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  1. Characterization of the Lateral Distribution of Fluorescent Lipid in Binary-Constituent Lipid Monolayers by Principal Component Analysis

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    Rhoderick E. Brown

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Lipid lateral organization in binary-constituent monolayers consisting of fluorescent and nonfluorescent lipids has been investigated by acquiring multiple emission spectra during measurement of each force-area isotherm. The emission spectra reflect BODIPY-labeled lipid surface concentration and lateral mixing with different nonfluorescent lipid species. Using principal component analysis (PCA each spectrum could be approximated as the linear combination of only two principal vectors. One point on a plane could be associated with each spectrum, where the coordinates of the point are the coefficients of the linear combination. Points belonging to the same lipid constituents and experimental conditions form a curve on the plane, where each point belongs to a different mole fraction. The location and shape of the curve reflects the lateral organization of the fluorescent lipid mixed with a specific nonfluorescent lipid. The method provides massive data compression that preserves and emphasizes key information pertaining to lipid distribution in different lipid monolayer phases. Collectively, the capacity of PCA for handling large spectral data sets, the nanoscale resolution afforded by the fluorescence signal, and the inherent versatility of monolayers for characterization of lipid lateral interactions enable significantly enhanced resolution of lipid lateral organizational changes induced by different lipid compositions.

  2. The structure of percolating lipid monolayers.

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    Risović, D; Frka, S; Kozarac, Z

    2012-05-01

    The lattice structure and in plane molecular organization of Langmuir monolayer of amphiphilic material is usually determined from grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) or neutron reflectivity. Here we present results of a different approach for determination of monolayer lattice structure based on application of fractal analysis and percolation theory in combination with Brewster angle microscopy. The considerations of compressibility modulus and fractal dimension dynamics provide information on percolation threshold and consequently by application of percolation theory on the lattice structure of a monolayer. We have applied this approach to determine the monolayer lattice structures of single chain and double chain lipids. The compressibility moduli were determined from measured π-A isotherms and fractal dimensions from corresponding BAM images. The monolayer lattice structures of stearic acid, 1-hexadecanol, DPPC and DPPA, obtained in this way conform to the corresponding lattice structures determined previously by other authors using GIXD. PMID:22209411

  3. Electrostatic cluster formation in lipid monolayers

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    Ellenbroek, Wouter G.; Wang, Yu-Hsiu; Christian, David A.; Discher, Dennis E.; Janmey, Paul A.; Liu, Andrea J.

    2010-01-01

    We study phase separation in mixed monolayers of neutral and highly negatively charged lipids, induced by the addition of divalent positively charged counterions. We find good agreement between experiments on mixtures of pip2 and sopc and simulations of a simplified model in which only the essential electrostatic interactions are retained. Thus, our results support an interpretation of pip2 clustering as governed primarily by electrostatic interactions, in which divalent ions such as calcium ...

  4. A New Method For The Simulation Of Lipid Monolayer Dynamics

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    Griesbauer, J; Seeger, H M; Schneider, M F

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present a predictive numerical model to describe dynamic properties of lipid monolayers. Its thermodynamic basis simply assumes a hexagonal lattice which can be occupied by lipids which may be ordered or disordered. Since the lattice sites are translational lose and interconnected by Newtonian springs, dynamic movements of the lipids are included. All necessary parameters directly follow from experiments. This approach allows the calculation of isotherms of lipid monolayers, which can be directly compared to experimentally determined ones, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Apart from that the monolayers heat capacity profile can be calculated, which otherwise cannot be easily extracted.

  5. Lipid dip-pen nanolithography on self-assembled monolayers

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    Gavutis, Martynas; Navikas, Vytautas; Rakickas, Tomas; Vaitekonis, Šarūnas; Valiokas, Ramūnas

    2016-02-01

    Dip-pen nanolithography (DPN) with lipids as an ink enables functional micro/nanopatterning on different substrates at high process speeds. However, only a few studies have addressed the influence of the physicochemical properties of the surface on the structure and phase behavior of DPN-printed lipid assemblies. Therefore, by combining the scanning probe and optical imaging techniques in this work we have analyzed lipid microdomain formation on the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold as well-defined model surfaces that displayed hydrophilic (protein-repellent) or hydrophobic (protein-adhesive) characteristics. We have found that on the tri(ethylene glycol)-terminated SAM the lipid ink transfer was fast (~10-1 μm3 s-1), quasi-linear and it yielded unstable, sparsely packed lipid microspots. Contrary to this, on the methyl-terminated SAM the lipid transfer was ~20 times slower, nonlinear, and the obtained stable dots of ~1 μm in diameter consisted of lipid multilayers. Our comparative analysis indicated that the measured lipid transfer was consistent with the previously reported so-called polymer transfer model (Felts et al 2012, Nanotechnology 23 215301). Further on, by employing the observed distinct contrast in the DPN ink behavior we constructed confined lipid microdomains on pre-patterned SAMs, in which the lipids assembled either into monolayer or multilamellar phases. Such microdomains can be further utilized for lipid membrane mimetics in microarray and lab-on-a-chip device formats.

  6. Monolayer curvature stabilizes nanoscale raft domains in mixed lipid bilayers

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    Meinhardt, Sebastian; Schmid, Friederike

    2013-01-01

    According to the lipid raft hypothesis, biological lipid membranes are laterally heterogeneous and filled with nanoscale ordered "raft" domains, which are believed to play an important role for the organization of proteins in membranes. However, the mechanisms stabilizing such small rafts are not clear, and even their existence is sometimes questioned. Here we report the observation of raft-like structures in a coarse-grained molecular model for multicomponent lipid bilayers. On small scales, our membranes demix into a liquid ordered (lo) and a liquid disordered (ld) phase. On large scales, phase separation is suppressed and gives way to a microemulsion-type state that contains nanometer size lo domains in a ld environment. Furthermore, we introduce a mechanism that generates rafts of finite size by a coupling between monolayer curvature and local composition. We show that mismatch between the spontaneous curvatures of monolayers in the lo and ld phase induces elastic interactions, which reduce the line tensi...

  7. Photolysis of incorporated benzophenone derivatives inside compressed lipid monolayers

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    DEJAN Z. MARKOVIC

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this work was to study the possibility of the occurrence of radical-type lipid peroxidation of the lipid constituents on biomembranes, in compressed monolayers, having lipoidal benzophenone photosensitizers incorporated. The triplets of the photosensitizer abstract allylic and doubly-allylic hydrogen atoms from anticonjugated moities of the lipid molecules. The results simultaneously confirmed the occurrence of H-abstraction (and so the initiation of the peroxidizing chain mechanism, and the absence of the formation of lipid peroxides. The reason lies in "cage effect": the highly restricted spacial area of compressed lipid monolayers limits the mobility of the created radicals (lipid radicals and ketyl radicals and leads to their recombination, thus preventing the propagation step of the chain mechanism. With certain reservations it may be concluded that these results have a clear implication on real biomembranes: the structure of which is one of themain factors preventing the spread of the chain reaction, and the formation of lipid peroxides.

  8. Self-assembly monolayer structures of lipids and macromolecules at interfaces

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    Birdi, KS

    2006-01-01

    1. Introduction. 2. Thermodynamics of Liquid Surfaces. 3. Experimental Methods and Procedures for Self-Assembly Monolayers. 4. Lipid Monolayers at Liquid Interfaces. 5. SAMs of Macromolecules (Biopolymers and Synthetic Polymers) at Liquid Interfaces. 6. Kinetics of Adsorption and Desorption at Liquid Interfaces. 7. Lipid-Protein Monolayers (Model Membrane System: Virus-Cell Fusion). 8. SAMs of Membrane Proteins. 9. Adsorption of Monolayers on Solids. 10. Diverse Applications of SAM Films. References. Index.

  9. Bovine and human insulin adsorption at lipid monolayers: a comparison

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    Mauri, Sergio; Pandey, Ravindra; Rzeznicka, Izabela; Lu, Hao; Bonn, Mischa; Weidner, Tobias

    2015-07-01

    Insulin is a widely used peptide in protein research and it is utilised as a model peptide to understand the mechanics of fibril formation, which is believed to be the cause of diseases such as Alzheimer and Creutzfeld-Jakob syndrome. Insulin has been used as a model system due to its biomedical relevance, small size and relatively simple tertiary structure. The adsorption of insu lin on a variety of surfaces has become the focus of numerous studies lately. These works have helped in elucidating the consequence of surface/protein hydrophilic/hydrophobic interaction in terms of protein refolding and aggregation. Unfortunately, such model surfaces differ significantly from physiological surfaces. Here we spectroscopically investigate the adsorption of insulin at lipid monolayers, to further our understanding of the interaction of insulin with biological surfaces. In particular we study the effect of minor mutations of insulin’s primary amino acid sequence on its interaction with 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (DPPG) model lipid layers. We probe the structure of bovine and human insulin at the lipid/water interface using sum frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG). The SFG experiments are complemented with XPS analysis of Langmuir-Schaefer deposited lipid/insulin films. We find that bovine and human insulin, even though very similar in sequence, show a substantially different behavior when interacting with lipid films.

  10. Bovine and human insulin adsorption at lipid monolayers: a comparison

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    Sergio eMauri

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Insulin is a widely used peptide in protein research and it is utilised as a model peptide to understand the mechanics of fibril formation, which is believed to be the cause of diseases such as Alzheimer and Creutzfeld-Jakob syndrome. Insulin has been used as a model system due to its biomedical relevance, small size and relatively simple tertiary structure. The adsorption of insu lin on a variety of surfaces has become the focus of numerous studies lately. These works have helped in elucidating the consequence of surface/protein hydrophilic/hydrophobic interaction in terms of protein refolding and aggregation. Unfortunately, such model surfaces differ significantly from physiological surfaces. Here we spectroscopically investigate the adsorption of insulin at lipid monolayers, to further our understanding of the interaction of insulin with biological surfaces.In particular we study the effect of minor mutations of insulin’s primary amino acid sequence on its interaction with 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (DPPG model lipid layers. We probe the structure of bovine and human insulin at the lipid/water interface using sum frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG. The SFG experiments are complemented with XPS analysis of Langmuir-Schaefer deposited lipid/insulin films. We find that bovine and human insulin, even though very similar in sequence, show a substantially different behavior when interacting with lipid films.

  11. Subpicomolar Iron Sensing Platform Based on Functional Lipid Monolayer Microarrays.

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    Kenaan, Ahmad; Nguyen, Tuyen D; Dallaporta, Hervé; Raimundo, Jean-Manuel; Charrier, Anne M

    2016-04-01

    We report herein the fabrication of novel microarrays based on air-stable functional lipid monolayers over silicon using a combination of e-beam lithography and lift-off. We demonstrate these microarrays can be use as ultrasensitive platform for Kelvin probe force microscopy in sensing experiments. Specificity of the detection is given by the functional group grafted at the lipid headgroup. The arrays developed for the detection of ferric ions, Fe(3+), using a γ-pyrone derivative chelator, demonstrate subpicomolar limit of detection with high specificity. In addition, the technique takes advantage of the structure of the array with the silicon areas playing the role of reference for the measurement, and we determine critical pattern dimensions below which the probe size/shape impacts the measured results. PMID:26974586

  12. The effect of lipid monolayers on Faraday waves

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    Strickland, Stephen; Bookman, Lake; Shearer, Michael; Daniels, Karen

    2011-11-01

    Surface tension is known to affect the critical driving acceleration for Faraday waves and their spatial wavenumber at onset. We perform experiments in the subharmonic regime, on water whose free surface is contaminated with up to one monolayer of fluorescent NBD-PC lipid. A circular container of water is vibrated vertically at single frequencies ranging from 15 Hz to 70 Hz, and we measure the acceleration and wavenumber at the onset of Faraday waves. We observe that the critical acceleration is larger than predicted by recent models, if the effect of the contaminant is assumed to simply lower the surface tension. Critical wavenumbers are largely unaffected. We examine whether a non-uniform lipid distribution is responsible for these effects. This work is funded by NSF Grant # DMS-0968258.

  13. Spreading of lipid monolayers on hydrophilic substrates at increased relative humidities

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    Baumgart, T.; Offenhäusser, A.

    2002-01-01

    A self-repairing ability of phospholipid monolayers deposited onto thin hydrogel films was observed by fluorescence microscopy, in terms of the expansion and lateral spreading of the monolayer into film defects. The spreading was quantitatively analyzed by covering half of a substrate supporting a thin hydrogel film with a lipid monolayer by Langmuir-Blodgett transfer and observing the spreading of the initially confined monolayer at increased relative humidities due to the hydration of both ...

  14. The dependence of lipid monolayer lipolysis on surface pressure.

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    Hall, D G

    1992-10-01

    Brönsted-Bjerrum theory [Brönsted (1922) Z. Phys. Chem. 102, 169-207; (1925) Z. Phys. Chem. 115, 337-364; Bjerrum (1924) Z. Phys. Chem. 108, 82-100] as applied to reactions at interfaces is used to interpret published data on the lipolysis of dinonanoyl phosphatidylcholine monolayers by pancreatic phospholipase A2. Reasonable quantitative agreement between theoretical and experimental results occurs when the reported effects of surface pressure on the amount of adsorbed enzyme are used together with the assumption that the Langmuir-Syskowski [Lange (1967) Nonionic Surfactants (Schick, M., ed.), chap. 4, Marcel Dekker, London and New York] isotherm describes the adsorption of lipid. The equations of Mass Action kinetics are less successful. Equivalent data on the lipolysis of didodecanoyl phosphatidylglycerol by pancreatic lipase can also be interpreted by arguing that the adsorbed enzyme forms significant amounts of enzyme substrate complex which reacts to give products in accordance with the well-known Briggs-Haldane [Lehninger (1975) Biochemistry, 2nd edn., chap. 8, Worth, New York] mechanism. The positions of the observed maxima in rate versus surface pressure plots suggests that the adsorption of an enzyme molecule displaces less lipid than one expects from the pronounced differences in molecular sizes of the two adsorbed species. PMID:1417793

  15. Effect of mycolic acid on surface activity of binary surfactant lipid monolayers.

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    Chimote, G; Banerjee, R

    2008-12-15

    In pulmonary tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis lies in close physical proximity to alveolar surfactant. Cell walls of the mycobacteria contain loosely bound, detachable surface-active lipids. In this study, the effect of mycolic acid (MA), the most abundant mycobacterial cell wall lipid, on the surface activity of phospholipid mixtures from lung surfactant was investigated using Langmuir monolayers and atomic force microscopy (AFM). In the presence of mycolic acid, all the surfactant lipid mixtures attained high minimum surface tensions (between 20 and 40 mN/m) and decreased surface compressibility moduli acid. Mycolic acids could aggregate within surfactant lipid monolayers and result in disturbed monolayer surface activity. The extent of the effect of mycolic acid depended on the initial state of the monolayer, with fluid films of DPPC-POPC and DPPC-CHOL being least affected. The results imply inhibitory effects of mycolic acid toward lung surfactant lipids and could be a mechanism of lung surfactant dysfunction in pulmonary tuberculosis. PMID:18848703

  16. Simultaneously Propagating Voltage and Pressure Pulses in Lipid Monolayers of pork brain and synthetic lipids

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    Griesbauer, J; Wixforth, A; Schneider, M F

    2012-01-01

    Hydrated interfaces are ubiquitous in biology and appear on all length scales from ions, individual molecules to membranes and cellular networks. In vivo, they comprise a high degree of self-organization and complex entanglement, which limits their experimental accessibility by smearing out the individual phenomenology. The Langmuir technique, however, allows the examination of defined interfaces, whose controllable thermodynamic state enables one to explore the proper state diagrams. Here we demonstrate that voltage and pressure pulses simultaneously propagate along monolayers comprised of either native pork brain or synthetic lipids. The excitation of pulses is conducted by the application of small droplets of acetic acid and monitored subsequently employing timeresolved Wilhelmy plate and Kelvin probe measurements. The isothermal state diagrams of the monolayers for both lateral pressure and surface potential are experimentally recorded, enabling us to predict dynamic voltage pulse amplitudes of 0,1 to 3mV...

  17. Spontaneous formation of interfacial lipid-protein monolayers during adsorption from vesicles.

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    Nag, K; Perez-Gil, J; Cruz, A.; Rich, N H; Keough, K M

    1996-01-01

    Spread and adsorbed monolayers of lipid-protein mixtures have served as models for biomembranes and pulmonary surfactant, but their similarity was unclear. Epifluorescence microscopy of monolayers spontaneously adsorbed from vesicles of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine plus surfactant protein C (SP-C) showed gas, liquid expanded, and liquid condensed (LC) domains. The shapes and distribution of LC domains in the adsorbed and solvent-spread monolayers were quite...

  18. Effect of surface charge distribution on the adsorption orientation of proteins to lipid monolayers.

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    Tiemeyer, Sebastian; Paulus, Michael; Tolan, Metin

    2010-09-01

    The adsorption orientation of the proteins lysozyme and ribonuclease A (RNase A) to a neutral 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and a negatively charged stearic acid lipid film was investigated by means of X-ray reflectivity. Both proteins adsorbed to the negatively charged lipid monolayer, whereas at the neutral monolayer, no adsorption was observed. For acquiring comprehensive information on the proteins' adsorption, X-ray reflectivity data were combined with electron densities obtained from crystallographic data. With this method, it is possible to determine the orientation of adsorbed proteins in solution underneath lipid monolayers. While RNase A specifically coupled with its positively charged active site to the negatively charged lipid monolayer, lysozyme prefers an orientation with its long axis parallel to the Langmuir film. In comparison to the electrostatic maps of the proteins, our results can be explained by the discriminative surface charge distribution of lysozyme and RNase A. PMID:20707324

  19. Pressure-area isotherm of a lipid monolayer from molecular dynamics simulations

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    Baoukina, Svetlana; Monticelli, Luca; Marrink, Siewert J.; Tieleman, D. Peter

    2007-01-01

    We calculated the pressure-area isotherm of a dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) lipid monolayer from molecular dynamics simulations using a coarse-grained molecular model. We characterized the monolayer structure, geometry, and phases directly from the simulations and compared the calculated is

  20. Lateral diffusion in substrate-supported lipid monolayers as a function of ambient relative humidity.

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    Baumgart, T.; Offenhäusser, A.

    2002-01-01

    We analyzed the influence of water activity on the lateral self-diffusion of supported phospholipid monolayers. Lipid monolayer membranes were supported by polysaccharide cushions (chitosan and agarose), or glass. A simple diffusion model was derived, based on activated diffusion with an activation energy, E(a), which depends on the hydration state of the lipid headgroup. A crucial assumption of the derived model is that E(a) can be calculated assuming an exponential decay of the humidity-dep...

  1. Simultaneously propagating voltage and pressure pulses in lipid monolayers of pork brain and synthetic lipids

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    Griesbauer, J.; Bössinger, S.; Wixforth, A.; Schneider, M. F.

    2012-12-01

    Hydrated interfaces are ubiquitous in biology and appear on all length scales from ions and individual molecules to membranes and cellular networks. In vivo, they comprise a high degree of self-organization and complex entanglement, which limits their experimental accessibility by smearing out the individual phenomenology. The Langmuir technique, however, allows the examination of defined interfaces, the controllable thermodynamic state of which enables one to explore the proper state diagrams. Here we demonstrate that voltage and pressure pulses simultaneously propagate along monolayers comprised of either native pork brain or synthetic lipids. The excitation of pulses is conducted by the application of small droplets of acetic acid and monitored subsequently employing time-resolved Wilhelmy plate and Kelvin probe measurements. The isothermal state diagrams of the monolayers for both lateral pressure and surface potential are experimentally recorded, enabling us to predict dynamic voltage pulse amplitudes of 0.1-3 mV based on the assumption of static mechanoelectrical coupling. We show that the underlying physics for such propagating pulses is the same for synthetic and natural extracted (pork brain) lipids and that the measured propagation velocities and pulse amplitudes depend on the compressibility of the interface. Given the ubiquitous presence of hydrated interfaces in biology, our experimental findings seem to support a fundamentally new mechanism for the propagation of signals and communication pathways in biology (signaling), which is based neither on protein-protein or receptor-ligand interaction nor diffusion.

  2. Continuity of Monolayer-Bilayer Junctions for Localization of Lipid Raft Microdomains in Model Membranes.

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    Ryu, Yong-Sang; Wittenberg, Nathan J; Suh, Jeng-Hun; Lee, Sang-Wook; Sohn, Youngjoo; Oh, Sang-Hyun; Parikh, Atul N; Lee, Sin-Doo

    2016-01-01

    We show that the selective localization of cholesterol-rich domains and associated ganglioside receptors prefer to occur in the monolayer across continuous monolayer-bilayer junctions (MBJs) in supported lipid membranes. For the MBJs, glass substrates were patterned with poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) oligomers by thermally-assisted contact printing, leaving behind 3 nm-thick PDMS patterns. The hydrophobicity of the transferred PDMS patterns was precisely tuned by the stamping temperature. Lipid monolayers were formed on the PDMS patterned surface while lipid bilayers were on the bare glass surface. Due to the continuity of the lipid membranes over the MBJs, essentially free diffusion of lipids was allowed between the monolayer on the PDMS surface and the upper leaflet of the bilayer on the glass substrate. The preferential localization of sphingomyelin, ganglioside GM1 and cholesterol in the monolayer region enabled to develop raft microdomains through coarsening of nanorafts. Our methodology provides a simple and effective scheme of non-disruptive manipulation of the chemical landscape associated with lipid phase separations, which leads to more sophisticated applications in biosensors and as cell culture substrates. PMID:27230411

  3. Evidence for the propagation of 2D pressure pulses in lipid monolayers near the phase transition

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    Griesbauer, J; Wixforth, A; Schneider, M F

    2012-01-01

    The existence and propagation of acoustic pressure pulses on lipid monolayers at the air/water-interfaces are directly observed by simple mechanical detection. The pulses are excited by small amounts of solvents added to the monolayer from the air phase. Employing a deliberate control of the lipid interface compressibility k, we can show that the pulses propagate at velocities, which are precisely reflecting the nonlinear behavior of the interface. This is manifested by a pronounced minimum of the sound velocity in the monolayer phase transition regime, while ranging up to 1.5 m/s at high lateral pressures. Motivated by the ubiquitous presence of lipid interfaces in biology, we propose the demonstrated sound propagation as an efficient and fast way of communication and protein modulation along nerves, between cells and biological units being controlled by the physical state of the interfaces.

  4. Functional Reconstitution of Membrane Proteins in Monolayer Liposomes from Bipolar Lipids of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius

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    Elferink, Maria; Wit, Janny G. de; Demel, Rudy; Driessen, Arnold J.M.; Konings, Wilhelmus

    1992-01-01

    Membranes of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius, an extreme thermophilic archaebacterium, are composed of unusual bipolar lipids. They consist of macrocyclic tetraethers with two polar heads linked by two hydrophobic C40 phytanyl chains which are thought to be arranged as a monolayer in the cytoplasmic membr

  5. Wrinkle to fold transitions: Stress relaxation in lipid monolayers and other elastic thin films

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    Lee, Ka Yee C.

    2009-03-01

    Surfactants at air/water interfaces are often subjected to mechanical stresses as the interfaces they occupy are reduced in area. The most well characterized forms of stress relaxation in these systems are first order phase transitions. However, once chemical phase transitions have been exhausted, the monolayer undergoes global mechanical relaxations termed collapse. We have previously demonstrated that for lung surfactants, a mixture of lipids and proteins that coats the alveoli to reduce the work of breathing, collapse manifests itself as protrusions of folds into the subphase. These folds remain attached to the monolayer and reversibly reincorporated upon expansion. By studying different types of monolayers, we have shown that this folding transition in monolayers is not limited to lung surfactant films, but rather represents a much more general type of stress relaxation mechanism. Our study indicates that collapse modes are found most closely linked to in-plane rigidity. We characterize the rigidity of the monolayer by analyzing in-plane morphology on numerous length scales. More rigid monolayers collapse out-of-plane via a hard elastic mode similar to an elastic membrane, with the folded state being the final collapse state, while softer monolayers relax in-plane by shearing. For the hard elastic mode of collapse, we have further demonstrated experimentally and theoretically that the folded state is preceded by a wrinkled state, and similar wrinkle to fold transitions has been observed in elastic thin films ranging from 2 nm to 10 μm in thickness of completely different chemical nature (lung surfactant lipid monolayers, gold nanoparticle trilayers, and polyester sheets).

  6. Fractal growth in impurity-controlled solidification in lipid monolayers

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    Fogedby, Hans C.; Sørensen, Erik Schwartz; Mouritsen, Ole G.

    1987-01-01

    A simple two-dimensional microscopic model is proposed to describe solidifcation processes in systems with impurities which are miscible only in the fluid phase. Computer simulation of the model shows that the resulting solids are fractal over a wide range of impurity concentrations and impurity...... diffusional constants. A fractal-forming mechanism is suggested for impurity-controlled solidification which is consistent with recent experimental observations of fractal growth of solid phospholipid domains in monolayers. The Journal of Chemical Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  7. Chiral hierarchical self-assembly in Langmuir monolayers of diacetylenic lipids

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    Basnet, Prem B.

    2013-01-01

    When compressed in the intermediate temperature range below the chain-melting transition yet in the low-pressure liquid phase, Langmuir monolayers made of chiral lipid molecules form hierarchical structures. Using Brewster angle microscopy to reveal this structure, we found that as the liquid monolayer is compressed, an optically anisotropic condensed phase nucleates in the form of long, thin claws. These claws pack closely to form stripes. This appears to be a new mechanism for forming stripes in Langmuir monolayers. In the lower temperature range, these stripes arrange into spirals within overall circular domains, while near the chain-melting transition, the stripes arrange into target patterns. We attributed this transition to a change in boundary conditions at the core of the largest-scale circular domains. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  8. Cholesterol and Sphingomyelin-Containing Model Condensed Lipid Monolayers: Heterogeneities Involving Ordered Microdomains Assessed by Two Cholesterol Derivatives.

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    Lecompte, Marie-France; Gaibelet, Gérald; Lebrun, Chantal; Tercé, François; Collet, Xavier; Orlowski, Stéphane

    2015-11-01

    Lipid monolayers are often considered as model membranes, but they are also the physiologic lipid part of the peripheral envelope of lipoproteins and cytosolic lipid bodies. However, their structural organization is still rather elusive, in particular when both cholesterol and sphingomyelin are present. To investigate such structural organization of hemimembranes, we measured, using alternative current voltammetry, the differential capacitance of condensed phosphatidylcholine-based monolayers as a function of applied potential, which is sensitive to their lipid composition and molecular arrangement. Especially, monolayers containing both sphingomyelin and cholesterol, at 15% w/w, presented specific characteristics of the differential capacitance versus potential curves recorded, which was indicative of specific interactions between these two lipid components. We then compared the behavior of two cholesterol derivatives (at 15% w/w), 21-methylpyrenyl-cholesterol (Pyr-met-Chol) and 22-nitrobenzoxadiazole-cholesterol (NBD-Chol), with that of cholesterol when present in model monolayers. Indeed, these two probes were chosen because of previous findings reporting opposite behaviors within bilayer membranes regarding their interaction with ordered lipids, with only Pyr-met-Chol mimicking cholesterol well. Remarkably, in monolayers containing sphingomyelin or not, Pyr-met-Chol and NBD-Chol presented contrasting behaviors, and Pyr-met-Chol mimicked cholesterol only in the presence of sphingomyelin. These two observations (i.e., optimal amounts of sphingomyelin and cholesterol, and the ability to discriminate between Pyr-met-Chol and NBD-Chol) can be interpreted by the existence of heterogeneities including ordered patches in sphingomyelin- and cholesterol-containing monolayers. Since such monolayer lipid arrangement shares some properties with the raft-type lipid microdomains well-described in sphingomyelin- and cholesterol-containing bilayer membranes, our data thus

  9. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of a Pulmonary Surfactant Protein B Peptide in a Lipid Monolayer

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    Freites, J. Alfredo; Choi, Yunsoo; Tobias, Douglas J.

    2003-01-01

    Pulmonary surfactant is a complex mixture of lipids and proteins that lines the air/liquid interface of the alveolar hypophase and confers mechanical stability to the alveoli during the breathing process. The desire to formulate synthetic mixtures for low-cost prophylactic and therapeutic applications has motivated the study of the specific roles and interactions of the different components. All-atom molecular dynamics simulations were carried out on a model system composed of a monolayer of ...

  10. Molecular Dynamics Investigation of Bond Ordering of Unsaturated Lipids in Monolayers

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    Rabinovich, Alexander L.; Ripatti, Pauli O.; Balabaev, Nikolay K.

    1999-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of three model lipid monolayers of 2,3-diacyl-D-glycerolipids, that contained stearoyl (18:0) in the position 3 and oleoyl (18:ω9cis), linoleoyl (18:2ω6cis), or linolenoyl (18:3ω3cis) in the position 2, have been carried out. The simulation systems consisted of 24 lipid molecules arranged in a rectangular simulation cell, with periodic boundary conditions in the surface plane. 1 nanosecond simulations were performed at T = 295 K. C-C and C-H bond order parameter...

  11. On the lipid head group hydration of floating surface monolayers bound to self-assembled molecular protein layers

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    Lösche, M.; Erdelen, C.; Rump, E.; Ringsdorf, H.; Kjær, K.; Vaknin, D.

    The structure of monomolecular layers of the protein streptavidin, specifically bound to biotin-functionalized lipid monolayers at aqueous surfaces, has been characterized. Neutron and X-ray reflectivity measurements allowed an assessment of the organization of these self-assembled systems with...... molecular resolution. Emphasis here is placed on the hydration of the lipid head groups in the bound state. For three functionalized lipids with spacers of different lengths between the biotin and their chains it was observed that the head groups were dehydrated in monolayers of the pure lipids, which were...... kept at low surface pressure before protein adsorption. The introduction of dipole moments at the interface by the admixture of phospholipids or the application of lateral pressure on the lipid monolayer before protein adsorption were found to impose an extension of the spacer moieties. The biotin...

  12. Cholesterol strongly affects the organization of lipid monolayers studied as models of the milk fat globule membrane: Condensing effect and change in the lipid domain morphology.

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    Murthy, Appala Venkata Ramana; Guyomarc'h, Fanny; Paboeuf, Gilles; Vié, Véronique; Lopez, Christelle

    2015-10-01

    The biological membrane that surrounds the milk fat globules exhibits phase separation of polar lipids that is poorly known. The objective of this study was to investigate the role played by cholesterol in the organization of monolayers prepared as models of the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM). Differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction experiments allowed characterization of the gel to liquid crystalline phase transition temperature of lipids, Tm ~35°C, in vesicles prepared with a MFGM lipid extract. For temperature below Tm, atomic force microscopy revealed phase separation of lipids at 30 mN·m(-1) in Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of the MFGM lipid extract. The high Tm lipids form liquid condensed (LC) domains that protrude by about 1.5 nm from the continuous liquid expanded (LE) phase. Cholesterol was added to the MFGM extract up to 30% of polar lipids (cholesterol/milk sphingomyelin (MSM) molar ratio of 50/50). Compression isotherms evidenced the condensing effect of the cholesterol onto the MFGM lipid monolayers. Topography of the monolayers showed a decrease in the area of the LC domains and in the height difference H between the LC domains and the continuous LE phase, as the cholesterol content increased in the MFGM lipid monolayers. These results were interpreted in terms of nucleation effects of cholesterol and decrease of the line tension between LC domains and LE phase in the MFGM lipid monolayers. This study revealed the major structural role of cholesterol in the MFGM that could be involved in biological functions of this interface (e.g. mechanisms of milk fat globule digestion). PMID:26087463

  13. Motor-mediated cortical versus astral microtubule organization in lipid-monolayered droplets.

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    Baumann, Hella; Surrey, Thomas

    2014-08-01

    The correct spatial organization of microtubules is of crucial importance for determining the internal architecture of eukaryotic cells. Microtubules are arranged in space by a multitude of biochemical activities and by spatial constraints imposed by the cell boundary. The principles underlying the establishment of distinct intracellular architectures are only poorly understood. Here, we studied the effect of spatial confinement on the self-organization of purified motors and microtubules that are encapsulated in lipid-monolayered droplets in oil, varying in diameter from 5-100 μm, which covers the size range of typical cell bodies. We found that droplet size alone had a major organizing influence. The presence of a microtubule-crosslinking motor protein decreased the number of accessible types of microtubule organizations. Depending on the degree of spatial confinement, the presence of the motor caused either the formation of a cortical array of bent microtubule bundles or the generation of single microtubule asters in the droplets. These are two of the most prominent forms of microtubule arrangements in plant and metazoan cells. Our results provide insights into the combined organizing influence of spatial constraints and cross-linking motor activities determining distinct microtubule architectures in a minimal biomimetic system. In the future, this simple lipid-monolayered droplet system characterized here can be expanded readily to include further biochemical activities or used as the starting point for the investigation of motor-mediated microtubule organization inside liposomes surrounded by a deformable lipid bilayer. PMID:24966327

  14. Cholesterol-Induced Buckling in Physisorbed Polymer-Tethered Lipid Monolayers

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    Christoph A. Naumann

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The influence of cholesterol concentration on the formation of buckling structures is studied in a physisorbed polymer-tethered lipid monolayer system using epifluorescence microscopy (EPI and atomic force microscopy (AFM. The monolayer system, built using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB technique, consists of 3 mol % poly(ethylene glycol (PEG lipopolymers and various concentrations of the phospholipid, 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (SOPC, and cholesterol (CHOL. In the absence of CHOL, AFM micrographs show only occasional buckling structures, which is caused by the presence of the lipopolymers in the monolayer. In contrast, a gradual increase of CHOL concentration in the range of 0–40 mol % leads to fascinating film stress relaxation phenomena in the form of enhanced membrane buckling. Buckling structures are moderately deficient in CHOL, but do not cause any notable phospholipid-lipopolymer phase separation. Our experiments demonstrate that membrane buckling in physisorbed polymer-tethered membranes can be controlled through CHOL-mediated adjustment of membrane elastic properties. They further show that CHOL may have a notable impact on molecular confinement in the presence of crowding agents, such as lipopolymers. Our results are significant, because they offer an intriguing prospective on the role of CHOL on the material properties in complex membrane architecture.

  15. Adsorption of gastric lipase onto multicomponent model lipid monolayers with phase separation.

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    Bourlieu, Claire; Paboeuf, Gilles; Chever, Sophie; Pezennec, Stéphane; Cavalier, Jean-François; Guyomarc'h, Fanny; Deglaire, Amélie; Bouhallab, Saïd; Dupont, Didier; Carrière, Frédéric; Vié, Véronique

    2016-07-01

    The enzymatic lipolysis of complex natural lipoproteic assemblies such as milk fat globules is central in neonatal digestion. This process first requires the rapid adsorption of a lipolytic enzyme, gastric lipase, onto the membrane enveloping the triglyceride substrate before the onset of catalytic activity. The interactions governing lipase adsorption onto this complex lipid/water interface are not fully elucidated. This study was designed to unravel the interactions of recombinant dog gastric lipase (rDGL) with model monolayers presenting liquid-liquid phase coexistence and mimicking the outer leaflet of the milk fat globule membrane. Combining biophysical tools (ellipsometry, tensiometry and atomic force microscopy), it was evidenced that rDGL partitions toward liquid expanded phase and at phase boundaries. rDGL gets adsorbed at several levels of insertion suggesting molecular cooperation that may favor insertion and strongly impacts on the lipid phase lateral organization. The addition of phosphatidylserine, negatively charged, reinforced adsorption; hence besides hydrophobic interactions and as further investigated through surface potential modeling, rDGL adsorption is favored by electrostatic interactions. PMID:27011347

  16. Massive endocytosis driven by lipidic forces originating in the outer plasmalemmal monolayer: a new approach to membrane recycling and lipid domains

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    Fine, Michael; Llaguno, Marc C.; Lariccia, Vincenzo; Lin, Mei-Jung; Yaradanakul, Alp; Hilgemann, Donald W.

    2011-01-01

    The roles that lipids play in endocytosis are the subject of debate. Using electrical and imaging methods, we describe massive endocytosis (MEND) in baby hamster kidney (BHK) and HEK293 cells when the outer plasma membrane monolayer is perturbed by the nonionic detergents, Triton X-100 (TX100) and NP-40. Some alkane detergents, the amphipathic drugs, edelfosine and tamoxifen, and the phospholipase inhibitor, U73122, are also effective. Uptake of the membrane tracer, FM 4–64, into vesicles and...

  17. Molecular organization of antifungal antibiotic amphotericin B in lipid monolayers studied by means of Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy

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    Gruszecki, Wieslaw I.; Luchowski, Rafał; Gagoś, Mariusz; Arczewska, Marta; Sarkar, Pabak; Hereć, Monika; Myśliwa-Kurdziel, Beata; Strzałka, Kazimierz; Gryczynski, Ignacy; Gryczynski, Zygmunt

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Amphotericin B (AmB) is a life-saving polyene antibiotic used to treat deep-seated mycotic infections. Both the mode of therapeutic action as well as toxic side effects are directly dependent on molecular organization of the drug. Binding of AmB to lipid monolayers formed with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, pure and containing 40 mol% cholesterol or ergosterol, the sterols of human and fungi respectively, has been examined by means of Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microsc...

  18. Lipid Monolayer and Sparse Matrix Screening for Growing Two-Dimensional Crystals for Electron Crystallography: Methods and Examples

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    Yeager, Mark; Dryden, Kelly A.; Ganser-Pornillos, Barbie K.

    2013-01-01

    Electron microscopy provides an efficient method for rapidly assessing whether a solution of macromolecules is homogeneous and monodisperse. If the macromolecules can be induced to form two-dimensional crystals that are a single layer in thickness, then electron crystallography of frozen-hydrated crystals has the potential of achieving three-dimensional density maps at sub-nanometer or even atomic resolution. Here we describe the lipid monolayer and sparse matrix screening methods for growing...

  19. Binding of the Cationic Peptide (KL)4K to Lipid Monolayers at the Air-Water Interface: Effect of Lipid Headgroup Charge, Acyl Chain Length, and Acyl Chain Saturation.

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    Hädicke, André; Blume, Alfred

    2016-04-28

    The binding of the cationic peptide (KL)4K to monolayers of different anionic lipids was determined by adsorption experiments. The chemical structure of the anionic phospholipids was changed in different ways. First, the hydrophobic region of phosphatidylglycerols was altered by elongation of the acyl chain length. Second, an unsaturated chain was introduced. Third, lipids with negatively charged headgroups of different chemical structure were compared. (KL)4K itself shows no surface activity and does not bind to monolayers of zwitterionic lipids. Analysis of (KL)4K binding to anionic lipid monolayers reveals a competition between two binding processes: (i) incorporation of the peptide into the acyl chain region (surface pressure increase) and (ii) electrostatic interaction screening the negative charges with reduction of charge repulsion (surface pressure decrease due to monolayer condensation). The lipid acyl chain length and the chemical structure of the headgroup have minor effects on the binding properties. However, a strong dependence on the phase state of the monolayer was observed. In the liquid-expanded (LE) phase, the fluid monolayer provides enough space, so that peptide insertion due to hydrophobic interactions dominates. For monolayers in the liquid-condensed (LC) phase, peptide binding followed by monolayer condensation is the main effect. PMID:27049846

  20. Structure and dynamics of lipid monolayers: Implications for enzyme catalysed lipolysis

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    Peters, Günther H.J.; Toxværd, S.; Larsen, N.B.;

    1995-01-01

    We have investigated the role of the substrate on the interfacial activation of Upases by an interdisciplinary study of the structure and dynamics of 1,2-sn dipalmitoylglycerol monolayers at distinct surface pressures. The diglyceride Langmuir film undergoes two phase transitions occurring at 38...

  1. Surface Plasmon Microscopy of Two Crystalline Domains in a Lipid Monolayer

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    Kooyman, R.P.H.; Krull, U.J.

    1991-01-01

    Surface plasmon microscopy is applied to monolayers of dimyristoylphosphatidylethanolamine,dipcast at high lateral pressure (35 mN/m) on a solid substrate. The vertical resolution of better than 1 nm and an in-plane resolution of - 10 um allow for the detection of two separate solid domains. Assumin

  2. Intramolecular and Lattice Melting in n-Alkane Monolayers: An Analog of Melting in Lipid Bilayers

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    Hansen, Flemming Yssing; Herwig, K.W.; Matthies, B.;

    1999-01-01

    to 350 K above which a large thermal expansion and decrease in coherence length occurs. The MD simulations provide evidence that this behavior is due to a phase transition in the monolayer in which intramolecular and translational order are lost simultaneously. This melting transition is qualitatively...

  3. Supramolecular Langmuir monolayers and multilayered vesicles of self-assembling DNA–lipid surface structures and their further implications in polyelectrolyte-based cell transfections

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    Demirsoy, Fatma Funda Kaya [Ankara University, The Central Laboratory of The Institute of Biotechnology (Turkey); Eruygur, Nuraniye [Gazi University, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy (Turkey); Süleymanoğlu, Erhan, E-mail: erhans@mail.ru [Gazi University, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy (Turkey)

    2015-01-15

    The basic interfacial characteristics of DNA–lipid recognitions have been studied. The complex structures of individual unbound DNA molecules and their binary and ternary complexes with zwitterionic lipids and divalent cations were followed by employing lipid monolayers at the air–liquid interfaces, as well as by performing various microscopic, spectroscopic, and thermodynamic measurements with multilayered vesicles. The pressure-area isotherms depicted that Mg{sup 2+}-ions increase the surface pressure of lipid films and thus give rise to electrostatic and hydrophobic lipid–DNA interactions in terms of DNA adsorption, adhesion, and compaction. These features were further approached by using multilamellar vesicles with a mean diameter of 850 nm, where a metal ion-directed nucleic acid compaction and condensation effects were shown. The data obtained show the effectiveness of Langmuir monolayers and lipid multilayers in studying nucleic acid–lipid recognitions. The data provide with further details and support previous reports on mainly structural features of these recognitions. Biomolecular surface recognition events were presented in direct link with spectral and thermodynamic features of lipid vesicle–polynucleotide complex formations. The results serve to build a theoretical model considering the use of neutral lipids in lipoplex designs as a polyelectrolyte alternatives to the currently employed cytotoxic cationic liposomes. The supramolecular structures formed and their possible roles in interfacial electrostatic and hydrophobic mechanisms of endosomal escape in relevant cell transfection assays are particularly emphasized.

  4. Effects of a cationic and hydrophobic peptide, KL4, on model lung surfactant lipid monolayers.

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    Ma, J; Koppenol, S; Yu, H; Zografi, G

    1998-04-01

    We report on the surface behavior of a hydrophobic, cationic peptide, [lysine-(leucine)4]4-lysine (KL4), spread at the air/water interface at 25 degrees C and pH 7.2, and its effect at very low molar ratios on the surface properties of the zwitterionic phospholipid 1,2-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), and the anionic forms of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoylphosphatidylglycerol (POPG) and palmitic acid (PA), in various combinations. Surface properties were evaluated by measuring equilibrium spreading pressures (pi(e)) and surface pressure-area isotherms (pi-A) with the Wilhelmy plate technique. Surface phase separation was observed with fluorescence microscopy. KL4 itself forms a single-phase monolayer, stable up to a surface pressure pi of 30 mN/m, and forms an immiscible monolayer mixture with DPPC. No strong interaction was detected between POPG and KL4 in the low pi region, whereas a stable monolayer of the PA/KL4 binary mixture forms, which is attributed to ionic interactions between oppositely charged PA and KL4. KL4 has significant effects on the DPPC/POPG mixture, in that it promotes surface phase separation while also increasing pi(e) and pi(max), and these effects are greatly enhanced in the presence of PA. In the model we have proposed, KL4 facilitates the separation of DPPC-rich and POPG/PA-rich phases to achieve surface refinement. It is these two phases that can fulfill the important lung surfactant functions of high surface pressure stability and efficient spreading. PMID:9545051

  5. Conformational analyses of bacillomycin D, a natural antimicrobial lipopeptide, alone or in interaction with lipid monolayers at the air-water interface.

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    Nasir, Mehmet Nail; Besson, Françoise

    2012-12-01

    Bacillomycin D is a natural antimicrobial lipopeptide belonging to the iturin family. It is produced by Bacillus subtilis strains. Bacillomycin D is characterized by its strong antifungal and hemolytic properties, due to its interaction with the plasma membrane of sensitive cells. Until now, only few limited analyses were conducted to understand the biological activities of bacillomycin D at the molecular level. Our purpose was to analyze the conformation of bacillomycin D using IR spectroscopy and to model its interactions with cytoplasmic membranes using Langmuir interfacial monolayers. Our findings indicate that bacillomycin D contains turns and allow to model its three-dimensional structure. Bacillomycin D formed a monolayer film at the air-water interface and kept its turn conformation, as shown by polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS). To identify the membrane lipid target of bacillomycin D, its interactions with pure lipid monolayers were analyzed and an original behavior of the lipopeptide toward cholesterol-containing monolayers was shown. This original behavior was lost when bacillomycin D was interacting with pure cholesteryl acetate monolayers, suggesting the involvement of the alcohol group of cholesterol in the lipopeptide-cholesterol interaction. PMID:22967349

  6. X-ray reflectivity investgation of structure and kinetics of photoswitchable lipid monolayers

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    Chatterjee, Kuntal; Haushahn, Björn; Shen, Chen;

    The mechanical and dynamic properties of phospholipid membranes are of importance for important biological functions, such as switching of embedded proteins. In order to investigate these properties we study model systems in which amphiphilic photoswitchable molecules are integrated into Langmuir...... films of phospholipids. we have modified glycolipids to contain an azobenzene photoswitch between the chain and the head group and successfully embedded those in a monolayer of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC). This allows us to reversibly change the azobenzene-glycolipid orientation between trans......- and cis-conformation by illumination with UV and blue light. We have followed the structural changes in this model membrane and the switching kinetics of the system with Langmuir isotherms and in situ X-ray reflectivity at the LISA diffractometer P08, PETRA III....

  7. X-ray reflectivity investgation of structure and kinetics of photoswitchable lipid monolayers

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    Chatterjee, Kuntal; Haushahn, Björn; Shen, Chen;

    The mechanical and dynamic properties of phospholipid membranes are of importance for important biological functions, such as switching of embedded proteins. In order to investigate these properties we study model systems in which amphiphilic photoswitchable molecules are integrated into Langmuir...... films of phospholipids. we have modified glycolipids to contain an azobenzene photoswitch between the chain and the head group and successfully embedded those in a monolayer of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC). This allows us to reversibly change the azobenzene-glycolipid orientation between...... transand cis-conformation by illumination with UV and blue light. We have followed the structural changes in this model membrane and the switching kinetics of the system with Langmuir isotherms and in situ X-ray reflectivity at the LISA diffractometer P08, PETRA III....

  8. A yeast glycolipid biosurfactant, mannosylerythritol lipid, shows high binding affinity towards lectins on a self-assembled monolayer system.

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    Konishi, Masaaki; Imura, Tomohiro; Fukuoka, Tokuma; Morita, Tomotake; Kitamoto, Dai

    2007-03-01

    Mannosylerythritol lipids (MEL), which are glycolipid biosurfactants secreted by the Pseudozyma yeasts, show not only excellent surface-active properties but also versatile biochemical actions including antitumor and cell-differentiation activities. In order to address the biochemical actions, interactions between MEL-A, the major component of MEL, and different lectins were investigated using the surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy. The monolayer of MEL-A showed high binding affinity to concanavalin A (ConA) and Maackia amurensis lectin-I (MAL-I). The observed affinity constants for ConA and MAL-I were estimated to be 9.48 +/- 1.31 x 10(6) and 3.13 +/- 0.274 x 10(6) M(-1), respectively; the value was comparable to that of Manalpha1-6(Manalpha1-3)Man, which is one of the most specific probe to ConA. Significantly, alpha-methyl-D-mannopyranoside (1 mM) exhibited no binding inhibition between MEL-A and ConA. MEL-A is thus likely to self-assemble to give a high affinity surface, where ConA binds to the hydrophilic headgroup in a different manner from that generally observed in lectin-saccharide interactions. The binding manner should be related with the biochemical actions of MEL toward mammalian cells via protein-carbohydrate interactions. PMID:17205206

  9. Location of the heme-Fe atoms within the profile structure of a monolayer of cytochrome c bound to the surface of an ultrathin lipid multilayer film.

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    Pachence, J M; Fischetti, R F; Blasie, J. K.

    1989-01-01

    We have recently developed x-ray diffraction methods to derive the profile structure of ultrathin lipid multilayer films having one to five bilayers (e.g., Skita, V., W. Richardson, M. Filipkowski, A.F. Garito, and J.K. Blasie. 1987. J. Physique. 47:1849-1855). Furthermore, we have employed these techniques to determine the location of a monolayer of cytochrome c bound to the carboxyl group surface of various ultrathin lipid multilayer substrates via nonresonance x-ray diffraction (Pachence, ...

  10. Packing of ganglioside-phospholipid monolayers

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    Majewski, J.; Kuhl, T.L.; Kjær, K.; Smith, G.S.

    2001-01-01

    Using synchrotron grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXD) and reflectivity, the in-plane and out-of-plane structure of mixed ganglioside-phospholipid monolayers was investigated at the air-water interface. Mixed monolayers of 0, 5, 10, 20, and 100 mol% ganglioside GM, and the phospholipid...... DPPE monolayer and does not distort the hexagonal in-plane unit cell or out-of-plane two-dimensional (2-D) packing compared with a pure DPPE monolayer. The oligosaccharide headgroups were found to extend normally from the monolayer surface, and the incorporation of these glycolipids into DPPE...... monolayers did not affect hydrocarbon tail packing (fluidization or condensation of the hydrocarbon region). This is in contrast to previous investigations of lipopolymer-lipid mixtures, where the packing structure of phospholipid monolayers was greatly altered by the inclusion of lipids bearing hydrophilic...

  11. C60 fullerene promotes lung monolayer collapse

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    Barnoud, Jonathan; Urbini, Laura; Monticelli, Luca

    2015-01-01

    Airborne nanometre-sized pollutants are responsible for various respiratory diseases. Such pollutants can reach the gas-exchange surface in the alveoli, which is lined with a monolayer of lung surfactant. The relationship between physiological effects of pollutants and molecular-level interactions is largely unknown. Here, we determine the effects of carbon nanoparticles on the properties of a model of lung monolayer using molecular simulations. We simulate phase-separated lipid monolayers in...

  12. Spectrin-phospholipid interaction. A monolayer study

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    Mombers, C.; Gier, J. de; Demel, R.A.; Deenen, L.L.M. van

    1980-01-01

    1.(1) The interaction of synthetic and natural phospholipids with spectrin, purified from human erythrocyte membranes, was studied using the monolayer technique at constant surface pressure. Spectrin penetration into the lipid monolayer was recorded as the rate of surface area increase on a two-comp

  13. Collapsed States of Langmuir Monolayers.

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    Phan, Minh Dinh; Lee, Jumi; Shin, Kwanwoo

    2016-05-01

    Langmuir monolayers of amphiphilic molecules at an air-water interface can be compressed laterally to achieve high surface density. However, compression beyond a certain threshold causes the monolayer to become unstable, which may lead to the formation of collapsed states with topographical differences that are associated with the structures and mechanical properties of the constituent molecules of the monolayer. The mechanisms and collapsed structures can differ owing to differences in experimental conditions, i.e., temperature, ion-content, the pH of subphase, or compression rate; in addition, the type of constituent molecules, i.e., biological lipids or chemical surfactants, has an effect. In this review, we compare studies concerning several aspects of collapse, from basic concepts and theoretical mechanisms to experimental visualization of the monolayer topography. In addition, techniques often employed to study this subject are discussed in this review. PMID:27086998

  14. Molecular friction and epitactic coupling between monolayers in supported bilayers

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    Merkel, R.; Sackmann, E.; Evans, E

    1989-01-01

    Microfluorescence methods were used to examine monolayer-monolayer and bilayer-substrate coupling in bilayers deposited on glass substrates. In the first part, lateral diffusion of lipid probes in individual lipid layers was measured by the fluorescence recovery after photobleach technique. The aim was to evaluate viscous molecular friction (i) between monolayers that form a single bilayer and (ii) between a bilayer and an adjacent substrate based on a recent phenomenological theory for parti...

  15. Perforated monolayers

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    Regen, S.L.

    1992-12-01

    Goal of this research program is to create ultrathin organic membranes that possess uniform and adjustable pores ( < 7[angstrom] diameter). Such membranes are expected to possess high permeation selectivity (permselectivity) and high permeability, and to provide the basis for energy-efficient methods of molecular separation. Work carried out has demonstrated feasibility of using perforated monolayer''-based composites as molecular sieve membranes. Specifically, composite membranes derived from Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers of the calix[6]arene-based surfactant shown below plus poly[l-(trimethylsilyl)-l-propyne] (PTMSP) were found to exhibit sieving behavior towards He, N[sub 2] and SF[sub 6]. Results of derivative studies that have also been completed are also described in this report.

  16. The interaction of bioactive peptides with an immobilized phosphatidylcholine monolayer.

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    Mozsolits, H; Lee, T. H.; Wirth, H J; Perlmutter, P; Aguilar, M I

    1999-01-01

    The interaction of three bioactive peptides, bombesin, beta-endorphin, and glucagon with a phosphatidylcholine monolayer that was immobilized to porous silica particles and packed into a stainless steel column cartridge, has been studied using dynamic elution techniques. This immobilized lipid monolayer provides a biophysical model system with which to study the binding of peptides to a lipid membrane. In particular, the influence of temperature and methanol concentration on the affinity of e...

  17. The influence of plant hormones on phospholipid monolayer stability.

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    Gzyl-Malchera, Barbara; Filek, Maria; Brezesinski, Gerald; Fischer, Antje

    2007-01-01

    The influence of hormones in water subphase on the stability of monolayers built of phospholipid mixtures extracted from embryogenic (PLE) and nonembryogenic (PLNE) wheat calli was examined. Additionally, experiments on individual lipids, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and dipalmitoylphosphatidic acid (DPPA), were performed. DPPC was chosen because it was the main phospholipid present in both calli. Negatively charged DPPA could mimic a negatively charged natural mixture of lipids. As hormones, auxins (IAA and 2,4-D), cytokinins (zeatin and kinetin) and zearalenone were chosen. The time of monolayer stability for PLNE calli was much longer than for PLE calli. Kinetics of monolayer stability of PLNE was similar to DPPA, whereas that of PLE was similar to DPPC. Generally, hormones increased the time after which the monolayer stability was reached and decreased the surface pressure. The greatest effect was observed for auxins (especially IAA), whereas cytokinins affected the monolayer stability to a lesser degree. PMID:17425106

  18. Morphological transitions in polymer monolayers under compression.

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    Srivastava, S; Basu, J K; Sprung, M; Wang, J

    2009-05-01

    We present a systematic investigation of morphological transitions in poly vinylacetate Langmuir monolayers. On compression, the polymer monolayer is converted to a continuous membrane with a thickness of approximately 2-3 nm. Above a certain surface concentration the monolayer, on water, undergoes a morphological transition-buckling, leading to formation of striped patterns of period of lambda(b) approximately 160 nm, as determined from in situ grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering measurements. The obtained value is much smaller than what has been typically observed for Langmuir monolayers on water or thin films on soft substrates. Using existing theories for buckling of fluidlike films on fluid substrates, we obtain very low values of bending rigidity and Young's modulus of the polymer monolayer compared to that observed earlier for lipid or polymeric monolayers. Since buckling in these monolayers occurs only above a certain surface concentration, we have looked at the possibility that the buckling in these films occurs due to changes in their mechanical properties under compression. Using the model of Huang and Suo of buckling of solidlike films on viscoelastic substrates, we find values of the mechanical properties, which are much closer to the bulk values but still significantly lower. Although the reduction could be along the lines of what has been observed earlier for ultrathin polymer film or surface layers of polymers, the possibility of micromechanical effects also determining the buckling in such polymer monolayers cannot be ruled out. We have provided possible explanation of the buckling of the poly vinylacetate monolayers in terms of the change in isothermal compression modulus with surface concentration. PMID:19425809

  19. Liquid-Crystalline Collapse of Pulmonary Surfactant Monolayers

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    William R Schief; Antia, Meher; Discher, Bohdana M.; Hall, Stephen B.; Vogel, Viola

    2003-01-01

    During exhalation, the surfactant film of lipids and proteins that coats the alveoli in the lung is compressed to high surface pressures, and can remain metastable for prolonged periods at pressures approaching 70 mN/m. Monolayers of calf lung surfactant extract (CLSE), however, collapse in vitro, during an initial compression at ∼45 mN/m. To gain information on the source of this discrepancy, we investigated how monolayers of CLSE collapse from the interface. Observations with fluorescence, ...

  20. Fluid lipid bilayers: Intermonolayer coupling and its thermodynamic manifestations

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    Hansen, Per Lyngs; Miao, Ling; Ipsen, John Hjorth

    1998-01-01

    A fluid membrane of lipid bilayer consists of two individual molecular monolayers physically opposed to each other. This unique molecular architecture naturally necessitates the need to treat a lipid-bilayer membrane as one entity of two coupled two-dimensional systems (monolayers), each of which...

  1. Diamondoid monolayers as electron emitters

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    Yang, Wanli; Fabbri, Jason D.; Melosh, Nicholas A.; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2012-04-10

    Provided are electron emitters based upon diamondoid monolayers, preferably self-assembled higher diamondoid monolayers. High intensity electron emission has been demonstrated employing such diamondoid monolayers, particularly when the monolayers are comprised of higher diamondoids. The application of such diamondoid monolayers can alter the band structure of substrates, as well as emit monochromatic electrons, and the high intensity electron emissions can also greatly improve the efficiency of field-effect electron emitters as applied to industrial and commercial applications.

  2. Fluorescently labeled pulmonary surfactant protein C in spread phospholipid monolayers.

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    Nag, K.; Perez-Gil, J.; Cruz, A; Keough, K M

    1996-01-01

    Pulmonary surfactant, a lipid-protein complex, secreted into the fluid lining of lungs prevents alveolar collapse at low lung volumes. Pulmonary surfactant protein C (SP-C), an acylated, hydrophobic, alpha-helical peptide, enhances the surface activity of pulmonary surfactant lipids. Fluorescein-labeled SP-C (F-SP-C) (3, 6, 12 wt%) in dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), and DPPC:dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) [DPPC:DPPG 7:3 mol/mol] in spread monolayers was studied by epifluorescen...

  3. Lipid corralling and poloxamer squeeze-out in membranes

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    Wu, G.H.; Majewski, J.; Ege, C.;

    2004-01-01

    Using x-ray scattering measurements we have quantitatively determined the effect of poloxamer 188 (P188), a polymer known to seal damaged membranes, on the structure of lipid monolayers. P188 selectively inserts into low lipid-density regions of the membrane and "corrals" lipid molecules to pack ...

  4. C₆₀ fullerene promotes lung monolayer collapse.

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    Barnoud, Jonathan; Urbini, Laura; Monticelli, Luca

    2015-03-01

    Airborne nanometre-sized pollutants are responsible for various respiratory diseases. Such pollutants can reach the gas-exchange surface in the alveoli, which is lined with a monolayer of lung surfactant. The relationship between physiological effects of pollutants and molecular-level interactions is largely unknown. Here, we determine the effects of carbon nanoparticles on the properties of a model of lung monolayer using molecular simulations. We simulate phase-separated lipid monolayers in the presence of a model pollutant nanoparticle, C₆₀ fullerene. In the absence of nanoparticles, the monolayers collapse only at very low surface tensions (around 0 mN m(-1)). In the presence of nanoparticles, instead, monolayer collapse is observed at significantly higher surface tensions (up to ca 10 mN m(-1)). Collapse at higher tensions is related to lower mechanical rigidity of the monolayer. It is possible that similar mechanisms operate on lung surfactant in vivo, which suggests that health effects of airborne carbon nanoparticles may be mediated by alterations of the mechanical properties of lung surfactant. PMID:25589571

  5. MARTINI Coarse-Grained Model of Triton TX-100 in Pure DPPC Monolayer and Bilayer Interfaces.

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    Pizzirusso, Antonio; De Nicola, Antonio; Milano, Giuseppe

    2016-04-28

    The coarse-grained MARTINI model of Triton TX-100 has been validated by direct comparison of the experimental and calculated area increase in pure DPPC lipid bilayers and monolayers at water/air interfaces in the presence of surfactant and by comparison of electron density profiles calculated with more detailed atomistic models based on the CHARMM force field. Bilayer simulations have been performed and compared with monolayers and with atomistic models. The validated CG model has been employed to study the phase separation of TX-100 molecules in lipid bilayers and the effect of the lipid bilayer curvature. PMID:27042862

  6. Bacterial S-layer protein coupling to lipids

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    Weygand, M.; Wetzer, B.; Pum, D.; Sleytr, U.B.; Cuvillier, N.; Kjær, K.; Howes, P.B.; Lösche, M.

    1999-01-01

    The coupling of bacterial surface (S)-layer proteins to lipid membranes is studied in molecular detail for proteins from Bacillus sphaericus CCM2177 and B. coagulans E38-66 recrystallized at dipalmitoylphosphatidylethanolamine (DPPE) monolayers on aqueous buffer. A comparison of the monolayer str...

  7. Compositional and structural characterization of monolayers and bilayers composed of native pulmonary surfactant from wild type mice

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    Bernardino de la Serna, Jorge; Hansen, Soren; Berzina, Zane;

    2013-01-01

    This work comprises a structural and dynamical study of monolayers and bilayers composed of native pulmonary surfactant from mice. Spatially resolved information was obtained using fluorescence (confocal, wide field and two photon excitation) and atomic force microscopy methods. Lipid mass...

  8. Ionic channels and nerve membrane constituents. Tetrodotoxin-like interaction of saxitoxin with cholesterol monolayers.

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    Villegas, R; Barnola, F V

    1972-01-01

    Saxitoxin (STX) and tetrodotoxin (TTX) have the same striking property of blocking the Na(+) channels in the axolemma. Experiments with nerve plasma membrane components of the squid Dosidicus gigas have shown that TTX interacts with cholesterol monolayers. Similar experiments were carried out with STX. The effect of STX on the surface pressure-area diagrams of lipid monolayers and on the fluorescence emission spectra of sonicated nerve membranes was studied. The results indicate a TTX-like interaction of STX with cholesterol monolayers. The expansion of the monolayers caused by 10(-6)M STX was 2.2 A(2)/cholesterol molecule at 25 degrees C. From surface pressure measurements at constant cholesterol area (39 A(2)/molecule) in media with various STX concentrations, it was calculated that the STX/cholesterol surface concentration ratio is 0.54. The apparent dissociation constant of the STX-cholesterol monolayer complex is 4.0 x 10(-7)M. The STX/cholesterol ratio and the apparent dissociation constant are similar to those determined for TTX. The presence of other lipids in the monolayers affects the STX-cholesterol association. The interactions of STX and TTX with cholesterol monolayers suggest (a) that cholesterol molecules may be part of the nerve membrane Na(+) channels, or (b) that the toxin receptor at the nerve membrane shares similar chemical features with the cholesterol monolayers. PMID:5007264

  9. Effect of Structure on the Interactions between Five Natural Antimicrobial Compounds and Phospholipids of Bacterial Cell Membrane on Model Monolayers

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    Stella W. Nowotarska

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Monolayers composed of bacterial phospholipids were used as model membranes to study interactions of the naturally occurring phenolic compounds 2,5-dihydroxybenzaldehyde and 2-hydroxy-5-methoxybenzaldehyde, and the plant essential oil compounds carvacrol, cinnamaldehyde, and geraniol, previously found to be active against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogenic microorganisms. The lipid monolayers consist of 1,2-dihexadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DPPE, 1,2-dihexa- decanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-(1'-rac-glycerol (DPPG, and 1,1',2,2'-tetratetradecanoyl cardiolipin (cardiolipin. Surface pressure–area (π-A and surface potential–area (Δψ-A isotherms were measured to monitor changes in the thermodynamic and physical properties of the lipid monolayers. Results of the study indicated that the five compounds modified the three lipid monolayer structures by integrating into the monolayer, forming aggregates of antimicrobial –lipid complexes, reducing the packing effectiveness of the lipids, increasing the membrane fluidity, and altering the total dipole moment in the monolayer membrane model. The interactions of the five antimicrobial compounds with bacterial phospholipids depended on both the structure of the antimicrobials and the composition of the monolayers. The observed experimental results provide insight into the mechanism of the molecular interactions between naturally-occurring antimicrobial compounds and phospholipids of the bacterial cell membrane that govern activities.

  10. Interaction of Egg-Sphingomyelin with DOPC in Langmuir Monolayers

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    Chang-chun Hao; Run-guang Sun; Jing Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Lipid rafts are a dynamic microdomain structure found in recent years,enriched in sphingolipids,cholesterol and particular proteins.The change of structure and function of lipid rafts could result in many diseases.In this work,the monolayer miscibility behavior of mixed systems of Egg-Sphingomyelin (ESM) with 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine was investigated in terms of mean surface area per molecule and excess molecular area △Aex at certain surface pressure,surface pressure and excess surface pressure △πex at certain mean molecular area.The stability and compressibility of the mixed monolayers was assessed by the parameters of surface excess Gibbs free energy △Gex,excess Helmholtz energy △Hex and elasticity.Thermodynamic analysis indicates △Aex and △πex in the binary systems with positive deviations from the ideal behavior,suggesting repulsive interaction.The maximum of △Gex and △Hex was at the molar fraction of ESM of 0.6,demonstrating the mixed monolayer was more unstable.The repulsive interaction induced phase separation in the monolayer.

  11. The Equilibria of Lipid–K+ Ions in Monolayer at the Air/Water Interface

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    Petelska, Aneta D.; Figaszewski, Zbigniew A.

    2011-01-01

    The effect of K+ ion interaction with monolayers of phosphatidylcholine (lecithin, PC) or cholesterol (Ch) was investigated at the air/water interface. We present surface tension measurements of lipid monolayers obtained using a Langmuir method as a function of K+ ion concentration. Measurements were carried out at 22°C using a Teflon trough and a Nima 9000 tensiometer. Interactions between lecithin and K+ ions or Ch and K+ ions result in significant deviations from the additivity rule. An eq...

  12. Influence of surface properties of mix-monolayers on lipolytic hydrolysis

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    Peters, Günther H. J.; Dahmen, U.; Brezesinski, G.;

    2000-01-01

    Fluorescence microscopy, surface potential, and activity measurements were used to investigate the influence of fatty acids and fatty alcohols on the lipolytic activity of several lipases. We have determined the lateral lipid distribution and interfacial properties of Langmuir mixed monolayers...... of available diacylglyceride area to the enzyme. Direct imaging of the lipolytic hydrolysis of these monolayers show that relatively small domains are formed, suggesting that the enzyme preferentially acts on pure diacylglyceride patches....

  13. Lipid Profile

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    ... be limited. Home Visit Global Sites Search Help? Lipid Profile Share this page: Was this page helpful? Also ... as: Lipid Panel; Coronary Risk Panel Formal name: Lipid Profile Related tests: Cholesterol ; HDL Cholesterol ; LDL Cholesterol ; Triglycerides ; ...

  14. Ion Induced Changes in Phosphoinositide Monolayers at Phisiological Concentrations

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    Kazadi Badiambile, Adolphe; Forstner, Martin

    2013-03-01

    Phosphoinositides (PIPs) play a crucial role in many cellular process that occur at the plasma membrane such as calcium release, exocytosis or endocytosis. In order to specifically regulate these functions PIPs must segregate in pools at the plasma membrane. A possible mechanism that could induce and regulate such organization of phosphoinositides is their interaction with bivalent cations. Understanding the physicochemical mechanism that can regulate membrane structure is a crucial step in the development of adaptive biomimetic membrane systems. Using Langmuir monolayers, we investigated the effect of calcium and magnesium on the surface pressure-area/lipid isotherm of monolayer of phosphatidylinositol (PI), phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate (PIP2), dioleoylphosphatidylglycerol (DOPG) and palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC). It is found that the decrease of area per lipid, i.e. the increase in aggregation, is mostly dependent on the lipid's head group charge but ion specific. In addition, we discuss changes in free energy and compressibility of these monolayer-ion systems. NSF

  15. Studies of epidermal lipids using electron microscopy.

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    Swartzendruber, D C

    1992-06-01

    Ruthenium tetroxide fixation has permitted the electron microscopic visualization of intercellular lipid lamellae in thin sections of stratum corneum. This development complements prior freeze-fracture studies of lipid lamellae and has advanced our knowledge about the ultrastructure of epidermal lipids in several ways. We have demonstrated a continuous lipid envelope that surrounds each differentiated stratum corneum cell and the presence of lipid lamellae throughout the entire stratum corneum of three mammalian species, including humans. Wherever lamellae are seen, they are present in multiples of one, two, or more pairs of bilayers, consistent with their formation from fused, flattened lipid vesicles. A unique pattern of lipid monolayers intervening between each pair of bilayers, based on sharing lipid chains between bilayers, has been proposed. In regions where there are no intercellular lamellae between corneocytes, intervening monolayers are in contact with adjacent lipid envelopes that might be involved in stratum corneum cohesion. However, limitations to the ruthenium technique must be overcome before changes in lamellar patterns can be accurately attributed to, or correlated with, changes in permeability brought about by experimental procedures or in diseased states. PMID:1498019

  16. Electromelting of Confined Monolayer Ice

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    Qiu, Hu; Guo, Wanlin

    2013-01-01

    In sharp contrast to the prevailing view that electric fields promote water freezing, here we show by molecular dynamics simulations that monolayer ice confined between two parallel plates can melt into liquid water under perpendicularly applied electric field. The melting temperature of the monolayer ice decreases with the increasing strength of the external field due to field-induced disruption of the water-wall interaction induced well-ordered network of hydrogen bond. This electromelting ...

  17. Formation of artificial lipid bilayers using droplet dielectrophoresis

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    Aghdaei, Sara; Sandison, Mairi E.; Zagnoni, Michele; Green, Nicolas G; Morgan, Hywel

    2008-01-01

    We describe the formation of artificial bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) by the controlled, electrical manipulation of aqueous droplets immersed in a lipid-alkane solution. Droplet movement was generated using dielectrophoresis on planar microelectrodes covered in a thin insulator. Droplets, surrounded by lipid monolayers, were brought into contact and spontaneously formed a BLM. The method produced BLMs suitable for single-channel recording of membrane protein activity and the technique can be...

  18. DPPC Monolayers Exhibit an Additional Phase Transition at High Surface Pressure

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    Shen, Chen; de la Serna, Jorge B.; Struth, Bernd;

    2015-01-01

    % of lipid with 10% integrated proteins. Among its lipid compounds, di-palmitoyl-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) dominates (~45wt%). DPPC is the only known lipid that can be compressed to very high surface pressure (~70mN/m) before its monolayer collapses. Most probably, this feature contributes to the...... mechanical stability of the alveoli monolayer. Still, to the best of our knowledge, some details of the compression isotherm presented here and the related structures of the DPPC monolayer were not studied so far. The liquid-expanded/liquid-condensed phase transition of the DPPC monolayer at ~10mN/m is well...... known. Here, we report a second phase transition at elevated surface pressure (~50mN/m). The lateral structure of the monolayer at selected states (8mN/m, 20mN/m, 30mN/m, 40mN/m, 50mN/m, 60mN/m, 70mN/m; covering the whole pressure range of the isotherm) was investigated by grazing incidence X...

  19. Cholesterol Depletion from a Ceramide/Cholesterol Mixed Monolayer: A Brewster Angle Microscope Study

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    2016-06-01

    Cholesterol is crucial to the mechanical properties of cell membranes that are important to cells’ behavior. Its depletion from the cell membranes could be dramatic. Among cyclodextrins (CDs), methyl beta cyclodextrin (MβCD) is the most efficient to deplete cholesterol (Chol) from biomembranes. Here, we focus on the depletion of cholesterol from a C16 ceramide/cholesterol (C16-Cer/Chol) mixed monolayer using MβCD. While the removal of cholesterol by MβCD depends on the cholesterol concentration in most mixed lipid monolayers, it does not depend very much on the concentration of cholesterol in C16-Cer/Chol monolayers. The surface pressure decay during depletion were described by a stretched exponential that suggested that the cholesterol molecules are unable to diffuse laterally and behave like static traps for the MβCD molecules. Cholesterol depletion causes morphology changes of domains but these disrupted monolayers domains seem to reform even when cholesterol level was low.

  20. Lipid domain morphologies in phosphatidylcholine-ceramide monolayers

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    Karttunen, Mikko; Haataja, Mikko P; Säily, Matti;

    2009-01-01

    In cells, one of the main roles of ceramide-enriched membrane domains is to recruit or exclude intracellular signaling molecules and receptors, thereby facilitating signal transduction cascades. Accordingly, in model membranes, even low contents of ceramide segregate into lateral domains. The...... of fluorescent NBD-phosphatidylcholine into DMPC/Cer mixtures was found to be very sensitive to the N-acyl chain length. Shorter ceramides (Cer10-Cer14) formed flower-like (seaweed) domains, whereas longer ceramides (N-acyl chain length>14 carbon atoms) formed round and regular domains. We attribute...

  1. Electromelting of Confined Monolayer Ice

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    Qiu, Hu

    2013-01-01

    In sharp contrast to the prevailing view that electric fields promote water freezing, here we show by molecular dynamics simulations that monolayer ice confined between two parallel plates can melt into liquid water under perpendicularly applied electric field. The melting temperature of the monolayer ice decreases with the increasing strength of the external field due to field-induced disruption of the water-wall interaction induced well-ordered network of hydrogen bond. This electromelting process should add an important new ingredient to the physics of water.

  2. Positional order in Langmuir monolayers

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    Kaganer, V.M.; Brezesinski, G.; Möhwald, H.; Howes, P.B.; Kjær, K.

    1998-01-01

    We find that a structural solid-solid phase transition in a two-dimensional Langmuir film is accompanied by strong positional disorder. Specifically, we find by a grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction experiment that in monolayers of octadecanol both the hexagonal phase LS and the centered rectangu......We find that a structural solid-solid phase transition in a two-dimensional Langmuir film is accompanied by strong positional disorder. Specifically, we find by a grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction experiment that in monolayers of octadecanol both the hexagonal phase LS and the centered...

  3. Do Lipids Retard the Evaporation of the Tear Fluid?

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    Rantamaki, A. H.; Javanainen, M.; Vattulainen, I.;

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE. We examined in vitro the potential evaporation-retarding effect of the tear film lipid layer (TFLL). The artificial TFLL compositions used here were based on the present knowledge of TFLL composition. METHODS. A custom-built system was developed to measure evaporation rates at 35 degrees C....... Lipids were applied to an air-water interface, and the evaporation rate through the lipid layer was defined as water loss from the interface. A thick layer of olive oil and a monolayer of long-chain alcohol were used as controls. The artificial TFLLs were composed of 1 to 4 lipid species: polar...... evaporation by 54% and 45%, respectively. The PC monolayer and the four-component mixtures did not retard evaporation. WE was the most important evaporation-retardant TFLL lipid (similar to 20% decrease). In PC/WE mixtures, an similar to 90% proportion of WE was required for evaporation retardation. Based on...

  4. Molecular Dynamics simulations and Kelvin Probe Force microscopy to study of cholesterol-induced electrostatic nanodomains in complex lipid mixtures

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    Drolle, Elizabeth; Bennett, W F D; Lyman, Edward; Karttunen, Mikko; Leonenko, Zoya

    2016-01-01

    The molecular arrangement of lipids and proteins within biomembranes and monolayers gives rise to complex film morphologies as well as regions of distinct electrical surface potential, topographical and electrostatic nanoscale domains. To probe these nanodomains in soft matter is a challenging task both experimentally and theoretically. This work addresses the effects of cholesterol, lipid composition, lipid charge, and lipid phase on the monolayer structure and the electrical surface potential distribution. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) was used to resolve topographical nanodomains and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM) to resolve electrical surface potential of these nanodomains in lipid monolayers. Model monolayers composed of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC), 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-[phospho-rac-(3-lysyl(1-glycerol))] (DOPG), sphingomyelin, and cholesterol were studied. It is shown that chole...

  5. Monolayers of lysolecithins and analogs

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    Eibl, H.; Demel, R.A.; Deenen, L.L.M. van

    1969-01-01

    1) The interfacial characteristics of lysolecithins are highly dependent on chain length and unsaturation of the fatty acid chain. (Stearoyl) and (oleoyl) lysolecithins form stable monolayers with high collapse pressures (35 dynes/cm) whereas (palmitoyl) (myristoyl), and (linoleoyl) lysolecithin mon

  6. Positional order in Langmuir monolayers

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    Kaganer, V.M.; Brezesinski, G.; Möhwald, H.;

    1998-01-01

    We find that a structural solid-solid phase transition in a two-dimensional Langmuir film is accompanied by strong positional disorder. Specifically, we find by a grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction experiment that in monolayers of octadecanol both the hexagonal phase LS and the centered...

  7. Effect of cation enrichment on dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) monolayers at the air-water interface.

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    Adams, Ellen M; Casper, Clayton B; Allen, Heather C

    2016-09-15

    The effect of highly concentrated salt solutions of marine-relevant cations (Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), and Ca(2+)) on Langmuir monolayers of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) was investigated by means of surface pressure-area isotherms, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM), and infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS). It was found that monovalent cations and Mg(2+) have similar phase behavior, causing DPPC monolayers to expand, while Ca(2+) induces condensation. All cations disrupted the surface morphology at high cation concentration, resulting in decreased reflectivity from the monolayer. Monolayer refractive index was calculated from BAM image intensity in the liquid condensed phase and decreased with increasing cation concentration, which suggests that orientation of the alkyl chains change. Monovalent ions increase ordering of the alkyl chains, more than divalents, yet have little interaction with the DPPC headgroup. Mg(2+) induces gauche defects in the alkyl chain and increases headgroup hydration at low lipid coverage but increases chain ordering and dehydrates the headgroup at high lipid coverage. Ca(2+) orders alkyl chains and dehydrates the phosphate moiety, independent of lipid phase. At the highest salt concentration investigated, significant narrowing of the asymmetric PO2(-) vibrational mode occurs and is attributed to considerable dehydration of the DPPC headgroup. PMID:27322949

  8. Interplay of curvature-induced micro- and nanodomain structures in multicomponent lipid bilayers

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    Brodbek, Leonie

    2015-01-01

    We discuss different mechanisms for curvature-induced domain formation in multicomponent lipid membranes and present a theoretical model that allows us to study the interplay between the domains. The model represents the membrane by two coupled monolayers, which each carry an additional order parameter field describing the local lipid composition. The spontaneous curvature of each monolayer is coupled to the local composition, moreover, the lipid compositions on opposing monolayers are coupled to each other. Using this model, we calculate the phase behavior of the bilayer in mean-field approximation. The resulting phase diagrams are surprisingly complex and reveal a variety of phases and phase transitions, including a decorated microdomain phase where nanodomains are aligned along the microdomain boundaries. Our results suggest that external membrane tension can be used to control the lateral organization of nanodomains (which might be associated with lipid "rafts") in a multicomponent lipid bilayer.

  9. Milk lipids

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    Milk fat conveys a number of desirable qualities to food, and various lipid components contribute to human nutrition and health. Over 96% of milk lipids consist of triacylglycerols, which contain a variety of fatty acids. Di- and monoacylglycerols, free fatty acids, sterols, and phospho-, glyco-,...

  10. Penetration of Milk-Derived Antimicrobial Peptides into Phospholipid Monolayers as Model Biomembranes

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    Wanda Barzyk

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Three antimicrobial peptides derived from bovine milk proteins were examined with regard to penetration into insoluble monolayers formed with 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC or 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-rac-(1-glycerol sodium salt (DPPG. Effects on surface pressure (Π and electric surface potential (ΔV were measured, Π with a platinum Wilhelmy plate and ΔV with a vibrating plate. The penetration measurements were performed under stationary diffusion conditions and upon the compression of the monolayers. The two type measurements showed greatly different effects of the peptide-lipid interactions. Results of the stationary penetration show that the peptide interactions with DPPC monolayer are weak, repulsive, and nonspecific while the interactions with DPPG monolayer are significant, attractive, and specific. These results are in accord with the fact that antimicrobial peptides disrupt bacteria membranes (negative while no significant effect on the host membranes (neutral is observed. No such discrimination was revealed from the compression isotherms. The latter indicate that squeezing the penetrant out of the monolayer upon compression does not allow for establishing the penetration equilibrium, so the monolayer remains supersaturated with the penetrant and shows an under-equilibrium orientation within the entire compression range, practically.

  11. Lattice solution model for order-disorder transitions in membranes and Langmuir monolayers

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    Guidi, Henrique S

    2013-01-01

    Lipid monolayers and bilayers have been used as experimental models for the investigation of membrane thermal transitions. The main transition takes place near ambient temperatures for several lipids and reflects the order-disorder transition of lipid hydrocarbonic chains, which is accompanied by a small density gap. Equivalence between the transitions in the two systems has been argued by several authors. The two-state statistical model adopted by numerous authors for different properties of the membrane, such as permeability, diffusion, mixture or insertion of cholesterol or protein, is inadequate for the description of charged membranes, since it lacks a proper description of surface density. We propose a lattice solution model which adds interactions with water molecules to lipid-lipid interactions and obtain its thermal properties under a mean-field approach. Density variations, although concomitant with chain order variations, are independent of the latter. The model presents both chain order and gas-li...

  12. Role of Neutral Lipids in Tear Fluid Lipid Layer: Coarse-Grained Simulation Study

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    Telenius, J.; Koivuniemi, A.; Kulovesi, P.;

    2012-01-01

    Tear fluid lipid layer (TFLL) residing at the air-water interface of tears has been recognized to play an important role in the development of dry eye syndrome. Yet, the composition, structure, and mechanical properties of TFLL are only partly known. Here, we report results of coarse......-grained simulations of a lipid layer comprising phospholipids, free fatty acids, cholesteryl esters, and triglycerides at the air-water interface to shed light on the properties of TFLL. We consider structural as well as dynamical properties of the lipid layer as a function of surface pressure. Simulations revealed...... monolayer system, we found drastic differences in both structural and dynamical properties that explain the prominent role of neutral lipids as stabilizers of the TFLL. Based on our results, we suggest that neutral lipids are able to increase the stability of the TFLL by modulating its dynamical and...

  13. Orientational ordering of adsorbed monolayers

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    The authors set up a model for the adsorption energy for a closed-packed hexagonal monolayer deposited on a substrate surface of the same structure, but different lattice constant, as a function of the epitaxy angle between the principal axis. The surface substrate potential is expressed in the form of symmetry and periodic potential with symmetry and periodicity of the substrate surface. The particular case of lead underpotentially deposited on Ag(111) is examined

  14. Islet amyloid polypeptide inserts into phospholipid monolayers as monomer.

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    Engel, Maarten F M; Yigittop, HaciAli; Elgersma, Ronald C; Rijkers, Dirk T S; Liskamp, Rob M J; de Kruijff, Ben; Höppener, Jo W M; Antoinette Killian, J

    2006-02-24

    Amyloid deposits in the pancreatic islets of Langerhans are thought to be a main factor responsible for death of the insulin-producing islet beta-cells in type 2 diabetes. It is hypothesized that beta-cell death is related to interaction of the 37 amino acid residue human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), the major constituent of islet amyloid, with cellular membranes. However, the mechanism of hIAPP-membrane interactions is largely unknown. Here, we study the nature and the molecular details of the initial step of hIAPP-membrane interactions by using the monolayer technique. It is shown that both freshly dissolved hIAPP and the non-amyloidogenic mouse IAPP (mIAPP) have a pronounced ability to insert into phospholipid monolayers, even at lipid packing conditions that exceed the conditions that occur in biological membranes. In contrast, the fibrillar form of hIAPP has lost the ability to insert. These results, combined with the observations that both the insertion kinetics and the dependence of insertion on the initial surface pressure are similar for freshly dissolved hIAPP and mIAPP, indicate that hIAPP inserts into phospholipid monolayers most likely as a monomer. In addition, our results suggest that the N-terminal part of hIAPP, which is nearly identical with that of mIAPP, is largely responsible for insertion. This is supported by experiments with hIAPP fragments, which show that a peptide consisting of the 19 N-terminal residues of hIAPP efficiently inserts into phospholipid monolayers, whereas an amyloidogenic decapeptide, consisting of residues 20-29 of hIAPP, inserts much less efficiently. The results obtained here suggest that hIAPP monomers might insert with high efficiency in biological membranes in vivo. This process could play an important role as a first step in hIAPP-induced membrane damage in type 2 diabetes. PMID:16403520

  15. Ascorbyl palmitate interaction with phospholipid monolayers: electrostatic and rheological preponderancy.

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    Mottola, Milagro; Wilke, Natalia; Benedini, Luciano; Oliveira, Rafael Gustavo; Fanani, Maria Laura

    2013-11-01

    Ascorbyl palmitate (ASC16) is an anionic amphiphilic molecule of pharmacological interest due to its antioxidant properties. We found that ASC16 strongly interacted with model membranes. ASC16 penetrated phospholipid monolayers, with a cutoff near the theoretical surface pressure limit. The presence of a lipid film at the interface favored ASC16 insertion compared with a bare air/water surface. The adsorption and penetration time curves showed a biphasic behavior: the first rapid peak evidenced a fast adsorption of charged ASC16 molecules to the interface that promoted a lowering of surface pH, thus partially neutralizing and compacting the film. The second rise represented an approach to the equilibrium between the ASC16 molecules in the subphase and the surface monolayer, whose kinetics depended on the ionization state of the film. Based on the Langmuir dimiristoylphosphatidylcholine+ASC16 monolayer data, we estimated an ASC16 partition coefficient to dimiristoylphosphatidylcholine monolayers of 1.5×10(5) and a ΔGp=-6.7kcal·mol(-1). The rheological properties of the host membrane were determinant for ASC16 penetration kinetics: a fluid membrane, as provided by cholesterol, disrupted the liquid-condensed ASC16-enriched domains and favored ASC16 penetration. Subphase pH conditions affected ASC16 aggregation in bulk: the smaller structures at acidic pHs showed a faster equilibrium with the surface film than large lamellar ones. Our results revealed that the ASC16 interaction with model membranes has a highly complex regulation. The polymorphism in the ASC16 bulk aggregation added complexity to the equilibrium between the surface and subphase form of ASC16, whose understanding may shed light on the pharmacological function of this drug. PMID:23806650

  16. Biosynthesis of archaeal membrane ether lipids.

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    Jain, Samta; Caforio, Antonella; Driessen, Arnold J M

    2014-01-01

    A vital function of the cell membrane in all living organism is to maintain the membrane permeability barrier and fluidity. The composition of the phospholipid bilayer is distinct in archaea when compared to bacteria and eukarya. In archaea, isoprenoid hydrocarbon side chains are linked via an ether bond to the sn-glycerol-1-phosphate backbone. In bacteria and eukarya on the other hand, fatty acid side chains are linked via an ester bond to the sn-glycerol-3-phosphate backbone. The polar head groups are globally shared in the three domains of life. The unique membrane lipids of archaea have been implicated not only in the survival and adaptation of the organisms to extreme environments but also to form the basis of the membrane composition of the last universal common ancestor (LUCA). In nature, a diverse range of archaeal lipids is found, the most common are the diether (or archaeol) and the tetraether (or caldarchaeol) lipids that form a monolayer. Variations in chain length, cyclization and other modifications lead to diversification of these lipids. The biosynthesis of these lipids is not yet well understood however progress in the last decade has led to a comprehensive understanding of the biosynthesis of archaeol. This review describes the current knowledge of the biosynthetic pathway of archaeal ether lipids; insights on the stability and robustness of archaeal lipid membranes; and evolutionary aspects of the lipid divide and the LUCA. It examines recent advances made in the field of pathway reconstruction in bacteria. PMID:25505460

  17. Comparison of the effect of two Quillaja bark saponin extracts on DPPC and DPPC/cholesterol Langmuir monolayers.

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    Orczyk, Marta; Wojciechowski, Kamil

    2015-12-01

    The present study aims at comparing the effect of two commercially available Quillaja bark saponin (QBS) products on model Langmuir monolayers. Pure dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and mixed DPPC/cholesterol Langmuir monolayers were used as crude models of erythrocyte membranes in order to better understand a hemolytic activity of QBS. Both QBS products are mixtures of several saponins and non-saponin fractions, only few of which can be assigned an exact chemical structure, as shown by an HPLC analysis. Noticeable differences in the saponin profiles, and most importantly-in the content of non-saponin fractions (tannins and phenolic compounds) are probably responsible for their different adsorption behavior at the water/air interface. The lipids Langmuir monolayers were initially spread on pure water and compressed to surface pressure of 32.5 mN/m, which is believed to provide the lipid packing similar to that in real biological membranes. The water subphase was subsequently exchanged with the respective QBS solutions in the concentration range 5 × 10(-4) to 2 × 10(-1)wt%. In order to assess the resistance of the model lipid monolayers to QBS, a combination of surface pressure relaxation and surface dilatational rheology was employed. Both QBS are shown to penetrate the lipid layers without removing them, but their effect on the lipid layers' relaxation and viscoelastic dilational properties is different. The differences virtually disappear when cholesterol is present in the monolayer, especially for the DPPC/Cholesterol molar ratio between 10:9 and 4:1 (mol/mol). Despite several jumps of surface pressure, the lipid layers containing cholesterol can resist penetration of QBS. PMID:26413864

  18. Lipidomic and proteomic analysis of Caenorhabditis elegans lipid droplets and identification of ACS-4 as a lipid droplet-associated protein

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    Vrablik, Tracy L. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Petyuk, Vladislav A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Larson, Emily M. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Smith, Richard D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Watts, Jennifer [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)

    2015-06-27

    Lipid droplets are cytoplasmic organelles that store neutral lipids for membrane synthesis and energy reserves. In this study, we characterized the lipid and protein composition of purified C. elegans lipid droplets. These lipid droplets are composed mainly of triacylglycerols, surrounded by a phospholipid monolayer composed primarily of phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine. The fatty acid composition of the triacylglycerols was rich in fatty acid species obtained from the dietary E. coli, including cyclopropane fatty acids and cis-vaccenic acid. Unlike other organisms, C. elegans lipid droplets contain very little cholesterol or cholesterol esters. Comparison of the lipid droplet proteomes of wild type and high-fat daf-2 mutant strains shows a relative decrease of MDT-28 abundance in lipid droplets isolated from daf-2 mutants. Functional analysis of lipid droplet proteins identified in our proteomic studies indicated an enrichment of proteins required for growth and fat homeostasis in C. elegans.

  19. Hematite nanoparticle monolayers on mica electrokinetic characteristics.

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    Morga, Maria; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Oćwieja, Magdalena

    2012-11-15

    Electrokinetic properties of α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) nanoparticle monolayers on mica were thoroughly characterized using the streaming potential method. Hematite suspensions were obtained by acidic hydrolysis of ferric chloride. The average size of particles (hydrodynamic diameter), determined by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and AFM, was 22 nm (pH=5.5, I=10(-2)M). The hematite monolayers on mica were produced under diffusion-controlled transport from the suspensions of various bulk concentration. The monolayer coverage, quantitatively determined by AFM and SEM, was regulated within broad limits by adjusting the nanoparticle deposition time. This allowed one to uniquely express zeta potential of hematite monolayers, determined by the streaming potential measurements, in terms of the particle coverage. Such dependencies, obtained for various pH, were successfully interpreted in terms of the three-dimensional electrokinetic model. A universal calibrating graph was produced enabling one to determine hematite monolayer coverage from the measured value of the streaming potential. The influence of the ionic strength, varied between 10(-4) and 10(-2)M, on the zeta potential of hematite monolayers was also studied. Additionally, the stability of monolayers (desorption kinetics) was determined under in situ conditions using the streaming potential method. Our experimental data prove that it is feasible to produce uniform and stable hematite particle monolayers of well-controlled coverage. Such monolayers may find practical applications as universal substrates for protein immobilization (biosensors) and in electrocatalytic applications. PMID:22921408

  20. Equilibrating nanoparticle monolayers using wetting films.

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    Pontoni, Diego; Alvine, Kyle J; Checco, Antonio; Gang, Oleg; Ocko, Benjamin M; Pershan, Peter S

    2009-01-01

    Monolayers of bimodal gold nanoparticles on silicon are investigated by a combination of microscopy (dry monolayers) and x-ray diffraction (dry and wet monolayers). In the presence of an excess of small particles, the nanoscale packing structure closely resembles the small-particle-rich scenario of the structural crossover transition that has been predicted and also observed with micron-scale hard-sphere colloids. Structural morphology is monitored in situ during monolayer dissolution and reassembly within the thin liquid wetting film. This approach allows investigation of size and solvent effects on nanoparticles in quasi-two-dimensional confinement. PMID:19257214

  1. Interaction between a growth-hormone releasing hexapeptide and phospholipids spread as monolayers at the air/water interface.

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    Issaurat, B; Teissié, J

    1988-10-20

    The interaction between a growth-hormone releasing hexapeptide and phospholipids was studied on mixed monolayers models by means of surface fluorescence. When in a monolayer this hexapeptide which contains two tryptophan molecules was observed to fluoresce. Isothermal compression experiments showed that the complex was destroyed upon compression in the case of phosphatidylethanolamine. With phosphatidylglycerol it was observed to be stable but a dramatic reversible decrease in emission was observed at high surface pressure. This is indicative of a reversible change in the organization of the peptide-phospholipid complex. These observations indicate that, in the complex, hydrophobic interactions were weak but electrostatic ones, when present, were strong enough to maintain the GHRP attached to the monolayer and not to destabilize it. The integrity of the lipid monolayer appeared not to be affected by the peptide. PMID:3179304

  2. Bacterial S-layer protein coupling to lipids

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    Weygand, M.; Wetzer, B.; Pum, D.;

    1999-01-01

    -filled cavities near its center. The protein volume fraction reaches maxima of >60% in two horizontal sections of the S-layer, close to the lipid monolayer and close to the free subphase. In between it drops to similar to 20%. Four S-layer protein monomers are located within the unit cell of a square lattice with...

  3. Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein (MTP) Associates with Cytosolic Lipid Droplets in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes

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    Love, Joseph D.; Suzuki, Takashi; Robinson, Delia B.; Harris, Carla M.; Johnson, Joyce E.; Mohler, Peter J.; Jerome, W. Gray; Swift, Larry L.

    2015-01-01

    Lipid droplets are intracellular energy storage organelles composed of a hydrophobic core of neutral lipid, surrounded by a monolayer of phospholipid and a diverse array of proteins. The function of the vast majority of these proteins with regard to the formation and/or turnover of lipid droplets is unknown. Our laboratory was the first to report that microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP), a lipid transfer protein essential for the assembly of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, was expr...

  4. Multifunctional self-assembled monolayers

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    Zawodzinski, T.; Bar, G.; Rubin, S.; Uribe, F. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Ferrais, J. [Texas Univ., Dallas, TX (United States)

    1996-06-01

    This is the final report of at three year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The specific goals of this research project were threefold: to develop multifunctional self-assembled monolayers, to understand the role of monolayer structure on the functioning of such systems, and to apply this knowledge to the development of electrochemical enzyme sensors. An array of molecules that can be used to attach electrochemically active biomolecules to gold surfaces has been synthesized. Several members of a class of electroactive compounds have been characterized and the factors controlling surface modification are beginning to be characterized. Enzymes have been attached to self-assembled molecules arranged on the gold surface, a critical step toward the ultimate goal of this project. Several alternative enzyme attachment strategies to achieve robust enzyme- modified surfaces have been explored. Several means of juxtaposing enzymes and mediators, electroactive compounds through which the enzyme can exchange electrons with the electrode surface, have also been investigated. Finally, the development of sensitive biosensors based on films loaded with nanoscale-supported gold particles that have surface modified with the self-assembled enzyme and mediator have been explored.

  5. EFFECTS OF CAPTOPRIL, DILTIAZEM AND DOBUTAMINE ON PERMEABILITY OF RAT AORTIC ENDOTHELIAL CELL MONOLAYERS

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    王晓峰; 由广旭; 皮绍文; 秦永文

    2001-01-01

    To investigate the effects of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor captopril, calcium channel blocker diltiazem and β-adrenoceptor antagonist dobutamine on the permeability of rat aortic endothelial monolayers.Methods Trauma-free isolation by Chen et al was adopted in the culture of rat aortic endothelial cells. Rat aortic endothelial cells were seeded on the nitrocellulose microporous filters. Eight days after seeding, the monolayers could be used for measuring the permeability. Before being perfused, monolayers were treated with captopril, diltiazem and dobutamine for 4 hours successively. The prepared filters were mounted on the Boydon chambers and perfused with hyperlipemia containing FITC-labeled albumin. The fluid filtering through the monolayers and the filter was collected and the albumin concentration was measured. At the same time, cholesterol, triglyceride, lipoprotein A and lipoprotein B concentrations of the collected fluid were also measured by ELISA.Results The above three drugs decreased the permeability of aortic endothelial cell monolayers to water, cholesterol, triglyceride lipoprotein A and lipoprotein B significantly. Dobutamine had more significant effects than the other two drugs. But diltiazem worked well in the clearance of albumin, while the other two drugs had no obvious effect.Conclusion Captopril, diltiazem and dobutamine may decrease the infiltration of lipids and lipoproteins into the subendothelial space, thus they can be used to prevent and ameliorate atherosclerosis.

  6. Stilling Waves with Ordered Molecular Monolayers

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    Vitz, Ed

    2008-01-01

    A demonstration of the damping effect of an oil monolayer on water waves is described. The history of this remarkable demonstration--with a 2000 (or more) year span--and a brief explanation in terms of the properties of water and the monolayer are presented. If a layer of olive oil, one molecule thick (about one-ten millionth of a centimeter), is…

  7. Packing of ganglioside-phospholipid monolayers

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    Majewski, J.; Kuhl, T.L.; Kjær, K.;

    2001-01-01

    Using synchrotron grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXD) and reflectivity, the in-plane and out-of-plane structure of mixed ganglioside-phospholipid monolayers was investigated at the air-water interface. Mixed monolayers of 0, 5, 10, 20, and 100 mol% ganglioside GM, and the phospholipid dipa...

  8. Antiferromagnets Structure in Adsorbed O2 Monolayers

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    Nielsen, Mourits; McTague, J. P.

    1977-01-01

    Neutron diffraction from monolayers of O2 adsorbed on graphite shows structural arrangements similar to the dense planes of bulk O2. At monolayer completion and above, a magnetic superlattice reflection shows well-developed antiferromagnetic order for T ⩽ 10 K. The submonolayer phase also shows...

  9. Lipid membranes for the fabrication of functional micro- and nano-structures

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    Gopalakrishnan, Gopakumar; Vogel, Horst

    2007-01-01

    The central goal of this thesis work is to fabricate novel, functional fluorescent nanostructures in confined systems offered by phospholipid membranes, which are known to have highly ordered, thermotropic and lyotropic structures. In separate approaches, we have used three different lipid systems: multilamellar planar lipid membranes, unilamellar vesicular membranes as well as lipid monolayers for the development of functional fluorescent nano-, micro- and meso-scopic structures. Techniques ...

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Lipid-Polymer Hybrid Nanoparticles with pH-Triggered PEG Shedding

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    Clawson, Corbin; Ton, Linh; Aryal, Santosh; Fu, Victoria; Esener, Sadik; Zhang, Liangfang

    2011-01-01

    Novel lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles are designed with a poly(ethylene glycol) coating that is shed in response to a low pH trigger. This allows the nanoparticles to be stable during systemic circulation and at neutral pH, but destabilize and fuse with lipid membranes in acidic environments. The hybrid nanoparticles consist of a poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) core with a lipid and lipid-PEG monolayer shell. To make the hybrid nanoparticles pH sensitive, a lipid-(succinate)-mPEG conjugate i...

  11. Packing density of glycolipid biosurfactant monolayers give a significant effect on their binding affinity toward immunoglobulin G.

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    Imura, Tomohiro; Masuda, Yuma; Ito, Seya; Worakitkanchanakul, Wannasiri; Morita, Tomotake; Fukuoka, Tokuma; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko; Kitamoto, Dai

    2008-01-01

    Mannosylerythritol lipid-A (MEL-A) is one of the most promising glycolipid biosurfactants, and abundantly produced by Pseudozyma yeasts. MEL-A gives not only excellent self-assembling properties but also a high binding affinity toward human immunoglobulin G (HIgG). In this study, three kinds of MEL-A were prepared from methyl myristate [MEL-A (m)], olive oil [MEL-A (o)], and soybean oil [MEL-A (s)], and the effect of interfacial properties of each MEL-A monolayer on the binding affinity toward HIgG was investigated using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and the measurement of surface pressure (pi)-area (A) isotherms. Based on GC-MS analysis, the main fatty acids were C(8) and C(10) acids in all MEL-A, and the content of unsaturated fatty acids was 0% for MEL-A (m), 9.1% for MEL-A (o), 46.3% for MEL-A (s), respectively. Interestingly, the acid content significantly influenced on their binding affinity, and the monolayer of MEL-A (o) gave a higher binding affinity than that of MEL-A (m) and MEL-A (s). Moreover, the mixed MEL-A (o)/ MEL-A (s) monolayer prepared from 1/1 molar ratio, which comprised of 27.8% of unsaturated fatty acids, indicated the highest binding affinity. At the air/water interface, MEL-A (o) monolayer exhibited a phase transition at 13 degrees C from a liquid condensed monolayer to a liquid expanded monolayer, and the area per molecule significantly expanded above 13 degrees C, while the amount of HIgG bound to the liquid expanded monolayer was much higher than that bound to liquid condensed monolayer. The binding affinity of MEL-A toward HIgG is thus likely to closely relate to the monolayer packing density, and may be partly controlled by temperature. PMID:18622124

  12. The organization of n-alkanes in lipid bilayers.

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    McIntosh, T J; Simon, S A; MacDonald, R C

    1980-04-24

    The interaction of n-alkanes (C6--C16) with phosphatidylcholine has been studied by the combined use of differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and monolayer techniques. It has been found that the thermal properties and ultrastructure of lipid-alkane vesicles are strongly dependent on the length of the n-alkanes. Long alkanes, such as tetradecane and hexadecane, increase the transition temperature of dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine and dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine, while the X-ray data indicate that these long alkanes align parallel to the lipid acyl chains. In contrast, shorter alkanes, such as hexane and octane, decrease and broaden the thermal transition and electron density profiles show that these alkanes increase bilayer width by partitioning between the apposing monolayers of the bilayer. For lipids in the gel and liquid crystalline states, the short alkanes form an alkane region in the geometric center of the bilayer. PMID:6892885

  13. Coulomb excitations of monolayer germanene

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    Shih, Po-Hsin; Wu, Jhao-Ying; Shyu, Feng-Lin; Lin, Ming-Fa

    2016-01-01

    The feature-rich electronic excitations of monolayer germanene lie in the significant spin-orbital coupling and the buckled structure. The collective and single- particle excitations are diversified by the magnitude and direction of transferred momentum, the Fermi energy and the gate voltage. There are four kinds of plasmon modes, according to the unique frequency- and momentum-dependent phase diagrams. They behave as two-dimensional acoustic modes at long wavelength. However, for the larger momenta, they might change into another kind of undamped plasmons, become the seriously suppressed modes in the heavy intraband e-h excitations, keep the same undamped plasmons, or decline and then vanish in the strong interband e-h excitations. Germanene, silicene and graphene are quite different from one another in the main features of the diverse plasmon modes.

  14. High quality sub-monolayer, monolayer, and bilayer graphene on Ru(0001)

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    High quality sub-monolayer, monolayer, and bilayer graphene were grown on Ru(0001). For the sub-monolayer graphene, the size of graphene islands with zigzag edges can be controlled by the dose of ethylene exposure. By increasing the dose of ethylene to 100 Langmuir at a high substrate temperature (800 °C), high quality single-crystalline monolayer graphene was synthesized on Ru(0001). High quality bilayer graphene was formed by further increasing the dose of ethylene while reducing the cooling rate to 5 °C/min. Raman spectroscopy revealed the vibrational states of graphene, G and 2D peaks appeared only in the bilayer graphene, which demonstrates that it behaves as the intrinsic graphene. Our present work affords methods to produce high quality sub-monolayer, monolayer, and bilayer graphene, both for basic research and applications. (rapid communication)

  15. Large Friction Anisotropy of a Polydiacetylene Monolayer

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    Friction force microscopy measurements of a polydiacetylene monolayer film reveal a 300% friction anisotropy that is correlated with the film structure. The film consists of a monolayer of the red form of N-(2-ethanol)- 10,12 pentacosadiynamide, prepared on a Langmuir trough and deposited on a mica substrate. As confirmed by atomic force microscopy and fluorescence microscopy, the monolayer consists of domains of linearly oriented conjugated backbones with pendant hydrocarbon side chains above and below the backbones. Maximum friction occurs when the sliding direction is perpendicular to the backbone. We propose that the backbones impose anisotropic packing of the hydrocarbon side chains which leads to the observed friction anisotropy. Friction anisotropy is therefore a sensitive, optically-independent indicator of polymer backbone direction and monolayer structural properties

  16. Accurate Molecular Dimensions from Stearic Acid Monolayers.

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    Lane, Charles A.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Discusses modifications in the fatty acid monolayer experiment to reduce the inaccurate moleculary data students usually obtain. Copies of the experimental procedure used and a Pascal computer program to work up the data are available from the authors. (JN)

  17. Exciton Binding Energy of Monolayer WS2

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    Bairen Zhu; Xi Chen; Xiaodong Cui

    2015-01-01

    The optical properties of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) feature prominent excitonic natures. Here we report an experimental approach toward measuring the exciton binding energy of monolayer WS2 with linear differential transmission spectroscopy and two-photon photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (TP-PLE). TP-PLE measurements show the exciton binding energy of 0.71eV around K valley in the Brillouin zone. The trion binding energy of 34meV, two-photon absorption cross s...

  18. Structure of cholesterol/ceramide monolayer mixtures

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    Scheffer, L.; Solomonov, I.; Weygand, M.J.; Kjær, K.; Leiserowitz, L.; Addadi, L.

    2005-01-01

    The structure of monolayers of cholesterol/ ceramide mixtures was investigated using grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, immunofluorescence, and atomic force microscopy techniques. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements showed the existence of a crystalline mixed phase of the two...... was determined and modeled. Immunolabeling was performed with an antibody specific to the cholesterol monohydrate crystalline arrangement. The antibody recognizes crystalline cholesterol monolayers, but does not interact with crystalline ceramide. Immunofluorescence and atomic force microscopy data...

  19. Mass spectrometric analysis of monolayer protected nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Zhengjiang

    Monolayer protected nanoparticles (NPs) include an inorganic core and a monolayer of organic ligands. The wide variety of core materials and the tunable surface monolayers make NPs promising materials for numerous applications. Concerns related to unforeseen human health and environmental impacts of NPs have also been raised. In this thesis, new analytical methods based on mass spectrometry are developed to understand the fate, transport, and biodistributions of NPs in the complex biological systems. A laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS) method has been developed to characterize the monolayers on NP surface. LDI-MS allows multiple NPs taken up by cells to be measured and quantified in a multiplexed fashion. The correlations between surface properties of NPs and cellular uptake have also been explored. LDI-MS is further coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantitatively measure monolayer stability of gold NPs (AuNPs) and quantum dots (QDs), respectively, in live cells. This label-free approach allows correlating monolayer structure and particle size with NP stability in various cellular environments. Finally, uptake, distribution, accumulation, and excretion of NPs in higher order organisms, such as fish and plants, have been investigated to understand the environmental impact of nanomaterials. The results indicate that surface chemistry is a primary determinant. NPs with hydrophilic surfaces are substantially less toxic and present a lower degree of bioaccumulation, making these nanomaterials attractive for sustainable nanotechnology.

  20. X-ray Reflectivity Studies of cPLA?-C2 Domains Adsorbed onto Langmuir Monolayers of SOPC

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    Raghothamachar,B.; Dudley, M.; Dalmau, R.; Schlesser, R.; Sitar, Z.

    2005-01-01

    X-ray reflectivity is used to study the interaction of C2 domains of cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA{sub 2{alpha}}-C2) with a Langmuir monolayer of 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (SOPC) supported on a buffered aqueous solution containing Ca{sup 2+}. The reflectivity is analyzed in terms of the known crystallographic structure of cPLA2{alpha}-C2 domains and a slab model representing the lipid layer to yield an electron density profile of the lipid layer and bound C2 domains. This new method of analysis determines the angular orientation and penetration depth of the cPLA{sub 2{alpha}}-C2 domains bound to the SOPC monolayer, information not available from the standard slab model analysis of x-ray reflectivity. The best-fit orientation places the protein-bound Ca{sup 2+} ions within 1 Angstrom of the lipid phosphate group (with an accuracy of {+-}3 Angstroms). Hydrophobic residues of the calcium-binding loops CBL1 and CBL3 penetrate deepest into the lipid layer, with a 2 Angstrom penetration into the tailgroup region. X-ray measurements with and without the C2 domain indicate that there is a loss of electrons in the headgroup region of the lipid monolayer upon binding of the domains. We suggest that this is due to a loss of water molecules bound to the headgroup. Control experiments with a non-calcium buffer and with domain mutants confirm that the cPLA{sub 2{alpha}}-C2 binding to the SOPC monolayer is Ca{sup 2+}-dependent and that the hydrophobic residues in the calcium-binding loops are critical for membrane binding. These results indicate that an entropic component (due to water loss) as well as electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions contributes to the binding mechanism.

  1. Effects of Leucin-Enkephalins on Surface Characteristics and Morphology of Model Membranes Composed of Raft-Forming Lipids.

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    Tsanova, Asya; Jordanova, A; Lalchev, Z

    2016-06-01

    During the last decades opioid peptides, like enkephalins (Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe-Met/Leu) are subject to extensive studies due to their antinociceptive action in organism. According to the membrane catalysis theory, in order to adopt a proper conformation for binding to their receptors, opioid peptides interact with the lipid phase of the membrane receptor surrounding. With this regard, the aim of the present work was to study the effects of synthetic leucine-enkephalin and leucine-enkephalinamide on surface characteristics and morphology of lipid monolayers, composed of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, sphingomyelin, and cholesterol alone and with their mixtures. The lipids were chosen to represent a model of a membrane raft, since it is known that G-protein-coupled receptors, including opioid receptors, are located preferably in membrane rafts. By using Langmuir's monolayer method, the change in surface pressure of the model membranes before and after the addition of the synthetic enkephalins was studied, and the compressional moduli of the lipids and lipid-peptides monolayers were determined. In addition, by Brewster angle microscopy, the surface morphology of the lipid monolayers alone and after the injection of both enkephalins was monitored. Our results showed that both leucine-enkephalins affected the lipid monolayers surface characteristics, and led to an increase in surface density of the mixed surface lipids/enkephalins films at loose lipid packing. This effect was more pronounced for the enkephalinamide, suggesting a different mechanism of interaction for the amidated enkephalin with the lipid phase, as compared to leucine-enkephalin. PMID:26661722

  2. Thermodynamic and structural studies of mixed monolayers: Mutual mixing of DPPC and DPPG with DoTAP at the air-water interface

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    Phospholipid monomolecular films at the air-water interface are useful model membranes to understand miscibility among various components. Surface pressure (π)-area (A) isotherms of pure and mixed monolayers of dioleoyltrimethylammonium propane (DoTAP)-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and DoTAP-dipalmitoyphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) were constructed using a surface balance. DPPC and DPPG produced isotherms as expected and reported earlier. DoTAP, an unsaturated lipid, demonstrated a continuous π-A isotherm. Associative interactions were identified in DPPC-DoTAP mixtures compared to the pure components, while DPPG-DoTAP mixtures showed repulsive interaction up to an equimolar ratio. Compression moduli of the monolayers revealed that DPPC-DoTAP mixtures had increasing stability with increasing surface pressure, but addition of DoTAP to DPPG showed instability at low and intermediate concentrations. In both cases increased stability was returned at higher XDoTAP values and surface pressures. Lipid monolayer film thickness values, determined on a gold coated glass substrate by surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy (SPR), indicated a systematic change in height profile for DPPC-DoTAP mixtures with increasing XDoTAP. However, DPPG-DoTAP mixed monolayer systems demonstrated a biphasic response. The SPR data were in excellent agreement with our interpretation of the structure of solid supported lipid monolayers.

  3. Dislocations in Monolayers and Semiconductors.

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    Ren, Qiang

    1995-01-01

    Four different aspects of the properties of dislocations in monolayer and semiconductors have been investigated: (i) Using atomic relaxation techniques, dislocation dipoles of various sizes and orientations have been studied for monolayers with the Lennard-Jones potential (LJP) and the nearest-neighbour piecewise linear force (PLF) interactions. In the WP system the lower energy vacancy dipoles have over a wide range of angles an energy which is mainly a function of the vacancy content of the dipole. There is a competition between the elastic forces and the topological constraints which favour a five-fold coordinate vacancy (FCV) at the centre of each core. For the short range PLF system the lattice usually compresses upon the introduction of a dislocation, a consequence of the soft core of the interaction potential, and interstitial dipoles are lower in energy. For the long range LJP system the dislocations are mobile whereas for the PLF system they are pinned. The relevance of these results to existing theories of melting are discussed. (ii) Using generalized stacking-fault (GSF) energies obtained from first-principles density-functional calculations, a zero-temperature model for dislocations in silicon is constructed within the framework of a Peierls-Nabarro (PN) model. Core widths, core energies, PN pinning energies, and stresses are calculated for various possible perfect and imperfect dislocations. Both shuffle and glide sets are considered. 90^circ partials are shown to have a lower Peierls stress (PS) than 30 ^circ partials in accord with experiment. (iii) We have also studied by atomic relaxation techniques the properties of dislocations in silicon, modelled by the empirical potential of Stillinger and Weber. In order to compare with the preceding calculation no reconstruction is allowed. We find no evidence of dissociation in the shuffle dislocations. Within this model shuffle dislocations glide along their slipping planes. On the other hand, glide sets

  4. Penetration of the signal sequence of Escherichia coli PhoE protein into phospholipid model membranes leads to lipid-specific changes in signal peptide structure and alterations of lipid organization

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    Batenburg, A.M.; Demel, R.A.; Verkleij, A.J.; de Kruijff, B.

    1988-07-26

    In order to obtain more insight in the initial steps of the process of protein translocation across membranes, biophysical investigations were undertaken on the lipid specificity and structural consequences of penetration of the PhoE signal peptide into lipid model membranes and on the conformation of the signal peptide adopted upon interaction with the lipids. When the monolayer technique and differential scanning calorimetry are used, a stronger penetration is observed for negatively charged lipids, significantly influenced by the physical state of the lipid but not by temperature or acyl chain unsaturation as such. Although the interaction is principally electrostatic, as indicated also by the strong penetration of N-terminal fragments into negatively charged lipid monolayers, the effect of ionic strength suggests an additional hydrophobic component. Most interestingly with regard to the mechanism of protein translocation, the molecular area of the peptide in the monolayer also shows lipid specificity: the area in the presence of PC is consistent with a looped helical orientation, whereas in the presence of cardiolipin a time-dependent conformational change is observed, most likely leading from a looped to a stretched orientation with the N-terminus directed toward the water. This is in line also with the determined peptide-lipid stoichiometry. Preliminary /sup 31/P NMR and electron microscopy data on the interaction with lipid bilayer systems indicate loss of bilayer structure.

  5. Penetration of the signal sequence of Escherichia coli PhoE protein into phospholipid model membranes leads to lipid-specific changes in signal peptide structure and alterations of lipid organization

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    In order to obtain more insight in the initial steps of the process of protein translocation across membranes, biophysical investigations were undertaken on the lipid specificity and structural consequences of penetration of the PhoE signal peptide into lipid model membranes and on the conformation of the signal peptide adopted upon interaction with the lipids. When the monolayer technique and differential scanning calorimetry are used, a stronger penetration is observed for negatively charged lipids, significantly influenced by the physical state of the lipid but not by temperature or acyl chain unsaturation as such. Although the interaction is principally electrostatic, as indicated also by the strong penetration of N-terminal fragments into negatively charged lipid monolayers, the effect of ionic strength suggests an additional hydrophobic component. Most interestingly with regard to the mechanism of protein translocation, the molecular area of the peptide in the monolayer also shows lipid specificity: the area in the presence of PC is consistent with a looped helical orientation, whereas in the presence of cardiolipin a time-dependent conformational change is observed, most likely leading from a looped to a stretched orientation with the N-terminus directed toward the water. This is in line also with the determined peptide-lipid stoichiometry. Preliminary 31P NMR and electron microscopy data on the interaction with lipid bilayer systems indicate loss of bilayer structure

  6. Proteomic profiling of lipid droplet-associated proteins in primary adipocytes of normal and obese mouse

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    Yubo Ding; Yibo Wu; Rong Zeng; Kan Liao

    2012-01-01

    Lipid droplets in adipocytes serve as the principal longterm energy storage depot of animals.There is increasing recognition that lipid droplets are not merely a static neutral lipid storage site,but in fact dynamic and multifunctional organelles.Structurally,lipid droplet consists of a neutral lipid core surrounded by a phospholipid monolayer and proteins embedded in or bound to the phospholipid layer.Proteins on the surface of lipid droplets are crucial to droplet structure and dynamics.To understand the lipid droplet-associated proteome of primary adipocyte with a large central lipid droplet,lipid droplets of white adipose tissue from C57BL/6 mice were isolated.And the proteins were extracted and analyzed by liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry.A total of 193 proteins including 73 previously unreported proteins were identified.Furthermore,the isotope-coded affinity tags (ICAT) was used to compare the difference of lipid droplet-associated proteomes between the normal lean and the high-fat diet-induced obese C57BL/6 mice.Of 23proteins quantified by ICAT analysis,3 proteins were upregulated and 4 proteins were down-regulated in the lipid droplets of adipose tissue from the obese mice.Importantly,two structural proteins of lipid droplets,perilipin A and vimentin,were greatly reduced in the lipid droplets of the adipose tissue from the obese mice,implicating reduced protein machinery for lipid droplet stability.

  7. Phase-Specific Diffusivity of DPPG Monolayers

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    Dewitt, Joel; Thapa, Prem; Flanders, Bret

    2004-03-01

    The primary role of lung surfactant is to reduce the alveolar surface tension during exhalation in a reversible manner. Failure to do so results in respiratory distress syndrome. Model lung surfactants provide simplified systems for studying the mechanisms that underlie this essential role of alveolar surfactant. Dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) monolayers exhibit reversible folding when compressed to a critical surface tension. This process may exemplify how the compression-expansion cycle attains reversibility and, thus, requires penetrating study. The buckling theory for reversible collapse provides a promising though untested description of this process, but poor knowledge of domain boundary widths in DPPG monolayers impedes the evaluation of this theory as a model for the observed behavior. In turn, the measurement of the domain boundary widths requires knowledge of the phase-specific viscosities of the monolayer. In this study, multi-particle tracking has been used to determine the phase-specific diffusion coefficients of polystyrene spheres embedded in DPPG monolayers. By invoking a Stokes-Einstein relationship that is appropriate for spheres diffusing in a viscous surfactant, the phase specific viscosities of the monolayers have been estimated. The rationale for this work is that this knowledge will promote the quantitative evaluation of buckling as a model for reversible folding and, thus, promote growth in understanding of the folding mechanism in model lung surfactants.

  8. Aging of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers.

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    Gao, Jian; Li, Baichang; Tan, Jiawei; Chow, Phil; Lu, Toh-Ming; Koratkar, Nikhil

    2016-02-23

    Two-dimensional sheets of transition metal dichalcogenides are an emerging class of atomically thin semiconductors that are considered to be "air-stable", similar to graphene. Here we report that, contrary to current understanding, chemical vapor deposited transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers exhibit poor long-term stability in air. After room-temperature exposure to the environment for several months, monolayers of molybdenum disulfide and tungsten disulfide undergo dramatic aging effects including extensive cracking, changes in morphology, and severe quenching of the direct gap photoluminescence. X-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy reveal that this effect is related to gradual oxidation along the grain boundaries and the adsorption of organic contaminants. These results highlight important challenges associated with the utilization of transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers in electronic and optoelectronic devices. We also demonstrate a potential solution to this problem, featuring encapsulation of the monolayer sheet by a 10-20 nm thick optically transparent polymer (parylene C). This strategy is shown to successfully prevent the degradation of the monolayer material under accelerated aging (i.e., high-temperature, oxygen-rich) conditions. PMID:26808328

  9. The physics of lipid droplet nucleation, growth and budding.

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    Thiam, Abdou Rachid; Forêt, Lionel

    2016-08-01

    Lipid droplets (LDs) are intracellular oil-in-water emulsion droplets, covered by a phospholipid monolayer and mainly present in the cytosol. Despite their important role in cellular metabolism and growing number of newly identified functions, LD formation mechanism from the endoplasmic reticulum remains poorly understood. To form a LD, the oil molecules synthesized in the ER accumulate between the monolayer leaflets and induce deformation of the membrane. This formation process works through three steps: nucleation, growth and budding, exactly as in phase separation and dewetting phenomena. These steps involve sequential biophysical membrane remodeling mechanisms for which we present basic tools of statistical physics, membrane biophysics, and soft matter science underlying them. We aim to highlight relevant factors that could control LD formation size, site and number through this physics description. An emphasis will be given to a currently underestimated contribution of the molecular interactions between lipids to favor an energetically costless mechanism of LD formation. PMID:27131867

  10. Pulmonary surfactant proteins SP-B and SP-C in spread monolayers at the air-water interface: II. Monolayers of pulmonary surfactant protein SP-C and phospholipids.

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    Taneva, S; Keough, K M

    1994-01-01

    The interaction of the hydrophobic pulmonary surfactant protein SP-C with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) and DPPC:DPPG (7:3, mol:mol) in spread monolayers at the air-water interface has been studied. At low concentrations of SP-C (about 0.5 mol% or 3 weight%protein) the protein-lipid films collapsed at surface pressures of about 70 mN.m-1, comparable to those of the lipids alone. At initial protein concentrations higher than 0.8 mol%, or 4 weight...

  11. Transport and uptake effects of marine complex lipid liposomes in small intestinal epithelial cell models.

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    Du, Lei; Yang, Yu-Hong; Xu, Jie; Wang, Yu-Ming; Xue, Chang-Hu; Kurihara, Hideyuki; Takahashi, Koretaro

    2016-04-20

    Nowadays, marine complex lipids, including starfish phospholipids (SFP) and cerebrosides (SFC) separated from Asterias amurensis as well as sea cucumber phospholipids (SCP) and cerebrosides (SCC) isolated from Cucumaria frondosa, have received much attention because of their potent biological activities. However, little information is known on the transport and uptake of these lipids in liposome forms in small intestinal cells. Therefore, this study was undertaken to investigate the effects of these complex lipid liposomes on transport and uptake in Caco-2 and M cell monolayer models. The results revealed that SFP and SCP contained 42% and 47.9% eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), respectively. The average particle sizes of liposomes prepared in this study were from 169 to 189 nm. We found that the transport of the liposomes across the M cell monolayer model was much higher than the Caco-2 cell monolayer model. The liposomes consisting of SFP or SCP showed significantly higher transport and uptake than soy phospholipid (soy-PL) liposomes in both Caco-2 and M cell monolayer models. Our results also exhibited that treatment with 1 mM liposomes composed of SFP or SCP for 3 h tended to increase the EPA content in phospholipid fractions of both differentiated Caco-2 and M cells. Moreover, it was also found that the hybrid liposomes consisting of SFP/SFC/cholesterol (Chol) revealed higher transport and uptake across the M cell monolayer in comparison with other liposomes. Furthermore, treatment with SFP/SFC/Chol liposomes could notably decrease the trans-epithelial electrical resistance (TEER) values of Caco-2 and M cell monolayers. The present data also showed that the cell viability of differentiated Caco-2 and M cells was not affected after the treatment with marine complex lipids or soy-PL liposomes. Based on the data in this study, it was suggested that marine complex lipid liposomes exhibit prominent transport and uptake in small intestinal epithelial cell models. PMID

  12. Giant piezoelectricity of monolayer group IV monochalcogenides

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    Fei, Ruixiang; Li, Wenbin; Li, Ju; Yang, Li

    We predict enormous, anisotropic piezoelectric effects in intrinsic monolayer group IV monochalcogenides (MX, M =Sn or Ge, X =Se or S), including SnSe, SnS, GeSe, and GeS. Using first-principle simulations based on the modern theory of polarization, we find that their piezoelectric coefficients are about one to two orders of magnitude larger than those of other 2D materials, such as MoS2 and GaSe, and bulk quartz and AlN which are widely used in industry. This enhancement is a result of the unique ``puckered'' C2v symmetry and electronic structure of monolayer group IV monochalcogenides. Given the achieved experimental advances in the fabrication of monolayers, their flexible character, and ability to withstand enormous strain, these 2D structures with giant piezoelectric effects may be promising for a broad range of applications such as nano-sized sensors, piezotronics, and energy harvesting in portable electronic devices.

  13. Elastic bending modulus of monolayer graphene

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    An analytic formula is derived for the elastic bending modulus of monolayer graphene based on an empirical potential for solid-state carbon atoms. Two physical origins are identified for the non-vanishing bending stiffness of the atomically thin graphene sheet, one due to the bond-angle effect and the other resulting from the bond-order term associated with the dihedral angles. The analytical prediction compares closely with ab initio energy calculations. Pure bending of graphene monolayers into cylindrical tubes is simulated by a molecular mechanics approach, showing slight nonlinearity and anisotropy in the tangent bending modulus as the bending curvature increases. An intrinsic coupling between bending and in-plane strain is noted for graphene monolayers rolled into carbon nanotubes. (fast track communication)

  14. Elastic bending modulus of monolayer graphene

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    Lu Qiang; Huang Rui [Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Arroyo, Marino [Department of Applied Mathematics 3, LaCaN, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona 08034 (Spain)

    2009-05-21

    An analytic formula is derived for the elastic bending modulus of monolayer graphene based on an empirical potential for solid-state carbon atoms. Two physical origins are identified for the non-vanishing bending stiffness of the atomically thin graphene sheet, one due to the bond-angle effect and the other resulting from the bond-order term associated with the dihedral angles. The analytical prediction compares closely with ab initio energy calculations. Pure bending of graphene monolayers into cylindrical tubes is simulated by a molecular mechanics approach, showing slight nonlinearity and anisotropy in the tangent bending modulus as the bending curvature increases. An intrinsic coupling between bending and in-plane strain is noted for graphene monolayers rolled into carbon nanotubes. (fast track communication)

  15. Electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of monolayer graphene.

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    Hong, Seul Ki; Kim, Ki Yeong; Kim, Taek Yong; Kim, Jong Hoon; Park, Seong Wook; Kim, Joung Ho; Cho, Byung Jin

    2012-11-16

    We report the first experimental results on the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of monolayer graphene. The monolayer CVD graphene has an average SE value of 2.27 dB, corresponding to ~40% shielding of incident waves. CVD graphene shows more than seven times (in terms of dB) greater SE than gold film. The dominant mechanism is absorption rather than reflection, and the portion of absorption decreases with an increase in the number of graphene layers. Our modeling work shows that plane-wave theory for metal shielding is also applicable to graphene. The model predicts that ideal monolayer graphene can shield as much as 97.8% of EMI. This suggests the feasibility of manufacturing an ultrathin, transparent, and flexible EMI shield by single or few-layer graphene. PMID:23085718

  16. Secondary structure and lipid interactions of the N-terminal segment of pulmonary surfactant SP-C in Langmuir films: IR reflection-absorption spectroscopy and surface pressure studies

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    Bi, Xiaohong; Flach, Carol R; Pérez-Gil, Jesus;

    2002-01-01

    syndrome, a pathological condition resulting from deficiency in surfactant. To facilitate rational design of therapeutic agents, a molecular level understanding of lipid interaction with surfactant proteins or their analogues in aqueous monolayer films is necessary. The current work uses infrared...... reversibly with surface pressure (pi), suggestive of the peptide being squeezed out from hydrophobic regions of the monolayer. No such effect was observed for DPPG/peptide monolayers, indicative of stronger, probably electrostatic, interactions. Depalmitoylation produced a weakened interaction with either...

  17. Effects of lung surfactant proteins, SP-B and SP-C, and palmitic acid on monolayer stability.

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    Ding, J; Takamoto, D Y; von Nahmen, A; Lipp, M M; Lee, K Y; Waring, A J; Zasadzinski, J A

    2001-01-01

    Langmuir isotherms and fluorescence and atomic force microscopy images of synthetic model lung surfactants were used to determine the influence of palmitic acid and synthetic peptides based on the surfactant-specific proteins SP-B and SP-C on the morphology and function of surfactant monolayers. Lung surfactant-specific protein SP-C and peptides based on SP-C eliminate the loss to the subphase of unsaturated lipids necessary for good adsorption and respreading by inducing a transition between...

  18. Automatable lipid bilayer formation for ion channel studies

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

    2008-08-01

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

  19. Influence of platelet-activating factor, lyso-platelet-activating factor and edelfosine on Langmuir monolayers imitating plasma membranes of cell lines differing in susceptibility to anti-cancer treatment: the effect of plasmalogen level

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    Flasiński, Michał; Hąc-Wydro, Katarzyna; Wydro, Paweł; Dynarowicz-Łątka, Patrycja

    2014-01-01

    Three structurally related but differing in biological activities single-chained ether phospholipids (PAF (platelet-activating factor) and lyso-PAF) and an anti-cancer drug (edelfosine (ED)) were investigated in Langmuir monolayers imitating natural membranes. The aim of the undertaken experiments was to study the influence of these lipids on monolayers mimicking plasma membranes of cell lines differing in susceptibility to the anti-cancer activity of ED, i.e. promyelocytic leukaemia cells (H...

  20. Lipid14: The Amber Lipid Force Field

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    Dickson, Callum J.; Madej, Benjamin D.; Skjevik, Åge A.; Betz, Robin M.; Teigen, Knut; Gould, Ian R.; Walker, Ross C.

    2014-01-01

    The AMBER lipid force field has been updated to create Lipid14, allowing tensionless simulation of a number of lipid types with the AMBER MD package. The modular nature of this force field allows numerous combinations of head and tail groups to create different lipid types, enabling the easy insertion of new lipid species. The Lennard-Jones and torsion parameters of both the head and tail groups have been revised and updated partial charges calculated. The force field has been validated by si...

  1. Surface activity, lipid profiles and their implications in cervical cancer.

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    Preetha A

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The profiles of lipids in normal and cancerous tissues may differ revealing information about cancer development and progression. Lipids being surface active, changes in lipid profiles can manifest as altered surface activity profiles. Langmuir monolayers offer a convenient model for evaluating surface activity of biological membranes. Aims: The aims of this study were to quantify phospholipids and their effects on surface activity of normal and cancerous human cervical tissues as well as to evaluate the role of phosphatidylcholine (PC and sphingomyelin (SM in cervical cancer using Langmuir monolayers. Methods and Materials: Lipid quantification was done using thin layer chromatography and phosphorus assay. Surface activity was evaluated using Langmuir monolayers. Monolayers were formed on the surface of deionized water by spreading tissue organic phase corresponding to 1 mg of tissue and studying their surface pressure-area isotherms at body temperature. The PC and SM contents of cancerous human cervical tissues were higher than those of the normal human cervical tissues. Role of PC and SM were evaluated by adding varying amounts of these lipids to normal cervical pooled organic phase. Statistical analysis: Student′s t-test (p < 0.05 and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA was used. Results: Our results reveals that the phosphatidylglycerol level in cancerous cervical tissue was nearly five folds higher than that in normal cervical tissue. Also PC and sphingomyelin SM were found to be the major phospholipid components in cancerous and normal cervical tissues respectively. The addition of either 1.5 µg DPPC or 0.5 µg SM /mg of tissue to the normal organic phase changed its surface activity profile to that of the cancerous tissues. Statistically significant surface activity parameters showed that PC and SM have remarkable roles in shifting the normal cervical lipophilic surface activity towards that of cancerous lipophilic

  2. Surfactant Dynamics: Spreading and Wave Induced Dynamics of a Monolayer

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    Strickland, Stephen Lee

    Material adsorbed to the surface of a fluid - for instance crude oil in the ocean, biological surfactant on ocular or pulmonary mucous, or emulsions - can form a 2-dimensional mono-molecular layer. These materials, called surfactants, can behave like a compressible viscous 2-dimensional fluid, and can generate surface stresses that influence the sub-fluid's bulk flow. Additionally, the sub-fluid's flow can advect the surfactant and generate gradients in the surfactant distribution and thereby generate gradients in the interfacial properties. Due to the difficulty of non-invasive measurements of the spatial distribution of a molecular monolayer at the surface, little is known about the dynamics that couple the surface motion and the evolving density field. In this dissertation, I will present a novel method for measuring the spatiotemporal dynamics of the surfactant surface density through the fluorescence emission of NBD-tagged phosphatidylcholine, a lipid, and we will compare the surfactant dynamics to the dynamics of the surface morphology.With this method, we will consider the inward and outward spreading of a surfactant on a thin fluid film as well as the advection of a surfactant by linear and non-linear gravity-capillary waves. These two types of surfactant coupled fluid flows will allow us to probe well-accepted assumptions about the coupled fluid-surfactant dynamics. In chapter 1, we review the models used for understanding the spreading of a surfactant on a thin fluid film and the motion of surfactant on a linear gravity-capillary wave. In chapter 2, we will present the experimental methods used in this dissertation. In chapter 3, we will study the outward spreading of a localized region of surfactant and show that the spreading of a monolayer is considerably different from the spreading of thicker-layered surfactant. In chapter 4, we will investigate the inward spreading of a surfactant into a circular surfactant-free region and show that hole closure and

  3. Sub-THz Characterisation of Monolayer Graphene

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    Ehsan Dadrasnia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We explore the optical and electrical characteristics of monolayer graphene by using pulsed optoelectronic terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the frequency range of 325–500 GHz based on fast direct measurements of phase and amplitude. We also show that these parameters can, however, be measured with higher resolution using a free space continuous wave measurement technique associated with a vector network analyzer that offers a good dynamic range. All the scattering parameters (both magnitude and phase are measured simultaneously. The Nicholson-Ross-Weir method is implemented to extract the monolayer graphene parameters at the aforementioned frequency range.

  4. Primary monolayer culture of adult mouse hepatocytes

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    Primary monolayer cultures of adult mouse hepatocytes isolated by collagenase perfusion of the liver in situ were exposed to 2 hepatotropic viruses, an avian influenza A virus adapted to grow in mouse liver in vivo and a herpes simplex type I virus. Influenza virus infection led to lysis of individual hepatocytes and total monolayer destruction within 18 to 120 hours after infection according to the virus dose used. Virus replication was evidenced by assaying hepatocyte supernates for hemagglutinin and infectivity, immunofluorescent staining and by electron microscopy. Herpes virus infection resulted in polykaryocyte formation followed by nuclear pycnosis and cell lysis. Virus replication was assayed by titration of supernate infectivity. (auth.)

  5. Low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide

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    Bingchen Cao

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available High photoresponse can be achieved in monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the response times are inconveniently limited by defects. Here, we report low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide prepared by exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition (CVD method. The exfoliated device exhibits n-type behaviour; while the CVD device exhibits intrinsic behaviour. In off state, the CVD device has four times larger ratio of photoresponse for laser on/off and photoresponse decay–rise times are 0.1 s (limited by our setup, while the exfoliated device has few seconds. These findings are discussed in terms of charge trapping and localization.

  6. Low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide

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    High photoresponse can be achieved in monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the response times are inconveniently limited by defects. Here, we report low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide prepared by exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition (CVD) method. The exfoliated device exhibits n-type behaviour; while the CVD device exhibits intrinsic behaviour. In off state, the CVD device has four times larger ratio of photoresponse for laser on/off and photoresponse decay–rise times are 0.1 s (limited by our setup), while the exfoliated device has few seconds. These findings are discussed in terms of charge trapping and localization

  7. Solid supported multicomponent lipid membranes studied by x-ray spectromicroscopy.

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    NOVÁKOVÁ, Eva; Mitrea, Genoveva; Peth, Christian; Thieme, Jürgen; Mann, Klaus; Salditt, Tim

    2008-01-01

    This article addresses the lateral organization of two-component lipid membranes deposited on a solid support with the addition of colloidal particles. The authors have applied synchrotron-based scanning transmission soft x-ray spectromicroscopy to image thin lipid layer patches with bound microspheres coated by a charged monolayer. The ability and current limits of scanning transmission x-ray spectromicroscopy to examine samples under physiologically relevant conditions in the presence of ex...

  8. Bacterial S-layer protein coupling to lipids: x-ray reflectivity and grazing incidence diffraction studies.

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    Weygand, M; Wetzer, B; Pum, D; Sleytr, U B; Cuvillier, N; Kjaer, K; Howes, P B; Lösche, M

    1999-01-01

    The coupling of bacterial surface (S)-layer proteins to lipid membranes is studied in molecular detail for proteins from Bacillus sphaericus CCM2177 and B. coagulans E38-66 recrystallized at dipalmitoylphosphatidylethanolamine (DPPE) monolayers on aqueous buffer. A comparison of the monolayer structure before and after protein recrystallization shows minimal reorganization of the lipid chains. By contrast, the lipid headgroups show major rearrangements. For the B. sphaericus CCM2177 protein underneath DPPE monolayers, x-ray reflectivity data suggest that amino acid side chains intercalate the lipid headgroups at least to the phosphate moieties, and probably further beyond. The number of electrons in the headgroup region increases by more than four per lipid. Analysis of the changes of the deduced electron density profiles in terms of a molecular interpretation shows that the phosphatidylethanolamine headgroups must reorient toward the surface normal to accommodate such changes. In terms of the protein structure (which is as yet unknown in three dimensions), the electron density profile reveals a thickness lz approximately 90 A of the recrystallized S-layer and shows water-filled cavities near its center. The protein volume fraction reaches maxima of >60% in two horizontal sections of the S-layer, close to the lipid monolayer and close to the free subphase. In between it drops to approximately 20%. Four S-layer protein monomers are located within the unit cell of a square lattice with a spacing of approximately 131 A. PMID:9876158

  9. MONOLAYER BEHAVIOR OF SOME STEREOREGULAR POLY(METHACRYLATES)

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    BRINKHUIS, RHG; SCHOUTEN, AJ

    1992-01-01

    The monolayer behavior of some poly(methacrylates) with short ester side chains (methyl, ethyl, and isobutyl) is studied as a function of the tacticity. In all cases, the isotactic polymers are observed to form expanded monolayers, whereas the syndiotactic materials yield more condensed monolayers.

  10. Semiconductor monolayer assemblies with oriented crystal faces

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    Ma, Guijun

    2012-01-01

    Fabrication of two-dimensional monolayers of crystalline oxide and oxynitride particles was attempted on glass plate substrates. X-Ray diffraction patterns of the assemblies show only specific crystal facets, indicative of the uniform orientation of the particles on the substrate. The selectivity afforded by this immobilization technique enables the organization of randomly distributed polycrystalline powders in a controlled manner.

  11. Nanotubes based on monolayer blue phosphorus

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    Montes, E.

    2016-07-08

    We demonstrate structural stability of monolayer zigzag and armchair blue phosphorus nanotubes by means of molecular dynamics simulations. The vibrational spectrum and electronic band structure are determined and analyzed as functions of the tube diameter and axial strain. The nanotubes are found to be semiconductors with a sensitive indirect band gap that allows flexible tuning.

  12. Monolayer solid of N-2/Ag(111)

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    Bruch, L.W.; Hansen, Flemming Yssing

    1998-01-01

    An incommensurate monolayer solid of N-2/Ag(111) is modeled using extensive molecular-dynamics simulations. The conditions treated range from the low-temperature orientationally ordered solid to the melting of the solid. The properties are evaluated as a function of spreading pressure. Comparison...

  13. Mode damping in a commensurate monolayer solid

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    Bruch, Ludwig Walter; Hansen, Flemming Yssing

    The normal modes of a commensurate monolayer solid may be damped by mixing with elastic waves of the substrate. This was shown by Hall, Mills, and Black [Phys. Rev. B 32, 4932 (1985)], for perpendicular adsorbate vibrations in the presence of an isotropic elastic medium. That work is generalized...

  14. Non-rotator phases in phospholipid monolayers?

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    Kenn, R.M.; Kjær, K.; Möhwald, H.

    Monolayers of diacylphosphatidylethanolamines at the air/water interface are studied by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. The results prove the existence of phases which show analogies with the rotator phases of single-chain surfactants: hexagonal tail lattice with no tilt; rectangular lattice...

  15. Fullerene monolayer formation by spray coating

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    Červenka, Jiří; Flipse, C.F.J.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 6 (2010), 065302/1-065302/7. ISSN 0957-4484 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : monolayer * spray coating * fullerene * atomic force microscopy * scanning tunnelling microscopy * electronic structure * graphite * gold Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.644, year: 2010

  16. Quantum capacitance of the monolayer graphene

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    Cheremisin, M. V.

    2012-01-01

    The quantum capacitance of the monolayer graphene for arbitrary carrier density, magnetic field and temperature is found. The density dependence of the quantum capacitance is analyzed for magnetic field(temperature) is fixed(varied) and vice versa. The theory is compared with the experimental data.

  17. Exfoliating biocompatible ferromagnetic Cr-trihalide monolayers.

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    Liu, Junyi; Sun, Qiang; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Jena, Puru

    2016-03-23

    In addition to spintronics another motivation for exploring ferromagnetic two-dimensional materials is for biomedical applications such as magnetic labeling and hyperthermia treatment of tumors. Unfortunately, the widely studied Mn-containing monolayer is not biocompatible, although it is ferromagnetic. Here using first principles calculations combined with Monte Carlo simulations based on the Ising model, we systematically study a class of 2D ferromagnetic monolayers CrX3 (X = Cl, Br, I). The feasibility of exfoliation from their layered bulk phase is confirmed by the small cleavage energy and high in-plane stiffness. Spin-polarized calculations, combined with self-consistently determined Hubbard U that accounts for strong correlation energy, demonstrate that CrX3 (X = Cl, Br, I) monolayers are ferromagnetic and that Cr is trivalent and carries a magnetic moment of 3 μB; the resulting Cr(3+) ions are biocompatible. The corresponding Curie temperatures for CrCl3, CrBr3 and CrI3 are found to be 66, 86, and 107 K, respectively, which can be increased to 323, 314, and 293 K by hole doping. The biocompatibility and ferromagnetism render these Cr-containing trihalide monolayers unique for applications. PMID:26452203

  18. Elasticity of a quantum monolayer solid

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    Bruch, Ludwig Walter

    1992-01-01

    A perturbation-theory formulation of the zero-temperature elastic constants is used to verify symmetry relations for a (monolayer) triangluar lattice. A generalization of the Cauchy relation between the two elastic constants of the triangular lattice with central-pair-potential interactions is...

  19. Rheological behavior of precursor PPV monolayers

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    Luinge, JW; Nijboer, GW; Hagting, JG; Vorenkamp, EJ; Fuller, GG; Schouten, AJ

    2004-01-01

    The rheological behavior of different precursor poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (prec-PPV) monolayers at the air-water interface was investigated using an interfacial stress rheometer (ISR). This device nicely reveals a transition of the precursor poly(2,5-dimethoxy-1,4 phenylene vinylene) (prec-DMePPV)

  20. Recognition processes at a functionalized lipid surface observed with molecular resolution

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    Vaknin, D.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Piepenstock, M.;

    1991-01-01

    monolayer of a biotinylated lipid in situ. Refinement of the reflectivity data and independent fluorescence microscopic observation of the interface using FITC-labeled SA showed that the protein forms macroscopically homogeneous (and presumably crystalline) domains covering a large portion of the surface...

  1. Molecular models of the intercellular lipid lamellae in mammalian stratum corneum.

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    Swartzendruber, D C; Wertz, P W; Kitko, D J; Madison, K C; Downing, D T

    1989-02-01

    Intercellular lipid lamellae in the stratum corneum constitute the barrier to water diffusion and may also play a role in cohesion between corneocytes. The lamellae arise from stacks of lamellar disks that are extruded from the granular cells and then fuse edge-to-edge to form sheets. It has been proposed that each lamellar disk is formed from a flattened vesicle, and therefore consists of two lipid bilayers in close apposition. In the present study, electron microscopic examination of ruthenium-tetroxide-fixed stratum corneum from mouse, pig, and human skin revealed that the double bilayer pattern persists in the intercellular lamellae. In addition, distinctive patterning of the intercellular lamellae has led us to propose novel molecular arrangements of the intercellular lipids. These include interlamellar sharing of lipid chains to produce lipid monolayers between pairs of bilayers. The pattern reflects the provenance of the intercellular lamellae from lamellar granule disks and the nonrandom orientation of the lamellar lipids. PMID:2918233

  2. Competitive adsorption between beta-casein or beta-lactoglobulin and model milk membrane lipids at oil-water interfaces.

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    Waninge, Rianne; Walstra, Pieter; Bastiaans, Jan; Nieuwenhuijse, Hans; Nylander, Tommy; Paulsson, Marie; Bergenståhl, Björn

    2005-02-01

    This study investigated the competitive adsorption between milk proteins and model milk membrane lipids at the oil-water interface and its dependence on the state of the lipid dispersion and the formation of emulsions. Both protein and membrane lipid surface load were determined using a serum depletion technique. The membrane lipid mixture used was a model milk membrane lipid system, containing dioleoylphosphatidylcholine, dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine, milk sphingomyelin, dioleoylphosphatidylserine, and soybean phosphatidylinositol. The model composition mimics the lipid composition of natural milk fat globule membranes. The interactions were studied for two proteins, beta-lactoglobulin and beta-casein. The mixing order was varied to allow for differentiation between equilibrium structures and nonequilibrium structures. The results showed more than monolayer adsorption for most combinations. Proteins dominated at the oil-water interface in the protein-emulsified emulsion even after 48 h of exposure to a vesicular dispersion of membrane lipids. The membrane lipids dominated the oil-water interface in the case of the membrane lipid emulsified emulsion even after equilibration with a protein solution. Protein displacement with time was observed only for emulsions in which both membrane lipids and beta-casein were included during the emulsification. This study shows that kinetics controls the structures rather than the thermodynamic equilibrium, possibly resulting in structures more complex than an adsorbed monolayer. Thus, it can be expected that procedures such as the mixing order during emulsion preparation are of crucial importance to the emulsification performance. PMID:15686425

  3. Langmuir monolayers and Differential Scanning Calorimetry for the study of the interactions between camptothecin drugs and biomembrane models.

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    Casadó, Ana; Giuffrida, M Chiara; Sagristá, M Lluïsa; Castelli, Francesco; Pujol, Montserrat; Alsina, M Asunción; Mora, Margarita

    2016-02-01

    CPT-11 and SN-38 are camptothecins with strong antitumor activity. Nevertheless, their severe side effects and the chemical instability of their lactone ring have questioned the usual forms for its administration and have focused the current research on the development of new suitable pharmaceutical formulations. This work presents a biophysical study of the interfacial interactions of CPT-11 and SN-38 with membrane mimetic models by using monolayer techniques and Differential Scanning Calorimetry. The aim is to get new insights for the understanding of the bilayer mechanics after drug incorporation and to optimize the design of drug delivery systems based on the formation of stable bilayer structures. Moreover, from our knowledge, the molecular interactions between camptothecins and phospholipids have not been investigated in detail, despite their importance in the context of drug action. The results show that neither CPT-11 nor SN-38 disturbs the structure of the complex liposome bilayers, despite their different solubility, that CPT-11, positively charged in its piperidine group, interacts electrostatically with DOPS, making stable the incorporation of a high percentage of CPT-11 into liposomes and that SN-38 establishes weak repulsive interactions with lipid molecules that modify the compressibility of the bilayer without affecting significantly neither the lipid collapse pressure nor the miscibility pattern of drug-lipid mixed monolayers. The suitability of a binary and a ternary lipid mixture for encapsulating SN-38 and CPT-11, respectively, has been demonstrated. PMID:26656185

  4. Kinetic studies on the interactions between glycolipid biosurfactant assembled monolayers and various classes of immunoglobulins using surface plasmon resonance.

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    Ito, Seya; Imura, Tomohiro; Fukuoka, Tokuma; Morita, Tomotake; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko; Kitamoto, Dai

    2007-08-01

    Kinetic studies on the interactions between self-assembled monolayers of mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs), which are glycolipid biosurfactants abundantly produced by microorganisms, and various classes of immunoglobulins including human IgG, IgA, and IgM were performed using surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The effect of the MEL structure on the binding behavior of HIgG was examined. Assembled monolayers of MEL-A having two acetyl groups on the headgroup gave a high affinity (K(d)=1.7x10(-6)M) toward HIgG, while those of MEL-B or MEL-C having only one acetyl group at C-6' or C-4' position gave little affinity. Our kinetic analysis revealed that the binding manner of HIgG, HIgA (K(d)=2.4x10(-7)M), and HIgM (K(d)=2.2x10(-7)M) to the assembled monolayers of MEL-A is not the monovalent mode but the bivalent mode, and both the first and second rate association constants (k(a1), k(a2)) increase with an increase in the number of antibody binding sites, while those for dissociation (k(d1), k(d2)) changed little. Moreover, we succeeded in directly observing great amounts of HIgG, HIgA, and HIgM bound to MEL-A monolayers using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Finally, we found that MEL-A assembled monolayer binds toward various IgG derived from mouse, pig, rabbit, horse, goat, rat, and bovine as well as human IgG (HIgG), and the only exception was sheep IgG. These results clearly demonstrate that MEL-A assembled monolayers would be useful as noble affinity ligand system for various immunoglobulins. PMID:17428643

  5. Thermodynamic behavior of D-sphingosine/cholesterol monolayers and the topography observed by AFM

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    2009-01-01

    Lipid rafts are of a dynamic microdomain structure found in recent years,enriched in sphingolipids,cholesterol and particular proteins.The change of structure and function of lipid rafts could result in many diseases.In this work,the monolayer behavior of mixed systems of D-sphingosine with choles-terol was investigated in terms of the mean surface area per molecule(Am),excess molecular area(Aex),surface excess Gibbs energy(Gex),interaction parameter(ω),activity coefficients(1 and 2) as well as elasticity(Cs1) of formed films.The deposited Langmuir-Blodgett(LB) monolayers were inves-tigated with atomic force microscopy(AFM).Thermodynamic analysis indicates Aex and Gex in the binary systems with negative deviations from the ideal behavior,suggesting attractive interaction be-tween molecules.The stability,elasticity and activity coefficients show a marked dependence on the mole faction of D-sphingosine.The results of observation by AFM show that the single D-sphingosine molecular film took on small granule structure.When mixing the D-sphingosine and cholesterol at dif-ferent ratios,the mixed films transform from the chains structure to larger slice and net coexisting structure with the increasing of the cholesterol content.In the end,pure cholesterol forms more ag-gregated structure.AFM experiments effectively support the above findings and interpretation.

  6. Thermodynamic behavior of D-sphingosine/cholesterol monolayers and the topography observed by AFM

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    HAO ChangChun; SUN RunGuang; ZHANG Jing; CHANG YiGuang; NIU ChunLing

    2009-01-01

    Lipid rafts are of a dynamic microdomain structure found in recent years, enriched in sphingolipids, cholesterol and particular proteins. The change of structure and function of lipid rafts could result in many diseases. In this work, the monolayer behavior of mixed systems of D-sphingosine with choles-terol was investigated in terms of the mean surface area per molecule (Am), excess molecular area (△Aex), surface excess Gibbs energy (△Gex), interaction parameter (ω) activity coefficients (f1 and f2) as well as elasticity (Cs-1) of formed films. The deposited Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers were inves-tigated with atomic force microscopy (AFM). Thermodynamic analysis indicates △Aex and △Gex in the binary systems with negative deviations from the ideal behavior, suggesting attractive interaction be-tween molecules. The stability, elasticity and activity coefficients show a marked dependence on the mole faction of D-sphingosine. The results of observation by AFM show that the single D-sphingosine molecular film took on small granule structure. When mixing the D-sphingosine and cholesterol at dif-ferent ratios, the mixed films transform from the chains structure to larger slice and net coexisting structure with the increasing of the cholesterol content. In the end, pure cholesterol forms more ag-gregated structure. AFM experiments effectively support the above findings and interpretation.

  7. Epitaxial growth by monolayer restricted galvanic displacement

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of a new method for epitaxial growth of metals in solution by galvanic displacement of layers pre-deposited by underpotential deposition (UPD was discussed and experimentally illustrated throughout the lecture. Cyclic voltammetry (CV and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM are employed to carry out and monitor a “quasi-perfect”, two-dimensional growth of Ag on Au(111, Cu on Ag(111, and Cu on Au(111 by repetitive galvanic displacement of underpotentially deposited monolayers. A comparative study emphasizes the displacement stoichiometry as an efficient tool for thickness control during the deposition process and as a key parameter that affects the deposit morphology. The excellent quality of layers deposited by monolayer-restricted galvanic displacement is manifested by a steady UPD voltammetry and ascertained by a flat and uniform surface morphology maintained during the entire growth process.

  8. Transport measurement of Li doped monolayer graphene

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    Khademi, Ali; Sajadi, Ebrahim; Dosanjh, Pinder; Folk, Joshua; Stöhr, Alexander; Forti, Stiven; Starke, Ulrich

    Lithium adatoms on monolayer graphene have been predicted to induce superconductivity with a critical temperature near 8 K, and recent experimental evidence by ARPES indicates a critical temperature nearly that high. Encouraged by these results, we investigated the effects of lithium deposited at cryogenic temperatures on the electronic transport properties of epitaxial and CVD monolayer graphene down to 3 K. The change of charge carrier density due to Li deposition was monitored both by the gate voltage shift of the Dirac point and by Hall measurements, in low and high doping regimes. In the high doping regime, a saturation density of 2×1013 cm-2 was observed independent of sample type, initial carrier density and deposition conditions. No signatures of superconductivity were observed down to 3 K.

  9. Collective cell motion in endothelial monolayers

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    Collective cell motility is an important aspect of several developmental and pathophysiological processes. Despite its importance, the mechanisms that allow cells to be both motile and adhere to one another are poorly understood. In this study we establish statistical properties of the random streaming behavior of endothelial monolayer cultures. To understand the reported empirical findings, we expand the widely used cellular Potts model to include active cell motility. For spontaneous directed motility we assume a positive feedback between cell displacements and cell polarity. The resulting model is studied with computer simulations and is shown to exhibit behavior compatible with experimental findings. In particular, in monolayer cultures both the speed and persistence of cell motion decreases, transient cell chains move together as groups and velocity correlations extend over several cell diameters. As active cell motility is ubiquitous both in vitro and in vivo, our model is expected to be a generally applicable representation of cellular behavior

  10. Structure of cholesterol/ceramide monolayer mixtures

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    Scheffer, L.; Solomonov, I.; Weygand, M.J.;

    2005-01-01

    The structure of monolayers of cholesterol/ ceramide mixtures was investigated using grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, immunofluorescence, and atomic force microscopy techniques. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements showed the existence of a crystalline mixed phase of the two...... components within a range of compositions of cholesterol/ ceramide between 100: 0 and 67: 33. The mixed phase coexists with the ceramide crystalline phase in the range of compositions between 50: 50 and 30: 70; between 30: 70 and 0: 100 only the highly crystalline phase of ceramide was detected. The latter...... was determined and modeled. Immunolabeling was performed with an antibody specific to the cholesterol monohydrate crystalline arrangement. The antibody recognizes crystalline cholesterol monolayers, but does not interact with crystalline ceramide. Immunofluorescence and atomic force microscopy data...

  11. Molecular tilt on monolayer-protected nanoparticles

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    Giomi, L.

    2012-02-01

    The structure of the tilted phase of monolayer-protected nanoparticles is investigated by means of a simple Ginzburg-Landau model. The theory contains two dimensionless parameters representing the preferential tilt angle and the ratio ε between the energy cost due to spatial variations in the tilt of the coating molecules and that of the van der Waals interactions which favors the preferential tilt. We analyze the model for both spherical and octahedral particles. On spherical particles, we find a transition from a tilted phase, at small ε, to a phase where the molecules spontaneously align along the surface normal and tilt disappears. Octahedral particles have an additional phase at small ε characterized by the presence of six topological defects. These defective configurations provide preferred sites for the chemical functionalization of monolayer-protected nanoparticles via place-exchange reactions and their consequent linking to form molecules and bulk materials. Copyright © EPLA, 2012.

  12. Vincristine Lipid Complex Injection

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    Vincristine lipid complex is used to treat a certain type of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL; a type ... at least two different treatments with other medications. Vincristine lipid complex is in a class of medications ...

  13. Irinotecan Lipid Complex Injection

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    Irinotecan lipid complex is used in combination with other medications to treat pancreatic cancer that has spread to other parts of ... after treatment with other chemotherapy medications. Irinotecan lipid complex is in a class of antineoplastic medications called ...

  14. Vincristine Lipid Complex Injection

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    Vincristine lipid complex is used to treat a certain type of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL; a type of cancer of the ... two different treatments with other medications. Vincristine lipid complex is in a class of medications called vinca ...

  15. Doxorubicin Lipid Complex Injection

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    Doxorubicin lipid complex is used to treat ovarian cancer that has not improved or that has worsened after treatment with other medications. Doxorubicin lipid complex is also used to treat Kaposi's sarcoma (a ...

  16. Cytarabine Lipid Complex Injection

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    Cytarabine lipid complex is used to treat lymphomatous meningitis (a type of cancer in the covering of the spinal cord and brain). Cytarabine lipid complex is in a class of medications called antimetabolites. ...

  17. Conducting gramicidin channel activity in phospholipid monolayers.

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    A. Nelson

    2001-01-01

    Potential step amperometry (chronoamperometry) of the Tl(I)/Tl(Hg) electrochemical reduction process has been used to investigate the underlying mechanisms of gramicidin activity in phospholipid monolayers. The experiments were carried out at gramicidin-modified dioleoyl phosphatidylcholine (DOPC)-coated electrodes. Application of a potential step to the coated electrode system results in a current transient that can be divided into two regions. An initial exponential decay of current corresp...

  18. Laser-Induced Spallation of Microsphere Monolayers

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    Hiraiwa, Morgan; Stossel, Melicent; Khanolkar, Amey; Wang, Junlan; Boechler, Nicholas

    2016-01-01

    The detachment of a semi-ordered monolayer of polystyrene microspheres adhered to an aluminum-coated glass substrate is studied using a laser-induced spallation technique. The microsphere-substrate adhesion force is estimated from substrate surface displacement measurements obtained using optical interferometry, and a rigid-body model that accounts for the inertia of the microspheres. The estimated adhesion force is compared with estimates obtained from interferometric measurement of the out-...

  19. Single photon ionisation of self assembled monolayers

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    King, B. V.; Savina, M. R.; Tripa, C. E.; Calaway, W. F.; Veryovkin, I. V.; Moore, J. F.; Pellin, M. J.

    2002-05-01

    Self assembled monolayers formed from benzenethiol, diphenylsulphide and diphenyldisulphide have been analysed using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), sputter neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and laser desorption photoionisation mass spectrometry (LDPI). The peak corresponding to the parent ion was much stronger in LDPI than with SIMS or SNMS analysis and fragmentation was lower. A useful yield of order 0.5% was obtained for LDPI from diphenyldisulphide.

  20. Single photon ionisation of self assembled monolayers

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    Self assembled monolayers formed from benzenethiol, diphenylsulphide and diphenyldisulphide have been analysed using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), sputter neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and laser desorption photoionisation mass spectrometry (LDPI). The peak corresponding to the parent ion was much stronger in LDPI than with SIMS or SNMS analysis and fragmentation was lower. A useful yield of order 0.5% was obtained for LDPI from diphenyldisulphide

  1. Exploring atomic defects in molybdenum disulphide monolayers

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    Hong, Jinhua

    2015-02-19

    Defects usually play an important role in tailoring various properties of two-dimensional materials. Defects in two-dimensional monolayer molybdenum disulphide may be responsible for large variation of electric and optical properties. Here we present a comprehensive joint experiment-theory investigation of point defects in monolayer molybdenum disulphide prepared by mechanical exfoliation, physical and chemical vapour deposition. Defect species are systematically identified and their concentrations determined by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, and also studied by ab-initio calculation. Defect density up to 3.5 × 10 13 cm \\'2 is found and the dominant category of defects changes from sulphur vacancy in mechanical exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition samples to molybdenum antisite in physical vapour deposition samples. Influence of defects on electronic structure and charge-carrier mobility are predicted by calculation and observed by electric transport measurement. In light of these results, the growth of ultra-high-quality monolayer molybdenum disulphide appears a primary task for the community pursuing high-performance electronic devices.

  2. Investigation on gallium ions impacting monolayer graphene

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    In this paper, the physical phenomena of gallium (Ga+) ion impacting monolayer graphene in the nanosculpting process are investigated experimentally, and the mechanisms are explained by using Monte Carlo (MC) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Firstly, the MC method is employed to clarify the phenomena happened to the monolayer graphene target under Ga+ ion irradiation. It is found that substrate has strong influence on the damage mode of graphene. The mean sputtering yield of graphene under 30 keV Ga+ ion irradiation is 1.77 and the least ion dose to completely remove carbon atoms in graphene is 21.6 ion/nm2. Afterwards, the focused ion beam over 21.6 ion/nm2 is used for the irradiation on a monolayer graphene supported by SiO2 experimentally, resulting in the nanostructures, i.e., nanodot and nanowire array on the graphene. The performances of the nanostructures are characterized by atomic force microscopy and Raman spectrum. A plasma plume shielding model is put forward to explain the nanosculpting results of graphene under different irradiation parameters. In addition, two damage mechanisms are found existing in the fabrication process of the nanostructures by using empirical MD simulations. The results can help us open the possibilities for better control of nanocarbon devices

  3. Monstrous Mycobacterial Lipids.

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    Seeliger, Jessica; Moody, D Branch

    2016-02-18

    When it comes to lipid diversity, no bacterial genus approaches Mycobacterium. In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Burbaud et al. (2016) provide a multi-genic working model for the biosynthesis of trehalose polyphleate (TPP), one of the largest known lipids in mycobacteria. They demonstrate that this lipid is made by diverse mycobacterial species, including those of medical importance. PMID:26971870

  4. Budding Transition of Asymmetric Two-component Lipid Domains

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    Wolff, Jean; Andelman, David

    2016-01-01

    We propose a model that accounts for the budding transition of asymmetric two-component lipid domains, where the two monolayers (leaflets) have different average compositions controlled by independent chemical potentials. Assuming a coupling between the local curvature and local lipid composition in each of the leaflets, we discuss the morphology and thermodynamic behavior of asymmetric lipid domains. The membrane free-energy contains three contributions: the bending energy, the line tension, and a Landau free-energy for a lateral phase separation. Within a mean-field treatment, we obtain various phase diagrams containing fully budded, dimpled, and flat states as a function of the two leaflet compositions. The global phase behavior is analyzed, and depending on system parameters, the phase diagrams include one-phase, two-phase and three-phase regions. In particular, we predict various phase coexistence regions between different morphologies of domains, which may be observed in multi-component membranes or ves...

  5. Monolayer MXenes: promising half-metals and spin gapless semiconductors

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    Gao, Guoying; Ding, Guangqian; Li, Jie; Yao, Kailun; Wu, Menghao; Qian, Meichun

    2016-04-01

    Half-metals and spin gapless semiconductors are promising candidates for spintronic applications due to the complete (100%) spin polarization of electrons around the Fermi level. Based on recent experimental and theoretical findings of graphene-like monolayer transition metal carbides and nitrides (also known as MXenes), we demonstrate using first-principles calculations that monolayers Ti2C and Ti2N exhibit nearly half-metallic ferromagnetism with the magnetic moments of 1.91 and 1.00μB per formula unit, respectively, while monolayer V2C is a metal with unstable antiferromagnetism, and monolayer V2N is a nonmagnetic metal. Interestingly, under a biaxial strain, there is a phase transition from a nearly half-metal to truly half-metal, spin gapless semiconductor, and metal for monolayer Ti2C. Monolayer Ti2N is still a nearly half-metal under a suitable biaxial strain. Large magnetic moments can be induced by the biaxial tensile and compressive strains for monolayer V2C and V2N, respectively. We also show that the structures of these four monolayer MXenes are stable according to the calculated formation energy and phonon spectrum. Our investigations suggest that, unlike monolayer graphene, monolayer MXenes Ti2C and Ti2N without vacancy, doping or external electric field exhibit intrinsic magnetism, especially the half-metallic ferromagnetism and spin gapless semiconductivity, which will stimulate further studies on possible spintronic applications for new two-dimensional materials of MXenes.

  6. X-ray reflectivity studies of cPLA2alpha-C2 domains adsorbed onto Langmuir monolayers of SOPC

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    Malkova, Sarka

    X-ray reflectivity is used to study the interaction of the C2 domain of cytosolic phospholipase A2 with a Langmuir monolayer of SOPC supported on a buffered aqueous solution containing Ca2+. The reflectivity is analyzed in terms of the known crystallographic structure of cPLA2alpha-C2 domains and a slab model representing the lipid layer to yield an electron density profile of the lipid layer and bound C2 domains. This new method of analysis determines the angular orientation and penetration depth of the cPLA2alpha-C2 domains bound to the monolayers, information not possible to obtain from the standard slab model analysis of x-ray reflectivity data. In the best fit orientation, the protein bound Ca 2+ ions are placed within 1 A of the lipid phosphate group (with an accuracy of +/-3 A). Hydrophobic residues of the calcium binding loops CBL1 and CBL3 penetrate deepest into the lipid layer, with a 2 A penetration into the tailgroup region. X-ray measurements with and without the C2 domain indicate a loss of water bound to the headgroup upon binding of the C2 domains. Control experiments with a non-calcium buffer and with domain mutants confirm that the cPLA2alpha-C2 binding to the SOPC monolayer is Ca2+ dependent and that the hydrophobic residues in the calcium binding loops are critical for membrane binding. These results indicate that an entropic component (due to water loss) as well as electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions contribute to the binding mechanism. Labeling the protein domain is not required for these studies. The conditions necessary to measure x-ray reflectivity from Langmuir monolayers of unsaturated lipids with negligible x-ray damage are demonstrated.

  7. The ferromagnetic monolayer Fe(110) on W(110)

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    Ferromagnetic order in the pseudomorphic monolayer Fe(110) on W(110) was analyzed experimentally using Conversion Electron Moessbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) and Torsion Oscillation Magnetometry (TOM). The monolayer is thermodynamically stable, crystallizes to large monolayer patches at elevated temperatures and therefore forms an excellent approximation to the ideal monolayer structure. It is ferromagnetic below a Curie-temperature Tcsub(,mono,) which is given by (282±3) K for the Ag-coated layer, (290±10) K for coating by Cu, Ag or Au and ≅ 210 K for the free monolayer. For the Ag-coated monolayer, ground state hyperfine field Bhf(0) = (11.9±0.3) T and magnetic moment per atom μ=2.53 μB could be determined, in fair agreement with theoretical predictions. Unusual properties of the phase transition are detected by the combination of both experimental techniques. Strong magnetic anisotropies, which are essential for ferromagnetic order, are determined by CEMS. (orig.)

  8. ELASTICITY OF MONOLAYER OF LINOLEIC ACID AND ITS POLYMER

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    1998-01-01

    The dynamic elasticity of linoleic acid monolayer on a subphase of 10-4mol/L TbCla at various surface pressure has been measured by means of dynamic oscillation method in measuring the change of surface pressure caused by periodic compressionexpansion cycles of the barrier. The elasticity of monolayer increases with increasing of surface pressure linegrly. The linoleic acid polymer monolayer has been obtained under UV-irradiation in situ when keeping a constant surface pressure. But the elasticity of the resulting polymerized monolayer is even smaller than that of its corresponding monomer monolayer. The elasticity of the polymerized linoleic acid monolayer decreases with increasing polymerization time. The explanation based on entropy has been presented.

  9. Isolation and characterization of neutral-lipid-containing organelles and globuli-filled plastids from Brassica napus tapetum

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    Wu, Sherry S. H.; Platt, Kathryn A.; Ratnayake, Chandra; Wang, Tzann-Wei; Ting, Julie T. L.; Huang, Anthony H. C.

    1997-01-01

    The monolayer tapetum cells of the maturing flowers of Brassica napus contain abundant subcellular globuli-filled plastids and special lipid particles, both enriched with lipids that are supposed to be discharged and deposited onto the surface of adjacent maturing pollen. We separated the two organelles by flotation density gradient centrifugation and identified them by electron microscopy. The globuli-filled plastids had a morphology similar to those described in other plant species and tiss...

  10. Mixed multilayered vertical heterostructures utilizing strained monolayer WS2.

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    Sheng, Y.; Xu, W.; Wang, X.; He, Z.; Rong, Y.; Warner, JH

    2016-01-01

    Creating alternating layers of 2D materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and opto-electronic properties. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapour deposition can have inherent strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer ...

  11. Treponema pallidum invades intercellular junctions of endothelial cell monolayers.

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    Thomas, D D; Navab, M; D.A. Haake; Fogelman, A M; Miller, J N; Lovett, M A

    1988-01-01

    The pathogenesis of syphilis reflects invasive properties of Treponema pallidum, but the actual mode of tissue invasion is unknown. We have found two in vitro parallels of treponemal invasiveness. We tested whether motile T. pallidum could invade host cells by determining the fate of radiolabeled motile organisms added to a HeLa cell monolayer; 26% of treponemes associated with the monolayer in a trypsin-resistant niche, presumably between the monolayer and the surface to which it adhered, bu...

  12. Zitterbewegung in monolayer silicene in a magnetic field

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    Romera, E. [Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear and Instituto Carlos I de Física Teórica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain); Roldán, J.B. [Departamento de Electrónica y Tecnología de Computadores and CITIC, Universidad de Granada, Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain); Santos, F. de los [Departamento de Electromagnetismo y Física de la Materia, and Instituto Carlos I de Física Teórica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain)

    2014-07-04

    We study the Zitterbewegung in monolayer silicene under a perpendicular magnetic field. Using an effective Hamiltonian, we have investigated the autocorrelation function and the density currents in this material. Moreover, we have analyzed other types of periodicities of the system (classical and revival times). Finally, the above results are compared with their counterparts in two other monolayer materials subject to a magnetic field: graphene and MoS{sub 2}. - Highlights: • We study Zitterbewegung in monolayer silicene in a magnetic field. • We have analyzed other types of periodicities in silicene. • The above results are compared with other monolayer materials (graphene and MoS{sub 2})

  13. Three Dimensional Nano "Langmuir Trough" for Lipid Studies.

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    Chen, Yixing; Jena, Kailash C; Lütgebaucks, Cornelis; Okur, Halil I; Roke, Sylvie

    2015-08-12

    A three-dimensional-phospholipid monolayer with tunable molecular structure was created on the surface of oil nanodroplets from a mixture of phospholipids, oil, and water. This simple nanoemulsion preparation technique generates an in situ prepared membrane model system with controllable molecular surface properties that resembles a lipid droplet. The molecular interfacial structure of such a nanoscopic system composed of hexadecane, 1,2-dihexadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC), and water was determined using vibrational sum frequency scattering and second harmonic scattering techniques. The droplet surface structure of DPPC can be tuned from a tightly packed liquid condensed phase like monolayer to a more dilute one that resembles the liquid condensed/liquid expanded coexistence phase by varying the DPPC/oil/water ratio. The tunability of the chemical structure, the high surface-to-volume ratio, and the small sample volume make this system an ideal model membrane for biochemical research. PMID:26151602

  14. Carbon phosphide monolayers with superior carrier mobility

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    Wang, Gaoxue; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P.

    2016-04-01

    Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great promise for applications in high-performance electronics and optoelectronics.Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great

  15. The Equilibria of Diosgenin-Phosphatidylcholine and Diosgenin-Cholesterol in Monolayers at the Air/Water Interface.

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    Janicka, Katarzyna; Jastrzebska, Izabella; Petelska, Aneta Dorota

    2016-08-01

    Diosgenin (Dio) has shown many treatment properties, but the most important property is cytotoxic activity in cancer cells. In this study, we investigated monolayers of Dio, cholesterol (Ch), and phosphatidylcholine (PC) at the air/water interface. The measurements were carried with a Langmuir Teflon trough and a Nima 9000 tensiometer program. The surface tension values of pure and mixed monolayers were used to calculate π-A isotherms and determine molecular surface areas. We were able to demonstrate the formation of complexes between Dio and PC and Dio and Ch molecules also. We considered the equilibrium between individual components and the formed complexes. In addition, we established that diosgenin and the lipids formed highly stable 1:1 complexes. PMID:27350149

  16. Infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy: principles and applications to lipid-protein interaction in Langmuir films.

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    Mendelsohn, Richard; Mao, Guangru; Flach, Carol R

    2010-04-01

    Infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) of lipid/protein monolayer films in situ at the air/water interface provides unique molecular structure and orientation information from the film constituents. The technique is thus well suited for studies of lipid/protein interaction in a physiologically relevant environment. Initially, the nature of the IRRAS experiment is described and the molecular structure information that may be obtained is recapitulated. Subsequently, several types of applications, including the determination of lipid chain conformation and tilt as well as elucidation of protein secondary structure are reviewed. The current article attempts to provide the reader with an understanding of the current capabilities of IRRAS instrumentation and the type of results that have been achieved to date from IRRAS studies of lipids, proteins, and lipid/protein films of progressively increasing complexity. Finally, possible extensions of the technology are briefly considered. PMID:20004639

  17. Processing of monolayer materials via interfacial reactions

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    Sutter, Peter Werner; Sutter, Eli Anguelova

    2014-05-20

    A method of forming and processing of graphene is disclosed based on exposure and selective intercalation of the partially graphene-covered metal substrate with atomic or molecular intercalation species such as oxygen (O.sub.2) and nitrogen oxide (NO.sub.2). The process of intercalation lifts the strong metal-carbon coupling and restores the characteristic Dirac behavior of isolated monolayer graphene. The interface of graphene with metals or metal-decorated substrates also provides for controlled chemical reactions based on novel functionality of the confined space between a metal surface and a graphene sheet.

  18. Fabrication of self-assembled microsphere monolayers

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    Domonkos, Mária; Ižák, Tibor; Kromka, Alexander

    Bratislava: Slovenská vákuová spoločnosť, 2014 - (Michalka, M.; Vincze, A.; Veselý, M.), s. 125-128 ISBN 978-80-971179-4-8. [School of Vacuum Technology /17./. Štrbské Pleso (SK), 02.10.2014-05.10.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : self-assembly * monolayer * microspheres * spin-coating Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  19. Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs)

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    Janik, John

    2001-04-01

    Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs), fabricated by alternate adsorption of cationic and anionic components, yield exceptionally homogeneous thin films with sub-nanometer control of the thickness and relative special location of the component materials. Using organic electrochromic materials such as polyaniline, we report studies of electrochromic responses in ISAM films. Reversible changes in the absorption spectrum are observed with the application of voltages on the order of 1.0 V. Measurements are made using both liquid electrolytes and in all-solid state devices incorporating solid polyelectrolytes such as poly(2-acylamido 2-methyl propane sulfonic acid) (PAMPS).

  20. Template-Directed Self-Assembly of Alkanethiol Monolayers: Selective Growth on Preexisting Monolayer Edges

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    Sharpe, Ruben B.A.; Burdinski, Dirk; Huskens, Jurriaan; Zandvliet, Harold J.W.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Poelsema, Bene

    2007-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers were investigated for their suitability as two-dimensional scaffolds for the selective growth of alkanethiol edge structures. Heterostructures with chemical contrast could be grown, whose dimensions were governed by both the initial pattern sizes and the process time. n-Oct

  1. Methods for lipid nanostructure investigation at neutron and synchrotron sources

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    Kiselev, M. A.

    2011-03-01

    A lipid membrane is a main component of biological membranes. Contemporary bionanotechnologies use phospholipids and ceramides as basic components of drugs and cosmetic preparations. Phospholipids-based nanoparticles are used as drug carriers. Effective development of bionanotechnologies in Russia calls for creation of physical methods to diagnose the particle nanostructure which would be promising for application in pharmacology. Radiation with wavelengths of 1-10 Å is an adequate instrument for detecting the nanostructure of lipid bi- and monolayers. The review deals with methods that apply neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation for studying nanostructures of lipid membranes, phospholipid nanoparticles, and phospholipid monolayers on a water surface by techniques of diffraction, small-angle scattering, and reflectometry. The importance of the mutually complementary application of neutron and synchrotron radiation for solving urgent problems of membrane biophysics, microbiology, dermapharmacology, and bionanotechnologies is demonstrated by particular examples of studies of phospholipid membranes and ceramide-based membranes. The efficiency of development and application of new methods for solving urgent problems of biophysics is shown. The review is written on the basis of results obtained over the period of 1999-2010 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) Laboratory of Neutron Physics in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Departments of universities of France (Paris-Sud, Chatenay Malabry) and Germany (Martin Luther University, Halle). The experiments were performed at various European and Russian neutron and synchrotron sources.

  2. Novel methods for studying lipids and lipases and their mutual interaction at interfaces. Part 1. Atomic force microscopy

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    Balashev, K.; Jensen, T.R.; Kjær, K.; Bjørnholm, T.

    2001-01-01

    Mono-layers of lipids and their interaction with surface active enzymes (lipases) have been studied for more than a century. During the past decade new insight into this area has been obtained due to the development of scanning probe microscopy. This novel method provides direct microscopic...

  3. Effect of silica nanoparticles on the interfacial properties of a canonical lipid mixture.

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    Guzmán, Eduardo; Ferrari, Michele; Santini, Eva; Liggieri, Libero; Ravera, Francesca

    2015-12-01

    The incorporation of silica nanoparticles (NPs) from the subphase into Langmuir lipid monolayers formed by three components, 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphocholine (DPPC), 1,2-Dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) and Cholesterol (Chol), modifies the thermodynamic and rheological behavior, as well as the structure of the pristine lipid film. Thus, the combination of structural characterization techniques, such as Brewster Angle Microscopy (BAM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), with interfacial thermodynamic and dilational rheology studies has allowed us to deepen on the physico-chemical bases governing the interaction between lipid molecules and NPs. The penetration of NPs driven by the interaction (electrostatic or hydrogen bonds) with the polar groups of the lipid molecules affects the phase behaviour (surface pressure-area, П-A , isotherm) of the monolayer. This can be easily rationalized considering the modification of the packing and cohesion of the molecules at the interface as revealed BAM and AFM images. Furthermore, oscillatory barrier experiments have allowed obtaining information related to the effect of NPs on the monolayer response under dynamic conditions that presents a critical impact on the characterization of biological relevant systems because most of the processes of interest for these systems present a dynamic character. PMID:26562189

  4. Laterally Mobile, Functionalized Self-Assembled Monolayers at the Fluorous-Aqueous Interface in a Plug-Based Microfluidic System: Characterization and Testing with Membrane Protein Crystallization

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    Kreutz, Jason E.; Li, Liang; Roach, L. Spencer; Hatakeyama, Takuji; Ismagilov, Rustem F.

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes a method to generate functionalizable, mobile self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) in plug-based microfluidics. Control of interfaces is advancing studies of biological interfaces, heterogeneous reactions, and nanotechnology. SAMs have been useful for such studies, but they are not laterally mobile. Lipid-based methods, though mobile, are not easily amenable to setting up the hundreds of experiments necessary for crystallization screening. Here we demonstrate a method, comple...

  5. Phase transformations in binary colloidal monolayers.

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    Yang, Ye; Fu, Lin; Marcoux, Catherine; Socolar, Joshua E S; Charbonneau, Patrick; Yellen, Benjamin B

    2015-03-28

    Phase transformations can be difficult to characterize at the microscopic level due to the inability to directly observe individual atomic motions. Model colloidal systems, by contrast, permit the direct observation of individual particle dynamics and of collective rearrangements, which allows for real-space characterization of phase transitions. Here, we study a quasi-two-dimensional, binary colloidal alloy that exhibits liquid-solid and solid-solid phase transitions, focusing on the kinetics of a diffusionless transformation between two crystal phases. Experiments are conducted on a monolayer of magnetic and nonmagnetic spheres suspended in a thin layer of ferrofluid and exposed to a tunable magnetic field. A theoretical model of hard spheres with point dipoles at their centers is used to guide the choice of experimental parameters and characterize the underlying materials physics. When the applied field is normal to the fluid layer, a checkerboard crystal forms; when the angle between the field and the normal is sufficiently large, a striped crystal assembles. As the field is slowly tilted away from the normal, we find that the transformation pathway between the two phases depends strongly on crystal orientation, field strength, and degree of confinement of the monolayer. In some cases, the pathway occurs by smooth magnetostrictive shear, while in others it involves the sudden formation of martensitic plates. PMID:25677504

  6. Predicting Two-Dimensional Silicon Carbide Monolayers.

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    Shi, Zhiming; Zhang, Zhuhua; Kutana, Alex; Yakobson, Boris I

    2015-10-27

    Intrinsic semimetallicity of graphene and silicene largely limits their applications in functional devices. Mixing carbon and silicon atoms to form two-dimensional (2D) silicon carbide (SixC1-x) sheets is promising to overcome this issue. Using first-principles calculations combined with the cluster expansion method, we perform a comprehensive study on the thermodynamic stability and electronic properties of 2D SixC1-x monolayers with 0 ≤ x ≤ 1. Upon varying the silicon concentration, the 2D SixC1-x presents two distinct structural phases, a homogeneous phase with well dispersed Si (or C) atoms and an in-plane hybrid phase rich in SiC domains. While the in-plane hybrid structure shows uniform semiconducting properties with widely tunable band gap from 0 to 2.87 eV due to quantum confinement effect imposed by the SiC domains, the homogeneous structures can be semiconducting or remain semimetallic depending on a superlattice vector which dictates whether the sublattice symmetry is topologically broken. Moreover, we reveal a universal rule for describing the electronic properties of the homogeneous SixC1-x structures. These findings suggest that the 2D SixC1-x monolayers may present a new "family" of 2D materials, with a rich variety of properties for applications in electronics and optoelectronics. PMID:26394207

  7. In vitro study of interaction of synaptic vesicles with lipid membranes

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    The fusion of synaptic vesicles (SVs) with the plasma membrane in neurons is a crucial step in the release of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for carrying signals between nerve cells. While many of the molecular players involved in this fusion process have been identified, a precise molecular description of their roles in the process is still lacking. A case in point is the plasma membrane lipid phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). Although PIP2 is known to be essential for vesicle fusion, its precise role in the process remains unclear. We have re-investigated the role of this lipid in membrane structure and function using the complementary experimental techniques of x-ray reflectivity, both on lipid monolayers at an air-water interface and bilayers on a solid support, and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction on lipid monolayers. These techniques provide unprecedented access to structural information at the molecular level, and detail the profound structural changes that occur in a membrane following PIP2 incorporation. Further, we also confirm and extend previous findings that the association of SVs with membranes is enhanced by PIP2 incorporation, and reveal the structural changes that underpin this phenomenon. Further, the association is further intensified by a physiologically relevant amount of Ca2+ ions in the subphase of the monolayer, as revealed by the increase in interfacial pressure seen with the lipid monolayer system. Finally, a theoretical calculation concerning the products arising from the fusion of these SVs with proteoliposomes is presented, with which we aim to illustrate the potential future uses of this system.

  8. In vitro study of interaction of synaptic vesicles with lipid membranes

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    Ghosh, S K; Castorph, S; Salditt, T [Institute for X-ray Physics, University of Goettingen, 37077 Goettingen (Germany); Konovalov, O [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Jahn, R; Holt, M, E-mail: sghosh1@gwdg.d, E-mail: mholt@gwdg.d, E-mail: tsaldit@gwdg.d [Department of Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, 37077 Goettingen (Germany)

    2010-10-15

    The fusion of synaptic vesicles (SVs) with the plasma membrane in neurons is a crucial step in the release of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for carrying signals between nerve cells. While many of the molecular players involved in this fusion process have been identified, a precise molecular description of their roles in the process is still lacking. A case in point is the plasma membrane lipid phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP{sub 2}). Although PIP{sub 2} is known to be essential for vesicle fusion, its precise role in the process remains unclear. We have re-investigated the role of this lipid in membrane structure and function using the complementary experimental techniques of x-ray reflectivity, both on lipid monolayers at an air-water interface and bilayers on a solid support, and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction on lipid monolayers. These techniques provide unprecedented access to structural information at the molecular level, and detail the profound structural changes that occur in a membrane following PIP{sub 2} incorporation. Further, we also confirm and extend previous findings that the association of SVs with membranes is enhanced by PIP{sub 2} incorporation, and reveal the structural changes that underpin this phenomenon. Further, the association is further intensified by a physiologically relevant amount of Ca{sup 2+} ions in the subphase of the monolayer, as revealed by the increase in interfacial pressure seen with the lipid monolayer system. Finally, a theoretical calculation concerning the products arising from the fusion of these SVs with proteoliposomes is presented, with which we aim to illustrate the potential future uses of this system.

  9. Thermodynamic, morphological and structural properties of dissociated fatty acid monolayers at the air-water interface

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    Johann, Robert

    2001-10-01

    Research on monolayers of amphiphilic lipids on aqueous solution is of basic importance in surface science. Due to the applicability of a variety of surface sensitive techniques, floating insoluble monolayers are very suitable model systems for the study of order, structure formation and material transport in two dimensions or the interactions of molecules at the interface with ions or molecules in the bulk (headword 'molecular recognition'). From the behavior of monolayers conclusions can be drawn on the properties of lipid layers on solid substrates or in biological membranes. This work deals with specific and fundamental interactions in monolayers both on the molecular and on the microscopic scale and with their relation to the lattice structure, morphology and thermodynamic behavior of monolayers at the air-water interface. As model system especially monolayers of long chain fatty acids are used, since there the molecular interactions can be gradually adjusted by varying the degree of dissociation by means of the suphase pH value. For manipulating the molecular interactions besides the subphase composition also temperature and monolayer composition are systematically varied. The change in the monolayer properties as a function of an external parameter is analyzed by means of isotherm and surface potential measurements, Brewster-angle microscopy, X-ray diffraction at grazing incidence and polarization modulated infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy. For this a quantitative measure for the molecular interactions and for the chain conformational order is derived from the X-ray data. The most interesting results of this work are the elucidation of the origin of regular polygonal and dendritic domain shapes, the various effects of cholesterol on molecular packing and lattice order of long chain amphiphiles, as well as the detection of an abrupt change in the head group bonding interactions, the chain conformational order and the phase transition pressure

  10. Oxygen Monolayers Adsorbed on Graphite Studied by Neutron Scattering

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    Nielsen, Mourits; McTague, J. P.

    1979-01-01

    The phase diagram of absorbed films of O2 molecules on (002) surfaces of graphite has been measured in the range of densities from submonolayer to 1.6 monolayer. This system is particularly interesting because it orders magnetically below 11.9 K for dense monolayer and higher coverages. This...

  11. Effects of ambient conditions on adsorbed surfactant and polymer monolayers

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    The physical properties of surfactant-coated and polyelectrolyte-coated surfaces in adhesive contact in air have been studied using the surface forces apparatus technique. Various physisorbed monolayers with different head groups and chains (or polymer segments) were prepared both by adsorption form solution (self-assembly) and by the Langmuir-Blodgett deposition technique. The results show that many monolayer properties depend on the atmospheric conditions such as the relative humidity or presence of organic vapors and that these properties can further change when two monolayer-coated surfaces are brought into contact. These properties include monolayer composition and structure, thickness and compressibility, fluidity and phase state (i.e., whether solid, gel, or liquid), and the adhesion between two monolayer-coated surfaces. In addition, we find that both out-of-plane and in-plane (lateral) phase transitions can be induced in certain adsorbed monolayers when they are subjected to a compressive stress. The results provide new insights into molecular ordering and dynamics in physisorbed monolayers and how monolayers are affected when they are exposed to vapors or when they interact with other surfaces. 18 refs., 13 figs., 4 tabs

  12. Langmuir monolayer formation of metal complexes from polymerizable amphiphilic ligands

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    Werkman, PJ; Schouten, AJ

    1996-01-01

    The monolayer behaviour of 4-(10,12-pentacosadiynoicamidomethyl)-pyridine at the air-water interface was studied by measuring the surface pressure-area isotherms. The amphiphile formed stable monolayers with a clear liquid-expanded (LE) to liquid-condensed phase transition at various temperatures. U

  13. Monolayer dispersion thresholds and threshold effect displayed by supported catalysts

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    Cun DENG

    2008-01-01

    The principle of spontaneous monolayer dis-persion holds that active components of many supported catalysts will disperse spontaneously onto the surface of the carrier. The monolayer dispersion threshold of the active component on the surface of the carrier can be measured by X-ray diffraction phase-quantitative extra-polation method, etc. By measuring the monolayer disper-sion threshold, beneficial information on the surface structure and dispersion of supported catalysts can be obtained, and the optimal preparative processing condi-tions of the catalysts can be chosen. The proportion of the active component of many supported catalysts can be optimized while its monolayer dispersion threshold is observed. Mutation values of many physicochemical properties of supported catalysts are related to monolayer dispersion thresholds; the threshold effect on catalysts is apparent, and the proposal regarding the threshold effect provides instruction for the research on catalysts.

  14. 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole monolayers on zinc and silver surfaces for anticorrosion

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    Anticorrosive behaviors of 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on silver and zinc electrodes were comparatively studied by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The promising inhibition effect of the MBT for silver and zinc from corrosion had been confirmed. The adsorption geometries of MBT monolayers on zinc and silver electrodes were observed by surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technique. The SERS spectra implied that monolayers of MBT could be self-assembled on Ag surface through S10 and N3 atoms and the molecular plane should be tilted with respect to the surface. On Zn surface, MBT molecules formed monolayers via both S atoms and the other moieties of the molecule away from the surface. From the in situ electrochemical SERS results it can be found that MBT monolayers on both Ag and Zn surfaces experienced the changes of adsorption fashions as the potential shifting to more negative direction

  15. Monolayer-by-monolayer stacked pyramid-like MoS2 nanodots on monolayered MoS2 flakes with enhanced photoluminescence

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    Yuan, Cailei; Cao, Yingjie; Luo, Xingfang; Yu, Ting; Huang, Zhenping; Xu, Bo; Yang, Yong; Li, Qinliang; Gu, Gang; Lei, Wen

    2015-10-01

    The precise control of the morphology and crystal shape of MoS2 nanostructures is of particular importance for their application in nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices. Here, we describe a single step route for the synthesis of monolayer-by-monolayer stacked pyramid-like MoS2 nanodots on monolayered MoS2 flakes using a chemical vapor deposition method. First-principles calculations demonstrated that the bandgap of the pyramid-like MoS2 nanodot is a direct bandgap. Enhanced local photoluminescence emission was observed in the pyramid-like MoS2 nanodot, in comparison with monolayered MoS2 flakes. The findings presented here provide new opportunities to tailor the physical properties of MoS2via morphology-controlled synthesis.

  16. Monolayer-by-monolayer stacked pyramid-like MoS2 nanodots on monolayered MoS2 flakes with enhanced photoluminescence.

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    Yuan, Cailei; Cao, Yingjie; Luo, Xingfang; Yu, Ting; Huang, Zhenping; Xu, Bo; Yang, Yong; Li, Qinliang; Gu, Gang; Lei, Wen

    2015-11-01

    The precise control of the morphology and crystal shape of MoS2 nanostructures is of particular importance for their application in nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices. Here, we describe a single step route for the synthesis of monolayer-by-monolayer stacked pyramid-like MoS2 nanodots on monolayered MoS2 flakes using a chemical vapor deposition method. First-principles calculations demonstrated that the bandgap of the pyramid-like MoS2 nanodot is a direct bandgap. Enhanced local photoluminescence emission was observed in the pyramid-like MoS2 nanodot, in comparison with monolayered MoS2 flakes. The findings presented here provide new opportunities to tailor the physical properties of MoS2via morphology-controlled synthesis. PMID:26439853

  17. A lipid transfer protein that transfers lipid

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    Levine, T. P.

    2007-01-01

    Very few lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) have been caught in the act of transferring lipids in vivo from a donor membrane to an acceptor membrane. Now, two studies (Halter, D., S. Neumann, S. M. van Dijk, J. Wolthoorn, A. M. de Maziere, O.V. Vieira, P. Mattjus, J. Klumperman, G. van Meer, and H. Sprong. 2007. J. Cell Biol. 179: 101 115; D'Angelo, G., E. Polishchuk, G. D. Tullio, M. Santoro, A. D. Campli, A. Godi, G. West, J. Bielawski, C.C. Chuang, A. C. van der Spoel, et al. 2007. Nature. 449...

  18. Drug loading to lipid-based cationic nanoparticles

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    Lipid-based cationic nanoparticles are a new promising option for tumor therapy, because they display enhanced binding and uptake at the neo-angiogenic endothelial cells, which a tumor needs for its nutrition and growth. By loading suitable cytotoxic compounds to the cationic carrier, the tumor endothelial and consequently also the tumor itself can be destroyed. For the development of such novel anti-tumor agents, the control of drug loading and drug release from the carrier matrix is essential. We have studied the incorporation of the hydrophobic anti-cancer agent Paclitaxel (PXL) into a variety of lipid matrices by X-Ray reflectivity measurements. Liposome suspensions from cationic and zwitterionic lipids, comprising different molar fractions of Paclitaxel, were deposited on planar glass substrates. After drying at controlled humidity, well ordered, oriented multilayer stacks were obtained, as proven by the presence of bilayer Bragg peaks to several orders in the reflectivity curves. The presence of the drug induced a decrease of the lipid bilayer spacing, and with an excess of drug, also Bragg peaks of drug crystals could be observed. From the results, insight into the solubility of Paclitaxel in the model membranes was obtained and a structural model of the organization of the drug in the membrane was derived. Results from subsequent pressure/area-isotherm and grazing incidence diffraction (GID) measurements performed with drug/lipid Langmuir monolayers were in accordance with these conjectures

  19. Cationic lipid membranes-specific interactions with counter-ions

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    Ryhaenen, Samppa J; Saeily, V Matti J; Kinnunen, Paavo K J [Helsinki Biophysics and Biomembrane Group, Institute of Biomedicine, Biomedicum, University of Helsinki, PO Box 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8), Helsinki FIN-00014 (Finland)

    2006-07-19

    Lipids bearing net electric charges in their hydrophilic headgroups are ubiquitous in biological membranes. Recently, the interest in cationic lipids has surged because of their potential as non-viral transfection vectors. In order to utilize cationic lipids in transfer of nucleic acids and to elucidate the role of charged lipids in cellular membranes in general, their complex interactions within the membrane and with the molecules in the surrounding media need to be thoroughly characterized. Yet, even interactions between monovalent counter-ions and charged lipids are inadequately understood. We studied the interactions of the cationic gemini surfactant (2R,3R)-2,3-dimethoxy-1,4- bis(N-hexadecyl-N,N-dimethylammonium)butane dibromide (RR-1) with chloride, bromide, fluoride, and iodide as counter-ions by differential scanning calorimetry and Langmuir balance. Chloride interacts avidly with RR-1, efficiently condensing the monolayer, decreasing the collapse pressure, and elevating the main transition temperature. With bromide and iodide clearly different behaviour was observed, indicating specific interactions between RR-1 and these counter-ions. Moreover, with fluoride as a counter-ion and in pure water identical results were obtained, demonstrating inefficient electrostatic screening of the headgroups of RR-1 and suggesting fluoride being depleted on the surface of RR-1 membranes.

  20. Cationic lipid membranes-specific interactions with counter-ions

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    Lipids bearing net electric charges in their hydrophilic headgroups are ubiquitous in biological membranes. Recently, the interest in cationic lipids has surged because of their potential as non-viral transfection vectors. In order to utilize cationic lipids in transfer of nucleic acids and to elucidate the role of charged lipids in cellular membranes in general, their complex interactions within the membrane and with the molecules in the surrounding media need to be thoroughly characterized. Yet, even interactions between monovalent counter-ions and charged lipids are inadequately understood. We studied the interactions of the cationic gemini surfactant (2R,3R)-2,3-dimethoxy-1,4- bis(N-hexadecyl-N,N-dimethylammonium)butane dibromide (RR-1) with chloride, bromide, fluoride, and iodide as counter-ions by differential scanning calorimetry and Langmuir balance. Chloride interacts avidly with RR-1, efficiently condensing the monolayer, decreasing the collapse pressure, and elevating the main transition temperature. With bromide and iodide clearly different behaviour was observed, indicating specific interactions between RR-1 and these counter-ions. Moreover, with fluoride as a counter-ion and in pure water identical results were obtained, demonstrating inefficient electrostatic screening of the headgroups of RR-1 and suggesting fluoride being depleted on the surface of RR-1 membranes

  1. Organic Monolayer Protected Topological Surface State.

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    Yang, Hung-Hsiang; Chu, Yu-Hsun; Lu, Chun-I; Butler, Christopher John; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Lin, Minn-Tsong

    2015-10-14

    Perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA)/Bi2Se3 and Fe/PTCDA/Bi2Se3 heterointerfaces are investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The close-packed self-assembled PTCDA monolayer possesses big molecular band gap and weak molecule-substrate interactions, which leaves the Bi2Se3 topological surface state intact under PTCDA. Formation of Fe-PTCDA hybrids removes interactions between the Fe dopant and the Bi2Se3 surface, such as doping effects and Coulomb scattering. Our findings reveal the functionality of PTCDA to prevent dopant disturbances in the TSS and provide an effective alternative for interface designs of realistic TI devices. PMID:26393876

  2. New Monolayered Materials Exhibiting Unusual Electronic Properties

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    Lopez-Bezanilla, Alejandro; Martin, Ivar; Littlewood, Peter B.

    Computationally based approaches are allowing to progress in the discovery and design of nano-scaled materials. Here we propose a series of new mono-layered compounds with exotic properties. By means of density functional theory calculations we demonstrate that the pentagonal arrangement of SiC2 yields an inverted distribution of the p-bands which leads to an unusual electronic behaviour of the material under strain [J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119 (33), pp 19469]. A different pentagonal arrangement of C atoms enables the formation of Dirac cones which, unlike graphene, exhibit a strain-mediated tunable band gap. This work is supported by DOE-BES under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  3. Defect-Tolerant Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Pandey, Mohnish; Rasmussen, Filip Anselm; Kuhar, Korina;

    2016-01-01

    -principles investigation of defect tolerance in 29 monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) of interest for nanoscale optoelectronics. We find that the TMDs based on group VI and X metals form deep gap states upon creation of a chalcogen (S, Se, Te) vacancy, while the TMDs based on group IV metals form only...... shallow defect levels and are thus predicted to be defect-tolerant. Interestingly, all the defect sensitive TMDs have valence and conduction bands with a very similar orbital composition. This indicates a bonding/antibonding nature of the gap, which in turn suggests that dangling bonds will fall inside...... the gap. These ideas are made quantitative by introducing a descriptor that measures the degree of similarity of the conduction and valence band manifolds. Finally, the study is generalized to nonpolar nanoribbons of the TMDs where we find that only the defect sensitive materials form edge states within...

  4. Detection of bilayer lipid with graphene nanoribbon

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    Akbari, Elnaz; Buntat, Zolkafle; Afroozeh, Abdolkarim; Zeinalinezhad, Alireza; Nilashi, Mehrbakhsh

    2015-09-01

    Single-layer graphene consists of sp 2-bonded carbon atoms arranged in a two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal lattice comprising a thin layer of single carbon atoms. Owing to its special characteristics including electrical, physical, and optical properties, graphene is considered more suitable for sensor applications than other materials. Moreover, it is possible to produce biosensors using electrolyte-gated field-effect transistors based on graphene (GFETs) to identify the alterations in charged lipid membrane properties. This paper illustrates how membrane thickness and electrical charge can result in a monolayer GFET, with emphasis on conductance variation. It is proposed that the thickness and electrical charge of the lipid bilayer are functions of carrier density, and equations relating these suitable control parameters were derived. Adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) has been incorporated to obtain other model for conductance characteristic. The comparison between the analytical models and ANFIS with the experimental data extracted from previous work show an acceptable agreement. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  5. Anomalous thermal conductivity of monolayer boron nitride

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    Tabarraei, Alireza; Wang, Xiaonan

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we use nonequilibrium molecular dynamics modeling to investigate the thermal properties of monolayer hexagonal boron nitride nanoribbons under uniaxial strain along their longitudinal axis. Our simulations predict that hexagonal boron nitride shows an anomalous thermal response to the applied uniaxial strain. Contrary to three dimensional materials, under uniaxial stretching, the thermal conductivity of boron nitride nanoribbons first increases rather than decreasing until it reaches its peak value and then starts decreasing. Under compressive strain, the thermal conductivity of monolayer boron nitride ribbons monolithically reduces rather than increasing. We use phonon spectrum and dispersion curves to investigate the mechanism responsible for the unexpected behavior. Our molecular dynamics modeling and density functional theory results show that application of longitudinal tensile strain leads to the reduction of the group velocities of longitudinal and transverse acoustic modes. Such a phonon softening mechanism acts to reduce the thermal conductivity of the nanoribbons. On the other hand, a significant increase in the group velocity (stiffening) of the flexural acoustic modes is observed, which counteracts the phonon softening effects of the longitudinal and transverse modes. The total thermal conductivity of the ribbons is a result of competition between these two mechanisms. At low tensile strain, the stiffening mechanism overcomes the softening mechanism which leads to an increase in the thermal conductivity. At higher tensile strain, the softening mechanism supersedes the stiffening and the thermal conductivity slightly reduces. Our simulations show that the decrease in the thermal conductivity under compressive strain is attributed to the formation of buckling defects which reduces the phonon mean free path.

  6. Acid monolayer functionalized iron oxide nanoparticle catalysts

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    Ikenberry, Myles

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle functionalization is an area of intensely active research, with applications across disciplines such as biomedical science and heterogeneous catalysis. This work demonstrates the functionalization of iron oxide nanoparticles with a quasi-monolayer of 11-sulfoundecanoic acid, 10-phosphono-1-decanesulfonic acid, and 11-aminoundecanoic acid. The carboxylic and phosphonic moieties form bonds to the iron oxide particle core, while the sulfonic acid groups face outward where they are available for catalysis. The particles were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), potentiometric titration, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The sulfonic acid functionalized particles were used to catalyze the hydrolysis of sucrose at 80° and starch at 130°, showing a higher activity per acid site than the traditional solid acid catalyst Amberlyst-15, and comparing well against results reported in the literature for sulfonic acid functionalized mesoporous silicas. In sucrose catalysis reactions, the phosphonic-sulfonic nanoparticles (PSNPs) were seen to be incompletely recovered by an external magnetic field, while the carboxylic-sulfonic nanoparticles (CSNPs) showed a trend of increasing activity over the first four recycle runs. Between the two sulfonic ligands, the phosphonates produced a more tightly packed monolayer, which corresponded to a higher sulfonic acid loading, lower agglomeration, lower recoverability through application of an external magnetic field, and higher activity per acid site for the hydrolysis of starch. Functionalizations with 11-aminoundecanoic acid resulted in some amine groups binding to the surfaces of iron oxide nanoparticles. This amine binding is commonly ignored in iron oxide

  7. Melittin Adsorption and Lipid Monolayer Disruption at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces

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    Mendez, Manuel A.; Nazemi, Zahra; Uyanik, Ibrahim; Lu, Yu; Girault, Hubert H.

    2011-01-01

    Melittin, a membrane-active peptide with antimicrobial activity, was investigated at the interface formed between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES) supported on a metallic electrode. Ion-transfer voltammetry showed well-defined semi-reversible transfer peaks along with adsorptive peaks. The reversible adsorption of melittin at the liquid-liquid interface is qualitatively discussed from voltammetric data and experimentally confirmed by real-time image analysis of video snapshots. It...

  8. Divalent Cation-Dependent Formation of Electrostatic PIP2 Clusters in Lipid Monolayers

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    Ellenbroek, WG Wouter; Wang, Y-H; Christian, DA; Discher, DE; Janmey, PA; Liu, AJ

    2011-01-01

    Polyphosphoinositides are among the most highly charged molecules in the cell membrane, and the most common polyphosphoinositide, phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2), is involved in many mechanical and biochemical processes in the cell membrane. Divalent cations such as calcium can cause clustering of the polyanionic PIP2, but the origin and strength of the effective attractions leading to clustering has been unclear. In addition, the question of whether the ion-mediated attractions ...

  9. Interfacial properties of gramicidin and gramicidin-lipid mixtures measured with static and dynamic monolayer techniques.

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    Tournois, H.; Gieles, P; Demel, R.; de Gier, J.; Kruijff, B. de

    1989-01-01

    Gramicidin films at the air/water interface are shown to exhibit a phase transition at 225 A2/molecule which might be caused by either cluster formation, reorientation of molecules, conformational changes or multilayer formation. It is further shown that coupling of a charged group on either NH2- or COOH-terminus or elongation of the peptide by two amino acids, only slightly affects the surface area characteristics whereas modification of the tryptophans or even replacement of a single trypto...

  10. Experimental evidence for the mode of action based on electrostatic and hydrophobic forces to explain interaction between chitosans and phospholipid Langmuir monolayers.

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    Pavinatto, Adriana; Delezuk, Jorge A M; Souza, Adriano L; Pavinatto, Felippe J; Volpati, Diogo; Miranda, Paulo B; Campana-Filho, Sérgio P; Oliveira, Osvaldo N

    2016-09-01

    The interaction between chitosans and Langmuir monolayers mimicking cell membranes has been explained with an empirical scheme based on electrostatic and hydrophobic forces, but so far this has been tested only for dimyristoyl phosphatidic acid (DMPA). In this paper, we show that the mode of action in such a scheme is also valid for dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) and dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl glycerol (DPPG), whose monolayers were expanded and their compressibility modulus decreased by interacting with chitosans. In general, the effects were stronger for the negatively charged DPPG in comparison to DPPC, and for the low molecular weight chitosan (LMWChi) which was better able to penetrate into the hydrophobic chains than the high molecular weight chitosan (Chi). Penetration into the hydrophobic chains was confirmed with polarization-modulated infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) and sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. A slight reduction in conformational order of the lipid chains induced by the chitosans was quantitatively estimated by measuring the ratio between the intensities of the methyl (r(+)) and methylene (d(+)) peaks in the SFG spectra for DPPG. The ratio decreased from 35.6 for the closely packed DPPG monolayer to 7.0 and 6.6 for monolayers containing Chi and LMWChi, respectively. Since in both cases there was a significant phospholipid monolayer expansion, the incorporation of chitosans led to chitosan-rich and lipid-rich condensed domains, which mantained conformational order for their hydrophobic tails. The stronger effects from LMWChi are ascribed to an easier access to the hydrophobic tails, as corroborated by measuring aggregation in solution with dynamic light scattering, where the hydrodynamic radius for LMWChi was close to half of that for Chi. Taken together, the results presented here confirm that the same mode of action applies to different phospholipids that are important constituents of mammalian (DPPC) and

  11. Determining the pivotal plane of fluid lipid membranes in simulations

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    Wang, Xin; Deserno, Markus

    2015-10-01

    Each leaflet of a curved lipid membrane contains a surface at which the area strain vanishes, the so-called pivotal plane. Its distance z0 from the bilayer's midplane arises in numerous contexts, for instance the connection between monolayer and bilayer moduli, stress-profile moments, or area-difference elasticity theories. Here, we propose two precise methods for determining the location of the pivotal plane in computer simulations, both of which rely on monitoring the lipid imbalance across a curved bilayer. The first method considers the ratio of lipid number between the two leaflets of cylindrical or spherical vesicles; it hence requires lipid flip-flop for equilibration. The second method looks at the leaflet difference across local sections cut out from a buckled membrane; this observable equilibrates even in the absence of flip-flop. We apply our methods to two different coarse-grained lipid models, the generic three-bead solvent-free Cooke model and a ten-bead representation of dimyristoylphosphocholine with the explicit solvent MARTINI model. The Cooke model is amenable to both methods and gives results that agree at the percent level. Using it, we also show that the pivotal plane moves outward as lipid curvature becomes more positive. The MARTINI model can only be analyzed with the buckling method; the obtained value z0 = 0.850(11) nm lies about 0.4 nm inwards of the glycerol backbone and is hence unexpectedly small. We attribute this to limitations of the coarse-grained description, suggesting that the location of the pivotal plane might be a good indicator for how well lipid models capture the microscopic origins of curvature elasticity. Finally, we also show that the pivotal plane position itself moves as the membrane is bent. The leading correction is linear in curvature, dependent on the Poisson ratio, and can matter when analyzing experimental results obtained from highly curved inverse hexagonal phases.

  12. Regulation of lipid metabolism

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    Peng LI

    2011-01-01

    @@ Lipids including cholesterol, phospholipids, fatty acids and triacylglycerols are important cellular constituents involved in membrane structure, energy homeostasis and many biological processes such as signal transduction, organelle development and cell differentiation.Recently, the area of lipid metabolism has drawn a great deal of attention due to its emerging role in the development of metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis and liver steatosis.We decided to organize a special issue of Frontiers in Biology focusing on our current understanding of lipid metabolism.

  13. Melting mechanism in monolayers of flexible rod-shaped molecules

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    Hansen, Flemming Yssing; Taub, H.

    1992-01-01

    The melting of butane and hexane monolayers adsorbed on a graphite basal-plane surface has been studied by molecular-dynamics simulations and experimentally by neutron diffraction. The simulation results are qualitatively consistent with the observed diffraction patterns and suggest a general...... mechanism for melting in monolayers of flexible rod-shaped molecules. Melting requires the formation of vacancies in the monolayer by molecular motion perpendicular to the surface. This ‘‘footprint reduction’’ mechanism implies that strictly two-dimensional theories of melting are inapplicable...

  14. Influence of Lipid Oxidization on Structures and Functions of Biological Membranes

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    Korytowski, Agatha Anna

    2016-01-01

    The primary aim of this thesis is to clarify how the structures and functions of biological membranes are influenced by the oxidative damage mediated by free radicals. As a precisely defined model systems, artificially reconstituted lipid membranes (Langmuir monolayers, vesicles, supported membranes, multilamellar membranes) incorporating two oxidized phospholipids bearing aldehyde or carboxyl groups at the end of truncated sn-2 acyl chains were fabricated. By the combination of various exper...

  15. Lipid bilayer regulation of membrane protein function: gramicidin channels as molecular force probes

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    Lundbæk, Jens August; Collingwood, S.A.; Ingolfsson, H.I.;

    2010-01-01

    Membrane protein function is regulated by the host lipid bilayer composition. This regulation may depend on specific chemical interactions between proteins and individual molecules in the bilayer, as well as on non-specific interactions between proteins and the bilayer behaving as a physical enti...... use of gramicidin channels as molecular force probes for studying this mechanism, with a unique ability to discriminate between consequences of changes in monolayer curvature and bilayer elastic moduli....

  16. Lipid tail protrusions mediate the insertion of nanoparticles into model cell membranes

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    Van Lehn, Reid C.; Ricci, Maria; Silva, Paulo H.J.; Andreozzi, Patrizia; Reguera, Javier; Voïtchovsky, Kislon; Stellacci, Francesco; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2013-01-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that charged ​gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) protected by an amphiphilic organic monolayer can spontaneously insert into the core of lipid bilayers to minimize the exposure of hydrophobic surface area to water. However, the kinetic pathway to reach the thermodynamically stable transmembrane configuration is unknown. Here, we use unbiased atomistic simulations to show the pathway by which AuNPs spontaneously insert into bilayers and confirm the results experimentally o...

  17. Lipid tail protrusions mediate the insertion of nanoparticles into model cell membranes.

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    Van Lehn, R. C.; Ricci, M; Silva, P. H. J.; Andreozzi, P.; Reguera, J; Voïtchovsky, K.; Stellacci, F.; Alexander-Katz, A.

    2014-01-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that charged ​gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) protected by an amphiphilic organic monolayer can spontaneously insert into the core of lipid bilayers to minimize the exposure of hydrophobic surface area to water. However, the kinetic pathway to reach the thermodynamically stable transmembrane configuration is unknown. Here, we use unbiased atomistic simulations to show the pathway by which AuNPs spontaneously insert into bilayers and confirm the results experimentally o...

  18. Channel-forming activity of syringopeptin 25A in mercury-supported phospholipid monolayers and negatively charged bilayers.

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    Becucci, Lucia; Toppi, Arianna; Fiore, Alberto; Scaloni, Andrea; Guidelli, Rolando

    2016-10-01

    Interactions of the cationic lipodepsipeptide syringopeptin 25A (SP25A) with mercury-supported dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC), dioleoylphosphatidylserine (DOPS) and dioeleoylphosphatidic acid (DOPA) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were investigated by AC voltammetry in 0.1M KCl at pH3, 5.4 and 6.8. SP25A targets and penetrates the DOPS SAM much more effectively than the other SAMs not only at pH6.8, where the DOPS SAM is negatively charged, but also at pH3, where it is positively charged just as SP25A. Similar investigations at tethered bilayer lipid membranes (tBLMs) consisting of a thiolipid called DPTL anchored to mercury, with a DOPS, DOPA or DOPC distal monolayer on top of it, showed that, at physiological transmembrane potentials, SP25A forms ion channels spanning the tBLM only if DOPS is the distal monolayer. The distinguishing chemical feature of the DOPS SAM is the ionic interaction between the protonated amino group of a DOPS molecule and the carboxylate group of an adjacent phospholipid molecule. Under the reasonable assumption that SP25A preferentially interacts with this ion pair, the selective lipodepsipeptide antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria may be tentatively explained by its affinity for similar protonated amino-carboxylate pairs, which are expected to be present in the peptide moieties of peptidoglycan strands. PMID:27322780

  19. Solid-Supported Lipid Membranes: Formation, Stability and Applications

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    Goh, Haw Zan

    This thesis presents a comprehensive investigation of the formation of supported lipid membranes with vesicle hemifusion, their stability under detergents and organic solvents and their applications in molecular biology. In Chapter 3, we describe how isolated patches of DOPC bilayers supported on glass surfaces are dissolved by various detergents (decyl maltoside, dodecyl maltoside, CHAPS, CTAB, SDS, TritonX-100 and Tween20) at their CMC, as investigated by fluorescence video microscopy. In general, detergents partition into distal leaflets of bilayers and lead to the expansion of the bilayers through a rolling motion of the distal over the proximal leaflets, in agreement with the first stage of the established 3-stage model of lipid vesicle solubilization by detergents. Subsequently, we study the partitioning of organic solvents (methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, propanol, acetone and chloroform) into isolated bilayer patches on glass in Chapter 4 with fluorescence microscopy. The area expansion of bilayers due to the partitioning of organic solvents is measured. From the titration of organic solvents, we measured the rate of area expansion as a function of the volume fraction of organic solvents, which is proposed to be a measure of strength of interactions between solvents and membranes. From the same experiments, we also measure the maximum expansion of bilayers (or the maximum binding stoichiometry between organic solvents and lipids) before structural breakdown, which depends on the depth of penetration of solvents to the membranes. In Chapter 5, we investigate the formation of sparsely-tethered bilayer lipid membranes (stBLMs) with vesicle hemifusion. In vesicle hemifusion, lipid vesicles in contact with a hydrophobic alkyl-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM) deposit a lipid monolayer to the SAM surface, thus completing the bilayer. Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy and Neutron Reflectivity are used to probe the integrity of stBLMs in terms of their

  20. A sum-frequency generation spectroscopic study of the Gibbs analysis paradox: monolayer or sub-monolayer adsorption?

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    Shahir, Afshin Asadzadeh; Nguyen, Khoi Tan; Nguyen, Anh V

    2016-03-23

    The Gibbs adsorption isotherm (GAI) has been considered as the foundation of surfactant adsorption studies for over a century; however, its application in determining the limiting surface excess has recently been intensively discussed, with contradictory experimental evidence either supporting or refuting the theory. The available arguments are based on monolayer adsorption models. In this paper, we experimentally and intellectually propose and validate the contribution of sub-monolayer adsorption to the GAI paradox. We utilize a powerful intrinsically surface-sensitive technique, vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (SFG), complementing with conventional tensiometric measurements to address these controversies both quantitatively and qualitatively. Our SFG results revealed that the precipitous decrease in surface tension directly corresponds to surface occupancy by adsorbates. In addition, the Gibbs analysis was successfully applied to the soluble monolayer of a surface-active alcohol to full saturation. However, the full saturation of the topmost monolayer does not necessarily mean that the surface adsorption was completed because the adsorption was observed to continuously occur in the sub-monolayer region soon after the topmost monolayer became saturated. Nonetheless, the Gibbs isotherm failed to account for the excess of alcohol adsorbed in this sub-monolayer region. This new concept of surface excess must therefore be treated thermodynamically. PMID:26661072

  1. Polyene-lipids: a new tool to image lipids

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    Kuerschner, Lars; Ejsing, Christer S.; Ekroos, Kim;

    2005-01-01

    superiority of polyene-lipids to both NBD- and BODIPY-tagged lipids. Cells readily take up various polyene-lipid precursors and generate the expected end products with no apparent disturbance by the tag. Applying two-photon excitation microscopy, we imaged the distribution of polyene-lipids in living......Microscopy of lipids in living cells is currently hampered by a lack of adequate fluorescent tags. The most frequently used tags, NBD and BODIPY, strongly influence the properties of lipids, yielding analogs with quite different characteristics. Here, we introduce polyene-lipids containing five...

  2. Biosynthesis of membrane lipids of thermophilic archaebacteria and its implication to early evolution of life

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    The unit lipid of cell membranes of archaebacteria is unique ether lipids, O-dialkylated glycerol with a polar head group at sn-1 position. The chirality of glycerol moiety of the lipids is opposite to that of other kingdoms. The hydrophobic potion consists of saturated C20 isoprenoid hydrocarbon backbone and is connected to glycerol by an ether linkage. In addition, cell membrane of some of thermophilic archaebacteria are monolayer (in stead of bilayer) of tetraether lipids in which both tails of hydrocarbon chains of two diether lipids are covalently connected in a tail-to-tail fashion. Although the host cell from which contemporary eukaryotes have been derived by endosymbiosis, is speculated to be an archaebacterium, the unique ether lipids raised a serious question to the idea of archabacterial origin of eukaryote cells; why the unique ether lipids are not used to construct cytoplasmic membranes of eukaryotes? The author and his colleagues have studied biosynthesis of membrane liquids of two thermo-acidophilic archaebacteria, Thermoplasma and Sulfolobus. It was found that origins of stereospecificity of glycerol moiety of archaebacterial ether lipids differs form species to species. In Sulfolobus sn-glycerol-1-phosphate (the abnormal isomer of glycerol phosphate) seems to be directly synthesized from glycerol, whereas in Halobacterium stereospecificity of glycerol phosphate is inverted during the lipid synthesis. Recently we found that specific inhibitors for eukaryotes squalene epoxidase inhibit the condensation of diether lipids to tetraether lipids in cell-free extracts of these thermophilic archaebacteria. The results suggest evolutionary implication of archaebacterial tetraether condensing enzyme to eukaryote sterol biosynthesis. Relationships between chemical structures of membrane lipids and early evolution of life will be discussed. (author). Abstract only

  3. Impact of two different saponins on the organization of model lipid membranes.

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    Korchowiec, Beata; Gorczyca, Marcelina; Wojszko, Kamila; Janikowska, Maria; Henry, Max; Rogalska, Ewa

    2015-10-01

    Saponins, naturally occurring plant compounds are known for their biological and pharmacological activity. This activity is strongly related to the amphiphilic character of saponins that allows them to aggregate in aqueous solution and interact with membrane components. In this work, Langmuir monolayer techniques combined with polarization modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) and Brewster angle microscopy were used to study the interaction of selected saponins with lipid model membranes. Two structurally different saponins were used: digitonin and a commercial Merck Saponin. Membranes of different composition, namely, cholesterol, 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine or 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-rac-(1-glycerol) were formed at the air/water and air/saponin solution interfaces. The saponin-lipid interaction was characterized by changes in surface pressure, surface potential, surface morphology and PM-IRRAS signal. Both saponins interact with model membranes and change the physical state of membranes by perturbing the lipid acyl chain orientation. The changes in membrane fluidity were more significant upon the interaction with Merck Saponin. A higher affinity of saponins for cholesterol than phosphatidylglycerols was observed. Moreover, our results indicate that digitonin interacts strongly with cholesterol and solubilize the cholesterol monolayer at higher surface pressures. It was shown, that digitonin easily penetrate to the cholesterol monolayer and forms a hydrogen bond with the hydroxyl groups. These findings might be useful in further understanding of the saponin action at the membrane interface and of the mechanism of membrane lysis. PMID:26055895

  4. Lipids in Marine Ecosystems

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    Christopher C Parrish

    2013-01-01

    Lipids provide the densest form of energy in marine ecosystems. They are also a solvent and absorption carrier for organic contaminants and thus can be drivers of pollutant bioaccumulation. Among the lipids, certain essential fatty acids and sterols are considered to be important determinants of ecosystem health and stability. Fatty acids and sterols are also susceptible to oxidative damage leading to cytotoxicity and a decrease in membrane fluidity. The physical characteristics of biological...

  5. LIPID PEROXIDATION IN PREECLAMPSIA

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    T. Sharmila Krishna; D. Raja Rajeswari; E. Venkat Rao; Sk. Deepthi; Naidu, J.N.

    2015-01-01

    Hypertension in pregnancy is a leading cause of both maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. Preeclampsia is characterised by hypertension and proteinuria. Lipid peroxidation is an important factor in the pathophysiology of Preeclampsia. The present study was undertaken to determine Serum Malondialdehyde (MDA) levels , a product of lipid peroxidation , in clinically diagnosed Preeclamptic women(n=30) and the values were compared with that of Normotensive pregnant women (n=30) aged between...

  6. Direct in situ measurement of specific capacitance, monolayer tension, and bilayer tension in a droplet interface bilayer.

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    Taylor, Graham J; Venkatesan, Guru A; Collier, C Patrick; Sarles, Stephen A

    2015-10-14

    Thickness and tension are important physical parameters of model cell membranes. However, traditional methods to measure these quantities require multiple experiments using separate equipment. This work introduces a new multi-step procedure for directly accessing in situ multiple physical properties of droplet interface bilayers (DIB), including specific capacitance (related to thickness), lipid monolayer tension in the Plateau-Gibbs border, and bilayer tension. The procedure employs a combination of mechanical manipulation of bilayer area followed by electrowetting of the capacitive interface to examine the sensitivities of bilayer capacitance to area and contact angle to voltage, respectively. These data allow for determining the specific capacitance of the membrane and surface tension of the lipid monolayer, which are then used to compute bilayer thickness and tension, respectively. The use of DIBs affords accurate optical imaging of the connected droplets in addition to electrical measurements of bilayer capacitance, and it allows for reversibly varying bilayer area. After validating the accuracy of the technique with diphytanoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPhPC) DIBs in hexadecane, the method is applied herein to quantify separately the effects on membrane thickness and tension caused by varying the solvent in which the DIB is formed and introducing cholesterol into the bilayer. Because the technique relies only on capacitance measurements and optical images to determine both thickness and tension, this approach is specifically well-suited for studying the effects of peptides, biomolecules, natural and synthetic nanoparticles, and other species that accumulate within membranes without altering bilayer conductance. PMID:26289743

  7. Perspectives on marine zooplankton lipids

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    Kattner, G.; Hagen, W.; Lee, R.F.;

    2007-01-01

    climate change. The first addresses the role of lipids in membranes, storage lipids, and buoyancy with the following key question: How are the properties of membranes and deposits affected by the various types of lipids? The second deals with the importance of various types of lipids during reproduction...

  8. Sustained Epigenetic Drug Delivery Depletes Cholesterol-Sphingomyelin Rafts from Resistant Breast Cancer Cells, Influencing Biophysical Characteristics of Membrane Lipids.

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    Raghavan, Vijay; Vijayaraghavalu, Sivakumar; Peetla, Chiranjeevi; Yamada, Masayoshi; Morisada, Megan; Labhasetwar, Vinod

    2015-10-27

    Cell-membrane lipid composition can greatly influence biophysical properties of cell membranes, affecting various cellular functions. We previously showed that lipid synthesis becomes altered in the membranes of resistant breast cancer cells (MCF-7/ADR); they form a more rigid, hydrophobic lipid monolayer than do sensitive cell membranes (MCF-7). These changes in membrane lipids of resistant cells, attributed to epigenetic aberration, significantly affected drug transport and endocytic function, thus impacting the efficacy of anticancer drugs. The present study's objective was to determine the effects of the epigenetic drug, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (DAC), delivered in sustained-release nanogels (DAC-NGs), on the composition and biophysical properties of membrane lipids of resistant cells. Resistant and sensitive cells were treated with DAC in solution (DAC-sol) or DAC-NGs, and cell-membrane lipids were isolated and analyzed for lipid composition and biophysical properties. In resistant cells, we found increased formation of cholesterol-sphingomyelin (CHOL-SM) rafts with culturing time, whereas DAC treatment reduced their formation. In general, the effect of DAC-NGs was greater in changing the lipid composition than with DAC-sol. DAC treatment also caused a rise in levels of certain phospholipids and neutral lipids known to increase membrane fluidity, while reducing the levels of certain lipids known to increase membrane rigidity. Isotherm data showed increased lipid membrane fluidity following DAC treatment, attributed to decrease levels of CHOL-SM rafts (lamellar beta [Lβ] structures or ordered gel) and a corresponding increase in lipids that form lamellar alpha-structures (Lα, liquid crystalline phase). Sensitive cells showed marginal or insignificant changes in lipid profile following DAC-treatment, suggesting that epigenetic changes affecting lipid biosynthesis are more specific to resistant cells. Since membrane fluidity plays a major role in drug transport

  9. Tribological properties of OTS self-assembled monolayers

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    2001-01-01

    Octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)were prepared on the substrates of silicon and glass. The tribological properties were tested with a self-made point-contact pure sliding micro tribometer. The effect of humidity on the tribological properties of both OTS SAMs and the naked substrates were studied. When the substrate is covered by OTS monolayer, the friction coefficient is reduced from 0.5 to 0.1 and the stick-slip phenomenon is weakened. OTS monolayer can keep its friction coefficient steady in a wide range of humidity, because it is highly hydrophobic and thus not sensitive to humidity. In addition, the OTS monolayer has a considerable anti-wear ability.

  10. Monolayer MoS2 heterojunction solar cells

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    Tsai, Menglin

    2014-08-26

    We realized photovoltaic operation in large-scale MoS2 monolayers by the formation of a type-II heterojunction with p-Si. The MoS 2 monolayer introduces a built-in electric field near the interface between MoS2 and p-Si to help photogenerated carrier separation. Such a heterojunction photovoltaic device achieves a power conversion efficiency of 5.23%, which is the highest efficiency among all monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide-based solar cells. The demonstrated results of monolayer MoS 2/Si-based solar cells hold the promise for integration of 2D materials with commercially available Si-based electronics in highly efficient devices. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  11. Membrane Insertion by Trichosanthin Using the Monolayer Method

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    薛毅; 夏晓峰; 隋森芳

    2003-01-01

    A monolayer technique was used to investigate the interaction between the ribosome inactivating protein trichosanthin (TCS) and phospholipid membrane.The adsorption experiments show that the negatively charged 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphoglycerol (DPPG) causes obvious enrichment of TCS beneath the monolayer, indicating electrostatic attraction between TCS and the negatively charged phospholipid.When TCS was incorporated into the DPPG monolayer at low pH, it could not be completely squeezed out until the monolayer collapsed.The results suggest that the electrostatic attraction and the hydrophobic force are involved in the interaction between TCS and phospholipids at different stages.These findings may be correlated with the membrane translocation mechanism of TCS.

  12. Interaction between cholesterol and chitosan in Langmuir monolayers

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    Felippe J. Pavinatto

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan incorporated in the aqueous subphase is found to affect the Langmuir monolayers of cholesterol, causing the surface pressure and the surface potential isotherms to become more expanded. The mean molecular area per cholesterol molecule in the condensed monolayer increases from 53 Ų in the absence of chitosan to 61 Ų for a concentration of 0.100 mg/mL of chitosan in the subphase. If additional chitosan is incorporated in the subphase, no change is noted, which points to saturation in the effects from chitosan. The interaction between chitosan and cholesterol probably occurs via hydrogen bonding. The monolayer expansion is also manifested in the monolayer morphology, as indicated by Brewster angle microscopy measurements, where larger cholesterol domains are visualized when chitosan is present in the subphase.

  13. Young's modulus of a solid two-dimensional Langmuir monolayer

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    Bercegol, H.; Meunier, J.

    1992-03-01

    LANGMUIR monolayers-films of amphiphilic molecules at the surface of water-exhibit many phases1,2. Some of these behave like two-dimensional solids on experimental timescales, but previous measurements of the shear modulus of these 'solid' monolayers3-5 have yielded a value too small to be compatible with a two-dimensional crystal. The interpretation of these is complicated, however, by the likelihood of inhomogeneities in the films, which are probably assemblies of microscopic crystalline domains. Here we describe measurements of the Young's modulus of an isolated "solid' domain of NBD-stearic acid monolayers. We obtain a value large enough to be compatible with the modulus of a two-dimensional crystal6-8. This suggests that Langmuir monolayers should provide model systems for studies of melting in two dimensions6-8.

  14. Structure of solid monolayers and multilayers of -hexane on graphite

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    M Krishnan; S Balasubramanian; S Clarke

    2003-10-01

    We present all-atom molecular dynamics simulations of -hexane on the basal plane of graphite at monolayer and multilayer coverages. In keeping with experimental data, we find the presence of ordered adsorbed layers both at single monolayer coverage and when the adsorbed layer coexists with excess liquid adsorbate. Using a simulation method that does not impose any particular periodicity on the adsorbed layer, we quantitatively compare our results to the results of neutron diffraction experiments and find a structural transition from a uniaxially incommensurate lattice to a fully commensurate structure on increasing the coverage from a monolayer to a multilayer. The zig-zag backbone planes of all the alkane molecules lie parallel to the graphite surface at the multilayer coverage, while a few molecules are observed to attain the perpendicular orientation at monolayer coverage.

  15. Influence of Lipid Heterogeneity and Phase Behavior on Phospholipase A(2) Action at the Single Molecule Level

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    Gudmand, Martin Jesper; Rocha, Susana; Hatzakis, Nikos;

    2010-01-01

    diffusion behavior of single PLA(2) molecules in a heterogeneous lipid environment during active hydrolysis. The experiments showed that enzyme molecules adsorbed and interacted almost exclusively with the fluid region of the DPPC monolayers. Domains of gel state L-DPPC were degraded exclusively from the......We monitored the action of phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) on L- and D-dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) Langmuir monolayers by mounting a Langmuir-trough on a wide-field fluorescence microscope with single molecule sensitivity. This made it possible to directly visualize the activity and...

  16. Phonon Bandgap Engineering of Strained Monolayer MoS2

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    Jiang, Jin-Wu

    2014-01-01

    The phonon band structure of monolayer MoS2 is characteristic for a large energy gap between acoustic and optical branches, which protects the vibration of acoustic modes from being scattered by optical phonon modes. Therefore, the phonon bandgap engineering is of practical significance for the manipulation of phonon-related mechanical or thermal properties in monolayer MoS2. We perform both phonon analysis and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the tension effect on the phonon ban...

  17. Phospholipid interactions in model membrane systems. I. Experiments on monolayers.

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    Mingins, J; Stigter, D; Dill, K A

    1992-01-01

    We study the lateral headgroup interactions among phosphatidylcholine (PC) molecules and among phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) molecules in monolayers and extend our previous models. In this paper, we present an extensive set of pressure-area isotherms and surface potential experiments on monolayers of phospholipids ranging from 14 to 22 carbons in length at the n-heptane/water interface, over a wide range of temperature, salt concentration, and pH on the acid side. The pressure data presented ...

  18. Coexistence of multiple conformations in cysteamine monolayers on Au(111)

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Bilic, A; Reimers, JR; Hush, NS; Ulstrup, Jens

    2005-01-01

    The structural organization, catalytic function, and electronic properties of cysteamine monolayers on Au(111) have been addressed comprehensively by voltammetry, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in anaerobic environment, and a priori molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and STM image...... feature is indicative of two distinct cysteamine configurations. Cysteamine monolayer formation from initial nucleation to a highly ordered phase has been successfully observed in real time using oxygen-free in situ STM. Random cellular patterns, disordered adlayer formation accompanied by high step edge...

  19. Self-assembled monolayers formed on AZ31 Mg alloy

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    Salman, S. A.; Okido, M.

    2012-07-01

    Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was successfully adsorbed on the AZ31 Mg alloy surface using oleic acid and stearic acid with various organic solvents, such as acetone, ethanol, and hexane. The surface monolayers were characterized using contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and anodic polarization test. It was shown that the higher contact angle and the best anti-corrosion property were obtained with treatment in oleic acid with ethanol solution.

  20. Structure of Carbon Nanotube Porins in Lipid Bilayers: An in Situ Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) Study.

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    Tran, Ich C; Tunuguntla, Ramya H; Kim, Kyunghoon; Lee, Jonathan R I; Willey, Trevor M; Weiss, Thomas M; Noy, Aleksandr; van Buuren, Tony

    2016-07-13

    Carbon nanotube porins (CNTPs), small segments of carbon nanotubes capable of forming defined pores in lipid membranes, are important future components for bionanoelectronic devices as they could provide a robust analog of biological membrane channels. In order to control the incorporation of these CNT channels into lipid bilayers, it is important to understand the structure of the CNTPs before and after insertion into the lipid bilayer as well as the impact of such insertion on the bilayer structure. Here we employed a noninvasive in situ probe, small-angle X-ray scattering, to study the integration of CNT porins into dioleoylphosphatidylcholine bilayers. Our results show that CNTPs in solution are stabilized by a monolayer of lipid molecules wrapped around their outer surface. We also demonstrate that insertion of CNTPs into the lipid bilayer results in decreased bilayer thickness with the magnitude of this effect increasing with the concentration of CNTPs. PMID:27322135

  1. A ToF-SIMS study of the lateral organization of lipids and proteins in pulmonary surfactant systems.

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    Keating, Eleonora; Waring, Alan J; Walther, Frans J; Possmayer, Fred; Veldhuizen, Ruud A W; Petersen, Nils O

    2011-03-01

    Pulmonary surfactant is a complex lipid-protein mixture whose main function is to reduce the surface tension at the air-liquid interface of alveoli to minimize the work of breathing. The exact mechanism by which surfactant monolayers and multilayers are formed and how they lower surface tension to very low values during lateral compression remains uncertain. We used time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry to study the lateral organization of lipids and peptide in surfactant preparations ranging in complexity. We show that we can successfully determine the location of phospholipids, cholesterol and a peptide in surfactant Langmuir-Blodgett films and we can determine the effect of cholesterol and peptide addition. A thorough understanding of the lateral organization of PS interfacial films will aid in our understanding of the role of each component as well as different lipid-lipid and lipid-protein interactions. This may further our understanding of pulmonary surfactant function. PMID:21110942

  2. Technique for etching monolayer and multilayer materials

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    Bouet, Nathalie C. D.; Conley, Raymond P.; Divan, Ralu; Macrander, Albert

    2015-10-06

    A process is disclosed for sectioning by etching of monolayers and multilayers using an RIE technique with fluorine-based chemistry. In one embodiment, the process uses Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) alone or in combination with Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) using fluorine-based chemistry alone and using sufficient power to provide high ion energy to increase the etching rate and to obtain deeper anisotropic etching. In a second embodiment, a process is provided for sectioning of WSi.sub.2/Si multilayers using RIE in combination with ICP using a combination of fluorine-based and chlorine-based chemistries and using RF power and ICP power. According to the second embodiment, a high level of vertical anisotropy is achieved by a ratio of three gases; namely, CHF.sub.3, Cl.sub.2, and O.sub.2 with RF and ICP. Additionally, in conjunction with the second embodiment, a passivation layer can be formed on the surface of the multilayer which aids in anisotropic profile generation.

  3. Magnetoluminescence study of WS2 monolayers

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    Scrace, T.; Tsai, Y.; Barman, B.; Schweidenback, L.; Petrou, A.; Kioseoglou, G.; Hawrylak, P.

    2014-03-01

    We have studied the photoluminescence (PL) spectra[2] from WS2 monolayers in the 5-150 K temperature range in magnetic fields up to 7 tesla applied along the normal to the sample plane. The luminescence was excited by a 488nm linearly polarized laser beam. The PL spectra have two features identified as the neutral (X) and negatively charged (X-) exciton. At zero magnetic field the X- feature has a large (as high as 30%), laser power-dependent circular polarization, in contrast to the small polarization of Xthat does not depend on laser power. The application of an external magnetic field has a profound effect on the circular polarization of the charged exciton. Its polarization increases by 10% at 7 tesla for any laser-power while its energy exhibits a small magnetic splitting (2meV at 7 tesla). On the other hand, the emitted circular polarization of the free exciton is not affected by the external magnetic field. This work has been supported by ONR.

  4. Specific Ion Effects in Cholesterol Monolayers

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    Teresa Del Castillo-Santaella

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The interaction of ions with interfaces and, in particular, the high specificity of these interactions to the particular ions considered, are central questions in the field of surface forces. Here we study the effect of different salts (NaI, NaCl, CaCl2 and MgCl2 on monolayers made of cholesterol molecules, both experimentally (surface area vs. lateral pressure isotherms measured by a Langmuir Film Balance and theoretically (molecular dynamics (MD all-atomic simulations. We found that surface isotherms depend, both quantitatively and qualitatively, on the nature of the ions by altering the shape and features of the isotherm. In line with the experiments, MD simulations show clear evidences of specific ionic effects and also provide molecular level details on ion specific interactions with cholesterol. More importantly, MD simulations show that the interaction of a particular ion with the surface depends strongly on its counterion, a feature ignored so far in most theories of specific ionic effects in surface forces.

  5. Structural phase transitions in monolayer molybdenum dichalcogenides

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    Choe, Duk-Hyun; Sung, Ha June; Chang, Kee Joo

    2015-03-01

    The recent discovery of two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has provided opportunities to develop ultimate thin channel devices. In contrast to graphene, the existence of moderate band gap and strong spin-orbit coupling gives rise to exotic electronic properties which vary with layer thickness, lattice structure, and symmetry. TMDs commonly appear in two structures with distinct symmetries, trigonal prismatic 2H and octahedral 1T phases which are semiconducting and metallic, respectively. In this work, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of monolayer molybdenum dichalcogenides (MoX2, where X = S, Se, Te) through first-principles density functional calculations. We find a tendency that the semiconducting 2H phase is more stable than the metallic 1T phase. We show that a spontaneous symmetry breaking of 1T phase leads to various distorted octahedral (1T') phases, thus inducing a metal-to-semiconductor transition. We discuss the effects of carrier doping on the structural stability and the modification of the electronic structure. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) under Grant No. NRF-2005-0093845 and Samsung Science and Technology Foundation under Grant No. SSTFBA1401-08.

  6. Surface dilatational viscosity of Langmuir monolayers

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    Lopez, Juan; Vogel, Michael; Hirsa, Amir

    2003-11-01

    With increased interest in microfluidic systems, interfacial phenomena is receiving more attention. As the length scales of fluid problems decrease, the surface to volume ratio increases and the coupling between interfacial flow and bulk flow becomes increasingly dominated by effects due to intrinsic surface viscosities (shear and dilatational), in comparison to elastic effects (due to surface tension gradients). The surface shear viscosity is well-characterized, as cm-scale laboratory experiments are able to isolate its effects from other interfacial processes (e.g., in the deep-channel viscometer). The same is not true for the dilatational viscosity, because it acts in the direction of surface tension gradients. Their relative strength scale with the capillary number, and for cm-scale laboratory flows, surface tension effects tend to dominate. In microfluidic scale flows, the scaling favors viscosity. We have devised an experimental apparatus which is capable of isolating and enhancing the effects of dilatational viscosity at the cm scales by driving the interface harmonically in time, while keeping the interface flat. In this talk, we shall present both the theory for how this works as well as experimental measurements of surface velocity from which we deduce the dilatational viscosity of several monolayers on the air-water interface over a substantial range of surface concentrations. Anomalous behavior over some range of concentration, which superficially indicates negative viscosity, maybe explained in terms of compositional effects due to large spatial and temporal variations in concentration and corresponding viscosity.

  7. Biomembrane modeling: molecular dynamics simulation of phospholipid monolayers

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    Thompson, T.R.

    1979-01-01

    As a first step toward a computer model of a biomembrane-like bilayer, a dynamic, deterministric model of a phospholipid monolayer has been constructed. The model moves phospholipid-like centers of force according to an integrated law of motion in finite difference form. Forces on each phospholipid analogue are derived from the gradient of the local potential, itself the sum of Coulombic and short-range terms. The Coulombic term is approximated by use of a finite-difference form of Poisson's equation, while the short-range term results from finite-radius, pairwise summation of a Lennard-Jones potential. Boundary potentials are treated in such a way that the model is effectively infinite in extent in the plane of the monolayer. The two-dimensional virial theorem is used to find the surface pressure of the monolayer as a function of molecular area. Pressure-versus-area curves for simulated monolayers are compared to those of real monolayers. Dependence of the simulator's behavior on Lennard-Jones parameters and the specific geometry of the molecular analogue is discussed. Implications for the physical theory of phospholipid monolayers and bilayers are developed.

  8. High Quality Factor Mechanical Resonators Based on WSe2 Monolayers.

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    Morell, Nicolas; Reserbat-Plantey, Antoine; Tsioutsios, Ioannis; Schädler, Kevin G; Dubin, François; Koppens, Frank H L; Bachtold, Adrian

    2016-08-10

    Suspended monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) are membranes that combine ultralow mass and exceptional optical properties, making them intriguing materials for opto-mechanical applications. However, the low measured quality factor of TMD resonators has been a roadblock so far. Here, we report an ultrasensitive optical readout of monolayer TMD resonators that allows us to reveal their mechanical properties at cryogenic temperatures. We find that the quality factor of monolayer WSe2 resonators greatly increases below room temperature, reaching values as high as 1.6 × 10(4) at liquid nitrogen temperature and 4.7 × 10(4) at liquid helium temperature. This surpasses the quality factor of monolayer graphene resonators with similar surface areas. Upon cooling the resonator, the resonant frequency increases significantly due to the thermal contraction of the WSe2 lattice. These measurements allow us to experimentally study the thermal expansion coefficient of WSe2 monolayers for the first time. High Q-factors are also found in resonators based on MoS2 and MoSe2 monolayers. The high quality-factor found in this work opens new possibilities for coupling mechanical vibrational states to two-dimensional excitons, valley pseudospins, and single quantum emitters and for quantum opto-mechanical experiments based on the Casimir interaction. PMID:27459399

  9. Treponema pallidum Invades Intercellular Junctions of Endothelial Cell Monolayers

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    Thomas, D. Denee; Navab, Mahamad; Haake, David A.; Fogelman, Alan M.; Miller, James N.; Lovett, Michael A.

    1988-05-01

    The pathogenesis of syphilis reflects invasive properties of Treponema pallidum, but the actual mode of tissue invasion is unknown. We have found two in vitro parallels of treponemal invasiveness. We tested whether motile T. pallidum could invade host cells by determining the fate of radiolabeled motile organisms added to a HeLa cell monolayer; 26% of treponemes associated with the monolayer in a trypsin-resistant niche, presumably between the monolayer and the surface to which it adhered, but did not attain intracellularity. Attachment of T. pallidum to cultured human and rabbit aortic and human umbilical vein endothelial cells was 2-fold greater than to HeLa cells. We added T. pallidum to aortic endothelial cells grown on membrane filters under conditions in which tight intercellular junctions had formed. T. pallidum was able to pass through the endothelial cell monolayers without altering tight junctions, as measured by electrical resistance. In contrast, heat-killed T. pallidum and the nonpathogen Treponema phagedenis biotype Reiter failed to penetrate the monolayer. Transmission electron micrographs of sections of the monolayer showed T. pallidum in intercellular junctions. Our in vitro observations suggest that these highly motile spirochetes may leave the circulation by invading the junctions between endothelial cells.

  10. Fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of epithelial cells: Fate of incorporated lipids as followed by freeze fracture and autoradiography of plastic sections

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    Knoll, G.; Burger, K.N.J.; Bron, R.; van Meer, G.; Verkleij, A.J.

    1988-01-01

    The fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of influenza virus-infected monolayers of an epithelial cell line, Madin-Darby canine kidney cells (van Meer et al., 1985. Biochemistry, 24: 3593-3602), has been analyzed by morphological techniques. The distribution of liposomal lipids over the apica

  11. Heterointerface Screening Effects between Organic Monolayers and Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.

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    Zheng, Yu Jie; Huang, Yu Li; Chen, Yifeng; Zhao, Weijie; Eda, Goki; Spataru, Catalin D; Zhang, Wenjing; Chang, Yung-Huang; Li, Lain-Jong; Chi, Dongzhi; Quek, Su Ying; Wee, Andrew Thye Shen

    2016-02-23

    The nature and extent of electronic screening at heterointerfaces and their consequences on energy level alignment are of profound importance in numerous applications, such as solar cells, electronics etc. The increasing availability of two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) brings additional opportunities for them to be used as interlayers in "van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures" and organic/inorganic flexible devices. These innovations raise the question of the extent to which the 2D TMDs participate actively in dielectric screening at the interface. Here we study perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) monolayers adsorbed on single-layer tungsten diselenide (WSe2), bare graphite, and Au(111) surfaces, revealing a strong dependence of the PTCDA HOMO-LUMO gap on the electronic screening effects from the substrate. The monolayer WSe2 interlayer provides substantial, but not complete, screening at the organic/inorganic interface. Our results lay a foundation for the exploitation of the complex interfacial properties of hybrid systems based on TMD materials. PMID:26792247

  12. Lipid Peroxidation and Lipid Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women

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    , Banu ÖNVURAL

    1998-01-01

    The aims of this study were to determine the degree of lipid peroxidation in the sera of postmenopausal women and compare this with the lipid peroxidation of a premenopausal group, and to see if there was any correlation between lipid parameters and lipid peroxidation within the groups. We assayed the lipid profiles and malondialdehyde (MDA), a marker for lipid peroxidation, in a postmenopausal group (n=57, mean age=49.4±6.6), an age-matched male group (n=21, mean age=48.5±6.7) an...

  13. LIPID PEROXIDATION IN PREECLAMPSIA

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    T.Sharmila Krishna

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Hypertension in pregnancy is a leading cause of both maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. Preeclampsia is characterised by hypertension and proteinuria. Lipid peroxidation is an important factor in the pathophysiology of Preeclampsia. The present study was undertaken to determine Serum Malondialdehyde (MDA levels , a product of lipid peroxidation , in clinically diagnosed Preeclamptic women(n=30 and the values were compared with that of Normotensive pregnant women (n=30 aged between 18-30yrs. All of them were in their third trimester and were primigravida. Serum MDA was estimated by TBARS (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances method. We observed that Serum MDA levels were significantly increased in Preeclamptic women (p <0.000 as compared to that of Normotensive pregnant women . Increased levels of lipid peroxiation product - MDA may contribute to the pathophysiology of Preeclampsia.

  14. Lipid Production from Nannochloropsis.

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    Ma, Xiao-Nian; Chen, Tian-Peng; Yang, Bo; Liu, Jin; Chen, Feng

    2016-04-01

    Microalgae are sunlight-driven green cell factories for the production of potential bioactive products and biofuels. Nannochloropsis represents a genus of marine microalgae with high photosynthetic efficiency and can convert carbon dioxide to storage lipids mainly in the form of triacylglycerols and to the ω-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Recently, Nannochloropsis has received ever-increasing interests of both research and public communities. This review aims to provide an overview of biology and biotechnological potential of Nannochloropsis, with the emphasis on lipid production. The path forward for the further exploration of Nannochloropsis for lipid production with respect to both challenges and opportunities is also discussed. PMID:27023568

  15. Lipid Ion Channels

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    Heimburg, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    The interpretation electrical phenomena in biomembranes is usually based on the assumption that the experimentally found discrete ion conduction events are due to a particular class of proteins called ion channels while the lipid membrane is considered being an inert electrical insulator. The particular protein structure is thought to be related to ion specificity, specific recognition of drugs by receptors and to macroscopic phenomena as nerve pulse propagation. However, lipid membranes in their chain melting regime are known to be highly permeable to ions, water and small molecules, and are therefore not always inert. In voltage-clamp experiments one finds quantized conduction events through protein-free membranes in their melting regime similar to or even undistinguishable from those attributed to proteins. This constitutes a conceptual problem for the interpretation of electrophysiological data obtained from biological membrane preparations. Here, we review the experimental evidence for lipid ion channels...

  16. Lipid management in ramadan.

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    Slim, Ines; Ach, Koussay; Chaieb, Larbi

    2015-05-01

    During Ramadan fast, Muslims must refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, having sexual activity, and consuming oral medications from sunrise to sunset. It has been previously shown that Ramadan fasting induces favourable changes on metabolic parameters, reduces oxidative stress and inflammation and promotes cardiovascular benefits. Although ill people are exempted from fasting, most patients with chronic diseases are keen on performing this Islamic-ritual. During recent years, Risk stratification and treatment adjustment during Ramadan are well known and structured in several guidelines for patients with diabetes mellitus. Data related to the effect of Ramadan fast on lipid profiles are less known and several controversies have been reported. Here, we focus on lipid profile and lipid management during Ramadan taking into account comorbidities and cardiovascular risk. PMID:26013790

  17. Dynamic interfacial properties of human tear-lipid films and their interactions with model-tear proteins in vitro.

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    Svitova, Tatyana F; Lin, Meng C

    2016-07-01

    This review summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding interfacial properties of very complex biological colloids, specifically, human meibum and tear lipids, and their interactions with proteins similar to the proteins found in aqueous part of human tears. Tear lipids spread as thin films over the surface of tear-film aqueous and play crucial roles in tear-film stability and overall ocular-surface health. The vast majority of papers published to date report interfacial properties of meibum-lipid monolayers spread on various aqueous sub-phases, often containing model proteins, in Langmuir trough. However, it is well established that natural human ocular tear lipids exist as multilayered films with a thickness between 30 and 100nm, that is very much disparate from 1 to 2nm thick meibum monolayers. We employed sessile-bubble tensiometry to study the dynamic interfacial and rheological properties of reconstituted multilayered human tear-lipid films. Small amounts (0.5-1μg) of human tear lipids were deposited on an air-bubble surface to produce tear-lipid films in thickness range 30-100nm corresponding to ocular lipid films. Thus, we were able to overcome major Langmuir-trough method limitations because ocular tear lipids can be safely harvested only in minute, sub-milligram quantities, insufficient for Langmuir through studies. Sessile-bubble method is demonstrated to be a versatile tool for assessing conventional synthetic surfactants adsorption/desorption dynamics at an air-aqueous solution interface. (Svitova T., Weatherbee M., Radke C.J. Dynamics of surfactant sorption at the air/water interface: continuous-flow tensiometry. J. Colloid Interf. Sci. 2003;261:1170-179). The augmented flow-sessile-bubble setup, with step-strain relaxation module for dynamic interfacial rheological properties and high-precision syringe pump to generate larger and slow interfacial area expansions-contractions, was developed and employed in our studies. We established that

  18. Ionic channels and nerve membrane lipids. Cholesterol-tetrodotoxin interaction.

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    Villegas, R; Barnola, F V; Camejo, G

    1970-04-01

    Experiments were carried out to investigate possible interactions of tetrodotoxin (TTX) with lipid molecules isolated from nerve fiber plasma membranes of the squid Dosidicus gigas. TTX has a highly selective ability to block the channel normally used by Na(+) to cross the axolemma during nervous impulse conduction. In order to investigate the interaction each lipid sample was spread on 5 x 10(-7)M TTX and TTX-free 0.15 M NaCl solutions adjusted to pH 7.4 with 7 x 10(-3)M phosphate buffer. The surface pressure-area diagrams of the lipid monolayers revealed that TTX interacts only with cholesterol. The expansion of the cholesterol monolayers at 5 x 10(-7)M TTX was 2 A(2)/molecule at zero pressure for the experiments at 20 degrees C and 2.5 A(2)/molecule for those at 25 degrees C. Similar results were obtained in KCl subphases. The apparent dissociation constant of the cholesterol-TTX complex calculated from dose-response experiments is 2.6 x 10(-7)M. Experiments at pH 10.1 revealed that the zwitter ionic form of TTX is less active. Experiments with cholesterol derivatives (cholesteryl acetate, cholesterol methyl ether, cholestanol, and cholestanyl acetate) indicate that for the interaction with TTX a partial negatively charged group at C-3 and a double bond between C-5 and C-6 on the steroid nucleus are required. Tetrodonic acid, a biologically inactive derivative of TTX, does not interact with cholesterol. The results lead us to propose that cholesterol is part of the Na(+) channel. PMID:5435784

  19. Single cell synchrotron FT-IR microspectroscopy reveals a link between neutral lipid and storage carbohydrate fluxes in S. cerevisiae.

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    Frédéric Jamme

    Full Text Available In most organisms, storage lipids are packaged into specialized structures called lipid droplets. These contain a core of neutral lipids surrounded by a monolayer of phospholipids, and various proteins which vary depending on the species. Hydrophobic structural proteins stabilize the interface between the lipid core and aqueous cellular environment (perilipin family of proteins, apolipoproteins, oleosins. We developed a genetic approach using heterologous expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae of the Arabidopsis thaliana lipid droplet oleosin and caleosin proteins AtOle1 and AtClo1. These transformed yeasts overaccumulate lipid droplets, leading to a specific increase in storage lipids. The phenotype of these cells was explored using synchrotron FT-IR microspectroscopy to investigate the dynamics of lipid storage and cellular carbon fluxes reflected as changes in spectral fingerprints. Multivariate statistical analysis of the data showed a clear effect on storage carbohydrates and more specifically, a decrease in glycogen in our modified strains. These observations were confirmed by biochemical quantification of the storage carbohydrates glycogen and trehalose. Our results demonstrate that neutral lipid and storage carbohydrate fluxes are tightly connected and co-regulated.

  20. Shear-induced molecular precession in a hexatic Langmuir monolayer

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    Ignés-Mullol, Jordi; Schwartz, Daniel K.

    2001-03-01

    Liquid crystalline behaviour is generally limited to a select group of specially designed bulk substances. By contrast, it is a common feature of simple molecular monolayers and other quasi-two-dimensional systems, which often possess a type of in-plane ordering that results from unbinding of dislocations-a `hexatic' liquid crystalline phase. The flow of monolayers is closely related to molecular transport in biological membranes, affects foam and emulsion stability and is relevant to microfluidics research. For liquid crystalline phases, it is important to understand the coupling of the molecular orientation to the flow. Orientationally ordered (nematic) phases in bulk liquid crystals exhibit `shear aligning' or `tumbling' behaviour under shear, and are described quantitatively by Leslie-Ericksen theory. For hexatic monolayers, the effects of flow have been inferred from textures of Langmuir-Blodgett films and directly observed at the macroscopic level. However, there is no accepted model of hexatic flow at the molecular level. Here we report observations of a hexatic Langmuir monolayer that reveal continuous, shear-induced molecular precession, interrupted by occasional jump discontinuities. Although superficially similar to tumbling in a bulk nematic phase, the kinematic details are quite different and provide a possible mechanism for domain coarsening and eventual molecular alignment in monolayers. We explain the precession and jumps within a quantitative framework that involves coupling of molecular orientation to the local molecular hexatic `lattice', which is continuously deformed by shear.

  1. Structure and Function Evolution of Thiolate Monolayers on Gold

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    Grant Alvin Edwards

    2006-05-01

    The use of n-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on gold has blossomed in the past few years. These systems have functioned as models for common interfaces. Thiolate monolayers are ideal because they are easily modified before or after deposition. The works contained within this dissertation include interfacial characterization (inbred reflection absorption spectroscopy, ellipsometry, contact angle, scanning probe microscopy, and heterogeneous electron-transfer kinetics) and various modeling scenarios. The results of these characterizations present ground-breaking insights into the structure, function, and reproducible preparation of these monolayers. Surprisingly, three interfacial properties (electron-transfer, contact angle, and ellipsometry) were discovered to depend directly on the odd-even character of the monolayer components. Molecular modeling was utilized to investigate adlayer orientation, and suggests that these effects are adlayer structure specific. Finally, the electric force microscopy and theoretical modeling investigations of monolayer samples are presented, which show that the film dielectric constant, thickness, and dipole moment directly affect image contrast. In addition, the prospects for utilization of this emerging technique are outlined.

  2. Molecular Dynamic Studies on Langmuir Monolayers of Stearic Acid

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    KONG Chui-peng; ZHANG Hong-xing; ZHAO Zeng-xia; ZHENG Qing-chuan

    2013-01-01

    Compression isotherm for stearic acid was obtained by means of molecular dynamic simulation and compared to experimentally measured values for the Langmuir monolayers.Compared to the previous simulation,the present simulation has provided a method to reproduce the compression of the monolayer.The result is consistent with other experimental results.By analyzing the alkyl tails,the configuration of stearic acid molecules during the compression process was studied and a uniform monolayer was obtained after compression.Stearic acid molecules were observed to form fine organized monolayer from completely random structure.Hexatic order of the arrangement has been identified for the distribution of stearic acid molecules in the monolayer.At the end of the compression,the stearic acid molecules were tightly packed in the gap of two other molecules.At last,the hydrogen bonds in the system were analyzed.The main hydrogen bonds were from stearic acid-water interaction and their intensities constantly decreased with the decreased of surface area per molecule.The weak hydrogen bond interaction between stearic acid molecules may be the reason of easy collapse.

  3. Transfer of CVD-grown monolayer graphene onto arbitrary substrates.

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    Suk, Ji Won; Kitt, Alexander; Magnuson, Carl W; Hao, Yufeng; Ahmed, Samir; An, Jinho; Swan, Anna K; Goldberg, Bennett B; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2011-09-27

    Reproducible dry and wet transfer techniques were developed to improve the transfer of large-area monolayer graphene grown on copper foils by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The techniques reported here allow transfer onto three different classes of substrates: substrates covered with shallow depressions, perforated substrates, and flat substrates. A novel dry transfer technique was used to make graphene-sealed microchambers without trapping liquid inside. The dry transfer technique utilizes a polydimethylsiloxane frame that attaches to the poly(methyl methacrylate) spun over the graphene film, and the monolayer graphene was transferred onto shallow depressions with 300 nm depth. The improved wet transfer onto perforated substrates with 2.7 μm diameter holes yields 98% coverage of holes covered with continuous films, allowing the ready use of Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy to study the intrinsic properties of CVD-grown monolayer graphene. Additionally, monolayer graphene transferred onto flat substrates has fewer cracks and tears, as well as lower sheet resistance than previous transfer techniques. Monolayer graphene films transferred onto glass had a sheet resistance of ∼980 Ω/sq and a transmittance of 97.6%. These transfer techniques open up possibilities for the fabrication of various graphene devices with unique configurations and enhanced performance. PMID:21894965

  4. Fullerene nanostructures, monolayers and thin films

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    The interaction of submonolayer, monolayer and multilayer coverages of C60 with the Ag/Si(111)-(√3x√3)R30 deg. (√3Ag/Si) and Si(111)-7x7 surfaces has been investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM), photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and ultra high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (UHV-STM). It is shown that it is possible to preserve the √3Ag/Si surface, normally corrupted by exposure to air, in ambient conditions when immersed beneath a few layers of C60 molecules. Upon removal of the fullerene layers in the UHV-STM some corruption is observed which is linked to the morphology of the fullerene film (defined by the nature of the interaction of C60 with √3Ag/Si). This technique opens up the possibility of performing experiments on the clean √3Ag/Si surface outside of UHV conditions. With the discovery of techniques whereby structures may be formed that are composed of only a few atoms/molecules, there is a need to perform electrical measurements in order to probe the fascinating properties of these 'nano-scale' devices. Using AFM, PES and STM evaporated metals and ion implantation have been investigated as materials for use in forming sub-micron scale contacts to nanostructures. It is found that ion implantation is a more promising approach after studying the response to annealing of treated surfaces. Electrical measurements between open/short circuited contacts and through Ag films clearly demonstrate the validity of the method, further confirmed by a PES study which probes the chemical nature of the near surface region of ion-implanted samples. Attempts have been made to form nanostructure templates between sub-micron scale contacts as a possible precursor to forming nanostructures. The bonding state of C60 molecules on the Si(111)-7x7 surface has been in dispute for many years. To properly understand the system a comprehensive AFM, PES and STM study has been performed. PES results indicate covalent bond formation, with the number of bonds

  5. Exogenous lipid pneumonia

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    Exogenous lipid pneumonia (ELP) is caused by the aspiration of animal, vegetal or, more often, mineral oils. Even though it may also be acute, ELP is most frequently a chronic disease, affecting people with predisposing factors, such as neuromuscular disorders, structural abnormalities and so on; very often exogenous lipid pneumonia is found in tracheotomized patients. The pathology of lipid pneumonia is a chronic inflammatory process evolving in foreign-body-like reaction, and eventually in ''end-stage lung'' condition. Clinically, most patients are asymptomatic; few cases only present with cough, dyspnea and chest pain. Eight cases of ELP, studied over the past 3 years, are described in this paper. All the patients were examined by chest radiographs and standard tomograms; 3 patients underwent CT. X-ray features were mono/bilateral consolidation of the lower zones, with air bronchogram and variable reduction in volume. CT density was not specific for fat tissue. In all cases the diagnosis was confirmed at biopsy. In 5 patients, followed for at least one year, clinical-radiological features showed no change. Thus, complications of ELP (especially malignant evolution) could be excluded. The authors conclude that lipid pneumonia must be considered in differential diagnosis of patients with history of usage of oils and compatible X-ray findings. The usefulness of an accurate follow-up is stressed

  6. Lipids in airway secretions

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    Lipids form a significant portion of airway mucus yet they have not received the same attention that epithelial glycoproteins have. We have analysed, by thin layer chromatography, lipids present in airway mucus under 'normal' and hypersecretory (pathological) conditions.The 'normals' included (1) bronchial lavage obtained from healthy human volunteers and from dogs and (2) secretions produced ''in vitro'' by human (bronchial) and canine (tracheal) explants. Hypersecretory mucus samples included (1) lavage from dogs made bronchitic by exposure to SO2, (2) bronchial aspirates from acute and chronic tracheostomy patients, (3) sputum from patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic bronchitis and (4) postmortem secretions from patients who died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or from status asthmaticus. Cholesterol was found to be the predominant lipid in 'normal' mucus with lesser amounts of phospholipids. No glycolipids were detected. In the hypersecretory mucus, in addition to neutral and phospholipids, glycolipids were present in appreciable amounts, often the predominant species, suggesting that these may be useful as markers of disease. Radioactive precursors 14C acetate and 14C palmitate were incorporated into lipids secreted ''in vitro'' by canine tracheal explants indicating that they are synthesised by the airway. (author)

  7. Lipids in airway secretions

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    Bhaskar, K.R.; DeFeudis O' Sullivan, D.; Opaskar-Hincman, H.; Reid, L.M.

    1987-01-01

    Lipids form a significant portion of airway mucus yet they have not received the same attention that epithelial glycoproteins have. We have analysed, by thin layer chromatography, lipids present in airway mucus under 'normal' and hypersecretory (pathological) conditions.The 'normals' included (1) bronchial lavage obtained from healthy human volunteers and from dogs and (2) secretions produced ''in vitro'' by human (bronchial) and canine (tracheal) explants. Hypersecretory mucus samples included (1) lavage from dogs made bronchitic by exposure to SO/sub 2/, (2) bronchial aspirates from acute and chronic tracheostomy patients, (3) sputum from patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic bronchitis and (4) postmortem secretions from patients who died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or from status asthmaticus. Cholesterol was found to be the predominant lipid in 'normal' mucus with lesser amounts of phospholipids. No glycolipids were detected. In the hypersecretory mucus, in addition to neutral and phospholipids, glycolipids were present in appreciable amounts, often the predominant species, suggesting that these may be useful as markers of disease. Radioactive precursors /sup 14/C acetate and /sup 14/C palmitate were incorporated into lipids secreted ''in vitro'' by canine tracheal explants indicating that they are synthesised by the airway.

  8. Lake Superior lipids

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Fish chemistry data (d13C, d15N, C:N, lipid content) published in Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2015, 29, 2069–2077 DOI: 10.1002/rcm.7367 This dataset is associated...

  9. Amphotericin B Lipid Complex Injection

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    Amphotericin B lipid complex injection is used to treat serious, possibly life-threatening fungal infections in people who did ... respond or are unable to tolerate conventional amphotericin B therapy. Amphotericin B lipid complex injection is in ...

  10. Linking lipid architecture to bilayer structure and mechanics using self-consistent field modelling

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    Pera, H.; Kleijn, J. M.; Leermakers, F. A. M., E-mail: Frans.leermakers@wur.nl [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science, Wageningen University, Dreijenplein 6, 6307 HB Wageningen (Netherlands)

    2014-02-14

    To understand how lipid architecture determines the lipid bilayer structure and its mechanics, we implement a molecularly detailed model that uses the self-consistent field theory. This numerical model accurately predicts parameters such as Helfrichs mean and Gaussian bending modulus k{sub c} and k{sup ¯} and the preferred monolayer curvature J{sub 0}{sup m}, and also delivers structural membrane properties like the core thickness, and head group position and orientation. We studied how these mechanical parameters vary with system variations, such as lipid tail length, membrane composition, and those parameters that control the lipid tail and head group solvent quality. For the membrane composition, negatively charged phosphatidylglycerol (PG) or zwitterionic, phosphatidylcholine (PC), and -ethanolamine (PE) lipids were used. In line with experimental findings, we find that the values of k{sub c} and the area compression modulus k{sub A} are always positive. They respond similarly to parameters that affect the core thickness, but differently to parameters that affect the head group properties. We found that the trends for k{sup ¯} and J{sub 0}{sup m} can be rationalised by the concept of Israelachivili's surfactant packing parameter, and that both k{sup ¯} and J{sub 0}{sup m} change sign with relevant parameter changes. Although typically k{sup ¯}<0, membranes can form stable cubic phases when the Gaussian bending modulus becomes positive, which occurs with membranes composed of PC lipids with long tails. Similarly, negative monolayer curvatures appear when a small head group such as PE is combined with long lipid tails, which hints towards the stability of inverse hexagonal phases at the cost of the bilayer topology. To prevent the destabilisation of bilayers, PG lipids can be mixed into these PC or PE lipid membranes. Progressive loading of bilayers with PG lipids lead to highly charged membranes, resulting in J{sub 0}{sup m}≫0, especially at low ionic

  11. Changes in wetting and energetic properties of glass caused by deposition of different lipid layers

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    An investigation of wetting and energetic properties of different lipid layers deposited on the glass surface was carried out by contact angles measurements and determination of the apparent surface free energy. The topography of the lipid layers was also determined with the help of atomic force microscopy (AFM). Two synthetic phospholipids were chosen for these studies, having the same phosphatidylcholine headgroup bound to the apolar part composed either by two saturated chains (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospshocholine - DPPC) or two unsaturated chains (1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine - DOPC) and one lipid (1,2,3-trihexadecanoyl-sn-glycerol - tripalmitoylglycerol - TPG). The lipid layers, from the 1st to the 5th statistical monolayer, were deposited on the glass surface from chloroform solutions by spreading. The apparent surface free energy of the deposited layers was determined by contact angles measurements (advancing and receding) for three probe liquids (diiodomethane, water, and formamide), and then two concepts of interfacial interactions were applied. In the contact angle hysteresis approach (CAH) the apparent total surface free energy was calculated from the advancing and receding contact angles and surface tension of probe liquids. In the Lifshitz-van der Waals/acid-base approach (LWAB) the total surface free energy was calculated from the determined components of the energy, which were obtained from the advancing contact angles of the probe liquids only. Comparison of the results obtained by two approaches provided more information about the changes in the hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity of the layers depending on the number of monolayers and kind of the lipid deposited on the glass surface. It was found that the most visible changes in the surface free energy took place for the first two statistical monolayers irrespectively of the kind of the lipid used. Additionally, in all cases periodic oscillations from layer-to-layer in the lipid

  12. Lanolin-derived lipid mixtures mimic closely the lipid composition and organization of vernix caseosa lipids.

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    Rissmann, Robert; Oudshoorn, Marion H M; Kocks, Elise; Hennink, Wim E; Ponec, Maria; Bouwstra, Joke A

    2008-10-01

    The aim of the present study was to use semi-synthetic lipid mixtures to mimic the complex lipid composition, organization and thermotropic behaviour of vernix caseosa (VC) lipids. As VC shows multiple protecting and barrier supporting properties before and after birth, it is suggested that a VC substitute could be an innovative barrier cream for barrier deficient skin. Lanolin was selected as the source of the branched chain sterol esters and wax esters--the main lipid classes of VC. Different lipid fractions were isolated from lanolin and subsequently mixed with squalene, triglycerides, cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids to generate semi-synthetic lipid mixtures that mimic the lipid composition of VC, as established by high-performance thin-layer chromatography. Differential scanning calorimetry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy investigations revealed that triglycerides play an important role in the (lateral) lipid organization and thermotropic behaviour of the synthetic lipid mixtures. Excellent resemblance of VC lipids was obtained when adding unsaturated triglycerides. Moreover, these lipid mixtures showed similar long range ordering as VC. The optimal lipid mixture was evaluated on tape-stripped hairless mouse skin in vivo. The rate of barrier recovery was increased and comparable to VC lipid treatment. PMID:18655769

  13. Frictional transition from superlubric islands to pinned monolayers.

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    Pierno, Matteo; Bruschi, Lorenzo; Mistura, Giampaolo; Paolicelli, Guido; di Bona, Alessandro; Valeri, Sergio; Guerra, Roberto; Vanossi, Andrea; Tosatti, Erio

    2015-08-01

    The inertial sliding of physisorbed submonolayer islands on crystal surfaces contains unexpected information on the exceptionally smooth sliding state associated with incommensurate superlubricity and on the mechanisms of its disappearance. Here, in a joint quartz crystal microbalance and molecular dynamics simulation case study of Xe on Cu(111), we show how superlubricity emerges in the large size limit of naturally incommensurate Xe islands. As coverage approaches a full monolayer, theory also predicts an abrupt adhesion-driven two-dimensional density compression on the order of several per cent, implying a hysteretic jump from superlubric free islands to a pressurized commensurate immobile monolayer. This scenario is fully supported by the quartz crystal microbalance data, which show remarkably large slip times with increasing submonolayer coverage, signalling superlubricity, followed by a dramatic drop to zero for the dense commensurate monolayer. Careful analysis of this variety of island sliding phenomena will be essential in future applications of friction at crystal/adsorbate interfaces. PMID:26006001

  14. Self assembled monolayers of octadecyltrichlorosilane for dielectric materials

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    Kumar, Vijay; Puri, Paridhi; Nain, Shivani; Bhat, K. N.; Sharma, N. N.

    2016-04-01

    Treatment of surfaces to change the interaction of fluids with them is a critical step in constructing useful microfluidics devices, especially those used in biological applications. Selective modification of inorganic materials such as Si, SiO2 and Si3N4 is of great interest in research and technology. We evaluated the chemical formation of OTS self-assembled monolayers on silicon substrates with different dielectric materials. Our investigations were focused on surface modification of formerly used common dielectric materials SiO2, Si3N4 and a-poly. The improvement of wetting behaviour and quality of monolayer films were characterized using Atomic force microscope, Scanning electron microscope, Contact angle goniometer, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) monolayer deposited oxide surface.

  15. Assembly of designed protein scaffolds into monolayers for nanoparticle patterning.

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    Mejias, Sara H; Couleaud, Pierre; Casado, Santiago; Granados, Daniel; Garcia, Miguel Angel; Abad, Jose M; Cortajarena, Aitziber L

    2016-05-01

    The controlled assembly of building blocks to achieve new nanostructured materials with defined properties at different length scales through rational design is the basis and future of bottom-up nanofabrication. This work describes the assembly of the idealized protein building block, the consensus tetratricopeptide repeat (CTPR), into monolayers by oriented immobilization of the blocks. The selectivity of thiol-gold interaction for an oriented immobilization has been verified by comparing a non-thiolated protein building block. The physical properties of the CTPR protein thin biomolecular films including topography, thickness, and viscoelasticity, are characterized. Finally, the ability of these scaffolds to act as templates for inorganic nanostructures has been demonstrated by the formation of well-packed gold nanoparticles (GNPs) monolayer patterned by the CTPR monolayer. PMID:26844645

  16. Effect of ammonia plasma treatment on graphene oxide LB monolayers

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    Singh, Gulbagh; Botcha, V. Divakar; Narayanam, Pavan K.; Sutar, D. S.; Talwar, S. S.; Major, S. S. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai - 400076 (India); Srinivasa, R. S. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai - 400076 (India)

    2013-02-05

    Graphene oxide monolayer sheets were transferred on Si and SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates by Langmuir-Blodgett technique and were exposed to ammonia plasma at room temperature. The monolayer character of both graphene oxide and plasma treated graphene oxide sheets were ascertained by atomic force microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy revealed that ammonia plasma treatment results in enhancement of graphitic carbon content along with the incorporation of nitrogen. The conductivity of graphene oxide monolayers, which was in the range of 10{sup -6}-10{sup -7} S/cm, increased to 10{sup -2}-10{sup -3} S/cm after the ammonia plasma treatment. These results indicate that the graphene oxide was simultaneously reduced and N-doped during ammonia plasma treatment, without affecting the morphological stability of sheets.

  17. Band structures in silicene on monolayer gallium phosphide substrate

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    Ren, Miaojuan; Li, Mingming; Zhang, Changwen; Yuan, Min; Li, Ping; Li, Feng; Ji, Weixiao; Chen, Xinlian

    2016-07-01

    Opening a sizable band gap in the zero-gap silicene is a key issue for its application in nanoelectronics. We design new 2D silicene and GaP heterobilayer (Si/GaP HBL) composed of silicene and monolayer (ML) GaP. Based on first-principles calculations, we find that the interaction energies are in the range of -295.5 to -297.5 meV per unit cell, indicating a weak interaction between silicene and gallium phosphide (GaP) monolayer. The band gap changes ranging from 0.06 to 0.44 eV in hybrid HBLs. An unexpected indirect-direct band gap crossover is also observed in HBLs, dependent on the stacking pattern. These provide a possible way to design effective FETs out of silicene on GaP monolayer.

  18. Controlled electrodeposition of Au monolayer film on ionic liquid

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    Ma, Qiang; Pang, Liuqing; Li, Man; Zhang, Yunxia; Ren, Xianpei; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-05-01

    Gold (Au) nanoparticles have been attractive for centuries for their vibrant appearance enhanced by their interaction with sunlight. Nowadays, there have been tremendous research efforts to develop them for high-tech applications including therapeutic agents, sensors, organic photovoltaics, medical applications, electronics and catalysis. However, there remains to be a challenge to fabricate a monolayer Au coating with complete coverage in controlled fashion. Here we present a facile method to deposit a uniform Au monolayer (ML) film on the [BMIM][PF6] ionic liquid substrate using an electrochemical deposition process. It demonstrates that it is feasible to prepare a solid phase coating on the liquid-based substrate. Moreover, the thickness of the monolayer coating can be controlled to a layer-by-layer accuracy.

  19. Preparation and biocompatibility of BSA monolayer on silicon surface.

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    Tao, Caihong; Zhang, Junyan; Yang, Shengrong

    2011-06-01

    This paper describes a general strategy for grafting protein molecules on silicon surface by using dopamine as adhesive layer. With this method, silicon surface had been successfully modified by BSA monolayer. Fourier transform infrared spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, contact angle analysis and atomic force microscopy confirmed the sequential grafting of initiator and protein molecules. Cell adhesion experiments with PC-12 cells showed that the obtained monolayer exhibits good biocompatibility. The corrosion resistance behavior of the polydopamine and BSA modified silicon wafers was investigated by potentiodynamic test, which indicated that the modified surfaces exhibited a better anti-corrosion capability than silicon surface. All these results must be valuable for the application of protein monolayer in biological and biomedical technology. PMID:21770145

  20. Boosting the Boron Dopant Level in Monolayer Doping by Carboranes.

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    Ye, Liang; González-Campo, Arántzazu; Núñez, Rosario; de Jong, Michel P; Kudernac, Tibor; van der Wiel, Wilfred G; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2015-12-16

    Monolayer doping (MLD) presents an alternative method to achieve silicon doping without causing crystal damage, and it has the capability of ultrashallow doping and the doping of nonplanar surfaces. MLD utilizes dopant-containing alkene molecules that form a monolayer on the silicon surface using the well-established hydrosilylation process. Here, we demonstrate that MLD can be extended to high doping levels by designing alkenes with a high content of dopant atoms. Concretely, carborane derivatives, which have 10 B atoms per molecule, were functionalized with an alkene group. MLD using a monolayer of such a derivative yielded up to ten times higher doping levels, as measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and dynamic secondary mass spectroscopy, compared to an alkene with a single B atom. Sheet resistance measurements showed comparably increased conductivities of the Si substrates. Thermal budget analyses indicate that the doping level can be further optimized by changing the annealing conditions. PMID:26595856

  1. Reduced Condensing and Ordering Effects by 7-Ketocholesterol and 5β,6β-Epoxycholesterol on DPPC Monolayers.

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    Telesford, Dana-Marie; Verreault, Dominique; Reick-Mitrisin, Victoria; Allen, Heather C

    2015-09-15

    The exposure of organic-coated marine aerosols containing cholesterol (Chol) to radiation and/or an oxidizing atmosphere results in the formation of oxidized derivatives or oxysterols and will likely change aerosol surface properties. However, the intermolecular interactions between oxysterols and other lipid components and their influence on the surface properties of marine aerosols are not well-known. To address this question, the interfacial behavior and domain morphology of model Langmuir monolayers of two ring-substituted oxysterols, 7-ketocholesterol (7-KChol) and 5β,6β-epoxycholesterol (5,6β-EChol), mixed with 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) were investigated by means of compression isotherms and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) over a broad range of surface pressures and sterol molar ratios. Mixed DPPC/cholesterol (Chol) monolayers were also measured for comparison. The results of compression experiments showed that the condensing effect induced on mixed DPPC/sterol monolayers at low surface pressures and for intermediate molar ratios (0.3 ≤ X(sterol) ≤ 0.7) was weaker for oxysterols than for Chol. Additionally, mixed DPPC/oxysterol monolayers exhibited markedly smaller (∼2-3-fold) interfacial rigidity. Examination of the excess free energy of mixing further revealed that DPPC monolayers containing 7-KChol and Chol were thermodynamically more stable at high surface pressures than those with 5,6β-EChol, indicating that the strength of interactions between DPPC and 5,6β-EChol was the smallest. Finally, BAM images in the LE-LC phase of DPPC revealed that in comparison to Chol the addition of small amounts of oxysterols results in larger and less numerous domains, showing that oxysterols are not as effective in fluidizing the condensed phase of DPPC. Taken together, these results suggest that the strength of van der Waals interactions of DPPC alkyl chains with sterols follows the sterol hydrophobicity, with Chol being the most

  2. Structure formation in binary mixtures of lipids and detergents: Self-assembly and vesicle division

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    Noguchi, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    Self-assembly dynamics in binary surfactant mixtures and structure changes of lipid vesicles induced by detergent solution are studied using coarse-grained molecular simulations. Disk-shaped micelles, the bicelles, are stabilized by detergents surrounding the rim of a bilayer disk of lipids. The self-assembled bicelles are considerably smaller than bicelles formed from vesicle rupture, and their size is determined by the concentrations of lipids and detergents and the interactions between the two species. The detergent-adsorption induces spontaneous curvature of the vesicle bilayer and results in vesicle division into two vesicles or vesicle rupture into worm-like micelles. The division occurs mainly via the inverse pathway of the modified stalk model. For large spontaneous curvature of the monolayers of the detergents, a pore is often opened, thereby leading to vesicle division or worm-like micelle formation.

  3. Electronic properties of organic monolayers and molecular devices

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    D Vuillaume; S Lenfant; D Guerin; C Delerue; C Petit; G Salace

    2006-07-01

    We review some of our recent experimental results on charge transport in organic nanostructures such as self-assembled monolayer and monolayers of organic semiconductors. We describe a molecular rectifying junction made from a sequential self-assembly on silicon. These devices exhibit a marked current–voltage rectification behavior due to resonant transport between the Si conduction band and the molecule highest occupied molecular orbital of the molecule. We discuss the role of metal Fermi level pinning in the current–voltage behavior of these molecular junctions. We also discuss some recent insights on the inelastic electron tunneling behavior of Si/alkyl chain/metal junctions.

  4. Monolayer structures of alkyl aldehydes: Odd-membered homologues

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    Phillips, T. K.; Clarke, Stuart M.; Castro Arroyo, Miguel Ángel; Millán, Carmen; Medina, Santiago

    2011-01-01

    Crystalline monolayers of three aldehydes with an odd number of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain (C 7, C 9 and C 11) at low coverages are observed by a combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction. Analysis of the diffraction data is discussed and possible monolayer crystal structures are proposed; although unique structures could not be ascertained for all molecules. We conclude that the structures are flat on the surface, with the molecules lying in the plane of the layer. The C 11 homologue...

  5. Monolayer structures of alkyl aldehydes: Odd-membered homologues

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    Crystalline monolayers of three aldehydes with an odd number of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain (C7, C9 and C11) at low coverages are observed by a combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction. Analysis of the diffraction data is discussed and possible monolayer crystal structures are proposed; although unique structures could not be ascertained for all molecules. We conclude that the structures are flat on the surface, with the molecules lying in the plane of the layer. The C11 homologue is determined to have a plane group of either p2, pgb or pgg, and for the C7 homologue the p2 plane group is preferred.

  6. Magnetic and Structural Phases of Monolayer 02 on Graphite

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    McTague, J. P.; Nielsen, Mourits

    1976-01-01

    Neutron diffraction studies of O2 thin films physisorbed on the basal plane of graphite show three distinct two-dimensional crystalline phases, all incommensurate with the substrate lattice. The low-temperature monolayer phase has a distorted triangular structure analogous to the closest-packed p......Neutron diffraction studies of O2 thin films physisorbed on the basal plane of graphite show three distinct two-dimensional crystalline phases, all incommensurate with the substrate lattice. The low-temperature monolayer phase has a distorted triangular structure analogous to the closest...

  7. Magnetism of Ta dichalcogenide monolayers tuned by strain and hydrogenation

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    The effects of strain and hydrogenation on the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of monolayers of Ta based dichalcogenides (TaX2; X = S, Se, and Te) are investigated using density-functional theory. We predict a complex scenario of strain-dependent magnetic phase transitions involving paramagnetic, ferromagnetic, and modulated antiferromagnetic states. Covering one of the two chalcogenide surfaces with hydrogen switches the antiferromagnetic/nonmagnetic TaX2 monolayers to a semiconductor, and the optical behavior strongly depends on strain and hydrogenation. Our research opens pathways towards the manipulation of magnetic as well as optical properties for future spintronics and optoelectronics applications

  8. Selective electroless copper deposition on self-assembled dithiol monolayers.

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    Aldakov, Dmitry; Bonnassieux, Yvan; Geffroy, Bernard; Palacin, Serge

    2009-03-01

    The paper reports the use of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of dithiols to induce electroless copper deposition on a gold substrate. The metallization catalyst, palladium nanoparticles, is bound on the dithiol SAM. The assembly process is followed by IR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies to confirm the formation of a monolayer with bound catalyst. Electroless metallization is then carried out with a steady deposition rate of 130 nm/min. Additionally, microcontact printing of the catalyst on the SAM by poly(dimethylsiloxane) stamps is used to localize copper deposits. Resulting metallization is selective and allows for a high resolution. PMID:20355979

  9. Direct evidence of metallic bands in a monolayer boron sheet

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    Feng, Baojie; Zhang, Jin; Liu, Ro-Ya; Iimori, Takushi; Lian, Chao; Li, Hui; Chen, Lan; Wu, Kehui; Meng, Sheng; Komori, Fumio; Matsuda, Iwao

    2016-07-01

    The search for metallic boron allotropes has attracted great attention in the past decades and recent theoretical works predict the existence of metallicity in monolayer boron. Here, we synthesize the β12-sheet monolayer boron on a Ag(111) surface and confirm the presence of metallic boron-derived bands using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The Fermi surface is composed of one electron pocket at the S ¯ point and a pair of hole pockets near the X ¯ point, which is supported by the first-principles calculations. The metallic boron allotrope in β12 sheet opens the way to novel physics and chemistry in material science.

  10. Electro-mechanical sensing in freestanding monolayered gold nanoparticle membranes

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    Gauvin, M.; Grisolia, J.; Alnasser, T.; Viallet, B.; Xie, S.; Brugger, J.; Ressier, L.

    2016-06-01

    The electro-mechanical sensing properties of freestanding monolayered membranes of dodecanethiol coated 7 nm gold nanoparticles (NPs) are investigated using AFM force spectroscopy and conductive AFM simultaneously. The electrical resistance of the NP membranes increases sensitively with the point-load force applied in the center of the membranes using an AFM tip. Numerical simulations of electronic conduction in a hexagonally close-packed two-dimensional (2D) array of NPs under point load-deformation are carried out on the basis of electronic transport measurements at low temperatures and strain modeling of the NP membranes by finite element analysis. These simulations, supporting AFM-based electro-mechanical measurements, attribute the high strain sensitivity of the monolayered NP membranes to the exponential dependence of the tunnel electron transport in 2D NP arrays on the strain-induced length variation of the interparticle junctions. This work thus evidences a new class of highly sensitive nano-electro-mechanical systems based on freestanding monolayered gold NP membranes.The electro-mechanical sensing properties of freestanding monolayered membranes of dodecanethiol coated 7 nm gold nanoparticles (NPs) are investigated using AFM force spectroscopy and conductive AFM simultaneously. The electrical resistance of the NP membranes increases sensitively with the point-load force applied in the center of the membranes using an AFM tip. Numerical simulations of electronic conduction in a hexagonally close-packed two-dimensional (2D) array of NPs under point load-deformation are carried out on the basis of electronic transport measurements at low temperatures and strain modeling of the NP membranes by finite element analysis. These simulations, supporting AFM-based electro-mechanical measurements, attribute the high strain sensitivity of the monolayered NP membranes to the exponential dependence of the tunnel electron transport in 2D NP arrays on the strain

  11. Algal polysaccharides on lipid Langmuir–Blodgett films and molecular effects upon metal ion contact

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    The capability of extracellular polysaccharides released from microorganisms to bind to metal ions is a potential molecular biotechnological tool to produce biosorbents as an alternative for the removal of heavy metals from aquatic environments. In this paper, we exploit the ability of polysaccharides from extracellular polymeric substances produced by phytoplankton adsorbed on lipid monolayers as Langmuir–Blodgett films to interact with silver ions in aqueous environments. The properties of the biomacromolecules after the interaction were investigated with polarisation modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The vibrational spectroscopy technique applied to the Langmuir–Blodgett films before and after contact with silver ions indicated significant changes for the bands related to the chemical groups present in polypeptides and polysaccharides. These changes point to the influence of the metal interaction on the molecular organisation and on the structure of the Langmuir–Blodgett film. Therefore, the behaviour of these biomacromolecules adsorbed at bioinspired interfaces is better understood in terms of properties at the molecular level. This understanding leads to a model in which metal incorporation affects the molecular structure of the ultrathin film. - Highlights: ► Extracellular material released from algae was adsorbed at a lipid monolayer. ► Monolayer changes its rheological properties with material incorporation. ► Changes in proteins and polysaccharides are identified with PM-IRRAS. ► Langmuir–Blodgett films of this composite are sensitive to metal ions in water

  12. Algal polysaccharides on lipid Langmuir–Blodgett films and molecular effects upon metal ion contact

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    Kalinouski de Brito, Audrey; Caseli, Luciano, E-mail: lcaseli@unifesp.br; Nordi, Cristina S.F.

    2013-05-01

    The capability of extracellular polysaccharides released from microorganisms to bind to metal ions is a potential molecular biotechnological tool to produce biosorbents as an alternative for the removal of heavy metals from aquatic environments. In this paper, we exploit the ability of polysaccharides from extracellular polymeric substances produced by phytoplankton adsorbed on lipid monolayers as Langmuir–Blodgett films to interact with silver ions in aqueous environments. The properties of the biomacromolecules after the interaction were investigated with polarisation modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The vibrational spectroscopy technique applied to the Langmuir–Blodgett films before and after contact with silver ions indicated significant changes for the bands related to the chemical groups present in polypeptides and polysaccharides. These changes point to the influence of the metal interaction on the molecular organisation and on the structure of the Langmuir–Blodgett film. Therefore, the behaviour of these biomacromolecules adsorbed at bioinspired interfaces is better understood in terms of properties at the molecular level. This understanding leads to a model in which metal incorporation affects the molecular structure of the ultrathin film. - Highlights: ► Extracellular material released from algae was adsorbed at a lipid monolayer. ► Monolayer changes its rheological properties with material incorporation. ► Changes in proteins and polysaccharides are identified with PM-IRRAS. ► Langmuir–Blodgett films of this composite are sensitive to metal ions in water.

  13. The molecular face of lipid rafts in model membranes

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    Risselada, H. Jelger; Marrink, Siewert J.

    2008-01-01

    Cell membranes contain a large number of different lipid species. Such a multicomponent mixture exhibits a complex phase behavior with regions of structural and compositional heterogeneity. Especially domains formed in ternary mixtures, composed of saturated and unsaturated lipids together with cholesterol, have received a lot of attention as they may resemble raft formation in real cells. Here we apply a simulation model to assess the molecular nature of these domains at the nanoscale, information that has thus far eluded experimental determination. We are able to show the spontaneous separation of a saturated phosphatidylcholine (PC)/unsaturated PC/cholesterol mixture into a liquid-ordered and a liquid-disordered phase with structural and dynamic properties closely matching experimental data. The near-atomic resolution of the simulations reveals remarkable features of both domains and the boundary domain interface. Furthermore, we predict the existence of a small surface tension between the monolayer leaflets that drives registration of the domains. At the level of molecular detail, raft-like lipid mixtures show a surprising face with possible implications for many cell membrane processes. PMID:18987307

  14. Exploring the Correlation Between Lipid Packaging in Lipoplexes and Their Transfection Efficacy

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    Afzal R. Mohammed

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Whilst there is a large body of evidence looking at the design of cationic liposomes as transfection agents, correlates of formulation to function remain elusive. In this research, we investigate if lipid packaging can give further insights into transfection efficacy. DNA lipoplexes composed of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE or 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DSPE in combination with 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP or 1,2-stearoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DSTAP were prepared by the lipid hydration method. Each of the formulations was prepared by hydration in dH2O or phosphate buffer saline (PBS to investigate the effect of buffer salts on lipoplex physicochemical characteristics and in vitro transfection. In addition, Langmuir monolayer studies were performed to investigate any possible correlation between lipid packaging and liposome attributes. Using PBS, rather than dH2O, to prepare the lipoplexes increased the size of vesicles in most of formulations and resulted in variation in transfection efficacies. However, one combination of lipids (DSPE:DOTAP could not form liposomes in PBS, whilst the DSPE:DSTAP combination could not form liposomes in either aqueous media. Monolayer studies demonstrated saturated lipid combinations offered dramatically closer molecular packing compared to the other combinations which could suggest why this lipid combination could not form vesicles. Of the lipoplexes prepared, those formulated with DSTAP showed higher transfection efficacy, however, the effect of buffer on transfection efficiency was formulation dependent.

  15. A ToF-SIMS study of the lateral organization of lipids and proteins in pulmonary surfactant systems

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    Keating, Eleonora; Alan J Waring; Walther, Frans J; Possmayer, Fred; Veldhuizen, Ruud A. W.; Petersen, Nils O.

    2010-01-01

    Pulmonary surfactant is a complex lipid–protein mixture whose main function is to reduce the surface tension at the air–liquid interface of alveoli to minimize the work of breathing. The exact mechanism by which surfactant monolayers and multilayers are formed and how they lower surface tension to very low values during lateral compression remains uncertain. We used time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry to study the lateral organization of lipids and peptide in surfactant preparation...

  16. Dysregulated lipid metabolism in cancer

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    2012-01-01

    Alteration of lipid metabolism has been increasingly recognized as a hallmark of cancer cells. The changes of expression and activity of lipid metabolizing enzymes are directly regulated by the activity of oncogenic signals. The dependence of tumor cells on the dysregulated lipid metabolism suggests that proteins involved in this process are excellent chemotherapeutic targets for cancer treatment. There are currently several drugs under development or in clinical trials that are based on specifically targeting the altered lipid metabolic pathways in cancer cells. Further understanding of dysregulated lipid metabolism and its associated signaling pathways will help us to better design efficient cancer therapeutic strategy.

  17. Topographies of Organized Monolayer of α-Amylase Observed by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    In this paper, a-amylase organized monolayer was assembled on the surface of the PET-CO2- substrate in different conditions. The different topography of the a-amylase/PET monolayer was obtained by AFM in tapping mode.

  18. Lipid sorting revealed by SANS

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    We have investigated the lipid sorting in a binary small unilamellar vesicle (SUV) composed of cone-shaped (1,2-dihexanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine: DHPC) and cylinder-shaped (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine: DPPC) lipids. In order to reveal the lipid sorting we adopted a contrast matching technique of small angle neutron scattering (SANS), which extracts the distribution of deuterated lipids in the bilayer quantitatively. The SANS profile of deuterated SUVs at the contrast matching condition showed a characteristic scattering profile, indicating an asymmetric distribution of cone-shaped lipids in the bilayer. The fitting of the observed SANS profile revealed that most DHPC molecules are localized in the outer leaflet, which supports that the shape of the lipid is strongly coupled with the membrane curvature. We compared the obtained asymmetric distribution of the cone-shaped lipids in the bilayer with the theoretical prediction based on the curvature energy model. (author)

  19. Self Assembly of Mixed Monolayers of Mercaptoundecylferrocene and Undecanethiol studied by STM

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    Mixed monolayers of mercaptoundecylferrocene and undecanethiol were deposited from solution by coadsorption and by a two-step insertion method, using the alkanethiol monolayer as insulating matrix. The resulting layers were characterized by UHV-STM, showing molecular resolution. For insertion-processed samples, a mesh-like surface structure of ferrocenes was observed, due to the preferential incorporation of molecules along domain boundaries and defect sites of the alkanethiol monolayer. For monolayers in the intermediate coverage regime, a crystalline phase was observed

  20. Advanced chemistry of monolayers at interfaces trends in methodology and technology

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    Imae, Toyoko

    2007-01-01

    Advanced Chemistry of Monolayers at Interfaces describes the advanced chemistry of monolayers at interfaces. Focusing on the recent trends of methodology and technology, which are indispensable in monolayer science. They are applied to monolayers of surfactants, amphiphiles, polymers, dendrimers, enzymes, and proteins, which serve many uses.Introduces the methodologies of scanning probe microscopy, surface force instrumentation, surface spectroscopy, surface plasmon optics, reflectometry, and near-field scanning optical microscopy. Modern interface reaction method, lithographic tech

  1. Topological regulation of lipid balance in cells.

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    Drin, Guillaume

    2014-01-01

    Lipids are unevenly distributed within and between cell membranes, thus defining organelle identity. Such distribution relies on local metabolic branches and mechanisms that move lipids. These processes are regulated by feedback mechanisms that decipher topographical information in organelle membranes and then regulate lipid levels or flows. In the endoplasmic reticulum, the major lipid source, transcriptional regulators and enzymes sense changes in membrane features to modulate lipid production. At the Golgi apparatus, lipid-synthesizing, lipid-flippase, and lipid-transport proteins (LTPs) collaborate to control lipid balance and distribution within the membrane to guarantee remodeling processes crucial for vesicular trafficking. Open questions exist regarding LTPs, which are thought to be lipid sensors that regulate lipid synthesis or carriers that transfer lipids between organelles across long distances or in contact sites. A novel model is that LTPs, by exchanging two different lipids, exploit one lipid gradient between two distinct membranes to build a second lipid gradient. PMID:24606148

  2. Linking lipid architecture to bilayer structure and mechanics using self-consistent field modelling

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    To understand how lipid architecture determines the lipid bilayer structure and its mechanics, we implement a molecularly detailed model that uses the self-consistent field theory. This numerical model accurately predicts parameters such as Helfrichs mean and Gaussian bending modulus kc and k¯ and the preferred monolayer curvature J0m, and also delivers structural membrane properties like the core thickness, and head group position and orientation. We studied how these mechanical parameters vary with system variations, such as lipid tail length, membrane composition, and those parameters that control the lipid tail and head group solvent quality. For the membrane composition, negatively charged phosphatidylglycerol (PG) or zwitterionic, phosphatidylcholine (PC), and -ethanolamine (PE) lipids were used. In line with experimental findings, we find that the values of kc and the area compression modulus kA are always positive. They respond similarly to parameters that affect the core thickness, but differently to parameters that affect the head group properties. We found that the trends for k¯ and J0m can be rationalised by the concept of Israelachivili's surfactant packing parameter, and that both k¯ and J0m change sign with relevant parameter changes. Although typically k¯0m≫0, especially at low ionic strengths. We anticipate that these changes lead to unstable membranes as these become vulnerable to pore formation or disintegration into lipid disks

  3. Nonlinear femtosecond laser processing of alkylsiloxane monolayers on surface-oxidized silicon substrates

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    Femtosecond laser patterning of octadecylsiloxane monolayers on surface-oxidized silicon substrates via single-pulse processing at λ=800 nm, τ2. A significantly larger parameter range for selective processing is anticipated in the case of functional monolayers that incorporate aromatic groups. Promising perspectives in femtosecond laser processing of organic monolayers are discussed.

  4. Template synthesis of metal nanowires containing monolayer molecular junctions

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    Mbindyo, J.; Mallouk, T. E.; Mattzela, J. B.; Kratochvílová, Irena; Razavi, B.; Jackson, T. N.; Mayer, T. S.

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 124, - (2002), s. 4020-4026. ISSN 0002-7863 Grant ostatní: DARPA(US) ONR-N00014-98-0846 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1010914 Keywords : nanowires * selfassembled monolayer * polycarbonate membrane Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 6.201, year: 2002

  5. Suppression of decoherence in a graphene monolayer ring

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    Smirnov, D., E-mail: smirnov@nano.uni-hannover.de; Rode, J. C.; Haug, R. J. [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstr. 2, 30167 Hannover (Germany)

    2014-08-25

    The influence of high magnetic fields on coherent transport is investigated. A monolayer graphene quantum ring is fabricated and the Aharonov-Bohm effect is observed. For increased magnitude of the magnetic field, higher harmonics appear. This phenomenon is attributed to an increase of the phase coherence length due to reduction of spin flip scattering.

  6. Femtosecond-laser processing of nitrobiphenylthiol self-assembled monolayers

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    Schröter, Anja; Franzka, Steffen [Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen (Germany); CENIDE – Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen, 47048 Duisburg (Germany); Koch, Jürgen; Chichkov, Boris N. [LZH – Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V., Hollerithallee 8, 30419 Hannover (Germany); Ostendorf, Andreas [Fakultät für Maschinenbau, Ruhruniversität Bochum, Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Hartmann, Nils, E-mail: nils.hartmann@uni-due.de [Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen (Germany); CENIDE – Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen, 47048 Duisburg (Germany)

    2013-08-01

    Single-pulse femtosecond laser patterning of nitrobiphenylthiol monolayers on Au-coated Si substrates at λ = 800 nm, τ < 30 fs and ambient conditions has been investigated. After laser processing wet etching experiments are performed. Laser irradiation reduces the chemical resistance of the coating. In particular, the monolayer acts as a positive-tone resist. Burr-free pattern transfer is feasible at laser pulse fluences between 1 and 2.7 J/cm{sup 2}. Minimum structure sizes at a 1/e laser spot diameter of about 1 μm are close to 300 nm, i.e. sub-wavelength processing is demonstrated. Noteworthy, however, no indications for negative-tone resist properties of processed monolayers are evident, that is, cross-linking of the biphenyl moieties, if at all, is marginal. Also, complementary labeling experiments provide no evidence for chemical transformation of the nitro end groups into amine functionalities. Perspectives of resonant fs-laser processing in exploiting the particular prospects of nitrobiphenylthiol monolayers as negative-tone resists and chemically patternable platforms are discussed.

  7. Hybrid plasmonic/semiconductor nanoparticle monolayer assemblies as hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei; Ozel, Tuncay; Mutlugun, Evren;

    2014-01-01

    We show that hybrid nanostructures made of alternating colloidal semiconductor quantum dot and metal nanoparticle monolayers can function as multilayer hyperbolic meta-materials. By choosing the thickness of the spacer between the quantum dot and nanoparticle layers, one can achieve the indefinit...

  8. Mixed multilayered vertical heterostructures utilizing strained monolayer WS2.

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    Sheng, Yuewen; Xu, Wenshuo; Wang, Xiaochen; He, Zhengyu; Rong, Youmin; Warner, Jamie H

    2016-02-01

    Creating alternating layers of 2D materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and opto-electronic properties. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapour deposition can have inherent strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer of WS2, with Boron Nitride and Graphene. The 2D materials are all grown by CVD, enabling large area vertical heterostructures to be formed. WS2 monolayers grown by CVD directly on Si substrates with SiO2 surface are easily washed off by water and this makes aqueous based transfer methods challenging for creating vertical stacks on the growth substrate. 2D hexagonal Boron Nitride films are used to provide an insulating layer that limits interactions with a top graphene layer and preserve the strong photoluminescence from the WS2. This transfer method is suitable for layer by layer control of 2D material vertical stacks and is shown to be possible for all CVD grown samples, which opens up pathways for the rapid large scale fabrication of vertical heterostructure systems with atomic thickness depth control and large area coverage. PMID:26758782

  9. Vertical uniformity of cells and nuclei in epithelial monolayers.

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    Neelam, Srujana; Hayes, Peter Robert; Zhang, Qiao; Dickinson, Richard B; Lele, Tanmay P

    2016-01-01

    Morphological variability in cytoskeletal organization, organelle position and cell boundaries is a common feature of cultured cells. Remarkable uniformity and reproducibility in structure can be accomplished by providing cells with defined geometric cues. Cells in tissues can also self-organize in the absence of directing extracellular cues; however the mechanical principles for such self-organization are not understood. We report that unlike horizontal shapes, the vertical shapes of the cell and nucleus in the z-dimension are uniform in cells in cultured monolayers compared to isolated cells. Apical surfaces of cells and their nuclei in monolayers were flat and heights were uniform. In contrast, isolated cells, or cells with disrupted cell-cell adhesions had nuclei with curved apical surfaces and variable heights. Isolated cells cultured within micron-sized square wells displayed flat cell and nuclear shapes similar to cells in monolayers. Local disruption of nuclear-cytoskeletal linkages resulted in spatial variation in vertical uniformity. These results suggest that competition between cell-cell pulling forces that expand and shorten the vertical cell cross-section, thereby widening and flattening the nucleus, and the resistance of the nucleus to further flattening results in uniform cell and nuclear cross-sections. Our results reveal the mechanical principles of self-organized vertical uniformity in cell monolayers. PMID:26795751

  10. Switchable polarization in an unzipped graphene oxide monolayer.

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    Noor-A-Alam, Mohammad; Shin, Young-Han

    2016-08-14

    Ferroelectricity in low-dimensional oxide materials is generally suppressed at the scale of a few nanometers, and has attracted considerable attention from both fundamental and technological aspects. Graphene is one of the thinnest materials (one atom thick). Therefore, engineering switchable polarization in non-polar pristine graphene could potentially lead to two-dimensional (2D) ferroelectric materials. In the present study, based on density functional theory, we show that an unzipped graphene oxide (UGO) monolayer can exhibit switchable polarization due to its foldable bonds between the oxygen atom and two carbon atoms underneath the oxygen. We find that a free standing UGO monolayer exhibits antiferroelectric switchable polarization. A UGO monolayer can be obtained as an intermediate product during the chemical exfoliation process of graphene. Interestingly, despite its dimensionality, our estimated polarization in a UGO monolayer is comparable to that in bulk ferroelectric materials (e.g., ferroelectric polymers). Our calculations could help realize antiferroelectric switchable polarization in 2D materials, which could find various potential applications in nanoscale devices such as sensors, actuators, and capacitors with high energy-storage density. PMID:27401944

  11. Temperature effects in a nonlinear model of monolayer Scheibe aggregates

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    Bang, Ole; Christiansen, Peter Leth; If, F.;

    1994-01-01

    A nonlinear dynamical model of molecular monolayers arranged in Scheibe aggregates is derived from a proper Hamiltonian. Thermal fluctuations of the phonons are included. The resulting equation for the excitons is the two dimensional nonlinear Schrodinger equation with noise. Two limits of the co...

  12. Self-Assembled Monolayers deposition in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    Rabbia, Laurent; Perrut, Vincent; Pons, Patrick; Lellouchi, Djemel

    2009-01-01

    Self-Assembled Monolayers of organic molecules have been successfully deposited onto wafer surface in supercritical carbon dioxide. Deposition method and apparatus are described. The layers are characterized by AFM and water droplet contact angle. Interest of this technique compared to liquid and vapor phase is discussed and studied for surface conversion from hydrophilic to hydrophobic for different materials.

  13. Topography and instability of monolayers near domain boundaries

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    We theoretically study the topography of a biphasic surfactant monolayer in the vicinity of domain boundaries. The differing elastic properties of the two phases generally lead to a nonflat topography of 'mesas,' where domains of one phase are elevated with respect to the other phase. The mesas are steep but low, having heights of up to 10 nm. As the monolayer is laterally compressed, the mesas develop overhangs and eventually become unstable at a surface tension of about K(δc0)2 (δc0 being the difference in spontaneous curvature and K a bending modulus). In addition, the boundary is found to undergo a topography-induced rippling instability upon compression, if its line tension is smaller than about Kδc0. The effect of diffuse boundaries on these features and the topographic behavior near a critical point are also examined. We discuss the relevance of our findings to several experimental observations related to surfactant monolayers: (i) small topographic features recently found near domain boundaries; (ii) folding behavior observed in mixed phospholipid monolayers and model lung surfactants; (iii) roughening of domain boundaries seen under lateral compression; (iv) the absence of biphasic structures in tensionless surfactant films

  14. Magneto-optical investigations of molecular nanomagnet monolayers.

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    Rozbořil, J; Rechkemmer, Y; Bloos, D; Münz, F; Wang, C N; Neugebauer, P; Čechal, J; Novák, J; van Slageren, J

    2016-05-01

    We report field-dependent magnetization measurements on monolayers of [Dy(Pc)2] on quartz, prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. The films are thoroughly characterized by means of X-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy. The magnetisation of the sample is measured through the magnetic circular dichroism of a ligand-based electronic transition. PMID:27080152

  15. Anisotropic growth of buckling-driven wrinkles in graphene monolayer

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    We theoretically and numerically investigate the growth of buckling-driven wrinkles in graphene monolayers. It is found that the growth of buckling-driven wrinkles in a graphene monolayer is remarkably chirality- and size-dependent. In small sizes, the flexural response of a graphene sheet cannot be accurately described by the classical Euler regime, and the non-continuum effect leads to zigzag-along-preferred buckling. With the increase of size, the width/length ratio α of the compressed region plays an important role in the growth of buckling-driven wrinkles. When α < 0.5, the oblique buckling happens in armchair-along compression; when 0.5 < α < 1.0, the effect of edge warp leads to zigzag-along-preferred buckling. When 1.0 < α < 3.0, the potential energy density difference due to chiral bending stiffness leads to armchair-along-preferred buckling. When α > 3.0, the non-continuum effect and chiral bending stiffness can both be neglected, and the buckling in a graphene monolayer is isotropic. The chirality-along-preferred transition of compressed buckling in a graphene monolayer leads to an improved fundamental understanding of the dynamics mechanism of graphene-based nanodevices, especially for the nanodevices with high frequency response. (paper)

  16. Instantaneous Rayleigh scattering from excitons localized in monolayer islands

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    Langbein, Wolfgang; Leosson, Kristjan; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Zimmermann, R.

    2000-01-01

    resonance is observed. Instead, when exciting only a subsystem of the exciton resonance, in our case excitons localized in quantum well regions of a specific monolayer thickness, the rise has an instantaneous component. This is due to the spatial nonuniformity of the initially excited exciton polarization...

  17. Permethylated 12-Vertex p-Carborane Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Scholz, F.; Nothofer, H. G.; Wessels, J. M.; Nelles, G.; Wrochem von, F.; Roy, S.; Chen, X.; Michl, Josef

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 115, č. 46 (2011), s. 22998-23007. ISSN 1932-7447 Grant ostatní: National Science Foundation(US) CHE-0848477 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : p-carbone * monolayer * scanning tunneling microscopy * ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy * X-ray photoelectron Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 4.805, year: 2011

  18. Axial Deformation of Monolayer Graphene under Tension and Compression

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    Papagelis, K.; Frank, Otakar; Tsoukleri, G.; Parthenios, J.; Novoselov, K. S.; Galiotis, C.

    Heidelberg: Springer, 2012 - (Ottaviano, L.; Morandi, V.), s. 87-97 ISBN 978-3-642-20643-6. [GraphITA 2011. L´Aquila (IT), 15.05.2011-18.05.2011] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : monolayer graphene * Raman spectroscopy Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  19. Omeprazole decreases magnesium transport across Caco-2 monolayers

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    Narongrit Thongon; Nateetip Krishnamra

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To elucidate the effect and underlying mechanisms of omeprazole action on Mg2+ transport across the intestinal epithelium. METHODS: Caco-2 monolayers were cultured in various dose omeprazole-containing media for 14 or 21 d before being inserted into a modified Ussing chamber apparatus to investigate the bi-directional Mg2+ transport and electrical parameters. Paracellular permeability of the monolayer was also observed by the dilution potential technique and a cation permeability study. An Arrhenius plot was performed to elucidate the activation energy of passive Mg2+ transport across the Caco-2 monolayers. RESULTS: Both apical to basolateral and basolateral to apical passive Mg2+ fluxes of omeprazole-treated epithelium were decreased in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Omeprazole also decreased the paracellular cation selectivity and changed the paracellular selective permeability profile of Caco-2 epithelium to Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, and Cs+ from series Ⅶ to series Ⅵ of the Eisenman sequence. The Arrhenius plot revealed the higher activation energy for passive Mg2+ transport in omeprazoletreated epithelium than that of control epithelium, indicating that omeprazole affected the paracellular channel of Caco-2 epithelium in such a way that Mg2+ movement was impeded. CONCLUSION: Omeprazole decreased paracellular cation permeability and increased the activation energy for passive Mg2+ transport of Caco-2 monolayers that led to the suppression of passive Mg2+ absorption.

  20. Tuning the structure of thermosensitive gold nanoparticle monolayers.

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    Rezende, Camila A; Shan, Jun; Lee, Lay-Theng; Zalczer, Gilbert; Tenhu, Heikki

    2009-07-23

    Gold nanoparticles grafted with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) are rendered amphiphilic and thermosensitive. When spread on the surface of water, they form stable Langmuir monolayers that exhibit surface plasmon resonance. Using Langmuir balance and contrast-matched neutron reflectivity, the detailed structural properties of these nanocomposite monolayers are revealed. At low surface coverage, the gold nanoparticles are anchored to the interface by an adsorbed PNIPAM layer that forms a thin and compact pancake structure. Upon isothermal compression (T=20 degrees C), the adsorbed layer thickens with partial desorption of polymer chains to form brush structures. Two distinct polymer conformations thus coexist: an adsorbed conformation that assures stability of the monolayer, and brush structures that dangle in the subphase. An increase in temperature to 30 degrees C results in contractions of both adsorbed and brush layers with a concomitant decrease in interparticle distance, indicating vertical as well as lateral contractions of the graft polymer layer. The reversibility of this thermal response is also shown by the contraction-expansion of the polymer layers in heating-cooling cycles. The structure of the monolayer can thus be tuned by compression and reversibly by temperature. These compression and thermally induced conformational changes are discussed in relation to optical properties. PMID:19569632

  1. Processing and Quality Evaluation of Additive Manufacturing Monolayer Specimens

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    Christiane Wendt

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Although its importance has increased significantly, Additive Manufacturing is not yet a fully accepted industrial manufacturing process for load-carrying parts. The future success of the process group depends on its standardization. This work proposes a methodology for the design, manufacturing, and quality evaluation of specimens manufactured by Fused Layer Modeling that are composed of only one layer (so-called monolayers. The processing methodology and properties of monolayers have not been studied systematically yet. A first systematic design of monolayers for mechanical testing is presented. Rectangular and circular monolayers adapted to the loads of tensile and compression testing are manufactured using different trajectory strategies. Frequently occurring macro- and microgeometrical defects are evaluated and categorized in order to optimize the part quality. This work also studies the effect of some manufacturing parameters such as the gap between print head and machine bed, trajectory strategy, bed leveling, and temperatures on part quality. The most suitable specimens are tested mechanically in tensile or compression tests. In the case of study, tensile strength values are only 8.6% lower than the values for reference tests on the unextruded filament. However, the properties deviate more strongly for compression tests which may be due to the selected specimen geometry.

  2. Anisotropic electronic, mechanical, and optical properties of monolayer WTe2

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    Torun, E.; Sahin, H.; Cahangirov, S.; Rubio, A.; Peeters, F. M.

    2016-02-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the electronic, mechanical, and optical properties of monolayer WTe2. Atomic structure and ground state properties of monolayer WTe2 (Td phase) are anisotropic which are in contrast to similar monolayer crystals of transition metal dichalcogenides, such as MoS2, WS2, MoSe2, WSe2, and MoTe2, which crystallize in the H-phase. We find that the Poisson ratio and the in-plane stiffness is direction dependent due to the symmetry breaking induced by the dimerization of the W atoms along one of the lattice directions of the compound. Since the semimetallic behavior of the Td phase originates from this W-W interaction (along the a crystallographic direction), tensile strain along the dimer direction leads to a semimetal to semiconductor transition after 1% strain. By solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation on top of single shot G0W0 calculations, we predict that the absorption spectrum of Td-WTe2 monolayer is strongly direction dependent and tunable by tensile strain.

  3. Structural Phase Transitions by Design in Monolayer Alloys.

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    Duerloo, Karel-Alexander N; Reed, Evan J

    2016-01-26

    Two-dimensional monolayer materials are a highly anomalous class of materials under vigorous exploration. Mo- and W-dichalcogenides are especially unusual two-dimensional materials because they exhibit at least three different monolayer crystal structures with strongly differing electronic properties. This intriguing yet poorly understood feature, which is not present in graphene, may support monolayer phase engineering, phase change memory and other applications. However, knowledge of the relevant phase boundaries and how to engineer them is lacking. Here we show using alloy models and state-of-the-art density functional theory calculations that alloyed MoTe2-WTe2 monolayers support structural phase transitions, with phase transition temperatures tunable over a large range from 0 to 933 K. We map temperature-composition phase diagrams of alloys between pure MoTe2 and pure WTe2, and benchmark our methods to analogous experiments on bulk materials. Our results suggest applications for two-dimensional materials as phase change materials that may provide scale, flexibility, and energy consumption advantages. PMID:26647117

  4. Surface plasmon resonance for detecting clenbuterol: Influence of monolayer structure

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    Suherman; Morita, Kinichi; Kawaguchi, Toshikazu

    2015-03-01

    Surface plasmon resonance sensor equipped with a fabricated immunosensor chip is used for detecting clenbuterol in this study. Since clenbuterol is a small analyte, indirect competitive inhibition immunoassay is employed. For fabricating the immunosurface, the Au-chip was functionalized by succinimidyl-terminated alkanethiol, and the terminal N-hydroxysuccinimide group of the self-assembled monolayer was either replaced with clenbuterol or blocked with ethanolamine. Scanning tunneling microscope experiments and electrochemical measurements depicted the domain structures of the succinimide group of succinimidyl-terminated propanethiol monolayer. The surface concentration and the orientation of succinimide group was significantly dependent on the concentration of dithiobis(succinimidyl) propionate (DSP) used in fabricating the monolayer. Furthermore, the structure of monolayer significantly influenced both the surface concentration and the orientation of clenbuterol on the sensor surface. Consequently, high coverage and standing-up configuration of clenbuterol showed high affinity for clenbuterol antibody. However, high affinity constant exhibited by the sensor surface was coupled with a low sensitivity. By contrast, lowest concentration of DSP solution (0.1 mM) used in fabricating the immunosurface showed a detection sensitivity of 3 ppt - the highest reported sensitivity for clenbuterol. For regeneration the immunosurface, 0.1 M NaOH was used and the same sensor surface could be reused for performing >100 rapid immunoreaction.

  5. Ultrafast Measurements of Coherent Vibrations in Benzenethiol Monolayer Film

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    Takeda J.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Ultrafast photo-reflectance at a monolayer film of benzentiol molecule adsorbed on a gold surface was measured by means of pump-probe method using an ultrashort pulse laser. The surface-sensitive transient response in THz region revealed coherent motion of the molecules affected by the adsorption.

  6. Reactive monolayers for surface gradients and biomolecular patterned interfaces

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    Nicosia, C.

    2013-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are an excellent platform to implement and develop interfacial reactions for the preparation of versatile materials of pivotal importance for the fabrication of, among others, biochips, sensors, catalysts, smart surfaces and electronic devices. The development of met

  7. Direct measurement of the microscale conductivity of conjugated polymer monolayers

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    Bøggild, Peter; Grey, Francois; Hassenkam, T.;

    2000-01-01

    The in-plane conductivity of conjugated polymer monolayers is mapped here for the first time on the microscale using a novel scanning micro four-point probe (see Figure). The probe allows the source, drain, and voltage electrodes to be positioned within the same domain and the mapping results...... demonstrate how microscopic ordering in the polymer domains controls the conductivity....

  8. Chiral and herringbone symmetry breaking in water-surface monolayers

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    Peterson, I.R.; Kenn, R.M.; Goudot, A.;

    1996-01-01

    We report the observation from monolayers of eicosanoic acid in the L(2)' phase of three distinct out-of-plane first-order diffraction peaks, indicating molecular tilt in a nonsymmetry direction and hence the absence of mirror symmetry. At lower pressures the molecules tilt in the direction of...

  9. Dependence of interfacial film organization on lipid molecular structure.

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    Matyszewska, Dorota; Sek, Slawomir; Jabłonowska, Elżbieta; Pałys, Barbara; Pawlowski, Jan; Bilewicz, Renata; Konrad, Fabian; Osornio, Yazmin M; Landau, Ehud M

    2014-09-30

    Combination of surface analytical techniques was employed to investigate the interfacial behavior of the two designed lipids-N-stearoylglycine (1) and its bulky neutral headgroup-containing derivative N-stearoylvaline ethyl ester (2)-at the air-solution interface and as transferred layers on different substrates. Formation of monolayers at the air-water interface was monitored on pure water and on aqueous solutions of different pH. Crystallization effects were visualized at pure water by recording the hystereses in the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) isotherms and by transferring the layers onto mica, gold (111), and ITO (indium-tin oxide on glass) electrodes. Subphase pH affects the morphology and patch formation in monolayers of 1, as evidenced by BAM measurements. At pH 8.2, formation of well-ordered crystallites is observed, which upon compression elongate according to predominantly 1-D growth mechanism to form a dense layer of crystallites. This effect is not observed in monolayers of 2, whose headgroup is not protonated. The orientation of layers of 1 transferred to the solid supports is also pH dependent, and their stability can be related to formation of a hydrogen-bonded networks. AFM images of 1 exhibited platelets of multilayer phase. The IR spectra of the ITO substrates covered by 1 indicated formation of hydrogen bonds between the amide groups. The nature of the adsorption layer and its organization as a function of potential were studied in-depth by EC STM using Au(111) as the substrate. A model showing the arrangement of hydrogen bonds between adsorbed molecules is presented and related to the observed organization of the layer. PMID:25229461

  10. Proton and hydrogen transport through two-dimensional monolayers

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    Seel, Max; Pandey, Ravindra

    2016-06-01

    Diffusion of protons and hydrogen atoms in representative two-dimensional materials is investigated. Specifically, density functional calculations were performed on graphene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), phosphorene, silicene, and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) monolayers to study the surface interaction and penetration barriers for protons and hydrogen atoms employing finite cluster models. The calculated barrier heights correlate approximately with the size of the opening formed by the three-fold open sites in the monolayers considered. They range from 1.56 eV (proton) and 4.61 eV (H) for graphene to 0.12 eV (proton) and 0.20 eV (H) for silicene. The results indicate that only graphene and h-BN monolayers have the potential for membranes with high selective permeability. The MoS2 monolayer behaves differently: protons and H atoms become trapped between the outer S layers in the Mo plane in a well with a depth of 1.56 eV (proton) and 1.5 eV (H atom), possibly explaining why no proton transport was detected, suggesting MoS2 as a hydrogen storage material instead. For graphene and h-BN, off-center proton penetration reduces the barrier to 1.38 eV for graphene and 0.11 eV for h-BN. Furthermore, Pt acting as a substrate was found to have a negligible effect on the barrier height. In defective graphene, the smallest barrier for proton diffusion (1.05 eV) is found for an oxygen-terminated defect. Therefore, it seems more likely that thermal protons can penetrate a monolayer of h-BN but not graphene and defects are necessary to facilitate the proton transport in graphene.

  11. Characterization of mixed monolayers of phosphatidylcholine and a dicationic gemini surfactant SS-1 with a langmuir balance: effects of DNA.

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    Matti, V; Säily, J; Ryhänen, S J; Holopainen, J M; Borocci, S; Mancini, G; Kinnunen, P K

    2001-01-01

    Monolayers of a cationic gemini surfactant, 2,3-dimethoxy-1,4-bis(N-hexadecyl-N;N-dimethyl-ammonium)butane dibromide (abbreviated as SS-1) and its mixtures with 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) were studied using a Langmuir balance. More specifically, we measured the force-area (pi-A) curves and determined the elastic area compressibility modulus (C) as a function of lateral packing pressure and the mole fraction of the cationic lipid (X(SS-1)), with and without DNA in the subphase. Both SS-1 and POPC exhibited smooth compression isotherms, indicating their monolayers to be in the liquid expanded state. Even low contents (X(SS-1) 0.5. At a higher concentration of DNA (1.88 microM base pairs) in the subphase corresponding to DNA/SS-1 charge ratio of 3.75 at X(SS-1) = 0.5, condensation was observed at all values of X(SS-1). PMID:11566784

  12. Cholesterol Promotes Interaction of the Protein CLIC1 with Phospholipid Monolayers at the Air–Water Interface

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    Khondker R. Hossain

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available CLIC1 is a Chloride Intracellular Ion Channel protein that exists either in a soluble state in the cytoplasm or as a membrane bound protein. Members of the CLIC family are largely soluble proteins that possess the intriguing property of spontaneous insertion into phospholipid bilayers to form integral membrane ion channels. The regulatory role of cholesterol in the ion-channel activity of CLIC1 in tethered lipid bilayers was previously assessed using impedance spectroscopy. Here we extend this investigation by evaluating the influence of cholesterol on the spontaneous membrane insertion of CLIC1 into Langmuir film monolayers prepared using 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoylphosphatidylcholine, 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-ethanolamine and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine alone or in combination with cholesterol. The spontaneous membrane insertion of CLIC1 was shown to be dependent on the presence of cholesterol in the membrane. Furthermore, pre-incubation of CLIC1 with cholesterol prior to its addition to the Langmuir film, showed no membrane insertion even in monolayers containing cholesterol, suggesting the formation of a CLIC1-cholesterol pre-complex. Our results therefore suggest that CLIC1 membrane interaction involves CLIC1 binding to cholesterol located in the membrane for its initial docking followed by insertion. Subsequent structural rearrangements of the protein would likely also be required along with oligomerisation to form functional ion channels.

  13. Cholesterol Promotes Interaction of the Protein CLIC1 with Phospholipid Monolayers at the Air–Water Interface

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    Hossain, Khondker R.; Al Khamici, Heba; Holt, Stephen A.; Valenzuela, Stella M.

    2016-01-01

    CLIC1 is a Chloride Intracellular Ion Channel protein that exists either in a soluble state in the cytoplasm or as a membrane bound protein. Members of the CLIC family are largely soluble proteins that possess the intriguing property of spontaneous insertion into phospholipid bilayers to form integral membrane ion channels. The regulatory role of cholesterol in the ion-channel activity of CLIC1 in tethered lipid bilayers was previously assessed using impedance spectroscopy. Here we extend this investigation by evaluating the influence of cholesterol on the spontaneous membrane insertion of CLIC1 into Langmuir film monolayers prepared using 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoylphosphatidylcholine, 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-ethanolamine and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine alone or in combination with cholesterol. The spontaneous membrane insertion of CLIC1 was shown to be dependent on the presence of cholesterol in the membrane. Furthermore, pre-incubation of CLIC1 with cholesterol prior to its addition to the Langmuir film, showed no membrane insertion even in monolayers containing cholesterol, suggesting the formation of a CLIC1-cholesterol pre-complex. Our results therefore suggest that CLIC1 membrane interaction involves CLIC1 binding to cholesterol located in the membrane for its initial docking followed by insertion. Subsequent structural rearrangements of the protein would likely also be required along with oligomerisation to form functional ion channels. PMID:26875987

  14. Manipulating lipid bilayer material properties using biologically active amphipathic molecules

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    Ashrafuzzaman, Md [Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of University of Cornell, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Lampson, M A [Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of University of Cornell, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Greathouse, D V [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (United States); II, R E Koeppe [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (United States); Andersen, O S [Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of University of Cornell, New York, NY 10021 (United States)

    2006-07-19

    Lipid bilayers are elastic bodies with properties that can be manipulated/controlled by the adsorption of amphipathic molecules. The resulting changes in bilayer elasticity have been shown to regulate integral membrane protein function. To further understand the amphiphile-induced modulation of bilayer material properties (thickness, intrinsic monolayer curvature and elastic moduli), we examined how an enantiomeric pair of viral anti-fusion peptides (AFPs)-Z-Gly-D-Phe and Z-Gly-Phe, where Z denotes a benzyloxycarbonyl group, as well as Z-Phe-Tyr and Z-D-Phe-Phe-Gly-alters the function of enantiomeric pairs of gramicidin channels of different lengths in planar bilayers. For both short and long channels, the channel lifetimes and appearance frequencies increase as linear functions of the aqueous AFP concentration, with no apparent effect on the single-channel conductance. These changes in channel function do not depend on the chirality of the channels or the AFPs. At pH 7.0, the relative changes in channel lifetimes do not vary when the channel length is varied, indicating that these compounds exert their effects primarily by causing a positive-going change in the intrinsic monolayer curvature. At pH 4.0, the AFPs are more potent than at pH 7.0 and have greater effects on the shorter channels, indicating that these compounds now change the bilayer elastic moduli. When AFPs of different anti-fusion potencies are compared, the rank order of the anti-fusion activity and the channel-modifying activity is similar, but the relative changes in anti-fusion potency are larger than the changes in channel-modifying activity. We conclude that gramicidin channels are useful as molecular force transducers to probe the influence of small amphiphiles upon lipid bilayer material properties.

  15. Lipid tail protrusions mediate the insertion of nanoparticles into model cell membranes.

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    Van Lehn, Reid C; Ricci, Maria; Silva, Paulo H J; Andreozzi, Patrizia; Reguera, Javier; Voïtchovsky, Kislon; Stellacci, Francesco; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2014-01-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that charged gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) protected by an amphiphilic organic monolayer can spontaneously insert into the core of lipid bilayers to minimize the exposure of hydrophobic surface area to water. However, the kinetic pathway to reach the thermodynamically stable transmembrane configuration is unknown. Here, we use unbiased atomistic simulations to show the pathway by which AuNPs spontaneously insert into bilayers and confirm the results experimentally on supported lipid bilayers. The critical step during this process is hydrophobic-hydrophobic contact between the core of the bilayer and the monolayer of the AuNP that requires the stochastic protrusion of an aliphatic lipid tail into solution. This last phenomenon is enhanced in the presence of high bilayer curvature and closely resembles the putative pre-stalk transition state for vesicle fusion. To the best of our knowledge, this work provides the first demonstration of vesicle fusion-like behaviour in an amphiphilic nanoparticle system. PMID:25042518

  16. Enhanced absorption of monolayer MoS2 with resonant back reflector

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    Liu, Jiang-Tao; Li, Xiao-Jing; Liu, Nian-Hua

    2014-01-01

    By extracting the permittivity of monolayer MoS2 from experiments, the optical absorption of monolayer MoS2 prepared on top of one-dimensional photonic crystal (1DPC) or metal films is investigated theoretically. The 1DPC and metal films act as resonant back reflectors that can enhance absorption of monolayer MoS2 substantially over a broad spectral range due to the Fabry-Perot cavity effect. The absorption of monolayer MoS2 can also be tuned by varying either the distance between the monolayer MoS2 and the back reflector or the thickness of the cover layers.

  17. Polar Lipid Extraction

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    2014-01-01

    Author: Biotechniques Polar lipids are generally extracted from dry cell material using chloroform:methanol:0.3% NaCl (1:2:0.8 v/v/v). This may be carried out by adding 9.5 ml of this mixture to 100 mg of freeze dried cells, or by adding a suitable amount of chloroform, methanol and 0.3% NaCl to the cell material, or to the aqueous methanolic phase remaining from the lipoquinone extraction. 1. The aqueous methanolic phase (4 ml total volume), together with the cell material from the ...

  18. Lipid-transfer proteins.

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    Ng, Tzi Bun; Cheung, Randy Chi Fai; Wong, Jack Ho; Ye, Xiujuan

    2012-01-01

    Lipid-transfer proteins (LTPs) are basic proteins found in abundance in higher plants. LTPs play lots of roles in plants such as participation in cutin formation, embryogenesis, defense reactions against phytopathogens, symbiosis, and the adaptation of plants to various environmental conditions. In addition, LTPs from field mustard and Chinese daffodil exhibit antiproliferative activity against human cancer cells. LTPs from chili pepper and coffee manifest inhibitory activity against fungi pathogenic to humans such as Candida species. The intent of this article is to review LTPs in the plant kingdom. PMID:23193591

  19. Mannosylerythritol lipids: a review.

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    Arutchelvi, Joseph Irudayaraj; Bhaduri, Sumit; Uppara, Parasu Veera; Doble, Mukesh

    2008-12-01

    Mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) are surface active compounds that belong to the glycolipid class of biosurfactants (BSs). MELs are produced by Pseudozyma sp. as a major component while Ustilago sp. produces them as a minor component. Although MELs have been known for over five decades, they recently regained attention due to their environmental compatibility, mild production conditions, structural diversity, self-assembling properties and versatile biochemical functions. In this review, the MEL producing microorganisms, the production conditions, their applications, their diverse structures and self-assembling properties are discussed. The biosynthetic pathways and the regulatory mechanisms involved in the production of MEL are also explained here. PMID:18716809

  20. Lipids of the Golgi membrane

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    van Meer, G.

    1998-01-01

    The thin membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum matures into the thick plasma membrane in the Golgi apparatus. Along the way, the concentrations of cholesterol and sphingolipids increase. Here, Gerrit van Meer discusses how this phenomenon may reflect an intricate lipid-protein sorting machinery. Synthesis of sphingolipids, translocation across the Golgi membrane and lateral segregation into lumenal domains seem to be key events. In addition, signalling lipids indicate the lipid status of the ...

  1. Absorption Of Dietary Lipid Components

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    Abdulkadir Hurşit

    2015-01-01

    Although the digestion and absorption of lipids that are necessary for the survival of living organisms are well known in general terms, nevertheless how different lipids to be digested, how it is distributed into the bloodstream, and how to be used by the cells, are unknown issues by most non specialist people. In recent years, knowledge of lipid digestion and absorption has expanded considerably. More insight has been gained in the mechanism of action of H + pump as a transport system in fa...

  2. Self-Assembly of Protein Monolayers Engineered for Improved Monoclonal Immunoglobulin G Binding

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    Jeremy H. Lakey

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial outer membrane proteins, along with a filling lipid molecule can be modified to form stable self-assembled monolayers on gold. The transmembrane domain of Escherichia coli outer membrane protein A has been engineered to create a scaffold protein to which functional motifs can be fused. In earlier work we described the assembly and structure of an antibody-binding array where the Z domain of Staphylococcus aureus protein A was fused to the scaffold protein. Whilst the binding of rabbit polyclonal immunoglobulin G (IgG to the array is very strong, mouse monoclonal IgG dissociates from the array easily. This is a problem since many immunodiagnostic tests rely upon the use of mouse monoclonal antibodies. Here we describe a strategy to develop an antibody-binding array that will bind mouse monoclonal IgG with lowered dissociation from the array. A novel protein consisting of the scaffold protein fused to two pairs of Z domains separated by a long flexible linker was manufactured. Using surface plasmon resonance the self-assembly of the new protein on gold and the improved binding of mouse monoclonal IgG were demonstrated.

  3. Lipophilization of ascorbic acid: a monolayer study and biological and antileishmanial activities.

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    Kharrat, Nadia; Aissa, Imen; Sghaier, Manel; Bouaziz, Mohamed; Sellami, Mohamed; Laouini, Dhafer; Gargouri, Youssef

    2014-09-17

    Ascorbyl lipophilic derivatives (Asc-C2 to Asc-C(18:1)) were synthesized in a good yield using lipase from Staphylococcus xylosus produced in our laboratory and immobilized onto silica aerogel. Results showed that esterification had little effect on radical-scavenging capacity of purified ascorbyl esters using DPPH assay in ethanol. However, long chain fatty acid esters displayed higher protection of target lipids from oxidation. Moreover, compared to ascorbic acid, synthesized derivatives exhibited an antibacterial effect. Furthermore, ascorbyl derivatives were evaluated, for the first time, for their antileishmanial effects against visceral (Leishmania infantum) and cutaneous parasites (Leishmania major). Among all the tested compounds, only Asc-C10, Asc-C12, and Asc-C(18:1) exhibited antileishmanial activities. The interaction of ascorbyl esters with a phospholipid monolayer showed that only medium and unsaturated long chain (Asc-C10 to Asc-C(18:1)) derivative esters were found to interact efficiently with mimetic membrane of leishmania. These properties would make ascorbyl derivatives good candidates to be used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical lipophilic formulations. PMID:25148258

  4. The role of porous nanostructure in controlling lipase-mediated digestion of lipid loaded into silica particles.

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    Joyce, Paul; Tan, Angel; Whitby, Catherine P; Prestidge, Clive A

    2014-03-18

    The rate and extent of lipolysis, the breakdown of fat into molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream, depend on the interfacial composition and structure of lipid (fat) particles. A novel method for controlling the interfacial properties is to load the lipid into porous colloidal particles. We report on the role of pore nanostructure and surface coverage in controlling the digestion kinetics of medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides loaded into porous silica powders of different particle size, porosity, and hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity. An in vitro lipolysis model was used to measure digestion kinetics of lipid by pancreatic lipase, a digestive enzyme. The rate and extent of lipid digestion were significantly enhanced when a partial monolayer of lipid was loaded in porous hydrophilic silica particles compared to a submicrometer lipid-in-water emulsion or a coarse emulsion. The inhibitory effect of digestion products was clearly evident for digestion from a submicrometer emulsion and coarse emulsion. This effect was minimal, however, in the two silica-lipid systems. Lipase action was inhibited for lipid loaded in the hydrophobic silica and considered due to the orientation of lipase adsorption on the methylated silica surface. Thus, hydrophilic silica promotes enhanced digestion kinetics, whereas hydrophobic silica exerts an inhibitory effect on hydrolysis. Evaluation of digestion kinetics enabled the mechanism for enhanced rate of lipolysis in silica-lipid systems to be derived and detailed. These investigations provide valuable insights for the optimization of smart food microparticles and lipid-based drug delivery systems based on lipid excipients and porous nanoparticles. PMID:24552363

  5. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Au-based monolayer derivatives in honeycomb structure

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    Kapoor, Pooja; Sharma, Munish; Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2016-05-01

    We present electronic properties of atomic layer of Au, Au2-N, Au2-O and Au2-F in graphene-like structure within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The lattice constant of derived monolayers are found to be higher than the pristine Au monolayer. Au monolayer is metallic in nature with quantum ballistic conductance calculated as 4G0. Similarly, Au2-N and Au2-F monolayers show 4G0 and 2G0 quantum conductance respectively while semiconducting nature with calculated band gap of 0.28 eV has been observed for Au2-O monolayer. Most interestingly, half metalicity has been predicted for Au2-N and Au2-F monolayers. Our findings may have importance for the application of these monolayers in nanoelectronic and spintronics.

  6. Emergence of Dirac and quantum spin Hall states in fluorinated monolayer As and AsSb

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    Zhang, Qingyun

    2016-01-21

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the electronic and vibrational properties of monolayer As and AsSb. While the pristine monolayers are semiconductors (direct band gap at the Γ point), fluorination results in Dirac cones at the K points. Fluorinated monolayer As shows a band gap of 0.16 eV due to spin-orbit coupling, and fluorinated monolayer AsSb a larger band gap of 0.37 eV due to inversion symmetry breaking. Spin-orbit coupling induces spin splitting similar to monolayer MoS2. Phonon calculations confirm that both materials are dynamically stable. Calculations of the edge states of nanoribbons by the tight-binding method demonstrate that fluorinated monolayer As is topologically nontrivial in contrast to fluorinated monolayer AsSb.

  7. Lipid metabolism in mitochondrial membranes.

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    Mayr, Johannes A

    2015-01-01

    Mitochondrial membranes have a unique lipid composition necessary for proper shape and function of the organelle. Mitochondrial lipid metabolism involves biosynthesis of the phospholipids phosphatidylethanolamine, cardiolipin and phosphatidylglycerol, the latter is a precursor of the late endosomal lipid bis(monoacylglycero)phosphate. It also includes mitochondrial fatty acid synthesis necessary for the formation of the lipid cofactor lipoic acid. Furthermore the synthesis of coenzyme Q takes place in mitochondria as well as essential parts of the steroid and vitamin D metabolism. Lipid transport and remodelling, which are necessary for tailoring and maintaining specific membrane properties, are just partially unravelled. Mitochondrial lipids are involved in organelle maintenance, fission and fusion, mitophagy and cytochrome c-mediated apoptosis. Mutations in TAZ, SERAC1 and AGK affect mitochondrial phospholipid metabolism and cause Barth syndrome, MEGDEL and Sengers syndrome, respectively. In these disorders an abnormal mitochondrial energy metabolism was found, which seems to be due to disturbed protein-lipid interactions, affecting especially enzymes of the oxidative phosphorylation. Since a growing number of enzymes and transport processes are recognised as parts of the mitochondrial lipid metabolism, a further increase of lipid-related disorders can be expected. PMID:25082432

  8. Campylobacter jejuni induces transcellular translocation of commensal bacteria via lipid rafts

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    Kalischuk Lisa D

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Campylobacter enteritis represents a risk factor for the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD via unknown mechanisms. As IBD patients exhibit inflammatory responses to their commensal intestinal microflora, factors that induce translocation of commensal bacteria across the intestinal epithelium may contribute to IBD pathogenesis. This study sought to determine whether Campylobacter induces translocation of non-invasive intestinal bacteria, and characterize underlying mechanisms. Methods Mice were infected with C. jejuni and translocation of intestinal bacteria was assessed by quantitative bacterial culture of mesenteric lymph nodes (MLNs, liver, and spleen. To examine mechanisms of Campylobacter-induced bacterial translocation, transwell-grown T84 monolayers were inoculated with non-invasive Escherichia coli HB101 ± wild-type Campylobacter or invasion-defective mutants, and bacterial internalization and translocation were measured. Epithelial permeability was assessed by measuring flux of a 3 kDa dextran probe. The role of lipid rafts was assessed by cholesterol depletion and caveolin co-localization. Results C. jejuni 81–176 induced translocation of commensal intestinal bacteria to the MLNs, liver, and spleen of infected mice. In T84 monolayers, Campylobacter-induced internalization and translocation of E. coli occurred via a transcellular pathway, without increasing epithelial permeability, and was blocked by depletion of epithelial plasma membrane cholesterol. Invasion-defective mutants and Campylobacter-conditioned cell culture medium also induced E. coli translocation, indicating that C. jejuni does not directly 'shuttle' bacteria into enterocytes. In C. jejuni-treated monolayers, translocating E. coli associated with lipid rafts, and this phenomenon was blocked by cholesterol depletion. Conclusion Campylobacter, regardless of its own invasiveness, promotes the translocation of non-invasive bacteria across

  9. Lipid hydroperoxides in plants.

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    Griffiths, G; Leverentz, M; Silkowski, H; Gill, N; Sánchez-Serrano, J J

    2000-12-01

    Hydroperoxides are the primary oxygenated products of polyunsaturated fatty acids and were determined spectrophotometrically based on their reaction with an excess of Fe2+ at low pH in the presence of the dye Xylenol Orange. Triphenylphosphine-mediated hydroxide formation was used to authenticate the signal generated by the hydroperoxides. The method readily detected lipid peroxidation in a range of plant tissues including Phaseolus hypocotyls (26 +/- 5 nmol.g of fresh weight(-1); mean +/- S.D.), Alstroemeria floral tissues (sepals, 66+/-13 nmol.g of fresh weight(-1); petals, 49+/-6 nmol.g of fresh weight(-1)), potato leaves (334+/-75 nmol.g of fresh weight(-1)), broccoli florets (568+/-68 nmol.g of fresh weight(-1)) and Chlamydomonas cells (602+/-40 nmol.g of wet weight(-1)). Relative to the total fatty acid content of the tissues, the percentage hydroperoxide content was within the range of 0.6-1.7% for all tissue types (photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic) and represents the basal oxidation level of membrane fatty acids in plant cells. Leaves of transgenic potato with the fatty acid hydroperoxide lyase enzyme expressed in the antisense orientation were elevated by 38%, indicating a role for this enzyme in the maintenance of cellular levels of lipid hydroperoxides. PMID:11171226

  10. Solid lipid nanoparticles for parenteral drug delivery

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    Wissing, S.A.; Kayser, Oliver; Muller, R.H.

    2004-01-01

    This review describes the use of nanoparticles based on solid lipids for the parenteral application of drugs. Firstly, different types of nanoparticles based on solid lipids such as "solid lipid nanoparticles" (SLN), "nanostructured lipid carriers" (NLC) and "lipid drug conjugate" (LDC) nanoparticle

  11. Fsp27 promotes lipid droplet growth by lipid exchange and transfer at lipid droplet contact sites

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    Gong, Jingyi; Sun, Zhiqi; Wu, Lizhen; Xu, Wenyi; Schieber, Nicole; Xu, Dijin; Shui, Guanghou; Yang, Hongyuan; Parton, Robert G.; Li, Peng

    2011-01-01

    Lipid droplets (LDs) are dynamic cellular organelles that control many biological processes. However, molecular components determining LD growth are poorly understood. Genetic analysis has indicated that Fsp27, an LD-associated protein, is important in controlling LD size and lipid storage in adipocytes. In this paper, we demonstrate that Fsp27 is focally enriched at the LD–LD contacting site (LDCS). Photobleaching revealed the occurrence of lipid exchange between contacted LDs in wild-type a...

  12. A comparative study of curcumin-loaded lipid-based nanocarriers in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

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    Beloqui, Ana; Memvanga, Patrick B; Coco, Régis; Reimondez-Troitiño, Sonia; Alhouayek, Mireille; Muccioli, Giulio G; Alonso, María José; Csaba, Noemi; de la Fuente, María; Préat, Véronique

    2016-07-01

    Selective drug delivery to inflamed tissues is of widespread interest for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Because a lack of physiological lipids has been described in patients suffering IBD, and some lipids present immunomodulatory properties, we hypothesize that the combination of lipids and anti-inflammatory drugs together within a nanocarrier may be a valuable strategy for overcoming IBD. In the present study, we investigated and compared the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of three lipid-based nanocarriers containing curcumin (CC) as an anti-inflammatory drug for treating IBD in a murine DSS-induced colitis model. These nanocarriers included self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery systems (SNEDDS), nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) and lipid core-shell protamine nanocapsules (NC). In vitro, a 30-fold higher CC permeability across Caco-2 cell monolayers was obtained using NC compared to SNEDDS (NC>SNEDDS>NLC and CC suspension). The CC SNEDDS and CC NLC but not the CC NC or CC suspension significantly reduced TNF-α secretion by LPS-activated macrophages (J774 cells). In vivo, only CC NLC were able to significantly decrease neutrophil infiltration and TNF-α secretion and, thus, colonic inflammation. Our results show that a higher CC permeability does not correlate with a higher efficacy in IBD treatment, which suggests that lipidic nanocarriers exhibiting increased CC retention at the intestinal site, rather than increased CC permeability are efficient treatments of IBD. PMID:27022873

  13. Raman analysis of first monolayers of PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    We present a Raman spectroscopic analysis of the bonding properties of organic molecules on Ag(111) surfaces as a model system for organic semiconductor/metal contacts. The planar molecule 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylicacid-dianhydride (PTCDA) is used in the present study due to its high electronic mobility and thermal stability. Vibrational signatures of the first monolayer in direct contact with the metal, especially the modes at 1310 and 1575 cm-1, are found to be shifted to lower frequencies. First principles calculations result in corresponding mode patterns, which are essentially located in the centre of the molecule thus indicating the area, where major metal interaction takes place. Furthermore, upon annealing at 450 K the vibrational frequencies of the second monolayer are modified with respect to bulk PTCDA, which reflect particular changes of the bonding situation of this layer. For subsequent layers bulk-like behaviour is observed

  14. Electronic structure of graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide monolayers

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    Sutar, D. S. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076 (India); Central Surface Analytical Facility, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076 (India); Singh, Gulbagh; Divakar Botcha, V. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2012-09-03

    Graphene oxide (GO) monolayers obtained by Langmuir Blodgett route and suitably treated to obtain reduced graphene oxide (RGO) monolayers were studied by photoelectron spectroscopy. Upon reduction of GO to form RGO C1s x-ray photoelectron spectra showed increase in graphitic carbon content, while ultraviolet photoelectron spectra showed increase in intensity corresponding to C2p-{pi} electrons ({approx}3.5 eV). X-ray excited Auger transitions C(KVV) and plasmon energy loss of C1s photoelectrons have been analyzed to elucidate the valence band structure. The effective number of ({pi}+{sigma}) electrons as obtained from energy loss spectra was found to increase by {approx}28% on reduction of GO.

  15. ELECTROCATALYSIS ON SURFACES MODIFIED BY METAL MONOLAYERS DEPOSITED AT UNDERPOTENTIALS.

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    2000-12-01

    The remarkable catalytic properties of electrode surfaces modified by monolayer amounts of metal adatoms obtained by underpotential deposition (UPD) have been the subject of a large number of studies during the last couple of decades. This interest stems from the possibility of implementing strictly surface modifications of electrocatalysts in an elegant, well-controlled way, and these bi-metallic surfaces can serve as models for the design of new catalysts. In addition, some of these systems may have potential for practical applications. The UPD of metals, which in general involves the deposition of up to a monolayer of metal on a foreign substrate at potentials positive to the reversible thermodynamic potential, facilitates this type of surface modification, which can be performed repeatedly by potential control. Recent studies of these surfaces and their catalytic properties by new in situ surface structure sensitive techniques have greatly improved the understanding of these systems.

  16. Monolayer expansion induces an oxidative metabolism and ROS in chondrocytes

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    This study tests the hypothesis that articular chondrocytes shift from a characteristically glycolytic to an oxidative energy metabolism during population expansion in monolayer. Bovine articular chondrocytes were cultured in monolayer under standard incubator conditions for up to 14 days. Cellular proliferation, oxygen consumption, lactate production, protein content, ROS generation and mitochondrial morphology were examined. Lactate release increased ∼5-fold within 1 week, but this was limited to ∼2-fold increase when normalized to cellular protein content. By contrast, per cell oxidative phosphorylation increased 98-fold in 1 week. The increase in oxidative phosphorylation was evident within 24 h, preceding cell proliferation and was associated with augmented reactive oxygen species generation. The autologous chondrocyte implantation procedure requires 14-21 days for population expansion. The alterations in metabolic phenotype we report within 7 days in vitro are thus pertinent to autologous chondrocyte implantation with significant implications for the chondrocyte functionality

  17. Microscopic dynamics of nanoparticle monolayers at air-water interface.

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    Bhattacharya, R; Basu, J K

    2013-04-15

    We present results of surface mechanical and particle tracking measurements of nanoparticles trapped at the air-water interface as a function of their areal density. We monitor both the surface pressure (Π) and isothermal compression modulus (ϵ) as well as the dynamics of nanoparticle clusters, using fluorescence confocal microscopy while they are compressed to very high density near the two dimensional close packing density Φ∼0.82. We observe non-monotonic variation in both ϵ and the dynamic heterogeneity, characterized by the dynamical susceptibility χ4 with Φ, in such high density monolayers. We provide insight into the underlying nature of such transitions in close packed high density nanoparticle monolayers in terms of the morphology and flexibility of these soft colloidal particles. We discuss the significance our results in the context of related studies on two dimensional granular or colloidal systems. PMID:23411354

  18. Actinide sequestration using self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports.

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    Fryxell, Glen E; Lin, Yuehe; Fiskum, Sandy; Birnbaum, Jerome C; Wu, Hong; Kemner, Ken; Kelly, Shelley

    2005-03-01

    Surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous ceramics provides a versatile foundation upon which to create high efficiency environmental sorbents. These nanoporous ceramic oxides condense a huge amount of surface area into a very small volume. The ceramic oxide interface is receptive to surface functionalization through molecular self-assembly. The marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry creates a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials called self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS). These SAMMS materials are highly efficient sorbents whose interfacial chemistry can be fine-tuned to selectively sequester a specific target species, such as heavy metals, tetrahedral oxometalate anions, and radionuclides. Details addressing the design, synthesis, and characterization of SAMMS materials specifically designed to sequester actinides, of central importance to the environmental cleanup necessary after 40 years of weapons-grade plutonium production, as well as evaluation of their binding affinities and kinetics are presented. PMID:15787373

  19. Monolayer structures of alkyl aldehydes: Odd-membered homologues

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    Phillips, T.K. [BP Institute, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Clarke, S.M., E-mail: stuart@bpi.cam.ac.u [BP Institute, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Bhinde, T. [BP Institute, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Castro, M.A.; Millan, C. [Instituto Ciencia de los Materiales de Sevilla, Departamento de Quimica Inorganica (CSIC-Universidad de Sevilla) (Spain); Medina, S. [Centro de Investigacion, Tecnologia e Innovacion de la Universidad de Sevilla (CITIUS), Sevilla (Spain)

    2011-03-01

    Crystalline monolayers of three aldehydes with an odd number of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain (C{sub 7}, C{sub 9} and C{sub 11}) at low coverages are observed by a combination of X-ray and neutron diffraction. Analysis of the diffraction data is discussed and possible monolayer crystal structures are proposed; although unique structures could not be ascertained for all molecules. We conclude that the structures are flat on the surface, with the molecules lying in the plane of the layer. The C{sub 11} homologue is determined to have a plane group of either p2, pgb or pgg, and for the C{sub 7} homologue the p2 plane group is preferred.

  20. Surface investigation of chitosan film with fatty acid monolayers

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    Esam A. El-hefian

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The surface pressure- molecular area (-A isotherm curves of two fatty acids of different chain lengths, i.e. stearic (C18 and arachidic (C20 acids, were obtained by using Langmuir-Blodgett (LB technique. Results showed clear isotherm plots with limiting mean molecular area around 21 Å2 for both acids. However, the monolayer was found to collapse at higher than 33 mN m-1 and 21 mN m-1 for stearic acid and arachidic acid respectively. The effect of Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of the acids was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM. Chitosan film, before and after dipping in water, was also studied by means of AFM so that it could be used for comparison. It was found that the surface of chitosan was more homogeneous and smoother after dipping in water. In addition, more homogeneous surfaces were achieved after transferring a layer of the fatty acid onto the substrate.

  1. Buckled circular monolayer graphene: a graphene nano-bowl

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    We investigate the stability of circular monolayer graphene subjected to a radial load using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. When monolayer graphene is radially stressed, after some small circular strain (∼0.4%) it buckles and bends into a new bowl-like shape. Young's modulus is calculated from the linear relation between stress and strain before the buckling threshold, which is in agreement with experimental results. The prediction of elasticity theory for the buckling threshold of a radially stressed plate is presented and its results are compared to the one of our atomistic simulation. The Jarzynski equality is used to estimate the difference between the free energy of the non-compressed states and the buckled states. From a calculation of the free energy we obtain the optimum radius for which the system feels the minimum boundary stress.

  2. Buckled circular monolayer graphene: a graphene nano-bowl

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    Neek-Amal, M [Department of Physics, Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Lavizan, Tehran 16788 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Peeters, F M [Departement Fysica, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium)

    2011-02-02

    We investigate the stability of circular monolayer graphene subjected to a radial load using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. When monolayer graphene is radially stressed, after some small circular strain ({approx}0.4%) it buckles and bends into a new bowl-like shape. Young's modulus is calculated from the linear relation between stress and strain before the buckling threshold, which is in agreement with experimental results. The prediction of elasticity theory for the buckling threshold of a radially stressed plate is presented and its results are compared to the one of our atomistic simulation. The Jarzynski equality is used to estimate the difference between the free energy of the non-compressed states and the buckled states. From a calculation of the free energy we obtain the optimum radius for which the system feels the minimum boundary stress.

  3. Large Range Manipulation of Exciton Species in Monolayer WS2

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    Wei, Ke; Yang, Hang; Cheng, Xiangai; Jiang, Tian

    2016-01-01

    Unconventional emissions from exciton and trion in monolayer WS2 are studied by photoexcitation. Excited by 532nm laser beam, the carrier species in the monolayer WS2 are affected by the excess electrons escaping from photoionization of donor impurity, the concentration of which varies with different locations of the sample. Simply increasing the excitation power at room temperature, the excess electron and thus the intensity ratio of excited trion and exciton can be continuously tuned over a large range from 0.1 to 7.7. Furthermore, this intensity ratio can also be manipulated by varying temperature. However, in this way the resonance energy of the exciton and trion show red-shifts with increasing temperature due to electron-phonon coupling. The binding energy of the trion is determined to be ~23meV and independent to temperature, indicating strong Coulomb interaction of carriers in such 2D materials.

  4. Valley-selective optical Stark effect in monolayer WS2

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    Gedik, Nuh

    Monolayer semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have a pair of valleys that, by time-reversal symmetry, are energetically degenerate. Lifting the valley degeneracy in these materials is of great interest because it would allow for valley specific band engineering and offer additional control in valleytronic applications. In this talk, I will show that circularly polarized light, which breaks time-reversal symmetry, can be used to lift the valley degeneracy by means of the optical Stark effect. We demonstrate that this effect is capable of raising the exciton level in monolayer TMD WS2 by as much as 18 meV in a controllable valley-selective manner. The resulting energy shift is extremely large, comparable to the shift that would be obtained using a very high magnetic field (approximately 100 Tesla). These results offer a novel way to control valley degree of freedom, and may provide a means to realize new valley-selective Floquet topological state of matter.

  5. Mixed multilayered vertical heterostructures utilizing strained monolayer WS2

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    Sheng, Yuewen; Xu, Wenshuo; Wang, Xiaochen; He, Zhengyu; Rong, Youmin; Warner, Jamie H.

    2016-01-01

    Creating alternating layers of 2D materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and opto-electronic properties. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapour deposition can have inherent strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer of WS2, with Boron Nitride and Graphene. The 2D materials are all grown by CVD, enabling large area vertical heterostructures to be formed. WS2 monolayers grown by CVD directly on Si substrates with SiO2 surface are easily washed off by water and this makes aqueous based transfer methods challenging for creating vertical stacks on the growth substrate. 2D hexagonal Boron Nitride films are used to provide an insulating layer that limits interactions with a top graphene layer and preserve the strong photoluminescence from the WS2. This transfer method is suitable for layer by layer control of 2D material vertical stacks and is shown to be possible for all CVD grown samples, which opens up pathways for the rapid large scale fabrication of vertical heterostructure systems with atomic thickness depth control and large area coverage.Creating alternating layers of 2D materials forms vertical heterostructures with diverse electronic and opto-electronic properties. Monolayer WS2 grown by chemical vapour deposition can have inherent strain due to interactions with the substrate. The strain modifies the band structure and properties of monolayer WS2 and can be exploited in a wide range of applications. We demonstrate a non-aqueous transfer method for creating vertical stacks of mixed 2D layers containing a strained monolayer of WS2, with Boron Nitride and Graphene. The 2D materials are all grown by CVD, enabling large area vertical heterostructures to be formed. WS2 monolayers grown by

  6. GABA_A receptor function is regulated by lipid bilayer elasticity

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    Søgaard, Rikke; Werge, Thomas; Berthelsen, Camilla;

    2006-01-01

    Docosahexaenoic acid ( DHA) and other polyunsaturated fatty acids ( PUFAs) promote GABA(A) receptor [ (3)H]-muscimol binding, and DHA increases the rate of GABAA receptor desensitization. Triton X-100, a structurally unrelated amphiphile, similarly promotes [ (3)H]-muscimol binding. The mechanism...... reduced the peak amplitude of the GABA-induced currents and increased the rate of receptor desensitization. The effects of the amphiphiles did not correlate with the expected changes in monolayer spontaneous curvature. We conclude that GABAA receptor function is regulated by lipid bilayer elasticity...

  7. Solitary Shock Waves near Phase Transition in Lipid Interfaces and Nerves

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    Shrivastava, Shamit; Schneider, Matthias

    2014-01-01

    This study shows that the stability of solitary waves excited in a lipid monolayer near a phase boundary requires positive curvature of the adiabats, a known necessary condition in shock compression science. It is further shown that the condition results in a threshold for excitation, saturation of the wave amplitude and the splitting of the wave at the phase boundaries. The observed phenomenon has far reaching consequences for dynamic biological processes and is hypothesized to be closely tied to the existence of both, the threshold and thermodynamic blockage of nerve pulse propagation.

  8. Recognition processes at a functionalized lipid surface observed with molecular resolution

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    Vaknin, D.; Als-Nielsen, J.; Piepenstock, M.; Lösche, M.

    1991-01-01

    The specific binding of proteins to functionalized lipid monolayers on aqueous subphases was characterized by neutron reflectivity and fluorescence microscopy measurements. Due to the high affinity and high specificity of their noncovalent interaction, streptavidin (SA) and biotin (vitamin H) were...... each protein molecule. Quantitative binding was found to occur at biotin surface concentrations as low as 1 molecule/1,250 angstrom 2 (compared with approximately 1 molecule/40 angstrom 2 for dense packing). This study demonstrates the application of a promising new tool for the systematic...

  9. Evidence does not support absorption of intact solid lipid nanoparticles via oral delivery

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    Hu, Xiongwei; Fan, Wufa; Yu, Zhou; Lu, Yi; Qi, Jianping; Zhang, Jian; Dong, Xiaochun; Zhao, Weili; Wu, Wei

    2016-03-01

    Whether and to what extent solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) can be absorbed integrally via oral delivery should be clarified because it is the basis for elucidation of absorption mechanisms. To address this topic, the in vivo fate of SLNs as well as their interaction with biomembranes is investigated using water-quenching fluorescent probes that can signal structural variations of lipid-based nanocarriers. Live imaging indicates prolonged retention of SLNs in the stomach, whereas in the intestine, SLNs can be digested quickly. No translocation of intact SLNs to other organs or tissues can be observed. The in situ perfusion study shows bioadhesion of both SLNs and simulated mixed micelles (SMMs) to intestinal mucus, but no evidence of penetration of integral nanocarriers. Both SLNs and SMMs exhibit significant cellular uptake, but fail to penetrate cell monolayers. Confocal laser scanning microscopy reveals that nanocarriers mainly concentrate on the surface of the monolayers, and no evidence of penetration of intact vehicles can be obtained. The mucous layer acts as a barrier to the penetration of both SLNs and SMMs. Both bile salt-decoration and SMM formulation help to strengthen the interaction with biomembranes. It is concluded that evidence does not support absorption of intact SLNs via oral delivery.Whether and to what extent solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) can be absorbed integrally via oral delivery should be clarified because it is the basis for elucidation of absorption mechanisms. To address this topic, the in vivo fate of SLNs as well as their interaction with biomembranes is investigated using water-quenching fluorescent probes that can signal structural variations of lipid-based nanocarriers. Live imaging indicates prolonged retention of SLNs in the stomach, whereas in the intestine, SLNs can be digested quickly. No translocation of intact SLNs to other organs or tissues can be observed. The in situ perfusion study shows bioadhesion of both SLNs and

  10. Mechanisms of lipid regulation and lipid gating in TRPC channels.

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    Svobodova, Barbora; Groschner, Klaus

    2016-06-01

    TRPC proteins form cation channels that integrate and relay cellular signals by mechanisms involving lipid recognition and lipid-dependent gating. The lipohilic/amphiphilic molecules that function as cellular activators or modulators of TRPC proteins span a wide range of chemical structures. In this context, cellular redox balance is likely linked to the lipid recognition/gating features of TRPC channels. Both classical ligand-protein interactions as well as indirect and promiscuous sensory mechanisms have been proposed. Some of the recognition processes are suggested to involve ancillary lipid-binding scaffolds or regulators as well as dynamic protein-protein interactions determined by bilayer architecture. A complex interplay of protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions is likely to govern the gating and/or plasma membrane recruitment of TRPC channels, thereby providing a distinguished platform for signal integration and coincident signal detection. Both the primary molecular event(s) of lipid recognition by TRPC channels as well as the transformation of these events into distinct gating movements is poorly understood at the molecular level, and it remains elusive whether lipid sensing in TRPCs is conferred to a distinct sensor domain. Recent structural information on the molecular action of lipophilic activators in distantly related members of the TRP superfamily encourages speculations on TRPC gating mechanisms involved in lipid recognition/gating. This review aims to provide an update on the current understanding of the lipid-dependent control of TRPC channels with focus on the TRPC lipid sensing, signal-integration hub and a short discussion of potential links to redox signaling. PMID:27125985

  11. Tunable deep-subwavelength superscattering using graphene monolayers

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    Li, R.J.; Lin, X.; Lin, S S; Liu, X.; Chen, H S.

    2015-01-01

    In this Letter, we theoretically propose for the first time that graphene monolayers can be used for superscatterer designs. We show that the scattering cross section of the bare deep-subwavelength dielectric cylinder is markedly enhanced by six orders of magnitude due to the excitation of the first-order resonance of graphene plamons. By utilizing the tunability of the plasmonic resonance through tuning graphene's chemical potential, the graphene superscatterer works in a wide range of frequ...

  12. Tailoring self-assembled monolayers at the electrochemical interface

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    S Varatharajan; Sheela Berchmans; V Yegnaraman

    2009-09-01

    The main focus of this review is to illustrate the amenability of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for functionalisation with different receptors, catalytic materials, biomolecules, enzymes, antigen-antibody, etc for various applications. The review discusses initially about the preparation and characterization of SAMs and tailoring of SAMs by incorporation of suitable recognition elements. A description of how the molecular recognition is achieved through forces like electrostatic, covalent and host-guest interactions is included in the review.

  13. Luminescence of MBE SimGen strained monolayer superlattices

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    This paper reports on SimGen strained monolayer superlattices (SMS) that have been fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and characterized using photoluminescence (PL). Symmetrically strained structures with different periodicities have been grown on top of a Si1-xGex alloy buffer layer. Luminescence features below (above) the Si(Ge) energy bandgap have been observed and attributed to either dislocations in the buffer layer or to energy band transitions in the SMS

  14. Properties of thiolate monolayers formed on different amalgam electrodes

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    Josypčuk, Bohdan; Mareček, Vladimír

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 653, 1-2 (2011), s. 7-13. ISSN 1572-6657 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA400400806; GA ČR GAP206/11/1638; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06063 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : thiolate monolayer * reductive desorption * charge effect Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 2.905, year: 2011

  15. Method for forming monolayer graphene-boron nitride heterostructures

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    Sutter, Peter Werner; Sutter, Eli Anguelova

    2016-08-09

    A method for fabricating monolayer graphene-boron nitride heterostructures in a single atomically thin membrane that limits intermixing at boundaries between graphene and h-BN, so as to achieve atomically sharp interfaces between these materials. In one embodiment, the method comprises exposing a ruthenium substrate to ethylene, exposing the ruthenium substrate to oxygen after exposure to ethylene and exposing the ruthenium substrate to borazine after exposure to oxygen.

  16. Influence of calcium on ceramide-1-phosphate monolayers.

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    Oliveira, Joana S L; Brezesinski, Gerald; Hill, Alexandra; Gericke, Arne

    2016-01-01

    Ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P) plays an important role in several biological processes, being identified as a key regulator of many protein functions. For instance, it acts as a mediator of inflammatory responses. The mediation of the inflammation process happens due to the interaction of C1P with the C2 domain of cPLA2α, an effector protein that needs the presence of submicromolar concentrations of calcium ions. The aim of this study was to determine the phase behaviour and structural properties of C1P in the presence and absence of millimolar quantities of calcium in a well-defined pH environment. For that purpose, we used monomolecular films of C1P at the soft air/liquid interface with calcium ions in the subphase. The pH was varied to change the protonation degree of the C1P head group. We used surface pressure versus molecular area isotherms coupled with other monolayer techniques as Brewster angle microscopy (BAM), infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD). The isotherms indicate that C1P monolayers are in a condensed state in the presence of calcium ions, regardless of the pH. At higher pH without calcium ions, the monolayer is in a liquid-expanded state due to repulsion between the negatively charged phosphate groups of the C1P molecules. When divalent calcium ions are added, they are able to bridge the highly charged phosphate groups, enhancing the regular arrangement of the head groups. Similar solidification of the monolayer structure can be seen in the presence of a 150 times larger concentration of monovalent sodium ions. Therefore, calcium ions have clearly a strong affinity for the phosphomonoester of C1P. PMID:26977381

  17. Self Assembled Monolayers for Quartz Crystal Microbalance based Biosensing

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    Myrskog, Annica

    2009-01-01

    The work in this thesis has been focused on developing surfaces for use in biosensor systems, especially for quartz crystal microbalances. The surfaces were prepared by adsorption of organosulfur molecules onto gold substrates, so called self assembled monolayers (SAMs). By chemical synthesis these thiols can be specifically tailored to provide surfaces with desired properties. The investigated surfaces were all based on thiols terminated with carboxylic acid groups to render hydrophilic surf...

  18. Antifouling Self-assembled Monolayers on Microelectrodes for Patterning Biomolecules

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    Noel, John; Teizer, Winfried; Hwang, Wonmuk

    2009-01-01

    We present a procedure for forming a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) trimethoxysilane self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a silicon substrate with gold microelectrodes. The PEG-SAM is formed in a single assembly step and prevents biofouling on silicon and gold surfaces. The SAM is used to coat microelectrodes patterned with standard, positive-tone lithography. Using the microtubule as an example, we apply a DC voltage to induce electrophoretic migration to the SAM-coated electrode in a reversible m...

  19. Performance Analysis of Strained Monolayer MoS$_{2}$ MOSFET

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    Sengupta, Amretashis; Ghosh, Ram Krishna; Mahapatra, Santanu

    2013-01-01

    We present a computational study on the impact of tensile/compressive uniaxial ($\\varepsilon_{xx}$) and biaxial ($\\varepsilon_{xx}=\\varepsilon_{yy}$) strain on monolayer MoS$_{2}$ NMOS and PMOS FETs. The material properties like band structure, carrier effective mass and the multi-band Hamiltonian of the channel, are evaluated using the Density Functional Theory (DFT). Using these parameters, self-consistent Poisson-Schr\\"{o}dinger solution under the Non-Equilibrium Green's Function (NEGF) fo...

  20. Correlation of insulin-enhancing properties of vanadium-dipicolinate complexes in model membrane systems: phospholipid langmuir monolayers and AOT reverse micelles.

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    Sostarecz, Audra G; Gaidamauskas, Ernestas; Distin, Steve; Bonetti, Sandra J; Levinger, Nancy E; Crans, Debbie C

    2014-04-22

    We explore the interactions of V(III) -, V(IV) -, and V(V) -2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (dipic) complexes with model membrane systems and whether these interactions correlate with the blood-glucose-lowering effects of these compounds on STZ-induced diabetic rats. Two model systems, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) Langmuir monolayers and AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate) reverse micelles present controlled environments for the systematic study of these vanadium complexes interacting with self-assembled lipids. Results from the Langmuir monolayer studies show that vanadium complexes in all three oxidation states interact with the DPPC monolayer; the V(III) -phospholipid interactions result in a slight decrease in DPPC molecular area, whereas V(IV) and V(V) -phospholipid interactions appear to increase the DPPC molecular area, an observation consistent with penetration into the interface of this complex. Investigations also examined the interactions of V(III) - and V(IV) -dipic complexes with polar interfaces in AOT reverse micelles. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic studies of V(IV) complexes in reverse micelles indicate that the neutral and smaller 1:1 V(IV) -dipic complex penetrates the interface, whereas the larger 1:2 V(IV) complex does not. UV/Vis spectroscopy studies of the anionic V(III) -dipic complex show only minor interactions. These results are in contrast to behavior of the V(V) -dipic complex, [VO2 (dipic)](-) , which penetrates the AOT/isooctane reverse micellar interface. These model membrane studies indicate that V(III) -, V(IV) -, and V(V) -dipic complexes interact with and penetrate the lipid interfaces differently, an effect that agrees with the compounds' efficacy at lowering elevated blood glucose levels in diabetic rats. PMID:24615733

  1. Conserved Amphipathic Helices Mediate Lipid Droplet Targeting of Perilipins 1-3.

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    Rowe, Emily R; Mimmack, Michael L; Barbosa, Antonio D; Haider, Afreen; Isaac, Iona; Ouberai, Myriam M; Thiam, Abdou Rachid; Patel, Satish; Saudek, Vladimir; Siniossoglou, Symeon; Savage, David B

    2016-03-25

    Perilipins (PLINs) play a key role in energy storage by orchestrating the activity of lipases on the surface of lipid droplets. Failure of this activity results in severe metabolic disease in humans. Unlike all other lipid droplet-associated proteins, PLINs localize almost exclusively to the phospholipid monolayer surrounding the droplet. To understand how they sense and associate with the unique topology of the droplet surface, we studied the localization of human PLINs inSaccharomyces cerevisiae,demonstrating that the targeting mechanism is highly conserved and that 11-mer repeat regions are sufficient for droplet targeting. Mutations designed to disrupt folding of this region into amphipathic helices (AHs) significantly decreased lipid droplet targetingin vivoandin vitro Finally, we demonstrated a substantial increase in the helicity of this region in the presence of detergent micelles, which was prevented by an AH-disrupting missense mutation. We conclude that highly conserved 11-mer repeat regions of PLINs target lipid droplets by folding into AHs on the droplet surface, thus enabling PLINs to regulate the interface between the hydrophobic lipid core and its surrounding hydrophilic environment. PMID:26742848

  2. Monolayer MoS2 self-switching diodes

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    Al-Dirini, Feras; Hossain, Faruque M.; Mohammed, Mahmood A.; Hossain, Md Sharafat; Nirmalathas, Ampalavanapillai; Skafidas, Efstratios

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a new molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) nanodevice that acts as a two-terminal field-effect rectifier. The device is an atomically-thin two-dimensional self-switching diode (SSD) that can be realized within a single MoS2 monolayer with very minimal process steps. Quantum simulation results are presented confirming the device's operation as a diode and showing strong non-linear I-V characteristics. Interestingly, the device shows p-type behavior, in which conduction is dominated by holes as majority charge carriers and the flow of reverse current is enhanced, while the flow of forward current is suppressed, in contrast to monolayer graphene SSDs, which behave as n-type devices. The presence of a large bandgap in monolayer MoS2 results in strong control over the channel, showing complete channel pinch-off in forward conduction, which was confirmed with transmission pathways plots. The device exhibited large leakage tunnelling current through the insulating trenches, which may have been due to the lack of passivation; nevertheless, reverse current remained to be 6 times higher than forward current, showing strong rectification. The effect of p-type substitutional channel doping of sulphur with phosphorus was investigated and showed that it greatly enhances the performance of the device, increasing the reverse-to-forward current rectification ratio more than an order of magnitude, up to a value of 70.

  3. Effective p-type N-doped WS2 monolayer

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    Based on density functional theory, the characteristics of n- and p-type dopants are investigated by means of group V and VII atoms substituting sulfur in the WS2 monolayer. Numerical results show that for each doping case, the formation energy is lower under W-rich condition, which indicates that it is energy favorable to incorporate group V and VII atoms into WS2 under W-rich experimental conditions. Moreover, compared with other dopant cases, N-doped WS2 monolayer owns the lowest formation energy. In particular, the transition level of (−1/0) is only 75 meV in the N-doped case, which indicates that N impurities can offer effective p-type carriers in the WS2 monolayer. - Highlights: • The formation energy is lower under W-rich conditions. • N-doped system owns the lowest formation energy compared with other atoms. • The transition level of N-doping in WS2 is 75 meV. • N impurities can offer effective p-type carriers in the WS2

  4. Tunneling electron induced luminescence from porphyrin molecules on monolayer graphene

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    Using epitaxially grown graphene on Ru(0001) as a decoupling layer, we investigate the evolution of tunneling electron induced luminescence from different number of layers of porphyrin molecules. Light emission spectra and photon maps, acquired via a combined optical setup with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), indicate that the electronic decoupling effect of a monolayer (ML) graphene alone is still insufficient for generating molecule-specific emission from both the 1st- and 2nd-layer porphyrin molecules. Nevertheless, interestingly, the plasmonic emission is enhanced for the 1st-layer but suppressed for the 2nd-layer in comparison with the plasmonic emission on the monolayer graphene. Intrinsic intramolecular molecular fluorescence occurs at the 3rd-layer porphyrin. Such molecular thickness is about two MLs thinner than previous reports where molecules were adsorbed directly on metals. These observations suggest that the monolayer graphene does weaken the interaction between molecule and metal substrate and contribute to the reduction of nonradiative decay rates. - Highlights: • Showing molecularly resolved photon maps of graphene and porphyrins on it. • Revealing the influence of spacer thickness on molecular electroluminescence. • Graphene does weaken the interaction between molecules and metal substrate

  5. New ice rules for nanoconfined monolayer ice from first principles

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    Corsetti, Fabiano; Artacho, Emilio

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the structural tendencies of nanoconfined water is of great interest for nanoscience and biology, where nano/micro-sized objects may be separated by very few layers of water. Here we investigate the properties of ice confined to a quasi-2D monolayer by a featureless, chemically neutral potential, using density-functional theory simulations with a non-local van der Waals density functional. An ab initio random structure search reveals all the energetically competitive monolayer configurations to belong to only two of the previously-identified families, characterized by a square or honeycomb hydrogen-bonding network, respectively. From an in-depth analysis we show that the well-known ice rules for bulk ice need to be revised for the monolayer, with distinct new rules appearing for the two networks. All identified stable phases for both are found to be non-polar (but with a topologically non-trivial texture for the square) and, hence, non-ferroelectric, in contrast to the predictions of empirical f...

  6. Tunneling electron induced luminescence from porphyrin molecules on monolayer graphene

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    Geng, Feng; Kuang, Yanmin; Yu, Yunjie; Liao, Yuan; Zhang, Yao; Zhang, Yang; Dong, Zhenchao, E-mail: zcdong@ustc.edu.cn

    2015-01-15

    Using epitaxially grown graphene on Ru(0001) as a decoupling layer, we investigate the evolution of tunneling electron induced luminescence from different number of layers of porphyrin molecules. Light emission spectra and photon maps, acquired via a combined optical setup with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), indicate that the electronic decoupling effect of a monolayer (ML) graphene alone is still insufficient for generating molecule-specific emission from both the 1st- and 2nd-layer porphyrin molecules. Nevertheless, interestingly, the plasmonic emission is enhanced for the 1st-layer but suppressed for the 2nd-layer in comparison with the plasmonic emission on the monolayer graphene. Intrinsic intramolecular molecular fluorescence occurs at the 3rd-layer porphyrin. Such molecular thickness is about two MLs thinner than previous reports where molecules were adsorbed directly on metals. These observations suggest that the monolayer graphene does weaken the interaction between molecule and metal substrate and contribute to the reduction of nonradiative decay rates. - Highlights: • Showing molecularly resolved photon maps of graphene and porphyrins on it. • Revealing the influence of spacer thickness on molecular electroluminescence. • Graphene does weaken the interaction between molecules and metal substrate.

  7. Neutral amino acid transport across brain microvessel endothelial cell monolayers

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    Brain microvessel endothelial cells (BMEC) which form the blood-brain barrier (BBB) possess an amino acid carrier specific for large neutral amino acids (LNAA). The carrier is important for facilitating the delivery of nutrient LNAA's and centrally acting drugs that are LNAA's, to the brain. Bovine BMEC's were isolated and grown up to complete monolayers on regenerated cellulose-membranes in primary culture. To study the transendothelial transport of leucine, the monolayers were placed in a side-by-side diffusion cell, and transport across the monolayers followed with [3H]-leucine. The transendothelial transport of leucine in this in vitro model was determined to be bidirectional, and time-, temperature-, and concentration-dependent. The transport of leucine was saturable and the apparent K/sub m/ and V/sub max/, 0.18 mM and 6.3 nmol/mg/min, respectively. Other LNAA's, including the centrally acting drugs, α-methyldopa, L-DOPA, α-methyl-tyrosine, and baclofen, inhibited leucine transport. The leucine carrier was also found to be stereospecific and not sensitive to inhibitors of active transport. These results are consistent with previous in vitro and in vivo studies. Primary cultures of BMEC's appear to be a potentially important tool for investigating at the cellular level, the transport mechanisms of the BBB

  8. Neutral amino acid transport across brain microvessel endothelial cell monolayers

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    Audus, K.L.; Borchardt, R.T.

    1986-03-01

    Brain microvessel endothelial cells (BMEC) which form the blood-brain barrier (BBB) possess an amino acid carrier specific for large neutral amino acids (LNAA). The carrier is important for facilitating the delivery of nutrient LNAA's and centrally acting drugs that are LNAA's, to the brain. Bovine BMEC's were isolated and grown up to complete monolayers on regenerated cellulose-membranes in primary culture. To study the transendothelial transport of leucine, the monolayers were placed in a side-by-side diffusion cell, and transport across the monolayers followed with (/sup 3/H)-leucine. The transendothelial transport of leucine in this in vitro model was determined to be bidirectional, and time-, temperature-, and concentration-dependent. The transport of leucine was saturable and the apparent K/sub m/ and V/sub max/, 0.18 mM and 6.3 nmol/mg/min, respectively. Other LNAA's, including the centrally acting drugs, ..cap alpha..-methyldopa, L-DOPA, ..cap alpha..-methyl-tyrosine, and baclofen, inhibited leucine transport. The leucine carrier was also found to be stereospecific and not sensitive to inhibitors of active transport. These results are consistent with previous in vitro and in vivo studies. Primary cultures of BMEC's appear to be a potentially important tool for investigating at the cellular level, the transport mechanisms of the BBB.

  9. Highly anisotropic and robust excitons in monolayer black phosphorus.

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    Wang, Xiaomu; Jones, Aaron M; Seyler, Kyle L; Tran, Vy; Jia, Yichen; Zhao, Huan; Wang, Han; Yang, Li; Xu, Xiaodong; Xia, Fengnian

    2015-06-01

    Semi-metallic graphene and semiconducting monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides are the most intensively studied two-dimensional materials of recent years. Lately, black phosphorus has emerged as a promising new two-dimensional material due to its widely tunable and direct bandgap, high carrier mobility and remarkable in-plane anisotropic electrical, optical and phonon properties. However, current progress is primarily limited to its thin-film form. Here, we reveal highly anisotropic and strongly bound excitons in monolayer black phosphorus using polarization-resolved photoluminescence measurements at room temperature. We show that, regardless of the excitation laser polarization, the emitted light from the monolayer is linearly polarized along the light effective mass direction and centres around 1.3 eV, a clear signature of emission from highly anisotropic bright excitons. Moreover, photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy suggests a quasiparticle bandgap of 2.2 eV, from which we estimate an exciton binding energy of ∼0.9 eV, consistent with theoretical results based on first principles. The experimental observation of highly anisotropic, bright excitons with large binding energy not only opens avenues for the future explorations of many-electron physics in this unusual two-dimensional material, but also suggests its promising future in optoelectronic devices. PMID:25915195

  10. Photo-induced travelling waves in condensed Langmuir monolayers

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    We report the detailed properties of photo-induced travelling waves in liquid crystalline Langmuir monolayers composed of azobenzene derivatives. When the monolayer, in which the constituent rodlike molecules are coherently tilted from the layer normal, is weakly illuminated to undergo the trans-cis photo-isomerization, spatio-temporal periodic oscillations of the molecular azimuth begin over the entire excited area and propagate as a two-dimensional orientational wave. The wave formation takes place only when the film is formed at an asymmetric interface with broken up-down symmetry and when the chromophores are continuously excited near the long-wavelength edge of absorption to induce repeated photo-isomerizations between the trans and cis forms. Under proper illumination conditions, Langmuir monolayers composed of a wide variety of azobenzene derivatives have been confirmed to exhibit similar travelling waves with velocity proportional to the excitation power irrespective of the degree of amphiphilicity. The dynamics can be qualitatively explained by the modified reaction-diffusion model proposed by Reigada, Sagues and Mikhailov

  11. Applications of self-assembled monolayers in materials chemistry

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    Nirmalya K Chaki; M Aslam; Jadab Sharma; K Vijayamohanan

    2001-10-01

    Self-assembly provides a simple route to organise suitable organic molecules on noble metal and selected nanocluster surfaces by using monolayers of long chain organic molecules with various functionalities like -SH, -COOH, -NH2, silanes etc. These surfaces can be effectively used to build-up interesting nano level architectures. Flexibility with respect to the terminal functionalities of the organic molecules allows the control of the hydrophobicity or hydrophilicity of metal surface, while the selection of length scale can be used to tune the distant-dependent electron transfer behaviour. Organo-inorganic materials tailored in this fashion are extremely important in nanotechnology to construct nanoelctronic devices, sensor arrays, supercapacitors, catalysts, rechargeable power sources etc. by virtue of their size and shape-dependent electrical, optical or magnetic properties. The interesting applications of monolayers and monolayer-protected clusters in materials chemistry are discussed using recent examples of size and shape control of the properties of several metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles. The potential benefits of using these nanostructured systems for molecular electronic components are illustrated using Au and Ag nanoclusters with suitable bifunctional SAMs.

  12. Organization, Structure and Activity of Proteins in Monolayers

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    Boucher,J.; Trudel, E.; Methot, M.; Desmeules, P.; Salesse, C.

    2007-01-01

    Many different processes take place at the cell membrane interface. Indeed, for instance, ligands bind membrane proteins which in turn activate peripheral membrane proteins, some of which are enzymes whose action is also located at the membrane interface. Native cell membranes are difficult to use to gain information on the activity of individual proteins at the membrane interface because of the large number of different proteins involved in membranous processes. Model membrane systems, such as monolayers at the air-water interface, have thus been extensively used during the last 50 years to reconstitute proteins and to gain information on their organization, structure and activity in membranes. In the present paper, we review the recent work we have performed with membrane and peripheral proteins as well as enzymes in monolayers at the air-water interface. We show that the structure and orientation of gramicidin has been determined by combining different methods. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the secondary structure of rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin is indistinguishable from that in native membranes when appropriate conditions are used. We also show that the kinetics and extent of monolayer binding of myristoylated recoverin is much faster than that of the nonmyristoylated form and that this binding is highly favored by the presence polyunsaturated phospholipids. Moreover, we show that the use of fragments of RPE65 allow determine which region of this protein is most likely involved in membrane binding. Monomolecular films were also used to further understand the hydrolysis of organized phospholipids by phospholipases A2 and C.

  13. Immobilization of Colloidal Monolayers at Fluid–Fluid Interfaces

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    Peter T. Bähler

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Monolayers of colloidal particles trapped at an interface between two immiscible fluids play a pivotal role in many applications and act as essential models in fundamental studies. One of the main advantages of these systems is that non-close packed monolayers with tunable inter-particle spacing can be formed, as required, for instance, in surface patterning and sensing applications. At the same time, the immobilization of particles locked into desired structures to be transferred to solid substrates remains challenging. Here, we describe three different strategies to immobilize monolayers of polystyrene microparticles at water–decane interfaces. The first route is based on the leaking of polystyrene oligomers from the particles themselves, which leads to the formation of a rigid interfacial film. The other two rely on in situ interfacial polymerization routes that embed the particles into a polymer membrane. By tracking the motion of the colloids at the interface, we can follow in real-time the formation of the polymer membranes and we interestingly find that the onset of the polymerization reaction is accompanied by an increase in particle mobility determined by Marangoni flows at the interface. These results pave the way for future developments in the realization of thin tailored composite polymer-particle membranes.

  14. Monolayer MoS{sub 2} self-switching diodes

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    Al-Dirini, Feras, E-mail: alf@unimelb.edu.au; Hossain, Md Sharafat [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia); Centre for Neural Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia); Victorian Research Laboratory, National ICT Australia, West Melbourne, Victoria (Australia); Hossain, Faruque M.; Skafidas, Efstratios [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia); Centre for Neural Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia); Mohammed, Mahmood A. [Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman (Jordan); Nirmalathas, Ampalavanapillai [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia); Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI), University of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)

    2016-01-28

    This paper presents a new molybdenum disulphide (MoS{sub 2}) nanodevice that acts as a two-terminal field-effect rectifier. The device is an atomically-thin two-dimensional self-switching diode (SSD) that can be realized within a single MoS{sub 2} monolayer with very minimal process steps. Quantum simulation results are presented confirming the device's operation as a diode and showing strong non-linear I-V characteristics. Interestingly, the device shows p-type behavior, in which conduction is dominated by holes as majority charge carriers and the flow of reverse current is enhanced, while the flow of forward current is suppressed, in contrast to monolayer graphene SSDs, which behave as n-type devices. The presence of a large bandgap in monolayer MoS{sub 2} results in strong control over the channel, showing complete channel pinch-off in forward conduction, which was confirmed with transmission pathways plots. The device exhibited large leakage tunnelling current through the insulating trenches, which may have been due to the lack of passivation; nevertheless, reverse current remained to be 6 times higher than forward current, showing strong rectification. The effect of p-type substitutional channel doping of sulphur with phosphorus was investigated and showed that it greatly enhances the performance of the device, increasing the reverse-to-forward current rectification ratio more than an order of magnitude, up to a value of 70.

  15. Assembly of citrate gold nanoparticles on hydrophilic monolayers

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    Vikholm-Lundin, Inger; Rosqvist, Emil; Ihalainen, Petri; Munter, Tony; Honkimaa, Anni; Marjomäki, Varpu; Albers, Willem M.; Peltonen, Jouko

    2016-08-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as model surfaces were linked onto planar gold films thorough lipoic acid or disulfide groups. The molecules used were polyethylene glycol (EG-S-S), N-[tris-(hydroxymethyl)methyl]acrylamide polymers with and without lipoic acid (Lipa-pTHMMAA and pTHMMAA) and a lipoic acid triazine derivative (Lipa-MF). All the layers, but Lipa-MF with a primary amino group were hydroxyl terminated. The layers were characterized by contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy, AFM. Citrate stabilized nanoparticles, AuNPs in water and phosphate buffer were allowed to assemble on the layers for 10 min and the binding was followed in real-time with surface plasmon resonance, SPR. The SPR resonance curves were observed to shift to higher angles and become increasingly damped, while also the peaks strongly broaden when large nanoparticles assembled on the surface. Both the angular shift and the damping of the curve was largest for nanoparticles assembling on the EG-S-S monolayer. High amounts of particles were also assembled on the pTHMMAA layer without the lipoic acid group, but the damping of the curve was considerably lower with a more even distribution of the particles. Topographical images confirmed that the highest number of particles were assembled on the polyethylene glycol monolayer. By increasing the interaction time more particles could be assembled on the surface.

  16. Perspectives of Two-dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers

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    Hui Pan

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The discovery of graphene, a novel two-dimensional (2D nanostructure, has triggered an extensive study on monolayers for diverse applications in Nano devices, optoelectronics, sensors, catalysts, and energy storage because of the easy fabrication, exceptional charge transport, thermal, optical, chemical, and mechanical properties [1]. As one of important members of 2D monolayers, 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs monolayers show a wide range of electronic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties [2]. TMDs have a chemical formula of MX2, where M is a transition metal element from group IV, group V, or group VI, and X is a chalcogen (S, Se, or Te. They are layered materials with weakly van der Walls interaction holding together. Each layer is a sandwich structure (X–M–X, where a M-atom layer is enclosed within two X layers and the atoms in layers are hexagonally packed [3]. Depending to stacking orders and metal atom coordination, the overall symmetry of TMD can be hexagonal or rhombohedral, and the metal atoms have octahedral or trigonal prismatic coordination.

  17. Top-grid monolayer graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell

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    Monolayer graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell was fabricated using a top-grid structure. In comparison with the prevailing “top-window” structure, the newly-designed device structure has simplified the fabrication procedures to avoid ultraviolet (UV) photolithography and SiO2-eching. We systematically investigated the effect of chemical doping as well as device area on the device performance. It was found that a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.9% can be achieved by engineering the work function of graphene through chemical doping. Our study indicates that top grid structure is suitable to make low-cost, large area and high efficiency graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell. - Graphical abstract: The engineering of the work function of graphene through chemical doping is an effective approach to improve the performance of monolayer graphene/Si Schottky solar cell. - Highlights: • Monolayer graphene/Si Schottkey solar cell was fabricated. • Chemical doping can effectively tune the work function of graphene film. • Chemical doping has significant effect on the device performance. • The top-grid device structure with graphene is promising with low-cost and high efficiency

  18. Monolayer MoS2 self-switching diodes

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    This paper presents a new molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) nanodevice that acts as a two-terminal field-effect rectifier. The device is an atomically-thin two-dimensional self-switching diode (SSD) that can be realized within a single MoS2 monolayer with very minimal process steps. Quantum simulation results are presented confirming the device's operation as a diode and showing strong non-linear I-V characteristics. Interestingly, the device shows p-type behavior, in which conduction is dominated by holes as majority charge carriers and the flow of reverse current is enhanced, while the flow of forward current is suppressed, in contrast to monolayer graphene SSDs, which behave as n-type devices. The presence of a large bandgap in monolayer MoS2 results in strong control over the channel, showing complete channel pinch-off in forward conduction, which was confirmed with transmission pathways plots. The device exhibited large leakage tunnelling current through the insulating trenches, which may have been due to the lack of passivation; nevertheless, reverse current remained to be 6 times higher than forward current, showing strong rectification. The effect of p-type substitutional channel doping of sulphur with phosphorus was investigated and showed that it greatly enhances the performance of the device, increasing the reverse-to-forward current rectification ratio more than an order of magnitude, up to a value of 70

  19. Lipids in liver transplant recipients.

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    Hüsing, Anna; Kabar, Iyad; Schmidt, Hartmut H

    2016-03-28

    Hyperlipidemia is very common after liver transplantation and can be observed in up to 71% of patients. The etiology of lipid disorders in these patients is multifactorial, with different lipid profiles observed depending on the immunosuppressive agents administered and the presence of additional risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus and nutrition. Due to recent improvements in survival of liver transplant recipients, the prevention of cardiovascular events has become more important, especially as approximately 64% of liver transplant recipients present with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Management of dyslipidemia and of other modifiable cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes and smoking, has therefore become essential in these patients. Treatment of hyperlipidemia after liver transplantation consists of life style modification, modifying the dose or type of immunosuppressive agents and use of lipid lowering agents. At the start of administration of lipid lowering medications, it is important to monitor drug-drug interactions, especially between lipid lowering agents and immunosuppressive drugs. Furthermore, as combinations of various lipid lowering drugs can lead to severe side effects, such as myopathies and rhabdomyolysis, these combinations should therefore be avoided. To our knowledge, there are no current guidelines targeting the management of lipid metabolism disorders in liver transplant recipients. This paper therefore recommends an approach of managing lipid abnormalities occurring after liver transplantation. PMID:27022213

  20. Lipid droplets, lipophagy, and beyond.

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    Wang, Chao-Wen

    2016-08-01

    Lipids are essential components for life. Their various structural and physical properties influence diverse cellular processes and, thereby, human health. Lipids are not genetically encoded but are synthesized and modified by complex metabolic pathways, supplying energy, membranes, signaling molecules, and hormones to affect growth, physiology, and response to environmental insults. Lipid homeostasis is crucial, such that excess fatty acids (FAs) can be harmful to cells. To prevent such lipotoxicity, cells convert excess FAs into neutral lipids for storage in organelles called lipid droplets (LDs). These organelles do not simply manage lipid storage and metabolism but also are involved in protein quality management, pathogenesis, immune responses, and, potentially, neurodegeneration. In recent years, a major trend in LD biology has centered around the physiology of lipid mobilization via lipophagy of fat stored within LDs. This review summarizes key findings in LD biology and lipophagy, offering novel insights into this rapidly growing field. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon. PMID:26713677

  1. Fasting and nonfasting lipid levels

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    Langsted, Anne; Freiberg, Jacob J; Nordestgaard, Børge G

    2008-01-01

    Lipid profiles are usually measured after fasting. We tested the hypotheses that these levels change only minimally in response to normal food intake and that nonfasting levels predict cardiovascular events.......Lipid profiles are usually measured after fasting. We tested the hypotheses that these levels change only minimally in response to normal food intake and that nonfasting levels predict cardiovascular events....

  2. Cholesterol's location in lipid bilayers.

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    Marquardt, Drew; Kučerka, Norbert; Wassall, Stephen R; Harroun, Thad A; Katsaras, John

    2016-09-01

    It is well known that cholesterol modifies the physical properties of lipid bilayers. For example, the much studied liquid-ordered Lo phase contains rapidly diffusing lipids with their acyl chains in the all trans configuration, similar to gel phase bilayers. Moreover, the Lo phase is commonly associated with cholesterol-enriched lipid rafts, which are thought to serve as platforms for signaling proteins in the plasma membrane. Cholesterol's location in lipid bilayers has been studied extensively, and it has been shown - at least in some bilayers - to align differently from its canonical upright orientation, where its hydroxyl group is in the vicinity of the lipid-water interface. In this article we review recent works describing cholesterol's location in different model membrane systems with emphasis on results obtained from scattering, spectroscopic and molecular dynamics studies. PMID:27056099

  3. Lipids changes in liver cancer

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    JIANG Jing-ting; XU Ning; ZHANG Xiao-ying; WU Chang-ping

    2007-01-01

    Liver is one of the most important organs in energy metabolism.Most plasma apolipoproteins and endogenous lipids and lipoproteins are synthesized in the liver.It depends on the integrity of liver cellular function,which ensures homeostasis of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.When liver cancer occurs,these processes are impaired and the plasma lipid and lipoprotein patterns may be changed.Liver cancer is the fifth common malignant tumor worldwide,and is closely related to the infections of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV).HBV and HCV infections are quite common in China and other Southeast Asian countries.In addition,liver cancer is often followed by a procession of chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis,so that hepatic function is damaged obviously on these bases,which may significantly influence lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in vivo.In this review we summarize the clinical significance of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism under liver cancer.

  4. Monolayer arrangement of fatty hydroxystearic acids on graphite: Influence of hydroxyl groups

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    Medina, S. [Laboratorio de Rayos-X, Centro de Investigación Tecnología e Innovación, de la Universidad de Sevilla (CITIUS), Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida Reina Mercedes, 4B. 41012, Sevilla (Spain); Benítez, J.J.; Castro, M.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida Américo Vespucio, 49. 41092, Sevilla (Spain); Cerrillos, C. [Servicio de Microscopía, Centro de Investigación Tecnología e Innovación, de la Universidad de Sevilla (CITIUS), Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida Reina Mercedes, 4B. 41012, Sevilla (Spain); Millán, C. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida Américo Vespucio, 49. 41092, Sevilla (Spain); Alba, M.D., E-mail: alba@icmse.csic.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Universidad de Sevilla, Avenida Américo Vespucio, 49. 41092, Sevilla (Spain)

    2013-07-31

    Previous studies have indicated that long-chain linear carboxylic acids form commensurate packed crystalline monolayers on graphite even at temperatures above their melting point. This study examines the effect on the monolayer formation and structure of adding one or more secondary hydroxyl, functional groups to the stearic acid skeleton (namely, 12-hydroxystearic and 9,10-dihydroxystearic acid). Moreover, a comparative study of the monolayer formation on recompressed and monocrystalline graphite has been performed through X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), respectively. The Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and XRD data were used to confirm the formation of solid monolayers and XRD data have provided a detailed structural analysis of the monolayers in good correspondence with obtained STM images. DSC and XRD have demonstrated that, in stearic acid and 12-hydroxystearic acid adsorbed onto graphite, the monolayer melted at a higher temperature than the bulk form of the carboxylic acid. However, no difference was observed between the melting point of the monolayer and the bulk form for 9,10-dihydroxystearic acid adsorbed onto graphite. STM results indicated that all acids on the surface have a rectangular p2 monolayer structure, whose lattice parameters were uniaxially commensurate on the a-axis. This structure does not correlate with the initial structure of the pure compounds after dissolving, but it is conditioned to favor a) hydrogen bond formation between the carboxylic groups and b) formation of hydrogen bonds between secondary hydroxyl groups, if spatially permissible. Therefore, the presence of hydroxyl functional groups affects the secondary structure and behavior of stearic acid in the monolayer. - Highlights: • Hydroxyl functional groups affect structure and behavior of acids in the monolayer. • Acids on the surface have a rectangular p2 monolayer structure. • Lattice parameters of acids are uniaxially

  5. Comparison of the interactions of daunorubicin in a free form and attached to single-walled carbon nanotubes with model lipid membranes.

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    Matyszewska, Dorota

    2016-01-01

    In this work the interactions of an anticancer drug daunorubicin (DNR) with model thiolipid layers composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphothioethanol (DPPTE) were investigated using Langmuir technique. The results obtained for a free drug were compared with the results recorded for DNR attached to SWCNTs as potential drug carrier. Langmuir studies of mixed DPPTE-SWCNTs-DNR monolayers showed that even at the highest investigated content of the nanotubes in the monolayer, the changes in the properties of DPPTE model membranes were not as significant as in case of the incorporation of a free drug, which resulted in a significant increase in the area per molecule and fluidization of the thiolipid layer. The presence of SWCNTs-DNR in the DPPTE monolayer at the air-water interface did not change the organization of the lipid molecules to such extent as the free drug, which may be explained by different types of interactions playing crucial role in these two types of systems. In the case of the interactions of free DNR the electrostatic attraction between positively charged drug and negatively charged DPPTE monolayer play the most important role, while in the case of SWCNTs-DNR adducts the hydrophobic interactions between nanotubes and acyl chains of the lipid seem to be prevailing. Electrochemical studies performed for supported model membranes containing the drug delivered in the two investigated forms revealed that the surface concentration of the drug-nanotube adduct in supported monolayers is comparable to the reported surface concentration of the free DNR incorporated into DPPTE monolayers on gold electrodes. Therefore, it may be concluded that the application of carbon nanotubes as potential DNR carrier allows for the incorporation of comparable amount of the drug into model membranes with simultaneous decrease in the negative changes in the membrane structure and organization, which is an important aspect in terms of side effects of the drug. PMID

  6. Binary functionalization of H:Si(111) surfaces by alkyl monolayers with different linker atoms enhances monolayer stability and packing.

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    Arefi, Hadi H; Nolan, Michael; Fagas, Giorgos

    2016-05-14

    Alkyl monolayer modified Si forms a class of inorganic-organic hybrid materials with applications across many technologies such as thin-films, fuel/solar-cells and biosensors. Previous studies have shown that the linker atom, through which the monolayer binds to the Si substrate, and any tail group in the alkyl chain, can tune the monolayer stability and electronic properties. In this paper we study the H:Si(111) surface functionalized with binary SAMs: these are composed of alkyl chains that are linked to the surface by two different linker groups. Aiming to enhance SAM stability and increase coverage over singly functionalized Si, we examine with density functional theory simulations that incorporate vdW interactions, a range of linker groups which we denote as -X-(alkyl) with X = CH2, O(H), S(H) or NH(2) (alkyl = C6 and C12 chains). We show how the stability of the SAM can be enhanced by adsorbing alkyl chains with two different linkers, e.g. Si-[C, NH]-alkyl, through which the adsorption energy is increased compared to functionalization with the individual -X-alkyl chains. Our results show that it is possible to improve stability and optimum coverage of alkyl functionalized SAMs linked through a direct Si-C bond by incorporating alkyl chains linked to Si through a different linker group, while preserving the interface electronic structure that determines key electronic properties. This is important since any enhancement in stability and coverage to give more densely packed monolayers will result in fewer defects. We also show that the work function can be tuned within the interval of 3.65-4.94 eV (4.55 eV for bare H:Si(111)). PMID:27109872

  7. Nonvesicular Lipid Transfer from the Endoplasmic Reticulum

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    Lev, Sima

    2012-01-01

    The transport of lipids from their synthesis site at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to different target membranes could be mediated by both vesicular and nonvesicular transport mechanisms. Nonvesicular lipid transport appears to be the major transport route of certain lipid species, and could be mediated by either spontaneous lipid transport or by lipid-transfer proteins (LTPs). Although nonvesicular lipid transport has been extensively studied for more than four decades, its underlying mecha...

  8. Preparation of porous monolayer film by immersing the stearic acid Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer on mica in salt solution

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    Wang, S. [Institute of Near-Field Optics and Nano Technology, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Street No. 2 Linggong Road, Dalian 116024 (China); Li, Y.L.; Zhao, H.L.; Liang, H. [Institute of Photo-Biophysics, School of Physics and Electronic, Henan University, Jinming, Kaifeng 475004, Henan (China); Liu, B., E-mail: boliu@henu.edu.cn [Institute of Photo-Biophysics, School of Physics and Electronic, Henan University, Jinming, Kaifeng 475004, Henan (China); Pan, S., E-mail: span@dlut.edu.cn [Institute of Near-Field Optics and Nano Technology, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Street No. 2 Linggong Road, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Porous film has been prepared by immersing the stearic acid Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer on mica in salt solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mechanism relies on the electrostatic screening effect of the cations in salt solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The factors influencing the size and area of the pores were investigated. - Abstract: Porous materials have drawn attention from scientists in many fields such as life sciences, catalysis and photonics since they can be used to induce some materials growth as expected. Especially, porous Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film is an ideal material with controlled thickness and flat surface. In this paper, stearic acid (SA), which has been extensively explored in LB film technique, is chosen as the template material with known parameters to prepare the LB film, and then the porous SA monolayer film is obtained by means of etching in salt solution. The main etching mechanism is suggested that the cations in the solution block the electrostatic interaction between the polar carboxyl group of SA and the electronegative mica surface. The influencing factors (such as concentration of salt solution, valence of cation and surface pressure) of the porous SA film are systematically studied in this work. The novel method proposed in this paper makes it convenient to prepare porous monolayer film for designed material growth or cell culture.

  9. Preparation of porous monolayer film by immersing the stearic acid Langmuir–Blodgett monolayer on mica in salt solution

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    Highlights: ► Porous film has been prepared by immersing the stearic acid Langmuir–Blodgett monolayer on mica in salt solution. ► The mechanism relies on the electrostatic screening effect of the cations in salt solution. ► The factors influencing the size and area of the pores were investigated. - Abstract: Porous materials have drawn attention from scientists in many fields such as life sciences, catalysis and photonics since they can be used to induce some materials growth as expected. Especially, porous Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) film is an ideal material with controlled thickness and flat surface. In this paper, stearic acid (SA), which has been extensively explored in LB film technique, is chosen as the template material with known parameters to prepare the LB film, and then the porous SA monolayer film is obtained by means of etching in salt solution. The main etching mechanism is suggested that the cations in the solution block the electrostatic interaction between the polar carboxyl group of SA and the electronegative mica surface. The influencing factors (such as concentration of salt solution, valence of cation and surface pressure) of the porous SA film are systematically studied in this work. The novel method proposed in this paper makes it convenient to prepare porous monolayer film for designed material growth or cell culture.

  10. Evidence for 2D Solitary Sound Waves in a Lipid Controlled Interface and its Biological Implications

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    Shrivastava, Shamit

    2014-01-01

    Biological membranes by virtue of their elastic properties should be capable of propagating localized perturbations analogous to sound waves. However, the existence and the possible role of such waves in communication in biology remains unexplored. Here we report the first observations of 2D solitary elastic pulses in lipid interfaces, excited mechanically and detected by FRET. We demonstrate that the nonlinearity near a maximum in the susceptibility of the lipid monolayer results in solitary pulses that also have a threshold for excitation. These experiments clearly demonstrate that the state of the interface regulates the propagation of pulses both qualitatively and quantitatively. We elaborate on the striking similarity of the observed phenomenon to nerve pulse propagation and a thermodynamic basis of cell signaling in general.

  11. Membrane deformation controlled by monolayer composition of embedded amphiphilic nanoparticles

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    van Lehn, Reid; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2014-03-01

    In recent work, we have shown that charged, amphiphilic nanoparticles (NPs) can spontaneously insert into lipid bilayers, embedding the NP in a conformation resembling a transmembrane protein. Many embedded membrane proteins exert an influence on surrounding lipids that lead to deformation and membrane-mediated interactions that may be essential for function. Similarly, embedded NPs will also induce membrane deformations related to the same physicochemical forces. Unlike many transmembrane proteins, however, the highly charged NPs may exert preferential interactions on surrounding lipid head groups. In this work, we use atomistic molecular dynamics simulations to show that the membrane around embedded particles may experience local thinning, head group reorientation, and an increase in lipid density depending on the size and surface composition of the NP. We quantify the extent of these deformations and illustrate the complex interplay between lipid tail group and head group interactions that go beyond pure thickness deformations that may be expected from coarse-grained or continuum models. This work thus suggests guidelines for the design of particles that spontaneously partition into lipid bilayers and influence local membrane mechanical properties in a targeted manner.

  12. Lipid composition of human meibum

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    R. Schnetler

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The structure and function of meibomian gland lipids in the tear film are highly complex. Evidence shows that the precorneal tear film consists of discrete layers: the inner mucin layer, the middle aqueous layer and the outer lipid layer. In this review we focus on the outer, biphasic lipid layer of the tear film which consists of a ‘thick’ outer, non-polar layer  and a ‘thin’ inner, polar layer. We discuss the main composition of the polar and non-polar lipids within meibum (wax esters, cholesteryl esters, mono-, di- and tri-acylglycerols, ceramides, phospholipids  et cetera. We address the composition of meibomian lipids in subjects suffering from various ocular diseases in comparison with the composition in healthy individuals. Further analysis is needed to determine whether a correlation exists between the etiology of various ocular diseases and the fluctuation on the lipids as well as to establish whether or not tear lipid analysis can be used as a diagnostic tool.

  13. Redistribution of carbon atoms in Pt substrate for high quality monolayer graphene synthesis

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    The two-dimensional material graphene shows its extraordinary potential in many application fields. As the most effective method to synthesize large-area monolayer graphene, chemical vapor deposition has been well developed; however, it still faces the challenge of a high occurrence of multilayer graphene, which causes the small effective area of monolayer graphene. This phenomenon limits its applications in which only a big size of monolayer graphene is needed. In this paper, by introducing a redistribution stage after the decomposition of carbon source gas to redistribute the carbon atoms dissolved in Pt foils, the number of multilayer flakes on the monolayer graphene decreases. The mean area of monolayer graphene can be extended to about 16 000 μm2, which is eight times larger than that of the graphene grown without the redistribution stage. A Raman spectrograph is used to demonstrate the high quality of the monolayer graphene grown by the improved process. (semiconductor materials)

  14. Broadband ultra-high transmission of terahertz radiation through monolayer MoS$_{2}$

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    Deng, Xue-Yong; Su, Fu-Hai; Liu, Nian-Hua; Liu, Jiang-Tao

    2015-01-01

    In this study, terahertz (THz) absorption and transmission of monolayer MoS$_{2}$ was calculated under different carrier concentrations. Results showed that the THz absorption of monolayer MoS$_{2}$ is very small even under high carrier concentrations and large incident angle. Equivalent loss of the THz absorption is the total sum of reflection and absorption that is one to three grades lower than that of graphene. The monolayer MoS$_{2}$ transmission is much larger than that of the traditional GaAs and InAs two-dimensional electron gas. The field-effect tubular structure formed by the monolayer MoS$_{2}$-insulation-layer-graphene is investigated. In this structure the THz absorption of graphene to reach saturation under low voltage. Meantime, the maximum THz absorption of monolayer MoS$_{2}$ was limited to approximately 5\\%. Thus, monolayer MoS$_{2}$ is a kind of ideal THz Transparent Electrodes.

  15. Influence of Lipid Heterogeneity and Phase Behavior on Phospholipase A2 Action at the Single Molecule Level

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    Gudmand, M; Hatzakis, N S; Peneva, K; Muellen, K; Stamou, D; Uji-I, H; Hofkens, J; Bjornholm, T; Heimburg, T

    2009-01-01

    We monitored the action of phospholipase A2 (PLA2) on L- and D-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) Langmuir monolayers by mounting a Langmuir-trough on a wide-field fluorescence microscope with single molecule sensitivity. This made it possible to directly visualize the activity and diffusion behavior of single PLA2 molecules in a heterogeneous lipid environment during active hydrolysis. The experiments showed that enzyme molecules adsorbed and interacted almost exclusively with the fluid region of the DPPC monolayers. Domains of gel state L-DPPC were degraded exclusively from the gel-fluid interface where the build-up of negatively charged hydrolysis products, fatty acid salts, led to changes in the mobility of PLA2. The mobility of individual enzymes on the monolayers was characterized by single particle tracking (SPT). Diffusion coefficients of enzymes adsorbed to the fluid interface were between 3 mu m^2/s on the L-DPPC and 4.6 mu m^/s on the D-DPPC monolayers. In regions enriched with hydrolysis produc...

  16. Fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of epithelial cells: Fate of incorporated lipids as followed by freeze fracture and autoradiography of plastic sections

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    Knoll, G.; Burger, K.N.J.; Bron, R.; van Meer, G.; Verkleij, A. J.

    1988-01-01

    The fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of influenza virus- infected monolayers of an epithelial cell line, Madin-Darby canine kidney cells (van Meer et al., 1985. Biochemistry. 24:3593-3602), has been analyzed by morphological techniques. The distribution of liposomal lipids over the apical and basolateral plasma membrane domains after fusion was assessed by autoradiography of liposomal [3H]dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine after rapid freezing or chemical fixation and further processi...

  17. Fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of epithelial cells: Fate of incorporated lipids as followed by freeze fracture and autoradiography of plastic sections

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    Knoll, G; Burger, K.N.J.; Bron, R.; van Meer, G.; Verkleij, A J

    1988-01-01

    The fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of influenza virus-infected monolayers of an epithelial cell line, Madin-Darby canine kidney cells (van Meer et al., 1985. Biochemistry, 24: 3593-3602), has been analyzed by morphological techniques. The distribution of liposomal lipids over the apical and basolateral plasma membrane domains after fusion was assessed by autoradiography of liposomal [3H]dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine after rapid freezing or chemical fixation and further processi...

  18. Fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of epithelial cells: fate of incorporated lipids as followed by freeze fracture and autoradiography of plastic sections

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    1988-01-01

    The fusion of liposomes with the plasma membrane of influenza virus- infected monolayers of an epithelial cell line, Madin-Darby canine kidney cells (van Meer et al., 1985. Biochemistry. 24:3593-3602), has been analyzed by morphological techniques. The distribution of liposomal lipids over the apical and basolateral plasma membrane domains after fusion was assessed by autoradiography of liposomal [3H]dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine after rapid freezing or chemical fixation and further processi...

  19. Isolation and structure of the lipid envelopes from the nitrogen-fixing vesicles of Frankia sp. strain CpI1.

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    Harriott, O T; Khairallah, L; Benson, D. R.

    1991-01-01

    Frankia vesicles are differentiated during nitrogen starvation; they contain nitrogenase whether produced by free-living frankiae or by frankiae in actinorhizal root nodules. Vesicles are surrounded by envelopes of several monolayers of uncharacterized lipid. It has been suggested that the envelope limits diffusion of O2 into the vesicle cytoplasm, thereby preventing inactivation of nitrogenase. Whole vesicles were prepared on sucrose gradients and sonicated, and vesicle envelopes were isolat...

  20. Surface energetics of freely suspended fluid molecular monolayer and multilayer smectic liquid crystal films

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    Nguyen, Zoom Hoang; Park, Cheol Soo; Pang, Jinzhong; Clark, Noel A.

    2012-01-01

    A study of the surface energetics of the thinnest substrate-free liquid films, fluid molecular monolayer and multilayer smectic liquid crystal films suspended in air, is reported. In films having monolayer and multilayer domains, the monolayer areas contract, contrary to predictions from the van der Waals disjoining pressure of thin uniform slabs. This discrepancy is accounted for by modeling the environmental asymmetry of the surface layers in multilayer films, leading to the possibility tha...

  1. Modeling of Anisotropic Two-Dimensional Materials Monolayer HfS2 and Phosphorene MOSFETs

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    Chang, Jiwon

    2015-01-01

    Ballistic transport characteristics of metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) based on anisotropic two-dimensional (2-D) materials monolayer HfS2 and phosphorene are explored through quantum transport simulations. We focus on the effects of the channel crystal orientation and the channel length scaling on device performances. Especially, the role of degenerate conduction band (CB) valleys in monolayer HfS2 is comprehensively analyzed. Benchmarking monolayer HfS2 with pho...

  2. More Than a Monolayer: Relating Lung Surfactant Structure and Mechanics to Composition

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    Alonso, Coralie; Alig, Tim; Yoon, Joonsung; Bringezu, Frank; Warriner, Heidi; Zasadzinski, Joseph A.

    2004-01-01

    Survanta, a clinically used bovine lung surfactant extract, in contact with surfactant in the subphase, shows a coexistence of discrete monolayer islands of solid phase coexisting with continuous multilayer “reservoirs” of fluid phase adjacent to the air-water interface. Exchange between the monolayer, the multilayer reservoir, and the subphase determines surfactant mechanical properties such as the monolayer collapse pressure and surface viscosity by regulating solid-fluid coexistence. Grazi...

  3. Hybrid lipid-based nanostructures

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    Dayani, Yasaman

    Biological membranes serve several important roles, such as structural support of cells and organelles, regulation of ionic and molecular transport, barriers to non-mediated transport, contact between cells within tissues, and accommodation of membrane proteins. Membrane proteins and other vital biomolecules incorporated into the membrane need a lipid membrane to function. Due to importance of lipid bilayers and their vital function in governing many processes in the cell, the development of various models as artificial lipid membranes that can mimic cell membranes has become a subject of great interest. Using different models of artificial lipid membranes, such as liposomes, planar lipid bilayers and supported or tethered lipid bilayers, we are able to study many biophysical processes in biological membranes. The ability of different molecules to interact with and change the structure of lipid membranes can be also investigated in artificial lipid membranes. An important application of lipid bilayer-containing interfaces is characterization of novel membrane proteins for high throughput drug screening studies to investigate receptor-drug interactions and develop biosensor systems. Membrane proteins need a lipid bilayer environment to preserve their stability and functionality. Fabrication of materials that can interact with biomolecules like proteins necessitates the use of lipid bilayers as a mimic of cell membranes. The objective of this research is to develop novel hybrid lipid-based nanostructures mimicking biological membranes. Toward this aim, two hybrid biocompatible structures are introduced: lipid bilayer-coated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and hydrogel-anchored liposomes with double-stranded DNA anchors. These structures have potential applications in biosensing, drug targeting, drug delivery, and biophysical studies of cell membranes. In the first developed nanostructure, lipid molecules are covalently attached to the surfaces of MWCNTs, and

  4. Activated neutrophils disrupt endothelial monolayer integrity by an oxygen radical-independent mechanism

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    The effect of activated neutrophils on endothelial monolayer integrity in vitro has been measured by assessing the capacity of endothelial monolayers on polycarbonate filters to exclude 125I-albumin. Although formylmethionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (FMLP)-activated neutrophils failed to induce 51Cr-release or detachment after 4 hours of incubation with endothelial monolayers cultured in polystyrene wells, FMLP-activated neutrophils produced a marked increase in the passage of 125I-albumin across bovine aortic or pulmonary artery endothelial monolayers on polycarbonate filters. This effect was evident as early as 30 minutes following the addition of FMLP-activated neutrophils to the monolayer and reached 180% over control values at 2 hours (p . 0.001). Light and transmission electron microscopic examination of the polycarbonate filters exposed to FMLP-activated neutrophils revealed focal disruption of the endothelial monolayers. Chronic granulomatous disease neutrophils produced similar disruption of the endothelial monolayer at 2 hours. Moreover, catalase and superoxide dismutase failed to reduce significantly the neutrophil-mediated increase in 125I-albumin passage at 2 hours. Cell-free postsecretory supernatants of FMLP-activated neutrophils, leukotriene C4, and platelet activating factor did not induce a significant increase in 125I-albumin passage across the endothelial monolayers. Of note, FMLP-activated neutrophils from a patient with a congenital abnormality of neutrophil adhesion and chemotaxis did not induce disruption of the monolayer or increase 125I-albumin passage

  5. Structural Effects on the Langmuir Monolayers of Calix[4]arene Induced by Lower Rim Aromatic Substitution

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    HE Wei-Jiang; QIU Lin; LI Jun-Bai; ZHANG Yu; GUO Zi-Jian; ZHU Long-Gen

    2006-01-01

    The Langmuir monolayer properties of lower rim aromatically substituted calix[4]arenes, 5,11,17,23-tetra-tertbutyl-25,27-bis(2-naphth-1'-ylacetylaminoethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxylcalix[4]arene (BNAEC), 5,11,17,23-tetra-tertbutyl-25,27-bis(2-benzoylamino ethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxylcalix[4]arene (BBAEC) and 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,27-bis(2-cinnamoylaminoethoxy)-26,28-dihydroxylcalix[4]arene (BCAEC), have been studied. Film balance measurements and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) observation demonstrate that all the compounds can form Langmuir monolayers with different molecular limiting areas. BNAEC or BBAEC monolayer is able to form condensed domains during compression, while BCAEC monolayer can never form condensed domain. BNAEC monolayer is more readily to form condensed domain than BBAEC monolayer. Moreover, BNAEC monolayer can form the total condensed phase during compression even when T=28 ℃, while BBAEC monolayer can not when T> 10 ℃. The results imply that different lower rim aromatic substitutions affect essentially the intermolecular interaction and molecular packing in the monolayer at air/water interface.

  6. A simple method to tune graphene growth between monolayer and bilayer

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    Xiaozhi Xu; Chenfang Lin; Rui Fu; Shuo Wang; Rui Pan; Guangshi Chen; Qixin Shen; Can Liu; Xia Guo; Yiquan Wang; Ruguang Zhao; Kaihui Liu; Zhengtang Luo; Zonghai Hu; Hongyun Li

    2016-01-01

    Selective growth of either monolayer or bilayer graphene is of great importance. We developed a method to readily tune large area graphene growth from complete monolayer to complete bilayer. In an ambient pressure chemical vapor deposition process, we used the sample temperature at which to start the H2 flow as the control parameter and realized the change from monolayer to bilayer growth of graphene on Cu foil. When the H2 starting temperature was above 700°C, continuous monolayer graphene f...

  7. Silicon-nitride photonic circuits interfaced with monolayer MoS2

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    We report on the integration of monolayer molybdenum disulphide with silicon nitride microresonators assembled by visco-elastic layer transfer techniques. Evanescent coupling from the resonator mode to the monolayer is confirmed through measurements of cavity transmission. The absorption of the monolayer semiconductor flakes in this geometry is determined to be 850 dB/cm, which is larger than that of graphene and black phosphorus with the same thickness. This technique can be applied to diverse monolayer semiconductors for assembling hybrid optoelectronic devices such as photodetectors and modulators operating over a wide spectral range

  8. Studies of the structure and properties of organic monolayers, multilayers and superlattices

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    Organic monolayers and multilayers are both scientifically fascinating and technologically promising; they are, however, both complex systems and relatively inaccessible to experimental probes. In this progress report, we describe our x-ray diffraction studies, which have given us substantial new information about the structures and phase transitions in monolayers on the surface of water; our use of these monolayers as a unique probe of the dynamics of wetting and spreading; and our studies of monolayer mechanical properties using a simple but effective technique available to anyone using the Wilhelmy method to measure surface tension. 20 refs., 11 figs

  9. First principle identification of SiC monolayer as an efficient catalyst for CO oxidation

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    Sinthika, S., E-mail: ranjit.t@res.srmuniv.ac.in, E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com; Thapa, Ranjit, E-mail: ranjit.t@res.srmuniv.ac.in, E-mail: sinthika90@gmail.com [SRM Research Institute, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamil Nadu (India); Reddy, C. Prakash [Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2015-06-24

    Using density functional theory, we investigated the electronic properties of SiC monolayer and tested its catalytic activity toward CO oxidation. The planar nature of a SiC monolayer is found to stable and is a high band gap semiconductor. CO interacts physically with SiC surface, whereas O{sub 2} is adsorbed with moderate binding. CO oxidation on SiC monolayer prefers the Eley Rideal mechanism over the Langmuir Hinshelwood mechanism, with an easily surmountable activation barrier during CO{sub 2} formation. Overall metal free SiC monolayer can be used as efficient catalyst for CO oxidation.

  10. Texture of lipid bilayer domains

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    Jensen, Uffe Bernchou; Brewer, Jonathan R.; Midtiby, Henrik Skov; Ipsen, John Hjort; Bagatolli, Luis; Simonsen, Adam Cohen

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the texture of gel (g) domains in binary lipid membranes composed of the phospholipids DPPC and DOPC. Lateral organization of lipid bilayer membranes is a topic of fundamental and biological importance. Whereas questions related to size and composition of fluid membrane domain are...... chains. By imaging the intensity variations as a function of the polarization angle, we map the lateral variations of the lipid tilt within domains. Results reveal that gel domains are composed of subdomains with different lipid tilt directions. We have applied a Fourier decomposition method as a...... which correlates with the phase state of the membrane. This is quantified by the generalized polarization (GP) function, and we demonstrate that a GP analysis can be performed on supported membranes. The results show that although the gel domains have heterogeneous texture, the membrane phase state does...

  11. Analysis of Lipid Experiments (ALEX)

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    Husen, Peter; Tarasov, Kirill; Katafiasz, Maciej; Sokol, Elena; Vogt, Johannes; Baumgart, Jan; Nitsch, Robert; Ekroos, Kim; Ejsing, Christer S.

    2013-01-01

    Global lipidomics analysis across large sample sizes produces high-content datasets that require dedicated software tools supporting lipid identification and quantification, efficient data management and lipidome visualization. Here we present a novel software-based platform for streamlined data ...

  12. SOLID LIPID NANOPARTICLES: A REVIEW

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    Mudavath Hanumanaik*, Sandeep Kumar Patel and K. Ramya Sree

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN are at the forefront of the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology with several potential applications in drug delivery and research. Due to their unique size dependent properties, lipid nanoparticles offer possibility to develop new therapeutics. The ability to incorporate drugs into nanocarriers offers a new prototype in drug delivery that could use for drug targeting. Hence solid lipid nanoparticles hold great promise for reaching the goal of controlled and site specific drug delivery and hence attracted wide attention of researchers. This review presents a broad treatment of solid lipid nanoparticles discussing their aims, production procedures, advantages, limitations and their possible remedies. Appropriate analytical techniques for the characterization of SLN like Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, and Differential Scanning Calorimetry are highlighted. Aspects of SLN route of administration and the in vivo fate of the carriers are also discussed.

  13. Membrane Organization and Lipid Rafts

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    Simons, Kai; Sampaio, Julio L

    2011-01-01

    Hundreds of different lipid species are present in eukaryotic cell membranes. Some of them aggregate with specific membrane proteins to form specialized domains that concentrate and control cellular trafficking and signaling events.

  14. Adaptations to hibernation in lung surfactant composition of 13-lined ground squirrels influence surfactant lipid phase segregation properties.

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    Suri, Lakshmi N M; Cruz, Antonio; Veldhuizen, Ruud A W; Staples, James F; Possmayer, Fred; Orgeig, Sandra; Perez-Gil, Jesus

    2013-08-01

    Pulmonary surfactant lines the entire alveolar surface, serving primarily to reduce the surface tension at the air-liquid interface. Surfactant films adsorb as a monolayer interspersed with multilayers with surfactant lipids segregating into different phases or domains. Temperature variation, which influences lipid physical properties, affects both the lipid phase segregation and the surface activity of surfactants. In hibernating animals, such as 13-lined ground squirrels, which vary their body temperature, surfactant must be functional over a wide range of temperatures. We hypothesised that surfactant from the 13-lined ground squirrel, Ictidomys tridecemlineatus, would undergo appropriate lipid structural re-arrangements at air-water interfaces to generate phase separation, sufficient to attain the low surface tensions required to remain stable at both low and high body temperatures. Here, we examined pressure-area isotherms at 10, 25 and 37°C and found that surfactant films from both hibernating and summer-active squirrels reached their highest surface pressure on the Wilhelmy-Langmuir balance at 10°C. Epifluorescence microscopy demonstrated that films of hibernating squirrel surfactant display different lipid micro-domain organisation characteristics than surfactant from summer-active squirrels. These differences were also reflected at the nanoscale as determined by atomic force microscopy. Such re-arrangement of lipid domains in the relatively more fluid surfactant films of hibernating squirrels may contribute to overcoming collapse pressures and support low surface tension during the normal breathing cycle at low body temperatures. PMID:23506681

  15. A planar hyperlens based on a modulated graphene monolayer

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    Forati, Ebrahim; Yakovlev, Alexander B; Alu, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    The canalization of terahertz surface plasmon polaritons using a modulated graphene monolayer is investigated for subwavelength imaging. An anisotropic surface conductivity formed by a set of parallel nanoribbons with alternating positive and negative imaginary conductivities is used to realize the canalization regime required for hyperlensing. The ribbons are narrow compared to the wavelength, and are created electronically by gating a graphene layer over a corrugated ground plane. Good quality canalization of surface plasmon polaritons is shown in the terahertz even in the presence of realistic loss in graphene, with relevant implications for subwavelength imaging applications.

  16. Coexistence of multiple conformations in cysteamine monolayers on Au(111)

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Bilic, A; Reimers, JR;

    2005-01-01

    The structural organization, catalytic function, and electronic properties of cysteamine monolayers on Au(111) have been addressed comprehensively by voltammetry, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in anaerobic environment, and a priori molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and STM image...... images. The coverage 5.7 +/- 0.1 x 10(-10) mol cm(-2) determined by voltammetry supports that the spots represent two individual cysteamine molecules. A priori MD and density functional simulations hold other clues to the image interpretation and indicate that the NH3+ groups dominate the tunneling...

  17. Crossbar nanoarchitectonics of the crosslinked self-assembled monolayer

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    Hamoudi, Hicham

    2014-01-01

    A bottom-up approach was devised to build a crossbar device using the crosslinked SAM of the 5,5′-bis (mercaptomethyl)-2,2′-bipyridine-Ni2+ (BPD- Ni2+) on a gold surface. To avoid metal diffusion through the organic film, the author used (i) nanoscale bottom electrodes to reduce the probability of defects on the bottom electrodes and (ii) molecular crosslinked technology to avoid metal diffusion through the SAMs. The properties of the crosslinked self-assembled monolayer were determined by XP...

  18. Mechanical properties of monolayer coatings deposited by PVD techniques

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    L.A. Dobrzański; K. Lukaszkowicz; A. Zarychta

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This research was done to investigate the mechanical properties of monolayer coatings (Ti/CrN,Ti/TiAlN, Ti/ZrN, CrN, TiAl/TiAlN, Zr/ZrN, TiN) deposited by PVD technique (reactive magnetron sputteringmethod) onto the substrate from the CuZn40Pb2 brass. A thin metallic layer was deposited prior to depositionof ceramic monolithic coatings to improve adhesion.Design/methodology/approach: The microstructure of the coatings was cross section examined using scanningelectron microscope. The ...

  19. Mechanical properties of monolayer coatings deposited by PVD techniques

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    K. Lukaszkowicz; L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This research was done to investigate the mechanical properties of monolayer coatings (Ti/CrN, Ti/TiAlN, Ti/ZrN, CrN, TiAl/TiAlN, Zr/ZrN, TiN) deposited by PVD technique (reactive magnetron sputtering method) onto the substrate from the CuZn40Pb2 brass. A thin metallic layer was deposited prior to deposition of ceramic monolithic coatings to improve adhesion.Design/methodology/approach: The microstructure of the coatings was cross section examined using scanning electron microscope. ...

  20. Failure Processes in Embedded Monolayer Graphene under Axial Compression

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    Androulidakis, Charalampos; Koukaras, Emmanuel N.; Frank, Otakar; Tsoukleri, Georgia; Sfyris, Dimitris; Parthenios, John; Pugno, Nicola; Papagelis, Konstantinos; Novoselov, Kostya S.; Galiotis, Costas

    2014-01-01

    Exfoliated monolayer graphene flakes were embedded in a polymer matrix and loaded under axial compression. By monitoring the shifts of the 2D Raman phonons of rectangular flakes of various sizes under load, the critical strain to failure was determined. Prior to loading care was taken for the examined area of the flake to be free of residual stresses. The critical strain values for first failure were found to be independent of flake size at a mean value of –0.60% corresponding to a yield stre...

  1. Structural study of monolayer cobalt phthalocyanine adsorbed on graphite

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    Scheffler, M; Baumann, D; Schlegel, R; Hänke, T; Toader, M; Büchner, B; Hietschold, M; Hess, C

    2014-01-01

    We present microscopic investigations on the two-dimensional arrangement of cobalt phthalocyanine molecules on a graphite (HOPG) substrate in the low coverage regime. The initial growth and ordering of molecular layers is revealed in high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). On low coverages single molecules orient mostly along one of the substrate lattice directions, while they form chains at slightly higher coverage. Structures with two different unit cells can be found from the first monolayer on. A theoretical model based on potential energy calculations is presented, which relates the two phases to the driving ordering forces.

  2. Phase structure of a holographic double monolayer Dirac semimetal

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    Grignani, Gianluca; Marini, Andrea; Pigna, Adriano-Costantino; Semenoff, Gordon W.

    2016-06-01

    We study a holographic D3/probe-D5-brane model of a double monolayer Dirac semimetal in a magnetic field and in the presence of a nonzero temperature. Intra-and inter-layer exciton condensates can form by varying the balanced charge density on the layers, the spatial separation and the temperature. Constant temperature phase diagrams for a wide range of layer separations and charge densities are found. The presence of a finite temperature makes the phase diagrams extremely rich and in particular leads to the appearance of a symmetric phase which was missing at zero temperature.

  3. Monolayer graphene as dissipative membrane in an optical resonator

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    Meyer, Hendrik M; Köhl, Michael

    2016-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate coupling of an atomically thin, free-standing graphene membrane to an optical cavity. By changing the position of the membrane along the standing-wave field of the cavity we tailor the dissipative coupling between the membrane and the cavity, and we show that the dissipative coupling can outweigh the dispersive coupling. Such a system, for which controlled dissipation prevails dispersion, will prove useful for novel laser-cooling schemes in optomechanics. In addition, we have determined the continuous-wave optical damage threshold of free-standing monolayer graphene of 1.8(4)~MW/cm$^2$ at 780nm.

  4. Phase structure of a holographic double monolayer Dirac semimetal

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    Grignani, Gianluca; Pigna, Adriano-Costantino; Semenoff, Gordon W

    2016-01-01

    We study a holographic D3/probe-D5-brane model of a double monolayer Dirac semimetal in a magnetic field and in the presence of a nonzero temperature. Intra- and inter-layer exciton condensates can form by varying the balanced charge density on the layers, the spatial separation and the temperature. Constant temperature phase diagrams for a wide range of layer separations and charge densities are found. The presence of a finite temperature makes the phase diagrams extremely rich and in particular leads to the appearance of a symmetric phase which was missing at zero temperature.

  5. Two-Dimensional Scandium Carbide Monolayer and its Nanotubes

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    Wang, Jing; Ma, Hong-Man; Liu, Ying(College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, 100875, Beijing, China)

    2015-01-01

    A two-dimensional scandium carbide monolayer with a Sc3C10 primitive cell (Sc3C10 sheet) has been identified using first-principles density functional theory. In the Sc3C10 sheet, there is a similar basic structure to the one in the Volleyballene Sc20C60, the Sc8C10 subunit, in which two connected carbon pentagons are surrounded by one scandium octagon. The hybridization between Sc d orbitals and C s-p orbitals is crucial for stabilizing the Sc3C10 sheet. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulati...

  6. Quasi-relativistic calculus of graphene monolayer minimal conductivity

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    Grushevskaya, Halina V.; Krylov, George

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a quasi-relativistic theory of quantum transport in graphene monolayer. It is based on the Dirac -- Hartry -- Fock self-consistent field approximation, assumption on lattice anti-ferromagnetic ordering and an approach [Falkovsky and Varlamov, Eur.~Phys.~J. {\\bf B 56}, 281(2007)]. Minimal conductivity of graphene is shown to be $4.83$ (in units of $e^2/h$) when accounting for non-relativistic current only. Allowing for quasi-relativistic corrections to current due to process of pa...

  7. Structure of adsorbed monolayers. The surface chemical bond

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    This paper attempts to provide a summary of what has been learned about the structure of adsorbed monolayers and about the surface chemical bond from molecular surface science. While the surface chemical bond is less well understood than bonding of molecules in the gas phase or in the solid state, our knowledge of its properties is rapidly accumulating. The information obtained also has great impact on many surface science based technologies, including heterogeneous catalysis and electronic devices. It is hoped that much of the information obtained from studies at solid-gas interfaces can be correlated with molecular behavior at solid-liquid interfaces. 31 references, 42 figures, 1 table

  8. Nanocomposite Materials of Alternately Stacked C60 Monolayer and Graphene

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    Makoto Ishikawa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We synthesized the novel nanocomposite consisting alternately of a stacked single graphene sheet and a C60 monolayer by using the graphite intercalation technique in which alkylamine molecules help intercalate large C60 molecules into the graphite. Moreover, it is found that the intercalated C60 molecules can rotate in between single graphene sheets by using C13 NMR measurements. This preparation method provides a general way for intercalating huge fullerene molecules into graphite, which will lead to promising materials with novel mechanical, physical, and electrical properties.

  9. Monolayer graphene bolometer as a sensitive far-IR detector

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    Karasik, Boris S.; McKitterick, Christopher B.; Prober, Daniel E.

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we give a detailed analysis of the expected sensitivity and operating conditions in the power detection mode of a hot-electron bolometer (HEB) made from a few {\\mu}m$^2$ of monolayer graphene (MLG) flake which can be embedded into either a planar antenna or waveguide circuit via NbN (or NbTiN) superconducting contacts with critical temperature ~ 14 K. Recent data on the strength of the electron-phonon coupling are used in the present analysis and the contribution of the readout ...

  10. Intramuscular lipid oxidation and obesity

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    Houmard, Joseph A.

    2008-01-01

    There is an accumulating amount of evidence indicating that lipid oxidation is depressed in the skeletal muscle of obese individuals. Decrements in fatty acid oxidation (FAO) have been reported with obesity in models ranging from whole body measurements to isolated skeletal muscle preparations as well as in myotubes raised in culture. This reduction appears to be associated with a depression in the activities of enzymes involved in various steps of lipid oxidation, which subsequently partitio...

  11. Lipid profile in cerebrovascular accidents

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    Soodeh Razeghi; Patricia Khashaiar; Babak Ahmadi; Mohamad Reza Gheini; Mansoureh Togha

    2011-01-01

    Background: Changes in the lipid profile have been suggested as a risk factor for developing ischemic stroke. Their role in intra-cerebral hemorrhage, however, is not clear. The present study was designed to evaluate the lipid profile levels of patients who had experienced an acute stroke during the first 24-hour and to compare these levels in different patients suffering from the stroke, either hemorrhagic or ischemic, and healthy individuals.Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 258 conse...

  12. Lipide und Diabetes

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    Riedl M

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available 2010 werden weltweit ca. 220 Millionen Menschen von Diabetes betroffen sein, und die Inzidenz und Prävalenz steigen weiter an. Die meisten dieser Patienten (90 % leiden an Typ-2-Diabetes, der ein 2- bis 4fach höheres Risiko für Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen mit sich bringt. Die pathogenetische Erklärung für das erhöhte atherosklerotische Risiko beim Diabetes ist noch immer kontroversiell. Von allen Risikofaktoren scheint die derzeit am besten modulierbare Größe in bezug auf Atherosklerose und Diabetes die Dyslipidämie zu sein. Sie ist charakterisiert durch ein moderat erhöhtes Gesamt- und Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL-Cholesterin, erhöhte Triglyzeride und ein niedriges High Density Lipoprotein (HDL. Post-hoc-Analysen der Subgruppen der primären Interventionsstudien Helsinki Heart Study und AFCAPS/TexCAPS und der sekundären Interventionsstudien CARE, 4S, LIPID und VA-HIT sowie die DAIS-Studie zeigen eine hohe Wahrscheinlichkeit, daß Lipidreduktion das makrovaskuläre Risiko auch bei Diabetikern senkt. Die erhöhte Inzidenz für Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen bei Diabetes, die größere Sterblichkeitsziffer und die erhöhte 1-Jahres-Mortalität bei Patienten mit Myokardinfarkt deuten stark darauf hin, daß die präventive Senkung der Lipidspiegel bei Diabetikern mit dem Ziel der Erreichung der Werte für die Sekundärprävention erfolgen sollte. Derzeit laufen mehrere randomisierte, doppelblinde, placebokontrollierte Studien mit Statinen an Diabetikern, wie die ASPEN-, die CARDS- und die ALLHAT-Studie, die hoffentlich Antwort auf derzeit offene Fragen geben werden.

  13. Studying lipids involved in the endosomal pathway.

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    Bissig, Christin; Johnson, Shem; Gruenberg, Jean

    2012-01-01

    Endosomes along the degradation pathway exhibit a multivesicular appearance and differ in their lipid compositions. Association of proteins to specific membrane lipids and presumably also lipid-lipid interactions contribute to the formation of functional membrane platforms that regulate endosome biogenesis and function. This chapter provides a brief review of the functions of endosomal lipids in the degradation pathway, a discussion of techniques that allow studying lipid-based mechanisms and a selection of step-by-step protocols for in vivo and in vitro methods commonly used to study lipid roles in endocytosis. The techniques described here have been used to elucidate the function of the late endosomal lipid lysobisphosphatidic acid and allow the monitoring of lipid distribution, levels and dynamics, as well as the characterization of lipid-binding partners. PMID:22325596

  14. A raft-associated species of phosphatidylethanolamine interacts with cholesterol comparably to sphingomyelin. A Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer study.

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    Michal Grzybek

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Specific interactions between sphingomyelin (SM and cholesterol (Ch are commonly believed to play a key role in the formation of rafts in the biological membranes. A weakness of this model is the implication that these microdomains are confined to the outer bilayer leaflet. The cytoplasmic leaflet, which contains the bulk of phosphatidylethanolamine (PE, phosphatidylserine (PS and phosphatidylinositol (PI, is thought also to harbour half of the membrane cholesterol. Moreover, SLPE (1-stearoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine has recently been shown to be enriched in isolated detergent-resistant membranes (DRM, and this enrichment was independent of the method of isolation of DRM. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we present quantitative evidence coming from Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer experiments that SLPE forms complex with Ch similar to that between SM and Ch. The energies of these interactions as calculated form the monolayer studies are highly negative. FRAP analysis showed that NBD-Ch recovery was similar in liposomes composed of DOPC/Ch SM or SLPE but not DPPE, providing further evidence that SLPE may form an l(o phase in the presence of high Ch concentration. Experiments on the solubility of DOPC liposomes containing DPPE/Ch (1ratio1, SM/Ch (1ratio1 or SLPE/Ch (1ratio1 showed the presence of Triton X-100 insoluble floating fraction (TIFF in the case of SM/Ch or SLPE/Ch but not in DPPE/Ch containing liposomes. Quantitative determination of particular lipid species in the TIFF fraction confirms the conclusion that SLPE (or similar PE species could be an important constituent of the inner leaflet raft. CONCLUSION: Such interactions suggest a possible existence of inner-leaflet nanoscale assemblies composed of cholesterol complexes with SLPE or similar unsaturated PE species.

  15. Biotransformation of hydralazine (HDZ) in monolayer cultures of rabbit hepatocytes

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    Adverse reactions to HDZ have been associated with the acetylator polymorphism; slow acetylators are more likely to develop HDZ-induced lupus erythematosus. In studying the role of this polymorphism in susceptibility to HDZ toxicity, the biotransformation of HDZ was investigated in rabbit hepatocytes. New Zealand white rabbits, like humans, are classified as rapid or slow acetylators. Heptocytes were isolated from rapid acetylator rabbits by collagenase perfusion. Monolayer cultures were initiated and exposed to 14C-HDZ. Since HDZ is unstable at neutral pH, parallel incubations were done in the absence of cells. Metabolites in the media were determined by reverse phase HPLC. Phthalazine (P), phthalazinone (PZ), triazoloph-thalazine (TP), methyl TP (MTP) and 3-hydroxy MTP were identified. In the absence of cells, more TP was formed than MTP, probably resulting from reaction of HDZ with components in the medium. In the presence of cells, there was a three-fold increase in MTP, while the amount of TP was relatively constant. Only trace amounts of P, PZ 3-hydroxy MTP were detected. These data indicate that monolayer cultures of rapid acetylator rabbit hepatocytes were capable of metabolizing HDZ with acetylation playing a major role. These studies are being extended to cells from slow acetylator rabbits

  16. Microstructure analysis of monodisperse ferrofluid monolayers: theory and simulation.

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    Kantorovich, Sofia; Cerdà, Juan J; Holm, Christian

    2008-04-14

    We try to elucidate the microstructure formation in a monodisperse ferrofluid monolayer. The system under study consists of soft sphere magnetic dipolar particles confined to a thin fluid layer. The positions of the particles are constrained to a 2D geometry, whereas the particle magnetic dipole moments are not fixed to the body systems, and are free to rotate in 3 dimensions, hence forming in what we call a quasi-2D geometry. Using a combination of analytical density functional theory and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we find that for the studied range of parameters the majority of aggregates might be divided into two types: chains and rings. Their sizes and area fractions are strongly influenced by the geometrical constraints. We show that for quasi-2D systems the excluded area effects play one of the most important parts in the microstructure formation. The simulation technique and the theoretical model put forward in the present paper agree qualitatively with the results of recent in situ observations of the microstructures observed in ferrofluid monolayers [M. Klokkenberg, R. P. A. Dullens, W. K. Regel, B. H. Erné, A. P. Philipse, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2006, 96, 037203]. PMID:18368181

  17. Contact and friction of nanoasperities: effects of adsorbed monolayers.

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    Cheng, Shengfeng; Luan, Binquan; Robbins, Mark O

    2010-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study contact between a rigid, nonadhesive, and spherical tip with radius of order 30 nm and a flat elastic substrate covered with a fluid monolayer of adsorbed chain molecules. Previous studies of bare surfaces showed that the atomic scale deviations from a sphere that are present on any tip constructed from discrete atoms lead to significant deviations from continuum theory and dramatic variability in friction forces. Introducing an adsorbed monolayer leads to larger deviations from continuum theory but decreases the variations between tips with different atomic structure. Although the film is fluid, it remains in the contact and behaves qualitatively like a thin elastic coating except for certain tips at high loads. Measures of the contact area based on the moments or outer limits of the pressure distribution and on counting contacting atoms are compared. The number of tip atoms making contact during a time interval Deltat grows as a power of Deltat when the film is present and as the logarithm of Deltat for bare surfaces. Friction is measured by displacing the tip at a constant velocity or pulling the tip with a spring. Both static and kinetic friction rise linearly with load at small loads. Transitions in the state of the film lead to nonlinear behavior at large loads. The friction is less clearly correlated with contact area than load. PMID:20365427

  18. Modeling disorder in self-assembled monolayers with embedded dipoles

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    Full text: We present a study using several techniques to simulate self assembled monolayers (SAM) on the Au(111) substrate. Accurate quantum mechanical simulations were used to parameterize the charge distribution on the molecules and to estimate the charge transfer to the gold surface caused by the binding of sulfur atoms. The results delivered the inputs for atomistic molecular dynamic simulations carried out with the LAMMPS code. The intermolecular interactions were described by the CHARMM27 force eld, while for the interaction of the molecules and the gold atoms different force fields were tested. The main focus of this work is to provide an accurate description of the morphology of alkylthiols with and without a mid-chain ester functionalization. This particular class of molecules was chosen because the ester group provides an intramolecular electric dipole moment at a certain distance from the surface. We calculated the distribution of dipole orientations from equilibrated structures of monolayers in order to estimate the net-potential shift induced by those dipoles. Also, different surface coverages have been simulated to investigate the thermodynamic mechanisms of SAM islands formation and to quantify the intrinsic structural disorder by computing various order parameters. (author)

  19. Large-area monolayer hexagonal boron nitride on Pt foil.

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    Park, Ji-Hoon; Park, Jin Cheol; Yun, Seok Joon; Kim, Hyun; Luong, Dinh Hoa; Kim, Soo Min; Choi, Soo Ho; Yang, Woochul; Kong, Jing; Kim, Ki Kang; Lee, Young Hee

    2014-08-26

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has recently been in the spotlight due to its numerous applications including its being an ideal substrate for two-dimensional electronics, a tunneling material for vertical tunneling devices, and a growth template for heterostructures. However, to obtain a large area of h-BN film while maintaining uniform thickness is still challenging and has not been realized. Here, we report the systematical study of h-BN growth on Pt foil by using low pressure chemical vapor deposition with a borazine source. The monolayer h-BN film was obtained over the whole Pt foil (2 × 5 cm(2)) under film. The total pressure and orientation of the Pt lattice plane are crucial parameters for thickness control. At high pressure (∼0.5 Torr), thick film was grown on Pt (111), and in contrast, thin film was grown on Pt (001). Our advances in monolayer h-BN growth will play an important role to further develop a high quality h-BN film that can be used for vertical tunneling, optoelectronic devices and growth templates for a variety of heterostructures. PMID:25094030

  20. Simvastatin Ameliorates Matrix Stiffness-Mediated Endothelial Monolayer Disruption.

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    Marsha C Lampi

    Full Text Available Arterial stiffening accompanies both aging and atherosclerosis, and age-related stiffening of the arterial intima increases RhoA activity and cell contractility contributing to increased endothelium permeability. Notably, statins are 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors whose pleiotropic effects include disrupting small GTPase activity; therefore, we hypothesized the statin simvastatin could be used to attenuate RhoA activity and inhibit the deleterious effects of increased age-related matrix stiffness on endothelial barrier function. Using polyacrylamide gels with stiffnesses of 2.5, 5, and 10 kPa to mimic the physiological stiffness of young and aged arteries, endothelial cells were grown to confluence and treated with simvastatin. Our data indicate that RhoA and phosphorylated myosin light chain activity increase with matrix stiffness but are attenuated when treated with the statin. Increases in cell contractility, cell-cell junction size, and indirect measurements of intercellular tension that increase with matrix stiffness, and are correlated with matrix stiffness-dependent increases in monolayer permeability, also decrease with statin treatment. Furthermore, we report that simvastatin increases activated Rac1 levels that contribute to endothelial barrier enhancing cytoskeletal reorganization. Simvastatin, which is prescribed clinically due to its ability to lower cholesterol, alters the endothelial cell response to increased matrix stiffness to restore endothelial monolayer barrier function, and therefore, presents a possible therapeutic intervention to prevent atherogenesis initiated by age-related arterial stiffening.

  1. Tension-Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on Vanadium Disulfide Monolayer.

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    Pan, Hui

    2016-12-01

    Water electrolysis is an efficient way for hydrogen production. Finding efficient, cheap, and eco-friendly electrocatalysts is essential to the development of this technology. In the work, we present a first-principles study on the effects of tension on the hydrogen evolution reaction of a novel electrocatalyst, vanadium disulfide (VS2) monolayer. Two electrocatalytic processes, individual and collective processes, are investigated. We show that the catalytic ability of VS2 monolayer at higher hydrogen coverage can be efficiently improved by escalating tension. We find that the individual process is easier to occur in a wide range of hydrogen coverage and the collective process is possible at a certain hydrogen coverage under the same tension. The best hydrogen evolution reaction with near-zero Gibbs free energy can be achieved by tuning tension. We further show that the change of catalytic activity with tension and hydrogen coverage is induced by the change of free carrier density around the Fermi level, that is, higher carrier density, better catalytic performance. It is expected that tension can be a simple way to improve the catalytic activity, leading to the design of novel electrocatalysts for efficient hydrogen production from water electrolysis. PMID:26924817

  2. Coherent quantum dynamics of excitons in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Moody, Galan

    2016-03-14

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have garnered considerable interest in recent years owing to their layer thickness-dependent optoelectronic properties. In monolayer TMDs, the large carrier effective masses, strong quantum confinement, and reduced dielectric screening lead to pronounced exciton resonances with remarkably large binding energies and coupled spin and valley degrees of freedom (valley excitons). Coherent control of valley excitons for atomically thin optoelectronics and valleytronics requires understanding and quantifying sources of exciton decoherence. In this work, we reveal how exciton-exciton and exciton-phonon scattering influence the coherent quantum dynamics of valley excitons in monolayer TMDs, specifically tungsten diselenide (WSe2), using two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy. Excitation-density and temperature dependent measurements of the homogeneous linewidth (inversely proportional to the optical coherence time) reveal that exciton-exciton and exciton-phonon interactions are significantly stronger compared to quasi-2D quantum wells and 3D bulk materials. The residual homogeneous linewidth extrapolated to zero excitation density and temperature is ~1:6 meV (equivalent to a coherence time of 0.4 ps), which is limited only by the population recombination lifetime in this sample. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  3. Lipid nanoparticle interactions and assemblies

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    Preiss, Matthew Ryan

    Novel liposome-nanoparticle assemblies (LNAs) provide a biologically inspired route for designing multifunctional bionanotheranostics. LNAs combine the benefits of lipids and liposomes to encapsulate, transport, and protect hydrophilic and hydrophobic therapeutics with functional nanoparticles. Functional nanoparticles endow LNAs with additional capabilities, including the ability to target diseases, triggered drug release, controlled therapeutic output, and diagnostic capabilities to produce a drug delivery system that can effectively and efficiently deliver therapeutics while reducing side effects. Not only could LNAs make existing drugs better, they could also provide an avenue to allow once promising non-approved drugs (rejected due to harmful side effects, inadequate pharmacokinetics, and poor efficacy) to be safely used through targeted and controlled delivery directly to the diseased site. LNAs have the potential to be stimuli responsive, delivering drugs on command by external (ultrasound, RF heating, etc.) or internal (pH, blood sugar, heart rate, etc.) stimuli. Individually, lipids and nanoparticles have been clinically approved for therapy, such as Doxil (a liposomal doxorubicin for cancer treatment), and diagnosis, such as Feridex (an iron oxide nanoparticle an MRI contrast enhancement agent for liver tumors). In order to engineer these multifunctional LNAs for theranostic applications, the interactions between nanoparticles and lipids must be better understood. This research sought to explore the formation, design, structures, characteristics, and functions of LNAs. To achieve this goal, different types of LNAs were formed, specifically magnetoliposomes, bilayer decorated LNAs (DLNAs), and lipid-coated magnetic nanoparticles (LMNPs). A fluorescent probe was embedded in the lipid bilayer of magnetoliposomes allowing the local temperature and membrane fluidity to be observed. When subjected to an electromagnetic field that heated the encapsulated iron

  4. Solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers--innovative generations of solid lipid carriers.

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    Shidhaye, S S; Vaidya, Reshma; Sutar, Sagar; Patwardhan, Arati; Kadam, V J

    2008-10-01

    The first generation of solid lipid carrier systems in nanometer range, Solid Lipid Nanoparticles (SLN), was introduced as an alternative to liposomes. SLN are aqueous colloidal dispersions, the matrix of which comprises of solid biodegradable lipids. SLN are manufactured by techniques like high pressure homogenization, solvent diffusion method etc. They exhibit major advantages such as modulated release, improved bioavailability, protection of chemically labile molecules like retinol, peptides from degradation, cost effective excipients, improved drug incorporation and wide application spectrum. However there are certain limitations associated with SLN, like limited drug loading capacity and drug expulsion during storage, which can be minimized by the next generation of solid lipids, Nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC). NLC are lipid particles with a controlled nanostructure that improves drug loading and firmly incorporates the drug during storage. Owing to their properties and advantages, SLN and NLC may find extensive application in topical drug delivery, oral and parenteral administration of cosmetic and pharmaceutical actives. Cosmeceuticals is emerging as the biggest application target of these carriers. Carrier systems like SLN and NLC were developed with a perspective to meet industrial needs like scale up, qualification and validation, simple technology, low cost etc. This paper reviews present status of SLN and NLC as carrier systems with special emphasis on their application in Cosmeceuticals; it also gives an overview about various manufacturing techniques of SLN and NLC. PMID:18855604

  5. A solvothermal method for synthesizing monolayer protected amorphous calcium carbonate clusters.

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    Sun, Shengtong; Gebauer, Denis; Cölfen, Helmut

    2016-05-19

    A solvothermal method was developed for synthesizing organic monolayer protected amorphous calcium carbonate clusters using 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid as ligand, ethanol as solvent and NaHCO3 decomposition as CO2 source, which can be extended to synthesize other monolayer protected mineral clusters. PMID:27161807

  6. Solid-Supported Monolayers and Bilayers of Amphiphilic B-Cyclodextrins

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    Cristiano, Antonella; Lim, Choon Woo; Rozkiewicz, Dorota I.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Ravoo, Bart Jan

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the adsorption and spreading of B-cyclodextrin (CD) vesicles on hydrophobic and hydrophilic substrates, which involves a transition from bilayer vesicles to planar molecular monolayers or bilayers. On substrates that are patterned with self-assembled monolayers by microcontact p

  7. SYNCHROTRON X-RAY OBSERVATIONS OF A MONOLAYER TEMPLATE FOR MINERALIZATION

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    Mineral nucleation at a Langmuir film interface has been studied by synchrotron x-ray scattering. Diluted calcium bicarbonate solutions were used as subphases for arachidic and stearic acid monolayers, compressed in a Langmuir trough. Self-assembly of the monolayer template is observed directly, and subsequent crystal growth monitored in-situ

  8. Atomic scattering from an adsorbed monolayer solid with a helium beam that penetrates to the substrate

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    Hansen, Flemming Yssing; Bruch, L.W.; Dammann, Bernd

    2013-01-01

    Diffraction and one-phonon inelastic scattering of a thermal energy helium atomic beam are evaluated in the situation that the target monolayer lattice is so dilated that the atomic beam penetrates to the interlayer region between the monolayer and the substrate. The scattering is simulated by...

  9. The effect of gauche molecular conformations on the phase diagram of a Langmuir monolayer

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    Zangi, R; Rice, SA

    2003-01-01

    Experimental and simulation studies have shown that the gauche conformational degrees of freedom of long-chain amphiphile molecules assembled in a dense Langmuir monolayer play an important role in determining the structures of the several phases that the monolayer supports. Nevertheless, for simpli

  10. Lung surfactant dysfunction in tuberculosis: effect of mycobacterial tubercular lipids on dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine surface activity.

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    Chimote, G; Banerjee, R

    2005-11-10

    In pulmonary tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria reside in the alveoli and are in close proximity with the alveolar surfactant. Mycolic acid in its free form and as cord factor, constitute the major lipids of the mycobacterial cell wall. They can detach from the bacteria easily and are known to be moderately surface active. We hypothesize that these surface-active mycobacterial cell wall lipids could interact with the pulmonary surfactant and result in lung surfactant dysfunction. In this study, the major phospholipid of the lung surfactant, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and binary mixtures of DPPC:phosphatidylglycerol (PG) in 9:1 and 7:3 ratios were modelled as lung surfactant monolayers and the inhibitory potential of mycolic acid and cord factor on the surface activity of DPPC and DPPC:PG mixtures was evaluated using Langmuir monolayers. The mycobacterial lipids caused common profile changes in all the isotherms: increase in minimum surface tension, compressibility and percentage area change required for change in surface tension from 30 to 10 mN/m. Higher minimum surface tension values were achieved in the presence of mycolic acid (18.2+/-0.7 mN/m) and cord factor (13.28+/-1.2 mN/m) as compared to 0 mN/m, achieved by pure DPPC film. Similarly higher values of compressibility (0.375+/-0.005 m/mN for mycolic acid:DPPC and 0.197+/-0.003 m/mN for cord factor:DPPC monolayers) were obtained in presence of mycolic acid and cord factor. Thus, mycolic acid and cord factor were said to be inhibitory towards lung surfactant phospholipids. Higher surface tension and compressibility values in presence of tubercular lipids are suggestive of an unstable and fluid surfactant film, which will fail to achieve low surface tensions and can contribute to alveolar collapse in patients suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. In conclusion a biophysical inhibition of lung surfactant may play a role in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis and may serve as a target for

  11. Effect of Trimethylamine N-Oxide on Interfacial Electrostatics at Phospholipid Monolayer-Water Interfaces and Its Relevance to Cardiovascular Disease.

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    Mondal, Jahur A

    2016-05-01

    Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), a metabolite of choline containing dietary nutrients which are abundant in red meat, egg, and other animal foods, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (e.g., atherosclerosis) by boosted accumulation of fatty deposits on artery wall. Hence, for the molecular level elucidation of the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, it is important to understand the effect of TMAO at the endothelial cell membrane-blood interface (artery wall). Heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation (HD-VSFG) study of a zwitterionic phosphatidylcholine (PC) lipid monolayer-water interface (mimic of endothelial membrane-blood interface) shows that the interfacial water becomes increasingly H-up oriented in the presence of TMAO in the aqueous phase, revealing a dramatic change in the interfacial electrostatics. Examinations of charged lipid interfaces show that TMAO screens anionic phosphate less effectively than cationic choline, which confirms that TMAO increases the relative influence of the anionic phosphate by preferential screening of the cationic choline at the zwitterionic PC lipid interface where the phosphate and choline groups are simultaneously present. Together, it is conceivable that at an elevated TMAO level in serum would modify the electrostatics at the endothelial cell membrane-blood interface (artery wall), which may affect the influx/efflux of fatty deposits on artery wall, setting the stage for atherosclerosis. PMID:27096306

  12. Preparation of porous monolayer film by immersing the stearic acid Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer on mica in salt solution

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    Wang, S.; Li, Y. L.; Zhao, H. L.; Liang, H.; Liu, B.; Pan, S.

    2012-11-01

    Porous materials have drawn attention from scientists in many fields such as life sciences, catalysis and photonics since they can be used to induce some materials growth as expected. Especially, porous Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film is an ideal material with controlled thickness and flat surface. In this paper, stearic acid (SA), which has been extensively explored in LB film technique, is chosen as the template material with known parameters to prepare the LB film, and then the porous SA monolayer film is obtained by means of etching in salt solution. The main etching mechanism is suggested that the cations in the solution block the electrostatic interaction between the polar carboxyl group of SA and the electronegative mica surface. The influencing factors (such as concentration of salt solution, valence of cation and surface pressure) of the porous SA film are systematically studied in this work. The novel method proposed in this paper makes it convenient to prepare porous monolayer film for designed material growth or cell culture.

  13. Electrochemical Studies of Glutathione Monolayer Assembled on A Polycrystalline Gold Electrode

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    2002-01-01

    The glutathione (GSH) monolayer and complex monolayer of GSH-metallic ion on polycrys-talline gold electrode were studied by using K3Fe(CN)6 as the redox probe. As for the GSH monolayer, itwas found that the metallic ions could open the ion-gate in the monolayer dramatically in the order La3+>Pb2+>> Ba2+> Ca2+ whereas Zn2+ ion closed the ion-gate. The complexes of GSH-metallic ions were ca-pable of self-assembling the different kind of monolayer. All the differences were related to the structuralconfiguration of the anchored GSH molecule, which changed with the different metallic ions or pH.

  14. Ablation behavior of monolayer and multilayer Ir coatings under carburizing and oxidizing oxyacetylene flames

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    Wu, Wangping; Jiang, Jinjin; Chen, Zhaofeng

    2016-06-01

    Iridium is one of the most promising candidates for protective barrier of refractory materials to endure high service temperature. The multilayer iridium coating was produced by a double glow plasma process on the polished tungsten carbide substrates, compared with monolayer. The ablation behaviors of the monolayer on the unpolished and polished substrates were investigated under carburizing and oxidizing oxyacetylene flames, respectively, at the same time the multilayer coating ablated under oxidizing flames. Multilayer coating was a polycrystalline phase with the preferential (220) orientation. Monolayer on the unpolished substrate had fine coarse grains and some small microcracks were present. Multilayer consisted of columnar grains with some voids between the grains boundaries. The formation of a WIr phase in the as-deposited multilayer was attributed to high deposition temperature. The monolayer could endure high temperature up to 1800 °C in carburizing flame. The substrates could be protected more effectively by multilayer than monolayer at 2000- 2200 °C in oxidizing flame.

  15. Thermodynamic and real-space structural evidence of a 2D critical point in phospholipid monolayers

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    Nielsen, Lars K.; Bjørnholm, Thomas; Mouritsen, Ole G.

    2007-01-01

    The two-dimensional phase diagram of phospholipid monolayers at air-water interfaces has been constructed from Langmuir compression isotherms. The coexistence region between the solid and fluid phases of the monolayer ends at the critical temperature of the transition. The small-scale lateral...... structure of the monolayers has been imaged by atomic force microscopy in the nm to mu m range at distinct points in the phase diagram. The lateral structure is immobilized by transferring the monolayer from an air-water interface to a solid mica support using Langmuir-Blodgett techniques. A transfer...... protocol that ensures preservation of the structure during the transfer has been established. The lateral structure reflecting the density fluctuations has been visualized and quantitatively characterized as the monolayer passes through a series of first-order phase transitions and ultimately approaches a...

  16. Characterization of Particulate Matter Transport across the Lung-Surfactant Barrier using Langmuir Monolayers

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    Eaton, Jeremy; Dennin, Michael; Levine, Alex; George, Steven

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the transport of particulate matter acros the lung using a monolayer of bovine lung surfactant tagged with NBD in conjunction with alveolar lung cells below the air-water interface. The monolaye dynamically compressed and expanded to induce phase transitions as well as buckling and folding. Polystyrene spheres ranging from 20 to 500 nm in diameter were tagged with fluorescent molecules and deposited on the monolayer. We will present results of preliminary studies of the transport of beads from the air-water surface to the lung cells through the monolayer. Characterization of the transfer will focus on differential fluorescence microscopy to distinguish uncoated beads from beads from beads coated with surfactant monolayers. The presence or absence of surfactant associated with the beads provides insight into potential transfer mechanisms and will serve as an input into models of the bead transfer. We gladly acknowledge the support of NSF grant DMR-1309402.

  17. Iron and hydroxyl radicals in lipid oxidation: Fenton reactions in lipid and nucleic acids co-oxidized with lipid

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    Borg, D.C.; Schaich, K.M.

    1987-01-01

    Hydroxyl radicals can initiate lipid peroxidation in liquids, but their high reactivity affords reaction paths so short that they are unlikely to reach lipids in membrane bilayers when formed exteriorly. EPR studies of Fenton-like reactions inducing oxidation in bulk lipids indicate that iron-dependent initiation of lipid oxidation in organelles and vesicles may result from hydroxyl radicals formed within the hydrophobic membrane interiors, where they would be inaccessible to typical hydrophilic radical scavengers. The cytotoxic or cytogenetic results of lipid peroxidation, especially in nuclear membranes, may include radiominetic chemical damage to adjacent DNA or nucleoprotein. Preliminary product analyses of nucleic acid basis cooxidized with lipids in vitro support this view.

  18. Non-enzymatically derived minor lipids found in Escherichia coli lipid extracts

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    Garrett, Teresa A.; Raetz, Christian R. H.; Son, Jennifer D.; Richardson, Travis D.; Bartling, Craig; Guan, Ziqiang

    2011-01-01

    Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry is a powerful technique to analyze lipid extracts especially for the identification of new lipid metabolites. A hurdle to lipid identification is the presence of solvent contaminants that hinder the identification of low abundance species or covalently modify abundant lipid species. We have identified several non-enzymatically derived minor lipid species in lipid extracts of Escherichia coli, phosphatidylmethanol, ethyl and methyl carbamates of PE and...

  19. Utilisation des lipides : oxydation ou stockage ?

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    Beylot Michel

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The stability of body weight and composition requires an equilibrium between the intakes and outputs of energy and macronutrients. Fat mass depends on the equilibrium between the input and output of lipid but also on the metabolic fate of lipids (oxidation or storage. Examination of metabolic pathways and of their regulation shows that cells have efficient biochemical and molecular mechanisms to stimulate acutely and on the long term carbohydrate oxidation, lipogenesis and lipid storage and to inhibit lipid oxidation. On the contrary, the ability of cells to acutely stimulate lipid oxidation is limited. These differences in regulation of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism are also present at the whole body level. The ability to increase lipid oxidation in response to an increased lipid intake is still more reduced in obese subjects. Despite numerous attempts to develop pharmacological approaches, modifications of dietary intakes and physical exercise remain the best ways to reduce lipid storage and to increase fat oxidation.

  20. Nonvesicular lipid transfer from the endoplasmic reticulum.

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    Lev, Sima

    2012-01-01

    The transport of lipids from their synthesis site at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to different target membranes could be mediated by both vesicular and nonvesicular transport mechanisms. Nonvesicular lipid transport appears to be the major transport route of certain lipid species, and could be mediated by either spontaneous lipid transport or by lipid-transfer proteins (LTPs). Although nonvesicular lipid transport has been extensively studied for more than four decades, its underlying mechanism, advantage and regulation, have not been fully explored. In particular, the function of LTPs and their involvement in intracellular lipid movement remain largely controversial. In this article, we describe the pathways by which lipids are synthesized at the ER and delivered to different cellular membranes, and discuss the role of LTPs in lipid transport both in vitro and in intact cells. PMID:23028121