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  1. As bases moleculares da hemofilia A

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    Simone Ferreira Pio

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available As hemofilias são doenças hemorrágicas resultantes da deficiência de fator VIII (hemofilia A ou de fator IX (hemofilia B da coagulação, decorrentes de mutações nos genes que codificam os fatores VIII ou IX, respectivamente. A hemofilia A é mais frequente que a hemofilia B e acomete aproximadamente 1:10.000 nascimentos masculinos. A gravidade e frequência dos episódios hemorrágicos está relacionado ao nível residual de atividade de fator VIII presente no plasma e este relaciona-se ao tipo de mutação associada à doença. A clonagem do gene do fator VIII tornou possível o conhecimento das bases moleculares da hemofilia A, sendo hoje conhecidas mais de 1.000 mutações associadas à doença. O conhecimento das bases moleculares da hemofilia A permite uma melhor compreensão da relação genótipo-fenótipo da doença, tomada de condutas clínicas diferenciadas em casos de mutações associadas a um maior risco de desenvolvimento de inibidor, determinação da condição de portadora de hemofilia em mulheres relacionadas aos pacientes, implementação de programa de aconselhamento genético/orientação familiar e melhor compreensão das relações estruturais-funcionais do gene-proteína. Este artigo propõe revisar as bases moleculares da hemofilia A, os métodos laboratoriais utilizados para a caracterização das mutações e as implicações clínicas envolvidas no diagnóstico molecular da hemofilia A.Hemophilias are bleeding disorders due to deficiency of the blood coagulation factor VIII (hemophilia A or factor IX (hemophilia B, resulting from mutation on the gene coding for factor VIII or factor IX. Hemophilia A is more frequent than hemophilia B and affects 1:10,000 male newborns. The severity and frequency of hemorrhagic episodes is related to residual activity of factor VIII present in the plasma and relates to the type of mutation associated with the disorder. Cloning of the factor VIII gene has enabled researchers to

  2. BASES MOLECULARES DA ABSORÇÃO DO FERRO

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    A. A. MACHADO

    2009-03-01

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    O ferro é um elemento essencial a todos os organismos vivos e alterações em sua homeostase resultam em quadro de deficiência ou acúmulo, ambos com alta prevalência e relevância clínica. A última década foi marcada pela geração de conhecimentos importantes, que estão contribuindo para a elucidação dos mecanismos moleculares da homeostase do ferro. Foram identificadas proteínas, envolvidas na absorção intestinal do ferro não-heme, e progressos significativos foram feitos no entendimento da regulação da absorção intestinal do ferro, sendo identificadas várias moléculas candidatas. As bases moleculares da homeostase do ferro ainda não foram totalmente elucidadas, porém as informações já existentes sugerem que, em condições fisiológicas, a absorção, o transporte e o armazenamento sejam feitos por moléculas altamente especializadas e, em especial, a absorção, com mecanismos saturáveis em baixa concentração. No entanto, a absorção pode ocorrer por vias menos sujeitas ao controle, dependendo da sobrecarga e da natureza química do composto utilizado. Estas informações advogam a favor de uma revisão nas estratégias de combate à anemia ferropriva. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Absorção do ferro; DMT-1; hepahestina; ceruloplasmina; ferroportina; hepcidina.

  3. Aspectos moleculares da anemia falciforme

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    Galiza Neto Gentil Claudino de

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available No presente artigo abordaram-se vários aspectos relacionados à natureza molecular da anemia falciforme, desordem hematológica de caráter hereditário que acomete expressivo número de indivíduos em várias regiões do mundo. As pesquisas realizadas em torno desta patologia da hemácia, ao longo de quase um século, a partir de 1910, cooperaram para a criação de um novo e importante segmento da ciência, denominado biologia molecular. A descoberta dos polimorfismos da mutação (GAT->GTG no gene que codifica a cadeia beta da hemoglobina, originando diferentes haplótipos da doença, permitiu um melhor e mais amplo conhecimento em torno da heterogeneidade clínica nos pacientes falcêmicos. Analisando a hemoglobina na sua estrutura normal e mutante, sua produção e evolução, pode-se ter um entendimento mais completo da fisiopatologia desta doença e da sua complexidade clínica.

  4. Aspectos moleculares da anemia falciforme

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    Galiza Neto Gentil Claudino de; Pitombeira Maria da Silva

    2003-01-01

    No presente artigo abordaram-se vários aspectos relacionados à natureza molecular da anemia falciforme, desordem hematológica de caráter hereditário que acomete expressivo número de indivíduos em várias regiões do mundo. As pesquisas realizadas em torno desta patologia da hemácia, ao longo de quase um século, a partir de 1910, cooperaram para a criação de um novo e importante segmento da ciência, denominado biologia molecular. A descoberta dos polimorfismos da mutação (GAT->GTG) no gene que c...

  5. SÍNTESE DA PENEIRA MOLECULAR MCM-41 DERIVADA DA CINZA DA CASCA DO ARROZ

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    Renata Martins Braga; Najara Maira Teodoro; Dulce Maria de Araujo Melo; Flávia de Medeiros Aquino; Joana Maria de Farias Barros; Julio Cezar de Oliveira Freitas

    2013-01-01

    As peneiras moleculares MCM-41 têm atraído grande interesse devido as suas propriedades de alta área específica, volume e diâmetro de poros controláveis. Estes materiais são aplicados em diversos ramos da indústria química como adsorventes, suportes catalíticos e catalisadores heterogêneos em vários processos. Neste trabalho, o MCM-41 foi sintetizado a partir da cinza da casca do arroz, natural e tratada quimicamente, como fontes alternativas de sílica, denominadas CCA-MCM-41 e CCAL-MCM-41, r...

  6. Robust Analysis of the Yeast Proteome under 50 kDa by Molecular-Mass-Based Fractionation and Top-Down Mass Spectrometry

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    Kellie, John F.; Catherman, Adam D.; Durbin, Kenneth R.; Tran, John C.; Tipton, Jeremiah D.; Norris, Jeremy L.; Witkowski, Charles E.; Thomas, Paul M.; Kelleher, Neil L.

    2011-01-01

    As the process of top-down mass spectrometry continues to mature, we benchmark the next installment of an improving methodology that incorporates a Tube-Gel Electrophoresis (TGE) device to separate intact proteins by molecular weight. Top-down proteomics is accomplished in a robust fashion to yield the identification of hundreds of unique proteins, many of which correspond to multiple protein forms. The TGE platform separates 0–50 kDa proteins extracted from the yeast proteome into 12 fractio...

  7. SÍNTESE DA PENEIRA MOLECULAR MCM-41 DERIVADA DA CINZA DA CASCA DO ARROZ

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    Renata Martins Braga

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available As peneiras moleculares MCM-41 têm atraído grande interesse devido as suas propriedades de alta área específica, volume e diâmetro de poros controláveis. Estes materiais são aplicados em diversos ramos da indústria química como adsorventes, suportes catalíticos e catalisadores heterogêneos em vários processos. Neste trabalho, o MCM-41 foi sintetizado a partir da cinza da casca do arroz, natural e tratada quimicamente, como fontes alternativas de sílica, denominadas CCA-MCM-41 e CCAL-MCM-41, respectivamente, com o objetivo de reaproveitar este resíduo e produzir um material mesoporoso de menor custo. Os materiais foram sintetizados pelo método hidrotérmico a partir de um gel com composição molar: CTAMBr 1,0 mol L-1; SiO2 4,0 mol L-1; Na2O 1,0 mol L-1; H2O 200 mol L-1 e caracterizados por FRX, DRX, FT-IR e determinação de área superficial pelo método BET. Os materiais obtidos apresentaram elevada área superfícial específica (905 m2 g-1, com dimensões e volume de poros dentro das especificações de materiais mesoporosos, sendo estas prorpriedades semelhantes ao MCM-41 sintetizado com a sílica gel comercial, comprovando que a cinza da casca do arroz pode ser utilizada como fonte alternativa de sílica na síntese de peneiras moleculares do tipo MCM-41.

  8. Aspectos moleculares da anemia falciforme Molecular aspects for sickle cell anemia

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    Gentil Claudino de Galiza Neto

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available No presente artigo abordaram-se vários aspectos relacionados à natureza molecular da anemia falciforme, desordem hematológica de caráter hereditário que acomete expressivo número de indivíduos em várias regiões do mundo. As pesquisas realizadas em torno desta patologia da hemácia, ao longo de quase um século, a partir de 1910, cooperaram para a criação de um novo e importante segmento da ciência, denominado biologia molecular. A descoberta dos polimorfismos da mutação (GAT->GTG no gene que codifica a cadeia beta da hemoglobina, originando diferentes haplótipos da doença, permitiu um melhor e mais amplo conhecimento em torno da heterogeneidade clínica nos pacientes falcêmicos. Analisando a hemoglobina na sua estrutura normal e mutante, sua produção e evolução, pode-se ter um entendimento mais completo da fisiopatologia desta doença e da sua complexidade clínica.The present article dealt with various aspects related to molecular nature of sickle cell disease (SCD, a heritable hematology disorder that attacks a great number of people in different regions of the world. Researches done on red cell patology, in approximately half a century, starting since 1910, cooperated to gave origin a new branch of science called molecular biology. The discovery of mutation polymorphism (GAT -> GTC in the gene that codifies beta globin chain, give origin to different illness haplotypes, permitted a better and great knowledge about the clinic heterogeneity of the patients. Analysing hemoglobin in its normal and mutation structure as well as in its productions and evolution, one can have a complete understanding of the illness phisiopathology and its clinical complexity.

  9. Diagnóstico molecular da tuberculose pulmonar Molecular diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis

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    Nelma Cristina Sousa de Assis

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available A reação em cadeia da polimerase (PCR e suas variações, como a nested-PCR, têm sido destacadas como técnicas moleculares promissoras para o diagnóstico rápido da tuberculose (TB. No presente estudo avaliou-se a nested-PCR utilizando-se como marcadores moleculares a seqüência IS6110 e o antígeno b aplicados ao diagnóstico da TB. Foram submetidas a baciloscopia, cultura e nested-PCR 136 amostras clínicas de pacientes com suspeita de TB. O diagnóstico de tuberculose pulmonar foi atribuído a 116 pacientes e, desses, 97 foram multibacilares e 111 apresentaram cultura positiva para M. tuberculosis. As reações de nested-PCR identificaram 70% (antígeno b e 94% (IS6110 dos casos paucibacilares. Os valores de sensibilidade determinados para cultura, nested-PCR do IS6110 e antígeno b foram 95%, 98% e 86%, respectivamente. A especificidade foi de 100%, 15% e 45% para cultura, nested-PCR do IS6110 e antígeno b, respectivamente. O diagnóstico molecular da tuberculose deve estar fundamentado na análise conjunta de vários parâmetros, como baciloscopia, cultura, manifestações clínicas, prova terapêutica e história prévia de tuberculose.Chain reaction of polimerase (PCR and its variations such as the nested-PCR have been outstanding as promising molecular techniques for the fast diagnosis of the tuberculosis (TB. In the present study the nested-PCR was evaluated using as molecular markers the sequence IS6110 and the antigen b applied to the diagnosis of TB. One hundred and thirty six clinical samples of patients with suspicion of TB were submitted to the baciloscopia, culture and nested-PCR. The diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis was attributed to 116 patients, of these, 97 were multi-bacilli and 111 presented positive culture for M. tuberculosis. The nested-PCR reactions identified 70% (antigen b and 94% (IS6110 of the acid-fast smear negative cases of tuberculosis. The sensibility values determined for culture, and nested-PCR of

  10. Agarose and Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis Methods for Molecular Mass Analysis of 5–500 kDa Hyaluronan

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    Bhilocha, Shardul; Amin, Ripal; Pandya, Monika; Yuan, Han; Tank, Mihir; LoBello, Jaclyn; Shytuhina, Anastasia; Wang, Wenlan; Wisniewski, Hans-Georg; De la Motte, Carol; Cowman, Mary K.

    2011-01-01

    Agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis systems for the molecular mass-dependent separation of hyaluronan (HA) in the size range of approximately 5–500 kDa have been investigated. For agarose-based systems, the suitability of different agarose types, agarose concentrations, and buffers systems were determined. Using chemoenzymatically synthesized HA standards of low polydispersity, the molecular mass range was determined for each gel composition, over which the relationship between HA ...

  11. Electrochemical sensor for dopamine based on a novel graphene-molecular imprinted polymers composite recognition element

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    Mao, Yan; Bao, Yu; Gan, Shiyu;

    2011-01-01

    A novel composite of graphene sheets/Congo red-molecular imprinted polymers (GSCR-MIPs) was synthesized through free radical polymerization (FRP) and applied as a molecular recognition element to construct dopamine (DA) electrochemical sensor. The template molecules (DA) were firstly absorbed at...... sensor for highly sensitive and selective detection of DA was successfully constructed as demonstration based on the synthesized GSCR-MIPs nanocomposites. Under experimental conditions, selective detection of DA in a linear concentration range of 1.0×10−7–8.3×10−4M was obtained, which revealed a lower...

  12. Carbon Nanotube Based Molecular Electronics

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    Srivastava, Deepak; Saini, Subhash; Menon, Madhu

    1998-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes and the nanotube heterojunctions have recently emerged as excellent candidates for nanoscale molecular electronic device components. Experimental measurements on the conductivity, rectifying behavior and conductivity-chirality correlation have also been made. While quasi-one dimensional simple heterojunctions between nanotubes with different electronic behavior can be generated by introduction of a pair of heptagon-pentagon defects in an otherwise all hexagon graphene sheet. Other complex 3- and 4-point junctions may require other mechanisms. Structural stability as well as local electronic density of states of various nanotube junctions are investigated using a generalized tight-binding molecular dynamics (GDBMD) scheme that incorporates non-orthogonality of the orbitals. The junctions investigated include straight and small angle heterojunctions of various chiralities and diameters; as well as more complex 'T' and 'Y' junctions which do not always obey the usual pentagon-heptagon pair rule. The study of local density of states (LDOS) reveal many interesting features, most prominent among them being the defect-induced states in the gap. The proposed three and four pointjunctions are one of the smallest possible tunnel junctions made entirely of carbon atoms. Furthermore the electronic behavior of the nanotube based device components can be taylored by doping with group III-V elements such as B and N, and BN nanotubes as a wide band gap semiconductor has also been realized in experiments. Structural properties of heteroatomic nanotubes comprising C, B and N will be discussed.

  13. Diagnóstico molecular da tuberculose bovina

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    Costa, Pedro Miguel Nisa

    2009-01-01

    A tuberculose bovina é uma importante doença animal com elevado impacto económico. O agente etiológico desta doença é a bactéria Mycobacterium bovis que, para além de afectar bovinos, causa também tuberculose noutras espécies de mamíferos, incluindo o Homem. Esta micobactéria pertence ao complexo Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTC) que inclui espécies filogeneticamente muito próximas, nomeadamente M. tuberculosis - principal agente da tuberculose humana, e M. caprae - associado a tuberculo...

  14. Da Xinganling Lead Zinc Smelting Base Commencing the Construction

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    2008-01-01

    <正>The construction of the first phase of 150,000- ton lead zinc smelting base project,the largest lead zinc smelting project in Heilongjiang Province,of Da Xinganling Yunye Mining Ltd. officially started on May 24 in Jiagedaqi Indus- trial Park in Da Xinganling Region.

  15. Bases históricas da Epidemiologia

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    Naomar de Almeida Filho

    1986-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente ensaio tenta sistematizar uma série de informações esquemáticas sobre a história da Epidemiologia, a fim de compreender a sua evolução enquanto disciplina articulada ao desenvolvimento histórico dos principais movimentos sociais na área da saúde. Discute-se as raízes da Epidemiologia a partir do tripé Clínica-Estatística-Medicina Social, o seu desenvolvimento inicial subsidiário à Saúde Pública, a sua constituição ideológica e o seu avanço técnico no bojo do projeto preventivista. Finalmente, a Epidemiologia moderna é vista como uma disciplina que retorna às suas raízes históricas e políticas no movimento da Saúde Coletiva, opondo-se, a nível teórico, às pressões para torná-la um mero instrumento "método-lógico " da pesquisa clínica.The present article is an attempt to organize some information about the history of Epidemiology, in order to understand its evolution as a scientific discipline connected with the historical development of major social movements in the health fields. The roots of Epidemiology from the triad Clinics-Statistics-Social Medicine, its initial development depending on the Public Health, its Technical advancement and ideological constitution within the preventive project, are all discussed. Finnally, modem Epidemiology is seen as a discipline that recovers its historical and roots through the movement of Collective Health, in opposition, at a theoretical level, to pressures to make it a mere "methodological" tool for clinical research.

  16. Bases moleculares da ação anti-inflamatória dos ácidos oleanólico e ursólico sobre as isoformas da ciclo-oxigenase por docking e dinâmica molecular

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    Wendell Santos Magalhães

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The triterpenoids oleanolic (OA and ursolic (UA acids show non-selective antiinflamatory activity in vitro for cyclooxygenase (COX isoforms. 3D conformations of OA and UA, with three possible orientations (1, 1' and 2 in the active site of isoforms COX, obtained by docking, were submitted to molecular dynamics. The results show that orientation 2 of the OA in COX-2 is more favorable because orientation 1 moved away from the active site. The carboxylate group of OA interact by hydrogen bonds with Ser353 and with Phe357 and Leu359, mediated by water, while hydroxyl in C-3 interact by hydrogen bond, mediated by water, with Tyr385.

  17. Molecular characterization of the 50- and 57-kDa subunits of the bovine vacuolar proton pump.

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    Zhou, Z; Peng, S B; Crider, B P; Slaughter, C; Xie, X S; Stone, D K

    1998-03-01

    The vacuolar type proton-translocating ATPase of clathrin-coated vesicles is composed of two large domains: an extramembranous catalytic sector and a transmembranous proton channel. In addition, two polypeptides of 50 and 57 kDa have been found to co-purify with the pump. These proteins, termed SFD (sub-fifty-eight-kDa dimer) activate ATPase activity of the enzyme and couple ATPase activity to proton flow (Xie, X.-S., Crider, B.P., Ma, Y.-M., and Stone, D. K. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 28509-25815). It has also been reported that the clathrin-coated vesicle proton pump contains AP50, a 50-kDa component of the AP-2 complex responsible for the assembly of clathrin-coated pits, and that AP50 is essential for function of the proton pump (Liu, Q., Feng, Y., and Forgac, M. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 31592-31597). We demonstrate through the use of anti-AP50 antibody, identical to that of the latter study, that hydroxylapatite chromatography removes AP50 from impure proton pump preparations and that purified proton pump, devoid of AP50, is fully functional. To determine the true molecular identity of SFD, both the 50- and 57-kDa polypeptides were directly sequenced. A polymerase chain reaction-based strategy was used to screen a bovine brain cDNA library, yielding independent full-length clones (SFD-4A and SFD-21); these were identical in their open reading frames and encoded a protein with a predicted mass of 54,187 Da. The SFD-21 clone was then used in a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction-based strategy to isolate a related, but distinct, transcript present in bovine brain mRNA. The nucleotide and predicted amino acid sequences of this isolate are identical to SFD-21 except that the isolate contains a 54-base pair insert in the open reading frame, resulting in a protein with a predicted mass of 55,933 Da. Both clones had 16% identity to VMA13 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. No sequence homology between the SFD clones and AP50 was detectable. Anti

  18. [Molecular bases of cancer immunology].

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    Barrera-Rodríguez, R; Peralta-Zaragoza, O; Madrid-Marina, V

    1995-01-01

    The immune system is a tight network of different types of cells and molecules. The coordinated action of these elements mounts a precise immune response against tumor cells. However, these cells present several escape mechanisms, leading to tumor progression. This paper shows several cellular and molecular events involved in the regulation of the immune response against tumor cells. The interaction of several molecules such as MHC, TcR, adhesins, tumor antigens and cytokines are discussed, as well as the most recent knowledge about escape mechanisms and immunotherapy. PMID:7502157

  19. PET molecular imaging of peripheral and central inflammatory processes targeting the TSPO 18 kDa

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the in vivo potential of the TSPO 18 kDa as a bio-marker of inflammation, with the use of its radioligand [18F]DPA-714, to non-invasively quantify the inflammatory state within the scope of various pathologies. Multiple animal models of various inflammatory diseases, to include: inflammatory bowel disease, neuro-inflammation, and septic shock, were developed and put in place by adapted measures. The animals well-being and the subsequent inflammation was evaluated. The inflammatory state was measured using quantitative PET imaging with the TSPO radioligand [18F]DPA-714 and correlated to the expression of conventional inflammatory markers using microscopy. Based on the observed data, we were able to distinguish control groups from treated groups when using [18F]DPA-714. This TSPO radioligand permitted us to quantify the inflammatory level and to observe evolutionary changes in the inflammatory state of the disease in multiple models. The PET results, using the [18F]DPA-714 signal was correlated with an increased TSPO expression at cellular level. Results indicate that [18F]DPA-714 is a suitable tracer for studying inflammation of multiple diseases. [18F]DPA-714 could be a good molecular probe to non-invasively evaluate the level and localization of inflammation. Moreover, in vivo imaging using this TSPO ligand is potentially a powerful tool to stage and certainly to follow the evolution and therapeutic efficiency at molecular level in inflammatory diseases. (author)

  20. DNA-based applications in molecular electronics

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    Linko, Veikko

    2011-01-01

    This thesis is mainly focused on DNA molecules and especially on self-assembled DNA constructs and their potential applications in nanotechnology and molecular electronics. In the field of molecular electronics the conductivity of DNA is a crucial - yet open - question, and it is of great concern, since DNA is a very promising molecule in a context of bottom-up based nanodevices due to its superior selfassembly characteristics. A key tool in all the experiments presented in ...

  1. Qt-based Molecular Graphics Application (QMGA)

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    Gabriel, A. T.; Meyer, T.; Germano, G.

    2007-01-01

    Coarse-grained modeling of molecular fluids is often based on non-spherical convex rigid bodies like ellipsoids or spherocylinders representing rodlike or platelike molecules or groups of atoms, with site-site interaction potentials depending both on the distance among the particles and the relative orientation. In this category of potentials, the Gay-Berne family has been studied most extensively. However, conventional molecular graphics programs are not designed to visualize such objects. U...

  2. Molecular aspects of hepatic carcinogenesis Aspectos moleculares da carcinogênese hepática

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    Marcelo Eidi NITA; Alves, Venâncio Avancini Ferreira; Carrilho, Flair José; Ono-Nita, Suzane Kioko; de Mello, Evandro Sobroza; Joaquim J. Gama-Rodrigues

    2002-01-01

    Exogenous agents correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been identified and well characterized. These agents, including the different viruses that cause chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, can lead to regenerative nodules and dysplastic nodules/adenomatous hyperplasia. These conditions associated with several molecular alterations of hepatocyte ultimately culminate in hepatocellular carcinoma. Recently, there has been a great progress in the identification of somatic and germinative...

  3. Molecular magnetic materials based on porphyrin macrocyles

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    ÖNAL, Emel

    2014-01-01

    The preparation of Molecule-Based Magnets is based on the assembling carriers of magnetic moment. These may be the metal ions only with diamagnetic linkers or the metal ions connected through open-shell organic molecule. The building of novel Molecule-Based Magnets architectures following the metal-radical approach relies on the design of innovative open-shell organic molecular blocks. In this regard, we focus our strategy on the synthesis of porphyrins incorporating free radicals. Indeed, po...

  4. Environmental Phosphorus Recovery Based on Molecular Bioscavengers

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    Gruber, Mathias Felix

    technology based on biological phosphorus scavengers, to examine fundamental molecular system aspects relevant for such a technology, and to motivate the use of computational techniques throughout an iterative design process of such a technology. A wide spectrum of computational methods, from atomic...... characteristic amino acid distributions of the binding sites. Quantum mechanical methods are used to investigate how phosphate moieties are described using electronic structure methods, and molecular dynamics in combination with quantum mechanics are used to show how the dynamical interaction between phosphates......-scale quantum calculations to macro-scale fluid simulations, are employed to hint at the potential of a recovery technology based on molecular bioscavengers. As a first approach, data mining is used to obtain statistical information about how proteins in nature interact with phosphate groups, thereby revealing...

  5. Calixarene-based receptors for molecular recognition

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    YILMAZ, Mustafa; ERDEMİR, Serkan

    2013-01-01

    Calixarene-based molecular receptors have been a widely developing area in material science and technology for the last few decades. Due to their bowl-shaped geometry, calixarene macrocycles are used as hosts allowing organic and inorganic guests to coordinate/sorb onto their cavity. This work briefly reviews the recent development of calixarenes.

  6. M S MOLECULARES Rumo aos limites da miniaturiza o - (Molecular Magnets - towards the limits of miniaturization)

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    Reis, Mario S [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brasil; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    Por s culos, acreditou-se que o magnetismo s se manifestava em metais, como aqueles contendo ferro; hoje, a imagem mais comum de um m talvez seja a daquelas plaquinhas flex veis coladas geladeira com propagandas dos mais diversos tipos. O leitor conseguiria imaginar um material puramente org nico daqueles que formam os seres vivos como magn tico? E m s do tamanho de mol culas? fato: ambos existem. Esses novos materiais, conhecidos como magnetos moleculares, descobertos e desenvolvidos em v rios laborat rios do mundo, j re nem longa lista de aplica es, do tratamento do c ncer a refrigeradores ecol gicos, passando pela transmiss o de eletricidade sem perda de calor e a fabrica o de computadores extremamente velozes.

  7. Automatic Camera Viewfinder Based on TI DaVinci

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    WANG Hai-gang; XIAO Zhi-tao; GENG Lei

    2009-01-01

    Presented is an automatic camera viewfinder based on TI DaVinci digital platform and discussed mainly is the scheme of software system based on linux. This system can give an alarm and save the picture when the set features appear in the view, and the saved pictures can be downloaded and zoomed out. All functions are operated in OSD menu. It is well established for its flexible operations, powerful functions, multitasking and stable performance.

  8. A nanoplasmonic switch based on molecular machines

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    Zheng, Yue Bing

    2009-06-01

    We aim to develop a molecular-machine-driven nanoplasmonic switch for its use in future nanophotonic integrated circuits (ICs) that have applications in optical communication, information processing, biological and chemical sensing. Experimental data show that an Au nanodisk array, coated with rotaxane molecular machines, switches its localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPR) reversibly when it is exposed to chemical oxidants and reductants. Conversely, bare Au nanodisks and disks coated with mechanically inert control compounds, do not display the same switching behavior. Along with calculations based on time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), these observations suggest that the nanoscale movements within surface-bound "molecular machines" can be used as the active components in plasmonic devices. ©2009 IEEE.

  9. Nonadiabatic Molecular Dynamics Based on Trajectories

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    Felipe Franco de Carvalho

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Performing molecular dynamics in electronically excited states requires the inclusion of nonadiabatic effects to properly describe phenomena beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. This article provides a survey of selected nonadiabatic methods based on quantum or classical trajectories. Among these techniques, trajectory surface hopping constitutes an interesting compromise between accuracy and efficiency for the simulation of medium- to large-scale molecular systems. This approach is, however, based on non-rigorous approximations that could compromise, in some cases, the correct description of the nonadiabatic effects under consideration and hamper a systematic improvement of the theory. With the help of an in principle exact description of nonadiabatic dynamics based on Bohmian quantum trajectories, we will investigate the origin of the main approximations in trajectory surface hopping and illustrate some of the limits of this approach by means of a few simple examples.

  10. Towards the molecular bases of polymerase dynamics

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    One aspect of the strong relationship that is known to exist between the processes of DNA replication and transcription is manifest in the coupling of the rates of movement of the replication fork (rf) and RNA polymerase (rt). We address two issues concerning the largely unexplored area of polymerase dynamics: (i) The validity of an approximate kinematic formula linking rf and rt suggested by experiments in which transcription is initiated in some prokaryotes with the antibiotic streptolydigin, and (ii) What are the molecular bases of the kinematic formula? An analysis of the available data suggests possible molecular bases for polymerase dynamics. In particular, we are led to a hypothesis: In active chromatin rt may depend on the length (λt) of the transcript of the primary messenger RNA (pre-mRNA). This new effect is subject to experimental verification. We discuss possible experiments that may be performed in order to test this prediction. (author). Refs, 6 tabs

  11. Molecular profiling of neurons based on connectivity.

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    Ekstrand, Mats I; Nectow, Alexander R; Knight, Zachary A; Latcha, Kaamashri N; Pomeranz, Lisa E; Friedman, Jeffrey M

    2014-05-22

    The complexity and cellular heterogeneity of neural circuitry presents a major challenge to understanding the role of discrete neural populations in controlling behavior. While neuroanatomical methods enable high-resolution mapping of neural circuitry, these approaches do not allow systematic molecular profiling of neurons based on their connectivity. Here, we report the development of an approach for molecularly profiling projective neurons. We show that ribosomes can be tagged with a camelid nanobody raised against GFP and that this system can be engineered to selectively capture translating mRNAs from neurons retrogradely labeled with GFP. Using this system, we profiled neurons projecting to the nucleus accumbens. We then used an AAV to selectively profile midbrain dopamine neurons projecting to the nucleus accumbens. By comparing the captured mRNAs from each experiment, we identified a number of markers specific to VTA dopaminergic projection neurons. The current method provides a means for profiling neurons based on their projections. PMID:24855954

  12. Decimal Integer Multiplication based on Molecular Beacons

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    Jing Wang

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Due to the enhancement of circuit integration level, and the accelerating of working frequency of traditional computer, it requires components dimension must be constantly decreased. So encapsulation, etching and other problems of chip are becoming more and more difficult to solve, which causes its performance also become unstable. In order to overcome this problem, DNA computing as a new kind of molecular computing mode, with its high parallelism, huge amounts of storage capacity, low energy consumption advantages has received extensive attention. Being the same with traditional electronic computer, DNA computer is composed by arithmetic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and dividing and basic logic units such as AND, OR, NON gate. This paper puts forward a new method to realize decimal integer multiplication based on molecular beacons. The algorithm firstly converts decimal integer to binary number, and then resolves the multiplication process into multiplication of current bit and addition of intermediate result after shifting two steps. Molecular beacon is used as multiplying unit, coding sequence is used as multiplier in this method. Based on the working principle of molecular beacon, multiplication operation of two one-bit binary is simulated. And by recording fluorescence status of molecular beacon to observe intermediate result and carry-bit situation, the final result can be obtained through addition after shifting. Examples prove that this method can realize decimal integer multiplication rapidly and accurately. This method is similar to multiplication system in traditional electronic computer, and it provides a simple, easier operation method for DNA computer to realize arithmetic operation.

  13. Progress on RNAi-based molecular medicines

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    Chen J; Xie JP

    2012-01-01

    Jing Chen, Jianping XieInstitute of Modern Biopharmaceuticals, State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Ministry of Education Eco-Environment of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region, School of Life Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing, ChinaAbstract: RNA interference (RNAi) is a promising strategy to suppress the expression of disease-relevant genes and induce post-transcriptional gene silencing. Their simplicity and stability endow RNAi with great advantages in molecular medicine. Several RNA...

  14. Fullerene based devices for molecular electronics

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    G. Cuniberti; R. GUTIERREZ; Fagas, G.; Grossmann, F.; Richter, K; Schmidt, R.

    2001-01-01

    We have investigated the electronic properties of a C_60 molecule in between carbon nanotube leads. This problem has been tackled within a quantum chemical treatment utilizing a density functional theory-based LCAO approach combined with the Landauer formalism. Owing to low-dimensionality, electron transport is very sensitive to the strength and geometry of interfacial bonds. Molecular contact between interfacial atoms and electrodes gives rise to a complex conductance dependence on the elect...

  15. Avaliação dos efeitos da ligadura da base do appendix vermiformis do coelho

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    Bazzano Félix Carlos Ocáriz

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudados 120 coelhos, fêmeas, variando de peso entre 2.400 e 3.100 g. com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da ligadura da base do appendix vermiformis do coelho e sua ação, do ponto de vista macroscópico e microscópico, sobre este órgão. Para tanto, distribuiu-se em dois grupos de 60 animais chamados de experimento e sham e foram subdivididos em 3 subgrupos de 20 coelhos para cada grupo e denominados de 24 h, 48 h, 72 h, 24 sh, 48 sh e 72 sh que correspondiam ao periodo de observação de 24, 48 e 72 horas. Verificou-se a ocorrência de apendicite tanto macroscópica como microscópica em todos os coelhos do grupo experimento nos três períodos estudados, não se verificando diferenças significantes entre os grupos, notando-se a evidência, em todos os grupos, de apendicites mais avançadas. Não se encontrou alterações nos coelhos dos grupos sham. Na avaliação estatística houve significância na leitura do diâmetro da ponta do apêndice, avaliado no início e no final do período de observação em cada grupo , no entanto, quando se confrontaram os grupos, não houve significância estatística. As avaliações das alterações macroscópicas da aderência, peritonite, necrose, alterações na coloração do apêndice, perfuração e as alterações microscópicas não se mostraram, sob o ponto de vista estatístico, significantes. Conclui-se que a obstrução da base do appendix vermiformis do coelho provoca apendicite aguda macroscópica e microscópica.

  16. Filodinâmica do vírus da tristeza dos citrinos: epidemiologia molecular e biologia evolutiva

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    Silva, Gonçalo

    2011-01-01

    O Citrus tristeza virus (CTV), responsável por várias doenças em citrinos, é um dos maiores condicionantes da citricultura a nível mundial. Existem diversos isolados de CTV com diferentes características biológicas e moleculares, sendo que os sintomas causados pelo vírus dependem essencialmente do isolado viral e da combinação variedade/porta-enxerto. A implementação de medidas de controlo da doença depende, em grande parte, do tipo de isolados presentes numa dada região. No Capítulo 2, efetu...

  17. High-molecular-weight polymers for protein crystallization: poly-γ-glutamic acid-based precipitants

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    High-molecular-weight poly-γ-glutamic acid-based polymers have been synthesized, tested and adopted for protein crystallization. Protein crystallization has been revolutionized by the introduction of high-throughput technologies, which have led to a speeding up of the process while simultaneously reducing the amount of protein sample necessary. Nonetheless, the chemistry dimension of protein crystallization has remained relatively undeveloped. Most crystallization screens are based on the same set of precipitants. To address this shortcoming, the development of new protein precipitants based on poly-γ-glutamic acid (PGA) polymers with different molecular-weight ranges is reported here: PGA-LM (low molecular weight) of ∼400 kDa and PGA-HM (high molecular weight) of >1000 kDa. It is also demonstrated that protein precipitants can be expanded further to polymers with much higher molecular weight than those that are currently in use. Furthermore, the modification of PGA-like polymers by covalent attachments of glucosamine substantially improved their solubility without affecting their crystallization properties. Some preliminary PGA-based screens are presented here

  18. High-molecular-weight polymers for protein crystallization: poly-γ-glutamic acid-based precipitants

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    Hu, Ting-Chou [Department of Chemistry, University of York, York YO10 5YW (United Kingdom); Korczyńska, Justyna [Department of Chemistry, University of York, York YO10 5YW (United Kingdom); Structural Biology Laboratory, University of York, York YO10 5YW (United Kingdom); Smith, David K. [Department of Chemistry, University of York, York YO10 5YW (United Kingdom); Brzozowski, Andrzej Marek, E-mail: marek@ysbl.york.ac.uk [Department of Chemistry, University of York, York YO10 5YW (United Kingdom); Structural Biology Laboratory, University of York, York YO10 5YW (United Kingdom)

    2008-09-01

    High-molecular-weight poly-γ-glutamic acid-based polymers have been synthesized, tested and adopted for protein crystallization. Protein crystallization has been revolutionized by the introduction of high-throughput technologies, which have led to a speeding up of the process while simultaneously reducing the amount of protein sample necessary. Nonetheless, the chemistry dimension of protein crystallization has remained relatively undeveloped. Most crystallization screens are based on the same set of precipitants. To address this shortcoming, the development of new protein precipitants based on poly-γ-glutamic acid (PGA) polymers with different molecular-weight ranges is reported here: PGA-LM (low molecular weight) of ∼400 kDa and PGA-HM (high molecular weight) of >1000 kDa. It is also demonstrated that protein precipitants can be expanded further to polymers with much higher molecular weight than those that are currently in use. Furthermore, the modification of PGA-like polymers by covalent attachments of glucosamine substantially improved their solubility without affecting their crystallization properties. Some preliminary PGA-based screens are presented here.

  19. Molecular diagnostics: future probe-based strategies.

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    Marsh, Peter; Cardy, Donald L N

    2004-01-01

    Nucleic acid amplification technologies (NAATs) represent powerful tools in clinical microbiology, particularly in areas where traditional culture-based methods alone prove insufficient. A notable advantage is in reducing the time from taking samples to reporting results. This, and the specificity and sensitivity imparted by NAATs, can help to improve patient care. Both thermal and isothermal NAATs have been adapted to aid diagnosis in clinical laboratories. Current molecular diagnostic assays are generally high-tech, and are expensive to buy and perform. Easy-to-use NAATs are beginning to appear, not only facilitating acceptable throughput in clinical laboratories, but also allowing tests to move out of the laboratory, closer to the point of care. Demand for simpler, miniaturized equipment and assays, and the trend toward personalized medicine, is leading towards the development of fully integrated automation and home-use kits. The integration of diverse disciplines, such as genomics, molecular biology, microelectromechanical systems, microfluidics, microfabrication, and organic chemistry, is behind the emerging DNA microarray technology. Development of DNA microchips allows the simultaneous detection of potentially thousands of target sequences, not only favoring high throughput, but also the potential for genotyping patient subsets with respect to their response to particular drug types (pharmakogenomics). It is envisaged that the future of probe-based technologies will see the development of fully integrated assays and devices suitable for nonskilled users. PMID:15148419

  20. Bases neurofisiológicas da dependência do tabaco Neurophysiological basis of tobacco dependence

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    Cleopatra S. Planeta

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available A maioria dos estudos pré-clínicos e clínicos aponta a nicotina como o principal agente responsável pelo desenvolvimento da dependência ao tabaco. Muitos trabalhos têm demonstrado que as bases neurais da dependência à nicotina são semelhantes àquelas das outras drogas de abuso. A nicotina induz preferência condicionada por lugar e auto-administração e, portanto, atua como reforçador positivo, esse efeito parece ser mediado pelo sistema dopaminérgico mesolímbico. A nicotina também induz à sensibilização comportamental que é provavelmente resultante de alterações da expressão gênica do núcleo acumbens induzidas pela exposição prolongada a essa substância. A suspensão do uso de nicotina resulta em síndrome de abstinência. As evidências indicam que esses sinais e sintomas sejam mediados por receptores colinérgicos nicotínicos centrais e periféricos. Outros neurotransmissores, como por exemplo a serotonina e os peptídeos opióides, também podem estar envolvidos na mediação da dependência e síndrome de abstinência à nicotina. A revisão da literatura mostra a complexidade dos efeitos da nicotina no organismo. A integração entre as abordagens comportamental, neuroquímica e molecular possibilitará a compreensão dos mecanismos neurais da dependência ao tabaco e fornecerá as bases para o desenvolvimento racional de agentes terapêuticos que possam ser utilizados para o tratamento da dependência e síndrome de abstinência ao tabaco.It is generally accepted that nicotine is the major component in tobacco smoke responsible for addiction. Several studies have demonstrated that the neural mechanisms underlying nicotine addiction have much in common with those underlying the mechanisms of addiction to other drugs. Thus, it has been shown that nicotine induces conditioning place preference and self-administration across many species. Repeated treatment with nicotine also induces behavioral sensitization in

  1. Identidade molecular dos fitoplasmas associados aos enfezamentos do tomateiro e da berinjela com base na análise do gene 16S rDNA Molecular identity of the phytoplasma associated to stunting of tomato and eggplant on the basis of analyses of the 16S rDNA

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    Ana Paula de Oliveira Amaral Mello

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Doenças de hortaliças de ocorrência no território brasileiro e em outras áreas do mundo têm sido associadas a diversos fitoplasmas. Na região de Piracicaba-SP e Bragança Paulista-SP, em plantas de tomate e berinjela foram observados sintomas típicos de enfezamento caracterizados por porte reduzido, clorose foliar, superbrotamento de ramos, desenvolvimento anormal do cálice, encurtamento de entre-nós, redução no tamanho de folhas, flores e frutos. Através de duplo PCR, utilizando os iniciadores R16 mF1/mR2 e R16 F2n/R2, fragmentos de DNA de 1,2 kb foram amplificados de amostras sintomáticas, demonstrando a presença de fitoplasma nos tecidos das plantas. O uso de iniciadores específicos demonstrou que estes fitoplasmas eram afiliados ao grupo 16SrIII. Análises de RFLP, usando as enzimas de restrição AluI, HpaII, KpnI, MboI, MseI e RsaI confirmaram que os fitoplasmas detectados eram representantes do grupo 16SrIII. Os fragmentos de DNA amplificados foram clonados em Escherichia coli, sequenciados e comparados, por homologia de seqüência, entre si e com outros fitoplasmas do grupo 16SrIII. Um índice de similaridade de seqüência acima de 95% foi encontrado quando seqüências dos fitoplasmas detectados em tomate e berinjela foram comparadas com aquelas de outros representantes do grupo 16SrIII. Um índice de 98-99% foi obtido quando seqüências dos fitoplasmas encontrados em tomate e berinjela foram comparadas entre si. Estes resultados evidenciaram que o enfezamento do tomateiro e da berinjela podem estar associados a um mesmo fitoplasma, com base na análise de seqüências do gene do 16S rDNA.Vegetable diseases occurring in the Brazilian territory and around the world have been associated with various phytoplasmas. In the region of Piracicaba-SP and Bragança-SP, in eggplant and tomato plants typical symptoms of stunting characterized by reduced canopy, leaf yellowing, proliferation of shoots, calix malformation

  2. Molecular heterogeneity of Malassezia pachydermatis through RAPD-PCR = Heterogeneidade molecular da Malassezia pachydermatis através de RAPD-PCR

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    Patrícia da Silva Nascente

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Several methodologies in molecular biology have been used in theinvestigation of Malassezia pachydermatis and its differentiation into subtypes. Recent molecular research of this species includes the use of samples isolated from canine otitis externa and dermatitis, as well as from healthy animals, having in view an epidemiologicalstudy of the yeast. The aim of this study was to identify molecular differences in M. pachydermatis samples isolated from dogs with otitis externa. The M. pachydermatis strains were analyzed by means of the Random Amplification Primer DNA - Polimerase Chain Reaction (RAPD–PCR for molecular heterogeneity research. DNA extraction was carried out with phenol-chloroform and the RAPD technique using the AGAATCCGCC primer. A variation was observed in the number and arrangement of the bands among the 49 studied isolates, grouped into nine patterns. Isolate groupings were not found to be related to animal breed, age or sex. It was concluded that M. pachydermatis has differences in its molecular profile, as shown by the molecular technique (RAPD – PCR, which allows isolates to be classified into nine subtypes.Várias metodologias em biologia molecular têm sido aplicadas para estudar a M. pachydermatis diferenciando-a em subgrupos. Recentemente utiliza-se a investigação molecular desta espécie isolada de otite externa e dermatite, e também de isolados da mesma de animais hígidos, para um estudo epidemiológico da levedura. O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar diferenças moleculares entre isolados de M. pachydermatis obtidos de casos de otite externa canina. Para isto, amostras da levedura provenientes de cães com esta enfermidade foram estudadas através da técnica de Polimorfismo de DNA Amplificado aoAcaso - Reação da Polimerase em Cadeia (RAPD–PCR para pesquisa de heterogeneidade molecular. A extração de DNA foi realizada no processo fenol-cloroformio e a técnica de RAPD foi estudada com o primer

  3. PET-based molecular imaging in neuroscience

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    Positron emission tomography (PET) allows non-invasive assessment of physiological, metabolic and molecular processes in humans and animals in vivo. Advances in detector technology have led to a considerable improvement in the spatial resolution of PET (1-2 mm), enabling for the first time investigations in small experimental animals such as mice. With the developments in radiochemistry and tracer technology, a variety of endogenously expressed and exogenously introduced genes can be analysed by PET. This opens up the exciting and rapidly evolving field of molecular imaging, aiming at the non-invasive localisation of a biological process of interest in normal and diseased cells in animal models and humans in vivo. The main and most intriguing advantage of molecular imaging is the kinetic analysis of a given molecular event in the same experimental subject over time. This will allow non-invasive characterisation and ''phenotyping'' of animal models of human disease at various disease stages, under certain pathophysiological stimuli and after therapeutic intervention. The potential broad applications of imaging molecular events in vivo lie in the study of cell biology, biochemistry, gene/protein function and regulation, signal transduction, transcriptional regulation and characterisation of transgenic animals. Most importantly, molecular imaging will have great implications for the identification of potential molecular therapeutic targets, in the development of new treatment strategies, and in their successful implementation into clinical application. Here, the potential impact of molecular imaging by PET in applications in neuroscience research with a special focus on neurodegeneration and neuro-oncology is reviewed. (orig.)

  4. Affinity based and molecularly imprinted cryogels: Applications in biomacromolecule purification.

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    Andaç, Müge; Galaev, Igor Yu; Denizli, Adil

    2016-05-15

    The publications in macro-molecularly imprinted polymers have increased drastically in recent years with the development of water-based polymer systems. The macroporous structure of cryogels has allowed the use of these materials within different applications, particularly in affinity purification and molecular imprinting based methods. Due to their high selectivity, specificity, efficient mass transfer and good reproducibility, molecularly imprinted cryogels (MICs) have become attractive for researchers in the separation and purification of proteins. In this review, the recent developments in affinity based cryogels and molecularly imprinted cryogels in protein purification are reviewed comprehensively. PMID:26454622

  5. Influência da sacarose e do corte da base da haste na longevidade de inflorescências de Zinnia elegans

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    Carneiro Tânia Forster

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Flores de zínia (Zinnia elegans Jacq. são adaptadas às condições climáticas da Região Sudeste do País, com excelente potencial para a comercialização como flor de corte. O presente trabalho objetivou avaliar a influência da sacarose aplicada na forma de solução de condicionamento, e do corte periódico da base das hastes sobre a longevidade e absorção de água pelas flores. Hastes florais uniformizadas em tamanho foram submetidas ao condicionamento, por seis horas, com sacarose a 5, 10, 15 e 20% ou com soluções de 10% de sacarose por 0, 6, 12, 18 e 24 horas, com ou sem cortes periódicos na base das hastes a cada 48 horas. O tratamento das flores por seis horas com sacarose a 5, 10, 15 ou 20% não afetou a longevidade das flores, comparado àquelas mantidas somente com água destilada. O corte periódico da base das hastes promoveu melhor suprimento de água às flores, estendendo a longevidade. O condicionamento das flores com 10% de sacarose por 18 ou 24 horas acelerou a senescência das flores em vaso. A taxa de produção de etileno foi inibida pelo aumento da concentração de sacarose na solução de condicionamento.

  6. Network-Based Models in Molecular Biology

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    Beyer, Andreas

    Biological systems are characterized by a large number of diverse interactions. Interaction maps have been used to abstract those interactions at all biological scales ranging from food webs at the ecosystem level down to protein interaction networks at the molecular scale.

  7. Comprehensive characterization of molecular interactions based on nanomechanics.

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    Murali Krishna Ghatkesar

    Full Text Available Molecular interaction is a key concept in our understanding of the biological mechanisms of life. Two physical properties change when one molecular partner binds to another. Firstly, the masses combine and secondly, the structure of at least one binding partner is altered, mechanically transducing the binding into subsequent biological reactions. Here we present a nanomechanical micro-array technique for bio-medical research, which not only monitors the binding of effector molecules to their target but also the subsequent effect on a biological system in vitro. This label-free and real-time method directly and simultaneously tracks mass and nanomechanical changes at the sensor interface using micro-cantilever technology. To prove the concept we measured lipid vesicle (approximately 748*10(6 Da adsorption on the sensor interface followed by subsequent binding of the bee venom peptide melittin (2840 Da to the vesicles. The results show the high dynamic range of the instrument and that measuring the mass and structural changes simultaneously allow a comprehensive discussion of molecular interactions.

  8. Uso da bioinformática na diferenciação molecular da Entamoeba histolytica e Entamoeba díspar = Molecular discrimination of Entamoeba histolytica and Entamoeba dispar by bioinformatics resources

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    Eliane Gasparino

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    Full Text Available Amebíase invasiva, causada por Entamoeba histolytica, é microscopicamente indistinguível da espécie não-patogênica Entamoeba dispar. Com auxílio de ferramentas de bioinformática, objetivou-se diferenciar Entamoeba histolytica e Entamoeba dispar por técnicasmoleculares. A análise foi realizada a partir do banco de dados da National Center for Biotechnology Information; pela pesquisa de similaridade de sequências, elegeu-se o gene da cisteína sintase. Um par de primer foi desenhado (programa Web Primer e foi selecionada a enzima de restrição TaqI (programa Web Cutter. Após a atuação da enzima, o fragmento foi dividido em dois, um com 255 pb e outro com 554 pb, padrão característico da E. histolytica. Na ausência de corte, o fragmento apresentou o tamanho de 809 pb, referente à E. dispar.Under microscopic conditions, the invasive Entamoeba histolytica is indistinguishable from the non-pathogenic species Entamoeba dispar. In this way, the present study was carried out to determine a molecular strategy for discriminating both species by the mechanisms of bioinformatics. The gene cysteine synthetase was consideredfor such a purpose by using the resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information data bank in the search for similarities in the gene sequence. In this way, a primer pair was designed by the Web Primer program and the restriction enzyme TaqI was selected by the Web Cutter software program. The DNA fragment had a size of 809 bpbefore cutting, which is consistent with E. dispar. The gene fragment was partitioned in a first fragment with 255 bp and a second one with 554 bp, which is similar to the genetic characteristics of E. histolytica.

  9. Bases epistemológicas da psicologia cognitiva experimental Epistemological foundation of experimental cognitive psychology

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    Carmem Beatriz Neufeld; Priscila Goergen Brust; Lilian Milnitsky Stein

    2011-01-01

    O presente artigo tem como objetivo analisar as bases epistemológicas da Psicologia Cognitiva Experimental. Inicialmente serão traçados alguns dos pressupostos da Psicologia Cognitiva, dentro da abrangência da Ciência Cognitiva e sua relação com o Cognitivismo. Serão retomados alguns aspectos históricos que serão relacionados com os pressupostos das teorias e suas influências na aplicação das mesmas. A partir destes aspectos, serão levantados alguns dos pressupostos filosóficos que marcaram a...

  10. Quantitative Molecular Thermochemistry Based on Path Integrals

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    Glaesemann, K R; Fried, L E

    2005-03-14

    The calculation of thermochemical data requires accurate molecular energies and heat capacities. Traditional methods rely upon the standard harmonic normal mode analysis to calculate the vibrational and rotational contributions. We utilize path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) for going beyond the harmonic analysis, to calculate the vibrational and rotational contributions to ab initio energies. This is an application and extension of a method previously developed in our group.

  11. Heparina de baixo peso molecular no tratamento da tromboembolia pulmonar Low-molecular-weight heparin in the treatment of pulmonary embolism

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    RENATO MACIEL

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo de revisão analisa as propriedades farmacocinéticas das heparinas de baixo peso molecular, compara os resultados do seu uso com heparina não fracionada no tratamento da tromboembolia pulmonar, mostrando que são uma alternativa segura e efetiva. Sugere que as heparinas de baixo peso molecular administradas por via subcutânea uma ou duas vezes ao dia e sem necessidade de monitorização laboratorial freqüente permitem o manejo ambulatorial ou com internação hospitalar breve de alguns casos de tromboembolia pulmonar, resultando em redução de custos e maior satisfação do paciente.This article reviews the pharmacokinetic properties of low-molecular weight heparins, compares the results of their use to that of unfractioned heparin in a pulmonary embolism treatment, showing they are a safe an effective alternative. The authors suggest that low-molecular-weight heparins administered subcutaneously once or twice-daily and without frequent laboratory monitoring have permitted out-of-hospital or short hospitalization management in some cases of pulmonary embolism, resulting in cost savings and increased patient satisfaction.

  12. Self-assembly characteristics of a multipolar donor-acceptor-based bis-pyrene integrated molecular tweezer

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    Deepak Asthana; Geeta Hundal; Pritam Mukhopadhyay

    2014-09-01

    A modular design of a molecular tweezer is presented that integrates a multipolar D--A [D: Donor, A: Acceptor] scaffold, 1-aminopyrene-based fluorophore units and L-alanine-based linkers. The synthesis of the molecule is based on two-fold aromatic nucleophilic reactions (ArSN) and coupling reactions of the acid and amino functionalities. This molecule crystallizes in a non-centrosymmteric (P21) space group.We present its rich self-assembly characteristics that involves an array of -stacking interactions. In addition, the molecular tweezer within its cleft forms H-bonding with two dimethylformamide molecules. Such multipolar D--A systems containing chiral and fluorophore units are potential candidatesfor a number of electronic and photonic applications.

  13. Aspectos clínicos, histopatológicos e moleculares da dermatosparaxia em ovinos White Dorper

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    Danilo Giorgi A. Andrade; Leonardo Fabrício Pavan; Rogério M. Amorim; Simone B. Chiacchio; Renée Laufer-Amorim; Roberto C. Gonçalves; Alexandre S. Borges; José P. Oliveira-Filho

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    Dermatosparaxia em animais é uma doença autossômica recessiva do tecido conjuntivo caracterizada por fragilidade e hiperextensibilidade cutânea. A doença em ovinos White Dorper é provocada pela mutação c.421G>T no gene ADAMmetalopeptidase com trombospondina tipo 1 motif, 2 (ADAMTS2). O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever os achados clínicos, moleculares e histopatológicos da dermatosparaxia em ovinos White Dorper de um rebanho localizado no Centro-Oeste Paulista. O rebanho era composto por no...

  14. DESCIFRANDO LAS BASES MOLECULARES DE LA RESISTENCIA CUANTITATIVA Deciphering the Molecular Bases of Quantitative Resistance

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    CAMILO LÓPEZ

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Uno de los factores que más afectan los cultivos son las enfermedades ocasionadas por patógenos. La resistencia vegetal ha sido clásicamente dividida en dos tipos: i completa, vertical o cualitativa que es gobernada por un solo gen e ii incompleta, horizontal o cuantitativa la cual es gobernada por varios genes. Aunque la resistencia cuantitativa provee resistencia de amplio espectro y es durable, los mecanismos moleculares subyacentes no han sido estudiados en detalle. En esta revisión se propone un modelo basado en co-localización de genes similares a los genes clásicos de resistencia cualitativa con QTLs (Quantitative Trait Loci para explicar el mecanismo involucrado en el reconocimiento del patógeno durante la resistencia cuantitativa. Además se presenta información acerca del progreso obtenido en los últimos tres años para entender este tipo de resistencia, lo que culminó con la clonación de varios genes asociados a resistencia cuantitativa. En conjunto, estos datos proveen nuevas luces sobre la naturaleza genética de este tipo de resistencia y de cómo puede ser empleada en programas de mejoramiento genético.Plant pathogens are some of the most important factors affecting crop production. Classically two general types of plant resistance to pathogens have been recognized: i complete, vertical or qualitative resistance governed by a single gene; and ii incomplete, horizontal or quantitative resistance, which is governed by several genes. Although quantitative resistance provides broad spectrum and more durable resistance, the underlying molecular mechanism involved in pathogen recognition has not been deeply studied. In this review, we proposed a model to explain the molecular mechanism involved in the pathogen recognition during the quantitative resistance. This is based on the co-localization of similar classical qualitative resistance genes with QTL (Quantitative Trait Loci. In addition, information is presented about the

  15. Aspectos clínicos, histopatológicos e moleculares da dermatosparaxia em ovinos White Dorper

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    Danilo Giorgi A. Andrade

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Dermatosparaxia em animais é uma doença autossômica recessiva do tecido conjuntivo caracterizada por fragilidade e hiperextensibilidade cutânea. A doença em ovinos White Dorper é provocada pela mutação c.421G>T no gene ADAMmetalopeptidase com trombospondina tipo 1 motif, 2 (ADAMTS2. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever os achados clínicos, moleculares e histopatológicos da dermatosparaxia em ovinos White Dorper de um rebanho localizado no Centro-Oeste Paulista. O rebanho era composto por nove animais, sendo um reprodutor, quatro matrizes e seus respectivos borregos. Dos nove animais examinados, dois apresentavam sinais clínicos compatíveis com dermatosparaxia. O exame histopatológico de amostras cutâneas das lesões destes dois animais revelou também achados compatíveis com dermatosparaxia, sendo caracterizados por epiderme e anexos cutâneos preservados e sem características atípicas; colágeno displásico arranjado em feixes pequenos, fragmentados e com focos de degeneração, anexos cutâneos proeminentes e na região da derme foco hemorrágico intenso associado a moderado infiltrado neutrofílico na derme profunda. Com o objetivo de realizar o diagnóstico molecular da enfermidade, uma PCR foi padronizada utilizando primers específicos desenhados para amplificar a região do gene ADAMTS2 que continha a mutação c.421G>T e o DNA obtido de amostras de sangue de todos os animais do rebanho. O sequenciamento direto dos produtos da PCR, comprovou que os dois animais clinicamente afetados possuíam a mutação responsável pela dermatosparaxia. A metodologia descrita neste estudo possibilitou o diagnóstico definitivo da doença. Segundo a literatura consultada, esta é a primeira vez que a dermatosparaxia é descrita em ovinos White Dorper no Brasil. A metodologia aqui descrita poderá ser empregada em estudos futuros que avaliem a prevalência desta mutação no Brasil, possibilitando a adoção de medidas que previnam a

  16. Molecular con Base a sus Trayectorias

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    H. Castañeda Marín

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En la Dinámica Molecular (DM una configuración sucesiva es generada mediante la integración de las leyes de movimiento de Newton, las trayectorias resultantes nos dan información acerca de como las posiciones y velocidades de las partículas en el sistema cambian con el transcurso del tiempo, en este contexto lo que mayor costo computacional exige es la determinación de las fuerzas aplicadas a cada partícula en su respectiva posición. Generalmente en la DM se suelen utilizar modelos simples, donde todas las colisiones son elásticas y ocurren cuando las separaciones entre los centros de las partículas son iguales al punto de discontinuidad del potencial Al utilizar potenciales continuos la fuerza y la posición de las partículas dependen de la interacción con las restantes partículas del sistema generando una interaccion de muchos cuerpos, por lo que no es posible solucionar analíticamente tal problema lo cual implica el uso de diferencias finitas. La principal tarea en el método propuesto es particionar un número de objetos dinámicos en un pequeño numero de clústeres, de tal forma que los objetos en cada cluster sean en lo más posible similares y los objetos en diferentes clústeres son lo menos similares. El problema más importante en este contexto es la selección de una medida de similaridad pertinente, la cual será utilizada como criterio de agrupamiento. El objetivo mas amplio del trabajo consiste en el análisis de un sistema molecular donde buscamos capturar importantes eventos por ejemplo la desintegración y fusión de defectos, la técnica utilizada es el reconocimiento de patrones temporales difusos. El problema más importante que se presenta en este contexto es la opción de una medida relevante de la similaridad, que se utiliza para la definición del criterio de agrupamiento.

  17. Optimal separable bases and molecular collisions

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    Poirier, L W [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1997-12-01

    A new methodology is proposed for the efficient determination of Green`s functions and eigenstates for quantum systems of two or more dimensions. For a given Hamiltonian, the best possible separable approximation is obtained from the set of all Hilbert space operators. It is shown that this determination itself, as well as the solution of the resultant approximation, are problems of reduced dimensionality for most systems of physical interest. Moreover, the approximate eigenstates constitute the optimal separable basis, in the sense of self-consistent field theory. These distorted waves give rise to a Born series with optimized convergence properties. Analytical results are presented for an application of the method to the two-dimensional shifted harmonic oscillator system. The primary interest however, is quantum reactive scattering in molecular systems. For numerical calculations, the use of distorted waves corresponds to numerical preconditioning. The new methodology therefore gives rise to an optimized preconditioning scheme for the efficient calculation of reactive and inelastic scattering amplitudes, especially at intermediate energies. This scheme is particularly suited to discrete variable representations (DVR`s) and iterative sparse matrix methods commonly employed in such calculations. State to state and cumulative reactive scattering results obtained via the optimized preconditioner are presented for the two-dimensional collinear H + H{sub 2} {yields} H{sub 2} + H system. Computational time and memory requirements for this system are drastically reduced in comparison with other methods, and results are obtained for previously prohibitive energy regimes.

  18. Optimal separable bases and molecular collisions

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    A new methodology is proposed for the efficient determination of Green's functions and eigenstates for quantum systems of two or more dimensions. For a given Hamiltonian, the best possible separable approximation is obtained from the set of all Hilbert space operators. It is shown that this determination itself, as well as the solution of the resultant approximation, are problems of reduced dimensionality for most systems of physical interest. Moreover, the approximate eigenstates constitute the optimal separable basis, in the sense of self-consistent field theory. These distorted waves give rise to a Born series with optimized convergence properties. Analytical results are presented for an application of the method to the two-dimensional shifted harmonic oscillator system. The primary interest however, is quantum reactive scattering in molecular systems. For numerical calculations, the use of distorted waves corresponds to numerical preconditioning. The new methodology therefore gives rise to an optimized preconditioning scheme for the efficient calculation of reactive and inelastic scattering amplitudes, especially at intermediate energies. This scheme is particularly suited to discrete variable representations (DVR's) and iterative sparse matrix methods commonly employed in such calculations. State to state and cumulative reactive scattering results obtained via the optimized preconditioner are presented for the two-dimensional collinear H + H2 → H2 + H system. Computational time and memory requirements for this system are drastically reduced in comparison with other methods, and results are obtained for previously prohibitive energy regimes

  19. Review on the Design of Web Based SCADA Systems Based on OPC DA Protocol

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    Hosny Ahmed Abbas, Ahmed M. Mohamed

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available One of the most familiar SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisitionapplication protocols now is OPC protocol. This interface is supported by almostall SCADA, visualization, and process control systems. There are many researchefforts tried to design and implement an approach to access an OPC DA serverthrough the Internet. To achieve this goal they used diverse of modern ITtechnologies like XML, Webservices, Java and AJAX. In this paper, we present acomplete classification of the different approaches introduced in the litrature. Acomparative study is also introduced. Finally we study the feasibilty of therealization of these approaches based on the real time constraints imposed bythe nature of the problem.

  20. Environmental Phosphorus Recovery Based on Molecular Bioscavengers

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    Gruber, Mathias Felix

    pressure to develop sustainable phosphorus practices as well as new technologies for phosphorus recovery. Nature has spent billions of years refining proteins that interact with phosphates. This has inspired the present work where the overall ambitions are: to facilitate the development of a recovery......Phosphorus is a ubiquitous element of all known life and as such it is found throughout numerous key molecules related to various cellular functions. The supply of phosphorus is tightly linked to global food security, since phosphorus is used to produce agricultural fertilizers, without which it...... would not be possible to feed the world population. Sadly, the current supply of phosphorus is based on the gradual depletion of limited fossil reserves, and some estimates predict that within 15-25 years we will consume more phosphorus than we can produce. There is therefore a strong international...

  1. A conservative region of the mercuric reductase gene (merA as a molecular marker of bacterial mercury resistance Região conservada do gene da mercúrio redutase (merA como marcador molecular da resistência bacteriana ao mercúrio

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    Adriana Sotero-Martins

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The most common bacterial mercury resistance mechanism is based on the reduction of Hg(II to Hg0, which is dependent of the mercuric reductase enzyme (MerA activity. The use of a 431 bp fragment of a conservative region of the mercuric reductase (merA gene was applied as a molecular marker of this mechanism, allowing the identification of mercury resistant bacterial strains.O mecanismo de resistência bacteriana ao mercúrio mais comum é baseada na redução do Hg(II a Hg0, através da atividade da enzima mercúrio redutase (MerA. O uso do fragmento de 431 pb amplificado de uma região conservada do gene merA, que codifica a enzima MerA,foi utilizado como marcador molecular deste mecanismo, permitindo a identificação de bactérias resistentes ao mercúrio.

  2. Molecular partitioning based on the kinetic energy density

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    Noorizadeh, Siamak

    2016-05-01

    Molecular partitioning based on the kinetic energy density is performed to a number of chemical species, which show non-nuclear attractors (NNA) in their gradient maps of the electron density. It is found that NNAs are removed using this molecular partitioning and although the virial theorem is not valid for all of the basins obtained in the being used AIM, all of the atoms obtained using the new approach obey this theorem. A comparison is also made between some atomic topological parameters which are obtained from the new partitioning approach and those calculated based on the electron density partitioning.

  3. Induced base transistor fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Chang, C.-Y.; Liu, W. C.; Jame, M. S.; Wang, Y. H.; Luryi, S.

    1986-09-01

    A novel three-terminal hot-electron device, the induced base transistor (IBT), has been fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy. Two-dimensional electron gas induced by the applied collector field in an undoped GaAs quantum well is used as the base of the IBT. The common-base current gain alpha has been achieved as high as 0.96 under a collector bias of 2.5 V and an emitter current of 3 mA.

  4. A metalinguagem como lugar da interpretação: terminologia e bases de dados informatizadas

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    LUCAS Clarinda Rodrigues

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available A partir da afirmação de Pêcheux (1990 de que não há metalinguagem, na medida em que toda descrição está exposta ao equívoco da língua (da ordem do simbólico; de que há o outro na sociedade e na história e por isso há um real estranho à univocidade lógica, buscamos trabalhar a noção de metalinguagem referida ao uso dos tesauros (sistema de símbolos, indicadores de função, descritores utilizados pelos indexadores para a representação dos artigos nas bases de dados informatizadas. Nosso corpus é composto por resumos de artigos e descritores das bases de dados bibliográficas LILACS (Literatura Latino-americana em Ciências da Saúde e SOCIOFILE (Sociological Abstracts. Buscamos explicitar os efeitos da subjetividade no funcionamento da indexação, levando em conta os espaços de interpretação que dão lugar ao deslocamento dos sentidos.

  5. Protein analysis based on molecular beacon probes and biofunctionalized nanoparticles

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    2010-01-01

    With the completion of the human genome-sequencing project, there has been a resulting change in the focus of studies from genomics to proteomics. By utilizing the inherent advantages of molecular beacon probes and biofunctionalized nanoparticles, a series of novel principles, methods and techniques have been exploited for bioanalytical and biomedical studies. This review mainly discusses the applications of molecular beacon probes and biofunctionalized nanoparticles-based technologies for realtime, in-situ, highly sensitive and highly selective protein analysis, including the nonspecific or specific protein detection and separation, protein/DNA interaction studies, cell surface protein recognition, and antigen-antibody binding process-based bacteria assays. The introduction of molecular beacon probes and biofunctionalized nanoparticles into the protein analysis area would necessarily advance the proteomics research.

  6. Análise molecular e celular da expressão da maspina em lesões pré-neoplásicas do colo uterino

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    Ferreira, Teresa Maria Rebelo

    2009-01-01

    A maspina é uma inibidora da protease serina com actividade de supressão tumoral in vitro e in vivo. É expressa nas células epiteliais normais da mama mas está diminuída na progressão tumoral e a p53 induz a expressão da maspina através da activação dos processos da transcrição. Estudos experimentais têm evidenciado, de forma consistente, que a maspina inibe o crescimento, invasão e metastização tumorais, induz a rediferenciação tumoral e aumenta a sensibilidade das células tumorais à apoptos...

  7. Physically based molecular device model in a transient circuit simulator

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    Two efficient, physically based models for the real-time simulation of molecular device characteristics of single molecules are developed. These models assume that through-molecule tunnelling creates a steady-state Lorentzian distribution of excess electron density on the molecule and provides for smooth transitions for the electronic degrees of freedom between the tunnelling, molecular-excitation, and charge-hopping transport regimes. They are implemented in the fREEDATM transient circuit simulator to allow for the full integration of nanoscopic molecular devices in standard packages that simulate entire devices including CMOS circuitry. Methods are presented to estimate the parameters used in the models via either direct experimental measurement or density-functional calculations. The models require 6-8 orders of magnitude less computer time than do full a priori simulations of the properties of molecular components. Consequently, molecular components can be efficiently implemented in circuit simulators. The molecular-component models are tested by comparison with experimental results reported for 1,4-benzenedithiol

  8. Estudo comparativo de procedimentos experimentais e computacionais para cálculo da lipofilia molecular

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    Clemente, Gonçalo

    2011-01-01

    Introdução – A lipofilia é uma das propriedades físico-químicas que mais influencia a capacidade de uma molécula se movimentar através de compartimentos biológicos. O coeficiente de partição octanol/água (log P) permite, assim, obter uma estimativa da absorção dos fármacos no organismo. A existência de métodos indirectos para um cálculo rápido do log P pode revelar-se de grande importância na análise de listas de compostos com potencial acção farmacológica, reduzindo-as àqueles que se prev...

  9. Molecular Recognition: Detection of Colorless Compounds Based on Color Change

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    Khalafi, Lida; Kashani, Samira; Karimi, Javad

    2016-01-01

    A laboratory experiment is described in which students measure the amount of cetirizine in allergy-treatment tablets based on molecular recognition. The basis of recognition is competition of cetirizine with phenolphthalein to form an inclusion complex with ß-cyclodextrin. Phenolphthalein is pinkish under basic condition, whereas it's complex form…

  10. Fullerene-based Anchoring Groups for Molecular Electronics

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    Martin, Christian A.; Ding, Dapeng; Sørensen, Jakob Kryger;

    2008-01-01

    We present results on a new fullerene-based anchoring group for molecular electronics. Using lithographic mechanically controllable break junctions in vacuum we have determined the conductance and stability of single-molecule junctions of 1,4-bis(fullero[c]pyrrolidin-1-yl)benzene. The compound can...

  11. Intelligent DNA-based molecular diagnostics using linked genetic markers

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    Pathak, D.K.; Perlin, M.W.; Hoffman, E.P.

    1994-12-31

    This paper describes a knowledge-based system for molecular diagnostics, and its application to fully automated diagnosis of X-linked genetic disorders. Molecular diagnostic information is used in clinical practice for determining genetic risks, such as carrier determination and prenatal diagnosis. Initially, blood samples are obtained from related individuals, and PCR amplification is performed. Linkage-based molecular diagnosis then entails three data analysis steps. First, for every individual, the alleles (i.e., DNA composition) are determined at specified chromosomal locations. Second, the flow of genetic material among the individuals is established. Third, the probability that a given individual is either a carrier of the disease or affected by the disease is determined. The current practice is to perform each of these three steps manually, which is costly, time consuming, labor-intensive, and error-prone. As such, the knowledge-intensive data analysis and interpretation supersede the actual experimentation effort as the major bottleneck in molecular diagnostics. By examining the human problem solving for the task, we have designed and implemented a prototype knowledge-based system capable of fully automating linkage-based molecular diagnostics in X-linked genetic disorders, including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Our system uses knowledge-based interpretation of gel electrophoresis images to determine individual DNA marker labels, a constraint satisfaction search for consistent genetic flow among individuals, and a blackboard-style problem solver for risk assessment. We describe the system`s successful diagnosis of DMD carrier and affected individuals from raw clinical data.

  12. Accelerating convergence of molecular dynamics-based structural relaxation

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    Christensen, Asbjørn

    2005-01-01

    We describe strategies to accelerate the terminal stage of molecular dynamics (MD)based relaxation algorithms, where a large fraction of the computational resources are used. First, we analyze the qualitative and quantitative behavior of the QuickMin family of MD relaxation algorithms and explore...... the influence of spectral properties and dimensionality of the molecular system on the algorithm efficiency. We test two algorithms, the MinMax and Lanczos, for spectral estimation from an MD trajectory, and use this to derive a practical scheme of time step adaptation in MD relaxation algorithms to...

  13. Chemical sensors based on molecularly modified metallic nanoparticles

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    This paper presents a concise, although admittedly non-exhaustive, didactic review of some of the main concepts and approaches related to the use of molecularly modified metal nanoparticles in or as chemical sensors. This paper attempts to pull together different views and terminologies used in sensors based on molecularly modified metal nanoparticles, including those established upon electrochemical, optical, surface Plasmon resonance, piezoelectric and electrical transduction approaches. Finally, this paper discusses briefly the main advantages and disadvantages of each of the presented class of sensors. (review article)

  14. Microchip-based Devices for Molecular Diagnosis of Genetic Diseases.

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    Cheng; Fortina; Surrey; Kricka; Wilding

    1996-09-01

    Microchips, constructed with a variety of microfabrication technologies (photolithography, micropatterning, microjet printing, light-directed chemical synthesis, laser stereochemical etching, and microcontact printing) are being applied to molecular biology. The new microchip-based analytical devices promise to solve the analytical problems faced by many molecular biologists (eg, contamination, low throughput, and high cost). They may revolutionize molecular biology and its application in clinical medicine, forensic science, and environmental monitoring. A typical biochemical analysis involves three main steps: (1) sample preparation, (2) biochemical reaction, and (3) detection (either separation or hybridization may be involved) accompanied by data acquisition and interpretation. The construction of a miniturized analyzer will therefore necessarily entail the miniaturization and integration of all three of these processes. The literature related to the miniaturization of these three processes indicates that the greatest emphasis so far is on the investigation and development of methods for the detection of nucleic acid, followed by the optimization of a biochemical reaction, such as the polymerase chain reaction. The first step involving sample preparation has received little attention. In this review the state of the art of, microchip-based, miniaturized analytical processes (eg, sample preparation, biochemical reaction, and detection of products) are outlined and the applications of microchip-based devices in the molecular diagnosis of genetic diseases are discussed. PMID:10462559

  15. Molecular aspects of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma carcinogenesis Aspectos moleculares da carcinogênese do carcinoma epidermóide do esôfago

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    Dárcio Matenhauer Lehrbach

    2003-12-01

    ção e proteínas relacionadas à apoptose. OBJETIVO: Neste artigo de revisão apresenta-se o conhecimento acerca do perfil genético deste subgrupo de tumor do esôfago, focando-se no potencial desenvolvimento de novas ferramentas para o tratamento clínico do carcinoma avançado de células escamosas do esôfago. CONCLUSÕES: O avanço no campo da biologia molecular tem permitido um maior conhecimento do processo de carcinogênese do esôfago, que deve resultar em benefícios aos pacientes com câncer. Desta forma, espera-se que um melhor entendimento das alterações moleculares durante a carcinogênese aumente o controle e a prevenção ao câncer e também possa levar ao tratamento melhorado da doença.

  16. Gesture Interaction Browser-Based 3D Molecular Viewer.

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    Virag, Ioan; Stoicu-Tivadar, Lăcrămioara; Crişan-Vida, Mihaela

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents an open source system that allows the user to interact with a 3D molecular viewer using associated hand gestures for rotating, scaling and panning the rendered model. The novelty of this approach is that the entire application is browser-based and doesn't require installation of third party plug-ins or additional software components in order to visualize the supported chemical file formats. This kind of solution is suitable for instruction of users in less IT oriented environments, like medicine or chemistry. For rendering various molecular geometries our team used GLmol (a molecular viewer written in JavaScript). The interaction with the 3D models is made with Leap Motion controller that allows real-time tracking of the user's hand gestures. The first results confirmed that the resulting application leads to a better way of understanding various types of translational bioinformatics related problems in both biomedical research and education. PMID:27350455

  17. Capacity of Diffusion-based Molecular Communication with Ligand Receptors

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    Einolghozati, Arash; Fekri, Faramarz

    2012-01-01

    A diffusion-based molecular communication system has two major components: the diffusion in the medium, and the ligand-reception. Information bits, encoded in the time variations of the concentration of molecules, are conveyed to the receiver front through the molecular diffusion in the medium. The receiver, in turn, measures the concentration of the molecules in its vicinity in order to retrieve the information. This is done via ligand-reception process. In this paper, we develop models to study the constraints imposed by the concentration sensing at the receiver side and derive the maximum rate by which a ligand-receiver can receive information. Therefore, the overall capacity of the diffusion channel with the ligand receptors can be obtained by combining the results presented in this paper with our previous work on the achievable information rate of molecular communication over the diffusion channel.

  18. Optically induced transport through semiconductor-based molecular electronics

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    A tight binding model is used to investigate photoinduced tunneling current through a molecular bridge coupled to two semiconductor electrodes. A quantum master equation is developed within a non-Markovian theory based on second-order perturbation theory with respect to the molecule-semiconductor electrode coupling. The spectral functions are generated using a one dimensional alternating bond model, and the coupling between the molecule and the electrodes is expressed through a corresponding correlation function. Since the molecular bridge orbitals are inside the bandgap between the conduction and valence bands, charge carrier tunneling is inhibited in the dark. Subject to the dipole interaction with the laser field, virtual molecular states are generated via the absorption and emission of photons, and new tunneling channels open. Interesting phenomena arising from memory are noted. Such a phenomenon could serve as a switch

  19. Graph-based interpretation of the Molecular Interstellar Medium Segmentation

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    Colombo, Dario; Ginsburg, Adam; Duarte-Cabral, Ana; Hughes, Annie

    2015-01-01

    We present a generalization of the Giant Molecular Cloud (GMC) identification problem based on cluster analysis. The method we designed, SCIMES (Spectral Clustering for Interstellar Molecular Emission Segmentation) considers the dendrogram of emission in the broader framework of graph theory and utilizes spectral clustering to find discrete regions with similar emission properties. For Galactic molecular cloud structures, we show that the characteristic volume and/or integrated CO luminosity are useful criteria to define the clustering, yielding emission structures that closely reproduce "by-eye" identification results. SCIMES performs best on well-resolved, high-resolution data, making it complementary to other available algorithms. Using 12CO(1-0) data for the Orion-Monoceros complex, we demonstrate that SCIMES provides robust results against changes of the dendrogram-construction parameters, noise realizations and degraded resolution. By comparing SCIMES with other cloud decomposition approaches, we show t...

  20. Bio-Mimetic Sensors Based on Molecularly Imprinted Membranes

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    Catia Algieri

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available An important challenge for scientific research is the production of artificial systems able to mimic the recognition mechanisms occurring at the molecular level in living systems. A valid contribution in this direction resulted from the development of molecular imprinting. By means of this technology, selective molecular recognition sites are introduced in a polymer, thus conferring it bio-mimetic properties. The potential applications of these systems include affinity separations, medical diagnostics, drug delivery, catalysis, etc. Recently, bio-sensing systems using molecularly imprinted membranes, a special form of imprinted polymers, have received the attention of scientists in various fields. In these systems imprinted membranes are used as bio-mimetic recognition elements which are integrated with a transducer component. The direct and rapid determination of an interaction between the recognition element and the target analyte (template was an encouraging factor for the development of such systems as alternatives to traditional bio-assay methods. Due to their high stability, sensitivity and specificity, bio-mimetic sensors-based membranes are used for environmental, food, and clinical uses. This review deals with the development of molecularly imprinted polymers and their different preparation methods. Referring to the last decades, the application of these membranes as bio-mimetic sensor devices will be also reported.

  1. A patogênese genética e molecular da síndrome de Angelman

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    Angelica Francesca Maris; Alexis Trott

    2011-01-01

    Objetivo: Fornecer uma revisão atualizada em língua portuguesa sobre a síndrome de Angelman, com ênfase nos mecanismos genéticos e moleculares dessa patologia, uma causa de deficiência mental severa que em alguns casos pode apresentar recorrência familiar. Método: Foi feita uma revisão bibliográfica utilizando a base de dados do PubMed, tendo como critérios de busca o termo "Angelman syndrome" isoladamente e combinado com "UBE3A", "clinical", "genetics" e "molecular" no título dos artigos. De...

  2. AC-ELECTROKINETICS BASED TOOLS IN NANOENGINEERING AND MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS

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    R. Durán

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Slllcon-based mlcroeledronics has been following the integration prognosls of MOORE's Law durlng the past decades and posslbly will do so for another decade or two. Physlcal, technological and also flnancialllmlts In the foreseeable future will slow down the contlnued expansiOn of this branch of mlcroeledronlcs and instead wlll force a new technological approach based on molecular-scale eledronics (MOLETRONICS. New tools are needed to allow molecular devlce manufaduring and nanoscale engineering with hlgh precision and produdivlty. One group of methods with the potentlal for use In such a manufaduring process Is based on a.c. eledrokinetlcs effeds, which are descrlbed and discussed in this paper.

  3. Optimizing legacy molecular dynamics software with directive-based offload

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    Michael Brown, W.; Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y.; Gavhane, Nitin; Thakkar, Foram M.; Plimpton, Steven J.

    2015-10-01

    Directive-based programming models are one solution for exploiting many-core coprocessors to increase simulation rates in molecular dynamics. They offer the potential to reduce code complexity with offload models that can selectively target computations to run on the CPU, the coprocessor, or both. In this paper, we describe modifications to the LAMMPS molecular dynamics code to enable concurrent calculations on a CPU and coprocessor. We demonstrate that standard molecular dynamics algorithms can run efficiently on both the CPU and an x86-based coprocessor using the same subroutines. As a consequence, we demonstrate that code optimizations for the coprocessor also result in speedups on the CPU; in extreme cases up to 4.7X. We provide results for LAMMPS benchmarks and for production molecular dynamics simulations using the Stampede hybrid supercomputer with both Intel®  Xeon Phi™ coprocessors and NVIDIA GPUs. The optimizations presented have increased simulation rates by over 2X for organic molecules and over 7X for liquid crystals on Stampede. The optimizations are available as part of the "Intel package" supplied with LAMMPS.

  4. Graph-based interpretation of the molecular interstellar medium segmentation

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    Colombo, D.; Rosolowsky, E.; Ginsburg, A.; Duarte-Cabral, A.; Hughes, A.

    2015-12-01

    We present a generalization of the giant molecular cloud identification problem based on cluster analysis. The method we designed, SCIMES (Spectral Clustering for Interstellar Molecular Emission Segmentation) considers the dendrogram of emission in the broader framework of graph theory and utilizes spectral clustering to find discrete regions with similar emission properties. For Galactic molecular cloud structures, we show that the characteristic volume and/or integrated CO luminosity are useful criteria to define the clustering, yielding emission structures that closely reproduce `by-eye' identification results. SCIMES performs best on well-resolved, high-resolution data, making it complementary to other available algorithms. Using 12CO(1-0) data for the Orion-Monoceros complex, we demonstrate that SCIMES provides robust results against changes of the dendrogram-construction parameters, noise realizations and degraded resolution. By comparing SCIMES with other cloud decomposition approaches, we show that our method is able to identify all canonical clouds of the Orion-Monoceros region, avoiding the overdivision within high-resolution survey data that represents a common limitation of several decomposition algorithms. The Orion-Monoceros objects exhibit hierarchies and size-line width relationships typical to the turbulent gas in molecular clouds, although `the Scissors' region deviates from this common description. SCIMES represents a significant step forward in moving away from pixel-based cloud segmentation towards a more physical-oriented approach, where virtually all properties of the ISM can be used for the segmentation of discrete objects.

  5. A influência da piperina na biodisponibilidade de fármacos: uma abordagem molecular

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    Ramon G. de Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Piperine is the major alkaloid of Piper nigrum Linn., used as a spice and in folk medicine. We present a molecular docking study supporting experimental data on the enhancement in bioavailability of propranolol, theophylline, phenytoin, nevirapine, nimesulide, pyrazinamide, carbamazepine, and spartein in the presence of piperine. The complex formed with piperine and CYP3A4 was shown to be the most stable of all, with a binding energy of -8.60 kcal/mol. This explains the related mechanism of drug-herb interaction, since the better anchoring of piperine in the active site of CYP3A4 can hinder the drug-enzyme interaction, thereby increasing the bioavailability of the drugs studied.

  6. Cloning and molecular characterization of the murine macrophage "68-kDa" protein kinase C substrate and its regulation by bacterial lipopolysaccharide.

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    Seykora, J T; Ravetch, J V; Aderem, A

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    We have isolated and characterized a cDNA clone encoding the murine macrophage 68-kDa protein kinase C substrate, which is homologous to the 80- to 87-kDa protein identified by the acronym MARCKS (myristoylated alanine-rich C kinase substrate). The murine MARCKS cDNA clone encodes an acidic protein of 309 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of 29,661. Transfection of the murine MARCKS gene into TK-L fibroblasts produced a myristoylated protein kinase C substrate that migrated on SD...

  7. [Evolution and systematics of nematodes based on molecular investigation].

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    Okulewicz, Anna; Perec, Agnieszka

    2004-01-01

    Evolution and systematics of nematodes based on molecular investigation. The use of molecular phylogenetics to examine the interrelationships between animal parasites, free-living nematodes, and plant parasites versus traditional classification based on morphological-ecological characters was discussed and reviewed. Distinct differences were observed between parasitic nematodes and free-living ones. Within the former group, animal parasites turned out to be distinctly different from plant parasites. Using small subunit of ribosomal RNA gene sequence from a wide range of nematodes, there is a possibility to compare animal-parasitic, plant-parasitic and free-living taxa. Nowadays the parasitic nematodes expressed sequence tag (EST) project is currently generating sequence information to provide a new source of data to examine the evolutionary history of this taxonomic group. PMID:16859012

  8. Applications of Case-Based Reasoning in Molecular Biology

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    Jurisica, Igor; Glasgow, Janice

    2004-01-01

    Case-based reasoning (CBR) is a computational reasoning paradigm that involves the storage and retrieval of past experiences to solve novel problems. It is an approach that is particularly relevant in scientific domains, where there is a wealth of data but often a lack of theories or general principles. This article describes several CBR systems that have been developed to carry out planning, analysis, and prediction in the domain of molecular biology.

  9. Polarizable Atomic Multipole-based Molecular Mechanics for Organic Molecules

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    Ren, Pengyu; Wu, Chuanjie; Ponder, Jay W.

    2011-01-01

    An empirical potential based on permanent atomic multipoles and atomic induced dipoles is reported for alkanes, alcohols, amines, sulfides, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, amides, aromatics and other small organic molecules. Permanent atomic multipole moments through quadrupole moments have been derived from gas phase ab initio molecular orbital calculations. The van der Waals parameters are obtained by fitting to gas phase homodimer QM energies and structures, as well as experimental densities ...

  10. Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Based Sensor for the Detection of Theophylline

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    Braga, Guilherme S.; Paterno, Leonardo G.; Fonseca, Fernando J.; del Valle, Manel

    2011-11-01

    A molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) impedance-based sensor was employed to detect theophylline in distilled water. To evaluate its sensibility, impedance measurements were carried out in a diluted solution of theophylline (1 mM) and distilled water using MIP and NIP (reference non-imprinted polymer) sensors. MIP showed higher sensitivity to theophylline than the NIP. This feature shows their suitability for developing an electronic tongue system for determination of methylxanthines.

  11. Bases neurofisiológicas da dependência do tabaco Neurophysiological basis of tobacco dependence

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    Planeta, Cleopatra S.; Cruz, Fábio C.

    2005-01-01

    A maioria dos estudos pré-clínicos e clínicos aponta a nicotina como o principal agente responsável pelo desenvolvimento da dependência ao tabaco. Muitos trabalhos têm demonstrado que as bases neurais da dependência à nicotina são semelhantes àquelas das outras drogas de abuso. A nicotina induz preferência condicionada por lugar e auto-administração e, portanto, atua como reforçador positivo, esse efeito parece ser mediado pelo sistema dopaminérgico mesolímbico. A nicotina também induz à sens...

  12. Bases da terapia celular em cardiologia Cell therapy in cardiology

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    Antonio Carlos C. Carvalho

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available O implante de células para o tratamento de doenças cardiovasculares encontra-se sob investigação em vários centros no mundo. Várias linhagens celulares, de células-tronco bem caracterizadas a frações contendo diferentes tipos de células, têm sido investigadas em modelos animais. Apesar dos avanços obtidos na última década, na área de ciência básica, com relação a esta nova modalidade terapêutica, diversas questões permanecem sem resposta. Pouco ainda se sabe sobre os mecanismos através dos quais a terapia celular possa gerar resultados efetivos. Adicionalmente, a melhor via para o transplante, o número total e a concentração de células, e o melhor tipo celular permanecem questões importantes, ainda sem definição. É fato de que diversas células da medula óssea exercem seus efeitos através de mecanismos parácrinos e de que existe um complexo mecanismo de interação, contato e liberação de sinais entre essas células e as outras populações celulares nos órgãos lesados. Atualmente, a maioria dos estudos em humanos se concentra em células de origem adulta e autóloga, em oposição ao uso de células de origem embrionária. Esta revisão analisa os principais ensaios clínicos que utilizaram células derivadas de medula óssea em quatro cardiopatias: doença arterial coronariana aguda e crônica, e nas cardiomiopatias chagásica e dilatada. Os resultados desses estudos demonstram que o procedimento é seguro e exequível, e potencialmente eficaz. Inquestionavelmente, mais estudos pré-clínicos e clínicos são necessários para acessar o real potencial benefício desse novo modelo terapêutico.Cell transplantation for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases is being investigated in many centers throughout the world. Various cell lines, from well characterized stem cells to cell fractions containing different types of cells, have been investigated in animal models. Despite progress in the basic research of

  13. Organization of a radioisotope based molecular biology laboratory

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    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has revolutionized the application of molecular techniques to medicine. Together with other molecular biology techniques it is being increasingly applied to human health for identifying prognostic markers and drug resistant profiles, developing diagnostic tests and genotyping systems and for treatment follow-up of certain diseases in developed countries. Developing Member States have expressed their need to also benefit from the dissemination of molecular advances. The use of radioisotopes, as a step in the detection process or for increased sensitivity and specificity is well established, making it ideally suitable for technology transfer. Many molecular based projects using isotopes for detecting and studying micro organisms, hereditary and neoplastic diseases are received for approval every year. In keeping with the IAEA's programme, several training activities and seminars have been organized to enhance the capabilities of developing Member States to employ in vitro nuclear medicine technologies for managing their important health problems and for undertaking related basic and clinical research. The background material for this publication was collected at training activities and from feedback received from participants at research and coordination meetings. In addition, a consultants' meeting was held in June 2004 to compile the first draft of this report. Previous IAEA TECDOCS, namely IAEA-TECDOC-748 and IAEA-TECDOC-1001, focused on molecular techniques and their application to medicine while the present publication provides information on organization of the laboratory, quality assurance and radio-safety. The technology has specific requirements of the way the laboratory is organized (e.g. for avoiding contamination and false positives in PCR) and of quality assurance in order to provide accurate information to decision makers. In addition while users of the technology accept the scientific rationale of using radio

  14. Molecular Beacon CNT-based Detection of SNPs

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    Egorova, V. P.; Krylova, H. V.; Lipnevich, I. V.; Veligura, A. A.; Shulitsky, B. G.; Y Fedotenkova, L.

    2015-11-01

    An fluorescence quenching effect due to few-walled carbon nanotubes chemically modified by carboxyl groups has been utilized to discriminate Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP). It was shown that the complex obtained from these nanotube and singlestranded primer DNA is formed due to stacking interactions between the hexagons of the nanotubes and aromatic rings of nucleotide bases as well as due to establishing of hydrogen bonds between acceptor amine groups of nucleotide bases and donor carboxyl groups of the nanotubes. It has been demonstrated that these complexes may be used to make highly effective DNA biosensors detecting SNPs which operate as molecular beacons.

  15. Three decades of structure- and property-based molecular design

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    Müller, Klaus

    2014-01-01

    Roche has pioneered structure- and property-based molecular design to drug discovery. While this is an ongoing development, the past three decades feature key events that have revolutionized the way drug discovery is conducted in Big Pharma industry. It has been a great privilege to have been...... of bioinformatics. It describes the strategic shift to large compound libraries and high-throughput screening with the development of novel compound storage and ultra-high-throughput screening facilities, as well as the strategic return to focused screening of small motif-based compound libraries...

  16. Forma selvagem e formas mutantes da fenilalanina hidroxilase humana (hPAH) recombinante:avaliação de interacções com diferentes chaperones moleculares

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    Cristo, Inês Rodrigues Silva

    2008-01-01

    Os chaperones moleculares desempenham um papel crucial nos vários processos celulares relacionados com a aquisição e manutenção da conformação proteica, sendo por isso peças importantes na patogénese das doenças conformacionais, nomeadamente da fenilcetonúria (PKU), uma doença genética causada por uma deficiente actividade da fenilalanina hidroxilase (hPAH). Embora seja presentemente reconhecido que a maior parte das proteínas hPAH mutantes apresentam alterações na sua conformação, são ainda ...

  17. Affinity sensor based on immobilized molecular imprinted synthetic recognition elements.

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    Lenain, Pieterjan; De Saeger, Sarah; Mattiasson, Bo; Hedström, Martin

    2015-07-15

    An affinity sensor based on capacitive transduction was developed to detect a model compound, metergoline, in a continuous flow system. This system simulates the monitoring of low-molecular weight organic compounds in natural flowing waters, i.e. rivers and streams. During operation in such scenarios, control of the experimental parameters is not possible, which poses a true analytical challenge. A two-step approach was used to produce a sensor for metergoline. Submicron spherical molecularly imprinted polymers, used as recognition elements, were obtained through emulsion polymerization and subsequently coupled to the sensor surface by electropolymerization. This way, a robust and reusable sensor was obtained that regenerated spontaneously under the natural conditions in a river. Small organic compounds could be analyzed in water without manipulating the binding or regeneration conditions, thereby offering a viable tool for on-site application. PMID:25703726

  18. Classical molecular dynamics investigations of biphenyl-based carbon nanomembranes

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    Andreas Mrugalla

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Free-standing carbon nanomembranes (CNM with molecular thickness and macroscopic size are fascinating objects both for fundamental reasons and for applications in nanotechnology. Although being made from simple and identical precursors their internal structure is not fully known and hard to simulate due to the large system size that is necessary to draw definite conclusions.Results: We performed large-scale classical molecular dynamics investigations of biphenyl-based carbon nanomembranes. We show that one-dimensional graphene-like stripes constitute a highly symmetric quasi one-dimensional energetically favorable ground state. This state does not cross-link. Instead cross-linked structures are formed from highly excited precursors with a sufficient amount of broken phenyls.Conclusion: The internal structure of the CNM is very likely described by a disordered metastable state which is formed in the energetic initial process of electron irradiation and depends on the process of relaxation into the sheet phase.

  19. Photomechanical Bending of Azobenzene-Based Photochromic Molecular Fibers

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    Riku Matsui

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Microfibers composed of azobenzene-based photochromic amorphous molecular materials, namely low molecular-mass photochromic materials with a glass-forming property, could be fabricated. These fibers were found to exhibit mechanical bending motion upon irradiation with a laser beam. In addition, the bending direction could be controlled by altering the polarization direction of the irradiated light without changing the position of the light source or the wavelength of the light. In-situ fluorescence observation of mass transport induced at the surface of the fiber doped with CdSe quantum dots suggested that the bending motions were related with the photoinduced mass transport taking place near the irradiated surface of the fiber.

  20. Determinação da pureza varietal de sementes de soja com o auxílio de marcadores moleculares microssatélites Determination of genetic purity of soybean seeds with the aid of microsatellite molecular markers

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    Ivan Schuster; Vagner Tebaldi de Queiroz; Arlindo Inês Teixeira; Everaldo Gonçalves de Barros; Maurilio Alves Moreira

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    Fatores ambientais contribuem para a produção de sementes de soja com características diferentes do padrão da variedade e a análise visual para determinação de pureza varietal não é suficiente. Marcadores moleculares de DNA podem auxiliar na identificação da pureza genética de sementes, durante o processo de certificação de sementes, uma vez que não sofrem influências ambientais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar um método de análise da pureza genética de sementes de soja, utilizando marc...

  1. HEDONISMO E MORALISMO: CONSUMO NA BASE DA PIRÂMIDE

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    Marcus Wilcox Hemais

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Economic stability in Brazil has allowed items that were formerly only accessible to the better-off social classes, to be consumed at ¨the bottom of the pyramid¨. This has aroused the interest of both the academic and business world and led to a desire for a better understanding of this phenomenon. Two lines of argument have arisen with distinct perspectives. The first supports a hedonistic approach, which believes that consumption at the base of the pyramid is driven by a wish to reduce poverty, while the other, where a moralistic standpoint is predominant, criticizes this view because it believes that people´s lives can only be improved by including people with less purchasing power in the production processes. One of the aims of this essay is thus to discuss how the literature on consumption at the bottom of the pyramid, shows features of these types of approaches. In addition, it seeks to encourage further studies by setting out a research agenda.

  2. Tunneling Nanoelectromechanical Switches Based on Compressible Molecular Thin Films.

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    Niroui, Farnaz; Wang, Annie I; Sletten, Ellen M; Song, Yi; Kong, Jing; Yablonovitch, Eli; Swager, Timothy M; Lang, Jeffrey H; Bulović, Vladimir

    2015-08-25

    Abrupt switching behavior and near-zero leakage current of nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switches are advantageous properties through which NEMs can outperform conventional semiconductor electrical switches. To date, however, typical NEMs structures require high actuation voltages and can prematurely fail through permanent adhesion (defined as stiction) of device components. To overcome these challenges, in the present work we propose a NEM switch, termed a "squitch," which is designed to electromechanically modulate the tunneling current through a nanometer-scale gap defined by an organic molecular film sandwiched between two electrodes. When voltage is applied across the electrodes, the generated electrostatic force compresses the sandwiched molecular layer, thereby reducing the tunneling gap and causing an exponential increase in the current through the device. The presence of the molecular layer avoids direct contact of the electrodes during the switching process. Furthermore, as the layer is compressed, the increasing surface adhesion forces are balanced by the elastic restoring force of the deformed molecules which can promote zero net stiction and recoverable switching. Through numerical analysis, we demonstrate the potential of optimizing squitch design to enable large on-off ratios beyond 6 orders of magnitude with operation in the sub-1 V regime and with nanoseconds switching times. Our preliminary experimental results based on metal-molecule-graphene devices suggest the feasibility of the proposed tunneling switching mechanism. With optimization of device design and material engineering, squitches can give rise to a broad range of low-power electronic applications. PMID:26244821

  3. Polarizable Atomic Multipole-based Molecular Mechanics for Organic Molecules.

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    Ren, Pengyu; Wu, Chuanjie; Ponder, Jay W

    2011-10-11

    An empirical potential based on permanent atomic multipoles and atomic induced dipoles is reported for alkanes, alcohols, amines, sulfides, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, amides, aromatics and other small organic molecules. Permanent atomic multipole moments through quadrupole moments have been derived from gas phase ab initio molecular orbital calculations. The van der Waals parameters are obtained by fitting to gas phase homodimer QM energies and structures, as well as experimental densities and heats of vaporization of neat liquids. As a validation, the hydrogen bonding energies and structures of gas phase heterodimers with water are evaluated using the resulting potential. For 32 homo- and heterodimers, the association energy agrees with ab initio results to within 0.4 kcal/mol. The RMS deviation of hydrogen bond distance from QM optimized geometry is less than 0.06 Å. In addition, liquid self-diffusion and static dielectric constants computed from molecular dynamics simulation are consistent with experimental values. The force field is also used to compute the solvation free energy of 27 compounds not included in the parameterization process, with a RMS error of 0.69 kcal/mol. The results obtained in this study suggest the AMOEBA force field performs well across different environments and phases. The key algorithms involved in the electrostatic model and a protocol for developing parameters are detailed to facilitate extension to additional molecular systems. PMID:22022236

  4. Single-walled carbon nanotube based molecular switch tunnel junctions.

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    Diehl, Michael R; Steuerman, David W; Tseng, Hsian-Rong; Vignon, Scott A; Star, Alexander; Celestre, Paul C; Stoddart, J Fraser; Heath, James R

    2003-12-15

    This article describes two-terminal molecular switch tunnel junctions (MSTJs) which incorporate a semiconducting, single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) as the bottom electrode. The nanotube interacts noncovalently with a monolayer of bistable, nondegenerate [2]catenane tetracations, self-organized by their supporting amphiphilic dimyristoylphosphatidyl anions which shield the mechanically switchable tetracations from a two-micrometer wide metallic top electrode. The resulting 0.002 micron 2 area tunnel junction addresses a nanometer wide row of approximately 2000 molecules. Active and remnant current-voltage measurements demonstrated that these devices can be reconfigurably switched and repeatedly cycled between high and low current states under ambient conditions. Control compounds, including a degenerate [2]catenane, were explored in support of the mechanical origin of the switching signature. These SWNT-based MSTJs operate like previously reported silicon-based MSTJs, but differently from similar devices incorporating bottom metal electrodes. The relevance of these results with respect to the choice of electrode materials for molecular electronics devices is discussed. PMID:14714382

  5. Single-molecular diodes based on opioid derivatives.

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    Siqueira, M R S; Corrêa, S M; Gester, R M; Del Nero, J; Neto, A M J C

    2015-12-01

    We propose an efficient single-molecule rectifier based on a derivative of opioid. Electron transport properties are investigated within the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism combined with density functional theory. The analysis of the current-voltage characteristics indicates obvious diode-like behavior. While heroin presents rectification coefficient R>1, indicating preferential electronic current from electron-donating to electron-withdrawing, 3 and 6-acetylmorphine and morphine exhibit contrary behavior, Rresonant-tunneling diodes. In particular, the rectification rations for heroin diodes show microampere electron current with a maximum of rectification (R=9.1) at very low bias voltage of ∼0.6 V and (R=14.3)∼1.8 V with resistance varying between 0.4 and 1.5 M Ω. Once most of the current single-molecule diodes usually rectifies in nanoampere, are not stable over 1.0 V and present electrical resistance around 10 M. Molecular devices based on opioid derivatives are promising in molecular electronics. PMID:26613894

  6. Estimação da taxa de cruzamento da aceroleira com base em dados isoenzimáticos

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    Lopes Ricardo

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A aceroleira (Malpighia emarginata é uma espécie da família Malpighiaceae que produz frutos com alto conteúdo de vitamina C. O crescimento da demanda da acerola e de seus derivados causou a procura de variedades melhoradas, para expansão dos plantios comerciais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi obter informações sobre o sistema de cruzamento de um pomar de aceroleiras localizado em Visconde do Rio Branco, MG. Dez famílias oriundas de sementes de polinização natural foram genotipadas usando-se sete locos izoenzimáticos (Idh, Mdh-1, Mdh-2, Pgm-1, Pgm-2, Est-1 e Pod, e os dados foram submetidos a análise pelo modelo misto de cruzamento. A estimativa da taxa de cruzamento da população utilizando todos os locos simultaneamente não diferiu estatisticamente de 1,00. Nas famílias, as estimativas variaram de 0,68 a 1,00, e duas diferiram significativamente de 1,00. Conclui-se que a aceroleira é predominantemente alógama e que a taxa de cruzamento varia entre famílias, fato que deve ser levado em consideração em programas de melhoramento e conservação de germoplasma.

  7. A low molecular weight zinc2+-dipicolylamine-based probe detects apoptosis during tumour treatment better than an annexin V-based probe

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    Molecular imaging of apoptosis is frequently discussed for monitoring cancer therapies. Here, we compare the low molecular weight phosphatidylserine-targeting ligand zinc2+-dipicolylamine (Zn2+-DPA) with the established but reasonably larger protein annexin V. Molecular apoptosis imaging with the fluorescently labelled probes annexin V (750 nm, 36 kDa) and Zn2+-DPA (794 nm, 1.84 kDa) was performed in tumour-bearing mice (A431). Three animal groups were investigated: untreated controls and treated tumours after 1 or 4 days of anti-angiogenic therapy (SU11248). Additionally, μPET with 18 F-FDG was performed. Imaging data were displayed as tumour-to-muscle ratio (TMR) and validated by quantitative immunohistochemistry. Compared with untreated control tumours, TUNEL staining indicated significant apoptosis after 1 day (P 2+-DPA uptake increased significantly after 1 day (P 2+-DPA, 18 F-FDG tumour uptake decreased significantly at days 1 (P 2+-DPA than with the annexin V-based probe. Additionally, significant treatment effects were detectable as early using Zn2+-DPA as with measurements of the glucose metabolism using 18 F-FDG. (orig.)

  8. Determinação dos multiplicadores da matriz de contabilidade social, da indústria de base florestal paranaense - 1998

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    Ricardo Kureski

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    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo mensurar o impacto do aumento da demanda final da indústria de base florestal. Como instrumento de análise utiliza-se a matriz de contabilidade social do Estado do Paraná de 1998. Foi necessário calcular o multiplicares da matriz. Os efeitos de uma injeção nas variáveis exógenas sobre os segmentos de Madeira e Mobiliário e de Papel e Papelão resultaram em choques de demanda mais intensos dentro do próprio setor. Observa-se que o ramo de Madeira e Mobiliário tem maiores ligações com as atividades relativas ao setor terciário; já o segmento de Papel e Papelão, com atividades que necessitam embalagem. Conclui-se que, apesar da agregação das atividades econômicas da matriz de contabilidade social paranaense, foi possível identificar os principais impactos decorrentes do aumento da demanda final.The present article aims at measuring the final demand impact on the forest-based industry by using the 1998 State of Paraná social accounting matrix as the analysis tool. We also had to calculate the matrix multipliers. The increased effects of exogenous activity on the Wood/Furniture and Paper/Pulp activities brought a more intense demand shock to that sector. We noticed that the Wood and Furniture activity is mostly connected with the tertiary sector activities, while the Paper and Pulp activity is mostly connected with activities that need packing. Finally, we could identify the main impacts originated by an increased final demand in spite of the reduction in the number of Paraná Social Accounting Matrix economic activities.

  9. Graphene-based nanomaterials as molecular imaging agents.

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    Garg, Bhaskar; Sung, Chu-Hsun; Ling, Yong-Chien

    2015-01-01

    Molecular imaging (MI) is a noninvasive, real-time visualization of biochemical events at the cellular and molecular level within tissues, living cells, and/or intact objects that can be advantageously applied in the areas of diagnostics, therapeutics, drug discovery, and development in understanding the nanoscale reactions including enzymatic conversions and protein-protein interactions. Consequently, over the years, great advancement has been made in the development of a variety of MI agents such as peptides, aptamers, antibodies, and various nanomaterials (NMs) including single-walled carbon nanotubes. Recently, graphene, a material popularized by Geim & Novoselov, has ignited considerable research efforts to rationally design and execute a wide range of graphene-based NMs making them an attractive platform for developing highly sensitive MI agents. Owing to their exceptional physicochemical and biological properties combined with desirable surface engineering, graphene-based NMs offer stable and tunable visible emission, small hydrodynamic size, low toxicity, and high biocompatibility and thus have been explored for in vitro and in vivo imaging applications as a promising alternative of traditional imaging agents. This review begins by describing the intrinsic properties of graphene and the key MI modalities. After which, we provide an overview on the recent advances in the design and development as well as physicochemical properties of the different classes of graphene-based NMs (graphene-dye conjugates, graphene-antibody conjugates, graphene-nanoparticle composites, and graphene quantum dots) being used as MI agents for potential applications including theranostics. Finally, the major challenges and future directions in the field will be discussed. PMID:25857851

  10. Estudo da mobilidade molecular das blendas aPA/SAN/MMA-MA usando relaxação dielétrica Molecular mobility study of aPA/SAN/MMA-MA using dielectric relaxation

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    Daniela Becker

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Blendas de poliamida amorfa (aPA com copolímero de estireno-acrilonitrila (SAN utilizando uma série de copolímeros de metil metacrilato-anidrido maleico (MMA-MA como agente compatibilizante foram preparadas. Estes copolímeros acrílicos são miscíveis com a fase SAN, e o anidrido maleico (MA é capaz de reagir com os grupos terminais da poliamida, levando a formação de um copolímero na interfase da blenda durante o processamento. Este estudo foca o efeito da massa molar e a concentração de anidrido maleico do compatibilizante nas propriedades de relaxação dielétrica. Os resultados mostram que tanto a concentração de anidrido maleico e a massa molar do compatibilizante influenciam a mobilidade molecular. Blendas com compatibilizantes com 5 e 10% de anidrido maleico apresentaram menor energia de ativação devido à alta mobilidade da fase SAN.Blends of amorphous polyamide (aPA with acrylonitrile/styrene copolymer (SAN using a series of methyl methacrylate-maleic anhydride (MMA-MA copolymers as compatibilizing agents were prepared. These acrylic copolymers were miscible with SAN, whereas the maleic anhydride units in the copolymers are capable to react with the polyamide end groups; this could lead to the formation of grafted copolymers at the blend interface during melt processing. This study focuses on the effects of molecular weight and concentration of the reactive maleic anhydride units of the compatibilizer on the dielectric relaxation properties. The results show that both maleic anhydride quantity and molecular weight of MMA MA influenced the dielectric relaxation properties. Blends with 5 and 10% of MA in the compatibilizer present lower activation energy due to the high mobility of SAN phase.

  11. Preparation and Characterization of a Polymer-Based "Molecular Accordion".

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    Karoyo, Abdalla H; Wilson, Lee D

    2016-03-29

    A urethane-based polymer material, denoted HDI-1, was obtained from the addition reaction of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) with 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) at the 1:1 mole ratio. In aqueous solution and ambient temperature conditions, HDI-1 adopts a compact (coiled) morphology where the cross-linker units become coiled and are partially self-included in the annular hydroxyl (interstitial) region of β-CD. As the temperature is raised or as p-nitrophenol (PNP) was included within the β-CD cavity and the noninclusion sites of the polymer, an extended (uncoiled) morphology was adopted. The equilibrium distribution between the extended and the compact forms of HDI-1 is thermally and chemically switchable, in accordance with the hydration properties and host-guest chemistry of this responsive polymer system. The molecular structure of this water-soluble urethane polymer and its host-guest complexes with PNP were investigated using spectroscopic (Raman, (1)H NMR, induced circular dichroism), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and calorimetric (DSC) methods in aqueous solution at ambient pH, and compared with native β-CD. This study reports on the unique supramolecular properties of a polymer that resembles a thermally and chemically responsive "molecular accordion". PMID:26931298

  12. Molecular based subtyping of feline mammary carcinomas and clinicopathological characterization.

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    Soares, Maria; Madeira, Sara; Correia, Jorge; Peleteiro, Maria; Cardoso, Fátima; Ferreira, Fernando

    2016-06-01

    Molecular classification of feline mammary carcinomas (FMC) from which specific behavioral patterns may be estimated has potential applications in veterinary clinical practice and in comparative oncology. In this perspective, the main goal of this study was to characterize both the clinical and the pathological features of the different molecular phenotypes found in a population of FMC (n = 102), using the broadly accepted IHC-based classification established by St. Gallen International Expert Consensus panel. The luminal B/HER2-negative subtype was the most common (29.4%, 30/102) followed by luminal B/HER2-positive subtype (19.6%, 20/102), triple negative basal-like (16.7%, 17/102), luminal A (14.7%, 15/102), triple negative normal-like (12.7%, 13/102) and finally, HER2-positive subtype (6.9%, 7/102). Luminal A subtype was significantly associated with smaller tumors (p = 0.024) and with well differentiated ones (p feline mammary tumors and human breast cancer, reveal that feline can be a valuable model for comparative studies. PMID:27212699

  13. A molecularly based theory for electron transfer reorganization energy

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    Using field-theoretic techniques, we develop a molecularly based dipolar self-consistent-field theory (DSCFT) for charge solvation in pure solvents under equilibrium and nonequilibrium conditions and apply it to the reorganization energy of electron transfer reactions. The DSCFT uses a set of molecular parameters, such as the solvent molecule’s permanent dipole moment and polarizability, thus avoiding approximations that are inherent in treating the solvent as a linear dielectric medium. A simple, analytical expression for the free energy is obtained in terms of the equilibrium and nonequilibrium electrostatic potential profiles and electric susceptibilities, which are obtained by solving a set of self-consistent equations. With no adjustable parameters, the DSCFT predicts activation energies and reorganization energies in good agreement with previous experiments and calculations for the electron transfer between metallic ions. Because the DSCFT is able to describe the properties of the solvent in the immediate vicinity of the charges, it is unnecessary to distinguish between the inner-sphere and outer-sphere solvent molecules in the calculation of the reorganization energy as in previous work. Furthermore, examining the nonequilibrium free energy surfaces of electron transfer, we find that the nonequilibrium free energy is well approximated by a double parabola for self-exchange reactions, but the curvature of the nonequilibrium free energy surface depends on the charges of the electron-transferring species, contrary to the prediction by the linear dielectric theory

  14. Bases moleculares de alfa-talasemia en la Argentina

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    Karen G Scheps

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available La α-talasemia, es uno de los desórdenes hereditarios más frecuentes mundialmente. Al presente, el diagnóstico molecular es la única herramienta que permite el diagnóstico certero. El propósito de este trabajo fue caracterizar las bases moleculares de estos síndromes en nuestro medio, y establecer relaciones genotipo-fenotipo. Mediante la complementación de distintas técnicas de biología molecular e hibridación fluorescente in situ (FISH, se logró poner en evidencia la presencia de mutaciones α-talasémicas en 145 de 184 (78.8% pacientes estudiados con perfil hematológico compatible con α-talasemia. Dentro de este grupo, las deleciones correspondieron al defecto genético más frecuente, prevaleciendo la mutación -α3.7 en genotipos heterocigotas y homocigotas. Asimismo, en pacientes con fenotipo α0 las deleciones prevalentes fueron -MED y -CAL/CAMP. Este estudio permitió también describir una deleción de la región sub-telomérica en un paciente con α-talasemia y retraso mental. En el 7.6% de los pacientes caracterizados clínicamente como posibles α-talasémicos (microcitosis con valores de Hb A2 inferiores al 3.5%, se hallaron mutaciones β-talasémicas en estado heterocigota. Se lograron establecer perfiles hematológicos asociados a los genotipos α+ y α0 para pacientes adultos y niños. Esperamos que este trabajo pueda servir como guía para reconocer posibles portadores α-talasémicos. También permite destacar el trabajo en conjunto de médicos hematólogos, el laboratorio (bioquímico y de biología molecular y de los médicos genetistas, con el fin de proporcionar adecuado consejo genético.

  15. A Utilização Permanente de Bases Aéreas da FAP por Aeronaves Civis

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    Ramalho, Rute

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    O crescimento do tráfego, a limitação da capacidade dos aeroportos portugueses e a quase impossibilidade de construir novas infraestruturas aeronáuticas na atual conjuntura económica, para a satisfação da procura atual e futura dos aeroportos nacionais, impõe a necessidade de identificar soluções alternativas que podem passar pela utilização do existente, onde se incluem as Bases Aéreas. Este trabalho de investigação aborda a utilização permanente de Bases Aéreas da Força Aérea Portuguesa ...

  16. Molecular cloning and characterization of a gene encoding a 13.1 kDa antigenic protein of Naegleria fowleri.

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    Shin, H J; Cho, M S; Jung, S U; Kim, H I; Park, S; Kim, H J; Im, K I

    2001-01-01

    An antigen-related gene was cloned from a cDNA expression library of Naegleria fowleri by immunoscreening with sera obtained from mice that were either immunized with an amoebic lysate or infected with trophozoites. The coding nucleotide sequence of the cloned gene consisted of 357 bases that were translated into 119 amino acids. This gene was designated as nfa1. The predicted amino acid sequence of Nfa1 protein has two potential glycosylation and three potential phosphorylation sites, and its predicted secondary structure consists of four helices and three corners. The deduced amino acid sequence of Nfa1 protein shares 43% identity with the myohemerythrin (myoHr) protein from a marine annelid, Nereis diversicolor, including 100% identity in conserved regions and iron-binding residues. A phylogenetic tree constructed from amino acid sequences placed the N. fowleri Nfa1 protein outside of a cluster of myoHr proteins from eight invertebrates. A purified recombinant protein that migrated as a 13.1 kDa species in SDS-PAGE was produced. This recombinant protein exhibited a strong immunoreactivity with infected, immune, and anti-Nfal sera. In addition, an anti-Nfa1 serum reacted with an amoeba lysate in immunoblotting analysis. The present nfal gene encoding the myoHr-like protein is the first myoHr gene cloned from protozoa, and the Nfal antigen may be useful in diagnostic studies PMID:11831780

  17. Molecular bases of circadian rhythmicity in renal physiology and pathology.

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    Bonny, Olivier; Vinciguerra, Manlio; Gumz, Michelle L; Mazzoccoli, Gianluigi

    2013-10-01

    The physiological processes that maintain body homeostasis oscillate during the day. Diurnal changes characterize kidney functions, comprising regulation of hydro-electrolytic and acid-base balance, reabsorption of small solutes and hormone production. Renal physiology is characterized by 24-h periodicity and contributes to circadian variability of blood pressure levels, related as well to nychthemeral changes of sodium sensitivity, physical activity, vascular tone, autonomic function and neurotransmitter release from sympathetic innervations. The circadian rhythmicity of body physiology is driven by central and peripheral biological clockworks and entrained by the geophysical light/dark cycle. Chronodisruption, defined as the mismatch between environmental-social cues and physiological-behavioral patterns, causes internal desynchronization of periodic functions, leading to pathophysiological mechanisms underlying degenerative, immune related, metabolic and neoplastic diseases. In this review we will address the genetic, molecular and anatomical elements that hardwire circadian rhythmicity in renal physiology and subtend disarray of time-dependent changes in renal pathology. PMID:23901050

  18. DNA Aptamer Based Nanodrugs: Molecular Engineering for Efficiency.

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    Cansiz, Sena; Zhang, Liqin; Wu, Cuichen; Wu, Yuan; Teng, I-Ting; Hou, Weijia; Wang, Yanyue; Wan, Shuo; Cai, Ren; Jin, Chen; Liu, Qiaoling; Tan, Weihong

    2015-10-01

    In the past two decades, the study of cancer therapy has gradually advanced to the "nano" era. Numerous novel nanomaterials armed with unique physical properties have been introduced into biomedical research. At the same time, functional nucleic acid molecules, especially aptamers, have aroused broad attention from the biomedical community. Benefiting from the advancement of molecular engineering strategies, it is now feasible to combine the cancer-specific recognition capability of aptamers with various other special functions of nanomaterials to develop cancer-specific drugs at the nanoscale. Nanodrugs are now offering an unprecedented opportunity to achieve the goal of efficient targeted delivery as well as controlled release. This review highlights some achievements made in multiple aptamer-based nanodrug systems that have emerged in recent years, including studies in the infant stage of "proof-of-concept". PMID:26177853

  19. Hydrophobic composition based on mixed-molecular weight polyethylene

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    Gorlenko, Nikolay; Debelova, Natalya; Sarkisov, Yuriy; Volokitin, Gennadiy; Zavyalova, Elena; Lapova, Tatyana

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents investigations of compositions based on low and high molecular weight polyethylene so as to synthesize a hydrophobic composition for moisture protection of timber. X-ray phase analysis and measurements of the tear-off force of hydrophobic coating needed to apply to the timber surface and the limiting wetting angle are carried out to detect the hydrophobic, adhesive, electrophysical, and physicochemical properties of compositions. Kinetic dependencies are given for moisture absorption of timber specimens. It is shown that the preliminary formation of the texture by the surface patterning or its treatment with low-temperature plasma with the following protective coating results in the improvement of hydrophobic properties of the suggested compositions. These compositions can be used in the capacity of water repellents to protect building materials from moisture including restoration works.

  20. Current Progress of Aptamer-Based Molecular Imaging

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    Wang, Andrew Z.; Farokhzad, Omid C.

    2014-01-01

    Aptamers, single-stranded oligonucleotides, are an important class of molecular targeting ligand. Since their discovery, aptamers have been rapidly translated into clinical practice. They have been approved as therapeutics and molecular diagnostics. Aptamers also possess several properties that make them uniquely suited to molecular imaging. This review aims to provide an overview of aptamers’ advantages as targeting ligands and their application in molecular imaging.

  1. Molecular Beacon-Based MicroRNA Imaging During Neurogenesis.

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    Lee, Jonghwan; Kim, Soonhag

    2016-01-01

    The fluorescence monitoring system for examining endogenous microRNA (miRNA) activity in cellular level provides crucial information on not only understanding a critical role of miRNA involving a variety of biological processes, but also evaluating miRNA expression patterns in a noninvasive manner. In this protocol, we report the details of a new procedure for a molecular beacon-based miRNA monitoring system, which includes the illustration scheme for miRNA detection strategy, exogenous miRNA detection, and measurement of endogenous miRNA expression level during neurogenesis. The fluorescence signal of miR-124a beacon quenched by BHQ2 was gradually recovered as increasing concentration of the miR-124a in tube. The functional work of miR-124a beacon was examined in intracellular environment, allowing for the internalization of the miR-124a beacon by lipofectamine, which resulted in activated fluorescent signals of the miR-124a beacon in the HeLa cells after the addition of synthetic miR-124a. The endogenous miR-124a expression level was detected by miR-124a beacon system during neurogenesis, showing brighter fluorescence intensity in cytoplasmic area of P19 cells after induction of neuronal differentiation by retinoic acid. The molecular beacon based-miRNA detection technique could be applicable to the simultaneous visualization of a variety of miRNA expression patterns using different fluorescence dyes. For the study of examining endogenous miRNA expression level using miRNA-beacon system, if cellular differentiation step is already prepared, transfection step of miR-124a beacon into P19 cells, and acquisition of activated fluorescence signal measured by confocal microscope can be conducted approximately within 6 h. PMID:26530921

  2. VaccineDA: Prediction, design and genome-wide screening of oligodeoxynucleotide-based vaccine adjuvants.

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    Nagpal, Gandharva; Gupta, Sudheer; Chaudhary, Kumardeep; Dhanda, Sandeep Kumar; Prakash, Satya; Raghava, Gajendra P S

    2015-01-01

    Immunomodulatory oligodeoxynucleotides (IMODNs) are the short DNA sequences that activate the innate immune system via toll-like receptor 9. These sequences predominantly contain unmethylated CpG motifs. In this work, we describe VaccineDA (Vaccine DNA adjuvants), a web-based resource developed to design IMODN-based vaccine adjuvants. We collected and analyzed 2193 experimentally validated IMODNs obtained from the literature. Certain types of nucleotides (e.g., T, GT, TC, TT, CGT, TCG, TTT) are dominant in IMODNs. Based on these observations, we developed support vector machine-based models to predict IMODNs using various compositions. The developed models achieved the maximum Matthews Correlation Coefficient (MCC) of 0.75 with an accuracy of 87.57% using the pentanucleotide composition. The integration of motif information further improved the performance of our model from the MCC of 0.75 to 0.77. Similarly, models were developed to predict palindromic IMODNs and attained a maximum MCC of 0.84 with the accuracy of 91.94%. These models were evaluated using a five-fold cross-validation technique as well as validated on an independent dataset. The models developed in this study were integrated into VaccineDA to provide a wide range of services that facilitate the design of DNA-based vaccine adjuvants (http://crdd.osdd.net/raghava/vaccineda/). PMID:26212482

  3. Práticas de aleitamento materno de crianças menores de dois anos de idade com base em indicadores da Organização Mundial da Saúde

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    Paula Chuproski SALDAN; Venancio, Sonia Isoyama; Saldiva, Silvia Regina Dias Medici; Pina, Juliana Coelho; de Mello, Débora Falleiros

    2015-01-01

    Objetivo Avaliar práticas de aleitamento materno de crianças menores de dois anos de idade com base em indicadores da Organização Mundial da Saúde. Métodos Estudo transversal realizado durante Campanha Nacional de Vacinação contra Poliomielite 2012 em Guarapuava, Paraná. Os acompanhantes de 1.814 crianças responderam ao questionário estruturado sobre alimentação da criança nas últimas 24 horas. Foram avaliados nove indicadores de aleitamento materno da Organização Mundial da Saúde. As estimat...

  4. Dissecting plasmodesmata molecular composition by mass spectrometry-based proteomics.

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    Emmanuelle Maria Françoise Bayer

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In plants, the intercellular communication through the membranous channels called plasmodesmata (PD; singular plasmodesma plays pivotal roles in the orchestration of development, defence responses and viral propagation. PD are dynamic structures embedded in the plant cell wall that are defined by specialised domains of the endoplasmic reticulum and the plasma membrane. PD structure and unique functions are guaranteed by their particular molecular composition. Yet, up to recent years and despite numerous approaches such as mutant screens, immunolocalisation or screening of random cDNAs, only few PD proteins had been conclusively identified and characterised. A clear breakthrough in the search of PD constituents came from mass-spectrometry-based proteomic approaches coupled with subcellular fractionation strategies. Due to their position, firmly anchored in the extracellular matrix, PD are notoriously difficult to isolate for biochemical analysis. Proteomic-based approaches have therefore first relied on the use of cell wall fractions containing embedded PD then on free PD fractions whereby PD membranes were released from the walls by enzymatic degradation. To discriminate between likely contaminants and PD protein candidates, bioinformatics tools have often been used in combination with proteomic approaches. GFP fusion proteins of selected candidates have confirmed the PD association of several protein families. Here we review the accomplishments and limitations of the proteomic based strategies to unravel the functional and structural complexity of PD. We also discuss the role of the identified PD associated proteins.

  5. Do paradigma molecular ao impacto no prognóstico: uma visão da leucemia promielocítica aguda From the molecular model to the impact on prognosis: an overview on acute promyelocytic leukemia

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    Rafael Henriques Jácomo; Lorena Lobo de Figueiredo-Pontes; Eduardo Magalhães Rego

    2008-01-01

    A leucemia promielocítica aguda (LPA) é um modelo da aplicabilidade clínica dos conhecimentos moleculares fisiopatológicos. Caracteriza-se por alterações genéticas recorrentes que envolvem o gene do receptor alfa do ácido retinóico. A conseqüência é uma proteína com sensibilidade reduzida ao ligante, com bloqueio da diferenciação mielóide. Entretanto, doses suprafisiológicas do ácido all-trans-retinóico (ATRA) são capazes de suplantar esta deficiência, e este é o princípio fundamental do trat...

  6. Propriedades de filmes de quitosano: influência do grau de acetilação e da massa molecular do biopolímero

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    Santos, Carla Alexandra Nunes de Sousa

    2006-01-01

    As características estruturais do quitosano dependem de diversos factores, incluindo a origem da quitina de onde é obtido e o método utilizado para essa obtenção. O objectivo deste trabalho foi estudar a influência de duas características estruturais do quitosano, o grau de acetilação e a massa molecular, consideradas como as mais importantes para as propriedades filmogénicas deste biopolímero. Neste trabalho extraiu-se quitina a partir de estiletes de pota (Illex argentinus) sob condições al...

  7. POLYANA-A tool for the calculation of molecular radial distribution functions based on Molecular Dynamics trajectories

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    Dimitroulis, Christos; Raptis, Theophanes; Raptis, Vasilios

    2015-12-01

    We present an application for the calculation of radial distribution functions for molecular centres of mass, based on trajectories generated by molecular simulation methods (Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo). When designing this application, the emphasis was placed on ease of use as well as ease of further development. In its current version, the program can read trajectories generated by the well-known DL_POLY package, but it can be easily extended to handle other formats. It is also very easy to 'hack' the program so it can compute intermolecular radial distribution functions for groups of interaction sites rather than whole molecules.

  8. Molecular biology-based diagnosis and therapy for pancreatic cancer

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    Mainly described are author's investigations of the title subject through clinical and basic diagnosis/therapeutic approach. Based on their consideration of carcinogenesis and pathological features of pancreatic cancer (PC), analysis of expression of cancer-related genes in clinically available samples like pancreatic juice and cells biopsied can result in attaining their purposes. Desmoplasia, a pathological feature of PC, possibly induces resistance to therapy and one of strategies is probably its suppression. Targeting stem cells of the mesenchyma as well as those of PC is also a strategy in future. Authors' studies have revealed that quantitation of hTERT (coding teromerase) mRNA levels in PC cells micro-dissected from cytological specimens is an accurate molecular biological diagnostic method applicable clinically. Other cancer-related genes are also useful for the diagnosis and mucin (MUC) family genes are shown to be typical ones for differentiating the precancerous PC, PC and chronic pancreatisis. Efficacy of standard gemcitabine chemotherapy can be individualized with molecular markers concerned to metabolism of the drug like dCK. Radiotherapy/radio-chemotherapy are not so satisfactory for PC treatment now. Authors have found elevated MMP-2 expression and HGF/c-Met signal activation in irradiated PC cells, which can increase the invasive capability; and stimulation of phosphorylation and activation of c-Met/MARK in co-culture of irradiated PC cells with messenchymal cells from PC, which possibly leads to progression of malignancy of PC through their interaction, of which suppression, therefore, can be a new approach to increase the efficacy of radiotherapy. Authors are making effort to introducing adenovirus therapy in clinic; exempli gratia (e.g.), the virus carrying wild type p53, a cancer-suppressive gene, induces apoptosis of PC cells often having its mutated gene. (T.T.)

  9. Base developable negative tone molecular resist based on epoxide cross-linking

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    Sharp, Brandon; Lawson, Richard A.; Fralick, Ashten; Narcross, Hannah; Chun, Jun Sung; Neisser, Mark; Tolbert, Laren M.; Henderson, Clifford L.

    2015-03-01

    A negative tone, aqueous base developable molecular glass resist, 3Ep, is presented that is developable in both standard organic solvents and aqueous base developers. The resist shows slightly better imaging performance in organic solvent versus aqueous base and shows a shift of E0 away from zero dose. Compared to a previously reported 4Ep resist, 3Ep appears to have a more controlled polymerization rate at equivalent conditions, which results in higher-quality patterned features. 3Ep also requires use of an underlayer to avoid de-wetting during aqueous base development.

  10. Magnetic and electronic properties of porphyrin-based molecular nanowires

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    Jia-Jia Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations, we performed theoretical investigations on the electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal embedded porphyrin-based nanowires (TM-PNWs, TM = Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn. Our results indicate that Ni-PNW and Zn-PNW are nonmagnetic while the rest species are magnetic, and the magnetic moments in TM-PNWs and their corresponding isolated monomer structures are found to be the same. In addition, the spin coupling in the magnetic nanowires can be ignored leading to their degenerate AFM and FM states. These results can be ascribed to the weak intermetallic interactions because of the relatively large distances between neighbor TM atoms. Among all TM-PNW structures considered here, only Mn-PNW shows a half-metallic property while the others are predicted to be semiconducting. The present work paves a new way of obtaining ferromagnetic porphyrin-based nanowires with TM atoms distributed separately and orderly, which are expected to be good candidates for catalysts, energy storage and molecular spintronics.

  11. Molecularly Imprinted Polypyrrole Based Impedimentric Sensor for Theophylline Determination

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    Highlights: • Sensor based on polypyrrole imprinted by theophylline (MIP) deposited on oxygen terminated boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond was developed. • This structure was applied as impedimetric sensor sensitive for theophylline. • Optimal polymer formation conditions suitable for MIP formation were elaborated. • Some analytical parameters were determined and evaluated. - Abstract: In this study development of impedimetric sensor based on oxygen terminated boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (B:NCD:O) modified with theophylline imprinted polypyrrole is described. Hydrogen peroxide induced chemical formation of polypyrrole molecularly imprinted by theophylline was applied for the modification of conducting silicon substrate covered by B:NCD:O film. Non-imprinted polypyrrole layer was formed on similar substrate in order to prove efficiency of imprinted polypyrrole. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was applied for the evaluation of analyte-induced changes in electrochemical capacitance/resistance. The impact of polymerization duration on the capacitance of impedimetric sensor was estimated. A different impedance behavior was observed at different ratio of polymerized monomer and template molecule in the polymerization media. The influence of ethanol as additive to polymerization media on registered changes in capacitance/resistance was evaluated. Degradation of sensor stored in buffer solution was evaluated

  12. Pathological Bases for a Robust Application of Cancer Molecular Classification

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    Salvador J. Diaz-Cano

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Any robust classification system depends on its purpose and must refer to accepted standards, its strength relying on predictive values and a careful consideration of known factors that can affect its reliability. In this context, a molecular classification of human cancer must refer to the current gold standard (histological classification and try to improve it with key prognosticators for metastatic potential, staging and grading. Although organ-specific examples have been published based on proteomics, transcriptomics and genomics evaluations, the most popular approach uses gene expression analysis as a direct correlate of cellular differentiation, which represents the key feature of the histological classification. RNA is a labile molecule that varies significantly according with the preservation protocol, its transcription reflect the adaptation of the tumor cells to the microenvironment, it can be passed through mechanisms of intercellular transference of genetic information (exosomes, and it is exposed to epigenetic modifications. More robust classifications should be based on stable molecules, at the genetic level represented by DNA to improve reliability, and its analysis must deal with the concept of intratumoral heterogeneity, which is at the origin of tumor progression and is the byproduct of the selection process during the clonal expansion and progression of neoplasms. The simultaneous analysis of multiple DNA targets and next generation sequencing offer the best practical approach for an analytical genomic classification of tumors.

  13. Magnetic and electronic properties of porphyrin-based molecular nanowires

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    Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations, we performed theoretical investigations on the electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal embedded porphyrin-based nanowires (TM-PNWs, TM = Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn). Our results indicate that Ni-PNW and Zn-PNW are nonmagnetic while the rest species are magnetic, and the magnetic moments in TM-PNWs and their corresponding isolated monomer structures are found to be the same. In addition, the spin coupling in the magnetic nanowires can be ignored leading to their degenerate AFM and FM states. These results can be ascribed to the weak intermetallic interactions because of the relatively large distances between neighbor TM atoms. Among all TM-PNW structures considered here, only Mn-PNW shows a half-metallic property while the others are predicted to be semiconducting. The present work paves a new way of obtaining ferromagnetic porphyrin-based nanowires with TM atoms distributed separately and orderly, which are expected to be good candidates for catalysts, energy storage and molecular spintronics

  14. Magnetic and electronic properties of porphyrin-based molecular nanowires

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    Zheng, Jia-Jia; Li, Qiao-Zhi; Dang, Jing-Shuang; Zhao, Xiang, E-mail: xzhao@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Institute for Chemical Physics & Department of Chemistry, MOE Key Laboratory for Non-equilibrium Condensed Matter and Quantum Engineering, School of Science, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049 (China); Wang, Wei-Wei [Research Center for Computational Science, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585 (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations, we performed theoretical investigations on the electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal embedded porphyrin-based nanowires (TM-PNWs, TM = Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn). Our results indicate that Ni-PNW and Zn-PNW are nonmagnetic while the rest species are magnetic, and the magnetic moments in TM-PNWs and their corresponding isolated monomer structures are found to be the same. In addition, the spin coupling in the magnetic nanowires can be ignored leading to their degenerate AFM and FM states. These results can be ascribed to the weak intermetallic interactions because of the relatively large distances between neighbor TM atoms. Among all TM-PNW structures considered here, only Mn-PNW shows a half-metallic property while the others are predicted to be semiconducting. The present work paves a new way of obtaining ferromagnetic porphyrin-based nanowires with TM atoms distributed separately and orderly, which are expected to be good candidates for catalysts, energy storage and molecular spintronics.

  15. Mass spectrometry-based serum proteome pattern analysis in molecular diagnostics of early stage breast cancer

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    Stobiecki Maciej

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mass spectrometric analysis of the blood proteome is an emerging method of clinical proteomics. The approach exploiting multi-protein/peptide sets (fingerprints detected by mass spectrometry that reflect overall features of a specimen's proteome, termed proteome pattern analysis, have been already shown in several studies to have applicability in cancer diagnostics. We aimed to identify serum proteome patterns specific for early stage breast cancer patients using MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry. Methods Blood samples were collected before the start of therapy in a group of 92 patients diagnosed at stages I and II of the disease, and in a group of age-matched healthy controls (104 women. Serum specimens were purified and the low-molecular-weight proteome fraction was examined using MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry after removal of albumin and other high-molecular-weight serum proteins. Protein ions registered in a mass range between 2,000 and 10,000 Da were analyzed using a new bioinformatic tool created in our group, which included modeling spectra as a sum of Gaussian bell-shaped curves. Results We have identified features of serum proteome patterns that were significantly different between blood samples of healthy individuals and early stage breast cancer patients. The classifier built of three spectral components that differentiated controls and cancer patients had 83% sensitivity and 85% specificity. Spectral components (i.e., protein ions that were the most frequent in such classifiers had approximate m/z values of 2303, 2866 and 3579 Da (a biomarker built from these three components showed 88% sensitivity and 78% specificity. Of note, we did not find a significant correlation between features of serum proteome patterns and established prognostic or predictive factors like tumor size, nodal involvement, histopathological grade, estrogen and progesterone receptor expression. In addition, we observed a significantly (p = 0

  16. A tese da "nova clivagem" e a base social do apoio à direita radical

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    Pippa Norris

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available A ascensão da direita radical está aberta a múltiplas interpretações. A questão abordada neste artigo é saber se muitos desses partidos criaram uma base social duradoura entre os eleitores e, se assim for, quais setores sociais apresentam maior probabilidade de apoiá-los. A primeira parte discute os marcos teóricos alternativos oferecidos pelos trabalhos clássicos dos anos 1950 e 1960, a tese da "nova clivagem social" comum durante a última década e a teoria do desalinhamento partidário. Em seguida, o artigo analisa hipóteses concorrentes sobre a base social do voto na direita radical em quinze países, usando dados retirados do Survey Social Europeu de 2002 e do Estudo Comparativo de Sistemas Eleitorais, 1996-2001. A segunda parte trata do papel de indicadores socioeconômicos, enquanto a terceira parte examina a duradoura diferença entre os sexos e os padrões geracionais de apoio. A conclusão considera as implicações desses resultados para compreender a base da popularidade da direita radical e para a estabilidade e longevidade desses partidos.The rise of the radical right is open to multiple interpretations. The question addressed in this paper is whether many of these parties have fostered an enduring social base among core voters and, if so, which social sectors are most likely to support them. The first part discusses the alternative theoretical frameworks provided by the classic accounts of the 1950s and 1960s, the "new social cleavage" thesis common during the last decade, and the theory of partisan dealignment. Then, it compares evidence to analyze rival hypotheses about the social basis of the radical right vote across fifteen nations, using data drawn from the European Social Survey, 2002, and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, 1996-2001. The second part focuses upon the role of socioeconomic indicators, while the third part considers the enduring gender gap and patterns of generational support. The

  17. Molecular dosimetry based on radiation induced degradation of polyisobutylene

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    This project investigates the possibility of qualitative measurement of radiation doses through detection of changes in the average molecular weight in the polymer Polyisobutylene (PIB). Changes in molecular weight and molecular weight distribution is detected by Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC). The aim of the project is to decide whether or not it is possible to determine a quality difference between α-radiation (241Am, 5,5 MeV) and γ-radiation (60Co, 1,25 MeV) in the dose range 0,5 to 10 kGy by irradiation of PIB. Irradiation with 60Co changes the average number molecular weight Mn by 12% per kGy and the average weight molecular weight Mw by 23% per kGy. The presence of antioxidant in the irradiated sample inhibits a change in average molecular weight by 5% and 16% for Mn and Mw respectively. (au)

  18. Criação da base de dados oralm associada à base oralome

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    Sá, Carlos Eduardo Nogueira

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    Introdução: Apesar de ser um sistema bastante estudado do ponto de vista microbiológico, a cavidade oral apresenta uma complexidade de ambientes e microbioma associado muito grande. Esta complexidade só recentemente foi explorada com a revolução das técnicas e tecnologias genómicas que permitiram a identificação de muitos microrganismos que até há poucos anos se desconheciam por não serem cultiváveis. O Projeto de Microbioma Humano (HMP) apresenta-se como um exemplo da quantidade massiva d...

  19. A low molecular weight zinc{sup 2+}-dipicolylamine-based probe detects apoptosis during tumour treatment better than an annexin V-based probe

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    Palmowski, Karin [RWTH-Aachen University, Department of Experimental Molecular Imaging, Aachen (Germany); University of Heidelberg, Department of Pneumology, Thoraxklinik Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany); Rix, Anne; Lederle, Wiltrud; Kiessling, Fabian [RWTH-Aachen University, Department of Experimental Molecular Imaging, Aachen (Germany); Behrendt, Florian F. [RWTH-Aachen University, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Aachen (Germany); Mottaghy, Felix M. [RWTH-Aachen University, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Aachen (Germany); Maastricht University Medical Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Maastricht (Netherlands); Gray, Brian D. [Molecular Targeting Technologies, Inc., West Chester, PA (United States); Pak, Koon Y. [University Medical Center Heidelberg, Academic Radiology Baden-Baden, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Palmowski, Moritz [RWTH-Aachen University, Department of Experimental Molecular Imaging, Aachen (Germany); RWTH-Aachen University, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Aachen (Germany); University Medical Center Heidelberg, Academic Radiology Baden-Baden, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany)

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    Molecular imaging of apoptosis is frequently discussed for monitoring cancer therapies. Here, we compare the low molecular weight phosphatidylserine-targeting ligand zinc{sup 2+}-dipicolylamine (Zn{sup 2+}-DPA) with the established but reasonably larger protein annexin V. Molecular apoptosis imaging with the fluorescently labelled probes annexin V (750 nm, 36 kDa) and Zn{sup 2+}-DPA (794 nm, 1.84 kDa) was performed in tumour-bearing mice (A431). Three animal groups were investigated: untreated controls and treated tumours after 1 or 4 days of anti-angiogenic therapy (SU11248). Additionally, μPET with {sup 18} F-FDG was performed. Imaging data were displayed as tumour-to-muscle ratio (TMR) and validated by quantitative immunohistochemistry. Compared with untreated control tumours, TUNEL staining indicated significant apoptosis after 1 day (P < 0.05) and 4 days (P < 0.01) of treatment. Concordantly, Zn{sup 2+}-DPA uptake increased significantly after 1 day (P < 0.05) and 4 days (P < 0.01). Surprisingly, annexin V failed to detect significant differences between control and treated animals. Contrary to the increasing uptake of Zn{sup 2+}-DPA, {sup 18} F-FDG tumour uptake decreased significantly at days 1 (P < 0.05) and 4 (P < 0.01). Increase in apoptosis during anti-angiogenic therapy was detected significantly better with the low molecular weight probe Zn{sup 2+}-DPA than with the annexin V-based probe. Additionally, significant treatment effects were detectable as early using Zn{sup 2+}-DPA as with measurements of the glucose metabolism using {sup 18} F-FDG. (orig.)

  20. Postiive tone resists based on network deploymerization of molecular resists

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    Lawson, Richard A.; Cheng, Jing; Cheshmehkani, Ameneh; Tolbert, Laren M.; Henderson, Clifford L.

    2013-03-01

    Conventional chemically amplified resists have several issues that can potentially limit their capability for sub-40 nm imaging. One of the major issues at this size scale is that the mechanical strength of positive tone CARs limits the amount of stress they can withstand during development, rinse, and drying, thus leading to problems with pattern collapse due to the high capillary forces generated during drying. This problem is exasperated by the fact that linear polymers show dramatically reduced modulus at sub-50 nm features sizes. To improve on this problem, we have made a positive tone resist based on network depolymerization of molecular resists. The resist thermally cross-links after being spin cast into thin film form through reactions between vinyl ether groups and carboxylic acid groups. By cross-linking the resist to form a dense three dimensional polymer network, the mechanical strength of the resist is greatly improved compared to linear polymers. The network is depolymerized using an acid catalyzed reaction to create development contrast that allows for patterning of the resist via development in either aqueous base or organic solvent. One drawback of the current resist design is that the free carboxylic acids on the resist molecule appear to react in solution at room temperature with both the vinyl ether groups on adjacent molecules and with any added base quencher. These reactions cause reduced effectiveness of the base quencher and produce a noticeable resist shelf life problem. Despite these limitations, the material was used to compare the effect of development in aqueous base versus organic solvent. The resist formulated in this work showed a DUV sensitivity of 7 mJ/cm2 and a contrast of 5.2 for development in either solvent or aqueous base. Under 100 keV e-beam imaging, the material showed 40 nm resolution for both development types. In standard 0.26 N TMAH, the dose-to-size was 84 μC/cm2 with 3σ LER of 14.2 nm. Using methyl isobutyl ketone

  1. Efeito de diferentes fontes de sílica nos parâmetros texturais da peneira molecular MCM-41

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    M. S. B. Fontes; D.M.A. Melo; C. C. Costa; R. M. Braga; M. A. F. Melo; J. A. B. L. R. Alves; M. L. P. Silva

    2016-01-01

    Resumo Nas últimas décadas, pesquisas estão sendo desenvolvidas para obtenção de materiais eficientes e economicamente viáveis para aplicação em diversos setores da indústria. Os materiais mesoporosos da família MCM-41 estão entre os candidatos eficazes pela facilidade de síntese e estrutura que favorece uma gama de aplicações. O objetivo desse trabalho foi apresentar uma abordagem rítica das características e propriedades dos materiais mesoporosos do tipo MCM-41, enfocando nos aspectos estru...

  2. Optically switchable molecular device using microsphere based junctions

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    Faramarzi, V.; Raimondo, C.; Reinders, F.; Mayor, M.; Samorı, P.; Doudin, B.

    2011-12-01

    Metallic planar electrodes are bridged using microspheres coated with chemisorbed azobenzene self-assembled monolayers. The circuit exhibits light-induced switching, with reproducibility over 90%, as statistically determined and compared to junctions incorporating photo-insensitive alkanethiol layers. Microsphere interconnects provide direct access to molecular transport properties, with reliability and stability, making multifunctional molecular electronics devices possible.

  3. Melamine acoustic chemosensor based on molecularly imprinted polymer film.

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    Pietrzyk, Agnieszka; Kutner, Wlodzimierz; Chitta, Raghu; Zandler, Melvin E; D'Souza, Francis; Sannicolò, Francesco; Mussini, Patrizia R

    2009-12-15

    A melamine piezomicrogravimetric (acoustic) chemosensor using a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) film has been devised and tested. The MIP films were prepared by electropolymerization of the melamine complexed by the functional monomer of the bis(bithiophene) derivative bearing an 18-crown-6 substituent 4. The structure of the MIP-melamine complex was visualized by the DFT B3LYP/3-21G(*) energy optimization calculations. The sensitivity and selectivity of the MIP film was improved by cross-linking the polymer with the bithianaphthene monomer 5 and the presence of the porogenic ionic liquid in the prepolymerization solution. After electropolymerization, the melamine template was extracted from the MIP film with an aqueous strong base solution. The measurements of UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), DPV, and EIS as well as scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) imaging confirmed extraction of the melamine template from the MIP film and then rebinding of the melamine analyte while the film relative roughness and porosity was determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging, respectively. The analytical as well as kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the chemosensing were assessed under flow-injection analysis (FIA) conditions with piezoelectric microgravimetry (PM) detection. The linear concentration range for melamine detection was 5 nM to at least 1 mM with a limit of detection of approximately 5 nM. The chemosensor successfully discriminated the cyanuric acid, cyromazine, and ammeline interfering agents. PMID:19925007

  4. Molecular dynamics study of surfactant-like peptide based nanostructures.

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    Colherinhas, Guilherme; Fileti, Eudes

    2014-10-23

    Surfactant-like peptide (SLP) based nanostructures are investigated using all-atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We report structure properties of nanostructures belonging to the ANK peptide group. In particular, the mathematical models for the two A3K membranes, A6K nanotube, and A9K nanorod were developed. Our MD simulation results are consistent with the experimental data, indicating that A3K membranes are stable in two different configurations: (1) SLPs are tilted relative to the normal membrane plane; (2) SLPs are interdigitated. The former configuration is energetically more stable. The cylindrical nanostructures feature a certain order of the A6K peptides. In turn, the A9K nanorod does not exhibit any long-range ordering. Both nanotube and nanorod structure contain large amounts of water inside. Consequently, these nanostructures behave similar to hydrogels. This property may be important in the context of biotechnology. Binding energy analysis-in terms of Coulomb and van der Waals contributions-unveils an increase as the peptide size increases. The electrostatic interaction constitutes 70-75% of the noncovalent attraction energy between SLPs. The nanotubular structures are notably stable, confirming that A6K peptides preferentially form nanotubes and A9K peptides preferentially form nanorods. PMID:25264942

  5. Purification, characterization and antioxidant properties of low molecular weight collagenous polypeptide (37 kDa) prepared from whale shark cartilage (Rhincodon typus).

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    Jeevithan, Elango; Bao, Bin; Zhang, Jingyi; Hong, Shaotong; Wu, Wenhui

    2015-10-01

    A low molecular weight type-II collagenous polypeptide (CIIp) from whale shark (WS) cartilage was prepared by thermolysin digestion; and examined for their physico-functional and antioxidant properties. The purified collagen was composed of an identical (α1)3 chains and was characterized as type-II. After hydrolysis with thermolysin, the α-chain of the WS collagen was degraded into smaller peptides with molecular weight ranging from 70 to 20KDa. CIIp was successfully separated from the hydrolysates with molecular weight of approximately 37 kDa. Amino acid analysis of CII, and CIIp indicated imino acid contents of 155 and 121 amino acid residues per 1000 residues, respectively. Differing Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of CII and CIIp were observed, which suggested that the hydrolysis process by thermolysin affected the secondary structure and molecular order of collagen, particularly the triple-helical structure. The denaturation temperature of CII (34 °C) was higher than that of CIIp. Low content of glycoprotein was observed in CII than CIIp due to removal of some polypeptides by thermolysin digestion. The antioxidant activity against 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radicals and the reducing power of CIIp was greater than that of CII. The results proposed that the purified CIIp from WS cartilage with excellent antioxidant activities could be the suitable biomaterial for therapeutic applications. PMID:26396376

  6. Uso da bioinformática na diferenciação molecular da Entamoeba histolytica e Entamoeba díspar - DOI: 10.4025/actascihealthsci.v30i2.2375 Molecular discrimination of Entamoeba histolytica and Entamoeba dispar by bioinformatics resources - DOI: 10.4025/actascihealthsci.v30i2.2375

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Amebíase invasiva, causada por Entamoeba histolytica, é microscopicamente indistinguível da espécie não-patogênica Entamoeba dispar. Com auxílio de ferramentas de bioinformática, objetivou-se diferenciar Entamoeba histolytica e Entamoeba dispar por técnicas moleculares. A análise foi realizada a partir do banco de dados da National Center for Biotechnology Information; pela pesquisa de similaridade de sequências, elegeu-se o gene da cisteína sintase. Um par de primer foi desenhado (programa Web Primer e foi selecionada a enzima de restrição TaqI (programa Web Cutter. Após a atuação da enzima, o fragmento foi dividido em dois, um com 255 pb e outro com 554 pb, padrão característico da E. histolytica. Na ausência de corte, o fragmento apresentou o tamanho de 809 pb, referente à E. dispar.Under microscopic conditions, the invasive Entamoeba histolytica is indistinguishable from the non-pathogenic species Entamoeba dispar. In this way, the present study was carried out to determine a molecular strategy for discriminating both species by the mechanisms of bioinformatics. The gene cysteine synthetase was considered for such a purpose by using the resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information data bank in the search for similarities in the gene sequence. In this way, a primer pair was designed by the Web Primer program and the restriction enzyme TaqI was selected by the Web Cutter software program. The DNA fragment had a size of 809 bp before cutting, which is consistent with E. dispar. The gene fragment was partitioned in a first fragment with 255 bp and a second one with 554 bp, which is similar to the genetic characteristics of E. histolytica.

  7. Avaliação da simetria e descarga de peso entre os membros inferiores de atletas de futebol da categoria de base

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    Daniel Lucas Spagnuolo; Felipe Alves Machado; Maria Stella Peccin

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    INTRODUÇÃO: A avaliação instrumentada dos saltos verticais informa sobre as capacidades funcionais e variáveis neuromusculares, auxiliando no atendimento dos atletas. Essencial dar atenção maior para as categorias de base, pois contém fases importantes do desenvolvimento dos atletas que serão o futuro do esporte. Objetivo: Avaliar as características funcionais e neuromusculares de atletas de futebol da categoria de base, no desempenho em saltos verticais. METODOLOGIA: Foram avaliados atletas ...

  8. Molecular Split-Ring Resonators Based on Metal String Complexes

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    Shen, Yao; Ai, Qing; Peng, Shie-Ming; Jin, Bih-Yaw

    2014-01-01

    Metal string complexes or extended metal atom chains (EMACs) belong to a family of molecules that consist of a linear chain of directly bonded metal atoms embraced helically by four multidentate organic ligands. These four organic ligands are usually made up of repeating pyridyl units, single-nitrogen-substituted heterocyclic annulenes, bridged by independent amido groups. Here, in this paper, we show that these heterocyclic annulenes are actually nanoscale molecular split-ring resonators (SRRs) that can exhibit simultaneous negative electric permittivity and magnetic permeability in the UV-Vis region. Moreover, a monolayer of self-assembled EMACs is a periodic array of molecular SRRs which can be considered as a negative refractive index material. In the molecular scale, where the quantum-size effect is significant, we apply the tight-binding method to obtain the frequency-dependent permittivity and permeability of these molecular SRRs with their tensorial properties carefully considered.

  9. Arrays of high quality SAM-based junctions and their application in molecular diode based logic

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    Wan, Albert; Suchand Sangeeth, C. S.; Wang, Lejia; Yuan, Li; Jiang, Li; Nijhuis, Christian A.

    2015-11-01

    This paper describes a method to fabricate a microfluidic top-electrode that can be utilized to generate arrays of self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-based junctions. The top-electrodes consist of a liquid-metal of GaOx/EGaIn mechanically stabilized in microchannels and through-holes in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS); these top-electrodes form molecular junctions by directly placing them onto the SAM supported by template-stripped (TS) Ag or Au bottom-electrodes. Unlike conventional techniques to form multiple junctions, our method does not require lithography to pattern the bottom-electrode and is compatible with TS bottom-electrodes, which are ultra-flat with large grains, free from potential contamination of photoresist residues, and do not have electrode-edges where the molecules are unable to pack well. We formed tunneling junctions with n-alkanethiolate SAMs in yields of ~80%, with good reproducibility and electrical stability. Temperature dependent J(V) measurements indicated that the mechanism of charge transport across the junction is coherent tunneling. To demonstrate the usefulness of these junctions, we formed molecular diodes based on SAMs with Fc head groups. These junctions rectify currents with a rectification ratio R of 45. These molecular diodes were incorporated in simple electronic circuitry to demonstrate molecular diode-based Boolean logic.This paper describes a method to fabricate a microfluidic top-electrode that can be utilized to generate arrays of self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-based junctions. The top-electrodes consist of a liquid-metal of GaOx/EGaIn mechanically stabilized in microchannels and through-holes in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS); these top-electrodes form molecular junctions by directly placing them onto the SAM supported by template-stripped (TS) Ag or Au bottom-electrodes. Unlike conventional techniques to form multiple junctions, our method does not require lithography to pattern the bottom-electrode and is compatible with TS

  10. Caracterização da saúde oral numa amostra de militares da base naval de Lisboa

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    Senra, Ana Teresa Menezes e Castro

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    INTRODUÇÃO: A Assistência na Doença aos Militares das Forças Armadas Portuguesas (ADM) é uma mais-valia para os militares. O estado de prontidão permanente para o serviço é um dever dos militares, necessitando para tal, de aptidão física e intelectual. Os militares da Marinha de Guerra Portuguesa (MGP), quando em missão, não têm acesso no navio aos mesmos tratamentos que em Terra. Deste modo, os exames médicos periódicos são uma ferramenta essencial à prevenção de eventuais ...

  11. Caracterização molecular da mosca-branca (Bemisia spp.) no Brasil Molecular characterization of whitefly (Bemisia spp.) in Brazil

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    MARIA REGINA VILARINHO DE OLIVEIRA; MYRIAN SILVANA TIGANO; SALAH ALJANABI

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    A análise de RAPD foi utilizada para avaliar a variabilidade genética de 12 populações brasileiras de Bemisia spp. (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Foram analisados dez primers que permitiram a detecção de polimorfismo entre as amostras testadas. Os resultados obtidos mostraram que os indivíduos analisados provenientes de uma colônia mantida desde 1983 apresentaram perfis de RAPD próximos do padrão de B. tabaci oriunda da Califórnia, EUA. As outras populações analisadas apresentaram padrões semelhan...

  12. Optical fiber-based photomechanical molecular delivery system

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    Nakano, Koki; Sato, Shunichi; Kawauchi, Satoko; Ashida, Hiroshi; Nishidate, Izumi

    2014-02-01

    Molecular delivery based on nanosecond pulsed laser-induced photomechanical waves (PMWs) enables endoscopic application by using an optical fiber for laser transmission. In our previous fiber system, a laser target, which was a black natural rubber film as a laser absorbing material covered with an optically transparent polyethylene terephthalate disk to confine the laser-induced plasma, was attached to the output end of a 1 mm core diameter quartz fiber. There were two problems in that system: 1) the outer diameter was large (~2.7 mm) and 2) available peak pressure rapidly decreased with increasing pulse number. In this study, we developed a new fiber delivery system to overcome these problems. As a laser absorbing material, we used a cap-type silicone rubber containing carbon black, into which the fiber output end can simply be inserted. The fiber end surface works to confine the laser-induced plasma. The outer diameter of the fiber system was reduced to ~1.4 mm. At an output laser fluence of 1.2 J/cm2, peak pressure of the first PMW pulse exceeded ~40 MPa. With successive 10 laser pulses, decreasing rate of the peak pressure was 22%, which was considerably lower than that with the previous fiber system (82%), enabling generation of at least successive 30 pulses of PMW with the same cap-type target. With this fiber system, we attempted transfer of plasmid DNA encoding EGFP (enhanced green fluorescence protein) to the rat skin as a test tissue in vivo, showing site-selective efficient gene expression.

  13. Congenital neutropenia: diagnosis, molecular bases and patient management

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The term congenital neutropenia encompasses a family of neutropenic disorders, both permanent and intermittent, severe ( When neutropenia is detected, an attempt should be made to establish the etiology, distinguishing between acquired forms (the most frequent, including post viral neutropenia and auto immune neutropenia and congenital forms that may either be isolated or part of a complex genetic disease. Except for ethnic neutropenia, which is a frequent but mild congenital form, probably with polygenic inheritance, all other forms of congenital neutropenia are extremely rare and have monogenic inheritance, which may be X-linked or autosomal, recessive or dominant. About half the forms of congenital neutropenia with no extra-hematopoetic manifestations and normal adaptive immunity are due to neutrophil elastase (ELANE mutations. Some patients have severe permanent neutropenia and frequent infections early in life, while others have mild intermittent neutropenia. Congenital neutropenia may also be associated with a wide range of organ dysfunctions, as for example in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (associated with pancreatic insufficiency and glycogen storage disease type Ib (associated with a glycogen storage syndrome. So far, the molecular bases of 12 neutropenic disorders have been identified. Treatment of severe chronic neutropenia should focus on prevention of infections. It includes antimicrobial prophylaxis, generally with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and also granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF. G-CSF has considerably improved these patients' outlook. It is usually well tolerated, but potential adverse effects include thrombocytopenia, glomerulonephritis, vasculitis and osteoporosis. Long-term treatment with G-CSF, especially at high doses, augments the spontaneous risk of leukemia in patients with congenital neutropenia.

  14. Estudos QSAR e Ancoragem Molecular de Inibidores da Atividade Biológica do Fator de Inibição da Migração dos Macrófagos (MIF

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    Alex Gutterres Taranto

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Cumarina e 4-Cromonas são promissores inibidores de fator inibição da migração de macrófagos (MIF, uma proteína envolvida em doenças inflamatórias, como artrite reumatóide e outras patologias. Estudos teóricos de QSAR e ancoragem molecular de um conjunto de compostos mostraram correlação com estudos experimentais. Os descritores doadores de ligação hidrogênio e momento dipolo total foram capazes de prever atividade inibitória de compostos contra o MIF (MIFi . Paralelamente, estudos de ancoragem molecular também foram capazes de identificar ligações hidrogênio e hidrofóbicas entre os ligantes e o MIF. Como resultado, ambas as metodologias mostraram as contribuições de ligação de hidrogênio e interações hidrofóbicas para explicar a atividade de compostos inibidores de MIF, descrevendo os grupos farmacofóricos destes compostos. Adicionalmente, um conjunto de cumarinas naturais e sintéticas foi submetido aos modelos QSAR e de ancoragem molecular a fim de que as suas atividades contra MIF fossem preditas. Ambas as metodologias de modelagem molecular puderam estimar as interações intermoleculares entre inibidores e a enzima, os quais foram muito similares a compostos descritos previamente. Estes resultados podem ser úteis para o desenho de novos compostos contra doenças inflamatórias como artrite reumatóide.

  15. Identificação molecular da uva 'Goethe' de Urussanga - SC por marcadores microssatélites Molecular identification of the grapevine 'Goethe' from Urussanga (SC with microsatellite markers

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    Mariane Ruzza Schuck

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available A variedade Goethe é símbolo da vitivinicultura da região de Urussanga, sul do Estado de Santa Catarina, a qual, atualmente, busca a Indicação Geográfica da Uva e do Vinho Goethe. Para isto, um dos requisitos necessários é a identificação precisa do material genético. Os marcadores microssatélites constituem a ferramenta molecular mais utilizada para a identificação varietal de videira em todo o mundo e têm a capacidade de produzir um perfil genético único para cada material vitícola. O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar duas seleções de uva 'Goethe', presentes no município de Urussanga, por meio de marcadores moleculares microssatélites, visando a atender aos requisitos de denominação de origem e indicação de procedência controlada. A extração do DNA genômico foi realizada a partir de folhas jovens e ramos de nove acessos de cada seleção de 'Goethe Classica' e 'Goethe Primo' provenientes de uma coleção pública e de oito coleções privadas da região de Urussanga. Dez loci microssatélites VVS2, VVMD5, VVMD7, VVMD27, VrZAG62, VrZAG79, VVMD25, VVMD28, VVMD31 e VVMD32 foram genotipados através de eletroforese capilar. As análises realizadas mostraram que as duas variantes da uva 'Goethe' apresentaram um perfil molecular idêntico e único, isto é, representam a mesma variedade e sem nenhuma correspondência com variedades descritas anteriormente na literatura e nos bancos de dados consultados. As diferenças fenotípicas observadas provavelmente são devidas a mutações somáticas em regiões funcionais do genoma, fenômeno que dá origem aos clones em videira.'Goethe' grape is a symbol of the viticulture of Urussanga region, South of Santa Catarina State, which is currently claiming the geographical indication of the grape and wine Goethe. Microsatellite markers are the biotechnological tool most used for molecular identification of grapevine varieties worldwide. These markers have the potential of

  16. As armadilhas: bases discursivas da neuropsiquiatrização das LER

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    Full Text Available Apresenta as bases da neuropsiquiatrização das Lesões por Esforços Repetitivos. Utiliza-se como referência à polêmica desenvolvida na Austrália, nos anos 80, versando sobre: a iatrogenia da doença e a simulação dos pacientes; as implicações sociopolíticas dos diagnósticos das doenças crônicas e os discursos psiquiátricos, utilizados para definir e marcar a predisposição nas doenças osteomusculares que atingem os trabalhadores. Considera-se que esses encaminhamentos montam uma rede de alianças que se constituíram em armadilhas para a negação do nexo no Instituto Nacional de Seguridade Social/RJ em consonância com a prática instaurada em outros países. Essas estratégias fundadas na redução de custos dos benefícios tendem a descaracterizar o elemento trabalho como componente fundamental no processo gerador dessas doenças.

  17. Long-circulating PEGylated manganese ferrite nanoparticles for MRI-based molecular imaging

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    Pernia Leal, Manuel; Rivera-Fernández, Sara; Franco, Jaime M.; Pozo, David; de La Fuente, Jesús M.; García-Martín, María Luisa

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic resonance based molecular imaging has emerged as a very promising technique for early detection and treatment of a wide variety of diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and vascular diseases. The limited sensitivity and specificity of conventional MRI are being overcome by the development of a new generation of contrast agents, using nanotechnology approaches, with improved magnetic and biological properties. In particular, for molecular imaging, high specificity, high sensitivity, and long blood circulation times are required. Furthermore, the lack of toxicity and immunogenicity together with low-cost scalable production are also necessary to get them into the clinics. In this work, we describe a facile, robust and cost-effective ligand-exchange method to synthesize dual T1 and T2 MRI contrast agents with long circulation times. These contrast agents are based on manganese ferrite nanoparticles (MNPs) between 6 and 14 nm in size covered by a 3 kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG) shell that leads to a great stability in aqueous media with high crystallinity and magnetization values, thus retaining the magnetic properties of the uncovered MNPs. Moreover, the PEGylated MNPs have shown different relaxivities depending on their size and the magnetic field applied. Thus, the 6 nm PEGylated MNPs are characterized by a low r2/r1 ratio of 4.9 at 1.5 T, hence resulting in good dual T1 and T2 contrast agents under low magnetic fields, whereas the 14 nm MNPs behave as excellent T2 contrast agents under high magnetic fields (r2 = 335.6 mM-1 s-1). The polymer core shell of the PEGylated MNPs minimizes their cytotoxicity, and allows long blood circulation times. This combination of cellular compatibility and excellent T2 and r2/r1 values under low magnetic fields, together with long circulation times, make these nanomaterials very promising contrast agents for molecular imaging.Magnetic resonance based molecular imaging has emerged as a very promising

  18. The mitochondrial 60-kDa heat shock protein in marine invertebrates: biochemical purification and molecular characterization

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    Choresh, Omer; Loya, Yossi; Müller, Werner E.G.; Wiedenmann, Jörg; Azem, Abdussalam

    2004-01-01

    Sessile marine invertebrates undergo constant direct exposure to the surrounding environmental conditions, including local and global environmental fluctuations that may lead to fatal protein damage. Induction of heat shock proteins (Hsps) constitutes an important defense mechanism that protects these organisms from deleterious stress conditions. In a previous study, we reported the immunological detection of a 60-kDa Hsp (Hsp60) in the sea anemone Anemonia viridis (formerly called Anemonia sulcata) and studied its expression under a variety of stress conditions. In the present study, we show that the sponge Tetilla sp. from tidal habitats with a highly variable temperature regime is characterized by an increased level of Hsp60. Moreover, we show the expression of Hsp60 in various species among Porifera and Cnidaria, suggesting a general importance of this protein among marine invertebrates. We further cloned the hsp60 gene from A viridis, using a combination of conventional protein isolation methods and screening of a complementary deoxyribonucleic acid library by polymerase chain reaction. The cloned sequence (1764 bp) encodes for a protein of 62.8 kDa (588 amino acids). The 62.8-kDa protein, which contains an amino terminal extension that may serve as a mitochondrial targeting signal, shares a significant identity with mitochondrial Hsp60s from several animals but less identity with Hsp60s from either bacteria or plants. PMID:15270076

  19. USO DA RMN DE BAIXA RESOLUÇÃO NA AVALIAÇÃO DA DINÂMICA MOLECULAR DO Origanum vulgare

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    Vanessa Cristina dos Santos Peixoto de Oliveira

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, proton NMR relaxometry was used to measure the behavior of spin-lattice relaxation time with T1H as the time constant, and also of spin-spin relaxation time with the time constant T2H. These relaxometry parameters were determined to better understand the changes in the main structures present in commercial and in nature forms of origanum. The T1H relaxation data showed that the structures which had higher molecular mass were more sensitive to degradation with increased temperature treatment. According to the values of the T2H parameter, up to 150 degrees no significant change in the mobility and organization of water was observed. These data infer that the ideal cooking temperature and tea preparation mode for this herb should be around 100 degrees for the sample not to lose its characteristics. Also, it is not advisable to cook this herb at higher than 150 degrees but better to consume it at room temperature, especially give commercial herb has already been dehydrated.

  20. Molecular-based electronically switchable tunnel junction devices.

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    Collier, C P; Jeppesen, J O; Luo, Y; Perkins, J; Wong, E W; Heath, J R; Stoddart, J F

    2001-12-19

    Solid-state tunnel junction devices were fabricated from Langmuir Blodgett molecular monolayers of a bistable [2]catenane, a bistable [2]pseudorotaxane, and a single-station [2]rotaxane. All devices exhibited a (noncapacitive) hysteretic current-voltage response that switched the device between high- and low-conductivity states, although control devices exhibited no such response. Correlations between the structure and solution-phase dynamics of the molecular and supramolecular systems, the crystallographic domain structure of the monolayer film, and the room-temperature device performance characteristics are reported. PMID:11741428

  1. [Spectroscopic study of diazepam molecularly imprinted polymers and initiative application to conductimetric sensor based on molecularly imprinted films].

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    Liu, Xiao-fang; Li, Feng; Yao, Bing; Wang, Li; Liu, Guo-yan; Chai, Chun-yan

    2010-08-01

    The molecularly imprinted polymers were synthesized using diazepam as the template and molecularly imprinted films (MIF) prepared on screen printed electrodes (SPE). The binding mechanism and recognition characteristics of the molecularly imprinted polymers were studied by ultraviolet (UV) spectra and infrared (IR) spectra. In addition, a conductimetric sensor for diazepam was established preliminarily based on diazepam MIF modified SPE. The results of UV spectra indicated that template molecules and functional monomers had formed 1:2 hydrogen bonding complexes; the results of IR spectra showed that there were some functional groups in the molecularly imprinted polymers which could interact with the template molecules. The molecularly imprinted polymers manifested highly recognition to diazepam. The response of the conductimetric sensor to the concentration of diazepam displayed a linear correlation over a range of 0.04 to 0.62 mg x L(-1) with a detection limit of 0.008 mg x L(-1). The sensor is suitable for on-the-spot detection of diazepam. PMID:20939345

  2. As insuficiências do valor patrimonial contabilístico: do justo valor ao alargamento da base informativa do relato financeiro

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    Pires, Amélia M.M.; Rodrigues, Fernando J. P. A.

    2007-01-01

    A falta de relevância da informação financeira é um problema com origem recuada e que tem no presente repercussões significativas ao nível do processo da tomada de decisão. A capacidade explicativa da contabilidade acerca dos fenómenos patrimoniais que influenciam o valor da empresa está limitada pelas insuficiências e pelo carácter redutor da valorimetria a custo histórico. O nosso trabalho focaliza-se na necessidade de ajustar o modelo contabilístico a uma base explicativa suficientemente c...

  3. Do paradigma molecular ao impacto no prognóstico: uma visão da leucemia promielocítica aguda From the molecular model to the impact on prognosis: an overview on acute promyelocytic leukemia

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    Rafael Henriques Jácomo

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available A leucemia promielocítica aguda (LPA é um modelo da aplicabilidade clínica dos conhecimentos moleculares fisiopatológicos. Caracteriza-se por alterações genéticas recorrentes que envolvem o gene do receptor alfa do ácido retinóico. A conseqüência é uma proteína com sensibilidade reduzida ao ligante, com bloqueio da diferenciação mielóide. Entretanto, doses suprafisiológicas do ácido all-trans-retinóico (ATRA são capazes de suplantar esta deficiência, e este é o princípio fundamental do tratamento da LPA, permitindo uma sobrevida livre de doença acima de 80% quando adequadamente tratada. Epidemiologicamente, difere dos demais subtipos de leucemia mielóide aguda por apresentar incidência predominante em adultos jovens e, aparentemente, maior incidência em países de colonização "latina". Contrastando com os excelentes resultados observados em países desenvolvidos, a mortalidade por LPA no Brasil ainda é alta, apesar da ampla disponibilidade das medicações no país.Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL is a model of clinical applicability of the knowledge of molecular physiopathology. It is characterized by recurrent genetic involvement of the retinoic acid alpha receptor. The consequence is a protein with low sensibility to its ligand and a myeloid maturation arrest. However, higher doses of all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA are able to supersede this deficiency and this is the mainstay of APL treatment leading to over 80% disease free survival, when adequately treated. Epidemiologically, it differs from other acute myeloid leukemia due to a higher incidence in young adults and in countries of "Latin" colonization. Differing from excellent results observed in developed countries, APL mortality in Brazil is still high, despite the wide availability of drugs.

  4. Efeito de diferentes fontes de sílica nos parâmetros texturais da peneira molecular MCM-41

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    M. S. B. Fontes

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Nas últimas décadas, pesquisas estão sendo desenvolvidas para obtenção de materiais eficientes e economicamente viáveis para aplicação em diversos setores da indústria. Os materiais mesoporosos da família MCM-41 estão entre os candidatos eficazes pela facilidade de síntese e estrutura que favorece uma gama de aplicações. O objetivo desse trabalho foi apresentar uma abordagem rítica das características e propriedades dos materiais mesoporosos do tipo MCM-41, enfocando nos aspectos estruturais. Além isso, foram discutidas as vantagens e desvantagens do uso de sílica comerciais e alternativas. As fontes de sílica comerciais analisadas foram sílica gel e TEOS; já as fontes de sílica alternativas foram cinza da casca de arroz, quartzo e pó de vidro. Os materiais analisados foram sintetizados pelo método hidrotérmico e caracterizados por DRX, FTIR, BET e TG. Os resultados apresentados comprovam a eficiência das fontes de sílica alternativas na síntese do MCM-41, pois os materiais apresentaram propriedades texturais dentro dos padrões exigidos. Dessa forma, eles estão aptos a serem testados na indústria em substituição aos MCM-41 sintetizados com fonte de sílica comercial.

  5. Molecular Similarity Based on Super-Ball Algorithm

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    2001-01-01

    The molecular similarity of 139 organic compounds was calculated by the topologic index method, the flexible super-ball algorithm was used to scan similar molecules and structures. The results show that the properties of organic compounds estimated from this method are reliable.

  6. Determinação da pureza varietal de sementes de soja com o auxílio de marcadores moleculares microssatélites Determination of genetic purity of soybean seeds with the aid of microsatellite molecular markers

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    Ivan Schuster

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Fatores ambientais contribuem para a produção de sementes de soja com características diferentes do padrão da variedade e a análise visual para determinação de pureza varietal não é suficiente. Marcadores moleculares de DNA podem auxiliar na identificação da pureza genética de sementes, durante o processo de certificação de sementes, uma vez que não sofrem influências ambientais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar um método de análise da pureza genética de sementes de soja, utilizando marcadores microssatélites. Amostras de DNA de sementes de soja, consideradas atípicas pelo método visual, foram analisadas com microssatélites e comparadas ao padrão da variedade. As amostras de DNA foram analisadas em bulk, o que permitiu diminuir os custos, com a mesma precisão da análise individual. De onze lotes de sementes avaliados como impuros na análise visual, e portanto, eliminados do processo de certificação, apenas quatro apresentaram número de sementes de outras cultivares acima do limite tolerado.Environmental factors contribute for production of soybean seeds with different characteristics from the standard pattern of a determined variety. DNA markers can contribute for the identification of genetic seed purity, once these type of markers are not influenced by the environment. The objective of this work was to evaluated a method for analysis of soybean seed genetic purity by using microsatellites markers. DNA samples from soybean seeds considered atypical by the visual method were analyzed by microsatellites and compared with the typical variety pattern. DNA samples were analyzed in bulks, reducing costs but keeping the same precision as the one obtained in the individual analysis. From eleven seed lots classified as contaminated by the visual method, and therefore eliminated through certification, only four were shown to present a number of contaminating seeds above the accepted limit trough DNA analysis.

  7. Principais características da raiz de cenoura na perspectiva de agentes da cadeia produtiva Main carrot root attributes based on stake holders perceptions

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    Silvia S Onoyama

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Procurou-se verificar quais são as características mais importantes da raiz de cenoura sob a ótica dos agentes da cadeia produtiva de cenoura. Para tanto, foram realizadas visitas e entrevistas com produtores, empresas de semente, vendedores de insumos, lavadores, processadores, atacadistas e gerentes de supermercados, comparando-se esses resultados com os da pesquisa de percepção de consumidores de supermercados do Distrito Federal. Em ambos os casos, utilizou-se questionário estruturado com perguntas fechadas nas quais os entrevistados classificaram os atributos segundo notas que variaram de 1 (nenhuma importância a 5 (muito importante. Para verificar a ordenação de importância dos atributos e os contrastes das médias, utilizou-se o método estatístico de análise de dados categóricos. O resultado da pesquisa indicou que os consumidores estão preocupados com valores nutricionais, textura, cor externa e sabor da cenoura. Já os demais agentes da cadeia atentaram mais para as características relacionadas com a padronização, com a coloração externa e com o ombro verde. Foram detectadas diferenças de percepção entre os agentes da cadeia, em especial dos consumidores, para os quais foram observadas diferenças nas respostas em função do gênero, idade, grau de escolaridade, estado civil e localização do supermercado. Estes resultados são muito importantes para o direcionamento de projetos de pesquisa com cenoura, que precisa atender as exigências tanto do setor produtivo quanto dos consumidores.The present investigation aimed at elucidating the carrot attributes which stake holders view as the most important. A research was carried out with carrot growers, seed companies, supplier salespersons, washers, food processors, wholesalers and supermarket managers and was compared to the perception of consumers from supermarkets located in the Federal District of Brazil. Data sets were collected through structured interviews

  8. Molecular Gastronomy: A Food Fad or an Interface for Science-based Cooking?

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    Linden, van der, M.; McClements, D.J.; Ubbink, J.

    2008-01-01

    A review is given over the field of molecular gastronomy and its relation to science and cooking. We begin with a brief history of the field of molecular gastronomy, the definition of the term itself, and the current controversy surrounding this term. We then highlight the distinction between molecular gastronomy and science-based cooking, and we discuss both the similarities and the distinctions between science and cooking. In particular, we highlight the fact that the kitchen serves as an i...

  9. Coordenadas cartesianas moleculares a partir da geometria dos modos normais de vibração Molecular cartesian coordinates from vibrational normal modes geometry

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    Emílio Borges

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available A simple method to obtain molecular Cartesian coordinates as a function of vibrational normal modes is presented in this work. The method does not require the definition of special matrices, like the F and G of Wilson, neither of group theory. The Eckart's conditions together with the diagonalization of kinetic and potential energy are the only required expressions. This makes the present approach appropriate to be used as a preliminary study for more advanced concepts concerning vibrational analysis. Examples are given for diatomic and triatomic molecules.

  10. Effect of molecular electrical doping on polyfuran based photovoltaic cells

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    Yu, Shuwen; Opitz, Andreas; Salzmann, Ingo, E-mail: ingo.salzmann@physik.hu-berlin.de [Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik and IRIS Adlershof, Brook-Taylor Straße 6, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Frisch, Johannes [Helmholtz-Zentrum für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Bereich Solarenergieforschung, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Cohen, Erez; Bendikov, Michael [Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, 76100 Rehovot (Israel); Koch, Norbert [Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Physik and IRIS Adlershof, Brook-Taylor Straße 6, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Helmholtz-Zentrum für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Bereich Solarenergieforschung, Albert-Einstein-Straße 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany)

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    The electronic, optical, and morphological properties of molecularly p-doped polyfuran (PF) films were investigated over a wide range of doping ratio in order to explore the impact of doping in photovoltaic applications. We find evidence for integer-charge transfer between PF and the prototypical molecular p-dopant tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) and employed the doped polymer in bilayer organic solar cells using fullerene as acceptor. The conductivity increase in the PF films at dopant loadings ≤2% significantly enhances the short-circuit current of photovoltaic devices. For higher doping ratios, however, F4TCNQ is found to precipitate at the heterojunction between the doped donor polymer and the fullerene acceptor. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that its presence acts beneficial to the energy-level alignment by doubling the open-circuit voltage of solar cells from 0.2 V to ca. 0.4 V, as compared to pristine PF.

  11. Avaliação da simetria e descarga de peso entre os membros inferiores de atletas de futebol da categoria de base

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    Daniel Lucas Spagnuolo

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A avaliação instrumentada dos saltos verticais informa sobre as capacidades funcionais e variáveis neuromusculares, auxiliando no atendimento dos atletas. Essencial dar atenção maior para as categorias de base, pois contém fases importantes do desenvolvimento dos atletas que serão o futuro do esporte. Objetivo: Avaliar as características funcionais e neuromusculares de atletas de futebol da categoria de base, no desempenho em saltos verticais. METODOLOGIA: Foram avaliados atletas de futebol com idade entre 15 e 17 anos. Foram realizados em duas plataformas de força os seguintes saltos verticais: salto em agachamento, salto em contramovimento, salto pliométrico de 40 cm de altura. Para análise das variáveis das forças concêntrica, excêntrica, impacto e altura dos saltos utilizou-se a prova estatística de Shapiro-Wilk, descrição das variáveis em média e desvio padrão, considerando quando p 0,05. Sem diferença na força concêntrica entre as categorias e os tipos de saltos. Maior força de impacto no contramovimento. Maior força em membro inferior direito em todos os saltos e variáveis de força. CONCLUSÕES: Encontramos assimetria entre os membros inferiores, podendo correlacionar com um déficit de potência muscular, má desaceleração do movimento e erros biomecânicos. Fatores predisponentes a lesões musculoesqueléticas, os quais podem ser prevenidos. A avaliação instrumentada da força através desses testes pode subsidiar os profissionais do clube como uma ferramenta de trabalho, capaz de aprimorar o treinamento, preparação e reabilitação. Entretanto, são necessárias mais pesquisas, de forma que momentos distintos da idade e da temporada do atleta sejam avaliados.

  12. Molecular evaluations of thirty one clones of poplar based on RAPD and SSR molecular markers

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    Singh M.K.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Poplar is an important tree species valued all over the world for its wood importance. Despite limited knowledge of the levels of genetic diversity and relatedness, their cultivation as a source of plywood is widespread. In order to facilitate reasoned scientific decisions on its management and conservation and prepare for selective breeding programme, genetic analysis of 31 genotypes was performed using RAPD and SSR molecular markers. Twenty six RAPD primers and 14 SSR primers amplified a total of 236 and 85 scoreable bands of which 86.44% and 86.02% were polymorphic. The mean coefficient of gene differentiation (Gst was 0.388 and 0.341 indicating that 61.2% and 65.9% of the genetic variation resided within the populations. Analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA indicated that majority of genetic variation (94.6% using RAPD and 89% using SSR occurred among genotypes, while the variation between the three groups (categorized as tall, medium and small plants height was 5.4% (using RAPD and 11% (using SSR. The dendrogram obtained from NJ and STRUCTURE analysis revealed splitting of genotypes into four clusters with clear distinction between short, medium and tall height genotypes, indicated that genetic differentiations measure with respect to RAPD and SSR. However, both the markers were equally useful in providing some understanding about the genetic relationship of different genotypes of poplar that are important in the conservation and exploitation of poplar genetic resources.

  13. Choline metabolism-based molecular diagnosis of cancer: an update

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    Glunde, Kristine; Penet, Marie-France; Jiang, Lu; Jacobs, Michael A.; Zaver M Bhujwalla

    2015-01-01

    Abnormal choline metabolism continues to be identified in multiple cancers. Molecular causes of abnormal choline metabolism are changes in choline kinase-α, ethanolamine kinase-α, phosphatidylcholine-specific phospholipase C and -D and glycerophosphocholine phosphodiesterases, as well as several choline transporters. The net outcome of these enzymatic changes is an increase in phosphocholine and total choline (tCho) and, in some cancers, a relative decrease of glycerophosphocholine. The incre...

  14. Descifrando las bases moleculares de la resistencia cuantitativa

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    Lopez Camilo

    2011-01-01

    Uno de los factores mas importantes que afectan los cultivos son las enfermedades ocasionadas por los patógenos. La resistencia vegetal ha sido clásicamente dividida en dos tipos: i) competa, vertical o cualitativa que es gobernada por un solo gen y ii) incompleta, horizontal o cuantitativa la cual es gobernada por varios genes. Aunque la resistencia cuantitativa provee resistencia de amplio espectro y es durable, los mecanismo moleculares subyacentes no han sido estudiados en detalle. En est...

  15. Electron dopable molecular wires based on the extended viologens

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    Kolivoška, Viliam; Gál, Miroslav; Pospíšil, Lubomír; Valášek, Michal; Hromadová, Magdaléna

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 13, č. 23 (2011), s. 11422-11429. ISSN 1463-9076 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/08/1157; GA ČR GA203/09/0705; GA AV ČR IAA400400802; GA MŠk(CZ) MEB041006 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503; CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : electron transfer * spectroelectrochemistry * molecular wires Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 3.573, year: 2011

  16. Dissecting plasmodesmata molecular composition by mass spectrometry-based proteomics

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    Salmon, Magali S.; Bayer, Emmanuelle M. F.

    2013-01-01

    In plants, the intercellular communication through the membranous channels called plasmodesmata (PD; singular plasmodesma) plays pivotal roles in the orchestration of development, defence responses, and viral propagation. PD are dynamic structures embedded in the plant cell wall that are defined by specialized domains of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the plasma membrane (PM). PD structure and unique functions are guaranteed by their particular molecular composition. Yet, up to recent yea...

  17. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Carbon Nanotube Based Gears

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    Han, Jie; Globus, Al; Jaffe, Richard; Deardorff, Glenn; Chancellor, Marisa K. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    We used molecular dynamics to investigate the properties and design space of molecular gears fashioned from carbon nanotubes with teeth added via a benzyne reaction known to occur with C60. A modified, parallelized version of Brenner's potential was used to model interatomic forces within each molecule. A Leonard-Jones 6-12 potential was used for forces between molecules. One gear was powered by forcing the atoms near the end of the buckytube to rotate, and a second gear was allowed.to rotate by keeping the atoms near the end of its buckytube on a cylinder. The meshing aromatic gear teeth transfer angular momentum from the powered gear to the driven gear. A number of gear and gear/shaft configurations were simulated. Cases in vacuum and with an inert atmosphere were examined. In an extension to molecular dynamics technology, some simulations used a thermostat on the atmosphere while the hydrocarbon gear's temperature was allowed to fluctuate. This models cooling the gears with an atmosphere. Results suggest that these gears can operate at up to 50-100 gigahertz in a vacuum or inert atmosphere at room temperature. The failure mode involves tooth slip, not bond breaking, so failed gears can be returned to operation by lowering temperature and/or rotation rate. Videos and atomic trajectory files in xyz format are presented.

  18. Rapid Prototyping of Chemical Microsensors Based on Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Synthesized by Two-Photon Stereolithography.

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    Gomez, Laura Piedad Chia; Spangenberg, Arnaud; Ton, Xuan-Anh; Fuchs, Yannick; Bokeloh, Frank; Malval, Jean-Pierre; Tse Sum Bui, Bernadette; Thuau, Damien; Ayela, Cédric; Haupt, Karsten; Soppera, Olivier

    2016-07-01

    Two-photon stereolithography is used for rapid prototyping of submicrometre molecularly imprinted polymer-based 3D structures. The structures are evaluated as chemical sensing elements and their specific recognition properties for target molecules are confirmed. The 3D design capability is exploited and highlighted through the fabrication of an all-organic molecularly imprinted polymeric microelectromechanical sensor. PMID:27145145

  19. Molecular markers derived from bombesin for tumor diagnosis by SPECT and PET; Marcadores moleculares derivados da bombesina para diagnostico de tumores por SPECT e PET

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    Pujatti, Priscilla Brunelli

    2012-07-01

    A high number of molecules have already been identified to have high affinity to some receptors overexpressed on tumour cells and the radiolabelling of those molecules offers the possibility of new compounds for tumour diagnosis and therapy by nuclear medicine. Among of those molecules, bombesin (BBN) has become focus of interest, as its BB{sub 2} receptors are known to be overexpressed in prostate, breast, colon, pancreatic and lung tumour, as long as glioblastomas and neuroblastomas. BBN agonists and antagonists have already been described for this purpose and promising results were obtained in preclinical studies. However, most of them exhibited high abdominal accumulation, especially in pancreas and intestines, which can compromise diagnosis accuracy and cause serious adverse effects in therapy. In this context, the goal of the present work to radiolabel new BBN derivatives with {sup 11}1In and {sup 68}Ga and to evaluate their potential for BB{sub 2} positive tumors diagnosis by single photon emission tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET). The structure of studied peptides was Q-YG{sub n}-BBN(6-14), where Q is the chelator, n is the number of glycine aminoacids in the spacer YG{sub n} and BBN(6-14) is the original bombesin sequence from the aminoacid 6 to 14. The derivative in which the last aminoacid (methionine, Met) was replaced by norleucine (Nle) was also evaluated. The experimental evaluation of the bombesin derivatives was divided into four steps: computational studies, molecular markers for SPECT, molecular markers for PET and toxicological studies. The theoretical partition (log P) and distribution (log D) coefficients were calculated for all bombesin derivatives conjugated to DTPA (diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid) and DOTA (1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid) chelators applying computational programmes. Bombesin derivatives for SPECT were developed by radiolabelling DTPA-conjugated bombesin derivatives with

  20. Griesinger e as bases da "Primeira psiquiatria biológica"

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    Mário Eduardo Costa Pereira

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Wilhelm Griesinger foi um personagem central na história da psiquiatria alemã. Considerado por muitos como um dos "pais da psiquiatria biológica", sua obra, na verdade, é extremamente complexa, apoiando-se em uma sofisticada teoria do eu e das desestruturação dos processos mentais na psicopatologia.

  1. Doença articular degenerativa da articulação temporomandibular

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    Carvalho, Joana Alexandra Alves de

    2009-01-01

    Monografia apresentada à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Licenciada em Medicina Dentária Este trabalho foi desenvolvido com o intuito de abordar diversas questões relacionadas com o desenvolvimento da Doença Articular Degenerativa (DAD) ao nível da Articulação Temporomandibular (ATM). Os eventos moleculares que estão na base da patogénese da DAD da ATM e as artralgias associadas são complexos. Modelos contemporâneos sugerem que excessivas ...

  2. Graph of atomic orbitals and the molecular structure-descriptors based on it

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    ANDREY A. TOROPOV

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available The graph of atomic orbitals (GAO is a novel type of molecular graph, recently proposed by one of the authors. Various molecular structure-descriptors computed for GAO are compared with their analogs computed for ordinary molecular graphs. The quality of these structure-descriptors was tested for correlation with the normal boiling points of alkanes and cycloalkanes. In all the studied cases, the results based on GAO are similar to, and usually slightly better than, those obtained by means of ordinary molecular graps.

  3. Molecular recognition of α-cyclodextrin (CD) to choral amino acids based on methyl orange as a molecular probe

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    Yuexian, Fan; Yu, Yang; Shaomin, Shuang; Chuan, Dong

    2005-03-01

    The molecular recognition interaction of α-CD to chiral amino acids was investigated by using spectrophotometry based on methyl orange as a molecular probe. The molecular recognition ability depended on the inclusion formation constants. The molecular recognition of α-CD to aromatic amino acids was the order: DL-tryptophan > L-tryptophan > L-phenylalanine > L-tyrosine ≈ DL-β-3,4-dihydroxy-phenylalanine; whereas for aliphatic amino acids, the order was: L- iso-leucine > L-leucine ≈ L-methionine ≈ DL-mehtionine > D-leucine. The effect of temperature on the inclusion interaction was examined and the thermodynamic parameters of inclusion process, Δ G, Δ H, Δ S, were determined. The experimental results indicated that the inclusion process was an exothermic and enthalpy-driven process accompanied with a negative or minor positive entropic contribution. The inclusion interaction between α-CD and amino acids satisfied the law of enthalpy-entropy compensation. The compensation temperature was 291 K.

  4. Molecular recognition of alpha-cyclodextrin (CD) to choral amino acids based on methyl orange as a molecular probe.

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    Yuexian, Fan; Yu, Yang; Shaomin, Shuang; Chuan, Dong

    2005-03-01

    The molecular recognition interaction of alpha-CD to chiral amino acids was investigated by using spectrophotometry based on methyl orange as a molecular probe. The molecular recognition ability depended on the inclusion formation constants. The molecular recognition of alpha-CD to aromatic amino acids was the order: DL-tryptophan > L-tryptophan > L-phenylalanine > L-tyrosine approximately DL-beta-3,4-dihydroxy-phenylalanine; whereas for aliphatic amino acids, the order was: L-iso-leucine > L-leucine approximately L-methionine approximately DL-mehtionine > D-leucine. The effect of temperature on the inclusion interaction was examined and the thermodynamic parameters of inclusion process, delta G, delta H, delta S, were determined. The experimental results indicated that the inclusion process was an exothermic and enthalpy-driven process accompanied with a negative or minor positive entropic contribution. The inclusion interaction between alpha-CD and amino acids satisfied the law of enthalpy-entropy compensation. The compensation temperature was 291 K. PMID:15683802

  5. On-chip molecular electronic plasmon sources based on self-assembled monolayer tunnel junctions

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    Du, Wei; Wang, Tao; Chu, Hong-Son; Wu, Lin; Liu, Rongrong; Sun, Song; Phua, Wee Kee; Wang, Lejia; Tomczak, Nikodem; Nijhuis, Christian A.

    2016-04-01

    Molecular electronic control over plasmons offers a promising route for on-chip integrated molecular plasmonic devices for information processing and computing. To move beyond the currently available technologies and to miniaturize plasmonic devices, molecular electronic plasmon sources are required. Here, we report on-chip molecular electronic plasmon sources consisting of tunnel junctions based on self-assembled monolayers sandwiched between two metallic electrodes that excite localized plasmons, and surface plasmon polaritons, with tunnelling electrons. The plasmons originate from single, diffraction-limited spots within the junctions, follow power-law distributed photon statistics, and have well-defined polarization orientations. The structure of the self-assembled monolayer and the applied bias influence the observed polarization. We also show molecular electronic control of the plasmon intensity by changing the chemical structure of the molecules and by bias-selective excitation of plasmons using molecular diodes.

  6. Molecular group dynamics study on slip flow of thin fluid film based on the Hamaker hypotheses

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    2010-01-01

    The thin fluid film was assumed to consist of a number of spherical fluid molecular groups and the attractive forces of molecular group pairs were calculated by the derived equation according to the three Hamaker homogeneous material hypotheses. Regarding each molecular group as a dynamics individual, the simulation method for the shearing motion of multilayer fluid molecular groups, which was initiated by two moving walls, was proposed based on the Verlet velocity iterative algorithm. The simulations reveal that the velocities of fluid molecular groups change about their respective mean velocities within a narrow range in steady state. It is also found that the velocity slips occur at the wall boundary and in a certain number of fluid film layers close to the wall. Because the dimension of molecular group and the number of group layers are not restricted, the hypothetical thickness of fluid film model can be enlarged from nanometer to micron by using the proposed simulation method.

  7. Molecular dynamics computer simulations based on NMR data

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    In the work described in this thesis atom-atom distance information obtained from two-dimensional cuclear magnetic resonance is combined with molecular dynamics simulaitons. The simulation is used to improve the accuracy of a structure model constructed on the basis of NMR data. During the MD refinement the crude NMR structure is simultaneously optimized with respect to the atomic interaction function and to the set of atom-atom distances or other NMR information. This means that insufficient experimental data is completed with theoretical knowledge and the combination will lead to more reliable structures than would be obtained from one technique alone. (author). 191 refs.; 17 figs.; 12 schemes; 22 tabs

  8. The proteolytic fragments of the Alzheimer's disease-associated presenilin-1 form heterodimers and occur as a 100-150-kDa molecular mass complex.

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    Capell, A; Grünberg, J; Pesold, B; Diehlmann, A; Citron, M; Nixon, R; Beyreuther, K; Selkoe, D J; Haass, C

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    Mutations in the presenilin (PS) genes are linked to early onset familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD). PS-1 proteins are proteolytically processed by an unknown protease to two stable fragments of approximately 30 kDa (N-terminal fragment (NTF)) and approximately 20 kDa (C-terminal fragment (CTF)) (Thinakaran, G., Borchelt, D. R., Lee, M. K., Slunt, H. H., Spitzer, L., Kim, G., Ratovitsky, T., Davenport, F., Nordstedt, C., Seeger, M., Hardy, J., Levey, A. I., Gandy, S. E., Jenkins, N. A., Copeland, N. G., Price, D. L., and Sisodia, S. S. (1996) Neuron 17, 181-190). Here we show that the CTF and NTF of PS-1 bind to each other. Fractionating proteins from 3-[(3-cholamidopropyl)dimethylammonio]-1-propanesulfonic acid-extracted membrane preparations by velocity sedimentation reveal a high molecular mass SDS and Triton X-100-sensitive complex of approximately 100-150 kDa. To prove if both proteolytic fragments of PS-1 are bound to the same complex, we performed co-immunoprecipitations using multiple antibodies specific to the CTF and NTF of PS-1. These experiments revealed that both fragments of PS-1 occur as a tightly bound non-covalent complex. Upon overexpression, unclipped wild type PS-1 sediments at a lower molecular weight in glycerol velocity gradients than the endogenous fragments. In contrast, the non-cleavable, FAD-associated PS-1 Deltaexon 9 sediments at a molecular weight similar to that observed for the endogenous proteolytic fragments. This result may indicate that the Deltaexon 9 mutation generates a mutant protein that exhibits biophysical properties similar to the naturally occurring PS-1 fragments. This could explain the surprising finding that the Deltaexon 9 mutation is functionally active, although it cannot be proteolytically processed (Baumeister, R., Leimer, U., Zweckbronner, I., Jakubek, C., Grünberg, J., and Haass, C. (1997) Genes & Function 1, 149-159; Levitan, D., Doyle, T., Brousseau, D., Lee, M., Thinakaran, G., Slunt, H., Sisodia, S., and

  9. Vibrational Spectra of Molecular Crystals with the Generalized Energy-Based Fragmentation Approach.

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    Fang, Tao; Jia, Junteng; Li, Shuhua

    2016-05-01

    The generalized energy-based fragmentation (GEBF) approach for molecular crystals with periodic boundary condition (PBC) (denoted as PBC-GEBF) is extended to allow vibrational spectra of molecular crystals to be easily computed at various theory levels. Within the PBC-GEBF approach, the vibrational frequencies of a molecular crystal can be directly evaluated from molecular quantum chemistry calculations on a series of nonperiodic molecular systems. With this approach, the vibrational spectra of molecular crystals can be calculated with much reduced computational costs at various theory levels, as compared to those required by the methods based on periodic electronic structure theory. By testing the performance of the PBC-GEBF method for two molecular crystals (CO2 and imidazole), we demonstrate that the PBC-GEBF approach can reproduce the results of the methods based on periodic electronic structure theory in predicting vibrational spectra of molecular crystals. We apply the PBC-GEBF method at second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (PBC-GEBF-MP2 in short) to investigate the vibrational spectra of the urea and ammonia borane crystals. Our results show that the PBC-GEBF-MP2 method can provide quite accurate descriptions for the observed vibrational spectra of the two systems under study. PMID:27076120

  10. Novel Metal Ion Based Estrogen Mimics for Molecular Imaging

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    Rajagopalan, Raghavan

    2006-01-30

    The overall objective of the SBIR Phase I proposal is to prepare and evaluate a new class of {sup 99m}Tc or {sup 94m}Tc containing estrogen-like small molecules ('estrogen mimics') for SPECT or PET molecular imaging of estrogen receptor positive (ER+) tumors. In this approach, the metal ion is integrated into the estrone skeleton by isosteric substitution of a carbon atom in the steroidal structure to give new class of mimics that are topologically similar to the native estrogen (Fig. 1). Although both N{sub 2}S{sub 2} and N{sub 3}S mimics 1 and 2 were considered as target structures, molecular modeling study revealed that the presence of the acetyl group at position-15 in the N{sub 3}S mimic 2 causes steric hinderance toward binding of 2 to SHBG. Therefore, initial efforts were directed at the synthesis and evaluation of the N{sub 2}S{sub 2} mimic 1.

  11. Fishing the molecular bases of Treacher Collins syndrome.

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    Andrea M J Weiner

    Full Text Available Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS is an autosomal dominant disorder of craniofacial development, and mutations in the TCOF1 gene are responsible for over 90% of TCS cases. The knowledge about the molecular mechanisms responsible for this syndrome is relatively scant, probably due to the difficulty of reproducing the pathology in experimental animals. Zebrafish is an emerging model for human disease studies, and we therefore assessed it as a model for studying TCS. We identified in silico the putative zebrafish TCOF1 ortholog and cloned the corresponding cDNA. The derived polypeptide shares the main structural domains found in mammals and amphibians. Tcof1 expression is restricted to the anterior-most regions of zebrafish developing embryos, similar to what happens in mouse embryos. Tcof1 loss-of-function resulted in fish showing phenotypes similar to those observed in TCS patients, and enabled a further characterization of the mechanisms underlying craniofacial malformation. Besides, we initiated the identification of potential molecular targets of treacle in zebrafish. We found that Tcof1 loss-of-function led to a decrease in the expression of cellular proliferation and craniofacial development. Together, results presented here strongly suggest that it is possible to achieve fish with TCS-like phenotype by knocking down the expression of the TCOF1 ortholog in zebrafish. This experimental condition may facilitate the study of the disease etiology during embryonic development.

  12. PET-based molecular nuclear neuro-imaging

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    Molecular nuclear neuro-imaging in CNS drug discovery and development can be divided into four categories that are clearly inter-related. (1) Neuroreceptor mapping to examine the involvement of specific neurotransmitter system in CNS diseases, drug occupancy characteristics and perhaps examine mechanisms of action;(2) Structural and spectroscopic imaging to examine morphological changes and their consequences;(3) Metabolic mapping to provide evidence of central activity and CNS fingerprinting the neuroanatomy of drug effects;(4) Functional mapping to examine disease-drug interactions. In addition, targeted delivery of therapeutic agents could be achieved by modifying stem cells to release specific drugs at the site of transplantation('stem cell pharmacology'). Future exploitation of stem cell biology, including enhanced release of therapeutic factors through genetic stem cell engineering might thus constitute promising pharmaceutical approaches to treating diseases of the nervous system. With continued improvements in instrumentation, identification of better imaging probes by innovative chemistry, molecular nuclear neuro-imaging promise to play increasingly important roles in disease diagnosis and therapy

  13. Análise antigênica e molecular de amostras citopáticas do vírus da diarréia viral bovina Antigenic and molecular analysis of cytopathic isolates of bovine viral diarrhea virus

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    Fernando Luiz Tobias

    2000-03-01

    Mucosas.Seven cytopathic isolates of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV isolated from clinical cases and blood of calves from herds with reproductive problems were analysed. All isolates contained a mixture of cytopathic (cp and noncytopathic (ncp viruses which were biologically cloned yielding pure populations of viruses of either biotype. The cp and ncp viruses obtained by cloning were characterized antigenically with a panel of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs and regarding to the expression of the non-structural polypeptide NS3. The analysis of MAb binding revealed two patterns of reactivity: 1. In five isolates, the cp and ncp viruses from the same isolate were antigenically very similar to each other, suggesting they represent true "pairs"of viruses. 2. Two isolates, however, yielded cp and ncp viruses antigenically different from each other. Western immunoblot analysis of non-structural polypeptides of ncp viruses revealed a unique band of reactivity, with a mass of approximately 125kDa, corresponding to the NS23 of the standard BVDV Singer strain. In addition to NS23, the cp viruses expressed a polypeptide of approximatelly 80kDa, corresponding to the NS3. The NS23 of two cp viruses displayed an altered migration in SDS-PAGE compared to the other viruses. In one virus, the NS23 had a molecular mass lower than expected whereas in other virus, two bands of reactivity were observed: one smaller and another bigger than the standard NS23, respectively. Our findings confirm previous results that cytopathic BVDV field isolates usually contain a mixture of viruses of both biotypes and that cytopathogenicity correlates with the expression of NS3. The isolation of cp viruses from the blood of clinically normal cattle, however, demonstrates that their occurrence is not restricted to cases of mucosal disease.

  14. PRATICANTES DA ESTRATÉGIA E AS BASES PRAXEOLÓGICAS DA INDÚSTRIA DO MANAGEMENT

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    Cristiano Oliveira Maciel

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper goes beyond traditional explanations about the managerial fads that shape the management industry. Therefore, a praxeological perspective was adopted to examine the bases underlying this industry. Data were collected during a seven-month period through observation, documental research and interviews that were conducted within an organization in the emerging sector of online discount coupon selling. We analyzed the social construction process of strategy practitioners in different hierarchical domains and found that the ordinary dynamics within organizations – which are at the base of the management industry – occur through the articulation of central and peripheral strategy, discourse, and social trajectory praxes, and through the stratification of three organizational role categories.

  15. Analysis of Connectivity in Diffusion-Based Molecular Nano Communication Networks

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    Fereidouni, Arash

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT: A nanonetwork is an interconnection of nano devices that are made up of nano-scale components. Several approaches for designing and implementing nanonetworks have been presented in recent years. Diffusion-based molecular communication is one of these approaches that use molecules as means of transmitting information in network. In diffusion-based molecular communication, molecules or particles diffuse in an aqueous environment under Fick’s laws of diffusion to move from transmitter ...

  16. Electronic Transport Properties of a Naphthopyran-Based Optical Molecular Switch:an ab initio Study

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    XIA Cai-Juan; LIU De-Sheng; ZHANG Ying-Tang

    2011-01-01

    The electronic transport properties of a. Naphthopyran-based molecular optical switch are investigated by using the nonequilibrium Green's Function formalism combined with first-principles density functional theory. The molecule that comprises the switch can convert between its open and closed forms upon photoexcitation. Theoretical results show that the current through the open form is significantly larger than that through the closed form, which is different from other optical switches based on ring-opening reactions of the molecular bridge. The maximum on-off ratio (about 90) can be obtained at 1.4 V. The physical origin of the switching behavior is interpreted based on the spatial distributions of molecular orbitals and the HOMO-LUMO gap. Our result shows that the naphthopyran-based molecule is a good candidate for optical molecular switches and will be useful in the near future.%@@ ronic transport properties of a naphthopyran-based molecular optical switch are investigated by using the nonequilibrium Green's function formalism combined with first-principles density functional theory.The molecule that comprises the switch can convert between its open and closed forms upon photoexcitation.Theoretical results show that the current through the open form is significantly larger than that through the closed form,which is different from other optical switches based on ring-opening reactions of the molecular bridge.The maximum on-off ratio(about 90)can be obtained at 1.4 V.The physical origin of the switching behavior is interpreted based on the spatial distributions of molecular orbitals and the HOMO-LUMO gap.Our result shows that the naphthopyran-based molecule is a good candidate for optical molecular switches and will be useful in the near future.

  17. Gamma radiation effect on molecular structure of poly(vinyl alcohol); Efeito da radiacao gama na estrutura molecular do poli (alcool vinilico)

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    Terence, Mauro Cesar [Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais]. E-mail: mterence@mackenzie.com.br; Guedes, Selma Matheus Loureiro [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Tecnologia das Radiacoes

    2005-07-01

    The poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVAL) is a polymer used as biomaterial. The PVAL was used as intra-ocular implant and can be used as a drug delivery system (DDS) for the pair PVAL/dihydroxy-propoximethyl guanine, where the last one is used for the treatment of people with retinite caused by cytomegalovirus. These implants are crosslinked systems. The crosslink was induced by gamma radiation applied in polymer. The samples of PVAL were irradiated with gamma rays with doses in the range from 0 up to 200 kGy. On irradiated PVAL samples was observed a light yellowness, attributed to the formation of polymeric radicals that are stable in the structure of polymer from radiolysis of PVAL. The tensile strength at break increase up to 200 kGy and the molecular weight increase up to 60 kGy, after that the PVAL is insoluble. The PVAL structural alteration was not observed up to 200 kGy, although crosslink occurred on PVAL. (author)

  18. Redução da massa molecular e funcionalização do poli(3-hidroxibutirato-co-3-hidroxivalerato) (PHBHV) via hidrólise ácida e transesterificação com glicóis Reduction of molecular weight and functionalization of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hidroxyvalerate) (PHBHV) by acid hydrolysis and transesterification with glycols

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    Sérgio R. Montoro; Marli L. Tebaldi; Gizelda M. Alves; Jayne C. de S. Barboza

    2011-01-01

    Neste trabalho foi realizado um estudo da redução da massa molecular do poli (3-hidroxibutirato-co-3-hidroxivalerato) (PHBHV) usando duas metodologias: hidrólise ácida com ácido clorídrico e transesterificação com etilenoglicol e hexilenoglicol. Foram investigados os parâmetros do processo: tempo, temperatura e concentração de catalisadores. Todas as metodologias estudadas geraram biopolímeros com massa molecular reduzida e funcionalizados com grupos hidroxila e carboxila terminais. Foram com...

  19. Genetic diversity analysis of common beans based on molecular markers

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    Homar R. Gill-Langarica

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A core collection of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L., representing genetic diversity in the entire Mexican holding, is kept at the INIFAP (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas y Pecuarias, Mexico Germplasm Bank. After evaluation, the genetic structure of this collection (200 accessions was compared with that of landraces from the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz (10 genotypes from each, as well as a further 10 cultivars, by means of four amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP +3/+3 primer combinations and seven simple sequence repeats (SSR loci, in order to define genetic diversity, variability and mutual relationships. Data underwent cluster (UPGMA and molecular variance (AMOVA analyses. AFLP analysis produced 530 bands (88.5% polymorphic while SSR primers amplified 174 alleles, all polymorphic (8.2 alleles per locus. AFLP indicated that the highest genetic diversity was to be found in ten commercial-seed classes from two major groups of accessions from Central Mexico and Chiapas, which seems to be an important center of diversity in the south. A third group included genotypes from Nueva Granada, Mesoamerica, Jalisco and Durango races. Here, SSR analysis indicated a reduced number of shared haplotypes among accessions, whereas the highest genetic components of AMOVA variation were found within accessions. Genetic diversity observed in the common-bean core collection represents an important sample of the total Phaseolus genetic variability at the main Germplasm Bank of INIFAP. Molecular marker strategies could contribute to a better understanding of the genetic structure of the core collection as well as to its improvement and validation.

  20. Complementary study of molecular dynamics and domain sizes in heterogenous nanocomposites PBT/DA-C{sub 60} and PBT/TCNEO-C{sub 60}

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    Woźniak-Braszak, A., E-mail: abraszak@amu.edu.pl; Baranowski, M.; Jurga, K.; Hołderna-Natkaniec, K. [High Pressure Physics Division, Department of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Jurga, J. [Polymer Processing Division, Institute of Materials Technology, Poznań University of Technology, Piotrowo 3, 61-138 Poznan (Poland); Brycki, B. [Laboratory of Microbiocides Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Grunwaldzka 6, 60-780 Poznan (Poland); Mikuli, E. [Department of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena Street 9, Krakow (Poland)

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    A comprehensive study of molecular dynamics and structure in new heterogenous nanocomposites based on poly(butylene terephthalate) and nanoparticles C{sub 60} modified by n-decylamine or tetracyanoethylene oxide has been performed. The domain structure of new nanocomposites has been investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray scattering, and differential scanning calorimetry techniques. Solid-state {sup 1}H NMR techniques were used to study molecular dynamics and domain sizes in new nanocomposites. Information about the electronic properties of these nanocomposites was obtained by means of electron paramagnetic resonance method. It was shown that the structure and molecular dynamics of new nanocomposites were strongly dependent on the properties and concentration of fullerene derivates.

  1. Complementary study of molecular dynamics and domain sizes in heterogenous nanocomposites PBT/DA-C60 and PBT/TCNEO-C60

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    A comprehensive study of molecular dynamics and structure in new heterogenous nanocomposites based on poly(butylene terephthalate) and nanoparticles C60 modified by n-decylamine or tetracyanoethylene oxide has been performed. The domain structure of new nanocomposites has been investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray scattering, and differential scanning calorimetry techniques. Solid-state 1H NMR techniques were used to study molecular dynamics and domain sizes in new nanocomposites. Information about the electronic properties of these nanocomposites was obtained by means of electron paramagnetic resonance method. It was shown that the structure and molecular dynamics of new nanocomposites were strongly dependent on the properties and concentration of fullerene derivates.

  2. Clinicopathological and Molecular Histochemical Review of Skull Base Metastasis from Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Skull base metastasis from differentiated thyroid carcinoma including follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC) and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is a rare clinical entity. Eighteen FTC cases and 10 PTC cases showing skull base metastasis have been reported. The most common symptom of skull base metastasis from FTC and PTC is cranial nerve dysfunction. Bone destruction and local invasion to the surrounding soft tissues are common on radiological imaging. Skull base metastases can be the initial clinical presentation of FTC and PTC in the presence of silent primary sites. The possibility of skull base metastasis from FTC and PTC should be considered in patients with the clinical symptoms of cranial nerve dysfunction and radiological findings of bone destruction. A variety of genetic alterations in thyroid tumors have been identified to have a fundamental role in their tumorigenesis. Molecular histochemical studies are useful for elucidating the histopathological features of thyroid carcinoma. Recent molecular findings may provide novel molecular-based treatment strategies for thyroid carcinoma

  3. O processo de elaboração da lei de bases da educação de Timor-Leste: entre a regulação nacional e a regulação transnacional

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    Alves, Ermelinda Maria Filipe

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    A partir de 2008, o sistema educativo timorense passou a orientar-se pela Lei de Bases da Educação [LBE], Lei n.º 14/2008 de 29 de Outubro, que representa o primeiro enquadramento legal genérico decretado para a área da educação no Estado Independente de Timor-Leste. A LBE fundamenta as diretrizes bases de referência para a organização, orientação, regulação e desenvolvimento do sistema educativo timorense. O presente estudo visa descrever, analisar e compreender o processo da elaboração da L...

  4. Tip-induced gating of molecular levels in carbene-based junctions.

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    Foti, Giuseppe; Vázquez, Héctor

    2016-03-29

    We study the conductance of N-heterocyclic carbene-based (NHC) molecules on gold by means of first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's functions. We consider several tip structures and find a strong dependence of the position of the NHC molecular levels with the atomistic structure of the tip. The position of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) can change by almost 0.8 eV with tip shape. Through an analysis of the net charge transfer, electron redistribution and work function for each tip structure, we rationalize the LUMO shifts in terms of the sum of the work function and the maximum electrostatic potential arising from charge rearrangement. These differences in the LUMO position, effectively gating the molecular levels, result in large conductance variations. These findings open the way to modulating the conductance of NHC-based molecular circuits through the controlled design of the tip atomistic structure. PMID:26891059

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  6. Detecção e caracterização molecular dos genes da proteína capsidial de ilarvírus e ampelovírus que infectam fruteiras temperadas Detection and molecular characterization of ilarvirus and ampelovirus coat protein genes infecting temperate fruit trees

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    Thor Vinícius Martins Fajardo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Dentre os principais patógenos que incidem em fruteiras temperadas, destacam-se o Prune dwarf virus (PDV, o Apple mosaic virus (ApMV e o Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 1 (GLRaV-1. Neste trabalho foram realizadas a detecção e a caracterização molecular dos genes da proteína capsidial de isolados destas três espécies virais. RNAs totais foram extraídos de amostras de folhas de pessegueiros, macieiras e videiras e, nas reações de RT-PCR, foram utilizados oligonucleotídeos específicos para cada espécie viral. Os cDNAs amplificados foram clonados e sequenciados. Foram verificadas altas identidades entre as sequências de nucleotídeos dos genes da proteína capsidial dos isolados brasileiros de PDV, ApMV e GLRaV-1 e isolados de outros países, independente da origem geográfica e da hospedeira. O peso molecular da proteína capsidial destes vírus foi estimado por meio de Western blot em cerca de 24kDa (PDV, 26kDa (ApMV e 39kDa (GLRaV-1.Among the main pathogens infecting temperate fruit trees are Prune dwarf virus, Apple mosaic virus and Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 1. In this work the detection and molecular characterization of the coat protein genes of isolates from these viral species were carried out. Total RNA was extracted from peach, apple and grapevine leaves and RT-PCR reactions were performed using specific primers to each virus. The amplified cDNA fragments were cloned and sequenced. High identities were observed between coat protein nucleotide sequences of Brazilian isolates of PDV, ApMV and GLRaV-1 and isolates from other countries, independently from geographic origin and host. Coat protein molecular weights of these viruses were estimated by Western blot to be ca. 24kDa (PDV, 26kDa (ApMV and 39kDa (GLRaV-1.

  7. Tetracycline selective electrode based on molecularly imprinted polymer particles

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    Zhi Yong Guo; Pan Pan Gai; Jing Duan; Hui Na Zhang; Sui Wang

    2010-01-01

    Tetracycline selective electrode using molecularly imprinted polymer particles as quasi-ionophore was constructed the first time,and its performance was carefully characterized.Due to the specific recognition of tetracycline by the particles,the selectivity coefficients for routine interferences were less than 10-4.Benefited from the absence of tetracycline in the sensitive membrane and the optimized composition of the inner filling solution,the limit of detection of the electrode was reduced to about 2.5 × 10-8 mol/L.It exhibited a good electrode slope 57.6 mV/decade near the theoretical Nernstian one,with a wide linear working range from6.0 × 10-8 to 1.0 × 10-3 mol/L.The fabricated electrode should be used in pH 2-4,response time of which was less than 200 s when the concentration of tetracycline was higher than 1.0 × 10-6 mol/L and no more than 30 min at the concentration of1.0 × 10-8 mol/L.

  8. Descifrando las bases moleculares de la resistencia cuantitativa

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    Lopez Camilo

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Uno de los factores mas importantes que afectan los cultivos son las enfermedades ocasionadas por los patógenos. La resistencia vegetal ha sido clásicamente dividida en dos tipos: i competa, vertical o cualitativa que es gobernada por un solo gen y ii incompleta, horizontal o cuantitativa la cual es gobernada por varios genes. Aunque la resistencia cuantitativa provee resistencia de amplio espectro y es durable, los mecanismo moleculares subyacentes no han sido estudiados en detalle. En esta revisión se propone un modelo basado en la co-localización de genes similares a los clásicos genes de resistencia cualitativa con QTLs (Quantitative Trait Loci para explicar el mecanismo involucrado en el reconocimiento del patógeno durante la resistencia cuantitativa. Además se presenta información acerca del progreso obtenido en los últimos tres años para entender este tipo de resistencia, que culminó con la clonación de varios genes asociados a la resistencia cuantitativa. En conjunto, estos datos proveen nuevas luces sobre la naturaleza genética de este tipo de resistencia y de cómo puede ser empleada en programas de mejoramiento genético.

  9. Molecular self assembly on optical fiber-based fluorescence sensor

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    Ayyagari, Madhu S. R.; Gao, Harry H.; Bihari, Bipin; Chittibabu, Kethinni G.; Kumar, Jayant; Marx, Kenneth A.; Kaplan, David L.; Tripathy, Sukant K.

    1994-03-01

    We discuss the molecular self-assembly on optical fibers in which a novel method for protein attachment to the sensing tip of the fiber is used. Our objective is to assemble a conjugated polythiophene copolymer as an attachment vehicle. Subsequent attachment of the photodynamic phycobiliprotein serves as the fluorescence probe element. Following our earlier experiments from Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of these polymeric materials as thin films on glass substrates, we extended the technique to optical fibers. First, the bare fiber surface is silanized with a C18 silane compound. The copolymer (3-undecylthiophene-co-3- methanolthiophene, biotinylated at the methanol moiety) assembly on the fiber is carried out presumable through van der Waals interactions between the hydrophobic fiber surface and the undecyl alkyl chains on the polymer backbone. A conjugated Str-PE (streptavidin covalently attached to phycoerythrin) complex is then attached to the copolymer via the conventional biotin-streptavidin interaction. The conjugated polymer not only supports the protein but, in principle, may help to transduce the signal generated by phycoerythrin to the fiber. Our results from fluorescence intensity measurements proved the efficacy of this system. An improved methodology is also sought to more strongly attach the conjugated copolymer to the fiber surface, and a covalent scheme is developed to polymerize and biotinylate polythiophene in situ on the fiber surface.

  10. O relativismo cultural é válido nas ciências da saúde? Exame de suas bases filosóficas

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    Erna Bastian

    1971-06-01

    Full Text Available Examina-se o conceito do relativismo cultural sob bases filosóficas e sua validade nas ciências da saúde. Analisam-se os têrmos absoluto, relativo e universal, chegando-se a um modêlo operacional do relativismo cultural nas ciências da saúde.

  11. Simultaneous voltammetric determination for DA, AA and NO₂⁻ based on graphene/poly-cyclodextrin/MWCNTs nanocomposite platform.

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    Zhang, Yu; Yuan, Ruo; Chai, Yaqin; Li, Wenjuan; Zhong, Xia; Zhong, Huaan

    2011-05-15

    In the present work, graphene sheets (GS) and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were dispersed in the mixed solution of cyclodextrin (CD) and cyclodextrin prepolymer (pre-CD) and were used as modifier to fabricate chemical modified electrode to simultaneous detect dopamine (DA), ascorbic acid (AA) and nitrite (NO2(-)). CD cross-linked pre-CD (CDP) displays excellent film forming ability, which made the electrode stable. Comparing with CDP-GS, CDP-MWCNTs and CDP-GS-MWCNTs modified electrodes, the CDP-GS-MWCNTs displays higher catalytic activity and selectivity toward the oxidation of DA, AA and NO2(-), revealing that MWCNTs effectively inhibited the stacking of individual GS and enhanced the utilization of GS based composites. The host-guest chemical reaction ability of CD and π-π stacking interaction between detected molecules and GS-MWCNTs surface were considered as the main reasons of the successfully simultaneous detection of DA, AA and NO2(-). Cyclic voltammetry (CV), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and different pulse voltammetry (DPV) were employed to characterize the biosensor. The linear response range for AA, DA and NO2(-) were 5 μM-0.48 mM, 0.15-21.65 μM and 5 μM-6.75 mM, respectively and the detection limits were 1.65 μM, 0.05 μM and 1.65 μM. PMID:21497078

  12. Determination of high molecular mass compounds from Amazonian plant's leaves; Determinacao de compostos de massa molecular alta em folhas de plantas da Amazonia

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    Siqueira, Denilson Soares de; Pereira, Alberto dos Santos; Aquino Neto, Francisco Radler de [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica]. E-mail: ladetec@iq.gov.br; Cabral, Jose Augusto; Ferreira, Carlos Alberto Cid [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA), Manaus, AM (Brazil); Simoneit, Bernd R.T. [Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR (United States). College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group; Elias, Vladimir O. [Analytical Solution, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2003-10-01

    The fractions of dichloromethane extracts of leaves from andiroba (Carapa guianensis - Meliaceae), caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi - Malpighiaceae), cocoa (Theobroma cacao - Sterculiaceae), Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa - Lecytidaceae), cupuacu (Theobroma grandiflorum - Sterculiaceae), marupa (Simaruba amara - Simaroubaceae) and rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis - Euphorbiaceae), were analyzed by HT-HRGC and HT-HRGC-MS. Esters of homologous series of fatty acids and long chain alcohols, phytol, amyrines and tocopherols were characterized. The characterization of the compounds was based mainly in mass spectra data and in addition by usual spectrometric data ({sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR, IR). (author)

  13. Diversidade patogênica e molecular de Ralstonia solanacearum da região amazônica brasileira Pathogenic and molecular diversity of Ralstonia solanacearum isolates from the Brazilian Amazon

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    Samara B. Costa

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Foi avaliada a diversidade de isolados de Ralstonia solanacearum obtidos de tomateiro e de outras hospedeiras com sintomas de murcha bacteriana na região amazônica. Os isolados foram identificados quanto à biovar e separados em graus de virulência em plantas de tomate, pimentão e chicória da Amazônia (Eryngium foetidum. Dos 70 isolados, 53 pertenciam à biovar 1, quatro à biovar N2 e 13 à biovar 3, confirmando a predominância da biovar 1 em tomateiro no Estado do Amazonas. O agrupamento dos isolados mostrou três classes distintas de virulência em tomate, sendo 44,3% dos isolados altamente virulentos, 37,1% medianamente virulentos e 18,6% fracamente virulentos. O agrupamento em pimentão classificou 20% de isolados como altamente virulentos, 27,1% como medianamente virulentos e 52,9% como fracamente virulentos. Quando inoculados em chicória da Amazônia, somente o isolado de chicória provocou murcha nesta hospedeira, sugerindo uma especificidade pouco comum para R. solanacearum. Na caracterização molecular, 46 isolados de tomateiro e 18 de outras 10 hospedeiras, coletados em áreas de terra-firme e de várzea, foram comparados por BOX-PCR. Os perfis genômicos revelaram alto grau de polimorfismo entre os isolados, divididos em cinco grupos, sem correlação entre hospedeira de origem, biovar, ecossistema ou local de coleta. O isolado de chicória da Amazônia foi o mais divergente, com apenas 6,4% de similaridade em relação aos demais. Os isolados de tomateiro estavam representados em três grupos. Os quatro isolados de tomateiro da biovar N2 formaram um agrupamento distinto dos isolados das demais biovares presentes na Amazônia.The diversity among 70 isolates of Ralstonia solanacearum collected from tomato and other hosts in the Brazilian Amazon was evaluated. Firstly, the isolates were identified at the biovar level and their virulence assessed by inoculating seedlings of tomato, sweet pepper and Amazon chicory (Eryngium

  14. The aggregation and neurotoxicity of TDP-43 and its ALS-associated 25 kDa fragment are differentially affected by molecular chaperones in Drosophila.

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    Full Text Available Almost all cases of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, and some cases of the familial form, are characterised by the deposition of TDP-43, a member of a family of heteronuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNP. Although protein misfolding and deposition is thought to be a causative feature of many of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases, a link between TDP-43 aggregation and the dysfunction of motor neurons has yet to be established, despite many correlative neuropathological studies. We have investigated this relationship in the present study by probing the effect of altering TDP-43 aggregation behaviour in vivo by modulating the levels of molecular chaperones in a Drosophila model. More specifically, we quantify the effect of either pharmacological upregulation of the heat shock response or specific genetic upregulation of a small heat shock protein, CG14207, on the neurotoxicity of both TDP-43 and of its disease associated 25 kDa fragment (TDP-25 in a Drosophila model. Inhibition of the aggregation of TDP-43 by either method results in a partial reduction of its neurotoxic effects on both photoreceptor and motor neurons, whereas inhibition of the aggregation of TDP-25 results not only in a complete suppression of its toxicity but also its clearance from the brain in both neuronal subtypes studied. The results demonstrate, therefore, that aggregation plays a crucial role in mediating the neurotoxic effects of both full length and truncated TDP-43, and furthermore reveal that the in vivo propensity of these two proteins to aggregate and their susceptibility to molecular chaperone mediated clearance are quite distinct.

  15. APRESENTAÇÃO DA EFICÁCIA DA VACINA HPV DISTRIBUÍDA PELO SUS A PARTIR DE 2014 COM BASE NOS ESTUDOS FUTURE I, FUTURE II, E VILLA et al.

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    Chaline Barbosa de Laia NUNES

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A Vacina do Papilomavírus Humano (HPV é o mais novo método de prevenção ao câncer de colo de útero oferecido pelo Ministério da Saúde (MS no Brasil, a partir de 2014. Esta vacina oferece cobertura contra os quatro sorotipos de HPV mais comumente relacionados ao desenvolvimento de câncer, entretanto tem sido alvo de muitos questionamentos sobre sua eficácia. Este trabalho tem por objetivo descrever as características da Vacina HPV quadrivalente oferecida gratuitamente através do Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS e apresentar dados publicados sobre sua eficácia. Foram utilizados livros e também artigos de bases de dados como Bireme, Lilacs, PubMed e Scielo com os seguintes descritores: HPV; vacina HPV; vacina quadrivalente; câncer de colo de útero, e seus equivalentes em língua inglesa. Tal vacina demonstrou elevados valores de eficácia (97 a 100% na prevenção de lesões precursoras do câncer cervical resultando em um excelente método de prevenção à essa doença.

  16. [Molecular engineering of cellulase catalytic domain based on glycoside hydrolase family].

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    Zhang, Xiaomei; Li, Dandan; Wang, Lushan; Zhao, Yue; Chen, Guanjun

    2013-04-01

    Molecular engineering of cellulases can improve enzymatic activity and efficiency. Recently, the Carbohydrate-Active enZYmes Database (CAZy), including glycoside hydrolase (GH) families, has been established with the development of Omics and structural measurement technologies. Molecular engineering based on GH families can obviously decrease the probing space of target sequences and structures, and increase the odds of experimental success. Besides, the study of cellulase active-site architecture paves the way toward the explanation of catalytic mechanism. This review focuses on the main GH families and the latest progresses in molecular engineering of catalytic domain. Based on the combination of analysis of a large amount of data in the same GH family and their conservative active-site architecture information, rational design will be an important direction for molecular engineering and promote the rapid development of the conversion of biomass. PMID:23894816

  17. Estudo experimental e teórico da redução de bases de Schiff derivadas da 3,3-difenilpropilamina

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    Esteves-Souza Andressa

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of seven Schiff bases have been synthesized from 3,3-diphenylpropilamine and substituted benzaldehydes. These imines were treated with NaBH4 in ethanol affording the corresponding amines in 98-55% yields. A molecular modeling study was performed with the Schiff bases in order to compare the theoretical parameters with the experimental results. The theoretical parameters were obtained by AM1 and PM3 semi-empirical methods. The analysis of charge, electron densities and LUMO coefficients suggested that the most favorable interactions should occur with Schiff bases containing electron-donating groups, in accordance with experimental yields, showing that the higher reactivity is due to higher electrophilic character of imine carbons.

  18. Large magnetoresistance of paracyclophane-based molecular tunnel junctions: A first-principles study

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    Tao, L. L.; Liang, S. H.; Liu, D. P.; Han, X. F., E-mail: xfhan@iphy.ac.cn [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2013-12-07

    We report a theoretical study of magnetoresistance and spin-polarized transport of a series of paracyclophane-based molecular tunnel junctions. We predict that the molecular tunnel junction using [2.2]-paracyclophane barrier has the desired low resistance area product in combination with high magnetoresistance ratio. In addition, we find the spin-polarized conductance decreases exponentially with increasing the molecular length, indicating a nonresonant tunneling mechanism. In particular, the characteristic decay constant can be theoretically evaluated from the complex band structure of periodic paracyclophane molecule. The spin-polarized transport mechanism is systematically analyzed.

  19. Large magnetoresistance of paracyclophane-based molecular tunnel junctions: A first-principles study

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    We report a theoretical study of magnetoresistance and spin-polarized transport of a series of paracyclophane-based molecular tunnel junctions. We predict that the molecular tunnel junction using [2.2]-paracyclophane barrier has the desired low resistance area product in combination with high magnetoresistance ratio. In addition, we find the spin-polarized conductance decreases exponentially with increasing the molecular length, indicating a nonresonant tunneling mechanism. In particular, the characteristic decay constant can be theoretically evaluated from the complex band structure of periodic paracyclophane molecule. The spin-polarized transport mechanism is systematically analyzed

  20. RS AND GIS-BASED FOREST FIRE RISK ZONE MAPPING IN DA HINGGAN MOUNTAINS

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    YIN Hai-wei; KONG Fan-hua; LI Xiu-zhen

    2004-01-01

    The Da Hinggan Mountains is one of the most important forest areas in China,but forest fire there is also of high frequency.So it is completely necessary to map forest fire risk zones in order to effectively manage and protect the forest resources.Two forest farms of Tuqiang Forest Bureau (53°34′-52°15′N,124°05′- 122°18′E) were chosen as typical areas in this study.Remote sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) play a vital role and can be used effectively to obtain and combine different forest-fire-causing factors for demarcating the forest fire risk zone map.Forest fire risk zones were described by assigning subjective weights to the classes of all the coverage layers according to their sensitivity to fire,using the ARC/INFO GIS software.Four classes of forest fire risk ranging from low to extremely high were generated automatically in ARC/INFO.The results showed that about 60.33% of the study area were predicted to be upper moderate risk zones,indicating that the forest fire management task in this area is super onerous.The RS and GIS-based forest fire risk model of the study area was found to be highly compatible with the actual fire-affected sites in 1987.Therefore the forest fire risk zone map can be used for guidance of forest fire management,and as basis for fire prevention strategies.

  1. Foraging on the potential energy surface: A swarm intelligence-based optimizer for molecular geometry

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    Wehmeyer, Christoph; Falk von Rudorff, Guido; Wolf, Sebastian; Kabbe, Gabriel; Schärf, Daniel; Kühne, Thomas D.; Sebastiani, Daniel

    2012-11-01

    We present a stochastic, swarm intelligence-based optimization algorithm for the prediction of global minima on potential energy surfaces of molecular cluster structures. Our optimization approach is a modification of the artificial bee colony (ABC) algorithm which is inspired by the foraging behavior of honey bees. We apply our modified ABC algorithm to the problem of global geometry optimization of molecular cluster structures and show its performance for clusters with 2-57 particles and different interatomic interaction potentials.

  2. Molecular phylogeny of Toxoplasmatinae: comparison between inferences based on mitochondrial and apicoplast genetic sequences

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    Michelle Klein Sercundes; Samantha Yuri Oshiro Branco Valadas; Lara Borges Keid; Tricia Maria Ferreira Souza Oliveira; Helena Lage Ferreira; Ricardo Wagner Almeida Vitor; Fábio Gregori; Rodrigo Martins Soares

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Phylogenies within Toxoplasmatinae have been widely investigated with different molecular markers. Here, we studied molecular phylogenies of the Toxoplasmatinae subfamily based on apicoplast and mitochondrial genes. Partial sequences of apicoplast genes coding for caseinolytic protease (clpC) and beta subunit of RNA polymerase (rpoB), and mitochondrial gene coding for cytochrome B (cytB) were analyzed. Laboratory-adapted strains of the closely related parasites Sarcocystis falcatula ...

  3. Influence of the host (Cho) and of the cultivation strategy on glycan structures and molecular properties of human thyrotrophin; Influencia do hospedeiro (Cho) e da estrategia de cultivo nas estruturas glicidicas e propriedades moleculares da tireotrofina humana

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    Oliveira, Joao Ezequiel de

    2007-07-01

    .39 - 7.35 pl range. A considerably different distribution, with more forms in the acidic region, was observed, however, for two native pituitary preparations. When analyzed via a simple and precise single-dose bioassay, a slightly higher bioactivity (p<0.02) was found for r-hTSH-IPEN obtained in the presence of CO{sub 2}. This potency however, was not significantly different from that of Thyrogen, the two preparations being 1.6-1.8-fold more potent than the reference preparation of p-hTSH. We can conclude that, at least for the case of CHO-derived r-hTSH, different production processes do not greatly affect its N-glycan structures, charge isomer distribution or biological activity. Thyrogen and r-hTSH-IPEN, when compared to p-hTSH-NIDDK, presented about a 7% increased relative molecular mass (MR) determined by MALDI-TOF-MS analysis. This technique, allowing accurate heterodimer mass determinations, provided MR values of 29611, 29839 and 27829, respectively. Significant differences in hydrophobic properties, evaluated by RP-HPLC, were found for r-hTSH and p-hTSH. Also differences related to carbohydrate moiety, mainly in the amount of sialic acid and galactose, were found for these preparations, a much lower content of these sugar residues being observed in p-hTSH.(author)

  4. Scope of Tunnel Junction Based Molecular Electronics and Spintronics Devices

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    Tyagi, Pawan; Friebe, Edwards; Baker, Collin

    2014-01-01

    Scope of molecule based devices may govern the advancement of the next generation logic and memory devices. Molecules have the potential to be unmatched device elements as chemists can mass produce an endless variety of molecules with novel optical, magnetic, and charge transport characteristics. However, the biggest challenge is to connect two metal leads to a target molecule(s) and develop a robust and versatile device fabrication technology that can be adopted for commercial scale mass pro...

  5. Molecular Engineering of Technetium and Rhenium Based Radiopharmaceuticals

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    The research was based on the observation that despite the extraordinarily rich coordination chemistry of technetium and rhenium and several notable successes in reagent design, the extensive investigations by numerous research groups on a variety of N2S2 and N3S donor type ligands and on HYNIC have revealed that the chemistries of these ligands with Tc and Re are rather complex, giving rise to considerable difficulties in the development of reliable procedures for the development of radiopharmaceutical reagents

  6. Knowledge-Based Optimization of Molecular Geometries Using Crystal Structures.

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    Cole, Jason C; Groom, Colin R; Korb, Oliver; McCabe, Patrick; Shields, Gregory P

    2016-04-25

    This paper describes a novel way to use the structural information contained in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) to drive geometry optimization of organic molecules. We describe how CSD structural information is transformed into objective functions for gradient-based optimization to provide good quality geometries for a large variety of organic molecules. Performance is assessed by minimizing different sets of organic molecules reporting RMSD movements for bond lengths, valence angles, torsion angles, and heavy atom positions. PMID:26977906

  7. Equivalent electric circuit of a carbon nanotube based molecular conductor

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    Yam, ChiYung; Wang, Fan; Li, Xiaobo; Chen, GuanHua; Zheng, Xiao; Matsuda, Yuki; Tahir-Kheli, Jamil; Goddard, William A

    2008-01-01

    We apply our first-principles method to simulate the transient electrical response through carbon nanotube based conductors under time-dependent bias voltages, and report the dynamic conductance for a specific system. We find that the electrical response of the carbon nanotube device can be mapped onto an equivalent classical electric circuit. This is confirmed by studying the electric response of a simple model system and its equivalent circuit.

  8. Molecular bases of circadian rhythmicity in renal physiology and pathology

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    Bonny, Olivier; Vinciguerra, Manlio; Gumz, Michelle L.; Mazzoccoli, Gianluigi

    2013-01-01

    The physiological processes that maintain body homeostasis oscillate during the day. Diurnal changes characterize kidney functions, comprising regulation of hydro-electrolytic and acid-base balance, reabsorption of small solutes and hormone production. Renal physiology is characterized by 24-h periodicity and contributes to circadian variability of blood pressure levels, related as well to nychthemeral changes of sodium sensitivity, physical activity, vascular tone, autonomic function and neu...

  9. Molecular Phylogenetic: Organism Taxonomy Method Based on Evolution History

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    N.L.P Indi Dharmayanti

    2011-01-01

    Phylogenetic is described as taxonomy classification of an organism based on its evolution history namely its phylogeny and as a part of systematic science that has objective to determine phylogeny of organism according to its characteristic. Phylogenetic analysis from amino acid and protein usually became important area in sequence analysis. Phylogenetic analysis can be used to follow the rapid change of a species such as virus. The phylogenetic evolution tree is a two dimensional of a spec...

  10. iBarcode.org: web-based molecular biodiversity analysis

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    Hajibabaei Mehrdad; Singer Gregory AC

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background DNA sequences have become a primary source of information in biodiversity analysis. For example, short standardized species-specific genomic regions, DNA barcodes, are being used as a global standard for species identification and biodiversity studies. Most DNA barcodes are being generated by laboratories that have an expertise in DNA sequencing but not in bioinformatics data analysis. Therefore, we have developed a web-based suite of tools to help the DNA barcode research...

  11. TARGET-ORIENTED GENERIC FINGERPRINT-BASED MOLECULAR REPRESENTATION

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    Petr Skoda; David Hoksza

    2014-01-01

    The screening of chemical libraries is an important step in the drug discovery process. The existing chemical libraries contain up to millions of compounds. As the screening at such scale is expensive, the virtual screening is often utilized. There exist several variants of virtual screening and ligand-based virtual screening is one of them. It utilizes the similarity of screened chemical compounds to known compounds. Besides the employed similarity measure, another aspect grea...

  12. DNA Based Carbon Nanotube Porphyrin Nanohybrids Molecular Recognization and Regeneration

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    Riccitelli, Molly M; Zhang, Hanyu; Choi, Jong Hyun

    2013-01-01

    In the search to improve solar cells, scientists are exploring new materials that will provide better current transfer. One material that has emerged as a strong contender is the single walled carbon nanotube (SWNT). Current DNA-SWNT based films combined with chromophores have poor operational lifetimes compared to commercial solar cells. Once exposed to light the chromophore begins to degrade, eventually rendering the solar cell unusable. To solve this problem, we used a method involving mul...

  13. Molecular engineering of manipulated alginate-based polyurethanes.

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    Daemi, Hamed; Barikani, Mehdi

    2014-11-01

    The novel soluble alginate-based polyurethanes in organic solvents were synthesized by the reaction of NCO-terminated prepolymers and tributylammonium alginate (TBA-Alg) for the first time. The chemical structures of synthesized polyurethanes were characterized using FTIR, (1)H NMR and TGA. The reaction completion was confirmed by disappearing of NCO band in FTIR spectra. Furthermore, a peak at 4.71 ppm and some small peaks at a range of 4.12-4.37 ppm in the (1)H NMR of alginate-based polyurethanes were assigned to the backbone of alginate. The results of both FTIR and (1)H NMR were remarkably confirmed by TGA data. The ionic nature of polyurethane backbone not only affects on thermal properties of samples, but it also changes the chemically-bonded alginate morphology. Both polyether and polyester based non-ionic polyurethanes extended by TBA-Alg illustrated the distinct alginate, whereas those ionomers extended by alginate were appeared as the continuous systems at nanoscale. PMID:25129793

  14. The formation of ZnO-based coatings from solutions containing high-molecular polyvinylpyrrolidone

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    Evstrop'ev, S. K.; Soshnikov, I. P.; Khrebtov, A. I.

    2016-05-01

    A method for deposition of transparent nanosize ZnO-based coatings on the glass surface from solutions containing high-molecular polyvinylpyrrolidone is described. The method can be used to form transparent homogeneous coatings based on ZnO with an increased energy gap width. It does not require any intricate technological equipment.

  15. Molecular dynamics simulation study on capacitive nano-accelerometers based on telescoping carbon nanotubes

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    We investigated the characteristics of a capacitive nano-accelerometer based on a telescoping carbon nanotube by means of classical molecular dynamics simulations. The position of the telescoping nanotube was controlled by an externally applied force, and feedback sensing was based on the capacitance change. The capacitance variations, which were almost linearly proportional to the applied acceleration, were monitored within an error tolerance

  16. Two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy of rotaxane-based molecular machines.

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    Bodis, Pavol; Panman, Matthijs R; Bakker, Bert H; Mateo-Alonso, Aurelio; Prato, Maurizio; Buma, Wybren Jan; Brouwer, Albert M; Kay, Euan R; Leigh, David A; Woutersen, Sander

    2009-09-15

    It has recently become possible to synthesize mechanical devices the size of a single molecule. Although it is tempting to regard such molecular machines as nanoscale versions of their macroscopic analogs, many notions from macroscopic mechanics no longer apply at a molecular level. For instance, the concept of viscous friction is meaningless for a molecular machine because the size of the solvent molecules that cause the friction is comparable to that of the machine itself. Furthermore, in many cases, the interactions between a molecular machine and its surroundings are comparable to the force driving the machine. As a result, a certain amount of intrinsic randomness exists in the motion of molecular machines, and the details of their mechanics are largely unknown. For a detailed understanding of the mechanical behavior of molecular machines, experiments that probe their motion on an ultrafast time scale, such as two-dimensional (2D) vibrational spectroscopy, are essential. This method uses coupling between vibrational modes in a molecule to investigate the molecular conformation. The coupling shows up as off-diagonal peaks in a 2D graph of the vibrational response of the molecule, analogous to the spin coupling observed in multidimensional NMR spectroscopy. Both spin coupling and vibrational coupling are sensitive probes of the molecular conformation, but 2D vibrational spectroscopy shows orders of magnitude better time resolution than NMR. In this Account, we use 2D vibrational spectroscopy to study molecular machines based on rotaxanes. These devices consist of a linear thread and a macrocycle that is noncovalently locked onto the thread. In the rotaxanes we study, the macrocycle and the thread both contain CO and NH groups. By determining the coupling between the stretching modes of these goups from the cross peaks in the 2D spectrum, we directly and quantitatively probe the relative position and orientation of the macrocycle and the thread for both a small

  17. Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Molecular Diagnosis of Choroideremia

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    Full Text Available We screened patients with choroideremia using next-generation sequencing (NGS and identified a novel mutation and a known mutation in the CHM gene. One patient presented an atypical fundus appearance for choroideremia. Another patient presented macular hole retinal detachment in the left eye. The present case series shows the utility of NGS-based screening in patients with choroideremia. In addition, the presence of macular hole in 1 of the 2 patients, together with a previous report, indicated the susceptibility of patients with choroideremia to macular hole.

  18. 基于DaVinci技术的HDMI接口的硬件设计%Hardware Design of HDMI Interface Based on DaVinci HD

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    吕鑫磊

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, TI DaVinci technology-based companys most advanced media processor TMS320DM6467 is the core processor. The design is based on the internal HD TMS320DM6467 module, VPIF interface and McASP interface, using HDMI transml ter and receiver SiI9134 and Si19135, designed for high-definition multimedia digital signal input and output system, the realization of high-definition multimedia digital signal Sending and receiving.%以TI公司生产的基于达芬奇技术的最先进的媒体处理器TMS320DM6467作为核心处理器.该设计根据TMS320DM6467内部的高清模块、VPIF接口以及McASP接口,采用HDMI发送器与接收嚣SiI9134与SiI9135,设计出高清晰度多媒体数字信号的输入与输出系统,实现对高清晰度多媒体数字信号的发送与接收.

  19. Polarization conversion-based molecular sensing using anisotropic plasmonic metasurfaces

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    Verre, R.; Maccaferri, N.; Fleischer, K.; Svedendahl, M.; Odebo Länk, N.; Dmitriev, A.; Vavassori, P.; Shvets, I. V.; Käll, M.

    2016-05-01

    Anisotropic media induce changes in the polarization state of transmitted and reflected light. Here we combine this effect with the refractive index sensitivity typical of plasmonic nanoparticles to experimentally demonstrate self-referenced single wavelength refractometric sensing based on polarization conversion. We fabricated anisotropic plasmonic metasurfaces composed of gold dimers and, as a proof of principle, measured the changes in the rotation of light polarization induced by biomolecular adsorption with a surface sensitivity of 0.2 ng cm-2. We demonstrate the possibility of miniaturized sensing and we show that experimental results can be reproduced by analytical theory. Various ways to increase the sensitivity and applicability of the sensing scheme are discussed.Anisotropic media induce changes in the polarization state of transmitted and reflected light. Here we combine this effect with the refractive index sensitivity typical of plasmonic nanoparticles to experimentally demonstrate self-referenced single wavelength refractometric sensing based on polarization conversion. We fabricated anisotropic plasmonic metasurfaces composed of gold dimers and, as a proof of principle, measured the changes in the rotation of light polarization induced by biomolecular adsorption with a surface sensitivity of 0.2 ng cm-2. We demonstrate the possibility of miniaturized sensing and we show that experimental results can be reproduced by analytical theory. Various ways to increase the sensitivity and applicability of the sensing scheme are discussed. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01336h

  20. Thermodynamic efficiency limit of molecular donor-acceptor solar cells and its application to diindenoperylene/C{sub 60}-based planar heterojunction devices

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    Gruber, Mark; Wagner, Julia; Hoermann, Ulrich; Opitz, Andreas; Bruetting, Wolfgang [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Augsburg, Universitaetsstr.1, 86135 Augsburg (Germany); Klein, Konrad; Stutzmann, Martin [Walter Schottky Institut, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Am Coulombwall 4, 85748 Garching (Germany)

    2012-09-15

    In organic photovoltaic (PV) cells, the well-established donor-acceptor (D/A) concept enabling photo-induced charge transfer between two partners with suitable energy level alignment has proven extremely successful. Nevertheless, the introduction of such a heterojunction is accompanied with additional energy losses as compared to an inorganic homojunction cell, owing to the presence of a charge-transfer (CT) state at the D/A interface. Based on the principle of detailed balance, a modified Shockley-Queisser theory is developed including the essential effects of interfacial CT states, that allows for a quantitative assessment of the thermodynamic efficiency limits of molecular D/A solar cells. Key parameters, apart from the optical gap of the absorber material, entering the model are the energy (E{sub CT}) and relative absorption strength ({alpha}{sub CT}) of the CT state. It is demonstrated how the open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}) and thus the power conversion efficiency are affected by different parameter values. Furthermore, it is shown that temperature dependent device characteristics can serve to determine the CT energy, and thus the upper limit of V{sub OC} for a given D/A combination, as well as to quantify non-radiative recombination losses. The model is applied to diindenoperylene (DIP)-based photovoltaic devices, with open-circuit voltages between 0.9 and 1.4 V, depending on the partner, that have recently been reported. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Manganese-Based Molecular Electrocatalysts for Oxidation of Hydrogen

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    Hulley, Elliott; Kumar, Neeraj; Raugei, Simone; Bullock, R. Morris

    2015-10-05

    Oxidation of H2 (1 atm) is catalyzed by the manganese electrocatalysts [(P2N2)MnI(CO)(bppm)]+ and [(PNP)MnI(CO)(bppm)]+ (P2N2= 1,5-dibenzyl-3,7-diphenyl-1,5-diaza-3,7-diphosphacyclooctane; PNP = (Ph2PCH2)2NMe); bppm = (PArF2)2CH2, and ArF = 3,5-(CF3)2C6H3). In fluorobenzene solvent using 2,6-lutidine as the exogeneous base, the turnover frequency for [(P2N2)MnI(CO)(bppm)]+ is 3.5 s-1 with an estimated overpotential of 590 mV. For [(PNP)MnI(CO)(bppm)], in fluorobenzene solvent using N-methylpyrrolidine as the exogeneous base, the turnover frequency is 1.4 s-1 with an estimated overpotential of 700 mV. Density functional theory calculations suggest that the slow step in the catalytic cycle is proton transfer from the oxidized 17-electron manganese hydride, e.g., [(P2N2)MnIIH(CO)(bppm)]+ to the pendant amine. The computed activation barrier for intramolecular proton transfer from the metal to the pendant amine is 20.4 kcal/mol in [(P2N2)MnIIH(CO)(bppm)]+ and 21.3 kcal/mol in [(PNP)MnI(CO)(bppm)]. The high barrier appears to result from both the unfavorability of metal-to-nitrogen proton transfer (thermodynamically uphill by 6.6 pKa units, 9 kcal/mol), as well as the relatively long manganese-nitrogen separation in the MnIIH complexes.

  2. Caracterização química e molecular de espécies das famílias Lamiaceae e Apiaceae da flora aromática de Portugal

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    Mendes, Marta Daniela de Sá

    2007-01-01

    Tese de mestrado em Biologia (Biologia Celular e Biotecnologia) apresentada à Universidade de Lisboa através da Faculdade de Ciências, 2007 In the past years chemical analyses and molecular markers have been used widely in the identification of cultivars and in the chemical and genetic relationship analyses of individuals and species contributing vastly for the evolutionary and ecological studies. This study aimed at a deeper research of some aromatic plants of the Portuguese flora, these ...

  3. Determinação de compostos de massa molecular alta em folhas de plantas da Amazônia

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    Siqueira Denilson Soares de

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The fractIons of dichloromethane extracts of leaves from andiroba (Carapa guianensis - Meliaceae, caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi - Malpighiaceae, cocoa (Theobroma cacao - Sterculiaceae, Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa - Lecytidaceae, cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum - Sterculiaceae, marupá (Simaruba amara - Simaroubaceae and rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis - Euphorbiaceae, were analyzed by HT-HRGC and HT-HRGC-MS. Esters of homologous series of fatty acids and long chain alcohols, phytol, amyrines and tocopherols were characterized. The characterization of the compounds was based mainly in mass spectra data and in addition by usual spectrometric data (¹H and 13C NMR, IR.

  4. Em busca das bases ontológicas da psicologia de Vygotsky

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    Francisca Maurilene do Carmo

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo busca estabelecer os fundamentos ontológicos do pensamento de Vygotsky, indicando que a construção teórica erigida pelo e autor está centrada no trabalho, como o complexo que deu origem ao homem como ser social. Tal postulado seria consistente com os princípios do marxismo recuperado por Lukács como uma ontologia do ser social, superadora da tradição metafísica e idealista, firmando, nesse sentido, o caráter radicalmente histórico da essência humana. Apontam-se os equívocos fundamentais operado pelo neovygotskianismo, o qual, tratando as categorias vygotskianas da linguagem, cultura e interação apartadas do princípio marxiano do trabalho, acaba por isolar Vygotsky do campo ontológico e, por extensão, do projeto socialista. Reafirma-se, por fim, que, não obstante a explícita relevância atribuída à dimensão metodológica do marxismo, está pressuposto na obra de Vygotsky, o substrato ontológico sobre o qual se funda o método de Marx.

  5. Molecular evidence of Burkholderia pseudomallei genotypes based on geographical distribution.

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    Zulkefli, Noorfatin Jihan; Mariappan, Vanitha; Vellasamy, Kumutha Malar; Chong, Chun Wie; Thong, Kwai Lin; Ponnampalavanar, Sasheela; Vadivelu, Jamuna; Teh, Cindy Shuan Ju

    2016-01-01

    Background. Central intermediary metabolism (CIM) in bacteria is defined as a set of metabolic biochemical reactions within a cell, which is essential for the cell to survive in response to environmental perturbations. The genes associated with CIM are commonly found in both pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains. As these genes are involved in vital metabolic processes of bacteria, we explored the efficiency of the genes in genotypic characterization of Burkholderia pseudomallei isolates, compared with the established pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) schemes. Methods. Nine previously sequenced B. pseudomallei isolates from Malaysia were characterized by PFGE, MLST and CIM genes. The isolates were later compared to the other 39 B. pseudomallei strains, retrieved from GenBank using both MLST and sequence analysis of CIM genes. UniFrac and hierachical clustering analyses were performed using the results generated by both MLST and sequence analysis of CIM genes. Results. Genetic relatedness of nine Malaysian B. pseudomallei isolates and the other 39 strains was investigated. The nine Malaysian isolates were subtyped into six PFGE profiles, four MLST profiles and five sequence types based on CIM genes alignment. All methods demonstrated the clonality of OB and CB as well as CMS and THE. However, PFGE showed less than 70% similarity between a pair of morphology variants, OS and OB. In contrast, OS was identical to the soil isolate, MARAN. To have a better understanding of the genetic diversity of B. pseudomallei worldwide, we further aligned the sequences of genes used in MLST and genes associated with CIM for the nine Malaysian isolates and 39 B. pseudomallei strains from NCBI database. Overall, based on the CIM genes, the strains were subtyped into 33 profiles where majority of the strains from Asian countries were clustered together. On the other hand, MLST resolved the isolates into 31 profiles which formed three clusters

  6. Highly selective molecular recognition and high throughput detection of melamine based on molecularly imprinted sol-gel film

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    Yu Jinghua, E-mail: cclj4ever@126.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Zhang Congcong; Dai Ping; Ge Shenguang [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China)

    2009-10-05

    Multimode reader has been generally applied in immunoassay, and in the proposed paper, the 96 well micro-plate was modified with molecularly imprinted melamine sol-gel film, based on which the highly selective and high throughput detection of melamine was achieved. Melamine was imprinted into silica sol-gel films directly using phenyltrimethoxysilane and methyltrimethoxysilane as functionalized organosilicon precursors. The binding characteristic of the imprinted film to melamine was evaluated by equilibrium binding experiments and the morphology was studied by scanning electronic microscope (SEM). Scatchard analysis was carried out to estimate the binding parameters of the imprinted film. The proposed method exhibited excellent selectivity because of specific recognition of MM by molecularly imprinted film. Under the optimum conditions, the chemiluminescence (CL) intensity had a linear relationship against the concentration of melamine over the range of 0.1-50 {mu}g mL{sup -1} with a lower detection limit of 0.02 {mu}g mL{sup -1}.

  7. Inquérito sorológico e molecular da brucelose canina no município de Natal, Estado do Rio Grande do Norte

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    Annielle Regina da Fonseca Fernandes

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi determinar a ocorrência de anticorpos anti-Brucella rugosa e anti-Brucella lisa em cães do município de Natal, Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil, bem como identificar fatores de risco associados à positividade e realizar a detecção molecular em animais soropositivos. Foram utilizados soros sanguíneos de 416 cães atendidos em clínicas veterinárias durante o período de março a novembro de 2011. Para o diagnóstico sorológico da infecção por Brucella rugosa, foi empregada a prova de imunodifusão em gel de ágar (IDGA, utilizando antígeno de lipopolissacarídeos e proteínas de Brucella ovis, amostra Reo 198 e, para o diagnóstico da infecção por Brucella lisa, foi utilizado o teste do antígeno acidificado tamponado (AAT. De animais soropositivos, foram coletadas amostras de sangue com citrato de sódio para o diagnóstico pela reação em cadeia pela polimerase (PCR. A frequência de anticorpos anti-Brucella rugosa foi de 28,9% (120/416. Todos os animais foram negativos para anticorpos anti-Brucella lisa. Dentre 80 animais soropositivos, o DNA de Brucella spp. foi amplificado em três animais (3,8%. Não foram identificados fatores de risco associados à soropositividade. Conclui-se que a infecção por Brucella rugosa está presente no município de Natal, bem como se sugere o monitoramento sorológico de animais atendidos em clínicas visando à identificação de fontes de infecção.

  8. Detecting Molecular Properties by Various Laser-Based Techniques

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    Hsin, Tse-Ming [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2007-01-01

    Four different laser-based techniques were applied to study physical and chemical characteristics of biomolecules and dye molecules. These techniques are liole burning spectroscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy and laser-induced fluorescence microscopy. Results from hole burning and single molecule spectroscopy suggested that two antenna states (C708 & C714) of photosystem I from cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 are connected by effective energy transfer and the corresponding energy transfer time is ~6 ps. In addition, results from hole burning spectroscopy indicated that the chlorophyll dimer of the C714 state has a large distribution of the dimer geometry. Direct observation of vibrational peaks and evolution of coumarin 153 in the electronic excited state was demonstrated by using the fs/ps CARS, a variation of time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy. In three different solvents, methanol, acetonitrile, and butanol, a vibration peak related to the stretch of the carbonyl group exhibits different relaxation dynamics. Laser-induced fluorescence microscopy, along with the biomimetic containers-liposomes, allows the measurement of the enzymatic activity of individual alkaline phosphatase from bovine intestinal mucosa without potential interferences from glass surfaces. The result showed a wide distribution of the enzyme reactivity. Protein structural variation is one of the major reasons that are responsible for this highly heterogeneous behavior.

  9. Molecular Phylogenetic: Organism Taxonomy Method Based on Evolution History

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    N.L.P Indi Dharmayanti

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Phylogenetic is described as taxonomy classification of an organism based on its evolution history namely its phylogeny and as a part of systematic science that has objective to determine phylogeny of organism according to its characteristic. Phylogenetic analysis from amino acid and protein usually became important area in sequence analysis. Phylogenetic analysis can be used to follow the rapid change of a species such as virus. The phylogenetic evolution tree is a two dimensional of a species graphic that shows relationship among organisms or particularly among their gene sequences. The sequence separation are referred as taxa (singular taxon that is defined as phylogenetically distinct units on the tree. The tree consists of outer branches or leaves that represents taxa and nodes and branch represent correlation among taxa. When the nucleotide sequence from two different organism are similar, they were inferred to be descended from common ancestor. There were three methods which were used in phylogenetic, namely (1 Maximum parsimony, (2 Distance, and (3 Maximum likehoood. Those methods generally are applied to construct the evolutionary tree or the best tree for determine sequence variation in group. Every method is usually used for different analysis and data.

  10. Recent advances in molecular electronics based on carbon nanotubes.

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    Bourgoin, Jean-Philippe; Campidelli, Stéphane; Chenevier, Pascale; Derycke, Vincent; Filoramo, Arianna; Goffman, Marcelo F

    2010-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have exceptional physical properties that make them one of the most promising building blocks for future nanotechnologies. They may in particular play an important role in the development of innovative electronic devices in the fields of flexible electronics, ultra-high sensitivity sensors, high frequency electronics, opto-electronics, energy sources and nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS). Proofs of concept of several high performance devices already exist, usually at the single device level, but there remain many serious scientific issues to be solved before the viability of such routes can be evaluated. In particular, the main concern regards the controlled synthesis and positioning of nanotubes. In our opinion, truly innovative use of these nano-objects will come from: (i) the combination of some of their complementary physical properties, such as combining their electrical and mechanical properties, (ii) the combination of their properties with additional benefits coming from other molecules grafted on the nanotubes, and (iii) the use of chemically- or bio-directed self-assembly processes to allow the efficient combination of several devices into functional arrays or circuits. In this article, we outline the main issues concerning the development of carbon nanotubes based electronics applications and review our recent results in the field. PMID:21137718

  11. Molecular MRI based on hyper-polarized xenon

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    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has a high importance in medicine as it enables the observation of the organs inside the body without the use of radiative or invasive techniques. However it is known to suffer from poor sensitivity. To circumvent this limitation, a key solution resides in the use of hyper-polarized species. Among the entities with which we can drastically increase nuclear polarization, xenon has very specific properties through its interactions with its close environment that lead to a wide chemical shift bandwidth. The goal is thus to use it as a tracer. This PhD thesis focuses on the concept of 129Xe MRI-based sensors for the detection of biological events. In this approach, hyper-polarized xenon is vectorized to biological targets via functionalized host systems, and then localized thanks to fast dedicated MRI sequences. The conception and set-up of a spin-exchange optical pumping device is first described. Then studies about the interaction of the hyper-polarized noble gas with new cryptophanes susceptible to constitute powerful host molecules are detailed. Also the implementation of recent MRI sequences optimized for the transient character of the hyper-polarization and taking profit of the xenon in-out exchange is described. Applications of this approach for the detection of metallic ions and cellular receptors are studied. Finally, our first in vivo results on a small animal model are presented. (author)

  12. Electronic shift register memory based on molecular electron-transfer reactions

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    The design of a shift register memory at the molecular level is described in detail. The memory elements are based on a chain of electron-transfer molecules incorporated on a very large scale integrated (VLSI) substrate, and the information is shifted by photoinduced electron-transfer reactions. The design requirements for such a system are discussed, and several realistic strategies for synthesizing these systems are presented. The immediate advantage of such a hybrid molecular/VLSI device would arise from the possible information storage density. The prospect of considerable savings of energy per bit processed also exists. This molecular shift register memory element design solves the conceptual problems associated with integrating molecular size components with larger (micron) size features on a chip

  13. Avaliação da distribuição de cobre associado a compostos de diferentes massas moleculares na polpa de açaí Evaluation of the distribution of copper associated to compounds of different molecular weights in the acai pulp

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    Samantha Leite da Trindade

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo, cromatografia de exclusão por tamanho (SEC com detecção por UV e detecção off-line por espectrometria de absorção atômica em forno de grafite (GF AAS foi usada para investigar a associação de cobre a espécies de alta massa molecular (HMW e baixa massa molecular (LMW presentes na polpa de açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.. A concentração total de cobre obtida nos digeridos da polpa de açaí foi 10,5 µg g-1. Cobre foi encontrado associado às frações de HMW e LMW, correspondentes às massas moleculares de 28,7, 2,6 e 0,43 kDa.In this study, size exclusion chromatography (SEC with ultraviolet (UV and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GF AAS off-line detection was used to investigate the association of copper to high molecular weight (HMW and low molecular weight (LMW species present in Euterpe oleracea Mart. pulp. Total concentration of copper was 10.5 µg g-1. Copper was found to be associated to fractions corresponding to 28.7, 2.6 and 0.43 kDa.

  14. Biomedical wellness monitoring system based upon molecular markers

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    Ingram, Whitney

    2012-06-01

    We wish to assist caretakers with a sensor monitoring systems for tracking the physiological changes of homealone patients. One goal is seeking biomarkers and modern imaging sensors like stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM), which has achieved visible imaging at the nano-scale range. Imaging techniques like STORM can be combined with a fluorescent functional marker in a system to capture the early transformation signs from wellness to illness. By exploiting both microscopic knowledge of genetic pre-disposition and the macroscopic influence of epigenetic factors we hope to target these changes remotely. We adopt dual spectral infrared imaging for blind source separation (BSS) to detect angiogenesis changes and use laser speckle imaging for hypertension blood flow monitoring. Our design hypothesis for the monitoring system is guided by the user-friendly, veteran-preferred "4-Non" principles (noninvasive, non-contact, non-tethered, non-stop-to-measure) and by the NIH's "4Ps" initiatives (predictive, personalized, preemptive, and participatory). We augment the potential storage system with the recent know-how of video Compressive Sampling (CSp) from surveillance cameras. In CSp only major changes are saved, which reduces the manpower cost of caretakers and medical analysts. This CSp algorithm is based on smart associative memory (AM) matrix storage: change features and detailed scenes are written by the outer-product and read by the inner product without the usual Harsh index for image searching. From this approach, we attempt to design an effective household monitoring approach to save healthcare costs and maintain the quality of life of seniors.

  15. Advances in understanding the genetic basis of inherited single gene skin barrier disorders: new clues to key genes that may be involved in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis Avanços no entendimento da base genética de doenças hereditárias monogênicas da barreira epidérmica: novas pistas para os principais genes que podem estar envolvidos na patogênese da dermatite atópica

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    Joey E Lai-Cheong

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Increasing knowledge of genomic DNA sequences and genetic databases has led to the characterization of the molecular basis of several inherited skin disorders. In this review we summarize some of the major recent discoveries that have been made in defining the pathogenic mutations that cause inherited disorders of the skin barrier leading to skin scaling or increased transepidermal water loss in either rare disorders (Netherton’s syndrome or harlequin ichthyosis or more common genodermatoses (ichthyosis vulgaris. These molecular breakthroughs have led to more accurate diagnoses, better genetic counselling and, where appropriate, the feasibility of DNA-based prenatal diagnosis, as well as the possibility of developing newer forms of treatment, including gene or protein therapy. Identifying the molecular basis of these conditions, especially ichthyosis vulgaris, has also provided dramatic new insight into the genetic abnormalities in the common disorder, atopic dermatitis. Thus research on the relatively rare single gene inherited skin disorders not only has benefits for patients and their families with these uncommon conditions but also has the potential to yield fresh and significant new information about very common skin diseases.O maior conhecimento sobre as de sequências genômicas de DNA e as bases de dados genéticas levou à caracterização da base molecular de várias doenças hereditárias de pele. Nesta revisão resumimos algumas das descobertas recentes mais importantes quanto à definição das mutações patogênicas que causam as doenças hereditárias da barreira cutânea, levando a descamação ou aumento da perda hídrica transepidérmica, seja em doenças raras, (síndrome de Netherton ou ictiose em Arlequim ou genodermatoses mais comuns (ictiose vulgar. Estas descobertas moleculares têm conduzido a diagnósticos mais acurados, melhor aconselhamento genético e, quando apropriado, à possibilidade de diagnóstico pr

  16. Bioinformatics evaluation of the possibility of heat shock proteins as autoantigens in multiple sclerosis based on molecular mimicry hypothesis.

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    Ansari Qeshmi, Safa; Dabbagh, Fatemeh; Borhani Haghighi, Afshin; Ghasemi, Younes

    2016-06-15

    Molecular mimicry is the explanatory link between the heat shock proteins (HSPs) of infectious agents and triggering multiple sclerosis. Considering that there are many similarities between self- and bacterial-HSPs, the goal was to investigate a panel of 60- and 70kDa HSPs from a variety of bacteria in order to predict the role of each microorganism in triggering or progression of the disease under the molecular mimicry hypothesis. By clarifying the peptides meeting criteria for cross-reactivity and elucidating the role of each microorganism in MS pathogenesis, it would be easier to suggest more effective treatment and preventive strategies for this disease. PMID:27235356

  17. Formação inicial de docentes – componente base da formação docente

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    Alcina Maria da Silva Mota Figueiroa

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    Full Text Available Face às características da sociedade atual, a formação de cidadãos implica dotá-los de conhecimentos e capacidades que os prepararem para intervenções úteis e racionais, independentemente da profissão que venham a exercer. Neste domínio, insere-se a formação inicial de professores que, como componente base da qualificação profissional, deve preparar estes futuros profissionais para implementar práticas adequadas e inovadoras, nas aulas que virão a lecionar. A criação de uma comunidade de aprendizagem, no contexto de Prática de Ensino Supervisionada, pode contribuir para proporcionar condições favoráveis ao desempenho dos futuros docentes, assim como atualização didática e científica aos docentes já profissionalizados (orientadores cooperantes.

  18. Giant tunnel magneto-resistance in graphene based molecular tunneling junction

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    Wang, Bin; Li, Jianwei; Yu, Yunjin; Wei, Yadong; Wang, Jian; Guo, Hong

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    We propose and theoretically investigate a class of stable zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR) based molecular magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJs). For those junctions having pentagon-connecting formations, huge tunnel magneto-resistance (TMR) is found. Different from most of the other proposed molecular junctions, the huge TMR in our structures is generic, and is not significantly affected by external parameters such as bias voltage, gate voltage, length of the molecule and width of the ZGNRs. The double pentagon-connecting formation between the molecule and ZGNRs is critical for the remarkable TMR ratio, which is as large as ~2 × 105. These molecular MTJs behave as almost perfect spin filters and spin valve devices. Other connecting formations of the ZGNR based MTJs lead to much smaller TMR. By first principles analysis, we reveal the microscopic physics responsible for this phenomenon.

  19. Evolutionary relationships of Metazoa within the eukaryotes based on molecular data from Porifera.

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    Schütze, J; Krasko, A; Custodio, M R; Efremova, S M; Müller, I M; Müller, W E

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    Recent molecular data provide strong support for the view that all metazoan phyla, including Porifera, are of monophyletic origin. The relationship of Metazoa, including the Porifera, to Plantae, Fungi and unicellular eukaryotes has only rarely been studied by using cDNAs coding for proteins. Sequence data from rDNA suggested a relationship of Porifera to unicellular eukaryotes (choanoflagellates). However, ultrastructural studies of choanocytes did not support these findings. In the present study, we compared amino acid sequences that are found in a variety of metazoans (including sponges) with those of Plantae, Fungi and unicellular eukaryotes, to obtain an answer to this question. We used the four sequences from 70 kDa heat-shock proteins, the serine-threonine kinase domain found in protein kinases, beta-tubulin and calmodulin. The latter two sequences were deduced from cDNAs, isolated from the sponge Geodia cydonium for the phylogenetic analyses presented. These revealed that the sponge molecules were grouped into the same branch as the Metazoa, which is statistically (significantly) separated from those branches that comprise the sequences from Fungi, Plantae and unicellular eukaryotes. From our molecular data it seems evident that the unicellular eukaryotes existed at an earlier stage of evolution, and the Plantae and especially the Fungi and the Metazoa only appeared later. PMID:10081159

  20. Estimativa da produtividade de café com base em um modelo agrometeorológico-espectral

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    Viviane Gomes Cardoso da Rosa

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar um modelo agrometeorológico-espectral, para estimar a produtividade de cafezais. Utilizaram-se imagens do sensor MODIS e dados agrometeorológicos do modelo regional de previsão do tempo (ETA, para fornecer as variáveis de entrada para o modelo agrometeorológico-espectral da mesorregião geográfica sul/sudoeste do estado de Minas Gerais nos anos-agrícolas de 2003/2004 a 2007/2008. A variável espectral de entrada do modelo agrometeorológico-espectral, índice de área foliar (IAF, usada no cálculo da produtividade máxima, foi estimada com o índice de vegetação por diferença normalizada (NDVI, obtido de imagens MODIS. Outras variáveis de entrada no modelo foram: dados meteorológicos gerados pelo modelo ETA e a capacidade de água disponível no solo. Ao comparar a produtividade média estimada pelo modelo com a fornecida oficialmente pelo IBGE, as diferenças relativas obtidas em escala regional foram de: 0,4, 3,0, 5,3, 1,5 e 8,5% para os anos agrícolas 2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007 e 2007/2008, respectivamente. O modelo agrometeorólogico-espectral, que tem como base o modelo de Doorenbos & Kassan, foi tão eficaz para estimar a produtividade dos cafezais quanto o modelo oficial do IBGE. Além disso, foi possível espacializar a quebra de produtividade e prever 80% da produtividade final na primeira quinzena de fevereiro, antes do início da colheita

  1. Fabrication of tunnel junction-based molecular electronics and spintronics devices

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    Tunnel junction-based molecular devices (TJMDs) are highly promising for realizing futuristic electronics and spintronics devices for advanced logic and memory operations. Under this approach, ∼2.5 nm molecular device elements bridge across the ∼2-nm thick insulator of a tunnel junction along the exposed side edge(s). This paper details the efforts and insights for producing a variety of TJMDs by resolving multiple device fabrication and characterization issues. This study specifically discusses (i) compatibility between tunnel junction test bed and molecular solutions, (ii) optimization of the exposed side edge profile and insulator thickness for enhancing the probability of molecular bridging, (iii) effect of fabrication process-induced mechanical stresses, and (iv) minimizing electrical bias-induced instability after the device fabrication. This research will benefit other researchers interested in producing TJMDs efficiently. TJMD approach offers an open platform to test virtually any combination of magnetic and nonmagnetic electrodes, and promising molecules such as single molecular magnets, porphyrin, DNA, and molecular complexes.

  2. Double-hairpin molecular-beacon-based amplification detection for gene diagnosis linked to cancer.

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    Xu, Huo; Zhang, Rongbo; Li, Feng; Zhou, Yingying; Peng, Ting; Wang, Xuedong; Shen, Zhifa

    2016-09-01

    A powerful double-hairpin molecular beacon (DHMB) was developed for cancer-related KRAS gene detection based on the one-to-two stoichiometry. During target DNA detection, DHMB can execute signal transduction even if no any exogenous element is involved. Unlike the conventional molecular beacon based on the one-to-one interaction, one target DNA not only hybridizes with one DHMB and opens its hairpin but also promotes the interaction between two DHMBs, causing the separation of two fluorophores from quenchers. This leads to an enhanced fluorescence signal. As a result, the target KRAS gene is able to be detected within a wide dynamic range from 0.05 to 200 nM with the detection limit of 50 pM, indicating a dramatic improvement compared with traditional molecular beacons. Moreover, the point mutations existing in target DNAs can be easily screened. The potential application for target species in real samples was indicated by the analysis of PCR amplicons of DNAs from the DNA extracted from SW620 cell. Besides becoming a promising candidate probe for molecular biology research and clinical diagnosis of genetic diseases, the DHMB is expected to provide a significant insight into the design of DNA probe-based homogenous sensing systems. Graphical Abstract A powerful double-hairpin molecular beacon (DHMB) was developed for cancer-related gene KRAS detection based on the one-to-two stoichiometry. Without the help of any exogenous probe, the point mutation is easily screened, and the target DNA can be quantified down to 50 pM, indicating a dramatic improvement compared with traditional molecular beacons. PMID:27422649

  3. Rastreamento da fibrose cística usando-se a análise combinada do teste de IRT neonatal e o estudo molecular da mutação DF508

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    Cabello Giselda M.K.; Cabello Pedro H; Roig Silvia R.S.; Fonseca Armando; Carvalho Eulália C.D.; Fernandes Octavio

    2003-01-01

    Um total de 117 cartões de rastreamento neonatal foi selecionado anonimamente para a avaliação de fibrose cística (FC) pela análise da mutação deltaF508 usando-se a técnica da reação em cadeia da polimerase (PCR), seguida de eletroforese em gel de poliacrilamida (Page) e pela quantificação da imunotripsina reativa (IRT, Delfia). Uma concentração de IRT menor que 140ng/ml foi encontrada em 116 recém-nascidos. Entre estes foi detectado um heterozigoto deltaF508 com uma concentração de IRT de 4,...

  4. Well-Defined Polyethylene-Based Random, Block, and Bilayered Molecular Cobrushes

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    Zhang, Hefeng

    2015-06-09

    Novel well-defined polyethylene-based random, block, and bilayered molecular cobrushes were synthesized through the macromonomer strategy. Two steps were involved in this approach: (i) synthesis of norbornyl-terminated macromonomers of polyethylene (PE), polycaprolactone (PCL), poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), and polystyrene (PS), as well as polyethylene-b-polycaprolactone (PE-b-PCL), by esterification of the hydroxyl-terminated precursors (PE, PCL, PEO, PS, and PE-b-PCL) with 5-norbornene-2-carboxylic acid and (ii) ring-opening metathesis (co)polymerization of the resulting macromonomers to afford the PE-based molecular cobrushes. The PE-macromonomers were synthesized by polyhomologation of dimethylsulfoxonium methylide, while the others by anionic polymerization. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR) and high-temperature gel permeation chromatography (HT-GPC) were used to imprint the molecular characteristics of all macromonomers and molecular brushes and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for the thermal properties. The bilayered molecular cobrushes of P(PE-b-PCL) adopt a wormlike morphology on silica wafer as visualized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  5. Designing and Implementing a Hands-On, Inquiry-Based Molecular Biology Course

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    Regassa, Laura B.; Morrison-Shetlar, Alison I.

    2007-01-01

    Inquiry-based learning was used to enhance an undergraduate molecular biology course at Georgia Southern University, a primarily undergraduate institution in rural southeast Georgia. The goal was to use a long-term, in-class project to accelerate higher-order thinking, thereby enabling students to problem solve and apply their knowledge to novel…

  6. Synthesis and Characterization of Helicene-Based Imidazolium Salt and Its Application for Organic Molecular Electronics.

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    Storch, Jan; Sýkora, Jan; Žádný, Jaroslav; Strašák, Tomáš; Církva, Vladimír; Krbal, M.; Vacek, J.

    - : -, 2014. ISBN N. [From Carbon-Rich Molecules to Carbon-Based Materials. Casablanca (MA), 22.09.2014-25.09.2015] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TA01010646 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : helicenes * imidazolium cation * organic molecular semiconductor Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry

  7. A phospholipid is the membrane-anchoring domain of a protein growth factor of molecular mass 34 kDa in placental trophoblasts

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    Recently the authors isolated a protein growth factor of 34 kDa from trophoblastic membranes of human placenta. A fraction (∼50%) of the membrane-associated 34-kDa protein is peripherally associated--i.e., it can be released by high salt treatment. The remainder shows the characteristics of an integral membrane protein--i.e., its release requires detergent treatment. Here they report studies on the structural basis for membrane anchorage of the protein. Phospholipase C was found to release an immunoreactive 34-kDa polypeptide from intact isolated cytotrophoblasts. Studies with isolated trophoblastic membranes showed that phospholipase C specifically released the salt-resistant fraction of the 34-kDa polypeptide. The polypeptide released by phospholipase C showed the same electrophoretic mobility in NaDodSO4/PAGE as the polypeptide prior to phospholipase C treatment. The identity of the released protein with the 34-kDa growth factor has been established by both immunologic and receptor-binding assays. Other studies show that there is biosynthetic incorporation of [3H]myristate into the 34-kDa protein. The myristate label is labile to phospholipase C treatment. These results suggest that some of the 34-kDa protein is anchored to the plasma membrane via a posttranslationally added phospholipid. This mode of anchorage has been observed for some other membrane proteins and raises interesting questions regarding the role of this novel linkage in the mitogenic function of the 34-kDa polypeptide

  8. Applications of nucleoside-based molecular probes for the in vivo assessment of tumour biochemistry using positron emission tomography (PET

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    Leonard I. Wiebe

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Positron emission tomography (PET is a non-invasive nuclear imaging technique. In PET, radiolabelled molecules decay by positron emission. The gamma rays resulting from positron annihilation are detected in coincidence and mapped to produce three dimensional images of radiotracer distribution in the body. Molecular imaging with PET refers to the use of positron-emitting biomolecules that are highly specific substrates for target enzymes, transport proteins or receptor proteins. Molecular imaging with PET produces spatial and temporal maps of the target-related processes. Molecular imaging is an important analytical tool in diagnostic medical imaging, therapy monitoring and the development of new drugs. Molecular imaging has its roots in molecular biology. Originally, molecular biology meant the biology of gene expression, but now molecular biology broadly encompasses the macromolecular biology and biochemistry of proteins, complex carbohydrates and nucleic acids. To date, molecular imaging has focused primarily on proteins, with emphasis on monoclonal antibodies and their derivative forms, small-molecule enzyme substrates and components of cell membranes, including transporters and transmembrane signalling elements. This overview provides an introduction to nucleosides, nucleotides and nucleic acids in the context of molecular imaging.A tomografia por emissão de pósitrons (TEP é uma técnica de imagem não invasiva da medicina nuclear. A TEP utiliza moléculas marcadas com emissores de radiação beta positiva (pósitrons. As radiações gama medidas que resultam do aniquilamento dos pósitrons são detectadas por um sistema de coincidência e mapeadas para produzir uma imagem tridimensional da distribuição do radiotraçador no corpo. A imagem molecular com TEP refere-se ao uso de biomoléculas marcadas com emissor de pósitron que são substratos altamente específicos para alvos como enzimas, proteínas transportadoras ou receptores prot

  9. Towards a logic-based method to infer provenance-aware molecular networks

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    Aslaoui-Errafi, Zahira; Cohen-Boulakia, Sarah; Froidevaux, Christine; Gloaguen, Pauline; Poupon, Anne; Rougny, Adrien; Yahiaoui, Meriem

    2012-01-01

    International audience Providing techniques to automatically infer molecular networks is particularly important to understand complex relationships between biological objects. We present a logic-based method to infer such networks and show how it allows inferring signalling networks from the design of a knowledge base. Provenance of inferred data has been carefully collected, allowing quality evaluation. More precisely, our method (i) takes into account various kinds of biological experime...

  10. Anthraquinone-based demultiplexer and other multiple operations at the molecular level

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    Navneet Kaur; Subodh Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Anthraquinone-based chemosensor L with pyridine units as additional functional groups has been found to show pH-dependent multiple coordinationmodes towards differentmetal ions (Co2+, Ni2+ and Cu2+). Based on these different absorption changes, this differential colorimetric chemosensor L has found promising applications as a multiple-mode molecular logic system, i.e., OR, three - input NOR, three - input INHIBIT, TRANSFER and 1:2 DEMUX.

  11. PyRosetta: a script-based interface for implementing molecular modeling algorithms using Rosetta

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    Chaudhury, Sidhartha; Lyskov, Sergey; Gray, Jeffrey J.

    2010-01-01

    Summary: PyRosetta is a stand-alone Python-based implementation of the Rosetta molecular modeling package that allows users to write custom structure prediction and design algorithms using the major Rosetta sampling and scoring functions. PyRosetta contains Python bindings to libraries that define Rosetta functions including those for accessing and manipulating protein structure, calculating energies and running Monte Carlo-based simulations. PyRosetta can be used in two ways: (i) interactive...

  12. Isatin based thiosemicarbazone derivatives as potential bioactive agents: Anti-oxidant and molecular docking studies

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    Haribabu, J.; Subhashree, G. R.; Saranya, S.; Gomathi, K.; Karvembu, R.; Gayathri, D.

    2016-04-01

    A new series of isatin based thiosemicarbazones has been synthesized from benzylisatin and unsubstituted/substituted thiosemicarbazides (1-5). The synthesized compounds were characterized by elemental analyses, and UV-Visible, FT-IR, 1H &13C NMR and mass spectroscopic techniques. Three dimensional molecular structure of three compounds (1, 3 and 4) was determined by single crystal X-ray crystallography. Anti-oxidant activity of the thiosemicarbazone derivatives showed their excellent scavenging effect against free radicals. In addition, all the compounds showed good anti-haemolytic activity. In silico molecular docking studies were performed to screen the anti-inflammatory and anti-tuberculosis properties of thiosemicarbazone derivatives.

  13. Benchmarking ab initio binding energies of hydrogen-bonded molecular clusters based on FTIR spectroscopy

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    Bork, Nicolai Christian; Du, Lin; Reiman, Heidi;

    2014-01-01

    Gibbs free binding energies in molecular complexes and clusters based on gas phase FTIR spectroscopy. The acetonitrile-HCl molecular complex is identified via its redshifted H-Cl stretching vibrational mode. We determine the Gibbs free binding energy, ΔG°295 K, to between 4.8 and 7.9 kJ mol(-1) and......Models of formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols are highly dependent on accurate cluster binding energies. These are most often calculated by ab initio electronic structure methods but remain associated with significant uncertainties. We present a computational benchmarking study of the...

  14. Optical materials based on molecular nano/microcrystals and ultrathin films

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    A Patra; K Rajesh; T P Radhakrishnan

    2008-06-01

    Methodologies that we developed recently for the fabrication of molecular crystals with size variation in the nano to micro regime and polyelectrolyte templated mono and multilayer Langmuir–Blodgett films, are reviewed. The electronic absorption and strong fluorescence in the molecular nano/microcrystals are found to be size-dependent. Crystal structure and computational investigations provide a unified model to explain these observations. Role of polyelectrolyte templating in achieving stable and enhanced optical second harmonic generation response from LB films based on a hemicyanine amphiphile is highlighted.

  15. Toward molecular trait-based ecology through integration of biogeochemical, geographical and metagenomic data

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    Raes, Jeroen; Letunic, Ivica; Yamada, Takuji;

    2011-01-01

    Using metagenomic 'parts lists' to infer global patterns on microbial ecology remains a significant challenge. To deduce important ecological indicators such as environmental adaptation, molecular trait dispersal, diversity variation and primary production from the gene pool of an ecosystem, we...... integrated 25 ocean metagenomes with geographical, meteorological and geophysicochemical data. We find that climatic factors (temperature, sunlight) are the major determinants of the biomolecular repertoire of each sample and the main limiting factor on functional trait dispersal (absence of biogeographic...... composition derived from metagenomes is an important quantitative readout for molecular trait-based biogeography and ecology....

  16. A density functional theory-based chemical potential equalisation approach to molecular polarizability

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    Amita Wadehra; Swapan K Ghosh

    2005-09-01

    The electron density changes in molecular systems in the presence of external electric fields are modeled for simplicity in terms of the induced charges and dipole moments at the individual atomic sites. A chemical potential equalisation scheme is proposed for the calculation of these quantities and hence the dipole polarizability within the framework of density functional theory based linear response theory. The resulting polarizability is expressed in terms of the contributions from individual atoms in the molecule. A few illustrative numerical calculations are shown to predict the molecular polarizabilities in good agreement with available results. The usefulness of the approach to the calculation of intermolecular interaction needed for computer simulation is highlighted.

  17. Nonadiabatic molecular dynamics simulation: An approach based on quantum measurement picture

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    Wei Feng

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Mixed-quantum-classical molecular dynamics simulation implies an effective quantum measurement on the electronic states by the classical motion of atoms. Based on this insight, we propose a quantum trajectory mean-field approach for nonadiabatic molecular dynamics simulations. The new protocol provides a natural interface between the separate quantum and classical treatments, without invoking artificial surface hopping algorithm. Moreover, it also bridges two widely adopted nonadiabatic dynamics methods, the Ehrenfest mean-field theory and the trajectory surface-hopping method. Excellent agreement with the exact results is illustrated with representative model systems, including the challenging ones for traditional methods.

  18. Ab initio based force field and molecular dynamics simulations of crystalline TATB.

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    Gee, Richard H; Roszak, Szczepan; Balasubramanian, Krishnan; Fried, Laurence E

    2004-04-15

    An all-atom force field for 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) is presented. The classical intermolecular interaction potential for TATB is based on single-point energies determined from high-level ab initio calculations of TATB dimers. The newly developed potential function is used to examine bulk crystalline TATB via molecular dynamics simulations. The isobaric thermal expansion and isothermal compression under hydrostatic pressures obtained from the molecular dynamics simulations are in good agreement with experiment. The calculated volume-temperature expansion is almost one dimensional along the c crystallographic axis, whereas under compression, all three unit cell axes participate, albeit unequally. PMID:15267608

  19. Triazolyl-Based Molecular Gels as Ligands for Autocatalytic 'Click' Reactions.

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    Araújo, Marco; Díaz-Oltra, Santiago; Escuder, Beatriu

    2016-06-13

    The catalytic performance of triazolyl-based molecular gels was investigated in the Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of alkynes and azides. Low-molecular-weight gelators derived from l-valine were synthesized and functionalized with a triazole fragment. The resultant compounds formed gels either with or without copper, in a variety of solvents of different polarity. The gelators coordinated Cu(I) and exhibited a high catalytic activity in the gel phase for the model reaction between phenylacetylene and benzylazide. Additionally, the gels were able to participate in autocatalytic synthesis and the influence of small structural changes on their performance was observed. PMID:27168408

  20. A systematic revision on Caralluma species of Saudi Arabia based on karyological and molecular data

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    A systematic revision of 13 species of the genus Caralluma (Apocynaceae - Asclepiadoideae - Ceropegieae) from the flora of Saudi Arabia based on the evaluation of karyological and molecular data was carried out. Karyotype criteria and polyploid variations were discussed. Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD-PCR) techniques were also used in this study to distinguish these species. Karyotype features of the studied species and molecular data were used to reassess the relationships of the 13 species of Caralluma in the light of the current systems of classification. (author)

  1. ESTRATÉGIAS PRODUTIVAS E APLICAÇÃO DE PRINCÍPIOS DA AGROECOLOGIA: o caso dos agricultores familiares de base ecológica da cooperativa dos agropecuaristas solidários de Itápolis - COAGROSOL

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    Almeida, Gustavo Fonseca de; Abreu, Lucimar Santiago

    2009-01-01

    O artigo apresenta uma análise das estratégias produtivas de unidades certificadas de uma cooperativa de agricultores familiares de Itápolis (SP). Verificou-se nessas unidades a aplicação de princípios da agroecologia recomendados pela agricultura de base ecológica, em observância à agro-biodiversidade, à reciclagem de material e aos aspectos socioeconômicos do processo de conversão e transição agroecológica. A pesquisa desenvolveu-se por meio da complementaridade de abordagens proporcionada ...

  2. The LEONARDO-DA-VINCI pilot project "e-learning-assistant" - Situation-based learning in nursing education.

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    Pfefferle, Petra Ina; Van den Stock, Etienne; Nauerth, Annette

    2010-07-01

    E-learning will play an important role in the training portfolio of students in higher and vocational education. Within the LEONARDO-DA-VINCI action programme transnational pilot projects were funded by the European Union, which aimed to improve the usage and quality of e-learning tools in education and professional training. The overall aim of the LEONARDO-DA-VINCI pilot project "e-learning-assistant" was to create new didactical and technical e-learning tools for Europe-wide use in nursing education. Based on a new situation-oriented learning approach, nursing teachers enrolled in the project were instructed to adapt, develop and implement e- and blended learning units. According to the training contents nursing modules were developed by teachers from partner institutions, implemented in the project centers and evaluated by students. The user-package "e-learning-assistant" as a product of the project includes two teacher training units, the authoring tool "synapse" to create situation-based e-learning units, a student's learning platform containing blended learning modules in nursing and an open sourced web-based communication centre. PMID:19883959

  3. DESENVOLVIMENTO E SITUAÇÃO ATUAL DA AGRICULTURA DE BASE ECOLÓGICA NO BRASIL E NO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO

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    Abreu, Lucimar Santiago; Kledal, Paul,; Pettan, Kleber; Rabello, Fernando; Mendes , Sérgio C.

    2009-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho é o de apresentar a situação atual do desenvolvimento da produção de base ecológica no Brasil, e no Estado de São Paulo. Para tanto, resgatou-se o histórico da emergência e expansão da agricultura de base ecológica, identificou-se a diversidade da produção e do mercado, os elementos motivadores desta expansão e os obstáculos, à luz do contexto atual. Realizamos a interpretação sócio-econômica de dados estatísticos coletados, análise de entrevistas efetuadas com difer...

  4. Análise Bibliométrica da produção científica em gestão da informação na base de dados lisa / Bibliometrics analysis of scientific production in management information in the lisa database

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    Luiza da Silva Kleinubing

    2010-01-01

    Descreve e analisa as principais características bibliométricas das publicações relacionadas à área de gestão da informação da base de dados Lisa, uma das bases com maior visibilidade no campo da Biblioteconomia e Ciência da Informação. Foram analisados 138 artigos. A metodologia de pesquisa combina métodos bibliométricos e softwares, a característica da pesquisa é quantitativa, pois enumera e mede, e qualitativa, pois compreende e explica. Conclui-se sinalizando que os métodos bibliométricos...

  5. Gold-based hybrid nanomaterials for biosensing and molecular diagnostic applications.

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    Kim, Jung Eun; Choi, Ji Hye; Colas, Marion; Kim, Dong Ha; Lee, Hyukjin

    2016-06-15

    The properties of gold nanomaterials are particularly of interest to many researchers, since they show unique physiochemical properties such as optical adsorption of specific wavelength of light, high electrical conductance with rich surface electrons, and facile surface modification with sulfhydryl groups. These properties have facilitated the use of gold nanomaterials in the development of various hybrid systems for biosensors and molecular diagnostics. Combined with various synthetic materials such as fluorescence dyes, polymers, oligonucleotides, graphene oxides (GO), and quantum dots (QDs), the gold-based hybrid nanomaterials offer multi-functionalities in molecular detection with high specificity and sensitivity. These two aspects result in the increase of detection speed as well as the lower detection limits, having shown that this diagnosis method is more effective than other conventional ones. In this review, we have highlighted various examples of nanomaterials for biosensing and molecular diagnostics. The gold-based hybrid systems are categorized by three distinct detection approaches, in which include (1) optical, such as surface plasmon resonance (SPR), RAMAN, and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), (2) fluorescence, such as förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) and nanomaterial surface energy transfer (NSET), and (3) electrochemical, such as potentiometic, amperometric, and conductometric. Each example provides the detailed mechanism of molecular detection as well as the supporting experimental result with the limit of detection (LOD). Lastly, future perspective on novel development of gold-based hybrid nanomaterials is discussed as well as their challenges. PMID:26894985

  6. O campo da história da educação no Brasil: um estudo baseado nos grupos de pesquisa The field of history of education in Brazil: a study based on research groups

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    Carlos Roberto Massao Hayashi; Amarílio Ferreira Junior

    2010-01-01

    O estudo realizado refere-se ao campo da História da Educação no Brasil e foi baseado na análise dos grupos de pesquisa que integram o Diretório de Grupos de Pesquisa no Brasil/CNPq. Utilizou-se software de análise bibliométrica com o objetivo identificar as características dos grupos de pesquisa. Os resultados obtidos na base censitária 2004 do Diretório de Grupos de Pesquisa/CNPq identificaram a existência de 108 grupos e 317 linhas de pesquisa em História da Educação. Entre as temáticas de...

  7. Correlation of microarray-based breast cancer molecular subtypes and clinical outcomes: implications for treatment optimization

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    Optimizing treatment through microarray-based molecular subtyping is a promising method to address the problem of heterogeneity in breast cancer; however, current application is restricted to prediction of distant recurrence risk. This study investigated whether breast cancer molecular subtyping according to its global intrinsic biology could be used for treatment customization. Gene expression profiling was conducted on fresh frozen breast cancer tissue collected from 327 patients in conjunction with thoroughly documented clinical data. A method of molecular subtyping based on 783 probe-sets was established and validated. Statistical analysis was performed to correlate molecular subtypes with survival outcome and adjuvant chemotherapy regimens. Heterogeneity of molecular subtypes within groups sharing the same distant recurrence risk predicted by genes of the Oncotype and MammaPrint predictors was studied. We identified six molecular subtypes of breast cancer demonstrating distinctive molecular and clinical characteristics. These six subtypes showed similarities and significant differences from the Perou-Sørlie intrinsic types. Subtype I breast cancer was in concordance with chemosensitive basal-like intrinsic type. Adjuvant chemotherapy of lower intensity with CMF yielded survival outcome similar to those of CAF in this subtype. Subtype IV breast cancer was positive for ER with a full-range expression of HER2, responding poorly to CMF; however, this subtype showed excellent survival when treated with CAF. Reduced expression of a gene associated with methotrexate sensitivity in subtype IV was the likely reason for poor response to methotrexate. All subtype V breast cancer was positive for ER and had excellent long-term survival with hormonal therapy alone following surgery and/or radiation therapy. Adjuvant chemotherapy did not provide any survival benefit in early stages of subtype V patients. Subtype V was consistent with a unique subset of luminal A intrinsic

  8. Discovery of Anti-SARS Coronavirus Drug Based on Molecular Docking and Database Screening

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    CHEN,Hai-Feng(陈海峰); YAO,Jian-Hua(姚建华); SUN,Jing(孙晶); LI,Qiang(李强); LI,Feng(李丰); FAN,Bo-Tao(范波涛); YUAN,Shen-Gang(袁身刚)

    2004-01-01

    The active site of 3CL proteinase (3CLpro) for coronavirus was identified by comparing the crystal structures of human and porcine coronavirus. The inhibitor of the main protein of rhinovirus (Ag7088) could bind with 3CLpro of human coronavirus, then it was selected as the reference for molecular docking and database screening. The ligands from two databases were used to search potential lead structures with molecular docking. Several structures from natural products and ACD-SC databases were found to have lower binding free energy with 3CLpro than that of Ag7088. These structures have similar hydrophobicity to Ag7088. They have complementary electrostatic potential and hydrogen bond acceptor and donor with 3CLpro, showing that the strategy of anti-SARS drug design based on molecular docking and database screening is feasible.

  9. A Cucurbit[7]uril Based Molecular Shuttle Encoded by Visible Room-Temperature Phosphorescence.

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    Gong, Yifan; Chen, Hui; Ma, Xiang; Tian, He

    2016-06-17

    A visible room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) signal, generated by complexation of cururbit[7]uril (CB[7]) and bromo-substituted isoquinoline in aqueous solution, is employed to address the shuttling of a pH-controlling molecular shuttle fabricated by CB[7] and a phosphor 6-bromoisoquinoline derivative IQC[5]. The CB[7] host shuttles along the axial guest under acidic conditions, accompanied by a weak RTP emission signal, while deprotonation of the guest IQC[5] makes the CB[7] wheel locate on the phosphor group, leading to intense RTP emission. The switching RTP emission of the molecular shuttle, via pH adjusting, can be visibly identified by the naked eye. This is the first CB-based molecular shuttle with an RTP signal as the output address of its shuttling and conformation. PMID:26548653

  10. STM investigation of imine-based molecular switches on Au(111)

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    Mielke, Johannes; Grill, Leonhard [Institut fuer Experimentalphysik, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany); Luo, Ying; Haag, Rainer [Institut fuer Chemie und Biochemie - Organische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    In the field of molecular electronics, molecular switches are highly relevant because they can control the conductance. Switches based on azobenzene molecules have attracted large interest in the last years. A very similar molecular switch can be created by replacing the functional azo group by an imine group, which does not considerably alter the electronic structure of the molecule and conserves the capability of undergoing a reversible trans-cis isomerisation. Such processes have already been studied in solution and the gas phase but not on surfaces. In this work, imine molecules with four tert-butyl groups were adsorbed on Au(111) and their adsorption and switching behaviour were studied using a low temperature STM. The molecules were found to form two types of ordered islands and an interesting irreversible switching behaviour was observed when looking at their temperature dependence, because the number of trans isomers was reduced upon heating of the sample.

  11. Competency-Based Education for the Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow: A Report of the Association for Molecular Pathology Training and Education Committee

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    Talbert, Michael L.; Dunn, S. Terence; Hunt, Jennifer; Hillyard, David R.; Mirza, Imran; Nowak, Jan A.; Van Deerlin, Vivianna; Vnencak-Jones, Cindy L.

    2009-01-01

    The following report represents guidelines for competency-based fellowship training in Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) developed by the Association for Molecular Pathology Training and Education Committee and Directors of MGP Programs in the United States. The goals of the effort were to describe each of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies as they apply to MGP fellowship training, provide a summary of goals and objectives, and recommend assessment tools. Th...

  12. Linear intensity normalization of DaTSCAN images using Mean Square Error and a model-based clustering approach.

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    Brahim, Abdelbasset; Górriz, Juan Manuel; Ramírez, Javier; Khedher, Laila

    2014-01-01

    The analysis of 3D SPECT brain images requires several pre-processing steps such as intensity normalization and brain feature extraction. In this sense, a new method for intensity normalization of 123I-ioflupane-SPECT (DaTSCAN) brain images based on minimization of the Mean Square Error (MSE) between the Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM)-based extracted features from each subject image and a template in the so-defined non-specific region is derived. Our approach to feature extraction consists of using the set of parameters that define the template features, such as weights, covariance matrices and mean vectors to model the remaining images by reducing, consequently their dimensionality. The proposed method is compared to a widely used approach such as specific-to-non-specific binding ratio normalization. This comparison is performed on a DaTSCAN image database comprising analysis and classification stages for the development of a computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system for Parkinsonian syndrome (PS) detection. PMID:25488231

  13. Redução da massa molecular e funcionalização do poli(3-hidroxibutirato-co-3-hidroxivalerato (PHBHV via hidrólise ácida e transesterificação com glicóis Reduction of molecular weight and functionalization of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hidroxyvalerate (PHBHV by acid hydrolysis and transesterification with glycols

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    Sérgio R. Montoro

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foi realizado um estudo da redução da massa molecular do poli (3-hidroxibutirato-co-3-hidroxivalerato (PHBHV usando duas metodologias: hidrólise ácida com ácido clorídrico e transesterificação com etilenoglicol e hexilenoglicol. Foram investigados os parâmetros do processo: tempo, temperatura e concentração de catalisadores. Todas as metodologias estudadas geraram biopolímeros com massa molecular reduzida e funcionalizados com grupos hidroxila e carboxila terminais. Foram comparadas as metodologias estudadas, onde foi possível determinar a metodologia mais eficaz na funcionalização do PHBHV. A redução da massa molecular, associada a estratégias de funcionalização, é extremamente útil para promover alterações na taxa de degradação do PHBHV, ampliando assim as suas aplicações como biomateriais.In this work we investigated the reduction in molecular weight of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBHV with two methods: by acid hydrolysis and transesterification with ethylene and hexyleneglycol. The processing parameters studied were time, temperature and concentration of catalysts. Both methodologies resulted in functionalized biopolymers with hydroxyl and carboxyl end-groups and reduced molecular weight. A comparison of the methodologies allowed us to determine which one was more efficient for the functionalization of PHBHV. The reduction in molecular weight associated with functionalization strategies is extremely useful to induce changes in the degradation rate of materials, thus broadening their applications as biomaterials.

  14. Lesões histológicas no sistema nervoso central de cães com encefalite e diagnóstico molecular da infecção pelo vírus da cinomose canina

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    Gebara C.M.S.; Wosiacki S.R.; Negrão F.J.; Alfieri A.A.; Alfieri A.F.

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    Dez amostras de urina de cães que apresentavam sinais clínicos sistêmicos e neurológicos indicativos da infecção pelo vírus da cinomose canina (CDV) foram analisadas pela técnica da reação em cadeia pela polimerase precedida de transcrição reversa (RT-PCR) para a detecção do RNA do CDV. O exame histopatológico foi realizado em fragmentos de cérebro, cerebelo e bexiga. Como controle negativo foram colhidos fragmentos de órgãos e urina de quatro cães sem sinais clínicos de doença infecciosa e q...

  15. Molecular and serological detection of Ehrlichia spp. in cats on São Luís Island, Maranhão, Brazil Detecção molecular e sorológica de Ehrlichia spp. em gatos da ilha de São Luís, Maranhão, Brasil

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    Maria do Socorro Costa de Oliveira Braga

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne disease that affects both humans and animals. The few existing reports on ehrlichiosis in Brazilian cats have been based on observation of morulae in leukocytes and, more recently, on molecular detection of Ehrlichia sp. In this study, we assessed occurrences of Ehrlichia sp. in the blood of 200 domestic cats in São Luís, Maranhão. Of the 200 animals tested, 11 (5.5% were seropositive for Ehrlichia sp. and two (1% were positive for Ehrlichia sp. in PCR. We also performed DNA sequence alignment to establish the identity of the parasite species infecting these animals, using the gene 16S rRNA. One cat presented infection with Ehrlichia sp. with 98% identity with E. canis, and another cat infected with Ehrlichia sp. showed 97% identity with E. chaffeensis. This is the first study on molecular detection of Ehrlichia sp. among domestic cats in São Luís, Maranhão.Erliquiose é uma enfermidade transmitida por carrapatos que afeta seres humanos e animais. Os poucos relatos de erliquiose em gatos, no Brasil, são baseados na observação de mórulas em leucócitos e, mais recentemente, na detecção molecular de Ehrlichia sp. Neste estudo, foi avaliada a ocorrência de Ehrlichia sp. no sangue de 200 gatos de São Luís, Maranhão. Dos 200 animais testados, 11 (5,5% foram soropositivos para Ehrlichia sp. e dois (1% foram positivos na PCR para Ehrlichia spp. O alinhamento de sequências de DNA baseado no gene 16S rRNA foi conduzido para estabelecer a identidade da espécie de parasito que infectou estes animais. Um gato apresentou infecção por uma espécie de Ehrlichia sp. com 98% de identidade com E. canis; e outro mostrou-se infectado por Ehrlichia sp. com 97% de identidade com E. chaffeensis. Este estudo traz a primeira detecção molecular de Ehrlichia sp. em gatos de São Luís, Maranhão.

  16. Sensitivity evaluation of a single-step PCR assay using Ehrlichia canis p28 gene as a target and its application in diagnosis of canine ehrlichiosis Avaliação da sensibilidade da PCR em uma etapa com base no gene p28 de Ehrlichia canis e sua aplicação no diagnóstico da erliquiose canina

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    Andrea Cristina Higa Nakaghi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to optimize a PCR assay that amplifies an 843 pb fragment from the p28 gene of Ehrlichia canis and compare it with two other PCR methods used to amplify portions of the 16S rRNA and dsb genes of Ehrlichia. Blood samples were collected from dogs suspected of having a positive diagnosis for canine ehrlichiosis. Amplification of the p28 gene by PCR produced an 843-bp fragment and this assay could detect DNA from one gene copy among 1 billion cells. All positive samples detected by the p28-based PCR were also positive by the 16S rRNA nested-PCR and also by the dsb-based PCR. Among the p28-based PCR negative samples, 55.3% were co-negatives, but 27.6% were positive in 16S rRNA and dsb based PCR assays. The p28-based PCR seems to be a useful test for the molecular detection of E. canis, however improvements in this PCR sensitivity are desired, so that it can become an important alternative in the diagnosis of canine ehrlichiosis.O objetivo deste estudo foi aperfeiçoar um ensaio de PCR que amplificasse um fragmento de 843 pares de bases do gene p28 da Ehrlichia canis e compará-lo com outros dois métodos de PCR utilizados para amplificar partes do gene 16S rRNA e dsb do gênero Ehrlichia. Amostras sanguíneas foram colhidas de cães com diagnóstico clínico de erliquiose. A amplificação do gene p28 pela PCR produziu um fragmento de 843pb e esse ensaio permitiu a detecção do DNA de um parasita dentre 1 bilhão de células. Todas as amostras positivas detectadas pela PCR baseada no gene p28 foram também positivas pela nested PCR para detecção do gene 16S rRNA e também pela PCR dsb. Dentre as amostras negativas para a PCR p28, 55,3% foram co-negativas, mas 27,6% foram positivas pela PCR baseada nos genes 16S rRNA e dsb. A PCR p28 parece ser um teste útil para detecção molecular de E. canis, entretanto otimizações na sensibilidade nesta PCR são necessárias, para que esta técnica se torne uma importante

  17. Atitude empreendedora: validação de um instrumento de medida com base no modelo de resposta gradual da teoria da resposta ao item.

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    Antônio Cezar Bornia

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    Full Text Available A escala instrumento de medida de atitude empreendedora (Imae, desenvolvida por Souza e Lopes Jr. (2005, contém duas dimensões: prospecção e inovação, e gestão e persistência. Com a finalidade de verificar a validade e o intervalo em que propicia a medida de atitude empreendedora, além de investigar sua capacidade de discriminar a resposta que o indivíduo está apto a dar, o objetivo deste artigo é validar a escala Imae por meio do modelo de resposta gradual da teoria da resposta ao item (TRI, que revolucionou a teoria de medidas. A TRI, construtos da psicologia utilizados em estudos de discriminação de respostas, em especial em grandes amostras de respondentes a um determinado fenômeno, é constituída de modelos matemáticos que relacionam um ou mais traços latentes (não observados de um indivíduo com a probabilidade de este dar uma determinada resposta a um item. O ponto crucial da TRI é que ela leva em consideração o item particularmente, sem relevar os escores totais, portanto as conclusões não dependem apenas do teste ou questionário, mas de cada elemento que o compõe. Os principais resultados encontrados foram a identificação de dois níveis da escala, denominados âncoras, que permitem interpretar tendências de pessoas com atitude empreendedora e a constatação de que os itens da escala Imae apresentam boa capacidade de discriminar a resposta que o indivíduo está apto a dar, o que confere qualidade aos itens e, portanto, à escala. A importância deste estudo reside no papel fundamental que a atitude desempenha nas escolhas que as pessoas fazem em relação à própria vida, de modo a ajudá-las a determinar seus próprios atos.

  18. Evaluation of the 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) as a target for molecular imaging and therapy of glioblastoma in an experimental rat model

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    In France alone, there are 3000 new cases of glioblastoma multiform (GBM) per year and therefore GBM is the most common and aggressive form of the primary tumor in the central nervous system (CNS). The clinical prognosis for glioblastoma patients is extremely poor with a median survival period that rarely exceeds 15 months post-diagnosis. Since the study performed by Stupp and colleagues in 2005, the standard treatment for newly diagnosed glioblastoma consists of surgical removal of the tumor, followed by radiotherapy and concomitant chemotherapy with temozolomide. The 18 kDa Translocator Protein (TSPO), previously known as the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR) is a mitochondrial membrane protein known to be implicated in cholesterol transport, protein import, transport of porphyrin, cell proliferation and apoptosis through its interaction with VDAC (Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel) in the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTPM). Previous studies have reported overexpression of TSPO in brain tumors, suggesting that this protein may represent a molecular target for the therapy of GBM. In particular, Erucyl-phospho-homo-choline (ErPC3, erufosine), an alkyl-phosphocholine, seems to be a promising agent in the treatment of glioblastoma. Previous studies have reported its ability to induce apoptosis in otherwise highly apoptosis resistant glioma cell lines and ErPC3 induced apoptosis seems to require the presence TSPO. [18F]DPA-714, a new TSPO radioligand for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, was developed at the CEA and validated in different models of neuro-inflammation. The hypotheses underlying this thesis are: 1) that the overexpression of TSPO in GBM can be detected by PET imaging using [18F]DPA-714 and 2) that the targeting of TSPO, via specific ligands or via ErPC3, can induce apoptosis in GBM. The objectives of the thesis were: 1) to evaluate the expression of TSPO in a panel of rodent and human glioma cell lines and 2) to

  19. Molecular-based tumour subtypes of canine mammary carcinomas assessed by immunohistochemistry

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    Sarli Giuseppe

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human breast cancer is classified by gene expression profile into subtypes consisting of two hormone (oestrogen and/or progesterone receptor-positive types (luminal-like A and luminal-like B and three hormone receptor-negative types [human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-expressing, basal-like, and unclassified ("normal-like"]. Immunohistochemical surrogate panels are also proposed to potentially identify the molecular-based groups. The present study aimed to apply an immunohistochemical panel (anti-ER, -PR, -ERB-B2, -CK 5/6 and -CK14 in a series of canine malignant mammary tumours to verify the molecular-based classification, its correlation with invasion and grade, and its use as a prognostic aid in veterinary practice. Results Thirty-five tumours with luminal pattern (ER+ and PR+ were subgrouped into 13 A type and 22 B type, if ERB-B2 positive or negative. Most luminal-like A and basal-like tumours were grade 1 carcinomas, while the percentage of luminal B tumours was higher in grades 2 and 3 (Pearson Chi-square P = 0.009. No difference in the percentage of molecular subtypes was found between simple and complex/mixed carcinomas (Pearson Chi-square P = 0.47. No significant results were obtained by survival analysis, even if basal-like tumours had a more favourable prognosis than luminal-like lesions. Conclusion The panel of antibodies identified only three tumour groups (luminal-like A and B, and basal-like in the dog. Even though canine mammary tumours may be a model of human breast cancer, the existence of the same carcinoma molecular subtypes in women awaits confirmation. Canine mammary carcinomas show high molecular heterogeneity, which would benefit from a classification based on molecular differences. Stage and grade showed independent associations with survival in the multivariate regression, while molecular subtype grouping and histological type did not show associations. This suggests that caution should be

  20. Arylazopyrazoles as Light-Responsive Molecular Switches in Cyclodextrin-Based Supramolecular Systems.

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    Stricker, Lucas; Fritz, Eva-Corinna; Peterlechner, Martin; Doltsinis, Nikos L; Ravoo, Bart Jan

    2016-04-01

    A simple and high yield synthesis of water-soluble arylazopyrazoles (AAPs) featuring superior photophysical properties is reported. The introduction of a carboxylic acid allows the diverse functionalization of AAPs. Based on structural modifications of the switching unit the photophysical properties of the AAPs could be tuned to obtain molecular switches with favorable photostationary states. Furthermore, AAPs form stable and light-responsive host-guest complexes with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD). Our most efficient AAP shows binding affinities comparable to azobenzenes, but more effective switching and higher thermal stability of the Z-isomer. As a proof-of-principle, we investigated two CD-based supramolecular systems, containing either cyclodextrin vesicles (CDVs) or cyclodextrin-functionalized gold nanoparticles (CDAuNPs), which revealed excellent reversible, light-responsive aggregation and dispersion behavior. To conclude, AAPs have great potential to be incorporated as molecular switches in highly demanding and multivalent photoresponsive systems. PMID:26972671

  1. Important issues facing model-based approaches to tunneling transport in molecular junctions

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    Baldea, Ioan

    2015-01-01

    Extensive studies on thin films indicated a generic cubic current-voltage $I-V$ dependence as a salient feature of charge transport by tunneling. A quick glance at $I-V$ data for molecular junctions suggests a qualitatively similar behavior. This would render model-based studies almost irrelevant, since, whatever the model, its parameters can always be adjusted to fit symmetric (asymmetric) $I-V$ curves characterized by two (three) expansion coefficients. Here, we systematically examine popular models based on tunneling barrier or tight-binding pictures and demonstrate that, for a quantitative description at biases of interest ($V$ slightly higher than the transition voltage $V_t$), cubic expansions do not suffice. A detailed collection of analytical formulae as well as their conditions of applicability are presented to facilitate experimentalists colleagues to process and interpret their experimental data by obtained by measuring currents in molecular junctions. We discuss in detail the limits of applicabili...

  2. A density-based adaptive quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical method.

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    Waller, Mark P; Kumbhar, Sadhana; Yang, Jack

    2014-10-20

    We present a density-based adaptive quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (DBA-QM/MM) method, whereby molecules can switch layers from the QM to the MM region and vice versa. The adaptive partitioning of the molecular system ensures that the layer assignment can change during the optimization procedure, that is, on the fly. The switch from a QM molecule to a MM molecule is determined if there is an absence of noncovalent interactions to any atom of the QM core region. The presence/absence of noncovalent interactions is determined by analysis of the reduced density gradient. Therefore, the location of the QM/MM boundary is based on physical arguments, and this neatly removes some empiricism inherent in previous adaptive QM/MM partitioning schemes. The DBA-QM/MM method is validated by using a water-in-water setup and an explicitly solvated L-alanyl-L-alanine dipeptide. PMID:24954803

  3. Efficient electronic coupling and improved stability with dithiocarbamate-based molecular junctions

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    von Wrochem, Florian; Gao, Deqing; Scholz, Frank; Nothofer, Heinz-Georg; Nelles, Gabriele; Wessels, Jurina M.

    2010-08-01

    Molecular electronic devices require stable and highly conductive contacts between the metal electrodes and molecules. Thiols and amines are widely used to attach molecules to metals, but they form poor electrical contacts and lack the robustness required for device applications. Here, we demonstrate that dithiocarbamates provide superior electrical contact and thermal stability when compared to thiols on metals. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory show the presence of electronic states at 0.6 eV below the Fermi level of Au, which effectively reduce the charge injection barrier across the metal-molecule interface. Charge transport measurements across oligophenylene monolayers reveal that the conductance of terphenyl-dithiocarbamate junctions is two orders of magnitude higher than that of terphenyl-thiolate junctions. The stability and low contact resistance of dithiocarbamate-based molecular junctions represent a significant step towards the development of robust, organic-based electronic circuits.

  4. Sputum-Based Molecular Biomarkers for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer: Limitations and Promise

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    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, with an overall survival of 15% at five years. Biomarkers that can sensitively and specifically detect lung cancer at early stage are crucial for improving this poor survival rate. Sputum has been the target for the discovery of non-invasive biomarkers for lung cancer because it contains airway epithelial cells, and molecular alterations identified in sputum are most likely to reflect tumor-associated changes or field cancerization caused by smoking in the lung. Sputum-based molecular biomarkers include morphology, allelic imbalance, promoter hypermethylation, gene mutations and, recently, differential miRNA expression. To improve the sensitivity and reproducibility of sputum-based biomarkers, we recommend standardization of processing protocols, bronchial epithelial cell enrichment, and identification of field cancerization biomarkers

  5. Development of a molecularly imprinted polymer based surface plasmon resonance sensor for theophylline monitoring

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    Zheng, Rui; Cameron, Brent D.

    2011-03-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) thin films and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensing technologies were combined to develop a novel sensing platform for monitoring real-time theophylline concentration, which is a compound of interest in environmental monitoring and a molecular probe for phenotyping certain cytochrome P450 enzymes. The MIPs hydrogel is easy to synthesize and provides shape-selective recognition with high affinity to specific target molecules. Different polymerization formulas were tested and optimized. The influence of the monomer sensitive factors were addressed by SPR. SPR is an evanescent wave optics based sensing technique that is suitable for real-time and label free sensing purposes. Gold nanorods (Au NRs) were uniformly immobilized onto a SPR sensing surface for the construction of a fiber optics based prism-free localized SPR (LSPR) measurement. This technique can be also applied to assess the activities of other small organic molecules by adjusting the polymerization formula, thus, this approach also has many other potential applications.

  6. Recent emergence of photon upconversion based on triplet energy migration in molecular assemblies.

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    Yanai, Nobuhiro; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2016-04-01

    An emerging field of triplet energy migration-based photon upconversion (TEM-UC) is reviewed. Highly efficient photon upconversion has been realized in a wide range of chromophore assemblies, such as non-solvent liquids, ionic liquids, amorphous solids, gels, supramolecular assemblies, molecular crystals, and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The control over their assembly structures allows for unexpected air-stability and maximum upconversion quantum yield at weak solar irradiance that has never been achieved by the conventional molecular diffusion-based mechanism. The introduction of the "self-assembly" concept offers a new perspective in photon upconversion research and triplet exciton science, which show promise for numerous applications ranging from solar energy conversion to chemical biology. PMID:26947379

  7. Initiating Heavy-atom Based Phasing by Multi-Dimensional Molecular Replacement

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    Pedersen, Bjørn Panyella; Gourdon, Pontus Emanuel; Liu, Xiangyu;

    2014-01-01

    To obtain an electron-density map from a macromolecular crystal the phase-problem needs to be solved, which often involves the use of heavy-atom derivative crystals and concomitantly the determination of the heavy atom substructure. This is customarily done by direct methods or Patterson......-based approaches, which however may fail when only poorly diffracting derivative crystals are available, as often the case for e.g. membrane proteins. Here we present an approach for heavy atom site identification based on a Molecular Replacement Parameter Matrix (MRPM) search. It involves an n-dimensional search...... to test a wide spectrum of molecular replacement parameters, such as clusters of different conformations. The result is scored by the ability to identify heavy-atom positions, from anomalous difference Fourier maps, that allow meaningful phases to be determined. The strategy was successfully applied...

  8. Plasmon Resonance Energy Transfer (PRET)-based Molecular Imaging of Cytochrome c in Living Cells

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    Choi, Yeonho; Kang, Taewook; Lee, Luke P.

    2009-01-01

    We describe the development of innovative plasmon resonance energy transfer (PRET)-based molecular imaging of biomolecules in living cells. Our strategy of in vivo PRET imaging relies on the resonant plasmonic energy transfer from a gold nanoplasmonic probe to conjugated target molecules, which creates “quantized quenching dips” within the Rayleigh scattering spectrum of the probe. The positions of these quantized quenching dips exactly match with the absorption peaks of the target molecule s...

  9. Modeling of Car-Following Required Safe Distance Based on Molecular Dynamics

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    Dayi Qu; Xiufeng Chen; Wansan Yang; Xiaohua Bian

    2014-01-01

    In car-following procedure, some distances are reserved between the vehicles, through which drivers can avoid collisions with vehicles before and after them in the same lane and keep a reasonable clearance with lateral vehicles. This paper investigates characters of vehicle operating safety in car following state based on required safe distance. To tackle this problem, we probe into required safe distance and car-following model using molecular dynamics, covering longitudinal and lateral safe...

  10. Molecular-Based Assay for Simultaneous Detection of Four Plasmodium spp. and Wuchereria bancrofti Infections

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    MEHLOTRA, RAJEEV K.; Gray, Laurie R; Blood-Zikursh, Melinda J.; Kloos, Zachary; Henry-Halldin, Cara N.; Tisch, Daniel J.; Thomsen, Edward; Reimer, Lisa; Kastens, Will; Baea, Manasseh; Baea, Kaye; Baisor, Moses; Tarongka, Nandao; Kazura, James W; Zimmerman, Peter A

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    Four major malaria-causing Plasmodium spp. and lymphatic filariasis-causing Wuchereria bancrofti are co-endemic in many tropical and sub-tropical regions. Among molecular diagnostic assays, multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR)–based assays for the simultaneous detection of DNAs from these parasite species are currently available only for P. falciparum and W. bancrofti or P. vivax and W. bancrofti. Using a post-PCR oligonucleotide ligation detection reaction–fluorescent microsphere assay ...

  11. Radical Gas-Based DNA Decontamination for Ultra-Sensitive Molecular Experiments

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    Morono, Yuki; Yamamoto, Katsuhiro; Inagaki, Fumio

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we tested a radical gas-based decontamination technique to prevent possible DNA contamination by the air and/or equipment used in molecular experiments. We prepared 104 molecules of model DNA contaminant and placed the dried DNA into test tubes, which were then exposed to radical gas. Quantitative PCR analysis showed that, even after a short exposure time of 30 minutes, 99.54% of the model DNA contaminant was effectively decomposed to undetectable levels. Our results demonstrat...

  12. Multi-scale computational framework for evaluating of the performance of molecular based flash cells

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    Georgiev, Vihar; Asenov, Asen

    2015-01-01

    In this work we present a multi-scale computational framework for evaluation of statistical variability in a molecular based non-volatile memory cell. As a test case we analyse a BULK flash cell with polyoxometalates (POM) inorganic molecules used as storage centres. We focuse our discussions on the methodology and development of our innovative and unique computational framework. The capability of the discussed multi-scale approach is demonstrated by establishing a link between the threshold ...

  13. Modeling the relationship between body weight and energy intake: A molecular diffusion-based approach

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    Gong Zhejun; Gong Zhefeng

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Body weight is at least partly controlled by the choices made by a human in response to external stimuli. Changes in body weight are mainly caused by energy intake. By analyzing the mechanisms involved in food intake, we considered that molecular diffusion plays an important role in body weight changes. We propose a model based on Fick's second law of diffusion to simulate the relationship between energy intake and body weight. Results This model was applied to food intake...

  14. Reusable molecular sensor based on photonic activation control of DNA probes

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    Nishimura, Takahiro; Ogura, Yusuke; Tanida, Jun

    2012-01-01

    We propose a photoactivatable and resettable molecular sensor using DNA probes. The functionality is achieved by reversible change of DNA structure induced via photonic signals. Based on the mechanism, the sensor can detect target molecules at a desired instant and can be returned to its initial state after detection. The experimental results demonstrate that the concentrations of the target molecules are detected correctly and repeatedly according to the light signal.

  15. Synthetic molecular systems based on porphyrins as models for the study of energy transfer in photosynthesis

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    The published data on the synthesis and photochemical properties of porphyrin-based molecular ensembles which represent models of natural photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes are generalised and systematised. The dependence of the transfer of excitation energy on the distance between donor and acceptor components, their mutual arrangement, electronic and environmental factors are discussed. Two mechanisms of energy transfer reactions, viz., 'through space' and 'through bond', are considered. The bibliography includes 96 references.

  16. Molecular Characterization of Soil Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria Based on the Genes Encoding Ammonia Monooxygenase

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    Alzerreca, Jose Javier

    1999-01-01

    Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) are chemolithotrophs that oxidize ammonia/ammonium to nitrite in a two-step process to obtain energy for survival. AOB are difficult to isolate from the environment and iso lated strains may not represent the diversity in soil. A genetic database and molecular tools were developed based on the ammonia monooxygenase (AMO) encoding genes that can be used to assess the diversity of AOB that exist in soil and aquatic environments without the isolation of pure cult...

  17. Cellulose acetate-based molecularly imprinted polymeric membrane for separation of vanillin and o-vanillin

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    Chunjing Zhang; Shian Zhong; Zhengpeng Yang

    2008-01-01

    Cellulose acetate-based molecularly imprinted polymeric membranes were prepared using vanillin as template molecule. The microscopic structure of the resultant polymeric membranes was characterized by SEM and FTIR spectroscopy, and the selective binding properties and separation capacity of the membranes for vanillin and o-vanillin were tested with binding experiments and separate experiments, respectively. The results showed that the vanillin-imprinted polymeric membranes displayed higher bi...

  18. Kinetic Energy-Based Temperature Computation in Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Liu, Bin; Xu, Ran; He, Xiaoqiao

    2009-01-01

    The average kinetic energy is widely used to characterize temperature in molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. In this letter, the applicability of three types of average kinetic energy as measures of temperature is investigated, i.e., the total kinetic energy, kinetic energy without the centroid translation part, and thermal disturbance kinetic energy. Our MD simulations indicate that definitions of temperature based on the kinetic energy including rigid translational or rotational motion may ...

  19. Geometric filters for protein–ligand complexes based on phenomenological molecular models

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    Sudakov O. O.; Balinskyi O. M.; Platonov M. O.; Kovalskyy D. B.

    2013-01-01

    Molecular docking is a widely used method of computer-aided drug design capable of accurate prediction of protein-ligand complex conformations. However, scoring functions used to estimate free energy of binding still lack accuracy. Aim. Development of computationally simple and rapid algorithms for ranking ligands based on docking results. Methods. Computational filters utilizing geometry of protein-ligand complex were designed. Efficiency of the filters was verified in a cross-docking study ...

  20. Remote Detection of Xenon-based Molecular Sensors and the Development of Novel Paramagnetic Agents

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    Smith, Monica A.

    2012-01-01

    Applications of laser-polarized xenon nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging have grown in number due to the exceptional sensitivity of xenon to its local environment. When paired with microfluidic technology, xenon-based molecular sensors (XBMS) have the potential to be used in a broad range of applications from medical devices to geochemistry. Detection of XBMS on a microfluidic chip requires remote detection NMR methodology, where the encoding and detection of aqueous...

  1. Molecular Toxicology of Substances Released from Resin–Based Dental Restorative Materials

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    Athina Bakopoulou; Triantafillos Papadopoulos; Pavlos Garefis

    2009-01-01

    Resin-based dental restorative materials are extensively used today in dentistry. However, significant concerns still remain regarding their biocompatibility. For this reason, significant scientific effort has been focused on the determination of the molecular toxicology of substances released by these biomaterials, using several tools for risk assessment, including exposure assessment, hazard identification and dose-response analysis. These studies have shown that substances released by thes...

  2. Prediction of Substrate-Enzyme-Product Interaction Based on Molecular Descriptors and Physicochemical Properties

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    Bing Niu; Guohua Huang; Linfeng Zheng; Xueyuan Wang; Fuxue Chen; Yuhui Zhang; Tao Huang

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    It is important to correctly and efficiently predict the interaction of substrate-enzyme and to predict their product in metabolic pathway. In this work, a novel approach was introduced to encode substrate/product and enzyme molecules with molecular descriptors and physicochemical properties, respectively. Based on this encoding method, KNN was adopted to build the substrate-enzyme-product interaction network. After selecting the optimal features that are able to represent the main factors of...

  3. Feasibility study of molecular memory device based on DNA using methylation to store information

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    Jiang, Liming; Qiu, Wanzhi; Al-Dirini, Feras; Hossain, Faruque M.; Evans, Robin; Skafidas, Efstratios

    2016-07-01

    DNA, because of its robustness and dense information storage capability, has been proposed as a potential candidate for next-generation storage media. However, encoding information into the DNA sequence requires molecular synthesis technology, which to date is costly and prone to synthesis errors. Reading the DNA strand information is also complex. Ideally, DNA storage will provide methods for modifying stored information. Here, we conduct a feasibility study investigating the use of the DNA 5-methylcytosine (5mC) methylation state as a molecular memory to store information. We propose a new 1-bit memory device and study, based on the density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function method, the feasibility of electrically reading the information. Our results show that changes to methylation states lead to changes in the peak of negative differential resistance which can be used to interrogate memory state. Our work demonstrates a new memory concept based on methylation state which can be beneficial in the design of next generation DNA based molecular electronic memory devices.

  4. Molecular phylogeny of Toxoplasmatinae: comparison between inferences based on mitochondrial and apicoplast genetic sequences

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    Michelle Klein Sercundes

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Phylogenies within Toxoplasmatinae have been widely investigated with different molecular markers. Here, we studied molecular phylogenies of the Toxoplasmatinae subfamily based on apicoplast and mitochondrial genes. Partial sequences of apicoplast genes coding for caseinolytic protease (clpC and beta subunit of RNA polymerase (rpoB, and mitochondrial gene coding for cytochrome B (cytB were analyzed. Laboratory-adapted strains of the closely related parasites Sarcocystis falcatula and Sarcocystis neurona were investigated, along with Neospora caninum, Neospora hughesi, Toxoplasma gondii (strains RH, CTG and PTG, Besnoitia akodoni, Hammondia hammondiand two genetically divergent lineages of Hammondia heydorni. The molecular analysis based on organellar genes did not clearly differentiate between N. caninum and N. hughesi, but the two lineages of H. heydorni were confirmed. Slight differences between the strains of S. falcatula and S. neurona were encountered in all markers. In conclusion, congruent phylogenies were inferred from the three different genes and they might be used for screening undescribed sarcocystid parasites in order to ascertain their phylogenetic relationships with organisms of the family Sarcocystidae. The evolutionary studies based on organelar genes confirm that the genusHammondia is paraphyletic. The primers used for amplification of clpC and rpoB were able to amplify genetic sequences of organisms of the genus Sarcocystisand organisms of the subfamily Toxoplasmatinae as well.

  5. Molecular phylogeny of Toxoplasmatinae: comparison between inferences based on mitochondrial and apicoplast genetic sequences.

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    Sercundes, Michelle Klein; Valadas, Samantha Yuri Oshiro Branco; Keid, Lara Borges; Oliveira, Tricia Maria Ferreira Souza; Ferreira, Helena Lage; Vitor, Ricardo Wagner de Almeida; Gregori, Fábio; Soares, Rodrigo Martins

    2016-01-01

    Phylogenies within Toxoplasmatinae have been widely investigated with different molecular markers. Here, we studied molecular phylogenies of the Toxoplasmatinae subfamily based on apicoplast and mitochondrial genes. Partial sequences of apicoplast genes coding for caseinolytic protease (clpC) and beta subunit of RNA polymerase (rpoB), and mitochondrial gene coding for cytochrome B (cytB) were analyzed. Laboratory-adapted strains of the closely related parasites Sarcocystis falcatula and Sarcocystis neurona were investigated, along with Neospora caninum, Neospora hughesi, Toxoplasma gondii (strains RH, CTG and PTG), Besnoitia akodoni, Hammondia hammondiand two genetically divergent lineages of Hammondia heydorni. The molecular analysis based on organellar genes did not clearly differentiate between N. caninum and N. hughesi, but the two lineages of H. heydorni were confirmed. Slight differences between the strains of S. falcatula and S. neurona were encountered in all markers. In conclusion, congruent phylogenies were inferred from the three different genes and they might be used for screening undescribed sarcocystid parasites in order to ascertain their phylogenetic relationships with organisms of the family Sarcocystidae. The evolutionary studies based on organelar genes confirm that the genus Hammondia is paraphyletic. The primers used for amplification of clpC and rpoB were able to amplify genetic sequences of organisms of the genus Sarcocystisand organisms of the subfamily Toxoplasmatinae as well. PMID:27007245

  6. Which, when and why? Rational use of tissue-based molecular testing in localized prostate cancer.

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    Ross, A E; D'Amico, A V; Freedland, S J

    2016-03-01

    An increased molecular understanding of localized prostate cancer and the improved ability for molecular testing of pathologic tissue has led to the development of multiple clinical assays. Here we review the relevant molecular biology of localized prostate cancer, currently available tissue-based tests and describe which is best supported for use in various clinical scenarios. Literature regarding testing of human prostate cancer tissue with Ki-67, PTEN (by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or fluroescence in situ hybridization (FISH)), ProMark, Prolaris, OncotypeDX Prostate and Decipher was reviewed to allow for generation of expert opinions. At diagnosis, evaluation of PTEN status, use of ProMark or OncotypeDX Prostate in men with Gleason 6 or 3+4=7 disease may help guide the use of active surveillance. For men with Gleason 7 or above disease considering watchful waiting, Ki-67 and Prolaris add independent prognostic information. For those men who have undergone prostatectomy and have adverse pathology, Decipher testing may aid in the decision to undergo adjuvant radiation. Newly available molecular tests bring opportunities to improve decision making for men with localized prostate cancer. A review of the currently available data suggests clinical scenarios for which each of these tests may have the greatest utility. PMID:26123120

  7. Characterization-Based Molecular Design of Biofuel Additives Using Chemometric and Property Clustering Techniques

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    Subin eHada

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, multivariate characterization data such as infrared (IR spectroscopy was used as a source of descriptor data involving information on molecular architecture for designing structured molecules with tailored properties. Application of multivariate statistical techniques such as principal component analysis (PCA allowed capturing important features of the molecular architecture from complex data to build appropriate latent variable models. Combining the property clustering techniques and group contribution methods (GCM based on characterization data in a reverse problem formulation enabled identifying candidate components by combining or mixing molecular fragments until the resulting properties match the targets. The developed methodology is demonstrated using molecular design of biodiesel additive which when mixed with off-spec biodiesel produces biodiesel that meets the desired fuel specifications. The contribution of this work is that the complex structures and orientations of the molecule can be included in the design, thereby allowing enumeration of all feasible candidate molecules that matched the identified target but were not part of original training set of molecules.

  8. Synchrotron based mass spectrometry to investigate the molecular properties of mineral-organic associations

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    Liu, Suet Yi; Kleber, Markus; Takahashi, Lynelle K.; Nico, Peter; Keiluweit, Marco; Ahmed, Musahid

    2013-04-01

    Soil organic matter (OM) is important because its decay drives life processes in the biosphere. Analysis of organic compounds in geological systems is difficult because of their intimate association with mineral surfaces. To date there is no procedure capable of quantitatively separating organic from mineral phases without creating artifacts or mass loss. Therefore, analytical techniques that can (a) generate information about both organic and mineral phases simultaneously and (b) allow the examination of predetermined high-interest regions of the sample as opposed to conventional bulk analytical techniques are valuable. Laser Desorption Synchrotron Postionization (synchrotron-LDPI) mass spectrometry is introduced as a novel analytical tool to characterize the molecular properties of organic compounds in mineral-organic samples from terrestrial systems, and it is demonstrated that when combined with Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), can provide complementary information on mineral composition. Mass spectrometry along a decomposition gradient in density fractions, verifies the consistency of our results with bulk analytical techniques. We further demonstrate that by changing laser and photoionization energies, variations in molecular stability of organic compounds associated with mineral surfaces can be determined. The combination of synchrotron-LDPI and SIMS shows that the energetic conditions involved in desorption and ionization of organic matter may be a greater determinant of mass spectral signatures than the inherent molecular structure of the organic compounds investigated. The latter has implications for molecular models of natural organic matter that are based on mass spectrometric information.

  9. Molecular phylogeny and evolution of Scomber (Teleostei: Scombridae) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences

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    CHENG Jiao; GAO Tianxiang; MIAO Zhenqing; YANAGIMOTO Takashi

    2011-01-01

    A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the genus Scomber was conducted based on mitochondrial (COI, Cyt b and control region) and nuclear (5S rDNA) DNA sequence data in multigene perspective. A variety of phylogenetic analytic methods were used to clarify the current taxonomic classification and to assess phylogenetic relationships and the evolutionary history of this genus. The present study produced a well-resolved phylogeny that strongly supported the monophyly of Scomber. We confirmed that S. japonicus and S. colias were genetically distinct. Although morphologically and ecologically similar to S. colias, the molecular data showed that S. japonicus has a greater molecular affinity with S. australasicus, which conflicts with the traditional taxonomy. This phyiogenetic pattern was corroborated by the mtDNA data, but incompletely by the nuclear DNA data. Phylogenetic concordance between the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA regions for the basal nodes supports an Atlantic origin for Scomber. The present-day geographic ranges of the species were compared with the resultant molecular phylogeny derived from partition Bayesian analyses of the combined data sets to evaluate possible dispersal routes of the genus. The present-day geographic distribution of Scomber species might be best ascribed to multiple dispersal events. In addition, our results suggest that phylogenies derived from multiple genes and long sequences exhibited improved phylogenetic resolution, from which we conclude that the phylogenetic reconstruction is a reliable representation of the evolutionary history of Scomber.

  10. The molecular hydrogen emission around L1551 IRS 5 - Shock-heated molecular gas at the base of the molecular outflow

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    Yamashita, Takuya; Tamura, Motohide

    1992-01-01

    Spatially resolved observations of the v = 1-0 S(1) molecular hydrogen emission toward L1551 IRS 5 using the grating spectrometer at KPNO are presented. The S(1) emission consists of a ridge component extending toward west along the optical jet from its peak on IRS 5 and a diffuse component which traces the innermost region of the cavity enclosed by the molecular outflow. The ridge component represents shock-heated molecular gas at the root of the optical jet. The diffuse component is too bright to be of scattered origin; it most likely arises from shock-heated gas within the cavity and could represent an acceleration process of the molecular outflow.

  11. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometric determination of the molecular mass of the approximately 200-kDa globin dodecamer subassemblies in hexagonal bilayer hemoglobins.

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    Green, B N; Bordoli, R S; Hanin, L G; Lallier, F H; Toulmond, A; Vinogradov, S N

    1999-10-01

    Hexagonal bilayer hemoglobins (Hbs) are approximately 3.6-MDa complexes of approximately 17-kDa globin chains and 24-32-kDa, nonglobin linker chains in a approximately 2:1 mass ratio found in annelids and related species. Studies of the dissociation and reassembly of Lumbricus terrestris Hb have provided ample evidence for the presence of a approximately 200-kDa linker-free subassembly consisting of monomer (M) and disulfide-bonded trimer (T) subunits. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) of the subassemblies obtained by gel filtration of partially dissociated L. terrestris and Arenicola marina Hbs showed the presence of noncovalent complexes of M and T subunits with masses in the 213. 3-215.4 and 204.6-205.6 kDa ranges, respectively. The observed mass of the L. terrestris subassembly decreased linearly with an increase in de-clustering voltage from approximately 215,400 Da at 60 V to approximately 213,300 Da at 200 V. In contrast, the mass of the A. marina complex decreased linearly from 60 to 120 V and reached an asymptote at approximately 204,600 Da (180-200 V). The decrease in mass was probably due to the progressive removal of complexed water and alkali metal cations. ESI-MS at an acidic pH showed both subassemblies to consist of only M and T subunits, and the experimental masses demonstrated them to have the composition M(3)T(3). Because there are three isoforms of M and four isoforms of T in Lumbricus and two isoforms of M and 5 isoforms of T in Arenicola, the masses of the M(3)T(3) subassemblies are not unique. A random assembly model was used to calculate the mass distributions of the subassemblies, using the known ESI-MS masses and relative intensities of the M and T subunit isforms. The expected mass of randomly assembled subassemblies was 213,436 Da for Lumbricus Hb and 204,342 Da for Arenicola Hb, in good agreement with the experimental values. PMID:10497174

  12. Fast screening of ketamine in biological samples based on molecularly imprinted photonic hydrogels

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    Meng, Liang [Department of Forensic Science, People' s Public Security University of China, Beijing (China); Meng, Pinjia, E-mail: mengpinjia@163.com [Department of Forensic Science, People' s Public Security University of China, Beijing (China); Zhang, Qingqing; Wang, Yanji [Department of Forensic Science, People' s Public Security University of China, Beijing (China)

    2013-04-10

    Graphical abstract: A novel label-free colorimetric chemosensor: with the increase in the concentration of ketamine, the Bragg diffraction peak of MIPHs gradually shifted to the longer wavelength region. Accompanying the peak shift, the color change of MIPHs was also observed obviously: from green to red. Highlights: ► We developed the label-free colorimetric MIPHs for handy and fast screening of ketamine. ► The obvious color change of MIPHs was observed upon ketamine. ► The MIPHs exhibited good sensing abilities in an aqueous environment. ► The sensing mechanisms of the water-compatible MIPHs were investigated. ► The MIPHs were employed to screening ketamine in real biological samples. -- Abstract: A novel label-free colorimetric chemosensor was developed for handy and fast screening of ketamine with high sensitivity and specificity based on molecularly imprinted photonic hydrogels (MIPHs) that combined the colloidal-crystal with molecular imprinting technique. The unique inverse opal arrays with a thin polymer wall in which the imprinted nanocavities of ketamine moleculars distributed allowed high sensitive, quick responsive, specific detection of the target analyte, and good regenerating ability in an aqueous environment. Due to the hierarchical inverse opal structural characteristics, the specific ketamine molecular recognition process can induce obvious swelling of the MIPHs to be directly transferred into visually perceptible optical signal (change in color) which can be detected by the naked eye through Bragg diffractive shifts of ordered macroporous arrays. In order to enhance the recognition ability in aqueous environments, the MIPHs were designed as water-compatible and synthesized in a water–methanol system. The molecular recognition mechanisms were investigated. The proposed MIPHs were successfully employed to screen trace level ketamine in human urine and saliva samples, exhibiting high sensitivity, rapid response, and specificity in the

  13. Development and Integration of an SSR-Based Molecular Identity Database into Sugarcane Breeding Program

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    Yong-Bao Pan

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Sugarcane breeding is very difficult and it takes 12 to 14 years to develop a new cultivar for commercial production. This is because sugarcane varieties are highly polyploid, inter-specific hybrids with 100 to 130 chromosomes that may vary across geographical areas. Other obstacles/constraints include the small size of flowers that may not synchronize but may self-pollinate, difficulty in distinguishing hybrids from self progenies, extreme (G × E interactive effect, and potential variety mis-identification during vegetative propagation and varietal exchange. To help cane breeders circumvent these constraints, a simple sequence repeats (SSR-based molecular identity database has been developed at the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, LA. Since 2005, approximately 2000 molecular identities have been constructed for clones of sugarcane and related Saccharum species that cover geographical areas including Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, USA (Louisiana, Florida, Texas, and Hawaii, and Venezuela. The molecular identity database is updated annually and has been utilized to: (1 provide molecular descriptors to newly registered cultivars; (2 identify in a timely fashion any mislabeled or unidentifiable clones from cross parents and field evaluation plots; (3 develop de novo clones of energy cane with S. spontaneum cytoplasm; (4 provide clone-specific fingerprint information for assessing cross quality and paternity of polycross; (5 determine genetic relatedness of parental clones; (6 select F1 hybrids from (elite × wild or (wild × elite crosses; and (7 investigate the inheritance of SSR markers in sugarcane. The integration of the molecular identity database into the sugarcane breeding program may improve the overall efficacy of cultivar development and commercialization.

  14. DART: Denoising Algorithm based on Relevance network Topology improves molecular pathway activity inference

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    Purushotham Arnie

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Inferring molecular pathway activity is an important step towards reducing the complexity of genomic data, understanding the heterogeneity in clinical outcome, and obtaining molecular correlates of cancer imaging traits. Increasingly, approaches towards pathway activity inference combine molecular profiles (e.g gene or protein expression with independent and highly curated structural interaction data (e.g protein interaction networks or more generally with prior knowledge pathway databases. However, it is unclear how best to use the pathway knowledge information in the context of molecular profiles of any given study. Results We present an algorithm called DART (Denoising Algorithm based on Relevance network Topology which filters out noise before estimating pathway activity. Using simulated and real multidimensional cancer genomic data and by comparing DART to other algorithms which do not assess the relevance of the prior pathway information, we here demonstrate that substantial improvement in pathway activity predictions can be made if prior pathway information is denoised before predictions are made. We also show that genes encoding hubs in expression correlation networks represent more reliable markers of pathway activity. Using the Netpath resource of signalling pathways in the context of breast cancer gene expression data we further demonstrate that DART leads to more robust inferences about pathway activity correlations. Finally, we show that DART identifies a hypothesized association between oestrogen signalling and mammographic density in ER+ breast cancer. Conclusions Evaluating the consistency of prior information of pathway databases in molecular tumour profiles may substantially improve the subsequent inference of pathway activity in clinical tumour specimens. This de-noising strategy should be incorporated in approaches which attempt to infer pathway activity from prior pathway models.

  15. Fast screening of ketamine in biological samples based on molecularly imprinted photonic hydrogels

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    Graphical abstract: A novel label-free colorimetric chemosensor: with the increase in the concentration of ketamine, the Bragg diffraction peak of MIPHs gradually shifted to the longer wavelength region. Accompanying the peak shift, the color change of MIPHs was also observed obviously: from green to red. Highlights: ► We developed the label-free colorimetric MIPHs for handy and fast screening of ketamine. ► The obvious color change of MIPHs was observed upon ketamine. ► The MIPHs exhibited good sensing abilities in an aqueous environment. ► The sensing mechanisms of the water-compatible MIPHs were investigated. ► The MIPHs were employed to screening ketamine in real biological samples. -- Abstract: A novel label-free colorimetric chemosensor was developed for handy and fast screening of ketamine with high sensitivity and specificity based on molecularly imprinted photonic hydrogels (MIPHs) that combined the colloidal-crystal with molecular imprinting technique. The unique inverse opal arrays with a thin polymer wall in which the imprinted nanocavities of ketamine moleculars distributed allowed high sensitive, quick responsive, specific detection of the target analyte, and good regenerating ability in an aqueous environment. Due to the hierarchical inverse opal structural characteristics, the specific ketamine molecular recognition process can induce obvious swelling of the MIPHs to be directly transferred into visually perceptible optical signal (change in color) which can be detected by the naked eye through Bragg diffractive shifts of ordered macroporous arrays. In order to enhance the recognition ability in aqueous environments, the MIPHs were designed as water-compatible and synthesized in a water–methanol system. The molecular recognition mechanisms were investigated. The proposed MIPHs were successfully employed to screen trace level ketamine in human urine and saliva samples, exhibiting high sensitivity, rapid response, and specificity in the

  16. Electron induced conformational changes of an imine-based molecular switch on a Au(111) surface

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    Lotze, Christian; Henningsen, Nils; Franke, Katharina; Schulze, Gunnar; Pascual, Jose Ignacio [Inst. f. Experimentalphysik, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany); Luo, Ying; Haag, Rainer [Inst. f. Organische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Azobenzene-based molecules exhibit a cis-trans configurational photoisomerisation in solution. Recently, the adsorption properties of azobenzene derivatives have been investigated on different metal surfaces in order to explore the possible changes in the film properties induced by external stimuli. In azobenzene, the diazo-bridge is a key group for the isomerization process. Its interaction with a metal surface is dominated through the N lone-pair electrons, which reduces the efficiency of the conformational change. In order to reduce the molecule-surface interaction, we explore an alternative molecular architecture by substituting the diazo-bridge (-N=N-) of azobenzene by an imine-group (-N=CH-). We have investigated the imine-based compound para-carboxyl-di-benzene-imine (PCI) adsorbed on a Au(111) surface. The carboxylic terminations mediates the formation of strongly bonded molecular dimers, which align in ordered rows preferentially following the fcc regions of the Au(111) herringbone reconstruction. Low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy was used to induce conformational changes between trans and cis state of individual molecules in a molecular monolayer.

  17. Análise Bibliométrica da produção científica em gestão da informação na base de dados lisa / Bibliometrics analysis of scientific production in management information in the lisa database

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    Luiza da Silva Kleinubing

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Descreve e analisa as principais características bibliométricas das publicações relacionadas à área de gestão da informação da base de dados Lisa, uma das bases com maior visibilidade no campo da Biblioteconomia e Ciência da Informação. Foram analisados 138 artigos. A metodologia de pesquisa combina métodos bibliométricos e softwares, a característica da pesquisa é quantitativa, pois enumera e mede, e qualitativa, pois compreende e explica. Conclui-se sinalizando que os métodos bibliométricos são apropriados e necessários para a gestão da qualidade de bases de dados bibliográficas que registrem a produção científica.

  18. Titanium compounds as catalysts of higher alpha-olefin-based super-high-molecular polymers synthesis

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    Konovalov, K. B.; Kazaryan, M. A.; Manzhay, V. N.; Vetrova, O. V.

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of polymers of 10 million or more molecular weight is a difficult task even in a chemical lab. Higher α-olefin-based polymer agents of such kind have found a narrow but quite important niche, the reduction of drag in the turbulent flow of hydrocarbon fluids such as oil and oil-products. In its turn, searching for a catalytic system capable to produce molecules of such a high length and to synthesize polymers of a low molecular-mass distribution is part of a global task of obtaining a high-quality product. In this paper we had observed a number of industrial catalysts with respect to their suitability for higher poly-α- olefins synthesis. A number samples representing copolymers of 1-hexene with 1-decene obtained on a previous generation catalyst, a microsphere titanium chloride catalytic agent had been compared to samples synthesized using a titanium-magnesium catalyst both in solution and in a polymer medium.

  19. Surface plasmon resonance based optical fiber riboflavin sensor by using molecularly imprinted gel

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    Verma, Roli; Gupta, Banshi D.

    2013-05-01

    We report the fabrication and characterization of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based optical fiber riboflavin/vitamin B2 sensor using combination of colloidal crystal templating and molecularly imprinted gel. The sensor works on spectral interrogation method. The operating range of the sensor lies from 0 μg/ml to 320 μg/ml, the suitable amount of intakes of riboflavin recommended for different age group. The SPR spectra show blue shift with increasing concentration of riboflavin, which is due to the interaction of riboflavin molecule over specific binding sites caused by molecular imprinting. The present sensor has many advantageous features such as fast response, small probe size, low cost and can be used for remote/online monitoring.

  20. Single molecular switch based on thiol tethered iron(II)clathrochelate on gold

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    Molecular electronics has been associated with high density nano-electronic devices. Developments of molecular electronic devices were based on reversible switching of molecules between the two conductive states. In this paper, self-assembled monolayers of dodecanethiol (DDT) and thiol tethered iron(II)clathrochelate (IC) have been prepared on gold film. The electrochemical and electronic properties of IC molecules inserted into the dodecanethiol monolayer (IC-DDT SAM) were investigated using voltammetric, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and cross-wire tunneling measurements. The voltage triggered switching behaviour of IC molecules on mixed SAM was demonstrated. Deposition of polyaniline on the redox sites of IC-DDT SAM using electrochemical polymerization of aniline was performed in order to confirm that this monolayer acts as nano-patterned semiconducting electrode surface.

  1. Electron induced conformational changes of imine-based molecular switches on a Au(111) surface

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    Lotze, Christian; Pascual, Jose Ignacio [Inst. f. Experimentalphysik, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany); Luo, Ying; Haag, Rainer [Inst. f. Organische Chemie, Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Organic molecules exhibiting controllable reversible transitions between isomeric states on surfaces promise an enormous potential in the field of molecular electronics. The reversible cis-trans isomerization of azobenzene-like molecules is often hindered by a strong interaction of the nitrogen lone-pair electrons of the di-azo bridge (-N=N-) with the substrate. In order to improve the isomerization capabilities, the di-azo bridge is substituted by an imine-group (-N=CH-). Here, we use low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy to investigate a sub-monolayer of the newly designed imine-based molecular switch NPCI on a Au(111) surface. Its carboxylic termination mediates the formation of hydrogen-bonded dimers, which align in rows along the herringbone reconstruction. We were able to induce reversible conformational changes with the tunneling electrons from the STM tip and determine its efficiency as a function of electron energy.

  2. A nitrogen-vacancy spin based molecular structure microscope using multiplexed projection reconstruction

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    Lazariev, Andrii

    2015-01-01

    Methods and techniques to measure and image beyond the state-of-the-art have always been influential in propelling basic science and technology. Because current technologies are venturing into nanoscopic and molecular-scale fabrication, atomic-scale measurement techniques are inevitable. One such emerging sensing method uses the spins associated with nitrogen-vacancy (NV) defects in diamond. The uniqueness of this NV sensor is its atomic size and ability to perform precision sensing under ambient conditions conveniently using light and microwaves (MW). These advantages have unique applications in nanoscale sensing and imaging of magnetic fields from nuclear spins in single biomolecules. During the last few years, several encouraging results have emerged towards the realization of an NV spin-based molecular structure microscope. Here, we present a projection-reconstruction method that retrieves the three-dimensional structure of a single molecule from the nuclear spin noise signatures. We validate this method ...

  3. Molecular Solutions for the Set-Partition Problem on Dna-Based Computing

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    Sientang Tsai

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Consider that the every element in a finite set S h aving q elements is a positive integer. The set-par tition problem is to determine whether there is a subset T ⊆ S such that , ∑ ∑ ∈ ∈ = T x T x x x where T = { x| x ∈ S and x ∉ T } . This research demonstrates that molecular operati ons can be applied to solve the set-partition problem. In order to perform this goal, we offer tw o DNA-based algorithms, an unsigned parallel adder and a parallel Exclusive-OR (XOR operation, that f ormally demonstrate our designed molecular solution s for solving the set-partition problem.

  4. Determination of Quantum Chemistry Based Force Fields for Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Aromatic Polymers

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    Jaffe, Richard; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    Ab initio quantum chemistry calculations for model molecules can be used to parameterize force fields for molecular dynamics simulations of polymers. Emphasis in our research group is on using quantum chemistry-based force fields for molecular dynamics simulations of organic polymers in the melt and glassy states, but the methodology is applicable to simulations of small molecules, multicomponent systems and solutions. Special attention is paid to deriving reliable descriptions of the non-bonded and electrostatic interactions. Several procedures have been developed for deriving and calibrating these parameters. Our force fields for aromatic polyimide simulations will be described. In this application, the intermolecular interactions are the critical factor in determining many properties of the polymer (including its color).

  5. Incremento na dissolução da caffeine em base de ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer: desenvolvimento farmacotécnico de géis anti-celulite

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    Éder Menezes Fernandes; Gabriel Azevedo de Brito Damasceno; Márcio Ferrari; Eduardo Pereira de Azevedo

    2015-01-01

    A hidrolipodistrofia ginóide (HLDG), popularmente conhecida como “celulite”, consiste em uma alteração patológica do tecido adiposo e da função veno-linfática. Géis contendo caffeine tem sido empregados no tratamento não-invasivo da HLDG, oferecendo resultados satisfatórios a baixos custos. Devido a baixa hidrossolubilidade da caffeine, este gel apresenta como principal inconveniente a formação de precipitados/grumos, oriundos da precipitação da caffeine na base hidrofílica (gel). Este trabal...

  6. A molecular beacon-based DNA switch for reversible pH sensing in vesicles and live cells.

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    Narayanaswamy, Nagarjun; Nair, Raji R; Suseela, Y V; Saini, Deepak Kumar; Govindaraju, T

    2016-07-01

    In this Communication, a molecular beacon-based DNA switch (LMB) is developed as an efficient and reversible pH sensing probe. Remarkably, LMB exhibited reversible structural transition between the closed (molecular beacon) and open (A-motif) states very efficiently in synthetic vesicles and live cells without the need for any transfection agents. PMID:27338808

  7. Calcificação de núcleos da base do cérebro: estudo anatomopatológico de 4 casos

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    Aristides Cheto de Queiroz; Ana Maria Blanco Malbouisson

    1981-01-01

    O trabalho consta do estudo anatomopatológico de 4 casos de calcificação de núcleos da base do cérebro, entidade que está mais relacionada a distúrbio metabólico endócrino do tipo hipoparatireoidismo e pseudohipoparatireoidismo. O estudo mostra a associação da deposição cálcica nos núcleos da base com lesão calcificada do cerebelo (cortex e núcleo denteado) em 2 casos. Demonstra também a presença não só de cálcio mas também de ferro nas lesões e a distribuição de manguito perivascular, caract...

  8. Rectifying Properties of a Nitrogen/Boron-Doped Capped-Carbon-Nanotube-Based Molecular Junction

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    ZHAO Peng; LIU De-Sheng; ZHANG Ying; WANG Pei-Ji; ZHANG Zhong

    2011-01-01

    @@ Based on the non-equilibrium Green's function method and first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigate the electronic transport properties of a nitrogen/boron-doped capped-single-walled carbonnanotube-based molecular junction.Obvious rectifying behavior is observed and it is strongly dependent on the doping site.The best rectifying performance can be carried out when the nitrogen/boron atom dopes at a carbon site in the second layer.Moreover, the rectifying performance can be further improved by adjusting the distance between the Cso nanotube caps.%Based on the non-equilibrium Green's function method and first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigate the electronic transport properties of a nitrogen/boron-doped capped-single-walled carbon-nanotube-based molecular junction. Obvious rectifying behavior is observed and it is strongly dependent on the doping site. The best rectifying performance can be carried out when the nitrogen/boron atom dopes at a carbon site in the second layer. Moreover, the rectifying performance can be further improved by adjusting the distance between the C60 nanotube caps.

  9. High performance computing for three-dimensional agent-based molecular models.

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    Pérez-Rodríguez, G; Pérez-Pérez, M; Fdez-Riverola, F; Lourenço, A

    2016-07-01

    Agent-based simulations are increasingly popular in exploring and understanding cellular systems, but the natural complexity of these systems and the desire to grasp different modelling levels demand cost-effective simulation strategies and tools. In this context, the present paper introduces novel sequential and distributed approaches for the three-dimensional agent-based simulation of individual molecules in cellular events. These approaches are able to describe the dimensions and position of the molecules with high accuracy and thus, study the critical effect of spatial distribution on cellular events. Moreover, two of the approaches allow multi-thread high performance simulations, distributing the three-dimensional model in a platform independent and computationally efficient way. Evaluation addressed the reproduction of molecular scenarios and different scalability aspects of agent creation and agent interaction. The three approaches simulate common biophysical and biochemical laws faithfully. The distributed approaches show improved performance when dealing with large agent populations while the sequential approach is better suited for small to medium size agent populations. Overall, the main new contribution of the approaches is the ability to simulate three-dimensional agent-based models at the molecular level with reduced implementation effort and moderate-level computational capacity. Since these approaches have a generic design, they have the major potential of being used in any event-driven agent-based tool. PMID:27372059

  10. Práticas de aleitamento materno de crianças menores de dois anos de idade com base em indicadores da Organização Mundial da Saúde

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    Paula Chuproski SALDAN

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    Full Text Available Objetivo Avaliar práticas de aleitamento materno de crianças menores de dois anos de idade com base em indicadores da Organização Mundial da Saúde. Métodos Estudo transversal realizado durante Campanha Nacional de Vacinação contra Poliomielite 2012 em Guarapuava, Paraná. Os acompanhantes de 1.814 crianças responderam ao questionário estruturado sobre alimentação da criança nas últimas 24 horas. Foram avaliados nove indicadores de aleitamento materno da Organização Mundial da Saúde. As estimativas foram calculadas por pontos e intervalos de confiança de 95%. Resultados Das crianças avaliadas, 79,3% (IC95,0%=76,2-82,0 foram colocadas para mamar na primeira hora de vida. Apesar de 96,0% (IC95,0%=94,6-97,0 das crianças iniciarem a amamentação, a prevalência de aleitamento materno exclusivo em menores de 6 meses foi baixa: 36,0% (IC95,0%=30,7-41,7. A prevalência da continuidade do aleitamento materno com um e dois anos foi de 35,8% (IC95,0%=30,0-42,1 e 21,1% (IC95,0%=16,2-27,0 respectivamente. A duração mediana do aleitamento materno foi de 351,6 dias (IC95,0%=330,3-373,0, totalizando 11,7 meses. O aleitamento materno em idade apropriada, levando-se em conta a prevalência de aleita-mento materno exclusivo em menores de 6 meses, a alimentação complementar e a continuidade do aleitamento materno entre crianças de 6 a 23 meses, foi de 27,9% (IC95,0%=25,0-31,0, sendo influenciado pela baixa continuidade do aleitamento materno. A proporção de crianças que utilizaram mamadeira foi elevada: 78,3% (IC95,0%=75,8-80,6. Conclusão As práticas de aleitamento materno evidenciaram situação ruim ou muito ruim para a prática do aleitamento materno exclusivo em menores de seis meses, continuidade do aleitamento materno (um ano, dois anos e duração mediana do aleitamento materno, aleitamento materno em idade apropriada e uso da mamadeira.

  11. Experimental and theoretical study of the reduction of Schiff bases derived from 3,3-diphenylpropylamine; Estudo experimental e teorico da reducao de bases de Schiff derivadas da 3,3-difenilpropilamina

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    Esteves-Souza, Andressa; Echevarria, Aurea; Sant' Anna, Carlos Mauricio R. [Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Nascimento, Maria da Graca [Santa Catarina Univ., Florianopolis, SC (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica]. E-mail: echevarr@ufrrj.br

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    A series of seven Schiff bases have been synthesized from 3,3-diphenylpropylamine and substituted benzaldehydes. These imines were treated with NaBH{sub 4} in ethanol affording the corresponding amines in 98-55% yields. A molecular modeling study was performed with the Schiff bases in order to compare the theoretical parameters with the experimental results. The theoretical parameters were obtained by AM1 and PM3 semi-empirical methods. The analysis of charge, electron densities and LUMO coefficients suggested that the most favorable interactions should occur with Schiff bases containing electron donating groups, in accordance with experimental yields, showing that the higher reactivity is due to higher electrophilic character of imine carbons. (author)

  12. Molecular dynamics simulation based on the multi-component molecular orbital method: Application to H5O2+,D5O2+,andT5O2+

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    Graphical abstract: Molecular dynamics method based on multi-component molecular orbital method was applied to basic hydrogen bonding systems, H5O2+, and its isotopomers (D5O2+andT5O2+). Highlights: ► Molecular dynamics method with nuclear quantum effect was developed. ► Multi-component molecular orbital method was used as ab initio MO calculation. ► Developed method applied to basic hydrogen bonding system, H5O2+, and isotopomers. ► O⋯O vibrational stretching reflected to the distribution of protonic wavefunctions. ► H/D/T isotope effect was also analyzed. - Abstract: We propose a molecular dynamics (MD) method based on the multi-component molecular orbital (MCMO) method, which takes into account the quantum effect of proton directly, for the detailed analyses of proton transfer in hydrogen bonding system. The MCMO based MD (MCMO-MD) method is applied to the basic structures, H5O2+ (called “Zundel ion”), and its isotopomers (D5O2+andT5O2+). We clearly demonstrate the geometrical difference of hydrogen bonded O⋯O distance induced by H/D/T isotope effect because the O⋯O in H-compound was longer than that in D- or T-compound. We also find the strong relation between stretching vibration of O⋯O and the distribution of hydrogen bonded protonic wavefunction because the protonic wavefunction tends to delocalize when the O⋯O distance becomes short during the dynamics. Our proposed MCMO-MD simulation is expected as a powerful tool to analyze the proton dynamics in hydrogen bonding systems.

  13. Generalized energy-based fragmentation approach and its applications to macromolecules and molecular aggregates.

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    Li, Shuhua; Li, Wei; Ma, Jing

    2014-09-16

    Conspectus The generalized energy-based fragmentation (GEBF) approach provides a very simple way of approximately evaluating the ground-state energy or properties of a large system in terms of ground-state energies of various small "electrostatically embedded" subsystems, which can be calculated with any traditional ab initio quantum chemistry (X) method (X = Hartree-Fock, density functional theory, and so on). Due to its excellent parallel efficiency, the GEBF approach at the X theory level (GEBF-X) allows full quantum mechanical (QM) calculations to be accessible for systems with hundreds and even thousands of atoms on ordinary workstations. The implementation of the GEBF approach at various theoretical levels can be easily done with existing quantum chemistry programs. This Account reviews the methodology, implementation, and applications of the GEBF-X approach. This method has been successfully applied to optimize the structures of various large systems including molecular clusters, polypeptides, proteins, and foldamers. Such investigations could allow us to elucidate the origin and nature of the cooperative interaction in secondary structures of long peptides or the driving force of the self-assembly processes of aromatic oligoamides. These GEBF-based QM calculations reveal that the structures and stability of various complex systems result from a subtle balance of many types of noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding and van der Waals interactions. The GEBF-based ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method also allows the investigation of dynamic behaviors of large systems on the order of tens of picoseconds. It was demonstrated that the conformational dynamics of two model peptides predicted by GEBF-based AIMD are noticeably different from those predicted by the classical force field MD method. With the target of extending QM calculations to molecular aggregates in the condensed phase, we have implemented the GEBF-based multilayer hybrid models

  14. Bases moleculares do sistema Rh e suas aplicações em obstetrícia e medicina transfusional The molecular basis of RH system and its applications in obstetrics and transfusion medicine

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    Luciano Marcondes Machado Nardozza

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O sistema Rh é o mais polimórfico e imunogênico de todos os sistemas de grupos sanguíneos. Atualmente mais de 49 antígenos foram identificados sendo cinco principais os antígenos D, C, c, E, e. O conhecimento das bases moleculares do sistema Rh desde a sua primeira clonagem há 17 anos possibilitou o entendimento tanto do mecanismo do fenótipo Rh negativo quanto das variantes dos antígenos RHD e RHCE. As deleções, rearranjos gênicos e as inserções são as principais mutações encontradas. Nos caucasianos, o mecanismo principal do fenótipo Rh negativo é a completa deleção do gene RHD, enquanto nos afrodescendentes é a presença do pseudogene RHDψ e do gene híbrido RHD-CE (4-7-D. Os autores analisam a estrutura do complexo Rh nas hemácias, as bases moleculares do Sistema Rh, os mecanismos de negatividade RHD, além da Expressão fraca e parcial de D.The Rh system is the most polymorphic and immunogenic for all blood group systems. Currently more than 49 antigens were identified with five major antigens D, C, c, E, e. Knowledge of the Rh system's molecular basis, since its first cloning 17 years ago, allowed to understand the mechanism of Rh-negative phenotype and the variants of antigens as RHD and RHCE. Deletions, gene rearrangements and insertions are the main mutations. In Caucasians the primary mechanism of Rh-negative phenotype is the complete RHD gene deletion, while in African descendants it is the presence of pseudogene and gene RHDψ hybrid RHD-CE (4-7-D. The authors analyze the structure of the Rh complex in red cells, molecular basis of the Rh system, mechanisms of Negativity RHD and weak and incomplete expression of RHD.

  15. Application of molecular fingerprinting for analysis of a PAH-contaminated soil microbiota growing in the presence of complex PAHs = Aplicação de técnica molecular para análise da microbiota de solo contaminado em misturas complexas de HPAs

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    Ísis Serrano Silva

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    Full Text Available Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs constitute a group of priority pollutants which are present at high concentrations in the soils of many industrial contaminated sites. Pollution by these compounds may stimulate growth of organisms able to live in these environments causing changes in the structure of the microbial community due to some cooperative process of metabolization of toxic compounds. A long-term PAH-contaminated soil was stored for several years and used to analyze the native microbiota regarding their ability to grow on pyrene, benzo[a]pyrene, as well as in mixtures of LMW- and HMW-PAHs. Molecular profiles of the microbial community was assessed by PCR-DGGE of 16S rRNA gene, and the number of bands observed in DGGE analyses was interpreted as dominant microbial members into the bacterial community. Results of PAH-contaminated soil microorganisms showed different profiles in the degradative dynamics when some nutrients were added. Predominant species may play a significative role while growing and surviving on PAHs, and some other metabolically active species have emerged to interact themselves in a cooperative catabolism of PAHs.Os hidrocarbonetos poliaromáticos (HPAs são considerados poluentes prioritários presentes em expressiva concentração no solo contaminado com derivados de petróleo. A poluição por esses compostos estimula o crescimento de microrganismos capazes de sobreviverem nestes ambientes contaminados, causando alterações na estrutura da comunidade microbiana do solo pelo processo de cooperação metabólica entre as populações. Um solo contaminado por um longo período de tempo foi coletado de uma área industrial (Port Melbourne, Austrália e utilizado para análise da capacidade da comunidade microbiana em crescer em HPAs isolados e/ou em misturas como únicas fontes de carbono e energia. Os perfis moleculares foram obtidos por PCR-DGGE do fragmento da subunidade 16S do DNA ribossomal, sendo o n

  16. Guest-responsive structural adaptation of a rationally-designed molecular tweezer based on Tröger’s base

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    Ishita Neogi; Alankriti Bajpai; Jarugu Narasimha Moorthy

    2014-09-01

    We have designed and synthesized a modified Tröger’s base TB in which the sterically-rigidified aryl rings that protrude into its groove were envisaged to preclude self-inclusion. From a limited preliminary experimentation, TB has been found to exhibit guest inclusion. The X-ray determined structures of the crystals of guest-free TB and its inclusion compounds with acetonitrile and -dichlorobenzene reveal remarkable adaptability of the TB core to undergo subtle structural changes in response to the guest that is included. The structural analyses demonstrate the fact that TB behaves like a molecular tweezer.

  17. DNA molecular wire-based nanoelectronics: New insight and high frequency AC electrical characterization

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    Wibowo, Denni Ari

    While recent research in electron-transport mechanism on a double strands DNA seems to converge into a consensus, experiments in direct electrical measurements on a long DNA molecules still lead to a conflicting result. This research investigates experimentally the attachment of DNA molecular wire to high aspect ratio three-dimensional (3D) metal electrode and the effect of temperature to its AC electrical conductivity. The 3-D microelectrode was built on a silicone oxide substrate using patterned thick layers of negative tone photoresist covered by sputtered gold on the top surface. Attachment of lambda-DNA to the microelectrode was demonstrated using oligonucleotide-DNA phosphate backbone ligation and thiol-gold covalent bonding. Electrical characterizations based on I-V and AC impedance analysis of several repeatable data points of attachment with varying lambda-DNA concentration (500 ng/microL to 0.0625 ng/microL) showed measurable and significant conductivity of lambda-DNA molecular wires. Further study was carried out by measuring I-V and impedance while ramping up the temperature to reach complete denaturation (~1100C) resulting in no current transduction. Subsequent re-annealing of the DNA through incubation in TM buffer at annealing temperature (~900C) resulted in recovery of electrical conduction, providing a strong proof that DNA molecular wire is the one generate the electrical conductivity. lambda-DNA molecular wires reported to have differing impedance response at two temperature regions: impedance increases (conductivity decrease) between 40C -- 400C, and then decreases from 400C until DNA completely denatured (~1100C). The increase conductivity after 400C is an experimental support the long distance electron transport mechanism referred as "thermal hopping" mechanism. We believe that this research represents a significant departure from previous studies and makes unique contributions through (i) modification of DNA attachment methods has increase

  18. Systematic studies of Australian stipoid grasses (Austrostipa based on micro-morphological and molecular characteristics

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    BETTY MAULIYA BUSTAM

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bustam BM (2010 Systematic studies of Australian stipoid grasses (Austrostipa based on micro-morphological and molecular characteristics. Biodiversitas 11: 9-14. This research is one of many studies on stipoid grasses organized by the International Stipeae Working Group (ISWG. This research tested the subgeneric classification of Austrostipa proposed by Jacobs and Everett (1996 and tested how informative the micro morphological characters used. Data were collected from herbarium specimens of 36 species (33 species of Austrostipa, two species of Hesperostipa and one species of Anemanthele at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Twenty eight micro morphological characters were used. The data were collected from both adaxial and abaxial surfaces of leaves, and from the lemma epidermis using a scanning electron microscope (SEM. ISWG provided the molecular data. Parsimony analysis and a distance method (Unweighteic Pair Group with Arithmatic Mean: UPGMA were used to analyze mico morphological and molecular data separately. Only UPGMA analysis was used to analyze the combined data. The results support the monophyly of Austrostipa. However, there is a little support for the subgeneric classification of Austrostipa proposed by Jacobs and Everett (1996, other than for the consistent recognition of Falcatae. The characters for comparisons between genera are too homoplasious at this level and do not contain enough information for analyses at subgeneric level, a problem apparently shared with the DNA sequences.

  19. Mass-spectrometry-based molecular characterization of extracellular vesicles: lipidomics and proteomics.

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    Kreimer, Simion; Belov, Arseniy M; Ghiran, Ionita; Murthy, Shashi K; Frank, David A; Ivanov, Alexander R

    2015-06-01

    This review discusses extracellular vesicles (EVs), which are submicron-scale, anuclear, phospholipid bilayer membrane enclosed vesicles that contain lipids, metabolites, proteins, and RNA (micro and messenger). They are shed from many, if not all, cell types and are present in biological fluids and conditioned cell culture media. The term EV, as coined by the International Society of Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV), encompasses exosomes (30-100 nm in diameter), microparticles (100-1000 nm), apoptotic blebs, and other EV subsets. EVs have been implicated in cell-cell communication, coagulation, inflammation, immune response modulation, and disease progression. Multiple studies report that EV secretion from disease-affected cells contributes to disease progression, e.g., tumor niche formation and cancer metastasis. EVs are attractive sources of biomarkers due to their biological relevance and relatively noninvasive accessibility from a range of physiological fluids. This review is focused on the molecular profiling of the protein and lipid constituents of EVs, with emphasis on mass-spectrometry-based "omic" analytical techniques. The challenges in the purification and molecular characterization of EVs, including contamination of isolates and limitations in sample quantities, are discussed along with possible solutions. Finally, the review discusses the limited but growing investigation of post-translational modifications of EV proteins and potential strategies for future in-depth molecular characterization of EVs. PMID:25927954

  20. Molecular profiling for genetic variability in Capsicum species based on ISSR and RAPD markers.

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    Thul, Sanjog T; Darokar, Mahendra P; Shasany, Ajit K; Khanuja, Suman P S

    2012-06-01

    The taxonomic identity of Capsicum species is found to be difficult as it displays variations at morpho-chemical characters. Twenty-two accessions of six Capsicum species, namely, C. annuum, C. baccatum, C. chinense, C. eximium, C. frutescens, and C. luteum were investigated for phenotypic diversity based on flower color and for genetic differences by molecular makers. The genetic cluster analyses of 27 RAPD and eight ISSR primers, respectively, revealed genetic similarities in the ranges of 23-88% and 11-96%. Principal component analysis of the pooled RAPD and ISSR data further supports the genetic similarity and groupings. Different species showed variations in relation to corolla shade of flower. C. annuum accessions formed a single cluster in the molecular analysis as maintaining their flower characteristic. C. chinense accession shared flower features with the accessions of C. frutescens and were found to be closer at genotypic level. C. luteum was found to be rather closer to C. baccatum complex, both phenotypically and genetically. The only accession of C. eximium presenting purple flowers falls apart from the groupings. The floral characteristics and the molecular markers are found to be useful toward the delineation of the species specificity in Capsicum collection and identification of genetic stock. PMID:21861246

  1. Molecular phylogeny of the lionfish genera Dendrochirus and Pterois (Scorpaenidae, Pteroinae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences.

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    Kochzius, Marc; Söller, Rainer; Khalaf, Maroof A; Blohm, Dietmar

    2003-09-01

    This study investigates the molecular phylogeny of seven lionfishes of the genera Dendrochirus and Pterois. MP, ML, and NJ phylogenetic analysis based on 964 bp of partial mitochondrial DNA sequences (cytochrome b and 16S rDNA) revealed two main clades: (1) "Pterois" clade (Pterois miles and Pterois volitans), and (2) "Pteropterus-Dendrochirus" clade (remainder of the sampled species). The position of Dendrochirus brachypterus either basal to the main clades or in the "Pteropterus-Dendrochirus" clade cannot be resolved. However, the molecular phylogeny did not support the current separation of the genera Pterois and Dendrochirus. The siblings P. miles and P. volitans are clearly separated and our results support the proposed allopatric or parapatric distribution in the Indian and Pacific Ocean. However, the present analysis cannot reveal if P. miles and P. volitans are separate species or two populations of a single species, because the observed separation in different clades can be either explained by speciation or lineage sorting. Molecular clock estimates for the siblings P. miles and P. volitans suggest a divergence time of 2.4-8.3 mya, which coincide with geological events that created vicariance between populations of the Indian and Pacific Ocean. PMID:12927126

  2. Computational prediction and experimental selectivity coefficients for hydroxyzine and cetirizine molecularly imprinted polymer based potentiometric sensors

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    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Possible configurations template/monomer complexes were designed and optimized. •Effect of the electrostatic force on the selectivity of MIPs was investigated. •A correlation between selectivity of sensors and a charge distribution was obtained. -- Abstract: In spite of the increasing usages number of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) in many scientific applications, the theoretical aspects of participating intra molecular forces are not fully understood. This work investigates effects of the electrostatic force, the Mulliken charge and the role of cavity's backbone atoms on the selectivity of MIPs. Moreover, charge distribution, which is a computational parameter, was proposed for the prediction of the selectivity coefficients of MIP-based sensors. In the computational approaches and experimental study, methacrylic acid (MAA) was chosen as the functional monomer and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as the cross linker for hydroxyzine and cetirizine imprinted polymers. Ab initio, DFT B3LYP method was carried out on molecular optimization. With regard to results obtained from molecules optimization and hydrogen bonding properties, possible configurations of 1:n (n ≤ 5) template/monomer complexes were designed and optimized. The binding energy for each complex in gas phase was calculated. Depending on the most stable configuration, hydroxyzine and cetirizine imprinted polymer models were designed. The calculations including the porogen were also investigated. The theoretical charge distributions for the template and some potential interfering molecules were calculated. The results showed a correlation between the selectivity coefficients and the theoretical charge distributions. The results surprisingly show that charge distribution based model was able to predict the selectivity coefficients of MIP based potentiometric sensors

  3. Detergent-dispersant additives based on high-molecular-weight alkylphenols

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    Kulieva, K.N.; Namazova, I.I.; Ismailova, N.D.; Dorokhina, I.V.

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    This article describes the synthesis and investigation of Mannich bases produced for alkylphenols, obtained in turn from ethylene oligomers. These oligomers are the still bottoms from distillation products of high-temperature oligomerization of ethylene in the presence of triethylaluminum. Two narrow cuts obtained from the distillation of oligomer fraction were used to study the influence of ethylene oligomer molecular weight on the properties of the additives. The additives were blended in DS-11 oil to evaluate their detergency-dispersancy and other properties. Comparison blends were made with succinimide additives based on the same ethylene oligomers. The Mannich bases give improvements in the oxidation resistance, anticorrosion properties, and detergency-dispersancy of the DS-11 diesel oil.

  4. Comparative Molecular Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics Study of Microhydration of Nucleic Acid Bases

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    Lino, J; Deriabina, A; Velasco, M; Poltev, V

    2013-01-01

    DNA is the most important biological molecule, and its hydration contributes essentially to the structure and functions of the double helix. We analyze the microhydration of the individual bases of nucleic acids and their methyl derivatives using methods of molecular mechanics (MM) with the Poltev-Malenkov (PM), AMBER and OPLS force fields, as well as ab initio Quantum Mechanics (QM) calculations at MP2/6-31G(d,p) level of theory. A comparison is made between the calculated interaction energies and the experimental enthalpies of microhydration of bases, obtained from mass spectrometry at low temperatures. Each local water-base interaction energy minimum obtained with MM corresponds to the minimum obtained with QM. General qualitative agreement was observed in the geometrical characteristics of the local minima obtained via the two groups of methods. MM minima correspond to slightly more coplanar structures than those obtained via QM methods, and the absolute MM energy values overestimate corresponding values ...

  5. Laser-based methods for the analysis of low molecular weight compounds in biological matrices.

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    Kiss, András; Hopfgartner, Gérard

    2016-07-15

    Laser-based desorption and/or ionization methods play an important role in the field of the analysis of low molecular-weight compounds (LMWCs) because they allow direct analysis with high-throughput capabilities. In the recent years there were several new improvements in ionization methods with the emergence of novel atmospheric ion sources such as laser ablation electrospray ionization or laser diode thermal desorption and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization and in sample preparation methods with the development of new matrix compounds for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI). Also, the combination of ion mobility separation with laser-based ionization methods starts to gain popularity with access to commercial systems. These developments have been driven mainly by the emergence of new application fields such as MS imaging and non-chromatographic analytical approaches for quantification. This review aims to present these new developments in laser-based methods for the analysis of low-molecular weight compounds by MS and several potential applications. PMID:27107904

  6. Synthesis and electrical properties of fullerene-based molecular junctions on silicon substrate

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    GUERIN,D; Lenfant, S.; Godey, S.; Vuillaume, D.

    2010-01-01

    We report the synthesis and the electrical properties of fullerene-based molecular junctions on silicon substrate in which the highly \\pi-conjugated molecule C60 (\\pi quantum well) is isolated from the electrodes by alkyl chains (\\sigma tunnel barriers). Initially, the Si/SiO2/\\sigmaC60 architecture was prepared either by sequential synthesis (3 different routes) or by direct grafting of the presynthesized C60-\\sigma-Si(OEt)3 molecule. We described the chemical synthesis of these routes and t...

  7. Liposome Formulation of Fullerene-Based Molecular Diagnostic and Therapeutic Agents

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    Zhiguo Zhou

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Fullerene medicine is a new but rapidly growing research subject. Fullerene has a number of desired structural, physical and chemical properties to be adapted for biological use including antioxidants, anti-aging, anti-inflammation, photodynamic therapy, drug delivery, and magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents. Chemical functionalization of fullerenes has led to several interesting compounds with very promising preclinical efficacy, pharmacokinetic and safety data. However, there is no clinical evaluation or human use except in fullerene-based cosmetic products for human skincare. This article summarizes recent advances in liposome formulation of fullerenes for the use in therapeutics and molecular imaging.

  8. Hydration of methanol in water. A DFT-based molecular dynamics study

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    Van Erp, T S; Erp, Titus S. van; Meijer, Evert Jan

    2000-01-01

    We studied the hydration of a single methanol molecule in aqueous solution by first-principle DFT-based molecular dynamics simulation. The calculations show that the local structural and short-time dynamical properties of the water molecules remain almost unchanged by the presence of the methanol, confirming the observation from recent experimental structural data for dilute solutions. We also see, in accordance with this experimental work, a distinct shell of water molecules that consists of about 15 molecules. We found no evidence for a strong tangential ordering of the water molecules in the first hydration shell.

  9. Carnitine tailored Sensors on Surface Molecular Imprinting based on Graphene layers

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    Truta, Liliana A.A.N.A.; Nádia S. Ferreira; M. Goreti F. Sales

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    III Jornadas de Electroquímica e Inovação (Electroquímica e Nanomateriais), na Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, 16 a 17 de Setembro de 2013 A new biosensor based on surface molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) on graphene layers was successfully developed. It consists in a 3D polymeric network created on top of surface and around the target template, Carnitine (CRT), a potential biomarker of ovary cancer. The polymeric structure was obtained after radical polyme...

  10. Determination of phylogenetic position of Pipizini (Diptera: Syrphidae): based on molecular biological and morphological data

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    2000-01-01

    Based on the sequence analysis of 5.8S subunit and internal transcribed spacers (ITS ) of ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA), the molecular phylogenetic tree of representative species of Pipizini and three groups of Syrphidae with different feeding habits (seven species belong to six genera) was constructed. Meanwhile, the phylogenetic tree of tribes (including Pipizini and other 17 tribes of Syrphidae) was constructed using morphological characteristics of adults and larvae and the number of chromosomes. Both the results show that the relationship between Pipizini and predatory groups is closer than that between Pipizini and saprophagous groups. So it is suggested that Pipizini be transferred from Milesiinae to Syrphinae.

  11. Molecular Solid EOS based on Quasi-Harmonic Oscillator approximation for phonons

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    Menikoff, Ralph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2014-09-02

    A complete equation of state (EOS) for a molecular solid is derived utilizing a Helmholtz free energy. Assuming that the solid is nonconducting, phonon excitations dominate the specific heat. Phonons are approximated as independent quasi-harmonic oscillators with vibrational frequencies depending on the specific volume. The model is suitable for calibrating an EOS based on isothermal compression data and infrared/Raman spectroscopy data from high pressure measurements utilizing a diamond anvil cell. In contrast to a Mie-Gruneisen EOS developed for an atomic solid, the specific heat and Gruneisen coefficient depend on both density and temperature.

  12. Base metal-catalyzed benzylic oxidation of (aryl)(heteroaryl)methanes with molecular oxygen

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    Sterckx, Hans; De Houwer, Johan; Mensch, Carl; Herrebout, Wouter; Tehrani, Kourosch Abbaspour

    2016-01-01

    Summary The methylene group of various substituted 2- and 4-benzylpyridines, benzyldiazines and benzyl(iso)quinolines was successfully oxidized to the corresponding benzylic ketones using a copper or iron catalyst and molecular oxygen as the stoichiometric oxidant. Application of the protocol in API synthesis is exemplified by the alternative synthesis of a precursor to the antimalarial drug Mefloquine. The oxidation method can also be used to prepare metabolites of APIs which is illustrated for the natural product papaverine. ICP–MS analysis of the purified reaction products revealed that the base metal impurity was well below the regulatory limit. PMID:26877817

  13. Nanoscale switch based on interacting molecular dipoles: Cooperativity can improve the device characteristics

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    Mafé, , Salvador; Manzanares, , José A.; Reiss, Howard

    2011-02-01

    We propose a nanoscale switch, giving a nonlinear function with two conductive states separated by a sharp transition region, on the basis of an array of molecular dipoles. We show theoretically that the local interactions between dipoles result in cooperative phenomena that can significantly improve the switching characteristics. We demonstrate the general validity of the concept in the cases of (i) an electrical switch robust to the finite size and variability effects inherent to the nanoscale and (ii) a sensing layer based on the voltage and ligand concentration dependence of the dipole array conductance.

  14. Theoretical study of the molecular bases that control photochemical processes with biological and nanotechnological interest

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    Saurí Peris, Vicenta

    2013-01-01

    El trabajo desarrollado en la tesis doctoral que lleva por título "Theoretical study of the molecular bases that control photochemical processes with biological and nanotechnological interest" se enmarca en las líneas de investigación del grupo QCEXVAL (Quantum Chemistry of the Excited State University of Valencia), que nació en el seno del departamento de Química Física de la Universitat de València en 1993. Se han abordado temas de interés metodológico, biológico y nanotecnológico. La prime...

  15. Sensors based on carbon nanotube field-effect transistors and molecular recognition approaches

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    Cid Salavert, Cristina Carlota

    2009-01-01

    La unión de las propiedades de los CNT con los principios de reconocimiento molecular se presenta como una base adecuada para el desarrollo de sensores altamente específicos. El objetivo de la presente tesis ha sido desarrollar sensores químicos, del tipo transistores de efecto campo (CNTFET), basados en interacciones receptor-analito, mediante el empleo de los nanotubos de pared sencilla (SWCNT), que actúan como transductores de la señal analítica.Las principales etapas de la parte experimen...

  16. Monitoring molecular orientational order in NLO push-pull based polymeric films via photoacoustic measurements

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    Torres-Zúñiga, V.; Castañeda-Guzmán, R.; Morales-Saavedra, O. G.; Pérez-Martínez, A. L.; Ogawa, T.

    2011-12-01

    The pulsed-laser photoacoustic-technique (PLPA) was implemented to characterize molecular orientational order and anisotropy in push-pull poled polymeric films as function of temperature and laser polarization. Traditionally, photoacoustic signals are considered to be directly proportional to the linear optical absorption in amorphous media. In this work, however, it is shown that photoacoustic signals can also be highly sensitive to the material anisotropy when convenient polarization dependent photoacoustic analyses are performed. Thus, variation of the molecular orientation in organic films, comprising rod-like polar chromophores, can be unambiguously monitored via rms-analyses performed on the amplitude of the generated opto-acoustical PLPA-signals as function of the incident laser polarization. This result can be useful for the characterization of organic-based nonlinear optical (NLO) poled films and, in general, in studies of anisotropic materials. In fact, in this work we were able to accurately determine the molecular order parameter ( ϕ) of a NLO-active spin-coated polymeric film containing optically active push-pull chromophores. These molecules, previously oriented via an electrical-poling procedure, are capable to exhibit strong second harmonic generation (SHG) effects. The PLPA-measurements were systematically compared to the linear UV-vis optical absorbance spectra while heating the poled film sample in order to monitor the thermally induced molecular disorder, so that the order parameter may be photo-acoustically evaluated via the PLPA-signals generated from the poled to the unpoled film phase. These PLPA-experiments were performed taking into account the UV-vis reference spectra for calibration and comparison purposes in the evaluation of the order parameter. A significant advantage of the PLPA-technique over commonly used optical spectral methodologies is its convenient applicability in samples exhibiting poor or null optical transmission.

  17. NACE: A web-based tool for prediction of intercompartmental efficiency of human molecular genetic networks.

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    Popik, Olga V; Ivanisenko, Timofey V; Saik, Olga V; Petrovskiy, Evgeny D; Lavrik, Inna N; Ivanisenko, Vladimir A

    2016-06-15

    Molecular genetic processes generally involve proteins from distinct intracellular localisations. Reactions that follow the same process are distributed among various compartments within the cell. In this regard, the reaction rate and the efficiency of biological processes can depend on the subcellular localisation of proteins. Previously, the authors proposed a method of evaluating the efficiency of biological processes based on the analysis of the distribution of protein subcellular localisation (Popik et al., 2014). Here, NACE is presented, which is an open access web-oriented program that implements this method and allows the user to evaluate the intercompartmental efficiency of human molecular genetic networks. The method has been extended by a new feature that provides the evaluation of the tissue-specific efficiency of networks for more than 2800 anatomical structures. Such assessments are important in cases when molecular genetic pathways in different tissues proceed with the participation of various proteins with a number of intracellular localisations. For example, an analysis of KEGG pathways, conducted using the developed program, showed that the efficiencies of many KEGG pathways are tissue-specific. Analysis of efficiencies of regulatory pathways in the liver, linking proteins of the hepatitis C virus with human proteins involved in the KEGG apoptosis pathway, showed that intercompartmental efficiency might play an important role in host-pathogen interactions. Thus, the developed tool can be useful in the study of the effectiveness of functioning of various molecular genetic networks, including metabolic, regulatory, host-pathogen interactions and others taking into account tissue-specific gene expression. The tool is available via the following link: http://www-bionet.sscc.ru/nace/. PMID:27109913

  18. Molecular phylogeny of Edraianthus (Grassy Bells; Campanulaceae) based on non-coding plastid DNA sequences

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    Stefanovic, Sasa; Lakusic, Dmitar; Kuzmina, Maria; Mededovic, Safer; Tan, Kit; Stevanovic, Vladimir

    2008-01-01

    taxonomical standings are reevaluated based on molecular evidence. Our study identified several distinct monophyletic groups within Edraianthus, some of which correspond closely to previously established taxonomic treatments and some of which are first identified here. Morphologic, taxonomic, and...

  19. A fast-moving copper-based molecular shuttle: synthesis and dynamic properties.

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    Durola, Fabien; Lux, Jacques; Sauvage, Jean-Pierre

    2009-01-01

    Fast-track changes: The synthesis of a new copper-based molecular shuttle is described, with a coordinating macrocycle based on a nonhindering but endocyclic ligand (see scheme), which makes the ligand exchange easier, and thus the motions of the ring along the thread faster.The present report deals with the synthesis of a two-station [2]rotaxane consisting of a dpbiiq-incorporating macrocycle (dpbiiq: 8,8'-diphenyl-3,3'-biisoquinoline) threaded by a coordinating fragment whose complexing units are a dpp and a terpy ligand (dpp: 2,9-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline; terpy: 2,2',6',2"-terpyridine). The [2]rotaxane was prepared in 11 steps from commercially available or easy-to-make molecules, without taking into account the preparation of the dpbiiq-containing 39-membered ring, which was available in our group. The ring-incorporated bidentate chelate is at the same time endocyclic and sterically nonhindering, which is a specific property of the dpbiiq-coordinating unit. This unique feature has a profound influence on the rate of the ring-and-copper translation motion between the two stations of the axle. Based on an analogous multistep strategy, a related molecular shuttle has also been prepared that contains exactly the same axle and stoppers as the first compound but whose threaded ring incorporates the sterically hindering dpp chelate. The translation motions of this other system are several orders of magnitude slower than the corresponding movements of the dpbiiq-based compound. The motion corresponding to the rearrangement of the unstable five-coordinate copper(I) form of the compounds is relatively fast for both shuttles; the half lifetime of the five-coordinate Cu(I) species being below 20 ms for the dpbiiq-containing system and below 1 s for the dpp-based molecule. The reverse motion corresponding to the rearrangement of the four-coordinate copper(II) complexes is much slower, especially for the dpp-based system. It is of the order of several hours for the dpp-based

  20. Iron-sulfur-based single molecular wires for enhancing charge transport in enzyme-based bioelectronic systems.

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    Mahadevan, Aishwarya; Fernando, Teshan; Fernando, Sandun

    2016-04-15

    When redox enzymes are wired to electrodes outside a living cell (ex vivo), their ability to produce a sufficiently powerful electrical current diminishes significantly due to the thermodynamic and kinetic limitations associated with the wiring systems. Therefore, we are yet to harness the full potential of redox enzymes for the development of self-powering bioelectronics devices (such as sensors and fuel cells). Interestingly, nature uses iron-sulfur complexes ([Fe-S]), to circumvent these issues in vivo. Yet, we have not been able to utilize [Fe-S]-based chains ex vivo, primarily due to their instability in aqueous media. Here, a simple technique to attach iron (II) sulfide (FeS) to a gold surface in ethanol media and then complete the attachment of the enzyme in aqueous media is reported. Cyclic voltammetry and spectroscopy techniques confirmed the concatenation of FeS and glycerol-dehydrogenase/nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide (GlDH-NAD(+)) apoenzyme-coenzyme molecular wiring system on the base gold electrode. The resultant FeS-based enzyme electrode reached an open circuit voltage closer to its standard potential under a wide range of glycerol concentrations (0.001-1M). When probed under constant potential conditions, the FeS-based electrode was able to amplify current by over 10 fold as compared to electrodes fabricated with the conventional pyrroloquinoline quinone-based composite molecular wiring system. These improvements in current/voltage responses open up a wide range of possibilities for fabricating self-powering, bio-electronic devices. PMID:26657591

  1. Agricultura familiar: estratégias produtivas de base ecológica e aplicação de princípios da agroecologia

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    Almeida, Gustavo Fonseca de

    2008-01-01

    A dissertação de mestrado apresenta uma análise das estratégias produtivas de unidades certificadas de uma cooperativa de agricultores familiares de Itápolis - SP. Verificou-se nessas unidades a aplicação de princípios da agroecologia recomendados pela agricultura de base ecológica, em observância à agrobiodiversidade, à reciclagem de material e aos aspectos socioeconômicos do processo de conversão e transição agroecológica. A pesquisa desenvolveu-se por meio da complementaridade de abordagen...

  2. Molecular analysis of the bacterial diversity in a specialized consortium for diesel oil degradation Análise molecular da diversidade bacteriana de um consórcio degradador de óleo diesel

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    Douglas Antonio Alvaredo Paixão

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    desse produto contribuem significativamente para derrames acidentais, ocasionando sérios problemas ecológicos no solo e água, alterando assim toda a diversidade microbiológica do ambiente. A estratégia de clonagem e sequenciamento do gene 16S rRNA é uma das técnicas moleculares que permitem estimar e comparar a diversidade microbiana de diferentes amostras ambientais, sejam elas impactadas ou não. O objetivo deste trabalho foi estimar a diversidade de microrganismos pertencentes ao domínio Bacteria em um consórcio degradador de óleo diesel por meio de sequenciamento parcial do gene 16S rRNA. Após extração do DNA metagenômico, o material foi amplificado por reação de PCR com oligonucleotídeos iniciadores específicos para o gene 16S rRNA. Os produtos da reação de PCR foram clonados em vetor pGEM T Easy (Promega e transformados em células competentes de Escherichia coli. O sequenciamento parcial dos clones foi feito com oligonucleotídeos universais do vetor. A biblioteca obtida gerou 431 clones. Todos os clones mostraram similaridade com o filo Proteobacteria, onde as Gammaproteobacteria compreenderam o grupo de maior representatividade, com 49,8 % dos clones, seguida das Alphaproteobacteira, com 44,8 %, e das Betaproteobacteria, com 5,4 %. O gênero Pseudomonas destacou-se como representante com maior frequência de clones na biblioteca, seguido pelos gêneros Parvibaculum e Sphingobium. Após o sequenciamento parcial do gene 16S rRNA, a diversidade bacteriana do consórcio foi estimada utilizando-se o software DOTUR. Essas sequências, quando comparadas com as do banco do National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI, mostraram grande correlação entre os dados gerados pelo software utilizado e aqueles depositados no NCBI.

  3. Detecção molecular de vírus da bronquite infecciosa em plantéis de avós, matrizes e frangos de corte no Rio Grande do Sul e Mato Grosso Molecular detection of infectious bronchitis virus in flocks of grandmothers, mothers and broiler chicken in Rio Grande do Sul and Mato Grosso

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    Bárbara Nascimento

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available O vírus da Bronquite Infecciosa das galinhas (VBI pertence ao grupo 3 da família Coronaviridae e é o causador de desordens respiratórias e renais em frangos de corte. A vacinação com vacinas vivas é praticada em matrizes e avós e muitas vezes também nos plantéis destinados ao abate. As vacinas utilizadas no Brasil são usualmente do sorogrupo Massachusetts e baseadas nas amostras H120 e H52. É comum que após a vacinação o vírus vacinal seja detectado por isolamento em ovos embrionados ou por métodos moleculares por até 4 semanas. Após essa data, normalmente, não há detecção de vírus e o VBI, quando encontrado, pode representar recirculação do vírus vacinal no plantel ou a introdução de uma nova cepa do vírus. No presente estudo, para avaliar a circulação do vírus em plantéis de frangos e reprodutoras nos estados do Rio Grande do Sul e Mato Grosso do Sul, foram coletadas 240 traqueias e rins de aves de 48 plantéis, sendo (20 exemplares/4 plantéis de avós, (80 exemplares/16 plantéis de matrizes e (140 exemplares/28 plantéis de frangos de corte, as quais foram analisadas em misturas de cinco amostras. Todos os animais eram vacinados e as amostras foram coletadas ao redor de 2 a 48 semanas após a vacinação. A presença de VBI foi determinada com auxílio de uma reação em cadeia da polimerase tipo nested, direcionada ao gene da proteína S1, padronizada neste estudo. Das 48 amostras testadas, 14 resultaram positivas: cinco foram oriundas de aves vacinadas há menos de quatro semanas na data da coleta e nove eram de amostras de aves vacinadas há mais de quatro semanas, o que pode ser devido à recirculação do vírus vacinal ou mesmo introdução de vírus selvagem nos plantéis.Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV, Avian Coronavirus from chickens belongs to group 3 of the family Coronaviridae and causes respiratory and renal disorders in broilers. Vaccination using live vaccines is generally performed in

  4. Phylogeny of genera Laminaria and Saccharina (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae) based on three molecular markers

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    CHI Shan; QIAN Hao; LI Tianyong; WANG Xumin; LIU Cui; REN Lei; TANG Xuexi; LIU Tao

    2014-01-01

    In the past two decades, many studies have focused on the classification within genus Laminaria, ultimately trying to divide it into two subgroups or genera:Laminaria and Saccharina. A significant debate still sur-rounds the question of its division, as the conflicting phylogenetic hypotheses that have resulted from the classification studies are based on different taxon sampling, molecular markers, or analysis methods. It is aimed at elucidate the molecular phylogeny within Laminaria and Saccharina. The nine species of Lami-nariales are sampled from northern Asia and Europe, and 23 new sequences in the nuclear, plastid, and mitochondrial genomes are determined to identify their taxonomic status. The phylogenetic analyses of 71 species are performed, including representatives from six of the seven families of the order Laminariales, based on three separate data sets. An evidence is provided to strongly support a clear split that maintains the two recognized genera, Laminaria and Saccharina, with Laminaria appearing to be the ancestor group. Further, analyses indicate that all taxa in Saccharina and Laminaria did not form a monophyletic lineage, instead Laminariaceae and Lessoniaceae grouped together interlacedly, and Costariaceae appeared as the sister taxon of the Lessoniaceae-Laminariaceae clade. In the phylogenetic analysis, mitochondrial c oxi-dase I (COI) sequences appeared to be the most credible molecular marker which was more befitting than nuclear encoded internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and plastid encoded rbcL for establishment of Laminari-ales systematics. It is the most comprehensive phylogeny of the order Laminariales, and contributes to an enhanced understanding and estimation of the phylogenetic relationships for the economically important seaweeds, Laminaria and Saccharina.

  5. Problemas na padronização da reação em cadeia da polimerase para diagnóstico da tuberculose pulmonar

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    Bollela Valdes R.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Padronizar reação em cadeia da polimerase para diagnóstico de tuberculose pulmonar, comparando os resultados obtidos com as técnicas microbiológicas clássicas, e analisar seu uso numa região de alta prevalência da tuberculose. MÉTODOS: Foram descontaminadas, após a baciloscopia, 42 amostras de escarro de pacientes. Em seguida, procedeu-se ao cultivo em Lowenstein-Jensen e à reação em cadeia da polimerase com "primers" que amplificam um fragmento de 123 pares de base do genoma do Mycobacterium tuberculosis. RESULTADOS: Das 42 amostras de escarro, 10 apresentaram cultura positiva para M. tuberculosis. Dez foram positivas à baciloscopia e 16 mostraram-se positivas na reação em cadeia da polimerase. A sensibilidade e especificidade do teste em relação à cultura foi de 90% e 81%, respectivamente. CONCLUSÕES: A reação em cadeia da polimerase tem sensibilidade comparável à da cultura e pode ser realizada em apenas um dia, resultando em tratamento precoce e melhor controle da doença. A padronização e avaliação de técnicas de biologia molecular no diagnóstico da tuberculose no Brasil é imprescindível na discussão da implantação deste exame na rotina diagnóstica em centros de referência.

  6. Terminografia com base em corpora : um ensaio na área da construção metálica

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    2000-01-01

    Definição dos vários sentidos do conceito "terminologia". Relações com outras disciplinas, tais como a lexicologia e lexicografia, a linguística, as ciências da documentação, a tradução e a informática. Reflexão sobre os fundamentos da terminologia: o termo, o conceito, a definição. A problemática das línguas de especialidade. Projectos de terminologia. Objectivos, princípios e metodologia. Criação de uma base de dados na área da construção metálica.

  7. Qualidade da dieta de adolescentes: estudo de base populacional em Campinas, SP Diet quality among adolescents: a population-based study in Campinas, Brazil

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    Daniela de Assumpção

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a qualidade global da dieta e a adequação do consumo de cada componente da dieta de adolescentes segundo fatores demográficos, socioeconômicos e índice de massa corporal (IMC. Trata-se de estudo transversal, de base populacional, que analisou amostra representativa de 409 adolescentes, de 12 a 19 anos, utilizando o Índice de Qualidade da Dieta (IQD. Foram estimadas as prevalências de dietas classificadas no 1º quartil do IQD e as médias de escores de cada componente do IQD. Regressões múltiplas linear e de Poisson foram utilizadas nas análises. O escore médio do IQD foi de 59,7. Observou-se menor prevalência de dietas inadequadas no segmento de melhor escolaridade do chefe da família. Os estratos de menor nível socioeconômico, avaliados por renda e escolaridade, mostram um consumo inferior de verduras e legumes, frutas, leite e derivados e menor variedade da dieta e uma ingestão superior de cereais e derivados e leguminosas. Adolescentes com sobrepeso/obesidade consomem mais carnes e ovos e menos frutas comparados aos que apresentam baixo peso/eutrofia. As meninas tiveram maior ingestão de gordura total e menor ingestão de sódio. Os resultados identificam os componentes que merecem atenção nas estratégias de promoção de alimentação saudável e os segmentos mais vulneráveis à má alimentação.We assessed the overall diet quality and adequacy of diet consumption of each component of the diet of adolescents according to demographic, socioeconomic and body mass index (BMI data. A cross-sectional population-based study analyzed a representative sample of 409 adolescents, aged 12-19 years, using the Healthy Eating Index (HEI. We estimated the prevalence of diets classified in the first quartile of the HEI and the average scores of each component of the HEI. Linear and Poisson multiple regressions were used in the analysis. The mean score of HEI was 59.7. We observed a lower prevalence

  8. The Effects of Threonine Phosphorylation on the Stability and Dynamics of the Central Molecular Switch Region of 18.5-kDa Myelin Basic Protein

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    Vassall, Kenrick A.; Kyrylo Bessonov; Miguel De Avila; Eugenia Polverini; George Harauz

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    The classic isoforms of myelin basic protein (MBP) are essential for the formation and maintenance of myelin in the central nervous system of higher vertebrates. The protein is involved in all facets of the development, compaction, and stabilization of the multilamellar myelin sheath, and also interacts with cytoskeletal and signaling proteins. The predominant 18.5-kDa isoform of MBP is an intrinsically-disordered protein that is a candidate auto-antigen in the human demyelinating disease mul...

  9. O crescimento da RBC: publicação do primeiro artigo de autores internacionais e o cadastramento da Revista em bases de dados

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    Ângela Tonietto; Bruno Telles; Charles Albert Andrade; Claudemir Rodrigues Dias Filho; Juliano de Andrade Gomes

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    O Corpo Editorial da Revista Brasileira de Criminalística (RBC) informa o lançamento do seu quinto fascículo, sendo o primeiro do ano de 2015 dos três previstos. Fazendo um retrospecto rápido dos números já publicados, teve-se um fascículo em 2011, um em 2013 e dois em 2014. Como pode-se perceber, a RBC está crescendo, não só em números, mas também em abrangência, haja visto que esta edição conta com a publicação do primeiro artigo exclusivo de autores internacionais.

  10. Latest research results on the effects of nanomaterials on humans and the environment: DaNa - Knowledge Base Nanomaterials

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    Marquardt, C.; Kühnel, D.; Richter, V.; Krug, H. F.; Mathes, B.; Steinbach, C.; Nau, K.

    2013-04-01

    Nanotechnology is considered one of the key technologies of the 21st century. The success of this fascinating technology is based on its versatility. It will bring about fundamental changes of basic research as well as of many sectors of industry and also of daily life from electronics to the health care system. However, consumers often miss reliable and understandable information on nanomaterials and all aspects of this versatile technology. A huge body of data on the potential hazards of nanoobjects towards human and environmental health already exists, but is either not easily accessible for a broad audience or presented unprocessable for nonexperts. But risk communication is an essential and thus integral component of risk management. For that purpose, the DaNa-Project aims at filling this gap by collecting and evaluating scientific results in an interdisciplinary approach with scientists from different research areas, such as human and environmental toxicology, biology, physics, chemistry, and sociology. Research findings from the field of human and environmental nanotoxicology are being prepared and presented together with material properties and possible applications for interested laymen and stakeholders. For the evaluation of literature a "Literature Criteria Checklist" has been developed as well as a Standard Operation Procedure template (SOP) based on careful scientific practice.

  11. Latest research results on the effects of nanomaterials on humans and the environment: DaNa – Knowledge Base Nanomaterials

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    Nanotechnology is considered one of the key technologies of the 21st century. The success of this fascinating technology is based on its versatility. It will bring about fundamental changes of basic research as well as of many sectors of industry and also of daily life from electronics to the health care system. However, consumers often miss reliable and understandable information on nanomaterials and all aspects of this versatile technology. A huge body of data on the potential hazards of nanoobjects towards human and environmental health already exists, but is either not easily accessible for a broad audience or presented unprocessable for nonexperts. But risk communication is an essential and thus integral component of risk management. For that purpose, the DaNa-Project aims at filling this gap by collecting and evaluating scientific results in an interdisciplinary approach with scientists from different research areas, such as human and environmental toxicology, biology, physics, chemistry, and sociology. Research findings from the field of human and environmental nanotoxicology are being prepared and presented together with material properties and possible applications for interested laymen and stakeholders. For the evaluation of literature a 'Literature Criteria Checklist' has been developed as well as a Standard Operation Procedure template (SOP) based on careful scientific practice.

  12. A clinical-molecular update on azanucleoside-based therapy for the treatment of hematologic cancers.

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    Diesch, Jeannine; Zwick, Anabel; Garz, Anne-Kathrin; Palau, Anna; Buschbeck, Marcus; Götze, Katharina S

    2016-01-01

    The azanucleosides azacitidine and decitabine are currently used for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in patients not only eligible for intensive chemotherapy but are also being explored in other hematologic and solid cancers. Based on their capacity to interfere with the DNA methylation machinery, these drugs are also referred to as hypomethylating agents (HMAs). As DNA methylation contributes to epigenetic regulation, azanucleosides are further considered to be among the first true "epigenetic drugs" that have reached clinical application. However, intriguing new evidence suggests that DNA hypomethylation is not the only mechanism of action for these drugs. This review summarizes the experience from more than 10 years of clinical practice with azanucleosides and discusses their molecular actions, including several not related to DNA methylation. A particular focus is placed on possible causes of primary and acquired resistances to azanucleoside treatment. We highlight current limitations for the success and durability of azanucleoside-based therapy and illustrate that a better understanding of the molecular determinants of drug response holds great potential to overcome resistance. PMID:27330573

  13. On the optimal design of molecular sensing interfaces with lipid bilayer assemblies - A knowledge based approach

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    Siontorou, Christina G.

    2012-12-01

    Biosensors are analytic devices that incorporate a biochemical recognition system (biological, biologicalderived or biomimic: enzyme, antibody, DNA, receptor, etc.) in close contact with a physicochemical transducer (electrochemical, optical, piezoelectric, conductimetric, etc.) that converts the biochemical information, produced by the specific biological recognition reaction (analyte-biomolecule binding), into a chemical or physical output signal, related to the concentration of the analyte in the measuring sample. The biosensing concept is based on natural chemoreception mechanisms, which are feasible over/within/by means of a biological membrane, i.e., a structured lipid bilayer, incorporating or attached to proteinaceous moieties that regulate molecular recognition events which trigger ion flux changes (facilitated or passive) through the bilayer. The creation of functional structures that are similar to natural signal transduction systems, correlating and interrelating compatibly and successfully the physicochemical transducer with the lipid film that is self-assembled on its surface while embedding the reconstituted biological recognition system, and at the same time manage to satisfy the basic conditions for measuring device development (simplicity, easy handling, ease of fabrication) is far from trivial. The aim of the present work is to present a methodological framework for designing such molecular sensing interfaces, functioning within a knowledge-based system built on an ontological platform for supplying sub-systems options, compatibilities, and optimization parameters.

  14. Hydrazone based molecular glasses for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Biscarbazole and terthiophene based molecular glasses with hydrazone functional goups (named respectively 2CzMPH and 3TDPH) have been synthesized and the thermal, optical and electrochemical properties have been studied. Differential scanning calorimetry characterizations confirm the metastable amorphous properties of these molecules with glass transition temperatures at 80 deg. C for the 3TDPH and 93 deg. C for the 2CzMPH. Their electrochemical properties have been studied and showed the effect of the conjugated hydrazone groups on the electronic delocalization of the structures. The concept of solid state dye-sensitized solar cells using hydrazone based molecular glasses has been verified with the elaboration of a SnO2: F/nc-TiO2/Ru-dye/2CzMPH /Au devices. Under full sunlight (98 mW/cm2, air mass 1.5) the I-V characterization of the device give a short circuit photocurrents Isc = 0.42 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage Voc = 500 mV with a fill factor of 0.35

  15. Lipid-based nanocarrier for quercetin delivery: system characterization and molecular interactions studies.

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    Hädrich, Gabriela; Monteiro, Samantha Oliveira; Rodrigues, Marisa Raquel; de Lima, Vânia Rodrigues; Putaux, Jean-Luc; Bidone, Juliana; Teixeira, Helder Ferreira; Muccillo-Baisch, Ana Luiza; Dora, Cristiana Lima

    2016-07-01

    The flavonoid quercetin (QU) is a naturally occurring compound with several biological activities. However, the oral bioavailability of this compound is very low due to the high pre-systemic metabolism in the colon and liver and its low water solubility. In this context, the development of QU-loaded nanocarriers (NEs) is a promising approach to improve the drug oral bioavailability. This study investigates the variation of the concentration of 12-hydroxystearic acid-polyethylene glycol copolymer, lecithin and castor oil (CO) as to increase the amount of QU encapsulated while maintaining physicochemical characteristics described in previous studies. To better understand the ability to load and release the drug, we investigated the molecular interactions between QU and NE. Lipid-based NEs were prepared using CO as oily phase and PEG 660-stearate and lecithin as surfactants. Hot solvent diffusion and phase inversion temperature were methods employed to produce NEs. The QU-NEs were investigated for physicochemical characteristics and in vitro drug release. Molecular interactions between QU and the NEs were monitored through the complementary infrared (Fourier transform infrared) and NMR. The results revealed that it was possible to incorporate higher amounts of QU in a lipid-based NE with a reduced size (20 nm). The system developed allow a sustained release of QU probably due to the shell formed by the surfactants around the NE and the flavonoid ordering effect in the emulsion hydrophobic regions, which may reduce the system permeability. PMID:26571009

  16. Molecular beacon-based enzyme-free strategy for amplified DNA detection.

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    Huang, Jiahao; Wu, Jueqi; Li, Zhigang

    2016-05-15

    We report an enzyme-free, sensitive strategy for DNA detections through fluorescence amplification. The sensing method employs molecular beacons (MBs) and two single-stranded helper DNA probes. In the presence of a DNA target, it binds and opens an MB. This triggers the hybridizations between the MB and helper probes, and consequently releases the DNA target, which becomes available to react with another MB and enhances the fluorescence emission of the MBs. The detection limit of the proposed strategy is 0.58 pM, which is about 3 orders of magnitude better than the conventional MB-based method. This method is also fast and exhibits good selectivity. It is superior to previous MB-based amplification approaches employing enzymes or nanomaterials. PMID:26774091

  17. Syntheses of Ferrocenyl Schiff Bases Using Molecular Sieves and AlCl3 as Catalysts

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    2005-01-01

    In order to study the donor ability of ferrocenylimines as directing ortho metalation group(DMG) to lithium alkylide to prepare planar chiral ferrocene, a series of ferrocenyl schiff bases were synthesized by new methods using molecular sieves(0.4nm) and AlCl3 as catalysts. The reaction periods were reduced using these two catalysts in contrast with Al2O3, which was a traditional method used in the literature. In addition, as an important feature of these schiff bases, we found that they were unstable as oils in air or when filtrated through silica gel, but were stable as solids. The structures of the new compounds were confirmed by IR, 1H NMR and HRMS.

  18. The importance of the rotor in hydrazone-based molecular switches

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    Xin Su

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The pH-activated E/Z isomerization of a series of hydrazone-based systems having different functional groups as part of the rotor (R = COMe, CN, Me, H, was studied. The switching efficiency of these systems was compared to that of a hydrazone-based molecular switch (R = COOEt whose E/Z isomerization is fully reversible. It was found that the nature of the R group is critical for efficient switching to occur; the R group should be a moderate H-bond acceptor in order to (i provide enough driving force for the rotor to move upon protonation, and (ii stabilize the obtained Z configuration, to achieve full conversion.

  19. Functionality in Electrospun Nanofibrous Membranes Based on Fiber’s Size, Surface Area, and Molecular Orientation

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    Akihiko Tanioka

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Electrospinning is a versatile method for forming continuous thin fibers based on an electrohydrodynamic process. This method has the following advantages: (i the ability to produce thin fibers with diameters in the micrometer and nanometer ranges; (ii one-step forming of the two- or three-dimensional nanofiber network assemblies (nanofibrous membranes; and (iii applicability for a broad spectrum of molecules, such as synthetic and biological polymers and polymerless sol-gel systems. Electrospun nanofibrous membranes have received significant attention in terms of their practical applications. The major advantages of nanofibers or nanofibrous membranes are the functionalities based on their nanoscaled-size, highly specific surface area, and highly molecular orientation. These functionalities of the nanofibrous membranes can be controlled by their fiber diameter, surface chemistry and topology, and internal structure of the nanofibers. This report focuses on our studies and describes fundamental aspects and applications of electrospun nanofibrous membranes.

  20. Exploring Programmable Self-Assembly in Non-DNA based Molecular Computing

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    Terrazas, German; Krasnogor, Natalio

    2013-01-01

    Self-assembly is a phenomenon observed in nature at all scales where autonomous entities build complex structures, without external influences nor centralised master plan. Modelling such entities and programming correct interactions among them is crucial for controlling the manufacture of desired complex structures at the molecular and supramolecular scale. This work focuses on a programmability model for non DNA-based molecules and complex behaviour analysis of their self-assembled conformations. In particular, we look into modelling, programming and simulation of porphyrin molecules self-assembly and apply Kolgomorov complexity-based techniques to classify and assess simulation results in terms of information content. The analysis focuses on phase transition, clustering, variability and parameter discovery which as a whole pave the way to the notion of complex systems programmability.

  1. Kazusa Marker DataBase: a database for genomics, genetics, and molecular breeding in plants.

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    Shirasawa, Kenta; Isobe, Sachiko; Tabata, Satoshi; Hirakawa, Hideki

    2014-09-01

    In order to provide useful genomic information for agronomical plants, we have established a database, the Kazusa Marker DataBase (http://marker.kazusa.or.jp). This database includes information on DNA markers, e.g., SSR and SNP markers, genetic linkage maps, and physical maps, that were developed at the Kazusa DNA Research Institute. Keyword searches for the markers, sequence data used for marker development, and experimental conditions are also available through this database. Currently, 10 plant species have been targeted: tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), pepper (Capsicum annuum), strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa), radish (Raphanus sativus), Lotus japonicus, soybean (Glycine max), peanut (Arachis hypogaea), red clover (Trifolium pratense), white clover (Trifolium repens), and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). In addition, the number of plant species registered in this database will be increased as our research progresses. The Kazusa Marker DataBase will be a useful tool for both basic and applied sciences, such as genomics, genetics, and molecular breeding in crops. PMID:25320561

  2. Remote stabilization of copper paddlewheel based molecular building blocks in metal-organic frameworks

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    Gao, Wenyang

    2015-03-24

    Copper paddlewheel based molecular building blocks (MBBs) are ubiquitous and have been widely employed for the construction of highly porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). However, most copper paddlewheel based MOFs fail to retain their structural integrity in the presence of water. This instability is directly correlated to the plausible displacement of coordinating carboxylates in the copper paddlewheel MBB, [Cu2(O2C-)4], by the strongly coordinating water molecules. In this comprehensive study, we illustrate the chemical stability control in the rht-MOF platform via strengthening the coordinating bonds within the triangular inorganic MBB, [Cu3O(N4-x(CH)xC-)3] (x = 0, 1, or 2). Remotely, the chemical stabilization propagated into the paddlewheel MBB to afford isoreticular rht-MOFs with remarkably enhanced water/chemical stabilities compared to the prototypal rht-MOF-1. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  3. Labyrinthine water flow across multilayer graphene-based membranes: molecular dynamics versus continuum predictions

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    Yoshida, Hiroaki

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we investigate the hydrodynamic permeance of water through graphene-based membranes, inspired by recent experimental findings on graphene-oxide membranes. We consider the flow across multiple graphene layers having nanoslits in a staggered alignment, with an inter-layer distance ranging from sub- nanometer to a few nanometers. We compare results for the permeability obtained by means of molecular dynamics simulations to continuum predictions obtained by using the lattice Boltzmann calculations and hydrodynamic modelization. This highlights that, in spite of extreme confinement, the permeability across the graphene-based membrane is quantitatively predicted on the basis of a continuum expression, taking properly into account entrance and slippage effects of the confined water flow. Our predictions refute the breakdown of hydrodynamics at small scales in these membrane systems. They constitute a benchmark to which we compare published experimental data.

  4. Initiating Heavy-atom Based Phasing by Multi-Dimensional Molecular Replacement

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    Pedersen, Bjørn Panyella; Gourdon, Pontus; Liu, Xiangyu;

    2014-01-01

    in the determination of a membrane protein structure, the CopA Cu+-ATPase, when other methods had failed to resolve the heavy atom substructure. MRPM is particularly suited for proteins undergoing large conformational changes where multiple search models should be generated, and it enables the identification of weak......To obtain an electron-density map from a macromolecular crystal the phase-problem needs to be solved, which often involves the use of heavy-atom derivative crystals and concomitantly the determination of the heavy atom substructure. This is customarily done by direct methods or Patterson......-based approaches, which however may fail when only poorly diffracting derivative crystals are available, as often the case for e.g. membrane proteins. Here we present an approach for heavy atom site identification based on a Molecular Replacement Parameter Matrix (MRPM) search. It involves an n-dimensional search...

  5. Remote Stabilization of Copper Paddlewheel Based Molecular Building Blocks in Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Gao, Wen-Yang; Cai, Rong; Pham, Tony; Forrest, Katherine A.; Hogan, Adam; Nugent, Patrick; Williams, Kia; Wojtas, Lukasz; Luebke, Ryan; Weseli; #324; ski, Lukasz J.; Zaworotko, Michael J.; Space, Brian; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Eddaoudi, Mohamed; Shi, Xiaodong; Ma, Shengqian (KAUST); (UC); (USF); (WVU)

    2015-08-21

    Copper paddlewheel based molecular building blocks (MBBs) are ubiquitous and have been widely employed for the construction of highly porous metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). However, most copper paddlewheel based MOFs fail to retain their structural integrity in the presence of water. This instability is directly correlated to the plausible displacement of coordinating carboxylates in the copper paddlewheel MBB, [Cu₂(O₂C-)₄], by the strongly coordinating water molecules. In this comprehensive study, we illustrate the chemical stability control in the rht-MOF platform via strengthening the coordinating bonds within the triangular inorganic MBB, [Cu₃O(N4–x(CH)xC-)₃] (x = 0, 1, or 2). Remotely, the chemical stabilization propagated into the paddlewheel MBB to afford isoreticular rht-MOFs with remarkably enhanced water/chemical stabilities compared to the prototypal rht-MOF-1.

  6. Innovative molecular-based fluorescent nanoparticles for multicolor single particle tracking in cells

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    Daniel, Jonathan; Godin, Antoine G.; Palayret, Matthieu; Lounis, Brahim; Cognet, Laurent; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille

    2016-03-01

    Based on an original molecular-based design, we present bright and photostable fluorescent organic nanoparticles (FONs) showing excellent colloidal stability in various aqueous environments. Complementary near-infrared emitting and green emitting FONs were prepared using a simple, fast and robust protocol. Both types of FONs could be simultaneously imaged at the single-particle level in solution as well as in biological environments using a monochromatic excitation and a dual-color fluorescence microscope. No evidence of acute cytotoxicity was found upon incubation of live cells with mixed solutions of FONs, and both types of nanoparticles were found internalized in the cells where their motion could be simultaneously tracked at video-rate up to minutes. These fluorescent organic nanoparticles open a novel non-toxic alternative to existing nanoparticles for imaging biological structures, compatible with live-cell experiments and specially fitted for multicolor single particle tracking.

  7. Identification, recombinant expression, and characterization of the 100 kDa high molecular weight Hymenoptera venom allergens Api m 5 and Ves v 3.

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    Blank, Simon; Seismann, Henning; Bockisch, Benjamin; Braren, Ingke; Cifuentes, Liliana; McIntyre, Mareike; Rühl, Dana; Ring, Johannes; Bredehorst, Reinhard; Ollert, Markus W; Grunwald, Thomas; Spillner, Edzard

    2010-05-01

    Insect stings can cause life-threatening IgE-mediated anaphylactic reactions in venom-allergic patients. Although several compounds have already been described as venom allergens, prominent allergen candidates especially in the higher m.w. range have still remained elusive. Tandem mass spectrometry-based sequencing assigned a candidate gene to the most prominent putative high m.w. allergen Api m 5 (allergen C) in honeybee (Apis mellifera) venom and also allowed identification of its homologue Ves v 3 in yellow jacket (Vespula vulgaris) venom. Both proteins exhibit a pronounced sequence identity to human dipeptidyl peptidase IV or CD26. Reactivity of a human IgE mAb verified the presence of these proteins in the venoms. Both proteins were produced in insect cells and characterized for their enzymatic activity as well as their allergenic potential using sera and basophils from insect venom-allergic patients. Both Api m 5 and Ves v 3 were recognized by specific IgE of the majority of patients even in the absence of cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants. Serologic IgE reactivity closely matched activation of human basophils by Api m 5 or Ves v 3, thus underlining their relevance in functional assays. With Api m 5 and Ves v 3, a new pair of homologous allergens becomes available for future clinical applications in diagnosis and therapy that may also contribute to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of insect venoms. Moreover, the patient IgE reactivity together with the cellular activation demonstrates for the first time the relevance of high m.w. allergens in the context of hymenoptera venom allergy. PMID:20348419

  8. Transtorno obsessivo-compulsivo e os gânglios da base Obsessive-compulsive disorder and the basal ganglia

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    Eurípedes Constantino Miguel Filho

    1995-12-01

    Full Text Available O transtorno obsessivo compulsivo (TOC, caracterizado por obsessões e compulsões, foi descrito com frequência aumentada em várias doenças que acometem primariamente of gânglios da base sugerindo que estas estruturas também estivessem acometidas no TOC. Os gânglios da base, que no passado se acreditava estarem implicados apenas no comportamento motor, são, na verdade, importantes em inúmeras outras funções psíquicas como o processamento de vivências cognitivas. Estudos recentes utilizando imagem de ressonância magnética mostraram tendência a diminuição do núcleo caudado em pacientes com TOC. De forma coerente, estudos com neuroimagem funcional, sugerem a implicação de um circuito cerebral envolvendo o córtex órbito-frontal, o giro cíngulo, o núcleo caudado e o tálamo na patofisiologia do TOC. Entre as diversas hipóteses formuladas a partir desses achados, especula-se que um déficit no funcionamento do núcleo caudado levaria a uma filtragem inadequada de preocupações que então estimulariam o córtex órbito-frontal a desencadear ações adaptativas: as compulsões.Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD, characterized by obsessions and compulsions, was described as more frequent in patients with primary lesions of the basal ganglia suggesting that these brain structures may be also altered in OCD. The basal ganglia, that were considered important only for the motor control, are known now as crucial for many other mental functions as processing of cognitive experience. Recent studies using magnetic resonance image have found a tendency for smaller caudate nucleus in patients with OCD. Consistently, studies using functional neuroimaging suggest implication of a neurocircuit that includes the orbitalfrontal cortex, the cingulate cortex, caudate nucleus and thalamus in the pathophysiology of OCD. Among several hypotheses formulated to explain these findings, some authors speculated that a deficit of the caudate nucleus

  9. Molecular thermodynamic modeling of ionic liquids using the perturbation-based linear Yukawa isotherm regularity.

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    Sohrabi Mahboub, Mahdi; Farrokhpour, Hossein

    2016-06-15

    In this paper, we present the results of an extensive study on a novel approach to the molecular modeling of pure ionic liquids (ILs) that incorporates the perturbed thermodynamic linear Yukawa isotherm regularity (LYIR), which is derived based on an effective nearest neighboring pair attractive interaction of the Yukawa potential. The LYIR was used to model the densities of ILs up to high pressures (35 MPa) and in the temperature range 293.15 to 393.15 K. To use the LYIR for ILs, a simple molecular model was proposed to describe their molecular structure, in which they were considered as a liquid consisting of the ion pairs moving together in the fluid, and each ion pair was assumed to be a one-center spherical united atom. The ILs under consideration contained one of the IL cations [C2mim](+), [C4mim](+), [C7mim](+), [C8mim](+), [C3mpy](+), [C3mpip](+), [C3mpyr](+) or [C4mpyr](+), and one of the IL anions [BF4](-), [C(CN)3](-), [CF3SO4](-) or [NTf2](-). The reliability and physical significance of the parameters as well as the proposed molecular model were tested by calculating the densities of pure imidazolium-, pyridinium-, piperidinium- and pyrrolidimium-based ILs. The results showed that the LYIR can be used to predict and reproduce the density of ILs in good agreement with the experimental data. In addition, the LYIR enabled us to determine the physical quantities, such as an effective Yukawa screening length, λ eff, the product of the effective energy well depth and the effective coordination number, (ε eff/k)z eff, the contribution of the non-reference thermal pressure and also the influence of the anionic and cationic structure on the λ eff parameter. The standard deviation of the IL densities predicted in this work is lower than those calculated by the one other important equation of state reported in the literature. PMID:27157142

  10. Molecular thermodynamic modeling of ionic liquids using the perturbation-based linear Yukawa isotherm regularity

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    Sohrabi Mahboub, Mahdi; Farrokhpour, Hossein

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we present the results of an extensive study on a novel approach to the molecular modeling of pure ionic liquids (ILs) that incorporates the perturbed thermodynamic linear Yukawa isotherm regularity (LYIR), which is derived based on an effective nearest neighboring pair attractive interaction of the Yukawa potential. The LYIR was used to model the densities of ILs up to high pressures (35 MPa) and in the temperature range 293.15 to 393.15 K. To use the LYIR for ILs, a simple molecular model was proposed to describe their molecular structure, in which they were considered as a liquid consisting of the ion pairs moving together in the fluid, and each ion pair was assumed to be a one-center spherical united atom. The ILs under consideration contained one of the IL cations [C2mim]+, [C4mim]+, [C7mim]+, [C8mim]+, [C3mpy]+, [C3mpip]+, [C3mpyr]+ or [C4mpyr]+, and one of the IL anions [BF4]‑, [C(CN)3]‑, [CF3SO4]‑ or [NTf2]‑. The reliability and physical significance of the parameters as well as the proposed molecular model were tested by calculating the densities of pure imidazolium-, pyridinium-, piperidinium- and pyrrolidimium-based ILs. The results showed that the LYIR can be used to predict and reproduce the density of ILs in good agreement with the experimental data. In addition, the LYIR enabled us to determine the physical quantities, such as an effective Yukawa screening length, λ eff, the product of the effective energy well depth and the effective coordination number, (ε eff/k)z eff, the contribution of the non-reference thermal pressure and also the influence of the anionic and cationic structure on the λ eff parameter. The standard deviation of the IL densities predicted in this work is lower than those calculated by the one other important equation of state reported in the literature.

  11. EFFICIENT POLYMER PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES BASED ON POLYMER D-A BLENDS

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    Xian-yu Deng; Li-ping Zheng; Yue-qi Mo; Gang Yu; Wei Yang; Wen-hua Weng; Yong Cao

    2001-01-01

    Recent work demonstrated that efficient solar-energy conversion could be achieved in polymer photovoltaic cells (PVCs) based on interpenetrating bi-continuous networks[1,2]. In this paper we present a comprehensive study on improving energy conversion efficiencies of PVCs based on composite films of MEHPPV and fullerene derivatives. Carrier collection efficiency of ca. 30% el/ph and energy conversion efficiency of 3.9% were achieved at 500 nm. At reverse bias of 15 V, the photosensitivity reached 0.8 A/W, corresponding to a quantum efficiency over 100% el/ph. These results suggest that high efficiency photoelectric conversion can be achieved in polymer devices with M-P-M structure. These devices are promising for practical applications such as plastic solar cells and plastic photodetectors.

  12. Prophylaxis of deep-vein thrombosis after lower extremity amputation: Comparison of low molecular weight heparin with unfractionated heparin Profilaxia da trombose venosa profunda após amputação de membros inferiores: Comparação entre heparina de baixo peso molecular e heparina não fracionada

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    Sidney Lastória; Hamilton A. Rollo; Winston Bonetti Yoshida; Mariangela Giannini; Regina Moura; Francisco H. A. Maffei

    2006-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy and safety of a low molecular weight heparin (enoxaparin) with unfractionated heparin (UH) in this prophylaxis. METHODS: Seventy five patients (59 men and 16 women), undergoing major lower extremity amputation (30 above-knee and 45 below-knee), were randomized to be treated with subcutaneous UH (5,000 IU t.i.d.) or enoxaparin (40mg/day) during hospitalization. Prophylaxis was started 12 hours before surgery or, in emergency cases, in the first postoperative da...

  13. Estudo experimental dos efeitos da heparina de baixo peso molecular (Enoxaparina) na formação de calo ósseo em fêmures de ratos The effects of low-molecular-weight heparin (Enoxaparin) on bony callus formation in rats' femurs - an experimental study

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    Salim Mussi Filho; Rodrigo Abbud Canova; Henrique Abreu da Cruz; Leandro Vidigal; Francisco José Zaniolo; Luiz Roberto Gomes Vialle

    2006-01-01

    O tromboembolismo venoso é uma complicação grave que pode ocorrer após fraturas. O tratamento anticoagulante mais utilizado é com a heparina de baixo peso molecular (HBPM). Existem estudos que mostram que essa droga pode interferir no metabolismo ósseo. Com o objetivo de avaliar a influência da HBPM no processo de formação de calo ósseo, realizamos um estudo experimental em ratos. A amostra constituiu-se de 22 ratos de linhagem Wistar, machos, que foram submetidos à fratura diafisária de seus...

  14. Pesquisa de Mycobacterium leprae em biópsias de mucosa oral por meio da reação em cadeia da polimerase Molecular detection of Mycobacterium leprae by polymerase chain reaction in oral mucosa biopsy specimens

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    Geraldo Gomes dos Santos

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS - A hanseníase é endêmica na América do Sul, sendo responsável por 3% do total dos casos mundiais e, particularmente, no Brasil, por 85% dos casos sul-americanos. Seu agente pode ser encontrado na mucosa oral sem qualquer alteração evidente, e apenas testes laboratoriais muito sensíveis podem detectar sua presença. OBJETIVOS - Determinar se o genoma do Mycobacterium leprae pode ser encontrado pelo teste da PCR em biópsias com punch da mucosa oral de pacientes com hanseníase. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS - Realizou-se biópsia da mucosa oral normal de sete pacientes com hanseníase multibacilar. Cinco estavam em tratamento durante o estudo, e apenas um, ainda sem tratamento, teve o diagnóstico confirmado pela hematoxilina-eosina e coloração de Fite-Faraco para M. leprae. As peças foram incluídas em parafina e submetidas à PCR para pesquisa de M. leprae. RESULTADOS - Seis dos sete casos foram positivos para M. leprae, e um para Mycobacterium sp., demonstrando-se alta sensibilidade e especificidade do método. CONCLUSÃO - A PCR é método rápido, fácil e confiável para a investigação de rotina da infecção por micobactéria, mesmo quando a doença ainda é assintomática. O diagnóstico pode ser obtido a partir de simples biópsia ambulatorial.BACKGROUND - Hansen's disease is endemic in South America, which accounts for 3% of total world cases, and particularly in Brazil, which accounts for 85% of all South American cases. The bacteria can be found in the oral mucosa with no evident signs of infection, and only very sensitive laboratory assays can detect its presence. OBJECTIVES - The aim of this study was to ascertain if the M. leprae genome can be detected by PCR in small punch biopsy specimens from the oral mucosa of patients with Hansen's disease. METHODS - The normal oral mucosas of seven multibacillary Hansen's disease patients were biopsied. Five of them were under treatment at the time of the study. Diagnosis of

  15. Molecular similarity-based predictions of the Tox21 screening outcome

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    Malgorzata Natalia Drwal

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available To assess the toxicity of new chemicals and drugs, regulatory agencies require in vivo testing for many toxic endpoints, resulting in millions of animal experiments conducted each year. However, following the Replace, Reduce, Refine (3R principle, the development and optimization of alternative methods, in particular in silico methods, has been put into focus in the recent years. It is generally acknowledged that the more complex a toxic endpoint, the more difficult it is to model. Therefore, computational toxicology is shifting from modelling general and complex endpoints to the investigation and modelling of pathways of toxicity and the underlying molecular effects.The U.S. Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21 initiative has screened a large library of compounds, including approximately 10K environmental chemicals and drugs, for different mechanisms responsible for eliciting toxic effects, and made the results publicly available. Through the Tox21 Data Challenge, the consortium has established a platform for computational toxicologists to develop and validate their predictive models.Here, we present a fast and successful method for the prediction of different outcomes of the nuclear receptor and stress response pathway screening from the Tox21 Data Challenge 2014. The method is based on the combination of molecular similarity calculations and a naïve Bayes machine learning algorithm and has been implemented as a KNIME pipeline. Molecules are represented as binary vectors consisting of a concatenation of common two-dimensional molecular fingerprint types with topological compound properties. The prediction method has been optimized individually for each modelled target and evaluated in a cross-validation as well as with the independent Tox21 validation set. Our results show that the method can achieve good prediction accuracies and rank among the top algorithms submitted to the prediction challenge, indicating its broad applicability in

  16. Cyndi: a multi-objective evolution algorithm based method for bioactive molecular conformational generation

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    Li Honglin

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Conformation generation is a ubiquitous problem in molecule modelling. Many applications require sampling the broad molecular conformational space or perceiving the bioactive conformers to ensure success. Numerous in silico methods have been proposed in an attempt to resolve the problem, ranging from deterministic to non-deterministic and systemic to stochastic ones. In this work, we described an efficient conformation sampling method named Cyndi, which is based on multi-objective evolution algorithm. Results The conformational perturbation is subjected to evolutionary operation on the genome encoded with dihedral torsions. Various objectives are designated to render the generated Pareto optimal conformers to be energy-favoured as well as evenly scattered across the conformational space. An optional objective concerning the degree of molecular extension is added to achieve geometrically extended or compact conformations which have been observed to impact the molecular bioactivity (J Comput -Aided Mol Des 2002, 16: 105–112. Testing the performance of Cyndi against a test set consisting of 329 small molecules reveals an average minimum RMSD of 0.864 Å to corresponding bioactive conformations, indicating Cyndi is highly competitive against other conformation generation methods. Meanwhile, the high-speed performance (0.49 ± 0.18 seconds per molecule renders Cyndi to be a practical toolkit for conformational database preparation and facilitates subsequent pharmacophore mapping or rigid docking. The copy of precompiled executable of Cyndi and the test set molecules in mol2 format are accessible in Additional file 1. Conclusion On the basis of MOEA algorithm, we present a new, highly efficient conformation generation method, Cyndi, and report the results of validation and performance studies comparing with other four methods. The results reveal that Cyndi is capable of generating geometrically diverse conformers and outperforms

  17. Potentiometric Sensors Based on Surface Molecular Imprinting: Detection of Cancer Biomarkers and Viruses

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    Wang, Y.; Zhang, Z; Jain, V; Yi, J; Mueller, S; Sokolov, J; Liu, Z; Levon, K; Rigas, B; Rafailovich, M

    2010-01-01

    The continuing discovery of cancer biomarkers necessitates improved methods for their detection. Molecular imprinting using artificial materials provides an alternative to the detection of a wide range of substances. We applied surface molecular imprinting using self-assembled monolayers to design sensing elements for the detection of cancer biomarkers and other proteins. These elements consist of a gold-coated silicon chip onto which hydroxyl-terminated alkanethiol molecules and template biomolecule are co-adsorbed, where the thiol molecules are chemically bound to the metal substrate and self-assembled into highly ordered monolayers, the biomolecules can be removed, creating the foot-print cavities in the monolayer matrix for this kind of template molecules. Re-adsorption of the biomolecules to the sensing chip changes its potential, which can be measured potentiometrically. We applied this method to the detection of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in both solutions of purified CEA and in the culture medium of a CEA-producing human colon cancer cell line. The CEA assay, validated also against a standard immunoassay, was both sensitive (detection range 2.5-250 ng/mL) and specific (no cross-reactivity with hemoglobin; no response by a non-imprinted sensor). Similar results were obtained for human amylase. In addition, we detected virions of poliovirus in a specific manner (no cross-reactivity to adenovirus, no response by a non-imprinted sensor). Our findings demonstrate the application of the principles of molecular imprinting to the development of a new method for the detection of protein cancer biomarkers and to protein-based macromolecular structures such as the capsid of a virion. This approach has the potential of generating a general assay methodology that could be highly sensitive, specific, simple and likely inexpensive.

  18. Molecular and cell-based therapies for muscle degenerations: a road under construction

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    Maurilio eSampaolesi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available There are no specific treatments for muscular degeneration caused by muscular dystrophies and for muscle wasting caused by cachexia or sarcopenia. Corticosteroid medications for dystrophic patients only helps to control inflammatory process and slightly delay the progression of the disease. Walkers and wheel chairs are the only options to maintain patients’ independence and walking capabilities until respiratory muscles become weak and mechanical ventilation is mandatory. On the other hand myostatin inhibition, melanocortin-4 receptor antagonists, β-blockers, IL-6 antagonism, and synthetic ghrelin are promising treatments for cachectic animal models. Although in both cases muscular degeneration is relevant the translational therapeutic attempts to find a possible cure are well defined. Molecular treatments are common options to explore beneficial treatments for cachexia, and gene/cell therapies are mostly employed to induce the phenotypic improvement of dystrophic muscles. This review deals with the use of molecular administrations and gene/stem cell therapy to treat muscular degenerations. It reviews previous trials using cell delivery protocols in mice and patients starting with the use of donor myoblasts, outlining the likely causes for their poor results and briefly focusing on satellite cell studies that raise new hope. Then it proceeds to describe recently identified stem/progenitor cells in relationship to their ability to home within a dystrophic muscle and to differentiate into skeletal muscle cells. Different known features of various stem cells are compared in this perspective, and the few available examples of their use in animal models of muscular degeneration are reported. This review also provides an outline of the role of microRNAs to control myogenic commitment. Finally, based on our current knowledge and the rapid advance in stem cell biology a prediction of clinical translation for cell therapy protocols combined with

  19. Rastreamento da fibrose cística usando-se a análise combinada do teste de IRT neonatal e o estudo molecular da mutação deltaF508 Cystic fibrosis screening by two-tiered newborn IRT assay and deltaF508 mutation molecular analysis

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    Giselda M.K. Cabello; Cabello, Pedro H.; Silvia R.S. Roig; Armando Fonseca; Eulália C.D. Carvalho; Octavio Fernandes

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    Um total de 117 cartões de rastreamento neonatal foi selecionado anonimamente para a avaliação de fibrose cística (FC) pela análise da mutação deltaF508 usando-se a técnica da reação em cadeia da polimerase (PCR), seguida de eletroforese em gel de poliacrilamida (Page) e pela quantificação da imunotripsina reativa (IRT, Delfia). Uma concentração de IRT menor que 140ng/ml foi encontrada em 116 recém-nascidos. Entre estes foi detectado um heterozigoto deltaF508 com uma concentração de IRT de 4,...

  20. Synthesis, molecular structure, and properties of a neutral Schiff base phenolic complex of magnesium

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    Polyakov, V.R.; Sharma, V.; Crankshaw, C.L.; Piwnica-Worms, D. [Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO (United States)

    1998-09-07

    Multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer mediated by the MDR1 P-glycoprotein (Pgp), a 140--180 kDa plasma membrane protein, renders chemotherapeutic treatment ineffective by pumping a variety of natural product cytotoxic agents and xenobiotic compounds out of cancer cells. Pgp has been a major target for synthesis and development of both therapeutic antagonists that block its transport function and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals that are transported by the protein for use in functional imaging of Pgp transport activity in tumors in vivo. Most, but not all, compounds that interact with Pgp are hydrophobic and cationic at physiological pH. To further understand the Pgp targeting properties, the authors sought to directly evaluate the effect of charge of the complex on Pgp interactions. This could be done by comparing the cytotoxicity profile of a neutral complex to that of an identical, but positively charged, complex in both drug-sensitive and multidrug-resistant cancer cells. Thus, a neutral analogue of the Ga(III) and Fe(III) complexes was desired. Herein the authors describe the synthesis and structure of a novel neutral Schiff base Mg complex and evaluate its cytotoxic potency in human drug-sensitive KB-3-1 and multi-drug-resistant KB-8-5 tumor cells.

  1. Photorefractive effect in triphenylamine-based monolithic molecular glasses with low Tg

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    Research highlights: → A series of triphenylamine-based molecular glasses with low Tg and long-term stability were designed and prepared via simple reactions. → Single-component M1 exhibited the better PR performance with a gain coefficient of 52 cm-1 (0 V μm-1) and 165 cm-1 (40 V μm-1). Fast response time of 0.025-0.23 s were obtained at low electric field for these glasses. → The overall performances suggest that the present triphenylamine-based molecules are potentially good candidates for commercial application in organic photorefractive devices. - Abstract: A novel series of triphenylamine-based photorefractive molecules M1-M5 with the different push-pull structures were designed and prepared. These molecules can form stable glasses with low glass transition temperature and their optical absorptions as well as photoconductivities at 633 nm increase systematically with increasing acceptor strength and conjugation length. As an unambiguous evidence, the two-beam-coupling experiment was performed to prove the photorefractive effect in each compound with or without an additional sensitizer. Obvious two-beam-coupling effects were obtained for the molecules with good film-forming ability and long-term stability, and among them single-component M1 which has a highly asymmetric structure using both a nitrobenzene and a cyano group as the acceptor showed the best PR performance with a gain coefficient of 52 cm-1 at 0 V μm-1 and 165 cm-1 at 40 V μm-1. Fast response time of 0.025-0.23 s were also obtained at low electric field for these glasses. The correlation of the molecular structure with the PR property was discussed, and a possible explanation for the unique energy transfer observed in M1 and M2 under zero field was proposed.

  2. Ecotope-Based Entomological Surveillance and Molecular Xenomonitoring of Multidrug Resistant Malaria Parasites in Anopheles Vectors

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    Prapa Sorosjinda-Nunthawarasilp

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The emergence and spread of multidrug resistant (MDR malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum or Plasmodium vivax have become increasingly important in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS. MDR malaria is the heritable and hypermutable property of human malarial parasite populations that can decrease in vitro and in vivo susceptibility to proven antimalarial drugs as they exhibit dose-dependent drug resistance and delayed parasite clearance time in treated patients. MDR malaria risk situations reflect consequences of the national policy and strategy as this influences the ongoing national-level or subnational-level implementation of malaria control strategies in endemic GMS countries. Based on our experience along with current literature review, the design of ecotope-based entomological surveillance (EES and molecular xenomonitoring of MDR falciparum and vivax malaria parasites in Anopheles vectors is proposed to monitor infection pockets in transmission control areas of forest and forest fringe-related malaria, so as to bridge malaria landscape ecology (ecotope and ecotone and epidemiology. Malaria ecotope and ecotone are confined to a malaria transmission area geographically associated with the infestation of Anopheles vectors and particular environments to which human activities are related. This enables the EES to encompass mosquito collection and identification, salivary gland DNA extraction, Plasmodium- and species-specific identification, molecular marker-based PCR detection methods for putative drug resistance genes, and data management. The EES establishes strong evidence of Anopheles vectors carrying MDR P. vivax in infection pockets epidemiologically linked with other data obtained during which a course of follow-up treatment of the notified P. vivax patients receiving the first-line treatment was conducted. For regional and global perspectives, the EES would augment the epidemiological surveillance and monitoring of MDR falciparum and

  3. Synchrotron-Based Microspectroscopic Analysis of Molecular and Biopolymer Structures Using Multivariate Techniques and Advanced Multi-Components Modeling

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    More recently, advanced synchrotron radiation-based bioanalytical technique (SRFTIRM) has been applied as a novel non-invasive analysis tool to study molecular, functional group and biopolymer chemistry, nutrient make-up and structural conformation in biomaterials. This novel synchrotron technique, taking advantage of bright synchrotron light (which is million times brighter than sunlight), is capable of exploring the biomaterials at molecular and cellular levels. However, with the synchrotron RFTIRM technique, a large number of molecular spectral data are usually collected. The objective of this article was to illustrate how to use two multivariate statistical techniques: (1) agglomerative hierarchical cluster analysis (AHCA) and (2) principal component analysis (PCA) and two advanced multicomponent modeling methods: (1) Gaussian and (2) Lorentzian multi-component peak modeling for molecular spectrum analysis of bio-tissues. The studies indicated that the two multivariate analyses (AHCA, PCA) are able to create molecular spectral corrections by including not just one intensity or frequency point of a molecular spectrum, but by utilizing the entire spectral information. Gaussian and Lorentzian modeling techniques are able to quantify spectral omponent peaks of molecular structure, functional group and biopolymer. By application of these four statistical methods of the multivariate techniques and Gaussian and Lorentzian modeling, inherent molecular structures, functional group and biopolymer onformation between and among biological samples can be quantified, discriminated and classified with great efficiency.

  4. Anisotropy induced Kondo splitting in a mechanically stretched molecular junction: A first-principles based study

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    The magnetic anisotropy and Kondo phenomena in a mechanically stretched magnetic molecular junction are investigated by combining the density functional theory (DFT) and hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach. The system is comprised of a magnetic complex Co(tpy–SH)2 sandwiched between adjacent gold electrodes, which is mechanically stretched in experiments done by Parks et al. [Science 328, 1370 (2010)]. The electronic structure and mechanical property of the stretched system are investigated via the DFT calculations. The HEOM approach is then employed to characterize the Kondo resonance features, based on the Anderson impurity model parameterized from the DFT results. It is confirmed that the ground state prefers the S = 1 local spin state. The structural properties, the magnetic anisotropy, and corresponding Kondo peak splitting in the axial stretching process are systematically evaluated. The results reveal that the strong electron correlations and the local magnetic properties of the molecule magnet are very sensitive to structural distortion. This work demonstrates that the combined DFT+HEOM approach could be useful in understanding and designing mechanically controlled molecular junctions

  5. Molecular-Based Theory for Electron-Transfer Reorganization Energy in Solvent Mixtures.

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    Zhuang, Bilin; Wang, Zhen-Gang

    2016-07-01

    Using statistical-field techniques, we develop a molecular-based dipolar self-consistent-field theory (DSCFT) for charge solvation in liquid mixtures under equilibrium and nonequilibrium conditions, and apply it to compute the solvent reorganization energy of electron-transfer reactions. In addition to the nonequilibrium orientational polarization, the reorganization energy in liquid mixtures is also determined by the out-of-equilibrium solvent composition around the reacting species due to preferential solvation. Using molecular parameters that are readily available, the DSCFT naturally accounts for the dielectric saturation effect and the spatially varying solvent composition in the vicinity of the reacting species. We identify three general categories of binary solvent mixtures, classified by the relative optical and static dielectric permittivities of the solvent components. Each category of mixture is shown to produce a characteristic local solvent composition profile in the vicinity of the reacting species, which gives rise to the distinctive composition dependence of the reorganization energy that cannot be predicted using the dielectric permittivities of the homogeneous solvent mixtures. PMID:27187110

  6. Inquiry-Based Learning: Inflammation as a Model to Teach Molecular Techniques for Assessing Gene Expression

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    Kathryn E. Gunn

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This laboratory module simulates the process used by working scientists to ask and answer a question of biological interest. Instructors facilitate acquisition of knowledge using a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach in which students learn theory, hypothesis development, experimental design, and data interpretation and presentation. Using inflammation in macrophages as a model system, students perform a series of molecular biology techniques to address the biological question: “Does stimulus ‘X’ induce inflammation?” To ask this question, macrophage cells are treated with putative inflammatory mediators and then assayed for evidence of inflammatory response. Students become familiar with their assigned mediator and the relationship between their mediator and inflammation by conducting literature searches, then using this information to generate hypotheses which address the effect of their mediator on induction of inflammation. The cellular and molecular approaches used to test their hypotheses include transfection and luciferase reporter assay, immunoblot, fluorescence microscopy, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and quantitative PCR. Quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills are developed through data analysis and demonstrated by successful completion of post-lab worksheets and the generation and oral presentation of a scientific poster. Learning objective assessment relies on four instruments: pre-lab quizzes, post-lab worksheets, poster presentation, and posttest. Within three cohorts (n = 85 more than 95% of our students successfully achieved the learning objectives.

  7. Prediction of transport properties of new functional lanthanum-strontium cuprates based materials: molecular dynamics calculations

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    Molecular dynamics method is used for the properties prediction of new lanthanum-strontium cuprates La2-xSrxCuO4-δ based functional materials. The most interesting phases have been synthesized, and electrophysical and thermomechanical properties have been investigated for the verification of acquired calculated data. High values of oxygen diffusion constants is demonstrated to be occurred in solid solutions La2-xSrxCuO4-δ with fine degree of substitution Sr→La (to x=1). Values of lattice parameters, thermal expansion coefficients and oxygen diffusion constants are agree with experimental data. Observed anisotropy of anion transport for all studied compositions is responsible for peculiarities of crystal structure of complex oxides. Applied molecular dynamics method permits to reveal the contribution of separate kinds of oxygen ions (equatorial and apical) in ionic transport at microscopic level, as well as really prove that the oxygen diffusion happens in the ordinary jump mechanism, mainly in (CuO2)-layers

  8. The effects of zeolite molecular sieve based surface treatments on the properties of wool fabrics

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    Carran, Richard S.; Ghosh, Arun; Dyer, Jolon M.

    2013-12-01

    Wool is a natural composite fiber, with keratin and keratin-associated proteins as the key molecular components. The outermost surface of wool fibers comprises a hydrophobic lipid layer that can lead to unsatisfactory processing and properties of fabric products. In this study, molecular sieve 5A, a Na+ and Ca2+ exchanged type A zeolite with a 1:1 Si:Al ratio was integrated onto the surface of wool using 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxy silane. The resultant surface morphology, hydrophilicity and mechanical performance of the treated wool fabrics were then evaluated. Notably, the surface hydrophilicity of wool was observed to increase dramatically. When wool was treated with a dispersion of 2 wt% acetic acid, 2.5 wt% zeolite and 0.3 wt% or more silane, the water contact angle was observed to decrease from an average value of 148° to 0° over a period of approximately 30 s. Scanning electron microscopic imaging indicated good coverage of the wool surface with zeolite particles, with infrared spectroscopic evaluation indicating strong bonding of the dealuminated zeolite to wool keratins. This application of zeolite showed no adverse effects on the tensile and other mechanical properties of the fabric. This study indicates that zeolite-based treatment is a potentially efficient approach to increasing the surface hydrophilicity and modifying other key surface properties of wool and wool fabrics.

  9. Probing flexibility in porphyrin-based molecular wires using double electron electron resonance.

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    Lovett, Janet E; Hoffmann, Markus; Cnossen, Arjen; Shutter, Alexander T J; Hogben, Hannah J; Warren, John E; Pascu, Sofia I; Kay, Christopher W M; Timmel, Christiane R; Anderson, Harry L

    2009-09-30

    A series of butadiyne-linked zinc porphyrin oligomers, with one, two, three, and four porphyrin units and lengths of up to 75 A, have been spin-labeled at both ends with stable nitroxide TEMPO radicals. The pulsed EPR technique of double electron electron resonance (DEER) was used to probe the distribution of intramolecular end-to-end distances, under a range of conditions. DEER measurements were carried out at 50 K in two types of dilute solution glasses: deutero-toluene (with 10% deutero-pyridine) and deutero-o-terphenyl (with 5% 4-benzyl pyridine). The complexes of the porphyrin oligomers with monodentate ligands (pyridine or 4-benzyl pyridine) principally adopt linear conformations. Nonlinear conformations are less populated in the lower glass-transition temperature solvent. When the oligomers bind star-shaped multidentate ligands, they are forced to bend into nonlinear geometries, and the experimental end-to-end distances for these complexes match those from molecular mechanics calculations. Our results show that porphyrin-based molecular wires are shape-persistent, and yet that their shapes can deformed by binding to multivalent ligands. Self-assembled ladder-shaped 2:2 complexes were also investigated to illustrate the scope of DEER measurements for providing structural information on synthetic noncovalent nanostructures. PMID:19736940

  10. Structural changes in a Schiff base molecular assembly initiated by scanning tunneling microscopy tip

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    Tomak, A.; Bacaksiz, C.; Mendirek, G.; Sahin, H.; Hur, D.; Görgün, K.; Senger, R. T.; Birer, Ö.; Peeters, F. M.; Zareie, H. M.

    2016-08-01

    We report the controlled self-organization and switching of newly designed Schiff base (E)-4-((4-(phenylethynyl) benzylidene) amino) benzenethiol (EPBB) molecules on a Au (111) surface at room temperature. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) were used to image and analyze the conformational changes of the EPBB molecules. The conformational change of the molecules was induced by using the STM tip while increasing the tunneling current. The switching of a domain or island of molecules was shown to be induced by the STM tip during scanning. Unambiguous fingerprints of the switching mechanism were observed via STM/STS measurements. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering was employed, to control and identify quantitatively the switching mechanism of molecules in a monolayer. Density functional theory calculations were also performed in order to understand the microscopic details of the switching mechanism. These calculations revealed that the molecular switching behavior stemmed from the strong interaction of the EPBB molecules with the STM tip. Our approach to controlling intermolecular mechanics provides a path towards the bottom-up assembly of more sophisticated molecular machines.

  11. Multispectral excitation based multiple fluorescent targets resolving in fluorescence molecular tomography

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    Zhou, Yuan; Guang, Huizhi; Pu, Huangsheng; Zhang, Jiulou; Bai, Jing; Luo, Jianwen

    2016-04-01

    Fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT) can visualize biological activities at cellular and molecular levels in vivo, and has been extensively used in drug delivery and tumor detection research of small animals. The ill-posedness of the FMT inverse problem makes it difficult to reconstruct and resolve multiple adjacent fluorescent targets that have different functional features but are labeled with the same fluorochrome. An algorithm based on independent component analysis (ICA) for multispectral excited FMT is proposed to resolve multiple fluorescent targets in this study. Fluorescent targets are excited by multispectral excitation, and the three-dimensional distribution of fluorescent yields under the excitation spectrum is reconstructed by an iterative Tikhonov regularization algorithm. Subsequently, multiple fluorescent targets are resolved from mixed fluorescence signals by employing ICA. Simulations were performed and the results demonstrate that multiple adjacent fluorescent targets can be resolved if the number of excitation wavelengths is not smaller than that of fluorescent targets with different concentrations. The algorithm obtains both independent components that provide spatial information of different fluorescent targets and spectral courses that reflect variation trends of fluorescent yields along with the excitation spectrum. By using this method, it is possible to visualize the metabolism status of drugs in different structure organs, and quantitatively depict the variation trends of fluorescent yields of each functional organ under the excitation spectrum. This method may provide a pattern for tumor detection, drug delivery and treatment monitoring in vivo.

  12. Anisotropy induced Kondo splitting in a mechanically stretched molecular junction: A first-principles based study

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    Wang, Xiaoli; Hou, Dong, E-mail: houdong@ustc.edu.cn [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale and Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Zheng, Xiao, E-mail: xz58@ustc.edu.cn [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale and Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Guizhou Provincial Key Laboratory of Computational Nano-Material Science, Institute of Applied Physics, Guizhou Normal College, Guiyang, Guizhou 550018 (China); Yan, YiJing [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, iChEM (Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials), University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong (China)

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    The magnetic anisotropy and Kondo phenomena in a mechanically stretched magnetic molecular junction are investigated by combining the density functional theory (DFT) and hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach. The system is comprised of a magnetic complex Co(tpy–SH){sub 2} sandwiched between adjacent gold electrodes, which is mechanically stretched in experiments done by Parks et al. [Science 328, 1370 (2010)]. The electronic structure and mechanical property of the stretched system are investigated via the DFT calculations. The HEOM approach is then employed to characterize the Kondo resonance features, based on the Anderson impurity model parameterized from the DFT results. It is confirmed that the ground state prefers the S = 1 local spin state. The structural properties, the magnetic anisotropy, and corresponding Kondo peak splitting in the axial stretching process are systematically evaluated. The results reveal that the strong electron correlations and the local magnetic properties of the molecule magnet are very sensitive to structural distortion. This work demonstrates that the combined DFT+HEOM approach could be useful in understanding and designing mechanically controlled molecular junctions.

  13. Fluorescent molecularly imprinted polymer based on Navicula sp. frustules for optical detection of lysozyme.

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    Lim, Guat Wei; Lim, Jit Kang; Ahmad, Abdul Latif; Chan, Derek Juinn Chieh

    2016-03-01

    The direct correlation between disease and lysozyme (LYZ) levels in human body fluids makes the sensitive and convenient detection of LYZ the focus of scientific research. Fluorescent molecularly imprinted polymer has emerged as a new alternative for LYZ detection in order to resolve the limitation of immunoassays, which are expensive, unstable, require complex preparation, and are time consuming. In this study, a novel fluorescence molecularly imprinted polymer based on Navicula sp. frustules (FITC-MIP) has been synthesized via post-imprinting treatment for LYZ detection. Navicula sp. frustules were used as supported material because of their unique properties of moderate surface area, reproducibility, and biocompatibility, to address the drawbacks of nanoparticle core material with low adsorption capacity. The FITC acts as recognition signal and optical readout, whereas MIP provides LYZ selectivity. The synthesized FITC-MIP showed a response time as short as 5 min depending on the concentration of LYZ. It is found that the LYZ template can significantly quench the fluorescence intensity of FITC-MIP linearly within a concentration range of 0 to 0.025 mg mL(-1), which is well described by Stern-Volmer equation. The FITC-MIP can selectively and sensitively detect down to 0.0015 mg mL(-1) of LYZ concentration. The excellent sensing performance of FITC-MIP suggests that FITC-MIP is a potential biosensor in clinical diagnosis applications. PMID:26842746

  14. Epitope engineering and molecular metrics of immunogenicity: a computational approach to VLP-based vaccine design.

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    Joshi, Harshad; Lewis, Kristen; Singharoy, Abhishek; Ortoleva, Peter J

    2013-10-01

    Developing antiviral vaccines is increasingly challenging due to associated time and cost of production as well as emerging drug-resistant strains. A computer-aided vaccine design strategy is presented that could greatly accelerate the discovery process and yield vaccines with high immunogenicity and thermal stability. Our strategy is based on foreign viral epitopes engineered onto well-established virus-like particles (VLPs) and demonstrates that such constructs present similar affinity for antibodies as does a native virus. This binding affinity serves as one molecular metric of immunogenicity. As a demonstration, we engineered a preS1 epitope of hepatitis B virus (HBV) onto the EF loop of human papillomavirus VLP (HPV-VLP). HBV-associated HzKR127 antibody displayed binding affinity for this structure at distances and strengths similar to those for the complex of the antibody with the full HBV (PDBID: 2EH8). This antibody binding affinity assessment, along with other molecular immunogenicity metrics, could be a key component of a computer-aided vaccine design strategy. PMID:23933338

  15. Classification of signaling proteins based on molecular star graph descriptors using Machine Learning models.

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    Fernandez-Lozano, Carlos; Cuiñas, Rubén F; Seoane, José A; Fernández-Blanco, Enrique; Dorado, Julian; Munteanu, Cristian R

    2015-11-01

    Signaling proteins are an important topic in drug development due to the increased importance of finding fast, accurate and cheap methods to evaluate new molecular targets involved in specific diseases. The complexity of the protein structure hinders the direct association of the signaling activity with the molecular structure. Therefore, the proposed solution involves the use of protein star graphs for the peptide sequence information encoding into specific topological indices calculated with S2SNet tool. The Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship classification model obtained with Machine Learning techniques is able to predict new signaling peptides. The best classification model is the first signaling prediction model, which is based on eleven descriptors and it was obtained using the Support Vector Machines-Recursive Feature Elimination (SVM-RFE) technique with the Laplacian kernel (RFE-LAP) and an AUROC of 0.961. Testing a set of 3114 proteins of unknown function from the PDB database assessed the prediction performance of the model. Important signaling pathways are presented for three UniprotIDs (34 PDBs) with a signaling prediction greater than 98.0%. PMID:26297890

  16. The effects of zeolite molecular sieve based surface treatments on the properties of wool fabrics

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    Wool is a natural composite fiber, with keratin and keratin-associated proteins as the key molecular components. The outermost surface of wool fibers comprises a hydrophobic lipid layer that can lead to unsatisfactory processing and properties of fabric products. In this study, molecular sieve 5A, a Na+ and Ca2+ exchanged type A zeolite with a 1:1 Si:Al ratio was integrated onto the surface of wool using 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxy silane. The resultant surface morphology, hydrophilicity and mechanical performance of the treated wool fabrics were then evaluated. Notably, the surface hydrophilicity of wool was observed to increase dramatically. When wool was treated with a dispersion of 2 wt% acetic acid, 2.5 wt% zeolite and 0.3 wt% or more silane, the water contact angle was observed to decrease from an average value of 148° to 0° over a period of approximately 30 s. Scanning electron microscopic imaging indicated good coverage of the wool surface with zeolite particles, with infrared spectroscopic evaluation indicating strong bonding of the dealuminated zeolite to wool keratins. This application of zeolite showed no adverse effects on the tensile and other mechanical properties of the fabric. This study indicates that zeolite-based treatment is a potentially efficient approach to increasing the surface hydrophilicity and modifying other key surface properties of wool and wool fabrics

  17. UV curable lens production using molecular weight controlled PEEK based acrylic oligomer (Ac-PEEK).

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    İnan, Tulay Y; Yıldız, Emel; Karaca, Birsen; Dogan, Hacer; Vatansever, Alican; Nalbant, Muhammed; Eken, Koray

    2014-08-01

    We produced UV curable lenses with properties blocking short wave UV light. In the UV-curable formulations, we used an oligomer (Ac-PEEK) with another urethan oligomer (Mw = 2000). Radically active, molecular weight controlled Ac-PEEK was obtained by reacting 2-hydroxyl ethyl methacrylate with molecular- weight- controlled and isocyanate terminated PEEK (Mn = 4500). We characterized all synthesized monomer, oligomer and optical materials with UV/Vis spectrophotometer with interferogram, elemental analyser, mass spectrophotometer, proton nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analyzer, differential scanning calorimeter, scanning electron microscopy and gas chromatography. Results suggested that newly synthesized oligomer with the structure of PEEK absorbs short wave UV-light. Ageing tests [ISO 11979-5, Ophthalmic implants-intraocular lenses (IOL)-Part 5: Biocompatibility] performed on the IOL materials were successful. High contact angle of the obtained lenses suggests that all lenses were hydrophobic and SEM results revealed that lenses are morphologically homogeneous. Based on all positive properties just mentioned, we safely conclude that the lenses produced in this study are very promising for IOL production. PMID:24796625

  18. Molecular Quantum Spintronics: Supramolecular Spin Valves Based on Single-Molecule Magnets and Carbon Nanotubes

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    Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available We built new hybrid devices consisting of chemical vapor deposition (CVD grown carbon nanotube (CNT transistors, decorated with TbPc2 (Pc = phthalocyanine rare-earth based single-molecule magnets (SMMs. The drafting was achieved by tailoring supramolecular π-π interactions between CNTs and SMMs. The magnetoresistance hysteresis loop measurements revealed steep steps, which we can relate to the magnetization reversal of individual SMMs. Indeed, we established that the electronic transport properties of these devices depend strongly on the relative magnetization orientations of the grafted SMMs. The SMMs are playing the role of localized spin polarizer and analyzer on the CNT electronic conducting channel. As a result, we measured magneto-resistance ratios up to several hundred percent. We used this spin valve effect to confirm the strong uniaxial anisotropy and the superparamagnetic blocking temperature (TB ~ 1 K of isolated TbPc2 SMMs. For the first time, the strength of exchange interaction between the different SMMs of the molecular spin valve geometry could be determined. Our results introduce a new design for operable molecular spintronic devices using the quantum effects of individual SMMs.

  19. The effects of zeolite molecular sieve based surface treatments on the properties of wool fabrics

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    Carran, Richard S.; Ghosh, Arun, E-mail: Arun.Ghosh@agresearch.co.nz; Dyer, Jolon M.

    2013-12-15

    Wool is a natural composite fiber, with keratin and keratin-associated proteins as the key molecular components. The outermost surface of wool fibers comprises a hydrophobic lipid layer that can lead to unsatisfactory processing and properties of fabric products. In this study, molecular sieve 5A, a Na{sup +} and Ca{sup 2+} exchanged type A zeolite with a 1:1 Si:Al ratio was integrated onto the surface of wool using 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxy silane. The resultant surface morphology, hydrophilicity and mechanical performance of the treated wool fabrics were then evaluated. Notably, the surface hydrophilicity of wool was observed to increase dramatically. When wool was treated with a dispersion of 2 wt% acetic acid, 2.5 wt% zeolite and 0.3 wt% or more silane, the water contact angle was observed to decrease from an average value of 148° to 0° over a period of approximately 30 s. Scanning electron microscopic imaging indicated good coverage of the wool surface with zeolite particles, with infrared spectroscopic evaluation indicating strong bonding of the dealuminated zeolite to wool keratins. This application of zeolite showed no adverse effects on the tensile and other mechanical properties of the fabric. This study indicates that zeolite-based treatment is a potentially efficient approach to increasing the surface hydrophilicity and modifying other key surface properties of wool and wool fabrics.

  20. Lipoatrofia marrón, obesidad y daño vascular: mecanismos moleculares de resistencia a la insulina en células cardiovasculares

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    Fernández Otero, Yolanda

    2010-01-01

    En las sociedades occidentales se ha producido un aumento de la prevalencia de la obesidad y de las enfermedades metabólicas relacionadas con ella, tales como el síndrome metabólico y la diabetes tipo 2 [Haffner, S. y Taegtmeyer 2003]. Los individuos aquejados de las dolencias citadas, sufren los efectos de la resistencia a la acción de la insulina [Saltiel y Kahn 2001] y del daño cardiovascular, y éste es una de las principales causas de muerte en la población con enfermedad cardiovascular. ...

  1. Avaliação da distribuição de cobre associado a compostos de diferentes massas moleculares na polpa de açaí Evaluation of the distribution of copper associated to compounds of different molecular weights in the acai pulp

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    Samantha Leite da Trindade; Patrícia de Oliveira Nunes; Kelly das Graças Fernandes

    2012-01-01

    Neste estudo, cromatografia de exclusão por tamanho (SEC) com detecção por UV e detecção off-line por espectrometria de absorção atômica em forno de grafite (GF AAS) foi usada para investigar a associação de cobre a espécies de alta massa molecular (HMW) e baixa massa molecular (LMW) presentes na polpa de açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.). A concentração total de cobre obtida nos digeridos da polpa de açaí foi 10,5 µg g-1. Cobre foi encontrado associado às frações de HMW e LMW, correspondentes às...

  2. DNA and RNA "traffic lights": synthetic wavelength-shifting fluorescent probes based on nucleic acid base substitutes for molecular imaging.

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    Holzhauser, Carolin; Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim

    2013-08-01

    The DNA base substitute approach by the (S)-3-amino-1,2-propanediol linker allows placing two fluorophores in a precise way inside a given DNA framework. The double helical architecture around the fluorophores, especially the DNA-induced twist, is crucial for the desired photophysical interactions. Excitonic, excimer, and energy transfer interactions yield fluorescent DNA and RNA probes with dual emission color readout. Especially, our DNA and RNA "traffic light" that combines the green emission of TO with the red emission of TR represents an important tool for molecular imaging and can be applied as aptasensors and as probes to monitor the siRNA delivery into cells. The concept can be extended to the synthetically easier to access postsynthetic 2'-modifications and the NIR range. Thereby, the pool of tailor-made fluorescent nucleic acid conjugates can be extended. PMID:23796243

  3. 1,8-Naphthalimide-Based Planar Small Molecular Acceptor for Organic Solar Cells.

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    Zhang, Jicheng; Zhang, Xuejuan; Xiao, Hongmei; Li, Guangwu; Liu, Yahui; Li, Cuihong; Huang, Hui; Chen, Xuebo; Bo, Zhishan

    2016-03-01

    Four small molecular acceptors (SM1-4) comprising a central benzene core, two thiophene bridges and two 1,8-naphthalimide (NI) terminal groups were designed and synthesized by direct C-H activation. SM1 has a planar chemical structure and forms H-aggregation as films. By attachment of different substituents on the central benzene ring, the dihedral angles between the two NI end groups of SM1-4 gradually increased, leading to a gradual decrease of planarity. SM1-4 all possess a high-lying LUMO level, matching with wide band gap (WBG) polymer donors which usually have a high-lying LUMO level. When used in OSCs, devices based on SM1 and WBG donor PCDTBT-C12 gave higher electron mobility, superior film morphology and better photovoltaic performance. After optimization, a PCE of 2.78% with a Voc of 1.04 V was achieved for SM1 based devices, which is among the highest PCEs with a Voc higher than 1 V. Our results have demonstrated that NI based planar small molecules are potential acceptors for WBG polymer based OSCs. PMID:26845638

  4. Molecular systematics of Volvocales (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) based on exhaustive 18S rRNA phylogenetic analyses.

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    Nakada, Takashi; Misawa, Kazuharu; Nozaki, Hisayoshi

    2008-07-01

    The taxonomy of Volvocales (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta) was traditionally based solely on morphological characteristics. However, because recent molecular phylogeny largely contradicts the traditional subordinal and familial classifications, no classification system has yet been established that describes the subdivision of Volvocales in a manner consistent with the phylogenetic relationships. Towards development of a natural classification system at and above the generic level, identification and sorting of hundreds of sequences based on subjective phylogenetic definitions is a significant step. We constructed an 18S rRNA gene phylogeny based on 449 volvocalean sequences collected using exhaustive BLAST searches of the GenBank database. Many chimeric sequences, which can cause fallacious phylogenetic trees, were detected and excluded during data collection. The results revealed 21 strongly supported primary clades within phylogenetically redefined Volvocales. Phylogenetic classification following PhyloCode was proposed based on the presented 18S rRNA gene phylogeny along with the results of previous combined 18S and 26S rRNA and chloroplast multigene analyses. PMID:18430591

  5. Isoindigo-based polymer photovoltaics: modifying polymer molecular structures to control the nanostructural packing motif.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Lee, Yun-Ji; Kim, Yun-Hi; Park, Chan Eon

    2016-07-21

    Donor molecular structures, and their packing aspects in donor:acceptor active blends, play a crucial role in the photovoltaic performance of polymer solar cells. We systematically investigated a series of isoindigo-based donor polymers within the framework of a three-dimensional (3D) crystalline motif by modifying their chemical structures, thereby affecting device performances. Although our isoindigo-based polymer series contained polymers that differed only by their alkyl side chains and/or donating units, they showed quite different nanoscale morphological properties, which resulted in significantly different device efficiencies. Notably, blends of our isoindigo-based donor polymer systems with an acceptor compound, whereby the blends had more intermixed network morphologies and stronger face-on orientations of the polymer crystallites, provided better-performing photovoltaic devices. This behavior was analyzed using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and two-dimensional grazing incidence wide angle X-ray diffraction (2D-GIWAXD). To the best of our knowledge, no correlation has been reported previously between 3D nano-structural donor crystallites and device performances, particularly for isoindigo-based polymer systems. PMID:27326694

  6. Flavanols and vascular health: molecular mechanisms to build evidence-based recommendations.

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    Fraga, Cesar G; Oteiza, Patricia

    2014-10-01

    Observational studies as well as public awareness and ancient medicine identify tea, wine and cocoa as healthy foods. Further compilations of epidemiological data reinforce the healthy properties of the grape, tea and cocoa derived foods and drinks made from, especially when considering cardiovascular disease, some cancers and other inflammation-related pathologies. Flavanols have emerged as bioactives responsible for such health effects, and flavanol-rich foods have been used in clinical studies. Results of these studies show a major participation of flavanols in mechanisms positively affecting endpoints of cardiovascular disease, i.e. hypertension and vascular function. In line, based on the chemistry (bioavailability and molecular structure of flavanol and target entities) several physiological mechanisms have been described backing the epidemiological and clinical studies. In summary, the discussion for defining evidence-based recommendations for flavanols is based on: a) the extensive research done and the positive results obtained support the incorporation of flavanol-rich foods as part of a healthy diet, this is a cost-effective action to ameliorate silent undesirable conditions as it is chronic inflammation; b) the fact that cardiovascular health seems especially sensitive to the beneficial effects of flavanols: based on clinical and mechanistic studies showing that certain flavanols, favor NO production; and c) the increasing technical possibilities to evaluate flavanols in foods and biological samples. Supported by UBACyT 20020120100177, CONICET PIP-20110100752, and ANPCyT PICT 2012/0765. PMID:26461285

  7. COMPOSITE POLYMERICADDITIVESDESIGNATED FORCONCRETEMIXES BASED ONPOLYACRYLATES, PRODUCTS OF THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF POLYAMIDE-6 AND LOW-MOLECULAR POLYETHYLENE

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    Polyakov Vyacheslav Sergeevich; Padokhin Valeriy Alekseevich; Akulova Marina Vladimirovna -

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    The goal of the present research is to develop polymeric additives based on aqueous dispersions of (meth)acrylic polymers, including polymethacrylates, polyacrylates, products of thermal decomposition of polyamide-6 in the vegetable oil media, and low-molecular polyethylene. Decomposition of polyamide-6 took 8…10 hours at the temperature of 245…275 °С. The mixture of low-molecular polyamides, the average molecular weight of which reached 3400…8600, was used both independently and as a consti...

  8. Morfologia dos vasos da base do encéfalo do quati (Nasua nasua

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    Juliana Regina Barreiro

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se a morfologia do encéfalo de Nasua nasua - quati, buscando comparar estes achados com outras espécies já descritos. Foram utilizados cinco encéfalos de quatis, provenientes do Criatório Científico (Cecrimpas, Unifeob. Os animais foram eutanásiados de acordo com a legislação (Cobea. Canulou-se a artéria carótida comum e a veia jugular externa sentido cranial, injetou-se solução de látex/bário corado de vermelho na artéria carótida, e solução de látex corado de azul na veia jugular. Em seguida os animais fixados em solução de formaldeído a 10%. O encéfalo tem sua nutrição dependente de quatro artérias, as artérias carótidas internas e as artérias vertebrais direitas e esquerdas. Esses vasos compuseram o circuito basilar e carotídeo que se anastomosam através das artérias cerebrais caudais. Correm na base do encéfalo sob a meninge pia mater.

  9. Research Update: Comparison of salt- and molecular-based iodine treatments of PbS nanocrystal solids for solar cells

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    Jähnig, Fabian; Bozyigit, Deniz; Yarema, Olesya; Wood, Vanessa [Laboratory for Nanoelectronics, ETH Zurich Gloriastrasse 35, Zurich 8044 (Switzerland)

    2015-02-01

    Molecular- and salt-based chemical treatments are believed to passivate electronic trap states in nanocrystal-based semiconductors, which are considered promising for solar cells but suffer from high carrier recombination. Here, we compare the chemical, optical, and electronic properties of PbS nanocrystal-based solids treated with molecular iodine and tetrabutylammonium iodide. Surprisingly, both treatments increase—rather than decrease—the number density of trap states; however, the increase does not directly influence solar cell performance. We explain the origins of the observed impact on solar cell performance and the potential in using different chemical treatments to tune charge carrier dynamics in nanocrystal-solids.

  10. Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy: From Molecular Bases to Practical Considerations

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    Paolo Ripellino

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP is an autoimmune disease of the peripheral nervous system, in which both cellular and humoral immune responses are involved. The disease is clinically heterogeneous with some patients displaying pure motor form and others also showing a variable degree of sensory dysfunction; disease evolution may also differ from patient to patient, since monophasic, progressive, and relapsing forms are reported. Underlying such clinical variability there is probably a broad spectrum of molecular dysfunctions that are and will be the target of therapeutic strategies. In this review we first explore the biological bases of current treatments and subsequently we focus on the practical management that must also take into account pharmacoeconomic issues.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  12. Use of gadoxetate disodium for functional MRI based on its unique molecular mechanism.

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    Choi, YoonSeok; Huh, Jimi; Woo, Dong-Cheol; Kim, Kyung Won

    2016-01-01

    Gadolinium ethoxybenzyl dimeglumine (gadoxetate) is a recently developed hepatocyte-specific MRI contrast medium. Gadoxetate demonstrates unique pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties, because its uptake in hepatocytes occurs via the organic anion transporting polypeptide (OATP) transporter expressed at the sinusoidal membrane, and its biliary excretion via the multidrug resistance-associated proteins (MRPs) at the canalicular membrane. Based on these characteristics, gadoxetate-enhanced MRI can provide functional information on hepatobiliary diseases, including liver function estimation, biliary drainage evaluation and characterization of hepatocarcinogenesis. In addition, understanding its mode of action can provide an opportunity to use gadoxetate for cellular and molecular imaging. Radiologists and imaging scientists should be familiar with the basic mechanism of gadoxetate and OATP/MRP transporters. PMID:26693795

  13. Detection of molecular charge dynamics through current noise in a GaAs-based nanowire FET

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    Inoue, Shinya; Kuroda, Ryota; Yin, Xiang; Sato, Masaki; Kasai, Seiya

    2015-04-01

    The detection of static and dynamic molecular charge states using a GaAs-based nanowire field-effect transistor (FET) was investigated. Tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) was put on the device as target molecules. After coating TPP on the FET, the drain current clearly decreased. On the other hand, the current largely increased by 405-nm light irradiation, indicating that TPP worked as a photo-excited donor. The light irradiation on the FET also induced a Lorentzian noise component, which was superimposed onto conventional 1/f noise. These behaviors were not seen in the gateless nanowire even with TPP. The obtained results indicated that electrical interaction between TPP and the nanowire was enhanced when a metal gate existed, although the channel was protected from TPP by the gate metal. We discuss the observed behaviors on the basis of a model where only TPP in the gate periphery modulated the channel potential and the drain current.

  14. Deformation characteristics of various grain boundary angles on AFM-based nanolithography using molecular dynamics

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    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to verify the deformation characteristics of grain boundaries on the AFM-based nanolithography. The model used has about 750,000 (Cu) atoms and is composed of two different crystal orientations. The grain boundaries are located in the center of model and have 45, 90, 135, and -135 degree angles in the xz-plane. The tool is made of rigid diamond-like carbon and is in the shape of the Berkovich indenter. The simulation has four different stages: relaxation, indentation, re-relaxation, and lithography. The simulation results reveal that the lithography deforms the grain boundary shape by the tool. The deformation of grain boundary's angle proceeds to minimize the total potential energy of whole system. Consequently, the grain boundary angle is changed about 90 degrees

  15. Protein kinase inhibitor-induced endothelial cell cytotoxicity and its prediction based on calculated molecular descriptors.

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    Herczenik, Eszter; Varga, Zoltán; Eros, Dániel; Makó, Veronika; Oroszlán, Melinda; Rugonfalvi-Kiss, Szabolcs; Romics, László; Füst, George; Kéri, György; Orfi, László; Cervenak, László

    2009-01-01

    Protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs) as potent signal transduction therapeutic compounds represent a very rapidly expanding group of anticancer drugs. These agents may be toxic for endothelial cells, however, very few experimental data exist on the cytotoxicity of PKIs. The aim of this study was to set up an appropriate test system for endothelial cells and to assess the structure-related cytotoxic effects of a selected library of PKIs. The inhibitor library contains several lead molecules with different basic structures and a set of modified derivatives of the lead compounds. The toxicity of PKIs did not correlate directly with the structural features of the molecules. However, we successfully built up a model based on 15 calculated molecular descriptors, which is capable of predicting cytotoxicity with acceptable probability. Our results show that the cytotoxic effects of PKIs should be taken into account for optimal drug development to overcome endothelial cell-related side effects. PMID:19519173

  16. Application of rbcL based molecular diversity analysis to algae in wastewater treatment plants.

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    Ghosh, Sudeshna; Love, Nancy G

    2011-02-01

    The molecular diversity of algae in the final clarifier or denitrification filter outfall from three wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) with activated sludge based treatment was analyzed using the rbcL gene as a phylogenetic marker. The rbcL gene encodes the large subunit of the CO(2) fixing enzyme RuBisCO. Among algae identified at the WWTPs were diatoms, green algae, cyanobacteria, Eustigmatophyceae, and unknown heterokonts. A high level of diversity was observed within WWTPs with 19-24 unique rbcL sequences detected at each plant. Algae composition also varied between treatment plants. Our results show that the rbcL gene can be used as a phylogenetic marker for algae diversity analysis in a wastewater treatment context. PMID:21130646

  17. Molecular typing of Acinetobacter baumannii by automated repetitive-sequence-based PCR

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    Giuseppe Russello

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Acinetobacter baumannii has been increasingly reported as a significant causative organism of various nosocomial infections. Here we describe three different outbreaks of multidrug resistant A. baumannii started in the Intensitive Care Unit and then involving other wards of San Carlo Borromeo hospital in Milan, Italy. In order to characterize the clinical strains isolates, molecular typing using semi-automated repetitive-sequence-based PCR (rep-PCR was performed.Among the sixty-one strains analyzed, three main cluster (C1, C2, C3 were detected: C1 included six indistinguishable strains, C2 five and C3 thirty. No correlation was observed between chemosensitivity and ribotyping pattern and an high rate of carbapenems resistance was founded.

  18. A micro seismometer based on molecular electronic transducer technology for planetary exploration

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    This letter describes an implementation of micromachined seismometer based on molecular electronic transducer (MET) technology. As opposed to a solid inertial mass, MET seismometer senses the movement of liquid electrolyte relative to fixed electrodes. The employment of micro-electro-mechanical systems techniques reduces the internal size of the sensing cell to 1μm and improves the reproducibility of the device. For operating bias of 600 mV, a sensitivity of 809 V/(m/s2) was measured under acceleration of 400μg(g≡9.81m/s2) at 0.32 Hz. A −115 dB (relative to (m/s2)/√(Hz)) noise level at 1 Hz was achieved. This work develops an alternative paradigm of seismic sensing device with small size, high sensitivity, low noise floor, high shock tolerance, and independence of installation angle, which is promising for next generation seismometers for planetary exploration.

  19. A molecular simulation-based method for the estimation of activity coefficients for alkane solutions

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    Kontogeorgis, Georgios; Epaminondas, Voutsas; Dimitrios, Tassios

    1996-01-01

    In a recent study Sheng et al. (1995, A.I. Ch.E. J. 41 (10) 2306-2313) presented activity coefficients calculated by molecular simulation (MS) for athermal model polymer-solvent systems. Both activity coefficients of the monomeric solvent in the polymer (gamma(1)(infinity)) and of the polymer...... compared with classical and recently proposed free-volume (FV) activity coefficient models in order to conclude on the suitability of the models for phase equilibrium calculations for asymmetric systems. On the basis of the work by Sheng et al., extrapolation methods for estimating the activity coefficient...... of a solvent and that of a polymer in real solvent-polymer systems are developed here. The so-obtained MS-based activity coefficients are compared with experimental data (in the case of solvent activities) and with the predictions of various activity coefficients models (in the case of polymer activities...

  20. Preparation of electrochemical sensor for lead(II) based on molecularly imprinted film

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    Wang, Zhihua; Qin, Yaxin; Wang, Chu; Sun, Lijun; Lu, Xiaole; Lu, Xiaoquan

    2012-01-01

    A high selective voltammetric sensor for Pb2+ was introduced. The feasibility of utilizing strong interactions between Schiff bases and metal ion to prepare the molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) electrochemical sensor for Pb2+ in aqueous solutions was studied. Some parameters affecting sensor response were optimized and then a calibration curve was plotted. A dynamic linear range of 3.00 × 10-7 to 5.00 × 10-5 mol/L was obtained. The redox process of Pb2+ on the imprinted electrode is controlled by surface reaction. The stability and the life of imprinted membrane were improved by storing into diluted Pb2+ ion solution. The proposed method was applied to determination of Pb2+ in the Yellow River.

  1. Isopropylation of benzene with 2-propanol over substituted large pore aluminophosphate-based molecular sieves

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    K Joseph Antony Raj; V R Vijayaraghavan

    2004-03-01

    Large pore aluminophosphate-based molecular sieves like AlPO4-5, MAPO-5, MnAPO-5 and ZAPO-5 were synthesised hydrothermally using triethylamine as a structure directing agent. These materials were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), 27Al and 31P MAS-NMR, ICP-MS, -butylamine- TPD, BET and SEM. The catalytic performance of these materials was tested for isopropylation of benzene with 2-propanol at 250, 300, 350 and 400°C. The products were cumene, -DIPB (-diisopropylbenzene) and -DIPB (-diisopropylbenzene). MnAPO-5 was found to be more active than the other catalysts. Maximum conversion (20%) was noted at 350°C over MnAPO-5. The selectivity to DIPB was found to decrease with time on stream but the selectivity to cumene showed an increase after 3 h of time on stream.

  2. Asymptotic Analysis of Microtubule-Based Transport by Multiple Identical Molecular Motors

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    McKinley, Scott A; Fricks, John; Kramer, Peter R

    2011-01-01

    We describe a system of stochastic differential equations (SDEs) which model the interaction between processive molecular motors, such as kinesin and dynein, and the biomolecular cargo they tow as part of microtubule-based intracellular transport. We show that the classical experimental environment fits within a parameter regime which is qualitatively distinct from conditions one expects to find in living cells. Through an asymptotic analysis of our system of SDEs, we develop a means for applying in vitro observations of the nonlinear response by motors to forces induced on the attached cargo to make analytical predictions for two parameter regimes that have thus far eluded direct experimental observation: 1) highly viscous in vivo transport and 2) dynamics when multiple identical motors are attached to the cargo and microtubule.

  3. Prediction of Substrate-Enzyme-Product Interaction Based on Molecular Descriptors and Physicochemical Properties

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    Bing Niu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available It is important to correctly and efficiently predict the interaction of substrate-enzyme and to predict their product in metabolic pathway. In this work, a novel approach was introduced to encode substrate/product and enzyme molecules with molecular descriptors and physicochemical properties, respectively. Based on this encoding method, KNN was adopted to build the substrate-enzyme-product interaction network. After selecting the optimal features that are able to represent the main factors of substrate-enzyme-product interaction in our prediction, totally 160 features out of 290 features were attained which can be clustered into ten categories: elemental analysis, geometry, chemistry, amino acid composition, predicted secondary structure, hydrophobicity, polarizability, solvent accessibility, normalized van der Waals volume, and polarity. As a result, our predicting model achieved an MCC of 0.423 and an overall prediction accuracy of 89.1% for 10-fold cross-validation test.

  4. Prediction of substrate-enzyme-product interaction based on molecular descriptors and physicochemical properties.

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    Niu, Bing; Huang, Guohua; Zheng, Linfeng; Wang, Xueyuan; Chen, Fuxue; Zhang, Yuhui; Huang, Tao

    2013-01-01

    It is important to correctly and efficiently predict the interaction of substrate-enzyme and to predict their product in metabolic pathway. In this work, a novel approach was introduced to encode substrate/product and enzyme molecules with molecular descriptors and physicochemical properties, respectively. Based on this encoding method, KNN was adopted to build the substrate-enzyme-product interaction network. After selecting the optimal features that are able to represent the main factors of substrate-enzyme-product interaction in our prediction, totally 160 features out of 290 features were attained which can be clustered into ten categories: elemental analysis, geometry, chemistry, amino acid composition, predicted secondary structure, hydrophobicity, polarizability, solvent accessibility, normalized van der Waals volume, and polarity. As a result, our predicting model achieved an MCC of 0.423 and an overall prediction accuracy of 89.1% for 10-fold cross-validation test. PMID:24455714

  5. Microspheres Sensor Based on Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Synthesized by Precipitation Polymerization

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    ZHANG,Zhao-Hui; LONG,Yu-Mei; LIU,Ying-Ju; YAO,Shou-Zhuo

    2003-01-01

    A new biomimetic bulk acoustic wave sensor based on molecularly imprinted microspheres(MIM) technique was described.The sensing materials were synthesized by precipitation polymerization.By using the Scatchard analysis,the equilibrium dissociation constant KD and the apparent maximum number Qmax of the binding sites were calculated to be 3.70 mmol·L-1 and 9.11 μmol·g-1,respectively.The sensor exhibited a sensitive response to detection limit of 2×10-9 mol·L-1.The recoveries of the sensor were 95.1%-105.4%.Studies presented in this paper show that the stability of this sensor is excellent.The sensor has been applied successfully to the determination of dipyridmaole in human urine.

  6. Multilayer Edge Molecular Devices Based on Plasma Oxidation of Photolithographically Defined Bottom Metal Electrode

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    Tyagi, Pawan

    2011-01-01

    A multilayer edge molecular electronics device (MEMED), which utilize the two metal electrodes of a metal-insulator-metal tunnel junction as the two electrical leads to molecular channels, can overcome the long standing fabrication challenges for developing futuristic molecular devices. However, producing ultrathin insulator is the most challenging step in MEMED fabrication. A simplified molecular device approach was developed by avoiding the need of depositing a new materiel on the bottom el...

  7. Molecular bases for parallel evolution of translucent bracts in an alpine "glasshouse" plant Rheum alexandrae (Polygonaceae)

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    Bing-Bing LIU; Lars OPGENOORTH; Georg MIEHE; Dong-Yuan ZHANG; Dong-Shi WAN; Chang-Ming ZHAO; Dong-Rui JIA

    2013-01-01

    Parallel evolution provides an excellent framework to infer the genetic bases of adaptive traits and understand the importance of natural selection in shaping current biodiversity.The upper leaves of the "glasshouse plants" transform into translucent bracts that show numerous adaptions in alpine habitats.It remains unknown whether similar molecular changes occur under the parallel bract evolution of different "glasshouse" species.In this study,we compared the results on phenotypic and physiological differences and presented the results of cDNA-AFLP analyses of transcriptional changes between translucent bracts and normal leaves in Rheum alexandrae.We also examined the homologous candidate genes with the same expression changes between this species and another "glasshouse" species,R.nobile.We found that bracts ofR.alexandrae are similar to those ofR.nobile in anatomical features:chloroplasts have degenerated and chlorophyll contents are greatly reduced,which suggests that foliar photosynthetic functions in bracts of both species have been reduced or totally altered.Among the 6000 transcript-derived fragments (TDFs) in bracts and leaves of R.alexandrae,420 (7%) were differentially expressed (up-or downregulated) between bracts and normal leaves.There were a total of 13 homologous TDFs with the same expression changes between R.alexandrae and the previously studied R.nobile.Except for the two that were not functionally annotated,eight of the homologous TDFs were found to be involved in stress and defense responses whereas the other three were related to photosynthesis.The up-or downregulation of these candidate genes was highly congruent with anatomical characteristics and adaptive functions of the bracts found for "glasshouse" plants.These findings suggested that the "glasshouse" phenotypes may have common molecular bases underlying their parallel evolution of similar adaptive functions and highlighted the importance of the natural selection in producing such

  8. Molecular epidemiology of Plasmodium species prevalent in Yemen based on 18 s rRNA

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Malaria is an endemic disease in Yemen and is responsible for 4.9 deaths per 100,000 population per year and 43,000 disability adjusted life years lost. Although malaria in Yemen is caused mainly by Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, there are no sequence data available on the two species. This study was conducted to investigate the distribution of the Plasmodium species based on the molecular detection and to study the molecular phylogeny of these parasites. Methods Blood samples from 511 febrile patients were collected and a partial region of the 18 s ribosomal RNA (18 s rRNA gene was amplified using nested PCR. From the 86 positive blood samples, 13 Plasmodium falciparum and 4 Plasmodium vivax were selected and underwent cloning and, subsequently, sequencing and the sequences were subjected to phylogenetic analysis using the neighbor-joining and maximum parsimony methods. Results Malaria was detected by PCR in 86 samples (16.8%. The majority of the single infections were caused by P. falciparum (80.3%, followed by P. vivax (5.8%. Mixed infection rates of P. falciparum + P. vivax and P. falciparum + P. malariae were 11.6% and 2.3%, respectively. All P. falciparum isolates were grouped with the strain 3D7, while P. vivax isolates were grouped with the strain Salvador1. Phylogenetic trees based on 18 s rRNA placed the P. falciparum isolates into three sub-clusters and P. vivax into one cluster. Sequence alignment analysis showed 5-14.8% SNP in the partial sequences of the 18 s rRNA of P. falciparum. Conclusions Although P. falciparum is predominant, P. vivax, P. malariae and mixed infections are more prevalent than has been revealed by microscopy. This overlooked distribution should be considered by malaria control strategy makers. The genetic polymorphisms warrant further investigation.

  9. Application of fluorescence-based semi-automated allelotyping to the molecular characterization of tumors

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    Jedlicka, A.E.; DiSilvestre, D.; Holroyd, K.J. [Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    In cancer genetics, identifying loss of heterozygosity (LOH) defines candidate regions which warrant further analyses to determine the presence of tumor suppressor genes. In addition, demonstrating LOH has potential utility for improving the pathologic classification of tumors. Molecular methods that improve the efficiency and accuracy of LOH studies will be helpful in both clinical and research applications. Here we demonstrate a fluorescence-based semi-automated alleotyping method for studies of LOH in cancer, using gliomas as an example. Gliomas are tumors arising from neuroglia, the supporting tissue intermingled with essential elements of the brain and spinal cord. Since this method utilizes PCR-based highly polymorphic simple sequence repeat markers, it is suitable for small and archival tumor specimens. We collected tumor tissue from a variety of gliomas, and DNA was extracted. White blood cells from the same individuals served as a source of {open_quotes}control{close_quotes} DNA. We PCR amplified markers from tumor and genomic DNA to detect molecular alterations in six people. Simultaneous analysis of 14 loci near gene candidates on chromosomes 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 22, were evaluated. Strikingly, in most cases there was allelic loss in brain tumor compared to genomic DNA for at least one of these loci. In addition, alleles of lesser intensity were also shown at a few loci of the tumor DNA, suggesting possible genetic instability. We conclude from these data that fluorescent semi-automated allelotyping is a quantitative and efficient process for determining and analyzing LOH in gliomas, and possibly other tumors. These methods will facilitate the identification of candidate loci critical in the development and progression of tumors.

  10. Design and Synthesis of Chiral Molecular Tweezers Based on Deoxycholic Acid

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    2001-01-01

    A series of new chiral molecular tweezers have been designed and synthesized by using deoxycholic acid as spacer and aromatic amines as arms.Instead of using toxic phosgene,the triphosgene was employed in synthesis of the molecular tweezers receptors.These chiral molecular tweezers showed good enantioselectivity for D-amino acid methyl esters.

  11. Electrochemical control of quantum interference in anthraquinone-based molecular switches

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    Markussen, Troels; Schiøtz, Jakob; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2010-01-01

    absent in the hydroquinone molecular bridge. A simple explanation of the interference effect is achieved by transforming the frontier molecular orbitals into localized molecular orbitals thereby obtaining a minimal tight-binding model describing the transport in the relevant energy range in terms of...

  12. Finding a Potential Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 (DPP-4) Inhibitor for Type-2 Diabetes Treatment Based on Molecular Docking, Pharmacophore Generation, and Molecular Dynamics Simulation.

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    Meduru, Harika; Wang, Yeng-Tseng; Tsai, Jeffrey J P; Chen, Yu-Ching

    2016-01-01

    Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) is the vital enzyme that is responsible for inactivating intestinal peptides glucagon like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and Gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP), which stimulates a decline in blood glucose levels. The aim of this study was to explore the inhibition activity of small molecule inhibitors to DPP-4 following a computational strategy based on docking studies and molecular dynamics simulations. The thorough docking protocol we applied allowed us to derive good correlation parameters between the predicted binding affinities (pKi) of the DPP-4 inhibitors and the experimental activity values (pIC50). Based on molecular docking receptor-ligand interactions, pharmacophore generation was carried out in order to identify the binding modes of structurally diverse compounds in the receptor active site. Consideration of the permanence and flexibility of DPP-4 inhibitor complexes by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation specified that the inhibitors maintained the binding mode observed in the docking study. The present study helps generate new information for further structural optimization and can influence the development of new DPP-4 inhibitors discoveries in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. PMID:27304951

  13. [Genetic polymorphism of flax Linum usitatissimum based on use of molecular cytogenetic markers].

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    Rachinskaia, O A; Lemesh, V A; Muravenko, O V; Iurkevich, O Iu; Guzenko, E V; Bol'sheva, N L; Bogdanova, M V; Samatadze, T E; Popov, K V; Malyshev, S V; Shostak, N G; Heller, K; Khotyleva, L V; Zelenin, A V

    2011-01-01

    Using a set of approaches based on the use of molecular cytogenetic markers (DAPI/C-banding, estimation of the total area of DAPI-positive regions in prophase nuclei, FISH with 26S and 5S rDNA probes) and the microsatellite (SSR-PCR) assay, we studied genomic polymorphism in 15 flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) varieties from different geographic regions belonging to three directions of selection (oil, fiber, and intermediate flaxes) and in the k-37 x Viking hybrid. All individual chromosomes have been identified in the karyotypes of these varieties on the basis of the patterns of differential DAPI/C-banding and the distribution of 26S and 5S rDNA, and idiograms of the chromosomes have been generated. Unlike the oil flax varieties, the chromosomes in the karyotypes of the fiber flax varieties have, as a rule, pericentromeric and telomeric DAPI-positive bands of smaller size, but contain larger intercalary regions. Two chromosomal rearrangements (chromosome 3 inversions) were discovered in the variety Luna and in the k-37 x Viking hybrid. In both these forms, no colocalization of 26S rDNA and 5S rDNA on the satellite chromosome was detected. The SSR assay with the use of 20 polymorphic pairs of primers revealed 22 polymorphic loci. Based on the SSR data, we analyzed genetic similarity of the flax forms studied and constructed a genetic similarity dendrogram. The genotypes studied here form three clusters. The oil varieties comprise an independent cluster. The genetically related fiber flax varieties Vita and Luna, as well as the landrace Lipinska XIII belonging to the intermediate type, proved to be closer to the oil varieties than the remaining fiber flax varieties. The results of the molecular chromosomal analysis in the fiber and oil flaxes confirm their very close genetic similarity. In spite of this, the combined use of the chromosomal and molecular markers has opened up unique possibilities for describing the genotypes of flax varieties and creating their genetic

  14. ETBP (Extended True Boiling Point) curve extension of extra heavy crudes; Extensao da curva PEV (Ponto de Ebulicao Verdadeiro) de petroleos extrapesados por destilacao molecular e ampliacao da caracterizacao

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    Rocha, Rodrigo S.; Batistella, Cesar B.; Maciel, Maria Regina W.; Maciel Filho, Rubens [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Quimica; Medina, Lilian C. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES)

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    For the determination of the TBP (True Boiling Point) Curve, which defines the yield of petroleum products, the ASTM D2892 method for petroleum distillation and ASTM D5236 method for vacuum distillation of heavy hydrocarbons were applied. Furthermore, from these distillations, cuts that are submitted to several analyses to determine its physical-chemical properties are obtained, and all this information generates the evaluation of petroleum. For heavy petroleum, these conventional methods have been limited, since the total distilled percentage determined for temperatures up to 565 deg C (maximum reached with ASTM D5236 method) is lower for these oils, reducing the points of the curve, limiting its information. To improve this data set for heavy oils, a methodology for the extension of TBP curve through molecular distillation was established. It was possible to reach values up to 700 deg C, representing a considerable progress for the extension of TBP curve. The objective of this work is to present the results of Extended TBP curve for a heavy petroleum and characterization carried out through the cuts and residues obtained in molecular distillation of the residue 'Zeta' 400 deg C+ (fancy name), made by ASTM D2892 method. (author)

  15. Molecular-Based Optical Measurement Techniques for Transition and Turbulence in High-Speed Flow

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    Bathel, Brett F.; Danehy, Paul M.; Cutler, Andrew D.

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    High-speed laminar-to-turbulent transition and turbulence affect the control of flight vehicles, the heat transfer rate to a flight vehicle's surface, the material selected to protect such vehicles from high heating loads, the ultimate weight of a flight vehicle due to the presence of thermal protection systems, the efficiency of fuel-air mixing processes in high-speed combustion applications, etc. Gaining a fundamental understanding of the physical mechanisms involved in the transition process will lead to the development of predictive capabilities that can identify transition location and its impact on parameters like surface heating. Currently, there is no general theory that can completely describe the transition-to-turbulence process. However, transition research has led to the identification of the predominant pathways by which this process occurs. For a truly physics-based model of transition to be developed, the individual stages in the paths leading to the onset of fully turbulent flow must be well understood. This requires that each pathway be computationally modeled and experimentally characterized and validated. This may also lead to the discovery of new physical pathways. This document is intended to describe molecular based measurement techniques that have been developed, addressing the needs of the high-speed transition-to-turbulence and high-speed turbulence research fields. In particular, we focus on techniques that have either been used to study high speed transition and turbulence or techniques that show promise for studying these flows. This review is not exhaustive. In addition to the probe-based techniques described in the previous paragraph, several other classes of measurement techniques that are, or could be, used to study high speed transition and turbulence are excluded from this manuscript. For example, surface measurement techniques such as pressure and temperature paint, phosphor thermography, skin friction measurements and

  16. Characterization of Metarhizium species and varieties based on molecular analysis, heat tolerance and cold activity

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    Fernandes, E.K.K.; Keyser, C.A.; Chong, J.P.; Rangel, D.E.N.; Miller, M.P.; Roberts, D.W.

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    Aims: The genetic relationships and conidial tolerances to high and low temperatures were determined for isolates of several Metarhizium species and varieties. Methods and Results: Molecular-based techniques [AFLP and rDNA (ITS1, ITS2 and 5??8S) gene sequencing] were used to characterize morphologically identified Metarhizium spp. isolates from a wide range of sources. Conidial suspensions of isolates were exposed to wet heat (45 ?? 0??2??C) and plated on potato dextrose agar plus yeast extract (PDAY) medium. After 8-h exposure, the isolates divided clearly into two groups: (i) all isolates of Metarhizium anisopliae var. anisopliae (Ma-an) and Metarhizium from the flavoviride complex (Mf) had virtually zero conidial relative germination (RG), (ii) Metarhizium anisopliae var. acridum (Ma-ac) isolates demonstrated high heat tolerance (c. 70-100% RG). Conidial suspensions also were plated on PDAY and incubated at 5??C for 15 days, during which time RGs for Ma-an and Ma-ac isolates were virtually zero, whereas the two Mf were highly cold active (100% RG). Conclusions: Heat and cold exposures can be used as rapid tools to tentatively identify some important Metarhizium species and varieties. Significance and Impact of the Study: Identification of Metarhizium spp. currently relies primarily on DNA-based methods; we suggest a simple temperature-based screen to quickly obtain tentative identification of isolates as to species or species complexes. ?? 2009 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  17. Predicting Molecular Targets for Small-Molecule Drugs with a Ligand-Based Interaction Fingerprint Approach.

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    Cao, Ran; Wang, Yanli

    2016-06-20

    The computational prediction of molecular targets for small-molecule drugs remains a great challenge. Herein we describe a ligand-based interaction fingerprint (LIFt) approach for target prediction. Together with physics-based docking and sampling methods, we assessed the performance systematically by modeling the polypharmacology of 12 kinase inhibitors in three stages. First, we examined the capacity of this approach to differentiate true targets from false targets with the promiscuous binder staurosporine, based on native complex structures. Second, we performed large-scale profiling of kinase selectivity on the clinical drug sunitinib by means of computational simulation. Third, we extended the study beyond kinases by modeling the cross-inhibition of bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) for 10 well-established kinase inhibitors. On this basis, we made prospective predictions by exploring new kinase targets for the anticancer drug candidate TN-16, originally known as a colchicine site binder and microtubule disruptor. As a result, p38α was highlighted from a panel of 187 different kinases. Encouragingly, our prediction was validated by an in vitro kinase assay, which showed TN-16 as a low-micromolar p38α inhibitor. Collectively, our results suggest the promise of the LIFt approach in predicting potential targets for small-molecule drugs. PMID:26222196

  18. Análise antigênica e molecular de amostras citopáticas do vírus da diarréia viral bovina Antigenic and molecular analysis of cytopathic isolates of bovine viral diarrhea virus

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    Fernando Luiz Tobias; Anselmo Odeon; Edwiges Maristela Pituco; Rudi Weiblen; Dino César Garcez; Eduardo Furtado Flores

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    Sete amostras citopáticas do vírus da Diarréia Viral Bovina (BVDV) isoladas de casos clínicos e do sangue de bezerros de rebanhos com problemas reprodutivos foram analisadas. Todas as amostras caracterizadas possuíam uma mistura de vírus citopáticos (cp) e não-citopáticos (ncp), que foram clonados biologicamente, originando populações puras de vírus de cada biotipo. Os clones cp e ncp obtidos foram caracterizados antigenicamente com um painel de anticorpos monoclonais (MAbs) e quanto à expres...

  19. Impact of CT based attenuation correction on quantitative assessment of DaTSCAN (123I-Ioflupane) imaging in diagnosis of extrapyramidal diseases

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    The quality of visually and semi-quantitatively assessed DaTSCAN images is crucial for differential diagnostics of extrapyramidal diseases. Neuroimaging with the use of presynaptic tracers of the dopaminergic system provides evidence of nigrostriatal degeneration and may support the clinical diagnosis of Parkinsonism. During the last two years (2007-2008) we tried to elaborate the optimal methodology of SPECT/CT examination with the use of DaTSCAN (123I-Ioflupane), and we sought to evaluate the effect of the reconstruction and attenuation correction method on semi-quantitative measures of relative uptake in the striatum. In a present study, we retrospectively studied DaTSCAN scans of 44 consecutive patients with clinical indications of Parkinson's disease or uncertain Parkinsonian syndromes. The quality of DaTSCAN images reconstructed with the use of ordered-subset expectation maximization reconstruction technique (OSEM) with attenuation correction based on CT maps was found to be superior to that provided by the commonly applied filtered backprojection method (FBP) with Chang attenuation correction. OSEM reconstructed transverse slices were more legible for clinical interpretation because of increased contrast and improved delineation between striatum structures. Semiquantitative assessments of relative striatum uptake for OSEM reconstructed slices secured better intraperator reproducibility than that obtained by FBP method. (authors)

  20. Bases metodológicas da formação em Fisioterapia: discutindo o distanciamento entre os processos de formação e a utilização da força de trabalho

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    Daniela Macêdo Pimentel

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    Full Text Available A partir das bases metodológicas que subjazem ao processo formativo em Fisioterapia e considerando as atribuições do fisioterapeuta nos Núcleos de Apoio à Saúde da Família (NASFs, buscou-se identificar os pontos de distanciamento entre a formação e a utilização da força de trabalho do fisioterapeuta na atenção básica à saúde em João Pessoa/PB. O estudo justificou-se pela necessidade de aprimorar os processos de formação em Fisioterapia, de modo a compatibilizá-los com os requerimentos de sua prática profissional, particularmente no nível primário de atenção à saúde. Trata-se de um estudo exploratório-descritivo e inferencial com abordagens quantitativas. Os dados foram analisados a partir do Teste de Hipótese, utilizado como método de tomada de decisão. A análise dos dados revelou, com evidências estatísticas, distanciamentos entre o que afirmam estudantes e professores, no processo de formação do fisioterapeuta nas instituições de ensino superior pesquisadas, bem como divergências entre o que atestam fisioterapeutas e gestores em relação ao processo de trabalho nos NASFs dos Distritos Sanitários do município. Concluiu-se ser necessária uma reformulação das bases metodológicas que compõem os planos de ensino relacionados à Saúde Coletiva nas instituições que oferecem o curso de Fisioterapia em João Pessoa, bem como uma melhor utilização da força de trabalho do fisioterapeuta junto aos NASFs, visando a uma redefinição das práticas deste profissional nos espaços da atenção básica à saúde.

  1. Caracterização molecular de animais da raça Nelore utilizando microssatélites e genes candidatos

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    Tambasco Daniella Debenedetti

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available No presente trabalho, 180 fêmeas da raça Nelore, provenientes de oito rebanhos, foram analisadas quanto aos marcadores microssatélites TEXAN15, BM1224 e CSFM50 e aos polimorfismos de comprimento de fragmentos de restrição (RFLP nos locos k-caseína, beta-lactoglobulina e hormônio de crescimento (GH. Com exceção de GH, todos os marcadores foram polimórficos na amostra estudada. Os valores de heterozigosidade, diversidade gênica, conteúdo de informação polimórfica (PIC e probabilidade de exclusão de paternidade (PE foram estimados. Os maiores valores de PIC (0,685 e PE (0,521 foram obtidos para o marcador BM1224.

  2. Uso de marcadores moleculares na análise da variabilidade genética em acerola (Malpighia emarginata D.C.

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    SALLA MARIA FERNANDA SPEGIORIN

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A acerola (Malpighia emarginata é uma frutífera tropical encontrada nativa na América Central e no Norte da América do Sul, sendo de grande importância econômica e social devido ao seu alto conteúdo de vitamina C (ácido ascórbico. Pomares de acerola têm sido preferencialmente estabelecidos por métodos de propagação vegetiva. No entanto, a propagação sexuada por sementes é igualmente utilizada e permite revelar um alto grau de polimorfismo na cultura, possibilitando a identificação de genótipos portadores de características de interesse agronômico. Vinte e quatro acessos de acerola, pertencentes ao Banco Ativo de Germoplasma da Universidade Estadual de Londrina, foram analisados, usando marcadores RAPD (Random amplified Polymorphic DNA e obtidos com iniciadores (primers de seqüência simples repetidas (SSRs. Um total de 164 e 73 marcadores foram obtidos com primers de RAPD e SSR, respectivamente. Os marcadores obtidos foram analisados, usando o método de agrupamentos UPGMA. A análise comparativa dos dendrogramas gerados com os primers de RAPD e com os primers SSR mostrou que, enquanto alguns acessos se associaram em grupos diferentes, outros apresentaram a mesma associação. Entretanto, maior polimorfismo entre acessos foi detectado com os primers de RAPD. A análise dos resultados revelou a alta variabilidade contida na coleção, permitindo associar o grau de similaridade genética, obtido por marcadores de DNA, com caracteres morfológicos compartilhados entre os acessos.

  3. Diversidade genética de Chenopodium ambrosioides da região cacaueira da Bahia com base em marcadores RAPD Genetic diversity based on RAPD markers of Chenopodium ambrosioides from the cocoa region of Bahia State, Brazil

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    Simone Gualberto Santos; Ronan Xavier Corrêa

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    Chenopodium ambrosioides L., conhecida no Brasil por suas propriedades medicinais e usada principalmente para o controle de verminoses intestinais, é pouco estudada quanto à diversidade genética. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a diversidade genética de 16 indivíduos de C. ambrosioides, provenientes de diferentes municípios da região cacaueira da Bahia, pela técnica de RAPD (DNA polimórfico amplificado ao acaso). Apenas 6,9% das 216 bandas RAPD amplificadas foram polimórficas e a anális...

  4. Segurança da ablação de fibrilação atrial com RNI terapêutico: comparação com a transição com heparina de baixo peso Safety of ablation for atrial fibrillation with therapeutic INR: comparison with transition to low-molecular-weight heparin

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    Eduardo B. Saad; Ieda P. Costa; Rodrigo E. da Costa; Luiz Antônio O. Inácio Jr; Charles Slater; Angelina Camiletti; Dario G. de Moura Neto; Paulo Maldonado; Luiz Eduardo Camanho; Carisi A. Polanczyk

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    FUNDAMENTO: O manejo ideal da anticoagulação oral (ACO) no período pré- e pós-ablação de fibrilação atrial (FA) ainda é motivo de controvérsia. OBJETIVO: Comparar duas estratégias de anticoagulação: suspensão da warfarina com a utilização de heparina de baixo peso molecular (HBPM) e a realização da ablação sem a suspensão da warfarina, mantendo o RNI terapêutico (entre 2,0 e 3,0). MÉTODOS: 140 pacientes (pt) portadores de FA persistente/ permanente submetidos à ablação por cateter de FA foram...

  5. Opposing actions of the synapse-associated protein of 97-kDa molecular weight (SAP97) and Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) on Wnt/β-catenin signaling.

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    Boccitto, M; Doshi, S; Newton, I P; Nathke, I; Neve, R; Dong, F; Mao, Y; Zhai, J; Zhang, L; Kalb, R

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    It has been suggested that synapse-associated protein of 97-kDa molecular weight (SAP97) is a susceptibility factor for childhood and adult neuropsychiatric disorders. SAP97 is a scaffolding protein that shares direct and indirect binding partners with the Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) gene product, a gene with strong association with neuropsychiatric disorders. Here we investigated the possibility that these two proteins converge upon a common molecular pathway. Since DISC1 modifies Wnt/β-catenin signaling via changes in glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK3β) phosphorylation, we asked if SAP97 impacts Wnt/β-catenin signaling and GSK3β phosphorylation. We find that SAP97 acts as inhibitor of Wnt signaling activity and can suppress the stimulatory effects of DISC1 on β-catenin transcriptional activity. Reductions in SAP97 abundance also decrease GSK3β phosphorylation. In addition, we find that over expression of DISC1 leads to an increase in the abundance of SAP97, by inhibiting its proteasomal degradation. Our findings suggest that SAP97 and DISC1 contribute to maintaining Wnt/β-catenin signaling activity within a homeostatic range by regulating GSK3β phosphorylation. PMID:27026592

  6. Synthesis and characterization of sugar based low molecular weight gelators and the preparation of chiral sulfinamides

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    Mangunuru, Hari Prasad Reddy

    Low molecular weight gelators (LMWGs) have received considerable attention in the field of chemistry from last few decades. These compounds form self-assembled fibrous networks like micelles, cylindrical, sheets, fibers, layers and so on. The fibrous network entraps the solvent and forms gel, because of the self-assembly phenomenon and their demonstrated potential uses in a variety of areas, ranging from environmental to medicinal applications. Sugars are good starting materials to synthesize the new class of LMWG's, because these are different from some expensive materials, these are natural products. We have synthesized and characterized the LMGS's based on D-glucose and D-glucosamine. D-glucosamine is the versatile starting material to make different peptoids and triazoles. Several series of compounds were synthesized using compounds 1-3 as starting material and studied the gelation behavior all the compounds. We have studied the self-assembling properties of a new class of tripeptoids, synthesized by one-pot Ugi reaction from simple starting materials. Among the focused library of tripeptoids synthesized, we found that several efficient low molecular weight organogelators were obtained for aqueous DMSO and ethanol mixtures. We have also synthesized and characterized a series of monosaccharide triazole derivatives. These compounds were synthesized from N-acetyl glucosamine and D-glucose via a Cu(I) catalyzed azide/alkyne cycloaddition reaction (CuAAc). The compounds have been screened for their gelation properties and several efficient low molecular weight organo/hydro gelators were obtained, among these compounds, five per-acetyl glucosamine derivatives and one peracetyl glucose derivative were able to form gels in water. These new molecules are expected to be useful in drug delivery and tissue engineering.*. Asymmetric synthesis of chiral amines is a challenging in synthetic organic chemistry. The development of new catalysts for asymmetric organic

  7. Determinação da idade gestacional com base em informações do estudo Nascer no Brasil

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    Ana Paula Esteves Pereira

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a validade de diferentes métodos de estimação da idade gestacional e propor a criação de um algoritmo para cálculo da mesma para a pesquisa Nascer no Brasil – estudo realizado em 2011-2012, com 23.940 puérperas. Utilizou-se a ultrassonografia precoce, realizada entre 7-20 semanas de gestação, como método de referência. Todas as análises foram estratificadas segundo tipo de pagamento do parto (público ou privado. Quando comparado à ultrassonografia precoce, foram encontrados coeficientes de correlação intraclasse substanciais tanto para o método idade gestacional na admissão baseado em ultrassonografia (0,95 and 0,94 quanto para o método idade gestacional relatada pela puérpera na entrevista (0,90 and 0,88, para o pagamento do parto público e privado, respectivamente. Medidas baseadas na data da última menstruação apresentaram coeficientes de correlação intraclasse menores. Este estudo sugere cautela ao se utilizar a data da última menstruação como primeiro método de estimação da idade gestacional no Brasil, fortalecendo o uso de informações oriundas de ultrassonografia precoce.

  8. Molecularly imprinted polymerization-based surface plasmon resonance sensing for glucose detection in human urine

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    Banerji, Soame; Peng, Wei; Kim, Yoon-Chang; Booksh, Karl S.

    2006-10-01

    A novel Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) sensor to detect glucose using molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) will be presented in this paper. SPR has been traditionally used as a probe for surface interaction of large molecules but harder to measure small molecules since the effective change in the SPR condition becomes smaller. The accurate measurement of glucose in complex physiological fluids like urine is particularly challenging since the constituents of these fluids vary significantly from person to person and even throughout the day for a particular individual. The polymer was prepared by crosslinking polyallyamine in the presence of Glucose Phosphate, monobarium salt (GPS-Ba) and attached to a 50 nm thin film of gold which had been sputtered on top of a glass slide, via amide coupling. Upon removal of the template, this sensor was used to detect glucose in human urine in physiologically significant levels (1-20 mg/ml). Enhancement of the glucose sensor was made possible by incorporating gold nanoparticles which improved the signal. This study has demonstrated the specific detection of glucose in a complex physiological fluid using SPR spectroscopy. The association of glucose to the imprinted polymer results in the swelling of the polymer that can be tracked by the minima in SPR spectra. The sensitivity of this method, while lower than protein based detection schemes, is sufficient for quantitative measurement of glucose in urine at physiologically significant levels without extensive pre-treatment of the sample. Given the nature of the weak non-covalent binding of glucose to the amine functional groups, the scheme used here can be adapted to detect a number of different molecular species of sizes comparable to that of glucose without the need for extensive sample preparation or use of chemicals with limited shelf life.

  9. A general SNP-based molecular barcode for Plasmodium falciparum identification and tracking

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    Rosen David

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP genotyping provides the means to develop a practical, rapid, inexpensive assay that will uniquely identify any Plasmodium falciparum parasite using a small amount of DNA. Such an assay could be used to distinguish recrudescence from re-infection in drug trials, to monitor the frequency and distribution of specific parasites in a patient population undergoing drug treatment or vaccine challenge, or for tracking samples and determining purity of isolates in the laboratory during culture adaptation and sub-cloning, as well as routine passage. Methods A panel of twenty-four SNP markers has been identified that exhibit a high minor allele frequency (average MAF > 35%, for which robust TaqMan genotyping assays were constructed. All SNPs were identified through whole genome sequencing and MAF was estimated through Affymetrix array-based genotyping of a worldwide collection of parasites. These assays create a "molecular barcode" to uniquely identify a parasite genome. Results Using 24 such markers no two parasites known to be of independent origin have yet been found to have the same allele signature. The TaqMan genotyping assays can be performed on a variety of samples including cultured parasites, frozen whole blood, or whole blood spotted onto filter paper with a success rate > 99%. Less than 5 ng of parasite DNA is needed to complete a panel of 24 markers. The ability of this SNP panel to detect and identify parasites was compared to the standard molecular methods, MSP-1 and MSP-2 typing. Conclusion This work provides a facile field-deployable genotyping tool that can be used without special skills with standard lab equipment, and at reasonable cost that will unambiguously identify and track P. falciparum parasites both from patient samples and in the laboratory.

  10. Theragnosis-based combined cancer therapy using doxorubicin-conjugated microRNA-221 molecular beacon.

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    Lee, Jonghwan; Choi, Kyung-Ju; Moon, Sung Ung; Kim, Soonhag

    2016-01-01

    Recently, microRNA (miRNA or miR) has emerged as a new cancer biomarker because of its high expression level in various cancer types and its role in the control of tumor suppressor genes. In cancer studies, molecular imaging and treatment based on target cancer markers have been combined to facilitate simultaneous cancer diagnosis and therapy. In this study, for combined therapy with diagnosis of cancer, we developed a doxorubicin-conjugated miR-221 molecular beacon (miR-221 DOXO MB) in a single platform composed of three different nucleotides: miR-221 binding sequence, black hole quencher 1 (BHQ1), and doxorubicin binding site. Imaging of endogenous miR-221 was achieved by specific hybridization between miR-221 and the miR-221 binding site in miR-221 DOXO MB. The presence of miR-221 triggered detachment of the quencher oligo and subsequent activation of a fluorescent signal of miR-221 DOXO MB. Simultaneous cancer therapy in C6 astrocytoma cells and nude mice was achieved by inhibition of miRNA-221 function that downregulates tumor suppressor genes. The detection of miR-221 expression and inhibition of miR-221 function by miR-221 DOXO MB provide the feasibility as a cancer theragnostic probe. Furthermore, a cytotoxic effect was induced by unloading of doxorubicin intercalated into miR-221 DOXO MB inside cells. Loss of miR-221 function and cytotoxicity induced by the miR-221 DOXO MB provides combined therapeutic efficacy against cancers. This method could be used as a new theragnostic probe with enhanced therapy to detect and inhibit many cancer-related miRNAs. PMID:26454049

  11. Genotoxicity and molecular response of silver nanoparticle (NP-based hydrogel

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Since silver-nanoparticles (NPs possess an antibacterial activity, they were commonly used in medical products and devices, food storage materials, cosmetics, various health care products, and industrial products. Various silver-NP based medical devices are available for clinical uses, such as silver-NP based dressing and silver-NP based hydrogel (silver-NP-hydrogel for medical applications. Although the previous data have suggested silver-NPs induced toxicity in vivo and in vitro, there is lack information about the mechanisms of biological response and potential toxicity of silver-NP-hydrogel. Methods In this study, the genotoxicity of silver-NP-hydrogel was assayed using cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN. The molecular response was studied using DNA microarray and GO pathway analysis. Results and discussion The results of global gene expression analysis in HeLa cells showed that thousands of genes were up- or down-regulated at 48 h of silver-NP-hydrogel exposure. Further GO pathway analysis suggested that fourteen theoretical activating signaling pathways were attributed to up-regulated genes; and three signal pathways were attributed to down-regulated genes. It was discussed that the cells protect themselves against silver NP-mediated toxicity through up-regulating metallothionein genes and anti-oxidative stress genes. The changes in DNA damage, apoptosis and mitosis pathway were closely related to silver-NP-induced cytotoxicity and chromosome damage. The down-regulation of CDC14A via mitosis pathway might play a role in potential genotoxicity induced by silver-NPs. Conclusions The silver-NP-hydrogel induced micronuclei formation in cellular level and broad spectrum molecular responses in gene expression level. The results of signal pathway analysis suggested that the balances between anti-ROS response and DNA damage, chromosome instability, mitosis inhibition might play important roles in silver-NP induced toxicity

  12. Tuning the properties of copper-based catalysts based on molecular in situ studies of model systems.

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    Stacchiola, Darío J

    2015-07-21

    Studying catalytic processes at the molecular level is extremely challenging, due to the structural and chemical complexity of the materials used as catalysts and the presence of reactants and products in the reactor's environment. The most common materials used on catalysts are transition metals and their oxides. The importance of multifunctional active sites at metal/oxide interfaces has been long recognized, but a molecular picture of them based on experimental observations is only recently emerging. The initial approach to interrogate the surface chemistry of catalysts at the molecular level consisted of studying metal single crystals as models for reactive metal centers, moving later to single crystal or well-defined thin film oxides. The natural next iteration consisted in the deposition of metal nanoparticles on well-defined oxide substrates. Metal nanoparticles contain undercoordinated sites, which are more reactive. It is also possible to create architectures where oxide nanoparticles are deposited on top of metal single crystals, denominated inverse catalysts, leading in this case to a high concentration of reactive cationic sites in direct contact with the underlying fully coordinated metal atoms. Using a second oxide as a support (host), a multifunctional configuration can be built in which both metal and oxide nanoparticles are located in close proximity. Our recent studies on copper-based catalysts are presented here as an example of the application of these complementary model systems, starting from the creation of undercoordinated sites on Cu(111) and Cu2O(111) surfaces, continuing with the formation of mixed-metal copper oxides, the synthesis of ceria nanoparticles on Cu(111) and the codeposition of Cu and ceria nanoparticles on TiO2(110). Catalysts have traditionally been characterized before or after reactions and analyzed based on static representations of surface structures. It is shown here how dynamic changes on a catalyst's chemical state

  13. The evidence base for the use of internal dosimetry in the clinical practice of molecular radiotherapy

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    Strigari, Lidia [Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Laboratory of Medical Physics and Expert Systems, Rome (Italy); Konijnenberg, Mark [Erasmus MC, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Chiesa, Carlo [Instituto Nazionale Tumori, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Milan (Italy); Bardies, Manuel [UMR 1037 INSERM / Universite Paul Sabatier, Centre de Recherche en Cancerologie de Toulouse, Toulouse (France); Du, Yong [Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Sutton, London (United Kingdom); Gleisner, Katarina Sjoegreen [Medical Radiation Physics, Clinical Sciences, Lund (Sweden); Lassmann, Michael [University of Wuerzburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Wuerzburg (Germany); Flux, Glenn [Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Cancer Research, Joint Department of Physics, Sutton (United Kingdom)

    2014-10-15

    Molecular radiotherapy (MRT) has demonstrated unique therapeutic advantages in the treatment of an increasing number of cancers. As with other treatment modalities, there is related toxicity to a number of organs at risk. Despite the large number of clinical trials over the past several decades, considerable uncertainties still remain regarding the optimization of this therapeutic approach and one of the vital issues to be answered is whether an absorbed radiation dose-response exists that could be used to guide personalized treatment. There are only limited and sporadic data investigating MRT dosimetry. The determination of dose-effect relationships for MRT has yet to be the explicit aim of a clinical trial. The aim of this article was to collate and discuss the available evidence for an absorbed radiation dose-effect relationships in MRT through a review of published data. Based on a PubMed search, 92 papers were found. Out of 79 studies investigating dosimetry, an absorbed dose-effect correlation was found in 48. The application of radiobiological modelling to clinical data is of increasing importance and the limited published data on absorbed dose-effect relationships based on these models are also reviewed. Based on National Cancer Institute guideline definition, the studies had a moderate or low rate of clinical relevance due to the limited number of studies investigating overall survival and absorbed dose. Nevertheless, the evidence strongly implies a correlation between the absorbed doses delivered and the response and toxicity, indicating that dosimetry-based personalized treatments would improve outcome and increase survival. (orig.)

  14. The evidence base for the use of internal dosimetry in the clinical practice of molecular radiotherapy

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    Molecular radiotherapy (MRT) has demonstrated unique therapeutic advantages in the treatment of an increasing number of cancers. As with other treatment modalities, there is related toxicity to a number of organs at risk. Despite the large number of clinical trials over the past several decades, considerable uncertainties still remain regarding the optimization of this therapeutic approach and one of the vital issues to be answered is whether an absorbed radiation dose-response exists that could be used to guide personalized treatment. There are only limited and sporadic data investigating MRT dosimetry. The determination of dose-effect relationships for MRT has yet to be the explicit aim of a clinical trial. The aim of this article was to collate and discuss the available evidence for an absorbed radiation dose-effect relationships in MRT through a review of published data. Based on a PubMed search, 92 papers were found. Out of 79 studies investigating dosimetry, an absorbed dose-effect correlation was found in 48. The application of radiobiological modelling to clinical data is of increasing importance and the limited published data on absorbed dose-effect relationships based on these models are also reviewed. Based on National Cancer Institute guideline definition, the studies had a moderate or low rate of clinical relevance due to the limited number of studies investigating overall survival and absorbed dose. Nevertheless, the evidence strongly implies a correlation between the absorbed doses delivered and the response and toxicity, indicating that dosimetry-based personalized treatments would improve outcome and increase survival. (orig.)

  15. A bayesian mixed regression based prediction of quantitative traits from molecular marker and gene expression data.

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    Madhuchhanda Bhattacharjee

    Full Text Available Both molecular marker and gene expression data were considered alone as well as jointly to serve as additive predictors for two pathogen-activity-phenotypes in real recombinant inbred lines of soybean. For unobserved phenotype prediction, we used a bayesian hierarchical regression modeling, where the number of possible predictors in the model was controlled by different selection strategies tested. Our initial findings were submitted for DREAM5 (the 5th Dialogue on Reverse Engineering Assessment and Methods challenge and were judged to be the best in sub-challenge B3 wherein both functional genomic and genetic data were used to predict the phenotypes. In this work we further improve upon this previous work by considering various predictor selection strategies and cross-validation was used to measure accuracy of in-data and out-data predictions. The results from various model choices indicate that for this data use of both data types (namely functional genomic and genetic simultaneously improves out-data prediction accuracy. Adequate goodness-of-fit can be easily achieved with more complex models for both phenotypes, since the number of potential predictors is large and the sample size is not small. We also further studied gene-set enrichment (for continuous phenotype in the biological process in question and chromosomal enrichment of the gene set. The methodological contribution of this paper is in exploration of variable selection techniques to alleviate the problem of over-fitting. Different strategies based on the nature of covariates were explored and all methods were implemented under the bayesian hierarchical modeling framework with indicator-based covariate selection. All the models based in careful variable selection procedure were found to produce significant results based on permutation test.

  16. Effects of electronic coupling and electrostatic potential on charge transport in carbon-based molecular electronic junctions

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    2016-01-01

    Summary Molecular junctions consisting of 2–20 nm thick layers of organic oligomers oriented between a conducting carbon substrate and a carbon/gold top contact have proven to be reproducible and reliable, and will soon enter commercial production in audio processing circuits. The covalent, conjugated bond between one or both sp2-hybridized carbon contacts and an aromatic molecular layer is distinct from the more common metal/molecule or silicon/molecule structures in many reported molecular junctions. Theoretical observations based on density functional theory are presented here, which model carbon-based molecular junctions as single molecules and oligomers between fragments of graphene. Electronic coupling between the molecules and the contacts is demonstrated by the formation of hybrid orbitals in the model structure, which have significant electron density on both the graphene and the molecule. The energies of such hybrid orbitals correlate with tunneling barriers determined experimentally, and electronic coupling between the two graphene fragments in the model correlates with experimentally observed attenuation of transport with molecular layer thickness. Electronic coupling is affected significantly by the dihedral angle between the planes of the graphene and the molecular π-systems, but is absent only when the two planes are orthogonal. Coupling also results in partial charge transfer between the graphene contacts and the molecular layer, which results in a shift in electrostatic potential which affects the observed tunneling barrier. Although the degree of partial charge transfer is difficult to calculate accurately, it does provide a basis for the “vacuum level shift” observed in many experiments, including transport and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy of molecular layers on conductors. PMID:26925350

  17. Effects of electronic coupling and electrostatic potential on charge transport in carbon-based molecular electronic junctions

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    Richard L. McCreery

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecular junctions consisting of 2–20 nm thick layers of organic oligomers oriented between a conducting carbon substrate and a carbon/gold top contact have proven to be reproducible and reliable, and will soon enter commercial production in audio processing circuits. The covalent, conjugated bond between one or both sp2-hybridized carbon contacts and an aromatic molecular layer is distinct from the more common metal/molecule or silicon/molecule structures in many reported molecular junctions. Theoretical observations based on density functional theory are presented here, which model carbon-based molecular junctions as single molecules and oligomers between fragments of graphene. Electronic coupling between the molecules and the contacts is demonstrated by the formation of hybrid orbitals in the model structure, which have significant electron density on both the graphene and the molecule. The energies of such hybrid orbitals correlate with tunneling barriers determined experimentally, and electronic coupling between the two graphene fragments in the model correlates with experimentally observed attenuation of transport with molecular layer thickness. Electronic coupling is affected significantly by the dihedral angle between the planes of the graphene and the molecular π-systems, but is absent only when the two planes are orthogonal. Coupling also results in partial charge transfer between the graphene contacts and the molecular layer, which results in a shift in electrostatic potential which affects the observed tunneling barrier. Although the degree of partial charge transfer is difficult to calculate accurately, it does provide a basis for the “vacuum level shift” observed in many experiments, including transport and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy of molecular layers on conductors.

  18. Network analysis shows novel molecular mechanisms of action for copper-based chemotherapy

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    Jesús eEspinal-Enríquez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The understanding of the mechanisms associated with the action of chemotherapeutic agents is fundamental to assess and account for possible side-effects of such treatments. Casiope'inas have demonstrated a cytotoxic effect by activation of pro-apoptotic processes in malignant cells. Such processes have been proved to activate the apoptotic intrinsic route, as well as cell cycle arrest. Despite this knowledge, the whole mechanism of action of Casiope'inas is yet to be completely understood. In this work, we implement a systems biology approach based on two pathway analysis tools (Over-Representation Analysis and Causal Network Analysis, to observe changes in some hallmarks of cancer, induced by this copper-based chemotherapeutic agent in HeLa cell lines. We find that the metabolism of metal ions is exacerbated, as well as cell division processes being globally diminished. We also show that cellular migration and proliferation events are decreased. Moreover, the molecular mechanisms of liver protection are increased in the cell cultures under the actions of Casiope'inas, unlike the case in many other cytotoxic drugs. We argue that this chemotherapeutic agent may be promising, given its protective hepatic function, concomitant with its cytotoxic participation in the onset of apoptotic processes in malignant cells.

  19. Photoisomerization dynamics of a rhodopsin-based molecule (potential molecular switch) with high quantum yields

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    Allen, Roland; Jiang, Chen-Wei; Zhang, Xiu-Xing; Fang, Ai-Ping; Li, Hong-Rong; Xie, Rui-Hua; Li, Fu-Li

    2015-03-01

    It is worthwhile to explore the detailed reaction dynamics of various candidates for molecular switches, in order to understand, e.g., the differences in quantum yields and switching times. Here we report density-functional-based simulations for the rhodopsin-based molecule 4-[4-Methylbenzylidene]-5-p-tolyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrole (MDP), synthesized by Sampedro et al. We find that the photoisomerization quantum yields are remarkably high: 82% for cis-to-trans, and 68% for trans-to-cis. The lifetimes of the S1 excited state in cis-MDP in our calculations are in the range of 900-1800 fs, with a mean value of 1270 fs, while the range of times required for full cis-to-trans isomerization are 1100-2000 fs, with a mean value of 1530 fs. In trans-MDP, the calculated S1 excited state lifetimes are 860-2140 fs, with a mean value of 1330 fs, and with the full trans-to-cis isomerization completed about 200 fs later. In both cases, the dominant reaction mechanism is rotation around the central C =C bond (connected to the pyrroline ring), and de-excitation occurs at an avoided crossing between the ground state and the lowest singlet state, near the midpoint of the rotational pathway. Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities; Robert A. Welch Foundation; National Natural Science Foundation of China.

  20. Molecular phylogeny of western Atlantic Farfantepenaeus and Litopenaeus shrimp based on mitochondrial 16S partial sequences.

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    Maggioni, R; Rogers, A D; Maclean, N; D'Incao, F

    2001-01-01

    Partial sequences for the 16S rRNA mitochondrial gene were obtained from 10 penaeid shrimp species: Farfantepenaeus paulensis, F. brasiliensis, F. subtilis, F. duorarum, F. aztecus, Litopenaeus schmitti, L. setiferus, and Xiphopenaeus kroyeri from the western Atlantic and L. vannamei and L. stylirostris from the eastern Pacific. Sequences were also obtained from an undescribed morphotype of pink shrimp (morphotype II) usually identified as F. subtilis. The phylogeny resulting from the 16S partial sequences showed that these species form two well-supported monophyletic clades consistent with the two genera proposed in a recent systematic review of the suborder Dendrobranchiata. This contrasted with conclusions drawn from recent molecular phylogenetic work on penaeid shrimps based on partial sequences of the mitochondrial COI region that failed to support recent revisions of the Dendrobranchiata based on morphological analysis. Consistent differences observed in the sequences for morphotype II, coupled with previous allozyme data, support the conclusion that this is a previously undescribed species of Farfantepenaeus. PMID:11161743