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  1. Diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives in nuclear medicine: radiolabelled biomolecules; Perspectivas diagnosticas y terapeuticas en medicina nuclear: biomoleculas radiomarcadas

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    Ferro F, G. [Gerencia de Aplicaciones Nucleares en la Salud. ININ, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Murphy, C.A. de; Pedraza L, M. [Departamento de Medicina Nuclear. Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Melendez A, L. [Facultad de Medicina, UAEM, 50000 Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    From their beginning, the radiopharmaceuticals chemistry has gone to the study of the molecular chemistry. The radiopharmaceuticals are only in their capacity to detect such specific biochemical places as the receivers and the enzymes. With the recent obtaining of the complete structural sequence of the genome, it doesn't fit doubt of the importance that they have acquired the molecular images for the study from the genetic information to the alterations phenotypic in the chemistry of the human body. So, the future of the diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine, practically is based in the study of protein fragments, peptide structures and chains of DNA radiolabelled for the study of the metabolism In vivo. These investigations represent a substantial change in those paradigms of the pharmaceutical development, when using the own organic capacities as source of medications, instead of considering to the organism like a simple assay tube where molecules act, like they are most of the traditional medications. The investigation of new techniques to design complex stable of Tc-99m, Re-188, Lu-177, Y-90 and Dy-166/Ho-l66 with biomolecules that don't alter the specificity and in general the molecular properties of the same ones. it is a topic of world interest in the environment of the radiopharmaceutical chemistry. In this work some achievements and perspectives are presented on those main diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals of third generation. (Author)

  2. Studio del comportamento di agenti di contrasto in campi ultracustici per tecniche di ecografia diagnostica

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    Biagioni, Angelo

    2011-01-01

    Il presente lavoro di ricerca è stato articolato intorno a temi attinenti l’ingegneria biomedica, riguardando, in particolare, lo studio del comportamento di agenti di contrasto in campi ultracustici per tecniche di ecografia diagnostica. Nell’ambito di tale settore scientifico, un ruolo di fondamentale importanza è svolto dalla diagnostica medica per immagini e in particolare dalle tecniche ecografiche. Queste ultime rappresentano un ottimo compromesso tra la pericolosità per l’organismo e l...

  3. Method for detecting biomolecules

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    Huo, Qisheng; Liu, Jun

    2008-08-12

    A method for detecting and measuring the concentration of biomolecules in solution, utilizing a conducting electrode in contact with a solution containing target biomolecules, with a film with controllable pore size distribution characteristics applied to at least one surface of the conducting electrode. The film is functionalized with probe molecules that chemically interact with the target biomolecules at the film surface, blocking indicator molecules present in solution from diffusing from the solution to the electrode, thereby changing the electrochemical response of the electrode

  4. L’esame microbiologico dei campioni di feci: procedura operativa diagnostica

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    Daniele Crotti

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Le infezioni intestinali diarroiche rimangono ancora oggi la causa principale di morbilità e mortalità diffusa nel mondo nonostante i progressi nella comprensione della loro epidemiologia, patogenesi e clinica. In tale Procedura Operativa Diagnostica si analizzano gli agenti patogeni batterici e virali, che, a livello intestinale, sono responsabili della diarrea infettiva. Per la ricerca

  5. Biomolecules in Astrobiology

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    Meringer, Markus

    2013-01-01

    Astrobiology is the study of the origin, distribution and future of life in the universe, biomolecules are molecules produced by living organisms. This talk reviews known facts and open questions about biomolecules in the context of Astrobiology and introduces a research project on "Creating a Reference Set of Amino Acids Structures for Use in Multiple Astrobiology Investigations" that tries to find answers using computational methods.

  6. Frustration in biomolecules.

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    Ferreiro, Diego U; Komives, Elizabeth A; Wolynes, Peter G

    2014-11-01

    Biomolecules are the prime information processing elements of living matter. Most of these inanimate systems are polymers that compute their own structures and dynamics using as input seemingly random character strings of their sequence, following which they coalesce and perform integrated cellular functions. In large computational systems with finite interaction-codes, the appearance of conflicting goals is inevitable. Simple conflicting forces can lead to quite complex structures and behaviors, leading to the concept of frustration in condensed matter. We present here some basic ideas about frustration in biomolecules and how the frustration concept leads to a better appreciation of many aspects of the architecture of biomolecules, and especially how biomolecular structure connects to function by means of localized frustration. These ideas are simultaneously both seductively simple and perilously subtle to grasp completely. The energy landscape theory of protein folding provides a framework for quantifying frustration in large systems and has been implemented at many levels of description. We first review the notion of frustration from the areas of abstract logic and its uses in simple condensed matter systems. We discuss then how the frustration concept applies specifically to heteropolymers, testing folding landscape theory in computer simulations of protein models and in experimentally accessible systems. Studying the aspects of frustration averaged over many proteins provides ways to infer energy functions useful for reliable structure prediction. We discuss how frustration affects folding mechanisms. We review here how the biological functions of proteins are related to subtle local physical frustration effects and how frustration influences the appearance of metastable states, the nature of binding processes, catalysis and allosteric transitions. In this review, we also emphasize that frustration, far from being always a bad thing, is an essential feature

  7. Biomolecule-functionalized polymer brushes.

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    Jiang, Hui; Xu, Fu-Jian

    2013-04-21

    Functional polymer brushes have been utilized extensively for the immobilization of biomolecules, which is of crucial importance for the development of biosensors and biotechnology. Recent progress in polymerization methods, in particular surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), has provided a unique means for the design and synthesis of new biomolecule-functionalized polymer brushes. This current review summarizes such recent research activities. The different preparation strategies for biomolecule immobilization through polymer brush spacers are described in detail. The functional groups of the polymer brushes used for biomolecule immobilization include epoxide, carboxylic acid, hydroxyl, aldehyde, and amine groups. The recent research activities indicate that functional polymer brushes become versatile and powerful spacers for immobilization of various biomolecules to maximize their functionalities. This review also demonstrates that surface-initiated ATRP is used more frequently than other polymerization methods in the designs of new biomolecule-functionalized polymer brushes.

  8. A source for microhydrated biomolecules

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    Förstel, M.; Hergenhahn, U., E-mail: uwe.hergenhahn@ipp.mpg.de [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Wendelsteinstraße 1, 17491 Greifswald (Germany); Neustetter, M.; Denifl, S. [Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik, Technikerstraße 25, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Lelievre, F. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Wendelsteinstraße 1, 17491 Greifswald (Germany); University Paris-Sud 11, Faculté des Science d’Orsay, 91405 Orsay (France)

    2015-07-15

    We describe the construction of an apparatus for the production of a molecular jet of microhydrated biomolecules. Our design uses a water reservoir producing water vapour, which then passes through a separate reservoir containing a vapour of a sublimated biomolecule. The mixture coexpands into a molecular beam apparatus through a conical nozzle. Mass spectra showing water-adenin and water-uracil complexes are shown as typical examples. Suitable expansion conditions are reached without the use of an inert carrier gas.

  9. Diagnostic accuracy of MRCP in choledocholithiasis; Accuratezza diagnostica della colangiowirsung-RM nella coledocolitiasi

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    Guarise, Alessandro; Mainardi, Paride [Ospedale Sacro Cuore-Don Calabria, Negrar, Verona (Italy). Servizio di Radiologia; Baltieri, Susanna; Faccioli, Niccolo' [Verona Univ., Verona (Italy). Istituto di Radiologia Policlinico G. B. Rossi

    2005-03-01

    'accuratezza diagnostica della colangiowirsung-RM (CWRM) nella diagnosi di coledocolitiasi considerando come gold standard l'ERCP. Confrontare i risultati ottenuti nei primi due anni (1999-2000) d'esperienza con la CWRM rispetto ai successivi due (2001-2002), in pazienti con sospetta patologia litisiatica della via biliare, al fine di dimostrare ripetibilita' ed obiettivita' dei risultati con CWRM. Materiale e metodi: Centosettanta pazienti consecutivi sono stati sottoposti a studio CWRM e successivamente ERCP nell'intervallo di 72 h. In 22/170 (13%) pazienti l'ERCP, per motivi diversi, non e' stata diagnostica. La CWRM e' stata espletata con magnete da 1,5 T utilizzando sia sequenze HASTE multislice sia acquisizione proiettiva a strato spesso. E' stata formulata diagnosi di coledocolitiasi in presenza d'immagine di vuoto di segnale parzialmente circondata da bile iperntensa e localizzata nella porzione declive del dotto, riconoscibile in almeno due piani. I risultati prospettici della CWRM, ottenuti in cieco rispetto ai dati dell'ERCP, sono stati confrontati in due diversi e successivi periodi. Risultati: L'ERCP ha confermato la presenza di colelitiasi in 87 pazienti. In questi casi i risultati della CWRM sono stati i seguenti: 78 veri positivi, 53 veri negativi, 7 falsi positivi e 9 falsi negativi. La sensibilita', specificita' ed accuratezza e' risultata rispettivamente del 90%, 88% e 89%. Escludendo i calcoli con diametro inferiore a 6 mm, la sensibilita', specificita' ed accuratezza sono risultate rispettivamente del 100%, 99% e 99%. L'accuratezza della CWRM e' correlata alle dimensioni del calcolo. Non vi e' stata significativa differenza tra i risultati ottenuti nel primo rispetto a quelli del secondo biennio. Conclusioni: La CWRM si e' dimostrata metodica sufficientemente accurata da poter rimpiazzare l'ERCP in pazienti con sospetta patologia della via biliare. I risultati

  10. Diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology of the amoebic liver abscess. Personal experience; Diagnostica per immagini e radiologia interventistica degli ascessi amebici del fegato: esperienza personale

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    De Rosa, A. [Ospedale S. Maria di Lorento Nuovo, NA (Italy). Servizio di Radiologia; Nunziata, A. [Neapel, Presidio Sanitario Intermedio (Italy). Area di Diagnostica per Immagini; Catalano, O.; Cusati, B.; Esposito, M.; Siani, A. [Ospedale di S. Maria delle Grazie, Pozzuoli, NA (Italy). Servizio di Radiologia

    1999-10-01

    The diagnostic imaging findings in hepatic amoebiasis and the capabilities of percutaneous drainage have already been described but some debate is open on both diagnosis and treatment. It is reported the experience with the ultrasound (US) and Computed Tomography (CT) studies of the hepatic amoebic abscess and its management. [Italian] I reperti con diagnostica per immagini nell'amebiasi epatica e le possibilita' del drenaggio percutaneo sono stati gia' illustrati; esistono tuttavia controversie sul piano sia diagnostico che terapeutico. Obiettivo di questo lavoro e' quello di riportare l'esperienza personale nella diagnostica con ecografia e tomografia computerizzata (TC) e nel trattamento degli ascessi amebici del fegato.

  11. Biomolecule-based nanomaterials and nanostructures.

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    Willner, Itamar; Willner, Bilha

    2010-10-13

    Biomolecule-nanoparticle (or carbon nanotube) hybrid systems provide new materials that combine the unique optical, electronic, or catalytic properties of the nanoelements with the recognition or biocatalytic functions of biomolecules. This article summarizes recent applications of biomolecule-nanoparticle (or carbon nanotubes) hybrid systems for sensing, synthesis of nanostructures, and for the fabrication of nanoscale devices. The use of metallic nanoparticles for the electrical contacting of redox enzymes with electrodes, and as catalytic labels for the development of electrochemical biosensors is discussed. Similarly, biomolecule-quantum dot hybrid systems are implemented for optical biosensing, and for monitoring intracellular metabolic processes. Also, the self-assembly of biomolecule-metal nanoparticle hybrids into nanostructures and functional nanodevices is presented. The future perspectives of the field are addressed by discussing future challenges and highlighting different potential applications.

  12. Immobilizing Biomolecules Near the Diffraction Limit

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    Skovsen, Esben; Petersen, Maria Teresa Neves; Gennaro, Ane Kold Di

    2009-01-01

    Our group has previously shown that biomolecules containing disulfide bridges in close proximity to aromatic residues can be immobilized, through covalent bonds, onto thiol derivatized surfaces upon UV excitation of the aromatic residue(s). We have also previously shown that our new technology can...... be used to print arrays of biomolecules and to immobilize biomolecules according to any specific pattern on a planar substrates with micrometer scale resolution. In this paper we show that we can immobilize proteins according to diffraction patterns of UV light. We also show that the feature size...... of the immobilized patterns can be as small as the diffraction limit for the excitation light, and that the immobilized patterns correspond to the diffraction pattern used to generate it. The flexibility of this new technology will in principle make it possible to create any pattern of biomolecules onto a substrate...

  13. Optoelectrofluidic Manipulation of Nanoparticles and Biomolecules

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    Hyundoo Hwang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents optoelectrofluidic technologies for manipulation of nanoparticles and biomolecules. Optoelectrofluidics provides an elegant scheme for the programmable manipulation of particles or fluids in microenvironments based on optically induced electrokinetics. Recent progress on the optoelectrofluidic manipulation of nanoobjects, which include nanospheres, nanowires, nanotubes, and biomolecules, is introduced. Some potential applications of the optoelectrofluidic nanoparticle manipulation, such as nanoparticles separation, nanostructures manufacturing, molecular physics, and clinical diagnostics, and their future directions are also discussed.

  14. Diagnostic and operative management system for railway substations; Diagnostica e gestione delle sottostazioni elettriche in ambito ferroviario

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    Fumi, A.; Del Bigallo, L.; Martini, G.; Donnini, F.; Leanza, L. (comp.)

    2001-06-01

    This paper deals with the main functional characteristics of the train track power feeding substations (Sse) with reference to the overall feeding network. The main design goals to be achieved are: the significant improvement of the reliability, availability and operation continuity of a Sse with all the positive consequences in terms of train circulation regularity and overall railway service quality, together with a significant increase in productivity and consequent reduction of maintenance and operating costs of the overall system. The technical solutions engineered jointly by FS (Italian State Raylways) and Gavazzi, were devised to develop the diagnostic and monitoring functions of the railway Sses, to be applied to the new and the ex-listing ones, in order to guide the first action in case of failure and to reexamine the maintenance approach policies: on condition maintenance in place of the hard time or cyclic maintenance. [Italian] Con riferimento all'intero sistema di trazione elettrica delle FS (Ferrovie dello Stato), si forniscono le caratteristiche dei principali posti satelliti (Sse). Si delineano gli obiettivi da perseguire (miglioramento delle condizioni di affidabilita', disponibilita' e regolarita' di funzionamento degli impianti di alimentazione) con ritorni positivi per regolarita' della circolazione, qualita' del servizio ferroviario, aumento della produttivita' con riduzione dei costi di esercizio e di manutenzione. Si presentano le soluzioni tecniche, realizzate di concerto tra FS e Gavazzi, per sviluppare le funzioni di diagnostica e monitoraggio delle Sse, al fine di guidare il pronto intervento in caso di guasto e rivedere le politiche manutentive con la manutenzione on condition in luogo di quella ciclica o hard time.

  15. Biomolecule/nanomaterial hybrid systems for nanobiotechnology.

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    Tel-Vered, Ran; Yehezkeli, Omer; Willner, Itamar

    2012-01-01

    The integration of biomolecules with metallic or semiconductor nanoparticles or carbon nanotubes yields new hybrid nanostructures of unique features that combine the properties of the biomolecules and of the nano-elements. These unique features of the hybrid biomolecule/nanoparticle systems provide the basis for the rapid development of the area of nanobiotechnology. Recent advances in the implementation of hybrid materials consisting of biomolecules and metallic nanoparticles or semiconductor quantum dots will be discussed. The following topics will be exemplified: (i) The electrical wiring of redox enzymes with electrodes by means of metallic nanoparticles or carbon nanotubes, and the application of the modified electrodes as amperometric biosensors or for the construction of biofuel cells. (ii) The biocatalytic growth of metallic nanoparticles as a means to construct optical or electrical sensors. (iii) The functionalization of semiconductor quantum dots with biomolecules and the application of the hybrid nanostructures for developing different optical sensors, including intracellular sensor systems. (iv) The use of biomolecule-metallic nanoparticle nanostructures as templates for growing metallic nanowires, and the construction of fuel-driven nano-transporters.

  16. Biomolecule-coated metal nanoparticles on titanium.

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    Christensen, Stephen L; Chatt, Amares; Zhang, Peng

    2012-02-07

    Immobilizations of nanoparticles and biomolecules on biocompatible substrates such as titanium are two promising approaches to bringing new functionalities to Ti-based biomaterials. Herein, we used a variety of X-ray spectroscopic techniques to study and better understand metal-thiolate interactions in biofunctionalized metal nanoparticle systems supported on Ti substrates. Using a facile one-step procedure, a series of Au nanoparticle samples with varied biomolecule coatings ((2-mercatopropionyl)glycine (MPG) and bovine serum albumin (BSA)) and biomolecule concentrations are prepared. Ag and Pd systems are also studied to observe change with varying metal composition. The structure and properties of these biomolecule-coated nanoparticles are investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and element-specific X-ray techniques, including extended X-ray absorption fine structure (Au L(3)-edge), X-ray absorption near-edge structure (Au L(3), Ag L(3), Pd L(3), and S K-edge), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (Au 4f, Ag 3d, Pd 3d, and S 2p core level). It was found that, by comparison of SEM and X-ray spectroscopy results, the coating of metal nanoparticles with varying model biomolecule systems can have a significant effect on both surface coverage and organization. This work offers a facile chemical method for bio- and nanofunctionalization of Ti substrates as well as provides a physical picture of the structure and bonding of biocoated metal nanoparticles, which may lead to useful applications in orthopedics and biomedicine.

  17. Biomolecules for removal of heavy metal.

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    Singh, Namita Ashish

    2017-02-23

    Heavy metals are natural constituents of the earth's crust, but some heavy metals like cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic etc. are injurious to living organisms at higher concentration. Nowadays, anthropogenic activities have altered geochemical cycles and biochemical balance of heavy metals. Biomolecules are used nowadays for removal of heavy metals compared to other synthetic biosorbents due to their environmental friendly nature and cost effectiveness. The goal of this work is to review research work and patents related to adsorption through biomolecules like polysaccharides, polypeptides, lignin etc. and bio-sorption by biological material that are used for heavy metal removal. Biomolecules are cost effective and there have been significant progresses in the remediation of heavy metals but, still there are some problems that need to be rectified for its application at industrial processes.

  18. On the thermodynamics of biomolecule surface transformations.

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    Federici, Stefania; Oliviero, Giulio; Maiolo, Daniele; Depero, Laura E; Colombo, Italo; Bergese, Paolo

    2012-06-01

    Biological surface science is receiving great and renewed attention owing the rising interest in applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology to biological systems, with horizons that range from nanomedicine and biomimetic photosynthesis to the unexpected effects of nanomaterials on health and environment. Biomolecule surface transformations are among the fundamental aspects of the field that remain elusive so far and urgently need to be understood to further the field. Our recent findings indicate that surface thermodynamics can give a substantial contribution toward this challenging goal. In the first part of the article, we show that biomolecule surface transformations can be framed by a general and simple thermodynamic model. Then, we explore its effectiveness by addressing some typical cases, including ligand-receptor surface binding, protein thin film machines, nanomechanical aspects of the biomolecule-nanoparticle interface and nanomechanical biosensors.

  19. Microorganisms and biomolecules in space hard environment

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    Horneck, G.

    1981-01-01

    Microorganisms and biomolecules exposed to space vacuum and to different intensities of selected wavelengths of solar ultraviolet radiation is studied. The influence of these factors, applied singly or simultaneously, on the integrity of microbial systems and biomolecules is measured. Specifically, this experiment will study in Bacillus subtilis spores (1) disturbances in subsequent germination, outgrowth, and colony formation; (2) photochemical reactions of the DNA and protein in vivo and in vitro and their role in biological injury; and (3) the efficiency of repair processes in these events.

  20. territorial y perspectivas inmediatas

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    José Domingo Sánchez Martínez

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El Parque Natural de Despeñaperros se caracteriza por su pequeña extensión, la ausencia de población y la práctica inexistencia de propietarios particulares. Además, destaca por estar atravesado por una autovía. En el presente trabajo se describen sintéticamente los elementos que forman el territorio y prestamos especial atención al proceso que supone el control del suelo por parte de la administración pública. Finalmente, se reflexiona sobre los retos y perspectivas inmediatas del Parque.

  1. Nietzsche en perspectiva

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    Berten, André; Borradori, Giovanna; Brusotti,Marco; Cifuentes, Luis Antonio; Cragnolini, Mónica; Fogel, Gilvan; Hanza, Kathia; Jara, José; Mainberger, Sabine; Meléndez, Germán; Tugendhat, Ernst; Vásquez, Carlos; Winchester, James

    2001-01-01

    En este texto se reúne un conjunto de ensayos recientes e inéditos casi todos, de reconocidos estudiosos de la obra de Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), que fueron presentados con motivo de la celebración del primer centenario de la muerte de este gran filósofo alemán durante el Encuentro Internacional: Nietzche en perspectiva. / Contenido. Preliminares; Capítulo 1 - A manera de introducción: el amor por el saber en Nietzsche; Capítulo 2 - Subjetividad y ontología de la fuerza; Capítulo 3 - Cu...

  2. EVALUACIÓN DE LOS PROTOCOLOS IPSEC Y SSL EN LA TRANSMISIÓN SEGURA DE IMÁGENES DIAGNOSTICAS EN TELERADIOLOGIA UTILIZANDO EL ESTÁNDAR DICOM

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    Jorge Luis Lugo Rosero

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Las imágenes diagnosticas digitales constituyen hoy día un paradigma de requerimientos para cualquier sistema informático; se debe garantizar la confidencialidad de la información médica de los pacientes mediante sistemas de comunicación seguros, cumpliendo de esta manera con las políticas de control de calidad en técnicas de Teleradiologia. En este articulo primero se describe un escenario típico de comunicación entre los dispositivos de captura de placas y los elementos de visualizacion y almacenamiento de las mismas, asi como la forma en la que se transmiten dichas tomas diagnosticas de un sitio a otro, posteriormente se realiza la comparación entre  los protocolos más utilizados en esta tarea y finalmente se analizan los resultados obtenidos al transmitir varios estudios medicos por una red LAN garantizando la seguridad y confidencialidad de los datos de trabajo.

  3. A Multidisciplinary, Open Access Platform for Research on Biomolecules.

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    Bähler, Jürg

    2011-08-22

    I am pleased to introduce Biomolecules, a new journal to report on all aspects of science that focuses on biologically derived substances, from small molecules to complex polymers. Some examples are lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, hormones, amino acids, nucleotides, peptides, RNA and polysaccharides, but this list is far from exhaustive. Research on biomolecules encompasses multiple fascinating questions. How are biomolecules synthesized and modified? What are their structures and interactions with other biomolecules? How do biomolecules function in biological processes, at the level of organelles, cells, organs, organisms, or even ecosystems? How do biomolecules affect either the organism that produces them or other organisms of the same or different species? How are biomolecules shaped by evolution, and how in turn do they affect cellular phenotypes? What is the systems-level contribution of biomolecules to biological function? [...].

  4. A Multidisciplinary, Open Access Platform for Research on Biomolecules

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    Jürg Bähler

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available I am pleased to introduce Biomolecules, a new journal to report on all aspects of science that focuses on biologically derived substances, from small molecules to complex polymers. Some examples are lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, hormones, amino acids, nucleotides, peptides, RNA and polysaccharides, but this list is far from exhaustive. Research on biomolecules encompasses multiple fascinating questions. How are biomolecules synthesized and modified? What are their structures and interactions with other biomolecules? How do biomolecules function in biological processes, at the level of organelles, cells, organs, organisms, or even ecosystems? How do biomolecules affect either the organism that produces them or other organisms of the same or different species? How are biomolecules shaped by evolution, and how in turn do they affect cellular phenotypes? What is the systems-level contribution of biomolecules to biological function?

  5. Nanofluidic technology for biomolecule applications: a critical review

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    Napoli, M.; Eijkel, J.C.T.; Pennathur, S.

    2010-01-01

    In this review, we present nanofluidic phenomena, particularly as they relate to applications involving analysis of biomolecules within nanofabricated devices. The relevant length scales and physical phenomena that govern biomolecule transport and manipulation within nanofabricated nanofluidic devic

  6. Tuneable graphene nanopores for single biomolecule detection

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    Al-Dirini, Feras; Mohammed, Mahmood A.; Hossain, Md Sharafat; Hossain, Faruque M.; Nirmalathas, Ampalavanapillai; Skafidas, Efstratios

    2016-05-01

    Solid-state nanopores are promising candidates for next generation DNA and protein sequencing. However, once fabricated, such devices lack tuneability, which greatly restricts their biosensing capabilities. Here we propose a new class of solid-state graphene-based nanopore devices that exhibit a unique capability of self-tuneability, which is used to control their conductance, tuning it to levels comparable to the changes caused by the translocation of a single biomolecule, and hence, enabling high detection sensitivities. Our presented quantum simulation results suggest that the smallest amino acid, glycine, when present in water and in an aqueous saline solution can be detected with high sensitivity, up to a 90% change in conductance. Our results also suggest that passivating the device with nitrogen, making it an n-type device, greatly enhances its sensitivity, and makes it highly sensitive to not only the translocation of a single biomolecule, but more interestingly to intramolecular electrostatics within the biomolecule. Sensitive detection of the carboxyl group within the glycine molecule, which carries a charge equivalent to a single electron, is achieved with a conductance change that reaches as high as 99% when present in an aqueous saline solution. The presented findings suggest that tuneable graphene nanopores, with their capability of probing intramolecular electrostatics, could pave the way towards a new generation of single biomolecule detection devices.

  7. Porous-wall hollow glass microspheres as carriers for biomolecules

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    Li, Shuyi; Dynan, William S; Wicks, George; Serkiz, Steven

    2013-09-17

    The present invention includes compositions of porous-wall hollow glass microspheres and one or more biomolecules, wherein the one or more biomolecules are positioned within a void location within the hollow glass microsphere, and the use of such compositions for the diagnostic and/or therapeutic delivery of biomolecules.

  8. Biomolecule delivery to engineer the cellular microenvironment for regenerative medicine.

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    Bishop, Corey J; Kim, Jayoung; Green, Jordan J

    2014-07-01

    To realize the potential of regenerative medicine, controlling the delivery of biomolecules in the cellular microenvironment is important as these factors control cell fate. Controlled delivery for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine often requires bioengineered materials and cells capable of spatiotemporal modulation of biomolecule release and presentation. This review discusses biomolecule delivery from the outside of the cell inwards through the delivery of soluble and insoluble biomolecules as well as from the inside of the cell outwards through gene transfer. Ex vivo and in vivo therapeutic strategies are discussed, as well as combination delivery of biomolecules, scaffolds, and cells. Various applications in regenerative medicine are highlighted including bone tissue engineering and wound healing.

  9. Monitoring the synthesis of biomolecules using mass spectrometry.

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    Miyagi, Masaru; Kasumov, Takhar

    2016-10-28

    The controlled and selective synthesis/clearance of biomolecules is critical for most cellular processes. In most high-throughput 'omics' studies, we measure the static quantities of only one class of biomolecules (e.g. DNA, mRNA, proteins or metabolites). It is, however, important to recognize that biological systems are highly dynamic in which biomolecules are continuously renewed and different classes of biomolecules interact and affect each other's production/clearance. Therefore, it is necessary to measure the turnover of diverse classes of biomolecules to understand the dynamic nature of biological systems. Herein, we explain why the kinetic analysis of a diverse range of biomolecules is important and how such an analysis can be done. We argue that heavy water ((2)H2O) could be a universal tracer for monitoring the synthesis of biomolecules on a global scale.This article is part of the themed issue 'Quantitative mass spectrometry'.

  10. Biomolecule immobilization techniques for bioactive paper fabrication.

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    Kong, Fanzhi; Hu, Yim Fun

    2012-04-01

    Research into paper-based sensors or functional materials that can perform analytical functions with active recognition capabilities is rapidly expanding, and significant research effort has been made into the design and fabrication of bioactive paper at the biosensor level to detect potential health hazards. A key step in the fabrication of bioactive paper is the design of the experimental and operational procedures for the immobilization of biomolecules such as antibodies, enzymes, phages, cells, proteins, synthetic polymers and DNA aptamers on a suitably prepared paper membrane. The immobilization methods are concisely categorized into physical absorption, bioactive ink entrapment, bioaffinity attachment and covalent chemical bonding immobilization. Each method has individual immobilization characteristics. Although every biomolecule-paper combination has to be optimized before use, the bioactive ink entrapment method is the most commonly used approach owing to its general applicability and biocompatibility. Currently, there are four common applications of bioactive paper: (1) paper-based bioassay or paper-based analytical devices for sample conditioning; (2) counterfeiting and countertempering in the packaging and construction industries; (3) pathogen detection for food and water quality monitoring; and (4) deactivation of pathogenic bacteria using antimicrobial paper. This article reviews and compares the different biomolecule immobilization techniques and discusses current trends. Current, emerging and future applications of bioactive paper are also discussed.

  11. la perspectiva psicosocial

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    Juan Guerrero

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Con la opción de analizar las condiciones de trabajo en oficina, el texto realiza una sucinta pero precisa revisión de la conceptualización sobre productividad y consumo. Se documenta la relación contradictoria entre bienestar y rendimiento en el trabajo al identificar el riesgo de llevar al límite de sus capacidades la participación del trabajador como factor de productividad, ignorando que éste tiene además el rol de consumidor activo de bienes y servicios para que la producción tenga sentido. Se plantea que exigir al trabajador hasta su agotamiento puede mermar sustancialmente su doble condición de productor y consumidor. Específicamente, se presenta la perspectiva del trabajo en o"cinas innovadas conceptual y tecnológicamente, con procesos laborales y patrones de desgaste y morbilidad definidos. El tiempo, el ritmo, la parcelación, el control del trabajo y la reestructuración en las organizaciones son, entre otros, factores que convergen para potenciar fenómenos de sobrecarga o subcarga mental con la consecuente aparición de estrés excedente y sus patologías asociadas.

  12. Porous solid ion exchange wafer for immobilizing biomolecules

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    Arora, Michelle B.; Hestekin, Jamie A.; Lin, YuPo J.; St. Martin, Edward J.; Snyder, Seth W.

    2007-12-11

    A porous solid ion exchange wafer having a combination of a biomolecule capture-resin and an ion-exchange resin forming a charged capture resin within said wafer. Also disclosed is a porous solid ion exchange wafer having a combination of a biomolecule capture-resin and an ion-exchange resin forming a charged capture resin within said wafer containing a biomolecule with a tag. A separate bioreactor is also disclosed incorporating the wafer described above.

  13. Site-Specific Biomolecule Labeling with Gold Clusters

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    Ackerson, Christopher J.; Powell, Richard D.; Hainfeld, James F.

    2010-01-01

    Site-specific labeling of biomolecules in vitro with gold clusters can enhance the information content of electron cryomicroscopy experiments. This chapter provides a practical overview of well-established techniques for forming biomolecule/gold cluster conjugates. Three bioconjugation chemistries are covered: Linker-mediated bioconjugation, direct gold–biomolecule bonding, and coordination-mediated bonding of nickel(II) nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA)-derivatized gold clusters to polyhistidine (...

  14. Immobilization of biomolecules on semiconductor surfaces

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    Joensson, U.; Malmqvist, M.; Nilsson, H.; Olofsson, G.; Roennberg, I.

    1983-09-01

    A reproducible, stable and functional introduction of reactive groups on oxide covered silicon surfaces used in chemically sensitive field effect transistors and optical methods based on light reflection is described. Biomolecules, such as antibodies, antigens and enzymes, were covalently attached to the surface modified silicon via a thiol disulfide exchange reaction. The immobilization technique eliminates the risk of crosslinking and homopolymerization, giving monolayer coverage in close contact with the surface. The technique was used for immobilized protein A and interaction of such surfaces with immunoglobulins. The result was evaluated by in situ ellipsometry, which gives the amount of immobilized and interacting material on the surfaces.

  15. Cell-selective metabolic labeling of biomolecules with bioorthogonal functionalities.

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    Xie, Ran; Hong, Senlian; Chen, Xing

    2013-10-01

    Metabolic labeling of biomolecules with bioorthogonal functionalities enables visualization, enrichment, and analysis of the biomolecules of interest in their physiological environments. This versatile strategy has found utility in probing various classes of biomolecules in a broad range of biological processes. On the other hand, metabolic labeling is nonselective with respect to cell type, which imposes limitations for studies performed in complex biological systems. Herein, we review the recent methodological developments aiming to endow metabolic labeling strategies with cell-type selectivity. The cell-selective metabolic labeling strategies have emerged from protein and glycan labeling. We envision that these strategies can be readily extended to labeling of other classes of biomolecules.

  16. Thermally modulated biomolecule transport through nanoconfined channels.

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    Liu, Lei; Zhu, Lizhong

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a nanofluidic device containing both a feed cell and a permeation cell linked by nanopore arrays has been fabricated, which is employed to investigate thermally controlled biomolecular transporting properties through confined nanochannels. The ionic currents modulated by the translocations of goat antibody to human immunoglobulin G (IgG) or bovine serum albumin (BSA) are recorded and analyzed. The results suggest that the modulation effect decreases with the electrolyte concentration increasing, while the effects generated by IgG translocation are more significant than that generated by BSA translocation. More importantly, there is a maximum decreasing value in each modulated current curve with biomolecule concentration increasing for thermally induced intermolecular collision. Furthermore, the turning point for the maximum shifts to lower biomolecule concentrations with the system temperature rising (from 4°C to 45°C), and it is mainly determined by the temperature in the feed cell if the temperature difference exists in the two separated cells. These findings are expected to be valuable for the future design of novel sensing device based on nanopore and/or nanopore arrays.

  17. Reaction between protein radicals and other biomolecules

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    Østdal, Henrik; Davies, Michael Jonathan; Andersen, Henrik J

    2002-01-01

    oil-in-water emulsion resulted in additional formation of lipid hydroperoxides and conjugated dienes. The results clearly show that protein radicals have to be considered as dynamic species during oxidative processes in biological systems and that protein radicals should not be considered as end-products......The present study investigates the reactivity of bovine serum albumin (BSA) radicals towards different biomolecules (urate, linoleic acid, and a polypeptide, poly(Glu-Ala-Tyr)). The BSA radical was formed at room temperature through a direct protein-to-protein radical transfer from H(2)O(2....... Subsequent analysis showed a decrease in the concentration of urate upon reaction with the BSA radical, while the BSA radical in the presence of poly(Glu-Ala-Tyr) resulted in increased formation of the characteristic protein oxidation product, dityrosine. Reaction between the BSA radical and a linoleic acid...

  18. Ionic strength independence of charge distributions in solvation of biomolecules

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    Virtanen, J. J. [Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Sosnick, T. R. [Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Computation Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Freed, K. F. [Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Computation Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)

    2014-12-14

    Electrostatic forces enormously impact the structure, interactions, and function of biomolecules. We perform all-atom molecular dynamics simulations for 5 proteins and 5 RNAs to determine the dependence on ionic strength of the ion and water charge distributions surrounding the biomolecules, as well as the contributions of ions to the electrostatic free energy of interaction between the biomolecule and the surrounding salt solution (for a total of 40 different biomolecule/solvent combinations). Although water provides the dominant contribution to the charge density distribution and to the electrostatic potential even in 1M NaCl solutions, the contributions of water molecules and of ions to the total electrostatic interaction free energy with the solvated biomolecule are comparable. The electrostatic biomolecule/solvent interaction energies and the total charge distribution exhibit a remarkable insensitivity to salt concentrations over a huge range of salt concentrations (20 mM to 1M NaCl). The electrostatic potentials near the biomolecule's surface obtained from the MD simulations differ markedly, as expected, from the potentials predicted by continuum dielectric models, even though the total electrostatic interaction free energies are within 11% of each other.

  19. Noncovalent Labeling of Biomolecules with Red and Near- Infrared Dyes

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    Lucjan Strekowski

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available Biopolymers such as proteins and nucleic acids can be labeled with a fluorescent marker to allow for their detection. Covalent labeling is achieved by the reaction of an appropriately functionalized dye marker with a reactive group on a biomolecule. The recent trend, however, is the use of noncovalent labeling that results from strong hydrophobic and/or ionic interactions between the marker and biomolecule of interest. The main advantage of noncovalent labeling is that it affects the functional activity of the biomolecule to a lesser extent. The applications of luminescent cyanine and squarylium dyes are reviewed.

  20. Biomolecule-mediated synthesis of nanocrystalline semiconductors

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    Bae, Weon

    CdS and ZnS nanocrystalline semiconductors (NCs) were prepared by titrating inorganic sulfide into preformed Cd(II)- or Zn(II)-complexes of phytochelatins, glutathione or cysteine. This strategy resulted in the formation NCs capped by the chosen biomolecule. The range of sizes and their distributions depended primarily on the quantity of sulfide titrated and the biomolecule chosen for the initial metallo-complex. The processes of NC formation were studied by absorption and fluorescence spectrophotometry. The size distribution was analyzed by gel permeation chromatography. Ethanol precipitation of NCs under aqueous conditions was used to isolate nanoparticles within a very narrow size-range. Reduction of selected dyes was also studied on the surfaces of NCs. Glutathione-capped CdS nanoparticles exhibited significant size heterogeneity even at a single sulfide titration. In contrast, phytochelatins showed much less dispersion in size at a given sulfide titration. Phytochelatins could replace glutathione without changing the size of glutathione-capped CdS nanoparticles. Cysteine appeared to be intermediate between glutathione and phytochelatins in the formation of CdS nanoparticles. The calculated radii, using an effective mass approximation method, were 10.8-17.3, 10.6-11.8, and 13.5-15.5A for glutathione-, phytochelatin-, and cysteine-capped CdS nanoparticles, respectively. Cysteine-capped ZnS showed narrower size distribution than glutathione-capped ZnS. However, elevated temperatures were necessary to accomplish optimal yields of cysteine-capped ZnS NCs. An additional control over the size distribution of NCs was achieved by size-selective precipitation with ethanol. These procedures led to the isolation of nanoparticles that were more uniform in size and chemical compositions as determined by spectroscopic and chemical analyses of size-fractionated samples. Precipitation also allowed preparation of large quantities of powdered nanoparticles that could be

  1. Nanobiodevices for Biomolecule Analysis and Imaging

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    Yasui, Takao; Kaji, Noritada; Baba, Yoshinobu

    2013-06-01

    Nanobiodevices have been developed to analyze biomolecules and cells for biomedical applications. In this review, we discuss several nanobiodevices used for disease-diagnostic devices, molecular imaging devices, regenerative medicine, and drug-delivery systems and describe the numerous advantages of nanobiodevices, especially in biological, medical, and clinical applications. This review also outlines the fabrication technologies for nanostructures and nanomaterials, including top-down nanofabrication and bottom-up molecular self-assembly approaches. We describe nanopillar arrays and nanowall arrays for the ultrafast separation of DNA or protein molecules and nanoball materials for the fast separation of a wide range of DNA molecules, and we present examples of applications of functionalized carbon nanotubes to obtain information about subcellular localization on the basis of mobility differences between free fluorophores and fluorophore-labeled carbon nanotubes. Finally, we discuss applications of newly synthesized quantum dots to the screening of small interfering RNA, highly sensitive detection of disease-related proteins, and development of cancer therapeutics and diagnostics.

  2. Microfluidic Radiometal Labeling Systems for Biomolecules

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    Reichert, D E; Kenis, P J. A.

    2011-12-29

    In a typical labeling procedure with radiometals, such as Cu-64 and Ga-68; a very large (~ 100-fold) excess of the non-radioactive reactant (precursor) is used to promote rapid and efficient incorporation of the radioisotope into the PET imaging agent. In order to achieve high specific activities, careful control of reaction conditions and extensive chromatographic purifications are required in order to separate the labeled compounds from the cold precursors. Here we propose a microfluidic approach to overcome these problems, and achieve high specific activities in a more convenient, semi-automated fashion and faster time frame. Microfluidic reactors, consisting of a network of micron-sized channels (typical dimensions in the range 10 - 300¼m), filters, separation columns, electrodes and reaction loops/chambers etched onto a solid substrate, are now emerging as an extremely useful technology for the intensification and miniaturization of chemical processes. The ability to manipulate, process and analyze reagent concentrations and reaction interfaces in both space and time within the channel network of a microreactor provides the fine level of reaction control that is desirable in PET radiochemistry practice. These factors can bring radiometal labeling, specifically the preparation of radio-labeled biomolecules such as antibodies, much closer to their theoretical maximum specific activities.

  3. Formation of biomolecule precursors in space

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    Geppert, W D [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Vigren, E [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Hamberg, M [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Zhaunerchyk, V [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Thomas, R D [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Kaminska, M [Institute of Physics, Swieetokrzyska Academy, ul. Swieokrzyska 15, PL-25406, Kielce (Poland); Millar, T J [Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen' s University Belfast, BT7 1NN, Belfast, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Semaniak, J [Institute of Physics, Swieetokrzyska Academy, ul. Swieokrzyska 15, PL-25406, Kielce (Poland); Roberts, H [Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen' s University Belfast, BT7 1NN, Belfast, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Hellberg, F [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Oesterdahl, F [Department of Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Ehlerding, A [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden); Larsson, M [Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Alba Nova, Roslagstullbacken 21, SE-10691, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2007-11-15

    Alcohols and nitriles not only play an important role as templates for synthesis of larger molecules in the interstellar medium and planetary atmospheres, but they can also be regarded as precursors for biomolecules. Alcohols can form carbohydrates through reaction with HCO and nitriles can be hydrolysed to amino acids in aqueous solutions, which is the final step of the well-known Strecker synthesis. Therefore the question of the pathways of formation of alcohols and nitriles and the efficiency and the product distribution of their subsequent degradation reactions in the above-mentioned astrophysical environments is of great interest. In both processes dissociative recombination reactions of protonated nitriles and alcohols may play a major role and are included in models of interstellar clouds and planetary atmospheres. However, the reaction rate coefficients and product branching ratios for the majority of these processes are so far still unknown, which adversely affects the quality of predictions of model calculations. In this Contribution, we therefore present branching ratios and rate constants of the dissociative recombination of protonated methanol (CH{sub 3}OH{sub 2}), as well as protonated acetonitrile (CH{sub 3}CNH{sup +}), acrylonitrile (C{sub 2}H{sub 3}CNH{sup +}) and cyanoacetylene (HC{sup 3}NH{sup +}). The impact of the obtained new data on model calculations of abundances of important interstellar molecules in dark clouds is discussed.

  4. Diffusion phenomena of cells and biomolecules in microfluidic devices.

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    Yildiz-Ozturk, Ece; Yesil-Celiktas, Ozlem

    2015-09-01

    Biomicrofluidics is an emerging field at the cross roads of microfluidics and life sciences which requires intensive research efforts in terms of introducing appropriate designs, production techniques, and analysis. The ultimate goal is to deliver innovative and cost-effective microfluidic devices to biotech, biomedical, and pharmaceutical industries. Therefore, creating an in-depth understanding of the transport phenomena of cells and biomolecules becomes vital and concurrently poses significant challenges. The present article outlines the recent advancements in diffusion phenomena of cells and biomolecules by highlighting transport principles from an engineering perspective, cell responses in microfluidic devices with emphases on diffusion- and flow-based microfluidic gradient platforms, macroscopic and microscopic approaches for investigating the diffusion phenomena of biomolecules, microfluidic platforms for the delivery of these molecules, as well as the state of the art in biological applications of mammalian cell responses and diffusion of biomolecules.

  5. On the mobility of biomolecules : a fluorescence microscopy approach

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    Bogaart, Geert van den

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes the development and application of a number of fluorescence spectroscopy related techniques (FCS, FRAP, DCFBA) to measure diffusion of biomolecules in cells, in membranes and through membrane pores.

  6. Cellular content of biomolecules in sub-seafloor microbial communities

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    Braun, Stefan; Morono, Yuki; Becker, Kevin W.;

    2016-01-01

    Microbial biomolecules, typically from the cell envelope, can provide crucial information about distribution, activity, and adaptations of sub-seafloor microbial communities. However, when cells die these molecules can be preserved in the sediment on timescales that are likely longer than...... the lifetime of their microbial sources. Here we provide for the first time measurements of the cellular content of biomolecules in sedimentary microbial cells. We separated intact cells from sediment matrices in samples from surficial, deeply buried, organic-rich, and organic-lean marine sediments by density...... and mass spectrometry for biomolecule analyses. Because cell extracts from density centrifugation still contained considerable amounts of detrital particles and non-cellular biomolecules, we further purified cells from two samples by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). Cells from these highly...

  7. Fullerene-biomolecule conjugates and their biomedicinal applications.

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    Yang, Xinlin; Ebrahimi, Ali; Li, Jie; Cui, Quanjun

    2014-01-01

    Fullerenes are among the strongest antioxidants and are characterized as "radical sponges." The research on biomedicinal applications of fullerenes has achieved significant progress since the landmark publication by Friedman et al in 1993. Fullerene-biomolecule conjugates have become an important area of research during the past 2 decades. By a thorough literature search, we attempt to update the information about the synthesis of different types of fullerene-biomolecule conjugates, including fullerene-containing amino acids and peptides, oligonucleotides, sugars, and esters. Moreover, we also discuss in this review recently reported data on the biological and pharmaceutical utilities of these compounds and some other fullerene derivatives of biomedical importance. While within the fullerene-biomolecule conjugates, in which fullerene may act as both an antioxidant and a carrier, specific targeting biomolecules conjugated to fullerene will undoubtedly strengthen the delivery of functional fullerenes to sites of clinical interest.

  8. Surface manipulation of biomolecules for cell microarray applications.

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    Hook, Andrew L; Thissen, Helmut; Voelcker, Nicolas H

    2006-10-01

    Many biological events, such as cellular communication, antigen recognition, tissue repair and DNA linear transfer, are intimately associated with biomolecule interactions at the solid-liquid interface. To facilitate the study and use of these biological events for biodevice and biomaterial applications, a sound understanding of how biomolecules behave at interfaces and a concomitant ability to manipulate biomolecules spatially and temporally at surfaces is required. This is particularly true for cell microarray applications, where a range of biological processes must be duly controlled to maximize the efficiency and throughput of these devices. Of particular interest are transfected-cell microarrays (TCMs), which significantly widen the scope of microarray genomic analysis by enabling the high-throughput analysis of gene function within living cells. This article reviews this current research focus, discussing fundamental and applied research into the spatial and temporal surface manipulation of DNA, proteins and other biomolecules and the implications of this work for TCMs.

  9. Cellular content of biomolecules in sub-seafloor microbial communities

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    Braun, Stefan; Morono, Yuki; Becker, Kevin W.; Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe; Kjeldsen, Kasper U.; Jørgensen, Bo B.; Lomstein, Bente Aa.

    2016-09-01

    Microbial biomolecules, typically from the cell envelope, can provide crucial information about distribution, activity, and adaptations of sub-seafloor microbial communities. However, when cells die these molecules can be preserved in the sediment on timescales that are likely longer than the lifetime of their microbial sources. Here we provide for the first time measurements of the cellular content of biomolecules in sedimentary microbial cells. We separated intact cells from sediment matrices in samples from surficial, deeply buried, organic-rich, and organic-lean marine sediments by density centrifugation. Amino acids, amino sugars, muramic acid, and intact polar lipids were analyzed in both whole sediment and cell extract, and cell separation was optimized and evaluated in terms of purity, separation efficiency, taxonomic resemblance, and compatibility to high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry for biomolecule analyses. Because cell extracts from density centrifugation still contained considerable amounts of detrital particles and non-cellular biomolecules, we further purified cells from two samples by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). Cells from these highly purified cell extracts had an average content of amino acids and lipids of 23-28 fg cell-1 and 2.3 fg cell-1, respectively, with an estimated carbon content of 19-24 fg cell-1. In the sediment, the amount of biomolecules associated with vegetative cells was up to 70-fold lower than the total biomolecule content. We find that the cellular content of biomolecules in the marine subsurface is up to four times lower than previous estimates. Our approach will facilitate and improve the use of biomolecules as proxies for microbial abundance in environmental samples and ultimately provide better global estimates of microbial biomass.

  10. Extracting folding landscape characteristics of biomolecules using mechanical forces

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    2015-01-01

    In recent years single molecule force spectroscopy has opened a new avenue to provide profiles of the complex energy landscape of biomolecules. In this field, quantitative analyses of the data employing sound theoretical models, have played a major role in interpreting data and anticipating outcomes of experiments. Here, we explain how by using temperature as a variable in mechanical unfolding of biomolecules in force spectroscopy, the roughness of the energy landscape can be measured without...

  11. Perspectivas actuais dos aparelhos miorrelaxantes

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    Alkhazendar, Manhal Azmi Salim

    2011-01-01

    Tese de mestrado, Medicina Dentária, Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Medicina Dentária, 2011 Este revisão bibliográfica tem como objectivo dar uma perspectiva actual do aparelho miorrelaxante. Neste sentido, foi realizada uma pesquisa na base de dados MedLine, no período compreendido entre 1965 até 2010. Também foram utilizados “related articles “ e pesquisa manual. Deste pesquisa constatou-se que as disfunções temporomandibulares (DTMs), constituem um grupo de patologias que afect...

  12. Miniature Laboratory for Detecting Sparse Biomolecules

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    Lin, Ying; Yu, Nan

    2005-01-01

    A miniature laboratory system has been proposed for use in the field to detect sparsely distributed biomolecules. By emphasizing concentration and sorting of specimens prior to detection, the underlying system concept would make it possible to attain high detection sensitivities without the need to develop ever more sensitive biosensors. The original purpose of the proposal is to aid the search for signs of life on a remote planet by enabling the detection of specimens as sparse as a few molecules or microbes in a large amount of soil, dust, rocks, water/ice, or other raw sample material. Some version of the system could prove useful on Earth for remote sensing of biological contamination, including agents of biological warfare. Processing in this system would begin with dissolution of the raw sample material in a sample-separation vessel. The solution in the vessel would contain floating microscopic magnetic beads coated with substances that could engage in chemical reactions with various target functional groups that are parts of target molecules. The chemical reactions would cause the targeted molecules to be captured on the surfaces of the beads. By use of a controlled magnetic field, the beads would be concentrated in a specified location in the vessel. Once the beads were thus concentrated, the rest of the solution would be discarded. This procedure would obviate the filtration steps and thereby also eliminate the filter-clogging difficulties of typical prior sample-concentration schemes. For ferrous dust/soil samples, the dissolution would be done first in a separate vessel before the solution is transferred to the microbead-containing vessel.

  13. Multi-state modeling of biomolecules.

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    Melanie I Stefan

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Multi-state modeling of biomolecules refers to a series of techniques used to represent and compute the behavior of biological molecules or complexes that can adopt a large number of possible functional states. Biological signaling systems often rely on complexes of biological macromolecules that can undergo several functionally significant modifications that are mutually compatible. Thus, they can exist in a very large number of functionally different states. Modeling such multi-state systems poses two problems: the problem of how to describe and specify a multi-state system (the "specification problem" and the problem of how to use a computer to simulate the progress of the system over time (the "computation problem". To address the specification problem, modelers have in recent years moved away from explicit specification of all possible states and towards rule-based formalisms that allow for implicit model specification, including the κ-calculus, BioNetGen, the Allosteric Network Compiler, and others. To tackle the computation problem, they have turned to particle-based methods that have in many cases proved more computationally efficient than population-based methods based on ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, or the Gillespie stochastic simulation algorithm. Given current computing technology, particle-based methods are sometimes the only possible option. Particle-based simulators fall into two further categories: nonspatial simulators, such as StochSim, DYNSTOC, RuleMonkey, and the Network-Free Stochastic Simulator (NFSim, and spatial simulators, including Meredys, SRSim, and MCell. Modelers can thus choose from a variety of tools, the best choice depending on the particular problem. Development of faster and more powerful methods is ongoing, promising the ability to simulate ever more complex signaling processes in the future.

  14. Tools and procedures for visualization of proteins and other biomolecules.

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    Pan, Lurong; Aller, Stephen G

    2015-04-01

    Protein, peptides, and nucleic acids are biomolecules that drive biological processes in living organisms. An enormous amount of structural data for a large number of these biomolecules has been described with atomic precision in the form of structural "snapshots" that are freely available in public repositories. These snapshots can help explain how the biomolecules function, the nature of interactions between multi-molecular complexes, and even how small-molecule drugs can modulate the biomolecules for clinical benefits. Furthermore, these structural snapshots serve as inputs for sophisticated computer simulations to turn the biomolecules into moving, "breathing" molecular machines for understanding their dynamic properties in real-time computer simulations. In order for the researcher to take advantage of such a wealth of structural data, it is necessary to gain competency in the use of computer molecular visualization tools for exploring the structures and visualizing three-dimensional spatial representations. Here, we present protocols for using two common visualization tools--the Web-based Jmol and the stand-alone PyMOL package--as well as a few examples of other popular tools.

  15. Temperature-responsive chromatography for the separation of biomolecules.

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    Kanazawa, Hideko; Okano, Teruo

    2011-12-09

    Temperature-responsive chromatography for the separation of biomolecules utilizing poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) and its copolymer-modified stationary phase is performed with an aqueous mobile phase without using organic solvent. The surface properties and function of the stationary phase are controlled by external temperature changes without changing the mobile-phase composition. This analytical system is based on nonspecific adsorption by the reversible transition of a hydrophilic-hydrophobic PNIPAAm-grafted surface. The driving force for retention is hydrophobic interaction between the solute molecules and the hydrophobized polymer chains on the stationary phase surface. The separation of the biomolecules, such as nucleotides and proteins was achieved by a dual temperature- and pH-responsive chromatography system. The electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions could be modulated simultaneously with the temperature in an aqueous mobile phase, thus the separation system would have potential applications in the separation of biomolecules. Additionally, chromatographic matrices prepared by a surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) exhibit a strong interaction with analytes, because the polymerization procedure forms a densely packed polymer, called a polymer brush, on the surfaces. The copolymer brush grafted surfaces prepared by ATRP was an effective tool for separating basic biomolecules by modulating the electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. Applications of thermally responsive columns for the separations of biomolecules are reviewed here.

  16. Norbert Elias: legado y perspectivas

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    Vera Weiler

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Norbert Elias: Legado y perspectivas. Gustavo Leyva, Héctor Vera, Gina Zabludovsky (Coordinadores. Puebla y México: Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, 2002, 311 páginas. Los autores comparten la idea que Elias sigue siendo de interés para las ciencias sociales y que, fuera de unos pocos países y de ciertas escuelas, su obra aún no es suficientemente conocida como para que se pueda producir su productiva incorporación al estudio de las sociedades contemporáneas. Más allá de esta apreciación general, los autores exhiben intereses y direcciones de exploración diversos y también maneras de pensar en parte divergentes. Esta diversidad de por sí resulta interesante.

  17. Constraint methods that accelerate free-energy simulations of biomolecules.

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    Perez, Alberto; MacCallum, Justin L; Coutsias, Evangelos A; Dill, Ken A

    2015-12-28

    Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules are critical for generating narratives about biological mechanisms. The power of atomistic simulations is that these are physics-based methods that satisfy Boltzmann's law, so they can be used to compute populations, dynamics, and mechanisms. But physical simulations are computationally intensive and do not scale well to the sizes of many important biomolecules. One way to speed up physical simulations is by coarse-graining the potential function. Another way is to harness structural knowledge, often by imposing spring-like restraints. But harnessing external knowledge in physical simulations is problematic because knowledge, data, or hunches have errors, noise, and combinatoric uncertainties. Here, we review recent principled methods for imposing restraints to speed up physics-based molecular simulations that promise to scale to larger biomolecules and motions.

  18. Constraint methods that accelerate free-energy simulations of biomolecules

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    Perez, Alberto [Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794 (United States); MacCallum, Justin L. [Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 (Canada); Coutsias, Evangelos A. [Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794 (United States); Department of Applied Mathematics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794 (United States); Dill, Ken A. [Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794 (United States)

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    Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules are critical for generating narratives about biological mechanisms. The power of atomistic simulations is that these are physics-based methods that satisfy Boltzmann’s law, so they can be used to compute populations, dynamics, and mechanisms. But physical simulations are computationally intensive and do not scale well to the sizes of many important biomolecules. One way to speed up physical simulations is by coarse-graining the potential function. Another way is to harness structural knowledge, often by imposing spring-like restraints. But harnessing external knowledge in physical simulations is problematic because knowledge, data, or hunches have errors, noise, and combinatoric uncertainties. Here, we review recent principled methods for imposing restraints to speed up physics-based molecular simulations that promise to scale to larger biomolecules and motions.

  19. Kinetic analysis of interaction between lipopolysaccharide and biomolecules

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    Fan YANG; Xiurong YANG

    2008-01-01

    Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a major compo-nent of the outer membrane of all gram-negative bacteria. It interacts with some biomolecules and triggers a toxic reaction. In this paper, we studied the interaction between LPS from Salmonella Minnesota and some biomolecules using a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor. Biomolecules were immobilized on a CM5 sensor chip using the amino coupling method and LPS was injected over the immobilized surfaces. The affinity constant KA of LPS with serum albumin, hemoglobin, chitosan and lysozyme was 2.36 × 107, 2.03 × 108,7.58×106, 2.82 × 104 L·mol-1, respectively. However, LPS could not interact with ferritin.

  20. Printing technologies for biomolecule and cell-based applications.

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    Ihalainen, Petri; Määttänen, Anni; Sandler, Niklas

    2015-10-30

    Biomolecules, such as enzymes, proteins and other biomacromolecules (polynucleotides, polypeptides, polysaccharides and DNA) that are immobilized on solid surfaces are relevant to many areas of science and technology. These functionalized surfaces have applications in biosensors, chromatography, diagnostic immunoassays, cell culturing, DNA microarrays and other analytical techniques. Printing technologies offer opportunities in this context. The main interests in printing biomolecules are in immobilizing them on surfaces for sensors and catalysts or for controlled delivery of protein-based drugs. Recently, there have been significant developments in the use of inkjet printing for dispensing of proteins, biomacromolecules and cells. This review discusses the use of roll-to-roll and inkjet printing technologies in manufacturing of biomolecule and cell-based applications.

  1. Understanding small biomolecule-biomaterial interactions: a review of fundamental theoretical and experimental approaches for biomolecule interactions with inorganic surfaces.

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    Costa, Dominique; Garrain, Pierre-Alain; Baaden, Marc

    2013-04-01

    Interactions between biomolecules and inorganic surfaces play an important role in natural environments and in industry, including a wide variety of conditions: marine environment, ship hulls (fouling), water treatment, heat exchange, membrane separation, soils, mineral particles at the earth's surface, hospitals (hygiene), art and buildings (degradation and biocorrosion), paper industry (fouling) and more. To better control the first steps leading to adsorption of a biomolecule on an inorganic surface, it is mandatory to understand the adsorption mechanisms of biomolecules of several sizes at the atomic scale, that is, the nature of the chemical interaction between the biomolecule and the surface and the resulting biomolecule conformations once adsorbed at the surface. This remains a challenging and unsolved problem. Here, we review the state of art in experimental and theoretical approaches. We focus on metallic biomaterial surfaces such as TiO(2) and stainless steel, mentioning some remarkable results on hydroxyapatite. Experimental techniques include atomic force microscopy, surface plasmon resonance, quartz crystal microbalance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, sum frequency generation and time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Theoretical models range from detailed quantum mechanical representations to classical forcefield-based approaches.

  2. Quantum chemistry and charge transport in biomolecules with superconducting circuits

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    García-Álvarez, L.; Las Heras, U.; Mezzacapo, A.; Sanz, M.; Solano, E.; Lamata, L.

    2016-06-01

    We propose an efficient protocol for digital quantum simulation of quantum chemistry problems and enhanced digital-analog quantum simulation of transport phenomena in biomolecules with superconducting circuits. Along these lines, we optimally digitize fermionic models of molecular structure with single-qubit and two-qubit gates, by means of Trotter-Suzuki decomposition and Jordan-Wigner transformation. Furthermore, we address the modelling of system-environment interactions of biomolecules involving bosonic degrees of freedom with a digital-analog approach. Finally, we consider gate-truncated quantum algorithms to allow the study of environmental effects.

  3. Supramolecular Assemblies Responsive to Biomolecules toward Biological Applications.

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    Shigemitsu, Hajime; Hamachi, Itaru

    2015-10-01

    Stimuli-responsive supramolecular assemblies consisting of small molecules are attractive functional materials for biological applications such as drug delivery, medical diagnosis, enzyme immobilization, and tissue engineering. By use of their dynamic and reversible properties, many supramolecular assemblies responsive to a variety of biomolecules have been designed and synthesized. This review focuses on promising strategies for the construction of such dynamic supramolecular assemblies and their functions. While studies of biomolecule-responsive supramolecular assemblies have mainly been performed in vitro, it has recently been demonstrated that some of them can work in live cells. Supramolecular assemblies now open up new avenues in chemical biology and biofunctional materials.

  4. Quantum chemistry and charge transport in biomolecules with superconducting circuits.

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    García-Álvarez, L; Las Heras, U; Mezzacapo, A; Sanz, M; Solano, E; Lamata, L

    2016-06-21

    We propose an efficient protocol for digital quantum simulation of quantum chemistry problems and enhanced digital-analog quantum simulation of transport phenomena in biomolecules with superconducting circuits. Along these lines, we optimally digitize fermionic models of molecular structure with single-qubit and two-qubit gates, by means of Trotter-Suzuki decomposition and Jordan-Wigner transformation. Furthermore, we address the modelling of system-environment interactions of biomolecules involving bosonic degrees of freedom with a digital-analog approach. Finally, we consider gate-truncated quantum algorithms to allow the study of environmental effects.

  5. Quantum chemistry and charge transport in biomolecules with superconducting circuits

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    García-Álvarez, L.; Las Heras, U.; Mezzacapo, A.; Sanz, M.; Solano, E.; Lamata, L.

    2016-01-01

    We propose an efficient protocol for digital quantum simulation of quantum chemistry problems and enhanced digital-analog quantum simulation of transport phenomena in biomolecules with superconducting circuits. Along these lines, we optimally digitize fermionic models of molecular structure with single-qubit and two-qubit gates, by means of Trotter-Suzuki decomposition and Jordan-Wigner transformation. Furthermore, we address the modelling of system-environment interactions of biomolecules involving bosonic degrees of freedom with a digital-analog approach. Finally, we consider gate-truncated quantum algorithms to allow the study of environmental effects. PMID:27324814

  6. Recovery of Biomolecules from Food Wastes — A Review

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    Antonietta Baiano

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Food wastes are produced by a variety of sources, ranging from agricultural operations to household consumption. About 38% occurs during food processing. At present, the European Union legislation encourages the exploitation of co-products. This valorisation can be achieved through the extraction of high-value components such as proteins, polysaccharides, fibres, flavour compounds, and phytochemicals, which can be re-used as nutritionally and pharmacologically functional ingredients. Extraction can proceed according to solid-liquid extraction, Soxhlet extraction, pressurized fluid extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, ultrasound-assisted extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, pulsed electric field extraction, and enzyme-assisted extraction. Nevertheless, these techniques cannot be used indiscriminately and their choice depends on the type of biomolecules and matrix, the scale processing (laboratory or industrial, the ratio between production costs and economic values of the compounds to be extracted. The vegetable wastes include trimmings, peelings, stems, seeds, shells, bran, residues remaining after extraction of oil, starch, sugar, and juice. The animal-derived wastes include wastes from bred animals, wastes from seafood, wastes from dairy processing. The recovered biomolecules and by-products can be used to produce functional foods or as adjuvants in food processing or in medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations. This work is an overview of the type and amounts of food wastes; food waste legislation; conventional and novel techniques suitable for extracting biomolecules; food, medicinal and pharmaceutical uses of the recovered biomolecules and by-products, and future trends in these areas.

  7. Recovery of biomolecules from food wastes--a review.

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    Baiano, Antonietta

    2014-09-17

    Food wastes are produced by a variety of sources, ranging from agricultural operations to household consumption. About 38% occurs during food processing. At present, the European Union legislation encourages the exploitation of co-products. This valorisation can be achieved through the extraction of high-value components such as proteins, polysaccharides, fibres, flavour compounds, and phytochemicals, which can be re-used as nutritionally and pharmacologically functional ingredients. Extraction can proceed according to solid-liquid extraction, Soxhlet extraction, pressurized fluid extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, ultrasound-assisted extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, pulsed electric field extraction, and enzyme-assisted extraction. Nevertheless, these techniques cannot be used indiscriminately and their choice depends on the type of biomolecules and matrix, the scale processing (laboratory or industrial), the ratio between production costs and economic values of the compounds to be extracted. The vegetable wastes include trimmings, peelings, stems, seeds, shells, bran, residues remaining after extraction of oil, starch, sugar, and juice. The animal-derived wastes include wastes from bred animals, wastes from seafood, wastes from dairy processing. The recovered biomolecules and by-products can be used to produce functional foods or as adjuvants in food processing or in medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations. This work is an overview of the type and amounts of food wastes; food waste legislation; conventional and novel techniques suitable for extracting biomolecules; food, medicinal and pharmaceutical uses of the recovered biomolecules and by-products, and future trends in these areas.

  8. Optical aptasensors for quantitative detection of small biomolecules: a review.

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    Feng, Chunjing; Dai, Shuang; Wang, Lei

    2014-09-15

    Aptasensors are aptamer-based biosensors with excellent recognition capability towards a wide range of targets. Specially, there have been ever-growing interests in the development of aptasensors for the detection of small molecules. This phenomenon is contributed to two reasons. On one hand, small biomolecules play an important role in living organisms with many kinds of biological function, such as antiarrhythmic effect and vasodilator activity of adenosine. On the other hand, the concentration of small molecules can be an indicator for disease diagnosis, for example, the concentration of ATP is closely associated with cell injury and cell viability. As a potential analysis tool in the construction of aptasensors, optical analysis has attracted much more interest of researchers due to its high sensitivity, quick response and simple operation. Besides, it promises the promotion of aptasensors in performance toward a new level. Review the development of optical aptasensors for small biomolecules will give readers an overall understanding of its progress and provide some theoretical guidelines for its future development. Hence, we give a mini-review on the advance of optical aptasensors for small biomolecules. This review focuses on recent achievements in the design of various optical aptasensors for small biomolecules, containing fluorescence aptasensors, colorimetric aptasensors, chemiluminescence aptasensors and other optical aptasensors.

  9. Silica biomineralization via the self-assembly of helical biomolecules.

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    Liu, Ben; Cao, Yuanyuan; Huang, Zhehao; Duan, Yingying; Che, Shunai

    2015-01-21

    The biomimetic synthesis of relevant silica materials using biological macromolecules as templates via silica biomineralization processes attract rapidly rising attention toward natural and artificial materials. Biomimetic synthesis studies are useful for improving the understanding of the formation mechanism of the hierarchical structures found in living organisms (such as diatoms and sponges) and for promoting significant developments in the biotechnology, nanotechnology and materials chemistry fields. Chirality is a ubiquitous phenomenon in nature and is an inherent feature of biomolecular components in organisms. Helical biomolecules, one of the most important types of chiral macromolecules, can self-assemble into multiple liquid-crystal structures and be used as biotemplates for silica biomineralization, which renders them particularly useful for fabricating complex silica materials under ambient conditions. Over the past two decades, many new silica materials with hierarchical structures and complex morphologies have been created using helical biomolecules. In this review, the developments in this field are described and the recent progress in silica biomineralization templating using several classes of helical biomolecules, including DNA, polypeptides, cellulose and rod-like viruses is summarized. Particular focus is placed on the formation mechanism of biomolecule-silica materials (BSMs) with hierarchical structures. Finally, current research challenges and future developments are discussed in the conclusion.

  10. Charged porous membrane structures for separation of biomolecules

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    Kopec, Karina Katarzyna

    2011-01-01

    Thesis presents various membrane techniques for biomolecules separation. New charged membranes and new methods to introduce charge into the membranes are demonstrated. All chapters present characterization of the hollow fiber membranes produced via the immersion precipitation dry-wet spinning. Apart

  11. Artificial tongue based on metal-biomolecule coordination polymer nanoparticles.

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    Pu, Fang; Ran, Xiang; Ren, Jinsong; Qu, Xiaogang

    2016-02-25

    We construct an array-based recognition system (the so-called artificial tongue) through the self-assembly of nucleotides, dyes and lanthanide ions. Metal ions are selected as model analytes for verifying its discrimination ability. The work provides valuable insights into the application and development of biomolecule-based materials.

  12. Photochemical Microscale Electrophoresis Allows Fast Quantification of Biomolecule Binding.

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    Möller, Friederike M; Kieß, Michael; Braun, Dieter

    2016-04-27

    Intricate spatiotemporal patterns emerge when chemical reactions couple to physical transport. We induce electrophoretic transport by a confined photochemical reaction and use it to infer the binding strength of a second, biomolecular binding reaction under physiological conditions. To this end, we use the photoactive compound 2-nitrobenzaldehyde, which releases a proton upon 375 nm irradiation. The charged photoproducts locally perturb electroneutrality due to differential diffusion, giving rise to an electric potential Φ in the 100 μV range on the micrometer scale. Electrophoresis of biomolecules in this field is counterbalanced by back-diffusion within seconds. The biomolecule concentration is measured by fluorescence and settles proportionally to exp(-μ/D Φ). Typically, binding alters either the diffusion coefficient D or the electrophoretic mobility μ. Hence, the local biomolecule fluorescence directly reflects the binding state. A fit to the law of mass action reveals the dissociation constant of the binding reaction. We apply this approach to quantify the binding of the aptamer TBA15 to its protein target human-α-thrombin and to probe the hybridization of DNA. Dissociation constants in the nanomolar regime were determined and match both results in literature and in control experiments using microscale thermophoresis. As our approach is all-optical, isothermal and requires only nanoliter volumes at nanomolar concentrations, it will allow for the fast screening of biomolecule binding in low volume multiwell formats.

  13. Fundamentals of Biomolecule Analysis by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry

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    Weinecke, Andrea; Ryzhov, Victor

    2005-01-01

    Electrospray ionization (ESI) is a soft ionization technique that allows transfer of fragile biomolecules directly from solution into the gas phase. An instrumental analysis laboratory experiment is designed that would introduce the students to the ESI technique, major parameters of the ion trap mass spectrometers and some caveats in…

  14. Nanofluidic technology for biomolecule applications: a critical review.

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    Napoli, M; Eijkel, J C T; Pennathur, S

    2010-04-21

    In this review, we present nanofluidic phenomena, particularly as they relate to applications involving analysis of biomolecules within nanofabricated devices. The relevant length scales and physical phenomena that govern biomolecule transport and manipulation within nanofabricated nanofluidic devices are reviewed, the advantages of nanofabricated devices are presented, and relevant applications are cited. Characteristic length scales include the Debye length, the Van der Waals radius, the action distance of hydrogen bonding, the slip length, and macromolecular dimensions. On the basis of the characteristic lengths and related nanofluidic phenomena, a nanofluidic toolbox will be assembled. Nanofluidic phenomena that affect biomolecule behavior within such devices can include ion depletion and enrichment, modified velocity and mobility, permselectivity, steric hindrance, entropy, adsorption, and hydrodynamic interaction. The complex interactions and coupled physics of such phenomena allow for many applications, including biomolecule separation, concentration, reaction/hybridization, sequencing (in the case of DNA) and detection. Examples of devices for such applications will be presented, followed by a discussion of near-term challenges and future thoughts for the field.

  15. Fullerene–biomolecule conjugates and their biomedicinal applications

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    Full Text Available Xinlin Yang,1 Ali Ebrahimi,1 Jie Li,1,2 Quanjun Cui11Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, USA; 2School of Materials Science, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of ChinaAbstract: Fullerenes are among the strongest antioxidants and are characterized as "radical sponges." The research on biomedicinal applications of fullerenes has achieved significant progress since the landmark publication by Friedman et al in 1993. Fullerene–biomolecule conjugates have become an important area of research during the past 2 decades. By a thorough literature search, we attempt to update the information about the synthesis of different types of fullerene–biomolecule conjugates, including fullerene-containing amino acids and peptides, oligonucleotides, sugars, and esters. Moreover, we also discuss in this review recently reported data on the biological and pharmaceutical utilities of these compounds and some other fullerene derivatives of biomedical importance. While within the fullerene–biomolecule conjugates, in which fullerene may act as both an antioxidant and a carrier, specific targeting biomolecules conjugated to fullerene will undoubtedly strengthen the delivery of functional fullerenes to sites of clinical interest.Keywords: fullerene, amino acid, peptide, oligonucleotide, sugar, ester

  16. Carioca: a perspectiva da enfermagem

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: describir las acciones recomendadas por el Programa Cigüeña Carioca para atención a las parturientes y determinar si la aplicación de este Programa tuvo repercusiones en esta asistencia desde la perspectiva del equipo de enfermería. Métodos: estudio descriptivo, con abordaje cualitativo, realizado en una maternidad pública. Entrevistas semiestructuradas se realizaron con cuatro enfermeras obstétricas y siete auxiliares de enfermería que trabajan en el centro de obstetricia de la maternidad. Se utilizó la técnica de análisis de contenido temático. Resultados: las categorías del estudio fueron: Calificación de la atención obstétrica hospitalaria y Repercusiones asistenciales y profesionales del Programa Cigüeña Carioca. Conclusión: el personal de enfermería consideró que la aplicación del Programa ha traído mejoras en la atención al parto, favoreciendo la garantía de los derechos de la mujer y el cumplimiento de la enfermería obstétrica en la red de salud municipal.

  17. Necrotizing fasciitis of soft tissues. Diagnostic imaging findings and literature review; Le fascite necrotizzante dei tessuti molli. Ruolo della diagnostica per immagini e revisione della letteratura

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    maggio 1991 a febbraio 1998 sono giunti alla nostra osservazione 130 casi di infezioni necrotizzanti progressive dei tessuti molli; in 32 casi l'eta' era compresa fra 22 e 84 anni; la diagnosi istologica retrospettiva e' risultata quella della fascite necrotizzante. Le sedi interessate dal processo sono state: arti (26/32), regioni cervicale (5/32) e perineale (1/32). Diciannove pazienti (19/32) sono stati sottoposti d'urgenza a esame radiografico eseguito anche per lo studio dei tessuti molli. L'esame ecografico e' stato eseguito d'urgenza in tutti i 32 pazienti. La valutazione dei pazienti con sospetto di infezioni necrosanti progressive e' affidata di solito a un gruppo di operatori esperti in diagnostica ecografica dei tessuti molli perischeletrici. L'esame TC e' stato eseguito in 9 casi (9/32); a ognuno di questi pazienti e' stato somministrato mdc iodato per via endovenosa. Con gli esami ecografico ed eco color Doppler, nel sospetto di fascite necrotizzante, e' possibile offrire indicazioni utili e affidabili per il corretto e rapido orientamento diagnostico; in particolare tale metodica e' in grado di rilevare precocemente alterazioni al tessuto adiposo sottocutaneo (28/32), alla fascia (18/32) e al tessuto molecolare (15/32). E' stata riscontrata buona correlazione tra alterazione tissutale rilevata con l'esame ecografico e reperto istologico; l'ecografia non ha evidenziato alterazioni al tessuto adiposo sottocutaneo (3/32) e al tessuto molecolare (8/32) in 11 casi pur evidenti all'esame istologico. La TC con mdc puo' essere utile per la migliore definizione dell'estensione della malattia e per la dimostrazione di eventuali complicanze, soprattutto in sedi difficili da raggiungere con l'ecografia. Le probabilita' di guarigione per i pazienti affetti da fascite necrotizzante sono direttamente proporzionali alla precocita' della diagnosi e all

  18. An overview: biomolecules from microalgae for animal feed and aquaculture.

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    Yaakob, Zahira; Ali, Ehsan; Zainal, Afifi; Mohamad, Masita; Takriff, Mohd Sobri

    2014-12-01

    Despite being more popular for biofuel, microalgae have gained a lot of attention as a source of biomolecules and biomass for feed purposes. Algae farming can be established using land as well as sea and strategies can be designed in order to gain the products of specific interest in the optimal way. A general overview of the contributions of Algae to meet the requirements of nutrients in animal/aquaculture feed is presented in this study. In addition to its applications in animal/aquaculture feed, algae can produce a number of biomolecules including astaxanthin, lutein, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, phycobiliprotein, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs), beta-1,3-glucan, and pharmaceutical and nutraceutical compounds which have been reviewed with respect to their commercial importance and current status. The review is further extended to highlight the adequate utilization of value added products in the feeds for livestock, poultry and aquaculture (with emphasis in shrimp farming).

  19. Interactions between cationic liposomes and drugs or biomolecules

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    ANA MARIA CARMONA-RIBEIRO

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Multiple uses for synthetic cationic liposomes composed of dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB bilayer vesicles are presented. Drugs or biomolecules can be solubilized or incorporated in the cationic bilayers. The cationic liposomes themselves can act as antimicrobial agents causing death of bacteria and fungi at concentrations that barely affect mammalian cells in culture. Silica particles or polystyrene microspheres can be functionalized by coverage with DODAB bilayers or phospholipid monolayers. Negatively charged antigenic proteins can be carried by the cationic liposomes which generate a remarkable immunoadjuvant action. Nucleotides or DNA can be physically adsorbed to the cationic liposomes to be transferred to mammalian cells for gene therapy. An overview of the interactions between DODAB vesicles and some biomolecules or drugs clearly points out their versatility for useful applications in a near future.

  20. Interactions between cationic liposomes and drugs or biomolecules.

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    Carmona-Ribeiro, A M

    2000-01-01

    Multiple uses for synthetic cationic liposomes composed of dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) bilayer vesicles are presented. Drugs or biomolecules can be solubilized or incorporated in the cationic bilayers. The cationic liposomes themselves can act as antimicrobial agents causing death of bacteria and fungi at concentrations that barely affect mammalian cells in culture. Silica particles or polystyrene microspheres can be functionalized by coverage with DODAB bilayers or phospholipid monolayers. Negatively charged antigenic proteins can be carried by the cationic liposomes which generate a remarkable immunoadjuvant action. Nucleotides or DNA can be physically adsorbed to the cationic liposomes to be transferred to mammalian cells for gene therapy. An overview of the interactions between DODAB vesicles and some biomolecules or drugs clearly points out their versatility for useful applications in a near future.

  1. Biomolecule-nanoparticle hybrids as functional units for nanobiotechnology.

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    Baron, Ronan; Willner, Bilha; Willner, Itamar

    2007-01-28

    Biomolecule-metal or semiconductor nanoparticle (NP) hybrid systems combine the recognition and catalytic properties of biomolecules with the unique electronic and optical properties of NPs. This enables the application of the hybrid systems in developing new electronic and optical biosensors, to synthesize nanowires and nanocircuits, and to fabricate new devices. Metal NPs are employed as nano-connectors that activate redox enzymes, and they act as electrical or optical labels for biorecognition events. Similarly, semiconductor NPs act as optical probes for biorecognition processes. Double-stranded DNA or protein chains that are modified with metallic nanoclusters act as templates for the synthesis of metallic nanowires. The nanowires are used as building blocks to assemble nano-devices such as a transistor or a nanotransporter.

  2. Surface Treatment of Polymeric Materials Controlling the Adhesion of Biomolecules

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    Willy Zorzi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This review describes different strategies of surface elaboration for a better control of biomolecule adsorption. After a brief description of the fundamental interactions between surfaces and biomolecules, various routes of surface elaboration are presented dealing with the attachment of functional groups mostly thanks to plasma techniques, with the grafting to and from methods, and with the adsorption of surfactants. The grafting of stimuli-responsive polymers is also pointed out. Then, the discussion is focused on the protein adsorption phenomena showing how their interactions with solid surfaces are complex. The adsorption mechanism is proved to be dependent on the solid surface physicochemical properties as well as on the surface and conformation properties of the proteins. Different behaviors are also reported for complex multiple protein solutions.

  3. Optical Sensors for Biomolecules Using Nanoporous Sol-Gel Materials

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    Fang, Jonathan; Zhou, Jing C.; Lan, Esther H.; Dunn, Bruce; Gillman, Patricia L.; Smith, Scott M.

    2004-01-01

    An important consideration for space missions to Mars is the ability to detect biosignatures. Solid-state sensing elements for optical detection of biological entities are possible using sol-gel based biologically active materials. We have used these materials as optical sensing elements in a variety of bioassays, including immunoassays and enzyme assays. By immobilizing an appropriate biomolecule in the sol-gel sensing element, we have successfully detected analytes such as amino acids and hormones. In the case of the amino acid glutamate, the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase was the immobilized molecule, whereas in the case of the hormone cortisol, an anti-cortisol antibody was immobilized in the sensing element. In this previous work with immobilized enzymes and antibodies, excellent sensitivity and specificity were demonstrated in a variety of formats including bulk materials, thin films and fibers. We believe that the sol-gel approach is an attractive platform for bioastronautics sensing applications because of the ability to detect a wide range of entities such as amino acids, fatty acids, hopanes, porphyrins, etc. The sol-gel approach produces an optically transparent 3D silica matrix that forms around the biomolecule of interest, thus stabilizing its structure and functionality while allowing for optical detection. This encapsulation process protects the biomolecule and leads to a more "rugged" sensor. The nanoporous structure of the sol-gel matrix allows diffusion of small target molecules but keeps larger, biomolecules immobilized in the pores. We are currently developing these biologically active sol-gel materials into small portable devices for on-orbit cortisol detection

  4. The first search for glycine and other biomolecules

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    2012-01-01

    In the 1970s the microwave spectroscopy group at Monash University became the first in the world to determine the spectral frequencies of urea, glycine, and several other biomolecules. We immediately searched for these at Parkes, using existing centimetre-wave receivers plus newly built receivers that operated at frequencies as high as 75GHz (and used just the central 17 m of the dish). Although these searches were largely unsuccessful, they helped launch the now flourishing field of astrobiology.

  5. Models and algorithms for biomolecules and molecular networks

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    By providing expositions to modeling principles, theories, computational solutions, and open problems, this reference presents a full scope on relevant biological phenomena, modeling frameworks, technical challenges, and algorithms. * Up-to-date developments of structures of biomolecules, systems biology, advanced models, and algorithms * Sampling techniques for estimating evolutionary rates and generating molecular structures * Accurate computation of probability landscape of stochastic networks, solving discrete chemical master equations * End-of-chapter exercises

  6. Transition-Metal-Free Biomolecule-Based Flexible Asymmetric Supercapacitors.

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    Yang, Yun; Wang, Hua; Hao, Rui; Guo, Lin

    2016-09-01

    A transition-metal-free asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) is successfully fabricated based on an earth-abundant biomass derived redox-active biomolecule, named lawsone. Such an ASC exhibits comparable or even higher energy densities than most of the recently reported transition-metal-based ASCs, and this green ASC generation from renewable resources is promising for addressing current issues of electronic hazard processing, high cost, and unsustainability.

  7. Renewable-Biomolecule-Based Full Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Hu, Pengfei; Wang, Hua; Yang, Yun; Yang, Jie; Lin, Jie; Guo, Lin

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    A renewable-biomolecule-based full lithium-ion battery is successfully fabricated for the first time. Naturally derivable emodin and humic acid based electrodes are used as cathode and anode, respectively. The as-assembled batteries exhibit superb specific capacity and substantial operating voltage capable of powering a wearable electronic watch, suggesting the great potential for practical applications with the significant merits of sustainability and biocompatibility.

  8. In situ hybridization of superparamagnetic iron-biomolecule nanoparticles.

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    Moghimi, Nafiseh; Donkor, Apraku David; Mohapatra, Mamata; Thomas, Joseph Palathinkal; Su, Zhengding; Tang, Xiaowu Shirley; Leung, Kam Tong

    2014-07-23

    The increase in interest in the integration of organic-inorganic nanostructures in recent years has promoted the use of hybrid nanoparticles (HNPs) in medicine, energy conversion, and other applications. Conventional hybridization methods are, however, often long, complicated, and multistepped, and they involve biomolecules and discrete nanostructures as separate entities, all of which hinder the practical use of the resulting HNPs. Here, we present a novel, in situ approach to synthesizing size-specific HNPs using Fe-biomolecule complexes as the building blocks. We choose an anticancer peptide (p53p, MW 1.8 kDa) and an enzyme (GOx, MW 160 kDa) as model molecules to demonstrate the versatility of the method toward different types of molecules over a large size range. We show that electrostatic interaction for complex formation of metal hydroxide ion with the partially charged side of biomolecule in the solution is the key to hybridization of metal-biomolecule materials. Electrochemical deposition is then used to produce hybrid NPs from these complexes. These HNPs with controllable sizes ranging from 30 nm to 3.5 μm are found to exhibit superparamagnetic behavior, which is a big challenge for particles in this size regime. As an example of greatly improved properties and functionality of the new hybrid material, in vitro toxicity assessment of Fe-GOx HNPs shows no adverse effect, and the Fe-p53p HNPs are found to selectively bind to cancer cells. The superparamagnetic nature of these HNPs (superparamagnetic even above the size regime of 15-20 nm!), their biocompatibility, and the direct integration approach are fundamentally important to biomineralization and general synthesis strategy for bioinspired functional materials.

  9. Magnetic-based biomolecule detection using giant magnetoresistance sensors

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    Kokkinis, G.; Jamalieh, M.; Cardoso, F.; Cardoso, S.; Keplinger, F.; Giouroudi, I.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a novel microfluidic chip for in-vitro detection of biomolecules tagged by magnetic microparticles (MAPs) suspended in a static fluid. The system consists of two microfluidic channels: a reference channel in which bare MAPs are suspended and a detection channel in which magnetically tagged biomolecules are suspended (LMAPs). The LMAPs are functionalized MAPs (of the same magnetic volume as the ones in the reference channel) with attached biomolecules. The overall, non-magnetic volume of the LMAPs is greater than that of the bare MAPs. Current carrying microconductors are positioned underneath the channels in order to impose a magnetic field gradient to the MAPs and LMAPs and move them from the inlet to the outlet of the channels without flow. The innovative aspect of the proposed method is that the induced velocity on the MAPs and LMAPs, while imposed to the same magnetic field gradient, is inversely proportional to their overall, non-magnetic volume. This is due to the enhanced Stokes drag force exerted on the LMAPs, resulting from the greater volume and altered hydrodynamic shape. This induced velocity is measured by utilizing Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) sensor pairs fabricated underneath the first and the last microconductors. Detected differences in velocity between the LMAPs and the reference MAPs indicate the presence of biomolecules in the static liquid sample. We also present a novel method for signal acquisition and demodulation: expensive function generators, data acquisition devices, and lock-in amplifiers were substituted by a generic PC sound card and an algorithm combining the Fast Fourier Transform of the signal with a peak detection routine. Experiments with functionalized MAPs and magnetically tagged Escherichia coli (representing the LMAPs) were carried out as a proof of concept. In order to identify the detection limit of the GMR sensor, single MAP (2.8 μm diameter) detection was performed.

  10. El retorno desde una perspectiva transnacional

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    Leonardo Cavalcanti; Sònia Parella

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    El presente artículo analiza el retorno a partir de la perspectiva transnacional de las migraciones. Con este análisis el texto reflexiona sobre la complejidad que significa pensar el retorno en una época en que las migraciones están fuertemente marcadas por prácticas sociales transnacionales. Además de examinar el retorno desde la perspectiva transnacional de las migraciones, el texto también tiene como objetivo hacer una presentación sucinta de los textos que conforman el presente monográfi...

  11. Functional nanoprobes for ultrasensitive detection of biomolecules: an update.

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    Xu, Jing-Juan; Zhao, Wei-Wei; Song, Shiping; Fan, Chunhai; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2014-03-07

    With the rapidly increasing demands for ultrasensitive biodetection, the design and applications of functional nanoprobes have attracted substantial interest for biosensing with optical, electrochemical, and various other means. In particular, given the comparable sizes of nanomaterials and biomolecules, there exists plenty of opportunities to develop functional nanoprobes with biomolecules for highly sensitive and selective biosensing. Over the past decade, numerous nanoprobes have been developed for ultrasensitive bioaffinity sensing of proteins and nucleic acids in both laboratory and clinical applications. In this review, we provide an update on the recent advances in this direction, particularly in the past two years, which reflects new progress since the publication of our last review on the same topic in Chem. Soc. Rev. The types of probes under discussion include: (i) nanoamplifier probes: one nanomaterial loaded with multiple biomolecules; (ii) quantum dots probes: fluorescent nanomaterials with high brightness; (iii) superquenching nanoprobes: fluorescent background suppression; (iv) nanoscale Raman probes: nanoscale surface-enhanced Raman resonance scattering; (v) nanoFETs: nanomaterial-based electrical detection; and (vi) nanoscale enhancers: nanomaterial-induced metal deposition.

  12. The nano revolution: bottom-up manufacturing with biomolecules

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    Li, Yi-Fen; Li, Jing; Paavola, Chad; Kagawa, Hiromi; Chan, Suzanne L.; Trent, Jonathan D.

    2007-05-01

    As the nano-scale becomes a focus for engineering electronic, photonic, medical, and other important devices, an unprecedented role for biomolecules is emerging to address one of the most formidable problems in nano-manufacturing: precise manipulation and organization of matter on the nano-scale. Biomolecules are a solution to this problem because they themselves are nanoscale particles with intrinsic properties that allow them to precisely self-assemble and self-organize into the amazing diversity of structures observed in nature. Indeed, there is ample evidence that the combination of molecular recognition and self-assembly combined with mutation, selection, and replication have the potential to create structures that could truly revolutionize manufacturing processes in many sectors of industry. Genetically engineered biomolecules are already being used to make the next generation of nano-scale templates, nano-detailed masks, and molecular scaffolds for the future manufacturing of electronic devices, medical diagnostic tools, and chemical engineering interfaces. Here we present an example of this type of technology by showing how a protein can be genetically modified to form a new structure and coated with metal to lead the way to producing "nano-wires," which may ultimately become the basis for self-assembled circuitry.

  13. Applications of polymers for biomolecule immobilization in electrochemical biosensors

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    Teles, F.R.R. [IBB - Instituto de Biotecnologia e Bioengenharia, Centro de Engenharia Biologica e Quimica, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Fonseca, L.P. [IBB - Instituto de Biotecnologia e Bioengenharia, Centro de Engenharia Biologica e Quimica, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)], E-mail: luis.fonseca@ist.utl.pt

    2008-12-01

    Polymers are becoming inseparable from biomolecule immobilization strategies and biosensor platforms. Their original role as electrical insulators has been progressively substituted by their electrical conductive abilities, which opens a new and broad scope of applications. In addition, recent advances in diagnostic chips and microfluidic systems, together with the requirements of mass-production technologies, have raised the need to replace glass by polymeric materials, which are more suitable for production through simple manufacturing processes. Conducting polymers (CPs), in particular, are especially amenable for electrochemical biosensor development for providing biomolecule immobilization and for rapid electron transfer. It is expected that the combination of known polymer substrates, but also new transducing and biocompatible interfaces, with nanobiotechnological structures, like nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and nanoengineered 'smart' polymers, may generate composites with new and interesting properties, providing higher sensitivity and stability of the immobilized molecules, thus constituting the basis for new and improved analytical devices for biomedical and other applications. This review covers the state-of-the-art and main novelties about the use of polymers for immobilization of biomolecules in electrochemical biosensor platforms.

  14. Repulsive effects of hydrophobic diamond thin films on biomolecule detection

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    Ruslinda, A. Rahim, E-mail: ruslindarahim@gmail.com [Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Jln Kgr-Alor Setar, Seriab, 01000 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Department of Nano Science and Nano Engineering, School of Advance Science and Engineering, Ohkubo 3-4-1, Shinjuku, 169-8555 Tokyo (Japan); Ishiyama, Y. [Department of Nano Science and Nano Engineering, School of Advance Science and Engineering, Ohkubo 3-4-1, Shinjuku, 169-8555 Tokyo (Japan); Penmatsa, V. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174 (United States); Ibori, S.; Kawarada, H. [Department of Nano Science and Nano Engineering, School of Advance Science and Engineering, Ohkubo 3-4-1, Shinjuku, 169-8555 Tokyo (Japan)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • We report the effect of fluorine plasma treatment on diamond thin film to resist the nonspecific adsorption of biomolecules. • The diamond thin film were highly hydrophobic with a surface energy value of ∼25 mN/m. • The repulsive effect shows excellent binding efficiency for both DNA and HIV-1 Tat protein. - Abstract: The repulsive effect of hydrophobic diamond thin film on biomolecule detection, such as single-nucleotide polymorphisms and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 trans-activator of transcription peptide protein detection, was investigated using a mixture of a fluorine-, amine-, and hydrogen-terminated diamond surfaces. These chemical modifications lead to the formation of a surface that effectively resists the nonspecific adsorption of proteins and other biomolecules. The effect of fluorine plasma treatment on elemental composition was also investigated via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS results revealed a fluorocarbon layer on the diamond thin films. The contact angle measurement results indicated that the fluorine-treated diamond thin films were highly hydrophobic with a surface energy value of ∼25 mN/m.

  15. Arthur Ramos: intelectual em perspectiva

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available O trabalho constituise em resultado de pesquisa sobre o intelectual Arthur Ramos, suas reflexões teóricas e os efeitos no campo social e educativo. Arthur Ramos, intelectual complexo, multifacetado, refletiu sobre várias temáticas, pensando o Brasil como "nação" moderna, como outros intelectuais na passagem do século XIX para o século XX. Através redes de sociabilidade das quais participou e dos cargos públicos que ocupou, incluindo a chefia do Serviço de Ortofrenia e Higiene Mental do Instituto de Pesquisas Educacionais, na administração de Anísio Teixeira como Diretor de Instrução Pública, Rio de Janeiro, na década de 1930. Implanta o Serviço que tem como base a proximidade entre família, escola e comunidade, tendo como perspectiva alcançar as famílias e população pela escola. O foco é a discussão conceitual de "higiene" e "miscigenação", com atenção ao intelectual nesse debate, suas concepções, inflexões e contradições. São utilizadas como fontes algumas obras produzidas por Ramos, e arquivos sobre o SHOM, sob aguarda da Biblioteca Nacional.Palavras chave: intelectual, educação, historiografia, antropologia__________________Abstract: The work is the result of research on the intellectual Arthur Ramos, their theoretical reflections and the effects on social and educational field. Arthur Ramos, complex, multifaceted intellectual, reflected on several themes, thinking the Brazil as modern "nation", like other intellectuals in the passage from the XIX century to the XX century. Through social networks of which participated and the public office he held, including the leadership of the Ortofrenia Service and Mental Hygiene, of the Educational Research Institute, administration of Anísio Teixeira, as Director of Public Instruction, Rio de Janeiro, in the decade of 1930. Deploys the service that is based on the close the proximity between family, school and community, with the prospect to reach the families and

  16. Potentiometric sensors doped with biomolecules as a new approach to small molecule/biomolecule binding kinetics analysis.

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    Daems, D; De Wael, K; Vissenberg, K; Van Camp, G; Nagels, L

    2014-04-15

    The most successful binding kinetics analysis systems at this moment include surface plasmon resonance (SPR), quartz microcrystal balance (QMB) and surface acoustic wave (SAW). Although these are powerful methods, they generally are complex, expensive and require the use of monolayers. Here, we report on potentiometric sensors as an inexpensive and simple alternative to do binding kinetics analysis between small molecules in solution and biomolecules (covalently) attached in a biopolymer sensor coating layer. As an example, dopamine and an anti-dopamine aptamer were used as the small molecule and the biomolecule respectively. Binding between both follows a Langmuir adsorption type model and creates a surface potential. The system operates in Flow Injection Analysis mode (FIA). Besides being an interesting new binding kinetics tool, the approach allows systematic design of potentiometric biosensors (in the present study a dopamine sensor), and gives new insights into the functioning of ion-selective electrodes (ISE's).

  17. Design and characterization of nanomaterial-biomolecule conjugates

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    Yim, Tae-Jin

    In the field of nanobiotechnology, nanoscale dimensions result in physical properties that differ from more conventional bulk material state. The integration of nanomaterials with biomolecules has begun to be used for unique physical properties, and for biological specific recognition, thereby leading to novel nanomaterial-biomolecule conjugates. The direction of this dissertation is to develop biocatalytic nanomaterial-biomolecule conjugates and to characterize them. For this, biological catalysts are employed to combine with nanomaterials. Two large parts include functional ization of nanomaterials with biomolecules and assembly of nanomaterials using a biological catalyst. First part of this thesis work is the exploration of the biocatalytic properties of nanomaterial-biomolecule conjugates. Si nanocolumns have higher surface area which leads more amount of biocatalytis immobilization than flat Si wafer with the same projected area. The enhanced activity of soybean peroxidase (SBP) immobilized onto Si nanocolumns as novel nanostructured supports is focused. Next, the catalytic activity of immobilized DNAzyme onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) is compared to that in solution phase, and multiple turnovers are examined. The relationship between hybridization efficiency and activity is investigated as a function of surface density of DNAzyme on MWNTs. Then, cellular delivery of silica nanoparticle-protein conjugates is visually confirmed and therefore the intracellular function of a protein delivered by silica nanoparticle-protein conjugates is proved. For one example of the intracellular function, stable SBP immobilized onto silica nanoparticles to activate a prodrug is demonstrated. Second part of this thesis work is the formation of nanostructured materials through the enzymatic assembly of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Enzymatic polymerization of a phenol compound is applied to the bridging of two or more SWNTs functionalized with phenol

  18. Quantum Simulations of Solvated Biomolecules Using Hybrid Methods

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    Hodak, Miroslav

    2009-03-01

    One of the most important challenges in quantum simulations on biomolecules is efficient and accurate inclusion of the solvent, because the solvent atoms usually outnumber those in the biomolecule of interest. We have developed a hybrid method that allows for explicit quantum-mechanical treatment of the solvent at low computational cost. In this method, Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory (DFT) is combined with an orbital-free (OF) DFT. Kohn-Sham (KS) DFT is used to describe the biomolecule and its first solvation shells, while the orbital-free (OF) DFT is employed for the rest of the solvent. The OF part is fully O(N) and capable of handling 10^5 solvent molecules on current parallel supercomputers, while taking only ˜ 10 % of the total time. The compatibility between the KS and OF DFT methods enables seamless integration between the two. In particular, the flow of solvent molecules across the KS/OF interface is allowed and the total energy is conserved. As the first large-scale applications, the hybrid method has been used to investigate the binding of copper ions to proteins involved in prion (PrP) and Parkinson's diseases. Our results for the PrP, which causes mad cow disease when misfolded, resolve a contradiction found in experiments, in which a stronger binding mode is replaced by a weaker one when concentration of copper ions is increased, and show how it can act as a copper buffer. Furthermore, incorporation of copper stabilizes the structure of the full-length PrP, suggesting its protective role in prion diseases. For alpha-synuclein, a Parkinson's disease (PD) protein, we show that Cu binding modifies the protein structurally, making it more susceptible to misfolding -- an initial step in the onset of PD. In collaboration with W. Lu, F. Rose and J. Bernholc.

  19. Specific and quantitative labeling of biomolecules using click chemistry.

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    Horisawa, Kenichi

    2014-01-01

    Specific and highly efficient fluorescent labeling techniques for biomolecules, especially for proteins, are required for the quantitative analyses of bio-phenomena and for subsequent systems biology. Although expression of exogenous proteins fused with fluorescent tags, such as green fluorescent protein, is the most widely used method for quantitative bio-analysis, the following problems need to be considered carefully: (1) precise stoichiometric control in living cells is difficult, and (2) the bulkiness of the fluorescent tags restricts analysis of the inherent physical and biological properties of the proteins. Therefore, novel techniques to specifically and stoichiometrically label intrinsic proteins or other biomolecules in living cells should be developed. Click chemistry reactions (e.g., Huisgen cycloaddition and Staudinger ligation) are the most promising approaches for this purpose, because these chemical reactions have following advantages: (1) bioorthogonal reactions; (2) mild reaction conditions suitable for fragile biomolecules, cells, and tissues; (3) extremely high reaction ratio; (4) small size of the functional groups for the cross-coupling reactions; (5) stable covalent bonding; and (6) simple metabolic labeling procedures in living cells, using various biomolecular analogs. Diverse quantitative biological studies have been carried out using this technology (e.g., quantification of novel synthesized proteins and observation of post-translational modifications). In this review, I explain the basics of chemical probing with click chemistry, and discuss its recent applications in the field of quantitative biology. Furthermore, I discuss the capability, significance, and future of the chemical probing of proteins, with an emphasis on the use of click chemistry in the field of the quantitative biology.

  20. Specific and quantitative labeling of biomolecules using click chemistry

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    Kenichi eHorisawa

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Specific and highly efficient fluorescent labeling techniques for biomolecules, especially for proteins, are required for the quantitative analyses of bio-phenomena and for subsequent systems biology. Although expression of exogenous proteins fused with fluorescent tags, such as green fluorescent protein, is the most widely used method for quantitative bio-analysis, the following problems need to be considered carefully: 1 precise stoichiometric control in living cells is difficult, and 2 the bulkiness of the fluorescent tags restricts analysis of the inherent physical and biological properties of the proteins. Therefore, novel techniques to specifically and stoichiometrically label intrinsic proteins or other biomolecules in living cells should be developed. Click chemistry reactions (e.g., Huisgen cycloaddition and Staudinger ligation are the most promising approaches for this purpose, because these chemical reactions have following advantages: 1 bioorthogonal reactions; 2 mild reaction conditions suitable for fragile biomolecules, cells, and tissues; 3 extremely high reaction ratio; 4 small size of the functional groups for the cross-coupling reactions; 5 stable covalent bonding; and 6 simple metabolic labeling procedures in living cells, using various biomolecular analogs. Diverse quantitative biological studies have been carried out using this technology (e.g., quantification of novel synthesized proteins and observation of post-translational modifications. In this review, I explain the basics of chemical probing with click chemistry, and discuss its recent applications in the field of quantitative biology. Furthermore, I discuss the capability, significance, and future of the chemical probing of proteins, with an emphasis on the use of click chemistry in the field of the quantitative biology.

  1. Simple approach to study biomolecule adsorption in polymeric microfluidic channels.

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    Gubala, Vladimir; Siegrist, Jonathan; Monaghan, Ruairi; O'Reilly, Brian; Gandhiraman, Ram Prasad; Daniels, Stephen; Williams, David E; Ducrée, Jens

    2013-01-14

    Herein a simple analytical method is presented for the characterization of biomolecule adsorption on cyclo olefin polymer (COP, trade name: Zeonor(®)) substrates which are widely used in microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices. These Zeonor(®) substrates do not possess native functional groups for specific reactions with biomolecules. Therefore, depending on the application, such substrates must be functionalized by surface chemistry methods to either enhance or suppress biomolecular adsorption. This work demonstrates a microfluidic method for evaluating the adsorption of antibodies and oligonucleotides surfaces. The method uses centrifugal microfluidic flow-through chips and can easily be implemented using common equipment such as a spin coater. The working principle is very simple. The user adds 40 L of the solution containing the sample to the starting side of a microfluidic channel, where it is moved through by centrifugal force. Some molecules are adsorbed in the channel. The sample is then collected at the other end in a small reservoir and the biomolecule concentration is measured. As a pilot application, we characterized the adsorption of goat anti-human IgG and a 20-mer DNA on Zeonor(®), and on three types of functionalized Zeonor: 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) modified surface with mainly positive charge, negatively charged surface with immobilized bovine serum albumin (BSA), and neutral, hydrogel-like film with polyethylene glycol (PEG) characteristics. This simple analytical approach adds to the fundamental understanding of the interaction forces in real, microfluidic systems. This method provides a straightforward and rapid way to screen surface compositions and chemistry, and relate these to their effects on the sensitivity and resistance to non-specific binding of bioassays using them. In an additional set of experiments, the surface area of the channels in this universal microfluidic chip was increased by precision milling of microscale

  2. Low-energy electron scattering from molecules, biomolecules and surfaces

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    2011-01-01

    Since the turn of the 21st century, the field of electron molecule collisions has undergone a renaissance. The importance of such collisions in applications from radiation chemistry to astrochemistry has flowered, and their role in industrial processes such as plasma technology and lighting are vital to the advancement of next generation devices. Furthermore, the development of the scanning tunneling microscope highlights the role of such collisions in the condensed phase, in surface processing, and in the development of nanotechnology.Low-Energy Electron Scattering from Molecules, Biomolecule

  3. Simple approach to study biomolecule adsorption in polymeric microfluidic channels

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    Gubala, Vladimir, E-mail: V.Gubala@kent.ac.uk [Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Kent, Central Avenue, Anson 120, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB (United Kingdom); Siegrist, Jonathan; Monaghan, Ruairi; O' Reilly, Brian; Gandhiraman, Ram Prasad [Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Daniels, Stephen [Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST), Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Williams, David E. [Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand); Ducree, Jens [Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland)

    2013-01-14

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A simple tool to assess biomolecule adsorption onto the surfaces of microchannels. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Development for dilution by surface-adsorption based depletion of protein samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It can easily be done using a readily available apparatus like a spin-coater. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The assessment tool is facile and quantitative. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Straightforward comparison of different surface chemistries. - Abstract: Herein a simple analytical method is presented for the characterization of biomolecule adsorption on cyclo olefin polymer (COP, trade name: Zeonor{sup Registered-Sign }) substrates which are widely used in microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices. These Zeonor{sup Registered-Sign} substrates do not possess native functional groups for specific reactions with biomolecules. Therefore, depending on the application, such substrates must be functionalized by surface chemistry methods to either enhance or suppress biomolecular adsorption. This work demonstrates a microfluidic method for evaluating the adsorption of antibodies and oligonucleotides surfaces. The method uses centrifugal microfluidic flow-through chips and can easily be implemented using common equipment such as a spin coater. The working principle is very simple. The user adds 40 L of the solution containing the sample to the starting side of a microfluidic channel, where it is moved through by centrifugal force. Some molecules are adsorbed in the channel. The sample is then collected at the other end in a small reservoir and the biomolecule concentration is measured. As a pilot application, we characterized the adsorption of goat anti-human IgG and a 20-mer DNA on Zeonor{sup Registered-Sign }, and on three types of functionalized Zeonor: 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) modified surface with mainly positive charge, negatively charged surface with immobilized bovine serum albumin (BSA), and

  4. Raman spectroscopy detection of biomolecules in biocrusts from differing environmental conditions

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    Miralles, I.; Jorge-Villar, S. E.; van Wesemael, B.; Lázaro, R.

    2017-01-01

    Lichens and cyanobacteria colonize inhospitable places covering a wide climate range due to their different survival strategies, such as the synthesis of protective biomolecules. The effect of ecological factors on the synthesis of biomolecules has not been widely analysed. This study aimed to assess the effects of four factors (species, microclimate, seasonality and hydration state) and their interactions on the biomolecule frequency detected by Raman Spectroscopy. We included cyanobacterial biocrusts, and the lichens Diploschistes diacapsis, Squamarina lentigera, and Lepraria isidiata; two contrasted microclimates (typical and marginal), two contrasted seasons (hot and dry vs cool and wet) and two hydration states (dry and wet). "Species" was the most influential factor in the identity and frequency of the main biomolecules. Microclimatic differences in the range of the local specific habitats only influenced the biomolecules in cyanobacteria. There was a quadruple interaction among the factors, the effects being different mainly depending on the species. At D. diacapsis, the production of their main biomolecules depended on microclimate, although it also depended on seasonality. Nevertheless, in L. isidiata and S. lentigera microclimatic differences did not significantly affect the production of biomolecules. In the lichen species, the microhabitats exposed to relatively larger incident radiation did not show significantly larger relative frequency of photoprotective biomolecules. No clear connection between higher production of oxalates and drier microhabitats was found, suggesting that the synthesis of oxalates is not related to water reserve strategy. The pros and cons of monitor biomolecules in biocrust by Raman spectrometry were also discussed.

  5. A transistor-based biosensor for the extraction of physical properties from biomolecules

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    Kim, Sungho; Baek, David; Kim, Jee-Yeon; Choi, Sung-Jin; Seol, Myeong-Lok; Choi, Yang-Kyu

    2012-08-01

    An analytical technique is proposed that uses an asymmetric double-gate field-effect transistor (FET) structure to characterize the electrical properties of biomolecules, including their permittivity and charge density. Using a simple measurement with the proposed FET structure, we are able to extract the physical properties (i.e., permittivity and charge density) of biomolecules. A reliable analytical tool for the characterization of biomolecules can be provided by the proposed FET structure without a complex measurement system. It is expected that the proposed method will be expanded into a universal analysis technique for the electrical evaluation of biomolecules in applications beyond biosensing.

  6. Retro y perspectiva del (desempleo sonorense

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    Ernesto Peralta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo revisa y actualiza la evolución, estado actual y perspectiva del (desempleo sonorense. Compara su evolución con previos pronósticos y la proyecta hasta 2030 porque los buscadores de empleo viven actualmente; da un marco para políticas que lo reduzcan. La hipótesis es que si bien no suficiente, sí es nece-sario acelerar y cambiar la estructura del crecimiento económico en favor de sectores intensivos en trabajo. Este trabajo tiene cinco secciones: la primera revisa el (desempleo reciente y lo compara con su perspectiva delineada años atrás; la segunda presenta el marco teórico; en la tercera se proyectan y contrastan oferta y demanda laboral; la cuarta revisa tipos de desempleo y la inversión para reducirlo; la quinta es para conclusiones y recomendaciones.

  7. Biosurfactants: Multifunctional Biomolecules of the 21st Century

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    Danyelle Khadydja F. Santos

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In the era of global industrialisation, the exploration of natural resources has served as a source of experimentation for science and advanced technologies, giving rise to the manufacturing of products with high aggregate value in the world market, such as biosurfactants. Biosurfactants are amphiphilic microbial molecules with hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties that partition at liquid/liquid, liquid/gas or liquid/solid interfaces. Such characteristics allow these biomolecules to play a key role in emulsification, foam formation, detergency and dispersal, which are desirable qualities in different industries. Biosurfactant production is considered one of the key technologies for development in the 21st century. Besides exerting a strong positive impact on the main global problems, biosurfactant production has considerable importance to the implantation of sustainable industrial processes, such as the use of renewable resources and “green” products. Biodegradability and low toxicity have led to the intensification of scientific studies on a wide range of industrial applications for biosurfactants in the field of bioremediation as well as the petroleum, food processing, health, chemical, agricultural and cosmetic industries. In this paper, we offer an extensive review regarding knowledge accumulated over the years and advances achieved in the incorporation of biomolecules in different industries.

  8. The nanoparticle biomolecule corona: lessons learned - challenge accepted?

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    Docter, D; Westmeier, D; Markiewicz, M; Stolte, S; Knauer, S K; Stauber, R H

    2015-10-07

    Besides the wide use of engineered nanomaterials (NMs) in technical products, their applications are not only increasing in biotechnology and biomedicine, but also in the environmental field. While the physico-chemical properties and behaviour of NMs can be characterized accurately under idealized conditions, this is no longer the case in complex physiological or natural environments. Herein, proteins and other biomolecules rapidly bind to NMs, forming a protein/biomolecule corona that critically affects the NMs' (patho)biological and technical identities. As the corona impacts the in vitro and/or in vivo NM applications in humans and ecosystems, a mechanistic understanding of its relevance and of the biophysical forces regulating corona formation is mandatory. Based on recent insights, we here critically review and present an updated concept of corona formation and evolution. We comment on how corona signatures may be linked to effects at the nano-bio interface in physiological and environmental systems. In order to comprehensively analyse corona profiles and to mechanistically understand the coronas' biological/ecological impact, we present a tiered multidisciplinary approach. To stimulate progress in this field, we introduce the potential impact of the corona for NM-microbiome-(human)host interactions and the novel concept of 'nanologicals', i.e., the nanomaterial-specific targeting of molecular machines. We conclude by discussing the relevant challenges that still need to be resolved in this field.

  9. Novel in Vitro Efficiency of Chitosan Biomolecule Against Trichomonas Gallinae

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    SH Pourseyed

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Development of new natural agents for parasitic diseases treatment has unexpectedly increased to overcome effectively against emergence and re-emergence of parasitic diseases, the appearance of drug resistant organisms and toxic side effects of current agents. The aim of the study was to evaluate antiprotozoal activities of chitosan biomolecule on trophozoites of Trichomonas gallinae.Methods: The antitrichomonal activity of various low molecular weight chitosan concentrations including 125, 250, 500 and 1250 μg ml-1 against T. gallinae trophozoites cultured in trypticase-yeast extract-maltose medium supplemented with heat-inactivated cold horse serum was evaluated in vitro. Samples containing medium without chitosan were also assayed as controls.Results: The mortality rates at 0, 3 and 6 h post treatment with all concentrations were significantly different from control group (P<0.05. Treated trophozoites showed more susceptibility to the highest concentration reaching mortality rate of 100% at 3h post inoculation. However, at this time, results for 125, 250 and 500 μg ml-1 were 93%, 95% and 96.7%, respectively.Conclusion: The results demonstrate that the application of chitosan biomolecule is a promising option for treatment of trichomoniasis in pigeons.

  10. Biosurfactants: Multifunctional Biomolecules of the 21st Century.

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    Santos, Danyelle Khadydja F; Rufino, Raquel D; Luna, Juliana M; Santos, Valdemir A; Sarubbo, Leonie A

    2016-03-18

    In the era of global industrialisation, the exploration of natural resources has served as a source of experimentation for science and advanced technologies, giving rise to the manufacturing of products with high aggregate value in the world market, such as biosurfactants. Biosurfactants are amphiphilic microbial molecules with hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties that partition at liquid/liquid, liquid/gas or liquid/solid interfaces. Such characteristics allow these biomolecules to play a key role in emulsification, foam formation, detergency and dispersal, which are desirable qualities in different industries. Biosurfactant production is considered one of the key technologies for development in the 21st century. Besides exerting a strong positive impact on the main global problems, biosurfactant production has considerable importance to the implantation of sustainable industrial processes, such as the use of renewable resources and "green" products. Biodegradability and low toxicity have led to the intensification of scientific studies on a wide range of industrial applications for biosurfactants in the field of bioremediation as well as the petroleum, food processing, health, chemical, agricultural and cosmetic industries. In this paper, we offer an extensive review regarding knowledge accumulated over the years and advances achieved in the incorporation of biomolecules in different industries.

  11. El sistema presidencial mexicano. Actualidad y perspectivas

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    Diego VALADÉS

    2011-01-01

    Este ensayo presenta un análisis del sistema presidencial mexicano desde una perspectiva constitucional. Se hace especial referencia a la concentración del poder presidencial y a las relaciones entre el Congreso y el gobierno. Asimismo, se incluyen consideraciones comparativas entre los sistemas presidenciales estadounidense y mexicano. El concepto vertical del poder en México no ha sido modificado de manera significativa desde su versión original de 1917, por lo que se hacen ostensibles las ...

  12. A photocleavable affinity tag for the enrichment of alkyne-modified biomolecules

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    Koopmans, Timo; Dekker, Frank J.; Martin, Nathaniel I.

    2012-01-01

    A new photocleavable affinity tag for use in the enrichment of alkyne-labelled biomolecules is reported. The tag is prepared via a concise synthetic route using readily available materials. The photolytic conditions employed for cleavage of the tag provide for a clean release of enriched biomolecule

  13. High-Speed AFM Reveals the Dynamics of Single Biomolecules at the Nanometer Scale

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    Katan, A.J.; Dekker, C.

    2011-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy allows visualization of biomolecules with nanometer resolution under physiological conditions. Recent advances have improved the time resolution of the technique from minutes to tens of milliseconds, meaning that it is now possible to watch single biomolecules in action in re

  14. Sustained delivery of biomolecules from gelatin carriers for applications in bone regeneration

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    Song, J.; Leeuwenburgh, S.C.G.

    2014-01-01

    Local delivery of therapeutic biomolecules to stimulate bone regeneration has matured considerably during the past decades, but control over the release of these biomolecules still remains a major challenge. To this end, suitable carriers that allow for tunable spatial and temporal delivery of biomo

  15. Stereoselective assembly of amino acid-based metal-biomolecule nanofibers.

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    Wu, Hong; Tian, Chunyong; Zhang, Yufei; Yang, Chen; Zhang, Songping; Jiang, Zhongyi

    2015-04-14

    A series of amino acid-based metal-biomolecule nanofibers are fabricated through a coordination-directed assembly process. The chirality and carbon chain length of the amino acids exert a pronounced influence on the assembly process. This study may be extended to design diverse kinds of 1-D metal-biomolecule frameworks (MBioFs).

  16. Sustained delivery of biomolecules from gelatin carriers for applications in bone regeneration.

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    Song, Jiankang; Leeuwenburgh, Sander Cg

    2014-08-01

    Local delivery of therapeutic biomolecules to stimulate bone regeneration has matured considerably during the past decades, but control over the release of these biomolecules still remains a major challenge. To this end, suitable carriers that allow for tunable spatial and temporal delivery of biomolecules need to be developed. Gelatin is one of the most widely used natural polymers for the controlled and sustained delivery of biomolecules because of its biodegradability, biocompatibility, biosafety and cost-effectiveness. The current study reviews the applications of gelatin as carriers in form of bulk hydrogels, microspheres, nanospheres, colloidal gels and composites for the programmed delivery of commonly used biomolecules for applications in bone regeneration with a specific focus on the relationship between carrier properties and delivery characteristics.

  17. A new algorithm for construction of coarse-grained sites of large biomolecules.

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    Li, Min; Zhang, John Z H; Xia, Fei

    2016-04-05

    The development of coarse-grained (CG) models for large biomolecules remains a challenge in multiscale simulations, including a rigorous definition of CG representations for them. In this work, we proposed a new stepwise optimization imposed with the boundary-constraint (SOBC) algorithm to construct the CG sites of large biomolecules, based on the s cheme of essential dynamics CG. By means of SOBC, we can rigorously derive the CG representations of biomolecules with less computational cost. The SOBC is particularly efficient for the CG definition of large systems with thousands of residues. The resulted CG sites can be parameterized as a CG model using the normal mode analysis based fluctuation matching method. Through normal mode analysis, the obtained modes of CG model can accurately reflect the functionally related slow motions of biomolecules. The SOBC algorithm can be used for the construction of CG sites of large biomolecules such as F-actin and for the study of mechanical properties of biomaterials.

  18. Bifunctional chelating agent for the design and development of site specific radiopharmaceuticals and biomolecule conjugation strategy

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    Katti, Kattesh V.; Prabhu, Kandikere R.; Gali, Hariprasad; Pillarsetty, Nagavara Kishore; Volkert, Wynn A.

    2003-10-21

    There is provided a method of labeling a biomolecule with a transition metal or radiometal in a site specific manner to produce a diagnostic or therapeutic pharmaceutical compound by synthesizing a P.sub.2 N.sub.2 -bifunctional chelating agent intermediate, complexing the intermediate with a radio metal or a transition metal, and covalently linking the resulting metal-complexed bifunctional chelating agent with a biomolecule in a site specific manner. Also provided is a method of synthesizing the --PR.sub.2 containing biomolecules by synthesizing a P.sub.2 N.sub.2 -bifunctional chelating agent intermediate, complexing the intermediate with a radiometal or a transition metal, and covalently linking the resulting radio metal-complexed bifunctional chelating agent with a biomolecule in a site specific manner. There is provided a therapeutic or diagnostic agent comprising a --PR.sub.2 containing biomolecule.

  19. Efficient extraction strategies of tea (Camellia sinensis) biomolecules.

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    Banerjee, Satarupa; Chatterjee, Jyotirmoy

    2015-06-01

    Tea is a popular daily beverage worldwide. Modulation and modifications of its basic components like catechins, alkaloids, proteins and carbohydrate during fermentation or extraction process changes organoleptic, gustatory and medicinal properties of tea. Through these processes increase or decrease in yield of desired components are evident. Considering the varied impacts of parameters in tea production, storage and processes that affect the yield, extraction of tea biomolecules at optimized condition is thought to be challenging. Implementation of technological advancements in green chemistry approaches can minimize the deviation retaining maximum qualitative properties in environment friendly way. Existed extraction processes with optimization parameters of tea have been discussed in this paper including its prospects and limitations. This exhaustive review of various extraction parameters, decaffeination process of tea and large scale cost effective isolation of tea components with aid of modern technology can assist people to choose extraction condition of tea according to necessity.

  20. Synthesis of selenium nanorods with assistance of biomolecule

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    S Kannan; K Mohanraj; K Prabhu; S Barathan; G Sivakumar

    2014-12-01

    Nanorods of one-dimensional (1D) trigonal selenium (t-Se) are synthesized using biomolecule substances for five different aging times (1 h, 2 h, 3 h, 1 day and 4 days) by precipitation method. XRD analysis indicates a shift of the (1 0 1) plane towards higher diffraction angle for 1 day aging time. It is observed that the crystallite size decreases with increase in aging time except for an aging period of 4 days. FTIR analysis confirmed that the presence of stretching and bending vibrations of Se–O in both synthesized and commercial selenium samples at 465, 668 and 1118 cm-1. The FESEM micrographs are evident for the changes of rod size as a function of aging time. It is observed that the optical band gap energy is increased with aging time up to 1 day, whereas it decreases in 4 days aging time.

  1. Click-EM for imaging metabolically tagged nonprotein biomolecules.

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    Ngo, John T; Adams, Stephen R; Deerinck, Thomas J; Boassa, Daniela; Rodriguez-Rivera, Frances; Palida, Sakina F; Bertozzi, Carolyn R; Ellisman, Mark H; Tsien, Roger Y

    2016-06-01

    EM has long been the main technique for imaging cell structures with nanometer resolution but has lagged behind light microscopy in the crucial ability to make specific molecules stand out. Here we introduce click-EM, a labeling technique for correlative light microscopy and EM imaging of nonprotein biomolecules. In this approach, metabolic labeling substrates containing bioorthogonal functional groups are provided to cells for incorporation into biopolymers by endogenous biosynthetic machinery. The unique chemical functionality of these analogs is exploited for selective attachment of singlet oxygen-generating fluorescent dyes via bioorthogonal 'click chemistry' ligations. Illumination of dye-labeled structures generates singlet oxygen to locally catalyze the polymerization of diaminobenzidine into an osmiophilic reaction product that is readily imaged by EM. We describe the application of click-EM in imaging metabolically tagged DNA, RNA and lipids in cultured cells and neurons and highlight its use in tracking peptidoglycan synthesis in the Gram-positive bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

  2. Biomolecule Profiles in Inedible Wild Mushrooms with Antioxidant Value

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    Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The use of natural products isolated from mushrooms, included inedible species, against infection, cancer diseases and other oxidative-stress related diseases is one of the cornerstones of modern medicine. In the present work, the antioxidant molecule profiles of inedible mushroom species were evaluated and compared with those of edible species. The order of antioxidant abundance found in inedible wild mushrooms was: phenolics > flavonoids > ascorbic acid > tocopherols > carotenoids, similar to that of edible species. Furthermore the same energetic biomolecules were found including the disaccharide trehalose, the monosaccharide alcohol derivative mannitol and the fatty acids palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids. Fomitopsis pinicola revealed a very high phenolics concentration (388 mg GAE/g extract and powerful antioxidant properties, mainly reducing power (EC50 value 60 μg/mL similar to the standard Trolox®. It could find applications in the prevention of free radical-related diseases as a source of bioactive compounds.

  3. Assembly and actuation of nanomaterials using active biomolecules.

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    Spoerke, Erik David; Thayer, Gayle Echo; de Boer, Maarten Pieter; Bunker, Bruce Conrad; Liu, Jun; Corwin, Alex David; Gaudioso, Jennifer Marie; Sasaki, Darryl Yoshio; Boal, Andrew Kiskadden; Bachand, George David; Trent, Amanda M.; Bachand, Marlene; Rivera, Susan B.; Koch, Steven John

    2005-11-01

    The formation and functions of living materials and organisms are fundamentally different from those of synthetic materials and devices. Synthetic materials tend to have static structures, and are not capable of adapting to the functional needs of changing environments. In contrast, living systems utilize energy to create, heal, reconfigure, and dismantle materials in a dynamic, non-equilibrium fashion. The overall goal of the project was to organize and reconfigure functional assemblies of nanoparticles using strategies that mimic those found in living systems. Active assembly of nanostructures was studied using active biomolecules to drive the organization and assembly of nanocomposite materials. In this system, kinesin motor proteins and microtubules were used to direct the transport and interactions of nanoparticles at synthetic interfaces. In addition, the kinesin/microtubule transport system was used to actively assemble nanocomposite materials capable of storing significant elastic energy. Novel biophysical measurement tools were also developed for measuring the collective force generated by kinesin motor proteins, which will provide insight on the mechanical constraints of active assembly processes. Responsive reconfiguration of nanostructures was studied in terms of using active biomolecules to mediate the optical properties of quantum dot (QD) arrays through modulation of inter-particle spacing and associated energy transfer interaction. Design rules for kinesin-based transport of a wide range of nanoscale cargo (e.g., nanocrystal quantum dots, micron-sized polymer spheres) were developed. Three-dimensional microtubule organizing centers were assembled in which the polar orientation of the microtubules was controlled by a multi-staged assembly process. Overall, a number of enabling technologies were developed over the course of this project, and will drive the exploitation of energy-driven processes to regulate the assembly, disassembly, and dynamic

  4. Recent Advances in Protein Extraction and Chiral Separation of Biomolecules

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    2006-01-01

    Reverse micelles create unique environment in organic media. They are capable of solubilizing hydrophilic biomolecules (e.g., proteins, peptides, amino acids, and DNAs) in their aqueous interior. This feature brings about the practical use of biomaterials in organic media because reverse micelles solubilize them with the intrinsic activity. In this paper, we focus on recent two topics concerning protein extraction and chiral separation of biomolecules using liquid membranes. In the first topic, we present recent attempts to extract proteins from an aqueous solution into isooctane using reverse micelles, and some important operational parameters to achieve an efficient protein transfer are discussed. Furthermore, novel function of reverse micelles as a protein activation medium is introduced. In the reverse micellar phase, denatured proreins were completely reactivated in the reverse micellar solution. The reverse micellar technique is found to be a useful tool not only for protein separation but also for protein refolding. Furthermore, we found that a cyclic ligand carixarene has an extraction ability to set up optimum conditions for protein transfer. In the second topic, we have found that a supported liquid membrane (SLM) encapsulating enzymes shows high enantioselectivity (enantioselective excess value is over 96%) in the transport of racemic pharmaceutical compound ibuprofen. A different experiment also suggests that the α-chymotrypsin-catalyzed reactions droved the enantioselective transport of L-phenylalanine based on the enantioselectivity of the enzyme. The SLM encapsulating the surfactant-enzyme complex enabled the highly enantioselective separation of racemic mixtures. It can be envisioned that arrangement of appropriate enzymes in the SLM system will allow enantioselective separation of various useful organic compounds.

  5. La vivienda en la perspectiva de seguridad

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    Villaveces-Niño, Marta-Juanita

    2007-01-01

    El presente trabajo busca encontrar posibles conexiones entre la vivienda y el análisis de seguridad. Los avances en la teoría de la seguridad han permitido la inclusión de nuevos aspectos señalados como posibles amenazas que ameritan ser considerados dentro de la óptica de seguridad. En esta perspectiva, el tema de seguridad humana cobra fuerza y permite un análisis multidimensional incluyendo aspectos como la seguridad económica y la seguridad ambiental. En este nuevo marco, la vivienda pue...

  6. Errancias: la perspectiva de los procesos subjetivos

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    David Maldavsky

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available Desde la perspectiva de los procesos subjetivos, el nomadismo (con o sin metas conduce a prestar atención al nexo con lo diverso, a la apropiación identificatoria o el repudio de los orígenes somáticos, las cuestiones ligadas con el multilingüismo, con la transmisión intergeneracional de los traumas y de las migraciones simbólicas de elementos correspondientes a lenguajes del erotismo que arraigan en los receptores al evocar relaciones de similitud o de complementariedad.

  7. Ciudades amigables: perspectiva de las personas mayores

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    Tricio, Paca

    2014-01-01

    Llegar a ser una ciudad o comunidad amigable con las personas mayores supone un reto de futuro, que implica una gran transformación social, no sólo de espacios y servicios, sino también de perspectiva, de mentalidad. Es muy importante la implicación de las organizaciones de mayores, especialmente de ámbito local y regional, dando a conocer este proyecto en nuestro territorio, a nuestros ayuntamientos, instándoles a participar y adherirse a la Red para llevar a cabo el Proyecto de la OMS en nu...

  8. GESTIÓN HUMANA: TENDENCIAS Y PERSPECTIVAS

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    JUAN GUILLERMO SALDARRIAGA RÍOS

    2008-01-01

    En este artículo se hace referencia a las tendencias y las perspectivas de gestión humana que se imponen en el mundo en la actualidad y que, a su manera, pretenden optimizar la administración del personal de la organización y contribuir al desarrollo e incremento de la productividad y la competitividad. Mediante la realización de un Estado del Arte se logran determinar algunas de las tendencias más relevantes en la actualidad y se concluye que, cada vez con mayor fuerza, dichas tendencias se ...

  9. Perspectiva. Espacios construidos y espacios representados.

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    López Vílchez, Inmaculada

    2015-01-01

    La conferencia presentará los fundamentos científicos de la perspectiva, conocida tradicionalmente como “la ciencia del arte”, con la mención de los que han sido considerados sus principales referentes en el contexto del renacimiento italiano. Desde la fundamentación práctica propuesta por Filipo Brunelleschi a la enunciación teórica de sus bases geométricas aplicadas al arte de la pintura por L.B. Alberti en el siglo XV. Se mostrará una visión panorámica de las apli...

  10. [Novel Hyphenated Techniques of Atomic Spectrometry for Metal Species Interaction with Biomolecules].

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    Li, Yan; Yan, Xiu-ping

    2015-09-01

    Trace metals may be adopted by biological systems to assist in the syntheses and metabolic functions of genes (DNA and RNA) and proteins in the environment. These metals may be beneficial or may pose a risk to humans and other life forms. Novel hybrid techniques are required for studies on the interaction between different metal species and biomolecules, which is significant for biology, biochemistry, nutrition, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, and environmental science. In recent years, our group dwells on new hyphenated techniques based on capillary electrophoresis (CE), electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS), and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS), and their application for different metal species interaction with biomolecules such as DNA, HSA, and GSH. The CE-ETAAS assay and CE-ICP-MS assay allow sensitively probing the level of biomolecules such as DNA damage by different metal species and extracting the kinetic and thermodynamic information on the interactions of different metal species with biomolecules, provides direct evidences for the formation of different metal species--biomolecule adducts. In addition, the consequent structural information were extracted from circular dichroism (CD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The present works represent the most complete and extensive study to date on the interactions between different metal species with biomolecules, and also provide new evidences for and insights into the interactions of different metal species with biomolecules for further understanding of the toxicological effects of metal species.

  11. When biomolecules meet graphene: from molecular level interactions to material design and applications.

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    Li, Dapeng; Zhang, Wensi; Yu, Xiaoqing; Wang, Zhenping; Su, Zhiqiang; Wei, Gang

    2016-12-01

    Graphene-based materials have attracted increasing attention due to their atomically-thick two-dimensional structures, high conductivity, excellent mechanical properties, and large specific surface areas. The combination of biomolecules with graphene-based materials offers a promising method to fabricate novel graphene-biomolecule hybrid nanomaterials with unique functions in biology, medicine, nanotechnology, and materials science. In this review, we focus on a summarization of the recent studies in functionalizing graphene-based materials using different biomolecules, such as DNA, peptides, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, and viruses. The different interactions between graphene and biomolecules at the molecular level are demonstrated and discussed in detail. In addition, the potential applications of the created graphene-biomolecule nanohybrids in drug delivery, cancer treatment, tissue engineering, biosensors, bioimaging, energy materials, and other nanotechnological applications are presented. This review will be helpful to know the modification of graphene with biomolecules, understand the interactions between graphene and biomolecules at the molecular level, and design functional graphene-based nanomaterials with unique properties for various applications.

  12. Comprehensive spectroscopic studies on the interaction of biomolecules with surfactant detached multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Sekar, Gajalakshmi; Mukherjee, Amitava; Chandrasekaran, Natarajan

    2015-04-01

    This paper investigates the interaction of ten diverse biomolecules with surfactant detached Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) using multiple spectroscopic methods. Declining fluorescence intensity of biomolecules in combination with the hyperchromic effect in UV-Visible spectra confirmed the existence of the ground state complex formation. Quenching mechanism remains static and non-fluorescent. 3D spectral data of biomolecules suggested the possibilities of disturbances to the aromatic microenvironment of tryptophan and tyrosine residues arising out of CNTs interaction. Amide band Shifts corresponding to the secondary structure of biomolecules were observed in the of FTIR and FT-Raman spectra. In addition, there exists an increased Raman intensity of tryptophan residues of biomolecules upon interaction with CNTs. Hence, the binding of the aromatic structures of CNTs with the aromatic amino acid residues, in a particular, tryptophan was evidenced. Far UV Circular spectra have showed the loss of alpha-helical contents in biomolecules upon interaction with CNTs. Near UV CD spectra confirmed the alterations in the tryptophan positions of the peptide backbone. Hence, our results have demonstrated that the interaction of biomolecules with OH-MWCNTs would involve binding cum structural changes and alteration to their aromatic micro-environment.

  13. Biomolecule-recognition gating membrane using biomolecular cross-linking and polymer phase transition.

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    Kuroki, Hidenori; Ito, Taichi; Ohashi, Hidenori; Tamaki, Takanori; Yamaguchi, Takeo

    2011-12-15

    We present for the first time a biomolecule-recognition gating system that responds to small signals of biomolecules by the cooperation of biorecognition cross-linking and polymer phase transition in nanosized pores. The biomolecule-recognition gating membrane immobilizes the stimuli-responsive polymer, including the biomolecule-recognition receptor, onto the pore surface of a porous membrane. The pore state (open/closed) of this gating membrane depends on the formation of specific biorecognition cross-linking in the pores: a specific biomolecule having multibinding sites can be recognized by several receptors and acts as the cross-linker of the grafted polymer, whereas a nonspecific molecule cannot. The pore state can be distinguished by a volume phase transition of the grafted polymer. In the present study, the principle of the proposed system is demonstrated using poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) as the stimuli-responsive polymer and avidin-biotin as a multibindable biomolecule-specific receptor. As a result of the selective response to the specific biomolecule, a clear permeability change of an order of magnitude was achieved. The principle is versatile and can be applied to many combinations of multibindable analyte-specific receptors, including antibody-antigen and lectin-sugar analogues. The new gating system can find wide application in the bioanalytical field and aid the design of novel biodevices.

  14. Electrochemical immobilization of biomolecules on gold surface modified with monolayered L-cysteine

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    Honda, Mitsunori, E-mail: honda.mitsunori@jaea.go.jp; Baba, Yuji; Sekiguchi, Tetsuhiro; Shimoyama, Iwao; Hirao, Norie

    2014-04-01

    Immobilization of organic molecules on the top of a metal surface is not easy because of lattice mismatch between organic and metal crystals. Gold atoms bind to thiol groups through strong chemical bonds, and a self-assembled monolayer of sulfur-terminated organic molecules is formed on the gold surface. Herein, we suggested that a monolayer of L-cysteine deposited on a gold surface can act as a buffer layer to immobilize biomolecules on the metal surface. We selected lactic acid as the immobilized biomolecule because it is one of the simplest carboxyl-containing biomolecules. The immobilization of lactic acid on the metal surface was carried out by an electrochemical method in an aqueous environment under the potential range varying from − 0.6 to + 0.8 V. The surface chemical states before and after the electrochemical reaction were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The N 1s and C 1s XPS spectra showed that the L-cysteine-modified gold surface can immobilize lactic acid via peptide bonds. This technique might enable the immobilization of large organic molecules and biomolecules. - Highlights: • Monolayer l-cysteine deposited on Au surface as a buffer layer to immobilize biomolecules. • Lactic acid as the immobilized biomolecule as it is simple carboxyl-containing biomolecule. • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of surface chemical states, before and after. • L-cysteine-modified Au surface can immobilize lactic acid via peptide bonds.

  15. Grupos vivenciais sob uma perspectiva junguiana

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    Laura Villares de Freitas

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tece considerações quanto à possibilidade e ao alcance de grupos vivenciais, sob a perspectiva da Psicologia Analítica de Carl G. Jung, em nosso contexto socio-econômico atual. Há uma proposta prática de grupos de construção de máscaras e personagens, e a apresentação e comentários das contribuições de diferentes autores que trazem conceitos junguianos clássicos para a dimensão grupal, consideram de maneira criativa o ritual, do ponto de vista psicológico, e questionam a viabilidade de trabalhos grupais. Numa abordagem mitológica, são considerados Górgona, Dioniso, Ártemis, Eco e Narciso, com destaque à deusa grega Héstia, cujas características são relacionadas a aspectos necessariamente presentes nos grupos vivenciais e à possibilidade de ocorrer uma experiência psicológica. Os grupos vivenciais são considerados favorecedores da perspectiva de alteridade, na medida em que cada participante tem neles a oportunidade de se afirmar e de ser confirmado, isto é, de se expressar e de refletir, num campo interacional fértil.

  16. Formation of simple biomolecules from alanine in ocean by impacts

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    Umeda, Y.; Sekine, T.; Furukawa, Y.; Kakegawa, T.; Kobayashi, T.

    2013-12-01

    The biomolecules on the Earth are thought either to have originated from the extraterrestrial parts carried with flying meteorites or to have been formed from the inorganic materials on the Earth through given energy. From the standpoint to address the importance of impact energy, it is required to simulate experimentally the chemical reactions during impacts, because violent impacts may have occurred 3.8-4.0 Gyr ago to create biomolecules initially. It has been demonstrated that shock reactions among ocean (H2O), atmospheric nitrogen, and meteoritic constitution (Fe) can induce locally reduction environment to form simple bioorganic molecules such as ammonia and amino acid (Nakazawa et al., 2005; Furukawa et al., 2009). We need to know possible processes for alanine how chemical reactions proceed during repeated impacts and how complicated biomolecules are formed. Alanine can be formed from glycine (Umeda et al., in preparation). In this study, we carried out shock recovery experiments at pressures of 4.4-5.7 GPa to investigate the chemical reactions of alanine. Experiments were carried out with a propellant gun. Stainless steel containers (30 mm in diameter, 30 mm long) with 13C-labeled alanine aqueous solution immersed in olivine or hematite powders were used as targets. Air gap was present in the sample room (18 mm in diameter, 2 mm thick) behind the sample. The powder, solution, and air represent meteorite, ocean, and atmosphere on early Earth, respectively. Two powders of olivine and hematite help to keep the oxygen fugacity low and high during experiments, respectively in order to investigate the effect of oxygen fugacity on chemical processes of alanine. The recovered containers, after cleaned completely, were immersed into liquid nitrogen to freeze sample solution and then we drilled on the impact surface to extract water-soluble run products using pure water. Thus obtained products were analyzed by LC/MS for four amino acids (glycine, alanine, valine, and

  17. Laser-guided direct writing: a novel method to deposit biomolecules for biosensors arrays.

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    Xu, Juntao; Grant, Sheila A; Pastel, Robert L

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we present a potential biomolecular patterning method, laser-guided direct writing guidance (LGDW), which may be utilized to deposit organic and bioactive particles for biosensor arrays. The instrumentation and operation of the LGDW system is introduced and the system settings used to achieve deposition are reported. The biomolecule, avidin, was deposited onto a substrate using LGDW to evaluate the possible damage from the laser on the biomolecules. The functionality of avidin after laser-based guidance was examined by exposing the deposited avidin molecules to its ligand, biotin. The results show some avidin retained its affinity to biotin after LGDW demonstrating little damage to the biomolecules.

  18. Biomolecule-directed assembly of binary gold and titanium dioxide nanoparticles.

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    Zhu, Xiaoli; Chen, Zhenyu; Zhang, Xin; Zhu, Zhiqiang; Li, Genxi

    2010-02-01

    We report in this paper a novel strategy for "bottom-up" assembly of two types of metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles. By only using a small biomolecule, coenzyme A, as a "linker" to direct the assembly of metallic gold and semiconductor titanium dioxide nanoparticles, the usual biomolecule-directed system can be greatly simplified. Effects of experimental conditions on the formation of binary nanoparticles are studied. This strategy using single small biomolecule to direct assembly of nanoparticles is proven to be efficient, facile and non-toxic and should be extendable to other building blocks.

  19. Si Nanopores Development for External Control of Transport of Biomolecules

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    Ileri, N; Tringe, J; Letant, S; Palozoglu, A; Stroeve, P; Faller, R

    2008-06-13

    Nazar Ileri has been involved in an independent, multidisciplinary effort to create a new class of molecular sieves for proteins and viruses. Her experimental work has been performed concurrently at two campuses, LLNL and UC Davis, while theoretical components have been largely accomplished at UC Davis. As will be described, the devices she is creating have great potential to improve very significantly the efficiency and selectivity of molecular transport over what is presently available from state-of-the-art membranes. Our biotechnology training program is based on an integrated study of the transport of biomolecules through conically-shaped, nanoporous silicon membranes. The overall objective of this effort is to demonstrate an efficient, highly selective membrane technology that is manufacturable for macroscopic areas and can be employed in sensing, diagnostic and biomedical applications. Our specific aims are to (1) fabricate and characterize the physical characteristics of the membranes, (2) to demonstrate their utility for molecular transport and separation, and (3) to develop models that will facilitate understanding of these devices as well as improved performance of the next generation of devices. We have proposed that the conical pores have superior performance characteristics compared to other porous filters. To study this hypothesis, complementary approaches from different disciplines, such as membrane synthesis, experiment, and molecular simulation need to be combined. This provides an ideal training environment for a future leader in biotechnology. Hence, for this study, Nazar Ileri has started to carry out a full range of experimental and theoretical investigations under our guidance. First, she has begun fabrication of filters with conical/pyramidal pores. She characterized the pores by AFM and SEM, and analyzed the images using wavelets and other mathematical tools. She has also started to conduct biomolecule transport experiments to compare the

  20. Radiation physics and chemistry of biomolecules. Recent developments

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    Spotheim-Maurizot, Melanie

    2016-11-01

    A chapter of the book ;Radiation chemistry. From basics to application in materials and life sciences (EDP Science, Paris, France, 2008); was devoted to the state-of-the-art in the research on ionizing radiation (IR) effects on biomolecules. An update, eight years later, seemed pertinent enough to the editors of this journal who accepted to dedicate a Special Issue to the latest developments in this area of high interest for cancer radiotherapy, nuclear workers' radioprotection and food radiosterilisation. We sincerely thank them and the authors who accepted to present reviews of their most recent work. Obviously, only a small part of the research in the fascinating domain of molecular radiobiology can be covered here. Some articles are presenting the contribution of biophysical models and computational techniques to the understanding of IR effects on molecules such as DNA and proteins, or on larger systems such as chromatin, chromosomes and even cells (Nikjoo et al., Štěpán & Davídková, Ballarini & Carante, and Nikitaki et al.). In these papers, as well as in many others, several qualities of IR are compared in order to explain the observed differences of effects. The damages induced by the low energy electrons and new techniques involved in their study are discussed in great detail (Sanche and Fromm & Boulanouar). The chemistry behind the IR induced damages (single or clustered), studied in many laboratories around the world is presented in several papers (Cadet & Wagner, Sevilla et al., Chatgilialoglu et al., and Greenberg). One of them addresses a very useful comparison between the effects of IR and UV exposure on DNA (Ravanat & Douki). The majority of the papers in this Special Issue is dealing with DNA and this reflects the real situation: damages of DNA are more studied than those of other biomolecules. This is due to the role of DNA as main support of hereditary information. Nevertheless, more and more studies are outlining the influence of epigenetic

  1. Tailoring GaN semiconductor surfaces with biomolecules.

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    Estephan, Elias; Larroque, Christian; Cuisinier, Frédéric J G; Bálint, Zoltán; Gergely, Csilla

    2008-07-24

    Functionalization of semiconductors constitutes a crucial step in using these materials for various electronic, photonic, biomedical, and sensing applications. Within the various possible approaches, selection of material-binding biomolecules from a random biological library, based on the natural recognition of proteins or peptides toward specific material, offers many advantages, most notably biocompatibility. Here we report on the selective functionalization of GaN, an important semiconductor that has found broad uses in the past decade due to its efficient electroluminescence and pronounced chemical stability. A 12-mer peptide ("GaN_probe") with specific recognition for GaN has evolved. The subtle interplay of mostly nonpolar hydrophobic and some polar amino acidic residues defines the high affinity adhesion properties of the peptide. The interaction forces between the peptide and GaN are quantified, and the hydrophobic domain of the GaN_probe is identified as primordial for the binding specificity. These nanosized binding blocks are further used for controlled placement of biotin-streptavidin complexes on the GaN surface. Thus, the controlled grow of a new, patterned inorganic-organic hybrid material is achieved. Tailoring of GaN by biological molecules can lead to a new class of nanostructured semiconductor-based devices.

  2. Polyacrylamide medium for the electrophoretic separation of biomolecules

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    Madabhushi, Ramakrishna S.; Gammon, Stuart A.

    2003-11-11

    A polyacryalmide medium for the electrophoretic separation of biomolecules. The polyacryalmide medium comprises high molecular weight polyacrylamides (PAAm) having a viscosity average molecular weight (M.sub.v) of about 675-725 kDa were synthesized by conventional red-ox polymerization technique. Using this separation medium, capillary electrophoresis of BigDye DNA sequencing standard was performed. A single base resolution of .about.725 bases was achieved in .about.60 minute in a non-covalently coated capillary of 50 .mu.m i.d., 40 cm effective length, and a filed of 160 V/cm at 40.degree. C. The resolution achieved with this formulation to separate DNA under identical conditions is much superior (725 bases vs. 625 bases) and faster (60 min. vs. 75 min.) to the commercially available PAAm, such as supplied by Amersham. The formulation method employed here to synthesize PAAm is straight-forward, simple and does not require cumbersome methods such as emulsion polymerizaiton in order to achieve very high molecular weights. Also, the formulation here does not require separation of PAAm from the reaction mixture prior to reconstituting the polymer to a final concentration. Furthermore, the formulation here is prepared from a single average mol. wt. PAAm as opposed to the mixture of two different average mo. wt. PAAm previously required to achieve high resolution.

  3. Interaction mechanism of biomolecules on vacancy defected 2D materials

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    Gürel, Hikmet Hakan; Salmankurt, Bahadır

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we present a first principles study of the adsorption of Adenine which is a nucleobases, Histide and Leucine molecules, which are the amino acids, on vacancy defected single layer materials such as graphene and phosphorene. Among these materials, graphene, which is a single layer honeycomb structure of carbon. Also, phosphorene is recently synthesized by mechanical exfoliation of the black phosphorus. Phosphorene forming a puckered honeycomb structure similar to silicene. However, unlike zero-bandgap graphene and silicene, phosphorene is a direct band gap semiconductor, which makes it very attractive for the nanoelectronic devices. According to the studies, local defects can always exist at any temperature. The most probable defect type is the single vacancy in the single layer honeycomb structures. Vacancy defects can be emerged during growth process and they change the properties of materials significantly. In this study, we show that how to manipulate interaction and binding mechanisms of biomolecules with 2D materials with increased chemical activity by vacancy defects.

  4. Interfacial water thickness at inorganic nanoconstructs and biomolecules: Size matters

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    Cardellini, Annalisa; Fasano, Matteo; Chiavazzo, Eliodoro; Asinari, Pietro, E-mail: pietro.asinari@polito.it

    2016-04-29

    Water molecules in the proximity of solid nanostructures influence both the overall properties of liquid and the structure and functionality of solid particles. The study of water dynamics at solid–liquid interfaces has strong implications in energy, environmental and biomedical fields. This article focuses on the hydration layer properties in the proximity of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and biomolecules (proteins, polypeptides and amino acids). Here we show a quantitative relation between the solid surface extension and the characteristic length of water nanolayer (δ), which is confined at solid–liquid interfaces. Specifically, the size dependence is attributed to the limited superposition of nonbonded interactions in case of small molecules. These results may facilitate the design of novel energy or biomedical colloidal nanosuspensions, and a more fundamental understanding of biomolecular processes influenced by nanoscale water dynamics. - Highlights: • Properties of the water hydration layer are investigated. • New relation between extension of solid size and hydration layer established. • Possible impact on rational design of nanosuspensions.

  5. Regioselective Localization and Tracking of Biomolecules on Single Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Rajeeva, Bharath Bangalore; Hernandez, Derek S; Wang, Mingsong; Perillo, Evan; Lin, Linhan; Scarabelli, Leonardo; Pingali, Bharadwaj; Liz-Marzán, Luis M; Dunn, Andrew K; Shear, Jason B; Zheng, Yuebing

    2015-11-01

    Selective localization of biomolecules at the hot spots of a plasmonic nanoparticle is an attractive strategy to exploit the light-matter interaction due to the high field concentration. Current approaches for hot spot targeting are time-consuming and involve prior knowledge of the hot spots. Multiphoton plasmonic lithography is employed to rapidly immobilize bovine serum albumin (BSA) hydrogel at the hot spot tips of a single gold nanotriangle (AuNT). Regioselectivity and quantity control by manipulating the polarization and intensity of the incident laser are also established. Single AuNTs are tracked using dark-field scattering spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy to characterize the regioselective process. Fluorescence lifetime measurements further confirm BSA immobilization on the AuNTs. Here, the AuNT-BSA hydrogel complexes, in conjunction with single-particle optical monitoring, can act as a framework for understanding light-molecule interactions at the subnanoparticle level and has potential applications in biophotonics, nanomedicine, and life sciences.

  6. GroPBS: Fast Solver for Implicit Electrostatics of Biomolecules

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    Franziska eBertelshofer

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Knowledge about the electrostatic potential on the surface of biomolecules or biomembranes under physiological conditions is an important step in the attempt to characterize the physico-chemical properties of these molecules and in particular also their interactions with each other. Additionally, knowledge about solution electrostatics may guide also the design of molecules with specified properties. However, explicit water models come at a high computational cost, rendering them unsuitable for large design studies or for docking purposes. Implicit models with the water phase treated as a continuum require the numerical solution of the Poisson-Boltzmann Equation (PBE. Here, we present a new flexible program for the numerical solution of the PBE, allowing for different geometries, and the explicit and implicit inclusion of membranes. It involves a discretization of space and the computation of the molecular surface. The PBE is solved using finite differences, the resulting set of equations is solved using a Gauss-Seidel method. It is shown for the example of the sucrose transporter ScrY that the implicit inclusion of a surrounding membrane has a strong effect also on the electrostatics within the pore region and thus need to be carefully considered e.g. in design studies on membrane proteins.

  7. Quantification of specific bindings of biomolecules by magnetorelaxometry

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    Steinhoff Uwe

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The binding reaction of the biomolecules streptavidin and anti-biotin antibody, both labelled by magnetic nanoparticles (MNP, to biotin coated on agarose beads, was quantified by magnetorelaxometry (MRX. Highly sensitive SQUID-based MRX revealed the immobilization of the MNP caused by the biotin-streptavidin coupling. We found that about 85% of streptavidin-functionalised MNP bound specifically to biotin-agarose beads. On the other hand only 20% of antibiotin-antibody functionalised MNP were specifically bound. Variation of the suspension medium revealed in comparison to phosphate buffer with 0.1% bovine serum albumin a slight change of the binding behaviour in human serum, probably due to the presence of functioning (non heated serum proteins. Furthermore, in human serum an additional non-specific binding occurs, being independent from the serum protein functionality. The presented homogeneous bead based assay is applicable in simple, uncoated vials and it enables the assessment of the binding kinetics in a volume without liquid flow. The estimated association rate constant for the MNP-labelled streptavidin is by about two orders of magnitude smaller than the value reported for free streptavidin. This is probably due to the relatively large size of the magnetic markers which reduces the diffusion of streptavidin. Furthermore, long time non-exponential kinetics were observed and interpreted as agglutination of the agarose beads.

  8. Microfluidic Droplet Dehydration for Concentrating Processes in Biomolecules

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    Anna, Shelley

    2014-03-01

    Droplets in microfluidic devices have proven useful as picoliter reactors for biochemical processing operations such as polymerase chain reaction, protein crystallization, and the study of enzyme kinetics. Although droplets are typically considered to be self-contained, constant volume reactors, there can be significant transport between the dispersed and continuous phases depending on solubility and other factors. In the present talk, we show that water droplets trapped within a microfluidic device for tens of hours slowly dehydrate, concentrating the contents encapsulated within. We use this slow dehydration along with control of the initial droplet composition to influence gellation, crystallization, and phase separation processes. By examining these concentrating processes in many trapped drops at once we gain insight into the stochastic nature of the events. In one example, we show that dehydration rate impacts the probability of forming a specific crystal habit in a crystallizing amino acid. In another example, we phase separate a common aqueous two-phase system within droplets and use the ensuing two phases to separate DNA from an initial mixture. We further influence wetting conditions between the two aqueous polymer phases and the continuous oil, promoting complete de-wetting and physical separation of the polymer phases. Thus, controlled dehydration of droplets allows for concentration, separation, and purification of important biomolecules on a chip.

  9. Diatom-based label-free optical biosensor for biomolecules.

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    Viji, S; Anbazhagi, M; Ponpandian, N; Mangalaraj, D; Jeyanthi, S; Santhanam, P; Devi, A Shenbaga; Viswanathan, C

    2014-10-01

    Diatoms are unicellular algae, which fabricates ornate biosilica shells called frustules that possess a surface rich in reactive silanol (Si-OH) groups. The intrinsic patterned porous structure of diatom frustules at nanoscale can be exploited in the effective detection of biomolecules. In this study, the frustules of a specific diatom Amphora sp. has been functionalized to detect bovine serum albumin (BSA). The functionalization of the diatom frustule substrate is achieved by using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APES). The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) results showed an ornately patterned surface of the frustule valve ordered at nanoscale. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra confirmed the N-H bending and stretching of the amine group after amine functionalization. The emission peaks in the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the amine-functionalized diatom biosilica selectively enhanced the intensity by a factor of ten when compared to that of a bare diatom biosilica. The result showed a significant quenching of PL intensity of BSA at around 445 nm due to the interaction of amine-functionalized diatom-BSA protein complex. The detection limit was found to be 3 × 10(-5) M of BSA protein. Hence, the study proves that the functionalized frustule of Amphora sp. is an effective quantitative analytical tool for optical label-free biosensing applications.

  10. Small biomolecule immunosensing with plasmonic optical fiber grating sensor.

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    Ribaut, Clotilde; Voisin, Valérie; Malachovská, Viera; Dubois, Valentin; Mégret, Patrice; Wattiez, Ruddy; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2016-03-15

    This study reports on the development of a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) optical fiber biosensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating technology for direct detection of small biomarkers of interest for lung cancer diagnosis. Since SPR principle relies on the refractive index modifications to sensitively detect mass changes at the gold coated surface, we have proposed here a comparative study in relation to the target size. Two cytokeratin 7 (CK7) samples with a molecular weight ranging from 78 kDa to 2.6 kDa, respectively CK7 full protein and CK7 peptide, have been used for label-free monitoring. This work has first consisted in the elaboration and the characterization of a robust and reproducible bioreceptor, based on antibody/antigen cross-linking. Immobilized antibodies were then utilized as binding agents to investigate the sensitivity of the biosensor towards the two CK7 antigens. Results have highlighted a very good sensitivity of the biosensor response for both samples diluted in phosphate buffer with a higher limit of detection for the larger CK7 full protein. The most groundbreaking nature of this study relies on the detection of small biomolecule CK7 peptides in buffer and in the presence of complex media such as serum, achieving a limit of detection of 0.4 nM.

  11. Electron cross-sections and transport in liquids and biomolecules

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    White, Ronald; Casey, M.; Cocks, D.; Konvalov, D.; Brunger, M. J.; Garcia, G.; Petrovic, Z.; McEachran, R.; Buckman, S. J.; de Urquijo, J.

    2016-09-01

    Modelling of electron induced processes in plasma medicine and radiation damage is reliant on accurate self-consistent sets of cross-sections for electrons in tissue. These cross-sections (and associated transport theory) must accurately account not only the electron-biomolecule interactions but also for the soft-condensed nature of tissue. In this presentation, we report on recent swarm experiments for electrons in gaseous water and tetrahydrofuran using the pulsed-Townsend experiment, and the associated development of self-consistent cross-section sets that arise from them. We also report on the necessary modifications to gas-phase cross-sections required to accurately treat electron transport in liquids. These modifications involve the treatment of coherent scattering and screening of the electron interaction potential as well as the development of a new transport theory to accommodate these cross-sections. The accuracy of the ab-initio cross-sections is highlighted through comparison of theory and experiment for electrons in liquid argon and xenon.

  12. Two dimensional electron spin resonance: Structure and dynamics of biomolecules

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    Saxena, Sunil; Freed, Jack H.

    1998-03-01

    The potential of two dimensional (2D) electron spin resonance (ESR) for measuring the structural properties and slow dynamics of labeled biomolecules will be presented. Specifically, it will be shown how the recently developed method of double quantum (DQ) 2D ESR (S. Saxena and J. H. Freed, J. Chem. Phys. 107), 1317, (1997) can be used to measure large interelectron distances in bilabeled peptides. The need for DQ ESR spectroscopy, as well as the challenges and advantages of this method will be discussed. The elucidation of the slow reorientational dynamics of this peptide (S. Saxena and J. H. Freed, J. Phys. Chem. A, 101) 7998 (1997) in a glassy medium using COSY and 2D ELDOR ESR spectroscopy will be demonstrated. The contributions to the homogeneous relaxation time, T_2, from the overall and/or internal rotations of the nitroxide can be distinguished from the COSY spectrum. The growth of spectral diffusion cross-peaks^2 with mixing time in the 2D ELDOR spectra can be used to directly determine a correlation time from the experiment which can be related to the rotational correlation time.

  13. Engineered Carbon-Nanomaterial-Based Electrochemical Sensors for Biomolecules.

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    Tiwari, Jitendra N; Vij, Varun; Kemp, K Christian; Kim, Kwang S

    2016-01-26

    The study of electrochemical behavior of bioactive molecules has become one of the most rapidly developing scientific fields. Biotechnology and biomedical engineering fields have a vested interest in constructing more precise and accurate voltammetric/amperometric biosensors. One rapidly growing area of biosensor design involves incorporation of carbon-based nanomaterials in working electrodes, such as one-dimensional carbon nanotubes, two-dimensional graphene, and graphene oxide. In this review article, we give a brief overview describing the voltammetric techniques and how these techniques are applied in biosensing, as well as the details surrounding important biosensing concepts of sensitivity and limits of detection. Building on these important concepts, we show how the sensitivity and limit of detection can be tuned by including carbon-based nanomaterials in the fabrication of biosensors. The sensing of biomolecules including glucose, dopamine, proteins, enzymes, uric acid, DNA, RNA, and H2O2 traditionally employs enzymes in detection; however, these enzymes denature easily, and as such, enzymeless methods are highly desired. Here we draw an important distinction between enzymeless and enzyme-containing carbon-nanomaterial-based biosensors. The review ends with an outlook of future concepts that can be employed in biosensor fabrication, as well as limitations of already proposed materials and how such sensing can be enhanced. As such, this review can act as a roadmap to guide researchers toward concepts that can be employed in the design of next generation biosensors, while also highlighting the current advancements in the field.

  14. One-step 18F labeling of biomolecules using organotrifluoroborates

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    Liu, Zhibo; Lin, Kuo-Shyan; Bénard, François; Pourghiasian, Maral; Kiesewetter, Dale O; Perrin, David M; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2017-01-01

    Herein we present a general protocol for the functionalization of biomolecules with an organotrifluoroborate moiety so that they can be radiolabeled with aqueous 18F fluoride (18F−) and used for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. Among the β+-emitting radionuclides, fluorine-18 (18F) is the isotope of choice for PET, and it is produced, on-demand, in many hospitals worldwide. Organotrifluoroborates can be 18F-labeled in one step in aqueous conditions via 18F–19F isotope exchange. This protocol features a recently designed ammoniomethyltrifluoroborate, and it describes the following: (i) a synthetic strategy that affords modular synthesis of radiolabeling precursors via a copper-catalyzed ‘click’ reaction; and (ii) a one-step 18F-labeling method that obviates the need for HPLC purification. Within 30 min, 18F-labeled PET imaging probes, such as peptides, can be synthesized in good chemical and radiochemical purity (>98%), satisfactory radiochemical yield of 20–35% (n > 20, non-decay corrected) and high specific activity of 40–111 GBq/µmol (1.1–3.0 Ci/µmol). The entire procedure, including the precursor preparation and 18F radiolabeling, takes 7–10 d. PMID:26313478

  15. Radiation damage of biomolecules (RADAM) database development: current status

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    Denifl, S.; Garcia, G.; Huber, B. A.; Marinković, B. P.; Mason, N.; Postler, J.; Rabus, H.; Rixon, G.; Solov'yov, A. V.; Suraud, E.; Yakubovich, A. V.

    2013-06-01

    Ion beam therapy offers the possibility of excellent dose localization for treatment of malignant tumours, minimizing radiation damage in normal tissue, while maximizing cell killing within the tumour. However, as the underlying dependent physical, chemical and biological processes are too complex to treat them on a purely analytical level, most of our current and future understanding will rely on computer simulations, based on mathematical equations, algorithms and last, but not least, on the available atomic and molecular data. The viability of the simulated output and the success of any computer simulation will be determined by these data, which are treated as the input variables in each computer simulation performed. The radiation research community lacks a complete database for the cross sections of all the different processes involved in ion beam induced damage: ionization and excitation cross sections for ions with liquid water and biological molecules, all the possible electron - medium interactions, dielectric response data, electron attachment to biomolecules etc. In this paper we discuss current progress in the creation of such a database, outline the roadmap of the project and review plans for the exploitation of such a database in future simulations.

  16. Hybrid carbon nanomaterials for electrochemical detection of biomolecules

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    Laurila, Tomi

    2015-09-01

    Electrochemical detection of different biomolecules in vivo is a promising path towards in situ monitoring of human body and its functions. However, there are several major obstacles, such as sensitivity, selectivity and biocompatiblity, which must be tackled in order to achieve reliably and safely operating sensor devices. Here we show that by utilizing hybrid carbon materials as electrodes to detect two types of neurotransmitters, dopamine and glutamate, several advantages over commonly used electrode materials can be achieved. In particular, we will demonstrate here that it is possible to combine the properties of different carbon allotropes to obtain hybrid materials with greatly improved electrochemical performance. Three following examples of the approach are given: (i) diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin film electrodes with different layer thicknesses, (ii) multi-walled carbon nanotubes grown directly on top of DLC and (iii) carbon nanofibres synthesized on top of DLC thin films. Detailed structural and electrochemical characterization is carried out to rationalize the reasons behind the observed behvior. In addition, results from the atomistic simulations are utilized to obtain more information about the properties of the amorphous carbon thin films.

  17. Silver cluster-biomolecule hybrids: from basics towards sensors.

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    Bonačić-Koutecký, Vlasta; Kulesza, Alexander; Gell, Lars; Mitrić, Roland; Antoine, Rodolphe; Bertorelle, Franck; Hamouda, Ramzi; Rayane, Driss; Broyer, Michel; Tabarin, Thibault; Dugourd, Philippe

    2012-07-14

    We focus on the functional role of small silver clusters in model hybrid systems involving peptides in the context of a new generation of nanostructured materials for biosensing. The optical properties of hybrids in the gas phase and at support will be addressed with the aim to bridge fundamental and application aspects. We show that extension and enhancement of absorption of peptides can be achieved by small silver clusters due to the interaction of intense intracluster excitations with the π-π* excitations of chromophoric aminoacids. Moreover, we demonstrate that the binding of a peptide to a supported silver cluster can be detected by the optical fingerprint. This illustrates that supported silver clusters can serve as building blocks for biosensing materials. Moreover, the clusters can be used simultaneously to immobilize biomolecules and to increase the sensitivity of detection, thus replacing the standard use of organic dyes and providing label-free detection. Complementary to that, we show that protected silver clusters containing a cluster core and a shell liganded by thiolates exhibit absorption properties with intense transitions in the visible regime which are also suitable for biosensing applications.

  18. Morphological changes of calcite single crystals induced by graphene-biomolecule adducts

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    Calvaresi, Matteo; Di Giosia, Matteo; Ianiro, Alessandro; Valle, Francesco; Fermani, Simona; Polishchuk, Iryna; Pokroy, Boaz; Falini, Giuseppe

    2017-01-01

    Calcite has the capability to interact with a wide variety of molecules. This usually induces changes in shape and morphology of crystals. Here, this process was investigated using sheets of graphene-biomolecule adducts. They were prepared and made dispersible in water through the exfoliation of graphite by tip sonication in the presence tryptophan or N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. The crystallization of calcium carbonate in the presence of these additives was obtained by the vapor diffusion method and only calcite formed. The analysis of the microscopic observations showed that the graphene-biomolecule adducts affected shape and morphology of rhombohedral {10.4} faced calcite crystals, due to their stabilization of additional {hk.0} faces. The only presence of the biomolecule affected minimally shape and morphology of calcite crystals, highlighting the key role of the graphene sheets as 2D support for the adsorption of the biomolecules.

  19. Toward the Atomic-Level Mass Analysis of Biomolecules by the Scanning Atom Probe.

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    Nishikawa, Osamu; Taniguchi, Masahiro

    2016-12-22

    In 1994, a new type of atom probe instrument, named the scanning atom probe (SAP), was proposed. The unique feature of the SAP is the introduction of a small extraction electrode, which scans over a specimen surface and confines the high field, required for field evaporation of surface atoms in a small space, between the specimen and the electrode. Thus, the SAP does not require a sharp specimen tip. This indicates that the SAP can mass analyze the specimens which are difficult to form in a sharp tip, such as organic materials and biomolecules. Clean single wall carbon nanotubes (CNT), made by high-pressure carbon monoxide process are found to be the best substrates for biomolecules. Various amino acids and dipeptide biomolecules were successfully mass analyzed, revealing characteristic clusters formed by strongly bound atoms in the specimens. The mass analysis indicates that SAP analysis of biomolecules is not only qualitative, but also quantitative.

  20. Hard X-ray-induced optical luminescence via biomolecule-directed metal clusters.

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    Osakada, Yasuko; Pratx, Guillem; Sun, Conroy; Sakamoto, Masanori; Ahmad, Moiz; Volotskova, Olga; Ong, Qunxiang; Teranishi, Toshiharu; Harada, Yoshie; Xing, Lei; Cui, Bianxiao

    2014-04-07

    Here, we demonstrate that biomolecule-directed metal clusters are applicable in the study of hard X-ray excited optical luminescence, promising a new direction in the development of novel X-ray-activated imaging probes.

  1. Development of time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopic technique for the analysis of biomolecules

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    Terzić M.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Our developments of the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TR-LIF detection system for biomolecules are presented. This system is based on the tunable (320 nm to 475 nm Nd:YAG laser pulses used to excite various biomolecules. The detection part is the Streak System for Fluorescence Lifetime Spectroscopy (Hamamatsu, Japan. The system consists of a C4334-01 streakscope, as a detector, DG 535 digital pulse/delay generator, C5094-S Spectrograph and HPD-TA System, as a temporal analyzer. The TR-LIF spectrometer is designed primarily to study the temperature and pressure effects on fluorescence behavior of biomolecules upon excitation with a single nanosecond pulse. The design of this system has capability to combine laser-induced breakdown (LIB with fluorescence, as well to study optodynamic behavior of fluorescence biomolecules.

  2. Biomolecule Sequencer: Nanopore Sequencing Technology for In-Situ Environmental Monitoring and Astrobiology

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    John, K. K.; Botkin, D. J.; Burton, A. S.; Castro-Wallace, S. L.; Chaput, J. D.; Dworkin, J. P.; Lupisella, M. L.; Mason, C. E.; Rubins, K. H.; Smith, D. J.; Stahl, S.; Switzer, C.

    2016-10-01

    Biomolecule Sequencer will demonstrate, for the first time, that DNA sequencing is feasible as a tool for in-situ environmental monitoring and astrobiology. A space-based sequencer could identify microbes, diseases, and help detect DNA-based life.

  3. Determination of the labeling density of fluorophore-biomolecule conjugates with absorption spectroscopy.

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    Grabolle, Markus; Brehm, Robert; Pauli, Jutta; Dees, Franziska M; Hilger, Ingrid; Resch-Genger, Ute

    2012-02-15

    Dye-biomolecule conjugation is frequently accompanied by considerable spectral changes of the dye's absorption spectrum that limit the use of the common photometrical method for the determination of labeling densities. Here, we describe an improvement of this method using the integral absorbance of the dye instead of its absorbance at the long wavelength maximum to determine the concentration of the biomolecule-coupled dye. This approach is illustrated for three different cyanine dyes conjugated to the antibody IgG.

  4. Recovery of biomolecules from marinated herring (Clupea harengus) brine using ultrafiltration through ceramic membranes

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    Gringer, Nina; Hosseini, Seyed Vali; Svendsen, Tore;

    2015-01-01

    on recovery of high value biomolecules such as proteins, fatty acids, minerals, and phenolic compounds. Chemical and biological oxygen demand (COD, BOD5) as well as total suspended solids (TSS) were also measured to follow the performance of the ultrafiltration. The retentates contained 75-82% (95% TSS...... that ceramic ultrafiltration can recover biomolecules from marinated herring brines although pre-filtration optimization is still needed....

  5. Enhancing protease activity assay in droplet-based microfluidics using a biomolecule concentrator.

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    Chen, Chia-Hung; Sarkar, Aniruddh; Song, Yong-Ak; Miller, Miles A; Kim, Sung Jae; Griffith, Linda G; Lauffenburger, Douglas A; Han, Jongyoon

    2011-07-13

    We introduce an integrated microfluidic device consisting of a biomolecule concentrator and a microdroplet generator, which enhances the limited sensitivity of low-abundance enzyme assays by concentrating biomolecules before encapsulating them into droplet microreactors. We used this platform to detect ultralow levels of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) from diluted cellular supernatant and showed that it significantly (~10-fold) reduced the time required to complete the assay and the sample volume used.

  6. Plastic Trash goes Biohybrid"-Rapid and Selective Functionalization of Inert Plastic Surfaces with Biomolecules

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    Schiller, Stefan M; Kambhampati, Dev; Stengel, Gudrun

    2010-01-01

    The covalent functionalization of "inert" polymers such as polypropylene with biomolecules for biocompatible or biosensor surfaces is challenging. Here we present a powerful approach to covalently modify "inert" macromolecular surfaces with biomacromolecules reusing old plastic material. A specia...... with a thin reactive plasma polymerized maleic anhydride nanolayer network, which can be subsequently modified with biomolecules for various applications, e.g., in tissue engineering and as biochips...

  7. GESTIÓN HUMANA: TENDENCIAS Y PERSPECTIVAS

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    JUAN GUILLERMO SALDARRIAGA RÍOS

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se hace referencia a las tendencias y las perspectivas de gestión humana que se imponen en el mundo en la actualidad y que, a su manera, pretenden optimizar la administración del personal de la organización y contribuir al desarrollo e incremento de la productividad y la competitividad. Mediante la realización de un Estado del Arte se logran determinar algunas de las tendencias más relevantes en la actualidad y se concluye que, cada vez con mayor fuerza, dichas tendencias se sustentan en discursos que pretenden "rescatar" al ser humano dentro de la organización, lo que no necesariamente se traduce en los procesos de gestión humana que se realizan en las organizaciones nacionales e internacionales.

  8. El origen del neoliberalismo: tres perspectivas

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    Hugo Arturo Cardoso Vargas

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available En el texto se aborda la problemática del origen del neoliberalismo, una de las dimensiones esenciales de la compleja realidad mundial actual; no se olvida que el neoliberalismo es sólo una de las caras del ataque al Estado nacional. A partir de tres autores: Spencer, Rueff y Hayek se explica el origen del neoliberalismo; aunque parecería que sólo Hayek es el promotor del neoliberalismo, las explicaciones de Spencer y Rueff evidencian la toma de conciencia de un nuevo rumbo en la construcción de una nueva sociedad sustentada en la economía. Estos autores propone, desde sus propias perspectivas deteriorar el papel de Estado Nacional. Esto no implica olvidar que lo que se ha globalizado es el neoliberalismo. De este modo parece necesario abordar, desde su origen, el fenómeno que no alcanza a describir la realidad actual.

  9. Perspectivas de una estrategia nacional de competitividad

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    Roberto Gutiérrez

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available En los años cincuentas surgió una amplia perspectiva teórica llamada la teoría de la modernización, la cual ha tenido una gran difusión en las ciencias sociales desde entonces. La "modernización" era el camino hacia el desarrollo de un país. La pretendida modernidad incluía una economía liberalizada, un sistema político democrático y una cultura universal. Hoy, la receta para lograr el desarrollo consiste en ser competitivos en los mercados mundiales. Las promesas de la modernización y la competitividad no se han convertido ni se convertirán en realidad. En el presente ensayo hay un examen del devenir histórico de las teorías de la modernización y de las ideas sobre competitividad para resaltar sus similitudes, sus afirmaciones y aquello que está ausente en ambas, y analizar el resultado de sus promesas en relación con el desarrollo nacional. No conocer la historia del descrédito de las teorías sobre la modernización es condenarse a repetirla; mínimo, a reciclarla con unas ideas que son variaciones alrededor del mismo tema. Un análisis de los supuestos, postulados y prescripciones compartidos por las perspectivas que tratan sobre la modernización y la competitividad de nuestras sociedades permite apreciar el alcance de la actual estrategia nacional de competitividad en un país como Colombia.

  10. Bio-NCs - the marriage of ultrasmall metal nanoclusters with biomolecules

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    Goswami, Nirmal; Zheng, Kaiyuan; Xie, Jianping

    2014-10-01

    Ultrasmall metal nanoclusters (NCs) have attracted increasing attention due to their fascinating physicochemical properties. Today, functional metal NCs are finding growing acceptance in biomedical applications. To achieve a better performance in biomedical applications, metal NCs can be interfaced with biomolecules, such as proteins, peptides, and DNA, to form a new class of biomolecule-NC composites (or bio-NCs in short), which typically show synergistic or novel physicochemical and physiological properties. This feature article focuses on the recent studies emerging at the interface of metal NCs and biomolecules, where the interactions could impart unique physicochemical properties to the metal NCs, as well as mutually regulate biological functions of the bio-NCs. In this article, we first provide a broad overview of key concepts and developments in the novel biomolecule-directed synthesis of metal NCs. A special focus is placed on the key roles of biomolecules in metal NC synthesis. In the second part, we describe how the encapsulated metal NCs affect the structure and function of biomolecules. Followed by that, we discuss several unique synergistic effects observed in the bio-NCs, and illustrate them with examples highlighting their potential biomedical applications. Continued interdisciplinary efforts are required to build up in-depth knowledge about the interfacial chemistry and biology of bio-NCs, which could further pave their ways toward biomedical applications.

  11. Desalting by crystallization: detection of attomole biomolecules in picoliter buffers by mass spectrometry.

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    Gong, Xiaoyun; Xiong, Xingchuang; Wang, Song; Li, Yanyan; Zhang, Sichun; Fang, Xiang; Zhang, Xinrong

    2015-10-06

    Sensitive detection of biomolecules in small-volume samples by mass spectrometry is, in many cases, challenging because of the use of buffers to maintain the biological activities of proteins and cells. Here, we report a highly effective desalting method for picoliter samples. It was based on the spontaneous separation of biomolecules from salts during crystallization of the salts. After desalting, the biomolecules were deposited in the tip of the quartz pipet because of the evaporation of the solvent. Subsequent detection of the separated biomolecules was achieved using solvent assisted electric field induced desorption/ionization (SAEFIDI) coupled with mass spectrometry. It allowed for direct desorption/ionization of the biomolecules in situ from the tip of the pipet. The organic component in the assistant solvent inhibited the desorption/ionization of salts, thus assured successful detection of biomolecules. Proteins and peptides down to 50 amol were successfully detected using our method even if there were 3 × 10(5) folds more amount of salts in the sample. The concentration and ion species of the salts had little influence on the detection results.

  12. Bio-NCs--the marriage of ultrasmall metal nanoclusters with biomolecules.

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    Goswami, Nirmal; Zheng, Kaiyuan; Xie, Jianping

    2014-11-21

    Ultrasmall metal nanoclusters (NCs) have attracted increasing attention due to their fascinating physicochemical properties. Today, functional metal NCs are finding growing acceptance in biomedical applications. To achieve a better performance in biomedical applications, metal NCs can be interfaced with biomolecules, such as proteins, peptides, and DNA, to form a new class of biomolecule-NC composites (or bio-NCs in short), which typically show synergistic or novel physicochemical and physiological properties. This feature article focuses on the recent studies emerging at the interface of metal NCs and biomolecules, where the interactions could impart unique physicochemical properties to the metal NCs, as well as mutually regulate biological functions of the bio-NCs. In this article, we first provide a broad overview of key concepts and developments in the novel biomolecule-directed synthesis of metal NCs. A special focus is placed on the key roles of biomolecules in metal NC synthesis. In the second part, we describe how the encapsulated metal NCs affect the structure and function of biomolecules. Followed by that, we discuss several unique synergistic effects observed in the bio-NCs, and illustrate them with examples highlighting their potential biomedical applications. Continued interdisciplinary efforts are required to build up in-depth knowledge about the interfacial chemistry and biology of bio-NCs, which could further pave their ways toward biomedical applications.

  13. Generating multiplex gradients of biomolecules for controlling cellular adhesion in parallel microfluidic channels.

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    Didar, Tohid Fatanat; Tabrizian, Maryam

    2012-11-07

    Here we present a microfluidic platform to generate multiplex gradients of biomolecules within parallel microfluidic channels, in which a range of multiplex concentration gradients with different profile shapes are simultaneously produced. Nonlinear polynomial gradients were also generated using this device. The gradient generation principle is based on implementing parrallel channels with each providing a different hydrodynamic resistance. The generated biomolecule gradients were then covalently functionalized onto the microchannel surfaces. Surface gradients along the channel width were a result of covalent attachments of biomolecules to the surface, which remained functional under high shear stresses (50 dyn/cm(2)). An IgG antibody conjugated to three different fluorescence dyes (FITC, Cy5 and Cy3) was used to demonstrate the resulting multiplex concentration gradients of biomolecules. The device enabled generation of gradients with up to three different biomolecules in each channel with varying concentration profiles. We were also able to produce 2-dimensional gradients in which biomolecules were distributed along the length and width of the channel. To demonstrate the applicability of the developed design, three different multiplex concentration gradients of REDV and KRSR peptides were patterned along the width of three parallel channels and adhesion of primary human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) in each channel was subsequently investigated using a single chip.

  14. Recent advances in exploiting ionic liquids for biomolecules: Solubility, stability and applications.

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    Sivapragasam, Magaret; Moniruzzaman, Muhammad; Goto, Masahiro

    2016-08-01

    The technological utility of biomolecules (e.g. proteins, enzymes and DNA) can be significantly enhanced by combining them with ionic liquids (ILs) - potentially attractive "green" and "designer" solvents - rather than using in conventional organic solvents or water. In recent years, ILs have been used as solvents, cosolvents, and reagents for biocatalysis, biotransformation, protein preservation and stabilization, DNA solubilization and stabilization, and other biomolecule-based applications. Using ILs can dramatically enhance the structural and chemical stability of proteins, DNA, and enzymes. This article reviews the recent technological developments of ILs in protein-, enzyme-, and DNA-based applications. We discuss the different routes to increase biomolecule stability and activity in ILs, and the design of biomolecule-friendly ILs that can dissolve biomolecules with minimum alteration to their structure. This information will be helpful to design IL-based processes in biotechnology and the biological sciences that can serve as novel and selective processes for enzymatic reactions, protein and DNA stability, and other biomolecule-based applications.

  15. Cell and biomolecule delivery for tissue repair and regeneration in the central nervous system.

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    Elliott Donaghue, Irja; Tam, Roger; Sefton, Michael V; Shoichet, Molly S

    2014-09-28

    Tissue engineering frequently involves cells and scaffolds to replace damaged or diseased tissue. It originated, in part, as a means of effecting the delivery of biomolecules such as insulin or neurotrophic factors, given that cells are constitutive producers of such therapeutic agents. Thus cell delivery is intrinsic to tissue engineering. Controlled release of biomolecules is also an important tool for enabling cell delivery since the biomolecules can enable cell engraftment, modulate inflammatory response or otherwise benefit the behavior of the delivered cells. We describe advances in cell and biomolecule delivery for tissue regeneration, with emphasis on the central nervous system (CNS). In the first section, the focus is on encapsulated cell therapy. In the second section, the focus is on biomolecule delivery in polymeric nano/microspheres and hydrogels for the nerve regeneration and endogenous cell stimulation. In the third section, the focus is on combination strategies of neural stem/progenitor cell or mesenchymal stem cell and biomolecule delivery for tissue regeneration and repair. In each section, the challenges and potential solutions associated with delivery to the CNS are highlighted.

  16. Masaccio y la perspectiva matemática

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    En esta enumeración de Alberti, aparece el núcleo de artistas,todos amigos entre sí, que revolucionaron la concepción del arte en el primer renacimiento. Y si hay algo que caracteriza ese periodo en lo que respecta al arte y las matemáticas es la invención de la perspectiva artificialis, o perspectiva matemática.

  17. Selective chromogenic detection of thiol-containing biomolecules using carbonaceous nanospheres loaded with silver nanoparticles as carrier.

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    Hu, Bo; Zhao, Yang; Zhu, Hai-Zhou; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2011-04-26

    Thiol-containing biomolecules show strong affinity with noble metal nanostructures and could not only stably protect them but also control the self-assembly process of these special nanostructures. A highly selective and sensitive chromogenic detection method has been designed for the low and high molecular weight thiol-containing biomolecules, including cysteine, glutathione, dithiothreitol, and bovine serum albumin, using a new type of carbonaceous nanospheres loaded with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) as carrier. This strategy relies upon the place-exchange process between the reporter dyes on the surface of Ag NPs and the thiol groups of thiol-containing biomolecules. The concentration of biomolecules can be determined by monitoring with the fluorescence intensity of reporter dyes dispersed in solution. This new chromogenic assay method could selectively detect these biomolecules in the presence of various other amino acids and monosaccharides and even sensitively detect the thiol-containing biomolecules with different molecular weight, even including proteins.

  18. Dual functionalized graphene oxide serves as a carrier for delivering oligohistidine- and biotin-tagged biomolecules into cells.

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    Jana, Batakrishna; Mondal, Goutam; Biswas, Atanu; Chakraborty, Indrani; Saha, Abhijit; Kurkute, Prashant; Ghosh, Surajit

    2013-11-01

    A versatile method of dual chemical functionalization of graphene oxide (GO) with Tris-[nitrilotris(acetic acid)] (Tris-NTA) and biotin for cellular delivery of oligohistidine- and biotin-tagged biomolecules is reported. Orthogonally functionalized GO surfaces with Tris-NTA and biotin to obtain a dual-functionalized GO (DFGO) are prepared and characterized by various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Fluorescence microscopic images reveal that DFGO surfaces are capable of binding oligohistidine-tagged biomolecules/proteins and avidin/biotin-tagged biomolecules/proteins orthogonally. The DFGO nanoparticles are non-cytotoxic in nature and can deliver oligohistidine- and biotin-tagged biomolecules simultaneously into the cell.

  19. Constructing Optimal Coarse-Grained Sites of Huge Biomolecules by Fluctuation Maximization.

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    Li, Min; Zhang, John Zenghui; Xia, Fei

    2016-04-12

    Coarse-grained (CG) models are valuable tools for the study of functions of large biomolecules on large length and time scales. The definition of CG representations for huge biomolecules is always a formidable challenge. In this work, we propose a new method called fluctuation maximization coarse-graining (FM-CG) to construct the CG sites of biomolecules. The defined residual in FM-CG converges to a maximal value as the number of CG sites increases, allowing an optimal CG model to be rigorously defined on the basis of the maximum. More importantly, we developed a robust algorithm called stepwise local iterative optimization (SLIO) to accelerate the process of coarse-graining large biomolecules. By means of the efficient SLIO algorithm, the computational cost of coarse-graining large biomolecules is reduced to within the time scale of seconds, which is far lower than that of conventional simulated annealing. The coarse-graining of two huge systems, chaperonin GroEL and lengsin, indicates that our new methods can coarse-grain huge biomolecular systems with up to 10,000 residues within the time scale of minutes. The further parametrization of CG sites derived from FM-CG allows us to construct the corresponding CG models for studies of the functions of huge biomolecular systems.

  20. Immobilization of biomolecules on cysteamine-modified polyaniline film for highly sensitive biosensing.

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    Cai, Qi; Xu, Baojian; Ye, Lin; Di, Zengfeng; Zhang, Jishen; Jin, Qinghui; Zhao, Jianlong; Xue, Jian; Chen, Xianfeng

    2014-03-01

    We present a new cysteamine (CS)-modified polyaniline (PANI) film for highly efficient immobilization of biomolecules in biosensing technology. This electrochemical deposited PANI film treated with CS and glutaraldehyde could be employed as an excellent substrate for biomolecules immobilization. The parameters of PANI growth were optimized to obtain suitable surface morphology of films for biomolecules combination with the help of electron and atomic force microscopy. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was utilized to illustrate the different electrochemical activities of each modified electrode. Due to the existence of sulfydryl group and amino group in CS, surface modification with CS was proven to reduce oxidized units on PANI film remarkably, as evidenced by both ATR-FTIR and Raman spectroscopy characterizations. Furthermore, bovine serum albumin (BSA) was used as the model protein to investigate the immobilization efficiency of biomolecules on the PANI film, comparative study using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) showed that BSA immobilized on CS-modified PANI could be increased by at least 20% than that without CS-modified PANI in BSA solution with the concentration of 0.1-1mg/mL. The CS-modified PANI film would be significant for the immobilization and detection of biomolecules and especially promising in the application of immunosensor for ultrasensitive detection.

  1. Role of PAMAM-OH dendrimers against the fibrillation pathway of biomolecules.

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    Sekar, Gajalakshmi; Florance, Ida; Sivakumar, A; Mukherjee, Amitava; Chandrasekaran, Natarajan

    2016-12-01

    The binding behavior of nanoparticle with proteins determines its biocompatibility. This study reports the interaction of ten different biomolecules (proteins-BSA, HSA, haemoglobin, gamma globulin, transferrin and enzymes-hog and bacillus amylase, lysozyme from chicken and human and laccases from Tramates versicolor) with a surface group hydroxylated Poly AMido AMide dendrimer (PAMAM) of generation 5. The study has utilized various spectroscopic methods like UV-vis spectroscopy, Fluorescence emission, Synchronous, 3-D spectroscopy and Circular Dichroism to detect the binding induced structural changes in biomolecules that occur upon interaction with mounting concentration of the dendrimers. Aggregation of proteins results in the formation of amyloid fibrils causing several human diseases. In this study, fibrillar samples of all ten biomolecules formed in the absence and the presence of dendrimers were investigated with Congo Red absorbance and ThT Assay to detect fibril formation, Trp Emission and 3-D scan to evaluate the effect of fibrillation on aromatic environment of biomolecules, and CD spectroscopy to measure the conformational changes in a quantitative manner. These assays have generated useful information on the role of dendrimers in amyloid fibril formation of biomolecules. The outcomes of the study remain valuable in evaluating the biological safety of PAMAM-OH dendrimers for their biomedical application in vivo.

  2. Fabrication of biomolecules self-assembled on Au nanodot array for bioelectronic device.

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    Lee, Taek; Kumar, Ajay Yagati; Yoo, Si-Youl; Jung, Mi; Min, Junhong; Choi, Jeong-Woo

    2013-09-01

    In the present study, an nano-platform composed of Au nanodot arrays on which biomolecules could be self-assembled was developed and investigated for a stable bioelectronic device platform. Au nanodot pattern was fabricated using a nanoporous alumina template. Two different biomolecules, a cytochrome c and a single strand DNA (ssDNA), were immobilized on the Au nanodot arrays. Cytochorme c and single stranded DNA could be immobilized on the Au nanodot using the chemical linker 11-MUA and thiol-modification by covalent bonding, respectively. The atomic structure of the fabricated nano-platform device was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The electrical conductivity of biomolecules immobilized on the Au nanodot arrays was confirmed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). To investigate the activity of biomolecule-immobilized Au-nano dot array, the cyclic voltammetry was carried out. This proposed nano-platform device, which is composed of biomolecules, can be used for the construction of a novel bioelectronic device.

  3. Conditions to minimize soft single biomolecule deformation when imaging with atomic force microscopy.

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    Godon, Christian; Teulon, Jean-Marie; Odorico, Michael; Basset, Christian; Meillan, Matthieu; Vellutini, Luc; Chen, Shu-Wen W; Pellequer, Jean-Luc

    2016-12-23

    A recurrent interrogation when imaging soft biomolecules using atomic force microscopy (AFM) is the putative deformation of molecules leading to a bias in recording true topographical surfaces. Deformation of biomolecules comes from three sources: sample instability, adsorption to the imaging substrate, and crushing under tip pressure. To disentangle these causes, we measured the maximum height of a well-known biomolecule, the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), under eight different experimental conditions positing that the maximum height value is a specific indicator of sample deformations. Six basic AFM experimental factors were tested: imaging in air (AIR) versus in liquid (LIQ), imaging with flat minerals (MICA) versus flat organic surfaces (self-assembled monolayers, SAM), and imaging forces with oscillating tapping mode (TAP) versus PeakForce tapping (PFT). The results show that the most critical parameter in accurately measuring the height of TMV in air is the substrate. In a liquid environment, regardless of the substrate, the most critical parameter is the imaging mode. Most importantly, the expected TMV height values were obtained with both imaging with the PeakForce tapping mode either in liquid or in air at the condition of using self-assembled monolayers as substrate. This study unambiguously explains previous poor results of imaging biomolecules on mica in air and suggests alternative methodologies for depositing soft biomolecules on well organized self-assembled monolayers.

  4. Different size biomolecules anchoring on porous silicon surface: fluorescence and reflectivity pores infiltration comparative studies

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    Giovannozzi, Andrea M.; Rossi, Andrea M. [National Institute for Metrological Research, Thermodynamic Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy); Renacco, Chiara; Farano, Alessandro [Ribes Ricecrhe Srl, Via Lavoratori Vittime del Col du Mont 24, 11100 Aosta (Italy); Derosas, Manuela [Biodiversity Srl, Via Corfu 71, 25124 Brescia (Italy); Enrico, Emanuele [National Institute for Metrological Research, Electromagnetism Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy)

    2011-06-15

    The performance of porous silicon optical based biosensors strongly depends on material nanomorphology, on biomolecules distribution inside the pores and on the ability to link sensing species to the pore walls. In this paper we studied the immobilization of biomolecules with different size, such as antibody anti aflatoxin (anti Aflatox Ab, {proportional_to}150 KDa), malate dehydrogenase (MDH, {proportional_to}36KDa) and metallothionein (MT, {proportional_to}6KDa) at different concentrations on mesoporous silicon samples ({proportional_to}15 nm pores diameter). Fluorescence measurements using FITC- labeled biomolecules and refractive index analysis based on reflectivity spectra have been employed together to detect the amount of proteins bound to the surface and to evaluate their diffusion inside the pores. Here we suggest that these two techniques should be used together to have a better understanding of what happens at the porous silicon surface. In fact, when pores dimensions are not perfectly tuned to the protein size a higher fluorescence signal doesn't often correspond to a higher biomolecules distribution inside the pores. When a too much higher concentration of biomolecule is anchored on the surface, steric crowd effects and repulsive interactions probably take over and hinder pores infiltration, inducing a small or absent shift in the fringe pattern even if a higher fluorescence signal is registered. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Perspectiva masculina acerca do aborto provocado

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    Duarte Graciana Alves

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a perspectiva de homens de uma comunidade universitária que viviam em união legal ou consensual acerca do aborto provocado. MÉTODOS: Estudo descritivo de corte transversal em que se analisaram informações de 361 entrevistados, pertencentes a diferentes categorias de uma universidade. Utilizou-se o teste de qui-quadrado para avaliar a associação das variáveis dependentes com as independentes. RESULTADOS: Dos entrevistados, 53% afirmaram que as mulheres têm direito a interromper a gestação; as situações de maior aceitação foram: risco de vida da gestante (85%, gravidez resultante de estupro (80% e anomalia fetal (75%. As variáveis associadas à opinião masculina favorável ao aborto foram: maior escolaridade dos homens e das parceiras e o grupo (docente/aluno a que pertencia o entrevistado. CONCLUSÕES: Os entrevistados tenderam a ser mais favoráveis ao aborto nas situações já legitimadas legal e/ou socialmente. O maior grau de escolaridade, tanto deles quanto das parceiras, apareceu como relevante para determinar a postura em relação ao aborto.

  6. Perspectiva masculina acerca do aborto provocado

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    Graciana Alves Duarte

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a perspectiva de homens de uma comunidade universitária que viviam em união legal ou consensual acerca do aborto provocado. MÉTODOS: Estudo descritivo de corte transversal em que se analisaram informações de 361 entrevistados, pertencentes a diferentes categorias de uma universidade. Utilizou-se o teste de qui-quadrado para avaliar a associação das variáveis dependentes com as independentes. RESULTADOS: Dos entrevistados, 53% afirmaram que as mulheres têm direito a interromper a gestação; as situações de maior aceitação foram: risco de vida da gestante (85%, gravidez resultante de estupro (80% e anomalia fetal (75%. As variáveis associadas à opinião masculina favorável ao aborto foram: maior escolaridade dos homens e das parceiras e o grupo (docente/aluno a que pertencia o entrevistado. CONCLUSÕES: Os entrevistados tenderam a ser mais favoráveis ao aborto nas situações já legitimadas legal e/ou socialmente. O maior grau de escolaridade, tanto deles quanto das parceiras, apareceu como relevante para determinar a postura em relação ao aborto.

  7. Productividad, trabajo y salud: la perspectiva psicosocial

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    York Iván Puerto Barrios

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Con la opción de analizar las condiciones de trabajo en oficina, el texto realiza una sucinta pero precisa revisión de la conceptualización sobre productividad y consumo. Se documenta la relación contradictoria entre bienestar y rendimiento en el trabajo al identificar el riesgo de llevar al límite de sus capacidades la participación del trabajador como factor de productividad, ignorando que éste tiene además el rol de consumidor activo de bienes y servicios para que la producción tenga sentido. Se plantea que exigir al trabajador hasta su agotamiento puede mermar sustancialmente su doble condición de productor y consumidor. Específicamente, se presenta la perspectiva del trabajo en oficinas innovadas conceptual y tecnológicamente, con procesos laborales y patrones de desgaste y morbilidad de"nidos. El tiempo, el ritmo, la parcelación, el control del trabajo y la reestructuración en las organizaciones son, entre otros, factores que convergen para potenciar fenómenos de sobrecarga o subcarga mental con la consecuente aparición de estrés excedente y sus patologías asociadas.

  8. en perspectiva de género

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    Elena Hernández Corrochano

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Los estudios sobre la familia, desde las diferentes perspectivas que aquí trato, nos muestran no sólo la importancia del parentesco en las relaciones sociales y en la construcción de la identidad de los sujetos, sino que nos indica cómo en sociedades definidas como modernizadas –donde los Estado sólo tienen interés en alcanzar un cambio económico y el acceso a las nuevas tecnologías, olvidándose de las cuestiones sociales, políticas o filosóficas que caracterizan a la modernidad– a mayor individualismo en las acciones de los varones, mayor sujeción de las mujeres al grupo. En estas sociedades la “autorización” que la comunidad da a los hombres para actuar en relación con sus intereses personales, “endurece” la posición de las mujeres que deben, con relación a su bienestar, mantener un orden social comunitario simbolizado por la buena familia y custodiado por una opinión pública que limita su capacidad de actuar como individuos.

  9. Role of multimedial diagnosis of breast cancer in women below 36 year of age; Ruolo della diagnostica integrata nella diagnosi del carcinoma mammario nelle donne con eta' inferiore ai 36 anni

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    Ciacco, Stefano; Brancato, Beniamino [Centro per lo studio della prevenzione oncologica, Firenze (Italy)

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    .8% e 91.9% e complessivamente del 98.2%. Nei 65 casi esaminati con clinica, ecografia e citologia i tre metodi hanno avuto sensibilit� rispettivamente del 67.6%, 70.7% e 92.3% e complessivamente del 95.3%. Nei 123 casi esaminati con clinica, diagnostica per immagini (ecografia e/o mammografia) e citologia i tre metodi hanno avuto sensibilit� rispettivamente del 76.4%, 78.4% e complessivamente del 96.7%. Se la sensibilit� fosse stata calcolata rispetto all'esame immediatamente precedente la diagnosi, essa sarebbe stata pi� elevata, rispettivamente del 74.4% per l'esame clinico, 76.8% per la mammografia, 73.5% per l'ecografia, 90.9% per la citologia (97.7% se si escludono dalla valutazione i prelievi inadeguati), e complessivamente del 96.1%. La neoplasia � stata sospettata da una sola delle tre metodiche rispettivamente nel 2.4% con l'esame clinico, nel 1.6% con l'imaging e nel 7.3% dei casi con la citologia. Il confronto tra mammografia e ecografia � stato possibile in 58 casi studiati con entrambe le metodiche: la sensibilit� � stata 79.3% per l'ecografia e 74.1% per la mammografia ({chi}2=0.1, p=0.66). Conclusioni: La diagnosi di carcinoma mammario in donne in et� inferiore a 36 anni � difficile, con sensibilit� inferiore alle donne pi� anziane, con l'esclusione della citologia. Integrare pi� metodiche (diagnostica per immagini e citologia) � essenziale per avere un tasso limitato di falsi negativi. In particolare l'impiego esteso della citologia in presenza di dubbio diagnostico anche modico, clinico o strumentale, � molto vantaggioso. L'analisi della sensibilit� si deve basare su un registro indipendente di patologia ed essere riferita ad un determinato periodo di tempo entro il quale un esame negativo viene considerato falso negativo. L'analisi limitata alle indagini immediatamente precedenti la diagnosi comporta una erronea sovrastima della sensibilit�.

  10. Finding Semirigid Domains in Biomolecules by Clustering Pair-Distance Variations

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    Full Text Available Dynamic variations in the distances between pairs of atoms are used for clustering subdomains of biomolecules. We draw on a well-known target function for clustering and first show mathematically that the assignment of atoms to clusters has to be crisp, not fuzzy, as hitherto assumed. This reduces the computational load of clustering drastically, and we demonstrate results for several biomolecules relevant in immunoinformatics. Results are evaluated regarding the number of clusters, cluster size, cluster stability, and the evolution of clusters over time. Crisp clustering lends itself as an efficient tool to locate semirigid domains in the simulation of biomolecules. Such domains seem crucial for an optimum performance of subsequent statistical analyses, aiming at detecting minute motional patterns related to antigen recognition and signal transduction.

  11. Radical Reactions in the Gas Phase: Recent Development and Application in Biomolecules

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    Yang Gao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This review summarizes recent literature describing the use of gas phase radical reactions for structural characterization of complex biomolecules other than peptides. Specifically, chemical derivatization, in-source chemical reaction, and gas phase ion/ion reactions have been demonstrated as effective ways to generate radical precursor ions that yield structural informative fragments complementary to those from conventional collision-induced dissociation (CID. Radical driven dissociation has been applied to a variety of biomolecules including peptides, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and phospholipids. The majority of the molecules discussed in this review see limited fragmentation from conventional CID, and the gas phase radical reactions open up completely new dissociation channels for these molecules and therefore yield high fidelity confirmation of the structures of the target molecules. Due to the extensively studied peptide fragmentation, this review focuses only on nonpeptide biomolecules such as nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and phospholipids.

  12. Benzophenone-based photochemical micropatterning of biomolecules to create model substrates and instructive biomaterials.

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    Turgeon, Aurora J; Harley, Brendan A; Bailey, Ryan C

    2014-01-01

    The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a dynamic and heterogeneous environment that controls many aspects of cell behavior. Not surprisingly, many different approaches have focused on creating model substrates that recapitulate the biomolecular, topographical, and mechanical properties of the ECM for in vitro studies of cell behavior. This chapter details a general, versatile method for the spatially controlled deposition of multiple biomolecules onto both planar and topographically complex support structures with micrometer resolution. This approach is based upon the well-understood photochemical UV crosslinking of benzophenone (BP) to solution-phase biomolecules. This is a molecularly general strategy that can be utilized to immobilize biomolecules onto any surface prefunctionalized with BP. Examples described herein include modification of planar and corrugated glass substrates as well as collagen-glycosaminoglycan biomaterials configured either as highly porous scaffolds or nonporous membranes with a variety of biomolecular targets, including proteins, glycoproteins, and carbohydrates.

  13. SERS imaging of cell-surface biomolecules metabolically labeled with bioorthogonal Raman reporters.

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    Xiao, Ming; Lin, Liang; Li, Zefan; Liu, Jie; Hong, Senlian; Li, Yaya; Zheng, Meiling; Duan, Xuanming; Chen, Xing

    2014-08-01

    Live imaging of biomolecules with high specificity and sensitivity as well as minimal perturbation is essential for studying cellular processes. Here, we report the development of a bioorthogonal surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) imaging approach that exploits small Raman reporters for visualizing cell-surface biomolecules. The cells were cultured and imaged by SERS microscopy on arrays of Raman-enhancing nanoparticles coated on silicon wafers or glass slides. The Raman reporters including azides, alkynes, and carbondeuterium bonds are small in size and spectroscopically bioorthogonal (background-free). We demonstrated that various cell-surface biomolecules including proteins, glycans, and lipids were metabolically incorporated with the corresponding precursors bearing a Raman reporter and visualized by SERS microscopy. The coupling of SERS microscopy with bioorthogonal Raman reporters expands the capabilities of live-cell microscopy beyond the modalities of fluorescence and label-free imaging.

  14. Finding semirigid domains in biomolecules by clustering pair-distance variations.

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    Kenn, Michael; Ribarics, Reiner; Ilieva, Nevena; Schreiner, Wolfgang

    2014-01-01

    Dynamic variations in the distances between pairs of atoms are used for clustering subdomains of biomolecules. We draw on a well-known target function for clustering and first show mathematically that the assignment of atoms to clusters has to be crisp, not fuzzy, as hitherto assumed. This reduces the computational load of clustering drastically, and we demonstrate results for several biomolecules relevant in immunoinformatics. Results are evaluated regarding the number of clusters, cluster size, cluster stability, and the evolution of clusters over time. Crisp clustering lends itself as an efficient tool to locate semirigid domains in the simulation of biomolecules. Such domains seem crucial for an optimum performance of subsequent statistical analyses, aiming at detecting minute motional patterns related to antigen recognition and signal transduction.

  15. Detection of biomolecules and bioconjugates by monitoring rotated grating-coupled surface plasmon resonance

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    Szalai, Aniko; Somogyi, Aniko; Szenes, Andras; Banhelyi, Balazs; Csapo, Edit; Dekany, Imre; Csendes, Tibor; Csete, Maria

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    Plasmonic biosensing chips were prepared by fabricating wavelength-scaled dielectric-metal interfacial gratings on thin polycarbonate films covered bimetal layers via two-beam interference laser lithography. Lysozyme (LYZ) biomolecules and gold nanoparticle (AuNP-LYZ) bioconjugates with 1:5 mass ratio were seeded onto the biochip surfaces. Surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy was performed before and after biomolecule seeding in a modified Kretschmann-arrangement by varying the azimuthal and polar angles to optimize the conditions for rotated grating-coupling. The shift of secondary and primary resonance peaks originating from rotated grating-coupling phenomenon was monitored to detect the biomolecule and bioconjugate adherence. Numerical calculations were performed to reproduce the measured reflectance spectra and the resonance peak shifts caused by different biocoverings. Comparison of measurements and calculations proved that monitoring the narrower secondary peaks under optimal rotated-grating coupling ...

  16. Phthalocyanine-Biomolecule Conjugated Photosensitizers for Targeted Photodynamic Therapy and Imaging.

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    Iqbal, Zafar; Chen, Jincan; Chen, Zhuo; Huang, Mingdong

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is now in clinical practice in many European and American countries as a minimally invasive therapeutic technique to treat oncologic malignancies and other nononcologic conditions. Phthalocyanines (Pcs) are gathering importance as effective photosensitizers in targeted PDT and imaging of tumors. The possibility of modification around the Pc macrocycle led the researchers to the synthesis of a diversity of photosensitizers with varied cell specificity, cellular internalization and localization, photodynamic cytotoxicity and excretion. Cellular targeting is the primary aspect of an ideal photosensitizer for targeting PDT. Therefore, Pcs have been structurally modified with a variety of biomolecules capable of recognizing the specific lesions. This review emphasizes the photocytotoxicity and the cellular uptakes of phthalocyanine photosensitizers conjugated with biomolecules including carbohydrates, nucleotides and protein constituents such as amino acids and peptides. In addition, the role of the Pc-biomolecule conjugates in imaging and antimicrobial chemotherapy has been discussed.

  17. Composite scaffold of poly(vinyl alcohol) and interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation fibers for controlled biomolecule delivery.

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    Cutiongco, Marie Francene A; Choo, Royden K T; Shen, Nathaniel J X; Chua, Bryan M X; Sju, Ervi; Choo, Amanda W L; Le Visage, Catherine; Yim, Evelyn K F

    2015-01-01

    Controlled delivery of hydrophilic proteins is an important therapeutic strategy. However, widely used methods for protein delivery suffer from low incorporation efficiency and loss of bioactivity. The versatile interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation (IPC) fibers have the capacity for precise spatiotemporal release and protection of protein, growth factor, and cell bioactivity. Yet its weak mechanical properties limit its application and translation into a viable clinical solution. To overcome this limitation, IPC fibers can be incorporated into polymeric scaffolds such as the biocompatible poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel (PVA). Therefore, we explored the use of a composite scaffold of PVA and IPC fibers for controlled biomolecule release. We first observed that the permeability of biomolecules through PVA films were dependent on molecular weight. Next, IPC fibers were incorporated in between layers of PVA to produce PVA-IPC composite scaffolds with different IPC fiber orientation. The composite scaffold demonstrated excellent mechanical properties and efficient biomolecule incorporation. The rate of biomolecule release from PVA-IPC composite grafts exhibited dependence on molecular weight, with lysozyme showing near-linear release for 1 month. Angiogenic factors were also incorporated into the PVA-IPC grafts, as a potential biomedical application of the composite graft. While vascular endothelial growth factor only showed a maximum cumulative release of 3%, the smaller PEGylated-QK peptide showed maximum release of 33%. Notably, the released angiogenic biomolecules induced endothelial cell activity thus indicating retention of bioactivity. We also observed lack of significant macrophage response against PVA-IPC grafts in a rabbit model. Showing permeability, mechanical strength, precise temporal growth factor release, and bioinertness, PVA-IPC fibers composite scaffolds are excellent scaffolds for controlled biomolecule delivery in soft tissue engineering.

  18. Composite scaffold of poly(vinyl alcohol and interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation fibers for controlled biomolecule delivery

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    Marie Francene Arnobit Cutiongco

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Controlled delivery of hydrophilic proteins is an important therapeutic strategy. However, widely used methods for protein delivery suffer from low incorporation efficiency and loss of bioactivity. The versatile interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation (IPC fibers have the capacity for precise spatiotemporal release and protection of protein, growth factor and cell bioactivity. Yet its weak mechanical properties limit its application and translation into a viable clinical solution. To overcome this limitation, IPC fibers can be incorporated into polymeric scaffolds such as the biocompatible poly(vinyl alcohol hydrogel (PVA. Therefore, we explored the use of a composite scaffold of PVA and IPC fibers for controlled biomolecule release. We first observed that the permeability of biomolecules through PVA films were dependent on molecular weight, with lysozyme showing near-linear release for 1 month. Next, IPC fibers were incorporated in between layers of PVA to produce PVA-IPC composite scaffolds with different IPC fiber orientation. The composite scaffold demonstrated excellent mechanical properties and efficient biomolecule incorporation. The rate of biomolecule release from PVA-IPC composite grafts exhibited dependence on molecular weight. Angiogenic factors were also incorporated into the PVA-IPC grafts, as a potential biomedical application of the composite graft. While vascular endothelial growth factor only showed a maximum cumulative release of 3%, the smaller PEGylated-QK peptide showed maximum release of 33%. Notably, the released angiogenic biomolecules induced endothelial cell metabolic activity thus indicating retention of bioactivity. We also observed lack of significant macrophage response against PVA-IPC grafts in a rabbit model. Showing permeability, mechanical strength, precise temporal growth factor release and bioinertness, PVA-IPC fibers composite scaffolds are excellent scaffolds for controlled biomolecule delivery in soft

  19. Live-cell stimulated Raman scattering imaging of alkyne-tagged biomolecules.

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    Hong, Senlian; Chen, Tao; Zhu, Yuntao; Li, Ang; Huang, Yanyi; Chen, Xing

    2014-06-02

    Alkynes can be metabolically incorporated into biomolecules including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, and glycans. In addition to the clickable chemical reactivity, alkynes possess a unique Raman scattering within the Raman-silent region of a cell. Coupling this spectroscopic signature with Raman microscopy yields a new imaging modality beyond fluorescence and label-free microscopies. The bioorthogonal Raman imaging of various biomolecules tagged with an alkyne by a state-of-the-art Raman imaging technique, stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, is reported. This imaging method affords non-invasiveness, high sensitivity, and molecular specificity and therefore should find broad applications in live-cell imaging.

  20. Metal Stable Isotope Tagging: Renaissance of Radioimmunoassay for Multiplex and Absolute Quantification of Biomolecules.

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    Liu, Rui; Zhang, Shixi; Wei, Chao; Xing, Zhi; Zhang, Sichun; Zhang, Xinrong

    2016-05-17

    The unambiguous quantification of biomolecules is of great significance in fundamental biological research as well as practical clinical diagnosis. Due to the lack of a detectable moiety, the direct and highly sensitive quantification of biomolecules is often a "mission impossible". Consequently, tagging strategies to introduce detectable moieties for labeling target biomolecules were invented, which had a long and significant impact on studies of biomolecules in the past decades. For instance, immunoassays have been developed with radioisotope tagging by Yalow and Berson in the late 1950s. The later languishment of this technology can be almost exclusively ascribed to the use of radioactive isotopes, which led to the development of nonradioactive tagging strategy-based assays such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, fluorescent immunoassay, and chemiluminescent and electrochemiluminescent immunoassay. Despite great success, these strategies suffered from drawbacks such as limited spectral window capacity for multiplex detection and inability to provide absolute quantification of biomolecules. After recalling the sequences of tagging strategies, an apparent question is why not use stable isotopes from the start? A reasonable explanation is the lack of reliable means for accurate and precise quantification of stable isotopes at that time. The situation has changed greatly at present, since several atomic mass spectrometric measures for metal stable isotopes have been developed. Among the newly developed techniques, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is an ideal technique to determine metal stable isotope-tagged biomolecules, for its high sensitivity, wide dynamic linear range, and more importantly multiplex and absolute quantification ability. Since the first published report by our group, metal stable isotope tagging has become a revolutionary technique and gained great success in biomolecule quantification. An exciting research highlight in this area

  1. Biomolecule-assisted synthesis of highly stable dispersions of water-soluble copper nanoparticles.

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    Xiong, Jing; Wu, Xue-dong; Xue, Qun-ji

    2013-01-15

    Water-soluble and highly stable dispersions of copper nanoparticles were obtained using a biomolecule-assisted synthetic method. Dopamine was utilized as both reducing and capping agent in aqueous medium. The successful formation of DA-stabilized copper particles was demonstrated by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Zeta potential measurement, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The mechanism of dopamine on the effective reduction and excellent stability of copper nanoparticles was also discussed. This facile biomolecule-assisted technique may provide a useful tool to synthesize other nanoparticles that have potential application in biotechnology.

  2. Study of interactions between cells and microbubbles in high speed centrifugation field for biomolecule delivery.

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    He, Chuan; Chen, Jie

    2014-01-01

    Biomolecule delivery has a very wide range of applications in biology and medicine. In this study, a microbubble based delivery method was developed. In a high centrifugation field, cells deform and collide with microbubbles to induce intracellular pathways on cell membranes. As a result, biomaterials can then easily enter cells. Experimental results show that this delivery method can achieve high delivery efficiency. Simulation results showed that cells with more deformed structure experienced higher strain on cell membranes than cells with less deformed structure. The models can help explain how centrifugation affects cell membrane permeability. By controlling cell morphology and its mechanical properties, high biomolecule delivery efficiency can be achieved.

  3. O banco do futuro: perspectivas e desafios

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    André Accorsi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, apresentam-se as perspectivas e os desafios dos bancos no futuro. Com o referencial teórico sobre o tema, construiu-se um questionário para identificar o grau de importância atribuído a 20 diferentes questões. Na pesquisa de campo, abarcaram-se 93 bancários dos níveis gerencial e operacional dos principais bancos brasileiros e 9 professores universitários especialistas em mercado financeiro. Os dados coletados foram analisados estatisticamente usando-se o software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, versão 13.0. Observando-se as principais conclusões da amostra, não há diferença estatística entre os funcionários dos bancos pesquisados, mas o mesmo não ocorreu entre bancários e professores. Algumas variáveis apresentaram maior relevância: combate às fraudes, business intelligence, bancarização e atendimento rápido. A partir da análise fatorial, identificaram-se seis fatores: sustentabilidade e papel do Brasil; mobilidade e segurança; regulação e novas tecnologias; globalização, inserção e privacidade; atendimento inteligente e bancarização. Pela análise discriminante, classificaram-se corretamente 79,3 e 66,7% dos funcionários do Bradesco e do Banco do Brasil, respectivamente, e 78,8% dos gerentes.

  4. Engineered collagen hydrogels for the sustained release of biomolecules and imaging agents: promoting the growth of human gingival cells.

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    Choi, Jonghoon; Park, Hoyoung; Kim, Taeho; Jeong, Yoon; Oh, Myoung Hwan; Hyeon, Taeghwan; Gilad, Assaf A; Lee, Kwan Hyi

    2014-01-01

    We present here the in vitro release profiles of either fluorescently labeled biomolecules or computed tomography contrast nanoagents from engineered collagen hydrogels under physiological conditions. The collagen constructs were designed as potential biocompatible inserts into wounded human gingiva. The collagen hydrogels were fabricated under a variety of conditions in order to optimize the release profile of biomolecules and nanoparticles for the desired duration and amount. The collagen constructs containing biomolecules/nanoconstructs were incubated under physiological conditions (ie, 37°C and 5% CO2) for 24 hours, and the release profile was tuned from 20% to 70% of initially loaded materials by varying the gelation conditions of the collagen constructs. The amounts of released biomolecules and nanoparticles were quantified respectively by measuring the intensity of fluorescence and X-ray scattering. The collagen hydrogel we fabricated may serve as an efficient platform for the controlled release of biomolecules and imaging agents in human gingiva to facilitate the regeneration of oral tissues.

  5. Sanidad animal con perspectiva ecológica

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    Delpietro, Horacio

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    La ecología sanitaria se define como “el estudio de las enfermedades desde una perspectiva eminentemente ecológica, utilizando metodologías propias y convencionales, y tratando de aplicar principalmente estrategias ecológicas, para llegar al control cte las mismas” . Desmenuzando este intento de definición se tratará de comprender en este trabajo, qué es una perspectiva o un punto de vista ecológico en el estudio de las enfermedades. Trabajo galardonado con el Premio Profesor Dr....

  6. Controlling plasmon coupling in biomolecule-linked metal nanoparticle assemblies

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    Sebba, David S.

    Molecular control of plasmon coupling is investigated in biomolecule-linked nanoparticle assemblies in two-particle, small cluster, and extended network formats. The relationship between structure and optical properties is explored through comparison of measured spectra with simulated spectra calculated using structural models based upon measured structural parameters. A variety of techniques are used to characterize nanoparticle assemblies, including ensemble extinction and elastic scattering spectroscopy, single-assembly scattering spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic light scattering. Initially, molecular control of plasmon coupling is investigated in ˜100 nm assemblies composed of 13 nm gold "satellite" particles tethered by duplex DNA to a 50 nm gold "core" particle. Comparison of core-satellite assemblies formed with duplex DNA tethers of varying length demonstrates that, while core-satellite separation is controlled by the number of base pairs in the DNA tether, structural properties such as core:satellite ratio and yield are independent of DNA tether length. Thus, plasmon coupling within these assemblies is determined by the number of base pairs in the duplex DNA tether; compact assemblies in which tethers are composed of fewer base pairs exhibit plasmon bands that are red-shifted relative to the bands of extended assemblies, indicating increased plasmon coupling in the compact assemblies. Subsequently, core-satellite assemblies are formed with reconfigurable DNA nanostructure tethers that modulate interparticle separation in response to a molecular stimulus. Assembly reconfiguration from a compact to an extended state results in blue-shifting of the assembly plasmon resonance, indicating reduced interparticle coupling and lengthening of the core-satellite tether. Comparison between measured and simulated spectra revealed a close correspondence and provided validation of the structural models that link assembly plasmonic properties

  7. Mujeres inmigrantes : realidades, estereotipos y perspectivas educativas

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    María Dolores Pérez Grande

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    Full Text Available La perspectiva de género resulta imprescindible en el análisis del fenómeno migratorio en el que las mujeres son cada vez una parte más activa y relevante. Las mujeres aparecen en sus propios discursos como un colectivo enormemente heterogéneo que no se corresponde con los estereotipos de mujer analfabeta, sumisa o victima pasiva de sus circunstancias a la que hay que ayudar a desenvolverse. Por el contrario aparecen en su mayoría como mujeres fuertes, con iniciativa y en muchas ocasiones con estudios superiores y un estatus por encima de la media en sus países de origen, aunque tienen que vivir frecuentemente en España situaciones duras y dolorosas. Las problemáticas y recursos de las mujeres son muy variados y los proyectos de formación o educación no pueden restringirse a la alfabetización, el idioma o la formación laboral en determinadas profesiones consideradas típica y estereotipadamente femeninas, sino que es preciso facilitar la integración en proyectos educativos normalizados, en conjunto con el resto de la población autóctona, impulsando un reconocimiento más eficaz de los conocimientos formales y no formales que traen de sus países de origen.The genre perspective turns out to be indispensable in the analysis of themigratory phenomenon in which women are gradually a more active and relevant part. The women appear in their own speeches as an enormously heterogeneous group that does not correspond with the stereotypes ofilliterate,submissive woman or passive victim oftheir own circumstances who need tobe helped in their development. On the contrary they appear mainly as strong women, with initiative and on many occasions with top studies and a status over the average in their native lands, though they have to live frequently in Spain through hard and painful situations. The problems and resources of these women are very varied and the projects of training or education cannot be restricted to the literacy, the language

  8. Plasma-based surface modification of polystyrene microtiter plates for covalent immobilization of biomolecules.

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    North, Stella H; Lock, Evgeniya H; Cooper, Candace J; Franek, James B; Taitt, Chris R; Walton, Scott G

    2010-10-01

    In recent years, polymer surfaces have become increasingly popular for biomolecule attachment because of their relatively low cost and desirable bulk physicochemical characteristics. However, the chemical inertness of some polymer surfaces poses an obstacle to more expansive implementation of polymer materials in bioanalytical applications. We describe use of argon plasma to generate reactive hydroxyl moieties at the surface of polystyrene microtiter plates. The plates are then selectively functionalized with silanes and cross-linkers suitable for the covalent immobilization of biomolecules. This plasma-based method for microtiter plate functionalization was evaluated after each step by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, water contact angle analysis, atomic force microscopy, and bioimmobilization efficacy. We further demonstrate that the plasma treatment followed by silane derivatization supports direct, covalent immobilization of biomolecules on microtiter plates and thus overcomes challenging issues typically associated with simple physisorption. Importantly, biomolecules covalently immobilized onto microtiter plates using this plasma-based method retained functionality and demonstrated attachment efficiency comparable to commercial preactivated microtiter plates.

  9. Applying forces to elastic network models of large biomolecules using a haptic feedback device.

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    Stocks, M B; Laycock, S D; Hayward, S

    2011-03-01

    Elastic network models of biomolecules have proved to be relatively good at predicting global conformational changes particularly in large systems. Software that facilitates rapid and intuitive exploration of conformational change in elastic network models of large biomolecules in response to externally applied forces would therefore be of considerable use, particularly if the forces mimic those that arise in the interaction with a functional ligand. We have developed software that enables a user to apply forces to individual atoms of an elastic network model of a biomolecule through a haptic feedback device or a mouse. With a haptic feedback device the user feels the response to the applied force whilst seeing the biomolecule deform on the screen. Prior to the interactive session normal mode analysis is performed, or pre-calculated normal mode eigenvalues and eigenvectors are loaded. For large molecules this allows the memory and number of calculations to be reduced by employing the idea of the important subspace, a relatively small space of the first M lowest frequency normal mode eigenvectors within which a large proportion of the total fluctuation occurs. Using this approach it was possible to study GroEL on a standard PC as even though only 2.3% of the total number of eigenvectors could be used, they accounted for 50% of the total fluctuation. User testing has shown that the haptic version allows for much more rapid and intuitive exploration of the molecule than the mouse version.

  10. Comparison of various silica-based monoliths for the analysis of large biomolecules.

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    Vuignier, Karine; Fekete, Szabolcs; Carrupt, Pierre-Alain; Veuthey, Jean-Luc; Guillarme, Davy

    2013-07-01

    In the present study, three types of silica-based monoliths, i.e. the first and second generations of commercial silica monolithic columns and a wide-pore prototype monolith were compared for the analysis of large biomolecules. These molecules possess molecular weights between 1 and 66 kDa. The gradient kinetic performance of the first-generation monolith was lower than that of the second generation, for large biomolecules (>14 kDa) but very close with smaller ones (1.3-5.8 kDa). In contrast, the wide-pore prototype column was particularly attractive with proteins larger than 19 kDa (higher peak capacity). Among these three columns, the selectivity and retention remained quite similar but a possible larger number of accessible and charged residual silanols was noticed on the wide-pore prototype material, which led to unpredicted small changes in selectivity and slightly broader peaks than expected. The peak shapes attained with the addition of 0.1% formic acid in the mobile phase remained acceptable for MS coupling, particularly for biomolecules of less than 6 kDa. It was found that one of the major issues with all of these silica-based monoliths is the possible poor recovery of large biomolecules (principally with monoclonal antibody fragments of more than 25 kDa).

  11. Extracting the Shape and Size of Biomolecules Attached to a Surface as Suspended Discrete Nanoparticles.

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    Milioni, Dimitra; Tsortos, Achilleas; Velez, Marisela; Gizeli, Electra

    2017-03-22

    The ability to derive information on the conformation of surface attached biomolecules by using simple techniques such as biosensors is currently considered of great importance in the fields of surface science and nanotechnology. Here we present a nanoshape sensitive biosensor where a simple mathematical expression is used to relate acoustic measurements to the geometrical features of a surface-attached biomolecule. The underlying scientific principle is that the acoustic ratio (ΔD/ΔF) is a measure of the hydrodynamic volume of the attached entity, mathematically expressed by its intrinsic viscosity [η]. A methodology is presented in order to produce surfaces with discretely bound biomolecules where their native conformation is maintained. Using DNA anchors we attached a spherical protein (streptavidin) and a rod-shaped DNA (47bp) to a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) device in a suspended way and predicted correctly through acoustic measurements their conformation, i.e., shape and length. The methodology can be widely applied to draw conclusions on the conformation of any biomolecule or nanoentity upon specific binding on the surface of an acoustic wave device.

  12. Applications of Oblique-Incidence Reflectivity Difference Method in Primary Study of Protein Biomolecules

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    ZHANG Hong-Yan; LIANG Ru-Qiang; JIN Kui-Juan; L(U) Hui-Bin; ZHU Xiang-Dong; ZHOU Yue-Liang; RUAN Kang-Cheng; YANG Guo-Zhen

    2006-01-01

    @@ Oblique-incidence reftectivity difference (OI-RD) analysis is applied to detect the immunoglobulin-G and cytochrome biomolecules on standard glass substrates without fluorescence labelling. The OI-RD intensities not only depend on the protein structure, but also vary with the protein concentration. The results indicate that this method should have potential applications in detection of biochemical processes.

  13. Cellular Viscosity in Prokaryotes and Thermal Stability of Low Molecular Weight Biomolecules.

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    Cuecas, Alba; Cruces, Jorge; Galisteo-López, Juan F; Peng, Xiaojun; Gonzalez, Juan M

    2016-08-23

    Some low molecular weight biomolecules, i.e., NAD(P)H, are unstable at high temperatures. The use of these biomolecules by thermophilic microorganisms has been scarcely analyzed. Herein, NADH stability has been studied at different temperatures and viscosities. NADH decay increased at increasing temperatures. At increasing viscosities, NADH decay rates decreased. Thus, maintaining relatively high cellular viscosity in cells could result in increased stability of low molecular weight biomolecules (i.e., NADH) at high temperatures, unlike what was previously deduced from studies in diluted water solutions. Cellular viscosity was determined using a fluorescent molecular rotor in various prokaryotes covering the range from 10 to 100°C. Some mesophiles showed the capability of changing cellular viscosity depending on growth temperature. Thermophiles and extreme thermophiles presented a relatively high cellular viscosity, suggesting this strategy as a reasonable mechanism to thrive under these high temperatures. Results substantiate the capability of thermophiles and extreme thermophiles (growth range 50-80°C) to stabilize and use generally considered unstable, universal low molecular weight biomolecules. In addition, this study represents a first report, to our knowledge, on cellular viscosity measurements in prokaryotes and it shows the dependency of prokaryotic cellular viscosity on species and growth temperature.

  14. Probing the interactions between boronic acids and cis-diol-containing biomolecules by affinity capillary electrophoresis.

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    Lü, Chenchen; Li, Hengye; Wang, Heye; Liu, Zhen

    2013-02-19

    The affinity of boronic acids to cis-diol-containing biomolecules has found wide applications in many fields, such as sensing, separation, drug delivery, and functional materials. A sound understanding of the binding interactions will greatly facilitate exquisite applications of this chemistry. Although a few analytical tools have been available for the characterization of the interactions, these techniques are associated with some apparent drawbacks, so they are only applicable to a limited range of boronic acids and cis-diol-containing biomolecules. Therefore, a widely applicable method is still greatly needed. In this work, an affinity capillary electrophoresis (ACE) method was established and validated to probe the interactions between boronic acids and cis-diol-containing biomolecules. The method was proven to be applicable to almost all types of cis-diol-containing biomolecules and boronic acids. Based on this method, a quantitative, comparative study on the interactions between 14 boronic acids that have important potentials for application with 5 typical monosaccharides of biological importance was carried out. The findings provided new insights into boronate affinity interactions, particularly the relationship between the binding strength with the molecular structures of the binding species. Besides, effects of pH and temperature on the binding strength were also investigated. This method exhibited several significant advantages, including (1) possibility of simultaneous study of multiple interactions, (2) low requirement on the purity of the binding species, (3) wide applicability, and (4) high accuracy and precision.

  15. Systematic methods for defining coarse-grained maps in large biomolecules.

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    Zhang, Zhiyong

    2015-01-01

    Large biomolecules are involved in many important biological processes. It would be difficult to use large-scale atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the functional motions of these systems because of the computational expense. Therefore various coarse-grained (CG) approaches have attracted rapidly growing interest, which enable simulations of large biomolecules over longer effective timescales than all-atom MD simulations. The first issue in CG modeling is to construct CG maps from atomic structures. In this chapter, we review the recent development of a novel and systematic method for constructing CG representations of arbitrarily complex biomolecules, in order to preserve large-scale and functionally relevant essential dynamics (ED) at the CG level. In this ED-CG scheme, the essential dynamics can be characterized by principal component analysis (PCA) on a structural ensemble, or elastic network model (ENM) of a single atomic structure. Validation and applications of the method cover various biological systems, such as multi-domain proteins, protein complexes, and even biomolecular machines. The results demonstrate that the ED-CG method may serve as a very useful tool for identifying functional dynamics of large biomolecules at the CG level.

  16. Facile immobilization of biomolecules onto various surfaces using epoxide-containing antibiofouling polymers.

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    Sung, Daekyung; Park, Sangjin; Jon, Sangyong

    2012-03-06

    The surface modifications of plastic or glass substrate and the subsequent immobilization of biomolecules onto the surfaces has been a central feature of the fabrication of biochips. To this end, we designed and synthesized new epoxide-containing random copolymers that form stable polymer adlayers on plastic or glass surface and subsequently react with amine or sulfhydryl functional groups of biomolecules under aqueous conditions. Epoxide-containing random copolymers were synthesized by radical polymerization of three functional monomers: a monomer acting as an anchor to the surfaces, a PEG group for preventing nonspecific protein adsorption, and an epoxide group for conjugating to biomolecules. Polymer coating layers were facilely formed on cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) or glass substrate by simply dipping each substrate into a solution of each copolymer. The polymer-coated surfaces characterized by a contact angle analyzer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed very low levels of nonspecific immunoglobulin G (IgG) adsorption compared to the uncoated bare surface (control). Using a microcontact printing (μCP) method, antibodies as representative biomolecules could be selectively attached onto the copolymers-coated glass or COC surface with high signal-to-noise ratios.

  17. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy detection of biomolecules using EBL fabricated nanostructured substrates.

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    Peters, Robert F; Gutierrez-Rivera, Luis; Dew, Steven K; Stepanova, Maria

    2015-03-20

    Fabrication and characterization of conjugate nano-biological systems interfacing metallic nanostructures on solid supports with immobilized biomolecules is reported. The entire sequence of relevant experimental steps is described, involving the fabrication of nanostructured substrates using electron beam lithography, immobilization of biomolecules on the substrates, and their characterization utilizing surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Three different designs of nano-biological systems are employed, including protein A, glucose binding protein, and a dopamine binding DNA aptamer. In the latter two cases, the binding of respective ligands, D-glucose and dopamine, is also included. The three kinds of biomolecules are immobilized on nanostructured substrates by different methods, and the results of SERS imaging are reported. The capabilities of SERS to detect vibrational modes from surface-immobilized proteins, as well as to capture the protein-ligand and aptamer-ligand binding are demonstrated. The results also illustrate the influence of the surface nanostructure geometry, biomolecules immobilization strategy, Raman activity of the molecules and presence or absence of the ligand binding on the SERS spectra acquired.

  18. Preparation of Biomolecule Microstructures and Microarrays by Thiol–ene Photoimmobilization

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    Weinrich, Dirk; Köhn, Maja; Jonkheijm, Pascal; Westerlind, Ulrika; Dehmelt, Leif; Engelkamp, Hans; Christianen, Peter C.M.; Kuhlmann, Jürgen; Maan, Jan C.; Nüsse, Dirk; Schröder, Hendrik; Wacker, Ron; Voges, Edgar; Breinbauer, Rolf; Kunz, Horst; Niemeyer, Christof M.; Waldmann, Herbert

    2010-01-01

    A mild, fast and flexible method for photoimmobilization of biomolecules based on the light-initiated thiol–ene reaction has been developed. After investigation and optimization of various surface materials, surface chemistries and reaction parameters, microstructures and microarrays of biotin, olig

  19. Nanocoating for biomolecule delivery using layer-by-layer self-assembly.

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    Keeney, M; Jiang, X Y; Yamane, M; Lee, M; Goodman, S; Yang, F

    2015-11-07

    Since its introduction in the early 1990s, layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly of films has been widely used in the fields of nanoelectronics, optics, sensors, surface coatings, and controlled drug delivery. The growth of this industry is propelled by the ease of film manufacture, low cost, mild assembly conditions, precise control of coating thickness, and versatility of coating materials. Despite the wealth of research on LbL for biomolecule delivery, clinical translation has been limited and slow. This review provides an overview of methods and mechanisms of loading biomolecules within LbL films and achieving controlled release. In particular, this review highlights recent advances in the development of LbL coatings for the delivery of different types of biomolecules including proteins, polypeptides, DNA, particles and viruses. To address the need for co-delivery of multiple types of biomolecules at different timing, we also review recent advances in incorporating compartmentalization into LbL assembly. Existing obstacles to clinical translation of LbL technologies and enabling technologies for future directions are also discussed.

  20. Prospects of biomolecule sequencing with the techniques of translocation through nanopores: A review

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    Nosik, V. L., E-mail: v-nosik@yandex.ru; Rudakova, E. B. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

    2013-11-15

    The interest in the functional properties of biomolecules in native solutions (in particular, their interaction with membranes) constantly increases with accumulation of data on the macromolecular structure, obtained by X-ray diffraction (with synchrotron radiation sources), nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry; this interest is closely related to the development of new technologies of sequencing (i.e., determining the sequence of nucleotides in DNA biomolecule). One of the most promising 'physical' approaches to sequencing is the application of methods based on the use of nanochannels or nanopores, through which biomolecules pass in ionic solutions under an electric field applied. A nanopore provides spatial localization of molecules and makes it possible to detect a signal (electric, fluorescent, etc.) from an individual nucleotide. In view of the development of new high-intensity pulsed X-ray sources, the popularity of fluorescence analysis constantly increases. The existing methods for simulating the motion of biomolecules and interpreting their structure, sequencing techniques, and the prospects of further development of investigations in this field are discussed.

  1. The minimum amount of "matrix " needed for matrix-assisted pulsed laser deposition of biomolecules

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    Tabetah, Marshall; Matei, Andreea; Constantinescu, Catalin;

    2014-01-01

    of coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations are performed for a model lysozyme-water system, where the water serves the role of volatile "matrix" that drives the ejection of the biomolecules. The simulations reveal a remarkable ability of a small (5-10 wt %) amount of matrix to cause the ejection...

  2. Tapered Optical Fiber Sensor for Label-Free Detection of Biomolecules

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a fast, highly sensitive and low-cost tapered optical fiber biosensor that enables the label-free detection of biomolecules. The sensor takes advantage of the interference effect between the fiber’s first two propagation modes along the taper waist region. The biomolecules bonded on the taper surface were determined by demodulating the transmission spectrum phase shift. Because of the sharp spectrum fringe signals, as well as a relatively long biomolecule testing region, the sensor displayed a fast response and was highly sensitive. To better understand the influence of various biomolecules on the sensor, a numerical simulation that varied biolayer parameters such as thickness and refractive index was performed. The results showed that the spectrum fringe shift was obvious to be measured even when the biolayer was only nanometers thick. A microchannel chip was designed and fabricated for the protection of the sensor and biotesting. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS fabrication techniques were used to precisely control the profile and depth of the microchannel on the silicon chip with an accuracy of 2 μm. A tapered optical fiber biosensor was fabricated and evaluated with an Immune globulin G (IgG antibody-antigen pair.

  3. IMPLICATIONS OF RELATIVISTIC CONFIGURATIONS AND BAND STRUCTURES IN THE PHYSICS OF BIO-MOLECULES AND SOLIDS

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    Islam, M. Fhokrul; Bohr, Henrik; Malik, F. B.

    2008-01-01

    Beyond the second row of elements in the Mendeleev periodic table, the consideration of the relativistic effect is important in determining proper configurations of atoms and ions, in many cases. Many important quantities of interest in determining physical and chemical properties of matter...... factor in facilitating intersystem crossing in bio-molecules....

  4. Exploring the flexible chemistry of 4-fluoro-3-nitrophenyl azide for biomolecule immobilization and bioconjugation.

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    Kumar, Saroj; Kumar, Dileep; Ahirwar, Rajesh; Nahar, Pradip

    2016-10-01

    Bioconjugation and functionalization of polymer surfaces are two major tasks in materials chemistry which are accomplished using a variety of coupling agents. Immobilization of biomolecules onto polymer surfaces and the construction of bioconjugates are essential requirements of many biochemical assays and chemical syntheses. Different linkers with a variety of functional groups are used for these purposes. Among them, the benzophenones, aryldiazirines, and arylazides represent the most commonly used photolinker to produce the desired chemical linkage upon their photo-irradiation. In this review, we describe the versatile applications of 4-fluoro-3-nitrophenyl azide, one of the oldest photolinkers used for photoaffinity labeling in the late 1960s. Surprisingly, this photolinker, historically known as 1-fluoro-2-nitro-4-azidobenzene (FNAB), has remained unexplored for a long time because of apprehension that FNAB forms ring-expanded dehydroazepine as a major product and hence cannot activate an inert polymer. The first evidence of photochemical activation of an inert surface by FNAB through nitrene insertion reaction was reported in 2001, and the FNAB-activated surface was found to conjugate a biomolecule without any catalyst, reagent, or modification. FNAB has distinct advantages over perfluorophenyl azide derivatives, which are contemporary nitrene-generating photolinkers, because of its simple, single-step preparation and ease of thermochemical and photochemical reactions with versatile polymers and biomolecules. Covering these aspects, the present review highlights the flexible chemistry of FNAB and its applications in the field of surface engineering, immobilization of biomolecules such as antibodies, enzymes, cells, carbohydrates, oligonucleotides, and DNA aptamers, and rapid diagnostics. Graphical Abstract An overview of the FNAB-engineered activated polymer surfaces for covalent ligation of versatile biomolecules.

  5. Designing the nanoparticle-biomolecule interface for "targeting and therapeutic delivery".

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    Mahon, Eugene; Salvati, Anna; Baldelli Bombelli, Francesca; Lynch, Iseult; Dawson, Kenneth A

    2012-07-20

    The endogenous transport mechanisms which occur in living organisms have evolved to allow selective transport and processing operate on a scale of tens of nanometers. This presents the possibility of unprecedented access for engineered nanoscale materials to organs and sub-cellular locations, materials which may in principle be targeted to precise locations for diagnostic or therapeutic gain. For this reason, nano-architectures could represent a truly radical departure as delivery agents for drugs, genes and therapies to treat a host of diseases. Thus, for active targeting, unlike the case of small molecular drugs where molecular structure has evolved to promote higher physiochemical affinity to specific sites, one aims to exploit these energy dependant endogenous processes. Many active targeting strategies have been developed, but despite this truly remarkable potential, in applications they have met with mixed success to date. This situation may have more to do with our current understanding and integration of knowledge across disciplines, than any intrinsic limitation on the vision itself. In this review article we suggest that much more fundamental and detailed control of the nanoparticle-biomolecule interface is required for sustained and general success in this field. In the simplest manifestation, pristine nanoparticles in biological fluids act as a scaffold for biomolecules, which adsorb rapidly to the nanoparticles' surface, conferring a new biological identity to the nanoparticles. It is this nanoparticle-biomolecule interface that is 'read' and acted upon by the cellular machinery. Moreover, where targeting moieties are grafted onto nanoparticles, they may not retain their function as a result of poor orientation, and structural or conformational disruption. Further surface adsorption of biomolecules from the surrounding environment i.e. the formation of a biomolecule corona may also obscure specific surface recognition. To transfer the remarkable

  6. Preparation of supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids exhibiting biomolecule-responsive gel degradation.

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    Shigemitsu, Hajime; Fujisaku, Takahiro; Onogi, Shoji; Yoshii, Tatsuyuki; Ikeda, Masato; Hamachi, Itaru

    2016-09-01

    Hydrogelators are small, self-assembling molecules that form supramolecular nanofiber networks that exhibit unique dynamic properties. Development of supramolecular hydrogels that degrade in response to various biomolecules could potentially be used for applications in areas such as drug delivery and diagnostics. Here we provide a synthetic procedure for preparing redox-responsive supramolecular hydrogelators that are used to create hydrogels that degrade in response to oxidizing or reducing conditions. The synthesis takes ∼2-4 d, and it can potentially be carried out in parallel to prepare multiple hydrogelator candidates. This described solid-phase peptide synthesis protocol can be used to produce previously described hydrogelators or to construct a focused molecular library to efficiently discover and optimize new hydrogelators. In addition, we describe the preparation of redox-responsive supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids that are created by mixing aqueous solutions of hydrogelators and enzymes, which requires 2 h for completion. The resultant supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids exhibit gel degradation in response to various biomolecules, and can be rationally designed by connecting the chemical reactions of the hydrogelators with enzymatic reactions. Gel degradation in response to biomolecules as triggers occurs within a few hours. We also describe the preparation of hydrogel-enzyme hybrids arrayed on flat glass slides, enabling high-throughput analysis of biomolecules such as glucose, uric acid, lactate and so on by gel degradation, which is detectable by the naked eye. The protocol requires ∼6 h to prepare the hydrogel-enzyme hybrid array and to complete the biomolecule assay.

  7. Paradigma e Disciplina nas Perspectivas de Kuhn e Morin

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    Sérgio Luís Boeira

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1807-1384.2009v6n1p90 Este ensaio compara o conceito de paradigma nas perspectivas de Thomas Kuhn e Edgar Morin. Apesar da relevância internacional de suas obras e de suas contribuições para a história da ciência e para a filosofia da ciência, observa-se na literatura uma falta de estudos comparativos sobre suas principais idéias, o que tem gerado confusões e simplificações. O ensaio parte de extensa pesquisa de obras publicadas pelos autores em âmbito internacional. Na primeira seção, trata-se da perspectiva de Kuhn sobre diversas noções, como paradigma, matriz disciplinar, comunidade científica e incomensurabilidade. Na segunda, examina-se a perspectiva de Morin sobre paradigma disjuntor-redutor e paradigma da complexidade. Na terceira seção, comparam-se suas perspectivas sobre progresso científico, a partir da noção de disciplina, para discernir aspectos convergentes e divergentes em suas obras, resumidos nas conclusões. Palavras-chave: Paradigma; Disciplina; Filosofia da ciência.

  8. Light-induced immobilisation of biomolecules as an attractive alternative to microdroplet dispensing-based arraying technologies

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    Crookshanks, Meg; Skovsen, Esben; Petersen, Maria Teresa Neves;

    2007-01-01

    The present work shows how UV ‘light-induced molecular immobilisation' (LIMI) of biomolecules onto thiol reactive surfaces can be used to make biosensors, without the need for traditional microdispensing technologies. Using ‘LIMI,' arrays of biomolecules can be created with a high degree...... to conventional array formats. The ultimate consequence of the LIMI is that it is possible to write complex protein patterns using bitmaps at high resolution onto substrates. Thus, LIMI of biomolecules provides a new technological platform for biomolecular immobilisation and the potential for replacing present...

  9. Leveraging zinc interstitials and oxygen vacancies for sensitive biomolecule detection through selective surface functionalization

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    Radha Shanmugam, Nandhinee; Muthukumar, Sriram; Chaudhry, Shajee; Prasad, Shalini

    2015-03-01

    In this study, functionally engineered EIS technique was implemented to investigate the influence of surface functionalization on sensitivity of biomolecule detection using nanostructured ZnO platform. Organic molecules with thiol and carboxylic functional groups were chosen to control biomolecule immobilization on zinc and oxygen-terminated 2D planar and 1D nanostructured ZnO surfaces. The amount of functionalization and its influence on charge perturbations at the ZnO-electrolyte interface were studied using fluorescence and EIS measurements. We observed the dependence of charge transfer on both the polarity of platform and concentration of cross-linker molecules. Such selectively modified surfaces were used for detection of cortisol, a major stress indicator. Results demonstrated preferential binding of thiol groups to Zn terminations and thus leveraging ZnO interstitials increases the sensitivity of detection over larger dynamic range with detection limit at 10fg/mL.

  10. Recent advances in chemical functionalization of nanoparticles with biomolecules for analytical applications.

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    Oh, Ju-Hwan; Park, Do Hyun; Joo, Jang Ho; Lee, Jae-Seung

    2015-11-01

    The recent synthetic development of a variety of nanoparticles has led to their widespread application in diagnostics and therapeutics. In particular, the controlled size and shape of nanoparticles precisely determine their unique chemical and physical properties, which is highly attractive for accurate analysis of given systems. In addition to efforts toward controlling the synthesis and properties of nanoparticles, the surface functionalization of nanoparticles with biomolecules has been intensively investigated since the mid-1990s. The complicated yet programmable properties of biomolecules have proved to substantially enhance and enrich the novel functions of nanoparticles to achieve "smart" nanoparticle materials. In this review, the advances in chemical functionalization of four types of representative nanoparticle with DNA and protein molecules in the past five years are critically reviewed, and their future trends are predicted.

  11. Probing nanoparticles and nanoparticle-conjugated biomolecules using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry.

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    Kim, Young-Pil; Shon, Hyun Kyong; Shin, Seung Koo; Lee, Tae Geol

    2015-01-01

    Bio-conjugated nanoparticles have emerged as novel molecular probes in nano-biotechnology and nanomedicine and chemical analyses of their surfaces have become challenges. The time-of-flight (TOF) secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) has been one of the most powerful surface characterization techniques for both nanoparticles and biomolecules. When combined with various nanoparticle-based signal enhancing strategies, TOF-SIMS can probe the functionalization of nanoparticles as well as their locations and interactions in biological systems. Especially, nanoparticle-based SIMS is an attractive approach for label-free drug screening because signal-enhancing nanoparticles can be designed to directly measure the enzyme activity. The chemical-specific imaging analysis using SIMS is also well suited to screen nanoparticles and nanoparticle-biomolecule conjugates in complex environments. This review presents some recent applications of nanoparticle-based TOF-SIMS to the chemical analysis of complex biological systems.

  12. Heme biomolecule as redox mediator and oxygen shuttle for efficient charging of lithium-oxygen batteries

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    Ryu, Won-Hee; Gittleson, Forrest S.; Thomsen, Julianne M.; Li, Jinyang; Schwab, Mark J.; Brudvig, Gary W.; Taylor, André D.

    2016-10-01

    One of the greatest challenges with lithium-oxygen batteries involves identifying catalysts that facilitate the growth and evolution of cathode species on an oxygen electrode. Heterogeneous solid catalysts cannot adequately address the problematic overpotentials when the surfaces become passivated. However, there exists a class of biomolecules which have been designed by nature to guide complex solution-based oxygen chemistries. Here, we show that the heme molecule, a common porphyrin cofactor in blood, can function as a soluble redox catalyst and oxygen shuttle for efficient oxygen evolution in non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries. The heme's oxygen binding capability facilitates battery recharge by accepting and releasing dissociated oxygen species while benefiting charge transfer with the cathode. We reveal the chemical change of heme redox molecules where synergy exists with the electrolyte species. This study brings focus to the rational design of solution-based catalysts and suggests a sustainable cross-link between biomolecules and advanced energy storage.

  13. A review on recent developments for biomolecule separation at analytical scale using microfluidic devices.

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    Tetala, Kishore K R; Vijayalakshmi, M A

    2016-02-04

    Microfluidic devices with their inherent advantages like the ability to handle 10(-9) to 10(-18) L volume, multiplexing of microchannels, rapid analysis and on-chip detection are proving to be efficient systems in various fields of life sciences. This review highlights articles published since 2010 that reports the use of microfluidic devices to separate biomolecules (DNA, RNA and proteins) using chromatography principles (size, charge, hydrophobicity and affinity) along with microchip capillary electrophoresis, isotachophoresis etc. A detailed overview of stationary phase materials and the approaches to incorporate them within the microchannels of microchips is provided as well as a brief overview of chemical methods to immobilize ligand(s). Furthermore, we review research articles that deal with microfluidic devices as analytical tools for biomolecule (DNA, RNA and protein) separation.

  14. Fed-Batch Biomolecule Production by Bacillus subtilis: A State of the Art Review.

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    Öztürk, Sibel; Çalık, Pınar; Özdamar, Tunçer H

    2016-04-01

    Bacillus subtilis is a highly promising production system for various biomolecules. This review begins with the algorithm of fed-batch operations (FBOs) and then illustrates the approaches to design the initial production medium and/or feed stream. Additionally, the feeding strategies developed with or without feedback control for fed-batch B. subtilis fermentations were compiled with a special emphasis on recombinant protein (r-protein) production. For biomolecule production by wild-type B. subtilis, due to the different intracellular production patterns, no consensus exists on the FBO strategy that gives the maximum productivity, whereas for r-protein production appropriate feeding strategies vary depending on the promoter used. Thus, we conclude that the B. subtilis community is still seeking an approved strong promoter and generalized FBO strategies.

  15. Tiny grains give huge gains: nanocrystal-based signal amplification for biomolecule detection.

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    Tong, Sheng; Ren, Binbin; Zheng, Zhilan; Shen, Han; Bao, Gang

    2013-06-25

    Nanocrystals, despite their tiny sizes, contain thousands to millions of atoms. Here we show that the large number of atoms packed in each metallic nanocrystal can provide a huge gain in signal amplification for biomolecule detection. We have devised a highly sensitive, linear amplification scheme by integrating the dissolution of bound nanocrystals and metal-induced stoichiometric chromogenesis, and demonstrated that signal amplification is fully defined by the size and atom density of nanocrystals, which can be optimized through well-controlled nanocrystal synthesis. Further, the rich library of chromogenic reactions allows implementation of this scheme in various assay formats, as demonstrated by the iron oxide nanoparticle linked immunosorbent assay (ILISA) and blotting assay developed in this study. Our results indicate that, owing to the inherent simplicity, high sensitivity and repeatability, the nanocrystal based amplification scheme can significantly improve biomolecule quantification in both laboratory research and clinical diagnostics. This novel method adds a new dimension to current nanoparticle-based bioassays.

  16. Polyoxometalate-biomolecule conjugates: a new approach to create hybrid drugs for cancer therapeutics.

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    Yang, Hai-Kuan; Cheng, Yi-Xing; Su, Ming-Ming; Xiao, Yu; Hu, Min-Biao; Wang, Wei; Wang, Qian

    2013-03-01

    Some polyoxometalate (POM) clusters have demonstrated attractive anticancer properties. Unfortunately, their cytotoxicity upon normal cell is one of fateful side effects obstructing their further clinic application as inorganic drugs. In this communication, we report a new approach to create hybrid drugs potentially for cancer therapeutics. At first, the POM cluster bioconjugates were created by attaching the bioactive ligands on an amine grafted POM via simple amidation reaction. The cytotoxicity study with breast cancer cells (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) and non-cancerous breast epithelial cell (MCF-10A) showed that rationally selected ligands with cancer-cell targeting ability on POM-biomolecule conjugates can impart enhanced anti-tumor activity and selectivity, thus representing a new concept to develop novel POM-biomolecule hybrid drugs with the potential synergistic effect: increased bioactivity and lower side effect.

  17. Immobilization of biomolecules onto surfaces according to ultraviolet light diffraction patterns

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    Petersen, Steffen B.; Gennaro, Ane Kold Di; Neves Petersen, Teresa

    2010-01-01

    We developed a method for immobilization of biomolecules onto thiol functionalized surfaces according to UV diffraction patterns. UV light-assisted molecular immobilization proceeds through the formation of free, reactive thiol groups that can bind covalently to thiol reactive surfaces. We...... demonstrate that, by shaping the pattern of the UV light used to induce molecular immobilization, one can control the pattern of immobilized molecules onto the surface. Using a single-aperture spatial mask, combined with the Fourier transforming property of a focusing lens, we show that submicrometer (0.7 mu...... m) resolved patterns of immobilized prostate-specific antigen biomolecules can be created. If a dual-aperture spatial mask is used, the results differ from the expected Fourier transform pattern of the mask. It appears as a superposition of two diffraction patterns produced by the two apertures...

  18. Synthesis of new pyrrole-containing biomolecules as building blocks for functionalized polypyrroles in nanobiotechnology

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    Karsten, S; Liebscher, J [Department of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Brook-Taylor-Str. 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Nan, A; Turcu, R, E-mail: sebastian.karsten@chemie.hu-berlin.d, E-mail: liebscher@chemie.hu-berlin.d [National Instiute of Research and Development for Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Donath 65-103, RO-400293 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2009-08-01

    New pyrroles were synthesized wherein biomolecules such as {alpha}-amino acids, peptides or carbohydrates are attached to position 1 or 3 via suitable linkers. These conjugates were copolymerized with pyrrole by chemical polymerisation alone giving corresponding copolymers or in the presence of magnetic iron oxid nanoparticles resulting in functionalized core-shell-nanoparticles. Such products are interesting for biosensing, imaging or separation of biomaterials. They were characterized by several methods such as TEM, HRTEM, FTIR and measuring of magnetization.

  19. Coherent diffraction and holographic imaging of individual biomolecules using low-energy electrons

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    Latychevskaia, Tatiana; Escher, Conrad; Fink, Hans-Werner

    2013-01-01

    Modern microscopy techniques are aimed at imaging an individual molecule at atomic resolution. Here we show that low-energy electrons with kinetic energies of 50-250 eV offer a possibility of overcome the problem of radiation damage, and obtaining images of individual biomolecules. Two experimental schemes for obtaining images of individual molecules, holography and coherent diffraction imaging, are discussed and compared. Images of individual molecules obtained by both techniques, using low-energy electrons, are shown.

  20. Submicron machining and biomolecule immobilization on porous silicon by electron beam.

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    Imbraguglio, Dario; Giovannozzi, Andrea Mario; Nastro, Annalisa; Rossi, Andrea Mario

    2012-09-25

    Three-dimensional submicrometric structures and biomolecular patterns have been fabricated on a porous silicon film by an electron beam-based functionalization method. The immobilized proteins act as a passivation layer against material corrosion in aqueous solutions. The effects' dependence on the main parameters of the process (i.e., the electron beam dose, the biomolecule concentration, and the incubation time) has been demonstrated.

  1. Strategies to balance covalent and non-covalent biomolecule attachment within collagen-GAG biomaterials.

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    Pence, Jacquelyn C; Gonnerman, Emily A; Bailey, Ryan C; Harley, Brendan A C

    2014-09-01

    Strategies to integrate instructive biomolecular signals into a biomaterial are becoming increasingly complex and bioinspired. While a large majority of reports still use repeated treatments with soluble factors, this approach can be prohibitively costly and difficult to translate in vivo for applications where spatial control over signal presentation is necessary. Recent efforts have explored the use of covalent immobilization of biomolecules to the biomaterial, via both bulk (ubiquitous) as well as spatially-selective light-based crosslinking, as a means to both enhance stability and bioactivity. However, little is known about how processing conditions during immobilization impact the degree of unintended non-covalent interactions, or fouling, that takes place between the biomaterial and the biomolecule of interest. Here we demonstrate the impact of processing conditions for bulk carbodiimide (EDC) and photolithography-based benzophenone (BP) crosslinking on specific attachment vs. fouling of a model protein (Concanavalin A, ConA) within collagen-glycosaminoglycan (CG) scaffolds. Collagen source significantly impacts the selectivity of biomolecule immobilization. EDC crosslinking intensity and ligand concentration significantly impacted selective immobilization. For benzophenone photoimmobilization we observed that increased UV exposure time leads to increased ConA immobilization. Immobilization efficiency for both EDC and BP strategies was maximal at physiological pH. Increasing ligand concentration during immobilization process led to enhanced immobilization for EDC chemistry, no impact on BP immobilization, but significant increases in non-specific fouling. Given recent efforts to covalently immobilize biomolecules to a biomaterial surface to enhance bioactivity, improved understanding of the impact of crosslinking conditions on selective attachment versus non-specific fouling will inform the design of instructive biomaterials for applications across tissue

  2. Cold-spray Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Characterization of Biomolecules in Solution

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    Kentaro YAMAGUCHI; Shigeru SAKAMOTO

    2003-01-01

    @@ A direct solution analysis method, coldspray ionization (CSI) mass spectrometry (MS)[1], a variant of electrospray (ESI) MS operating at low temperature (ca. - 80 ~ 10℃), allows facile and precise characterization of labile organic species, especially those in which non-covalent bonding interactions are prominent. We have applies this method to investigations of the solution structures of many labile organic species, including unstable reagents and reaction intermediates, asymmetric catalysts, supramolecules, and even primary biomolecules.

  3. Nanoshell-based substrates for surface enhanced spectroscopic detection of biomolecules.

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    Levin, Carly S; Kundu, Janardan; Barhoumi, Aoune; Halas, Naomi J

    2009-09-01

    Nanoshells are optically tunable core-shell nanostructures with demonstrated uses in surface enhanced spectroscopies. Based on their ability to support surface plasmons, which give rise to strongly enhanced electromagnetic fields at their surface, nanoshells provide simple, scalable, high-quality substrates. In this article, we outline the development and use of nanoshell-based substrates for direct, spectroscopic detection of biomolecules. Recent advances in the use of these nanostructures lead to improved spectroscopic quality, selectivity, and reproducibility.

  4. Mechanistic studies on the reactions of platinum(II) complexes with nitrogen- and sulfur-donor biomolecules.

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    Bugarčić, Živadin D; Bogojeski, Jovana; Petrović, Biljana; Hochreuther, Stephanie; van Eldik, Rudi

    2012-10-28

    A brief overview of mechanistic studies on the reactions of different Pt(II) complexes with nitrogen- and sulfur-donor biomolecules is presented. The first part describes the results obtained for substitution reactions of mono-functional Pt(II) complexes with different biomolecules, under various experimental conditions (temperature, pH and ionic strength). In addition, an overview of the results obtained for the substitution reactions of bi-functional Pt(II) complexes, analogous to cisplatin, with biomolecules is given. The last part of this report deals with different polynuclear Pt(II) complexes and their substitution behaviour with different biomolecules. The purpose of this perspective is to improve the understanding of the mechanism of action of Pt(II) complexes as potential anti-tumour drugs in the human body.

  5. Computational On-Chip Imaging of Nanoparticles and Biomolecules using Ultraviolet Light

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    Daloglu, Mustafa Ugur; Ray, Aniruddha; Gorocs, Zoltan; Xiong, Matthew; Malik, Ravinder; Bitan, Gal; McLeod, Euan; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2017-03-01

    Significant progress in characterization of nanoparticles and biomolecules was enabled by the development of advanced imaging equipment with extreme spatial-resolution and sensitivity. To perform some of these analyses outside of well-resourced laboratories, it is necessary to create robust and cost-effective alternatives to existing high-end laboratory-bound imaging and sensing equipment. Towards this aim, we have designed a holographic on-chip microscope operating at an ultraviolet illumination wavelength (UV) of 266 nm. The increased forward scattering from nanoscale objects at this short wavelength has enabled us to detect individual sub-30 nm nanoparticles over a large field-of-view of >16 mm2 using an on-chip imaging platform, where the sample is placed at ≤0.5 mm away from the active area of an opto-electronic sensor-array, without any lenses in between. The strong absorption of this UV wavelength by biomolecules including nucleic acids and proteins has further enabled high-contrast imaging of nanoscopic aggregates of biomolecules, e.g., of enzyme Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase, abnormal aggregation of which is linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - a fatal neurodegenerative disease. This UV-based wide-field computational imaging platform could be valuable for numerous applications in biomedical sciences and environmental monitoring, including disease diagnostics, viral load measurements as well as air- and water-quality assessment.

  6. Recent trends in carbon nanomaterial-based electrochemical sensors for biomolecules: A review

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    Yang, Cheng; Denno, Madelaine E.; Pyakurel, Poojan; Venton, B. Jill, E-mail: jventon@virginia.edu

    2015-08-05

    Carbon nanomaterials are advantageous for electrochemical sensors because they increase the electroactive surface area, enhance electron transfer, and promote adsorption of molecules. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been incorporated into electrochemical sensors for biomolecules and strategies have included the traditional dip coating and drop casting methods, direct growth of CNTs on electrodes and the use of CNT fibers and yarns made exclusively of CNTs. Recent research has also focused on utilizing many new types of carbon nanomaterials beyond CNTs. Forms of graphene are now increasingly popular for sensors including reduced graphene oxide, carbon nanohorns, graphene nanofoams, graphene nanorods, and graphene nanoflowers. In this review, we compare different carbon nanomaterial strategies for creating electrochemical sensors for biomolecules. Analytes covered include neurotransmitters and neurochemicals, such as dopamine, ascorbic acid, and serotonin; hydrogen peroxide; proteins, such as biomarkers; and DNA. The review also addresses enzyme-based electrodes that are used to detect non-electroactive species such as glucose, alcohols, and proteins. Finally, we analyze some of the future directions for the field, pointing out gaps in fundamental understanding of electron transfer to carbon nanomaterials and the need for more practical implementation of sensors. - Highlights: • We review the types of carbon nanomaterials used in electrochemical sensors. • Different materials and sensor designs are compared for classes of biomolecules. • Future challenges of better sensor design and implementation are assessed.

  7. Measuring masses of large biomolecules and bioparticles using mass spectrometric techniques.

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    Peng, Wen-Ping; Chou, Szu-Wei; Patil, Avinash A

    2014-07-21

    Large biomolecules and bioparticles play a vital role in biology, chemistry, biomedical science and physics. Mass is a critical parameter for the characterization of large biomolecules and bioparticles. To achieve mass analysis, choosing a suitable ion source is the first step and the instruments for detecting ions, mass analyzers and detectors should also be considered. Abundant mass spectrometric techniques have been proposed to determine the masses of large biomolecules and bioparticles and these techniques can be divided into two categories. The first category measures the mass (or size) of intact particles, including single particle quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry, cell mass spectrometry, charge detection mass spectrometry and differential mobility mass analysis; the second category aims to measure the mass and tandem mass of biomolecular ions, including quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry, time-of-flight mass spectrometry, quadrupole orthogonal time-of-flight mass spectrometry and orbitrap mass spectrometry. Moreover, algorithms for the mass and stoichiometry assignment of electrospray mass spectra are developed to obtain accurate structure information and subunit combinations.

  8. Computational On-Chip Imaging of Nanoparticles and Biomolecules using Ultraviolet Light.

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    Daloglu, Mustafa Ugur; Ray, Aniruddha; Gorocs, Zoltan; Xiong, Matthew; Malik, Ravinder; Bitan, Gal; McLeod, Euan; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2017-03-09

    Significant progress in characterization of nanoparticles and biomolecules was enabled by the development of advanced imaging equipment with extreme spatial-resolution and sensitivity. To perform some of these analyses outside of well-resourced laboratories, it is necessary to create robust and cost-effective alternatives to existing high-end laboratory-bound imaging and sensing equipment. Towards this aim, we have designed a holographic on-chip microscope operating at an ultraviolet illumination wavelength (UV) of 266 nm. The increased forward scattering from nanoscale objects at this short wavelength has enabled us to detect individual sub-30 nm nanoparticles over a large field-of-view of >16 mm(2) using an on-chip imaging platform, where the sample is placed at ≤0.5 mm away from the active area of an opto-electronic sensor-array, without any lenses in between. The strong absorption of this UV wavelength by biomolecules including nucleic acids and proteins has further enabled high-contrast imaging of nanoscopic aggregates of biomolecules, e.g., of enzyme Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase, abnormal aggregation of which is linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - a fatal neurodegenerative disease. This UV-based wide-field computational imaging platform could be valuable for numerous applications in biomedical sciences and environmental monitoring, including disease diagnostics, viral load measurements as well as air- and water-quality assessment.

  9. Graphene-Templated Synthesis of Magnetic Metal Organic Framework Nanocomposites for Selective Enrichment of Biomolecules.

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    Cheng, Gong; Wang, Zhi-Gang; Denagamage, Sachira; Zheng, Si-Yang

    2016-04-27

    Successful control of homogeneous and complete coating of graphene or graphene-based composites with well-defined metal organic framework (MOF) layers is a great challenge. Herein, novel magnetic graphene MOF composites were constructed via a simple strategy for self-assembly of well-distributed, dense, and highly porous MOFs on both sides of graphene nanosheets. Graphene functionalized with magnetic nanoparticles and carboxylic groups on both sides was explored as the backbone and template to direct the controllable self-assembly of MOFs. The prepared composite materials have a relatively high specific surface area (345.4 m(2) g(-1)), and their average pore size is measured to be 3.2 nm. Their relatively high saturation magnetization (23.8 emu g(-1)) indicates their strong magnetism at room temperature. Moreover, the multifunctional composite was demonstrated to be a highly effective affinity material in selective extraction and separation of low-concentration biomolecules from biological samples, in virtue of the size-selection property of the unique porous structure and the excellent affinity of the composite materials. Besides providing a solution for the construction of well-defined functional graphene-based MOFs, this work could also contribute to selective extraction of biomolecules, in virtue of the universal affinity between immobilized metal ions and biomolecules.

  10. Influence of reactive species on the modification of biomolecules generated from the soft plasma.

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    Attri, Pankaj; Kumar, Naresh; Park, Ji Hoon; Yadav, Dharmendra Kumar; Choi, Sooho; Uhm, Han S; Kim, In Tae; Choi, Eun Ha; Lee, Weontae

    2015-02-04

    Plasma medicine is an upcoming research area that has attracted the scientists to explore more deeply the utility of plasma. So, apart from the treating biomaterials and tissues with plasma, we have studied the effect of soft plasma with different feeding gases such as Air, N2 and Ar on modification of biomolecules. Hence, in this work we have used the soft plasma on biomolecules such as proteins ((Hemoglobin (Hb) and Myoglobin (Mb)), calf thymus DNA and amino acids. The structural changes or structural modification of proteins and DNA have been studied using circular dichroism (CD), fluorescence spectroscopy, protein oxidation test, gel electrophoresis, UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and 1D NMR, while Liquid Chromatograph/Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometer (LC/CE-MS) based on qualitative and quantitative bio-analysis have been used to study the modification of amino acids. Further, the thermal analysis of the protein has been studied with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and CD. Additionally, we have performed docking studies of H2O2 with Hb and Mb, which reveals that H2O2 molecules preferably attack the amino acids near heme group. We have also shown that N2 gas plasma has strong deformation action on biomolecules and compared to other gases plasma.

  11. [Probabilistic calculations of biomolecule charge states that generate mass spectra of multiply charged ions].

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    Raznikova, M O; Raznikov, V V

    2015-01-01

    In this work, information relating to charge states of biomolecule ions in solution obtained using the electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of different biopolymers is analyzed. The data analyses have mainly been carried out by solving an inverse problem of calculating the probabilities of retention of protons and other charge carriers by ionogenic groups of biomolecules with known primary structures. The approach is a new one and has no known to us analogues. A program titled "Decomposition" was developed and used to analyze the charge distribution of ions of native and denatured cytochrome c mass spectra. The possibility of splitting of the charge-state distribution of albumin into normal components, which likely corresponds to various conformational states of the biomolecule, has been demonstrated. The applicability criterion for using previously described method of decomposition of multidimensional charge-state distributions with two charge carriers, e.g., a proton and a sodium ion, to characterize the spatial structure of biopolymers in solution has been formulated. In contrast to known mass-spectrometric approaches, this method does not require the use of enzymatic hydrolysis or collision-induced dissociation of the biopolymers.

  12. Biomolecule conjugation strategy using novel water-soluble phosphine-based chelating agents

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    Katti, Kattesh V.; Gali, Hariprasad; Volkert, Wynn A.

    2004-08-24

    This invention describes a novel strategy to produce phosphine-functionalized biomolecules (e.g. peptides or proteins) for potential use in the design and development of site-specific radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis or therapy of specific cancers. Hydrophilic alkyl phosphines, in general, tend to be oxidatively unstable. Therefore, incorporation of such phosphine functionalities on peptide (and other biomolecule) backbones, without oxidizing the P.sup.III centers, is difficult. In this context this discovery reports on a new technology by which phosphines, in the form of bifunctional chelating agents, can be directly incorporated on biomolecular backbones using manual synthetic or solid phase peptide synthesis methodologies. The superior ligating abilities of phosphine ligands, with various diagnostically (e.g. TC-99m) or therapeutically (e.g. Re186/188, Rh-105, Au-199) useful radiometals, coupled with the findings that the resulting complexes demonstrate high in vivo stability makes this approach useful in the development of radiolabeled biomolecules for applications in the design of tumor-specific radiopharmaceuticals.

  13. Morphological Effect of Non-targeted Biomolecule-Modified MNPs on Reticuloendothelial System.

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    Li, Xiao; Hu, Yan; Xiao, Jie; Cheng, Dengfeng; Xiu, Yan; Shi, Hongcheng

    2015-12-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) with special morphology were commonly used as biomaterials, while morphological effects of non-targeted biomolecule-modified MNPs on biological behaviors were still unclear. In this research, spherical and rod-like Fe3O4 in a comparable size were synthesized and then surface-modified by bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model of non-targeted biomolecule-modified MNPs. Morphological effects were featured by TEM and quantification of in vitro phagocytic uptake, as well as the in vivo quantification of particles in reticuloendothelial system (RES)-related organs of normal Kunming mice. For these non-targeted BSA-modified MNPs, intracellular distributions were the same, but the rod-like MNPs were more likely to be uptake by macrophages; furthermore, the BSA-modified MNPs gathered in RES-related organs soon after intravenous injection, but the rod-like ones were expelled from the lung more quickly and expelled from the spleen more slowly. These preliminary results may be referable if MNPs or other similar biomolecule-modified nanoparticles were used.

  14. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of a Single NV Nanodiamond Attached to an Individual Biomolecule

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    Teeling-Smith, Richelle M.; Jung, Young Woo; Scozzaro, Nicolas; Cardellino, Jeremy; Rampersaud, Isaac; North, Justin A.; Šimon, Marek; Bhallamudi, Vidya P.; Rampersaud, Arfaan; Johnston-Halperin, Ezekiel; Poirier, Michael G.; Hammel, P. Chris

    2016-05-01

    A key limitation of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), an established and powerful tool for studying atomic-scale biomolecular structure and dynamics is its poor sensitivity, samples containing in excess of 10^12 labeled biomolecules are required in typical experiments. In contrast, single molecule measurements provide improved insights into heterogeneous behaviors that can be masked by ensemble measurements and are often essential for illuminating the molecular mechanisms behind the function of a biomolecule. We report EPR measurements of a single labeled biomolecule that merge these two powerful techniques. We selectively label an individual double-stranded DNA molecule with a single nanodiamond containing nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers, and optically detect the paramagnetic resonance of NV spins in the nanodiamond probe. Analysis of the spectrum reveals that the nanodiamond probe has complete rotational freedom and that the characteristic time scale for reorientation of the nanodiamond probe is slow compared to the transverse spin relaxation time. This demonstration of EPR spectroscopy of a single nanodiamond labeled DNA provides the foundation for the development of single molecule magnetic resonance studies of complex biomolecular systems.

  15. Influence of reactive species on the modification of biomolecules generated from the soft plasma

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    Attri, Pankaj; Kumar, Naresh; Park, Ji Hoon; Yadav, Dharmendra Kumar; Choi, Sooho; Uhm, Han S.; Kim, In Tae; Choi, Eun Ha; Lee, Weontae

    2015-02-01

    Plasma medicine is an upcoming research area that has attracted the scientists to explore more deeply the utility of plasma. So, apart from the treating biomaterials and tissues with plasma, we have studied the effect of soft plasma with different feeding gases such as Air, N2 and Ar on modification of biomolecules. Hence, in this work we have used the soft plasma on biomolecules such as proteins ((Hemoglobin (Hb) and Myoglobin (Mb)), calf thymus DNA and amino acids. The structural changes or structural modification of proteins and DNA have been studied using circular dichroism (CD), fluorescence spectroscopy, protein oxidation test, gel electrophoresis, UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and 1D NMR, while Liquid Chromatograph/Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometer (LC/CE-MS) based on qualitative and quantitative bio-analysis have been used to study the modification of amino acids. Further, the thermal analysis of the protein has been studied with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and CD. Additionally, we have performed docking studies of H2O2 with Hb and Mb, which reveals that H2O2 molecules preferably attack the amino acids near heme group. We have also shown that N2 gas plasma has strong deformation action on biomolecules and compared to other gases plasma.

  16. Measuring the energy landscape roughness and the transition state location of biomolecules using single molecule mechanical unfolding experiments

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    2006-01-01

    Single molecule mechanical unfolding experiments are beginning to provide profiles of the complex energy landscape of biomolecules. In order to obtain reliable estimates of the energy landscape characteristics it is necessary to combine the experimental measurements with sound theoretical models and simulations. Here, we show how by using temperature as a variable in mechanical unfolding of biomolecules in laser optical tweezer or AFM experiments the roughness of the energy landscape can be m...

  17. UNA PERSPECTIVA NEUROCIENTÍFICA SOBRE LA HISTERIA

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    Lucía Amoruso

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available En la última década, el desarrollo y la puesta en marcha delas modernas técnicas de neuroimagen en el campo de laneurociencia cognitiva han proporcionado una nueva vía deacercamiento al estudio experimental de algunos trastornosmentales. Dentro de esta perspectiva, denominada por algunosautores “neuropsiquiatría cognitiva”, la histeria (o trastornode conversión, de acuerdo con la clasificación psiquiátricaactual ha cobrado un amplio protagonismo. De acuerdo conlo anterior, el objetivo del presente trabajo consiste en introducirestudios pioneros basados en una perspectiva neurocientíficade la histeria. Conviene destacar que, si bien estosaportan evidencia significativa sobre algunas de las áreascerebrales y las disfunciones cognitivas comprometidas enel mencionado trastorno, los resultados obtenidos a la fechadistan aún de ser concluyentes.

  18. La democracia desde la perspectiva del filosofar latinoamericano

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    2008-01-01

    El tema de la tesis es la crítica a la democracia desde la perspectiva del filosofar latinoamericano. En el primer capítulo se parte de una sucinta caracterización del filosofar latinoamericano, sus principales categorías y líneas de pensamiento. De ello se infiere la vocación político social de este filosofar y su intrínseca relación con la problemática de la democracia y su crisis en la región, sus características, perspectivas y referentes. En el segundo capítulo se procede a un análisis d...

  19. Tomasello y Stern: Dos perspectivas actuales incluyentes del Desarrollo Infantil

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    Mata Isabel López

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo tiene como objetivo ilustrar dos perspectivas actuales del desarrollo infantil incluyentes más que excluyentes -Michael Tomasello (cognitivo y Daniel Stern (social-subjetivo-, en cuanto a que integran a su explicación los descubrimientos de las capacidades tempranas del bebé -realizados a partir de 1970/80- y, sin renunciar al paradigma teórico particular del que provienen, reconocen junto a estas competencias tempranas el rol fundamental de los diversos factores intervinientes en el desarrollo -lo innato y lo ambiental (social y cultural-, los diferentes métodos de investigación y las limitaciones de una mirada reduccionista. Además, postulan que se hace necesaria la conversación entre las diferentes perspectivas teóricas, para lograr una descripción del infante como una unidad.

  20. Perspectiva espiritual de la mujer con cáncer

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    Milena Alexandra Galvis-López

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: comparar la perspectiva espiritual de las mujeres diagnosticadas con cáncer propio de su género (seno, útero, ovarios y de las mujeres diagnosticadas con otros tipos de cáncer. Método: diseño cuantitativo de tipo descriptivo comparativo, de corte transversal. Se empleó una encuesta sociodemográfica para caracterizar la población y la Escala de perspectiva espiritual de Pamela Reed, a la cual se le realizó el análisis de confiabilidad que reportó un alfa de Cronbach de 0,799 en el grupo 1 y 0,763 en el grupo 2. La muestra incluyó a 100 mujeres que se encuentran en tratamiento contra el cáncer. Resultados: la perspectiva espiritual de las mujeres con cáncer propio de su género es moderada al igual que la de las mujeres con otros tipos de cáncer; al hacer la comparación de estos dos grupos no se encontró evidencia estadística que demostrara una diferencia significativa. Discusión: los resultados de este estudio aportan nuevos elementos para el cuidado de las mujeres con enfermedad oncológica y señalan que una perspectiva espiritual moderada puede ser un potencial para su cuidado integral, en el que la enfermera reconozca sus objetivos en el cuidado de la mujer como un ser total, más que el tipo de cáncer que tiene.

  1. Comprensión de perspectivas psicosociales en Colombia

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    Sandra Liliana Aya Angarita

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo, derivado del estudio Perspectivas psicosociales en Colombia expone el proceso investigativo cuyo objetivo principal fue comprender la perspectiva psicosocial en Colombia considerando experiencias (situaciones abordadas, actores participantes y definiciones de lo psicosocial, referentes teóricos (epistemológicos, disciplinares y metodológicos, retos y oportunidades en el contexto colombiano. El diseño metodológico es cualitativo desde una perspectiva hermenéutica, implementando la entrevista semiestructurada a ocho organizaciones y apoyándose en la revisión de datos derivados de informes sobre “lo psicosocial” disponibles en páginas web, denominada mapeo de redes. Los principales resultados establecen que las experiencias psicosociales, las cuales propenden al bienestar y auto-organización de afectados, se enmarcan en contextos de crisis y vulnerabilidad especialmente en escenarios de violencia política; se identifica que aunque no se explicitan de manera clara referentes teóricos, estos se reflejan en las formas de acción interventiva; se reconoce la importancia de la transdisciplinariedad para generar comprensiones holísticas de fenómenos sociales, se observan como logros la movilización de dinámicas relacionales tanto al interior de la organización como dentro de las comunidades, y como reto la confrontación de discursos y el seguimiento de la acción psicosocial. La principal conclusión alude a que en Colombia la perspectiva psicosocial se enmarca en procesos de intervención que intentan transformar realidades de crisis.

  2. Possibility of single biomolecule imaging with coherent amplification of weak scattering x-ray photons.

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    Shintake, Tsumoru

    2008-10-01

    The number of photons produced by coherent x-ray scattering from a single biomolecule is very small because of its extremely small elastic-scattering cross section and low damage threshold. Even with a high x-ray flux of 3 x 10;{12} photons per 100-nm -diameter spot and an ultrashort pulse of 10 fs driven by a future x-ray free electron laser (x-ray FEL), it has been predicted that only a few 100 photons will be produced from the scattering of a single lysozyme molecule. In observations of scattered x rays on a detector, the transfer of energy from wave to matter is accompanied by the quantization of the photon energy. Unfortunately, x rays have a high photon energy of 12 keV at wavelengths of 1A , which is required for atomic resolution imaging. Therefore, the number of photoionization events is small, which limits the resolution of imaging of a single biomolecule. In this paper, I propose a method: instead of directly observing the photons scattered from the sample, we amplify the scattered waves by superimposing an intense coherent reference pump wave on it and record the resulting interference pattern on a planar x-ray detector. Using a nanosized gold particle as a reference pump wave source, we can collect 10;{4}-10;{5} photons in single shot imaging where the signal from a single biomolecule is amplified and recorded as two-dimensional diffraction intensity data. An iterative phase retrieval technique can be used to recover the phase information and reconstruct the image of the single biomolecule and the gold particle at the same time. In order to precisely reconstruct a faint image of the single biomolecule in Angstrom resolution, whose intensity is much lower than that of the bright gold particle, I propose a technique that combines iterative phase retrieval on the reference pump wave and the digital Fourier transform holography on the sample. By using a large number of holography data, the three-dimensional electron density map can be assembled.

  3. SOBRE LOS CAMBIOS DE PERSPECTIVA EN EL CONOCIMIENTO

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    LUZ MARINA BARRETO

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este artículo es explorar el significado y los alcances de los cambios de perspectiva que a veces ocurren cuando vemos las cosas desde el punto de vista teórico, al producirse un cambio de paradigma en el conocimiento, o, si las vemos desde el uso práctico de la razón, cuando se produce un cambio en la personalidad o una "conversión". La mera cuestión sobre la posibilidad de un cambio radical de perspectiva es filosófica en un sentido profundo: sugiere la existencia de un campo de conocimiento metafísico que sería "libre" respecto de las proyecciones categoriales específicas y determinaciones que descansan en el sujeto de conocimiento, de manera que sería posible ver las cosas desde un punto de vista radicalmente diferente, uno que no sería posible sino al interior de un paradigma. Mis intuiciones son, en primer lugar, que la pregunta por la naturaleza de los cambios de perspectiva, metafísica como es, es más importante para la epistemología de lo que se ha admitido en la filosofía analítica y, en segundo lugar, que esta pregunta puede ser encarada no necesariamente al interior del marco de referencia de la metafísica, sino desde un concepto amplio de razón. En este sentido, los cambios de perspectiva pueden ser entendidos como una posibilidad que sólo puede hacerse inteligible dentro de una noción unificada de la razón, una concepción que ha sido ignorada por concepciones epistemológicas que acentúan su lado instrumental y que podemos remontar a algunos conceptos de la ontología fenomenológica que han sido re-interpretados a través de la lente de la teoría de la experiencia kantiana. Finalmente, sugiero que si miramos los cambios de perspectiva desde el punto de vista de una concepción unificada de la razón, de ello resulta una teoría del conocimiento mucho más fluida y más ligada al uso práctico de la razón que lo que se admite en las epistemologías analíticas que fueron populares durante

  4. Brines in Seepage Channels as Eluants for Subsurface Relict Biomolecules on Mars?

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    Wynn-Williams, David D.; Cabrol, Nathalie A.; Grin, Edmond A.; Haberle, Robert M.; Stoker, Carol R.

    2001-06-01

    Water, vital for life, not only maintains the integrity of structural and metabolic biomolecules, it also transports them in solution or colloidal suspension. Any flow of water through a dormant or fossilized microbial community elutes molecules that are potentially recognizable as biomarkers. We hypothesize that the surface seepage channels emanating from crater walls and cliffs in Mars Orbiter Camera images result from fluvial erosion of the regolith as low-temperature hypersaline brines. We propose that, if such flows passed through extensive subsurface catchments containing buried and fossilized remains of microbial communities from the wet Hesperian period of early Mars (~3.5 Ga ago), they would have eluted and concentrated relict biomolecules and delive red them to the surface. Life-supporting low-temperature hypersaline brines in Antarctic desert habitats provide a terrestrial analog for such a scenario. As in the Antarctic, salts would likely have accumulated in water-filled depressions on Mars by seasonal influx and evaporation. Liquid water in the Antarctic cold desert analogs occurs at -80°C in the interstices of shallow hypersaline soils and at -50°C in salt-saturated ponds. Similarly, hypersaline brines on Mars could have freezing points depressed below -50°C. The presence of hypersaline brines on Mars would have extended the amount of time during which life might have evolved. Phototrophic communities are especially important for the search for life because the distinctive structures and longevity of their pigments make excellent biomarkers. The surface seepage channels are therefore not only of geomorphological significance, but also provide potential repositories for biomolecules that could be accessed by landers.

  5. Non-linear vibrational modes in biomolecules: A periodic orbits description

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    Kampanarakis, Alexandros [Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, and Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Vasilika Vouton, Heraklion 71110, Crete (Greece); Farantos, Stavros C., E-mail: farantos@iesl.forth.gr [Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, and Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Vasilika Vouton, Heraklion 71110, Crete (Greece); Daskalakis, Vangelis; Varotsis, Constantinos [Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Cyprus University of Technology, 31 Archbishop Kyprianos St., P.O. Box 50329, 3603 Lemesos (Cyprus)

    2012-05-03

    Graphical abstract: Vibrational frequency shifts in Fe{sup IV} = O species of the active site of cytochrome c oxidase are attributed to changes in the surrounding Coulomb field. Periodic orbits analysis assists to find the most anharmonic modes in model biomolecules. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Periodic orbits are extended to multidimensional potentials of biomolecules. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Highly anharmonic vibrational modes and center-saddle bifurcations are detected. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Vibrational frequencies shifts in Oxoferryl species of CcO are observed. - Abstract: The vibrational harmonic normal modes of a molecule, which are valid at energies close to an equilibrium point (a minimum, maximum or saddle of the potential energy surface), are extended by periodic orbits to high energies where anharmonicity and coupling of the degrees of freedom are significant. In this way the assignment of the spectra, and thus the extraction of dynamics in highly excited molecules, can be obtained. New vibrational modes emanating from bifurcations of periodic orbits and long living localized trajectories signal the birth and localization of new quantum states. In this article we review and further study non-linear vibrational modes for model biomolecules such as alanine dipeptide and the active site in the oxoferryl oxidation state of the enzyme cytochrome c oxidase. We locate periodic orbits which exhibit high anhamonicity and lead to center-saddle bifurcations. These modes are associated to an isomerization process in alanine dipeptide and to frequency shifts in the oxoferryl observed by modifying the Coulomb field around the Imidazole-Fe{sup IV} = O species.

  6. Injectable, Biomolecule-Responsive Polypeptide Hydrogels for Cell Encapsulation and Facile Cell Recovery through Triggered Degradation.

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    Xu, Qinghua; He, Chaoliang; Zhang, Zhen; Ren, Kaixuan; Chen, Xuesi

    2016-11-16

    Injectable hydrogels have been widely investigated in biomedical applications, and increasing demand has been proposed to achieve dynamic regulation of physiological properties of hydrogels. Herein, a new type of injectable and biomolecule-responsive hydrogel based on poly(l-glutamic acid) (PLG) grafted with disulfide bond-modified phloretic acid (denoted as PLG-g-CPA) was developed. The hydrogels formed in situ via enzymatic cross-linking under physiological conditions in the presence of horseradish peroxidase and hydrogen peroxide. The physiochemical properties of the hydrogels, including gelation time and the rheological property, were measured. Particularly, the triggered degradation of the hydrogel in response to a reductive biomolecule, glutathione (GSH), was investigated in detail. The mechanical strength and inner porous structure of the hydrogel were influenced by the addition of GSH. The polypeptide hydrogel was used as a three-dimensional (3D) platform for cell encapsulation, which could release the cells through triggered disruption of the hydrogel in response to the addition of GSH. The cells released from the hydrogel were found to maintain high viability. Moreover, after subcutaneous injection into rats, the PLG-g-CPA hydrogels with disulfide-containing cross-links exhibited a markedly faster degradation behavior in vivo compared to that of the PLG hydrogels without disulfide cross-links, implying an interesting accelerated degradation process of the disulfide-containing polypeptide hydrogels in the physiological environment in vivo. Overall, the injectable and biomolecule-responsive polypeptide hydrogels may serve as a potential platform for 3D cell culture and easy cell collection.

  7. Stable functionalization of germanium surface and its application in biomolecules immobilization

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    Cai, Qi [State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.19A, Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China); Xu, Baojian [State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Ye, Lin [Sate Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.19A, Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China); Tang, Teng; Huang, Shanluo; Du, Xiaowei [State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.19A, Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049 (China); Bian, Xiaojun; Zhang, Jishen [State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Di, Zengfeng, E-mail: zfdi@mail.sim.ac.cn [Sate Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Jin, Qinghui [State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Zhao, Jianlong, E-mail: jlzhao@mail.sim.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.865, Changning Road, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • An effective method to immobilize biomolecules on the functionalized Ge surface. • The surface of Ge was functionalized with 11-Mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA). • Stable and uniform SAMs was obtained on Ge surface after 11-MUA treatment. • The functionalized Ge was employed as substrate for protein immobilization. • Paving the way of Ge for further applications in bioelectronics field. - Abstract: As a typical semiconductor material, germanium (Ge) has the potential to be utilized in microelectronics and bioelectronics. Herein, we present a simple and effective method to immobilize biomolecules on the surface of functionalized Ge. The surface oxide of Ge was removed with the pretreatment of hydrochloric acid and the Cl-terminated Ge reacted with 11-Mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA). The surface of Ge was coated with 11-MUA self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) due to the bonding reaction between the sulfhydryl group of 11-MUA and Cl-terminated Ge. Furthermore, typical biomolecule, a green fluorescent protein was chosen to be immobilized on the surface of the functionalized Ge. Contact angle analysis, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to study the characteristics including wettability, stability, roughness and component of the functionalized Ge, respectively. Fluorescence microscopy was utilized to indicate the efficiency of protein immobilization on the surface of the functionalized Ge. With these studies, stable and uniform functionalized monolayer was obtained on the surface of Ge after 11-MUA treatment and the functionalized Ge was effectively applied in protein immobilization. Furthermore, this study may pave the way for further applications such as the integration of bioelectronics and biosensors with the attractive semiconductor material-Ge in future work.

  8. Microfossils, biomolecules and biominerals in carbonaceous meteorites: implications to the origin of life

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    Hoover, Richard B.

    2012-11-01

    Environmental and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM and FESEM) investigations have shown that a wide variety of carbonaceous meteorites contain the remains of large filaments embedded within freshly fractured interior surfaces of the meteorite rock matrix. The filaments occur singly or in dense assemblages and mats and are often encased within carbon-rich, electron transparent sheaths. Electron Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) spot analysis and 2D X-Ray maps indicate the filaments rarely have detectable nitrogen levels and exhibit elemental compositions consistent with that interpretation that of the meteorite rock matrix. Many of the meteorite filaments are exceptionally well-preserved and show evidence of cells, cell-wall constrictions and specialized cells and processes for reproduction, nitrogen fixation, attachment and motility. Morphological and morphometric analyses permit many of the filaments to be associated with morphotypes of known genera and species of known filamentous trichomic prokaryotes (cyanobacteria and sulfur bacteria). The presence in carbonaceous meteorites of diagenetic breakdown products of chlorophyll (pristane and phytane) along with indigenous and extraterrestrial chiral protein amino acids, nucleobases and other life-critical biomolecules provides strong support to the hypothesis that these filaments represent the remains of cyanobacteria and other microorganisms that grew on the meteorite parent body. The absence of other life-critical biomolecules in the meteorites and the lack of detectable levels of nitrogen indicate the filaments died long ago and can not possibly represent modern microbial contaminants that entered the stones after they arrived on Earth. This paper presents new evidence for microfossils, biomolecules and biominerals in carbonaceous meteorites and considers the implications to some of the major hypotheses for the Origin of Life.

  9. Photonic crystal fiber based evanescent-wave sensor for detection of biomolecules in aqueous solutions.

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    Jensen, Jesper B; Pedersen, Lars H; Hoiby, Poul E; Nielsen, Lars B; Hansen, T P; Folkenberg, J R; Riishede, J; Noordegraaf, Danny; Nielsen, Kristian; Carlsen, A; Bjarklev, A

    2004-09-01

    We demonstrate highly efficient evanescent-wave detection of fluorophore-labeled biomolecules in aqueous solutions positioned in the air holes of the microstructured part of a photonic crystal fiber. The air-suspended silica structures located between three neighboring air holes in the cladding crystal guide light with a large fraction of the optical field penetrating into the sample even at wavelengths in the visible range. An effective interaction length of several centimeters is obtained when a sample volume of less than 1 microL is used.

  10. Thiol-ene and photo-cleavage chemistry for controlled presentation of biomolecules in hydrogels.

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    Grim, Joseph C; Marozas, Ian A; Anseth, Kristi S

    2015-12-10

    Hydrogels have emerged as promising scaffolds in regenerative medicine for the delivery of biomolecules to promote healing. However, increasing evidence suggests that the context that biomolecules are presented to cells (e.g., as soluble verses tethered signals) can influence their bioactivity. A common approach to deliver biomolecules in hydrogels involves physically entrapping them within the network, such that they diffuse out over time to the surrounding tissues. While simple and versatile, the release profiles in such system are highly dependent on the molecular weight of the entrapped molecule relative to the network structure, and it can be difficult to control the release of two different signals at independent rates. In some cases, supraphysiologically high loadings are used to achieve therapeutic local concentrations, but uncontrolled release can then cause deleterious off-target side effects. In vivo, many growth factors and cytokines are stored in the extracellular matrix (ECM) and released on demand as needed during development, growth, and wound healing. Thus, emerging strategies in biomaterial chemistry have focused on ways to tether or sequester biological signals and engineer these bioactive scaffolds to signal to delivered cells or endogenous cells. While many strategies exist to achieve tethering of peptides, protein, and small molecules, this review focuses on photochemical methods, and their usefulness as a mild reaction that proceeds with fast kinetics in aqueous solutions and at physiological conditions. Photo-click and photo-caging methods are particularly useful because one can direct light to specific regions of the hydrogel to achieve spatial patterning. Recent methods have even demonstrated reversible introduction of biomolecules to mimic the dynamic changes of native ECM, enabling researchers to explore how the spatial and dynamic context of biomolecular signals influences important cell functions. This review will highlight how two

  11. Probing single biomolecules in solution using the anti-Brownian electrokinetic (ABEL) trap.

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    Wang, Quan; Goldsmith, Randall H; Jiang, Yan; Bockenhauer, Samuel D; Moerner, W E

    2012-11-20

    Single-molecule fluorescence measurements allow researchers to study asynchronous dynamics and expose molecule-to-molecule structural and behavioral diversity, which contributes to the understanding of biological macromolecules. To provide measurements that are most consistent with the native environment of biomolecules, researchers would like to conduct these measurements in the solution phase if possible. However, diffusion typically limits the observation time to approximately 1 ms in many solution-phase single-molecule assays. Although surface immobilization is widely used to address this problem, this process can perturb the system being studied and contribute to the observed heterogeneity. Combining the technical capabilities of high-sensitivity single-molecule fluorescence microscopy, real-time feedback control and electrokinetic flow in a microfluidic chamber, we have developed a device called the anti-Brownian electrokinetic (ABEL) trap to significantly prolong the observation time of single biomolecules in solution. We have applied the ABEL trap method to explore the photodynamics and enzymatic properties of a variety of biomolecules in aqueous solution and present four examples: the photosynthetic antenna allophycocyanin, the chaperonin enzyme TRiC, a G protein-coupled receptor protein, and the blue nitrite reductase redox enzyme. These examples illustrate the breadth and depth of information which we can extract in studies of single biomolecules with the ABEL trap. When confined in the ABEL trap, the photosynthetic antenna protein allophycocyanin exhibits rich dynamics both in its emission brightness and its excited state lifetime. As each molecule discontinuously converts from one emission/lifetime level to another in a primarily correlated way, it undergoes a series of state changes. We studied the ATP binding stoichiometry of the multi-subunit chaperonin enzyme TRiC in the ABEL trap by counting the number of hydrolyzed Cy3-ATP using stepwise

  12. From phosphorous to arsenic: changing the classic paradigm for the structure of biomolecules.

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    Knodle, Ryan; Agarwal, Pratima; Brown, Mark

    2012-05-30

    Biomolecules are composed primarily of the elements carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and phosphorus. The structured assembly of these elements forms the basis for proteins, nucleic acids and lipids. However, the recent discovery of a new bacterium, strain GFAJ-1 of the Halomonadaceae, has shaken the classic paradigms for the architecture of life. Mounting evidence supports the claim that these bacteria substitute arsenic for phosphorus in macromolecules. Herein, we provide a brief commentary and fuel the debate related to what may be a most unusual organism.

  13. Visible wavelength surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy from In-InP nanopillars for biomolecule detection

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    Murdoch, B. J.; Portoles, J. F.; Tardio, S.; Barlow, A. J.; Fletcher, I. W.; Cumpson, P. J.

    2016-12-01

    Visible wavelength surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been observed from bovine serum albumin (BSA) using In-InP nanopillars synthesised by Ar gas cluster ion beam sputtering of InP wafers. InP provides a high local refractive index for plasmonic In structures, which increases the wavelength of the In surface plasmon resonance. The Raman scattering signal was determined to be up to 285 times higher for BSA deposited onto In-InP nanopillars when compared with Si wafer substrates. These substrates demonstrate the label-free detection of biomolecules by visible wavelength SERS, without the use of noble metal particles.

  14. Mass spectrometry in structural biology and biophysics architecture, dynamics, and interaction of biomolecules

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    Kaltashov, Igor A; Desiderio, Dominic M; Nibbering, Nico M

    2012-01-01

    The definitive guide to mass spectrometry techniques in biology and biophysics The use of mass spectrometry (MS) to study the architecture and dynamics of proteins is increasingly common within the biophysical community, and Mass Spectrometry in Structural Biology and Biophysics: Architecture, Dynamics, and Interaction of Biomolecules, Second Edition provides readers with detailed, systematic coverage of the current state of the art. Offering an unrivalled overview of modern MS-based armamentarium that can be used to solve the most challenging problems in biophysics, structural biol

  15. Photonic crystal fiber based evanescent-wave sensor for detection of biomolecules in aqueous solutions

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    Jensen, Jesper Bo Damm; Pedersen, Lars H.; Hoiby, Poul E.

    2004-01-01

    We demonstrate highly efficient evanescent-wave detection of fluorophore-labeled biomolecules in aqueous solutions positioned in the air holes of the microstructured part of a photonic crystal fiber. The air-suspended silica structures located between three neighboring air holes in the cladding c...... crystal guide light with a large fraction of the optical field penetrating into the sample even at wavelengths in the visible range. An effective interaction length of several centimeters is obtained when a sample volume of less than 1 µL is used....

  16. Elucidating the Effect of Biomolecule Structure on Calcium Carbonate Crystal Formation

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    Kulbok, K. E.; Duckworth, O.

    2011-12-01

    Anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide have lead to a steady increase in atmospheric concentration. This greenhouse gas has been identified as a key driver of climate change and also has lead to increased acidification of marine and terrestrial waters. Calcium carbonate precipitation at the Earth's surface is an integral linkage in the global carbon cycle, especially in regards to regulating atmospheric carbon dioxide. As concern for the effect of increasing atmospheric CO2 levels grows, the need to understand calcium carbonate systems escalates concurrently. Calcium carbonate phases are the most abundant group of biominerals; therefore, elucidating the mechanism of biomineralization is critical to understanding CaCO3 precipitation and may aid in the development of novel carbon sequestration strategies. The ubiquity of microorganisms leads to an extensive number of biomolecules present in the Earth's systems, and thus an extensive range of possible effects on CaCO3 formation. Carboxylic acids are very common biomolecules and have a relatively simple structure, thus making them an ideal family of model compounds. This study examines the kinetics, thermodynamics, phase, and morphology of calcium carbonate crystals precipitated in the presence of carboxylate-containing biomolecules, including citric acid, succinic acid, and aspartic acid. The experiments utilize a unique (NH4)2CO3 gas-diffusion reactor, which allows in-situ measurements of chemical conditions during the precipitation and growth of crystals. Continuous monitoring of the in-situ conditions of pCO2, pH, [Ca2+], and optical absorbance provides data on the supersaturation at which nucleation occurs and the kinetics of mineral growth. The use of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction provides information on the morphology and mineralogy of precipitates. The combination of these data sets will provide an in-depth view of the ideal concentration of calcium ions required for solution saturation

  17. Biomolecule-to-fluorescent-color encoder: modulation of fluorescence emission via DNA structural changes.

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    Nishimura, Takahiro; Ogura, Yusuke; Yamada, Kenji; Ohno, Yuko; Tanida, Jun

    2014-07-01

    A biomolecule-to-fluorescent-color (B/F) encoder for optical readout of biomolecular information is proposed. In the B/F encoder, a set of fluorescence wavelengths and their intensity levels are used for coding of a biomolecular signal. A hybridization chain reaction of hairpin DNAs labeled with fluorescent reporters was performed to generate the fluorescence color codes. The fluorescence is modulated via fluorescence resonance energy transfer, which is controlled by DNA structural changes. The results demonstrate that fluorescent color codes can be configured based on two wavelengths and five intensities using the B/F encoder, and the assigned codes can be retrieved via fluorescence measurements.

  18. Exploring the nanoscale dynamics of biomolecules with optical microcavities (Conference Presentation)

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    Vollmer, Frank

    2016-03-01

    Medicine as well as biology increasingly rely on the use of cutting-edge physics and engineering, in order to pursue the next generation nanomedical applications and to address fundamental questions in the life sciences. Central to this task is the study of micro- and nano systems, focusing on how engineered systems combined with natural ones can advance sensing, medicine, and our understanding of how biological systems work. My research addresses these important questions with state-of-the-art biosensor technologies, capable of detecting single biomolecules and their dynamics; and resolving the kinetics of biomolecular systems on timescales ranging from few nanoseconds to several hours

  19. From Phosphorous to Arsenic: Changing the Classic Paradigm for the Structure of Biomolecules

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Biomolecules are composed primarily of the elements carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and phosphorus. The structured assembly of these elements forms the basis for proteins, nucleic acids and lipids. However, the recent discovery of a new bacterium, strain GFAJ-1 of the Halomonadaceae, has shaken the classic paradigms for the architecture of life. Mounting evidence supports the claim that these bacteria substitute arsenic for phosphorus in macromolecules. Herein, we provide a brief commentary and fuel the debate related to what may be a most unusual organism.

  20. Automated astatination of biomolecules - a stepping stone towards multicenter clinical trials

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    Aneheim, Emma; Albertsson, Per; Bäck, Tom

    2015-01-01

    and physical properties for use in targeted therapies for cancer. Due to the very short range of the emitted α-particles, this therapy is particularly suited to treating occult, disseminated cancers. Astatine is not intrinsically tumour-specific; therefore, it requires an appropriate tumour-specific targeting......To facilitate multicentre clinical studies on targeted alpha therapy, it is necessary to develop an automated, on-site procedure for conjugating rare, short-lived, alpha-emitting radionuclides to biomolecules. Astatine-211 is one of the few alpha-emitting nuclides with appropriate chemical...

  1. Application of inhomogeneous fluid solvation theory to model the distribution and thermodynamics of water molecules around biomolecules.

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    Huggins, David J

    2012-11-21

    The structures of biomolecules and the strengths of association between them depend critically on interactions with water molecules. Thus, understanding these interactions is a prerequisite for understanding the structure and function of all biomolecules. Inhomogeneous fluid solvation theory provides a framework to derive thermodynamic properties of individual water molecules from a statistical mechanical analysis. In this work, two biomolecules are analysed to probe the distribution and thermodynamics of surrounding water molecules. The great majority of hydration sites are predicted to contribute favourably to the total free energy with respect to bulk water, though hydration sites close to non-polar regions of the solute do not contribute significantly. Analysis of a biomolecule with a positively and negatively charged functional group predicts that a charged species perturbs the free energy of water molecules to a distance of approximately 6.0 Å. Interestingly, short simulations are found to provide converged predictions if samples are taken with sufficient frequency, a finding that has the potential to significantly reduce the required computational cost of such analysis. In addition, the predicted thermodynamic properties of hydration sites with the potential for direct hydrogen bonding interactions are found to disagree significantly for two different water models. This study provides important information on how inhomogeneous fluid solvation theory can be employed to understand the structures and intermolecular interactions of biomolecules.

  2. High-yielding and photolabile approaches to the covalent attachment of biomolecules to surfaces via hydrazone chemistry.

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    Lee, Ju Hun; Domaille, Dylan W; Noh, Hyunwoo; Oh, Taeseok; Choi, Chulmin; Jin, Sungho; Cha, Jennifer N

    2014-07-22

    The development of strategies to couple biomolecules covalently to surfaces is necessary for constructing sensing arrays for biological and biomedical applications. One attractive conjugation reaction is hydrazone formation--the reaction of a hydrazine with an aldehyde or ketone--as both hydrazines and aldehydes/ketones are largely bioorthogonal, which makes this particular reaction suitable for conjugating biomolecules to a variety of substrates. We show that the mild reaction conditions afforded by hydrazone conjugation enable the conjugation of DNA and proteins to the substrate surface in significantly higher yields than can be achieved with traditional bioconjugation techniques, such as maleimide chemistry. Next, we designed and synthesized a photocaged aryl ketone that can be conjugated to a surface and photochemically activated to provide a suitable partner for subsequent hydrazone formation between the surface-anchored ketone and DNA- or protein-hydrazines. Finally, we exploit the latent functionality of the photocaged ketone and pattern multiple biomolecules on the same substrate, effectively demonstrating a strategy for designing substrates with well-defined domains of different biomolecules. We expect that this approach can be extended to the production of multiplexed assays by using an appropriate mask with sequential photoexposure and biomolecule conjugation steps.

  3. Formación e imperio, una perspectiva humanista

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    Wilmer Hernando Silva Carreño

    2013-01-01

    En lo que sigue se intenta establecer el lugar y el sentido de la formación como elemento fundante de lo humano frente al devenir del imperio según lo caracterizan Hardt y Negri. Por esto, inicialmente se aproxima una comprensión del imperio como condición posmoderna, para luego mostrar a la luz de otros autores, especialmente desde la propuesta de Martha Nussbaum, perspectivas de análisis de los retos que tiene la formación frente a la búsqueda de una sociedad o mundo global más humano, esto...

  4. Retro y perspectiva del (des)empleo sonorense

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    Ernesto Peralta

    2012-01-01

    El artículo revisa y actualiza la evolución, estado actual y perspectiva del (des)empleo sonorense. Compara su evolución con previos pronósticos y la proyecta hasta 2030 porque los buscadores de empleo viven actualmente; da un marco para políticas que lo reduzcan. La hipótesis es que si bien no suficiente, sí es nece-sario acelerar y cambiar la estructura del crecimiento económico en favor de sectores intensivos en trabajo. Este trabajo tiene cinco secciones: la primera revisa el (des)empleo ...

  5. Seguridad urbana una perspectiva global centrada en las personas.

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    Fernández Ferreira, Enrique Eduardo

    2014-01-01

    Tomando en consideración la perspectiva evolutiva del concepto de seguridad, realizamos un recorrido sobre las ideas que han propiciado un planteamiento global e integrador en la elaboración de las Estrategias de Seguridad adoptadas en nuestro entorno geopolítico. En todos los ámbitos se hace referencia a la necesidad de integrar los diferentes elementos y actores que forman parte de las estructuras de seguridad, pero se echa en falta una apuesta decidida en este sentido. El planteamiento obj...

  6. UNA PERSPECTIVA NEUROCIENTÍFICA SOBRE LA HISTERIA

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    Lucía Amoruso

    2010-01-01

    En la última década, el desarrollo y la puesta en marcha de las modernas técnicas de neuroimagen en el campo de la neurociencia cognitiva han proporcionado una nueva vía de acercamiento al estudio experimental de algunos trastornos mentales. Dentro de esta perspectiva, denominada por algunos autores "neuropsiquiatría cognitiva", la histeria (o trastorno de conversión, de acuerdo con la clasificación psiquiátrica actual) ha cobrado un amplio protagonismo. De acuerdo con lo anterior, el obje...

  7. El autismo desde una perspectiva neuropsicológica

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    Justo Rodríguez, Marta

    2013-01-01

    En la presente revisión bibliográfica se pretende dar una aproximación al autismo. Se revisarán diversos abordajes que atraviesa este trastorno desde sus inicios hasta la actualidad. Se tienen en cuenta los rasgos fundamentales del autismo revisando el conocimiento de la etiología de dicha enfermedad en la que la tríada la conformarían la ausencia de relaciones sociales, las dificultades para la comunicación, el comportamiento rutinario y obsesivo. Desde una perspectiva neuropsicológica se an...

  8. Abusadores sexuales: una perspectiva neuropsicológica

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    Nunes Pombo, Pedro J.

    2012-01-01

    [ES] El objetivo de este trabajo es entender, desde el punto de vista de la Neuropsicología, la experiencia del abuso sexual de los niños, pero desde la perspectiva del abusador, intentando descodificar las relaciones entre el cerebro y los procesos cognitivos, emocionales y conductuales. [EN] The objective of this study is to understand, from the point of view of Neuropsychology, the experience of sexual abuse of children, but from the perspective of the abuser, trying to decode the relat...

  9. Perspectivas de la biología marina

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    Bigatti, G.

    2013-01-01

    La biología marina es una rama de las ciencias del mar de reciente desarrollo en la Argentina (oceáno Atlántico sudoccidental) que está en franco crecimiento. Se muestra un panorama del desarrollo de las diversas disciplinas, como los estudios sobre la biodiversidad marina y de la biología marina y pesquera, así como amenazas a los ambientes marinos y medidas de conservación tomadas. Se incluyen las perspectivas para futuros estudios de biología marina, los beneficios de las iniciativas de di...

  10. Marketing de lugar: estado da arte e perspectivas futuras

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    Marco Antonio de Moraes Ocke; Ana Akemi Ikeda

    2014-01-01

    O objetivo neste trabalho é contribuir com o repensar da natureza e do significado do marketing de lugar presente na literatura, descrevendo as três principais perspectivas influentes em seu desenvolvimento – promoção, planejamento e branding – e apresentar uma análise crítica de seu processo de evolução. No intuito de orientar o entendimento, evitar interpretações individuais e propor uma linguagem comum, a anál...

  11. Perspectivas para o jornalismo crítico de games

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    2007-01-01

    O objetivo desta dissertação é analisar o estágio atual do jornalismo de games e apontar novas perspectivas para sua abordagem crítica. Mesmo reconhecido como um dos setores da indústria de entretenimento mais promissores neste novo milênio, o universo dos videogames tem recebido ainda uma atenção proporcional pouco representativa nos meios de comunicação de massa se comparados a formatos mais tradicionais como o cinema e a música. No contexto atual, boa parte da cobertura de games permanece ...

  12. On Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena in Biomolecules and Cells: From Levinthal to Hopfield

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    Raković, Dejan; Dugić, Miroljub; Jeknić-Dugić, Jasmina; Plavšić, Milenko; Jaćimovski, Stevo; Šetrajčić, Jovan

    2014-01-01

    In the context of the macroscopic quantum phenomena of the second kind, we hereby seek for a solution-in-principle of the long standing problem of the polymer folding, which was considered by Levinthal as (semi)classically intractable. To illuminate it, we applied quantum-chemical and quantum decoherence approaches to conformational transitions. Our analyses imply the existence of novel macroscopic quantum biomolecular phenomena, with biomolecular chain folding in an open environment considered as a subtle interplay between energy and conformation eigenstates of this biomolecule, governed by quantum-chemical and quantum decoherence laws. On the other hand, within an open biological cell, a system of all identical (noninteracting and dynamically noncoupled) biomolecular proteins might be considered as corresponding spatial quantum ensemble of these identical biomolecular processors, providing spatially distributed quantum solution to a single corresponding biomolecular chain folding, whose density of conformational states might be represented as Hopfield-like quantum-holographic associative neural network too (providing an equivalent global quantum-informational alternative to standard molecular-biology local biochemical approach in biomolecules and cells and higher hierarchical levels of organism, as well). PMID:25028662

  13. In vitro colocalization of plasmonic nano-biolabels and biomolecules using plasmonic and Raman scattering microspectroscopy

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    Chaudhari, Kamalesh; Pradeep, Thalappil

    2015-04-01

    An insight into the intracellular fate of theranostics is important for improving their potential in biological applications. In vivo efficacy of plasmonic theranostics depends on our ability to monitor temporal changes in their size, shape, and state of aggregation, and the identification of molecules adsorbed on their surfaces. We develop a technique which combines plasmonic and Raman scattering microspectroscopy to colocalize plasmonic scattering from metallic nanoparticles with the Raman signatures of biomolecules adsorbed on the surface of the former. Using this technique, we have colocalized biomolecules with the plasmonic scattering from silver nanoparticles in the vicinity of Escherichia coli bacteria. To prove the applicability of this setup for the measurements on mammalian cells, imaging of HEK293 cells treated with gold nanoparticles was performed. We discuss the importance of such correlated measurements over individual techniques, although the latter may lead to misinterpretation of results. Finally, with the above-mentioned examples, we have given criteria to improve the specificity of theranostics. We believe that this methodology will be considered as a prime development in the assessment of theranostics.

  14. Disposable pen-shaped capillary gel electrophoresis cartridge for fluorescence detection of bio-molecules

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    Amirkhanian, Varoujan; Tsai, Shou-Kuan

    2014-03-01

    We introduce a novel and cost-effective capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) system utilizing disposable pen-shaped gelcartridges for highly efficient, high speed, high throughput fluorescence detection of bio-molecules. The CGE system has been integrated with dual excitation and emission optical-fibers with micro-ball end design for fluorescence detection of bio-molecules separated and detected in a disposable pen-shaped capillary gel electrophoresis cartridge. The high-performance capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) analyzer has been optimized for glycoprotein analysis type applications. Using commercially available labeling agent such as ANTS (8-aminonapthalene-1,3,6- trisulfonate) as an indicator, the capillary gel electrophoresis-based glycan analyzer provides high detection sensitivity and high resolving power in 2-5 minutes of separations. The system can hold total of 96 samples, which can be automatically analyzed within 4-5 hours. This affordable fiber optic based fluorescence detection system provides fast run times (4 minutes vs. 20 minutes with other CE systems), provides improved peak resolution, good linear dynamic range and reproducible migration times, that can be used in laboratories for high speed glycan (N-glycan) profiling applications. The CGE-based glycan analyzer will significantly increase the pace at which glycoprotein research is performed in the labs, saving hours of preparation time and assuring accurate, consistent and economical results.

  15. Performance Comparison of Systematic Methods for Rigorous Definition of Coarse-Grained Sites of Large Biomolecules.

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    Zhang, Yuwei; Cao, Zexing; Zhang, John Zenghui; Xia, Fei

    2017-02-27

    Construction of coarse-grained (CG) models for large biomolecules used for multiscale simulations demands a rigorous definition of CG sites for them. Several coarse-graining methods such as the simulated annealing and steepest descent (SASD) based on the essential dynamics coarse-graining (ED-CG) or the stepwise local iterative optimization (SLIO) based on the fluctuation maximization coarse-graining (FM-CG), were developed to do it. However, the practical applications of these methods such as SASD based on ED-CG are subject to limitations because they are too expensive. In this work, we extend the applicability of ED-CG by combining it with the SLIO algorithm. A comprehensive comparison of optimized results and accuracy of various algorithms based on ED-CG show that SLIO is the fastest as well as the most accurate algorithm among them. ED-CG combined with SLIO could give converged results as the number of CG sites increases, which demonstrates that it is another efficient method for coarse-graining large biomolecules. The construction of CG sites for Ras protein by using MD fluctuations demonstrates that the CG sites derived from FM-CG can reflect the fluctuation properties of secondary structures in Ras accurately.

  16. Impact of low-temperature plasmas on Deinococcus radiodurans and biomolecules

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    Mogul, Rakesh; Bol'shakov, Alexander A.; Chan, Suzanne L.; Stevens, Ramsey M.; Khare, Bishun N.; Meyyappan, M.; Trent, Jonathan D.

    2003-01-01

    The effects of cold plasma on Deinococcus radiodurans, plasmid DNA, and model proteins were assessed using microbiological, spectrometric, and biochemical techniques. In low power O(2) plasma (approximately 25 W, approximately 45 mTorr, 90 min), D. radiodurans, a radiation-resistant bacterium, showed a 99.999% reduction in bioburden. In higher power O(2) plasma (100 W and 500 mTorr), the reduction rate increased about 10-fold and observation by atomic force microscopy showed significant damage to the cell. Damage to cellular lipids, proteins, and chromosome was indicated by losses of infrared spectroscopic peaks at 2930, 1651, 1538, and 1245 cm(-1), respectively. In vitro experiments show that O(2) plasmas induce DNA strand scissions and cross-linking as well as reduction of enzyme activity. The observed degradation and removal of biomolecules was power-dependent. Exposures to 200 W at 500 mTorr removed biomolecules to below detection limits in 60 s. Emission spectroscopy indicated that D. radiodurans cells were volatilized into CO(2), CO, N(2), and H(2)O, confirming that these plasmas were removing complex biological matter from surfaces. A CO(2) plasma was not as effective as the O(2) plasma, indicating the importance of plasma composition and the dominant role of chemical degradation. Together, these findings have implications for NASA planetary protection schemes and for the contamination of Mars.

  17. Candida bombicola as a platform organism for the production of tailor-made biomolecules.

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    Roelants, Sophie L K W; Saerens, Karen M J; Derycke, Thibaut; Li, Bing; Lin, Yao-Cheng; Van de Peer, Yves; De Maeseneire, Sofie L; Van Bogaert, Inge N A; Soetaert, Wim

    2013-09-01

    The yeast Candida bombicola is capable of producing high amounts (400 g/L) of the biosurfactant sophorolipids. The genetic makeup of this industrially important yeast has recently been uncovered and molecular manipulation techniques have been developed. Hence, all tools for the development of new bioprocesses with C. bombicola are now available. As a proof of concept, the production of two totally different molecules was aimed for: the bioplastic polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and a new-to-nature cellobioselipid-biosurfactant. Integration of the new functionalities at genomic loci necessary for sophorolipid production safeguards the new biomolecules from sophorolipid contamination, while taking advantage of the regulation of the sophorolipid gene cluster. A maximum yield of 2.0% wt/dwt PHA was obtained; furthermore, this is the first time cellobioselipid synthesis by a non-natural producer is reported. We here provided proof of concept that C. bombicola can be transformed into a platform organism for the production of tailor-made biomolecules.

  18. Concentration-related response potentiometric titrations to study the interaction of small molecules with large biomolecules.

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    Hamidi-Asl, Ezat; Daems, Devin; De Wael, Karolien; Van Camp, Guy; Nagels, Luc J

    2014-12-16

    In the present paper, the utility of a special potentiometric titration approach for recognition and calculation of biomolecule/small-molecule interactions is reported. This approach is fast, sensitive, reproducible, and inexpensive in comparison to the other methods for the determination of the association constant values (Ka) and the interaction energies (ΔG). The potentiometric titration measurement is based on the use of a classical polymeric membrane indicator electrode in a solution of the small-molecule ligand. The biomolecule is used as a titrant. The potential is measured versus a reference electrode and transformed into a concentration-related signal over the entire concentration interval, also at low concentrations, where the millivolt (y-axis) versus log canalyte (x-axis) potentiometric calibration curve is not linear. In the procedure, Ka is calculated for the interaction of cocaine with a cocaine binding aptamer and with an anticocaine antibody. To study the selectivity and cross-reactivity, other oligonucleotides and aptamers are tested, as well as other small ligand molecules such as tetrakis(4-chlorophenyl)borate, metergoline, lidocaine, and bromhexine. The calculated Ka compared favorably to the value reported in the literature using surface plasmon resonance. The potentiometric titration approach called "concentration-related response potentiometry" is used to study molecular interaction for seven macromolecular target molecules and four small-molecule ligands.

  19. Liquid-liquid extraction of biomolecules in downstream processing - A review paper

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    M. E. Silva

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    Full Text Available Economic analysis shows that protein separation and purification are a very important aspect of biomolecules production and processing. This is particularly true for protein processing which, because of the complexity of the starting material, often requires many steps to reach the levels of purity required for medical and food applications. The separation specialists' task is to develop safe and simple processes to achieve products with a high level of purity. On a large scale, chromatography of proteins is not an easily applied method, although on a laboratory scale it is very effective and relatively simple. When it is scaled up, shortcomings such as discontinuity in the process, slow protein diffusion and large pressure drops in the system are seen. For these reasons a substantial research effort has been directed toward the use of aqueous two-phase systems (ATPSs to replace the initial steps in protein purification and chromatography. This article reviews the chronology and main ATPS fundamentals and discuss the broader applications of this type of system in the extraction and separation of biomolecules.

  20. Precise fabrication of a 5 nm graphene nanopore with a helium ion microscope for biomolecule detection

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    Deng, Yunsheng; Huang, Qimeng; Zhao, Yue; Zhou, Daming; Ying, Cuifeng; Wang, Deqiang

    2017-01-01

    We report a scalable method to fabricate high-quality graphene nanopores for biomolecule detection using a helium ion microscope (HIM). HIM milling shows promising capabilities for precisely controlling the size and shape, and may allow for the potential production of nanopores at wafer scale. Nanopores could be fabricated at different sizes ranging from 5 to 30 nm in diameter in few minutes. Compared with the current solid-state nanopore fabrication techniques, e.g. transmission electron microscopy, HIM is fast. Furthermore, we investigated the exposure-time dependence of graphene nanopore formation: the rate of pore expansion did not follow a simple linear relationship with exposure time, but a fast expansion rate at short exposure time and a slow rate at long exposure time. In addition, we performed biomolecule detection with our patterned graphene nanopore. The ionic current signals induced by 20-base single-stranded DNA homopolymers could be used as a basis for homopolymer differentiation. However, the charge interaction of homopolymer chains with graphene nanopores, and the conformations of homopolymer chains need to be further considered to improve the accuracy of discrimination.

  1. A comparative study of biomolecule and polymer surface modifications by a surface microdischarge

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    Bartis, Elliot A. J.; Luan, Pingshan; Knoll, Andrew J.; Graves, David B.; Seog, Joonil; Oehrlein, Gottlieb S.

    2016-02-01

    Cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) sources are attractive sources of reactive species with promising industrial and biomedical applications, but an understanding of underlying surface mechanisms is lacking. A kHz-powered surface microdischarge (SMD) operating with N2/O2 mixtures was used to study the biological deactivation of two immune-stimulating biomolecules: lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and peptidoglycan (PGN), found in bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, respectively. Model polymers were also studied to isolate specific functional groups. Changes in the surface chemistry were measured to understand which plasma-generated species and surface modifications are important for biological deactivation. The overall goal of this work is to determine which effects of CAP treatment are generic and which bonds are susceptible to attack. CAP treatment deactivated biomolecules, oxidized surfaces, and introduced surface bound NO3. These effects can be controlled by the N2 fraction in O2 and applied voltage and vary among different target surfaces. The SMD was compared with an Ar/O2/N2-fed kHz-powered atmospheric pressure plasma jet and showed much higher surface modifications and surface chemistry tunability compared to the jet. Possible mechanisms are discussed and findings are compared with recent computational investigations. Our results demonstrate the importance of long-lived plasma-generated species and advance an atomistic understanding of CAP-surface interactions.

  2. On Macroscopic Quantum Phenomena in Biomolecules and Cells: From Levinthal to Hopfield

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    Dejan Raković

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the context of the macroscopic quantum phenomena of the second kind, we hereby seek for a solution-in-principle of the long standing problem of the polymer folding, which was considered by Levinthal as (semiclassically intractable. To illuminate it, we applied quantum-chemical and quantum decoherence approaches to conformational transitions. Our analyses imply the existence of novel macroscopic quantum biomolecular phenomena, with biomolecular chain folding in an open environment considered as a subtle interplay between energy and conformation eigenstates of this biomolecule, governed by quantum-chemical and quantum decoherence laws. On the other hand, within an open biological cell, a system of all identical (noninteracting and dynamically noncoupled biomolecular proteins might be considered as corresponding spatial quantum ensemble of these identical biomolecular processors, providing spatially distributed quantum solution to a single corresponding biomolecular chain folding, whose density of conformational states might be represented as Hopfield-like quantum-holographic associative neural network too (providing an equivalent global quantum-informational alternative to standard molecular-biology local biochemical approach in biomolecules and cells and higher hierarchical levels of organism, as well.

  3. Helium Atmosphere Chamber for Soft X-ray Spectroscopy of Biomolecules

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    Carpenter, Matthew Hollis

    X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) is a powerful technique that can provide important information for the study of biological systems. The study of the structure and chemistry at the active metal sites in metalloproteins is important not only for the understanding of the function of the molecules themselves, but also in the hope that the mechanisms once understood may lead to advancement in catalytic chemistry and materials. While techniques using high-energy "hard" X-rays have been well developed for over three decades, the highly useful low-energy or "soft" X-ray regime has seen more recent application to biomolecules. Furthermore, the technical necessities of soft X-ray experiments - most notably the need for Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) - place restrictions on the form and state of the sample and usually preclude liquid or frozen solution measurements. The Helium atmosphere chamber is designed to allow soft XAS of biomolecules and model compounds in a frozen state without exposure to UHV by isolating the sample inside a cryogenic gaseous exchange gas environment. The implementation allows easier sample handling than typical UHV chambers and measurement in conditions ranging from atmosphere (760 Torr) to 100s of mTorr. The system integrates with the existing end station setup at beam line 4.0.2 at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  4. Recent trends in carbon nanomaterial-based electrochemical sensors for biomolecules: A review.

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    Yang, Cheng; Denno, Madelaine E; Pyakurel, Poojan; Venton, B Jill

    2015-08-05

    Carbon nanomaterials are advantageous for electrochemical sensors because they increase the electroactive surface area, enhance electron transfer, and promote adsorption of molecules. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been incorporated into electrochemical sensors for biomolecules and strategies have included the traditional dip coating and drop casting methods, direct growth of CNTs on electrodes and the use of CNT fibers and yarns made exclusively of CNTs. Recent research has also focused on utilizing many new types of carbon nanomaterials beyond CNTs. Forms of graphene are now increasingly popular for sensors including reduced graphene oxide, carbon nanohorns, graphene nanofoams, graphene nanorods, and graphene nanoflowers. In this review, we compare different carbon nanomaterial strategies for creating electrochemical sensors for biomolecules. Analytes covered include neurotransmitters and neurochemicals, such as dopamine, ascorbic acid, and serotonin; hydrogen peroxide; proteins, such as biomarkers; and DNA. The review also addresses enzyme-based electrodes that are used to detect non-electroactive species such as glucose, alcohols, and proteins. Finally, we analyze some of the future directions for the field, pointing out gaps in fundamental understanding of electron transfer to carbon nanomaterials and the need for more practical implementation of sensors.

  5. DPPH and oxygen free radicals as pro-oxidant of biomolecules.

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    Letelier, María Eugenia; Molina-Berríos, Alfredo; Cortés-Troncoso, Juan; Jara-Sandoval, José; Holst, Marianne; Palma, Karina; Montoya, Margarita; Miranda, Dante; González-Lira, Víctor

    2008-03-01

    Numerous investigations exist about the alterations that oxygen free radicals can provoke on biomolecules; these modifications can be prevented and/or reversed by different antioxidants agents. On the other hand, 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH), a stable nitrogen synthetic radical, is used to evaluate the antioxidant capacity of medicinal herbal products; however, the structural changes that this radical provoke on the herbal active principles are not clear yet. In this work, we compared the redox reactivity of oxygen free radicals and DPPH radical on phospholipids and protein thiol groups present in rat liver microsomes. Cu2+/ascorbate was used as generator system of oxygen free radical and as antioxidant, an extract of Buddleja globosa's leaves. Cu2+/ascorbate provoked microsomal lipid peroxidation, microsomal thiols oxidation and oxygen consumption; all of these phenomena were inhibited by B. globosa extract. On the other hand, DPPH was bleached in different extension by the herbal extract and phosphatidyl choline; beside, DPPH decreased microsomal thiols content, but this phenomenon were not prevented by the herbal extract. Furthermore, DPPH did not induce oxygen consumption and neither modified the oxygen consumption induced by Cu2+/ascorbate. Distinct redox mechanisms may explain the differences between the reactivity of DPPH and oxygen free radicals on biomolecules, which is discussed.

  6. Surface modification of poly(L-lactic acid) with biomolecules to promote endothelialization.

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    Xia, Yun; Boey, Freddy; Venkatraman, Subbu S

    2010-09-01

    Rapid endothelialization is important for biodegradable blood-contacting devices not only to prevent thrombosis but also to prevent degradation debris from entering the bloodstream and causing further complications. Here the authors report a three-step surface modification method, by which biomolecules, such as gelatin and chitosan, are covalently immobilized on the surface of plasma-treated poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) via -COOH groups introduced by acrylic acid grafting polymerization. Surface characterization techniques, including x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, contact angle measurement, and colorimetric methods for surface density of functional groups, proved the feasibility and stability of this surface modification method. Surface wettability was increased by biomolecules immobilization. The -COOH surface density was measured to be 4.17±0.15 μmol/cm(2), the and amount of gelatin immobilized was 4.8 μg/cm(2). Human umbilical vein endothelial cell was used during in vitro study at seeding density of 10(4) cells/cm(2). PLLA-gAA-gelatin surface was found to enhance cell adhesion, spreading, focal adhesion formation, and proliferation significantly. Chitosan-modified PLLA shows marginally improvement in cell adhesion and proliferation. Endothelialization was achieved within 7 days on both modified PLLA surfaces. In conclusion, this work demonstrates the feasibility of the surface modification method, and its ability to promote complete endothelialization for cardiovascular applications.

  7. Synchrotron and small bio-molecules in gas phase and liquid environment: new opportunities in Brazil

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    Naves de Brito, A. [State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Dept. of Applied Physics

    2011-07-01

    Full text: Two techniques are critically related to the photoelectric law, namely: photoelectron spectroscopy and photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy. Both are strongly used now a day within synchrotron laboratories. Our group is employing both to investigate fragmentation of bio-molecules in gas phase such as amino acids and DNA basis using V UV and soft x-ray photons. In the near future lager scale instruments developed in Brazil will allow unique opportunities to apply these two spectroscopic methods to molecules immersed in liquids such as water. We will present details from this advanced x-ray source and experimental stations with capabilities not present in other places in the world. Experiments connected to the molecular origin of live will be shown. Among them an experiment where we mimic the atmosphere at Titan moon producing bio- molecules will discussed. Another experiment will be presented where we test the Panspermia viability using special bacteria. We will also present experiments where frozen simple molecules connected to pre-biotic mate- rial are bombardment by UV photons and energetic particles showing interesting trends. Spectroscopic studies of gas phase photo-fragmentation of bio-molecules may be critical to understand in the future these molecules immersed in liquids. We plan to spend some time showing our recent results in this area. (author)

  8. Characterization of the binding strengths between boronic acids and cis-diol-containing biomolecules by affinity capillary electrophoresis.

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    Lü, Chenchen; Liu, Zhen

    2015-01-01

    The affinity of boronic acids toward cis-diol-containing biomolecules has found wide applications in many fields, such as sensing, separation, drug delivery, and functional materials. A sound understanding of the binding interactions will greatly facilitate exquisite applications of this chemistry. Traditional techniques are associated with some apparent drawbacks, so they are only applicable to a limited range of boronic acids and cis-diol-containing biomolecules. This chapter describes an affinity capillary electrophoresis (ACE) method for the characterization of the binding strengths between boronic acids and cis-diol-containing biomolecules. As compared with existing approaches, such as (11)B NMR, the ACE method exhibits several significant advantages: (1) possibility of simultaneous study of multiple interactions, (2) low requirement on the purity of the binding species, (3) widely applicable to almost all types of cis-diol-containing compounds and boronic acids, and (4) high accuracy and precision.

  9. Characterization of and biomolecule immobilization on the biocompatible multi-walled carbon nanotubes generated by functionalization with polyamidoamine dendrimers.

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    Zhang, Baoling; Chen, Qiong; Tang, Hao; Xie, Qingji; Ma, Ming; Tan, Liang; Zhang, Youyu; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2010-10-01

    Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers were covalently tethered onto the surface of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The morphology and dispersive properties of the MWCNT-PAMAM hybrids were characterized and the peripheral functional groups were identified. Cytotoxicity to human osteosarcoma MG-63 cells, and protein and DNA immobilization ability of the hybrids were evaluated in detail. The dendrimers were present on the surface of MWCNTs in high density. The MWCNT-PAMAM hybrids exhibited good dispersibility and stability in aqueous solution. We showed that the hybrids are biocompatible, with no obvious cytotoxicity at concentration biomolecule-immobilization ability (bovine serum albumin and 5'-Fam-CAAggTCgTgTAAAggTCAg-3' were used as models). The functionalization of MWCNTs with PAMAM dendrimers improved the biomolecule-immobilization ability 70-fold and simultaneously decreased the cellular toxicity by about 30%. It is expected that the MWCNT-PAMAM hybrids will find promising applications in biosensors and biomolecule delivery systems in gene or protein therapy.

  10. Three-dimensional structure determination protocol for noncrystalline biomolecules using x-ray free-electron laser diffraction imaging.

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    Oroguchi, Tomotaka; Nakasako, Masayoshi

    2013-02-01

    Coherent and intense x-ray pulses generated by x-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) sources are paving the way for structural determination of noncrystalline biomolecules. However, due to the small scattering cross section of electrons for x rays, the available incident x-ray intensity of XFEL sources, which is currently in the range of 10(12)-10(13) photons/μm(2)/pulse, is lower than that necessary to perform single-molecule diffraction experiments for noncrystalline biomolecules even with the molecular masses of megadalton and submicrometer dimensions. Here, we propose an experimental protocol and analysis method for visualizing the structure of those biomolecules by the combined application of coherent x-ray diffraction imaging and three-dimensional reconstruction methods. To compensate the small scattering cross section of biomolecules, in our protocol, a thin vitreous ice plate containing several hundred biomolecules/μm(2) is used as sample, a setup similar to that utilized by single-molecule cryoelectron microscopy. The scattering cross section of such an ice plate is far larger than that of a single particle. The images of biomolecules contained within irradiated areas are then retrieved from each diffraction pattern, and finally provide the three-dimensional electron density model. A realistic atomic simulation using large-scale computations proposed that the three-dimensional structure determination of the 50S ribosomal subunit embedded in a vitreous ice plate is possible at a resolution of 0.8 nm when an x-ray beam of 10(16) photons/500×500 nm(2)/pulse is available.

  11. Determination of partition coefficients of biomolecules in a microfluidic aqueous two phase system platform using fluorescence microscopy.

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    Silva, D F C; Azevedo, A M; Fernandes, P; Chu, V; Conde, J P; Aires-Barros, M R

    2017-03-03

    Aqueous two phase systems (ATPS) offer great potential for selective separation of a wide range of biomolecules by exploring differences in molecular solubility in each of the two immiscible phases. However, ATPS use has been limited due to the difficulty in predicting the behavior of a given biomolecule in the partition environment together with the empirical and time-consuming techniques that are used for the determination of partition and extraction parameters. In this work, a fast and novel technique based on a microfluidic platform and using fluorescence microscopy was developed to determine the partition coefficients of biomolecules in different ATPS. This method consists of using a microfluidic device with a single microchannel and three inlets. In two of the inlets, solutions containing the ATPS forming components were loaded while the third inlet was fed with the FITC tagged biomolecule of interest prepared in milli-Q water. Using fluorescence microscopy, it was possible to follow the location of the FITC-tagged biomolecule and, by simply varying the pumping rates of the solutions, to quickly test a wide variety of ATPS compositions. The ATPS system is allowed 4min for stabilization and fluorescence micrographs are used to determine the partition coefficient.The partition coefficients obtained were shown to be consistent with results from macroscale ATPS partition. This process allows for faster screening of partition coefficients using only a few microliters of material for each ATPS composition and is amenable to automation. The partitioning behavior of several biomolecules with molecular weights (MW) ranging from 5.8 to 150kDa, and isoelectric points (pI) ranging from 4.7 to 6.4 was investigated, as well as the effect of the molecular weight of the polymer ATPS component.

  12. Crisis y perspectivas de la industria automotriz argentina

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    Damián Andrés Bil

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Con la conformación del Mercosur, la automotriz argentina se expandió. Durante los últimos años alcanzó récords de producción, exportaciones y ventas; al punto que se la señala como ejemplo de una nueva etapa productiva. No obstante, desde finales de 2013 el complejo experimenta una crisis que provocó una considerable caída de los indicadores, con suspensiones e incluso despidos en las empresas de autopartes. En este artículo, proponemos revisar los indicadores de la actividad (escala y mercado, productividad, costo laboral, saldo comercial en perspectiva histórica y en el contexto de la competencia internacional. El objetivo es determinar si la situación actual corresponde a un inconveniente coyuntural, o si por el contrario expresa límites históricos que la automotriz argentina no ha superado; y sus perspectivas. *Palabras clave: Argentina, automotriz, crisis, competitividad, Mercosur

  13. Marketing de lugar: estado da arte e perspectivas futuras

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    Marco Antonio de Moraes Ocke

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo neste trabalho é contribuir com o repensar da natureza e do significado do marketing de lugar presente na literatura, descrevendo as três principais perspectivas influentes em seu desenvolvimento – promoção, planejamento e branding – e apresentar uma análise crítica de seu processo de evolução. No intuito de orientar o entendimento, evitar interpretações individuais e propor uma linguagem comum, a análise compreende a convergência das perspectivas em um conceito caracterizado como uma importante ferramenta de gerenciamento das trocas que ocorrem em âmbito territorial visando ao desenvolvimento socioeconômico da localidade. Como contribuição, sugere-se uma estruturação para investigações futuras identificando lacunas entre a teoria do marketing de lugar e a forma como é compreendido, assim como as dificuldades significativas para sua implementação.

  14. Quantification of biomolecules in herring (Clupea harengus) industry processing waters and their recovery using electroflocculation and ultrafiltration

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    Osman, Ali; Gringer, Nina; Svendsen, Tore

    2015-01-01

    Four types of herring industry processing waters; refrigerated sea water (RSW), storage water (SW), processing water from cutting (PW) and pre-salting brines (SB) were subjected to chemical characterization and biomolecule recovery using electroflocculation (EF) and ultrafiltration (UF...... and magnesium were the dominating trace elements. EF plus UF in series recovered up to 80% proteins and fatty acids from SB's and reduced chemical oxygen demand by 70%. Foaming and emulsifying properties of biomolecules were improved or unaffected by EF/UF treatment. To conclude, large amounts of biomass...

  15. Identification of Biomolecular Building Blocks by Recognition Tunneling: Stride towards Nanopore Sequencing of Biomolecules

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    Sen, Suman

    DNA, RNA and Protein are three pivotal biomolecules in human and other organisms, playing decisive roles in functionality, appearance, diseases development and other physiological phenomena. Hence, sequencing of these biomolecules acquires the prime interest in the scientific community. Single molecular identification of their building blocks can be done by a technique called Recognition Tunneling (RT) based on Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM). A single layer of specially designed recognition molecule is attached to the STM electrodes, which trap the targeted molecules (DNA nucleoside monophosphates, RNA nucleoside monophosphates or amino acids) inside the STM nanogap. Depending on their different binding interactions with the recognition molecules, the analyte molecules generate stochastic signal trains accommodating their "electronic fingerprints". Signal features are used to detect the molecules using a machine learning algorithm and different molecules can be identified with significantly high accuracy. This, in turn, paves the way for rapid, economical nanopore sequencing platform, overcoming the drawbacks of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques. To read DNA nucleotides with high accuracy in an STM tunnel junction a series of nitrogen-based heterocycles were designed and examined to check their capabilities to interact with naturally occurring DNA nucleotides by hydrogen bonding in the tunnel junction. These recognition molecules are Benzimidazole, Imidazole, Triazole and Pyrrole. Benzimidazole proved to be best among them showing DNA nucleotide classification accuracy close to 99%. Also, Imidazole reader can read an abasic monophosphate (AP), a product from depurination or depyrimidination that occurs 10,000 times per human cell per day. In another study, I have investigated a new universal reader, 1-(2-mercaptoethyl)pyrene (Pyrene reader) based on stacking interactions, which should be more specific to the canonical DNA nucleosides. In addition

  16. New Chelators for Low Temperature Al(18)F-Labeling of Biomolecules.

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    Cleeren, Frederik; Lecina, Joan; Billaud, Emilie M F; Ahamed, Muneer; Verbruggen, Alfons; Bormans, Guy M

    2016-03-16

    The Al(18)F labeling method is a relatively new approach that allows radiofluorination of biomolecules such as peptides and proteins in a one-step procedure and in aqueous solution. However, the chelation of the {Al(18)F}(2+) core with the macrocyclic chelators NOTA or NODA requires heating to 100-120 °C. Therefore, we have developed new polydentate ligands for the complexation of {Al(18)F}(2+) with good radiochemical yields at a temperature of 40 °C. The stability of the new Al(18)F-complexes was tested in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at pH 7.4 and in rat serum. The stability of the Al(18)F-L3 complex was found to be comparable to that of the previously reported Al(18)F-NODA complex up to 60 min in rat serum. Moreover, the biodistribution of Al(18)F-L3 in healthy mice showed the absence of in vivo defluorination since no significant bone uptake was observed, whereas the major fraction of activity at 60 min p.i. was observed in liver and intestines, indicating hepatobiliary clearance of the radiolabeled ligand. The acyclic chelator H3L3 proved to be a good lead candidate for labeling of heat-sensitive biomolecules with fluorine-18. In order to obtain a better understanding of the different factors influencing the formation and stability of the complex, we carried out more in-depth experiments with ligand H3L3. As a proof of concept, we successfully conjugated the new AlF-chelator with the urea-based PSMA inhibitor Glu-NH-CO-NH-Lys to form Glu-NH-CO-NH-Lys(Ahx)L3, and a biodistribution study in healthy mice was performed with the Al(18)F-labeled construct. This new class of AlF-chelators may have a great impact on PET radiochemical space as it will stimulate the rapid development of new fluorine-18 labeled peptides and other heat-sensitive biomolecules.

  17. Identification of biomolecule mass transport and binding rate parameters in living cells by inverse modeling

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    Shirmohammadi Adel

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Quantification of in-vivo biomolecule mass transport and reaction rate parameters from experimental data obtained by Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching (FRAP is becoming more important. Methods and results The Osborne-Moré extended version of the Levenberg-Marquardt optimization algorithm was coupled with the experimental data obtained by the Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching (FRAP protocol, and the numerical solution of a set of two partial differential equations governing macromolecule mass transport and reaction in living cells, to inversely estimate optimized values of the molecular diffusion coefficient and binding rate parameters of GFP-tagged glucocorticoid receptor. The results indicate that the FRAP protocol provides enough information to estimate one parameter uniquely using a nonlinear optimization technique. Coupling FRAP experimental data with the inverse modeling strategy, one can also uniquely estimate the individual values of the binding rate coefficients if the molecular diffusion coefficient is known. One can also simultaneously estimate the dissociation rate parameter and molecular diffusion coefficient given the pseudo-association rate parameter is known. However, the protocol provides insufficient information for unique simultaneous estimation of three parameters (diffusion coefficient and binding rate parameters owing to the high intercorrelation between the molecular diffusion coefficient and pseudo-association rate parameter. Attempts to estimate macromolecule mass transport and binding rate parameters simultaneously from FRAP data result in misleading conclusions regarding concentrations of free macromolecule and bound complex inside the cell, average binding time per vacant site, average time for diffusion of macromolecules from one site to the next, and slow or rapid mobility of biomolecules in cells. Conclusion To obtain unique values for molecular diffusion coefficient and

  18. Silver island film substrates for ultrasensitive fluorescence detection of (bio)molecules.

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    Szalkowski, Marcin; Ashraf, Khuram U; Lokstein, Heiko; Mackowski, Sebastian; Cogdell, Richard J; Kowalska, Dorota

    2016-01-01

    A silver island film (SIF) substrate was used to demonstrate that Metal-Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF) is a powerful tool to enable detection of emission from (bio)molecules at very low concentrations. The experiments were carried out with the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) pigment-protein complex from the photosynthetic green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum. FMO was diluted to a level, at which no emission was detectable on a glass substrate. In contrast, the fluorescence of FMO was readily observed on the SIF substrate, even though the emission wavelength of FMO is displaced by over 300 nm from the maximum of the plasmon resonance of the SIF layer. Estimated enhancements of the fluorescence intensity of FMO on SIF are about 40-fold. The enhancement factor correlates with the improvement of the signal-to-noise ratio for FMO emission on SIF substrates.

  19. BioVEC: a program for biomolecule visualization with ellipsoidal coarse-graining.

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    Abrahamsson, Erik; Plotkin, Steven S

    2009-09-01

    Biomolecule Visualization with Ellipsoidal Coarse-graining (BioVEC) is a tool for visualizing molecular dynamics simulation data while allowing coarse-grained residues to be rendered as ellipsoids. BioVEC reads in configuration files, which may be output from molecular dynamics simulations that include orientation output in either quaternion or ANISOU format, and can render frames of the trajectory in several common image formats for subsequent concatenation into a movie file. The BioVEC program is written in C++, uses the OpenGL API for rendering, and is open source. It is lightweight, allows for user-defined settings for and texture, and runs on either Windows or Linux platforms.

  20. Microreactor and method for preparing a radiolabeled complex or a biomolecule conjugate

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    Reichert, David E; Kenis, Paul J. A.; Wheeler, Tobias D; Desai, Amit V; Zeng, Dexing; Onal, Birce C

    2015-03-17

    A microreactor for preparing a radiolabeled complex or a biomolecule conjugate comprises a microchannel for fluid flow, where the microchannel comprises a mixing portion comprising one or more passive mixing elements, and a reservoir for incubating a mixed fluid. The reservoir is in fluid communication with the microchannel and is disposed downstream of the mixing portion. A method of preparing a radiolabeled complex includes flowing a radiometal solution comprising a metallic radionuclide through a downstream mixing portion of a microchannel, where the downstream mixing portion includes one or more passive mixing elements, and flowing a ligand solution comprising a bifunctional chelator through the downstream mixing portion. The ligand solution and the radiometal solution are passively mixed while in the downstream mixing portion to initiate a chelation reaction between the metallic radionuclide and the bifunctional chelator. The chelation reaction is completed to form a radiolabeled complex.

  1. Smaller to larger biomolecule detection using a lab-built surface plasmon resonance based instrument

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    Lukose, J.; Kulal, V.; Chidangil, S.; Sinha, R. K.

    2016-10-01

    We have developed a low-cost surface plasmon resonance (SPR) instrument based on the Kretschmann configuration for biosensing applications. The fabricated instrument is capable of operating in both angular and intensity interrogation schemes. The proposed sensor has proved enormously versatile by detecting a range of analytes with low to high molecular weights. The refractive index based sensor has been used for detecting the variation in the concentration of the aqueous solution of glucose and glycerine. Real time immobilization of protein molecules, bovine serum albumin on a gold (Au) film surface, has also been detected using the SPR imaging technique. Alkanethiol functionalization of the Au surface was performed, and bovine serum albumin was immobilized onto the carboxyl functionalized surface using amine reactive cross linker chemistry. In future, the present approach can also be utilized for the selective detection of a wide range of target biomolecules with the help of specific capture probes, as well as for monitoring protein-drug interactions.

  2. Spatially selective photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence and application to background reduction for biomolecule detection assays.

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    Chaudhery, Vikram; Huang, Cheng-Sheng; Pokhriyal, Anusha; Polans, James; Cunningham, Brian T

    2011-11-07

    By combining photonic crystal label-free biosensor imaging with photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence, it is possible to selectively enhance the fluorescence emission from regions of the PC surface based upon the density of immobilized capture molecules. A label-free image of the capture molecules enables determination of optimal coupling conditions of the laser used for fluorescence imaging of the photonic crystal surface on a pixel-by-pixel basis, allowing maximization of fluorescence enhancement factor from regions incorporating a biomolecule capture spot and minimization of background autofluorescence from areas between capture spots. This capability significantly improves the contrast of enhanced fluorescent images, and when applied to an antibody protein microarray, provides a substantial advantage over conventional fluorescence microscopy. Using the new approach, we demonstrate detection limits as low as 0.97 pg/ml for a representative protein biomarker in buffer.

  3. Elemental speciation in biomolecules by LC-ICP-MS with magnetic sector and collision cell instruments

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    Wang, Jin [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    1999-11-08

    A methodology that can monitor and identify inorganic elements in biological and environmental systems was developed. Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) separates biomolecules, which are then nebulized by a microconcentric nebulizer. The resulting aerosol is desolved and introduced into either a high resolution ICP-MS device or a quadrupole device with a collision cell. Because of the high sensitivity and spectral resolution and high sample introduction efficiency, many unusual or difficult elements, such as Cr, Se, Cd and U, can be observed at ambient levels bound to proteins in human serum. These measurements are made in only a few minutes without preliminary isolation and preconcentration steps. Serum samples can be titrated with spikes of various elements to determine which proteins bind a given metal and oxidation state. Experiments concerning the effects of breaking disulfide linkages and denaturation on metal binding in proteins were also investigated. Elemental distribution in liver extract was also obtained.

  4. Selective functionalization and loading of biomolecules in crystalline silicon nanotube field-effect-transistors.

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    Kwon, Soonshin; Chen, Zack C Y; Noh, Hyunwoo; Lee, Ju Hun; Liu, Hang; Cha, Jennifer N; Xiang, Jie

    2014-07-21

    Crystalline silicon nanotubes (Si NTs) provide distinctive advantages as electrical and biochemical analysis scaffolds through their unique morphology and electrical tunability compared to solid nanowires or amorphous/non-conductive nanotubes. Such potential is investigated in this report. Gate-dependent four-probe current-voltage analysis reveals electrical properties such as resistivity to differ by nearly 3 orders of magnitude between crystalline and amorphous Si NTs. Analysis of transistor transfer characteristics yields a field effect mobility of 40.0 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) in crystalline Si NTs. The hollow morphology also allows selective inner/outer surface functionalization and loading capability either as a carrier for molecular targets or as a nanofluidic channel for biomolecular assays. We present for the first time a demonstration of internalization of fluorescent dyes (rhodamine) and biomolecules (BSA) in Si NTs as long as 22 μm in length.

  5. Imparting biomolecules to a metal-organic framework material by controlled DNA tetrahedron encapsulation.

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    Jia, Yongmei; Wei, Benmei; Duan, Ruixue; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Boya; Hakeem, Abdul; Liu, Nannan; Ou, Xiaowen; Xu, Shaofang; Chen, Zhifei; Lou, Xiaoding; Xia, Fan

    2014-08-04

    Recently, the incorporation of biomolecules in Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) attracts many attentions because of controlling the functions, properties and stability of trapped molecules. Although there are few reports on protein/MOFs composites and their applications, none of DNA/MOFs composite is reported, as far as we know. Here, we report a new composite material which is self-assembled from 3D DNA (guest) and pre-synthesized MOFs (host) by electrostatic interactions and hydrophilic interactions in a well-dispersed fashion. Its biophysical characterization is well analyzed by fluorescence spectroscopy, quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This new composite material keeps 3D DNA nanostructure more stable than only 3D DNA nanostructure in DI water at room temperature, and stores amounts of genetic information. It will make DNA as a guest for MOFs and MOFs become a new platform for the development of DNA nanotechnology.

  6. Liquid proteins--a new frontier for biomolecule-based nanoscience.

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    Perriman, Adam W; Mann, Stephen

    2011-08-23

    Solid, liquid, or gas? The physical states adopted by nano-objects such as proteins are critically dependent on the size and range of the intermolecular attractive forces, and as a consequence, pure liquids comprising solventless melts of structurally intact, discrete functional nanoconstructs are conspicuously absent. Here we describe how globular proteins can be surface-engineered such that anhydrous powders of these nanoscale objects melt at close to room temperature to produce solvent-free liquids comprising exceedingly high concentrations of structurally and functionally intact biomolecules. These liquids offer unprecedented opportunities in bionanomaterials research, represent a new phase for protein chemistry, and challenge the existing paradigm on the role of water molecules in protein folding and function.

  7. Poisson-Boltzmann continuum-solvation models: applications to pH-dependent properties of biomolecules.

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    Antosiewicz, Jan M; Shugar, David

    2011-11-01

    All molecules can be viewed as either discrete or continuous assemblies of electric charges, and electrostatics plays a major role in intermolecular and intramolecular interactions. Moreover, charge distribution within molecules may fluctuate due to the presence of ionizable groups capable of exchanging protons with the environment, leading to pH-dependence of phenomena involving such molecules. Electrostatic aspects of complex shapes and environments of biological molecules, in vitro and in vivo, are relatively well amenable to treatment by Poisson-Boltzmann models, which are attractive in that they possess a clear physical meaning, and can be readily solved by several mathematically sound methods. Here we describe applications of these models to obtain valuable insights into some biologically important pH-dependent properties of biomolecules, such as stability, binding of ligands (including potential drugs), enzymatic activity, conformational transitions, membrane transport and viral entry.

  8. Optimization and characterization of biomolecule immobilization on silicon substrates using (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and glutaraldehyde linker

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    Gunda, Naga Siva Kumar [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 2G8 (Canada); Singh, Minashree [Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 1C9 (Canada); Norman, Lana [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2V4 (Canada); Kaur, Kamaljit [Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 1C9 (Canada); Mitra, Sushanta K., E-mail: sushanta.mitra@ualberta.ca [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 2G8 (Canada)

    2014-06-01

    In the present work, we developed and optimized a technique to produce a thin, stable silane layer on silicon substrate in a controlled environment using (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES). The effect of APTES concentration and silanization time on the formation of silane layer is studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Biomolecules of interest are immobilized on optimized silane layer formed silicon substrates using glutaraldehyde linker. Surface analytical techniques such as ellipsometry, FTIR, contact angle measurement system, and atomic force microscopy are employed to characterize the bio-chemically modified silicon surfaces at each step of the biomolecule immobilization process. It is observed that a uniform, homogenous and highly dense layer of biomolecules are immobilized with optimized silane layer on the silicon substrate. The developed immobilization method is successfully implemented on different silicon substrates (flat and pillar). Also, different types of biomolecules such as anti-human IgG (rabbit monoclonal to human IgG), Listeria monocytogenes, myoglobin and dengue capture antibodies were successfully immobilized. Further, standard sandwich immunoassay (antibody–antigen–antibody) is employed on respective capture antibody coated silicon substrates. Fluorescence microscopy is used to detect the respective FITC tagged detection antibodies bound to the surface after immunoassay.

  9. Combinational Effect of Cell Adhesion Biomolecules and Their Immobilized Polymer Property to Enhance Cell-Selective Adhesion

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    Rio Kurimoto

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Although surface immobilization of medical devices with bioactive molecules is one of the most widely used strategies to improve biocompatibility, the physicochemical properties of the biomaterials significantly impact the activity of the immobilized molecules. Herein we investigate the combinational effects of cell-selective biomolecules and the hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity of the polymeric substrate on selective adhesion of endothelial cells (ECs, fibroblasts (FBs, and smooth muscle cells (SMCs. To control the polymeric substrate, biomolecules are immobilized on thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-2-carboxyisopropylacrylamide (poly(NIPAAm-co-CIPAAm-grafted glass surfaces. By switching the molecular conformation of the biomolecule-immobilized polymers, the cell-selective adhesion performances are evaluated. In case of RGDS (Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser peptide-immobilized surfaces, all cell types adhere well regardless of the surface hydrophobicity. On the other hand, a tri-Arg-immobilized surface exhibits FB-selectivity when the surface is hydrophilic. Additionally, a tri-Ile-immobilized surface exhibits EC-selective cell adhesion when the surface is hydrophobic. We believe that the proposed concept, which is used to investigate the biomolecule-immobilized surface combination, is important to produce new biomaterials, which are highly demanded for medical implants and tissue engineering.

  10. Accurate and computationally efficient prediction of thermochemical properties of biomolecules using the generalized connectivity-based hierarchy.

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    Sengupta, Arkajyoti; Ramabhadran, Raghunath O; Raghavachari, Krishnan

    2014-08-14

    In this study we have used the connectivity-based hierarchy (CBH) method to derive accurate heats of formation of a range of biomolecules, 18 amino acids and 10 barbituric acid/uracil derivatives. The hierarchy is based on the connectivity of the different atoms in a large molecule. It results in error-cancellation reaction schemes that are automated, general, and can be readily used for a broad range of organic molecules and biomolecules. Herein, we first locate stable conformational and tautomeric forms of these biomolecules using an accurate level of theory (viz. CCSD(T)/6-311++G(3df,2p)). Subsequently, the heats of formation of the amino acids are evaluated using the CBH-1 and CBH-2 schemes and routinely employed density functionals or wave function-based methods. The calculated heats of formation obtained herein using modest levels of theory and are in very good agreement with those obtained using more expensive W1-F12 and W2-F12 methods on amino acids and G3 results on barbituric acid derivatives. Overall, the present study (a) highlights the small effect of including multiple conformers in determining the heats of formation of biomolecules and (b) in concurrence with previous CBH studies, proves that use of the more effective error-cancelling isoatomic scheme (CBH-2) results in more accurate heats of formation with modestly sized basis sets along with common density functionals or wave function-based methods.

  11. Photodissociation of a ruthenium(II) arene complex and its subsequent interactions with biomolecules: a density functional theory study.

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    Wang, Hanlu; DeYonker, Nathan J; Zhang, Xiting; Zhao, Cunyuan; Ji, Liangnian; Mao, Zong-Wan

    2012-10-01

    The piano-stool Ru(II) arene complex [(η⁶-benz)Ru(bpm)(py)]²⁺ (benz = benzene, bpm = 2,2'-bipyrimidine, and py = pyridine), which is conventionally nonlabile (on a timescale and under conditions relevant for biological reactivity), can be activated by visible light to selectively photodissociate the monodentate ligand (py). In the present study, the aquation and binding of the photocontrolled ruthenium(II) arene complex [(η⁶-benz)Ru(bpm)(py)]²⁺ to various biomolecules are studied by density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT). Potential energy curves (PECs) calculated for the Ru-N (py) bonds in [(η⁶-benz)Ru(bpm)(py)]²⁺ in the singlet and triplet state give useful insights into the photodissociation mechanism of py. The binding energies of the various biomolecules are calculated, which allows the order of binding affinities among the considered nuleic-acid- or protein-binding sites to be discerned. The kinetics for the replacement of water in the aqua complex with biomolecules is also considered, and the results demonstrate that guanine is superior to other biomolecules in terms of coordinating with the Ru(II) aqua adduct, which is in reasonable agreement with experimental observations.

  12. Biomolecule-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Bi2Te3 Nanostring-Cluster Hierarchical Structure

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    Mi, Jianli; Lock, Nina; Sun, Ting;

    2010-01-01

    A simple biomolecule-assisted hydrothermal approach has been developed for the fabrication of Bi2Te3 thermoelectric nanomaterials. The product has a nanostring-cluster hierarchical structure which is composed of ordered and aligned platelet-like crystals. The platelets are100 nm in diameter...

  13. Nucleus-staining with biomolecule-mimicking nitrogen-doped carbon dots prepared by a fast neutralization heat strategy.

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    Kang, Yan-Fei; Fang, Yang-Wu; Li, Yu-Hao; Li, Wen; Yin, Xue-Bo

    2015-12-11

    Biomolecule-mimicking nitrogen-doped carbon dots (N-Cdots) were synthesized from dopamine by a neutralization heat strategy. Fluorescence imaging of various cells validated their nucleus-staining efficiency. The dopamine-mimicking N-Cdots "trick" nuclear membranes to achieve nuclear localization and imaging.

  14. Optimization and characterization of biomolecule immobilization on silicon substrates using (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and glutaraldehyde linker

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    Gunda, Naga Siva Kumar; Singh, Minashree; Norman, Lana; Kaur, Kamaljit; Mitra, Sushanta K.

    2014-06-01

    In the present work, we developed and optimized a technique to produce a thin, stable silane layer on silicon substrate in a controlled environment using (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES). The effect of APTES concentration and silanization time on the formation of silane layer is studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Biomolecules of interest are immobilized on optimized silane layer formed silicon substrates using glutaraldehyde linker. Surface analytical techniques such as ellipsometry, FTIR, contact angle measurement system, and atomic force microscopy are employed to characterize the bio-chemically modified silicon surfaces at each step of the biomolecule immobilization process. It is observed that a uniform, homogenous and highly dense layer of biomolecules are immobilized with optimized silane layer on the silicon substrate. The developed immobilization method is successfully implemented on different silicon substrates (flat and pillar). Also, different types of biomolecules such as anti-human IgG (rabbit monoclonal to human IgG), Listeria monocytogenes, myoglobin and dengue capture antibodies were successfully immobilized. Further, standard sandwich immunoassay (antibody-antigen-antibody) is employed on respective capture antibody coated silicon substrates. Fluorescence microscopy is used to detect the respective FITC tagged detection antibodies bound to the surface after immunoassay.

  15. Microfossils and biomolecules in carbonaceous meteorites: possibility of life in water-bearing asteroids and comets

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    Hoover, Richard B.

    2014-09-01

    It is well established that carbonaceous meteorites contain water, carbon, biogenic elements and a host of organic chemicals and biomolecules. Several independent lines of evidence indicate that the parent bodies of the CI1 and CM2 carbonaceous meteorites are most probably the C-type asteroids or cometary nuclei. Several of the protein amino acids detected in the meteorites exhibit chirality and have an excess of the L-enantiomer -- such as in the amino acids present in the proteins of all known life forms on Earth. Isotopic studies have established that the amino acids and nucleobases in the CI1 and CM2 carbonaceous meteorites are both indigenous and extraterrestrial. Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy studies carried out by researchers during the past half century have revealed the presence of complex biogenic microstructures embedded in the rock-matrix of many of carbonaceous meteorites similar to extinct life-forms known as acritarchs and hystrichospheres. Carbonaceous meteorites also contain a wide variety of large filaments that exhibit the complex morphologies and correct size ranges of known genera and species of photosynthetic microorganisms such as cyanobacteria and diatoms. However, EDAX investigations have shown that these carbon-rich filaments typically have nitrogen content below the level of detection (hair and teeth of Pleistocene Mammoths. Hence, the absence of detectable nitrogen in the filaments provides direct evidence that they do not represent recent biological contaminants that invaded these meteorite stones after they were observed to fall to Earth. The spectral and fluorescence properties of pigments found in several species of terrestrial cyanobacteria which are similar to some microfossils found in carbonaceous meteorites may provide valuable clues to help search for evidence for biomolecules and life on the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, asteroids and comets.

  16. A Metal-free Click Chemistry Approach for the Assembly and Probing of Biomolecules.

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    Maity, Sibaprasad; Viazovkina, Ekaterina; Gall, Alexander; Lyubchenko, Yuri

    2016-01-01

    Probing of biomolecular complexes by single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) methods including AFM requires proper and suitable coupling methods for immobilization of biomolecules onto the AFM tip and the surface. The use of flexible tethers for the coupling process has dual advantages. First, they allow the specific immobilization of interacting molecules, and second, their flexibility facilitates the proper orientation of the interacting partners. Recently, we developed an approach termed Flexible Nano Array (FNA) in which interacting partners are located on the same polymeric FNA molecule separated by a flexible segment with a defined length. In this paper, we modified the FNA tether approach by incorporating click chemistry with non-metal modification. FNA was synthesized using DNA synthesis chemistry, in which phosphoramidite (PA) spacers containing six ethylene glycol units were used instead of nucleoside triphosphates. During the synthesis, two T modifiers conjugated to two dibenzocyclooctyl (DBCO) residues were incorporated at selected positions within the FNA. The DBCO functionality allows for coupling azide labeled biomolecules via click chemistry. Amyloid peptide Aβ(14-23) terminated with azide was incorporated into the FNA and the reaction was controlled with mass-spectrometry. Assembly of tethered Aβ(14-23) peptides into dimers was characterized by AFM force spectroscopy experiments in which the AFM tip functionalized with FNA terminated with biotin probed a streptavidin-coated mica surface. The formation of the peptide dimer was verified with force spectroscopy that showed the appearance of a specific fingerprint for dimer dissociation followed by a rupture event for the biotin-streptavidin link. The developed approach is capable of multiple probing events to allow the collection of a large set of data for a quantitative analysis of the force spectroscopy events.

  17. Analysis of mebendazole binding to its target biomolecule by laser flash photolysis.

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    Jornet, Dolors; Bosca, Francisco; Andreu, Jose M; Domingo, Luis R; Tormos, Rosa; Miranda, Miguel A

    2016-02-01

    Mebendazole (MBZ) and related anticancer benzimidazoles act binding the β-subunit of Tubulin (TU) before dimerization with α-TU with subsequent blocking microtubule formation. Laser flash photolysis (LFP) is a new tool to investigate drug-albumin interactions and to determine binding parameters such as affinity constant or population of binding sites. The aim of this study was to evaluate the interactions between the nonfluorescent mebendazole (MBZ) and its target biomolecule TU using this technique. Before analyzing the MBZ@TU complex it was needed to determine the photophysical properties of MBZ triplet excited state ((3)MBZ(⁎)) in different media. Hence, (3)MBZ(⁎) showed a transient absorption spectrum with maxima at 520 and 375 nm and a lifetime much longer in acetonitrile (12.5 μs) than in water (260 ns). The binding of MBZ to TU produces a greater increase of the lifetime of (3)MBZ(⁎) (25 μs). This fact and the strong electron acceptor capability observed for (3)MBZ* evidence that MBZ must not be located close to any electron donor amino acid of TU such as its tryptophan or cysteine residues. Adding increasing amounts of MBZ to aqueous TU was determined the MBZ-TU binding constant (2.0 ± 0.5 × 10(5)M(-1) at 298K) which decreased with increasing temperature. The LFP technique has proven to be a powerful tool to analyze the binding of drug-TU systems when the drug has a detectable triplet excited state. Results indicate that LFP could be the technique of choice to study the interactions of non-fluorescent drugs with their target biomolecules.

  18. Specific detection of biomolecules in physiological solutions using graphene transistor biosensors.

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    Gao, Ning; Gao, Teng; Yang, Xiao; Dai, Xiaochuan; Zhou, Wei; Zhang, Anqi; Lieber, Charles M

    2016-12-20

    Nanomaterial-based field-effect transistor (FET) sensors are capable of label-free real-time chemical and biological detection with high sensitivity and spatial resolution, although direct measurements in high-ionic-strength physiological solutions remain challenging due to the Debye screening effect. Recently, we demonstrated a general strategy to overcome this challenge by incorporating a biomolecule-permeable polymer layer on the surface of silicon nanowire FET sensors. The permeable polymer layer can increase the effective screening length immediately adjacent to the device surface and thereby enable real-time detection of biomolecules in high-ionic-strength solutions. Here, we describe studies demonstrating both the generality of this concept and application to specific protein detection using graphene FET sensors. Concentration-dependent measurements made with polyethylene glycol (PEG)-modified graphene devices exhibited real-time reversible detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA) from 1 to 1,000 nM in 100 mM phosphate buffer. In addition, comodification of graphene devices with PEG and DNA aptamers yielded specific irreversible binding and detection of PSA in pH 7.4 1x PBS solutions, whereas control experiments with proteins that do not bind to the aptamer showed smaller reversible signals. In addition, the active aptamer receptor of the modified graphene devices could be regenerated to yield multiuse selective PSA sensing under physiological conditions. The current work presents an important concept toward the application of nanomaterial-based FET sensors for biochemical sensing in physiological environments and thus could lead to powerful tools for basic research and healthcare.

  19. Creating "living" polymer surfaces to pattern biomolecules and cells on common plastics.

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    Li, Chunyan; Glidle, Andrew; Yuan, Xiaofei; Hu, Zhixiong; Pulleine, Ellie; Cooper, Jon; Yang, Wantai; Yin, Huabing

    2013-05-13

    Creating patterns of biomolecules and cells has been applied widely in many fields associated with the life sciences, including diagnostics. In these applications it has become increasingly apparent that the spatiotemporal arrangement of biological molecules in vitro is important for the investigation of the cellular functions found in vivo. However, the cell patterning techniques often used are limited to creating 2D functional surfaces on glass and silicon. In addition, in general, these procedures are not easy to implement in conventional biological laboratories. Here, we show the formation of a living poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) layer that can be patterned with visible light on plastic surfaces. This new and simple method can be expanded to pattern multiple types of biomolecule on either a previously formed PEG layer or a plastic substrate. Using common plastic wares (i.e., polyethylene films and polystyrene cell culture Petri-dishes), we demonstrate that these PEG-modified surfaces have a high resistance to protein adsorption and cell adhesion, while at the same time, being capable of undergoing further molecular grafting with bioactive motifs. With a photomask and a fluid delivery system, we illustrate a flexible way to immobilize biological functions with a high degree of 2D and 3D spatial control. We anticipate that our method can be easily implemented in a typical life science laboratory (without the need for specialized lithography equipment) offering the prospect of imparting desirable properties to plastic products, for example, the creation of functional microenvironments in biological studies or reducing biological adhesion to surfaces.

  20. La autonomía personal y la perspectiva comunitarista

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    Álvarez, Silvina

    1999-11-01

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    El presente artículo analiza el planteamiento que algunos autores comunitaristas han hecho de la noción de autonomía personal. En primer lugar centraré la atención en la formulación kantiana de la autonomía y en las posteriores reformulaciones que se han hecho de la propuesta original. En la segunda parte expondré algunos aspectos generales de la teoría comunitarista para luego desarrollar la propuesta de Charles Taylor, específicamente la ética de la autenticidad. En el análisis se destacan los problemas que surgen de entender la autonomía desde la perspectiva de una ética comprehensiva que concibe al sujeto como continuador de una tradición moral colectiva.

  1. EMPRENDIMIENTO: PERSPECTIVA CUBANA EN LA CREACION DE EMPRESAS FAMILIARES

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    Silveira-Perez, Yahilina

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo analiza las caracteristicas de los emprendimientos del sector no estatal cubano en el servicio de alojamiento turistico y sus efectos sobre las valoraciones de los clientes internacionales. Los datos provienen de una muestra aleatoria simple para arrendadores (90 emprendedores y de un muestreo no probabilistico para 184 clientes internacionales. Para el analisis se utiliza una aproximacion descriptiva, el analisis de conglomerados jerarquicos y el analisis de la varianza. Las conclusiones muestran que los arrendadores cubanos no estatales pueden considerarse emprendedores y constituyen una competencia para las instalaciones turisticas estatales. Su mayor intencion emprendedora no viene condicionada por sus variables sociodemograficas o culturales, sino por las percepciones de sismo como emprendedor y su profesionalidad, que contribuye a la fidelizacion de los clientes. Ofrecemos informacion a la gestion empresarial del sector turistico cubano abordando una nueva perspectiva de gestion no estatal que constituye una novedad para la literatura

  2. MEZCLA DEL MARKETING VERDE: UNA PERSPECTIVA TEÓRICA

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    Thel Augusto Monteiro

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo aborda una perspectiva teórica al respecto de la mezcla de marketing y su aplicabilidad en las prácticas del marketing verde. Se trata de un estudio cualitativo, de carácter exploratorio, desarrollado a través del análisis de datos secundarios sobre el tema, utilizado como forma de unir la práctica y la teoría presentada por los autores analizados en el período comprendido entre 2003 y 2012. Se ofrece una breve síntesis sobre los conceptos de marketing verde, sus características, acciones y la presentación de la mezcla de marketing adaptada al marketing verde. Se destaca la contribución de este artículo sobre el marketing verde y el avance de este tema, proponiendo una mezcla de marketing adaptada al marketing verde.

  3. Los problemas del aprendizaje en la escuela. Perspectiva social

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    Sindo FROUFE QUINTAS

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Pocos temas han tenido tanta importancia y repercusión en la escuela como el problema de los trastornos de aprendizaje desde una perspectiva social/sociológica. Distintos tipos de profesionales como psicólogos, neurólogos, ópticos, fisioterapeutas, pedíatras, pedagogos y maestros han manifestado/mostrado un gran interés por conocer/descifrar en profundidad su etiología. Quedan aún muchas lagunas/misterios por aclarar. La mente humana es duramente compleja. La cultura es un bien que todo el mundo desea conquistar. Por ella se entra en el mundo de la civilización tecnológica y en la interpretación correcta de los distintos sistemas de comunicación que abren nuevos horizontes al hombre de la técnica.

  4. A perspectiva do gênero nos estudos da masculinidade

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    Emilia Dieterich

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A investigação deste artigo concentra-se em observar a perspectiva do gênero masculino na personagem Orlando, da obra de Virginia Woolf, escritora modernista inglesa. Na obra Orlando, passa por um processo transitório de mudança de sexo, ou seja, a narrativa começa com um jovem inglês bem nascido que após ter vivido várias paixões e crises pessoais transforma-se em mulher. Logo após essa transformação fantástica, muitas questões chamam atenção para a mudança de papel e, portanto de comportamento de gêneros, enfocando a maneira como os homens são contextualizados no meio social. Palavras-chave: literatura inglesa; romance; personagem; gênero.

  5. Perspectiva tridimensional no realismo jurídico

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    Cavalcanti, Rodrigo de Camargo

    2010-01-01

    Este trabalho visa, por si só, pois toma vida a partir do momento em que se imprime do ato criativo do pensar, trazer uma perspectiva sobre o direito que subjaz latente na própria vida, vivida pelos seres sensíveis e em eterna mutação, adentrando, principalmente, nas lições de García Maynez e sua teoria dos três círculos, que nos permitirá evocar a integralidade do direito em todas as suas vertentes privilegiando nós, no presente trabalho, a leitura de Gunther Teubner e o seu realismo jurídic...

  6. La salud. Una perspectiva bioética

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    Tomás y Garrido, Gloria María

    2001-01-01

    La manifestación más patente de la debilidad congénita de la naturaleza humana es la enfermedad, el dolor y el sufrimiento. El fisioterapia, con una preparación profesional íntegra, se capacita para curar técnicamente y para ayudar humanamente a sus pacientes. El concepto de salud, desde una perspectiva bioética, enseña a dar sentido al sin-sentido del dolor, y muestra cómo la lícita claidad de vida a la que aspiramos no se reduce a lo material; si fuera así la vida se empequeñacería y perver...

  7. Nietzsche e a perspectiva de uma nova ética

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    Vânia Dutra de Azevedo

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1677-2954.2009v8n1p85Este artigo apresenta as possibilidades de uma nova perspectiva ética a partir do pensamento de Nietzsche.Essa nova ética tem como especifi cidade o fato de considerar as determinações profundas não conscientescomo prioritárias na defi nição do agir e por entender as éticas como construções explicativas e imposiçõesde uma dada interpretação que remetem a impulsos, forças e vontades de potência.

  8. El envejecimiento en Costa Rica: una perspectiva actual y futura

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    Fernando Morales-Martínez

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available El artículo es descriptivo sobre el envejecimiento en su definición, alcances demográficos, organizativos, red de cuido y perspectivas de la realidad actual y futura en la que está inmersa Costa Rica, como un fenómeno poblacional explosivo, dadas sus altas esperanzas de vida, especialmente en el grupo poblacional de 80 y más. Se analiza el estado actual de la Red de Atención Integral a la Persona Adulta Mayor dentro de la Seguridad Social, así como acciones por realizar de parte de las diferentes instancias públicas y privadas, tomando muy en cuenta su integralidad. Finalmente, se reflexiona sobre las necesidades inminentes que planteará una población envejecida, y las estrategias para enfrentarlas adecuadamente.

  9. Inmigración y Delincuencia: Perspectiva Penitenciaria

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    Giarrizzo García, Laura

    2014-01-01

    El presente trabajo intenta ser un análisis crítico de la situación de los inmigrantes en España deteniéndose más especialmente en la realidad penitenciaria. Contiene un breve estudio de los flujos migratorios y sus causas así como la diferenciación entre los términos “extranjero” e “inmigrante”. A continuación se desglosan algunas de las teorías criminológicas más importantes para entender el fenómeno de la delincuencia para a continuación, analizar más exhaustivamente la perspectiva peniten...

  10. RESPONSABILIDADE SOCIAL CORPORATIVA: CONSTRUINDO UMA PERSPECTIVA PRÃ-GOVERNO

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    Ana Lucia Malheiros Guedes

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Ao fortalecer e disseminar em larga escala conceitos e discursos pró-mercado, a era da globalização fortaleceu as áreas de estratégia e marketing, em detrimento de conceitos e discursos pró-governo e da área de gestão pública. Esse quadro de assimetria contribuiu para a transformação de responsabilidade social corporativa (RSC em tópico de central importância para grandes empresas e para as áreas de marketing e de estratégia e também para a emergência de algumas críticas mais extremas. Este ensaio argumenta que esse processo de fortalecimento da literatura pró-mercado deve ser problematizado e que a área de gestão pública deve construir e disseminar uma perspectiva pró-governo em RSC. Apesar do desinteresse da área de gestão pública pelas áreas de estratégia e marketing, essa perspectiva pró-governo em RSC pode tanto revigorar a área de gestão pública no Brasil, quanto ajudar elevar a relevância das áreas de estratégia e marketing.

  11. El perfil de Andrea Pozzo como maestro de perspectiva

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    Sara Fuentes Lázaro

    Full Text Available Resumen La influencia internacional del arquitecto, cuadraturista y constructor de aparatos efímeros Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709 se debió principalmente a la amplia difusión de su tratado Perspectiva Pictorum Architectorum (Roma 1693-1700. Pozzo ofrecía en estos volúmenes, además de los modelos perspectivos aprendidos de Vignola, Pietro Accolti y Jean Dubreuil, entre sus fuentes más evidentes, un método simplificado de creación personal. Su técnica estaba ideada para resolver cualquier representación de arquitectura desde diferentes puntos de vista utilizando solamente procedimientos gráficos que no implicaban ninguna operación matemática. El perfil como perspectivo de Andrea Pozzo se caracterizó por combinar la formación intelectual y técnica adquirida en las librerías de la Orden, con su experiencia como maestro de un desarrollado taller y una importante ambición artística que contrasta con otras publicaciones de su época presuntamente similares en función y contenido (como L'architettura civile ridotta a' metodo facile e breve de F. Eschinardi. La obra de Pozzo constituye el último estadio en la divulgación de la técnica perspectiva, a través de un plan docente fácilmente aplicable a cualquier ámbito de la arquitectura y la pintura, en el que confluyen la tradición óptico-perceptiva y el dominio geométrico-matemático.

  12. Discovering the enzyme mimetic activity of metal-organic framework (MOF) for label-free and colorimetric sensing of biomolecules.

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    Wang, Ying; Zhu, Yingjing; Binyam, Atsebeha; Liu, Misha; Wu, Yinan; Li, Fengting

    2016-12-15

    A label-free sensing strategy based on the enzyme-mimicking activity of MOF was demonstrated for colorimetric detection of biomolecules. Firstly obvious blue color was observed due to the high efficiency of peroxidase-like catalytic activity of Fe-MIL-88A (an ion-based MOF material) toward 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB). Then in the presence of target biomolecule and corresponding aptamer, the mimetic activity of Fe-MIL-88A can be strongly inhibited and used directly to realize the colorimetric detection. On the basis of the interesting findings, we designed a straightforward, label-free and sensitive colorimetric method for biomolecule detection by using the enzyme mimetic property of MOF coupling with molecular recognition element. Compared with the existed publications, our work breaks the routine way by setting up an inorganic-organic MOF-aptamer hybrid platform for colorimetric determination of biomolecules, expanding the targets scope from H2O2 or glucose to biomolecules. As a proof of concept, thrombin and thrombin aptamer was used as a model analyte. The limit of detection of 10nM can be achieved with naked eyes and ultrahigh selectivity of thrombin toward numerous interfering substances with 10-fold concentration was demonstrated significantly. Of note, the method was further applied for the detection of thrombin in human serum samples, showing the results in agreement with those values obtained in an immobilization buffer by the colorimetric method. This inorganic-organic MOF-aptamer sensing strategy may in principle be universally applicable for the detection of a range of environmental or biomedical molecules of interests.

  13. Mercury and selenium binding biomolecules in terrestrial mammals (Cervus elaphus and Sus scrofa) from a mercury exposed area.

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    Ropero, M J Patiño; Fariñas, N Rodríguez; Krupp, E; Mateo, R; Nevado, J J Berzas; Martín-Doimeadios, R C Rodríguez

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    Mercury (Hg) is likely bound to large biomolecules (e.g. proteins) in living organisms, and in order to assess Hg metabolic pathways and possible toxicological effects, it is essential to study these Hg containing biomolecules. However, the exact nature of most metal binding biomolecules is unknown. Such studies are still in their infancy and information on this topic is scarce because the analysis is challenging, mainly due to their lability upon digestion or extraction from the tissue. New analytical methods that allow complex Hg-biomolecules to be analysed intact are needed and only few very recent studies deal with this approach. Therefore, as an initial step towards the characterization of Hg containing biomolecules, an analytical procedure has been optimised using size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection. We applied this technique to elucidate the distribution and elution profile of Hg and Se, and some physiological important elements such as Fe, Ni, Zn and Cu, to assess metal binding profiles in liver and kidney samples of red deer (Cervus elaphus) and wild boar (Sus scrofa) who roam freely within the largest Hg mining district on Earth, Almadén in Spain. Elemental fractionation profiles of the extracts from different tissues were obtained using two different SEC columns (BioSep-SEC-S2000 GL 300-1kDa and Superdex 75 10/300 GL 70-3kDa). Similar profiles of Hg were observed in red deer and wild boar; however, significant differences were evident for liver and kidney. Moreover, the profiles of Se showed a single peak at high-medium molecular weight in all investigated tissues, while co-elution of Hg with Fe, Ni, Zn and Cu was observed.

  14. Competencias docentes: desde una perspectiva etnoeducativa y tecnológica

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    Nancy Rosa Roys-Romero

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    implementación del AVA para desarrollar competencias docentes que les brinden conocimientos necesarios a los estudiantes en formación para que desde una perspectiva etnoeducativa obtengan una educación de calidad.

  15. Problemas psicopatológicos contemporâneos: Uma perspectiva existencial

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    Teixeira, José A. Carvalho

    2006-01-01

    Após introduzir brevemente a perturbação mental como uma possibilidade do existir, o autor apresenta alguns problemas psicopatológicos contemporâneos numa perspectiva existencial, nomeadamente as experiências de perda da unidade psicológica, de vazio existencial e de empobrecimento da intimidade. Seguidamente procura caracterizar criticamente a intervenção clínica na perspectiva da psicoterapia existencial.

  16. Detection Techniques for Biomolecules using Semi-Conductor Nanocrystals and Magnetic Beads as Labels

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    Chatterjee, Esha

    Continued interest in the development of miniaturized and portable analytical platforms necessitates the exploration of sensitive methods for the detection of trace analytes. Nanomaterials, on account of their unique physical and chemical properties, are not only able to overcome many limitations of traditional detection reagents but also enable the exploration of many new signal transduction technologies. This dissertation presents a series of investigations of alternative detection techniques for biomolecules, involving the use of semi-conductor nanocrystals and magnetic beads as labels. Initial research focused on the development of quantum dot-encapsulating liposomes as a novel fluorescent label for immunoassays. This hybrid nanomaterial was anticipated to overcome the drawbacks presented by traditional fluorophores as well as provide significant signal amplification. Quantum dot-encapsulating liposomes were synthesized by the method of thin film hydration and characterized. The utility of these composite nanostructures for bioanalysis was demonstrated. However, the longterm instability of the liposomes hampered quantitative development. A second approach for assay development exploited the ability of gold nanoparticles to quench the optical signals obtained from quantum dots. The goal of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of using aptamer-linked nanostructures in FRET-based quenching for the detection of proteins. Thrombin was used as the model analyte in this study. Experimental parameters for the assay were optimized. The assay simply required the mixing of the sample with the reagents and could be completed in less than an hour. The limit of detection for thrombin by this method was 5 nM. This homogeneous assay can be easily adapted for the detection of a wide variety of biochemicals. The novel technique of ferromagnetic resonance generated in magnetic bead labels was explored for signal transduction. This inductive detection technique lends

  17. Perspectivas sobre el desarrollo económico localizado

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    A. H. J. (Bert Helmsing

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available La creciente movilidad de la producción y de los factores de producción puede haber generado una reversión de la polarización. Sin embargo, el desarrollo económico se localiza crecientemente en aglomeraciones económicas. La globalización es un fenómeno muy localizado. El propósito de este artículo es revisar tres perspectivas parcialmente sobrepuestas sobre el desarrollo económico local. Estas perspectivas corresponden en gran medida a tres factores que refuerzan la naturaleza localizada del desarrollo económico, es decir externalidades, aprendizaje colectivo y gobernabilidad. Las externalidades se refieren a fenómenos conocidos asociados con aglomeración. Más nuevo es el hecho de que constituyen una fuente de retornos crecientes. Se revisará esta nueva escuela de economía geográfica. Al mismo tiempo surgió una nueva geografía económica en base a agrupamientos y distritos industriales. Las externalidades se extienden y cambian de forma. La dinámica del desarrollo económico local puede ser vista desde la perspectiva de la economía evolucionaria. El aprendizaje en general y el aprendizaje colectivo en particular son conceptos centrales a nivel de las empresas y también a nivel de las instituciones territoriales. El aprendizaje aumenta y renueva las competencias locales para formular e implementar políticas económicas. La complejización de las relaciones entre empresas y entre empresas e instituciones territoriales es una fuente importante de sinergias y economías externas pero requiere nuevas formas de gobernabilidad, tanto a nivel industrial como territorialThe growing mobility of production and production factors could have contributed to a polarization reversal. However, it appears that economic development is increasingly localized in economic agglomerations. Globalization is a localized phenomenon. The purpose of this article is to review three partially overlapping perspectives on local economic development

  18. Distribution of biomolecules in porous nitrocellulose membrane pads using confocal laser scanning microscopy and high-speed cameras.

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    Mujawar, Liyakat Hamid; Maan, Abid Aslam; Khan, Muhammad Kashif Iqbal; Norde, Willem; van Amerongen, Aart

    2013-04-02

    The main focus of our research was to study the distribution of inkjet printed biomolecules in porous nitrocellulose membrane pads of different brands. We produced microarrays of fluorophore-labeled IgG and bovine serum albumin (BSA) on FAST, Unisart, and Oncyte-Avid slides and compared the spot morphology of the inkjet printed biomolecules. The distribution of these biomolecules within the spot embedded in the nitrocellulose membrane was analyzed by confocal laser scanning microscopy in the "Z" stack mode. By applying a "concentric ring" format, the distribution profile of the fluorescence intensity in each horizontal slice was measured and represented in a graphical color-coded way. Furthermore, a one-step diagnostic antibody assay was performed with a primary antibody, double-labeled amplicons, and fluorophore-labeled streptavidin in order to study the functionality and distribution of the immune complex in the nitrocellulose membrane slides. Under the conditions applied, the spot morphology and distribution of the primary labeled biomolecules was nonhomogenous and doughnut-like on the FAST and Unisart nitrocellulose slides, whereas a better spot morphology with more homogeneously distributed biomolecules was observed on the Oncyte-Avid slide. Similar morphologies and distribution patterns were observed when the diagnostic one-step nucleic acid microarray immunoassay was performed on these nitrocellulose slides. We also investigated possible reasons for the differences in the observed spot morphology by monitoring the dynamic behavior of a liquid droplet on and in these nitrocellulose slides. Using high speed cameras, we analyzed the wettability and fluid flow dynamics of a droplet on the various nitrocellulose substrates. The spreading of the liquid droplet was comparable for the FAST and Unisart slides but different, i.e., slower, for the Oncyte-Avid slide. The results of the spreading of the droplet and the penetration behavior of the liquid in the

  19. Expression profiling of 21 biomolecules in locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinomas of Caucasian patients

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    Krikelis Dimitrios

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Since scarce data exist on the pathogenesis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in Caucasian patients, we attempted to elucidate the responsible molecular pathways in this patient population. Methods Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor tissue samples from 107 patients, diagnosed with locally-advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma and treated with chemotherapy or chemo-radiotherapy, were analyzed by immunohistochemistry for the expression of the following proteins: E-cadherin, P-cadherin, Fascin-1, Cyclin D1, COX-2, EGFR, VEGF-A, VEGF-C, VEGFR-2, VEGFR-3, ERCC1, p53, p63, Ki67, MAPT, phospho-p44/42MAPK, PTEN, phospho-AKT, phospho-mTOR, and phospho-GSK-3β. EBER status was assessed by in situ hybridization. The majority of the cases were included in tissue microarray. All stains were performed and assessed centrally by two pathologists. The median follow-up time was 76.8 (42.3 – 99.2 months. Results Biomolecules expressed in >90% of cases were: p53, COX-2, P-cadherin, EBER, phospho-GSK-3β, and Fascin-1. WHO II+III tumors were more frequently EBER & PTEN positive and VEGF-A negative. Advanced age was significantly associated with positive phospho-GSK-3β and ERCC1 expression; male gender with positive phospho-AKT and phospho-p44/42MAPK; and worse performance status (1 or 2 with negative Ki67, ERCC1, PTEN, and phospho-mTOR expression. Earlier disease stage was closely associated with p63, MAPT, PTEN, and Cyclin D1 positivity. Univariate Cox regression analysis highlighted Cyclin D1 as a negative prognostic factor for disease-free survival (p=0.034 and EBER as a positive one for overall survival (p=0.048. In multivariate analysis, advanced age and stage, poor performance status, and positive ERCC1 emerged as predictors of worse disease-free and overall survival, as opposed to positive phospho-mTOR. Clustering analysis defined two protein-expression groups being predictive of better overall survival (p=0.043. Conclusions Our study is the

  20. Defensins, lectins, mucins, and secretory immunoglobulin A: microbe-binding biomolecules that contribute to mucosal immunity in the human gut.

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    Chairatana, Phoom; Nolan, Elizabeth M

    2017-02-01

    In the intestine, the mucosal immune system plays essential roles in maintaining homeostasis between the host and microorganisms, and protecting the host from pathogenic invaders. Epithelial cells produce and release a variety of biomolecules into the mucosa and lumen that contribute to immunity. In this review, we focus on a subset of these remarkable host-defense factors - enteric α-defensins, select lectins, mucins, and secretory immunoglobulin A - that have the capacity to bind microbes and thereby contribute to barrier function in the human gut. We provide an overview of the intestinal epithelium, describe specialized secretory cells named Paneth cells, and summarize our current understanding of the biophysical and functional properties of these select microbe-binding biomolecules. We intend for this compilation to complement prior reviews on intestinal host-defense factors, highlight recent advances in the field, and motivate investigations that further illuminate molecular mechanisms as well as the interplay between these molecules and microbes.

  1. Proteopedia: a status report on the collaborative, 3D web-encyclopedia of proteins and other biomolecules.

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    Prilusky, Jaime; Hodis, Eran; Canner, David; Decatur, Wayne A; Oberholser, Karl; Martz, Eric; Berchanski, Alexander; Harel, Michal; Sussman, Joel L

    2011-08-01

    Proteopedia is a collaborative, 3D web-encyclopedia of protein, nucleic acid and other biomolecule structures. Created as a means for communicating biomolecule structures to a diverse scientific audience, Proteopedia (http://www.proteopedia.org) presents structural annotation in an intuitive, interactive format and allows members of the scientific community to easily contribute their own annotations. Here, we provide a status report on Proteopedia by describing advances in the web resource since its inception three and a half years ago, focusing on features of potential direct use to the scientific community. We discuss its progress as a collaborative 3D-encyclopedia of structures as well as its use as a complement to scientific publications and PowerPoint presentations. We also describe Proteopedia's use for 3D visualization in structure-related pedagogy.

  2. La muerte como proceso: una perspectiva antropológica

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    Bárbara Martínez

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo, desde una perspectiva antropológica, combina recientes aproximaciones que cuestionan la homología entre muerte y deceso biológico, con la tradición de estudios que revisan los rituales de muerte en el área geográfica andina. En particular, examina cómo se produce en El Cajón, Catamarca, noroeste argentino, la incorporación de un fallecido al esquema cosmológico, y cómo la muerte, que es un puntapié inicial para ello ocurra, no es meramente un evento biológico sino también un proceso social de gran dinamismo. A partir del trabajo de campo etnográfico, y tomando como herramientas metodológicas entrevistas abiertas de sesiones múltiples y observación participante, presenta una propuesta analítica que procura superar la homología entre muerte y deceso biológico, sugiriendo una noción que incluye la dimensión orgánica, pero también la social: el proceso de la muerte.

  3. Perspectivas latinoamericanas sobre medicina centrada en la persona

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    Alberto Perales

    Full Text Available La medicina centrada en la persona (MCP es un movimiento programático mundial liderado por el International College of Person Centered Medicine. Su ingreso en Latinoamérica es reciente. Reclama el empleo de la investigación científica como instrumento para generar la mejor evidencia clínica, y el humanismo como esencia de la medicina en bien de la humanidad. Su propuesta no es solo combatir la enfermedad, sino, también, promover el despliegue de los potenciales saludables del ser humano hacia el logro de su bienestar y desarrollo integral. Aunque el humanismo de la medicina en Latinoamérica ha sido característica distintiva de su práctica, se aprecia en épocas actuales una preocupante reducción de su influencia en la atención de salud por factores diversos. El presente artículo compendia perspectivas latinoamericanas de cuatro países. Se cotejan necesidades y experiencias y describen respuestas que vienen generándose frente a la influencia deshumanizadora de la tecnología y del manejo de la salud como bien de consumo.

  4. perspectiva da antropologia pós-moderna

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    Mara Ambrosina de Oliveira Vargas

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    Full Text Available Basado en la perspectiva teórica de la Antropología Posmoderna, el presente artículo discute una de las maneras posibles de narrar la historia del yo en el mundo contemporáneo, demarcando el impacto de la saturación social en la forma de cómo se conceptúa el(los yo(s, con inferencia en los “diferentes procesos” del vivir humano. De este modo, el análisis busca considerar la noción de que la formación de los más diferentes grupos está cruzada por un ideal regulador del yo, en sus formas de experiencia de vida. Cuestiona también la búsqueda por la verdad del sujeto en visiones totales, comprendiendo que somos y vivimos dentro de narrativas construidas a muchas manos, y, que tal supuesto, abre muchas posibilidades teóricas en el abordaje de antiguos y nuevos temas que interesan a los profesionales de la salud, para los cuales se consolidan nuevas relaciones entre las ciencias de la salud, las ciencias humanas y las ciencias sociales.

  5. La Ha de la infancia en Italia. Problemas y perspectiva

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    Enzo CATARSI

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: La historiografía italiana de la infancia, como la de otros muchos países europeos, está hoy embarcada en una tarea de desarrollo y profundización que permitirá recuperar los retrasos que la han caracterizado. En efecto, también en Italia la historia de la infancia y su individuación como «objeto» historiografía constituyen una adquisición reciente, lograda con la ayuda de diversas influencias. La primera, estrechamente vinculada a la historia de las mentalidades, representada por la obra de Ph. Aries, «El niño y la vida familiar en el Antiguo Régimen», traducido al italiano en 1968. La segunda es la historia social, orientada al estudio de los diversos aspectos de la vida de una sociedad, y más atenta a sus acontecimientos. La tercera la representa el estructuralismo, especialmente el francés, y en concreto M. Foucault. La particular influencia que, también en el contexto italiano, han alcanzado los trabajos de Ph. Aries y L. DeMause, muy importantes por haber abierto una línea de investigación, aunque con las obligadas diferencias, ha conducido a privilegiar una perspectiva exclusiva de historia de las mentalidades que se muestra muy ambigua y claramente interpretativa en exceso.

  6. Clonación animal: avances y perspectivas.

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    Lilian Chuaire

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Pocos avances han revolucionado tanto la biología del desarrollo como la clonación animal. A partir del nacimiento de la oveja Dolly en 1996, primer clon derivado de un animal adulto, se inició una nueva era científica caracterizada por una creciente desmitificación de las células diferenciadas como entes inmutables en su organización nuclear y estructura cromatínica, y por una mejor comprensión de los mecanismos que regulan el desarrollo. Este trabajo revisará algunos de los logros y de las limitaciones de las técnicas utilizadas, tanto en la clonación terapéutica como en la reproductiva, así como las perspectivas que su aplicación permite vislumbrar hacia un futuro próximo. Igualmente se reseñan algunas consideraciones que han sazonado el debate ético sobre este controversial tema.

  7. Lectura de la mente Una perspectiva neurofilosófica

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    Kathinka Evers

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Hasta ahora, el acceso a otras mentes presuponía las expresiones y narraciones de los individuos. En la actualidad, se han desarrollado varios métodos que pueden medir los estados cerebrales relevantes para valorar las facultades mentales sin que se manifieste en 1ª persona habla o comportamiento externo alguno. La resonancia magnética funcional y el condicionamiento de huella se emplean fuera del ámbito clínico para acceder a la conciencia subjetiva; se utilizan clínicamente para identificar patrones de actividad en el cerebro que sugieran la presencia de conciencia en personas que sufren trastornos graves de conciencia y métodos para comunicarse cerebralmente con pacientes con incapacidad motora para comunicarse. En este capítulo, examinamos las posibilidades y los límites del acceso a otras mentes mediante interfaces cerebro-máquina. Exponemos que estas técnicas auguran importantes avances médicos y abren nuevas perspectivas de comunicación y para entender la conciencia, sin embargo, también plantean preocupaciones éticas, en especial el uso incorrecto como consecuencia de las expectativas creadas y las malas interpretaciones.

  8. O CUIDADO COTIDIANO DA CRIANÇA NA PERSPECTIVA WINNICOTTIANA

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    Débora Falleiros de Mello

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo fue describir como la atención cotidiana a niños menores de dos años de edad es vista por madres, para proporcionar subsidios a las prácticas y conocimientos en salud del niño, en el contexto de la atención primaria de salud. Estudio descriptivo-exploratorio, con análisis cualitativo, en la perspectiva del abordaje de Winnicott, a partir de entrevistas grabadas con 17 madres. Los resultados están organizados en los temas: responsabilidad materna y atención al niño; atención al niño y su ambiente; confort e interacción familiar. Fue posible tomar significados de las experiencias cotidianas, discutidas a la luz de los conceptos Winnicottianos: madre suficientemente buena, holding, entorno facilitador y espacio transicional. Conocer la rutina cuanto al cuidado materno es importante para profesionales de salud en la búsqueda de soporte a las madres y familias, disminuir ansiedad, evaluar problemas en el entorno de atención al niño, con disponibilidad asistencia cualificada y humanizada.

  9. Perspectivas psicossociais para o estudo do cotidiano de trabalho

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    Fábio de Oliveira

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve por objetivo analisar o debate e o aprofundamento teórico e metodológico desenvolvido nos estudos sobre a vida cotidiana no trabalho. A investigação partiu do diálogo interdisciplinar entre a antropologia do trabalho, a ergologia e a psicologia social do trabalho e sistematizou as contribuições mútuas entre esses campos científicos, suas aproximações e seus afastamentos da tematização e da apropriação da atividade humana no trabalho sob a perspectiva do cotidiano. A análise comparativa destacou eixos que diferenciam as formas de aproximação ao objeto, que se referem às relações estabelecidas entre saberes práticos e técnico-científicos e aos modos de intervenção sobre as situações de trabalho. As abordagens comparativas compartilham o interesse em conhecer o trabalho real, o valor conferido aos conhecimentos dos trabalhadores e a sensibilidade às dimensões micropolíticas do cotidiano. Conclui-se que a localização em cada um desses eixos depende da maior ou menor filiação às tradições da antropologia ou da ergonomia.

  10. La última guerra de independencia, desde la perspectiva antillana

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    Estrade, Paul

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    En este estudio se plantea la necesidad de analizar también la guerra de Cuba, al inicio de la misma (1895, desde el escenario antillano y un enfoque antillanista; es decir, desde una perspectiva de reajuste del mundo que tienda a la creación de un Estado soberano, independiente tanto de España como de EE.UU., y de una república moral, justa y democrática, totalmente nueva. Si bien el escenario es disímil y disperso, como eran las Antillas, la aspiración democrática y el proyecto antillanista, expresados por autores y actores del temple de Martí, Gómez, Luperón, Hostos o Betances, le confieren unidad y fuerza a la vía que se estaba buscando mediante la guerra libertadora, fuera de los imperios y los modelos, y que debía desembocar en la Confederación de las Antillas libres. El historiador no puede desconocer la existencia y el poder de semejante sueño entre los combatientes mambises, para entender el sentimiento de frustración que nació también allá a raíz de 1898.

  11. Capital de Marca desde la perspectiva del consumidor

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    José Luis Saavedra Torres

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es explorar los conceptos teóricos del Capital de Marca desde la perspectiva del comportamiento del consumidor, como un intento de revisar los basamentos que constituyen su formación. Los planteamientos realizados forman parte de una investigación cualitativa de las propuestas de cuatro autores que formulan modelos para definir las fuentes, métodos para construir y elementos para determinar los beneficios del Capital de Marca, tanto para la organización, como para el consumidor. Se concluye en que el desarrollo teórico del Capital de Marca no ha finalizado aún ya que los modelos aquí analizados se complementan entre sí a la hora de descomponer y analizar sus elementos constitutivos; presentándose la ausencia de una convención ampliamente aceptada sobre la definición del concepto de Capital de Marca.

  12. Perspectivas da profissão contábil

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    Nivaldo João dos Santos

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    Full Text Available As perspectivas profissionais na área contábil são muito promissoras. É natural que estudantes demonstrem apreensão acerca da carreira que advirá após a conclusão do curso de graduação em ciências contábeis, pois trata-se de investimento elevado - envolvendo muito tempo e dinheiro. De tempos em tempos leigos anunciam a extinção da atividade contábil, sem nenhum fundamento. A atividade contábil é das que mais evolui e sua essencialidade se revela com mais força quando são descobertas fraudes contábeis e novos artifícios ilícitos visando iludir acionistas e investidores. Apesar do grande contingente de pessoas que conclui cursos na área, muitas novas empresas são constituídas, outras formas de sociedades são desenvolvidas, todas necessitando de serviços de profissionais contabilistas. O grande desafio da classe contábil consiste no contínuo aperfeiçoamento e na consolidação do elevado nível intelectual que o mercado globalizado requisita.

  13. Perspectivas da agricultura sustentável no Brasil

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    Rosângela Ap. de Medeiros Hespanhol

    2008-03-01

    -technological development as the only road capable to solve the derived problems of the shortage of foods and the exhaustion of the natural resources; and those that are opposed to this perspective. They propose more maintainable forms, which could be joined under the Alternative Agriculture denomination. It was also tried to discuss the challenges and the perspectives that come in terms of viability terms to discuss and of expansion of the maintainable production systems in environmental and social terms in the agriculture of small scale in Brazil, to example of the organic production.  O processo de incorporação tecnológica ocorrida na agricultura ao longo da história e, mais precisamente, a difusão do pacote da Revolução Verde após a Segunda Guerra Mundial produziu várias implicações sócio-ambientais. Com o agravamento desses problemas em escala mundial e, sobretudo em países como o Brasil, houve a incorporação, ainda limitada, de preocupações ambientais em relação à agricultura. Essa mudança fomentou a discussão e levou à formulação de perspectivas de análise e de intervenção antagônicas e conflitantes entre si, refletindo diferentes interesses e posicionamentos sobre os modelos de desenvolvimento dos países e sobre a própria sustentabilidade. Nesse sentido, procurou-se identificar duas destas perspectivas no Brasil: a que ainda concebe o desenvolvimento científico-tecnológico como a única via capaz de resolver os problemas derivados da escassez de alimentos e do esgotamento dos recursos naturais; e aquelas que se opõem a esta perspectiva e propõem formas mais sustentáveis, que poderiam ser agrupadas sob a denominação de Agricultura Alternativa. Procurou também discutir os desafios e as perspectivas que se apresentam em termos de viabilidade e de expansão dos sistemas de produção sustentáveis em termos ambientais e sociais na agricultura de pequena escala no Brasil, a exemplo da produção orgânica.

  14. EFFECT OF CARBOFURAN ON THE FORMATION OF SOME BIOMOLECULES IN BRINJAL (SOLANUM MELONGENA L. LEAF

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    Full Text Available The present work was carried out with the objective to study the effect of carbofuran on the quantitative formation of carbohydrate, total free amino acids, protein, total phenol and total chlorophyll contents in brinjal leaf as recorded on 1, 7, 14, 21, 28 and 35 days after application (DAA. The carbohydrate content decreased to the extent of 3.36, 4.53 and 4.60% respectively against control (T1 : 0, recommended (T2 : 33.0 kg ha–1 and double of recommended (T3 : 66.0 kg ha–1 doses of carbofuran formulation on the 35th DAA in comparison with 1st DAA. The total free amino acid content decreased to 42.82, 45.84 and 49.89% respectively against the above doses. In case of protein content also an overall decrease of 45.28, 43.10 and 45.61% with regards to 1st DAA was observed. The total phenol content, on the contrary, recorded an increase of 18.85, 21.77 and 5.35% respectively in case of above three doses. The total chlorophyll content again exhibited a decrease of 20.99, 22.73 and 36.05% respectively. So the formation of all the biomolecules under study except phenol in brinjal leaf was found to decrease with passage of time as an effect of application of carbofuran.

  15. Biotin-Streptavidin Competition Mediates Sensitive Detection of Biomolecules in Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay.

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    Lakshmipriya, Thangavel; Gopinath, Subash C B; Tang, Thean-Hock

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    Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) is the gold standard assay for detecting and identifying biomolecules using antibodies as the probe. Improving ELISA is crucial for detecting disease-causing agents and facilitating diagnosis at the early stages of disease. Biotinylated antibody and streptavidin-conjugated horse radish peroxide (streptavidin-HRP) often are used with ELISA to enhance the detection of various kinds of targets. In the present study, we used a competition-based strategy in which we pre-mixed free biotin with streptavidin-HRP to generate high-performance system, as free biotin occupies some of the biotin binding sites on streptavidin, thereby providing more chances for streptavidin-HRP to bind with biotinylated antibody. ESAT-6, which is a protein secreted early during tuberculosis infection, was used as the model target. We found that 8 fM of free biotin mixed with streptavidin-HRP anchored the higher detection level of ESAT-6 by four-fold compared with detection without free biotin (only streptavidin-HRP), and the limit of detection of the new method was 250 pM. These results suggest that biotin-streptavidin competition can be used to improve the diagnosis of analytes in other types of sensors.

  16. Unconstrained Enhanced Sampling for Free Energy Calculations of Biomolecules: A Review.

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    Miao, Yinglong; McCammon, J Andrew

    Free energy calculations are central to understanding the structure, dynamics and function of biomolecules. Yet insufficient sampling of biomolecular configurations is often regarded as one of the main sources of error. Many enhanced sampling techniques have been developed to address this issue. Notably, enhanced sampling methods based on biasing collective variables (CVs), including the widely used umbrella sampling, adaptive biasing force and metadynamics, have been discussed in a recent excellent review (Abrams and Bussi, Entropy, 2014). Here, we aim to review enhanced sampling methods that do not require predefined system-dependent CVs for biomolecular simulations and as such do not suffer from the hidden energy barrier problem as encountered in the CV-biasing methods. These methods include, but are not limited to, replica exchange/parallel tempering, self-guided molecular/Langevin dynamics, essential energy space random walk and accelerated molecular dynamics. While it is overwhelming to describe all details of each method, we provide a summary of the methods along with the applications and offer our perspectives. We conclude with challenges and prospects of the unconstrained enhanced sampling methods for accurate biomolecular free energy calculations.

  17. A Practical Quantum Mechanics Molecular Mechanics Method for the Dynamical Study of Reactions in Biomolecules.

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    Mendieta-Moreno, Jesús I; Marcos-Alcalde, Iñigo; Trabada, Daniel G; Gómez-Puertas, Paulino; Ortega, José; Mendieta, Jesús

    2015-01-01

    Quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods are excellent tools for the modeling of biomolecular reactions. Recently, we have implemented a new QM/MM method (Fireball/Amber), which combines an efficient density functional theory method (Fireball) and a well-recognized molecular dynamics package (Amber), offering an excellent balance between accuracy and sampling capabilities. Here, we present a detailed explanation of the Fireball method and Fireball/Amber implementation. We also discuss how this tool can be used to analyze reactions in biomolecules using steered molecular dynamics simulations. The potential of this approach is shown by the analysis of a reaction catalyzed by the enzyme triose-phosphate isomerase (TIM). The conformational space and energetic landscape for this reaction are analyzed without a priori assumptions about the protonation states of the different residues during the reaction. The results offer a detailed description of the reaction and reveal some new features of the catalytic mechanism. In particular, we find a new reaction mechanism that is characterized by the intramolecular proton transfer from O1 to O2 and the simultaneous proton transfer from Glu 165 to C2.

  18. Magnetic molecularly imprinted polymer for the isolation and detection of biotin and biotinylated biomolecules.

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    Ben Aissa, A; Herrera-Chacon, A; Pupin, R R; Sotomayor, M D P T; Pividori, M I

    2017-02-15

    Magnetic separation based on biologically-modified magnetic particles is a preconcentration procedure commonly integrated in magneto actuated platforms for the detection of a huge range of targets. However, the main drawback of this material is the low stability and high cost. In this work, a novel hybrid molecularly-imprinted polymer with magnetic properties is presented with affinity towards biotin and biotinylated biomolecules. During the synthesis of the magneto core-shell particles, biotin was used as a template. The characterization of this material by microscopy techniques including SEM, TEM and confocal microscopy is presented. The application of the magnetic-MIPs for the detection of biotin and biotinylated DNA in magneto-actuated platforms is also described for the first time. The magnetic-MIP showed a significant immobilization capacity of biotinylated molecules, giving rise to a cheaper and a robust method (it is not required to be stored at 4°C) with high binding capacity for the separation and purification under magnetic actuation of a wide range of biotinylated molecules, and their downstream application including determination of their specific targets.

  19. Charging effect in Au nanoparticle memory device with biomolecule binding mechanism.

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    Jung, Sung Mok; Kim, Hyung-Jun; Kim, Bong-Jin; Yoon, Tae-Sik; Kim, Yong-Sang; Lee, Hyun Ho

    2011-07-01

    Organic memory device having gold nanoparticle (Au NPs) has been introduced in the structure of metal-pentacene-insulator-silicon (MPIS) capacitor device, where the Au NPs layer was formed by a new bonding method. Biomolecule binding mechanism between streptavidin and biotin was used as a strong binding method for the formation of monolayered Au NPs on polymeric dielectric of poly vinyl alcohol (PVA). The self-assembled Au NPs was functioned to show storages of charge in the MPIS device. The binding by streptavidin and biotin was confirmed by AFM and UV-VIS. The UV-VIS absorption of the Au NPs was varied at 515 nm and 525 nm depending on the coating of streptavidin. The AFM image showed no formation of multi-stacked layers of the streptavidin-capped Au NPs on biotin-NHS layer. Capacitance-voltage (C-V) performance of the memory device was measured to investigate the charging effect from Au NPs. In addition, charge retention by the Au NPs storage was tested to show 10,000 s in the C-V curve.

  20. N-Hydroxysuccinimide-terminated self-assembled monolayers on gold for biomolecules immobilisation

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    Cabrita, J.F. [Laboratorio de SPM, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Ed. ICAT, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon (Portugal); CQB, Departamento de Quimica e Bioquimica da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon (Portugal); Abrantes, L.M. [Laboratorio de SPM, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Ed. ICAT, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon (Portugal); CQB, Departamento de Quimica e Bioquimica da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon (Portugal); Viana, A.S. [Laboratorio de SPM, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Ed. ICAT, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon (Portugal)]. E-mail: anaviana@icat.fc.ul.pt

    2005-03-15

    Pure and mixed N-hydroxysuccinimide-terminated and butanethiol monolayers were prepared on flat gold (1 1 1) surfaces with the intent of developing suitable platforms for the direct biomolecules immobilisation. The self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were characterised by electrochemical reductive desorption of the thiolate from the gold surface. The data have shown that certain solution proportions of the two compounds yield modified electrodes exhibiting intermediate electrochemical behaviour of the corresponding pure SAMs. The reactivity of the terminal N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) towards amine functionalities has been tested for the covalent attachment of Dopamine. The cyclic voltammetric responses of the investigated monolayers, after contacting with a Dopamine solution, have confirmed the chemical coupling of the amine as well as the formation of mixed SAMs. The Dopamine surface coverage increased with the amount of surface NHS. Laccase was also successfully immobilised onto this modified electrodes. The electrochemical behaviour of the modified SAMs with Laccase indicates direct electron transfer between the immobilised enzyme and the gold surface. Evidence for Laccase immobilisation was also provided by atomic force microscopic measurements.

  1. An improved Bathocuproine assay for accurate valence identification and quantification of copper bound by biomolecules.

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    Chen, Dinglong; Darabedian, Narek; Li, Zhiqiang; Kai, Tianhan; Jiang, Dianlu; Zhou, Feimeng

    2016-03-15

    Copper is an essential metal in all organisms. Reliably quantifying and identifying the copper content and oxidation state is crucial, since the information is essential to understanding protein structure and function. Chromophoric ligands, such as Bathocuproine (BC) and its water-soluble analog, Bathocuproinedisulfonic acid (BCS), preferentially bind Cu(I) over Cu(II), and therefore have been widely used as optical probes to determine the oxidation state of copper bound by biomolecules. However, the BCS assay is commonly misused, leading to erroneous conclusions regarding the role of copper in biological processes. By measuring the redox potential of Cu(II)-BCS2 and conducting UV-vis absorption measurements in the presence of oxidizable amino acids, the thermodynamic origin of the potential artifacts becomes evident. The BCS assay was improved by introducing a strong Cu(II) chelator EDTA prior to the addition of BCS to prevent interference that might arise from Cu(II) present in the sample. The strong Cu(II) chelator rids of all the potential errors inherent in the conventional BCS assay. Applications of the improved assay to peptides and protein containing oxidizable amino acid residues confirm that free Cu(II) no longer leads to artifacts, thereby resolving issues related to this persistently misused colorimetric assay of Cu(I) in biological systems.

  2. Optimization of extraction conditions for secondary biomolecules from various plant species

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    Šibul Filip S.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Extraction of plant secondary metabolites is an essential step in isolation of natural products. Non-optimized extraction conditions can lead to losses, degradation and modification of the biomolecules. In this paper, the influence of different solvent mixtures, solvent amounts, temperature, extraction time, and procedures for defatting on yield and profile of various classes of secondary metabolites was investigated. Rumex alpinus was used for the extraction of anthraquinones, Glycine max for isoflavonoids, Chaerophyllum bulbosum for flavonoids and phenolic acids, Anthriscus sylvestris for lignans and coumarins, alkaloids were extracted from Lupinus albus and sesquiterpene lactones from Artemisia absinthium. Extraction efficiency was evaluated by use of LC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS. The compromise extraction solvent for all of the examined compounds is 80 % methanol, mixed in ratio 13 : 1 with plant material. Maceration should last for six hours, repeated four times with fresh solvent. Defatting of the extracts does not lead to significant losses of the compounds of interest. It is acceptable to use extraction and evaporation temperature of 60ºC, while the extracts should be stored in the dark, on -20ºC. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 172058

  3. Molecular MRI in the Earth's Magnetic Field Using Continuous Hyperpolarization of a Biomolecule in Water.

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    Rovedo, Philipp; Knecht, Stephan; Bäumlisberger, Tim; Cremer, Anna Lena; Duckett, Simon B; Mewis, Ryan E; Green, Gary G R; Burns, Michael; Rayner, Peter J; Leibfritz, Dieter; Korvink, Jan G; Hennig, Jürgen; Pütz, Gerhard; von Elverfeldt, Dominik; Hövener, Jan-Bernd

    2016-06-30

    In this work, we illustrate a method to continuously hyperpolarize a biomolecule, nicotinamide, in water using parahydrogen and signal amplification by reversible exchange (SABRE). Building on the preparation procedure described recently by Truong et al. [ J. Phys. Chem. B , 2014 , 118 , 13882 - 13889 ], aqueous solutions of nicotinamide and an Ir-IMes catalyst were prepared for low-field NMR and MRI. The (1)H-polarization was continuously renewed and monitored by NMR experiments at 5.9 mT for more than 1000 s. The polarization achieved corresponds to that induced by a 46 T magnet (P = 1.6 × 10(-4)) or an enhancement of 10(4). The polarization persisted, although reduced, if cell culture medium (DPBS with Ca(2+) and Mg(2+)) or human cells (HL-60) were added, but was no longer observable after the addition of human blood. Using a portable MRI unit, fast (1)H-MRI was enabled by cycling the magnetic field between 5 mT and the Earth's field for hyperpolarization and imaging, respectively. A model describing the underlying spin physics was developed that revealed a polarization pattern depending on both contact time and magnetic field. Furthermore, the model predicts an opposite phase of the dihydrogen and substrate signal after one exchange, which is likely to result in the cancelation of some signal at low field.

  4. Biomolecule Analogues 2-Hydroxypyridine and 2-Pyridone Base Pairing on Ice Nanoparticles.

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    Rubovič, Peter; Pysanenko, Andriy; Lengyel, Jozef; Nachtigallová, Dana; Fárník, Michal

    2016-07-14

    Ice nanoparticles (H2O)N, N ≈ 450 generated in a molecular beam experiment pick up individual gas phase molecules of 2-hydroxypyridine and 2-pyridone (HP) evaporated in a pickup cell at temperatures between 298 and 343 K. The mass spectra of the doped nanoparticles show evidence for generation of clusters of adsorbed molecules (HP)n up to n = 8. The clusters are ionized either by 70 eV electrons or by two photons at 315 nm (3.94 eV). The two ionization methods yield different spectra, and their comparison provides an insight into the neutral cluster composition, ionization and intracluster ion-molecule reactions, and cluster fragmentation. Quite a few molecules were reported not to coagulate on ice nanoparticles previously. The (HP)n cluster generation on ice nanoparticles represents the first evidence for coagulating of molecules and cluster formation on free ice nanoparticles. For comparison, we investigate the coagulation of HP molecules picked up on large clusters ArN, N ≈ 205, and also (HP)n clusters generated in supersonic expansions with Ar buffer gas. This comparison points to a propensity for the (HP)2 dimer generation on ice nanoparticles. This shows the feasibility of base pairing for model of biological molecules on free ice nanoparticles. This result is important for hypotheses of the biomolecule synthesis on ice grains in the space. We support our findings by theoretical calculations that show, among others, the HP dimer structures on water clusters.

  5. The complete microspeciation of ovothiol A disulfide: a hexabasic symmetric biomolecule.

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    Mirzahosseini, Arash; Orgován, Gábor; Tóth, Gergő; Hosztafi, Sándor; Noszál, Béla

    2015-03-25

    The site-specific acid-base properties of ovothiol A disulfide (OvSSOv), the smallest hexabasic multifunctional biomolecule with complex interdependent moieties, were studied with (1)H NMR-pH and potentiometric titrations. The unprecedented complexity of the protonation microequilibria could be overcome by taking into account the mirror-image molecular symmetry, synthesizing and studying auxiliary model compounds and developing a custom-tailored evaluation method. The amino, imidazole, and carboxylate moieties are quantified in terms of 192 microscopic protonation constants and 64 microspecies, 96 and 36 of which are chemically different ones, respectively. Nine pairwise interactivity parameters also characterize the OvSSOv-proton system at the level of molecular subunits. These data allow understanding and influencing the co-dependent acid-base and redox properties of the highly complex OvSH-OvSSOv and related thiol-disulfide systems, which provide protection against oxidative stress. This work is the first complete microspeciation of a hexabasic molecule.

  6. Optimization of biomolecule separation by combining microscale filtration and design-of-experiment methods.

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    Kazemi, Amir S; Kawka, Karina; Latulippe, David R

    2016-10-01

    There is considerable interest in developing microscale (i.e., high-throughput) methods that enable multiple filtration experiments to be run in parallel with smaller sample amounts and thus reduce the overall required time and associated cost to run the filtration tests. Previous studies to date have focused on simply evaluating the filtration capacity, not the separation performance. In this work, the stirred-well filtration (SWF) method was used in combination with design-of-experiment (DOE) methods to optimize the separation performance for three binary mixtures of bio-molecules: protein-protein, protein-polysaccharide, and protein-DNA. Using the parallel based format of the SWF method, eight constant-flux ultrafiltration experiments were conducted at once to study the effects of stirring conditions, permeate flux, and/or solution conditions (pH, ionic strength). Four separate filtration tests were conducted for each combination of process variables; in total, over 100 separate tests were conducted. The sieving coefficient and selectivity results are presented to match the DOE design format and enable a greater understanding of the effects of the different process variables that were studied. The method described herein can be used to rapidly determine the optimal combination of process factors that give the best separation performance for a range of membrane-based separations applications and thus obviate the need to run a large number of traditional lab-scale tests. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2016;113: 2131-2139. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Microfluidic paper-based biomolecule preconcentrator based on ion concentration polarization.

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    Han, Sung Il; Hwang, Kyo Seon; Kwak, Rhokyun; Lee, Jeong Hoon

    2016-06-21

    Microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) for molecular detection have great potential in the field of point-of-care diagnostics. Currently, a critical problem being faced by μPADs is improving their detection sensitivity. Various preconcentration processes have been developed, but they still have complicated structures and fabrication processes to integrate into μPADs. To address this issue, we have developed a novel paper-based preconcentrator utilizing ion concentration polarization (ICP) with minimal addition on lateral-flow paper. The cation selective membrane (i.e., Nafion) is patterned on adhesive tape, and this tape is then attached to paper-based channels. When an electric field is applied across the Nafion, ICP is initiated to preconcentrate the biomolecules in the paper channel. Departing from previous paper-based preconcentrators, we maintain steady lateral fluid flow with the separated Nafion layer; as a result, fluorescent dyes and proteins (FITC-albumin and bovine serum albumin) are continuously delivered to the preconcentration zone, achieving high preconcentration performance up to 1000-fold. In addition, we demonstrate that the Nafion-patterned tape can be integrated with various geometries (multiplexed preconcentrator) and platforms (string and polymer microfluidic channel). This work would facilitate integration of various ICP devices, including preconcentrators, pH/concentration modulators, and micro mixers, with steady lateral flows in paper-based platforms.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of cysteine functionalized silver nanoparticles for biomolecule immobilization.

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    Upadhyay, Lata Sheo Bachan; Verma, Nishant

    2014-11-01

    A facile method for the aqueous phase synthesis of cysteine-functionalized silver nanoparticles by potato extract has been reported in the present work. These functionalized nanoparticles were then used for the covalent immobilization of a biomolecule, alkaline phosphatase, on its surface through carbodiimide coupling. Different reaction parameters such as cysteine concentration, reducing agent concentration, temperature, pH and reaction time were varied during the nanoparticles' formation, and their effects on plasmon resonance were studied using Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to confirm the surface modification of silver nanoparticles by cysteine and the particle size analysis was done using particle size analyzer, which showed the average nanoparticles' size of 61 nm for bare silver nanoparticles and 201 nm for the enzyme-immobilized nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were found to be highly efficient for the covalent immobilization of alkaline phosphatase on its surface and retained 67% of its initial enzyme activity (9.44 U/mg), with 75% binding efficiency. The shelf life of the enzyme-nanoparticle bioconjugates was found to be 60 days, with a 12% loss in the initial enzyme activity. With a simple synthesis strategy, high immobilization efficiency and enhanced stability, these enzyme-coated nanoparticles have the potential for further integration into the biosensor technology.

  9. N-acetyl-L-histidine, a Prominent Biomolecule in Brain and Eye of Poikilothermic Vertebrates.

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    Baslow, Morris H; Guilfoyle, David N

    2015-04-24

    N-acetyl-L-histidine (NAH) is a prominent biomolecule in brain, retina and lens of poikilothermic vertebrates. In fish lens, NAH exhibits an unusual compartmentalized metabolism. It is synthesized from L-histidine (His) and acetyl Co-enzyme A. However, NAH cannot be catabolized by lens cells. For its hydrolysis, NAH is exported to ocular fluid where a specific acylase cleaves His which is then actively taken up by lens and re-synthesized into NAH. This energy-dependent cycling suggested a pump mechanism operating at the lens/ocular fluid interface. Additional studies led to the hypothesis that NAH functioned as a molecular water pump (MWP) to maintain a highly dehydrated lens and avoid cataract formation. In this process, each NAH molecule released to ocular fluid down its gradient carries with it 33 molecules of bound water, effectively transporting the water against a water gradient. In ocular fluid the bound water is released for removal from the eye by the action of NAH acylase. In this paper, we demonstrate for the first time the identification of NAH in fish brain using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and describe recent evidence supporting the NAH MWP hypothesis. Using MRS, we also document a phylogenetic transition in brain metabolism between poikilothermic and homeothermic vertebrates.

  10. Evaluation of zinc oxide nano-microtetrapods for biomolecule sensing applications

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    Zhao, Wei; Zhao, Yichen; Karlsson, Mikael; Wang, Qin; Toprak, Muhammet S.

    2015-12-01

    Zinc oxide tetrapods (ZnO-Ts) were synthesized by flame transport synthesis using Zn microparticles. This work herein reports a systematical study on the structural, optical and electrochemical properties of the ZnO-Ts. The morphology of the ZnO-Ts was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) as joint structures of four nano-microstructured legs, of which the diameter of each leg is 0.7-2.2 μm in average from the tip to the stem. The ZnO-Ts were dispersed in glucose solution to study the luminescence as well as photocatalytic activity in a mimicked biological environment. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity in the ultraviolet (UV) region quenches with linear dependence to increased glucose concentration up to 4 mM. The ZnO-Ts were also attached with glucose oxidase (GOx) and over coated with a thin film of Nafion to form active layers for electrochemical glucose sensing. The attachment of GOx and coating of Nafion were confirmed by infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Furthermore, the current response of the active layers based on ZnO-Ts was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) in various glucose concentrations. Stable current response of glucose was detected with linear dependence to glucose concentration up to 12 mM, which confirms the potential of ZnO-Ts for biomolecule sensing applications.

  11. Observation of adsorption behavior of biomolecules on ferroelectric crystal surfaces with polarization domain patterns

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    Nakayama, Tomoaki; Isobe, Akiko; Ogino, Toshio

    2016-08-01

    Lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) is one of the ferroelectric crystals that exhibit spontaneous polarization domain patterns on its surface. We observed the polarization-dependent adsorption of avidin molecules, which are positively charged in a buffer solution at pH 7.0, on LiTaO3 surfaces caused by electrostatic interaction at an electrostatic double layer using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Avidin adsorption in the buffer solution was confirmed by scratching the substrate surfaces using the AFM cantilever, and the adsorption patterns were found to depend on the avidin concentration. When KCl was added to the buffer solution to weaken the electrostatic double layer interaction between avidin molecules and LiTaO3 surfaces, adsorption domain patterns disappeared. From the comparison between the adsorption and chemically etched domain patterns, it was found that avidin molecule adsorption is enhanced on negatively polarized domains, indicating that surface polarization should be taken into account in observing biomolecule behaviors on ferroelectric crystals.

  12. Conductive Paper with Antibody-Like Film for Electrical Readings of Biomolecules

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    Tavares, Ana P. M.; Ferreira, Nádia S.; Truta, Liliana A. A. N. A.; Sales, M. Goreti F.

    2016-05-01

    This work reports a novel way of producing an inexpensive substrate support to assemble a sensing film, designed for the electrical transduction of an intended biomolecule. The support uses cellulose paper as substrate, made hydrophobic with solid wax and covered by a home-made conductive ink having graphite as core material. The hydrophobicity of the paper was confirmed by contact angle measurements and the conductive ink composition was optimized with regard to its adhesion, conductivity, and thermal stability. This support was further modified targeting its application in quantitative analysis. Carnitine (CRT) was selected as target compound, a cancer biomarker. The recognition material consisted of an antibody-like receptor film for CRT, tailored on the support and prepared by electrically-sustained polymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) or dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBS). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy analysis confirmed the presence of the polymeric film on the support, and the performance of the devices was extensively evaluated with regard to linear response ranges, selectivity, applicability, and reusability. Overall, the paper-based sensors offer simplicity of fabrication, low cost and excellent reusability features. The design could also be extended to other applications in electrical-based approaches to be used in point-of-care (POC).

  13. The complete microspeciation of ovothiol A, the smallest octafarious antioxidant biomolecule.

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    Mirzahosseini, Arash; Orgován, Gábor; Hosztafi, Sándor; Noszál, Béla

    2014-04-01

    Ovothiol A, a small biomolecule with highly potent antioxidant capacity, and three newly synthesized derivatives were studied by (1)H NMR, (15)N NMR, UV-pH titrations, and a customized evaluation method. The omni-interactive imidazole, amino, carboxylate, and thiolate moieties of ovothiol A are quantified in terms of 32 microscopic protonation constants, the relative concentrations of 16 microspecies, 6 pairwise interactivity parameters, and 8 protonation shifts. The highest and lowest imidazole basicities differ by a record-breaking five orders of magnitude, and the predominant thiolate protonation constant is by far the smallest known thiolate logK value. The latter provides an indication as to why ovothiol A occurs naturally under deep-water circumstances only. Since thiolate basicities are in correlation with thiol-disulfide redox potentials, the eight different, fine-tunable thiolate basicities offer versatile and highly specific antioxidant capacities within one single molecular skeleton. This work is the first complete microspeciation of a tetrabasic, nonsymmetrical natural compound.

  14. Spatially controlled immobilisation of biomolecules: A complete approach in green chemistry

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    Grinenval, Eva; Nonglaton, Guillaume; Vinet, Françoise

    2014-01-01

    The development of 'green' sensors is a challenging task in the field of biomolecule sensing, for example in the detection of cardiac troponin-I (cTnI). In the present work a complete approach in green chemistry was developed to create chemically active patterns for the immobilisation of biological probes. This key technology is discussed on the basis of the twelve green chemistry principles, and is a combination of surface patterning by spotting and surface chemistries modified by molecular vapour deposition. The (1H,1H,2H,2H)-perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) was used as a novel anti-adsorption layer while the 3,4-epoxybutyltrimethoxysilane (EBTMOS) was used to immobilise probes. Oligonucleotides and the anti-cTnI antibody were studied. The spatially controlled immobilisation of probes was characterised by fluorescence. The demonstrated surface modification has broad applications in areas such as diagnostics and bio-chemical sensing. Moreover, the environmental impacts of surface patterning and surface chemistry were discussed from a 'greenness' point of view.

  15. A Universal Method for Fishing Target Proteins from Mixtures of Biomolecules using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

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    Zhou, X.; Sun, Q; Kini, R; Sivaraman, J

    2008-01-01

    The most challenging tasks in biology include the identification of (1) the orphan receptor for a ligand, (2) the ligand for an orphan receptor protein, and (3) the target protein(s) for a given drug or a lead compound that are critical for the pharmacological or side effects. At present, several approaches are available, including cell- or animal-based assays, affinity labeling, solid-phase binding assays, surface plasmon resonance, and nuclear magnetic resonance. Most of these techniques are not easy to apply when the target protein is unknown and the compound is not amenable to labeling, chemical modification, or immobilization. Here we demonstrate a new universal method for fishing orphan target proteins from a complex mixture of biomolecules using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) as a tracking tool. We took snake venom, a crude mixture of several hundred proteins/peptides, as a model to demonstrate our proposed ITC method in tracking the isolation and purification of two distinct target proteins, a major component and a minor component. Identities of fished out target proteins were confirmed by amino acid sequencing and inhibition assays. This method has the potential to make a significant advancement in the area of identifying orphan target proteins and inhibitor screening in drug discovery and characterization.

  16. N-acetyl-l-histidine, a Prominent Biomolecule in Brain and Eye of Poikilothermic Vertebrates

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    Morris H. Baslow

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available N-acetyl-l-histidine (NAH is a prominent biomolecule in brain, retina and lens of poikilothermic vertebrates. In fish lens, NAH exhibits an unusual compartmentalized metabolism. It is synthesized from L-histidine (His and acetyl Co-enzyme A. However, NAH cannot be catabolized by lens cells. For its hydrolysis, NAH is exported to ocular fluid where a specific acylase cleaves His which is then actively taken up by lens and re-synthesized into NAH. This energy-dependent cycling suggested a pump mechanism operating at the lens/ocular fluid interface. Additional studies led to the hypothesis that NAH functioned as a molecular water pump (MWP to maintain a highly dehydrated lens and avoid cataract formation. In this process, each NAH molecule released to ocular fluid down its gradient carries with it 33 molecules of bound water, effectively transporting the water against a water gradient. In ocular fluid the bound water is released for removal from the eye by the action of NAH acylase. In this paper, we demonstrate for the first time the identification of NAH in fish brain using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS and describe recent evidence supporting the NAH MWP hypothesis. Using MRS, we also document a phylogenetic transition in brain metabolism between poikilothermic and homeothermic vertebrates.

  17. Photoemission study of metallic iron nanoparticles surface aging in biological fluids. Influence on biomolecules adsorption

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    Canivet, L.; Denayer, F.O. [Université de Lille 2, Droit et Santé, 42 rue P. Duez, 59000 Lille (France); Champion, Y.; Cenedese, P. [CNRS-ICMPE, 2 rue H. Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Dubot, P., E-mail: pdubot@icmpe.cnrs.fr [CNRS-ICMPE, 2 rue H. Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France)

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    Iron nanoparticles (nFe) prepared by vaporization and cryogenic condensation process (10–100 nm) has been exposed to Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) and the B-Ali cell growth fluids. These media can be used for cellular growth to study nFe penetration through cell membrane and its induced cytotoxicity. Surface chemistry of nFe exposed to such complex fluids has been characterized as the nanoparticles surface can be strongly changed by adsorption or corrosion processes before reaching intracellular medium. Particle size and surface chemistry have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HR-XPS). Exposition of nFe particles to growth and differentiation media leads to the formation of an oxy-hydroxide layer containing chlorinated species. We found that the passivated Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer of the bare nFe particles is rapidly transformed into a thicker oxy-hydroxide layer that has a greater ability to adsorb molecular ions or ionic biomolecules like proteins or DNA.

  18. Modulation of graft architectures for enhancing hydrophobic interaction of biomolecules with thermoresponsive polymer-grafted surfaces.

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    Idota, Naokazu; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Kobayashi, Jun; Sakai, Kiyotaka; Okano, Teruo

    2012-11-01

    This paper describes the effects of graft architecture of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PIPAAm) brush surfaces on thermoresponsive aqueous wettability changes and the temperature-dependent hydrophobic interaction of steroids in silica capillaries (I.D.: 50 μm). PIPAAm brushes were grafted onto glass substrates by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) that is one of the living radical polymerization techniques. Increases in the graft density and chain length of PIPAAm brushes increased the hydration of polymer brushes, resulting in the increased hydrophilic properties of the surface below the transition temperature of PIPAAm at 32 °C. More hydrophobic surface properties were also observed on surfaces modified with the block copolymers of IPAAm and n-butyl methacrylate (BMA) than that with IPAAm homopolymer-grafted surfaces over the transition temperature. Using PBMA-b-PIPAAm-grafted silica capillaries, the baseline separation of steroids was successfully achieved by only changing temperature. The incorporation of hydrophobic PBMA chains in grafted PIPAAm enhanced the hydrophobic interaction with testosterone above the transition temperature. The surface modification of hydrophobicity-enhanced thermoresponsive polymers is a promising method for the preparation of thermoresponsive biointerfaces that can effectively modulated their biomolecule and cell adsorption with the wide dynamic range of hydrophilic/hydrophobic property change across the transition temperature.

  19. Reversibility of the interactions between a novel surfactant derived from lysine and biomolecules.

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    Martín, Victoria Isabel; Sarrión, Beatriz; López-López, Manuel; López-Cornejo, Pilar; Robina, Inmaculada; Moyá, María Luisa

    2015-11-01

    In this work the novel cationic surfactant derived from lysine (S)-5-acetamido-6-(dodecylamino)-N,N,N-trimethyl-6-oxohexan-1-ammonium chloride, LYCl, was prepared and the physicochemical characterization of its aqueous solutions was carried out. The binding of LYCl to bovine serum albumin, BSA, and to double stranded calf thymus DNA, ctDNA, was investigated using several techniques. Results show that LYCl binding to BSA is followed by a decrease in the α-helix content caused by the unfolding of the protein. LYCl association to ctDNA mainly occurs through groove binding and electrostatic interactions. These interactions cause morphological changes in the polynucleotide from an elongated coil structure to a more compact globular structure, resulting in the compaction of ctDNA. Addition of β-cyclodextrin, β-CD, to the BSA-LYCl and ctDNA-LYCl complexes is followed by the refolding of BSA and the decompaction of ctDNA. This can be explained by the ability of β-CD to hinder BSA-LYCl and ctDNA-LYCl interactions due to the stronger and more specific β-CD-LYCl hydrophobic interactions. The stoichiometry of the β-CD:LYCl inclusion complex and its formation equilibrium constant were determined in this work. The reported procedure using β-CD is an efficient way to refold proteins and to decompact DNA, after the morphological changes caused in the biomolecules by their interaction with cationic surfactants.

  20. Reduced and oxidised scytonemin: theoretical protocol for Raman spectroscopic identification of potential key biomolecules for astrobiology.

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    Varnali, Tereza; Edwards, Howell G M

    2014-01-03

    Scytonemin is an important UV-radiation protective biomolecule synthesised by extremophilic cyanobacteria in stressed terrestrial environments. Scytonemin and its reduced form have been both isolated experimentally and the Raman spectrum for scytonemin has been assigned and characterised experimentally both in extracts and in living extremophilic cyanobacterial colonies. Scytonemin is recognised as a key biomarker molecule for terrestrial organisms in stressed environments. We propose a new, theoretically plausible structure for oxidised scytonemin which has not been mentioned in the literature hitherto. DFT calculations for scytonemin, reduced scytonemin and the new structure modelled and proposed for oxidised scytonemin are reported along with their Raman spectroscopic data and λmax UV-absorption data obtained theoretically. Comparison of the vibrational spectroscopic assignments allows the three forms of scytonemin to be detected and identified and assist not only in the clarification of the major features in the experimentally observed Raman spectral data for the parent scytonemin but also support a protocol proposed for their analytical discrimination. The results of this study provide a basis for the search for molecules of this type in future astrobiological missions of exploration and the search for extinct and extant life terrestrially.

  1. Natural-origin polymers as carriers and scaffolds for biomolecules and cell delivery in tissue engineering applications

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    Malafaya, P.B.; G.A. Silva; Reis, R. L.

    2007-01-01

    The present paper intends to overview a wide range of natural–origin polymers with special focus on proteins and polysaccharides (the systems more inspired on the extracellular matrix) that are being used in research, or might be potentially useful as carriers systems for active biomolecules or as cell carriers with application in the tissue engineering field targeting several biological tissues. The combination of both applications into a single material has proven to be very challe...

  2. Preparation and characterization of fluorophenylboronic acid-functionalized affinity monolithic columns for the selective enrichment of cis-diol-containing biomolecules.

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    Li, Qianjin; Liu, Zhen

    2015-01-01

    Boronate affinity monolithic columns have been developed into an important means for the selective recognition and capture of cis-diol-containing biomolecules, such as glycoproteins, nucleosides and saccharides. The ligands of boronic acids are playing an important role in boronate affinity monolithic columns. Although several boronate affinity monoliths with high affinity toward cis-diol-containing biomolecules have been reported, only few publications are focused on their detailed procedures for preparation and characterization. This chapter describes in detail the preparation and characterization of a boronate affinity monolithic column applying 2,4-difluoro-3-formyl-phenylboronic acid (DFFPBA) as a ligand. The DFFPBA-functionalized monolithic column not only exhibited an ultrahigh boronate affinity toward cis-diol-containing biomolecules, but also showed great potential for the selective enrichment of cis-diol-containing biomolecules in real samples.

  3. Correction: Kousholt, A.N. et al. Pathways for Genome Integrity in G2 Phase of the Cell Cycle. Biomolecules 2012, 2, 579-607.

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    Kousholt, Arne Nedergaard; Menzel, Tobias; Sørensen, Claus Storgaard

    2013-01-15

    We have discovered an error in our paper published in Biomolecules [1], in Figure 1 on page 589. The protein names ATR and ATRIP have been swapped. A corrected version of the Figure 1 is provided below. [...].

  4. Side-by-Side Comparison of Commonly Used Biomolecules That Differ in Size and Affinity on Tumor Uptake and Internalization.

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    Jeerapond Leelawattanachai

    Full Text Available The ability to use a systemically injected agent to image tumor is influenced by tumor characteristics such as permeability and vascularity, and the size, shape, and affinity of the imaging agent. In this study, six different imaging biomolecules, with or without specificity to tumor, were examined for tumor uptake and internalization at the whole body, ex-vivo tissue, and cellular levels: antibodies, antibody fragments (Fab, serum albumin, and streptavidin. The time of peak tumor uptake was dependent solely on the size of molecules, suggesting that molecular size is the major factor that influences tumor uptake by its effect on systemic clearance and diffusion into tumor. Affinity to tumor antigen failed to augment tumor uptake of Fab above non-specific accumulation, which suggests that Fab fragments of typical monoclonal antibodies may fall below an affinity threshold for use as molecular imaging agents. Despite abundant localization into the tumor, albumin and streptavidin were not found on cell surface or inside cells. By comparing biomolecules differing in size and affinity, our study highlights that while pharmacokinetics are a dominant factor in tumor uptake for biomolecules, affinity to tumor antigen is required for tumor binding and internalization.

  5. Side-by-Side Comparison of Commonly Used Biomolecules That Differ in Size and Affinity on Tumor Uptake and Internalization.

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    Leelawattanachai, Jeerapond; Kwon, Keon-Woo; Michael, Praveesuda; Ting, Richard; Kim, Ju-Young; Jin, Moonsoo M

    2015-01-01

    The ability to use a systemically injected agent to image tumor is influenced by tumor characteristics such as permeability and vascularity, and the size, shape, and affinity of the imaging agent. In this study, six different imaging biomolecules, with or without specificity to tumor, were examined for tumor uptake and internalization at the whole body, ex-vivo tissue, and cellular levels: antibodies, antibody fragments (Fab), serum albumin, and streptavidin. The time of peak tumor uptake was dependent solely on the size of molecules, suggesting that molecular size is the major factor that influences tumor uptake by its effect on systemic clearance and diffusion into tumor. Affinity to tumor antigen failed to augment tumor uptake of Fab above non-specific accumulation, which suggests that Fab fragments of typical monoclonal antibodies may fall below an affinity threshold for use as molecular imaging agents. Despite abundant localization into the tumor, albumin and streptavidin were not found on cell surface or inside cells. By comparing biomolecules differing in size and affinity, our study highlights that while pharmacokinetics are a dominant factor in tumor uptake for biomolecules, affinity to tumor antigen is required for tumor binding and internalization.

  6. Sensitivity improvement of an electrical sensor achieved by control of biomolecules based on the negative dielectrophoretic force.

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    Kim, Hye Jin; Kim, Jinsik; Yoo, Yong Kyoung; Lee, Jeong Hoon; Park, Jung Ho; Hwang, Kyo Seon

    2016-11-15

    Effective control of nano-scale biomolecules can enhance the sensitivity and limit of detection of an interdigitated microelectrode (IME) sensor. Manipulation of the biomolecules by dielectrophoresis (DEP), especially the negative DEP (nDEP) force, so that they are trapped between electrodes (sensing regions) was predicted to increase the binding efficiency of the antibody and target molecules, leading to a more effective reaction. To prove this concept, amyloid beta 42 (Aβ42) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) protein were respectively trapped between the sensing region owing to the nDEP force under 5V and 0.05V, which was verified with COMSOL simulation. Using the simulation value, the resistance change (ΔR/Rb) of the IME sensor from the specific antibody-antigen reaction of the two biomolecules and the change in fluorescence intensity were compared in the reference (pDEP) and nDEP conditions. The ΔR/Rb value improved by about 2-fold and 1.66-fold with nDEP compared to the reference condition with various protein concentrations, and these increases were confirmed with fluorescence imaging. Overall, nDEP enhanced the detection sensitivity for Aβ42 and PSA by 128% and 258%, respectively, and the limit of detection improved by up to 2-orders of magnitude. These results prove that DEP can improve the biosensor's performance.

  7. Redox Reactivity of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles Induces the Formation of Disulfide Bridges in Thiol-Containing Biomolecules.

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    Rollin-Genetet, Françoise; Seidel, Caroline; Artells, Ester; Auffan, Mélanie; Thiéry, Alain; Vidaud, Claude

    2015-12-21

    The redox state of disulfide bonds is implicated in many redox control systems, such as the cysteine-cystine couple. Among proteins, ubiquitous cysteine-rich metallothioneins possess thiolate metal binding groups susceptible to metal exchange in detoxification processes. CeO2 NPs are commonly used in various industrial applications due to their redox properties. These redox properties that enable dual oxidation states (Ce(IV)/Ce(III)) to exist at their surface may act as oxidants for biomolecules. The interaction among metallothioneins, cysteine, and CeO2 NPs was investigated through various biophysical approaches to shed light on the potential effects of the Ce(4+)/Ce(3+) redox system on the thiol groups of these biomolecules. The possible reaction mechanisms include the formation of a disulfide bridge/Ce(III) complex resulting from the interaction between Ce(IV) and the thiol groups, leading to metal unloading from the MTs, depending on their metal content and cluster type. The formation of stable Ce(3+) disulfide complexes has been demonstrated via their fluorescence properties. This work provides the first evidence of thiol concentration-dependent catalytic oxidation mechanisms between pristine CeO2 NPs and thiol-containing biomolecules.

  8. Design of Modular DNA Triangular-Prism Sensor Enabling Ratiometric and Multiplexed Biomolecule Detection on Single Microbead.

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    Liu, Yu; Chen, Qiaoshu; Liu, Jianbo; Yang, Xiaohai; Guo, Qiuping; Li, Li; Liu, Wei; Wang, Kemin

    2017-02-28

    DNA nanostructures have emerged as powerful and versatile building blocks for the construction of programmable nanoscale structures and functional sensors for biomarker detection, disease diagnostics and therapy. Here we integrated multiple sensing modules into a single DNA 3D nanoarchitecture with a triangular-prism (TP) structure for ratiometric and multiplexed biomolecule detection on single microbead. In our design, the complementary hybridization of three clip sequences formed TP nanoassemblies in which the six single-strand regions in the top and bottom faces act as binding sites for different sensing modules, including an anchor module, reference sequence module and capture sequence module. The multifunctional modular TP nanostructures were thus exploited for ratiometric and multiplexed biomolecule detection on microbeads. Microbead imaging demonstrated that after ratiometric self-calibration analysis, the imaging deviations resulting from uneven fluorescent intensity distribution and differing probe concentrations were greatly reduced. The rigid nanostructure also conferred the TP as a framework for geometric positioning of different capture sequences. The inclusion of multiple targets led to the formation of sandwich hybridization structures that gave a readily detectable optical response at different fluorescent channels and distinct fingerprint-like pattern arrays. This approach allowed us to discriminate multiplexed biomolecule targets in a simple and efficient fashion. In this module-designed strategy, the diversity of the controlled DNA assembly coupled with the geometrically well-defined rigid nanostructures of the TP assembly provides a flexible and reliable biosensing approach that shows great promise for biomedical applications.

  9. Nanorods of a new metal-biomolecule coordination polymer showing novel bidirectional electrocatalytic activity and excellent performance in electrochemical sensing.

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    Yang, Jiao; Zhou, Bo; Yao, Jie; Jiang, Xiao-Qing

    2015-05-15

    Metal organic coordination polymers (CPs), as most attractive multifunctional materials, have been studied extensively in many fields. However, metal-biomolecule CPs and CPs' electrochemical properties and applications were studied much less. We focus on this topic aiming at electrochemical biosensors with excellent performance and high biocompatibility. A new nanoscaled metal-biomolecule CP, Mn-tyr, containing manganese and tyrosine, was synthesized hydrothermally and characterized by various techniques, including XRD, TEM, EDS, EDX mapping, elemental analysis, XPS, and IR. Electrode modified with Mn-tyr showed novel bidirectional electrocatalytic ability toward both reduction and oxidation of H2O2, which might be due to Mn. With the assistance of CNTs, the sensing performance of Mn-tyr/CNTs/GCE was improved to a much higher level, with high sensitivity of 543 mA mol(-1) L cm(-2) in linear range of 1.00×10(-6)-1.02×10(-4) mol L(-1), and detection limit of 3.8×10(-7) mol L(-1). Mn-tyr/CNTs/GCE also showed fast response, high selectivity, high steadiness and reproducibility. The excellent performance implies that the metal-biomolecule CPs are promising candidates for using in enzyme-free electrochemical biosensing.

  10. Biomolecules/gold nanowires-doped sol-gel film for label-free electrochemical immunoassay of testosterone.

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    Liang, Ke-Zhong; Qi, Jun-Sheng; Mu, Wei-Jun; Chen, Zai-Gang

    2008-04-24

    A direct, rapid, and label-free electrochemical immunoassay method for testosterone has been described based on encapsulating testosterone antibody into polyvinyl butyral sol-gel film doped with gold nanowires. Gold nanowires prepared by using nanopore polycarbonate membrane were used to conjugate testosterone antibody onto the probe surface. The presence of gold nanowires provided a biocompatible microenvironment for biomolecules, greatly amplified the immobilized amount of biomolecules on the electrode surface, and improved the sensitivity of the immunosensor. In comparison with gold nanoparticle-conjugating probe, the gold nanowire-functionalized probe could avoid the leakage of biomolecules from the composite film, and enhanced the stability of the sensor. The performance and factors influencing the performance of the resulting immunosensor were investigated in detail. Under optimal conditions, the developed immunosensor exhibited a good linear relationship with testosterone ranging from 1.2 to 83.5 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.1 ng mL(-1) (at 3delta). Moreover, the proposed immunosensor exhibited high sensitivity, good reproducibility and long-term stability. The as-prepared immunosensors were used to analyze testosterone in human serum specimens. Analytical results suggest that the developed immunoassay has a promising alternative approach for detecting testosterone in the clinical diagnosis. Compared with the conventional ELISAs, the proposed immunoassay method was simple and rapid without multiple labeling and separation steps. Importantly, the route provides an alternative approach to incorporate gold nanowires into the solid matrix for biosensing application.

  11. La diagnostica molecolare nel laboratorio di patologia clinica veterinaria

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    Zambon, Elisa

    2015-01-01

    La prima parte del nostro studio riguarda la tecnica LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification), una tecnica di amplificazione isotermica recentemente inventata (Notomi et al., 2000). Essa presenta notevoli vantaggi rispetto alle tradizionali PCR: non necessita di strumentazioni sofisticate come i termociclatori, può essere eseguita da personale non specializzato, è una tecnica altamente sensibile e specifica ed è molto tollerante agli inibitori. Tutte queste caratteristiche fanno sì c...

  12. en la perspectiva de la Ingeniería Concurrente

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    Carmenza Luna Amaya

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo se preparó con el fin de exponer las generalidades de los resultados parciales de la investigación titulada “Diseño del Modelo del Proceso de Desarrollo de Producto (PDP del Sector Metalmecánico de Barranquilla en la Perspectiva de la Ingeniería Concurrente”. Se presenta una breve descripción de las herramientas utilizadas para modelar el PDP gráfica y conceptualmente, de modo que logre obtenerse una caracterización cercana a las condiciones generales actuales del proceso, según los puntos de interés de la Ingeniería Concurrente (IC, agrupados éstos en cinco dimensiones: Organización, Recursos Humanos, Información, Tecnología y Mercado. De igual forma, se orientan al apoyo de la dirección, a la conformación de equipos multidisciplinarios y al uso de recursos tecnológicos. Estas generalidades son resultado del estudio de dichas condiciones actuales del PDP en cinco (5 empresas del Sector Metalmecánico de la ciudad, revisando en cada una de ellas igual listado de criterios para luego hacer el correspondiente análisis. Este trabajo forma parte de los proyectos que desarrolla el Grupo de Investigación en Productividad y Competitividad, en su línea de estudio en Ingeniería Concurrente con el objetivo de estudiar, conocer y difundir la IC como filosofía a nivel empresarial

  13. Produtivismo acadêmico baseado em uma perspectiva habermasiana

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    Fábio Vizeu

    Full Text Available Resumo Este artigo argumenta que a questão da ética na prática acadêmica deve ser tratada com o mesmo cuidado adotado em outras práticas profissionais. Na verdade, uma dificuldade no debate sobre ética na prática acadêmica é desconsiderar que esta também consiste em uma prática social condicionada pelos mesmos problemas que a sociedade contemporânea enfrenta, especialmente em sua dimensão econômica. Nesse sentido, discute-se o utilitarismo na prática acadêmica com base no referencial da ética discursiva de Jürgen Habermas, explorando algumas inquietações sobre o produtivismo acadêmico brasileiro. Metodologicamente, usa-se o ensaio teórico como procedimento argumentativo, visando à construção de um texto menos formal e mais provocativo, instigando a reflexão e o debate, no meio, das questões pontuadas. Especificamente, observamos o problema da valorização quantitativa da produção sem a consideração da qualidade do trabalho acadêmico associado à tentativa de mensuração da atividade acadêmica, além da falta da devida reflexão sobre os valores ético-morais que circunscrevem a atividade científico-educacional no Brasil. Por último, para ilustrar a perspectiva apresentada, recorremos a situações hipotéticas da prática acadêmica e fazemos inferências sobre quatro correlações entre a orientação pragmática e questões éticas, considerando o constructo habermasiano da ação estratégica.

  14. Lavoura Cacaueira - Sul da Bahia: Dilemas e Perspectivas

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    Clarice Gonçalves Souza de Oliveira

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem por objetivo discutir os dilemas e perspectivas da lavoura cacaueira no âmbito da Microrregião Itabuna-Ilhéus, localizada no Sul do Estado da Bahia, que, neste trabalho - por uma questão de ordem cultural - é preferentemente tratada por Microrregião Cacaueira. Os principais referenciais de discussão dizem respeito à dinâmica têmporo-espacial dessa microrregião, à crise da cacauicultura, ao papel da CEPLAC como órgão de articulação dessa lavoura e à questão dos Planos de Recuperação da Cacauicultura, dando ênfase para a forma como o crédito tem sido alocado e às dificuldades de acesso pela grande maioria dos produtores. Aponta a necessidade de ações participativas, envolvendo todos os segmentos da sociedade regional na luta pela recuperação da lavoura cacaueira, além de registrar as transformações e permanências ocorridas na organização socioespacial da cidade de Camacan. Trata-se de um texto produzido a partir de dados oriundos do projeto de pesquisa intitulado “Cidade de Camacan: trajetória, permanências e transformações têmporo-espaciais”, ainda em andamento, cujos aportes metodológicos consistiram em uma abordagem quali-quantitativa, fundamentada em observação, análise documental e histórica, e entrevistas semiestruturadas com diferentes segmentos da sociedade local.

  15. Burnout en profesores: Una perspectiva social del intercambio

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    WILMAR B. SCHAUFELI

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Se propone una perspectiva teórica sobre burnout en profesores, basada en principios de intercambio social. Se argumenta que el burnout se produce por una falta de reciprocidad; por un desajuste entre inversiones y resultados. Los profesores quemados se caracterizan por haber dado demasiado durante demasiado tiempo y por recibir demasiado poco a cambio. Según la teoría del intercambio social, la falta de reciprocidad podría desarrollarse a tres niveles: interpersonal (relación con estudiantes, a nivel de equipo (relaciones con compañeros, y a nivel organizacional (relación con la escuela. Estudios empíricos en profesores mostraron que el ajuste entre 'dar y recibir' se rompe, sobretodo en los niveles interpersonal y organizacional. Además, la falta de reciprocidad se asocia con distrés y conductas de abandono. Se observa un efecto genérico: cuando el equilibrio 'dar y recibir' se rompe se produce agotamiento emocional (síntoma corazón del burnout. Además, se observan efectos de las conductas de abandono específico para cada nivel de intercambio social: la falta de reciprocidad con los estudiantes provoca despersonalización (segunda dimensión del burnout; la falta de reciprocidad con los colegas acaba en conductas de abandono de los colegas; y la falta de reciprocidad con la escuela en abandono psicológico (reducido compromiso organizacional y conductual (absentismo por enfermedad de la escuela.

  16. Historiografía comparada: problemas y perspectivas

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    Chris Lorenz

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available In this text contributions related are abridged - direct or indirectly - with the historiography of world war two. The comparative historiography is placed as a gender related to a typology that classified historiography theories over an extended sequence from the general and philosophical to the particular and empirical. Resides, it also places the recent debates on the “fragmentation " of the historiography in a comparative perspective. Due that historiography is the history of the written history -and therefore a reconstruction of reconstructions- we find the problem of comparison in historiography twice. The historiographer is not alone confronting with relative comparative judgments of the historic reconstructions themselves but also related to the historiography reconstructions of those historic reconstructions.//En este texto se compendian contribuciones relacionadas - directa o indirectamente - con la historiografía de la segunda guerra mundial. Se ubica a la historiografía comparada como un género en relación a una tipología que clasifica teorías de historiografía sobre una secuencia extendida de lo general y filosófico a lo particular y empírico. Además, coloca los recientes debates sobre la "fragmentación" de la historiografía en una perspectiva comparada. Debido a que la historiografía es la historia de la historia escrita - y por lo tanto una reconstrucción de reconstrucciones - encontramos el problema de la comparación en historiografía dos veces. El historiógrafo no sólo está confrontado con los juicios comparados relativos a las reconstrucciones históricas mismas, sino también relativas a las reconstrucciones historiográficas de aquellas reconstrucciones históricas.

  17. Perspectivas del cad en arquitectura e ingeniería

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    Recuero, A.

    1988-06-01

    Full Text Available SUMMARY In this paper, present and short term situations of CAD for buildings are analyzed. It is assumed that CAD must cover the design process in its entirety not only the synthesis aspects, but also those of analysis and evaluation. Research and Development efforts should be undertaken in the following: — Computer-user interfaces. — Data base structures. — Coordination of the various related professions, in order to define their needs, and the degree of integration to be achieved. — Establishment of methods and criteria to check for the adequacy of the solutions provided by these systems

    En este artículo se analizan, brevemente, la situación actual y las perspectivas, para un próximo futuro, de la aplicación de los sistemas de CAD en el campo de la construcción. Se considera que el CAD debe abordar, de modo integrado, el proceso completo de proyecto, incluyendo no sólo los aspectos de síntesis, sino también los de análisis y evaluación. Se señalan los puntos en los que es preciso concentrar los esfuerzos de investigación y desarrollo. Estos puntos son: — Comunicación usuario-computador. — Estructura de las bases de datos. — Coordinación de las distintas profesiones que intervienen en el techo constructivo, para definir las necesidades a cubrir y el grado de integración deseable. Se señala, asimismo, la necesidad de establecer métodos y criterios para verificarla corrección de las soluciones propuestas por estos programas.

  18. Anthony Giddens. Un caso de estudio desde una perspectiva institucional

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    Alejandro Bialakowsky

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza la trayectoria intelectual de Giddens desde una perspectiva institucional. La centralidad de este autor en la sociología contemporánea no puede comprenderse únicamente desde una mirada “cognitiva”, por las características de su teoría. Se requiere, también, profundizar en la dimensión institucional de su “éxito” (desde un estudio de tradiciones, ecologías institucionales, redes de influencia, estrategias, liderazgos, etc.. Para ello, primero, se reconstruye la marginalidad de la sociología en Inglaterra y su tardía institucionalización hacia 1960. Segundo, se indaga cómo Giddens desarrolló su trayectoria en la época en la cual tal institucionalización se llevó a cabo, y en la cual él fue un agente decisivo. Tercero, a pesar de que Giddens atribuye al azar las direcciones de su carrera, se rastrean sus estrategias para ocupar un lugar central en la sociología: su “viaje iniciático” a Estados Unidos, su postulación de la sociología inglesa como “intermediación” entre Estados Unidos y Europa Continental y su intervención en la institucionalización de la sociología en Cambridge y en el mercado editorial anglosajón. Quinto, se señala cómo, en la última etapa de su vida, su desplazamiento desde la sociología hacia el campo político podría revelar cierto agotamiento de tal proceso de institucionalización en Inglaterra.

  19. COMERCIO ELECTRÓNICO EN AMÉRICA LATINA. PERSPECTIVAS

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    Internet constituye una plataforma adecuada para la comunicación de información con alcance global. Las condiciones de la economía actual exigen la internacionalización de la economía de un país, a través, fundamentalmente, de las exportaciones / importaciones de sus empresas. Por su parte, el uso de la red de redes en el desarrollo empresarial ha estado caracterizado por el éxito rotundo de ideas creadoras y también por la bancarrota, de la noche a la mañana, de negocios aparentemente muy prósperos. Si bien el movimiento financiero a través de la red no es para nada despreciable, su dinámica es actualmente muy inestable. Las perspectivas del comercio electrónico para América Latina se ven muchas veces disipadas por la falta de infraestructura tecnológica, pero fundamentalmente por las dificultades para lograr la competitividad frente a las grandes empresas ya establecidas. Las posibilidades reales del fortalecimiento empresarial electrónico en Latinoamérica, para soportar los embates empresariales de una economía globalizada, radican en la gestión ágil y efectiva de las empresas, sus recursos, y su mercado, en una palabra, que logren adaptarse a la era de la información. Para lograrlo, al menos en una primera etapa será decisiva la unión de esfuerzos y recursos y el apoyo gubernamental.

  20. Desengajamento moral na perspectiva da teoria social cognitiva

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    Roberta Gurgel Azzi

    Full Text Available O ensaio aborda o desengajamento moral descrito pela perspectiva da teoria social cognitiva de Albert Bandura. Toma-se como interlocução central os artigos do autor sobre o tema, sistematizam-se suas ideias e apresentam-se estudos da literatura sobre desengajamento moral. O texto está estruturado em cinco partes, iniciando por uma breve contextualização do tópico no conjunto da produção de Bandura, seguida de exposição do desengajamento moral e da teoria social cognitiva. Posteriormente, apresenta os oito mecanismos de desengajamento moral desenvolvidos por Bandura: justificativa moral, comparação vantajosa, linguagem eufemística, minimização, ignorância ou distorção das consequências, desumanização, atribuição de culpa, deslocamento de responsabilidade e difusão de responsabilidade. Após a apresentação dos mecanismos, introduzem-se os dez trabalhos mais recentes do autor sobre o assunto, textos publicados entre 2000 e 2009, e que foram apresentados sob as seguintes categorias temáticas: questões teóricoempíricas, execução penal, terrorismo, ecologia e mundo coorporativo. Ao final, problematiza desafios, postos a partir da discussão desenvolvida no ensaio, que possam servir para a construção de uma sociedade mais humanizada.

  1. Las acciones punitivas físicas: una perspectiva intercultural

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    María del Mar BADIA MARTÍN

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: En este artículo se enmarca el término de castigo corporal diferenciándolo del de abuso físico, a la vez que se realiza un análisis sobre la perspectiva de diferentes países con relación a la aplicación de dicha forma de castigo. La investigación y la teoría analizada, muestran cómo ciertas sociedades todavía reclaman el uso del castigo corporal como una forma más para frenar los comportamientos molestos. Esto nos puede llevar a pensar que no se debe abandonar la tesis sobre el hecho de que esta estrategia es rechazada en la actualidad por todos los sectores de la sociedad, sino que debemos ser sensibles a la idea de que ciertos profesionales y familias lo consideran un instrumento más para la corrección de conductas consideradas como no correctas.ABSTRACT: In this article the term corporal punishment is differentiated from that of physical abuse, and at the same time an analysis is made of the perspective of different countries in relation to the application of this type of punishment. The research and theory analysed show how certain societies still call for the use of corporal punishment as one more way to stop troublesome behaviour. This can lead us to think that the thesis that this strategy is currently rejected by all sectors of society should not be abandoned, but we should be aware that certain professionals and families still consider it one more instrument for correcting behaviour considered as incorrect.

  2. Submicron-resolution photoacoustic microscopy of endogenous light-absorbing biomolecules

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    Zhang, Chi

    Photoacoustic imaging in biomedicine has the unique advantage of probing endogenous light absorbers at various length scales with a 100% relative sensitivity. Among the several modalities of photoacoustic imaging, optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM) can achieve high spatial resolution, on the order of optical wavelength, at detection. We achieved 220 nm lateral resolution in transmission mode, 0.43 microm lateral resolution in reflection mode, 7.6 microm axial resolution in normal tissue, and 5.8 microm axial resolution with silicone oil immersion/injection. The achieved lateral resolution and axial resolution were the finest reported at the time. With high-resolution in 3D, PAM was demonstrated to resolve cellular and subcellular structures in vivo, such as red blood cells and melanosomes in melanoma cells. Compared with previous PAM systems, our high-resolution PAM could resolve capillaries in mouse ears more clearly. As an example application, we demonstrated intracellular temperature imaging, assisted by fluorescence signal detection, with sub-degree temperature resolution and sub-micron lateral resolution. The second part of this dissertation describes the exploration of endogenous light-absorbing biomolecules for PAM. We demonstrated cytochromes and myoglobin as new absorption contrasts for PAM and identified the corresponding optimal wavelengths for imaging. Fixed fibroblasts on slides and mouse ear sections were imaged by PAM at 422 nm and 250 nm wavelengths to reveal cytoplasms and nuclei, respectively, as confirmed by standard hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) histology. By imaging a blood-perfused mouse heart at 532 nm down to 150 microm in depth, we derived the myocardial sheet thickness and the cleavage height from an undehydrated heart for the first time. The findings promote PAM at new wavelengths and open up new possibilities for characterizing biological tissue. Of particular interest, dual-wavelength PAM around 250 nm and 420 nm

  3. Empirical and accurate method for the three-dimensional electrostatic potential (EM-ESP) of biomolecules.

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    Du, Qi-Shi; Wang, Cheng-Hua; Wang, Yu-Ting; Huang, Ri-Bo

    2010-04-01

    The electrostatic potential (ESP) is an important property of interactions within and between macromolecules, including those of importance in the life sciences. Semiempirical quantum chemical methods and classical Coulomb calculations fail to provide even qualitative ESP for many of these biomolecules. A new empirical ESP calculation method, namely, EM-ESP, is developed in this study, in which the traditional approach of point atomic charges and the classical Coulomb equation is discarded. In its place, the EM-ESP generates a three-dimensional electrostatic potential V(EM)(r) in molecular space that is the sum of contributions from all component atoms. The contribution of an atom k is formulated as a Gaussian function g(r(k);alpha(k),beta(k)) = alpha(k)/r(k)(betak) with two parameters (alpha(k) and beta(k)). The benchmark for the parameter optimization is the ESP obtained by using higher-level quantum chemical approaches (e.g., CCSD/TZVP). A set of atom-based parameters is optimized in a training set of common organic molecules. Calculated examples demonstrate that the EM-ESP approach is a vast improvement over the Coulombic approach in producing the molecular ESP contours that are comparable to the results obtained with higher-level quantum chemical methods. The atom-based parameters are shown to be transferrable between one part of closely related aromatic molecules. The atom-based ESP formulization and parametrization strategy can be extended to biological macromolecules, such as proteins, DNA, and RNA molecules. Since ESP is frequently used to rationalize and predict intermolecular interactions, we expect that the EM-ESP method will have important applications for studies of protein-ligand and protein-protein interactions in numerous areas of chemistry, molecular biology, and other life sciences.

  4. Heavy metal induced biomolecule and genotoxic changes in earthworm Eisenia fetida

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    G. Muthukaruppan

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A vibrational [Fourier transform infrared (FTIR] spectroscopic method was used for the structural and compositional analysis of earthworm Eisenia fetida by monitoring of metal binding and further transformations in live cells. The FTIR analyses for metals taken up by the E. fetida will be useful for analyzing the impact of the heavy metal stress on the worm metabolism. The epigeic earthworm E. fetida were exposed to 100 %, 75 %, 50 %, 30 %, 25 %, 15 % and 5 % of dried automobile service station waste mud. All the earthworms exposed in the 100 %, 75 % and 50 % concentrations didn’t survived within 10days. Further experiments were conducted with 25 %, 15 % and 5 % concentration of wastes. Each concentration level was tested with three replicates using 10 animals and the metabolic response after exposure to the heavy metal containing service station waste mud was assessed by FTIR. Furthermore we also emphasized that DNA damage was confirmed with the use of other biomarker like comet assay. The peaks at 1045, 1080, 1236 cm−1 and 1650 cm−1 represented the overall susceptibility of nucleotides, phospholipids, DNA and RNA. Nucleic acids and proteins were modified due to heavy metal accumulation. In flow-through, single cell gel electrophoresis revealed the degradation nuclear DNA. Heavy metals accumulation in the worms was measured and it was found that lead, zinc and copper accumulation increased in the treatment group. Without the use of biomarkers for identifying ecological risks of land contamination, traditional assessment would be difficult to interpret. This new FTIR based biomolecules study revealed a clear molecule shift in the exposed worms, due to heavy metal accumulation.

  5. Biomimetically triggered inorganic crystal transformation by biomolecules: a new understanding of biomineralization.

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    Jiang, Wenge; Chu, Xiaobin; Wang, Ben; Pan, Haihua; Xu, Xurong; Tang, Ruikang

    2009-08-06

    Phase transformation is an important strategy in biomineralization. However, the role of biomolecules in the mineral transition is poorly understood despite the fact that the biomineralization society greatly highlights the organic controls in the formation of the inorganic phase. Here, we report an induced biomimetic phase transformation from brushite (a widely used calcium phosphate precursor in biological cement) to hydroxyapatite (main inorganic composition of skeletal mineral) by citrate (a rich organic component in bone tissue). The transformation in the absence of the organic additive cannot be spontaneously initiated in an aqueous solution with a pH of 8.45 (no phase transition is detected in 4 days), which is explained by a high interfacial energy barrier between brushite-solution and hydroxyapatite-solution interfaces. Citrate can oppositely regulate these two interfaces, which decreases and increases the stabilities of brushite and hydroxyapatite surfaces in the solution, respectively. Thus, the interfacial energy barrier can be greatly reduced in the presence of citrate and the reaction is triggered; e.g., at 1 mM citrate, the total transformation from brushite to hydroxyapatite can be completed within 3 days. The relationship between the transition kinetics and citrate concentration is also studied. The work reveals how the organic components direct solid-solid phase transformation, which can be understood by an energetic control of the interfacial barrier. It is emphasized that the terms of interfacial energy must be taken into account in the studies of phase transformation. We suggest that this biomimetic approach may provide an in-depth understanding of biomineralization.

  6. Thermochemical Fragment Energy Method for Biomolecules: Application to a Collagen Model Peptide.

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    Suárez, Ernesto; Díaz, Natalia; Suárez, Dimas

    2009-06-09

    Herein, we first review different methodologies that have been proposed for computing the quantum mechanical (QM) energy and other molecular properties of large systems through a linear combination of subsystem (fragment) energies, which can be computed using conventional QM packages. Particularly, we emphasize the similarities among the different methods that can be considered as variants of the multibody expansion technique. Nevertheless, on the basis of thermochemical arguments, we propose yet another variant of the fragment energy methods, which could be useful for, and readily applicable to, biomolecules using either QM or hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanics methods. The proposed computational scheme is applied to investigate the stability of a triple-helical collagen model peptide. To better address the actual applicability of the fragment QM method and to properly compare with experimental data, we compute average energies by carrying out single-point fragment QM calculations on structures generated by a classical molecular dynamics simulation. The QM calculations are done using a density functional level of theory combined with an implicit solvent model. Other free-energy terms such as attractive dispersion interactions or thermal contributions are included using molecular mechanics. The importance of correcting both the intermolecular and intramolecular basis set superposition error (BSSE) in the QM calculations is also discussed in detail. On the basis of the favorable comparison of our fragment-based energies with experimental data and former theoretical results, we conclude that the fragment QM energy strategy could be an interesting addition to the multimethod toolbox for biomolecular simulations in order to investigate those situations (e.g., interactions with metal clusters) that are beyond the range of applicability of common molecular mechanics methods.

  7. High-Precision Dispensing of Nanoliter Biofluids on Glass Pedestal Arrays for Ultrasensitive Biomolecule Detection.

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    Chen, Xiaoxiao; Liu, Yang; Xu, QianFeng; Zhu, Jing; Poget, Sébastien F; Lyons, Alan M

    2016-05-04

    Precise dispensing of nanoliter droplets is necessary for the development of sensitive and accurate assays, especially when the availability of the source solution is limited. Conventional approaches are limited by imprecise positioning, large shear forces, surface tension effects, and high costs. To address the need for precise and economical dispensing of nanoliter volumes, we developed a new approach where the dispensed volume is dependent on the size and shape of defined surface features, thus freeing the dispensing process from pumps and fine-gauge needles requiring accurate positioning. The surface we fabricated, called a nanoliter droplet virtual well microplate (nVWP), achieves high-precision dispensing (better than ±0.5 nL or ±1.6% at 32 nL) of 20-40 nL droplets using a small source drop (3-10 μL) on isolated hydrophilic glass pedestals (500 μm on a side) bonded to arrays of polydimethylsiloxane conical posts. The sharp 90° edge of the glass pedestal pins the solid-liquid-vapor triple contact line (TCL), averting the wetting of the glass sidewalls while the fluid is prevented from receding from the edge. This edge creates a sufficiently large energy barrier such that microliter water droplets can be poised on the glass pedestals, exhibiting contact angles greater >150°. This approach relieves the stringent mechanical alignment tolerances required for conventional dispensing techniques, shifting the control of dispensed volume to the area circumscribed by the glass edge. The effects of glass surface chemistry and dispense velocity on droplet volume were studied using optical microscopy and high-speed video. Functionalization of the glass pedestal surface enabled the selective adsorption of specific peptides and proteins from synthetic and natural biomolecule mixtures, such as venom. We further demonstrate how the nVWP dispensing platform can be used for a variety of assays, including sensitive detection of proteins and peptides by fluorescence

  8. Cytoplasmic electric fields and electroosmosis: possible solution for the paradoxes of the intracellular transport of biomolecules.

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    Victor P Andreev

    Full Text Available The objective of the paper is to show that electroosmotic flow might play an important role in the intracellular transport of biomolecules. The paper presents two mathematical models describing the role of electroosmosis in the transport of the negatively charged messenger proteins to the negatively charged nucleus and in the recovery of the fluorescence after photobleaching. The parameters of the models were derived from the extensive review of the literature data. Computer simulations were performed within the COMSOL 4.2a software environment. The first model demonstrated that the presence of electroosmosis might intensify the flux of messenger proteins to the nucleus and allow the efficient transport of the negatively charged phosphorylated messenger proteins against the electrostatic repulsion of the negatively charged nucleus. The second model revealed that the presence of the electroosmotic flow made the time of fluorescence recovery dependent on the position of the bleaching spot relative to cellular membrane. The magnitude of the electroosmotic flow effect was shown to be quite substantial, i.e. increasing the flux of the messengers onto the nucleus up to 4-fold relative to pure diffusion and resulting in the up to 3-fold change in the values of fluorescence recovery time, and therefore the apparent diffusion coefficient determined from the fluorescence recovery after photobleaching experiments. Based on the results of the modeling and on the universal nature of the electroosmotic flow, the potential wider implications of electroosmotic flow in the intracellular and extracellular biological processes are discussed. Both models are available for download at ModelDB.

  9. Similarities between several major extinctions and preservation of life - biomolecules to geomolecules: an interdisciplinary approach

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    Grice, Kliti; Melendez, Ines; Tulipani, Svenja

    2015-04-01

    coexistence of biomolecules and geomolecules in the same sample, previously assumed unfeasible. The coexistence of steroids in a diagenetic continuum, ranging from stenols to triaromatic steroids, is attributed to microbially mediated eogenetic processes. Under exceptional conditions concretions preserve biomolecules at extraordinary levels, providing a new opportunity to study the distributions of biomolecules in deep time and thereby improving our understanding of the evolution of life where fossils are rarely preserved. References [1] Grice K., Cao C., Love G.D., Bottcher M.E., Twitchett R,, Grosjean E., Summons R.E., Turgeon S., Dunning W.J. & Jin Y., 2005. Photic zone euxinia during the Permian-Triassic superanoxic event. Science. 307, 706-709. [2] Jaraula C.M.B, Grice K., Twitchett R.,J., Böttcher M.E., Le Metayer P., Dastidar A.G. & Opazo L.F., 2013. Elevated pCO2 leading to Late triassic extinction, persistent photic zone euxinia, and rising sea levels. Geology 41, 955-958. [3] Tulipani S., Grice K., Greenwood P.F, Haines P., Sauer P., Schimmelmann A., Summons R.E., Foster C.B., Böttcher M.E., Playton, T. & Schwark L., 2014a. Changes in palaeoenvironmental conditions in Late Devonian Reef systems from the Canning Basin, WA: A biomarker and stable isotope approach. Gondwana Research, in press. [4] Melendez I., Grice K., Trinajstic K., Ladjavardi M., Thompson K. & Greenwood P.F., 2013a. Biomarkers reveal the role of photic zone euxinia in exceptional fossil preservation: An organic geochemical perspective. Geology 41, 123-126. [5] Melendez I., Grice K. & Schwark L., 2013b. Exceptional preservation of palaeozoic steroids in a diagenetic continuum. Nature Scientific Reports. 3. [6] Grice K., Lu H., Atahan P., Hallmann, C., Asif M., Greenwood P.F., Tulipani S., Maslen E., Williford W.H. & Dodson J. 2009. New insights into the origin of perlyene in geological samples Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, 6531-6543. [7] Tulipani S., Grice K., Greenwood P.F., Schwark L

  10. Porfiria aguda intermitente la importancia de ampliar la perspectiva del diagnóstico diferencial

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    Boris Espinoza Balderrama

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La porfiria aguda intermitente es un trastorno autosómico dominante, producido por deficiencia genética de porfobilinogeno desaminasa, enzima que participa en la biosíntesis del grupo hem, es una patología con elevada mortalidad, y poco observada en nuestro medio. En octubre del 2011, en el Hospital del Seguro Social Universitario se reportó un caso de porfiria aguda intermitente, paciente de 23 años, sexo femenino, ingresa con dolor abdominal agudo de gran intensidad a nivel de mesogastrio y síndrome miccional, durante su internación presento taquicardia, fiebre y leucocitosis sin focoinfeccioso aparente, llevando Insuficiencia renal aguda, acidosis metabólica y neuropatía periférica.Las sintomatología inespecífica plantea patologías quirúrgicas o médicas, que requieren análisis exhaustivo para la aproximación diagnostica, mediante prueba de fotosensibilidad en orina se sospecha el diagnóstico definitivo, la cual se confirmó con la determinación de porfirinas totales en sangre y en orina, de porfobilinógeno y de ácidodelta - aminolevulínico en orina realizada en Buenos Aires donde recibió tratamiento oportuno.

  11. Portal de Recursos Docentes con Perspectiva de Género para la Docencia Universitaria

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    Berná Martínez, José Vicente; Rodriguez Jaume, María José; Maciá Pérez, Francisco

    2014-01-01

    En este trabajo abordamos el desarrollo de un Portal de Recursos Docentes con Perspectiva de Género para la Docencia Universitaria promovido desde la Unidad de Igualdad de la Universidad de Alicante y financiado por el Instituto de la Mujer, donde se ha creado una biblioteca digital que recoge un gran número de recursos digitales para ayudar y extender la inclusión de la perspectiva de género en la docencia universitaria. En el presente artículo se recoge cuál ha si...

  12. Perspectivas educativas contemporáneas en América Latina

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    Valdez Hernández, Ena Luz

    2011-01-01

    En esta tesis doctoral se plantean perspectivas en la educación contemporánea de América Latina. El propósito de esta tesis es proporcionar alternativas en los procesos de formación para el desarrollo personal y la identidad sociocultural de los latinoamericanos. Tiene como objetivo general: Conocer los parámetros de nuestra educación latinoamericana y cuales son las perspectivas planteadas en el ámbito educativo para las próximas décadas del siglo XXI. En el primer capítulo, se plantea...

  13. Los matrimonios forzosos desde una perspectiva de género, derechos humanos y multiculturalismo

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    Beltrán Granell, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    Actas del I Congreso de jóvenes investigadorxs con perspectiva de género (Getafe, 16 y 17 de junio de 2016) organizado por el Instituto Universitario de Estudios de Género de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Desde una perspectiva internacional el matrimonio infantil, precoz y forzado se considera una nueva forma de esclavitud contemporánea, una práctica nociva que menoscaba y viola los derechos humanos y que tienen un efecto desproporcionalmente negativo en las mujeres y las niñas. ...

  14. Ações afirmativas da perspectiva dos direitos humanos Affirmative action from a human rights perspective

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    2005-01-01

    Objetiva o artigo desenvolver uma análise a respeito das ações afirmativas sob a perspectiva dos direitos humanos. Inicialmente, trata da concepção contemporânea de direitos humanos, introduzida pela Declaração Universal de 1948, com ênfase na universalidade, indivisibilidade e interdependência dos direitos humanos. Em um segundo momento são apreciadas as ações afirmativas da perspectiva dos direitos humanos, com destaque dos valores da igualdade e diversidade. Por fim, são avaliadas as persp...

  15. Perspectivas a largo plazo de la acuicultura en el Perú

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    Salázar, Raúl

    1989-01-01

    Este documento presenta una visión general de la situación y perspectivas de la acuicultura en el Perú, con énfasis en el aspecto económico. Analiza la situación actual de la acuicultura a escala mundial y sus perspectivas a largo plazo, y evalúa el potencial acuícola del país, encontrándose que en el ámbito marino el Perú dispone de ventajas en relación a otros países. Por último, evalúa la experiencia peruana en diversos tipos de acuicultura.

  16. Lealtad de marca: antecedentes y perspectivas de investigación.

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    Julián Ramírez Angulo; Edison Jair Duque Oliva; Carlos Alberto Rodríguez Romero

    2013-01-01

    Este documento revisa la caracterización de la lealtad de marca, como variable multidimensional del marketing y sus perspectivas para la investigación. Para tal fin, en primer lugar se hace una revisión de los antecedentes conceptuales, para posteriormente ilustrar la evolución y la tendencia creciente en la investigación sobre el tema. Esto conduce a presentar tres posibles perspectivas de investigación sobre la lealtad, vinculadas a su examen como innovaciones, a través de la logística y en...

  17. Perspectiva del (desempleo en Sonora, 2000-2015

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    Ernesto Peralta

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es pronosticar el número de personas que ofrecerán sus servicios frente al de los que podrían tener un empleo permanente1 en el estado mexicano de Sonora entre los años 2000 y 2015, contrastando el escenario de continuar las tendencias históricas del empleo con el de una propuesta de mayor crecimiento y reestructuración productiva que priorice actividades que exigen mano de obra en abundancia. Generar empleo formal o permanente implica esfuerzos de investigación e instrumentación en áreas como las de tecnología, educación, capacitación o financiamiento a la inversión, entre otras, lo cual requiere del análisis de especialistas. El objetivo aquí planteado es más modesto, pero dimensionar el número de los que ofrecerán sus servicios de trabajo contra la perspectiva de creación de empleos permanentes implica un reto a la economía sonorense, pues las personas que buscarán trabajo en el horizonte referido ya existen. La hipótesis que aquí se plantea es: si no se promueve el empleo permanente más allá de lo que la extensión de la tendencia histórica conlleva entre los años 2000 y 2015, la generación de este tipo de empleo se rezagará considerablemente respecto a la población que buscará ocuparse, ampliando el desempleo abierto y disfrazado.2 Este artículo tiene cuatro secciones. En la primera se presenta el rezago del empleo permanente respecto a la fuerza de trabajo; en la segunda se describe el marco teórico y el respectivo modelo de referencia; en la tercera, el método de trabajo y sus resultados, incluyendo las actividades propuestas para aumentar el empleo y las tasas de inversión para acelerar el crecimiento económico y la creación de empleos formales; la cuarta contiene conclusiones y recomendaciones. Se presenta un anexo estadístico con proyecciones demográficas y de fuerza de trabajo, así como la matriz de insumo-producto de Sonora.

  18. O Linux e a perspectiva da dádiva

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    Renata Apgaua

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é analisar o surgimento e consolidação do sistema operacional Linux em um contexto marcado pela hegemonia de sistemas operacionais comerciais, sendo o Windows/Microsoft o exemplo paradigmático. O idealizador do Linux optou por abrir o seu código-fonte e oferecê-lo, gratuitamente, na Internet. Desde então, pessoas de diversas partes do mundo têm participado do seu desenvolvimento. Busca-se, assim, através deste estudo, analisar as características desse espaço de sociabilidade, onde as trocas apontam para outra lógica que não a do mercado. A proposta de compreender os laços sociais no universo Linux, a partir da perspectiva da dádiva, acaba remetendo a outra discussão, que também merecerá atenção nesse estudo, qual seja: a atualidade da dádiva. Releituras de Mauss, feitas por Godbout e Caillé, indicam que a dádiva, em seu "sistema de transformações", encontra-se presente nas sociedades contemporâneas, mas não apenas nos interstícios sociais, conforme afirmava o próprio Mauss.This work's goal is to analyze the appearance and consolidation of the Linux operational system in a context marked by the hegemony of commercial operational systems, taking the Windows/Microsoft as the paradigmatic example. The creator of Linux chose to make it open-source and offer it free of charge, in the Internet. Since then, people from the various parts of the world have participated in its development. This study, therefore, seeks to analyse the features of this space of sociability, where the exchange points to another logic different of that one adopted by the market. The proposal of comprehending the social ties of the Linux universe through the perspective of gift ends up sending us into another discussion, which will also deserve attention in this study, that would be: the recentness of gift. Re-interpretations of Mauss, made by Godbout and Caillé, indicate that gif, in its "changing system", is present in

  19. ENFERMEDAD DE HUNTINGTON: MODELOS EXPERIMENTALES Y PERSPECTIVAS TERAPÉUTICAS

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    TERESA SERRANO SÁNCHEZ

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad de Huntington (EH es un trastorno degenerativo de Weiss de origen hereditario. Hasta el momento no existe un tratamiento efectivo para la enfermedad que inexorablemente después de transcurridos 15 a 20 años, evoluciona hacia incapa- cidad total o muerte. En este trabajo se revisan las características clínicas y morfológicas de la EH y los modelos experimentales más utilizados para su estudio tomando como fuente, artículos indexados en la base de datos Medline publicados en los últimos 20 años. Se valoran las ventajas y desventajas de estos modelos y su perspectiva para el desarrollo de ensayos clínicos. El consenso de lo reportado plantea que de los modelos tóxicos, los inducidos por neurotoxinas tales como ácido quinolínico parecen ser los más adecuados para reproducir las características neuropatológicas, y por otro lado los modelos genéticos contribuyen con más evidencias al conocimiento del origen etiológico de la enfermedad. Numerosos tratamientos han sido aplicados en el manejo de las manifestaciones clínicas que aparecen en EH, sin poder detener o disminuir las afectaciones que derivan de la pérdida neuronal. La sintomatología clínica ha sido posible reproducirla, al menos en parte, en animales de experimentación lo que ha per- mitido realizar ensayos terapéuticos. Desde el punto de vista de tratamiento, lo que más promisorio parece ser, la terapia celular con células provenientes de diferentes fuentes y dentro de ellas las no neurales, que implican menor censura ética y mayor factibilidad de obtención para la aplicación en los enfermos. Por otro lado el desarrollo de la tecnología del ARN de interferencia, emerge como una herramienta terapéutica potencial para el tratamiento de EH, así como para responder interrogantes básicas relacionadas con el desarrollo de la enfermedad.

  20. Terapia celular em doenças pulmonares: existem perspectivas?

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    Full Text Available A terapia celular poderia ser conceituada de forma ampla e genérica como o emprego de células para tratamento de doenças. Apesar de um número não tão expressivo de relatos tendo o pulmão como objeto de estudo na terapia celular em pacientes humanos, há dados consistentes da literatura, tanto em humanos, quanto em modelos animais,que evidenciam a migração de células-tronco da medula óssea para o pulmão,em diferentes situações experimentais. Esses resultados forneceram o embasamento experimental para o emprego de células-tronco na regeneração do tecido pulmonar em modelos animais. Em nosso laboratório, vários projetos de pesquisa têm sido conduzidos com a finalidade de avaliar a resposta pulmonar (morfológica e funcional ao tratamento com células-tronco adultas em camundongos com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica (DPOC induzida experimentalmente. Os resultados obtidos, aliados àqueles de outros grupos de pesquisa, permitem aventar a possibilidade de aplicação, a curto prazo, da terapia celular em pacientes com DPOC. Em outra patologia pulmonar, fibrose cística (FC, cuja abordagem terapêutica com células-tronco apresenta aspectos particulares em relação às patologias pulmonares crônico-degenerativas, há avanços promissores e potencialmente interessantes; no entanto, os resultados podem ser considerados incipientes e deve-se assinalar, portanto, que a associação da terapia gênica e celular apresenta-se como uma alternativa possível, mas ainda muito distante quanto à sua consolidação e incorporação como opção terapêutica segura e eficaz em FC. Por outro lado, tendo por embasamento os resultados obtidos em modelos experimentais, é possível postular que a terapia celular com células-tronco hematopoéticas (ou de outras fontes encerra perspectivas consistentes de aplicação em diversas outras patologias pulmonares humanas, especialmente em DPOC.

  1. ENSINO MÉDIO ARTICULADO AO ENSINO PROFISSIONALIZANTE: NOVAS PERSPECTIVAS

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    S. H. S. L. M. Freire

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo pretendemos discutir sobre a nova proposta do Ensino Médio articulado ao Ensino profissionalizante, nas instituições SESI e SENAI na cidade de Mossoró/RN. Essa proposta tem por finalidade proporcionar a formação integral, alicerçada nas dimensões do trabalho, ciência e cultura e ampliar as possibilidades de inserção do cidadão na vida produtiva e social, bem como dar continuidade ao seu itinerário formativo, contribuindo para a formação continuada e permanente do aluno. Dessa maneira, objetivamos com esse estudo analisar as contribuições dessa articulação para ensino - aprendizagem do aluno e as possibilidades de construção de novos conhecimentos. O estudo fundamenta-se em documentos como referenciais normativos, pedagógico, operacionais e financeiros nacionais para a articulação da educação básica do SESI com a educação profissional do SENAI (2006, relatório de mapeamento e diagnóstico do Projeto EBEP, Educação básica do SESI articulada com educação Profissional do SENAI (2001; 2011. A ênfase dada pela LDB (Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação 9.394/96, para a educação profissional deixa claro que deve ser desenvolvida em articulação com o ensino regular ou por diferentes estratégias de educação continuada numa perspectiva do exercício pleno da cidadania. Esta pesquisa é resultado de um trabalho exploratório-bibliográfico que tem como objetivo maior compreender as reflexões e proposições atribuídas a essa articulação médio com o ensino profissionalizante na contemporaneidade.

  2. TANTRISMO Y PSICOANÁLISIS. UNA PERSPECTIVA ANTROPOLÓGICA

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    Carlos Reynoso

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos este ensayo del Dr. Carlos Reynoso que, si bien fue publicado en el año 1981, es para nosotros de extrema importancia en la temática de la revista. Por eso queremos ofrecerlo a nuestros lectores ya que como dice el propio autor esta "escondido en lo más hondo de mi sitio". Comité Editorial Resumen del ensayo El tema está netamente establecido: por un lado, la formulación reichiana del psicoanálisis (de la función del orgasmo al pequeño hombrecito, con los acumuladores de orgón entre ambos; por el otro, una religión de la India que se presenta como transgresora, marginal, heterodoxa, y que adopta como sacramentos lo que para la ortodoxia serían más bien abominaciones. Nada más opuesto en apariencia; nada más análogo en realidad. Como se muestra en la figura, hasta las concepciones sobre cuerpo son casi idénticas, o en todo caso más parecidas entre sí de la que cada una lo es con respecto a las de cualquier corriente psicoanalítica o religión concebible. A la luz de la filosofía de Nelson Goodman (pienso hoy un juego de analogías y contrastes como el que desarrollé en este ensayo se torna merecidamente cuestionable. Y sin embargo, aún desde una perspectiva opuesta como la que hoy promuevo, los hechos que en él documento me siguen resultando insinuantes y su elaboración persuasiva. Mucho más, en todo caso, que la etnología tautegórica, caricatura de fenomenología, el dogma de la época, frente al cual este libro en el que apenas creo se constituyó en respuesta.

  3. La reforma del sistema binominal desde una perspectiva comparada

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    Dieter Nohlen

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El sistema binominal continúa siendo cuestionado, razón por la cual parece conveniente su reforma, pese a que sus efectos han sido empíricamente bastante beneficiosos. El mismo balance se desprende, a nivel teórico, comparando los efectos del sistema electoral vigente en Chile con criterios de evaluación que se expresan homogénea y universalmente en procesos de reforma electoral. Sin embargo, hay debilidades del sistema binominal en la función de representación que conviene subsanar, tratando de conservar su efectividad respecto a otras funciones. Esto incluye también defenderlo frente a críticas que se centran en fenómenos como el clientelismo, cuyas causas están fuera de su alcance. Respecto al diseño mismo, se sugiere entenderse primero sobre los objetivos de la reforma: formar consenso, sólo después tratar los elementos técnicos de su materialización. Se recuerda, además, que desde una perspectiva comparativa el sistema vigente es a menudo la solución más probable entre las alternativas en debateSince its introduction by the military regime, Chile's binominal system has continuously been questioned. This is the reason for thinking about an electoral reform, although some of its effects empirically have benefited the democratic development of the country. The same result is obtained, if _at a theoretical level- the effects of the binominal system are considered comparatively, applying criteria of evaluation which stem from world wide processes of electoral reform. Nevertheless, some weaknesses of the binominal system concerning the function of representation can be observed. A reform, addressing these weaknesses, should at the same time try to maintain the effectiveness of the system with regard to other functions like concentration and participation. This includes defending the system against critics which focus on phenomena like clientelism, surely caused by other factors than the binominal system. Concerning the design

  4. EDUCAÇÃO: MUDANÇAS, DESAFIOS E PERSPECTIVAS

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    Angela Barros Fonseca Berto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo compreender as mudanças, os desafios e as perspectivas para a educação nos tempos atuais. Três desafios nos impulsionaram neste estudo: a alfabetização, a inclusão e a participação das famílias na vida escolar dos alunos. Fatores relativos à vida extra-escolar dos alunos impactam no aprendizado, o contexto familiar do qual a criança se origina, a escolaridade dos pais, a valorização que a família atribui à escolarização, a preocupação com a boa trajetória dos filhos, o acompanhamento dos estudos e a participação efetiva na vida escolar dos estudantes são elementos centrais para um aprendizado eficiente. Neste contexto, a inclusão, em seu sentido mais amplo, se apresenta como um grande desafio. Muitas são as realidades que coexistem na escola e precisam estar harmonicamente inseridas neste contexto de aprendizagem. Foi realizado um estudo bibliográfico referente aos desafios supracitados utilizando-se como principais nomes de referência Capovilla (2003, Ferreiro (1996, Oliveira (2004, Pereira (2005, Nérici (1972, Vygotsky (1984, Booth e Ainscow (2002, Sanchez (2003. Concluímos que é preciso preparar os alfabetizadores para que possam permitir que os aprendizes de leitores adquiram as competências necessárias antes de iniciarem o processo de alfabetização. É preciso também que a família busque se interessar pelo que acontece na escola, agindo politicamente, criando rotinas previsíveis e estruturadas em casa de forma a acompanhar o desempenho escolar das crianças. Além disso, faz-se necessário a criação de um ambiente escolar inclusivo, que reconheça e harmonize as diferenças existentes, sejam elas culturais, físicas, afetivas.

  5. Biomolecule screening for efficient attachment of biofunctionalized microparticles to the zona pellucida of mammalian oocytes and embryos.

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    Novo, Sergio; Ibáñez, Elena; Barrios, Leonardo; Castell, Onofre; Nogués, Carme

    2013-10-01

    Individual tagging of oocytes and embryos through the attachment of micrometer-sized polysilicon barcodes to their zona pellucida (ZP) is a promising approach to ensure their correct identification and traceability in human assisted reproduction and in animal production programs. To provide barcodes with the capacity of binding to the ZP, they must be first biofunctionalized with a biomolecule capable of binding to the ZP of both oocytes and embryos. The aim of this work was to select, among an anti-ZP2 antibody and the two lectins wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) and phytohemagglutinin-L, the most optimal biomolecule for the eventual biofunctionalization of barcodes, using mouse oocytes and embryos and commercially available microspheres as a model. Despite the anti-ZP2 antibody showed the highest number of binding sites onto the ZP surface, as determined by field emission scanning electron microscopy, the binding of anti-ZP2-biofunctionalized microspheres to the ZP of cultured oocytes and embryos was less robust and less stable than the binding of lectin-biofunctionalized ones. WGA proved to be, among the three candidates tested, the most appropriate biomolecule to biofunctionalize microparticles with the aim to attach them to the ZP of both oocytes and embryos and to maintain them attached through oocyte activation (zona reaction) and in vitro culture up to the blastocyst stage. As saccharides recognized by WGA are highly abundant in the ZP of most mammalian species, WGA-biofuncionalized microparticles would be able to attach to the ZP of oocytes/embryos of species other than the mouse, such as humans and farm animals.

  6. TOPICAL REVIEW: Measuring the energy landscape roughness and the transition state location of biomolecules using single molecule mechanical unfolding experiments

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    Hyeon, Changbong; Thirumalai, D.

    2007-03-01

    Single molecule mechanical unfolding experiments are beginning to provide profiles of the complex energy landscape of biomolecules. In order to obtain reliable estimates of the energy landscape characteristics it is necessary to combine the experimental measurements (the force-extension curves, the mechanical unfolding trajectories, force or loading rate dependent unfolding rates) with sound theoretical models and simulations. Here, we show how by using temperature as a variable in mechanical unfolding of biomolecules in laser optical tweezer or AFM experiments the roughness of the energy landscape can be measured without making any assumptions about the underlying reaction coordinate. The efficacy of the formalism is illustrated by reviewing experimental results that have directly measured roughness in a protein-protein complex. The roughness model can also be used to interpret experiments on forced unfolding of proteins in which temperature is varied. Estimates of other aspects of the energy landscape such as free energy barriers or the transition state (TS) locations could depend on the precise model used to analyse the experimental data. We illustrate the inherent difficulties in obtaining the transition state location from loading rate or force dependent unfolding rates. Because the transition state moves as the force or the loading rate is varied it is in general difficult to invert the experimental data unless the curvature at the top of the one dimensional free energy profile is large, i.e. the barrier is sharp. The independence of the TS location of the force holds good only for brittle or hard biomolecules whereas the TS location changes considerably if the molecule is soft or plastic. We also comment on the usefulness of extension of the molecule as a surrogate reaction coordinate especially in the context of force-quench refolding of proteins and RNA.

  7. Biomolecule-Mineral Interactions in the Geochemical Environment on Early Earth and in the Human Body

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    Sahai, N.

    2011-12-01

    We worked on four projects consistent with the broad goals of the grant to investigate (i) the potential impacts of mineral surface chemistry and particle size on the stability and viability of cell membranes, bacteria and human cells and (ii) the influence of biomolecules on mineral nucleation and growth. The projects are of relevance to the origin and early evolution of life, biomineralization, medical mineralogy, and environmental biogeochemistry. The freedom enabled by the five-year grant to explore high-risk scientific areas, and the resulting high impact outcomes, cannot be overstated. We developed an almost entirely new field of Medical Mineralogyy and extended our concepts and knowledge-base to the potential roles of mineral surfaces in the evolution of protocells and the earliest cells. These exciting connections to medical mineralogy, and to the origin and evolution of life on early Earth are fascinating topics to the general public and even to other scientists, especially when the links to mineralogy and geochemistry are highlighted. In brief, we examined the stability of lipid bilayers representing model protocell membranes comprised of phospholipid bilayers with mineral surfaces. We found that the stability of lipid bilayers depends on mineral surface charge and increases as silica glass ~ quartz human either inadvertently as inhaled dusts or are inserted by design such as in components of orthopedic implants. It is important to know how the mineral surface properties affect the body's immune system response. We found that adhesion/detachment force of the Jurkat -line of T-lymphocytes increased as SiO2 glass ~ quartz < rutile (100) ~ mica (001) < polycrystalline corundum, and was related to the unraveling of cell surface glycoproteins, and to mineral surface charge. The studies described above have resulted in 23 peer-reviewed publications to date (published or in review or in prep.); one MSA volume and one Elements issue edited by the P.I.; trained

  8. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles as smart and safe devices for regulating blood biomolecule levels

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    Zhao, Yan [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2011-01-01

    Stimuli-responsive end-capped MSN materials are promising drug carriers that securely deliver a large payload of drug molecules without degradation or premature release. A general review of the recent progress in this field is presented, including a summary of a series of hard and soft caps for drug encapsulation and a variety of internal and external stimuli for controlled release of different therapeutics, a discussion of the biocompatibility of MSN both in vitro and in vivo, and a description of the sophisticated stimuli-responsive systems with novel capping agents and controlled release mechanism. The unique internal and external surfaces of MSN were utilized for the development of a glucose-responsive double delivery system end-capped with insulin. This unique system consists of functionalized MSNs capable of releasing insulin when the concentration of sugar in blood exceeds healthy levels. The insulin-free nanoparticles are then up taken by pancreatic cells, and release inside of them another biomolecule that stimulates the production of more insulin. The in vivo application of this system for the treatment of diabetes requires further understanding on the biological behaviors of these nanoparticles in blood vessels. The research presented in this dissertation demonstrated the size and surface effects on the interaction of MSNs with red blood cell membranes, and discovered how the surface of the nanoparticles can be modified to improve their compatibility with red blood cells and avoid their dangerous side effects. In order to optimize the properties of MSN for applying them as efficient intracellular drug carriers it is necessary to understand the factors that can regulate their internalization into and exocytosis out of the cells. The correlation between the particle morphology and aggregation of MSNs to the effectiveness of cellular uptake is discussed and compared with different cell lines. The differences in the degree of exocytosis of MSNs between

  9. Real-time monitoring and manipulation of single bio-molecules in free solution

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    Li, Hung-Wing

    2005-08-01

    The observation and manipulation of single biomolecules allow their dynamic behaviors to be studied to provide insight into molecular genetics, biochip assembly, biosensor design, DNA biophysics. In a PDMS/glass microchannel, a nonuniform electroosmotic flow (EOF) was created. By using a scanning confocal fluorescence microscope and total internal-reflection fluorescence microscope (TIRFM), we demonstrated that negatively charged DNA molecules were focused by the nonuniform EOF into a thin layer at the glass surface. This phenomenon was applied to selectively detect target DNA molecules without requiring the separation of excessive probes and can be applied continuously to achieve high throughput. A variable-angle-TIRFM was constructed for imaging single DNA molecule dynamics at a solid/liquid interface. Implications we have are that the measured intensities cannot be used directly to determine the distances of molecules from the surface and the experimental counting results depict the distance-dependent dynamics of molecules near the surface; Molecules at low ionic strengths experience electrostatic repulsion at distances much further away from the surface than the calculated thickness of the electrical double layer. {delta}-DNA was employed as a nanoprobe for different functionalized surfaces to elucidate adsorption in chromatography. The 12-base unpaired ends of this DNA provide exposed purine and pyrimidine groups for adsorption. Patterns of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and patterns of metal oxides are generated. By recording the real-time dynamic motion of DNA molecules at the SAMs/aqueous interface, the various parameters governing the retention of an analyte during chromatographic separation can be studied. Even subtle differences among adsorptive forces can be revealed. Dynamic conformational changes of the prosthetic group, flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), in flavoprotein NADH peroxidase, in thioredoxin reductase, and in free solution were monitored

  10. Real-time monitoring and manipulation of single bio-molecules in free solution

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    Li, Hung-Wing [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2005-01-01

    The observation and manipulation of single biomolecules allow their dynamic behaviors to be studied to provide insight into molecular genetics, biochip assembly, biosensor design, DNA biophysics. In a PDMS/glass microchannel, a nonuniform electroosmotic flow (EOF) was created. By using a scanning confocal fluorescence microscope and total internal-reflection fluorescence microscope (TIRFM), we demonstrated that negatively charged DNA molecules were focused by the nonuniform EOF into a thin layer at the glass surface. This phenomenon was applied to selectively detect target DNA molecules without requiring the separation of excessive probes and can be applied continuously to achieve high throughput. A variable-angle-TIRFM was constructed for imaging single DNA molecule dynamics at a solid/liquid interface. Implications we have are that the measured intensities cannot be used directly to determine the distances of molecules from the surface and the experimental counting results depict the distance-dependent dynamics of molecules near the surface; Molecules at low ionic strengths experience electrostatic repulsion at distances much further away from the surface than the calculated thickness of the electrical double layer. {delta}-DNA was employed as a nanoprobe for different functionalized surfaces to elucidate adsorption in chromatography. The 12-base unpaired ends of this DNA provide exposed purine and pyrimidine groups for adsorption. Patterns of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and patterns of metal oxides are generated. By recording the real-time dynamic motion of DNA molecules at the SAMs/aqueous interface, the various parameters governing the retention of an analyte during chromatographic separation can be studied. Even subtle differences among adsorptive forces can be revealed. Dynamic conformational changes of the prosthetic group, flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), in flavoprotein NADH peroxidase, in thioredoxin reductase, and in free solution were monitored

  11. Superficially porous particles with 1000Å pores for large biomolecule high performance liquid chromatography and polymer size exclusion chromatography.

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    Wagner, Brian M; Schuster, Stephanie A; Boyes, Barry E; Shields, Taylor J; Miles, William L; Haynes, Mark J; Moran, Robert E; Kirkland, Joseph J; Schure, Mark R

    2017-03-17

    To facilitate mass transport and column efficiency, solutes must have free access to particle pores to facilitate interactions with the stationary phase. To ensure this feature, particles should be used for HPLC separations which have pores sufficiently large to accommodate the solute without restricted diffusion. This paper describes the design and properties of superficially porous (also called Fused-Core(®), core shell or porous shell) particles with very large (1000Å) pores specifically developed for separating very large biomolecules and polymers. Separations of DNA fragments, monoclonal antibodies, large proteins and large polystyrene standards are used to illustrate the utility of these particles for efficient, high-resolution applications.

  12. Conveniently assembling dithiocarbamate and gold nanoparticles onto the gold electrode: A new type of electrochemical sensors for biomolecule detection

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    Li, Maoguo; Gao, Feng; Yang, Ping; Wang, Lun; Fang, Bin

    Dithiocarbamate and gold nanoparticles have been successfully assembled onto the surface of the gold electrode and a novel ultrastable chemical modified electrode (CME) was fabricated conveniently. The as-prepared CME was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), and its electrochemical behaviors for catalytic oxidation of dopamine (DA) was also observed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and amperometric i- t curve. The results indicated that the novel surface has endowed the electrode with not only ultrastability but also the advantages of organic ligands and gold nanoparticles, which open up a new way to design high efficient and utility electrochemical sensors for biomolecule detection.

  13. Recycling isoelectric focusing with computer controlled data acquisition system. [for high resolution electrophoretic separation and purification of biomolecules

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    Egen, N. B.; Twitty, G. E.; Bier, M.

    1979-01-01

    Isoelectric focusing is a high-resolution technique for separating and purifying large peptides, proteins, and other biomolecules. The apparatus described in the present paper constitutes a new approach to fluid stabilization and increased throughput. Stabilization is achieved by flowing the process fluid uniformly through an array of closely spaced filter elements oriented parallel both to the electrodes and the direction of the flow. This seems to overcome the major difficulties of parabolic flow and electroosmosis at the walls, while limiting the convection to chamber compartments defined by adjacent spacers. Increased throughput is achieved by recirculating the process fluid through external heat exchange reservoirs, where the Joule heat is dissipated.

  14. How nanoparticles encapsulating fluorophores allow a double detection of biomolecules by localized surface plasmon resonance and luminescence

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    Barbillon, G; Faure, A C; Kork, N El; Moretti, P [Universite de Lyon, Universite Lyon 1, CNRS UMR 5620, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents (LPCML), Domaine Scientifique de La Doua, Bat Kastler, 10 rue Andre Marie Ampere 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Roux, S; Tillement, O [Universite de Lyon, Universite Lyon 1, CNRS UMR 5620, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents (LPCML), Domaine Scientifique de La Doua, Bat Kastler, 10 rue Andre Marie Ampere 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Ou, M G; Descamps, A; Perriat, P [Materiaux, Ingenierie et Sciences (MATEIS), CNRS UMR 5510, Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, Domaine Scientifique de La Doua, 7 avenue Jean Capelle 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Vial, A; Bijeon, J-L [Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS FRE 2848, Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique (LNIO), Universite de Technologie de Troyes, 12 rue Marie Curie BP 2060 10010 Troyes Cedex (France); Marquette, C A [Laboratoire de Genie Enzymatique et Biomoleculaire, UMR 5246 CNRS-ICBMS, Universite de Lyon, Universite Lyon 1, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Jacquier, B [Universite de Lyon, Universite Lyon 1, CNRS UMR 5620, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux Luminescents (LPCML), Domaine Scientifique de La Doua, Bat Kastler, 10 rue Andre Marie Ampere 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2008-01-23

    The paper shows how polysiloxane particles encapsulating fluorophores can be successfully used to detect biotin-streptavidin binding by two types of technique. After functionalization of the particles by streptavidin, the fixation of the biomolecule can indeed be detected by a shift of the localized surface plasmon resonance of the biotinylated gold dots used as substrate and by the luminescence of the fluorophores evidenced by scanning near-field optical microscopy. The development of particles allowing such a double detection opens a route for increasing the reliability of biological detection and for multi-labelling strategies crossing both detection principles.

  15. Educação teológica na perspectiva de gênero

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    Marisa de Freitas Ferreira Coutinho

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Educação teológica na perspectiva de gêneroTheological education in the gender perspectiveEducación Teológica en la perspectiva de géneroResumoA autora destaca a contribuição da teologia em uma perspectiva de gênero como porta de entrada para “rever o propósito de Deus para a humanidade. Discutir a teologia de gênero é discutir a teologia deda criação, queda e restauração.”AbstractThe author points out the contribution of theology in a gender perspective as a gateway to “reviewing the purpose of God for mankind. Discussing theology of gender is discussing the theology of its creation, fall and restoration.”ResumenLa autora destaca la contribución de la teología en una perspectiva de genero como puerta de entrada para “rever el propósito de Dios para la humanidad. Discutir la teología del género é discutir la teología de su creación queda y restauración.”

  16. Ser humano y norma : Una perspectiva argentina sobre la Teoría Pura del Derecho

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    Pettoruti, Carlos Enrique

    2015-01-01

    Conferencia en la Universidad de Viena, 26 de marzo de 2015, con traducción del autor, donde expone una de las perspectivas de la Teoría Pura del Derecho en los ámbitos académicos argentinos, en especial en la Universidad de La Plata. Instituto de Cultura Jurídica (ICJ)

  17. LA PERSPECTIVA DEL USUARIO Y DEL SISTEMA EN LA INVESTIGACIÓN SOBRE EL COMPORTAMIENTO INFORMACIONAL

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    Aurora González Teruel

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    Full Text Available Se exponen las principales perspectivas en el estudio del comportamiento informacional: la perspectiva del usuario y la del sistema. En el primer caso, se asume una visión global del proceso de búsqueda de información y se desarrollan modelos teóricos y metodológicos para guiar la investigación en este campo. Se presentan como ejemplo la teoría del Sense-Making de Brenda Dervin y el modelo de Proceso de Búsqueda de Información de Carol Kuhlthau. En el segundo caso, se asume una perspectiva parcial del proceso de búsqueda de información, centrándose fundamentalmente en las transacciones entre usuario y el sistema o entre el usuario y la información. Se describen los estudios del uso de recursos o fuentes de información, los de uso de sistemas o demanda y los estudios del uso de la información. Ambas perspectiva no deben considerarse contrapuestas sino complementarias para ofrecer información suficiente tanto para la planificación como para la evaluación de sistemas de información adecuados a los usuarios de dichos sistemas.

  18. Nuevas necesidades, nuevas actividades y nuevos yacimientos de empleo. Desafíos y perspectivas

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    Comenzando por una breve perspectiva histórica y seguido de una exposición breve de los rasgos más distintivos de la evolución experimentada por los niveles de desempleo de las economías europeas y su comparación con lo ocurrido en la economía estadounidense.

  19. Atualidades e perspectivas das Anonáceas no mundo

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    Abel Rebouças São José

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Várias espécies da família Annonaceae produzem frutos comestíveis cultivados em pomares comerciais ou coletados de forma extrativista, em diversas partes do mundo. O gênero Annona possui elevado número de espécies nativas, no entanto poucas produzem frutos comestíveis. Algumas são cultivadas comercialmente, outras são obtidas de forma extrativista. As principais anonáceas cultivadas no mundo são: Annona muricata, Annona squamosa e Annona cherimola, com destaque também para a atemoia (híbrido entre A. squamosa x A. cherimola. Economicamente, são importantes para muitos países da África, Ásia e também da América Central, do Norte e do Sul. Os principais países produtores são: Austrália, Chile, Espanha, Estados Unidos, Nova Zelândia e Israel para cherimólia; México, Brasil, Venezuela e Costa Rica para graviola; e Índia, Brasil, Tailândia, Filipinas e Cuba para pinha. A produtividade de frutos das anonáceas nos diversos países produtores é relativamente baixa, em função do uso inadequado de técnicas de manejo (irrigação, fertilização, podas, polinização, controle de insetos e enfermidades, etc.. No Brasil, os cultivos comerciais mais relevantes com anonáceas são: pinha (A. squamosa L., graviola (A. muricata L. e atemoia. O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar a situação atual e as perspectivas para as anonáceas no Brasil e no mundo. O cultivo é caracteristicamente de pequenos agricultores, usando especialmente a mão de obra familiar. De um modo geral, esses cultivos apresentam relevância socioeconômica nos países que possuem produção comercial pela geração de emprego e renda, e vêm, recentemente, ganhando importância no mercado mundial, dada sua condição de fruta exótica e pela sua qualidade, dentre as quais o valor nutracêutico (vitaminas, antioxidantes e outras propriedades funcionais. A expansão do consumo e sua maior relevância no mercado mundial dependem de ações relativas

  20. Ergonomia e projeto organizacional: a perspectiva do trabalho

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    Francisco de Paula Antunes Lima

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Em contraposição à sugestão de somar as abordagens da análise ergonômica do trabalho (AET e do projeto organizacional (PO, apoiada na tese da limitação de seus respectivos objetos, defendemos a tese de que estas disciplinas são concorrentes e disputam um mesmo campo da realidade - o da organização do trabalho como um todo. Em relação aos problemas teóricos e práticos postos pela organização do trabalho, a AET assume uma perspectiva própria no interior da produção (o ponto de vista da atividade - PVA, que consiste em priorizar a interatividade dos sujeitos produtores, situados em qualquer posição da estrutura organizacional, na realização cotidiana de suas tarefas e funções. Sabendo que todo trabalho é socialmente organizado, o PVA constitui uma lógica determinada de coordenação das inter-relações entre os sujeitos sociais enquanto trabalhadores, que elaboram suas próprias normas e quadros de ação e de cooperação. Através da lógica da ativida de é possível construir uma autonomia efetiva dos sujeitos sociais, que reelaboram permanentemente as regras formais dc organização do trabalho, criando uma organização real mais adequada às necessidades da produção concomitantemente com a regulação individual e intcrindividual da carga de trabalho.Instead of joining both ergonomic work analysis (EWA (from the French ergonomics view and organisational design (OD approaches, this paper argues that those disciplines are competing for the same object -the organisation of work (in a wider sense. Regarding both practical and theoretical problems emerged from the organisation of work, EWA developed the activity standpoint (AS. The AS looks for allocate priorities to the interrelations among producers performing their daily tasks. Producers, in turn, can be located at any point of the organisational structure. Accepting that work is socially organised, AS constitute a specific logic to help to co

  1. Biomolecule-assisted Solvothermal Synthesis and Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Performance of Bi2S3/BiOCl Composites

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    JIA Zhimin; CHEN Wei; LIU Tianyu; HUANG Ting; LIU Xiaoheng

    2016-01-01

    Novel Bi2S3/BiOCl photocatalysts were successfully synthesized via a facile biomolecule-assisted solvothermal method and biomolecule L-cysteine was used as the sulfur source. The structures, morphology, and optical properties of the synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The presence of Bi2S3 in the Bi2S3/BiOCl composites could not only improve the optical properties but also enhance the photocatalytic activities for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm) as compared with single Bi2S3 and BiOCl. Especially, the sample displayed the best performance of the photodegradation when the feed molar ratio of BiCl3 and L-cysteine was 2.4:1, which was about 10 times greater than that of pure BiOCl. The enhanced photocatalytic activities could be ascribed to the effective separation of photoinduced electrons and holes and the photosensitization of dye. Moreover, the possible photodegradation mechanism was also proposed, and the results revealed that the active holes (h+) and superoxide radicals (•O2−) were the main reactive species during photocatalytic degradation.

  2. Investigation of the Mesoporous Metal-Organic Framework as a New Platform To Study the Transport Phenomena of Biomolecules.

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    Chen, Yao; Hong, Seongmin; Fu, Chung-Wei; Hoang, Tran; Li, Xiao; Valencia, Veronica; Zhang, Zhenjie; Perman, Jason A; Ma, Shengqian

    2017-03-16

    Mesoporous materials, Tb-mesoMOF and MCM-41, were used to study the transport phenomena of biomolecules entering the interior pores from solution. Vitamins B12 and B2 were successfully encapsulated into these mesoporous materials, whereas Tb-mesoMOF (0.33 g of B12/g, 0.01 g of B2/g) adsorbed a higher amount of vitamin per mass than MCM-41 (0.21 g of B12/g, 0.002 g of B2/g). The diffusion mechanism of the biomolecules entering Tb-mesoMOF was evaluated using a mathematical model. The Raman spectroscopy studies showed vitamin B12 has been encapsulated within Tb-mesoMOF's pores, and evaluation of the peak shifts indicated strong interactions linking vitamin B12's pyrroline moiety with Tb-mesoMOF's triazine and benzoate rings. Because of these stronger interactions between the vitamins and Tb-mesoMOF, longer egress times were observed than with MCM-41.

  3. MiRNA-TF-gene network analysis through ranking of biomolecules for multi-informative uterine leiomyoma dataset.

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    Mallik, Saurav; Maulik, Ujjwal

    2015-10-01

    Gene ranking is an important problem in bioinformatics. Here, we propose a new framework for ranking biomolecules (viz., miRNAs, transcription-factors/TFs and genes) in a multi-informative uterine leiomyoma dataset having both gene expression and methylation data using (statistical) eigenvector centrality based approach. At first, genes that are both differentially expressed and methylated, are identified using Limma statistical test. A network, comprising these genes, corresponding TFs from TRANSFAC and ITFP databases, and targeter miRNAs from miRWalk database, is then built. The biomolecules are then ranked based on eigenvector centrality. Our proposed method provides better average accuracy in hub gene and non-hub gene classifications than other methods. Furthermore, pre-ranked Gene set enrichment analysis is applied on the pathway database as well as GO-term databases of Molecular Signatures Database with providing a pre-ranked gene-list based on different centrality values for comparing among the ranking methods. Finally, top novel potential gene-markers for the uterine leiomyoma are provided.

  4. Biomolecule-loaded chitosan nanoparticles induce apoptosis and molecular changes in cancer cell line (SiHa).

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    Sujima Anbu, Anbu; Velmurugan, Palanivel; Lee, Jeong-Ho; Oh, Byung-Taek; Venkatachalam, Perumal

    2016-07-01

    The present study reports on the synthesis of chitosan nanoparticles (CNPs) using methanol extracts of Gymnema sylvestre (GS) leaves and Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CZ) bark. Biomolecule-loaded nanoparticles induced apoptosis in a human cervical cancer (SiHa) cell line, and experiments were carried out to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms. FT-IR and XRD showed possible functional groups of the biomolecules and the crystalline nature of CNPs, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy images revealed that synthesized GSCNPs and CZCNPs had a smooth spherical shape with average sizes of about 58-80 and 60-120nm, respectively. Dynamic light scattering studies indicated that both GSCNPs and CZCNs were structurally stable with homogenous and heterogeneous natures, respectively. Furthermore, synthesized GSCNPs and CZCNPs exhibited dose-dependent cytotoxicity against the SiHa cancer cell line, with inhibitory concentration (IC50) values of 102.17μg/ml, 87.75μg/ml, 132.74μg/ml and 90.35μg/ml for GS leaf extract, GSCNPs, CZBE and CZCNPs, respectively.

  5. Water dynamics as affected by interaction with biomolecules and change of thermodynamic state: a neutron scattering study

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    Orecchini, A.; Paciaroni, A.; Petrillo, C.; Sebastiani, F.; De Francesco, A.; Sacchetti, F.

    2012-02-01

    The dynamics of water as subtly perturbed by both the interaction with biomolecules and the variation of temperature and pressure has been investigated via neutron scattering spectroscopy. A measurement of inelastic neutron scattering devoted to the study of the coherent THz dynamics of water in a water-rich mixture with DNA (hydration level of 1 g DNA/15 g D2O) at room temperature is reported. The DNA hydration water coherent dynamics is characterised by the presence of collective modes, whose dispersion relations are similar to those observed in bulk water. These dispersion relations are well described by the interaction model developed in the case of bulk water, and the existence of a fast sound is experimentally demonstrated. The behaviour of the collective water dynamics was complemented by studying the single-particle dynamics of bulk water along the isotherm T = 298 K in the pressure range 0.1-350 MPa by means of incoherent scattering. This experiment is an attempt to simulate the change of the water molecular arrangement due to the interaction with DNA, by increasing the pressure as the presence of the biomolecule produces an increase in the density. An anomaly is found in the behaviour of the relaxation time derived from the quasi-elastic scattering signal, which can be related to the hypothetical second critical point in water. This anomaly and the transition from slow to fast sound take place in the same Q range, thus suggesting that the two phenomena could be related at some microscopic level.

  6. On the vibrational behavior of single- and double-walled carbon nanotubes under the physical adsorption of biomolecules in the aqueous environment: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Ajori, S; Ansari, R; Darvizeh, M

    2016-03-01

    The adsorption of biomolecules on the walls of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in an aqueous environment is of great importance in the field of nanobiotechnology. In this study, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to understand the mechanical vibrational behavior of single- and double-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and DWCNTs) under the physical adsorption of four important biomolecules (L-alanine, guanine, thymine, and uracil) in vacuum and an aqueous environment. It was observed that the natural frequencies of these CNTs in vacuum reduce under the physical adsorption of biomolecules. In the aqueous environment, the natural frequency of each pure CNT decreased as compared to its natural frequency in vacuum. It was also found that the frequency shift for functionalized CNTs as compared to pure CNTs in the aqueous environment was dependent on the radius and the number of walls of the CNT, and could be positive or negative.

  7. A novel type of matrix for surface-assisted laser desorption-ionization mass spectrometric detection of biomolecules using metal-organic frameworks.

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    Fu, Chien-Ping; Lirio, Stephen; Liu, Wan-Ling; Lin, Chia-Her; Huang, Hsi-Ya

    2015-08-12

    A 3D metal-organic framework (MOF) nanomaterial as matrix for surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) was developed for the analysis of complex biomolecules. Unlike other nanoparticle matrices, this MOF nanomaterial does not need chemical modification prior to use. An exceptional signal reproducibility as well as very low background interferences in analyzing mono-/di-saccharides, peptides and complex starch digests demonstrate its high potential for biomolecule assays, especially for small molecules.

  8. Sensitivity and Resolution Enhanced Solid-State NMR for Paramagnetic Systems and Biomolecules under Very Fast Magic Angle Spinning

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    Parthasarathy, Sudhakar

    2013-09-17

    Recent research in fast magic angle spinning (MAS) methods has drastically improved the resolution and sensitivity of NMR spectroscopy of biomolecules and materials in solids. In this Account, we summarize recent and ongoing developments in this area by presenting (13)C and (1)H solid-state NMR (SSNMR) studies on paramagnetic systems and biomolecules under fast MAS from our laboratories. First, we describe how very fast MAS (VFMAS) at the spinning speed of at least 20 kHz allows us to overcome major difficulties in (1)H and (13)C high-resolution SSNMR of paramagnetic systems. As a result, we can enhance both sensitivity and resolution by up to a few orders of magnitude. Using fast recycling (∼ms/scan) with short (1)H T1 values, we can perform (1)H SSNMR microanalysis of paramagnetic systems on the microgram scale with greatly improved sensitivity over that observed for diamagnetic systems. Second, we discuss how VFMAS at a spinning speed greater than ∼40 kHz can enhance the sensitivity and resolution of (13)C biomolecular SSNMR measurements. Low-power (1)H decoupling schemes under VFMAS offer excellent spectral resolution for (13)C SSNMR by nominal (1)H RF irradiation at ∼10 kHz. By combining the VFMAS approach with enhanced (1)H T1 relaxation by paramagnetic doping, we can achieve extremely fast recycling in modern biomolecular SSNMR experiments. Experiments with (13)C-labeled ubiquitin doped with 10 mM Cu-EDTA demonstrate how effectively this new approach, called paramagnetic assisted condensed data collection (PACC), enhances the sensitivity. Lastly, we examine (13)C SSNMR measurements for biomolecules under faster MAS at a higher field. Our preliminary (13)C SSNMR data of Aβ amyloid fibrils and GB1 microcrystals acquired at (1)H NMR frequencies of 750-800 MHz suggest that the combined use of the PACC approach and ultrahigh fields could allow for routine multidimensional SSNMR analyses of proteins at the 50-200 nmol level. Also, we briefly discuss the

  9. Kinetic performance appraisal of poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) monolithic high-performance liquid chromatography columns for biomolecule analysis.

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    Causon, Tim J; Shellie, Robert A; Hilder, Emily F

    2010-06-11

    A broad appraisal of the kinetic performance of organic polymeric monolithic columns is reported using commercially available poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) monolithic columns (Dionex ProSwift RP-1S). Analysis of a protein digest sample at elevated temperatures (> or =80 degrees C) indicated no apparent analyte degradation using an inert polymeric stationary phase. Comparison between low molecular weight solute and peptide separations highlighted the markedly different mass transport processes observed on macroporous monolithic beds and an improved C term at elevated temperature in both instances. The current usefulness of this column format for biomolecule analysis was further studied via employment of a kinetic performance characterisation for the first time to provide direction for column development servicing this application.

  10. A TiS2 nanosheet enhanced fluorescence polarization biosensor for ultra-sensitive detection of biomolecules

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    Li, Xiang; Ding, Xuelian; Li, Yongfang; Wang, Linsong; Fan, Jing

    2016-05-01

    Development of new strategies for the sensitive and selective detection of ultra-low concentrations of specific cancer markers is of great importance for assessing cancer therapeutics due to its crucial role in early clinical diagnoses and biomedical applications. In this work, we have developed two types of fluorescence polarization (FP) amplification assay strategies for the detection of biomolecules by using TiS2 as a FP enhancer and Zn2+-dependent self-hydrolyzing deoxyribozymes as catalysts to realize enzyme-catalyzed target-recycling signal amplification. One approach is based on the terminal protection of small-molecule-linked DNA, in which biomolecular binding to small molecules in DNA-small-molecule chimeras can protect the conjugated DNA from degradation by exonuclease I (Exo I); the other approach is based on the terminal protection of biomolecular bound aptamer DNA, in which biomolecules directly bound to the single strand aptamer DNA can protect the ssDNA from degradation by Exo I. We select folate receptor (FR) and thrombin (Tb) as model analytes to verify the current concept. It is shown that under optimized conditions, our strategies exhibit high sensitivity and selectivity for the quantification of FR and Tb with low detection limits (0.003 ng mL-1 and 0.01 pM, respectively). Additionally, this strategy is a simple ``mix and detect'' approach, and does not require any separation steps. This biosensor is also utilized in the analysis of real biological samples, the results agree well with those obtained by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).Development of new strategies for the sensitive and selective detection of ultra-low concentrations of specific cancer markers is of great importance for assessing cancer therapeutics due to its crucial role in early clinical diagnoses and biomedical applications. In this work, we have developed two types of fluorescence polarization (FP) amplification assay strategies for the detection of biomolecules

  11. Energy transfer mechanisms in photobiological reactions. Final report, 1 April 1960--31 March 1979. [Photodynamic processes in selected biomolecules

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    Spikes, J.D.

    1979-03-31

    This project was concerned primarily with studies of the mechanisms of the sensitized photooxidation of selected biomolecules using a variety of phtosensitizers. Such reactions are often termed photodynamic processes. In particular we have carried out steady-state kinetic studies, flash photolysis and spectral studies, and product formation studies of the sensitized photooxidation of the five susceptible amino acids (cycteine, histidine, methonine, tryptophan, and tyrosine) and their derivatives, as well as purines and pyrimidines. A number of studies were also carried out on the mechanisms of the photodynamic inactivation of enzymes (trypsin, ribonuclease, lysozyme). Mechanism of photosensitization were studied using a variety of sensitizers including flavins, porphyrins, and a number of synthetic dyes (substituted fluoresceins, acridines, thyazines).

  12. Tracking alignment from the moment of inertia tensor (TRAMITE) of biomolecules in neutral dilute liquid crystal solutions.

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    Azurmendi, Hugo F; Bush, C Allen

    2002-03-20

    NMR residual dipolar couplings between couple of nuclei PQ, (1)D(PQ), measured on neutral dilute liquid crystal solutions, provide valuable long-range structural information of biomolecules. An accurate and simple method for the prediction of the alignment produced as consequence of sterical interactions between the solute and the bicelles is proposed called TRacking Alignment from Moment of Inertia TEnsor--TRAMITE. The method use the information encoded in the moment of inertia of the molecules to calculate the orientation tensor and predict the (1)D(PQ) values. Examples on proteins and oligosaccharides are presented which cover a wide range of sizes and shapes, along with a scheme for the application of the method to the analysis of flexible molecules.

  13. Effect of solution concentration on the structured order and optical properties of short-chain polyene biomolecules

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    2010-01-01

    We have measured the Raman spectra and UV-Vis absorption spectra of linear polyene biomolecules(β-carotene and lycopene) in CS2 at low concentrations(10-6-10-10 mol/L).With decreasing concentration,all the carbon-carbon vibrations form a coherent mode in ordered β-carotene and lycopene due to extended π-conjugation that gives strong electron-phonon coupling,which leads to an anomalous experimental phenomenon.We observed an extremely high Raman scattering cross section(RSCS) and the Raman activities in β-carotene and lycopene are characterized by intensive overtones and combinations.Further,the UV-Vis absorption bands become narrower.

  14. In-situ ultra-sensitive infrared absorption spectroscopy of biomolecule interactions in real time with plasmonic nanoantennas.

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    Adato, Ronen; Altug, Hatice

    2013-01-01

    Infrared absorption spectroscopy is a powerful biochemical analysis tool as it extracts detailed molecular structural information in a label-free fashion. Its molecular specificity renders the technique sensitive to the subtle conformational changes exhibited by proteins in response to a variety of stimuli. Yet, sensitivity limitations and the extremely strong absorption bands of liquid water severely limit infrared spectroscopy in performing kinetic measurements in biomolecules' native, aqueous environments. Here we demonstrate a plasmonic chip-based technology that overcomes these challenges, enabling the in-situ monitoring of protein and nanoparticle interactions at high sensitivity in real time, even allowing the observation of minute volumes of water displacement during binding events. Our approach leverages the plasmonic enhancement of absorption bands in conjunction with a non-classical form of internal reflection. These features not only expand the reach of infrared spectroscopy to a new class of biological interactions but also additionally enable a unique chip-based technology.

  15. Computational methods to study the structure and dynamics of biomolecules and biomolecular processes from bioinformatics to molecular quantum mechanics

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    2014-01-01

    Since the second half of the 20th century machine computations have played a critical role in science and engineering. Computer-based techniques have become especially important in molecular biology, since they often represent the only viable way to gain insights into the behavior of a biological system as a whole. The complexity of biological systems, which usually needs to be analyzed on different time- and size-scales and with different levels of accuracy, requires the application of different approaches, ranging from comparative analysis of sequences and structural databases, to the analysis of networks of interdependence between cell components and processes, through coarse-grained modeling to atomically detailed simulations, and finally to molecular quantum mechanics. This book provides a comprehensive overview of modern computer-based techniques for computing the structure, properties and dynamics of biomolecules and biomolecular processes. The twenty-two chapters, written by scientists from all over t...

  16. Large dynamic range digital nanodot gradients of biomolecules made by low-cost nanocontact printing for cell haptotaxis.

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    Ricoult, Sébastien G; Pla-Roca, Mateu; Safavieh, Roozbeh; Lopez-Ayon, G Monserratt; Grütter, Peter; Kennedy, Timothy E; Juncker, David

    2013-10-11

    A novel method is introduced for ultrahigh throughput and ultralow cost patterning of biomolecules with nanometer resolution and novel 2D digital nanodot gradients (DNGs) with mathematically defined slopes are created. The technique is based on lift-off nanocontact printing while using high-resolution photopolymer stamps that are rapidly produced at a low cost through double replication from Si originals. Printed patterns with 100 nm features are shown. DNGs with varying spacing between the dots and a record dynamic range of 4400 are produced; 64 unique DNGs, each with hundreds of thousands of dots, are inked and printed in 5.5 min. The adhesive response and haptotaxis of C2C12 myoblast cells on DNGs demonstrated their biofunctionality. The great flexibility in pattern design, the massive parallel ability, the ultra low cost, and the extreme ease of polymer lift-off nanocontact printing will facilitate its use for various biological and medical applications.

  17. Facile synthesis of Ag dendrites on Al foil via galvanic replacement reaction with [Ag(NH{sub 3}){sub 2}]Cl for ultrasensitive SERS detecting of biomolecules

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    Fu, Jiajia; Ye, Weichun [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 73000 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Chemistry and Resources Utilization of Gansu Province, Lanzhou 73000 (China); Wang, Chunming, E-mail: wangcm@lzu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 73000 (China); Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Chemistry and Resources Utilization of Gansu Province, Lanzhou 73000 (China)

    2013-08-15

    Symmetric silver dendrites have been synthesized on commercial aluminum foil via galvanic replacement reaction with [Ag(NH{sub 3}){sub 2}]Cl. This process is facile and environmentally friendly, without the use of any templates, surfactants or oxidants, and also avoiding the introduction of fluoride anions as a strong toxicity resulting in hypocalcemia. The products were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). SEM characterizations and electrochemical measurements including an electrochemical direct current polarization method and OCP-t technique demonstrate that chloride has proven to be the key factor to the formation of well-defined dendritic shape. The as-prepared Ag dendrites are developed as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active platform for detection of folic acid, DNA and RNA with well resolved bands and high Raman intensities. The detection concentration for the three biomolecules reaches the level of 10{sup −12} M, and thus the symmetric silver dendrites can potentially be employed as effective SERS sensors for label-free and ultrasensitive biomolecule detection. - Highlights: • Simple galvanic replacement is used to synthesize Ag dendrites on commercial Al foils. • This method avoids the introduction of fluoride anions. • The as-prepared dendrites exhibit high SERS activities for biomolecules. • The detection concentration for the biomolecules reaches the level of 10{sup −12} M.

  18. Unraveling low-resolution structural data of large biomolecules by constructing atomic models with experiment-targeted parallel cascade selection simulations

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    Peng, Junhui; Zhang, Zhiyong

    2016-07-01

    Various low-resolution experimental techniques have gained more and more popularity in obtaining structural information of large biomolecules. In order to interpret the low-resolution structural data properly, one may need to construct an atomic model of the biomolecule by fitting the data using computer simulations. Here we develop, to our knowledge, a new computational tool for such integrative modeling by taking the advantage of an efficient sampling technique called parallel cascade selection (PaCS) simulation. For given low-resolution structural data, this PaCS-Fit method converts it into a scoring function. After an initial simulation starting from a known structure of the biomolecule, the scoring function is used to pick conformations for next cycle of multiple independent simulations. By this iterative screening-after-sampling strategy, the biomolecule may be driven towards a conformation that fits well with the low-resolution data. Our method has been validated using three proteins with small-angle X-ray scattering data and two proteins with electron microscopy data. In all benchmark tests, high-quality atomic models, with generally 1-3 Å from the target structures, are obtained. Since our tool does not need to add any biasing potential in the simulations to deform the structure, any type of low-resolution data can be implemented conveniently.

  19. Nicking endonuclease-assisted signal amplification of a split molecular aptamer beacon for biomolecule detection using graphene oxide as a sensing platform.

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    Li, Xiang; Ding, Xuelian; Fan, Jing

    2015-12-07

    Sensitive and selective detection of ultralow concentrations of specific biomolecules is important in early clinical diagnoses and biomedical applications. Many types of aptasensors have been developed for the detection of various biomolecules, but usually suffer from false positive signals and high background signals. In this work, we have developed an amplified fluorescence aptasensor platform for ultrasensitive biomolecule detection based on enzyme-assisted target-recycling signal amplification and graphene oxide. By using a split molecular aptamer beacon and a nicking enzyme, the typical problem of false positive signals can be effectively resolved. Only in the presence of a target biomolecule, the sensor system is able to generate a positive signal, which significantly improves the selectivity of the aptasensor. Moreover, using graphene oxide as a super-quencher can effectively reduce the high background signal of a sensing platform. We select vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as model analytes in the current proof-of-concept experiments. It is shown that under optimized conditions, our strategy exhibits high sensitivity and selectivity for the quantification of VEGF and ATP with a low detection limit (1 pM and 4 nM, respectively). In addition, this biosensor has been successfully utilized in the analysis of real biological samples.

  20. Design of a molecular imprinting biosensor with multi-scale roughness for detection across a broad spectrum of biomolecules.

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    Yu, Yingjie; Zhang, Qi; Chang, Chung-Chueh; Liu, Ying; Yang, Zhenhua; Guo, Yichen; Wang, Yantian; Galanakis, Dennis K; Levon, Kalle; Rafailovich, Miriam

    2016-10-01

    The molecular imprinting technique has tremendous applications in artificial enzymes, bioseparation, and sensor devices. In this study, a novel molecular imprinting (MI) biosensor platform was developed for the detection of a broad range of biomolecules with different sizes. Previously this method has been applied to 2D molecular imprinting, where the height of the self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of around 2 nm limited the maximum dimensions of the molecule that can be imprinted to create template-shaped cavities. In order to match the size of the imprinted molecules with the height of the SAM, we propose a model for 3D molecular imprinting where the analyte is sequestered within a niche created by the surface roughness. The SAM is assembled on the walls of the niche, forming a 3D pattern of the analyte uniquely molded to its contour. Surfaces with multi-scale roughness were prepared by evaporation of gold onto electropolished (smooth) and unpolished (rough) Si wafers, where the native roughness was found to have a normal distribution centered around 5 and 90 nm respectively. Our studies using molecules with size ranging on a nanometer scale, from proteins of a few nanometers to bacteria of hundreds of nanometers, showed that when the size of the analyte matched the roughness range of the gold surface, the molecular imprinting process was optimized for the best biosensing performance. After optimization, the MI biosensor platform enabled the identification and quantification of a broad range of biomolecules with great discrimination abilities. Hemoglobin under different pH values and several mutated fibrinogen molecules can also be well differentiated through the test.

  1. One-step synthesis of visible active Csbnd Nsbnd S-tridoped TiO2 photocatalyst from biomolecule cystine

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    Cheng, Xiuwen; Yu, Xiujuan; Xing, Zipeng

    2012-07-01

    Csbnd Nsbnd S-tridoped TiO2 nano-particles were synthesized through simple one-step sol-gel reactions in the presence of biomolecule cystine. This biomolecule could not only serve as the source for C, N and S tridoping, but also could control the light absorption in visible region and separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers. The resulting materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen adsorption-desorption, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS) and surface photovoltage spectrum (SPS). It was found that S6+ was incorporated into the lattice of TiO2 through substituting titanium atoms; N might coexist in the forms of substituted N (Nsbnd Osbnd Ti) and interstitial N (Osbnd Tisbnd N) in TiO2; and C could form a mixed layer of carbonate on the surface of TiO2. Further, the addition of cystine greatly improved the light absorption in visible region and the separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers. The photocatalytic activities of the as-synthesized samples were evaluated for the degradation of phenol under simulated sunlight irradiation. Results showed that Csbnd Nsbnd S-tridoped TiO2 exhibited higher sunlight photocatalytic degradation efficiency than that of undoped and P25 TiO2 samples. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the small crystallite size, intense light absorption in visible region, large amount of surface hydroxyl groups and high separation efficiency of photogenerated charger carriers.

  2. Thermally robust and biomolecule-friendly room-temperature bonding for the fabrication of elastomer-plastic hybrid microdevices.

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    Nguyen, T P O; Tran, B M; Lee, N Y

    2016-08-16

    Here, we introduce a simple and fast method for bonding a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) silicone elastomer to different plastics. In this technique, surface modification and subsequent bonding processes are performed at room temperature. Furthermore, only one chemical is needed, and no surface oxidation step is necessary prior to bonding. This bonding method is particularly suitable for encapsulating biomolecules that are sensitive to external stimuli, such as heat or plasma treatment, and for embedding fracturable materials prior to the bonding step. Microchannel-fabricated PDMS was first oxidized by plasma treatment and reacted with aminosilane by forming strong siloxane bonds (Si-O-Si) at room temperature. Without the surface oxidation of the amine-terminated PDMS and plastic, the two heterogeneous substrates were brought into intimate physical contact and left at room temperature. Subsequently, aminolysis occurred, leading to the generation of a permanent seal via the formation of robust urethane bonds after only 5 min of assembling. Using this method, large-area (10 × 10 cm) bonding was successfully realized. The surface was characterized by contact angle measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses, and the bonding strength was analyzed by performing peel, delamination, leak, and burst tests. The bond strength of the PDMS-polycarbonate (PC) assembly was approximately 409 ± 6.6 kPa, and the assembly withstood the injection of a tremendous amount of liquid with the per-minute injection volume exceeding 2000 times its total internal volume. The thermal stability of the bonded microdevice was confirmed by performing a chamber-type multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of two major foodborne pathogens - Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella typhimurium - and assessing the possibility for on-site direct detection of PCR amplicons. This bonding method demonstrated high potential for the stable construction of closed microfluidic systems

  3. DIÁLOGO DE LAS PERSPECTIVAS DE PERFIL CONCEPTUAL Y CONGLOMERADOS DE RELEVANCIA

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    Rosa I. Pedreros-M.

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo forma parte del desarrollo de la investigación doctoral titulada “Perfil conceptual del calor en comunidades culturalmente diferenciadas” y tiene como intención socializar las perspectivas de perfil conceptual y conglomerados de relevancia como referentes teóricos y metodológicos que permitan proponer nuevas opciones para pensar la enseñanza-aprendizaje de las ciencias o la educación en ciencias, que observen los modos de pensar y hablar de los estudiantes y las relaciones entre la cultura local y el conocimiento escolar. Se exponen el origen, los referentes, las consideraciones sobre la enseñanza-aprendizaje de las ciencias y las razones para investigar desde estas perspectivas.

  4. MOBILIZAÇÃO SOCIAL E COMUNICAÇÃO: POR UMA PERSPECTIVA RELACIONAL

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    Rennan Lanna Martins Mafra

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, busca-se compreender os processos de mobilização social – movimentos essenciais de organização dos sujeitos em torno de causas sociais – como fenômenos comunicacionais. Para isso, orienta-se por uma perspectiva relacional da comunicação, aqui caracterizada por contribuições de Edgar Morin, Stuart Hall e Louis Queré. Nesse sentido, as discussões aqui empreendidas visam tecer um entendimento sobre tal perspectiva relacional (de modo a caracterizar o viés comunicacional escolhido para, em seguida, buscar instrumentais conceituais que possam alargar a compreensão da mobilização social como um processo comunicativo.

  5. Psicología positiva: una nueva perspectiva en psicología

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    Francoise Contreras

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    Full Text Available La psicología positiva fue definida por Seligman (1999 como el estudio científico de las experiencias positivas, los rasgos individuales positivos, las instituciones que facilitan su desarrollo y los programas que ayudan a mejorar la calidad de vida de los individuos, mientras previene o reduce la incidencia de la psicopatología. Fue definida también como el estudio científico de las fortalezas y virtudes humanas, las cuales permiten adoptar una perspectiva más abierta respecto al potencial humano, sus motivaciones y capacidades. El propósito de este artículo es presentar una revisión teórica acerca de este movimiento reciente reciente en la psicología desde un enfoque cognitivo comportamental, sus antecedentes, definición, principales presupuestos, campos aplicados en los que ha tenido mayores adelantos y algunas perspectivas de desarrollo.

  6. Lealtad de marca: antecedentes y perspectivas de investigación.

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    Julián Ramírez Angulo

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    Full Text Available Este documento revisa la caracterización de la lealtad de marca, como variable multidimensional del marketing y sus perspectivas para la investigación. Para tal fin, en primer lugar se hace una revisión de los antecedentes conceptuales para, posteriormente, ilustrar la evolución y la tendencia creciente en la investigación sobre el tema. Esto conduce a presentar tres posibles perspectivas de investigación sobre la lealtad, vinculadas a su examen como innovaciones a través de la logística y en el plano del comercio electrónico. El objeto de esta revisión es aproximarse en la elaboración de un estado del arte que soporte el desarrollo de un proyecto de tesis doctoral.

  7. Matrix-assisted colloidosome reverse-phase layer-by-layer encapsulating biomolecules in hydrogel microcapsules with extremely high efficiency and retention stability.

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    Mak, Wing Cheung; Bai, Jianhao; Chang, Xiang Yun; Trau, Dieter

    2009-01-20

    The layer-by-layer (LbL) polyelectrolyte self-assembly encapsulation method has attracted much interest because of its versatility to use various polymers for capsule formation, ability to encapsulate different templates, and capability to control capsule permeability. Traditionally, the LbL method was performed in water as solvent and limited to poorly or non-water-soluble templates. Using the matrix-assisted LbL method, complex mixtures of water-soluble proteins or DNA could be encapsulated within agarose microbeads templates but leakage of biomolecules into the water phase during the LbL process results in low encapsulation efficiency. Recently, the reverse-phase LbL (RP-LbL) method was introduced to perform LbL and encapsulation of water-soluble templates in organic solvents, thus preventing the templates from dissolving and allowing high encapsulation efficiency. However, encapsulation of complex mixtures of biomolecules or other substances with quantitative encapsulation efficiency remained impossible. Here we present a new approach for encapsulation of biomolecules or complex mixtures thereof with almost 100% encapsulation efficiency. The ability of our method to achieve high encapsulation efficiency arises from the combination of two strategies. (1) Using microparticles as surface stabilizer to create stable biomolecule-loaded hydrogel microbeads, termed matrix-assisted colloidosome (MAC), that are able to disperse in oil and organic solvents. (2) Using the RP-LbL method to fabricate polymeric capsule "membranes", thereby preventing diffusion of the highly water-soluble biomolecules. Using an oil phase during emulsification and an organic solvent phase during encapsulation could completely prevent leakage of water-soluble biomolecules and almost 100% encapsulation efficiency is achieved. Microcapsules fabricated with our method retained nearly 100% of encapsulated proteins during a 7 day incubation period in water. The method was demonstrated on model

  8. Perspectivas de la educación superior en el Caribe Anglófono

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    Colin Brock

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available En este capítulo, el autor analiza en sus raíces históricas y desarrollo cultural las perspectivas de la Educación Superior en el Caribe anglófono.In this chapter the author analyzes the historical roots and the cultural developments in order to unveil the perspectives of higher education in the Caribbean English speaking countries.

  9. A perspectiva cognitiva sobre a decisão estratégica

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    Cabecinhas, Rosa

    1994-01-01

    Neste artigo efectua-se um breve levantamento da pesquisa no âmbito da perspectiva cognitiva sobre a decisão estratégica e apresenta-se um modelo que ilustra as potencialidades de uma articulação entre a psicologia social e a psicossociologia das organizações através dos processos cognitivos: o modelo de Schwenk (1988).

  10. Perspectivas de la personalidad en negociaciones y resolución de conflictos

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    Marhilde Sánchez de Gallardo

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo destaca los aportes de las teorías psicológicas psicoanalítica, del aprendizaje y fenomenológica del estudio de la personalidad, en el desarrollo de conocimientos y habilidades útiles en la actividad profesional, referentes a la autoevaluación del comportamiento en las negociaciones efectuadas. Se concibe la personalidad como un todo organizado, en funcionamiento conjunto, donde se interrelacionan pensamientos, sentimientos y conductas que generan coherencia a la vida del ser humano. En la perspectiva psicoanalítica, la teoría de Sigmund Freud, la estructura de la personalidad ello, yo y super yo, regidos por los principios del placer, la realidad y la moral respectivamente, se encuentran en interacción dinámica, en su propósito por conducir las actividades del hombre. La perspectiva del aprendizaje se orienta a los factores ambientales que dirigen la conducta. En el condicionamiento operante, se estudian las consecuencias, después de ocurrida una conducta, que aumentan y disminuyen la probabilidad de repetición de dicha conducta. Las teorías del aprendizaje social o cognitivo, conceden elevada importancia a los procesos mentales y a los aspectos sociales del aprendizaje. La perspectiva fenomenológica enfatiza al individuo como un ser activo, creativo, que responde en forma subjetiva a las percepciones, relaciones y encuentros actuales, con tendencias hacia la autorrealización. Cada una de las perspectivas genera una amplia comprensión de la incidencia del capital humanoen las negociaciones.

  11. Reconhecimento no trabalho: perspectivas e questões contemporâneas

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    Pedro F. Bendassolli

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Nas duas últimas décadas o tema do reconhecimento tornou-se uma importante chave de leitura das ciências políticas para a compreensão de diversos fenômenos sociais contemporâneos. No campo da psicologia das organizações e do trabalho, particularmente a relevância do tema também se faz notar pelo crescente número de estudos dedicados a compreender suas relações com tópicos como identidade, sofrimento, saúde, motivação e percepção de justiça e reciprocidade nas relações intersubjetivas nas organizações. O objetivo deste artigo é promover uma apreciação em conjunto de perspectivas sobre reconhecimento no trabalho. Especificamente, são discutidas as perspectivas da teoria social, que ajudaram a estabelecer o status epistemológico do reconhecimento na cena filosófica e social da atualidade, da psicologia organizacional e duas perspectivas oriundas do campo das clínicas do trabalho, a saber, a psicodinâmica e a clínica da atividade. O artigo conclui com uma reflexão de conceitos desenvolvidos nestas perspectivas, propondo questões críticas para a investigação da relação reconhecimento-trabalho no campo brasileiro da Psicologia das organizações e do trabalho na atualidade.

  12. Perspectivas contemporâneas em análise organizacional New perspectives in organizational analysis

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    Mário Sacomano Neto

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    Full Text Available A evolução dos estudos em teoria das organizações revela uma trajetória de diversas correntes e contrastes. Ao invés de a teoria organizacional compor um conjunto unificado de conceitos e interpretações, mostra-se fortemente diversificada e conflituosa entre os vários agentes e suas respectivas formas de "enxergar" a organização. O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar algumas perspectivas teóricas contemporâneas em análise organizacional: dependência de recursos, ecologia das populações, contingência estrutural, nova economia institucional e novo institucionalismo. Essas perspectivas representam sinais importantes para o avanço e sistematização das análises organizacionais contemporâneas, uma vez que há uma crescente tentativa em construir pontes entre as perspectivas econômicas e sociológicas, estruturais e racionais, e entre teorias institucionais e ecológicas. Busca-se, com esse referencial teórico, apresentar conceitos, níveis de análise, principais variáveis, críticas e principais autores através de um quadro de referência das respectivas perspectivas apontadas para que novas abordagens sejam reconhecidas e analisadas.The evolution of organizational studies comprises different and contrasting approaches. The organizational theory has not yet formed a unified field of concepts and interpretations about what is at risk in organizations. The objective of this paper is to present some of the new approaches to organizational analysis: resource dependence, populational ecology, structural contingency, new institutional economy and new institutionalism. These approaches serve as important theorical references for the evolution and systematization in contemporary organizational studies, providing a deeper understanding on how to analyze organizations.

  13. Origens das organizações modernas: uma perspectiva histórica (burocracia fabril)

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    Silva,Felipe Luiz Gomes e

    1982-01-01

    O objeto de trabalho desta monografia é a organização fabril; procuramos entende-la melhor buscando as suas origens dentro de uma perspectiva histórica. Embora esta monografia coloque em relevo a Organização Fabril, não significa que a mesma, tenha recebido um tratamento que a isole do contexto social, econômico e político.

  14. Etnografía del habla: una perspectiva del análisis del lenguaje

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    Pardo Abril Neyla Graciela

    1998-01-01

    Este documento sintetiza y reflexiona los conceptos fundamentales de la propuesta teórico metodológica de Joel Sherzer en la que convergen dos perspectivas disciplinarias: la lingüística y la antropología, ancladas en una metodología descriptiva e interpretativa de la naturaleza social del discurso, a través de la cual se desentraña la esencialidad cultural de una comunidad.

  15. PRÁTICAS DE CUIDADO NA PERSPECTIVA INTERDISCIPLINAR: UM CAMINHO PROMISSOR

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    Eliane Matos

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    Full Text Available Estudio exploratorio descriptivo, de naturaleza cualitativa, basado en el materialismo histórico dialéctico, y desde la perspectiva de la complejidad. El estudio fue desarrollado con profesionales y usuarios de dos equipos interdisciplinarios de salud, en dos hospitales del sur del Brasil. Su objetivo fue conocer, en la organización del trabajo de los equipos, las experiencias que consideran los cuidados de salud desde la perspectiva de la integralidad y del actuar interdisciplinario. Se utilizó la triangulación en la recolección y análisis de los datos, los cuales fueron obtenidos a través de entrevistas, del estudio documental y de la observación sistemática realizada de agosto de 2005 a mayo de 2006. El análisis de contenido orientó la organización de los datos. Los resultados muestran que las prácticas de planificación colectiva, las reuniones sistemáticas con el equipo, con los familiares y los usuarios, contribuyen para obtener mejores resultados en el sentido de la integralidad del cuidado en salud, así como para la educación permanente de los equipos y para la satisfacción en el trabajo. Se concluye que la perspectiva interdisciplinaria en salud es un camino promisorio para mejorar la calidad del cuidar en salud.

  16. Biomolecule-assisted exfoliation and dispersion of graphene and other two-dimensional materials: a review of recent progress and applications.

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    Paredes, J I; Villar-Rodil, S

    2016-08-25

    Direct liquid-phase exfoliation of layered materials by means of ultrasound, shear forces or electrochemical intercalation holds enormous promise as a convenient, cost-effective approach to the mass production of two-dimensional (2D) materials, particularly in the form of colloidal suspensions of high quality and micrometer- and submicrometer-sized flakes. Of special relevance due to environmental and practical reasons is the production of 2D materials in aqueous medium, which generally requires the use of certain additives (surfactants and other types of dispersants) to assist in the exfoliation and colloidal stabilization processes. In this context, biomolecules have received, in recent years, increasing attention as dispersants for 2D materials, as they provide a number of advantages over more conventional, synthetic surfactants. Here, we review research progress in the use of biomolecules as exfoliating and dispersing agents for the production of 2D materials. Although most efforts in this area have focused on graphene, significant advances have also been reported with transition metal dichalcogenides (MoS2, WS2, etc.) or hexagonal boron nitride. Particular emphasis is placed on the specific merits of different types of biomolecules, including proteins and peptides, nucleotides and nucleic acids (RNA, DNA), polysaccharides, plant extracts and bile salts, on their role as efficient colloidal dispersants of 2D materials, as well as on the potential applications that have been explored for such biomolecule-exfoliated materials. These applications are wide-ranging and encompass the fields of biomedicine (photothermal and photodynamic therapy, bioimaging, biosensing, etc.), energy storage (Li- and Na-ion batteries), catalysis (e.g., catalyst supports for the oxygen reduction reaction or electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction), or composite materials. As an incipient area of research, a number of knowledge gaps, unresolved issues and novel future

  17. El cumplimiento específico de los contratos de servicio en el derecho español: perspectivas sustantiva y procesal

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    Gonzalo Severin Fuster

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo pretende analizar, en el derecho español vigente, en qué medida es posible afirmar que, tratándose de contratos de servicios, el cliente tiene derecho a obtener el cumplimiento específico en caso de incumplimiento contractual. Debido a la existencia de un derecho al cumplimiento específico o in natura, y por su carácter “preferente”, este remedio puede – y debe– analizarse desde dos perspectivas que, si bien son complementarias, son diferentes. Una es la perspectiva sustantiva y la otra es la perspectiva procesal. Este trabajo aborda y desarrolla ambas perspectivas.

  18. Single-molecule imaging of dynamic motions of biomolecules in DNA origami nanostructures using high-speed atomic force microscopy.

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    Endo, Masayuki; Sugiyama, Hiroshi

    2014-06-17

    CONSPECTUS: Direct imaging of molecular motions is one of the most fundamental issues for elucidating the physical properties of individual molecules and their reaction mechanisms. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) enables direct molecular imaging, especially for biomolecules in the physiological environment. Because AFM can visualize the molecules at nanometer-scale spatial resolution, a versatile observation scaffold is needed for the precise imaging of molecule interactions in the reactions. The emergence of DNA origami technology allows the precise placement of desired molecules in the designed nanostructures and enables molecules to be detected at the single-molecule level. In our study, the DNA origami system was applied to visualize the detailed motions of target molecules in reactions using high-speed AFM (HS-AFM), which enables the analysis of dynamic motions of biomolecules in a subsecond time resolution. In this system, biochemical properties such as the placement of various double-stranded DNAs (dsDNAs) containing unrestricted DNA sequences, modified nucleosides, and chemical functions can be incorporated. From a physical point of view, the tension and rotation of dsDNAs can be controlled by placement into the DNA nanostructures. From a topological point of view, the orientations of dsDNAs and various shapes of dsDNAs including Holliday junctions can be incorporated for studies on reaction mechanisms. In this Account, we describe the combination of the DNA origami system and HS-AFM for imaging various biochemical reactions including enzymatic reactions and DNA structural changes. To observe the behaviors and reactions of DNA methyltransferase and DNA repair enzymes, the substrate dsDNAs were incorporated into the cavity of the DNA frame, and the enzymes that bound to the target dsDNA were observed using HS-AFM. DNA recombination was also observed using the recombination substrates and Holliday junction intermediates placed in the DNA frame, and the

  19. A molecular dynamics study on the transport of a charged biomolecule in a polymeric adsorbent medium and its adsorption onto a charged ligand.

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    Riccardi, E; Wang, J-C; Liapis, A I

    2010-08-28

    The transport of a charged adsorbate biomolecule in a porous polymeric adsorbent medium and its adsorption onto the covalently immobilized ligands have been modeled and investigated using molecular dynamics modeling and simulations as the third part of a novel fundamental methodology developed for studying ion-exchange chromatography based bioseparations. To overcome computational challenges, a novel simulation approach is devised where appropriate atomistic and coarse grain models are employed simultaneously and the transport of the adsorbate is characterized through a number of locations representative of the progress of the transport process. The adsorbate biomolecule for the system studied in this work changes shape, orientation, and lateral position in order to proceed toward the site where adsorption occurs and exhibits decreased mass transport coefficients as it approaches closer to the immobilized ligand. Furthermore, because the ligands are surrounded by counterions carrying the same type of charge as the adsorbate biomolecule, it takes the biomolecule repeated attempts to approach toward a ligand in order to displace the counterions in the proximity of the ligand and to finally become adsorbed. The formed adsorbate-ligand complex interacts with the counterions and polymeric molecules and is found to evolve slowly and continuously from one-site (monovalent) interaction to multisite (multivalent) interactions. Such a transition of the nature of adsorption reduces the overall adsorption capacity of the ligands in the adsorbent medium and results in a type of surface exclusion effect. Also, the adsorption of the biomolecule also presents certain volume exclusion effects by not only directly reducing the pore volume and the availability of the ligands in the adjacent regions, but also causing the polymeric molecules to change to more compact structures that could further shield certain ligands from being accessible to subsequent adsorbate molecules. These

  20. Transplante cardíaco infantil: perspectivas e sentimentos maternos Trasplante cardiaco infantil: perspectivas y sentimientos maternos Heart transplant in children: maternal perspectives and feelings

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    Kiarelle Lourenço Penaforte

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    Full Text Available Objetiva-se descrever as perspectivas maternas e sentimentos despertados pelo transplante cardíaco infantil. Estudo descritivo com abordagem qualitativa, desenvolvido no Hospital do Coração, de Messejana, em Fortaleza-CE, no período de agosto a novembro de 2007. Os sujeitos foram sete mães de crianças transplantadas. Utilizaram-se como técnicas a entrevista semiestruturada e a análise dos prontuários. Os dados foram submetidos à análise de conteúdo, em três etapas, segundo Bardin, organizados, analisados e interpretados à luz da literatura pertinente, vivência das pesquisadoras e experiência das entrevistadas. Da análise das falas, emergiram as unidades temáticas: necessidade do transplante; fonte de apoio; sentimentos externados pelas mães; a doação e perspectivas. Conclui-se que a doação é um momento de felicidade vivenciada por todas as mães, tratando-se da solução para vida de seus filhos, e a presença autêntica do enfermeiro nesta ocasião torna-se ainda mais essencial, pois humanizar faz parte do cuidar da enfermagem.El objetivo fue describir las perspectivas maternas y los sentimientos provocados por el trasplante cardiaco infantil. Estudio descriptivo con abordaje cualitativo, desarrollado en el Hospital del Corazón, de Messejana, en Fortaleza-CE, en el período de agosto a noviembre del 2007. Los sujetos del estudio fueron siete madres de niños con transplante . Se utilizó como técnica la entrevista semiestructurada y el análisis de los registros médicos. Los datos fueron sometidos al análisis del contenido, en tres etapas, según Bardin, siendo organizados, analizados e interpretados a la luz de la bibliografía pertinente, de la vivencia de las investigadoras y de la experiencia de las entrevistadas. Del análisis del discurso , surgieron las unidades temáticas la necesidad del trasplante; las fuente de ayuda; los sentimientos expresados por las madres; la donación y sus perspectivas. Se concluy