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  1. Bases moleculares de la inmunologia del cáncer

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    Raúl Barrera; Oscar Peralta; Vicente Madrid

    1995-01-01

    El sistema inmune es una red intrincada en la que participan diferentes tipos de células y de moléculas. La acción coordinada de todos sus elementos permite que se desarrolle una respuesta eficaz contra la célula tumoral. Sin embargo, los tumores presentan diversos mecanismos de evasión que permiten el desarrollo del mismo. En esta revisión se presentan eventos celulares y moleculares que participan en la regulación de la respuesta inmune contra tumores. Se discute la interacción de distintas...

  2. Bases moleculares del cáncer colorrectal = Molecular bases of colorectal cancer

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    Muñetón Peña, Carlos Mario

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Se considera que el cáncer colorrectal (CCR es un problema mundial de salud pública; es el tercer cáncer más común en hombres y el segundo en mujeres. Su distribución geográfica es variable: las tasas de incidencia son altas en países desarrollados de Europa, Norteamérica y Oceanía y bajas en países de regiones subdesarrolladas como África y Suramérica. Sin embargo, los datos de estudios recientes publicados por la Agencia Internacional de Investigaciones en Cáncer (IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer muestran un aumento rápido en la incidencia de CCR en los períodos 1983-1987 y 1998-2002 en países en vías de desarrollo (1, mientras que en países desarrollados la incidencia se ha estabilizado y en muchos casos ha disminuido (2. La carcinogénesis del CCR es un proceso de múltiples etapas, caracterizado por una gran inestabilidad genómica que permite la acumulación de mutaciones en protoncogenes y genes supresores de tumores, alteración en la expresión de genes y producción de proteínas no funcionales, que les confieren a las células ventajas de proliferación y aumento de la supervivencia. La inestabilidad genómica del CCR se produce por diferentes vías; entre las más importantes se encuentran: la de inestabilidad cromosómica (CIN, la de inestabilidad microsatelital (MSI y la de metilación.

  3. Bases moleculares del shock séptico Molecular bases of septic shock

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    Carlos Lerma

    1993-01-01

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    En la presente revisión se hace un análisisde las diferentes moléculas, recientemente descritas, mediadoras en la patogénesisdel shock séptico y se explican las distintas acciones de los mediadoresendógenos que se generan a partir de un evento infeccioso. También se consideracómo las actividades funcionales, bioquímicas y metabólicas de los factores examinadosproducen la lesión panendotelial estimada como el fenómeno central de la falla orgánicamultisistémica. Con estos conocimientos comienza a entenderse la secuencia delespectro clínico del shock séptico de modo que fenómenos antes dispersos empiezana verse como parte de un desarrollo lógico e interrelacionado.

    An analysis of recently described molecules acting as mediators in the pathogenesis of septic shock is made. The different actions these endogenous mediators generate in response to infectious processes are explained as well as the mechanisms through which their functional, biochemical and metabolic properties produce the panendothelial lesion. The latter appears to be central to the multisystemic organic failure.

  4. Bases moleculares del cáncer oral: Revisión bibliográfica

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    V García García

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available El cáncer oral representa del 2 al 4% de todos los cánceres diagnosticados, con un incremento anual de 5000 nuevos casos por año, aunque cabe destacar la marcada variabilidad geográfica respecto a su incidencia. Histológicamente, el carcinoma de células escamosas o epidermoide es el tumor más común encontrado en la cavidad oral. Es indiscutible el papel del odontólogo en la prevención primaria (promocionando un estilo de vida saludable y secundaria (diagnóstico precoz del cáncer oral. Entender las bases moleculares del cáncer oral supone una tarea ardua que trataremos de resolver simplificando lo máximo posible y ayudándonos de esquemas esclarecedores para comprender la raíz de esta inquietante y desconocida enfermedad.Oral cancer represents 2%-4% of the all types of cancer that are diagnosed with an annual increment of 5000 new cases per year, and it´s related to the variety that exist in the different geographical areas. Histologically, escamous cell carcinoma or epidermal carcinoma is the most common tumour found in the oral cavity. The dentist has a very important role about primary prevention (by promoting a health life style and about secondary prevention( early diagnose of oral cancer. To simplify the knowledge of molecular bases of oral cancer we will use diagrams to clarify this disturbing and unknown illnesses.

  5. Efficient indica and japonica rice identification based on the InDel molecular method: Its implication in rice breeding and evolutionary research

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    Bao-Rong Lu; Xingxing Cai; Xin Jin

    2009-01-01

    An efficient molecular method for the accurate and efficient identification of indica and japonica rice was created based on the poly-morphisms of insertion/deletion (InDel) DNA fragments obtained from the basic local alignment search tool (BLAST) to the entire genomic sequences of indica (93-11) and japonica rice (Nipponbare). The 45 InDel loci were validated experimentally by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) in 44 typical indica and japonica rice varieties, including 93-11 and Nipponbare. A neutrality test of the data matrix generated from electrophoretic banding patterns of various InDel loci indicated that 34 InDel loci were strongly associated with the differentiation of indica and japonica rice. More extensive analyses involving cultivated rice varieties from 11 Asian countries, and 12 wild Oryza species with various origins confirmed that indica and japonica characteristics could accurately be determined via calculating the average frequency of indica- or japonica-specific alleles on different InDel loci across the rice genome. This method was named as the "InDel molecular index" that combines molecular and statistical methods in determining the indica and japonica characteristics of rice varieties. Compared with the traditional methods based essentially on morphology, the InDel molecular index provides a very accurate, rapid, simple, and efficient method for identifying indica and japonica rice. In addition, the InDel index can be used to determine indica or japonica characteristics of wild Oryza species, which largely extends the utility of this method. The InDel molecular index provides a new tool for the effective selection of appropriate indica or japonica rice germplasm in rice breeding. It also offers a novel model for the study of the origin, evolution, and genetic differentiation of indica and japonica rice adapted to various environmental changes.

  6. Remodelado del Ca2+ Intracelular en el Cáncer Colorrectal: Descripción, Bases Moleculares y Consecuencias Funcionales

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    2015-01-01

    Datos recientes sugieren que en el desarrollo del cáncer se produce un remodelado de la señal de Ca2+, sin embargo, no están claros cuáles son los mecanismos moleculares y funcionales del mismo. En el cáncer colorrectal, apenas existe información al respecto, por lo que nos propusimos estudiar en profundidad el remodelado del Ca2+ intracelular en esta patología. Los resultados muestran que en el cáncer colorrectal se produce un aumento de la entrada capacitativa de Ca2+, una mayor liberación...

  7. Bases moleculares del proceso de inducción génica por glucosa.

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    Tomás Cobos, Lidia

    2005-01-01

    RESUMEN Una característica esencial de la vida de todo organismo es la adaptación constante a los cambios que tienen lugar en su entorno. Para ello, esas variaciones ambientales deben ser leídas y traducidas en respuesta fisiológica. De ahí que, los organismos hayan desarrollado diversos mecanismos de integración, de amplificación y de mantenimiento de la señal del medio. La naturaleza de los mecanismos de señalización y respuesta celular varía en función de la complejidad del organismo. S...

  8. Molecular basis of colorectal cancer: Towards an individualized management? Bases moleculares del cáncer colorrectal: ¿Hacia un manejo individualizado?

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    J. Perea

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Colorectal cancer (CRC has become a highly relevant condition nowadays. In this respect, advances in the understanding of its molecular basis are key for an adequate management. From the time when the adenoma-carcinoma sequence was formulated as a carcinogenesis model to this day, when, among other things, three major carcinogenic pathways have been identified, the CRC concept has evolved from that of a single disease to the notion that each CRC is a differentiated condition in itself. The suppressor or chromosome instability pathway, the mutator or microsatellite instability pathway, and the methylator or CpG island methylation pathway allow various phenotypes to be identified within CRC. Similarly, the presence of different changes in certain genes confers several behaviors on CRC from both the prognostic and responsive standpoints to specific therapies. However, this apparent complexity does help develop the clinical management of this disease through the identification of novel, more specific therapy targets, and also markers for various behaviors within the condition, which will most likely lead us to an individualized management for these patients.La importancia que está adquiriendo el cáncer colorrectal (CCR hoy en día es importantísima. En este sentido, los avances en el conocimiento de sus bases moleculares son esenciales para su adecuado manejo. Desde la formulación del modelo de carcinogénesis de la secuencia adenoma-carcinoma hasta hoy, en que, entre otros aspectos, se han identificado tres grandes vías de carcinogénesis, el concepto de CCR ha llegado a transformarse desde el de una enfermedad única a la idea de que cada CCR es una entidad diferenciada respecto al resto de CCR. La vía supresora o de la inestabilidad cromosómica, la vía mutadora o de la inestabilidad de microsatélites, y la vía metiladora o del fenotipo metilador de islas CpG, permiten identificar diferentes fenotipos dentro del CCR. De la misma forma

  9. Desmetilación del DNA por escisión de 5-metilcitosina. Bases moleculares y potenciales aplicaciones

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    Parrilla Doblas, Jara Teresa

    2016-01-01

    La metilación del DNA en el carbono 5 de la citosina (5-metilcitosina, 5-meC) es una marca epigenética estable, pero reversible, que promueve el silenciamiento génico y que desempeña un papel importante en el desarrollo y en la defensa del genoma frente a elementos transponibles. Los patrones de metilación del DNA son el resultado dinámico de procesos de metilación y desmetilación, pero estos últimos todavía no se conocen con detalle en células animales. Sin embargo, en plantas...

  10. Asociación HLA y artritis reumatoidea juvenil en busca de las bases moleculares dependiente del MHC /

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    Garavito de Egea, Gloria

    2004-01-01

    Consultable des del TDX Títol obtingut de la portada digitalitzada Artritis reumatoidea Juvenil (ARJ) es una enfermedad inflamatoria crónica, autoinmune que afecta a mas de una articulación en lugar y numero. Es una de las enfermedades más comunes en la consulta pediátrica reumatológica y una de las menos estudiadas desde el punto de vista inmunogenetico. En la literatura se ha reportado varias asociaciones de (HLA) Antigenos de Leucocitos Humanos y ARJ con diferentes grupos étnicos, so...

  11. Estudio de un modelo de red neuronal artificial del switch molecular del bacteriófago Lambda

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    Rodríguez Tobón Guillermo León

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available La maquinaria molecular de las células consiste de una enorme red de moléculas que interactúan unas con
    otras de manera compleja. En estos sistemas la información es procesada por medio de variaciones en las
    concentraciones y localización de estas moléculas en respuesta a estímulos de origen intra o extra celular. Una
    de las tendencias más importantes de la biología molecular actual, gira en torno a la comprensión de los procesos de procesamiento de la información por medio de la elaboración de modelos dinámicos sistémicos de los sistemas moleculares biológicos. En los últimos años, grandes adelantos han tenido lugar en el campo del desarrollo e implementación de algoritmos que permiten realizar simulaciones del comportamiento de diversos sistemas moleculares tales como las vías de señalización intracelular, control del metabolismo y expresión genética. En un modelo dinámico sistémico cualquier cantidad de interés, mientras que la medición de las mismas cantidades in vivo requiere la elaboración y ejecución de experimentos muy laboriosos y costosos. La aplicación de las técnicas de modelamiento y simulación en el campo de la biología molecular ayuda al mejoramiento en el entendimiento de los procesos biológicos. Los aspectos moleculares del sistema regulatorio del bacteriófago lambda, ha sido por mucho tiempo el centro de atención de las investigaciones que tratan de dilucidar las bases moleculares de los procesos implicados en el control de expresión genética en procariotas. Aspectos tanto cuantitativos como cualitativos del comportamiento del switch del bacteriófago lambda han sido caracterizados experimentalmente. Sin embargo, un completo  entendimiento de la robustez y estabilidad del sistema regulatorio del mismo está aún por obtenerse. En el presente trabajo se propone  una modificación del modelo dinámico, el cual tiene como elemento principal la dinámica reguladora del operador

  12. Genética molecular del alcoholismo

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    Mauricio Rey-Buitrago

    2015-01-01

    El alcoholismo es una patología psiquiátrica compleja y de origen multifactorial en la que el factor genético explica alrededor del 50 % del fenómeno. Son numerosos los genes que se han asociado a esta enfermedad, pero su aporte individual es mínimo y contradictorio. Estos genes operan a través de características intermedias como la impulsividad y la sensibilidad al alcohol, lo que hace compleja la definición del fenotipo del alcoholismo. Los estudios de asociación de SNPs, de asociación a to...

  13. Bases moleculares y celulares del efecto antineoplásico del péptido CIGB-300 en células derivadas de tumores sólidos

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    Perera Negrin, Yasser

    2012-01-01

    El CIGB-300 es un péptido sintético seleccionado por su capacidad de inhibir la fosforilación catalizada por la enzima CK2 a través de la interacción con el sitio fosfoaceptor. Evidencias preliminares sugieren que el CIGB-300 es capaz de inhibir la proliferación celular y que retarda el crecimiento tumoral en un modelo singénico de cáncer. Sin embargo, la identidad del(los) blanco(s) molecular(es), y los efectos de la inhibición de su fosforilación sobre la célula tumoral no han sido caracter...

  14. Genética molecular del alcoholismo

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    Mauricio Rey-Buitrago

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available El alcoholismo es una patología psiquiátrica compleja y de origen multifactorial en la que el factor genético explica alrededor del 50 % del fenómeno. Son numerosos los genes que se han asociado a esta enfermedad, pero su aporte individual es mínimo y contradictorio. Estos genes operan a través de características intermedias como la impulsividad y la sensibilidad al alcohol, lo que hace compleja la definición del fenotipo del alcoholismo. Los estudios de asociación de SNPs, de asociación a todo el genoma, de expresión y epigenéticos han identificado una amplia gama de variantes genéticas y epigenéticas, blancos para los estudios de susceptibilidad, diagnóstico y tratamiento farmacológico. Actualmente se comprenden mucho más estas relaciones y el desarrollo rápido de nuevas metodologías de estudio promete continuar este proceso, así como la generación de algoritmos de diagnóstico, prevención y tratamientos más acertados y confiables.

  15. In Silico Study of Ceftaroline’s Molecular Properties Estudio in silico de propiedades moleculares del ceftaroline

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    Elso Manuel Cruz Cruz

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Ceftaroline is the latest developed cephalosporin. Its molecular modeling can help deepening the structural bases underpinning its pharmacological characteristics. Objective: to model structural and electronic properties of the ceftaroline. Method: a theoretical study using quantum mechanics methods was conducted in order to model the structure and electronic properties of the ceftaroline. Molecular geometry was optimized with semiempirical calculations according to parameterized model # 3. Molecular properties were calculated according to the Density Functional Theory. Densities of atomic charges and orbital borders were analyzed and compared to the ceftobiprole modeling. Results: the ceftaroline has a more compact and less elongated three-dimensional structure than the ceftobiprole. The positive charges densities on the carbonyl carbon are slightly lower than their equivalents in the ceftobiprole. Conclusions: an ethyl presence in the ceftaroline oxime group modifies its spatial configuration which makes it more compact and may influence its antibacterial action.Fundamento: El ceftaroline es la más novedosa cefalosporina que se ha desarrollado. Su modelación molecular permitirá profundizar en las bases estructurales que sustentan sus características farmacológicas. Objetivo: modelar propiedades estructurales y electrónicas del ceftaroline. Método: se realizó un estudio teórico con métodos de la mecánica cuántica para modelar la estructura y propiedades electrónicas del ceftaroline. Se optimizó la geometría molecular con cálculos semiempíricos, según el modelo parametrizado 3. Las propiedades moleculares se calcularon a partir de la teoría del funcional de la densidad. Se analizaron las densidades de cargas atómicas y los orbitales de frontera. Se comparó con la modelación del ceftobiprole. Resultados: el ceftaroline tiene una estructura

  16. Bases moleculars de l’activitat antitumoral de la lenalidomida en el limfoma de cèl•lules del mantell

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    Moros Sanz, Alexandra

    2014-01-01

    [cat]El limfoma de cèl•lules de mantell (MCL) és una neoplàsia limfoide sense tractament curatiu, per la qual cosa es requereix la recerca de nous fàrmacs. La identificació de noves dianes terapèutiques pel MCL i l’estudi del mecanisme d’actuació dels fàrmacs tenen una gran importància translacional. Atès que s’ha observat resposta clínica al fàrmac immunomodulador lenalidomida en pacients de MCL i que el seu mecanisme d’acció encara roman parcialment desconegut, hem volgut investigar si l’ex...

  17. CARACTERIZACIÓN MOLECULAR PARCIAL DEL VIRUS DEL MOTEADO DEL CLAVEL (CarMV PRESENTE EN LA SABANA DE BOGOTÁ

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    Ana Yervid Rodríguez

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se realizó un estudio del virus moteado del clavel (CarMV, en el cual se analizaron con la prueba de ELISA muestras de clavel de diferentes variedades de la Sabana de Bogotá. Esta prueba indicó que el82% de las muestras analizadas eran positivas para el CarMV. El CarMV presente en las muestras positivas fue inoculado mecánicamente en plantas de clavel certificadas libres de virus. La partícula viral se purificó utilizando centrifugación en gradientes y colchones de sacarosa. La proteína de la cápside fue analizada por electroforesis SDS-PAGE, encontrándose una banda de proteína de masa molecular relativa aproximada de 38kDa. El tejido infectado con el CarMV se sometió a un proceso de extracción de RNA de doble cadena (dsRNA encontrándose de 3 a5 componentes electroforéticos cuyos tamaños fluctuaron aproximadamente entre 8.0 y 0.9 kpb. Este patrón de dsRNA pennitió diferenciar al menos 3 aislamientos virales. El análisis electroforético en geles de agarosa del RNA genómico de varios aislamientos virales, mostró una banda de peso molecular aproximado de 4.0 kb. El análisis del RNA genómico digerido con RNAsa TI pennitió diferenciar 2 grupos de patrones electroforéticos de los aislamientosestudiados.

  18. 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.

  19. Influencia de colorantes ftalocianinicos funcionales en el tamaño molecular del poliestireno

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    J. Bernal Castillo

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Se examina la influencia de Silico ftalocianinas funcionales en cantidades pequeñas, pero suficientes para colorear el polímero, sobre el tamaño molecular del poliestireno. Los cálculos se basan en la determinación de peso molecular medioa partir de la viscosidad intrínseca.

  20. Información molecular obtenida a partir de pieles de la colección del Museo Regional Fagnano, Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego

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    Petrigh, Romi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se aplicaron técnicas moleculares sobre muestras poco conservadas de pieles depositadas en la colección del Museo Regional Monseñor Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, con el objetivo de identificar la especie con la que fueron confeccionadas. Se extrajeron pelos de mantas realizadas con pieles de guanaco (Lama guanicoe por Selk’nam y de una piel de puma (Puma concolor procedente de la provincia de Santa Cruz. Ambas muestras se encontraban almacenadas en el Museo Regional Monseñor Fagnano y en la Misión Salesiana Candelaria en Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. La extracción de ADN de los fragmentos de pelos de 5mm de longitud se realizó en un buffer de lisis PCR-compatible. Se amplificaron por PCR fragmentos específicos de ADN mitocondrial y se secuenciaron. Las secuencias fueron comparadas con las depositadas en la base de secuencias de nucleótidos del National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI de Estados Unidos. La aplicación de técnicas moleculares permitió recuperar secuencias de ADN de muestras de pieles con un estado de conservación poco óptimo para análisis genéticos, pudiendo extenderse a otras fuentes de pelos como las fibras textiles de origen arqueológico de la región.

  1. Bases moleculares de las leucemias agudas

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    G. Martínez Antuña

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available El gran desarrollo de la biología molecular en los últimos años ha contribuido a un importante avance en los conocimientos relacionados con las bases moleculares de las leucemias agudas (LA. Ademas de profundizar en la biología de estas enfermedades y conocer las bases moleculares, ha renido también gran impacto en mejorar el resultado de los tratamientos y disminuir la toxicidad de las terapias.

  2. [Molecular bases of prion diseases].

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    Pokrovskiĭ, V I; Kiselev, O I

    1998-01-01

    The paper briefly analyzes the origin of priones and their association with the cellular gene and homologous protein of diseases in man and animals. There is evidence for a direct relationship of the agents that cause spongious encephalitis in the cattle and a new type of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in man. The molecular organization of priones and the conformational cellular protein changes underlying the infectious activation of the cell homologue of priones. Emphasis is first laid on the capacity of the cell homologue of priones and their infectiously active derivative to bind to DNA or RNA. In the context of concepts of the priones yeasts an attempt was made to explain the reproduction through the altered control of translation of mRNA that encodes the cellular homologue of priones, which accounts for the duration of the incubation period of the disease. The infections caused by priones are referred to as the so-called slow infections. But in the context of the proposed hypothesis, an infective process in the tissues did not really have some typical signs of infection and resembles accumulation diseases more without the replicative burst typical of infectious processes. The paper gives data on the vital cycle of priones in infected animals and changes in the accumulation of an infective agent. This assesses the currently available diagnostic methods and gives preference to the methods which will be based on the use of monoclonal antibodies that specifically recognize the conformationally altered form of an infectious prione or on the identification of primary oligomeric forms which manifest the onset of amyloidization of the damaged tissues. The main conclusion of the paper is that protein prionization is a common biological phenomenon and the diseases caused by these processes will increase in number in the near future, which makes it necessary to develop diagnostic methods and universal treatments of diseases, such as bacterial infections by using antibiotics.

  3. Molecular Machine-Based Active Plasmonics

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    2011-07-21

    integrated multifunctional sensors and devices based on switchable molecules. This outcome is essential for the development of carbon nanotube...constitutes a seminal step towards functional nanoelectromechanical systems ( NEMS ) based on artificial molecular muscles. In addition, we have published a

  4. Marcadores moleculares y ecología del movimiento

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    J.J. Robledo-Arnuncio

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio del movimiento es parte esencial del análisis ecológico a nivel de gen, individuo, población, comunidad y ecosistema. Los marcadores de ADN son herramientas muy útiles para el estudio del movimiento a todos estos niveles, permitiendo, por ejemplo, establecer relaciones de parentesco entre individuos, determinar el origen poblacional de individuos migrantes, estudiar sistemas de apareamiento, cuantificar la escala de interacciones interespecíficas, o caracterizar el patrón espacial de la dispersión y la competencia. A nivel de gen, los marcadores de ADN son imprescindibles para estudiar la estructura y el flujo genético dentro y entre poblaciones, así como su efecto combinado con otras fuerzas evolutivas y los factores bióticos y abióticos del medio sobre la adaptación local. En este artículo se revisan algunos métodos basados en marcadores de ADN que pueden resultar de utilidad en ecología del movimiento, identificándose áreas de estudio en las que se espera estos marcadores sean de especial utilidad en los próximos años.

  5. Niobate-based octahedral molecular sieves

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    Nenoff, Tina M.; Nyman, May D.

    2003-07-22

    Niobate-based octahedral molecular sieves having significant activity for multivalent cations and a method for synthesizing such sieves are disclosed. The sieves have a net negatively charged octahedral framework, comprising niobium, oxygen, and octahedrally coordinated lower valence transition metals. The framework can be charge balanced by the occluded alkali cation from the synthesis method. The alkali cation can be exchanged for other contaminant metal ions. The ion-exchanged niobate-based octahedral molecular sieve can be backexchanged in acidic solutions to yield a solution concentrated in the contaminant metal. Alternatively, the ion-exchanged niobate-based octahedral molecular sieve can be thermally converted to a durable perovskite phase waste form.

  6. 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

  7. Molecular genetics of colorectal cancer Genética molecular del cáncer colorrectal

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    D. Cruz-Bustillo Clarens

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Colorectal tumours constitute an excellent system to study carcinogenesis and the molecular events implicated in the development of cancer. Attending to the way it is transmitted, colorectal cancer may appear in one of three forms: sporadic, familial, and hereditary. The sporadic form is most common and has no familial or hereditary associated factor thus far, while familial and hereditary forms show the same inheritance pattern. Hereditary colorectal cancers develop by means of defined stages that go from lesions in the crypt of the colon through adenomas to manifest cancer. They are characterised by the accumulation of multiple mutations in tumour suppressor genes and oncogenes that affect the balance between cell proliferation and apoptosis. The colorectal carcinogenesis pathway is not unique and there are probably several ways for the initiation, development and progression of colorectal tumours.Los tumores colorrectales constituyen un excelente sistema para estudiar la carcinogénesis y los eventos moleculares involucrados en el desarrollo de un tumor. El cáncer colorrectal puede presentarse en tres formas, según su forma de transmisión: esporádico, familiar y hereditario. La forma esporádica que es la mayoritaria, no tiene hasta el momento ningún factor familiar o hereditario asociado, mientras que las formas familiares y hereditarias siguen un patrón de herencia en la propensión familiar a padecerlo. Los cánceres colorrectales hereditarios se desarrollan mediante etapas definidas que van desde lesiones en la cripta del colon a través de adenomas hasta manifestar el cáncer y se caracterizan por la acumulación de múltiples mutaciones en genes supresores de tumor y oncogenes que afectan el balance entre la proliferación celular y la apoptosis. La vía de carcinogénesis colorrectal no es una sola y probablemente existan varios caminos para el inicio, desarrollo y progresión de un tumor colorrectal.

  8. [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.

  9. Molecular diagnosis of human papillomavirus in the development of cervical cancer Diagnóstico molecular del virus del papiloma humano en el desarrollo del cáncer cervical

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    Lourdes Gutiérrez-Xicoténcatl

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Cervical cancer (CC is a major public health problem in developing countries and its most significant etiological risk factor is infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV. The main approach to date for the prevention of CC has been through screening programs, using the cervical smear (PAP test to detect precursory lesions. The sensitivity and specificity of the PAP smear depend on the skills of the observer to recognize and classify a variety of cellular abnormalities. The development of early diagnoses to detect HPV infection has been a problem as cytology and colposcopy identify the lesion at an advanced stage. Therefore, molecular approaches have become more successful for early CC diagnosis. These molecular techniques recognize HPV DNA sequences by DNA hybridization, PCR-RFLP, hybrid capture and reverse line blot systems. Unfortunately, these systems cannot determine whether the HPV infection is active, latent or persistent. Thus, immunological techniques such as Western blot and ELISA have been designed to follow the immune response against the virus, and they can also be used to identify the stage of the infection. Several companies have developed, manufactured and merchandised gene-based testing systems for the screening, monitoring and diagnosis of HPV. Our review and comments focus on the critical analysis of existing products and their use in clinical practice as well as on immunological systems used mainly in research, but that may be applied in large population screening programs.El cáncer cervical (CC es el mayor problema de salud pública en países en vías de desarrollo, al ser la infección por el virus del papiloma humano (HPV el factor etiológico más importante de esta enfermedad. Actualmente, el principal acercamiento para la prevención del CC ha sido a través de programas de detección oportuna del cáncer, lo cual se ha realizado a través del estudio citológico del Papanicolaou (Pap para la detección de lesiones

  10. ESTUDIO TEÓRICO DEL VIRUS DEL SÍNDROME RESPIRATORIO AGUDO SEVERO (SARS A TRAVÉS DEL USO DE MÉTODOS DE ACOPLAMIENTO MOLECULAR

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    Ricardo Vivas Reyes

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    Full Text Available En este estudio se ha evaluado por medio de la metodología de acoplamiento molecular una serie de 5 ligandos borados, que son variantes de la molécula FL-078. Estas moléculas tienen actividad inhibitoria frente a la proteasa Mpro responsable de la replicación del SARS-CoV. Haciendo uso del programa SYBYL7.0 se optimizó el homodímero de la Mpro (código 1Q2W, y a través del software FlexX se hizo el acople molecular con el fin de escoger el confórmero más estable de los ligandos aril borados frente a la macromolécula Mpro, encontrándose que la estructura FL-166 fue la de mejor conformación. Los 5 ligandos aril borados tienen la propiedad de interaccionar con el grupo hidroxilo (OH presente en los residuos tales como serinas, treoninas y tirosinas. Los resultados acople molecular muestran que el mejor acercamiento sobre la cavidad se da sobre el conjunto de treoninas 21, 24, 25 y 26, y no como se afirma en la literatura: que se da sobre el conjunto de serinas 139, 144 y 147.

  11. Carbon-based ion and molecular channels

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    Sint, Kyaw; Wang, Boyang; Kral, Petr

    2008-03-01

    We design ion and molecular channels based on layered carboneous materials, with chemically-functionalized pore entrances. Our molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate that these ultra-narrow pores, with diameters around 1 nm, are highly selective to the charges and sizes of the passing (Na^+ and Cl^-) ions and short alkanes. We demonstrate that the molecular flows through these pores can be easily controlled by electrical and mechanical means. These artificial pores could be integrated in fluidic nanodevices and lab-on-a-chip techniques with numerous potential applications. [1] Kyaw Sint, Boyang Wang and Petr Kral, submitted. [2] Boyang Wang and Petr Kral, JACS 128, 15984 (2006).

  12. Trastornos del desarrollo del lenguaje con base neurofisiológica. Estudio de casos

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    López Moreno, Ángeles

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    -Introducción teórica: Bases anatómicas y fisiológicas del habla. -Intervención en trastornos del desarrollo del lenguaje con base neurofisiológica • Caso práctico 1. Displasia cerebelosa. • Caso práctico 2. Disfagia. • Caso práctico 3. Síndrome de Down con trastornos orofaciales. -Resolución de los casos planteados Universidad de Málaga. Campus de Excelencia Internacional Andalucía Tech.

  13. DNA Based Molecular Scale Nanofabrication

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    water adsorption on DNA origami template and its impact on DNA- mediated chemical reactions. We also extended the concept of DNA- mediated reaction to...addition, we have expanded our efforts to include DNA- mediated HF etching of SiÜ2, DNA- mediated nanoimprinting lithography, DNA-based patterning of self...detailed kinetics study of DNA- mediated chemical reactions. Examples of such reactions include chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of inorganic oxide and HF

  14. Cytogenetic and molecular predictors of response in patients with myeloid malignancies without del[5q] treated with lenalidomide

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    Sugimoto Yuka

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background While lenalidomide (LEN shows high efficacy in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS with del[5q], responses can be also seen in patients presenting without del[5q]. We hypothesized that improved detection of chromosomal abnormalities with new karyotyping tools may better predict response to LEN. Design and methods We have studied clinical, molecular and cytogenetic features of 42 patients with MDS, myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN, MDS/MPN overlap syndromes and secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML without del[5q] by metaphase cytogenetics (MC who underwent therapy with LEN. Results Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH or single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP-A-based karyotyping marginally increased the diagnostic yield over MC, detecting 2/42 (4.8% additional cases with del[5q], one of whom were responded to LEN. Responses were more often observed in patients with a normal karyotype by MC (60% vs abnormal MC; 17%, p = .08 and those with gain of chromosome 8 material by either of all 3 karyotyping methods (83% vs all other chromosomal abnormalities; 44% p = .11. However, 5 out of those 6 patients received combined LEN/AZA therapy and it may also suggest those with gain of chromosome 8 material respond well to AZA. The addition of FISH or SNP-A did not improve the predictive value of normal cytogenetics by MC. Mutational analysis of TET2, UTX, CBL, EZH2, ASXL1, TP53, RAS, IDH1/2, and DNMT-3A was performed on 21 of 41 patients, and revealed 13 mutations in 11 patients, but did not show any molecular markers of responsiveness to LEN. Conclusions Normal karyotype and gain of chromosome 8 material was predictive of response to LEN in non-del[5q] patients with myeloid malignancies.

  15. Bioassays Based on Molecular Nanomechanics

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    Arun Majumdar

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent experiments have shown that when specific biomolecular interactions are confined to one surface of a microcantilever beam, changes in intermolecular nanomechanical forces provide sufficient differential torque to bend the cantilever beam. This has been used to detect single base pair mismatches during DNA hybridization, as well as prostate specific antigen (PSA at concentrations and conditions that are clinically relevant for prostate cancer diagnosis. Since cantilever motion originates from free energy change induced by specific biomolecular binding, this technique is now offering a common platform for label-free quantitative analysis of protein-protein binding, DNA hybridization DNA-protein interactions, and in general receptor-ligand interactions. Current work is focused on developing “universal microarrays” of microcantilever beams for high-throughput multiplexed bioassays.

  16. Identificación In Silico del mimetismo molecular entre Epitopes T de Neisseria meningitidis B y el proteoma humano

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    Alexander Batista-Duharte

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del estudio fue determinar los epítopes T de cuatro de las proteínas antigénicas más frecuentes de la membrana externa de Neisseria meningitidis B e identificar los sitios más relevantes donde existe mimetismo molecular para estos epítopes en seres humanos. Para ello se realizó un estudio in silico (estudios que usan herramientas bioinformáticas usando las bases de datos SWISS-PROT/TrEMBL SYFPEITHI y FASTA, las cuales se emplearon para la determinación de las secuencias proteicas, la predicción de los epítopes T CD4 y CD8, y la determinación del mimetismo molecular en humanos, respectivamente. Se encontró similitud molecular en varias proteínas humanas presentes en diferentes órganos y tejidos, entre ellos: hígado, piel y epitelios, cerebro, sistema linfático y testículos, destacando las encontradas en estos últimos, ya que ellas mostraron la frecuencia más alta de secuencias miméticas. Este hallazgo ayuda a comprender el éxito de N. meningitidis B para colonizar tejidos humanos, el fracaso de ciertas vacunas contra esta bacteria e incluso ayuda a explicar posibles reacciones autoimmunes asociadas a la infección o vacunación.

  17. Bases fisiopatológicas del tratamiento del tinnitus neurosensorial: Rol del sistema auditivo eferente

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    Peña M,Alejandro

    2008-01-01

    El tinnitus neurosensorial o acúfenos es actualmente un problema de difícil solución para el especialista. Los actuales conocimientos han permitido diferenciar el acúfeno periférico del acúfeno central, constituyendo este último, la gran mayoría. El acúfenos se origina por un desbalance GABA-glutamato del sistema auditivo aferente, que se manifiesta finalmente por un reordenamiento neuronal de la corteza auditiva primaria, provocado por la excitotoxicidad deliglutamato y por la neuroplasticid...

  18. Patogénesis molecular del carcinoma de esófago

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    A. M. Jiménez

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available El carcinoma de esófago existe en dos formas principales: el carcinoma de células escamosas o pavimentoso y el adenocarcinoma. En este artículo se describen las principales alteraciones genéticas halladas en ambos tipos de carcinomas y la implicancia de éstas en la patogénesis de los mismos. La secuencia de estas alteraciones se correlaciona con la histogénesis, lo que permite comprender la progresión tumoral desde el epitelio normal al carcinoma invasor. Se establece también una comparación entre la patogénesis molecular del cáncer de esófago y del desarrollo de estos carcinomas con el modelo de la patogénesis molecular del cáncer colorrectal.Carcinoma of the esophagus is present in two distinct morphological cell types: squamous or pavimentous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. In this article, the main genetic alterations found in both types of carcinomas and their implications are described. The sequence of these alterations is related to histogenesis, making it possible to understand tumor progression from normal epithelium to invasive carcinoma. A comparison is attempted between the molecular development of esophagus carcinomas and that of colorectal carcinoma.

  19. 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.

  20. Molecular mechanisms of glucocorticoid receptor signaling Mecanismos moleculares de señalización del receptor de glucocorticoides

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    Marta Labeur

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This review highlights the most recent findings on the molecular mechanisms of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR. Most effects of glucocorticoids are mediated by the intracellular GR which is present in almost every tissue and controls transcriptional activation via direct and indirect mechanisms. Nevertheless the glucocorticoid responses are tissue -and gene- specific. GR associates selectively with corticosteroid ligands produced in the adrenal gland in response to changes of humoral homeostasis. Ligand interaction with GR promotes either GR binding to genomic glucocorticoid response elements, in turn modulating gene transcription, or interaction of GR monomers with other transcription factors activated by other signalling pathways leading to transrepression. The GR regulates a broad spectrum of physiological functions, including cell differentiation, metabolism and inflammatory responses. Thus, disruption or dysregulation of GR function will result in severe impairments in the maintenance of homeostasis and the control of adaptation to stress.Esta revisión destaca los más recientes hallazgos sobre los mecanismos moleculares del receptor de glucocorticoides (GR. La mayoría de los efectos de los glucocorticoides son mediados por los GR intracelulares presentes en casi todos los tejidos y controlan la activación transcripcional por mecanismos directos e indirectos. Las respuestas a los glucocorticoides son específicas para cada gen y tejido. Los GR se asocian en forma selectiva con ligandos producidos en la glándula adrenal, corticosteroides, en respuesta a cambios neuroendocrinos. La interacción del ligando con el GR promueve: a la unión del GR a elementos genómicos de respuesta a glucocorticoides, modulando la transcripción; b la interacción de monómeros del GR con otros factores de transcripción activados por otras vías, llevando a la transrepresión. El GR regula un amplio espectro de funciones fisiológicas, incluyendo la

  1. 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.

  2. La ciencia como base del conocimiento

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    Thompson, Héctor

    2006-01-01

    La ciencia ha seguido un camino de posible descripción histórica hasta tener la relevancia actual. Surge la pregunta ¿es posible pensar en caminos diferentes para llegar al conocimiento? Desde los griegos, pasando por el renacimiento y el positivismo lógico, se buscó lograr un conocimiento totalizador. A comienzos del siglo XX ocurre una revolución dentro de la ciencia (percibida por algunos, como el comienzo de la revolución permanente). A partir de ese momento se manifiesta cierto desorden ...

  3. LÍNEA DE BASE DEL SISTEMA PENAL ECUATORIANO

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    RESUMO En el año 2000, el Ecuador cambió su sistema procesal penal de tipo inquisitivo por uno de corte acusatorio. Para determinar el funcionamiento del mismo se debía levantar una línea de base recogiendo en una base de datos algunos indicadores del proceso penal. A partir de este conjunto de datos y variables iniciales, se hizo factible la elaboración de un sistema informático procesal penal ecuatoriano (SIPPE) que permite elaborar un análisis de componentes principales. En nuestro caso, l...

  4. Bases neuromédicas del dolor

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    José Mª. Pedrajas Navas

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El dolor es una experiencia sensitiva y emocional desagradable asociada a una lesión tisular real o potencial o descrita en términos de tal daño. El dolor se puede clasificar por numerosos criterios; por su aspecto temporal se habla de dolor crónico cuando persiste más de tres meses, aunque el criterio más importante para su diagnóstico es su relación con aspectos cognitivos y conductuales. La señal dolorosa es recogida por los nociceptores y enviada hacia el Sistema Nervioso Central pasando por varias estaciones; la primera situada en los ganglios espinales dorsales, la segunda en el asta dorsal de la médula espinal, la tercera en diversas estructuras subcorticales, entre las que destaca el tálamo, y la cuarta, en la corteza cerebral, sobre todo, la corteza somatosensorial, la circunvolución cingulada anterior, la ínsula, la corteza prefrontal y parietal inferior. En estas estructuras se originan la percepción consciente del dolor y las actividades subconscientes y respuestas neuromoduladoras efectoras, endocrinas y emocionales, iniciadas consciente o inconscientemente. La experiencia dolorosa tiene tres dimensiones, la sensitivo-discriminativa, la cognitivo- evaluadora y la afectivo-emocional. Antes de iniciar un tratamiento analgésico es fundamental una meticulosa evaluación del mismo. Se debe seguir una estrategia general para abordar el dolor crónico (evaluar antes de tratar, iniciar tratamiento combinado, promover el cumplimiento terapéutico y prevenir los efectos secundarios, estrategia general planificada, equipo multidiscliplinar, información, planificación, revisión, accesibilidad, disponibilidad y flexibilidad. El tratamiento farmacológico se basa en la escalera analgésica de la O.M.S.: el primer escalón está formado por analgésicos no opioides (paracetamol, dipirona, antiinflamatorios, el segundo por opioides débiles (más no opioides y el tercero por opioides potentes (más no opioides. A todos los

  5. 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

  6. Aspectos moleculares del virus de la parvovirosis canina y sus implicaciones en la enfermedad

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    César A. Díaz R.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available El parvovirus canino tipo 2 (CPV-2 es el agente causal de una enfermedad infecto-contagiosa que produce una gastroenteritis aguda hemorrágica que afecta a caninos jóvenes. El CPV-2 se adaptó a la especie canina por mutación del virus de la Panleucopenia felina (FPV luego de su paso por animales silvestres como el hurón y los zorros. La alta variabilidad de la proteína viral 2 (VP2 es la causa principal del amplio rango de hospedadores y de las reacciones cruzadas entre las variantes. En la actualidad, la secuenciación de esta proteína ha permitido identificar tres variantes del virus conocidas como 2a, 2b y 2c que conviven en el mundo con diferencias en tropismo celular, infecciocidad y patogenicidad. El virus ssADN ha presentado una gran variación génica en cortos períodos de tiempo lo que indica un alto grado de selección por evolución sólo comparable con virus RN, esta alta variabilidad no se ha aclarado totalmente. El empleo de las técnicas moleculares permitirá diferenciar entre cepas vacunales y de campo, tanto como contar con técnicas diagnósticas confiables y específicas.

  7. Aspectos moleculares de la determinación del sexo en tortugas

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    Leda Carolina Torres Maldonado

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    Full Text Available La determinación del sexo en vertebrados puede estar controlada por factores genéticos o por factores ambientales. Hasta el momento los mecanismos moleculares relacionados con la determinación sexual por temperatura (DST no se conocen con exactitud. En los diferentes grupos de vertebrados se han estudiado algunos genes que participan en la cascada de la determinación del sexo, los cuales se encuentran conservados tanto en estructura como en función, como ejemplo tenemos a los genes Sox9, Dax1 y Dmrt1. La tortuga marina Lepidochelys olivacea presenta DST; en esta especie se ha estudiado la expresión de los genes Sox9, Dax1 y Dmrt1 en tejido gonadal en distintas etapas del desarrollo embrionario, se observa que la temperatura tiene efecto sobre su expresión. Se sugiere que éstos podrían formar parte de la cascada de genes que regulan la diferenciación gonadal en L. olivacea.

  8. Molecular basis of weak D and DEL in Han population in Anhui Province, China

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    CHEN Qing; LI Ming; LI Min; LU Xue-song; L(U) Rong; SUN Jun; LIU Zhong

    2012-01-01

    Background Rh blood group system is the most complex and immunogenetic blood group system.Prevalent RHD alleles varied in different populations.The purpose of this study is to determine the molecular basis of weak D and DEL phenotype in Anhui Chinese Han population.Methods The D antigen was determined with IgM monoclonal anti-D conformed to the guidelines for donor testing in China.Weak D samples were identified by an indirect antiglobulin test.DEL phenotype was determined by adsorption and elution test.All the RHD 10 exons were screened by PCR with sequence-specific priming or sequenced for the first-time donors who typed weak D,DEL or D negative by serologic test.Results Of all the 30 799 blood donors,155 blood samples were found D negative with IgM anti-D; 34 blood samples were found D positive by indirect antiglobulin test or absorption elution test.RHD alleles were identified by nucleotide sequencing.Total 4 RHD alleles were found including two new.One hundred and twenty of 155 (77.4%) of the serologically D negative samples lacked the RHD gene.One D negative was RHD(615de12).Thirty-two of 155 (20.6%)carried RHD(K409K) among them one carrying 1227G>A and 845G>A.Two of 155 (1.3%) was weak D type 15.Conclusions In this study at the molecular level,all DEL phenotype is RHD(K40gK); weak D type 15 is the prevalent weak D allele in Anhui Chinese Han population.Additionally,an improved more efficient method was adopted to amplify all the RHD exons in one PCR program.Our study added to the understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying D antigen expression in Anhui Han population and provided useful information for adopting suitable genotyping strategies in routine use.

  9. Advanced molecular devices based on light-driven molecular motors

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    Chen, Jiawen

    2015-01-01

    Nature has provided a large collection of molecular machines and devices that are among the most amazing nanostructures on this planet. These machines are able to operate complex biological processes which are of great importance in our organisms. Inspired by these natural devices, artificial molecu

  10. PROGRAMA DE CALIDAD PARA LAS INVESTIGACIONES BÁSICAS DEL CENTRO DE INMUNOLOGÍA MOLECULAR / PROGRAM OF QUALITY FOR THE BASIC INVESTIGATIONS OF THE CENTER OF MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY

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    Dainerys Infante-Santana

    2011-09-01

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    El artículo describe el Programa de calidad para las investigaciones del Centro de Inmunología Molecular. Este programa incorpora el cumplimiento de las Buenas Prácticas de Laboratorio con una gestión basada en el comportamiento, el análisis de los riesgos, el enfoque a procesos y la evaluación a través de indicadores. La aplicación del nuevo programa de calidad en el proceso de la actividad científica, permitió disminuir los incumplimientos de las mencionadas prácticas, mejorar los indicadores de productividad científica y lograr una mayor cultura de calidad en el área de investigaciones del Centro de Inmunología Molecular.

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    The paper describes the Program of quality for the investigations of the Center of Molecular Immunology. This program incorporates the execution of the Good Practices of Laboratory with a behaviour-based management, the analysis of the risks, the process approach and the assessment through indicators. The application of the new quality program in the process of the scientific activity, allowed to decrease the nonfulfillments of the above mentioned practices, to improve the scientific productivity indicators and to achieve a greater quality culture in the area of investigations of the Center of Molecular Immunology.

  11. EPIDEMIOLOGÍA MOLECULAR EN LA PREVENCIÓN DEL CÁNCER OCUPACIONAL

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    Helena Groot de Restrepo

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    Full Text Available Se presenta el concepto básico de epidemiología molecular del cáncer, y cómo los estudios con este enfoque pueden ayudar a estimar el riesgo de aparición de cáncer en poblaciones expuestas a sustancias peligrosas. Estas sustancias, a veces mutagénicas, otras veces genotóxicas, dañan directamente el ADN o los cromosomas, o interfieren con los procesos celulares normales. Estos cambios o mutaciones en el material genético de las células juegan un papel importante en el complejo proceso de transformación celular. Cuando una célula ha sufrido una mutación, puede ser el primer paso para iniciar su transformación, que a su vez, dará origen a un tumor el cual puede aparecer mucho tiempo después de ocurrida dicha mutación. El uso de marcadores biológicos o biomarcadores de exposición, de efecto o de susceptibilidad, permite identificar situaciones y cambios, u otras características propias de cada persona, antes de la aparición de la enfermedad y por tanto pueden constituirse en un “alerta”, principalmente en el caso de cánceres ocupacionales, lo cual permite evitar exposiciones innecesarias y tomar medidas de prevención. Finalmente, al cumplirse 30 años del Laboratorio de Genética Humana de la Universidad de los Andes, se presentan algunos trabajos llevados a cabo en dicho laboratorio, en donde estos conceptos de epidemiología molecular del cáncer han sido utilizados.

  12. ANÁLISIS CLÍNICO Y MOLECULAR DE UNA PACIENTE CON PENTASOMIA DEL CROMOSOMA X.

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    HEIDI ELIANA MATEUS ARBELAEZ

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: la Pentasomia del X (49,XXXXX es una alteración cromosómica poco frecuente, que afecta a mujeres y fue descrita en 1963 por Kesaree y Wooley. Hasta la fecha se han reportado menos de 30 casos en la literatura. Se presenta un caso de pentasomia del cromosoma X, y mediante técnicas de biología molecular (microsatélites se determino el origen materno de los cromosomas X adicionales. Caso clínico: paciente de 28 meses, con talla baja proporcionada, braquicefalia, fascies característica, genitales externos femeninos con labios mayores hipoplásicos, braquidactilia, clinodactilia bilateral del quinto dedo, luxación de rodilla derecha, deformidad en varo. Se realizó cariotipo en sangre periférica que reportó un complemento cromosómico 49,XXXXX. Materiales y métodos: se realizó extracción de ADN y PCR para la amplificación de ocho microsatélites o STR’s tetra y dinucleotídicos situados a lo largo del cromosoma X. Los productos amplificados se analizaron en el secuenciador ALF EXPRESS. Con la información alélica se realizó la construcción del haplotipo y el análisis de dosis génica mediante la determinación del área bajo la curva. Resultados y discusión: el análisis de los ocho STR’s realizados en la paciente y sus padres, permitió establecer que los cromosomas X extras corresponden a información alélica heredada de la madre. Se analizan los resultados y los eventos que se han documentado como relacionados con los fenómenos de no disyunción. Conclusión: el origen de la doble no disyunción que generó la pentasomia es materna, en donde un ovulo tetrasómico, con cuatro copias de cromosoma X fue fecundado con un espermatozoide monosómico normal.

  13. LIBERACIÓN EN TIEMPO REAL DE LOS PRODUCTOS COMERCIALES DEL CENTRO DE INMUNOLOGÍA MOLECULAR

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    Antonio E. Vallín García; Yamira Busutil Sosa; Mercedes Delgado Fernández; Mayra Lazara Santaelena Escobar

    2010-01-01

    Este artículo describe un Procedimiento de Liberación en Tiempo Real para los productos comerciales del Centro de Inmunología Molecular. El Procedimiento incorpora el conocimiento del proceso a través de todas las etapas del proceso productivo, evaluando los parámetros y controles de proceso para asegurar la calidad de...

  14. Información molecular obtenida a partir de pieles de la colección del Museo Regional Fagnano, Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego

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    En el presente trabajo se aplicaron técnicas moleculares sobre muestras poco conservadas de pieles depositadas en la colección del Museo Regional Monseñor Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, con el objetivo de identificar la especie con la que fueron confeccionadas. Se extrajeron pelos de mantas realizadas con pieles de guanaco (Lama guanicoe) por Selk’nam y de una piel de puma (Puma concolor) procedente de la provincia de Santa Cruz. Ambas muestras se encontraban almacenadas en el Museo Re...

  15. IMPLEMENTACIÓN DEL MÉTODO DEL GRADIENTE ANALÍTICO DE LA ENERGÍA EN LA TEORÍA DEL ORBITAL MOLECULAR NUCLEAR Y ELECTRÓNICO.

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    Andrés Reyes

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Con el fin optimizar las geometrías promedio de sistemas moleculares utilizando la teoría del orbital molecular nuclear y electrónico (OMNE, se dedujo la expresión para el cálculo del gradiente analítico de la energía a nivel de teoría Hartree-Fock, para cualquier tipo de especie cuántica. La implementación computacional se realizó dentro del paquete APMO (Any-Particle Molecular Orbital y con el fin de comprobar la correcta implementación del método se calcularon las moléculas modelo H2, HF y H2O, por medio de métodos numéricos y analíticos.  El uso de derivadas analíticas dentro del formalismo OMNE permitirá  el cálculo más eficiente de la estructura núcleo-electrónica de sistemas moleculares con el paquete APMO. 

  16. CLONACIÓN Y FILOGENIA MOLECULAR DE UN SEGMENTO DEL GEN CODANTE DE LA ACTINA DE MYRCIARIA DUBIA “CAMU-CAMU”: UN CANDIDATO PARA GEN DE REFERENCIA

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    Juan Carlos Castro Gómez

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    Full Text Available Myrciaria dubia “camu-camu” es un frutal amazónico caracterizado por su amplia variación de vitamina C. Pero los estudios genético moleculares que puedan explicar esta variación son limitados. Por ello nuestro objetivo fue realizar la clonación y filogenia molecular de un segmento del gen codante de la actina de M. dubia. Las muestras fueron obtenidas de la colección de germoplasma del INIA. Luego, el ARN fue purificado y mediante RT-PCR con cebadores degenerados se amplificó un segmento del gen. En base a la secuencia obtenida se diseñaron cebadores específicos para PCR en tiempo real. Los resultados muestran que se ha aislado, clonado y secuenciado un segmento del gen codante de actina de M. dubia y detectado su expresión en hojas, pulpa y cáscara de M. dubia. Así, con el soporte de herramientas bioinformáticas y uso de técnicas de biología molecular hemos aislado, clonado y secuenciado un segmento del gen codante de la actina de M. dubia. Asimismo, los análisis realizados muestran que el gen se expresa y presenta niveles similares de expresión en hojas, pulpa y cáscara de M. dubia. Sin embargo, es necesario realizar más experimentos a fin de verificar su estabilidad de expresión.

  17. Efecto del calor aportado en recargues nanoestructurados base hierro

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    Agustín Gualco

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    Full Text Available En los últimos años se han desarrollado consumibles de soldadura que depositan recubrimientos duros de aleaciones base hierro nanoestructuradas de gran resistencia al desgaste abrasivo. Las resistencias al desgaste erosivo y abrasivo están controladas principalmente por la composición química y la microestructura. A su vez, la microestructura del metal depositado puede presentar variaciones con el procedimiento de soldadura empleado, especialmente en relación al aporte térmico. Los parámetros operativos que definen el aporte térmico (tensión, corriente y velocidad de soldadura afectan aspectos como la geometría del cordón (ancho, penetración y sobremonta y la dilución con el material base. El propósito de este trabajo fue estudiar el efecto del calor aportado sobre las características geométricas del cordón, la dilución y la evolución microestructural de una aleación nanoestructurada base hierro, depositada por FCAW. Se soldaron muestras con aportes térmicos de entre 0,5 y 3,5 kJ/mm. Sobre cada cupón soldado se realizó un relevamiento dimensional, se analizó la composición química y se caracterizó la microestructura usando microscopías óptica y electrónica de barrido y difracción de rayos X. También se midieron la microdureza del depósito, el tamaño de cristalita y el grado de dilución. Se observó una gran influencia de las condiciones de proceso sobre la geometría del cordón. La dilución varió entre un 30 y un 40%, la microdureza del depósito se encontró entre 800 y 870 HV1 y el tamaño de cristalita osciló entre 105 y 130 nm, en función de las variables de proceso empleadas. Las mayores durezas y los menores tamaños de cristalita se obtuvieron con el menor aporte térmico, asociado a una menor dilución.

  18. SISTEMA DE GESTIÓN DE NO CONFORMIDADES PARA LOS PRODUCTOS COMERCIALES DEL CENTRO DE INMUNOLOGÍA MOLECULAR / NON-CONFORMITIES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS IN THE MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY CENTER

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    Yuliet Romero-Ruiz

    2011-03-01

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    Este artículo describe el diseño y la implementación de un sistema de gestión para las no conformidades generadas durante la fabricación y la distribución de los productos biotecnológicos comerciales en el Centro de Inmunología Molecular. El trabajo abarcó desde la etapa de planificación, con el establecimiento de los indicadores de eficiencia y eficacia del sistema, hasta la evaluación del mismo. Para el control del sistema se emplearon técnicas de ingeniería de la calidad. El diseño del sistema se basó en los principios de la gestión por procesos, la administración del riesgo y el enfoque de sistema. Al año de implementación del sistema se habían gestionado 129 no conformidades y el 83% de ellas estaban cerradas. Además, se observó una disminución en el número de las no conformidades detectadas por las inspecciones regulatorias.

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    This article describes the design and implementation of a management system for nonconformities generated during the manufacture and distribution of commercial biotechnological products in the Molecular Immunology Centre. The work ranged from the planning stage, with the establishment of indicators of efficiency and effectiveness of the system, to its assessment. Quality engineering techniques were used for monitoring the system. The system design was based on the principles of process management, risk management and systems approach. One year after the implementation of the system, 129 non-conformities had been managed and 83% of them were closed. In addition, there was a decrease in the number of nonconformities identified by regulatory inspections.

  19. La experiencia del curso "bases romanistas del derecho civil" en la facultad de derecho de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

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    Marcial Rubio Correa

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    Full Text Available Esta ponencia se inscribe dentro del tema de enseñanza del Derecho que, de acuerdo a las bases establecidas para el V Congreso Latinoamericano de Derecho Romano, es parte de sus trabajos. Es una propuesta que no pretende sustituir, sino antes bien complementar, al curso tradicional de Derecho Romano que se ha dictado desde tiempo atrás.

  20. Molecularly Imprinted Polymer/Metal Organic Framework Based Chemical Sensors

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    Zhenzhong Guo

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The present review describes recent advances in the concept of molecular imprinting using metal organic frameworks (MOF for development of chemical sensors. Two main strategies regarding the fabrication, performance and applications of recent sensors based on molecularly imprinted polymers associated with MOF are presented: molecularly imprinted MOF films and molecularly imprinted core-shell nanoparticles using MOF as core. The associated transduction modes are also discussed. A brief conclusion and future expectations are described herein.

  1. Molecularly Imprinted Polymer/Metal Organic Framework Based Chemical Sensors

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    Zhenzhong Guo; Anca Florea; Mengjuan Jiang; Yong Mei; Weiying Zhang; Aidong Zhang; Robert Săndulescu; Nicole Jaffrezic-Renault

    2016-01-01

    The present review describes recent advances in the concept of molecular imprinting using metal organic frameworks (MOF) for development of chemical sensors. Two main strategies regarding the fabrication, performance and applications of recent sensors based on molecularly imprinted polymers associated with MOF are presented: molecularly imprinted MOF films and molecularly imprinted core-shell nanoparticles using MOF as core. The associated transduction modes are also discussed. A brief conclu...

  2. LIBERACIÓN EN TIEMPO REAL DE LOS PRODUCTOS COMERCIALES DEL CENTRO DE INMUNOLOGÍA MOLECULAR

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    Antonio E. Vallín García

    2010-11-01

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    Este artículo describe un Procedimiento de Liberación en Tiempo Real para los productos comerciales del Centro de Inmunología Molecular. El Procedimiento incorpora el conocimiento del proceso a través de todas las etapas del proceso productivo, evaluando los parámetros y controles de proceso para asegurar la calidad del Ingrediente Farmacéutico Activo y del Producto Final.  La aplicación sistemática disminuirá significativamente el tiempo de liberación, garantizando la calidad del producto, el cumplimiento de las regulaciones y mayor conocimiento del proceso y del producto.

     

    This article describes a Procedure of Liberation in Real Time for the commercial products of the Center of Molecular Immunology. The Procedure incorporates the knowledge of the process through all the stages of the productive process, evaluating the parameters and process controls to assure the quality of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient and of the Final Product.  The systematic application will diminish the time of liberation, significantly guaranteeing the quality of the product, the execution of the regulations and bigger knowledge of the process and of the product.

  3. Implicaciones moleculares del Factor de crecimiento Transformante Beta (TGF-β en el desarrollo de las fisuras labiopalatinas

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    M.V. Madera Anaya

    Full Text Available Las fisuras labio palatinas se generan por la falta de fusión de los tejidos del labio o del paladar durante las primeras etapas del desarrollo fetal, estas se encuentran entre los defectos congénitos más comunes causados por el desarrollo facial anormal durante la gestación; su etiología no se encuentra totalmente aclarada, sin embargo se intenta explicar por medio del modelo de umbral multifactorial, planteándose que es producto de la interacción de factores endógenos y exógenos, entre los endógenos se han reportado alteraciones en la señalización del TGF-β, el cual está involucrado en el desarrollo embrionario, diferenciación celular y en la regulación del desarrollo del paladar. En esta revisión se muestran los recientes avances sobre las implicaciones moleculares de la vía de señalización TGF-β en el desarrollo de las fisuras labio palatinas.

  4. Molecular survey of hepatitis C virus in the touristic city of Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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    Culasso, Andrés C A; Elizalde, Mercedes; Campos, Rodolfo H; Barbini, Luciana

    2012-01-01

    The global epidemiology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) may be roughly described by two groups of genotypes: the worldwide distributed ones (subtypes 1a, 1b, 2a and 3a, among others) and the endemic ones (subtypes 4a, 5a, 6a, among others). Epidemiological and population dynamic studies of the worldwide distributed genotypes have shown that subtypes 1a and 3a are common among intravenous drug users (IDUs) and that they are also in expansion in some countries. The molecular survey of HCV provides some clues about the epidemiological status of the infections in a local scale and the phylogenetic and demographic reconstruction analyses complement this study by inferring whether the infections of certain subtypes are in a steady state or expanding. Here, a molecular survey of the HCV variants that circulate in the touristic city of Mar del Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was performed in samples obtained from 42 patients. The subtypes detected were 1a (32 patients), 3a (8 patients) and 1b (2 patients). The demographic history of subtype 1a inferred using the sequence data showed an exponential growth in the 1990's. The period of viral expansion was delayed compared with that observed for the same genotype in other countries where the transmission was associated with IDUs. Also, the phylogeographic analysis of HCV-1a showed a statistically significant association between the location of the samples and the phylogeny, which may be the result of the local transmission of HCV in the city. The molecular analysis helped in the description of the complex epidemiological context of a touristic city, and pointed out that some sanitary measures should be taken in order to reduce the transmission of HCV (and maybe of HIV) among IDUs.

  5. "Bien Común" base del desarrollo de las organizaciones

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    Texto correspondiente a la Clausura del Curso de Desarrollo Directivo de la Universidad de Alcalá El papel de la Universidad es orientarse al desarrollo de la persona y de su futuro. Y ello tiene lugar dentro de comunidades, corporaciones, empresas en las que su éxito depende de la capacidad individual y social de la creación de ¿bien común¿, que permite generar las bases para compartir. Sólo cuando hay una base compartida, este es el intangible por excelencia, pueden con...

  6. Molecular epidemiology and genetic diversity of hepatitis B virus in Mar del Plata city, Argentina.

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    Barbini, Luciana; Elizalde, Mercedes; Torres, Carolina; Campos, Rodolfo

    2013-10-01

    The aim of this work was to describe the current molecular epidemiology and genetic diversity of HBV in Mar del Plata, an important Argentinean touristic city. The phylogenetic analysis of 29 HBV DNA positive serum samples showed that F1b was the predominant subgenotype (sgt, 62.1%), followed by sgt A2 (13.8%) and sgt F4, gt D and gt G (6.9% each). Among anti-HBc IgM positive samples, 75.0% were sgt F1b, followed by sgt F4 (12.5%), sgt A2 (6.25%) and sgt D (6.25%). Three recombinant full length genomes were found: two G/F1b (some of the first gt G detected in Argentina) and one F4/D2. The circulation of clinical important mutations in the city was described. Mutations at the HBsAg were detected in 34.5% of the analyzed samples, associated with laboratory diagnosis and antiviral treatment failures, immune escape and hepatocellular carcinoma. Most of the samples presented wild type BCP/PC sequences. Coalescence analysis for the most prevalent sgt F1b estimated that the diversification mainly occured during mid '90s and the tMRCA was estimated in 1987. Finally, the high presence of the autochthonous sgt F1b, associated with the anti-HBc IgM positive infection and its present-day diversification process, shows the strong impact of internal human migratory movements into the current population of Mar del Plata.

  7. Bases neurobiológicas del contraste negativo sucesivo

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    Mariana Bentosela

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available El contraste negativo sucesivo (CNS es unode los efectos paradójicos del reforzamiento que se produce ante una sorpresiva disminución en la calidad y/o cantidad de un reforzador esperado. En el presente trabajo se hace una revisión de la información existente sobre las bases neurobiológicas del CNS en procedimientos instrumentales y consumatorios. Se analizan los estudios del efecto de drogas, lesiones cerebrales, estimulación y registro electrofisiológico sobre este fenómeno. La mayoría de las investigaciones se han concentrado en evaluar el papel de los factores emocionales involucrados, habiendo pocos estudios sobre los factores cognitivos (representación interna del reforzador, memoria de refuerzos previos y expectativa de reforzamiento. Las investigaciones con drogas revelan que el CNS se atenúa o desaparece con la aplicación de drogas tranquilizantes y no se modifica por la administración de antidepresivos o neurolépticos. Además, el sistema gabaérgico de la amígdala y el sistema colinérgico participan en la modulación de la memoria para los cambios de reforzamiento. Los estudios con lesiones muestran que en el CNS instrumental estaráninvolucrados el septum, hipocampo y cíngulo, mientras que en el CNS consumatorio, lo estarían la amígdala y el núcleo parabraquial. Los estudios de registro electrofisiológico sugieren la participación de la corteza prefrontal en la expresión de estos fenómenos.

  8. Molecular and genetic bases of pancreatic cancer.

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    Vaccaro, Vanja; Gelibter, Alain; Bria, Emilio; Iapicca, Pierluigi; Cappello, Paola; Di Modugno, Francesca; Pino, Maria Simona; Nuzzo, Carmen; Cognetti, Francesco; Novelli, Francesco; Nistico, Paola; Milella, Michele

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    Pancreatic cancer remains a formidable challenge for oncologists and patients alike. Despite intensive efforts, attempts at improving survival in the past 15 years, particularly in advanced disease, have failed. This is true even with the introduction of molecularly targeted agents, chosen on the basis of their action on pathways that were supposedly important in pancreatic cancer development and progression: indeed, with the notable exception of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor erlotinib, that has provided a minimal survival improvement when added to gemcitabine, other agents targeting EGFR, matrix metallo-proteases, farnesyl transferase, or vascular endothelial growth factor have not succeeded in improving outcomes over standard gemcitabine monotherapy for a variety of different reasons. However, recent developments in the molecular epidemiology of pancreatic cancer and an ever evolving understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying pancreatic cancer initiation and progression raise renewed hope to find novel, relevant therapeutic targets that could be pursued in the clinical setting. In this review we focus on molecular epidemiology of pancreatic cancer, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and its influence on sensitivity to EGFR-targeted approaches, apoptotic pathways, hypoxia-related pathways, developmental pathways (such as the hedgehog and Notch pathways), and proteomic analysis as keys to a better understanding of pancreatic cancer biology and, most importantly, as a source of novel molecular targets to be exploited therapeutically.

  9. IDENTIFICACIÓN MOLECULAR DE POBLACIONES BACTERIANAS ASOCIADAS AL CARACOL PALA (Strombus gigas DEL CARIBE COLOMBIANO

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    EDINSON ANDRÉS ACOSTA

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El caracol Pala, Strombus gigas (Strombidae, es de gran importancia ecológica y so- cioeconómica en el área caribeña colombiana. Sin embargo, es una especie catalogada como "vulnerable" y existe muy poca información referente a las especies bacterianas asociadas al caracol que puedan ser importantes para el desarrollo, manejo productivo y de seguridad acuícola de estos gastrópodos. En este trabajo, nosotros empleamos un estudio microbiológico y molecular de la región intergénica entre los genes 16S y 23S rDNA, análisis del gen rDNA 16S y secuenciación, para analizar las bacterias asociadas al caracol Pala (S. gigas. La composición de bacterias cultivables asociadas fue evaluada por su capacidad para crecer en agar marino y en medios de cultivos selectivos. De un total de 28 muestras analizadas encontramos que el número de bacterias cultivadas en condiciones aerobias fue de alrededor 106 ufc mL-1 donde las bacterias pertenecientes a la familia Vibrionacea fueron las más abundantes, cerca de >105 ufc mL-1 . El análisis molecular de la región intergénica entre los genes 16S y 23S rDNA de las diferentes muestras, reveló una gran complejidad bacteriana asociada a S. gigas. Las secuencias de los amplificados del gen rDNA 16S identificó Pseudoalteromonas sp., Halomonas sp., Psycrobacter sp., Cobetia sp., Pseudomonas sp. y Vibrios sp. Nuestros resultados podrían sugerir un rol importante de estas bacterias como componentes de la comunidad asociada al S. gigas. Esta información puede complementar los estudios que se están implementando en los procesos para la conservación y repoblamiento de las poblaciones de S. gigas en Colombia.

  10. Sistemática molecular de algunas especies de Lutzomyia spp del grupo verrucarum (Theodor 1965. Búsqueda de marcadores moleculares para la caracterización de especies

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    I. D. Vélez

    2000-02-01

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    En el nuevo mundo la Leishmaniosis es transmitida por dípteros del género Lutzomyia frança. Este género presenta una amplia diversidad morfológica por lo que ha sido dividida en subgéneros, grupos y series de especies. Se ha propuesto que la reciente especiación de algunos grupos fue debida a cambios climáticos en el pasado, especialmente en el pleistoceno (hace 1.8 millones de años, los cuales sirvieron para aislar poblaciones coespecíficas en diferentes refugios durante períodos secos. El grupo verrucarum es uno de los agrupamientos subgenéricos en el que se incluyen 28 especies. Con base en la morfología de la genitalia de machos se ha subdividido este grupo en las series serrana, verrucarum y towsendi. De estas especies L. evansi se ha incriminado como vector alternativo de Leishmania (Leishmania infantum chagasi en un foco de Leishmaniosis visceral al norte de Colombia. Otras especies se han incriminado en la transmisión de Leishmania (Viannia, agente causante de Leishmaniosis cutánea.

    Debido a la gran controversia sobre la ubicación sistemática de muchos insectos de importancia médica, surgió un macroproyecto del cual hace parte este estudio y que tiene como propósito aportar al conocimiento sobre las relaciones filogenéticas entre especies del género Lutzomyia. Las especies del grupo verrucarum tienen un interés particular debido a las frecuentes dificultades en su determinación taxonómica basada en caracteres morfológicos. Este estudio tiene como objetivo particular realizar un análisis cladístico entre algunas especies alopátricas (distanciadas geográficamente presentes en Colombia, usando secuencias del gen que codifica para la unidad cuatro de la NADH deshidrogenasa mitocondrial

  11. Epidemiología molecular y control de la transmisión vertical del VIH-1 en un área endémica de malaria del sur de Mozambique

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    Lahuerta Sanaú, Maria

    2009-01-01

    OBJETIVOS:1. Caracterizar la epidemiología molecular del VIH‐1 en mujeres embarazadas en Manhiça, Mozambique, y analizar la evolución genética entre 1999 y 2004.2. Evaluar el impacto del tratamiento intermitente antimalárico (IPTp) con dos dosis de sulfadoxina‐pirimetamina (SP) durante el 2º y 3º trimestre del embarazo en la transmisión vertical del VIH‐1.3. Evaluar la relación entre la infección materna por P. falciparum y la activación del sistema inmunitario en el momento...

  12. Logic circuits based on molecular spider systems.

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    Mo, Dandan; Lakin, Matthew R; Stefanovic, Darko

    2016-08-01

    Spatial locality brings the advantages of computation speed-up and sequence reuse to molecular computing. In particular, molecular walkers that undergo localized reactions are of interest for implementing logic computations at the nanoscale. We use molecular spider walkers to implement logic circuits. We develop an extended multi-spider model with a dynamic environment wherein signal transmission is triggered via localized reactions, and use this model to implement three basic gates (AND, OR, NOT) and a cascading mechanism. We develop an algorithm to automatically generate the layout of the circuit. We use a kinetic Monte Carlo algorithm to simulate circuit computations, and we analyze circuit complexity: our design scales linearly with formula size and has a logarithmic time complexity.

  13. IDENTIFICACIÓN MOLECULAR DE POBLACIONES BACTERIANAS ASOCIADAS AL CARACOL PALA (Strombus gigas DEL CARIBE COLOMBIANO

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    ROMERO MAGALLY

    2009-08-01

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    El caracol Pala, Strombus gigas (Strombidae, es de gran importancia ecológica y socioeconómica en el área caribeña colombiana. Sin embargo, es una especie catalogada como “vulnerable” y existe muy poca información referente a las especies bacterianas asociadas al caracol que puedan ser importantes para el desarrollo, manejo productivo y de seguridad acuícola de estos gastrópodos. En este trabajo, nosotros empleamos un estudio microbiológico y molecular de la región intergénica entre los genes 16S y 23S rDNA, análisis del gen rDNA 16S y secuenciación, para analizar las bacterias asociadas al caracol Pala (S. gigas. La composición de bacterias cultivables asociadas fue evaluada por su capacidad para crecer en agar marino y en medios de cultivos selectivos. De un total de 28 muestras analizadas encontramos que el número de bacterias cultivadas en condiciones aerobias fue de alrededor 106 ufc mL-1 donde las bacterias pertenecientes a la familia Vibrionacea fueron las más abundantes, cerca de >105 ufc mL-1 . El análisis molecular de la región intergénica entre los genes 16S y 23S rDNA de las diferentes muestras, reveló una gran complejidad bacteriana asociada a S. gigas. Las secuencias de los amplificados del gen rDNA 16S identificó Pseudoalteromonas sp., Halomonas sp., Psycrobacter sp., Cobetia sp., Pseudomonas sp. y Vibrios sp. Nuestros resultados podrían sugerir un rol importante de estas bacterias como componentes de la comunidad asociada al S. gigas. Esta información puede complementar los estudios que se están implementando en los procesos para la conservación y repoblamiento de las poblaciones de S. gigas en Colombia.

    Palabras clave: Strombus gigas, Caracol pala, Bacteria, Región intergénica 16S-23S, rDNA 16S.

    ABSTRACT

    The Queen Conch, Strombus gigas (Strombidae, is a species of great ecological and socioeconomic importance in the Caribbean area of Colombia

  14. Starch molecular fractionation of bread wheat varieties Fraccionamiento molecular del almidón de variedades trigo pan

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    V. Corcuera

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The starch composition of bread making wheat seeds (Triticum aestivum subsp. vulgare of the Argentine commercial varieties Buck Charrua, Buck Ombú, Buck Guaraní, Buck Catriel and Buck Poncho was analyzed by two different methods. One of these depends on the differential solubility of amylose and amylopectin in a water:butanol mixture whilst the other process is based on the use of the lectin Concanavalin A. These methods were complemented by spectrophotometric determinations to enable the identification of the á-D- glucanes and also improved the comparative quantitation of the amylose and amylopectin fractions. As a result of this, no significant variations for starch content (ANOVA, F4- 8= 0.7; p ≥ 0.05 were found among these varieties, although strong differences were found for amylose (ANOVA, F4- 8= 44.4; p ≥ 0.01 and amylopectin content (ANOVA, F4- 8= 77.1; p ≥ 0.01. These results and the fact that no differences were found for amylose (ANOVA, F2- 8= 0.3 and amylopectin among years within the same variety (ANOVA, F2- 8:0.8 at p ≥0.01 led to the conclusion that the diverse properties and end-uses of the starch mainly depend on the genotype, and that starch quality is null or scarcely influenced by the environment. This knowledge must be taken into account for wheat breeding purposes.Se analizó la composición del almidón de granos de trigo pan (Triticum aestivum subsp. v u l g a r e de las variedades comerciales argentinas Buck Charrúa, Buck Ombú, Buck Guaraní, Buck Catriel y Buck Poncho mediante dos métodos diferentes. Uno de ellos depende de la solubilidad diferencial de la amilosa y amilopectina en una mezcla de agua:butanol, mientras que el otro proceso está basado en el uso de la lectina Concanavalina A. Estos métodos fueron complementados mediante determinaciones espectrofotométricas que facilitaron la identificación de los á-D-glucanos y también permitieron mejorar la cuantificación comparativa de las fracciones

  15. Bases moleculares de las lipodistrofias familiares

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    Con este estudio nos propusimos hacer un diagnóstico genético de pacientes fenotípicamente lipodistróficas y obtener evidencias que contribuyeran a esclarecer los mecanismos moleculares por los que se produce la pérdida de TA en pacientes con lipodistrofias familiares.

  16. OPTIMIZACIÓN DE LOS PROTOCOLOS DE EXTRACCIÓN DE ADN Y DEL MARCADOR MOLECULAR TIPO RAPD EN ANONÁCEAS

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    Yanet Alfonso Alonso; Caridad Noriega Carrera; Miriam Isidrón Pérez; Lucy Andraca Collazo; Dubiel Alfonso González; Daymara Rodríguez Alfonso

    2016-01-01

    Las técnicas moleculares requieren de protocolos que permitan determinar los niveles de variación genética, dentro de las poblaciones en diferentes condiciones ambientales. Tanto la optimización del aislamiento del ADN, como el de las condiciones de trabajo de las amplificaciones, son fundamentales para alcanzar el éxito de los análisis moleculares, por lo que la presente investigación tiene como objetivo: optimizar los protocolos de extracción de ADN y del marcador molecular tipo RAPD (Rando...

  17. LÍNEA DE BASE DEL SISTEMA PENAL ECUATORIANO

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    Miguel Angel Valarezo Tenorio

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO En el año 2000, el Ecuador cambió su sistema procesal penal de tipo inquisitivo por uno de corte acusatorio. Para determinar el funcionamiento del mismo se debía levantar una línea de base recogiendo en una base de datos algunos indicadores del proceso penal. A partir de este conjunto de datos y variables iniciales, se hizo factible la elaboración de un sistema informático procesal penal ecuatoriano (SIPPE que permite elaborar un análisis de componentes principales. En nuestro caso, la componente de mayor importancia es la estacional, ella se puede interpretar como la existencia de tendencias estacionales que podrían intervenir en la ejecución de los delitos. Palavras- chave: Sistema procesal penal ecuatoriano, modelamiento matemático, estacionalidad de delitos. ECUADORIAN CRIMINAL PROCEDURE SYSTEM BASELINE ABSTRACT In 2000, Ecuador changed its system of criminal procedure by an inquisitive type of adversarial court. To determine the operation of the lift should be collecting baseline data in a database of some indicators of criminal proceedings. From this set of data and baseline variables was made feasible the development of a computer system of criminal procedure Ecuador (SIPPE that allows to develop a principal component analysis. In our case, the most important component is seasonal, and it can be interpreted as the existence of seasonal trends that could result in the execution of the crimes. Key-words: Ecuadorian criminal process system, mathematical model, seasonal of crimes. SUMÁRIO Introducción. 1. El Proyecto Línea de Base del sistema procesal penal ecuatoriano. 2. Información disponible en el SIPPE. 3. Análisis Estadístico Descriptivo de los datos. 4. Análisis de la Estacionalidad de los delitos. 5. Correlaciones entre los tipos de delitos. 6. Tipología social del delito. 7. Modelos de incidencia de variables sociales sobre el delito. 8. Conclusiones y recomendaciones.

  18. Oligo Tröger's bases--new molecular scaffolds.

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    Dolenský, Bohumil; Havlík, Martin; Král, Vladimír

    2012-05-21

    Oligo Tröger's bases are compounds containing two or more Tröger's base subunits (1,5-methanodiareno[b,f][1,5]diazocines) sharing one or more arene parts. Due to their interesting molecular shapes, these compounds are studied as chiral molecular tweezers, clips, cavitands, clefts, calixes, etc. This review includes all available data on oligo Tröger's bases, and introduces their preparation and properties to a wide audience.

  19. Unidirectional light-driven molecular motors based on overcrowded alkenes.

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    Cnossen, Arjen; Browne, Wesley R; Feringa, Ben L

    2014-01-01

    Over the last two decades, interest in nanotechnology has led to the design and synthesis of a toolbox of nanoscale versions of macroscopic devices and components. In molecular nanotechnology, linear motors based on rotaxanes and rotary motors based on overcrowded alkenes are particularly promising for performing work at the nanoscale. In this chapter, progress on light-driven molecular motors based on overcrowded alkenes is reviewed. Both the so-called first and second generation molecular motors are discussed, as well as their potential applications.

  20. [Department of the molecular bases of semiotics].

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    Ternovyĭ, K S

    1995-01-01

    Department of molecular basis of semiotics was organized in 1986. The main task of the department was to work out new approaches in estimation of the state of immune and blood system at the tissue, cell and molecular levels, using biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology techniques. There are several main directions of scientific investigations at the department. Most informational methods were collected in "immunological portrait" for differential diagnostic and complex investigation of the immune system of autoimmune patients. This group of techniques was used to study changes in the immune system of Kievites after the Chernobyl disaster. A decrease of complement and thymic serum activity was detected. Antibodies against nuclear components appeared in 20% of donors. And a higher of circulating immune complex of low molecular weight was observed. Low level of thymic serum activity in blood of autoimmune patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, diabetes, herpes and other depends on the appearance of zinc-independent timuline inhibitor less then 2000 D. Another kind of thymic hormone inhibitors was detected in thymectomized adult mice. Its effect disappears when zinc added in blood rather due to competition for lymphocyte surface receptors timuline and its inactive analogue than other mechanism. Therapeutic effect of UV irradiation of patients' blood was shown to be closely connected with the changes in thymic serum activity in respect to stabilization of thymic hormone/inhibitor ratio. The immunochemical techniques were used to detect and investigate tumor-associated chromatin antigens in human and animal tumor cells. Antigens not found in normal tissues were detected when using rabbit antibodies against chromatin of rat hepatocarcinoma and human colon and carcinoma.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  1. Detección molecular del virus de la leucosis bovina: un estudio por conglomerados en Colombia

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    Giovanna Meza-Barreto; Danny Wilson Sanjuanelo-Corredor; Manuel Isaac Gallego-Marín

    2016-01-01

    La leucosis bovina enzoótica (LBE) es ocasionada por un virus de la familia Retroviridae, el virus de la leucosis bovina (VLB), que afecta bovinos de cualquier edad, sexo y raza y genera importantes pérdidas económicas. En Colombia, los pocos estudios moleculares se concentran en ganado de leche; por ello, el presente trabajo se dirigió a detectar el VLB mediante una prueba molecular de PCR en animales destinados a diferentes tipos de explotación ganadera y de diferentes regiones del país, co...

  2. Molecular Bases of Cutaneous and Uveal Melanomas

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    Sudeep Gaudi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Intensive research in recent years has begun to unlock the mysteries surrounding the molecular pathogenesis of melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers. The high-penetrance, low-frequency susceptibility gene CDKN2A produces tumor suppressor proteins that function in concert with p53 and retinoblastoma protein to thwart melanomagenesis. Aberrant CDKN2A gene products have been implicated in a great many cases of familial cutaneous melanoma. Sporadic cases, on the other hand, often involve constitutive signal transduction along the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK pathway, with particular focus falling upon mutated RAS and RAF protooncogenes. The proliferative effects of the MAPK pathway may be complemented by the antiapoptotic signals of the PI3K/AKT pathway. After skin, melanoma most commonly affects the eye. Data for the constitutive activation of the MAPK pathway in uveal melanoma exists as well, however, not through mutations of RAS and RAF. Rather, evidence implicates the proto-oncogene GNAQ. In the following discussion, we review the major molecular pathways implicated in both familial and sporadic cutaneous melanomagenesis, the former accounting for approximately 10% of cases. Additionally, we discuss the molecular pathways for which preliminary evidence suggests a role in uveal melanomagenesis.

  3. Coal-based carbons with molecular sieve properties

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    El-Wakil, A.M.; Youssef, A.M.; Tollan, K.A. (Mansoura Univ. (Egypt))

    1991-01-01

    Carbon molecular sieves are used extensively in gas chromatography for the separation of permanent gases and light hydrocarbons. Carbon molecular sieves also find commercial application for the manufacture of pure hydrogen from hydrogen-rich gases such as coke-oven gas, and for the separation of air by the pressure-swing adsorption technique. The objective of this investigation was to prepare carbons from Maghara coal, recently available on the commercial market. Coal-based carbons, if they possess molecular sieve properties, are superior to molecular sieve carbons from agricultural by-products because they have more satisfactory mechanical properties.

  4. Beyond Molecular Wires: Design Molecular Electronic Functions Based on Dipolar Effect.

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    Lo, Wai-Yip; Zhang, Na; Cai, Zhengxu; Li, Lianwei; Yu, Luping

    2016-09-20

    As the semiconductor companies officially abandoned the pursuit of Moore's law, the limitation of silicone-based semiconductor electronic devices is approaching. Single molecular devices are considered as a potential solution to overcome the physical barriers caused by quantum interferences because the intermolecular interactions are mainly through weak van der Waals force between molecular building blocks. In this bottom-up approach, components are built from atoms up, allowing great control over the molecular properties. Moreover, single molecular devices are powerful tools to understand quantum physics, reaction mechanism, and electron and charge transfer processes in organic semiconductors and molecules. So far, a great deal of effort is focused on understanding charge transport through organic single-molecular wires. However, to control charge transport, molecular diodes, switches, transistors, and memories are crucial. Significant progress in these topics has been achieved in the past years. The introduction and advances of scanning tunneling microscope break-junction (STM-BJ) techniques have led to more detailed characterization of new molecular structures. The modern organic chemistry provides an efficient access to a variety of functional moieties in single molecular device. These moieties have the potential to be incorporated in miniature circuits or incorporated as parts in molecular machines, bioelectronics devices, and bottom-up molecular devices. In this Account, we discuss progress mainly made in our lab in designing and characterizing organic single-molecular electronic components beyond molecular wires and with varied functions. We have synthesized and demonstrated molecular diodes with p-n junction structures through various scanning probe microscopy techniques. The assembly of the molecular diodes was achieved by using Langmuir-Blodgett technique or thiol/gold self-assembly chemistry with orthogonal protecting groups. We have thoroughly

  5. ANÁLISIS CLÍNICO Y MOLECULAR DE UNA PACIENTE CON PENTASOMIA DEL CROMOSOMA X.

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    Mateus Arbelaez Heidi Eliana

    2010-08-01

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    La Pentasomia del X (49,XXXXX es una alteración cromosómica poco frecuente, que afecta a mujeres y fue descrita en 1963 por Kesaree y Wooley. Hasta la fecha se han reportado menos de 30 casos en la literatura. Se presenta un caso de pentasomia del cromosoma X, y mediante biología molecular se determino el origen materno de los cromosomas X adicionales.

    CASO CLÍNICO:

    Paciente de 28 meses, con talla baja proporcionada, braquicefalia, fascies característica, genitales externos femeninos con labios mayores hipoplásicos, braquidactilia, clinodactilia bilateral del quinto dedo, luxación de rodilla derecha, deformidad en varo.

    Se realizó cariotipo en sangre periférica que reportó un complemento cromosómico 49,XXXXX.

  6. Antibody-controlled actuation of DNA-based molecular circuits

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    Engelen, Wouter; Meijer, Lenny H. H.; Somers, Bram; de Greef, Tom F. A.; Merkx, Maarten

    2017-02-01

    DNA-based molecular circuits allow autonomous signal processing, but their actuation has relied mostly on RNA/DNA-based inputs, limiting their application in synthetic biology, biomedicine and molecular diagnostics. Here we introduce a generic method to translate the presence of an antibody into a unique DNA strand, enabling the use of antibodies as specific inputs for DNA-based molecular computing. Our approach, antibody-templated strand exchange (ATSE), uses the characteristic bivalent architecture of antibodies to promote DNA-strand exchange reactions both thermodynamically and kinetically. Detailed characterization of the ATSE reaction allowed the establishment of a comprehensive model that describes the kinetics and thermodynamics of ATSE as a function of toehold length, antibody-epitope affinity and concentration. ATSE enables the introduction of complex signal processing in antibody-based diagnostics, as demonstrated here by constructing molecular circuits for multiplex antibody detection, integration of multiple antibody inputs using logic gates and actuation of enzymes and DNAzymes for signal amplification.

  7. Estudio del movimiento del punto ETCG con base en mediciones GPS y dentro del sistema mundial ITRF

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    Jorge Moya Zamora

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Con el fin de estudiar la variación en la posición elipsoídica del punto ETCG, se hicieron mediciones GPS en dos épocas diferentes, después de que dicho punto se vinculó por primera vez al sistema mundial, Sistema de Referencia Terrestre Internacional (ITRF, en el año 1998. Como producto del primer amarre, se obtuvo la posición de ETCG con una gran exactitud, al tener errores en las coordenadas ajustadas del orden centimétrico, lo cual dejó abierta la posibilidad de realizar nuevas mediciones y estudiar el movimiento que sufre el punto, con un alto grado de exactitud. En la investigación realizada se hicieron dos nuevos amarres al sistema mundial mediante mediciones GPS en la modalidad diferencial, uno a mediados del año 1999 y otro a finales del año 2000. Los resultados demuestran que en el período considerado existió un movimiento tridimensional significativo del punto ETCG, sin embargo, considerando solo las coordenadas de latitud y longitud, el desplazamiento resultante no es estadísticamente significativo.

  8. Molecular bases of methamphetamine-induced neurodegeneration.

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    Cadet, Jean Lud; Krasnova, Irina N

    2009-01-01

    Methamphetamine (METH) is a highly addictive psychostimulant drug, whose abuse has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. The addiction to METH is a major public concern because its chronic abuse is associated with serious health complications including deficits in attention, memory, and executive functions in humans. These neuropsychiatric complications might, in part, be related to drug-induced neurotoxic effects, which include damage to dopaminergic and serotonergic terminals, neuronal apoptosis, as well as activated astroglial and microglial cells in the brain. Thus, the purpose of the present paper is to review cellular and molecular mechanisms that might be responsible for METH neurotoxicity. These include oxidative stress, activation of transcription factors, DNA damage, excitotoxicity, blood-brain barrier breakdown, microglial activation, and various apoptotic pathways. Several approaches that allow protection against METH-induced neurotoxic effects are also discussed. Better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in METH toxicity should help to generate modern therapeutic approaches to prevent or attenuate the long-term consequences of psychostimulant use disorders in humans.

  9. Controlling charge current through a DNA based molecular transistor

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    Behnia, S.; Fathizadeh, S.; Ziaei, J.

    2017-01-01

    Molecular electronics is complementary to silicon-based electronics and may induce electronic functions which are difficult to obtain with conventional technology. We have considered a DNA based molecular transistor and study its transport properties. The appropriate DNA sequence as a central chain in molecular transistor and the functional interval for applied voltages is obtained. I-V characteristic diagram shows the rectifier behavior as well as the negative differential resistance phenomenon of DNA transistor. We have observed the nearly periodic behavior in the current flowing through DNA. It is reported that there is a critical gate voltage for each applied bias which above it, the electrical current is always positive.

  10. Molecular Transistor Based on the Biphenyl Substituents

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    A.G. Malashenko

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available It was investigated the physical processes in the molecules, which have properties required in case of using as molecular switches, transistors, or other electronic elements of future computers. Studies show that in the molecules of biphenyl substituents the angle between the planes of the phenyl rings depends on the magnitude of the applied external electric field. So, the ratio of squares of cosines of the angles between the phenyl groups in the field 0.01 a.u. and without field reaches 18. It significantly changes the ability of electrons to move along the long axis of the molecule. By varying the nature of the substituents, we can obtain the molecule characteristics that make these molecules promising for future using. This effect provides the use of biphenyl substitutes as transistors in electrical circuits constructed on separate molecules.

  11. Ab initio Path Integral Molecular Dynamics Based on Fragment Molecular Orbital Method

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    Fujita, Takatoshi; Watanabe, Hirofumi; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2009-10-01

    We have developed an ab initio path integral molecular dynamics method based on the fragment molecular orbital method. This “FMO-PIMD” method can treat both nuclei and electrons quantum mechanically, and is useful to simulate large hydrogen-bonded systems with high accuracy. After a benchmark calculation for water monomer, water trimer and glycine pentamer have been studied using the FMO-PIMD method to investigate nuclear quantum effects on structure and molecular interactions. The applicability of the present approach is demonstrated through a number of test calculations.

  12. Inquiry-Based Learning of Molecular Phylogenetics

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    Campo, Daniel; Garcia-Vazquez, Eva

    2008-01-01

    Reconstructing phylogenies from nucleotide sequences is a challenge for students because it strongly depends on evolutionary models and computer tools that are frequently updated. We present here an inquiry-based course aimed at learning how to trace a phylogeny based on sequences existing in public databases. Computer tools are freely available…

  13. BASES PARA LA COMPRENSIÓN ORGANIZATIVA DEL TEXTO

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    Pilar Elena

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available During the complex process of text reading or analysis, readers must apply their knowledge and strategic capacity in order to reach the maximum degree of textual understanding or inferential understanding. There are a number of factors which may constitute an obstacle to the achievement of this goal, including a lack of knowledge with regard to the specialised nature of the text or to textual structures. This paper focuses on the knowledge of these structures and their relevance in order to achieve good organizational understanding as a basis for inferential understanding. The methodology proposed consists mainly of guided reading based on global and partial text models and text organisation outlines which, through practice, become tools to help readers understand and recall what they have read.Durante el complejo proceso de lectura o análisis del texto, el lector debe aplicar sus conocimientosy su capacidad estratégica para conseguir el grado máximo de comprensión textual o comprensióninferencial. Son varios los factores que pueden influir negativamente en la consecución de tal objetivo, entreellos el desconocimiento del campo de especialidad o de las estructuras textuales. Este trabajo se centraen el conocimiento de estas estructuras y su relevancia para lograr una buena comprensión organizativacomo base para la comprensión inferencial. La metodología que se propone consiste principalmente en unalectura guiada basada en modelos textuales globales y parciales, esquemas de organización textual, que, através de la práctica, se convierten en instrumentos de apoyo para la comprensión y el recuerdo de lo leído.

  14. 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.

  15. Optimal separable bases and molecular collisions

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    Poirier, Lionel 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 + 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.

  16. Unidirectional Light-Driven Molecular Motors Based on Overcrowded Alkenes

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    Cnossen, Arjen; Browne, Wesley R.; Feringa, Ben L.; Credi, Alberto; Silvi, Serena; Venturi, Margherita

    2014-01-01

    Over the last two decades, interest in nanotechnology has led to the design and synthesis of a toolbox of nanoscale versions of macroscopic devices and components. In molecular nanotechnology, linear motors based on rotaxanes and rotary motors based on overcrowded alkenes are particularly promising

  17. Self-Propagating Assembly of a Molecular-Based Multilayer

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    Motiei,L.; Altman, M.; Gupta, T.; Lupo, F.; Gulino, A.; Evmenenko, G.; Dutta, P.; van der Boom, M.

    2008-01-01

    Accelerated growth of a molecular-based material that is an active participant in its continuing self-propagated assembly has been demonstrated. This nonlinear growth process involves diffusion of palladium into a network consisting of metal-based chromophores linked via palladium.

  18. Molecular analysis of red wine yeast diversity in the Ribera del Duero D.O. (Spain) area.

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    Muñoz-Bernal, Eugenia; Rodríguez, María Esther; Benítez, Patricia; Fernández-Acero, Francisco Javier; Rebordinos, Laureana; Cantoral, Jesús Manuel

    2013-05-01

    Molecular characterization of wine yeast population during spontaneous fermentation in biodynamic wines from Ribera del Duero D.O. located at northern plateau of Spain has been carried out during two consecutive years. A total of 829 yeast strains were isolated from the samples and characterized by electrophoretic karyotype. The results show the presence of three population of yeast differentiated by their electrophoretic karyotypes, (1) non-Saccharomyces yeast dominant in the initial phase of the fermentations (NS); (2) Saccharomyces bayanus var uvarum detected mainly mid-way through the fermentation process at 20-25 °C; and (3) Saccharomyces cerevisiae which remained dominant until the end of the fermentation. This is the first study showing the population dynamic of S. bayanus var. uvarum in red wines produced in Ribera del Duero that could represent an important source of autochthonous wine yeasts with novel oenological properties.

  19. Introducción del diagnóstico molecular de la hemocromatosis tipo 1 en Cuba

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    Ismael Aramís Cervera García

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: la hemocromatosis tipo 1 es una enfermedad genética de transmisión autosómica recesiva, que debe diagnosticarse en su fase preclínica con el fin de evitar complicaciones orgánicas graves. Objetivo: establecer el diagnóstico de la hemocromatosis tipo 1 en Cuba, y calcular sus frecuencias en pacientes con hepatopatías. Métodos: se realizó un estudio analítico y transversal conformado por 65 pacientes con hepatopatías, remitidos por genetistas clínicos al laboratorio de Biología Molecular del Centro Nacional de Genética Médica. Se empleó un PCR-RFLP para la detección de las mutaciones C282Y y H63D del gen HFE. Resultados: se estandarizó el PCR-RFPL para la detección de las mutaciones C282Y y H63D. Las frecuencias de las mutaciones C282Y y H63D del gen HFE en los pacientes con afecciones hepáticas fueron de 6,3 % y 18,2 % respectivamente. Conclusiones: el diagnóstico molecular de las mutaciones C282Y y H63D del gen HFE causantes de la hemocromatosis tipo 1 permitió identificar 28 portadores en los 65 pacientes estudiados, así como un individuo homocigoto para la mutación H63D, lo que expone la alta prevalencia de estas mutaciones en pacientes cubanos con hepatopatías.

  20. Detección molecular del virus de la leucosis bovina: un estudio por conglomerados en Colombia

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    Giovanna Meza-Barreto

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available La leucosis bovina enzoótica (LBE es ocasionada por un virus de la familia Retroviridae, el virus de la leucosis bovina (VLB, que afecta bovinos de cualquier edad, sexo y raza y genera importantes pérdidas económicas. En Colombia, los pocos estudios moleculares se concentran en ganado de leche; por ello, el presente trabajo se dirigió a detectar el VLB mediante una prueba molecular de PCR en animales destinados a diferentes tipos de explotación ganadera y de diferentes regiones del país, con el propósito de evaluar la relación entre la presencia del VLB en los animales, la ubicación geográfica y el tipo de explotación bovina. De un total de 230 animales, organizados por conglomerados según la región de origen, el 22.6 % se detectó con el VLB; de estos la región Centro presentó el mayor número de animales infectados (50.7 %. En cuanto al tipo de producción, el ganado de leche fue el más susceptible a ser infectado por el VLB (50.7 %. Los resultados indican que existe una significativa relación entre la presencia molecular del virus, la ubicación geográfica de los animales y el tipo de explotación bovina, datos importantes para la planeación de programas de prevención y control de la LBE por los organismos gubernamentales de salud animal.

  1. Electronic transport properties of a quinone-based molecular switch

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    Zheng, Ya-Peng; Bian, Bao-An; Yuan, Pei-Pei

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we carried out first-principles calculations based on density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's function to investigate the electronic transport properties of a quinone-based molecule sandwiched between two Au electrodes. The molecular switch can be reversibly switched between the reduced hydroquinone (HQ) and oxidized quinone (Q) states via redox reactions. The switching behavior of two forms is analyzed through their I- V curves, transmission spectra and molecular projected self-consistent Hamiltonian at zero bias. Then we discuss the transmission spectra of the HQ and Q forms at different bias, and explain the oscillation of current according to the transmission eigenstates of LUMO energy level for Q form. The results suggest that this kind of a quinone-based molecule is usable as one of the good candidates for redox-controlled molecular switches.

  2. Environmental Phosphorus Recovery Based on Molecular Bioscavengers

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    Gruber, Mathias Felix

    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...... 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...

  3. Implicación del semental caprino en la agalaxia contagiosa : epidemiología descriptiva y molecular

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    Gómez Martín, Ángel

    2015-01-01

    La agalaxia contagiosa caprina (AC) es una de las enfermedades con mayores repercusiones socioeconómicas del sector de los pequeños rumiantes. Los avances en el conocimiento de la epidemiología molecular y analítica de la enfermedad, así como los aspectos más relevantes que habrán de ser estudiados en un futuro, fueron abordados en una revisión por invitación en la revista The Veterinary Journal (Estudio 1). No obstante, esta Tesis Doctoral se ha centrado en estudiar las implicaciones epidemi...

  4. Implicación del semental caprino en la agalaxia contagiosa : epidemiología descriptiva y molecular

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    Gómez Martín, Ángel

    2015-01-01

    La agalaxia contagiosa caprina (AC) es una de las enfermedades con mayores repercusiones socioeconómicas del sector de los pequeños rumiantes. Los avances en el conocimiento de la epidemiología molecular y analítica de la enfermedad, así como los aspectos más relevantes que habrán de ser estudiados en un futuro, fueron abordados en una revisión por invitación en la revista The Veterinary Journal (Estudio 1). No obstante, esta Tesis Doctoral se ha centrado en estudiar las implicaciones epidem...

  5. 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.

  6. ANÁLISIS CLÍNICO Y MOLECULAR DE UNA PACIENTECON PENTASOMIA DEL CROMOSOMA X. Clinical and Molecular Analysis of a Patient with X-Chromosome Pentasomy.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: la Pentasomia del X (49,XXXXX es una alteración cromosómica poco frecuente, que afecta a mujeres y fue descrita en 1963 por Kesaree y Wooley. Hasta la fecha se han reportado menos de 30 casos en la literatura. Se presenta un caso de pentasomia del cromosoma X, y mediante técnicas de biología molecular (microsatélites se determino el origen materno de los cromosomas X adicionales. Caso clínico: paciente de 28 meses, con talla baja proporcionada, braquicefalia, fascies característica, genitales externos femeninos con labios mayores hipoplásicos, braquidactilia, clinodactilia bilateral del quinto dedo, luxación de rodilla derecha, deformidad en varo. Se realizó cariotipo en sangre periférica que reportó un complemento cromosómico 49,XXXXX. Materiales y métodos: se realizó extracción de ADN y PCR para la amplificación de ocho microsatélites o STR’s tetra y dinucleotídicos situados a lo largo del cromosoma X. Los productos amplificados se analizaron en el secuenciador ALF EXPRESS. Con la información alélica se realizó la construcción del haplotipo y el análisis de dosis génica mediante la determinación del área bajo la curva. Resultados y discusión: el análisis de los ocho STR’s realizados en la paciente y sus padres, permitió establecer que los cromosomas X extras corresponden a información alélica heredada de la madre. Se analizan los resultados y los eventos que se han documentado como relacionados con los fenómenos de no disyunción. Conclusión: el origen de la doble no disyunción que generó la pentasomia es materna, en donde un ovulo tetrasómico, con cuatro copias de cromosoma X fue fecundado con un espermatozoide monosómico normal.Introduction: Pentasomy X is a rare chromosomal disorder which affects women. It was first described in 1963 by Kesaree and Wooley. Up to date, less than 30 cases have been reported. We report a case of 28 month old female patient with clinical features of

  7. 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.

  8. DESCIFRANDO LAS BASES MOLECULARES DE LA RESISTENCIA CUANTITATIVA

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    CAMILO LÓPEZ

    2011-01-01

    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 colocalización 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Plasmonic-Based Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy: Application to Molecular Binding

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    Lu, Jin; Wang, Wei; Wang, Shaopeng; Shan, Xiaonan; Li, Jinghong; Tao, Nongjian

    2012-01-01

    Plasmonic-based electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (P-EIS) is developed to investigate molecular binding on surfaces. Its basic principle relies on the sensitive dependence of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) signal on surface charge density, which is modulated by applying an AC potential to a SPR chip surface. The AC component of the SPR response gives the electrochemical impedance, and the DC component provides the conventional SPR detection. The plasmonic-based impedance measured over a range of frequency is in quantitative agreement with the conventional electrochemical impedance. Compared to the conventional SPR detection, P-EIS is sensitive to molecular binding taking place on the chip surface, and less sensitive to bulk refractive index changes or non-specific binding. Moreover, this new approach allows for simultaneous SPR and surface impedance analysis of molecular binding processes. PMID:22122514

  11. 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...

  12. 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.

  13. REPLICACIÓN DEL HERPESVIRUS EQUINO Y SU ASOCIACIÓN CON LA PATOGÉNESIS MOLECULAR

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    JULIÁN RUIZ SÁENZ

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El herpesvirus equino (EHV es uno de los patógenos virales de mayor importancia en la industria equina mundial, debido a las grandes pérdidas económicas que acarrea. La enfermedad comúnmente asociada con el EHV se denomina rinoneumonitis equina y se caracteriza por ser una infección primaria del tracto respiratorio superior, que progresa a través de la mucosa; puede causar aborto en los últimos meses de gestación, muerte perinatal de potros, mortinatos y mieloencefalitis. La infección productiva es seguida por un estado de latencia viral, etapa en la cual el animal no presenta ningún signo clínico de enfermedad y no hay replicación viral. Bajo una situación de estrés, el virus puede reactivarse y caballos infectados infectar a otros caballos sanos. En esta revisión se presenta de manera sintetizada, los principales hallazgos relacionados con la replicación viral y patogénesis molecular del EHV, relacionando además las proteínas implicadas en la regulación de la replicación del genoma, todas las glicoproteínas estructurales que han sido estudiadas hasta el momento y que son el eje central de investigación de distintos grupos en el mundo. Se discute además, la verdadera importancia de la dispersión directa célula-célula del virus, la formación de placas, el crecimiento in vitro y en algunos casos, la asociación con la patogénesis, bien sea en un modelo animal o en el hospedero natural.

  14. 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 improve...

  15. Chemical sensors based on molecularly modified metallic nanoparticles

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    Haick, Hossam [Department of Chemical Engineering and Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel)

    2007-12-07

    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)

  16. [Morphofunctional and molecular bases of pineal gland aging].

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    Khavinson, V Kh; Lin'kova, N S

    2012-01-01

    The review analyzed morphology, molecular and functional aspects of pineal gland aging and methods of it correction. The pineal gland is central organ, which regulates activity of neuroimmunoendocrine, antioxidant and other organisms systems. Functional activity of pineal gland is discreased at aging, which is the reason of melatonin level changing. The molecular and morphology research demonstrated, that pineal gland hadn't strongly pronounced atrophy at aging. Long-term experience showed, that peptides extract of pineal gland epithalamin and synthetic tetrapeptide on it base epithalon restored melatonin secretion in pineal gland and had strong regulatory activity at neuroimmunoendocrine and antioxidant organism systems.

  17. Revisitar los fundamentos del constructivismo: las bases éticas y religiosas del pensamiento psicopedagógico del joven Piaget

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    Maria FORMOSHINO

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available El pensamiento de Piaget se basa en un marco conceptual ecléctico integrado por varias líneas teóricas. Así, el presente estudio tiene como objetivo explicitar las bases metafísicas y teológicas del proyecto intelectual del joven Piaget para demostrar la relativa unidad y continuidad entre las categorías forjadas para tratar cuestiones teológicas y éticas y las categorías biopsicopedagógicas, prestando especial atención a la dialéctica inmanencia-trascendencia y conflicto-cooperación. En efecto, si la importancia formativa de las primeras exploraciones biológicas de Piaget ya fue estudiada cuidadosamente, las cuestiones referidas a los fundamentos religiosos o teológicos del pensamiento del joven Piaget en los años 1910-1920 han sido menos desarrolladas. Sin embargo, sostenemos que la elucidación de su ética protestante inmanentista ofrece una valiosa clave hermenéutica para entender la necesidad lógica de la transición de Piaget a la experimentación psicológica y, por lo tanto, a la construcción de conceptos explicativos en la epistemología genética, permitiendo reconocer el valor de la Educación Activa, defendida y praticada en el Instituto J.-J. Rousseau.

  18. Supramolecular assemblies and molecular recognition of amphiphilic schiff bases with barbituric acid in organized molecular films.

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    Jiao, Tifeng; Liu, Minghua

    2005-02-24

    A bolaform Schiff base, N,N'-bis(salicylidene)-1,10-decanediamine (BSC10), has been synthesized and its interfacial hydrogen bond formation or molecular recognition with barbituric acid was investigated in comparison with that of a single chain Schiff base, 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde-octadecylamine (HBOA). It has been found that while HBOA formed a monolayer at the air/water interface, the bolaform Schiff base formed a multilayer film with ordered layer structure on water surface. When the Schiff bases were spread on the subphase containing barbituric acid, both of the Schiff bases could form hydrogen bonds with barbituric acid in situ in the spreading films. As a result, an increase of the molecular areas in the isotherms was observed. The in situ H-bonded films could be transferred onto solid substrates, and the transferred multilayer films were characterized by various methods such as UV-vis and FT-IR spectrosopies. Spectral changes were observed for the films deposited from the barbituric acid subphase, which supported the hydrogen bond formation between the Schiff bases and barbituric acid. By measuring the MS-TOF of the deposited films dissolved in CHCl3 solution, it was concluded that a 2:1 complex of HBOA with barbituric acid and a 1:2 complex of BSC10 with barbituric acid were formed. On the other hand, when the multilayer films of both Schiff bases were immersed in an aqueous solution of barbituric acid, a similar molecular recognition through the hydrogen bond occurred. A clear conformational change of the alkyl spacer in the bolaform Schiff base was observed during the complex formation with the barbituric acid.

  19. MEZCLAS BINARIAS DE LÍQUIDO IÓNICO CON SOLVENTE MOLECULAR: PREDICCIÓN DEL VOLUMEN DE EXCESO MOLAR DESDE ÍNDICES DE REFRACCIÓN

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    Marlon Doney Martínez Reina

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El volumen de exceso molar de 30 mezclas binarias que contienen líquidos iónicos de imidazolio con diferentes solventes moleculares: (metanol, etanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, acetona, 2- butanona, 2-pentanona, acetato de metilo, acetato de etilo, acetato de butilo, carbonato de dimetilo, carbonato de dietilo, nitrometano, 1,3-dicloropropano y etilenglicol,se predice desde datos de índice de refracción, usando tres tipos de métodos acoplados con diferentes reglas de mezcla para el cálculo del índice de refracción: Lorentz-Lorenz, Dale-Gladstone, Eykman, Arago- Biot, Newton y Oster. En estos sistemas, las interacciones moleculares y las fuerzas intermoleculares provocan, durante la mezcla, desviaciones positivas o negativas del comportamiento ideal. Los resultados obtenidos se analizan en términos de la naturaleza del líquido iónico y solvente molecular.

  20. Plasticidad del sistema nervioso

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    L. M. Garcia-Segura

    1976-06-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se revisan los conocimientos más recientes sobre el fenómeno de la plasticidad del sistéma nervioso, tanto a nivel morfológico como a nivel fisiológico y molecular. Se estudian los cambios morfólogicos y fisiológicos de las neuronas frente a la experiencia. Tambien se considera la adaptación molecular del sistéma nervioso a la información que recibe como la base de todo tipo de plasticidad.

  1. Optically induced transport through semiconductor-based molecular electronics

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    Li, Guangqi; Fainberg, Boris D.; Seideman, Tamar

    2015-04-01

    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.

  2. 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...

  3. Molecular docking and structure-based drug design strategies.

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    Ferreira, Leonardo G; Dos Santos, Ricardo N; Oliva, Glaucius; Andricopulo, Adriano D

    2015-07-22

    Pharmaceutical research has successfully incorporated a wealth of molecular modeling methods, within a variety of drug discovery programs, to study complex biological and chemical systems. The integration of computational and experimental strategies has been of great value in the identification and development of novel promising compounds. Broadly used in modern drug design, molecular docking methods explore the ligand conformations adopted within the binding sites of macromolecular targets. This approach also estimates the ligand-receptor binding free energy by evaluating critical phenomena involved in the intermolecular recognition process. Today, as a variety of docking algorithms are available, an understanding of the advantages and limitations of each method is of fundamental importance in the development of effective strategies and the generation of relevant results. The purpose of this review is to examine current molecular docking strategies used in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry, exploring the advances in the field and the role played by the integration of structure- and ligand-based methods.

  4. 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.

  5. Bienvenida la Medicina Molecular

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    Orlando R. Serrano-Barrera

    2015-01-01

    No ha cambiado la medicina, sino que ha avanzado. Los métodos clínico-epidemiológicos  incluyen hoy y se benefician del conocimiento de las bases moleculares del proceso salud-enfermedad, tanto las variaciones individuales, como los caracteres compartidos por comunidades y poblaciones, que las hacen resistentes o vulnerables a una enfermedad. La estimación presintomática e, incluso, prenatal del riesgo de enfermar, el diagnóstico, el pronóstico, la elección del tratamiento más ajustado al pac...

  6. Virtual Screening and Molecular Design Based on Hierarchical Qsar Technology

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    Kuz'min, Victor E.; Artemenko, A. G.; Muratov, Eugene N.; Polischuk, P. G.; Ognichenko, L. N.; Liahovsky, A. V.; Hromov, A. I.; Varlamova, E. V.

    This chapter is devoted to the hierarchical QSAR technology (HiT QSAR) based on simplex representation of molecular structure (SiRMS) and its application to different QSAR/QSPR tasks. The essence of this technology is a sequential solution (with the use of the information obtained on the previous steps) of the QSAR paradigm by a series of enhanced models based on molecular structure description (in a specific order from 1D to 4D). Actually, it's a system of permanently improved solutions. Different approaches for domain applicability estimation are implemented in HiT QSAR. In the SiRMS approach every molecule is represented as a system of different simplexes (tetratomic fragments with fixed composition, structure, chirality, and symmetry). The level of simplex descriptors detailed increases consecutively from the 1D to 4D representation of the molecular structure. The advantages of the approach presented are an ability to solve QSAR/QSPR tasks for mixtures of compounds, the absence of the "molecular alignment" problem, consideration of different physical-chemical properties of atoms (e.g., charge, lipophilicity), and the high adequacy and good interpretability of obtained models and clear ways for molecular design. The efficiency of HiT QSAR was demonstrated by its comparison with the most popular modern QSAR approaches on two representative examination sets. The examples of successful application of the HiT QSAR for various QSAR/QSPR investigations on the different levels (1D-4D) of the molecular structure description are also highlighted. The reliability of developed QSAR models as the predictive virtual screening tools and their ability to serve as the basis of directed drug design was validated by subsequent synthetic, biological, etc. experiments. The HiT QSAR is realized as the suite of computer programs termed the "HiT QSAR" software that so includes powerful statistical capabilities and a number of useful utilities.

  7. Bio-Mimetic Sensors Based on Molecularly Imprinted Membranes

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    Catia Algieri

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    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.

  8. Caracterización molecular y agronómica de aislados de Trichoderma spp nativos del noreste de México

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    José Luis Hernández Mendoza; María Isabel Sánchez Pérez; Jesús Gerardo García Olivares; Netzahualcoyotl Mayek Pérez; Juan Manuel González Prieto; Jesús Di Carlo Quiroz Velásquez

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    Título en ingles: Molecular and agronomic characterization of Trichoderma spp natives of northeastern Mexico  Resumen Trichoderma sp es un hongo frecuentemente usado en actividades agrícolas, pues actúa como antagonista de diversas especies de hongos fitopatógenos. En este estudio se realizó el aislamiento de cuatro cepas de Trichoderma sp nativas del noreste de México, las cuales fueron identificadas a nivel molecular mediante la secuenciación del ITS 1. Además se evaluó su capacidad antag...

  9. HACIA UNA CLASIFICACIÓN MOLECULAR DEL CÁNCER DE MAMA

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    Enrique García Toro

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Advances in the field of Molecular Biology have led to regroup the breast carcinomas several types according to different gene expression profiles. This molecular classification seems to show much greater clinical significance that the morphological classification, more prognostic and predictive of response to the different treatments. It also enables discover cases of hereditary carcinoma without other criteria for suspicion and facilitates research on new therapeutic targets.

  10. Estudio anatomopatológico, citogenético y molecular del síndrome freemartin en el bovino doméstico (Bos taurus) - (anatomopathologic, cytogenetic and molecular studies of the freemartin syndrome in cattle (bos taurus))

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    Ayala-Valdovinos, Miguel Angel; Villagómez, Daniel; Galindo-García, Jorge; Sánchez-Chiprés, David; Avila-Figueroa,David; Taylor-Preciado, Juan de Jesús; Merlos-Barajas, Miguel; Guerrero-Quiroz Luis

    2007-01-01

    ResumenA través del análisis citogenético utilizando la presencia de los cromosomas sexuales como marcadores y mediante el análisis molecular (PCR-RFLP), utilizando oligonucleótidos iniciadores para los genes Zfx y Zfy del bovino, se diagnosticaron con la condición intersexual, síndrome freemartin, 19 individuos (Bos taurus) procedentes de partos múltiples heterosexuales; asimismo, se estudiaron anatomopatológicamente cuatro de estos animales, enfatizando en las características del tejido gon...

  11. Inactivación y reactivación del surfactante pulmonar: mecanismos moleculares e implicación en patologías respiratorias = Inactivation and reactivation of pulmonary surfactant: molecular mechanisms and implication in respiratory pathologies

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    La inactivación del surfactante pulmonar se encuentra asociada a muchas patologías respiratorias, como el síndrome de aspiración de meconio (MAS), síndrome del distrés respiratorio agudo (ARDS) o fibrosis pulmonar idiopática (IPF), que da lugar tensiones superficiales elevadas en la interfase alveolar. Las causas de la inactivación del surfactante son diferentes en origen y en su mecanismo molecular. Así, muchos agentes inactivadores llegan a los pulmones, como el meconio, durante el MAS, o s...

  12. Interacciones moleculares en la transferencia conjugativa del plásmido pMV158

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    La conjugación bacteriana es la transferencia de material genético desde uuna célula donadora a otra receptora mediante contacto físico. Por su alta capacidad de establecimiento en diversos patógenos Gram-positivos, pMV158 es un sistema interesante para el estudio del proceso conjugativo. Este plásmido contiene un origen de transferencia (oriT) yel fen mobM, que codifica la proteína iniciadora de la conjugación MobM. En el capítulo 1 se anaaliza la expresión del gen mobM. La RNA polimerasa d...

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

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

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    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.

  14. Arthropod phylogeny based on eight molecular loci and morphology

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    Giribet, G.; Edgecombe, G. D.; Wheeler, W. C.

    2001-01-01

    The interrelationships of major clades within the Arthropoda remain one of the most contentious issues in systematics, which has traditionally been the domain of morphologists. A growing body of DNA sequences and other types of molecular data has revitalized study of arthropod phylogeny and has inspired new considerations of character evolution. Novel hypotheses such as a crustacean-hexapod affinity were based on analyses of single or few genes and limited taxon sampling, but have received recent support from mitochondrial gene order, and eye and brain ultrastructure and neurogenesis. Here we assess relationships within Arthropoda based on a synthesis of all well sampled molecular loci together with a comprehensive data set of morphological, developmental, ultrastructural and gene-order characters. The molecular data include sequences of three nuclear ribosomal genes, three nuclear protein-coding genes, and two mitochondrial genes (one protein coding, one ribosomal). We devised new optimization procedures and constructed a parallel computer cluster with 256 central processing units to analyse molecular data on a scale not previously possible. The optimal 'total evidence' cladogram supports the crustacean-hexapod clade, recognizes pycnogonids as sister to other euarthropods, and indicates monophyly of Myriapoda and Mandibulata.

  15. Tipificación Molecular del Vibrio cholerae O1 en el Perú

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    Huguet T José

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio de ribotipificación en 75 cepas de Vibrio cholerae O1 permitió identificar tres variantes ribotípicas, referidas como Per1, Per2 y Per3, aisladas durante el periodo 1991- 1999 en el Perú. La variante Per1 fue reportada tanto en la etapa epidémica y endémica del cólera, mientras que Per2 y Per3 se relacionaron sólo con la etapa endémica. Los resultados mostraron además una aparición constante y mayoritaria de la variante Per1, poniendo en evidencia la emergencia de un mismo grupo clonal en los brotes epidémicos del Perú. Las variantes ribotípicas encontradas fueron comparadas con los ribotipos de diferentes cepas referenciales de V. cholerae previamente caracterizadas. Se observó una identidad total del ribotipo Per1 con la variante ribotípica de aislamientos Asiáticos (Tailandia, encontrándose además altos índices de similitud entre los ribotipos Per1, Per2 y Per3, y evidenciándose una estrecha relación entre las cepas peruanas y los aislamientos asiáticos.

  16. Standardised PCR-based molecular epidemiology of tuberculosis.

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    Allix-Béguec, C; Supply, P; Wanlin, M; Bifani, P; Fauville-Dufaux, M

    2008-05-01

    A population-based molecular epidemiology investigation has been undertaken to evaluate tuberculosis transmission and control in the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium). All tuberculosis cases reported from January 2003 to December 2004 were investigated. In total, 536 Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates (89% of culture-positive samples) were genotyped by the newly standardised 24 loci-based mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit-variable number tandem-repeat typing, spoligotyping and IS6110 fingerprinting. Of all the patients, 30% were grouped based on strain clusters, suggesting a transmission index of 20%. An unsuspected outbreak entailing > or = 23 patients was evidenced by molecular typing analysis and confirmed by contact tracing. Foreign-born status accounted for 79% of the studied patients, including 37.9% illegal immigrants and asylum seekers. Among foreign-born patients, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants were significantly less abundant in strain clusters than settled residents. Tuberculosis in the Brussels-Capital Region is a bi-faceted problem, comprising both persisting recent transmission and "imported diseases". Molecular epidemiology based on real-time genotyping techniques has proven invaluable in better understanding tuberculosis transmission. However, it will most efficiently contribute to tuberculosis control when implemented in an integrated public health system.

  17. 1. Los trastornos del aprendizaje. Definición de los distintos tipos y sus bases neurobiológicas

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    Málaga Diéguez, Ignacio

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    Este artículo, que abordan los trastornos del aprendizaje, pretende dar a conocer cómo sediagnostican y las bases del tratamiento desde un punto devista práctico y enfocado hacia el pediatra general.

  18. Base media del trapecio y aprehensiones en el registro figural : una secuencia didáctica con el uso del geogebra con estudiantes del nivel secundario

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    Espinoza Peralta de Manrique, Beatriz Paulina

    2015-01-01

    La presente investigación tiene por objetivo analizar como los estudiantes de 4º año de secundaria de Educación Básica Regular conjeturan la propiedad de la base media cuando articulan las aprehensiones en el registro figural en una secuencia didáctica en la que utilizan el Geogebra, para lo cual nos planteamos la siguiente pregunta de investigación ¿Cómo estudiantes de secundaria conjeturan la propiedad de la base media del trapecio cuando articulan las aprehensiones en el reg...

  19. Envisioning the molecular choreography of DNA base excision repair.

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    Parikh, S S; Mol, C D; Hosfield, D J; Tainer, J A

    1999-02-01

    Recent breakthroughs integrate individual DNA repair enzyme structures, biochemistry and biology to outline the structural cell biology of the DNA base excision repair pathways that are essential to genome integrity. Thus, we are starting to envision how the actions, movements, steps, partners and timing of DNA repair enzymes, which together define their molecular choreography, are elegantly controlled by both the nature of the DNA damage and the structural chemistry of the participating enzymes and the DNA double helix.

  20. Caracterización molecular de Fusarium asociado a pudrición basal del fruto en pitahaya (Selenicereus megalanthus.

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    Claudia Salazar-González

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available   El objetivo de este trabajo fue identificar aislamientos patogénicos de Fusarium en frutos de pitahaya amarilla afectados por pudrición basal. La caracterización molecular se realizó en diecisiete aislamientos asociados con la enfermedad, colectados en zonas productoras de pitahaya amarilla de los departamentos del Valle del Cauca, Risaralda, Boyacá y Cundinamarca, en Colombia. Se usó PCR con los cebadores ITS1 – ITS4 y TEF1α. Las secuencias de los productos de PCR se compararon con las registradas en el Cento Nacional de Información Biotecnológica (NCBI, por sus siglas en inglés, y se alinearon usando Clustal W2, se construyeron las relaciones filogenéticas con el programa MEGA 6 con el coeficiente de máxima verosimilitud. Los resultados de secuenciación para los marcadores mostraron que los aislamientos patogénicos correspondieron a F. oxysporum. El concepto filogenético confirmó que la pudrición basal de la pitahaya amarilla fue causada por F. oxysporum. Se identificó además una especie de Fusarium no reportada en el GenBank.

  1. A Molecular Selection Index Method Based on Eigenanalysis

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    Cerón-Rojas, J. Jesús; Castillo-González, Fernando; Sahagún-Castellanos, Jaime; Santacruz-Varela, Amalio; Benítez-Riquelme, Ignacio; Crossa, José

    2008-01-01

    The traditional molecular selection index (MSI) employed in marker-assisted selection maximizes the selection response by combining information on molecular markers linked to quantitative trait loci (QTL) and phenotypic values of the traits of the individuals of interest. This study proposes an MSI based on an eigenanalysis method (molecular eigen selection index method, MESIM), where the first eigenvector is used as a selection index criterion, and its elements determine the proportion of the trait's contribution to the selection index. This article develops the theoretical framework of MESIM. Simulation results show that the genotypic means and the expected selection response from MESIM for each trait are equal to or greater than those from the traditional MSI. When several traits are simultaneously selected, MESIM performs well for traits with relatively low heritability. The main advantages of MESIM over the traditional molecular selection index are that its statistical sampling properties are known and that it does not require economic weights and thus can be used in practical applications when all or some of the traits need to be improved simultaneously. PMID:18716338

  2. MEDICINA Y SALUD, BASES DEL DESARROLLO Y DE LA PAZ

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    La reunión de este grupo selecto de especialistas de alta calificación intelectual en las innovaciones hacia el mejoramiento de la salud en las Américas, es una oportunidad propicia para hacer algunas reflexiones que inciten a nuevas reflexiones, a auditorio tan calificado y docto.

    Lo haré con palabras que ayuden a un profrano a escapar del especialismo del tema y que escapen de la retórica, para seguir el consejo del Canto XII de la Eneida, en el cual lapix cura la grave herida de Eneas con sus solas manos y sus solas hierbas, es decir mediante la muta ars o las artes mudas del curar. Sobre lo cual recuerda el profesor Pedro Laín Entralgo que aunque aparezca episódico, esla liberación de la medicina de los augurios, supersticiones y de la cítara, como reacción -según palabras de Sorano- y como repudio, cuando dice: "jáctanse necia y vanamente quienes creen que la fuerza de la enfermedad puede ser expelida con melodías y cantos".

    l. UN OFICIO EMPIRICO La realidad es que la medicina está íntimamente ligada ·a las ciencias físicas y naturales, ya que hasta un pasado sorprendentemente reciente, fue de carácter empírico, habiéndose confundido, en sus remotos orígenes, con la magia y las artes religiosas primitivas, al punto de que por muchos siglos se ejerció como un arte y se desarrolló como un oficio artesanal y empírico. y la verdad es que el ordenamiento y la racionalización del conocimiento médico, es el que marca la transición de la medicina como arte a la medicina como ciencia. El origen de las ciencias físicas se remonta a la observación de los fenómenos naturales, y el de las ciencias naturales a la observación de las plantas y de los animales: la medicina, obviamente, nació con los primeros esfuerzos conscientes del hombre primitivo para controlar o prevenirla enfermedad...

  3. BASES PARA LA ZONIFICACIÓN AGROECOLÓGICA EN EL CULTIVO DEL CACAO (Theobroma cacao, Lin) POR MEDIO DEL CRITERIO DE EXPERTOS

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    Giclis M. Suárez; René Florido Bacallao; Francisco Soto Carreño; Alberto Caballero Núñez

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    El objetivo del presente trabajo fue establecer las bases para la zonificación agroecológica del cacao (Theobroma cacao, Lin) por medio del criterio de expertos mediante el método Delphi. Se seleccionaron expertos de diferentes esferas y se determinó el nivel de experticia y el nivel de competencia de cada experto respecto a la problemática relacionada con la definición de los factores que definen la ubicación del cultivo. Para ello se elaboró y aplicó un sistema de rondas de preguntas o cues...

  4. REPLICACIÓN DEL HERPESVIRUS EQUINO Y SU ASOCIACIÓN CON LA PATOGÉNESIS MOLECULAR Equine Herpesvirus Replication and It’s Association with Molecular Pathogenesis

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    JULIÁN RUIZ SÁENZ

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    Full Text Available El herpesvirus equino (EHV es uno de los patógenos virales de mayor importancia en la industria equina mundial, debido a las grandes pérdidas económicas que acarrea. La enfermedad comúnmente asociada con el EHV se denomina rinoneumonitis equina y se caracteriza por ser una infección primaria del tracto respiratorio superior, que progresa a través de la mucosa; puede causar aborto en los últimos meses de gestación, muerte perinatal de potros, mortinatos y mieloencefalitis. La infección productiva es seguida por un estado de latencia viral, etapa en la cual el animal no presenta ningún signo clínico de enfermedad y no hay replicación viral. Bajo una situación de estrés, el virus puede reactivarse y caballos infectados infectar a otros caballos sanos. En esta revisión se presenta de manera sintetizada, los principales hallazgos relacionados con la replicación viral y patogénesis molecular del EHV, relacionando además las proteínas implicadas en la regulación de la replicación del genoma, todas las glicoproteínas estructurales que han sido estudiadas hasta el momento y que son el eje central de investigación de distintos grupos en el mundo. Se discute además, la verdadera importancia de la dispersión directa célulacélula del virus, la formación de placas, el crecimiento in vitro y en algunos casos, la asociación con la patogénesis, bien sea en un modelo animal o en el hospedero natural.Equine herpesvirus (EHV is one of the most important viral pathogens in worldwide equine industry, due to the dramatic economic looses incurred by these microorganisms. The clinical disease, commonly called equine rhinopneumonitis, is characterized by initial infection of the upper respiratory tract that progresses through the mucosa; it can cause abortion in the last months of gestation, stillbirth, perinatal death of foals and myeloencephalitis. Productive infection is followed by a state of viral latency during which the animal

  5. 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.

  6. Troger's base molecular scaffolds in dicarboxylic acid recognition.

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    Goswami, S; Ghosh, K; Dasgupta, S

    2000-04-07

    Artificial receptors (1-5) have been designed and synthesized from simple precursors. The chain length selectivity studies of dicarboxylic acids within the cavities of new fluorescent Troger's base molecular frameworks (1-3) have been carried out with a critical examination of their role of rigidity as well as flexibility in selective binding in comparison to receptor 5. The chiral resolution of the racemic Troger's base receptors (1 and 2) by chiral recognition with (+)- camphoric acid using hydrogen-bonding interactions has been studied.

  7. Bases para un enfoque iberoamericano del mundo actual

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    Alberto Wagner de Reyna

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El prominente filósofo existencialista católico, Alberto Wagner de Reyna (Lima, Perú, 1915, testigo privilegiado del s. XX, echa una mirada iberoamericana desde los albores del s.XXI, al presente y el futuro de Occidente. Resalta su crítica al paneconomismo, la globalización, y a la tecnificación desmedida de la razón moderna, en pro de una condición humana a la vida negada, contradictoriamente, a la mayoría de las personas. La otra Historia de Occidente, considera Wagner de Reyna, está por hacerse desde una Iberoamérica católica. En nosotros, el futuro se hace esperanza y restauración: humana y divina.

  8. Las leyes del deporte de la democracia: bases para una Ley del siglo XXI

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    Barranco Vela, Rafael; Blanco Pereira, Eduardo; Carretero Lestón, José Luis; Gómez-Angulo Rodríguez, Juan Antonio; Palomar Olmeda, Alberto; Bermejo Vera, José; Cabrera Domínguez, José María; Plata Caballero, Nicolás Francisco de la; Jiménez Soto, Ignacio; Real Ferrer, Gabriel

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    El deporte español merece más, los deportistas y cuantos desempeñamos un papel en este maravilloso mundo merecemos más. Es cierto, basta con detenernos a profundizar en la actividad de una semana deportiva para determinar que el marco jurídico actual requiere retoques, que varias áreas necesitan regulación y que a otras bien les vendría modificarles la existente. Se ideó comenzar la ilusionante tarea de observar cómo debe ser la futura Ley del Deporte de España, a través de la organización de...

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. CARACTERIZACIÓN MOLECULAR DEL Potato virus V (PVV INFECTANDO Solanum phureja MEDIANTE SECUENCIACIÓN DE NUEVA GENERACIÓN

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    Daniela ÁLVAREZ YEPES

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    Full Text Available Las enfermedades virales son uno de los problemas más limitantes para la producción de papa en el mundo. Uno de los materiales de papa más susceptibles a los virus corresponde a Solanum phureja; sin embargo, en Colombia son pocos los estudios adelantados sobre los agentes causales que lo afectan. En este trabajo se realizó una caracterización molecular del Potato virus V (PVV infectando plantas de S. phureja en Antioquia, utilizando métodos de secuenciación de nueva generación (NGS, pruebas de DAS-ELISA, RTPCR en tiempo real (RT-qPCR y RT-PCR convencional. Los resultados indican la ocurrencia de niveles muy variables de incidencia del virus entre lotes de cultivo (6,7 % a 86 %. El PVV tiene un genoma de 9828 nt que codifica para una poliproteína de 3066 aa y presenta dos variantes principales (Var_A y Var_B en proporciones de 72 y 28 %. Estas variantes comparten altos niveles de identidad genética (99,7 % en todo el genoma entre ellas y con respecto a la cepa PVV-Phureja reportada en Colombia, pero no con otras cepas del mundo (82-83 %. Con base en dichos genomas, se diseñaron y evaluaron en muestras foliares de S. phureja, dos pares de cebadores para la detección del virus en pruebas de RT-PCR (459 pb y RT-qPCR (89 pb, Ct=12,08-21,86 y Tm= 78,7°C-80,2 °C, confirmándose la presencia de este virus en tejidos sintomáticos y asintomáticos de papa criolla. La ocurrencia generalizada de PVV en los cultivos de S. phureja indica la necesidad de incorporar en los programas de certificación de tubérculos-semilla de S. phureja en Colombia el diagnóstico de este virus.

  12. Caracterización molecular del Potato virus V (PVV infectando Solanum phureja mediante secuenciación de nueva generación

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    Daniela Álvarez Yepes

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades virales son uno de los problemas más limitantes para la producción de papa en el mundo. Uno de los materiales de papa más susceptibles a los virus corresponde a Solanum phureja; sin embargo, en Colombia son pocos los estudios adelantados sobre los agentes causales que lo afectan. En este trabajo se realizó una caracterización molecular del Potato virus V (PVV infectando plantas de S. phureja en Antioquia, utilizando métodos de secuenciación de nueva generación (NGS, pruebas de DAS-ELISA, RT-PCR en tiempo real (RT-qPCR y RT-PCR convencional. Los resultados indican la ocurrencia de niveles muy variables de incidencia del virus entre lotes de cultivo (6,7 % a 86 %. El PVV tiene un genoma de 9828 nt que codifica para una poliproteína de 3066 aa y presenta dos variantes principales (Var_A y Var_B en proporciones de 72 y 28 %. Estas variantes comparten altos niveles de identidad genética (99,7 % en todo el genoma entre ellas y con respecto a la cepa PVV-Phureja reportada en Colombia, pero no con otras cepas del mundo (82-83 %. Con base en dichos genomas, se diseñaron y evaluaron en muestras foliares de S. phureja, dos pares de cebadores para la detección del virus en pruebas de RT-PCR (459 pb y RT-qPCR (89 pb, Ct=12,08-21,86 y Tm= 78,7 °C-80,2 °C, confirmándose la presencia de este virus en tejidos sintomáticos y asintomáticos de papa criolla. La ocurrencia generalizada de PVV en los cultivos de S. phureja indica la necesidad de incorporar en los programas de certificación de tubérculos-semilla de S. phureja en Colombia el diagnóstico de este virus.

  13. A Molecular Imaging Approach to Mercury Sensing Based on Hyperpolarized (129)Xe Molecular Clamp Probe.

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    Guo, Qianni; Zeng, Qingbin; Jiang, Weiping; Zhang, Xiaoxiao; Luo, Qing; Zhang, Xu; Bouchard, Louis-S; Liu, Maili; Zhou, Xin

    2016-03-14

    Mercury pollution, in the form of mercury ions (Hg(2+)), is a major health and environmental hazard. Commonly used sensors are invasive and limited to point measurements. Fluorescence-based sensors do not provide depth resolution needed to image spatial distributions. Herein we report a novel sensor capable of yielding spatial distributions by MRI using hyperpolarized (129)Xe. A molecular clamp probe was developed consisting of dipyrrolylquinoxaline (DPQ) derivatives and twocryptophane-A cages. The DPQ derivatives act as cation receptors whereas cryptophane-A acts as a suitable host molecule for xenon. When the DPQ moiety interacts with mercury ions, the molecular clamp closes on the ion. Due to overlap of the electron clouds of the two cryptophane-A cages, the shielding effect on the encapsulated Xe becomes important. This leads to an upfield change of the chemical shift of the encapsulated Xe. This sensor exhibits good selectivity and sensitivity toward the mercury ion. This mercury-activated hyperpolarized (129)Xe-based chemosensor is a new concept method for monitoring Hg(2+) ion distributions by MRI.

  14. Molecular Bases Underlying the Hepatoprotective Effects of Coffee

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    Federico Salomone

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Coffee is the most consumed beverage worldwide. Epidemiological studies with prospective cohorts showed that coffee intake is associated with reduced cardiovascular and all-cause mortality independently of caffeine content. Cohort and case-control studies reported an inverse association between coffee consumption and the degree of liver fibrosis as well as the development of liver cancer. Furthermore, the beneficial effects of coffee have been recently confirmed by large meta-analyses. In the last two decades, various in vitro and in vivo studies evaluated the molecular determinants for the hepatoprotective effects of coffee. In the present article, we aimed to critically review experimental evidence regarding the active components and the molecular bases underlying the beneficial role of coffee against chronic liver diseases. Almost all studies highlighted the beneficial effects of this beverage against liver fibrosis with the most solid results indicating a pivot role for both caffeine and chlorogenic acids. In particular, in experimental models of fibrosis, caffeine was shown to inhibit hepatic stellate cell activation by blocking adenosine receptors, and emerging evidence indicated that caffeine may also favorably impact angiogenesis and hepatic hemodynamics. On the other side, chlorogenic acids, potent phenolic antioxidants, suppress liver fibrogenesis and carcinogenesis by reducing oxidative stress and counteract steatogenesis through the modulation of glucose and lipid homeostasis in the liver. Overall, these molecular insights may have translational significance and suggest that coffee components need clinical evaluation.

  15. Molecular Docking and Structure-Based Drug Design Strategies

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    Leonardo G. Ferreira

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Pharmaceutical research has successfully incorporated a wealth of molecular modeling methods, within a variety of drug discovery programs, to study complex biological and chemical systems. The integration of computational and experimental strategies has been of great value in the identification and development of novel promising compounds. Broadly used in modern drug design, molecular docking methods explore the ligand conformations adopted within the binding sites of macromolecular targets. This approach also estimates the ligand-receptor binding free energy by evaluating critical phenomena involved in the intermolecular recognition process. Today, as a variety of docking algorithms are available, an understanding of the advantages and limitations of each method is of fundamental importance in the development of effective strategies and the generation of relevant results. The purpose of this review is to examine current molecular docking strategies used in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry, exploring the advances in the field and the role played by the integration of structure- and ligand-based methods.

  16. Structure-based molecular modeling approaches to GPCR oligomerization.

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    Kaczor, Agnieszka A; Selent, Jana; Poso, Antti

    2013-01-01

    Classical structure-based drug design techniques using G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) as targets focus nearly exclusively on binding at the orthosteric site of a single receptor. Dimerization and oligomerization of GPCRs, proposed almost 30 years ago, have, however, crucial relevance for drug design. Targeting these complexes selectively or designing small molecules that affect receptor-receptor interactions might provide new opportunities for novel drug discovery. In order to study the mechanisms and dynamics that rule GPCRs oligomerization, it is essential to understand the dynamic process of receptor-receptor association and to identify regions that are suitable for selective drug binding, which may be determined with experimental methods such as Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) or Bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) and computational sequence- and structure-based approaches. The aim of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive description of the structure-based molecular modeling methods for studying GPCR dimerization, that is, protein-protein docking, molecular dynamics, normal mode analysis, and electrostatics studies.

  17. Cobalt(Ⅱ)/manganese(Ⅱ)-based molecular metamagnets

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    ZHOU YanLing; HU YueQiao; ZENG MingHua

    2012-01-01

    This mini-review covers recent progress in the field of cobalt(Ⅱ)/manganese(Ⅱ)-based molecular metamagnets,which can undergo magnetic phase transitions to a state with a net magnetic moment under the stimulation of external field.We simply discuss mean field theory describing these compounds and the important role of the magnetic anisotropy.The experimental properties of the known Co(Ⅱ)/Mn(Ⅱ)metamagnets are discussed,with emphasis on the variety of means by which the metamagnetic transitions have been observed and studied.

  18. Molecular Dipole Osmosis Based on Induced Charge Electro-Osmosis

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    Sugioka, Hideyuki

    2016-09-01

    We propose a novel mechanism of producing a large nonlinear electrokinetic vortex flow around a nonconductive polar molecule in an electrolyte. That is, a large nonlinear electrokinetic slip velocity is derived by considering a local giant permittivity due to a molecular electric dipole moment with induced-charge electro-osmosis (ICEO). Different from the conventional ICEO theory, our theory predicts that a nonconductive biomaterial, such as a base of a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecule, has a significantly high ICEO flow velocity because of its large local permittivity. We consider that our findings will contribute markedly to promising biomedical applications.

  19. ANÁLISIS FILOGENÉTICO Y VARIABILIDAD MOLECULAR DEL Potato virus X (PVX EN CULTIVOS DE PAPA DE ANTIOQUIA

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    Daniela García Ruíz

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENEn este estudio se determinaron las relaciones filogenéticas y los niveles de variación de aislamientos de PVX obtenidos en tejidos foliares de plantas de Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena var. Diacol-Capiro y S. phureja var. Criolla Colombia en Antioquia, utilizando métodos de secuenciación de nueva generación (NGS y de Sanger. Inicialmente, se detectó el PVX mediante DAS-ELISA (Agdia- PSA10000, confirmándose su presencia en ocho de las muestras por Inmunocaptura-RT-PCR en tiempo real (IC-RT-qPCR. Los resultados de las pruebas serológicas indicaron la infección de PVX en 14,7 % y 13,3 % de las muestras de Diacol-Capiro y Criolla Colombia, respectivamente. Su identidad fue confirmada por IC-RT-qPCR, con valores de ciclo umbral (Ct de 15,04 a 27,59 y dos temperaturas de fusión (Tm (Tm1 = 80,3 °C ± 0,5 y Tm2 = 83,3 °C ± 0,5, encontrándose así dos variantes de PVX en Antioquia. Utilizando NGS se detectó el PVX en bajos niveles de infección en las muestras de Criolla Colombia, siendo posible obtener contigs parciales para todos los ORFs del genoma viral. Con NGS no se detectó el virus en las muestras de Diacol-Capiro evaluadas. Los análisis filogenéticos realizados con base en secuencias de cápside y replicasa viral separaron los aislamientos de PVX de Antioquia en dos grupos, relacionados con el clado Eurasiático (I de este virus. Los altos niveles de infección de PVX detectados en los cultivos de papa de Antioquia y la ocurrencia de al menos dos variantes, enfatizan en la necesidad de fortalecer los programas de certificación de tubérculos-semilla de papa, como principal herramienta para el control de este virus.ABSTRACTIn this study, the phylogenetic relationships and molecular variability of PVX isolates from leaf samples of Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena var. Diacol-Capiro and S. phureja var. Criolla Colombia in Antioquia were analyzed. Sequences were obtained using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS of bulk

  20. Estructura molecular y cristalina del bis (bis(dietilamino glioximato níquel (II

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    Full Text Available Ni(CioH2lN4022- monoclínico, grupo espacial P2i/a, a = 15.760 (2, b = 11.793 (3, c = 7.297 (1 A°, j3 = 99.10 (1°, V = 1339.0 (7 A°3, Z = 2 , De = 1.28 Mg M " \\ M = 765 M " ' . La estructura fue resuelta por el método del átomo pesado y afinada por mínimos cuadrados, utilizando la matriz completa, hasta obtener una concordancia R = 0.068 para todas las reflexiones observadas. El átomo de níquel está localizado en un centro de inversión y presenta una coordinación cuadrado planar. El complejo Bis (Bis (Dietilamino Glioximato Níquel (II es casi planar y el desplazamiento de los grupos etil con respecto al plano es producido por efectos estéricos. Las moléculas planares se apilan a lo largo de c, las normales a los planos forman con este eje un ángulo de 41.53 . Existen interacciones axiales entre el níquel y los grupos amino de las moléculas adyacentes de la columna.

  1. 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 involved in this transformation process, to have been able to collaborate with, direct, guide, or simply encourage outstanding experts in various disciplines to build and further develop what has become a major pillar of modern small-molecule drug discovery. This article is an account of major events that took place since the early decision of Roche to implement computer-assisted molecular modeling 32 years ago and is devoted to the key players involved. It highlights the internal build-up of structural biology, with protein X-ray structure determination at its core, and the early setup 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. These developments were accompanied by the rise of miniaturized parallel compound property analytics which resulted in a major paradigm shift in medicinal chemistry from linear to multi-dimensional lead optimization. The rapid growth of huge collections of property data stimulated the development of various novel data mining concepts with 'matched molecular pair' analysis and novel variants thereof playing crucial roles. As compound properties got more prominent in molecular design, exploration of specific structural motifs for property modulation became a research activity complementary to target-oriented medicinal chemistry. The exploration of oxetane is given as an example. For the sake of brevity, this account cannot detail all further developments that have taken place in each individual area of

  2. 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, Rdiodes. 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.

  3. Dinámica no lineal del movimiento vibracional del sistema molecular HCN/HNC: Correspondencia entre la mecánica clásica y la mecánica cuántica

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    Seidel Gómez de Quero, Luis

    2011-01-01

    El objetivo de la Tesis es el estudio sistemático de la dinámica vibracional de un sistema molecular triatómico no rígido, HCN/HNC, en la aproximación de Born-Oppenheimer, utilizando una superficie de energía potencial realista y limitando a dos el número de grados de libertad del sistema. Se ha estudiado la estructura del espacio de fases clásico utilizando superficies de sección de Poincaré compuestas y se comprobado que la dinámica: clásica del sistema presenta regiones de comportamiento r...

  4. Dinámica no lineal del movimiento vibracional del sistema molecular HCN/HNC: Correspondencia entre la mecánica clásica y la mecánica cuántica

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    Seidel Gómez de Quero, Luis

    2001-01-01

    El objetivo de la Tesis es el estudio sistemático de la dinámica vibracional de un sistema molecular triatómico no rígido, HCN/HNC, en la aproximación de Born-Oppenheimer, utilizando una superficie de energía potencial realista y limitando a dos el número de grados de libertad del sistema. Se ha estudiado la estructura del espacio de fases clásico utilizando superficies de sección de Poincaré compuestas y se comprobado que la dinámica: clásica del sistema presenta regiones de comportamiento r...

  5. Identificación molecular y actividad sobre sustratos cromogénicos de la venombina A del veneno de la serpiente peruana Bothrops atrox

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    Gustavo A. Sandoval

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se ha realizado la identificación molecular de la enzima similar a trombina (EST del veneno de Bothrops atrox y se ha evaluado su actividad enzimática sobre diversos sustratos sintéticos. La enzima fue purificada utilizando tres pasos cromatrográficos, sobre Sephadex G-75, CM-Sephadex C-50 y Agarosa-PAB, determinándose su peso molecular por PAGE-SDS. La identificación molecular de la enzima aislada se realizó por la técnica de peptide mass fingerprinting basada en espectrometría de masas MALDI-TOF y posterior análisis in silico. Las actividades fibrinocoagulante y amidolítica fueron ensayadas sobre fibrinó- geno bovino y BApNA, respectivamente, así como la hidrólisis sobre los sustratos cromogénicos específicos S-2238, S-2251 y S-2266. Como resultado de los ensayos bioquímicos y estructurales, la EST del veneno de B. atrox, presentó un peso molecular de 29,6 kDa. El análisis mediante espectrometría de masas de los péptidos obtenidos, permitió identificar a esta enzima como una venombina A, presentando una identidad del 75%. Del análisis de actividad enzimática, se obtuvo que la EST de B. atrox produjo coagulación del fibrinógeno bovino y presentó actividad sobre BApNA, S-2238 y S-2266, siendo incapaz de hidrolizar el sustrato S-2251. El empleo de estas aproximaciones estructurales y funcionales ha permitido lograr la identificación molecular del principal componente del veneno de B. atrox relacionado con su acción coagulante, así como evaluar en detalle la naturaleza de su actividad enzimática sobre diversos sustratos.

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

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    Müller, Klaus

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    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......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...... involved in this transformation process, to have been able to collaborate with, direct, guide, or simply encourage outstanding experts in various disciplines to build and further develop what has become a major pillar of modern small-molecule drug discovery. This article is an account of major events...

  7. PROGRAMA DE CALIDAD PARA LAS INVESTIGACIONES BÁSICAS DEL CENTRO DE INMUNOLOGÍA MOLECULAR / PROGRAM OF QUALITY FOR THE BASIC INVESTIGATIONS OF THE CENTER OF MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY

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    Dainerys Infante-Santana; Mercedes Delgado-Fernández; Elizabeth Teresita Arias-Valdés; Anabel Ferrer-Corral

    2011-01-01

    El artículo describe el Programa de calidad para las investigaciones del Centro de Inmunología Molecular. Este programa incorpora el cumplimiento de las Buenas Prácticas de Laboratorio con una gestión basada en el comportamiento, el análisis de los riesgos, el enfoque a procesos y la evaluación a través de indicadores. La aplicación del nuevo programa de calidad en el proceso de la actividad científica, permitió disminuir los incumplimientos de las mencionadas prácticas, mejorar los ...

  8. Caracterización molecular de un begomovirus del tomate en el Valle del Cauca, Colombia, y búsqueda de fuentes de resistencia para el mejoramiento de la variedad Unapal Maravilla

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    Ana Karine Martínez A

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Se caracterizó un virus transmitido por la mosca blanca Bemisia tabaci al tomate en el Valle del Cauca como una variante del Virus del mosaico amarillo del tomate (Tomato yellow mosaic virus = ToYMV. Plantas de tomate (FLA 496-11-6-1-0, FLA 478-6-3-1-11, FLA 456-4 y FLA 653-3-1-0 de 20 días de edad se confinaron en jaulas individuales con 10 individuos virulíferos de B. tabaci (biotipo B por planta, en condiciones de invernadero. La infección por el virus se confirmó por el desarrollo de los síntomas y las pruebas moleculares de PCR e hibridación dot blot. Las características agromorfológicas se evaluaron en campo en un diseño de bloques completos al azar con tres repeticiones. Las líneas FLA 653-3-1-0, FLA 496-11-6-1-0 y FLA 478-6-3-1-11 desarrollaron síntomas muy leves; el ADN viral fue apenas detectable para algunos individuos y presentaron características del fruto y rendimientos deseables.

  9. A molecularly based theory for electron transfer reorganization energy

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    Zhuang, Bilin; Wang, Zhen-Gang, E-mail: zgw@cheme.caltech.edu [Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)

    2015-12-14

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Molecular bases of myelodysplastic syndromes: lessons from animal models.

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    Komeno, Yukiko; Kitaura, Jiro; Kitamura, Toshio

    2009-06-01

    Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a clonal disorder of hematopietic stem cells characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis, peripheral blood cytopenia, morphologic dysplasia, and susceptibility to acute myeloid leukemia. Several mechanisms have been suggested as causes of MDS: unbalanced chromosomal abnormalities reflecting a gain or loss of chromosomal material, point mutations of transcription factors, and inactivation of p53. However, appropriate animal models that mimic MDS have long been lacking. We recently reported a novel murine model of MDS that recapitulates trilineage dysplasia and transformation to AML. In this review, we summarize the animal models of MDS and discuss the molecular bases of MDS as well as those of leukemia and myeloproliferative disorders (MPD). J. Cell. Physiol. 219: 529-534, 2009. (c) 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  13. Genomic and epigenetic insights into the molecular bases of heterosis.

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    Chen, Z Jeffrey

    2013-07-01

    Heterosis, also known as hybrid vigour, is widespread in plants and animals, but the molecular bases for this phenomenon remain elusive. Recent studies in hybrids and allopolyploids using transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic, epigenomic and systems biology approaches have provided new insights. Emerging genomic and epigenetic perspectives suggest that heterosis arises from allelic interactions between parental genomes, leading to altered programming of genes that promote the growth, stress tolerance and fitness of hybrids. For example, epigenetic modifications of key regulatory genes in hybrids and allopolyploids can alter complex regulatory networks of physiology and metabolism, thus modulating biomass and leading to heterosis. The conceptual advances could help to improve plant and animal productivity through the manipulation of heterosis.

  14. The internet of molecular things based on FRET

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    Kuşçu, Murat; Akan, Özgür Barış

    2016-01-01

    Molecular devices, which consist of single or a few molecules, are envisioned to perform advanced tasks such as molecular information processing and collaborative sensing/actuating if they are operated in a cooperative manner. To connect these nanoscopic primitive devices with each other and with macroscale networks, and thus, to realize the internet of molecular devices, requires fundamentally different and novel approaches, other than the molecular or electromagnetic nanocommunications. Rec...

  15. 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.

  16. Mecanismos moleculares de resistencia a las enfermedades vesiculares virales del ganado criollo colombiano blanco orejinegro (BON

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    Jorge Eliécer Ossa Londoño

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    . El IFN activa tres rutas antivirales: 2-5 oligoadenilatosintetasa (2-5A, Proteina-kinasa dependiente de dsRNA (PKR y proteína Mx; las dos primeras inducen apoptosis (1,2. Hemos demostrado, in vitro, que en bovinos BON existe polimorfismo fenotípico en resistencia/susceptibilidad al VFA y al VEV. También se demostró asociación entre producción de IFN y resistencia in vitro al VFA (3, y polimorfismo en la expresión celular de integrina αV3, que es uno de los receptores utilizados por este virus. Este estudio pretende determinar el(los mecanismo(s molecular(es responsables de la resistencia/susceptibilidad, in vitro, al VFA y al VEV con énfasis en IFN, apoptosis y receptores celulares

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Componentes Principales (C.P. de los sistemas de calculo del IPC base 92 y sistema IPC base 2001

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    Julio Pallas González

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    Full Text Available Nueve años después de que se adoptara un cambio de base en el cálculo del IPC para el Estado Español, asistimos a un cambio de sistema en el cálculo del mismo, naciendo el sistema de índices de precios, base 2001. A lo largo de este trabajo y utilizando el programa estadístico SPSS, se tratará de realizar un análisis multivariante, sobre las distintas variables que componen el IPC base 92, del estado español, y las del índice, atendiendo al nuevo sistema base 2001, que entró en vigor en enero de 2002. De todas las técnicas multivariantes susceptibles de ser aplicadas en este trabajo, se utilizaran el análisis de componentes principales y el análisis factorial, con el fin de obtener factores no observables que permitan explicar, perdiendo la mínima información, las variables originales que representan.

  20. BASES MOLECULARES DA ABSORÇÃO DO FERRO

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    A. A. MACHADO

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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.

  1. Molecular mechanisms of acid-base sensing by the kidney.

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    Brown, Dennis; Wagner, Carsten A

    2012-05-01

    A major function of the kidney is to collaborate with the respiratory system to maintain systemic acid-base status within limits compatible with normal cell and organ function. It achieves this by regulating the excretion and recovery of bicarbonate (mainly in the proximal tubule) and the secretion of buffered protons (mainly in the distal tubule and collecting duct). How proximal tubular cells and distal professional proton transporting (intercalated) cells sense and respond to changes in pH, bicarbonate, and CO(2) status is a question that has intrigued many generations of renal physiologists. Over the past few years, however, some candidate molecular pH sensors have been identified, including acid/alkali-sensing receptors (GPR4, InsR-RR), kinases (Pyk2, ErbB1/2), pH-sensitive ion channels (ASICs, TASK, ROMK), and the bicarbonate-stimulated adenylyl cyclase (sAC). Some acid-sensing mechanisms in other tissues, such as CAII-PDK2L1 in taste buds, might also have similar roles to play in the kidney. Finally, the function of a variety of additional membrane channels and transporters is altered by pH variations both within and outside the cell, and the expression of several metabolic enzymes are altered by acid-base status in parts of the nephron. Thus, it is possible that a master pH sensor will never be identified. Rather, the kidney seems equipped with a battery of molecules that scan the epithelial cell environment to mount a coordinated physiologic response that maintains acid-base homeostasis. This review collates current knowledge on renal acid-base sensing in the context of a whole organ sensing and response process.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Colorimetric biomimetic sensor systems based on molecularly imprinted polymer membranes for highly-selective detection of phenol in environmental samples

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    Sergeyeva T. A.

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Development of an easy-to-use colorimetric sensor system for fast and accurate detection of phenol in envi- ronmental samples. Methods. Technique of molecular imprinting, method of in situ polymerization of molecularly imprinted polymer membranes. Results. The proposed sensor is based on free-standing molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP membranes, synthesized by in situ polymerization, and having in their structure artificial binding sites capable of selective phenol recognition. The quantitative detection of phenol, selectively adsorbed by the MIP membranes, is based on its reaction with 4-aminoantipyrine, which gives a pink-colored product. The intensity of staining of the MIP membrane is proportional to phenol concentration in the analyzed sample. Phenol can be detected within the range 50 nM–10 mM with limit of detection 50 nM, which corresponds to the concentrations that have to be detected in natural and waste waters in accordance with environmental protection standards. Stability of the MIP-membrane-based sensors was assessed during 12 months storage at room temperature. Conclusions. The sensor system provides highly-selective and sensitive detection of phenol in both mo- del and real (drinking, natural, and waste water samples. As compared to traditional methods of phenol detection, the proposed system is characterized by simplicity of operation and can be used in non-laboratory conditions.

  6. BASES PARA LA ZONIFICACIÓN AGROECOLÓGICA EN EL CULTIVO DEL CACAO (Theobroma cacao, Lin POR MEDIO DEL CRITERIO DE EXPERTOS

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    Giclis M. Suárez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo fue establecer las bases para la zonificación agroecológica del cacao (Theobroma cacao, Lin por medio del criterio de expertos mediante el método Delphi. Se seleccionaron expertos de diferentes esferas y se determinó el nivel de experticia y el nivel de competencia de cada experto respecto a la problemática relacionada con la definición de los factores que definen la ubicación del cultivo. Para ello se elaboró y aplicó un sistema de rondas de preguntas o cuestionarios que surgieron del procesamiento estadístico sucesivo de cada ronda, donde se determinaron los parámetros: media aritmética de la evaluación de los expertos a cada pregunta, desviación estándar y varianza (dispersión de las evaluaciones de cada pregunta. A partir de estos estadígrafos se determinó el coeficiente de variación (nivel de concordancia, que unido con el nivel de relevancia, constituyeron los elementos discriminantes que permitieron proponer las variables en los cuestionarios subsiguientes. Los resultados permitieron determinar siete expertos para la consulta de las rondas de preguntas, con un nivel de competencia medio y alto, además de valoraciones promedio del coeficiente de competencia (K igual a 0,89. Se determinó que los factores genéticos, socioeconómicos y los fisiográficos no guardan relación con la definición del lugar para el desarrollo del cultivo; sin embargo, los factores climáticos (precipitaciones y temperatura y los edáficos (tipos y profundidad del suelo fueron los de mayor influencia para definir la ubicación del cacao, y constituyeron los principales elementos de las bases para la zonificación agroecológica del cultivo.

  7. Evasión molecular de la activación del macrófago bovino por Mycobacterium avium subespecie paratuberculosis

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    René Ramírez G.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available El Mycobacterium avium subespecie paratuberculosis (MAP es el agente causal de una enfermedad granulomatosica crónica, que afecta el tracto gastrointestinal de rumiantes domesticos y salvajes, conocida como la enfermedad de Johne o paratuberculosis. MAP es un microorganismo de crecimiento lento en cultivo, no obstante sobrevive in vivo en células fagocíticas mononucleares de los rumiantes, bajo condiciones de susceptibilidad individual, virulencia de la cepa infectante y estado inmune del individuo afectado. Una vez MAP es fagocitado por el macrófago bovino, tanto el macrófago como MAP activan: el uno para tratar de destruir a MAP y luego sufrir apoptosis y el otro para evadir su destrucción dentro del fagolisosoma del macrófago. El balance de dicha confrontación molecular determina el curso inicial de la infección hacia la eliminación eficiente del microorganismo o hacia el establecimiento de la infección, que culminará en los estadios III (clínico intermitente y IV (clínica terminal de la enfermedad de Johne. En la presente revisión se discuten los diferentes mecanismos moleculares por los cuales MAP evade la respuesta inmune, con énfasis en su comportamiento dentro de la vacuola fagocítica y como el agente establece mecanismos de sobrevivencia intracelular y altera la activación de los macrófagos del hospedero y de la respuesta inmune específica.

  8. Molecular clips based on propanediurea : synthesis and physical properties

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    Jansen, Robertus Johannes

    2002-01-01

    This thesis describes the synthesis and physical properties of a series of molecular clips derived from the concave molecule propanediurea. These molecular clips are cavity-containing receptors that can bind a variety of aromatic guests. This binding is a result of hydrogen bonding and pi-pi stackin

  9. Estudio molecular del condiloma acuminado: correlación clínica e histopatológica, genotipo del virus del papiloma humano y factores de riesgo asociados.

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    Hernández Bel, Pablo

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    INTRODUCCIÓN: Los condilomas acuminados(CA) se encuentran entre las enfermedades más comunes de transmisión sexual. Aunque habitualmente se entiende que es el virus del papiloma humano (VPH) de bajo riesgo, genotipos 6 y 11 los que están asociados con el CA, sólo existen un número limitado de estudios publicados que informan de la prevalencia específica del genotipo del VPH. El objetivo de nuestro estudio fue evaluar la prevalencia de genotipos del VPH para un elevado número de casos que i...

  10. Actin-based motility propelled by molecular motors

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    Upadyayula, Sai Pramod; Rangarajan, Murali

    2012-09-01

    Actin-based motility of Listeria monocytogenes propelled by filament end-tracking molecular motors has been simulated. Such systems may act as potential nanoscale actuators and shuttles useful in sorting and sensing biomolecules. Filaments are modeled as three-dimensional elastic springs distributed on one end of the capsule and persistently attached to the motile bacterial surface through an end-tracking motor complex. Filament distribution is random, and monomer concentration decreases linearly as a function of position on the bacterial surface. Filament growth rate increases with monomer concentration but decreases with the extent of compression. The growing filaments exert push-pull forces on the bacterial surface. In addition to forces, torques arise due to two factors—distribution of motors on the bacterial surface, and coupling of torsion upon growth due to the right-handed helicity of F-actin—causing the motile object to undergo simultaneous translation and rotation. The trajectory of the bacterium is simulated by performing a force and torque balance on the bacterium. All simulations use a fixed value of torsion. Simulations show strong alignment of the filaments and the long axis of the bacterium along the direction of motion. In the absence of torsion, the bacterial surface essentially moves along the direction of the long axis. When a small amount of the torsion is applied to the bacterial surface, the bacterium is seen to move in right-handed helical trajectories, consistent with experimental observations.

  11. LA PARTICIPACION EN LA SOCIEDAD COMO BASE DEL DESARROLLO

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    María Cecilia Múnera López

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    Full Text Available A explicação dela participação na sociedade como a base para o desenvolvimento é o resultado dum processo longo de pesquisa, que no âmbito da teoria fundamentada, tem chegado a aspetos essenciais de ordem conceitual e metodológica, que sustentam o desenvolvimento e a participação. Assim, este artigo apresenta o desenvolvimento desde uma perspectiva resignificada, entendida como uma construção sociocultural múltipla, histórica e territorialmente determinada. De acordo com tal renovação teórica, se apresenta uma forma tipológica de participação, chamada "participação sinérgica", como uma opção plausível para impactar positivamente o desenvolvimento.

  12. MrGrid: a portable grid based molecular replacement pipeline.

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    Jason W Schmidberger

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The crystallographic determination of protein structures can be computationally demanding and for difficult cases can benefit from user-friendly interfaces to high-performance computing resources. Molecular replacement (MR is a popular protein crystallographic technique that exploits the structural similarity between proteins that share some sequence similarity. But the need to trial permutations of search models, space group symmetries and other parameters makes MR time- and labour-intensive. However, MR calculations are embarrassingly parallel and thus ideally suited to distributed computing. In order to address this problem we have developed MrGrid, web-based software that allows multiple MR calculations to be executed across a grid of networked computers, allowing high-throughput MR. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: MrGrid is a portable web based application written in Java/JSP and Ruby, and taking advantage of Apple Xgrid technology. Designed to interface with a user defined Xgrid resource the package manages the distribution of multiple MR runs to the available nodes on the Xgrid. We evaluated MrGrid using 10 different protein test cases on a network of 13 computers, and achieved an average speed up factor of 5.69. CONCLUSIONS: MrGrid enables the user to retrieve and manage the results of tens to hundreds of MR calculations quickly and via a single web interface, as well as broadening the range of strategies that can be attempted. This high-throughput approach allows parameter sweeps to be performed in parallel, improving the chances of MR success.

  13. Development of EST-based SNP and InDel markers and their utilization in tetraploid cotton genetic mapping

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    Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were analyzed in silico in order to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and insertion-deletion polymorphisms (InDels) in cotton. A total of 1349 EST-based SNP and InDel markers were developed by comparing ESTs between Gossypium hirsutum and G. barbadense, m...

  14. Caracterización molecular de un begomovirus del tomate en el Valle del Cauca, Colombia, y búsqueda de fuentes de resistencia para el mejoramiento de la variedad Unapal Maravilla

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    Martínez Ana Karine

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Se caracterizó un virus transmitido por la mosca blanca Bemisia tabaci al tomate en el Valle del Cauca como una variante del Virus del mosaico amarillo del tomate (Tomato yellow mosaic virus = ToYMV. Plantas de tomate (FLA 496-11-6-1-0, FLA 478-6-3-1-11, FLA 456-4 y FLA 653-3-1-0 de 20 días de edad se confinaron en jaulas individuales con 10 individuos virulíferos de B. tabaci (biotipo B por planta, en condiciones de invernadero. La infección por el virus se confirmó por el desarrollo de los síntomas y las pruebas moleculares de PCR e hibridación dot blot. Las características agromorfológicas se evaluaron en campo en un diseño de bloques completos al azar con tres repeticiones. Las líneas FLA 653-3-1-0, FLA 496-11-6-1-0 y FLA 478-6-3-1-11 desarrollaron síntomas muy leves; el ADN viral fue apenas detectable para algunos individuos y presentaron características del fruto y rendimientos deseables.

  15. Acerca del hormigón de la Base de Rota

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    López Ruiz, Álvaro

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    Full Text Available Not availableCon reconocimiento a las entidades Thompson & Lichtner Co. Inc., Brown-Raymond-Walsh y O. I. C. C, supervisares del Laboratorio de ensayo y proyecto de materiales de construcción de la Base de Rota, en el cual el autor trabajó como "Senior testing engineer", por las facilidades dadas para la realización de este trabajo.

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

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

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    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.

  17. Elemental and Molecular Heritage: An Internet-based Display

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    Henry S. Rzepa

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    Full Text Available The background to a Web page describing elemental and molecular heritage at Imperial College chemistry department is described. Photographs are shown of the original samples of elemental bromine and crystalline silicon, and molecular ferrocene and mauveine. 3D "Hyperactive" models of these systems are shown, together with a recently discovered heterocyclic systems scorpionine, which like mauveine is made by a deceptively simple chemical synthesis.

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

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    Chantelot Christine

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    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.

  19. Diagnóstico molecular, citogenético y anatomohistopatológico del Síndrome Freemartin en hembras bovinas en Colombia

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    Ximena Cardona Lopera

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome Freemartin es un estado de intersexualidad de muchas de las hembras bovinas provenientes de parto múltiple heterosexual (macho – hembra. Éste se origina en la vida fetal entre los 30 y 40 días de gestación producto del intercambio transplacentario de células mediante anastomosis vasculares, presentándose fenómenos de quimerismo 60XX/XY en varios tejidos, y esterilidad consecuente. En el presente trabajo se tomaron 106 muestras de sangre de terneras provenientes de parto múltiple heterosexual, se realizó extracción de ADN de leucocitos y se buscó la amplificación del gen SRY asociado al cromosoma “Y” mediante PCR y lectura en gel de agarosa. 90 terneras (84.9% de las 106 amplificaron SRY, verificando el quimerismo 60XX/XY, y 16 terneras (15.1% que no amplificaron el gen, libres del síndrome quimérico y por lo tanto, aptas reproductivamente. El análisis citogenético realizado mediante cultivo de linfocitos demostró la presencia del cromosoma “Y” en linfocitos de hembras positivas a SRY y la ausencia del quimerismo en hembras SRY negativas.  El análisis anatómico post mortem de tractos reproductivos de hembras positivas a SRY detectó anormalidades características del síndrome tales como, clítoris hipertrofiados y atresias ductales cervicales.  El análisis histopatológico de placas de gónadas de estos animales evidenció la presencia de ovotestículos. El presente estudio confirma la utilidad de las técnicas de biología molecular como herramientas diagnósticas del síndrome, para el aprovechamiento de hembras de reemplazo al servicio del hato bovino. Palabras clave: cariotipo, genotipificación, intersexualidad, quimerismo, SRY.

  20. Estudio anatomopatológico, citogenético y molecular del síndrome freemartin en el bovino doméstico (Bos taurus - (anatomopathologic, cytogenetic and molecular studies of the freemartin syndrome in cattle (bos taurus

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    Ayala-Valdovinos, Miguel Angel

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    Full Text Available ResumenA través del análisis citogenético utilizando la presencia de los cromosomas sexuales como marcadores y mediante el análisis molecular (PCR-RFLP, utilizando oligonucleótidos iniciadores para los genes Zfx y Zfy del bovino, se diagnosticaron con la condición intersexual, síndrome freemartin, 19 individuos (Bos taurus procedentes de partos múltiples heterosexuales; asimismo, se estudiaron anatomopatológicamente cuatro de estos animales, enfatizando en las características del tejido gonadal (ovárico y/o testicular presente, procediendo a la identificación molecular (PCR-RFLP de células masculinas en este tejido. El quimerismo cromosómico hematopoyético (60,XX/60,XY caracterizó a los animales estudiados, excepcionalmente un individuo mostró complemento cromosómico 60,XY. Mediante la técnica de PCR, se amplificó un fragmento de 447 pb, del cual después de ser digerido con la enzima de restricción Pst I, se obtuvieron los RFLP de los animales estudiados, hembras normales (447 pb así como machos normales y animales freemartins (447, 344 y 103 pb. Los hallazgos anatomopatológicos de dos de los cuatro freemartins estudiados hasta su sacrificio mostraron pseudohermafroditismo masculino, de estos dos intersexos además se obtuvo ADN de tejido gonadal, del cual se identificó a nivel molecular (PCR la presencia de un patrón de RFLP específicos de freemartin. Los dos freemartins restantes presentaron una marcada hipoplasia del tracto reproductor sin gónadas diferenciadas como tales. AbstractBy means of the cytogenetic analysis using the presence of the sexual chromosomes as markers and through the molecular analysis (pcr-rflp, using primers for the zfx and zfy genes of the bovine, 19 individuals (bos taurus coming from heterosexual multiple parturitions, were diagnosed as syndrome freemartin intersexes; likewise, there were studied anatomopathologically four of these animals, emphasizing the characteristics of the gonadal

  1. MEJORAMIENTO DE PROCESOS CLAVE A TRAVÉS DEL ANÁLISIS DEL VALOR AÑADIDO EN EMPRESAS DE BASE TECNOLÓGICA DE PRODUCCIONES POR PROYECTO DEL SECTOR HIDRÁULICO EN CUBA

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    Reina Maylín, Hernández Oro

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se muestran los principales resultados de una investigación orientada al mejoramiento de procesos empresariales clave, aplicando un procedimiento diseñado a tal efecto y donde se incluye entre sus etapas principales, el análisis del valor añadido por actividad, adaptándolo a empresas de base tecnológica de producciones por proyecto único (o singular del sector hidráulico cubano. En el procedimiento se combinan de forma coherente diferentes técnicas, tales como el Análisis Decisional Multicriterio para la selección de los procesos clave y el Análisis del Valor Añadido por actividad para determinar los procesos clave a mejorar e identificar las oportunidades de mejora. Como principales resultados se logró identificar, clasificar y relacionar los procesos que se desarrollan en la organización y representarlos en un mapa de procesos, para luego determinar los procesos clave para la mejora, sobre la base del análisis del valor añadido a cada proceso de cada una de las actividades que lo integran. Derivado de los resultados obtenidos, se propuso e implementó un grupo de mejoras organizativas que tuvieron un impacto económico positivo para la empresa objeto de estudio, lo que permitió concluir favorablemente sobre la factibilidad de aplicación, flexibilidad y robustez del procedimiento desarrollado en las empresas de base tecnológica de producciones por proyecto único del sector hidráulico en Cuba para apoyar su gestión empresarial.

  2. MEZCLAS BINARIAS DE LÍQUIDO IÓNICO CON SOLVENTE MOLECULAR: PREDICCIÓN DEL VOLUMEN DE EXCESO MOLAR DESDE ÍNDICES DE REFRACCIÓN

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    Marlon Doney Martínez Reina; Eliseo Amado González

    2011-01-01

    El volumen de exceso molar de 30 mezclas binarias que contienen líquidos iónicos de imidazolio con diferentes solventes moleculares: (metanol, etanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, acetona, 2- butanona, 2-pentanona, acetato de metilo, acetato de etilo, acetato de butilo, carbonato de dimetilo, carbonato de dietilo, nitrometano, 1,3-dicloropropano y etilenglicol),se predice desde datos de índice de refracción, usando tres tipos de métodos acoplados con diferentes reglas de mezcla para el cálculo del...

  3. Estudio del grado de madurez y/o maduración de tomates empleando técnicas espectroscópicas moleculares

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    Jurado Capel, Laura

    2012-01-01

    Este Trabajo Fin de Máster versa sobre el estudio de la madurez en tomates evaluando la evolución de distintos pigmentos (carotenos, tocoferoles, flavonoides)y otros compuestos como el glutamato monosódico. Para ello se hace uso de técnicas espectroscópicas moleculares donde el análisis de la muestra se aborda a través de dos estrategias diferentes que permita comparar el análisis directo sobre la piel del fruto mediante ATR-FTIR y análisis de extractos metanólicos de la piel mediante Fluore...

  4. Consultas a bases de datos basadas en estructuras de representación del conocimiento

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    Pérez Bustos, Marco Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Entes que lo rodean. Las organizaciones utilizan esta información para apoyar la toma de decisiones. Frecuentemente se llega a una conclusión a partir de análisis matemáticos de los datos contenidos en una base da datos y de un razonamiento lógico por parte del tomador de decisiones. Proporcionando así, resultados al aplicar su experiencia sobre alguna situación en particular, que puede ser representada en una base de conocimiento. Sin embargo, dentro de las aplicaciones computacionales exist...

  5. Sugar-based molecular computing by material implication.

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    Elstner, Martin; Axthelm, Jörg; Schiller, Alexander

    2014-07-07

    A method to integrate an (in principle) unlimited number of molecular logic gates to construct complex circuits is presented. Logic circuits, such as half- or full-adders, can be reinterpreted by using the functional completeness of the implication function (IMP) and the trivial FALSE operation. The molecular gate IMP is represented by a fluorescent boronic acid sugar probe. An external wiring algorithm translates the fluorescent output from one gate into a chemical input for the next gate on microtiter plates. This process is demonstrated on a four-bit full adder.

  6. Molecular containers based on calix[4]pyrrole scaffolds

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    Galán Coca, Albano

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    Esta tesis comprende la síntesis y el estudio de diferentes contenedores moleculares basados en una estructura macrocíclica de calix[4]pirrol. Los contenedores moleculares poseen cavidades polares funcionalizadas ideales para el reconocimiento de moléculas polares i.e. aniones, N-oxidos… La creación de contenedores con cavidades permanentes (cavitandos) da lugar a la formación de complejos termodinámica y cinéticamente muy estables. Las conformaciones adoptadas en disolución por los complejos...

  7. Evaluación de diferentes matrices cromatográficas para la determinación del tamaño molecular del polisacárido C de Neisseria meningitidis mediante HPLC.

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    Matilde Cuevas

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Las propiedades inmunológicas del polisacárido C de Neisseria meningitidis se correlacionan con su tamaño molecular, parámetro físico-químico que se determina mediante cromatografìa convencional en filtración en gel, según lo recomendado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS. Sin embargo, la determinación del coeficiente de distribución (Kd mediante este método, consume mucho tiempo y requiere relativamente grandes cantidades de muestra del producto. La Cromatografía Líquida de Alta Resolución (HPLC es más eficiente y podría sustituir el método convencional. Para ello en el presente trabajo se evaluaron diferentes columnas cromatográficas y condiciones de corrida. En todos los casos se determinó el volumen muerto y el volumen total, así como el factor de capacidad, la eficiencia, la asimetría del pico y la repetibilidad. Se empleó como fase móvil NaCl 0,2 mol/L. La columna de Sepharose CL 4B (Pharmacia, Suecia resultó ser la escogida para la determinación de Kd del polisacárido C mediante HPLC ya que fue la de mayor capacidad para retener la muestra; aunque resultó menos eficiente que la TSK G3000PW (Tosohaas, Japón, mostró igual asimetría del pico, mejor repetibilidad, y menor costo. Se estudiaron diferentes velocidades de flujo, concentraciones y volúmenes de muestra con el fin de determinar las mejores condiciones para el análisis, que resultaron ser las siguientes: Una inyección de 100 μl de muestra (0,1 mg a 0,3 mL/min de flujo.

  8. USO DE MODELOS MOLECULARES TRIDIMENSIONALES PARA LA ENSEÑANZA DEL NIVEL SUBMICROSCÓPICO DE LA MATERIA EN EL CURSO FUNDAMENTOS DE QUÍMICA

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    Catalina Betancourt

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    Full Text Available This research arises as part of the process of action research carried out by the members of the chair of general Chemistry, in the search of improvements in the teaching and learning of chemistry. In this sense, it was considered to work on the submicroscopic level of the matter, through the use of tridimensional molecular models. Models help to explain the structure of matter, inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and assist the visualization of chemical phenomena. The purpose of the work was to implement the strategy of molecular models in structural chemistry contents, in the Fundamentals of Chemistry course in the UPEL-IPC. Among the issues discussed, were included: States of aggregation, chemical bonding, nomenclature and chemical reactions. In these contents students presented difficulty in comprehension which may be due to the conceptual complexity and non-differentiation of the levels of Chemistry. This is how this strategy contains an action plan where the student is an active participant, ranging from the elaboration of the model with low-cost materials, to the design of the spatial form and types of molecules links. The study was framed in the sociocritical theory which wants to make evident the changes in the studied reality. In terms of the obtained results, it was observed a high level of participation and motivation of the students in the contents where molecular models were used, during six academic periods. However, there is no evidence of having led to a significant learning in the submicroscopic world.La investigación surge como parte del proceso de investigación acción que desarrollan los miembros de la Cátedra de Química General, en busca de mejoras en la enseñanza y aprendizaje de la Química, en este sentido, se consideró trabajar el nivel submicroscópico de la materia, a través del uso de los modelos moleculares tridimensionales. Los modelos ayudan a explicar la estructura de la materia, inspiran la

  9. Web Based Learning Support for Experimental Design in Molecular Biology.

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    Wilmsen, Tinri; Bisseling, Ton; Hartog, Rob

    An important learning goal of a molecular biology curriculum is a certain proficiency level in experimental design. Currently students are confronted with experimental approaches in textbooks, in lectures and in the laboratory. However, most students do not reach a satisfactory level of competence in the design of experimental approaches. This…

  10. Engineering controllable bidirectional molecular motors based on myosin.

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    Chen, Lu; Nakamura, Muneaki; Schindler, Tony D; Parker, David; Bryant, Zev

    2012-02-19

    Cytoskeletal motors drive the transport of organelles and molecular cargoes within cells and have potential applications in molecular detection and diagnostic devices. Engineering molecular motors with controllable properties will allow selective perturbation of mechanical processes in living cells and provide optimized device components for tasks such as molecular sorting and directed assembly. Biological motors have previously been modified by introducing activation/deactivation switches that respond to metal ions and other signals. Here, we show that myosin motors can be engineered to reversibly change their direction of motion in response to a calcium signal. Building on previous protein engineering studies and guided by a structural model for the redirected power stroke of myosin VI, we have constructed bidirectional myosins through the rigid recombination of structural modules. The performance of the motors was confirmed using gliding filament assays and single fluorophore tracking. Our strategy, in which external signals trigger changes in the geometry and mechanics of myosin lever arms, should make it possible to achieve spatiotemporal control over a range of motor properties including processivity, stride size and branchpoint turning.

  11. Molecular Similarity Based on Super-Ball Algorithm

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    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.

  12. El picudo del algodonero en la Argentina: Principales resultados e implicancias de los estudios moleculares The cotton boll weevil in Argentina: Main results and implications of the molecular studies

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    Analía A. Lanteri

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Después de diez años del primer registro del picudo del algodonero, Anthonomus grandis Boheman (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, en la Argentina, el insecto ha llegado a la zona algodonera del Chaco. Los estudios moleculares realizados sobre poblaciones de la Argentina, Brasil y Paraguay, y posibles poblaciones fuente de EE.UU y México, han aportado información relevante para el control de la plaga. Se aplicaron las técnicas de RAPD (Polimorfismos del ADN Amplificados al Azar y de secuenciación de los genes mitocondriales de la Citocromo Oxidasa I y II, las cuales permitieron identificar dos linajes principales de picudos: a linajes con escasa o nula variabilidad medida en términos de heterocigosis y diversidad haplotípica, considerados colonizadores recientes, y asociados con ambientes xerófilos y cultivos de algodón (provincia de Formosa; b linajes con una elevada variabilidad y diversidad haplotípica, considerados ancestrales, y asociados con áreas de vegetación nativa de la selva misionera (Parque Nacional Iguazú. Se supone que ambos linajes tendrían diferentes orígenes, adaptaciones y preferencias de huéspedes, y que en este momento se estarían hidridando en zonas de ecotono. Se postula que el picudo se hallaría presente en América del Sur como consecuencia de una dispersión natural asociada principalmente con sus huéspedes silvestres de los géneros Gossypium y Cienfuegosia, probablemente desde el Pleistoceno. Por otra parte no se descarta la posibilidad de una o más introducciones desde EE.UU. hacia Brasil, mediante el comercio del algodón. Se destaca la importancia del cultivo extensivo del algodón, y de la deforestación y formación de corredores entre fragmentos de selva, para explicar la dispersión rápida de la plaga durante los últimos 20 años, en áreas algodoneras y/o no algodoneras pero afectadas por serios disturbios ambientales, como por ejemplo la provincia de Misiones.Ten years after the first record of

  13. Variantes moleculares en el gen L1 del virus del papiloma humano tipo 16, y regiones de la proteína L1 probablemente involucradas en la interacción virus-célula epitelial

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    María Mercedes Bravo

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    La infección con virus del papiloma humano de alto riesgo es considerada como el principal factor de riesgo en el desarrollo del cáncer de cuello uterino. Entre los HPV de alto riesgo, el tipo 16 es el más frecuente tanto en mujeres con citología normal, como en mujeres con lesiones premalignas y en cáncer invasivo. Se ha demostrado la existencia de variaciones en la secuencia del genoma de HPV16, estos polimorfismos se han agrupado en cinco ramas filogenéticas denominadas según su distribución geográfica: Europeas (E, Asiaticas-Americanas (AA, Asiáticas (As, Africanas (Af y Norteamericanas (NA; determinadas por sustituciones nucleotídicas en los genes E6, L1 y L2 y la región larga de control.

    Varios estudios han sugerido que las variantes no Europeas son más agresivas que las Europeas, esto puede ser el reflejo de una interacción diferente con el huésped y por tanto implicar diferencias en el resultado final de la infección (mayor persistencia o mayor oncogenicidad.

    Particularmente se ha demostrado que las variaciones en la secuencia de aminoácidos de la proteína L1, la proteína principal de la cápside viral, pueden modificar las epítopes neutralizantes del virus afectando la efectividad de la respuesta inmune, también estas variaciones pueden afectar la capacidad de ensamble de las cápsides y la afinidad por receptores a nivel epitelial.

    El propósito de este estudio fue identificar las variaciones moleculares del gen L1 de HPV16 en aislamientos provenientes de cepillados cervicales de mujeres colombianas con citología normal y con cáncer de cuello uterino, con el fin de analizar si existen variaciones que alteren las regiones

  14. Caracterización molecular con marcadores RAM de árboles nativos de Psidium guajava (guayaba en el Valle del Cauca

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    Sanabria Hilsy L

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available COMPENDIO Se evaluaron 53 accesiones de Psidium guajava Valle del Cauca, utilizando marcadores microsatélites aleatorios RAM. Los seis primeros usados generaron 74 bandas polimórficas, con pesos moleculares de 100 a 700 pb. El porcentaje de loci Polimórfico en cinco de los primeros resultó ser del 100% (P < 0.05 y la diversidad génica de 0.4386. El Análisis de Varianza Molecular (AMOVA reveló que el 64.51% de la varianza total haplotípica contabiliza para variaciones dentro de transectos. El análisis de clasificación reflejó un agrupamiento que no correspondía a un patrón geográfico, lo cual indica que la especie de guayaba tiene alta diseminación. El análisis conjunto de las características morfológicas y moleculares suministró una caracterización confiable. La variación total de los descriptores morfológicos y valores moleculares fue explicada en un 77.58% mediante CP, donde las variables originales alcanzaron valores de comunalidad desde 57.22 a un 95.99% dentro de cinco variables sintéticas generadas. El ACM permitió caracterizar las accesiones en cuatro grupos, en los cuales según el análisis discriminante casi el 100% de las accesiones quedaron debidamente clasificadas. Palabras claves: Psidium guajava, accesiones, biodiversidad, marcadores genéticos, análisis molecular, clasificación. ABSTRACT Molecular characteristics of Psidium guajava in the Cauca Valley, Colombia. 53 accessions of Psidium guajava were collected in 9 zones of the Valley of the Cauca. The accessions were characterized molecularly by Microsatellite Amplificated Random RAMs, with the purpose to estimate the diversity and genetic structure that this specie possesses. Six primers were utilized and generated 74 polymorphisms bands with molecular weights from 100 to 700 pb. Five primers resulted to be 100% (P<0.05 polymorphic and the estimated gene diversity was 0.4386. The Analysis of Molecular Variance (AMOVA showed that the 64

  15. Caracterización molecular del virus de la enfermedad de Gumboro a través de la transcripción en reversa-reacción en cadena de la polimerasa combinado con análisis de enzimas de restricción - Molecular characterization of the infection bursal disease virus through RT/PCR combined with restriction enzymes analysis

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    Villacrés Carina

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEste estudio buscó demostrar la presencia del virus de la enfermedadinfecciosa de la bursa (IBDV, en tres explotaciones avícolas del centro norte del Ecuador y caracterizar las cepas encontradas a través de técnicas moleculares RFLPs.SummaryThe aim of this study was to demonstrate the presence of the infectious bursal disease virus in three farms of the north-central Ecuador and to characterize the strains found through the use of molecular techniques.

  16. La identidad cultural del territorio como base de una estrategia de desarrollo sostenible

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    Murilo Flores

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    Full Text Available En este artículo Flores presenta el debate actual sobre las nociones y conceptos que conducen a un territorio con identidad cultural, y cómo se establecen políticas o acciones de desarrollo en este tipo de territorio, y de valorización de los productos y servicios. Se presenta un conjunto significativo de autores y se establecen las relaciones entre estrategias de desarrollo con identidad cultural y la sostenibilidad de este proceso de desarrollo, considerando aspectos económicos, sociales, ecológicos, culturales y políticos. El artículo da cuenta de la base teórica relativa a la construcción social del territorio y de su identidad. Se discute cómo se procesa la valorización de los productos locales en ese contexto, para luego presentar una propuesta de desarrollo territorial en una perspectiva de ecodesarrollo. Igualmente, se presentan algunos aspectos institucionales sobre los modos de gobernanza y los distintos tipos de políticas. Por último, se enfatiza la importancia del proceso participativo de construcción del desarrollo territorial.

  17. La identidad cultural del territorio como base de una estrategia de desarrollo sostenible

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    Murilo Flores

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo Flores presenta el debate actual sobre las nociones y conceptos que conducen a un territorio con identidad cultural, y cómo se establecen políticas o acciones de desarrollo en este tipo de territorio, y de valorización de los productos y servicios. Se presenta un conjunto signi- ficativo de autores y se establecen las relaciones entre estrategias de desarrollo con identidad cultural y la sostenibilidad de este proceso de desarrollo, considerando aspectos económicos, sociales, ecológicos, culturales y políticos. El artículo da cuenta de la base teórica relativa a la construcción social del territorio y de su identidad. Se discute cómo se procesa la valorización de los productos locales en ese contexto, para luego presentar una propuesta de desarrollo territorial en una perspectiva de ecodesarrollo. Igualmente, se presentan algunos aspectos institucionales sobre los modos de gobernanza y los distintos tipos de políticas. Por último, se enfatiza la importancia del proceso participativo de construcción del desarrollo territorial.

  18. 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.

  19. Chemical Sensors Based on Molecularly Imprinted Sol-Gel Materials

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    Franz L. Dickert

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The sol-gel technique is earning the worldwide attention of researchers in the field of material science, due to its versatility in synthesizing inorganic ceramic materials at mild conditions. High purity, homogeneity, controlled porosity, stable temperature and nanoscale structuring are the most remarkable features offered by this method for generating highly sensitive and selective matrices to incorporate analyte molecules. The crafting of sol-gel sensors through molecular imprinting has put great influence on the development of innovative chemical sensors, which can be seen from the growing number of publications in this field. The review provides a brief overview of sol-gel sensor applications, and discusses the contribution of molecular imprinting in exploring the new world of sensors.

  20. 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.

  1. [Personalized urooncology based on molecular uropathology: what is the future?].

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    Dahl, E; Haller, F

    2013-07-01

    Targeted therapies and biomarker validation are key drivers in the advancement of personalized oncology which is a growing topic in all clinical areas. Compared with other professions, such as pulmonology and gynecology, development in urology has so far been retarded but has recently gained increasing momentum. A basis for this is the currently growing and in future accelerated application of new knowledge derived from molecular biology in the field of uropathology. The rapid gain of knowledge is driven by a whole new class of analytical methods, such as massively parallel sequencing (deep sequencing or next generation sequencing), which enables analysis of virtually a new universe of potential biomarkers. This article describes the emerging paradigm shift in molecular pathological diagnostics of urological tumors using the example of prostate cancer.

  2. Extending the molecular clutch beyond actin-based cell motility

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    Havrylenko, Svitlana; Mezanges, Xavier; Batchelder, Ellen; Plastino, Julie

    2014-10-01

    Many cell movements occur via polymerization of the actin cytoskeleton beneath the plasma membrane at the front of the cell, forming a protrusion called a lamellipodium, while myosin contraction squeezes forward the back of the cell. In what is known as the ‘molecular clutch’ description of cell motility, forward movement results from the engagement of the acto-myosin motor with cell-matrix adhesions, thus transmitting force to the substrate and producing movement. However during cell translocation, clutch engagement is not perfect, and as a result, the cytoskeleton slips with respect to the substrate, undergoing backward (retrograde) flow in the direction of the cell body. Retrograde flow is therefore inversely proportional to cell speed and depends on adhesion and acto-myosin dynamics. Here we asked whether the molecular clutch was a general mechanism by measuring motility and retrograde flow for the Caenorhabditis elegans sperm cell in different adhesive conditions. These cells move by adhering to the substrate and emitting a dynamic lamellipodium, but the sperm cell does not contain an acto-myosin cytoskeleton. Instead the lamellipodium is formed by the assembly of major sperm protein, which has no biochemical or structural similarity to actin. We find that these cells display the same molecular clutch characteristics as acto-myosin containing cells. We further show that retrograde flow is produced both by cytoskeletal assembly and contractility in these cells. Overall this study shows that the molecular clutch hypothesis of how polymerization is transduced into motility via adhesions is a general description of cell movement regardless of the composition of the cytoskeleton.

  3. Molecular Orbital Based Design Guidelines for Hypergolic Energetic Ionic Liquids

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    2015-01-01

    should be synthesized to further validate our probabilistic approach for identifying EIL hypergols. DMP is one anion that has a lower “energy gap”, but...orbitals (HOMO) of the anions for a series of ionic liquids and the lowest occupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of HNO3, and variation in the computed...relative heats of formation, DHf, of these anions to develop correlations to predict hypergol activity between an ionic liquid fuel and nitric acid as

  4. Chemical Sensors Based on Molecularly Imprinted Sol-Gel Materials

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    Dickert, Franz L.; Lieberzeit, Peter A.; Adnan Mujahid

    2010-01-01

    The sol-gel technique is earning the worldwide attention of researchers in the field of material science, due to its versatility in synthesizing inorganic ceramic materials at mild conditions. High purity, homogeneity, controlled porosity, stable temperature and nanoscale structuring are the most remarkable features offered by this method for generating highly sensitive and selective matrices to incorporate analyte molecules. The crafting of sol-gel sensors through molecular imprinting has pu...

  5. Molecular dynamics simulations of carbon nanotube-based gears

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    Han, Jie; Globus, Al; Jaffe, Richard; Deardorff, Glenn

    1997-09-01

    We use a molecular dynamics simulation 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 0957-4484/8/3/001/img1. Brenner's reactive hydrocarbon potential is used to model interatomic forces within each molecular gear. A Lennard - Jones 6 - 12 potential or the Buckingham 0957-4484/8/3/001/img2 potential plus electrostatic interaction terms are used for intermolecular interactions between gears. A number of gear and gear/shaft configurations are simulated on parallel computers. One gear is powered by forcing the atoms near the end of the nanotube to rotate, and a second gear is allowed to rotate by keeping the atoms near the end of its nanotube constrained to a cylinder. The meshing aromatic gear teeth transfer angular momentum from the powered gear to the driven gear. Results suggest that these gears can operate at up to 50 - 100 GHz in a vacuum at room temperature. The failure mode involves tooth slip, not bond breaking, so failed gears can be returned to operation by lowering the temperature and/or rotation rate.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Electronic Transport in Molecular Junction Based on C20 Cages

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    OUYANG Fang-Ping; XU Hui

    2007-01-01

    Choosing closed-ended armchair(5,5)single-wall carbon nanotubes(CCNTs)as electrodes,we investigate the electron transport properties across an all-carbon molecular junction consisting of C20 molecules suspended between two semi-infinite carbon nanotubes.It is shown that the conductances are quite sensitive to the number of C20 molecules between electrodes for both configuration CFl and double-bonded models:the conductances of C20 dimers are markedly smaller than those of monomers.The physics is that incident electrons easily pass the C20 molecules and are predominantly scattered at the C20-C20 junctions.Moreover,we study the doping effect of such molecular junction by doping nitrogen atoms substitutionally.The bonding property of the molecular junction with configuration CFl has been analysed by calculating the Mulliken atomic charges.Our results have revealed that the C atoms in N-doped junctions are more ionic than those in pure-carbon ones,leading to the fact that N-doped junctions have relatively large conductance.

  9. Molecular junctions based on SAMs of cruciform oligo(phenylene ethynylene)s

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    Wei, Zhongming; Li, Tao; Jennum, Karsten Stein;

    2012-01-01

    . Molecular junctions based on these SAMs were investigated using conducting-probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM). The TTF substituent changes the molecular orbital energy levels and decreases the HOMO-LUMO energy gap, resulting in a nine-fold increase in conductance for both TTF cruciform OPEs compared...

  10. Molecular modeling of protonic acid doping of emeraldine base polyaniline for chemical sensors

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    Chen, X.; Yuan, C.A.; Wong, C.K.Y.; Ye, H.; Leung, S.Y.Y.; Zhang, G.

    2012-01-01

    We proposed a molecular modeling methodology to study the protonic acid doping of emeraldine base polyaniline which can used in gas detection. The commercial forcefield COMPASS was used for the polymer and protonic acid molecules. The molecular model, which is capable of representing the polyaniline

  11. 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.

  12. Evaluación de medidas de intensidad del movimiento del suelo independientes de la orientación del sensor para una base de datos con acelerogramas de Costa Rica, El Salvador y Nicaragua

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    Pinzón Ureña, Luis Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    En esta investigación se han comparado las nuevas medidas de intensidad del movimiento del suelo, propuestas por Boore et al. (Boore et al. 2006), para una base de datos de acelerogramas de Costa Rica, Nicaragua y El Sal-vador. Estas medidas están basadas en una serie de registros de aceleración ortogonales horizontales, rotados por todos los ángulos posibles, de tal manera que se proponen nuevas medidas que son independientes de la orientación de los sensores, asumiendo únicamente la ortogon...

  13. 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.

  14. 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...... provincialism). Molecular functional richness and diversity show a distinct latitudinal gradient peaking at 20° N and correlate with primary production. The latter can also be predicted from the molecular functional composition of an environmental sample. Together, our results show that the functional community...... composition derived from metagenomes is an important quantitative readout for molecular trait-based biogeography and ecology....

  15. ESTRUCTURA MOLECULAR Y ANTIGÉNICA DE LA VACUNA CONTRA EL VIRUS DEL PAPILOMA HUMANO 16 (VPH 16 Antigenic and Molecular Structure of Human Papillomavirus (HPV 16 Vaccine

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    VÍCTOR ANDRÉS VANEGAS

    Full Text Available La proteína L1 del Virus del Papiloma Humano (VPH constituye el 80% de la cápside viral. Las vacunas profilácticas contra el VPH son sintetizadas a partir de la proteína L1 ensamblada en Partículas similares al Virus (del inglés VLP, las cuales son altamente inmunogénicas generando anticuerpos específicos de tipo y en algunos casos pueden presentar reacción cruzada entre tipos de VPH filogenéticamente próximos. La estructura de la proteína L1 del VPH es importante porque confiere estabilidad a la cápside mediante el establecimiento de interacciones intra e intercapsoméricas lo que asegura la integridad viral y antigénicamente porque contiene los epítopes que inducen la respuesta inmune protectora. En estudios en los que se evaluó la antigenicidad de la proteína L1 se determinó que los epítopes inmunodominantes de la cápside viral se encuentran en los bucles B-C, D-E, F-G, H-I y en el extremo C-terminal. Estos bucles son poco conservados entre los diferentes genotipos y se encuentran en segmentos de la proteína expuestos en la superficie de la cápside. Los aminoácidos situados en los bucles B-C, F-G y H-I son primordiales para el reconocimiento por los anticuerpos neutralizantes. Los diferentes subtipos y variantes presentan cambios en estos aminoácidos o en residuos que conforman otros epítopes. En esta revisión se presentará un estado del arte de la proteína L1 del VPH genotipo 16, la estructura y su importancia en el desarrollo de vacunas contra la infección producida por este virus.Human Papillomavirus L1 protein makes up 80% of the viral capsid and self assembles in Virus-like Particles (VLP; these particles are immunogenic, generate type-specific antibodies and can induce very limited cross-reactivity among highly homologous HPV types. In addition to its structural function, it confers the stability to the capsid by establishing disulfide bonds and other intra and intercapsomeric interactions, and also contains

  16. Structural and thermodynamic bases for the design of pure prolactin receptor antagonists: X-ray structure of Del1-9-G129R-hPRL

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    Jomain, Jean-Baptiste; Tallet, Estelle; Broutin, Isabelle;

    2007-01-01

    Competitive antagonists of the human prolactin (hPRL) receptor are a novel class of molecules of potential therapeutic interest in the context of cancer. We recently developed the pure antagonist Del1-9-G129R-hPRL by deleting the nine N-terminal residues of G129R-hPRL, a first generation partial...... antagonist. We determined the crystallographic structure of Del1-9-G129R-hPRL, which revealed no major change compared with wild type hPRL, indicating that its pure antagonistic properties are intrinsically due to the mutations. To decipher the molecular bases of pure antagonism, we compared the biological...... agonism can be abolished either by further disrupting hormone site 2-receptor contacts by N-terminal deletion, as in Del1-9-G129R-hPRL, or by stabilizing hPRL and constraining its intrinsic flexibility, as in G129V-hPRL. Udgivelsesdato: 2007-Nov-9...

  17. La parte negada del parto institucionalizado: explorando sus bases antropológicas

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    Hernández Garre, José Manuel

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    Full Text Available The objective of this article was to explore, through a comprehensive documentary analysis, features and anthropological bases of institutionalized delivery. The results show as hospital births have become a clinical ritual whose purpose is to control procreation through the indiscriminate use of technology and taylorist notions. Mothers have become passive subjects of their own births, while the interference anatomic and biometric control of their body became standard. It is, in short, a true cultural attendance pattern characterized by medicalization, biomechanical control and mechanization of the process, attributes fed, in turn, by a range of ideologies and anthropological bases background as biopolitics, the posthumanism or productivism. It is therefore concluded that the institutionalization of deliveries in the West has been due more to cultural and ideological causes than the alleged practicality epidemiological defended from medical science.El objetivo del artículo ha sido explorar, a través de un exhaustivo análisis documental, las características y bases antropológicas del parto institucionalizado. Los resultados muestran cómo los nacimientos hospitalarios se han convertido en un ritual clínico cuyo fin es controlar la procreación a través del uso indiscriminado de la tecnología y las nociones tayloristas. Las madres se han transformado en sujetos pasivos de sus propios partos, mientras la injerencia anatómica y el control biométrico de su dimensión corporal se convertían en norma. Se trata, en definitiva, de un auténtico patrón cultural de asistencia, caracterizado por la medicalización, el control biomecánico y la mecanización del proceso, atributos alimentados, a su vez, por toda una serie de ideologías y bases antropológicas de fondo como la biopolítica, el posthumanismo o el productivismo. Se concluye, pues, que la institucionalización de los partos en Occidente se ha debido más a causas culturales e ideol

  18. Análisis del Plan de Acción del humedal Torca, con base en la evaluación ambiental estratégica

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    Aura Yolanda Díaz-Lozano

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Presenta los resultados del análisis realizado, con base en la Evaluación Ambiental Estratégica (EAE, al Plan de Acción del humedal de Torca (Bogotá, en el marco de su Plan de Manejo Ambiental, con el fin de contribuir a su conservación. Para lograrlo, se llevaron a cabo las siguientes fases de la EAE: Análisis de la Gestión Ambiental Distrital sobre el humedal Torca; Diagnóstico ambiental; Determinación del estado actual de la política distrital de humedales y del PAHT; Evaluación ambiental de opciones, y Prevención y seguimiento. El análisis se enmarca en el proyecto de investigación de la Maestría en Desarrollo Sustentable y Gestión Ambiental, de la Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas.

  19. 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.

  20. Small molecule correctors of F508del-CFTR discovered by structure-based virtual screening

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    Kalid, Ori; Mense, Martin; Fischman, Sharon; Shitrit, Alina; Bihler, Hermann; Ben-Zeev, Efrat; Schutz, Nili; Pedemonte, Nicoletta; Thomas, Philip J.; Bridges, Robert J.; Wetmore, Diana R.; Marantz, Yael; Senderowitz, Hanoch

    2010-12-01

    Folding correctors of F508del-CFTR were discovered by in silico structure-based screening utilizing homology models of CFTR. The intracellular segment of CFTR was modeled and three cavities were identified at inter-domain interfaces: (1) Interface between the two Nucleotide Binding Domains (NBDs); (2) Interface between NBD1 and Intracellular Loop (ICL) 4, in the region of the F508 deletion; (3) multi-domain interface between NBD1:2:ICL1:2:4. We hypothesized that compounds binding at these interfaces may improve the stability of the protein, potentially affecting the folding yield or surface stability. In silico structure-based screening was performed at the putative binding-sites and a total of 496 candidate compounds from all three sites were tested in functional assays. A total of 15 compounds, representing diverse chemotypes, were identified as F508del folding correctors. This corresponds to a 3% hit rate, tenfold higher than hit rates obtained in corresponding high-throughput screening campaigns. The same binding sites also yielded potentiators and, most notably, compounds with a dual corrector-potentiator activity (dual-acting). Compounds harboring both activity types may prove to be better leads for the development of CF therapeutics than either pure correctors or pure potentiators. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report of structure-based discovery of CFTR modulators.

  1. Construction of an interspecific genetic map based on InDel and SSR for mapping the QTLs affecting the initiation of flower primordia in pepper (Capsicum spp..

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    Shu Tan

    Full Text Available Re-sequencing permits the mining of genome-wide variations on a large scale and provides excellent resources for the research community. To accelerate the development and application of molecular markers and identify the QTLs affecting the flowering time-related trait in pepper, a total of 1,038 pairs of InDel and 674 SSR primers from different sources were used for genetic mapping using the F2 population (n = 154 derived from a cross between BA3 (C. annuum and YNXML (C. frutescens. Of these, a total of 224 simple PCR-based markers, including 129 InDels and 95 SSRs, were validated and integrated into a map, which was designated as the BY map. The BY map consisted of 13 linkage groups (LGs and spanned a total genetic distance of 1,249.77 cM with an average marker distance of 5.60 cM. Comparative analysis of the genetic and physical map based on the anchored markers showed that the BY map covered nearly the whole pepper genome. Based on the BY map, one major and five minor QTLs affecting the number of leaves on the primary axis (Nle were detected on chromosomes P2, P7, P10 and P11 in 2012. The major QTL on P2 was confirmed based on another subset of the same F2 population (n = 147 in 2014 with selective genotyping of markers from the BY map. With the accomplishment of pepper whole genome sequencing and annotations (release 2.0, 153 candidate genes were predicted to embed in the Nle2.2 region, of which 12 important flowering related genes were obtained. The InDel/SSR-based interspecific genetic map, QTLs and candidate genes obtained by the present study will be useful for the downstream isolation of flowering time-related gene and other genetic applications for pepper.

  2. Construction of an interspecific genetic map based on InDel and SSR for mapping the QTLs affecting the initiation of flower primordia in pepper (Capsicum spp.).

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    Tan, Shu; Cheng, Jiao-Wen; Zhang, Li; Qin, Cheng; Nong, Ding-Guo; Li, Wei-Peng; Tang, Xin; Wu, Zhi-Ming; Hu, Kai-Lin

    2015-01-01

    Re-sequencing permits the mining of genome-wide variations on a large scale and provides excellent resources for the research community. To accelerate the development and application of molecular markers and identify the QTLs affecting the flowering time-related trait in pepper, a total of 1,038 pairs of InDel and 674 SSR primers from different sources were used for genetic mapping using the F2 population (n = 154) derived from a cross between BA3 (C. annuum) and YNXML (C. frutescens). Of these, a total of 224 simple PCR-based markers, including 129 InDels and 95 SSRs, were validated and integrated into a map, which was designated as the BY map. The BY map consisted of 13 linkage groups (LGs) and spanned a total genetic distance of 1,249.77 cM with an average marker distance of 5.60 cM. Comparative analysis of the genetic and physical map based on the anchored markers showed that the BY map covered nearly the whole pepper genome. Based on the BY map, one major and five minor QTLs affecting the number of leaves on the primary axis (Nle) were detected on chromosomes P2, P7, P10 and P11 in 2012. The major QTL on P2 was confirmed based on another subset of the same F2 population (n = 147) in 2014 with selective genotyping of markers from the BY map. With the accomplishment of pepper whole genome sequencing and annotations (release 2.0), 153 candidate genes were predicted to embed in the Nle2.2 region, of which 12 important flowering related genes were obtained. The InDel/SSR-based interspecific genetic map, QTLs and candidate genes obtained by the present study will be useful for the downstream isolation of flowering time-related gene and other genetic applications for pepper.

  3. Molecular Design of Ionization-Induced Proton Switching Element Based on Fluorinated DNA Base Pair.

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    Tachikawa, Hiroto; Kawabata, Hiroshi

    2016-03-10

    To design theoretically the high-performance proton switching element based on DNA base pair, the effects of fluorine substitution on the rate of proton transfer (PT) in the DNA model base pair have been investigated by means of direct ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) method. The 2-aminopyridine dimer, (AP)2, was used as the model of the DNA base pair. One of the hydrogen atoms of the AP molecule in the dimer was substituted by a fluorine (F) atom, and the structures of the dimer, expressed by F-(AP)2, were fully optimized at the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) level. The direct AIMD calculations showed that the proton is transferred within the base pair after the vertical ionization. The rates of PT in F-(AP)2(+) were calculated and compared with that of (AP)2(+) without an F atom. It was found that PT rate is accelerated by the F-substitution. Also, the direction of PT between F-AP and AP molecules can be clearly controlled by the position of F-substitution (AP)2 in the dimer.

  4. Molecular nanostamp based on one-dimensional porphyrin polymers.

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    Kanaizuka, Katsuhiko; Izumi, Atsushi; Ishizaki, Manabu; Kon, Hiroki; Togashi, Takanari; Miyake, Ryosuke; Ishida, Takao; Tamura, Ryo; Haga, Masa-aki; Moritani, Youji; Sakamoto, Masatomi; Kurihara, Masato

    2013-08-14

    Surface design with unique functional molecules by a convenient one-pot treatment is an attractive project for the creation of smart molecular devices. We have employed a silane coupling reaction of porphyrin derivatives that form one-dimensional polymer wires on substrates. Our simple one-pot treatment of a substrate with porphyrin has successfully achieved the construction of nanoscale bamboo shoot structures. The nanoscale bamboo shoots on the substrates were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-vis spectra, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The uneven and rigid nanoscale structure has been used as a stamp for constructing bamboo shoot structures of fullerene.

  5. ESTRUCTURA MOLECULAR Y ANTIGÉNICA DE LA VACUNA CONTRA EL VIRUS DEL PAPILOMA HUMANO 16 (VPH 16

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    VÍCTOR ANDRÉS VANEGAS

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La proteína L1 del Virus del Papiloma Humano (VPH constituye el 80% de la cápside viral. Las vacunas profilácticas contra el VPH son sintetizadas a partir de la proteína L1 ensamblada en Partículas similares al Virus (del inglés VLP, las cuales son altamente inmunogénicas generando anticuerpos específicos de tipo y en algunos casos pueden presentar reacción cruzada entre tipos de VPH filogenéticamente próximos. La estructura de la proteína L1 del VPH es importante porque confiere estabilidad a la cápside mediante el establecimiento de interacciones intra e intercapsoméricas lo que asegura la integridad viral y antigénicamente porque contiene los epítopes que inducen la respuesta inmune protectora. En estudios en los que se evaluó la antigenicidad de la proteína L1 se determinó que los epítopes inmunodominantes de la cápside viral se encuentran en los bucles B-C, D-E, F-G, H-I y en el extremo C-terminal. Estos bucles son poco conservados entre los diferentes genotipos y se encuentran en segmentos de la proteína expuestos en la superficie de la cápside. Los aminoácidos situados en los bucles B-C, F-G y H-I son primordiales para el reconocimiento por los anticuerpos neutralizantes. Los diferentes subtipos y variantes presentan cambios en estos aminoácidos o en residuos que conforman otros epítopes. En esta revisión se presentará un estado del arte de la proteína L1 del VPH genotipo 16, la estructura y su importancia en el desarrollo de vacunas contra la infección producida por este virus.

  6. Estudio in silico de bases moleculares en la actividad de antibióticos betalactámicos

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    Elso Manuel Cruz Cruz

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available La variedad de antibióticos betalactámicos es resultado de modificaciones en las cadenas laterales unidas a la base estructural de estos fármacos. Se realiza el análisis integral de propiedades estructurales y electrónicas, estudiadas in silico, de una muestra de antibióticos betalactámicos e inhibidores de las betalactamasas; con el objetivo de incrementar los conocimientos acerca de las bases estructurales que sustentan sus características farmacológicas. Se emplearon cálculos semiempíricos para optimizar las geometrías de 17 compuestos betalactámicos. Las propiedades moleculares se calcularon siguiendo la teoría del funcional de la densidad. Se analizaron las densidades de cargas atómicas y los orbitales de frontera. Los cálculos se ejecutaron en computadoras personales. Las propiedades calculadas mostraron variaciones que permitieron definir dos grupos de compuestos: uno para las monobactamas y los inhibidores de las betalactamasas, con menor planaridad en el anillo betalactámico y características electrónicas asociadas a una menor reactividad; el otro grupo está conformado por las penicilinas, cefalosporinas y carbapenemas, más planas, estables estructuralmente y potencialmente más reactivas. Los parámetros estructurales del anillo betalactámico y la densidad de carga positiva del carbono carbonílico, sitio de reacción, no tuvieron variaciones significativas como consecuencia de las modificaciones en las cadenas laterales. El ceftobiprole, cefalosporina de quinta generación, se diferencia del resto de los betalactámicos estudiados por la disposición espacial de las cadenas laterales, con una estructura tridimensional más alargada, a partir de la cual es más fácil el acceso hasta el carbono carbonílico, potenciando una mayor actividad antibacteriana

  7. PET-based molecular nuclear neuro-imaging

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    Kim, Jong Ho [Gil Medical Center, Gachon (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-04-01

    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.

  8. Fishing the molecular bases of Treacher Collins syndrome.

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    Weiner, Andrea M J; Scampoli, Nadia L; Calcaterra, Nora B

    2012-01-01

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Structural assembly of molecular complexes based on residual dipolar couplings.

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    Berlin, Konstantin; O'Leary, Dianne P; Fushman, David

    2010-07-07

    We present and evaluate a rigid-body molecular docking method, called PATIDOCK, that relies solely on the three-dimensional structure of the individual components and the experimentally derived residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) for the complex. We show that, given an accurate ab initio predictor of the alignment tensor from a protein structure, it is possible to accurately assemble a protein-protein complex by utilizing the RDCs' sensitivity to molecular shape to guide the docking. The proposed docking method is robust against experimental errors in the RDCs and computationally efficient. We analyze the accuracy and efficiency of this method using experimental or synthetic RDC data for several proteins, as well as synthetic data for a large variety of protein-protein complexes. We also test our method on two protein systems for which the structure of the complex and steric-alignment data are available (Lys48-linked diubiquitin and a complex of ubiquitin and a ubiquitin-associated domain) and analyze the effect of flexible unstructured tails on the outcome of docking. The results demonstrate that it is fundamentally possible to assemble a protein-protein complex solely on the basis of experimental RDC data and the prediction of the alignment tensor from 3D structures. Thus, despite the purely angular nature of RDCs, they can be converted into intermolecular distance/translational constraints. Additionally, we show a method for combining RDCs with other experimental data, such as ambiguous constraints from interface mapping, to further improve structure characterization of protein complexes.

  11. VIGENCIA DEL DOGMA DE LA IRRESPONSABILIDAD DEL ESTADO LEGISLADOR EN EL ESTADO CONSTITUCIONAL DE DERECHO. ENSAYANDO BASES PARA UNA TEORÍA SOBRE LA RESPONSABILIDAD PATRIMONIAL DEL ESTADO LEGISLADOR

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    J. Ignacio Núñez Leiva

    2011-01-01

    El presente trabajo contextualiza la figura de la responsabilidad patrimonial del Estado legislador en las teorías del Derecho elaboradas al amparo del constitucionalismo contemporáneo. Sugiere que la Teoría del Derecho en su estado actual configura un espacio fértil para la procedencia del instituto reparatorio por hechos dañosos del legislador.

  12. 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.

  13. Determinación del sexo en borojó (Borojoa patinoi, Cuatrecasas mediante marcadores moleculares Determination of borojo sex (Borojoa patinoi, Cuatrecasas through molecular markers

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    Aguilar Enrique

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available El borojó (Borojoa patinoi, Cuatrecasas una rubiacea endémica de la región Pacífica de Colombia, produce un fruto carnoso con importantes propiedades alimenticias que lo posicionan como un recurso genético promisorio. Se usa para preparar conservas y vino, pero su principal uso es como bebida refrescante. Económicamente representa una fuente de ingresos para algunas poblaciones nativas que comercializan la fruta o sus derivados en el mercado local o en las principales ciudades colombianas. El borojó es una planta dioica y los dos sexos no son fenotípicamente distinguibles antes de la floración (3-4 años después de la siembra, por lo cual la productividad de una plantación no seleccionada es sustancialmente reducida. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar marcadores moleculares AFLP (Polimorfismo en la Longitud de Fragmentos Amplificados asociados al sexo de borojó. Con base en la secuencia de uno de estos marcadores ligados al sexo, se diseñó una pareja de iniciadores de 20 y 22 pb para diagnosticar el sexo de las plantas vía reacción en cadena de la polimerasa. Se analizaron plantas con sexo molecularmente identificado por PCR, encontrándose resultados congruentes entre éstas y los AFLP. Esto representa para los agricultores una oportunidad para establecer cultivos de borojó diseñados en cuanto a espacio y productividad esperada, en términos de número de árboles femeninos y masculinos plantados. Palabras clave: Borojoa patinoi, plantas dioicas, AFLP, marcadores ligados al sexo, diagnóstico de sexo.Borojó (Borojoa patinoi, Cuatrecasas, a rubiacea indigenous to the Colombian Pacific Region, produces a fleshy fruit having interesting nutritious characteristics making it a promising plant resource. It is used for fresh beverages; preserves and wine can also be obtained. It is an especially important source of income for some of the native population who sell it in local food markets and the main Colombian cities

  14. Molecular basis of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia As bases moleculares da leucemia mielóide aguda

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    Eduardo M. Rego

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    Full Text Available Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML is frequently associated with recurring chromosomal translocations, which lead to the fusion of two genes encoding transcription factors. As the moieties of these fusion proteins retain part of the functional domains of the wild-type proteins, they may interfere directly or indirectly with the transcriptional regulation of the leukemic cell, conferring survival advantage. The majority of the transcription factors commonly involved in recurring chromosomal translocations may be grouped in one of the following families: core binding factor (CBF, retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARalpha, homeobox (HOX family, and mixed lineage leukemia (MLL. In vivo analysis of the molecular basis of leukemogenesis through the generation of transgenic mouse models revealed that a common theme is the recruitment of transcriptional co-activators and co-repressors by these fusion proteins. However, the expression of the fusion protein is not sufficient to induce full blown leukemia, as evidenced in part by the long latencies required for disease development in the transgenic models of leukemia, and therefore, second mutagenic events may contribute to AML pathogenesis.A leucemia mielóide aguda (LMA está freqüentemente associada a translocações cromossômicas recorrentes. Em muitos casos, os genes presentes nos pontos de quebra cromossômica são conhecidos e, quase todos codificam para fatores de transcrição. O gene híbrido, resultante da justaposição de exons de genes distintos, codifica para proteínas de fusão. Como estas retêm a maior parte dos domínios funcionais das proteínas selvagens, elas interferem direta ou indiretamente com regulação da transcrição gênica, conferindo vantagem à sobrevivência das células leucêmicas. A maioria dos fatores de transcrição afetados pelas translocações cromossômicas associadas a LMA pode ser agrupada numa das seguintes famílias: dos core binding factors (CBF, do receptor

  15. Molecular modeling-based antioxidant arylidene barbiturates as urease inhibitors.

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    Khan, Khalid Mohammed; Ali, Muhammad; Wadood, Abdul; Zaheer-ul-Haq; Khan, Momin; Lodhi, Muhammad Arif; Perveen, Shahnaz; Choudhary, Muhammad Iqbal; Voelter, Wolfgang

    2011-09-01

    Previously we have reported arylidene barbiturates 1-18 as a novel class of antioxidants; however, their urease inhibitory potential has not yet been explored. In this communication, molecular docking studies were used to predict the potential ligands from compounds 1-18 which culminated in the identification of certain new urease inhibitors. Ligands were screened in vitro for their urease inhibitory potential. Compound 1, as deduced from modeling studies, was found to be the most active urease inhibitor (13.0 ± 1.2 μM), when compared with the standard thiourea (IC₅₀=21.1 ± 0.3 μM). All of the compounds were found to be nontoxic to Artemia salina in brine shrimp lethality bioassay.

  16. ChemPreview: an augmented reality-based molecular interface.

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    Zheng, Min; Waller, Mark P

    2017-05-01

    Human computer interfaces make computational science more comprehensible and impactful. Complex 3D structures such as proteins or DNA are magnified by digital representations and displayed on two-dimensional monitors. Augmented reality has recently opened another door to access the virtual three-dimensional world. Herein, we present an augmented reality application called ChemPreview with the potential to manipulate bio-molecular structures at an atomistic level. ChemPreview is available at https://github.com/wallerlab/chem-preview/releases, and is built on top of the Meta 1 platform https://www.metavision.com/. ChemPreview can be used to interact with a protein in an intuitive way using natural hand gestures, thereby making it appealing to computational chemists or structural biologists. The ability to manipulate atoms in real world could eventually provide new and more efficient ways of extracting structural knowledge, or designing new molecules in silico.

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

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    Gill-Langarica, Homar R; Muruaga-Martínez, José S; Vargas-Vázquez, M L Patricia; Rosales-Serna, Rigoberto; Mayek-Pérez, Netzahualcoyotl

    2011-10-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Uncovering Molecular Bases Underlying Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor Inhibitor Selectivity.

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    Abdelaziz Alsamarah

    Full Text Available Abnormal alteration of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP signaling is implicated in many types of diseases including cancer and heterotopic ossifications. Hence, small molecules targeting BMP type I receptors (BMPRI to interrupt BMP signaling are believed to be an effective approach to treat these diseases. However, lack of understanding of the molecular determinants responsible for the binding selectivity of current BMP inhibitors has been a big hindrance to the development of BMP inhibitors for clinical use. To address this issue, we carried out in silico experiments to test whether computational methods can reproduce and explain the high selectivity of a small molecule BMP inhibitor DMH1 on BMPRI kinase ALK2 vs. the closely related TGF-β type I receptor kinase ALK5 and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor type 2 (VEGFR2 tyrosine kinase. We found that, while the rigid docking method used here gave nearly identical binding affinity scores among the three kinases; free energy perturbation coupled with Hamiltonian replica-exchange molecular dynamics (FEP/H-REMD simulations reproduced the absolute binding free energies in excellent agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the binding poses identified by FEP/H-REMD led to a quantitative analysis of physical/chemical determinants governing DMH1 selectivity. The current work illustrates that small changes in the binding site residue type (e.g. pre-hinge region in ALK2 vs. ALK5 or side chain orientation (e.g. Tyr219 in caALK2 vs. wtALK2, as well as a subtle structural modification on the ligand (e.g. DMH1 vs. LDN193189 will cause distinct binding profiles and selectivity among BMP inhibitors. Therefore, the current computational approach represents a new way of investigating BMP inhibitors. Our results provide critical information for designing exclusively selective BMP inhibitors for the development of effective pharmacotherapy for diseases caused by aberrant BMP signaling.

  20. Fragment based G-QSAR and molecular dynamics based mechanistic simulations into hydroxamic-based HDAC inhibitors against spinocerebellar ataxia.

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    Sinha, Siddharth; Tyagi, Chetna; Goyal, Sukriti; Jamal, Salma; Somvanshi, Pallavi; Grover, Abhinav

    2016-10-01

    Expansion of polyglutamine (CAG) triplets within the coding gene ataxin 2 results in transcriptional repression, forming the molecular basis of the neurodegenerative disorder named spinocerebellar ataxia type-2 (SCA2). HDAC inhibitors (HDACi) have been elements of great interest in polyglutamine disorders such as Huntington's and Ataxia's. In this study, we have selected hydroxamic acid derivatives as HDACi and performed fragment-based G-QSAR, molecular docking studies and molecular dynamics simulations for elucidating the dynamic mode of action of HDACi with His-Asp catalytic dyad of HDAC4. The model was statistically validated to establish its predictive robustness. The model was statistically significant with r(2) value of .6297, cross-validated co-relation coefficient q(2) value of .5905 and pred_r(2) (predicted square co-relation coefficient) value of .85. An F-test value of 56.11 confirms absolute robustness of the model. Two combinatorial libraries comprising of 3180 compounds were created with hydroxamate moiety as the template and their pIC50 activities were predicted based on the G-QSAR model. The combinatorial library created was screened on the basis of predicted activity (pIC50), with two resultant top scoring compounds, HIC and DHC. The interaction of the compounds with His-Asp dyad in terms of H-bond interactions with His802, Asp840, Pro942, and Gly975 residues of HDAC4 was evaluated by docking and 20 ns long molecular dynamics simulations. This study provides valuable leads for structural substitutions required for hydroxamate moiety to exhibit enhanced inhibitory activity against HDAC4. The reported compounds demonstrated good binding and thus can be considered as potent therapeutic leads against ataxia.

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

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    Foti, Giuseppe; Vázquez, Héctor

    2016-03-01

    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.

  2. El tráfico de esclavos y la esclavitud a la base del surgimiento y desarrollo del sistema capitalista.

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    García Cantús, Dolores

    2008-01-01

    Garcia Cantus, Dolores - En este artículo se examinan las causas y consecuencias de la expansión colonial, iniciada en el continente africano mediante la captura y trata de esclavos. Las relaciones de este sistema con la esclavitud en el Mundo árabe y sus repercusiones en la economía europea y americana. Así mismo, se analizan las diferencias respecto a la esclavitud en el Mundo árabe, durante las últimas décadas del siglo XVIII y en los siglos XIX y XX. This paper e...

  3. Bases moleculares de la determinación sexual en mamíferos

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    Verónica Díaz Hernández

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Se correlacionan conceptos clásicos de la diferenciación sexual con mecanismos moleculares de la determinación sexual en mamíferos. El paradigma de Jost estableció que la diferenciación sexual fetal depende de la actividad endócrina de los testículos. En la gónada embrionaria indiferenciada se establecen redes moleculares a partir de vías alternativas de expresión que determinan la formación de ovarios o testículos. Tomando al ratón como modelo, describimos el hallazgo de varios genes que se activan o reprimen a partir de la expresión del Sry en los machos y las vías alternas encontradas en las hembras. Concluimos que todavía queda por conocerse el alcance que tienen los datos del ratón como modelo para extrapolarse a otros mamíferos incluido el humano.

  4. Performatividad y narración: del happening a la base de datos

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    Albarrán Diego, Juan

    2009-01-01

    Se analiza la evolución del concepto de tiempo desde mediados del siglo XX y la influencia de este cambio de concepto en la evolución de las estructuras narrativas hacia una temporalidad de tipo performativo.

  5. Density functional theory based study of molecular interactions, recognition, engineering, and quantum transport in π molecular systems.

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    Cho, Yeonchoo; Cho, Woo Jong; Youn, Il Seung; Lee, Geunsik; Singh, N Jiten; Kim, Kwang S

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: In chemical and biological systems, various interactions that govern the chemical and physical properties of molecules, assembling phenomena, and electronic transport properties compete and control the microscopic structure of materials. The well-controlled manipulation of each component can allow researchers to design receptors or sensors, new molecular architectures, structures with novel morphology, and functional molecules or devices. In this Account, we describe the structures and electronic and spintronic properties of π-molecular systems that are important for controlling the architecture of a variety of carbon-based systems. Although DFT is an important tool for describing molecular interactions, the inability of DFT to accurately represent dispersion interactions has made it difficult to properly describe π-interactions. However, the recently developed dispersion corrections for DFT have allowed us to include these dispersion interactions cost-effectively. We have investigated noncovalent interactions of various π-systems including aromatic-π, aliphatic-π, and non-π systems based on dispersion-corrected DFT (DFT-D). In addition, we have addressed the validity of DFT-D compared with the complete basis set (CBS) limit values of coupled cluster theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations [CCSD(T)] and Møller-Plesset second order perturbation theory (MP2). The DFT-D methods are still unable to predict the correct ordering in binding energies within the benzene dimer and the cyclohexane dimer. Nevertheless, the overall DFT-D predicted binding energies are in reasonable agreement with the CCSD(T) results. In most cases, results using the B97-D3 method closely reproduce the CCSD(T) results with the optimized energy-fitting parameters. On the other hand, vdW-DF2 and PBE0-TS methods estimate the dispersion energies from the calculated electron density. In these approximations, the interaction energies around the equilibrium

  6. Comparison of photovoltaic devices based on MEH-PPV with various molecular weights

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    KANG Bonan; WANG Liduo; YANG Yong; QIU Yong

    2004-01-01

    Polymer photovoltaic devices based on poly (2- methoxy-5-(2′-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene) (MEH- PPV) with three weight-average molecular weights (Mw) have been fabricated with the device structure of ITO/PEDOT/ MEH-PPV/Ca/Ag, and the effect of the molecular weight on photovoltaic properties has been investigated. The experimental results show that the high molecular weight of MEH- PPV leads to low series resistance (Rs) and high short-circuit current. The low molecular weight of MEH-PPV leads to high shunt resistance (Rsh) and high open-circuit voltage. When the molecular weight is 6×105, the highest power conversion efficiency was observed.

  7. Bases fisiológicas del entrenamiento físico en ciclismo

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    Rieu, M.; Bernal, Héctor

    2012-01-01

    En los deportes en los cuales el desempeño se basa en el desplazamiento horizontal del centro de gravedad del cuerpo, como en el caso de la marcha, la carrera a pie, el ciclismo..., el  objetivo del entrenamiento físico es aumentar la velocidad máxima con la cual se puede efectuar cierto desplazamiento.

  8. Polyphosphazene Based Star-Branched and Dendritic Molecular Brushes

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    Henke, Helena; Posch, Sandra; Brüggemann, Oliver; Teasdale, Ian

    2016-01-01

    A new synthetic procedure is described for the preparation of poly(organo)phosphazenes with star-branched and star dendritic molecular brush type structures, thus describing the first time it has been possible to prepare controlled, highly branched architectures for this type of polymer. Furthermore, as a result of the extremely high-arm density generated by the phosphazene repeat unit, the second-generation structures represent quite unique architectures for any type of polymer. Using two relativity straight forward iterative syntheses it is possible to prepare globular highly branched polymers with up to 30 000 functional end groups, while keeping relatively narrow polydispersities (1.2–1.6). Phosphine mediated polymerization of chlorophosphoranimine is first used to prepare three-arm star polymers. Subsequent substitution with diphenylphosphine moieties gives poly(organo)phosphazenes to function as multifunctional macroinitiators for the growth of a second generation of polyphosphazene arms. Macrosubstitution with Jeffamine oligomers gives a series of large, water soluble branched macromolecules with high-arm density and hydrodynamic diameters between 10 and 70 nm. PMID:27027404

  9. QSAR models based on quantum topological molecular similarity.

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    Popelier, P L A; Smith, P J

    2006-07-01

    A new method called quantum topological molecular similarity (QTMS) was fairly recently proposed [J. Chem. Inf. Comp. Sc., 41, 2001, 764] to construct a variety of medicinal, ecological and physical organic QSAR/QSPRs. QTMS method uses quantum chemical topology (QCT) to define electronic descriptors drawn from modern ab initio wave functions of geometry-optimised molecules. It was shown that the current abundance of computing power can be utilised to inject realistic descriptors into QSAR/QSPRs. In this article we study seven datasets of medicinal interest : the dissociation constants (pK(a)) for a set of substituted imidazolines , the pK(a) of imidazoles , the ability of a set of indole derivatives to displace [(3)H] flunitrazepam from binding to bovine cortical membranes , the influenza inhibition constants for a set of benzimidazoles , the interaction constants for a set of amides and the enzyme liver alcohol dehydrogenase , the natriuretic activity of sulphonamide carbonic anhydrase inhibitors and the toxicity of a series of benzyl alcohols. A partial least square analysis in conjunction with a genetic algorithm delivered excellent models. They are also able to highlight the active site, of the ligand or the molecule whose structure determines the activity. The advantages and limitations of QTMS are discussed.

  10. Preparation of a PTE simulacrum based on surface molecular imprinting

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    Yong Guo; Ying Yang; Tian Ying Guo

    2011-01-01

    Firstly, we synthesized N-methacryloyl-histidine monomer and N-methacryIoyl-histidine-Cu2+ complex (MAH-Cu2+). Then the molecular imprinting polymers (MIP) has been prepared by surface grafting on uniform polystyrene (PS) core using reversible addition-fragmentation transfer polymerization (RAFT) with MAH-Cu2+ as the functional monomer, methyl paraoxon as the template to simulate phosphotriesterase (PTE). Finally, we have investigated the catalytic hydrolytic activities of MIP and non-imprinting polymers (NIP) to the template methyl paraoxon and the template analogue ethyl paraoxon respectively by UV spectrophotometry. The results showed that the catalytic hydrolytic activity of MIP to the template methyl paraoxon was highest and the value of k is 8.67 × 105 mmol L-1 min-1 3.89-fold higher than MIP to the template analogue ethyl paraoxon, 2.79-fold higher than NIP to the template methyl paraoxon. The KM, rm of MIP are also determined, and Km = 3.95 × 10-4 mol/L, rm = 2.12 μmol/ min. The MIP can be reused with only lose 7% of catalytic activity for four cycles.

  11. Molecular and biomolecular-based nanomaterials: Tubulin and taxol as molecular constituents

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    Castro Carmona, Javier Servando

    The new field of protein-based nano-technology takes advantage of the complex interactions between proteins to form unique structures with properties that cannot be achieved with traditional components. Microtubules (MTs), self assembled proteinaceous hollow filaments, offer promise in the development of MT-based nano-systems. The compelling need for the controlled assembly of 3D MT arrays is the fundamental motivation for the first part of this research. We report on the morphology of MTs grown in a crowded environment in the form of high viscosity fluids containing agarose and a novel process that enables the assembly of MTs supported by gel-based 3D scaffolds. Our research on MTs and their interaction with other molecules lead us to discover extraordinary spherulitic structures that changed the course of the project. The novel subject situate us into a complicated dilemma that question the nature of MT asters reported in experiments carried out in cells. The second part of this research is focused in the crystallization of Taxol, a MT stabilizing molecule used as anti-cancer drug. It was confirmed via fluorescent and differential interference contrast microscopy that Taxol crystals can be decorated with fluorescent proteins and fluorochromes without perturbing their morphology. We used theoretical calculations to further investigate Taxol-fluorescent agent interactions. Furthermore, the crystallization of Taxol was studied in pure water, aqueous solutions containing tubulin proteins and tubulin-containing agarose gels. We demonstrated that tubulin is able to heterogeneously nucleate Taxol spherulites. To explain the formation of tubulin-Taxol nuclei a new, secondary Taxol-binding site within the tubulin heterodimer is suggested. Results presented in this work are important for in vivo and in vitro microtubule studies due to the possibility of mistaking these Taxol spherulites for microtubule asters. Thus, we are confirming the need for careful interpretation of

  12. Enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal : papel del análisis molecular de los virus de la familia herpes sobre material tisular

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    Azueta Etxebarria, Ainara

    2014-01-01

    RESUMEN: Los virus de la familia del herpes humano afectan al hombre de manera ubicua lo que hace discutible su papel patogenético en ciertas enfermedades a pesar de demostrarse su presencia. Por otro lado, la dificultad para interpretar las técnicas de laboratorio disponibles para su detección y llegar a un diagnóstico preciso impide en la mayor parte de los casos la detección precoz de la infección y el tratamiento eficaz. Existen casos de enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal en los que...

  13. A communication theoretical analysis of FRET-based mobile ad hoc molecular nanonetworks.

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    Kuscu, Murat; Akan, Ozgur B

    2014-09-01

    Nanonetworks refer to a group of nanosized machines with very basic operational capabilities communicating to each other in order to accomplish more complex tasks such as in-body drug delivery, or chemical defense. Realizing reliable and high-rate communication between these nanomachines is a fundamental problem for the practicality of these nanonetworks. Recently, we have proposed a molecular communication method based on Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) which is a nonradiative excited state energy transfer phenomenon observed among fluorescent molecules, i.e., fluorophores. We have modeled the FRET-based communication channel considering the fluorophores as single-molecular immobile nanomachines, and shown its reliability at high rates, and practicality at the current stage of nanotechnology. In this study, for the first time in the literature, we investigate the network of mobile nanomachines communicating through FRET. We introduce two novel mobile molecular nanonetworks: FRET-based mobile molecular sensor/actor nanonetwork (FRET-MSAN) which is a distributed system of mobile fluorophores acting as sensor or actor node; and FRET-based mobile ad hoc molecular nanonetwork (FRET-MAMNET) which consists of fluorophore-based nanotransmitter, nanoreceivers and nanorelays. We model the single message propagation based on birth-death processes with continuous time Markov chains. We evaluate the performance of FRET-MSAN and FRET-MAMNET in terms of successful transmission probability and mean extinction time of the messages, system throughput, channel capacity and achievable communication rates.

  14. Conductance of three-terminal molecular bridge based on tight-binding theory

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    Wang Li-Guang; Li Yong; Yu Ding-Wen; Katsunori Tagami; Masaru Tsukada

    2005-01-01

    The quantum transmission characteristic of three-benzene ring nano-molecular bridge is investigated theoretically by using Green's function approach based on tight-binding theory with only aπ orbital per carbon atom at the site.The transmission probabilities that electrons transport through the molecular bridge from one terminal to the other two terminals are obtained. The electronic current distributions inside the molecular bridge are calculated and shown in graphical analogy by the current density method based on Fisher-Lee formula at the energy points E=±0.42,±1.06 and ±1.5, respectively, where the transmission spectra appear peaks. We find that the transmission spectra are related to the incident electronic energy and the molecular levels strongly, and the current distributions agree well with Kirchhoff quantum current momentum conservation law.

  15. Bases biomoleculares do fotoenvelhecimento Molecular basis of photoaging

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    Suelen Montagner

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Com o aumento da expectativa de vida, o estudo do processo de envelhecimento orgânico tem sido estimulado. O envelhecimento da pele, órgão que espelha os sinais do tempo, é processo de deterioração progressiva, tempo-dependente, e pode ser intensificado pela exposição solar, então designado fotoenvelhecimento. O dano das radiações sobre diversas estruturas celulares e cutâneas leva a alterações morfológicas nesses componentes, fruto de modificações biomoleculares. Muitas pesquisas são desenvolvidas com o intuito de combater ou minimizar os efeitos do fotoenvelhecimento, porém a principal estratégia nesse sentido continua sendo a prevenção, só conseguida pelo progressivo desvendar dos mecanismos fisiopatogênicos envolvidos nesse processo.As a result of the increase in life expectancy, the study of the organic process of aging has been stimulated. Skin ageing, which reflects the signs of time, is a time-dependent process of progressive deterioration that can be intensified by sun exposure, which is known as photoaging. The damage of radiation on various cell structures and on the skin results in molecular and morphological changes to these components. Many research studies are performed to try to minimize the effects of photoaging; however, the main strategy to manage it is still prevention, which will only be achieved once we learn about the mechanisms involved in the process.

  16. Hacia la formalización del diseño de bases de datos orientadas a objetos

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    García, Victor Hugo Medina

    2015-01-01

    RESUMENEl presente estudio tiene como bases: la ingeniería de software, las metodologías estructurales de desarrollo de software, las bases de datos como componentes esenciales e inseparables de la gran mayoría de sistemas de información, el concepto de herramientas CASE (Ingeniería de software asistida por computador), y la teoría paradigmas, en los que ya se vislumbran soluciones. El carácter de este estudio es investigativo y exploratorio dentro del área de la formalización del diseño de b...

  17. On the Physical Design of Molecular Communication Receiver Based on Nanoscale Biosensors

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    2015-01-01

    1 On the Physical Design of Molecular Communication Receiver Based on Nanoscale Biosensors Murat Kuscu, Student Member, IEEE and Ozgur B. Akan, Fellow, IEEE Abstract—Molecular communications (MC), where molecules are used to encode, transmit, and receive information, is a promising means of enabling the coordination of nanoscale devices. The paradigm has been extensively studied from var-ious aspects, including channel modeling and noise analysis. Comparatively l...

  18. Filogenética Molecular de Peces del Complejo Midas Cichlidae que habitan lagos y lagunas de Nicaragua, utilizando el gen COI

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    Lucía Páiz-Medina

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Las lagunas cratéricas de Nicaragua se consideran verdaderos "laboratorios" naturales de investigación debido a que son geológicamente jóvenes y por su pequeña dimensión, lo que permite el estudio de procesos evolutivos y de especiación. En estas lagunas se encuentran especies endémicas (familia Cichlidae que representan recursos valiosos para estudios de especiación, incluyendo la velocidad y fuerzas con las que el aislamiento geográfico, la selección natural y sexual provocan la diversificación fenotípica y, finalmente, la especiación misma. Los peces de la familia Cichlidae han sido objeto de mucha controversia debido a que morfológicamente es difícil diferenciarlos y se requieren de nuevas herramientas moleculares para descifrar las diferencias a nivel genético y entender mejor los procesos de especiación de este fascinante grupo de peces. En este estudio se utilizó el gen Citocromo Oxidasa I, COI, para determinar las relaciones filogenéticas entre los peces del Complejo presente en lagos y lagunas de Nicaragua. El COI ha sido propuesto como "código de barras" genético y como técnica ha sido estandarizada para animales. Este trabajo es parte de una investigación más grande que se enmarca en el Proyecto "DNA Barcoding de la biodiversidad nicaragüense" y se realiza en el Centro de Biología Molecular de la Universidad Centroamericana. Con este estudio se ha logrado determinar que: (1 el gen COI discrimina entre especies de diferentes lagunas, (2 las relaciones entre las especies Midas Cichlidae son complejas y es necesario más de un gen para obtener resultados concluyentes, (3 las especies fundadoras de las lagunas cratéricas provienen del lago de Nicaragua, (4 en las lagunas habitan más de una especie del Complejo Midas Cichlidae y (5 se infiere que la especiación simpátrica es el mecanismo evolutivo que ha conducido a la creación de estas especies, confirmando la hipótesis de otros autores y aportando nuevos

  19. Molecular pathways: the immunogenic effects of platinum-based chemotherapeutics

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    Hato, S.V.; Khong, A.; Vries, I.J.M. de; Lesterhuis, W.J.

    2014-01-01

    The platinum-based drugs cisplatin, carboplatin, and oxaliplatin belong to the most widely used chemotherapeutics in oncology, showing clinical efficacy against many solid tumors. Their main mechanism of action is believed to be the induction of cancer cell apoptosis as a response to their covalent

  20. Molecular Design of Benzodithiophene-Based Organic Photovoltaic Materials.

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    Yao, Huifeng; Ye, Long; Zhang, Hao; Li, Sunsun; Zhang, Shaoqing; Hou, Jianhui

    2016-06-22

    Advances in the design and application of highly efficient conjugated polymers and small molecules over the past years have enabled the rapid progress in the development of organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology as a promising alternative to conventional solar cells. Among the numerous OPV materials, benzodithiophene (BDT)-based polymers and small molecules have come to the fore in achieving outstanding power conversion efficiency (PCE) and breaking 10% efficiency barrier in the single junction OPV devices. Remarkably, the OPV device featured by BDT-based polymer has recently demonstrated an impressive PCE of 11.21%, indicating the great potential of this class of materials in commercial photovoltaic applications. In this review, we offered an overview of the organic photovoltaic materials based on BDT from the aspects of backbones, functional groups, alkyl chains, and device performance, trying to provide a guideline about the structure-performance relationship. We believe more exciting BDT-based photovoltaic materials and devices will be developed in the near future.

  1. Molecular Similarity Based on Super-Ball Algorithm

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    GUO; Ming

    2001-01-01

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  2. Molecular diagnostics based on clustering dynamics of magnetic nanobeads

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    Donolato, Marco; Bejhed, Rebecca S.; de la Torre, Teresa Zardán Gómez;

    2014-01-01

    The detection of specific DNA sequences has facilitated the diagnosis and targeted treatment of several human diseases. Although great advances have been made in the last few years, the detection of certain pathogenic bacteria is still based on bacterial culture and colony counts or on the polyme......The detection of specific DNA sequences has facilitated the diagnosis and targeted treatment of several human diseases. Although great advances have been made in the last few years, the detection of certain pathogenic bacteria is still based on bacterial culture and colony counts...... transmission modulation caused by the AC magnetic field-stimulated reversible formation and disruption of elongated MNB supra-structures during a cycle of the uniaxial applied magnetic field. As a specific clinically relevant diagnostic case, we detect DNA coils formed via padlock probe recognition...

  3. TARGET-ORIENTED GENERIC FINGERPRINT-BASED MOLECULAR REPRESENTATION

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    Petr Skoda

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available 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 greatly influencing the performance of ligand-based virtual screening is the chosen chemical compound representation. In this paper, we introduce a fragment-based representation of chemical compounds. Our representation utilizes fragments to represent a compound where each fragment is represented by its physico-chemical descriptors. The representation is highly parametrizable, especially in the area of physico-chemical descriptors selection and application. In order to test the performance of our method, we utilized an existing framework for virtual screening benchmarking. The results show that our method is comparable to the best existing approaches and on some data sets it outperforms them.

  4. Molecular engineering of manipulated alginate-based polyurethanes.

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    Daemi, Hamed; Barikani, Mehdi

    2014-11-04

    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.

  5. Diagnóstico y marcadores moleculares del potencial maligno de la leucoplasia oral: una revisión

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    Rebolledo Cobos, Martha; Ricardo, Jonathan Harris; Rincón Osorio, Jason

    2014-01-01

    El término leucoplasia oral (lo) es estrictamente clínico y atribuye a una lesión predominantemente blanca con patrones clínicos e histológicos de características neoplásicas, en asociación común a hábito tabáquico. Debido a esto se propone un diagnóstico provisional de leucoplasia concluyendo con una evaluación de histopatología por medio de una biopsia para confirmación y determinación del grado de displasia epitelial, el cual lleva a determinar y plantear objetivamente una terapéutica con ...

  6. RNA interference-based therapeutics: molecular platforms for infectious diseases.

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    Dyawanapelly, Sathish; Ghodke, Sharwari Bhagwat; Vishwanathan, Ramya; Dandekar, Prajakta; Jain, Ratnesh

    2014-09-01

    The potential uses and therapeutic benefits of RNA interference (RNAi) are enormous. Recent insights into RNAi technologies have highlighted their role in analyzing the functions and regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes and further utilizing this information for identification and amelioration of many diseases. These studies have also established the role of RNAi mediated post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS) mechanism in mammals by several endogenous, gene regulation systems including small interfering RNAs (siRNA), micro RNA (miRNA) and small hairpin RNAs (shRNA). Moreover, these RNAi-based therapeutics have demonstrated the capability to silence therapeutically relevant genes in various in vivo models of cancer, infections autoimmune diseases and other genetic disorders. Over the past few decades, infectious diseases have been one of the leading causes of death around the world. Ubiquitously, intracellular obligate or facultative microorganisms cause serious or fatal infections and associated diseases in humans. Currently available literature suggests that infections caused by intracellular pathogens present an intriguing area, wherein RNAi technology may be effectively employed to neutralize the harmful effects of various intracellular pathogens. In this manuscript, we have emphasized on the challenges and opportunities involved in the therapy of such intracellular infections, especially employing RNAi-based interventions. We have focused our discussion on the current state-of-the-art RNAi-based therapies, which have been explored for various intracellular infections mediated by bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. Nanocarrier mediated delivery of siRNA and shRNA molecules have also been found to overcome the various delivery challenges of these biotherapeutics; these have also been briefly summarized here. Furthermore, the outcomes and progresses that have been made in pre-clinical models and clinical trials have also been presented to review the

  7. Molecular Engineering of Technetium and Rhenium Based Radiopharmaceuticals

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    Zubieta, J.

    2003-06-30

    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 N{sub 2}S{sub 2} and N{sub 3}S 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.

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

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    Kayo Shimizu

    2015-07-01

    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.

  9. VIGENCIA DEL DOGMA DE LA IRRESPONSABILIDAD DEL ESTADO LEGISLADOR EN EL ESTADO CONSTITUCIONAL DE DERECHO. ENSAYANDO BASES PARA UNA TEORÍA SOBRE LA RESPONSABILIDAD PATRIMONIAL DEL ESTADO LEGISLADOR

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    J. Ignacio Núñez Leiva

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo contextualiza la figura de la responsabilidad patrimonial del Estado legislador en las teorías del Derecho elaboradas al amparo del constitucionalismo contemporáneo. Sugiere que la Teoría del Derecho en su estado actual configura un espacio fértil para la procedencia del instituto reparatorio por hechos dañosos del legislador.

  10. Molecular Systematics of Polygonum minus Huds. Based on ITS Sequences

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    Normah Mohd Noor

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Plastid trnL-trnF and nuclear ribosomal ITS sequences were obtained from selected wild-type individuals of Polygonum minus Huds. in Peninsular Malaysia. The 380 bp trnL-trnF sequences of the Polygonum minus accessions were identical. Therefore, the trnL-trnF failed to distinguish between the Polygonum minus accessions. However, the divergence of ITS sequences (650 bp among the Polygonum minus accessions was 1%, indicating that these accessions could be distinguished by the ITS sequences. A phylogenetic relationship based on the ITS sequences was inferred using neighbor-joining, maximum parsimony and Bayesian inference. All of the tree topologies indicated that Polygonum minus from Peninsular Malaysia is unique and different from the synonymous Persicaria minor (Huds. Opiz and Polygonum kawagoeanum Makino.

  11. Algorithms and novel applications based on the isokinetic ensemble. I. Biophysical and path integral molecular dynamics

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    Minary, Peter; Martyna, Glenn J.; Tuckerman, Mark E.

    2003-02-01

    In this paper (Paper I) and a companion paper (Paper II), novel new algorithms and applications of the isokinetic ensemble as generated by Gauss' principle of least constraint, pioneered for use with molecular dynamics 20 years ago, are presented for biophysical, path integral, and Car-Parrinello based ab initio molecular dynamics. In Paper I, a new "extended system" version of the isokinetic equations of motion that overcomes the ergodicity problems inherent in the standard approach, is developed using a new theory of non-Hamiltonian phase space analysis [M. E. Tuckerman et al., Europhys. Lett. 45, 149 (1999); J. Chem. Phys. 115, 1678 (2001)]. Reversible multiple time step integrations schemes for the isokinetic methods, first presented by Zhang [J. Chem. Phys. 106, 6102 (1997)] are reviewed. Next, holonomic constraints are incorporated into the isokinetic methodology for use in fast efficient biomolecular simulation studies. Model and realistic examples are presented in order to evaluate, critically, the performance of the new isokinetic molecular dynamic schemes. Comparisons are made to the, now standard, canonical dynamics method, Nosé-Hoover chain dynamics [G. J. Martyna et al., J. Chem. Phys. 97, 2635 (1992)]. The new isokinetic techniques are found to yield more efficient sampling than the Nosé-Hoover chain method in both path integral molecular dynamics and biophysical molecular dynamics calculations. In Paper II, the use of isokinetic methods in Car-Parrinello based ab initio molecular dynamics calculations is presented.

  12. Identification of promising DNA GyrB inhibitors for Tuberculosis using pharmacophore-based virtual screening, molecular docking and molecular dynamics studies.

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    Islam, Md Ataul; Pillay, Tahir S

    2017-01-21

    In this study, we searched for potential DNA GyrB inhibitors using pharmacophore-based virtual screening followed by molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation approaches. For this purpose, a set of 248 DNA GyrB inhibitors was collected from the literature and a well-validated pharmacophore model was generated. The best pharmacophore model explained that two each of hydrogen bond acceptors and hydrophobicity regions were critical for inhibition of DNA GyrB. Good statistical results of the pharmacophore model indicated that the model was robust in nature. Virtual screening of molecular databases revealed three molecules as potential antimycobacterial agents. The final screened promising compounds were evaluated in molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation studies. In the molecular dynamics studies, RMSD and RMSF values undoubtedly explained that the screened compounds formed stable complexes with DNA GyrB. Therefore, it can be concluded that the compounds identified may have potential for the treatment of TB.

  13. Computational Design of Intrinsic Molecular Rectifiers Based on Asymmetric Functionalization of N-Phenylbenzamide.

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    Ding, Wendu; Koepf, Matthieu; Koenigsmann, Christopher; Batra, Arunabh; Venkataraman, Latha; Negre, Christian F A; Brudvig, Gary W; Crabtree, Robert H; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A; Batista, Victor S

    2015-12-01

    We report a systematic computational search of molecular frameworks for intrinsic rectification of electron transport. The screening of molecular rectifiers includes 52 molecules and conformers spanning over 9 series of structural motifs. N-Phenylbenzamide is found to be a promising framework with both suitable conductance and rectification properties. A targeted screening performed on 30 additional derivatives and conformers of N-phenylbenzamide yielded enhanced rectification based on asymmetric functionalization. We demonstrate that electron-donating substituent groups that maintain an asymmetric distribution of charge in the dominant transport channel (e.g., HOMO) enhance rectification by raising the channel closer to the Fermi level. These findings are particularly valuable for the design of molecular assemblies that could ensure directionality of electron transport in a wide range of applications, from molecular electronics to catalytic reactions.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. SWIFT MODELLER: a Java based GUI for molecular modeling.

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    Mathur, Abhinav; Shankaracharya; Vidyarthi, Ambarish S

    2011-10-01

    MODELLER is command line argument based software which requires tedious formatting of inputs and writing of Python scripts which most people are not comfortable with. Also the visualization of output becomes cumbersome due to verbose files. This makes the whole software protocol very complex and requires extensive study of MODELLER manuals and tutorials. Here we describe SWIFT MODELLER, a GUI that automates formatting, scripting and data extraction processes and present it in an interactive way making MODELLER much easier to use than before. The screens in SWIFT MODELLER are designed keeping homology modeling in mind and their flow is a depiction of its steps. It eliminates the formatting of inputs, scripting processes and analysis of verbose output files through automation and makes pasting of the target sequence as the only prerequisite. Jmol (3D structure visualization tool) has been integrated into the GUI which opens and demonstrates the protein data bank files created by the MODELLER software. All files required and created by the software are saved in a folder named after the work instance's date and time of execution. SWIFT MODELLER lowers the skill level required for the software through automation of many of the steps in the original software protocol, thus saving an enormous amount of time per instance and making MODELLER very easy to work with.

  18. 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.

  19. Caracterización molecular y cariológica de cuatro especies del Género Proechimys (Rodentia: echimyidae, en una colonia en cautiverio en el Instituto Nacional de Salud (Colombia

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    Fernando García Luis

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se realizó la caracterización cariológica y molecular de cuatro especies pertenecientes al género Proechimys, las cuales fueron colectadas en diferentes regiones de Colombia y posteriormente ubicadas en colonias en el Bioterio de Experimentación del Instituto Nacional de Salud-INS. El número estimado de especies varía según el criterio de diferentes autores lo cual reflejan la gran dificultad para establecer límites en Proechimys a sus taxones subordinados. En general, los caracteres morfológicos son la aproximación usual para evaluar las preguntas sistemáticas por la mayoría de mastozoólogos, pero ésto ha sido relativamente improductivo en Proechimys. Como consecuencia de las variaciones morfológicas presentadas en los individuos, varios autores se han centrado sobre este aspecto, buscando la manera más adecuada de establecer diferencias entre las especies y han recurrido a técnicas de tipo genético y molecular que
    permitan esclarecer la separación específica de los grupos. Para este trabajo la caracterización cariológica se llevó a cabo a partir de la técnica de cultivo de linfocitos de sangre periférica. La caracterización molecular se realizó a partir de un fragmento de 800 pares de bases del gen Citocromo B. Para la construcción de los árboles se utilizaron otras secuencias para Proechimys, disponibles en Genbank y se incluyeron secuencias suministradas, en calidad de préstamo, por el Doctor James Patton de la Universidad de California, Berkeley. Se confirmó, por medio de información cariológica y molecular, que los individuos de la colonia del INS pertenecen a cuatro especies diferentes las cuales fueron identificadas como: Proechimys chrysaeolus (departamento de Santander, P. sp. “Barinas” (departamento de Casanare, P. oconnelli (departamento de Casanare y P. canicollis (departamento de La Guajira. Los tiempos de divergencia obtenidos para las especies (entre 2,89
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  20. Modelling and enhanced molecular dynamics to steer structure-based drug discovery.

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    Kalyaanamoorthy, Subha; Chen, Yi-Ping Phoebe

    2014-05-01

    The ever-increasing gap between the availabilities of the genome sequences and the crystal structures of proteins remains one of the significant challenges to the modern drug discovery efforts. The knowledge of structure-dynamics-functionalities of proteins is important in order to understand several key aspects of structure-based drug discovery, such as drug-protein interactions, drug binding and unbinding mechanisms and protein-protein interactions. This review presents a brief overview on the different state of the art computational approaches that are applied for protein structure modelling and molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems. We give an essence of how different enhanced sampling molecular dynamics approaches, together with regular molecular dynamics methods, assist in steering the structure based drug discovery processes.

  1. Boron Subphthalocyanine Based Molecular Triad Systems for the Capture of Solar Energy.

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    Storm, Freja E; Olsen, Stine T; Hansen, Thorsten; De Vico, Luca; Jackson, Nicholas E; Ratner, Mark A; Mikkelsen, Kurt V

    2016-10-06

    In this study a number of chromophores based on boron subphthalocyanines are investigated for use in the future design of organic photovoltaic devices based on molecular triad systems. The computational study is performed at the TD-DFT CAM-B3LYP/6-311G(d) level of theory. The absorption spectra of these chromophores are simulated using TD-DFT and compared to experimental results. All investigated chromophores absorb light in the visible range and thus are suitable for absorption of sunlight in solar cell applications. On the basis of energy-level alignments, suitable combinations of moieties for a molecular triad system are proposed. The molecular triads will be used in future work as the functional part of organic photovoltaic devices, where the chromophore will be used both to absorb the incoming solar radiation and to increase the distance between the separated charges on donor and acceptor units to increase the lifetime of the charge-separated state.

  2. Flexibility and explicit solvent in molecular-dynamics-based docking of protein-glycosaminoglycan systems.

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    Samsonov, Sergey A; Gehrcke, Jan-Philip; Pisabarro, M Teresa

    2014-02-24

    We present Dynamic Molecular Docking (DMD), a novel targeted molecular dynamics-based protocol developed to address ligand and receptor flexibility as well as the inclusion of explicit solvent in local molecular docking. A class of ligands for which docking performance especially benefits from overcoming these challenges is the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). GAGs are periodic, highly flexible, and negatively charged polysaccharides playing an important role in the extracellular matrix via interaction with proteins such as growth factors and chemokines. The goal of our work has been to develop a proof of concept for an MD-based docking approach and to analyze its applicability for protein-GAG systems. DMD exploits the electrostatics-driven attraction of a ligand to its receptor, treats both as entirely flexible, and considers solvent explicitly. We show that DMD has high predictive significance for systems dominated by electrostatic attraction and demonstrate its capability to reliably identify the receptor residues contributing most to binding.

  3. Detección molecular del virus papiloma humano de alto riesgo oncogénico en muestras cervicales. Laboratorio Central de Salud Pública. Primeros Resultados

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    Maria Liz Bobadilla

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available El cáncer de cuello uterino es la primera causa de muerte por cáncer en mujeres en países en vías de desarrollo, con una tasa de incidencia de 34,2 por 100.000 mujeres y de mortalidad de 15,7 por 100.000 mujeres en Paraguay. La sensibilidad de la citología está entre 30-60%, mientras que la de la detección molecular del Virus Papiloma Humano (VPH en muestras cervicales, es mayor al 90% para detectar neoplasia intraepitelial cervical de grado 2 (CIN II o más. El objetivo de este trabajo fue describir la frecuencia de detección de VPH de alto riesgo (AR y su distribución por edad en mujeres que concurrieron al Hospital San Pablo, de mayo a agosto de 2.013. Se estudiaron 170 muestras cervicales de pacientes que accedieron a participar firmando un consentimiento informado. Se utilizó el sistema Cobas 4800 HPV Test (Roche que detecta los VPH-AR 16 y 18, y un pool de 10 VPH-AR (31,33,35,39,45,51,52,56,58,59 y dos de “probable” alto riesgo (66,68. La frecuencia de infección por VPH-AR fue del 16%, la infección decrecía con la edad y el mayor número de casos apareció en mujeres menores de 30 años. El VPH-16 fue encontrado en todos los grupos de edades. Este es el primer reporte de la detección de ADN de VPH-AR en el LCSP, y se muestra que la prevención y control del cáncer cérvico-uterino es una prioridad de salud pública en el país por la gran carga de la enfermedad evidenciada por su alta incidencia y mortalidad.

  4. Ética de la convivencia en organizaciones del presente: Base fundamental para alcanzar el bien común

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    Cristina Seijo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de esta investigación es establecer algunas consideraciones teóricas sobre la ética de la convivencia en las organizaciones de presente, de manera que la gerencia en estas organizaciones se perfile hacia la búsqueda del bien común, en este sentido, el estudio se basa en una metodología cualitativa, de tipo descriptiva y diseño no experimental, mediante un análisis documental, ubicada dentro del área de las Ciencias Sociales.En este sentido, el logro del bien común está asociado a alcanzar una vida en convivencia, esto significa lograr acuerdos mínimos a través del diálogo entre los ciudadanos de manera que se pueda establecer el respeto hacia el otro. La base de tales acuerdos será, necesariamente, la búsqueda del bienestar de la sociedad, es decir, el bien común. Esta idea justifica la necesidad de una ética común, la que conlleva al reconocimiento del otro, aceptar el bienestar del otro, aceptación del otro en nuestro sistema, para lograr la convivencia y alcanzar el bienestar o bien común.Palabras Clave: Ética de la convivencia; bien común; acuerdos mínimos. Ethics of the Living together in organizations of future: fundamental Base to reach the common goodAbstractThis research aims at advancing concepts regarding fellowship ethics in contemporary organizations, in order to organize management around common good practices. The achievement of the common good is thus associated to reaching fellowship, this is to achieve minimal consensus through dialog between citizens and strengthen respect to each other. The base of such consensus will be, necessarily, societal welfare, that is to say, the common good.Keywords: Ethics of the living; common good; minimal agreements.

  5. [New strategies in the clinical evaluation of patients with colon cancer based on molecular studies].

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    Panduro, A; Morales, L; Santos, A; Valdés, L; Lima, G; Meléndez, J; Cabrera, G; Maldonado, V; Villalobos, J J

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    During the last five years molecular studies allowed important advances in the knowledge of cancer colon with important clinical implications. The main finding was the identification and sequence analysis of the APC gen. Structural alterations of this gene have been detected in patients with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis and Gardner syndrome, which suggest a common disease. Furthermore, alterations of the APC gen appears to be also altered in cases of cancer of colon sporadic. Indicating that structural alteration of the APC gen can be inherited and/or acquired. Restriction fragment-length polymorphisms in the chromosome 5q21-22 can now be used clinically for premorbid diagnosis and counseling in familial adenomatous polyposis. The molecular studies allow the clinician to have a new approach in the management and screening of families with familial adenomatous polyposis. The sequence analysis and specific identification of the structural alteration of the APC gene is a more expensive and sophisticated study, although represent a more direct approach. In the Department of Gastroenterology of the INNSZ we are performing such molecular studies. The main purpose of our group is to proportionate integral clinical-molecular studies for families with hereditary colon cancer, create a national register of these diseases and investigate the molecular bases in order to generate new molecular diagnosis tools.

  6. Prediction of human clearance based on animal data and molecular properties.

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    Huang, Wenkang; Geng, Lv; Deng, Rong; Lu, Shaoyong; Ma, Guangli; Yu, Jianxiu; Zhang, Jian; Liu, Wei; Hou, Tingjun; Lu, Xuefeng

    2015-11-01

    Human clearance is often predicted prior to clinical study from in vivo preclinical data by virtue of interspecies allometric scaling methods. The aims of this study were to determine the important molecular descriptors for the extrapolation of animal data to human clearance and further to build a model to predict human clearance by combination of animal data and the selected molecular descriptors. These important molecular descriptors selected by genetic algorithm (GA) were from five classes: quantum mechanical, shadow indices, E-state keys, molecular properties, and molecular property counts. Although the data set contained many outliers determined by the conventional Mahmood method, the variation of most outliers was reduced significantly by our final support vector machine (SVM) model. The values of cross-validated correlation coefficient and root-mean-squared error (RMSE) for leave-one-out cross-validation (LOOCV) of the final SVM model were 0.783 and 0.305, respectively. Meanwhile, the reliability and consistency of the final model were also validated by an external test set. In conclusion, the SVM model based on the molecular descriptors selected by GA and animal data achieved better prediction performance than the Mahmood method. This approach can be applied as an improved interspecies allometric scaling method in drug research and development.

  7. 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.

  8. Photo- and electro-chromism of diarylethene modified ITO electrodes - towards molecular based read-write-erase information storage

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    Areephong, J.; Browne, W.R.; Katsonis, N.; Feringa, B.L.

    2006-01-01

    Molecular memory devices based on dithienylethene switch modified ITO electrodes undergo reversible ring opening/closing both photo- and electro-chemically with non-destructive electrochemical readout.

  9. Quantum Computing Using Pulse-Based Electron-Nuclear Double Resonance (endor):. Molecular Spin-Qubits

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    Sato, Kazuo; Nakazawa, Shigeki; Rahimi, Robabeh D.; Nishida, Shinsuke; Ise, Tomoaki; Shimoi, Daisuke; Toyota, Kazuo; Morita, Yasushi; Kitagawa, Masahiro; Carl, Parick; Höfner, Peter; Takui, Takeji

    2009-06-01

    Electrons with the spin quantum number 1/2, as physical qubits, have naturally been anticipated for implementing quantum computing and information processing (QC/QIP). Recently, electron spin-qubit systems in organic molecular frames have emerged as a hybrid spin-qubit system along with a nuclear spin-1/2 qubit. Among promising candidates for QC/QIP from the materials science side, the reasons for why electron spin-qubits such as molecular spin systems, i.e., unpaired electron spins in molecular frames, have potentialities for serving for QC/QIP will be given in the lecture (Chapter), emphasizing what their advantages or disadvantages are entertained and what technical and intrinsic issues should be dealt with for the implementation of molecular-spin quantum computers in terms of currently available spin manipulation technology such as pulse-based electron-nuclear double resonance (pulsed or pulse ENDOR) devoted to QC/QIP. Firstly, a general introduction and introductory remarks to pulsed ENDOR spectroscopy as electron-nuclear spin manipulation technology is given. Super dense coding (SDC) experiments by the use of pulsed ENDOR are also introduced to understand differentiating QC ENDOR from QC NMR based on modern nuclear spin technology. Direct observation of the spinor inherent in an electron spin, detected for the first time, will be shown in connection with the entanglement of an electron-nuclear hybrid system. Novel microwave spin manipulation technology enabling us to deal with genuine electron-electron spin-qubit systems in the molecular frame will be introduced, illustrating, from the synthetic strategy of matter spin-qubits, a key-role of the molecular design of g-tensor/hyperfine-(A-)tensor molecular engineering for QC/QIP. Finally, important technological achievements of recently-emerging CD ELDOR (Coherent-Dual ELectron-electron DOuble Resonance) spin technology enabling us to manipulate electron spin-qubits are described.

  10. 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…

  11. Refinement of homology-based protein structures by molecular dynamics simulation techniques

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    Fan, H; Mark, AE

    2004-01-01

    The use of classical molecular dynamics simulations, performed in explicit water, for the refinement of structural models of proteins generated ab initio or based on homology has been investigated. The study involved a test set of 15 proteins that were previously used by Baker and coworkers to asses

  12. Molecular Docking of Enzyme Inhibitors: A Computational Tool for Structure-Based Drug Design

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    Rudnitskaya, Aleksandra; Torok, Bela; Torok, Marianna

    2010-01-01

    Molecular docking is a frequently used method in structure-based rational drug design. It is used for evaluating the complex formation of small ligands with large biomolecules, predicting the strength of the bonding forces and finding the best geometrical arrangements. The major goal of this advanced undergraduate biochemistry laboratory exercise…

  13. AMPHIDINIUM REVISITED. I. REDEFINITION OF AMPHIDINIUM (DINOPHYCEAE) BASED ON CLADISTIC AND MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSES

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    Jørgensen, Mårten Flø; Murray, Shauna; Daugbjerg, Niels

    2004-01-01

    , and origin of the sulcus. The description of A. elegans by Grell and Wohlfarth-Bottermann was found to be identical to it. A species fitting the original description of A. operculatum was cultured and included in the analyses. Based on cladistic and molecular analyses, it grouped together with all other...

  14. Base de linhas moleculares para síntese espectral estelar

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    Milone, A.; Sanzovo, G.

    2003-08-01

    A análise das abundâncias quí micas fotosféricas em estrelas do tipo solar ou tardia, através do cálculo teórico de seus espectros, emprega a espectroscopia de alta resolução e necessita de uma base representativa de linhas atômicas e moleculares com suas respectivas constantes bem determinadas. Nesse trabalho, utilizamos como ponto de partida as extensas listas de linhas espectrais de sistemas eletrônicos de algumas moléculas diatômicas compiladas por Kurucz para a construção de uma base de linhas moleculares para a sí ntese espectral estelar. Revisamos as determinações dos fatores rotacionais de Honl-London das forças de oscilador das linhas moleculares, para cada banda vibracional de alguns sistemas eletrônicos, seguindo a regra usual de normalização. Usamos as forças de oscilador eletrônicas da literatura. Os fatores vibracionais de Franck-Condon de cada banda foram especialmente recalculados empregando-se novas constantes moleculares. Reproduzimos, com êxito, as absorções espectrais de determinadas bandas eletrônicas-vibracionais das espécies moleculares C12C12, C12N14 e Mg24H em espectros de estrelas de referência como o Sol e Arcturus.

  15. Accelerated electronic structure-based molecular dynamics simulations of shock-induced chemistry

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    Cawkwell, Marc

    2015-06-01

    The initiation and progression of shock-induced chemistry in organic materials at moderate temperatures and pressures are slow on the time scales available to regular molecular dynamics simulations. Accessing the requisite time scales is particularly challenging if the interatomic bonding is modeled using accurate yet expensive methods based explicitly on electronic structure. We have combined fast, energy conserving extended Lagrangian Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics with the parallel replica accelerated molecular dynamics formalism to study the relatively sluggish shock-induced chemistry of benzene around 13-20 GPa. We model interatomic bonding in hydrocarbons using self-consistent tight binding theory with an accurate and transferable parameterization. Shock compression and its associated transient, non-equilibrium effects are captured explicitly by combining the universal liquid Hugoniot with a simple shrinking-cell boundary condition. A number of novel methods for improving the performance of reactive electronic structure-based molecular dynamics by adapting the self-consistent field procedure on-the-fly will also be discussed. The use of accelerated molecular dynamics has enabled us to follow the initial stages of the nucleation and growth of carbon clusters in benzene under thermodynamic conditions pertinent to experiments.

  16. 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.

  17. Highly efficient and exact method for parallelization of grid-based algorithms and its implementation in DelPhi.

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    Li, Chuan; Li, Lin; Zhang, Jie; Alexov, Emil

    2012-09-15

    The Gauss-Seidel (GS) method is a standard iterative numerical method widely used to solve a system of equations and, in general, is more efficient comparing to other iterative methods, such as the Jacobi method. However, standard implementation of the GS method restricts its utilization in parallel computing due to its requirement of using updated neighboring values (i.e., in current iteration) as soon as they are available. Here, we report an efficient and exact (not requiring assumptions) method to parallelize iterations and to reduce the computational time as a linear/nearly linear function of the number of processes or computing units. In contrast to other existing solutions, our method does not require any assumptions and is equally applicable for solving linear and nonlinear equations. This approach is implemented in the DelPhi program, which is a finite difference Poisson-Boltzmann equation solver to model electrostatics in molecular biology. This development makes the iterative procedure on obtaining the electrostatic potential distribution in the parallelized DelPhi several folds faster than that in the serial code. Further, we demonstrate the advantages of the new parallelized DelPhi by computing the electrostatic potential and the corresponding energies of large supramolecular structures.

  18. SINOPSIS DEL GÉNERO JUNELLIA (VERBENACEAE

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    Nataly O'Leary

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una sinopsis del género Junellia, fundamentada en la reciente recircunscripción del género sobre la base de estudios de filogenia molecular y análisis de caracteres morfológicos. Se aporta una clave que incluye las 37 especies de Junellia según la más actual definición del género, se presenta una descripción actualizada del género y se establecen las diferencias con los demás géneros de la tribu Verbeneae. Se describen y/o ilustran nueve especies y una variedad de Junellia no tratadas previamente o cuyas descripciones son aquí enmendadas. Se proponen también dos nuevas combinaciones: Junellia hookeriana var. catamarcensis y Junellia trifida, y ocho nuevos sinónimos.

  19. 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.

  20. IDENTIFICACIÓN MOLECULAR DE POBLACIONES BACTERIANAS ASOCIADAS AL CARACOL PALA (Strombus gigas DEL CARIBE COLOMBIANO Molecular Identification Of Bacterial Populations Associated To Queen Conch (Strombus gigas From Colombian Caribbe

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    Full Text Available El caracol Pala, Strombus gigas (Strombidae, es de gran importancia ecológica y socioeconómica en el área caribeña colombiana. Sin embargo, es una especie catalogada como "vulnerable" y existe muy poca información referente a las especies bacterianas asociadas al caracol que puedan ser importantes para el desarrollo, manejo productivo y de seguridad acuícola de estos gastrópodos. En este trabajo, nosotros empleamos un estudio microbiológico y molecular de la región intergénica entre los genes 16S y 23S rDNA, análisis del gen rDNA 16S y secuenciación, para analizar las bacterias asociadas al caracol Pala (S. gigas. La composición de bacterias cultivables asociadas fue evaluada por su capacidad para crecer en agar marino y en medios de cultivos selectivos. De un total de 28 muestras analizadas encontramos que el número de bacterias cultivadas en condiciones aerobias fue de alrededor 10(6 ufc mL-1 donde las bacterias pertenecientes a la familia Vibrionacea fueron las más abundantes, cerca de >10(5 ufc mL-1. El análisis molecular de la región intergénica entre los genes 16S y 23S rDNA de las diferentes muestras, reveló una gran complejidad bacteriana asociada a S. gigas. Las secuencias de los amplificados del gen rDNA 16S identificó Pseudoalteromonas sp., Halomonas sp., Psycrobacter sp., Cobetia sp., Pseudomonas sp. y Vibrios sp. Nuestros resultados podrían sugerir un rol importante de estas bacterias como componentes de la comunidad asociada al S. gigas. Esta información puede complementar los estudios que se están implementando en los procesos para la conservación y repoblamiento de las poblaciones de S. gigas en Colombia.The Queen Conch, Strombus gigas (Strombidae, is a species of great ecological and socioeconomic importance in the Caribbean area of Colombia. However, it is currently catalogued as "vulnerable"; there is limited information concerning the bacterial species associated with conch and important in the

  1. Caracterización molecular de un begomovirus del tomate en el Valle del Cauca, Colombia, y búsqueda de fuentes de resistencia para el mejoramiento de la variedad Unapal Maravilla Molecular characterization of a begomovirus affecting tomato in the Cauca Valle - Colombia and identification of sources of resistance to improve the variety Unapal Maravilla

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    Ana Karine Martínez A

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Se caracterizó un virus transmitido por la mosca blanca Bemisia tabaci al tomate en el Valle del Cauca como una variante del Virus del mosaico amarillo del tomate (Tomato yellow mosaic virus = ToYMV. Plantas de tomate (FLA 496-11-6-1-0, FLA 478-6-3-1-11, FLA 456-4 y FLA 653-3-1-0 de 20 días de edad se confinaron en jaulas individuales con 10 individuos virulíferos de B. tabaci (biotipo B por planta, en condiciones de invernadero. La infección por el virus se confirmó por el desarrollo de los síntomas y las pruebas moleculares de PCR e hibridación dot blot. Las características agromorfológicas se evaluaron en campo en un diseño de bloques completos al azar con tres repeticiones. Las líneas FLA 653-3-1-0, FLA 496-11-6-1-0 y FLA 478-6-3-1-11 desarrollaron síntomas muy leves; el ADN viral fue apenas detectable para algunos individuos y presentaron características del fruto y rendimientos deseables.A virus transmitted by the whitefly Bemisia tabaci to tomato was characterized in the Cauca Valley like a variant of Tomato yellow mosaic virus (ToYMV. Artificial whitefly-mediated inoculation in the greenhouse was done with 20 days-old tomato plants (FLA 496-11-6-1-0, FLA 478-6-3-1-11, FLA 456-4 y FLA 653-3-1-0 exposed to 10 viruliferous individuals of B. tabaci (biotype B per plant in individual insect-proof cages. The presence of the begomovirus was evaluated by symptoms development and was confirmed using dot blot hybridization and PCR. Agronomical characteristics were evaluated in the field in a completely randomized blocks design with 3 replications. The lines FLA 653-3-1-0, FLA 496-11-6-1-0 and FLA 478-6-3-1-11 developed mild symptoms, viral DNA was barely detectable in some individuals, and they showed characteristics of the fruit and desirable yield.

  2. 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.

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

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    Feng, Wei; Li, Xin-Qi; Fang, Weihai; Yan, YiJing

    2013-01-01

    Mixed-quantum-classical molecular dynamics simulation implies an effective measurement on the electronic states owing to continuously tracking the atomic forces.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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Descripción del estado acido base en pacientes con quemaduras térmicas agudas: serie de casos

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    nieto angel, maria victoria; cortes puentes, luis arcadio; Linares Mendoza, Gerardo; navarrete, norberto; fernandez, federico

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    Introducción: Los pacientes con lesiones térmicas presentan alteraciones fisiológicas complejas que hacen difícil la caracterización del estado ácido-base y así mismo alteraciones electrolíticas e hipoalbuminemia que pudieran estar relacionados con un peor pronóstico. Se ha estudiado la base déficit (BD) y el lactato, encontrando una gran divergencia en los resultados. Por lo anterior, el análisis físico-químico del estado ácido-base podría tener un rendimiento superior a los métodos tradic...

  7. Estructura genética e historia demográfica del Jaguar ( Panthera onca en Colombia: Contraste entre marcadores moleculares y datos craneométricos

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    Payán-Esteban C.

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Se estudio la estructura genética de los jaguares en Colombia (n=49, e igualmente, se com-pararon los resultados moleculares obtenidos con otros 16 jaguares procedentes de Guatemala,Perú, Bolivia y zona central de la Amazonía brasileña. Para ello se emplearon 18 marcadores microsatélites (STRPs diseñados para gato doméstico. Estos marcadores fueron Fca 01, 08, 24,43, 45, 70, 94, 96, 126, 136, 176, 200, 225, 251, 290, 294, 391 y 506, localizados en losdiferentes cromosomas felinos. Mediante tests exactos utilizando cadenas de Markov y elmétodo de Fisher se determinó un fuerte exceso de homocigotos en todos los niveles jerárquicosanalizados, lo cual pone en evidencia la posible importancia del efecto Wahlund en esta especiey la no existencia de correspondencia con las subespecies morfológicamente propuestas en elpasado. Se calculó también el asignamiento poblacional de los jaguares analizados, a las dossubespecies de jaguares presentes en Colombia mediante el método de verosimilitud y con elmétodo basado en distancias con los procedimientos “as is” y “leave one out”.

  8. 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.

  9. Gramática emocional: bases cognitivas y sociales del juicio moral

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    Tovar Bohórquez, José Oliverio

    2011-01-01

    El objetivo del presente trabajo es proponer un modelo que dé cuenta de la arquitectura psicológica del juicio moral. Es decir, se busca responder a la pregunta “¿cuáles son los procesos mentales que se llevan a cabo cuando una persona expresa un juicio moral?”. Para ello se realizan los siguientes pasos: en el primer capítulo se presentan algunos de los modelos con los que se ha intentado dar cuenta de la arquitectura psicológica del juicio moral. En el segundo se muestran algunas de las fal...

  10. La influencia del estilo de enseñanza en el fútbol base

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    José Miguel Rodríguez Palacios

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    Full Text Available El dominio de los estilos de enseñanza que intervienen en el proceso cognitivo de enseñanza-aprendizaje es fundamental para conseguir la adherencia positiva al deporte. Se han estudiado 4 entrenadores y 65 jugadores de fútbol base de la provincia de Huelva. La utilización de estilos de enseñanza productivos o reproductivos ha sido registrada durante una sesión de entrenamiento; y los niveles de motivación intrínseca, extrínseca y desmotivación de los jugadores mediante un cuestionario. No se ha hallado una correlación significativa entre la asistencia a los entrenamientos y los niveles de motivación intrínseca. No obstante, se ha encontrado una correlación significativa (p < 0,05 entre la asistencia a entrenamientos y la motivación extrínseca de regulación identificada. Un predominio del uso de estilos productivos no se ha asociado a más motivación intrínseca.

  11. Bases fisiológicas del calentamiento en voleibol: propuesta práctica

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    A. Pérez-López

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    Full Text Available Está aceptado que se debe llevar a cabo una rutina de calentamiento previa a la actividad física que se vaya a realizar. También parece aceptado que esta rutina de berá constar de una parte aeróbica y otra de estiramientos, además de ejercicios específicos de la actividad física o deporte a realizar. Pero existe incertidumbre en cuanto a qué tipo de actividad llevar a cabo, la intensidad, la duración, el tiempo de recuperación y los mecanismos fisiológicos que condicionan todos estos aspectos. Se ha realizado una revisión bibliográfica que aborda cada uno de estos puntos desde la perspectivade un deporte anaeróbico intermitente como es el voleibol, donde la potencia y la agilidad reactiva son factores determinantes del rendimiento. En base a las evidencias científicas presentadas se concretan los aspectos claves a cumplir en el diseño de un calentamiento pre-partido en voleibol y se describe una propuesta práctica de calentamiento que pueda ser aplicada por los preparadores físicos en voleibol.

  12. Synchrotron-based and globar-sourced molecular (micro)spectroscopy contributions to advances in new hulless barley (with structure alteration) research on molecular structure, molecular nutrition, and nutrient delivery.

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    Yang, Ling; Yu, Peiqiang

    2017-01-02

    This paper aimed to review synchrotron-based and globar-sourced molecular infrared (micro)spectroscopy contributions to advances in new hulless barley (with structure alteration) research on molecular structure, molecular nutrition, and nutrient delivery in ruminants. It reviewed recent progress in barley varieties, its utilization for animal and human, inherent structure features and chemical make-up, evaluation and research methodology, breeding progress, rumen degradation, and intestinal digestion. The emphasis of this review was focused on the effect of alteration of carbohydrate traits of newly developed hulless barley on molecular structure changes and nutrient delivery and quantification of the relationship between molecular structure features and changes and truly absorbed nutrient supply to ruminants. This review provides an insight into how inherent structure changes on a molecular basis affect nutrient utilization and availability in ruminants.

  13. ARTICLES: Shear Thickening Fluids Based on Additives with Different Concentrations and Molecular Chain Lengths

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    Xu, Yu-lei; Gong, Xing-long; Peng, Chao; Sun, Ying-qiang; Jiang, Wan-quan; Zhang, Zhong

    2010-06-01

    Shear thickening fluids (STFs) based on additives with different concentrations and molecular chain lengths were investigated. STF samples were prepared with silica and additive dispersed in polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400, where three types of additives with different molecular chain lengths of PEG4000, PEG6000, and PEG10000 were used. For PEG10000, different concentrations, including 0, 1%, 3%, and 5%, were selected to study the influences of additive concentrations. Rheological properties of the samples were measured with a rheometer. The results show that the shear thickening effect was significantly enhanced with the increase of the concentration and the molecular chain length of additives. The mechanism of enhancement was quantitatively explained with the formation of large particles clusters.

  14. A Cobalt Supramolecular Triple-Stranded Helicate-based Discrete Molecular Cage

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    Mai, Hien Duy; Kang, Philjae; Kim, Jin Kyung; Yoo, Hyojong

    2017-01-01

    We report a strategy to achieve a discrete cage molecule featuring a high level of structural hierarchy through a multiple-assembly process. A cobalt (Co) supramolecular triple-stranded helicate (Co-TSH)-based discrete molecular cage (1) is successfully synthesized and fully characterized. The solid-state structure of 1 shows that it is composed of six triple-stranded helicates interconnected by four linking cobalt species. This is an unusual example of a highly symmetric cage architecture resulting from the coordination-driven assembly of metallosupramolecular modules. The molecular cage 1 shows much higher CO2 uptake properties and selectivity compared with the separate supramolecular modules (Co-TSH, complex 2) and other molecular platforms. PMID:28262690

  15. [Molecular biology of renal cancer: bases for genetic directed therapy in advanced disease].

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    Maroto Rey, José Pablo; Cillán Narvaez, Elena

    2013-06-01

    There has been expansion of therapeutic options in the management of metastatic renal cell carcinoma due to a better knowledge of the molecular biology of kidney cancers. There are different tumors grouped under the term renal cell carcinoma, being clear cell cancer the most frequent and accounting for 80% of kidney tumors. Mutations in the Von Hippel-Lindau gene can be identified in up to 80% of sporadic clear cell cancer, linking a genetically inheritable disease where vascular tumors are frequent, with renal cell cancer. Other histologic types present specific alterations in molecular pathways, like c-MET in papillary type I tumors, and Fumarase Hydratase in papillary type II tumors. Identification of the molecular alteration for a specific tumor may offer an opportunity for treatment selection based on biomarkers, and, in the future, for developing an engineering designed genetic treatment.

  16. An Electrically Driven and Readable Molecular Monolayer Switch Based on a Solid Electrolyte.

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    Marchante, Elena; Crivillers, Núria; Buhl, Moritz; Veciana, Jaume; Mas-Torrent, Marta

    2016-01-01

    The potential application of molecular switches as active elements in information storage has been demonstrated through numerous works. Importantly, such switching capabilities have also been reported for self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). SAMs of electroactive molecules have recently been exploited as electrochemical switches. Typically, the state of these switches could be read out through their optical and/or magnetic response. These output reading processes are difficult to integrate into devices, and furthermore, there is a need to use liquid environments for switching the redox-active molecular systems. In this work, both of these challenges were overcome by using an ionic gel as the electrolyte medium, which led to an unprecedented solid-state device based on a single molecular layer. Moreover, electrochemical impedance has been successfully exploited as the output of the system.

  17. 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.

  18. A tetraphenylethylene core-based 3D structure small molecular acceptor enabling efficient non-fullerene organic solar cells.

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    Liu, Yuhang; Mu, Cheng; Jiang, Kui; Zhao, Jingbo; Li, Yunke; Zhang, Lu; Li, Zhengke; Lai, Joshua Yuk Lin; Hu, Huawei; Ma, Tingxuan; Hu, Rongrong; Yu, Demei; Huang, Xuhui; Tang, Ben Zhong; Yan, He

    2015-02-01

    A tetraphenylethylene core-based small molecular acceptor with a unique 3D molecular structure is developed. Bulk-heterojunction blend films with a small feature size (≈20 nm) are obtained, which lead to non-fullerene organic solar cells (OSCs) with 5.5% power conversion efficiency. The work provides a new molecular design approach to efficient non-fullerene OSCs based on 3D-structured small-molecule acceptors.

  19. Hierarchical QSAR technology based on the Simplex representation of molecular structure

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    Kuz'min, V. E.; Artemenko, A. G.; Muratov, E. N.

    2008-06-01

    This article is about the hierarchical quantitative structure-activity relationship technology (HiT QSAR) based on the Simplex representation of molecular structure (SiRMS) and its application for different QSAR/QSP(property)R tasks. The essence of this technology is a sequential solution (with the use of the information obtained on the previous steps) to the QSAR problem by the series of enhanced models of molecular structure description [from one dimensional (1D) to four dimensional (4D)]. It is a system of permanently improved solutions. In the SiRMS approach, every molecule is represented as a system of different simplexes (tetratomic fragments with fixed composition, structure, chirality and symmetry). The level of simplex descriptors detailing increases consecutively from the 1D to 4D representation of the molecular structure. The advantages of the approach reported here are the absence of "molecular alignment" problems, consideration of different physical-chemical properties of atoms (e.g. charge, lipophilicity, etc.), the high adequacy and good interpretability of obtained models and clear ways for molecular design. The efficiency of the HiT QSAR approach is demonstrated by comparing it with the most popular modern QSAR approaches on two representative examination sets. The examples of successful application of the HiT QSAR for various QSAR/QSPR investigations on the different levels (1D-4D) of the molecular structure description are also highlighted. The reliability of developed QSAR models as predictive virtual screening tools and their ability to serve as the base of directed drug design was validated by subsequent synthetic and biological experiments, among others. The HiT QSAR is realized as a complex of computer programs known as HiT QSAR software that also includes a powerful statistical block and a number of useful utilities.

  20. Hierarchical QSAR technology based on the Simplex representation of molecular structure.

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    Kuz'min, V E; Artemenko, A G; Muratov, E N

    2008-01-01

    This article is about the hierarchical quantitative structure-activity relationship technology (HiT QSAR) based on the Simplex representation of molecular structure (SiRMS) and its application for different QSAR/QSP(property)R tasks. The essence of this technology is a sequential solution (with the use of the information obtained on the previous steps) to the QSAR problem by the series of enhanced models of molecular structure description [from one dimensional (1D) to four dimensional (4D)]. It is a system of permanently improved solutions. In the SiRMS approach, every molecule is represented as a system of different simplexes (tetratomic fragments with fixed composition, structure, chirality and symmetry). The level of simplex descriptors detailing increases consecutively from the 1D to 4D representation of the molecular structure. The advantages of the approach reported here are the absence of "molecular alignment" problems, consideration of different physical-chemical properties of atoms (e.g. charge, lipophilicity, etc.), the high adequacy and good interpretability of obtained models and clear ways for molecular design. The efficiency of the HiT QSAR approach is demonstrated by comparing it with the most popular modern QSAR approaches on two representative examination sets. The examples of successful application of the HiT QSAR for various QSAR/QSPR investigations on the different levels (1D-4D) of the molecular structure description are also highlighted. The reliability of developed QSAR models as predictive virtual screening tools and their ability to serve as the base of directed drug design was validated by subsequent synthetic and biological experiments, among others. The HiT QSAR is realized as a complex of computer programs known as HIT QSAR: software that also includes a powerful statistical block and a number of useful utilities.

  1. De novo design of caseinolytic protein proteases inhibitors based on pharmacophore and 2D molecular fingerprints.

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    Wu, Guanzhong; Zhang, Zhen; Chen, Hong; Lin, Kejiang

    2015-06-01

    Caseinolytic protein proteases (ClpP) are large oligomeric protein complexes that contribute to cell homeostasis as well as virulence regulation in bacteria. Inhibitors of ClpP can significantly attenuate the capability to produce virulence factors of the bacteria. In this work, we developed a workflow to expand the chemical space of potential ClpP inhibitors based on a set of β-lactones. In our workflow, an artificial pharmacophore model was generated based on HipHop and HYPOGEN method. A de novo compound library based on molecular fingerprints was constructed and virtually screened by the pharmacophore model. The results were further investigated by molecular docking study. The workflow successfully achieved potential ClpP inhibitors. It could be applied to design more novel potential ClpP inhibitors and provide theoretical basis for the further optimization of the hit compounds.

  2. Interference between concurrent resistance and endurance exercise: molecular bases and the role of individual training variables.

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    Fyfe, Jackson J; Bishop, David J; Stepto, Nigel K

    2014-06-01

    Concurrent training is defined as simultaneously incorporating both resistance and endurance exercise within a periodized training regime. Despite the potential additive benefits of combining these divergent exercise modes with regards to disease prevention and athletic performance, current evidence suggests that this approach may attenuate gains in muscle mass, strength, and power compared with undertaking resistance training alone. This has been variously described as the interference effect or concurrent training effect. In recent years, understanding of the molecular mechanisms mediating training adaptation in skeletal muscle has emerged and provided potential mechanistic insight into the concurrent training effect. Although it appears that various molecular signaling responses induced in skeletal muscle by endurance exercise can inhibit pathways regulating protein synthesis and stimulate protein breakdown, human studies to date have not observed such molecular 'interference' following acute concurrent exercise that might explain compromised muscle hypertrophy following concurrent training. However, given the multitude of potential concurrent training variables and the limitations of existing evidence, the potential roles of individual training variables in acute and chronic interference are not fully elucidated. The present review explores current evidence for the molecular basis of the specificity of training adaptation and the concurrent interference phenomenon. Additionally, insights provided by molecular and performance-based concurrent training studies regarding the role of individual training variables (i.e., within-session exercise order, between-mode recovery, endurance training volume, intensity, and modality) in the concurrent interference effect are discussed, along with the limitations of our current understanding of this complex paradigm.

  3. Molecular and cellular bases of adaptation to a changing environment in microorganisms.

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    Bleuven, Clara; Landry, Christian R

    2016-10-26

    Environmental heterogeneity constitutes an evolutionary challenge for organisms. While evolutionary dynamics under variable conditions has been explored for decades, we still know relatively little about the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved. It is of paramount importance to examine these molecular bases because they may play an important role in shaping the course of evolution. In this review, we examine the diversity of adaptive mechanisms in the face of environmental changes. We exploit the recent literature on microbial systems because those have benefited the most from the recent emergence of genetic engineering and experimental evolution followed by genome sequencing. We identify four emerging trends: (i) an adaptive molecular change in a pathway often results in fitness trade-off in alternative environments but the effects are dependent on a mutation's genetic background; (ii) adaptive changes often modify transcriptional and signalling pathways; (iii) several adaptive changes may occur within the same molecular pathway but be associated with pleiotropy of different signs across environments; (iv) because of their large associated costs, macromolecular changes such as gene amplification and aneuploidy may be a rapid mechanism of adaptation in the short-term only. The course of adaptation in a variable environment, therefore, depends on the complexity of the environment but also on the molecular relationships among the genes involved and between the genes and the phenotypes under selection.

  4. Molecular design toward highly efficient photovoltaic polymers based on two-dimensional conjugated benzodithiophene.

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    Ye, Long; Zhang, Shaoqing; Huo, Lijun; Zhang, Maojie; Hou, Jianhui

    2014-05-20

    As researchers continue to develop new organic materials for solar cells, benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene (BDT)-based polymers have come to the fore. To improve the photovoltaic properties of BDT-based polymers, researchers have developed and applied various strategies leading to the successful molecular design of highly efficient photovoltaic polymers. Novel polymer materials composed of two-dimensional conjugated BDT (2D-conjugated BDT) have boosted the power conversion efficiency of polymer solar cells (PSCs) to levels that exceed 9%. In this Account, we summarize recent progress related to the design and synthesis of 2D-conjugated BDT-based polymers and discuss their applications in highly efficient photovoltaic devices. We introduce the basic considerations for the construction of 2D-conjugated BDT-based polymers and systematic molecular design guidelines. For example, simply modifying an alkoxyl-substituted BDT to form an alkylthienyl-substituted BDT can improve the polymer hole mobilities substantially with little effect on their molecular energy level. Secondly, the addition of a variety of chemical moieties to the polymer can produce a 2D-conjugated BDT unit with more functions. For example, the introduction of a conjugated side chain with electron deficient groups (such as para-alkyl-phenyl, meta-alkoxyl-phenyl, and 2-alkyl-3-fluoro-thienyl) allowed us to modulate the molecular energy levels of 2D-conjugated BDT-based polymers. Through the rational design of BDT analogues such as dithienobenzodithiophene (DTBDT) or the insertion of larger π bridges, we can tune the backbone conformations of these polymers and modulate their photovoltaic properties. We also discuss the influence of 2D-conjugated BDT on polymer morphology and the blends of these polymers with phenyl-C61 (or C71)-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). Finally, we summarize the various applications of the 2D-conjugated BDT-based polymers in highly efficient PSC devices. Overall, this Account

  5. Retorno a las bases: la creación del BCRA en contexto

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    Fulponi, Juan Ignacio

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    En el presente trabajo se indagará acerca del contexto económico existente del país y el mundo durante el período de creación del Banco Central de la República Argentina, desde 1929 a 1935. Esta entidad monetaria tuvo algunos antecedentes previos a su implementación definitiva los cuales se irán detallando en el desarrollo del trabajo, haciéndose más minucioso el análisis desde el "crack" de la Bolsa de Nueva York que dio paso a la crisis mundial de 1929. Se evaluarán sus efectos en la econom...

  6. Síntesis y caracterización de materiales moleculares de ftalocianinas metálicas en el módulo electroquímico del microscopio de fuerza atómica

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    M.E. Sánchez Vergara; M.A. Ruíz Farfán; Ortiz, A.; Rivera, M.; C. Alvarez Toledano

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    Los materiales moleculares han sido desarrollados recientemente debido a sus propiedades el´ectricas caracter´ #305;sticas, las cuales confieren un comportamiento de conductores, semiconductores y superconductores. El presente trabajo se refiere a la preparaci ´on de materiales moleculares por dos v´ #305;as de electros´ #305;ntesis: la electrocristalizaci´on en celdas convencionales y la electros´ #305;ntesis en el m´odulo electroqu´ #305;mico del microscopio de fuerza at´omica (MFA), este ´...

  7. La Sanidad en la Base Antártica del E.T. "Gabriel de Castilla" The Medical Service in the Army's Antarctic Base "Gabriel de Castilla"

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    F. De Diego Lousa

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available En marzo de 2007, dio comienzo el Año Polar Internacional 2007-2008 (IPY, que se desarrolló durante 2 años hasta marzo de 2009, para abarcar temporadas completas en el Ártico y en la Antártida. Es un acontecimiento de carácter científico y a escala mundial, que tiene carácter conmemorativo. Su celebración coincide con el 125 aniversario del Primer Año Polar Internacional (1887-1888, el 75 Aniversario del Segundo Año Polar Internacional (1932-1933 y el 50 Aniversario del Año Geofísico Internacional (1957-1958, que condujo al establecimiento del SCAR y del Tratado Antártico. El IPY 2007-2009 está promovido por el Internacional Council for Science (ICSU y la World Meteorological Organization (WMO. España es la primera vez que ha participado activamente en este acontecimiento, haciéndolo con la primera campaña Ártica del BIO Hespérides, y con las 2 bases antárticas operativas. Para la base Antártica del Ejército de Tierra "Gabriel de Castilla", el año 2008 es especial ya que, a la celebración del Año Polar Internacional, se une la conmemoración del 20 aniversario de la presencia española en la Isla Decepción. Fue en el año 1988 cuando se instaló un primer refugio, pero no fue hasta el año 1998, cuando tuvo consideración de Base Antártica. Este artículo tiene como finalidad la descripción de las áreas de Sanidad y de Medio Ambiente, tal y como se denominan en la estructura de la Campaña Antártica del Ejército de Tierra, o áreas cuya responsabilidad corresponden a Oficiales del Cuerpo Militar de Sanidad; también conmemorar esta fecha tan señalada, y a las personas que han participado en las distintas campañas antárticas.In March 2007 began the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY that lasted two years until March 2009 to span complete seasons in the Arctic and the Antarctic. It is a scientific event on a global scale with a commemorative character. Its celebration coincides with the 125th Anniversary of

  8. TEORIA DEL FUNCIONAL DE LA DENSIDAD APLICADA AL ESTUDIO DE LA ADSORCIÓN Y DISOCIACIÓN DE HIDRÓGENO MOLECULAR SOBRE PEQUEÑOS CLUSTERS DE MOLIBDENO

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    Samanta M. Carrión

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo presenta un estudio basado en la Teoría del Funcional de la Densidad, de la adsorción y disociación de hidrógeno molecular sobre pequeños clusters de molibdeno, desde un dímero a un hexámero. Para el mismo se utilizó el funcional de intercambio de Becke y el funcional de correlación de Lee, Yang y Parr, tal como está implementado en el programa ADF. Las funciones base utilizadas son de calidad triple zeta con funciones de polarización. Todas las estructuras fueron optimizadas para distintas multiplicidades de espín hasta encontrar la mínima energía. Se determinaron distancias interatómicas, energías de adsorción y barreras energéticas de los sistemas más estables de la serie MonH2 (n=2-6. Los resultados muestran que las estructuras más estables de los agregados son las que poseen un estado de espín singlete. Se obtuvieron barreras energéticas en todos los casos.

  9. Caracterización molecular de un begomovirus del tomate en el Valle del Cauca, Colombia, y búsqueda de fuentes de resistencia para el mejoramiento de la variedad Unapal Maravilla

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    Martínez Ana Karine; Morales Francisco José; Vallejo Cabrera Franco Alirio

    2008-01-01

    Se caracterizó un virus transmitido por la mosca blanca Bemisia tabaci al tomate en el Valle del Cauca como una variante del Virus del mosaico amarillo del tomate (Tomato yellow mosaic virus =...

  10. Triazines based Molecular Imprinted Polymers: As a novel technology for occupational trace pollutants monitoring

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    Alireza Koohpaei

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Biological adsorbents under undesirable conditions have not suitable performance. Based on this problem, the using of the molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs have been proposed. This study was conducted to adsorption of trace triazinic pesticides with synthesis and optimization of molecular imprinted polymers as a novel solid phase extraction (MISPE. Methods: In this study, atrazine and ametrin polymer and blank were synthesized by central composite design method and optimized based on the amount of functional monomer, template, cross linker, initiator, solvents and polymerization temperature. Then the appropriate cartridge was selected and SPE procedure based on the concentration, sample volume, flow rate and sample pH were optimized with response surface methodology. Concentration factor and as well as reusability of the cartridges were examined finally. Results: Based on the obtained results, for ametryn and atrazine, optimized temperature was calculated equals to 40.86 °c, 6.41 and 5.03 ml for solvent, 27.070 and 21.32 for crosslinker, 2.03 and 2.27 mmol of initiator, 5.41 and 4.73 mmol for monomer and 1.204 and 0.811 for template respectively. Based on the optimization results of the molecular imprinted solid phase extraction, it was revealed that there are recovery rate over 90 percent for the drinking water and urine as spike. Conclusion: The results showed that central composite design can be used as a general tool for polymer synthesis and optimization of molecular imprinted solid phase extraction. Polymers according to theirs high-performance and selectivity also can assume an important role in monitoring the work environment.

  11. Molecular analysis of single oocyst of Eimeria by whole genome amplification (WGA) based nested PCR.

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    Wang, Yunzhou; Tao, Geru; Cui, Yujuan; Lv, Qiyao; Xie, Li; Li, Yuan; Suo, Xun; Qin, Yinghe; Xiao, Lihua; Liu, Xianyong

    2014-09-01

    PCR-based molecular tools are widely used for the identification and characterization of protozoa. Here we report the molecular analysis of Eimeria species using combined methods of whole genome amplification (WGA) and nested PCR. Single oocyst of Eimeria stiedai or Eimeriamedia was directly used for random amplification of the genomic DNA with either primer extension preamplification (PEP) or multiple displacement amplification (MDA), and then the WGA product was used as template in nested PCR with species-specific primers for ITS-1, 18S rDNA and 23S rDNA of E. stiedai and E. media. WGA-based PCR was successful for the amplification of these genes from single oocyst. For the species identification of single oocyst isolated from mixed E. stiedai or E. media, the results from WGA-based PCR were exactly in accordance with those from morphological identification, suggesting the availability of this method in molecular analysis of eimerian parasites at the single oocyst level. WGA-based PCR method can also be applied for the identification and genetic characterization of other protists.

  12. Molecular sexing of birds: A comparative review of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods.

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    Morinha, F; Cabral, J A; Bastos, E

    2012-09-01

    Accurate identification of sex in birds is important for the management and conservation of avian wildlife in several ways, namely in the development of population, behavioral and ecological studies, as well as in the improvement of ex situ captive breeding programs. In general, nestlings, juveniles and adult birds of a wide number of sexually monomorphic species cannot be sexed based on phenotypic traits. The development of molecular methodologies for avian sexing overcame these difficulties, allowing a reliable gender differentiation for these species. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods have been widely applied in molecular sexing of birds, using a large diversity of sex-linked markers. During the last 15 yrs, there was a continuous improvement in the PCR-based protocols for bird sexing, increasing the accuracy, speed and high-throughput applicability of these techniques. The recent advances in real-time PCR platforms and whole genome analysis methods provided new resources for the detection and analysis of novel specific markers and protocols. This review presents a comparative guide of classical and recent advances in PCR-based methods for avian molecular sexing, highlighting its strengths and limitations. Future research opportunities in this field are also addressed.

  13. 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

  14. Las sucesiones terrígenas del Triásico superior y la base del Jurásico del Alto Muluya (Marruecos: estratigrafía y contexto geodinámico

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    Saâdi, Z.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The Triassic-Jurassic basins of the High Moulouya area record the evolution of the Atlasicrifting in the SW-NE direction, showing a syntectonic continental sedimentation and an active volcanism. Such mobility has led to the differentiation of asymmetric half basins, whosegradual subsidence took place in successive stages. These basins, particularly during thedeposition of the terrigenous successions of the base of the Jurassic (early Liassic age,show a typical syntectonic continental infill. It consists of a mixed sedimentation, detrital andvolcanoclastic, generally coarse-grained towards the base. Coarser deposits, fed by volcanicclasts, are structured as sequences of spreading river cones, alternating with irregular clayfacies of flood plain. They reflect a rejuvenation of the relief, following a reactivation of thefaults. The sedimentary infill was provided by intermittent flows with considerable discharge,forming deposits along fault escarpments. The top of the terrigenous series shows a dominance of thin detritic sediments and a lack of volcanoclastics, reflecting the peneplanation ofthe relief and the creation of a flood plain. It records the widespread homogenization of theprior relief, causing the disappearance of the pre-existing structures during a period of tectonic quiescence. The volcanoclastics, witnessing an explosive volcanism and a concomitantsedimentation, are clustered in the tectonically active regions, where they are thicker and diversified. This late volcanism occurred during the final phases of rifting, owing to the replayof major Hercynian and tardi-hercynian faults. The Triassic-Jurassic period is thus marked byan extensional dynamics controlled by the influence of the first stages of the opening of thecentralAtlantic and the western Tethys

    Las cuencas triásico-jurásicas del Alto Muluya han registrado la evolución del proceso de “rifting” que ocurrió en elAtlas: una apertura en la dirección SO-NE, una

  15. Charge transport and rectification in molecular junctions formed with carbon-based electrodes.

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    Kim, Taekyeong; Liu, Zhen-Fei; Lee, Chulho; Neaton, Jeffrey B; Venkataraman, Latha

    2014-07-29

    Molecular junctions formed using the scanning-tunneling-microscope-based break-junction technique (STM-BJ) have provided unique insight into charge transport at the nanoscale. In most prior work, the same metal, typically Au, Pt, or Ag, is used for both tip and substrate. For such noble metal electrodes, the density of electronic states is approximately constant within a narrow energy window relevant to charge transport. Here, we form molecular junctions using the STM-BJ technique, with an Au metal tip and a microfabricated graphite substrate, and measure the conductance of a series of graphite/amine-terminated oligophenyl/Au molecular junctions. The remarkable mechanical strength of graphite and the single-crystal properties of our substrates allow measurements over few thousand junctions without any change in the surface properties. We show that conductance decays exponentially with molecular backbone length with a decay constant that is essentially the same as that for measurements with two Au electrodes. More importantly, despite the inherent symmetry of the oligophenylamines, we observe rectification in these junctions. State-of-art ab initio conductance calculations are in good agreement with experiment, and explain the rectification. We show that the highly energy-dependent graphite density of states contributes variations in transmission that, when coupled with an asymmetric voltage drop across the junction, leads to the observed rectification. Together, our measurements and calculations show how functionality may emerge from hybrid molecular-scale devices purposefully designed with different electrodes beyond the so-called "wide band limit," opening up the possibility of assembling molecular junctions with dissimilar electrodes using layered 2D materials.

  16. 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.

  17. Polymerase chain reaction-based molecular diagnosis of cutaneous infections in dermatopathology.

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    Swick, Brian L

    2012-12-01

    Conventional methods, including microscopy, culture, and serologic studies, are a mainstay in the diagnosis of cutaneous infection. However, owing to limitations associated with these techniques, such as low sensitivity for standard microscopy and in the case of culture delay in diagnosis, polymerase chain-reaction based molecular techniques have taken on an expanding role in the diagnosis of infectious processes in dermatopathology. In particular, these assays are a useful adjunct in the diagnosis of cutaneous tuberculosis, atypical mycobacterial infection, leprosy, Lyme disease, syphilis, rickettsioses, leishmaniasis, and some fungal and viral infections. Already in the case of tuberculosis and atypical mycobacterial infection, standardized polymerase chain-reaction assays are commonly used for diagnostic purposes. With time, additional molecular-based techniques will decrease in cost and gain increased standardization, thus delivering rapid diagnostic confirmation for many difficult-to-diagnose cutaneous infections from standard formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue specimens.

  18. A chemically powered unidirectional rotary molecular motor based on a palladium redox cycle

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    Collins, Beatrice S. L.; Kistemaker, Jos C. M.; Otten, Edwin; Feringa, Ben L.

    2016-09-01

    The conversion of chemical energy to drive directional motion at the molecular level allows biological systems, ranging from subcellular components to whole organisms, to perform a myriad of dynamic functions and respond to changes in the environment. Directional movement has been demonstrated in artificial molecular systems, but the fundamental motif of unidirectional rotary motion along a single-bond rotary axle induced by metal-catalysed transformation of chemical fuels has not been realized, and the challenge is to couple the metal-centred redox processes to stepwise changes in conformation to arrive at a full unidirectional rotary cycle. Here, we present the design of an organopalladium-based motor and the experimental demonstration of a 360° unidirectional rotary cycle using simple chemical fuels. Exploiting fundamental reactivity principles in organometallic chemistry enables control of directional rotation and offers the potential of harnessing the wealth of opportunities offered by transition-metal-based catalytic conversions to drive motion and dynamic functions.

  19. 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...

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

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    Yanai, Nobuhiro; Kimizuka, Nobuo

    2016-04-07

    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.

  1. [Molecular genetic bases of adaptation processes and approaches to their analysis].

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    Salmenkova, E A

    2013-01-01

    Great interest in studying the molecular genetic bases of the adaptation processes is explained by their importance in understanding evolutionary changes, in the development ofintraspecific and interspecific genetic diversity, and in the creation of approaches and programs for maintaining and restoring the population. The article examines the sources and conditions for generating adaptive genetic variability and contribution of neutral and adaptive genetic variability to the population structure of the species; methods for identifying the adaptive genetic variability on the genome level are also described. Considerable attention is paid to the potential of new technologies of genome analysis, including next-generation sequencing and some accompanying methods. In conclusion, the important role of the joint use of genomics and proteomics approaches in understanding the molecular genetic bases of adaptation is emphasized.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

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

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    Sarli Giuseppe; Castellani Gastone; Benazzi Cinzia; Sassi Francesco

    2010-01-01

    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 a...

  5. Low molecular weight Neutral Boron Dipyrromethene (Bodipy) dyads for fluorescence-based neural imaging

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    Bai, Dan; Benniston, Andrew C.; Clift, Sophie; Baisch, Ulrich; Steyn, Jannetta; Everitt, Nicola; Andras, Peter

    2014-05-01

    The neutral low molecular weight julolidine-based borondipyrromethene (Bodipy) dyads JULBD and MJULBD were used for fast voltage-sensitive dye imaging of neurons in the crab stomatogastric ganglion. The fluorescence modulation of the dyads mirrors alterations in the membrane potential of the imaged neurons. The toxicity of the dyes towards the neurons is related to their structure in that methyl groups at the 3,5 positions results in reduced toxic effects.

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

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    2010-01-01

    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...

  7. 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...

  8. X-ray MCD Measurements in a high Tc molecular-based magnet

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    Arrio, M.-A.; Sainctavit, Ph.; Cartier dit Moulin, Ch.; Brouder, Ch.; Groot, F.M.F. de; Mallah, T.; Verdaguer, M.

    2001-01-01

    The molecular based magnet Cs^(I)[Ni^(II)Cr^(III)(CN)6]. 2H2O is a ferromagnet with a Curie temperature Tc = 90 K. Its structure consists of face centred cubic lattice of Ni^(II) ions connected by Cr(CN)6 entities. We have recorded X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD) at nickel L2,3 edges. It cl

  9. Measurement of Magnetic Moment at the Atomic Scale in a High TC Molecular Based Magnet

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    Arrio, M.-A.; Sainctavit, Ph.; Cartier dit Moulin, Ch.; Brouder, Ch.; Groot, F.M.F. de; Mallah, T.; Verdaguer, M.

    2001-01-01

    The molecular-based magnet Cs^(I) [Ni^(II) Cr^(III) (CN)6]-2H2O is a ferromagnetic with a Curie temperature TC ) 90 K. Its structure consists of face-centered cubic lattice of Ni^(II) ions connected by Cr(CN)6 entities. We have recorded X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at nickel L2,3 edges.

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

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    Konovalova, Nadezhda V.; Evstigneeva, Rima P.; Luzgina, Valentina N.

    2001-11-01

    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.

  11. Bases moleculares de la cancerización de cavidad oral Molecular basis on oral cavity cancerization

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    M.A. González-Moles

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una revisión bibliográfica breve sobre los principales aspectos moleculares de interés en la cancerización de cavidad oral. Se hace referencia a los conocimientos más recientes sobre las aberraciones cromosómicas más comunes y las alteraciones de los oncogenes y genes supresores tumorales que están implicados en la carcinogénesis oral. Así mismo, se resume la teoría molecular actual que explica el proceso de cancerización de campo.A review about the main molecular aspects on oral cavity cancerization is presented, with special reference to the common chromosomal aberration, oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes implied in oral carcinogenesis. A summary about molecular theory explaining the field cancerization process is also presented.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Caracterización molecular y agronómica de aislados de Trichoderma spp nativos del noreste de México

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    José Luis Hernández Mendoza

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES-CO X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Título en ingles: Molecular and agronomic characterization of Trichoderma spp natives of northeastern Mexico  Resumen Trichoderma sp es un hongo frecuentemente usado en actividades agrícolas, pues actúa como antagonista de diversas especies de hongos fitopatógenos. En este estudio se realizó el aislamiento de cuatro cepas de Trichoderma sp nativas del noreste de México, las cuales fueron identificadas a nivel molecular mediante la secuenciación del ITS 1. Además se evaluó su capacidad antagonista en contra los hongos fitopatógenos Macrophomina phaseolina y Fusarium oxysporum, que afectan severamente cultivos de sorgo, maíz y fríjol en el noreste de México. La identificación se realizó de acuerdo al grado de concordancia con secuencias reportadas y corresponden a las especies T. hammatum (HK701;  T. koningiopsis (HK702; T. asperellum (HK703 y Trichoderma sp (HK704. Por otra parte, las pruebas de antagonismo muestran que los aislados HK701, HK703 y HK704 inhiben por competencia el crecimiento de M. phaseolina y F. oxysporum, mientras que HK702 tiene la capacidad para hiperparasitar dichos fitopatógenos. Finalmente, se evaluó la promoción de crecimiento de T. asperellum HK703, en maíz (Pionner 30P49®, usando para ello concentraciones de tratamiento de 1x10e2 hasta 1x10e6 esp/mL. En estos ensayos se midió la producción de biomasa. Los resultados muestran que en concentraciones intermedias se tiene el mayor incremento en altura de plantas y mayor producción de peso seco en follaje y raíz. Entre los parámetros antes mencionados existen diferencias significativas. Palabras clave: control biológico, antagonismo, biofertilizantes, Zea maiz, Sorghum bicolor. Abstract Trichoderma sp is a fungus often used in agricultural activities, because it acts as an antagonist of several species of plant pathogenic fungi. In this study four strains of Trichoderma

  15. Hybrid schemes based on quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics simulations goals to success, problems, and perspectives.

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    Ferrer, Silvia; Ruiz-Pernía, Javier; Martí, Sergio; Moliner, Vicent; Tuñón, Iñaki; Bertrán, Juan; Andrés, Juan

    2011-01-01

    The development of characterization techniques, advanced synthesis methods, as well as molecular modeling has transformed the study of systems in a well-established research field. The current research challenges in biocatalysis and biotransformation evolve around enzyme discovery, design, and optimization. How can we find or create enzymes that catalyze important synthetic reactions, even reactions that may not exist in nature? What is the source of enzyme catalytic power? To answer these and other related questions, the standard strategies have evolved from trial-and-error methodologies based on chemical knowledge, accumulated experience, and common sense into a clearly multidisciplinary science that allows one to reach the molecular design of tailor-made enzyme catalysts. This is even more so when one refers to enzyme catalysts, for which the detailed structure and composition are known and can be manipulated to introduce well-defined residues which can be implicated in the chemical rearrangements taking place in the active site. The methods and techniques of theoretical and computational chemistry are becoming more and more important in both understanding the fundamental biological roles of enzymes and facilitating their utilization in biotechnology. Improvement of the catalytic function of enzymes is important from scientific and industrial viewpoints, and to put this fact in the actual perspective as well as the potentialities, we recommend the very recent report of Sanderson [Sanderson, K. (2011). Chemistry: enzyme expertise. Nature 471, 397.]. Great fundamental advances have been made toward the ab initio design of enzyme catalysts based on molecular modeling. This has been based on the molecular mechanistic knowledge of the reactions to be catalyzed, together with the development of advanced synthesis and characterization techniques. The corresponding molecular mechanism can be studied by means of powerful quantum chemical calculations. The catalytic

  16. Genetic Diversity of Some Sweet Cherry Cultivars Based on Molecular Markers

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    Full Text Available Sweet cherry (Prunus avium L., originated around the Caspian and Black Sea, is an important fruit tree species of economic interest, and hence, breeding and conservation are requested (. Genetic analysis at the molecular level can be used effectively to study molecular polymorphism existing between intraspecific and interspecific tree species and phylogenetic relationships between them and their hybrids. The purpose of this study was to characterize and determine genetic relationships among the sweet cherry native genotypes belonging to Fruit Research & Development Station Bistrita, Romania, using RAPD markers. To eliminate the existence of possible synonyms from national romanian collection, we collect four Van cultivars, from four different national collection. For molecular analysis of the 16 varieties of sweet cherry were considered 13 RAPD primers selected from the literature. They were later used to determine the genetic variability at the molecular level using PAST program, and the dendrogram was generated based on Jaccard’s genetic distance. The dendrogram constructed by PAST software. The quantity and quality of the DNA obtained was suitable to achieve PCR amplification step. Only seven out of the 13 RAPD primers have generate polymorphic bands. The rest of seven were monomorphics. The most polymorphic primer was OPB10 which generated 11 bands from which 100% were polymorphic.Seven RAPD primers generated a high level of polymorphism which allowed to divide these cherry varieties into two groups according to their genetic geographical origin and the pedigree.

  17. Fiber optic profenofos sensor based on surface plasmon resonance technique and molecular imprinting.

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    Shrivastav, Anand M; Usha, Sruthi P; Gupta, Banshi D

    2016-05-15

    A successful approach for the fabrication and characterization of an optical fiber sensor for the detection of profenofos based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and molecular imprinting is introduced. Molecular imprinting technology is used for the creation of three dimensional binding sites having complementary shape and size of the specific template molecule over a polymer for the recognition of the same. Binding of template molecule with molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) layer results in the change in the dielectric nature of the sensing surface (polymer) and is identified by SPR technique. Spectral interrogation method is used for the characterization of the sensing probe. The operating profenofos concentration range of the sensor is from 10(-4) to 10(-1)µg/L. A red shift of 18.7 nm in resonance wavelength is recorded for this profenofos concentration range. The maximum sensitivity of the sensor is 12.7 nm/log (µg/L) at 10(-4)µg/L profenofos concentration. Limit of detection (LOD) of the sensor is found to be 2.5×10(-6)µg/L. Selectivity measurements predict the probe highly selective for the profenofos molecule. Besides high sensitivity due to SPR technique and selectivity due to molecular imprinting, proposed sensor has numerous other advantages like immunity to electromagnetic interference, fast response, low cost and capability of online monitoring and remote sensing of analyte due to the fabrication of the probe on optical fiber.

  18. NGS-based Molecular diagnosis of 105 eyeGENE(®) probands with Retinitis Pigmentosa.

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    Ge, Zhongqi; Bowles, Kristen; Goetz, Kerry; Scholl, Hendrik P N; Wang, Feng; Wang, Xinjing; Xu, Shan; Wang, Keqing; Wang, Hui; Chen, Rui

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    The National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping and Phenotyping Network (eyeGENE(®)) was established in an effort to facilitate basic and clinical research of human inherited eye disease. In order to provide high quality genetic testing to eyeGENE(®)'s enrolled patients which potentially aids clinical diagnosis and disease treatment, we carried out a pilot study and performed Next-generation sequencing (NGS) based molecular diagnosis for 105 Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) patients randomly selected from the network. A custom capture panel was designed, which incorporated 195 known retinal disease genes, including 61 known RP genes. As a result, disease-causing mutations were identified in 52 out of 105 probands (solving rate of 49.5%). A total of 82 mutations were identified, and 48 of them were novel. Interestingly, for three probands the molecular diagnosis was inconsistent with the initial clinical diagnosis, while for five probands the molecular information suggested a different inheritance model other than that assigned by the physician. In conclusion, our study demonstrated that NGS target sequencing is efficient and sufficiently precise for molecular diagnosis of a highly heterogeneous patient cohort from eyeGENE(®).

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Logic integration of mRNA signals by an RNAi-based molecular computer.

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    Xie, Zhen; Liu, Siyuan John; Bleris, Leonidas; Benenson, Yaakov

    2010-05-01

    Synthetic in vivo molecular 'computers' could rewire biological processes by establishing programmable, non-native pathways between molecular signals and biological responses. Multiple molecular computer prototypes have been shown to work in simple buffered solutions. Many of those prototypes were made of DNA strands and performed computations using cycles of annealing-digestion or strand displacement. We have previously introduced RNA interference (RNAi)-based computing as a way of implementing complex molecular logic in vivo. Because it also relies on nucleic acids for its operation, RNAi computing could benefit from the tools developed for DNA systems. However, these tools must be harnessed to produce bioactive components and be adapted for harsh operating environments that reflect in vivo conditions. In a step toward this goal, we report the construction and implementation of biosensors that 'transduce' mRNA levels into bioactive, small interfering RNA molecules via RNA strand exchange in a cell-free Drosophila embryo lysate, a step beyond simple buffered environments. We further integrate the sensors with our RNAi 'computational' module to evaluate two-input logic functions on mRNA concentrations. Our results show how RNA strand exchange can expand the utility of RNAi computing and point toward the possibility of using strand exchange in a native biological setting.

  2. Wide-field fluorescence molecular tomography with compressive sensing based preconditioning.

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    Yao, Ruoyang; Pian, Qi; Intes, Xavier

    2015-12-01

    Wide-field optical tomography based on structured light illumination and detection strategies enables efficient tomographic imaging of large tissues at very fast acquisition speeds. However, the optical inverse problem based on such instrumental approach is still ill-conditioned. Herein, we investigate the benefit of employing compressive sensing-based preconditioning to wide-field structured illumination and detection approaches. We assess the performances of Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (FMT) when using such preconditioning methods both in silico and with experimental data. Additionally, we demonstrate that such methodology could be used to select the subset of patterns that provides optimal reconstruction performances. Lastly, we compare preconditioning data collected using a normal base that offers good experimental SNR against that directly acquired with optimal designed base. An experimental phantom study is provided to validate the proposed technique.

  3. Molecular dynamics study of the structure and performance of simple and double bases propellants.

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    Ma, Xiufang; Zhu, Weihua; Xiao, Jijun; Xiao, Heming

    2008-08-15

    To investigate the structure and performance of simple and double bases propellants, the nitrocellulose (NC), nitroglycerin (NG), and double mixed system (NC+NG) have been simulated by using the molecular dynamics (MD) method with the COMPASS force field. The interactions between NC and NG have been analyzed by means of pair correlation functions. The mechanical properties of the three model systems, i.e. elastic coefficients, modulus, Cauchy pressure, and Poisson's ratio, etc., have been obtained. It is found that the rigidity, ductibility, and tenacity of the double bases propellants (NC+NG) are stronger than those of simple base propellants (NC), which attributes to the effect of NG and the strong interactions between NC and NG. The detonation properties of the three systems have also been calculated and the results show that compared with the simple base propellant (NC), the detonation heat and detonation velocity of the double base propellants (NC+NG) are increased.

  4. Bases anatómicas del sueño Anatomical basis of sleep

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    2007-01-01

    El sueño es un estado biológico activo, periódico, en el que se distinguen las etapas NREM y REM, que se alternan sucesivamente durante la noche. Intervienen los relojes biológicos en la modulación del sistema, así como neurotransmisores específicos. Se trata de una red neuronal compleja, en la que intervienen diversas zonas del sistema nervioso central. Los procesos oníricos están controlados además de forma neural. Se resume la historia de las investigaciones sobre el tema, desde el siglo X...

  5. Valoración diagnóstica de técnicas moleculares para detección de infección bucal por virus del papiloma humano

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    Myriam Lucrecia Medina

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La infección por Virus del Papiloma Humano está considerada actualmente como la infección de transmisión sexual más frecuente en el mundo. Muchas veces, estas infecciones son asintomáticas, pasando desapercibidas a no ser que se empleen métodos moleculares. Otras infecciones se vuelven crónicas, siendo las que tienen mayor potencial oncogénico. Desarrollo: El virus se detectó en carcinoma bucal de células escamosas, así como en lesiones benignas de mucosa bucal, donde se encontró HPV de bajo y alto riesgo oncogénico. En mucosa bucal normal se identificaron diferentes tipos de HPV de alto riesgo oncogénico. Los estudios señalan que el hallazgo en mucosa sana depende del método de estudio empleado. No obstante, a pesar de la importancia del diagnóstico precoz, existe poca información respecto de la prevalencia en mucosa bucal sana. La infección por HPV puede diagnosticarse por diferentes métodos, pero no todos permiten detectar el genoma ni determinar el tipo viral involucrado. Discusión: La tipificación del HPV permite conocer tipos virales circulantes en una población, facilitando el desarrollo e implementación de programas de prevención, diagnóstico y tratamiento adecuados, por lo que la identificación de HPV de alto riesgo oncogénico debería realizarse rutinariamente. Si bien, los mejores métodos diagnósticos son las pruebas moleculares, debe considerarse la prevalencia geográfica para los diferentes tipos de HPV en la elección del método específico afín de evitar conclusiones inexactas.

  6. Bases Para La Gobernanza Del Distrito De Ciencia, Tecnología E Innovacion En Medellín, Colombia

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    Molina Betancur, Carlos Mario; Universidad de Medellín; Polanco López De Mesa, Jorge Andrés; Universidad de Medellín; Montes Hincapié, Juan Manuel; Universidad de Medellín

    2016-01-01

    El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar las bases de gobernanza del Distrito de ciencia, tecnología e innovación de Medellín en Colombia, mediante una revisión de literatura e integración de trabajos inéditos de los autores para ilustrar aspectos claves de la administración de este nuevo arreglo institucional. Los resultados muestran que la gobernanza del Distrito se basa en la lectura de las dinámicas y tendencias territoriales, la integración de intereses entre los agentes y la gestión de l...

  7. Elaboración del hardening (Aseguramiento) de una base de datos Sql server de una empresa procesadora de tarjetas de crédito

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    Espol; Orellana Álvarez, Lina Rosa

    2016-01-01

    Esta tesis presenta la metodología usada para la elaboración del procedimiento del aseguramiento "hardening" de una base de datos en Sql server de una empresa procesadora de tarjetas de crédito para cumplimiento del estándar de seguridad de datos para la industria de tarjeta de pago. Para lo cual se consideró los siguientes aspectos: Configuración de la base de datos, control de acceso, políticas de contraseñas y auditoría. Guayaquil Magíster en Seguridad Informática Aplicada

  8. Molecular biology, a tool for bioprospection of plants secondary metabolism in Colombia Biología molecular, una herramienta para la bioprospección del metabolismo secundario de plantas en Colombia Ejemplo práctico en plantas colombianas de interés medicinal

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    Burtin Daniel

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Plant secondary metabolites play an important role in plant-plant, plant-microorganisms and plant-insect interactions. They also protect the plants against stress environmental conditions. Plant secondary metabolites are also very important to humans due to their nutritional, pharmaceutical, medical and industrial properties. However, the secondary metabolism of tropical plant species still remains very poorly understood and characterised at the biochemical, molecular and genetic level. Within bioprospection programs to study the biodiversity of Colombian plants, the secondary metabolism is a very important target. Here we present an experimental methodology based on genomic DNA isolation from field collected plants, and the use of degenerate primers to PCR amplify genes that encodes pyridoxal-dependent enzymes which are involved in the alkaloids biosynthesis. Based on sequence homology we designed degenerate primers to amplify conserved gene sequences from 18 different plant families. Six putative tydc/tdc decarboxylases sequences were obtained from plants of the Piper genus. This report shows the usefulness of the DNA collection and PCR-based methodology e to increase the understanding and exploration of the secondary metabolism of Colombian plants. Key words: Bioprospection, secondary metabolism, degenerate primer, microarrays, PLP-dependent decarboxylases.Los metabolitos secundarios producidos por las plantas están involucrados en una multitud de interacciones ecológicas, entre ellas las interacciones planta-planta, planta-microorganismos, planta-animales y planta-insectos. Además de protegerlas de algunos patógenos, también ayudan a las plantas a sobrevivir en condiciones medioambientales adversas. Dadas sus características medicinales e industriales, dichos metabolitos también son de gran importancia para el ser humano. Sin embargo, el estudio de estos compuestos en plantas tropicales a nivel bioquímico, molecular y gen

  9. 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

  10. Design of protein-ligand binding based on the molecular-mechanics energy model.

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    Boas, F Edward; Harbury, Pehr B

    2008-07-04

    While the molecular-mechanics field has standardized on a few potential energy functions, computational protein design efforts are based on potentials that are unique to individual laboratories. Here we show that a standard molecular-mechanics potential energy function without any modifications can be used to engineer protein-ligand binding. A molecular-mechanics potential is used to reconstruct the coordinates of various binding sites with an average root-mean-square error of 0.61 A and to reproduce known ligand-induced side-chain conformational shifts. Within a series of 34 mutants, the calculation can always distinguish between weak (K(d)>1 mM) and tight (K(d)mechanics potential is used to redesign a ribose-binding site. Out of a search space of 2 x 10(12) sequences, the calculation selects a point mutant of the native protein as the top solution (experimental K(d)=17 microM) and the native protein as the second best solution (experimental K(d)=210 nM). The quality of the predictions depends on the accuracy of the generalized Born electrostatics model, treatment of protonation equilibria, high-resolution rotamer sampling, a final local energy minimization step, and explicit modeling of the bound, unbound, and unfolded states. The application of unmodified molecular-mechanics potentials to protein design links two fields in a mutually beneficial way. Design provides a new avenue for testing molecular-mechanics energy functions, and future improvements in these energy functions will presumably lead to more accurate design results.

  11. 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.

  12. A Bayesian Target Predictor Method based on Molecular Pairing Energies estimation.

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    Oliver, Antoni; Canals, Vincent; Rosselló, Josep L

    2017-03-06

    Virtual screening (VS) is applied in the early drug discovery phases for the quick inspection of huge molecular databases to identify those compounds that most likely bind to a given drug target. In this context, there is the necessity of the use of compact molecular models for database screening and precise target prediction in reasonable times. In this work we present a new compact energy-based model that is tested for its application to Virtual Screening and target prediction. The model can be used to quickly identify active compounds in huge databases based on the estimation of the molecule's pairing energies. The greatest molecular polar regions along with its geometrical distribution are considered by using a short set of smart energy vectors. The model is tested using similarity searches within the Directory of Useful Decoys (DUD) database. The results obtained are considerably better than previously published models. As a Target prediction methodology we propose the use of a Bayesian Classifier that uses a combination of different active compounds to build an energy-dependent probability distribution function for each target.

  13. Characterization of nanoparticle-based contrast agents for molecular magnetic resonance imaging

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    Shan, Liang; Chopra, Arvind; Leung, Kam; Eckelman, William C.; Menkens, Anne E.

    2012-09-01

    The development of molecular imaging agents is currently undergoing a dramatic expansion. As of October 2011, 4,800 newly developed agents have been synthesized and characterized in vitro and in animal models of human disease. Despite this rapid progress, the transfer of these agents to clinical practice is rather slow. To address this issue, the National Institutes of Health launched the Molecular Imaging and Contrast Agents Database (MICAD) in 2005 to provide freely accessible online information regarding molecular imaging probes and contrast agents for the imaging community. While compiling information regarding imaging agents published in peer-reviewed journals, the MICAD editors have observed that some important information regarding the characterization of a contrast agent is not consistently reported. This makes it difficult for investigators to evaluate and meta-analyze data generated from different studies of imaging agents, especially for the agents based on nanoparticles. This article is intended to serve as a guideline for new investigators for the characterization of preclinical studies performed with nanoparticle-based MRI contrast agents. The common characterization parameters are summarized into seven categories: contrast agent designation, physicochemical properties, magnetic properties, in vitro studies, animal studies, MRI studies, and toxicity. Although no single set of parameters is suitable to define the properties of the various types of contrast agents, it is essential to ensure that these agents meet certain quality control parameters at the preclinical stage, so that they can be used without delay for clinical studies.

  14. A Bayesian Target Predictor Method based on Molecular Pairing Energies estimation

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    Oliver, Antoni; Canals, Vincent; Rosselló, Josep L.

    2017-03-01

    Virtual screening (VS) is applied in the early drug discovery phases for the quick inspection of huge molecular databases to identify those compounds that most likely bind to a given drug target. In this context, there is the necessity of the use of compact molecular models for database screening and precise target prediction in reasonable times. In this work we present a new compact energy-based model that is tested for its application to Virtual Screening and target prediction. The model can be used to quickly identify active compounds in huge databases based on the estimation of the molecule’s pairing energies. The greatest molecular polar regions along with its geometrical distribution are considered by using a short set of smart energy vectors. The model is tested using similarity searches within the Directory of Useful Decoys (DUD) database. The results obtained are considerably better than previously published models. As a Target prediction methodology we propose the use of a Bayesian Classifier that uses a combination of different active compounds to build an energy-dependent probability distribution function for each target.

  15. Initiating heavy-atom-based phasing by multi-dimensional molecular replacement.

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    Pedersen, Bjørn Panyella; Gourdon, Pontus; Liu, Xiangyu; Karlsen, Jesper Lykkegaard; Nissen, Poul

    2016-03-01

    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 concomitant heavy-atom substructure determination. This is typically performed by dual-space methods, direct methods or Patterson-based approaches, which however may fail when only poorly diffracting derivative crystals are available. This is often the case for, for example, membrane proteins. Here, an approach for heavy-atom site identification based on a molecular-replacement parameter matrix (MRPM) is presented. It involves an n-dimensional search to test a wide spectrum of molecular-replacement parameters, such as different data sets and search models with different conformations. Results are scored by the ability to identify heavy-atom positions from anomalous difference Fourier maps. The strategy was successfully applied in the determination of a membrane-protein structure, the copper-transporting P-type ATPase CopA, when other methods had failed to determine the heavy-atom substructure. MRPM is well suited to proteins undergoing large conformational changes where multiple search models should be considered, and it enables the identification of weak but correct molecular-replacement solutions with maximum contrast to prime experimental phasing efforts.

  16. The renewable sources of energy as a base for the sustainable development in Mexico; Las fuentes renovables de energia como base del desarrollo sostenible en Mexico

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    Rincon Mejia, Eduardo A. [Asociacion Nacional de Energia Solar, A. C. (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    A simple proposal is presented in these lines that, in being implemented, would allow the following benefits: to generate hundreds of thousands of permanent work positions, to drastically diminish the emission of polluting agents to the atmosphere, to fortify the industry and to cause the national technological and scientific development, to avoid the deforestation and to revert the diffraction's of a great part of the territory of the country, to lighten the great problem of imminent shortage of water provision, to cause the root of the people to the field, discouraging the emigration towards other countries, the preservation of our valuable petroliferous resources, to reduce the natural gas and LP gas imports, and in short, to obtain a radical improvement of the economic and social situation of the country. The proposal, that at first sight can seem preposterous, but that it is perfectly viable, as much technical as economically, is the following one: to base the national power system in the renewable sources of energy (RSE), that in Mexico are very abundant, initiating immediately the transit, of the present system based on the burning of fossil fuels, such as the hydrocarbons and the mineral coal - that is absolutely untenable towards this new proposed system, sustainable and clean, in a period of about twenty years, so that many of us which are already advanced in years, reach to see it and to enjoy it. [Spanish] Se presenta en estas lineas una sencilla propuesta que, de implementarse, permitiria los siguientes beneficios: generar cientos de miles de puestos permanentes de trabajo, disminuir drasticamente la emision de contaminantes al ambiente, fortalecer a la industria y propiciar el desarrollo tecnologico y cientifico nacional, evitar la deforestacion y revertir la desertificacion de gran parte del territorio del pais, aligerar el gran problema del inminente desabasto en el suministro de agua, propiciar el arraigo de la gente del campo desalentando la

  17. Discriminating single-molecule sensing by crown-ether-based molecular junctions

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    Ismael, Ali K.; Al-Jobory, Alaa; Grace, Iain; Lambert, Colin J.

    2017-02-01

    Crown-ether molecules are well known to selectively bind alkali atoms, so by incorporating these within wires, any change in electrical conductance of the wire upon binding leads to discriminating sensing. Using a density functional theory-based approach to quantum transport, we investigate the potential sensing capabilities of single-molecule junctions formed from crown ethers attached to anthraquinone units, which are in turn attached to gold electrodes via alkyl chains. We calculate the change in electrical conductance for binding of three different alkali ions (lithium, sodium, and potassium). Depending on the nature of the ionic analyte, the conductance is enhanced by different amounts. This change in electrical conductance is due to charge transfer from the ion to molecular wire causing the molecular resonances to shift closer to the electrode Fermi energy.

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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).

  20. High-resolution mesoscopic fluorescence molecular tomography based on compressive sensing.

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    Yang, Fugang; Ozturk, Mehmet S; Zhao, Lingling; Cong, Wenxiang; Wang, Ge; Intes, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Mesoscopic fluorescence molecular tomography (MFMT) is new imaging modality aiming at 3-D imaging of molecular probes in a few millimeter thick biological samples with high-spatial resolution. In this paper, we develop a compressive sensing-based reconstruction method with l1-norm regularization for MFMT with the goal of improving spatial resolution and stability of the optical inverse problem. Three-dimensional numerical simulations of anatomically accurate microvasculature and real data obtained from phantom experiments are employed to evaluate the merits of the proposed method. Experimental results show that the proposed method can achieve 80 μm spatial resolution for a biological sample of 3 mm thickness and more accurate quantifications of concentrations and locations for the fluorophore distribution than those of the conventional methods.

  1. MALDI mass spectrometry based molecular phenotyping of CNS glial cells for prediction in mammalian brain tissue

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    Hanrieder, Jørg; Wicher, Grzegorz; Bergquist, Jonas

    2011-01-01

    profiling of mammalian neural cells using direct analysis by means of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). MALDI-MS analysis is rapid, sensitive, robust, and specific for large biomolecules in complex matrices. Here, we describe a newly developed...... and straightforward methodology for direct characterization of rodent CNS glial cells using MALDI-MS-based intact cell mass spectrometry (ICMS). This molecular phenotyping approach enables monitoring of cell growth stages, (stem) cell differentiation, as well as probing cellular responses towards different....... Complementary proteomic experiments revealed the identity of these signature proteins that were predominantly expressed in the different glial cell types, including histone H4 for oligodendrocytes and S100-A10 for astrocytes. MALDI imaging MS was performed, and signature masses were employed as molecular...

  2. Self-consistent field theory based molecular dynamics with linear system-size scaling.

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    Richters, Dorothee; Kühne, Thomas D

    2014-04-01

    We present an improved field-theoretic approach to the grand-canonical potential suitable for linear scaling molecular dynamics simulations using forces from self-consistent electronic structure calculations. It is based on an exact decomposition of the grand canonical potential for independent fermions and does neither rely on the ability to localize the orbitals nor that the Hamilton operator is well-conditioned. Hence, this scheme enables highly accurate all-electron linear scaling calculations even for metallic systems. The inherent energy drift of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations, arising from an incomplete convergence of the self-consistent field cycle, is circumvented by means of a properly modified Langevin equation. The predictive power of the present approach is illustrated using the example of liquid methane under extreme conditions.

  3. Self-consistent field theory based molecular dynamics with linear system-size scaling

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    Richters, Dorothee [Institute of Mathematics and Center for Computational Sciences, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Staudinger Weg 9, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Kühne, Thomas D., E-mail: kuehne@uni-mainz.de [Institute of Physical Chemistry and Center for Computational Sciences, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Paderborn, Warburger Str. 100, D-33098 Paderborn (Germany)

    2014-04-07

    We present an improved field-theoretic approach to the grand-canonical potential suitable for linear scaling molecular dynamics simulations using forces from self-consistent electronic structure calculations. It is based on an exact decomposition of the grand canonical potential for independent fermions and does neither rely on the ability to localize the orbitals nor that the Hamilton operator is well-conditioned. Hence, this scheme enables highly accurate all-electron linear scaling calculations even for metallic systems. The inherent energy drift of Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations, arising from an incomplete convergence of the self-consistent field cycle, is circumvented by means of a properly modified Langevin equation. The predictive power of the present approach is illustrated using the example of liquid methane under extreme conditions.

  4. 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.

  5. Microwave assisted one-pot synthesis of novel molecular clefts with only one chiral arm based on deoxycholic acid

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    Bi Tao Zeng; Zhi Gang Zhao; Xing Li Liu; Yun Shi

    2008-01-01

    A rapid, safe, and efficient method for the synthesis of novel molecular clefts based" on deoxycholic acid was reported. Sevennew molecular clefts have been synthesized in good yields (89-98%). This method proved to be extremely simple and highlyefficient. The structures of these receptors were confirmed by 1H NMR, IR, MS spectra and elemental analysis.

  6. 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, (ɛ 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.

  7. NONLINEAR OPTICAL MOLECULAR CRYSTAL BASED ON 2,6-DIAMINOPYRIDINE: SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with investigation of a new nonlinear optical material based on nonlinear optical chromophore (4-Nitrophenol and aminopyridine (2,6-Diaminopyridine. Calculation results are presented for molecular packing in the crystalline compound, based on the given components. According to these results the finite material must have a noncentrosymmetric lattice, which determines the presence of the second order nonlinear optical response. Investigations carried out in this work confirm these calculations. Results of experiments are given describing the co-crystallization of these components and the following re-crystallization of the obtained material. In order to get a monocrystal form, the optimal conditions for the synthesis of molecular crystals based on these components are determined. Sufficiently large homogeneous crystals are obtained, that gave the possibility to record their spectra in the visible and near infrared parts of the spectrum, to determine their nonlinear optical properties and the level of homogeneity. Their optical (optical transmission and optical laser damage threshold and nonlinear optical properties are presented. For observation and measurement of the nonlinear optical properties an installation was built which implements the comparative method for measurements of nonlinear optical properties. A potassium titanyl oxide phosphate crystal was used as a sample for comparison. Results are given for the conversion efficiency of the primary laser radiation in the second optical harmonic relative to the signal obtained on the potassium titanyl oxide phosphate crystal. Obtained results show that the molecular co-crystal based on 2,6-Diaminopyridine is a promising nonlinear optical material for generating the second optical harmonic on the Nd: YAG laser (532 nm.

  8. Molecular classification based on apomorphic amino acids (Arthropoda, Hexapoda): Integrative taxonomy in the era of phylogenomics.

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    Wu, Hao-Yang; Wang, Yan-Hui; Xie, Qiang; Ke, Yun-Ling; Bu, Wen-Jun

    2016-06-17

    With the great development of sequencing technologies and systematic methods, our understanding of evolutionary relationships at deeper levels within the tree of life has greatly improved over the last decade. However, the current taxonomic methodology is insufficient to describe the growing levels of diversity in both a standardised and general way due to the limitations of using only morphological traits to describe clades. Herein, we propose the idea of a molecular classification based on hierarchical and discrete amino acid characters. Clades are classified based on the results of phylogenetic analyses and described using amino acids with group specificity in phylograms. Practices based on the recently published phylogenomic datasets of insects together with 15 de novo sequenced transcriptomes in this study demonstrate that such a methodology can accommodate various higher ranks of taxonomy. Such an approach has the advantage of describing organisms in a standard and discrete way within a phylogenetic framework, thereby facilitating the recognition of clades from the view of the whole lineage, as indicated by PhyloCode. By combining identification keys and phylogenies, the molecular classification based on hierarchical and discrete characters may greatly boost the progress of integrative taxonomy.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Structural and molecular docking studies of biologically active mercaptopyrimidine Schiff bases

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    Kirubavathy, S. Jone; Velmurugan, R.; Karvembu, R.; Bhuvanesh, N. S. P.; Enoch, Israel V. M. V.; Selvakumar, P. Mosae; Premnath, D.; Chitra, S.

    2017-01-01

    Novel Schiff bases derived from the treatment of mercapto-diamino pyrimidine with two different aldehydes are characterized using elemental analysis, single crystal X-ray diffraction and 1H NMR spectroscopy. The pharmacological action of the synthesized compounds viz., antimicrobial, anticancer and antitubercular activities is studied. The Schiff bases show a very good activity against various test pathogens. DNA and β-CD binding interactions of the compounds are studied using UV-Visible absorption and fluorescence spectral measurements. The binding constants of the compounds towards β-CD are in the order of 103 to 104. Molecular docking is done using MOE program on the 3D structure of the enzymes, viz., human thymidylate synthase complexed with dump and raltitrex, candida albicans N-myristoyltransferasepeptidic inhibitor, catalytic domain of protein kinase pKnb from mycobacterium tuberculosis in complex with mitoxantrone, pare, topoisomerase atpase inhibitor, E. coli and lactobacillus casdihydrofolatereductase. The MIC/IC50 values of the Schiff bases are compared with the glide scores from the molecular docking studies. The number of hydrogen bonding interactions between the Schiff bases and amino acid residues are also reported.

  12. Electronic Transport Properties of an Anthraquinone-Based Molecular Switch with Carbon Nanotube Electrodes

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    ZHAO Peng; LIU De-Sheng

    2012-01-01

    Based on the nonequilibrium Green's function method and density functional theory calculations,we theoretically investigate the electronic transport properties of an anthraquinone-based molecular switch with carbon nanotube electrodes.The molecules that comprise the switch can convert between reduced hydroquinone (HQ) and oxidized anthraquinne (AQ) states via redox reactions.Our results show that the on-off ratio is increased one order of magnitude when compared to the case of gold electrodes.Moreover,an obvious negative differential resistance behavior at much low bias (0.07 V) is observed in the HQ form.%Based on the nonequilihrium Green's function method and density functional theory calculations, we theoretically investigate the electronic transport properties of an anthraquinone-based molecular switch with carbon nanotube electrodes. The molecules that comprise the switch can convert between reduced hydroquinone (HQ) and oxidized anthraquinne (AQ) states via redox reactions. Our results show that the on-off ratio is increased one order of magnitude when compared to the case of gold electrodes. Moreover, an obvious negative differential resistance behavior at much low bias (0.07 V) is observed in the HQ form.

  13. Bases fisiológicas y moleculares en la micropropagación de familias de Pinus Pinea L.

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    La micropropagación de familias de Pinus pinea L. mediante organogénesis adventicia es una herramienta biotecnológica que permite la obtención de individuos clonales así como establecer un sistema experimental adecuado para el estudio de las bases fisiológicas del proceso caulogénico. El objetivo de la Tesis Doctoral ha sido la optimización del protocolo de micropropagación de 6 familias seleccionadas, evaluando su respuesta organogénica y certificando la estabilidad genética de los individuo...

  14. 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.

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

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    Lazariev, Andrii; Balasubramanian, Gopalakrishnan

    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 using numerical simulations and reconstruct the structure of a molecular phantom β-cyclodextrin, revealing the characteristic toroidal shape. PMID:26370514

  16. "Molecular beacon"-based fluorescent assay for selective detection of glutathione and cysteine.

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    Xu, Hui; Hepel, Maria

    2011-02-01

    We report on the development of a fluorescence turn-on "molecular beacon" probe for the detection of glutathione (GSH) and cysteine (Cys). The method is based on a competitive ligation of Hg(2+) ions by GSH/Cys and thymine-thymine (T-T) mismatches in a DNA strand of the self-hybridizing beacon strand. The assay relies on the distance-dependent optical properties of the fluorophore/quencher pair attached to the ends of the molecular beacon DNA strand. In a very selective coordination of Hg(2+) to GSH/Cys, the fluorophore/quencher distance increases concomitantly with the dehybridization and dissociation of the beacon stem T-Hg(2+)-T due to the extraction of Hg(2+) ions. This process results in switching the molecular beacon to the "on" state. The concentration range of the probe is 4-200 nM with the limit of detection (LOD) of 4.1 nM for GSH and 4.2 nM Cys. The probe tested satisfactorily against interference for a range of amino acids including sulfur-containing methionine.

  17. Synthesis and Self-Assembly Behaviors of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Based Giant Molecular Shape Amphiphiles

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    Yue, Kan; Yu, Xinfei; Liu, Chang; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Cheng, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    Recently, our group has focus on the synthesis and characterization of novel giant molecular shape amphiphiles (GMSAs) based on functionalized molecular nanoparticles (MNPs), such as polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS), tethered with polymeric tails. A general synthetic method via the combination of sequential ?click? reactions has been developed and several model GMSAs with various tail lengths and distinct molecular topologies, which can be referred as the ?giant surfactants?, ?giant lipids?, ?giant gemini surfactants?, and ?giant bolaform surfactants? etc., have been demonstrated. Studies on their self-assembly behaviors in the bulk have revealed the formation of different ordered mesophase structures with feature sizes around 10 nanometers, which have been investigated in detail by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These findings have general implications on understanding the underlying principles of self-assembly behaviors of GMSAs, and might have potential applications in nano-patterning technology. This work is supported by NSF (DMR-0906898) and the Joint-Hope Foundation.

  18. Photoactive molecular junctions based on self-assembled monolayers of indoline dyes.

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    Caranzi, Lorenzo; Pace, Giuseppina; Guarnera, Simone; Canesi, Eleonora V; Brambilla, Luigi; Raavi, Sai S K; Petrozza, Annamaria; Caironi, Mario

    2014-11-26

    We demonstrate the feasibility of a photodetector based on an ensemble molecular junction, where a self-assembled monolayer of an organic donor-acceptor dye is directly sandwiched between two electrodes. In such a device, upon photoexcitation and generation of a charge-transfer state on the molecule, charges are dissociated and directly collected at the electrodes without the need of transport through a bulk phase, as in usual photodetectors. We show that the device can work in photovoltaic regime and the spectral response can be tuned by varying the light absorbing dye. Therefore, the electro-optical properties of the downscaled device can be unambiguously related to the physical-chemical properties of the molecules, a commonly difficult point to demonstrate in a molecular junction device, because of the uncertainties of the interplay between molecules and electrodes. The proposed device, which relies on a simple self-assembly process, has a strong potentiality for fast responding, downscaled detectors, ultimately limited by charge dissociation dynamics, and can be considered also as a useful tool to investigate fundamental electro-optical processes in molecular monolayers.

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

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    Lazariev, Andrii; Balasubramanian, Gopalakrishnan

    2015-09-01

    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 using numerical simulations and reconstruct the structure of a molecular phantom β-cyclodextrin, revealing the characteristic toroidal shape.

  20. 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.

  1. Quantitative Description of a Protein Fitness Landscape Based on Molecular Features.

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    Meini, María-Rocío; Tomatis, Pablo E; Weinreich, Daniel M; Vila, Alejandro J

    2015-07-01

    Understanding the driving forces behind protein evolution requires the ability to correlate the molecular impact of mutations with organismal fitness. To address this issue, we employ here metallo-β-lactamases as a model system, which are Zn(II) dependent enzymes that mediate antibiotic resistance. We present a study of all the possible evolutionary pathways leading to a metallo-β-lactamase variant optimized by directed evolution. By studying the activity, stability and Zn(II) binding capabilities of all mutants in the preferred evolutionary pathways, we show that this local fitness landscape is strongly conditioned by epistatic interactions arising from the pleiotropic effect of mutations in the different molecular features of the enzyme. Activity and stability assays in purified enzymes do not provide explanatory power. Instead, measurement of these molecular features in an environment resembling the native one provides an accurate description of the observed antibiotic resistance profile. We report that optimization of Zn(II) binding abilities of metallo-β-lactamases during evolution is more critical than stabilization of the protein to enhance fitness. A global analysis of these parameters allows us to connect genotype with fitness based on quantitative biochemical and biophysical parameters.

  2. Quantitative Description of a Protein Fitness Landscape Based on Molecular Features

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    Meini, María-Rocío; Tomatis, Pablo E.; Weinreich, Daniel M.; Vila, Alejandro J.

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the driving forces behind protein evolution requires the ability to correlate the molecular impact of mutations with organismal fitness. To address this issue, we employ here metallo-β-lactamases as a model system, which are Zn(II) dependent enzymes that mediate antibiotic resistance. We present a study of all the possible evolutionary pathways leading to a metallo-β-lactamase variant optimized by directed evolution. By studying the activity, stability and Zn(II) binding capabilities of all mutants in the preferred evolutionary pathways, we show that this local fitness landscape is strongly conditioned by epistatic interactions arising from the pleiotropic effect of mutations in the different molecular features of the enzyme. Activity and stability assays in purified enzymes do not provide explanatory power. Instead, measurement of these molecular features in an environment resembling the native one provides an accurate description of the observed antibiotic resistance profile. We report that optimization of Zn(II) binding abilities of metallo-β-lactamases during evolution is more critical than stabilization of the protein to enhance fitness. A global analysis of these parameters allows us to connect genotype with fitness based on quantitative biochemical and biophysical parameters. PMID:25767204

  3. Quantum dot-based molecular imaging of cancer cell growth using a clone formation assay.

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    Geng, Xia-Fei; Fang, Min; Liu, Shao-Ping; Li, Yan

    2016-10-01

    This aim of the present study was to investigate clonal growth behavior and analyze the proliferation characteristics of cancer cells. The MCF‑7 human breast cancer cell line, SW480 human colon cancer cell line and SGC7901 human gastric cancer cell line were selected to investigate the morphology of cell clones. Quantum dot‑based molecular targeted imaging techniques (which stained pan‑cytokeratin in the cytoplasm green and Ki67 in the cell nucleus yellow or red) were used to investigate the clone formation rate, cell morphology, discrete tendency, and Ki67 expression and distribution in clones. From the cell clone formation assay, the MCF‑7, SW480 and SGC7901 cells were observed to form clones on days 6, 8 and 12 of cell culture, respectively. These three types of cells had heterogeneous morphology, large nuclear:cytoplasmic ratios, and conspicuous pathological mitotic features. The cells at the clone periphery formed multiple pseudopodium. In certain clones, cancer cells at the borderline were separated from the central cell clusters or presented a discrete tendency. With quantum dot‑based molecular targeted imaging techniques, cells with strong Ki67 expression were predominantly shown to be distributed at the clone periphery, or concentrated on one side of the clones. In conclusion, cancer cell clones showed asymmetric growth behavior, and Ki67 was widely expressed in clones of these three cell lines, with strong expression around the clones, or aggregated at one side. Cell clone formation assay based on quantum dots molecular imaging offered a novel method to study the proliferative features of cancer cells, thus providing a further insight into tumor biology.

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

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    Azimi, Abolfazl; Javanbakht, Mehran, E-mail: mehranjavanbakht@gmail.com

    2014-02-17

    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.

  5. Study of the Molecular Recognition of Nucleotides and Bases by a Novel Calixarene Derivative Containing Uracil

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    SHI,Hui-Jie; SHI,Xian-Fa; YAO,Tian-Ming; JI,Liang-Nian

    2008-01-01

    A calix[4]arene derivative containing uracil, 5-(uracil-N1-acetamido)-25,26,27,28-tetrahy droxycalix[4]-arene (UC), was designed and synthesized. The interaction with nucleotides and bases has also been studied by ESI-MS and π-A isotherms. The results of ESI-MS showed that UC could recognize adenine and adenosine from other nucleotides and bases. In addition, π-A isotherms at the air-water interface indicated that there was interaction between UC and the species in the subphase, and the respective complexes were formed in the monolayer. The mean molecular area at zero surface pressure increased with the sizes of the nucleotides and bases in the subphase in the order: water<adenine<adenosine<ATP·Na2.

  6. Molecular design, synthesis and cell based HCV replicon assay of novel benzoxazole derivatives.

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    Ismail, M A H; Adel, M; Ismail, N S M; Abouzid, K A M

    2013-03-01

    Hepatitis C virus inhibitors based on benzoxazole scaffold were designed based on molecular modeling simulation study including docking into the NS5B polymerase active site. Several compounds showed significant high simulation docking scores relative to the assigned benzimidazole lead compound. The designed compounds were synthesized, structurally elucidated and their antiviral activity was evaluated through cell-based replicon in cultured Huh 5-2 cells. A number of the synthesized compounds showed significant inhibitory activity ranging from (52.2% inhibition up to 98% at<50 µg/mL). N-Benzyl-2-phenylbenzo[1,3]oxazole-5-carboxamide (8b) and N-Phenethyl-2-phenylbenzo[1,3] oxazole-5-carboxamide (8c) demonstrated genuine HCV inhibitory activity with EC50 values of 41.6 and 24.5 µg/mL respectively.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Synthesis of molecular complexes based on porphyrins for the investigation of the energy transfer and primary charge separation in photosynthesis

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    Gribkova, S. E.; Evstigneeva, Rima P.; Luzgina, Valentina N.

    1993-10-01

    Data on the synthesis, steric structures, and photochemical properties of molecular diad systems based on porphyrins as synthetic models of the reaction centre in photosynthesis are considered and treated systematically. The bibliography includes 102 references.

  9. Zeolite molecular sieves have dramatic acid-base effects on enzymes in nonaqueous media.

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    Fontes, Nuno; Partridge, Johann; Halling, Peter J; Barreiros, Susana

    2002-02-05

    Zeolite molecular sieves very commonly are used as in situ drying agents in reaction mixtures of enzymes in nonaqueous media. They often affect enzyme behavior, and this has been interpreted in terms of altered hydration. Here, we show that zeolites can also have dramatic acid-base effects on enzymes in low water media, resulting from their cation-exchange ability. Initial rates of transesterification catalyzed by cross-linked crystals of subtilisin were compared in supercritical ethane, hexane, and acetonitrile with water activity fixed by pre-equilibration. Addition of zeolite NaA (4 A powder) still caused remarkable rate enhancements (up to 20-fold), despite the separate control of hydration. In the presence of excess of an alternative solid-state acid-base buffer, however, zeolite addition had no effect. The more commonly used Merck molecular sieves (type 3 A beads) had similar but somewhat smaller effects. All zeolites have ion-exchange ability and can exchange H+ for cations such as Na+ and K+. These exchanges will tend to affect the protonation state of acidic groups in the protein and, hence, enzymatic activity. Zeolites pre-equilibrated in aqueous suspensions of varying pH-pNa gave very different enzyme activities. Their differing basicities were demonstrated directly by equilibration with an indicator dissolved in toluene. The potential of zeolites as acid-base buffers for low-water media is discussed, and their ability to overcome pH memory is demonstrated.

  10. Mass Spectrometry-based Approaches to Understand the Molecular Basis of Memory

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The central nervous system is responsible for an array of cognitive functions such as memory, learning, language and attention. These processes tend to take place in distinct brain regions; yet, they need to be integrated to give rise to adaptive or meaningful behavior. Since cognitive processes result from underlying cellular and molecular changes, genomics and transcriptomics assays have been applied to human and animal models to understand such events. Nevertheless, genes and RNAs are not the end products of most biological functions. In order to gain further insights toward the understanding of brain processes, the field of proteomics has been of increasing importance in the past years. Advancements in liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS have enable the identification and quantification of thousand of proteins with high accuracy and sensitivity, fostering a revolution in the neurosciences. Herein, we review the molecular bases of explicit memory in the hippocampus. We outline the principles of mass spectrometry (MS-based proteomics, highlighting the use of this analytical tool to study memory formation. In addition, we discuss MS-based targeted approaches as the future of protein analysis.

  11. Mass Spectrometry-based Approaches to Understand the Molecular Basis of Memory

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    Pontes, Arthur; de Sousa, Marcelo

    2016-10-01

    The central nervous system is responsible for an array of cognitive functions such as memory, learning, language and attention. These processes tend to take place in distinct brain regions; yet, they need to be integrated to give rise to adaptive or meaningful behavior. Since cognitive processes result from underlying cellular and molecular changes, genomics and transcriptomics assays have been applied to human and animal models to understand such events. Nevertheless, genes and RNAs are not the end products of most biological functions. In order to gain further insights toward the understanding of brain processes, the field of proteomics has been of increasing importance in the past years. Advancements in liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) have enable the identification and quantification of thousand of proteins with high accuracy and sensitivity, fostering a revolution in the neurosciences. Herein, we review the molecular bases of explicit memory in the hippocampus. We outline the principles of mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics, highlighting the use of this analytical tool to study memory formation. In addition, we discuss MS-based targeted approaches as the future of protein analysis.

  12. Ion Pair in Extreme Aqueous Environments, Molecular-Based and Electric Conductance Approaches

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    Chialvo, Ariel A [ORNL; Gruszkiewicz, Miroslaw {Mirek} S [ORNL; Simonson, J Michael {Mike} [ORNL; Palmer, Donald [ORNL; Cole, David R [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    We determine by molecular-based simulation the density profiles of the Na+!Cl! ion-pair association constant in steam environments along three supercritical isotherms to interrogate the behavior of ion speciation in dilute aqueous solutions at extreme conditions. Moreover, we describe a new ultra-sensitive flow-through electric conductance apparatus designed to bridge the gap between the currently lowest steam-density conditions at which we are experimentally able to attain electric conductance measurements and the theoretically-reachable zero-density limit. Finally, we highlight important modeling challenges encountered near the zero-density limit and discuss ways to overcome them.

  13. Synthesis and Anion Recognition of Novel Molecular Tweezer Receptors Based on Carbonyl Thiosemicarbazide for Fluoride Ions

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    WEI,Wei; ZHANG,You-Ming; WEI,Tai-Bao

    2008-01-01

    Three title compounds have been designed and synthesized in high yields as novel anion receptors, which show a higher selectivity for F- than other halide ions. The binding properties for fluoride ions of the receptors have been examined by UV-Vis and 1H NMR spectroscopy, indicating that a 1 : 1 stoichiometry complex is formed between the receptors and fluoride ions through hydrogen bonding interactions in DMSO solution. In addition, because these receptors have more binding points, they have better binding properties for anions than the molecular tweezer receptors based on thiourea we reported last time.

  14. A description of the mechanical behavior of composite solid propellants based on molecular theory

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    Landel, R. F.

    1976-01-01

    Both the investigation and the representation of the stress-strain response (including rupture) of gum and filled elastomers can be based on a simple functional statement. Internally consistent experiments are used to sort out the effects of time, temperature, strain and crosslink density on gum rubbers. All effects are readily correlated and shown to be essentially independent of the elastomer when considered in terms of non-dimensionalized stress, strain and time. A semiquantitative molecular theory is developed to explain this result. The introduction of fillers modifies the response, but, guided by the framework thus provided, their effects can be readily accounted for.

  15. A Wavelet-Based Multiresolution Reconstruction Method for Fluorescent Molecular Tomography

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    Wei Zou

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Image reconstruction of fluorescent molecular tomography (FMT often involves repeatedly solving large-dimensional matrix equations, which are computationally expensive, especially for the case where there are large deviations in the optical properties between the target and the reference medium. In this paper, a wavelet-based multiresolution reconstruction approach is proposed for the FMT reconstruction in combination with a parallel forward computing strategy, in which both the forward and the inverse problems of FMT are solved in the wavelet domain. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed approach can significantly speed up the reconstruction process and improve the image quality of FMT.

  16. Real time monitoring of nucleic acids ligation based on molecular beacon

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    2003-01-01

    A novel method has been developed to monitor the nucleic acids ligation process. Molecular beacon was employed here to convert the ligation information into fluorescence signal quickly and quantitatively. This method provides effective and original approach to researching the dynamic ligation process and the interactions between nucleic acids and ligase. An analytical method for T4 DNA ligase based on this way has been built up with a linear detection range from 2.3×10?4 U/mL to 0.23 U/mL. It is rapid and sensitive to detect 2.8×10?5 U T4 DNA ligase in 10 min.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Photo-driven molecular switch based on the photochromism and solvatochromism of diarylethene dialdehyde

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    BIN YueJing; ZHAO FuQun; CHEN ZiHui; ZHANG FuShi

    2008-01-01

    The two distinct characters of diarylethene dialdehyde derivative-photochromism and solvatochrom-ism are displayed in particular circumstances. The fluorescence of phosphorus (Ⅲ) tetrabenzotri-azacorrole can be reversibly regulated by the three kinds of status of the diarylethene dialdehyde, col-orless ring-opened form, red ring-closed form, and blue ring-closed form, which is gated by visible light, ultraviolet light and ethanol individually or jointly. Based on this effect, a novel molecular INH logic switch is proposed.

  1. Framework for single input single output nanonetwork-based realistic molecular communication.

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    Abd El-Atty, Saied M; Gharsseldien, Zakaria M; Lizos, Konstantinos A

    2015-12-01

    Mobile ad hoc molecular nanonetwork (MAMNET) is a new paradigm for the realisation of future nanonetworks. In MAMNET, transmission of nanoscale information from nanomachine to infostation is based on collision and adhesion. In this study, the authors develop a realistic framework for encompassing the electronic structure of the neurotransmitter in the process of transmitting nanoscale information at a single input single output nanonetwork. Nanonetwork performance is evaluated in terms of average packet delay, throughput and incurred traffic rate. Numerical results demonstrate the influence of the neurotransmitter's electronic structure over the performance of nanonetworks.

  2. Glucose optical fibre sensor based on a luminescent molecularly imprinted polymer

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    Elosua, C.; Wren, S. P.; Sun, T.; Arregui, F. J.; Grattan, Kenneth T. V.

    2015-09-01

    An optrode able to detect glucose dissolved in water has been implemented. The device is based on the luminescence emission of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer synthesized specifically for glucose detection, therefore its intensity changes in presence of glucose. This sensing material is attached onto a cleaved ended polymer-clad optical fibre and it is excited by light via 1x2 fibre coupler. The reflected fluorescence signal increases when it is immersed into glucose solutions and recovers to the baseline when it is dipped in ultrapure water. This reversible behaviour indicates the measurement repeatability of using such a glucose sensor.

  3. A novel method to prepare SPR sensor chips based on photografting molecularly imprinted polymer

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    Qing Quan Wei; Tian Xin Wei

    2011-01-01

    A novel method to prepare surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor chips based on grafted imprinted polymer is explored. Benzophenone photografting system is used to grow molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) films from the modified surface of gold substrate. The surface morphology and thickness of MIP films were investigated by scanning electronic microscope (SEM). The adsorption properties of sensor chip were studied by SPR spectroscopy. The results demonstrate that nano-MIP films can be constructed on the surface of gold substrate with the good adsorption of template molecules.

  4. Evaluación in vivo del efecto cicatrizante de un gel a base de quitosano obtenido de exoesqueleto de camarón blanco litopenaeus vannamei

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    Heimy Franceline Martínez Sánchez; Amada Yerén Escobedo Lozano; Evaristo Méndez-Gómez; Alfredo Emmanuel Vázquez; Manuel de Jesús Sol Hernández; Anahí Elizabeth Osuna Lizárraga

    2014-01-01

    Healing effect of a chitosan-based gel obtained from the exoskeleton of white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei and its evaluation in vivoTítulo corto: Evaluación del quitosano como cicatrizanteResumen:  En México alrededor del 62 % de la población sufre de accidentes causantes de alteraciones en la piel como quemaduras, heridas y diabetes principalmente. Para atender esta problemática, se propone el uso de un gel de quitosano, obtenido del exoesqueleto de camarón ya que presenta actividad antimicr...

  5. Todos duros: los hijos del neoliberalismo : Afectos y corporalidad en el consumo de pasta base de cocaína en jóvenes de sectores populares

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    Bruzzone, Daiana

    2015-01-01

    En el marco del Doctorado en Comunicación nos proponemos investigarla experiencia del cuerpo en la cultura contemporánea en contextos de exclusión desde una dimensión simbólico afectiva, a partir del caso de los jóvenes de sectores populares consumidores de pasta base de cocaína. Esta pregunta se sitúa en un contexto donde podemos reconocer una vuelta a los grandes interrogantes que plantean una mirada totalizante sobre los entramados sociales, revisando las articulaciones –no sin conflictos-...

  6. Aprendizaje socioemocional en estudiantes de quinto y sexto grado: presentación y evaluación de impacto del programa BASE

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    Milicic,Neva; Alcalay,Lidia; Berger, Christian; Álamos,Pilar

    2013-01-01

    Se presenta el desarrollo y evaluación de impacto de un programa para favorecer el bienestar y aprendizaje socioemocional en estudiantes de quinto y sexto año de enseñanza general básica: el programa BASE. A partir de una revisión teórica del aprendizaje socioemocional se fundamenta el énfasis del programa en el desarrollo de vínculos interpersonales de calidad y el desarrollo de las competencias necesarias para ello, integrando tanto factores a nivel del desarrollo individual como también de...

  7. EVALUACIÓN DEL CRECIMIENTO DE JUVENILES DE PEZ BLANCO (Menidia estor) ALIMENTADOS CON DIETAS A BASE DE PROTEÍNA HIDROLIZADA DE BAGRE ARMADO (Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus).

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    AVALOS SÁNCHEZ, ANA MAURICIA

    2012-01-01

    El pez blanco Menidia estor (Jordan 1879) del Lago de Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, es una especie nativa y endémica del altiplano mexicano, perteneciente a la familia Atherinopsidae. Por su valor económico, cultural y nutricional es la especie de mayor importancia en la región, que por muchos años ha sido la base de la subsistencia del pueblo Purépecha. Debido a la intensa explotación y deterioro de su hábitat se le considera como una especie amenazada (Marez y Morales 2003), razón po...

  8. Anatomía Artística: Bases Anatómicas del Retrato Escultórico Realista

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    Jiménez Mateos, Miguel Ángel

    1999-01-01

    El saber sobre la estructura del organismo humano ha ido creciendo siguiendo las bases de cualquier otra ciencia. La curiosidad de los propios humanos los condujo a observar los organismos y a intentar indagar en ellos más allá de los límites de la observación superficial, penetrando en su interior dividiendo sus partes. “Anatomía: cortar repetidas veces”. La Anatomía analiza las relaciones causales que tanto la estructura como la función guardan entre sí, así como las modificaciones de índol...

  9. Empleo del método electroquímico acelerado AC-DC-AC para la predicción del tiempo de vida útil de pinturas base agua

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    Bethencourt, M.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study an accelerated method for the evaluation of painted metals is proposed. Specifically, the proposed method has been applied in a study of the process of degradation of two water-based paints applied to a carbon steel surface. The technique is based on the application of cycles combining measurement of electrochemical impedance spectra, cathodic polarisation steps, and recording of the evolution of the corrosion potential of the system in function of time. The results obtained from this method are compared with those obtained from studying the evolution of the impedance spectra of both systems in function of the time of immersion, for periods of immersion of the order of 200 days.

    En este trabajo se propone un método acelerado de evaluación de metales pintados. Concretamente, el método se ha aplicado al estudio del proceso de degradación de dos pinturas de base agua aplicadas sobre un acero al carbono. El método está basado en la aplicación de ciclos en los que se combinan la medida de espectros de impedancia electroquímica, etapas de polarización catódica y el registro de la evolución del potencial de corrosión del sistema en función del tiempo. Los resultados obtenidos mediante este método se comparan con los obtenidos al estudiar la evolución de los espectros de impedancia de ambos sistemas en función del tiempo de inmersión, para periodos de inmersión del orden de 200 d.

  10. Bases anatómicas del sueño Anatomical basis of sleep

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    J. L. Velayos

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El sueño es un estado biológico activo, periódico, en el que se distinguen las etapas NREM y REM, que se alternan sucesivamente durante la noche. Intervienen los relojes biológicos en la modulación del sistema, así como neurotransmisores específicos. Se trata de una red neuronal compleja, en la que intervienen diversas zonas del sistema nervioso central. Los procesos oníricos están controlados además de forma neural. Se resume la historia de las investigaciones sobre el tema, desde el siglo XIX hasta nuestra época. Hay que destacar los recientes descubrimientos de Lugaresi y su equipo, que, al describir el insomnio familiar grave, dieron importancia al núcleo dorsomedial del tálamo en la instauración de la fase de sueño profundo. Al grupo de Reinoso se debe el hallazgo de que el "director de orquesta" en la instauración del sueño REM es la zona ventral paramediana del núcleo reticular pontino oralSleep is an active and periodic biological state composed of NREM and REM phases, which alternate during the night. Both biological clocks and specific neurotransmitters are involved in the modulation of this system. It is a complex neuronal network in which several areas of the central nervous system are involved. The oneiric processes are also controlled neurally. This work summarises the history of the investigations on this topic from the 19th century to date. It is worth mentioning the recent findings of Lugaresi and colleages who described fatal familial insomnia, a disease that helped to show the importance of the mediodorsal thalamic nucleus in the genesis of slow-wave sleep. Reinoso´s group found out that the paramedian ventral area of the oral pontine reticular nucleus is the conductor in the establishment of REM sleep.

  11. Spectroscopic, docking and molecular dynamics simulation studies on the interaction of two Schiff base complexes with human serum albumin

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    Fani, N. [Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bordbar, A.K., E-mail: bordbar@chem.ui.ac.ir [Department of Chemistry, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghayeb, Y. [Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-09-15

    This study was designed to examine the interaction of two Schiff base complexes with human serum albumin (HSA), by different kinds of spectroscopic and molecular modeling techniques. Fluorescence quenching and absorption spectra were investigated in order to estimate the binding parameters. The analysis of absorption data at different temperatures were done in order to estimate the thermodynamics parameters of interactions between Schiff base complexes and HSA. The experimental data suggested that both complexes demonstrated a significant binding affinity to HSA and the process is enthalpy driven. Molecular docking study indicated that both Schiff base complexes bind to polar and apolar residues located in the subdomain IB of HSA. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were also performed with the GROMACS program package to study the characters of HSA in binding states. Molecular dynamics results suggested that both Schiff base complexes can interact with HSA, without affecting the secondary structure of HSA but probably with a slight modification of its tertiary structure. All the molecular docking and molecular dynamics results kept in good consistence with experimental data. -- Highlights: • The fluorescence of HSA quenched due to reacting with Schiff base complexes. • The absorbance of Schiff base complexes in the presence of HSA changed. • Binding parameters and the pose of the molecules in the binding site were estimated. • Both complexes can interact with HSA, without affecting the secondary structure. • Simulation results predicted slight compactness of tertiary structure for HSA.

  12. Diagnóstico temprano del Virus Dengue 1 usando RT-PCR y perspectivas para la caracterización molecular de Cepas Autóctonas

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    C Yábar

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Un sistema de diagnóstico para la detección temprana del virus Dengue 1 fue llevado a cabo exitosamente usando la reacción en cadena por polimerasa de transcriptasa reversa (RT-PCR, a través de la amplificación de una porción genómica del gen NS1. Los resultados obtenidos, a partir de muestras clínicas, corroboraron los datos de anteriores trabajos de RT-PCR dirigidos hacia la región estructural del virión. Posteriormente el ADNc del virus Dengue, correspondiente a una de las muestras serológicas, fue clonado y secuenciado. La comparación por análisis de secuencia nucleotídica con otras cepas referenciales determinó que la cepa viral correspondía al serotipo 1.

  13. Hybrid Materials Based on Magnetic Layered Double Hydroxides: A Molecular Perspective.

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    Abellán, Gonzalo; Martí-Gastaldo, Carlos; Ribera, Antonio; Coronado, Eugenio

    2015-06-16

    Design of functional hybrids lies at the very core of synthetic chemistry as it has enabled the development of an unlimited number of solids displaying unprecedented or even improved properties built upon the association at the molecular level of quite disparate components by chemical design. Multifunctional hybrids are a particularly appealing case among hybrid organic/inorganic materials. Here, chemical knowledge is used to deploy molecular components bearing different functionalities within a single solid so that these properties can coexist or event interact leading to unprecedented phenomena. From a molecular perspective, this can be done either by controlled assembly of organic/inorganic molecular tectons into an extended architecture of hybrid nature or by intercalation of organic moieties within the empty channels or interlamellar space offered by inorganic solids with three-dimensional (MOFs, zeolites, and mesoporous hosts) or layered structures (phosphates, silicates, metal dichalcogenides, or anionic clays). This Account specifically illustrates the use of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) in the preparation of magnetic hybrids, in line with the development of soft inorganic chemistry processes (also called "Chimie Douce"), which has significantly contributed to boost the preparation hybrid materials based on solid-state hosts and subsequent development of applications. Several features sustain the importance of LDHs in this context. Their magnetism can be manipulated at a molecular level by adequate choice of constituting metals and interlayer separation for tuning the nature and extent of magnetic interactions across and between planes. They display unparalleled versatility in accommodating a broad range of anionic species in their interlamellar space that encompasses not only simple anions but chemical systems of increasing dimensionality and functionalities. Their swelling characteristics allow for their exfoliation in organic solvents with high

  14. Valoración diagnóstica de técnicas moleculares para detección de infección bucal por virus del papiloma humano

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    Myriam Lucrecia Medina; Marcelo Gabriel Medina; Luis Antonio Merino

    2012-01-01

    La infección por Virus del Papiloma Humano está considerada actualmente como la infección de transmisión sexual más frecuente en el mundo. Muchas veces, estas infecciones son asintomáticas, pasando desapercibidas a no ser que se empleen métodos moleculares. Otras infecciones se vuelven crónicas, siendo las que tienen mayor potencial oncogénico. Desarrollo: El virus se detectó en carcinoma bucal de células escamosas, así como en lesiones benignas de mucosa bucal, donde se encontró HPV de bajo ...

  15. Estudio del azeotropo etanol – agua. caracterización molecular de dímeros de etanol, heterodímeros y heterotrímeros de etanol-agua.

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    Mejía,Sol M.; Espinal,Juan F.; MONDRAGÓN, FANOR

    2011-01-01

    En esta investigación, como una primera etapa, se estudio la estructura y estabilidad de los dímeros, heterodímeros y heterotrímeros como agregados de etanol y etanol-agua respectivamente. El estudio fue llevado a cabo por medio de modelación molecular usando el híbrido B3LYP de la teoría de funcionales de la densidad (DFT). Se analizaron longitudes de enlace O-H, distancias del puente de hidrogeno, ángulos diedrales CCOH, energías, entalpias y energías libres de Gibbs de dimerización y trim...

  16. Development of molecularly imprinted polymer-based field effect transistor for sugar chain sensing

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    Nishitani, Shoichi; Kajisa, Taira; Sakata, Toshiya

    2017-04-01

    In this study, we developed a molecularly imprinted polymer-based field-effect transistor (MIP-gate FET) for selectively detecting sugar chains in aqueous media, focusing on 3‧-sialyllactose (3SLac) and 6‧-sialyllactose (6SLac). The FET biosensor enables the detection of small molecules as long as they have intrinsic charges. Additionally, the MIP gels include the template for the target molecule, which is selectively trapped without requiring enzyme-target molecule reaction. The MIP gels were synthesized on the gate surface of the FET device, including phenylboronic acid (PBA), which enables binding to sugar chains. Firstly, the 3SLac-MIP-gate FET quantitatively detected 3SLac at µM levels. This is because the FET device recognized the change in molecular charges on the basis of PBA-3SLac binding in the MIP gel. Moreover, 3SLac was selectively detected using the 3SLac- and 6SLac-MIP-gate FETs to some extent, where the detecting signal from the competent was suppressed by 40% at maximum. Therefore, a platform based on the MIP-coupled FET biosensor is suitable for a selective biosensing system in an enzyme-free manner, which can be applied widely in medical fields. However, we need to further improve the selectivity of MIP-gate FETs to discriminate more clearly between similar structures of sugar chains such as 3SLac and 6SLac.

  17. Molecular dynamics of the cryomilled base and hydrochloride ziprasidones by means of dielectric spectroscopy.

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    Kaminski, K; Adrjanowicz, K; Wojnarowska, Z; Grzybowska, K; Hawelek, L; Paluch, M; Zakowiecki, D; Mazgalski, J

    2011-07-01

    Cryomilling was applied to obtain amorphous forms of the base ziprasidone and its hydrochloride salt. Complete amorphization of both samples was confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray measurements. As it turned out, cryogrinding is very effective way to obtain these drugs in the amorphous state, especially because melting of both ziprazidones accompanies significant chemical decomposition as revealed by ultra performance liquid chromatography examination. Consequently, the glassy state cannot be reached in conventional way, that is, by supercooling of melt. Broadband dielectric relaxation measurements were performed on both drugs to describe their molecular dynamics above as well as below their glass transition temperatures (T(g)). We found out that ziprasidone base and its hydrochloride salt differ in T(g) in the same way as it was previously reported for tramadol monohydrate and its hydrochloride. Moreover, our dielectric studies revealed that molecular mobility is not the main factor controlling kinetics of crystallization of both ziprasidones above their T(g) . Below the T(g) relaxation related to water as well as secondary relaxation process originating from the intermolecular interaction (Johari-Goldstein) were identified in the loss spectra of both materials. We have demonstrated that except of local mobility, water is the dominant factor moving both ziprasidones toward recrystallization process. Finally, we have also carried out solubility measurements to show that dissolution rate of the amorphous ziprasidones is much higher with respect to the crystalline samples.

  18. SchiffBase Dinuclear Complex Catalyst for Oxidation of Cyclohexene with Molecular Oxygen

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    SHAO; DongXu

    2001-01-01

    In the past decades, the oxidation of hydrocarbons by transition metal complexes has been studied extensively. The current progress of the research on synthetic quasiporphyrin catalysts has led to the development of several systems that are able to reproduce the hene-enzyme mediated oxygenation and oxidation reactions[1]. In our group[2,51, the mononuclear complexes of amino acid Schiff base have been synthesized and their catalytic oxidation has been studied. In this paper, two dinuclear complexes, such as Salicylidence-β-alanine-Co(II)-Cu(II) and Salicylidence-β-alanine-Co(II)Mn(II), were prepared with amino acid Schiff bases and metal ions. In the presence of these dinuclear complexes, cyclohexene was effectively oxidized under 1 atm of molecular oxygen without any coreductants. The allylic hydroperoxide was obtained as an important product, which suggested a clear allylic pathway of oxidation of cyclohexene.  ……

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. El pensamiento "economicista", base ideológica del modelo neoliberal

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    Luca Marsi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo propone una reflexión crítica sobre cómo puede enfocarse el estudio de la ideología dominante del modelo neoliberal. A partir de un análisis de los rasgos propios de la llamada sociedad postmoderna, se estudian los aspectos fundamentales del pensamiento “economicista”, fundación ideológica y axiológica sobre la que descansa el poder de las élites económicas dominantes. Dentro de este marco analítico, se hace especial hincapié en el papel desempeñado por las multinacionales para la elaboración e implementación del proyecto ideológico neoliberal, pero sin olvidar que la labor de dichas empresas forma parte de un intenso y coherente “trabajo de equipo”, llevado a cabo por múltiples y variadas instituciones políticas, sociales, económicas y culturales._____________________ABSTRACT:This paper intends to study the predominant ideology of neoliberalism. Starting from the analysis of the features of the so called post-modern society, it studies the nature of the “economicism”, that is, the ideological and axiological foundation on which the economic elites build their political power. This paper stresses, in particular, the role of the multinational companies to conceive and to implement the ideological strategies of the neoliberal system. However, it also emphasizes that the task of the multinational firms is only one part of a wider “teamwork”, carried out by a complex network of political, social, economic and cultural institutions.

  8. Religioni e ateismi: una complexio oppositorum alla base del neo-separatismo europeo

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    Nicola Colaianni

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Testo della relazione svolta al Colloquio internazionale La laicità nella costruzione dell’Europa. Dualità del potere e neutralità religiosa, svoltosi in Bari il 4-5 novembre 2010 per iniziativa della Facoltà di Giurisprudenza dell’Università di Bari “Aldo Moro”, del Centre d’études internationales sur la romanité Université de La Rochelle e dell’Unità di ricerca “Giorgio La Pira” CNR – Università di Roma “La Sapienza”. Lo scritto, che sarà pubblicato negli atti del Colloquio, è destinato agli Studi in onore di Rinaldo Bertolino.SOMMARIO: 1. Il dialogo dell’Unione europea con le organizzazioni confessionali e non – 2. Il separatismo statunitense – 3. Il neo-separatismo europeo – 4. La complexio oppositorum nell’elaborazione cattolica … - 5 … e in quella secolare – 6. Il separatismo pluralistico europeo (e americano.ABSTRACTReligions and Atheisms: a Complexio Oppositorum at hearth of the European New-SeparatismThe European Union is not interested in religious phenomenon. It’s a form of separatism between State and Church. Yet the last Treaty about the Union functioning stated an “open, transparent and regular dialogue” between the Union and the Churches and the philosophical or non-confessional organizations alike. So religions and atheisms, the exact opposites, are not only recognized but also linked as complexio oppositorum. That originates a pluralistic separatism. By means of constitutional law research this paper demonstrates that this new-separatism is new for the Europe but usual for the U.S. and therefore it contributes a long way towards a rapprochement between Europe and America from the constitutional point of wiew.

  9. Interpretation of pH-activity profiles for acid-base catalysis from molecular simulations.

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    Dissanayake, Thakshila; Swails, Jason M; Harris, Michael E; Roitberg, Adrian E; York, Darrin M

    2015-02-17

    The measurement of reaction rate as a function of pH provides essential information about mechanism. These rates are sensitive to the pK(a) values of amino acids directly involved in catalysis that are often shifted by the enzyme active site environment. Experimentally observed pH-rate profiles are usually interpreted using simple kinetic models that allow estimation of "apparent pK(a)" values of presumed general acid and base catalysts. One of the underlying assumptions in these models is that the protonation states are uncorrelated. In this work, we introduce the use of constant pH molecular dynamics simulations in explicit solvent (CpHMD) with replica exchange in the pH-dimension (pH-REMD) as a tool to aid in the interpretation of pH-activity data of enzymes and to test the validity of different kinetic models. We apply the methods to RNase A, a prototype acid-base catalyst, to predict the macroscopic and microscopic pK(a) values, as well as the shape of the pH-rate profile. Results for apo and cCMP-bound RNase A agree well with available experimental data and suggest that deprotonation of the general acid and protonation of the general base are not strongly coupled in transphosphorylation and hydrolysis steps. Stronger coupling, however, is predicted for the Lys41 and His119 protonation states in apo RNase A, leading to the requirement for a microscopic kinetic model. This type of analysis may be important for other catalytic systems where the active forms of the implicated general acid and base are oppositely charged and more highly correlated. These results suggest a new way for CpHMD/pH-REMD simulations to bridge the gap with experiments to provide a molecular-level interpretation of pH-activity data in studies of enzyme mechanisms.

  10. MODELACIÓN NO LINEAL DE LA SEPARACIÓN DEL FLUJO BASE EN SUBCUENCAS DE CHIAPAS, MÉXICO

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    Víctor Manuel Salas Aguilar

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available El f lujo base es un elemento importante dentro de la modelación hidrológica en cuencas. Su estudio resulta clave en la estimación de la relación precipitación-escurrimiento. En este trabajo se separó el f lujo base del gasto total en tres subcuencas en el estado de Chiapas. La variación de la recarga potencial de los acuíferos someros también fue evaluada. Las curvas de recesión se calibraron con el uso de la relación no lineal entre almacenamiento-descarga de un acuífero. El modelo se calibró mensualmente con base en un parámetro (a, el cual se relacionó con el gasto mensual en un enfoque de regresión cuantílica (RC. Este proceso permitió obtener valores del parámetro a escala diaria. Las curvas de recesión para las subcuencas, se ajustaron bien al modelo planteado (R2 > 0.85. La regresión cuantílica permitió ajustar un modelo potencial en los valores extremos inferiores, de modo que el f lujo base no excedió al gasto total. Los índices de f lujo base (IBI fueron 0.74, 0.69 y 0.54, para las subcuencas Cahuacán, Zanatenco y Tulijá respectivamente. La recarga potencial presentó una fuerte estacionalidad, producto de las altas precipitaciones de la zona. La recarga fue mayor para las subcuencas Cahuacán y Zanatenco. La subcuenca Tulijá se encuentra dentro de un acuífero reducido en su extensión, situación que limita una recarga mayor. Se demostró que la aplicación de un modelo no lineal en el análisis de las curvas de recesión es aplicable para evaluar la separación del f lujo base y gasto total en subcuencas con distintas características hidrogeológicas.

  11. Bases epistemológicas del debate sobre el sexismo lingüístico

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    Márquez Guerrero, María

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyses the epistemological assumptions of the different approaches to the subject of linguistic sexism: the dichotomy language / speech; independence vs. conditioning of language by reality; the principle of arbitrariness; the confusion between reference and referent, etc. We defend the natural motivation of gender in animated nouns with personal reference, trying to show that the relationship between gender and “sex” does not imply confusion of the planes of language and reality, for “sex”, which acts as a motivator, does it as a taxeme of experience, semantic substance conformed linguistically. Taking into account this link, we understand the spontaneous creation of specific feminines, which is a structural trend of our language from its origins. On the other hand, abuse of the “generic” masculine, used in specific contexts –contexts of relevance, where neutralization is not possible– explains the concealment of women, and a naturalization of their absence.En este trabajo analizamos los supuestos epistemológicos que subyacen a las diferentes posturas en torno del tema del sexismo lingüístico: la dicotomía lengua / habla; la independencia vs. condicionamiento de la lengua con respecto a la realidad; el principio de arbitrariedad, la confusión entre referencia y referente, etc. Defendemos la natural motivación del género en los sustantivos animados con referencia personal, y tratamos de mostrar que la vinculación entre género y “sexo” no implica la confusión de los planos de la lengua y la realidad, pues el “sexo”, que actúa como motivador, lo hace como taxema de la experiencia, sustancia semántica conformada lingüísticamente. Dada la afirmación de este vínculo, se comprende la espontánea creación de femeninos específicos, que es una tendencia estructural de nuestra lengua desde sus orígenes. Por otra parte, el uso abusivo del masculino “genérico”, utilizado en contextos espec

  12. Bases fisiológicas del aprendizaje asociativo en mamíferos

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    Agnès Gruart; Delgado-García, José M.

    2007-01-01

    El condicionamiento clásico del reflejo corneal es un modelo muy utilizado en el estudio de los procesos de aprendizaje y memoria. Nuestro grupo de investigación ha estudiado las características cinéticas de las respuestas palpebrales reflejas, voluntarias, emocionales y aprendidas, así como la fisiología de las motoneuronas que inervan el músculo orbicularis oculi, encargado de realizar dichos movimientos. Las motoneuronas faciales codifican la velocidad de cierre de los párpados...

  13. Caracterización del alcohol polivinílico usado en recubrimientos de base acuosa

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    2007-01-01

    en este trabajo se estudia la aplicación del alcohol polivinílico (PVA) como agente filmógeno en el recubrimiento de película (“film coating”) de tabletas, en combinación con otros agentes formadores de película como hidroxipropilmetilcelulosa (HPMC), etilcelulosa (Aquacoat ECD®), poli-metacrilato (Eudragit® NE-30D) y dispersión de pigmentos (Cotolene). Se fabricaron núcleos placebo los cuales fueron recubiertos con cuatro diferentes formulaciones: PVA, PVA-HPMC, PVA-Eudragit y PVA-Cotolene. ...

  14. Caracterización del proceso de recuperación en aleaciones ODS base Fe

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    Pimentel Fraga, Gemma

    2014-01-01

    El desarrollo de plantas de biomasa con alta eficiencia en la conversión de energía es esencial para asentar la biomasa como una fuente de energía renovable. Los sistemas de turbinas de gas de ciclo combinado (CCGT – Combined Cycle Gas Turbine) permiten elevar la eficiencia de las plantas de biomasa del 35 % actual al 45 %. Sin embargo, para conseguir estos niveles de eficiencia en la conversión de energía, el intercambiador de calor de la caldera debe trabajar en condiciones extremas de temp...

  15. Tipificación molecular del virus dengue 3 durante el brote epidémico de dengue clásico en Lima, Perú, 2005

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    Enrique Mamani Z

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Identificar mediante trascripción reversa-reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (RT-PCR y sitios específicos de restricción - reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (RSS-PCR al agente causal del brote epidémico presentado en el distrito de Comas, Lima en abril del año 2005. Materiales y métodos: veinte muestras de suero colectadas durante el brote de dengue fueron procesados por RT-PCR para determinar el serotipo, esta técnica se realizó en un solo paso. Luego se aplicó la técnica RSS-PCR para la identificación del genotipo circulante y se corroboraron los resultados posteriormente con aislamiento viral y secuenciamiento. Resultados: El análisis del RTPCR del ARN extraído de las muestras presentó un producto amplificado de 290pb que corresponden al dengue serotipo 3 (DEN 3. El análisis de los productos de RSS-PCR del ARN extraído a partir de aislamientos de DEN 3 correspondió al patrón C, incluido en el genotipo III. Los aislamientos de los virus dengue 3 en líneas celulares C6/36, tipificadas por IFI y el secuenciamiento genético confirmaron los resultados obtenidos por las pruebas previamente descritas. Conclusión: Durante el brote epidémico de dengue clásico en Lima, circuló el genotipo III del virus DEN 3.

  16. Structure-based de novo design, molecular docking and molecular dynamics of primaquine analogues acting as quinone reductase II inhibitors.

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    Murce, Erika; Cuya-Guizado, Teobaldo Ricardo; Padilla-Chavarria, Helmut Isaac; França, Tanos Celmar Costa; Pimentel, Andre Silva

    2015-11-01

    Primaquine is a traditional antimalarial drug with low parasitic resistance and generally good acceptance at higher doses, which has been used for over 60 years in malaria treatment. However, several limitations related to its hematotoxicity have been reported. It is believed that this toxicity comes from the hydroxylation of the C-5 and C-6 positions of its 8-aminoquinoline ring before binding to the molecular target: the quinone reductase II (NQO2) human protein. In this study we propose primaquine derivatives, with substitution at position C-6 of the 8-aminoquinoline ring, planned to have better binding to NQO2, compared to primaquine, but with a reduced toxicity related to the C-5 position being possible to be oxidized. On this sense the proposed analogues were suggested in order to reduce or inhibit hydroxylation and further oxidation to hemotoxic metabolites. Five C-6 substituted primaquine analogues were selected by de novo design and further submitted to docking and molecular dynamics simulations. Our results suggest that all analogues bind better to NQO2 than primaquine and may become better antimalarials. However, the analogues 3 and 4 are predicted to have a better activity/toxicity balance.

  17. Impacto del manejo del ecosistema del pastizal en la fertilidad natural y sostenibilidad del suelo

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    A. Senra

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Sobre la base de resultados, principalmente de Cuba, el objetivo del presente trabajo fue estudiar el impacto del manejo del ecosistema del pastizal, en condiciones del trópico estacional -en sistemas de explotación bovina- para conocer sus efectos en la sostenibilidad y eficiencia del pastizal y el suelo. Se discute el efecto del manejo del pastizal en la compactación, y el escurrimiento e infiltración del agua, así como la erosión pluvial de los suelos. Se señalan los impactos positivos de la inclusión de los árboles multipropósito en los pastizales y sus efectos en disminuir las radiaciones solares y evaporación en el suelo, así como suavizar el ambiente. Se indican índices fundamentales para el control sistemático de la sostenibilidad y eficiencia en los sistemas de explotación bovina con base de pastos; se enfatiza el papel decisivo del hombre en garantizar adecuadas tecnologías de manejo y su ajuste a las condiciones de explotación. Se llega a conclusiones y recomendaciones que podrán ayudar a la recuperación, sostenibilidad y eficiencia de la ganadería en nuestras condiciones.

  18. Bases iniciales para el mejoramiento del servicio de transporte público en una ciudad venezolana

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    José Guillermo García Chourio

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se plantean los fundamentos básicos de orden conceptual, legal y estratégico que deben ser considerados para el mejoramiento del servicio de transporte urbano en una de las principales ciudades de Venezuela. Siguiendo la metodología del Enfoque Marco Lógico se realizó una aproximación empírica en torno a la deficiente prestación de ese servicio en la ciudad de Maracaibo, la cual fue analizada considerando la naturaleza teórica de dicha actividad como un servicio público local en momentos en que la descentralización ofrece una estructura de política para el desarrollo de una economía social en dicho sector, mediante la creación de una red de cooperativas de trasporte que además de contribuir a mejorar el servicio posibilite la generación de capital social.

  19. "La Ciencia" en el diseño curricular base: ¿imagen del presente o diseño del futuro?

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    Sáez Brezmes, María José; Sigüenza Molina, Agustín Francisco

    1990-01-01

    La imagen de "la ciencia" que damos a nuestros alumnos es un componente del curriculum escolar que debe tenerse en cuenta a la hora de diseñar un cambio curricular. En este artículo se comentan algunas de las reflexiones teóricas que sobre "la ciencia" y su imagen en la enseñanza obligatoria han sido manifestadas por los estudiosos de la epistemología y la filosofía científica, intentando con ello enfatizar la importancia de este elemento curricular en la creación del modelo social futuro....

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  1. A distance-dependent metal-enhanced fluorescence sensing platform based on molecular beacon design.

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    Zhou, Zhenpeng; Huang, Hongduan; Chen, Yang; Liu, Feng; Huang, Cheng Zhi; Li, Na

    2014-02-15

    A new metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF) based platform was developed on the basis of distance-dependent fluorescence quenching-enhancement effect, which combined the easiness of Ag-thiol chemistry with the MEF property of noble-metal structures as well as the molecular beacon design. For the given sized AgNPs, the fluorescence enhancement factor was found to increase with a d(6) dependency in agreement with fluorescence resonance energy transfer mechanism at shorter distance and decrease with a d(-3) dependency in agreement with plasmonic enhancement mechanism at longer distance between the fluorophore and the AgNP surface. As a proof of concept, the platform was demonstrated by a sensitive detection of mercuric ions, using thymine-containing molecular beacon to tune silver nanoparticle (AgNP)-enhanced fluorescence. Mercuric ions were detected via formation of a thymine-mercuric-thymine structure to open the hairpin, facilitating fluorescence recovery and AgNP enhancement to yield a limit of detection of 1 nM, which is well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation of the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (10nM) in drinking water. Since the AgNP functioned as not only a quencher to reduce the reagent blank signal but also an enhancement substrate to increase fluorescence of the open hairpin when target mercuric ions were present, the quenching-enhancement strategy can greatly improve the detection sensitivity and can in principle be a universal approach for various targets when combined with molecular beacon design.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. SIMULACIÓN MOLECULAR DEL EQUILIBRIO LÍQUIDO-VAPOR DE LA MEZCLA N2-NC5 POR SIMULACIONES MONTE CARLO

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    Florianne Castillo-Borja

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se usaron simulaciones Monte Carlo en el colectivo de Gibbs para describir el equilibrio de fases liquido-vapor del sistema nitrógeno-n-pentano para tres isotermas. Se analizó un amplio rango de presiones que consideran hasta los 25 MPa. El sistema fue modelado usando los potenciales intermoleculares Galassi-Tildesley para el nitrógeno y SKS para el n-pentano. Los resultados obtenidos fueron comparados contra datos experimentales. Lejos de la región del punto crítico los modelos analizados reproducen favorablemente la forma de la curva del equilibrio de fases y en la cercanía del punto crítico los resultados tienden a alejarse del comportamiento experimental. Se determinaron los puntos críticos (presión, densidad y composición para las tres isotermas usando un método de extrapolación basado en leyes de escalamiento, obteniéndose resultados satisfactorios. Las curvas de coexistencia calculadas son adecuadas aun cuando los modelos analizados no contienen parámetros de interacción binaria optimizados.

  5. Probing ligand-binding modes and binding mechanisms of benzoxazole-based amide inhibitors with soluble epoxide hydrolase by molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Chen, Hang; Zhang, Ying; Li, Liang; Han, Ju-Guang

    2012-08-30

    Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) has become a new therapeutic target for treating a variety of human diseases. The inhibition of human sEH hydrolase activity was studied by molecular docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation techniques. A set of six benzoxazole-based amide inhibitors binding to sEH has been studied through molecular docking, MD simulation, free energy calculations, and energy decomposition analysis. On the basis of molecular mechanics-generalized Born/surface area (MM-GB/SA) computation and normal-mode analysis (NMA), the obtained results indicate that the rank of calculated binding free energies (ΔΔGTOT) of these inhibitors is in excellent agreement with that of experimental bioactivity data (IC50). The correlation coefficient (r(2)) between the predicted ΔΔGTOT and IC50 is 0.88. van der Waals energies are the largest component of the total energies, and the entropy changes play an indispensable role in determining the ΔΔGTOT. Rational binding modes were discussed and determined by the docking results and binding free energies. The free energy decomposition of each residue reveals that the residue Trp334 dominates the most binding free energies among all residues and that the activities for these molecules to the sEH are not decided by hydrogen bonds or a certain residue but by the common effect of multiple side chains in the active site.

  6. A WAO - ARIA - GA²LEN consensus document on molecular-based allergy diagnostics.

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    Canonica, Giorgio Walter; Ansotegui, Ignacio J; Pawankar, Ruby; Schmid-Grendelmeier, Peter; van Hage, Marianne; Baena-Cagnani, Carlos E; Melioli, Giovanni; Nunes, Carlos; Passalacqua, Giovanni; Rosenwasser, Lanny; Sampson, Hugh; Sastre, Joaquin; Bousquet, Jean; Zuberbier, Torsten

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    Molecular-based allergy (MA) diagnostics is an approach used to map the allergen sensitization of a patient at a molecular level, using purified natural or recombinant allergenic molecules (allergen components) instead of allergen extracts. Since its introduction, MA diagnostics has increasingly entered routine care, with currently more than 130 allergenic molecules commercially available for in vitro specific IgE (sIgE) testing.MA diagnostics allows for an increased accuracy in allergy diagnosis and prognosis and plays an important role in three key aspects of allergy diagnosis: (1) resolving genuine versus cross-reactive sensitization in poly-sensitized patients, thereby improving the understanding of triggering allergens; (2) assessing, in selected cases, the risk of severe, systemic versus mild, local reactions in food allergy, thereby reducing unnecessary anxiety for the patient and the need for food challenge testing; and (3) identifying patients and triggering allergens for specific immunotherapy (SIT).Singleplex and multiplex measurement platforms are available for MA diagnostics. The Immuno-Solid phase Allergen Chip (ISAC) is the most comprehensive platform currently available, which involves a biochip technology to measure sIgE antibodies against more than one hundred allergenic molecules in a single assay. As the field of MA diagnostics advances, future work needs to focus on large-scale, population-based studies involving practical applications, elucidation and expansion of additional allergenic molecules, and support for appropriate test interpretation. With the rapidly expanding evidence-base for MA diagnosis, there is a need for allergists to keep abreast of the latest information. The aim of this consensus document is to provide a practical guide for the indications, determination, and interpretation of MA diagnostics for clinicians trained in allergology.

  7. 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

  8. Systematics of the blindsnakes (Serpentes: Scolecophidia: Typhlopoidea) based on molecular and morphological evidence.

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    Pyron, Robert Alexander; Wallach, Van

    2014-01-01

    The blindsnake superfamily Typhlopoidea (Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopidae, and Xenotyphlopidae) is a diverse, widespread part of the global snake fauna. A recent systematic revision based on molecular phylogenetic analyses and some morphological evidence presented a preliminary solution to the non-monophyly of many previously recognized genera, but additional clarification is needed regarding the recognition of some species and genera. We rectify these problems here with a new molecular phylogenetic analysis including 95 of the 275 currently recognized, extant typhlopoids, incorporating both nuclear and mitochondrial loci. We supplement this with data on the external, visceral, and hemipenial morphology of nearly all species to generate a revised classification for Typhlopoidea. Based on morphological data, we re-assign Cathetorhinus from Typhlopidae to Gerrhopilidae. Xenotyphlopidae maintains its current contents (Xenotyphlops). In Typhlopidae, one monotypic genus is synonymized with its larger sister-group as it cannot be unambiguously diagnosed morphologically (Sundatyphlops with Anilios), and two genera are synonymizedwith Typhlops (Antillotyphlops and Cubatyphlops), as they are not reciprocally monophyletic. The genus Asiatyphylops is renamed Argyrophis, the senior synonym for the group. We erect one new genus (Lemuriatyphlops) for a phylogenetically distinct species-group in Asiatyphlopinae. Fourteen of eighteen recognized typhlopid genera are maintained in four subfamilies: Afrotyphlopinae (Afrotyphlops, Grypotyphlops [re-assigned from Asiatyphlopinae], Letheobia, and Rhinotyphlops), Asiatyphlopinae (Acutotyphlops, Anilios, Cyclotyphlops, Indotyphlops, Malayotyphlops, Ramphotyphlops, and Xerotyphlops), Madatyphlopinae (Madatyphlops), and Typhlopinae (Amerotyphlops and Typhlops), some with altered contents. Diagnoses based on morphology are provided for all 19 typhlopoid genera, accounting for all 275 species. This taxonomy provides a robust platform for future

  9. MODELACIÓN NO LINEAL DE LA SEPARACIÓN DEL FLUJO BASE EN SUBCUENCAS DE CHIAPAS, MÉXICO

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    Víctor Manuel Salas Aguilar; Antonia Macedo Cruz; Fernando Paz Pellat; Carlos Ortiz Solorio; Enrique Palacios Vélez

    2015-01-01

    El f lujo base es un elemento importante dentro de la modelación hidrológica en cuencas. Su estudio resulta clave en la estimación de la relación precipitación-escurrimiento. En este trabajo se separó el f lujo base del gasto total en tres subcuencas en el estado de Chiapas. La variación de la recarga potencial de los acuíferos someros también fue evaluada. Las curvas de recesión se calibraron con el uso de la relación no lineal entre almacenamiento-descarga de un acuífero. El modelo se calib...

  10. BASES DIDÁCTICAS PARA LA INSTRUMENTACIÓN DEL PROCESO DE ENSEÑANZA-APRENDIZAJE POR INTERNET

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    Rolando Aguilar Álvarez

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    Full Text Available Teniendo en cuenta que para la organización del proceso enseñanza aprendizaje, en el permanente perfeccionamiento de sus diversos tipos y formas de desarrollo, se requiere de un basamento de sus principales principios, métodos y medios de enseñanza, resulta oportuno y necesario particularizar estos enfoques didácticos en la concepción y desarrollo de los cursos por Internet. El presente estudio se plantea fundamentar los elementos específicos de las regularidades didácticas que puedan contribuir, en las condiciones actuales, a la instrumentación adecuada de los cursos por Internet, haciendo énfasis en la concreción de los elementos antes señalados en la concepción del proceso de enseñanza aprendizaje por la vía de Internet.PALABRAS CLAVE: bases didácticas; proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje; cursos por InternetBASE DIDACTIC FOR THE INSTRUMENTATION OF THE TEACHING-LEARNING PROCESS THROUGHT INTERNETABSTRACTKeeping in mind that for the organization of the process teaching learning, in the permanent improvement of their diverse types and development forms, it is required of a basement of their main principles, methods and teaching means, it is opportune and necessary to particularize these didactic focuses in the conception and development of the courses for Internet. The present study thinks about to base the specific elements of the didactic regularities that can contribute, under the current conditions, to the appropriate instrumentation of the courses for Internet, making emphasis before in the concretion of the elements pointed out in the conception of the process of teaching learning by the road of Internet.  KEYWORDS: base didactic; teaching-learning process; e-learning

  11. Integration of Molecular Dynamics Based Predictions into the Optimization of De Novo Protein Designs: Limitations and Benefits.

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    Carvalho, Henrique F; Barbosa, Arménio J M; Roque, Ana C A; Iranzo, Olga; Branco, Ricardo J F

    2017-01-01

    Recent advances in de novo protein design have gained considerable insight from the intrinsic dynamics of proteins, based on the integration of molecular dynamics simulations protocols on the state-of-the-art de novo protein design protocols used nowadays. With this protocol we illustrate how to set up and run a molecular dynamics simulation followed by a functional protein dynamics analysis. New users will be introduced to some useful open-source computational tools, including the GROMACS molecular dynamics simulation software package and ProDy for protein structural dynamics analysis.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Receivers for Diffusion-Based Molecular Communication: Exploiting Memory and Sampling Rate

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    Mosayebi, Reza; Gohari, Amin; Kenari, Masoumeh Nasiri; Mitra, Urbashi

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a diffusion-based molecular communication channel between two nano-machines is considered. The effect of the amount of memory on performance is characterized, and a simple memory-limited decoder is proposed and its performance is shown to be close to that of the best possible imaginable decoder (without any restriction on the computational complexity or its functional form), using Genie-aided upper bounds. This effect is specialized for the case of Molecular Concentration Shift Keying; it is shown that a four-bits memory achieved nearly the same performance as infinite memory. Then a general class of threshold decoders is considered and shown not to be optimal for Poisson channel with memory, unless SNR is higher than a value specified in the paper. Another contribution is to show that receiver sampling at a rate higher than the transmission rate, i.e., a multi-read system, can significantly improve the performance. The associated decision rule for this system is shown to be a weighted sum of t...

  15. High-temperature molecular magnets based on cyanovanadate building blocks: spontaneous magnetization at 230 k.

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    Entley, W R; Girolami, G S

    1995-04-21

    The molecular-based magnetic materials Cs(2)Mn(||)[V(||)(CN)(6)] (1) and (Et(4)N)(0.5)Mn(l.25)- [V(CN)(5)].2H(2)O (2) (where Et is ethyl) were prepared by the addition of manganese(II) triflate to aqueous solutions of the hexacyanovanadate(II) ion at 0 degrees C. Whereas 1 crystallizes in a face-centered cubic lattice, 2 crystallizes in a noncubic space group. The cesium salt (1) has features characteristic of a three-dimensional ferrimagnet with a Néel transition at 125 kelvin. The tetraethylammonium salt (2) also behaves as a three-dimensional ferrimagnet with a Néel temperature of 230 kelvin; only two other molecular magnets have higher magnetic ordering temperatures. Saturation magnetization measurements indicate that in both compounds the V(II) and high-spin Mn(II) centers are antiferromagnetically coupled. Both 1 and 2 exhibit hysteresis loops characteristic of soft magnets below their magnetic phase-transition temperatures. The high magnetic ordering temperatures of these cyano-bridged solids confirm that the incorporation of early transition elements into the lattice promotes stronger magnetic coupling by enhancing the backbonding into the cyanide pi* orbitals.

  16. Charge Density Analysis and Transport Properties of TTF Based Molecular Nanowires: A DFT Approach

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    Karuppannan Selvaraju

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study has been performed to understand the charge density distribution and the electrical characteristics of Au and thiol substituted tetrathiafulvalene (TTF based molecular nanowire. A quantum chemical calculation has been carried out using DFT method (B3LYP with the LANL2DZ basis set under various applied electric fields (EFs. The bond topological analysis characterizes the terminal Au–S and S–C bonds as well as all the bonds of central TTF unit of the molecule. The variation of electron density and Laplacian of electron density at the bond critical point of bonds for zero and different applied fields reveal the electron density distribution of the molecule. The molecular conformation, the variation of atomic charges and energy density distribution of the molecule have been analyzed for the various levels of applied EFs. The HOMO-LUMO gap calculated from quantum chemical calculations has been compared with the value calculated from the density of states. The variation of dipole moment due to the polarization effect and the I-V characteristics of the molecule for the various applied EFs have been well discussed.

  17. Diagnosing rejection in renal transplants: a comparison of molecular- and histopathology-based approaches.

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    Reeve, J; Einecke, G; Mengel, M; Sis, B; Kayser, N; Kaplan, B; Halloran, P F

    2009-08-01

    The transcriptome has considerable potential for improving biopsy diagnoses. However, to realize this potential the relationship between the molecular phenotype of disease and histopathology must be established. We assessed 186 consecutive clinically indicated kidney transplant biopsies using microarrays, and built a classifier to distinguish rejection from nonrejection using predictive analysis of microarrays (PAM). Most genes selected by PAM were interferon-gamma-inducible or cytotoxic T-cell associated, for example, CXCL9, CXCL11, GBP1 and INDO. We then compared the PAM diagnoses to those from histopathology, which are based on the Banff diagnostic criteria. Disagreement occurred in approximately 20% of diagnoses, principally because of idiosyncratic limitations in the histopathology scoring system. The problematic diagnosis of 'borderline rejection' was resolved by PAM into two distinct classes, rejection and nonrejection. The diagnostic discrepancies between Banff and PAM in these cases were largely due to the Banff system's requirement for a tubulitis threshold in defining rejection. By examining the discrepancies between gene expression and histopathology, we provide external validation of the main features of the histopathology diagnostic criteria (the Banff consensus system), recommend improvements and outline a pathway for introducing molecular measurements.

  18. Electrochemical sensor based on magnetic molecularly imprinted nanoparticles modified magnetic electrode for determination of Hb.

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    Sun, Binghua; Ni, Xinjiong; Cao, Yuhua; Cao, Guangqun

    2017-05-15

    A fast and selective electrochemical sensor for determination of hemoglobin (Hb) was developed based on magnetic molecularly imprinted nanoparticles modified on the magnetic glassy carbon electrode. The nanoparticles Fe3O4@SiO2 with a magnetic core and a molecularly imprinted shell had regular structures and good monodispersity. Hb could be determined directly by electrochemical oxidization with the modified electrode. A magnetic field increased electrochemical response to Hb by two times. Imprinting Hb on the surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 shortened the response time within 7min. Under optimum conditions, the imprinting factor toward the non-imprinted sensor was 2.8, and the separation factor of Hb to horseradish peroxidase was 2.6. The oxidation peak current had a linear relationship with Hb concentration ranged from 0.005mg/ml to 0.1mg/ml with a detection limit (S/N =3) of 0.0010mg/ml. The sensors were successfully applied to analysis of Hb in whole blood samples with recoveries between 95.7% and 105%.

  19. Enabling Metabolomics Based Biomarker Discovery Studies Using Molecular Phenotyping of Exosome-Like Vesicles.

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    Tatiana Altadill

    Full Text Available Identification of sensitive and specific biomarkers with clinical and translational utility will require smart experimental strategies that would augment expanding the breadth and depth of molecular measurements within the constraints of currently available technologies. Exosomes represent an information rich matrix to discern novel disease mechanisms that are thought to contribute to pathologies such as dementia and cancer. Although proteomics and transcriptomic studies have been reported using Exosomes-Like Vesicles (ELVs from different sources, exosomal metabolome characterization and its modulation in health and disease remains to be elucidated. Here we describe methodologies for UPLC-ESI-MS based small molecule profiling of ELVs from human plasma and cell culture media. In this study, we present evidence that indeed ELVs carry a rich metabolome that could not only augment the discovery of low abundance biomarkers but may also help explain the molecular basis of disease progression. This approach could be easily translated to other studies seeking to develop predictive biomarkers that can subsequently be used with simplified targeted approaches.

  20. A Study on the Structure and Photodetachment Dynamics of Copper Based Molecular Anions Using Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Holtgrewe, Nicholas Stephen

    This dissertation represents a study of the effects of electron molecule interactions in the detachment and dissociation dynamics of copper based molecular anions. Results are presented on the photodetachment of small copper oxide CuOn-- (n = 1, 2) and copper fluoride CuFn-- (n = 1, 2) molecular anions. Effects of different resonances are explored using the photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) and the relative intensity variations in vibrational channel cross sections. The specific resonances studied include dipole bound resonances, in which the electric dipole moment of the neutral molecule captures the outgoing electron, and electronic Feshbach resonances, in which the anion undergoes absorption to an excited anion state (lying energetically above the neutral) followed by relaxation via autodetachment into the electronic continuum. In addition to electron scattering resonances, the effects of dissociation dynamics on linear CuO2-- are studied, wherein the linear anion isomer was found to dissociate to Cu-- fragments. This dissociation process is interpreted with experimental data acquired from nanosecond photoelectron images and a femtosecond time resolved study.