to exchange slowly, but no segments of the backbone were found to be in either alpha-helical or beta-sheet conformation. A number of turns could be characterised. An irregular beta-hairpin contains the RGD sequence in a mobile loop at its tip. Two of the four disulphide cross-links have been identified from the NMR spectra. The data presented in this paper will serve to define the structure of echistatin more closely in subsequent studies. PMID:1761037

  11. Optical and structural properties of plasma-treated Cordyceps bassiana spores as studied by circular dichroism, absorption, and fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Lee, Geon Joon; Sim, Geon Bo; Choi, Eun Ha; Kwon, Young-Wan; Kim, Jun Young; Jang, Siun; Kim, Seong Hwan

    2015-01-01

    To understand the killing mechanism of fungal spores by plasma treatment, the optical, structural, and biological properties of the insect pathogenic fungus Cordyceps bassiana spores were studied. A nonthermal atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) was used to treat the spores in aqueous solution. Optical emission spectra of the APPJ acquired in air indicated emission peaks corresponding to hydroxyl radicals and atomic oxygen. When the APPJ entered the aqueous solution, additional reactive species were derived from the interaction of plasma radicals with the aqueous solution. Fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy confirmed the generation of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide in the plasma-activated water (PAW). Spore counting showed that plasma treatment significantly reduced spore viability. Absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, and agarose gel electrophoresis of the DNA extracted from plasma-treated spores showed a reduction in spore DNA content. The magnitude of the dip in the CD spectrum was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, indicating that plasma treatment causes structural modifications and/or damage to cellular components. Tryptophan fluorescence intensity was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, suggesting that plasma treatment modified cell wall proteins. Changes in spore viability and DNA content were attributed to structural modification of the cell wall by reactive species coming from the APPJ and the PAW. Our results provided evidence that the plasma radicals and the derived reactive species play critical roles in fungal spore inactivation.

  12. Validation of a method using an achiral liquid chromatography sorbent and a circular dichroism detector. Analysis of the efaroxan enantiomers.

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    Lorin, Marie; Delépée, Raphaël; Ribet, Jean-Paul; Morin, Philippe

    2007-02-01

    The known HPLC method using an achiral C8 silica sorbent and a circular dichroism (CD) detector for the determination of efaroxan enantiomeric excess has been validated. After optimization of the mobile phase, the enantiomers were detected at 278 nm offering maximum ellipticity between two optically active forms. The calibration curve of the anisotropy factor (g) versus the enantiomeric excess was linear with a correlation coefficient (r2) of 0.9985. The accuracy of the method was assessed by comparing the enantiomeric excess obtained by measuring the g factor (C8 column, CD and UV detections) with those determined by enantioselective HPLC (Chiralpak AD-H column, UV detection). Statistical tests (level of confidence of 95%) were assessed to compare the two orthogonal methods. The straight line gave a correlation coefficient of 0.9995, an intercept not significantly different from zero (0.0549) and a slope of 1.026. The precision evaluated on retention time (RSD<0.6%), g factor (RSD<8.3%) and CD peak area (RSD<7.5%) was suitable both in term of intra- and inter-day precisions. The proposed method has the advantages of being fast and precise without using expensive chiral column. Non-enantioselective HPLC-CD was suitable for the simultaneous determination of the optical and chemical purity of efaroxan.

  13. Optical and structural properties of plasma-treated Cordyceps bassiana spores as studied by circular dichroism, absorption, and fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Lee, Geon Joon Sim, Geon Bo; Choi, Eun Ha; Kim, Jun Young; Jang, Siun; Kim, Seong Hwan

    2015-01-14

    To understand the killing mechanism of fungal spores by plasma treatment, the optical, structural, and biological properties of the insect pathogenic fungus Cordyceps bassiana spores were studied. A nonthermal atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) was used to treat the spores in aqueous solution. Optical emission spectra of the APPJ acquired in air indicated emission peaks corresponding to hydroxyl radicals and atomic oxygen. When the APPJ entered the aqueous solution, additional reactive species were derived from the interaction of plasma radicals with the aqueous solution. Fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy confirmed the generation of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide in the plasma-activated water (PAW). Spore counting showed that plasma treatment significantly reduced spore viability. Absorption spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, and agarose gel electrophoresis of the DNA extracted from plasma-treated spores showed a reduction in spore DNA content. The magnitude of the dip in the CD spectrum was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, indicating that plasma treatment causes structural modifications and/or damage to cellular components. Tryptophan fluorescence intensity was lower in the plasma-treated spores than in the control, suggesting that plasma treatment modified cell wall proteins. Changes in spore viability and DNA content were attributed to structural modification of the cell wall by reactive species coming from the APPJ and the PAW. Our results provided evidence that the plasma radicals and the derived reactive species play critical roles in fungal spore inactivation.

  14. Complexation behavior of gelatin with amphiphilic drug imipramine hydrochloride as studied by conductimetry, surface tensiometry and circular dichroism studies.

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    Ali, Mohd Sajid; Anjum, Kahkashan; Khan, Javed M; Khan, Rizwan H; Kabir-ud-Din

    2011-01-01

    Herein we report our studies carried out on the interaction between IMP and gelatin in aqueous medium at 25°C using conductimetry, surface tensiometry and circular dichroism (CD) techniques. Both surface tensiometry and conductimetry results indicate that the drug interacts with the gelatin in a surfactant-like manner, i.e., both critical aggregation (cac) and polymer saturation points (psp) were observed. The interaction starts with the formation of a highly surface-active complex as revealed by the lowering of surface tension on the addition of drug to the macromolecule. The decrease in cac on increasing gelatin concentration is an indication of the strong interaction between gelatin and IMP. However, at low concentration of gelatin the interaction was not much strong as exposed by surface tension study, i.e., the cac was not very clear (as with higher gelatin concentrations). As usual, the psp increased on increasing the gelatin concentration and was always higher than the critical micelle concentration of the drug in pure aqueous medium. Using CD measurements the influence of IMP on the secondary structure of gelatin in aqueous solutions was also investigated. CD studies (performed at very low drug concentrations) illustrated that the random coil content of gelatin increases with increasing drug concentration. Free energies of aggregation (ΔG(agg)) and micellization (ΔG(mic)) were computed with the help of degrees of micelle ionization obtained from the specific conductivity - [IMP] plots.

  15. Electronic states of benzo[a]pyrene. Linear and magnetic circular dichroism, polarized fluorescence, and quantum chemical calculations

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    Spanget-Larsen, J.; Waluk, J.; Erikksson, S.

    1992-03-11

    The carcinogen benzo[a]pyrene is investigated by UV and IR linear dichroism (LD) spectroscopy in stretched polyethylene, by UV magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopy, and by fluorescence polarization spectroscopy. The combined results lead to detailed experimental characterization of transitions in the near-UV region, with determination of polarization directions for five electronic transitions. The experimental results are compared with theoretical predictions using the PPP, CNDO/S, CNDO-SDCI, and LCOAO quantum chemical models. Excellent agreement with observed values in the low-energy region, including transition transition moment directions and MCD signs, is obtained within the LCOAO model. The theoretical analysis reveals a strong breakdown of the alternant pairing symmetry for benzo[a]pyrene, compared with those observed in the related hydrocarbons benz[a]anthracene and chrysene. 44 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  16. The Role of Heme Chirality in the Circular Dichroism of Heme Proteins

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    Woody, Robert W.; Pescitelli, Gennaro

    2014-07-01

    The rotational strength (R) of the Soret transition in sperm-whale myoglobin (SW Mb), the hemoglobin from Chironomus thummi thummi (CTT Hb), and human hemoglobin (hHb) has been calculated using 20 high-resolution (< 1:5 Å) crystal structures. The intrinsic rotational strength due to heme non-planarity was calculated using π-electron theory and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). Calculations on model protoporphyrins with a planar nucleus and with various torsional angles for the 2- and 4-vinyl substituents showed maximum R of ±0.70 Debye-Bohr magneton (1 DBM = 0.9273 · 10-38 cgs units). Viewing the heme so that the 2- and 4-vinyls are in a counterclockwise relationship, if a vinyl points toward the viewer, it contributes positively to R. Calculations of the intrinsic R for explicit heme geometries of SW Mb, CTT Hb, and hHb gave averages of 0.40±0.09, ±0:44±0.04, and +0.32±0.11 DBM, respectively. Coupling of the Soret transition with aromatic side-chain and peptide backbone transitions was also considered. For SW Mb, the magnitudes of the contributions decreased in the order Rint > Raro > Rpep. For CTT Hb and hHB, the orders were, respectively, Rint > Rpep > Raro and Rint > Raro ≈ Rpep. Human Hb ɑ chains showed the same trend as CTT Hb. Only in the hHb β chains did Raro predominate, with the order Raro > Rint > Rpep. The total predicted Rtot for SW Mb, CTT Hb, and hHb averaged +0.77±0.10 (0.56 - 0.80), -0.37±0.12 (-0.5), and +0.31±0.17 DBM (0.23 - 0.50), respectively. (Values in parentheses are experimental values.) Thus, contrary to the currently accepted view, coupling with aromatic side-chain or peptide transitions is not the dominant factor in the Soret circular dichroism (CD) of these proteins. The Soret CD is dominated by intrinsic CD of the heme chromophore, of which vinyl torsion is the major determinant. This result suggests an explanation for the large effect of heme isomerism on the Soret CD of Mb and Hb. Rotation about the

  17. Circular dichroism study of stacking properties of oligodeoxyadenylates and polydeoxyadenylate. A three-state conformational model.

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    Olsthoorn, C S; Bostelaar, L J; De Rooij, J F; Van Boom, J H; Altona, C

    1981-04-01

    The temperature dependence of the circular dichroism (CD) spectra of a series of deoxyadenylates (dA)n, n = 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, infinity, in aqueous solution was studied. The data were interpreted on the basis of a new conformational model for the stacked state suggested by our previous proton NMR studies on (dA)2 and (dA)3 [C. S. M. Olsthoorn, L. J. Bostelaar, J. H. van Boom & C. Altona (1980) Eur. J. biochem. 112, 95-110]. In this model the stacked regions of the single-stranded oligomers consist of residues taking up a geometry resembling that of the B-DNA genus of structures (all sugars S or C2'-endo) except those residues at the 3' end that do not 'feel' a following stacking interaction. The deoxyribose rings in the latter residues retain (or regain when melting out removes a stacking interaction somewhere along the chain) the conformational freedom (S in equilibrium N, N = C3'-endo) that these rings possess in the monomers 2'-deoxyadenosine 5'-methylphosphate or in 2'-deoxyadenosine 3',5'-bis(methylphosphate), as the case may be. It is shown that this model allows (a) construction of the CD spectra of (dA)n, n = 3, 6, 9, 12, from those of the dimer and the polymer; (b) the separation of the weak CD displayed by the regular S-S stacking mode and the far stronger CD exhibited by the 3'-end S-N stacking (the latter CD resembles that of the A-DNA genus of structures); (c) delineation of the thermodynamics of stacking. The melting temperature remains constant and independent of chain length (about 50 degrees C) whereas delta H degrees and delta S degrees show a slight increase in absolute values on increasing n from 2 to infinity owing to small cooperativity effects. Near 0 degrees C the dimer occurs for about 90% in the stacked form, the oligomers attain even higher conformational purities. It is suggested that premelting phenomena observed in the CD spectra of double-helical DNAs may also involve local transitions from the normal B-like ----S-S-s---- stacking mode

  18. The circular dichroism properties of phi W-14 DNA containing alpha-putrescinylthymine.

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    Spetter, S; Chen, C; Warren, R A; Hanlon, S

    1985-03-01

    The circular dichroism properties of phi W-14 DNA containing alpha-putrescinylthymine and its acetylated derivative have been examined in a number of aqueous solvents. Native phi W-14 DNA exhibits a B-type CD spectrum whose characteristics do not entirely conform to what would be expected for its GC content (51%). The conformationally sensitive positive band above 260 nm has a rotational strength greater than that normally found in prokaryotic DNAs of comparable GC content, such as Escherichia coli DNA. The rotational strength of this band in the spectrum of the heat-denatured form of phi W-14 DNA, however, is similar to that of heat denatured E. coli DNA. Abolition of the positive charge on the putrescine residues of native phi W-14 DNA by reaction with CH2O or by acetylation reduces the rotational strength to a level appropriate for its GC content. Increases in the electrolyte content of the solvent have the same effect, although the rotational strength of this band in phi W-14 DNA does not become comparable to that of E. coli DNA until 6-7 M LiCl. Titration to pH 10.6 in solvents of modest electrolyte content, however, fails to appreciably affect the CD spectral properties of either native phi W-14 DNA or the derivative in which half of the secondary and all of the primary amino groups have been acetylated. On the basis of these results we have concluded that the enhanced rotational strength of the positive band above 260 nm in the CD spectrum of phi W-14 DNA is due to a conformational difference caused by an ion-pair interaction of the positively charged primary amino groups of putrescine with the phosphate backbone. The CD spectral properties, however, reveal that these differences, averaged over the entire basepair population, appear to be relatively small. The average conformation, at least in dilute aqueous solutions, seems to be an unexceptional B variant with conformational properties which would be more appropriate for a DNA of higher CG content.

  19. Domain imaging on multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}(001) by linear and circular dichroism in threshold photoemission

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    Sander, Anke; Christl, Maik; Chiang, Cheng-Tien; Alexe, Marin; Widdra, Wolf

    2015-12-14

    We demonstrate ferroelectric domain imaging at BiFeO{sub 3}(001) single crystal surfaces with laser-based threshold photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM). Work function differences and linear dichroism allow for the identification of the eight independent ferroelectric domain configurations in the PEEM images. There, the determined domain structure is consistent with piezoresponse force microscopy of the sample surface and can also be related to the circular dichroic PEEM images. Our results provide a method for efficient mapping of complex ferroelectric domains with laser-excited PEEM and may allow lab-based time-resolved studies of the domain dynamics in the future.

  20. Remediation of Cr(VI) by biogenic magnetic nanoparticles: An x-ray magnetic circular dichroism study

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    Telling, N. D.; Coker, V. S.; Cutting, R. S.; van der Laan, G.; Pearce, C. I.; Pattrick, R. A. D.; Arenholz, E.; Lloyd, J. R.

    2009-09-04

    Biologically synthesized magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles are studied using x-ray absorption and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism following exposure to hexavalent Cr solution. By examining their magnetic state, Cr cations are shown to exist in trivalent form on octahedral sites within the magnetite spinel surface. The possibility of reducing toxic Cr(VI) into a stable, non-toxic form, such as a Cr{sup 3+}-spinel layer, makes biogenic magnetite nanoparticles an attractive candidate for Cr remediation.

  1. Atomic moments in Mn2CoAl thin films analyzed by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Jamer, M. E.; Assaf, B. A.; Sterbinsky, G. E.; Arena, D. A.; Heiman, D.

    2014-12-05

    Spin gapless semiconductors are known to be strongly affected by structural disorder when grown epitaxially as thin films. The magnetic properties of Mn2CoAl thin films grown on GaAs (001) substrates are investigated here as a function of annealing. This study investigates the atomic-specific magnetic moments of Mn and Co atoms measured through X-ray magnetic circular dichroism as a function of annealing and the consequent structural ordering. Results indicate that the structural distortion mainly affects the Mn atoms as seen by the reduction of the magnetic moment from its predicted value.

  2. Picosecond transient circular dichroism of the photoreceptor protein of the light-adapted form of Blepharisma japonicum

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    Hache, François; Khuc, Mai-Thu; Brazard, Johanna; Plaza, Pascal; Martin, Monique M.; Checcucci, Giovanni; Lenci, Francesco

    2009-11-01

    We present a picosecond transient circular dichroism study of OBIP, the putative photoreceptor protein involved in the photophobic response of Blepharisma japonicum. The probe wavelength was chosen at 230 nm. The results are compared to those of the isolated chromophore, OxyBP, in solution. The CD changes in OBIP and OxyBP do not show the same dynamics: OBIP's signal relaxes in a few ps whereas no such decay is obtained for OxyBP. This observation brings support to the formerly evoked existence of a fast photoinduced reaction in the chromoprotein, and demonstrates the implication of local geometrical changes that accompany this process.

  3. Magnetic circular dichroism in the ion yield of polarized chromium atoms at the 2p edge

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    Pruemper, G.; Viefhaus, J.; Becker, U.; Kroeger, S.; Mueller, R.; Zimmermann, P.; Martins, M.

    2003-09-01

    The effect of magnetic dichroism in the partial and total ion yield of chromium, i.e., the absorption of polarized chromium vapor was observed in the gas phase. The measurements were performed at the 2p edge and at photon energies above the 2p edge. The structure of the dichroism at the 2p edge can be understood by including the coupling of the 2p hole with the 3d and 4s shells. Our experimental results for the dichroism at the 2p edge are similar to results of solid-state experiments. Implications for the sum rules used as a standard tool to calculate the spin and orbital momentum are discussed.

  4. Generation of circularly polarized radiation from a compact plasma-based extreme ultraviolet light source for tabletop X-ray magnetic circular dichroism studies.

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    Wilson, Daniel; Rudolf, Denis; Weier, Christian; Adam, Roman; Winkler, Gerrit; Frömter, Robert; Danylyuk, Serhiy; Bergmann, Klaus; Grützmacher, Detlev; Schneider, Claus M; Juschkin, Larissa

    2014-10-01

    Generation of circularly polarized light in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectral region (about 25 eV-250 eV) is highly desirable for applications in spectroscopy and microscopy but very challenging to achieve in a small-scale laboratory. We present a compact apparatus for generation of linearly and circularly polarized EUV radiation from a gas-discharge plasma light source between 50 eV and 70 eV photon energy. In this spectral range, the 3p absorption edges of Fe (54 eV), Co (60 eV), and Ni (67 eV) offer a high magnetic contrast often employed for magneto-optical and electron spectroscopy as well as for magnetic imaging. We simulated and designed an instrument for generation of linearly and circularly polarized EUV radiation and performed polarimetric measurements of the degree of linear and circular polarization. Furthermore, we demonstrate first measurements of the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Co 3p absorption edge with a plasma-based EUV light source. Our approach opens the door for laboratory-based, element-selective spectroscopy of magnetic materials and spectro-microscopy of ferromagnetic domains. PMID:25362374

  5. Generation of circularly polarized radiation from a compact plasma-based extreme ultraviolet light source for tabletop X-ray magnetic circular dichroism studies

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    Wilson, Daniel; Rudolf, Denis Juschkin, Larissa; Weier, Christian; Adam, Roman; Schneider, Claus M.; Winkler, Gerrit; Frömter, Robert; Danylyuk, Serhiy; Bergmann, Klaus; Grützmacher, Detlev

    2014-10-15

    Generation of circularly polarized light in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectral region (about 25 eV–250 eV) is highly desirable for applications in spectroscopy and microscopy but very challenging to achieve in a small-scale laboratory. We present a compact apparatus for generation of linearly and circularly polarized EUV radiation from a gas-discharge plasma light source between 50 eV and 70 eV photon energy. In this spectral range, the 3p absorption edges of Fe (54 eV), Co (60 eV), and Ni (67 eV) offer a high magnetic contrast often employed for magneto-optical and electron spectroscopy as well as for magnetic imaging. We simulated and designed an instrument for generation of linearly and circularly polarized EUV radiation and performed polarimetric measurements of the degree of linear and circular polarization. Furthermore, we demonstrate first measurements of the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Co 3p absorption edge with a plasma-based EUV light source. Our approach opens the door for laboratory-based, element-selective spectroscopy of magnetic materials and spectro-microscopy of ferromagnetic domains.

  6. Scaling of the L{sub 2,3} circular magnetic x-ray dichroism of Fe nitrides

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    Alouani, M. |; Wills, J.M.; Wilkins, J.W.

    1998-04-01

    We have implemented the calculation of the x-ray-absorption cross section for left- and right-circularly polarized x-ray beams within the local-density approximation by means of our all-electron full-relativistic and spin-polarized full-potential linear muffin-tin orbital method. We show that the L{sub 2,3} circular magnetic x-ray dichroism of Fe, Fe{sub 3}N, and Fe{sub 4}N compounds scales to a single curve when divided by the local magnetic moment. Sum rules determine the spin and orbital magnetic moment of iron atoms in these ordered iron nitrides. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  7. Circular dichroism and optical absorption spectra of mononuclear and trinuclear chiral Cu(II) amino-alcohol coordinated compounds: A combined theoretical and experimental study

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    Valencia, Israel; Ávila-Torres, Yenny; Barba-Behrens, Norah; Garzón, Ignacio L.

    2015-04-01

    Studies on the physicochemical properties of biomimetic compounds of multicopper oxidases are fundamental to understand their reaction mechanisms and catalytic behavior. In this work, electronic, optical, and chiroptical properties of copper(II) complexes with amino-alcohol chiral ligands are theoretically studied by means of time-dependent density functional theory. The calculated absorption and circular dichroism spectra are compared with experimental measurements of these spectra for an uncoordinated pseudoephedrine derivative, as well as for the corresponding mononuclear and trinuclear copper(II)-coordinated complexes. This comparison is useful to gain insights into their electronic structure, optical absorption and optical activity. The optical absorption and circular dichroism bands of the pseudoephedrine derivative are located in the UV-region. They are mainly due to transitions originated from n to π anti-bonding orbitals of the alcohol and amino groups, as well as from π bonding to π anti-bonding orbitals of carboxyl and phenyl groups. In the case of the mononuclear and trinuclear compounds, additional signals in the visible spectral region are present. In both systems, the origin of these bands is due to charge transfer from ligand to metal and d-d transitions.

  8. Solution Behavior and Interaction of Pepsin with Carnitine Based Cationic Surfactant: Fluorescence, Circular Dichroism, and Calorimetric Studies.

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    Ghosh, Subhajit; Dolai, Subhrajyoti; Patra, Trilochan; Dey, Joykrishna

    2015-10-01

    The present work reports the pH-induced conformational changes of pepsin in solution at room temperature. The conformational change makes the protein surface active. The protein was found to be present in the partially denatured state at pH 8 as well as at pH 2. The fluorescence probe and circular dichroism (CD) spectra suggested that the most stable state of pepsin exists at pH 5. The binding affinities of pepsin in its native and denatured states for a D,L-carnitine-based cationic surfactant (3-hexadecylcarbamoyl-2-hydroxypropyl)trimethylammonium chloride (C16-CAR) were examined at very low concentrations of the surfactant. The thermodynamics of the binding processes were investigated by use of isothermal titration calorimetry. The results were compared with those of (3-hexadecylcarbamoylpropyl)trimethylammonium chloride (C16-PTAC), which is structurally similar to C16-CAR, but without the secondary -OH functionality near the headgroup. None of the surfactants were observed to undergo binding with pepsin at pH 2, in which it exists in the acid-denatured state. However, both of the surfactants were found to spontaneously bind to the most stable state at pH 5, the partially denatured state at pH 8, and the alkaline denatured state at pH 11. Despite the difference in the headgroup structure, both of the surfactants bind to the same warfarin binding site. Interestingly, the driving force for binding of C16-CAR was found to be different from that of C16-PTC at pH ≥ 5. The steric interaction of the headgroup in C16-CAR was observed to have a significant effect on the binding process. PMID:26348532

  9. Surface characterization of human serum albumin and sodium perfluorooctanoate mixed solutions by pendant drop tensiometry and circular dichroism.

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    Messina, Paula; Prieto, Gerardo; Dodero, Verónica; Cabrerizo-Vílchez, M A; Maldonado-Valderrama, J; Ruso, Juan M; Sarmiento, Félix

    2006-06-15

    The interfacial behavior of mixed human serum albumin (HSA)/sodium perfluorooctanoate (C8FONa) solutions is examined by using two experimental techniques, pendant drop tensiometry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Through the analysis of the surface tension of the mixed solutions, surface competitive adsorption at the air-water interface between C8FONa and HSA is detected. The dynamic adsorption curves exhibit the distinct regimes in their time-dependent surface tension. The nature of these regimes is further analyzed in terms of the variation of the molecules surface areas. As a consequence, a compact and dense structure was formed where protein molecules were interconnected and overlapped. Thus, a reduction of the area occupied per molecule from 100 to 0.2 nm(2) is interpreted as a gel-like structure at the surface. The presence of the surfactant seems to favor the formation of this interfacial structure. Finally, measurements of circular dichroism suggests a compaction of the protein due to the association with the surfactant given by an increase of alpha-helix structure in the complexes as compared to that of pure protein.

  10. Structural alterations of human serum albumin caused by glycative and oxidative stressors revealed by circular dichroism analysis.

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    Monacelli, Fiammetta; Storace, Daniela; D'Arrigo, Cristina; Sanguineti, Roberta; Borghi, Roberta; Pacini, Davide; Furfaro, Anna L; Pronzato, Maria A; Odetti, Patrizio; Traverso, Nicola

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the ability of oxidative and glycative stressors to modify properties of human serum albumin (HSA) by analyzing markers of glycation (pentosidine) and oxidation (advanced oxidative protein products (AOPPs)) and assessing fluorescence and circular dichroism. HSA was incubated for up to 21 days with ribose, ascorbic acid (AA) and diethylenetriamine pentacetate (DTPA) in various combinations in order to evaluate influences of these substances on the structure of HSA. Ribose was included as a strong glycative molecule, AA as a modulator of oxidative stress, and DTPA as an inhibitor of metal-catalyzed oxidation. Ribose induced a significant increase in pentosidine levels. AA and DTPA prevented the accumulation of pentosidine, especially at later time points. Ribose induced a mild increase in AOPP formation, while AA was a strong inducer of AOPP formation. Ribose, in combination with AA, further increased the formation of AOPP. DTPA prevented the AA-induced generation of AOPP. Ribose was also a potent inducer of fluorescence at 335nm ex/385nm em, which is typical of pentosidine. AA and DTPA prevented this fluorescence. Circular dichroism showed complex results, in which AA and DTPA were strong modifiers of the percentages of the alpha-helical structure of HSA, while ribose affected the structure of HSA only at later time points. PMID:23702842

  11. PILOT STUDY International comparability in spectroscopic measurements of protein structure by circular dichroism: CCQM-P59

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    Ravi, Jascindra; Schiffmann, David; Tantra, Ratna; Cox, Simon; Eady, Jonathan; Jones, Christopher; Vrettos, John S.; Affleck, Richard P.; DeSa Lorenz, Julie; Shigeri, Yasushi; Linghui, Sheng; Jun, Liu; Willows, Robert; Charlet, Philippe; Dupont, Yves; Meuse, Curtis W.; Bailey, Marc J. A.; Knight, Alex E.

    2010-01-01

    Circular dichroism is a spectroscopic technique that is widely used to obtain information about protein structure, and hence is an important tool with many applications, including the characterization of biopharmaceuticals. However, there is a lack of confidence in the technique, arising from an observed lack of comparability in the data obtained by different laboratories, or even different operators. In this study, we set out to determine the extent of comparability in the technique, by comparing the results obtained from identical protein samples by a panel of worldwide laboratories. The laboratories chosen were either national measurement institutes (NMIs) or expert laboratories nominated by an NMI. We also aimed to identify the main factors contributing to any lack of measurement comparability. Data were analysed using PCA and SIMCA methods, and we show these statistical techniques are ideal for analysing large amounts of this type of spectroscopic data. We found a startling lack of comparability among laboratories, but we also found that most of the variability arose from relatively simple problems, which can be avoided by following simple guidelines. We believe that the lack of an absolute reference or measurement traceability in circular dichroism contributes to a lack of confidence in the technique. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCQM Working Group on Bioanalysis (BAWG).

  12. A circular dichroism sensor for Ni(2+) and Co(2+) based on L-cysteine capped cadmium sulfide quantum dots.

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    Tedsana, Wimonsiri; Tuntulani, Thawatchai; Ngeontae, Wittaya

    2015-03-31

    A new circular dichroism sensor for detecting Ni(2+) and Co(2+) was proposed for the first time using chiral chelating quantum dots. The detection principle was based on changing of circular dichroism signals of the chiral quantum dots when forming a chiral complex with Ni(2+) or Co(2+). L-Cysteine capped cadmium sulfide quantum dots (L-Cyst-CdS QDs) were proposed as a chiral probe. The CD spectrum of L-Cyst-CdS QDs was significantly changed in the presence of Ni(2+) and Co(2+). On the other hand, other studied cations did not alter the original CD spectrum. Moreover, when increasing the concentration of Ni(2+) or Co(2+), the intensity of the CD spectrum linearly increased as a function of concentration and could be useful for the quantitative analysis. The proposed CD sensor showed linear working concentration ranges of 10-60 μM and 4-80 μM with low detection limits of 7.33 μМ and 1.13 μM for the detection of Ni(2+) and Co(2+), respectively. Parameters possibly affected the detection sensitivity such as solution pH and incubation time were studied and optimized. The proposed sensor was applied to detect Ni(2+) and Co(2+) in real water samples, and the results agreed well with the analysis using the standard ICP-OES.

  13. Structural alterations of human serum albumin caused by glycative and oxidative stressors revealed by circular dichroism analysis.

    PubMed

    Monacelli, Fiammetta; Storace, Daniela; D'Arrigo, Cristina; Sanguineti, Roberta; Borghi, Roberta; Pacini, Davide; Furfaro, Anna L; Pronzato, Maria A; Odetti, Patrizio; Traverso, Nicola

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the ability of oxidative and glycative stressors to modify properties of human serum albumin (HSA) by analyzing markers of glycation (pentosidine) and oxidation (advanced oxidative protein products (AOPPs)) and assessing fluorescence and circular dichroism. HSA was incubated for up to 21 days with ribose, ascorbic acid (AA) and diethylenetriamine pentacetate (DTPA) in various combinations in order to evaluate influences of these substances on the structure of HSA. Ribose was included as a strong glycative molecule, AA as a modulator of oxidative stress, and DTPA as an inhibitor of metal-catalyzed oxidation. Ribose induced a significant increase in pentosidine levels. AA and DTPA prevented the accumulation of pentosidine, especially at later time points. Ribose induced a mild increase in AOPP formation, while AA was a strong inducer of AOPP formation. Ribose, in combination with AA, further increased the formation of AOPP. DTPA prevented the AA-induced generation of AOPP. Ribose was also a potent inducer of fluorescence at 335nm ex/385nm em, which is typical of pentosidine. AA and DTPA prevented this fluorescence. Circular dichroism showed complex results, in which AA and DTPA were strong modifiers of the percentages of the alpha-helical structure of HSA, while ribose affected the structure of HSA only at later time points.

  14. Structural Alterations of Human Serum Albumin Caused by Glycative and Oxidative Stressors Revealed by Circular Dichroism Analysis

    PubMed Central

    Monacelli, Fiammetta; Storace, Daniela; D’Arrigo, Cristina; Sanguineti, Roberta; Borghi, Roberta; Pacini, Davide; Furfaro, Anna L.; Pronzato, Maria A.; Odetti, Patrizio; Traverso, Nicola

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the ability of oxidative and glycative stressors to modify properties of human serum albumin (HSA) by analyzing markers of glycation (pentosidine) and oxidation (advanced oxidative protein products (AOPPs)) and assessing fluorescence and circular dichroism. HSA was incubated for up to 21 days with ribose, ascorbic acid (AA) and diethylenetriamine pentacetate (DTPA) in various combinations in order to evaluate influences of these substances on the structure of HSA. Ribose was included as a strong glycative molecule, AA as a modulator of oxidative stress, and DTPA as an inhibitor of metal-catalyzed oxidation. Ribose induced a significant increase in pentosidine levels. AA and DTPA prevented the accumulation of pentosidine, especially at later time points. Ribose induced a mild increase in AOPP formation, while AA was a strong inducer of AOPP formation. Ribose, in combination with AA, further increased the formation of AOPP. DTPA prevented the AA-induced generation of AOPP. Ribose was also a potent inducer of fluorescence at 335nm ex/385nm em, which is typical of pentosidine. AA and DTPA prevented this fluorescence. Circular dichroism showed complex results, in which AA and DTPA were strong modifiers of the percentages of the alpha-helical structure of HSA, while ribose affected the structure of HSA only at later time points. PMID:23702842

  15. A circular dichroism sensor for Ni(2+) and Co(2+) based on L-cysteine capped cadmium sulfide quantum dots.

    PubMed

    Tedsana, Wimonsiri; Tuntulani, Thawatchai; Ngeontae, Wittaya

    2015-03-31

    A new circular dichroism sensor for detecting Ni(2+) and Co(2+) was proposed for the first time using chiral chelating quantum dots. The detection principle was based on changing of circular dichroism signals of the chiral quantum dots when forming a chiral complex with Ni(2+) or Co(2+). L-Cysteine capped cadmium sulfide quantum dots (L-Cyst-CdS QDs) were proposed as a chiral probe. The CD spectrum of L-Cyst-CdS QDs was significantly changed in the presence of Ni(2+) and Co(2+). On the other hand, other studied cations did not alter the original CD spectrum. Moreover, when increasing the concentration of Ni(2+) or Co(2+), the intensity of the CD spectrum linearly increased as a function of concentration and could be useful for the quantitative analysis. The proposed CD sensor showed linear working concentration ranges of 10-60 μM and 4-80 μM with low detection limits of 7.33 μМ and 1.13 μM for the detection of Ni(2+) and Co(2+), respectively. Parameters possibly affected the detection sensitivity such as solution pH and incubation time were studied and optimized. The proposed sensor was applied to detect Ni(2+) and Co(2+) in real water samples, and the results agreed well with the analysis using the standard ICP-OES. PMID:25813022

  16. Simulation of Vacuum UV Absorption and Electronic Circular Dichroism Spectra of Methyl Oxirane: The Role of Vibrational Effects.

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    Hodecker, Manuel; Biczysko, Malgorzata; Dreuw, Andreas; Barone, Vincenzo

    2016-06-14

    Vibrationally resolved one-photon absorption and electronic circular dichroism spectra of (R)-methyl oxirane were calculated with different electronic and vibronic models selecting, through an analysis of the convergence of the results, the best compromise between reliability and computational cost. Linear-response TD-DFT/CAM-B3LYP/SNST electronic computations in conjunction with the simple vertical gradient vibronic model were chosen and employed for systematic comparison with the available experimental data. Remarkable agreement between simulated and experimental spectra was achieved for both one-photon absorption and circular dichroism concerning peak positions, relative intensities, and general spectral shapes considering the computational efficiency of the chosen theoretical approach. The significant improvement of the results with respect to smearing of vertical electronic transitions by phenomenological Gaussian functions and the possible inclusion of solvent effects by polarizable continuum models at a negligible additional cost paves the route toward the simulation and analysis of spectral shapes of complex molecular systems in their natural environment. PMID:27159495

  17. A new soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism facility at the BSRF beamline 4B7B

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    Guo, Zhi-Ying; Hong, Cai-Hao; Xing, Hai-Ying; Tang, Kun; Zheng, Lei; Xui, Wei; Chen, Dong-Liang; Cui, Ming-Qi; Zhao, Yi-Dong

    2015-04-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) has become an important and powerful tool because it allows the study of material properties in combination with elemental specificity, chemical state specificity, and magnetic specificity. A new soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism apparatus has been developed at the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility (BSRF). The apparatus combines three experimental conditions: an ultra-high-vacuum environment, moderate magnetic fields and in-situ sample preparation to measure the absorption signal. We designed a C-type dipole electromagnet that provides magnetic fields up to 0.5 T in parallel (or anti-parallel) direction relative to the incoming X-ray beam. The performances of the electromagnet are measured and the results show good agreement with the simulation ones. Following film grown in situ by evaporation methods, XMCD measurements are performed. Combined polarization corrections, the magnetic moments of the Fe and Co films determined by sum rules are consistent with other theoretical predictions and experimental measurements. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (61204008)

  18. Lipid membrane association of myelin proteins and peptide segments studied by oriented and synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Muruganandam, Gopinath; Bürck, Jochen; Ulrich, Anne S; Kursula, Inari; Kursula, Petri

    2013-12-01

    Myelin-specific proteins are either integral or peripheral membrane proteins that, in complex with lipids, constitute a multilayered proteolipid membrane system, the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath surrounds the axons of nerves and enables rapid conduction of axonal impulses. Myelin proteins interact intimately with the lipid bilayer and play crucial roles in the assembly, function, and stability of the myelin sheath. Although myelin proteins have been investigated for decades, their structural properties upon membrane surface binding are still largely unknown. In this study, we have used simplified model systems consisting of synthetic peptides and membrane mimics, such as detergent micelles and/or lipid vesicles, to probe the conformation of peptides using synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy (SRCD). Additionally, oriented circular dichroism spectroscopy (OCD) was employed to examine the orientation of myelin peptides in macroscopically aligned lipid bilayers. Various representative peptides from the myelin basic protein (MBP), P0, myelin/oligodencrocyte glycoprotein, and connexin32 (cx32) were studied. A helical peptide from the central immunodominant epitope of MBP showed a highly tilted orientation with respect to the membrane surface, whereas the N-terminal cytoplasmic segment of cx32 folded into a helical structure that was only slightly tilted. The folding of full-length myelin basic protein was, furthermore, studied in a bicelle environment. Our results provide information on the conformation and membrane alignment of important membrane-binding peptides in a membrane-mimicking environment, giving novel insights into the mechanisms of membrane binding and stacking by myelin proteins.

  19. Influence of an electric field on oriented films of DMPC/gramicidin bilayers: a circular dichroism study.

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    Fiche, J B; Laredo, T; Tanchak, O; Lipkowski, J; Dutcher, J R; Yada, R Y

    2010-01-19

    A film of oriented bilayers containing a mixture of gramicidin and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) has been deposited on a fused-silica window coated with a 10 nm thick gold layer. The thin layer of gold allows the application of an electric potential across the film and the study of its influence on the structure and integrity of the bilayers. Electrochemical measurements, ellipsometry, and far-UV circular dichroism (CD) were employed to characterize the properties of the film of bilayers as a function of the potential applied to the gold electrode. For potentials across the film that are within the range approximately +300 to -150 mV the oriented film of bilayers is stable, and no change in the CD spectra of gramicidin molecule is observed. At more negative potentials, an increase in the film thickness and water content measured by ellipsometry indicated that the film swells and incorporates water, which causes a change in the circular dichroism spectrum of gramicidin molecules in the film. This transformation was interpreted as a change in the average orientation of gramicidin molecules within the film due to a decrease in the ordering of the molecules upon swelling.

  20. The tunable chirality and circular dichroism of topological Kondo insulator SmB6 with C2v symmetry as a function of Rashba and Dresselhaus parameters

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    Sengupta, Parijat; Bellotti, Enrico

    A manifestation of optical chirality is circular dichroism (CD) due to a differential absorption of left- and right-circularly polarized light. This effect is an enabler for the design of meta-materials used in polarization sensitive imaging devices and display technologies. Concurrently, topological insulators with helical surface states offer an active control over chiral handedness that can be observed through a varying degree of polarization-dependent absorption. We show that in a band gap open topological Kondo insulator SmB6 with C2v symmetry at the X point of the surface Brillouin zone, CD can be smoothly varied without any microscopic reconfiguration of the surface. We also show that CD, measured by the degree of circular polarization, can assume both positive and negative values. These findings suggest that left- and right- circularly polarized light can be selectively absorbed in the vicinity of the Dirac point by an adjustment of the Rashba- and Dresselhaus-like parameters that describe the Hamiltonian at the X point. The CD is an experimentally measurable quantity and related to Berry curvature which is an outcome of the parameter-dependent Hamiltonian. We calculate the Berry curvature and establish a pathway to alter CD through the Hamiltonian parameters.

  1. Room-temperature photomagnetism in the spinel ferrite (Mn,Zn,Fe)3O4 as seen via soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Bettinger, J.S.; Piamonteze, C.; Chopdekar, R.V.; Liberati, M.; Arenholz, E.; Suzuki, Y.

    2009-08-01

    We have used X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) in conjunction with multiplet simulations to directly probe the origin of photomagnetism in nanocrystalline (Mn,Zn,Fe){sub 3}O{sub 4}. A photomagnetic effect at room temperature has been observed in these films with HeNe illumination. We have verified an intervalence charge transfer among octahedral Fe cations to account for the increase in magnetization observed at and above room temperature in small magnetic fields. Using XMCD, we demonstrate that the dichroism of Fe in octahedral sites increases by 18% at room temperature while the dichroism of Fe in tetrahedral sites does not change.

  2. X-ray absorption and magnetic circular dichroism studies of Co2FeAl in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Ebke, D.; Kugler, Z.; Thomas, P.; Schebaum, O.; Schafers, M.; Nissen, D.; Schmalhorst, J.; Hutten, A.; Arenholz, E.; Thomas, A.

    2010-01-11

    The bulk magnetic moment and the element specific magnetic moment of Co{sub 2}FeAl thin films were examined as a function of annealing temperature by alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS)/X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), respectively. A high magnetic moment can be achieved for all annealing temperatures and the predicted bulk and interface magnetic moment of about 5 {tilde A}{sub B} are reached via heating. We will also present tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) values of up to 153% at room temperature and 260% at 13 K for MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with Co{sub 2}FeAl and Co-Fe electrodes.

  3. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and small angle neutron scattering study of thiol capped gold nanoparticles.

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    de la Venta, J.; Bouzas, V.; Pucci, A.; Laguna-Marco, M. A.; Haskel, D.; Pinel, E. F.; te Velthuis, S. G. E.; Hoffmann, A.; Lal, J.; Bleuel, M.; Ruggeri, G.; de Julian, C.; Garcia, M. A.; Univ. Complutense de Madrid; Inst. de Magnetismo Aplicado UCM; Univ. Pisa; Univ. di Padova

    2009-11-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) measurements were performed on thiol capped Au nanoparticles (NPs) embedded into polyethylene. An XMCD signal of 0.8 {center_dot} 10{sup -4} was found at the Au L{sub 3} edge of thiol capped Au NPs embedded in a polyethylene matrix for which Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometry yielded a saturation magnetization, M{sub s}, of 0.06 emu/g{sub Au}. SANS measurements showed that the 3.2 nm average-diameter nanoparticles are 28% polydispersed, but no detectable SANS magnetic signal was found with the resolution and sensitivity accessible with the neutron experiment. A comparison with previous experiments carried out on Au NPs and multilayers, yield to different values between XMCD signals and magnetization measured by SQUID magnetometer. We discuss the origin of those differences.

  4. Conformational analysis of quinine and its pseudo enantiomer quinidine: a combined jet-cooled spectroscopy and vibrational circular dichroism study.

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    Sen, Ananya; Bouchet, Aude; Lepère, Valeria; Le Barbu-Debus, Katia; Scuderi, D; Piuzzi, F; Zehnacker-Rentien, A

    2012-08-16

    Laser-desorbed quinine and quinidine have been studied in the gas phase by combining supersonic expansion with laser spectroscopy, namely, laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI), and IR-UV double resonance experiments. Density funtional theory (DFT) calculations have been done in conjunction with the experimental work. The first electronic transition of quinine and quinidine is of π-π* nature, and the studied molecules weakly fluoresce in the gas phase, in contrast to what was observed in solution (Qin, W. W.; et al. J. Phys. Chem. C2009, 113, 11790). The two pseudo enantiomers quinine and quinidine show limited differences in the gas phase; their main conformation is of open type as it is in solution. However, vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) experiments in solution show that additional conformers exist in condensed phase for quinidine, which are not observed for quinine. This difference in behavior between the two pseudo enantiomers is discussed.

  5. Local X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of Fe/Cu(111) using a tunneling smart tip

    PubMed Central

    DiLullo, Andrew; Shirato, Nozomi; Cummings, Marvin; Kersell, Heath; Chang, Hao; Rosenmann, Daniel; Miller, Dean; Freeland, John W.; Hla, Saw-Wai; Rose, Volker

    2016-01-01

    Localized spectroscopy with simultaneous topographic, elemental and magnetic information is presented. A synchrotron X-ray scanning tunneling microscope has been employed for the local study of the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Fe L 2,3-edges of a thin iron film grown on Cu(111). Polarization-dependent X-ray absorption spectra have been obtained through a tunneling smart tip that serves as a photoelectron detector. In contrast to conventional spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray excitations provide magnetic contrast even with a non-magnetic tip. Intensity variations in the photoexcited tip current point to chemical variations within a single magnetic Fe domain. PMID:26917146

  6. Soft x-ray circular dichroism and scattering using a modulated elliptically polarizing wiggler and double synchronous detection

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    Sutherland, J.C.; Polewski, K.; Monteleone, D.C.

    1998-01-23

    We have constructed an experimental station (beamline) at the National Synchrotron Light Source to measure circular dichroism (CD) using soft x-rays (250 {le} hv {le} 900 eV) from a time modulated elliptically polarizing wiggler. The polarization of the soft x-ray beam switches periodically between two opposite polarizations, hence permitting the use of phase-sensitive (lock-in) detection. While the wiggler can be modulated at frequencies up to 100 Hz, switching transients limit the actual practical frequency to {approx}25 Hz. With analog detection, switching transients are blocked by a chopper synchronized to the frequency and phase of the wiggler. The CD is obtained from the ratio of the signal recovered at the frequency of polarization modulation, f, to the average beam intensity, which is recovered by synchronous detection at frequency 2f.

  7. Circular dichroism and infrared spectroscopic characterization of secondary structure components of protein Z during mashing and boiling processes.

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    Han, Yupeng; Wang, Jinjing; Li, Yongxian; Hang, Yu; Yin, Xiangsheng; Li, Qi

    2015-12-01

    In beer brewing, protein Z is hypothesized to stabilize beer foam. However, few investigations have revealed the relationship between conformational alterations to protein Z during the brewing process and beer foam. In this report, protein Z from sweet wort was isolated during mashing and boiling processes. Circular dichroism (CD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were used to monitor the structural characteristics of protein Z. The results showed that the α-helix and β-sheet content decreased, whereas the content of β-turn and random coil increased. The complex environment rich in polysaccharides may facilitate conformational alterations and modifications to protein Z. Additionally, the formation of extended structural features to protein Z provides access to reactive amino acid side chains that can undergo modifications and the exposure of hydrophobic core regions of the protein. Analyzing structural transformations should provide a deeper understanding of the mechanism of protein Z on maintaining beer foam.

  8. Electronic and spin states of SrRuO3 thin films: An x-ray magnetic circular dichroism study

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    Agrestini, S.; Hu, Z.; Kuo, C.-Y.; Haverkort, M. W.; Ko, K.-T.; Hollmann, N.; Liu, Q.; Pellegrin, E.; Valvidares, M.; Herrero-Martin, J.; Gargiani, P.; Gegenwart, P.; Schneider, M.; Esser, S.; Tanaka, A.; Komarek, A. C.; Tjeng, L. H.

    2015-02-01

    We report a study of the local magnetism in thin films of SrRuO3 grown on (111) and (001) oriented SrTiO3 substrates using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy (XMCD) at the Ru-L2 ,3 edges. The application of the sum rules to the XMCD data gives an almost quenched orbital moment and a spin moment close to the value expected for the low spin state S =1 . Full-multiplet cluster calculations indicate that the low spin state is quite stable and suggest that the occurrence of a transition to the high spin state S =2 in strained thin films of SrRuO3 is unlikely as it would be too expensive in energy.

  9. Observation of x-ray absorption magnetic circular dichroism in well-characterized iron-cobalt-platinum multilayers

    SciTech Connect

    Jankowski, A.F.; Waddill, G.D.; Tobin, J.G.

    1993-04-01

    Magnetic circular dichroism in the Fe 2p x-ray absorption is observed in multilayers of(Fe9.5{Angstrom}/Pt9.5{Angstrom}){sub 92}. The magnetization and helicity are both in the plane of this multilayer which is prepared by magnetron sputter deposition. This sample is part of a study to examine magnetization in the ternary multilayer system of FeCo/Pt. Lattice and layer pair spacings are measured using x-ray scattering. The atomic concentration profiles of the multilayer films are characterized using Auger electron spectroscopy coupled with depth profiling. Conventional and high resolution transmission electron microscopy are used to examine the thin film, growth morphology and atomic structure.

  10. A QM/MM-MD study on protein electronic properties: Circular dichroism spectra of oxytocin and insulin

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    Kitagawa, Yuya; Akinaga, Yoshinobu; Kawashima, Yukio; Jung, Jaewoon; Ten-no, Seiichiro

    2012-06-01

    A QM/MM (quantum-mechanical/molecular-mechanical) molecular-dynamics approach based on the generalized hybrid-orbital (GHO) method, in conjunction with the second-order perturbation (MP2) theory and the second-order approximate coupled-cluster (CC2) model, is employed to calculate electronic property accounting for a protein environment. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra originating from chiral disulfide bridges of oxytocin and insulin at room temperature are computed. It is shown that the sampling of thermal fluctuation of molecular geometries facilitated by the GHO-MD method plays an important role in the obtained spectra. It is demonstrated that, while the protein environments in an oxytocin molecule have significant electrostatic influence on its chiral center, it is compensated by solvent induced charges. This gives a reasonable explanation to experimental observations. GHO-MD simulations starting from different experimental structures of insulin indicate that existence of the disulfide bridges with negative dihedral angles is crucial.

  11. Analysis of vibrational circular dichroism spectra of (s)-(+)-2-butanol by rotational strengths expressed in local symmetry coordinates.

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    Shin, Saeko; Nakata, Munetaka; Hamada, Yoshiaki

    2006-02-16

    The vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of (S)-(+)-2-butanol have been observed in dilute CS(2) solutions. Two strong VCD bands are assigned mainly to the OH bending modes with the aid of quantum chemical calculations. The calculated VCD spectra corresponding to these bands are shown to depend on the conformation of the OH group. To understand this feature, we have calculated the contribution of each local vibrational mode to the rotational strengths and concluded that the coupling of the group vibrations between the in-plane and out-of-plane modes about the locally assumed symmetry planes play a significant role in VCD. This finding has provided a new scope of VCD in relation to molecular vibrations.

  12. Toroidal Interaction and Propeller Chirality of Hexaarylbenzenes. Dynamic Domino Inversion Revealed by Combined Experimental and Theoretical Circular Dichroism Studies.

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    Kosaka, Tomoyo; Inoue, Yoshihisa; Mori, Tadashi

    2016-03-01

    Hexaarylbenzenes (HABs) have greatly attracted much attention due to their unique propeller-shaped structure and potential application in materials science, such as liquid crystals, molecular capsules/rotors, redox materials, nonlinear optical materials, as well as molecular wires. Less attention has however been paid to their propeller chirality. By introducing small point-chiral group(s) at the periphery of HABs, propeller chirality was effectively induced, provoking strong Cotton effects in the circular dichroism (CD) spectrum. Temperature and solvent polarity manipulate the dynamics of propeller inversion in solution. As such, whizzing toroids become more substantial in polar solvents and at an elevated temperature, where radial aromatic rings (propeller blades) prefer orthogonal alignment against the central benzene ring (C6 core), maximizing toroidal interactions.

  13. Determination of the composition, encapsulation efficiency and loading capacity in protein drug delivery systems using circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Peng, Zhili; Li, Shanghao; Han, Xu; Al-Youbi, Abdulrahman O; Bashammakh, Abdulaziz S; El-Shahawi, Mohammad S; Leblanc, Roger M

    2016-09-21

    Peptides and proteins have become very promising drug candidates in recent decades due to their unique properties. However, the application of these drugs has been limited by their high enzymatic susceptibility, low membrane permeability and poor bioavailability when administered orally. Considerable efforts have been made to design and develop drug delivery systems that could transport peptides and proteins to targeted area. Although it is of great importance to determine the composition after loading a drug to the carrier, the ability to do so is significantly limited by current analytical methods. In this letter, five important proteins, α1-antitrypsin, hemoglobin human, human serum albumin, human transferrin and r-globulin were chemically conjugated to two model drug carriers, namely carbon dots and polymer O-(2-carboxyethyl) polyethylene glycol. A simple yet convenient method based on circular dichroism spectroscopy was developed to determine the compositions of the various protein-carrier conjugates. PMID:27590552

  14. Local X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of Fe/Cu(111) using a tunneling smart tip

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    DiLullo, Andrew; Shirato, Nozomi; Cummings, Marvin; Kersell, Heath; Chang, Hao; Rosenmann, Daniel; Miller, Dean; Freeland, John W.; Hla, Saw -Wai; Rose, Volker

    2016-01-28

    Localized spectroscopy with simultaneous topographic, elemental and magnetic information is presented. A synchrotron X-ray scanning tunneling microscope has been employed for the local study of the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the FeL2,3-edges of a thin iron film grown on Cu(111). Polarization-dependent X-ray absorption spectra have been obtained through a tunneling smart tip that serves as a photoelectron detector. In contrast to conventional spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray excitations provide magnetic contrast even with a non-magnetic tip. Intensity variations in the photoexcited tip current point to chemical variations within a single magnetic Fe domain.

  15. Method To Determine Protein Concentration in the Protein-Nanoparticle Conjugates Aqueous Solution Using Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy.

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    Li, Shanghao; Peng, Zhili; Leblanc, Roger M

    2015-07-01

    Considerable efforts have been made to synthesize and characterize protein-nanoparticle conjugates (protein-NPs) for their promising applications in bionanotechnology. However, protein concentration determination in the protein-NPs has so far not been reported. In this Letter, we present a simple and nondestructive approach to quantify the protein concentration in the protein-NPs aqueous solution using circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Carbon dots (∼4 nm), gold nanoparticles (∼10 nm), and polyethylene glycol (PEG, molecular weight ∼3000) were either physically mixed or covalently conjugated (not in the case of gold nanoparticles) with proteins (human transferrin, human serum albumin, and ovalbumin). We were able to quantify the protein concentration in the protein-nanoparticle conjugates using a calibration curve from the CD spectra. PMID:26070096

  16. Distinct circular dichroism spectroscopic signatures of polyproline II and unordered secondary structures: Applications in secondary structure analyses

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    Lopes, Jose L S; Miles, Andrew J; Whitmore, Lee; Wallace, B A

    2014-01-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a valuable method for defining canonical secondary structure contents of proteins based on empirically-defined spectroscopic signatures derived from proteins with known three-dimensional structures. Many proteins identified as being “Intrinsically Disordered Proteins” have a significant amount of their structure that is neither sheet, helix, nor turn; this type of structure is often classified by CD as “other”, “random coil”, “unordered”, or “disordered”. However the “other” category can also include polyproline II (PPII)-type structures, whose spectral properties have not been well-distinguished from those of unordered structures. In this study, synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy was used to investigate the spectral properties of collagen and polyproline, which both contain PPII-type structures. Their native spectra were compared as representatives of PPII structures. In addition, their spectra before and after treatment with various conditions to produce unfolded or denatured structures were also compared, with the aim of defining the differences between CD spectra of PPII and disordered structures. We conclude that the spectral features of collagen are more appropriate than those of polyproline for use as the representative spectrum for PPII structures present in typical amino acid-containing proteins, and that the single most characteristic spectroscopic feature distinguishing a PPII structure from a disordered structure is the presence of a positive peak around 220nm in the former but not in the latter. These spectra are now available for inclusion in new reference data sets used for CD analyses of the secondary structures of soluble proteins. PMID:25262612

  17. Circular dichroism study of the interaction between mutagens and bilirubin bound to different binding sites of serum albumins.

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    Orlov, Sergey; Goncharova, Iryna; Urbanová, Marie

    2014-05-21

    Although recent investigations have shown that bilirubin not only has a negative role in the organism but also exhibits significant antimutagenic properties, the mechanisms of interactions between bilirubin and mutagens are not clear. In this study, interaction between bilirubin bound to different binding sites of mammalian serum albumins with structural analogues of the mutagens 2-aminofluorene, 2,7-diaminofluorene and mutagen 2,4,7-trinitrofluorenone were investigated by circular dichroism and absorption spectroscopy. Homological human and bovine serum albumins were used as chiral matrices, which preferentially bind different conformers of bilirubin in the primary binding sites and make it observable by circular dichroism. These molecular systems approximated a real system for the study of mutagens in blood serum. Differences between the interaction of bilirubin bound to primary and to secondary binding sites of serum albumins with mutagens were shown. For bilirubin bound to secondary binding sites with low affinity, partial displacement and the formation of self-associates were observed in all studied mutagens. The associates of bilirubin bound to primary binding sites of serum albumins are formed with 2-aminofluorene and 2,4,7-trinitrofluorenone. It was proposed that 2,7-diaminofluorene does not interact with bilirubin bound to primary sites of human and bovine serum albumins due to the spatial hindrance of the albumins binding domains. The spatial arrangement of the bilirubin bound to serum albumin along with the studied mutagens was modelled using ligand docking, which revealed a possibility of an arrangement of the both bilirubin and 2-aminofluorene and 2,4,7-trinitrofluorenone in the primary binding site of human serum albumin.

  18. Interaction between adenovirus DNA-binding protein and single-stranded polynucleotides studied by circular dichroism and ultraviolet absorption.

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    van Amerongen, H; van Grondelle, R; van der Vliet, P C

    1987-07-28

    The adenovirus DNA-binding protein (AdDBP) is a multifunctional protein required for viral DNA replication and control of transcription. We have studied the binding of AdDBP to single-stranded M13 DNA and to the homopolynucleotides poly(rA), poly(dA), and poly(dT) by means of circular dichroism (CD) and optical density (OD) measurements. The binding to all these polynucleotides was strong and nearly stoichiometric. Titration experiments showed that the size of the binding site is 9-11 nucleotides long for M13 DNA, poly(dA), and poly(rA). A higher value (15.0 +/- 0.8) was found for poly(dT). Pronounced changes in the circular dichroism and optical density spectra were observed upon binding of AdDBP. In general, both the positive peak around 260-270 nm and the negative peak around 240-250 nm in the CD spectra decreased in intensity, and a shift of the crossover point to longer wavelengths was found. The OD spectra observed upon binding of AdDBP are remarkably similar to those obtained with prokaryotic helix-destabilizing proteins like bacteriophage T4 gene 32 protein and fd gene 5 protein. The data can best be interpreted by assuming that the AdDBP-polynucleotide complex has a regular, rigid, and extended configuration that satifies two criteria: (1) a considerable tilt of the bases in combination with (2) a small rotation per base and/or a shift of the bases closer to the helix axis.

  19. Spectral characteristics of fluorescence and circular dichroism of aflatoxin B1 reaction with its anti-idiotypic antibody

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    Liu, Aiping; Yang, Hongxiu; Wang, Xiaohong; Chen, Fusheng

    2012-11-01

    Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is a toxic secondary metabolite and sensitive methods for its analysis have been developed. In our lab, a number of works have been carried out, including exploitation of detection methods and production of anti-idiotypic antibody (Ab2) against Fab fragment of anti-AFB1 antibody (Ab1). In this paper, Ab2 was generated upon the immunization of mice with F(ab')2 fragment, which was specific to AFB1 and obtained by pepsin digestion of Ab1. The characteristics of Ab2 was primarily investigated by indirect competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (icELISA), which indicated that Ab2, might bear an internal image of antigen AFB1 and was able to combine to F(ab')2 in competition with AFB1, and the concentration of Ab2 to cause 50% inhibition of binding (IC50) was 131.8 μg/mL. In addition, fluorescence and circular dichroism studies were designed to explore the mutual relationship among AFB1, F(ab')2 and Ab2. The fluorescence spectroscopy implied that both AFB1 and Ab2 act as a quencher upon F(ab')2, and the Ab2 could compete with AFB1 when both of Ab2 and AFB1 reacted with F(ab')2. The circular dichroism (CD) spectrum suggested that both the binding of Ab2 and AFB1 on F(ab')2 brought secondary conformation change of F(ab')2, especially in the changes of α helix and β sheet. The research performed would provide unique insight into the comprehension of interaction among AFB1, F(ab')2 and Ab2 as well as offer structural information for substitution researches of toxic antigen like AFB1.

  20. Interaction of water-soluble amino acid Schiff base complexes with bovine serum albumin: Fluorescence and circular dichroism studies

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    Gharagozlou, Mehrnaz; Boghaei, Davar M.

    2008-12-01

    Fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy were used to investigate the interaction of water-soluble amino acid Schiff base complexes, [Zn(L 1,2)(phen)] where phen is 1,10-phenanthroline and H 2L 1,2 is amino acid Schiff base ligands, with bovine serum albumin (BSA) under the physiological conditions in phosphate buffer solution adjusted to pH 7.0. The quenching mechanism of fluorescence was suggested as static quenching according to the Stern-Volmer equation. Quenching constants were determined using the Stern-Volmer equation to provide a measure of the binding affinity between amino acid Schiff base complexes and BSA. The thermodynamic parameters Δ G, Δ H and Δ S at different temperatures (298, 310 and 318 K) were calculated. The results indicate that the hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding interactions play a major role in [Zn(L 1)(phen)]-BSA association, whereas hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions participate a main role in [Zn(L 2)(phen)]-BSA binding process. Binding studies concerning the number of binding sites and apparent binding constant Kb were performed by fluorescence quenching method. The distance R between the donor (BSA) and acceptor (amino acid Schiff base complexes) has been obtained utilizing fluorescence resonant energy transfer (FRET). Furthermore, CD spectra were used to investigate the structural changes of the BSA molecule with the addition of amino acid Schiff base complexes. The results indicate that the interaction of amino acid Schiff base complexes with BSA leads to changes in the secondary structure of the protein. Fractional contents of the secondary structure of BSA ( fα, fβ, fturn and frandom) were calculated with and without amino acid Schiff base complexes utilizing circular dichroism spectroscopy. Our results clarified that amino acid Schiff base complexes could bind to BSA and be effectively transported and eliminated in the body, which could be a useful guideline for further drug

  1. Tunable chirality and circular dichroism of a topological insulator with C2v symmetry as a function of Rashba and Dresselhaus parameters

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    Sengupta, Parijat; Bellotti, Enrico

    2016-01-01

    Polarization-sensitive devices rely on meta-materials to exhibit varying degrees of absorption of light of a given handedness. The chiral surface states of a topological insulator selectively absorb right- and left-circularly polarized light in the vicinity of the Dirac cone reaching its maximum of unity at the Γ point. In this letter, we show that a band gap open topological insulator with C2v symmetry, which is represented through a combination of Rashba and Dresselhaus Hamiltonians, alters the preferential absorption of left- and right-circularly polarized light allowing a smooth variation of the circular dichroism. This variation in circular dichroism, in a range of positive and negative values, is shown to be a function of the Rashba and Dresselhaus coupling parameters.

  2. Investigation of the electronic absorption spectra and the circular dichroism spectra of binuclear tetra-. mu. -mandelato complexes of Mo/sub 2//sup 4 +/

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    Golovaneva, I.F.; Akhmedov, E.L.; Kotel'nikova, A.S.

    1987-05-01

    The IR, electronic absorption, and circular dichroism spectra of the binuclear tetra-..mu..-mandelates of molybdenum(II) (Mo/sub 2//D-(-)-OOCCH(OH)C/sub 6/H/sub 5///sub 4/) and (Mo/sub 2//L-(+)-OOCCH(OH)C/sub 6/H/sub 5///sub 4/) have been studied. It has been established that Cotton effects are induced in all the electronic transitions of the symmetric (Mo/sub 2/O/sub 8/)chromophore under the influence of the asymmetric atom of the optically active mandelato ligand. The observed electronic transitions have been assigned on the basis of an analysis of the spectroscopic data obtained.

  3. Application of Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy to the Analysis of the Interaction Between the Estrogen Receptor Alpha and Coactivators: The Case of Calmodulin.

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    Miclet, Emeric; Bourgoin-Voillard, Sandrine; Byrne, Cillian; Jacquot, Yves

    2016-01-01

    The estrogen receptor α ligand-binding domain (ERα-LBD) binds the natural hormone 17β-estradiol (E2) to induce transcription and cell proliferation. This process occurs with the contribution of protein and peptide partners (also called coactivators) that can modulate the structure of ERα, and therefore its specificity of action. As with most transcription factors, ERα exhibits a high content of α helix, making it difficult to routinely run spectroscopic studies capable of deciphering the secondary structure of the different partners under binding conditions. Ca(2+)-calmodulin, a protein also highly structured in α-helix, is a key coactivator for ERα activity. Here, we show how circular dichroism can be used to study the interaction of ERα with Ca(2+)-calmodulin. Our approach allows the determination not only of the conformational changes induced upon complex formation but also the dissociation constant (K d) of this interaction. PMID:26585140

  4. Magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy of N-confused porphyrin and its ionized forms.

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    Ziegler, Christopher J; Erickson, Nathan R; Dahlby, Michael R; Dalby, Michael R; Nemykin, Victor N

    2013-11-14

    N-Confused porphyrin (NCP) and its externally methylated variant (MeNCP) were investigated using UV-vis and magnetic circular dichrosim (MCD) spectroscopies. In addition to evaluating the spectroscopy of the neutral compounds, the acid/base chemistry of these macrocycles was examined by the same methods. NCP exhibits two tautomeric states depending on the polarity of the solvent, and their protonation/deprotonation chemistries also differ depending on solvent polarity. DFT and TDDFT calculations were employed to evaluate the observed spectroscopic changes. Using both experimental and calculated results, we were able to determine the sites of protonation/deprotonation for both tautomeric forms of NCP. Inspection of the MCD Faraday B terms for all of the macrocycles presented in this report showed that the ΔHOMO > ΔLUMO condition is maintained in all cases, and these observations were in good agreement with the DFT calculations. PMID:24131398

  5. Magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy of N-confused porphyrin and its ionized forms.

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    Ziegler, Christopher J; Erickson, Nathan R; Dahlby, Michael R; Dalby, Michael R; Nemykin, Victor N

    2013-11-14

    N-Confused porphyrin (NCP) and its externally methylated variant (MeNCP) were investigated using UV-vis and magnetic circular dichrosim (MCD) spectroscopies. In addition to evaluating the spectroscopy of the neutral compounds, the acid/base chemistry of these macrocycles was examined by the same methods. NCP exhibits two tautomeric states depending on the polarity of the solvent, and their protonation/deprotonation chemistries also differ depending on solvent polarity. DFT and TDDFT calculations were employed to evaluate the observed spectroscopic changes. Using both experimental and calculated results, we were able to determine the sites of protonation/deprotonation for both tautomeric forms of NCP. Inspection of the MCD Faraday B terms for all of the macrocycles presented in this report showed that the ΔHOMO > ΔLUMO condition is maintained in all cases, and these observations were in good agreement with the DFT calculations.

  6. All-optical switching in granular ferromagnets caused by magnetic circular dichroism

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    Ellis, Matthew O. A.; Fullerton, Eric E.; Chantrell, Roy W.

    2016-07-01

    Magnetic recording using circularly polarised femto-second laser pulses is an emerging technology that would allow write speeds much faster than existing field driven methods. However, the mechanism that drives the magnetisation switching in ferromagnets is unclear. Recent theories suggest that the interaction of the light with the magnetised media induces an opto-magnetic field within the media, known as the inverse Faraday effect. Here we show that an alternative mechanism, driven by thermal excitation over the anisotropy energy barrier and a difference in the energy absorption depending on polarisation, can create a net magnetisation over a series of laser pulses in an ensemble of single domain grains. Only a small difference in the absorption is required to reach magnetisation levels observed experimentally and the model does not preclude the role of the inverse Faraday effect but removes the necessity that the opto-magnetic field is 10 s of Tesla in strength.

  7. All-optical switching in granular ferromagnets caused by magnetic circular dichroism.

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    Ellis, Matthew O A; Fullerton, Eric E; Chantrell, Roy W

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic recording using circularly polarised femto-second laser pulses is an emerging technology that would allow write speeds much faster than existing field driven methods. However, the mechanism that drives the magnetisation switching in ferromagnets is unclear. Recent theories suggest that the interaction of the light with the magnetised media induces an opto-magnetic field within the media, known as the inverse Faraday effect. Here we show that an alternative mechanism, driven by thermal excitation over the anisotropy energy barrier and a difference in the energy absorption depending on polarisation, can create a net magnetisation over a series of laser pulses in an ensemble of single domain grains. Only a small difference in the absorption is required to reach magnetisation levels observed experimentally and the model does not preclude the role of the inverse Faraday effect but removes the necessity that the opto-magnetic field is 10 s of Tesla in strength. PMID:27466066

  8. Conformation and stability properties of B17: I. Analytical investigations using circular dichroism.

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    Khachfe, Hassan M; Atkinson, David

    2012-08-01

    Structural characterization of B17, the 17% N-terminal domain of apo B, was carried out using circular dichroic (CD) spectroscopy, where secondary and tertiary structures were studied as a function of temperature and pH. Mild acidic conditions that correlate with histidine protonation invoked a change in the α-helix and random coil contents of the protein, with no apparent change in the β-sheet structural content. Specific changes in the structure of the protein that occur in response to temperature were also investigated to understand the stability and conformational changes of B17. Far- and near-UV CDs were used to probe the thermal changes in the protein. The protonation of some histidine residues was attributed to underlie the increase in the helical content of the protein.

  9. All-optical switching in granular ferromagnets caused by magnetic circular dichroism

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    Ellis, Matthew O. A.; Fullerton, Eric E.; Chantrell, Roy W.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic recording using circularly polarised femto-second laser pulses is an emerging technology that would allow write speeds much faster than existing field driven methods. However, the mechanism that drives the magnetisation switching in ferromagnets is unclear. Recent theories suggest that the interaction of the light with the magnetised media induces an opto-magnetic field within the media, known as the inverse Faraday effect. Here we show that an alternative mechanism, driven by thermal excitation over the anisotropy energy barrier and a difference in the energy absorption depending on polarisation, can create a net magnetisation over a series of laser pulses in an ensemble of single domain grains. Only a small difference in the absorption is required to reach magnetisation levels observed experimentally and the model does not preclude the role of the inverse Faraday effect but removes the necessity that the opto-magnetic field is 10 s of Tesla in strength. PMID:27466066

  10. The effects of self-aggregation on the vibrational circular dichroism and optical rotation measurements of glycidol.

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    Yang, Guochun; Xu, Yunjie

    2008-12-01

    The noncovalent interactions between glycidol molecules in the CDCl3 solvent have been studied by means of vibrational absorption (VA), vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), optical rotation (OR) spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The concentration dependence of the VA and VCD spectra and OR measurements at five excitation wavelengths, i.e. 589, 578, 546, 436 and 365 nm, has been reported. To model the effects of self-aggregation of glycidol on the measurements, the energetic and conformational properties of the glycidol monomer, dimer and trimer were evaluated and the corresponding VA, VCD and OR spectra were simulated. The results show that at 0.2 M or lower concentrations the self-aggregation of glycidol is negligible since the simulated VA and VCD spectra, with the contribution from only the monomeric glycidol conformers, reproduce well the features in the experimental spectra. At 3.5 M, the binary conformers dominate, while at the intermediate concentration of 1.1 M, both the monomeric and binary conformers are important. The comparison of the experimental and theoretical OR values supports the above conclusions. This work shows the potential of using multiple chiroptical spectroscopic methods in combination with theoretical calculations to probe the self-aggregation process of chiral molecules in solution. Such studies can in turn help to achieve reliably absolute configuration determinations in the cases when chiral molecules self-aggregate profusely.

  11. Time-Resolved X-Ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism - A Selective Probe of Magnetization Dynamics on Nanosecond Timescales

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    Pizzini, Stefania; Vogel, Jan; Bonfim, Marlio; Fontaine, Alain

    Many synchrotron radiation techniques have been developed in the last 15 years for studying the magnetic properties of thin-film materials. The most attractive properties of synchrotron radiation are its energy tunability and its time structure. The first property allows measurements in resonant conditions at an absorption edge of each of the magnetic elements constituting the probed sample, and the latter allows time-resolved measurements on subnanosecond timescales. In this review, we introduce some of the synchrotron-based techniques used for magnetic investigations. We then describe in detail X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and how time-resolved XMCD studies can be carried out in the pump-probe mode. Finally, we illustrate some applications to magnetization reversal dynamics in spin valves and tunnel junctions, using fast magnetic field pulses applied along the easy magnetization axis of the samples. Thanks to the element-selectivity of X-ray absorption spectroscopy, the magnetization dynamics of the soft (Permalloy) and the hard (cobalt) layers can be studied independently. In the case of spin valves, this allowed us to show that two magnetic layers that are strongly coupled in a static regime can become uncoupled on nanosecond timescales.Present address: Universidade Federal do Paraná, Centro Politécnico CP 19011, Curitiba - PR CEP 81531-990, Brazil

  12. Ultraviolet-circular dichroism spectroscopy and potentiometric study of the interaction between human serum albumin and sodium perfluorooctanoate.

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    Messina, Paula; Prieto, Gerardo; Dodero, Verónica; Ruso, Juan M; Schulz, Pablo; Sarmiento, Félix

    2005-12-15

    The interaction of a fluorinated surfactant, sodium perfluorooctanoate, with human serum albumin (HSA) has been investigated by a combination of ultraviolet-circular dichroism (UV-CD) spectroscopy and potentiometry (by a home-built ion-selective electrode) techniques to detect and characterize the conformational transitions of HSA. By using difference spectroscopy, the transition was followed as a function of temperature, and the data were analyzed to obtain the parameters characterizing the thermodynamics of unfolding. The results indicate that the presence of surfactant drastically changes the melting unfolding, acting as a structure stabilizer and delaying the unfolding process. Potentiometric measurements were used to determine the binding isotherms and binding capacity for this system. The isotherm shows a high affinity of surfactant molecules for HSA. The average number of surfactant molecules absorbed per protein molecule (at 28 mM of surfactant concentration) was found to be approximately 900, about 6 g of surfactant per gram of protein. The shape of the binding capacity curve and the relation between binding capacity and extend of cooperativity were examined. From these analysis, the values of g (number of ligand-binding sites), KH (Hill binding constant), and nH (Hill coefficient) were determined.

  13. Plasmonic circular dichroism of 310- and α-helix using a discrete interaction model/quantum mechanics method.

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    Chulhai, Dhabih V; Jensen, Lasse

    2015-05-28

    Plasmonic circular dichroism (CD) of chiral molecules in the near field of plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs) may be used to enhance molecular CD signatures or to induce a CD signal at the plasmon resonance. A recent few-states theory explored these effects for model systems and showed an orientation dependence of the sign of the induced CD signal for spherical NPs. Here, we use the discrete interaction model/quantum mechanical (DIM/QM) method to simulate the CD and plasmonic CD of the 310- and α-helix conformations of a short alanine peptide. We find that the interactions between the molecule and the plasmon lead to significant changes in the CD spectra. In the plasmon region, we find that the sign of the CD depends strongly on the orientation of the molecule as well as specific interactions with the NP through image dipole effects. A small enhancement of the CD is found in the molecular region of the spectrum, however, the molecular signatures may be significantly altered through interactions with the NP. We also show that the image dipole effect can result in induced plasmonic CD even for achiral molecules. Overall, we find that the specific interactions with the NP can lead to large changes to the CD spectrum that complicates the interpretation of the results.

  14. The amide III vibrational circular dichroism band as a probe to detect conformational preferences of alanine dipeptide in water.

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    Mirtič, Andreja; Merzel, Franci; Grdadolnik, Jože

    2014-07-01

    The conformational preferences of blocked alanine dipeptide (ADP), Ac-Ala-NHMe, in aqueous solution were studied using vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) together with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. DFT calculations of three most representative conformations of ADP surrounded by six explicit water molecules immersed in a dielectric continuum have proven high sensitivity of amide III VCD band shape that is characteristic for each conformation of the peptide backbone. The polyproline II (PII ) and αR conformation of ADP are associated with a positive VCD band while β conformation has a negative VCD band in amide III region. Knowing this spectral characteristic of each conformation allows us to assign the experimental amide III VCD spectrum of ADP. Moreover, the amide III region of the VCD spectrum was used to determine the relative populations of conformations of ADP in water. Based on the interpretation of the amide III region of VCD spectrum we have shown that dominant conformation of ADP in water is PII which is stabilized by hydrogen bonded water molecules between CO and NH groups on the peptide backbone.

  15. IR and Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy of Matrine- and Artemisinin-Type Herbal Products: Stereochemical Characterization and Solvent Effects.

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    Zhang, Yuefei; Poopari, M Reza; Cai, Xiaoli; Savin, Aliaksandr; Dezhahang, Zahra; Cheramy, Joseph; Xu, Yunjie

    2016-04-22

    Five Chinese herbal medicines--matrine, oxymatrine, sophoridine, artemisinin, and dihydroartemisinin--were investigated using vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) experiments and density functional theory calculations to extract their stereochemical information. The three matrine-type alkaloids are available from the dry roots of Sophora flavescens and have long been used in various traditional Chinese herbal medicines to combat diseases such as cancer and cardiac arrhythmia. Artemisinin and the related dihydroartemisinin, discovered in 1979 by Professor Youyou Tu, a 2015 Nobel laureate in medicine, are effective drugs for the treatment of malaria. The VCD measurements were carried out in CDCl3 and DMSO-d6, two solvents with different dielectric constants and hydrogen-bonding characteristics. A "clusters-in-a-liquid" approach was used to model both explicit and implicit solvent effects. The studies show that effectively accounting for solvent effects is critical to using IR and VCD spectroscopy to provide unique spectroscopic features to differentiate the potential stereoisomers of these Chinese herbal medicines. PMID:27070079

  16. Comparative Analysis of IR and Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectra for a Series of Camphor-Related Molecules

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    Abbate, Sergio; Burgi, Luigi Filippo; Gangemi, Fabrizio; Gangemi, Roberto; Lebon, France; Longhi, Giovanna; Pultz, Vaughan M.; Lightner, David A.

    2009-09-01

    The absorption spectra and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra in the mid-IR range 1600-950 cm-1 of 10 camphor-related compounds have been recorded and compared to DFT calculated spectra at the B3PW91/TZ2P level and have been examined together with the corresponding data of the parent molecules. The rigidity of the bridged structure common to all compounds investigated permits (a) identification of three spectroscopic regions in the mid-IR range that can be "used" separately by the interested stereochemist for structural diagnosis and assignment of some major characteristics of the VCD spectra in these regions to what we call "skeletal chiral sense" and (b) recognition of possible conformers for flexible substituent groups, when present. VCD spectra of the 10 molecules have been recorded and analyzed also in the CH-stretching region, 3100-2800 cm-1. Here, we have been able to identify and characterize features of vibrational excitons by comparison of data within the 10-molecule class. To find a theoretical justification of result (a), we have examined the potential energy distribution of the normal modes in the mid-IR range, the partitioning of the calculated rotational strengths in terms of contributions from all couples of internal coordinates, the angle formed by the two vectors, the electric dipole transition moment and the magnetic dipole transition moment, and finally the overlap of normal modes of different molecules. A discussion is provided as to the usability of the introduced algorithms.

  17. The study on the interaction between seryl-histidine dipeptide and proteins by circular dichroism and molecular modeling.

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    Zeng, Qing; Yin, Qiang; Zhao, Yufen

    2005-04-01

    The selective cleavage of proteins is very important in key biological processes. Chemical (nonenzymatic) reagents such as cyanogen bromide and transition metal complexes are used extensively with great defects. In this paper, the binding of seryl-histidine dipeptide (abbreviated as SH) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lysozyme were investigated by the circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD) at 298K, molecular docking studies and quantum chemical calculations based on the previous results of polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). From the studies of CD, it showed that SH interacted strongly with BSA and lysozyme. The change percentages of the secondary structures of BSA and lysozyme were calculated. The contents of the beta-sheets decreased remarkably. It indicated that the interactions between SH and proteins could break the hydrogen bonds of beta-sheets selectively. The docking studies between SH and BSA showed that the position of the oxygen atom of the hydroxyl group of SH (O(12)) was in favor of a nucleophilic attack on carbon atom of the amide bond of a beta-sheet (C(34)) because the distance between O(12) and C(34) was 3.37A. Natural charges, natural atomic hybrid percentages and square sums of HOMO coefficients calculated by the NBO and population analysis at HF/6-31G* supported the suggested mechanism. And so SH may be an interesting agent for the therapeutic use. PMID:15755667

  18. Cadmium binding studies to the earthworm Lumbricus rubellus metallothionein by electrospray mass spectrometry and circular dichroism spectroscopy

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    Ngu, Thanh T.; Sturzenbaum, Stephen R.; Stillman, Martin J. . E-mail: Martin.Stillman@uwo.ca

    2006-12-08

    The earthworm Lumbricus rubellus has been found to inhabit cadmium-rich soils and accumulate cadmium within its tissues. Two metallothionein (MT) isoforms (1 and 2) have been identified and cloned from L. rubellus. In this study, we address the metalation status, metal coordination, and structure of recombinant MT-2 from L. rubellus using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), UV absorption, and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. This is the first study to show the detailed mass and CD spectral properties for the important cadmium-containing earthworm MT. We report that the 20-cysteine L. rubellus MT-2 binds seven Cd{sup 2+} ions. UV absorption and CD spectroscopy and ESI-MS pH titrations show a distinct biphasic demetalation reaction, which we propose results from the presence of two metal-thiolate binding domains. We propose stoichiometries of Cd{sub 3}Cys{sub 9} and Cd{sub 4}Cys{sub 11} based on the presence of 20 cysteines split into two isolated regions of the sequence with 11 cysteines in the N-terminal and 9 cysteines in the C-terminal. The CD spectrum reported is distinctly different from any other metallothionein known suggesting quite different binding site structure for the peptide.

  19. An atomic orbital based real-time time-dependent density functional theory for computing electronic circular dichroism band spectra.

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    Goings, Joshua J; Li, Xiaosong

    2016-06-21

    One of the challenges of interpreting electronic circular dichroism (ECD) band spectra is that different states may have different rotatory strength signs, determined by their absolute configuration. If the states are closely spaced and opposite in sign, observed transitions may be washed out by nearby states, unlike absorption spectra where transitions are always positive additive. To accurately compute ECD bands, it is necessary to compute a large number of excited states, which may be prohibitively costly if one uses the linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) framework. Here we implement a real-time, atomic-orbital based TDDFT method for computing the entire ECD spectrum simultaneously. The method is advantageous for large systems with a high density of states. In contrast to previous implementations based on real-space grids, the method is variational, independent of nuclear orientation, and does not rely on pseudopotential approximations, making it suitable for computation of chiroptical properties well into the X-ray regime.

  20. Identification of N-octylnortadalafil and its Stereoisomers in Dietary Supplements with Chiral Liquid Chromatography-Circular Dichroism.

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    Sakamoto, Miho; Kishimoto, Kiyoko; Saito, Yuri; Suzuki, Ikuo; Moriyasu, Takako

    2016-03-01

    A direct chiral liquid chromatography-circular dichroism (LC-CD) method was developed for the simple and rapid identification of N-octylnortadalafil [(6R, 12aR)-6-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-octyl-2,3,6,7,12,12a-hexahydropyrazino[1',2':1,6]pyrido[3,4-b]indole-1,4-dione; RR-OTDF] and its stereoisomers in dietary supplements. Samples were extracted with methanol. Compounds were then separated by chiral LC-CD using Chiralcel OD-RH (4.6 × 150 mm, 5 µm) with 5 mM ammonium formate (pH 3)/0.1% formic acid in acetonitrile (95:5, v/v) mixture solution (mobile phase A) and 0.1% formic acid in acetonitrile (mobile phase B). The isocratic elution used was mobile phase A / mobile phase B (3:7, v/v) at a flow rate of 1 ml/min. The column temperature was held at 30°C. RR-OTDF and its stereoisomers were separated within 20 min with the resolution factors being over 2.0. Using this method, RR-OTDF and (6R, 12aS)-6-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-2-octyl-2,3,6,7,12,12a-hexahydropyrazino[1',2':1,6]pyrido[3,4-b]indole-1,4-dione were detected in a dietary supplement.

  1. Vibrational circular dichroism from ab initio molecular dynamics and nuclear velocity perturbation theory in the liquid phase

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    Scherrer, Arne; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Sebastiani, Daniel

    2016-08-01

    We report the first fully ab initio calculation of dynamical vibrational circular dichroism spectra in the liquid phase using nuclear velocity perturbation theory (NVPT) derived electronic currents. Our approach is rigorous and general and thus capable of treating weak interactions of chiral molecules as, e.g., chirality transfer from a chiral molecule to an achiral solvent. We use an implementation of the NVPT that is projected along the dynamics to obtain the current and magnetic dipole moments required for accurate intensities. The gauge problem in the liquid phase is resolved in a twofold approach. The electronic expectation values are evaluated in a distributed origin gauge, employing maximally localized Wannier orbitals. In a second step, the gauge invariant spectrum is obtained in terms of a scaled molecular moments, which allows to systematically include solvent effects while keeping a significant signal-to-noise ratio. We give a thorough analysis and discussion of this choice of gauge for the liquid phase. At low temperatures, we recover the established double harmonic approximation. The methodology is applied to chiral molecules ((S)-d2-oxirane and (R)-propylene-oxide) in the gas phase and in solution. We find an excellent agreement with the theoretical and experimental references, including the emergence of signals due to chirality transfer from the solute to the (achiral) solvent.

  2. International comparability in spectroscopic measurements of protein structure by circular dichroism: CCQM-P59.1

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    Ravi, Jascindra; Rakowska, Paulina D.; Garfagnini, Tommaso; Baron, Bruno; Charlet, Philippe; Jones, Christopher; Milev, Stoyan; DeSa Lorenz, Julie; Plusquellic, David; Wien, Frank; Wu, Liqing; Meuse, Curtis W.; Knight, Alex E.

    2010-12-01

    Circular dichroism (CD) is a spectroscopic technique that is widely used to obtain information about protein structure, and hence is an important tool with many applications, including the characterization of biopharmaceuticals. A previous inter-laboratory study, CCQM-P59, showed that there was a poor level of comparability between laboratories in CD spectroscopy. In a follow-up study reported here, we achieved our goal of demonstrating improved comparability and data quality, primarily by addressing the problems identified in the previous study, which included cell path-length measurement, instrument calibration and good practice in general. Multivariate analysis techniques (principal component analysis and soft independent modelling of class analogies) were shown to be useful in comparing large spectral data sets and in classifying spectra. However, our results also show that there is more work to be done to improve confidence in the technique as the discrepancies observed were partially due to systematic effects, which the statistical approaches do not consider. We therefore conclude that there is a need for an improved understanding of the uncertainties in CD measurement.

  3. IR and Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy of Matrine- and Artemisinin-Type Herbal Products: Stereochemical Characterization and Solvent Effects.

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    Zhang, Yuefei; Poopari, M Reza; Cai, Xiaoli; Savin, Aliaksandr; Dezhahang, Zahra; Cheramy, Joseph; Xu, Yunjie

    2016-04-22

    Five Chinese herbal medicines--matrine, oxymatrine, sophoridine, artemisinin, and dihydroartemisinin--were investigated using vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) experiments and density functional theory calculations to extract their stereochemical information. The three matrine-type alkaloids are available from the dry roots of Sophora flavescens and have long been used in various traditional Chinese herbal medicines to combat diseases such as cancer and cardiac arrhythmia. Artemisinin and the related dihydroartemisinin, discovered in 1979 by Professor Youyou Tu, a 2015 Nobel laureate in medicine, are effective drugs for the treatment of malaria. The VCD measurements were carried out in CDCl3 and DMSO-d6, two solvents with different dielectric constants and hydrogen-bonding characteristics. A "clusters-in-a-liquid" approach was used to model both explicit and implicit solvent effects. The studies show that effectively accounting for solvent effects is critical to using IR and VCD spectroscopy to provide unique spectroscopic features to differentiate the potential stereoisomers of these Chinese herbal medicines.

  4. Site-specific conformational determination in thermal unfolding studies of helical peptides using vibrational circular dichroism with isotopic substitution

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    Silva, R. A. G. D.; Kubelka, Jan; Bour, Petr; Decatur, Sean M.; Keiderling, Timothy A.

    2000-01-01

    Understanding the detailed mechanism of protein folding requires dynamic, site-specific stereochemical information. The short time response of vibrational spectroscopies allows evaluation of the distribution of populations in rapid equilibrium as the peptide unfolds. Spectral shifts associated with isotopic labels along with local stereochemical sensitivity of vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) allow determination of the segment sequence of unfolding. For a series of alanine-rich peptides that form α-helices in aqueous solution, we used isotopic labeling and VCD to demonstrate that the α-helix noncooperatively unwinds from the ends with increasing temperature. For these blocked peptides, the C-terminal is frayed at 5°C. Ab initio level theoretical simulations of the IR and VCD band shapes are used to analyze the spectra and to confirm the conformation of the labeled components. The VCD signals associated with the labeled residues are amplified by coupling to the nonlabeled parts of the molecule. Thus small labeled segments are detectable and stereochemically defined in moderately large peptides in this report of site-specific peptide VCD conformational analysis. PMID:10880566

  5. An atomic orbital based real-time time-dependent density functional theory for computing electronic circular dichroism band spectra

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    Goings, Joshua J.; Li, Xiaosong

    2016-06-01

    One of the challenges of interpreting electronic circular dichroism (ECD) band spectra is that different states may have different rotatory strength signs, determined by their absolute configuration. If the states are closely spaced and opposite in sign, observed transitions may be washed out by nearby states, unlike absorption spectra where transitions are always positive additive. To accurately compute ECD bands, it is necessary to compute a large number of excited states, which may be prohibitively costly if one uses the linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) framework. Here we implement a real-time, atomic-orbital based TDDFT method for computing the entire ECD spectrum simultaneously. The method is advantageous for large systems with a high density of states. In contrast to previous implementations based on real-space grids, the method is variational, independent of nuclear orientation, and does not rely on pseudopotential approximations, making it suitable for computation of chiroptical properties well into the X-ray regime.

  6. Unraveling the thermodynamics and kinetics of RNA assembly: surface plasmon resonance, isothermal titration calorimetry, and circular dichroism.

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    Hoogstraten, Charles G; Sumita, Minako; White, Neil A

    2014-01-01

    The mechanisms and driving forces of the assembly of RNA tertiary structure are a topic of much current interest. In several systems, including our own work in the docking transition of the hairpin ribozyme, intramolecular RNA tertiary folding has been converted into an intermolecular binding event, allowing the full power of contemporary biophysical techniques to be brought to bear on the analysis. We review the use of three such methods: circular dichroism to isolate the binding of multivalent cations coupled to tertiary assembly, surface plasmon resonance to determine the rates of association and dissociation, and isothermal titration calorimetry to dissect the thermodynamic contributions to RNA assembly events. We pay particular attention to practical aspects of these studies, such as careful preparation of samples with fixed free concentrations of cations in order to avoid errors due to ion depletion effects that are common in RNA systems. Examples of applications from our own work with the hairpin ribozyme are shown. Distinctions among the data handling procedures for the various techniques used and solution conditions encountered are also discussed.

  7. Induced circular dichroism as a tool to investigate the binding of drugs to carrier proteins: Classic approaches and new trends.

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    Tedesco, Daniele; Bertucci, Carlo

    2015-09-10

    Induced circular dichroism (ICD) is a spectroscopic phenomenon that provides versatile and useful methods for characterizing the structural and dynamic properties of the binding of drugs to target proteins. The understanding of biorecognition processes at the molecular level is essential to discover and validate new pharmacological targets, and to design and develop new potent and selective drugs. The present article reviews the main applications of ICD to drug binding studies on serum carrier proteins, going from the classic approaches for the derivation of drug binding parameters and the identification of binding sites, to an overview of the emerging trends for the characterization of binding modes by means of quantum chemical (QC) techniques. The advantages and limits of the ICD methods for the determination of binding parameters are critically reviewed; the capability to investigate the binding interactions of drugs and metabolites to their target proteins is also underlined, as well as the possibility of characterizing the binding sites to obtain a complete picture of the binding mechanism and dynamics. The new applications of ICD methods to identify stereoselective binding modes of drug/protein complexes are then reviewed with relevant examples. The combined application of experimental ICD spectroscopy and QC calculations is shown to identify qualitatively the bound conformations of ligands to target proteins even in the absence of a detailed structure of the binding sites, either obtained from experimental X-ray crystallography and NMR measurements or from computational models of the complex.

  8. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of epitaxial magnetite ultrathin film on MgO(100)

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    Liu, W. Q.; Xu, Y. B. E-mail: rzhang@nju.edu.cn; Song, M. Y.; Lin, J. G.; Maltby, N. J.; Li, S. P.; Samant, M. G.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Bencok, P.; Steadman, Paul; Dobrynin, Alexey; Zhang, R. E-mail: rzhang@nju.edu.cn

    2015-05-07

    The spin and orbital magnetic moments of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} epitaxial ultrathin film synthesized by plasma assisted simultaneous oxidization on MgO(100) have been studied with X-ray magnetic circular dichroism. The ultrathin film retains a rather large total magnetic moment, i.e., (2.73 ± 0.15) μ{sub B}/f.u., which is ∼70% of that for the bulk-like Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. A significant unquenched orbital moment up to 0.54 ± 0.05 μ{sub B}/f.u. was observed, which could come from the symmetry breaking at the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/MgO interface. Such sizable orbital moment will add capacities to the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-based spintronics devices in the magnetization reversal by the electric field.

  9. Co K-edge magnetic circular dichroism across the spin state transition in LaCoO3 single crystal

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    Efimov, V.; Ignatov, A.; Troyanchuk, I. O.; Sikolenko, V. V.; Rogalev, A.; Wilhelm, F.; Efimova, E.; Tiutiunnikov, S. I.; Karpinsky, D.; Kriventsov, V.; Yakimchuk, E.; Molodtsov, S.; Sainctavit, P.; Prabhakaran, D.

    2016-05-01

    We report on Co K-edge x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements of LaCoO3 single crystal in temperature range from 5 to 300 K and external magnetic field of 17 T. The response consists of pre-edge (at 7712 eV) and bi-polar peak (up at 7727, down at 7731 eV) with amplitudes, respectively, less than 10-3 and 10-2 of the Co K-edge jump. Using the sum rule the orbital magnetic moment of 4p Co is evaluated. Its temperature dependence reaches a maximum of (2.7 ± 0.9) x10-3 μB at 120 K, following the trend for the total magnetic moment on the Co obtained from the superconducting quantum interference device measurements. However, on warming from 25 to 120 K, the orbital magnetic moment of the 4p Co doubles while total magnetic moment of Co increases 10 times. First principle calculations are in order to relate the Co K-edge XMCD results to the orbital and spin moment of 3d Co.

  10. Vibrational circular dichroism from ab initio molecular dynamics and nuclear velocity perturbation theory in the liquid phase.

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    Scherrer, Arne; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Sebastiani, Daniel

    2016-08-28

    We report the first fully ab initio calculation of dynamical vibrational circular dichroism spectra in the liquid phase using nuclear velocity perturbation theory (NVPT) derived electronic currents. Our approach is rigorous and general and thus capable of treating weak interactions of chiral molecules as, e.g., chirality transfer from a chiral molecule to an achiral solvent. We use an implementation of the NVPT that is projected along the dynamics to obtain the current and magnetic dipole moments required for accurate intensities. The gauge problem in the liquid phase is resolved in a twofold approach. The electronic expectation values are evaluated in a distributed origin gauge, employing maximally localized Wannier orbitals. In a second step, the gauge invariant spectrum is obtained in terms of a scaled molecular moments, which allows to systematically include solvent effects while keeping a significant signal-to-noise ratio. We give a thorough analysis and discussion of this choice of gauge for the liquid phase. At low temperatures, we recover the established double harmonic approximation. The methodology is applied to chiral molecules ((S)-d2-oxirane and (R)-propylene-oxide) in the gas phase and in solution. We find an excellent agreement with the theoretical and experimental references, including the emergence of signals due to chirality transfer from the solute to the (achiral) solvent. PMID:27586898

  11. TD-DFT investigation of the magnetic circular dichroism spectra of some purine and pyrimidine bases of nucleic acids.

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    Fahleson, Tobias; Kauczor, Joanna; Norman, Patrick; Santoro, Fabrizio; Improta, Roberto; Coriani, Sonia

    2015-05-28

    We present a computational study of the magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra in the 200-300 nm wavelength region of purine and its derivative hypoxanthine, as well as of the pyrimidine bases of nucleic acids uracil, thymine, and cytosine, using the B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP functionals. Solvent effects are investigated within the polarizable continuum model and by inclusion of explicit water molecules. In general, the computed spectra are found to be in good agreement with the experimental ones, apart from some overall blue shifts. Both the pseudo-A term shape of the MCD spectra of the purines and the B term shape of the spectra of pyrimidine bases are reproduced. Our calculations also correctly reproduce the reversed phase of the MCD bands in purine compared to that of its derivatives present in nucleic acids. Solvent effects are sizable and system specific, but they do not in general alter the qualitative shape of the spectra. The bands are dominated by the bright π → π* transitions, and our calculations in solution nicely reproduce their energy differences, improving the estimates obtained in the gas phase. Shoulders are predicted for purine and uracil due to n → π* excitations, but they are too weak to be observed in the experiment.

  12. Ground-state wave function of plutonium in PuSb as determined via x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Janoschek, M.; Haskel, D.; Fernandez-Rodriguez, J.; van Veenendaal, M.; Rebizant, J.; Lander, G. H.; Zhu, J. -X.; Thompson, J. D.; Bauer, E. D.

    2015-01-14

    Measurements of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy at the Pu M₄,₅ edges of the ferromagnet PuSb are reported. Using bulk magnetization measurements and a sum rule analysis of the XMCD spectra, we determine the individual orbital [μL = 2.8(1)μB/Pu] and spin moments [μS = –2.0(1)μB/Pu] of the Pu 5f electrons for the first time. Atomic multiplet calculations of the XMCD and XANES spectra reproduce well the experimental data and are consistent with the experimental value of the spin moment. These measurements of Lz and Sz are in excellent agreement with the values that have been extracted from neutron magnetic form factor measurements, and confirm the local character of the 5f electrons in PuSb. We demonstrate that a split M₅ as well as a narrow M₄ XMCD signal may serve as a signature of 5f electron localization in actinide compounds.

  13. Ground-state wave function of plutonium in PuSb as determined via x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Janoschek, M.; Haskel, D.; Fernandez-Rodriguez, J.; van Veenendaal, M.; Rebizant, J.; Lander, G. H.; Zhu, J. -X.; Thompson, J. D.; Bauer, E. D.

    2015-01-14

    Measurements of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy at the Pu M₄,₅ edges of the ferromagnet PuSb are reported. Using bulk magnetization measurements and a sum rule analysis of the XMCD spectra, we determine the individual orbital [μL = 2.8(1)μB/Pu] and spin moments [μS = –2.0(1)μB/Pu] of the Pu 5f electrons for the first time. Atomic multiplet calculations of the XMCD and XANES spectra reproduce well the experimental data and are consistent with the experimental value of the spin moment. These measurements of Lz and Sz are in excellent agreement with the values thatmore » have been extracted from neutron magnetic form factor measurements, and confirm the local character of the 5f electrons in PuSb. We demonstrate that a split M₅ as well as a narrow M₄ XMCD signal may serve as a signature of 5f electron localization in actinide compounds.« less

  14. Analysis of Secondary Structure and Self-Assembly of Amelogenin by Variable Temperature Circular Dichroism and Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

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    Lakshminarayanan, Rajamani; Yoon, Il; Hegde, Balachandra G.; Daming, Fan; Du, Chang; Moradian-Oldak, Janet

    2009-01-01

    Amelogenin is a proline-rich enamel matrix protein known to play an important role in the oriented growth of enamel crystals. Amelogenin self-assembles to form nanospheres and higher order structures mediated by hydrophobic interactions. This study aims to obtain a better insight into the relationship between primary-secondary structure and self-assembly of amelogenin by applying computational and biophysical methods. Variable temperature circular dichroism studies indicated that under physiological pH recombinant full-length porcine amelogenin contains unordered structures in equilibrium with polyproline type II (PPII) structure, the latter being more populated at lower temperatures. Increasing the concentration of rP172 resulted in the promotion of folding to an ordered β-structured assembly. Isothermal titration calorimetry dilution studies revealed that, at all temperatures, self-assembly is entropically driven due to the hydrophobic effect and the molar heat of assembly (ΔHA) decreases with temperature. Using a computational approach, a profile of domains in the amino acid sequence that have a high propensity to assemble and to have PPII structures has been identified. We conclude that the assembly properties of amelogenin are due to complementarity between the hydrophobic and PPII helix prone regions. PMID:19274734

  15. Site-Specific Studies on X-Ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism at Fe K Edge for Transition-Metal Ferrites

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    Matsumoto, Kenji; Saito, Fumikazu; Toyoda, Takeshi; Ohkubo, Koichi; Yamawaki, Koji; Mori, Takeharu; Hirano, Keiichi; Tanaka, Masahiko; Sasaki, Satoshi

    2000-10-01

    Experiments on X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) were performed with synchrotron radiation for Zn and Mn-Zn ferrites (normal-spinel structure) and Ni, Co and Cu ferrites and magnetite (inverse-spinel structure). The inverse-spinel ferrites have positive-to-negative dispersion-type XMCD signals in the pre-edge region of the Fe K edge, which originate from Fe3+ ions in the A sites. There are no such signals for normal-spinel ferrites. Two kinds of negative-to-positive dispersion-type XMCD signals were observed in 7.119-7.125 keV and 7.122-7.129 keV regions of the main edge, which are caused by a mixture of Fe3+ and Fe2+ ions of the B sites in magnetite and Fe3+ ions of the B sites in the other inverse-spinel ferrites, respectively. The B-site origin of the XMCD main-edge spectra was also confirmed by observation of X-ray resonant magnetic scattering for the 222 reflection of Ni ferrite.

  16. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and reflection anisotropy spectroscopy Kerr effect studies of capped magnetic nanowires

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    Cunniffe, J. P.; McNally, D.E.; Liberati, M.; Arenholz, E.; McGuinness, C.; McGilp, J. F.

    2010-03-02

    Aligned Co wires grown on Pt(997) under ultra-high vacuum conditions have been capped successfully by the epitaxial growth of Au monolayers (ML) at room temperature. The samples were kept under vacuum except when transferring between apparatus or when making some of the measurements. No degradation of the Co wires was detected during the measurements. The magneto-optic response of the system was measured using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the Co L{sub 2,3} edge and reflection anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS) at near normal incidence, which is sensitive to the normal component of the out-of-plane magnetization via the Kerr effect (MOKE). Capping the wires significantly impacts their magnetic properties. Comparison of the magneto-optic response of the system at X-ray and optical energies reveals small differences that are attributed to the induced moment in the Pt substrate and Au capping layer not picked up by the element specific XMCD measurements. The sensitivity of RAS-MOKE is sufficient to allow the determination of the easy axis direction of the capped wires to within a few degrees. The results for a 6-atom-wide Co wire sample, capped with 6 ML of Au, are consistent with the capped wires possessing perpendicular magnetization.

  17. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism studies of L1{sub 0}-Mn-Ga thin films

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    Glas, M. Sterwerf, C.; Schmalhorst, J. M.; Reiss, G.; Ebke, D.; Jenkins, C.; Arenholz, E.

    2013-11-14

    Tetragonally distorted Mn{sub 3−x}Ga{sub x} thin films with 0.1circular dichroism (XMCD). A highly textured L1{sub 0} crystal structure of the Mn-Ga films was verified by X-ray diffraction measurements. For samples with e-beam evaporated MgO barrier no evidence for Mn-O was found whereas in samples with magnetron sputtered MgO, Mn-O was detected, even for the thickest interlayer thickness. Both XAS and XMCD measurements showed an increasing interfacial Mn-O amount with decreasing CoFeB interlayer thickness. Additional element specific full hysteresis loops determined an out-of-plane magnetization axis for the Mn and Co, respectively.

  18. Psi-type circular dichroism of large molecular aggregates. III. Calculations

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    Kim, M.; Ulibarri, L.; Keller, D.; Maestre, M.F.; Bustamante, C.

    1986-03-15

    Computations have been carried out to determine how the magnitude and shape of the polymer and salt induced (psi)-type CD spectra depend on the structural properties of a collection of randomly oriented large chiral aggregates. Uniaxial polarizable groups located at the cubic lattice points have been used to model the aggregates. The structure of the model is similar to that of a cholesteric liquid crystal. All computations have been carried out for the case of polarizable groups possessing only one electronic transition between 200 and 320 nm. It is found that the radiation and intermediate couplings between the chromophores in the aggregate which are neglected in previous theories play an important role in determining the shape and magnitude of the psi-type CD spectrum. It is shown that when these couplings are included, only three-dimensional large chiral aggregates show huge and nonconservative psi-type CD spectra. It is shown that the magnitude of the psi-type CD spectrum is controlled by the volume, the chromophore density, and the pitch of the aggregate, while the shape of the psi-type CD spectrum is determined mostly by the pitch and the handedness of an aggregate. When the pitch is close to the center of the absorption band of the chromophore in the aggregate the most distorted (least conservative) psi-type CD spectrum is obtained. The CD spectra of aggregates with opposite handedness are mirror images of each other. It is shown that a rotationally disordered collection of chiral aggregates cannot give rise to a selective reflection of one circular polarization over the other as shown by liquid crystals. The results obtained confirm the theoretical predictions of the two previous papers in this series.

  19. Investigation of the complexation between quinidine carbamate and the enantiomers of 3-chloro-1-phenyl-propanol by circular dichroism and UV spectroscopy

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    Guiochon, Georges A; Asnin, Leonid

    2006-04-01

    UV and circular dichroism spectroscopic measurements showed that the molecular interactions in hexane/ethyl-acetate solutions between dihydroquinidine tert-butylcarbamate, used as a model for the quinidine carbamate chiral selector (QD), and 3-chloro-1-phenyl-propanol are too weak to affect the corresponding spectra of these compounds. The weak interactions between QD and 3-chloro-1-phenyl-propanol are probably masked by the formation of self-associated dimeric structures in solution.

  20. Magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopic characterization of the NOS-like protein from Geobacillus stearothermophilus (gsNOS).

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    Kinloch, Ryan D; Sono, Masanori; Sudhamsu, Jawahar; Crane, Brian R; Dawson, John H

    2010-03-01

    Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) catalyzes the NADPH- and O(2)-dependent oxidation of l-arginine (l-Arg) to nitric oxide (NO) and citrulline via an N(G)-hydroxy-l-arginine (NHA) intermediate. Mammalian NOSs have been studied quite extensively; other eukaryotes and some prokaryotes appear to express NOS-like proteins comparable to the oxygenase domain of mammalian NOSs. In this study, a recombinant NOS-like protein from the thermostable bacterium Geobacillus stearothermophilus (gsNOS) has been characterized using magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopic techniques. Spectral comparisons of ligand complexes (with O(2), NO and CO) of substrate-bound (l-Arg or NHA) gsNOS, including the key oxyferrous complex studied at -50 degrees C in cryogenic mixed solvents, with analogous mammalian NOS complexes indicate overall spectroscopic similarities between gsNOS and mammalian NOSs. However, more detailed spectral comparisons reflect subtle structural differences between gsNOS and mammalian NOSs. This may be due to an incomplete tetrahydrobiopterin (BH(4))-binding site and low BH(4)-binding affinity, which may become even lower in the presence of cryosolvent in gsNOS. Although BH(4)-binding may be altered, gsNOS appears to require the pterin for NO production since formation of the stable ferric-NO product complex was only observed when excess BH(4) (>150muM) over gsNOS was present upon single turnover reaction in which O(2) was bubbled into dithionite-reduced NHA-bound protein solution at -35 degrees C or -50 degrees C. PMID:20110129

  1. Electronic circular dichroism of highly conjugated π-systems: breakdown of the Tamm-Dancoff/configuration interaction singles approximation.

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    Bannwarth, Christoph; Grimme, Stefan

    2015-04-16

    We show that the electronic circular dichroism (ECD) of delocalized π-systems represents a worst-case scenario for Tamm-Dancoff approximated (TDA) linear response methods. We mainly consider density functional theory (TDA-DFT) variants together with range-separated hybrids, but the conclusions also apply for other functionals as well as the configuration interaction singles (CIS) approaches. We study the effect of the TDA for the computation of ECD spectra in some prototypical extended π-systems. The C76 fullerene, a chiral carbon nanotube fragment, and [11]helicene serve as model systems for inherently chiral, π-chromophores. Solving the full linear response problem is inevitable in order to obtain accurate ECD spectra for these systems. For the C76 fullerene and the nanotube fragment, TDA and CIS approximated methods yield spectra in the origin-independent velocity gauge formalism of incorrect sign which would lead to the assignment of the opposite (wrong) absolute configuration. As a counterexample, we study the ECD of an α-helix polypeptide chain. Here, the lowest-energy transitions are dominated by localized excitations within the individual peptide units, and TDA methods perform satisfactorily. The results may have far-reaching implications for simple semiempirical methods which often employ TDA and CIS for huge molecules. Our recently presented simplified time-dependent DFT approach proves to be an excellent low-cost linear response method which together with range-separated density functionals like ωB97X-D3 produces ECD spectra in very good agreement with experiment. PMID:25798823

  2. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in d and f ferromagnetic materials: recent theoretical progress. Part II (Review Article)

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    Antonov, V. N.; Shpak, A. P.; Yaresko, A. N.

    2008-02-01

    The present state of theoretical understanding of the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) of 4f and 5f compounds is reviewed. Energy band theory based upon the local spin-density approximation (LSDA) describes the XMCD spectra of transition metal compounds with high accuracy. However, the LSDA does not suffice for lanthanide compounds which have a correlated 4f shell. A satisfactory description of the XMCD spectra could be obtained by using a generalization of the LSDA, in which explicitly f electron Coulomb correlations are taken into account (LSDA +U approach). As examples of this group we consider the compound GdN. We also consider uranium 5f compounds. In those compounds where the 5f electrons are rather delocalized, the LSDA describes the XMCD spectra reasonably well. As an example of this group we consider UFe2. Particular differences occur for uranium compounds in which the 5f electrons are neither delocalized nor localized, but more or less semilocalized. Typical examples are UXAl (X =Co, Rh, and Pt), and UX (X =S, Se, Te). However, the semilocalized 5f's are not inert, but their interaction with conduction electrons plays an important role. We also consider the electronic structure and XMCD spectra of the heavy-fermion compounds UPt3, URu2Si2, UPd2Al3, UNi2Al3, and UBe13, where the degree of the 5f localization is increased in comparison with other uranium compounds. The electronic structure and XMCD spectra of UGe2 which possesses simultaneously ferromagnetism and superconductivity also presented. Recently achieved improvements for describing 5f compounds are discussed.

  3. Differentiation between transmembrane helices and peripheral helices by the deconvolution of circular dichroism spectra of membrane proteins.

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    Park, K.; Perczel, A.; Fasman, G. D.

    1992-01-01

    The interpretation of the circular dichroism (CD) spectra of proteins to date requires additional secondary structural information of the proteins to be analyzed, such as X-ray or NMR data. Therefore, these methods are inappropriate for a CD database whose secondary structures are unknown, as in the case of the membrane proteins. The convex constraint analysis algorithm (Perczel, A., Hollósi, M., Tusnády, G., & Fasman, G. D., 1991, Protein Eng. 4, 669-679), on the other hand, operates only on a collection of spectral data to extract the common spectral components with their spectral weights. The linear combinations of these derived "pure" CD curves can reconstruct the original data set with great accuracy. For a membrane protein data set, the five-component spectra so obtained from the deconvolution consisted of two different types of alpha helices (the alpha helix in the soluble domain and the alpha T helix, for the transmembrane alpha helix), a beta-pleated sheet, a class C-like spectrum related to beta turns, and a spectrum correlated with the unordered conformation. The deconvoluted CD spectrum for the alpha T helix was characterized by a positive red-shifted band in the range 195-200 nm (+95,000 deg cm2 dmol-1), with the intensity of the negative band at 208 nm being slightly less negative than that of the 222-nm band (-50,000 and -60,000 deg cm2 dmol-1, respectively) in comparison with the regular alpha helix, with a positive band at 190 nm and two negative bands at 208 and 222 nm with magnitudes of +70,000, -30,000, and -30,000 deg cm2 dmol-1, respectively. PMID:1338977

  4. A combined binding mechanism of nonionic ethoxylated surfactants to bovine serum albumin revealed by fluorescence and circular dichroism.

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    Iovescu, Alina; Băran, Adriana; Stîngă, Gabriela; Cantemir-Leontieş, Anca Ruxandra; Maxim, Monica Elisabeta; Anghel, Dan Florin

    2015-12-01

    The study systematically investigates aqueous mixtures of fixed bovine serum albumin (BSA) and various ethoxylated nonionic surfactants belonging to a homologous series or not. Mono-disperse tetra-(C12E4), hexa-(C12E6) and octa-ethyleneglycol mono-n-dodecyl ether (C12E8), and poly-disperse eicosa-ethyleneglycol mono-n-tetradecyl ether (C14EO20) are respectively employed. Fluorescence and circular dichroism measurements are performed at surfactant/protein molar ratios (rm)s lower and higher than one. We aim to get new insights into the binding mechanism of these species and to differentiate among the interaction abilities of these surfactants. The relative magnitude of the binding thermodynamic parameters by fluorescence, and the increase of α-helix prove that hydrogen bonding drives the interaction next to the hydrophobic attraction. C12En (n=4,6,8) develop more H bonds with the albumin than C14EO20 owing to a zigzag conformation of their short ethyleneoxide chains. Among the homologous surfactants, C12E6 has a slightly stronger interaction with BSA due to a maximal number of H bonds at a minimal hindering. Static fluorescence and dynamic fluorescence indicate an inter-conversion between the tryptophan (Trp) rotamers which happens around the surfactants critical micellar concentration. For C14EO20, the meander conformation of the polar group determines a less evident conversion of the Trp rotamers and smaller α-helix rise. Binding isotherms of the homologous surfactants and the fluorescence quenching mechanism by C12E6 are also provided.

  5. Zeeman Splitting of Ferromagnetic GaMnAs on InP Observed by Magnetic Circular Dichroism in Reflection Mode

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    Tanaka, H.; Bsatee, M.; Jadwisienczak, W. M.

    2016-08-01

    Systematic investigations of Ga1- x Mn x As grown on InP with different Mn concentrations have been conducted using magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) in reflection mode. The MCD spectrum of Ga0.97Mn0.03As/InP was decomposed into two dispersion curves originating from E 1 and E 1 + Δ1 optical transitions using the energy derivative of a Gaussian function. The Zeeman splitting energy E 1 at the L critical point (0.6 meV) of ferromagnetic Ga0.97Mn0.03As/InP was estimated using a rigid band shift model. Based on the relationship between E 1 and E 0 (Γ critical point) observed in Cd1- x Mn x Te dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS), the Zeeman splitting energy E 1 (9.6 meV) of ferromagnetic Ga1- x Mn x As/InP was calculated. In addition, it was established that the peaks in the MCD spectra at L critical points shift toward the lower energy side as the Mn concentration is increased, and the observed shift saturates for Mn content of x = 0.001. Furthermore, the measured absorption spectra for Ga1- x Mn x As/InP did not show noticeable peak shifts with increasing Mn content. This suggests that the s, p- d exchange interaction induced in Ga1- x Mn x As/InP has localized nature due to the presence of a Mn rigid sphere of influence.

  6. Circular dichroism and site-directed spin labeling reveal structural and dynamical features of high-pressure states of myoglobin

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    Lerch, Michael T.; Horwitz, Joseph; McCoy, John; Hubbell, Wayne L.

    2013-01-01

    Excited states of proteins may play important roles in function, yet are difficult to study spectroscopically because of their sparse population. High hydrostatic pressure increases the equilibrium population of excited states, enabling their characterization [Akasaka K (2003) Biochemistry 42:10875–85]. High-pressure site-directed spin-labeling EPR (SDSL-EPR) was developed recently to map the site-specific structure and dynamics of excited states populated by pressure. To monitor global secondary structure content by circular dichroism (CD) at high pressure, a modified optical cell using a custom MgF2 window with a reduced aperture is introduced. Here, a combination of SDSL-EPR and CD is used to map reversible structural transitions in holomyoglobin and apomyoglobin (apoMb) as a function of applied pressure up to 2 kbar. CD shows that the high-pressure excited state of apoMb at pH 6 has helical content identical to that of native apoMb, but reversible changes reflecting the appearance of a conformational ensemble are observed by SDSL-EPR, suggesting a helical topology that fluctuates slowly on the EPR time scale. Although the high-pressure state of apoMb at pH 6 has been referred to as a molten globule, the data presented here reveal significant differences from the well-characterized pH 4.1 molten globule of apoMb. Pressure-populated states of both holomyoglobin and apoMb at pH 4.1 have significantly less helical structure, and for the latter, that may correspond to a transient folding intermediate. PMID:24248390

  7. Identification of beta,beta-turns and unordered conformations in polypeptide chains by vacuum ultraviolet circular dichroism.

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    Brahms, S; Brahms, J; Spach, G; Brack, A

    1977-08-01

    Different conformations of polypeptides were characterized by measurements of the circular dichroism (CD) extended into the vacuum ultraviolet region. (i) The linear beta-pleated sheet structure was characterized in a broad ultraviolet region down to 165 nm by examination of copolypeptides composed of alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic amino-acid residues, e.g., poly(Lys-Leu-Lys-Leu). A short-wavelength intense band was found at about 169 nm, which is characteristic of beta-pleated sheet conformation. (ii) The beta-turns were experimentally measured using poly(Ala(2)-Gly(2)) in a broad spectral region down to 165 nm with accuracy. The observed CD spectrum is in excellent qualitative agreement with the theoretical curve calculated by Woody for the beta-turns of type II and/or I of Venkatachalam. The similarity in shape between the theoretical curve and the observed CD spectra suggests a dominance of beta-turn segments in the poly(Ala(2)-Gly(2)) structure. The presence of beta-turns in poly(Ala(2)-Gly(2)) is also in agreement with the characterization of this polypeptide by solid state methods (electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction). The CD spectrum of beta-turns is characterized by a very intense band at 207.5 nm and strong negative bands at 191 and 169 nm. Copolypeptides such as poly(Ala(2)-Gly(3)) and poly(Ala(3)-Gly(3)) yielded a similar type of CD spectrum, analysis of which indicates that a large fraction of their residues is contained in beta-turn regions. (iii) The CD spectrum of the unordered chain of these alternating copolypeptides in salt-free solution is observed in the vacuum ultraviolet region.

  8. Circular dichroism and site-directed spin labeling reveal structural and dynamical features of high-pressure states of myoglobin.

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    Lerch, Michael T; Horwitz, Joseph; McCoy, John; Hubbell, Wayne L

    2013-12-01

    Excited states of proteins may play important roles in function, yet are difficult to study spectroscopically because of their sparse population. High hydrostatic pressure increases the equilibrium population of excited states, enabling their characterization [Akasaka K (2003) Biochemistry 42:10875-85]. High-pressure site-directed spin-labeling EPR (SDSL-EPR) was developed recently to map the site-specific structure and dynamics of excited states populated by pressure. To monitor global secondary structure content by circular dichroism (CD) at high pressure, a modified optical cell using a custom MgF2 window with a reduced aperture is introduced. Here, a combination of SDSL-EPR and CD is used to map reversible structural transitions in holomyoglobin and apomyoglobin (apoMb) as a function of applied pressure up to 2 kbar. CD shows that the high-pressure excited state of apoMb at pH 6 has helical content identical to that of native apoMb, but reversible changes reflecting the appearance of a conformational ensemble are observed by SDSL-EPR, suggesting a helical topology that fluctuates slowly on the EPR time scale. Although the high-pressure state of apoMb at pH 6 has been referred to as a molten globule, the data presented here reveal significant differences from the well-characterized pH 4.1 molten globule of apoMb. Pressure-populated states of both holomyoglobin and apoMb at pH 4.1 have significantly less helical structure, and for the latter, that may correspond to a transient folding intermediate. PMID:24248390

  9. Retinoic acid binding properties of the lipocalin member beta-lactoglobulin studied by circular dichroism, electronic absorption spectroscopy and molecular modeling methods.

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    Zsila, Ferenc; Bikádi, Zsolt; Simonyi, Miklós

    2002-12-01

    Interaction between the Vitamin A derivative all-trans retinoic acid and the lipocalin member bovine beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) was studied by circular dichroism (CD) and electronic absorption spectroscopy at different pH values. In neutral and alkaline solutions achiral retinoic acid forms a non-covalent complex with the protein as indicated by the appearance of a negative Cotton effect around 347 nm associated to the narrowed and red shifted pi-pi(*) absorption band of the ligand. The induced optical activity is attributed to the helical distortion of the conjugated chain caused by the chiral protein binding environment. As the disappearing CD activity showed in the course of CD-pH titration experiment, retinoic acid molecules dissociate from BLG upon acidification but this release is completely reversible as proved by the reconstitution of the CD and absorption spectra after setting the pH back to neutral. This unique behavior of the complex is explained by the conformational change of BLG (Tanford transition) which involves a movement of the EF loop at the entrance of the central cavity from open to closed conformation in the course of pH lowering. From these results it was inferred that retinoic acid binds within the hydrophobic calyx of the beta-barrel. PMID:12429354

  10. Thermal stability of the three domains of streptokinase studied by circular dichroism and nuclear magnetic resonance.

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    Conejero-Lara, F.; Parrado, J.; Azuaga, A. I.; Smith, R. A.; Ponting, C. P.; Dobson, C. M.

    1996-01-01

    Streptococcus equisimilis streptokinase (SK) is a single-chain protein of 414 residues that is used extensively in the clinical treatment of acute myocardial infarction due to its ability to activate human plasminogen (Plg). The mechanism by which this occurs is poorly understood due to the lack of structural details concerning both molecules and their complex. We reported recently (Parrado J et al., 1996, Protein Sci 5:693-704) that SK is composed of three structural domains (A, B, and C) with a C-terminal tail that is relatively unstructured. Here, we report thermal unfolding experiments, monitored by CD and NMR, using samples of intact SK, five isolated SK fragments, and two two-chain noncovalent complexes between complementary fragments of the protein. These experiments have allowed the unfolding processes of specific domains of the protein to be monitored and their relative stabilities and interdomain interactions to be characterized. Results demonstrate that SK can exist in a number of partially unfolded states, in which individual domains of the protein behave as single cooperative units. Domain B unfolds cooperatively in the first thermal transition at approximately 46 degrees C and its stability is largely independent of the presence of the other domains. The high-temperature transition in intact SK (at approximately 63 degrees C) corresponds to the unfolding of both domains A and C. Thermal stability of domain C is significantly increased by its isolation from the rest of the chain. By contrast, cleavage of the Phe 63-Ala 64 peptide bond within domain A causes thermal destabilization of this domain. The two resulting domain portions (A1 and A2) adopt unstructured conformations when separated. A1 binds with high affinity to all fragments that contain the A2 portion, with a concomitant restoration of the native-like fold of domain A. This result demonstrates that the mechanism whereby A1 stimulates the plasminogen activator activities of complementary SK

  11. Chiral isothiocyanates - An approach to determination of the absolute configuration using circular dichroism measurement

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    Michalski, Oskar; Cież, Dariusz

    2013-04-01

    Chiral alkyl 2-isothiocyanates have been obtained from enantiopure, aliphatic amines. ECD measurements allowed us to correlate an absolute configuration at C-2 with a sign of the Cotton effect (CE) observed for n-π* transition at the longer-wavelength range of the spectrum. Chirooptical data calculated for all enantiomers were consistent with the measured CE values and indicated that the weak absorption band at 240 nm could give an important information concerning the stereochemistry of simple, chiral isothiocyanates. Optically active esters of 2-isothiocyanatocarboxylic acids, prepared from α-amino acids, showed two absorption bands located over 195 nm. The more intensive band near 200 nm and the weak absorption located at 250 nm were related to n-π* transitions in NCS group. TD DFT calculations carried out for methyl esters of 2-isothiocyanatocarboxylic acids showed the correlation between signs of CE determined for both absorption bands, and the absolute configuration on C-2.

  12. Probing chiral solute-water hydrogen bonding networks by chirality transfer effects: a vibrational circular dichroism study of glycidol in water.

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    Yang, Guochun; Xu, Yunjie

    2009-04-28

    Vibrational absorption (VA) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of (S)-(-)-glycidol were measured in water with a concentration of 6.0M in the 1000-1750 cm(-1) region. Prominent and complex VCD spectral features were detected at the water bending vibrational region. Our experimental results show that water molecules can become optically active through hydrogen bonding interactions with glycidol molecules. To model the glycidol-water hydrogen bonding network in the solution, molecular dynamics simulations using the AMBER9 suite of programs were carried out. Altogether, 34 conformers of the small glycidol-(water)(N) clusters with N=1, 2, 3, and 4 were considered. Geometry optimizations, harmonic frequency calculations, and the VA and VCD intensity predictions of these small glycidol-water clusters were performed at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory using the GAUSSIAN 03 program package. Strong cooperative hydrogen bonding effects were detected in the larger glycidol-(water)(N) clusters. The population weighted VA and VCD spectra of each N group of glycidol (water)(N=1,2,3,4) were used to produce the simulated VA and VCD spectra, which are in good agreement with the experimental VA and VCD spectra. The study shows that all these clusters make important contributions to the observed spectra and are the most important species in the aqueous solution with complicated equilibriums among them.

  13. Probing chiral solute-water hydrogen bonding networks by chirality transfer effects: A vibrational circular dichroism study of glycidol in water

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    Yang, Guochun; Xu, Yunjie

    2009-04-01

    Vibrational absorption (VA) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of (S)-(-)-glycidol were measured in water with a concentration of 6.0M in the 1000-1750 cm-1 region. Prominent and complex VCD spectral features were detected at the water bending vibrational region. Our experimental results show that water molecules can become optically active through hydrogen bonding interactions with glycidol molecules. To model the glycidol-water hydrogen bonding network in the solution, molecular dynamics simulations using the AMBER9 suite of programs were carried out. Altogether, 34 conformers of the small glycidol-(water)N clusters with N =1, 2, 3, and 4 were considered. Geometry optimizations, harmonic frequency calculations, and the VA and VCD intensity predictions of these small glycidol-water clusters were performed at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level of theory using the GAUSSIAN 03 program package. Strong cooperative hydrogen bonding effects were detected in the larger glycidol-(water)N clusters. The population weighted VA and VCD spectra of each N group of glycidol (water)N=1,2,3,4 were used to produce the simulated VA and VCD spectra, which are in good agreement with the experimental VA and VCD spectra. The study shows that all these clusters make important contributions to the observed spectra and are the most important species in the aqueous solution with complicated equilibriums among them.

  14. Study of the Effect of the Pulse Width of the Excitation Source on the Two-Photon Absorption and Two-Photon Circular Dichroism Spectra of Biaryl Derivatives.

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    Vesga, Yuly; Hernandez, Florencio E

    2016-09-01

    Herein we report on the expanded theoretical calculations and the experimental measurements of the two-photon absorption (TPA) and two-photon circular dichroism (TPCD) spectra of a series of optically active biaryl derivatives (R-BINOL, R-VANOL, and R-VAPOL) using femtosecond pulses. The comparative analysis of the experimental TPCD spectra obtained with our tunable amplified femtosecond system with those previously measured in our group on the same series of compounds in the picosecond regime reveals a decrease in the amplitude of the signal and an improvement in matching with the theory in the former. These results can be explained based on the negligible contribution of excited state absorption (ESA) using femtosecond pulses compared to the picosecond regime. We show how ESA affects both the strength of the signal and the shape of the TPA and TPCD spectra. TPA and TPCD spectra were obtained using the double L-scan technique over a broad spectral range (450-750 nm) using 90 fs pulses at 50 Hz repetition rate produced by an amplified femtosecond system. The theoretical calculations were performed using modern analytical response theory within the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) approach using CAM-B3LYP and 6-311++G(d,p) basis sets. PMID:27525702

  15. High pressure study of gadolinium (silicon-germanium) giant magnetocaloric materials using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Tseng, Yuan-Chieh

    The role of Si-doping in enhancing the magnetic ordering temperature (Tc) of Gd5(SixGe1--x )4 giant magnetocaloric compounds was investigated using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and diamond anvil cell (DAC) techniques. The purpose of the study is to understand the mechanism of doping-induced ferromagnetic order in these compounds that may advance the magnetic refrigeration technology. The results demonstrate that hydrostatic pressure leads to similar effects as Si-doping for x ≥ 0.125 because the P-T phase diagram reproduces the most notable features of the x-T phase diagram, indicating that the magnetic properties of these compounds are volume-driven. The low-x (0 < x ≤ 0.75) region exhibits an inhomogeneous magneto-structural ground state featured by a mixed antiferromagnetic (orthorhombic (II))--ferromagnetic (orthorhombic (I)) phase at low temperature. Pressure was found to remove this magneto-structural inhomogeneity by fully restoring the magnetization that is obtained for x ≥ 0.125. However, unlike the nearly constant dTc/dP obtained for 0.125 ≤ x < 0.5, dTc/dP of the low-x samples is strongly x-dependent. This suggests that the emergence of the ferromagnetic order from within the antiferromagnetic phase of Gd 5Ge4 parent compound cannot be simply described as a volume-effect due to the existence of the magneto-structural inhomogeneity. Finally, the quantitative correspondence between Si-doping and hydrostatic pressure was examined in order to know if the properties of these materials are monotonically volume-dependent. It was found that Si-doping increases Tc much more effectively than pressure, by a factor of ˜ 11 for a given volume reduction. A local lattice contraction was found around Si atoms as a result of the substitution of Ge by the smaller Si atoms resulting in a remarkably high local chemical pressure. This local contraction results in a stronger Si 3p-Gd 5d orbital hybridization benefiting the indirect ferromagnetic exchange

  16. Magnetic circular dichroism studies of myoglobin, hemoglobin and peroxidase at room and low temperatures. Ferrous high spin derivatives.

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    Sharonov, Y A; Mineyev, A P; Livshitz, M A; Sharonova, N A; Zhurkin, V B; Lysov, Y P

    1978-04-13

    The magnetic circular dichroism spectra (MCD) recorded for the visible and near-UV regions of high-spin ferrous derivatives of myoglobin, hemoglobin, hemoglobin dimers and isolated chains as well as of horseradish peroxidase at pH 6.8 and 11.4 have been compared at the room and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The MCD of the Q00- and QV-bands have been shown to be sensitive to structural differences in the heme environment of these hemoproteins. The room temperature visible MCD of native hemoglobin differs from that of myoglobin, hemoglobin dimers and isolated chains as well as from that of model pentacoordinated complex. The MCD of hemoglobin is characterized by the greater value of the MCD intensity ratio of derivative shape A-term in the Q00-band to the A-term in the QV-band. The evidneces are presented for the existence of two pH-dependent forms of ferroperoxidase, the neutral peroxidase shows the "hemoglobin-like" MCD, while the alkaline ferroperoxidase is characterized by the "myoglobin-like" MCD spectrum in the visible region. The differences in the MCD of deoxyhemoglobin and neutral ferroperoxidase as compared with other high-spin ferrous hemoproteins are considered to result from the constraints on heme group imposed by quaternary and/or tertiary protein structure. The differences between hemoporteins which are seen at the room temperature become more pronounced at liquid nitrogen temperature. Except the peak at approximately 580 nm in the MCD of deoxymyoglobin and reduced peroxidase at pH 11.4 the visible MCD does not show appreciable temperature dependent C-terms. The nature of the temperature dependent effect at approximately 580 nm is not clear. The Soret MCD of all hemoproteins studied are similar and are predominantly composed of the derivative-shaped C-terms as revealed by the increase of the MCD peaks approximately in accordance with Boltzmann distribution. The interpretation of temperature-dependent MCD observed for the Soret band has been made in

  17. Irradiation induced ferromagnetism at room temperature in TiO{sub 2} thin films: X-ray magnetic circular dichroism characterizations

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    Thakur, Hardeep; Sharma, K. K.; Thakur, P.; Brookes, N. B.; Kumar, Ravi; Singh, A. P.; Kumar, Yogesh; Gautam, S.; Chae, K. H.

    2011-05-09

    We report on the room temperature ferromagnetism in the swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiated TiO{sub 2} thin films by x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) experiments at the O K and Ti L{sub 3,2} absorption edges. The XAS/XMCD measurements provide direct evidence of magnetic polarization of the O 2p and Ti 3d orbitals. The unquenched orbital magnetic moment within the O 2p shell is ferromagnetically coupled to the neighboring Ti moments, which illustrates the intense hybridization of the O 2p and Ti 3d orbitals induced by SHI irradiation.

  18. Applications of circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy as educational tool for undergraduate students and monitoring protein conformational changes induced by ligand binding

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    Van Der Kar, Catherine Ann

    The work reported here provides an overview on the applications of circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy for the study of protein secondary structure. This project has two specific goals. First, to develop and validate an undergraduate experiment for CHEM 3175 (biophysical chemistry laboratory) to demonstrate the use of CD spectroscopy for the determination of protein secondary structure. In an extension of this work, the same principles of analysis were applied to the study and characterization of the protein-ligand interaction of MiaE (a non-heme iron hydroxylase) and its substrate, tRNA.

  19. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at the interface between ultrathin Fe film and MgO studied by angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Okabayashi, J.; Koo, J. W.; Mitani, S.; Sukegawa, H.; Takagi, Y.; Yokoyama, T.

    2014-09-22

    Interface perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in ultrathin Fe/MgO (001) has been investigated using angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). We found that anisotropic orbital magnetic moments deduced from the analysis of XMCD contribute to the large PMA energies, whose values depend on the annealing temperature. The large PMA energies determined from magnetization measurements are related to those estimated from the XMCD and the anisotropic orbital magnetic moments through the spin-orbit interaction. The enhancement of anisotropic orbital magnetic moments can be explained mainly by the hybridization between the Fe 3d{sub z}{sup 2} and O 2p{sub z} states.

  20. A novel correlation of vibrational circular dichroism spectra with the electronic ground state for Δ-SAPR-8-cesium-tetrakis((+)-heptafluorobutyryl-camphorato)lanthanide(III) complexes.

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    Kaizaki, Sumio; Shirotani, Dai; Sato, Hisako

    2013-06-28

    For Δ-SAPR-8-Cs[Ln((+)-hfbc)4]((+)-hfbc = (+)-heptafluoro-butyrylcamphorate; Cs-Ln), the vibrational circular dichroism pattern and intensity of Cs-La, Cs-Nd, Cs-Gd, Cs-Ho, Cs-Er, Cs-Lu and Cs-Sm, Cs-Eu, Cs-Tb, Cs-Dy, Cs-Tm, Cs-Yb, respectively, are correlated with the even and the odd parity of total orbital angular momentum in the ground state terms. PMID:23689479

  1. Magnetic anisotropy in Ta/CoFeB/MgO investigated by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and first-principles calculation

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    Kanai, Shun; Tsujikawa, Masahito; Shirai, Masafumi; Miura, Yoshio; Matsukura, Fumihiro Ohno, Hideo

    2014-12-01

    We study the spin and orbital magnetic moments in Ta/Co{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.4}B{sub 0.2}/MgO by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements as well as first-principles calculations, in order to clarify the origin of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Both experimental and theoretical results show that orbital magnetic moment of Fe is more anisotropic than that of Co with respect to the magnetization direction. The anisotropy is larger for thinner CoFeB, indicating that Fe atoms at the interface with MgO contribute more than Co to the observed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

  2. Atomic moments in Mn2CoAl thin films analyzed by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Jamer, M. E.; Assaf, B. A.; Sterbinsky, G. E.; Arena, D. A.; Heiman, D.

    2014-12-05

    Spin gapless semiconductors are known to be strongly affected by structural disorder when grown epitaxially as thin films. The magnetic properties of Mn2CoAl thin films grown on GaAs (001) substrates are investigated here as a function of annealing. This study investigates the atomic-specific magnetic moments of Mn and Co atoms measured through X-ray magnetic circular dichroism as a function of annealing and the consequent structural ordering. Results indicate that the structural distortion mainly affects the Mn atoms as seen by the reduction of the magnetic moment from its predicted value.

  3. Raman, SERS, and induced circular dichroism techniques as a probe of pharmaceuticals in their interactions with the human serum albumin and p-glycoprotein

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    Fleury, Fabrice; Ianoul, Anatoli I.; Baggetto, Loris; Jardillier, Jean-Claude; Alix, Alain J.; Nabiev, Igor R.

    1999-04-01

    Camptothecin (CPT) derivatives are the well known inhibitors of the human DNA topoisomerase (topo) I. Two of them, irinotecan and topotecan, are just in the clinics; 9-amino- CPT is on the stage II of clinical trials, and the active search for new derivatives is now in progress. Stability of the CPT derivatives on their way to the target and resistance of cancer cells to these drugs present the crucial problem of the chemotherapy. Human serum albumin (HSA) is the mediator of transport and metabolism of numerous pharmaceuticals in the blood and P-glycoprotein (P- gp) plays a crucial role of the mediator of the multidrug resistance (MDR) of the cancer cells. This paper present the result of analysis of molecular interactions of some drugs of CPT family with the HSA and P-gp. Induced circular dichroism (CD) and Raman techniques have been applied for monitoring molecular interaction of drugs with HSA as well as to identify the conformational transition of the protein induced by the drug binding. Drug molecular determinants responsible for interaction have been identified and their binding sites within the HSA have been localized. New cancer cells lines exhibiting an extremely high level of MDR resistance have been established and were shown to contain the P-gp overproduced in the quantities of 35 percent from the all membrane proteins. The membrane fractions of these cells with the controls presented by the membranes of the parental membrane proteins. The membrane fractions of these cells with the controls presented by the membranes of the parental sensitive cells may be used as a model system for spectroscopic analysis of the specific pharmaceuticals/P-gp interactions.

  4. Fingerprinting the macro-organisation of pigment-protein complexes in plant thylakoid membranes in vivo by circular-dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Tóth, Tünde N; Rai, Neha; Solymosi, Katalin; Zsiros, Ottó; Schröder, Wolfgang P; Garab, Győző; van Amerongen, Herbert; Horton, Peter; Kovács, László

    2016-09-01

    Macro-organisation of the protein complexes in plant thylakoid membranes plays important roles in the regulation and fine-tuning of photosynthetic activity. These delicate structures might, however, undergo substantial changes during isolating the thylakoid membranes or during sample preparations, e.g., for electron microscopy. Circular-dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a non-invasive technique which can thus be used on intact samples. Via excitonic and psi-type CD bands, respectively, it carries information on short-range excitonic pigment-pigment interactions and the macro-organisation (chiral macrodomains) of pigment-protein complexes (psi, polymer or salt-induced). In order to obtain more specific information on the origin of the major psi-type CD bands, at around (+)506, (-)674 and (+)690nm, we fingerprinted detached leaves and isolated thylakoid membranes of wild-type and mutant plants and also tested the effects of different environmental conditions in vivo. We show that (i) the chiral macrodomains disassemble upon mild detergent treatments, but not after crosslinking the protein complexes; (ii) in different wild-type leaves of dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous angiosperms the CD features are quite robust, displaying very similar excitonic and psi-type bands, suggesting similar protein composition and (macro-) organisation of photosystem II (PSII) supercomplexes in the grana; (iii) the main positive psi-type bands depend on light-harvesting protein II contents of the membranes; (iv) the (+)506nm band appears only in the presence of PSII-LHCII supercomplexes and does not depend on the xanthophyll composition of the membranes. Hence, CD spectroscopy can be used to detect different macro-domains in the thylakoid membranes with different outer antenna compositions in vivo. PMID:27154055

  5. Fingerprinting the macro-organisation of pigment-protein complexes in plant thylakoid membranes in vivo by circular-dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Tóth, Tünde N; Rai, Neha; Solymosi, Katalin; Zsiros, Ottó; Schröder, Wolfgang P; Garab, Győző; van Amerongen, Herbert; Horton, Peter; Kovács, László

    2016-09-01

    Macro-organisation of the protein complexes in plant thylakoid membranes plays important roles in the regulation and fine-tuning of photosynthetic activity. These delicate structures might, however, undergo substantial changes during isolating the thylakoid membranes or during sample preparations, e.g., for electron microscopy. Circular-dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is a non-invasive technique which can thus be used on intact samples. Via excitonic and psi-type CD bands, respectively, it carries information on short-range excitonic pigment-pigment interactions and the macro-organisation (chiral macrodomains) of pigment-protein complexes (psi, polymer or salt-induced). In order to obtain more specific information on the origin of the major psi-type CD bands, at around (+)506, (-)674 and (+)690nm, we fingerprinted detached leaves and isolated thylakoid membranes of wild-type and mutant plants and also tested the effects of different environmental conditions in vivo. We show that (i) the chiral macrodomains disassemble upon mild detergent treatments, but not after crosslinking the protein complexes; (ii) in different wild-type leaves of dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous angiosperms the CD features are quite robust, displaying very similar excitonic and psi-type bands, suggesting similar protein composition and (macro-) organisation of photosystem II (PSII) supercomplexes in the grana; (iii) the main positive psi-type bands depend on light-harvesting protein II contents of the membranes; (iv) the (+)506nm band appears only in the presence of PSII-LHCII supercomplexes and does not depend on the xanthophyll composition of the membranes. Hence, CD spectroscopy can be used to detect different macro-domains in the thylakoid membranes with different outer antenna compositions in vivo.

  6. Characterization of interactions between methoxatin disodium salt and human serum albumin by pressure-assisted capillary electrophoresis/frontal analysis and circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Zhao, Lijuan; Chen, Dongying

    2015-01-01

    Pressure-assisted capillary electrophoresis (PACE)/frontal analysis (FA) and circular dichroism spectroscopy were utilized to investigate the interactions between methoxatin disodium salt (PQQ-2Na) and human serum albumin (HSA). With the PACE/FA method, sodium phosphate buffer solution (67 mm, pH 7.4) was used as the background electrolyte. Hydrodynamic injection at 50 mbar for 50 s and external pressure of 50 mbar were applied. The binding constant and the number of primary binding sites to HSA were obtained under fixed concentration of PQQ-2Na (100 µm) and increasing HSA concentration (0~475 µm). The thermodynamic parameters characterized the main acting forces of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions. The displacement experiments using phenylbutazone and flurbiprofen as ligand markers suggested that the binding site was the Sudlow site I of the HSA molecule. Circular dichroism spectroscopy was further employed to evaluate the conformation changes of HSA under the interaction of PQQ-2Na. This work provides comprehensive information for understanding the interactions between PQQ-2Na and HSA.

  7. Common Origin of the Circular-dichroism Pattern in ARPES of SrTiO3 and CuxBi2Se3

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    Bell, Christopher

    2011-08-19

    We investigate circular dichroism in the angular distribution (CDAD) of photoelectrons from SrTiO{sub 3}:Nb and Cu{sub x}Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} recorded by 7-eV laser ARPES. In addition to the well-known node that occurs in CDAD when the incidence plane matches the mirror plane of the crystal, we show that another type of node occurs when the mirror plane of the crystal is vertical to the incidence plane and the electronic state is two dimensional. The flower-shaped CDAD's occurring around the Fermi level of SrTiO{sub 3}:Nb and around the Dirac point of Cu{sub x}Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} are explained on equal footings. A surface-state-to-surface-resonance transition is indicated for the topological state of Cu{sub x}Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}.

  8. Room-temperature ferromagnetism of Cu-doped ZnO films probed by soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism.

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    Herng, T S; Qi, D-C; Berlijn, T; Yi, J B; Yang, K S; Dai, Y; Feng, Y P; Santoso, I; Sánchez-Hanke, C; Gao, X Y; Wee, Andrew T S; Ku, W; Ding, J; Rusydi, A

    2010-11-12

    We report direct evidence of room-temperature ferromagnetic ordering in O-deficient ZnO:Cu films by using soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray absorption. Our measurements have revealed unambiguously two distinct features of Cu atoms associated with (i) magnetically ordered Cu ions present only in the oxygen-deficient samples and (ii) magnetically disordered regular Cu2+ ions present in all the samples. We find that a sufficient amount of both oxygen vacancies (V(O)) and Cu impurities is essential to the observed ferromagnetism, and a non-negligible portion of Cu impurities is uninvolved in the magnetic order. Based on first-principles calculations, we propose a microscopic "indirect double-exchange" model, in which alignments of localized large moments of Cu in the vicinity of the V(O) are mediated by the large-sized vacancy orbitals.

  9. Room-Temperature Ferromagnetism of Cu-Doped ZnO Films Probed by Soft X-Ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism

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    Herng, T.S.; Ku, W.; Qi, D.-C.; Berlijn, T.; Yi, J.B.; Yang, K.S.; Dai, Y.; Feng, Y.P.; Santoso, I.; Sanchez-Hanke, C.; Gao, X.Y.; Wee, A.T.S.; Ding, J.; Rusydi, A.

    2010-11-08

    We report direct evidence of room-temperature ferromagnetic ordering in O-deficient ZnO:Cu films by using soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray absorption. Our measurements have revealed unambiguously two distinct features of Cu atoms associated with (i) magnetically ordered Cu ions present only in the oxygen-deficient samples and (ii) magnetically disordered regular Cu{sup 2+} ions present in all the samples. We find that a sufficient amount of both oxygen vacancies (V{sub O}) and Cu impurities is essential to the observed ferromagnetism, and a non-negligible portion of Cu impurities is uninvolved in the magnetic order. Based on first-principles calculations, we propose a microscopic 'indirect double-exchange' model, in which alignments of localized large moments of Cu in the vicinity of the V{sub O} are mediated by the large-sized vacancy orbitals.

  10. A high-performance liquid chromatography with circular dichroism detector for determination of stereochemistry of 6, 9-oxygen bridge dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans from kadsura coccinea.

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    Zhu, Hui; Xu, Liang; Yang, Shi-Lin; Li, He-Ran

    2015-10-01

    The stereochemistry of two 6, 9-oxygen bridge dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans from Kadsura coccinea, are difficult to separate and very unstable. The present study was designed to develop a high-performance liquid chromatography using circular dichroism detection for the analysis of the stereochemistry. A new 6, 9-oxygen bridge dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans named Kadsulignan Q was firstly found with an S-biphenyl configuration. The other compound was identified as Kadsulignan L with an R- biphenyl configuration. In order to obtain kinetic data on their reversible interconversion, the stability was measured at different deuterated solvents such as deuterated methanol, deuterated chloroform and deuterated dimethylsulfoxide. The lignans were more unstable and converted more easily in deuterated methanol than in deuterated chloroform and deuterated dimethylsulfoxide. PMID:26481381

  11. Absolute configuration and predominant conformations of a chiral crown ether-based colorimetric sensor: a vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy and DFT study of chiral recognition.

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    Merten, Christian; Hyun, Myung Ho; Xu, Yunjie

    2013-05-01

    In the present work, we report a comprehensive vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopic study of a chiral crown ether which features an axial chiral 3.3'-diphenyl-1,1'-binaphthyl group as chiral moiety. By comparing the experimental and calculated VCD spectra, we show that the presumably very flexible crown ether preferably adopts only one ring conformation. Conformational flexibility is observed in the 2,4-dinitrophenyl-diazophenol group, which was previously introduced for colorimetric detection of primary amines and amino alcohols (Cho et al., Chirality 2011;23:349-353). The VCD spectra of the host-guest complexes with phenyl glycinol (PG) and phenyl alaninol have been studied as well. Based on the spectra calculated, it is shown that the diastereomeric complexes in general can be differentiated using VCD spectroscopy. Furthermore, the experimental VCD spectra of the complexes of the host molecule with PG support the above finding.

  12. Determination of the absolute configuration of perylene quinone-derived mycotoxins by measurement and calculation of electronic circular dichroism spectra and specific rotations.

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    Podlech, Joachim; Fleck, Stefanie C; Metzler, Manfred; Bürck, Jochen; Ulrich, Anne S

    2014-09-01

    Altertoxins I-III, alterlosins I and II, alteichin (alterperylenol), stemphyltoxins I-IV, stemphyperylenol, stemphytriol, 7-epi-8-hydroxyaltertoxin I, and 6-epi-stemphytriol are mycotoxins derived from perylene quinone, for which the absolute configuration was not known. Electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra were calculated for these compounds and compared with measured spectra of altertoxins I-III, alteichin, and stemphyltoxin III and with reported Cotton effects. Specific rotations were calculated and compared with reported specific rotations. The absolute configuration of all the toxins, except for stemphyltoxin IV, could thus be determined. The validity of the assignment was high whenever reported ECD data were available for comparison, and the validity was lower when the assignment was based only on the comparison of calculated and reported specific rotations. ECD spectra are intrinsically different for toxins with a biphenyl substructure and for toxins derived from dihydroanthracene.

  13. Direct observation of high-spin states in manganese dimer and trimer cations by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy in an ion trap

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    Zamudio-Bayer, V.; Hirsch, K.; Langenberg, A.; Kossick, M.; Ławicki, A.; Lau, J. T.; Terasaki, A.; Issendorff, B. von

    2015-06-21

    The electronic structure and magnetic moments of free Mn{sub 2}{sup +} and Mn{sub 3}{sup +} are characterized by 2p x-ray absorption and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy in a cryogenic ion trap that is coupled to a synchrotron radiation beamline. Our results directly show that localized magnetic moments of 5 μ{sub B} are created by 3d{sup 5}({sup 6}S) states at each ionic core, which are coupled ferromagnetically to form molecular high-spin states via indirect exchange that is mediated in both cases by a delocalized valence electron in a singly occupied 4s derived antibonding molecular orbital with an unpaired spin. This leads to total magnetic moments of 11 μ{sub B} for Mn{sub 2}{sup +} and 16 μ{sub B} for Mn{sub 3}{sup +}, with no contribution of orbital angular momentum.

  14. Valence-state Model of Strain-dependent Mn L2,3 X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism from Ferromagnetic Semiconductors

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    van der Laan, G.; Edmonds, K. W.; Arenholz, E.; Farley, N. R. S.; Gallagher, B. L.

    2010-03-30

    We present a valence-state model to explain the characteristics of a recently observed pre-edge feature in Mn L{sub 3} x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) of ferromagnetic (Ga,Mn)As and (Al,Ga,Mn)As thin films. The prepeak XMCD shows a uniaxial anisotropy, contrary to the cubic symmetry of the main structures induced by the crystalline electric field. Reversing the strain in the host lattice reverses the sign of the uniaxial anisotropy. With increasing carrier localization, the prepeak height increases, indicating an increasing 3d character of the hybridized holes. Hence, the feature is ascribed to transitions from the Mn 2p core level to unoccupied p-d hybridized valence states. The characteristics of the prepeak are readily reproduced by the model calculation taking into account the symmetry of the strain-, spin-orbit-, and exchange-split valence states around the zone center.

  15. Indication of intrinsic room-temperature ferromagnetism in Ti1-xCoxO2-δ thin film: An x-ray magnetic circular dichroism study

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    Mamiya, K.; Koide, T.; Fujimori, A.; Tokano, H.; Manaka, H.; Tanaka, A.; Toyosaki, H.; Fukumura, T.; Kawasaki, M.

    2006-08-01

    Soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements at the Co L2,3 edges of Co-doped rutile TiO2 at room temperature revealed clear multiplet features characteristic of ferromagnetic Co2+ ions coordinated by O2- ions, being in sharp contrast to the featureless XMCD spectrum of Co metal or metallic clusters. The absorption and XMCD spectra agree well with a full atomic-multiplet calculation for the Co2+ high-spin state in the D2h-symmetry crystal field at the Ti site in rutile TiO2. The results indicate that the ferromagnetism arises from the Co2+ ions substituting the Ti4+ ions.

  16. Nuclear velocity perturbation theory for vibrational circular dichroism: An approach based on the exact factorization of the electron-nuclear wave function

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    Scherrer, Arne; Agostini, Federica; Gross, E. K. U.; Sebastiani, Daniel; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe

    2015-08-21

    The nuclear velocity perturbation theory (NVPT) for vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) is derived from the exact factorization of the electron-nuclear wave function. This new formalism offers an exact starting point to include correction terms to the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) form of the molecular wave function, similar to the complete-adiabatic approximation. The corrections depend on a small parameter that, in a classical treatment of the nuclei, is identified as the nuclear velocity. Apart from proposing a rigorous basis for the NVPT, we show that the rotational strengths, related to the intensity of the VCD signal, contain a new contribution beyond-BO that can be evaluated with the NVPT and that only arises when the exact factorization approach is employed. Numerical results are presented for chiral and non-chiral systems to test the validity of the approach.

  17. Large anisotropic Fe orbital moments in perpendicularly magnetized Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films revealed by angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Okabayashi, Jun; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Wen, Zhenchao; Inomata, Koichiro; Mitani, Seiji

    2013-09-01

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in Heusler alloy Co2FeAl thin films sharing an interface with a MgO layer is investigated by angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Orbital and spin magnetic moments are deduced separately for Fe and Co 3d electrons. In addition, the PMA energies are estimated using the orbital magnetic moments parallel and perpendicular to the film surfaces. We found that PMA in Co2FeAl is determined mainly by the contribution of Fe atoms with large orbital magnetic moments, which are enhanced at the interface between Co2FeAl and MgO. Furthermore, element specific magnetization curves of Fe and Co are found to be similar, suggesting the existence of ferromagnetic coupling between Fe and Co PMA directions.

  18. Absolute configuration and predominant conformations of a chiral crown ether-based colorimetric sensor: a vibrational circular dichroism spectroscopy and DFT study of chiral recognition.

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    Merten, Christian; Hyun, Myung Ho; Xu, Yunjie

    2013-05-01

    In the present work, we report a comprehensive vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopic study of a chiral crown ether which features an axial chiral 3.3'-diphenyl-1,1'-binaphthyl group as chiral moiety. By comparing the experimental and calculated VCD spectra, we show that the presumably very flexible crown ether preferably adopts only one ring conformation. Conformational flexibility is observed in the 2,4-dinitrophenyl-diazophenol group, which was previously introduced for colorimetric detection of primary amines and amino alcohols (Cho et al., Chirality 2011;23:349-353). The VCD spectra of the host-guest complexes with phenyl glycinol (PG) and phenyl alaninol have been studied as well. Based on the spectra calculated, it is shown that the diastereomeric complexes in general can be differentiated using VCD spectroscopy. Furthermore, the experimental VCD spectra of the complexes of the host molecule with PG support the above finding. PMID:23620265

  19. Differential chemical and thermal unfolding pattern of Rv3588c and Rv1284 of Mycobacterium tuberculosis - A comparison by fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Mukherjee, Somnath; Saha, Baisakhee; Das, Amit Kumar

    2009-04-01

    The thermal and chemical unfolding pathways of two beta carbonic anhydrases, Rv3588c and Rv1284 of Mycobacterium tuberculosis have been compared by fluorescence and circular dichroism. Chemical and thermal denaturation of the tertiary and secondary structures of these two ubiquitous enzymes of the pathogen reveals that the unfolding of Rv3588c is mediated through the formation of a molten globule intermediate with depleted tertiary structure. However, Rv1284 directly unfolds from the native to the unfolded state. Calculation of the thermodynamic parameters suggest that overall Rv3588c is more stable than Rv1284. Stern-Volmer analysis together with the fluorescence spectra of the proteins suggest that Trp115 in Rv1284 is more buried than Trp10 in Rv3588c. The tryptophan residues in both the proteins are surrounded by positively charged amino acid residues. PMID:19181437

  20. The magnetic circular dichroism spectra of the linear trinuclear clusters [Fe 3S 4(SR) 4] 3- in purple aconitase and in a synthetic model

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    Richards, A. J. M.; Thomson, A. J.; Holm, R. H.; Hagen, K. S.

    The low-temperature magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra and MCD magnetization properties of the linear three-iron cluster [Fe(μ 2-S) 2Fe(μ 2-S) 2Fe] + have been compared in a solution of the model compound (Et 4N) 3[Fe 3S 4(SEt) 4] and in the "purple" form of beef heart aconitase. The similarity between the spectra confirms the close equivalence of the structures in the model and the protein. Analysis of the MCD magnetization curves has been carried out in terms of a ground state spin S = 5/2 and E / D values of 0.33 (model) and 0.31 (aconitase) established from the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra. This gives estimates of the axial zero-field splitting parameters D = +0.7 ± 0.2 cm -1 and +1.5 ± 0.2 cm -1 for the model and protein, respectively.

  1. Studies on the conformational properties of CP-10(42-55), the hinge region of CP-10, using circular dichroism and RP-HPLC.

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    Lazoura, E; McLeish, M J; Aguilar, M I

    2000-06-01

    The conformational properties of CP-10(42-55), a peptide corresponding to the hinge region of CP-10, were investigated using circular dichroism spectroscopy and reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The circular dichroism studies indicated that CP-10(42-55) formed considerable secondary structure in the presence of hydrophobic solution environments including 50% acetonitrile, 50% trifluoroethanol and 200 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate, which comprised a mixture of alpha-helix and beta-sheet. The effect of temperature on the conformation of CP-10(42-55) was investigated between 5 and 40 degrees C, with very small changes in the spectra being observed. RP-HPLC was then used to investigate the effect of temperature on the conformation of CP-10(42-55) in the presence of a hydrophobic surface. Using a C18-adsorbent, CP-10(42-55) exhibited a conformational transition at 25 degrees C, which was associated with an increase in the chromatographic contact area and the binding affinity of the peptide for the stationary phase. In addition, near-planar bandbroadening behaviour indicated that conformational species interconverted with rapid rate constants compared with the chromatographic time scale. These results indicated that the conformational change at 25 degrees C in the RP-HPLC system most likely corresponds to the unfolding of an alpha-helical and/or beta-sheet structure to an extended coil structure. Therefore, the strong chemotactic properties of this peptide may be attributed to its ability to form considerable secondary structure in the presence of a hydrophobic environment.

  2. Conformational manifold of alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) containing alanine-based tripeptides in aqueous solution explored by vibrational spectroscopy, electronic circular dichroism spectroscopy, and molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Schweitzer-Stenner, Reinhard; Gonzales, Widalys; Bourne, Gregory T; Feng, Jianwen A; Marshall, Garland R

    2007-10-31

    Replacement of the alpha-proton of an alanine residue to generate alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) in alanine-based oligopeptides favors the formation of a 3(10) helix when the length of the oligopeptide is about four to six residues. This research was aimed at experimentally identifying the structural impact of an individual Aib residue in an alanine context of short peptides in water and Aib's influence on the conformation of nearest-neighbor residues. The amide I band profile of the IR, isotropic and anisotropic Raman, and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of Ac-Ala-Ala-Aib-OMe, Ac-Ala-Aib-Ala-OMe, and Ac-Aib-Ala-Ala-OMe were measured and analyzed in terms of different structural models by utilizing an algorithm that exploits the excitonic coupling between amide I' modes. The conformational search was guided by the respective 1H NMR and electronic circular dichroism spectra of the respective peptides, which were also recorded. From these analyses, all peptides adopted multiple conformations. Aib predominantly sampled the right-handed and left-handed 3(10)-helix region and to a minor extent the bridge region between the polyproline (PPII) and the helical regions of the Ramachandran plot. Generally, alanine showed the anticipated PPII propensity, but its conformational equilibrium was shifted towards helical conformations in Ac-Aib-Ala-Ala-OMe, indicating that Aib can induce helical conformations of neighboring residues positioned towards the C-terminal direction of the peptide. An energy landscape exploration by molecular dynamics simulations corroborated the results of the spectroscopic studies. They also revealed the dynamics and pathways of potential conformational transitions of the corresponding Aib residues.

  3. Absorption and Circular Dichroism Spectra of La{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}SiO{sub 14} Crystals Doped with Pr{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, and Er{sup 3+} Ions

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    Burkov, V. I.; Lysenko, O. A.; Mill, B. V.

    2010-11-15

    The absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectra of La{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}SiO{sub 14} langasite crystals doped with Pr{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+}, and Er{sup 3+} ions have been studied in the wavelength range of 350-700 nm. The electronic transitions of these ions, which replace La3+ ions in the 3e position with the symmetry 2, are observed in the spectra. All transitions are active in both the absorption and CD spectra. The dipole strengths D{sub om}, rotational strengths R{sub om}, and anisotropy factors g have been calculated for well-resolved bands. Some features are noted for the spectra that were obtained, and their relationship with the structure disorder is considered.

  4. Reversible changes in macroorganization of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b pigment-protein complex detected by circular dichroism

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    Garab, G.; Leegood, R.C.; Walker, D.A.; Sutherland, J.C.; Hind, G.

    1988-04-05

    Light-induced changes in circular dichroism (CD) were studied in thylakoids isolated from spinach. The following features of CD responses occurring in the time range of 10 s to 1-3 min were noted: (i) The kinetics and relative amplitudes of the responses are similar over broad spectral ranges surrounding the major CD bands, i.e., between 670 and 760 nm and between 480 and 550 nm. This applies not only to randomly oriented samples but also to magnetically aligned membranes having markedly different CD spectra in the dark. (ii) Photosystem I is much more effective than photosystem II and can drive a 40-80% decrease in CD signal relative to the dark control level. (iii) Photosystem I driven changes are fully inhibited by nigericin or NH/sub 4/Cl but are largely insensitive to gramicidin. CD changes driven by photosystem II, on the other hand, are sensitive to all of these reagents. (iv) The CD responses can be shown to originate in circular differential scattering rather than in circular differential absorbance. They can also be distinguished from light-induced, nonpolarized scattering changes. The data are qualitatively evaluated with respect to the theory of circular differential scattering of large helically organized macroaggregates, the size of which is commensurate with the wavelength of the measuring beam. The observed decrease of the large CD signal is ascribed to a partial loss of macrohelicity in the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein complex, in response to a proton gradient and/or surface electrical field generated most effectively by photosystem I.

  5. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray absorption spectroscopy of novel magnetic thin films

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    Brewer, M.A.; Ju, H.L.; Krishnan, K.M.

    1997-04-01

    The optimization of the magnetic properties of materials for a wide range of applications requires a dynamic iteration between synthesis, property measurements and characterization at appropriate length scales. The authors interest arises both from the increased appreciation of the degree to which magnetic properties can be influenced by tailored microstructures and the ability to characterize them by x-ray scattering/dichroism techniques. Preliminary results of this work at the ALS on `giant` moment in {alpha}{double_prime}-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} and `colossal` magnetoresistance in manganite perovskites is presented here. It has recently been claimed that {alpha}{double_prime}-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} possesses a giant magnetization of 2.9 T ({approximately}2300 emu/cc) when grown on lattice-matched In{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 0.8}As(001) and Fe/GaAs(001). However, attempts at growth on simpler substrates have resulted in only a modest enhancement in moment and often in multiphase mixtures. Theoretical calculations based on the band structure of Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} predict values for the magnetization around 2.3 T ({approximately}1780 emu/cc), well below Sugita`s claims, but consistent with the magnetization reported by several other workers. Using appropriate sum rules applied to the integrated MCD spectrum, they hope to determine the magnetic moment of the iron species in the {alpha}{double_prime}-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} films and other phases and resolve the orbital and spin contributions to the moment. There is also rapidly growing interest in the `colossal magnetoresistance` effect observed in manganese oxides for both fundamental and commercial applications. To address some of these issues the authors have measured the electron energy loss spectra (EELS) of manganese perovskites at room temperature.

  6. Electronic structure and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in A2FeReO6 (A =Ca ,Sr ,andBa ) oxides

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    Antonov, V. N.; Bekenov, L. V.; Ernst, A.

    2016-07-01

    A systematic electronic structure study of A2FeReO6 (A =Ba ,Sr ,andCa ) has been performed by employing the local-spin-density approximation (LSDA) and LSDA +U methods using the fully relativistic spin-polarized Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band-structure method. We investigated the effects of the subtle interplay between spin-orbit coupling, electron correlations, and lattice distortion on the electronic structure of double perovskites. Ca2FeReO6 has a large distortion in the Fe-O-Re bond, and the electronic structure is mainly determined by electron correlations and lattice distortion. In the Ba -Sr -Ca row, the correlation effects at the Fe site are increased. The correlations at the Re site are small in the Ba- and Sr-based compounds but significant in Ca2FeReO6 . Ca2FeReO6 behaves like an insulator only if considered with a relatively large value of Coulomb repulsion Ueff=2.3 eV at the Re site in addition to Ueff=3.1 eV at the Fe site. Ca2FeReO6 possesses a phase transition at 140 K where the metal-insulator transition (MIT) occurs between metallic high-temperature and insulating low-temperature phases. The spin and orbital magnetic moments are linear functions of temperature before and after the MIT but change abruptly at the point of the phase transition. From theoretically calculated magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE), we found that the easy axis of magnetization for the low-temperature phase is along the b direction, in agreement with experimental data. We found that the major contribution to the MAE is due to the orbital magnetic anisotropy at the Re site. X-ray-absorption spectra and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Re, Fe, and Ba L2 ,3 and Fe, Ca, and O K edges were investigated theoretically in the frame of the LSDA +U method. A qualitative explanation of the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectra shape is provided by an analysis of the corresponding selection rules, orbital character, and occupation numbers of individual orbitals

  7. N-Acetyl-L-alanine N'-methylamide: a density functional analysis of the vibrational absorption and vibrational circular dichroism spectra

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    Jalkanen, K. J.; Suhai, S.

    1996-07-01

    Ab initio 6-31G ∗ Becke 3LYP DFT optimized geometries, vibrational frequencies, vibrational absorption (VA) intensities and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) intensities have been calculated for the eight low energy conformers of N-acetyl-L-alanine N'-methylamide (L-AANMA) in the gas phase and one conformer stabilized by the addition of four water molecules. The VA and VCD spectra are calculated with the 6-31G ∗ Becke 3LYP force fields (Hessians) and atomic polar tensors (APT); 6-31G ∗∗ RHF atomic axial tensors (AAT) for the eight gas phase structures and 6-31G ∗/6-31G RHF AAT for the L-AANMA-water complex. The VA and VCD spectra are also calculated using the 6-31G ∗ Becke 3LYP Hessians; 6-31G ∗∗ RHF APT and AAT for the eight gas phase structures and 6-31G ∗/6-31G RHF APT and AAT for the L-AANMA-water complex. The rotational strengths of the amide A, I, II, III, IV, V and VI modes found in proteins as a function of φ and ψ (for various secondary structures) are for the first time reported for an inherently optically active molecule (non-glycine model) using the 6-31G ∗∗ and 6-31G ∗/6-31G RHF DOG AAT and 6-31G ∗ Becke 3LYP Hessians and APT. This is also the first reported VCD calculation of a molecule with the solvent present. The molecule is not completely solvated, but the important hydrogen-bonded interactions are present and the feasibility of the calculation of the Hessian, APT and AAT with solvent molecules present is demonstrated. The VA and VCD spectra are compared to the experimental VA and VCD spectra in the literature and the conformational analysis (CA) and vibrational assignment of L-AANMA are reinvestigated. The rotational strengths of the amide modes for the various conformers are also compared to peptide and protein VCD spectra of molecules with known secondary structures. The agreement between the calculated rotational strengths of the various amide modes for which experimental measurements have been made is very good

  8. Explaining the visible and near-infrared circular dichroism spectra of light-harvesting 1 complexes from purple bacteria: a modeling study.

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    Georgakopoulou, Sofia; van Grondelle, Rienk; van der Zwan, Gert

    2006-02-23

    In this work, we investigate the origin and characteristics of the circular dichroism (CD) spectrum of various light-harvesting 1 (LH1) complexes. The near-infrared (NIR) CD signal of these core antennae is strongly nonconservative, and the nature of this nonconservativity is under examination in this paper. So far, on the basis of the high-resolution structures of LH2, we have been able to model the absorption and CD spectra in the bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) Q(Y) and Q(X) regions of LH2 (Georgakopoulou et al., Biophys. J. 2002, 82, 2184-2197), as well as in the carotenoid region (Georgakopoulou et al., Biophys. J. 2004, 87, 3010-3022). We proceed by applying the same modeling method in order to reproduce the LH1 spectra. We assume a ring of dimers in a perfect circular arrangement with 16-fold symmetry, and account for all excitonic interactions within the ring. Because LH1 complexes exhibit Q(Y) and Q(X) CD signals of very low intensity, higher transitions can easily affect these regions. Therefore, we expand the model and take into account also the Soret and carotenoid transitions. We can now understand the shape of the absorption and CD spectra and contemplate the structure of the LH1 complex. The latter is similar to LH2 in that it is a very symmetric ring dominated by excitonic interactions. The larger number of symmetry and the bigger diameter of LH1, combined with small rotations of the BChl transition dipole moments, are responsible for the display of CD signals that are very low in intensity. The interaction of the Q(Y) with the carotenoid transitions results in complete loss of the conservativity. Interaction energies between all the pigments in the ring are calculated, and their values are in good accordance with what is reported in the literature.

  9. Quantitative analysis of magnetic spin and orbital moments from an oxidized iron (1 1 0) surface using electron magnetic circular dichroism

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    Thersleff, Thomas; Rusz, Jan; Rubino, Stefano; Hjörvarsson, Björgvin; Ito, Yasuo; J. Zaluzec, Nestor; Leifer, Klaus

    2015-08-17

    Understanding the ramifications of reduced crystalline symmetry on magnetic behavior is a critical step in improving our understanding of nanoscale and interfacial magnetism. However, investigations of such effects are often controversial largely due to the challenges inherent in directly correlating nanoscale stoichiometry and structure to magnetic behavior. Here, we describe how to use Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) to obtain Electron Magnetic Circular Dichroism (EMCD) signals as a function of scattering angle to locally probe the magnetic behavior of thin oxide layers grown on an Fe (1 1 0) surface. Experiments and simulations both reveal a strong dependence of the magnetic orbital to spin ratio on its scattering vector in reciprocal space. We exploit this variation to extract the magnetic properties of the oxide cladding layer, showing that it locally may exhibit an enhanced orbital to spin moment ratio. This finding is supported here by both spatially and angularly resolved EMCD measurements, opening up the way for compelling investigations into how magnetic properties are affected by nanoscale features.

  10. Quantitative analysis of magnetic spin and orbital moments from an oxidized iron (1 1 0) surface using electron magnetic circular dichroism

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    Thersleff, Thomas; Rusz, Jan; Rubino, Stefano; Hjörvarsson, Björgvin; Ito, Yasuo; J. Zaluzec, Nestor; Leifer, Klaus

    2015-08-17

    Understanding the ramifications of reduced crystalline symmetry on magnetic behavior is a critical step in improving our understanding of nanoscale and interfacial magnetism. However, investigations of such effects are often controversial largely due to the challenges inherent in directly correlating nanoscale stoichiometry and structure to magnetic behavior. Here, we describe how to use Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) to obtain Electron Magnetic Circular Dichroism (EMCD) signals as a function of scattering angle to locally probe the magnetic behavior of thin oxide layers grown on an Fe (1 1 0) surface. Experiments and simulations both reveal a strong dependence of the magneticmore » orbital to spin ratio on its scattering vector in reciprocal space. We exploit this variation to extract the magnetic properties of the oxide cladding layer, showing that it locally may exhibit an enhanced orbital to spin moment ratio. This finding is supported here by both spatially and angularly resolved EMCD measurements, opening up the way for compelling investigations into how magnetic properties are affected by nanoscale features.« less

  11. Element and orbital-specific observation of two-step magnetic transition in NpNiGa5 : X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study

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    Okane, T.; Ohkochi, T.; Inami, T.; Takeda, Y.; Fujimori, S.-I.; Kawamura, N.; Suzuki, M.; Tsutsui, S.; Yamagami, H.; Fujimori, A.; Tanaka, A.; Aoki, D.; Homma, Y.; Shiokawa, Y.; Yamamoto, E.; Haga, Y.; Nakamura, A.; Ōnuki, Y.

    2009-09-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) experiments were performed at the NpM4,5 and the GaK absorption edges of NpNiGa5 to investigate the temperature-dependent changes of magnetic properties of Np5f and Ga4p electron states. By the sum-rule analysis of the NpM4,5 XMCD data, the orbital magnetic moment μL and the spin magnetic moment μS were estimated for the Np5f3 and 5f4 electronic configurations and their comparison to the previous magnetization and neutron-scattering experiments suggests that the 5f4 configuration is more likely than the 5f3 configuration in NpNiGa5 . It was found that |μL/μS| tends to increase from the high-temperature low-moment ordered state to the low-temperature high-moment ordered state. The result of the GaK XMCD indicates that the Ga4p electrons are magnetically polarized and the temperature and magnetic-field dependences of the Ga4p orbital moment are proportional to those of the magnetization measurements.

  12. Using magnetic circular dichroism for the study of the magnetization and the magnetic moments of atoms in Nd(3)Fe(27.5)Ti(1.5).

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    Sarafidis, C; Wilhelm, F; Rogalev, A; Gjoka, M; Kalogirou, O

    2009-06-10

    An element-specific study of the Nd(3)Fe(27.5)Ti(1.5) compound using the hard x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) technique is presented. The Nd L(2) and L(3) edge XMCD, as well as the Fe K edge XMCD, were measured in a magnetically oriented sample, parallel and perpendicular to its alignment direction. The XMCD spectra were recorded at three different temperatures, above, below and in between the characteristic peaks that the specific compound presents in AC susceptibility measurements. By probing the Nd L edges and the Fe K edge XMCD, we found that the dipolar R(5d)-Fe(3d) exchange interaction behaves differently with temperature change than the Fe-Fe magnetic interaction. Those differences appear to be in the vicinity of the AC susceptibility characteristic peaks. An XMCD signal was recorded at the Ti K edge, revealing a small orbital polarization due to the hybridization with Fe atomic states. This demonstrates the existence of a small finite magnetic moment in Ti atoms. PMID:21825598

  13. Interaction of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with novel gemini surfactants studied by synchrotron radiation scattering (SR-SAXS), circular dichroism (CD), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

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    Gospodarczyk, W; Szutkowski, K; Kozak, M

    2014-07-24

    The interaction of three dicationic (gemini) surfactants-3,3'-[1,6-(2,5-dioxahexane)]bis(1-dodecylimidazolium) chloride (oxyC2), 3,3'-[1,16-(2,15-dioxahexadecane)]bis(1-dodecylimidazolium) chloride (oxyC12), and 1,4-bis(butane)imidazole-1-yl-3-dodecylimidazolium chloride (C4)--with bovine serum albumin (BSA) has been studied by the use of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), circular dichroism (CD), and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance diffusometry. The results of CD studies show that the conformation of BSA was changed dramatically in the presence of all studied surfactants. The greater decrease (from 56 to 24%) in the α-helical structure of BSA was observed for oxyC2 surfactant. The radii of gyration estimated from SAXS data varied between 3 and 26 nm for the BSA/oxyC2 and BSA/oxyC12 systems. The hydrodynamic radius of the BSA/surfactant system estimated from NMR diffusometry varies between 5 and 11 nm for BSA/oxyC2 and 5 and 8 nm for BSA/oxyC12.

  14. Circular dichroism, molecular modeling, and serology indicate that the structural basis of antigenic variation in foot-and-mouth disease virus is [alpha]-helix formation

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    France, L.L.; Piatti, P.G.; Newman, J.F.E.; Brown, F. ); Toth, I.; Gibbons, W.A. )

    1994-08-30

    Seven antigenic variants obtained from a single field isolate of foot-and-mouth disease virus, serotype A12, differ only at residues 148 and 153 in the immunodominant loop of viral protein VP1. Synthetic peptides corresponding to the region 141-160 are highly immunogenic. UV circular dichroism shows that (i) in aqueous solution of the peptides are nearly identical, but in 100% trifluoroethanol they display helix-forming properties which correlate well with their serological crossreactivities for anti-peptide sera, and (ii) these properties are insensitive to substitutions at position 153, except for proline, but are highly sensitive to substitutions at position 148. This pattern can be explained by the effects of these substitutions on the amphiphilic character and positions of helices postulated in the region 146-156. Molecular models indicate that residues 147, 148, 150, 151, 153-155, and 157 are most likely to interact with residues of the antibody paratopes. The data are consistent with the existence of an inverse [gamma]-turn around Pro-153, and a [beta]-turn at the cell-attachment site at residues 145-147. 31 refs., 5 figs.

  15. Interactions of the organogold(III) compound Aubipyc with the copper chaperone Atox1: a joint mass spectrometry and circular dichroism investigation.

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    Marzo, Tiziano; Scaletti, Federica; Michelucci, Elena; Gabbiani, Chiara; Pescitelli, Gennaro; Messori, Luigi; Massai, Lara

    2015-12-01

    The so called "copper trafficking system" in mammalian cells is primarily devoted to the regulation of copper transport and homeostasis. This system, now well characterized, consists of a few strictly interconnected proteins that assist copper entrance inside cells and then promote metal transfer and delivery to essential copper-dependent cellular proteins (Boal and Rosenzweig 2009a; Banci et al., Mol Life Sci 67:2563-2589, 2010). Yet, the "copper trafficking system" may also facilitate the entrance inside cells of non-physiological metal species such as clinically established platinum drugs. ESI and MALDI MS methods are exploited here to characterize the interactions occurring between the experimental anticancer organogold(III) drug, Aubipyc, and the copper chaperone Atox1, a key protein of the copper trafficking system. The nature of the adducts that are formed when reacting Aubipyc with Atox1 is elucidated in detail. Characterization of the Aubipyc/Atox1 system is further supported by circular dichroism experiments. Binding competitions with mercury and bismuth ions were also explored. The relevance and the biological implications of the present results are discussed. PMID:26453060

  16. Conformational study of an axially chiral Salen ligand in solution using two-photon circular dichroism and the fragment-recombination approach.

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    Díaz, Carlos; Echevarria, Lorenzo; Hernández, Florencio E

    2013-09-01

    Herein we report on the conformational study of a chiral Salen ligand, AFX-155, in THF solution using two-photon absorption (TPA) and, even more importantly, two-photon circular dichroism (TPCD). The fragment-recombination approach (FRA), employed to perform computations on half-AXF-155 (AXF-169') and the center (C-AXF-155), allowed us to overcome the current computational limitations found in calculations of the TPCD spectra of large molecules. The comparative experimental-theoretical analysis of AXF-155 showed that its TPA is mainly determined by AXF-169' and validated, through TPCD, the presence of the two dominant Trans_R-Intra(NHB)//Trans_R-Extra(HB) and Trans_R-Intra(NHB)//Trans_R-Extra(NHB) structure in THF with a ΔΔ propeller chirality on the diphenylamine moieties at the end of each AXF-169'. The application of FRA for the analysis of the TPCD spectra of large chiral molecules has been proven to be effective. PMID:23937607

  17. Proteolytically-induced changes of secondary structural protein conformation of bovine serum albumin monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and UV-circular dichroism spectroscopy

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    Güler, Günnur; Vorob'ev, Mikhail M.; Vogel, Vitali; Mäntele, Werner

    2016-05-01

    Enzymatically-induced degradation of bovine serum albumin (BSA) by serine proteases (trypsin and α-chymotrypsin) in various concentrations was monitored by means of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and ultraviolet circular dichroism (UV-CD) spectroscopy. In this study, the applicability of both spectroscopies to monitor the proteolysis process in real time has been proven, by tracking the spectral changes together with secondary structure analysis of BSA as proteolysis proceeds. On the basis of the FTIR spectra and the changes in the amide I band region, we suggest the progression of proteolysis process via conversion of α-helices (1654 cm- 1) into unordered structures and an increase in the concentration of free carboxylates (absorption of 1593 and 1402 cm- 1). For the first time, the correlation between the degree of hydrolysis and the concentration of carboxylic groups measured by FTIR spectroscopy was revealed as well. The far UV-CD spectra together with their secondary structure analysis suggest that the α-helical content decreases concomitant with an increase in the unordered structure. Both spectroscopic techniques also demonstrate that there are similar but less spectral changes of BSA for the trypsin attack than for α-chymotrypsin although the substrate/enzyme ratio is taken the same.

  18. Disentanglement of magnetic contributions in multi-component systems by using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at a single absorption edge.

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    Chaboy, Jesús; Laguna-Marco, María Angeles; Piquer, Cristina; Boada, Roberto; Maruyama, Hiroshi; Kawamura, Naomi

    2008-09-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) has become in recent years an outstanding tool for studying magnetism. Its element specificity, inherent to core-level spectroscopy, combined with the application of magneto-optical sum rules allows quantitative magnetic measurements at the atomic level. These capabilities are now incorporated as a standard tool for studying the localized magnetism in many systems. However, the application of XMCD to the study of the conduction-band magnetism is not so straightforward. Here, it is shown that the atomic selectivity is not lost when XMCD probes the delocalized states. On the contrary, it provides a direct way of disentangling the magnetic contributions to the conduction band coming from the different elements in the material. This is demonstrated by monitoring the temperature dependence of the XMCD spectra recorded at the rare-earth L(2)-edge in the case of RT(2) (R = rare-earth, T = 3d transition metal) materials. These results open the possibility of performing element-specific magnetometry by using a single X-ray absorption edge.

  19. The conformational changes of apocytochrome c upon binding to phospholipid vesicles and micelles of phospholipid based detergents: a circular dichroism study.

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    de Jongh, H H; de Kruijff, B

    1990-11-01

    The influence of lipid aggregates on the secondary structure of the mitochondrial precursor protein apocytochrome c was investigated by circular dichroism techniques. A conformational change of the protein from a random coil to partially alpha-helical structures was observed upon binding to negatively charged DOPS SUVs. Also DOPC SUVs showed to induce such a conformational change, but to a lesser extent. The detergents decyl-, lauryl and myristoyl-phosphoglycol or -phosphocholine, were synthesized as micel forming phospholipid analogs and are shown to mimic the phospholipids well in their ability to induce alpha-helices in the protein. A full assignment of the regions where the possible alpha-helices are formed is proposed by making use of derived fragments of apocytochrome c, prediction methods and the known X-ray structure of cytochrome c. Besides a helix at the N-terminus (residues 1-22) and at the C-terminal part (residues 80-101), two regions in the middle section (residues 49-54 and 59-70) are suggested to be helical. It is inferred that the two cysteines in the positions 14 an 17 at the N-terminal part are facing in the same direction, which could facilitate the covalent attachment of the heme group to the precursor in the translocation process.

  20. Mulliken Population Analysis of X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism in Uranium Monochalcogenides: Examination of Sum Rules by Fully Relativistic Full-Potential LCAO Method

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    Suzuki, Shugo; Ariizumi, Toshihiro; Li, Ming-Fang

    2009-07-01

    We study the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectra at the U M4,5 and N4,5 edges of uranium monochalcogenides, UX where X=S, Se, and Te, examining the applicability of the XMCD sum rules to UX by the fully relativistic full-potential linear-combination-of-atomic-orbitals (LCAO) method based on the density functional theory. To extract the transitions relevant to the sum-rule analysis, we employ the Mulliken population analysis (MPA). Using the MPA, the orbital sum rule is found to be valid to 10-20% for the M4,5 edges and valid to 5-15% for the N4,5 edges. On the other hand, the spin sum rule is found to be valid to 10-20% for the M4,5 edges whereas valid to 30-35% for the N4,5 edges. Furthermore, it is found that the calculated XMCD spectra are consistent with a recent experimental observation that the intensity of the N4,5 XMCD signal is comparable to that of the M4,5 XMCD signal although contradicting a previous theoretical prediction that the XMCD intensity at the N4,5 edges is one order of magnitude smaller than that at the M4,5 edges.

  1. Orbital and spin moments of 5 to 11 nm Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles measured via x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Cai, Y. P.; Chesnel, K. Trevino, M.; Westover, A.; Turley, S.; Harrison, R. G.; Hancock, J. M.; Scherz, A.; Reid, A.; Wu, B.; Graves, C.; Wang, T.; Liu, T.; Dürr, H.

    2014-05-07

    The orbital and spin contributions to the magnetic moment of Fe in Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were measured using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). Nanoparticles of different sizes, ranging from 5 to 11 nm, were fabricated via organic methods and their magnetic behavior was characterized by vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). An XMCD signal was measured for three different samples at 300 K and 80 K. The extracted values for the orbital and spin contributions to the magnetic moment showed a quenching of the orbital moment and a large spin moment. The calculated spin moments appear somewhat reduced compared to the value expected for bulk Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. The spin moments measured at 80 K are larger than at 300 K for all the samples, revealing significant thermal fluctuations effects in the nanoparticle assemblies. The measured spin moment is reduced for the smallest nanoparticles, suggesting that the magnetic properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles could be altered when their size reaches a few nanometers.

  2. Origin-independent sum over states simulations of magnetic and electronic circular dichroism spectra via the localized orbital/local origin method.

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    Štěpánek, Petr; Bouř, Petr

    2015-04-15

    Although electronic and magnetic circular dichroism (ECD, MCD) spectra reveal valuable details about molecular geometry and electronic structure, quantum-chemical simulations significantly facilitate their interpretation. However, the simulated results may depend on the choice of coordinate origin. Previously (Štěpánek and Bouř, J. Comput. Chem. 2013, 34, 1531), the sum-over-states (SOS) methodology was found useful for efficient MCD computations. Approximate wave functions were "resolved" using time-dependent density functional theory, and the origin-dependence was avoided by placing the origin to the center of mass of the investigated molecule. In this study, a more elegant way is proposed, based on the localized orbital/local origin (LORG) formalism, and a similar approach is also applied to generate ECD intensities. The LORG-like approach yields fully origin-independent ECD and MCD spectra. The results thus indicate that the computationally relatively cheap SOS simulations open a new way of modeling molecular properties, including those involving the origin-dependent magnetic dipole moment operator. PMID:25662937

  3. Application of supervised Kohonen map and counter propagation neural network for classification of nucleic acid structures based on their circular dichroism spectra

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    Ghobadi, Mohadeseh Zarei; Kompany-Zareh, Mohsen

    2014-11-01

    One of the most popular instrumental methods to detect the DNA structure is circular dichroism. Specific experimental conditions are required to form different structures of DNA. However, there is the possibility of different structures establishing in the similar circumstance. So, methods development to improve the classification and prediction of structures using their spectra information are needed. To this end, we applied unsupervised (PCA) and supervised (PLS-DA, SKN, and CPNN) approaches to classify CD spectra dataset of different DNA sequences (random coil (ss-DNA), duplex, hairpin, reversed and normal triplex, parallel and antiparallel G-quadruplex, and i-motif). The main part of this work concentrates on the application of artificial neural networks and weight analysis to obtain more classification and prediction accuracy. For this purpose, the trained network was run 10 times, and the average weights were taken. Also, weight analysis was done for the prediction of mixture samples include different structures. The results prove that new method of weights analysis based on SKN and CPNN is useful for classification of complicated data such as different types of DNA structures.

  4. Direct observation of ferromagnetism in grain boundary phase of Nd-Fe-B sintered magnet using soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Nakamura, T.; Yasui, A.; Kotani, Y.; Iwai, H.; Akiya, T.; Ohkubo, T.; Hono, K.; Hirosawa, S.; Gohda, Y.

    2014-11-17

    We have investigated the magnetism of the grain boundary (GB) phase in a Nd{sub 14.0}Fe{sub 79.7}Cu{sub 0.1}B{sub 6.2} sintered magnet using soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the Fe L{sub 2,3}-edges. Soft XMCD spectra were measured from the fractured surface that was confirmed to be covered with a thin GB phase by Auger electron spectroscopy. The magnetic moment of Fe in the GB phase was estimated to be m{sub GB}=1.4 μ{sub B} at 30 °C using the sum rule analysis for XMCD spectra, which is 60% of that of Fe in the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B compound. The temperature dependence of m{sub GB} evaluated with reference to Fe in the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase indicated that the Curie temperature of the GB phase is more than 50 °C lower compared to that of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B.

  5. Ab initio calculations of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectra within the projector augmented wave method: An implementation into the VASP code

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    Dixit, Anant; Alouani, M.

    2016-10-01

    X-ray absorption and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) are very powerful tools for probing the orbital and spin moments of each atomic species orbital of magnetic materials. In this work, we present the implementation of a module for computing the X-ray absorption and XMCD spectra into the VASP code. We provide a derivation of the absorption cross-section in the electric dipole approximation. The matrix elements, which make up the X-ray absorption cross-section for a given polarization of light, are then computed using either the momentum operator p or the position operator r, within the projector augmented wave method. The core electrons are described using the relativistic basis-set whereas for the valence electrons, the spin-orbit coupling is added perturbatively to the semi-relativistic Hamiltonian. We show that both the p and the r implementations lead to the same results. The results for the K-edge and L23-edges of bcc-iron are then computed and compared to experiment.

  6. Local electronic states of Fe{sub 4}N films revealed by x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Ito, Keita; Toko, Kaoru; Suemasu, Takashi; Takeda, Yukiharu; Saitoh, Yuji; Oguchi, Tamio; Kimura, Akio

    2015-05-21

    We performed x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements at Fe L{sub 2,3} and N K-edges for Fe{sub 4}N epitaxial films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. In order to clarify the element specific local electronic structure of Fe{sub 4}N, we compared experimentally obtained XAS and XMCD spectra with those simulated by a combination of a first-principles calculation and Fermi's golden rule. We revealed that the shoulders observed at Fe L{sub 2,3}-edges in the XAS and XMCD spectra were due to the electric dipole transition from the Fe 2p core-level to the hybridization state generated by σ* anti-bonding between the orbitals of N 2p at the body-centered site and Fe 3d on the face-centered (II) sites. Thus, the observed shoulders were attributed to the local electronic structure of Fe atoms at II sites. As to the N K-edge, the line shape of the obtained spectra was explained by the dipole transition from the N 1s core-level to the hybridization state formed by π* and σ* anti-bondings between the Fe 3d and N 2p orbitals. This hybridization plays an important role in featuring the electronic structures and physical properties of Fe{sub 4}N.

  7. Infrared and circular dichroism spectroscopic characterisation of secondary structure components of a water treatment coagulant protein extracted from Moringa oleifera seeds.

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    Kwaambwa, H M; Maikokera, R

    2008-06-15

    The secondary structure of a water treatment coagulant protein extracted from Moringa oleifera (MO) seeds has been investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in the dried state, and by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. The FTIR and CD spectra indicate that the secondary structure of the protein is dominated by alpha-helix. The FTIR spectrum recorded two distinct and strong absorption bands at 1656 cm(-1) and 1542 cm(-1), in the usual range of absorption of helices of proteins. The CD spectrum showed the shape of mainly alpha-helical secondary structure (estimated to be 58+/-4%) characteristic of negative ellipticity bands near 222 nm and 208 nm and a positive band at 192 nm. The beta-sheet structure composition was estimated to be 10+/-3% whereas unordered structures were around 33%. Changes in solution pH affected the protein secondary structure significantly only at pH values above 10, as indicated by CD spectra, whereas ionic strength had minimal effect. CD data also showed that sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) interacts with the coagulant protein and modifies the protein conformation. The surfactant-induced conformational change of the coagulant protein was confirmed by quenching of tryptophan fluorescence of the protein. PMID:18296034

  8. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism on La2/3Ca1/3Mn0.97Fe0.03O3 thin films

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    Figueroa, Adriana I.; Campillo, Gloria E.; Baker, Alexander A.; Osorio, Jaime A.; Arnache, Oscar L.; van der Laan, Gerrit

    2015-11-01

    The element-selective technique of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) has been used to study the magnetic properties of La2/3Ca1/3Mn0.97Fe0.03O3 (LCMFO) thin films. XMCD measurements below the ferromagnetic ordering temperature at the Mn and Fe L2,3 absorption edges allow the determination of the contributions and relative orientations of the Mn and Fe magnetic moments. A reduction in the Mn L2,3 XMCD signal of the LCMFO sample compared to that for the parent La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO) system reveals important modifications in the electronic and magnetic properties with the presence of Fe. The Fe L2,3 X-ray absorption (XAS) for the LCMFO film is characteristic of Fe3+, and the comparison with multiplet calculations shows that the Fe dopants occupy octahedral sites in the crystal, which is consistent with Fe3+ substituting Mn3+ in LCMO. The magnetic moments of Mn and Fe are found to align antiparallel, which suggests the presence of Mn-O-Fe superexchange coupling. This result is consistent with macroscopic magnetometry measurements on the LCMFO system, which show a decrease in saturation magnetization of LCMO with Fe doping.

  9. Structural study of hNck2 SH3 domain protein in solution by circular dichroism and X-ray solution scattering.

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    Matsumura, Yoshitaka; Shinjo, Masaji; Matsui, Tsutomu; Ichimura, Kaoru; Song, Jianxing; Kihara, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    We have done conformational study of hNck2 SH3 domain by means of far-ultraviolet (far-UV) circular dichroism (CD) and X-ray solution scattering (XSS). The results indicated that the following: (1) hNck2 SH3 domain protein exhibited concentration dependent monomer-dimer transition at neutral pH, while the secondary structure of this protein was independent of the protein concentration. (2) The hNck2 SH3 domain also exhibited pH dependent monomer-dimer transition. This monomer-dimer transition was accompanied with helix-β transition of the secondary structural change. Moreover, the acid-induced conformation, which was previously studied by Liu and Song by CD and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), was found to be not compact, but the conformation of the protein at acidic pH was similar to the cold denatured state (C-state) reported by Yamada et al. for equine β-lactoglobulin. We calculated that a structure of the equilibrium helix-rich intermediate of the hNck2 SH3 domain by DAMMIF program.

  10. Structural study of hNck2 SH3 domain protein in solution by circular dichroism and X-ray solution scattering

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    Matsumura, Yoshitaka; Shinjo, Masaji; Matsui, Tsutomu; Ichimura, Kaoru; Song, Jianxing; Kihara, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    We have done conformational study of hNck2 SH3 domain by means of far-ultraviolet (far-UV) circular dichroism (CD) and X-ray solution scattering (XSS). The results indicated that the following: (1) hNck2 SH3 domain protein exhibited concentration dependent monomer–dimer transition at neutral pH, while the secondary structure of this protein was independent of the protein concentration. (2) The hNck2 SH3 domain also exhibited pH dependent monomer–dimer transition. This monomer–dimer transition was accompanied with helix-β transition of the secondary structural change. Moreover, the acid-induced conformation, which was previously studied by Liu and Song by CD and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), was found to be not compact, but the conformation of the protein at acidic pH was similar to the cold denatured state (C-state) reported by Yamada et al. for equine β-lactoglobulin. We calculated that a structure of the equilibrium helix-rich intermediate of the hNck2 SH3 domain by DAMMIF program. PMID:23524290

  11. Residual structures in the unfolded state of starch-binding domain of glucoamylase revealed by near-UV circular dichroism and protein engineering techniques.

    PubMed

    Ota, Chiaki; Ikeguchi, Masamichi; Tanaka, Akiyoshi; Hamada, Daizo

    2016-10-01

    Protein folding is a thermodynamic process driven by energy gaps between the native and unfolded states. Although a wealth of information is available on the structure of folded species, there is a paucity of data on unfolded species. Here, we analyzed the structural properties of the unfolded state of the starch-binding domain of glucoamylase from Aspergillus niger (SBD) formed in the presence of guanidinium hydrochloride (GuHCl). Although far-UV CD and intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence spectra as well as small angle X-ray scattering suggested that SBD assumes highly unfolded structures in the presence of GuHCl, near-UV circular dichroism of wild-type SBD suggested the presence of residual structures in the unfolded state. Analyses of the unfolded states of tryptophan mutants (W543L, W563A, W590A and W615L) using Similarity Parameter, a modified version of root mean square deviation as a measure of similarity between two spectra, suggested that W543 and W563 have preferences to form native-like residual structures in the GuHCl-unfolded state. In contrast, W615 was entirely unstructured, while W590 tended to form non-native ordered structures in the unfolded state. These data and the amino acid sequence of SBD suggest that local structural propensities in the unfolded state can be determined by the probability of the presence of hydrophobic or charged residues nearby tryptophan residues. PMID:27164491

  12. Measurement of the transmission magnetic circular dichroism of Ga1-xMnxAs epilayers using a built-in p-i-n photodiode

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    He, Z. X.; Zheng, H. Z.; Wang, H. L.; Zhao, J. H.

    2014-02-01

    By constructing a GaMnAs epilayer/semi-insulating In0.2Ga0.8As/(001) n+-GaAs substrate layer structure as a built-in p-i-n photodiode, we developed a scheme for on-chip measurements of transmission magnetic circular dichroism (T-MCD). Both the hysteresis loops in the magnetic field sweeps and the wavelength scans at saturated magnetic fields measured using the new T-MCD scheme, illustrated the same features as those previously measured on the freestanding GaMnAs thin films by conventional T-MCD. Because a large group of epitaxially grown magnetic film/semiconductor heterostructures, such as Fe, NiFe, CoFeAl, and MnGa films on semiconductor substrates, are becoming important new building blocks for semiconductor-based spin field-effect transistor, perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (p-MTJ) and lateral MTJ devices, the new T-MCD scheme can be applied to tests of their magnetic properties by forming either p-i-n or Schottky photodiodes.

  13. Measuring magnetisation reversal in micron-sized Nd2Fe14B single crystals by microbeam x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Sugawara, Akira; Ueda, Kazuhiro; Nakayama, T.; Lee, N.; Yamamoto, H.

    2016-10-01

    Magnetisation reversal of micron-sized Nd2Fe14B single crystals with magnetisation as weak as 10-9 emu (1 µm size) was studied. Single-crystal specimens (cylinders with diameter and height of 1 to 6 µm) were prepared by focused-ion beam so that both the magnetic easy and hard axes were included in the basal plane. Their magnetic hysteresis loops were measured when they were rotated with respect to the cylindrical axis by using microbeam hard-x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) under transmission geometry. It was found that coercivity is inversely proportional to the cosine of the angle between the magnetocrystalline easy axis and magnetic-field direction and that the magnetisation reversal is dominated by domain-wall pinning in two different modes. One is related to penetration of the reversed domain nucleated in a subsurface soft layer into the bulk hard phase, of which the hysteresis loops exhibit a single-stage abrupt jump in magnetization. The other mode is pinning of the walls within the bulk grain, of which the hysteresis loops exhibit a plateau. The multi-domain structure associated with the pinning was confirmed by XMCD mapping. The proposed method fills the gap between conventional bulk magnetic measurement and submicron-scale electrical-transport measurement for nanofabricated thin films and/or fine particles. It is expected to provide new insights into elemental magnetisation processes in micron-scale regions.

  14. Ab initio ground state and L{sub 2,3} x-ray magnetic circular dichroism of Mn-based Heusler alloys

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    Galanakis, I.; Ostanin, S.; Alouani, M.; Dreysse, H.; Wills, J. M.

    2000-02-01

    Relativistic full-potential calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for a series of Mn-based Heusler alloys are presented. Calculated equilibrium lattice parameters deviate less than 1.2% from the experimental values. The main features of a half metallic system are present in the density of states for the PtMnSb and NiMnSb. We predict that PdMnSb shows half metallic character under hydrostatic pressure. The substitution of Sb in PtMnSb by Sn or Te destroys the minority spin band gap. Spin and orbital magnetic moments for all the systems are in good agreement with previous calculations and experimental data. L{sub 2,3} x-ray absorption and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectra are calculated for all the five compounds. Pt spectra present big deviations from system to system in the PtMnY (Y=Sn,Sb,Te) compounds while Mn spectra show only small deviations. For all these spectra GGA underestimates the L{sub 3}/L{sub 2} integrated branching ratio and produces a much smaller L{sub 2} peak intensity for the Ni site in NiMnSb. The XMCD sum rules are used to compute the spin and orbital magnetic moments and the results are compared to the direct calculations. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  15. Theoretical study of magnetic properties and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism of the ordered Fe{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 0.5} alloy

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    Galanakis, I.; Ostanin, S.; Alouani, M.; Dreysse, H.; Wills, J. M.

    2000-01-01

    A detailed theoretical study of magnetic and structural properties of Fe{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 0.5} ordered face-centered tetragonal (fct) alloy, using both the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), is presented. The total energy surface as a function of the lattice parameters a and c shows a long valley where stable structures may exist. Our calculation using the GGA predicts a magnetic phase transition from perpendicular to parallel magnetization as a function of the lattice parameter, whereas LSDA favors always the [001] magnetization axis for all values of the lattice parameters. The spin and orbital magnetic moments and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectra are calculated for the easy [001] and the hard [100] magnetization axis and for three sets of experimental lattice parameters, and are compared to the available experimental results on these films. A supercell calculation for a 4 monolayer Fe{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 0.5} thin film produced similar results. While the spin magnetic moments are in fair agreement with experiment, the orbital magnetic moments are considerably underestimated. To improve the agreement with experiment we included an atomic orbital polarization term; however, the computed orbital moments scarcely changed. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  16. Residual structures in the unfolded state of starch-binding domain of glucoamylase revealed by near-UV circular dichroism and protein engineering techniques.

    PubMed

    Ota, Chiaki; Ikeguchi, Masamichi; Tanaka, Akiyoshi; Hamada, Daizo

    2016-10-01

    Protein folding is a thermodynamic process driven by energy gaps between the native and unfolded states. Although a wealth of information is available on the structure of folded species, there is a paucity of data on unfolded species. Here, we analyzed the structural properties of the unfolded state of the starch-binding domain of glucoamylase from Aspergillus niger (SBD) formed in the presence of guanidinium hydrochloride (GuHCl). Although far-UV CD and intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence spectra as well as small angle X-ray scattering suggested that SBD assumes highly unfolded structures in the presence of GuHCl, near-UV circular dichroism of wild-type SBD suggested the presence of residual structures in the unfolded state. Analyses of the unfolded states of tryptophan mutants (W543L, W563A, W590A and W615L) using Similarity Parameter, a modified version of root mean square deviation as a measure of similarity between two spectra, suggested that W543 and W563 have preferences to form native-like residual structures in the GuHCl-unfolded state. In contrast, W615 was entirely unstructured, while W590 tended to form non-native ordered structures in the unfolded state. These data and the amino acid sequence of SBD suggest that local structural propensities in the unfolded state can be determined by the probability of the presence of hydrophobic or charged residues nearby tryptophan residues.

  17. Quantitative analysis of magnetic spin and orbital moments from an oxidized iron (1 1 0) surface using electron magnetic circular dichroism

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    Thersleff, Thomas; Rusz, Jan; Rubino, Stefano; Hjörvarsson, Björgvin; Ito, Yasuo; J. Zaluzec, Nestor; Leifer, Klaus

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the ramifications of reduced crystalline symmetry on magnetic behavior is a critical step in improving our understanding of nanoscale and interfacial magnetism. However, investigations of such effects are often controversial largely due to the challenges inherent in directly correlating nanoscale stoichiometry and structure to magnetic behavior. Here, we describe how to use Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) to obtain Electron Magnetic Circular Dichroism (EMCD) signals as a function of scattering angle to locally probe the magnetic behavior of thin oxide layers grown on an Fe (1 1 0) surface. Experiments and simulations both reveal a strong dependence of the magnetic orbital to spin ratio on its scattering vector in reciprocal space. We exploit this variation to extract the magnetic properties of the oxide cladding layer, showing that it locally may exhibit an enhanced orbital to spin moment ratio. This finding is supported here by both spatially and angularly resolved EMCD measurements, opening up the way for compelling investigations into how magnetic properties are affected by nanoscale features. PMID:26278134

  18. Comparative study of optical absorption and circular dichroism of bacteriochlorophyll oligomers in Triton X-100, the antenna pigment B850, and the primary donor P-860 of photosynthetic bacteria indicates that all are similar dimers of bacteriochlorophyll a

    PubMed Central

    Scherz, A.; Rosenbach-Belkin, V.

    1989-01-01

    Dimers of bacteriochlorophyll a (Bchla) with optical absorption maximum at 853 nm and a nonconservative circular dichroism spectrum are formed in a solution of formamide/water that contains micelles of Triton X-100. The apparent equilibrium constant and the corresponding Gibbs energy change for the Bchl self-organization are 4.9 × 106 M-1 and -9.2 kcal/mol, respectively. The experimental absorption and circular dichroism spectra of the in vitro Bchl dimer (termed Bchl-853) are similar to the spectra of the bacterial light-harvesting complex B850 and the primary electron donor P-860 and probably point to a common structural motif. Indeed, simulation of the dimers' spectra (optical absorption and circular dichroism), achieved by using an extended version of the exciton theory, suggests the same geometry as recently elucidated for P-860 by x-ray diffraction crystallography. The proposed geometry is predicted to have the minimum energy in the gas phase. In conclusion, the spectral properties of the bathochromically shifted forms of Bchla are likely a result of strong dipolar interactions in self-organized structures of Bchls. PMID:16578840

  19. Controlled cobalt doping in the spinel structure of magnetosome magnetite: new evidences from element- and site-specific X-ray magnetic circular dichroism analyses.

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    Li, Jinhua; Menguy, Nicolas; Arrio, Marie-Anne; Sainctavit, Philippe; Juhin, Amélie; Wang, Yinzhao; Chen, Haitao; Bunau, Oana; Otero, Edwige; Ohresser, Philippe; Pan, Yongxin

    2016-08-01

    The biomineralization of magnetite nanocrystals (called magnetosomes) by magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) has attracted intense interest in biology, geology and materials science due to the precise morphology of the particles, the chain-like assembly and their unique magnetic properties. Great efforts have been recently made in producing transition metal-doped magnetosomes with modified magnetic properties for a range of applications. Despite some successful outcomes, the coordination chemistry and magnetism of such metal-doped magnetosomes still remain largely unknown. Here, we present new evidences from X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) for element- and site-specific magnetic analyses that cobalt is incorporated in the spinel structure of the magnetosomes within Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 through the replacement of Fe(2+) ions by Co(2+) ions in octahedral (Oh) sites of magnetite. Both XMCD at Fe and Co L2,3 edges, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy on transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal a heterogeneous distribution of cobalt occurring either in different particles or inside individual particles. Compared with non-doped one, cobalt-doped magnetosome sample has lower Verwey transition temperature and larger magnetic coercivity, related to the amount of doped cobalt. This study also demonstrates that the addition of trace cobalt in the growth medium can significantly improve both the cell growth and the magnetosome formation within M. magneticum AMB-1. Together with the cobalt occupancy within the spinel structure of magnetosomes, this study indicates that MTB may provide a promising biomimetic system for producing chains of metal-doped single-domain magnetite with an appropriate tuning of the magnetic properties for technological and biomedical applications. PMID:27512138

  20. Characterization of the binding of metoprolol tartrate and guaifenesin drugs to human serum albumin and human hemoglobin proteins by fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Duman, Osman; Tunç, Sibel; Kancı Bozoğlan, Bahar

    2013-07-01

    The interactions of metoprolol tartrate (MPT) and guaifenesin (GF) drugs with human serum albumin (HSA) and human hemoglobin (HMG) proteins at pH 7.4 were studied by fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Drugs quenched the fluorescence spectra of HSA and HMG proteins through a static quenching mechanism. For each protein-drug system, the values of Stern-Volmer quenching constant, bimolecular quenching constant, binding constant and number of binding site on the protein molecules were determined at 288.15, 298.15, 310.15 and 318.15 K. It was found that the binding constants of HSA-MPT and HSA-GF systems were smaller than those of HMG-MPT and HMG-GF systems. For both drugs, the affinity of HMG was much higher than that of HSA. An increase in temperature caused a negative effect on the binding reactions. The number of binding site on blood proteins for MPT and GF drugs was approximately one. Thermodynamic parameters showed that MPT interacted with HSA through electrostatic attraction forces. However, hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces were the main interaction forces in the formation of HSA-GF, HMG-MPT and HMG-GF complexes. The binding processes between protein and drug molecules were exothermic and spontaneous owing to negative ∆H and ∆G values, respectively. The values of binding distance between protein and drug molecules were calculated from Förster resonance energy transfer theory. It was found from CD analysis that the bindings of MPT and GF drugs to HSA and HMG proteins altered the secondary structure of HSA and HMG proteins. PMID:23471625

  1. Towards an exact theory of linear absorbance and circular dichroism of pigment-protein complexes: Importance of non-secular contributions

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    Dinh, Thanh-Chung; Renger, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    A challenge for the theory of optical spectra of pigment-protein complexes is the equal strength of the pigment-pigment and the pigment-protein couplings. Treating both on an equal footing so far can only be managed by numerically costly approaches. Here, we exploit recent results on a normal mode analysis derived spectral density that revealed the dominance of the diagonal matrix elements of the exciton-vibrational coupling in the exciton state representation. We use a cumulant expansion technique that treats the diagonal parts exactly, includes an infinite summation of the off-diagonal parts in secular and Markov approximations, and provides a systematic perturbative way to include non-secular and non-Markov corrections. The theory is applied to a model dimer and to chlorophyll (Chl) a and Chl b homodimers of the reconstituted water-soluble chlorophyll-binding protein (WSCP) from cauliflower. The model calculations reveal that the non-secular/non-Markov effects redistribute oscillator strength from the strong to the weak exciton transition in absorbance and they diminish the rotational strength of the exciton transitions in circular dichroism. The magnitude of these corrections is in a few percent range of the overall signal, providing a quantitative explanation of the success of time-local convolution-less density matrix theory applied earlier. A close examination of the optical spectra of Chl a and Chl b homodimers in WSCP suggests that the opening angle between Qy transition dipole moments in Chl b homodimers is larger by about 9∘ than for Chl a homodimers for which a crystal structure of a related WSCP complex exists. It remains to be investigated whether this change is due to a different mutual geometry of the pigments or due to the different electronic structures of Chl a and Chl b.

  2. Kramers-Kronig transformation of experimental electronic circular dichroism: application to the analysis of optical rotatory dispersion in dimethyl-L-tartrate.

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    Polavarapu, Prasad L; Petrovic, Ana G; Zhang, Peng

    2006-09-01

    When a limited region of the experimental electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectrum is subjected to Kramers-Kronig (KK) transformation, the resulting optical rotatory dispersion (ORD) may or may not reproduce the experimentally measured ORD in the long-wavelength nonresonant region. If the KK transform of experimentally measured ECD in a limited wavelength region reproduces the experimentally measured ORD in the long-wavelength nonresonant region, then that observation indicates that the ORD in the long-wavelength nonresonant region should be satisfactorily predicted from the correspondingly limited number of electronic transitions in a reliable quantum mechanical calculation. On the other hand, if the KK transform of experimentally measured ECD in a limited region does not reproduce the experimentally measured ORD in the long-wavelength nonresonant region, then it should be possible to identify the ECD bands in the shorter wavelength region that are responsible for the differences between experimentally observed ORD and KK-transformed ECD. This approach helps to identify the role of ECD associated with higher energy-excited states in the nature of ORD in the long-wavelength nonresonant region. These concepts are demonstrated here by measuring the experimental ECD and ORD for dimethyl-L-tartrate in different solvents. While ECD spectra of dimethyl-L-tartrate in different solvents show little variation, ORD spectra in the long-wavelength nonresonant region show marked solvent dependence. These observations are explained using the difference between experimental ORD and KK-transformed ECD. Quantum mechanical predictions of ECD and ORD are also presented for isolated (R, R)-dimethyl tartrate at the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ level.

  3. Infrared, vibrational circular dichroism, and Raman spectral simulations for β-sheet structures with various isotopic labels, interstrand, and stacking arrangements using density functional theory.

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    Welch, William R W; Kubelka, Jan; Keiderling, Timothy A

    2013-09-12

    Infrared (IR), Raman, and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectral variations for different β-sheet structures were studied using simulations based on density functional theory (DFT) force field and intensity computations. The DFT vibrational parameters were obtained for β-sheet fragments containing nine-amides and constrained to a variety of conformations and strand arrangements. These were subsequently transferred onto corresponding larger β-sheet models, normally consisting of five strands with ten amides each, for spectral simulations. Further extension to fibril models composed of multiple stacked β-sheets was achieved by combining the transfer of DFT parameters for each sheet with dipole coupling methods for interactions between sheets. IR spectra of the amide I show different splitting patterns for parallel and antiparallel β-sheets, and their VCD, in the absence of intersheet stacking, have distinct sign variations. Isotopic labeling by (13)C of selected residues yields spectral shifts and intensity changes uniquely sensitive to relative alignment of strands (registry) for antiparallel sheets. Stacking of multiple planar sheets maintains the qualitative spectral character of the single sheet but evidences some reduction in the exciton splitting of the amide I mode. Rotating sheets with respect to each other leads to a significant VCD enhancement, whose sign pattern and intensity is dependent on the handedness and degree of rotation. For twisted β-sheets, a significant VCD enhancement is computed even for sheets stacked with either the same or opposite alignments and the inter-sheet rotation, depending on the sense, can either further increase or weaken the enhanced VCD intensity. In twisted, stacked structures (without rotation), similar VCD amide I patterns (positive couplets) are predicted for both parallel and antiparallel sheets, but different IR intensity distributions still enable their differentiation. Our simulation results prove useful

  4. Controlled cobalt doping in the spinel structure of magnetosome magnetite: new evidences from element- and site-specific X-ray magnetic circular dichroism analyses.

    PubMed

    Li, Jinhua; Menguy, Nicolas; Arrio, Marie-Anne; Sainctavit, Philippe; Juhin, Amélie; Wang, Yinzhao; Chen, Haitao; Bunau, Oana; Otero, Edwige; Ohresser, Philippe; Pan, Yongxin

    2016-08-01

    The biomineralization of magnetite nanocrystals (called magnetosomes) by magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) has attracted intense interest in biology, geology and materials science due to the precise morphology of the particles, the chain-like assembly and their unique magnetic properties. Great efforts have been recently made in producing transition metal-doped magnetosomes with modified magnetic properties for a range of applications. Despite some successful outcomes, the coordination chemistry and magnetism of such metal-doped magnetosomes still remain largely unknown. Here, we present new evidences from X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) for element- and site-specific magnetic analyses that cobalt is incorporated in the spinel structure of the magnetosomes within Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 through the replacement of Fe(2+) ions by Co(2+) ions in octahedral (Oh) sites of magnetite. Both XMCD at Fe and Co L2,3 edges, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy on transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal a heterogeneous distribution of cobalt occurring either in different particles or inside individual particles. Compared with non-doped one, cobalt-doped magnetosome sample has lower Verwey transition temperature and larger magnetic coercivity, related to the amount of doped cobalt. This study also demonstrates that the addition of trace cobalt in the growth medium can significantly improve both the cell growth and the magnetosome formation within M. magneticum AMB-1. Together with the cobalt occupancy within the spinel structure of magnetosomes, this study indicates that MTB may provide a promising biomimetic system for producing chains of metal-doped single-domain magnetite with an appropriate tuning of the magnetic properties for technological and biomedical applications.

  5. Combination of chemometrically assisted voltammetry, calorimetry, and circular dichroism as a new method for the study of bioinorganic substances: application to selenocystine metal complexes.

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    Gusmão, Rui; Prohens, Rafel; Díaz-Cruz, José Manuel; Ariño, Cristina; Esteban, Miquel

    2012-02-01

    Selenium-containing compounds play an important role in antioxidant defense systems, binding to toxic metals, preventing their uptake into cells, and thus protecting cells from metal-induced formation of reactive oxygen species. Here, we present a proposal for a relatively new method as a complement to the more usual methods used in selenium studies. A systematic study of the metal-binding properties of selenocystine (SeCyst) in the presence of divalent metal cations (Cd, Co, Hg, Ni, and Zn) is reported. Isothermal titration calorimetry provides thermodynamic parameters of the systems. Titrations produced curves that could be fit reasonably well to the one set of sites model. The data clearly demonstrate that one M(2+) binds one SeCyst molecule, and the stable M(SeCyst) complex is formed under these conditions. The order of the SeCyst binding constant for the metal ions is Hg(2+) > Cd(2+) ~ Zn(2+) > Ni(2+)> Co(2+). Cadmium ion was selected as a modulator for the behavior of SeCyst in the presence of a nonessential metal, and zinc was selected for the case of an essential element. These interactions of SeCyst with Cd(2+) and Zn(2+), either individually or combined, were studied in aqueous buffered solutions at physiological pH by differential pulse polarography and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Furthermore, recently developed chemometric tools were applied to differential pulse polarography data obtained in mixtures of SeCyst and glutathione in the presence of Cd(2+) at physiological pH. PMID:22015398

  6. Structural properties of the putative fusion peptide of hepatitis B virus upon interaction with phospholipids. Circular dichroism and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy studies.

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    Rodríguez-Crespo, I; Gómez-Gutiérrez, J; Encinar, J A; González-Ros, J M; Albar, J P; Peterson, D L; Gavilanes, F

    1996-12-01

    A peptide corresponding to the N-terminal sequence of the S protein from hepatitis B virus (Met-Glu-Asn-Ile-Thr-Ser-Gly-Phe-Leu-Gly-Pro-Leu-Leu-Val-Leu-Gln) has been previously shown to interact with phospholipids and promote vesicle aggregation, phospholipid mixing, and liposome leakage, as well as erythrocyte lysis [Rodríguez-Crespo, I., Núñez, E., Gómez-Gutiérrez, J., Yélamos, B., Albar, J. P., Peterson, D. L. & Gavilanes, F. (1995) J. Gen. Virol. 76, 301-308]. The conformation of this putative fusion peptide has been studied, both at low and high peptide concentrations, by means of circular dichroism and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, respectively. When the peptide is dissolved in trifluoroethanol, a significant population of alpha-helical structure is found in spite of the proline residue at position 11. In contrast, this hydrophobic oligopeptide has a high tendency to form large beta-sheet aggregates in aqueous buffers. Most of these aggregates can be eliminated by centrifugation. The peptide remaining in the supernatant adopts a non-ordered conformation. The aggregates can be dissociated by the anionic detergent sodium cholate, but the peptide still maintains an extended conformation. In the presence of acidic phospholipid vesicles, the putative fusion peptide adopts a highly stable beta-sheet conformation. Thus, unlike the fusion peptides of other viruses, an extended conformation seems to be the preferred structure when interacting with phospholipids. Such a conformation should be responsible for its membrane destabilization properties.

  7. Real time observation of proteolysis with Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and UV-circular dichroism spectroscopy: Watching a protease eat a protein

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    Güler, Günnur; Džafić, Enela; Vorob'ev, Mikhail M.; Vogel, Vitali; Mäntele, Werner

    2011-06-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR)- and UV-circular dichroism (UV-CD) spectroscopy have been used to study real-time proteolytic digestion of β-lactoglobulin (β-LG) and β-casein (β-CN) by trypsin at various substrate/enzyme ratios in D 2O-buffer at 37 °C. Both techniques confirm that protein substrate looses its secondary structure upon conversion to the peptide fragments. This perturbation alters the backbone of the protein chain resulting in conformational changes and degrading of the intact protein. Precisely, the most significant spectral changes which arise from digestion take place in the amide I and amide II regions. The FT-IR spectra for the degraded β-LG show a decrease around 1634 cm -1, suggesting a decrease of β-sheet structure in the course of hydrolysis. Similarly, the intensity around the 1654 cm -1 band decreases for β-CN digested by trypsin, indicating a reduction in the α-helical part. On the other hand, the intensity around ˜1594 cm -1 and ˜1406 cm -1 increases upon enzymatic breakdown of both substrates, suggesting an increase in the antisymmetric and symmetric stretching modes of free carboxylates, respectively, as released digestion products. Observation of further H/D exchange in the course of digestion manifests the structural opening of the buried groups and accessibility to the core of the substrate. On the basis of the UV-CD spectra recorded for β-LG and β-CN digested by trypsin, the unordered structure increases concomitant with a decrease in the remaining structure, thus, revealing breakdown of the intact protein into smaller fragments. This model study in a closed reaction system may serve as a basis for the much more complex digestion processes in an open reaction system such as the stomach.

  8. Magnetic circular dichroism studies of matrix-isolated atoms: Excited state spin-orbit coupling constant reduction of copper in the noble gases

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    Vala, Martin; Zeringue, Kyle; ShakhsEmampour, Jalal; Rivoal, Jean-Claude; Pyzalski, Robert

    1984-03-01

    The absorption and magnetic circular dichroism spectra of the 2P←2S transition of matrix-isolated copper atoms have been measured in krypton and xenon matrices. A dramatic reversal in the MCD C term pattern is observed. From a spectral band moment analysis it is shown that: (1) noncubic lattice cage vibrational motions are more important than cubic ones in contributing to the observed bandwidths and (2) the Cu excited state spin-orbit coupling constant (λ) in krypton is reduced to 57% of its gas phase value, whereas in xenon it is reduced to -14% of its gas phase value. Calculations using the Moran model show that the excited state geometry of the metal/rare gas cage is distorted via the Jahn-Teller effect in opposite ways in krypton and xenon matrices. The negative sign of λ in xenon reveals a reversal in the order of the 2P state spin-orbit multiplets. Neither this reversal nor the reduction of λ in krypton can be accounted for by the Jahn-Teller effect. We attribute the spin-orbit constant reduction to the overlap of the Cu 4p orbital with the np of the rare gas matrix cage atoms. The calculated spin-orbit reduction factors (in Ar, Kr, and Xe) agree well with the experimental ones if a contracted Cu 4p orbital is used. In the same way the ground state g factor shift with matrix atom type, observed by Kasai and McLeod, is semiquantitatively accounted for by calculation of the overlaps between the Cu 4s orbital and the np orbitals of the rare gas cage atoms.

  9. Towards an exact theory of linear absorbance and circular dichroism of pigment-protein complexes: Importance of non-secular contributions

    SciTech Connect

    Dinh, Thanh-Chung; Renger, Thomas

    2015-01-21

    A challenge for the theory of optical spectra of pigment-protein complexes is the equal strength of the pigment-pigment and the pigment-protein couplings. Treating both on an equal footing so far can only be managed by numerically costly approaches. Here, we exploit recent results on a normal mode analysis derived spectral density that revealed the dominance of the diagonal matrix elements of the exciton-vibrational coupling in the exciton state representation. We use a cumulant expansion technique that treats the diagonal parts exactly, includes an infinite summation of the off-diagonal parts in secular and Markov approximations, and provides a systematic perturbative way to include non-secular and non-Markov corrections. The theory is applied to a model dimer and to chlorophyll (Chl) a and Chl b homodimers of the reconstituted water-soluble chlorophyll-binding protein (WSCP) from cauliflower. The model calculations reveal that the non-secular/non-Markov effects redistribute oscillator strength from the strong to the weak exciton transition in absorbance and they diminish the rotational strength of the exciton transitions in circular dichroism. The magnitude of these corrections is in a few percent range of the overall signal, providing a quantitative explanation of the success of time-local convolution-less density matrix theory applied earlier. A close examination of the optical spectra of Chl a and Chl b homodimers in WSCP suggests that the opening angle between Q{sub y} transition dipole moments in Chl b homodimers is larger by about 9{sup ∘} than for Chl a homodimers for which a crystal structure of a related WSCP complex exists. It remains to be investigated whether this change is due to a different mutual geometry of the pigments or due to the different electronic structures of Chl a and Chl b.

  10. Vibrational absorption and vibrational circular dichroism spectra of leucine in water under different pH conditions: Hydrogen-bonding interactions with water

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    Poopari, Mohammad Reza; Zhu, Peiyan; Dezhahang, Zahra; Xu, Yunjie

    2012-11-01

    Vibrational absorption (VA) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy have been used to study leucine, a flexible branched-chain amino acid, in aqueous solution. The VA spectra in the range of 1800-1250 cm-1 of leucine in D2O under three representative pHs from strongly acidic (pH = 1), near neutral (pH = 6), to strongly basic (pH = 13), have been measured. The related VCD spectrum has been obtained under near neutral condition. Searches have been carried out to identify the most stable conformers of the Zwitterionic, protonated, and deprotonated forms of leucine in water. The geometry optimization, harmonic frequency calculations, and VA and VCD intensities have been computed at the B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) level with the implicit polarizable continuum solvation model. While the observed VA spectra under three pHs can be well interpreted with the inclusion of the implicit solvation model, both implicit and explicit solvation models have been found to be crucial for the adequate interpretation of the complex VCD features observed. Molecular dynamics simulations and radial distribution functions have been used to aid the modeling of the leucine-(water)N clusters. It has been recognized that the insertion of a water molecule between the COO- and NH3+ functional groups in the explicit solvated clusters is critical to reproduce the VCD signatures observed. Furthermore, the inclusion of the implicit bulk water environment has been found to be essential to lock water molecules, which are directly hydrogen bonded to leucine, into the positions expected in solution. The application of the explicit and implicit solvation models simultaneously allows new insights into the hydrogen bonding network surrounding leucine in aqueous solution and the role of the surrounding bulk water in stabilizing such hydrogen-bonding network.

  11. A combined Mössbauer, magnetic circular dichroism, and density functional theory approach for iron cross-coupling catalysis: electronic structure, in situ formation, and reactivity of iron-mesityl-bisphosphines.

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    Daifuku, Stephanie L; Al-Afyouni, Malik H; Snyder, Benjamin E R; Kneebone, Jared L; Neidig, Michael L

    2014-06-25

    While iron-bisphosphines have emerged as effective catalysts for C-C cross-coupling, the nature of the in situ formed iron species, elucidation of the active catalysts and the mechanisms of catalysis have remained elusive. A combination of (57)Fe Mössbauer and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopies of well-defined and in situ formed mesityl-iron(II)-SciOPP species combined with density functional theory (DFT) investigations provides the first direct insight into electronic structure, bonding and in situ speciation of mesityl-iron(II)-bisphosphines in the Kumada cross-coupling of MesMgBr and primary alkyl halides using FeCl2(SciOPP). Combined with freeze-trapped solution Mössbauer studies of reactions with primary alkyl halides, these studies demonstrate that distorted square-planar FeMes2(SciOPP) is the active catalyst for cross-coupling and provide insight into the molecular-level mechanism of catalysis. These studies also define the effects of key reaction protocol details, including the role of the slow Grignard addition method and the addition of excess SciOPP ligand, in leading to high product yields and selectivities. PMID:24918160

  12. The structure of Escherichia coli heat-stable enterotoxin b by nuclear magnetic resonance and circular dichroism.

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    Sukumar, M.; Rizo, J.; Wall, M.; Dreyfus, L. A.; Kupersztoch, Y. M.; Gierasch, L. M.

    1995-01-01

    The heat-stable enterotoxin b (STb) is secreted by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli that cause secretory diarrhea in animals and humans. It is a 48-amino acid peptide containing two disulfide bridges, between residues 10 and 48 and 21 and 36, which are crucial for its biological activity. Here, we report the solution structure of STb determined by two- and three-dimensional NMR methods. Approximate interproton distances derived from NOE data were used to construct structures of STb using distance-geometry and simulated annealing procedures. The NMR-derived structure shows that STb is helical between residues 10 and 22 and residues 38 and 44. The helical structure in the region 10-22 is amphipathic and exposes several polar residues to the solvent, some of which have been shown to be important in determining the toxicity of STb. The hydrophobic residues on the opposite face of this helix make contacts with the hydrophobic residues of the C-terminal helix. The loop region between residues 21 and 36 has another cluster of hydrophobic residues and exposes Arg 29 and Asp 30, which have been shown to be important for intestinal secretory activity. CD studies show that reduction of disulfide bridges results in a dramatic loss of structure, which correlates with loss of function. Reduced STb adopts a predominantly random-coil conformation. Chromatographic measurements of concentrations of native, fully reduced, and single-disulfide species in equilibrium mixtures of STb in redox buffers indicate that the formation of the two disulfide bonds in STb is only moderately cooperative. Similar measurements in the presence of 8 M urea suggest that the native secondary structure significantly stabilizes the disulfide bonds. PMID:8528070

  13. Dichroism in Helicoidal Crystals.

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    Cui, Xiaoyan; Nichols, Shane M; Arteaga, Oriol; Freudenthal, John; Paula, Froilanny; Shtukenberg, Alexander G; Kahr, Bart

    2016-09-21

    Accounting for the interactions of light with heterogeneous, anisotropic, absorbing, optically active media is part of the characterization of complex, transparent materials. Stained biological structures in thin tissue sections share many of these features, but systematic optical analyses beyond the employ of the simple petrographic microscopes have not be established. Here, this accounting is made for polycrystalline, spherulitic bundles of twisted d-mannitol lamellae grown from melts containing light-absorbing molecules. It has long been known that a significant percentage of molecular crystals readily grow as helicoidal ribbons with mesoscale pitches, but a general appreciation of the commonality of these non-classical crystal forms has been lost. Helicoidal crystal twisting was typically assayed by analyzing refractivity modulation in the petrographic microscope. However, by growing twisted crystals from melts in the presence of dissolved, light-absorbing molecules, crystal twisting can be assayed by analyzing the dichroism, both linear and circular. The term "helicoidal dichroism" is used here to describe the optical consequences of anisotropic absorbers precessing around radii of twisted crystalline fibrils or lamellae. d-Mannitol twists in two polymorphic forms, α and δ. The two polymorphs, when grown from supercooled melts in the presence of a variety of histochemical stains and textile dyes, are strongly dichroic in linearly polarized white light. The bis-azo dye Chicago sky blue is modeled because it is most absorbing when parallel and perpendicular to the radial axes in the respective spherulitic polymorphs. Optical properties were measured using Mueller matrix imaging polarimetry and simulated by taking into account the microstructure of the lamellae. The optical analysis of the dyed, patterned polycrystals clarifies aspects of the mesostructure that can be difficult to extract from bundles of tightly packed fibrils. PMID:27617640

  14. Dichroism in Helicoidal Crystals.

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    Cui, Xiaoyan; Nichols, Shane M; Arteaga, Oriol; Freudenthal, John; Paula, Froilanny; Shtukenberg, Alexander G; Kahr, Bart

    2016-09-21

    Accounting for the interactions of light with heterogeneous, anisotropic, absorbing, optically active media is part of the characterization of complex, transparent materials. Stained biological structures in thin tissue sections share many of these features, but systematic optical analyses beyond the employ of the simple petrographic microscopes have not be established. Here, this accounting is made for polycrystalline, spherulitic bundles of twisted d-mannitol lamellae grown from melts containing light-absorbing molecules. It has long been known that a significant percentage of molecular crystals readily grow as helicoidal ribbons with mesoscale pitches, but a general appreciation of the commonality of these non-classical crystal forms has been lost. Helicoidal crystal twisting was typically assayed by analyzing refractivity modulation in the petrographic microscope. However, by growing twisted crystals from melts in the presence of dissolved, light-absorbing molecules, crystal twisting can be assayed by analyzing the dichroism, both linear and circular. The term "helicoidal dichroism" is used here to describe the optical consequences of anisotropic absorbers precessing around radii of twisted crystalline fibrils or lamellae. d-Mannitol twists in two polymorphic forms, α and δ. The two polymorphs, when grown from supercooled melts in the presence of a variety of histochemical stains and textile dyes, are strongly dichroic in linearly polarized white light. The bis-azo dye Chicago sky blue is modeled because it is most absorbing when parallel and perpendicular to the radial axes in the respective spherulitic polymorphs. Optical properties were measured using Mueller matrix imaging polarimetry and simulated by taking into account the microstructure of the lamellae. The optical analysis of the dyed, patterned polycrystals clarifies aspects of the mesostructure that can be difficult to extract from bundles of tightly packed fibrils.

  15. Magnetically induced optical activity and dichroism of gadolinium oxide nanoparticle-based ferrofluids

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    Paul, Nibedita; Devi, Manasi; Mohanta, Dambarudhar; Saha, Abhijit

    2012-02-01

    The present work reports on magnetically induced optical activity (such as Faraday rotation and linear dichroism) of pristine and gamma-irradiated gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanoparticle-based ferrofluids. The ferrofluids were produced by dispersing N-cetyl-N,N,N-trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB)-coated ˜9-nm-sized Gd2O3 particles in a carrier fluid of ethanol. The ferrofluids were then irradiated with 1.25 MeV energetic gamma rays (dose: 868 Gy and 2.635 kGy). Irradiation-led formation of a number of point defects was revealed through high resolution electron microscopy. The interaction of light with the ionized point defects is believed to have caused substantial improvement in the magneto-optic response of irradiated magnetic fluids.

  16. Magnetically induced optical activity and dichroism of gadolinium oxide nanoparticle-based ferrofluids

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    Paul, Nibedita; Devi, Manasi; Mohanta, Dambarudhar; Saha, Abhijit

    2012-02-15

    The present work reports on magnetically induced optical activity (such as Faraday rotation and linear dichroism) of pristine and gamma-irradiated gadolinium oxide (Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticle-based ferrofluids. The ferrofluids were produced by dispersing N-cetyl-N,N,N-trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB)-coated {approx}9-nm-sized Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in a carrier fluid of ethanol. The ferrofluids were then irradiated with 1.25 MeV energetic gamma rays (dose: 868 Gy and 2.635 kGy). Irradiation-led formation of a number of point defects was revealed through high resolution electron microscopy. The interaction of light with the ionized point defects is believed to have caused substantial improvement in the magneto-optic response of irradiated magnetic fluids.

  17. High resolution spectroscopic studies of 1-(1-naphthyl)ethylamine in S 0 and S 1: exploring the dependence of circular dichroism on conformational structure

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    Plusquellic, David F.; Lavrich, Richard J.; Petralli-Mallow, Teresa; Davis, Scott; Korter, Timothy M.; Suenram, Richard D.

    2002-10-01

    Rotationally resolved spectra of gas-phase samples of 1-(1-naphthyl)-ethylamine (NEA) and amine deuterated forms have been obtained in the microwave and ultraviolet regions, with the isotopomers initially prepared in their zero-point vibrational levels by cooling in pulsed jet and molecular beam supersonic expansions. A single parameter set that includes inertial parameters and 14N nuclear quadrupole constants has accounted for nearly all transitions observed in the Fourier-transform microwave spectrum at 2 K and indicates the presence of only one geometrical isomer in the jet-cooled expansion. The rotational constants, dipole moment orientation, and the amine hydrogen atom positions have been used to identify the conformation of the attached chiral group from among nine possible isomeric forms. The S 1 rotational constants and electronic transition moment orientation have been obtained from high resolution molecular beam data of the band origin at 31771.56(2) cm -1. Excited state "gas phase" predictions from ab initio theory at the CIS/6-31G(d,p) and CIS/6-311 + G(d) levels are compared with the observed S 1 results and with circular dichroism (CD) data obtained for solution phase samples of ( S)-NEA in cyclohexane. Distinguishing spectral features are found in the calculated CD spectra of the three lowest energy conformers arising from rotation about the C-CH(NH 2)CH 3 bond, all of which are thermally populated at room temperature. While the predictions at both levels are in fair agreement with the observed gas phase results, CIS/6-31G(d,p) theory is found to be inadequate to model the condensed phase CD spectrum. In constrast, the calculated spectrum of the equilibrium mixture of conformers at the CIS/6-311 + G(d) level is in good qualitative agreement with the observed CD results and indicates the importance of diffuse functions for the accurate prediction of chiroptical properties of NEA. The most noteworthy exception is the predicted rotatory strength of the

  18. Influence of protein environment on magnetic circular dichroism spectral properties of ferric and ferrous ligand complexes of yeast cytochrome c peroxidase.

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    Pond, A E; Sono, M; Elenkova, E A; Goodin, D B; English, A M; Dawson, J H

    1999-01-01

    The addition of exogenous ligands to the ferric and ferrous states of yeast cytochrome c peroxidase (CCP) is investigated with magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) at 4 degrees C to determine the effect the protein environment may exercise on spectral properties. The MCD spectrum of each derivative is directly compared to those of analogous forms of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and myoglobin (Mb), two well-characterized histidine-ligated heme proteins. The ferric azide adduct of CCP is a hexacoordinate, largely low-spin species with an MCD spectrum very similar to that of ferric azide HRP. This complex displays an MCD spectrum dissimilar from that of the Mb derivative, possibly because of the stabilizing interaction between the azide ligand and the distal arginine of CCP (Arg 48). For the ferric fluoride derivative all three proteins display varied MCD data, indicating that the differences in the distal pocket of each protein influences their respective MCD characteristics. The MCD data for the cyanoferric complexes are similar for all three proteins, demonstrating that a strong field ligand bound in the sixth axial position dominates the MCD characteristics of the derivative. Similarly, the ferric NO complexes of the three proteins show MCD spectra similar in feature position and shape, but vary somewhat in intensity. Reduction of CCP at neutral pH yields a typical pentacoordinate high-spin complex with an MCD spectrum similar to that of deoxyferrous HRP. Formation of the NO and cyanide complexes of ferrous CCP gives derivatives with MCD spectra similar to the analogous forms of HRP and Mb in both feature position and shape. Addition of CO to deoxyferrous CCP results in a ferrous-CO complex with MCD spectral similarity to that of ferrous-CO HRP but not Mb, indicating that interactions between the ligand and the distal residues affects the MCD characteristics. Examination of alkaline (pH 9.7) deoxyferrous CCP indicates that a pH dependent conformational change has

  19. Coordination modes of tyrosinate-ligated catalase-type heme enzymes: magnetic circular dichroism studies of Plexaura homomalla allene oxide synthase, Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis protein-2744c, and bovine liver catalase in their ferric and ferrous states.

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    Bandara, D M Indika; Sono, Masanori; Bruce, Grant S; Brash, Alan R; Dawson, John H

    2011-12-01

    Bovine liver catalase (BLC), catalase-related allene oxide synthase (cAOS) from Plexaura homomalla, and a recently isolated protein from the cattle pathogen Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP-2744c (MAP)) are all tyrosinate-ligated heme enzymes whose crystal structures have been reported. cAOS and MAP have low (<20%) sequence similarity to, and significantly different catalytic functions from, BLC. cAOS transforms 8R-hydroperoxy-eicosatetraenoic acid to an allene epoxide, whereas the MAP protein is a putative organic peroxide-dependent peroxidase. To elucidate factors influencing the functions of these and related heme proteins, we have investigated the heme iron coordination properties of these tyrosinate-ligated heme enzymes in their ferric and ferrous states using magnetic circular dichroism and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The MAP protein shows remarkable spectral similarities to cAOS and BLC in its native Fe(III) state, but clear differences from ferric proximal heme ligand His93Tyr Mb (myoglobin) mutant, which may be attributed to the presence of an Arg(+)-N(ω)-H···¯O-Tyr (proximal heme axial ligand) hydrogen bond in the first three heme proteins. Furthermore, the spectra of Fe(III)-CN¯, Fe(III)-NO, Fe(II)-NO (except for five-coordinate MAP), Fe(II)-CO, and Fe(II)-O(2) states of cAOS and MAP, but not H93Y Mb, are also similar to the corresponding six-coordinate complexes of BLC, suggesting that a tyrosinate (Tyr-O¯) is the heme axial ligand trans to the bound ligands in these complexes. The Arg(+)-N(ω)-H to ¯O-Tyr hydrogen bond would be expected to modulate the donor properties of the proximal tyrosinate oxyanion and, combined with the subtle differences in the catalytic site structures, affect the activities of cAOS, MAP and BLC. PMID:22104301

  20. Electronic and magnetic properties of off-stoichiometric Co{sub 2}Mn{sub β}Si/MgO interfaces studied by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Singh, V. R.; Verma, V. K.; Ishigami, K.; Shibata, G.; Fujimori, A.; Koide, T.; Miura, Y.; Shirai, M.; Ishikawa, T.; Li, G.-F.; Yamamoto, M.

    2015-05-28

    We have studied the electronic and magnetic states of Co and Mn atoms at the interface of the Co{sub 2}Mn{sub β}Si (CMS)/MgO (β = 0.69, 0.99, 1.15, and 1.29) magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) by means of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. In particular, the Mn composition (β) dependences of the Mn and Co magnetic moments were investigated. The experimental spin magnetic moments of Mn, m{sub spin}(Mn), derived from x-ray magnetic circular dichroism weakly decreased with increasing Mn composition β in going from Mn-deficient to Mn-rich CMS films. This behavior was explained by first-principles calculations based on the antisite-based site-specific formula unit (SSFU) composition model, which assumes the formation of only antisite defect, not vacancies, to accommodate off-stoichiometry. Furthermore, the experimental spin magnetic moments of Co, m{sub spin}(Co), also weakly decreased with increasing Mn composition. This behavior was consistently explained by the antisite-based SSFU model, in particular, by the decrease in the concentration of Co{sub Mn} antisites detrimental to the half-metallicity of CMS with increasing β. This finding is consistent with the higher tunnel magnetoresistance ratios which have been observed for CMS/MgO/CMS MTJs with Mn-rich CMS electrodes.

  1. Itinerant ferromagnetism in the As 4p conduction band of Ba0.6K0.4Mn2As2 identified by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Ueland, B. G.; Pandey, Abhishek; Lee, Y.; Sapkota, A.; Choi, Y.; Haskel, D.; Rosenberg, R. A.; Lang, J. C.; Harmon, B. N.; Johnston, D. C.; et al

    2015-05-27

    In this study, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements on single-crystal and powder samples of Ba0.6K0.4Mn2As2 show that the ferromagnetism below TC ≈ 100 K arises in the As 4p conduction band. No XMCD signal is observed at the Mn x-ray absorption edges. Below TC, however, a clear XMCD signal is found at the As K edge which increases with decreasing temperature. The XMCD signal is absent in data taken with the beam directed parallel to the crystallographic c axis indicating that the orbital magnetic moment lies in the basal plane of the tetragonal lattice. These results show that themore » previously reported itinerant ferromagnetism is associated with the As 4p conduction band and that distinct local-moment antiferromagnetism and itinerant ferromagnetism with perpendicular easy axes coexist in this compound at low temperature.« less

  2. Spin-lattice coupling across the singular magnetostructural transition in P r0.5S r0.5Co O3 by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Padilla-Pantoja, J.; Herrero-Martín, J.; Pellegrin, E.; Gargiani, P.; Valvidares, S. M.; Barla, A.; García-Muñoz, J. L.

    2015-12-01

    We have performed temperature-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism on ferromagnetic P r0.5S r0.5Co O3 at the Co L2 ,3 edges to analyze the correlation of the spin and orbital angular components of the magnetization with the singular magnetostructural anomalies at ˜120 K. We found a sizable orbital angular momentum in Co atoms that follows a temperature dependence very similar to that of the spin momentum. Their sum agrees with the bulk magnetization. Taken together with recent x-ray absorption spectra showing the absence of changes in the electronic filling of Co 3 d states across the magnetostructural transition, our results demonstrate the relevance of the spin-orbit coupling for the stabilization of two distinct ferromagnetic phases in this metallic perovskite. The Co spin-state model is discussed on the basis of charge-transfer multiplet calculations of the dichroic spectral shape.

  3. Circularly polarized antennas for active holographic imaging through barriers

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    McMakin, Douglas L; Severtsen, Ronald H; Lechelt, Wayne M; Prince, James M

    2011-07-26

    Circularly-polarized antennas and their methods of use for active holographic imaging through barriers. The antennas are dielectrically loaded to optimally match the dielectric constant of the barrier through which images are to be produced. The dielectric loading helps to remove barrier-front surface reflections and to couple electromagnetic energy into the barrier.

  4. Vacuum-Ultraviolet Circular Dichroism Spectra of Escherichia coli Dihydrofolate Reductase and Its Mutants: Contributions of Phenylalanine and Tyrosine Side Chains and Exciton Coupling of Two Tryptophan Side Chains.

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    Ohmae, Eiji; Tanaka, Suguru; Miyashita, Yurina; Katayanagi, Katsuo; Matsuo, Koichi

    2015-10-15

    Vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy has recently been used for secondary structure analysis of proteins; however, the contribution of aromatic side chains to protein VUV CD spectra is unresolved. In this report, VUV CD spectra of 10 Escherichia coli dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) mutants, in which each phenylalanine or tyrosine residue was mutated to leucine, were measured down to 175 nm at 25 °C and pH 8.0 to elucidate the contributions of these aromatic side chains to the high-energy transitions of peptide bonds. The VUV CD spectra of these mutants were different from the spectrum of the wild-type protein, indicating that the contribution of the phenylalanine and tyrosine side chains of DHFR extends to the VUV region. Furthermore, the VUV CD spectrum and the folate- or NADP(+)-induced spectral change of F103L mutant DHFR indicated a modification and regeneration of exciton coupling between the Trp47 and Trp74 side chains, respectively, suggesting that exciton coupling may also contribute to the CD spectrum of DHFR in the VUV region. These results should be useful for theoretically characterizing the contribution of aromatic side chains to protein CD spectra, leading to the improvement of protein secondary-structure analysis by VUV CD spectroscopy.

  5. Theoretical analysis of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Yb L2, 3 absorption edges of YbInCu4 in high magnetic fields around the field-induced valence transition

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    Kotani, A.

    2012-01-01

    High-magnetic-field X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) and its X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the Yb L2, 3 edges of YbInCu4 are calculated around the field-induced valence transition at about 30 T. The calculations are made by using a new theoretical framework with an extended single impurity Anderson model (SIAM) developed recently by the present author. Two parameters in SIAM, the 4 f level and the hybridization strength, are taken as different values in low- and high-magnetic-field phases of the field-induced valence transition. The calculated results are compared with recent experimental data measured by Matsuda et al. by utilizing a miniature pulsed magnet up to 40 T. The field-dependence of the calculated XMCD spectra is explained in detail on the basis of the field-dependence of the Yb 4 f wavefunctions in the ground state. Some possibilities are discussed on the negative XMCD signal observed experimentally at the L2 edge.

  6. Elucidation of Photoisomerization-Related Structural Changes in an Acrylamide-Bridged Binaphthalene-Diazene Macrocyclic Chiroptical Switch by Experimental Electronic Circular Dichroism Spectra Simulation: Role of Dispersion Corrections.

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    Kerner, Lukáš; Kicková, Anna; Filo, Juraj; Kedžuch, Stanislav; Putala, Martin

    2015-08-13

    Nondestructive readout of light-driven molecular memory devices can be achieved by monitoring the alterations in the chiroptical properties of 1,1'-binaphthalene as a conformationally responsive chiral group. In our system, this signaling unit is connected via acrylamide linkers to the receiving diphenyldiazene fragment, which undergoes significant geometrical changes upon (E)/(Z)-photoisomerization. The compound functions as a stable photochromic switch by alternating irradiation at 365/465 nm, with fully reversible modulation of circular dichroism (CD) signal intensity (up to 1:3) and extended thermal stability of the (Z)-isomer. According to molecular modeling, the acrylamide spacers are due to the imposed cyclic strain upon photoisomerization forced to switch amide conformations, which is markedly reflected in the CD spectra, whereas binaphthalene conformational changes are mostly neglected both by theory and by experiment. In CD simulation by TD-DFT, CAM-B3LYP outperforms B3LYP and M06 by means of similarity analysis, whereas the last mentioned functional also delivers satisfactory performance qualitatively. The inclusion of dispersion corrections during geometry optimization was crucial to retain consistency with the measured spectra. By carefully considering all relevant conformations of this 20-membered macrocycle, reasonable agreement with the experiment is reached not only for the CD simulation of the individual conformers but also of the photoisomerization process of their admixture. PMID:26172026

  7. Magnetism of the endohedral metallofullerenes M@C82 (M=Gd,Dy) and the corresponding nanoscale peapods: Synchrotron soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and density-functional theory calculations

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    Kitaura, R.; Okimoto, H.; Shinohara, H.; Nakamura, T.; Osawa, H.

    2007-11-01

    Synchrotron soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (SXMCD) spectroscopy at the Gd and Dy M5 edges is reported on endohedral metallofullerenes ( M@C82 , M=Gd and Dy) and the corresponding nanopeapods [ (M@C82)@SWNT , SWNT represents single wall carbon nanotube] in a temperature range between 10 and 40K . The magnetic moment has also been determined by theoretical calculations, which are based on the Hartree-Fock approximation with relativistic corrections. Because of the element-specific measurement of SXMCD, magnetization processes of Gd and Dy ions of nanopeapods have been selectively observed. The temperature dependence of magnetic moments of the metallofullerenes and nanopeapods follows the Curie-Weiss law with a small Weiss temperature, indicating that the magnetic interaction between encapsulated rare-earth metal atoms is relatively weak. Although the observed differences in Curie constants and Weiss temperatures between Gd@C82 and (Gd@C82)@SWNT are small, those of Dy@C82 and (Dy@C82)@SWNT are significant. This observation is consistently explained by charge transfer-induced crystal-field effects.

  8. Systematic study on the TD-DFT calculated electronic circular dichroism spectra of chiral aromatic nitro compounds: A comparison of B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP.

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    Komjáti, Balázs; Urai, Ákos; Hosztafi, Sándor; Kökösi, József; Kováts, Benjámin; Nagy, József; Horváth, Péter

    2016-02-15

    B3LYP is one of the most widely used functional for the prediction of electronic circular dichroism spectra, however if the studied molecule contains aromatic nitro group computations may fail to produce reliable results. A test set of molecules of known stereochemistry were synthesized to study this phenomenon in detail. Spectra were computed by B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP functionals with 6-311++G(2d,2p) basis set. It was found that the range separated CAM-B3LYP gives better predictions than B3LYP for all test molecules. Fragment population analysis revealed that the nitro groups form highly localized molecule orbitals but the exact composition depends on the functional. CAM-B3LYP allows sufficient spatial overlap between the nitro group and distant parts of the molecule, which is necessary for the accurate description of excited states especially for charge transfer states. This phenomenon and the synthesized test molecules can be used to benchmark theoretical methods as well as to help the development of new functionals intended for spectroscopical studies.

  9. Systematic study on the TD-DFT calculated electronic circular dichroism spectra of chiral aromatic nitro compounds: A comparison of B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP

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    Komjáti, Balázs; Urai, Ákos; Hosztafi, Sándor; Kökösi, József; Kováts, Benjámin; Nagy, József; Horváth, Péter

    2016-02-01

    B3LYP is one of the most widely used functional for the prediction of electronic circular dichroism spectra, however if the studied molecule contains aromatic nitro group computations may fail to produce reliable results. A test set of molecules of known stereochemistry were synthesized to study this phenomenon in detail. Spectra were computed by B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP functionals with 6-311 ++G(2d,2p) basis set. It was found that the range separated CAM-B3LYP gives better predictions than B3LYP for all test molecules. Fragment population analysis revealed that the nitro groups form highly localized molecule orbitals but the exact composition depends on the functional. CAM-B3LYP allows sufficient spatial overlap between the nitro group and distant parts of the molecule, which is necessary for the accurate description of excited states especially for charge transfer states. This phenomenon and the synthesized test molecules can be used to benchmark theoretical methods as well as to help the development of new functionals intended for spectroscopical studies.

  10. {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of magnetic compensation of the rare-earth sublattice in Nd{sub 2-x}Ho{sub x}Fe{sub 14}B compounds

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    Chaboy, J.; Piquer, C.; Plugaru, N.; Bartolome, F.; Laguna-Marco, M. A.

    2007-10-01

    We present here a study of the magnetic properties of the Nd{sub 2-x}Ho{sub x}Fe{sub 14}B series. The macroscopic properties of these compounds evolve continuously from those of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B to those of Ho{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B as Ho gradually replaces Nd. The system shows a compensation of the rare-earth sublattice magnetization for a critical concentration, x{sub c}=0.55, that is reflected into the anomalous behavior of both macroscopic and microscopic magnetic probes. The combined analysis of magnetization, {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy and Fe K-edge x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements suggests that the origin of the anomalous magnetic behavior found at x{sub c}=0.55 is mainly due to the Ho sublattice. Moreover, the analysis of the Fe K-edge XMCD signals reveal the presence of a rare-earth contribution, reflecting the coupling of the rare-earth and Fe magnetic moments, which can lead to the possibility of disentangling the magnetic behavior of both Fe and R atoms using a single absorption edge.

  11. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism for Co{sub x}Fe{sub 4−x}N (x = 0, 3, 4) films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ito, Keita; Sanai, Tatsunori; Yasutomi, Yoko; Toko, Kaoru; Suemasu, Takashi; Zhu, Siyuan; Kimura, Akio; Takeda, Yukiharu; Saitoh, Yuji

    2014-05-07

    We evaluated orbital (m{sub orb}) and spin magnetic moments (m{sub spin}) of Co{sub x}Fe{sub 4−x}N (x = 0, 3, 4) epitaxial thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, and discussed the dependence of these values on x. Site-averaged m{sub spin} value of Fe atoms was deduced to be 1.91 μ{sub B} per atom, and that of Co atoms to be 1.47 μ{sub B} per atom in Co{sub 3}FeN at 300 K. These values are close to 1.87 μ{sub B} per Fe atom in Fe{sub 4}N and 1.43 μ{sub B} per Co atom in Co{sub 4}N, respectively. This result implies that the Fe and Co atoms in the Co{sub 3}FeN films were located both at corner and face-centered sites in the anti-perovskite lattice. Spin magnetic moments per unit cell were decreased linearly with increasing x in Co{sub x}Fe{sub 4−x}N. This tendency is in good agreement with theory predicted by the first-principle calculation.

  12. Systematic study on the TD-DFT calculated electronic circular dichroism spectra of chiral aromatic nitro compounds: A comparison of B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP.

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    Komjáti, Balázs; Urai, Ákos; Hosztafi, Sándor; Kökösi, József; Kováts, Benjámin; Nagy, József; Horváth, Péter

    2016-02-15

    B3LYP is one of the most widely used functional for the prediction of electronic circular dichroism spectra, however if the studied molecule contains aromatic nitro group computations may fail to produce reliable results. A test set of molecules of known stereochemistry were synthesized to study this phenomenon in detail. Spectra were computed by B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP functionals with 6-311++G(2d,2p) basis set. It was found that the range separated CAM-B3LYP gives better predictions than B3LYP for all test molecules. Fragment population analysis revealed that the nitro groups form highly localized molecule orbitals but the exact composition depends on the functional. CAM-B3LYP allows sufficient spatial overlap between the nitro group and distant parts of the molecule, which is necessary for the accurate description of excited states especially for charge transfer states. This phenomenon and the synthesized test molecules can be used to benchmark theoretical methods as well as to help the development of new functionals intended for spectroscopical studies. PMID:26583523

  13. Characterization of the Cu(Π) and Zn(Π) binding to the Amyloid-β short peptides by both the Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure and the Synchrotron Radiation Circular Dichroism spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Zhiyin; Sun, Shuaishuai; Xu, Jianhua; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Yan; Zhang, Bingbing; Tao, Ye

    2013-04-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive and devastating neurodegenerative pathology, clinically characterized by dementia, cognitive impairment, personality disorders and memory loss. It is generally accepted that, misfolding of Aβ peptides is the key element in pathogenesis and the secondary structure of Aβ can be changed to major β-strand with reasons unknown yet. Many studies have shown that the misfolding may be linked with some biometals, mainly copper and zinc ions. To characterize interactions of Aβ and metal ions, we utilized both the extended X-ray fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) and the synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy (SRCD). Aβ (13-22), Aβ (13-21), Aβ (E22G) and Aβ(HH-AA) were selected to study the mechanism of copper and zinc binding to Aβ. We found that Cu interaction with H13 and H14 residues led to the disappearance of the PPΠ, while the Cu binding E22 residue caused a remarkable conformation change to β-sheet enrichment. The Zn ion, in contrast, made little effect on the conformation and it coordinated to only one histidine (H residue) or not.

  14. Heme Orientation of Cavity Mutant Hemoglobins (His F8 → Gly) in Either α or β Subunits: Circular Dichroism, (1) H NMR, and Resonance Raman Studies.

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    Nagai, Masako; Nagai, Yukifumi; Aki, Yayoi; Sakurai, Hiroshi; Mizusawa, Naoki; Ogura, Takashi; Kitagawa, Teizo; Yamamoto, Yasuhiko; Nagatomo, Shigenori

    2016-08-01

    Native human adult hemoglobin (Hb A) has mostly normal orientation of heme, whereas recombinant Hb A (rHb A) expressed in E. coli contains both normal and reversed orientations of heme. Hb A with the normal heme exhibits positive circular dichroism (CD) bands at both the Soret and 260-nm regions, while rHb A with the reversed heme shows a negative Soret and decreased 260-nm CD bands. In order to examine involvement of the proximal histidine (His F8) of either α or β subunits in determining the heme orientation, we prepared two cavity mutant Hbs, rHb(αH87G) and rHb(βH92G), with substitution of glycine for His F8 in the presence of imidazole. CD spectra of both cavity mutant Hbs did not show a negative Soret band, but instead exhibited positive bands with strong intensity at the both Soret and 260-nm regions, suggesting that the reversed heme scarcely exists in the cavity mutant Hbs. We confirmed by (1) H NMR and resonance Raman (RR) spectroscopies that the cavity mutant Hbs have mainly the normal heme orientation in both the mutated and native subunits. These results indicate that the heme Fe-His F8 linkage in both α and β subunits influences the heme orientation, and that the heme orientation of one type of subunit is related to the heme orientation of the complementary subunits to be the same. The present study showed that CD and RR spectroscopies also provided powerful tools for the examination of the heme rotational disorder of Hb A, in addition to the usual (1) H NMR technique. Chirality 28:585-592, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27427792

  15. GC base sequence recognition by oligo(imidazolecarboxamide) and C-terminus-modified analogues of distamycin deduced from circular dichroism, proton nuclear magnetic resonance, and methidiumpropylethylenediaminetetraacetate-iron(II) footprinting studies.

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    Lee, M; Rhodes, A L; Wyatt, M D; Forrow, S; Hartley, J A

    1993-04-27

    The DNA binding properties of a series of imidazole-containing and C-terminus-modified analogues 4-7 of distamycin are described. These analogues contain one to four imidazole units, respectively. Data from the ethidium displacement assay showed that these compounds bind in the minor groove of DNA, with the relative order of binding constants of 6 (Im3) > 7 (Im4) > 5 (Im2) > 4 (Im1). The reduced binding constants of these compounds for poly(dA-dT) relative to distamycin, while they still interact strongly with poly(dG-dC), provided evidence of GC sequence acceptance. The preferences for GC-rich sequences by these compounds were established from a combination of circular dichroism (CD) titration, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR), and methidiumpropylethylenediaminetetraacetate-iron(II) [MPE.Fe-(II)] footprinting studies. In the CD studies, these compounds produced significantly larger DNA-induced ligand bands with poly(dG-dC) than poly(dA-dT) at comparable ligand concentrations. 1H-NMR studies of the binding of 5 to d-[CATGGCCATG]2 provided further evidence of the recognition of GC sequences by these compounds, and suggested that the ligand was located on the underlined sequence in the minor groove with the C-terminus oriented over the T residue. MPE footprinting studies on a GC-rich BamHI/SalI fragment of pBR322 provided unambiguous evidence for the GC sequence selectivity for some of these compounds. Compounds 4 and 7 produced poor footprints on the gels; however, analogues 5 and 6 gave strong footprints.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  16. Heme Orientation of Cavity Mutant Hemoglobins (His F8 → Gly) in Either α or β Subunits: Circular Dichroism, (1) H NMR, and Resonance Raman Studies.

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    Nagai, Masako; Nagai, Yukifumi; Aki, Yayoi; Sakurai, Hiroshi; Mizusawa, Naoki; Ogura, Takashi; Kitagawa, Teizo; Yamamoto, Yasuhiko; Nagatomo, Shigenori

    2016-08-01

    Native human adult hemoglobin (Hb A) has mostly normal orientation of heme, whereas recombinant Hb A (rHb A) expressed in E. coli contains both normal and reversed orientations of heme. Hb A with the normal heme exhibits positive circular dichroism (CD) bands at both the Soret and 260-nm regions, while rHb A with the reversed heme shows a negative Soret and decreased 260-nm CD bands. In order to examine involvement of the proximal histidine (His F8) of either α or β subunits in determining the heme orientation, we prepared two cavity mutant Hbs, rHb(αH87G) and rHb(βH92G), with substitution of glycine for His F8 in the presence of imidazole. CD spectra of both cavity mutant Hbs did not show a negative Soret band, but instead exhibited positive bands with strong intensity at the both Soret and 260-nm regions, suggesting that the reversed heme scarcely exists in the cavity mutant Hbs. We confirmed by (1) H NMR and resonance Raman (RR) spectroscopies that the cavity mutant Hbs have mainly the normal heme orientation in both the mutated and native subunits. These results indicate that the heme Fe-His F8 linkage in both α and β subunits influences the heme orientation, and that the heme orientation of one type of subunit is related to the heme orientation of the complementary subunits to be the same. The present study showed that CD and RR spectroscopies also provided powerful tools for the examination of the heme rotational disorder of Hb A, in addition to the usual (1) H NMR technique. Chirality 28:585-592, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Biointeractions of C.I. Acid Red 2 and its structural analogues with transporter albumin: Fluorescence, circular dichroism, and ligand docking approaches.

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    Peng, Wei; Ding, Fei; Xie, Yong

    2016-01-01

    In this contribution, the toxicological effects of C.I. Acid Red 2 and 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol (PAN) have been elucidated by utilizing plasma albumin as a biological model. Fluorescence data indicated that the Trp-214 residue was quenched by both azo compounds, but the quenching degree of C.I. Acid Red 2 is less than PAN. According to the results of time-resolved fluorescence decay, it may be observed that the quenching of Trp-214 residue is controlled by static type; this corroborates the Stern-Volmer analyses and the conformational transition of protein was concurred. The experiments also found that azo colorants are situated within subdomain IIA, several amino acid residues, such as Ser-202, Ala-210, and Trp-214 were believed to be yielded direct interaction with the two chemicals, yet the operating distances between C.I. Acid Red 2 and relevant residues are greater than PAN. Interestingly, we may ascertain that the azo colorants with naphthalene ring possess stronger affinity with protein than those just having benzene ring in their molecular structure. This suggested that the existence of naphthalene ring substituent could hold relatively great risk for the human body due to large hydrophobicity (cLogP); therefore, the hydrophobicity of azo colorants can probably be a major element of its toxicological activities.

  18. A linearly and circularly polarized active integrated antenna

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    Khoshniat, Ali

    This thesis work presents a new harmonic suppression technique for microstrip patch antennas. Harmonic suppression in active integrated antennas is known as an effective method to improve the efficiency of amplifiers in transmitter side. In the proposed design, the antenna works as the radiating element and, at the same time, as the tuning load for the amplifier circuit that is directly matched to the antenna. The proposed active antenna architecture is easy to fabricate and is symmetric, so it can be conveniently mass-produced and designed to have circular polarization, which is preferred in many applications such as satellite communications. The antenna simulations were performed using Ansoft High Frequency System Simulator (HFSS) and all amplifier design steps were simulated by Advanced Design System (ADS). The final prototypes of the linearly polarized active integrated antenna and the circularly polarized active integrated antenna were fabricated using a circuit board milling machine. The antenna radiation pattern was measured inside Utah State University's anechoic chamber and the results were satisfactory. Power measurements for the amplifiers' performance were carried out inside the chamber and calculated by using the Friis transmission equation. It is seen that a significant improvement in the efficiency is achieved compared to the reference antenna without harmonic suppression. Based on the success in the single element active antenna design, the thesis also presents a feasibility of applying the active integrated antenna in array configuration, in particular, in scanning array design to yield a low-profile, low-cost alternative to the parabolic antenna transmitter of satellite communication systems.

  19. Circular dichroism and DNA secondary structure.

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    Baase, W A; Johnson, W C

    1979-02-01

    The change in average rotation of the DNA helix has been determined for the transfer from 0.05 M NaCl to 3.0 M CsCl, 6.2 M LiCl and 5.4 M NH4Cl. This work, combined with data at lower salt from other laboratories, allows us to relate the intensity of the CD of DNA at 275 nm directly to the change in the number of base pairs per turn. The change in secondary structure for the transfer of DNA from 0.05 M NaCl (where it is presumably in the B-form) to high salt (where the characteristic CD has been interpreted as corresponding to C-form geometry) is found to be -0.22 (+/- 0.02) base pairs per turn. In the case of mononucleosomes, where the CD indicates the "C-form", the change in secondary structure (including temperature effects) would add -0.31 (+/- 0.03) turns about the histone core to the -1.25 turns estimated from work on SV40 chromatin. Accurate winding angles and molar extinction coefficients were determined for ethidium.

  20. Analysis of the major chiral compounds of Artemisia herba-alba essential oils (EOs) using reconstructed vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra: En route to a VCD chiral signature of EOs.

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    Said, Mohammed El-Amin; Vanloot, Pierre; Bombarda, Isabelle; Naubron, Jean-Valère; Dahmane, El Montassir; Aamouche, Ahmed; Jean, Marion; Vanthuyne, Nicolas; Dupuy, Nathalie; Roussel, Christian

    2016-01-15

    An unprecedented methodology was developed to simultaneously assign the relative percentages of the major chiral compounds and their prevailing enantiomeric form in crude essential oils (EOs). In a first step the infrared (IR) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of the crude essential oils were recorded and in a second step they were modelized as a linear weighted combination of the IR and VCD spectra of the individual spectra of pure enantiomer of the major chiral compounds present in the EOs. The VCD spectra of enantiomer of known enantiomeric excess shall be recorded if they are not yet available in a library of VCD spectra. For IR, the spectra of pure enantiomer or racemic mixture can be used. The full spectra modelizations were performed using a well known and powerful mathematical model (least square estimation: LSE) which resulted in a weighting of each contributing compound. For VCD modelization, the absolute value of each weighting represented the percentage of the associate compound while the attached sign addressed the correctness of the enantiomeric form used to build the model. As an example, a model built with the non-prevailing enantiomer will show a negative sign of the weighting value. For IR spectra modelization, the absolute value of each weighting represented the percentage of the compounds without of course accounting for the chirality of the prevailing enantiomers. Comparison of the weighting values issuing from IR and VCD spectra modelizations is a valuable source of information: if they are identical, the EOs are composed of nearly pure enantiomers, if they are different the chiral compounds of the EOs are not in an optically pure form. The method was applied on four samples of essential oil of Artemisia herba-alba in which the three major compounds namely (-)-α-thujone, (+)-β-thujone and (-)-camphor were found in different proportions as determined by GC-MS and chiral HPLC using polarimetric detector. In order to validate the

  1. Analysis of the major chiral compounds of Artemisia herba-alba essential oils (EOs) using reconstructed vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra: En route to a VCD chiral signature of EOs.

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    Said, Mohammed El-Amin; Vanloot, Pierre; Bombarda, Isabelle; Naubron, Jean-Valère; Dahmane, El Montassir; Aamouche, Ahmed; Jean, Marion; Vanthuyne, Nicolas; Dupuy, Nathalie; Roussel, Christian

    2016-01-15

    An unprecedented methodology was developed to simultaneously assign the relative percentages of the major chiral compounds and their prevailing enantiomeric form in crude essential oils (EOs). In a first step the infrared (IR) and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra of the crude essential oils were recorded and in a second step they were modelized as a linear weighted combination of the IR and VCD spectra of the individual spectra of pure enantiomer of the major chiral compounds present in the EOs. The VCD spectra of enantiomer of known enantiomeric excess shall be recorded if they are not yet available in a library of VCD spectra. For IR, the spectra of pure enantiomer or racemic mixture can be used. The full spectra modelizations were performed using a well known and powerful mathematical model (least square estimation: LSE) which resulted in a weighting of each contributing compound. For VCD modelization, the absolute value of each weighting represented the percentage of the associate compound while the attached sign addressed the correctness of the enantiomeric form used to build the model. As an example, a model built with the non-prevailing enantiomer will show a negative sign of the weighting value. For IR spectra modelization, the absolute value of each weighting represented the percentage of the compounds without of course accounting for the chirality of the prevailing enantiomers. Comparison of the weighting values issuing from IR and VCD spectra modelizations is a valuable source of information: if they are identical, the EOs are composed of nearly pure enantiomers, if they are different the chiral compounds of the EOs are not in an optically pure form. The method was applied on four samples of essential oil of Artemisia herba-alba in which the three major compounds namely (-)-α-thujone, (+)-β-thujone and (-)-camphor were found in different proportions as determined by GC-MS and chiral HPLC using polarimetric detector. In order to validate the

  2. Circular dichroism and synchrotron radiation circular dichroism spectroscopy: tools for drug discovery.

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    Wallace, B A; Janes, Robert W; Wallace, Bonnie A

    2003-06-01

    CD spectroscopy is an established and valuable technique for examining protein structure, dynamics and folding. Because of its ability to sensitively detect conformational changes, it has important potential for drug discovery, enabling screening for ligand and drug binding, and detection of potential candidates for new pharmaceuticals. The binding of the anti-tumour agent Taxol to the anti-apoptosis protein Bcl-2 [Rodi, Janes, Sanganee, Holton, Wallace and Makowski (1999) J. Mol. Biol. 285, 197-204] and the binding of the anti-epileptic drug lamotrigine to voltage-gated sodium channels [Cronin, O'Reilly, Duclohier and Wallace (2003) J. Biol. Chem. 278, 10675-10682] are used as examples to show changes detectable by CD involving secondary structure, and are contrasted with the binding of the agonist carbamylcholine to acetylcholine receptors [Mielke and Wallace (1988) J. Biol. Chem. 263, 8177-8182], an example where binding does not involve a secondary structural change. Synchrotron radiation CD spectroscopy offers significant enhancements with respect to conventional CD spectroscopy, which will enable its usage for high-throughput screening and as a tool in 'chemical genomics' or 'reverse chemical genetics' strategies for ligand identification. The lower wavelength data available enable more detailed, sensitive and accurate detection, the higher light intensity permits much smaller amounts of both proteins and drug candidates to be used in the screening, and future technological developments in sample handling and detection should enable automated high-throughput screening to be performed.

  3. Detection of circular polarization in light scattered from photosynthetic microbes

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    Sparks, William B.; Hough, James; Germer, Thomas A.; Chen, Feng; DasSarma, Shiladitya; DasSarma, Priya; Robb, Frank T.; Manset, Nadine; Kolokolova, Ludmilla; Reid, Neill; Macchetto, F. Duccio; Martin, William

    2009-01-01

    The identification of a universal biosignature that could be sensed remotely is critical to the prospects for success in the search for life elsewhere in the universe. A candidate universal biosignature is homochirality, which is likely to be a generic property of all biochemical life. Because of the optical activity of chiral molecules, it has been hypothesized that this unique characteristic may provide a suitable remote sensing probe using circular polarization spectroscopy. Here, we report the detection of circular polarization in light scattered by photosynthetic microbes. We show that the circular polarization appears to arise from circular dichroism of the strong electronic transitions of photosynthetic absorption bands. We conclude that circular polarization spectroscopy could provide a powerful remote sensing technique for generic life searches. PMID:19416893

  4. Direct surface magnetometry with photoemission magnetic x-ray dichroism

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    Tobin, J.G.; Goodman, K.W.; Schumann, F.O.

    1997-04-01

    Element specific surface magnetometry remains a central goal of synchrotron radiation based studies of nanomagnetic structures. One appealing possibility is the combination of x-ray absorption dichroism measurements and the theoretical framework provided by the {open_quotes}sum rules.{close_quotes} Unfortunately, sum rule analysis are hampered by several limitations including delocalization of the final state, multi-electronic phenomena and the presence of surface dipoles. An alternative experiment, Magnetic X-Ray Dichroism in Photoelectron Spectroscopy, holds out promise based upon its elemental specificity, surface sensitivity and high resolution. Computational simulations by Tamura et al. demonstrated the relationship between exchange and spin orbit splittings and experimental data of linear and circular dichroisms. Now the authors have developed an analytical framework which allows for the direct extraction of core level exchange splittings from circular and linear dichroic photoemission data. By extending a model initially proposed by Venus, it is possible to show a linear relation between normalized dichroism peaks in the experimental data and the underlying exchange splitting. Since it is reasonable to expect that exchange splittings and magnetic moments track together, this measurement thus becomes a powerful new tool for direct surface magnetometry, without recourse to time consuming and difficult spectral simulations. The theoretical derivation will be supported by high resolution linear and circular dichroism data collected at the Spectromicroscopy Facility of the Advanced Light Source.

  5. Circular extinction of plasmonic silver nanocaps and gas sensing.

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    Li, Jun; Kotov, Nicholas A

    2016-01-01

    Chiral plasmonic nanostructures exhibit strong rotatory optical activity and are expected to enrich the field of metaoptical materials. Potential applications of chiroplasmonic nanostructures include circular polarizers, optical polarization detectors, asymmetric catalysts, and sensors. However, chiral plasmonic materials require subwavelength structural control and involve laborious chemical or lithographic procedures for their manufacturing. Moreover, strong rotatory activity of subwavelength structures whose chirality was imparted by microfabrication, has been obtained for the red and infrared parts of the spectrum but faces new challenges for the blue and violet spectral ranges even with plasmonic materials with plasmonic bands in the 200-400 nm window. In this study, we address this problem by preparing chiral subwavelength nanostructures by glancing angle sputtering of metallic silver on ZnO nanopillar arrays. Silver deposition in two different planes is a convenient method for preparation of silver chiroplasmonic nanocaps (Ag CPNCs) with controlled asymmetry. Circular dichroism spectroscopy was used to examine the circular extinction for the left-handed nanocaps (L-CPNCs) with understanding that not only circular dichroism but also many other optical effects contribute to the amplitude of these bands. The pillared silver films exhibit circular extinction in the violet area of the electromagnetic spectrum. Partial oxidation of Ag to AgxO causes the absorption and corresponding circular extinction band obtained using a conventional CD spectrometer at 400-525 nm to increase and shift. This optical material may be used to detect oxygen and extends the spectrum of application of chiroplasmonic materials to gas sensing. PMID:26952921

  6. Itinerant ferromagnetism in the As 4p conduction band of Ba0.6K0.4Mn2As2 identified by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Ueland, B. G.; Pandey, Abhishek; Lee, Y.; Sapkota, A.; Choi, Y.; Haskel, D.; Rosenberg, R. A.; Lang, J. C.; Harmon, B. N.; Johnston, D. C.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A. I.

    2015-05-27

    In this study, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements on single-crystal and powder samples of Ba0.6K0.4Mn2As2 show that the ferromagnetism below TC ≈ 100 K arises in the As 4p conduction band. No XMCD signal is observed at the Mn x-ray absorption edges. Below TC, however, a clear XMCD signal is found at the As K edge which increases with decreasing temperature. The XMCD signal is absent in data taken with the beam directed parallel to the crystallographic c axis indicating that the orbital magnetic moment lies in the basal plane of the tetragonal lattice. These results show that the previously reported itinerant ferromagnetism is associated with the As 4p conduction band and that distinct local-moment antiferromagnetism and itinerant ferromagnetism with perpendicular easy axes coexist in this compound at low temperature.

  7. Relationship between the magnetic moment of Lu and the magnetic behavior of (Y{sub y}Lu{sub 1-y})(Co{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} from x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Chaboy, J.; Piquer, C.; Laguna-Marco, M. A.; Kawamura, N.; Suzuki, M.; Takagaki, M.

    2007-02-01

    We present an x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) study performed at both the Co K edge and the Lu L{sub 2,3} edges on (Y{sub y}Lu{sub 1-y})(Co{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} systems. The XMCD spectra reflect the different magnetic character of these systems, allowing us to monitor the transition from weak to strong ferromagnetism. The XMCD at the Lu L{sub 2,3} edges indicates the existence of an ordered 5d moment at the lutetium sites that is coupled antiparallel to the Co moment. Estimates of the magnetic moment of Lu have been obtained by applying the XMCD sum rules. Our results show that there is a correlation between the Lu 5d-induced magnetic moment and the magnetic character of the (Y{sub y}Lu{sub 1-y})(Co{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} compounds. These results suggest that the developing of the Lu moment plays an important role in reinforcing the magnetic interactions and favoring the ferromagnetic character of the Lu-rich compounds.

  8. Magnetic x-ray dichroism in ultrathin epitaxial films

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    Tobin, J.G.; Goodman, K.W.; Cummins, T.R.

    1997-04-01

    The authors have used Magnetic X-ray Linear Dichroism (MXLD) and Magnetic X-ray Circular Dichroism (MXCD) to study the magnetic properties of epitaxial overlayers in an elementally specific fashion. Both MXLD and MXCD Photoelectron Spectroscopy were performed in a high resolution mode at the Spectromicroscopy Facility of the ALS. Circular Polarization was obtained via the utilization of a novel phase retarder (soft x-ray quarter wave plate) based upon transmission through a multilayer film. The samples were low temperature Fe overlayers, magnetic alloy films of NiFe and CoNi, and Gd grown on Y. The authors results include a direct comparison of high resolution angle resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy performed in MXLD and MXCD modes as well as structural studies with photoelectron diffraction.

  9. Circular Polarimetry: Diagnostic of Magnetic Fields, Atmospheric Aerosols and Biologic Activity

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    Yanamandra-Fisher, P. A.

    2013-12-01

    The overarching goals for the remote sensing and robotic exploration of planetary systems are: (1) understanding the formation of planetary systems and their diversity; and (2) search for habitability. Our solar system is a dynamic laboratory with unique linear and circular polarimetric signatures of planets, satellites, comets, asteroids, dust, etc.. The study of both linear and circular polarization of a given system, therefore, provides insight into its origin and physical properties. Specifically, linear and circular polarimetric signatures of the object arise from different physical processes. Additionally, spectral dependence of polarization is important to separate the macroscopic (bulk) properties of the scattering medium from the microscopic (particulate) properties of the scattering medium. Linear polarization of reflected light by various solar system objects provides insight into the scattering characteristics of atmospheric aerosols and hazes; and surficial properties of atmosphereless bodies. Measurements of linear limb polarization characterizes the variation of aerosol properties across the planetary disk. Many optically active materials are anisotropic and so their scattering properties differ with the object's principal axes (such as dichroic or birefringent materials) and are crystalline in structure instead of amorphous, eg., the presence of olivines and silicates in cometary dust and circumstellar disks; Titan, etc.). Ices (water and other species) are abundant in the system indicated in their near-infrared spectra. Gas giants form outside the frost line (where ices condense), and their satellites and ring systems exhibit signature of water ice; clathrates, non-ices (Si, C, Fe) in their NIR spectra and spectral dependence of linear polarization. Circular polarization is diagnostic of magnetic fields, atmospheric aerosols and biologic activity. Aurorae occur in response to changing local magnetic fields (Earth, Jupiter, Ganymede, etc.). Biologic

  10. Performance prediction of circular dielectric electro-active polymers membrane actuators with various geometries

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    Hau, Steffen; York, Alexander; Seelecke, Stefan

    2015-04-01

    Circular dielectric electro-active polymer (DEAP) membrane actuators are easy to manufacture and therefore can be uniquely designed to perform optimally for specific applications. The performance of these actuators is naturally dependent on the materials used, and also dictated by the specific geometry of the circular design. For a given overall actuator size, changing their internal geometry will directly change the force and stroke output. In addition the DEAP technology itself is a promising technology for constructing lightweight, cost and energy efficient sensor and actuator systems. Thus, several potential applications like pressure sensors, pumps, valves, micro-positioners and loudspeakers were already proposed. The circular DEAP membrane actuators used in this study consist of a silicone based elastomer, carbon ink based electrodes, and are held together with a stiff frame. Experimentally collected force-displacement curves for these actuators can be used to determine force and stroke output of the actuators as described by Hodgins et al. in. This work presents an efficient method to predict these force-displacement plots and thus stroke and force output for different actuator geometries. These results than can be used to adapt the actuator geometry to the needs of a specific application with its particular force and stroke requirements. The prediction method is based on an average stress-stretch calculation for training samples. The calculated stress-stretch data is then geometry independent and can be used to predict desired geometry dependent force-displacement data for stroke and force output analysis.

  11. Physical Connectivity Mapping by Circular Permutation of Human Telomerase RNA Reveals New Regions Critical for Activity and Processivity.

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    Mefford, Melissa A; Zappulla, David C

    2015-01-01

    Telomerase is a specialized ribonucleoprotein complex that extends the 3' ends of chromosomes to counteract telomere shortening. However, increased telomerase activity is associated with ∼90% of human cancers. The telomerase enzyme minimally requires an RNA (hTR) and a specialized reverse transcriptase protein (TERT) for activity in vitro. Understanding the structure-function relationships within hTR has important implications for human disease. For the first time, we have tested the physical-connectivity requirements in the 451-nucleotide hTR RNA using circular permutations, which reposition the 5' and 3' ends. Our extensive in vitro analysis identified three classes of hTR circular permutants with altered function. First, circularly permuting 3' of the template causes specific defects in repeat-addition processivity, revealing that the template recognition element found in ciliates is conserved in human telomerase RNA. Second, seven circular permutations residing within the catalytically important core and CR4/5 domains completely abolish telomerase activity, unveiling mechanistically critical portions of these domains. Third, several circular permutations between the core and CR4/5 significantly increase telomerase activity. Our extensive circular permutation results provide insights into the architecture and coordination of human telomerase RNA and highlight where the RNA could be targeted for the development of antiaging and anticancer therapeutics. PMID:26503788

  12. Rotation and dichroism associated with microwave propagation in chiral composite samples

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    Umari, M.H.; Varadan, V.V.; Varadan, V.K. )

    1991-10-01

    Experimental results are presented on the angle of rotation and the axial ratio (dichroism) associated with the propagation of microwave waves in chiral composite samples (a phenomenon akin to optical rotation and optical dichroism). In the experiments the chiral composite samples tested were made in the form of planar slabs and consisted of low loss dielectric matrix materials in which miniature copper springs of left only, right only, or an equal mixture of left and right handedness were randomly distributed and oriented. The normally incident wave was linearly polarized. In the chiral sample the linearly polarized wave decomposes into left and right circularly polarized waves which propagate with different speeds and different attenuations leading to an elliptically polarized transmitted wave whose orientation (electromagnetic rotation) and axial ratio (dichroism) are proportional to the concentration of springs. Rotation and dichroism are shown to be zero in the equichiral samples. 10 refs.

  13. Spontaneous ordering and vortex states of active fluids in circular confinement

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    Theillard, Maxime; Ezhilan, Barath; Saintillan, David

    2015-11-01

    Recent experimental, theoretical and simulation studies have shown that confinement can profoundly affect self-organization in active suspensions leading to striking features such as directed fluid pumping in planar confinement, formation of steady and spontaneous vortices in radial confinement. Motivated by this, we study the dynamics in a suspension of biologically active particles confined in spherical geometries using a mean-field kinetic theory for which we developed a novel numerical solver. In the case of circular confinement, we conduct a systematic exploration of the entire parameter space and distinguish 3 broad states: no-flow, stable vortex and chaotic and several interesting sub-states. Our efficient numerical framework is also employed to study 3D effects and dynamics in more complex geometries.

  14. A Circular Motion Activity with Hot Wheels® Rev-Ups

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    Wagner, Glenn

    2009-02-01

    Hot Wheels® Rev-Ups provide a pedagogically engaging and inexpensive culminating activity for the application of circular motion with constant speed in introductory mechanics. The introductory Rev-Up, shown in Fig. 1, consists of a very durable car with two strong magnets built into the front and back of the car. The track is a piece of flexible plastic with a built-in metallic strip through its center that can then be formed into a circle. Pushing the car forward several times on a flat surface allows the car to move in a vertical circle when placed inside the track. What makes this toy attractive is that the gearing system allows the car to move at a relatively constant speed for about three to five seconds before slowing down appreciably.

  15. Circular Coinduction

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    Rosu, Grigore; Goguen, Joseph; Norvig, Peter (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Circular coinduction is a technique for behavioral reasoning that extends cobasis coinduction to specifications with circularities. Because behavioral satisfaction is not recursively enumerable, no algorithm can work for every behavioral statement. However. algorithms using circular coinduction can prove every practical behavioral result that we know. This paper proves the correctness of circular coinduction and some consequences.

  16. Dynamics of photoinduced dichroism and birefringence in optically thick azopolymers

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    Ponomarev, Yu V; Ivanov, Yu V; Rumyantsev, Yu A; Gromchenko, A A

    2009-01-31

    Dynamics of photoinduced dichroism and birefringence have been studied experimentally and theoretically (with the help of the Dumont model) by using some comb-shaped azopolymers. It is shown that the dynamics of trans-isomer concentration and their angular distribution anisotropy can be restored from the experimentally found dichroism dynamics, with the concentration and anisotropy being averaged over the thickness for optically thick samples. At the initial stage of photoinduced anisotropy when the active role of the polymer matrix can be neglected, the experimental time dependence of dichroism is shown to comply well with the Dumont model even if the orientation memory is neglected, provided that only a part of trans-isomers participates in trans-isomerisation. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  17. Extrinsic chirality: Tunable optically active reflectors and perfect absorbers

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    Plum, Eric

    2016-06-01

    Conventional three-dimensional (3D) chiral media can exhibit optical activity for transmitted waves, but optical activity for reflected waves is negligible. This work shows that mirror asymmetry of the experimental arrangement—extrinsic 3D chirality—leads to giant optical activity for reflected waves with fundamentally different characteristics. It is demonstrated experimentally that extrinsically 3D-chiral illumination of a lossy metasurface backed by a mirror enables tunable circular dichroism and circular birefringence as well as perfect absorption of circularly polarized waves. In contrast, such polarization phenomena vanish for conventional optically active media backed by a mirror.

  18. Acoustic radiation from the submerged circular cylindrical shell treated with active constrained layer damping

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    Yuan, Li-Yun; Xiang, Yu; Lu, Jing; Jiang, Hong-Hua

    2015-12-01

    Based on the transfer matrix method of exploring the circular cylindrical shell treated with active constrained layer damping (i.e., ACLD), combined with the analytical solution of the Helmholtz equation for a point source, a multi-point multipole virtual source simulation method is for the first time proposed for solving the acoustic radiation problem of a submerged ACLD shell. This approach, wherein some virtual point sources are assumed to be evenly distributed on the axial line of the cylindrical shell, and the sound pressure could be written in the form of the sum of the wave functions series with the undetermined coefficients, is demonstrated to be accurate to achieve the radiation acoustic pressure of the pulsating and oscillating spheres respectively. Meanwhile, this approach is proved to be accurate to obtain the radiation acoustic pressure for a stiffened cylindrical shell. Then, the chosen number of the virtual distributed point sources and truncated number of the wave functions series are discussed to achieve the approximate radiation acoustic pressure of an ACLD cylindrical shell. Applying this method, different radiation acoustic pressures of a submerged ACLD cylindrical shell with different boundary conditions, different thickness values of viscoelastic and piezoelectric layer, different feedback gains for the piezoelectric layer and coverage of ACLD are discussed in detail. Results show that a thicker thickness and larger velocity gain for the piezoelectric layer and larger coverage of the ACLD layer can obtain a better damping effect for the whole structure in general. Whereas, laying a thicker viscoelastic layer is not always a better treatment to achieve a better acoustic characteristic. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11162001, 11502056, and 51105083), the Natural Science Foundation of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China (Grant No. 2012GXNSFAA053207), the Doctor Foundation of Guangxi

  19. Clostridium thermocellum thermostable lichenase with circular permutations and modifications in the N-terminal region retains its activity and thermostability.

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    Tyurin, A А; Sadovskaya, N S; Nikiforova, Kh R; Mustafaev, O N; Komakhin, R A; Fadeev, V S; Goldenkova-Pavlova, I V

    2015-01-01

    The Clostridium thermocellum lichenase (endo-β-1,3;1,4-glucan-D-glycosyl hydrolase) displays a high thermostability and specific activity and has a compact protein molecule, which makes it attractive, in particular, for protein engineering. We have utilized in silico analysis to construct circularly permuted (CP) variants and estimated the retained activity and thermostability. New open termini in the region of residues 53 or 99 in two lichenase CP variants (CN-53 and CN-99) had no effect on their activity and thermal tolerance versus another variant CP variant, CN-140 (cut in the region of residue 140), which displayed a dramatic decrease in the activity and thermostability. Construction and further activity and thermostability testing of the modified lichenase variants (M variants) and CP variants with peptides integrated via insertion fusion have demonstrated that the N-terminal regions in the lichenase catalytic domain (53 and 99 amino acid residues) that permit circular permutations with retention of activity and thermostability of the enzyme as well as the region between the C and N termini of the native lichenase in thermostable and active lichenase variants (CN-53 and CN-99) may be used for integrating small peptides without the loss of activity and thermostability. These findings not only suggest that CP predictions can be used in search for internal integration sites within protein molecule, but also form the background for further enzymatic engineering of the C. thermocellum thermostable lichenase aiming to create new fusion proteins. PMID:25448724

  20. Part I. Molecular dichroism, optical and catalysis studies of several metalloporphyrins. Part II. Solid state studies

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    Sito, M.L.

    1993-01-01

    Part 1. Tetra(4-N-methylpyridyl)porphyrinatopalladium (II), [Pd-TMpyP][sup 4+], was prepared by a new technique, purified and intercalated with calf thymus DNA. The Soret and Q band regions were studied using Circular Dichroism (CD) and magnetic Circular Dichroism (MCD). The MCD measurements in Soret and Q band regions and CD of the Q band regions are reported for the first time. The known photocatalyst, tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyinato-zinc(II), was covalently bonded to the surfaces of both iodinated (Ia) and chlorinated (Ib) cross-linked poly(siloxane) materials. Thermal catalytic activity was found to be present, and it was quantitatively measured using olefin oxidation of styrene to acetophenone. The zinc porphyrin supported on iodinated poly(siloxane) showed an over 12-fold increase in catalytic activity, as measured by turnover numbers, compared to the chlorinated support material. Part II. The plasmas produced by ablation of YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] single-phase high T[sub C] bulk superconductors when exposed to XeCl excimer laser pulses have been studied. The luminescence of the laser-induced vapor plume have been analyzed using optical emission spectroscopy. Excited atomic neutral and single ionized species (Cu/Cu[sup +], Ba/Ba[sup +], Y/Y[sup +]) as well as some molecular emission bands (CuO, YO) were observed within the experimental resolution of an optical multichannel analyzer detection system. A liquid mediated pulse laser irradiation procedure was used in the attempt to form thin layers of carbides and nitrides of silicon. A boron doped single crystal (100) of silicon was irradiated while immersed in cyclohexane or liquid ammonia. Irradiation of the samples was carried out using a 308 nm excimer laser. The laser pulses had energy densities of 0.5 to 3.0 J cm[sup [minus]2] and the number of pulses used ranged from 1 to 50. The specimens were analyzed using specular reflectance and auger electron spectroscopies.

  1. Imidazolium tagged acridines: Synthesis, characterization and applications in DNA binding and anti-microbial activities

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    Raju, Gembali; Vishwanath, S.; Prasad, Archana; Patel, Basant K.; Prabusankar, Ganesan

    2016-03-01

    New water soluble 4,5-bis imidazolium tagged acridines have been synthesized and structurally characterized by multinuclear NMR and single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. The DNA binding and anti-microbial activities of these acridine derivatives were investigated by fluorescence and far-UV circular dichroism studies.

  2. Analytical modeling and active vibration suppression of an adaptive circular composite plate with asymmetric constraints

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    Yan, Su; Ghasemi-Nejhad, Mehrdad N.

    2005-05-01

    In this paper, the dynamic analysis of an Adaptive Circular Composite Plate (ACCP) with asymmetric constraints with respect to the angular coordinate system is investigated. Due to the asymmetric constrains, the shape functions of the circular plate could not be simply obtained from the partial differential equation by ignoring the angular dependency. Using the method of separation of variables, the mode shapes are expanded in Bessel series. The comparison of the developed analytical mode shapes with the Finite Element Method (FEM) mode shapes confirmed the validation of the analytical model. A modeling strategy using Rayleigh-Ritz method is presented to build the system model. Taking the effects of piezoelectric actuators on the dynamics of the ACCP into account, the optimal placement of the actuators is investigated. Also, employing the developed model, the simulation of the vibration control is implemented on the ACCP with one central simply support and three edge simply supports using LQR controller. The simulation results verify the best performance of the LQR controller with the optimal configuration for vibration suppression of the ACCP.

  3. Biphasic GABA-A receptor-mediated effect on the spontaneous activity of the circular layer in cat terminal ileum.

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    Pencheva, N; Radomirov, R

    1993-07-01

    1. The GABA and GABA-A receptor agonist muscimol changed the spontaneous mechanical activity of a circular layer isolated from cat terminal ileum, while the selective GABA-B receptor agonist (+/-)baclofen had no effect. 2. GABA at doses ranging from 1 microM to 2 mM elicited concentration-dependent biphasic responses which consisted of a relaxation followed by contraction, with a tonic and a phasic component. The EC50 values, calculated at 95% confidence limits (CL), were 94.9 microM (83.5-109.8 microM) and 66.0 microM (51.2-75.5 microM) for the relaxation and contractile phases, respectively. 3. The GABA-induced biphasic responses were sensitive to bicuculline and picrotoxinin and were entirely mimicked by muscimol. Bicuculline competitively antagonized the effects of GABA and gave closely similar pA2 values for both phases of these responses--inhibitory and stimulatory. Cross-desensitization occurred only between GABA and muscimol and not between (+/-)baclofen and GABA, or (+/-)baclofen and muscimol. 4. Both bicuculline-sensitive phases evoked by GABA and muscimol were abolished by tetrodotoxin or atropine, but were unaffected by guanethidine or naloxone. 5. The present results suggested that the biphasic GABA effect on the mechanical activity of the circular layer in cat terminal ileum was mediated by prejunctional GABA-A receptors, most probably through an action on the cholinergic pathway.

  4. Circular epidemiology.

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    Kuller, L H

    1999-11-01

    Circular epidemiology can be defined as the continuation of specific types of epidemiologic studies beyond the point of reasonable doubt of the true existence of an important association or the absence of such an association. Circular epidemiology is an extreme example of studies of the consistency of associations. A basic problem for epidemiology is the lack of a systematic approach to acquiring new knowledge to reach a goal of improving public health and preventive medicine. For epidemiologists, research support unfortunately is biased toward the continued study of already proven hypotheses. Circular epidemiology, however, freezes at one point in the evolution of epidemiologic studies, failing to move from descriptive to analytical case-control and longitudinal studies, for example, to experimental, clinical trials. Good epidemiology journals are filled with very well-conducted epidemiologic studies that primarily repeat the obvious or are variations on the theme.

  5. Flow dichroism in critical colloidal fluids

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    Lenstra, T. A. J.; Dhont, J. K. G.

    2001-06-01

    Due to long-range correlations and slow dynamics of concentration fluctuations in the vicinity of the gas-liquid critical point, shear flow is very effective in distorting the microstructure of near-critical fluids. The anisotropic nature of the shear-field renders the microstructure highly anisotropic, leading to dichroism. Experiments on the dichroic behavior can thus be used to test theoretical predictions on microstructural order under shear flow conditions. We performed both static and dynamic dichroism and turbidity measurements on a colloid-polymer mixture, existing of silica spheres (radius 51 nm) and polydimethylsiloxane polymer (molar weight 204 kg/mol). Sufficiently far away from the critical point, in the mean-field region, the experimental data are in good agreement with theory. Very close to the critical point, beyond mean field, for which no theory exists yet, an unexpected decrease of dichroism on approach of the critical point is observed. Moreover, we do not observe critical slowing down of shear-induced dichroism, right up to the critical point, in contrast to the turbidity.

  6. POlarization Emission of Millimeter Activity at the Sun (POEMAS): new circular polarization solar telescopes at two millimeter wavelength ranges

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    Valio, A. S.; Kaufmann, P.; Gimenez de Castro, C.; Raulin, J.; Fernandes, L. T.; Marun, A.

    2012-12-01

    We present a new system of two circular polarization solar radio telescopes, POEMAS, for observation of the Sun at 45 and 90 GHz. The novel characteristic of these instruments is the capability to measure circular right and left handed polarization at such high frequencies. The two frequencies were chosen so as to bridge the gap at radio frequencies between 20 and 200 GHz of the spectra of solar flares. The telescopes, installed at CASLEO Observatory (Argentina), observe the full disk of the Sun with HPBW of 1.4 degree, time resolution of 10 ms, sensitivity of 0.2 K at both frequencies, that corresponds to 0.5 and 4 SFU, and aperture efficiencies of 45% and 71% at 45 and 90 GHz, respectively. The telescopes system saw the first light on November 2011 and is operating daily since then. A few flares were observed and are presented here.; POEMAS (POlarization Emission of Millimeter Activity at the Sun) Telescopes operating continuously at 45 and 90 GHz.

  7. Circularly permuted viral pRNA active and specific in the packaging of bacteriophage phi 29 DNA.

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    Zhang, C; Trottier, M; Guo, P

    1995-03-10

    A viral-encoded 120-base pRNA has been shown to have an essential role in the packaging of bacteriophage phi 29 DNA. The finding that both the 5'- and 3'-termini of the pRNA are proximate and crucial for biological function (C. Zhang, C. Lee, and P. Guo, 1994, Virology, 201, 77-85) prompted investigation of the activity of circularly permuted pRNAs (cpRNA) and of the expandability and essentiality of bases extending from the termini. A 117-base pRNA with a deletion of three bases downstream of the proximal terminus was active in DNA packaging. Concatemeric DNAs containing two tandem pRNA genes separated by a short or a long loop sequence were constructed. The cpRNAs from these DNA templates were transcribed in vitro and shown to be active in phi 29 DNA packaging, with activity comparable to the parental (noncircularly permuted) pRNA, indicating that neither of the loops tested affected the activity and folding of the cpRNA. As few as four bases were sufficient to serve as a loop for the terminal 180 degree turn, and a loop as long as 27 bases did not affect the cpRNA structure and function. Eight cpRNAs were constructed to assess the effect of openings within the wild-type pRNA structure. Opening of the bulge at residue 38 did not affect cpRNA activity, but opening the bulge at residue 55 greatly reduced it. Although the sequence of the 5',3'-terminal loop was not important for the folding and activity of the cpRNA, the activities of cpRNAs with openings at individual bulges or hairpins were different, indicating that each region plays a different role in pRNA folding and function. Our results indicate that it is possible to generate active circularly permuted pRNA by assigning internal sites of the pRNA as new 3'- and 5'-termini. The creation of new variable ends makes the labeling of internal bases of the pRNA molecule possible and will facilitate the analysis of pRNA secondary and tertiary structure. PMID:7533964

  8. DEIMOS: A beamline dedicated to dichroism measurements in the 350–2500 eV energy range

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    Ohresser, P. Otero, E.; Choueikani, F.; Chen, K.; Stanescu, S.; Deschamps, F.; Moreno, T.; Polack, F.; Lagarde, B.; Daguerre, J.-P.; Marteau, F.; Scheurer, F.; Joly, L.; Muller, B.; Kappler, J.-P.; Bunau, O.; Sainctavit, Ph.

    2014-01-15

    The DEIMOS (Dichroism Experimental Installation for Magneto-Optical Spectroscopy) beamline was part of the second phase of the beamline development at French Synchrotron SOLEIL (Source Optimisée de Lumière à Energie Intermédiaire du LURE) and opened to users in March 2011. It delivers polarized soft x-rays to perform x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, and x-ray linear dichroism in the energy range 350–2500 eV. The beamline has been optimized for stability and reproducibility in terms of photon flux and photon energy. The main end-station consists in a cryo-magnet with 2 split coils providing a 7 T magnetic field along the beam or 2 T perpendicular to the beam with a controllable temperature on the sample from 370 K down to 1.5 K.

  9. DEIMOS: a beamline dedicated to dichroism measurements in the 350-2500 eV energy range.

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    Ohresser, P; Otero, E; Choueikani, F; Chen, K; Stanescu, S; Deschamps, F; Moreno, T; Polack, F; Lagarde, B; Daguerre, J-P; Marteau, F; Scheurer, F; Joly, L; Kappler, J-P; Muller, B; Bunau, O; Sainctavit, Ph

    2014-01-01

    The DEIMOS (Dichroism Experimental Installation for Magneto-Optical Spectroscopy) beamline was part of the second phase of the beamline development at French Synchrotron SOLEIL (Source Optimisée de Lumière à Energie Intermédiaire du LURE) and opened to users in March 2011. It delivers polarized soft x-rays to perform x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, and x-ray linear dichroism in the energy range 350-2500 eV. The beamline has been optimized for stability and reproducibility in terms of photon flux and photon energy. The main end-station consists in a cryo-magnet with 2 split coils providing a 7 T magnetic field along the beam or 2 T perpendicular to the beam with a controllable temperature on the sample from 370 K down to 1.5 K.

  10. Octupole Magnet For Soft X Ray Magnetic Dichroism Experiments: Design and Performance

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    Arenholz, Elke; Prestemon, Soren O.

    2004-05-12

    An octupole magnet endstation for soft x ray magnetic dichroism measurements has been developed at the Advanced Light Source. The system consists of an eight pole electromagnet that surrounds a small vacuum chamber. The magnet provides fields up to 0.9 T that can be applied in any direction relative to the incoming x ray beam. High precision magnetic circular and linear dichroism spectra can be obtained reversing the magnetic field for each photon energy in an energy scan. Moreover, the field dependence of all components of the magnetization vector can be studied in detail by choosing various angles of x ray incidence while keeping the relative orientation of magnetic field and sample fixed.

  11. Design and performance of an eight pole resistive magnet for softx-ray magnetic dichroism measurements

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    Arenholz, Elke; Prestemon, Soren O.

    2005-06-01

    To take full advantage of the strengths of soft x-ray magnetic dichroism (XMD) measurements for the detailed and quantitative characterization of multi-element magnetic materials, we developed an eight pole electromagnet that provides magnetic fields up to 0.9 T in any direction relative to the incoming x-ray beam. The setup allows us to measure magnetic circular and linear dichroism spectra as well as to thoroughly study magnetization reversal processes with very high precision. Design constraints and system optimization for maximum peak field are discussed. The predicted current-field relation is in excellent agreement with experimental findings. A brief discussion of the key technical difficulties in developing a similar superconducting device with peak fields of 5 T and ramping rates suitable for point-by-point full field reversal in an XMD experiment is presented.

  12. Configuration of singular optical cones in gyrotropic crystals with dichroism

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    Merkulov, V. S.

    2015-02-15

    Optical conic singularities in crystals with linear dichroism and natural optical activity at the point of intersection of dispersion curves for the main refractive indices are considered. The possible existence of singularities like a nodal point, tangency point, triple point, and cusps of the first and second order is demonstrated. Forty-nine different types of irreducible fourth-order optical cones obtained by sequential bifurcations of eight main singular cones are established. The classification is based on the concept of roughness of systems depending on parameters.

  13. Effects of leu-enkephalin on the mechanical activity of longitudinal and circular muscles of the small intestine of the cat.

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    Venkova, K; Radomirov, R; Pencheva, N

    1989-11-01

    The effects of leu-enkephalin on the spontaneous and electrically-evoked activity were studied in the longitudinal and circular strips isolated from the duodenum, jejunum and ileum of the cat. Leu-enkephalin affected the spontaneous activity of both longitudinal and circular strips, with the exception of the circular strips from the ileum, in a naloxone-dependent manner. Elimination of the neural input to the smooth muscle cells with tetrodotoxin blocked the effects of leu-enkephalin in the longitudinal and circular strips from the jejunum and in the longitudinal strips from the ileum. In the longitudinal strips from the duodenum the effect was resistant to tetrodotoxin, while in the circular strips a tetrodotoxin-sensitive component of the effect of leu-enkephalin was observed. Since leu-enkephalin evoked opposite effects in the longitudinal and circular layers of one and the same region, it is concluded that leu-enkephalin-induced modulation of the motility of the small intestine in the cat is a physiological phenomenon. Electrical stimulation, at a frequency of 5 Hz, evoked contractile responses in the longitudinal strips and relaxant, as well as low-amplitude, contractile responses in the circular strips. Rebound contractions developed after the end of stimulation in all preparations tested, with the exception of the longitudinal strips from the duodenum. Leu-enkephalin decreased the contractile components and tended to potentiate the relaxant components of the responses in a naloxone-dependent manner. Atropine inhibited the contractile components of the responses and significantly depressed the rebound contractions. Leu-enkephalin, applied after atropine, was ineffective suggesting that leu-enkephalin-induced modulation was mediated mainly through interaction with cholinergic transmission.

  14. X-Ray Dichroism in Photoelectron Spectroscopy for Direct Element Specific Surface Magnetometry of Nanomagnetic Structures

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    Tobin, James G.

    1997-03-01

    Element specific surface magnetometry remains a central goal of synchrotron radiation based studies of nanomagnetic structures. One appealing possibility is the combination of xray absorption dichroism measurements and the theoretical framework provided by the "sum rules."[1] Unfortunately, sum rule analyses are hampered by several limitations [2], including delocalization of the final state, multi-electronic phenomena and the presence of surface dipoles. An alternative experiment, Magnetic Xray Dichroism in Photoelectron Spectroscopy, holds out promise based upon its elemental specificity, surface sensitivity and high resolution. Computational simulations by Tamura et al [3] demonstrated the relationship between exchange and spin orbit splittings and experimental data of linear and circular dichroisms. Now we [4] have developed an analytical framework which allows for the direct extraction of core level exchange splittings from circular and linear dichroic photoemission data. By extending a model initially proposed by Venus [5], it is possible to show a linear relation between normalized dichroism peaks in the experimental data and the underlying exchange splitting. Since it is reasonable to expect that exchange splittings and magnetic moments track together [6], this measurement thus becomes a powerful new tool for direct surface magnetometry, without recourse to time consuming and difficult spectral simulations. The theoretical derivation will be supported by high resolution linear and circular dichroism data collected at the Spectromicroscopy Facility of the Advanced Light Source. [7,8] This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by LLNL under contract No. W-7405-ENG-48. 1. B.T. Thole et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68,1943 (1992); P. Carra et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 694 (1993). 2. J.G. Tobin et al Phys. Rev. B 52, 6530 (1995). 3. E. Tamura et al, Phys. Rev. Lett 73, 1533 (1994) 4. J.G. Tobin, K.W. Goodman, F.O. Schumann, R.F. Willis, J

  15. Vibrationally induced inversion of photoelectron forward-backward asymmetry in chiral molecule photoionization by circularly polarized light

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    Garcia, Gustavo A.; Nahon, Laurent; Daly, Steven; Powis, Ivan

    2013-01-01

    Electron–nuclei coupling accompanying excitation and relaxation processes is a fascinating phenomenon in molecular dynamics. A striking and unexpected example of such coupling is presented here in the context of photoelectron circular dichroism measurements on randomly oriented, chiral methyloxirane molecules, unaffected by any continuum resonance. Here, we report that the forward-backward asymmetry in the electron angular distribution, with respect to the photon axis, which is associated with photoelectron circular dichroism can surprisingly reverse direction according to the ion vibrational mode excited. This vibrational dependence represents a clear breakdown of the usual Franck–Condon assumption, ascribed to the enhanced sensitivity of photoelectron circular dichroism (compared with other observables like cross-sections or the conventional anisotropy parameter-β) to the scattering phase off the chiral molecular potential, inducing a dependence on the nuclear geometry sampled in the photoionization process. Important consequences for the interpretation of such dichroism measurements within analytical contexts are discussed. PMID:23828557

  16. Magnetic dichroism in angle-resolved hard x-ray photoemission from buried layers

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    Kozina, Xeniya; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Stryganyuk, Gregory; Ouardi, Siham; Balke, Benjamin; Felser, Claudia; Schönhense, Gerd; Ikenaga, Eiji; Sugiyama, Takeharu; Kawamura, Naomi; Suzuki, Motohiro; Taira, Tomoyuki; Uemura, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Masafumi; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Wang, Wenhong; Inomata, Koichiro; Kobayashi, Keisuke

    2011-08-01

    This work reports the measurement of magnetic dichroism in angular-resolved photoemission from in-plane magnetized buried thin films. The high bulk sensitivity of hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) in combination with circularly polarized radiation enables the investigation of the magnetic properties of buried layers. HAXPES experiments with an excitation energy of 8 keV were performed on exchange-biased magnetic layers covered by thin oxide films. Two types of structures were investigated with the IrMn exchange-biasing layer either above or below the ferromagnetic layer: one with a CoFe layer on top and another with a Co2FeAl layer buried beneath the IrMn layer. A pronounced magnetic dichroism is found in the Co and Fe 2p states of both materials. The localization of the magnetic moments at the Fe site conditioning the peculiar characteristics of the Co2FeAl Heusler compound, predicted to be a half-metallic ferromagnet, is revealed from the magnetic dichroism detected in the Fe 2p states.

  17. Circular causality.

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    Thomas, R

    2006-07-01

    The problem of disentangling complex dynamic systems is addressed, especially with a view to identifying those variables that take part in the essential qualitative behaviour of systems. The author presents a series of reflections about the methods of formalisation together with the principles that govern the global operation of systems. In particular, a section on circuits, nuclei, and circular causality and a rather detailed description of the analytic use of the generalised asynchronous logical description, together with a brief description of its synthetic use (OreverseO logic). Some basic rules are recalled, such as the fact that a positive circuit is a necessary condition of multistationarity. Also, the interest of considering as a model, rather than a well-defined set of differential equations, a variety of systems that differ from each other only by the values of constant terms is emphasised. All these systems have a common Jacobian matrix and for all of them phase space has exactly the same structure. It means that all can be partitioned in the same way as regards the signs of the eigenvalues and thus as regards the precise nature of any steady states that might be present. Which steady states are actually present, depends on the values of terms of order zero in the ordinary differential equations (ODEs), and it is easy to find for which values of these terms a given point in phase space is steady. Models can be synthesised first at the level of the circuits involved in the Jacobian matrix (that determines which types and numbers of steady states are consistent with the model), then only at the level of terms of order zero in the ODE's (that determines which of the steady states actually exist), hence the title 'Circular casuality'.

  18. Scanning differential polarization microscope: Its use to image linear and circular differential scattering

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    Mickols, W.; Maestre, M.F.

    1988-06-01

    A differential polarization microscope that couples the sensitivity of single-beam measurement of circular dichroism and circular differential scattering with the simultaneous measurement of linear dichroism and linear differential scattering has been developed. The microscope uses a scanning microscope stage and single-point illumination to give the very shallow depth of field found in confocal microscopy. This microscope can operate in the confocal mode as well as in the near confocal condition that can allow one to program the coherence and spatial resolution of the microscope. This microscope has been used to study the change in the structure of chromatin during the development of sperm in Drosophila.

  19. In vitro antiviral activity of circular triple helix forming oligonucleotide RNA towards Feline Infectious Peritonitis virus replication.

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    Choong, Oi Kuan; Mehrbod, Parvaneh; Tejo, Bimo Ario; Omar, Abdul Rahman

    2014-01-01

    Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a severe fatal immune-augmented disease in cat population. It is caused by FIP virus (FIPV), a virulent mutant strain of Feline Enteric Coronavirus (FECV). Current treatments and prophylactics are not effective. The in vitro antiviral properties of five circular Triple-Helix Forming Oligonucleotide (TFO) RNAs (TFO1 to TFO5), which target the different regions of virulent feline coronavirus (FCoV) strain FIPV WSU 79-1146 genome, were tested in FIPV-infected Crandell-Rees Feline Kidney (CRFK) cells. RT-qPCR results showed that the circular TFO RNAs, except TFO2, inhibit FIPV replication, where the viral genome copy numbers decreased significantly by 5-fold log10 from 10(14) in the virus-inoculated cells to 10(9) in the circular TFO RNAs-transfected cells. Furthermore, the binding of the circular TFO RNA with the targeted viral genome segment was also confirmed using electrophoretic mobility shift assay. The strength of binding kinetics between the TFO RNAs and their target regions was demonstrated by NanoITC assay. In conclusion, the circular TFOs have the potential to be further developed as antiviral agents against FIPV infection.

  20. In Vitro Antiviral Activity of Circular Triple Helix Forming Oligonucleotide RNA towards Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus Replication

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    Choong, Oi Kuan; Tejo, Bimo Ario; Omar, Abdul Rahman

    2014-01-01

    Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a severe fatal immune-augmented disease in cat population. It is caused by FIP virus (FIPV), a virulent mutant strain of Feline Enteric Coronavirus (FECV). Current treatments and prophylactics are not effective. The in vitro antiviral properties of five circular Triple-Helix Forming Oligonucleotide (TFO) RNAs (TFO1 to TFO5), which target the different regions of virulent feline coronavirus (FCoV) strain FIPV WSU 79-1146 genome, were tested in FIPV-infected Crandell-Rees Feline Kidney (CRFK) cells. RT-qPCR results showed that the circular TFO RNAs, except TFO2, inhibit FIPV replication, where the viral genome copy numbers decreased significantly by 5-fold log10 from 1014 in the virus-inoculated cells to 109 in the circular TFO RNAs-transfected cells. Furthermore, the binding of the circular TFO RNA with the targeted viral genome segment was also confirmed using electrophoretic mobility shift assay. The strength of binding kinetics between the TFO RNAs and their target regions was demonstrated by NanoITC assay. In conclusion, the circular TFOs have the potential to be further developed as antiviral agents against FIPV infection. PMID:24707494

  1. Development and experimental verification of a theory for high-field, ultralow-temperature magnetic linear dichroism of glasses containing molecular chromophores with spin doublet ground states

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    Bominaar, Emile L.; Peterson, Jim

    1999-10-01

    The first observation of magnetic linear dichroism in a metalloprotein Kramers system is reported, namely, that exhibited by the porphyrin moiety in ferricytochrome c (spin S=1/2). The measurements were conducted at low temperatures and in strong magnetic fields to maximize the signal intensity, which is intrinsicly weak in this case. The theory used in the interpretation of the wavelength dependence of this magneto-optical effect is based on the rigid-shift approximation in which the dichroic spectra are expressed as a sum of zeroth, first, and second derivatives of the underlying electronic absorption band. Similar to the case for magnetic circular dichroism, magnetic linear dichroism is caused by the Zeeman interactions of the molecular-chromophore electrons with an applied magnetic field. Two kinds of Zeeman interaction are considered, termed "inner state" and "outer state" depending on, respectively, whether or not they act between the components of a single Kramers doublet of the chromophore. It is formally demonstrated that the zeroth-derivative term for an electric-dipole transition between Kramers doublets arising from inner-state Zeeman interactions (nominally the strongest effect) completely cancels in the powder average over a randomly oriented ensemble of chromophores for all values of temperature and field. This cancellation has a profound effect on the magnetic linear dichroism of molecular chromophores suspended in glasses, as the effect now entirely relies on a set of weaker residual terms, each one having its own spectroscopic characteristics. The residual contributions have been estimated on the basis of electronic-term-energy differences and bandwidths in ferricytochrome c, resulting in the identification of the inner- and outer-state terms C1 and F0 as the dominant signatures. This prediction is in agreement with the experimental data for the shape and dependence on applied field and temperature of the magneto-dichroic spectrum for this

  2. Note: Derivation of two-photon circular dichroism—Addendum to “Two-photon circular dichroism” [J. Chem. Phys. 62, 1006 (1975)

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    Friese, Daniel H.

    2015-09-07

    This addendum shows the detailed derivation of the fundamental equations for two-photon circular dichroism which are given in a very condensed form in the original publication [I. Tinoco, J. Chem. Phys. 62, 1006 (1975)]. In addition, some minor errors are corrected and some of the derivations in the original publication are commented.

  3. Mueller-matrices polarization selection of two-dimensional linear and circular birefringence images

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    Ushenko, V. A.; Zabolotna, N. I.; Pavlov, S. V.; Burcovets, D. M.; Novakovska, O. Yu.

    2013-12-01

    The work consists of investigation results of diagnostic efficiency of a new azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix method of analysis of laser autofluorescence coordinate distributions of biological tissues histological sections. A new model of generalized optical anisotropy of biological tissues protein networks is proposed in order to define the processes of laser autofluorescence. The influence of complex mechanisms of both phase anisotropy (linear birefringence and optical activity) and linear (circular) dichroism is taken into account. The interconnections between the azimuthally stable Mueller-matrix elements characterizing laser autofluorescence and different mechanisms of optical anisotropy are determined. The complex statistic, correlation and fractal analysis of coordinate distributions of such Mueller-matrix rotation invariants is proposed. Thereupon the quantitative criteria (statistic moments of the 1st to the 4th order, correlation moment, fratal parameters) of differentiation of histological sections of uterus wall tumor - group 1 (polypus) and group 2 (adenocarcinoma) are estimated.

  4. Photo-induced optical activity in phase-change memory materials.

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    Borisenko, Konstantin B; Shanmugam, Janaki; Williams, Benjamin A O; Ewart, Paul; Gholipour, Behrad; Hewak, Daniel W; Hussain, Rohanah; Jávorfi, Tamás; Siligardi, Giuliano; Kirkland, Angus I

    2015-03-05

    We demonstrate that optical activity in amorphous isotropic thin films of pure Ge2Sb2Te5 and N-doped Ge2Sb2Te5N phase-change memory materials can be induced using rapid photo crystallisation with circularly polarised laser light. The new anisotropic phase transition has been confirmed by circular dichroism measurements. This opens up the possibility of controlled induction of optical activity at the nanosecond time scale for exploitation in a new generation of high-density optical memory, fast chiroptical switches and chiral metamaterials.

  5. Excited electronic states of limonene: A circular dichroism and photoelectron spectroscopy study of d-limonene

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    Brint, P.; Meshulam, Edna; Gedanken, Aharon

    1984-08-01

    The excited states of limonene are discussed in the light of vacuum-UV absorption, VUVCD and photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Only one π → π* transition arising from the double bond of the ring is observed. The CD sign of the π → π* transition does not obey the octant rule formulated for chiral olefins.

  6. Circular dichroism anisotrophy of DNA with different modifications at N7 of guanine.

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    Zavriev, S K; Minchenkova, L E; Vorlícková, M; Kolchinsky, A M; Volkenstein, M V; Ivanov, V I

    1979-09-27

    The complexex DNA-Ag1+, DNA-Cu1+, protonated DNA and DNA methylated at N7 of guanine were oriented by pumping the solutions through a multicapillary cell in the direction of a light beam. The CD components along the DNA axis, delta epsilon parallel, and normal to it, 2 delta epsilon perpendicular, were calculated from the CD spectra of the oriented samples by the method of Chung and Holzwarth, (1975) J. Mol. Biol. 92, 449--466. It was shown that in most cases, except that of the protonated DNA, the degree of orientation was only slightly less than that for pure DNA. This demonstrated the absence of aggregation and of appreciable denaturation. In all cases the modifications of DNA give rise to a negative component 2 delta epsilon perpendicular, whose magnitude increased as the extent of modification increased. From both the CD spectra of non-oriented samples and the absorption spectra, an inference is drawn that Ag1+ and Cu1+ are attached to the same site as CH3 groups i.e., to the N7 atom of guanine. Proton transfer along the H-bond from the N1 atom of G to the N3 atom of the complementary cytosine is suggested to be a result of the modifications, although the case of H+-DNA may differ from the others. Based on the CD spectra for the anisotropic components, delta epsilon parallel and 2 delta epsilon perpendicular, it is proposed that ligand binding is accompanied by winding of the DNA helix.

  7. Green Oxidation of Menthol Enantiomers and Analysis by Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy: An Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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    Geiger, H. Cristina; Donohoe, James S.

    2012-01-01

    Green chemistry addresses environmental concerns associated with chemical processes and increases awareness of possible harmful effects of chemical reagents. Efficient reactions that eliminate or reduce the use of organic solvents or toxic reagents are increasingly available. A two-week experiment is reported that entails the calcium hypochlorite…

  8. Hydroxypyridyl Imines: Enhancing Chromatographic Separation and Stereochemical Analysis of Chiral Amines via Circular Dichroism.

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    Joyce, Leo A; Regalado, Erik L; Welch, Christopher J

    2016-09-16

    Imine-bond formation between chiral amines and commercially available 3-hydroxypyridine-2-carboxaldehyde (HCA) was exploited for rapid determination of stereochemical composition. Chiral supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) screening of the derivatized imine compounds led to the elucidation of multiple combinations of mobile and stationary phases that gave resolution of all members of a series of chiral amines. The first eluting enantiomer was generally the derivative of the (R)-amine enantiomer across the series that was studied, indicating that the imine formed from the (S)-amine has more favorable interaction with the chiral stationary phase of the column. These conditions were then applied to more challenging compounds, namely amino alcohols and diastereomers possessing more than one stereocenter. The approach was utilized to monitor stereoselective biocatalytic transamination and assign the absolute configuration of the enantiomeric products. Finally, hydrolysis of the imine bond of the derivative was shown to generate enantiopure amine starting materials without racemization. This further highlights the value of this approach for creating readily reversed derivatives that enhance chromatographic separation and aid in the determination of absolute configuration. PMID:27529785

  9. Theoretical investigation on bridged triarylamine helicenes: UV/visible and circular dichroism spectra

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    Spassova, Milena; Asselberghs, Inge; Verbiest, Thierry; Clays, Koen; Botek, Edith; Champagne, Benoît

    2007-05-01

    The UV/visible and CD spectra of bridged triarylamine helicenes have been simulated using the TDDFT/B3LYP/6-31+G(d) method. They reproduce well the experimental spectra. For M-helicenes, the Cotton effect associated with the lowest-energy transition is negative for the smallest helicenes and becomes positive for the largest one, as a result of the variations of the angle between the electric and magnetic transition dipole moments. Since these species are stable upon oxidation, the UV/visible and CD spectra of their radical cations have been simulated. They show low-energy absorption and CD bands, figuring out enhancement of the first hyperpolarizability.

  10. Hydroxypyridyl Imines: Enhancing Chromatographic Separation and Stereochemical Analysis of Chiral Amines via Circular Dichroism.

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    Joyce, Leo A; Regalado, Erik L; Welch, Christopher J

    2016-09-16

    Imine-bond formation between chiral amines and commercially available 3-hydroxypyridine-2-carboxaldehyde (HCA) was exploited for rapid determination of stereochemical composition. Chiral supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) screening of the derivatized imine compounds led to the elucidation of multiple combinations of mobile and stationary phases that gave resolution of all members of a series of chiral amines. The first eluting enantiomer was generally the derivative of the (R)-amine enantiomer across the series that was studied, indicating that the imine formed from the (S)-amine has more favorable interaction with the chiral stationary phase of the column. These conditions were then applied to more challenging compounds, namely amino alcohols and diastereomers possessing more than one stereocenter. The approach was utilized to monitor stereoselective biocatalytic transamination and assign the absolute configuration of the enantiomeric products. Finally, hydrolysis of the imine bond of the derivative was shown to generate enantiopure amine starting materials without racemization. This further highlights the value of this approach for creating readily reversed derivatives that enhance chromatographic separation and aid in the determination of absolute configuration.

  11. On the existence of Jones birefringence and Jones dichroism.

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    Arteaga, Oriol

    2010-05-01

    We claim that the so-called Jones birefringence and Jones dichroism effects, understood as new optical phenomena of difficult experimental observation, cannot be deduced from Jones publications and were proposed due to a misinterpretation of his original work.

  12. Theory for magnetic linear dichroism of electronic transitions between twofold-degenerate molecular spin levels

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    Bominaar, Emile L.; Achim, Catalina; Peterson, Jim

    1998-07-01

    Magnetic linear dichroism (MLD) spectroscopy is a relatively new technique which previously has been almost exclusively applied to atoms. These investigations have revealed that the study of MLD, in conjunction with electronic absorption and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopies, provides significant additional information concerning the electronic structure of atoms. More recent measurements have indicated that MLD is also observable from transition ions in inorganic compounds and metalloproteins. While the theory for atomic MLD has been worked out in considerable detail during the last two decades, an MLD theory of practical utility for the analysis of the spectra derived from the majority of paramagnetic molecules is not available. In the present contribution, the MLD of an electric-dipole-allowed transition between twofold-degenerate molecular spin levels is analyzed, assuming nonsaturating conditions. As for atomic systems, it is found that the MLD of a single molecule is dominated by the term G0. However, this term vanishes in the powder average evaluated for a randomly oriented ensemble of molecules, leading to a drastic reduction of the MLD differential absorption for systems with spin S=1/2 compared to that observed for systems with higher ground-state spin. It is found that MLD and MCD spectroscopies on solution samples have complementary spin-state specific sensitivities which suggest that the two methods can be used to selectively probe the individual metal sites in multicenter metalloprotein assemblies.

  13. X-ray linear dichroism dependence on ferroelectric polarization.

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    Polisetty, S; Zhou, J; Karthik, J; Damodaran, A R; Chen, D; Scholl, A; Martin, L W; Holcomb, M

    2012-06-20

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy and photoemission electron microscopy are techniques commonly used to determine the magnetic properties of thin films, crystals, and heterostructures. Recently, these methods have been used in the study of magnetoelectrics and multiferroics. The analysis of such materials has been compromised by the presence of multiple order parameters and the lack of information on how to separate these coupled properties. In this work, we shed light on the manifestation of dichroism from ferroelectric polarization and atomic structure using photoemission electron microscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Linear dichroism arising from the ferroelectric order in the PbZr0:2Ti0:8O3 thin films was studied as a function of incident x-ray polarization and geometry to unambiguously determine the angular dependence of the ferroelectric contribution to the dichroism. These measurements allow us to examine the contribution of surface charges and ferroelectric polarization as potential mechanisms for linear dichroism. The x-ray linear dichroism from ferroelectric order revealed an angular dependence based on the angle between the ferroelectric polarization direction and the x-ray polarization axis, allowing a formula for linear dichroism in ferroelectric samples to be defined.

  14. Achieving atomic resolution magnetic dichroism by controlling the phase symmetry of an electron probe

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    Rusz, Jan; Idrobo, Juan -Carlos; Bhowmick, Somnath

    2014-09-30

    The calculations presented here reveal that an electron probe carrying orbital angular momentum is just a particular case of a wider class of electron beams that can be used to measure electron magnetic circular dichroism (EMCD) with atomic resolution. It is possible to obtain an EMCD signal with atomic resolution by simply breaking the symmetry of the electron probe phase front using the aberration-corrected optics of a scanning transmission electron microscope. The probe’s required phase distribution depends on the sample’s magnetic symmetry and crystal structure. The calculations indicate that EMCD signals that use the electron probe’s phase are as strong as those obtained by nanodiffraction methods.

  15. Achieving atomic resolution magnetic dichroism by controlling the phase symmetry of an electron probe

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    Rusz, Jan; Idrobo, Juan -Carlos; Bhowmick, Somnath

    2014-09-30

    The calculations presented here reveal that an electron probe carrying orbital angular momentum is just a particular case of a wider class of electron beams that can be used to measure electron magnetic circular dichroism (EMCD) with atomic resolution. It is possible to obtain an EMCD signal with atomic resolution by simply breaking the symmetry of the electron probe phase front using the aberration-corrected optics of a scanning transmission electron microscope. The probe’s required phase distribution depends on the sample’s magnetic symmetry and crystal structure. The calculations indicate that EMCD signals that use the electron probe’s phase are as strongmore » as those obtained by nanodiffraction methods.« less

  16. Induced birefringence and dichroism in azo polymers. Comparison between amorphous and liquid crystalline polymers

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    Natansohn, A.; Brown, D.; Rochon, P.

    1993-12-31

    Macroscopic order can be induced in amorphous high-Tg azo polymers (usually containing electron-donor - electron-acceptor substituted azobenzene moieties) by exposure to polarized light. The phenomenon is based on a series of trans-cis-trans isomerization cycles and the induced birefringence is typically of 2x10{sup {minus}2}. The ordered domains can be returned to randomness ({open_quotes}erased{close_quotes}) using circularly polarized light. This paper will present a comparison between amorphous and liquid crystalline azo polymers. The most significant difference between these two types of polymers is that any other type of concert with the azo moiety. Consequently the dichroism and birefringence induced in the liquid crystalline polymers can be one order of magnitude higher than in the amorphous polymers. At the same time, however, the time required to achieve saturation also increases by at least one order of magnitude.

  17. Propeller-Like Nanorod-Upconversion Nanoparticle Assemblies with Intense Chiroptical Activity and Luminescence Enhancement in Aqueous Phase.

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    Wu, Xiaoling; Xu, Liguang; Ma, Wei; Liu, Liqiang; Kuang, Hua; Kotov, Nicholas A; Xu, Chuanlai

    2016-07-01

    Propeller-like nanoscale assemblies with exceptionally intense chiroptical activity and strong luminescence are prepared using gold nanorods and upconversion nanoparticles. The circular dichroism intensity of the tetramer reached 80.9 mdeg, with g-factor value of 2.1 × 10(-2) . The enhancement factor of upconversion luminescence is as high as 21.3 in aqueous phase. Attomolar bioanalysis of a cancer biomarker with two model is also achieved, showing potential for early disease diagnosis and environmental monitoring.

  18. POlarization Emission of Millimeter Activity at the Sun (POEMAS): New Circular Polarization Solar Telescopes at Two Millimeter Wavelength Ranges

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    Valio, Adriana; Kaufmann, P.; Giménez de Castro, C. G.; Raulin, J.-P.; Fernandes, L. O. T.; Marun, A.

    2013-04-01

    We present a new system of two circular polarization solar radio telescopes, POEMAS, for observations of the Sun at 45 and 90 GHz. The novel characteristic of these instruments is the capability to measure circular right- and left-hand polarizations at these high frequencies. The two frequencies were chosen so as to bridge the gap at radio frequencies between 20 and 200 GHz of solar flare spectra. The telescopes, installed at CASLEO Observatory (Argentina), observe the full disk of the Sun with a half power beam width of 1.4∘, a time resolution of 10 ms at both frequencies, a sensitivity of 2 - 4 K that corresponds to 4 and 20 solar flux unit (=104 Jy), considering aperture efficiencies of 50±5 % and 75±8 % at 45 and 90 GHz, respectively. The telescope system saw first light in November 2011 and is satisfactorily operating daily since then. A few flares were observed and are presented here. The millimeter spectra of some flares are seen to rise toward higher frequencies, indicating the presence of a new spectral component distinct from the microwave one.

  19. Non-collinear generation of angularly isolated circularly polarized high harmonics

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    Hickstein, Daniel D.; Dollar, Franklin J.; Grychtol, Patrik; Ellis, Jennifer L.; Knut, Ronny; Hernández-García, Carlos; Zusin, Dmitriy; Gentry, Christian; Shaw, Justin M.; Fan, Tingting; Dorney, Kevin M.; Becker, Andreas; Jaroń-Becker, Agnieszka; Kapteyn, Henry C.; Murnane, Margaret M.; Durfee, Charles G.

    2015-11-01

    We generate angularly isolated beams of circularly polarized extreme ultraviolet light through the first implementation of non-collinear high harmonic generation with circularly polarized driving lasers. This non-collinear technique offers numerous advantages over previous methods, including the generation of higher photon energies, the separation of the harmonics from the pump beam, the production of both left and right circularly polarized harmonics at the same wavelength and the capability of separating the harmonics without using a spectrometer. To confirm the circular polarization of the beams and to demonstrate the practicality of this new light source, we measure the magnetic circular dichroism of a 20 nm iron film. Furthermore, we explain the mechanisms of non-collinear high harmonic generation using analytical descriptions in both the photon and wave models. Advanced numerical simulations indicate that this non-collinear mixing enables the generation of isolated attosecond pulses with circular polarization.

  20. Circular birefringence of banded spherulites.

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    Cui, Xiaoyan; Shtukenberg, Alexander G; Freudenthal, John; Nichols, Shane; Kahr, Bart

    2014-04-01

    Crystal optical properties of banded spherulites of 21 different compounds--molecular crystals, polymers, and minerals--with helically twisted fibers were analyzed with Mueller matrix polarimetry. The well-established radial oscillations in linear birefringence of many polycrystalline ensembles is accompanied by oscillations in circular birefringence that cannot be explained by the natural optical activity of corresponding compounds, some of which are centrosymmetric in the crystalline state. The circular birefringence is shown to be a consequence of misoriented, overlapping anisotropic lamellae, a kind of optical activity associated with the mesoscale stereochemistry of the refracting components. Lamellae splay as a consequence of space constraints related to simultaneous twisting of anisometric lamellae. This mechanism is supported by quantitative simulations of circular birefringence arising from crystallite twisting and splaying under confinement. PMID:24625095

  1. Broadening and shifting of the methanol 119 {mu}m gain line of linear and circular polarization by collision with chiral molecules

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    J.S. Bakos; G. Djotyan; Zsuzsa Soerlei; J. Szigeti; D. K. Mansfield; J. Sarkozi

    2000-06-21

    Evidence of circular dichroism has been observed in the spectral properties of a gas of left-right symmetric molecules. This dichroism comes about as the result of collisions of the symmetric molecules with left-right asymmetric molecules introduced as a buffer gas. In this sense, the dichroism can be said to have been transferred from the chiral buffer molecules to the symmetric, non-chiral molecules of the background vapor. This transferred dichroism appears as broadening in the gain line of the symmetric molecule which is asymmetric with respect to the right or left handedness of a circularly polarized probe. The broadening of the 119 {mu}m line of the methanol molecule was observed using infrared-far infrared double resonance spectroscopy.

  2. Isolation, Stereochemical Study, and Antioxidant Activity of Benzofuranone Derivatives from a Mangrove-derived Fungus Eurotium rubrum MA-150.

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    Meng, Ling-Hong; Mándi, Attila; Li, Xiao-Ming; Liu, Yang; Kurtán, Tibor; Wang, Bin-Gui

    2016-08-01

    Enantiomers of a 2-benzofuran-1(3H)-one derivative [(-)- and (+)-] and four known analogs () were isolated and identified from the culture extract of Eurotium rubrum MA-150, a fungus obtained from the mangrove-derived rizospheric soil. Their structures were established by detailed interpretation of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data and the structure of (±)- was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The absolute configuration of the enantiomers (-)- and (+)- was determined by means of online high-performance liquid chromatography - electronic circular dichroism (HPLC-ECD) measurements and time-dependent Density Functional Theory - electronic circular dichroism (TDDFT-ECD) calculations. Compounds (±)- as well as and exhibited potent DPPH radical scavenging activities with IC50 values of 1.23, 2.26, and 3.99 μg/mL, respectively. Chirality 28:581-584, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27376714

  3. Characterization of Circular RNAs.

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    Zhang, Yang; Yang, Li; Chen, Ling-Ling

    2016-01-01

    Accumulated lines of evidence reveal that a large number of circular RNAs are produced in transcriptomes from fruit fly to mouse and human. Unlike linear RNAs shaped with 5' cap and 3' tail, circular RNAs are characterized by covalently closed loop structures without open terminals, thus requiring specific treatments for their identification and validation. Here, we describe a detailed pipeline for the characterization of circular RNAs. It has been successfully applied to the study of circular intronic RNAs derived from intron lariats (ciRNAs) and circular RNAs produced from back spliced exons (circRNAs) in human. PMID:26721494

  4. Circular Dammann grating

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    Zhou, Changhe; Jia, Jia; Liu, Liren

    2003-11-01

    A circular Dammann grating that can produce circular equal intensities at various orders in the far field is described. A set of parameters such as order, circular number, uniformity, and diffraction efficiency has been defined to describe the novel diffractive phase elements. Numerical solutions of binary-phase (0, π) circular Dammann gratings are given. The results of experiments with a four-order circular Dammann grating made by a lithographic technique are presented. This novel diffractive optical element should be highly interesting in a wide variety of practical applications.

  5. Theoretical study of the large linear dichroism of herapathite

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    Liang, Lei; Rulis, Paul; Kahr, Bart; Ching, W. Y.

    2009-12-01

    The remarkable linear dichroism of herapathite (HPT), the active component of polaroid, resisted explanation for more than 150 years because the crystal structure was not solved until very recently. The crystal structure with a formula unit of (C20H24N2O2H2)4ṡC2H4O2ṡ3SO4ṡ2I3ṡ6H2O in an orthorhombic cell has a slight disorder related to the positions of the six water molecules and the acetic-acid molecule. The electronic and optical properties of this complex crystal are here calculated on the basis of the newly described x-ray structure using a density-functional theory based method with local-orbital basis. The theoretical optical spectrum of HPT shows giant optical anisotropy as observed experimentally with an anisotropy factor on the order of 385 that can be ascribed to transitions between molecular levels of the 2I3- chains that are oriented along the crystalline b axis. It is shown that the key to achieve large anisotropy is to align the iodine ions in a quasi-one-dimensional chain via confinement in a clatharate channel formed by the quinine molecules. The solvent molecules in the crystal have a minimal effect. The implications of this work on biologically relevant systems are discussed.

  6. Circular polarization induced by the three-dimensional chiral structure of human sweat ducts

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    Hayut, Itai; Ben Ishai, Paul; Agranat, Aharon J.; Feldman, Yuri

    2014-04-01

    The upper part of the human eccrine sweat ducts, embedded within the epidermis layer, have a well-defined helical structure. It was recently suggested that, as electromagnetic entities, the sweat ducts interact with sub-mm waves [Y. Feldman et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 128102 (2008), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.128102]. Although correlation between changes in the reflectance spectrum in this frequency range and physiological activities has been shown, a direct link between the electromagnetic reflection and the helical structure itself has remained to be established. The fact that the sweat ducts manifest natural homochirality is henceforth used to produce this link. We report the detection of circular polarization asymmetry in the electromagnetic reflection from the human skin at sub-THz frequencies in vivo. We compare the results to numerical simulations and to measurements of a fabricated metamaterial. We argue that the observed circular dichroism can be interpreted uniquely as the signature of the helical structure itself. By twisting reflected electromagnetic waves, the human skin exhibits properties which are usually discussed only in the framework of metamaterial science.

  7. Sip, an integrase protein with excision, circularization and integration activities, defines a new family of mobile Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity islands.

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    Ubeda, Carles; Tormo, Ma Angeles; Cucarella, Carme; Trotonda, Pilar; Foster, Timothy J; Lasa, Iñigo; Penadés, José R

    2003-07-01

    We report the complete sequence of Staphylococcal pathogenicity island bovine 2 (SaPIbov2), encoding the biofilm-associated protein Bap. SaPIbov2 contains 24 open reading frames, including sip, which encodes a functional staphylococcal integrase protein. SaPIbov2 is bordered by 18 bp direct repeats. The integration site into the chromosome lies at the 3' end of a gene encoding GMP synthase. SaPIbov2 has extensive similarity to previously described pathogenicity islands of Staphylococcus aureus. The principal difference is that toxin genes present in the other pathogenicity islands are exchanged for a transposon-like element that carries the bap gene and genes encoding an ABC transporter and a transposase. Also, SaPIbov2 can be excised to form a circular element and can integrate site-specifically and RecA-independently at a chromosomal att site in a Sip-dependent manner. This was demonstrated both in S. aureus and with plasmid substrates ectopically in Escherichia coli. Thus, SaPIbov2 encodes a functional recombinase of the integrase family that promotes element excision and insertion/integration. In addition, we demonstrated that the presence of SaPIbov2 facilitated the persistence of S. aureus in an intramammary gland infection model. Finally, different bovine isolates of S. aureus were found to carry islands related to SaPIbov2, suggesting the existence of a family of related pathogenicity islands.

  8. Active Chiral Plasmonics.

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    Yin, Xinghui; Schäferling, Martin; Michel, Ann-Katrin U; Tittl, Andreas; Wuttig, Matthias; Taubner, Thomas; Giessen, Harald

    2015-07-01

    Active control over the handedness of a chiral metamaterial has the potential to serve as key element for highly integrated polarization engineering approaches, polarization sensitive imaging devices, and stereo display technologies. However, this is hard to achieve as it seemingly involves the reconfiguration of the metamolecule from a left-handed into a right-handed enantiomer and vice versa. This type of mechanical actuation is intricate and usually neither monolithically realizable nor viable for high-speed applications. Here, enabled by the phase change material Ge3Sb2Te6 (GST-326), we demonstrate a tunable and switchable mid-infrared plasmonic chiral metamaterial in a proof-of-concept experiment. A large tunability range of the circular dichroism response from λ = 4.15 to 4.90 μm is achieved, and we experimentally demonstrate that the combination of a passive bias-type chiral layer with the active chiral metamaterial allows for switchable chirality, that is, the reversal of the circular dichroism sign, in a fully planar, layered design without the need for geometrical reconfiguration. Because phase change materials can be electrically and optically switched, our designs may open up a path for highly integrated mid-IR polarization engineering devices that can be modulated on ultrafast time scales.

  9. Magnetic field strength at the innermost circular orbit in accretion disk of supermassive black hole in active galactic nuclei: comparison with the equipartition value

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    Piotrovich, M. Y.; Buliga, S. D.; Gnedin, Y. N.; Natsvlishvili, T. M.; Silant'ev, N. A.

    2015-06-01

    In this paper we present the results of the determination of the magnetic field strength at the innermost stable circular orbit (ISCO) of an active galactic nuclei (AGN) derived from the polarimetric data for radiation emerging from broad line regions (BLR). These results are obtained by the radiative transfer method that takes into account the effect of Faraday rotation depolarization. The observed polarization degree allows to estimate the value of the magnetic field in the BLR and then to derive the ISCO magnetic field strength using the standard accretion disk model (Shakura and Sunyaev in Astron. Astrophys. 24:337, 1973). We used the polarimetric data obtained by Smith et al. (Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 335:773, 2002) to calculate the values of relativistic jet kinetic power of AGN from the derived values of the magnetic field strength at the ISCO radius.

  10. Active buckling control of an imperfect beam-column with circular cross-section using piezo-elastic supports and integral LQR control

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    Schaeffner, Maximilian; Platz, Roland

    2016-09-01

    For slender beam-columns loaded by axial compressive forces, active buckling control provides a possibility to increase the maximum bearable axial load above that of a purely passive structure. In this paper, the potential of active buckling control of an imperfect beam-column with circular cross-section using piezo-elastic supports is investigated numerically. Imperfections are given by an initial deformation of the beam-column caused by a constant imperfection force. With the piezo-elastic supports, active bending moments in arbitrary directions orthogonal to the beam-column's longitudinal axis can be applied at both beam- column's ends. The imperfect beam-column is loaded by a gradually increasing axial compressive force resulting in a lateral deformation of the beam-column. First, a finite element model of the imperfect structure for numerical simulation of the active buckling control is presented. Second, an integral linear-quadratic regulator (LQR) that compensates the deformation via the piezo-elastic supports is derived for a reduced modal model of the ideal beam-column. With the proposed active buckling control it is possible to stabilize the imperfect beam-column in arbitrary lateral direction for axial loads above the theoretical critical buckling load and the maximum bearable load of the passive structure.

  11. Magnetic order and interfacial coupling in oxide thin films and heterostructures probed with soft x-ray dichroism

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    Arenholz, Elke; van der Laan, G.

    2009-02-01

    The combination of novel magnetic properties induced by reduced dimensionality and strong magnetic interactions across interfaces leads to intriguing new properties in magnetic hetero- and nanostructures not observed in the constituent materials in bulk form. It is the careful optimization of the characteristics of the individual layers as well as the magnetic coupling across the interface that allows us to control the magnetic properties and tailor them for devices, e.g., in information storage and processing technology. Soft x-ray magnetic spectroscopies can make unique contributions to improving our understanding of complex magnetic nanostructures since these techniques provide elemental, valence- and site-symmetry specific information with high sensitivity and tunable probing depth. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is sensitive to (unidirectional) ferromagnetic order, while x-ray magnetic linear dichroism (XMLD) can also detect (uniaxial) antiferromagnetic order. A crystalline electric field with cubic symmetry induces only a weak angular dependence in XMCD spectra [1] but can cause a very pronounced anisotropy in XMLD spectra [2]. Furthermore, non-magnetic sites with a distorted local cubic symmetry can give rise to an x-ray linear dichroism (XLD). In this presentation, we discuss how to distinguish between the individual contributions to soft x-ray dichroism spectra in order to extract the wealth of information about magnetic thin films, interfaces and hetero- and nanostructures contained in the data [3, 4, 5] We determined the magnetic structure of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO)/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3} (LSFO) superlattices with 6 unit cell thick sublayers using soft x-ray magnetic dichroism [5]. Circular dichroism was employed to study the characteristics of the ferromagnetic LSMO layer indicating a reduced magnetic ordering temperature of 200 K compared to the bulk value of 360 K. Linear dichroism is used to analyze the

  12. Disorder influence on linear dichroism analyses of smectic phases.

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    Manor, Joshua; Khattari, Ziad; Salditt, Tim; Arkin, Isaiah T

    2005-07-01

    Linear dichroism, the unequal absorption of parallel and perpendicular linear polarized light, is often used to determine the anisotropic ordering of rodlike polymers in a smectic phase, such as helices in a lipid bilayer. It is a measure of two properties of the sample: 1), orientation of the chromophore transition dipole moment (TDM) and 2), disorder. Since it is the orientation of the chromophore TDM that is needed for high resolution structural studies, it is imperative to either deconvolve sample disorder, or at a minimum, estimate its effect upon the calculated TDM orientation. Herein, a rigorous analysis of the effects of disorder is undertaken based on the recently developed Gaussian disorder model implemented in linear dichroism data. The calculation of both the rod tilt and rotational pitch angles as a function of the disorder and dichroism, yield the following conclusions: Disorders smaller than 5 degrees have a vanishingly small effect on the calculated polymer orientation, whereas values smaller than 10 degrees have a negligible effect on the calculated parameters. Disorders larger than 10 degrees have an appreciable effect on the calculated orientational parameters and as such must be estimated before any structural characterization. Finally the theory is tested on the HIV vpu transmembrane domain, employing experimental mosaicity measurements from x-ray reflectivity rocking scans and linear dichroism.

  13. Class IIc or Circular Bacteriocins

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    Martin-Visscher, Leah A.; van Belkum, Marco J.; Vederas, John C.

    The circular bacteriocins produced by Gram-positive bacteria represent a diverse class of antimicrobial peptides. These bacteriocins display enhanced stability compared to linear bacteriocins, which arises from their characteristic circular backbone. Currently, eight unique circular bacteriocins have been identified, and analysis of their gene clusters indicates that they likely utilize complex mechanisms for maturation and secretion, as well as for immunity. These bacteriocins target the cytoplasmic membrane of sensitive cells, leading to pore formation that results in loss of ions, dissipation of membrane potential, and ultimately, cell death. Structural studies suggest that despite variation in their sequences, most of these bacteriocins likely adopt a common three-dimensional architecture, consisting of four or five tightly packed helices encompassing a hydrophobic core. There are many mysteries surrounding the biosynthesis of these peptides, particularly in regard to the mechanism by which they are cyclized. Elucidation of such a mechanism may provide exciting new approaches to the bioengineering of new, stable, and antimicrobially active circular peptides.

  14. Navigation and vessel inspection circular No. 0-97. Index of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICS). Final report

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    1996-11-21

    This Circular provides the current listing of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICS). NVICs are issued by Coast Guard Headquarters in the form of duplicated circulars. Their purpose is to inform the public of Coast Guard guidance, requirements or information regarding marine safety activities.

  15. The high-field magnet endstation for X-ray magnetic dichroism experiments at ESRF soft X-ray beamline ID32.

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    Kummer, K; Fondacaro, A; Jimenez, E; Velez-Fort, E; Amorese, A; Aspbury, M; Yakhou-Harris, F; van der Linden, P; Brookes, N B

    2016-03-01

    A new high-field magnet endstation for X-ray magnetic dichroism experiments has been installed and commissioned at the ESRF soft X-ray beamline ID32. The magnet consists of two split-pairs of superconducting coils which can generate up to 9 T along the beam and up to 4 T orthogonal to the beam. It is connected to a cluster of ultra-high-vacuum chambers that offer a comprehensive set of surface preparation and characterization techniques. The endstation and the beam properties have been designed to provide optimum experimental conditions for X-ray magnetic linear and circular dichroism experiments in the soft X-ray range between 400 and 1600 eV photon energy. User operation started in November 2014. PMID:26917134

  16. Applications of circularly polarized photons at the ALS with a bend magnet source

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    Not Available

    1992-02-01

    The purpose of this workshop is to focus attention on, and to stimulate the scientific exploitation of, the natural polarization properties of bend-magnet synchrotron radiation at the ALS -- for research in biology, materials science, physics, and chemistry. The topics include: The Advanced Light Source; Magnetic Circular Dichroism and Differential Scattering on Biomolecules; Tests of Fundamental Symmetries; High {Tc} Superconductivity; Photoemission from Magnetic and Non-magnetic Solids; Studies of Highly Correlated Systems; and Instrumentation for Photon Transport and Polarization Measurements.

  17. Squaring a Circular Segment

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    Gordon, Russell

    2008-01-01

    Consider a circular segment (the smaller portion of a circle cut off by one of its chords) with chord length c and height h (the greatest distance from a point on the arc of the circle to the chord). Is there a simple formula involving c and h that can be used to closely approximate the area of this circular segment? Ancient Chinese and Egyptian…

  18. Zero-field dichroism in the solar chromosphere.

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    Sainz, R Manso; Bueno, J Trujillo

    2003-09-12

    We explain the linear polarization of the Ca ii infrared triplet observed close to the edge of the solar disk. In particular, we demonstrate that the physical origin of the enigmatic polarizations of the 866.2 and 854.2 nm lines lies in the existence of atomic polarization in their metastable (2)D(3)(/2, 5/2) lower levels, which produces differential absorption of polarization components (dichroism). To this end, we have solved the problem of the generation and transfer of polarized radiation by taking fully into account all the relevant optical pumping mechanisms in multilevel atomic models. We argue that "zero-field" dichroism may be of great diagnostic value in astrophysics. PMID:14525412

  19. Dichroism and birefringence of natural violet diamond crystals

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    Konstantinova, A. F. Titkov, S. V.; Imangazieva, K. B.; Evdishchenko, E. A.; Sergeev, A. M.; Zudin, N. G.; Orekhova, V. P.

    2006-05-15

    Investigation of the optical properties of natural violet diamonds from the Yakutian kimberlites is performed. A red shift of the absorption edge is revealed in the absorption spectra of these crystals. This shift is indicative of the presence of a high concentration of nitrogen in the diamonds studied. Along with the strong band at 0.550 {mu}m, weaker bands at 0.390, 0.456 and 0.496 {mu}m are revealed. It is shown that violet diamond crystals have birefringence and dichroism of about 10{sup -5} and 10{sup -6}, respectively. When a light beam propagates perpendicularly to colored lamellas, the dichroism is much larger and the birefringence is smaller than in the case where the beam direction is parallel to lamellas.

  20. Circular free-electron laser

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    Brau, Charles A.; Kurnit, Norman A.; Cooper, Richard K.

    1984-01-01

    A high efficiency, free electron laser utilizing a circular relativistic electron beam accelerator and a circular whispering mode optical waveguide for guiding optical energy in a circular path in the circular relativistic electron beam accelerator such that the circular relativistic electron beam and the optical energy are spatially contiguous in a resonant condition for free electron laser operation. Both a betatron and synchrotron are disclosed for use in the present invention. A free electron laser wiggler is disposed around the circular relativistic electron beam accelerator for generating a periodic magnetic field to transform energy from the circular relativistic electron beam to optical energy.

  1. Energy-loss magnetic chiral dichroism study of epitaxial MnAs film on GaAs(001)

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    Fu, X.; Warot-Fonrose, B.; Arras, R.; Serin, V.; Demaille, D.; Eddrief, M.; Etgens, V.

    2015-08-10

    The room-temperature ferromagnetic behavior of MnAs/GaAs(001) thin film has been locally explored by Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). We first differentiated hexagonal α-MnAs and quasi-hexagonal β-MnAs which are very similar in atomic structure by electron diffraction. Local magnetic moment information of the identified α-MnAs was extracted from manganese-L{sub 2,3} edges using Energy-loss Magnetic Circular Dichroism technique and the ratio of orbital to spin magnetic moment was measured. In this experiment, atomic structure identification, chemical analysis, and magnetic moment measurement were simultaneously achieved at high spatial resolution in TEM, thus providing a potential method for in-situ study of local properties of multiphase magnetic materials.

  2. Compact waveguide circular polarizer

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    Tantawi, Sami G.

    2016-08-16

    A multi-port waveguide is provided having a rectangular waveguide that includes a Y-shape structure with first top arm having a first rectangular waveguide port, a second top arm with second rectangular waveguide port, and a base arm with a third rectangular waveguide port for supporting a TE.sub.10 mode and a TE.sub.20 mode, where the end of the third rectangular waveguide port includes rounded edges that are parallel to a z-axis of the waveguide, a circular waveguide having a circular waveguide port for supporting a left hand and a right hand circular polarization TE.sub.11 mode and is coupled to a base arm broad wall, and a matching feature disposed on the base arm broad wall opposite of the circular waveguide for terminating the third rectangular waveguide port, where the first rectangular waveguide port, the second rectangular waveguide port and the circular waveguide port are capable of supporting 4-modes of operation.

  3. Triterpenoids of Ganoderma theaecolum and their hepatoprotective activities.

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    Liu, Li-Ying; Chen, Hui; Liu, Chao; Wang, Hong-Qing; Kang, Jie; Li, Yan; Chen, Ruo-Yun

    2014-10-01

    Five new lanostane triterpenoids, ganoderic acid XL1 (1), ganoderic acid XL2 (2), 20-hydroxy-ganoderic acid AM1 (3), ganoderenic acid AM1 (4) and ganoderesin C (5), together with five known triterpenoids (6-10) were isolated from the fruiting bodies of Ganoderma theaecolum. Chemical structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic evidence, including 1D, 2D NMR, mass spectrometric data and circular dichroism spectra. Compounds 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 (10 μM) exhibited hepatoprotective activities against DL-galactosamine-induced cell damage in HL-7702 cells.

  4. Sesquiterpenoids from the Rhizomes of Curcuma phaeocaulis and Their Inhibitory Effects on LPS-Induced TLR4 Activation.

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    Jang, Hyun-Jae; Kim, Jin-Han; Oh, Hyun-Mee; Kim, Min-Suk; Jo, Jin Ha; Jung, Kyungsook; Lee, Soyoung; Kim, Young-Ho; Lee, Woo Song; Lee, Seung Woong; Rho, Mun-Chual

    2016-01-01

    Two new guaiane-type (2, 6) and one new furanogermacrane-type (11) sesquiterpenoids have been isolated along with twelve known compounds from an EtOAc-soluble extract of Curcuma phaeocaulis rhizomes. The structures of the isolated compounds were elucidated using a combination of NMR, MS, and circular dichroism (CD) spectra. The inhibitory effects of each compound on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) activation in THP-1-Blue cells were assessed, and compound 4 showed more potent inhibitory activity against LPS-stimulated TLR4 activation. PMID:27373668

  5. Circular RNAs as Promising Biomarkers: A Mini-Review.

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    Abu, Nadiah; Jamal, Rahman

    2016-01-01

    The interest in circular RNAs has resurfaced in the past few years. What was considered as "junk" for nearly two decades is now one of the most interesting molecules. Circular RNAs are non-coding RNAs that are formed by back-splicing events and have covalently closed loops with no poly-adenylated tails. The regulation of circular RNAs is distinctive and they are selectively abundant in different types of tissues. Based on the current knowledge of circular RNAs, these molecules have the potential to be the "next big thing" especially as biomarkers for different diseases. This mini-review attempts to concisely look at the biology of circular RNAs, the putative functional activities, the prevalence of circular RNAs, and the possible role of circular RNA as biomarkers for diagnosis or measuring drug response. PMID:27588005

  6. Circular RNAs as Promising Biomarkers: A Mini-Review

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    Abu, Nadiah; Jamal, Rahman

    2016-01-01

    The interest in circular RNAs has resurfaced in the past few years. What was considered as “junk” for nearly two decades is now one of the most interesting molecules. Circular RNAs are non-coding RNAs that are formed by back-splicing events and have covalently closed loops with no poly-adenylated tails. The regulation of circular RNAs is distinctive and they are selectively abundant in different types of tissues. Based on the current knowledge of circular RNAs, these molecules have the potential to be the “next big thing” especially as biomarkers for different diseases. This mini-review attempts to concisely look at the biology of circular RNAs, the putative functional activities, the prevalence of circular RNAs, and the possible role of circular RNA as biomarkers for diagnosis or measuring drug response. PMID:27588005

  7. Macroorganization of Chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting complex in thylakoids and aggregates: information from circular differential scattering

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    Garab, G.; Faludi-Daniel, A.; Sutherland, J.C.; Hind, G.

    1988-04-05

    Circular dichroism (CD) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra were recorded for spinach thylakoids and for isolated, aggregated chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting pigment-protein complex, in random and magnetically aligned states of orientation at room and low temperatures. The shape and magnitude of the CD signal of most bands strongly depended on the orientation of the thylakoid membranes or the aggregated pigment-protein complex. In both thylakoids and aggregated light-harvesting complexes, however, the MCD spectra of the two different orientations were almost identical. Random and magnetically aligned samples exhibited anomalous, large CD signals outside the bands of pigment absorbance. Lack of similarity between the corresponding MCD and CD spectra showed that the large CD signals are not produced as a distortion of CD of absorbance by light scattering. Instead, these anomalous spectral features are believed to originate in differential selective scattering of circularly polarized light. The results lead to the conclusion that the light-harvesting pigment-protein complex in thylakoid grana forms a helical macroarray with dimensions commensurate with the wavelengths of the anomalous circular dichroism signals. A hypothesis is put forward suggesting a role for these macrodomains in granal organization.

  8. Isoquinoline Alkaloids from Fumaria officinalis L. and Their Biological Activities Related to Alzheimer's Disease.

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    Chlebek, Jakub; Novák, Zdeněk; Kassemová, Dominika; Šafratová, Marcela; Kostelník, Jan; Malý, Lukáš; Ločárek, Miroslav; Opletal, Lubomír; Hošt'álková, Anna; Hrabinová, Martina; Kuneš, Jiří; Novotná, Pavlína; Urbanová, Marie; Nováková, Lucie; Macáková, Kateřina; Hulcová, Daniela; Solich, Petr; Pérez Martín, Concepción; Jun, Daniel; Cahlíková, Lucie

    2016-01-01

    Two new isoquinoline alkaloids, named fumaranine (2) and fumarostrejdine (10), along with 18 known alkaloids were isolated from aerial parts of Fumaria officinalis. The structures of the isolated compounds were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic analyses and by comparison with literature data. The absolute configuration of the new compound 2 was determined by comparing its circular dichroism spectra with those of known analogs. Compounds isolated in sufficient amounts were evaluated for their acetylcholinesterase, butyrylcholinesterase, prolyl oligopeptidase (POP), and glycogen synthase kinase-3β inhibitory activities. Parfumidine (8) and sinactine (15) exhibited potent POP inhibition activities (IC50 99±5 and 53±2 μM, resp.).

  9. Wiimote Experiments: Circular Motion

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    Kouh, Minjoon; Holz, Danielle; Kawam, Alae; Lamont, Mary

    2013-01-01

    The advent of new sensor technologies can provide new ways of exploring fundamental physics. In this paper, we show how a Wiimote, which is a handheld remote controller for the Nintendo Wii video game system with an accelerometer, can be used to study the dynamics of circular motion with a very simple setup such as an old record player or a…

  10. Wiimote Experiments: Circular Motion

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    Kouh, Minjoon; Holz, Danielle; Kawam, Alae; Lamont, Mary

    2013-03-01

    The advent of new sensor technologies can provide new ways of exploring fundamental physics. In this paper, we show how a Wiimote, which is a handheld remote controller for the Nintendo Wii video game system with an accelerometer, can be used to study the dynamics of circular motion with a very simple setup such as an old record player or a bicycle wheel.

  11. Copyright Basics. Circular 1.

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    Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Copyright Office.

    This circular answers some of the questions that are frequently asked about copyright, a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to authors of "original works of authorship" including library, dramatic musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. The Copyright Act of 1976 (title 17 of the United States Code), which…

  12. CIRCULAR RIBBON FLARES AND HOMOLOGOUS JETS

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    Wang Haimin; Liu Chang

    2012-12-01

    Solar flare emissions in the chromosphere often appear as elongated ribbons on both sides of the magnetic polarity inversion line (PIL), which has been regarded as evidence of a typical configuration of magnetic reconnection. However, flares having a circular ribbon have rarely been reported, although it is expected in the fan-spine magnetic topology involving reconnection at a three-dimensional (3D) coronal null point. We present five circular ribbon flares with associated surges, using high-resolution and high-cadence H{alpha} blue wing observations obtained from the recently digitized films of Big Bear Solar Observatory. In all the events, a central parasitic magnetic field is encompassed by the opposite polarity, forming a circular PIL traced by filament material. Consequently, a flare kernel at the center is surrounded by a circular flare ribbon. The four homologous jet-related flares on 1991 March 17 and 18 are of particular interest, as (1) the circular ribbons brighten sequentially, with cospatial surges, rather than simultaneously, (2) the central flare kernels show an intriguing 'round-trip' motion and become elongated, and (3) remote brightenings occur at a region with the same magnetic polarity as the central parasitic field and are co-temporal with a separate phase of flare emissions. In another flare on 1991 February 25, the circular flare emission and surge activity occur successively, and the event could be associated with magnetic flux cancellation across the circular PIL. We discuss the implications of these observations combining circular flare ribbons, homologous jets, and remote brightenings for understanding the dynamics of 3D magnetic restructuring.

  13. Giant Nonlinear Optical Activity of Achiral Origin in Planar Metasurfaces with Quadratic and Cubic Nonlinearities.

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    Chen, Shumei; Zeuner, Franziska; Weismann, Martin; Reineke, Bernhard; Li, Guixin; Valev, Ventsislav Kolev; Cheah, Kok Wai; Panoiu, Nicolae Coriolan; Zentgraf, Thomas; Zhang, Shuang

    2016-04-20

    3D chirality is shown to be unnecessary for introducing strong circular dichroism for harmonic generations. Specifically, near-unity circular dichroism for both second-harmonic generation and third-harmonic generations is demonstrated on suitably designed ultrathin plasmonic metasurfaces with only 2D planar chirality. The study opens up new routes for designing chip-type biosensing platform, which may allow for highly sensitive detection of bio- and chemical molecules with weak chirality.

  14. Giant Nonlinear Optical Activity of Achiral Origin in Planar Metasurfaces with Quadratic and Cubic Nonlinearities.

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    Chen, Shumei; Zeuner, Franziska; Weismann, Martin; Reineke, Bernhard; Li, Guixin; Valev, Ventsislav Kolev; Cheah, Kok Wai; Panoiu, Nicolae Coriolan; Zentgraf, Thomas; Zhang, Shuang

    2016-04-20

    3D chirality is shown to be unnecessary for introducing strong circular dichroism for harmonic generations. Specifically, near-unity circular dichroism for both second-harmonic generation and third-harmonic generations is demonstrated on suitably designed ultrathin plasmonic metasurfaces with only 2D planar chirality. The study opens up new routes for designing chip-type biosensing platform, which may allow for highly sensitive detection of bio- and chemical molecules with weak chirality. PMID:26914148

  15. Antibacterial and Antifungal Activities of Lectin Extracted from Fruiting Bodies of the Korean Cauliflower Medicinal Mushroom, Sparassis latifolia (Agaricomycetes).

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    Chandrasekaran, Gayathri; Lee, Young-Chul; Park, Hyun; Wu, Yuanzheng; Shin, Hyun-Jae

    2016-01-01

    In this article we describe the isolation and characterization of a novel lectin from fruiting bodies of the mushroom Sparassis latifolia. The antibacterial activity of the purified lectin against Escherichia coli and resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa as well as the antifungal activity against Candida and Fusarium species were determined. Circular dichroism spectroscopy and the tryptophan blue shift assay indicated that the lectin interacts with microbial surfaces. This suggests the potential of the lectin isolated from S. latifolia, a valuable source of bioactive constituents, as a therapeutic in pharmaceutical agent. PMID:27481295

  16. [Guizhou planned parenthood circular].

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    1980-05-29

    The Guizhou Provincial CCP Committee and the provinical people's government recently issued a circular on launching mass inspection of planned parenthood work throughout the province in late June. The inspection will look at whether or not the masses have been mobilized to pay serious attention to planned parenthood work, whether or not such education has been launched, what kind of concrete measures have been adopted, and what kind of concrete experiences have been learned. It will also include the implementation of birth control measures, the resolute prohibition on having a 3rd child, and the promotion of having only 1 child/couple. The circular urged the departments at all levels to strengthen their leadership over planned parenthood work, deepen investigation and study, continuously study the new situation and solve the new problems.

  17. Circular inferences in schizophrenia.

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    Jardri, Renaud; Denève, Sophie

    2013-11-01

    A considerable number of recent experimental and computational studies suggest that subtle impairments of excitatory to inhibitory balance or regulation are involved in many neurological and psychiatric conditions. The current paper aims to relate, specifically and quantitatively, excitatory to inhibitory imbalance with psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia. Considering that the brain constructs hierarchical causal models of the external world, we show that the failure to maintain the excitatory to inhibitory balance results in hallucinations as well as in the formation and subsequent consolidation of delusional beliefs. Indeed, the consequence of excitatory to inhibitory imbalance in a hierarchical neural network is equated to a pathological form of causal inference called 'circular belief propagation'. In circular belief propagation, bottom-up sensory information and top-down predictions are reverberated, i.e. prior beliefs are misinterpreted as sensory observations and vice versa. As a result, these predictions are counted multiple times. Circular inference explains the emergence of erroneous percepts, the patient's overconfidence when facing probabilistic choices, the learning of 'unshakable' causal relationships between unrelated events and a paradoxical immunity to perceptual illusions, which are all known to be associated with schizophrenia. PMID:24065721

  18. Circular inferences in schizophrenia.

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    Jardri, Renaud; Denève, Sophie

    2013-11-01

    A considerable number of recent experimental and computational studies suggest that subtle impairments of excitatory to inhibitory balance or regulation are involved in many neurological and psychiatric conditions. The current paper aims to relate, specifically and quantitatively, excitatory to inhibitory imbalance with psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia. Considering that the brain constructs hierarchical causal models of the external world, we show that the failure to maintain the excitatory to inhibitory balance results in hallucinations as well as in the formation and subsequent consolidation of delusional beliefs. Indeed, the consequence of excitatory to inhibitory imbalance in a hierarchical neural network is equated to a pathological form of causal inference called 'circular belief propagation'. In circular belief propagation, bottom-up sensory information and top-down predictions are reverberated, i.e. prior beliefs are misinterpreted as sensory observations and vice versa. As a result, these predictions are counted multiple times. Circular inference explains the emergence of erroneous percepts, the patient's overconfidence when facing probabilistic choices, the learning of 'unshakable' causal relationships between unrelated events and a paradoxical immunity to perceptual illusions, which are all known to be associated with schizophrenia.

  19. Switchable circular beam deflectors

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    Shang, Xiaobing; Joshi, Pankaj; Tan, Jin-Yi; De Smet, Jelle; Cuypers, Dieter; Baghdasaryan, Tigran; Vervaeke, Michael; Thienpont, Hugo; De Smet, Herbert

    2016-04-01

    In this work, we report two types of electrically tunable photonic devices with circularly symmetric polarization independent beam steering performance (beam condensing resp. beam broadening). The devices consist of circular micro grating structures combined with nematic liquid crystal (LC) layers with anti-parallel alignment. A single beam deflector converts a polarized and monochromatic green laser beam (λ =543.5 nm) into a diffraction pattern, with the peak intensity appearing at the third order when 0~{{V}\\text{pp}} is applied and at the zeroth order (no deflection) for voltages above 30~{{V}\\text{pp}} . Depending on the shape of the grating structure (non-inverted or inverted), the deflection is inwards or outwards. Both grating types can be made starting from the same diamond-tooled master mold. A polarized white light beam is symmetrically condensed resp. broadened over 2° in the off state and is passed through unchanged in the on state. By stacking two such devices with mutually orthogonal LC alignment layers, polarization independent switchable circular beam deflectors are realized with a high transmittance (>80%), and with the same beam steering performance as the polarization dependent single devices.

  20. Elevating optical activity: Efficient on-edge lithography of three-dimensional starfish metamaterial

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    Dietrich, K.; Menzel, C.; Lehr, D.; Puffky, O.; Hübner, U.; Pertsch, T.; Tünnermann, A.; Kley, E.-B.

    2014-05-01

    We present an approach for extremely fast, wafer-scale fabrication of chiral starfish metamaterials based on electron beam- and on-edge lithography. A millimeter sized array of both the planar chiral and the true 3D chiral starfish is realized, and their chiroptical performances are compared by circular dichroism measurements. We find optical activity in the visible and near-infrared spectral range, where the 3D starfish clearly outperforms the planar design by almost 2 orders of magnitude, though fabrication efforts are only moderately increased. The presented approach is capable of bridging the gap between high performance optical chiral metamaterials and industrial production by nanoimprint technology.