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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. La diagnostica ecografica nello studio della displasia dell'anca del cane

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    Manfredi, Sabrina

    2012-01-01

    L’ultrasonografia è una metodica di diagnostica per immagini routinariamente utilizzata sia in medicina umana che in medicina veterinaria. Da numerosi anni le applicazioni sono innumerevoli sia in campo umano che veterinario e, in particolare nell’imaging muscolo-scheletrico, rappresenta la tecnica che si sta sviluppando più rapidamente. In medicina umana, la displasia congenita dell’anca compare in un modesto ma significativo numero di bambini, e l’intervallo di tempo per trattare la pato...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Ampliando as perspectivas

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    Ângela Tonietto; Bruno Telles; Charles Albert Andrade; Claudemir Rodrigues Dias Filho; Juliano de Andrade Gomes

    2015-01-01

    Escrever um editorial de uma revista científica não é uma tarefa fácil. É como introduzir um estranho num ninho dominado por linguagens técnicas e experimentos. Parece que estamos quebrando uma regra ou fazendo algo de errado. Contudo, esse é o caminho que a equipe editorial tem para se comunicar com a comunidade de pesquisadores forenses, expor nossas perspectivas e impulsionar as novas submissões.

  6. Magnetic GMI sensor for detection of biomolecules

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    A magnetic sensor based on the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect for the detection of biomolecules was made with a CoFeSiB amorphous magnetic microwire as sensing element. Using soft ferromagnetic cobalt microparticles and field sensitivities of the impedance of about 2.5%/A m-1 in the very low field region (less than 200 A m-1) at frequencies close to 10 MHz, a highly sensitive response was measured, appropriate for the detection of low biomolecule concentrations

  7. 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...

  8. 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; Oscar Andrés Pérez Acuña; Nancy Y. García

    2011-01-01

    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 a...

  9. 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.

  10. Reaction between protein radicals and other biomolecules

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

    2002-01-01

    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......)-activated immobilized horseradish peroxidase (im-HRP). Subsequently, each of the three different biomolecules was separately added to the BSA radicals, after removal of im-HRP by centrifugation. Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy showed that all three biomolecules quenched the BSA radicals....... 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...

  11. 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.

  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 ca...

  13. 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?

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

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    Virtanen, J. J.; Sosnick, T. R.; Freed, K. F.

    2014-01-01

    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...

  15. Quantum dots and their interaction with biomolecules

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    Stanisavljević, Maja

    2015-01-01

    In this study CdTe QDs were synthetized via microwave irradiation method. Further they have been modified for purposes of their interaction with biomolecules using different conjugation approaches. Applied conjugation chemistries were non-specific interaction, streptavidin-biotin affinity. Glutathione modified CdTe QDs of 2 nm size were capable of non-specific interaction with major groove of DNA, while streptavidin modified CdTe QDs served as specific linker for biotinylated oligonucleotides...

  16. Immobilizing Biomolecules Near the Diffraction Limit

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    Skovsen, Esben; Neves-Petersen, Maria Teresa; Kold, Ane;

    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 ca...... a substrate, which can be generated by a UV diffraction pattern. Such patterns can have sub-micron feature sizes and could therefore be of great relevance for present and future nanotechnological applications....

  17. Of Tangerines, Asparagus, and Nonprotein Biomolecules.

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    2016-05-19

    Every month the editors of Cell Chemical Biology bring you highlights of the most recent chemical biology literature. Our May 2016 selection includes a new method for labeling and visualizing nonprotein biomolecules using electron microscopy; a small molecule, originally found in tangerine peel, that regulates our circadian clock and helps with some of the metabolic pathologies associated with circadian rhythms; and a finding that asparagine is used as an amino acid exchanger in tumor cells. PMID:27203369

  18. 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.

  19. Thermally modulated biomolecule transport through nanoconfined channels

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    Liu, Lei; Zhu, Lizhong

    2015-04-01

    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.

  20. Bioconjugation and stabilisation of biomolecules in biosensors.

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    Liébana, Susana; Drago, Guido A

    2016-06-30

    Suitable bioconjugation strategies and stabilisation of biomolecules on electrodes is essential for the development of novel and commercially viable biosensors. In the present review, the functional groups that comprise the selectable targets for practical bioconjugation methods are discussed. We focus on describing the most common immobilisation techniques used in biosensor construction, which are classified into irreversible and reversible methods. Concerning the stability of proteins, the two main types of stability may be defined as (i) storage or shelf stability, and (ii) operational stability. Both types of stability are explained, as well as the introduction of an electrophoretic technique for predicting protein-polymer interactions. In addition, solution and dry stabilisation as well as stabilisation using the covalent immobilisation of proteins are discussed including possible factors that influence stability. Finally, the integration of nanomaterials, such as magnetic particles, with protein immobilisation is discussed in relation to protein stability studies. PMID:27365036

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

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    Virtanen, J J; Sosnick, T R; Freed, K F

    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. PMID:25494774

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Cell and biomolecule delivery for regenerative medicine

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    Regenerative medicine is an exciting field that aims to create regenerative alternatives to harvest tissues for transplantation. In this approach, the delivery of cells and biological molecules plays a central role. The scaffold (synthetic temporary extracellular matrix) delivers cells to the regenerative site and provides three-dimensional environments for the cells. To fulfil these functions, we design biodegradable polymer scaffolds with structural features on multiple size scales. To enhance positive cell-material interactions, we design nano-sized structural features in the scaffolds to mimic the natural extracellular matrix. We also integrate micro-sized pore networks to facilitate mass transport and neo tissue regeneration. We also design novel polymer devices and self-assembled nanospheres for biomolecule delivery to recapitulate key events in developmental and wound healing processes. Herein, we present recent work in biomedical polymer synthesis, novel processing techniques, surface engineering and biologic delivery. Examples of enhanced cellular/tissue function and regenerative outcomes of these approaches are discussed to demonstrate the excitement of the biomimetic scaffold design and biologic delivery in regenerative medicine. (topical review)

  7. 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.

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

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

    2016-01-01

    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......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...

  9. Production of teaching materials of nuclear medicine for use in career of Imagenologia Diagnostica y Terapeutica of the Escuela de Tecnologias de Salud of the Universidad de Costa Rica

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    One of the main obstacles in the career of Imagenologia Diagnostica y Terapeutica of the Escuela de Tecnologias de Salud of the Universidad de Costa Rica has been access to bibliographic material of reference in Spanish. The topics most relevant of nuclear medicine of interest to imaging specialist and other disciplines as: medicine, physics, pharmacy and nursing, have been identified for the purpose of having a bibliographic body; experts have reviewed the selection in each subject. Topics of interest were identified and grouped into five specific teaching areas: 1. Radiation protection, 2. Quality Control of Nuclear Medicine Instruments, 3. Radiopharmacy, 4. Planar Nuclear Medicine, 5. Nuclear Medicine SPECT and PET. (author)

  10. 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.

  11. An integrated platform for biomolecule interaction analysis

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    Jan, Chia-Ming; Tsai, Pei-I.; Chou, Shin-Ting; Lee, Shu-Sheng; Lee, Chih-Kung

    2013-02-01

    We developed a new metrology platform which can detect real-time changes in both a phase-interrogation mode and intensity mode of a SPR (surface plasmon resonance). We integrated a SPR and ellipsometer to a biosensor chip platform to create a new biomolecular interaction measurement mechanism. We adopted a conductive ITO (indium-tinoxide) film to the bio-sensor platform chip to expand the dynamic range and improve measurement accuracy. The thickness of the conductive film and the suitable voltage constants were found to enhance performance. A circularly polarized ellipsometry configuration was incorporated into the newly developed platform to measure the label-free interactions of recombinant human C-reactive protein (CRP) with immobilized biomolecule target monoclonal human CRP antibody at various concentrations. CRP was chosen as it is a cardiovascular risk biomarker and is an acute phase reactant as well as a specific prognostic indicator for inflammation. We found that the sensitivity of a phaseinterrogation SPR is predominantly dependent on the optimization of the sample incidence angle. The effect of the ITO layer effective index under DC and AC effects as well as an optimal modulation were experimentally performed and discussed. Our experimental results showed that the modulated dynamic range for phase detection was 10E-2 RIU based on a current effect and 10E-4 RIU based on a potential effect of which a 0.55 (°/RIU) measurement was found by angular-interrogation. The performance of our newly developed metrology platform was characterized to have a higher sensitivity and less dynamic range when compared to a traditional full-field measurement system.

  12. 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.

  13. Norbert Elias: legado y perspectivas

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    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.

  14. Carioca: a perspectiva da enfermagem

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    2015-01-01

    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.

  15. Realismo moral: una perspectiva naturalista

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    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available 1. ¿Qué es el realismo moral? El artículo rechaza las respuestas habituales (Sayre-McCord, Railton en términos de verdad y significado. Estas respuestas estándares están parcialmente motivadas por el fenómeno del no-cognitivismo. Ciertamente el no-cognitivismo es problemático para formular una respuesta abiertamente metafísica, no obstante es posibleformular tal respuesta. 2. ¿Por qué creer en el realismo moral? Él es prima facie plausible, mientras que sus alternativas no lo son. Preocupación central: ¿cómo se puede lograr que el realismo moral coincida con una perspectiva naturalista del mundo? 3. ¿Y qué sucede con los argumentos en contra del realismo moral? El artículo analiza críticamente el argumentoproveniente de la “extrañeza”, el proveniente de la relatividad, el proveniente de la explicación, así como los argumentos epistemológicos. 4. El artículo concluye con algunas observaciones breves e insuficientes sobre la realización del proyecto naturalista.

  16. 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.

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

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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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Solvation dynamics of biomolecules: modeling and terahertz experiments.

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    Leitner, David M; Gruebele, Martin; Havenith, Martina

    2008-12-01

    The role of water in biomolecule dynamics has attracted much interest over the past decade, due in part to new probes of biomolecule-water interactions and developments in molecular simulations. Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy, among the most recent experimental methods brought to bear on this problem, is able to detect even small solute induced changes of the collective water network dynamics at the biomolecule-water interface. THz measurements reveal that proteins influence up to 1000 water molecules in their surroundings, and that even small saccharides influence the dynamics of hundreds of surrounding water molecules. The THz spectrum of a protein is sensitive to mutation and depends on the surface charge and flexibility of the protein. Influence on the solvation shell appears most pronounced for native wildtype proteins and decreases upon partial unfolding or mutation. THz spectra of solvated saccharides reveal that the number of water molecules coupled dynamically to a saccharide, forming a dynamical hydration shell around it, is related to the number of exposed oxygen atoms on the solute. The thickness of this layer appears correlated with the bioprotection efficiency of the saccharide. All findings support the thesis of a long-range dynamic coupling between biomolecule and solvent. PMID:19436490

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

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    Baiano, Antonietta

    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:25232705

  4. Fullerene–biomolecule conjugates and their biomedicinal applications

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    2013-12-01

    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

  5. 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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    Parenti, G.C.; Marri, C. [Ospedale Civile S. Maria delle Croci, Ravenna (Italy). Servizio di Radiodiagnostica; Calandra, G. [Ospedale Civile S. Maria delle Croci, Ravenna (Italy). Unita' operativa di Pronto Soccorso; Morisi, C. [Ospedale Civile S. Maria delle Croci, Ravenna (Italy). Servizio di Anatomia Patologica; Zabberoni, W. [Ospedale Civile S. Maria delle Croci, Ravenna (Italy). Div. di Malattie Infettive, Gruppo di rilevamento dati sulle INPS-ASL

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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

  6. 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.

  7. Antifouling self-assembled monolayers on microelectrodes for patterning biomolecules.

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    Noel, John; Teizer, Winfried; Hwang, Wonmuk

    2009-01-01

    We present a procedure for forming a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) trimethoxysilane self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a silicon substrate with gold microelectrodes. The PEG-SAM is formed in a single assembly step and prevents biofouling on silicon and gold surfaces. The SAM is used to coat microelectrodes patterned with standard, positive-tone lithography. Using the microtubule as an example, we apply a DC voltage to induce electrophoretic migration to the SAM-coated electrode in a reversible manner. A flow chamber is used for imaging the electrophoretic migration and microtubule patterning in situ using epifluorescence microscopy. This method is generally applicable to biomolecule patterning, as it employs electrophoresis to immobilize target molecules and thus does not require specific molecular interactions. Further, it avoids problems encountered when attempting to pattern the SAM molecules directly using lithographic techniques. The compatibility with electron beam lithography allows this method to be used to pattern biomolecules at the nanoscale. PMID:19707178

  8. 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).

  9. Models for Energy and Charge Transport, and Storage in Biomolecules

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    Mingaleev, S F; Gaididei, Yu B; Johansson, M; Rasmussen, K O; Mingaleev, Serge F.; Christiansen, Peter L.; Gaididei, Yuri B.; Johansson, Magnus; Rasmussen, Kim O.

    1999-01-01

    Two models for energy and charge transport and storage in biomolecules are considered. A model based on the discrete nonlinear Schrodinger equation with long-range dispersive interactions (LRI's) between base pairs of DNA is offered for the description of nonlinear dynamics of the DNA molecule. We show that LRI's are responsible for the existence of an interval of bistability where two stable stationary states, a narrow, pinned state and a broad, mobile state, coexist at each value of the total energy. The possibility of controlled switching between pinned and mobile states is demonstrated. The mechanism could be important for controlling energy storage and transport in DNA molecules. Another model is offered for the description of nonlinear excitations in proteins and other anharmonic biomolecules. We show that in the highly anharmonic systems a bound state of Davydov and Boussinesq solitons can exist.

  10. Immobilization of different biomolecules by atomic force microscopy

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Micrometer resolution placement and immobilization of probe molecules is an important step in the preparation of biochips and a wide range of lab-on-chip systems. Most known methods for such a deposition of several different substances are costly and only suitable for a limited number of probes. In this article we present a flexible procedure for simultaneous spatially controlled immobilization of functional biomolecules by molecular ink lithography. Results For the bottom-up fabrication of surface bound nanostructures a universal method is presented that allows the immobilization of different types of biomolecules with micrometer resolution. A supporting surface is biotinylated and streptavidin molecules are deposited with an AFM (atomic force microscope tip at distinct positions. Subsequent incubation with a biotinylated molecule species leads to binding only at these positions. After washing streptavidin is deposited a second time with the same AFM tip and then a second biotinylated molecule species is coupled by incubation. This procedure can be repeated several times. Here we show how to immobilize different types of biomolecules in an arbitrary arrangement whereas most common methods can deposit only one type of molecules. The presented method works on transparent as well as on opaque substrates. The spatial resolution is better than 400 nm and is limited only by the AFM's positional accuracy after repeated z-cycles since all steps are performed in situ without moving the supporting surface. The principle is demonstrated by hybridization to different immobilized DNA oligomers and was validated by fluorescence microscopy. Conclusions The immobilization of different types of biomolecules in high-density microarrays is a challenging task for biotechnology. The method presented here not only allows for the deposition of DNA at submicrometer resolution but also for proteins and other molecules of biological relevance that

  11. Spatially Controlled Covalent Immobilization of Biomolecules on Silicon Surfaces

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    Pavlovic, Elisabeth

    2003-01-01

    The work described in this thesis aims to achieving surface patterning through chemical activation of thiolated silicon oxide surfaces, resulting in a spatially controlled covalent immobilization of biomolecules with high resolution. Existing chemical methods to immobilize molecules on surfaces do not reach below the micrometer scale while the ones allowing for spatial control mostly lead to non-covalent adsorption of molecules on surfaces, or require several successive chemical reactions to ...

  12. GroPBS: Fast Solver for Implicit Electrostatics of Biomolecules

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    Bertelshofer, Franziska; Sun, Liping; Greiner, Günther; Böckmann, Rainer A.

    2015-01-01

    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 also guide the design of molecules with specified properties. However, explicit water models come at a high computational cost, rendering them unsuitable...

  13. Capillary Electrophoresis-based Methodology Development for Biomolecule Analysis

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    Li, Ni

    2011-01-01

    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is a separation tool with wide applications in biomolecule analysis. Fast and high-resolution separation requiring minute sample volumes is advantageous to study multiple components in biological samples. Flexible modes and methods can be developed. In this thesis, I focus on developing and applying novel CE methods to study multi-target nucleic acid sensing with high sensitivity (Part I) and interactions between multiple components, i.e. proteins, nanoparticles...

  14. Mapping the Chemical Universe of Biomolecules for Astrobiology

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    Meringer, Markus

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the origins of life is a central question of Astrobiology. Computer methods offer unique means to approach this challenge. In order to obtain a better understanding of the selection rules which guided chemical and early biochemical evolution, our approach is to computationally generate exhaustive sets of biomolecule analogues, to calculate their physico-chemical properties, and to simulate adaptive processes that might have led to the biochemical foundations of life as we know i...

  15. The first search for glycine and other biomolecules

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    Storey, J. W. V.

    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 astrobio...

  16. Models and algorithms for biomolecules and molecular networks

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    DasGupta, Bhaskar

    2016-01-01

    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

  17. Models for Energy and Charge Transport and Storage in Biomolecules

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    Mingaleev, S. F.; Christiansen, P. L.; Gaididei, Yu. B.; M. Johansson; Rasmussen, K.Ø.

    1999-01-01

    Two models for energy and charge transport and storage in biomolecules are considered. A model based on the discrete nonlinear Schrodinger equation with long-range dispersive interactions (LRI's) between base pairs of DNA is offered for the description of nonlinear dynamics of the DNA molecule. We show that LRI's are responsible for the existence of an interval of bistability where two stable stationary states, a narrow, pinned state and a broad, mobile state, coexist at each value of the tot...

  18. Applications of polymers for biomolecule immobilization in electrochemical biosensors

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    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

  19. Biomolecule-assisted route to prepare titania mesoporous hollow structures.

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    Ding, Shangjun; Wang, Yaoming; Hong, Zhanglian; Lü, Xujie; Wan, Dongyun; Huang, Fuqiang

    2011-10-01

    Amino acids, as a particularly important type of biomolecules, have been used as multifunctional templates to intelligently construct mesoporous TiO(2) hollow structures through a simple solvothermal reaction. The structure-directing behaviors of various amino acids were systematically investigated, and it was found that these biomolecules possess the general capability to assist mesoporous TiO(2) hollow-sphere formation. At the same time, the nanostructures of the obtained TiO(2) are highly dependent on the isoelectric points (pI) of amino acids. Their molecular-structure variations can lead to pI differences and significantly influence the final TiO(2) morphologies. Higher-pI amino acids (e.g., L-lysine and L-arginine) have better structure-directing abilities to generate nanosheet-assembled hollow spheres and yolk/shell structures. The specific morphologies and mesopore size of these novel hollow structures can also be tuned by adjusting the titanium precursor concentration. Heat treatment in air and vacuum was further conducted to transform the as-prepared structures to porous nanoparticle-assembled hollow TiO(2) and TiO(2)/carbon nanocomposites, which may be potentially applied in the fields of photocatalysts, dye-sensitized solar cells, and Li batteries. This study provides some enlightenment on the design of novel templates by taking advantage of biomolecules. PMID:21882272

  20. 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.

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

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    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    Carsky, Petr

    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

  5. 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

  6. Chemical tags for site-specific fluorescent labeling of biomolecules.

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    Freidel, Christoph; Kaloyanova, Stefka; Peneva, Kalina

    2016-06-01

    This review focuses on the various approaches to covalently attach a chromophore to a biomolecule of interest in site-specific manner. Novel methods like inverse electron-demand Diels-Alder reaction, Pictet-Spengler ligation and enzyme tags like SNAP and Halo-tags are critically discussed and compared to established techniques like copper-free click reaction and native chemical ligation. Selected examples in which the tags have been exploited for in vitro or in vivo imaging are reviewed and evaluated. PMID:26969255

  7. 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.

  8. Immobilization of Biomolecules on Poly(vinyldimethylazlactone)-containing Surface Scaffolds

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    Barrninger, Joshua [Clemson University; Messman, Jamie M [ORNL; Banaszak, Abigail [Clemson University; Meyer III, Harry M [ORNL; Kilbey, II, S Michael [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    We describe the successful development of a procedure for the step-by-step formation of a reactive, multi-layer polymer scaffold incorporating polymers based on 2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone (VDMA) on a silicon wafer and the characterization of these materials. Also discussed is the development of a procedure for the non-site specific attachment of a biomolecule to the modified silicon wafer, including scaffolds modified via drop-on-demand (DOD) inkjet printing. VDMA-based polymers were used because of their hydrolytic stability and ability of the pendant azlactone rings to form stable covalent bonds with primary amines without byproducts via nucleophilic addition. This reaction proceeds without a catalyst and at room temperature, yielding a stable amide linkage, which adds to the ease of construction expected when using VDMA-based polymers. DOD inkjet printing was explored as an interesting method for creating surfaces with one or more patterns of biomolecules, because of the flexibility and ease in pattern design.

  9. 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.

  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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:26999123

  11. On biomolecules and semiconductors: Analytical studies of interface dynamics

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    Slavin, John William Joseph

    The studies discussed here were undertaken to examine the use of III-V semiconducting materials as templates for biomolecules, to be applied in such technologies as Field-Effect Transistor (FET) and Light-emitting Diode (LED) biosensors. Materials application requires an informed analysis of interactions between chemical environments. Specific to surfaces, this means investigating the molecular interactions between the substrate and the bonding moieties. The analytical tools used to probe these interactions, and the changes that such communication causes on specific substrates are specifically discussed. Surface analysis tools included in this review are Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Nanoindentation, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman Microscopy. The interaction of biomolecules - deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), proteins adhered to nanoparticles, and amino acids - on semiconductor surfaces is also examined. Proper investigation follows, as well, the methods of applying these biomolecular structures to the specified surfaces, through procedures such as solution phase transfer, as well as Dip-pen Nanolithography (DPN). The stretching and enzymatic cleavage of DNA, on silicon oxide surfaces, was studied to determine the recognition properties of dual-enzymatic systems on surfaces. Fundamental questions such as the interaction of functional groups with InAs(100) surfaces, the mechanical properties of protein modified systems, and the DPN application of biologically relevant linker molecules to InAs(100) surfaces were explored. These studies provide information applicable to the development of novel sensing platforms in the future.

  12. Educar para a literacia : perspectivas e desafios

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    Azevedo, Fernando José Fraga de, coord.

    2011-01-01

    Comunicação proferida na abertura do "VII Encontro de Educação : Numeracia e Literacia em Educação" Esta conferência aborda as principais perspectivas e desafios com que nos confrontamos quando abordamos o conceito de literacia. Assume-se que a aprendizagem da literacia é um direito da pessoa e que o conceito incorpora, no seu espectro semântico, processos de transformação social e política, muito para além da mera aprendizagem e domínio das técnicas de leitura e de escrita.

  13. Perspectiva temporal futura y ciclo vital

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    Díaz Morales, Juan Francisco

    2006-01-01

    El propósito de este estudio es describir qué cambios se producen en la perspectiva temporal futura (PTF) durante el ciclo vital. Para evaluar la PTF a lo largo del ciclo vital se ha utilizado el modelo de Nurmi (1989), que consta de tres componentes: motivación, planificación y evaluación prospectiva. En el estudio participaron cuatro grupos de personas de diferentes edades: 130 adolescentes (15-18 años), 150 estudiantes universitarios (19-28 años), 100 personas de mediana edad (30-59 años) ...

  14. O banco do futuro: perspectivas e desafios

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    André Accorsi

    2014-01-01

    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 Pa...

  15. Perspectiva masculina acerca do aborto provocado

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    Graciana Alves Duarte; Augusta Thereza de Alvarenga; Maria José M Duarte Osis; Aníbal Faúndes; Ellen Hardy

    2002-01-01

    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 interrom...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Physical Mechanisms of Crystal Growth Modification by Biomolecules

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    De Yoreo, James J.

    2010-07-01

    During the process of biomineralization, living organisms use macromolecules to direct the nucleation and growth of a variety of inorganic materials. Because biomineral structures exhibit complex topologies, hierarchical design, and unique materials properties, an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of biomolecular controls over mineral growth presents an opportunity to develop new strategies towards synthesis of novel materials for applications across a wide range of technologies. Herein the results from a combination of in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) and molecular modeling (MM) studies to investigate the effect of specific interactions between carboxylate-rich biomolecules and atomic steps on calcium carbonate and calcium oxalate crystal surfaces during the growth are reviewed. The results show how the stereochemical relationships between additive and atomic step leads to modifications of crystal shape. In some cases, the inhibitory effects of strong binders are well-explained by a model of growth inhibition based on the classic Cabrera-Vermilyea theory, but updated to take into account the particular nature of biomolecular adsorption dynamics. The consequences include a positive feedback between peptide adsorption and step inhibition that results in bistable growth with rapid switching from fast to near-zero growth rates for very small changes in supersaturation. The phenomenon of biomolecule-induced growth acceleration is also reviewed and shown to be common to both the oxalate and carbonate systems. The source of acceleration is related to the activation barrier for solute attachment to steps. Finally, experimental and theoretical results are presented that suggest most biomineral phases can not be described by conventional models in which kink formation due to thermal fluctuations at step edges is rapid enough to ensure the availability of kinks. Instead, growth is kink-limited. As a consequence, biomolecule-step interactions cannot be

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

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

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    Cardellini, Annalisa; Fasano, Matteo; Chiavazzo, Eliodoro; Asinari, Pietro

    2016-04-01

    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.

  4. Interactions of model biomolecules. Benchmark CC calculations within MOLCAS

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    Urban, Miroslav [Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, Institute of Materials Science, Bottova 25, SK-917 24 Trnava, Slovakia and Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Scie (Slovakia); Pitoňák, Michal; Neogrády, Pavel; Dedíková, Pavlína [Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, SK-842 15 Bratislava (Slovakia); Hobza, Pavel [Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Complex Molecular Systems and biomolecules, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (Czech Republic)

    2015-01-22

    We present results using the OVOS approach (Optimized Virtual Orbitals Space) aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Coupled Cluster calculations. This approach allows to reduce the total computer time required for large-scale CCSD(T) calculations about ten times when the original full virtual space is reduced to about 50% of its original size without affecting the accuracy. The method is implemented in the MOLCAS computer program. When combined with the Cholesky decomposition of the two-electron integrals and suitable parallelization it allows calculations which were formerly prohibitively too demanding. We focused ourselves to accurate calculations of the hydrogen bonded and the stacking interactions of the model biomolecules. Interaction energies of the formaldehyde, formamide, benzene, and uracil dimers and the three-body contributions in the cytosine – guanine tetramer are presented. Other applications, as the electron affinity of the uracil affected by solvation are also shortly mentioned.

  5. Vacuum foam drying: An alternative to lyophilization for biomolecule preservation

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    R D Jangle

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vacuum foam drying is evaluated as an alternative for lyophilization for enhanced process and storage stability of bovine serum albumin. The protein protective efficiency of different stabilizers was compared in vacuum foam drying and lyophilization. Sucrose mixtures produced better foam characters than mannitol. Unlike calcium lactate, incorporation of polyvinyl pyrrolidone to sucrose synergistically enhanced the recovery of bovine serum albumin. The conformational stability and bovine serum albumin content further increased with sodium phosphate as compared to potassium phosphate. All sucrose mixtures, except calcium lactate showed large α-helix amide-I band at approximately 1656 cm -1 . The amorphous powder diffraction in case of sodium phosphate monobasic mixture retained maximum bovine serum albumin content. The crystallization of similar mixtures in lyophilization reduced its bovine serum albumin content. Vacuum foam drying showed better processing and storage stability of bovine serum albumin than lyophilization process. Hence vacuum foam drying is short, simple and industrially economical process for biomolecules preservation.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Platinum(II) complexes as spectroscopic probes for biomolecules

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    Ratilla, E.

    1990-09-21

    The use of platinum(II) complexes as tags and probes for biomolecules is indeed advantageous for their reactivities can be selective for certain purposes through an interplay of mild reaction conditions and of the ligands bound to the platinum. The use of {sup 195}Pt NMR as a method of detecting platinum and its interactions with biomolecules was carried out with the simplest model of platinum(II) tagging to proteins. Variable-temperature {sup 195}Pt NMR spectroscopy proved useful in studying the stereodynamics of complex thioethers like methionine. The complex, Pt(trpy)Cl{sup +}, with its chromophore has a greater potential for probing proteins. It is a noninvasive and selective tag for histidine and cysteine residues on the surface of cytochrome c at pH 5. The protein derivatives obtained are separable, and the tags are easily quantitated and differentiated through the metal-to-ligand charge transfer bands which are sensitive to the environment of the tag. Increasing the pH to 7.0 led to the modification by Pt(trpy)Cl{sup +}of Arg 91 in cytochrome c. Further studies with guanidine-containing ligands as models for arginine modification by Pt(trpy)Cl{sup +} showed that guanidine can act as a terminal ligand and as a bridging ligand. Owing to the potential utility of Pt(trpy)L{sup n+} as electron dense probes of nucleic acid structure, interactions of this bis-Pt(trpy){sup 2+} complex with nucleic acids was evaluated. Indeed, the complex interacts non-covalently with nucleic acids. Its interactions with DNA are not exactly the same as those of its precedents. Most striking is its ability to form highly immobile bands of DNA upon gel electrophoresis. 232 refs.

  10. CT assessment of blunt diaphragmatic injuries. A retrospective study on 35 cases; Sensibilita' diagnostica della Tomografia Computerizzata nei traumi chiusi del diaframma. Studio retrospettivo di 35 casi consecutivi

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    Scaglione, M.; Pinto, F.; Giovine, S.; Sacco, M.; Romano, L. [Neaples Univ., Neaples (Italy). Dipt. di Diagnostica per Immagini; Forner, A.L. [Azienda Ospedaliera di Rilievo Nazionale A. Cardarelli, Neaples (Italy). Chirurgia d' Urgenza; Grassi, R.; Romano, S. [Neaples Univ. Federico 2, Neaples (Italy). Ist. di Radiologia, Facolta' di Medicina

    2000-02-01

    Purpose of this work is to evaluate the effectiveness and role of CT in blunt diaphragmatic injuries by reviewing our 8-year experience. It is reviewed the preoperative CT findings of 35 patients with surgically confirmed diaphragmatic rupture. Surgical repair was performed in the acute setting (within 12 hours of trauma) in 22 cases, and late (8 months-5 years) in 13 cases. Twenty-eight patients (80%) were examined with conventional CT and 7 (20%) with Helical CT. Of the 13 patients examined long after trauma, the left hemi diaphragm was ruptured in 12 cases (with visceral herniation in 4), and the right hemi diaphragm in 1, with no herniation. The diaphragmatic rent was found in the dome (15 cases, 43%), muscolotendinous junction (11 cases, 31%), muscular portion (8 cases, 23%), and at the muscular attachments on the ribs (1 case, 3%). As for the site of diaphragmatic injury, CT never depicted the diaphragmatic rent in the dome and at the muscolotendinous junction (74%), not even with thin slices and the multiplanar Helical technique. CT detected indirect signs of injury at the muscular portion (23%), showing the injury site directly in the case with diaphragmatic avulsion (3%). CT is a reliable tool in the diagnosis of suspected diaphragmatic injury in the acute trauma setting. Long after trauma, CT performs poorly because it depicts the diaphragmatic rent only in some peripheral traumas. Helical CT has greater diagnostic potentials, but the injury site and type do affect its capabilities. [Italian] Questo lavoro si propone di valutare la sensibilita' diagnostica e il ruolo della TC nei traumi chiusi del diaframma sulla base dell'analisi retrospettiva degli ultimi 8 anni. Sono state riesaminate le indagini TC preoperatorie di 35 pazienti traumatizzati consecutivi con rottura del diaframma chirurgicamente accertata. In 22 casi la riparazione del diaframma e' avvenuta entro 12 ore dal trauma (fase acuta), in 13 nel lasso di tempo compreso tra 9 mesi

  11. 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.

  12. Perspectivas de una estrategia nacional de competitividad

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    Roberto Gutiérrez

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    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.

  13. 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

  14. 123I and 13I purification for biomolecules labelling

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    The 123I and 131I are iodine radioisotopes widely used in Nuclear Medicine. The radioisotope 123I is used in diagnosis through the SPECT technique and is routinely produced at IPEN in cyclotron through the reaction: '124Xe (p, 2n) '123Cs -> 123Xe -> 123I. The radioisotope 131I is used both in diagnosis and therapy due to its physical characteristics of decay by β- and its γ-ray emissions that are softened with the use of specific collimators for diagnosis. It is routinely produced at IPEN using the nuclear reactor through the indirect reaction: 130Te (n, γ) ->131Te -> 131I, irradiating compounds containing Te. The radiopharmaceuticals prepared with these radioisotopes go through rigorous quality control tests and the chemical purity of the primary radioisotopes 123I and 131I are within the permissible limits currently defined. However, the presence of some chemical contaminants can prejudice the biomolecules labeling (monoclonal antibodies and peptides), that will produce radiopharmaceuticals of first generation to the oncology area. The aim of this work was to obtain a new purification method of these radioisotopes, allowing the labeling of biomolecules and also to established a process control on those radioisotopes. The methodology was separated on 3 steps: Evaluation of '123I e 131I radionuclidic purity using a hyper pure germanium detector, chemical purity using ICP-OES and the retention and elution study of 131I in several absorbers to choose the most appropriate for the purification tests analyzing the behavior of the possible contaminants. The radionuclidic analyses showed the presence of Te and Co on 131I samples and Te, Tc e Co on 123I samples. The chemical purity analyses showed the presence of Al and Mo in 123I, coming from the window material of the target holder and the presence of Al and Te in 131I samples, coming from the target holder and the target, respectively. The retention and elution study selected the most promising adsorber to the

  15. Cold atmospheric plasma sterilization: from bacteria to biomolecules

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    Kong, Michael

    2009-10-01

    Although ionized gases have been known to have biological effects for more than 100 years, their impact on the practice in healthcare service became very significant only recently. Today, plasma-based surgical tools are used for tissue reduction and blood coagulation as surgical procedures. Most significant however is the speed at which low-temperature gas plasmas are finding new applications in medicine and biology, including plasma sterilization, wound healing, and cancer therapies just to name a few. In the terminology of biotechnology, the ``pipeline'' is long and exciting. This presentation reviews the current status of the field with a particular emphasis on plasma inactivation of microorganisms and biomolecules, for which comprehensive scientific evidence has been obtained. Some of the early speculations of biocidal plasma species are now being confirmed through a combination of optical emission spectroscopy, laser-induced fluorescence, mass spectrometry, fluid simulation and biological sensing with mutated bacteria. Similarly, fundamental studies are being performed to examine cell components targeted by gas plasmas, from membrane, through lipid and membrane proteins, to DNA. Scientific challenge is significant, as the usual complexity of plasma dynamics and plasma chemistry is compounded by the added complication that cells are live and constantly evolving. Nevertheless, the current understanding of plasma inactivation currently provides strong momentum for plasma decontamination technologies to be realized in healthcare. We will discuss the issue of protein and tissue contaminations of surgical instruments and how cold atmospheric plasmas may be used to degrade and reduce their surface load. In the context of plasma interaction with biomolecules, we will consider recent data of plasma degradation of adhesion proteins of melanoma cells. These adhesion proteins are important for cancer cell migration and spread. If low-temperature plasmas could be used to

  16. 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

  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. 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.

  19. Diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives in nuclear medicine: radiolabelled biomolecules

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    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)

  20. 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.

  1. 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. PMID:26432194

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    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.

  5. 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. PMID:26579616

  6. 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.

  7. Synthesis of vaterite and aragonite crystals using biomolecules of tomato and capsicum

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    Chen, Long; Xu, Wang-Hua; Zhao, Ying-Guo; Kang, Yan; Liu, Shao-Hua; Zhang, Zai-Yong

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, biomimetic synthesis of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the presence of biomolecules of two vegetables-tomato and capsicum is investigated. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffractometry were used to characterize the CaCO3 obtained. The biomolecules in the extracts of two vegetables are determined by UV-vis or FTIR. The results indicate that a mixture of calcite and vaterite spheres constructed from small particles is produced with the extract of tomato, while aragonite rods or ellipsoids are formed in the presence of extract of capsicum. The possible formation mechanism of the CaCO3 crystals with tomato biomolecules can be interpreted by particle-aggregation based non-classical crystallization laws. The proteins and/or other biomolecules in tomato and capsicum may control the formation of vaterite and aragonite crystals by adsorbing onto facets of them.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. PMID:27312484

  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. 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.

  12. O banco do futuro: perspectivas e desafios

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    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.

  13. Effect of membrane hydrophilization on ultrafiltration performance for biomolecules separation

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    Susanto, H., E-mail: heru.susanto@undip.ac.id [Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitas Diponegoro, Jl. Prof. Sudarto-Tembalang, Semarang (Indonesia); Roihatin, A.; Aryanti, N.; Anggoro, D.D. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitas Diponegoro, Jl. Prof. Sudarto-Tembalang, Semarang (Indonesia); Ulbricht, M. [Lehrstuhl fuer Technische Chemie, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Universitaetstr. 5, Essen (Germany)

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    fouling ultrafiltration (UF) membranes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We characterized the membranes before and after modification. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We examined the unmodified and modified membranes for biomolecules filtration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All the modifications changed the membrane characteristics and the membrane performance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All the modifications resulted in UF membranes having higher resistance towards fouling.

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    characterized the membranes before and after modification. ► We examined the unmodified and modified membranes for biomolecules filtration. ► All the modifications changed the membrane characteristics and the membrane performance. ► All the modifications resulted in UF membranes having higher resistance towards fouling.

  15. Perspectiva espiritual de la mujer con cáncer

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    Milena Alexandra Galvis-López; Beatriz Pérez-Giraldo

    2011-01-01

    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 g...

  16. Cuidar em enfermagem na perspectiva do género

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    Dissertação apresentada com vista à obtenção do grau de Mestre em Sexologia.Orientadora: Professora Doutora Maria Luisa Lima O cuidar representa uma necessidade humana e é reconhecido como o núcleo central da enfermagem. Desenvolve-se uma revisão de literatura sobre o conceito, do ponto de vista teórico e empírico, desde quatro perspectivas: antropológica, filosófica, psicossocial (Patistea, 1999) e ideológica. Esta última inclui uma perspectiva de género, que é recente na ...

  17. 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. PMID:26930392

  18. 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.)

  19. From biominerals to biomaterials: the role of biomolecule-mineral interactions.

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    Perry, Carole C; Patwardhan, Siddharth V; Deschaume, Olivier

    2009-08-01

    Interactions between inorganic materials and biomolecules at the molecular level, although complex, are commonplace. Examples include biominerals, which are, in most cases, facilitated by and in contact with biomolecules; implantable biomaterials; and food and drug handling. The effectiveness of these functional materials is dependent on the interfacial properties, i.e. the extent of molecular level 'association' with biomolecules. The present article gives information on biomolecule-inorganic material interactions and illustrates our current understanding using selected examples. The examples include (i) mechanism of biointegration: the role of surface chemistry and protein adsorption, (ii) towards improved aluminium-containing materials, and (iii) understanding the bioinorganic interface: experiment and modelling. A wide range of experimental techniques (microscopic, spectroscopic, particle sizing, thermal methods and solution methods) are used by the research group to study interactions between (bio)molecules and molecular and colloidal species that are coupled with computational simulation studies to gain as much information as possible on the molecular-scale interactions. Our goal is to uncover the mechanisms underpinning any interactions and to identify 'rules' or 'guiding principles' that could be used to explain and hence predict behaviour for a wide range of (bio)molecule-mineral systems. PMID:19614576

  20. Room temperature ionic liquids interacting with bio-molecules: an overview of experimental and computational studies

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    Benedetto, Antonio; Ballone, Pietro

    2016-03-01

    We briefly review experimental and computational studies of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) interacting with important classes of biomolecules, including phospholipids, peptides and proteins, nucleic acids and carbohydrates. Most of these studies have been driven by the interest for RTILs applications as solvents. Thus, available experimental data cover primarily thermodynamic properties such as the reciprocal solubility of RTILs and bio-molecules, as well as phase boundaries. Less extensive data are also available on transport properties such as diffusion and viscosity of homogeneous binary (RTILs/biomolecules) and ternary (RTIL/biomolecules/water) solutions. Most of the structural information at the atomistic level, of interest especially for biochemical, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology applications, has been made available by molecular dynamics simulations. Major exceptions to this statement are represented by the results from NMR and circular dichroism spectroscopy, by selected neutron and X-ray scattering data, and by recent neutron reflectometry measurements on lipid bilayers on surfaces, hydrated by water-RTIL solutions. A final section of our paper summarizes new developments in the field of RTILs based on amino acids, that combine in themselves the two main aspects of our discussion, i.e. ionic liquids and bio-molecules.

  1. Mujeres inmigrantes : realidades, estereotipos y perspectivas educativas

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    María Dolores Pérez Grande

    2008-01-01

    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

  2. An aptamer-functionalized chemomechanically modulated biomolecule catch-and-release system

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    Shastri, Ankita; McGregor, Lynn M.; Liu, Ya; Harris, Valerie; Nan, Hanqing; Mujica, Maritza; Vasquez, Yolanda; Bhattacharya, Amitabh; Ma, Yongting; Aizenberg, Michael; Kuksenok, Olga; Balazs, Anna C.; Aizenberg, Joanna; He, Ximin

    2015-05-01

    The efficient extraction of (bio)molecules from fluid mixtures is vital for applications ranging from target characterization in (bio)chemistry to environmental analysis and biomedical diagnostics. Inspired by biological processes that seamlessly synchronize the capture, transport and release of biomolecules, we designed a robust chemomechanical sorting system capable of the concerted catch and release of target biomolecules from a solution mixture. The hybrid system is composed of target-specific, reversible binding sites attached to microscopic fins embedded in a responsive hydrogel that moves the cargo between two chemically distinct environments. To demonstrate the utility of the system, we focus on the effective separation of thrombin by synchronizing the pH-dependent binding strength of a thrombin-specific aptamer with volume changes of the pH-responsive hydrogel in a biphasic microfluidic regime, and show a non-destructive separation that has a quantitative sorting efficiency, as well as the system's stability and amenability to multiple solution recycling.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2016-01-01

    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 ...

  5. Crisis vital desde una perspectiva de género

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    Castro, Eva; Flores López, Olga

    2004-01-01

    A continuación se presenta el caso de una mujer de 55 años que presenta una crisis de identidad, abordado desde una perspectiva de género y un modelo explicativo y terapéutico que incluye elementos del análisis transaccional y la terapia constructivista.

  6. 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.

  7. ABORTO (TRÊS BIOÉTICAS PERSPECTIVAS

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    Ana Zarco Câmara

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo visa apresentar três distintas perspectivas bioéticas e morais acerca da problemática da permissibilidade e/ou não-permisssibilidade do aborto, detendo como eixos teóricos e conceituais as obras dos filósofos L. W. Sumner, Mary Anne Warren e Don Marquis.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Induction of Biomolecules in Mature Leaves of Terminalia arjuna Due to Feeding of Antheraea mylitta Drury

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    G. Abraham

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Terminalia arjuna is an important food plant of the tasar silkworm, Antheraea mylitta Drury. In this study, we investigated the induction of biomolecules in mature leaves of these plants subjected to insect feeding. Increase in total tannin content, lipid peroxidation, and trypsin inhibitor activity have been observed in mature leaves damaged by the insects. The growth rate of Vth instar larvae of A. mylitta fed on previously damaged foliage reduced by 87.1%. Induction of biomolecules for defense mechanisms in relation to herbivore damage has been discussed.

  11. 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. PMID:27558730

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

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    Tian, Ye; Wang, Wenhui; Wu, Nan; Zou, Xiaotian; Wang, Xingwei

    2011-01-01

    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. PMID:22163821

  13. Extraction of Biomolecules Using Phosphonium-Based Ionic Liquids + K3PO4 Aqueous Biphasic Systems

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    Cláudia L. S. Louros

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Aqueous biphasic systems (ABS provide an alternative and efficient approach for the extraction, recovery and purification of biomolecules through their partitioning between two liquid aqueous phases. In this work, the ability of hydrophilic phosphonium-based ionic liquids (ILs to form ABS with aqueous K3PO4 solutions was evaluated for the first time. Ternary phase diagrams, and respective tie-lines and tie-lines length, formed by distinct phosphonium-based ILs, water, and K3PO4 at 298 K, were measured and are reported. The studied phosphonium-based ILs have shown to be more effective in promoting ABS compared to the imidazolium-based counterparts with similar anions. Moreover, the extractive capability of such systems was assessed for distinct biomolecules (including amino acids, food colourants and alkaloids. Densities and viscosities of both aqueous phases, at the mass fraction compositions used for the biomolecules extraction, were also determined. The evaluated IL-based ABS have been shown to be prospective extraction media, particularly for hydrophobic biomolecules, with several advantages over conventional polymer-inorganic salt ABS.

  14. 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.

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

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    Xingwei Wang

    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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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. PMID:27560177

  18. 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.

  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. Los derivados financieros desde una perspectiva jurídica

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    Cuartas Gómez, Lucas; Sierra Vásquez, Paula

    2008-01-01

    El importante aumento en el uso de los contratos de derivados en Colombia1 y el mundo, además de la dificultad que puede traer su comprensión, nos ha llevado a escribir el presente trabajo, con el fin de darle a el lector una perspectiva general sobre el funcionamiento de estos instrumentos financieros, su regulación en Colombia y la forma como éstos se han venido contratando a nivel internacional.

  2. Familia y enfermedad de alzheimer. Una perspectiva cualitativa

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    Algado Ferrer, María Teresa; Basterra, Ángel; Garrigós Monerris, José Ignacio

    1997-01-01

    Este trabajo estudia, desde una perspectiva sociológica cualitativa, los efectos, que el cuidado de un enfermo de Alzheimer, producen en la vida personal, familiar y social de sus familiares cuidadores, e intenta poner de manifiesto que estamos ante un problema no sólo médico o sanitario, sino también familiar y social, que requiere una mayor atención.

  3. Effect of biomolecules adsorption on oxide layers developed on metallic materials used in cooling water systems

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    This thesis was carried out in the frame of the BIOCOR ITN European project, in collaboration with the industrial partner RSE S.p.A. (Italy). Metallic materials commonly used in cooling systems of power plants may be affected by bio-corrosion induced by biofilm formation. The objective of this work was to study the influence of biomolecules adsorption, which is the initial stage of biofilm formation, on the electrochemical behaviour and the surface chemical composition of three metallic materials (70Cu-30Ni alloy, 304L stainless steel and titanium) in seawater environments. In a first step, the interactions between a model protein, the bovine serum albumin (BSA), and the surface of these materials were investigated. Secondly, tightly bound (TB) and loosely bound (LB) extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), that play a fundamental role in the different stages of biofilm formation, maturation and maintenance, were extracted from Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021 marine strain, and their effects on oxide layers were also evaluated. For that purpose, electrochemical measurements (corrosion potential E(corr) vs time, polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)) performed during the very first steps of oxide layers formation (1 h immersion time) were combined to surface analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ions mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Compared to 70Cu-30Ni alloy in static artificial seawater (ASW) without biomolecules, for which a thick duplex oxide layer (outer redeposited Cu2O layer and inner oxidized nickel layer) is shown, the presence of BSA, TB EPS and LB EPS leads to a mixed oxide layer (oxidized copper and nickel) with a lower thickness. In the biomolecules-containing solutions, this oxide layer is covered by an adsorbed organic layer, mainly composed of proteins. A model is proposed to analyse impedance data obtained at E(corr). The results show a slow-down of the anodic reaction in the presence of

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

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

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    Bjoern Petersen, Steffen; Kold di Gennaro, Ane; Neves-Petersen, Maria Teresa; Skovsen, Esben; Parracino, Antonietta

    2010-10-01

    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, with a fine structured interference pattern superimposed.

  8. Calculation and visualization of atomistic mechanical stresses in nanomaterials and biomolecules.

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    Andrew T Fenley

    Full Text Available Many biomolecules have machine-like functions, and accordingly are discussed in terms of mechanical properties like force and motion. However, the concept of stress, a mechanical property that is of fundamental importance in the study of macroscopic mechanics, is not commonly applied in the biomolecular context. We anticipate that microscopical stress analyses of biomolecules and nanomaterials will provide useful mechanistic insights and help guide molecular design. To enable such applications, we have developed Calculator of Atomistic Mechanical Stress (CAMS, an open-source software package for computing atomic resolution stresses from molecular dynamics (MD simulations. The software also enables decomposition of stress into contributions from bonded, nonbonded and Generalized Born potential terms. CAMS reads GROMACS topology and trajectory files, which are easily generated from AMBER files as well; and time-varying stresses may be animated and visualized in the VMD viewer. Here, we review relevant theory and present illustrative applications.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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 inte...

  12. 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. PMID:27046460

  13. 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.

  14. Elemental labelling combined with liquid chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for quantification of biomolecules: A review

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    Kretschy, Daniela; Koellensperger, Gunda; Hann, Stephan

    2012-01-01

    This article reviews novel quantification concepts where elemental labelling is combined with flow injection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (FI-ICP-MS) or liquid chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LC–ICP-MS), and employed for quantification of biomolecules such as proteins, peptides and related molecules in challenging sample matrices. In the first sections an overview on general aspects of biomolecule quantification, as well as of labelling will be pre...

  15. La perspectiva cualitativa en los estudios sobre pobreza

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    Mateo Pérez, Miguel A.

    2002-01-01

    Los estudios sobre pobreza internacional han estado marcados por el enfoque cuantitativo. Sin embargo desde hace unos años los estudios cualitativos están adquiriendo una gran relevancia. Este artículo presenta las características de un estudio cualitativo sobre pobreza y género realizado en España durante los últimos tres años, estableciendo algunas líneas de trabajo básicas para el estudio de la pobreza desde la perspectiva cualitativa.

  16. Perspectivas sobre el servicio público en Europa

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    Perona Páez, Juan José; Barbeito Veloso, Ma. Luz

    2008-01-01

    Las nuevas modalidades de interactividad y participación ciudadana que brinda Internet se consagran, de nuevo, como uno de los asuntos que más interés suscitan entre los investigadores, aunque esta vez la Red también es analizada desde otras perspectivas ciertamente interesantes, como el papel que desempeña en el consumo de información de actualidad frente a otros medios, o el uso que de ella hacen los adolescentes. Aunque Internet es, sin lugar a dudas, uno de los objetos de estudio que con ...

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

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    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.

  19. 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.

  20. Study on the preparation and stability of 188Re biomolecules via EHDP

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    A direct labelling technique via ethane-1-hydroxy-1,1-diphosphonic acid (EHDP) as a weak competing ligand was developed for the preparation of several biomolecules: 188 Re-monoclonal antibody ior cea1 against carcinoembryonic antigen (188 Re-MoAb), biotinylated 188Re-MoAb (188 Re-MoAb-biotin), 188 Re-polyclonal IgG (188 Re-IgG), 188 Re-peptide (somatostatine analogue peptide b-(2-naphtyl)-D-Ala-Cys-Tyr-D-Trp-Lys-Val-Cys-Thr-amide), 188 Re-MoAb fragments (188 Re-F(ab')2) and biotinylated 188 Re-F(ab')2 (188 Re-F(ab')2-biotin). The reaction conditions such as pH, temperature, weak ligand concentration and stannous chloride concentration were optimized during the radiolabelling of each biomolecule. Before the labelling procedure, disulphide bridge groups of the biomolecules were reduced with 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME). To obtain 188 Re labelled antibodies and peptides in high radiochemical yields (>90%) via EHDP, it was necessary to use acidic conditions and a high concentration of stannous chloride to allow the redox reaction Re+7→Re+5:Re+4. The labelling of MoAb and F(ab')2 with 188Re via EHDP was also evaluated employing a pretargeted technique by avidin-biotin strategy in normal mice, demonstrating that the 188Re-labelled biotinylated antibodies are stable complexes in vivo. The 188Re-peptide complex prepared by this method, was stable for 24 h and no radiolytic degradation was observed. (author)

  1. 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.

  2. Brines in seepage channels as eluants for subsurface relict biomolecules on Mars?

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    Wynn-Williams, D D; Cabrol, N A; Grin, E A; Haberle, R M; Stoker, C R

    2001-01-01

    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 results 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 (approximately 3.5 Ga ago), they would have eluted and concentrated relict biomolecules and delivered 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 degrees C in the interstices of shallow hypersaline soils and at -50 degrees C in salt-saturated ponds. Similarly, hypersaline brines on Mars could have freezing points depressed below -50 degrees 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. PMID:12467120

  3. Electrokinetic separation of biomolecules through multiple nano-pores on membrane

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    Kim, Yunho; Cha, Misun; Choi, Yosep; Joo, Hyunsang; Lee, Junghoon

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate a nanoporous membrane device integrated with an on-chip microfluidic platform for the electrokinetic separation of biomolecules. This platform offers a thin (500 nm) film of anodized aluminum oxide directly fabricated and suspended onto a silicon substrate, assembled into a compact microfluidic device. We successfully showed the electrokinetic transport of ssDNA through the nano-porous membrane under various conditions. Size exclusive biomolecular separation driven by electric field was verified with the complex of thrombin and thrombin aptamer. This architecture enables an on-chip device for binary separation and size exclusive filtration targeted to various applications such as molecular detection and purification.

  4. EPR-based approach for the localization of paramagnetic metal ions in biomolecules.

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    Abdullin, Dinar; Florin, Nicole; Hagelueken, Gregor; Schiemann, Olav

    2015-02-01

    Metal ions play an important role in the catalysis and folding of proteins and oligonucleotides. Their localization within the three-dimensional fold of such biomolecules is therefore an important goal in understanding structure-function relationships. A trilateration approach for the localization of metal ions by means of long-range distance measurements based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is introduced. The approach is tested on the Cu(2+) center of azurin, and factors affecting the precision of the method are discussed. PMID:25522037

  5. Extraction of Biomolecules Using Phosphonium-Based Ionic Liquids + K3PO4 Aqueous Biphasic Systems

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    Louros, Cláudia L. S.; Cláudio, Ana Filipa M.; Neves, Catarina M. S. S.; Freire, Mara G.; Marrucho, Isabel M.; Jérôme Pauly; Coutinho, João A. P.

    2010-01-01

    Aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) provide an alternative and efficient approach for the extraction, recovery and purification of biomolecules through their partitioning between two liquid aqueous phases. In this work, the ability of hydrophilic phosphonium-based ionic liquids (ILs) to form ABS with aqueous K3PO4 solutions was evaluated for the first time. Ternary phase diagrams, and respective tie-lines and tie-lines length, formed by distinct phosphonium-based ILs, water, and K3PO4 at 298 K, we...

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. LA PERSPECTIVA DEL USUARIO Y DEL SISTEMA EN LA INVESTIGACIÓN SOBRE EL COMPORTAMIENTO INFORMACIONAL

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    Aurora González Teruel

    2011-01-01

    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 pa...

  10. Hitos de la perspectiva molar del condicionamiento clásico

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    Andrés M. Pérez Acosta; Jairo A. Rozo; Herbert T. Baquero

    2003-01-01

    En este artículo se revisan los acontecimientos históricos fundamentales en la teoría del condicionamiento clásico como fenómeno psicológico comportamental o cognoscitivo, es decir, desde una perspectiva molar, en oposición a una perspectiva molecular, que es propia de las neurociencias. Se analizan los siguientes acontecimientos o hitos: la teoría reflexológica de Vladimir Bechterev, la perspectiva conductista radical de B. F. Skinner, el modelo de Rescorla y Wagner (1972),...

  11. 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; Setrajčić, 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

    2015-08-01

    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.

  15. Highly Sensitive Detection of Target Biomolecules on Cell Surface Using Gold Nanoparticle Conjugated with Aptamer Probe

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    Kim, Hyonchol; Terazono, Hideyuki; Hayashi, Masahito; Takei, Hiroyuki; Yasuda, Kenji

    2012-06-01

    A method of gold nanoparticle (Au NP) labeling with backscattered electron (BE) imaging of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was applied for specific detection of target biomolecules on a cell surface. A single-stranded DNA aptamer, which specifically binds to the target molecule on a human acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell, was conjugated with a 20 nm Au NP and used as a probe to label its target molecule on the cell. The Au NP probe was incubated with the cell, and the interaction was confirmed using BE imaging of FE-SEM through direct counting of the number of Au NPs attached on the target cell surface. Specific Au NP-aptamer probes were observed on a single cell surface and their spatial distributions including submicron-order localizations were also clearly visualized, whereas the nonspecific aptamer probes were not observed on it. The aptamer probe can be potentially dislodged from the cell surface with treatment of nucleases, indicating that Au NP-conjugated aptamer probes can be used as sensitive and reversible probes to label target biomolecules on cells.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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    Silva M. E.

    2000-01-01

    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.

  19. Photoelectrochemical studies of DNA-tagged biomolecules on Au and Au/Ni/Au multilayer nanowires

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    Swaminathan Viswanathan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The use of nanowires (NWs for labeling, sensing, and sorting is the basis of detecting biomolecules attached on NWs by optical and magnetic properties. In spite of many advantages, the use of biomolecules-attached NWs sensing by photoelectrochemical (PEC study is almost non-existent. In this article, the PEC study of dye-attached single-stranded DNA on Au NWs and Au-Ni-Au multilayer NWs prepared by pulse electrodeposition are investigated. Owing to quantum-quenching effect, the multilayer Au NWs exhibit low optical absorbance when compared with Au NWs. The tagged Au NWs show good fluorescence (emission at 570 nm, indicating significant improvement in the reflectivity. Optimum results obtained for tagged Au NWs attached on functionalized carbon electrodes and its PEC behavior is also presented. A twofold enhancement in photocurrent is observed with an average dark current of 10 μA for Au NWs coated on functionalized sensing electrode. The importance of these PEC and optical studies provides an inexpensive and facile processing platform for Au NWs that may be suitable for biolabeling applications.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Simplified TiO2 force fields for studies of its interaction with biomolecules

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    Luan, Binquan; Huynh, Tien; Zhou, Ruhong

    2015-06-01

    Engineered TiO2 nanoparticles have been routinely applied in nanotechnology, as well as in cosmetics and food industries. Despite active experimental studies intended to clarify TiO2's biological effects, including potential toxicity, the relation between experimentally inferred nanotoxicity and industry standards for safely applying nanoparticles remains somewhat ambiguous with justified concerns. Supplemental to experiments, molecular dynamics simulations have proven to be efficacious in investigating the molecular mechanism of a biological process occurring at nanoscale. In this article, to facilitate the nanotoxicity and nanomedicine research related to this important metal oxide, we provide a simplified force field, based on the original Matsui-Akaogi force field but compatible to the Lennard-Jones potentials normally used in modeling biomolecules, for simulating TiO2 nanoparticles interacting with biomolecules. The force field parameters were tested in simulating the bulk structure of TiO2, TiO2 nanoparticle-water interaction, as well as the adsorption of proteins on the TiO2 nanoparticle. We demonstrate that these simulation results are consistent with experimental data/observations. We expect that simulations will help to better understand the interaction between TiO2 and molecules.

  3. Biomolecules preserved in ca. 168 million year old fossil conifer wood

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    Marynowski, Leszek; Otto, Angelika; Zatoń, Michał; Philippe, Marc; Simoneit, Bernd R. T.

    2007-03-01

    Biomarkers are widely known to occur in the fossil record, but the unaltered biomolecules are rarely reported from sediments older than Paleogene. Polar terpenoids, the natural products most resistant to degradation processes, were reported mainly from the Tertiary conifers, and the oldest known are Cretaceous in age. In this paper, we report the occurrence of relatively high concentrations of ferruginol derivatives and other polar diterpenoids, as well as their diagenetic products, in a conifer wood Protopodocarpoxylon from the Middle Jurassic of Poland. Thus, the natural product terpenoids reported in this paper are definitely the oldest polar biomolecules detected in geological samples. The extracted phenolic abietanes like ferruginol and its derivatives (6,7-dehydroferruginol, sugiol, 11,14-dioxopisiferic acid) are produced only by distinct conifer families (Cupressaceae s. l., Podocarpaceae and Araucariaceae), to which Protopodocarpoxylon could belong based on anatomical characteristics. Therefore, the natural product terpenoids are of great advantage in systematics of fossil plant remains older than Paleogene and lacking suitable anatomical preservation.

  4. 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.

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

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    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)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Uma perspectiva naturalista do usuário de design

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    Ceccato, P.; Aquino, D.; Sousa, R.P.L.; Gomez, L.S.R.

    2012-01-01

    Este estudo reúne uma série de informações sobre design centrado no usuário e naturalismo. Através da compilação e análise de dados bibliográficos, breves conhecimentos sobre cada tema foram relacionados com o intuito de apresentar uma perspectiva naturalista do usuário de produtos de design. O método de pesquisa utilizado foi a investigação bibliográfica, que abrange as áreas de design, design centrado no usuário e naturalismo filosófico. Exemplificando as relações entre essas áreas, alguns ...

  9. 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.

  10. Micropatterning of biomolecules on a glass substrate in fused silica microchannels by using photolabile linker-based surface activation

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    We report on a straightforward method for creating micropatterns of multiple biomolecules. The anti-fouling agent 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) polymer and a photolabile linker (PL) were covalently linked to an amino-terminated silane surface. Patterns were generated by selective removal of the MPC polymer via UV irradiation. Multiple micropatterns of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled bovine serum albumin (BSA) and rhodamine-labeled goat fragment antigen-binding fragments (FAB) were deposited on a same glass substrate. We also employed micropatterning of multiple biomolecules in that Texas red-labeled BSA and FITC-labeled rabbit anti-mouse IgG were placed inside a microchannel. (author)

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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. PMID:26168991

  14. 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.

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

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    Aneheim, Emma; Albertsson, Per; Bäck, Tom;

    2015-01-01

    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...... 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...... vector, which can guide the radiation to the cancer cells. Consequently, an appropriate method is required for coupling the nuclide to the vector. To increase the availability of astatine-211 radiopharmaceuticals for targeted alpha therapy, their production should be automated. Here, we present a method...

  16. Latent analysis of unmodified biomolecules and their complexes in solution with attomole detection sensitivity

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    Yates, Emma V.; Müller, Thomas; Rajah, Luke; de Genst, Erwin J.; Arosio, Paolo; Linse, Sara; Vendruscolo, Michele; Dobson, Christopher M.; Knowles, Tuomas P. J.

    2015-10-01

    The study of biomolecular interactions is central to an understanding of function, malfunction and therapeutic modulation of biological systems, yet often involves a compromise between sensitivity and accuracy. Many conventional analytical steps and the procedures required to facilitate sensitive detection, such as the incorporation of chemical labels, are prone to perturb the complexes under observation. Here we present a ‘latent’ analysis approach that uses chemical and microfluidic tools to reveal, through highly sensitive detection of a labelled system, the behaviour of the physiologically relevant unlabelled system. We implement this strategy in a native microfluidic diffusional sizing platform, allowing us to achieve detection sensitivity at the attomole level, determine the hydrodynamic radii of biomolecules that vary by over three orders of magnitude in molecular weight, and study heterogeneous mixtures. We illustrate these key advantages by characterizing a complex of an antibody domain in the solution phase and under physiologically relevant conditions.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    The ability of matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) technique to transfer and deposit high-quality thin organic, bioorganic, and composite films with minimum chemical modification of the target material has been utilized in numerous applications. One of the outstanding problems in MAPLE...... film deposition, however, is the presence of residual solvent (matrix) codeposited with the polymer material and adversely affecting the quality of the deposited films. In this work, we investigate the possibility of alleviating this problem by reducing the amount of matrix in the target. A series...... 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...

  19. The interplay of biomolecules and water at the origin of the active behavior of living organisms

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    It is shown that the main component of living matter, namely liquid water, is not an ensemble of independent molecules but an ensemble of phase correlated molecules kept in tune by an electromagnetic (e.m) field trapped in the ensemble. This field and the correlated potential govern the interaction among biomolecules suspended in water and are in turn affected by the chemical interactions of molecules. In particular, the phase of the coherent fields appears to play an important role in this dynamics. Recent experiments reported by the Montagnier group seem to corroborate this theory. Some features of the dynamics of human organisms, as reported by psychotherapy, holistic medicine and Eastern traditions, are analyzed in this frame and could find a rationale in this context.

  20. Measurement of small photodestruction rates of cold, charged biomolecules in an ion trap

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    Offenberg, D; Zhang, C B; Roth, B; Schiller, S

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate measurements of photodestruction rates of translationally cold, charged biomolecules. The long-term stable storage of the molecular ions in an ion trap at ultra-high vacuum conditions allows measurement of small rates and verification that rates are linear in photodestruction laser intensity. Measurements were performed on singly protonated molecules of the organic compound glycyrrhetinic acid (C30H46O4), dissociated by a continuous-wave UV laser (266 nm) using different intensities. The molecules were sympathetically cooled by simultaneously trapped laser-cooled barium ions to translational temperatures of below 150 mK. Destruction rates of less than 0.05 s^-1 and a cross section of (1.1 +/- 0.1) * 10^-17 cm^2 have been determined. An extension to tunable UV laser sources would permit high-resolution dissociation spectroscopic studies on a wide variety of cold complex molecules.

  1. 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.

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

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    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

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

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    Wang, Jin

    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. 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.

  5. Structural Change of Biomolecules and Application of Synergistic Interaction by Radiation

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    It is expected that motivation and basic technologies for the future R and D plans can be provided from the results of this study. This study has been done to develop fundamentals for radiation applications based on the existing radiation technology, and to establish technical basis for enhancing efficacy of radiation utilization by studying the simultaneous application of ionizing radiation with another factor. Application of radiation technology together with the existing technologies to enhance the physical, chemical, biological characteristics through structural changes of biomolecules will exert a favorable influence on the creation of de novo scientific and industrial values. A theoretical model for the combined action of ionizing radiation with another factor can make it possible to predict a prior the maximum value of synergistic interaction and the conditions for it. Furthermore, the results of this study give a clues for establishment of fundamental theories associated with positive efficacy of radiation applications

  6. Radiolabeled biomolecules for early cancer detection and therapy via angiogenesis targeting

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    Bouziotis, P. [Institute of Radioisotopes-Radiodiagnostic Products, N.C.S.R. ' Demokritos' , 153 10 Athens, Hellas (Greece)]. E-mail: pennybil@yahoo.gr; Psimadas, D. [Institute of Radioisotopes-Radiodiagnostic Products, N.C.S.R. ' Demokritos' , 153 10 Athens, Hellas (Greece): Biomedica Life Sciences SA, Athens, Hellas (Greece); Fani, M. [Institute of Radioisotopes-Radiodiagnostic Products, N.C.S.R. ' Demokritos' , 153 10 Athens, Hellas (Greece): Biomedica Life Sciences SA, Athens, Hellas (Greece); Gourni, E. [Institute of Radioisotopes-Radiodiagnostic Products, N.C.S.R. ' Demokritos' , 153 10 Athens, Hellas (Greece); Loudos, G. [Biomedical Simulations and Imaging Laboratory, N.T.U.A., Athens, Hellas (Greece); Xanthopoulos, S. [Institute of Radioisotopes-Radiodiagnostic Products, N.C.S.R. ' Demokritos' , 153 10 Athens, Hellas (Greece); Archimandritis, S.C. [Institute of Radioisotopes-Radiodiagnostic Products, N.C.S.R. ' Demokritos' , 153 10 Athens, Hellas (Greece); Varvarigou, A.D. [Institute of Radioisotopes-Radiodiagnostic Products, N.C.S.R. ' Demokritos' , 153 10 Athens, Hellas (Greece)

    2006-12-20

    Tumors cannot grow or metastasize without the formation of new blood vessels, i.e. without angiogenesis. A variety of anti-angiogenic agents leading to angiogenesis inhibition are in the clinical trial phase, among which are: (i) molecules which inhibit the action of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors, VEGF and (ii) molecules which obstruct migration, differentiation and proliferation of endothelial cells, via their binding to receptors of the {alpha}{sub {nu}}{beta}{sub 3} integrins. Certain derivatives of the abovementioned categories, labeled with radionuclides, which emit {gamma}-radiation or {beta}-particles or positrons, have been proposed and are being evaluated as possible radiopharmaceuticals, for the detection and/or treatment of primary or metastatic cancer at an early stage. For the study of angiogenesis the following have been described: (a) antibodies targeting VEGF, labeled with radionuclides emitting {beta}- and/or {gamma}-radiation, which can be applied for the diagnosis and, possibly, for the treatment of cancer (b) peptide derivatives which contain the amino-acid sequence RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) and compete for the {alpha}{sub {nu}}{beta}{sub 3} integrins, with the proteins of the stroma. It has been found that these radiolabeled biomolecules localize in tumors and can be used for the visualization and, possibly, for tumor eradication of primary and metastatic cancer. In our laboratory radiolabeling of biomolecules by beta and/or gamma emitters is a principal research goal. In the present work we are presenting our results on the labeling of monoclonal antibodies and peptides with {beta}- and {gamma}-emitting isotopes, as well as on their in vivo evaluation in experimental animal models, by use of specially dedicated imaging devices.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Elemental labelling combined with liquid chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for quantification of biomolecules: A review

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    Highlights: ► Survey of bio-analytical approaches utilizing biomolecule labelling. ► Detailed discussion of methodology and chemistry of elemental labelling. ► Biomedical and bio-analytical applications of elemental labelling. ► FI-ICP-MS and LC–ICP-MS for quantification of elemental labelled biomolecules. ► Review of selected applications. - Abstract: This article reviews novel quantification concepts where elemental labelling is combined with flow injection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (FI-ICP-MS) or liquid chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LC–ICP-MS), and employed for quantification of biomolecules such as proteins, peptides and related molecules in challenging sample matrices. In the first sections an overview on general aspects of biomolecule quantification, as well as of labelling will be presented emphasizing the potential, which lies in such methodological approaches. In this context, ICP-MS as detector provides high sensitivity, selectivity and robustness in biological samples and offers the capability for multiplexing and isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS). Fundamental methodology of elemental labelling will be highlighted and analytical, as well as biomedical applications will be presented. A special focus will lie on established applications underlining benefits and bottlenecks of such approaches for the implementation in real life analysis. Key research made in this field will be summarized and a perspective for future developments including sophisticated and innovative applications will given.

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

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    Rio Kurimoto

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    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.

  13. 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

    2013-01-01

    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 mor

  14. 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...

  15. Fragmentation study of isolated and nano-solvated biomolecules induced by collision with multiply charged ions and neutral particles

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    This thesis concerns a gas phase study of the fragmentation of bio-molecular systems induced by slow collisions with multiply charged ions (in the keV-region), alkali atoms and rare gases. The main objective was to study the physical processes involved in the dissociation of highly electronically excited systems. In order to elucidate the intrinsic properties of certain biomolecules (porphyrins and amino acids) we have performed experiments in the gas phase with isolated systems. The obtained results demonstrate the high stability of porphyrins after electron removal and attachment. Furthermore, a dependence of the fragmentation pattern produced by multiply charged ions on the isomeric structure of the alanine molecule has been shown. In a second part of the thesis, a strong influence of the environment of the biomolecule on the fragmentation channels, their modification and their new opening, has been clearly proven. This phenomenon occurs in the presence of other surrounding biomolecules (clusters of nucleobases) as well as for molecules of a solvent (molecules of water, methanol and acetonitrile) in which the biomolecule is embedded. In order to extend these studies to larger systems, a new experimental set-up, based on an electro-spray ion source combined with a quadrupole mass filter has been developed. Due to the successful tests and proposed improvements of the device future experiments will become available concerning the fragmentation of large charged and solvated bio-molecular systems induced by collision processes. (author)

  16. 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

    2016-06-01

    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. PMID:27093497

  17. 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.

  18. Capital de Marca desde la perspectiva del consumidor

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    José Luis Saavedra Torres

    2004-01-01

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. perspectiva da antropologia pós-moderna

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    Mara Ambrosina de Oliveira Vargas

    2007-01-01

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. Perspectivas da profissão contábil

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    Nivaldo João dos Santos

    2002-11-01

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. O CUIDADO COTIDIANO DA CRIANÇA NA PERSPECTIVA WINNICOTTIANA

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    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.

  5. On-chip micro-electromagnets for magnetic-based bio-molecules separation

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    Ramadan, Qasem E-mail: qasem@pmail.ntu.edu.sg; Samper, Victor; Poenar, Daniel; Yu Chen

    2004-10-01

    This paper reports a comprehensive theoretical, finite element and measurement analysis of different designs of planar micro-electromagnets for bio-molecular manipulation. The magnetic field due to current flowing in complex shapes of current-carrying conductors have been calculated analytically, simulated using finite-element analysis (FEA), and measured using the superconducting quantum interference device technique (SQUID). A comparison of the theoretical and measured magnetic field strength and patterns is presented. The planar electromagnets have been fabricated using patterned Al 2 {mu}m thick. The aim of the study is to explore and optimize the geometrical and structural parameters of planar electromagnets that give rise to the highest magnetic fields and forces for magnetic micro-beads manipulation. Magnetic beads are often used in biochemical assays for separation of bio-molecules. Typical beads are 0.2-10 {mu}m in diameter and have superparamagnetic properties. Increasing the intensity of the magnetic field generated by a coil by injection a larger current is not the most suitable solution as the maximum current is limited by Joule heating. Consequently, in order to maximize the field for a given current, one should optimize the geometry of the coil, as this is an extremely significant factor in determining the magnetic field intensity in 2D planar designs. The theoretical and measured results of this work show that the meander micro-electromagnet with mesh-shaped winding profile produces the strongest magnetic field (about 2.7 {mu}T for a current intensity of 6 mA) compared with other meander designs, such as the serpentine and rosette-shaped ones. The magnetic fields of these three types of meander-shaped micro-electromagnets were compared theoretically with that produced by a spiral micro-electromagnet whose technological realization is more complicated and costly due to the fact that it requires an additional insulation layer with a contact window and

  6. Expression profiling of 21 biomolecules in locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinomas of Caucasian patients

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    Krikelis Dimitrios

    2013-01-01

    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

  7. Bacterial toxicity of oxide nanoparticles and their effects on bacterial surface biomolecules

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    Toxicity of nano-scaled Al2O3, SiO2, TiO2 and ZnO to bacteria (Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas fluorescens) was examined and compared to that of their respective bulk (micro-scaled) counterparts. All nanoparticles (NPs) but TiO2 showed higher toxicity than their bulk counterparts. Toxicity of released metal ions was differentiated from that of the oxide particles. ZnO was the most toxic among the three NPs, causing 100% mortality to the three tested bacteria. TEM images showed attachment of NPs to the bacteria, suggesting that the toxicity was affected by bacterial attachment. The effects of oxide NPs on bacteria cells and bacterial surface biomolecules were studied by FTIR spectroscopy to provide a better understanding of their cytotoxicity. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and lipoteichoic acid could bind to oxide NPs through hydrogen bonding and ligand exchange, but the cytotoxicity of NPs seemed largely related to the function-involved or structural changes to proteins and phospholipids. The three NPs decreased the intensity ratio of beta-sheets/alpha-helices, indicating protein structure change, which may affect cell physiological activities. The phosphodiester bond of L-alpha-Phosphatidyl-ethanolamine (PE) was broken by ZnO NPs, forming phosphate monoesters and resulting in the highly disordered alkyl chain. Such damage to phospholipid molecular structure may lead to membrane rupture and cell leaking, which is consistent with the fact that ZnO is the most toxic of the three NPs. LPS and PE are amphiphilic biomolecules that are major constituents of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Their micelles and vesicles were studied as model cell membranes to evaluate NP effects on membrane construction. The adsorption of polysaccharides on Al2O3 and TiO 2 NPs dispersed LPS vesicles and micelles. LPS coated Al2O 3 NPs, while it caused the aggregation of TiO2 NPs according to atom force microscopy images. Desorption from the two NPs was slow due

  8. 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.

  9. Anthony Giddens. Un caso de estudio desde una perspectiva institucional

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    Alejandro Bialakowsky

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    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.

  10. COMERCIO ELECTRÓNICO EN AMÉRICA LATINA. PERSPECTIVAS

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    Félix Fernández Peña

    2003-04-01

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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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Theoretical and experimental proof of the accumulating transfer of tritium from water into DNA and other biomolecules in vitro and in vivo

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    Heisenberg's Uncertainity Relation leads to the conclusion, tritium accumulates in the exchangeable hydrogen positions of biomolecules if it is administered in the state of water. Appropriate tests of fishsperm DNA and the biomolecules of piglet's liver resulted in a fractionation factor of about 2 favouring such organically bound tritium. Furthermore, a fractionation factor of 1.4 is found in the hydration sheet of the biomolecules. The logistic growth analysis of maize and barley confirms the accumulation of tritium from water in the tissue solids of the plants. (orig.)

  15. Hitos de la perspectiva molar del condicionamiento clásico

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    Andrés M. Pérez Acosta

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se revisan los acontecimientos históricos fundamentales en la teoría del condicionamiento clásico como fenómeno psicológico –comportamental o cognoscitivo–, es decir, desde una perspectiva molar, en oposición a una perspectiva molecular, que es propia de las neurociencias. Se analizan los siguientes acontecimientos o hitos: la teoría reflexológica de Vladimir Bechterev, la perspectiva conductista radical de B. F. Skinner, el modelo de Rescorla y Wagner (1972, los modelos atencionales de Mackintosh (1975 y de Pearce y Hall (1980, las teorías que se basan en los procesos oponentes, de Allan Wagner (1981; Wagner & Brandon, 1989, y las teorías que se basan en el control temporal del comportamiento (Gallistel & Gibbon, 2002.

  16. Extracting biomolecule collision cross sections from the high-resolution FT-ICR mass spectral linewidths.

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    Jiang, Ting; Chen, Yu; Mao, Lu; Marshall, Alan G; Xu, Wei

    2016-01-14

    It is known that the ion collision cross section (CCS) may be calculated from the linewidth of a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) mass spectral peak at elevated pressure (e.g., ∼10(-6) Torr). However, the high mass resolution of FT-ICR is sacrificed in those experiments due to high buffer gas pressure. In this study, we describe a linewidth correction method to eliminate the windowing-induced peak broadening effect. Together with the energetic ion-neutral collision model previously developed by our group, this method enables the extraction of CCSs of biomolecules from high-resolution FT-ICR mass spectral linewidths, obtained at a typical operating buffer gas pressure of modern FT-ICR instruments (∼10(-10) Torr). CCS values of peptides including MRFA, angiotensin I, and bradykinin measured by the proposed method agree well with ion mobility measurements, and the unfolding of protein ions (ubiquitin) at higher charge states is also observed. PMID:26314765

  17. 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).

  18. Label-free Raman mapping of surface distribution of protein a and IgG biomolecules.

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    Combs, Zachary A; Chang, Sehoon; Clark, Tolecia; Singamaneni, Srikanth; Anderson, Kyle D; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2011-03-15

    We have demonstrated a nanoengineered substrate composed of micropatterned silver nanoparticles to be used for the label-free mapping of adsorbed biomolecules. We utilized surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) phenomenon to monitor the known bioanalytes, protein A and human immunoglobulin G (IgG). The SERS substrate was composed of a poly(alylamine hydrochloride) (PAH)/poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS) layer-by-layer (LbL) nanocoating micropatterned with silver nanoparticles confined to microscopic stripes. Selective adsorption of biomacromolecules is facilitated by the amine-terminated LbL nanocoating, which prevents the surface adsorption of positively charged protein A across the surface except on the patterned regions containing negatively charged silver nanoparticles. Furthermore, adsorption of IgG on predetermined regions is facilitated by the selective binding of the Fc region of IgG to protein A. This label-free SERS approach provides accurate, selective, and fast detection of protein A and IgG solutions with a nanomolar concentration, down to below 1 nM for IgG in solution. This method could also be utilized for the facile detection of proteins in field conditions as well as in clinical, forensic, industrial, and environmental laboratories. PMID:21294559

  19. 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.

  20. A Universal Method for Fishing Target Proteins from Mixtures of Biomolecules using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

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    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.

  1. AFNMR: automated fragmentation quantum mechanical calculation of NMR chemical shifts for biomolecules

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    Swails, Jason [Rutgers University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and BioMaPS Institute (United States); Zhu, Tong; He, Xiao, E-mail: xiaohe@phy.ecnu.edu.cn [East China Normal University, State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy, Institute of Theoretical and Computational Science (China); Case, David A., E-mail: case@biomaps.rutgers.edu [Rutgers University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and BioMaPS Institute (United States)

    2015-10-15

    We evaluate the performance of the automated fragmentation quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics approach (AF-QM/MM) on the calculation of protein and nucleic acid NMR chemical shifts. The AF-QM/MM approach models solvent effects implicitly through a set of surface charges computed using the Poisson–Boltzmann equation, and it can also be combined with an explicit solvent model through the placement of water molecules in the first solvation shell around the solute; the latter substantially improves the accuracy of chemical shift prediction of protons involved in hydrogen bonding with solvent. We also compare the performance of AF-QM/MM on proteins and nucleic acids with two leading empirical chemical shift prediction programs SHIFTS and SHIFTX2. Although the empirical programs outperform AF-QM/MM in predicting chemical shifts, the differences are in some cases small, and the latter can be applied to chemical shifts on biomolecules which are outside the training set employed by the empirical programs, such as structures containing ligands, metal centers, and non-standard residues. The AF-QM/MM described here is implemented in version 5 of the SHIFTS software, and is fully automated, so that only a structure in PDB format is required as input.

  2. 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)

    2014-07-01

    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.

  3. EFFECT OF CARBOFURAN ON THE FORMATION OF SOME BIOMOLECULES IN BRINJAL (SOLANUM MELONGENA L. LEAF

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    MANZOOR A, ASHRAFI

    2014-09-01

    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.

  4. Thermoresponsive anionic copolymer brushes containing strong acid moieties for effective separation of basic biomolecules and proteins.

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    Nagase, Kenichi; Kobayashi, Jun; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Akiyama, Yoshikatsu; Kanazawa, Hideko; Okano, Teruo

    2014-10-13

    A thermoresponsive copolymer brush possessing the sulfonic acid group, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide (IPAAm)-co-2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS)-co-tert-butylacrylamide (tBAAm)), was grafted onto the surface of silica beads through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. Prepared copolymer and copolymer brushes on silica beads were characterized by observing the phase transition profile, CHNS elemental analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and gel permeation chromatography. The phase transition profile indicated that an appropriate AMPS composition for enabling thermally modulated property changes is 5 mol %, while excessive amounts of sulfonic acid groups prevented copolymer phase transition. Chromatographic elutions of catecholamine derivatives and basic proteins were observed, using the prepared copolymer brush-modified beads as chromatographic matrices, and the results suggest that the beads interact with these analytes through relatively strong electrostatic interactions. Thus, poly(IPAAm-co-AMPS-co-tBAAm) brush-modified beads will be useful for effective thermoresponsive chromatography matrices that separate basic biomolecules through strong electrostatic interactions. PMID:25220634

  5. N-acetyl-l-histidine, a Prominent Biomolecule in Brain and Eye of Poikilothermic Vertebrates

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    Baslow, Morris H.; Guilfoyle, David N.

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:25919898

  6. 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.

  7. Prototype sphere-on-sphere silica particles for the separation of large biomolecules.

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    Fekete, Szabolcs; Rodriguez-Aller, Marta; Cusumano, Alessandra; Hayes, Richard; Zhang, Haifei; Edge, Tony; Veuthey, Jean-Luc; Guillarme, Davy

    2016-01-29

    The goal of this study was to evaluate the possibilities offered by a prototype HPLC column packed with ∼2.5μm narrow size distribution sphere-on-sphere (SOS) silica particles bonded with C4 alkyl chains, for the analytical characterization of large biomolecules. The kinetic performance of this material was evaluated in both isocratic and gradient modes using various model analytes. The data were compared to those obtained on other widepore state-of-the-art fully core-shell and fully porous materials commonly employed to separate proteins moreover to a reference 5μm wide pore material that is still often used in QC labs. In isocratic mode, minimum reduced plate height values of hmin=2.6, 3.3 and 3.3 were observed on butylparaben, decapeptide and glucagon, respectively. In gradient elution mode, the SOS column performs very high efficiency when working with fast gradients. This prototype column was also comparable (and sometimes superior) to other widepore stationary phases, whatever the gradient time and flow rate, when analyzing the largest model protein, namely BSA. These benefits may be attributed to the SOS particle morphology, minimizing the intra-particle mass transfer resistance. Finally, the SOS column was also applied for the analytical characterization of commercial monoclonal antibody (mAb) and antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) samples. With these classes of proteins, the performance of SOS column was similar to the best widepore stationary phases available on the market. PMID:26755414

  8. 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. PMID:27563852

  9. 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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  10. Excitation and ionic fragmentation of gas-phase biomolecules using electrons and synchrotron radiation

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    de Souza, G. G. B.; Coutinho, L. H.; Nunez, C.; Bernini, R.; Castilho, R. B.; Lago, A. F.

    2007-11-01

    An experimental study of the electronic excitation and ionic dissociation of two important classes of biomolecules-natural products (biogenic volatile organic compounds, VOCs, and volatile components of essential oils) and DNA and RNA constituents (aminoacids and bases) is here exemplified with recent results on the fragmentation of thymine and isoprene as induced by synchrotron radiation and fast electrons. Fragmentation of the thymine molecule was seen to dramatically increase as the photon energy increased from 21 to 300 eV and 450 eV. At the highest photon energy, simply and doubly charged N and O atoms were observed. The parent ion (m/z = 126) could be observed at all photon energies. The fragmentation pattern observed in the 1.0 keV electron impact mass spectrum of thymine resembled more closely the fragmentation observed with 21 eV photons. In isoprene, the dominant fragments observed at 21 eV and 310 eV photon energy as well as in the 1.0 keV electron impact mass spectrum were C5H7+(m/z = 67), C4H5+(m/z = 53), C3H3+(m/z = 39) and C2H3+(m/z = 27). Previously unreported fragments, namely H+, C+, CH+, CH2+, and CH3+ were observed at the high photon energies and at the electron impact mass spectrum.

  11. 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. PMID:27199301

  12. 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.

  13. 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 newspapers and television at the International Mineralogical Association's Annual Meeting.

  14. 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.

  15. Experimental detection of long-distance interactions between biomolecules through their diffusion behavior: Numerical study

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    Nardecchia, Ilaria; Spinelli, Lionel; Preto, Jordane; Gori, Matteo; Floriani, Elena; Jaeger, Sebastien; Ferrier, Pierre; Pettini, Marco

    2014-08-01

    The dynamical properties and diffusive behavior of a collection of mutually interacting particles are numerically investigated for two types of long-range interparticle interactions: Coulomb-electrostatic and dipole-electrodynamic. It is shown that when the particles are uniformly distributed throughout the accessible space, the self-diffusion coefficient is always lowered by the considered interparticle interactions, irrespective of their attractive or repulsive character. This fact is also confirmed by a simple model to compute the correction to the Brownian diffusion coefficient due to the interactions among the particles. These interactions are also responsible for the onset of dynamical chaos and an associated chaotic diffusion which still follows an Einstein-Fick-like law for the mean-square displacement as a function of time. Transitional phenomena are observed for Coulomb-electrostatic (repulsive) and dipole-electrodynamic (attractive) interactions considered both separately and in competition. The outcomes reported in this paper clearly indicate a feasible experimental method to probe the activation of resonant electrodynamic interactions among biomolecules.

  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. 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

    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......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......). The highest protein and fatty acid content were found in SB's, up to 12.7 ± 0.3 and 2.5 ± 0.1 g L-1, respectively. Long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids represented up to 44.5% of total fatty acids. In all samples, leucine and glutamic acid/glutamine were the dominating amino acids while calcium...

  18. 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.

  19. Aequorin as a bioluminescent indicator for use in the determination of biomolecules in single cells. Final technical report

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    During this funding period, the laboratories of Drs. Anderson and Daunert have performed a considerable amount of work toward addressing the issues associated with small volume analysis necessary for single cell studies. In that respect, their research has been focused on (1) developing new assays that can be miniaturized and are suitable for small volume and single cell analysis; (2) fabricating pL-vials that simulate the volume of single cells and setting up instrumentation capable of low-volume detection; (3) developing reproducible and reliable microinjection techniques; (4) developing methods of analysis for biomolecules in the pL-vials and employing these assays in the detection of biomolecules in single cells. The accomplishments attained in all these areas are described below. A total of 24 publications and 35 presentations have resulted from this work.

  20. DNA-based Nanoconstructs for the Detection of Ions and Biomolecules with Related Raman/SERS Signature Studies

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    Brenneman, Kimber L.

    The utilization of DNA aptamers and semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) for the detection of ions and biomolecules was investigated. In recent years, there have been many studies based on the use of DNA and RNA aptamers, which are single stranded oligonucleotides capable of binding to biomolecules, other molecules, and ions. In many of these cases, the conformational changes of these DNA and RNA aptamers are suitable to use fluorescence resonant energy transfer (FRET) or nanometal surface energy transfer (NSET) techniques to detect such analytes. Coupled with this growth in such uses of aptamers, there has been an expanded use of semiconductor quantum dots as brighter, longer-lasting alternatives to fluorescent dyes in labeling and detection techniques of interest in biomedicine and environmental monitoring. Thrombin binding aptamer (TBA) and a zinc aptamer were used to detect mercury, lead, zinc, and cadmium. These probes were tested in a liquid assay as well as on a filter paper coupon. Biomolecules were also studied and detected using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), including DNA aptamers and C-reactive protein (CRP). Raman spectroscopy is a useful tool for sensor development, label-free detection, and has the potential for remote sensing. Raman spectra provide information on the vibrational modes or phonons, between and within molecules. Therefore, unique spectral fingerprints for single molecules can be obtained. SERS is accomplished through the use of substrates with nanometer scale geometries made of metals with many free electrons, such as silver, gold, or copper. In this research silver SERS substrates were used to study the SERS signature of biomolecules that typically produce very weak Raman signals.

  1. La perspectiva genealógica nietzscheana y la escritura de la historia

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    Moro Abadía, Oscar

    2002-01-01

    El presente articulo propone una definición de la perspectiva genealógica de F. Nietzsche (1844-1900) a través de la interpretación que de ella realizara Michel Foucault (1926-1984). Dicha perspectiva, convertida en una crítica de los valores, se constituye como instrumento del análisis histórico a través de tres de las líneas fundamentales que la definen: la critica del fundamento metafisico de la historia, la crítica del origen como lugar de la esencia y la pregunta por el valor d...

  2. Un modelo de referencia para definir la perspectiva organizacional de modelos de workflows

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    Stroppi, Luis Jesús Ramón; Villarreal, Pablo David

    2009-01-01

    El soporte que las herramientas de modelado y sistemas de gestión de workflows brindan a la perspectiva organizacional es limitado. Esto se debe a la falta de herramientas que permitan entender los requerimientos de distribución de trabajo definidos en un modelo de workflow. Este trabajo presenta un modelo de referencia que da soporte a la definición de la perspectiva organizacional de los modelos de workflows. El modelo provee un conjunto de atributos de actividad que permiten identificar lo...

  3. Perspectivas educativas contemporáneas en América Latina

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    Valdez Hernández, Ena Luz

    2010-01-01

    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...

  4. 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. PMID:26566067

  5. 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. PMID:27449966

  6. Detection of prostate-specific antigen with biomolecule-gated AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors

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    In order to improve the sensitivity of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) biosensors, a simple biomolecule-gated AlGaN/GaN HEMT structure was designed and successfully fabricated for prostate specific antigen (PSA) detection. UV/ozone was used to oxidize the GaN surface and then a 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APTES) self-assembled monolayer was bound to the sensing region. This monolayer serves as a binding layer for attachment of the prostate specific antibody (anti-PSA). The biomolecule-gated AlGaN/GaN HEMT sensor shows a rapid and sensitive response when the target prostate-specific antigen in buffer solution was added to the antibody-immobilized sensing area. The current change showed a logarithm relationship against the PSA concentration from 0.1 pg/ml to 0.993 ng/ml. The sensitivity of 0.215% is determined for 0.1 pg/ml PSA solution. The above experimental result of the biomolecule-gated AlGaN/GaN HEMT biosensor suggested that this biosensor might be a useful tool for prostate cancer screening. (paper)

  7. A Ruthenium(II) Complex Supported by Trithiacyclononane and Aromatic Diimine Ligand as Luminescent Switch-On Probe for Biomolecule Detection and Protein Staining

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    Wong, Chun-Yuen; Chung, Lai-Hon; Lin, Sheng; Chan, Daniel Shiu-Hin; Ma, Dik-Lung

    2014-01-01

    A new ruthenium(II) complex has been developed for detection of biomolecules. This complex is highly selective for histidine over other amino acids and has been applied to protein staining in an SDS-PAGE gel. PMID:25409703

  8. Theoretical foundation and experimental proof of the accumulating transfer of tritium from water into DNA and other biomolecules in vitro and in vivo

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    Theoretical foundation and experimental proof of the accumulating transfer of tritium from water into DNA and other biomolecules were presented using the data of experiments on fish sperm DNA and piglet's liver (in vitro tests) and maize and barley (in vivo tests). Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which describes a fundamental property of matter, predicts the light hydrogen isotope to prefer strong hydrogen bridge positions (with large local uncertainty). In contrast, the heavy hydrogen isotope tritium originally localized in water, should finally be found in the exchangeable hydrogen bridge positions of proteins, carbohydrates and nucleotides which are definitely less strong than those of water. Fractionation factor of tritium and protonium measured between water and DNA as well as the mixture of biomolecules of liver confirm this conclusion and show tritium accumulation biomolecules. Furthermore, the elevated rate of natural increase in tritium concentration in tissue solids of growing maize and barley confirm the accumulating tritium transfer from water to biomolecules taking place in vivo

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Terapia celular em doenças pulmonares: existem perspectivas?

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    João T. Ribeiro-Paes

    2009-05-01

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Development of methods for the purification of 67Ga and 68Ga for biomolecules labeling

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    For more than fifty years, the long-lived 68Ge/68Ga generators have been in development, obtaining 68Ga without the need of having in house cyclotron, which is a considerable convenience for PET centers that have no nearby cyclotrons. 68Ga decays 89% by positron emission and low photon emission (1077 keV) and the physical half life of 67.7 minutes is compatible with the pharmacokinetics of low biomolecular weight substances like peptides and antibody fragments. Moreover, its established metallic chemistry allows it to be stably bound to the carrier peptide sequence via a suitable bifunctional chelator, such as DOTA. All these reasons together with the technology of PET/CT allowed advances in molecular imaging, in particular in the diagnosis of neuroendocrine diseases. However, the eluate from the commercial 68Ge/68Ga generators still contains high levels of long lived 68Ge, besides other metallic impurities, which competes with 68Ga with a consequent reduction of the labeling yield of biomolecules, such as Fe3+ and Zn2+. Thus, the lower the amount of impurities in the eluate, the competition between the radiolabeled and unlabeled peptide by the receptor will be smaller and the quality of imaging will be better, a subsequent purification step is needed after the generator elution. The aim of this work is to evaluate different purifications methods of 68Ga to label biomolecules, with emphasis on the study of the chemical impurities contained in the eluate and to develop a new purification method. Several purification methods were studied. Many cationic resin were tested simulating the commercial process. 68Ga is adsorbed in cationic resin, which is not commercial available and eluted in acid/acetone solution. The use of minor particles of cationic resin AG50W-X4 (200-400 mesh) showed the best results. An innovate method was the extraction chromatography, which is based on the absorption of diisopropyl ether in XAD 16 and 68Ga recovery in deionized water. Although the

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    2016-05-01

    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

  19. Wavelength Selection For Laser Raman Spectroscopy of Putative Martian Habitats and Biomolecules

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    Wynn-Williams, D. D.; Newton, E. M. G.; Edwards, H. G. M.

    Pigments are key potential biomarkers for any former life on Mars because of the selective pressure of solar radiation on any biological system that could have evolved at its surface. We have found that the near -Infrared laser Raman spectrometer available to use was eminently suitable for diagnostic analysis of pigments because of their minimal autofluorescence at its 1064 nm excitation wav elength. However, we have now evaluated a diverse range of excitation wavelengths to confirm this choice, to ensure that we have the best technique to seek for pigments and their derivatives from any former surface life on Mars. The Raman is weak relative to fluorescence, which results in elevated baseline and concurrent swamping of Raman bands. We confirm the molecular information available from near-IR FT Raman spectra for two highly pigmented UV-tolerant epilithic Antarctic lichens (Acarospora chlorop hana and Caloplaca saxicola) from Victoria Land, a whole endolithic microbial community and endolithic cyanobacterium Chroococcidiopsis from within translucent sandstone of the Trans -Antarctic Mountains, and the free- living cyanobacterium Nostoc commune from Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula region. We also show that much of the information we require on biomolecules is not evident from lasers of shorter wavelengths. A miniature 1064 nm Raman spectrometer with an In-Ga-As detector sensitive to IR is being developed by Montana State University (now existing as a prototype) as the prime instrument for a proposed UK-led Mars rover mission (Vanguard). Preliminary spectra from this system confirm the suitability of the near-IR laser.

  20. Fullerene hollow microspheres prepared by bubble-templates as sensitive and selective electrocatalytic sensor for biomolecules.

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    Wei, Lang; Lei, Yilong; Fu, Hongbing; Yao, Jiannian

    2012-03-01

    We developed an electrocatalytic sensor based on C(60) hollow microspheres for highly sensitive and selective detection of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA), and uric acid (UA) in the presence of l-cysteine (RSH). The hollow microspheres of C(60) with a diameter controllable in the range of 0.5 to 1.5 μm and a thickness of 200 nm are synthesized by a high-temperature reprecipitation method with the assistance of alcohol bubbles. The superhydrophobicity of C(60) hollow microspheres makes them capable of forming a compact thin film at air/water interface, which can be readily transferred on the surface of gold or glassy carbon electrodes. This porous C(60) film made from C(60) hollow microspheres shows a specific surface area as high as 107 m(2) g(-1). In order to obtain a conducting film, the C(60)-modified electrode is pretreated by scanning the potential range from 0.0 to -1.5 V in 1 M KOH followed by potential cycling between 550 to -50 mV in a pH 7.2 phosphate buffer solution. On the basis of XPS and IR measurements, we found that surface oxides, such as -OH and C═O groups, are introduced on the surfaces of the conducting C(60) film. This, combined with the porosity that enhances the adsorption activity of C(60)-modified electrodes, enable the electrocatalytic analysis of target biomolecules with detection limit as low as 0.1 nM for DA in the presence of AA, and 1 μM for UA in the presence of RSH. PMID:22391457

  1. 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.

  2. Alternating current electrohydrodynamics in microsystems: Pushing biomolecules and cells around on surfaces.

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    Vaidyanathan, Ramanathan; Dey, Shuvashis; Carrascosa, Laura G; Shiddiky, Muhammad J A; Trau, Matt

    2015-11-01

    Electrohydrodynamics (EHD) deals with the fluid motion induced by an electric field. This phenomenon originally developed in physical science, and engineering is currently experiencing a renaissance in microfluidics. Investigations by Taylor on Gilbert's theory proposed in 1600 have evolved to include multiple contributions including the promising effects arising from electric field interactions with cells and particles to influence their behaviour on electrode surfaces. Theoretical modelling of electric fields in microsystems and the ability to determine shear forces have certainly reached an advanced state. The ability to deftly manipulate microscopic fluid flow in bulk fluid and at solid/liquid interfaces has enabled the controlled assembly, coagulation, or removal of microstructures, nanostructures, cells, and molecules on surfaces. Furthermore, the ability of electrohydrodynamics to generate fluid flow using surface shear forces generated within nanometers from the surface and their application in bioassays has led to recent advancements in biomolecule, vesicle and cellular detection across different length scales. With the integration of Alternating Current Electrohydrodynamics (AC-EHD) in cellular and molecular assays proving to be highly fruitful, challenges still remain with respect to understanding the discrepancies between each of the associated ac-induced fluid flow phenomena, extending their utility towards clinical diagnostic development, and utilising them in tandem as a standard tool for disease monitoring. In this regard, this article will review the history of electrohydrodynamics, followed by some of the recent developments in the field including a new dimension of electrohydrodynamics that deals with the utilization of surface shear forces for the manipulation of biological cells or molecules on electrode surfaces. Recent advances and challenges in the use of electrohydrodynamic forces such as dielectrophoresis and ac electrosmosis for the

  3. Water soluble polymer films for intravascular drug delivery of antithrombotic biomolecules.

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    Scott, Rebecca A; Park, Kinam; Panitch, Alyssa

    2013-05-01

    Over the past 10 years, the number of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures performed in the United States has increased by 33%; however, restenosis, which inhibits complete functional recovery of the vessel wall, remains a complication of this procedure. To traverse the complications associated with PCI, the investigation of therapeutic delivery has become an integral topic in modern research. One such therapeutic, a mimic of the proteoglycan decorin, termed DS-SILY, can mask exposed collagen and thereby effectively decrease platelet activation, has recently been developed by our lab. Drawing inspiration from coating technologies developed by the pharmaceutical industry, a fast-dissolving polymer film has been developed to deliver active therapeutic agents from a balloon catheter during PCI. This research investigates the release of DS-SILY from fast-dissolving polymer films composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). Thin, uniform polymer films were produced via spin coating technique. The dissolution speed of the polymer films was found to be dependent on the concentration of polymer solution, where at least 65% of the films were shown to dissolve into nanometer sized polymer fragments within 2 min. DS-SILY, up to 6.26 μg/cm(2), was loaded into the films and functional release of the mimic was demonstrated by its successful binding to collagen upon release. Furthermore, DS-SILY released from films resulted in increased platelet inhibition. These results indicate that use of fast-dissolving polymer films allow for the successful release of biomolecules and further investigation of their use for localized drug delivery during PCI procedures is warranted. PMID:23262161

  4. 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

  5. La epistemologia de Michael Polanyi: una perspectiva realista de la ciencia. [Reseña

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    2005-01-01

    Reseña de Francisco GALLARDO, La epistemologia de Michael Polanyi: una perspectiva realista de la ciencia, Edizioni Universita della Santa Croce («Series Philosophica »), Roma 2004, 347 pp., 17 x 24, ISBN 88-8333-131-1.

  6. Estado autoritário pós-64: perspectivas historiográficas

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    Monique Guimarães Cittadino

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho discute as perspectivas historiográficas sobre o Estado autoritário pós-1964. Para isso, são analisados livros específicos de Octávio Ianni, Thomas Skidmore, Maria Helena Moreira Alves, Manuel Antonio Garretón e Guillermo O’Donnell.

  7. LA PERSPECTIVA DEL USUARIO Y DEL SISTEMA EN LA INVESTIGACIÓN SOBRE EL COMPORTAMIENTO INFORMACIONAL

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    Aurora González Teruel

    2011-04-01

    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.

  8. As facções cariocas em perspectiva comparativa

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    Benjamin Lessing

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Entre os especialistas em segurança pública, tornou-se lugar-comum a idéia de que a guerra do tráfico no Rio de Janeiro é totalmente única no Brasil. Porém, essa afirmação é imprecisa. Organizações de narcotráfico em muitos aspectos comparáveis às facções cariocas existem em outros contextos urbanos. O que as diferencia é menos a capacidade de estabelecer o monopólio local sobre o comércio de drogas do que a resiliência da sua estrutura interna e, portanto, a duração da sua existência e dominação. Durante uma pesquisa de campo em nove comunidades de periferia de três cidades, observei não apenas uma alta variação nos graus de concentração entre os mercados locais de drogas, mas também de variação com o tempo dentro da mesma comunidade. Desta perspectiva, a estabilidade do mercado de drogas altamente concentrado do Rio de Janeiro pode ser visto como um equilíbrio único, no qual as forças de fragmentação operantes em outras cidades são neutralizadas por características específicas das facções cariocas. O meu argumento é o de que tais características decorrem do domínio exercido pelas facções sobre o sistema penitenciário desde antes do início da sua expansão para o comércio de drogas.It has become a commonplace that Rio de Janeiro’s guerra do tráfico is entirely unique within Brazil. In fact, this is inaccurate. Drug trafficking organizations that in many respects resemble Rio’s facções do exist in other urban contexts. What differentiates them is less the ability to establish a local monopoly on the drug trade than the resilience of their internal structure, and consequently the duration of their existence and domination. During field research in nine peripheral communities in three cities, I observed not only high variation in the degree of concentration between local drug markets, but also variation over time within single communities. In this light, the stability of Rio’s highly

  9. 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

  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. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles as smart and safe devices for regulating blood biomolecule levels

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    2011-05-15

    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

  12. 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

    of reproducibility. This technology can be used to circumvent the need for often expensive nano/microdispensing technologies. The ultimate size of the immobilised spots is defined by the focal area of the UV beam, which for a diffraction-limited beam can be less than 1 mm in diameter. LIMI has the added benefit...... 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...

  13. Fluorinated graphenes as advanced biosensors - effect of fluorine coverage on electron transfer properties and adsorption of biomolecules

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    Urbanová, Veronika; Karlický, František; Matěj, Adam; Šembera, Filip; Janoušek, Zbyněk; Perman, Jason A.; Ranc, Václav; Čépe, Klára; Michl, Josef; Otyepka, Michal; Zbořil, Radek

    2016-06-01

    Graphene derivatives are promising materials for the electrochemical sensing of diverse biomolecules and development of new biosensors owing to their improved electron transfer kinetics compared to pristine graphene. Here, we report complex electrochemical behavior and electrocatalytic performance of variously fluorinated graphene derivatives prepared by reaction of graphene with a nitrogen-fluorine mixture at 2 bars pressure. The fluorine content was simply controlled by varying the reaction time and temperature. The studies revealed that electron transfer kinetics and electrocatalytic activity of CFx strongly depend on the degree of fluorination. The versatility of fluorinated graphene as a biosensor platform was demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry for different biomolecules essential in physiological processes, i.e. NADH, ascorbic acid and dopamine. Importantly, the highest electrochemical performance, even higher than pristine graphene, was obtained for fluorinated graphene with the lowest fluorine content (CF0.084) due to its high conductivity and enhanced adsorption properties combining π-π stacking interaction with graphene regions with hydrogen-bonding interaction with fluorine atoms.Graphene derivatives are promising materials for the electrochemical sensing of diverse biomolecules and development of new biosensors owing to their improved electron transfer kinetics compared to pristine graphene. Here, we report complex electrochemical behavior and electrocatalytic performance of variously fluorinated graphene derivatives prepared by reaction of graphene with a nitrogen-fluorine mixture at 2 bars pressure. The fluorine content was simply controlled by varying the reaction time and temperature. The studies revealed that electron transfer kinetics and electrocatalytic activity of CFx strongly depend on the degree of fluorination. The versatility of fluorinated graphene as a biosensor platform was demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry for different biomolecules

  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)

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    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. 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.

  16. 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. PMID:27016087

  17. The biophysical effects of deuterium oxide on biomolecules and living cells through open notebook science

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    Salvagno, Anthony L.

    induced protein aggregation was possible in H2O, but prevented in the presence of D2O and analyzed via DLS. Deuterium exchange and replacement was observed and quantified using both FT-IR and CRDS. With FT-IR it was possible to identify differences between solvents, while the time-scale of hydrogen-deuterium exchange was quantified for bulk water with CRDS. Using optical tweezers, DNA was overstretched in both H2O and D2O. The average force for DNA overstretching was found to be ~2.5pN higher in D2O compared to H2O. Deuterium oxide has a stabilizing force on biomolecules, which prevents protein denaturing and can affect the timing for cellular processes. It is because of this molecular property that D2O is observed to affect organisms grown with D2O instead of H2O. Despite this, there seems to be an optimal concentration of deuterium which is above the natural concentration of 155.6ppm. In the presence of deuterium depleted water, cells exhibit signs of stress, further demonstrating that deuterium isn't merely tolerated in solution, but actually required as hypothesized by Gilbert N. Lewis in 1934.

  18. The Study of Biomolecule-Substrate Interactions by Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy and Brownian Dynamics Simulations

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    Cook, Sara Iliafar

    Hybrids of biomolecules and nanomaterials have been identified as promising candidates in the development of novel therapeutics and electronic devices. Single stranded DNA (ssDNA)-bound Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are of particular interest as they may be the key to solving the challenges that face the carbon nanotube separation technology and because of their potential application in bio-nanomedicine. The ability of ssDNA to form a stable hybrid with CNTs has been attributed to the structure and amphiphilic nature of this macromolecule, enabling the dispersion, sorting and patterned placement of nanotubes. Considering the significant role of ssDNA-CNTs in future technologies and the potential toxicity of such nanomaterials in biological systems, it is essential to gain a quantitative and fundamental understanding on the interactions that allow, weaken or prevent the formation of these hybrids. In this dissertation, we use both experimental and theoretical methods to systematically investigate the major characteristics of these interactions. The free energy of binding of ssDNA homopolymers to solvated carbon nanotubes is one of the key characteristics that determine the stability of such dispersions. We used single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS), first on graphite and next on single walled carbon nanotubes, to probe and directly quantify the binding strength of ssDNA homopolymer oligomers to these substrates. The force resisting removal of DNA molecules from these surfaces shows characteristic steady-state force plateaus which were distinguishable for each DNA sequence. The free energy of binding per nucleotide for these oligomers on graphite were ranked as T >= A > G >= C (11.3 +/- 0.8 kT, 9.9 +/- 0.4 kT, 8.3 +/- 0.2 kT, and 7.5 +/- 0.8 kT, respectively). On SWCNTs, these interactions decreased in the following order: A > G > T > C, and their magnitude was much larger than on graphite (38.1 +/- 0.2; 33.9 +/- 0.1; 23.3 +/- 0.1; 17.1 +/- 0.1 k

  19. DIÁLOGO DE LAS PERSPECTIVAS DE PERFIL CONCEPTUAL Y CONGLOMERADOS DE RELEVANCIA

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    Rosa I. Pedreros-M.

    2013-12-01

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. Los movimientos de protesta del Pueblo Mapuche en Chile, 2000-2011. Balance y perspectivas

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    Cancino, Rita

    Los movimientos de protesta del Pueblo Mapuche en Chile, 2000-2011. Balance y perspectivas. Aunque el pueblo mapuche sólo representa cerca del 5% de la población total de Chile, sus reivindicaciones históricas y luchas actuales tienen el mismo contenido que la de otros pueblos originarios de...... de los marcos ecológicos, culturales y lingüísticos de los pueblos originarios. Nos preguntamos en esta ponencia por las perspectivas de la lucha mapuche en un país en que los pueblos originarios son minoría y en las posibilidades de entablar alianza con otros sectores oprimidos para poder alcanzar...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Perspectivas contemporâneas em análise organizacional New perspectives in organizational analysis

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    Mário Sacomano Neto

    2002-04-01

    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.

  6. 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).

  7. PRÁTICAS DE CUIDADO NA PERSPECTIVA INTERDISCIPLINAR: UM CAMINHO PROMISSOR

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    2009-01-01

    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.

  8. El cumplimiento específico de los contratos de servicio en el derecho español: perspectivas sustantiva y procesal

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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.

  9. LA PERSPECTIVA DE LOS PARTICIPANTES EN LA PRODUCCIÓN Y ANÁLISIS DE LA INFORMACIÓN DE LA INVESTIGACIÓN CUALITATIVA

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    En las siguientes páginas se va a ir analizando el rol de los participantes a partir de la perspectiva de los implicados. Dicha perspectiva que por supuesto es “subjetiva”, no debe ser en ningún caso desdeñada por arbitraria o improcedente. Como se verá, esa perspectiva, con sus motivaciones e inquietudes es la que nos interesa para comprender mejor el mundo que les/nos rodea. Para aproximarnos a esa perspectiva existen numerosos métodos y técnicas. De entre ellas vamos a destacar algunas de ...

  10. Sensitivity and Resolution Enhanced Solid-State NMR for Paramagnetic Systems and Biomolecules under Very Fast Magic Angle Spinning

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    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

  11. Study of sodium arsenite induced biochemical changes on certain biomolecules of the freshwater catfish Clarias batrachus

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Toxic impact of sublethal concentration (1 mg/L; 5% of 96h LC50 value of sodium arsenite (NaAsO2 on certain biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and glycogen of five tissue components (muscles, liver, brain, skin, and gills of the freshwater catfish Clarias batrachus was analysed. The important toxic manifestations include marked decrease in the concentration of proteins (21.72-45.42% in muscles; 3.42-53.94% in liver; 15.39-45.42% in brain; 15.40-4.00% in skin and 11.35-64.13% in gills, DNA (0.55-22.95% in muscles; 8.33-14.06% in liver; 5.30-18.40% in brain; 13.57-52.80% in skin; and 12.38-31.01% in gills, RNA (42.68-76.16% in muscles; 10.68-39.75% in liver; 5.66-29.05% in brain; 7.72-27.93% in skin and 21.47-44.38% in gills and glycogen (24.00-51.72% in muscles; 49.11-72.45% in liver; 11.49-26.03% in brain; 26.13-38.05% in skin and 17.80-37.97% in gills. Excepting liver where the lipid content increases (15.82-24.13%, the fat content also showed depletion in their concentration (10.40-29.83% in muscles; 8.30-34.45% in brain; 8.94-31.47% in skin and 12.75-28.86% in gills, in the rest of the organ systems.Foi analisado o impacto tóxico da concentração subletal (1 mg/L; 5% do valor de LC50 de 96h do arsenito de sódio (NaAsO2 sobre certas biomoléculas (proteinas, ácidos nucleicos, lipídios e glicogênio de cinco tecidos (músculos, fígado, cérebro, pele e brânquias do bagre Clarias batrachus. As manifestações tóxicas importantes incluiram o decréscimo acentuado na concentração de proteinas (21,72-45,42% nos músculos; 3,42-53,94% no fígado; 15,39-45,42% no cérebro; 15,40-4,00% na pele e 11,35-64,13% nas brânquias, DNA (0,55-22,95% nos músculos; 8,33-14,06% no fígado; 5,30-18,40% no cérebro; 13,57-52,80% na pele e 12,38-31,01% nas brânquias, RNA (42,68-76,16% nos músculos; 10,68-39,75% no fígado; 5,66-29,05% no cérebro; 7,72-27,93% na pele e 21,47-44,38% nas brânquias e glicogênio (24,00-51,72% nos músculos; 49

  12. 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

  13. 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).

  14. Oxidative destruction of biomolecules by gasoline engine exhaust products and detoxifying effects of the three-way catalytic converter.

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    Blaurock, B; Hippeli, S; Metz, N; Elstner, E F

    1992-01-01

    Aqueous solutions of engine exhaust condensation products were derived from cars powered by diesel or four-stroke gasoline engines (with and without three-way catalytic converter). The cars were operated on a static test platform. Samples of the different exhaust solutions accumulated in a Grimmer-type distillation trap (VDI 3872) during standard test programs (Federal Test Procedure) were incubated with important biomolecules. As indicators of reactive oxygen species or oxidative destruction, ascorbic acid, cysteine, glutathione, serum albumin, the enzymes glycerinaldehyde phosphate dehydrogenase and xanthine oxidase, and the oxygen free-radical indicator keto-methylthiobutyrate were used. During and after the incubations, oxygen activation (consumption) and oxidative destruction were determined. Comparison of the oxidative activities of the different types of exhaust condensates clearly showed that the exhaust condensate derived from the four-stroke car equipped with a three-way catalytic converter exhibited by far the lowest oxidative and destructive power. PMID:1283938

  15. Effect of solution concentration on the structured order and optical properties of short-chain polyene biomolecules

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    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.

  16. Computational methods to study the structure and dynamics of biomolecules and biomolecular processes from bioinformatics to molecular quantum mechanics

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    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...

  17. Fabrication of non-enzymatic biosensor based on metallic catalyst-TiO2 hollow sphere nanocomposite for determining biomolecules.

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    Kwen, Hai-Doo; Yang, Hee-Soo; Lee, In-Ho; Choi, Seong-Ho

    2012-07-01

    A PtRu@TiO2-hollow nanocomposite for the detection of biomolecules was synthesized by chemical reduction. First, poly(styrene-co-vinylphenylboronic acid), PSB, was prepared as a template (approximately 250 nm) by surfactant-free emulsion polymerization. Second, PSB/TiO2 core-shell spheres were prepared by sol-gel reaction. Finally, TiO2 hollow spheres (TiO2-H) were then formed after removing the PSB template by calcination at 450 degrees C under air atmosphere. To prepare the electrocatalyst, PtRu nanoparticles (NPs) were deposited onto the TiO2-H surface by chemical reduction. The prepared PtRu@TiO2-H nanocomposite was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and elemental analysis. A non-enzymatic sensor was fabricated by depositing the as-prepared PtRu@TiO2-H nanocomposite on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE), which was prepared by a hand casting method with Nafion solution as a binder. The sensor was tested as a biomolecule sensor, especially for the detection of glucose and dopamine. The cyclic voltammograms (CV) obtained during the oxidation studies revealed that the PtRu@TiO2-H nanocomposite showed better catalytic function toward the oxidation of dopamine. The sensing range of the non-enzymatic sensor for glucose was 5.0-100 mM in a phosphate buffer. The results demonstrated the potential usefulness of this bimetallic@TiO2-H bifunctional catalyst for biosensor applications. PMID:22966548

  18. 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.

  19. Very stable 188Re-S4 chelates for labelling biomolecules. Preparation with highly concentrated perrhenate eluates

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    Aim: The preparation and stability of a new 188Re-S4-complex [S4 (1-aza-18-crown-6)(O)C-C(SH)-C(SH)-C(O)NH-(CH2)3-NH-(CH2)3-NHC(O)- = C(SH)- C(SH )-C(O)(1-aza-18-crown-6)] was studied at therapeutic relevant radioactive concentrations. The results were compared with 188Re-MAG3 (MAG3: mercaptoacetyltriglycine) and 188Re-DMSA preparations (DMSA: dimercaptosuccinic acid) performed with the same highly concentrated [188Re]perrhenate solution (12-15 GBq/ml). Methods: The 188Re complexes were prepared by direct reduction of perrhenate (188Re-S4-complex) as well as via the 188Re-EDTA precursor complex (188Re-MAG3, 188Re-DMSA). The preparations were stabilised with 15 mg of ascorbic acid and analysed after 1, 2, and 24 hours by TLC and HPLC. Additionally, in vitro and in vivo stability studies were performed with the purified complexes. Results: After stabilisation with 15 mg of ascorbic acid, all of the complexes were nearly stable under nitrogen for hours, and only 2-8% of perrhenate was observed after 24 h. In contrast, only the 188Re-S4 complex was completely stable in vitro and in all investigated in vivo samples after separation of ligand excess and reducing agent by HPLC. Conclusion: The bridging amine group or free carboxylic groups of the S4-ligand framework make available reactive positions for coupling biomolecules to the chelate. Thus it appears that the new 188Re-S4 complexes offer the possibility of stable and high specific activity labelling of biomolecules for therapeutic application. (orig.)

  20. Facile synthesis of Ag dendrites on Al foil via galvanic replacement reaction with [Ag(NH3)2]Cl for ultrasensitive SERS detecting of biomolecules

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    Symmetric silver dendrites have been synthesized on commercial aluminum foil via galvanic replacement reaction with [Ag(NH3)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 10−12 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 10−12 M

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Microspheres Assembled from Chitosan-Graft-Poly(lactic acid) Micelle-Like Core-Shell Nanospheres for Distinctly Controlled Release of Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Biomolecules.

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    Niu, Xufeng; Liu, Zhongning; Hu, Jiang; Rambhia, Kunal J; Fan, Yubo; Ma, Peter X

    2016-07-01

    To simultaneously control inflammation and facilitate dentin regeneration, a copolymeric micelle-in-microsphere platform is developed in this study, aiming to simultaneously release a hydrophobic drug to suppress inflammation and a hydrophilic biomolecule to enhance odontogenic differentiation of dental pulp stem cells in a distinctly controlled fashion. A series of chitosan-graft-poly(lactic acid) copolymers is synthesized with varying lactic acid and chitosan weight ratios, self-assembled into nanoscale micelle-like core-shell structures in an aqueous system, and subsequently crosslinked into microspheres through electrostatic interaction with sodium tripolyphosphate. A hydrophobic biomolecule either coumarin-6 or fluocinolone acetonide (FA) is encapsulated into the hydrophobic cores of the micelles, while a hydrophilic biomolecule either bovine serum albumin or bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) is entrapped in the hydrophilic shells and the interspaces among the micelles. Both hydrophobic and hydrophilic biomolecules are delivered with distinct and tunable release patterns. Delivery of FA and BMP-2 simultaneously suppresses inflammation and enhances odontogenesis, resulting in significantly enhanced mineralized tissue regeneration. This result also demonstrates the potential for this novel delivery system to deliver multiple therapeutics and to achieve synergistic effects. PMID:26987445

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    2015-12-01

    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.

  6. Libertad de expresión y el caso del lenguaje del odio. Una aproximación desde la perspectiva norteamericana y la perspectiva alemana

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    Oscar Pérez de la Fuente

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Este artículo analiza las concepciones sobre la libertad de expresión en el caso del lenguaje del odio, centrándose en algunos aspectos de la perspectiva norteamericana y en algunos aspectos de la perspectiva alemana. El primer modelo está basado en la libertad negativa y se corresponde con la visión del mercado de las ideas que ha elaborado la jurisprudencia de la Corte Suprema norteamericana. Este Tribunal ha otorgado una papel prioritario a la libertad de expresión, que debería limitarse sólo en casos de un peligro claro y presente o amenaza de desordenes públicos. El segundo modelo, centrado en la libertad positiva, otorga un papel prioritario a la dignidad humana frente a la libertad de expresión. El Tribunal Constitucional Federal alemán ha considerado que en el conflicto de derechos fundamentales debe establecerse una ponderación según las circunstancias de caso concreto. Abstract This article analyzes the conceptions on freedom of expression in the case of hate speech, focusing in some aspects of the North American perspective and in some aspects of the German perspective. The first model is based on negative freedom and it corresponds with the vision of marketplace of ideas that has elaborated the jurisprudence of the North American Supreme Court. This Court has given a priority role to the free speech that only must be limited in cases of clear and present danger or a threat of the breach of the peace. The second model is focused in the positive freedom, it gives a priority role to the human dignity in front of free speech. The Federal Constitutional Court has established that the conflict between fundamental rights must be considered according to the circumstances of the specific case. 

  7. O "Kung Fu" no Brasil na perspectiva dos mestres pioneiros: problemas e perspectivas no uso da história oral como instrumental de análise

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    Fernando Dandoro Castilho FERREIRA

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    Full Text Available Objetivando analisar a disseminação das artes marciais chinesas no Brasil optamos por entrevistar mestres pioneiros que imigraram da China trazendo na bagagem o "Kung Fu". Ao fazer esta opção em nossa dissertação, tomamos contato com um instrumental que é o uso de entrevistas na perspectiva da História Oral. Remexer a memória, aceitar os silêncios, respeitar o conhecimento construído e desconstruir outros, por si só já se mostram tarefas bastante árduas. Escutar estes mestres nos levou, mesmo que superficialmente, a tentar compreender aspectos da cultura chinesa sob os quais os mestres e o próprio "Kung Fu" se fundamentaram. Entender as lacunas, as dificuldades e as possibilidades do uso da História Oral como ferramenta metodológica é o que neste artigo buscamos, na perspectiva de contribuir com análises semelhantes, seja de outras práticas marciais ou mesmo de outros olhares sobre a cultura chinesa. Assim sendo, objetivamos neste artigo apontar e discutir a metodologia da História Oral e sua pertinência para o estudo das práticas marciais a partir do uso de entrevistas. Podemos, fruto da discussão apresentada, apontar a História Oral como instrumental bastante útil para a discussão das práticas marciais, considerando logicamente, as pertinências e especificidades necessárias para a adequada utilização desta metodologia de pesquisa.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. LA GERENCIA EN LAS ORGANIZACIONES SOCIALES: PERSPECTIVA CRÍTICA INTERPRETATIVA

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    Migdy Chacin

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    Full Text Available Esta investigación discute y analiza la gerencia como proceso sustentada en los actores sociales y en las dinámicas de la organización caracterizada por los cambios y trasformaciones de la temporalidad. Se propicia estudio desde una perspectiva crítica interpretativa. Se parte de información recabada a partir de gerentes de diferentes instituciones sociales públicas y privadas, a quines se les solicito su concepción acerca de la gerencia, las funciones y actividades relacionadas con su hacer gerencial y su postura frente al abordaje de este fenómeno. Posteriormente, se contrastó esa realidad con investigaciones y acercamientos teóricos sobre la materia con la intencionalidad de lograr evidencias para fundamentar la postura de los investigadores en cuanto a abordar gerencia en las organizaciones desde otra postura en el entendido, que no hay única forma de llegar al conocimiento sino que este debe analizarse desde diferentes perspectivas mas aun, cuando se trata de organizaciones que son complejas y dinámicas. La investigación concluye valorando la incorporación de la perspectiva critica interpretativa en el abordaje del fenómeno gerencial por cuanto, da sentido a la experiencia vivida por los actores que forman parte de las organizaciones sociales, es decir de la gente común, que comparte funciones y acciones llenas de intencionalidad, de motivos y propósitos, sobre la base de su propia vida y la de la organización social en la cual convive.

  11. PRÁCTICAS GERENCIALES ASOCIADAS A LA EVOLUCIÓN DE LAS PERSPECTIVAS DEL CUADRO DE MANDO INTEGRAL

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    Neyda Ibáñez

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo interpreta la vinculación entre la evolución de las diversas perspectivas del Cuadro de Mando Integral (CMI con las diferentes prácticas gerenciales emergentes de los cambios paradigmáticos en las ciencias gerenciales. El estudio se aborda desde la perspectiva hermenéutica en un contexto teórico enunciativo y documental. Se concluye que las perspectivas del CMI y sus prácticas están sujetas a la realidad dinámica, interactiva, mutante, por cuanto su esencia viene a ser la práctica social, la acción humana, la innovación y creatividad.

  12. Relevancia y conocimiento de las matemáticas: una perspectiva de estudiantes.

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    José Callejón Céspedes; Manuel Franco Nicolás; Juana María Vivo Molina

    2004-01-01

    El fracaso académico es un problema que, a lo largo de la historia, ha preocupado a profesores y que ha trascendido a los responsables políticos, economistas y en general a la sociedad. Han sido diversos los enfoques y numerosas las perspectivas (de los estudiantes, padres, docentes, políticos, …) desde las que se ha abordado esta situación, con la intención de paliar el fracaso académico; entre estos puntos de vista, en la actualidad, la valoración que hacen los propios estudiantes constituy...

  13. Nanotubos de carbono aplicados às neurociências: perspectivas e desafios

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    Virginia Oliveira; Michele Munk Pereira; Humberto de Mello Brandão; Marcos Antônio Fernandes Brandão; Wagner Farid Gattaz; Nádia Rezende Barbosa Raposo

    2011-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: Os nanotubos de carbono (NTCs) são os nanomateriais mais promissores para aplicação terapêutica em doenças neurodegenerativas. Aplicações potenciais incluem sistemas de liberação controlada de fármacos, interfaces elétricas e substratos para crescimento celular. OBJETIVO: Descrever o estado da arte e as perspectivas e desafios da aplicação dos NTCs nas neurociências. MÉTODO: Procedeu-se a uma busca sistemática nos indexadores Medline, Lilacs e SciELO, utilizando os descritores "ca...

  14. La generalización de patrones desde una perspectiva semiótico-cultural

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    Gómez, John; Vergel, Rodolfo

    2012-01-01

    En esta ponencia se presenta un avance de la tesis de maestría “El pensamiento algebraico desde una perspectiva semiótico - cultural. Un trabajo con sucesiones de números reales” que se viene desarrollando en la Maestría en Docencia de las Matemáticas de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. Se presenta el análisis hecho a uno de los grupos objeto de la investigación utilizando como marco de referencia el enfoque semiótico - cultural propuesto por Radford (2008, 2009, 2010) sobre el pensamiento...

  15. Aportes a las relaciones entre pensamiento y lenguaje: una perspectiva vygotskyana

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    Gómez Martínez, Leonardo

    2011-01-01

    El trabajo busca rastrear el significado de los términos ―pensamiento‖ y ―lenguaje‖ desde una perspectiva vygotskyana y establecer las posibles relaciones entre los procesos del pensamiento y el lenguaje en los simios y el hombre. La idea general es hacer viable la tesis de Vygotsky según la cual el lenguaje es el instrumento indispensable para convertir las funciones psicológicas elementales en funciones psicológicas superiores. Desde este punto de vista, la investigación se dedica a mostrar...

  16. Psicologia e psicologia clínica em Hong-Kong: Perspectivas gerais

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    Santos, Teresa

    1989-01-01

    A autora procura situar o fenómeno de edificação da Psicologia como ciência, e da Psicologia Clínica enquanto ramo dessa mesma ciência, no território de Hong-Kong. A referência ao contexto sócio-cultural em que o mesmo se desenrola, bem como a aspectos psicológicos inerentes à população de etnia chinesa, visa fornecer uma perspectiva de análise dinâmica desse mesmo fenómeno. ------ ABSTRACT ------ Concerning the territory of Hong-Kong the author describes the Psycho...

  17. Supervisão parental numa perspectiva de segurança infantil

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    Andrade, Maria da Conceição Braga Vieira de

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    Doutoramento em Motricidade Humana na especialidade de Comportamento Motor Esta dissertação aborda a supervisão parental numa perspectiva de segurança infantil. O percurso da tese inclui a tradução, adaptação e validação de um dos instrumentos mais divulgados para estudar a supervisão parental: o Parental Supervision Attributes Profile Questionnaire (PSAPQ)(Morrongiello & House, 2004; Morrongiello & Corbett, 2006). Foi feita a tradução, adaptação cultural e validação do instrumento e m...

  18. Abordaje de un caso clínico tratado desde una perspectiva integradora

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    Montes-Berges, Beatriz; Moreno Ratia, Mª Victoria

    2011-01-01

    Este trabajo tiene como objetivo presentar la eficacia de una terapia de integración. Esto supone ir más allá de los límites de los enfoques de escuelas únicas, integrando técnicas y descubrimientos que aunque en principio pueden parecer, en determinadas ocasiones, incompatibles a nivel teórico, resultan enriquecedores en la práctica clínica. Desde esta perspectiva, se ha llevado a cabo el tratamiento de una usuaria adscrita al programa de Violencia de Género, dada la gran vari...

  19. La evaluación de la docencia en lenguaje musical desde una perspectiva integradora

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    Esteve-Faubel, José-María; Molina Valero, Miguel Ángel; Botella Quirant, María Teresa; Espinosa Zaragoza, Juan Antonio; Esteve Faubel, Rosa Pilar

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    Póster y comunicación presentados en las VIII Jornadas de Redes de Investigación en Docencia Universitaria "Nuevas titulaciones y cambio universitario", Alicante, 8-9 Julio 2010. El presente estudio tiene como objetivo evaluar la docencia en la asignatura de Lenguaje Musical, titulación de Magisterio especialidad Musical, desde una perspectiva amplia y combinando tanto el método cualitativo como cuantitativo como medio para conocer con la mayor profundidad posible el tema tratado. Dada la ...

  20. El papel de la madre en los trastornos de la conducta alimentaria: una perspectiva psicosocial

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    Vázquez Velázquez, Verónica; Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán; Reidl Martínez, Lucy María; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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    Se presenta una revisión de la literatura publicada acerca del papel de la madre en los trastornos de la conducta alimentaria desde una perspectiva psicosocial. Los trastornos de la conducta alimentaria, como la anorexia y bulimia nerviosas y el trastorno por atracón, son patologías psiquiátricas influidas por factores genéticos, psicológicos, sociales y ambientales. En el contexto familiar, resulta necesario precisar el papel que juega la madre en relación con el desarrollo y mantenimiento d...

  1. Violencia en la enseñanza obligatoria : alternativas desde la perspectiva del profesorado

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    Rodríguez Díaz, Francisco Javier; Gutiérrez Hernández, C.; Herrero Díez, Francisco Javier; Albuerne López, Ramón Fernando; Cuesta Izquierdo, Marcelino; Hernández Granda, Eva; Gómez Carbonero, Patricia; Jiménez Viñuela, María Asunción

    2004-01-01

    El objetivo de este artículo es establecer y conocer qué alternativas utiliza el profesorado para hacer frente a las situaciones de violencia escolar entre iguales, tanto aquellas que se producen en el aula como en el Centro, así como la oferta que se viene desarrollando desde su perspectiva a nivel de prevención. La muestra utilizada (n = 69 profesores de enseñanza obligatoria), tomada de diferentes Colegios de Enseñanza Primaria e IES de la Comunidad Autónoma del Principado de Asturias a tr...

  2. Bovinicultura tradicional no nordeste transmontano situação actual e perspectivas de desenvolvimento

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    Carvalho, Marieta

    1993-01-01

    Este trabalho pretende fazer uma prospecção tendente a averiguar o diagnóstico da situação actual do bovino Mirandês no quadro da estrutura agrária do Nordeste Transmontano, seu dinamismo e perspectivas de desenvolvimento. A área administrativa onde incide o presente estudo pertence à Região Agrária de Trás-os-Montes, situa-se na sub-região do Nordeste designada por Zona Agrária da Terra Fria que compreende o distrito de Bragança e Vinhais. A metodologia utilizada foi a investi...

  3. Perspectivas de la energía solar fotovoltaica en la edificación

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    González Brañas, Iván

    2015-01-01

    El presente proyecto tiene la finalidad de elaborar las perspectivas de futuro de la energía solar fotovoltaica, especialmente en España. Para ello se analiza en profundidad la tecnología fotovoltaica y su industria a nivel mundial para conocer en qué punto de desarrollo se encuentra. También se detalla la evolución del mercado fotovoltaico a nivel mundial, realzando los factores más importantes que lo han hecho posible. Para ir aproximándose al mercado fotovoltaico en España, se estudia más ...

  4. Los laboratorios de enseñanza desde una perspectiva histórica y social

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    Santilli Traba, H.

    2009-01-01

    A partir de un estudio de caso (Física en Ingeniería), se indaga la evolución de los laboratorios de enseñanza, desde el marco de las olas históricas. El enfoque es cualitativo, holístico e interpretativo, se analizan procesos desde la perspectiva de los actores sociales involucrados. Se identifican los cambios en los objetivos y actividades planteados, con miras a desarrollar los conocimientos, científico e ingenieril, de los estudiantes. Se reconocen los cambios en los modelos de ciencia y ...

  5. Los sueños: su estudio científico desde una perspectiva interdisciplinaria

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    Maria Claudia Munévar; Andrés Manuel Pérez; Eugenia Guzmán

    1995-01-01

    En las últimas décadas, diversas disciplinas científicas han ganado terreno en el estudio de los sueños, principalmente la antropología, las neurociencias y la psicología, al igual que subdisciplinas como la cronobiología y la somnología. En este artículo se presentan algunas líneas de investigación sobre el tema de una perspectiva interdisciplinaria, incluyendo estudios transculturales, la relación entre el dormir y el soñar, la ontogenia, las clases de sueños y el análisis fo...

  6. BIODIVERSIDADE E PROPRIEDADE INTELECTUAL: UMA PERSPECTIVA SOBRE APROPRIAÇÃO DO CONHECIMENTO DOS POVOS TRADICIONAIS

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    Jerônimo Siqueira Tybusch; Thiago Luiz Rigon de Araujo; Letícia Thomasi Jahnke

    2013-01-01

    O presente artigo tem por objetivo abordar além da questão da Propriedade Intelectual e sua definição e seu regime, mas também busca um enfoque especial no campo da biodiversidade, que gera perspectivas de expansão econômica dos países desenvolvidos do norte, outorgados pelos interesses das grandes empresas transnacionais, a partir da exploração e apropriação dos recursos naturais prospectados na vasta biodiversidade dos países pobres e subdesenvolvidos, prática a qual pode ser denominada bio...

  7. Gestion de indicadores en proyectos de software. Perspectivas actuales y futuras

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    Ramsés Delgado Martínez; Ana María García Pérez; José Alejandro Lugo García

    2011-01-01

    Se abordan las temáticas sobre la obtención de medidas e indicadores, así como modelos y herramientas surgidas a lo largo de las últimas décadas en torno a la medición de los procesos y construcción de productos de software, perspectivas actuales y futuras. El contenido servirá de apoyo para la conformación y despliegue del proceso de Medición y Análisis en el marco del Programa de Mejoras que lleva a cabo la Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas (UCI).

  8. Violencia de género en la familia: perspectiva jurídico penal

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    José Julio Nares Hernández; Dulce Gloria Martínez García; Ricardo Colín García

    2015-01-01

    Se analizan desde una perspectiva garantista la Constitución Federal y los tratados internacionales que obligan al Estado a tutelar penalmente el derecho humano de la mujer a una vida libre de violencia en el hogar. Se concluye que para cumplir con este deber es ineludible la creación legislativa de tipo penal que sancione la violencia familiar asociada a la violencia de género. Esta acción legislativa sería parte de una nueva política criminológica dedicada específicamente a la prevención, s...

  9. Autocuidado de diabetes: una mirada con perspectiva de género

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    Laura Elena Trujillo Olivera; Austreberta Nazar Beutelspacher

    2011-01-01

    En Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, se realizó un estudio cualitativo encaminado a explorar con perspectiva de género las relaciones intergenéricas en grupos domésticos y su influencia en el autocuidado de personas diabéticas. La información emPírica provino de entrevistas en profundidad a algunos enfermos y a una persona cercana. En este caso se propone una categorización de autocuidado basada en lo que ellos manifiestan que hacen para controlar la enfermedad. Se documenta una importante desiguald...

  10. Una perspectiva neurocientífica sobre la histeria / a neuroscientific approach to hysteria

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    Amoruso, Lucía

    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 objetiv...

  11. La subjetividad en una perspectiva cultural-histórica: avanzando sobre un legado inconcluso

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    Fernando Luis González Rey

    2013-01-01

    En el presente artículo se pretende mostrar cómo las transformaciones del psiquismo humano, a partir del carácter cultural de las producciones y prácticas del hombre, permiten retomar el tema de la subjetividad como nivel cualitativo distintivo de la especie humana. La subjetividad, entendida en la perspectiva aquí defendida, es un proceso inherente al funcionamiento cultural del hombre y al mundo social generado por sus producciones culturales. Estas consideraciones pretenden responder a la ...

  12. Historia de la familia: una nueva perspectiva sobre la sociedad europea

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    Pablo Rodríguez

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Historia de la Familia: una nueva perspectiva sobre la sociedad europea. 5 volúmenes, varios autores. Murcia: Universidad de Murcia, 1997. Estos cinco libros conforman la memoria de las sesiones del congreso internacional celebrado en Murcia los días 14, 15 Y 16 de diciembre de 1994, bajo el mismo título. El éxito de dicho congreso, y el atractivo de estos libros, es explicable por el continuado trabajo del seminario Familia y élite de poder en el Reino de Murcia, que desde 1983 se reúne en forma continua con el liderazgo de Francisco Chacón.

  13. La perspectiva ecológica en el trabajo social con infancia, adolescencia y familia

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    Villalba Quesada, Cristina

    2004-01-01

    Para esta comunicación específica que propongo al Congreso Estatal de Escuelas de Trabajo Social, voy a plantear lo que, desde mi punto de vista, constituyen las ideas claves y las estrategias derivadas para la práctica de la Perspectiva Ecológica en Trabajo Social con Infancia, Adolescencia y Familia. Desde este posicionamiento se expondrán las diferencias entre los enfoques de riesgo, protección y resiliencia y se profundizará en las implicaciones teóricas, filosóficas y prácticas de las es...

  14. Projecto de marketing digital para a APC numa perspectiva de estratégia de desenvolvimento

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    Cavez, Ana Lúcia da Silva Pereira

    2014-01-01

    Mestrado em Marketing A tese constante neste documento consiste no desenvolvimento de um plano de marketing digital para uma empresa portuguesa de fabrico de instrumentos cordofones, a APC, numa perspectiva de estratégia de desenvolvimento. Actualmente a empresa, por não possuir pessoal com formação especializada para o efeito, não gere da melhor forma a sua actuação digital, podendo até considerar-se que a sua presença nesse campo é nula ou praticamente inexistente. Apesar de estar pre...

  15. Por uma perspectiva social e política de Gênero e sexualidade.

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    Guasch, Òscar, 1961-

    2014-01-01

    Resumo Neste artigo, o sociólogo espanhol Oscar Guasch problematiza as categorias gênero e sexualidade a partir de uma perspectiva social e política. O autor defende que as Ciências Sociais produzam suas próprias ferramentas críticas que possam desmontar e revisar as concepções de gênero e de sexualidade inventadas pelas ciências da saúde (Medicina) e da conduta (Psicologia). Tal abordagem insere-se no campo da Sociologia da Sexualidade na Espanha, no qual Guasch desenvolve suas pesquisas sob...

  16. A maior dor do mundo: o luto materno em uma perspectiva fenomenológica

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    Joanneliese Lucas de Freitas; Luís Henrique Fuck Michel

    2014-01-01

    O presente trabalho busca refletir sobre a vivência do luto materno na sociedade brasileira contemporânea, a partir da perspectiva fenomenológico-existencial. Foi realizada uma pesquisa qualitativa com três mães enlutadas. Utilizou-se o método fenomenológico de entrevistas, com uso de pergunta disparadora. A análise dos dados seguiu os quatro passos metodológicos de Giorgi. O relato das mães evidenciou diferentes temáticas, descritas por meio de dez elementos constituintes da vivência de luto...

  17. Una perspectiva lingüística del desarrollo rural regional

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    Willelmira Castillejos López

    2009-01-01

    Este estudio está basado en el análisis de un corpus automatizado analizado mediante las herramientas del programa Wordsmith, diseñado para análisis léxico. Los textos que almacena el programa son resultado de 76 ponencias presentadas en el III Congreso Internacional Perspectivas del Desarrollo Rural Regional. El énfasis es en los términos definidos como unidades léxicas especializadas que contribuyen a un mejor entendimiento de las ciencias. El marco teórico es la terminología como referente...

  18. Em busca de uma ética ambiental: as perspectivas e Baird Callicott e Paul Taylor

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    Tânia Aparecida Kuhnen

    2012-01-01

    http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1677-2954.2008v7n3p19O tema deste artigo é a ética ambiental e, mais especificamente, as propostas éticas de Baird Callicott e Paul Taylor, formuladas na tentaiva de expandir a comunidade moral. Enquanto Calliott defende uma perspectiva holista de ética ambiental, na qual o valor moral da ação depende de quanto ela constribui para o bem da comunidade bioética em sua totalidade, Taylor apresenta como moralmente relevantes as ações que contribuem para promover ou prote...

  19. La violencia escolar en Colombia desde la perspectiva sistémica de Talcott Parsons

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    Palomino-Leiva, Martha Liliana

    2015-01-01

    El eje central de esta investigación es estudiar el fenómeno de la violencia escolar a partir de la teoría sociológica de Talcott Parsons. Desde esta perspectiva la violencia escolar se entiende como una conducta desviada de los escolares motivada por actitudes, valores, normas sociales, creencias y actos simbólicos, manifiestos en su vida cotidiana. Estudio cuantitativo de tipo descriptivo realizado sobre una fuente secundaria, una encuesta oficial, aplicada en la ciudad de Bo...

  20. Aproximación a los contextos en prisión. Una perspectiva socioeducativa

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    Añaños-Bedriñana, Fanny T.; Fernández-Sánchez, Mª Pilar; Llopis Llácer, Juan José

    2013-01-01

    [ES] Los establecimientos penitenciarios de cumplimiento de pena no sólo son entidades arquitectónicas, administrativas y funcionales del sistema penitenciario, sinoque son contextos ecosistémicos, de socialización y de educación-reeducación de gran importancia, especialmentepara laspersonas internadas. En este trabajo se hace una aproximación a la realidad penitenciaria española, desde una perspectiva socioeducativa de género y, prestando especial atención a la configuracióndel s...

  1. UNA PERSPECTIVA HETERODOXA SUGERIDA PARA EL ESTUDIO DE LAS EMPRESAS FAMILIARES EN COLOMBIA

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    RUTH ESPERANZA ROMÁN CASTILLO

    2009-01-01

    A partir de la revisión de fuentes secundarias en forma de libros, artículos y trabajos de grado, y con propósitos de reflexión y evaluación, en este artículo se identifican algunas tendencias ortodoxas de la investigación nacional sobre las empresas familiares, y un grupo de perspectivas heterodoxas señaladas por investigadores del mundo anglosajón. Los resultados de la revisión permiten concluir la alta difusión de las teorías ortodoxas entre investigadores y estudiantes; mientras que, los ...

  2. Arqueologia de la mort: una perspectiva de la història medieval

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    Ollich i Castanyer, Imma, 1951-

    1993-01-01

    El tema que presentem avui pretén enfocar una 'arqueologia de la mort' entesa com una perspectiva de (i per) la història medieval. Més que enfocar tipologies d'enterraments, sepultures i esquelets, i la seva evolució en les diferents cultures que es desenvolupen al llarg de l'Edat Mitjana (tasca que han fet els meus companys en els conferències dels dies precedents), m'agradaria intentar una teorització sobre què suposa fer arqueologia centrada en un aspecte concret de les restes materials: l...

  3. Gestion de indicadores en proyectos de software. Perspectivas actuales y futuras

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    Ramsés Delgado Martínez

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Se abordan las temáticas sobre la obtención de medidas e indicadores, así como modelos y herramientas surgidas a lo largo de las últimas décadas en torno a la medición de los procesos y construcción de productos de software, perspectivas actuales y futuras. El contenido servirá de apoyo para la conformación y despliegue del proceso de Medición y Análisis en el marco del Programa de Mejoras que lleva a cabo la Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas (UCI.

  4. El text audiovisual: anàlisi des d'una perspectiva mediològica

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    Tous, Anna

    2008-01-01

    Consultable des del TDX Títol obtingut de la portada digitalitzada El text audiovisual: anàlisi des d'una perspectiva mediològica és una investigació sobre cinc sèries estatunidenques: El ala oeste de la Casa Blanca (The West Wing, NBC: 1999-2006), Perdidos (Lost, ABC: 2004-), Mujeres desesperadas (Desperate Housewives, ABC: 2004-), House (House, Fox: 2004-) i CSI: Las Vegas (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS: 2000-). De cadascuna de les sèries del corpus se n'analitza la primera temp...

  5. SALUD MENTAL: UN ABORDAJE DESDE LA PERSPECTIVA ACTUAL DE LA PSICOLOGÍA DE LA SALUD

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    Moisés Mebarak; Alberto De Castro; María del Pilar Salamanca; María Fernanda Quintero

    2009-01-01

    Este artículo está basado en un estudio estado del arte acerca del entendimiento actual que se tiene sobre el concepto de salud mental, especialmente desde la perspectiva de la psicología de la salud. Con el fin de ilustrar este campo, se presentan algunos aportes y/o investigaciones tanto a nivel general como de la región costa Caribe colombiana. Se ha encontrado que el concepto de salud mental implica el desarrollo de estilos de vida y de características personales, interpersonales, sociale...

  6. MARCAS DE ORALIDADE NO CADERNO KZUKA – UM OLHAR SOB A PERSPECTIVA DOS ESTUDOS CULTURAIS

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    Angela Dillmann Nunes Bicca

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo, buscamos compreender como as marcas de oralidade presentes no jornalismo estão implicadas na constituição de identidades culturais juvenis. Sob a perspectiva dos Estudos Culturais, discutimos, a partir da abordagem discursiva da Representação Cultural, os modos como o Caderno Kzuka – periódico semanal do jornal gaúcho Zero Hora – promove uma forma de Pedagogia Cultural, ao incorporar expressões e elementos tipicamente juvenis ao texto escrito no semanário.

  7. O crime de insolvência dolosa: perspectiva pericial e forense

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    Marques, Vitor Manuel Ferreira

    2008-01-01

    O presente trabalho debruça-se sobre o estudo do crime de insolvência dolosa numa perspectiva pericial e forense, tendo por escopo, evidenciar as principais dificuldades/obstáculos na investigação deste ilícito. Adoptando uma leitura sulcada entre direito e contabilidade procura-se explicar o surgimento do processo-crime e os instrumentos para detecção e combate deste tipo de fraude e a identificação da documentação relevante para a investigação criminal. Procura-se ta...

  8. Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge: novas perspectivas de interpretação

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    Renata Martins

    2012-01-01

    O objetivo deste texto é analisar a experiência do estranho no romance Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge, de Rainer Maria Rilke, através de novas perspectivas de interpretação apoiadas, por exemplo, nas teorias psicanalíticas de Sigmund Freud. Vivendo em uma cidade estrangeira (Paris), com a qual ainda não se identifica, o protagonista do romance, Malte Laurids Brigge, descobre um mundo interior novo através de seu choque com experiências do estranho nesse milieu. A revelação de rec...

  9. A inclusão na perspectiva do novo paradigma da ciência

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    Reinoldo Marqueza

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo aborda o processo de transição paradigmática da ciência moderna para a ciência pós-moderna. Salienta as características do paradigma atual, a crise desse paradigma e aponta os contornos do paradigma emergente na perspectiva do sociólogo Boaventura Sousa Santos. Refere a Educação Inclusiva como um novo processo de produção e de apropriação do conhecimento e como uma nova forma de estar na relação.Palavras-chave: Paradigma. Conhecimento. Educação Inclusiva.

  10. Las relaciones de trabajo en la globalización: tres perspectivas de análisis

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    Leticia Barrios Graziani

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available El presente ensayo pretende abordar las concepciones fundamentales de tres perspectivas analíticas en torno a las relaciones de trabajo que se prefiguran en la era de la globalización. Las tres corrientes que interesa analizar son las siguientes: la posmarxista, entendiendo por tal, los desarrollo posteriores a las ideas originales de Karl Marx; las neoclásicas que se desprenden fundamentalmente de la escuela de Von Hayek y Friedman y finalmente, la perspectiva postmoderna, en particular, los aportes que en este sentido brindan Antonio Negri, Hardt y otros de la misma tendencia.

  11. El valor de marca: perspectivas de análisis y criterios de estimación

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    Del Río Lanza, Ana Belén; Vázquez Casielles, Rodolfo; Iglesias Argüelles, Víctor

    2002-01-01

    [ES] A lo largo de la última década, se ha originado un importante debate acerca de lo que debe entenderse por valor de marca. En la delimitación de este concepto se han utilizado varias perspectivas de análisis y criterios de estimación muy diferentes, de ahí que aún exista sobre este tema una excesiva ambigüedad. En este trabajo se presenta un marco teórico donde se contemplan distintas perspectivas de estudio y varios criterios de estimación del valor de marca. A partir de este marco, s...

  12. Aportaciones de la perspectiva de género a la investigación epidemiológica

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    García Gil, Carmen; Álvarez Girón, Manuela; Solano Parés, Ana

    2009-01-01

    El Grupo de Investigación “Análisis epidemiológico de las desigualdades sociales ante la salud”, constituido en 1987, viene trabajando, desde sus inicios, en el desarrollo de metodologías de investigación que abran el campo de la salud a una perspectiva social y poblacional, más allá de lo biomédico. La perspectiva de género, introducida en los últimos años, ha sido el resultado que le ha dado coherencia a las distintas líneas de investigación emprendidas y nos ha abierto a la ...

  13. Diseño conceptual del emprendimiento para el desarrollo regional en la perspectiva de la complejidad autopoiesica

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    Porras Jiménez, Jaime Augusto

    2006-01-01

    El Diseño Conceptual del Emprendimiento para el Desarrollo Regional en la perspectiva de la Complejidad Autopoiésica, además de la primera parte sobre el diseño metodológico aplicado en el proceso investigativo, comprende dos partes, el estudio del “estado del emprendimiento y su contexto” con énfasis en la génesis conceptual del Emprendimiento y, el estudio sobre la “conceptualización del emprendimiento” con énfasis propositivo desde una perspectiva epistemológica y reflexiva. En el estado d...

  14. Perspectivas das pesquisas em gerontologia e geriatria: revisão da literatura

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    Freitas Maria Célia de

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo é exploratório e descritivo e objetivou identificar e analisar as tendências e perspectivas das pesquisas nas áreas de gerontologia e geriatria. Realizou-se levantamento bibliográfico, junto ao Banco de Dados Lilacs e acervo da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto-USP, de publicações multiprofissionais, no período de 1980 a 2000. Apresentaram-se os resultados sob a forma de tabelas e gráficos, destacando-se os estudos com enfoque geriátrico (54%. Quanto às abordagens, houve, na última década (1990 a 2000, aumento, distribuindo-se em Biológica (32%, Recursos Humanos (18%, Social (17%, Psicológica (9,8%, Holística (4,0%, excetuando-se a Ética que permaneceu com o mesmo percentual nos dois períodos (0,8%. Em relação ao tipo de pesquisa, predominou a qualitativa (49,2%. Verifica-se, portanto, que as perspectivas em relação aos idosos indicaram interesse dos profissionais pela temática, tanto pelas transições demográficas e epidemiológicas quanto pela formação de recursos humanos, para o mundo do trabalho junto a idosos, no âmbito profissional e no domiciliar.

  15. Competitividade e Papel do Poder Público a Partir da Perspectiva Evolucionária

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    Andréia Aparecida Albino

    2010-12-01

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    Este estudo explora conceitos da teoria econômica evolucionária, com o objetivo de propor uma perspectiva inovadora para se estudar aglomerações industriais ou Arranjos Produtivos Locais (APLs. Em consonância com a perspectiva evolucionária, insere-se o conceito de cadeia de valor, como estrutura analítica para analisar a dinâmica competitiva de APLs. Apresentam-se elementos que parecem apropriados ao estudo da cadeia produtiva moveleira, com base na estrutura proposta. A principal contribuição do trabalho consiste na proposta de uma estrutura analítica de simples aplicação e que permite classificar empresas de um APL, segundo seus padrões estratégicos e competitivos, bem como identificar características que merecem destaque e, até, atenção por parte de empresários e de formuladores de políticas públicas.

  16. Competitividade e Papel do Poder Público a Partir da Perspectiva Evolucionária

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    Andréia Aparecida Albino

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo explora conceitos da teoria econômica evolucionária, com o objetivo de propor uma perspectiva inovadora para se estudar aglomerações industriais ou Arranjos Produtivos Locais (APLs. Em consonância com a perspectiva evolucionária, insere-se o conceito de cadeia de valor, como estrutura analítica para analisar a dinâmica competitiva de APLs. Apresentam-se elementos que parecem apropriados ao estudo da cadeia produtiva moveleira, com base na estrutura proposta. A principal contribuição do trabalho consiste na proposta de uma estrutura analítica de simples aplicação e que permite classificar empresas de um APL, segundo seus padrões estratégicos e competitivos, bem como identificar características que merecem destaque e, até, atenção por parte de empresários e de formuladores de políticas públicas.

  17. LIDERAZGO Y RENDIMIENTO DE LA GERENCIA INTERMEDIA BAJO LA PERSPECTIVA DE LOS OBJETIVOS BALANCEADOS

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    Eleonora Parra de Párraga

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Analizar una empresa desde la perspectiva del liderazgo y el rendimiento utilizando como método los objetivos balanceados o Cuadro de Mando Integral, implica la utilización de herramientas poco comunes pero exitosas. Enfrentar una investigación desde varios ángulos presenta la oportunidad de observar con mayor detenimiento las diversas áreas que presentan problemas y determinar así la mejor forma de resolverlos. El método de los objetivos balanceados o Cuadro de Mando Integral, ofrece esta oportunidad, a cualquier organización. Dicho método puede emplearse desde la perspectiva tanto financiera como no financiera, lo básico es que le indica al empresario donde están sus fallas y cómo debe corregirlas. Lo primordial es lograr el éxito en todos los órdenes, y eso lo puede lograr al precisar un eficiente liderazgo decidido a mejorar u optimizar el rendimiento empresarial.

  18. Medición y determinantes del valor de marca en la perspectiva del consumidor

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    Martin de La Martinière Petroll

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Varios autores (Aaker 1992 y 1998, Keller 1993, Ogrizek 2002, Hoeffler y Keller 2002 afirman que existen muchas ventajas para que una empresa tenga una marca fuerte, pues brinda una importante ventaja competitiva, al establecer una barrera que evita que los consumidores cambien de marca (Aaker 1992. Por este motivo, la medición del valor de marca y la identificación de los elementos esenciales de su gestión pasan a ser considerados puntos fundamentales en el área de marketing. Hace una década, el Marketing Science Institute coloca ese tema como la prioridad máxima en sus indicaciones de tópicos de investigación (Ailawadi et al. 2003. A pesar de la extensa literatura sobre el valor de marca, se observa una divergencia acerca de su concepto, de las dimensiones que definen ese constructo, de los factores que la influencian, de las perspectivas por las cuales la misma debería ser estudiada y de las formas de medición. Esta es la base de sustentación de este trabajo, que tuvo como objetivo examinar la literatura más relevante sobre valor de marca para analizar los conceptos utilizados sobre marca y valor de marca, las dimensiones de ese constructo y las perspectivas de medición.  

  19. PERSPECTIVAS ANALÍTICAS E PROGRAMAS DE PESQUISA SOBRE A COOPERAÇÃO SOCIAL

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    Silvio Segundo Salej Higgins

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumo:Este artigo examina formatos teóricos que rivalizam em sua forma de explicar a cooperação social. São expostas duas perspectivas teóricas distintas, através das pesquisas de Jean Piaget e de autores da Teoria da Escolha Racional. Enquanto a primeira compreende a cooperação a partir da evolução das estruturas cognitivas morais, a segunda vê-la como resultado da coordenação dos interesses de atores racionais. Após a exposição de recentes publicações no âmbito da cooperação, são expostas e comparadas as principais perspectivas teóricas já mencionadas, identificando seus aportes à compreensão do fenômeno cooperativo, seus pontos de convergência e de distanciamento. Elencamos os principais programas de pesquisa que têm dado desdobramento às premissas teóricas de Piaget e dos autores da Teoria da Escolha Racional.

  20. Perspectiva problematizadora da educação popular em saúde e a enfermagem

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    Neide Aparecida Titonelli Alvim

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es reflexionar sobre la educación popular en salud aplicada al contexto del educar y el cuidar de la enfermera, desde una perspectiva crítica y problematizadora. Aborda los principios de la práctica educativa dialógica aplicados a la pedagogía de la salud basada en la filosofía de Paulo Freire, subsidiando la transformación de la práctica de la enfermera en ese campo. Las ideas de Freire aplicadas a la práctica educativa de la enfermera posibilitan la crítica y la reflexión, transformando el saber de los grupos a partir del conocimiento científico y del conocimiento popular. En esa perspectiva, la persona tiene la oportunidad de puntuar y reflexionar sobre los propios vehículos de la educación en salud. El artículo llama la atención para el hecho de que sin una acción colectiva de la enfermera, compartida con el saber popular en el espacio educativo en salud, el conocimiento científico seguirá anacrónico, desvinculado del mundo práctico.

  1. GOBERNABILIDAD: UNA APROXIMACIÓN CONCEPTUAL DESDE LA PERSPECTIVA DE LA GUBERNAMENTALIDAD

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    Martín Carné

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo que tiene por objetivo analizar la pertinencia y las potencialidades que la perspectiva de la gubernamentalidad puede ofrecer a la categoría “gobernabilidad” más allá de los abordajes de corte institucionalista que predominan en la Ciencia Política de la región. Así como la gobernabilidad se derivaría de un ejercicio del poder político sometido a “reglas de juego” que regulan las acciones de los actores y confieren capacidades para atender demandas sociales, nos preguntamos, como hipótesis, si aquélla puede también pensarse como el resultado de racionalidades y tecnologías de gobierno de corte neoliberal tendientes a constituir sujetos gobernables. Basándonos en la lectura de documentos académicos – y reconociendo que el presente trabajo constituye una primera aproximación sobre la problematización planteada – concluimos que la perspectiva de la gubernamentalidad ofrece herramientas útiles para tratar la gobernabilidad de un orden político.

  2. CURRÍCULO E AÇÕES AFIRMATIVAS: perspectivas multiculturais

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    Theoffillo da Silva Lopes

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Entendendo que a educação não é neutra, e que, por si só, não tem a capacidade de encarar os problemas sociais existentes sem a tomada de uma posição positiva e afirmativa por parte dos agentes envolvidos na construção do currículo, já que este, por sua vez, tem um caráter político, social e de relações de poder, percebe-se a influência que o mesmo pode ter ou efetuar sobre as políticas e os processos educativos, agindo como reprodutores ou transformadores da realidade. As ações afirmativas para adentro dos muros da educação formal se tornam inviáveis se, em suas dimensões, os processos educacionais não forem estabelecidos em currículos com perspectivas multiculturais. Assim, percebe-se que, as perspectivas curriculares multiculturais trazem para as ações afirmativas, a possibilidade de concretização dos seus objetivos, além do fato de não só legitimar o acesso de minorias de grupos, como também ratificar e favorecer a permanência e o auxílio a tais minorias.

  3. Abordando la problemática del Dengue desde una perspectiva ambiental

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    Claudia Zuñiga Vega

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El Dengue es una enfermedad viral que genera danos cuantiosos en los países donde se desarrolla, afectando la economía, las actividades productivas y el turismo, entre otros. El principal transmisor de esta enfermedad es el mosquito Aedes aegypti y las campanas para erradicar este vector se han dirigido principalmente hacia la eliminación de sus larvas y adultos por medio de plaguicidas y hacia la reducción del mal manejo de los desechos. Sin embargo, no se ha realizado esfuerzos para determinar las razones por las que las poblaciones de este mosquito han sido tan exitosas, ni se ha aplicado enfoques integrales para luchar contra esta pandemia. Este artículo trata de explicar el incremento de los casos de Dengue desde la perspectiva del descontrol y desinterés ambiental y la falta de apoyo a las comunidades en muchos campos. Es por esto que los autores proponen abordar esta problemática desde una perspectiva ambiental integral, abarcando desde el control químico y biológico hasta la integración de todos los sectores involucrados (Gobierno, médicos y comunidad.

  4. A novel promising biomolecule immobilization matrix: synthesis of functional benzimidazole containing conducting polymer and its biosensor applications.

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    Uzun, Sema Demirci; Unlu, Naime Akbasoglu; Sendur, Merve; Kanik, Fulya Ekiz; Timur, Suna; Toppare, Levent

    2013-12-01

    In order to construct a robust covalent binding between biomolecule and immobilization platform in biosensor preparation, a novel functional monomer 4-(4,7-di(thiophen-2-yl)-1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)benzaldehyde (BIBA) was designed and successfully synthesized. After electropolymerization of this monomer, electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical properties were investigated in detail. To fabricate the desired biosensor, glucose oxidase (GOx) was immobilized as a model enzyme on the polymer coated graphite electrode with the help of glutaraldehyde (GA). During the immobilization step, an imine bond was formed between the free amino groups of enzyme and aldehyde group of polymer. The surface characterization and morphology were investigated to confirm bioconjugation by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at each step of biosensor fabrication. The optimized biosensor shows good linearity between 0.02mM and 1.20mM and a low limit of detection (LOD) of 2.29μM. Kinetic parameters Km(app) and Imax were determined as 0.94mM and 10.91μA, respectively. The biosensor was tested for human blood serum samples. PMID:23973906

  5. New Dioxaborolane Chemistry Enables [(18)F]-Positron-Emitting, Fluorescent [(18)F]-Multimodality Biomolecule Generation from the Solid Phase.

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    Rodriguez, Erik A; Wang, Ye; Crisp, Jessica L; Vera, David R; Tsien, Roger Y; Ting, Richard

    2016-05-18

    New protecting group chemistry is used to greatly simplify imaging probe production. Temperature and organic solvent-sensitive biomolecules are covalently attached to a biotin-bearing dioxaborolane, which facilitates antibody immobilization on a streptavidin-agarose solid-phase support. Treatment with aqueous fluoride triggers fluoride-labeled antibody release from the solid phase, separated from unlabeled antibody, and creates [(18)F]-trifluoroborate-antibody for positron emission tomography and near-infrared fluorescent (PET/NIRF) multimodality imaging. This dioxaborolane-fluoride reaction is bioorthogonal, does not inhibit antigen binding, and increases [(18)F]-specific activity relative to solution-based radiosyntheses. Two applications are investigated: an anti-epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) monoclonal antibody (mAb) that labels prostate tumors and Cetuximab, an anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mAb (FDA approved) that labels lung adenocarcinoma tumors. Colocalized, tumor-specific NIRF and PET imaging confirm utility of the new technology. The described chemistry should allow labeling of many commercial systems, diabodies, nanoparticles, and small molecules for dual modality imaging of many diseases. PMID:27064381

  6. Photostability of gas- and solid-phase biomolecules within dense molecular clouds due to soft X-rays

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    Pilling, S; Nascimento, E M do; Marinho, R R T; Boechat-Roberty, H M; de Coutinho, L H; de Souza, G G B; de Castilho, R B; Cavasso-Filho, R L; Lago, A F; de Brito, A N

    2010-01-01

    An experimental photochemistry study involving gas- and solid-phase amino acids (glycine, DL-valine, DL-proline) and nucleobases (adenine and uracil) under soft X-rays was performed. The aim was to test the molecular stabilities of essential biomolecules against ionizing photon fields inside dense molecular clouds and protostellar disks analogs. In these environments, the main energy sources are the cosmic rays and soft X-rays. The measurements were taken at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), employing 150 eV photons. In-situ sample analysis was performed by Time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, for gas- and solid- phase analysis, respectively. The half-life of solid phase amino acids, assumed to be present at grain mantles, is at least 3E5 years and 3E8 years inside dense molecular clouds and protoplanetary disks, respectively. We estimate that for gas-phase compounds these values increase one order of magnitude since the dissociation cr...

  7. A novel promising biomolecule immobilization matrix: synthesis of functional benzimidazole containing conducting polymer and its biosensor applications.

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    Uzun, Sema Demirci; Unlu, Naime Akbasoglu; Sendur, Merve; Kanik, Fulya Ekiz; Timur, Suna; Toppare, Levent

    2013-12-01

    In order to construct a robust covalent binding between biomolecule and immobilization platform in biosensor preparation, a novel functional monomer 4-(4,7-di(thiophen-2-yl)-1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)benzaldehyde (BIBA) was designed and successfully synthesized. After electropolymerization of this monomer, electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical properties were investigated in detail. To fabricate the desired biosensor, glucose oxidase (GOx) was immobilized as a model enzyme on the polymer coated graphite electrode with the help of glutaraldehyde (GA). During the immobilization step, an imine bond was formed between the free amino groups of enzyme and aldehyde group of polymer. The surface characterization and morphology were investigated to confirm bioconjugation by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at each step of biosensor fabrication. The optimized biosensor shows good linearity between 0.02mM and 1.20mM and a low limit of detection (LOD) of 2.29μM. Kinetic parameters Km(app) and Imax were determined as 0.94mM and 10.91μA, respectively. The biosensor was tested for human blood serum samples.

  8. Computer simulations of plasma-biomolecule and plasma-tissue interactions for a better insight in plasma medicine

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    Neyts, Erik C.; Yusupov, Maksudbek; Verlackt, Christof C.; Bogaerts, Annemie

    2014-07-01

    Plasma medicine is a rapidly evolving multidisciplinary field at the intersection of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, medicine and bioengineering. It holds great potential in medical, health care, dentistry, surgical, food treatment and other applications. This multidisciplinary nature and variety of possible applications come along with an inherent and intrinsic complexity. Advancing plasma medicine to the stage that it becomes an everyday tool in its respective fields requires a fundamental understanding of the basic processes, which is lacking so far. However, some major advances have already been made through detailed experiments over the last 15 years. Complementary, computer simulations may provide insight that is difficult—if not impossible—to obtain through experiments. In this review, we aim to provide an overview of the various simulations that have been carried out in the context of plasma medicine so far, or that are relevant for plasma medicine. We focus our attention mostly on atomistic simulations dealing with plasma-biomolecule interactions. We also provide a perspective and tentative list of opportunities for future modelling studies that are likely to further advance the field.

  9. Investigation of active biomolecules involved in the nucleation and growth of gold nanoparticles by Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam leaf extract

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    Jiang Xinde; Sun Daohua, E-mail: sdaohua@xmu.edu.cn; Zhang Genlei; He Ning; Liu Hongyu; Huang Jiale; Odoom-Wubah, Tareque; Li Qingbiao, E-mail: kelqb@xmu.edu.cn [Xiamen University, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology (China)

    2013-06-15

    The effects of different biomolecules in Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam leaf extract on the morphology of obtained gold nanoparticles were investigated in this study. The results indicated that reducing sugars, flavones, and polyphenols consisting of about 79.8 % dry weight of the leaf extract were mainly involved in providing the dual function of reduction and the size/shape control during the biosynthesis. The gold nanoparticles present included 64 {+-} 10 nm nanospheres, 131 {+-} 18 nm nanoflowers, and 347 {+-} 136 nm (edge length) nanoplates and they were synthesized using the main content of reducing sugars, flavones, and polyphenols, respectively, after they were desorbed by the AB-8 macroporous adsorption resin column. Particularly, flower-like and triangular/hexagonal gold nanoparticles with a yield more than 80 % were obtained. Possible shape-directed agents for the nucleation and growth were characterized by FTIR, it can be seen that ketones were bound on the surface of the spherical and flower-like GNPs, while both the ketones and carbonyls bound on the Au {l_brace}111{r_brace} plane this may have favored the formation of the twin defects, which are very essential for nanoplates' formation.

  10. In pursuit of an accurate spatial and temporal model of biomolecules at the atomistic level: a perspective on computer simulation

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    Gray, Alan [The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, Scotland (United Kingdom); Harlen, Oliver G. [University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Harris, Sarah A., E-mail: s.a.harris@leeds.ac.uk [University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); Khalid, Syma; Leung, Yuk Ming [University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Lonsdale, Richard [Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany); Philipps-Universität Marburg, Hans-Meerwein Strasse, 35032 Marburg (Germany); Mulholland, Adrian J. [University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS (United Kingdom); Pearson, Arwen R. [University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); University of Hamburg, Hamburg (Germany); Read, Daniel J.; Richardson, Robin A. [University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom); The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, Scotland (United Kingdom)

    2015-01-01

    The current computational techniques available for biomolecular simulation are described, and the successes and limitations of each with reference to the experimental biophysical methods that they complement are presented. Despite huge advances in the computational techniques available for simulating biomolecules at the quantum-mechanical, atomistic and coarse-grained levels, there is still a widespread perception amongst the experimental community that these calculations are highly specialist and are not generally applicable by researchers outside the theoretical community. In this article, the successes and limitations of biomolecular simulation and the further developments that are likely in the near future are discussed. A brief overview is also provided of the experimental biophysical methods that are commonly used to probe biomolecular structure and dynamics, and the accuracy of the information that can be obtained from each is compared with that from modelling. It is concluded that progress towards an accurate spatial and temporal model of biomacromolecules requires a combination of all of these biophysical techniques, both experimental and computational.

  11. Computer simulations of plasma–biomolecule and plasma–tissue interactions for a better insight in plasma medicine

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    Plasma medicine is a rapidly evolving multidisciplinary field at the intersection of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, medicine and bioengineering. It holds great potential in medical, health care, dentistry, surgical, food treatment and other applications. This multidisciplinary nature and variety of possible applications come along with an inherent and intrinsic complexity. Advancing plasma medicine to the stage that it becomes an everyday tool in its respective fields requires a fundamental understanding of the basic processes, which is lacking so far. However, some major advances have already been made through detailed experiments over the last 15 years. Complementary, computer simulations may provide insight that is difficult—if not impossible—to obtain through experiments. In this review, we aim to provide an overview of the various simulations that have been carried out in the context of plasma medicine so far, or that are relevant for plasma medicine. We focus our attention mostly on atomistic simulations dealing with plasma–biomolecule interactions. We also provide a perspective and tentative list of opportunities for future modelling studies that are likely to further advance the field. (topical review)

  12. Boronate Affinity Fluorescent Nanoparticles for Förster Resonance Energy Transfer Inhibition Assay of cis-Diol Biomolecules.

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    Wang, Shuangshou; Ye, Jin; Li, Xinglin; Liu, Zhen

    2016-05-17

    Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) has been essential for many applications, in which an appropriate donor-acceptor pair is the key. Traditional dye-to-dye combinations remain the working horses but are rather nonspecifically susceptive to environmental factors (such as ionic strength, pH, oxygen, etc.). Besides, to obtain desired selectivity, functionalization of the donor or acceptor is essential but usually tedious. Herein, we present fluorescent poly(m-aminophenylboronic acid) nanoparticles (poly(mAPBA) NPs) synthesized via a simple procedure and demonstrate a FRET scheme with suppressed environmental effects for the selective sensing of cis-diol biomolecules. The NPs exhibited stable fluorescence properties, resistance to environmental factors, and a Förster distance comparable size, making them ideal donor for FRET applications. By using poly(mAPBA) NPs and adenosine 5'-monophosphate modified graphene oxide (AMP-GO) as a donor and an acceptor, respectively, an environmental effects-suppressed boronate affinity-mediated FRET system was established. The fluorescence of poly(mAPBA) NPs was quenched by AMP-GO while it was restored when a competing cis-diol compounds was present. The FRET system exhibited excellent selectivity and improved sensitivity toward cis-diol compounds. Quantitative inhibition assay of glucose in human serum was demonstrated. As many cis-diol compounds such as sugars and glycoproteins are biologically and clinically significant, the FRET scheme presented herein could find more promising applications. PMID:27089186

  13. Polystyrene nanoparticles facilitate the internalization of impermeable biomolecules in non-tumour and tumour cells from colon epithelium

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    Advanced colon cancer has a poor prognosis due to the limited effectiveness of current chemotherapies. Treatment failures may be avoided by the utilization of nanoparticles, which can enhance the effects of antitumor drugs, reduce their side effects and increase their directionality. Polystyrene nanoparticles have shown high biocompatibility and appropriate physicochemical properties and may represent a novel and more effective approach against colon cancer. In the present study, polystyrene nanoparticles were synthesized and fluorescently labelled, analyzing their cell internalization, intracellular localization and capacity to release transported molecules in tumour and non-tumour human colon cell lines (T84 and CCD-18). Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy studies demonstrated that polystyrene nanoparticles are an effective vehicle for the intracellular delivery of small molecules into colon epithelium cells. The percentage cell uptake was around 100 % in both T84 and CCD-18 cell lines after only 24 h of exposure and was cell confluence-independent. The polystyrene nanoparticles showed no cytotoxicity in either colon cell line. It was found that small molecules can be efficiently delivered into colon cells by using a disulphide bridge as release strategy. Analysis of the influence of the functionalization of the polystyrene nanoparticles surface on the internalization efficiency revealed some morphological changes in these cells. These results demonstrate that polystyrene nanoparticles may improve the transport of biomolecules into colon cells which could have a potential application in chemotherapeutic treatment against colon cancer

  14. Direct Biomolecules Binding on Nonfouling Surface via Newly Discovered Supramolecular Self-assembly of Lysozyme under Physiological Condition

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    Yang, Peng

    2013-01-01

    A major challenge in the development of low cost and practical strategies for biomolecules immobilization on solid supports is that the multi-step chemical/physical activating and following deactivating procedures on nonfouling substrates often increase the cost and complexity of surface functional group types as well as deteriorate the surface integrity. Herein, we show a novel phase transition of lysozyme could be used to constitute a major step to address the above problem. It is found that when lysozyme is dissolved in a neutral buffer solution of 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES, pH 7.4) with 1–50 mM tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP) added, a fast phase transition process occurs and the resulting novel fibra-like hierarchical supramolecular assemblies made by primary spherical particles aggregation would function as a “superglue” that strongly and quickly bind onto non-fouling coatings. This binding is highly selective towards lysozyme, and excludes completely tedious synthetical, chemical/physical activation/deactivation (blocking) steps. When biotin is conjugated with lysozyme, such phase transition quickly constructs a perfect biotinylated surface on nonfouling surface for avidin binding, showing great potential for the development of low-cost and practical biochips. PMID:22707360

  15. Polystyrene nanoparticles facilitate the internalization of impermeable biomolecules in non-tumour and tumour cells from colon epithelium

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    Cabeza, Laura [University of Granada, Department of Human Anatomy and Embryology, Institute of Biopathology and Regenerative Medicine (IBIMER) (Spain); Cano-Cortés, Victoria; Rodríguez, María J. [University of Granada, Department of Pharmaceutical and Organic Chemistry (Spain); Vélez, Celia; Melguizo, Consolación, E-mail: melguizo@ugr.es [University of Granada, Department of Human Anatomy and Embryology, Institute of Biopathology and Regenerative Medicine (IBIMER) (Spain); Sánchez-Martín, Rosario M., E-mail: rmsanchez@ugr.es [University of Granada, Department of Pharmaceutical and Organic Chemistry (Spain); Prados, Jose [University of Granada, Department of Human Anatomy and Embryology, Institute of Biopathology and Regenerative Medicine (IBIMER) (Spain)

    2015-01-15

    Advanced colon cancer has a poor prognosis due to the limited effectiveness of current chemotherapies. Treatment failures may be avoided by the utilization of nanoparticles, which can enhance the effects of antitumor drugs, reduce their side effects and increase their directionality. Polystyrene nanoparticles have shown high biocompatibility and appropriate physicochemical properties and may represent a novel and more effective approach against colon cancer. In the present study, polystyrene nanoparticles were synthesized and fluorescently labelled, analyzing their cell internalization, intracellular localization and capacity to release transported molecules in tumour and non-tumour human colon cell lines (T84 and CCD-18). Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy studies demonstrated that polystyrene nanoparticles are an effective vehicle for the intracellular delivery of small molecules into colon epithelium cells. The percentage cell uptake was around 100 % in both T84 and CCD-18 cell lines after only 24 h of exposure and was cell confluence-independent. The polystyrene nanoparticles showed no cytotoxicity in either colon cell line. It was found that small molecules can be efficiently delivered into colon cells by using a disulphide bridge as release strategy. Analysis of the influence of the functionalization of the polystyrene nanoparticles surface on the internalization efficiency revealed some morphological changes in these cells. These results demonstrate that polystyrene nanoparticles may improve the transport of biomolecules into colon cells which could have a potential application in chemotherapeutic treatment against colon cancer.

  16. A biomolecule-compatible visible-light-induced azide reduction from a DNA-encoded reaction-discovery system.

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    Chen, Yiyun; Kamlet, Adam S; Steinman, Jonathan B; Liu, David R

    2011-02-01

    Using a system that accelerates the serendipitous discovery of new reactions by evaluating hundreds of DNA-encoded substrate combinations in a single experiment, we explored a broad range of reaction conditions for new bond-forming reactions. We discovered reactivity that led to a biomolecule-compatible, Ru(II)-catalysed azide-reduction reaction induced by visible light. In contrast to current azide-reduction methods, this reaction is highly chemoselective and is compatible with alcohols, phenols, acids, alkenes, alkynes, aldehydes, alkyl halides, alkyl mesylates and disulfides. The remarkable functional group compatibility and mild conditions of the reaction enabled the azide reduction of nucleic acid and oligosaccharide substrates, with no detectable occurrence of side reactions. The reaction was also performed in the presence of a protein enzyme without the loss of enzymatic activity, in contrast to two commonly used azide-reduction methods. The visible-light dependence of this reaction provides a means of photouncaging functional groups, such as amines and carboxylates, on biological macromolecules without using ultraviolet irradiation.

  17. Cu(I), Ag(I), Cd(II), and Pb(II) binding to biomolecules studied by perturbed angular correlation of $\\gamma$-rays (PAC) spectroscopy

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    Metal ions display diverse functions in biological systems and are essential components in both protein and nucleic acid structure and function, and in control of biochemical reaction paths and signalling. Similarly, metal ions may be used to control structure and function of synthetic biomolecules, and thus be a tool in the design of molecules with a desired function. In this project we address a variety of questions concerning both the function of metal ions in natural systems, in synthetic biomolecules, and the toxic effect of some metal ions. All projects involve other experimental techniques such as NMR, EXAFS, UV-Vis, fluorescence, and CD spectroscopies providing complementary data, as well as interpretation of the experimental data by quantum mechanical calculations of spectroscopic properties. The isotopes to be employed in the proposal are the following: $^{111m}$Cd, $^{111}$Ag, $^{199}$mHg, $^{204m}$Pb, $^{61}$Cu, $^{68m}$Cu

  18. La creatividad como perspectiva educativa. Cinco ideas para pensar los contextos creativos de enseñanza y aprendizaje

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    Cecilia Elisondo, Romina

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available En el presente ensayo planteamos un posicionamiento teórico para la construcción de una nueva perspectiva educativa que se sustente en los avances logrados en el campo de investigación de la creatividad, especialmente en los enfoques socio-culturales. Transformar la educación desde la creatividad supone reconocer las posibilidades creativas que tienen los actores, construir espacios para crear y resolver problemas, y propiciar interacciones con otros sujetos y con los objetos culturales. Es necesario crear una nueva forma de mirar la educación y generar innovaciones que atiendan a estos nuevos enfoques sobre lo educativo, las personas y los procesos de construcción de conocimientos en diferentes contextos culturales. En la primera parte revisamos mitos, fundamentos y definiciones necesarias para construir una nueva perspectiva educativa. Luego, desarrollamos cinco ideas para pensar los contextos creativos de enseñanza y aprendizaje desde la nueva perspectiva propuesta: aumentar las posibilidades educativas, invertir en educación, investir la educación, abrir la educación y generar indisciplina óptima. Por último, planteamos aperturas y desafíos de la nueva perspectiva al campo educativo y destacamos el papel de los docentes en la trasformación educativa y la generación de innovaciones pedagógicas. Las ideas presentadas emergen de estudios teóricos, investigaciones empíricas y experiencias educativas preliminares.

  19. LA CREATIVIDAD COMO PERSPECTIVA EDUCATIVA. CINCO IDEAS PARA PENSAR LOS CONTEXTOS CREATIVOS DE ENSEÑANZA Y APRENDIZAJE

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    Romina Cecilia Elisondo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente ensayo planteamos un posicionamiento teórico para la construcción de una nueva perspectiva educativa que se sustente en los avances logrados en el campo de investigación de la creatividad, especialmente en los enfoques socio-culturales. Transformar la educación desde la creatividad supone reconocer las posibilidades creativas que tienen los actores, construir espacios para crear y resolver problemas, y propiciar interacciones con otros sujetos y con los objetos culturales. Es necesario crear una nueva forma de mirar la educación y generar innovaciones que atiendan a estos nuevos enfoques sobre lo educativo, las personas y los procesos de construcción de conocimientos en diferentes contextos culturales. En la primera parte revisamos mitos, fundamentos y definiciones necesarias para construir una nueva perspectiva educativa. Luego, desarrollamos cinco ideas para pensar los contextos creativos de enseñanza y aprendizaje desde la nueva perspectiva propuesta: aumentar las posibilidades educativas, invertir en educación, investir la educación, abrir la educación y generar indisciplina óptima. Por último, planteamos aperturas y desafíos de la nueva perspectiva al campo educativo y destacamos el papel de los docentes en la trasformación educativa y la generación de innovaciones pedagógicas. Las ideas presentadas emergen de estudios teóricos, investigaciones empíricas y experiencias educativas preliminares.

  20. El análisis de la publicidad política desde la perspectiva de los estudios culturales

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    Rodolfo M. Gómez Castellanos

    2011-01-01

    perspectiva de investigación cualitativa; se aplican técnicas de investigación como la observación, entrevistas a profundidad y grupos de enfoque para observar los aspectos específicos del impacto de la publicidad política en la ideología de los ciudadanos.

  1. Trichinella : Epidemiología y nuevas perspectivas de inspección sanitaria en carnes de equino (II)

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    Fàbregas i Comadran, Xavier; Benito, J.

    2001-01-01

    Segunda parte del artículo sobre la Trichinella que obtuvo el primer premio del VI Concurso ADITSIC para trabajos relacionados con “La inspección y la calidad de la carne”. En esta ocasión se abordan las medidas preventivas de la enfermedad y las nuevas perspectivas de inspección sanitaria en carnes de equino.

  2. Antioxidant, Biomolecule Oxidation Protective Activities of Nardostachys jatamansi DC and Its Phytochemical Analysis by RP-HPLC and GC-MS

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    Sakina Razack; Kandikattu Hemanth Kumar; Ilaiyaraja Nallamuthu; Mahadeva Naika; Farhath Khanum

    2015-01-01

    The study aimed at analyzing the metabolite profile of Nardostachys jatamansi using RP-HPLC, GC-MS and also its antioxidant, biomolecule protective and cytoprotective properties. The 70% ethanolic extract of Nardostachys jatamansi (NJE) showed the presence of polyphenols and flavonoids (gallic acid, catechin, chlorogenic acid, homovanillin, epicatechin, rutin hydrate and quercetin-3-rhamnoside) analyzed by RP-HPLC, whereas hexane extract revealed an array of metabolites (fatty acids, sesquite...

  3. Etymology of transition metal biomolecules as a learning aid in Biological Chemistry; A etimologia de biomoleculas com metais de transicao como auxiliar na aprendizagem de Quimica Biologica

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    Silva, Jose A.L. da, E-mail: pcd1950@ist.utl.pt [Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa (Portugal). Instituto Superior Tecnico. Centro de Quimico Estrutural

    2013-11-01

    Numerous functional biomolecules are associated with metals, i.e. the metallobiomolecules; more specifically, some are dependent on transition metals required for several crucial biological roles. Nevertheless, their names can lead to ambiguous interpretations concerning the properties and performances of this group of biological molecules. Their etymology may be useful by providing a more perceptive insight into their features. However, etymology can lead to incongruous conclusions, requiring an especially careful approach to prevent errors. Examples illustrating these subjects shall be examined (author)

  4. Computational modeling of the enzymatic activities of biomolecules at different scales: from quantum mechanical reaction studies to systemic understanding of cell behavior

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    Barbieri,, R.

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the thesis is the development of computational models of the enzymatic activity of biomolecules at different scales. Parallel investigations have been carried out at a quantum level to study the reactivity of an enzyme from an electronic point of view, and at a systemic level using simulation techniques to determine the role of enzymes in the network of cellular reactions. Starting from the lowest complexity level, the thesis begins with two computational studies with the aims ...

  5. Preventive effect of glycosaminoglycans from Amussium pleuronectus (Linne) on biomolecules, lactate dehydrogenase-isoenzyme and electrocardiographic patterns in isoproterenol-induced myocardial infarction in Wistar rats

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    Ramachandran Saravanan; Annaian Shanmugam; Devaraj Rajkumar

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: This study was aimed to assess the cardioprotective role of low molecular weight glycosaminoglycans (LMW-GAG) in isoproterenol (ISO)-induced myocardial infarction (MI) in male Wistar rats. Effect of LMW-GAG on biomolecules, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH)-isoenzyme, and electrocardiographic (ECG)-patterns was studied as evidence of cardioprotection. Materials and Methods: Male Wistar rats (140 ± 10 g) were divided into four groups; untreated control (group I), LMW-GAG treated (300 ...

  6. Characterization of bimetallic Fe/Pd nanoparticles by grape leaf aqueous extract and identification of active biomolecules involved in the synthesis.

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    Luo, Fang; Yang, Die; Chen, Zuliang; Megharaj, Mallavarapu; Naidu, Ravi

    2016-08-15

    This paper reports the detailed composition and morphology of one-step green synthesized bimetallic Fe/Pd nanoparticles (NPs) using grape leaf aqueous extract and identification of active biomolecules involved in the synthesis employing various techniques. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) revealed that Fe/Pd NPs were polydispersed and quasi-spherical with a diameter ranging from 2 to 20nm. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) provided evidence for the composition of Fe and Pd and for their species existing on the surface of Fe/Pd NPs. In addition, biomolecules in the grape leaf aqueous extract were identified but their functions are still unclear. Biomolecules in the aqueous extract such as methoxy-phenyl-oxime, N-benzoyl-2-cyano-histamine, 2-ethyl-phenol, 1,2-benzenediol, β-hydroxyquebracamine, hydroquinone, 2-methoxy-4-vinylphenol, 5-methyl-2-furancarboxaldehyde, 4-(3-hydroxybutyl)-3,5,5-trimethyl-2-cyclohexen and some polyphenolic compounds were identified as reducing and capping agents, which were studied by Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS), XPS and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Our finding suggests a new insight into cost-effective, simple, and environmentally benign production of bimetallic Fe/Pd NPs. PMID:27110966

  7. Análisis del principio de precaución en Derecho internacional público: perspectiva universal y perspectiva regional europea Análisis del principio de precaución en Derecho internacional público: perspectiva universal y perspectiva regional europea

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    Patricia Jiménez de Parga y Maseda

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This article analyses the precautionary principIe from the perspective of Public International Law, and, more specifically, following International Environmental Law.The first section centers upon three topics the definition of the main elements of the principle its status in international law and the distinction between precaution and prevention. The second section focuses an Community law and tries to assert if the European Union has contributed to a definition of the precautionary Principle as well as it documents its expansion into other areas.La autora de este estudio analiza el principio de precaución desde la perspectiva del Derecho internacional público y desde el Derecho internacional del medio ambiente. El plan de trabajo consiste en analizar principio de precaución tanto desde una perspectiva universal (parte primera como desde la regional europea (parte segunda. En la primera estudia el principio de precaución desde el ángulo de los principios estructurales del Derecho internacional del medio ambiente (punto A; establece los elementos definitorios del principio de precaución (punto B; fija el status del principio de precaución en el derecho nacional del medio ambiente (punto C, y se pregunta acerca de la distinción y de la articulación jurídica de los principios de prevención y de precaución (punto D. En la segunda sitúa el principio de precaución desde al ángulo del Derecho de la Unión Europea, y de forma más concreta, en tanto que uno de los principios jurídicos que informan el principio estructural de la protección ambiental en el Derecho de la Unión Europea (punto A; averigüa si el Derecho comunitario europea ha procedido o no a una definición propia del principio de precaución (punto B, y ve cómo el principio de precaución se está extendiendo a otros ámbitos (punto C. Una vez analizado el principio de precaución tanto desde una perspectiva universal como desde otra de signo particular, la autora

  8. ¿A quién le importa? Radio especializada musical en España desde la perspectiva del servicio público

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    Costa Gálvez, Dolores

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    La presente tesis tiene como objetivo el estudio de la radio especializada musical en España desde la perspectiva del servicio público. Este objeto de estudio puede abordarse desde múltiples perspectivas y en esta investigación se hace desde el punto de vista del emisor, ya que la motivación es conocer cómo se define el servicio público desde la radio especializada musical. Es esta una perspectiva poco estudiada, dado que los estudios sobre radio y servicio público se han centrado en la relac...

  9. Análisis crítico de las perspectivas y recursos para la trata de personas con fines de explotación sexual en Barcelona

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    Peixoto Santos, Sandra

    2012-01-01

    En este artículo presento abordajes en relación a la intervención sobre el fenómeno de la trata de personas con fines de explotación sexual en Barcelona desde la perspectiva de los profesionales implicados en los diferentes recursos existentes. Primeramente, considero las diferencias entre trata y prostitución, noción de víctima y perspectiva de género, y la influencia de la globalización en el fenómeno. En seguida, presento el contraste de perspectivas de los profesionales entrevistados en r...

  10. La innovación tecnológica desde una perspectiva evolutiva

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    Benavides Óscar A.

    2004-01-01

    Este artículo analiza el proceso de innovación tecnológica desde la economía política, específicamente, desde la perspectiva evolutiva.
    Se adopta el enfoque schumpeteriano en el cual el proceso de innovación tecnológica puede ser visto como un proceso de aprendizaje. En ese sentido, la innovación tecnológica representa un cambio en el conocimiento y, por ende, tiene un carácter epistemológico. Esta conceptualización, junto con el análisis histórico del proceso de innovación tecnoló...

  11. Violencia de género en la familia: perspectiva jurídico penal

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    José Julio Nares Hernández

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    Full Text Available Se analizan desde una perspectiva garantista la Constitución Federal y los tratados internacionales que obligan al Estado a tutelar penalmente el derecho humano de la mujer a una vida libre de violencia en el hogar. Se concluye que para cumplir con este deber es ineludible la creación legislativa de tipo penal que sancione la violencia familiar asociada a la violencia de género. Esta acción legislativa sería parte de una nueva política criminológica dedicada específicamente a la prevención, sanción y erradicación de la violencia de género en el hogar.

  12. A Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem: apontando perspectivas para sua análise

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    Mirian Santos Paiva

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    Full Text Available Esse ensaio propõe algumas reflexões sobre o modo de analisara Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem. A Revista, instrumento de disseminação de conhecimentos e ideologia da enfermagem, tem sido objeto de poucos estudos na profissão. No ensaio, as autoras tomam como referência teórica o triângulo da significação de Pierre Lévy e aspectos da teoria feminista como pontos de partida para a análise proposta. Numa perspectiva para além do formal, a Revista pode e deve ser analisada enquanto um objeto que produz, na sua relação com as enfermeiras, elementos que compõem a cultura, o conhecimento e a simbologia da enfermagem brasileira.

  13. A intersubjetividade do cuidar e o conhecimento na perspectiva fenomenológica

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    Edite Lago da Silva Sena

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O texto tem como principal objetivo relatar a experiência de estudo e aplicação da abordagem fenomenológica de Edmund Husserl e Maurice Merleau-Ponty na produção do conhecimento. Estes filósofos apresentam a concepção de conhecimento como resultado de um processo intencional que se desenvolve na experiência intersubjetiva. Neste sentido, apresentamos a descrição de algumas vivências como cuidadoras e com familiares cuidadores de pessoas em sofrimento mental, destacando o cuidado como uma totalidade essencial dessa relação que se constrói dinamicamente numa perspectiva temporal.

  14. La calidad universitaria desde una perspectiva de género

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    Carolina Bolaños Cubero

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    Full Text Available El artículo plantea la necesidad de que la evaluación de carreras e instituciones, en el marco del discurso de la calidad universitaria y la rendición de cuentas, considere criterios que valoren las condiciones curriculares en que hombres y mujeres se relacionan durante el desarrollo de una carrera. Además de cómo estas relaciones contribuyen o no a modificar, las formas tradicionalmente discriminatorias en perjuicio de las mujeres. Se ofrece una serie de elementos que pueden derivar en criterios de evaluación, desde una perspectiva de género y que, necesariamente, contribuyen a definir la calidad universitaria.

  15. Estudios sobre educación intercultural en Colombia: tendencias y perspectivas

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    Celmira Castro Suárez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo la autora da cuanta de las tendencias y perspectivas de los estudios sobre educación intercultural que se han realizado en el país en los últimos años. Para lo cual hace un recorrido por los diversas preocupaciones por parte de los estudiosos del tema, quienes desde distintas tendencias conceptuales y disciplinares han venido redefiniendo el objeto de estudio de la diversidad cultural, la cual ya no solo es abordada con elpropósito de cuantificar etnias o grupos culturales existentes, o para relacionar e inventariar sus lenguas o identificar las tendencias pedagógicas de moda en relación a lacultura.

  16. Devenir de una perspectiva relacional de género (y cultura

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    Carlos Iván García Suárez

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo aborda la génesis y el desarrollo investigativos de la línea Género y Cultura, destacando sus horizontes conceptuales iniciales y los resultados y desafíos de sus focos de profundización teórica. Para ello, hace un análisis crítico de la perspectiva relacional de género, con miras a comprender los procesos específicos de subjetivación en el ámbito del sistema de género y su interdependencia con otros ejes de poder en la red compleja y plural de la cultura.

  17. Relação entre espiritualidade e câncer: perspectiva do paciente

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    Giselle Patrícia Guerrero; Márcia Maria Fontão Zago; Namie Okino Sawada; Maria Helena Pinto

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    OBJETIVO: compreender a relação entre espiritualidade e o câncer na perspectiva de pacientes oncológicos. MÉTODO: estudo qualitativo com participação de quatorze pacientes com câncer em tratamento quimioterápico e analisado segundo a análise de conteúdo temática indutiva. RESULTADOS: os relatos foram organizados em três categorias: a descoberta do câncer, a fé como enfrentamento ao câncer, a busca pela cura do câncer. Compreendeu-se que o paciente oncológico busca a espiritualidade como forma...

  18. La investigación para la paz y la perspectiva de los sistemas-mundo

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    Jose Maria Tortosa

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    Full Text Available El primer propósito de este capítulo es el de explorar algunas de las formas en que el enfoque de los sistemas-mundo puede ser aplicado a un campo aparentemente distante como es el de la investigación para la paz. La razón es sencilla: se parte de que el valor de una teoría puede “medirse” viendo su fecundidad y la capacidad que muestre de arrojar nueva luz sobre problemas y temas ajenos a la misma. De ahí se concluye que una buena forma de colaborar en una colección de ensayos en honor a Immanuel Wallerstein es la de mostrar que el enfoque que él iniciara proporciona ideas relevantes cuando se aplica a campos diferentes al original y da respuestas igualmente importantes a los problemas planteados desde otras perspectivas.

  19. Naturologia e a emergência de novas perspectivas na saúde

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    Barros, Nelson Filice de; Leite-Mor, Ana Cláudia Moraes Barros

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    O objetivo deste trabalho é refletir sobre a Naturologia como novo agente no campo da saúde brasileiro e suas peculiaridades relativas à convergência com a perspectiva social atual e contribuições à problemática contemporânea da saúde. Para isso, debatemos com a ciência moderna e suas transformações, a partir da “revolução fenomenológica”, que refuta o objetivismo, a neutralidade e a separação sujeito-objeto, e da “revolução quântica”, que atestou a insuficiência da mecânica clássica e a não-...

  20. Análisis del comportamiento en Colombia: Antecedentes y perspectivas

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    Wilson López López

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se muestra una revisión de los eventos significativos relacionadoscon el origen y establecimiento del análisis del comportamiento en Colombia: el impacto queha tenido, su desarrollo medido a partir de la presencia del enfoque en los currículos de lasuniversidades, la existencia de laboratorios y grupos de investigación, las publicaciones ypresentaciones en eventos y, a partir de allí, se presentan las perspectivas locales de estacorriente. Para tal fin, se llevó a cabo una revisión de algunos de los textos y artículos que hansido publicados; además, se realizaron entrevistas a académicos cuya producción intelectualha contribuido al desarrollo y mantenimiento del análisis conductual como ciencia teórica,básica y aplicada en Colombia.

  1. A internacionalização de empresas brasileiras em uma perspectiva motivacional.

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    Luiz Carlos Honório

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo discute os resultados de uma pesquisa sobre o comportamento internacional da empresa sob o foco da perspectiva motivacional. Tem por objetivo identificar os tipos de estímulos que impulsionam uma empresa a atuar no exterior e examinar diferenças potenciais relacionadas ao seu comportamento motivacional, com base no tamanho da firma, nas estratégias de entrada e no envolvimento com vendas internacionais. Realizou-se um survey com 73 exportadoras brasileiras do setor de manufatura classificadas no Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior. Os resultados evidenciam que fatores de ordem gerencial e associados aos mercados interno e externo impulsionam as atividades internacionais das empresas pesquisadas e que diferenças significativas se observam entre a maioria desses fatores quanto ao tamanho da firma, à complexidade das estratégias de entrada e ao envolvimento com vendas internacionais.

  2. El cambio climático y la inequidad en Colombia: tendencias recientes y perspectivas futuras

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    Mora Motta, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    Esta investigación se enfoca principalmente en el análisis de las relaciones entre el fenómeno del cambio climático (CC) y la inequidad económica a nivel teórico y para el caso de Colombia. En primer lugar, se procura discutir las perspectivas e identificar las posibles interacciones entre los dos fenómenos a nivel teórico. En segundo término, se plantea un análisis de la incidencia de la inequidad en la generación de gases de efecto invernadero para el caso colombiano y, en tercer lugar, se ...

  3. Cosmopolíticas: Perspectivas antropológicas (Montserrat Cañedo, Ed.

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    Marce Casado

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Una disciplina como la antropología social y cultural ha de proveerse de manuales y monografías que surtan de recursos didácticos, de referentes para el aprendizaje y de familiarización de los antropólogos con la metodología etnográfica. Cosmopolíticas es una prueba de ese esfuerzo por hacernos llegar a todos los interesados las variadas perspectivas desde las que se conforma el trabajo de campo del etnógrafo, los planteamientos y avatares a veces inesperados de los que se nutre el proceso etnográfico, y una muestra de los modos en que las personas se dotan de organización e instituciones en las sociedades de todo el mundo.

  4. Sexualidade, Gênero e Poder – educação numa perspectiva emancipatória

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    Tereza Cristina Fagundes

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Este ensaio apresenta uma análise sobre sexualidade, gênero e poder e a importância da educação para a construção do empoderamento das mulheres.  Reflete sobre ações educativas na escola, com vistas à educação para a sexualidade numa perspectiva emancipatória. Palavras-chave: sexualidade, gênero, empoderamento.  ABSTRACT: This essay presents an analysis about sexuality, gender and power and the importance of education for the construction of the empowerment of women. Reflects on educational activities at school, with a view to education for sexuality in an emancipatory perspective. Keywords: sexuality, gender, empowerment.

  5. Leer la vida. Una investigación desde la perspectiva narrativa

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    Full Text Available La idea de leer la vida, leer el mundo, no es nueva. Pertenece al pedagogo brasileño Paulo Freire y ha sido el pretexto para iniciarnos en un recorrido investigativo introduciendo la perspectiva narrativa. Leer la vida, para comprenderla y darla a comprender. Dos consignas que queremos compartir con el lector escritor sin perder del horizonte la presencia y labor de la didáctica de la lengua y la literatura en este recorrido que incluye también las pantallas. Un texto humanizado, repleto de referencias a la pintura, la literatura (narrativa y poesía, al cine, a la filosofía, etc., pues qué es la vida, la lectura o la escritura sin esta conexión de entornos vitales.

  6. La globalización de la Amazonía: una perspectiva andina

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    En este artículo presentamos el contexto histórico, social, político y económico que enmarca a la cuenca amazónica contemporánea, desde la perspectiva de los países andinos. En la introducción recordamos algunos datos básicos sobre la situación geográfica y demográfica de la región. Luego presentamos las principales etapas de la ocupación humana del espacio amazónico, desde la Conquista hasta la irrupción del capitalismo. Dedicamos la segunda parte a la internacionalización de la agenda amazó...

  7. Tendências e perspectivas das teorias locacionais no Capitalismo contemporâneo

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    Rhalf Magalhães Braga

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é resgatar o tema das teorias locacionais e assim contribuir para o debate na Geografia, debate este um tanto esquecido atualmente. Destacamos as principais tendências do enfoque locacional: neoclássico, comportamental, sistêmico e marxista. Além disso, abordamos algumas perspectivas atuais, não só na Geografia, como também na Administração, Economia e Sociologia. Notase que as abordagens caminham de um pensamento mais abstrato e generalizante, passando por uma consideração dos problemas sociais até um olhar mais regional e focado no paradigma do capitalismo informacional.

  8. Criminalidade violenta: por uma nova perspectiva de análise

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    Full Text Available O artigo aborda o problema da criminalidade violenta urbana no Brasil após a década de setenta, procurando apresentar uma nova perspectiva de análise. Seu argumento é que as interpretações correntes, que vinculam o aumento da criminalidade, especialmente a organizada, à crise institucional são inadequadas, pois não consideram a especificidade do problema, tanto do ponto de vista teórico como, e principalmente, do ponto de vista prático. A criminalidade organizada é uma realidade social com lógica própria, até agora não estudada, e que funciona com certa independência em relação a outros problemas e fenômenos sociais, como a "crise do Estado".

  9. Problemas y perspectivas de la investigación psicoeducacional en el Perú

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    Iván Montes Iturrizaga

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    Full Text Available El presente estudio pretende ofrecer una reflexión general sobre la problemática de la investigación psicoeducacional en el Perú. Esto nos lleva inevitablemente a plantear problemáticas que no son exclusivas de la psicología educacional, sino que atañe a la psicología peruana en su totalidad. Se incide de forma especial en la formación del psicólogo, los reglamentos de investigación y la necesidad del psicólogo educacional de nutrirse permanentemente de la praxis educativa. Se analizan perspectivas y posibles caminos de solución.

  10. Enfoques y perspectivas de los estudios sociales sobre la familia en Colombia

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    María Himelda Ramírez

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se propone una lectura de algunos de los énfasis de los estudios recientes sobre la familia en Colombia, con el propósito de apreciar una visión de conjunto del estado de las discusiones sobre esa compleja realidad constituída por las familias colombianas. Se parte de la consideración del hecho de que ante todo ha interesado la perspectiva del presente, asociada a los problemas y conflictos de los hogares colombianos en una etapa de tránsito traumática, en la que se intensificaron los movimientos de las poblaciones, y se produjo una reorganización espacial de los habitantes del país, de una predominancia rural a una urbana, en un contexto de violencia que se acentúa y diversifica.

  11. Las metodologías participativas desde la perspectiva sociopráxica

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    Concebir las metodologías participativas desde la perspectiva sociopráxica permite plantear un modelo científicamente válido de investigación social, capaz de superar las dicotomías clásicas existentes entre los pares conocimiento teórico y práctico, y objeto y sujeto de investigación. En este artículo se da cuenta de la fundamentación teórica de la producción de conocimiento participativo –partiendo del entendimiento del ser humano como sistema práxico, organizacionalmente cerrado y energéti...

  12. Pensando la sociedad desde la perspectiva teórica de Niklas Luhmann

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    Guillermina Ramírez

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    Full Text Available Sociedades caracteriza das por un alto grado de complejidad y diferenciación que rebasan los marcos teóricos con los cuales se le han interpretado, dan lugar a nuevas perspectivas. Cobra sentido el objeto de este trabajo, el cual es analizar la propuesta teórica de Niklas Luhmann. Los contenidos y alcances se extraen directamente de su obra Sistemas Sociales. Lineamientos para una teoría general: complementados con opiniones que sobre el autor, se llevan a cabo en los ambientes científicos y académicos. Conceptos diversos permiten analizar la transición en términos de continuidad y ruptura con el pensamiento sociológico clásico para concluir con sus principales aportes.

  13. Los discursos en la salud pública desde una perspectiva de género

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    Isa, Luciana Jimena

    2014-01-01

    El presente artículo tiene como propósito dar cuenta del avance del trabajo en un proceso de investigación que aborda la construcción y análisis de discursos desde una perspectiva de género, tomando como campo material los discursos médicos en áreas de salud reproductiva y pediátrica. Específicamente, se busca exponer los modos de organización de las instancias de problematización que llevan a la construcción del problema de investigación y que dan paso a la elaboración del corpus analítico, ...

  14. Marañas con distintos acentos: Género y Sexualidad en la Perspectiva Interseccional

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    Raquel (Lucas Platero [entrevistado

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    Full Text Available En las siguientes líneas reproducimos una conversación previa a la presentación del libro recientemente editado por Lucas Platero Intersecciones: cuerpos y sexualidades en la Encrucijada (2012. Barcelona: Bellaterra, en la librería La Marabunta con el acto “Cocinando Debates interseccionales: subculturas lésbicas butch/femme, diásporas queer y debates queer” (20 abril de 2013. Hablamos de la perspectiva interseccional y entre otras cosas, relaciones entre la teoría y la praxis, pedagogía o de la capacidad transformadora de las políticas de género y sexualidad.

  15. Perspectiva psicosocial en adolescentes acusados por delitos contra la salud y robo

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    José Guadalupe Salazar Estrada

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Nuestro objetivo en este estudio es identificar condiciones de vida de los sujetos adolescentes acusados de cometer delitos contra la salud y robo, desde una perspectiva psicosocial. Se estudiaron un total de 122 expedientes, de los cuales el 50% son acusados y acusadas por delitos contra la salud, y el otro 50% por robo; el 70% de los hombres y el 68.2% de las mujeres han consumido un tipo drogas, un 66 % del total de la muestra presentó poca tolerancia a la frustración, el 60 % tiene un manejo inadecuado de la afectividad, con una diferencia significativa cuando se estudia por tipo de delito. Entre las diferencias encontradas, las condiciones psicológicas como la personalidad, están más asociadas a la delincuencia juvenil.

  16. Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge: novas perspectivas de interpretação

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    Renata Martins

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste texto é analisar a experiência do estranho no romance Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge, de Rainer Maria Rilke, através de novas perspectivas de interpretação apoiadas, por exemplo, nas teorias psicanalíticas de Sigmund Freud. Vivendo em uma cidade estrangeira (Paris, com a qual ainda não se identifica, o protagonista do romance, Malte Laurids Brigge, descobre um mundo interior novo através de seu choque com experiências do estranho nesse milieu. A revelação de recordações de sua infância e a projeção de seu ego em leituras de narrativas alheias são seus métodos para buscar e afirmar sua identidade.

  17. Sociedad, identidad y defensa de lo propio: desde una perspectiva de la bioética

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    Miguel-Héctor Fernández-Carrión

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available En la comprensión del individuo o sujeto social se puede centrar el análisis sobre la identidad, en sus variantes individual y colectiva, hasta adentrarse en el estudio de la defensa de lo propio y/o común, a lo que se le añade la perspectiva de la bioética, para el entendimiento de algunos aspectos específicos del ser humano en el devenir de la/su vida. Con el desarrollo de las nuevas tecnologías en la sociedad de la comunicación/información la aplicación de una visión bioética a la acción humana determina unas especificidades de la identidad, en los dos casos especiales analizados en torno a la identidad civil y la identidad de filiación.

  18. Educación en Derechos Humanos y Educación Superior: una perspectiva controversial

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    Abraham Magendzo Kolstrein

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo, a partir de una postura crítica, muestra la importancia de introducir y reforzar —como desafío ético y político— la educación en derechos humanos en la educación superior. Para formar profesionales que contribuyan, desde sus campos de acción, a crear una cultura ciudadana y respetuosa de los derechos humanos. La sugerencia es incorporar los derechos humanos en el currículum, la pedagogía, la didáctica y la evaluación en una perspectiva controversial, que permita profundizar en las tensiones que tienen los derechos para de esta manera, formar sujetos dialogantes, empoderados y transformadores de la sociedad.

  19. Situación actual y perspectivas de la Psicoterapia en España.

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    Juan Carlos Duro Martínez

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Para dar una visión global de la situación de la psicoterapia en España haremos un breve recorrido histórico de los tres aspectos que consideramos fundamentales para entender en qué estado se encuentra la psicoterapia en nuestro país y qué perspectivas se plantean cara a la integración en la Comunidad Europea. Estos tres aspectos serán: desarrollo e implantación de las teorías sobre la salud y la enfermedad mental; roles y organizaciones profesionales en relación a la psicoterapia y discusión sobre la práctica de la psicoterapia.

  20. Situación actual y perspectivas de la Comunidad Andina

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    Alfredo Fuentes

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available La Comunidad Andina de Naciones ha presentado avances particularmente importantes en lo que respecta al comercio de bienes y servicios, y la creación de un patrimonio institucional y jurídico sólido. En cuanto a la libre movilidad de personas y de capitales los avances han sido significativos, pero aún persiste la necesidad de redactar un estatuto común que favorezca en especial el movimiento de capitales. A pesar del retiro de Venezuela, las perspectivas son alentadoras: los efectos de tal situación han sido atenuados por las disposiciones del artículo 135 del Acuerdo de Cartagena. Por otro lado, los avances en la concertación política con la Unión Europea y la manifestación del interés de Chile de volver a la Comunidad Andina

  1. La educación a distancia: una perspectiva crítica

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    Edith Litwin

    1993-06-01

    Full Text Available En este capítulo nos proponemos revisar la educación a distancia desde esta perspectiva, porque entendemos que el crecimiento de la modalidad necesita, además de sus consideraciones o caracterizaciones,un análisis que le permita encontrar nuevas respuestas y definiciones. No se trata de señalar limitaciones descartando posibilidades para la educación a distancia. Esa sería una propuesta de trabajo llevada a cabo desde el sentido común. Se trata, en cambio, de recoger los resultados de diferentes investigadores en el campo, las experiencias de las implementaciones de programas o proyectos en la modalidad y los resultados de investigaciones evaluativas. A la luz de la teoría y la práctica, revisar lo dicho y hecho con el objeto de encontrar una nueva manera de crecer.

  2. A infecção hospitalar em mato grosso: desafios e perspectivas para a enfermagem

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    Denise Gonçalves Cardoso

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Texto reflexivo que presenta la situación de la infección hospitalaria en el estado de Mato Grosso, relacionándola con las condiciones geográficas y de trabajo para la enfermería. Aborda también, la revisión sobre la infección hospitalar, el ambiente hospitalario, los riesgos biológicos, la arquitectura hospitalaria y su relación con el control de infección y el proceso de trabajo en la enfermería. Muestra los desafios y perspectivas para el control de infección hospitalar en el estado, destacando el papel del enfermero como articulador y motivador de los saberes y que hacever para una real actuación

  3. SALUD MENTAL: UN ABORDAJE DESDE LA PERSPECTIVA ACTUAL DE LA PSICOLOGÍA DE LA SALUD

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    Moisés Mebarak

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo está basado en un estudio estado del arte acerca del entendimiento actual que se tiene sobre el concepto de salud mental, especialmente desde la perspectiva de la psicología de la salud. Con el fin de ilustrar este campo, se presentan algunos aportes y/o investigaciones tanto a nivel general como de la región costa Caribe colombiana. Se ha encontrado que el concepto de salud mental implica el desarrollo de estilos de vida y de características personales, interpersonales, sociales y laborales que apuntan a una idea integrada de bienestar biopsicosocial. De esta forma, la salud mental se entiende que sobrepasa y no es reducida a la simple ausencia de síntomas.

  4. LA ECO­ POIESIS COMO FUNDAMENTO DE UNA PERSPECTIVA AMBIENTAL PARA LA ADMINISTRACIÓN

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    Arango Fernández Wilfer Ignacio

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available La realidad no es tan simple como se quisiera. Es compleja de modo que no puede ser siempre comprendida bajo simples reglas. Por ello, las exploraciones de la ciencia han catalizado una profunda re­conceptualización del universo. Una nueva manera integral de ver, pensar y conocer el mundo ha sido introducida. La nueva perspectiva busca entender sistemas que cambian de manera s no propia s para una visión línea l. La s organizaciones, particular m ente las empresariales, están sujetas a los mismos principios de la nueva ciencia, y uno de los principales impactos en la aplicación de los conceptos de la complejidad yace en la forma como estas son percibidas. En el siglo 21, las empresas no serán por más tiempo administradas eficientemente por objetivos o perspectivas lineales y rígidas. Los estados de caos conducen a la creatividad, a la innovación y a la autoorganización ; desorden, disipación y cambio son la regla, no más la excepción. Este artículo propone el entendimiento de las organizaciones en términos de una percepción holística, confrontando las visiones tradicionales y explorando la relevancia del nuevo paradigma en el campo de relación entre organizaciones y medio ambiente. Se proporciona un panorama del significado del cambio de percepción, seguido por la manera en la cual las teorías (complejidad, eco­poiesis, estructuras disipativas, organizaciones vivas pueden ser aplicadas en el campo administrativo.

  5. 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 investiga - ción doctoral titulada “Perfil conceptual del calor en comu - nidades culturalmente diferenciadas” y tiene como intención socializar las perspectivas de perfil conceptual y conglomera - dos de relevancia como referentes teóricos y metodológicos que permitan proponer nuevas opciones para pensar la ense - ñanza-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 so - bre la enseñanza-aprendizaje de las ciencias y las razones para investigar desde estas perspectivas.Nuestro país está conformado por comunidades culturalmen - te diferenciadas, lo cual constituye un reto y desafío para la comunidad académica. Exige, entre otras cosas, propiciar una enseñanza-aprendizaje de las ciencias que tenga en cuenta la diversidad de sistemas de conocimiento, las visiones de mun - do y los modos de pensar y hablar de las comunidades con las que se realiza la acción pedagógica. En este sentido, los perfiles conceptuales y los conglomerados de relevancia se constituyen en referentes teóricos y metodológicos que per - miten reconocer el contexto cultural, las creencias, los valores y las significaciones del entorno físico y natural que tienen los estudiantes.

  6. Una perspectiva institucional sobre la relación micro-macro.

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    de Nooy, Wouter

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available La relación micro-macro puede ser comprendida como un proceso dinámico en el que los actores interpretan los modelos locales de relación en tanto que indicadores o elementos de una estructura de conjunto, comunican sus interpretaciones y ajustan sus relaciones hacia la estructura tal como la perciben globalmente. En este artículo, se propone que los actores perciben las subestructuras locales en una red de evaluaciones, como las díadas, tríadas o semiciclos cortos e infieren agrupamientos y jerarquías de forma que son compatibles con los modelos de la teoría del equilibrio. Es decir, interpretan y comunican la información como clasificaciones simplificadas e idealizadas parecidas a bloques (blockmodels[2] respecto a los que ajustan sus relaciones a continuación. De este modo, las perspectivas ego-centradas y socio-centradas se relacionan de manera dinámica.Esta perspectiva es aplicada a evaluaciones entre autores y críticos en las instituciones literarias. En el nivel micro, los autores literarios y los críticos ajustan sus evaluaciones a las evaluaciones precedentes. En el nivel global, la institución literaria es estratificada en conglomerados, por ejemplo movimientos literarios y estilos. Los miembros de esta institución se reflejan en su estructura: clasificaciones de acuerdo con el movimiento y el estilo son comunicadas y discutidas en la crítica literaria.

  7. Funciones ejecutivas: nociones del desarrollo desde una perspectiva neuropsicológica

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    Esperanza Bausela Herreras

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Desde la perspectiva del desarrollo podemos observar como los niños van siendo cada más capaces de controlar por sí mimos sus propias acciones, respuestas y regular su propia conducta (autorregulación de la conducta o como pasan de una moral heterónoma a una moral autónoma. Esta capacidad de autorregulación de la conducta va ligada al desarrollo de procesos cognitivos de orden superior (memoria de trabajo, planificación, inhibición de respuestas automáticas..., relacionados todas ellos con un mismo constructo, Funciones ejecutivas. El objetivo de este artículo es analizar cómo se ha conceptualizado este constructo, centrándonos en uno de las paradojas que ha dominado la literatura en la última década. Desde esta perspectiva se consideran las Funciones ejecutivas como una unidad y al mismo tiempo integrada por una diversidad de funciones independientes. Esbozaremos, de forma más concreta, las líneas generales del modelo jerárquico propuesto por Miyake y colaboradores. Para estos autores las tres dimensiones que integran las Funciones ejecutivas son: flexibilidad atencional, control inhibitorio y memoria de trabajo. En coherencia con este modelo, analizamos el sustrato neurológico en el que se sustentan. Finalmente, comparamos diferentes teorías del desarrollo de las Funciones ejecutivas con el modelo jerárquico propuesto por Miyake y colaboradores.

  8. El estudio de la poesía desde una perspectiva cognitiva: panorama y propuesta

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    Luján Atienza, Ángel Luis

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper intends to be a survey of the cognitive science applied to literary studies, specifically to poetry. Cognitive science has been developed in the English linguistic area and this paper is an attempt to introduce this view in the Hispanic area. In my view, it is necessary to include the literary analysis in the general field of the cognitive linguistics and use the Relevance Theory. The enfasis is on the capacity of the human mind for understanding text extracting information from the textual sources, in opposition to the relativistic view. The point is illustrate with an example of Gongora.Este artículo pretende ser una revisión de la aplicación de la perspectiva cognitiva, de amplio desarrollo en psicología y en antropología, al estudio de la literatura y en concreto al género de la poesía lírica. Este tipo de estudios se ha llevado a cabo sobre todo en el área lingüística anglo-sajona y el presente trabajo se presenta como una propuesta para introducir esta perspectiva en el ámbito hispánico. Para ello se aboga por un estudio de la lírica dentro del estudio general de la lingüística cognitiva, teniendo en cuenta siempre la teoría de la relevancia. Se pone especial acento en la capacidad de la mente humana para comprender textos a partir de informaciones puramente textuales frente al relativismo de las posturas convencionalistas que creen que el proceso de comprensión se lleva a cabo por convenciones sociales e institucionales. Un ejemplo de Góngora sirve de ilustración de cómo puede ser un acercamiento del tipo que se propone.

  9. Internacionalização de empresas: perspectivas teóricas e agenda de pesquisa

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    Eda Castro Lucas de Souza

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    Full Text Available DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-8077.2012v14n33p103O objetivo deste ensaio é identificar e discutir a produção científica sobre internacionalização de empresas para apresentar uma agenda de pesquisa concernente ao tema a partir das direções apontadas no estado da arte dos estudos desse fenômeno. Adicionalmente, este texto busca delinear e caracterizar as perspectivas teóricas que predominam nessa produção. Por meio de revisão da produção acadêmica brasileira e estrangeira sobre internacionalização, publicada no período de janeiro de 2005 a setembro de 2011, foram selecionados 141 artigos, identificando-se a carência de trabalhos que promovessem uma discussão direta sobre a relação entre  internacionalização e cultura, especialmente no que concerne às iniciativas brasileiras. A análise dos textos selecionados permitiu uma taxonomia dos estudos em três perspectivas teóricas: econômica, comportamental e cultural. Ao final, e com apoio na análisedos artigos publicados, propõe-se uma agenda de pesquisa a respeito do tema internacionalização de empresas, elaborada a partir das lacunas apontadas no estado da arte dos estudos sobre esse fenômeno.

  10. O cuidado a pessoas com HIV/aids na perspectiva de profissionais de saude

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    Carla Sofia de Oliveira Sousa

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve por objetivo compreender o cuidado as pessoas com HIV/aids, na perspectiva de profissionais de saúde, em Portugal. Foi desenvolvido através do método da história oral, de Thompson, com a participação de 22 profissionais de saúde. Os dados foram obtidos através de entrevista semiestruturada e analisados com base na perspectiva de coletânea de narrativas, propostas pelo autor com o apoio do programa QSR NVivo. Os aspectos éticos foram obedecidos ao longo do estudo. O cuidado foi agrupado em três dimensões: cognitiva, afetiva-relacional e técnico-instrumental. A dimensão cognitiva destacou-se no período da revelação do diagnóstico de HIV/aids e ao longo da evolução da doença. A dimensão afetivo-relacional foi transversal e valorizada em todo o processo, desde o diagnóstico até à morte das pessoas com HIV/aids. A dimensão técnico-instrumental foi mais expressiva na fase mais avançada da doença, em situação de dependência e de terminalidade. Diante do exposto, podemos concluir que estas três dimensões são fundamentais para o cuidado à pessoa com HIV/aids.

  11. Biotin synthase exhibits burst kinetics and multiple turnovers in the absence of inhibition by products and product-related biomolecules.

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    Farrar, Christine E; Siu, Karen K W; Howell, P Lynne; Jarrett, Joseph T

    2010-11-23

    Biotin synthase (BS) is a member of the "SAM radical" superfamily of enzymes, which catalyze reactions in which the reversible or irreversible oxidation of various substrates is coupled to the reduction of the S-adenosyl-l-methionine (AdoMet) sulfonium to generate methionine and 5'-deoxyadenosine (dAH). Prior studies have demonstrated that these products are modest inhibitors of BS and other members of this enzyme family. In addition, the in vivo catalytic activity of Escherichia coli BS requires expression of 5'-methylthioadenosine/S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine nucleosidase, which hydrolyzes 5'-methylthioadenosine (MTA), S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine (AdoHcy), and dAH. In the present work, we confirm that dAH is a modest inhibitor of BS (K(i) = 20 μM) and show that cooperative binding of dAH with excess methionine results in a 3-fold enhancement of this inhibition. However, with regard to the other substrates of MTA/AdoHcy nucleosidase, we demonstrate that AdoHcy is a potent inhibitor of BS (K(i) ≤ 650 nM) while MTA is not an inhibitor. Inhibition by both dAH and AdoHcy likely accounts for the in vivo requirement for MTA/AdoHcy nucleosidase and may help to explain some of the experimental disparities between various laboratories studying BS. In addition, we examine possible inhibition by other AdoMet-related biomolecules present as common contaminants in commercial AdoMet preparations and/or generated during an assay, as well as by sinefungin, a natural product that is a known inhibitor of several AdoMet-dependent enzymes. Finally, we examine the catalytic activity of BS with highly purified AdoMet in the presence of MTAN to relieve product inhibition and present evidence suggesting that the enzyme is half-site active and capable of undergoing multiple turnovers in vitro.

  12. Toward an Accurate Modeling of Hydrodynamic Effects on the Translational and Rotational Dynamics of Biomolecules in Many-Body Systems.

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    Długosz, Maciej; Antosiewicz, Jan M

    2015-07-01

    Proper treatment of hydrodynamic interactions is of importance in evaluation of rigid-body mobility tensors of biomolecules in Stokes flow and in simulations of their folding and solution conformation, as well as in simulations of the translational and rotational dynamics of either flexible or rigid molecules in biological systems at low Reynolds numbers. With macromolecules conveniently modeled in calculations or in dynamic simulations as ensembles of spherical frictional elements, various approximations to hydrodynamic interactions, such as the two-body, far-field Rotne-Prager approach, are commonly used, either without concern or as a compromise between the accuracy and the numerical complexity. Strikingly, even though the analytical Rotne-Prager approach fails to describe (both in the qualitative and quantitative sense) mobilities in the simplest system consisting of two spheres, when the distance between their surfaces is of the order of their size, it is commonly applied to model hydrodynamic effects in macromolecular systems. Here, we closely investigate hydrodynamic effects in two and three-body systems, consisting of bead-shell molecular models, using either the analytical Rotne-Prager approach, or an accurate numerical scheme that correctly accounts for the many-body character of hydrodynamic interactions and their short-range behavior. We analyze mobilities, and translational and rotational velocities of bodies resulting from direct forces acting on them. We show, that with the sufficient number of frictional elements in hydrodynamic models of interacting bodies, the far-field approximation is able to provide a description of hydrodynamic effects that is in a reasonable qualitative as well as quantitative agreement with the description resulting from the application of the virtually exact numerical scheme, even for small separations between bodies. PMID:26068580

  13. Automatic sampling and analysis of organics and biomolecules by capillary action-supported contactless atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Cheng-Huan Hsieh

    Full Text Available Contactless atmospheric pressure ionization (C-API method has been recently developed for mass spectrometric analysis. A tapered capillary is used as both the sampling tube and spray emitter in C-API. No electric contact is required on the capillary tip during C-API mass spectrometric analysis. The simple design of the ionization method enables the automation of the C-API sampling system. In this study, we propose an automatic C-API sampling system consisting of a capillary (∼1 cm, an aluminium sample holder, and a movable XY stage for the mass spectrometric analysis of organics and biomolecules. The aluminium sample holder is controlled by the movable XY stage. The outlet of the C-API capillary is placed in front of the orifice of a mass spectrometer, whereas the sample well on the sample holder is moved underneath the capillary inlet. The sample droplet on the well can be readily infused into the C-API capillary through capillary action. When the sample solution reaches the capillary outlet, the sample spray is readily formed in the proximity of the mass spectrometer applied with a high electric field. The gas phase ions generated from the spray can be readily monitored by the mass spectrometer. We demonstrate that six samples can be analyzed in sequence within 3.5 min using this automatic C-API MS setup. Furthermore, the well containing the rinsing solvent is alternately arranged between the sample wells. Therefore, the C-API capillary could be readily flushed between runs. No carryover problems are observed during the analyses. The sample volume required for the C-API MS analysis is minimal, with less than 1 nL of the sample solution being sufficient for analysis. The feasibility of using this setup for quantitative analysis is also demonstrated.

  14. Biomolecules and Natural Medicine Preparations: Analysis of New Sources of Bioactive Compounds from Ribes and Rubus spp. Buds

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    Dario Donno

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available It is well known that plants are important sources for the preparation of natural remedies as they contain many biologically active compounds. In particular, polyphenols, terpenic compounds, organic acids, and vitamins are the most widely occurring groups of phytochemicals. Some endemic species may be used for the production of herbal preparations containing phytochemicals with significant bioactivity, as antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory capacities, and health benefits. Blackberry sprouts and blackcurrant buds are known to contain appreciable levels of bioactive compounds, including flavonols, phenolic acids, monoterpenes, vitamin C, and catechins, with several clinical effects. The aim of this research was to perform an analytical study of blackcurrant and blackberry bud-preparations, in order to identify and quantify the main biomarkers, obtaining a specific phytochemical fingerprint to evaluate the single botanical class contribution to total phytocomplex and relative bioactivity, using a High Performance Liquid Chromatograph−Diode Array Detector; the same analyses were performed both on the University laboratory and commercial preparations. Different chromatographic methods were used to determine concentrations of biomolecules in the preparations, allowing for quantification of statistically significant differences in their bioactive compound content both in the case of Ribes nigrum and Rubus cultivated varieties at different harvest stages. In blackcurrant bud-extracts the most important class was organic acids (50.98% followed by monoterpenes (14.05%, while in blackberry preparations the main bioactive classes were catechins (50.06% and organic acids (27.34%. Chemical, pharmaceutical and agronomic-environmental knowledge could be important for obtaining label certifications for the valorization of specific genotypes, with high clinical and pharmaceutical value: this study allowed to develop an effective tool for the natural

  15. Biomolecules and Natural Medicine Preparations: Analysis of New Sources of Bioactive Compounds from Ribes and Rubus spp. Buds.

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    Donno, Dario; Mellano, Maria Gabriella; Cerutti, Alessandro Kim; Beccaro, Gabriele Loris

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that plants are important sources for the preparation of natural remedies as they contain many biologically active compounds. In particular, polyphenols, terpenic compounds, organic acids, and vitamins are the most widely occurring groups of phytochemicals. Some endemic species may be used for the production of herbal preparations containing phytochemicals with significant bioactivity, as antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory capacities, and health benefits. Blackberry sprouts and blackcurrant buds are known to contain appreciable levels of bioactive compounds, including flavonols, phenolic acids, monoterpenes, vitamin C, and catechins, with several clinical effects. The aim of this research was to perform an analytical study of blackcurrant and blackberry bud-preparations, in order to identify and quantify the main biomarkers, obtaining a specific phytochemical fingerprint to evaluate the single botanical class contribution to total phytocomplex and relative bioactivity, using a High Performance Liquid Chromatograph-Diode Array Detector; the same analyses were performed both on the University laboratory and commercial preparations. Different chromatographic methods were used to determine concentrations of biomolecules in the preparations, allowing for quantification of statistically significant differences in their bioactive compound content both in the case of Ribes nigrum and Rubus cultivated varieties at different harvest stages. In blackcurrant bud-extracts the most important class was organic acids (50.98%) followed by monoterpenes (14.05%), while in blackberry preparations the main bioactive classes were catechins (50.06%) and organic acids (27.34%). Chemical, pharmaceutical and agronomic-environmental knowledge could be important for obtaining label certifications for the valorization of specific genotypes, with high clinical and pharmaceutical value: this study allowed to develop an effective tool for the natural preparation quality

  16. Labelling techniques of biomolecules for targeted radiotherapy. Final report of a co-ordinated research project 1998-2002

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    optimization of radiolabelling techniques with beta emitting radioisotopes, including quality control procedures and evaluation of the labelled products in in vitro and in vivo models. Biomolecule carriers that were considered for investigation included somatostatin analogues like lanreotide, Tyr-octreotide, ior-P1394 and vasointestinal peptide (VIP), as well as anti-CEA monoclonal antibody. Using either the bifunctional chelate approach or direct reductive exposure of -SH groups, labelling of these biomolecules with therapeutic radionuclides was pursued. Through these attempts it was expected to identify one or two agents with high radiochemical purity and labelling efficiency for further evaluation. Promising agents would be selected for further investigation using biodistribution studies in animals and uptake in tumour bearing animals. Fifteen selected research institutes from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Greece, Finland, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China, Romania, Thailand and Uruguay with recognized expertise in the field of therapeutic radionuclides and radiopharmaceutical research were selected to participate in the CRP. The first research co-ordination meeting to plan the work and define the research protocols to be investigated was held in Milan, Italy in July 1998. At this meeting it was decided to concentrate the efforts on two radionuclides, 188Re and 90Y, which are produced by generator systems and result in carrier free products; lanreotide was selected as a model peptide. Synthesis of the bifunctional chelating agent DOTA was also recommended for the labelling of biomolecules with 90Y. The development of the corresponding coupling techniques, optimization of protocols for direct and indirect labelling of lanreotide and anti-carcino embryonic antigen (CEA) monoclonal antibody and in vitro evaluation in cell lines and membrane receptors were also included in the work plan for the following period. IgG labelled with 131I and

  17. Liberalismo y género: una perspectiva contextual Liberalismo e gênero: uma perspectiva contextual Liberalism and gender: a contextual persepctive

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    Soledad Escalante Beltrán

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo pretende, desde una perspectiva liberal, discutir contextualmente la categoría de género. En los seis apartados que lo componen, se realiza una crítica profunda de la ciencia social pero desde una óptica menos rígida en el planteamiento de categorías dicotómicas excluyentes como masculino-femenino, racional-afectivo, privado-público, o liberal - comunitario, por mencionar algunos tópicos centrales en los que se han suscitado varios de los debates sobre género. La metodología utilizada es la comparativa, a partir de la cual se analizan autores como Kohlberg, Gilligan, Rawls, entre otros. Una de las principales conclusiones a la que se arriba en este artículo es que los tradicionales esquematismos, aun existentes en la actualidad, hacen muy difícil la posibilidad de alcanzar consensos amplios y postergan riesgosamente el tratamiento de problemas prácticos como los que, en el caso peruano, suponen la traducción del discurso de equidad en acciones y prácticas cotidianas concretas que permitan a los ciudadanos un real acceso a la justicia.Este artigo pretende, desde uma perspectiva liberal, discutir contextualmente a categoria gênero. Nas seis seções que o compõem procura realizar uma crítica profunda da ciência social, a partir, porém, de uma ótica menos rígida no tratamento de categorias dicotômicas excludentes tais como masculino-feminino, racional-afetivo, privado-público, liberal-comunitário, para mencionar alguns dos tópicos centrais suscitados pelos vários debates sobre gênero. A metodologia utilizada é a comparativa, a partir da qual se analisam autores como Kolberg, Gilligan, Rawls, entre outros. Uma das principais conclusões alcançadas neste trabalho é a de que os esquemas teóricos tradicionais, ainda existentes, dificultam a possibilidade de se alcançar amplos consensos e atrasam o equacionamento de problemas práticos, tais quais, no caso peruano, aqueles oriundos da tradução do

  18. The nursing care system from a Luhmannian perspective Sistema de cuidado de enfermería en la perspectiva luhmanniana Sistema de cuidado de enfermagem na perspectiva luhmanniana

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    Dirce Stein Backes

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: to investigate the socially-relevant communication of the nursing system from the Luhmannian perspective. METHOD: the investigation process was based in grounded theory. The data was collected between February and September 2011, through interviews carried out with nurses and student nurses at a university in the South of Brazil. RESULTS: The central phenomenon - recognizing nursing care as an all-embracing interactive and associative phenomenon - resulted from the inter-weaving of three categories: learning the context of care as a whole, organizing the environment for the other professionals, and visibilizing interactive and associative care. CONCLUSION: investing in a socially relevant communication for nursing entails developing a code for functional differentiation, which may strengthen health promotion and healthy living for individuals, families and communities.OBJETIVO: conocer la comunicación socialmente relevante del sistema de enfermería en la perspectiva luhmanniana. MÉTODO: el proceso de averiguación fue basado en la teoría fundamentada en los datos. Los datos fueron colectados entre febrero y septiembre de 2011, por medio de entrevistas realizadas con enfermeros y estudiantes de enfermería de una Universidad del Sur de Brasil. RESULTADOS: El fenómeno central - reconociendo el cuidado de enfermería como un fenómeno abarcador, interactivo y asociativo, resultó del entrelazamiento de tres categorías: aprehendiendo el contexto de cuidado como un todo; organizando el ambiente para los otros profesionales y percibiendo un cuidado interactivo y asociativo. CONCLUSIÓN: apostar en una comunicación socialmente relevante para la enfermería implica en desarrollar un código de diferenciación funcional, que potencie la promoción de la salud y vivirlo saludable de individuos, familias y comunidades.OBJETIVO: conhecer a comunicação socialmente relevante do sistema de enfermagem sob a perspectiva luhmanniana. M

  19. Micromechanics senses biomolecules

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    Roberto Raiteri

    2002-01-01

    Cantilever sensors rely on relatively well known and simple transduction principles, and have attracted the interest of many researchers. This is, at least in part, because of the merging of silicon microfabrication techniques and surface functionalization biochemistry, together with the development of multi-cantilever sensing methods offering new opportunities in physical and (biochemical sensing.

  20. Structure & properties of biomolecules

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    2009-01-01

    The Advances in Chemical Physics series provides the chemical physics and physical chemistry fields with a forum for critical, authoritative evaluations of advances in every area of the discipline. Filled with cutting-edge research reported in a cohesive manner not found elsewhere in the literature, each volume of the Advances in Chemical Physics series serves as the perfect supplement to any advanced graduate class devoted to the study of chemical physics.

  1. Análisis de la acción humana: la convergencia de dos perspectivas contemporáneas

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    Pepi Patrón

    1992-06-01

    Full Text Available Como el título indica, el texto que aquí presento tiene como tema central el problema del "actuar humano", viejo tema de la filosofía práctica en la nomenos vieja distinción aristotélica. Nos proponemos, sin embargo, abordarlodesde dos perspectivas contemporáneas entre las que hemos encontrado notables puntos de convergencia que quisiera someter a discusión aquí conustedes: la fenomenología de la acción de H. Arendt y el análisis del lenguaje ordinario en la perspectiva de los "speech acts" de Austin y Searle.

  2. Perspectivas actuales del tratamiento endodóncico en dientes con lesiones periapicales crónicas

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    Canalda Sahli, Carlos

    1990-01-01

    Se analizan los aspectos histopatológicos de las lesiones periapiciales, el fenómeno de la proliferación epitelial intragranulomatosa como mecanismo patogénico de formación de cavidades quísticas microscópicas, los problemas diagnósticos de las mismas así como las perspectivas terapéuticas más actuales.

  3. Affinity-Mediated Homogeneous Electrochemical Aptasensor on a Graphene Platform for Ultrasensitive Biomolecule Detection via Exonuclease-Assisted Target-Analog Recycling Amplification.

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    Ge, Lei; Wang, Wenxiao; Sun, Ximei; Hou, Ting; Li, Feng

    2016-02-16

    As is well-known, graphene shows a remarkable difference in affinity toward nonstructured single-stranded (ss) DNA and double-stranded (ds) DNA. This property makes it popular to prepare DNA-based optical sensors. In this work, taking this unique property of graphene in combination with the sensitive electrochemical transducer, we report a novel affinity-mediated homogeneous electrochemical aptasensor using graphene modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) as the sensing platform. In this approach, the specific aptamer-target recognition is converted into an ultrasensitive electrochemical signal output with the aid of a novel T7 exonuclease (T7Exo)-assisted target-analog recycling amplification strategy, in which the ingeniously designed methylene blue (MB)-labeled hairpin DNA reporters are digested in the presence of target and, then, converted to numerous MB-labeled long ssDNAs. The distinct difference in differential pulse voltammetry response between the designed hairpin reporters and the generated long ssDNAs on the graphene/GCE allows ultrasensitive detection of target biomolecules. Herein, the design and working principle of this homogeneous electrochemical aptasensor were elucidated, and the working conditions were optimized. The gel electrophoresis results further demonstrate that the designed T7Exo-assisted target-analog recycling amplification strategy can work well. This electrochemical aptasensor realizes the detection of biomolecule in a homogeneous solution without immobilization of any bioprobe on electrode surface. Moreover, this versatile homogeneous electrochemical sensing system was used for the determination of biomolecules in real serum samples with satisfying results.

  4. La perspectiva de género: noema y nóesis de la epistemología feminista

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    Clara Eugenia Rojas Blanco

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo presento una reflexión en torno al potencial epistemológico de la perspectiva de género para abrir nuevos modos de conocer, comprender y escribir el mundo. Mi interés surge a partir de una (revisión o de un "volver a ver" los artículos publicados en Noésis de 1989 a 2008. Esta (revisión está formada por una perspectiva de género y por los enfoques de la epistemología feminista. Desde este punto de vista, es evidente la limitada participación de las académicas en general y la casi nula presencia de investigaciones y reflexiones con perspectiva de género. Argumento que en la actualidad esta borradura es injustificable desde un punto de vista de la epistemología posclásica o contemporánea.

  5. PERSPECTIVAS DEL PROCESO DE TITULACIÓN DE TIERRAS EN LA COMUNIDAD CAMPESINA SAN JUAN DE MIRAFLORES, 2011

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    Roger Ricardo Ríos Ramirez

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del trabajo fue evaluar las perspectivas hacia la titulación de tierras en la Comunidad Campesina San Juan de Miraflores (CCSJM.El estudio fue de tipo descriptivo, con un diseño no experimental transversal. Se aplicó un cuestionario estructurado para evaluar perspectivas a una muestra de 353 comuneros seleccionados de manera aleatoria, estratificada y proporcional, previa validación de expertos y con una confiabilidad alfa de Cronbach α =  0.944.En la CCSJM, las parcelas no tienen las características necesarias para que la agricultura o ganadería se desarrollen, asimismo la actividad campesina no es la principal actividad económica. Asimismo, los comuneros de la CCSJM muestran una perspectiva favorable hacia la titulación de tierras.Por lo tanto, consideramos imperante el proceso de titulación de tierras y la promoción de opciones laborales distintas a las que usualmente realiza un campesino.

  6. Claves para el Desarrollo del Plan de Convivencia en los Centros Educativos desde una Perspectiva Integral

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    Juan Carlos Torrego

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo muestra las principales conclusiones obtenidas en una investigación realizada en un centro de Educación Secundaria de Madrid (España. Su propósito ha sido conocer y comprobar cómo se están desarrollando en la práctica, los planteamientos que sobre convivencia se han realizado desde marcos de intervención global, como el que se propone en el Modelo Integrado (Torrego, 2006, 2008, así como identificar aspectos claves para el desarrollo de planes de convivencia en los centros educativos. Es una investigación cualitativa, realizada mediante un diseño de Estudio de Caso Único, donde se han combinado técnicas de análisis de documentos y datos, con la realización de entrevistas en profundidad a diversos miembros de la comunidad educativa. El interés del caso radica en que el centro trata la convivencia desde una perspectiva global, sobre la base del citado modelo integrado y en que destaca por los buenos resultados obtenidos en la mejora de la convivencia en los últimos años. Las conclusiones ponen de manifiesto la importancia de abordar la convivencia desde una perspectiva integral acorde con las características del contexto, que contemple aspectos curriculares, estructuras específicas para la mejora de la convivencia y que promueva la participación democrática de la comunidad educativa; además se evidencia la necesidad de una formación específica en convivencia, el papel central de la acción tutorial y de las metodologías cooperativas. Los aspectos detectados que precisan un mayor desarrollo son: la generalización de la formación en convivencia a todo el alumnado, la profundización en las medidas curriculares, la mejora de la acción tutorial y la generación de recursos adecuados para intervenir en los casos del alumnado con más dificultades.

  7. RUPTURA Y CONTINUIDAD: LA CAÍDA DE «MEL» ZELAYA EN PERSPECTIVA COMPARADA

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    Mariana LLANOS

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza y compara la deposición del presidente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, con otras crisis presidenciales acontecidas en América Latina durante la tercera ola de democratización. El trabajo indaga sobre los procedimientos, causas y consecuencias en torno de esta caída presidencial con instrumentos de análisis previstos por la teoría de las rupturas presidenciales. La caída de Zelaya fue producto de una escalada de conflictos interinstitucionales, protagonizados por las elites civiles del país. En perspectiva comparada, el caso se distingue por la intervención de los militares como poder moderador a invitación de las instituciones civiles, la falta de movilización popular antes del golpe y la irrupción de una crisis internacional y conflictos callejeros después de que la caída presidencial tuviera lugar. El caso de Honduras contribuye a la teoría de las rupturas presidenciales al poner el acento en el papel de los militares y el estadio de desarrollo en que se encuentra el régimen político democrático al estallar la crisis.

  8. Educación permanente y continua en una perspectiva de integridad del ser

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    Izabel Cristina Feijó de Andrade

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo buscó discutir las articulaciones y distinciones entre los conceptos de educación permanente y educación continua de modo que favorezca la perspectiva de integridad del ser, vínculo que requiere saberes hasta entonces poco privilegiados en las Universidades y que demandan el rescate de dimensiones basadas en la experiencia, la didáctica y la existencia del educador, tanto individual, comportamental, cultural, social y espiritual. Consideramos que las nociones de educación permanente y educación continua poseen elementos entrelazables que nos permiten desarrollar la capacidad de reaccionar críticamente por medio de una relación autoformativa. Las revisiones teóricas implementadas permitieron algunas consideraciones sobre los procesos formativos actuales y las prácticas de profesores rumbo a una Educación para la Integridad. Concluimos provisoriamente que las aproximaciones y distinciones entre EP y EC pueden proporcionar a los profesores la toma de conciencia de su vinculación todo/parte y del sentido de la vida.

  9. Transdisciplinaridade no ensino de línguas A perspectiva das Teorias da Complexidade

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    Vilson J. Leffa

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Este texto parte do pressuposto de que o aprendizado de uma língua estrangeira é muito complexo para que possa ser explicado através de uma única teoria de aprendizagem. Para tentar resolver esse problema, propõe uma abordagem transdisciplinar, partindo das Teorias da Complexidade, incluindo as teorias do caos, do pensamento complexo e a da atividade. Resume as idéias de Nicolescu sobre transdisciplinaridade, baseadas numa perspectiva de evolução da ciência pelos estágios da disciplinaridade, multidisciplinaridade, interdisciplinaridade e transdisciplinaridade. Propõe, finalmente, como exemplo de abordagem transdisciplinar, que a pesquisa seja direcionada do problema para a teoria, e não no sentido oposto, como normalmente tem sido feito.This article starts from the assumption that the learning of a foreign language is too complex to be explained though one learning theory. In an attempt to solve this problem, a transdisciplinary approach is proposed, starting from complex theories and including Chaos Theory, Complex Thinking, and Activity Theory. The ideas of Nicolescu on transdisciplinarity is summarized, using a evolutionary perspective of science through the stages of disciplinarity, multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity. It is finally suggested, as an example of the transdisciplinary approach, that research be guided from the problem to the theory, and not the other way around, as it has usually been done.

  10. Nanotubos de carbono aplicados às neurociências: perspectivas e desafios

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    Virginia Oliveira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os nanotubos de carbono (NTCs são os nanomateriais mais promissores para aplicação terapêutica em doenças neurodegenerativas. Aplicações potenciais incluem sistemas de liberação controlada de fármacos, interfaces elétricas e substratos para crescimento celular. OBJETIVO: Descrever o estado da arte e as perspectivas e desafios da aplicação dos NTCs nas neurociências. MÉTODO: Procedeu-se a uma busca sistemática nos indexadores Medline, Lilacs e SciELO, utilizando os descritores "carbon nanotubes", "drug delivery", "electrical interface", "tissue regeneration", "neuroscience", "biocompatibility" e "nanotechnology", devidamente agrupados. RESULTADOS: A revisão da literatura evidenciou controvérsias nos estudos relativos à biocompatibilidade dos NTCs, embora tenha ratificado o seu potencial para a neuromedicina e neurociências. CONCLUSÃO: Os dados obtidos apontam a necessidade de estudos padronizados sobre as aplicações e interações dessas nanoestruturas com os sistemas biológicos.

  11. LA RESPONSABILIDAD SOCIAL UNIVERSITARIA DESDE LA PERSPECTIVA DE LAS PARTES INTERESADAS: UN ESTUDIO DE CASO

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    Ricardo Gaete Quezada

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza el concepto responsabilidad social universitaria desde la perspectiva de los significados que le atribuyen un conjunto de partes interesadas internas y externas de una universidad pública española. La investigación se desarrolló mediante un enfoque cualitativo a través de 91 entrevistas semi-estructuradas, considerando los procedimientos establecidos por la Teoría Fundamentada de los datos como estrategia para analizar la información recopilada. Se identificaron tres grandes ejes para describir el concepto estudiado: relación de la universidad con la sociedad, gestión de los impactos sociales del quehacer universitario y las respuestas universitarias a las demandas sociales. Se concluyó que el concepto de responsabilidad social universitaria para el caso estudiado, se encuentra estrechamente relacionado con la capacidad institucional para devolver a la sociedad lo entregado por ella en cuanto al financiamiento, para lo cual la universidad debe acercarse más a las partes interesadas a fin de conocer cuáles son sus necesidades, lo que le permitirá implementar acciones más eficientes para apoyarlas en la solución de las problemáticas sociales.

  12. La responsabilidad social universitaria desde la perspectiva de las partes interesadas: un estudio de caso

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    Gaete Quezada, Ricardo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza el concepto responsabilidad social universitaria desde la perspectiva de los significados que le atribuyen un conjunto de partes interesadas internas y externas de una universidad pública española. La investigación se desarrolló mediante un enfoque cualitativo a través de 91 entrevistas semi-estructuradas, considerando los procedimientos establecidos por la Teoría Fundamentada de los datos como estrategia para analizar la información recopilada. Se identificaron tres grandes ejes para describir el concepto estudiado: relación de la universidad con la sociedad, gestión de los impactos sociales del quehacer universitario y las respuestas universitarias a las demandas sociales. Se concluyó que el concepto de responsabilidad social universitaria para el caso estudiado, se encuentra estrechamente relacionado con la capacidad institucional para devolver a la sociedad lo entregado por ella en cuanto al financiamiento, para lo cual la universidad debe acercarse más a las partes interesadas a fin de conocer cuáles son sus necesidades, lo que le permitirá implementar acciones más eficientes para apoyarlas en la solución de las problemáticas sociales.

  13. Acupuntura en un servicio hospitalario en Argentina: experiencias y perspectivas de los usuarios

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    Betina Freidin

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Indagamos las experiencias y perspectivas de los usuarios de un servicio hospitalario público de acupuntura del noroeste argentino. Basamos el análisis en 18 entrevistas semi-estructuradas realizadas en el año 2005. Los entrevistados recurren a la acupuntura por dolencias crónicas, especialmente como paliativo del dolor, aunque varios extienden su uso para otros problemas de salud, frente a la ineficacia y/o efectos adversos de los tratamientos biomédicos, o para evitar cirugías menores. Incorporan la acupuntura a estrategias pluralistas de cuidado que junto con la biomedicina incluyen típicamente otras medicinas no convencionales. El contexto hospitalario facilita que prueben una medicina foránea. Varios usuarios encuentran el servicio de asesoramiento para "negociar" los tratamientos con sus médicos convencionales. Destacan la eficiencia organizativa del servicio y el compromiso de los médicos. Ante la demanda creciente de atención en un contexto de escasez de recursos advierten que ésta puede afectar la disponibilidad de turnos y la interacción médico-paciente.

  14. Sistema NADPH oxidasa: nuevos retos y perspectivas = NADPH oxidase system: new challenges and perspectives

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    Arango Rincón, Julián Camilo

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available El sistema NADPH oxidasa es un complejo multiproteico encargado de producir especies reactivas del oxígeno (ROS, por reactive oxygen species en diferentes células y tejidos. Es de gran importancia en las células fagocíticas (principalmente neutrófilos y macrófagos porque participa en la destrucción de microorganismos patógenos, mediante la fagocitosis y la formación de las trampas extracelulares de neutrófilos (NET, por neutrophils extracelular traps, así como en la activación de procesos inflamatorios. Las alteraciones en la producción de ROS por parte de las células fagocíticas a causa de defectos genéticos en los componentes del sistema generan la inmunodeficiencia primaria denominada enfermedad granulomatosa crónica (EGC. Este es un artículo de revisión sobre los componentes del sistema NADPH oxidasa, su distribución celular, mecanismo de activación y acción, así como de las funciones que desempeña en otros tejidos. Además, se revisan los defectos moleculares que llevan a la EGC y el tratamiento de esta, incluyendo la terapia con IFNγ, y finalmente las perspectivas para el estudio del sistema.

  15. Imputación y detención policial. Perspectiva española

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    Lorenzo Bujosa Vadell

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La policía, en su actividad relacionada con el proceso penal lleva a cabo con frecuencia la atribución de la comisión de una infracción criminal contra alguna persona determinada y, si se cumplen determinadas circunstancias previstas por la Ley, está obligada a proceder a la detención. En este artículo se examina, desde la perspectiva del Derecho español, algunas cuestiones específicas que se plantean en torno a los presupuestos legales concretos, las diversas finalidades que se persiguen, los problemas sobre la duración de la privación policial de la libertad, así como las complejidades del régimen jurídico del detenido, teniendo en cuenta también los casos especiales del enjuiciamiento rápido, los procesos por terrorismo, los casos de menores detenidos y de los extranjeros, además del procedimiento previsto en concreto para proceder al control jurisdiccional de las exigencias legales, llevando ante el juez competente a la persona que se supone ilegalmente detenida.

  16. PERSPECTIVA Y ARBITRABILIDAD DE LA CONVENCIÓN INTERAMERICANA DE ARBITRAJE COMERCIAL INTERNACIONAL

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    Édgar Iván León Robayo

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Desde una perspectiva internacional, la disciplina jurídica que dispone de los instrumentos más difundidos en el mundo para garantizar su efectividad probablemente es el arbitraje comercial. Dentro de tales instrumentos se destacala Convención de Nueva York de 1958. Adicionalmente, los Estados americanoscuentan con la Convención Interamericana de Arbitraje Comercial Internacional, suscrita en Ciudad de Panamá en 1975. Sin embargo, este documento ha sido objeto de críticas en cuanto a su contenido y posibilidad de ejecución, lo que ha ocasionado que su eficacia y aplicación hayan sido dejadas de lado por parte delos operadores del comercio transnacional para la solución de controversias. En efecto, sus requisitos de arbitrabilidad son poco claros y por ello es necesario precisar su existencia, de manera que la Convención pueda ser reconocida como una verdadera herramienta de consolidación jurídica de la solución pacífica de controversias

  17. El control del tabaquismo desde la perspectiva de la economía

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    Ángel López Nicolás

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo revisa los principales argumentos que la Economía pone a disposición del analista a la hora de juzgar las políticas de control del tabaquismo, y describe con detalle la cuestión de los fallos de mercado tanto desde la óptica tradicional como desde la perspectiva de los recientes avances en la literatura. De esta revisión se desprende que fumar es una elección personal que puede generar pérdidas netas de bienestar para el resto de los miembros de la sociedad y para la familia de la persona fumadora, pero sobre todo para ella misma. Sobre esta base existe justificación económica para intervenciones correctoras. El artículo concluye con la discusión sobre dos de las medidas de prevención más relevantes en nuestro país en la actualidad: la prohibición de fumar en los locales de hostelería y los impuestos sobre las labores del tabaco.

  18. CUIDAR DA MÃE IDOSA NO CONTEXTO DOMICILIAR: PERSPECTIVA DE FILHAS

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    Maria Cristina Pinto de Jesus

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudio cualitativo fundamentado en la fenomenología Social de Alfred Schütz con objetivo de comprender el cuidado de una madre anciana dependiente desde la perspectiva de hijas. Realizado en 2011, con diez participantes, que fueron entrevistadas en los domicilios de sus madres. La acción típica de las hijas cuidadoras es la que establecen una relación de cuidado marcada por la preocupación con la situación de dependencia de su madre anciana, con inversión de papeles de madre e hija. Presentan un desgaste físico, psíquico y emocional decurrente del cuidado cotidiano, necesitando una red de apoyo social para ayudarla. Busca preservar la vida de su madre y postergar, cuanto sea posible, el término de la misma. Los profesionales de salud, al planificar y realizar el cuidado domiciliar, deben pensar en una articulación efectiva entre las demandas que hijas y madres ancianas presentan.

  19. Prevenção e tratamento da anemia nutricional ferropriva: novos enfoques e perspectivas

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    Malaquias Batista Filho

    1996-09-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem sumariamente o quadro epidemiológico das anemias, as propostas programáticas estabelecidas pelas Nações Unidas para a reversão do problema em escala internacional e as dificuldades atuais para a aplicação de estratégias de reconhecida efetividade na área da saúde para a prevenção e cura das anemias nos segmentos populacionais mais expostos, as crianças e as gestantes. Analisam o estágio atual das pesquisas dirigidas para quatro objetivos simultâneos: aumento da eficácia e efetividade, redução de custos e de efeitos colaterais dos esquemas medicamentosos de prevenção e tratamento. Consideram que as pesquisas em curso podem melhorar radicalmente as perspectivas de uma intervenção bem sucedida no enfrentamento do problema através do setor saúde.

  20. Externalización y vinculaciones interempresariales desde la perspectiva gerencial

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    Héctor Lucena

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo general del presente artículo consiste en analizar las perspectivas gerenciales sobre la externalización y las vinculaciones interempresariales: sus razones, posibilidades y limitantes. Se trata de un estudio cualitativo de carácter exploratorio-descriptivo donde se trabaja bajo los supuestos del paradigma interpretativo que explican la realidad y el conocimiento de la misma a través de las interpretaciones y significados aportados por los actores involucrados en un fenómeno empresarial, incluyendo los investigadores. El método de investigación fue el estudio de caso y se utilizó el análisis de contenido temático para organizar y categorizar los datos fuentes (entrevistas focalizadas. El proceso de externalización y cooperativización emprendido surgió como un mecanismo de sobrevivencia y una estrategia de especialización para obtener flexibilidad organizativa y mayores niveles de productividad ante un entorno político-económico adverso y ante la rigidez de las regulaciones laborales. Una de las consecuencias fue la reestructuración de los procedimientos, normas y políticas internas de la empresa promotora para adaptarse a la dinámica de las vinculaciones entre la empresa y sus socios estratégicos.

  1. La globalización de la Amazonía: una perspectiva andina

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    Fontaine , Guillaume

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo presentamos el contexto histórico, social, político y económico que enmarca a la cuenca amazónica contemporánea, desde la perspectiva de los países andinos. En la introducción recordamos algunos datos básicos sobre la situación geográfica y demográfica de la región. Luego presentamos las principales etapas de la ocupación humana del espacio amazónico, desde la Conquista hasta la irrupción del capitalismo. Dedicamos la segunda parte a la internacionalización de la agenda amazónica, en particular a través de la conservación del medio ambiente y de la cooperación. Concluimos con un breve comentario sobre el papel de los actores sociales en el futuro de la región.

  2. La prevención de la obesidad infantil desde una perspectiva comunitaria

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    Carles Ariza

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available El porcentaje de fracasos y recaídas en el tratamiento de la obesidad es alto. Siempre que sea posible, la prevención de la obesidad para modificar hábitos alimentarios y estilos de vida ha de ser la conducta preferente. Este trabajo pretender ofrecer un marco de evidencia sobre los componentes más efectivos de las intervenciones para el abordaje de la obesidad infantil, tanto de su prevención como de su reducción, cuando esta ya está instaurada. A partir de la literatura científica, se presentan los aspectos que debe contemplar la prevención, tanto universal como selectiva, de la obesidad infantil. Habida cuenta también de la controversia sobre los instrumentos de registro y control del problema, se aportan algunos criterios clarificadores. Finalmente, se diferencia el abordaje de la prevención del sobrepeso y la obesidad con una perspectiva comunitaria, ofreciéndose 2 protocolos breves que esquematizan un procedimiento básico a seguir.

  3. HABILIDADES SOCIAIS E O MODELO BIOECOLÓGICO DO DESENVOLVIMENTO HUMANO: ANÁLISE E PERSPECTIVAS

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    Vanessa Barbosa Romera Leme

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available ResumoEste artigo analisa possíveis relações entre o campo teórico-prático das Habilidades Sociais (HS e o Modelo Bioecológico do Desenvolvimento Humano (MBDH. Para isso, descreve e relaciona os pressupostos e conceitos-chave de cada um, focalizando as contribuições da perspectiva bioecológica para o estudo do desenvolvimento das habilidades sociais. Defende-se o MBDH como uma alternativa teórico-metodológica que se aproxima de alguns conceitos vinculados a uma vertente teórica relacionada do campo das HS e do Treinamento de Habilidades Sociais (THS. Embora se reconheçam os limites e desafios da presente proposta, entende-se que ela tem o mérito de fomentar novas possibilidades de pesquisa e de prática em trabalhos que contemplem as relações interpessoais e as HS ao longo do ciclo vital.

  4. BIODIVERSIDADE E PROPRIEDADE INTELECTUAL: UMA PERSPECTIVA SOBRE APROPRIAÇÃO DO CONHECIMENTO DOS POVOS TRADICIONAIS

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    Jerônimo Siqueira Tybusch

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo tem por objetivo abordar além da questão da Propriedade Intelectual e sua definição e seu regime, mas também busca um enfoque especial no campo da biodiversidade, que gera perspectivas de expansão econômica dos países desenvolvidos do norte, outorgados pelos interesses das grandes empresas transnacionais, a partir da exploração e apropriação dos recursos naturais prospectados na vasta biodiversidade dos países pobres e subdesenvolvidos, prática a qual pode ser denominada biopirataria. A referida apropriação dos conhecimentos dos povos tradicionais desses desfavorecidos países, além de gerar um grande problema socioeconômico, em especial no caso da América Latina, o que resulta em um entrave do seu crescimento econômico, e ameaça também os povos tradicionais em suas culturas, já que as mesmas deveriam ser protegidas pois são vitais para o futuro, desenvolvimento e bem estar social desses povos.

  5. Conservación basada en comunidad: importancia y perspectivas para Latinoamérica

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    Pablo Caballero Cruz

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Como objetivo se analizaron esquemas de conservación acordes a la realidad de América Latina, tal como la Conservación Basada en Comunidad (CBC. Para ello se empleó una metodología con la que se revisó e integró la información documental relevante del tema. En los resultados del trabajo se reporta en qué consiste la CBC, su relevancia en Latinoamérica y sus temas torales: el socio-ecosistema, la multiescala, los tomadores de decisiones, la apropiación de las estrategias de conservación, las estrategias multi-objetivo, así como las perspectivas de la CBC para América Latina. Las limitaciones y desafíos incluyen saber combinar esto con otras estrategias de conservación, según el contexto. Concluimos que la CBC es una estrategia adecuada, con retos que incluyen su financiamiento, instituciones y cambio en los esquemas federales, que hoy priorizan a las Áreas Naturales Protegidas como estrategia central.

  6. UMA ANÁLISE SOBRE O CONCEITO DE APRENDIZAGEM NA PERSPECTIVA DE INTERNACIONALIZAÇÃO

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    Cyntia Vilasboas Calixto

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo visa analisar o conceito de aprendizagem nos estudos sobre internacionalização. Considerando-se que as relações entre aprendizagem e internacionalização tiveram origem na abordagem da Escola de Uppsala, esboçou-se a trajetória das principais publicações derivadas dessa Escola e dos modelos de processo de internacionalização por eles desenvolvidos a fim de compreender a evolução do conceito de aprendizagem segundo essa perspectiva. Ainda, tendo em vista a ampliação das relações entre os estudos acerca de aprendizagem e da internacionalização, este estudo analisa as conexões entre os estudos da aprendizagem organizacional e sua contribuição para a análise e desenvolvimento dos processos de internacionalização. A contribuição deste trabalho está na revisão crítica do entendimento sobre aprendizagem nos estudos de Uppsala e na indicação de uma operacionalização do conceito de aprendizagem à luz dos desenvolvimentos mais recentes desse conceito.

  7. A idéia de identidade sob uma perspectiva semiótica

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    Juliane Noack

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available O tema do artigo é o conceito de identidade. O ponto de partida é a observação de que as idéias de unidade, coerência e continuidade, enquanto constituintes do conceito de identidade, parecem perder o seu poder explicativo atualmente, na assim chamada pós-modernidade. O ideal de um EU uno e total levou a muitos debates e fez perguntar sobre se se deveria abdicar do conceito de identidade. O presente artigo pretende contribuir com esse debate, apresentando algumas reflexões sobre a idéia de identidade desde a perspectiva da Semiótica. Palavras-chave: identidade; semiótica; semiose; identidade como signo Abstract The notion of identity from the standpoint of semiotics - The subject of this article is the concept of identity. The starting point is the observation that the ideas of unity, coherence and continuity, which constitute the concept of identity, appear to be losing their explanatory power in so-called postmodernity. The ideal of a unique and complete "I" has led to heated debate about whether the concept of identity should be abandoned. This article aims to contribute to this debate, offering reflections about the concept of identity from the perspective of Semiotics and about how this perspective can enrich both the concept of identity and identity as such. Keywords: identity; semiotic; semiosis; identity as a sign

  8. Eleições 2010 e perspectivas políticas

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    Alfredo J. Gonçalves

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O ano de 2011 inicia-se com um novo governo. Novo em termos, já que entre Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, que sai, e Dilma Rousseff, que entra, não parece haver qualquer sinal de ruptura. Tudo indica que a palavra chave aqui é a continuidade. Para entender melhor o que pode vir pela frente, vale a pena um olhar atrás, um olhar ao redor e um olhar ao futuro no cenário político brasileiro. Quem sabe as luzes e sombras do passado nos ajudem a iluminar o palco atual dos acontecimentos e a projetar alguns traços quanto às perspectivas vindouras

  9. Los estudios sobre calidad de vida y la perspectiva de la Psicología Positiva

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    Graciela Tonón

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Las investigaciones sobre calidad de vida se desarrollaron a partir de la década del 70, si bien el antecedente del concepto data de los años 30 en Europa. En la actualidad, ha quedado establecido que la propuesta teórica de la calidad de vida alberga, como un paraguas, diferentes campos temáticos -la salud, el bienestar psicológico, el desarrollo económico, la vida social, las políticas públicas, la espiritualidad- comprendiendo dos dimensiones: la subjetiva y la objetiva. De esta manera, para estudiar y comprender la calidad de vida se requiere del aporte de diferentes disciplinas, convirtiéndose de esta manera en un concepto multidimensional. La psicología ha contribuido a la investigación de la calidad de vida con conceptos tales como el de satisfacción vital y well-being subjetivo. La perspectiva de la Psicología Positiva con respecto a los estudios sobre calidad de vida, se conforma como mirada que permite conocer y poner énfasis en los atributos positivos de las personas, para enfrentar los cambios de la vida cotidiana, la crisis y la adversidad. 

  10. El debate internacional sobre la reforma de la educación superior: perspectivas nacionales

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    Roberto Rodríguez Gómez

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo se concentra en el debate internacional sobre la refonna de la educación superior desde la perspectiva de un conjunto de comisiones y grupos de trabajo establecidos para fonnular diagnósticos y recomendaciones a los gobiernos nacionales. Se examinan los casos de Francia, a través del reporte de la Comisión Attali; Reino Unido, mediante el infonne de la Comisión Dearing; el caso de Estados Unidos con el reporle de la Comisión Boyer; España con el informe de la Comisión Bricall , y México a lravés del documenlo La Educación Superior en el Siglo XXI de la Asociación de Uni versidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior. El artículo se propone documentar a través de esas experiencias la emergencia de una Línea de convergencia en las metodologías para el cambio de los sistemas de educación superior que es distinta aunque complementaria de las propuestas desarrolladas por otros organismos internacionales. 

  11. A maior dor do mundo: o luto materno em uma perspectiva fenomenológica

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    Joanneliese Lucas de Freitas

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho busca refletir sobre a vivência do luto materno na sociedade brasileira contemporânea, a partir da perspectiva fenomenológico-existencial. Foi realizada uma pesquisa qualitativa com três mães enlutadas. Utilizou-se o método fenomenológico de entrevistas, com uso de pergunta disparadora. A análise dos dados seguiu os quatro passos metodológicos de Giorgi. O relato das mães evidenciou diferentes temáticas, descritas por meio de dez elementos constituintes da vivência de luto materno, a saber: dor; perda de um modo de existir; espiritualidade; culpa; perda do sentido do mundo-da-vida; vontade de morrer; fragmentação dos laços afetivos; engajamento em projetos relacionados ao filho; perpetuação da memória do filho; estreitamento de laços com pessoas significativas para o morto. Os resultados obtidos na pesquisa indicam que, embora o luto se modifique ao longo do tempo, a perda de um filho jamais é superada, sendo este sofrimento compreendido não mais como uma condição patológica, mas como especificidades a serem compreendidas.

  12. Génesis, desarrollo y perspectivas del normalismo preescolar en México

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    Mauricio Andión Gamboa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo tiene como propósito reconstruir la sociogénesis del normalismo como proyecto ideológico y de las escuelas normales como expresiones del mismo, particularmente, las escuelas normales que forman docentes de educación preescolar en México. El texto se estructura en tres partes, un primer apartado en el que se ubica histórica y socialmente el origen del normalismo en el país, así como de las primeras escuelas normales, una segunda parte en la que se da cuenta del desarrollo de este proyecto educativo durante los gobiernos posrevolucionarios hasta la actualidad, y una tercera parte en la que se analizan las perspectivas del normalismo y las escuelas profesionales de educación preescolar. Al final, se ofrecen algunas líneas de acción académica y política para la modernización del normalismo y las escuelas normales de educación preescolar.

  13. La subjetividad en una perspectiva cultural-histórica: avanzando sobre un legado inconcluso

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    Fernando González Rey

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se pretende mostrar cómo las transformaciones del psiquismo humano, a partir del carácter cultural de las producciones y prácticas del hombre, permiten retomar el tema de la subjetividad como nivel cualitativo distintivo de la especie humana. La subjetividad, entendida en la perspectiva aquí defendida, es un proceso inherente al funcionamiento cultural del hombre y al mundo social generado por sus producciones culturales. Estas consideraciones pretenden responder a la exclusión de la subjetividad por el post-estructuralismo y el neo-pragmatismo, apoyada en la idea de que se trababa de una noción que cargaba con las limitaciones del pensamiento moderno. Frente a esta postura, se argumenta que ninguna de estas corrientes de pensamiento tuvo una conciencia teórica sobre la subjetividad, un concepto que, de hecho, va en dirección opuesta a los principios fundamentales que sustentaron la modernidad tardía, apoyada en la idea de ciencia objetiva y en una representación racional del hombre

  14. La subjetividad en una perspectiva cultural-histórica: avanzando sobre un legado inconcluso

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    Fernando Luis González Rey

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se pretende mostrar cómo las transformaciones del psiquismo humano, a partir del carácter cultural de las producciones y prácticas del hombre, permiten retomar el tema de la subjetividad como nivel cualitativo distintivo de la especie humana. La subjetividad, entendida en la perspectiva aquí defendida, es un proceso inherente al funcionamiento cultural del hombre y al mundo social generado por sus producciones culturales. Estas consideraciones pretenden responder a la exclusión de la subjetividad por el post-estructuralismo y el neo-pragmatismo, apoyada en la idea de que se trababa de una noción que cargaba con las limitaciones del pensamiento moderno. Frente a esta postura, se argumenta que ninguna de estas corrientes de pensamiento tuvo una conciencia teórica sobre la subjetividad, un concepto que, de hecho, va en dirección opuesta a los principios fundamentales que sustentaron la modernidad tardía, apoyada en la idea de ciencia objetiva y en una representación racional del hombre.

  15. Cuidado clinico em enfermagem: desenvolvimento de um conceito na perspectiva de reconstrucao da pratica profissional

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    Lia Carneiro Silveira

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available A Enfermagem é uma práxis que tem se definido a partir de diferentes planos epistemológicos. Sua historicidade é marcada por construções e desconstruções. Neste percurso, o cuidado e a sua prática clínica assumem constituições atravessadas pelos interesses sociais, econômicos e ideológicos de cada época. Objetivamos, neste texto, refletir sobre a construção do plano conceitual do cuidado clínico em enfermagem, em uma perspectiva que permita o deslocamento do modelo epistêmico tradicional pautado no referencial biomédico e no modelo cartesiano de sujeito. Trata-se de uma reflexão teórica em que desenvolvemos este conceito, partindo das concepções adotadas nas linhas de pesquisa do Mestrado Acadêmico em Cuidados Clínicos em Saúde da Universidade Estadual do Ceará. Finalizamos com a apresentação da proposta do Mestrado Acadêmico em Cuidados Clínicos da Universidade Estadual do Ceará, exemplificando como este conceito tem sido potencializador de suas produções na área da saúde e da enfermagem.

  16. UNA PERSPECTIVA HETERODOXA SUGERIDA PARA EL ESTUDIO DE LAS EMPRESAS FAMILIARES EN COLOMBIA

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    RUTH ESPERANZA ROMÁN CASTILLO

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A partir de la revisión de fuentes secundarias en forma de libros, artículos y trabajos de grado, y con propósitos de reflexión y evaluación, en este artículo se identifican algunas tendencias ortodoxas de la investigación nacional sobre las empresas familiares, y un grupo de perspectivas heterodoxas señaladas por investigadores del mundo anglosajón. Los resultados de la revisión permiten concluir la alta difusión de las teorías ortodoxas entre investigadores y estudiantes; mientras que, los enfoques heterodoxos son menos conocidos y aplicados. El estudio profundo de este grupo de teorías y constructos más recientes y la evaluación de su aplicabilidad para comprender la idiosincrasia de las empresas familiares colombianas, se propone como una corriente alternativa de investigación nacional.

  17. Factores de riesgo del maltrato y abandono infantil desde una perspectiva multicausal

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    Cristina GONZÁLEZ-MURIEL LÓPEZ

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: En este artículo se expone la evolución de los diferentes modelos que han tratado de ofrecer una explicación del maltrato y abandono infantil, modelos que en un principio se basaban en una perspectiva unicausal. Actualmente, el maltrato infantil se encuadra en un marco teórico multicausal; desde este enfoque, se proporciona un análisis de aquellos factores ambientales, familiares e individuales, que se consideran importantes en la explicación del maltrato y abandono infantil intrafamiliar.SUMMARY: In this report is exposed the evolution of the different models which have tried to offer an explanation to the phenomenon of the abuse and children's neglect, models that at first were based in an unicausal perspective. Nowadays, the children's abuse is inserted in a theorical multicausal setting; from this aproach, it is provided an analysis of those familiar, individual and surrounding factors which are considered important in the explanation of abuse and intrafamiliar children's neglect.

  18. El sistema jurídico y la violencia: una perspectiva ambiental

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    Pierre Foy Valencia

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available La reflexión crítica y académica sobre las relaciones entre derecho y violencia es esencialmente compleja. Una primera aproximación elemental podría ser partir de la teoría de las fuentes del Derecho, ya sea en términos de fuentes materiales (v.g. la violencia como fenómeno interdisciplinario1, como de fuentes formales (v.g. doctrinarios: los derechos humanos y la violencia; normativos y jurisprudenciales: la sanción penal por las conductas violentas. Desde nuestra perspectiva jus disciplinaria4 esta aproximación nos conduce a consideraciones temáticas como la paz por oposición a la violencia y en ese sentido el imperativo de abordar concepciones relativas al pacifismo y la no violencia, que servirán de sustento para postular expresiones formalizadas (juridificadas acerca de la violencia y el ambiente5. Al respecto, la cultura de la no violencia se alimenta y encuentra profundamente arraigada en los movimientos ecologistas (ecopacifismo, teniendo entre su mentores a Gandhi, Schumacher, al propio Einstein —añadiríamos al «viejo» Russell— a Vandana Shiva en tiempos recientes, por mencionar algunos.

  19. Los biocidas vegetales en el control del biodeterior o del patrimonio documental. Perspectivas e impacto

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    Sofía Borrego-Alonso

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Los procesos de biodeterioro afectan a los sistemas industriales de d istintos sectores productivos (industrias del petróleo, del papel, energética, etc., a los biomateriales y al patrimonio cultural de cada nación. Los principales agentes que causan el biodeterioro del patrimonio documental son los microorganismos y los in sectos que utilizan el papel , como fuente nutritiva y junto a las condiciones ambientales inadecuadas, aceleran el deterioro de los diferentes soportes documentales llegando incluso a generar plagas. En el control de plagas se utilizan los biocidas, que gen eralmente son sustancias químicas costosas, tienen efectos nocivos sobre las personas que los usan, sobre el medio ambiente y aceleran el deterioro de los materiales. De ahí que la elección de un producto biocida sea cada vez más difícil ya que debe cumplir con requerimientos estrictos de control. Sin embargo, la búsqueda de alternativas como es el uso racional de productos naturales provenientes de plantas, puede incidir, positivamente en la solución de estos problemas. El objetivo de este trabajo es realiz ar una disertación sobre los biocidas, su concepto, los distintos tipos y la importancia de los productos naturales provenientes de plantas como biocidas para el control del biodeterioro por microorganismos e insectos, así como las perspectivas y el impact o que pudieran tener en su aplicación sobre el patrimonio documental.

  20. Perspectivas de la producción de biocombustibles en Colombia: contextos latinoamericano y mundial

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    Carlos Ariel Cardona Alzate

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Se discuten los aspectos básicos de la producción de biocombustibles, como alcohol carburante y biodiesel, incluyendo sus principales ventajas y desventajas, materias primas, tecnologías, perspectivas de desarrollo y retos, para su correcta implementación en el contexto nacional e internacional. Adicionalmente, se analiza de manera resumida los impactos de los biocombustibles en el medio ambiente como principal aporte a la movilidad sostenible. Se plantea también una estrategia diseñada con la FAO para evaluar el impacto de los biocombustibles en la seguridad alimentaria de un país. / The basic aspects of liquid biofuels (biodiesel and fuel ethanol production are discussed, including advantages and disadvantages, raw materials, technologies, prospects of development and challenges for their successful implementation in the national and international context. The article also provides a brief analysis of the biofuels impact on the environment as the main contribution to sustainable mobility. This work additionally describes a strategy designed together with FAO to assess the impact of biofuels on food security.